How to Get Rid of Thrush Immediately

Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of Candida Albicans. Although most of the time, babies or infants are the one who got thrush commonly but there are also adults who got this problem. It will appear as milky white patches or blisters inside the cheeks and on the tongue. It can be painful and may bleed when it was rubbed or scraped slightly. This often causes a lot of discomfort and inconvenience to the patient. Oral thrush can last for as long months or even years depending on the severity of the problem.

Even sometimes when patients are on regular medication, the oral thrush did not recover or recurrence of the thrush again after they have recovered. It could be due to several possibilities, the yeast is having high resistance on the medication, the patient is not having a good diet or no proper oral hygiene etc. It is also possible for the yeast infection to be spread to the other parts of the bodies such as the digestive tract, vaginal or anal area as the yeast possibly passed down through and esophagus and passed out from anal. There are certain measures to be taken as to get rid of thrush immediately.

– Rinse your mouth regularly.
– Stop smoking.
– Have a balanced diet with more fruits and vegetables, avoid eating high sugar food like cakes, sweets, chocolates, ice creams etc.
– Oral thrush also mean that your body is lacking of irons or vitamins, eat supplements to boost the immune system.
– Add yogurt with lactobacilli into your diet everyday.
– If you wear denture, make sure you clean your dentures and soak it overnight. Dentures should fit your mouth perfectly, not too loose or overly fitted.

Thrush can be embarrassing and troublesome. Do not let it affect your life. Today, more and more patients have their problems solved with natural remedies because it is cheap, effective and safe from dangerous drugs.

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What Do We Mean by Congestive Heart Failure?

Many many individuals do not know what congestive heart failure is or what it means for their life, and they ask themselves, "Is congestive heart failure the end of my world?" It's a terrifying moment for most patients: the moment when the general practitioner enters their hospital room and informs them that they are in distress from congestive heart failure.

Congestive heart failure begins when, for whatever reason, the heart can not effectively pump the blood all through the body. This in the main occurs while the heart muscle is weak due to disease or stressed beyond its ability to perform. Congestive heart failure is generally a secondary disease following another cardiac condition, primarily either coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, myocarditis, valvular disease, or cardiac arrhythmias, with coronary artery disease carrying the poorest prognosis. It could also follow a myocardial infarction, renal failure, sepsis or even severe anemia.

Each side of the heart has a different function, and therefore will have a slightly different effect on the body while it is unable to fulfill that function. If it is the left side of the heart that has failed, accumulation of fluid in and near the lungs will make the patient to experience difficulty breathing, and the kidneys will respond to the reduced blood levels in the circulation by retaining fluid as well. If it is the right side that fails, the excess fluid accumulates in the venous system, confirming on the patient a generalized edema that becomes more and more severe as their condition deteriorates.

Dyspnea is the prevalent presenting symptom in congestive heart disease, while the severity will vary from patient to patient. Some will possess perfectly ordinary pulmonary function until under exertion, such as whilst exercising, walking up stairs or mowing their lawn; others will have so much fluid retention that simply rising from bed in the morning will prove to be difficult.

These patients will also normally get fatigued due to a lack of oxygen to the tissues. Heart failure will also create a condition known as pitting edema, in which the body retains fluid to the point that as stress and strain is applied to a specific spot on the body the indentation remains (non-pitting edema is not caused by heart failure) .

The treatment of congestive heart disease consists primarily of treating the symptoms. Vital signs should be taken regularly, and quite often diuretics will be prescribed to ease expulsion of accumulated fluid from the body. While in the hospital fluid intake and output will be measured carefully. Patients will very likely be placed in an upright position to help in moving fluid from around the heart and lungs, given potassium supplements and prescribed bed rest for a period of time. BUN levels and serum creatinine, potassium, sodium, chloride and bicarbonate levels are monitored by a doctor.

There are numerous elements that contribute to congestive heart failure and, if diagnosed, must be treated and maintained. These include hypertension, anemia or poycythemia, endocrine disorders, malnutrition, drug or alcohol usage and not least obesity. As a result, it is very important that patients suffering from congestive heart failure pay particular attention to maintaining a generally healthy lifestyle. A family doctor can help in establishing the best diet and exercises with each person to reduce placing undue tension on the heart and lungs.

Whilst no cure exists for congestive heart failure and the prognosis varies from case to case, with the use of a strict diet and activity program, taking all prescribed medications regularly and maintaining a close relationship with their doctors abundant patients who suffer from congestive heart failure can continue to lead a fairly natural life.

Shoulder Separation: A Common Injury With Uncommonly High Surgical Failures

Shoulder Separation also referred to as AC (acromioclavicular) dislocation or AC separation is a very common injury typically as a result of a direct force on the top of the acromion (shoulder blade) or fall on an outstretched hand. To better understand this injury, we have to take a step back and review the anatomy of the shoulder girdle.

The shoulder girdle (clavicle and scapula) is only truly connected to the rest of the body at the joint formed between the clavicle and sternum (breastbone).  The shoulder therefore is suspended and supported by many muscles that originate or insert on the bones making up the shoulder. The shoulder is really suspended from the clavicle (collarbone), being held in place by the ligaments between the coracoid (shoulder blade) and clavicle, along with the AC joint capsule, as well as the multiple muscles surrounding the shoulder. 

So if just the AC joint capsule is injured but the ligaments are preserved, this is considered a mild shoulder separation and does not result in a big bump or prominence of the clavicle. As the severity of the injury increases and more damage is done-the ligaments suspending the shoulder blade are torn-the shoulder now drops down, leaving the clavicle elevated, resulting in a bump. With even more injury, the clavicle can also be displaced or moved higher up, further back or even pushed down as well. 

The mild levels of injury are typically treated like any other sprain (think mild ankle sprain, for instance) and usually do not require any sort of surgical treatment to regain normal use. The really severe levels of injury are typically treated with surgery. The most controversial type of injury is the Type III Shoulder Separation, where the ligaments and AC capsule are disrupted.  This is the same injury suffered by NFL quarterback Sam Bradford during his last year of collegiate play at Oklahoma.  In some patients with a lot of muscle tone or bulk, the muscles are sometimes able to compensate for the injury by holding the shoulder girdle reduced while the injuries heal. Unfortunately, for many patients with this injury, the amount of shoulder drop that occurs cannot be fully compensated and they experience significant pain and dysfunction. 

Literally hundreds of surgical procedures have been described to repair and/or reconstruct high-grade shoulder separations.  The vast majority of these procedures are based on a modification of a surgery called the Weaver-Dunn surgery. This surgery and all the subsequent modifications involve transferring another ligament [the CA (coracoacromial) ligament] to take the place of the torn CC ligaments (coraco-clavicular).  Unfortunately, these procedures have been limited by highly variable success rates. The CA (coracoacromial) ligament is also increasingly recognized as important for shoulder function.  Although the incidence of shoulder separation is relatively high, the number of surgeons performing more than 5 shoulder separation surgeries annually is very small-meaning that most orthopedic surgeons perform these procedures only rarely. Especially for technically advanced procedures, it is very difficult for the surgeon only performing the procedure rarely to develop any sort of reliable expertise.  Add to this the vast array of procedures available and it is not uncommon to see surgeons trying a different type of reconstruction procedure for each separated shoulder subsequent case. 

Several major nerves and vessels also travel close to this area of the shoulder girdle and these can be involved in the mechanism of injury and must be greatly respected during any surgical approach.  Other potential complications include:

  • Loss of reduction of the clavicle (does not stay in proper position)
  • Clavicle or coracoid fracture
  • Infection
  • Painful scar
  • Deltoid/Trapezius muscle detachment

Many patients with this injury also have other injuries (rotator cuff tear, labrum tear, unstable shoulder, etc.) requiring treatment at the same time, so a reliable arthroscopic approach offers many advantages for both the patient and surgeon.  Our  technique  offers the following advantages:

  • An arthroscopic technique potentially offers reduced morbidity, improved cosmesis, and the ability to address concurrent shoulder pathology.
  • A single 4.5mm tunnel in the clavicle and coracoid instead of larger or multiple tunnels help reduce the risk of subsequent fracture.
  • The continuous suture loops placed through the coracoid and clavicle provide uniform compression of the graft at the coracoid and clavicle. Rather than relieve load from the graft, they create a tension band construct to maintain graft tension and position.
  • Placing the graft at the superior cortex of the coracoid more accurately reproduces the anatomic location of the native CC ligaments and avoids the possibility of anterior clavicle translation with passage of the graft around the clavicle.
  • The risk of neurovascular injury to structures medial to the coracoid is reduced as no dissection medial to the coracoid is required.
  • The placement of a single drill hole in the clavicle at 35mm medially allows the two limbs of the graft to reproduce the anatomic course and function of the Trapezoid and Conoid ligaments.
  • The #7 Adjustable Loop Toggle Loc Device has an average peak load of 1664.1N, 374.1lbs with 0mm cyclic loading slippage under testing resulting in the highly desirable likelihood of failure of the graft rather than at the points of fixation.

The combination of high initial strength of fixation with gradual incorporation of the graft to recreate the native ligaments offers both early return to function and long term durability.

Suffering a major shoulder injury like a high grade shoulder separation is painful enough; don’t make it worse by not doing your homework and finding the best solutions available to allow you to return to your regular routine as soon as possible.  In summary, we present a strong and reliable arthroscopic technique for anatomic reconstruction as an option for significantly symptomatic high grade acute and chronic shoulder separations as well as previously failed surgeries for shoulder separations.

Awake And Paralyzed During Surgery

The Trauma of Awakening

Awareness under anesthesia ranks second only to death as a dreaded complication of surgery. It is reported to affect 40,00-140,000 patients per year in the US but there is reason to believe that many more have awakened during surgery. Because modern anesthesia consists of three agents – a light dose of painkiller, a paralyzing drug, and an amnesic agent that blocks memory of the experience – most patients do not remember awakening and so do not report it to their doctors. The paralyzing drug prevents any struggle or gesture as sign of distress so the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and nurse cannot see that the patient is awake. Some experimental studies estimate the rate of awareness may be as high as 44%.

Not remembering does not diminish the pain, fear, and utter helplessness of awakening under the knife and being unable to let anyone know. Nor does it diminish the traumatic effect of that experience. Survivors who finally recall the awakening usually describe an experience in which their center of awareness coalesces outside their helpless body and they watch the scene from above. Their frozen state and accompanying depersonalization seems to go on and on without a clear point of resolution. The return to the body may happen in the recovery room or even later in the hospital room and, rarely, only after days, weeks, or years.

Posttraumatic Consequences

The experience of awakening in a panic during surgery and finding oneself unable to move or cry out creates a dramatic crescendo of survival instincts. The drug-induced paralysis thwarts any impulse to escape and deepens the instinctual freeze response. Awareness during surgery carries the exact conditions known to induce post-traumatic symptoms. The horrors of the experience become embedded in the nonverbal mind with a potential to intrude into consciousness whenever triggered. The suffering individual will not relate the emerging panic to unremembered and wordless experiences during a past surgical operation.

Over half of the patients that remember coming light under anesthesia develop the full syndrome of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Survivors with or without memory often become phobic about surgery and their avoidance of triggers may generalize to a fear of hospitals or doctors or of white coats. They may suffer attacks of frozen panic or depersonalization, sometimes with clouded states of altered consciousness. They may repeatedly hear the voices of operating room staff. Their conditions are often misdiagnosed as panic disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, or epilepsy.

Treatment of Surgical PTSD

Once the true cause is suspected the condition can be readily treated and cured with trauma therapy. Successful treatment does require processing of the entire traumatic experience so the therapy must be able to access that seemingly forgotten memory. The memory is there even though conscious verbal probes fail to reach it. It was not verbally coded when the person was under the dual effect of the anesthetics and the instinctual trauma response. Even though it was stored in fragments of nonverbal perception it can be processed into a narrative form that will be available to conscious thought.

Hypnosis is very effective in providing access to the traumatic memory fragments. Other approaches that use nonverbal communication can also be effective. These are the creative arts therapies such as art therapy, movement therapy, music therapy and psychodrama. In most applications the person constructs a verbal narrative of the trauma and comes to own it as a finished historical event.

Post Herpetic Neuralgia – Should You Fire Your Doctor For Making These 7 Errors Managing Your PHN?

Imagine for a moment a 12 piece puzzle. Create a scene in this puzzle where you are the star attraction. You could be in a garden, at the beach, on a peaceful mountain or quietly enjoying some time with close family and friends in the back yard around the pool. Now imagine a disruptive force breaking up your picture into its 12 pieces. This is the metaphor for your Post Herpetic Neuralgia. Your journey to getting well is like having to put all of the pieces of the puzzle back together again. This requires team work, with you playing an active, if not the leading role.

Your doctor is a vital part of your support team and you should not only make ever effort to cooperate with him in managing your post herpetic neuralgia, but more importantly, you should engage your doctors' help and support as you embark on your getting well again program and put the pieces of your puzzle back together again. But the weeks keep running into months and the months keep running into years, while your pain keeps going on, and on, and on, without any appeal end in sight? Is your doctor missing something important?

Read on to find out the top 7 errors many doctors make when treating post herpetic neuralgia sufferers.

First error: – Taking a "single bullet" approach to managing your PHN. Post herpetic Neuralgia is a complex problem and there are many pieces to this puzzle. It is best managed by integrating alternative approaches with conventional treatments with the goal of weaning you off your drug treatments as soon as is practical.

Second error: Not addressing and ideally managing the microorganism issue. Shingles is precipitated by the Herpes Zoster virus, but there may be many other microorganisms that come into play as the PHN drags on. Until this puzzle piece is addressed, there is little hope of improvement.

Third error: – Not taking into account the vital role your immune system is playing. Your immune system is the protector of your body. It is almost futile to embark on a process of getting well, without working to strengthen your immune system and putting this piece of the puzzle back in place. It is also vital to minimize those things that slow down or harm your immune system.

Fourth error: – Not working with you to correct the acid / base imbalance in your body. Just like how your body functions best in a narrow temperature range, so it needs an optimum acid / base balance for optimum health and healing. This puzzle piece should not be overlooked. An acid condition favors the growth of microorganisms and these microorganisms damage the myelin sheath that protects the nerves.

Fifth error: – Not getting you on a program to facilitate the healing of your nerves. Nerves heal at the rate of 1 millimeter per month and specific nutrients are vital to supporting the healing process. The B vitamins among others are critical to this process and are a critical puzzle piece.

Sixth error: – Not helping you to understand that things are you need to avoid. There are certain types of food, environmental toxins and other conditions that not only aggravate your condition, but slow down the process of getting better. They slow down the process of getting your puzzle pieces back in place. Have you been made aware of them?

Seventh error: – Not addressing the mind body connection. This is a major piece of the puzzle. More and more modern research supports the fact that fear, anxiety, stress and other negative emotions slow down your healing process while on the other hand the emotions of faith, hope and a positive outlook are beneficial and promote healing. This could have a positive impact even in post herpetic neuralgia.

Tonsillectomies For Tonsil Stones (Tonsilloliths) – Not Needed!

Many people see their doctor for tonsil stones. The irritation in the throat can be very frustrating and the bad breath caused by these nuisances can ruin your social life. There are treatment options, however, and many are home remedies.

Tonsil stones are caused when food, mouth debris, and bacteria stick to the tonsillar crypts. These white bumps are not usually dangerous, though. One of the common misconceptions about tonsil stones is that they require a tonsillectomy in order to remove them. A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the tonsils. This is an invasive surgery and you do not need it for tonsilloliths. These objects are – at the very most – a nuisance and some may argument that they are actually used as a type of defense mechanism for the body, much like mucous in the eyes and nose.

Tonsil stones should not be confused with tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils and depending on the cause may require antibiotics in order to treat it. Treatment for tonsilloliths an as simple as squeezing your throat or using a syringe to dislodge them. You may also try gargling with warm salt water mixed with lime juice.

If all else fails to remove these tonsils stones or you can not keep them coming back, you may wish to speak with your doctor about laser surgery for your tonsils. This process removes the rough surface of the tonsils so nothing will stick within the tonsillar crypts. However, this is usually not necessary as home remedies will usually take care of the problem.

Premenstrual Syndrome and Candida

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is condition that encompasses a wide array of symptoms that many women experience typically a week before their menstrual cycles but can occur up to two weeks before. The symptoms of PMS are so diverse and far reaching that it affects women both physically and emotionally. Symptoms of PMS include but are not limited to headaches, edema, back pain, abdominal cramps, abdominal bloating, abdominal gas, muscle spasms, breast tenderness, acne, food cravings, mood swings, anxiety, brain fog and depression. Although, I have heard many men and women alike joking about PMS it is no laughing matter to those women who are unfortunate enough to experience its debilitating symptoms month after month. Imagine experiencing symptoms for up to 14 days out of the month every single month. This is a miserable way to exist. There is however hope for those with PMS aside from just treating the monthly symptoms with over the counter pain medicines. This hope lies in the link between PMS and Candida.

Candidiasis is a condition in which yeast (Candida) overgrows in the intestinal system. Candida is usually a benign microorganism that contributes to a healthy microflora of the intestinal system. Candida ideally will work hand in hand with “friendly” bacteria within this system to remove waste and toxins from the body. However, due to numerous external factors Candida can become an opportunistic microorganism which releases toxins and causes the body to become unhealthy. Symptoms of candidiasis are as diverse as those of PMS and that is why it often goes unrecognized. It has been found that many women who experience PMS also experience candidiasis related symptoms. Chronic yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, abdominal gas, abdominal bloating, depression and anxiety are not uncommon. The good news is that this linkage provides hope for alleviating PMS symptoms through treatment of the underlying candidiasis.

The Candida Diet is the cornerstone of treatment for candidiasis. The goal of the diet is to cut off the food supply to the Candida, therefore killing them, an eliminating the toxins they produce from the body. The diet is very restrictive eliminating all forms of sugar, processed foods, quick acting carbohydrates and many other foods that have been shown to feed Candida. It is however an extremely effective method of treating this condition. It can be very difficult to adhere to the Candida Diet because of these restrictions and but these dietary changes have been proven to help many women with PMS overcome their monthly misery. The first weeks on the diet are hardest because there actually may be an increase in symptoms due to the die-off period where large amounts of Candida are literally being starved and killed in your body. The body may have a hard time dealing with the toxins that these dead microorganisms produce initially. This is the reason why it often gets worse before it gets better. If you suffer from PMS and are looking for naturally ways to relieve these symptoms look into the Candida Diet.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a disorder of brain function characterized by repeating fits or seizures. The symptoms can be as mild as thought disorders, or as severe as a physical convulsion and unconsciousness. Epilepsy affects one in a hundred people.

Derived from the Greek, epilepsy means 'to be designated by forces from without'. It is a symptom of brain malfunction that can be caused by diverse disease processes (such as brain tumors or infection) by head injury, or by genetic inheritance, although in many cases no cause can be found.

The expression of epilepsy is usually an intermittent, paroxysmal, excessive and disorderly discharge of cerebral neurons. This is due to instability of the cell membranes resulting from excessive depolarization and repolarization. Membrane stability and polarization are maintained by ionic fluxes across the membrane. When this ionic balance is disturbed or when the intrinsic mechanisms for maintaining membrane stability are affected, there is a tendency for a seizure to occur. Individuals may have, by genetic determination or acquired condition, a lower threshold to spontaneous firing of certain neurons.

Epilepsy seizures

There are two types of seizure, partial and generalized. Partial seizures begin in a local area of ​​the brain. In the simple partial seizures consciousness is not impaired but there are specific symptoms dependent which part of the brain has been affected.

In complex partial seizures consciousness is impaired. There can be a brief clouding of consciousness or a more prolonged episode of automatism. When the abnormal neuronal discharge that initiates the fits remains localized it may elicit a conscious sensation or series of sensations that the person learns to interpret as a warning or aura. The nature of the aura is determined by which part of the brain is affected. Although the person interprets the aura sensations as a warning of the fit to come, it is actually an initial seizure manifestation.

The generalized seizures can be either convulsive or non-convulsive.

They range in severity from a simple 'absence' (also known as petit mal seizures), to 'grand mal' seizures (which are characterized by a tonic-clonic pattern of spasm). The seizure is generalized from the sunset. Sudden unconsciousness with or without motor phenomena, is the usual mode of seizure sunset. However, there may be jerks (myoclonic jerks) in clear consciousness which also occurs.

The suggestion is that the generalized seizure is caused by a system of neurons, coming from the brainstem, which integrate the activities of both hemispheres. Alternatively it is suggested that in generalized epilepsy there is a diffuse and reliably mild state of chronic cortical hyperexcitability which increases the responsiveness of the cortical neurons. This leads on to spike and wave discharges associated with the generalized seizure.

Modern medicine provides many medications which can control epileptic seizures, and active research continues into the many factors which cause epilepsy.

Tomato, Spinach and Broccoli: Three Guardian Angels for Men

Many men like to eat meat in everyday life. They always want wine and meat and ignore vegetables. In fact, the nutritional value of vegetables can not be ignored. Many vegetables contain essential nutrients needed by the human body. Generally speaking, tomato, spinach and broccoli are the effective guardian angels for men.

Tomato can help men prevent prostatic disorders. According to the medical research, tomato contains lycopene which can prevent prostatic disorders, protect the heart blood vessels and reduce the risks of getting the heart disease. The lycopene can effectively resist oxidation, remove free radicals and protect the cells, which can further stop the process of cancerization and reduce the risks of obtaining the cancer like pancreatic cancer, carcinoma of the rectum, laryngeal cancer, oral cancer and lung cancer. In addition, the nicotinic acid contained in tomato can maintain the normal secretion of gastric acid, accelerate the formation of red blood cells and protect the skin for men. The tomato juice can also improve the urination and prevent nephritis for men. Therefore, men should increase the intake of tomato in daily life so as to prevent various diseases and keep their bodies healthy.

Spinach can improve the quality of sex life for men. The abundant vitamins contained in spinach can effectively prevent angular stomatitis and nyctalopia. According to the research, the adequate intake of spinach can effectively prevent the degeneration of retina. What's more, the anti-oxidants contained in spinach can accelerate the reproduction of cells, which can activate the functions of brain and defer the aging. At the same time, the integration of folic acid and iron can accelerate the synthesis of red cells, improve the blood circulation and raise the quality of sex life. In addition, a large amount of magnesium can enhance the strength of muscles for the male body.

Broccoli can help men prevent prostatic cancer. Nowadays, prostatic cancer has become an important killer among men. Nearly 220000 men can be died of the disease each year. Therefore, men can effectively prevent the disease by increasing the intake of brocoli moderately. Broccoli can also play an important role in killing the bacteria which can cause gastric cancer. In addition, broccoli contains abundant flavonoid which can prevent infection, the oxidation of cholesterol and the condensation of blood platelets so as to decrease the risks of getting the heart disease and apoplexy. Therefore, it is necessary for men to frequently eat broccoli in everyday life.

New Ways to Treat Post-Stroke Spasticity

New ways to treat post-stroke spasticity are giving stroke patients, even those in vegetable state, new hope for recovery. The National Stroke Association (NSA) Website has already added Intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) Therapy and Botulinum toxin A (Botox) as part of its list on how to treat stroke patients with spasticity.

Spasticity is a resistance in the muscles to stretch after an injury to the central nervous system like stroke, which makes it difficult for patients to clench their hand, flex their fist, move their arm away from their body, or walk properly. Spasticity is often an underestimated effect of stroke which leads to grave pain for the patient if left untreated.

In the past, stroke patients who suffer spasticity are limited to oral medicines that leave them sedated and with slow, limited developments despite physical therapy. Through ITB and Botox, post-stroke patients with spasticity can gain better recovery with no lethargy as medication is targeted to the specific area of ​​the body needing therapy.

Relevant data reveal that patients with severe spasticity have shown an 89% reduction of spasticity-related pain on top of improving mobility, daily functioning and quality of life. Thus, ITB's dramatic effects to stroke patients has now pushed for a defect investigation on its benefits through the Spasticity In STrokE Randomized Study (SISTERS), an international trial conducted in 20 European and US sites.

SISTERS aim to reduce spasticity after 6 months of treatment that is partnered with physical therapy (PT). Recently, European company Medtronic announced its enrollment of European patients into the study.

Any stroke patient with spasticity is candidate to ITB – from those who can walk and just want to walk better to those who are already in a vegetative state. What actually happens during therapy is that, a catheter is tunneled under the skin of the stroke patient where spasticity is experienced. This then is pushed up until it reaches the spine. Once there, a minimal amount of medication is pumped.

On the other hand, botox, such as the brand Dysport, has already been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat focal spasticity for stroke patients but intensive care is necessary in its application as it comes from the same bacterium that causes botulism. Botox aids recovery from spasticity because it blocks the release of chemical messages that cause the muscles to contract, thereby ending spasms in the affected muscles. However, Botox therapy is repeated every three months which increases the price of stroke therapy.

These two new ways of treating spasticity are great breakthroughs especially since stroke patients with severe spasticity normally do not respond adequately to oral medication and physical therapy. Patients, on the other hand, can choose these treatments on top of medications that use together with it, like NeuroAid which is a price competitive alternative that helps shorten stroke rehabilitation on a longer term. Other ways to treat spasticity, according to NSA, are stretching, injections, and surgery.

Hair Loss Treatment – Causes of Balding in Men – Hair Transplantation


A lot of men experience alopecia at some point in their lives; in fact research indicates that 4 in 7 men have the baldness gene. Baldness can start at different ages; most men experience it at around the age of 35, however today there are several cases of early hair loss in men, starting as early as 20s. The venture in to hair transplantation is becoming a really common medical practice, since men are seeking solutions to curb hair loss. Many men assume that baldness is a result of excessive testosterone but they are completely wrong. We will look deeply into this hormone causing the male pattern baldness i.e. androgenic alopecia, as well as other factors that cause it. This will make you more enlightened and well-informed to practice preventive measures against losing hair early enough.

Common causes of Male Hair Loss

Androgenic alopecia triggered by Di Hydro Testosterone (DHT)

This is a pattern of hair thinning in men which results in a receding hairline and a thinning crown, leaving a horse shoe shaped ring at the back and sides of the head. This is caused by a hormone called dihydtotestosterone (DHT) which affects hair growth and prostate as well. DHT acts on genetically vulnerable follicles, causing them to shorten, miniaturize and eventually disappear hence thinning in the specific areas of the scalp until the hair completely stops growing. However the hair at the back of the head is less susceptible to DHT and more permanent. During hair transplantation, the permanent hair is transplanted to the balding area, and since the follicles retain their DHT effects resistivity characteristics, they continue to grow normally.

To prevent the effects of DHT, medications like Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) can be taken to reverse miniaturization.

Physical and Emotional Stress

Physically stressing the hair strands by pulling hair tightly either braiding or pony tails called traction alopecia and other activities like excessive styling using lots of heat or harsh chemicals cause hair loss by weakening the strands that eventually break off. Some people also have the habit of pulling off their hair unknowingly; this is known as trichotillomania; a habit that results in alopecia.

Chemotherapy while targeting rapidly growing cells affects the growth phase of hair, slowing growth and eventually hair thinning. Radiotherapy of the scalp causes trauma to the affected areas causing baldness. Stressful experiences like accidents, severe illness, surgery poisoning, cause temporary shock loss where a lot of hair enters resting phase at the same time telogen effluvium, resulting in severe shedding and balding.

Emotionally stressful periods like death of a loved one, break ups and divorce can also cause hair loss.

Medication and Drugs

Some drugs which affect the natural hormonal balance can cause permanent or temporary loss of hair. Such medications are for example anabolic steroids and drugs that are used to cure blood pressure, acne, diabetes, blood thinners, anti depressants, heart disease, cholesterol and mycotic infections.

Seasonal Hair Loss

Seasonal hair loss occurs during the changes of seasons, because the skin is trying to adjust itself to the new weather. Maximum hair loss is experienced during winter, the scalp gets too dry and flaky and sheds hair. In summer, the skin sweats a lot, blocking pores and preventing healthy hair-growth. Excessive UV rays from the sun damage the hair.

Immune system diseases and Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland regulates the metabolism of the body by releasing some hormones. Birth abnormalities and removal of thyroid gland causes hypothyroidism which is under production of some hormones resulting in patchy loss known as alopecia areata.

Diseases where the immune system attacks healthy body tissue are known as autoimmune diseases e.g diabetes and arthritis. Cicatricial alopecia is hair loss that results from the immune system attacking the hair follicles causing permanent hair loss scars.

Poor Nutrition

Hair is made from protein called keratin. Poor nutrition affects hair-growth. Deficiencies in nutrients like protein, iron, vitamin B, zinc, biotin. Excess vitamin A intake can also cause hair loss.


A common fungal infection of the scalp commonly known as ring worm (tinea capitis) that arise due to poor hygiene causes hair loss scar. Other infections that cause alopecia secondary syphilis, dissecting celullitis and folliculitis. In a more oily scalp, a microscopic mite called demodex follicullorum is likely to thrive; it feeds on sebum, denying hair its nutrients causing thinning and falling.

Unhealthy Lifestyle

Poor habits like insufficient sleep, smoking and excessive drinking can also affect hair growth adversely. Carbon monoxide from smoke prevents circulation of oxygen to the follicles, while excess drinking of alcohol causes dehydration stopping the body from absorbing essential nutrients.

Does Birth Control Cause Hair Loss?

Oral contraceptives and other forms of hormonal birth control can trigger hair loss disorders such as telogen effluvium, androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata. It is not uncommon for teenagers and young women to experience hair loss after using certain birth control methods including the pill, patch, injection, implant and vaginal ring. Although many women use these products without any serious side effects, there is no way of knowing how one will respond until the medication has been used for several months.

Female Pattern Baldness

Any hormonal change can trigger the onset of female pattern baldness (also known as androgenetic alopecia) in those who are genetically predisposed. The most commonly prescribed contraception effects the endocrine system, causing changes that can disrupt delicate hormonal balance. Women who have a family history of genetic thinning may be advised to only use birth control pills with a low-androgen index – or to consider an alternate form of pregnancy prevention.

Early sunset androgentic alopecia is becoming more common. Some experts believe this is due to increased use of birth control at a younger age for problems such as acne, premenstrual cramps and mood swings.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a common condition that causes excessive shedding from the roots. Birth control medications are among the many possible causes of this condition. The hair growth cycle is very sensitive to change, disturbance or imbalance. Even a minor imbalance can disrupt the hair growth cycle. The physiological changes that occur when hormonal contraceptives are used can trigger the onset of telogen effluvium. This can be a temporary condition if the body quickly adjusts to the medication. If the body does not adapt, shedding will continue.

Depletion of Nutrients

Many women are not aware that contraceptive use can deplete or inhibit the absorption of certain nutrients that are essential for healthy hair growth. Deficiency in one or more of these nutrients can lead to hair loss. Vitamins B2, B6, B12, vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium, zinc and the amino acid l-tyrosine are among the nutrients that can be compromised due to birth control use.

Contraceptive medications also tend to increase copper levels. Although copper is necessary for healthy hair growth, elevated levels can cause diffuse shedding and undesirable changes in texture.

Nutritional imbalances that occur due to birth control use can be the cause (or a contributing factor) of hair loss. Extremely healthy diet from a wide variety of nourishing foods and supplements may help prevent the possibility of this type of telogen effluvium.

Candidiasis albicans

Contraception use puts women at a higher risk for developing systemic yeast overgrowth known as Candidiasis albicans. Hair loss, skin problems and many other symptoms can result from this common infection. An over-all feeling of un-wellness will prevail. When cause of hair loss can not be identified and other symptoms exist, systemic yeast infection should be considered.


The thyroid is intimately connected to healthy hair growth. Even a slight thyroid imbalance can cause hair loss. Birth control can alter thyroid function by stimulating excess thyroid binding globulin (TBG) due to high estrogen levels. This condition may go undetected, as standard thyroid tests do not always include TBG levels.
Birth control can indirectly cause hair loss by impairing thyroid function.


Inflammation is involved with most, if not all hair loss problems. In fact some experts believe that chronic low level inflammation is at the root of all modern day illnesses. Although thinning hair may be the first visible symptom of systemic inflammation, this condition can wreak havoc on the body if it is not corrected.

Recent studies reveal that women who take birth control have up to twice as much C-reactive protein (CRP) than those who do not. High CRP levels are associated with inflammation – as CRP levels rise when there is inflammation in the body. Anti-inflammatory diets and supplements are often recommended for those suffering with androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, telogen effluvium and other related disorders.

Autoimmune Conditions

Birth control is one of many possible factors that can cause trigger the onset of autoimmune disorders in those who are predisposed. Autoimmune conditions can lie dormant until the body is affected by something that activates the condition.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that targets hair follicles, causing bald patches. Other variations of alopecia areata can cause more severe shedding or baldness. Although other autoimmune conditions may not directly target follicles, hair loss can be a symptom of a wide variety of autoimmune conditions.

Those who are susceptible due to family history may wish to seek alternative methods of pregnancy prevention. Unfortunately, often there is no way of predictability until the condition is triggered.

Shedding after Discontinuing Birth Control

Discontinuing or switching to another type of hormonal birth control can also cause same symptoms as another change in hormonal environment is created. Many women are handed their birth control prescription without being made aware of these potential effects until they start losing their hair and begin to research on their own.

Commonly Suggested Ear Ache Remedies

A viral or bacterial infection of the middle ear is called Acute Otitis Media. It usually results from a complication of an allergy or common cold. This type of infection is more frequent in children. However, symptoms as well as treatments are basically the same for older children and adults.

With Acute Otitis Media, your ear will feel painful while showcasing a red and bulging eardrum. Depending on the gravity, most people heal from this infection without the need for antibiotics or treatment. However, since ENT doctors cannot predict whose infection will heal on their own, ENT doctors still prescribe antibiotics like Amoxicillin to all its patients, especially the ones who experiences it severely or if the symptoms have not subsided after 72 hrs.

Since pain relief is vital, most doctors also prescribe pain relievers like Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen like Tylenol. However, if there is persistent or severe pain accompanied by fever and bulging of the eardrum, Myringotomy should be performed by the ENT specialist.

The ENT specialist will create an opening onto the ear drum to drain the fluid from the Otitis Media or middle ear. This opening will just heal in time; no treatment is necessary. Thus, the procedure will not affect one’s hearing. Thus, for those who frequently experience Acute Otitis Media, ENT doctors will suggest to have your Tympanostomy or drainage tubes placed inside your eardrums.

These days, more and more people are becoming practical and self-reliant. Although it is a general rule not to self medicate, especially with kids, there are those who still prefer conventional ways of curing themselves.

Here are some of the most common ear ache remedies:

Herbal Drops

These drops have various oils, specifically garlic oil. Garlic is known as a natural antibiotic which means, it possesses antibacterial properties. Initially, you need to warm up the bottle in a hot water cup and then put 3 droplets into the infected ear. You can use a hairdryer for about 3 minutes on low setting. Then, use a hot folded wash cloth that is placed inside a zip-locked bag. You need to do this about 3x up to 4x a day.

Heating Pad

Place a heating pad under a pillowcase. You can lie on it and take a nap or sleep for a while.

Tiger Balm

Carefully put some Tiger Balm along the outer portion of the aching ear canal. Put some balm even up to the neck beneath the aching ear. You can also put a moist and warm compress on the aching ear and go for a short sleep.

Peroxide and Alcohol

Using a small cap, mix about 50% Peroxide and 50% Alcohol. Then, drop it onto the aching ear. You will see some bubbles. When it stops bubbling, turn over and allow draining. You can repeat the procedure as you deem necessary. This will not only warm-up the ear, it will also kill the bacteria.

Cotton Wool Bud and Olive Oil

Dip about half of a cotton wool bud in warm water and olive oil. Gently put the bud inside the aching ear and let it stay for a while. After a few seconds, take it out.

Potato Steam

Cut a potato into two parts. Heat ½ of the potato inside a microwave until it becomes very hot. Place the hot potato on a wash cloth and allow the steam to flow to the infected ear’s canals. Let the steam flow until the potato becomes cold.

Salt in a Sock

Place a frying pan over low heat and pour some salt into the pan. Then, place your heated salt inside a clean sock, Place the sock on your aching ear. You will feel relief in a few minutes.


Put some alcohol in a cup and heat it inside a microwave for about 5 seconds. Allow cooling for a few seconds and gently pour a few drops into the aching ear.

Blow Dryer

Gently blow through your nose while you hold your nostrils shut. Using a blow dryer, put in on low setting and point it into your aching ear from a distance.

Alcohol and White Vinegar

Apply a few drops of Alcohol onto the aching ear. Then, apply a few drops of white vinegar before lying down, for about 10 minutes. Your aching side should be the upper part. After a few minutes, urn so that your aching side will face down and will lie onto a hot damp towel. Wait until the towel cools down, reheat it and repeat the procedure for about 4x.

Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss

Sudden hearing loss, is sudden deafness, where the ability to hear is lost quickly in a short time. It could happen in both the ear, or may particular to a single ear. Many times, sudden loss of hearing is accompanied by tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and sometimes even loss of balance, or dizziness. It may be caused by a sudden conductive impairment, or a sensorineural origin.

When a person can not hear sounds within 30 decibels or more, in three different frequencies for an a period of 3 days, it is diagnosed to be a case of sudden loss of hearing. Some of the causes that result in sudden hearing loss are –

1. Trauma
2. Infections (Viral or Bacterial)
3. Ototoxic Drugs
4. Head Injury
5. Meningitis
6. Temporal Bone Fracture
7. Circulatory disorder causing reduced flow of blood in the inner ear.
8. Diseases of the inner ear like Meniere's diseases
9. Neurological disorders
10. Upper respiratory tract infection
11. Smoking
12. Trauma to the ear due to prolonged exposure to loud sounds etc.

Most people who have experienced sudden loss of hearing have complained of discharge or pus from the ear, vertigo, pain in the ear, tinnitus, and have a history of being exposed to loud sound. Treatment of cases presenting with sudden hearing loss depends on the cause. Most patients are put on vasodilators to improve the circulation of blood to the cochlea and improve inner ear sensitivity. Hearing aid is usedides steroid in the treatment of this condition.

It is very important to treat children with ear infection of the upper respiratory infection to avoid conditions leading to hearing defects. Beside, children being young are unable to express their pain and feelings. So it is important to take care of ear infections if any or treat upper respiratory tract infections timely. Avoid exposure to loud noises like listening to loud music over head phones or television etc.

Skin Allergies – 14 Holistic Treatments That Work

I'm seeing lots of skin cases laTely. I love these cases because I have huge amounts of personal experience with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema and even ringworm. Dyshidrotic eczema is an irritation that occurs on the palms of hands and soles of the feet where clear, deep blisters pop up that itch and burn. They seem to be worse with sunshine exposure. Man, do these ever itch. As a child I was hospitalized for this and generalized dermatitis several times.

I believe the core cause of most skin diseases are: food or contact allergies, improper food combining and malabsorption / maldigestion, parasites, viruses, yeast and emotional distraught. Children internalize a lot of emotions and I was no different. At age four or five, I was once put into a straight jacket to control my self-mutilation which was causing secondary bacterial infections in my skin. The nurses were not happy with me.

I guess what bothered me most about the whole skin treatment process as a child, was that one doctor asked me what I wanted to do and what kind of treatments I would be comfortable trying. They talked to my mother and ignored me like I was some kind of deaf-mute. I felt used as they dispensed the latest and greatest treatments that they knew of, often doing a regime of antibiotics, steroids, creams and lotions containing urea and things that stung, along with bowel cleansings and hospitalizations.

Because of how I was treated, I feel it's important to allow children to be a part of their treatment protocols, so I spend a lot of time during my consults listening to the children tell me what they think. I take pride in knowing that when given a choice of who they want to go see for their ailments, often children will tell their parents that they want to consult me ​​(either in person or by phone.) They know that I will empower them to choose techniques they feel will help them, and they like it when they can communicate with their parents more effectively about what they are thinking.

I found as a young adult that I was more accurate in listening to my body about what it liked than the doctors and their allergy tests were. Gee, when a kid almost vomits at the smell of hot dogs or gags on their cream of wheat, it's a pretty good sign there is a problem with the food … The body is rejecting it.

I remember one food elimination trial where I was only allowed to eat rye-tack for a week in an attempt to clear out my body for some allergy testing. I think it was harder on my mom than it was on me to tell me I could not eat with the rest of the family. "Would not you like another piece of rye-tack?" She'd ask with a pained look on her face.

I can not even imagine what it would be like to see your own child get stuck with 40-50 needles for the testing process they used to do for allergies. These days they do allergy testing using blood. I do it through tapping into the body's energy field with a process called muscle testing.

Fortunately I grow out of some of my food allergies, but I now manage allergies to sulfites, nitrates, MSG, antibiotics, phenol, formaldehyde, squirrels, guinea pigs, nuts, peppers (which cause fibromyalgia signs), pollens, environmental toxins, paints , petrochemicals, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and who knows what else. These allergies show up in a variety of ways in my system, but the easiest symptoms to control are the skin symptoms.

In general, here is what I've found works best for skin symptoms such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, dandruff and ringworm:

1. Bathe and wash your hair daily: Up to 30% of all the toxins we produce in our bodies are expelled through the skin. During heavy pollen times, it's best to shower before you go to bed to wash off the pollens from your hair, as huge amounts of pollens stick to your hair. If we do not bathe daily, we are loosing the battle. Using dechlorinated, soft water is the best choice. Bathing is easy to do for humans, but let's face it … it's difficult to give your pet a bath every day. We can only do the best we can with them with diet and supplements.

2. Eat for your blood type: This is an excellent choice of treatment for allergies, arthritis, autoimmune diseases and for acid stomach syndrome (also known as GERD.)

3. Add Udo's Choice Oil blend capsules or the Udo's Choice bulk oil to the diet.

4. Support the adrenal glands with products such as Drenamin® and raw adrenal glandulars. Manage stress and cut back on stimulants such as sugar, coffee, tea and sodas.

5. Support the liver by eating lots of raw and cooked dark green vegetables.

6. Treat the underlying viral or parasitic core causes of psoriasis with homeopathics, appropriate immune builders and wormers.

7. Increase dietary zinc. I most often recommend raw, hulled pumpkin seeds – about one tablespoon per day, but I also dispense a lot of Standard Process Lab's Zinc Liver Cholesterol supplement.

8. Change your pillowcases often. As the pollens get on your pillow from your face and hair, you smash them into your nose and face making your body even more sensitive to them. If you wake up in the morning all stuffed up, you might also want to toss those pillows into a hot clothes dryer once a week for 20 minutes to get the pollens, molds and dust mites out of them as well. Some pollens can travel up to a couple miles, so it does not make sense to get rid of some plants and trees from your yard when your neighbors will not be getting rid of their.

9. Use a Neti Pot: A neti pot is a nasal cleansing pot that looks like a little tea pot which you fill with mildly salty water. You run the water in one nostril and out the other. Sounds really gross and I've never tried it, but many of my clients with sinus allergies swear by this item. They say it really works to keep their sinuses clear and that since they have been using their neti pot they have their sense of smell back which had not been working for years.

10. Find out which oils are best to use on your skin after a bath or shower. Often this is olive, cold pressed sesame or sunflower oil. Also, Avon Silicone Glove is just an awesome product to use on your hands as a lotion. It takes the abuse of hand washing for those who need to wash their hands often and even though it has a scent to it, it looks to work well for allergic people.

11. Do emotional clearing work: Many allergies have to do with traumas from your past and how these traumas have stored in your body as emotional cysts. Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are quite good at managing and even eliminating some allergies. Please remember that pets pick up on human energy. If you are suffering, most likely they are too!

12. Fast: A 5-Day water only fast does wonders to detoxify the body and to kill off yeast which is often the underlying cause of many skin diseases. Always do fast under the supervision of someone well-versed in this procedure. (There are some contraindications to water-fasting.)

13. Try Allergy Nosodes: These homeopathic drops do wonders for eliminating allergens from your body. We use Professional Complementary Health Formulations nosodes and have lots of great results with them. My favorites are for food additives, sick buildings, lawn and garden chemicals, grasses and pollens and tree pollens. Tinea-Aid is the best ringworm alternative treatment I have ever come across and can be used for both human and animal ringworm. Vaccinosis Nosode drops Do a great job of getting residual small pox vaccine contaminants out of your system (especially for atopic dermatitis) and Bacterial System Immune Stimulator drops Do a great job of attacking and removing the different types of Staphylococcus causing oozing, pus and acne in skin cases.

14. Manage the environment as best you can. One can not do much about your hereditary predisposition to allergies, so the next best thing is to minimize, eliminate and manage the environmental impacts surrounding the allergy sufferer.

So, make a list of everything you are exposed to including: supplements, medicines, cosmetics, soaps, cleaners, detergents, perfumes, cigarette smoke, pets, aerosols, work environment supplies and odors, hobbies, household smells, molds, insects, foods that you eat and drink and anything else you can think of that you may be exposed to on a weekly basis. An alternative medicine healer should be able to go through your list using muscle testing to determine which things you can use and which are causing more problems.

You are the best doctor you have. I was gifted with having skin challenges most of my life. These challenges taught me to listen to my body and to trust it. With a little education and some new ideas and perspectives, you can do this to – and have your life back. If I can do it, you can too! I promise.