Alopecia – Women Deserve Better Care

We are seeing more and more alopecia women who approach us because they are tired of gluing hairpieces to their heads. This practice started many years ago and was first used on men with male pattern baldness. The hair piece is glued directly onto the scalp with an adhesive that can only be removed by a technician. The average wear time before removal is 6 weeks.

I know exactly how they feel because I also wore glued on wigs in the past. I felt trapped in something I was unable to remove. After a few months, no matter how often I washed the hair it still had an offensive odor. The most distasteful and even medically harmful side effect was the dermatitis I developed on my skin. I had to seek medical attention from my dermatologist to help with the resulting infection.

This type of hair replacement is not an alopecia treatment but a cover up. Many other hair replacement options give you security without the harmful effects of glue. Because an alopecia cure is not in sight I recommend doing your homework and reach out for alopecia support before making a decision.

As a result of this awful experience I introduced the vacuum hairpiece into the American market. No tape or glue is needed to keep this hairpiece on the head. You can even swim. Alopecia women deserve a better solution than a glued on hairpiece. There is no skin irritation associated with vacuum wigs, and they leave you with a more secure feeling.

There are better options available.

Does Your Dog Have Otitis Externa?

Does your dog shake his head excessively? Are his ears red? Is there discharge from the ears? If you answered yes to any of these then he could have Otitis Externa which is simply another name for a doggy ear infection.

The dogs ear has 3 parts, the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. Otitis Externa is an infection in the outer ear canal where 90% of ear infections in dogs occur. Dogs are prone to ear infections because of the anatomy of their ears. They have a horizontal and a vertical component to them, so it is hard for anything in there to drain out, like water or debris.

There are several causes of ear infections. The most common cause of ear infections are due to allergies. Some dogs are more prone to allergies than others; therefore they get more ear infections.

Another common cause is sporting dogs that swim. They get water inside their ears, and provided their difficult anatomy, the water in the ears can not drain out. Therefore, this provides the perfect environment for bacteria and yeast to grow. It is recommenced that if you let your dog play in the water you dry your dog's ears thoroughly afterwards.

If your dog does have an ear infection it is important to properly clean your dog's ears before applying any medication.

To clean your dog's ears, start by placing a few drops of an ear cleanser into the ear and massage the ear to help loosen any debris that is in the ear. Then use a cloth or cotton gauze to whip the dirt out.

After your dog's ears are thoroughly clean, then you can apply your medication. Follow your veterinarian's advice about how much medication to apply to the ear, usually a few drops.

The treatment of veterinarian will prescribe will vary depending on the cause of the ear infection. For yeast infections they prescribe anti-fungals, for bacterial infections that will prescribe antibiotics. Normally treatment is applied directly into the ears, but in several cases systemic treatment may be needed. This usually means have to give your dog pills orally.

In some dogs with severe ear problems, the veterinarian will usually clip the hair around the ear to help let more air into the ear. In extreme cases your veterinarian may recommend surgery to reconstruct the ear canal to let it drain easier.

Some dog breeds are more prone to ear infections than others, although all dogs can be get them. Dogs with large ears and ears that flop over as well as dogs with a small ear canal can be more susceptible than others. Ear infections in dogs need to be rated by your vet, so the next time you see any symptoms in your

Fire Alarms For the Deaf

Living with deafness creates a world in which you are isolated from those around you just because you can not hear what they're hearing. Going through life this way can be especially challenging. You have to come up with ways to compensate for everything you're missing. When someone knocks at your door, you can not hear it.

If the phone rings, you never know. A person who's deaf living in a hearing world can find a lot that's frightening and frustrating. One way to make your world a little safer and less frightening is by installing a fire alarm for the deaf.

The Deaf Need Fire Protection, Too

If you have a deaf person living in your home or know one who comes to visit often, you really should install deaf fire alarms to help provide for their safety. Even if you're just installing it for the one person, is not that person important enough to elicit your care? You need to install an alarm unit in the room where the person sleeps in addition to rooms in which he spends time during his waking hours.

People who are deaf need adaptive technology in order to make sense of their world. Since a deaf person can not hear a regular fire alarm, he needs one that is specially-designed to meet his needs. You've got to realize that he is basically alone in his little world and feels isolated and vulnerable. We need to do everything we can to make his life a little easier as well as more secure. How would you like being home alone and knowing that if a fire started you'd have no way of being alerted in order to get out safely?

The Way Deaf Fire Alarms Work

A system which uses strobe lights is the best you can buy for a person who is deaf. Once a fire is detected and the lights begin flashing, it will be impossible for anyone to ignore them. The lights are bright enough to wake the deaf person when he is sleeping, and they will not take "no" for an answer as they remind him over and over as they flash their warning to get out of the building immediately.

By giving that deaf person you know the gift of safety and security, you'll be showing him just how much you do care about him. He will appreciate your little gift of love, and you'll feel good about it, too.

How to Prepare for UPSC/IAS Exams

Civil Services Aptitude Test

New Recruitment Process of Civil Services Exam conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is called the CSAT or the Civil Services Aptitude Test with effect from 2011. No changes are being introduced at this stage in the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test in the scheme of Civil Services Examination (CSE).

Scheme of Civil Services Examination

The Civil Services Examination consists of two stages –

(i) Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and

(ii) Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts noted above.

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks. There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each. The question papers are set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills are tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation. Each paper is of two hours duration. Blind candidates are allowed extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.

Scheme of CS (Preliminary) Examination

This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination. Thus in short –

The successive stages of examination are:

(1) Preliminary Examination for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination

(2) Main Examination (Written) for the selection of candidates for interview for a Personality Test.

(3) Interview (Personality Test)

How to apply?

Candidates are required to apply only through online mode no other mode for submission of applications is allowed. Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the UPSC official website.

The e-Admission Certificate will be made available in the UPSC website for downloading by candidates. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.

Academic Eligibility for IAS Exams

(1) A degree of any of recognized University or possess an equivalent qualification

(2) Candidates who are awaiting results of qualifying exams are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination. All such candidates who qualify to appear for the Civil Services Main Examination must produce proof of having passed the said examination along with their application for the Main Examination.

(3) Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.

(4) Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination. However they must submit along with their Main Examination application, a certificate from the concerned authority of the University / Institution that they have passed the final professional medical examination. At the Interview stage they must then produce a certificate from a competent authority that they have completed (including internship) all the requirements for the award of the Medical Degree.

Other Eligibility Conditions for IAS Exams:

(i) Nationality – For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.

For other services, a candidate must be either –

a citizen of India or

b. subject of Nepal or

c. subject of Bhutan or

d. Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

(ii) Age Limits:

(a) Minimum 21 years and maximum 30 years.

(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.

(i) up to a maximum of five years for SC/ST

(ii) up to a maximum of three years for OBC.

(iii) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.

(iv) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defense Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.

(v) up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf – mute and orthopaedically handicapped persons.

No. of Attempts for IAS

A maximum of 4 attempts is permitted to every candidate and 7 to those belonging to Other Backward Classes. There is no restriction on the number of attempts in the case of SC/ST candidates. All this, provided you are still under the age limit. A physically handicapped person will get as many attempts as any other non-handicapped candidate of his/her community, but if they are from the general category they will get 7 attempts.

NOTE

(i) An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination.

(ii) If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination.

(iii) Notwithstanding the disqualification/ cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

Below is the list and descriptions of the list of services available through the civil service exams.

All India Services are as under –

Indian Administrative Service

India Foreign Service

Indian Police Service

Group A Services are as under –

Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service

Indian Audit and Accounts Service

Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)

Indian Defense Accounts Service

Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)

Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)

Indian Postal Service

Indian Civil Accounts Service

Indian Railway Traffic Service

Indian Railway Accounts Service

Indian Railway Personnel Service

Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force

Indian Defense Estates Service

Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)

Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)

Indian Corporate Law Service

Group – B Services

Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)

Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service

Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service

Pondicherry Civil Service

Pondicherry Police Service

It is wiser to be mentally ready for several attempts as cracking the Civil Services Exams is a tough nut to crack the first time around; and if you do qualify you may want to attempt again to improve your ranking and therefore your service allotment.

Stuttering – How to Stop Stuttering Using Self Hypnosis

The quest to stop stuttering is great for many people who stammer or stutter. There are some underlying reasons that make self-hypnosis an effective choice in your anti-stutter approach. You can quit your stutter habit when you put your mind to it.

Causes of Stuttering

If you want to stop stammering when you speak, it helps to look at the possible causes of the condition. Unfortunately, researchers have been unable to determine an exact cause for the condition. There is some evidence that there could be a genetic factor to consider.

You may be genetically speaking to stutter but this does not mean that the problem has to get out of control. You can consider other possible factors that can be controlled with self-hypnosis to help you stop stuttering.

Developing Language

Developmental stutters occur when young children are learning how to speak. Most children grow out of as they mature out of this temporary period. However, some have difficulty growing out of this phase. Self-hypnosis can help if you consider how the developmental stuttering works.

The child's mouth can not keep up with his thoughts and he can not stop stuttering. This can continue into adulthood. You may have thoughts that are stepping a few beats ahead of your ability to articulate them. You can take control of your thoughts through self-hypnosis.

Organizing Thought Processes

Sometimes your brain is so filled with thoughts and ideas that it becomes difficult to articulate them. The thought pattern in your mind is hurried and your articulation skills simply can not keep up with your ideas. If you think about it, the process of articulation is very complex.

Self-hypnosis can help you organize your thoughts processes in order to make articulation easier. This approach is very effective because you are entering it through the subconscious mind. Once your thoughts are organized and calmed, you are better able to put your ideas into words.

Neurogenic Stutter Problems

In some cases, the person who stutters has signal problems between the muscles and nerves that control speech and the brain. The muscles used to form language do not work properly. Some postulate that this is de to lesions or abnormalities in the speech and motor region of the brain.

Stop Stuttering with Self-Hypnosis

Your stammer can get worse when you have feelings of anxietyiness. It can also increase when you feel stressed, fatigued, excited or self-conscious. Self-hypnosis can effectively treat these underlying problems as you work through your stutter. When you are calm and relaxed, you are better able to articulate.

You may be able to articulate well when you sing or when you are talking to yourself. This indicates that you have great control over your speech patterns. Self-hypnosis can help you develop an approach to speaking that puts you in the frame of mind you are in when you are calm and alone or when you are singing.

You can take focus away from what you are trying to say conceptually, and focus on articulating words. The ability to stop stuttering is available in the resources of your mind.

Nasal Congestion – Causes and How to Fight it!

Runny Nose

Runny Adenoids is a common action of blocked adenoids that usually can be healed with ease. It consists on a squander of fluids from the adenoids and may be black or blubbery as an aftereffect of problems such as Sinusitis. It can be as well accompanied by post-nasal dribble that may as well aggravate coughing or result in an abscessed throat.

Causes

The Blocked Nose accompaniment may be acquired by allergic conditions, bacterial or viral infections, such as an abnormal cold. Head injuries may as well can cause balance nasal discharges.

Environmental causes such as dealing with strong smells may as well be the cause of this symptom. Less often, is the possibility of Runny Nose can be acquired by the growing of an ectopic tooth inside your nose. If you approved all the medications and still do not see results, ask for an X-Ray browse to make sure you do not have teeth related problems.

Treatment

Medicinal treatments includes the use of assorted substances to abate the bulk of nasal discharge, even though one of the most used treatments is Saline Nasal Sprays that however, could not be used for a long period of time since can cause you other types of problems like advanced types of Rhinitis.

Saline Nasal Sprays have excellent proprieties to help unblocking your nose and provide you a new fresh feeling, along air to your lungs.

If you already tried some of these methods and still have complaints, maybe the smarter idea is to visit a doctor, because you could have more than a simple runny nose. All nose exams are fast and not painful, so visiting a specialist should solve your problem, or at least, make you feel better.

Celiac Disease Biopsy Explained: Part I Villous Atrophy

The diagnosis of celiac disease is confirmed by a characteristic abnormal appearance of the small intestine under the microscope. Flattening of the normal finger like projections called villi accompanied by signs of inflammation is taken to indicate damage or injury from the storage protein gluten in wheat and similar proteins in barley and rye. The small intestine biopsy has became the gold standard for establishing the diagnosis of Celiac disease or gluten sensitive enteropathy. Before 1960 gluten withdrawal followed by improvement and subsequent worsening upon rechallenge was the diagnostic criteria.

Early in the 1960’s through the 1970’s the small intestine was biopsied by having people swallow a small metal capsule that was attached to a suction tube. This was used to suction up tissue into the capsule before guillotining off some tissue once the capsule was confirmed to be in the small intestine by x-ray. Now the tissue is obtained by upper endoscopy, the passage of a lighted video scope through the mouth under sedation to the small intestine, where biopsies are obtained with cupped forceps.

Celiac disease biopsy: What does the pathologist look for under the microscope?

The small intestine normally has finger like projections called villi that give it a large surface area or contact area for absorption. The villi result in a shag carpet or terry cloth towel type appearance. Lining the outside surface of each villous are intestinal cells or enterocytes that secrete mucus and absorb fluids, nutrients, minerals like iron, and vitamins like B12. On the surface of the enterocytes are digestive enzymes like lactase that digest lactose or milk sugar. At the base of the villi are crypts or circular like collections of intestinal cells.

Celiac disease biopsy: What is villous atrophy?

Normally, villi are 3-5 times longer than the crypts are tall. However, intestinal injury can result in blunting, shortening (partial villous atrophy) or complete loss of the villi and flattening (villous atrophy) of the intestinal surface. The shag carpet will have bare spots or the terry cloth towel becomes like a tee shirt. The result is lack of absorption of nutrients and water resulting in weight loss, malnutrition, and diarrhea.

Celiac disease biopsy: What if the biopsy does not show atrophy or partial atrophy?

If the villi are at least 3 times as long as the crypts are tall then no flattening or blunting of the villi is present and celiac disease becomes more difficult for the pathologist to diagnose without the history or blood test results. However, an increased number of IEL’s (intra-epitheliel lymphocytes) in the setting of a positive specific blood test for celiac, symptoms and especially if supported by presence of DQ2 and/or DQ8 gene pattern, is highly suggestive of celiac disease. The difficulty comes when the blood tests for the specific tests are negative or not elevated but only the “non-specific” blood tests (anti-gliadin or AGA and anti-reticulin antibodies) are elevated. Also, some people with milder forms of celiac have no blood tests abnormal but have classic biopsy findings of celiac and are termed seronegative (blood test negative) celiacs.

Celiac disease biopsy: Can the biopsy be normal in celiac disease?

By definition, the biopsy has been considered the gold standard for diagnosing celiac. However, recent studies have shown that the biopsy can be normal in some people with celiac. How can this be? The pathologist reading the biopsy may interpret the biopsy as normal based on his or her bias about celiac disease, a failure to appreciate the significance of the presence of IEL’s, or misuse of the older standard of >40 IEL’s per 100. However, more importantly is the recent recognition that normal appearing biopsies may not be normal. Electron microscopy has revealed ultra-structural abnormalities in apparent normal biopsies of people confirmed to have celiac disease. Special stains, that include immune labeling of lymphocytes, have also confirmed increased numbers of certain types of specific lymphocytes in the villi of intestinal biopsies of people confirmed to have celiac. The bottom line is that a normal biopsy does not definitively exclude celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Celiac diasease biopsy: What are other possible causes of biopsy changes that mimic celiac disease?

Cow’s milk protein sensitive enteropathy (CMSE), viral or bacterial infections, medications (especially aspirin like arthritis medications e.g. ibuprofen etc), autoimmune enteropathy, Helicobacter pylori infection (the stomach ulcer bacteria), AIDs, common variable immunodeficiency, and lymphoma of the intestine are all possible causes of small intestine changes that may mimic celiac. However, if you have classic celiac type symptoms, a positive celiac specific antibody (anti-endomysial antibody or tissue transglutaminase antibody) and a positive response to a gluten free diet then celiac is the likely cause. The likelihood is further increased if you carry one or both of the two major genes associated with celiac disease, DQ2 and/or DQ8. Normalization of celiac specific blood tests and the biopsy after a gluten free diet confirms the diagnosis of celiac disease.

Canaloplasty – A Surgical Alternative For Glaucoma

Our eyesight is precious to us. Every day we rely on seeing the very things we take for granted.

Our language is littered with expressions like; “Look over there”, “Did you see that”, “In our field of vision” and similar expressions related to seeing.

The rise in eye pressure or intraocular eye pressure (IOP), puts pressure on the optic nerve at the back of the eye. This pressure on the optic nerve increases the likelihood of permanent damage to this vital nerve. When this occurs our peripheral vision is reduced – permanently. We see less and less around the edge of our area of vision, ultimately leading to a condition called tunnel vision and in severe cases blindness. It is because of this gradual decline in our vision that glaucoma is often referred to as the silent thief.

Traditionally, glaucoma has been treated with medications usually, in the form of eye drops. Do you forget doses? Do you find applying eye drops fiddly? Frustrated, with the on-going cost of these medications? With the advances in micro surgery, there are now viable surgical alternatives, which may reduce the need for eye drops and in many cases eliminate the need for eye drops altogether.

The usual method of surgery to lower eye pressure is trabeculectomy. This creates a hole in the sclera to let the aqueous fluid drain into the outer cyst or bleb. Trabeculectomy is still the surgical standard, but there are risks of complications such as infection, leakage, and irritation.

Another surgical option is Canaloplasty. This utilises a very small tube placed in the Canal of Schlemm (a small channel around the iris for draining eye-fluid or aqueous humor) to enlarge the drainage canal, allowing the fluid to drain more freely, thereby relieving pressure inside the eye. This has been a successful method of reducing the eye pressure causing glaucoma.

Canaloplasty is a valuable minimally invasive surgical option in patients with open angle glaucoma, particularly in patients at high risk from infection or bleeding.

Canaloplasty is a safe and new procedure taking advantage of the normal drainage system of the eye to safely treat increased pressure in people with glaucoma. A tiny incision is made to gain access to the eye. A microcatheter is inserted into the canal to enlarge the main drainage channel by injecting a sterile gel-like material called viscoelastic.

After the drainage channel is made larger, the microcatheter is removed and a suture is placed within the canal and tightened to make sure that it stays open. By opening the canal, it will drain correctly, and the pressure inside the eye will be relieved.

Some points to remember about Canaloplasty

* Can safely lower eye pressure (IOP) by up to 40%

* Reduces or eliminates the need for eye-drops

* Less risk of complications after surgery

* Glaucoma now under control.

Only your doctor can decide if canaloplasty is right for you – talk to your doctor.

Imagine waking up in the morning and not having to puts drops into your eyes or like me having to remember to apply eye drops three times a day. Memory is such a fickle thing with age!

A Cure for Near Sightedness – Radial Keratotomy

Radial keratotomy (RK) is a refractive surgical procedure employed to correct myopia or nearsightedness. Radial Keratotomy came into existence by accident rather than through meticulous research. The procedure was discovered by Dr. Svyatoslav Fyodorov when he operated one of his patients who had met with a bicycle accident. The boy worn eyeglasses, which broke on impact, and the glass splinters lodged into his eyes. The doctor had to make several radial incisions in the corneal tissue in order to extract the glass. When the cornea healed, the doctor found that the boy's eyesight was significantly improved.

In radial keratotomy (RK), a series of micro-fine incisions are made in the outer portion of the cornea with the aid of a high-precision calibrated diamond knife. The surgeon administers a local anesthetic, since the incisions are wonderful and the procedure is fairly painless. The corneal thickness of the patient's eye is measured prior to the surgery. Before the incisions are made, the diamond-edged cutting instrument is strictly set under the operating microscope. Thus by flattening the curvature of the cornea in such a manner, RK can easily correct myopia or nearsightedness.

Radial keratotomy was first introduced in the United States in the 1980s. Initially it was much of an investigational procedure, with doctors operating only one eye at a time and waiting for at least 3 months to observe the results, before operating on the other eye. But the surgeons gained experience over time and now they could well operate both eyes simultaniously. Now, radial keratotomy is a minor surgery that takes about 15 to 20 minutes for each eye.

Radial keratotomy is constantly improving, owing much to the rapid advances in technology, and the fact that a number of such procedures have already been performed successfully. However, RK is not as precise as LASIK and PRK. Since, RK is less predictable, only a few surgeons now perform this procedure.

Health Foods For Life – 12 Healthy Foods

Before God created man he first created all the foods we should eat: fruits, vegetables and grains. These contain all that we need for life. All of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients we need to maintain a healthy body and control body weight are in these foods. Remarkably, some foods often encounter the organs of the body they most affect.

Remember when you mom used to tell you carrots were good for your eyes? She was right. A sliced ​​carrot looks like the human eye. Cut a slice off a carrot and have a look. The pattern looks just like the pupil, iris and radiating lines of the human eye. Beside the Vitamin A and fiber carrots provide abundantly, research shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to the eyes and improve eye performance.

I've heard for years that tomatoes were good for the heart as well as the prostate. Cut a logo in half. The tomato is red and has four chambers. The heart has four chambers and is red from oxygen rich blood. Research continues to show that tomatoes are loaded with lycopene and are indeed pure heart and blood health food.

Grapes hang in clusters that resemble the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell. Interesting is not it. Research today shows grapes are heart and blood vitalizing food. They are full of nutrients, contribute to the alkaline balance of the body, contribute to kidney health and are a good source of quick energy. Resveratrol from grapes and grape skins has been shown recently to provide all sorts of heart-healthy benefits and to reduce plaque build-up and to enrich blood flow.

A walnut looks like a little brain. The shell even has the little ridges and folds we see on a brain. When you crack the shell open, the nut inside looks like the left and right hemispheres and the upper and lower cerebrums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We know walnuts help develop more than three dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. They are a staple food for cancer patients. Walnuts are low in fat, are full of nutrients, support the immune system and help enhance memory and brain function.

Kidney beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function. They look exactly like the human kidneys. They are full of enzymes that inhibit sulfite build-up, thus cleaning the kidneys. Besides contributing to a strong immune system, kidney beans are a rich source of soluble fiber, which helps remove cholesterol and keep the digestive tract clean and working effectively.

Celery, bok choy, rhubarb and similar foods resemblance bones. These foods are important to bone health and strength. Bones are 23% sodium. Similarly, these foods contain 23% sodium, higher than most foods. To maintain proper pH the body pulls sodium, potassium and other minerals from the bones, so making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body by replenishing sodium and potassium. In addition, they are a rich source of Vitamin C, are high in dietary fiber, are full of electrolytes necessary to prevent muscle cramping and contain a number of cancer fighting coumarins.

Avocadoes, eggplant and pears look just like the organs of the womb and cervix of the female. The 20 vitamins, minerals and other nutrients of the avocado alone help balance hormones, shed undesired birth weight, and prevent cervical cancers. They say it takes nine months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are an estimated 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods. Avocadoes are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, are cholesterol free and promote a healthy immune system. They are also an excellent first food for children.

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow, similar to the male scrotum. Figs help increase the mobility and number of male sperm. These fruits contain vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium and chlorine. As all the good foods God provides us, figs have a number of other benefits, including constipation relief, cholesterol balance, weight loss, reduced hypertension, blood sugar control and the many benefits of fiber.

Sweet potatoes and yams look like the pancreas. These heart-healthy tuber help to balance the glycemic index of diabetics. They are rich in Vitamin A, potassium and complex carbohydrates. Just like the pancreas, sweet potatoes keep blood sugar stable. They are rich in fiber and aid in digestion and help support a healthy intestinal tract. They also are beneficial to stabilize blood pressure, prevent colon cancer and in weight control.

The Vitamin E, mono-saturated fats and phytonutrients in olives assist the health and function of the ovaries, which are similar in size and shape to the olive fruit. In modern days olives are used primarily to produce olive oil, but the fruit itself is rich in benefits. The polyphenols and flavonoids found in olives have significant anti-inflammatory properties and may be beneficial in the prevention of some cancers.

Oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female. They assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. Containing essential nutrients like calcium, copper, folate, potassium, magnesium, niacin and vitamin B6 citrus fruits promote a healthy immune system, promote healthy cholesterol and aid in weight control. Packed with Vitamin C, these fruits also aid in healthy skin, calcium and Vitamin D absorption and help fight off colds.

Onions and garlic are similar in appearance to the body's cells. They help clear waste materials from all of the body cells and produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. Onions have antibacterial and antifungal properties and are beneficial to balanced cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. They are also beneficial to cancer prevention and to respiratory ailments.

Fruits and vegetables abound to provide us with all that we need to live healthy, productive lives. Many resemblance body organs and help promote the health of these organs, as well as the rest of the body. Instead of reaching for processed foods low in nutrients, reach for something God made naturally.

Luer Lock Adapters Are Effective Connecting Devices Facilitating Closed Drug Transfer

Luer Locks are small parts which act as connectors to connect the syringe with the needle or with an adapter to enable transmission of liquid medicine or compounds without any loss due to leakage. The luer fitting on the syringe is like a screw fitted to the syringe and helps in connecting the luer lock present on the needle or adapter. The Luer Lock Adapter can help in secure connection of glassware with needle to permit air-sensitive transfer of compounds and medicine. A Luer Lock Adapter can be of different types like steel, brass, plastic, and fiber. It is used for a variety of applications. These connections are used in fluid flow apparatus for medical and surgical applications.

Luer fitting adapter facilitates tight sealed interconnection between two luer fitting members. Thus a luer fitting adapter serves as a medium to complete a medical system. The fitting includes removed male portion and female portion; Both portions are connected to form a sealed path for flow of fluids. Hard or semi-hard materials or a combination of these can be used for creating male lock portion and female lock portion.

Like any other device that helps in transmitting the fluids, the Luer Lock Adapter is also susceptible to contamination. Here proper use of these devices is recommended to avoid occupational exposure to hazardous drugs. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published guidelines for protecting the people involved in Health care industry from occupational exposure to hazardous drugs.

As per the guidelines issued by OSHA, the devices used for transferring drug fluids and compounds should be designed as a closed system to prevent contamination of the sterile products and avoid health hazards through accidental exposure. These devices should prevent any fluid leakage which may result in adverse health effects.

Benefits of Using Manuka Honey As a Wound Dressing

Honey has been used as a natural wound healer for many years. However, recent discoveries have concluded that one particular kind of honey, indigenous to New Zealand, contains plant-derived healing properties that sets it apart from other types of honey. Manuka Honey's greatest asset is its antibacterial properties. Most traditional forms of medicine used for clearing infections can be damaging to skin tissue. However, Manuka Honey has been found to have no known side effects.

In addition to being an excellent source for healing infection, Manuka Honey also helps to prevent scarring. During the healing process, a wound will form a scab in an effort to prevent further blood loss. The problem is that newly forming skin can only grow below the scab. This creates a deformity as the new tissue is not even with the rest of the skin. However, the moist healing environment created by Manuka Honey helps to lift the scab, therefore, allowing for the regeneration of new skin to grow flush with the surface of the wound.

In some more serious wounds, patients notice that the wound begins to smell bad. Wounds most commonly associated with malodor include exudating wounds, chronic pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers, diabetic / neuropathic ulcers, fungating, cancerous or malignant lesions and wounds with necrotic tissue. Wound odor is mostly due to the degradation of tissue or bacteria that release compounds and fatty acids. When a Manuka Honey-based dressing is used, the bacteria feed of the sugars in the honey and give off better smelling gases, therefore minimizing or eliminating malodor.

Manuka Honey also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help to relate pain associated with wounds. Once Manuka Honey is applied to a wound, tissue infection and swelling is immediately reduced. Since pain is never considered a desirable experience, this could possibly be one of Manuka Honey's more favorable qualities.

Perhaps the element that has brought Manuka Honey into the spot light as of late is its ability to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA and VRE. With the widespread concern of Staph infections and the lack of treatment alternatives, Manuka Honey has come through like a ray of hope, effectively healing such conditions where antibiotics have failed. News headlines around the world have described Manuka Honey's ability to go toe-to-toe with this deadly infection. The best way to describe it is that, by osmosis, Manuka Honey draws moisture out of the bacterial cells, making it impossible for them to stay alive. This is why no bacteria has ever been able to develop a resistance to Manuka Honey, and never will.

Below is a brief recapitulation of Manuka Honey's wound healing benefits:

* Antibacterial properties rapidly clear infection
* Causes scabs to lift, avoiding scar formation
* Eliminates malodor in more serious wounds
* Kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA
* Heals wounds quickly
* Repairs damaged skin and regenerates new skin growth
* Anti-inflammatory properties reduce pain
* No negative side effects

Diseases That Literally Change You – The Most Disfiguring Diseases

A lot of people care about their physical appearance more than anything. So anything that is bound to disfigure their looks is treated as an absolute disaster. But it's a bad symptom that a lot of us just can not get over, judging people according to physical appearance. This has been a source of a lot of the strife in the world. And unfortunately some people get judged based on such things that are completely beyond their control such as the ravages of illness. And really, there are some illnesses that can disfigure you not just internally but externally as well.

Here are some of the illnesses that can really change your appearance in a bad way. Let's all just be thankful that we do not have these crippling ailments:

– Smallpox: This is a highly infectious disease that is caused by the Variola major virus or its variants. The first few symptoms are similar to colds and influenza. And 12 to 15 days after the initial infection, the pox or lesions start appearing. These pox are like acne but grow and burst overtime, spreading the virus through the body. Although successfully eliminated from nature, survivors are usually left to deal with the physical and emotional pain caused by the lesions.

– Leprosy: This is one of the most recorded diseases ever, with even texts like the Bible recognizing its horrible effects. Leprosy or Hansen's disease was a huge source of stigma, with colonies of lepers being created in isolated islands, separate from the population at large before a cure was discovered in 1940.

– Elephantiasis: This disease is characterized by the hardening of the skin and inflammation in the leg and genital areas. It is seriously disfiguring in such a way that the skin bloats until it is about the same as that of an elephant. It is the most extreme form of lymphatic filariasis, which is caused by small parasites transmitted through mosquito bites.

Low Blood Pressure – When Is It Too Low?

When is our blood pressure so low that it is at a dangerous level. Low blood pressure can be more of a problem if it falls below a manageable level, so it is important to monitor your levels constantly if you suffer with this disease.

An acceptable reading that is considered normal for blood pressure is 120/80, but sufferers of low hypertension can have readings of 90/60, or sometimes even lower.

There is also an acceptable low level for athletes or people who live a very healthy lifestyle, and of course never smoke. It would be very rare for a smoker to have lower than normal readings unless they were unwell or were suffering with some other complaint. However in some people that have an underlying heart disease it could be a warning, or indication of inadequate blood flow into the vital organs. This is particularly prevalent in older people. So if you are one of those people who have low blood pressure but have no symptoms, then you will probably be wondering when is your pressure too low.

First you must understand just what exactly low blood pressure is. Because your hypertension alters from person to person, when one of you gets a reading of 90 millimeters of mercury (mm hg) or less as systolic readings and 60 mm Hg or less as diastolic readings, eg: 90/60 it is considered to be low blood pressure. We have already established this in the first paragraph, and realized that this pressure is only normal if you are a fit, healthy, clean living non smoker, for the rest of you, bar a few on other medical grounds, you are in trouble and need to take a good hard look at your lifestyle, or your family tree.

Chronic low blood pressure symptoms are a red flag pointing to many other health concerns. These things include serious heart disease, neurological disorders, and many others that can be just as serious. If low blood pressure is not treated in time or corrected, it can make these illnesses force the body to go into shock. This may sound like a far off tale to you, but if you think about our heart and what it does to keep our blood flowing in a controlled manner so that all our organs can function, then you will understand that this is indeed very serious.

I will now endeavor to answer the question, when is low blood pressure too low.

  • When you are lying down on bed for a long time and then sit upright you feel like you could pass out.
  • An injury or accident that leads to loss of too much blood
  • A person who is on medication that helps lower high blood pressure, medications for treatment of heart diseases, Parkinson’s disease, antidepressants or erectile dysfunction
  • A patient suffering from endocrine problems like Addison’s disease, low blood sugar, diabetes, parathyroid disease, hypothyroidism, etc.
  • Severe septicemia
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency as well as folic acid deficiency
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood pressure after eating; known as postparandial hypotension

So, when is low blood pressure too low? If the systolic pressure is 115 and diastolic pressure is 50, it is considered to be lower than normal. For example, when there is a sudden drop in 130 systolic pressure to 110 systolic pressure, it leads to dizziness, fainting and shock. Thus, a sudden drop in low blood pressure can be considered dangerously life threatening.

Below are some symptoms of low blood pressure that you should look out for if you are at all worried that you could be suffering from hypotension. If you can relate to some or any of these I suggest that you see your family doctor and let him do your reading and give you a good health check.

  • Excessive thirst
  • Sudden depression
  • Fatigue
  • Shallow breath
  • Cold clammy skin that looks pale
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness and light headedness

This all about when is low blood pressure too low. If you suffer from this without any symptoms, you should always remain alert.

We have covered the symptoms and now we will look at some of the side effects that low blood pressure can have on you, and your vital organs.

Our readings are at its lowest when we are sleeping, but if, while in this relaxed state it was to drop to 90/60 or lower then that could put our bodies organs into a bit of a panic, and if not taken care of in time, it may lead to dangerous consequences.

I will just run through some of the possible side effects from low blood pressure, or hypotension.

One of the most common signs is nausea. Because the blood flow slows down, there is a lack of oxygen to the brain. This causes gastrointestinal distress which leads to the nausea.

Dizziness and fainting are a result of hypotention, getting up too quickly, or, fast movements will cause this, because the blood is not being pumped through the arteries fast enough to get oxygen to the brain.

Heart disease is a real concern with low blood pressure, because there is not enough pressure for the heart to be able to pump blood to all the parts of the body, this puts a strain on the heart that can lead to heart disease or even cause a heart attack.

The brain is also under stress in this situation because it does not get enough oxygen and blood. This can effect the nervous system, and may result in confusion, mental illness, and even strokes. It can also affect the functioning of other parts of the body, because all parts of the body take direction from the brain.

The Kidneys are also in trouble here because the job of the kidney is to remove the toxins from our bodies. Low blood pressure can slow down this process causing toxins to build up in the blood.

This may all look a little scary but it is a warning for all of us to look after our bodies and get as much exercise as we can, and aim for a healthy lifestyle. If you are concerned that you have low blood pressure, see your doctor as soon as you can. Keep popping back for more info on this site, and take care.

The Mouse and the Measles

I never thought I would be dealing with measurements in my lifetime. It was just another morning. We were all awake and rushing around the house to get ready for work. I think we all had a little post-vacation stress syndrome. We had spent the previous week on vacation at the great home of the mouse! It had to be the largest amusement park I had ever been too. They advertise amazing four night, five day travel deals but they neglect to include the cost of food and some of the adjacent activities. We spent a lot of money but it will be a lasting memory for the kids.

As I poked my head into my daughter's room, I was not sure she was awake. I reached across her bed and tugged on her shoulder. She rolled over and it was quite a shock. He face was covered with red spots. Of course the first thing that crossed my mind was measles. I could not believe it considering we had lightly taken the kids to a Southern Chicago Suburbs Hospital just a few years ago for their booster shots.

Measles has been all but eradicated in the United States but there are still a few cases that pop up. It is much more of a problem in third world countries but the vaccine is being used more broadly these days. There was a burst of cases in England in 2007 but the spread was quickly stamped by aggressive treatment and further vaccination. In the United States, most schools require the vaccination before even giving the child enter the school. In our world of modern medicine, the fatality rate for measles is only 3 deaths per 1,000 cases!

I took my daughter to Wilmington Illinois Hospital for treatment. She had the classic symptoms including a high fever, runny nose, red eyes and persistent cough. Of course, this is toppled off by the tell-tale spots – actually a rash covering the entire body and associated with the high fever. The fever can reach 104 degrees and the whole episode lasts approximately four days. Recovery takes less than a week but we knew the hospital could help alleviate the symptoms.

The doctor at Wilmington Hospital explained that measles can be spread through bodily fluids including being too close to the sneeze of an infected person. He had heard there was a small outbreak that stemmed from a foreign visitor at the amusement park; very unusual but still possible.