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Category Archives: Health

Help Ease Asthma

1. Grind horseradish and refrigerate it. Mix a teaspoonful of it with one teaspoonful of honey, and swallow with warm water daily 30 minutes before lunch.

2. Keep a piece of clove in your mouth to sooth the throat. It helps mucus move easily.

3. Consume hot soups daily to soothe your throat and cleanse digestive system.

4. To relieve asthma, swallow a crushed garlic clove in the a.m. and p.m. with warm water.

5. Use a humidifier in the house to moisturize the environment. It helps calm wheezing.

6. Boil a handful of eucalyptus leaves in an uncovered pot and inhale the steam. This may prove to be calming and soothing and it helps to ease your breath.

7. For asthma patients, exercise and walking with short intervals of rest, is essential. Yoga Shavasan (dead body posture), is highly recommended to relax your mind and body completely after any exercising and/ or walking.

8. Consume the juice of one lemon, a teaspoon of honey, and a cup of warm water to calm asthma attack. You may repeat it as needed. If diabetic, then avoid honey and use a little jaggery.

9. Boil crushed ginger (about two-inches) and a piece of licorice in three cups of water. Drink half a cup of this hot ginger tea with a little honey or artificial sweetener if necessary. This helps calm asthma and moves the mucus.

10. Dissolve 2×3″ of jaggery in a quart of water and drink all day. This helps cleanse the throat. Avoid consuming ice and cold drinks.

Meditation for five minutes every day helps us to feel oneness with The Source from where we all come from, to play our role on this temporary stage (the world). Believe in miracles, and miracles do happen. When we meditate in solitude, we disassociate ourselves from the outside materialistic world. Focus on your breath as you repeat, “I am a peaceful soul and I am not this body”, and try to associate with “the source”. Once you perceive you are an immortal soul, you may awaken your awareness and find abundance.

Prepare for Cataract Surgery

Eating

Most patients will be awake during cataract surgery and will have local anaesthetic to numb the eye, therefore it is advised to eat a good meal and keep well hydrated before you come to the clinic/hospital for surgery. If you are going to be put to sleep using general anaesthetic or be sedated, then you will not be able to eat or drink before surgery, this can vary from 6-12 hours beforehand. Your eye clinic should advise you on eating prior to surgery, but also ask them to confirm this if you are unsure or have not been advised.

Transport Home

After surgery, you will not be able to drive yourself home so you must arrange for someone to collect you, whether this be a family member or friend or a taxi. Ideally it wouldn’t be recommended you take public transport as you may struggle getting around on this. Also, you may not be able to drive for several days after the surgeries, so it is always best to have someone that can drive you around or it’s a good excuse to put your feet up and rest.

Sunglasses

So, it may not be a sunny day when you have surgery and it may even be night time when you leave the clinic/hospital, but we would recommend you bring a pair of sunglasses. Even though it is likely that your eye that has been treated on will be covered, either by gauze or a plastic shield, you may find lights brighter than normal, such as the sun, car lights and street lights. Also, the sunglasses act as another shield to protect your eyes from dust, wind or any other debris that could get in your eyes which could potentially cause an infection.

Time Off Work

If you work, you will need to prepare taking some time off after the surgeries. This can depend on the type of job you do but can vary from 2 days to 1 week after each eye has been treated. When you return to work, you may need to take extra caution depending on your environment, for example if you work in a dusty atmosphere you will need to wear protective goggles for several weeks to protect your eyes. Speak to your ophthalmologist about the type of work you do and they will give the best advice on returning to work.

Must know about “Normal” Headache

These are the most common headaches, and what most people classify as a “Normal Headache”. This type is known for having a band like compression around the temples, forehead, or back of the head. Many people call this a stress headache because it is exacerbated by a person’s response to stressful situations. These headaches are typically mechanical in nature (tight muscles, associated with neck pain)

There is a lot of variation in the duration and intensity of this type of headache. Even though the pain can become severe (as high as a 8 or 9/10 on the pain scale), the lack of neurological symptoms imply that the nature of the headache has a different origin.

Most people control these headaches with massage, over the counter medications, and conventional chiropractic to provide short-term relief. Things like Yoga and stress management techniques are also popular treatments.

A severe headache is NOT the same as a migraine. It’s important to recognize this because the nature of a migraine headache goes beyond mechanical dysfunction. Migraines are characterized by abnormalities in blood flow to the brain, which creates some distinct neurological symptoms. Most migraines feature:

– Severe headache
– Sensitivity to light
– Aura and other visual disturbances
– Nausea
– Pins and needle sensation
– Post headache hangover

Treatments usually go beyond over the counter medications. Drugs like Imitrix is used during attacks and preventative medications like propanolol are used to reduce occurrences. Botox injections are also an emerging therapy of choice for many doctors. Lifestyle control includes caffeine management.

Of course there are several other types of headaches. Things like cluster headaches, sinus headaches, and trigeminal nerve pain fall into the spectrum of common headaches. Another emerging class of headache include those that come from chronic use of pain medication, which has led to a search for new drugs or non-drug therapies to try to manage this common debilitating problem.

The truth is, because headaches are experienced differently by so many people, it might be best to figure out where headaches have a commonality.

The craniocervical junction is a fancy term for where the head meets the neck. A tremendous amount of research is going on in this part of the body because of how big a role it plays on the brain and overall neurology. One of the things that they have found is that this part of the body has a big influence on a part of the spinal cord called the trigeminal nucleus.

The trigeminal nucleus is where the nerve cells exist that provide innervation for head, neck, face, jaw, the brain’s outer covering, and the blood vessels of the brain. Here’s a surprising fact:

The brain itself does not feel pain

When you feel pain in your head, it is coming from brain’s outer covering called the meninges, and the blood vessels. All of these structures feed into the trigeminal nucleus and this piece of anatomy tells our brain what it should feel.

Tips Protect Eyes From the Sun

Wear UV-blocking contact lenses

A lot of people with issues in eye sight need to use contact lenses. So if you are one of them, make sure your lenses are good quality and you can use them for sun protection too. A lot of contact lenses today use the UV protection technology. Only buy lenses with UV protection. You can use these even if you have no issues with your eyes. Also, don’t forget to wear sunglasses while you wear lenses. As far as UV protection is concerned, a color like G-15 would be good in contact lenses as well.

Glasses aren’t only for sunny days

Most of us wear our glasses only when the hot sun is shining outside. However, UV rays attack even on cloudy and hazy days. This is the time when we often neglect sun protection for our eyes. So if you have put a lot of effort in choosing the most stylish and safe sunglasses, flaunt your style in all weathers.

Wear brimmed hats

Team you sunglasses up with a brimmed hat for added protection. Brimmed hats can be a great investment in your eye care. The brims of the hats cover a lot of your eyes from the direct sunlight. Go for a hat with at least three inches of brim all around. It can block up to 50 percent of the UV rays reaching your eyes and eyelids.

Wear helmets with tinted visors

Helmets save lives in case of accidents. They also save your eyes in the event of bright sun. Hopefully you wear a helmet all the time while you are riding. If you care for your eyes, wear a helmet with tinted visors. These visors protect your eyes from wind and dust and, if tinted, from UV rays as well. So invest in the right kind of helmet.

Beware of reflected light

It’s a fact that the rate of UV exposure goes up many fold in the presence of reflected light. So keep a safe distance from these rays as well. You encounter reflected light near water bodies and snowy places. So take care while fishing, boating, snowboarding, and other such activities.

Seek shade and avoid times of intense sun

Another way to protect your eyes from UV exposure is to find shade whenever you’re out during the day time. Also, realize that the UV levels are highest during periods of bright sun which is mostly from 10 am to 2 pm. Try to be indoors during this time.

About Dental Implant Procedure

There are also mini dental implants, which are prosthetic teeth that are similar to regular dental implants but smaller. These implants are usually used as a solution to replacing the patient’s missing incisors or front teeth.

Having dental implant surgery will require surgery so the dentist can place the dental implants inside your jawbone. These are what functions as the roots for your missing tooth or teeth. Once the jawbone fuses with the metal in the implants they will remain secure, does not make any noise, and no damage to your jaw burn.

Who benefits

• Patients who have a jawbone that is fully grown
• Have enough bone to support the implant
• Patients who have healthy oral tissues
• Who does not have any health problems that will interfere with the healing of the bone

One important thing to remember is that when you have such a surgery it is not a one or two visit procedure. The process can require several months of dental visits before the process is complete.

Dental implant surgery procedure

In order to help control the pain a form of anesthesia is given to the patient. The anesthesia can be sedation, general, or local anesthesia. Once the patient is feeling no pain the dentist will cut open their gum to expose the bone. To create a hole in the bone the dentist will use a drill, and then the dental implant cylinder is put in the opening. This will function as the root for the dental implant. Once the cylinder is placed in the hole the jawbone will fuse with it. This process can take from two to six months to complete. After enough time has passed, the gum will be reopened to expose the implant.

An abutment will be attached to the implant at this time and the gum tissue around the abutment is closed. The gums are allowed to heal for a couple of weeks and then the dentist will make impressions of any natural teeth and your mouth so they can create crowns or artificial teeth. The artificial teeth are then attached to the abutment.

About Treating Asthma

Asthma inhalers have ingredients that relieve the inflamed lungs and respiratory parts that become constricted during an asthma attack. Bronchospasm is the most common effect of an attack. Inhalers take immediate effect on the airways thus is more preferred than oral medications.

Beside the asthma inhaler, there are also other treatments available. The type of treatment, however, is a case to case basis. You should always consult with your doctor on which type of treatment is most appropriate for you. Treatment for a person is not always the right one for another. It always depends on the causes, triggers, risk factors, severity of condition, and over all health of the person. Every person should be closely monitored after seeing a doctor so that proper treatment and care is given to the asthmatic person. There should be a asthma management plan worked out with your doctor.

A good treatment plan may include being desensitized from agents that cause the signs of asthma. Others may require certain medications that are meant to control the severity and frequency of the attacks.

Since asthma is a chronic condition, there is no absolute cure for it. The best thing you can do is to find a treatment plan that is most appropriate to your specific condition. Work out a management plan that will prevent asthma attacks and give emergency cure when one happens.Your plan should both be to prevent and to provide immediate relief.

Ensure that you understand the uses and precautions of inhalers and nebulizers. Be guided accordingly on how to properly use each agent and what are the emergency measures to watch out for. Have an open communication with your doctor and ask all the questions and doubts you have in mind. Clarify all issues and seek proper advice. Do not self-medicate and do not presume. It is always best to be safe. Ask and make sure you understand.

Treating asthma is possible and can be effective if one only knows how to ask and seek prompt guidance from authorized persons like the doctor and care provider such as a nurse who is experienced and well-trained with asthma cases. It can also help to research and read materials and seek clarifications as needed.

Some Heat Stroke Prevention Steps

In severe cases, you may observe warning signs as shown below.Seek treatment immediately if any of these warning signs are present:

  • Skin that feels hot and dry, but not sweaty
  • Thumping headache
  • Frequent troubles of vomiting
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty while breathing

Steps To Prevent Heat stroke During Hot Weather:

  1. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
  2. Protect against sunburn. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself, so put on a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect yourself in the outdoors. Make sure you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15. Put on the sunscreen generously, and you can apply it again after every two hours or more often, particularly if you are swimming or sweating a lot.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature. Also, because you lose salt through sweating, you can replenish salt and water with some sports drinks.
  4. Don’t drink caffeine, sugary or alcoholic beverages to rehydrate, it can speed up dehydration.These drinks may interfere with your body’s ability to control your temperature. Also, icy cold drinks can cause stomach cramps.
  5. Open windows and use fans or turn on air conditioning.
  6. Don’t overexert yourself. Try to schedule exercise or physical labor on cooler times of the day, such as early morning or evening.
  7. Never leave anyone in a parked car, particularly when parked in the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees F (more than 6.7 C) in 10 minutes.
  8. Take extra precautions with certain medications that can affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat. For instance, some blood pressure and heart medicines, diet pills (amphetamines), laxatives, some psychological health medicines, seizure medicines, thyroid pills, and oral hypoglycaemic drugs.
  9. If you suspect heat stroke:
  • Move the victim to a cooler location,
  • Remove or avoid wearing heavy clothing,
  • Fan the body
  • Use a cool sponge or clean cloth to wet it down
  • Encourage the affected person to drink cool fluids.
  • At the hospital, the patient probably will be given fluids

You can Healing Migraines With Food

Cut processed sugar from your diet.

Too much sugar causes inflammation in your body and causes blood sugar to spike and dip. Long-lasting inflammation can cause migraines. Choose whole foods like nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, whole grains and beans over highly processed foods like cookies, granola bars, chips and candy.

Add healthy fats to your diet.

Olives, olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado and fatty fish combat inflammation and provide your brain with the fat it needs to fight fatigue, sharpen memory, balance mood swings and reduce migraines.

Reduce stress.

Stress increases inflammation in the body. If stress is not dealt with, over time it can become chronic. Chronic stress keeps the body in a constant state of havoc. Chronic stress causes cortisol levels to remain high which keep blood sugar levels high, narrows arteries, and reduces digestion. All of these factors can contribute to migraines. Therefore, it is so important to focus on ways to reduce stress daily. Exercise, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and listening to music are good ways to help you wind down and keep chronic stress away.

Healthy Teeth

Diet and Dental Caries
There is now general agreement that diet probably is the most important single factor in the maintenance of sound, healthy teeth, and that an adequate diet is most essential during the period of most rapid growth. McCullum and Simmonds conclude from an experimental study that rats which are kept on a deficient diet during a part of the growing period have inferior teeth and early decay, even though an adequate diet is provided later. In the days before viosterol had been developed and before cod-liver oil was widely used, McCullum also reported that at the age of entering school 9 per cent of children who had been breast-fed for at least 6 months had dental caries, 22 per cent of children who were fed on cow’s milk or on milk mixtures, and 27 per cent who were fed on oatmeal water and other prepared foods. This would indicate that the foundation of dental health is laid very early in life, but it now appears that the prenatal period is also of great importance in this regard. Consequently emphasis is now being placed upon a proper diet during pregnancy.

Important though diet admittedly is, there does not seem to be any single dietary factor which is responsible for dental caries. Calcium and phosphorus, the two minerals found in bones and teeth, and vitamin D, which regulates the utilization of these minerals by the body, are clearly essential. Of these, calcium and Vitamin D were first thought to be of greatest importance: but the more recent work seems to indicate that phosphorus is of as great if not greater importance than calcium. Milk, certain vegetables, and fish foods are rich sources of both calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D is very likely to be deficient in natural foods during the winter months but is easily administered in the form of cod-liver oil, vitamin D milk, or viosterol.

Children have long been denied candy because of the belief that sugar is related to dental decay, and certain studies carried out in institutions for orphans where the diet is strictly controlled suggest that the prevalence of dental caries is directly related to the amount of carbohydrate in the diet. Cereals from which the hull of the grain has been removed seem to have an unfavorable influence upon the development of the teeth, and several investigators believe that oatmeal contributes directly to the formation of caries.

Divergent opinions concerning the relation of diet to dental health leave one rather confused. Apparently no one dietary factor is responsible for resistance to caries, but various elements are necessary for the proper development and continuing soundness of the teeth. For practical purposes a well-rounded diet, containing liberal amounts of milk, orange juice, fresh fruits, vegetables, and for children cod-liver oil or some other form of vitamin D, may be depended upon to supply the nutritional requirements of the teeth.

Cleanliness
It is frequently said that “a clean tooth never decays.” Whether or not this is true depends upon the definition of cleanliness. If cleanliness implies freedom from bacteria, the statement probably is correct. But with bacteria constantly present in the mouth and in the food we eat, it is impossible to have the teeth bacteriologically clean.

The mechanism of decay is through the action of acids produced by bacterial decomposition of food, first upon the enamel and then upon the softer dentine of the tooth. The action of this acid upon the tooth structure may begin in any crevice, irregularity, or break in the enamel. The amount of decomposition and acid formation is greatest when there are gross accumulations of food substances. In fact, it is between the teeth, where it is difficult to prevent accumulations of food that decay most frequently begins. Hence, although cleanliness of the teeth is hot the only factor in the prevention of dental decay, or even the most important one it is not without significance.

Some clarification of this aspect of the problem has been given by recent studies of the bacteria found in the mouth. If a particular germ called Lactobacillus acidophilus occurs in quantity caries develop with great rapidity. This is because these bacteria act upon carbohydrates, particularly sugars, on and around the teeth to form acids which dissolve the enamel and the dentine. These studies have also shown that if persons have excessive number of lactobacilli in their mouths, the amount of caries can be reduced by the elimination of sugars and other easily fermentable carbohydrates from the diet.

It now appears that certain chemicals applied to the teeth will neutralize the acids formed by the action of bacteria upon carbohydrates and therefore reduce caries. Some of these chemicals are now being included in so-called “ammoniated” toothpastes.

Fluorine and Dental Caries
During the past several years investigations have taken another turn. It was determined that the only chemical difference between carious and non-carious teeth is that carious teeth contain less fluorine, a chemical element which is present in minute amounts in the bones and teeth. This was followed by an investigation of the fluorine content of the drinking water in areas in which dental caries are rare and areas in which they are prevalent. Here again a difference in fluorine content was found. From these studies it has been concluded that the presence of approximately 1 part of fluorine per 1,000,000 parts of drinking water results in a decreased prevalence of caries. Incidentally fluorine in this amount causes some mottling of the teeth.

Proceeding on the basis of this information, several investigators have experimented with the application of fluorine to the surface of the teeth of children. In this study Knutson and Armstrong reported that the application of 2 per cent sodium fluoride solution to the teeth resulted in 40 per cent less caries over a period of a year in 289 children than developed in 326 untreated controls. No healing effect was noted on teeth in which caries existed. This use of fluorine for the prevention of dental caries is a promising line of investigation but it is still in the experimental stage.

Other exceedingly important studies are those in which sodium fluoride in minute amounts is being added to the water supplies of several cities which have low fluoride content. If this should prove effective in preventing caries, it will be a great forward step in the control of this most widespread of human diseases.

That other factors play a part in determining the health of teeth is evident from the fact that some persons remain immune from caries no matter how unbalanced the diet or how unclean the mouth, while others develop caries even though the diet, so far as we can tell, is entirely adequate and the care of the mouth perfect. One of these additional factors probably is heredity, and the functioning of the glands of internal secretion may be another.

Consider Braces for Children

While it’s true that many situations where a child may need braces can seem ambiguous, there are a few hard and fast rules when it comes to considering the orthodontic treatment. Some of these rules include:

· Irregular loss of baby teeth

· Shifting jaw

· Involuntary biting of the cheek or roof of the mouth

· Difficulty chewing and/or biting

· Teeth and jaw that look strangely proportioned

· Teeth that are crowed or seem to be misplaced

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms in your child, it may be time to consult with a dentist or orthodontist about braces. The benefits of braces are also numerous, and include positives such as these:

· Positive growth influence in the jaw

· Improved self-confidence and self-image

· Improved speech

· Improved ability to eat and chew efficiently

Again, these benefits are only a small number amongst the vast array positives when it comes to braces. Suffice it to say, braces can help your child enjoy a happy, healthy mouth for a long time.

If you think your child may benefit from braces, what do you do next? You should set up a consultation visit with an orthodontist in your area. Consultation visits like these can help you better understand how braces work and ways they can help your child’s specific situation.

Your orthodontist will walk you through a plan so you know exactly what steps you’ll need to take to finish the process. You’ll also likely receive cost information, so you can be as informed as possible.