Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fibromyalgia


What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome related to arthritis. Like arthritis, fibromyalgia can create interference in normal activities such as walking, working, or recreation. However, arthritis while affects only the joints, fibromyalgia causes pain to muscles, ligaments and tendons.

What causes fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia causes pain throughout the body's ligaments, muscles, and tendons; tenderness in specific points of the body when little pressure is applied, and fatigue. It is a difficult syndrome to understand, as there is currently no definite cause or causes of fibromyalgia; because of this lack of definite cause or causes, fibromyalgia is classified as a syndrome, and not as a disease. Some researchers believe that patients with fibromyalgia are more responsive to pain signals, which therefore causes a lower tolerance for pain.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia
Doctors do not yet know the exact cause of fibromyalgia. However, they have observed that fibromyalgia symptoms usually manifest after an emotionally or physically traumatic event. Because fibromyalgia can increase the susceptibility to depression, lack of sleep, and pain, normal life functions at work, at home, and with personal relationships it becomes more difficult. However, fibromyalgia usually does not cause additional diseases or health problems.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia fluctuate according to physical activity, stress, time of the day, and weather. Because fibromyalgia affects the ligaments, muscles, and tendons, it can occur throughout the body. The moresensitive parts of the body include the:

  • back of the head
  • between shoulder blades
  • front sides of neck
  • inner knees
  • outer elbows
  • sides of hips
  • top of shoulders
  • upper chest
  • upper hips

Other symptoms
Additional symptoms can change in intensity throughout the course of the syndrome. These symptoms may appear, then disappear, only to reappear later. Many other symptoms observed in fibromyalgia patients include:

  • anxiety
  • cognitive and memory difficulties
  • depression
  • headaches
  • pelvic pain

Fibromyalgia treatment
While no cure for fibromyalgia is available, the condition can be managed with the aid of your doctor. Treatment aims to decrease symptoms, and increase general health. Because no definite cause can be determined, your doctor might recommend more than one treatment option to help alleviate the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia. Keep in mind, however, that many different approaches may be attempted before you find the treatment option that is appropriate for you.

·         Fibromyalgia is a difficult syndrome to diagnose, and may involve different types of treatment. Because of this, clear communication with your doctor is important. It may also be useful to seek help from counselling or support groups with those who are familiar with your illness. Their support may aid you not only in understanding this illness better, but also in providing emotional support.

·         Alternative treatments
Acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic care have helped some people manage symptoms of fibromyalgia. Currently, these therapies have not been scientifically researched in order to determine medical effectiveness.

·         Lifestyle
Adequate rest, regular exercise, healthy foods, decreasing stress, physical therapy, and counselling may all help you manage fibromyalgia.

·         Support groups
It may help you to better cope with fibromyalgia by talking with others. The Arthritis Foundation, American Chronic Pain Association, and other national organizations can help connect you with other people or groups of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Receiving a diagnosis and managing a complex array of symptoms can be frustrating and you don't need to be alone.

·         Medications
Prescription and non-prescription drugs may be recommended by your doctor in order to manage symptoms of fibromyalgia. These include pain relievers, anti-seizure drugs (which decrease some types of pain), NSAIDs (for example, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.), and anti-depressants to help with both sleep disorders and psychological concerns. Additionally, the first drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to help with fibromyalgia is pregabalin (Lyrica)

Suggested Daily Intake Of Supplements

·         Forever Freedom - Aloe Vera with other substances that are helpful for the mainte­nance of proper joint function andmobility
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·         MSM Gel - Contains pure, stabilized Aloe Vera. Soothes joints and muscles.



·         A-Beta-CarE – Powerful anti-oxidant,repairs and maintains body tissues. Improves  circulation. Muscle and nerve maintenance

·         Active HA - one of the most powerful nutritional joint and skin moisturizing supplements on the market


·         Arctic Sea Super Omega 3 – Contains Polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA, GLA, Omega 6-9.



·         Nature-Min - Needed for proper composition and body function.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?
The lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, is made up of cells that combine into endometrial tissue. Endometriosis occurs when this endometrial tissue grows elsewhere in the body. The misplaced tissue implants itself onto the surface of the tissue or organ where it has been deposited and begins to grow and function. This endometrial tissue looks and acts like tissue in the uterus and most often appears in places within the pelvis or the abdomen such as the:





  • bladder and ureters
  • bowel
  • fallopian tubes
  • ovaries
  • rectum
  • the space behind the uterus (cul-de-sac)
  • the outer surface of the uterus

What causes endometriosis?
Researchers do not yet know the exact causes of endometriosis, but several theories currently exist. The hormone estrogen (highest during childbearing years), is likely to contribute to endometriosis, for example. Other possible causes of endometriosis include:

Blood and lymph systems - Endometrial cells may travel via the bloodstream or lymphatic system to distant places such as the brain and other places far from the pelvis.

Ceolomic metaplasia - The areas lining the pelvic organs have certain cells that can grow into other forms of tissue such as endometrial cells.

Immune system problems - Problems in the immune system may prevent the body from recognizing and destroying cells or tissue that are growing where they should not. Autoimmune endometriosis occurs when the immune system fights off an infection and at the same time attacks healthy cells in the endometrium.

Retrograde menstruation - Menstrual flow that backs up into the fallopian tubes and abdominal cavity can deposit endometrial tissue to strange locations.

Surgery - Endometrial tissues may be directly transferred outside the uterus during surgeries such as episiotomy or Cesarean section.

Risk factors
There are certain risk factors that make it more likely that a woman may develop endometriosis. For example, endometriosis occurs more often in women who have never had children. Women with a mother, sister, or daughter who have had endometriosis also are more likely to be diagnosed with the condition, as are about three quarters of women with chronic pelvic pain.

Common symptoms of endometriosis
Commonly a woman experiencing endometriosis will experience a gradual and steady increase of pain during the menstrual cycle. This symptom is the first in a gradual decline in general health and the health of the reproductive system. The most common symptoms of endometriosis to look for include:

Bowel problems - Endometriosis can lead to painful bowel movements, diarrhea, constipation, nausea and other intestinal upsets. Endometriosis on the bowel may cause swelling of your lower abdomen, pain during bowel movement or blood in your faeces during a period.

Heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding - Endometriosis can cause more frequent, irregular, prolonged and/or heavy periods.

Fatigue - Feeling tired, exhausted or sluggish much of the time can be a symptom of endometriosis.

Infertility - Women diagnosed with endometriosis have problems getting pregnant between ages 30-40. Infertility is more common as the disease progresses. Infertility may be the result of the endometriosis interfering with the ovaries and the fallopian tubes.

Painful intercourse (dyspareunia) - Women with endometriosis may experience persistent or recurrent pain just before, during and/or after sexual intercourse. Penetration can produce pain in a tender nodule or implant.

Painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea) - Severe pain and cramps can manifest right before and during a woman's period. Pain can also occur at other times throughout the menstrual cycle and can be described as a sharp, knife-like or twisting pain in the pelvis.

Painful urination - Endometriosis on the bladder can cause pain when you urinate or blood in your urine during a period.

Other symptoms - Other symptoms commonly associated with endometriosis include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • headaches
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • low grade fevers
  • susceptibility to allergies
  • susceptibility to infections



Endometriosis treatment
Finding expert help early can help prevent inadequate treatment, frustration, stress, and wasted effort. Keep in mind that even after you locate an expert, that doesn't mean you'll be pain free. Even the best endometriosis doctors struggle with the treatment of endometriosis. The treatment goals for endometriosis may be to:


  1. Improve and reduce symptoms of endometriosis
  2. Eliminate or slow the growth of endometrial tissue / endometriotic implants
  3. Maximize or restore fertility

The choice of preferred treatment depends on your age, the severity of your symptoms, where the endometrial tissue is growing, how large the growths are, and your desire for pregnancy. Several factors and patient-specific indications / contraindications need to be thoroughly discussed and considered prior to treatment selection. Feel free to talk to your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages as well as the risks and benefits of different treatment options before making a choice. The choice of treatment will depend on several factors such as:

  • age
  • fertility status (and whether you want to keep the option of becoming pregnant)
  • prior treatments (if any) and treatment response and side effects (if any)
  • severity of symptoms
  • stage of the disease

Medical treatments and/or surgery usually help patients manage or ease symptoms of endometriosis. However, the disease often comes back, despite good treatment. Remember, if one therapy does not work, another can be tried.

Hormone replacement therapy
Many types of hormones that can be prescribed by your doctor to slow the growth of endometriosis and may be given up to 6 months at a time. This type of treatment may prevent pregnancy after the first month of treatment. It should be noted that women with a history of endometriosis that take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause may reactivate the condition.

Fertility treatments
If a patient with endometriosis still cannot get pregnant after other types of treatment have been tried, she may consider other options. These may include a form of assisted reproduction, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), or adoption.

Medications
Drugs can also be given for pain relief. These may or may not require a prescription. It is important that you ask about all of the side effects of any endometriosis medication. For example, medication that simulates menopause can cause bones to weaken. So be sure to consider the long-term effects of any medications.

Birth control - Birth control hormones, in the form of pills, the birth control injection called Depo-Provera, a skin patch or a vaginal ring are one of the most widely used treatments for endometriosis


Surgery
Treatment via surgery can usually relieve symptoms of pain, but symptoms of endometrial growth may return. Your doctor may have to decide what type of procedure is best during the surgery iteself. Sometimes what is observed during surgery may be very different from what was expected. If surgery is needed, talk with your doctor before the operation. Be sure that you understand fully what is involved.


Suggested Daily Intake Of Supplements

·         Vitolize for women - Promotes hormone balance to help you feel yourself at all times.  Ensures optimal urinary tract and cardiovascular function which may be related to hormone changes and specific nutritional needs.

·         Royal Jelly - Contains B-Complex. Energizer, helps to prevent nervousness.

·         Aloe Berry Nectar - Anti-inflammatory, pain inhibitor, natural antibiotic, cell regenerator.

·         A-Beta-CarE - Powerful antioxidant, helps resist infections, repairs and maintains.

·         Bee Propolis - Natural antibiotic, kills bacteria and virus. Strengthens immune system.


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lupus Erythematosus


Systemic and Discoid
Lupus is a chronic disease of the immune system.
Lupus is the Latin word which means Wolf. This disease has the peculiarity of causing the immune system to attack its own body, instead of destroying viruses, bacteria or foreign elements. It destroy healthy cells in the body’s different organs.

There are two types of the most common forms of Lupus: DiscoidLupus Erythematosus and Systemic Lupus Erythema.

Symptoms:
Lupus is very difficult to detect since it shows up initially with diverse symptoms that mislead a physician into diagnosing other disorders before determining it as Lupus.
Lupus is not contagious, therefore it is necessary to isolate the person suffering from it.
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus affects the exposed areas of the skin, producing scars or rashes in a round shape, from where it gets its name “Discoid.” Normally these rashes form on the nose, the sides of the face, the scalp and the back of the hands.
Systematic Lupus Erythematosus is evidenced by an inflammation of one of more body organs or systems. Normally the disease begins with very few, as well as vague, symptoms, principally being tiredness, fever, and weight loss. This is the reason why the physician or affected person thinks the symptoms are due to stress, a cold, etc. The symptoms normally subside but then reappear after some time. The fact that symptoms present themselves and then disappear to later show up again, is a characteristic of this disease. The disease shows up in cycles.

This type of systemic Lupus can affect any part of the body, appearing as to be as symptoms of the other diseases.

Specialists in this disease from the “American College of Rheumatology” rely on the fact to diagnose Lupus that persons have at least four of the following symptoms:

·         Rash on the face, covering cheeks and nose in the shape of a butterfly.

·         Arthritis.

·         Pleurisy.

·         Ulcers in the mucous membranes.

·         Lupus discoid.

·         Hypersensitivity to light, photosensitivity.

·         Nephritis (inflammation of the kidney).

·         Blood disorders (low white blood cells count, anemia, or low red blood cell count, poor healing, etc.)

·         Nervous system problems.

·         Abnormalities in the immune system.

·         Antinuclear antibodies

Causes:

The causes are unknown. The experts in this area attribute the principal causes to: Genetic problems, virus, hormone problems, and stress, either separately or together.

Suggested treatment:

To date no cure is known, nevertheless, the majority of the people suffering from systemic or discoid lupus can live by controlling the symptoms.

·         The kidneys of most people are affected, or they are the target of some type of infection caused by the suppression of the immune system. Normally, inflammation of the joints, such as Arthritis, is treated with large doses of cortisone for long periods of time. This has strong negative consequences since it blocks the functions of the immune system, the person gains weight and, overall, it has many secondary effects. Nevertheless, allopathic physicians (MD) have no other choice in maintaining the lives of those suffering from this disease. There are natural remedies for relieving inflammation that don’t contain cortisone, and msut be administered under medical supervision. One of the most effective is Aloe Vera. Some of who suffer from this disease report the improvement of their immune system by taking: Bee Propolis, Echinacea and Garlic .

·         Vitamins D, C, A and E are important since they preserve the arteries and skin. Vitamins C, A and E are antioxidants that help prevent cholesterol from blocking the arteries.

·         Persons suffering from Lupus have a high level of cholesterol.  For this reason it is recommended to take Garlic, since it helps to clean the arteries as well as being a good natural antibiotic.

·         Vitamin A (Beta- Carotene) is important for the elimination of dryness of eyes and other tissues, a symptom which can occur in people with Lupus. In which the principal characteristics is of the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, vagina, etc.

·         Take multi-minerals, mainly iron, for combating anemia, and calcium for preventing osteoporosis.

·         Women suffering from Lupus are advised not to become pregnant. It is considered to be a high health risk.

·         Learn to live with Lupus.

Don’t drink beverages with caffeine. These accelerate the heart and produce stress. You should remain calm which will help you live better with the disease. Eat foods low in fat and cholesterol as well as lowering your intake of salt, since cholesterol and salt promote heart problems. You should avoid them at all costs since they can cause secondary complications.

·         Consume large quantities of fiber. This helps to eliminate possible gastro-intestinal problems. If you are sensitive to light, try to use a high quality sunscreen that you can find, as well as UV sunglasses.

Suggested Daily Intake of Supplements
·         Aloe Vera Gel – Anti-inflammatory, pain inhibitor, natural antibiotic, call regenerator.


·         A-Beta-CarE – Powerful antioxidant, helps resist infections, repairs and maintains body tissues.

·         Bee Propolis – Natural antibiotic and Strengthens immune system. 

·         Absorbent C – Powerful antioxidant. Strengthens immune system.


·         Nature-Min – Needed for proper composition and body function.


·         Garlic Thyme – It stimulates the immune system and prevents infections.

·         EchinaceaSupreme – Can help support immune function.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Bursitis

Inflammation of the bursa, or sac-like cavity, which contains a lubricating liquid located between the joints, muscles and bones making movement easier by lessening friction.




The symptoms are: Soreness and pain that limits movement, inflammation in the joints, muscles, tendons and bones. There is a tendency for fluid to collect between joints and muscles with small sacs. This occurs most frequently in the shoulders, elbows, knees and feet.
The most common causes are: Blows, strained muscles, tight shoes, irritation caused by calcium deposits inside the bursas of the joints, stress or nutritional deficiency.
Suggested treatment:
In chronic cases bursitis can be operated on, however it is better to eliminate the problem naturally, first by taking vitaminsA, E, C & Bs.
Positive results have been obtained by taking vitamin B12 in daily dosages of 1,000mcg. For 7 to 10 days. Reduce to 3 times a week for 2 to 3 weeks, then lower to once a week for 2 or more weeks.
·         If you have pain, rest.

·         Spread hot aloe lotion with eucalyptus, rubbing it until it penetrates. This should lower the inflammation and ease the pain.

·         Apply hot & cold compressed alternatively for 10 minutes each. This should help to ease pain.

Suggested Daily Intake Of Supplements
·         Aloe Vera Gel – Anti-inflammatory, pain inhibitor, cell regenerator, nutritious.

·         A-Beta-CarE – Powerful antioxidant, repairs and maintains body tissues.

·         Absorbent C – Powerful antioxidant. Strengthens immune system.

·         Aloe Heat Lotion – Anti-inflammatory. Pain inhibitor.

·         Nature-Min – Needed for proper composition and body function.

·         Bee Propolis – Natural antibiotic, kills bacteria and virus. Strengthens immune  system.

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