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Herbs are used to detoxify the body from waste and toxins. Herbal medicines including dietary fibers were not fully recognized for their medical significance until recently when various studies have been conducted to understand the benefits derived from herbs.The Chinese people are predominant users of herbs. They use herbs for various medical purposes as well as herbs being a vital ingredient in most of their food. This may be part of the reason why Chinese people are kn...

Herbal Colon Cleansing Tips

Herbal Colon Cleansing TipsHerbs are used to detoxify the body from waste and toxins. Herbal medicines including dietary fibers were not fully recognized for their medical significance until recently when various studies have been conducted to understand the benefits derived from herbs.The Chinese people are predominant users of herbs. They use herbs for various medical purposes as well as herbs being a vital ingredient in most of their food. This may be part of the reason why Chinese people are known for long lives as well as extraordinary strengths even in old age. In addition, there is also a minimal case of heart disease among Chinese people that may also be the result of their herb packed diet.Herbs, especially those with dietary fibers, are excellent in reducing total blood cholesterol cutting the risk of coronary heart disease. Aside from that, dietary fibers also help in alleviating numerous bowel disorders.There are two categories of dietary fibers soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers may be dissolved in water. Insoluble fibers do not dissolve. Both of these fibers help in regulating bowel movements.Psyllium is a natural, water-soluble, gel-reducing fiber that is extracted from the husks of blond psyllium seeds. It is also a member of a class of soluble fibers referred to as mucilages. These mucilages are used as thickening and stabilizing agents in most salad dressings, lotions, soup and creams.Psyllium is used to fight a variety of digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, diverticular disease and colitis. It is utilized by most colon cleansing programs as a means of preventing colon cancer. This is because most of the diet of people today is made up of meat products, fats and sugar that are often low in fiber content. These foods tend to slow down intestinal transit time resulting in irregular bowel movements.Moreover, these types of foods usually take two days to transit the intestines, often resulting in constipation. An irregular bowel movement allows for bacterial putrefaction and exposes you to carcinogenic substances within the colon.Dietary fibers help in stool bulking as well as in softening stools. A stool that is larger, softer and bulkier moves through the intestine more easily and more quickly since less exertion is required. This type of bowel movement is ideal for the intestinal wall since very little force has to be applied. Likewise, hemorrhoids and development of diverticular disease and varicose veins are prevented.The bulking effect of dietary fibers also rids the colon of toxic substances since it acts like a sponge soaking up toxic substances attached to the walls of the intestines. This spongy action of dietary fibers is also ideal for those trying to lose some weight as it decreases hunger.Dietary fibers are also useful in cases of diarrhea since they slow down a too rapid transmit time. It stabilizes bowel movements and often times is used to control alternating cases of diarrhea and constipation. Dietary fibers also encourage the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilous and bifidobacteria that are very helpful in regulating bowel movement.There is only one problem with dietary fibers; they have the tendency to slow down the stomachs emptying of food into the small intestine and increase blood glucose instead. On the positive side, dietary fibers are also found to stimulate pancreatic enzymes that can be beneficial in the management of diabetes.Please consult your doctor for advice before making any dietary changes.

Gastric Bypass Surgery - Types And Risks

Gastric Bypass Surgery - Types And Risks

Gastric bypass surgery is a common form of weight loss surgery that results in outstanding weight loss with minimal side effects. But once you undergo the gastric bypass surgery procedure you have to accept lifelong changes in your diet. The post-diet of "gastric bypass surgery" includes an adequate intake of protein, taking vitamin and mineral supplements including multivitamin, iron and calcium, B12 and avoiding sweets and fatty foods.Types of gastric bypass surgeryIn gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon takes off a large portion of the stomach leaving behind a tiny pouch. It is this small pouch that prevents overdose of eating as it can take very less amount of food. Moreover, with large parts of your stomach and small intestine bypassed, most of the nutrients and calories in the food do not get absorbed at all. This helps the person from gaining excess weight.There are several types of bypass surgery operations.They are:Roux-en-Y gastric bypass [RGB] this is a common surgery where a small stomach pouch is created by stapling part of the stomach together or by vertical banding. This reduces the amount of food to be taken. Then a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the duodenum as well as the first portion of jejunum. This causes reduced calorie and rapid nutrient absorption.Extensive gastric bypass [biliopancreatic diversion] in this complicated surgery, the lower portion of the stomach is removed. The small pouch that remains connected to the final segment of the small intestine completely bypasses both duodenum and jejunum.People who undergo gastric bypass surgery always lose two-thirds of their excess weight within two years.Risks of gastric bypass surgeryGastric bypass surgery causes dumping syndromes where the stomach contents move too rapidly through the small intestine. The usual symptoms of gastric bypass surgeries include weakness, sweating, fainting, nausea, diarrhea, as well as inability to eat sweets.People who undergo this procedure are at risk of:Band erosion the band closing off part of the stomach disintegratesPouch stretching stomach gets bigger overtime, stretching back to its normal size before surgeryLeakage of stomach contents into the abdomen [acid can eat away other organs]Nutritional deficiencies causing health problemsBreakdown of staple lines band and staple fall apart, reversing procedureGastric bypass dietGastric bypass diet helps the patients to drop 50% to 90% of their overall excess fats. The diet is designed to bring about significant weight loss. It basically includes foods that are high in protein and low in fat, fiber, calories, and sugar. You should have lots of vitamins and minerals. Iron, vitamin, folate and calcium are the best nutrients for patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery.You can undergo gastric bypass surgery only if you have been obese for at least 5 years, do not have a history of alcohol abuse, and do not possess untreated depression and range between the ages 18 to 65.

Treating ADHD the Natural Way

Treating ADHD the Natural Way

There is no correlation between people suffering from ADHD and their accomplishments in life. Albert Einstein, Nelson Rockefeller, Galileo, and Thomas Edison are just some of the few famous people who suffer with ADHD. ADHD can be treated with new drug called Focalin XR. ADHD is more prevalent in boys than girls. There are three types of ADHD, namely predominantly inattentive type, predominantly hyperactive/ impulsive type and a combination of both.As the name implies, the predominantly inattentive type has symptoms of inattention i.e. absentmindedness, distractibility, a short attention span, and difficulty organizing things. The person suffering from predominantly hyperactive / impulsive ADHA has symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity i.e. unable to be seated in one place for a prolonged period, difficulty for waiting his/her turn. In the combined type, both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity is observed. After dinner walks, playing in the yard and other outside activities reduces ADHD symptoms. Your diet is also a factor in treating ADHD symptoms. The brand of cookie, potato chip, and ice cream you select in the grocery shop, and the vegetable or fruit you prefer will have a direct effect on your health, ability, and behavior. The products you buy in the grocery shop may contain some chemicals that activate irritability or hyperactivity.The holistic approach with naturopathic drugs proved to be more effective than the strong and addictive psychiatric drugs (Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall) in the ADHD treatment. The herbal remedies are used to treat the symptoms gently and effectively. Common herbal remedies for the treatment of ADHD are Ginkgo biloba, Scuttellaria laterifolia (skull cap), Matricaria recutita(German chamomile), Centella asiatica( Gotu cola) Avina sativa( Green oats), Utrica urens ( Umbabazane in Africa) and Aspalathus linearis ( Rooibos). A natural remedy is less detrimental to your overall health than that of prescription drugs. Children who are using psychiatric drugs such as Ritalin, Concreta and Adderall may develop an addiction and other side effects to their health.People with ADHD may have other related conditions such as learning disorders, ophthalmic convergence insufficiency, conduct disorder, and antisocial personality disorder. ADHD patients are more likely to have a family member with ADHD or one of the related conditions, implying that ADHD may be genetic.

A Brief History Of Hip Replacement Surgery

A Brief History Of Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement is a medical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a synthetic implant. It is the most successful, cheapest and safest form of joint replacement surgery. The earliest recorded attempts at hip replacement, which were carried out in Germany, used ivory to replace the femoral head.Use of artificial hips became more widespread in the 1930s; the artificial joints were made of steel or chrome. They were considered to be better than arthritis but had a number of drawbacks. The main problem was that the articulating surfaces could not be lubricated by the body, leading to wear and loosening and hence the need to replace the joint again (known as revision operations).Attempts to use teflon produced joints that caused osteolysis and wore out within two years. Another significant problem was infection. Before the advent of antibiotics, surgery on the joints carried a high risk of infection. Even with antibiotic treatments, infection is still a cause for some revision operations. Such infections are not necessarily caused at surgery; they can also be the result of bacteria entering the bloodstream during dental treatment.The modern artificial joint owes much to the work of John Charnley at the Manchester Royal Infirmary; his work in the field of tribology resulted in a design that completely replaced the other designs by the 1970s. Charnley's design consisted of 3 parts (1) a metal (originally Stainless Steel) femoral component, (2) an Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene acetabular component, both of which were fixed to the bone using (3) special bone cement. The replacement joint, which was known as the Low Friction Arthroplasty, was lubricated with synovial fluid.The small femoral head (22.25mm) produced wear issues which made it suitable only for sedentary patients, but - on the plus side - a huge reduction in resulting friction led to excellent clinical results. For over two decades, the Charnley Low Friction Arthroplasty design was the most used system in the world, far surpassing the other available options (like McKee and Ring).In 1960 a Burmese orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. San Baw (29 June 1922 7 December 1984), pioneered the use of ivory hip prostheses to replace ununited fractures of the neck of femur ('hip bones'), when he first used an ivory prosthesis to replace the fractured hip bone of an 83 year old Burmese Buddhist nun, Daw Punya. This was done while Dr San Baw was the chief of orthopeadic surgery at Mandalay General Hospital in Manadalay, Burma. Dr San Baw used over 300 ivory "hip replacement" s from the 1960s to 1980s.He presented a paper entitled 'Ivory hip replacements for ununited fractures of the neck of femur' at the conference of the British Orthopeadic Association held in London in September 1969. An 88% success rate was discerned in that Dr San Baw's patients ranging from the ages of 24 to 87 were able to walk, squat, ride the bicycle and play football a few weeks after their fractured hip bones were replaced with ivory prostheses. Dr San Baw's use of ivory was, at least in Burma during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s (before the illicit ivory trade became rampant starting around the early 1990s) cheaper than metal. Moreover, due to the physical, mechanical, chemical, and biological qualities of ivory, it was found that there was a better 'biological bonding' of ivory with the human tissues nearby the ivory prostheses. An extract from Dr San Baw's paper, which he presented at the British Orthopeadic Association's Conference in 1969, is published in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British edition), February 1970.In the last decade, several evolutionary improvements have been made in the total hip replacement procedure and prosthesis. Many hip implants are made of a ceramic material rather than polyethylene, which some research indicates dramatically reduces joint wear. Metal-on-metal implants are also gaining popularity. Some implants are joined without cement; the prosthesis is given a porous texture into which bone grows. This has been shown to reduce the need for revision of the acetabular component. Surgeons still frequently use bone cement for the femoral component, however, which has proven very successful after 35 years of clinical experience.The latest developments are several competing Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) approaches, which may result in far less soft tissue damage and a quicker recovery. C.A.O.S (Computer assisted orthopedic surgery) is also being marketed heavily by the implant manufacturers, though its value remains largely unproven.. Computer assisted surgery is said to better navigate prosthetic implantation.An alternative to total hip replacement (THR) is hip surface replacement (HSR), also referred to as hip resurfacing. With both THR and HSR, a prosthetic socket is pressed into the pelvis. With THR, the end of the femur is amputated, a metal shank is inserted into the femur, and the shank holds a ball which mates with the socket. With resurfacing, the end of the femur is not amputated; the outer surface of the femoral ball is replaced with a cylindrical metal cap. Resurfacing eliminates the common THR problem of the metal shaft loosening from the femur. Resurfacing preserves bone stock if a revision is ever needed. A larger diameter ball and socket more closely mimic the natural joint structure, reducing the risk of dislocation and improving range of motion. There has been no published clinical evidence to show that todays CoCr metal-on-metal articulating surfaces have the osteolytic effect on bone that earlier polyethylene devices had. Ten year success rates of hip resurfacing from studies in England report success equal to or greater than standard total hip replacement, in age-matched patients. In the United States, the first modern resurfacing device received FDA approval in May 2006, while some 90,000 resurfacings have been performed world-wide.Patients need to be aware of all surgical options before hip replacement surgery. Hip surgeons have different surgical techniques and surgical outcomes. Currently, there are several different incisions used to access your "hip joint" . The posterior approach (widely used by the majority of orthopedic surgeons) separates the gluteus maximus muscle in line with the muscle fibers to access the hip joint. Other methods access the hip from the lateral side of the hip joint. In contrast to the posterior approach and lateral approach, the anterior approach uses a natural interval between soft tissue to gain access to the hip joint. Its main disadvantages are that it risks damage to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, and it is not widely available to the public because fewer surgeons have been trained in this technique.

Aromatherapy While Traveling

Whether you are on business trip, a romantic holiday, a family trip or simply want to experience outdoor life, aromatherapy essential oils come useful along the way. Take along carrier oils for diluting the essential oils.Are you going away on business trip? Whether you have to meet clients, give presentations, hold seminars, business meetings, etc, one can surely feel stressed out. Take along with you lavender, peppermint, marjoram and Neroli essential oils.- Massage your body with 1 drop of marjoram and lavender oil each mixed with sweet almond or calendula oil after a warm bath to lessen the jet lag effect.- Are you jittery before a big presentation or a meeting? Inhale few drops of Neroli oil to settle all the butterflies and ease all the nervousness.- For headaches or migraines, concoct 1 drop of peppermint & lavender oil each with 1 tsp of sweet almond oil and massage it on your forehead, temples, sides and base of your neck. It will ease the headache away and let you stay alert. Few drops of lavender oil on your pillow will allow for peaceful night of sleep.- Eating out and upset stomach go hand in hand. Massage 1 drop of peppermint & lavender oil each with 1 tsp of sweet almond oil on your stomach to help you with indigestion. Or you can try a peppermint tea.Holidaying with your sweetheart or going for your honeymoon? Make sure you smell desirable all the time. Rose & jasmine oil are considered romantic oils.- 1 drop of rose and jasmine oil each in 100 ml of jojoba oil makes a nice personal perfume for your holiday.- A single drop of Ylang Ylang with its oriental scent is heady potent seduction perfume.- For a romantic bath, add little of your personal perfume to the bath gel or water. You can use the perfume as massage oil on your partner.Out with the kids. Calendula oil, lavender oil, chamomile essential oil and tea tree oil are some of children's oil that comes handy.- Inhale a drop of lavender or peppermint oil from kerchief or tissue to ease the nausea and travel sickness.- Got a tired kid on hand. Get your child to relax and inhale lavender oil.- For small babies, apply lavender oil on your neck and shoulders so when you carry your little one around, the fragrance stays with baby.- Stomach upset or colic trouble - 1 drop of chamomile mixed with 1 tsp of sweet almond oil rubbed clockwise on tummy will ease the stomachache.- Lavender oil rubbed on the body helps to keep insects away.- Few drops of calendula, lavender & chamomile oil is good for cuts and bruises.- Aloe Vera gel or lavender oil applied to sun burn will soothe the pain.

What Is Sciatica?

Why do I have sciatica?Is there successful treatments available?Most work-related sciatica injuries are caused or aggravated by actions such as heavy lifting, vibration, repetitive motion, and awkward posture.Sciatica usually is derived from a traumatic event, muscle disproportion, or a combination of both.Sciatica soreness is caused by force on the sciatic nerve, normally caused by a tightening and shortening of the piriformis muscle. This is more often than not produced by a disproportion between the inner and outer hip rotator muscles.The ordinary low back troubles and other spinal situations that can cause sciatica - pain along the sciatic nerve - include:1). Lumbar Herniated Disc. A herniated disc happens when the inner core of the disc breaks through the fibrous outer core of the disc and the bulge places force on the nearby nerve root as it exits the spine. In general, it is said that a sudden twisting movement or injury can lead to herniation and sciatica. But, most discs get worse due to recurring stress and then herniation. A herniated disc is usually referred to as a slipped, ruptured, bulging, or protruding disc...or a pinched nerve.2). Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. This usually causes sciatica due to a tightening of the spinal canal. It typically results from a grouping of one or more of the following: enlarged facet joints, overgrowth of soft tissue and a bulging disc placing force on the nerve roots as they exit the spine.3). Isthmic Spondylolisthesis. This condition rarely causes back pain or sciatica pain. Caused by a combination of disc space collapse, the fracture, and the vertebral body slipping ahead, the L5 nerve can get pinched as it exits the spine.4). Piriformis Syndrome. The sciatic nerve can also get aggravated as it runs under the piriformis muscle in the rear. If the piriformis muscle irritates or pinches a root that includes the sciatic nerve, it can cause sciatica-type pain. The most familiar source of sciatic pain and is made when pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle.5). Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. Irritation of the sacroiliac joint at the bottom of the spine can also aggravate the L5 nerve, which lies on top of it, and cause sciatica-type pain. This is radiculopathy, but the pain can feel the same as sciatica caused by a nerve irritation.If you do not know which one is the culprit, I would start with the fundamentals. Sciatic nerve pain are usually caused by muscle disproportions you have, you should start to see progress right away...and your sciatic pain should subside in a few weeks or less. Sometimes even the next day or two!There are many different methods of treatment for your sciatica pain...but...unfortunately, most of them don't work.Many of the specialists just want to schedule another "appointment" for a later time. This is done for a reason.You can also get prescription drugs that you get from your doctor. This is also a repeatable action. This is also done for a reason.You might even be in such pain, that you consider very expensive back surgery.Whatever the treatment, you should consider all of your options at hand.Sincerely,Samick N. Jack

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Herbs are used to detoxify the body from waste and toxins. Herbal medicines including dietary fibers were not fully recognized for their medical significance until recently when various studies have been conducted to understand the benefits derived from herbs.The Chinese people are predominant users of herbs. They use herbs for various medical purposes as well as herbs being a vital ingredient in most of their food. This may be part of the reason why Chinese people are kn...