Dangers of Corticosteroid Treatments for Eczema

Unfortunately, in today's society, prescription drugs, shots and lotions have seemed to become the common answer to everything however, they are quite an ideal, safe and effective long-term treatment option. Everyday more evidence surfaces of negative health effects associated with these so called safe solutions and corticosteroid treatment for eczema is certainly no exception.

While doctor and pharmaceutical companies would have you believe that their way of treatment is what you need and a method that you can trust, in all actuality, it is more often what they need to stay in business. Corticosteroid treatments have been the common option to turn to for a number of decades however, more and more research suggests that these products offer systemic and localized unwanted side effects, especially with extended use. Below are the most common dangers of corticosteroid treatment for eczema and the list keeps getting longer as more tests are done. When looking for an eczema treatment, avoid these products and opt for a natural solution.

• Cushing's Disease – It has been proven that corticosteroid products causes a severe malfunction in the adrenal glands which results in the body producing too much cortisol.

• Thinning of the skin, acne and skin discoloration.

• Obesity or extreme weight gain due to increased appetite.

• Slowed healing of wounds because your body became dependent on the drug.

• Increased sweating which can actually worsen eczema symptoms.

• Lower resistance to infections.

• Psychological problems including depression, mood swings and insomnia.

• Cataracts, glaucoma or blindness.

• Water and salt retention which ultimately causes swelling and edema.

• Osteoporosis, diabetes and high blood pressure.

• Black and blue marks due to destroyed blood vessels.

• Stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatitis and atrophy.

What You Need to Know

If you are using corticosteroids as a treatment for eczema, you need to know that synthetic strands confuse your hormonal glands, primarily in your brain. With extended use, your brain begins to feel that everything is an invasion on your body's system so wrong messages are received from hormonal glands which leads to an imbalance. Of course, this can become quite dangerous

Synthetic corticosteroids take over your body's neural receptors so natural healing can not occur, nerves are tensed and instead of regenerating, tissues, cells and organs, malfunction and deterioration takes place instead. Long-term use is nothing but pure destruction on your body. Is this really what you want to use for treatment for you or your child?

Positive Glaucoma – Omega 3 Treatment Benefits Vs. Negative Glaucoma Omega 3 Treatment

Glaucoma is an eye disorder characterized by extremely high pressure in the eyeball and causes the optic disk to be damaged. Although the symptoms may not show up until it is in the advanced stages and is irreversible. This causes the optic disk to be damaged. People should get regular eye exams especially after the age of 40.

In the later stages of Glaucoma there is a loss of peripheral or side vision capability. Blurred vision, blind spots, and halos around lights may occur. Poor night vision is also a late stage symptom of Glaucoma. Left untreated blindness could occur.

Typical treatment includes medicated eye drops and pills that are often effective in decreasing the pressure in the eye. This happens in one of two ways: by slowing down the production of fluid in the eye or by helping to drain extra fluid from the eye. Laser trabeculopathy or trabeculectomy are two surgical procedures that may be done to relieve the pressure and drain the fluid from the eye.

Omega 3 fatty acids include DHA-docosahexaenoic acid is important to eye health and brain functioning. EPA-eicosapentaenoic acid and alpha-linolenic Acid are also Omega 3 fatty acids and together are believed to support good health. Omega 6 fatty acids are Linoleic acid and Arachadonic acid. While these do have some health benefits most diets have an overabundance of Omega 6 and this has been linked to such problems as Heart disease, Macular Degeneration, Strokes, Diabetes, and Arthritis.

Specific studies have not been done to test the reliability of using Omega 3 fatty acids in the treatment of Glaucoma. They have been known to have benefits in other eye problems such as retinal issues and Macular Degeneration. It would be interesting to see studies that addressed the durability of Omega 3 treatments.

There have been studies done to test the benefits of Cod Live Oil according to one study has been shown to relieve intraocular pressure in dogs. Cod Liver Oil is one of the few fish oils that are very rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and since it is already known to relieve other eye conditions can we then believe it would help treat Glaucoma in humans? This definitely bears further study. If Cod Liver Oil does prove to be a positive treatment of Glaucoma it would be an important addition to current courses of treatment.

Alopecia Areata – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Alopecia areata affects men, women and children of all ages. While the resulting hair loss is not always permanent, the bald patches and thinning characteristic of this condition can cause sever loss of self-esteem. This article outlines the causes and symptoms of the disease and offers some suggestions for treatment.

Causes of Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder which causes the body's natural defense system to attack the follicles, damaging them and impairing their ability to produce hair. Although the damage is not always permanent, alopecia areata is a chronic disease with no known cure. Hair loss typically occurs periodically, with phases of hair loss and re-growth. In some cases, especially when the disease begins in early childhood, the loss of hair can become permanent.

While doctors do not completely understand why the disease occurs, there are some known risk factors. You are more likely to develop this condition if you:

  • have a family history of the disorder;
  • have problems with allergies;
  • have another autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes;
  • have unusually textured, colored, or shaped fingernails and toenails.

Alopecia Areata Symptoms

The bald patterns associated with this disorder are typically small, round patches of hairlessness on the scalp. The loss of hair can also occur as a general thinning, rather than visible bald patches. In some cases, an individual may lose all the hair on his or her scalp and body.

Balding can come and go; you may experience hair loss in one area, then begin to re-grow the hair, only to begin losing hair in another area.

Your doctor can diagnose alopecia areata by a description of your symptoms, a physical examination of your pattern of balding, and laboratory testing of a hair sample.

Treatment Options

While hair that is lost due to alopecia areata normally grows back on its own within a year, many people choose to treat the balding for cosmetic reasons.

The most common treatment for alopecia areata is injecting corticosteroids at the sites that are affected; topical steroids may also be used in conjuction with a topical hair loss treatment such as minoxidil.

Astro Analysing Eye Problems and Disorders

Eyes are the best gift of our life and play a major role in our life. Our eyes works as the most sophisticated electronic automatic camera. The pupils of the eyes open for the adjustment of focus; accordingly the muscles of eyes contract or expend to allow the entry of proper light inside. Colours are identified and a proper picture develops in our mind. All the process is automatic. Now due to different reasons if the functioning of eyes is disturbed there can be temporary or permanent damage to the eyes.

If proper care is not taken for the eyes diseases which appear mild or the wrong treatment is given, there is possibility of losing the eyesight.

Astrological factors influencing eyesight:

2nd/12th house: the 2nd and 12th signs of the zodiac rule over the right and left eye respectively.

Sun/Moon: Sun governs the right eye and the Moon governs the left eye.

Venus/Jupiter: Venus governs the second sign Taurus and Jupiter governs the 12th sign Pisces. Therefore if Jupiter and Venus are placed in 6th/8th/12th house along with the lord of ascendant may cause eye problems.

Mercury: governs the sight and optic nerves.

Astro analysing different eye diseases:

Optic atrophy:

  • Damage of optic nerves by agencies outside the eyes like syphilitic infection, increased intracranial pressure arising from the brain tumour, drug or chemical allergies, degeneration of optic nerves may cause optic atrophy.
  • Affliction of Sun and Moon on 2nd and 12th house and Mercury in heavy affliction in the chart may cause optic atrophy to the native.

Glaucoma:

  • This is a serious eye disease caused by increase or sudden pressure exerted by eye fluid against other parts. If this pressure is not relieved it will make the eye ball hard, damage retina and optic nerves and may also cause blindness.
  • Sun and Moon afflicted in 2nd/12th house by Saturn/Rahu the native may suffer from glaucoma.

Myopia:

  • The eyes can focus on near objects but vision at distance is blurred. It is also known as nearsightedness.
  • Afflicted Sun and Moon can give problem of Myopia.

Colour blindness:

  • The patient becomes unable to distinguish between red and green colour.
  • The Venus is in heavy affliction especially by Saturn and sign Taurus is also in heavy affliction may cause colour blindness to the native.

Cataract:

  • Due to clouding or crystalline of lenses of eye or its capsule the victim cannot see normal objects properly due to lost opacity of eye lenses.
  • Venus / Jupiter placed in 6th/8th/12th house in association of lord of ascendant and Sun and Moon are afflicted in 2nd/12th house.
  • Afflicted Mercury posited in 2nd/12th house may produce Cataract problem.

Squinted eyes/Boss eyed:

  • In this condition the eyes are not properly aligned to each other.
  • Native born in day time and Moon and Mars combined in 8th house indicated crossed eyes.
  • Moon/ Mars posited in ascendant and aspected by Jupiter/Venus indicates squinted eyes.
  • Mars placed in 7th house aspecting Moon being posited in Leo sign and lord of 9th placed in Aries/Leo/Scorpio/Capricorn squinted eyes is indicated.
  • Mars placed in 7th, aspecting Sun being placed in Cancer sign and Lord of 9th placed in Aries/Leo/Scorpio/Capricorn indicate a boss eyed native.
  • Moon and Sun placed in 2nd/12th house indicate definite crossed eyes disorder.
  • Sun and Moon combined with retro planets in 6th/12th house indicates squinted eye.

Problem in only one eye:

  • Any malefic placed in 6th house gives weakness to left eye and any malefic placed in 8th house gives right eye trouble.
  • Moon placed in 2nd and Sun placed in 12th house respectively gives problems of left and right eyes.
  • Mars placed in 12th house gives left eye problem whether as Saturn posited in 12th house gives right eye problem.
  • Sun placed in ascendant/7th house and aspected by Saturn the native will gradually lose the vision of right eye.
  • Sun combined with Rahu/Mars in ascendant/7th house aspected by Saturn indicate disease of left eye.
  • Moon Posited in Leo ascendant and aspected by Saturn and Mars the native will have diseased left eye.
  • Sun and Saturn combined in 9th house and without having any benefice influences indicate the native will have left crossed eye and Sun placed in Leo ascendant and aspected by Saturn and Mars indicates squinted right eye.
  • Sun/Moon placed 12 and 6th house indicated left eye problem.
  • Sun/Moon placed in 2nd and 8th house indicates squinted right eye.

Blindness:

  • Due to infection, accident or degenerative eye diseases the native may lose total vision temporary or permanently.
  • Sun and Moon afflicted by Saturn in 2nd/12th house and affliction to signs Taurus and Pisces may give blindness.
  • 2nd house is aspected by Saturn and Moon and 12th house have conjunction of Saturn and aspects of Mars the native will be completely blind.
  • Sun and Moon and 2nd and 12th houses become subject to the aspects /association of Mars and Saturn the native may lose his eye sight.
  • Mars, Moon, Saturn and Sun should respectively occupy the 2nd, 6th, 12th and 8th house. The native will be stone blind.
  • Lords of ascendant, 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th placed together in 6th/8th/12th house may give stone blindness to the native.
  • In Leo ascendant Sun and Moon combined in ascendant and aspected by Saturn and Mars indicates the native will be stone blind from birth but if the combination is aspected either by Saturn or by Mars than the native will become blind after birth.
  • Sun and Rahu combined in ascendant and Saturn and Mars disposed in trine may cause blindness.
  • Sun and lord of ascendant combined in 2nd/6th/8th/12th house the native will be blind from the birth.
  • Mars in 2nd and Sun in 8th house may give blindness.
  • Moon in 6th and Saturn in 12th house may also impair eye sight.
  • Saturn, Mars and Moon placed in 6th/8th/12th house indicates blindness.
  • Mars is the lord of 2nd, Sun and Moon placed in 8th house and Saturn situated in 6th/8th/12th house blindness is indicated.
  • Lords of 2nd and 12th combined with Venus and lord of ascendant in 6th/8th/12th house indicates lost eye sight.
  • Moon posited in 6th/8th/12th house and Saturn and Mars combined in any house shows lost eyesight.
  • From ascendant Moon placed in 6th, Sun placed in 8th, Mars placed in 2nd and Saturn placed in 12th house indicates the surety of losing eyesight for the native.

Eye twitching/flickering:

  • Involuntary eye muscles contraction causes eyelid to flicker.
  • Any malefic planet placed in 2nd house is also influenced by any benefice planet indicates flickering of eye.
  • Moon/Sun placed in Leo ascendant and aspected by malefic and benefice planets indicates eye flickering.

Night blindness:

  • The native is unable to see in night or in dim light.
  • Lord of 2nd combined with Venus and Moon in ascendant may cause night blindness.
  • Venus and Mars combined in 7th house and aspected by malefic may cause night blindness.

General eye problems:

  • Venus posited in ascendant/8th house and aspected by malefic planet indicates constant tears will roll from the eyes.
  • Lord of 2nd is associated or aspected by Sun and Mars indicates redness of eyes.
  • Rahu placed in 5th house aspected by Sun indicates eye problems.
  • Saturn posited in 4th house aspected by malefic indicates eye problems.
  • Mars and Rahu combined in ascendant indicate eye problems.
  • Debilitated Moon posited in 6th/12 house and aspected by malefic
  • Moon is places 2nd to Sun in horoscope and combined with malefic.
  • Moon placed in 10th aspected by malefic without having any benefice aspects may cause eye problems.
  • Malefic planets placed in 4th and 5th house and Moon posited in 6th/8th/12th house indicate eye trouble.
  • Sun is in opposition either to ascendant or to Mars gives impaired eyesight.
  • Sun and Moon combined in Cancer/Leo and aspected by Mars and Saturn indicate weak eyes.
  • Mon and Sun combined in 9th house indicates eye disorder.
  • Mars placed 2nd to Sun indicate eye problems and if Mercury placed 2nd to Sun indicates some mark on the Eye.

BY

GEETA JHA [SPIRITUAL HEALER]

INDIA

So Similar Yet Different – Can You Tell Between Herpes And Shingles?

Many people attach negative associations to the term ‘herpes’. In fact, there are small differences between shingles and herpes, which produce variations of the identical infection.

The sexually transmitted disease, genital herpes, normally occurs when a person has unprotected sex with numerous partners but it can occur in anybody who has had sex even if only once and their partner has the infection. Genital herpes is caused by the HSV (Herpes simplex virus).

There are almost 100 different types of herpes which affect humans – genital herpes or HSV-2 is only one, while other highly contagious herpes infections can be transmitted via casual contact.

For example, HSV-1 generally causes oral cold sores and may be contracted from infected people through sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses, a casual kiss or having skin to skin contact like wiping a child’s mouth if you have tears or saliva on the tips of your fingers.

Research shows that about 98% of healthy people carry and shed the HSV-1 virus without having an active outbreak. Research reveals how highly contagious it is and also how prevalent it is.

The cytomegalovirus is a herpes virus which causes flu like conditions in adults but may have devastating effects on unborn children.

Herpes varicella-zoster causes chicken pox in children. Prior to vaccine development, family and friends held ‘chicken pox parties’ so that children between 4 to 6 years were infected to prevent them contracting the disease when they grew older when it became a bigger health risk which could result in permanent damage and even death (in their 20’s and older). It produces greater discomfort and pain in older people while lasting longer.

Herpes varicella-zoster will most likely lie dormant for many years after an initial infection and has the potential to reactivate in certain conditions. The reactivated virus causes Shingles which is most common in people over 60 years old who may have considerable stress levels, younger people whose immune systems have been compromised, recipients of organ transplants, cancer victims or effects of medication on immune systems.

Shingles infection mostly presents in the body’s trunk or buttocks alongside specific nerve dermatomes and stays on one side following a specific nerve bundle pathway. Shingles and herpes differ in that shingles is not commonly reactivated a second time after healing (provided the person’s immune system is not compromised) while herpes can reoccur many times.

Shingles is normally painful and often clears on its own requiring supportive pain treatment. Herpetic neuralgia occurs sometimes when the pain does not disappear as the skin clears. It can cause nerve pain which is severe and difficult to control and treat.

Atrophic Vaginitis Symptoms – How To Know If You're Suffering From Atrophic Vaginitis

Just the name of this disorder sounds scary. Atrophic vaginitis. Symptoms of this can be annoying to say the least. If you think you're suffering from this disorder, see if you have the following symptoms. If you do, you may want to consider traditional and alternative treatments.

Atrophic vaginitis is caused by lack of estrogen. This can afflict women in menopause, women are breast-feeding, and women who have lower levels of estrogen due to medication or surgical removal of the ovaries. It usually takes 5 to 7 years to develop. However, you may experience some of these symptoms before it is full-blown.

The symptoms include:

· Vaginal dryness.
· Pain during sexual intercourse.
· Bleeding after intercourse.
· Itching or burning in the vagina.

If you suspect you have it, your doctor will examine your vagina for signs of thinning or redness. If you are diagnosed with vaginal atrophy, you will most likely be starting on a low dose of estrogen therapy. This generally will relieve your symptoms in a few weeks. Many women have also found relief through natural estrogen replacements. These are plant-based forms of estrogen that are approved by the FDA for human consumption.

In the meantime, you should use lubrication during intercourse in order to avoid teething of the delicate tissue. After a few weeks of hormonal treatments, you should see things return to normal.

While atrophic vaginitis symptoms can be scary and annoying, they are easily treated. Use lubricants for short-term relief, and medical or natural estrogen replacement to solve the problem.

Stroke (Brain Attack) Part IX – How to Prevent and Treat Stroke With Chinese Acupuncture and Herbs

As we mentioned in previous articles, stroke is caused by uncontrolled diet that is high in saturated and trans fats resulting in cholesterol building up in the blood vessel in the brain that blocks the circulation of blood to the body, including cells in the brain. If not enough oxygen is delivered to the brain cells, some cells die off and can not reproduce, the you may have a stroke. Other strokes happen when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures causing the cells in your brain to be depleted of oxygen, so they die and never come back. In this article, we will discuss Chinese herbs and acupuncture that help to prevent stroke.

1. Acupuncture
Acupuncture is the most popular treatment modality for stroke patients in China, used effectively on 85% of the stroke patients there. The recent acceptance of acupuncture by western medical practitioners allows one more effective method in curing diseases especially stroke. Study shows that acupunctures helps to facilitate nerve regeneration, decrease blood viscosity, as well as helping survival nerve cells find new pathways, effectively bypassing damaged parts of the brain resulting in reduced risk of stroke.

2. Ginkgo biloba (bai guo yee).
Ginkgo biloba improves mental functioning as well as preventing blood cells from forming blood clots in the brain. Study shows that ginkgo improves blood circulation and lowers plasma cholesterol concentrations that help to lower the risk of stroke.

3. Gastrodia
Gastrodia was listed in the ancient Shennong Bencao Jing (ca. 100 AD) and was later reclassified by Tao Hong as a superior herb, meaning that it could be taken for a long time to protect health and prolong life, as well as for treating illnesses . Gastrodia is used by Chinese herbalist in treating stroke and chronic weaknesses of Qi that historically blocks the flow of blood to the brain.

4. Cinnamon bark
True Cinnamon is one form of the common spice. As we discussed before, cinnamon helps to lower blood sugar by mimicking insulin, activating insulin receptors and working with insulin in the cells to reduce blood sugar by up to 20%. Also cinnamon has some antioxidant benefits that helps to find new pathways for survival nerve cells after stroke.

5. Angelica
Angelica can help to warm up the chest-yang to remove obstruction of blood flow in the heart vessels as well as brain vessels.

6. Dragon's Blood
Dragon's Blood is used for increased power, purification, protection, consecration, and the development of strong ritual energy. It also helps to relieve pain in the heart due to blood stagnation and stimulate blood circulation to the brain resulting in reduced risk of stroke.

There are many other Chinese herbs that can help to prevent and treat strokes such as ginger root, mantis egg case, and tortoise plastron. Please consult with your doctor before taking any Chinese herb because some of these herbs may have side effects.

If you need more information, please visit my home page at:

Discover Symptoms of TMJ and Eagle’s Syndrome Here

More and more people are getting afflicted with TMJ syndrome in US and in various other countries of the world. Hence the awareness regarding this affliction is increasing all over the world. Awareness is also increasing regarding its various signs and symptoms and various modes of treatment. In this article we will be discussing the symptoms of TMJ syndrome and how they get mixed up with the Eagle’s syndrome.

TMJ syndrome symptoms can range from mild jaw joint pains to severe agonizing headaches, ear pain, tinnitus that can actually lead a person to insanity as a person goes crazy with the hissing, buzzing sound in his/her ears. All though the primary symptoms of TMJ can easily be identified, the secondary or unusual symptoms often prove deceptive. For example, TMJ can sometimes cause light sensitivity or even hazy visions and also pain in and around the eyeballs which is caused due to the inflamed tissues around the affected joint. But these particular symptoms can mislead the medic into looking for the cause in optical problems like Fuchs’s dystrophy or keratitis. Similarly, another indirect symptom of TMJ problem is the numbness of the fingers which can also be caused by alcoholic neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, cerevical spondylosis or many other disorders.

However, in the case of TMJ it is caused by the misalignment of the jaws and incorrect bite, which puts undue stress on the muscles associated with the jaws, neck and the shoulder and puts them into spasms. As a result, the nerves that reach to the fingers and hand also get affected and the tingling sensation occurs.

Connection Between The TMJ Syndrome and The Eagle’s Syndrome

However, the picture becomes even more complicated and complex when the temporomandibular joint pain is mixed up with the stylomandibular Ligament pain that actually occurs in Eagle’s syndrome. The problem in both cases is somewhat similar involving the jaw but in the Eagle’s syndrome the main problem is caused by the stylohyoid ligament.

The styloid formation is basically a bone at the skull’s base which is further attached with the tendons and muscles to the throat and adjoining body organs. If this bone gets calcified it gets stuck into the jaw or into the throat and causes problem in swallowing. If the case becomes chronic even the simple act of turning the head can lead to serious pain. Eagle’s syndrome is a crippling disease that leads to malnutrition and often causes serious weight loss against TMJ syndrome that thought painful is not as oppressive as this.

Eagle’s syndrome is also looked upon as a lesser but vital factor in glossopharyngeal neuralgia that can at times turn fatal if accompanied with cardiac problems. It can lead to serious weight loss even when cardiac issues are not present. Any given day, Eagle’s syndrome and not TMJ dysfunction is looked upon by medics as an important factor in aggravating glossopharyngeal secondary neuralgia.

For the sake of proper identification we are presenting the symptoms associated with Eagle’s syndrome. TMJ pain, eye-ache, sensitive teeth, throat pain which increases during the process of swallowing food and tonillar discomfort and other symptoms of the stylohyoid elongations.

Treatment of Ernest or Eagle’s Syndrome is possible through using oral splints, NSAIDs that relieve pain, anesthetic injection locally injected at the affected ligament. Also, radiofrequency thermoneurolysis is proving effective in the treatment of various symptoms of Eagle’s syndrome to some measure.

Relief from Eagle’s syndrome can also be achieved with the help of Prolotherapy. Prolotherapy works by strengthening the stylomandibular ligament, as most of the associated symptoms occur due to weakness in that area. Prolotherapy is safe and is proving effecting to a great extent in the repair of ligaments and cartilage naturally. It creates a passive inflammation in the damaged ligament and as the body tires to heal through the inflammation Prolotherapy accelerates the healing procedure.

TMJ Cure Through Permanent TMJ Treatment

It is required that immediate relief from the pain and related discomfort should be made available to the TMJ syndrome sufferer. There are many treatment options available in the market which are as varied as surgeries and drugs to over the counter medications, and exercises to home made remedies for TMJ. But the only problem with most of these modes of treatment is that most of them only provide a temporary relief, as they only treat the symptoms and not the actual cause.

Permanent relief from TMJ syndrome can be attained through holistic remedies as they analyze or the underlying causes leading to the problem and eradicate them completely. Once all the root causes are treated the symptoms of course automatically vanish and never get a chance to come back. This reason definitely makes the holistic remedies the best treatment option for the temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Cure Ear Infections Using These Natural Remedies

The official medical term for ear infection is otitis media. The word otitis means inflammation and media means middle, as the infection occurs in the middle ear. Children and babies are more likely to suffer from ear infections than adults. More often than not it should clear up on its on in just a few days.

What Are The Causes of Ear Infection?

Ear infections are more common in babies and youngger children because the Eustachian tubes (the narrow passage way that connects the middle ear to the nose) are narrower than an adult or older child's and, therefore, is easily blocked by fluid in the ear. They are also most likely to occur during a cold.

The swelling of the adenoids is another cause. The adenoids are located in the upper throat near the Eustachian tubes. When the adenoids become infected they become enlarged causing blockage of the Eustachian tubes which can cause infection.

Because the immune systems of small children and babies are not fully developed, they are more susceptible to ear infections.

Children exposed to cigarette smoke or other pollutants are at higher risk as well.

It is possible that cold air may also be a factor as ear infections occur more frequently in winter.

A cause for recurrent ear infections that may be overlooked is the medications given to your child for ear infections, colds and flues, such as aspirin, decongestants, Tylenol, antibiotics or other drugs.

Another cause may be airborne and food allergies.

Ear Infection Natural Cures

Colloidal Silver – Colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic and can be used both internally and externally. You can put one drop of colloidal silver in the ear twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. You may notice improvement in just one hour. If you want to use colloidal silver internally, just follow the instructions on the bottle. It is also available as a spray and can be sprayed into the nostrils to clear up the nasal passes.

Tea Tree Oil – You will need to use warm tea tree oil and olive oil. Put five to ten drops of tea tree oil into a tablespoon of olive oil and mix. Using a dropper put 2 to 3 drops in the infected ear twice a day.

Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) – Buy grapefruit seed extract in liquid form. Put 3-5 drops of GSE in 1 oz. of glycerin or alcohol or both and stir well. Put 1-2 drops in the infected ear 1-2 times daily. Absolutely do not use GSE full strength in the ears as it is too strong.

Boosting the immune system will also help in stopping ear infections from recycling.

Helpful Diet and Lifestyle Changes

Avoid processed or packaged foods. Feed your child a healthy diet with lots of whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, eggs, whole grains, meat, etc.

Healthy fats such as flax seed oil, primrose oil, olive oil, borage seed oil, fish oil, coconut oil and organic butter boost the immune system and improve overall health. Absolutely stay away from hydrogenated oils found in deep fried foods, margarine, vegetable oils, peanut oil and soybean oil.

Your child's diet should be as sugar free as possible. Various studies have shown that sugar suppress the immune system significantly.

Find out if your child has any food allergies and remove them from their diet.

Keep your child away from cigarette smoke and other air pollutants such as air fresheners and chemically based perfumes, colognes, cleaning supplies, etc.

Most ear infections will heal by themselves and do not usually need antibiotics, but here are some warning signs you should watch out for: a high fever, stiff neck, listlessness and abnormal mental function. Take your child to a doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

Backache Herbal Remedies – All Natural Pain Relief

Thousands of years ago ancient human standing up of his two hind limbs and started walking with two legs instead of four, gradually the back and spine of human beings adapted to maintain this posture and bodily needs. This change in performance of body function has many advantages to humans by free his hands for attaining the skills to sustain life, but this also brought the problem of backache along, as the weight of entire body was transmitted to ground via the back and this makes backache the second most common reason to visit doctors clinic.

Pain occurs most commonly in lower back which is commonly called as lumbago. Most common cause of backache is herniation of inter vertebral disc. Backache may also be caused due to spinal tumor, ankylosing spondylitis, diseases in the pelvis, injury to the back sometimes caused due to lifting heavy weights.

Herbal remedies

Various different types of herbal remedies have been used since ages for this chronic painful condition, which aggravates off and on in patients of spinal diseases. Herbal remedies are considered better than the allopathic medicines by many due to its long lasting effects and less chances of producing adverse effects. These herbal preparations may be either for external application or may be for ingestion to cure the pain.

External herbal remedies

The external remedies are applied over the back with a gentle massage or just applied over the affected area and left as such, to relieve the pain cause. They may produce soothing effect either by warmth produced or by local release of chemicals in body by stimulating nerve endings in skin of back.

Hot pepper – It releases chemical 'capsaicin' which irritates and stimulates nerves to release the endorphins, the pain relieving chemicals in body. Preparations made by including pepper in creams are made for local applications over the back.

Ginger – Application of ginger, mixed with suitable other herbs is also believed to decrease the pain.

Herbal baths – By using herbs such as Chamomile, passion flower, Jamaican dogwood, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, ginger and St. Paul. John's Wort hops may be helpful to many patients.

Herbal oils – Herbal oils obtained from trees such as eucalyptus and many such trees are available in markets are backache relieving formulas. You can also use massage oil Rumatone Gold Oil for better result.

Herbal remedies for internal use

Many herbs are used as medicine to cure the chronic nature of backache. These herbs for use have been described in ancient Indian medicine literature of Ayurveda, although their exact mechanisms of action are not known, as we know of the allopathic medicines today.

Guggulu – This is a herb which is used in many herbal preparations to treats pains of chronic nature such as the backaches and the rheumatic pains of joints. The preparations in the form of tablets or powders marketed by companies have to be taken many times along with special medicinal solutions known as 'Kada'. Preparations of Guggulu such as Yograj guggulu and Kaishore guggulu are available in tablet forms and if taken for long time such as 2-3 months, are believed to tie chronic pains arriving from joints including the back.

Coriander and turmeric powder – Taking this powder along with water for few days is believed to tie the pains arising from joints of body.

Signs And Symptoms Of Low Blood Pressure And The Dangers

People often think of hypertension (high blood pressure) when blood pressure problems or issues are mentioned – they seem to forget that low blood pressure problems also exist.

The American Heart Association defines high blood pressure parameters being 140/90 and higher and normal as 135/85 and lower. The higher numerical reading is the systolic reading – the pressure required to pump blood through your arteries and the higher the number the less elastic your arterial system is. The lower numerical reading is the diastolic reading – the pressure remaining in your system between heart beats and is the number that affects your cardiovascular system the most. If the pressure remains high in your system even when your heart is at rest then there is greater risk of heart failure, kidney failure and stroke.

Likewise the diastolic reading is important in determining warning signs or problems. There is some disagreement about what numbers constitute low blood pressure – it is agreed that symptoms can be identified and some experts regard a reading lower than 90/60 as low. Only one of these numbers has to be low, for example, 115/50 is considered low as the diastolic reading of 50 is below 60.

It can be dangerous when there is a sudden drop in blood pressure. For example, a change of only 20 mm HG (systolic reading change from 130 to 110) may cause fainting or dizziness because not enough oxygen is received by the brain.

While high blood pressure is dangerous, low blood pressure also has dangers that impact negatively on a person’s health. Some low blood pressure sufferers are in great physical shape and have strong cardiovascular systems and experience symptoms because their cardiovascular systems and hearts are strong with arterial systems elasticity being flexible.

Low blood pressure can mean cardiovascular problems or may result by changing anti-hypertensive medications. Symptoms include lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision, rapid shallow breathing, clammy and cold skin, lack of concentration, thirst, nausea, fainting and fatigue. Some people suffer from Shy-Drager syndrome (neurological damage) after consuming a large meal which means a lot of blood is directed to the gastrointestinal system for digestion and even causes faulty brain signals. Other common reasons are medication side effects, pregnancy, dehydration, blood loss,infections and anemia.

Differential Diagnosis of Gout – What Causes The Joint Pain?

The differential diagnosis of patients presenting with joint pain is extensive, ranging from mild sprain, joint dislocation, trauma, malignancy, infection, and some life-threatening autoimmune diseases.

Joint pains that caused by physical activities are very obvious and easy to be diagnosed. Examples of this kind of injury are sprained ankle, joint separation, ligament sprain, torn cartilage and torn cartilage. Typically, this kind of pain is immediate and the patient can vividly remember the physical activity that causes the pain at the joint. These kinds of traumatic condition can happen to people of all ages.

Other causes of joint paint that usually affect people of older age are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the result of mechanical degradation of the joints due the years or wear and tear. It usually happens to those who were physically active during their younger years, such as sportsman or those who work in hard labor jobs.

One the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis is a form of autoimmune disease where the abnormal immune system attacks the tissues around the joints and causes inflammation and pain. The actual cause of rheumatoid arthritis is still unknown, some say it is because of viral or bacterial infections, some say it is because of genetically inherited abnormalities. Extensive researchers are still taking place around the world to find out the answer to this mysterious illness that affects a huge number of elderly population.

Although these 2 types of arthritis have very different causes, but they share certain similar symptoms that make them easy to be ruled out in the differential diagnosis of gout. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis typically develop the pain over a long period of time and they usually affect joints of both sides of the body such as in the feet, hands. These kinds of arthritis usually attack multiple joints at the same time and the pain develops gradually.

Another more common cause of joint pain in the modern day is gouty arthritis which is more commonly known as gout . Gout attack is a type of inflammation that is caused by the formation of urate crystals inside a particular joint due to long term exposure to hyperuricemia. Many times, gout is mistaken as one of the above mention arthritis conditions, especially when the patient get the gout attack for the very first time.

Differential diagnosis of gout is very straight forward and easy, here are some of the unique properties of gout that differentiate it from other causes of joint inflammation.

  • Sudden occurrence of intense pain
  • The attack starts in the middle of the night when the victim is sleeping
  • It usually attacks one side of the joints
  • 90% of the gout attacks happen at big toe
  • If blood test is conducted, it typically shows a high blood serum uric acid level that is beyond healthy range

Although Gout is easy to be diagnosed, but it is not easy to get rid this awful devil. Those gout drugs and pain killers can only temporarily control the gouty infection, none of them can remove the root cause of gout, which is the urate crystal.

It is commonly known among the gout patients that gout pain is the worst and most unbearable pain in their life. Instead of wasting your money on those expensive tests involved in the differential diagnosis of gout, you should spend some time to understand the actual cause of gout and remove the root once and for all.

Do We Really Know Ourselves and Others As Well As We Think We Do?

I suspect that very few of us will have avoided the feeling of either being betrayed, or having betrayed another – either by word or deed. The income is often a lack of trust, even if the betrayal was unintentional. How often does it happen because we assume that we know what the other person is thinking, and that our actions will be understood – and vice versa?

I, myself, lost a very dear friendship due to a misunderstanding of this kind. I told someone that I wanted them around, but that I did not need them. To my mind, that was the highest compliment I could have paid them – my interpretation, coming from my own perspective, was that if you need someone, then you might just keep them around because of that particular need – in whatever form it takes. However, if you want someone, it means that you care enough about them to want them in your life, even if the only thing they have to offer is their company. Unfortunately, our interpretations of the words 'need' and 'want' were very different and my words were taken as an insult, they were very hurt, disconnection ensued and the friendship surrendered broke down.

So often we absorb that people will automatically come from our own perspective, that what we believe they will also believe, and that they will interpret words the same way we will interpret them. As a graphologist, I always like to do 'off the cuff' analyzes – where a person sits in front of me and I talk to them about their writing. Living on the edge as it was, but the analysis has always been the thing that interested me and writing up the reports afterwards, not so much! It brings to mind a time when I was participating in festivals, which I did for over 14 years. I have analyzed thousands of writings in that time, but a few seem to stand out and be remembered for various reasons.

One young lady came to me and asked if her friend could sit in. As I was analyzing her writing I could see her friend out of the corner of my eye, busy shaking her head. When I was finished she exclaimed – 'that does not sound a bit like you'. To which her friend turned to her and said – 'that is exactly who I am'.

On one occasion, I was analyzing the handwriting of a young boy – he was under the age of 14 so it was not a full analysis – we can only do that when the writing itself becomes automatic and thought patterns predominate. His family were with him and, when I had finished, his mother asked for her writing to be analyzed. All went very well until I said that she was a private person – to which she took great exception and told me that she was 'very open'. I explained in detail why I was saying what I was saying, but she still was not particularly happy and turned to her husband and asked what he thought. He told her that he had to agree with me – around her family and friends she was indeed very open, but with strangers she was private and did not give much away. This is something that she had not actually realized about herself. On top of that, she had heard the word 'private' and translated it into 'secretive and there is deceptive'. Fortunately, possibly because they were paying me for a service, we went into great detail about what I actually meant – this does not always happen within friendships, where there in an emotional content to them.

Another instance comes to mind which happened during the time when I was studying graphology. I was working for an engineering company which regularly sent its employees overseas to build whatever needed building, where it needed to be built. One of the engineers was curious and asked me to have a look at his writing. He almost had apoplexy when I told him that he was cautious and careful – he was really offended and told me that he traveled the world at the drop of a hat and there was nothing careful about that. What he failed to take into account was that he traveled within the safety of a company, where his flight was booked, his accommodation was organized, someone would pick him up at the airport on his arrival, he was doing a job for which he would be paid a salary, plus his medical was all arranged. All he had to do was pack and turn up. We agreed to differ, but it had obviously bothered him a lot because about a week later he thought me out and triumphantly washed a letter in front of me – he told me he had resigned and there was nothing cautious about that. When I congratulated him and asked what he was going to do, he told me that he was going overseas to work for a company he had worked for in the past. The irony escaped him – he had this vision of himself as a buccaneer on the high seas, but his writing told me that there was no way he would travel the world with a backpack and no destination, but who was I to disillusion him?

I often say that the soul of a person can be seen through their handwriting, and this is true. I've even asked how I can sleep at night, because I can see both the negative and positive that is going on within a person. I find it interesting that the deer and more hidden aspects of a person's character can somehow be easier to see than the wonderful. That is probably why the young lady mentioned above was not able to recognize her friend during the analysis.

During my third and last year of study, about half a dozen of us formed a group with a professional graphologist as a tutor. I remember one incident when we were asked to analyze the writing of a person who was taking the company he worked for to court. The company had discovered that he had done this a number of times before with other employers and had often won damages. Nobody knew how to deal with him, hence a graphologist was hired. Our tutor wanted to see if we would come up with the same results that she had. We did. It transpired that this person was very arrogant and self-important, and the only way to affect him was to talk to him as though he was inconsequential. Following the graphologist's recommendation, during the hearing he was referred to as 'only the clerk and of little importance'. His fury got the better of his good sense, he showed his true colors and strangely lost the case.

Our tutor once told us a story about an experience she had had. A friend of hers had asked her to analyze the handwriting of all the heads of department in his company. This she did and the results were that there was only one person that was border line dishonest, and that was the accountant. She was told that she was talking absolute rubbish, the accountant had been a friend of his for years and that was that – until he contacted her 14 years later with an apology. The accountant had just run off with the new secretary and a great deal of the firm's money – she had been right all along. The secretary was the catalyst – if she had not turned up then he might have continued working without his honesty being tested – she was his tipping point.

In Conclusion

I think we need to 'absorb' less and 'listen' more, especially if the other person has already annoyed us, because we are then less incurred to give them the benefit of the doubt. I believe that a great deal of pain can be dispensed with if we take this route. If we then come to the conclusion that any negative action was intentional, we can walk away knowing that it is for the best.

I also believe that some regular self-analysis is of great benefit – if something, or someone, pushes our buttons then it's good to ask the question 'Why?' If we react to any situation, it is a clear indication that we have some unfinished business and unresolved issues in that area.

Baby DTaP Reaction

DIPTHERIA, TETANUS, AND ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS (DTaP)

DTaP combines vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis ( whooping cough ). It is currently given as a series of five doses, recommended at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12 to 18 months, with a booster dose between 4 to 6 years.

Diphtheria generally causes a throat infection, though it can lead to problems in other parts of the body. The mucous membranes of the throat swell and then become thin and fragile. The infection can cause blockage of the airway, or it can spread into the bloodstream and then to the heart, nerves, or brain. Diphtheria is not common in the United States, but pockets of outbreak do occur. It is far more common in developing countries, so vaccination is considered important prior to international travel.

Tetanus is well known. If you step on a rusty nail or get a dirty cut, then the bacteria that carry tetanus toxin can enter the skin and multiply. The bacteria release a nerve toxin that causes muscle spasm, sometimes so severe that the muscles become completely rigid. Lockjaw (also called trismus ) is a classic symptom of tetanus. The breathing muscles can become spastic as well, a potentially life-threatening complication.

Pertussis is more commonly known as whooping cough. In older children, teens, and adults, pertussis causes a persistent "staccato" cough that goes on for so long that the infected person must gasp and inhale deeply to catch his breath. This is the "whoop" of whooping cough. In infants – especially those under six months – pertussis can cause regular breathing to stop suddenly (called apnea ) even before a cough is ever heard. If an infant with pertussis can not get emergency medical care, then he can stop breathing absolutely.

In some studies, it is estimated that 60 percent of adults who have been coughing for more than three weeks carry pertussis. One reason why pertussis is so prevalent is that the immunity against the infection disappears 5 to 10 years after the last dose of the vaccine. Because teens and adults are not routinely vaccinated against pertussis (they get a diphtheriatetanus vaccine without pertussis), anyone older than 10 or 12 years serves as a reservoir for this bacteria.

While older children and adults can get very sick with pertussis, this is quite rare. Rather, it is infants who are at greatest risk when they are infected.

The DTaP formulation of the vaccine has been readily available since 1996. Before that, DPT was used instead. DPT had wholecell pertussis, not acellular pertussis. The old DPT form was conceived with side effects. It often caused fevers up to 104 or 105 ° F that, in turn, led to febrile seizures in some children. It was also reasonably responsible for several infant deaths due to shock. When the formulation of pertussis was changed, the side effects of the vaccine became significantly less severe. DPT is no longer used in the United States.

The most common adverse reactions reported with DTaP include pain or soreness at the injection site (5 percent of children), low-grade fever (5 percent), fussiness (30 percent), and swelling at or around the injection site (8 percent) . Only 1 in 3,000 children experiences high fever. Other adverse reactions include continuous screaming or crying for more than three hours (1 in 2,000), seizures (6 in 10,000), and allergy to one of the components.

Many people ask if the components of DTaP are available separately. While some countries do carry pertussis vaccine on its own, this vaccine is either manufactured nor available in the United States. For now, the only way to be vaccinated against pertussis is to have the combined DTaP vaccine. Tetanus vaccine, on the other hand, is available either alone (T) or with diphtheria (TD).
However, neither T nor TD are recommended for children under seven.

DTaP does not contain thimerosal as a preservative. However, both TD and T do still have mercury.

Myoskeletal Alignment and Nerve Pain

Manual therapists often blame nerve root pressure for pain arising from spinal misalignment. Pinched nerves are commonly targeted as the reason for unexplained neck and back pain. For years, bodyworkers have blamed nerve root compression for pain due to spinal misalignment. However, today most of the medical community disregard the “pinched-nerve theory” because of an absence of neurological signs such as paresthesias, tingling, numbness, motor loss, etc.

Some researchers dismiss the nerve root as a pain sensitive structure. Most do agree that pinched nerves can occur in extreme cases of trauma, muscle entrapments, and chronic degenerative disc disease. To experience nerve entrapment… lie on your side, place an arm above your head, and rest on that arm for a few minutes. The arm will eventually lose sensation as the nerve is stretched and compressed. This is an example of ‘pinching’ of a nerve.

There is a catch (no pun intended). Severe compression of a ‘healthy’ nerve may cause paresthesias, motor loss, sensory deficits, and loss of normal reflexes…but pain is absent. On the other hand, if the compression continues and the nerve’s dural sheath is rubbed raw, becomes inflamed (intraneural edema) and then compressed…pain will be present. This “silent nerve root compression syndrome” was first hypothesized by James E. Wilberger, MD in the Journal of Neurosurgery. His research suggests that time is required before functional alterations create mechanical nerve fiber deformation and accompanying pain.

How’s it work? Compression on an inflamed sensory nerve or its surrounding capillary beds over a length of time can cause the brain to experience pain (nociception). The pressure on the tethered nerve causes muscle cell contraction which leads to altered firing order patterns, protective spasm, faulty posture, wasted energy, and pain. However, it is rare for extended pain to exist as a result of nerve compression.

Pain caused by oxygen deprivation of the sensitive nerve tissues is a far more typical occurrence. This harmless and reversible condition can be extremely painful. Chronic back pain is most commonly blamed on pathologies such as herniated discs, bone spurs, etc., The pain often results from mechanical strain on joint related tissues such as spinal ligaments, joint capsules and muscles.

Here’s the good news. There is a form of manual therapy that can effectively treat both types of problems; the reduction in nerve function (tingling and numbness) as seen in piriformis and thoracic outlet syndromes, and also pain due to nerve fiber irritation. The objective of Myoskeletal Alignment(R) is to improve joint mechanics in the affected area to allow healing of the joint and surrounding soft tissues.

In Myoskeletal Therapy, the joint is held in a specific position with one hand and the surrounding soft tissues are stretched with the other. The client/patient isometrically contracts to a count of 5 and relaxes as resistance is met. This isometric muscle contraction is followed by a pin-and-stretch articular mobilization which releases motion-fixated joints. This very effective manual therapy technique often alleviates pain immediately once the abnormal joint position is corrected. This allows better movement with less nerve pain.

There will always be a certain amount of discussion over what symptoms qualify to be called a pinched nerve. Many nerve compression experts will continue believing that neurological tissue can be only be compressed by bone. Others maintain that a herniated disc and osteoarthritis are the primary culprits leading to a weak nerve signal.