Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Natural Healing For Fibromyalgia Sufferers

An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. The chronic, deep aches can have an enormous impact on physical and emotional health. Unfortunately, treatments are few and far between, and those that exist often come with the potential for unpleasant side effects. Natural healing can be a blessing for fibromyalgia sufferers. These gentle, effective complementary therapies can improve quality of life and rejuvenate a body wracked by chronic pain.

Massage is often one of the most effective methods of reducing fibromyalgia symptoms. It eases stiffness, improves range of motion, reduces pain and helps with stress management. A technique called myofascial release is especially suited to soothing fibromyalgia pain. Fascia is a thin connective tissue that covers and runs throughout muscle. Fibromyalgia patients commonly suffer from tightening of the fascia that contributes to pain and muscle fatigue. Myofascial release is a gentle technique that relaxes the fascia and reduces associated pain.

Natural therapies can help from within as well. Research has found that many fibromyalgia sufferers have low vitamin D and magnesium levels. While deficiencies might not play a direct role in the disorder, they can aggravate fibromyalgia symptoms like fatigue, difficulty sleeping and muscle weakness. They can also contribute to anxiety and depression that worsens fibromyalgia. Simple blood tests can be done to determine deficiency, and a doctor can recommend an ideal supplementation regimen.

Vitamins are not the only supplements to consider. A natural sleep aid, such as melatonin, may help. Trouble sleeping can not only contribute to fatigue but also worsen muscle aches and depression. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that tells the body it is time for sleep. Artificial light, from light bulbs to the glow of computer screens, can interfere with the body's ability to produce melatonin and interfere with restful sleep. Avoiding bright lights and computer screens starting an hour before bedtime and taking a melatonin supplement might help.

Restful sleep is a boon to anyone, but even a fantastic night's sleep cannot always stave off the physical and mental fatigue of fibromyalgia. For that, drinking green tea or taking green tea extract may be of benefit. Green tea contains a substance called l-tyrosine, an amino acid that helps the body create proteins. More and more studies are finding that l-tyrosine has a positive effect on the mind. Green tea combines a mild dose of caffeine and l-tyrosine into a perfect cocktail to achieve a relaxed but attentive mental state.

Learning to understand what contributes to their symptoms is a crucial factor for anyone suffering from a chronic pain condition. A mind/body relaxation technique called biofeedback is designed to do just that. By learning about how their bodies work and learning to control these factors, biofeedback helps individuals learn how to reduce stress. In a biofeedback session, adhesive electrodes monitor changes in the body while the patient is led through simple mental exercises. Patients learn how certain exercises change their body and how they can use these changes to their advantage.

Research into the effects of natural healing on fibromyalgia is not extensive, and a doctor should be consulted before starting any complimentary therapies. However, many fibromyalgia sufferers have found that combining conventional and natural medicine is just what they needed. It is an avenue well worth pursuing.

Monday, December 30, 2013

My Journey With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

My journey with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has been a long one. When I was a teenager, approximately 14 or 15, I was diagnosed with CFS, Fibromyalgia, and the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). This isn't something that made me change my habits or my way of life at the time. After all, I was only a teenager. I was more interested in boys than taking care of my health back then.

Sure, I had my bad days where I just felt sluggish, my body ached, and I was extremely moody. I just chalked it up to being a 'girl' and just got as much sleep as I could. I still did everything like normal... went to school, hung out with friends, and talked on the phone incessantly (which drove my parents crazy).

But, I noticed that as I got older (and had more kids) that I was always tired, I always hurt, and my 'bad days' far out-numbered my 'good days'. Still, I didn't do much of anything except catch naps with my babies whenever I could, go to bed as early as my kids would allow me, and wake up as late as possible with the hopes of 'catching up' on obviously missed sleep and rest. I figured that I was just overwhelmed and overworked since I had three children under three years old, I worked, and I was going to school full time.

Then, about 6 months after I had my last daughter I was diagnosed with Vertigo, then Multiple Sclerosis, and then about 6 months after that I was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer (only a year later I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer). It was time. It was time to really start taking care of myself. When someone has CFS they are much more susceptible to other infections and diseases because their immune system isn't working quite right, it's harder for their body to fight off anything else that is going on in their, and can open a door for other illnesses and diseases to anchor themselves to whatever they want.

I had decided to lose weight, to start eating healthier, and to give myself some 'me' time (whenever I could sneak into the bathroom or bedroom and not have small children chasing me and pounding at the door to get my attention). My 'me' time started to be later and later in the evening, leaving less time for sleep. But, I was working out more and I was eating healthier, so I was starting to feel a little better. I dropped a ton of weight in a few short months and I was extremely happy with the results I was seeing.

Since there is no cure for CFS, the doctors decided to put me on meds just to mask my symptoms. They put me on Antivert for my Vertigo. I think I may have taken two doses before I threw out the bottle. I can't function on that medication, so I won't take it. I'll deal with the dizziness. Then, they sent me to a neurologist for the MS where they proceeded to drain 24cc's of spinal fluid from my spine, and then immediately sent me home. I had a spinal migraine for at least a week - and those are no joke!! Then, they wanted to load me up on a boatload of meds for my MS. Thanks, but no thanks. If I can't function, then I'm not taking it. They did give me one round of something-or-other for the cancer. That was a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

I continued working out regularly (as regularly as a mother of five can, but I got it in there sometimes), eating healthier (I haven't had red meat in almost 8 years), taking my vitamins, and (trying) to be less-stressed (this one hasn't faired too well). But, I made a commitment to myself to be a healthier person overall. More service and charity work. Stuff like that. Prayer had a lot to do with my recovery process, too.

I have since tested cancer-free and my MS symptoms are rare these days. But, the CFS stays on the forefront of everything I do. I know that when I have a 'big' day (i.e. an all-day meeting at work, or if I am moving or doing a large project at my house) I have to schedule at least one day of 'down time' where I don't do anything but sleep and relax. If I don't then I will be absolutely useless to anyone, including myself, the next day. I really have to listen to my body to make sure that I don't overdo it with my activities. Some days I feel absolutely great, energetic, motivated to get everything done, motivated to stay an extra 30 minutes at the gym. Other days, and mostly with no apparent reason, I am just absolutely exhausted, unmotivated, and it takes everything I have to just get out of bed to start my day. For me, I have to keep a positive attitude and remember that everything I do from going to work to doing laundry is for my children. This really helps keep me going day to day.

Once I was diagnosed with all of these ailments I made a vow to myself that I would make the best possible life for my children, no matter what. That is why I get out of bed everyday and push myself through until the next 'good' day decides to come along.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Figuring Out How Your Own Whole Body Burns Bad Fats

One crucial process to learn immediately before you think about working on stomach exercises at home is precisely how the human body eradicates fat. Getting to know this, can not only help the task of getting a flatter mid section, but it also will let you get training more proficiently and right to the point.

First of all we have to point out there are several types of exercises that affect diverse hormonal balances, we will most likely incur into exercise routines that increase hormones which typically facilitate weight burning.

The first type of workouts we're going to consider are aerobic. We talk about this style of work out if we're meeting up with our oxygen needs or, in other words, when we are capable to have a conversation while getting fit.

The other type of work out is anaerobic, this is any form of practice that we make without meeting up with our oxygen needs, this are high intensity drills where our heart rate starts off beating quicker and we are certainly not in a place to speak at the time of performing the training session.

There are actually mainly 2 types of fuel our system uses to move and workout, carbohydrates (sugar) or fat; when applying anaerobic (low intensity) exercise routines our whole body makes use of mostly fats and, when we undertake anaerobic training programs (high intensity) our body uses mainly carbon hydrates.

Just before we get into more detail about this and other stomach exercises at home, do not think about the quantity of calories, or even the level of fat you happen to be shedding during the physical activity; what genuinely matters is precisely what you drop after the exercise; and be very aware of this, mainly because right here can be found the secret; whatever you burn primarily for fuel during the training session (aerobic-fats, anaerobic-carbs), you're going to predominantly burn the exact opposite of that during the next 24 to 2 days after work out. This is actually the major reason you may be sprinting on a treadmill for long hours (aerobic exercise - low intensity) and, you don't see any kind of noticeable progress.

We wish to produce hormones that in fact enhance and help fat burning, typically the growth hormone and adrenaline; but, how do we make it happen? The answer it's pretty elementary, higher intensity exercise activities. Don't think you are going to be better off simply by spending lots and lots of time doing lower intensity aerobic exercises and believe you will burn fat quickly, that's definitely not the case hormonally, and it's not the case from an energy stand point looking into what your whole body its utilizing for fuel with this varieties of workout routines.

One more crucial aspect to bear in mind is nutritional eating. What can you eat daily to help the body system burn fat quicker? We are going to describe this in greater detail inside our upcoming article.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Feel Revitalized and Rejuvenated With A Raw Food Diet

You should be feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the world when you wake up in the morning, yet you feel tired and cranky even after eight hours of sleep. You tend to feel even more sluggish after your meals, and so you depend on coffee, soda and energy drinks to keep you going. But those artificial stimulants are simply not enough to provide you the focus and sharpness you need to be productive and in high performance through the day. Worse of all, your family, friends and loved ones have started to complain that you often don't have the time, energy or mood to spend quality time with them. Is your lack of energy keeping you from living a full life?

There are many reasons why you should be feeling so low and slow. You may either have a certain medical condition that you need to have diagnosed, your body may be undergoing some hormonal changes, or it may have something to do with your current emotional or psychological status. But most people don't have a deep, underlying cause to blame for their lack of energy. Most likely, the culprit may be their diet-it's the food and beverages you take in that's weighing you down.

The phrase "you are what you eat" is one of the most repeated yet most accurate and on-target statements you will hear about food. Eat foods that are too fatty, greasy, salty or loaded with too much artificial sugars and preservatives, and you'll most likely feel heavy, greasy, bloated or down once the artificial rush has died down. Compare that when you choose only the healthiest, freshest and most nourishing fruits and vegetables, and you'll most likely feel healthy, fresh and nourished after the meal.

Eating natural, whole foods in their raw state is deemed the simplest, most natural and most beneficial choice if you want to revitalize your energy, enjoy multiple health benefits and live a fuller, longer life. While a raw food lifestyle is not for everyone, you could still take advantage of the basic principles of this diet and make a few changes that can have a positive impact in your health and well-being. Some people do this by including more raw food recipes in their daily menu or making fruits and vegetables a major part of their diet. Others choose to make the complete transformation by gradually turning to an exclusive raw food lifestyle.

As with most life-changing decisions, the first step is to get accurate information and expert guidance to show you the way. Choose an eating for energy program designed for real people, and see real results in just a matter of time.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Unexpressed Anger Can Cause Cancer

Picture this. She is a great Christian woman. She never gets mad. Everyone says she's a great Christian lady. She is the wife of the pastor. Of course she is the model of the church and she will put her best behavior upfront. So even if she is angry she has to repress her feelings because that's the way she was taught. Nice women don't get angry. Another scenario. She's been a deaconess at her church. Everyone respect her. She has a great position at work and in the community she's in. She never express anger. Nobody have ever seen her mad. She's a saint. She's an angel. She seems to have everything in control.

Control. That is. Anger is like a hot boiling water in a pot. If you cover it without letting out a steam it will explode. You cannot pretend you're not angry anymore and everything is alright although it is killing you inside. I don't believe that anyone can be just as nice without fully expressing their anger. You have to acknowledge your anger. Anger is a God-given emotion. You are entitled to your emotion. The bible says, "Be angry but do not sin... Do not let the sun go down upon your wrath." There is a good reason why God emphasized this. He gave us a command to do certain things not because He wants to restrain us from being happy but because He wants us to live a wholesome life without disease.

Like the boiling water in a pot, if it's not handled right some of our emotions can break down somewhere to let the steam out. If you repress your feelings, it can break into your body and cause disease like cancer. Ulcer. Hypertention. You name it. It is the sin that is causing all the disharmony in your body. Hatred. Resentments. Unforgiveness. All these emotions are not healthy. Get over it. It is the root of all evil that cause all kinds of diseases. It's important to acknowledge your anger but in a constructive manner and not in a destructive behavior.

Some of the suggestions I have are:

• You can express your emotion by either writing on your diary or journal.

• Write a letter to the person you're mad at; say anything you want and then burn it.

• Scream on your pillows.

• Scream in your car with all the windows locked up.

• Or do something creative like bake 2-dozens of cookies!

Unforgiveness lowers your immune system. Dr. Neil Nedley says that we get cancer cells everyday but if you're immune system is weak your body cannot fight it. So, it's important for us to eat healthy nutrition. Eat the right kind of foods. Just hear a few of these world research links.

"Chronic unforgiveness causes stress. Every time people think of their transgressor, their body responds. Decreasing your unforgiveness cuts down your health risk. Now, if you can forgive, that can actually strengthen your immune system". [Virginia Commonwealth University]

"The program's preliminary work suggests that forgiveness lowered the stress hormone cortisol that in turn affects the immune system, but only when the patients forgave the ones they blamed". [University of Maryland - Institute of Human Virology]

"Forgiveness could boost the immune system by reducing the production of the stress hormone cortisol" [Rockefeller University - New York]

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Pursuing a Cosmetic Dentistry Career

Are you a high school student who is thinking about getting into cosmetic dentistry and you are looking for advice on how to get started on your journey? You may be thinking that the next step you need to take is to find a suitable university to enroll in. Although this is something you will need to do, there are a couple of other things you may also want to consider.

One of the first things you should do before starting your voyage into cosmetic dentistry is find an internship that is related to the field. If there are none available in your area, don't lose hope. You may be able to find some offices that will take you in as a volunteer. This may seem like an insignificant task. However, shadowing someone who is already working as a dental professional will give you a level of exposure that isn't necessarily available in the classroom setting. You will be able to see the ins and outs of how a regular day goes for one of these dentists. You will also have the opportunity to get answers to pressing questions that you may not be able to find in a text book.

Along with trying to become an apprentice for a specialist, you should also make sure that you have a true understanding of what your main goal and objective should be as a person working in the cosmetic industry. Many times, people go into careers only focused on the money or the prestige that comes along with their job. They don't really understand how important their occupation really is to others.

Before seriously pursuing a job in this particular industry make sure you understand that one of the main goals of these dentists is to help improve people's overall quality of life. Fixing someone's teeth may not seem like a big deal. However, it is extremely important to people who have had to deal with self-esteem issues much of their lives because of the way their teeth looked. Therefore, you should go to work with the understanding that you have the ability to change people's lives for the better. So, this should give you pride in your occupation and prompt you to come to work knowing you will be doing something that is beneficial to those around you.

Before entering into the field of cosmetic dentistry there are a couple of things you should do. Get some firsthand experience and also try to come to the realization of how beneficial and impactful your job will be.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Have An Easier Time During A Face Lift Procedure

Surgical procedures vary from patient to patient because of the simple reason that each patient is unique in his or her own right, whether it has something to do with shape or contour. Doctors would suggest surgery for their patients after making an evaluation of their skin. Around two weeks before the surgery is to take place, smoking is expressly forbidden for any patient. Since bleeding is a risk that is often associated with any type of surgical procedure, patients should also steer clear of aspirin or any other types of medicines or prescription drugs.

For the facelift procedure to take place, you could go directly to a hospital or to the office of a plastic surgeon. Surgical procedures are mostly painful, which requires the use of a numbing agent so the patient wouldn't have to suffer much. That is why the patients have to be sedated first and be treated with local anesthesia. The usage of general anesthesia puts the patients in a sleep. In this facelift process for more relief and comfort for the patients, doctors use traditional facelift methods which make an incision that start around the hairline from the temple and the curves revolving the earlobe and ending at the bottom of the hairline. They also make a small incision under the skin to tighten the skin of the neck. The facelift would actually have better results if this is done successfully.

Doctors would go about this procedure by segregating the fat from the muscles found under the skin. The face would be thinner or slimmer once the fat has been sucked away. The SMS, or the layer of tissues beneath the skin, would be reduced during the facelift procedure being performed by the plastic surgeon. This layer would then have to be folded back and pulled over itself in order to make it tighter. The result would be visibly lifted cheeks and a firmer neck. For the finishing touch, laser is used to remove the excess skin. A knife is also sometimes used to accomplish this. Of course, closing the incision would be performed by stitching it up or using sutures. Tissues glue is also sometimes used. Keeping the stitches within the hairline is the best way to keep them hidden from plain sight. This would have the hair obscuring the stitches from view.

Depending on the extent of tissues and muscles that have to be dealt with during the surgery, as well as the type of procedures that would actually be employed by the surgeon, it would take somewhere from two to four hours for the whole thing to be over. Aside from traditional surgical procedures, they could also make use of other facelift procedures. Compared to the incision done in traditional facelift procedures, mini lift makes use of a smaller incision. This is more fitting for lifting a smaller area or part of the face. There is also the S-lift procedure. This would deal with the lower part of the face, particularly the area around the neck and the jowls. The separation of the skin from the surface tissues is done by using an incision shaped like an S performed by the surgeon. Meanwhile, tiny incisions would also be made inside the mouth, not just the hairline or around the earlobes. This is referred to as the mid facelift procedure. This procedure would require the use of an endoscope since its tiny camera would enable them to have a look at the whole area to be operated on. There is one clear purpose to these facelift procedures. People want to look better so they have these procedures done, and once they improve their looks, it is clear that they would also be improving their general outlook in life.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ways Medicines and Vitamins Are Administered

Patients, whether on a maintenance dose, receiving a short term or even single use treatment or simply receiving nutritional supplements, can receive drugs and vitamins in a multitude of ways. Some treatments are more or less suited to different delivery methods, and learning how to prep these methods is an important component of pharmaceutical training. Anything used for a medical process is subject to strict pharmaceutical quality assurance.

Inter-Venous or Subcutaneous

The easiest way to introduce a chemical compound directly into the patient's blood supply is through an injection directly into a vein or at least into a large muscle group. This can be through a hypodermic syringe or through an ongoing drip. This is also optimal to nourish and rehydrate severely ill patients who may have eating impaired, and also allows the rapid introduction of drugs in an emergency situation. For example, an allergy-sufferer going into anaphylactic shock or a person receiving an emergency tetanus vaccine both benefit from a rapid injection into the thigh. Some medications, such as timed release contraceptive implants, are inserted under the skin.


Asthma inhalers and other respiratory treatments may be delivered directly to source. The nose, mouth and throat, on the interior, are coated with mucus membranes which are more permeable to substances than regular skin, but also the lungs are designed specifically to introduce things directly into the bloodstream. Inhibition of breathing functions makes this method less than ideal for most substances.


Dermal refers to the skin. For the most part, dermal delivery is limited to very few drugs unless it is through a mucus membrane. However analgesics, contraceptives and nicotine for smoking cessation may be applied via an adhesive patch or ointment. Drugs and vaccines may also be blasted through the skin if the substance is small enough, but this is not a popular method.


Most people think about pills when they picture drugs or vitamins. Oral dosage can also be in the form of syrups or other liquids, and even candy, either gummy vitamins or sweetened cough drops. To promote consumption a variety of medicines are flavoured or coated. Fast dissolving gel capsules allow for very rapid delivery and a great deal of control over dose, but pills may be made of pressed powder lozenges. Some drugs need to be taken with food, and most solid medicines benefit from being taken alongside fluids to prevent them from sticking in the throat.

Some medicines or nutritional supplements may be delivered via teas or enriched foods. Milk is commonly given added vitamin D, while salt is iodized. If food is being used as part of a therapeutic treatment this means both pharmaceutical training and food safety certification.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Heart Health Secret That Will Make You Want To Laugh

Would you like to take an approach to heart health care that requires fewer medical office visits, no special dietary or medication requirements and with no arduous daily exercise regimen? Would you also like a health care approach that costs zero dollars? If these questions make you smile, laugh you're on the right track according to the medical experts. The saying that laughter is the best medicine is more than just an old adage. Experts have rediscovered a secret found in the ancient text of Proverbs compiled by Solomon around 950 b.c. It says "a joyful heart is good medicine." A smile and laughter help you relax and recharge. They reduce stress and increase energy, and allow you to stay focused and accomplish more. Smiles and laughter can chase away distressing emotions. Behavioral scientists tell us that you can't feel anxious, angry, or sad when you're smiling and laughing. Researchers also tell us that a smile is contagious, and that laughter is infectious. Smiling and laughing helps your immune system to work better. There is evidence that suggests you can prevent the flu and colds by smiling. Since laughter and smiles protect you from the damaging cardiovascular effects of stress. The old saying that 'laughter is the best medicine,' definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting your heart.

This medicine offers unlimited possibilities, and has the potential to save several millions of dollars annually in health care costs. Many medical experts endorse this as good medicine and have supportive data that confirms a mind-body connection. These published articles show that there is an absolute link between anger and hostility and their resultant hypertensive and coronary artery disease effects. Anger seems to increase blood pressure, raise cholesterol, and increase the risk of coronary heart disease. However, a smile and laughter can counter the negative effects of anger and hostility on your heart's health. When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure.

Amazingly, a smile does nothing for anybody until it is given away. It is one of the best things in life and it's free. It is God's gift to his image bearers. Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. These endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being. Both smiles and laughter help to protect your hearts against a heart attack by improving the function of blood vessels and increasing blood flow. The mind-body connection is real. Smiling is a natural drug, and joyful heart is not only good medicine, but offers everyone affordable health care. Remember you can't overdose or become addicted to this medicine and it's free. Try it and prove it your for yourself. Your heart will thank you.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Learn How to Cure Panic Attacks for Personal Development

The goals that a person wants to achieve in their life can be challenging under the most banal circumstances. People are not islands, to paraphrase a line from an old poem. The factors in an individual's environment can be a huge determinate in achieving plateaus. These factors can be external as well as internal. If anxiety is one of the inner problems then it might be necessary to learn how to cure panic attacks to get closer to being all one wants to be.

Accomplishing ambitions in life takes a decisive plan. To get from where a person is presently to another desired place means taking into account much of what must be dealt with within one's personal environment. Just wishing for manifestation will not do. Although a strong desire for something is a good starting place it does not carry a person for the long term.

The reason one needs more than that is because a wish can be ephemeral. Just like a dream in the light of day, it will disappear when knocked up against reality. There will always be obstacles to getting the things someone wants out of life. As difficult as this is to know it is better to face it. The more someone deals with their authentic circumstances the greater their chances of controlling their destiny.

So, let's take the circumstance of anxiety. The fear that comes upon a person suddenly, unexpectedly can be stifling. For the average person just knowing that a feeling can come upon one that can make everything that is going on around one feels inaccessible is frightening. The results can be enormous. Some people are scarred by this type of insecurity. It certainly can put a damper on the type of spontaneity that makes life exciting and enjoyable.

If someone is going through this type of terror on a regular basis it is easy to see how disruptive it can be. Uncertainty of that magnitude can stagnate a life. It is no way to live a happy life. Uncontrollable anxiety is hampering and can stunt a person's emotional and mental progress.

Believe it or not, some people go throughout their whole lives experiencing traumatic episodes of stress and hiding it from loved ones and friends. This undercover style causes negative feelings to build within a person's psyche. It may even bring on a sense of shame.

Therefore, dealing with the symptoms is paramount. The first step of facing that uncontrollable stress episodes are an element of one's being is crucial. Admitting this brings a person to the reality of the components of his or her life and helps one to seek out assistance.

In many cases the way to educate oneself on how to cure panic attacks is to get rid of the feeling of fear of the anticipation of the attacks. Taking care of the manageable parts of the affliction can open up a person to opportunities that seemed impossible to attain before. Personal development is about eliminating the blockages in one's sphere of influence so that one can thrive.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Can The Contraceptive Pill Be The Cause Of Recurrent Vaginal Thrush?

One of my girlfriends was suffering regularly from recurrent vaginal thrush. It was causing her a lot of discomfort and frustration; not to mention the time wasted on the constant visits to the doctor and the cost of paying for anti-yeast medication on a weekly basis. Yes, her recurrent thrush was so bad that she had to use these creams and suppositories just about every day. Does this sound familiar to you?

After trying everything she could think of my friend eventually came to me for advice. I am a microbiologist and she thought I may have some ideas about what she could do to prevent these persistent outbreaks of her vaginal yeast infection. And so began the process of educating her about the underlying causes of recurrent thrush, the signs and symptoms, the triggers and also the various cures available to eradicate thrush - both pharmaceutical remedies and the natural ones.

Recurrent vaginal thrush is mainly caused by a species of yeast called Candida albicans. Yeast are typically harboured on the mucous membranes of the genital tract and in other warm moist parts of the body including the gut. At least 80 to 90 % of women will carry Candida in their vagina but under normal healthy circumstances the yeast is kept at bay and does not overgrow and cause yeast vaginitis. The reason for this is that a healthy vagina also harbours Lactobacillus, a species of bacteria which is resident in the vagina as part of the normal flora. The role of Lactobacillus is two fold. 1) It competes with Candida and other pathogens (disease causing microbes such as Candida) for space and nutrients and 2) It produces lactic acid which helps to maintain the vagina at an acid pH which is required for a healthy vagina and for fertilisation to take place.

Under certain circumstances the condition in the vagina changes and when this happens the natural balance of the vagina is altered. The growth of the Lactobacillus is inhibited and it may even die off completely. There is then nothing to prevent Candida from overgrowing and establishing a yeast infection with the symptoms of vaginal thrush.

The factors which affect the growth of Lactobacillus and contribute to the ongoing symptoms of recurrent vaginal thrush are:

- Hormonal changes as experienced with pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, oral contraception or hormone replacement therapy

- Antibiotic therapy for bacterial infections

- Diabetes, especially if it is not in good control

- Diets high in carbohydrates or refined or processed foods

- Intolerance to external chemicals such as washing detergents or douches

- Physical intolerance to things like synthetic underwear or tight jeans

- Other sicknesses such as colds and flu's

- Serious illnesses such as cancer, transplant or AIDS

- Use of steroids

- Stress and fatigue

- Sexual intercourse with an infected person may also play a role in transmission of recurrent thrush

With this knowledge behind her my friend was able to determine that the most likely trigger for her from this list was the pill she was taking and so she decided to change the contraceptive pill she was on to see if it made a difference to her. She also decided to experiment with some natural treatments which I recommended to her. She started to eat more healthily by reducing her sugar intake and eating only fresh organic foods. She also introduced plain natural yoghurt to her diet and used it as a vaginal application for a week. She made changes to her lifestyle ensuring she ate well, exercised more and got a good night's sleep.

Within a short period of time not only was she feeling better within herself and much more energetic, but she also realised that she had not had an outbreak of recurrent thrush for several weeks. Her life had returned to normal and she was very thankful for the advice I had given her.

So yes the contraceptive pill can be the underlying cause of your recurrent vaginal thrush. If you frequently get yeast vaginitis it is advisable to change your contraceptive pill to a brand which suits you better. But it is also important to make some dietary and life style changes so that you approach the control of recurrent vaginal thrush in a holistic way.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sustainable Living - Good For The Planet, And Good For You

There is not shortage of kooky assumptions made about those who are making an effort to lead a sustainable lifestyle - and in fact, there are a lot of kooky things people do in order to lead a sustainable lifestyle - but if you are able to let go of the natural judgements and assumptions that tend to come to mind when presented with ideas about sustainable living, you just may realize that it is not those who pursue sustainable living practices who are kooky, but is instead those who do not pursue sustainable living practices!

One of the most important things those with a focus on sustainable living come to understand is that the planet is currently in a place where it is decaying - but that it is not too late to get back on the right track; the more you start to learn about the state of the environment, the more you will come to understand that each of us must do our parts, putting the planet in a position where it can begin to recover from the damage we have done to it, and bringing it back to the purer state it was in centuries ago.

Another element that is important in this area is taking care of our own bodies - and because our bodies have developed in such a way that they are supposed to be able to thrive in the world as it was a few hundred years ago, the best way to take care of our bodies is by eating the way people ate several hundred years ago; this means eating foods that can be hunted or gathered, and eating them in their natural state - not adding preservatives and hormones to them, but consuming them in their purest possible form.

And of course, sustainable practices with clothing are the best way to go; for instance, hemp clothing can look great, and it is both breathable and sturdy, so that your skin will feel comfortable, your clothes will last a long time, and the planet will continue to thrive under our modern watch.

If each person on Earth were doing their part to help make the planet a better place to live, and to help the environment recover, we would not have any problem getting our planet back to the place where it is supposed to be; the truth of the matter, however, is that not everyone on the planet will do their part, and this means that those of us with an awareness of what is going on (and a desire to improve the current plight) must do more than our share! We must do everything we can to protect the planet, and we must do everything we can to protect others and educate them on what is currently occurring.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Health Coaching - The Real Deal

How many times have we all been to a lecture, participated in a retreat, we get all ra ra'd up, and then thud... back to reality, and your current reality is not your physiological happy place. Despair is a devastating emotion.

We have all done it. There is very often a huge difference in theory & reality. We all know somebody who knows all the textbook rhetoric, but there are is an endless loop "but, but, but" why this knowledge is not applicable in their case.

Our health is worth everything. Let's face it - what good are we to ourselves, our families & our company if we don't have our health. According to the CDC - Center for Disease Control - 75% of our chronic diseases are preventable through lifestyle modification - but we have to make sure we modify those aspects of our health - otherwise we are not improving our health. And of course... we need to find a program that will fit into our crazy hectic schedules, our likes, medical risk factors... there is an array of specific needs to be met in order to assure a successful program.

Time. This seems to be the universal scapegoat for not getting exercise, healthy food preparation... time is an excuse - & the right program for you will address this constraint.

A study done by the American Heart Association in 2011 proved that remote health coaching can be just as effective as in person coaching in improving measures that are potential contributors to heart disease.

There is a plethora of corporate health programs that supply generic health information available from a number of websites. The true talent & worth of a health coach is one who looks at your current lifestyle habits, designs programs for you, and tries them out with you - working on that all important implementation phase with you. Guaranteed, tweaking or back to the drawing board is inevitable. Once again, more theoretical rhetoric - if the try it out phase isn't there. Ever watch a personal trainer prescribe the same workout and exercises for all their clients. I sometimes watch personal trainers getting clients to do moves that are clearly contraindicated to the clients obvious physiological limitations. Lunges are most definitely not for all, and don't get me started on crunches. Yet, trainers have their repertoire of old stand by exercises, irrelevant of the clients skeletal weaknesses.

Yes, we can encourage somebody to join a gym - but if they are only going to go a couple of times a week - not cool. We need to design a lifestyle integrating physical activity through out the day. We know it is our sedentary time that has become the plague of our time. The danger of being dependent on a gym is people think "OK I can't make it to the gym, so I guess I will exercise, tomorrow, tomorrow... " being dependent on a gym for our physical activity can be deadly. Desedentizing, physical activity programs need to be designed with that person's demands in mind. How bout a working parent who drops the kids off to daycare, goes to work, picks up the kids, makes dinner... they are excited to make it to an exercise class on the weekend - good for them - but it is not enough. A good program will deal with these challenges.

What if the person is in a stressful relationship - we know relationship stress can lead to many symptoms of metabolic syndrome leading to heart disease. Even if the person is fit - the relationship stress needs to be handled. What if the person smokes, thinks the only food comes from a drive by window, spends more time on an airplane then in their living room, has 100 pounds of fat to lose, drinks excessive alcohol, is in a wheelchair, is concerned about disease prevention, concerned about cancer prevention, mental focus, has known medical issues... A good health coaching program will guide you through your risks, and lead you to a physiologically rewarding, proactive lifestyle.

An effective health coaching program will do a detailed assessment of your own medical needs & risk factors, lifestyle patterns & habits that need modification or elimination, and build that program that will be tried & true for you. And most of all the "R" in relapse is for reality - a good program will help you recognize the signs, and build a track, to get back on track.

There is an appropriate health coaching program for you & your employees. Be picky, don't settle for prepackaged, or someone dictating to you what is available. Your health requirements are the determining factor.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Macle of Tryptophan

This particular amino acid is available by nature in a lot of foods, in particular beef, seafood, chicken, chicken eggs, dairy foods, walnuts, soy-beans, and many other high-protein products, ultimately causing the sedative attributes of a heavy dinner.

In line with the sleep specialist, the used of one gram of tryptophan meant for sleep at night minimizes the required time to fall asleep by eight to thirty minutes, in addition to enhancing subjective sleepiness-the individual's impression that she or he would like to sleep.

Tryptophan is involved in the production of serotonin, the natural chemical needed for insomnia, depression and also migraine. In a research on cats, for example, considerable reduction in serotonin levels has stopped the animals from falling asleep for several days.

Nevertheless, tryptophan was once banned for sales in the form of supplement for sleep due to the linkage to a blood problem, eosinophilia myalgia syndrome, in 1989. Some of the 250 sufferers of this illness was initially using tryptophan for sleep, therefore during that time the respective authorities stopped the product or service from the store.

The vast majority of sleep researchers think that L-tryptophan itself isn't the culprit, but a number of unknown material that most probably got into through the packing and shipping operation. Prior to the scandal, L-tryptophan were actually approved and used in small doses for 25 years without any unwanted events, and additionally tryptophan remains commonly used for the treatment of depressive disorders in the United Kingdom with virtually no experience with any type of negative effects whatsoever.

In the event that you don't want to use tryptophan for sleep, you should increase its existence in your diet. Realistically, you might believed that escalating your protein intake will boost your tryptophan levels, however, that is not really the case. Although high-protein food items tend to be high in tryptophan, they're also high in a few other amino acids, substances that will probably contend with the tryptophan for room on the "transporter compounds" that will carry amino acids to the human brain.

A high-carbohydrates diet regime, on the contrary-a large amount of whole grains (mainly oat meal) and also brown rice-together with such type of tryptophan-rich food items as green peas, spinach, lima beans, cashews, peanuts, and peanut butter, will more likely to facilitate you sleep. Why? The carbohydrates trigger the release of insulin. Carrier molecules are free to carry L-tryptophan into the brain, the place where it produces serotonin.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Benefits of Seeing Scar Revision Surgery Before and After Photos

Scar revision surgery before and after photos can be beneficial for several reasons. They can help those considering a procedure, they can help those who have decided to get it, and they can benefit the doctors to see how well he or she is doing at the technique used to remove scars.

If you are considering having some scars fixed so that they are not so noticeable, then you will want to find a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who does this type of work. You will benefit from looking at scar revision surgery before and after photos. They will help you to have a realistic view of what your scars could look like after a procedure.

If you are pretty sure it is a good idea to have your scars revised or removed somehow, then you should definitely find a doctor who can show you scar revision surgery before and after photos. It will benefit you to see these because you already might be letting your hopes get too high concerning your appearance after the procedure. It is important to remember that it is just the scars that will be changed. You will otherwise look the same.

It is beneficial for doctors to have these pictures on hand for patients but also for him or her. It benefits the doctor in that he or she is able to look back at work that has been done, and he or she will be able to see how a treatment can be improved.

If you have found scar revision before and after photos but have not yet found a plastic surgeon or dermatologist that fits what you want, then you will need to keep looking. If a website helped you find the pictures, then you can likely find a doctor in the same way. Some traits to look for in this type of doctor might include specific experience, affordability, and a personable attitude.

Specific experience is very important as you look for a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. It is important that he or she is used to using the tools to help your scarring, and that he or she has seen the good and bad affects of treatment. Hopefully, the affects have been mostly good.

Affordability is also helpful. If your treatment is solely cosmetic, then you will be responsible for the entire amount. Find a practitioner who is willing to let you pay payments that you can afford.

That attitude of the practitioner is also something to consider. It is not a major deal, but it is nice to have someone who makes you feel comfortable when you go in to have a treatment done.

Hopefully these areas will help you find the doctor you need, and hopefully the scar revision surgery before and after photos gave you a good impression of what you will be getting with your procedure once you find a doctor.

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Dangerous Silence: Indoor Air Pollution

It can be found in the home, at work or anywhere there is a door. Indoor air pollution can show up in any structure large or small. Some pollutants are not detectable by smell, sight, or sound, but some are noticed immediately when entering a room. Though adequate ventilation can eliminate a few types of pollution sources that release gas or other emissions, some require more intensive remedies.

Pollution can cause health problems with potential for respiratory diseases and some cancers. There are many sources that produce these contaminants; some are built into the rooms with products containing lead, asbestos and harmful chemicals.

Radon is a radioactive gas resulting from radium found in rocks and building materials. When a building is constructed over a site with a radon source, the lower floors can accumulate dangerous amounts of radon gas that is responsible for diseases such as lung cancer.

Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced from poorly ventilated heating and cooking systems, exhausts from a running vehicle, and tobacco smoking. Breathing large amounts of this gas will lead to death.

Mould forms from moisture buildup underneath buildings or within walls due to plumbing leaks, condensation and excessive humidity. It is a major contributor to asthma attacks. Dander from animals and pollen from plants release allergens into the air.

Asbestos fibers are found in older structures, and when disturbed, are dispersed as airborne microscopic material that can be inhaled. The long-term effects produce lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Household products and pesticides are problems when handled carelessly. The emissions from these products usually cause short-term illnesses, but abuse can also be deadly. Organic solvents are found in paints, wax, cleaning liquids, and fuel. Their emissions have been found to cause nausea, headaches, and breathing problems.

A disease that has garnered a great deal of media attention in the past 20 years is Legionellosis or Legionnaire's Disease. It is a waterborne bacterium called Legionella which is found growing in warm water. Faulty evaporation cooling systems on commercial buildings were the source of large outbreaks of the disease when first discovered. Legionella is a parasite of protozoans, and conditions favorable for both to grow will produce the sometimes deadly disease. It has a natural resistance to most chemical treatments but can be eliminated with very hot water.

Air pollution found indoors may not be completely eliminated, but its intensity and ability to do harm can be greatly reduced, if indoor air is systematically replaced with outdoor air. Heating and air conditioning and adequate ventilation procedures effectively turns over the air within an enclosed area. Pollutants are trapped in air filters in these systems, not allowing them to re-admit into the area.

Better building products help to reduce implanted pollutants into a space. Rugs and carpets require a weekly if not daily vacuuming and cleaning to get out trapped dirt, mites, allergens, and bacteria. Large carpeted areas with heavy traffic should be professionally cleaned especially when children and elderly people come into contact. Their immune systems make them susceptible to illness and health problems related to indoor air pollution.

Cleaning and sanitizing open surfaces to keep dust under control, will also help stop the contamination of air quality.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Constipation And Some Natural Methods To Effectively Prevent It

There is no doubt that getting constipated is a most unpleasant experience. Some are quite lucky that they can get over it quickly. But there are those who go through it so bad that they spend days lying and curling up in pain. When this happens, it's strongly advised to go see a doctor or health expert immediately. You can never tell when constipation is no longer an isolated condition but a symptom of something way more serious. However, if it's just a simple case of constipation, you shouldn't be too alarmed. It may bring about pain and discomfort but it's not life threatening.

There are several natural methods to treat constipation and help you avoid suffering from it in the future. Natural methods are highly recommended because they are virtually risk-free. You wouldn't want to complicate matters by taking medication that will result to worse side-effects later on. In general, even medical experts prefer these natural means, unless the problem has already become severe. Let's try to discuss some of the more popular and effective ones in detail. These can also help us from suffering a similar condition in the future. First and foremost, we're going to discuss our diets.

The food we eat regularly is actually very instrumental in bringing about constipation. For example, if we do not have enough fiber in our diet, then our chances of getting constipated are relatively higher. So the very first method to treat this condition is to increase the fiber intake in your diet. You can do this by eating fruits and vegetables rich in fiber content such as berries and broccoli. Incorporate a specific helping of these fiver-rich food selections in your daily meals. In addition, you should avoid oily and fatty foods and reduce your carbohydrate intake. These are difficult to digest and break down.

The second method is to keep yourself well-hydrated. Insufficient water intake is one of the prime causes of constipation. Increase your water intake to an average of 1.5 liters each day. You cannot substitute other beverages such as tea for this. Indeed, herbal tea can help detoxify and cleanse your systems, but water is proven to be more effective in relieving constipation. The third method is to drink at least two glasses of prune juice. Prunes are especially high in fiber and contain sorbitol which aid in better bowel movement. Last but not the least, get some exercise to get your body moving. Exercise helps promote healthy bowel movements as well.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Reduce Your Risk of Hypothermia

Catching a cold or coming down with the flu aren't the only cold-weather health problems that can affect you this winter. Severe winter weather and extreme cold can lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia is a serious health hazard that equally affects infants and adults over the age of 65. When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can't work correctly. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and even death.

What is Hypothermia?

When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body's stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water. Victims of hypothermia are often elderly people with inadequate clothing or heating; babies sleeping in cold bedrooms; and people who remain outdoors for long periods - the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.

Warning signs of hypothermia include:


shivering, exhaustion
confusion, memory loss, slurred speech
weak pulse, slow heartbeat
very slow and shallow breathing


bright red, cold skin
very low energy


If you notice any of these signs in someone, take the person's temperature. If it is below 95°, the situation is an emergency and medical attention should be given immediately. Every minute counts when treating a person suffering from hypothermia. While you wait for medical care to arrive do the following to prevent further heat loss:

Move the person indoors or to the driest, warmest location possible.

Remove any wet clothes.

Cover the person with dry layers of blankets or clothing to warm them. Cover the head, leaving only the face exposed.

If the victim is adequately alert, give them small quantities of warm food or drink. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages.

Do not put the victim in a hot shower or bath, or use hot water, a heating pad or a heating lamp to warm the person, as these may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure, worsening the situation.

Monitor breathing and pulse. A person with severe hypothermia may appear unconscious, with no apparent signs of a pulse or breathing. If the person's breathing has stopped, start CPR immediately if you're trained.


Keep your family and yourself safe this winter by dressing in warm layers and changing out of wet clothes immediately. If you must go out in wet, windy weather, dress appropriately including a hat, gloves and insulated socks to stay dry and avoid losing body heat.

In the homes of infants and the elderly, keep the temperature at least 70 degrees, especially in the bedrooms.

Avoid activities that cause you to sweat a lot. The combination of wet clothing and cold weather can cause you to lose body heat more quickly.

Limit the amount of time you're outdoors in extreme cold.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Drink Black Tea, Stay Healthy

Black tea has many health benefits. It has very low caffeine content which is beneficial for the blood circulation. It balances the hormone levels. As it balances the cholesterol level, it can help to reduce the risk of stroke. It is ultra low in sodium, fat and calories. This property of black tea is advantageous for people who want to lose weight. Drinking black tea lowers the cardiovascular problems.

It is abundant in anti-oxidants such as flavonoids which help to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, preventing damage in both the blood stream and the artery walls and lowering the risks of heart disease. Polyphenols found in black tea may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by helping cardiac muscle function. Polyphenols in it help to prevent the formation of carcinogens in the body particularly in certain types of cancer, such as ovarian, lung, prostate, colorectal, and bladder. One study on oral cancer showed that consuming it can significantly reduce the risk of oral cancer, particularly in those who smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products.

It reduces the level of the stress hormone cortisol. It stimulates the metabolism and increases the brain functions. Drinking it reduces the risk of diabetes type-2. It has a high magnesium content. Magnesium is a water-insoluble mineral that helps to reduce the severity of asthma attack. It has a considerable content of Vitamin B1 or thiamine. Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin that enables the body to use its carbohydrate intake for energy-use.

It is beneficial in treating and curing breast cancer. Black tea makes breathing easier for people who suffering from shortness of breath. It helps person suffering from intestinal disorder because of the smooth and anti inflammatory effect it has on the intestines.

It helps in preventing tooth decay strengthening the covering of the tooth called enamel. It can be helpful in fighting intellectual and physical fatigue. It contains more caffeine than coffee. The caffeine blocks DHT, the hormone responsible for hair loss. It adds shine and soften hair. It darkens hair and brings the natural shine in hair.

Drinking black tea can help in burning saturated fat in the body and speeds up the recovery from the daily stresses in life. When black tea is applied on the skin, its strong anti-oxidants along with vitamins E & C fight against the free radicals that can cause premature aging. It is used for improving mental alertness as well as learning, memory and information processing skills.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How to Improve Patient Care From Front Office to Bedside

The Office Visit

The first point of contact for patients is the front office. People call in to make an appointment and give their insurance information to the person who answers. It is this office employee who is the one giving the first impression of the office and the doctor. This staffer should know be friendly and get any needed information from the caller. They should thank the caller and confirm the appointment time.

Next is the office visit. If you walk in to the office for the first appointment of the day, it should not be full of waiting patients already. There is a reason why some people, like me, ask for the first appointment - we don't or can't spend hours waiting to get in or else we will lose money from our paychecks. Please let us know if the doctor had an emergency and will not return for more than an hour. We will be glad to reschedule. You expect the patients to be courteous and we expect the same from the office staff. It's a human thing.

If outside lab tests are needed, please let the patient know how to make the appointment. Let them know how long it may take for the results to return to you. Give them several test sites. Also, most patients have enough common sense to call the testing center and ask for the results. Chances are the patient will know their results before the doctor does.

The Hospital

It is nerve wracking to be admitted to the hospital for any reason. The admitting process can be long and the paperwork daunting. But once admitted, the wait for a room, to see the doctor, a nurse or get something taken care of can seem to take forever. Patients can be cranky and impatient but that is mostly from nerves. Please recognize that and find a way to ease our fears.

If outpatient surgery is needed, the patient should always check their ID bracelet before putting it on. Once, I was one of two patients waiting to be admitted to outpatient surgery only to find the ID bracelet given to me was for the other person.

Most healthcare workers are patient, kind and have a good bedside manor to ease concerns. This is appreciated. Patients and healthcare staff are partners in the fight for a healthy you. Everyone has to work together in order for the better. Patients must arrive early or on time for their appointments and staff must be more congenial and communicative for the patient-to-doctor relationship to be beneficial.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Super Antioxidants

They prevent further damage by blocking free radicals from entering the body and damaging cells thus promoting optimum immune health. They are invaluable elements of a healthy routine and should never be overlooked for their value and attributes.

Super antioxidants can be found in several foods including blueberries, avocados, spinach, tea, dark chocolate and much more. There are many antioxidant nutrients and likely many more yet to be discovered. Even certain vitamins including A, C and E have antioxidant properties. Enjoying a diet rich in these foods and full of healthy vitamins is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

It is not always possible, however, to consume all the antioxidants your body need in the foods you eat. Sometimes dietary restrictions, poor eating habits and the unavailability of certain foods causes it to be near impossible to obtain the necessary antioxidants needed for healthy living. Many nutritional products boast high levels of beneficial antioxidants. Choosing the right one can be an excellent way to ensure your antioxidant needs are met. Everything from drinks to meal replacement bars to supplements and shakes are available and some have everything you need to maintain optimum health regardless of your diet. However, many do not contain enough antioxidants and even may contain harmful elements such as sugar, fats, sodium and unnatural oils, flavoring which can in turn cause damage to your overall health. Of course, it is always important to maintain a healthy diet to improve the healthful effects of everything you do in your daily life. So, you must include in addition to any supplements a balanced intake of fresh vegetables,lean meat, fruit, and plenty of liquids such as water, green tea or any tea and coffee which is caffeine free. Additionally, plenty of sleep on a routine basis (6 to 8 hours) is necessary for our body to function on the best level.

You need to be sure to thoroughly research any company or product you consider because not all of them do what they say they will. You want a company that has a history of trust and positive results. You want a product that is safe and effective and free of fillers and unneeded ingredients. Be an advocate for your health and find the right product with the right super antioxidants that are right for you. You will be glad you have made all the necessary efforts to combine the super antioxidants in your daily diet.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Tips For High Blood Pressure Patients

Diseases and health problems are something we cannot fight with all the time. If, we as human beings can fight all diseases, we will see a significant decrease in death rate. So when we fight at times we win and at times we lose. But it doesn't mean that we must stop fighting against diseases rather we must try everything that we can to get rid of the diseases and health issues.

Here is a list of best tips for high blood pressure patients.

1- Never miss your medicine. Take your medicine as prescribed by your physician. Missing your medicine for a single day can be very dangerous.

2- Reduce your weight if you are overweight. 90 percent of the high blood pressure patients are overweight. This is because if you are not overweight, there is no way that you will suffer from high blood pressure. Blood vessels get blocked making it hard for blood to travel, thus heart has to pump harder to push blood throughout the body resulting in increased blood pressure. So what you need to do is try reducing your weight which is not a piece of cake.

3- Join a gym and do exercise. But it is strongly recommended to consult your physician before doing exercise or intensive exercise because most of the times, these patients cannot afford to put extra pressure on their heart, thus they have to stay away from exercise especially if their heart is weak.

4- Make sure that your body is involved in any kind of physical activity for instance, running, jogging or perhaps walking.

5- Stay away from salt and sodium. We all know that salt and sodium are not good for these patients but it is something that has to be followed very strictly. Make a list of all those foods that carry salt and/or sodium, and paste it in your kitchen so that you see it every time before eating anything.

6- Always read the ingredients before buying anything. Almost every single canned food contains sodium. You must avoid using sodium or if you are using any canned food just make sure that you do not take too much of sodium.

7- This sounds to be very general tip but it is very effective, use fruits and vegetables as much as you can. Yes, it does make a difference especially if you are overweight.

8- Avoid using fatty foods. There is no room for fatty foods in your life if you are overweight.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Cultural Challenges Within Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach

A successful collaborative team would include all health and social care specialists (Doctors, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, and Physiotherapists etc.) to gather on an equal level, to come up with a strategic hospital discharge plan to enable continuing care in the community. It is hoped, the meeting would decrease revolving hospital admissions; mainly by older people. Although, the questions are: Dose the means justify the end?

In theory, the perspective is endeavoured to reduce acute hospital bed blocking by older people. The answer would be to offer care to the aged in their own homes and in the community they are used to for as long as possible. In practice, however, some of the specialists are meddling with politics and show of professional know-how. The doctors for example, tend to over shadow the meeting and dominate decision-making whilst lowering other professionals to just audience and spectators, which collapses the collaboration.

Even so, social services suffer due to its inability to negotiate effectively on equal-terms with doctors, because of a "power of professionalism, politics, wide-ranging knowledge and influence". The differences between professional and political power versus doctors are very wide, which gives them a competitive advantage to make unilateral decisions. In this perspective, most professionals do not have the expertise to debate or argue on equal footings, failing to represent or advocate for service users, families and the wider organisations.

Unfortunately, political interference within the team and the wider health and social care institutions has renewed the gap between the two inter-related sectors. In light of this, it is now a common experience to see erratic hospital discharges of older people into community without adequate care to support them with their holistic needs. This is seen as the perils of social services that have a duty to assess and provide care within a critical and substantial matrix. Though, the eligibility criteria for care in the community is complex and not many service users would qualify and may not have enough money to buy private care and, or family members to assist them with their care needs. Equally, community nursing are rationed; they have long waiting lists, which are triggered by poor hospital discharge planning, that is in practice created by the doctors and hospital management.

A Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach is now the buzz word in practice, which is supported by both health/social care executives, and it is aimed to accelerate hospital discharges. Based on this assertion, the objectives in practice should be to piece together an integrated care management approach; something that is appropriate to simplify care provision in the community. The framework should take a holistic approach, which includes: mobility in and around the house/community, housing issues, benefits, family support systems, community nursing and care; rather than curative and biological pathways which has a narrow vision. The system must be free from politics and professional bigotry but, it needs to focus on the wellbeing of the service users, consumers, patients, clients and their families. Community care is not only to be used to rehabilitate patients/clients or consumers in their own house, it is also to improve their psychosocial wellbeing and recovery as they are in the community of their relatives whom they know well. Whole systems policy and practice reduces wastage and readmission costs to the wider organisations of health and social care on the long-run.

It is imperative to understand we live in an ageing society, this due to advancement in bio-technological systems and medical sciences as well as strategic investment in human resources, pharmacology and healthcare infrastructures. These have undoubtedly enhanced longevity of older people and those with chronic diseases, helping them; to live and immerse themselves with their wider community of relatives, friend and neighbours. However, there has been an increase in demand for care by significant number service users, which requires 24 hours care; ensuring their safety. In addition, the number of formal and informal caregivers is plummeting, this is presenting itself as a major challenge especially to the authorities, to provide and meet the care needs of the growing elder population. This indicates the beginning of a potential crisis, which would someday engulf the society in future only if both national and local governments, including health and social care authorities do not come up with strategic vision on how to tackle future care for the aged.

Society today has seen a multiplicity of developments, including the economic down turn, demographic change, politics and a declining family unit, as such; these are some of the pathways going against the increasing older people population to needed. Indeed, an integrated health and social care that has pooled budget might be the solution. This has the propensity to remove departmental financial interests, politics and cultural administrative dissimilarities. If we saw a merger of health and social care training policies, this would provide the staff with a wide range of knowledge-based experiences to address older people' needs. Additionally, joint training has the opportunity to address professional, knowledge-based experiences and bigotry which is evident in practice. Family support systems, training and engagement should be a priority as some older people would prefer their own relatives to support them in times of need and poor health. In most cases, their family know their needs and the standards they are used to, allowing care professionals to provide peripheral care support services.

Yet, the biggest treats are demographic change, cultural and administrative politics, which would continue to present tough problems for the authorities because longevity of older people and their demand for care. However, this could be minimised if the government would relax some of the legislation and current policies on immigration, health and social care funding mechanism and behaviours.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Eating Disorders II - Bulimia

Understanding bulimia
Bulimia is a condition in which a person having it consumes extremely high quantities of food. This is done compulsively, almost as quickly as finishing which, the person throws out everything of what is eaten. This regurgitation is done both out of fear of having eaten food in excess of what is needed, and out of guilt at having done it.
Bulimia is often characterized as the opposite of anorexia, the other extreme condition in which people deny themselves the food they need for sustenance because they want to remain slim. Rather than consider them as opposites, it will be appropriate to consider them as counterparts. While an anorexic is easily identifiable outwardly by the slender figure; a bulimic is less distinguishable, at least by the figure, because she generally has a normal one.

Some can be both bulimics and anorexics
Incidentally, many bulimics, because of the fact that they throw out whatever excessive food they eat, are anorexics, too when they do not splurge. In other words; bulimics are people who generally eat less, but go on a binge at certain times in spurts, depending on their mood. They are more like alcoholics in that they lose control over themselves at certain times. Bulimics resort to excessive eating, only to induce themselves into vomiting everything later.

Other means of throwing out food
Bulimics can choose other means of eliminating the excess food they have consumed. They can push themselves to the wall by exercising far in excess of what the body needs or can withstand. Bulimics also take a high dose of laxatives to clear the body of the entire excessive intake

There are many reasons for which people become bulimics. Bulimia is a result of social, psychological, genetic and other factors. A few anorexics consider possession of the figure that is seen as ideal by society as a means of victory from their disturbed upbringing. With bulimics, the psychological reason is related to the above, with the variation that they consider eating as a means of breaking free from social strictures. They see this as some kind of rebellion to the established social custom. The identification of the cause can be a major step towards treating the condition.

Again, as with anorexia; bulimia too needs to be identified early. However, unlike this other condition, bulimia shows up a few outward signs, which need to be watched out for. These include injuries in the inside of the mouth caused by constant prodding of the fingers to vomit, ulcers, enlarged neck, low blood pressure caused by very less food in the body and dehydration. These need to be looked out for in such people. Here too, as in the case of anorexia; complete cure is possible, although it may take time.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Are YOU Sure Your Tap Water Is Safe?

You do need to know simply because you not only drink tap water, but we bath, clean and cook with it. And although the EPA established levels concerning MCLs (Maximum Contaminant Levels) for public water sources, drinking water safety cannot be taken for granted.

The fact is your water may be just fine. However, drinking water comes from a variety of sources and the question of whether or not your tap water is safe will depend on many situations. But safe or not, do you really want to gamble on regulation taking care of your health without ever knowing what is reaching your supply? Let's just take a quick look at some facts.

The source of tap water is either from wells or surface water that includes rivers, lakes or reservoirs. Then it goes through the process of chlorination which is a method of purification that adds the element chlorine to water to make it fit for human consumption. However, chlorination doesn't kill off everything and we still need to deal with lead, chemicals from agriculture, arsenic and even rocket fuel!

OK, if that doesn't move you to check yourself, maybe you figure bottled water is the alternative. But you might be interested to know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, regulates bottled water as a packaged food product. What this means is that bottled water is not necessarily safer than your tap water. Most health professionals will say that if tap water is available it is probably equally as good as bottled, not to mention the environmental impact bottled water has on environment.

In general, most families do not need to worry about the safety of their tap water. Although testing and purchasing the correct water filter for your home will allow you to insure healthy drinking water for your family, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of the public water supply is extensive, well enforced and tested frequently. However, If you have a private well, the EPA does not regulate the quality of the water and it is up to you, the homeowner, to analyze, test and maintain your drinking water supply.

So if you are thinking "What is in MY tap water?", there are many sources available to answer this question. You can start with the EPA (link below ) where there is a lot of information and links to reports and states participating in the "Drinking Water Watch".

Friday, December 6, 2013

What to Look for in a Personal Trainer

Wanting to find a personal trainer might be something that you never thought you would be willing to do. It might be time though if you find yourself overweight and unhealthy. In today's society, health is a big deal. Neglecting it could keep you from getting the insurance that you want or even a job that you desire. A business cannot avoid giving you a job because of your weight, but they can if you are not healthy enough to do the job.

If you have come to the point where you realize that you do not have the ability to train yourself and get back on track, then it might be time to hire a personal trainer. Look for someone who has personality, good prices, experience, and empathy.

It might sound strange to say that they need to have personality, but it is important. Everyone actually has a different personality, but what you need will depend on the type of personality that you have. Some people respond to yelling and screaming while others would only crumble with this treatment. You will definitely need to interview a few possibilities before choosing one.

It is also important to think about the cost. There might be a way to find this help for free. Make sure to do this research first, because if you can find good help at no cost, it will be worth it. If you cannot find the help for free, then look for someone who offers a good deal but also has the skills that you want.

Experience is important when looking for any professional help. You will want someone who has been trained as a personal trainer. This could be a degree in physical education, physical therapy, or some other fitness degree or certificate. This is important because you will want to make sure you are stretching and doing all of the exercises in the correct manner.

Empathy is another consideration as you look for a personal trainer. If you have ever watched some of the weight loss television shows, you probably think this trait is lacking in a few of the trainers. If you have watched a whole show however, you would see that everyone of them does show empathy at some point. Many people who know how to train others to lose weight have lost weight themselves and have been where you are. That is what you want to find in the one you choose to help.

After interviewing each personal trainer, you should know which one is the best for you. It might end up being a toss-up, so in that case, you will just have to make a choice as to which one will work best for you.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

How Do You Gain From Having a First Aid Certification?

Accidents are a part of life and no matter how much one tries to avoid them, they do occur at times and people need to be prepared and know about ways to deal with minor accidents. The most major ones obviously have to be treated and taken care of by professional doctors, but minor, everyday accidents can be taken care of at home, in the work place and at school by people who have acquired first aid certification.

First aid certification is a good idea for everyone to learn and now Red Cross is offering people the opportunity to obtain this qualification by taking some online courses being offered by the NGO and its representatives itself. These courses improve the way people respond to accidents and how they react in these kinds of situations. People will find these online courses to be of great benefit, especially if they have busy everyday lives and find it difficult to take out time to take up a proper first aid instruction class in an institute. With the convenience of online classes, you can attend these virtual classes whenever you get time, and you will be completely eligible to receive your certification after completing the online training.

Whenever you sign up for first aid certification courses online, you need to keep some things in mind. For instance, you need to make sure that the website you are signing up on is approved by the Red Cross itself. Those programs that aren't validated by the Red Cross and major organizations like the American Heart Association might not allow you to qualify for the certification you are trying to obtain.

Another benefit of taking online classes is that they are usually cheaper than the proper classes people take in institutes. If we talk about classes in the UK, the online courses might cost you anywhere between 30 to 150 pounds depending on how recognized the course is, how they are teaching and what all they are including in the training. Those websites that allow you to learn by watching instructors perform procedures live might cost you a tad bit more than the other regular courses, but you might benefit by taking note of how different techniques and procedures are to be performed in real life.

You will have the option of choosing from different first aid certification courses. For example, if you want to learn about first aid for children, you can decide to choose a pediatric first aid training course. Besides that there are several other options to choose from, so you can select the one that you feel will be most useful for you later on. It is possible for you to obtain certification in more than one of the courses; it will make you better qualified to deal with accidents as well.

You will need you sit for a practical and written exam as well, which will mark the end of the course for you. If the marks you have obtained are greater than 75% you will receive your certification. This certification is a qualification that is worth putting on your CV and is internationally recognized as well, so you shouldn't waste time in signing up for the course.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Why So Many Cases Of Familial Hypercholesterolemia Go Undiagnosed And How To Avoid The Same Fate

Familial hypercholesterolemia can be genetically inherited from either parent and is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder. The gene mutation is located on chromosome 19 and gives any parent with the disorder a 50% chance of passing it on to one or more of his or her children. If both parents have it, their children will definitely inherit the disorder to varying degrees. Every year, we learn more about this disorder, which occurs worldwide in approximately one in every five hundred individuals. It is estimated, however, that as much as 80% of people with familial hypercholesterolemia go undiagnosed and untreated. But if researchers are learning so much about this familial disorder that can lead to cardiac disease and heart attack, why is it missed so often in the United States and other countries?

Cholesterol Testing Limited To At-Risk Adults

Because children and young adults rarely have high cholesterol levels, testing for the build-up of fatty deposits in the bloodstream and abnormally elevated cholesterol levels aren't usually done unless there are other, physical symptoms that lead doctors to request laboratory tests. Unfortunately, in some cases the long-term effects of the disease can cause a heart attack or cardiac episode, sometimes ending in death, before the individual is diagnosed with the disorder. It isn't effective or necessary to test children at a young age unless they meet other criteria that could indicate a cardiac condition or a predisposition toward heart attacks, including a family history of early cardiac abnormalities.

Families Don't Connect Heart Attacks To Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Many individuals today have experienced the loss of a loved one to an early heart attack or coronary artery disease and its complications. Most of these people don't, however, connect heart attacks in adults with the possibility that there could be an inherited disorder that manifests itself in any significant way in their children. They assume that they don't have to start worrying until they are in their 30s or 40s at the earliest. You may have heard someone say they are "destined to have a heart attack, just like my Dad," yet these same individuals don't understand that the foundation for such a cardiac event may have roots in their childhood and that these childhood conditions can be improved in order to minimize risk.

Increased Awareness Means Earlier Diagnosis

Fortunately, more people are being diagnosed earlier in life than ever before, largely due to an increased awareness of the disease. More physicians are asking the right questions and taking the time to track genetic links between their patients and the early cardiac problems of their patients' parents and grandparents. They are also more aware of the early symptoms, which may seem innocuous on the surface but are often the earliest indications of a problem. When familial hypercholesterolemia is suspected, genetic testing is often ordered, which focuses on mutations in the nineteenth chromosome. Once a diagnosis is positive, other family members can be tested and treated as early as age two.

Become Part Of The 20%

If you want to make sure you aren't one of the 80% of undiagnosed cases of familial hypercholesterolemia, learn what the warning signs are and be vigilant about bringing them to the attention of your regular physician so that he or she can be proactive in a treatment approach. Some warning signs include:

• A family history of heart disease, particularly if men in their 40s or women in their 50s have had cardiac incidences in the past.

• Watch for warning signs in family members of all ages. Early symptoms can include fatty deposits under the skin, particularly around the eyes. These are fatty deposits called xanthelasmata.

• Swollen tendons around the heel or on the backs of the hands can result in a bloated or swollen appearance. These puffy areas are referred to as xanthoma.

• A narrow, white ring at the edge of the pupil or iris of the eye, called arcus cornealis, is often seen in younger individuals who have familial hypercholesterolemia.

• Taking drugs to lower your cholesterol, watching your weight and exercising without any noticeable change in your blood work.

If you or someone you love has any of these early warning signs, talk to your doctor about having the rest of your family checked and the possibility of genetic testing so that proper treatment can be administered right away so that you and your children can avoid the fate of many undiagnosed patients who later succumbed to a heart attack or other cardiac problems.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Eating Healthy Fats and Losing Weight

Can you lose weight and still eat foods that contain fat? Sure you can, if they are foods and ingredients that contain the "good" fat. Do they taste as good as the "bad" fats? In many cases, even better! And this is coming from a die-hard southern food addict.

First, let's group them. There are basically two good groups and two bad groups. The two bad groups are saturated fats and trans fats. The two good groups are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Within each of these four groups, there is a large selection of foods and ingredients. Can you take some guesses as to what might fall into each category? Not much of a stretch here, really.

Momma's biscuits were the best tasting because she made them with good old lard. And one of them had more fat and calories than most folks can burn off in a day. Lard has saturated fat. So does ice cream, butter and red meat. Potato chips and fried chicken are loaded with trans fats. On the good side, olive oil, canola oil, most nuts and peanut butter contain monounsaturated fats while corn oil, trout, walnuts and tuna are examples of polyunsaturated fats.

Now, I will be the first to argue that there is a right way and a wrong way to make homemade biscuits, which is why I can't have any if I intend to lose any weight. Shame! However, cooking with olive oil, eating more nuts, eating more fish (not fried) and eating less red meat I can handle. And, if you take a look at all the good choices you have and start making incremental changes, the transition is barely noticeable and in many cases preferable. I now would much rather cook with olive oil than any other oil because, to me, everything tastes better.

But, how does healthy fats and weight loss actually work. Truthfully, only as well as you manage the calories that they contain. Remember, it's all about the calories consumed versus the calories expended. Foods containing any of these "good" fats usually contain more calories than fruits and vegetables. Therefore, don't expect to sit back with a sack full of cashews as a dietary supplement.

The good news is that switching out most of the things in the bad groups for things in the good groups is not very radical if you cook quite a bit at home. Good recipes are endless. The problem comes when you either don't cook or you are on the road much of the time and your dining choices are limited. Unless you are in a large metropolitan area, healthy eating establishments are far and few between. However, even most chains now offer something that should fit within your dietary parameters.

Eliminating fat from your diet is not really part of a healthy weight loss plan, in my opinion. Healthy fats and weight loss actually go together. Cutting out the bad fats and replacing them with good fats should be the goal. If you cook, start looking at what I call "clean" recipes that use good oils and ingredients and have a calorie count included. Above all else, remember that change takes time. So, don't get frustrated. Be happy!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Control High Blood Pressure Without Medicines

High blood pressure is one of the most common health issues throughout the globe. Getting rid of it permanently is a bit hard. Even if you know the reason or factors that caused this disease, there is not much you can do. In a few cases, you can easily get rid of it permanently. Nevertheless you shouldn't lose hope at any stage and you must keep on fighting.

Here are a few best ways to control high blood pressure without medicines. However if you are already taking medicines, it is strongly recommended not to stop taking them right away.

1- Maintain a proper diary, take your blood pressure daily and note it down onto your diary. Maintain proper record on daily basis. This will help you in later stages.

2- We all know to stop using salt and sodium. There is no room for slat and sodium in your life. You can occasionally use them but it is not recommended at all to use them on daily basis. Do not use canned fruits and vegetables because all canned foods carry sodium. Besides, avoid eating outside because it is practically not possible to order something free of salt in a restaurant. Instead eat at home and make sure that whoever cooks for you doesn't use salt and/or sodium in your meals.

3- If you are overweight, you need to lose weight if you want to get rid of high blood pressure. As soon as you will start losing weight, you will notice a major decline in blood pressure ratings. This is because all those blocked blood arteries will reopen and thus blood will flow easily inside arteries. How you can get rid of weight? There are many ways to do that but the best one is to start doing exercise on regular basis. Join a gym and stick to highly intensive workouts because your main purpose is to burn calories, and they will burn if you will do intensive workouts.

4- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, wine etc. These are not good for your health at all. Besides, you need to say goodbye to carbonated drinks because all such drinks are not goof for these patients.

5- Stay away from stress as much as you can. This is very hard but practically it is possible to avoid stress. The best way is to keep yourself busy. "An empty brain is a devil's workshop" is rightly said because when you are free and have nothing to do, you will find a way to stress yourself.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Do You Want to Learn More About ACL Injury? Read This Article for 12 Important Facts About ACL Tear

The ACL or the anterior cruciate ligament, one of the major ligaments in the knee, helps to prevent the knee from injury during activities that demand jumping and twisting.

ACL injury is a common orthopedic injury that generally involves the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament. An ACL tear can be caused either by contact or no contact activities.

Contact activities include an event like a football tackle that causes a person's ACL to tear. An example of a non-contact activity that may lead to an ACL injury includes a time when a soccer player may quickly change direction while running, twisting the knee in a forceful manner which causes the ACL to tear.

Because the ACL primarily functions to prevent instability in the knee, an ACL injury may occur when a person twists, turns, jumps, and engages in activities like tennis, basketball or working on an assembly line.

If you think you might be suffering from an ACL injury, learn more by reading these 12 facts about tearing to the anterior cruciate ligament:

  1. The ACL usual tears in the central portion of the ligament.
  2. Once the ACL tears, it does not repair itself and heal on its own.
  3. When you experience a torn ACL, you typically will hear a popping noise.
  4. Swelling accompanies an ACL tear, since the anterior cruciate ligament is very vascular.
  5. When people experience an ACL tear during a sports event they are generally unable to finish playing the game.
  6. Any sport that involves twisting, fast stops, and cutting with direction changes, puts the ACL at risk of tearing.
  7. Female athletes are more prone than male athletes to ACL tears. Researchers are still trying to figure out more about the reason behind this.
  8. Male athletes who engage in contact sports like football, soccer or lacrosse are at an increased risk of an ACL tear.
  9. 70% of ACL tears in females are attributed to non-contact injuries, compared to 30% in males..
  10. Following an ACL tear, people typically have difficulty performing a pivot shift.
  11. MRI Scan is the gold standard for diagnosis of an ACL tear.
  12. First goals of treatment for an ACL tear are to reduce swelling and restore range of motion.

ACL injuries are not only typically very painful but they are also quite common. There are thousands and thousands of injuries related to the anterior cruciate ligaments every year in the United States.

Fortunately there are preventive measures you can take in order to work to avoid suffering from this common injury. It is particularly important for athletes engaged in specific sports to consider following an ACL protection regimen to avoid ACL injury.

An ACL injury can be serious and with like other medical conditions, if you think you are suffering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, it is very important to seek out professional medical assistance as soon as possible. A board certified orthopedic surgeon is trained to diagnose and treat ACL injuries including tears. Depending on the damage, repair to the torn anterior cruciate ligament may require reconstruction and surgery.