Biltong and Its Many Health Benefits

Are you a meat lover? If yes, then you should definitely try biltong. This special kind of all-meat product originated in Southern Africa and after sometime it also invaded the European, American, and Australian markets. It is often likened to beef jerky only that it differs in ingredients and preparations.

Many people buy biltong because it’s a great alternative to unhealthy snacks like chips, burgers, fries, and the like. People who are watching their weight should be happy to know that it also contains fewer calories compared to beef jerky in the market today. But what make it stand out are its numerous health benefits like the following:

• Excellent source of protein

Whether you’re losing weight or want to have some muscles, biltong can provide you the protein you need. Research proves that it is a safe protein snack because compared with others, it has no carcinogenic ingredients. You can enjoy a handful of biltong twice a week and never have to worry about gaining pounds, only muscles. You stay healthy and fit too.

• Low in carbohydrates

Many people often say the culprit behind weight gain is carbohydrates. If this is the case then it’s good to know that you can still enjoy delicious biltong and still provide your body the energy it needs. This is why many outdoor enthusiasts buy biltong for them to bring along when they go hunting, camping, trekking, and the like. Just a few bites and you’re ready to roll. Weight loss fans are also encouraged to eat biltong as a substitute for other low-carb meat products since it’s healthier and definitely more delicious.

• No chemical content

Some meat products are hazardous to your health because of their very high chemical content. The contain ingredients like monosodium glutamate, sodium nitrate, artificial coloring and flavors, and preservatives. Thankfully, biltong doesn’t contain any of these. No wonder, many prefer it over other dried meat products. Its ingredients are only vinegar, black pepper, salt, coriander, sugar, and meat.

Biltong’s health benefits aren’t only ideal for people on the go. Did you know that children can also enjoy this product? As a matter of fact, mothers buy biltong for teething children. The chewy and delicious taste makes biltong an excellent alternative to commercial teething products.

The numerous health benefits of biltong are enough to encourage everybody that it’s indeed the best meat product in the market today. Buy biltong and enjoy the protein and low carbohydrates it provides without worrying about harmful chemicals getting into your system.

Truly Healthy Sushi Secrets

Sushi was one of the hardest foods to give up after I resolved to adopt a vegan diet. After all, my passion for sushi was one of the things that brought me to live in Japan in the first place. And while Japan is infamous for exclusive sushi shops that charge $500 per person, even low-end sushi (such as kaiten, or “conveyor belt” style) is fresh and inexpensive compared to other countries, making it hard to resist.

For some time after I had bid sayonara to meat, eggs and dairy, I continued the Japanese institution of going out for sushi with friends and family. At first, I ate varieties consisting of mostly vegetables such as natto (fermented soybeans) and green onions, cucumber, takuon (pickled radish), kampyo (dried gourd), as well as inarizushi (fried bean curd filled with sushi rice and black sesame seeds).

As an omnivore, I had always considered sushi not only umai (delicious), but healthy compared to traditional convenience food like sandwiches or burgers. However, eventually it dawned on me, that even minus the fish, restaurant or store-bought sushi wasn’t particularly healthy for 2 reasons:

1. The main ingredient in sushi is white rice with vinegar. Since going vegan, I had switched to eating only foods made with whole grains. I became used to making genmai (brown rice) at home for its nutritional benefits (3 times the fiber, more vitamins and minerals) compared to white rice, and I could no longer reconcile eating white rice sushi from a taste or health perspective.

2. Sushi vinegar contains katsuo dashi (extract of dried tuna). Other ingredients used in sushi, such as pickles, umeboshi (sour plums), and sauces are also prepared using sushi vinegar and/or dashi. In fact, I discovered recently that the only food at most sushi shops that doesn’t contain fish extract is the powdered green tea!

I am not sure why many people seem to have difficulty eating brown rice. Westerners either eat it or they don’t, while Japanese who say they enjoy eating genmai frequently mix it together with white rice, so apparently they are eating it for its health benefits rather than its taste and texture, which I actually prefer.

Once I stopped eating sushi out, I still longed for a vegan substitute, so we began making temaki zushi (hand-rolled sushi) at home using vinegared genmai, nori (seaweed laver), and various fillings such as avocado paste, natto, umeboshi, cucumber slices, etc.

When there’s time, and for special occasions, we lightly pan-fry sliced eggplant (nasu), and eat it on top of sushi genmai as well. Warm (aburi), and dipped in a bit of soy sauce with wasabi, it tastes as good as otoro (fatty tuna), uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon roe) or any other traditional sushi delicacy ever did!

So, if you think you can’t start a plant-based diet because you could never give up your favorite food, think again! There are infinite tasty plant-based alternatives if you will just start down the vegan road. I am not a nutritionist – just a guy with heaps of useful advice and encouragement to offer those considering eliminating meat and other animal products from their diets.

Importance Of Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Emergencies occur anytime, anywhere, which is why being prepared is something that most people should exemplify. The American Heart Association took this belief by heart, which had served as the basis of their program called Pediatric Advanced Life Support or PALS. AHA originally developed PALS classes in 1983 as response for the needs of resuscitation guidelines and trainings that would aid health care professionals in providing care for patients especially for children. Since then, PALS provide health care professionals the skills and knowledge to properly respond and treat critically ill patients suffering from cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies, specifically infants and children, whether in or out of the hospital.

PALS is a program that follows simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations to actively encourage students to learn and practice life-saving skills individually, as a part of a team and as team leaders. PALS give emphasis on the importance of basic life support CPR for the survival of patients, integration of advanced pediatric life support intervention as well as the importance of team communication, interaction and cooperation during resuscitation. The realistic simulation involved in PALS course reinforce major health care concepts that include basic life support care proficiency, cardiac arrest management, recognition and early management initiation for peri-conditions, algorithms, ischemic chest pain and coronary syndrome identification and treatment, effective team interaction, and recognition of other life-threatening conditions in order to administer initial care.

To get PALS certification, individuals are required to take PALS course. This could be done in two different ways either through AHA approved online PALS providers or through attending PALS classes in medical schools or hospitals. If you are looking to complete your PALS certification immediately, you could go online and complete your PALS course from your computer at your own pace. If you are more adept to learning in a classroom setting, it would be more preferable to attend in medical schools or hospitals that offer PALS course.

PALs classes have a standardized curriculum wherein students attend a classroom-based education led by an instructor with video aid and skills conducted throughout and are provided with materials for continuing education that is strongly based from AHA’s “assess-categorize-decide-act.” PALS course lasts for 14 hours long and most providers offer it for two intensive days. On the process of the course, an AHA PALS instructor is the one who facilitate the discussion around simulations and video-based lessons and students are required to participate in 12 core clinical cases. They are also expected to complete and pass a written examination before they receive their certification.

PALS certification is intentionally designed to be participated by health care professionals that includes family physicians, pediatricians, emergency physicians, physician assistants, nurses, paramedics, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists and other health care providers that directly administer advanced life support during pediatric emergencies. For these individuals to participate in the course, it is necessary that they have completed an American Heart Association basic life support (BLS) health care provider course or American Red Cross BLS course for professional rescuers, PALS pharmacology and knowledge in ECG interpretation. They also have to complete the pre-course material given to them prior to the first day of classes so that they would not be rescheduled. Once they passed the PALS course and examination, they would be given the PALS provider course completion card which is valid for two years.

Of course, pediatric advanced life support is not only beneficial for health care practitioners; it is also advantageous for patients especially for critically ill or injured children. Accordingly, the development of PALS has been shown to consistently increase the survival rate of patients suffering from cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies, who were attended by PALS certified health care practitioners in pre-hospital settings. Overall, the development of PALS is relatively useful both for health care professionals and patients during emergency situations. If you’re a health care professional who wish to further improve your clinical practice, it is about time to receive PALS certification in order to provide the best medical care you could give to the community.

As a healthcare professional, it always pays to be prepared especially during emergency cases whether in or out of the hospital. One of the most important means to be equipped with the skills and knowledge about proper patient care is by attending pediatric advanced life support or PALS classes to be able to further improve one’s life-saving skills. PALS is especially tailored for physicians, pediatricians, nurses paramedics and other healthcare providers involved in direct advanced life support during pediatric emergencies.

Telenursing Approach – Evidence Based Challenge

Introduction-The term “basic health services” is defined by UNICEF and WHO (1965) as a network of co-ordinated, peripheral and intermediate health units capable of performing effectively, a selected group of functions essential to the health of an area and assuring the availability of competent professional personnel to perform these functions. WHO has also proclaimed health as a fundamental right of every individual and society.

India is a developing country with a large and diverse geographical terrain, and a huge population with a great deal of ethnic and cultural variation. It has all kinds of health care providers ranging from well qualified doctors of allopathy, homeopathy, ayurveda, registered medical practitioners to untrained providers of medical aid, herbalists, and magico-religious practitioners. The importance of the involvement of practitioners belonging to different systems of medicine in the health care system has been noted by various committees and in various health related policy documents from time to time. The National Health Policy (2002) advocated expanding the pool of medical practitioners to include a cadre of licentiates of medical practice, practitioners of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy. It further recommended that different categories of medical manpower should be permitted medical practice after adequate training. The National Population Policy (2000) recommended the involvement of manpower from different health agencies to expand the body of effective health care providers. Shrivastva Committee (1975) recommended primary health care within the community through trained workers to keep the health in the hands of the people.

The governments of developing countries are unable to deliver free health services as the basic right of the citizen in a holistic manner.Accessibility of health agency is an important aspect of its availability; hence a vital factor affecting treatment seeking behaviour of consumers. To make provision for basic health care to all the people is a difficult task for administrators in a country like India. Thus, eliminating geographical barriers, and to help develop new strategies and services to appeal to consumers’ various needs and desires is a big challenge.In spite of a host of national health policies; the health care indices significantly lag behind those of the developed countries. The quantitative and qualitative demographic transition in the population and disease profile along with inadequate health care delivery infrastructure is a fundamental concern for the country. In India, government from time to time declared deadlines for achievement of goals in health and various related areas. At present, in addition to other time bound goals of current eleventh five year plan, some of the important goals to be achieved by 2000-2015 are to increase utilization of public health facilities, and to establish a system of surveillance, national health accounts and health statistics.

Moreover, the increased need for health care has not been matched with a commensurate increase in resource, and the imbalance is growing. In developed countries telenursing applications are available in homes, home care agencies, hospital based telemedicine centres, hospices and rehabilitation centres whereas in Indian scenario, its need for implementation is being considered vis-a-vis telemedicine. The evidence based approach can mobilize application of the knowledge generated through research to meet the consumers’ health needs to bridge the gap between what is known and what to be done. Telenursing approach can serve as a new and valuable asset to utilize telecommunications to support the practice of nursing and provision of professional nursing care to the patients, health care professionals, as well as administrators on remote residential or clinical settings. The present paper presents an evidence based challenges for telenursing approach with an attempt to assess and study the trends of utilization of public and private (formal and informal) health agencies available in different communities of the Union Territory, Chandigarh, India.

Further, implementation of a holistic national health programme would require an assessment of the available health systems. In addition there is a nation wide need to find various aspects of the utilization of health services in different populations and geographical areas which may be helpful for finding out some of the reasons why the goal of “health for all” was not achieved and the utilization of public health care services was very low. It will further aid to fulfill the time bound national health goals. Thus, the considerable promise of e-health in addressing issues of quality, efficiency, cost, and access to care should be placed at the forefront of our national effort to reform healthcare.

Need of the study-With an attempt to discover the relationship between the consumer and the health agencies; the present paper intended to investigate and address major bottlenecks that may impede effective implementation of telenursing approach. Further, the need was felt for positive return on investment by targeting the consumers’ real needs and to hunt aspects which may be helpful for finding out some of the reasons for slow or non achievement of health goals and low utilization of public health care services.

Methodology-The study was conducted through a cross sectional survey of geographical areas of the urban, the rural, the slum and the rehabilitated sector in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, India. Data about utilization of health care services, and factors affecting treatment seeking behaviour of the consumers was explored through formal and informal interviews of 600 consumers. Observational visits were made to health agencies and study areas.

Results-The study found that majority i.e. 490(81.7%) out of 600 subjects most often used the indigenous health agency at one time or the other.Amongst reasons for utilization of indigenous health agencies and majority consumers perceived cause of diseases to be supernatural powers,bad karma/bad nazar (bad fortune), kala jadu performed by evil people to affect their families, no cure was available in the Allopathic system of medicine, illnesses can be cured through pujas, jharas or animal sacrifices,tying of sacred thread given by sadhus/babas cures illnesses, and the treatment of ailments through yoga and pranayama.

Indigenous health agencies were nearest to majority i.e. 59.9% subjects which included maximum number 87.3% of the slum subjects. As the indigenous agency was the second amongst most often used health care agency; the accessibility and availability of the indigenous agencies, along with other factors, are likely explanations for their high utilization.

On the other hand, it can be seen that in spite of the indigenous health agency being the nearest health agency in the urban and the rural sector (40% and 63.3% subjects respectively) it was not the most often utilized (utilization was by 11.3% of the urban and 20% of the rural subjects). The use of indigenous agencies was significantly higher in less educated people.

It was found that who utilized indigenous health agency most (53.1% respondents) were from lowest monthly income group (Rs.1000-5000). These included 93.3% of the slum, and 100% of the rehabilitated subjects. Chi square value of 110.617 and p value <0.001 indicated a highly significant difference in the use of health agencies in different income groups. Thus, the use of indigenous agencies was significantly higher in lower income group.Majority of people from low income group availed health services from informal health agencies, which also happened to be the cheapest agencies. Thus, from above it was found that services of indigenous health agencies were actively utilized them in the slum and the rehabilitated sector.

Recommendations-Education and documentation will bring better quality of health care services through formal recognition of standardized private indigenous health agencies and health workers as opposed to the reliance on quacks/faith healers. Thus, with greater responsibility in telecare, telenursing has to struggle a long way to replace old challenges with new possibilities in weaning consumers away from untrained private indigenous health providers and faith healers hence safeguarding the interest of the consumers. This will not only save people from being misled by superstitions and unscientific practices, but would also conform to the objective of the national health goals in developing countries like India.

There is a need for collaboration and integration of services of the government health care agencies with private formal and private indigenous (informal) health care providers to achieve national health goals.The right mix of health care professionals can attend to people’s most frequent needs up to their satisfaction levels.

Therefore, the investment plans should be intended to meet towards today’s evidence based needs and challenges with steady progress toward a longer term vision.

Are You Taking the Correct Lutein Dosage to Prevent Macular Degeneration?

The proper lutein dosage depends on your age and your current state of physical health, as well as other factors. There are no risks associated with high daily intakes, other than bronzing of the skin, which occurs with all carotenoids.

Carotenoids are pigments or colors. They combine with each other to form all of the colors of the rainbow.

Beta-carotene, the primary carotenoid found in carrots, is a red-orange pigment. Zeaxanthin, which is nearly identical, on a molecular level, to lutein, is a deep yellow-orange color. Lycopene is bright red.

All of the carotenoids are important to the health of the eyes and to visual acuity. Night blindness is usually caused by a lack of beta-carotene or other carotenoids in the diet.

Beta-carotene is converted within the body into vitamin A, an essential nutrient. Deficiencies are common in developing countries and can lead to total blindness. Hundreds of thousands of malnourished children go blind each year due to a lack of this common vitamin.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are found within the retina of the eye. The retina is a light-gathering mechanism that connects directly to the optic nerve.

It is believed that a daily lutein dosage supports the health of the retina and reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). The macula is a sensitive portion of the retina, responsible for central vision. ARMD is the most common cause of blindness or partial blindness in the elderly.

Most sources recommend supplements that contain a mixture of the carotenoids. But, just how much is enough? That’s the question that most people want to know.

Ideally, everyone’s diet would be rich in nutritious fruits and vegetables in an assortment of colors, which would prevent the need for supplementation. But, dietary preferences aside, fruits and vegetables simply are not as nutritious as they once were. In addition, lutein and zeaxanthin are micronutrients. They are present in foods in very small quantities in the best of situations.

Finding the correct lutein dosage is complicated by the fact that it is not considered an essential nutrient, like vitamin A. (Beta-carotene is typically recommended as a supplement to prevent vitamin A deficiency, because too much vitamin A from animal sources can be toxic.) As yet, there are no recommended daily allowances for micronutrients. But, some health experts, particularly those in the ophthalmic field, have made recommendations.

A 10mg lutein dosage should be sufficient for a child or a young person that does not suffer from any eye disease. For an adult, 50mg, combined with 6-10mg of zeaxanthin is recommended to help reduce the risk of AMRD and other age-related eye diseases.

If you are considering supplementation for the first time, look for one that contains lycopene, beta-carotene and a mixture of carotenoids, as well as other micronutrients. We might not know just what the optimal consumption is yet, but it stands to reason that many of us are not getting enough, since diseases like AMRD are so common.

The better multi-nutritional supplements contain a 50 lutein dosage. That’s what I take every day.

How to Choose the Best Dental Office for Dental Treatment/Services?

Are you looking for a good dental office? How to choose a dentist overseas? How to choose a dental care centre which offers good service? Searching for the right dentist? These may be some of the questions on your mind if you’re looking for a well qualified dentist.

There are a few key points one should keep in mind when selecting a good dental office.

The most important is the qualification of the dentist. Ensure that the dentist is licensed in the country where he/she is practicing. Look for the credentials, dental school he graduated from and their experience in this field. It is definitely very important to find the right dentist for your dental needs whom you’re comfortable with. When searching for a good dental clinic, be sure you pick a place in which you will receive the attention that your require. It needs to be open conveniently and offer extended and emergency services to its patients. Low cost, affordable dental treatment and maintenance visits to the dental office are equally important factors.

If you are looking for a best dental clinic to solve your teeth problems, look for one which can provide quality dental services with client satisfaction. A good dental clinic should be well equipped with the latest in technology like Digital X-rays, Intra-oral cameras, microscopes, patient education video and monitors, latest equipment and a good quality dental chair. It is extremely important that they maintain ‘High Sterilization Standards’, list their ‘Clinical Protocols’, use branded and tested ‘Materials and Products’, and have a primary and experienced Dentist with other Dental Specialists in-office. A good and qualified dentist along with his team and other specialists should be able to provide a comprehensive and complete dental care for the individual and the entire family.

Most reputable and good dental offices have their own websites with provision for making appointments. Both Domestic and International Appointments can be made using these forms available on their websites. Some good dental offices will also have the provision for Online Consultation, ‘Live Chat’ and ‘Patient Feedback Forms’. Reading ‘Patient Testimonials’ either available in their websites or on Google is a very useful tool in assessing the quality of dental service and reputation of the dentist. Check for Memberships, Affiliations and other Certifications of the dental office.

To keep your teeth healthy, it is essential that you visit your dentist every six months called as ‘recall’ visits. During this visit the dentist will re-examine your teeth and gums, check for any decay or cavity, clean your teeth, and discuss tips to maintain your oral hygiene and emphasize on preventive dentistry. A good dental examination with proper X-rays is a must for proper diagnosis.

Today dentistry has evolved tremendously and even for those people who have lost their teeth, many affordable treatment options are available to stay healthy and regain their beautiful smile. Missing teeth can be replaced by implants, bridges, dentures or partials. With Teeth-in-an-Hour by Nobel Guide the patient can go home with a new set of teeth immediately after implant placement. You can get a new set of teeth right away and be able to eat immediately after the treatment. The Nobel Guide System means you can now replace your missing teeth with permanent solutions using dental implants – easily, quickly and comfortably.

Some extremely high end and reputable dental offices may also promote Dental Tourism in their city. Dental Tourism is one way whereby people from other countries travel and get their dental treatment done in another country like New Delhi, India. Due to the high cost of the dental treatment in the US and other European countries, some patients opt for combining their travel with low cost, economical dental treatment. Sometimes the combined cost of the travel along with the dental treatment comes out to more economical that getting the treatment done in their respective country. This comes in particularly useful for those people who do not have dental insurance or cannot afford the high cost of dental care in their country. Such dental offices offering dental tourism may also provide additional services to their out stationed patients like ‘Hotel Accommodation’, ‘Travel Agent’, ‘Pick-up/ Drop-off’ facility; and maintain ‘Safety with Private Parking’. ’32 Smile Stone’ Dental Clinic promotes dental tourism in New Delhi and since their dentist in a US graduate from the most reputable dental school in the USA, she pays detailed attention to her work and quality of service.

Dentistry had diversified into various specialties and many treatment options are available for Dental Care. Some treatment options include Implants, Metal Free Crown and Bridges, Veneers, Root Canal Treatment (single sitting) using rotary endodontics, Tooth colored filings, Cosmetic Gum Treatment, Invisible Braces, 1-Hour Zoom Whitening, Children’s Dentistry with prime focus on Preventive Dentistry, Dental Spa etc.

Cosmetic Dentistry also called as ‘Esthetic Dentistry’ is offered by experienced dentists who strive to combine function with esthetics. People with inborn defects can also approach esthetic dentists for restoration of the deformation. Even celebrities and models visit esthetic dentists to make their teeth more beautiful in photo shoots. Esthetic dentistry caters to many people either for necessity or for enhancing their smile.

Teeth and gums are the gateway to one’s oral health. This means that dental care cannot be assumed and requires regular visits to prevent problems arising from cavities or unhealthy gums. Hence it is important to take time out to help prevent future dental problems.

Women at Risk For High Cholesterol

Even a woman who routinely aces her medical tests may earn less-than-perfect scores at cutting-edge preventive health centers. At some health centers the goal is to get women to lower risk factors beyond standard recommendations. Here are some answers to your questions on the numbers that translate into maximum protection.

What cholesterol levels do you look for? New national guidelines say that LDL (bad) cholesterol levels less than 100 are optimal, and that patients with a previous heart attack or diabetes should level for levels below 70. We say that less than 75 is optimal for healthy people. For HDL (good) cholesterol, guide lines are that over 50 is normal for women; we want levels of 65 or higher.

What about blood pressure? You should pretty much go with the guidelines: under 120/80. But doctors tell patients that even lower is better. If your pressure rises in the doctor's office, keep in mind that it's probably also going up when you're stressed at work or stuck in traffic-that can be a risk.

How can women achieve these superlow numbers? If you have only a borderline risk, you should talk about diet, exercise, and stress reduction. Often, just by making lifestyle changes, women can get a 20 percent improvement in their cholesterol levels.

Does that always work? No. Even women who eat well and are fit may have problems with cholesterol. In that case, it's probably genetic. That's when medication can really add to what you do on your own.

What's the takeaway message for women? Stay on top of your tests. Ask to get a copy of lab results, not just a call saying everything's OK. Since labs vary, it's best to track changes in your cholesterol by the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL (divide the total by the HDL number). What do you look for? The American Heart Association says you should aim for a ratio below 5: 1; we believe the optimal is 3.5: 1. And if your ratio, weight, or blood pressure start to creep up, take action. It's much harder to reverse things once you have heart disease or diabetes.

Snacking For Kids Made Fun, And Healthy

“Mom, I’m hungry”. If you got a rupee every time your kid said that to you; you’d be a millionaire by now.

Kids’ ability to develop an appetite at any hour of the day is just amazing. Be it the after-school mini meal, or the evening snack after play, they love their daily quota of munching! We’ve all gone through the same phase of growing up.

However, arranging healthy food for kids always might not be that easy. This binging in between meals is actually the biggest reason behind obesity in children. While you may find it hard to turn down their snacking demands, you can always make sure what they’re eating is healthy. After all, the habit of healthy eating in children starts from home.

Whip your kids some tasty home-made snacks, that are as easy as making instant noodles, but a whole lot more nutritious! Make your children’s health your priority with these healthy snacks:

Fruit Flavoured Milk:

Milk and fruits are a good way to substitute chips and soda for that evening snack. Make it great by blending them both together! Use fruits like strawberries, peaches, or mixed berries with low-fat milk to make a delicious glass of Fruit-Shake, filled to the brim with healthiness.

Oatmeal pancakes:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s also the most rushed. Make the most of every second by whipping up a super-fast pancake made with oat flour. Served with eggs, they take less than 5 minutes to make. The carbohydrates and proteins make it good food for the kids.

Green Kebabs:

Feeding green vegetables to kids is like taking on the toughest job on the planet. Fool them into eating spinach and peas by cooking up some healthy ‘green’ kebabs. Put in some potatoes for a balanced meal. They make excellent finger foods for kids and can be served any time of the day.

Yoghurt Dessert:

Swap that unhealthy ice-cream sundaes laden with fats and sugar with a cupful of fruit yogurt. Sweeten some Greek yogurt with some honey, mix in berries, and freeze it like popsicles. Dessert suddenly becomes a healthy food for the kids.

Sweet-Potato chips:

When hunger strikes, kids usually reach out for bags of potato chips. Give chips a healthy twist by using sweet potato instead of potato. Don’t fry them, instead, bake them until crispy, and serve them with homemade coriander sauce.

As much as we like to keep our kids happy, we also like to see them healthy. Junk food might be the easiest option when it comes to snacks, but it does more harm than good to your children’s health. So grab that apron, and just take 5 minutes out of your busy schedule to rustle up some healthy snacks. Who said healthy food can’t be fun?

Treatment Of An Ectopic Pregnancy

Treatment an ectopic pregnancy is different for every woman, depending on the size and location where the egg implants itself, and what type of pregnancy complications are involved.

Ectopic pregnancy is the leading cause of death among women in the first few months of their pregnancy period, so consult a doctor immediately, if you notice anything abnormal that may be symptomatic of an ectopic pregnancy.

The first stage in the treatment involves elimination of the dangerous non-viable intrauterine pregnancy, to minimize the risk for the mother. In this, the doctor always tries to protect future pregnancy prospects for the mother.

Complications include the reduced probability of further conception; however, this greatly depends on the extent of damage to the internal organs. Future pregnancies must only be planned after proper consultation with a doctor.

Treatment Options Include –

  • Non-invasive Chemical Method –
  • An early pregnancy that is ectopic in nature can at times be cured with a methotrexate injection that will dissolve the fertilized egg. This is advantageous for the mother, as it prevars scarring of the pelvic organs. Since ectopic pregnancies do not give rise to live births, look out for symptoms, so that an early treatment course can be undertake.

  • Surgery –
  • If the ectopic nature of your pregnancy is detected in the later stages, along with pregnancy complications, then surgery may be necessary. Nowadays, the less invasive laparoscopy surgery method is widely used in its treatment. If a woman's fallopian tube has ruptured, then before complications complications develop, an emergency surgery through an abdominal incision (laparatomy) may become necessary. In very few cases, the doctor is able to repair the damaged fallopian tube, which gets removed in most instances.

    After the surgery, one needs close monitoring of her HCG (pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin) levels. If this level does not show a zero reading, then additional surgery may be required for any left out ectopic tissue.

    Your chance of a future pregnancy depends on the place where you had the egg implanted. If both your fallopian tubes are intact, then the probability of a successful future pregnancy is about 60%. However, if you have had one ectopic pregnancy, then the chance of a second also increases. So, doctors always advise to be aware of the symptoms, so that early treatment is done.

  • Expectant Management –
  • In a few cases, treatment of an ectopic pregnancy may be done through expectant management. This involves close observation and constant monitoring, and no treatment is given. Expectant management is undertaken in very few cases, where it is anticipated that the it will automatically resolve. However, until the condition completely normalizes, the risk of a rupture always remains.
    Treatment of ectopic pregnancy no doubt exists, but, why do not you try to prevent it and also cut down on certain risk factors. This can be done by avoiding multiple sexual partners, and also using a condom while intercourse. This will help avoid STD's and reduce the chances of PIDs (pelvic inflammatory diseases).

    The Importance of Dental Continuing Education

    The pursuit of lifelong learning-whether to enrich our lives, follow a new dream, or simply challenge ourselves, is certainly something that appeals to many of us. For some professionals, however, ongoing training in their fields of expertise is more important than for others. Individuals working in the medical and dental fields are entrusted with the safety and comfort of others on a daily basis. Should they choose to rely upon their initial training indefinitely, ignoring ongoing development and technological advances, they would be putting their practices at legal risk and jeopardizing the health and welfare of their patients. In these fields, it's simply not an option to assume that there is nothing more to learn.

    Dental continuing education is essential for anyone working within the dental field. As in the medical field, technological advances in the field come at a rapid-fire pace, and staying abreast of the latest research, tools and treatment methods is critical. Ongoing training for dental professionals is so important that most states require that dentists and hygienists complete a certain number of dental continuing education activities each year in order to remain licensed to practice. These requirements vary from state to state, and in some cases also apply to dental assistants.

    Pursuing continued education in the dental field can be beneficial in several ways. For a dentist who is currently in practice, ongoing continuing education ensures that his or her patients have access to the latest diagnostic, preventive and treatment methods. For an individual just beginning a career in the dental field, dental continuing education can open new career pathways, provide opportunities for advancement and improve earning power.

    A wide variety of dental continuing education activities are available for both working and non-working individuals. If your goal is simply to stay informed about new research finds and updated industry best practices, there are plenty of low-cost, self-paced online courses that can help you to meet your state's continuing education requirements and enhance your ability to perform your current job role. If you are interested in furthering your formal education, however, in order to advance your career in the dental field, you may wish to pursue a degree or certificate program. For example, a dental assistant may discover that she is interested in pursuing a career as a hygienist-whether to earn a higher salary or simply to experience more personal fulfillment in her job role. In this case, she would need a degree from an accredited dental hygiene school in order to obtain her license.

    Regardless of the pathway you choose, as a dental professional you should consider your pursuit of education to be a lifelong endeavor. Doing so will not only better position you to advance within your chosen field; it will also ensure that you're able to provide the best possible care for your patients.

    Popular Hospitals in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Kinshasa is the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). It has many attractive and interesting natural settings and is located alongside the Congo River. In addition to its natural attractions, the city also contains some very significant educational and media institutions. In general, standard medical facilities are scarce in Democratic Republic of Congo. Even though Kinshasa houses some of the better hospitals in the country, do not expect high quality health care service at international standards from these hospitals. The facilities most of them provide are ordinary and the medical service is of average quality. This is a summary of some of the more popular hospitals in Kinshasa.

    The address for Centre Medical de Kinshasa (CMK) is Avenue des Wagenias, Commune de la Gombe. This hospital is one of the leading hospitals in Kinshasa. It is properly equipped and provides good medical service in various medical fields. Its equipment includes a brand new CT, X-ray and MRI units in addition to a pharmacy, lab and multiple operating theaters. Comfortable accommodations are also available. Telephone: 243 89 895 0300.

    Hospital General de Kinshasa (HGK) located at Avenue Colonel Ebeya, Kinshasa, is one of the largest public sector hospitals in DR Congo. This 2000 bed hospital employs a cumulative staff of 2250 and conducts over 3,000 consultations and 120 deliveries every day. The hospital offers complete and cost effective health care service. During the administration of Dr. William Close, the admired American missionary physician, the hospital achieved many developments including a large maternity ward. He recruited many eminent foreign doctors also. HGK has eight operating rooms, departments in the major medical specialties, intensive care units and laboratories. The hospital is a major referral center and is known to provide good, personal attention. Telephone: 00243 63070; 00243 63050.

    Yolo Medical Hospital Centre of Kinshasa situated at 1263 Avenue Yolo, Kinshasa is another popular health care facility in Kinshasa. The private limited company, SPRL manages this hospital. The hospital has been offering effective medical consultations, clinical and surgical service for almost thirty years. In 1987, a new building was added to the hospital complex. The hospital now has suitably equipped operating rooms, a maternity ward and offices for administrative services. Yolo Medical Hospital has a advanced laboratory also. The emergency department of this hospital has many brand new facilities. Telephone: 00243 819995321.

    The address for Sdarovia hospital is 84 bis, Avenue Masimanimba, Kinshasa. This service oriented medical facility offers cost effective medical service to those struggling with poverty. Doctor Paul Bobe Alifi Leta founded this nonprofit Christian hospital. The hospital employs 10 staff physicians and a dedicated nursing staff to assure the best personal treatment. The hospital gets generous funding from different parts of the world and uses this for purchasing state-of-the-art equipment. Sdarovia hospital conducts many medical education and research programs and has emerged as one of the best health care centers in DR Congo. The hospital offers good medical care at low price in all major departments and their pediatrics and obstetrics units are particularly satisfactory. Telephone: 0243 97862034.

    Addiction to Calmness – The Seduction of Benzodiazepines

    Sometimes the treatment for certain disorders can be worse than the original illness. The following is how a true account of how I accidentally became addicted to benzodiazepines and what I’ve learned in the process. My goal is to inform readers to the dangers of reckless use of benzodiazepines. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, and any recommendations I make should be discussed with a medical professional.

    Panic Disorders

    Anxiety attacks (also known as panic attacks) is a disorder when the body suddenly feels a fight-or-flight reaction. These usually occur due to stressful stimuli but can also occur at random periods. The sufferer suddenly feels a drowning sensation: unable to breathe or rapid breathing, tightness in the neck, shakiness, and sometimes they mimic the signs of a heart attack.

    Unlike a phobia, which is usually an irrational fear of some sort, panic attacks usually surprise the sufferer. The person experiencing these episodes feels an impending sense of doom or that death is about to occur.

    Benzodiazepines: A Cure or a Curse?

    One form of treatment for this disorder is a class of medication called benzodiazepines. These medications include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan, just to name a few. For the alleviation of panic, they are miracle drugs. Then can either stop an attack from occurring or reduce the severity of it.

    But like every medication, there are disadvantages as well. For one, benzodiazepines are known to be “habit forming.” “Habit forming,” to me, is a euphemism for addictive.

    I should know. I was once a “benzo” addict.

    My Story

    I went to a psychiatrist [name withheld] for a myriad of reasons, one of them being panic disorder. He prescribed me a low dose of a common benzodiazepine for it.

    It all seemed simple enough. Whenever I knew I was about to be in a stressful situation, especially driving, I would take one. When I felt fine, I didn’t. I used them as I felt needed.

    Well, when my psychiatrist wrote me prescription after prescription for the medication, I finally told him I didn’t need any refills; I had plenty. He was surprised. He told me that I should take four tablets a day every day, regardless if I felt like I needed them or not. He said it has to build up in my system.

    So I followed his instructions – My first big mistake.

    The Beginning of Addiction

    When I have panic disorder and take a benzo tablet, I felt “normal” – calm but not drowsy. I was alert and functional. But when I took a tablet when I was not experiencing any panic, I felt a sensation of euphoria that I’ve never felt before. It was an incredible feeling. So I took four each and every day.

    A fact about benzodiazepines: The human body builds up a tolerance to them quickly. The brain begins to expect the artificial chemical, so the threshold for panic changes. The liver also anticipates the dose of the benzodiazepines and has the proper enzymes ready to metabolize it.

    After two or three months, the panic attacks returned even though I was still taking my four-a-day dose. What was the solution?

    Simple. He doubled the dose. And now a pattern was set forth.

    Blind Faith

    After several months, I was taking close to 8mg of the common benzodiazepine a day – twice the amount recommended by the manufacture of the medication – and my psychiatrist was about to increase the dosage once again.

    Finally, I voiced my concerns. Is there a limit on the dosage one can take? Or will I keep increasing the dosage indefinitely?

    He told me not to worry; he wrote prescriptions for himself all time. After discussing the situation with him, I realized he had a benzodiazepine dependency as well. I felt sick to my stomach and felt stupid for not asking questions sooner.

    Withdrawals from Benzodiazepines

    I began to secretly taper my dosage of the drug – much too rapidly – while my prescriptions were adding up. It was a horrible period. My anxiety came back even worse than before, and I could feel new unpleasant sensations: crawling skin, rapid heartbeats, nervous tics, and I began to become extremely irritable.

    Suddenly, my psychiatrist was about to retire, and he was desperate for me to start using a non-benzodiazepine to control my anxiety. I refused, since I was still in the process of withdrawing from benzodiazepines and didn’t want to add yet another chemical to my body’s chemistry. (Later, I did try the medication under a different doctor’s care – It didn’t help me at all).

    Within two weeks after my psychiatrist retired, his office caught fire, burning all medical records. I will let the readers draw their own conclusions.

    But now I had a new problem. I was still addicted to benzos, both physically and psychologically, and now needed a new doctor to help me with my “habit.” I found myself to be an “accidental addict” and had to do something about it. On top of this, my father had been diagnosed with cancer and diabetes, which only made my depression worse. I began to make some very unwise decisions of which I’m not proud.

    Before I go much further with my account, a little more background on how benzodiazepines work:

    Mechanisms of Benzodiazepines

    Neurotransmitters in the brain suppress anxiety and fear. People suffering from panic disorders are either not producing enough of these neurotransmitters or it is not being processed correctly.

    Benzodiazepines help fill this deficiency, thus producing a calming affect. The by-products of the medication are then metabolized in the liver.

    When a person first begins taking benzodiazepines, the brain doesn’t expect anticipate this sudden increase of the mild calming chemical. Also, the liver doesn’t have the enzymes readily available to “burn off” the medication. That is why drugs these medications work so well in the beginning.

    Extra Information

    Here is an excerpt from a comment from a reader of my blog that provides more information:

    The “fear” area of the brain is the amygdala, and animals (including people) without amygdala’s show no fear. The neurotransmitters that influence it include GABA (stands for something long), norepinephrine, and serotonin. When the body does not make enough of these chemicals panic or fear is caused. In school we learned about drugs like Xanax and doctors don’t really know how it works other than it appears to enhance GABA uptake which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter – so it inhibits your overreactive fear response. It is very hard to study the effect of just one of those three transmitters, because they all interact and affect each other; so research is still ongoing.

    Building a Tolerance

    However, the human body is very adaptable, which can be a curse at times. Eventually, the brain realizes that this calming chemical will be present, so it begins to produce less of its naturally occurring substance. At the same time, the liver has now created a sufficient amount of enzymes to quickly metabolize the drug. This is known as “tolerance.”

    By increasing the dose of the benzodiazepine, the brain and liver are once again unprepared for the higher amounts of the calming agent. But in time, they adapt, and once again the medication is rendered useless.

    Dangerous Results

    The really dangerous part is how the brain reacts. Since it keeps receiving this synthetic chemical, it starts to lower the production of it naturally occurring neurotransmitters. If a person suddenly quits the benzodiazepine medication, the brain is left depleted of its own “calming chemistry.” This produces “rebound anxiety,” which is many times worse than what the patient originally experienced. If a large enough dosage is discontinued, convulsions, seizures, and even heart arrhythmia can occur.

    When Addiction Occurs

    At this stage, a person is now physically dependent on the drug. This is known as “physical addiction.” There is also the psychological aspect to the addiction, because of the euphoria the medication can produce.

    A long time heroin addict uses heroin not to become “high” but to stave off the sickness of withdrawals. The same holds true with benzodiazepines. The only difference is, few people die from withdrawing from heroin, despite the ill effects they experiences. Not true with benzodiazepines. More people die from quitting these medications – some brands more than others – too rapidly than from overdosing.

    If I knew this information earlier, I would never have started taking a benzodiazepine. As always, hindsight is 20/20.

    The following is definitely a “do as I say, not as I have done” account. Consider this a disclaimer.

    After my psychiatrist quickly retired, it was hard to find a doctor to fulfill my prescription. The stack I had from the psychiatrist was out-dated and couldn’t be used.

    Desperate Measures

    Desperate situations sometimes make people not think clearly. I was one of those people.

    Before benzos, I never did any illicit or illegal drugs. I rarely ever drank, except for an occasional glass of wine at dinner or a social beer. I didn’t smoke, and I even kept my caffeine intake to a minimum; caffeine is the last thing an anxiety-ridden person needs.

    But I felt I needed more benzodiazepine than was prescribed by my new doctor. I had tapered off slowly but not slowly enough, and the withdrawals were getting severe and started to interfere with my work and social life.

    I actually considered buying the medication online from some of the shady pharmacies located overseas. But fortunately I at least had the good sense to squelch that idea early on.

    Dangerous Choices

    So I improvised. Alcohol is a depressant and when mixed with benzos, the effects are greatly increased. So I added alcohol to my chemistry, along with the antidepressants and benzodiazepines.

    Another trick, which worked on workdays, was to take benzos with grapefruit juice. Grapefruit can cause benzodiazepines to metabolize slower.

    Mixing any prescription medication either with alcohol or grapefruit could cause serious side-effects, including poor judgment, “risk-taking” behaviors, and lack of coordination, just to name a few. In some rare cases, it could possibly be fatal.

    The withdrawal symptoms lessened considerably. But now my depression increased due to the alcohol (I’m bipolar, which is another factor that did not help my situation). I learned later that this process is common to addicts: switch from one addiction to another. Luckily, I never became an alcoholic, but it was still very unwise to mix benzodiazepines with alcohol. That said, it made tapering off the the drug easier.

    Slippery Slope

    So my depression was getting worse just as my family life was falling apart with father’s illness. Instead of coping with it, I began to use alcohol more and more.

    Another common factor with addiction is the idea of a “gateway” drug. This idea is that a potential addict starts off with one drug and then proceeds to another, stronger one, until the addict finally “kicks” the habit all together or dies. Marijuana is often considered the most common gateway drug. In my case, it was my brand of benzodiazepine.

    Addiction Can Happen to Anyone

    If you told me back in the early 1990s, when I was playing frequently tennis and taking great care of my body, that I would have addiction problems a decade later, I would have laughed. All through my teens and 20s I’ve never tried marijuana, smoked tobacco, or used alcohol that often. Addiction, I sadly discovered, is a creeping illness. It lies in wait for the right time to strike, when one is most vulnerable and blinded by a “it could never happen to me” attitude.

    Some Final Thoughts

    I hope I haven’t demonized benzodiazepines too much. They have legitimate uses when used properly, when needed. I wouldn’t have been able to drive without them due to anxiety attacks behind the wheel.

    The main point I want to stress is to be aware of new medications, and question your doctors thoroughly, even if it annoys them. After all, they are human and are bound to make mistakes like the rest of us. Do your own research before blindly adding a new substance to your body. Just because it’s a prescribed medication, as opposed to an illegal one, does not mean it doesn’t carry any risks.

    Present Situation

    Currently, I have found two excellent doctors who have put me on a reduction plan (I reduce my dosage by .5mg every two months). I still take benzos to this day but at much smaller doses and only when I really need them. I am still physically and psychologically addicted to it, but not nearly as much as I once was. It will take some time to finally be off the medication all together.

    To help my anxiety issues while reducing my benzodiazepine intake, I have been prescribed gabapentin (an anti-seizure medication) and hydroxyzine (an antihistamine). Both medications have anti-anxiety properties and have been extremely helpful to reduce panic attacks. And they are much safer than benzodiazepines.

    Final Warnings

    Also, do not suddenly quit a medication until you know about it withdrawal effects. Some you can discontinue immediately; others you will need to taper off slowly.

    And never assume you are not a risk for addiction. Everyone is potentially at risk. I found out the hard way.

    Revitalizing Penis Skin With Vitamin E – Discovering Penis Health Care

    As a supplement vitamin E helps maintain cell membranes, skin, nerves and red blood cells. When applied directly to penis skin, vitamin E can be used to decrease inflammation, sooth burns and irritation, reduce scar tissue and much more including the following.

    Vitamin E helps increase blood flow in the smaller blood vessels in the body and can help increase healing. In many men, scar tissue of the penis can contribute to erectile dysfunction, loss of overall penile length and a curvature of the penis. The use of various minerals and vitamins, including E, can help promote penis health and ensure that your penis remains healthy and appealing.

    Frequent masturbation and sexual activity can damage penis skin, particularly the surface of the penis and create an unattractive appearance. dry skin, redness, itching, rough texture and a variety of other symptoms may be prevented with the application of vitamin E which can be applied directly to skin irritation to soothe discomfort and alleviate symptoms.

    Penis irritation and trauma caused by “dry rubbing” of penis or vigorous sexual activity can be treated with penis health crèmes that include vitamin E. When combined with other penis specific ingredients vitamin E can help revitalize skin on and around the penis and increase overall skin health in the genital region.

    Although vitamin E can be taken as a dietary supplement (ie: in pill form), it can also be applied directly to penis skin to help alleviate and prevent penis skin problems. To maintain a healthy penis, use a penis health crème to prevent and treat damaged tissue and irritation.

    In addition to vitamin E a good penis health crème will include ingredients that help promote penis skin health, while also helping increase blood flow and avoiding Peyronie’s Disease, irritation and blemishes. Other advantages include preventing the penis from shortening – which occasionally occurs when skin and connective tissue in the penis is damaged by irritation or trauma.

    If you’re interested in maintaining penis health make sure you consult the label of lotions and crèmes before using them. Not all lotions and crèmes are intended for use on the penis. Shea Butter, the enzyme L-Arginine as well as Vitamins B, D and E are the prime ingredients that any quality penis health crème should contain.

    A great number of men benefit from a penis crème, oil or lotion that helps keep the penis healthy. A quality penis specific lotion or penis health crème, such as Man1 Man Oil, can help treat the concerns mentioned in this article. Discerning men are eager to keep their penises looking good and functioning properly – both of which can save you from embarrassment and costly medical treatments later on.

    A Quick Biography of Jacob Bogatin

    Jacob Bogatin, born as Yakov Gershevich Bogatin on August, 13th in 1947. He attended Saratov’s elementary and middle schools. Then he continued his education in Saratov’s Mathematical School. Being in the 9th grade Jacob started a pilot and sky jumping program in Gagarin Aviation School. In 1965 after graduation from high school the young man applied to Cinematography College in Moscow but it was unsuccessful. Later he was accepted in Saratov State University and graduated with physics degree in 1970.

    Immediately afterwards Jacob took a junior research post at Saratov State University and got a PhD in Physics. Since then he had established the largest magnetic laboratory in Volga region and equipped it with modern scientific machinery such as: Jeol and Comeca Micro analyzer, Magnetic Spectra analyzer and 500 thousand magnification Electronic microscopes. In 1971 he got married. From 1973 till 1985 the professor published over 100 articles about permanent magnets. In 1978 young fellow invented the powerful ND-Fe-B permanent magnets which are used in electronics, cars and jets nowadays. In 1977 Jacob received a full professorship in physics. Under his leadership many undergraduate students got their PhD’s and became scientists. His relationship with Russian government started worsening right after his mother and sister immigrated to Israel. In 1985 young professor applied for an immigration visa which was denied twice. In 1987 the man finally granted a permission to leave Russia and immigrate to the United States. His family was given 10 days to leave Russia.

    In 1987 Bogatin emigrated to the USA and joined the Airspace Company in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. From 1987 to 1988 he had been a manager of magnetic department and built a research center with magnetic laboratory. In 1989 he invented the first Uranium Rare-Earth Metal Magnet along with the Aquanides Magnet.

    During 1988-1993 the scientist lectured at UPEN for an undergraduate program.

    His children graduated in 1992 and 1998 from UPEN and Haneman University, they got married later on. His daughter has two children, his son has one child.

    In 1993 the scholar organized a Magnetic Company to manufacture magnets.

    In 1998 Jacob started a green field operation for his daughter and his son-in-law. Moreover, in 2000 he built a 3500 feet medical center with a doctor’s office, radiology and physical therapy departments.

    In 2002 he made a decision to issue the first glossy monthly publication for the Russian community in the USA and Canada called The Health Magazine. Five years later the magazine became the only successful periodical with a circulation of over 50,000 copies per month.

    In 2002 the scientist was hired by a group of private investors to build a 22000 square feet diagnostic center. In 2003 Radiology department with 25 employees opened its doors to give community an access for the newest technology: Siemens 1.5 tesla short board MRI, 64 slices CT Scan, Dual head Nuclear medicine and many more.

    In 2003 the professor opened a Sleep Disorder Center for patients with sleep disorders.

    In 2004 Jacob completed a radiation oncology department with a revolutionary IMRT treatment.

    In 2005 he opened a cardiovascular department offering revolutionary CTA of heart scan.

    In August 2007 the professor celebrated his 60 birthday. His friends prepared him many fascinating presents, but the real star called “Jacob Bogatin” touched his heart most of all.

    In October 2007 Jacob Bogatin decided to become a private pilot. At the moment he is attending Hartman Aviation School and has 120 hours of flight time. With an unbelievable energy the scientist wants to prepare himself for a space mission.

    Where does this man gain his energy from? He has always been surrounded by young energetic people who always follow him in his ventures. Furthermore, he has a “Jewish lucky umbrella” with him from his Rabbi Grandfather who was annihilated during the Stalin’s régime in September 1937. The professor enjoys life and wants to spend every moment of it improving himself. He never stops combating his bad habits. His favorite expression is: “Goal is achievable with or without luck!!”

    Otosclerosis – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

    Otosclerosis is a genetically mediated metabolic bone disease that affects only the bones in the middle part of the human ear. Women are affected twice as often as men. Otosclerosis usually develops in the third decade of life. The bones in the middle ear first turn spongy and later become dense and sclerotic, and become fixed to each other and to the eardrum, resulting in conductive hearing loss. Occidentally, this process can involve other parts of the inner ear and produce sensorineural hearing loss. The symptoms of otosclerosis include hearing loss, a buzzing sound in the ear and dizziness. Surgical intervention and the use of hearing aids are used in the management of otosclerosis.

    The Ayurvedic treatment of otosclerosis is aimed at the preservation of hearing and attempt to halt or reverse the process of otosclerosis. Medicines like Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Laxadi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Guggulu and Saarivadi-Vati are used to treat the basic pathology of the disease. Medicines like Kaishor-Guggulu, Tapyadi-Loh, Ekang-Veer-Ras and Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani are used to prevent damage to the ear ear and the resultant sensorineural hearing loss. Herbal medicines like Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Asthishrunkhala (Cissus quadrangularis), Laxa (Purified wax) , Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) and Musta (Cyperus rotundus) can also be used for this purpose. In addition, in order to reverse the process of otosclerosis, medicines like Shankh-Bhasma, Godanti-Bhasma, Praval-Bhasma, Praval-Panchamrut and Panchamrut-Parpati are used in combination with medicines like Tamra-Bhasma, Abhrak-Bhasma and Trivang- Bhasma.

    Clinical progress of this disease is unpredictable. Since bilateral involvement of the ears is common, early initiation of treatment is recommended in order to derive maximum therapeutic benefit. Ayurvedic treatment can also help to prevent sensorineural hearing loss which can result in complete deafness.