bookmark_borderVaricosities

Herein lies one of the more difficult issues plaguing the healthcare system in this country – it’s the lack of straightforwardness. Then again, how many times have you looked at your doctor make a note and not been able to read one word? Maybe being a bit in the dark is just a thing to work through.

But when it comes to varicosities, you don’t really have a lot to worry about, which is kind of nice. They may not be the worst thing in the world, but it really does become a drag when you think about how they look. Most of us remember older female relatives walking around with striations on their legs that just looked painful. Now, you’re older, and the notion of dealing with varicose veins makes you want to crawl under a rock. However, you should fight that urge and talk to your doctor about them and what options you have to get rid of them.

Here’s some good information to have:

  • Varicosities & Varicose Veins Are The Same Thing – Between varicosity, vascular, and varicose, it’s hard to keep it all straight.
  • Your Entire Body is Fair Game – You’ll usually notice them most in the legs, but varicose veins can be all over the body. If you thought some lines on your legs could be a little embarrassed about, keep in mind that some women develop vulvar varicosities.
  • Weaker Elasticity in Veins Comes with Age – Once a blood vessel starts feeling the effects of age, varicosities are likely to follow.
  • Pregnancy & Varicose Veins Are A Package Deal – Changes in blood flow occur during pregnancy, which means that a woman’s body will go through more than just having a baby. Varicose veins can start developing in the legs and vulvar area. Talk with your doctor about these possibilities.
  • Sitting, Standing, and Carrying Extra Weight Exacerbate the Issue – Because of the sedentary lifestyle we have in the U.S., more cases of varicose veins have kicked up in recent years. The rub comes when you find out that standing for long periods of time can exert extra pressure on blood vessels in your legs, leading to varicose veins. Finally, it’s important to note that while you can’t always avoid how much you sit or stand, you can almost always be mindful of your weight.

bookmark_borderDiagnose Bacterial Vaginosis

  • Oligonucleotide Probes: Genetic substances associated with vaginosis are identified by performing this test. This test is fairly accurate. However for some unknown reason this test is not regularly available in majority of health check labs.
  • Vaginal pH: The normal pH level of a healthy vagina is normally in the range of 3.8 to 4.5. In case the pH level rises above 4.5 it is a sign of vaginosis. Vaginal discharge sample can be examined to check the pH levels and identify the infection.
  • Gram Strain: During this test a kind of special dye is applied to a microscope slide in which the vaginal discharge sample is to be examined. This dye causes certain types of bacteria like Gram-positive to turn a shade of purple. Other types of bacteria like the Gram-negative ones turn pink when the dye is used. The presence of Gram negative bacteria indicates that a woman is infected with bacterial.
  • Wet Mount: This is another test during which vaginosis is identified by placing a sample of vaginal discharge mixed with normal salt solution on a microscope slide. The presence of white blood cells in the sample is an indication of bacteria and infection. At the time of the test the lab technicians will also look for unusual cells known as clue cells. These cells are a sure shot indicator of bacterial vaginosis.
  • Whiff Test: During this test to a sample of vaginal discharge, drops of potassium hydroxide solution is mixed. If it produces a strong fishy odor it is a clear sign of bacterial vaginosis.

In summary, to diagnose bacterial vaginosis there are a variety of tests available. When tests results indicate the presence of clue cells, an enhanced level of vaginal pH, and a positive whiff test it can be safely concluded that a woman is suffering from bacterial vaginosis. Diagnosis of vaginosis is essential because some of its symptoms like the excessive vaginal discharge can be caused due to other vaginal infections like the yeast infection.

bookmark_borderRett Syndrome

There’s no particular study about the age the symptoms will occur. Even though if a baby has the syndrome no symptoms will be shown until they are 6 months old. When the baby reaches between 12 to 18 months, the symptoms will start to show. Listed below are some of the symptoms:

Reduced growth: The circumference of the head will be smaller and the brain won’t grow as needed for the age. As the child gets older, the difference will be clearly seen. This may sound similar to the symptom of Autism.

Mobility problems: Children with this syndrome will tend to rub their hands often and also will lose the movement of their hands and muscle coordination.

Communication skills: Children won’t be able to talk and can have extreme social anxiety most times. They may not show any kind of excitement towards toys, or the people they meet.

Breathing problems: Uncoordinated breathing, namely very fast breathing, forceful exhalation of air or saliva.

Change over in the character: They tend to become tense and irritable, often as they get older. Unusual crying, screaming or laughter for the longer period of time can be seen.

Not all of them have these symptoms mentioned here. It’s a lifelong condition and it doesn’t improve over time. Either the symptoms may worsen more or it won’t show any change. The hard fact is that the victims cannot lead an independent life which means they always need a supervision and extra care.

Treatments:
Like other disorders, Rett syndrome can also be treated to not make it worse, but as of today, there is no cure for this. Best available treatment options include:

  • Standard medical care and medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Good nutrition
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Supportive services

If a victim co-operates and shows their will to get cured, the confidence in them may help them to be normal like other kids.

Raise Awareness:
It is a must to raise awareness about this syndrome and to make the people aware. Some ways to raise awareness includes:

  • Locate for the nearby Rett community group to join as a volunteer. Besides helping people, you can also get the real happiness of making a difference in someone’s life.
  • Collect funds for the poor and needy victims by organizing fundraising events. Interesting events like quiz show or a pastry sale can be organized and plan for giveaway gifts like wristbands, rings, pen stand, and key rings.
  • Press releases and digital campaigns can also be done to gather attention. Connect with people, bring them together with the social media.

bookmark_borderDiagnosing Multiple Sclerosis

Often, the first thing anyone does when they notice strange neurological symptoms is to see their family doctor, these Primary Care Physicians will usually have between zero and six patients with MS on their books and, even then, rely heavily on the patient’s neurologist for diagnosis and treatment. Multiple Sclerosis is known as the “Garbage Disease”.

Because of the differential diagnosis (conditions that present with one or more of the same symptoms as MS) it’s complicated for doctors to confidently diagnosis MS. If doctors can’t identify a disease, they often claim it’s MS.

There is no specific test for multiple sclerosis and it is not even certain that it is only one disease. To an extent, getting an MS diagnosis is a process of eliminating all other possibilities.

I was different. Because I had been completely healthy until my eyes started moving (with rotary nystagmus), it was easy to get the diagnosis. I had the three situations that confirmed it: Rotary Nystagmus, white spots on my brain which the MRI concluded, and a small numb spot on my back. In three days I was diagnosed.

Typically, it takes longer, usually people go through several months of tests and is often drawn out over months or years. This can be a very unsettling and frightening period, the uncertainty can be very difficult to deal with. I wasn’t upset at all because I didn’t believe that I had the disease. I had never experienced sickness and I was confident I wasn’t sick then.

For me, being diagnosed so quickly, and being in denial so strongly, I wasn’t concerned. We’ll never know, but looking back, I think my denial, and not getting on the MS drugs immediately was to my detriment.

bookmark_borderGravity of Good Health

Health is a term that not only refers to a sound condition of your mental, physical and emotional states but also to your daily lifestyle. The way you react to certain situations, the way you tackle your problems, the way you wish to make efforts to achieve your aims and much more.

Fitness is necessary; as a good attractive physique automatically boosts up your confidence levels. It becomes easier for you to face and deal with people in the outer world if you believe that you look really fine and that leads to filling up of the only empty corner of suspicion in your mind about your looks. It is also a fact that people with good musculature always have an edge over the ones with a weaker or poor body frame.

But I don’t want the teenagers to perceive that only people with good body frames are always appreciated and welcomed. A good body shape is like a bonus that you get along with a witty mind and sensible nature. Whereas at the same time the ones who have accumulated excess fats also do not need to mistake this as a sign for them to start starving. They should consult physicians and seek advice so as to get their bodies into a proper configuration.

The basic necessity for a healthy and fit body is a practical, logistic, rational and realistic mind-set that would help you to differ between the right and wrong. This would also help you choose what’s appropriate for you and would definitely help you ignore what isn’t meant for you. The mind is undoubtedly the control room of our body, thus it is significant to have it in a good fettle before anything else.

Some other factors that must be paid heed towards are to continuously perform activities to keep your mind fresh and working properly. Factors like stress, depression, heart breaks and many such trims can lead to nervous breakdown and loss of self-confidence in the person concerned. Many a times when a person is unable to gain what he or she desires for, the person might go through tension or at worst, perhaps a trauma. These conditions can have adverse effects upon the concerned person and might lead to make the person lose interest in life or the activities he/she used to enjoy the most. These can also lead the person to begin distancing himself/herself from his/her closed ones. Isolation and the feeling of being unimportant, guard a way for the person to fall into prolonged depression.

bookmark_borderSome Benefits of Cinnamon

  • Treating fungal Infections – Studies have shown that cinnamon oil is effective in the treatment of infections caused by Candida, such as Candida Tropicalis and Candida Albicans.
  • It relieves the symptoms caused by poisoning – Cinnamon has a strong antibacterial effect and is excellent in the treatment of stomach problems caused by salmonella and E. coli. Ground cinnamon, oil or tea of cinnamon, are effective in neutralizing stomach problems.
  • Helps in the treatment of symptoms of irritation bowel syndrome – Cinnamon drastically reduces the unpleasant symptoms of irritation bowel syndrome, especially helps with flatulence. This plant stimulates digestion and helps in the treatment of bacterial infections. In addition, cinnamon is an excellent remedy for stomach cramps.
  • Helps with osteoporosis and arthritis – Cinnamon is rich in manganese, which helps build bones, blood and connective tissues in the body. People who have less of manganese in the body frequently suffer from osteoporosis and arthritis. In pain due to arthritis can help massage oil of cinnamon or sipping tea cinnamon.
  • Cinnamon affects cognitive development and memory – Regular consumption of cinnamon protect the health of the brain and improve concentration.
  • It is powerful antioxidant – Cinnamon is one of the top foods rich in antioxidants. They help regenerate cells and relieve the body of harmful free radicals.
  • Helps with weight loss – Cinnamon improves circulation and can speed up metabolism. Therefore, you will be successful in the fight with overweight.
  • Relieves muscle pain – If you feel pain in your muscles it will help you massage cinnamon oil.
  • Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides – This spicy plant operates Prevents heart disease, due to lower the level of triglycerides, cholesterol, and excess fat.
  • Cinnamon improves the health of teeth and gums – Cinnamon oil is often used in the production of chewing gum, candy freshening breath, mouthwashes, and toothpaste. This is primarily due to the strong antimicrobial effect of cinnamon.
  • Relieves colds, sore throat, and cough – Tea made from cinnamon or tea with cinnamon positive effect on problems caused by a cold or a sore throat, and can alleviate a cough.
  • Relieves symptoms of PMS – Since it is rich in manganese, cinnamon is a great way to reduce the unpleasant symptoms of PMS. This spice relieves spasms and relieves tension.
  • Against the symptoms of food poisoning – Cinnamon calms ailments caused by food poisoning, can neutralize bacteria, fungi, and other microbes.

bookmark_borderPainless Ways to Cut Carbs

  • Wrap It Up- Sacrificing sandwiches and burgers is one of the toughest things about going low carb. But if you “think outside the bun,” you can still enjoy many of the flavors you love, just low carb. The solution? Substitute lettuce wraps for the bun on your burger or the bread on your turkey sandwich. You’ll drastically lower the carb content and still have something to grip.
  • Substitute Your Spaghetti- A spiralizer is the kitchen invention you never knew you needed-and it’s shockingly affordable, with many going for under $30. This nifty gadget can transform squash, zucchini, and other low-carb veggies into spaghetti (or other shapes), making a great substitute for that carb-heavy pasta you miss eating.
  • Replace Your Rice- Rice, like pasta, is a carb-heavy starch that’s omnipresent in many cuisines. But you don’t have to give up on Chinese or Indian food entirely just because you’re counting carbs. Try subbing in riced cauliflower. It’s got a similar texture and absorbency, and when it’s loaded up with curry or broccoli beef, you’ll barely notice a difference.
  • Switch Your Chips- Potato chips are one of those snacks that it’s really tough to let go of. If you’re craving that crunch, try kale chips, which offer the same snackability with fewer carbs and a host of other health benefits. You can even make your own by tossing chopped up kale in olive oil, separating the leaves on a cooking sheet, and throwing them in the oven until they crisp up.
  • Go with Protein for Breakfast- Even healthy breakfast cereals like granola and oatmeal are high in carbohydrates. But if you start your day with a protein, particularly eggs, you won’t get off on the wrong foot. Eating protein early in the day also kick-starts your digestive system and helps you start burning fat when you exercise.

bookmark_borderBenefits Of Good Posture

Can help prevent back pain

Developing good posture can eliminate back pain caused by stressed muscles and poor joint alignment. It does so by actively reducing the strain placed on the muscles and joints by spreading weight across the entire body. This ensures that certain muscles or joints are not overworked or damaged.

Over time, having good posture will even improve the alignment of your spine, which will improve the condition of your back and reduce the risk of back injuries. You will be less likely to suffer from herniated discs, muscle strains or other back problems.

Improved physical performance

Good posture requires the use of more muscle groups. Not only does this reduce the chances of straining a single muscle, it can lead to an improvement in overall physical performance. Having the ability to engage muscles more evenly will help you perform better during daily activities and any sports that you play.

Strengthens the core

If you have already made improvements to your sitting posture, you will have noticed that your abdominal muscles feel more engaged. Your abdominals will be “sharing the load” with your back muscles as they keep your torso stable. The more you improve your posture, the stronger your core will get, thus improving the alignment of your spine, reducing stress on your back muscles, and improving your mobility.

Makes you look more attractive

Have you ever seen an actor or actress on a talk show? Did you notice how impeccable his or her posture was? Actors and actresses concentrate on having good posture because they understand how much it affects their appearance. By sitting tall in their seat and keeping their chin up, they will look much more beautiful or handsome to the viewers at home. You will gain the same benefits as you improve your posture.

Improved digestion of food

Sitting or standing with good posture will ensure your internal organs are in their natural position. This makes it easier for the body to digest food and perform other important functions like maintaining good blood circulation.

bookmark_borderFibromyalgia Is Difficult to Diagnose

The average fibromyalgia patient suffers for years and spends thousands of dollars on medical or alternative therapies before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Typically, patients receive an inaccurate diagnosis, resulting in more than half of them undergoing unnecessary surgery. Have patience with your health care practitioners; it is very difficult for an accurate diagnosis to be made. Patients can come in with different symptoms every visit, which often do not seem related to each other. These can vary from headaches, irritable bladder/bowel, dysmenorrhea, cold sensitivity, restless legs, numbness or tingling, exercise intolerance, weakness, sleep problems, chronic fatigue, morning stiffness, multiple tender points, blurred vision, falling, itching, pelvic pain, hearing loss, to muscle aches and pains. The most commonly described symptom is pain. This is by no means an all-inclusive list of symptoms that a fibromyalgia patient may experience, as there are many more. To make things even more confusing, the signs and symptoms can, and frequently do, fluctuate from hour to hour and day to day.

It is important to understand that fibromyalgia is not a catchall “wastebasket” diagnosis. It is a specific, chronic, non-degenerative, non-progressive; non-inflammatory, truly systemic pain condition -a true SYNDROME. It is not a DISEASE. A disease has a known cause and well-understood mechanism for producing symptoms. For example, rheumatoid arthritis is a specific type of arthritis that can be distinguished from other types of arthritis through x-rays, blood tests, and specific signs/symptoms. We know a lot about how it happens and there are specific forms of treatment that often help. In comparison, fibromyalgia is a SYNDROME. It has a specific set of symptoms patients’ experience and signs that the health care practitioner can identify, all occurring at once. There are no blood tests or other laboratory tests that allow an accurate diagnosis.

To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, your health care practitioner must be able to identify 11 of 18 specific points on the body that are abnormally tender. The official definition requires that the tender points must be present in all four quadrants of the body -the upper right, upper left, lower right, and lower left parts of the body. You must also have widespread, pretty much continuous pain and some of the previously mentioned symptoms for at least three months.

Patients may on occasion be improperly diagnosed with fibromyalgia. For example, patients may have pain only on one side of the body and not necessarily in the upper and lower limbs. Unfortunately, some patients may be given a diagnosis of fibromyalgia by a health care practitioner simply because he or she cannot figure out what is really wrong. The safest bet is to take the initiative to become informed on the subject so that you can work with your healthcare practitioners in determining what treatment route to pursue. Personally, I have found that regular chiropractic treatment can help decrease the severity of the ongoing fibromyalgia symptoms. If you have any questions about how a chiropractor can help with your fibromyalgia, or any other physical problem, please contact your health care provider or chiropractor.

bookmark_borderTips to Stay Cool in Summer

  • Stay in shape
    Excessive fat is one of the reasons that adds to the troubles during the heated days and night. Even though the lethargy keeps you from leaving your AC rooms, make it a point to stay active. Even if you don’t have the time to hit the gym, you can still go for early morning jogs or evening walks. Staying in shape doesn’t mean that you need to have a chiseled physique. Just lose some weight and the rid of the extra fat. This is all you need to do handle the added pressure of heat.
  • Drink water
    Dehydration is the root cause that leads to bad temper and other such issues. It even causes to health problems during this season. So, drink as much water as possible in a day. Keep yourself and your skin hydrated. Along with this, keep some health drink with you and take a sip of the same at regular interval. Keeping yourself moistened will even boost your efficiency at the workplace.
  • Reduce sweat retention
    Sweating is important to regulate the temperature of the body. However, excessive sweat leads to irritation along with the prominent skin-related issues. Men are more prone to excessive perspiration and the heat adds to it. You just can stop the sweat secretion completely, but you can get rid of sweat retention. The retention of the same is the cause of body odor, stain, rashes, itchiness and others. As mentioned above, the lightweight and airy clothes are the best way to deal with it. Keeping the crotch area dry and cozy is important to stay cool during this season. Use a lightweight and skimpy style of men’s underwear that wicks away the moisture. The pouch enhancing underwear for men can keep your manhood abrasion free, thus, reducing squashing and sticking.
  • Take a break
    Avoid getting overworked. You must have noticed that hectic days at work annoys you the most. So, take regular intervals during the day. Just take a short walk and then start afresh again. Start your work early in the morning. This will you can finish off early in the evening. Spend some time with your family and let the pressure take the backside. Even a weekend break or a fun-filled getaway can make the season as pleasant as Spring for you. Spending some time in nature is the best way to get rid of the aftereffects of heat. Moreover, these refreshing breaks can stop the rising temperature from taking a toll on your temper.