Cancer – When Medical Treatments Did Not Cure Anything

Cancer is a serious illness. It is also a “misrepresented and misunderstood” illness. Patients go to their doctors hoping to be cured of their cancers. Often, they failed to find that elusive cure. My experience showed me that those patients who have cancer for the first time and who have no relatives or friends with cancer before, have the misconceived notion that medical science can cure cancer. They would say: “What is the problem, with my money and the best doctors, the best hospitals and the best chemo-drugs, the problem can be easily fixed.”

For more than twelve years now, I have been involved with terminally ill cancer patients who come to seek my help after medical science have failed them. It is very frustrating to know that patients are just naïve. They went to their doctors with total belief and expectation that their cancer can be cured. They do not seem to understand that the responsibility to get well and to maintain their own health is with them, not the doctors. They prefer to leave everything to the so-called “experts.” The story below is one example of what I often encounter.

In March 2007, I received a phone call from a long-lost friend. He wanted me to help his wife, Betty (not real name) who had just been diagnosed with brain cancer. As I went through his wife’s medical history, it turned out to be more than a “sudden” diagnosis of brain cancer.

In 2001, when Betty was forty-five years old, she underwent a total hysterectomy due to a 20 x 22 cm left ovarian tumour. The surgeon did not recommend any follow up treatment after the surgery. The impression Betty had was that: “Everything is taken out and it is all clean.”

Everything seemed to be alright for Betty after this surgery. She did not go further than that and like most people, she was satisfied that she was well taken of. The surgery was the “proven” answer to her problem.

In early 2004, Betty had difficulty moving her bowels. A big tumour was found in her colon and she underwent a surgery to remove it. The histopathology report dated 27 April 2004 indicated that her colon was distended up to the terminal ileum. The splenic flexure showed a tight stricture resulting in a blind loop gut. Betty was eventually diagnosed with a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of the colon, stage B. Since no lymph nodes were involved, the surgeon did not see any need to give her any follow up treatment. Betty was again given the impression that everything was well taken of.

Three years later, in March 2007, Betty had headaches and lost her balance when walking. She also vomited. MRI of Betty’s brain on 26 March 2007, showed the presence of “an irregular 3.2 x 3.0 x 1.8 cm loculated enhancing lesion in the left cerebellum. There was associated surrounding edema with compression of the midline structures.” Doctors advised immediate surgery. The surgeon impressed upon the husband that without immediate surgery Betty’s cancer would spread like wild fire.

Betty’s husband came to seek my advice. I cautioned that resection of the tumour from the brain might not solve her problem. It could worsen the situation. Most probably the tumour would recur and often very soon too. In addition, a CT scan showed that there was a 3 x 3.8 cm mass at the base of Betty’s right lung. There was also a 5 mm hypodense nodule in segment 4 of her liver. Betty also had gallstone. So to say that the cancer can spread fast is ill founded – for the cancer had already spread to her lung and liver.

Based on the “fear” expounded by the doctors, Betty underwent surgery. Histopathology report dated 2 April 2007 confirmed “tubulovillous adenocarcinoma metastatic to the brain, consistent with primary in the colon.”

After surgery, Betty was asked to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Betty was told that if she did not go for chemotherapy she would have only six months to live. With chemotherapy and radiotherapy Betty could expect to live for another two to three years. She would need six to eight cycles of chemotherapy, at about RM 2,000 per cycle. Since Betty was told that her cancer could not be cured, she declined further medical treatment.

Betty was started on herbs on 8 April 2007. After the surgery, she appeared normal and was able to eat well. However, her husband noticed the change of mood in her. She had bad temper, often had mood swings and did not want to socialize. She seemed to have memory loss. In short, Betty after surgery was not like the Betty before the surgery.

Barely two months later, Betty felt dizzy and nauseaous again – the very symptoms she had before being diagnosed with brain tumour. She would vomit even with the slightest smell of herbs. MRI of the brain on 11 June 2007, showed the presence of a “large irregular 3 x 4 cm mass in the left cerebellum. A similar 1.5 x 1.5 cm area was seen in the left temporal lobe. Surrounding edema was noted. The 4th ventricle was slightly compressed.” The radiologist concluded: “Left temporal and cerebellar metastasis.”

Betty remained at home under hospice care. She vomited everything that was put into her mouth. She felt dizzy with the slightest of movement and she was not able to move her bowels. Unfortunately, there was nothing much that could be done.

Alopecia Mucinosa

There are many conditions in the world that can affect a person and one of the most rare is alopecia mucinosa. This disease, related to others like alopecia areata, is directly related to hair loss and the methods by which the hair is killed off from normally healthy areas of the body. With that in mind it is easy to see why this particular disease is so disturbing to so many people. The loss of hair, even in small amounts can result in severe depression and so on, leading a person to a dark place. There is hope for those who suffer from this affliction but they need to be sure they are following the steps as laid down by their raising doctor.

As it was said, alopecia mucinosa is very rare and because of that there is very little in the way of information bouncing around the world. Several doctors have written medical articles on the subject but they are of very little help to the layman who is looking for some simple answers to the many questions. Alopecia mucinosa was first discovered in nineteen fifty-seven by a doctor by the name of Pinkus. He first diagnosed this disorder where scaly patches of skin appeared around a bald area on the patient. It was first known as follicullar mucinosis as it is actually the appearance of the mucinosis around the area that gives this disease its name and title.

This disease usually presents itself in the face, neck and scalp areas of the body. However, there have been reports of other areas where hair grows to be affected. There is no way to accurately predict where the disease will present and how long it will be around. A flare up with this kind of disease can last a couple days to several months depending on the severity of which the patient has been affected in the past. Certainly people are not looking to have this disease for long periods of time, but there is very little that can be done about it. The fact is that a person may have this disease for years, even from birth and may never know it until the point when a flare up occurs. It has been reported that some people lived their own lives without knowing that they were affected by alopecia mucinosa.

Like its many cousins, alopecia mucinosa is related to the immune system or more to the point, the failure of the immune system in a certain manner. This disease is commonly referred to as an auto-immune disease. That has a special meaning and puts the disease in a class that includes other more serious diseases, like Crohn's or IBD.

Auto-immune diseases are so named because the body's immune system is attacking normally healthy cells in the body. This is counteractive to the normal procedure where the immune system is actually designed to prevent infection among the cells of the body. There is no known cure for the auto-immune part of this disease.

Natural Remedies For Alopecia

Most people experience this problem as they age. However, people are discovering that their hair is becoming finer, bald areas have emerged and the scalp is clearly visible when looking in the mirror. This not only affects men, it affects women too – of all ages, including children and teenagers!

Alopecia is the medical term used to describe baldness. For many men and women experiencing alopecia, can be emotionally devastating and traumatic. The quality of life is often affected, which may lead to depression and severe anxiety.

This condition can affect any body part that is covered with hair including the scalp, eyebrows, beard or pubic area. There are several types of male or female hair loss that are classified by the cause. Some are permanent while other types are temporary.

Permanent hair loss can be classified by the following:

-The pattern baldness in men, also known as androgenetic, usually affects men in their teens or early 20s. Androgenetic alopecia is distinguished by having hair on the sides of the head and balding on top.

-The pattern baldness in women, also known as androgenetic. It is rare that complete hair loss for women – can lose hair in patches and generally only begin to thin in the front, sides or crown.

-Alopecia (as scars) also known as scarring alopecia. This type of hair loss destroys the hair follicle and the follicle is replaced by scar tissue – causes persistent alopecia. Sometimes, there are no symptoms and hair loss is gradual. In other cases, itching, burning or pain may occur. If the scalp is affected, some flakes and redness may be evident.

Temporary hair loss

-Area tends to occur in small, round bald spots. Hair loss or bald patches usually occur on the scalp but can also affect other areas such as eyebrows, eyelashes or beard. If hair loss occurs at a point only, usually in the head, called alopecia areata monolocularis. If the hair is lost in the whole scalp is alopecia totalis. If hair loss occurs in the whole body, including pubic hair, this condition is called alopecia universalis

-Telogen effluvium is a condition characterized by sudden loss of hair as a result of a disruption in the normal growth cycle of hair. Hair begin to thin and fall usually from the scalp, which is more sensitive when you wash or comb your hair.

-Traction alopecia occurs as a result of certain hairstyles such as braids, tight ponytails, cornrows, buns, rolls or twists that are used regularly. It is caused by pulling (traction chronic) the hair follicle and samples of this type of involve tension headaches, itchy scalp, red, bald patches at random and hair breakage around the scalp

The causes of specific types of alopecia include:

-The pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) occurs as a result of heredity factors. It affects the age at which you start to get bald, pattern, speed of development and degree of hair loss

-Alopecia (scarring that) scar is permanent and occurs when the hair follicle is scarred and damaged by inflammation. This condition appears in many conditions of skin disease.

-Alopecia areata is defined as an autoimmune disease. It is believed that genetic factors may make it develop.

-Telogen effluvium is caused by a change to your normal cycle as a result of physical or emotional stress (high fever, weight loss, loss of a family member, nutritional deficiencies or surgery)

-Traction alopecia is due to the hairstyles that pull your hair back too tightly or excessive hairstyling

Other factors that may contribute include poor nutrition, certain medications, diseases such as diabetes and lupus as well as medical treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause, an active thyroid or vagu and infections of the scalp can cause hair loss.
A hair-pulling disorder known as trichotillomania is a mental illness that makes people have the irresistible urge to pull hair from your scalp or any other area of ​​your body. In addition, hair treatments such as bleaching, dyeing, tightening braiding or hot curlers can cause scarring and hair follicles of hair reduction.

Diagnosis of Alopecia
The diagnosis of alopecia is based on your physical symptoms, family and medical history. Your doctor will want to know the pattern and rate of hair loss.

Certain tests can also be performed to determine the cause of hair loss and to classify it:

-Pull test where several hairs to see how many are thrown out

-The skin scrapings involve a sample of skin or hairs taken from the scalp to determine if an infection is the cause of hair loss

-The biopsy involves removing a small section of the deer layers of the skin (this test is usually done when it is difficult to confirm a diagnosis)

-Other health tests to determine whether other diseases cause hair loss

Stroke Warning Signs

If you have a history or high blood pressure or strokes in your family history, you need to know the stroke warning signs. Knowing the telltale signs of a stroke and getting medical help immediately can often reduce the damage and prevent death. Knowing the onset signs of a stroke can be a lifesaver in more ways than one.

What Happened to "Joe"?

For example, "Joe" is in his mid to late 40's. He has always been a hard worker on the job, fixes his own car-rather than take it to the mechanic, and is always willing to help a neighbor shovel out after a snow storm.

He is not overweight and appears to be in picture perfect health. But, something inside of "Joe" is a ticking time bomb, just waiting to go off. Taken entirely by surprise, he is found in the hallway of his home, obviously in distress. An ambulance is called. Because his health is so precarious, his is stabilized and sent to a larger hospital that is adequately prepared to supplement his care.

Two months later, "Joe" is finally released from the hospital; but, he is still unable to come home. After intense physical and occupational therapy, "Joe" is ready to go back to his house. But, his house is not ready for him. Friends and family quickly build a ramp and do what they can to make his abode handicapped accessible.

Because he will need constant care, "Joe's" wife must quit her job. Even still, she can not manage alone. So, their daughter and her husband move back home, to provide a greater level of care and some reply for Mom.

What will happen to You?

What will happen to you, if you have a stroke? Will you be like Joe and be totally caught off guard? Or, will you recognize the first telltale signs of an objection stroke and get help before too much brain damage occurs?

Well, there are no guarantees. But, you can increase the odds of surviving a stroke and reducing the damage, if you know the signs and symptoms of the sunset of a stroke. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you are having a stroke, you may:

  • Have trouble walking and start to stumble
  • Your words might be slurred or you will not be able to come up with the right words
  • You may experience numbness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Have trouble seeing
  • A sharp head coming on suddenly, with stiff neck, facial pain, or vomiting

If it feels like you are having a stroke, try to get help immediately. Call emergency and find a safe place to wait, so you do not fall and cause even further injury or trauma.

The Good News Regarding Strokes

The good news regarding strokes is that more people survive strokes than even 20-30 years ago. Knowing that high blood pressure, smoking, and high bad cholesterol are often the culprits helps potential stroke victims to monitor their health, quit bad habits, and seek the proper medical care necessary to reduce the chances of having a stroke.

So, if you have a family history of strokes or health concerns that could lead to a stroke, seek medical care and follow the advice given to prevent a stroke from occurring in the first place.

Epilepsy, Food Sensitivity, and Heavy Metals: A Supplementary and Alternative Medicine Approach

November has been selected as "Epilepsy Awareness Month" according to the Center for Disease Control. This year, their focus is on seizure recognition and first aid.

There are four main categories of seizures include:

  • Generalized Seizures – affect entrain brain
  • Partial Seizures – affect part of the brain
  • Non-Epileptic Seizures – not caused by epilepsy, but other things such as diabetes, fever, etc
  • Status Epilepticus – a seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes

Epilepsy affects more than 2.7 million people in the United States, and some patients can experience over 100 seizures in a single day.

The CDC recommends that a person seek immediate medical care if someone has a seizure that meets any of the following criteria:

  • If the person is pregnant
  • If they injured themselves during the seizure (falls, broken bones, etc)
  • If this is the first time they have had a seizure
  • If the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes (Status Epilepticus)

Anything that disturbs the normal pattern of the brain can trigger epilepsy. Trauma, illness, brain damage, abnormal development, food intolerances, and heavy metal toxicity can all be factors with epileptic patients. It is estimated that over 75% of patients with epilepsy do not know what is causing their seizure activity. Patients are generally provided with toxic medications that attempt to alter the seizure activity without identifying the underline cause of the problem.

From a Complementary and Alternative standpoint, I often find that patients are able to reduce the frequency of their seizure activity through dietary modifications and removing heavy metals from the body. Certain food intolerances such as gluten (wheat, barley, rye, etc) casein (dairy), corn, or soy can be a major "triggers" for patients with epilepsy.

Heavy metal toxicity can induce a myriad of problems in our bodies, from epilepsy, to infertility, dementia, autoimmune diseases, and more. Once of the most common ways that we experience heavy metal toxicity is through our teeth. Mercury fills, gold crowns, and other metals that are placed in our mouth have the ability to "leak" into our bodies and accumulate in various organs, including the brain. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has a video in regards to the effects of metal toxicity in our bodies. Click HERE to view it .

Speak with your doctor in regards to the potential symptoms that food intolerances and heavy metals can be causing in your body. If your doctor is unaware of the associations relating to food and toxins, you may wish to include a doctor that incorporates a holistic approach to health to provide another opinion as to your specific symptoms.

Your C-Section Incision – Look Out For These 4 Warning Signs of Potential Problems Ahead

Your C-section incision needs to be monitored regularly for the first few weeks, watching for any changes in its appearance.

There are some changes and conditions that are normal to see with your C-section incision, but other differences that could be signs of potential problems ahead. It is common to feel a large ridge or lump under the scar which is scar tissue forming underneath, this should reduce over time.

Another common concern many moms notice is the area often feels slightly numb and tight. These are all normal responses to the effects of the operation and should all gradually become less noticeable over the following weeks.

It is important to be very vigilant over your C-section incision scar because if it becomes infected, the healing process can take many weeks longer.

You should always call your doctor or midwife immediately if you notice any of the following: –

#1 Redness – the edges of a healing incision will normally appear slightly red, this is a natural reaction to the healing process. If the redness increases or starts to spread more than half an inch from around the wound then this could be a sign of something a little more sinister and you should contact your doctor or health advisor.

#2 Heat or excessive warmth on or around the wound. If your wound feels particularly hot compared to previous sensations and if this is accompanied by new pain or discomfort, then it be worth having it looked at.

#3 Any change or unusual appearance of the incision. Your C-section incision should gradually become less inflamed, smoother in appearance, less painful and more comfortable over the following weeks. In you notice any changes other than improvements, monitor them closely and if they continue or deteriorate any further then speak to your doctor.

#4 Any puss in the incision. If you suddenly notice a pussy discharge from your C-section incision after having a clean wound previously, or if the area starts to get mildly tender or painful, this could be a sign that it isn’t knitting together very well and again you need to monitor the area closely and speak to your doctor if it continues for more than 24 – 48 hours.

If your C-section incision pulls apart and starts bleeding, apply an antibiotic cream, to keep any bacteria away from the wound. Do not apply any creams other than an antibiotic cream until your incision has completely healed. If you notice any bleeding, applying slight pressure to the wound may help to stop this. If the wound keeps bleeding after you apply pressure, call your doctor.

It important to stay vigilant and not obsessive over your C-section incision because any problems spotted early can reduce their severity over the long term. Don’t panic over the slightest change, just monitor it and if you see further deterioration then contact your doctor or health care advisor.

Aquatic Physical Therapy As an Add-On to Stroke Recovery

Water is life and can restore life. It has many therapeutic properties, which includes reviving the use of bodily functions lost due to a stroke. Commonly known as hydrotherapy, water has been used as far back as ancient Egyptian civilization to relieve pain and treat diseases by improving circulation.

Water therapy is known to treat stress, rheumatism, arthritis, burns, hemorrhoids, spasticity, musculoskeletal disorders, and stroke patients with paralysis. Rehabilitation of stroke patients through hydrotherapy will also help improve not only their tissue’s health but also their joint health and movement, increase strength in weakened muscles, stretch spastic muscles, and uplift overall quality of life.

It is so effective that many hospitals and rehabilitation facilities have acquired machines for physical therapy that apply the use of water therapy.

Nowadays, you can go to spas that offer different forms of hydrotherapy to clients. Spas have specially-designed showers that implore massage techniques that focus on different muscle parts through the use of pressurized hot or cold water. There are some spas that have aromatherapy pools just like the ones used by the royalty of ancient times where special oils like lavender are added to aid in the treatment.

If you love swimming or simply being in the water, a trip to a hydrotherapy spa in your area would really be a fun way for you to spend time while you relieve yourself from pain and recover from your disability due to stroke. It would also be a great time to bond with your family and relax from all the stress you’ve been through.

Now, if you’re looking for a more structured approach that you can use as part of your rehabilitation program, there are facilities that offer aquatic exercises specially meant for stroke patients. Aquatic exercise is another form of water therapy used for treatment of stroke patients and injured athletes, among others.

Aquatic exercises are actually a lot easier for stroke patients to do because the water’s buoyancy allows them to move freely. Unlike exercising on land, activities like walking, balancing, stretching, aerobics, coordination, and strengthening can be done by stroke patients without fear and difficulty as the water supports them.

The book “Aquatic Exercise for Rehabilitation & Training” by Lori Brody and Paula Geigle, which also comes in DVD and VCD, is a great reference to aquatic exercises. It prescribes the right aquatic exercise programs stroke patients can use for their recovery. The book also thoroughly explains everything stroke patients and their therapists need to efficiently carry out a rehabilitation program that meets the stroke patient’s abilities and limitations.

Hydrotherapy and aquatic physical exercises are great add ons to stroke treatment. It is an enjoyable way to recover from stroke, regain confidence, cultivate social skills, and invigorate family ties.

Knee Replacement and Reversing Muscle Atrophy After Surgery

Once your knee replacement surgery or knee surgery in general is completed and you have gone through your physical rehabilitation program, you are encouraged to continue some sort of exercise program. For many this will consist of everything from strength training at a local gym to walking around the block. To get the most productivity out of your surgery, it is recommended you incorporate weight training as well as other exercises if you wish to keep the muscles around your knee strong to help you improve your quality of life and, to protect the prosthesis that has been implanted.

I recommend my patients and clients to work on an assortment of exercises depending on their age, prior level of function and, expectations. Today, with many younger adults having knees replaced, many of them are expecting to get back into enjoying their prior activities within reason as soon as possible.

The exercises to reverse the muscle wasting process I include in the exercise routine are leg presses, leg extensions, hamstring curls and calf raises. These are exercise I use and continue to use to keep my knee replacement running and operating at a high level. Use a weight that you can initially get between 15-20 repetitions to start with. You first want to build endurance in the muscle. Working with weight that is too heavy will cause a considerable amount of muscle soreness and discomfort and swelling if you are not careful. You start slowly and increase your resistance as you get stronger and more confident with the exercises.

What I instruct patients that are pursuing post rehabilitation strengthening is to start by warming up on a stationary bike for 10 to 15 minutes at a slow pace to loosen the muscle and surrounding soft tissue around the knee. Follow the stationary bike with two sets of leg presses for 20 repetitions using slow controlled movements. Do not take your knees past the 90 degree mark at this time. Follow leg presses with seated leg extensions for 15 -20 repetitions. Then you go to hamstring curls which can be done either seated or in the prone position for the same amount of repetitions. These exercises should be done for two sets each to start with.

As you get stronger in the months ahead you can of course increase your workload as tolerated. Avoid using very heavy weights that might stress the prosthesis. Heavy weights will not be needed to rebuild your leg or legs to get them to an ideal level. Remember after joint replacement surgery, your rehabilitation should really never end.

Also to be sure that you are taking in a good quality protein to help in reversing muscle atrophy and after knee surgery. Taking in quality protein such as skinless chicken breasts, salmon, ground turkey breast and egg whites are just some of the ways to help you increase your protein intake during the recovery phase.

Taking a good quality protein powder supplement also is the key in making sure you are getting the fuel your body needs to help in building stronger muscles not only in your legs but also by reversing the atrophy process throughout your entire body.

Find Treatments for Toe Nail Fungus

The growth of fungus in your toe nail can be the most disgusting thing that can ever happen to you. It creates a feeling of itchiness. Moreover, it can be the whole cause of your shame. Neverheless, you can certainly find treatment for toe nail fungus.

There are many ways on how you can solve your problem. If it is not really serious or simply mild, you can simply avoid seeing a doctor and make your own solution. There are several topical treatments that you can buy over the counter. They are also very cheap, so you do not have to be worried too much about the costs. Moreover, topical ointments and drugs do not pose any serious health problems because they do not have major side effects.

You can also find treatment for toe nail fungus right at your own home. You can use a mixture of tea tree oil as well as vinegar. You can also make use of pure oregano oil. However, you should remember that the effects of these home-made remedies may differ from person to person. Others may find them real effective while some need to complement them with anti-fungal drugs.

Needless, to say it is very important that you practice diligence and patience when you are treating yourself with toe nail fungus. This is because results do not come overnight. You also need to talk to your doctor too if you are trying to find treatment for toe nail fungus [http://cure-athletes-foot-permanently.blogspot.com/2007/09/cure-athletes-foot.html]. He can give you the best type of prescription drug and advice on how to deal with the infection.

Herpes Zoster Treatment

Herpes zoster, also called shingles, is something that anyone can get if they have had chickenpox in the past. If untreated it can last for up to a couple of weeks, however it is not recommended. Treatment is primarily necessary due to the discomfort and pain the condition causes and few people can end it for too long. Also, as it is so painful it can cause long-term conditions like postherpetic neuralgia as well as numerous other neurological conditions. Herpes zoster treatment is rather simple and does not require more than taking medication and if necessary applying creams. It is described as a strip of clusters on one side of the body, which can be very painful and irritating. It usually starts with simple burning or pain in the skin and muscles which is followed by flu like symptoms as well as the blister like rash along the body. It can appear any place on the body, however, is usually located near the spine and on one side of the body. There are cases that it has been found on the face, arms, and legs.

The herpes zoster treatment for the pain can include narcotics, as well as certain anticonvulsants and antidepressants. For skin pain, doctors usually prescribe numbing sprays, gels, and creams. Easing the pain in herpes zoster is most important, as only in some cases it can be dangerous. There are also some things you can do to ease the pain at home by relaxing and ensuring that you do not overstress. Herpes zoster is linked to stress and the more you relax the better you will feel. Also cool baths, oatmeal baths, and compresses will help with the pain. If the pain is not severe you can go to your nearest pharmacy and purchase over the counter anti-itch creams and oral antihistamines, as well as pain relievers such as ibuprofen.

During your herpes zoster treatment, if you find that the rash has reached your face and you feel like you are experiencing hearing loss, eyesight problems, or even blindness contact your doctor immediately. Also do the same in the case that your temperature reaches or goes over 103. This may mean that your doctor might need to change treatment.

Overall, herpes zoster does not leave long lasting effects, as long as it is not advanced and is not left untreated. Speak with your doctor about what will be necessary in order to ease the pain and hasten the herpes zoster treatment.

Treat Cold, Flu, and Ear Infection the Natural Way

With or without medication, the cold or the flu can give you real trouble. You can choose from a variety of medications that can give you some relief in symptoms or you can take the natural approach that may prevent, speed your recovery and help you to feel better along the way.

When is coming to children a cold or flu or other upper respiratory infection can also ends in an ear infection – acute otitis media – that appear in the space behind the eardrum, that is called the middle ear.

This is very common in children younger than age 8, as their immature ear can be easily infected. Their Eustachian tube (the tube that connects the throat and the middle ear) is shorter, softer and more horizontal which is more easily blocked by secretions than those of older children or adults. Also, very exposed could be infants because of their sucking habit. Always keep a breast or bottle feeding baby under an angle to prevent entering the liquid into theirs immature ear.

During a cold, throat infection, allergy or other upper respiratory infection, the Eustachian tube swells and prevents air from entering the middle ear, leading to allowing the secretions to enter to the middle ear and be trapped there. This leads to viruses and bacteria to grow and cause infection.

Using salt therapy you can prevent or reduce the symptoms in cold, flu or ear infection. If your baby has a stuffy nose and has difficulty breast- or bottle feeding or seems to be short of breath, the Salin device is the best. Using Salin during the night, while sleeps, your baby won’t wake you up because of the stuffy nose. He or she will be able to breathe normally, the inhaled saline will open the airways, will clean secretions and kill bacteria, reducing the duration of cold or flu and preventing an ear infection.

In the range of 0.1-2.5 microns – the same size as the most damaging micro particles from auto and industrial pollution, and invisible to the human eye — the micro particles of salt penetrate into every corner of the bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli and deposit upon the surface, cleaning secretions, killing microbes and bacteria, leading in turn to a reduction in inflammation. Acting as a mucokinetic, they restore the normal transport of mucus and unclog blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles and upper respiratory tract. The inhaled saline (NaCl) is hydrophilic, so it absorbs the edema from the mucosa lining the airway passages.

In the bronchial tree: Absorption of the inflammatory edema from the mucosa lining the bronchial tree, causing asthma, will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passages. Also, it humidifies and fluidizes the bronchial secretions in the bronchial tree leading to the relief of the broncho- spasm assisting and improving the treatment of asthma.

In the nose and para-nasal sinuses, edema of the nasal mucosa, causing nasal obstruction, will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passage in the nose and the tubes of the sinuses and improves the sinuses drainage.

In the auditory tube: Edema of the Eustachian tube mucosa, causing obstruction and otitis media, will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passages, better drainage of the inflammatory secretions & better aeration behind the tympanic membrane (drum).

The hygiene of the respiratory tract has a very important place in treating an preventing a respiratory infection or ear infection. Here are some tips:

1. Use Salin device and Salt Pipe to clean all the respiratory tract.

2. Correctly blow your nose often – don’t blow your nose hardly as the pressure can carry secretions back into your ear passages. Press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently the other.

3. Clean your nose with saline solution: mix 1.25 g salt in 1 cup warm water (body temperature) or you can also add in half-half quantities salt and baking soda. Put few drops in every nostril.

4. Place an extra pillow under your head creating an angle. The best way is to place it under the mattress to create a smooth slope. This will help with nasal congestion and also prevent ear infection.

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What Are the Causes of Stroke – Major Factors That Cause Stokes

The largest cause of stroke is hypertension, or high blood pressure. It is characterized by readings of 140/90 and above. Hypertension causes damage to the major organs, such as the kidneys, heart, and eyes. It can also cause weakened areas in the blood vessels to burst, leading to the leakage of blood into the brain. This results in hemorrhagic stroke.

When vessels narrow and shut off blood supply, this is an Ischemic stroke. It is caused by plaque build up in the treaties or a blood clot that grows to indeed block the artery preventing blood flow to the rest of the brain. These blood clots can come from another part of the body or form in the artery itself.

A clot that breaks off and travels to another part of the body is called an embolism. Atrial fibrillation is a risk factor for these types of clots, due to the rapid contractions, or fluttering of the atria, resulting in formation of blood clots.

Blood clots that form in the artery (thrombus) are usually found on plaque deposits. Cracks develop in the plaque causing cells to adhere to it forming a blood clot. The clot then grows in size as more cells accumulate, leading to blocking off the artery to blood flow. This causes tissue on the other side of the blockage to be depleted of oxygen rich blood and nutrients, leading to cell death and ischemia. The result is a stroke. This is the same mechanism that exists in heart attack, only it involves the heart.

Types of Stroke:

Hemorrhagic: Bleeding into the brain caused by a Ruptured blood vessel.
Ischemic: Caused by narrowed or enclosed treaties due plaque deposits.

Causes:

Hypertension
Diabetes
Heart disease
Atrial fibrillation

Some risks for stroke include:

Family history
Hypertension
Heart disease
Diabetes
High serum cholesterol levels
Ethnicity
Age
Prior stroke

Fractures can put people at risk as well, and is of concern especially with the elderly. Fractures are common in elderly due to falls. Tissue from a fractured bone can enter the blood stream and cause a fat embolism to occur, which can travel to the lungs causing respiratory failure, to the brain to cause a stroke, or to the heart resulting in a heart attack.

Reducing risk factors and prevention work in unision to avoid what can be a life altering disability.

Prevention:

Maintain blood pressure in the normal range
Lower high cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Manage blood sugar levels

Eating a healthy diet: Consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain cuts, cereals, nuts, and pastas. Serve lean meats and fish, as well as foods that are high in fiber and low in fats and cholesterol. Reduce red meat consumption to once per month. Knowing the causes of stroke will help you to reduce your risk, and possibly prevent its occurrence.

Alopecia – Women Deserve Better Care

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

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

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

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

There are better options available.

Vaginal Thrush Cure – How to Cure a Vaginal Yeast Infection

Did you know that women of child bearing age can suffer from two main types of vaginal infections? One of them is bacterial vaginosis and the second one is vaginal yeast infection or vaginal thrush. The purpose of this article is to help you with tips that can assist in overcoming the problem caused by the yeast organism called candida albicans.

When the defense mechanism or the disease fighting capacity of the vagina gets lowered then fungal organisms like candida albicans can start to dominate the vagina. This produces a condition called vaginal yeast infection with symptoms like – itching, pain and white cheesy vaginal discharge.

Here are some tips to cure a vaginal yeast infection without using any complex antibiotics.

The first step towards fighting the candida yeast organism is restoring the ph balance in the vagina. To do this you will need something that introduces a slightly acidic environment in the vagina. A good item that may be available in your fridge is vinegar. Add one cup of vinegar to your bath tub and expose the vagina to this water. Remain in the water tub for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this activity daily for the next seven days to get best result with this vaginal thrush cure.

Another step that can be performed in parallel is to improve body and vaginal immunity levels. There are many ways to do this and consuming items like tuna fish, fish oil, flax seeds, walnut etc produces the best results in the least amount of time. Improved immunity will not only allow curing a vaginal yeast infection but also prevent future recurrence.

Further enhancement to the vaginal thrush cure process can be achieved by adding items that help in increasing the number of good friendly bacteria in the vagina. Taking probiotic supplements, consuming yogurt and other items that have live cultures of the good bacteria can help you achieve this.

It is possible to permanently cure a vaginal yeast infection if you follow a natural holistic treatment with patience and dedication.

Seizures in Pets

Witnessing your precious dog or cat having a seizure can be a most frightening experience. During seizures pets often lose control, fall over, chomp their teeth, salivate or drool, whine, paddle with their feet, and begin to urinate or defect on themselves. Their eyes become large (dilated) and unresponsive. A pet caregiver feels panicked and helpless while watching it all happen.

Hopefully, you and your pet have never, and will never, have to experience this shocking event. But, if you have, or if you experience it in the future, this article will help you to understand what causes seizures, what you can do while your pet is having a seizure, and the various treatment options available.

What causes seizures? Epilepsy is one cause. Certain dog breeds are more susceptible to epilepsy. These include: cocker spaniels; poodles; collies; german shepherds; irish setters; golden retrievers; dachshunds, labrador retrievers, saint bernards, miniature schnauzers, siberian huskies, and wire-haired terriers. Veterinarians are not sure what causes this "hereditary" epilepsy.

In cats hereditary epilepsy is unusual. Vets can typically find the cause of seizures. These include chemical toxins (which includes chemical preservatives used in many pet foods), brain tumors, feline leukemia, feline infections, peritonitis, feline AIDS, head trauma, and problems with the liver and kidneys.

In dogs there are many causes of seizures besides hereditary epilepsy. Allergies to food and the chemicals, preservatives, and artificial flavors put into the foods can cause seizures. Other causes include liver and kidney disease, tumors, poisonings, and low blood sugars.

What can you do while your pet is having a seizure? Try to stay calm. This is hard to do, but using a calm, reassuring quiet voice will comfort your dog or cat. Move any furniture or other objects on which your pet could hurt itself. If you're unable to move the object, place pillows or wrap blankets between the pet and the object. Slide something soft under your pet's head, but be sure to keep your hands and face away from his head so that you do not risk a possible bite. You can gently stroke his hip or side, but position yourself opposite the side of the feet and toenails as the muscle spasms make the feet curl into claws that can gouge or rake your skin. Dim the lights, and keep the environment as quiet as possible by turning off the TV and loud music.

If possible take notes about the seizure so that you can give details to your vet. Jot down the time of day it occurred, the length of each seizure, and the time in between each seizure if they are recurrent. Your vet will also want to know whether your pet urinated or deficated, if the seizure hit suddenly or progressed from mere body twitching, whether your pet regained consciousness, and how long it took before your pet appeared normal again. In addition, you'll need to figure out if there were any possible triggering events. These include loud noises such as fireworks, unusual items that were ateen, and excessive playing or exercise.

After the seizure, pets usually appear lost or drugged. This drug state can last a few minutes to several hours depending on the severity of the seizure. Your pet may respond to you, but do so in a very slow manner. Since seizures are exhausting for your pet, he will probably want to sleep afterwards. It is best to allow him to sleep, but check in on him occasionally without disturbing his rest.

If this is your pet's first seizure, call your vet as soon as possible. Some vets will want to see if another seizure occurs, while others will perform a variant of blood tests to check for anemia, liver & heart functions, calcium, glucose, & electrolyte levels. Your vet may even run a screen for possible toxins, take x-rays, or perform an electroencephalogram.

The test results may not indicate the specific reason for the seizure. In this case, your vet may wait to see if another seizure occurs or he / she may suggest medicines. If the diagnosis is epilepsy, pets have an excellent chance to live a normal life as long as proper medical care and follow-up are provided.

If you discover the cause of the seizure, you may be able to eliminate future seizures by eliminating the seizure's source. For instance, if the seizure is due to chemical toxins, make sure your pet remains as free of toxins as possible. Provide human grade food and fruits that do not contain chemical preservatives, fillers, or byproducts. Clean your house with chemical-free products. Also, use more natural flea, tick, & heartworm prevention products as some of these products may lower your pet's seizure threshold and make seizures more difficult to control. Avoid products containing organophosphate insecticides. For safer heartworm prevention, use products containing interceptor and filaribits.

What can you do if your pet's seizure condition can not be cured and you realize you and your pet may have to live with the seizures? In the past, the only treatment options available were strong anticonvulsants that could have serious side effects. These still may be your only option. But, more natural approaches have been found to help some pets, either prior to stronger medications or in addition to them so that you may be able to lower the dose. There are a variety of treatment options that include a natural diet, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, homeopathy, herbs, and conventional medications.

As mentioned above, give your pet a human grade diet, free of chemicals and additives. Also, remove other toxins from your pet's environment. Clean with natural products and use more natural flea, tick, and heartworm prevention measures.

Minimize stress in your pet's life. Try to avoid sudden changes in his environment, loud noises, and other stressful situations.

You can also try herbs that act as sedatives. These include valerian root, kava, skullcap and oatstraw. Note that when using herbs and supplements, you may need to lower the dosage of other anticonvulsants.

Several supplements appear to help in preventing seizures. Try an antioxidant combination of Vitamin C, E, B-6, and selenium. Your vet can recommend the dosage for your pet. Magnesium and DMG (dimethyl glycine) are other helpful supplements.

Acupuncture is another helpful option which has helped to control seizures in many pets. Sometimes just placing an ear acupuncture tack in a dog's ear will stop seizures, and this only requires one acupuncture visit.

If the ear tack does not work, gold implants can be placed in different locations under a pet's head. Or your pet can be treated with traditional chinese acupuncture.

As you can see, there are many natural approaches to treating seizures in pets. These should help your beloved pet to live a normal and comfortable life.