Sleep Position – Does It Affect How Well You Sleep?

In an average night, most sleepers change position twenty to forty times, and remain in a particular position for an average fifteen minutes. In addition, we all have a repertoire of position and those that we seem to like best and we usually use them night after night. Poor sleepers generally turn or change position much frequently during the night than do good sleepers, though all sleepers must adjust their body position through the night.

The most common position for us to sleep in is on the right side, with the knees and hips slightly bent, and the second most common is the same position on the left side. Lying flat on your back with arms crossed in front of you is the next most common position, thought is has noted that sleeping on your back through the night is generally associated with poorer sleep than sleeping on your side. Sleeping on your stomach with your head turned to one side or another is the least common sleeping position.

Many people find it difficult to change the positions in which they sleep for example, many wives know that their husbands tend to snore when sleeping on their backs and spend much of their night repeatedly jabbing and elbing the sleeping husband into the appropriate position. Special pillow such as designed for neck pain often reduce snoring, but success has also been achieved in changing people's favorite sleeping positions by simply trying to effect the change over ten days or two weeks rather than over a single night. It works like this. Suppose you normally sleep on your back, but you're aware that your snoring in this position disturbs your bed patter. Simply begin elevating one corner of your pillow with a folded towel, for example and sleeping on your back for a few nights with your pillow this angle angle.

Several nights later, increase the angle, so the pillow is now much higher on one side than the other. Your natural tendency will be to turn toward the side rather than remaining flat on your back. Simply repeat this process, gradually increasing the amount your raise the edge of the pillow, and in ten days or so you will be sleeping on your side naturally and your body will have easily adapted to the change. You must, of course, maintain the shape of the pillow to keep your head from falling back to the former position.

Installing Rope and Flexible LED Strip Lights on Your Deck or Dock

Can you install ROPE LIGHTING on your DECK and/or DOCK? YES – For years we’ve had rope lights on our dock that began with decorating the dock area during the holidays. They’re easy to install, fairly inexpensive and puts out just the right amount of low-key, indirect, ambient lighting.

For those who want to have rope lighting as a more permanent form of accent lighting, there are rope lights constructed for this purpose. WATERPROOF FLEXIBLE LED STRIP LIGHTS are specifically made for the outdoors.

Waterproof Flexible Strip LED lights offer the perfect solution to creating energy-efficient, stylish accent and mood lighting. Strip lights are discreet, flexible, and can be cut to fit your area, and since they come with a strong adhesive, they can be mounted virtually anywhere. Available in multiple colors you can create special effects on practically any surface, marine, auto and/or home.

Steps to Install Rope Lights: The simplest and most common method to install rope lighting is to nail it on the surface using cable clips. You need cable clips, a hammer, a power source and the rope lighting. The time needed for installation depends on the length of the rope.

1. Decide where to install the rope lights – Choose where you want to install the rope lighting. In most cases, the rope lighting is installed on the ceiling, the roof trusses or on the floor decking in order to produce the desired results. Consider the position of the source of power to ensure that your rope reaches the socket.

2. Mount the rope lighting – Use the hammer to clip the lighting on the surface. Slide the rope in the open arcs of the cable clips during the installation as you twist it in your desired pattern. Ensure that the hammer does not miss the target while hitting the clips because it can destroy the rope lighting.

3. Test their output- Switch off the socket, and plug the rope lighting in. Use the extension cord if the length of the rope lighting does not reach the power outlet. Switch the socket on to see if it lights.

Quick answers to the most common questions

• Do I need a controller for my strip lights? A controller is optional but adds the ability to turn your lights on and off and control other features such as dimming.

• Can I connect multiple strips? Strips can be connected end to end up to various meters, depending on your product.

Steps to Install Flexible LED Strip Lighting with Solderless Connectors:

1. Materials Needed – Have all your materials ready. You will need scissors, LED flexible strip lights, a connector, ruler (if needed), and a set of hands.

2. Measuring how many feet of LED strip you need – You may have your LED strip light sent to you in a roll (16 feet) or by the foot, depending on the quantity ordered. Decide how much flexible LED strip lighting you will need for your project. Since the LED strip can only be cut every third LED, you may have to go slightly over or under your desired specification.

3. How to cut the LED strip – As you can see below, the flexible strip light can only be cut along the designated lines. Take a sharp pair of scissors and cut along the line.

4. Pay attention to positive and negative markings – IMPORTANT: Notice the positive and negative sides of the LED strip light. This is important for the next few steps. Sometimes when you cut the LED strip light, things can get mixed around.

5. Introduction to the connector – Each connector has two sides. To insure you have the correct side up, make sure the wider of the white sides faces up. This is the top. BE GENTLE and pull the locking device out away from the wires. Do not pull on the wires to do so, as the connector is fragile.

6. Attaching the connector to the LED strip – IMPORTANT: Color does not always matter! Make sure you follow the positive side of the flex strip down through the connector wire to the power supply. Red/black can either mean (+) or (-) depending on what side you have hooked the connector to.

7. Securing the tray to the LED light – In the example below, if we were to attach the connector to the other side of the flexible strip light, the red would be negative and the black positive. Next, GENTLY secure the locking tray back in place, connecting the terminals of the LED flexible strip light to the connector. Be gentle and make sure the mounting tray is securely closed, or the lights will not work.

8. Connecting the LED strip to power – You are now ready to plug your LED Flexible strip light to the LED power supply. Match the positive and negative markings with the positive and negative wires from the power supply. Make sure the power is off when you do this.

If your strip lights do not light up:

1. Wire color does not always matter! Make sure you follow the positive side of the flex strip down through the connector wire to the power supply. Red/black can either mean (+) or (-) depending on what side of the LED flex strip you have hooked the connector to.

2. Another common problem is that the connector may be installed upside down; repeat steps above and try again.

3. Also, MAKE SURE the tray is closed all the way. Be gentle!

4. Check your power supply and make sure it is hooked up properly, with correct (+) and (-) as well.

5. How many feet of LED strip are you using vs how large your power unit is? If you are using 1 reel of 24 v Ultra bright with e 2.5 amp power unit, it will not work because the power unit is too small.

Athletes Foot Cures – 5 Ways to Cure Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot, also known by its medical term as Tinea Pedis, is an infection on the foot caused by a plant like microorganism that uses the foot's dead tissues to feed itself. Due to the intense and sometimes adverse conditions athletes usually put on their feet from training and competitive performances, this bacteria tend to affect athletes more than the norm although there are many many non athletic people that can suffer from athletes foot too. Today we are going to discuss 5 ways to cure athletes feet using simple home remedies and ingredients such as dilute alcohol, apple cider vinegar, baking soda solution, aloe vera, and natural oils.

The first and one of the most common athletes foot cures is using dilute alcohol. Simply take a few cotton balls and soak them up real good with dilute alcohol. Then rub the soaked cotton ball onto the infected area of ​​the foot. This treatment works slow but eventually kills off the bacteria on your foot.

The second way to cure athletes foot is to use apple cider vinegar. Yes I know vinegar has a foul smell but over time the foul stench of your athletes foot fungal condition may reek even worse so this remedy is definitely worth a try.
Fill up a bucked with equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar then soak the infected foot in the mix for about 10 minutes. Due this everyday for about 2 weeks or until your athletes foot is completely gone.

The third way to cure athletes foot is with a solution of baking soda and water. Similar to the vinegar solution mentioned above, take a bucket and fill it with water and some baking soda and allow the infected foot to soak in for about a half an hour for a week or so. What will happen is the pH of your foot's skin will change, since the athletes foot fungal bacteria will no longer be able to feed off of its dead skin and eventually die off.

The fourth way to cure athletes foot is by using some natural skin soothing gels such as aloe vera. Aloe vera has an amazing effect on athletes foot due to its natural agents. If applied twice a day on your infected foot, the symptoms will slowly begin to disappear within a few weeks.

The fifth and final athletes foot cures we will cover today involves the use of some natural oils. Vitamin E oil and Tea Tree Oil are really fantastic agents against fungus and may help alleviate your athletes foot symptoms. The antiseptic compounds found in these natural oils are strong enough to disinfect skin irritations and have a great effect against athletes foot as well.

Did you know that severe cases of athletes foot can lead to cracking and even bleeding from the foot? Most athletes foot sufferers even have recurring conditions because they do not know how to completely get rid of the fungus. Do not let this happen to you. Discover today how to avoid these horrible conditions by learning more about how to cure athletes foot for good.

How to Prevent Ankle Sprains – Anatomy (Part 1)

One of the most common injuries of the lower extremities is an ankle sprain. While people often associate a sprained ankle with sports, all kinds of people sprain their ankles every day. It's an injury that could be caused by something as simple as walking of a curve, stepping on a rock, or missing a step. Because so many people suffer from ankle sprains there is great interest in their prevention. This series of articles will focus on the best ways to prevent ankle sprains. This information is based on decades of study and research by some of the foremost experts in sports medicine and the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Before exploring ways to prevent ankle sprains it is important to discuss what an ankle sprain is and how it occurs. The ankle joint is unique because it is built to bear and stabilize the majority of the body's weight while still being relatively mobile. This seeming contradiction in requirements for stability and mobility is one reason the ankle can be injured so easily.

To understand the injury one must first understand the anatomy of the joint. There are two bones in the lower leg. The larger of the two bones is called the tibia. This bone goes from the knee joint down to the ankle and makes up the bony knob found on the inside portion of the ankle. The other bone is the fibula, which is a long skinny bone that travels with the tibia from the knee down to the ankle. The fibula, however, is the outer bone in the leg and makes up the outer bony knob of the ankle joint. If you feel your ankle right now you can feel these bones, the tibia on the inside and the fibula on the outside. Each knob is called a malleolus. The tibia and fibula are joined together near the knee joint and also just above the ankle joint. The ligament which attaches the tibia and fibula above the ankle is called the distal tibiofibular ligament.

Anatomically the ankle is classified as a complex joint because it is made up of more than two bones. The first two bones are the tibia and fibula. The third bone is irregularly shaped and called the talus. The talus fits perfectly in the space between the two malleoli (which is the word for more than one malleolus). The talus pivots in this space allows you to point your toes towards the floor or toward your nose. This is the main motion of the ankle but it also allows for a little bit of turning inward and outward.

There are ligaments that attach each malleolus to the talus so that the talus does not come loose and the joint can be stable. On the inside of the ankle there is a series of ligaments that go from the malleolus of the tibia to the talus. These ligaments together are called the deltoid ligament. On the other side of the joint the malleolus of the fibula is connected to the talus by three ligaments: the anterior talofibular ligament (on the front part of the malleolus), the calcaneofibular ligament (on the bottom part of the malleolus) and the posterior talofibular ligament (on the back part of the malleolus).

There are two more ligaments that are important to know about when learning about ankle sprains. These ligaments are bands that wrap around the entire joint called the flexor retinaculum and the extensor retinaculum. These ligaments hold the tendons that travel from the leg to the foot down close to the bones. They also help to stabilize the ankle joint.

The last piece of anatomy to consider is the muscles that control the motion of the ankle. The tendons of several muscles cross the ankle joint. Some of these muscles, like the peronei muscles located on the outer portion of the leg, function mainly to move the foot while others mainly move the toes.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the anatomy involved. The next article in this series will describe the different types and grades of ankle sprain. In addition you will learn how these injuries are caused.

Causes Of Gastrointestinal Bleeding

The gastrointestinal tract, also known as the GI tract is one of the most important parts of the digestive system in the human body. The organs that make up the GI tract include the esophagus, small intestine with duodenum, stomach, colon/large intestine, the rectum and finally the anus. When gastrointestinal bleeding is mentioned, it means that it can happen from any of the organs mentioned above. There are many causes of gastrointestinal bleeding. When the bleeding takes place from the stomach, esophagus or duodenum, it is regarded as upper GI bleeding. When bleeding takes place from large intestine, lower part of small intestine, anus or rectum, it is considered as lower GI bleeding.

What are The Probable Causes Of Gastrointestinal Bleeding?

When you face gastrointestinal bleeding, it is recommended not to neglect the problem and see and ask a gastroenterologist at once. There are many factors that contribute to the problem of bleeding in the GI tract.

  • Ulcers are the most common causes of gastrointestinal bleeding. This problem is more common in the upper GI tract. The issue of ulceration is mainly seen in the stomach lining, the duodenum (immediately beyond the stomach) and in the esophagus. Esophageal varices, is usually the result of some kind of underlying liver disease which is chronic like cirrhosis etc. and in such instances, the chances of intestinal bleeding are quite high. In case of retching or repeated vomiting, tear occurs at the juncture of the stomach and the esophagus. Bleeding in the upper GI tract is also caused with cancers and tumors in the areas.
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding can also take place from the lower GI tract. When bleeding occurs from colon, it is termed as diverticulosis. When records were searched, it was found that majority of cases of lower GI tract bleeding could be attributed to diverticulosis. Other than this, there are chances of angiodysplasia. In this, the tiny blood vessel lining the colon can ooze chronically or bleed briskly. Colon polyps or colon cancer can also be the cause of lower GI tract bleeding. Colitis has also seen to be among the major causes of gastrointestinal bleeding. Colitis is caused due to ulceration or inflammation in the colon lining. There are many factors that contribute to colitis including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, poor circulation in the colon, radiation therapy etc.
  • Hemorrhoids and anal fissures can also be a reason for gastrointestinal bleeding. These are swollen and enlarged blood vessels, which are located at the lower part of the rectum and anus. With increased pressure, the blood vessels swell up and the problem aggravates while passing a stool. You must ask a doctor if you feel that you might suffer from the problem of hemorrhoids and anal fissures.

If you spot blood in a stool or feel irritation and other sensations in the upper or lower GI tract, you must not ignore the same and visit a gastroenterologist immediately. There might be many causes of gastrointestinal bleeding and a medical professional is the best person to diagnose the same.

Colon Cleansing To Prevent Colon Polyps

Colon cleansing can help prevent the growth of colon polyps. Developing colon polyps is pretty common nowdays. If you have been diagnosed with them, you may wonder if this condition is severe at all and if they are signs of colon cancer.

What are colon polyps? A colon polyp is a small growth of cells that grows on the lining of the colon. Most often, the type of polyps known as hyperplastic polyps does not lead to cancer. This being the case, doctors usually choose not to treat non-threatening polyps. However, there are other forms that are at risk of developing into cancer over time.

Colon polyps usually inflate those who are middle-age and older. Here, you are at higher risk over the age of fifty. Other factors that increase the risk of developing polyps include being overweight, smoking, eating high fat foods, having a low fiber diet, and family history of colon polyps or colon cancer.

Symptoms may go undetected for years. Symptoms of the presence of colon polyps include changes in bowel movements, abdominal pain or discomfort, or rectal bleeding. Since symptoms may not appear for a long time and are often below, you should take good care in maintaining colon health with proper diet and exercise. Many doctors recommend early screening so that appropriate treatment can be applied if necessary.

As always, prevention is the best way to treat potential diseases. In order to avoid the pain, risk, and inconvenience of treatment after developing polyps, changing lifestyle habits is recommended to keep them from occurring. Prevention techniques can help you to avoid other life threatening illnesses, as well. If you have been living on an average American diet, then you would need to cut back on your consumption of animal fat; maintain a healthy weight; eat a fiber-rich diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; avoid smoking; and keep your colon cleansed.

Natural colon cleansing can help in providing many health benefits above and beyond the prevention of colon polyp prevention. A quick and easy cleaning technique contains the following ingredients and supplies:

o 10 drops of pure essential oil (for example cloves or cinnamon)

o 1 drop flax seed oil

o Dropper

It is important that you use high grade and pure essential oils and flax seed oil. Do not use the types mean for aromatherapy or other uses other than consumption. The flax seed oil should be of high quality. A good health food store should be able to direct you to the correct products. Combine the oils in a bottle and shake thoroughly before taking a few drops of the mixture twice a day.

If done in an early stage of development, colon polyps can be treated without any dangerous consequences. However, it is best to prevent them in the first place. Colon cleansing on a periodic basis is one of the best measures to ensure that nothing toxic is growing in your gut.

Infertility From Fibroids

Did you know that many women carry extra growths of tissue called fibroids on and inside their uterus without even knowing about them? This may seem unnerving but these growths are mostly unnoticeable and many live long and happy lives without ever having any procedures done on them. But sometimes these growths can become a problem, not just to the woman who may experience discomfort, but also to the baby who wants to grow inside the uterus. This infertility from fibroid growths can be one of the reasons why you can not have a child.

Fibroids or myomas are actually tumors. They are benign growths and rarely become cancerous (a study has shown that less than 1 out of a thousand cases of myoma are cancerous). They are fairly common, occurring in up to 50% of women in the prime of their reproductive capacity according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). They are actually found in up to 80% of women past the age of reproduction. Although the actual causes of the growths are still large unknown, evidence shows that they are genetic in nature. They occur more regularly in women who have relatives who had myoma and more regularly in African-American women.

Myomas are found in and around the uterus. With their high rate of incidence among women, they are mostly harmless. However, there are certain myomas that will cause problems. If a myoma becomes so large that it starts to change the shape of the uterus, pregnancy can be seriously affected. The baby needs a healthy uterus to survive and will have a difficult time developing if the uterus is malformed. Myomas have also been known to grow in places near the openings of the uterus that lead to other organs like the fallopian tubes. This will cause blockages that will prevent conception. But these cases remain rare however. In the nearly 7.3 million American women who are reportedly infertile (from the National Survey of Family Growth, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2002), only 3% are caused by myoma alone.

Still, for the women who have myomas that interfere with fertility, treatment is very possible. Studies have shown that despite myomas can reduce pregnancy rates in women by about 70%, correct treatment will return the woman's chance of pregnancy back to the baseline level.

To determine whether or not your myomas are the cause of your infertility, an evaluation will be done on your uterus. This can be done through an ultrasound, a hysterosalpingogram, or a hysteroscopy. An ultra sound effects sound waves to get an image of your uterus. A hysterosalpingogram or HSG employs special contrast liquids to get an image. A hysteroscopy employs a hysteroscope which is a small camera that goes into your uterus to get an actual view of what is inside. Although myomas are usually easily detectable, it is important to ascertain their specific characteristics to determine proper treatment so you may have to go into multiple tests and evaluations.

If your myomas are determined to be affecting your fertility, they can be removed. This is usually done through surgery. For women past the age of reproduction, a hysterectomy is usually done but this involves removing the entire uterus along with the myomas. This is certainly not an option if you still want children so a myomectomy is preferred which specifically targets the myomas for removal. However, this is still a surgical procedure and you should discuss with your doctor the potential dangers and risks of going into such treatment. Be sure that you and your doctor know the exact nature of your myomas since the type and severity of the surgery will greatly depend on the size, location, and type of your myomas. Some can actually be treated without incisions if they are removed through a hysteroscopic myectomy. A non-surgical approach is through Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE). This shrinks the myomas by cutting off the vessels that feed blood into it. However, as this process is reliably young being introduced in the 90s, not all after effects have been tabulated and studied. Myomectomy or UAE, either way, myomas are treatable and your chances of conceiving can be restored.

Natural Treatment For Ovarian Cysts – Alternative to Surgery

Many women may experience some form of ovarian cysts sometimes in their lives. Most women probably will not be aware of this because they will not show any signs or symptoms. That's because they may develop what are known as functional cysts. Usually these types of cysts will go away on their own in a few months. However there are many other women that will experience a variety of symptoms from other types of these cysts such as back and abdominal pain, weight gain, anxiety, internal bleeding and also infertility.

Well the good news is that there are natural treatments for ovarian cysts that can keep them from reoccurring. As stated earlier the majority of cysts will go away naturally, therefore there is no need for medical treatment to get rid of them. But for the time being women are still going to need a way of getting some kind of relief from their pain and hopefully keep these cysts from ever coming back. The painful type of cysts develop for several different reasons like chemical imbalances in the body such as insulin or hormonal levels.

This is why natural treatments are so effective for women who suffer from ovarian cysts. The natural method's main focus and objective is to find the root cause of the cysts and change it so the body no longer has to suffer. Drinking plenty of water and herbal teas are two of two of the best ways to detoxify the body, this should be the first step in the natural treatment of these cysts. A healthier diet should also be implemented.

One of the ways of reducing abdominal pain commonly associated with these cysts is the use of a heating pad placed over the abdomen, and try different types of relaxation exercises. Listening to relaxing music or sounds such as ocean waves can help relax the body. Also depending on the severity of the cysts the kinds of treatment may vary, but these natural treatments will inevitably provide relief and help the body to prevent cysts from developing in the future.

Preventing and Treating Your Thrush Infection

A thrush infection, aka yeast infection, affects more than 75% of women at some point in their lives and millions every single year. It can cause very nasty symptoms but is easily traduced effectively through a variety of methods.

Candida albicans is the fungus that will cause a yeast infection. It is found in moist areas of the body such as the inside of the vagina, mouth, throat and digestive tract. The problem occurs when the balance of microorganisms in the body is disrupted allowing the yeast to grow rapidly out of control. This is how a thrush infection occurs.

There are several reasons why a thrush infection may happen such as:

Having your period

Pregnancy

Taking the birth control pill

Using antibiotics

Having an illness such as diabetes or HIV / AIDS

The yeast also flourishes in warm, moist places. This is why you should avoid wearing damp or tight clothing and maintain proper hygiene as this can also lead to a thrush infection.

Yeast infection symptoms vary dependent on the severity but will usually consist of:

Redness and itching in and around the vagina

Pain while having sexual intercourse

A burning sensation while urinating

A thick, white vaginal discharge that may look like cottage cheese

Treating a yeast infection is simple and will usually clear up the infection and symptoms within a few days. There are many medicated treatments that are effective although not suitable for pregnant women. Over the counter treatments can be a good option as well as proven natural thrush remedies such as yogurt, garlic and coconut oil. Treatments should be continued for a few days even after the symptoms have cleared up.

But the best method for treating a thrush infection is prevention. Some great methods include not wearing tight synthetic clothes. These collect and trap moisture near your body which can cause an infection. Do not hang around in wet togs or underwear for too long and avoid harsh soaps and bubble baths.

The Truth About Hepatitis

While Hepatitis A is really only a risk in underdeveloped countries, there are a combined 5.25 million people in America living with Hepatitis B and C. The consequences of not under Hepatitis treatment can be chronic hepatitis, which can lead to serious liver damage and death. With that in mind, it's important to understand the truth about Hepatitis …

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis A, B and C are viral diseases that generally attack the liver. Although there are vaccines against A and B (and nearly half of America has developed an immunization against A), there is no cure for the disease, though there are treatments to help you deal with the Hepatitis symptoms.

How is Hepatitis Transmitted?

Hepatitis A is from individuals either ingesting fecal matter (usually through unwashed hands in unsanitary conditions) or through common contact – sexual contact, contaminated water, sharing needles or consuming undercooked shellfish. This is largely localized to third world countries with poor sanitation, but is still prevalent in some areas of the US. The strain does not cause liver disease, and Hepatitis A symptoms are both mild and short lived – most people believe that once the disease has been taken, the person will have immunity for life, and the disease is very rarely fatal – however, the vaccine is recommended for trips to third world countries.

Hepatitis B is contracted via direct contact with bodily fluids. It's usually done via sexual contact, shared needles or through childbirth. Although a quarter of those contracting chronic hepatitis B will die from the disease, there is a vaccine to prevent initial infection, and there are medications available for long term sufferers.

Hepatitis C occurs via contact with infected human blood. This means that it is typically caught through sharing needles, borrowing razors, infected blood / organ transplants or penetrative sex. As with Hepatitis B, a new born baby can be infected during delivery.

What are the Symptoms of Hepatitis?

Like many STDs, symptoms of Hepatitis' three strains may be mild or invisible. If you do feel symptoms, they may be:

  • Itching
  • Dark urine
  • Muscle aches
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Nausea
  • Severe fatigue
  • Flu style symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Jaundice
  • Fever
  • Abdominal Pain

If you do feel a combination of these symptoms, you should book Hepatitis treatment as soon as possible.

What Does Hepatitis Involve Testing?

Although the hepatitis treatment procedure for each strain is different technically, the purpose and method is the same: a sample of blood is taken from the arm, and then tested to see if the relevant antibody is present. If it is, then the body has been trying to fight the virus, providing an exposure to the virus.

What is the Treatment for Hepatitis?

The bad news is that there is no cure for any of the forms of Hepatitis. The good news is that all strains of Hepatitis have treatments (or do not need them) to make living with the virus bearable:

Hepatitis A is unnoticeable in many people, and infection guarantees immunity in future. Although there are a small number of cases where the disease has led to death, the majority of people will find that the virus causes immunity and they will never suffer any ill effects again.

Hepatitis B has a variety of medicines available to make the disease more manageable for those with a prolonged infection. The drugs significantly lower the chances of liver damage by slowing down the virus or preventing it from reproducing. That said, it is important to keep in regular contact with a doctor to keep an eye on liver damage.

Unlike the other strains, Hepatitis C has no vaccine because the virus' molecular configurations are constantly shifting. Fortunately, like the others there are Hepatitis treatments available to slow the disease and improve the quality of life – typically a combination of pegylated interferon and ribavirin. After this, sadly some 70% of chronic hepatitis C sufferers develop serious liver disease.

Cirrhosis of the Liver – What Are Some Symptoms?

Cirrhosis of the liver can bring a variety of symptoms. You can read more about some of them in this article. Before continuing, please remember that this list is not complete, as only some of the possible known symptoms are considered here. It is possible to have cirrhosis without having any of the symptoms mentioned on this page. On the other hand, one can also display some of these symptoms, but due to a different under condition condition, and not have cirrhosis. Also, please note that the information here is not professional medical advice, nor is it intended to be used as such, nor in place of that kind of information.

Jaundice is one possible symptom. This condition is also known as icterus. In it, the skin gets a yellowish discoloration. It is also possible for the membranes over the whites of the eyes to become yellowed, as well as other mucous membranes in the patient. Raised bilirubin levels in the patient's blood lead to this discoloration. Those elevated levels are also known as a condition called hyperbilirubinemia.

Ascites is a term for the condition of fluid buildup in the peritoneal cavity. It used to be more commonly known as abdominal dropsy, and today also goes by names like hydroperitoneum and peritoneal fluid excess. Blood tests, along with an ultrasound, and fluid removal, are usually done to attempt a diagnosis of this condition. Treatment may change based upon the cause (such as cirrhosis or something else), but diuretics may be prescribed.

How to Pass a Kidney Stone at Home – Simple Home-Based Tips to Help You Flush Those Painful Stones!

Kidney pain can be as painful as childbirth. This is especially true when you have kidney stones or renal calculi. If you want to do away with this kind of pain, one approach is to learn how to pass a kidney stone naturally by adopting some tips while you are at home.

According to statistics, one out of ten Americans has stones in kidney where males are more prone to having them than females. Most sufferers would immediately go to the doctor for help but there are times when these stones can pass out of you without your knowledge.

There may actually be no requirement for surgery as you may just need to correct some bodily behaviors and practices in order to fix the problem. You can do this by paying more attention to your body.

For a start, it is beneficial to follow a balanced diet, avoid certain beverages, and take correct supplements and vitamins.

Another useful way is to avoid dehydration. This is because dehydration causes the body to malfunction which may affect the flushing mechanism of the body. Without proper flushing, renal calculi can be formed.

As such, please drink plenty of water. Water is vital to the functions of the body for they allow proper flushing. You can keep your body hydrated by drinking twelve to fourteen glasses of water everyday.

There are also other flushing techniques that can be used to pass a kidney stone.

This includes putting in a drop of lemon to add citric acid into your body since this can flush out the calcium deposits and reduce your uric acid. Fresh fruits and vegetables also have fiber which can help in flushing a stone.

These are just some home-based tips that can help you pass a stone naturally.

Tick-Bite Symptoms

Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Tick ​​bites occur when a tick attaches itself to a host and feeds on it. Not all tick bites cause diseases. In fact, a major of tick bites are harmless. However, if a tick is found attached to the skin, it must be removed immediately.

Tick ​​bite symptoms include rash, muscle pain, headache, and swelling. These symptoms can emerge anytime between one day and several weeks following the tick bite, depending upon the infection passed on by the tick.

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the United States, and its symptoms emerge within two to thirty days after a tick bite. Warning signs of the disease include a circular red rash on the bite area, headache, slight fever, muscle or joint pain, and weakness. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is another tick-borne disease. Its symptoms include rash and fever that emerge within three to twelve days after a tick bite. Relapsing fever, as the name suggests, involves intermittent spells of fever. The symptoms of this disease emerge within three to ten days after a tick bite. This disease is characterized by high fever, headache, and joint pain. This lasts for two to three days, followed by days with no fever or related problems. After a few days, however, the fever and other flu-like symptoms reappear. Symptoms of the Colorado Tick Fever appear within three to fourteen days and include flu and rash. Tick ​​paralysis is a severe, though rare, disease caused by tick bite. It generally occurs within a week of the bite due to weakening of muscles.

In animals, tick bites lead to various diseases that are characterized by weakness, swelling, vomiting, fever, and even paralysis.

Tick ​​bites may cause serious diseases in humans and animals. Therefore, people in tick-prone areas must take adequate precautions to protect themselves and their pets from tick bites.

The Future of Food Safety – FDA's Version

On July 7th, 2011, the FDA's Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy published a special report entitled: "Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality." This report is available on the FDA website. Please follow the link at the bottom of this article.

This report should be read by every American food producer and also by every food consumer, as the implications for the future are both broad and disconcerting. This report speaks to food, drug safety and medical device safety. I will consider only food safety here.

FDA cites US-GAO statistics, which say that currently, 10% to 15% of all food consumed by US households is imported. Significantly, nearly two-thirds of the fruits and vegetables and 80% of the seafood eaten domestically already come from outside the US

FDA points out that between 2004 and 2011 food imports have grown by an average of 10% per year. FDA expects America's dependency upon imported food to accelerate, with complications for its regulatory mission. Historically, "… FDA's primary tools for product safety and quality have been inspection of production facilities and ports of entry." In the face of this expected onslaught of imports, this report contains the admission that: "… FDA does not – nor will it – have the resources to adequately keep pace with the pressures of globalization. are actually inspected has hovered recently at about 3% or less.

It is FDA's hope that: "Over the next decade, the FDA will transform itself from a domestic agency operating in a globalized world to a truly global agency fully prepared for a regulatory environment in which product safety and quality know no borders."

Brave words, but FDA already seems fully aware that it will never be able to meet the expectations of the recently passed FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FDA-FSMA) which expected FDA to have inspected at least 600 foreign food facilities within the first year of the law's passage and then rapidly ramp up to 19,200 inspections in the sixth year following the law's passage. So, if FDA has fallen behind in the first year, how does it expect to fulfill its mission? FDA hopes to combine "… creative international coalitions with cutting-edge investigative tools." Together, these are expected to obviate the need for direct FDA inspection. Unfortunately, virtually nothing is said about exactly what "cutting-edge investigative tools" FDA has in mind. The "international coalitions" are there to provide sufficient information to allow the assessment of risk transported over into the final product from all the ingredients used by every subcontractor involved in the final formulation of a given product.

FDA admits that with greatly increased globalization governments "… will be called upon to mitigate the sometimes negative impact of globalization on individual citizens," at the same time that "… it will also become increasingly difficult to prevent and detect the intentional effort by some importers to manipulate the system and avoid scrutiny. " FDA recognizes that: "… there are manufacturers around the world for whatever the temptation of economic gain is greater than any concern for risk to human health."

The FDA's plan for dealing with this situation is to involve and coordinate various foreign regulatory entities into a global information gathering system all geared towards the assessment of risk and then base food border entry decisions upon this risk assessment, rather than direct inspection and / or testing. In fact, the FDA has already developed a computer program (PREDICT) for this purpose. In addition, FDA plans to make use of public and private third parties to conduct inspections and other oversight activities.

Parts of this document give the impression of being a smart and incisive response to a global problem (food safety). Other parts of this document are more than just a little bit disconcerting:

• Nowhere in this document the FDA recognizes the consumer as a "stakeholder" in food safety evaluation.

• FDA does not choose to recognize that if a foreign nation's economy absolutely depends upon export then that nation's regulatory agencies can not help but be aligned with such a national goal. Any such alignment is likely to color any data provided to the FDA for its food safety risk assessment.

• The track record of private third party auditors leaves a great deal to be desired.

The consumer, who is also a taxpayer, pays for the entire food manufacturing, delivery and regulatory systems and is there before the prime stakeholder. The recent "pink slime" debacle has shown that conclusively. Beef producers felt that they could boost their profits by separating out the fat content from beef trimmings and then grinding up what was left (veins, arteries, collagen, tendons, lymph nodes, connective tissue, etc.) so finely as to be unrerecognizable and then mixing it with hamburger under the argument that "beef is beef." The consumer said "No it's not" and several plants that used to make the stuff have since shuttered. These days, it is possible for consumers to order testing directly from laboratories willing to work on a "shared cost" basis. Such consumer-directed testing is already available for certain heavy metals and can be expanded as needed.

It is really hard to believe that any country which exports generate needed foreign currency will allow its regulatory system to stand in the way of what country receives as its own economic necessity, no matter how "big" of a global player FDA thinks it may become.

Democratic lawmakers on the Energy and Commerce Committee (Henry Waxman, D-CA; Dianna DeGette, D-CO; John Dingell, D-MI; and Frank Pallone, D-NJ) have, in January of this year, sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking how it happened that during the recent outbreak of Listeria in Colorado cantaloupes, possibly the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in this country in 100 years, FDA's own officials had identified serious problems at Jensen Farms, yet that company was given a "superior" rating by a third-party auditor (Primus Labs) just weeks before that Listeria outbreak became national news. Other examples may easily be found ( http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/01/democrats-urge-fda-to-reform-third-party-auditing-system/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120111 ). The apprehensive lack of any Republican support for this food safety initiative may be significant.

In its planning for the "Brave New World" it believes this head way, the FDA has committed that the safest food currently available to the American consumer is food that is produced here. At the same time, FDA foresees American food manufacturers being swept away by cheaper, harder to regulate and riskier foreign competitors. In short, FDA sees the future playing field so tilted against domestic food manufacturers that their numbers will decline significantly.

American food manufacturers who do not wish to be pushed out of the market they themselves helped create may be well advised to make common cause with consumers who have chosen to share in the cost of testing the food they buy at retail. One food manufacturer denouncing the safety of a competitor's product may easily be dismissed as a conflict of interest. However, a food manufacturer who helps defray the grass roots testing efforts of consumers, some but not all of what may be his own customers, is in a different category altogether. Such a food manufacturer:

• Demonstrates faith in his own product (s).

• Documents concern for food safety.

• Is seen not to fear transparency.

• Helps customers recognize value beyond mere pricing.

• Has verified and vindicated, in public, relevant HACCP plans relating to the tested product (s) and established a record of testing product safety not just before distribution but where it really matters – at the retail level.

Advertising like this, can only be earned, it can never be bought.

Read FDA's plan for the future of food safety for yourself at:

http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofGlobalRegulatoryOperationsandPolicy/GlobalProductPathway/default.htm

Copyright 2012 M. Mychajlonka

Natural Cures For Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcer, also known as ulcus pepticum or stomach ulcer is an ulcer of an area of ​​the gastrointestinal tract. It may be the symptoms of another disease or condition. It will get worse if not treated.

Most peptic ulcers are caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other causes of peptic ulcers are smoking, excess alcohol consumption and stress. Actually, stress and spicy food does not cause peptic ulcers but they can make ulcers worse or keep them from healing.

The symptoms of peptic are vary and sometimes one may not have any symptoms at all. The most common symptoms are sudden severe burning pain in the stomach, loss of weight and appetite, worse stomach when it is empty, nausea or vomiting, black or tar-like stool, and unusual weakness, usually because of anemia.

Natural home remedies for peptic ulcers:

  1. Eat bananas everyday.
  2. Boiled 250gm of cage in 1liter of water until it reduced to half the amount. In a similar way boiled carrot, after it has cool, than mixed the cage and carrot juice, and drink twice a day.
  3. Drink lime juice everyday.
  4. Drink milk twice or thrice times a day.
  5. Take 2 to 3 teaspoons of honey everyday.
  6. Drink tea made from Fenugreek seeds.
  7. Take the powder of dry Indian gooseberry (Amla) and sugar one teaspoon three times a day.
  8. Drink raw goat milk.
  9. Take the mixture of drumstick paste and curd, 2 or 3 times a day.

Diet and other regimen:

Fried foods and spices, especially chilies, should be totally prohibited. Bland, easily-digestible foods should be the mainstay of the patient's diet. Milk should be freely taken, preferably at intervals of three to four hours during the day, because the pain of the ulcer occurs at times when the stomach is empty. Milk, wheat, and ghee should be taken in adequate quantities.

In addition to the diet prescribe above, the patient must be advised to keep himself free worry and stresses of life which are likely to exacerbate the ulcer pain. He must take sufficient rest and sleep for an hour or so during the day. His bowel must be ensured because constipation can only contribute to worsening of the condition. The best way to deal with constipation of patient suffering from gastric ulcers is either husk or fleaseed taken at bedtime or castor oil. No strong purgatives should be administered to such patients.