Why There Are More Allergies and Obesity Today Compared With Years Ago

That’s a hard question to answer because no one really knows. There are, however, differences in the approach to child rearing that may have an impact. In my young days, that were post WWII, children were given everything to eat and there was no thought of allergies. The closest my body came to one was that of dust from which sinus would result. No one in my family or anyone we knew, however, ever mentioned allergies.

Babies were reared with a taste of everything, even when they spat it out. Eggs were high on the menu as were nuts, fruits, vegetables of all types, and, of course, meat. My children were given exactly the same treatment. My babies received cows milk when they were weaned and nothing was held back by way of food.

My daughter, by way of contrast, read books to determine what her children should eat. They were denied eggs and lots of other foods. The result, which might have come from this practice, is that one of them is highly allergic to certain foods.

The other factors that entered the scene are books written by male doctors who stressed the importance of holding back on some foods for a young child. This coupled with the junk food that replaces the fresh or home cooked meals sees young children given things like soda drinks high in sugar, foods high in salt and other things, and sweets, such as icing coated doughnuts and biscuits.

Watching young mum’s feed these things to toddlers in shopping centres to keep them quiet while she concentrates on her purchases leads to other thoughts. Why take a child that young into these places where they see the junk food and scream their heads off to get them?

It might be hard for mothers to work their way through modern trials and errors to avoid health problems, but they need to wake up to what modern takes on child-rearing are doing. While such things may not be responsible for allergies it might be interesting for some practitioners to examine the present changes in this area compared to post war years. It might also help to understand the obesity problems that faces some adults.

Surely what children grow used to follows them into adult-hood. That may apply to those who can’t walk through a shopping centre without first visiting the junk food outlets. Interesting thoughts that should be examined further.

Emetophobia Information and Advice

This article intends to offer its readers a brief overview of Emetophobia. The articles discussion will include; what Emetophobia is, its symptoms, causality and consequences.

The word Emetophobia can be broken down into two components, firstly its route word 'emesis' which means an instance of vomiting, and phobia which can be defined as 'an exaggerated, usually inexplicable and illogical fear'. However Emetophobia is defined as 'an intense fear or anxiety of / or relating to vomiting (being sick)'. People who suffer from Emetophobia are known as being 'Emetophobic'. Emetophobia can also be more specific, and people who are Emetophobic can also be placed into sub categories, the recognized subcategories of Emetophobia included; people with a fear of vomiting as a whole, people who fear vomiting in public, people who fear seeing vomit or other people vomiting and people who fear the feeling of nausea (the feeling usually felt before being sick).

So what causes Emetophobia? Well as with most phobias there is a lack of physical evidence to truly define and detail the components of Emetophobia, however Emetophobia is widely considered one of the most common phobias in the world. It is believed that most phobias can stem from experiences individuals have faced in childhood, however sources also suggest that Emetophobia can develop at any point in an individual's life, and can seriously affect people's activities of daily living. Emetophobia may be bought on by a particularly disturbing event that may concern vomiting or it may be bought on as a response to other events in a person's life.

Emetophobia can be an extremely debilitating phobia, and Emetopobics face problems in all areas of their lives. Often people who suffer from Emetophobia will actively try to avoid situations that could refer to vomit or people vomiting, no matter how small the opportunities, for example Emetophobics may avoid social gatherings where alcohol may be present, they may avoid certain foods for fear of being sick because of them, it has even been noted that some 'Emetophobes' will even avoid going into hospital or taking medication because of the chances of encountering vomit. Obviously the severity of Emetophobia can fluctuate, for example people with mild Emetophobia may just not drink alcohol to avoid being sick themselves, however in more extreme cases some women have said they have either delayed or not wanted to get pregnant because of a fear or morning sickness.

As noted there is a lack of physical evidence relating to Emetophobia and a lot of people have expressed the view that they found it difficult to receive a diagnosis of being Emetophobic because of a lack of widely available information, and as a result some people believe there are no cures or help available. There are however a variety of different sources of help available, including, hypnosis, herbal remedies, medicines, exposure therapy, counseling etc.

Hopefully this article has given its readers an overview of Emetophobia and the issues surrounding it. As a closing point hopefully the article has also made its readers aware of the fact that Emetophobia is a common problem and that people suffering from it can find it an extremely difficult phobia to live with and as such it should not be treated with disdain and disregard but rather with empathy and understanding.

Arnica – The Secret Relief That Every Home Should Have

Life is full of bumps and bruises, to take care of the more physical ones Arnica is a little known gem that everyone should become familiar with and have readily available. Mostly used as an ointment or oil, in cream or gel form, Arnica is a herb used widespread for medicinal and first aid purposes dating back from the 1500's. Although there are many herbs and homeopathic remedies available, Arnica is one that is easy to use, whose effectiveness has been proved repeatedly.

You are probably familiar with those bangs that a child sometimes gets on his head, where you see right before your eyes the huge bump that begins growing within minutes. In this type of situation, if Arnica is applied right away you will be shocked to find how effective it is. In addition to being good for head injuries, where it will stop the bump from growing and will slow the swelling of the breeze, it can be used for a number of other aches and pains. It offers relief for bruises or black and blue marks from falls or bangs and for sprains or for limbs that has been over executed. Arnica can also help for injuries that cause hemorrhaging or for soreness or stiffness from sore muscles or arthritis pain; it serves as an anti-inflammatory and will help relate the pain.

Available in most health food stores Arnica comes in a variety of homeopathic home remedies. The cream or gel should be applied liberally on unbroken skin. It is most effective if applied immediately after the injury and continued three times daily until the bruise is cured. Make sure never to apply it to broken or cut skin and never to use it internationally except with directions from a licensed homeopathic practitioner. It is great for young children or kids and can be effectively used against diaper rash. Kids especially like it because when applied it does not hurt or sting and is easily absorbed by the body.

With a medicine chest full of assorted products, it looks like a shame to miss out on this essential form of relief. It is never fun to fall and get hurt and even if you do not have kids around it is surprising how often adults smash their leg or get a bang from something, not to mention sore muscles and sprained ankles. Do yourself a favor and have Arnica in the medicine cabinet. You will not be sorry and you might even join those that swear by it and carry it around everywhere.

Gastric Bypass Surgery – Do You Know The Risks?

Some 10 years ago roughly 20,000 weight-loss operations were undertaken in the US each year. In 2006 that figure is likely to reach a staggering 200,000.

Today about thirty percent of the population of the United States is overweight, with about 1 in 3 of these people being clinically obese. Furthermore, a staggering nine million adults are overweight by more than 100 pounds and are classified as morbidly obese.

For these people the established remedy of diet and exercise simply does not work and they are turning in increasing numbers towards gastric bypass surgery.

The most common form of gastric bypass surgery now is a procedure called Roux-en-Y which creates a stomach pouch, using a section of the stomach itself, that is then linked up to the small intestine, bypassing a fundamental portion of the stomach and duodenum. the procedure to hold large quantities of food but, having bypassed the duodenum, the absorption of fat is also greatly reduced.

The growing popularity of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, assisted by such things as its use by several high-profile celebrities, expanded coverage by Medicare and some enterprising marketing, has led to an increase in the number of medical facilities providing the procedure . Several of these establishments are however better than others and just a few are possibly a little too preoccupied with the profit to be made from providing gastric bypass surgery. This, in turn, presents an escalating danger for those contemplating surgery.

Results can be quite impressive, not only in terms of the weight loss seen but also in terms of the striking improvement that can be made to the patients overall quality of life. Despite this, gastric bypass surgery is a major surgical procedure and is certainly not suitable for everyone and is not without risks.

But just what are the risks involved?

Well, the risks of gastric bypass surgery will clearly vary from one individual to another and anyone considering surgery should consult a doctor to find out the risks that surgery carries in their particular case. Here though, in general terms, are just some of risks more commonly associated with gastric bypass surgery:

Death. As with any major surgical procedure there is a risk of death associated with gastric bypass surgery and estimates put the short-term risk at about one or two percent. The risk varies with age, other medical conditions and general health.

Pneumonia. Being excessively overweight puts extra stress on the chest cavity and lungs. This produces an additional risk of contracting pneumonia after surgery.

Narrowing of the opening between the stomach and small intestine. Although rarely seen, this complication may require either an outpatient procedure in which a tube is passed through your mouth to widen the narrowed opening or surgery to correct the problem.

A leak along one of the staple lines in the stomach. A leak along the staple line in the stomach can lead to and this is generally cured using antibiotics. Most cases in time but, in some cases, this leakage can be serious enough to need emergency surgery.

Blood clots in the legs. The risk of blood clots occurring in the legs is most prevalent in the case of very overweight patients and, when blood clots do form, the situation can be dangerous. Sometimes blood clots migrate to the lungs where they lodge themselves in the lung's arteries producing a pulmonary embolism – a serious and life-threatening condition that damages the tissue of the lung.

Gastric bypass surgery can also lead to swelling syndrome, a condition where the contents of the stomach move too rapidly through the small intestine causing sweating, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea and dizziness.

Some other commonly seen complications of gastric bypass surgery include vitamin and mineral deficiency, gallstones, hernia, bleeding stomach ulcers, dehydration and intolerance to some foods.

Advances in surgery are making gastric bypass surgery safer by the day and the arrival of laparoscopic surgery and the use of robotics, now being evaluated at Stanford University Medical Center in California, are also reducing the number of post-operative complications and assisting with patient recovery .

Notwithstanding the risks for each problem case there are a thousand cases of slimmer and happier people walking around. So, if you are thinking about gastric bypass surgery speak to your doctor and, while you should unduly consider the risks, do not dismiss the procedure simply because of them.

Hormones’ Affects on Runners

Hormone levels affect runners endurance. Hormone levels affect ones endurance. Long distance runners having sex to often reduce

their healing ability. This leads to one result injuries. When training for distance events of more than 13 miles it is important to eat right, sleep, exercise, hydrate (lots of water), and abstain from intercourse.

As we age hormone levels decrease making fatigue an inevitable reality. Athletes need to pace themselves. Set a goal of mileage every week and slowly increase the goal adding 5 miles per week.

As we age the mileage should be decreased due to lower hormone levels to prevent fatigue.

The good news is that constant exercise can counter lowering hormone levels and actually increase the growth hormone. The key is to maintain a constant regiment of 4 to 6 days per week with a program. The program itself should change from season to season as your needs change and abilities increase. Increasing hormones will lead in increasing muscle mass and producing anti- aging hormones.

These will help keep you looking younger.

The important thing to remember is that if you can get on a program and keep consistent you can slow down hormonal loss and keep yourself looking young. It is all a balance each part contributing to the whole. Things to consider when training for any kind of long distance event are how long you have been training, sleep, diet, feeling any fatigue, and how often you are having intercourse.

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Colon Cancer Tests That Can Save Your Life

Cancer is a killer. Colon cancer is the second most fatal of all cancers – but it does not have to be! Cancer of the colon is a preventable disease that affects both men and women 50 or older. It is easily detected in all stages – even before it becomes cancerous!

Regular annual testing can detect abnormal cells in the colon and prevent cancer from starting. Here are the most common colon cancer tests. Talk with your doctor about these tests.

Fecal Occult Blood Tests (FOBT). This is the most common and easiest test for cancer of the colon. These tests looks for blood in the stool, which may indicate colon cancer. If blood is found, the doctor may order a colonoscopy.

Here's how the test works. Your doctor will give you a testing kit which you will take home. At home you smear a small piece of stool from your bowel movement on a card. Repeat up to three different times – your kit will have specific instructions. The cards are sent to a lab for testing. Some kits include the mailing packs so you can send the test straight from your home.

Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). This is a home test, like the FOBT. You will get a kit from your doctor and put a small sample of your stool on the card. Repeat up to three times – follow the instructions in the kit. Cards are sent to the lab for testing and the results will be sent to your doctor's office. This test also looks for blood in the stool like the FOBT. If abnormal results are found, a colonoscopy may be ordered.

Sigmoidoscopy. In this test a doctor will use a small lighted tube which allows him to look inside the rectum and lower colon. The doctor is looking for abnormal growths in the colon, such as a polyp, which may indicate colon cancer. If a polyp is found, the doctor will take a small sample of tissue from it and test for cancer. A colonoscopy may be ordered after this if abnormal results are found.

A colonoscopy allows the doctor to look inside the entire colon instead of only the lower third of the colon.

Barium enema. In this test, an x-ray is taken of the rectum and colon after a special barium enema is given. The barium is used to make it easier for doctors to view the x-ray and any abnormalities in it. If an abnormal growth is found, a sample of the tissue is taken and tested. A colonoscopy may be ordered if abnormal results are found in the tissue sample.

Your health care provider is the best person to decide which test is the best one for you. Talk with your doctor about your testing options! The FOBT and FIT tests can be performed every year. Combinations of tests may be ordered by your doctor.

If you are 50 or older, then you should be tested annually. If you have a family history of colon cancer, regardless of your age, you may need to be tested regularly. Certain medical conditions may require that you be regularly tested before the age of 50.

Talk with your doctor about colon cancer testing. A simple test could save your life!

What Is Candida?

Candidiasis is the common name for a condition that results in the overproduction of a form of yeast normally found in the body at low levels.

Candida is not considered anything to worry about; however, recent research has put a spotlight on this form of yeast that is causing the medical profession to reconsider its totally benign assessment of candida. It is inside all of us – in the digestive tract, mouth, and throat. In women, it is also found in the vagina. The most common species of candida is called candida albicans.

When the human body is weakened it is vulnerable to attack. Consider that at all times various bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens are waging an unseen war against the body. Likewise, the immune system is always on guard, waiting for the attack. In response to outside invasion, the body produces various weapons to fight hostile aggression. Sometimes, if the body is weakened through a host of conditions and situations, the immune system cannot do its job properly.

One common condition caused by candida is thrush. Thrush is a buildup of candida that can effect men and women alike. As many as seventy-five percent of women will experience at least one vaginal yeast infection in their lifetime – caused by an overgrowth of candida.

These common conditions are annoying, but they do not represent the symptoms of chronic Candidiasis. Chronic overproduction of candida can lead to a wide range of physical and mental symptoms. It can manifest as abdominal pain, fatigue, skin infections, and even cognitive difficulties. There appears to be such an extent of problems related to candida overgrowth that candida is often dismissed as a cause.

In chronic Candidiasis, the rapidly multiplying candida changes form. It morphs into its dangerous fungal state and spreads.

The fungal form of candida produces rhizoids – hook-shaped barbed appendages that cut into tissue and membranes, causing pain and other harmful symptoms. If not treated, a condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome can develop in the intestinal tract.

Leaky Gut Syndrome allows toxins to leave the digestive tract and feed right into the bloodstream. It is also interesting to note that once someone begins treatment to kill the excess candida growth, the initial reaction to treatment will often result with the patient actually feeling worse! This is due to the fact that the fungal form of candida does not want to die and it fights like heck to survive!

In addition, there are indications that candidiasis can affect people who do not have compromised immune systems. New research has indicated that people who have healthy immune systems can also fall victim to the rhizoid-reach of candida. This is important because it presents a way for science to pinpoint root causes instead of simply treating symptoms.

Candida is most likely responsible for more problems than it is given credit for. Before you start treatment for candida, you should try and read up about the subject and fully understand what is involved. As with anything else, knowledge is power.

How To Prevent Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a very common disease that can cause a lot of damage to your liver. In cases of viral hepatitis, there are some ways of prevention, but this is generally speaking.

The most important thing to if you do not want to get infected with hepatitis is to keep a very healthy hygiene of your body and try to avoid living in crowded homes and most of all in unhealthy conditions. Because the viral hepatitis is greatly spread in the water, be very careful when traveling to places of the world where the quality of the water is uncertain. To avoid getting yourself infected with hepatitis, take care what you drink, where you bathe. If you are a seafood fan, be careful not to eat shellfish from waters that may be contaminated from the swage system. You can risk getting infected with hepatitis virus. Wash your hand every time after using the toilet and be careful not to eat with your hand dirty if you do not want to develop hepatitis. If, unfortunately someone that you live with has developed hepatitis, clean all things that person with hepatitis has used.

Another common way to get infected with hepatitis is through needles that have been infected with hepatitis. This is mostly common in people who use drugs and in some medical procedure in less developed countries. Therefor, it is very good to let people know what risks they expose themselves, including hepatitis, when using intravenous drugs. Sexual contact can also be a cause for hepatitis infection, so teens should be educated accordingly.

In cases of hepatitis A, there are vaccines available. This vaccine is mostly recommended to people who travel a lot or have other liver problems, including hepatitis. Furthermore, if those people have jobs that include contact with children or with many people, like in hospitals, the hepatitis vaccine is very indicative. There is available a vaccine for hepatitis B as well, which is a very good news in what hepatitis risk is concerned. Unfortunately, such a vaccine does not exist when hepatitis C is concerned. Studies on animals have shown that hepatitis C does not provoke the response that is needed for the vaccine to have any effect. If you contact the hepatitis virus, depending on what type of hepatitis you have, there are incubation periods. In hepatitis A, it lasts about one month, in hepatitis B from 4 to about 20 weeks and the longest is in hepatitis C, between two and twenty six weeks.

Benefits of Homeopathic Therapies

Homeopathic Medicine is the other name for the commonly known homeopathy form of treatment and it is known to have developed in Germany about 200 years ago. For the 19th century, this form of medicine gained popularity and it is being followed in different countries of the world as well.

This system of medicine is used for prevention of diseases, wellness in general and for treatment of several medical conditions. Treatment offered in this system is called as Homeopathic Therapy and any person looking for some useful information about the benefits that can be acquired from this system of medicine can get details regarding the same from the content given below:

Benefits of Homeopathic Therapy:

• Non-invasive methods are used in this therapy and so there will not be any side-effects

• Since this therapy is inexpensive, it offers an affordable approach to healing

• Since homeopathic therapies find the root cause of a medical problem rather than eliminating the symptoms of the condition, the solution offered to a patient by this therapy canker longer

• This therapy can be used both for chronic and acute conditions

• Homeopathic therapies will not interfere with the medications being used by a patient for other health problems for which they are not getting treatment under any other system of medicine like Allopathy, siddha, etc …

• Since there is no side effects, these therapies can be employed in pregnant women and children as well

Last, but not the least the best benefit offered by homeopathic therapy is that it can avoid surgery and many conditions like renal calculi, ganglion, corns, etc … for which surgery is the only remedy in allopathic medicine, can be cured without any surgery when homeopathic therapies are employed on patients.

Conditions addressed successfully with homeopathic therapies:

Some of the dreadful conditions like insomnia, skin eruptions, sinus problems, asthma, menopausal and menstrual problems in women, eczema, digestive disorders, migraine and head ache, etc … can be treated with homeopathic therapies and patients can enjoy a stress free life when using these therapies since they are relieved of their long-term health problems.

Even though, allopathic medicine is often known for the faster cure offered, nowdays, the number of people opting for alternative forms of medicine is increasing since they offer natural medicines for curing diseases. Even though, the cure offered by these alternate forms of medicine might be time-consuming, they can offer long-standing results that too without any side-effects.

Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

Dogs love chocolate. However, because they do not have the proper enzymes to break down the components, it is a poison when ingested.

Chocolate is made from the beans of the cacao tree. Within the beans is Theobromine which is toxic to dogs. Theobromine stimulates the Central Nervous System as well as the cardiovascular system. It also increases blood pressure and causes nausea and vomiting.

Certain types of chocolate are more toxic than others. The most dangerous is unsweetened chocolate commonly used by bakers which contains eight to ten times the amount of Theobromine as milk chocolate. White chocolate contains the least Theobromine, and therefore, poisoning from white chocolate is highly unlikely.

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual 8th edition, unsweetened chocolate consists 290-450 mg of Theobromine per ounce where milk chocolate only consists of 44-60 mg. A toxic dose of Theobromine is approximately 100-200 mg/kg. However, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) reports having incidents of toxicity where much less amounts were consumed, 20 mg/kg. According to these figures, if a 50 pound dog consumed 5 ounces, there is risk for poisoning.

Signs of toxicity are generally seen within twelve hours. They include nervousness, excitement, trembling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, urination, muscle spasms, seizures, coma, and death. While comas and death are rare, they do occur normally due to an abnormal heart rhythm.

If a dog is suspected of ingesting chocolate, a veterinarian should be consulted for advice. Since the toxicity of chocolate is dependent upon the dose, factors such as the type of chocolate, amount eaten, and size of the pet need to be taken into consideration.

While there is no specific treatment, actions can be taken to reduce the negative symptoms. An IV can be started to provide fluids and help prevent dehydration while simultaneously assisting to rid the Theobromine from the body. Emetics which induce vomiting are effective when consumption has occurred within the past four hours. Activated charcoal can be effective for consumption which has occurred beyond the past four hours. Anti seizure can also be of assistance in treating seizures or muscle tremors, and cardiac medication can help regulate a more normal rhythm.

Chocolate is not poisonous to humans because they have the proper enzymes to break down the molecules in Theobromine and digest it properly. Since dogs do not have these facilities, caution must be taken to ensure a dog does no ingest chocolate.

Stomach Cancer is More Closely Linked to Stomach Ulcers than You Think!

Interestingly enough, both the causes and the signs and symptoms of stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) are almost identical to those of peptic ulcers. It is important to note that you are more likely to have a peptic ulcer if you are showing any of these symptoms, so do not be too alarmed! Of course if your ulcers are already at an advanced stage, then you need to read on to see if you are at risk and what to do about it. Eradicating the H Pylori bacterium is a good way to avoid stomach cancer.

RISK GROUPS

Cancer of the stomach is twice as common in men as it is in women, and most people who develop this type of cancer are over the age of 50 years. Stomach cancer is very rare in people under 40. Even so, get yourself checked out by a doctor who will be able to give you a proper diagnosis.

CAUSES OF STOMACH CANCER

Stomach cancer can be caused by a number of factors that damage the DNA in your stomach cells. When the DNA is damaged, healthy cells can grow out of control and form a tumor (a mass of malignant cells).

These factors include:

H Pylori infection – 75% of the world's population is infected with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H Pylori) that lives deep in the mucous layer that coats the lining of your stomach. It is the primary cause of stomach ulcers, accounting for at least 80 percent of all cases. Also, the World Health Organization has indicated that close to 50% of the annual new cases of stomach cancer can be attributed to H Pylori infection.

If 75% of the world's population is infected with the Helicobacter Pylori bacterium, that means that right now 4.6 billion people are infected across the world. Having ulcers does not need to put you at higher risk of stomach cancer, but having H Pylori infection does.

Statistics show that 816 million of those infected with H Pylori bacterium right now will develop a stomach ulcer in their lifetime.

That means that 1 in every 7 people (or 17.7% of the current population) are at high risk, and 1 in every 14 people will get stomach cancer from H Pylori. That is an astounding 408 million people.

Nitrates and nitrites – these chemicals are added to certain foods, such as processed or cured meats such as ham and bacon, sausages and other cold meats you typically find down at the deli. Nitrates and nitrites combine with other substances in your stomach to form carcinogens, which are known to cause stomach cancer.

Salted, smoked or pickled foods and red meat – in countries where consumption of salted meat and fish and pickled vegetables is high, the corresponding rates of stomach cancer are also high. Consuming high levels of red meat, especially when the meat is barbecued or well done, has also been linked to stomach cancer.

Tobacco and alcohol use – Both can irritate the stomach lining and are especially likely to cause cancer in the upper stomach area.

Low income groups – children and adults from low income groups are more likely to develop stomach cancer than those in higher income groups. This is due to a number of reasons. The main problem is in poor countries with poor sanitation and unhygienic living conditions where H Pylori spreads quite quickly.

PREVENTION

From the above it is clear that the easiest way to prevent stomach cancer is to know the causes. Eradicating the H Pylori bacterium is the going to take most of the risk away but then you will also need to adjust your diet and general hygiene.

SYMPTOMS

  • The most common symptom is a gnawing or burning pain in your stomach just below your sternum
  • Stomach pains are triggered by hunger and occurs between meals and in the early hours of the morning
  • Pains can be sharp or dull
  • Bloating of the stomach
  • Pain can come and go over long periods of time
  • The passing of foul smelling black, tarry stools could be one of the first symptoms of a gastric ulcer or a duodenal ulcer that has started bleeding
  • dark red blood in your stools
  • If your ulcer is already at an advanced stage then repeated and different signs of bleeding can be identified.
  • Vomiting of new blood which is bright red in color – this indicates that a gastric ulcer has started bleeding. This will be accompanied by repeated episodes of nausea.
  • Vomiting dark and grainy blood that looks like instant coffee granules. The dark color indicates that this is old blood.
  • unplanned weight loss
  • lackness and dizziness when standing up – this is due to loss of blood. Over a long period of time, you may become anemic and feel weak, dizzy, or tired all the time. This is typical of a slow bleed left untreated.
  • TYPES OF STOMACH CANCER

    Most stomach cancers start in the glandular cells in the mucous layer which coats the lining of your stomach, and are called adenocarcinomas.

    Although most stomach cancers are adenocarcinomas, there are other forms of the disease, including:
    Lymphomas, Carcinoid tumors, and GIST's (or gastrointestinal stromal tumors)

    TREATMENT

    The primary goal of any effective treatment is to remove the cancer. Choosing a treatment plan is a major decision, and it's important spend some time researching all the options to make sure the treatment you select is right for you. It is always worth getting a second opinion if you are unsure.

    Treatment options include Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation therapy, and Clinical trials.

    If you are at an advanced stage, you may be offered participation in a clinical trial. Beware! You may be used as a guinea-pig to test new new drugs, surgery or radiation. You must remember that the treatments used in clinical trials are experimental and have no recorded success rates. You could experience unexpected side effects, and there will be no guarantees offered.

    Is It Appendicitis Or Gastroenteritis

    Diagnosing appendicitis can sometimes be difficult due to its uncertain symptoms and due to other affections that manifest alike (gastroenteritis, Chron’s disease, etc).

    Generally the symptoms of appendicitis are: nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. Abdominal pain is present and at first the belly button area will be painful but after a while the pain will move in the right lower side of the abdomen and will be more intense.

    This change of location of the pain is caused by the inflammation of the appendix which continues to spread until it reaches the peritoneum. Only then the pain will stabilize in one area in which the most painful point is the McBurney’s point. If treatment is delayed, the appendix can break and the inflammation will spread in the whole abdomen causing a diffuse abdominal pain.

    Fever can install along with the tenderness in the lower right side of the abdomen. The doctor will try to see if rebound tenderness appears when after gently pressing with his hand on the abdomen and quick release, intense pain appears.

    In order to see if you have appendicitis or not the doctor will request a blood test to see if the white blood cells are in an increased number. The white blood cells usually get numerous if an infection occurs in the body. In the first hours of appendicitis their level can be normal but after the infection spreads they will increase their number. A urine test will also be made to eliminate the possibility of a urine infection; CT and ultrasounds are performed too and are quite reliable nowadays helping doctors not only diagnosing appendicitis but also finding other affections inside the body that look like appendicitis.

    Barium enema can also be performed to see if you have appendicitis or other affection. This is an x-ray made with a contrast substance called barium. It will show the doctor an image of your colon and if there is an inflammation of the appendix. This test can also confirm if gastroenteritis is present or not.

    Unfortunately there is no test 100% accurate and sometimes a period of observation is needed before conclusions can be dragged.

    Surgery will remove the inflamed appendix with the help of the laparoscope. The laparoscope is made of several tubes one containing an optic camera and others surgical instruments. This device will leave a smaller scar than the scalpel, and patients will recover faster after the surgery made with the laparoscope. The disadvantage is that the patient will require a general anesthesia.

    Liquid Supplements For Prevention Of Flu

    Flu, a seasonal health condition, is referred to as Influenza in medical terminology. Flu is a highly contagious and acute respiratory tract infection that normally occurs in winter season. Generally, flu appears in form of epidemic. Although flu can affect people of all ages, children are affected more. Immuno-suppressed people, young children and people with chronic diseases experience the high severity of flu. Pneumonia (viral pneumonia or bacterial infection) is most common complication produced by flu. Other complications include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, myositis, myocarditis, reye's syndrome, encephalitis and pericarditis.

    Flu develops from various strains of influenza virus. As viruses can mutate into various forms it makes the treatment difficult. One can get infected with flu by inhaling respiratory droplet from an infected individual or through indirect contact such as using contaminated glass.

    The most common symptoms of Flu are: weakness, muscle aches, fatigue, fever, headaches, sneezing and runny nose. These symptoms are mild in nature and do not produce serious health complications.

    Avoiding visits to crowded places like cinema halls, shopping malls, markets etc., especially during outbreak of flu epidemic will help you in prevention of flu. Some vaccinations and immunizations are also available for protecting you against occurrence of flu.

    Treatment of flu is aimed at relieving pains (muscle pains, headaches etc). Normally medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and other medications known for anti-flu features are recommended. Certain alternative therapies may also help. Use of liquid supplements (dietary supplements) is natural approach towards preventing or relieving flu symptoms.

    Natural supplements (liquid supplements) like colloidal silver, colloidal gold and other dietary supplements may produce significant results in prevention of flu and other infectious diseases, if not treatment. Typically, consumption of liquid supplements is recommended as complementary therapy for obtaining fast and long lasting results. Liquid supplements, being natural in nature do not produce adverse side effects. Contents of liquid supplements such as silver, copper, gold etc have the proprietary of killing bacteria and other harmful microorganisms which can produce infections. Moreover, liquid supplements enhance the immune system and also regulate hormonal balances. Benefits provided by liquid supplements are long lasting. Strengthened immune system helps in prevention of infections like flu and also protects you from recurrence of such infections.

    Pulmonary Edema – A Circulatory Disturbance Disorder in the Lungs

    Acute pulmonary edema is a common medical emergency which can be thought about by diverse causes. There is accumulation of extra-vascular fluid within the Lung. The mechanisms include rise in the dynamics of flow of fluids and protein through the capillary walls and changes in the interstitium. Fluid may accumulate in the interstitium or in the alveoli.

    Causes
    1. Left sided heart failure, eg, acute myocardial infarction, hypertensive cardiac failure or mitrial stenosis.
    2. Aspiration of gastric contents (Mendelson's syndrome).
    3. Neurogenic disorders such as subarachnoid hemorrhage, meningitis, encephalitis or brainstem injury with resultant depression of respiratory center.
    4. Fluid overload, eg, over-transfusion of fluids, cute nephritic syndrome.
    5. Drug hypersensitivity, eg, hexamethonium, nitrofurantoin, busulphan, etc.
    6. Change in permeability of capillary wall, eg, acute glomerulonephritis.
    7. Narcotic poisoning with depression of respiratory center.
    8. Irritant gases, eg, phosgene, chlorine, acid fumes.
    9. Other forms of poisoning like paraquat, weedicides, organophosphorus.
    10. Pulmonary embolism.
    11. Uremia, aspiration of Pleural effusion.

    Rare causes are as follows;
    hanging, high altitude pulmonary edema, hypoproteinamia, disseminated intravascular coagulation, falciparum malaria, near-drowning and Pneumothorax.

    Clinical features
    Acute pulmonary edema ushers in with intestine dyspnea, anxiety and sweating. At this early phase the only obvious abnormality may be tachypnea. When fluid collections in the alveoli, the patient expectorates copious amounts of white or pink frothy sputum. Auscultation reveals widespread rales and occasional rhonchi. Initially the lower lobes are affected. Cyanosis may develop and it becomes deeper, Death occurs due to respiratory failure. Examination of the heart may reveal evidence of left-sided heart failure such as gallop rhythm or the presence of valvular lesions.

    Management
    Emergency management is indicated to save life. Cardiac causes have to be treated as for acute left-sided heart failure. The main steps in treatment include the administration of oxygen, frusemide, digitalis, aminophylline and vasodilator drugs. Physiological or open venesection may be required as an emergency rarely. The underlying purpose should be attended to, after instituting the life-saving emergency measures. When pulmonary edema flows the inhalation of irritant fumes, massive doses of corticosteroids may be beneficial. Aerosols of surface active agents have been tried with benefit. In narcotics poisoning use of antidotes such as naloxone may help in bringing about dramatic improvement. Artificial ventilation is indicated in cases where respiratory failure developments. In addition, all the general principals of management of poisoning have to be adopted.

    Chronic Pulmonary edema. : This occurs in chronic heart failure caused by mitral stenosis or left ventricular cardiomyopathy. The lungs are edematous, congested and brown on section (brown induration). Hemosiderosis may occur in long standing cases. X-ray shows signs of chronic pulmonary venous congestion. Dilated interlobar septal lymphatics- Kerley's lines- are seen. When pulmonary hemosiderosis develops, military shadows are seen in the radiograph. Treatment of Cardiac failure clears the pulmonary edema as well, in early cases.

    Hypostatic congestion : This condition may develop in chronically bed-ridden patients due to diminished circulation, local anoxia, and infection. Hypostatic congestion can be preceded by early ambulation, respiratory physiotherapy, and adequate treatment of infection.

    How to Recognize and Care For Cardiac Emergencies

    A cardiac emergency is a life-threatening issue that can occur to any age victim. Being able to recognize and care for a person experiencing a cardiac emergency can greatly increase their chance of survival. When a person’s heart suffers a loss of oxygenated blood, the result is myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack. The sooner the signs of a heart attack are recognized and acted upon, the more likely the victim’s life can be saved.

    Symptoms of a Heart Attack

    • Chest discomfort
    • Upper body discomfort, including one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
    • Shortness of breath
    • Nausea or lightheadedness
    • Cold sweat or pale/ashen skin, especially around the face.

    The major signal of a heart attack is persistent chest discomfort or pressure. Many heart attacks begin slowly and cause mild pain or discomfort. The pain may become more constant and spread to other areas of the body, such as the shoulder or jaw. Any severe chest pain that lasts longer than 3 to 5 minutes, goes away and returns, or continues, even during rest, will require immediate medical assistance.

    Caring for Someone Having a Heart Attack

    • First, call 9-1-1 (or your local emergency response number) to summon EMS personnel.
    • Have the victim rest comfortably in a safe location
    • Loosen any tight or uncomfortable clothing
    • Monitor and comfort the victim closely until EMS arrives
    • If medical direction permits, give the victim aspirin (if they can swallow and have no known contraindications)
    • Also, assist the victim with any prescribed medication
    • If properly trained, be prepared to perform CPR or use an AED

    Understanding Cardiac Arrest

    Often caused by a heart attack, cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating or is beating too irregularly or weakly to circulate blood effectively. Cardiac arrest can occur suddenly, without warning, and is extremely life-threatening.

    Cardiac Arrest Signs Include:

    • Unconsciousness
    • No breathing
    • No pulse

    Responding to Cardiac Arrest

    If a victim is unconscious with no pulse they need cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). CPR is a combination of rescue breaths and chest compressions. If a person is in need of CPR the EMS should be summoned immediately and if available (and in accordance with local protocols) and automated external defibrillator (AED) should be used.

    To learn how to effectively provide CPR or operate and AED machine look for local programs to become trained and certified in those skills.