Endometriosis Treatment – Symptoms and Diagnosis

Endometriosis treatment is a subject that has many theories based on a lot of trial and error. The reason there is no clear cut treatment is that no one really knows what causes this disease. Most treatments are used to help control the disease and mitigate the symptoms it causes.

The symptoms of endometriosis affect the women who suffer them in different ways. Most women notice an increase in symptoms as their menstrual period approaches and begins. In rarer cases the symptoms persist throughout the month. The discomfort and pain is normally localized in the pelvic, abdominal or lower back regions. The severity of the pain caused varies from woman to woman. Endometriosis can also cause heavy menstruation and in severe cases infertility.

The first step to endometriosis treatment is getting properly diagnosed. Women who experience endometriosis symptoms should see their gynecologist. In some cases an ultrasound or MRI can detect the small endometrial growths but a definitive diagnosis can only be made through laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopy is a minimal invasive procedure in which a thin tube with a light and camera on the end is inserted into the abdomen. This gives the doctor a real time view of any endometrial lesions, their size and extant of their growth. Once a positive diagnosis is made treatment options can then be discussed and considered.

Endometriosis Treatment – Options for Treating Endometriosis

When an endometriosis treatment plan is being discussed there are several points that need to be considered by the woman and her doctor.

• How severe are the symptoms

• What type of symptoms is she having

• How old is she

• Is she trying to get pregnant

• How long should the treatment last

• What side effects will drug treatment have

• How much will it cost

Once these questions are answered a treatment plan for endometriosis can be made.

Understanding what causes endometrial cells living outside the uterus to grow is important in knowing why certain treatments work better than others. Endometriosis is a disease driven by a woman’s hormonal cycle and in particular estrogen. As a woman’s estrogen levels increase through the month endometrial tissue in the uterus thickens with blood and nutrient rich tissue as it prepares for a fertilized egg. Any endometrial tissue outside the uterus in the abdomen responds in the same fashion.

Hormone endometriosis treatment works by limiting or controlling the amount of estrogen produced by a woman’s body. Lowering the estrogen level limits the amount of growth the endometrial cells can undergo thereby limiting the irritation and inflammation they cause.

The hormone control drugs used in the treatment of endometriosis include:

• Birth control pills

• Gestrinone

• Danazol

• GnRH agonists

• Progesterone hormone tablets

Using hormone drugs as an endometriosis treatment is generally prescribed for women who have milder cases of the disease. Hormonal treatments suppress the ability of the endometrial cells to thicken with blood thereby helping to relieve the symptoms. By reducing the amount of estrogen the drugs “starve” the endometrial tissue causing them to shrink and become inactive.

Drug treatment only works during the time the woman is taking the medication. It is not a cure but a way of managing the endometriosis. If and when the drug treatment stops the endometriosis will become active again over a period of 12 to 24 months.

Women with more severe forms of endometriosis normally need to look at the surgical option of endometriosis treatment. When there are endometrial lesions over 3cm in diameter and/or a large number of adhesions the chances of those responding to drug treatment are minimal.

The most common form of surgical endometriosis treatment is laparoscopy. Also known as keyhole surgery, laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a small quarter inch incision is made just below the belly button. The laparoscopic instrument, which has a small light and camera attached, is then inserted into the abdomen and the surgeon can search out and destroy any endometrial tissue they find.

Endometrial lesions are destroyed using a procedure known as diathermy. An electrical current is passed down a fine probe attached to the laparoscopic instrument and is used the burn the lesion off the surrounding tissue. In some cases lasers are also used to the same effect. Other surgical instruments such as small scissors and scalpels can also be used the remove the endometrial tissue. This type of surgery has a 70% success rate in improving the pain causing symptoms of endometriosis.

A Laparotomy is a surgical endometriosis treatment that is used when the endometrial lesions and adhesions are larger and more widespread. It requires the surgeon to open the abdominal cavity for better access to the affected areas. This type of surgery carries greater risks then a laparoscopic procedure as it is an operation that is more serious and involved.

The last surgical option for women with endometriosis is hysterectomy and oophorectomy. This is the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries. This is a radical endometriosis treatment option because this type of surgery will cause a woman to go into early menopause. The ovaries must be removed because they are responsible for making much of the estrogen found in a woman’s body and estrogen is the primary hormone responsible for endometrial flare ups.

Any surgical procedure carries a certain amount of risk and should be discussed thoroughly with the woman’s physician.

Endometriosis Treatment – Conclusion

Any woman undergoing endometriosis treatment needs to remember that this disease still has no identifiable cause nor is there a clear cut cure. For this reason there is a chance that symptoms will re-occur after a particular treatment regimen is discontinued. Discussing any and all treatment possibilities with the woman’s gynecologist is the best way to understanding the what, how and why of endometriosis treatment.

Diagnosing Lymphoma

Lymphoma is one of the few types of cancer that can develop and grow in the body without an individual knowing and it is only when the cancer spreads around the body to other organs that obvious symptoms become apparent. There are a number of symptoms that are commonly associated with lymphoma, such as swollen lymph glands, chronic fatigue, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss, however all of these symptoms can and often are caused by much less serious conditions such as a simple infection or the flu.

When the symptoms persist however most sufferers go to the doctor and although the doctor might have suspicions as to their cause he will undoubtedly send the individual for a series of diagnostic tests before confirming the presence of lymphoma. These diagnostic tests may include:

Blood tests

Because lymphoma affects the lymphocyte cells that travel in the blood stream, performing microscopic analysis of these cells can show if they are abnormal in shape and size or if they are present in very large numbers. Occasionally the cancerous lymphocytes will still be confined to the lymph glands and so will not show under the microscope however even during this early stage they release chemicals that are known as cancer markers and specific tests on blood can identify these markers.

CT and MRI scans

These are very high definition imaging techniques that can show just how large a tumor has grown and where in the body secondary tumors have spread to, if indeed they have spread. If the primary lymphoma tumor is in a position to be removed by surgery i.e. by removing the affected lymph glands, then the imaging techniques can help to identify possible complications before the surgery begins so that the surgeon doesn’t encounter anything unexpected. They can also help to show how other lymphoma treatments are working because any shrinkage in the tumor size will be apparent when two separate images, taken at different times, are compared.

X-rays

X-rays are commonly used in the diagnosis of lymphoma because when a radioactive agent is injected into the blood stream it causes any abnormal or cancerous cells to glow brightly on the X-ray film. By performing a torso scan i.e. of the major organs, any affected areas can easily be identified and the cancer specialist can get a good idea of the extent of the lymphoma and what treatment will be most appropriate.

Bone and liver biopsies

When other diagnostic tests have been performed and the lymphoma has been identified as late stage then bone and liver biopsies may be carried out. This involves a very thin slither of either bone or liver tissue being taken with a hollow needle and the resulting tissue is examined with a microscope. Generally if cancerous cells are found in either of the two sites then the lymphoma is deemed incurable and any treatment offered will be palliative i.e. it will make life more comfortable and it may prolong life for a short period of time.

Lymphoma can be a difficult cancer to treat and so it is important that it is diagnosed early. Some of the diagnostic tests are uncomfortable however they are much more preferable to endless rounds of chemotherapy and the adverse side effects that accompany it.

Type 2 Diabetes – Fat-Lowering Drugs Help Lower the Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy

In clinical trials, fenofibrate and several other fat-lowering drugs were linked to a lowered risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a severe eye condition. In a study reported in May of 2018 in the journal Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, similar results were found in patients who had been treated outside of clinical trials.

Scientists at the Yamagata University of Medicine and other research institutions in Japan and Denmark examined insurance claims over three years. A total of 5,687 out of 69,070 people with Type 2 diabetes developed diabetic retinopathy…

  • those who were being treated with fat-lowering drugs had about a 23 percent lower risk of diabetic retinopathy than those not treated with this type of medication, and
  • those taking fat-lowering drugs were less likely to need photocoagulation or vitrectomy, two diabetic retinopathy treatments.

Photocoagulation uses laser beams to destroy weak, abnormal blood vessels inside the eye. The abnormal blood vessels are formed as a result of high levels of blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes.

Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of some of the gel inside the eye when abnormal blood vessels have bled into it, causing blood to obscure vision.

Fenofibrate, a prescription medication, is also known by several brand names. Fenofibrate works by raising the level of an enzyme that breaks down fat molecules in the blood. It is also used to lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol and fats known as triglycerides, and to increase the levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. It is thought to decrease the risk of pancreatic disease and may reduce the risk of stroke. Lowering the risk of retinopathy in itself is a desirable goal. Below is a list of brand names for fenofibrate…

  • Tricor,
  • Triglide,
  • Fenoglide,
  • Antara,
  • Lipofen, and
  • Lofibra.

Other ways of lowering LDL and triglyceride levels include

  • preventing or controlling Type 2 diabetes,
  • maintaining a healthy lean weight,
  • eating a low-fat, low cholesterol diet,
  • performing physical activity, and by
  • avoiding smoking.

Dietary cholesterol is present in all animal products that contain saturated fats which could be why vegan and vegetarian eating plans are so helpful for controlling Type 2 diabetes. A diet rich in…

  • vegetables,
  • fruits,
  • nuts,
  • legumes, and
  • whole grains

can help keep cholesterol levels low. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, United States, recommends 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week. Some examples of moderate-intensity physical activity are…

  • brisk walking,
  • cycling below 10 miles per hour, and
  • ballroom dancing.

Cholesterol is tested as part of a lipid profile. Cholesterol levels typically rise in the winter and fall a little in the summer.

Uveitis – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea, the middle part of the eye between the sclera and the retina. Depending upon different affected parts of the uvea, the inflammation may be termed as iritis, cyclitis or choroiditis. Uveitis may be related to different causes such as herpes zoster, histoplasmosis, toxoplasmosis or arthritis. Symptoms may be either acute or chronic and include sensitivity to light, blurred vision, pain and redness of the eye.

Prompt treatment of uveitis is necessary to control pain and inflammation and minimize the chances of loss of vision. Eye drops, especially steroids and pupil dilators, are usually used for this condition, in addition to other oral medications. Ayurvedic medicines can be given as additional therapy in order to improve the therapeutic response and prevent complications. Medicines like Arogya-Vardhini, Triphala-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Saptamrut-Loh, Triphala-Ghrut, Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Behada (Terminalia bellerica) are used to reduce inflammation in the eye. Eye drops containing Triphala (Three fruits), Haridra (curcuma longa), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Chandan (Santalum album), Usheer (Vetiveria zizanioidis), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), rose water and honey can also be used for this purpose.

Treatment is also given according to the known cause of this condition. Kaishor-Guggulu, Ekang-Veer-Ras, Maha-Vat-Vidhvans-Ras, Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra) and Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba) are used to treat viral infections such as herpes zoster. Medicines like Sukshma-Triphala, Ras-Parpati, Triphala-Guggulu and Gandhak-Rasayan are used to treat fungal and parasitic infections. Arthritis can be treated using medicines like Yograj-Guggulu, Trayodashang-Guggulu, Vat-Gajankush-Ras and Vish-Tinduk-Vati. Complications of the eye such as glaucoma, cataract or new blood vessel formation need to be treated separately using medicines like Gokshuradi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Triphala-Churna, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha and Saarivadi-Churna.

Iritis or cyclitis usually have an acute onset and may be controlled within 6 to 8 weeks. The onset of choroiditis is much slower and may be more chronic and more difficult to treat. All such patients should be under the regular care and supervision of an Ophthalmologist.

Fibromyalgia Is NOT a Mental Disorder!

We've all heard about it, you know people with it– that insidious syndrome of widespread muscle pain, persistent fatigue, sleep disorders and depression. Most people who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia experience a feeling of helplessness as to what to do about it. No one else seems to understand how they feel, know what to do for them, or worse yet– say it is all in their head!

Fibromyalgia is NOT a mental disorder!

Objective verification of the biological abnormalities of Fibromyalgia patients has made it clear that Fibromyalgia is a metabolic disorder. As with most biological disorders, it may be modified by psychological factors.

Some people seem more likely than others to develop Fibromyalgia, but patterns do emerge among those that do. Most of the patients that I see appear to have these trends:

– "Type A" personalities that are always "go-go-go", taking care of everyone except themselves, and end up burning themselves out (there are a high percentage of nurseries and schoolteachers that develop fibromyalgia).

– Traumatic stress. Long term physical or emotional stress, as well as victims of abuse.

– Prolonged chemical exposure, to substances such as synthetic drugs, petroleum, Agent Orange, and Gulf War chemicals.

Sound Familiar?

Other factors that contribute to fibromyalgia are poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, physical de-conditioning, interacting medications and imbalances of other hormones. For patients to improve or recover, the effects of these factors must effectively be reduced or eliminated.

This is where our protocol comes in. We work to rehabilitate the metabolic functioning of the body so that it may return to rebuilding itself rather than fighting itself and breaking down. This form of treatment provides marked improvement or complete recovery that is sustained long term for most patients. Consequently, they require either minimal or no further health care services under the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia!

A major component of the Protocol is the feedback from objective measures of the Fibromyalgia status. We monitor the patient's status at intervals using objective measures, and post the data points on line graphs. This insures compliance to the Protocol by demonstrating clinical improvement over time in an objective format.

How does this work?

The body is electric, and as such, generates very small electrical potentials. The nervous system is electrical and controls all the functions of the body. The metabolic processes are electrical – indeed, chemical processes themselves are electrical in nature (bonding of atoms through pairing of available electrons which interact like tiny magnets.) Therefore, the resulting electrical potentials naturally have a polarity, which when functioning properly, contribute to the overall electromagnetic flow of the body. When the electromagnetic flow is disturbed (ie the Meridian system), the cycles of the body are affected, which alters metabolic systems and the rhythms that should naturally sequence through the body.

For example, while stress (real or imagined, physical or emotional) can aggravate pain, stress definitely causes disturbed sleep patterns; this in turn produces Fibromyalgia symptoms, especially in individuals with borderline metabolic functioning. The disturbed sleep further slaps metabolism enough to cause symptoms of hypo-metabolism. Studies show, however, that individuals with high levels of aerobic fitness are resistant to developing Fibromyalgia symptoms when they are subjected to disturbed sleep.

It has been observed that sedentary people are more prone to develop Fibromyalgia symptoms. This observation provides a clue that varies the metabolism in certain tissues is slow enough to cause symptoms of cellular damage. This in turn stimulates the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight), while depressing the autonomous nervous system (resting and digesting), so that the body is in a constant state of alarm. This is a vital protective mechanism in times of danger, as the body is designed for survival– but there is a long-term cost.

Chronic stress breaks down the body.

Our Protocol addresses this.

Recommendations are provided for rebuilding the body nutritionally using highly concentrated, vitally active foods. This allows the body to regain the ability to regenerate itself from the inside using the proper building blocks needed to feed the cells at that level. Unadulterated foods have the electrical signature that nature intended. Synthetic products (including foodstuffs!) May have the same chemical "formula", but will have different electrical signatures. This is due to the fact that processing breaks apart molecular bonds and reforms them into other arrangements, resulting in isomers of each other – that is, with unnatural electrical signatures!

Man can not improve upon Nature.

We also work with the body itself to facilitate the Healing process innately present in each of us and all living beings. By working to restore proper functioning of the nervous system, the automated processes (resting and digesting) can increase, which decrees the sympathetic processes (fight or flight). The body can then operate more efficiently.

What next?

The initial Evaluation consists of an intensive questionnaire designed to document scales of Fibromyalgia Symptom Intensity utilizing:

1. Visual analog scales of the 12 most common Fibromyalgia symptoms:
Pain
Fatigue
Stiffness
Headaches
Sleep disturbance
Bowel disturbance
Depression
Cognitive dysfunction
Anxiety
Coldness
Parasthesia
Difficulty with Exercise

2. Pain Distribution by percentage of the body affected.

3. Tenderpoint evaluation

Pressure measurements are taken of all 18 tenderpoints and charted (using an algometer). A change in pain threshold to pressure reflects a generalized change in the pain affecting both tender and control points.

4. Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire and Zung's self-rating Depression Scale.

A self administered pencil and paper questionnaire that measures physical function, work status, depression, anxiety, sleep, pain, stiffness, fatigue and sense of well being.

5. Toxicity Questionnaire

An assessment of symptoms indicating systemic toxicity.

Each score is posted to a separate line graph so through through subsequent valuations, the Fibromyalgia status can be charted over time and one can easily see the trends of progress documented. Only substantive changes in patient status are likely to show up as trend lines on the graphs, therefore reflecting changes in patient status that are clinically significant.

Based on the individual's presentation, a nutritional regimen will be recommended, as will physical modalities most likely to be effective in facilitating the road to recovery.

Max Norris, DC, Dipl.Ac. http://www.NaturalLifeHealthClinic.com

The New Global Influenza Pandemic Needs to Be Put Into Perspective

As the pandemic starts to take hold around the planet reports are coming in that what we are witnessing is a mild to moderate sickness with a low mortality rate. This is true and we can be thankful that if this does turn out to be the next 'once-a-century global pandemic' where everyone gets infected, at least it's not the bird flu that was killing some 50%.

That's not to say that this pandemic flu can not mutate to a more deadly strain, or combine with the deadly bird flu strain to the become so called 'Armageddon strain' that is highly infectious and but according to most scientists this is considered 'very small chance'

Lets hope not. Lets hope it does not get any worse than this mild to moderate type we are experiencing, which at the time of this writing has seen 763 cases worldwide and seventeen deaths.

Let's also not under estimate what lies in store either. 763 cases worldwide and seventeen deaths is a 2.2% mortality rate. The worst outbreak in history, the 1918 Spanish Influenza, had a mortality rate of just under 3%.

So in actual fact this new influenza pandemic is pretty high up there, and it's just started. It still has time to mutate to the more dangerous strain. It is evidently infectious (human to human), and despite the only reason we have not seen many deaths outside of Mexico is because the statistics have not allowed for it yet. When infections in other countries reach 50 they should have already seen their first deaths.

The public should not panic, this is true, but they will anyway, and the numbers will drive it upwards. Educating yourself and others is all we can do to try to keep panic in check.

Many of those interviewed after recovery say it was the worst sickness they have ever experienced. They can not eat, get up to go to the toilet or clean themselves. Yes most will survive but it is not something you want to go through. Nobody is immune and if it continues to go global it is highly unlikely for anyone to escape exposure.

Lets look at the numbers again though. Half the population will be the lucky ones and will not suffer any symptoms at all. The rest will suffer varying degrees of sickness from mild to severe (sometimes 15%?), With 2 in a hundred dying.

Whilst 2% is horrible, society will recover quickly. Businesses which have survived through it will have lost 2% of their staff over an 18 month period, probably less than their normal turnover.

What they will have to face though is 18 months of the high absenteeism rates people have talked about. Up to 50% for 18 months with people off work looking after children (schools will all close up quickly), caring for those who are sick and on home quarantine.

Yes lets not panic, but there is no doubt now, the pandemic has just begun and managers have not got much time to get their businesses prepared.

If you are in a management position or responsible for any business with employees then you must get your plans out now. If you have no pandemic plans (like 72% of other businesses) then get hold of a manual that will tell you how to do it and give you all the documents you'll need, pre-prepared. You have not got time now to trawl the internet in search of something practical.

Menopause and Diet

Menopause is called by some people "the change" because it is the time in a woman's life when her period or "cycle" stops. During this time a woman's body slowly produces fewer of the hormone Estrogen and Progesterone. When a woman has not had a period for 12 months in a row, she has reached menopause. This often happens around the ages of 45 to 55 years old. Every woman's symptoms are different when reaching this stage in their lives. As we get older our digestive tract becomes less efficient and digestion takes longer. Calorie counting women sometimes find that long hours in a gym has minimal effect on their weight loss. The reason for this is the imbalance of estrogen in their body.

Growing up, Estrogen protects women from some effects of a high fat diet. Postmenopausal women have lower levels of estrogen, and these leads to lower levels of HDL or (good cholesterol) and a rise in LDL (bad cholesterol) which is why rates of heart disease among menopausal and postmenopausal women are as high as those among men in similar age group. Estrogen is important and vital function for orchestrating menstruation. This imbalance of estrogen is characterized by an abundance of symptoms. Some of these symptoms include: mood swings, feeling anxious, painful periods, hot flashes, and low libido. Should we try to use hormone therapy to balance out the imbalance in our bodies? As with all drug therapy's you should consult a physician.

For some women hormone therapy may increase their chances of getting blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer. Before embarking on hormone replacement therapy, investigate a natural alternative. Diet is a primary factor in keeping blood sugar levels consistent, which is critical for keeping tissues healthy and preventing degenerative diseases. Stay away from junk foods. When cooking do not use processed cooking oils switch to unprocessed oils, like virgin olive oil, canola, and flaxseed oil. Try to reduce intake of animal proteins, choose lean meats and low fat dairy. To get you through this stage in life women emotional help from people around her and understanding on the processes that are going on with her body.

Maintaining A Healthy Cholesterol Level Without the Side Effects

Maintaining a healthy cholesterol level is possible with the use of natural supplements consisting of botanicals and nutrients. This along with diet and exercise is an alternative to the expensive medications prescribed by health care professionals. The added benefits to the use of these natural supplements are the maintenance and support cardiovascular health, circulation, blood glucose levels, and joint flexibility.

There are several health care professionals who are among the minority who believe that this alternative form of treatment is beneficial and cite the advantages of natural supplements for their patients because these supplements lack the side effects found in most pharmaceuticals. What this means to you as that you can have the ability to maintain a normal lifestyle without the worry of how and when your body is going to react to the side effects that comes with prescription medications. Imagine, going through the day without nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, and headaches just to name a few. These side effects are caused by the chemical reactions as the medicine becomes integrated with your body. Natural supplements do not have these side effects because there are no chemicals within them which will have an adverse effect on your body.

Maintaining a healthy cholesterol level should not come at a price. Discuss the possibility of using natural supplements to control your cholesterol level with your health care professional as an alternative to prescription medications. This along with diet and exercise will make a significant difference on how you live your life while maintaining your cholesterol level, it certainly did in mine. This approach may not be for everyone but if you are tired of dealing the side effects that come with prescription medications then you owe it to yourself and to your family to consider this alternative. Your health care professional may surprise you and offer a natural supplement regimen along with diet and exercise which will benefit you; however you will never know if you do not ask. Reducing your dependency on prescription drugs thereby reducing the risk of the potential side effects that comes with them will make for happier, healthier living.

Sex Pills – Natural Erectile Dysfunction Remedies

There are numerous male enhancement supplements available on the market today. These sex pills promise to enhance your sexual experience by strengthening your erections, improving your sexual desire and performance, and helping you last longer in bed. Most of male enhancements pills claim that their main goal is enlarging the penis size, while all other benefits are good additional features. However, there are sex pills that are marketed as natural Viagra alternatives. Their primary purpose is treating erectile dysfunction. The question arises of how effective they are.

Currently, the main treatment solution for erectile dysfunction is using popular impotence drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. These drugs increase penile circulation, allowing more blood to flow into the penis. Of course, they are really helpful to give you harder erections. Yet, they are chemical drugs, so they induce certain side effects in the body. These side effects include headache, dizziness, hearing and visual impairment, stuffy nose, upset stomach, and some others. A lot of men consider that it is not good practice to experience such various side effects when curing erectile dysfunction.

The manufacturers of sex pills state that their products are helpful in curing erection problems and do not cause any side effects. These sex pills are natural ingredients composition. Ingredients comprised in sex pills work mainly by increasing blood flow to the penis. Let's look at how they do this. L-arginine and Epimedium herb are the products you can find in almost all sex pills. These two components are the best natural remedies to increase blood flow to the penis. They both work by producing nitric oxide in the corpora cavernosa of the penis. Nitric oxide is an essential compound that helps dilate blood vessels. An erection mechanism is based on increasing blood flow to the penis. Because of various factors, penis vessels may be incapable to contain sufficient blood to provide adequate inspection. Nitric oxide dilates penis vessels. As a result, more amount of blood flowing into the penal will give you stronger and firmer erections.

Various clinical studies have confirmed that these natural remedies are effective vasodilators. Epimedium also appears to act by inhibiting the PDE-5 enzyme, which is the same way that the popular medicines for erectile dysfunction work. Epimedium inhibits this enzyme more softly than ED drugs do, without causing side effects. There have been no known side effects caused by L-arginine and Epimedium. Not only are they potent erection enhancers, but also they can help improve your libido, sperm count, and staying power in a bed. Therefore, natural sex pill is a potent erectile dysfunction remedy and sexual enhancer.

Of course, natural sex pills are an effective remedy for ED patients. Neverheless, you can not forget about the reasons that caused your erection problem. If you really want to get rid of your erectile dysfunction, you need to have its reasons addressed and cured. ED problems can occur due to a lot of things. However, you can prevent them by leading a healthy lifestyle, getting rid of bad habits, and regular exercising. Erectile dysfunction is a sign indicating that there is something wrong in your body. So, being fit and healthy is the best way to cure your erection difficulties. It is extremely important to have a healthy cardiovascular system, if you do no want to experience erectile dysfunction. Why? Because a great number of ED cases are due to cardiovascular diseases. Regular jogging is the best way to have a healthy cardiovascular system. Reducing animal fats consumption is no less important point. You must know that animal fats are rich in bed cholesterol, which increases the risk of atherosclerosis.

Uncontrolled Hypertension May Be Responsible For a Variety of Health Issues

Blood pressure is the relationship between the force of the blood flow and the resistance of the blood vessels. It is important to have blood pressure or life cannot be sustained, but hypertension which is not controlled can cause serious health issues. This is called Uncontrolled Hypertension in medical parlance.

What actually makes hypertension so serious is it can be a silent killer, it killed my cousin at age 39, and no one even knew he was ill. This is why it is so important to have your blood pressure checked and if it is high, have this controlled. Even in the beginning if hypertension causes no symptoms, it can cause long term health issues and these need to be avoided. The most important of these complications is heart disease such as heart attacks and congestive heart failure, kidney failure, stroke and various diseases of the arteries.

Hypertension is measured by a blood pressure cuff and recorded as two numbers. The higher number is ‘Systolic’ and the lower ‘Diastolic’, it is read as 120/80 mm Hg. Systolic is the pressure the heart generates when it pumps, diastolic is the pressure of blood within the arteries between heartbeats. At a consistently elevated reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher, hypertension is diagnosed.

There are as may as 60 million people in the US suffering from this condition and it is the 2nd ‘ most reason for doctor visits in the US. Premature death from heart attacks has been directly linked to uncontrolled hypertension, it is also responsible for disability, kidney failure and other serious health concerns. Just looking at the amount of people in the US who have this condition, it indicates 1 in 4 adults over the age of 18 years. However, don’t start panicking, help is at hand and there are many different ways of controlling hypertension.

Interferential Therapy – The Professional Answer For Back Pain, Provided Carryover Pain Relief

Since 1953 interventional therapy has been used in hospitals and hospitals to immediately provide pain relief for chronic and acute pain patients. Originally developed in Austria by Dr. Hans Nemec it is one of a number of electrical stimulation techniques used in modern pain control by physiotherapists, MD's, and DC's.

Interferential therapy arrived roughly the same time as did the discovery of the use of cortisone, phenylbutazone and other new drug treatments. It was relegated as a form of palliative treatment and almost led to its virtual disappearance but for its use in clinics and hospitals for patients needing immediate pain relief.

During the late 1960s and 70s it was found that many of the new drugs also provided very undesirable side effects and, as more drugs were coming down the pipeline, there developed some serious side effects including death when they were combined, or used in conjunction with , other pain and non pain medications. Often the effect of the drugs addressed in not pain cessation but in altered levels of consciousness which affected daily living.

It is known that external electrical stimulator can excite tissues, specifically neural tissue which affects movement, and sensory perceptions. Certain excitable neural tissues and the rate (frequency) for excitation are as follows:

· 0-5 Hz sympathetic nerves
· 0-10 Hz unstriped muscle
· 1-50 Hz motor nerves
· 10-150 Hz parasympathetic nerves
· 90 – 150 Hz sensory nerves

One of the problems in stimulating the neural tissue is the dry outer layer of the skin, corneal tissue, has a reliably high level level and impeded the flow of the electrical current to the target neural tissues. The high resistance is what led to the development of interventional therapy.

Basically interferential is called such due to the "interference" of two currents crossing each other and the summary (beating) of those currents leading to a new current. This new current is the stimulant current that affects the neural tissue. The purpose of the higher frequency is with increased frequency comes increased penetration. There is no magic to the interferential frequencies of 4,000 and 4001 to 4,150. Generally speaking if the frequency were increased to 10,000 then the potential of less resistance may be better but the practicality is to find the optimum frequency that is therapeutically efficient and technologically achievable.

In theory when two currents are administrated with some form of a crossover pattern there occurs a summation of the electrical energy that is greater than either individual current as a stand alone current. It is along the point of crossover energy that the stimulatory frequency is in the range of 1 – 150 pulses per second (PPS), another term for frequency. The neural tissues are now excited by the new current created.

In pain control the sensory nerves are the targeted tissues that affect pain relief. It is the stimulation of these nerves that "block" (Melzack / Wall Gate Control Theory) the transmission of the pain impulse to the spinal cord for sensory perception in the brain.

For clinical use interferential has been used due to its immediacy to block the transmission as the patient is treated. When the patient enters the clinic or doctor's office it is with the active transmission of the pain impulse to the brain. During the treatment the cross currents of the differential treatment interfer with the pain stimulus by stimulating the sensory nerves, rather than allowing the pain impuls of the C-fibers (carrier of the pain impulse) to reach the spinal cord. Following treatment most patients find the treatment has provided what is called "residual" or "carryover pain relief" and the restoration of the pain message is delayed for some time period following interferential treatment.

When the differential treatment can be submitted on an as needed basis, outside a medical facility, the patient can effect the delay of the return of the pain stimulus for hours, progressing to days, weeks or months.

Eye of the Storm – Effectively Preparing for Hurricane Season

Early preparation, according to the National Hurricane Survival Initiative, is the key to facing hurricane season. By starting early, residents avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues that typically get crowded and sometimes chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued. The Initiative is comprised of organizations and businesses including the National Hurricane Center, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Salvation Army, and AT&T, to name a few.

To date, the National Hurricane Survival Initiative has generated more than 370 million media impressions overall, with media coverage in newspapers, radio and television nationwide, including CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, New York Times, Orlando Sentinel, and the Palm Beach Post, among otheres.

Three conditions need to be in existence for the formation of a hurricane: pre-existing disturbance of thunderstorms, warm ocean temperatures up to 80 degrees to a depth of approximately 150 feet, and light upper level winds that speed throughout the depth of the atmosphere. Even with today’s sophisticated computer-forecasting models, a hurricane’s path, strength and potential for damage can not be precisely predicted. That is why preparing for the worst possible situation is a smart move.

In preparing for a hurricane or disaster, families should identify ahead of time where they will go if they need to evacuate. Choose a home of a friend of family member show home is well away from coastal areas. Other options include a motel or approved hurricane shelter. Following a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Consider asking an out-of-state friend to be the “family contact” – someone everyone in the family knows to call to tell him or her where they are. Locate important papers and documents and have them ready to take with you should you need to evacuate. These include driver’s license, Social Security cards, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, birth and marriage certificates, and tax records. Exterior and interior photos of your home should also be included.

A hurricane plan must also include the things you have to protect and secure your home against during the storm. Do everything you can to minimize the danger to your family and damage to your house.

Outside of house:

Keep trees and shrubs trimmed

Remove loose branches

Clean out gutters and downspouts

Clear the lawn of furniture, potted plants, and any other items that can become windborne.

Secure windows and glass doors by using shutters or installing plywood

Brace garage doors

Leave swimming pools filled and add extra chlorine

Secure trailed boats

Fill vehicle fuel tanks

Inside house:

Locate water valves, gas valves, and main electric breaker. Have instructions on how to turn of electricity, gas and water if authorities advise to do so.

Unplug all but essential appliances and electric equipment.

Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest setting

Secure and waterproof your home office. Back up computer files on disks.

Stay indoors, away from windows.

Locate a safe room in the center of your home, without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.

There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. It’s important to have certain items on hand to make you and your family as safe and comfortable as possible in your home or when you evacuate:

Important papers, in waterproof container

Water – figure on at least one gallon daily per person for five days

Ice

Water purification tablets (halazone)

Food – non-perishable foods that do not need cooking such as canned meat and fish, canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups and puddings, dried fruits, cereal, bread, and instant tea or coffee, to name a few

Special food for pets, babies or the elderly

First Aid Kit

Radio and extra batteries

Toiletries

Useful tools such as hammer and nails, screwdrivers and screws, all-purpose cleaner, shovel, duct tape, ladder, and portable generator, to name a few.

Other hurricane and earthquake preparation sites recommend safety knives as part of self-rescue kits because of their small size, long shelf life, and multiuse capabilities. Many rescue personnel after Hurricane Katrina carried safety knives for quick-access cutting ability without having an exposed blade at all times. This cost-effective item can be replaced cheaply, lessening incidences of contamination. Forward-thinking companies are planning ahead for disaster operations and ordering supplies of utility knives to issue on demand along with flashlights and other items.

Here are a few things NOT to do in preparation for, or during a storm:

Don’t put masking tape on windows – it won’t keep the windows from shattering

Don’t crack a window – this will not equalize pressure atmospheric pressure inside/outside the house

Don’t buy a chainsaw – Sleep deprived and distraught, after the storm is not the best time to use a dangerous power tool.

Don’t buy candles With roads out and the fire department grounded, do you really need a house on fire? Invest in battery-powered sources of lights and a battery-powered radio.

Elbow Joint Replacement – Low Cost Surgery Under Knee Replacement in India's World Class Hospitals

Elbow joint replacement is also called elbow arthroplasty. The elbow is a hinged joint consisting of three bones: the humerus bone of the upper arm, and the ulna (bone on the small – finger side) and radius (bone on the thumb side) bones of the forearm which are side by side. All three of these bones are in contact with each other.

The most common reason for an artificial elbow replacement is arthritis. There are two main types of arthritis, degenerative and systemic. Degenerative arthritis is also called wear-and-tear arthritis, or osteoarthritis. Any injury to the elbow can damage the joint and lead to degenerative arthritis. Arthritis may not show up for many years after the injury.

Joint replacement surgery is usually considered a last option for a badly damaged and painful elbow joint. It is highly technical procedure; each step plays a critical role in the outcome.

Procedure of Elbow Joint Replacement as below:

The orthopedic surgeon makes an incision, usually in the back of the upper and lower arm, to expose the elbow joint. Special, precision guides and instruments will be used to cut the ends of the humerus (upper arm bone) and ulna (forearm bone), and prepare the bone to accept the implant.

The orthopedic surgeon then drills out a portion of the center of the humerus and ulna and inserts one part of the artificial joint into each bone. The artificial joint consistants of two stems made of high-quality metal. They are joined together with a metal and plastic hinge that allows the artificial elbow joint to bend. The artificial joints come in different sizes to fit the patient.

Usually, bone cement is used to hold the stems in place.

The surgeon then attaches the two stems together with the hinge system. The orthopedic surgeon closes the wound with stitches, applies a bandage, and may place the arm in a splint for stability.

This procedure is done under general anesthesia. The surgery usually takes one to three hours. Depending on your specific situation, you will probably remain in the hospital from one to three days.

In this surgical procedure complications can occur. Some of the most common complications following elbow replacement are –

o anesthesia
o infection
o loosing
o nerve or blood vessel injury

The success rate of TER (Total Elbow Replacement) is approximately 80% (Conzemius and others 2003). This means that 20% of dogs have complications with the procedure and this can lead to the need for further surgery sometimes requiring fusion (arthrodesis) of the elbow, or even amputation.

Every case is unique and requires careful evaluation before an estimate can be given. However, elbow replacement cases typically cost in the range of $ 5000, but can run higher if additional surgery becomes necessary.

Shoulder, hip replacement, hip resurfing, knee replacement surgery and other most advanced computer aligned joint replacement surgery is done at serveral hospitals in India such as Apollo Hospital in Mumbai, Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, Apollo Specialty Hospital in Chennai, MOIT hospital, Chennai etc . which compares with the USA & UK

How Osteoporosis Therapy Can Help Fight Gum Disease

More commonly seen in older women who've reached menopause, osteoporosis is a condition that can cause a person's bones to become brittle and weak to the point that falling or even minor stresses like coughing or bending over can cause fractures, most commonly in the wrist , hip, or spine. Bone, living tissue, is constantly breaking down and being replaced, and osteoporosis occurs if the creation of new bone is not keeping up with the loss of old bone.

Typically, there are not symptoms in the earliest stages of osteoporosis, but once the bones have weakened, symptoms can include stooped posture, back pain due to a collapsed or fractured vertebra, height loss, or bone fractures that occur too easily.

For those who are currently being treated for osteoporosis, it turns out a certain drug used as treatment can also help fight gum disease. According to Dr. Leena Bahl Palomo with Case Western Reserve University's Dental Medicine School, the drug risedronate, which prevails and even reverses bone loss caused by osteoporosis, can also be beneficial for a patient's oral cavity. Dr. Palomo specifically directed one of the first studies that looked into the impact a group of bisphosphonate therapies had on women with mild and moderate cases of gum disease and osteoporosis.

During her study, Dr. Palomo evaluated 60 women of menopausal age taking weekly or only daily bisphosphonate for a minimum of 90 days to regenerate bone mass along those who took no medication for the condition. The participants had similar characteristics-ranging from 51 to 79 years of age, possessing T scores on spine or hip bone scans of 22.5, half weighing around 127 pounds, all having comparable coffee and alcohol intakes, none using estrogen or tobacco products, or all having conditions, such as diabetes, that would increase their risk of gum disease.

All participants received x-rays for their jaw and teeth as well as an oral exam for assessing inflamation, periodontal pockets, gum recession, teeth mobility, and plaque. While gum recession was not significantly different in either group, Dr. Palomo did find that in five of six parameters, the experimental group who received risedronate therapy had better periodontal statuses. In this group, the participants had noticeably less plaque, which is an early sign of gum disease. Per Dr. Palomo, risedronate therapy "is altering the periodontal status."

"With a close link established between osteoporosis and periodontal disease, similar treatment and management of the disease may minimize tooth loss and the destruction of the alveolar [jaw] bone," Dr. Palomo said.

This is just more proof as to how important it is for everyone, regardless of age, to continue an active oral care program. Additionally, if you are experiencing other health problems, check with your doctor to see exactly how these other health problems can affect your oral health so you can discuss preventative care with your dentist.