Browsing Posts published in December, 2010

Joints which are inflamed and sore, possibly with swelling and stiffness, are probably showing the symptoms of arthritis. There are many different sorts of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most numerous. While the causes differ, the visible symptoms are very similar between the two. If you are diagnosed with arthritis, you would be well advised to explore all the different methods you can to treat this painful condition.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis is a problem in the immune system where the body turns on itself. Arthritis can appear in any joints in the body but is most often found in the knees, hands and hips. Sadly there is no cure for arthritis at this time and if it is not treated it will only deteriorate further but there are various ways to get relief from the unending pain.
  • Osteoarthritis is caused by degenerative wear and tear in the joints, from constant use over many years, which is why it happens most often in elderly people. Its onset can be hastened by certain types of incidents in one’s younger life,such as accidents or sporting injuries. In an arthritic joint, the adjoining bones grate together and fluid forms, which causes inflammation and swelling.

Because of their speed and convenience, NSAIDs are the preferred choice of many people when it comes to selecting their arthritis treatment. Celebrex, ibuprofen and naxproxen are the drugs most commonly taken. These drugs do not cure the trouble and the relief is only temporary but they do ease the inflammation and the stiffness, swelling and pain. Many individuals who suffer from arthritis in any form take NSAID drugs on a daily basis in order to function at anything approaching an acceptable level. This a very grave situation, because the dangerous side-effects posed by these drugs are not well-known and are certainly not publicised by the manufacturers.

These drugs are not the only means of relieving the pain and stiffness in the sore parts. Not many sufferers are aware of the strong anti-inflammatory properties of many ordinary foods. There is a wide range of foods, including fish, vegetables, spices and herbs, all of which will benefit your general health, as well as forming an important part of your arthritis treatment.

If you can include a weight-loss element into your daily intake (if you need it!), then this will reduce the strain and impact on your joints. Your hips, knees ankles will feel most benefit, because those joints bear the most weight.

Corticosteroids are another class of drugs that help to reduce swelling and give some pain relief. These treatments are generally more powerful than NSAIDs and have options in how they are administered. Steroids can be taken orally or injected into the body. Certain ones, such as hydrocortisone may be injected directly into affected joints. Many sports stars perform with cortisone injections when they are suffering injuries and sometimes cause more harm as a result.

Exercise and regular movement of arthritic joints is often avoided or ignored, because it invariably brings on more pain and discomfort. When joints become arthritic, the old byword, “Use it or lose it, ” becomes a hard and fast truth. You should avoid exercises which cause impact on the joints, which is a major cause of the arthritis initially. Water aerobics, in a pool, is virtually ideal for arthritis sufferers, because the water supports the joints and makes a wider range of movement possible, without undue pain.

As a last resort, patients with osteoarthritis may benefit from surgical treatments and joint replacements. In these procedures, the arthritic joints are removed from the body and metallic or plastic replacements are inserted and matched to the bones to construct an artificial joint that is less likely to suffer pain from swelling. This option is very much a last resort and involves more pain in the short-term, possible substantial expense and a long recovery period, with no guarantee of success. Take a good look at all alternative arthritis treatments first.

Sleep is the most discussed topics among parents. We quickly get convinced of how important the sleep for our well state is. Firstly, a good sleep makes the difference between a happy child and grumpy one or between a calm parent and one who is at the end of patience.

The importance of sleep is not limited to the first years of life. Sleeping is also essential for school. A good night’s sleep gives energy for all the day. In addition, the sleep helps child to cope with social pressures and those created at school environment and is allowing him to study. Sleep is essential for brain development.

Children have always protested against hours of sleep, and nowadays there are still many things that cause them to sleep later. TV, internet, talking on the phone, video games – all comes into competition with hours of sleep.

We feel that our child is not only one who goes to bed at ten in the evening, but the truth is that there are many people who are struggling to rest at night. Difficulty of falling asleep, poor sleep or batch, waking in the morning and nightmares are among the most common problems faced by children.

Not all children need the same number of hours of sleep. You need to realize that there is no mandatory number of hours of sleep for every age. Instead, there is an average. Most preschoolers need between 10 and 12 hours of sleep per day. In nine years, the average is closer to ten hours. When they reach puberty, children still need eight to nine hours of sleep, even if most people do not get to sleep much. Teenagers and they go through a period in which the crowded schedule, with many activities, that adds the unprecedented development of the body and mind. This makes them to need more sleep.

Lack of sleep can lead to lack of attention at school, problems with memory, learning inconsistent efforts, irritability and use of energizers to compensate the sleepless hours.

A very interesting fact about the physiology of teenagers is that their sleep cycle is delayed by two hours. This means that they are not sleepy until late at night and, consequently, wake up late morning.

At children less than 13 years there is secreted melatonin, a hormone that produces sleep, around eight or nine hours. Most adolescents secrete melatonin at around 11 pm. So, earlier this hour, it is impossible to sleep, they just cannot sleep.

The “opposite of sleep” is situated the cortisol hormones, which are responsible for the revival. At teens they are secreted only around 8.15 in the morning but that is generally too late to arrive on time for school. So if our teenage boy is dreamy and sleepy at breakfast, remember that he would still be sleeping if we had left the brain’s natural process to follow.

Parents, who are struggling every morning to have everything ready in time, tend to take the sleepiness as laziness. Instead of raising the tone, being angry, and trying to keep motivational speeches, the parents should realize that the teen fight with his own physiology. Perhaps it would be better to understand that and not to pressure the child.

For people who suffer from acne, it is very important for them to get to know how to take care of their skin. If you suffer from acne, you probably know by now that there are some things you need to be very careful about in order not to breakout more and to keep your skin as healthy- looking as possible. I want to share with you 5 basic suggestions, which will help you in your fight against your acne.

  1. Use Sunscreen for protection against the sun and harsh weather.
    It is sometimes believed that exposure to sunlight helps with getting rid of acne, however it is not entirely true; in fact, radiation pollutants and extremely dry skin will make you breakout even more. When you use sun block (SPF 15-30 will do, unless if you’re going to spend the entire day on a beach/outdoors you can use higher SPF) you will help protect your skin from the sun and the wind.
    If your skin is oily try to find an oil-free sunscreen, if your skin type is normal to dry you can even use a moisturizer with your sun -block.
  2. Exfoliating Regularly
    In order to help your skin clear away the excess build-up of dry skin that causes blockage of pores and further breakout and even causes wrinkles, it is very important that you exfoliate your skin regularly. Exfoliation is a natural process of your skin as it gets rid of the outer skin. Some people are genetically exposed to the slowing down of this natural process causing them to be more prone to acne. Therefore using the right kind of exfoliation for your skin-type will help your skin to speed up this process, and prevent blocked pores. There are a number of methods used for exfoliation:

    Alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, which are available over-the-counter. They are usually inexpensive, work within 6 to 8 weeks, and range from 5% to 20% intensity for mild to moderate peeling.

    Dermabrasion usually performed by a doctor, and is much like the sanding process, includes peeling of 4 layers of skin. This method is expensive and requires a long period of recovery.

    Peels (there are several types of peels like TCA peel, Phenol peel and so on).

  3. Carefully Choose Your Soap or Face Wash
    You have to absolutely be careful not to over dry your skin by using the wrong types of soaps. There are a lot of products out there that seem to not just clear up the oil, but to extremely dry your skin, which as you might know causes more oil production and more breakouts. What you therefore need is a glycerin or sorbitol based soaps that also help to balance your skin pH.
  4. Vitamin C and Water
    It is very important that you get the whole 8 glasses of water every day. And to boost your immunity you will need a Vitamin C supplement (1000mg/day… check with physician for right dosage for you), unless you’re allergic to it.
  5. Cutting Back Sugar Is the Best Key
    Ignore it when people say that food doesn’t cause breakouts. In fact, whatever goes into your mouth could help worsen or cure up your acne. To find out more about the sugar-acne connection check my previous articles.

All in all, when it comes to sugar learn to know your boundaries, because even though it might not be a direct cause of acne, don’t underestimate the role it plays in causing more outbreaks. Eat more fresh fruits instead of the refined sugars.

For anyone who wants to know some beauty tips to treat pimples on their face — I’ll list some very effective ones here.

The first tip is to wash your face twice a day — with a mild cleanser. Be gentle and wash your face in a circular motion with your fingertips. Apply moisturizer after washing your face — if you have dry skin. Cetaphil has mild cleansers — and are recommended by dermatologists.

Try using less makeup — and even have some makeup free days. Always remove your makeup before going to bed. Use hypoallergenic makeup.

Don’t pop your pimples — you could cause a scar — and by forcing bacteria deeper into your skin — you may get cysts or nodules.

Keep your hands clean — you don’t want to spread bacteria to your face. Don’t use bar soap when washing your face or hands — bar soap quickly collects germs — spreading germs to your face and hands.

Eat healthy foods — add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Drink fruit juices — instead of soda. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin. Get plenty of sleep. You might want to buy a steam machine for your face to open up your pores — so you can clean your face more effectively.

A light workout regimen would be good for you — you will perspire and help purge your clogged pores — and finish with a refreshing and cleansing shower after your workout.

You can take a multivitamin mineral pill to help ensure you are getting the nutrients your skin needs.

Try not to let yourself get too stressed out over everyday events. Too much stress can weaken your immune system — affecting the health of your skin — and your whole body.

Did you know that children can suffer from migraine headaches attack? In fact, according to one online resource, approximately 10 percent of children worldwide are affected by this health care condition. Children as young as five years old can have migraine headaches.

But what causes migraine headaches in children? What causes migraine headaches in adults applies to children as well. Genetics, certain food and drugs, ailments, emotional and physical stress and geological aspects are some of the contributing factors that can cause migraines in either adults and children. In addition, migraine headaches in children can also be due to an underlying an infection or a secondary head trauma.

How can you tell if your child is experiencing migraines or headaches? What are the signs and symptoms? Similar to the classic migraines in adults, children can also experience mild to severe discomfort or pain in the eye area, temples and forehead.The acuteness of discomfort can differ as well. It is imperative to look for signs of pain like irritability, uncontrollable crying, facial grimacing and frowning. On the other hand, there are children who experience severe abdominal pain instead of headache. Stomach pain can also be accompanied with light and sound sensitivity. Remember that deafening noise, blinding lights and strong scent and odors can heighten the pain as well. For children who are suffering from migraine symptoms, it is best that they stay in a dim lighted room. Normally, deep and uninterrupted sleep can alleviate the pain.

Besides sleeping for extended periods of time, it always help to pay your doctor a visit for consultation and reliable prescription medications and over the counter analgesics. Aside from synthetic drugs, household remedies are also helpful in alleviating the headaches and migraines symptoms. Preventive measures are also done to manage migraine headaches.

Previously, we tackled that food and diet can also cause the incidence of migraines. Foods that can aggravate the migraines symptoms are processed and canned foods, soy and beans, chocolate and preservatives. Moreover, parents should be careful in giving over the counter medicines. The kidneys and liver can be damaged with high dosage of drugs. If you are unsure what to give your child, give your health care provider a call. By this, you are sure that what you are giving your child is accurate. Besides taking over the counter pills and drugs, parents and significant others can teach their children the importance of a health and regular diet, in addition to keeping a regular sleep time. Exercise can also prevent migraine attacks for some children. However, too much exercise and physical movement can exacerbate the condition.

It definitely helps to pay special attention to your child’s headaches symptoms.Be sure to consult your health care provider if the migraine headaches exacerbate or if it occurs repeatedly in order to rule out tumor or abnormal growth. If you want to know what symptoms to look for if the migraine headache is caused by brain tumors, check your child’s dexterity, balance, language, vision and walking.

What a simple thing to do! Tomato, help me cure my acne, please. Thank you in advance for your kindness. I have lots of acne in my face, tomato. If you don’t mind, please erase it from my face with your power.

I used to ask for tomato’s help before I eat it. I know that it sounds funny. But, I was desperate. I’ve tried various remedies to cure my stubborn acne, but they are mostly ineffective. I tried to search any available remedy to cure my acne and tried it one by one, still no result for me. Finally, I’ve found tomato and I hope it will work for my skin.

Actually, I didn’t like to eat tomato, except when I found it in my soup. But, I found that tomato can help my skin and cure my acne. Oh my god, it’s like every kind of thing in our kitchen can be used as a cure for acne. But, is this information correct? Let’s investigate further.

As usual, I love searching for information on the internet, and I love reading health books. So, with a simple research and few minutes reading, I have a conclusion that tomato might have a power to cure my acne.

Of course, yes, I found out that tomato is rich in antioxidant properties and also it has the vitamin required for skin health, which is vitamin C. It also has various good nutrients and other good things you can imagine. But, for the sake of simplicity, let’s try it!

First, as suggested, I use tomato pulp as a mask. Okay, in the night, I make tomato pulp and use it as a mask. Because it is suggested that we should use this mask for at least one hour, so I need to be patient with this mask. To be honest, I was boring when I used this mask, but fortunately, I have something to do. While waiting for a proper time for this mask, I read some books on health and self-improvements. Because I love reading, one hour seems very quickly passed. Then I washed my face and sleep.

To my surprise, I have basic improvements in my face after using this mask last night. Basically, I didn’t have any improvement in my acne. My acne still seems intact. But, my skin is smoother and softer. Also, there is no irritation in my face. After examining my face in the morning, I wash my face with fresh water and take a bath. Overall, I feel refreshed in my skin after taking a bath. Also, my face looks brighter than before.

I think tomato is helpful in curing my acne. Although the improvement after the first usage is insignificant, it is apparent when I used it for at least 3 days.

We all face trying moments. These circumstances aren’t any fun, but most of us get through them without a lot of trouble.

Others may have full-fledged panic attacks. A panic attack is a sudden eruption of anxiety. Many times it feels like a heart attack. Your heart begins to race, you start to tremble, and you have the overpowering urge to scram. You might feel like you’re going insane.

What triggers panic disorder?

It usually starts out somewhere from the mid teens to the mid twenties. It is a common belief that people who acquire panic disorder have something in their makeup that causes them to be more open to the negative influence of stress.

In the beginning, a traumatic or stressful circumstance induces this sensitivity, bringing on a panic attack.

After you have suffered one panic attack, the probability of having repeated panic attacks and developing panic disorder increases a great deal.

Your beliefs and the way you think decide how sensitive you are to stress. Your mind-set is partially influenced by genetics and partially by the environment that you were raised in. If your parents were anxious and panicky, you’re likely to be as well.

Family History

Genetics always carries an element of risk for emotional disorders. If someone in your family has endured panic disorder, you are very likely to experience the same problem.

Family can also be an environmental influence. We learn our social attitudes from the people that surround us through the stages of our life.

If someone in your immediate family had panic disorder while you were young, you may have learned from that person, that the world is a scary and stressful place.

Gender Is Also A Factor

The likelihood of developing panic disorder for women is twice as much as men. The female hormone estrogen could be the reason. Women naturally go through hormonal shifts, making them more sensitive to stress. Which is known to induce panic attacks.

You’re Not Alone!

Don’t let your anxiety fool you into believing that your situation is unique and that there is no cure. It doesn’t matter how long you have been living in misery because of anxiety. There are no lost causes.

By understanding what causes panic disorder, we can understand how to treat it. If you or someone you love is experiencing panic disorder, there is help available.

You should always speak with a doctor to find out if you are actually experiencing panic disorder and not something else. Then you can find out what your treatment options are.

You do not have to just go on coping. You can begin to take your life back today. When you get rid of all of that anxiety, the panic will go away and your confidence will soar.

If your blood pressure is more than 140/95 mmHg, then you have high blood pressure or hypertension.

The upper number is the systolic pressure, which is pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts and pumps blood forward into the arteries. The lower number is the diastolic pressure, which is the pressure in the arteries as the heart relaxes.

There are not much symptoms with high blood pressure. That is why it is called the “Silent Killer”

What cause hypertension?

· Excessive salt intake: more than 5.8 g per day

· Heredity: both of your parents have the condition

· Obesity

· Kidney disease

· Lack of exercise

· Aging

Having hypertension will increase the risk of:

· Heart disease

· Kidney failure

· Hardening of the arteries

· Eye damage

· Stroke

Blood pressure reading 120 – 139 / 80 – 89 mmHg is considered pre-hypertension. For this region, it can be controlled with change in lifestyle.

A reading 140/95 mmHg will need medication to control it. However, most medications come with undesirable side effects and long-term medication can put stress to your liver for detoxification.

Ultimately, you should change your lifestyle and work towards minimizing or removing from medication in the long run.

Here are 5 simple steps to lower your blood pressure today.

Step 1: Reduce salt intake to 1500mg per day

This is not just removing the salt shaker from the table. Most food has some salt, such as, most bread has 100mg of salt per slice and many processed foods are high in salt.

Do read the label and check out the salt content before you use the package food. Use herbs and spices to flavor your food instead of salt.

Step 2: Exercise regularly

Do some form of aerobic activities such as take 30 min brisk walk every day. Exercise increases the blood flow, which relaxes the blood vessel and help blood to flow through easily and hence reduces blood pressure.

Step 3: Change to a diet of low-fat and high fiber

Reduce saturated fat, cholesterol and increase fruits, vegetables and low-fat diary products in the diet. This means reduce red meat, sweets and sugar containing beverages. Choose low-fat and low salt versions. Drink water and herbal tea instead of soft drinks and packaged juices

Step 4: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, which the body cannot manufacture. Food rich in omega 3 are oily fish such as salmon and tuna, flax seed and nuts.

Research by Dr Hiratsuka Ueshima of Shiga University, Japan found that people who have the highest intake of omega 3 fatty acids have the lowest incidence of hypertension.

Step 5: Choose protein from plant

Studies have shown that people who eat meat have high blood pressures compared to vegetarians. Dr Paul Elliot (Imperial College of London, UK) led a research team to study the relationship between vegetable protein and blood pressure.

The study concluded that a diet high in vegetable products be part of a healthy lifestyle for prevention of hypertension and related chronic diseases

Rich source of vegetable protein can be found in soya bean, all types of beans, nuts and seeds.

Back pain, is a common complaint in the U.S. The pain comes from the bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, joints, muscles and other matter surrounding the spinal cord. Lower back pain seems to be the most common form of back pain in the US. It is in fact the fifth most reason why patients seek treatment from a chiropractor or a medical doctor.

The pain can come on suddenly such as after a strenuous work -out or heavy work such as lifting heavy items or an injury. It can also be a chronic problem and the patient may only feel the pain at one spot or on several areas over the back as well as the limbs. The pain experienced, may be dull ache, a stabbing pain or a burning sensation.

Treating back pain

If the pain arises in the course of or immediately after heavy work, rest should ease it and this can be considered self-limiting pain that does not progress. Interestingly, psychological factors may also cause back pain with the result of the pain going away when stressing matters are sorted out.

If pain persists with no apparent cause, or lasts for more than a few hours and keeps returning, should be treated by a medical or a chiropractic doctor.

When back pain is being treated, the aim will be to reduce if not completely resolve the pain and as fast as possible so that an individual can perform their usual duties without any difficulty. Different courses of treatment work for different people.

Types of treatment

For immediate relief, back pain can be treated with ice or heat therapy, such as ice pack or moist heat, depending upon how long the pain has been experienced and weather the pain is acute or chronic. When visiting a Santa Monica chiropractor, he or she may want to use physiotherapy modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stim, massage, or traction to relieve low back pain. Prescription drugs are also often prescribed by MD’s to treat the pain and here, muscle relaxants, painkillers, and anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed.

Tips for Back pain prevention

  • Sleep on a mattress with medium firmness
  • Remain active-this is very important
  • Warm up before any kind of activity or exercise
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Lift with knees and not your back
  • Maintain a proper posture-get more information from your Santa Monica Chiropractor
  • Wear low heel shoeTreating back pain with chiropractic therapy

When visiting your chiropractor, he or she may use ice and/or heat to start treatment. Using the ice verses, the heat depends upon how long the patient has experienced pain. In addition, the chiropractor may recommend X-rays of your back to see if there is any misalignment or other conditions may be present. A chiropractor, whose specialty is the musculoskeletal system, uses a hands-on approach to adjust the spine working from the premise that illness or in this case back pain, could be resulting from misalignment of the vertebrae also called subluxation.

There is evidence that chiropractic treatment relieves many types of musculoskeletal pain, and helps restore normal range of motion. Spinal adjustments may take stress off surrounding tissues – muscles, tendons, and ligaments – to relieve pain and restore normal function. Some chiropractors may use different types of physiotherapy such as electrical stim, ultrasound and different types of exercises and stretches before adjusting the spine. Also massage may be performed on a patient followed by adjustment of the spine. Spinal traction may or may not be applied. Your Chiropractor may advise you on correct posture, to avoid heavy physical work and other ways to protect your back.

Chiropractic is a holistic form of alternative therapy and no drugs or surgical procedures are used. As is the case with any disease, better and faster results are achieved if treatment is sought early on rather than after the condition has deteriorated.

Searching for immediate migraine relief? Looking for alternatives to synthetic and over the counter analgesics? Are you looking for the best natural migraine treatment? For migraine headache sufferers, dealing with the burning and throbbing head pain can be very agonizing. Nowadays, people are choosing to go all natural when it comes to treatments and cures for mild and moderate headaches, since these alternative cures have fewer side effects. Aside from that, unlike most drugs and medicines that are sold in the drugstores today, natural headache remedies are not habit – forming.

Did you know that there are synthetic medications that work by numbing your body to stop you from feeling the distressing migraine headache symptoms? Yes, as a matter of fact, a number of known drugs do work that way.Most drug books and resources claim that these drugs and medicines can cause liver and kidney failure.In addition, there are pain relievers that work systemically and do not directly address the headache pain.

In recent times, people who suffer from terrible migraines go to chiropractors for relief of migraine headaches symptoms. People are taking advantage of chiropractic services because it truly works. In general, it is performed by licensed professionals and a number of insurance companies are recognizing chiropractic care as part of their services.

Aside from chiropractic treatment, there are a number of herbs, minerals and aromatic plants that are proven effective headache remedies. Some experts believe that this type of resources can decrease the symptoms of headaches and migraines.On the other hand, you need to make sure that you don’t overdose with magnesium. In reality, over dosage of this type of mineral can cause watery stools, muscle weakness, decrease in blood pressure and confusion.

Acupuncture is another useful treatment for headaches and migraines. The Chinese had long used this procedure for treating migraines and other body ailments and they have utilized this system since time immemorial. At the present time, people are resorting to this headache remedy because it is effective and natural. For those who haven’t tried this treatment procedure, it may be scary. It is possible that they fear needle insertion and also the fear of something bad will happen. On the other hand, it works by stimulating the release of endorphins. Endorphins are very much like morphine and codeine, they are effective pain killers. Moreover, endorphins throw in a person to feel excited. It also improves the immune response. Furthermore, endorphins stimulates the release of the sex hormones and it also is responsible in appetite modulation.

Certainly, there are so many natural headache remedies that we can choose to try. On the other hand, it is best that you know how these treatments work in headaches and migraines.Talk to your health care provider about your specific concerns. For severe cases of headaches and unbearable migraines, it is best that you consult with your health care provider for assessment and medical examinations.