Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bladder Cancer - Urinary Tract Infection



What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the bladder. Bladder cancer most often begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder.



Types of bladder cancer
Bladder tumors are generally grouped into several types. These same types of cancer can also grow in other places in the urinary tract, such as the lining of the, kidney (called the renal pelvis), the ureters, and the urethra. The main types of cancers that affect the bladder include:
  1. Adenocarcinoma - Adenocarcinomas have much in common with gland-forming cells of colon cancers and nearly all are invasive.
  2. Small cell carcinoma – This type of bladder cancer is very rare and occurs in less than 1% of bladder cancer cases.
  3. Squamous cell carcinoma - Under a microscope, the cells look much like the flat cells that are found on the surface of the skin. Nearly all squamous cell carcinomas are invasive.
  4. Transitional cell carcinoma (urothelial carcinoma) – This type of cancer is additionally divided into 2 subtypes and classified as either papillary or flat.

Papillary tumors have thin finger-like projections. They grow from the inner surface of the bladder toward the hollow center. They can appear to look like a type of cactus plant. If a papillary carcinoma is growing into the deeper layers of the bladder wall, it is categorized as invasive.
Flat carcinomas don’t grow toward the hollow part of the bladder. Some flat carcinomas can go on to grow into the deeper layers of the bladder. This growing pattern can progress even into the muscle layer. These are then called invasive transitional cell carcinomas.

What causes bladder cancer?
The exact causes of bladder cancer are unknown. This disease is not contagious meaning no one can "catch" cancer from another person.   Some studies suggest that saccharin, an artificial sweetener, causes bladder cancer in animals. However, research has not conclusively shown this to be true in humans.

Risk factors
For now, there is no certain way to prevent bladder cancer. The best plan is to avoid risk factors whenever that is possible.  But what is a risk factor? A number of different factors can combine and make it more likely that a person will experience bladder cancer. For example, typically affects older adults. Studies have demonstrated that the following risk factors for bladder cancer:
Age – Chances of bladder cancer increase as people get older. People under 40 rarely get this disease.
Chronic bladder inflammation - Chronic or repeated urinary infections or inflammations might increase risk of developing a squamous cell bladder cancer.
Ethnicity – Caucasian people are diagnosed with bladder cancer twice as often as African Americans and Hispanics. The lowest rate of bladder cancer diagnosis is among people of Asian descent.
Gender - Men are 2-3 times more likely than women to develop bladder cancer.
Family history - Changes in certain genes may increase the risk of bladder cancer.People with family members who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer are more likely to also be diagnosed.
Infections - Certain parasitic infections common in tropical areas can increase the risk of bladder cancer.
Medical history - People who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer have an increased chance of experiencing the disease again.
Medications - Treatment with anti-cancer drugs during chemotherapy and radiation therapy increases your risk of bladder cancer. Cyclophosphamide or arsenic also increase the risk of developing cancer of the bladder.
Occupation - Carcinogens in the workplace can make bladder cancer more likely for some people than for others. People working in the metal, rubber, hairdressing, chemical, leather, textile, truck driving and painting industries are at increased risk of developing bladder cancer.
Tobacco - The use of tobacco is a major risk factor of developing bladder cancer. Cigarette smokers are two to three times more likely than nonsmokers to get bladder cancer. Pipe and cigar smokers are also at increased risk.

Symptoms of bladder cancer
The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine (hematuria). This causes the urine to appear rusty or deep red in color. However, hematuria cannot always be detected by the naked eye. Blood in the urine can also be a symptom of other conditions such as kidney stones and /or urinary tract infection.

Other symptoms of bladder cancer can also occur with blood in the urine. However, these symptoms are not exclusive signs of bladder cancer. Infections, benign tumors, bladder stones, or other problems can also cause these symptoms. A full list of symptoms and accompanying conditions follows.
  • abdominal pain
  • back pain
  • brown or bright red blood in urine (hematuria)
  • frequent urination
  • low back pain
  • painful urination
  • urinary tract infection
Bladder cancer treatment
Once cancer has been diagnosed and staged, there is a lot to think about before you and your doctor choose a treatment plan. The best treatment possible depends on the cell type and stage of cancer as well as general health, age, and personal preferences. It is important to allow for some time to pass to absorb information and weigh the benefits of each treatment against the possible risks and side effects.
Some people like to get a second opinion about their best treatment option. This can be especially helpful if you have several treatment choices. A second opinion can provide more information and help you feel more confident about a treatment plan.

Recommended Forever Natural Remedies

Nature’s18 – Fruits and vegetables contain powerful health-pro­moting and immune-enhancing antioxidants and other phytochemicals, and are an important source of many nutrients our bodies need daily.



Aloe Berry Nectar –  Contains all the goodness found in our Aloe Vera Gel, plus the added benefits of cranberry and apple.Besides their reputation as a cleanser for the uri­nary tract, cranberries are also a natural source powerful antioxidants known as Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC’s).


Vitolize for men – helps maintain normal urinary flow, promote healthy testicular function, and encourage optimal prostate health.


A-Beta-CarE – Antioxidants are vital in the fight against free radicals (chemical molecules that arise from pollutants in the body and damage healthy cells).



Pomesteen Power – Antioxidants are extremely vital to our health and well-being.





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Monday, March 25, 2013

Wrinkles


Wrinkles are folds and deformations of the skin that occurs as a person ages. They are a cruel testimony to our age. With the passing of years, the skin begins losing elasticity and flexibility causing the appearance of lines or fine marks that later becomes wrinkles.


Principal causes:

As we age, the sweat and sebaceous glands that for so long have provided moisture and oil for the skin, begin to wear out and stop working little by little which causes the skin to lose its elasticity and its moisture. This produces a dryness and cracking of the skin. The skin also begins to lose collagen. Collagen keeps theskin on the face and body in shape. The lack of it causes sagging tissues, double chins, lines on the neck, around the eyes (crows feet), and bags under the eyes, etc.

The destruction of collagen and other tissues is due to the presence of free radicals which are produced principally by the sun, the smog and an inhospitable environment.


List of Principal Causes of Wrinkles:
·         Lack of moisture (dehydration).

·         Formation of free radicals that oxidize the tissues due to the sun rays (UV rays) which are the strongest between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

·         Smog and a dry, damaging environment.

·         Facial expressions

·         The rough surface of your pillowcase is another cause of wrinkles.

·         Lack of vitamins A, B, C, E as well as minerals.

How to prevent wrinkles
·         Avoiding excessive sun tanning is the most important way to avoid wrinkles.

·         Cover your face with sunscreen protection.

·         Wear sunglasses with larger lenses to block sun rays on the skin around your eyes.

·         Drink a lot of water to rehydrate the skin, preferably drink the aloe juice as well.

·         Take multi-minerals and vitamins A B C & E. Beta Carotene (provitamin A) and vitamins C& E are excellent atblocking free radicals.

·         Use a pillow with soft fabric or sleep with your face upright .Try to make fewer facial gestures.

·         Massage the wrinkles with the palm of your hand softly for about 2 minutes on each part of the face to stimulate circulation.

·         Use a moisturizing cream.

·         The reason for this deterioration is found in the reduction of certain hormones that play a role in the transportation of oils to the cells through their respective glands, causing the proper balance of oils in these tissues to be lost. This is due in part to the presence of free radicals in various cells, glands and tissues throughout the body.

Hydration and change of skin!

Peeling (Eliminating the top layer of skin)

Some substances exist like phenol and its derivatives which are used for stripping or eliminating the skin little by little the top layer of the skin (the damaged and wrinkled part). This treatment produces a complete alteration of the facial skin, eliminating or lessening the wrinkles and marks on the face in the majority of cases. It can cause skin blemishes.

There also exists other less harmful substances that eliminate this layer of skin more slowly, for example Retinol and Retin-A. This product has had success against acne. The results are much slower, but safer.


AHA Alpha Hydroxide Acids

Presently, another series of chemical exfoliates (peeling) and powerful rehydrators like Alpha Hydroxide Acid have been developed. These acids are combined according to the manufacturer) with elements like Aloe Vera to produce different characteristics. An example of this type of acid is glycol acid.

These products work to eliminate dead and superficial skin cells, in addition to rehydrating the skin. If you use these products consistently, they help to produce a major change in the skin, making it new and rejuvenated.

The best products are those produced with acids obtained from natural products like fruits.

The combination of these acids with aloe gel is the best, since aloe penetrates and rebuilds the skin cells, eliminating any possible irritations.

Recommended Natural Remedies

·         Sonya Unisex Skin Care – Combined facial compound for maintaining overall skin health and appearance. (instructions included, also available individually).

·         A-Beta-CarE– Contains vitamins A & E which are excellent for blocking free radicals.
·         Royal Jelly – Contains all vitamins necessary for keeping the skin healthy and prevents aging.
·         Aloe Bits N’ Peaches - Contains chunk of Aloe Vera, bathed in the flavor of sun-ripened peaches. Rich in vitamins A & E. Drink this juice with plenty of water, it rehydrates the skin.

 

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gangrene - Forever Living Products Testimonial



Gangrene occurs when tissue dies (necrosis) because its blood supply is interrupted. Gangrene may be caused by an infection, injury, or a complication of a long-term condition that restricts blood circulation. It most commonly occurs in the extremities - the toes, fingers, arms and legs - but internal organs and muscles may also become gangrenous. There are five main types of gangrene: 1. Dry gangrene. 2. Wet gangrene. 3. Gas gangrene. 4. Internal gangrene. 5. Fournier's gangrene. 
What are the causes of gangrene?

Our cells require nutrients and oxygen to survive and they get this from our blood. If their blood supply goes down below a certain level, the cells will become damaged and will eventually die. 

Tissues and cells are also attacked by organisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. Our white blood cells and the Thymus cells (T-cells) form part of our immune system and fight germs. If the blood supply is cut there will be no white cells or T-cells to stop the organisms from multiplying and causing an infection.

What are the symptoms of gangrene?

Symptoms of dry gangrene

Generally, dry gangrene develops slowly. It is the most common gangrene for patients with atherosclerosis and other vascular diseases.

·         A red line appears on the skin which surrounds the affected tissue.

·         The area will gradually become numb and cold.

·         When necrosis (tissue death) occurs there may be some pain.

·         Some patients, especially older ones, may feel nothing at all.

·         The area will change from red, to brown, to black.

·         The necrotized tissue then shrivels up and eventually falls off.
What is the treatment for gangrene?

Necrotized (dead) tissue cannot be saved, but a lot can be done to stop the gangrene from spreading.

·         Surgery (Debridement) 

The surgical removal of dead tissue (debridement) helps prevent the gangrene from spreading, and allows healthy tissue to recover.
 

Damaged or diseased blood vessels might also be repaired during surgery so that blood flow is restored to the affected area.
 

Skin graft - if damage is extensive the surgeon may remove some healthy skin from one part of the patient's body and spread it over the affected area. Sacrificed skin is usually taken from a part of the body that is hidden by clothing. Skin grafts are only possible if the blood supply to the affected area is adequate.
 

Amputation - if the gangrene is severe it is sometimes necessary to amputate the affected body part, for example a finger, toe, or limb.
·         Imaging techniques

Interventional radiologists can use angiography, an X-ray exam of the arteries and veins, to confirm loss of blood flow to a patient's hand or toes, then intra-arterial catheters to directly deliver drugs to dissolve the blood clots and relax the arteries' muscular walls resulting in better blood flow to the affected area
Recommended Forever Living Products

·         Aloe Bee Propolis Crème - help maintain a healthy skin tone and texture.

·         Aloe Vera Gelly - Specially prepared for topical application to moisturize, soothe and condition.


·         Aloe First - Aloe First is designed to soothe the skin after minor cuts, scrapes, burns, and sunburn.

·         Aloe Bath Soap - It creates a luxurious lather, leaving the skin feeling clean, smooth and silky, while minimizing the irritations.



·         Aloe Vera Gel – natural antibiotic, generates new cells.

·         A-Beta-CarE – antioxidant and repairs damaged tissues.

·         Fields Of Green – help maintain healthy circulation and digestion.

·         Ginkgo Biloba – increases the circulation of blood.


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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Acid reflux - Heartburn



Digestive anatomy
When you eat, food passes from your mouth down a tube called the esophagus. Before food enters the stomach, the food must pass through an opening between the esophagus and stomach, which closes as soon as food passes through. If the opening doesn't close all the way, acid from your stomach can get return into your esophagus. This is called reflux.

What is acid reflux/heartburn?
Heartburn is a painful burning feeling in your chest or throat that radiates toward the neck or back. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid rises into the esophagus (acid reflux). When acid reflux occurs, food or fluid can be tasted in the back of the mouth. Refluxed stomach acid in the esophagus can also cause a bitter taste in the throat or mouth.

What causes acid reflux/heartburn?
Pregnancy, certain foods, alcohol and some medications can bring on heartburn. Treating heartburn is important because over time reflux can damage the esophagus and cause a more serious condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Digestive anatomy
When you eat, food passes from your mouth down a tube called the esophagus. Before food enters the stomach, the food must pass through an opening between the esophagus and stomach, which closes as soon as food passes through. If the opening doesn't close all the way, acid from your stomach can get return into your esophagus. This is called reflux.

What is acid reflux/heartburn?
Heartburn is a painful burning feeling in your chest or throat that radiates toward the neck or back. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid rises into the esophagus (acid reflux). When acid reflux occurs, food or fluid can be tasted in the back of the mouth. Refluxed stomach acid in the esophagus can also cause a bitter taste in the throat or mouth.

What causes acid reflux/heartburn?
Pregnancy, certain foods, alcohol and some medications can bring on heartburn. Treating heartburn is important because over time reflux can damage the esophagus and cause a more serious condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Acid reflux treatment
Before beginning any treatment plan, decide if your goal is to treat or prevent heartburn. If your goal is to treat heartburn, you can select a product based on the onset and duration of symptom relief provided by the medication and the frequency and severity of your heartburn. If you are able to predict when your heartburn will occur (e.g., heartburn brought on by eating or drinking certain foods or beverages), you may wish to use a medication to prevent heartburn. Nonetheless, the goals of treating heartburn are three fold:
  1. To prevent the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) from opening
  2. To reduce production of stomach acid
  3. To neutralize acid that is created
How to prevent heartburn
Heartburn sufferers might be able to avoid heartburn by making lifestyle changes. Changes in diet and lifestyle can provide relief for most sufferers of heartburn. In fact, you can prevent heartburn at home by following a few simple suggestions:
  • Avoid overeating
  • Avoid tight clothes and tight belts
  • Avoid foods and other things that give you heartburn
  • Avoid or quit smoking
  • Avoid stooping or bending for long periods of time
  • Eat 2 to 3 hours before lying down
  • Eat high-protein, low-fat meals
  • Lose weight or control weight
  • If you take naps, sleep sitting up in a chair
  • Place 6- to 9-inch blocks under the legs at the head of your bed to tilt it


·        How to treat heartburn
If you experience only occasional, mild heartburn, you may get relief from an over-the-counter medication. Remedies used to treat heartburn include:


·         Antacids - Antacids can help neutralize the acid that your stomach makes and are typically used to treat mild, occasional heartburn. Antacid medication provide rapid relief of symptoms (within minutes) but relief only lasts for about 20 to 30 minutes when taken on an empty stomach. Taking an antacid after a meal prolongs its effect for 2 to 3 hours. Antacid can cause diarrhea or constipation when overused. Antacids that contain both magnesium hydroxide and aluminum hydroxide are often recommended over those that don't.

·        H2-receptor antagonists - H2-receptor antagonists are used to treat mild to moderate, infrequent heartburn. These medications begin to relieve heartburn within an hour and provide a longer duration of relief (6 to 10 hours) when compared to antacids.

·        Home remedies - Several home remedies exist for treating heartburn, but these treatments provide only temporary relief. They include drinking baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) added to water or mixed with cream of tartar and water. Keep in mind that using baking soda too often can damage to the stomach itself, because sodium bicarbonate neutralizes the stomach acid through a chemical reaction that releases heat.

·        Proton pump inhibitors - PPIs are intended for people who suffer from frequent heartburn (2 or more days a week). This medication should not be used to treat mild or occasional heartburn. Proton pump inhibitors usually take 2 to 3 hours to begin to relieve heartburn, but relief often lasts up to 24 hours with once daily dosing.


Suggested Natural Remedies

  • Aloe Vera Gel (Juice) - Anti-inflammatory, pain inhibitor, antibiotic cell regenerator, digestive alkaline, contains fibre.


  • Fields Of Green - Has a high alkaline and fibre content. (Nutritious and high pH, neutralizes acidity)


  • Forever Ultra Lite with Aminotein – Contains multi-vitamins, multi-minerals and fibre.

  • Forever Active Probiotics - Works primarily in the intestines where it assists with the process of food digestion, helping to release nutrients for absorption, and contributes positively to normal human growth and development by helping to maintain a balanced and healthy system.


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