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The head louse is often encountered in schools and this small parasite is not dangerous but it should be treated. The most common head lice removal method is using shampoos or lotions that contain chemical products that kill lice; these are insecticides. Although they are quite effective they can also be dangerous for your health and you should think twice before using them.

Among insecticides, only products containing pyrethrin and malathion are currently still considered effective, although not 100% and not everywhere, as head lice are becoming every day more resistant to those products in most western countries. Insecticides should anyway only be used if you are certain that you have head lice. And it is useless to use them as a prevention method, as they do not prevent any head lice infestation.

Products containing pyrethrin, such as Nix, should be applied to the hair for at least 10 minutes and at most 60 minutes. After 7 to 10 days, the effect of the treatment must be monitored. If live lice are found when combing wet hair, you must repeat the treatment. If live lice are still found another 7 to 10 days later, you can try a product containing malathion.

Products containing malathion should be applied once to the hair for at least 8 to 12 hours. These products have a strong smell. After a week to 10 days, you should control the effect of the treatment. If live lice are found when combing wet hair, you must repeat the treatment. If live lice are still found another 7 to 10 days later, you can try a product containing pyrethrin.

Some products combine pyrethrin and malathion. These are not recommend because it encourages the emergence of lice resistant to both products.

You can remove head lice by putting them in contact with products that kill them such as insecticides or dimethicone and then by taking them off wet hair with a lice comb. As far as the nits are concerned, these can be removed using the same methods but to take them off the hair you should use a lice comb dipped in vinegar.

As the nits are rarely 100% eliminated by one treatment, it is necessary to repeat the treatment after about ten days. Indeed, the surviving eggs will hatch 7 to 10 days after they were laid. The youngest of these eggs then give birth to lice about 10 days after the first treatment. These “baby” lice must be eliminated by a second treatment. Otherwise they become adults after about two weeks and begin to lay eggs themselves.

When using insecticides you should take some precautions and watch for side effects. These insecticides are pesticides and a skin irritation is possible, as well as tingling and itching. Contact with eyes should be avoided. Some products contain a lot of alcohol and they can ignite so you should not use a hair dryer. These products are highly toxic if ingested, and if this happens you should call a doctor or any emergency service. Of course they are not recommended for children under 6 months and for pregnant or breast feeding women.

Maybe your child is allergic or you simply don’t feel like using insecticides to remove head lice – after all, they are pesticides that are bad for health and some of them are also quite dangerous indeed. In such a case you can use home remedies; some of them are very effective at removing lice, and what is best about them is you can use them as a prevention measure.

In any outdoor situation, cold is one of the most insidious enemies that you will face. The cold saps your will and makes you sluggish and lazy. When it is cold, you do not want to drink, so you get dehydrated. You do not want to wash, so you get dirty and injuries can become infected. You do not want to move, so you get even colder. Cold emergencies are a common problem, but they can be overcome, and this article will explain how.

Just as in the heat, you need to stay hydrated if you are in the cold, especially if you are engaged in physical activity. Your body actually needs fluids in order to stay warm, but when it’s cold you don’t feel as thirsty, so it is very common for people to suffer from dehydration in cold climates and not even not it. If snow is the only available water source, make sure that you melt it before you eat it. It takes your body quite a bit of energy to melt the snow in your mouth or in your digestive system, so you are actually hurting yourself by eating snow even when you think that you are helping.

Hypothermia is a very common cold emergency. Hypothermia occurs when your body is losing so much heat that it cannot generate enough to keep up, resulting in a falling body temperature and, eventually, death. Being hungry, dehydrated, or very tired increases your chance of hypothermia. Someone suffering from hypothermia will feel cold and numb, and probably tired and frightened as well. They will shiver uncontrollably and may stumble and fall down. They will likely be confused and irritable, and may lose consciousness.

Since with hypothermia the victim is getting colder all the time, the obvious treatment is to stop any further drop in body temperature and if possible helping the victim warm up. You can do this by taking him or her into a building or other shelter and giving them dry clothes, giving them warm liquids such as soup, tea, or hot chocolate, put them in a sleeping bag or under a blanket, and doing whatever else possible to warm them up.

Another common cold emergency is frostbite. Frostbite occurs when the body’s tissues are actually beginning to freeze and die. This usually happens at the extremities: the hands and feet, face, or ears. The affected body part will feel painful at first, then will go numb. Sometimes, the victim will not notice anything. If you see gray or white patches on the victim’s skin, frostbite is definitely present.

Treat by warming up the injury, but not too fast or too roughly. If you place the affected injury in water, use warm instead of hot water, and never rub frostbite — this will make the frostbite worse. If possible, get the victim out of the elements. It’s important to get the victim to a doctor after a case of frostbite.

Emergencies happen easily in the cold, but if you follow these tips you will know exactly what to do!

Thousands of people want to know how to cure back pain on a daily basis.

If you are a sufferer and your back pain does not need any medical attention, then there are some things you can do yourself if you have simply over exerted your muscles.

Some examples of treatment you can use are:

• Resting in bed
• Medical or herbal pain treatments
• Hot or cold compresses
• Massage and relaxation
• Exercise

Bed rest on a firm mattress that supports the back is often a good place to start. I usually find lying on the floor helps me.

There are numerous over the counter medicines you can buy, and there is an increasing move toward natural herbal remedies today. These can be used to relieve pain and also to relax the muscles. Always seek the advice of a doctor and do not self-diagnose.

Heat and cold can be a tremendous help too. For some people heat can bring quick relief. This could be with a hot water bottle, a bean bag or a nice hot bath with some herbal additives.

For others, a bag of peas from the freezer wrapped in a cloth, so that the skin is protected, is a good solution. I use a gel pack we keep in the freezer. Cold packs work well, but if you have conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or related symptoms you should avoid using cold packs.

If you just have a stiff back and you feel that your muscles are tight, you might find that a gentle massage works wonders for you. Do make sure it is a gentle massage though. Your partner can help here. Using something like baby oil is a good idea when having a massage.

If the massage is making things worse, then stop immediately and see a doctor.

Taking gentle exercise for back pain is often a good method to use. Often people tense up and restrict the
movement to “protect” the back. The more they tense themselves up the less movement they make. This has the effect of restricting the muscle groups.

By taking some gentle exercise and stretching the whole body people can often feel benefits quite quickly. Again you need to know if it’s just the back pain from over-exertion or a hard days work or if you have suffered an injury from an accident.

A mixture of gentle exercise for back pain and relaxation get the body muscles back to normal in a lot of cases. Relaxation promotes wellness, since the muscles can rest from over-exertion.

Should the question be how to cure back pain, or should it be how to avoid back pain? You see, prevention is always better than cure!

Office workers are among the highest number of sufferers with back pain because of the amount of time they sit in the same position each day. Bad sitting posture has a lot to do with this.

It’s a good idea to get up and have a walk around or do some simple exercise for back pain at work. Do not be a slave to back pain any more. Decide to do something about it today.
Pauline Carroll is an independant market researcher who previously suffered from chronic pain and is dedicated to finding solutions to help people get well just like her. It’s not easy knowing just how to find the right answer it can be so frustrating, but there is help at hand.

You are stressed overworked and have constant middle or upper back pain. Your doctor has recommended exercise, but when do you get the time to do it?

If this is you then these three quick, simple and effective exercises are perfect for relieving your middle upper back pain. What’s more they can be done anywhere in a matter of minutes.

Back pain is something that affects virtually everyone. Constant bending and twisting can really hurt your back. That is why it is imperative to make sure you are bending and twisting properly. It is also imperative that you are aware of the many different kinds of exercises out there that can help relieve middle upper back pain. By doing these exercises your back should be feeling better in no time. I do advise that you see a doctor for severe pain, and do not do any exercises unless you have an OK from a doctor.

The first exercise that can help relieve middle upper back pain are hamstring stretches. It may be hard to believe, but stretching your hamstrings can help make your back feel better. The reason for this is because everyone is pretty much connected to something else in the body. A tight hamstring can result in a tight back, and a tight back could lead to back pain. A simple way to stretch your hamstrings is to stand up, bend your knees slightly, and bend over to try and touch your toes. You will more than likely not be able to touch your toes, but try to reach farther each time you do it.

The next exercise I recommend for middle upper back pain relief is what is called the cat stretch. This stretch actually stretches your back. Start by getting on the floor on all fours. Then, keeping your hands and knees in place, lean back. It should look similar to a cat or dog when it stretches. This stretch will help stretch your back muscles. This will result in a looser back.

Other than stretching, there are strength exercises that can help strengthen your back. Often times back problems are either because of a tight back or a weak back. The lower back is usually where people have the most back problems. Try what is called a superman. You start by lying flat on the floor with your face down. Then, simultaneously lift your back legs and arms up while keeping them straight. Hold the position for a second, then slowly lower your legs and arms back down. This, and many other exercises, can help middle upper back pain go away.

If you follow these simple but highly effective exercises there is no reason why you should not begin to feel the benefits right away. In time that horrible nagging middle upper back pain could be a thing of the past, and you could be enjoying that quality of life that you crave.

First of all, smoking has become terribly expensive. What used to be an inexpensive addiction is now extremely expensive. In fact, if you added up what you spent on cigarettes last year, you probably could have taken your entire family on vacation. People are also choosing to stop smoking because it is getting more and more difficult to smoke anywhere in public. You can no longer smoke at work or in a restaurant or bar, and if you smoke outside in public, people shun you.

When you finally do choose to quit smoking, you may want to try some of the natural stop smoking techniques that are proving to be very successful. Unlike prescription medications that reduce the desire for cigarettes, or over-the-counter medications that replace the nicotine, natural stop smoking techniques are actually easier on your body and make the transition from smoker to non-smoker an easier one.

Herbalists and practitioners of alternative medicine have been using natural stop smoking techniques for decades. Since western people first started to smoke tobacco, people have been trying to find natural ways to stop doing it. For many, acupuncture has been a safe and effective route. It works quickly and prevents the desire from for smoking from coming back. Other people prefer hypnosis as a natural stop smoking method.

In addition to these methods, you may choose herbs, aromatherapy, or even natural food products that help you reduce the cravings for nicotine. The key to becoming a non-smoker is actually taking care of the nicotine withdrawal first and foremost, and then changing your behavior so that you are not reliant on having a cigarette in your hand all the time.

To smokers, a cigarette is a means to relax, to unwind, to deal with stress, to socialize, and to be more at ease, and no medication will help with that. So, when you decide to quit, you have to make sure that you are totally ready to do so. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that you will quit for just a little while, or cut back on smoking, because it won’t be long before you are back to a pack a day. Make a commitment, put your will power to work, and get as much help and support as you can and you will soon find yourself a non-smoker.

Hematologic neoplasms are malignancies of tissue derived from hematopoietic precursors. The true hematopoietic stem mobile has the capability for self-renewal and also the capability to provide rise to precursors (colony-forming units) that proliferate and terminally differentiate toward one of any lineage. Unique hematologic neoplasms can come up from every from the mature mobile types. Lots of these arise in the bone marrow, circulate in the bloodstream, and may infiltrate certain organs and tissues. Other people might form tumors in lymphoid tissue, particularly lymphomas, which arise from lymphoblasts.

The lineage of a hematopoietic mobile and the degree of differentiation together that lineage are associated using the mobile surface expression of characteristic proteins, lots of that are receptors, others are adhesion molecules and proteases, and some are of unknown purpose. These clusters of differentiation (CD) antigens have become essential diagnostic equipment in the management of hematologic neoplasms, and some kinds of malignancies are defined by characteristic CD expression patterns.The cell ultrastructure and machinery of the malignant cell can somewhat resemble that of its cellular of origin. A markedly improved proliferative rate and arrest of differentiation are the hallmarks of these neoplasms. Examination of the interphase nucleus of cells can occasionally reveal chromosomal abnormalities such as deletions (monosomy), duplications (trisomy), or balanced translocations.

Certain types of hematologic neoplasms tend to have stereotypic chromosomal abnormalities. Provided their clonal nature, these abnormalities are going to be evident on all malignant cells. In some cases of chromosomal translocation, a new fusion gene is formed and may result in production of a fusion protein possessing abnormal function compared using the original gene items. This function usually requires loss of cellular cycle manage, abnormal signal transduction, or reprogrammed gene expression as a result of an aberrant transcription factor. In contrast to strong tumors, many hematologic malignancies are specifically linked to certain chromosomal translocations; therefore, karyotype scientific studies are essential in the diagnosis of hematologic malignancies. On the other hand, strong tumors frequently contain a multitude of chromosomal abnormalities that are not disease particular or even reproducible.

Other genetic changes described in hematologic malignancies include mutations or deletions of the p53, retinoblastoma (Rb), and Wilms’ tumor (WT1) suppressor genes and activating mutations within the N-ras oncogene. Extra genetic changes can be detected within the clonal evolution of leukemias as illness progresses to some more aggressive kind in the patient’s course. This discovering lends additional help towards the theory that neoplasia may be the end result of stepwise genetic alterations that correspond towards the sequential acquisition of additional phenotypic modifications that favor abnormal development, invasion, and resistance to normal host defenses.

Most doctors and therapists explain this away with, “everyone has a short leg and it doesn’t make any difference”, but it does for a large percentage of people, especially when the discrepancy is quite noticeable, the person’s body is weak or they have hyper mobile joints. A short leg also adds to the muscle imbalances because it makes your weight distribute unevenly throughout your body with every moment whether you are sitting or standing. Ask any therapist who can fix chronic back pain or sciatica quickly and effectively and they will agree without hesitation, because correcting the short leg it is the only approach that works every time for a long time.

Being a ball and socket joint it allows for a variety of movements of the leg from the hip, so it relies heavily on the muscles in the lower back, the leg and around the hip and buttocks for support.

The condition of each of these supporting muscles, relative to their ability to contract and lengthen with movement, or their resting length, will determine the angle at which the neck of the femur sits in its socket.

If problems with any of the relevant muscles on one side of the body cause this neck to draw up or downwards slightly, it will effect the length of that leg in relation to the other side. This causes the pelvis to tilt and other muscles in the body to start compensating. Unfortunately because of our lifestyle these days, changes to the muscles supporting one of the hip joints can come about very easily, either through an injury or accident from overuse or through something as simple as bad posture over a period of time.

Whether any problem with these muscles becomes permanent or not depends largely on things like posture, stress levels and whether the original problem is given the correct treatment at the time. When the correct treatment is not received, the supporting muscles don’t do their job properly and so excessive wearing of the hip or knee joint can happen, resulting in the need for joint replacement surgery later in life, something I am sure everyone would want to avoid if at all possible.

Once a person has a short leg their pelvis is drawn down on that side and up on the other. This causes tension to build up in the lower back and in the erector spinae muscles along side the spine into the neck. When this happens it’s possible for the spine to curve and some of the vertebrae in the back to become twisted or tilted especially in people with weak muscles. This is often the underlying cause of back pain or worse, sciatica.

Keeping your muscles healthy and supple into your old age and having a balanced pelvis are very achievable goals and something we all should strive for. It is an ongoing effort that is required though and something that needs to be incorporated into your lifestyle with the right diet and exercise treatment, along with vital self treatment techniques that will work to take away any problems that already exist. All the information you need to help you achieve this is contained in my self treatment program which covers information, lifestyle changes, exercises and self treatment techniques that will help you to diagnose and treat your chronic back pain or sciatica.

As a result of overuse, a trauma or strain, even bad posture, tension will build up in a muscle to the point where the circulation is impaired and eventually that muscle will weaken and in certain situations, fail causing the body to compensate and eventually get out of balance. Like someone who is constantly hunched over when they sit at their desk or leans on one leg when they stand.

As tightness builds up in a muscle due to poor circulation, that muscle becomes weak causing other muscles to have to compensate or carry the weight for it. These other muscles then start to overwork, fatigue and tighten up and the odds become higher that one of the joints in the spine will be put under an uneven pressure which will end up causing impingement, pain and inflammation.

The muscle imbalances that set all this up will usually be the underlying problem yet they are rarely considered or treated by most Doctors and therapists. These imbalances can be confined to one area such as the back or shoulders, or spread throughout the whole body causing a pattern of tight muscles and pressure that eventually leads to weakness and pain. Some treatments you get for pain will exercise and stretch you until your body compensates sufficiently that your pain goes away but it doesn’t remove the imbalances, it just covers them up. You lose flexibility and have a negative effect on the circulation and strength in the body.

When we move, especially doing vigorous exercise, we exert a force which should be carried evenly throughout our whole body. But as a result of even a minor imbalance it is distributed unevenly throughout our muscle system causing compensations and the imbalance to spread deeper into the body. Especially when the body is unhealthy or weak and holds onto its tension.

Even though at any one time most people have imbalances and therefore the potential to injure themselves it will generally only becomes a problem and ends up a pain episode for people who push themselves beyond their body’s limits through such things as an accident, or overuse in their work, sport or lifestyle. Bending over at that particular angle to pick something up off the floor can be just a bit too much stretch for a muscle in the back that was already too tight and too weak to support the weight or pressure you were putting on it.

This movement caused the muscle to go into spasm, (a permanent state of contraction) and become irritated at the point where it attaches to the bone, or it upsets the alignment of a vertebrae causing pressure on a disc.

Further, although the imbalances need to be addressed they are not the only issue, the level of physical, emotional and chemical stress in our body is equally important and also needs to be addressed because unless the stress is removed, the imbalances will resist efforts to correct them.

Some of the most remarkable reversals of type 2 diabetes are accomplished through very low-fat eating plans or vegan, raw foods eating plans. These all-plant eating plans for diabetics reliably reverse type 2 diabetes in as little as two weeks. Many diabetics can’t control their blood sugars even with medication when they first begin their usual treatment plan.

Then within a few weeks of a low-fat eating plan, their blood sugars are in good control often without any medication being required. But the low-fat eating plans that really work for type 2 diabetics are very specialized and require careful planning.

Fat Is Essential: Fat in food is feared; unfortunately it’s mere presence has been known to inflict guilt on many people. The latest studies though are showing that some fats actually have a protective effect on your body. Low-fat is not the same as no-fat. Your body uses some of the fats released from food to make hormones. The n-6 essential fatty acids become hormones that your body uses to induce inflammation. This inflammation process is useful when it is used to stop a blood vessel from leaking or for activating your immune system to fight an infection.

There are also smaller n-3 essential fatty acids which your body uses to make the hormones that actually stop inflammation. These hormones instruct your:

  • blood vessels to relax
  • skin to lose its wrinkles
  • immune system to stop any reddening, irritation, pain, and inflammation

Fat is Needed by Everyone: Both kinds of fat are needed by everyone but the tricky part is knowing just how much is needed by the person with type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately most people get far too much of the n-6 essential fatty acids and this increases your risk for several chronic problems and weight gain. These include the fatty acids found in:

  • margarine
  • lard
  • corn oil
  • soybean oil
  • meat
  • butter.

Removing these fats from your eating plan will stop the root cause of type 2 diabetes, inflammation. Inflammation slowly destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of your pancreas… so stop the inflammation and you will stop the destruction of these cells!

How Much Healthy Fat Is Enough: Although some people on successful diabetes reversal diets do well with no fat at all for several weeks, a little bit of fat is fine. Eating no fat at all is something very few people accomplish in the real-world. It is almost impossible to find anyone who is deficient in n-6 essential fatty acids; but you really need to make sure you get a sufficient amount of the valuable anti-inflammatory n-3’s.

Where do you find n-3 fatty acids? Your body’s actual fat requirement is minuscule… so eating a small amount, a handful of:

  • almonds
  • pecans
  • walnuts
  • will give you your n-3 fatty acids each day. Or add up to two tablespoons of almond, grapeseed, olive or walnut oil to your salads or vegetables.

It is best to avoid sunflower oil as it is a source of the pro-inflammatory n-6 essential fatty acids… as are canola and corn oil.
Would you like more information about alternative ways to handle your type 2 diabetes?

Mold allergy

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Mold allergy is a respiratory allergy in which your immune system overreacts when you breathe in mold spores. This reaction triggers a cascade of reactions that lead to allergy symptoms. Mold is a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter. Mold and mold spores are present in the environment all year-round, indoors and outdoors. Although it is more present in warm, humid climates, molds exist throughout the globe. Typically fresh air contains more mold spores than pollen grains.

Mold allergy symptoms vary from person to person and could be mild or severe. It has the same signs and symptoms that occur in other upper respiratory allergies. Common allergy symptoms are itchy, watery and red eyes, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, skin rashes and hives, sinus headaches and difficulty in breathing. If you are exposed to mold spores, symptoms of asthma may also occur. In some people, exposure to certain molds can cause a severe asthma attack. Signs and symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

People who are allergic to substances such as pollen or animal dander usually are allergic to molds. People may become allergic to only mold or fungi or they may also have problems with dust mites, pollens and other spores. Farmers, carpenters, loggers and bakers are more exposed to molds and are at greater risk of developing allergies.

To treat this type of allergy, first is you should avoid contact with the spores. Reduce the humidity indoors to prevent fungi from growing. When you are cutting grass, planting of plants, digging around plants, wear a dust mask for protection. Take medications to prevent allergic reactions to worsen. You can find antihistamines and decongestants available over the counter without any prescription. If medications are not sufficient, talk to your doctor about taking allergy shots (immunotherapy). This works for some carefully selected patients.

Actually, allergies are not curable. However, the symptoms can be reduced. During periods when mold count is high, stay indoors. This will minimize the amount of molds you inhale. The amount of airborne spores is likely to change quickly, depending on the weather. Use air cleaners to eliminate spores that could be the cause of mold allergy. Common molds usually build up inside the house especially in bathrooms, basements and laundry areas. Reduce dampness by putting an exhaust fan or open a window in the bathroom. Repair any plumbing leaks and thoroughly clean sinks and tubs at least once a month.

Scoliosis can be simply defined as a curve within the spine – whenever there is a deviation in your spine to the right or left, it is called a scoliosis.

There are 2 types of Scoliosis: Congenital and Idiopathic Scoliosis.

Congenital scoliosis is when you are born with a structural deviation in the spine. Your back will twist either left or right from birth. However, it often only starts to become visible at the ages of 2-5 or sometimes as late as the early teenage years. The cause of congenital scoliosis is not clear. It is basically hereditary and causes bones (vertebrae ) within your back to sometimes fuse together and then further grow in a crooked manner.

When identified early on, congenital scoliosis can be operated on with a positive effect on the growth of your spine. This is, however, a complex procedure and serious thought should be given as this surgical intervention can influence the whole quality of your life. Always look for more than one medical opinion.

Congenital scoliosis also leads to imbalances in the muscles surrounding the spine. Any physical treatment is directed at relieving the symptoms in the majority of cases (management), unless surgical intervention has been successful with structural correction. I find that early physiotherapy post-operation is a necessity in to manage congenital scoliosis effectively.

Idiopathic scoliosis on the other hand is where you develop a twist in the spine after an injury, or a following a medical condition. Examples that I see involve clients over sixty who have osteoporosis or clients who have disc injuries in the back (a deviation happens in the spine to reduce pressure on the disc affected.)

Most idiopathic scoliosis may be corrected with physiotherapy management and other related scoliosis treatments. However, when a scoliosis is left untreated for longer than a couple of weeks a full recovery can become increasingly difficult. There are many causes of scoliosis, diagnosing the cause of scoliosis is most important in the relief of this spine condition. Make sure you get specialist medical and physiotherapy help as soon as possible.
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Scoliosis and Related Back Pain

In my own experience with scoliosis over the past 20 years – muscle and ligament pain are the most common associated back pain. On one side of the spinal twist the ligaments, muscles, joints, discs and nerves are all compressed. By comparison, the other side these structures are increasingly being over-stretched. As a result – you will probably feel pain and symptoms linked with the compressed and overstretched structures. Pain comes about from these soft tissues being overstretched and gradually damaged – resulting in inflammation and degradation with each of these structures. Each one of these can produce the symptoms of back pain you will probably experience over time.

Idiopathic scoliosis can be frequently reversed when tackled early. Mobilisation therapy and exercise and are my own treatments of choice. However, should ignore your scoliosis and its related pain for extended periods, reversing the damage can become more difficult. Eventual joint damage may develop which leads to potentially far more trouble for your back. Congenital scoliosis also demands an early intervention – surgery alongside exercise therapy is the most used treatment of choice with this condition.