Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Foods That Help To Fight Breast Cancer

Super Foods That Help To Fight Breast Cancer
1. Spinach

Spinach is a vegetable that contains many properties which help it to fortify the system against breast cancer.
• It consists of an antioxidant which is lutien that has a major role to play in guarding the breast cancer cells and to stop it from spreading to other areas of the body
• It consists of carotenoids and zeaxanthin which can help to remove unstable molecules from the body

• Spinach can be enjoyed in the form of a salad ingredient
• It can be steamed, stirred and sauteed and added to any dish
• Other cruciferous vegetables like

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Businesswoman, 29, hasn't eaten hot food for SEVEN years and says she's still mistaken for a teenager

  • Susan Reynolds, 29, eats nothing but raw fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds
  • The Edinburgh entrepreneur says the diet is the reason for her good skin
  • She says she doesn't miss eating junk food and gets no cravings for it
Existing on a spartan diet of nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables might not sound particularly appetising, but Susan Reynolds, 29, says it keeps her looking so young, she is regularly mistaken for a 16-year-old.
Susan, who hails from Edinburgh, last ate cooked food seven years ago

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Procedures in preparing effective microorganisms

Control Odors and Flies

1 kilo ripen fruit (any fruit,the riper the better) not rotten
1 kilo molasses
1 litre clean water
yeast and a little salt
place in a jar (not glass) loose fitting lid(gas has to escape)and store in a cool dark place for 5-7 days
after 5-7 days strain,place in a clean jar(not glass,plastic is better),glass jars have been known to explode under pressure.Mixture maybe good for 30 days.

to use mix 1 tablespoon to 1 litre clean water and spray the goat flooring and under the goat house every week or 2 weeks on any other livestock area (pens and stalls)
Forgot to say,if you want to use it on manure only,then spray direct (no mixing with water) weekly.

This is only a very basic way of making EM-1,there are better methods of making it.
Be careful because once the yeast starts to eat the sugars, gas will form and this is when it becomes unstable and the reason for no glass jars or containers,the lid has to be loose enough to allow the gas to escape.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Neem Tree and its healing capacity.

Here is a fact about the Neem tree, though it is not guaranteed by food and drugs authorities but you can try it in a small amount and observe its effect and reaction in our body, it is not recommended but we are just giving some fact that others have tried.

The Neem tree is a fast growing evergreen that is native to Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. This amazing tree is claimed to treat forty different diseases.

The use of neem as a medicinal herb dates back over 5,000 years. Today it’s benefits have been proven by scientific research and clinical trials.

To give you an idea of the healing powers of the neem tree, here are a few names that the people of India have given it, Divine Tree, Village

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Effective Micro-organisms (EM) Guide

E.M. is an abbreviation for EFFECTIVE MICROORGANISMS Microorganisms are tiny units of life
that are too small to be seen with the naked eye and they exist everywhere in nature. Microorganisms are crucial for maintaining the ecological balance. They carry out chemical processes that make it possible for all other organisms including humans to live. There are friendly guys of the microbial worlds known as beneficial microorganisms and a not so friendly group called pathogens that are
harmful and capable of producing disease, decay and pollution.

Effective Microorganisms

1.Effective Microorganisms defined.

E.M. is an abbreviation for Effective Microorganisms

Microorganisms are tiny units of life that are too small to be seen with the naked eye and they exist everywhere in nature. Microorganisms are crucial for maintaining the ecological balance. They carry out chemical processes that make it possible for all other organisms including humans to live. There are friendly guys of the microbial worlds known as beneficial microorganisms and a not so friendly group called pathogens that are
harmful and capable of producing disease, decay and pollution.

EM origin

In 1982 Dr.Higa at the University of Ryukyus, Okinawa

Friday, July 26, 2013


The main use for Cola is as a beverage, but there are other things it can be used for. Learning the other
uses for Cola can save you money on purchasing several different products. For example, Cola can remove stains and rust on metal. That's now two products you don't have to buy.

Removing Rust and Hard Water
Cola can remove rust from nails and from the bumper of your car. To remove rust on a small object, fill a plastic cup with Cola. Then add the rusted metal object. Leave it overnight and then wipe the rust off with an old rag. To remove rust from larger metal you will need a sheet of aluminum foil. Roll the aluminum foil up in to a ball and dip in the Cola so that it is covered on all sides with the liquid. Rub it in a circle over the rust. You may need to apply the Coke a few times and then rub, but it will work.It is also used in removing hard water from your bathroom tiles and toilet bowls.

Stain Removal
Cola contains acid that can remove grease and blood stains from

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sugar May Be Use to Detect Cancer Cells

Researchers from King’s College London and University College London (UCL) recently unveiled a potentially safer and less expensive way to detect cancer cells in humans. 

It all has to do with the cancer cells’ sweet tooth.

The new method, called glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer, or glucoCEST, uses specially tuned magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to detect the higher levels of glucose, a common sugar, as tumor cells use it for energy. In the MRI scanner, tumor cells light up when a patient is injected with glucose.

In other words, the test uses radio waves from conventional MRIs to determine how quickly sugar is consumed by tumor cells, which need more glucose than healthy cells to survive.

Researchers say the glucoCEST technique could

Detect Thyroid Cancer by Neck Check

How to Perform a 'Neck Check' Self-Exam

A 'neck check' is a simple procedure that can be done just about anywhere. If you have a glass of water and a mirror, you’re ready to look for symptoms of thyroid disorders.

Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick, clinical professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and president of the AACE, provides some painless guidelines:
  1. First, locate your thyroid gland, which is above your collarbone and below your larynx, or voice box. Don't confuse your thyroid with your Adam’s apple, which lies above the thyroid gland.
  2. Keeping your focus on this part of the neck, tip your head back, then swallow a drink of water.
  3. Look at your neck in the mirror while you swallow, checking for any static or moving bumps.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What we can get from Onions

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see
if he could help them combat the flu...
Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Top 10 Foods for Fairer Skin

Almonds are seeds, not nuts, and they're stuffed with vitamin E, a potent sun blocker. Volunteers who
consumed 14 milligrams of the vitamin per day (about 20 almonds) and then were exposed to UV light sunburned less than those who took none. "Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals," explains Jeffrey Dover, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University.

Suitable Switch 2 Tbsp peanut butter; 1/2 cup broccoli 

Think of them as orange wonder wands-good for eyeballs, good for clearing up breakouts. Credit

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

EM Sustainable Living

What are Effective Microorganisms (EM's)? 

EM stands for effective microorganisms. EM is an amazing technology discovered and developed
by Dr. Teruo Higa, in the 1980‟s. The secret to EM‟s widespread success is its capacity to naturally
remove harmful toxins and restore nature‟s microbial balance, whether it is on mineral, plant, animal,
or human levels. EM technology has gained rapid recognition and use around the world and is now
used in more than 160 countries and manufactured in more than 60 countries worldwide.
There is nothing new about the technology of Effective Microorganisms. Nature has been using this
technology for billions of years. The breakthrough was in creating a symbiotic alliance of beneficial
microorganisms that create a chain-reaction of healthy by products.
EM‟s are mixed cultures of beneficial natural fermentative microorganisms that can be applied to
increase the necessary microbial diversity needed for living. The use of EM Technology has
broadened in the last two decades from agriculture to water treatment, odour control, animal
husbandry, human health, and numerous other industrial treatments.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Air Purifying House Plants

1. Bamboo Palm: It removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant: It absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde.

3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldahyde from the air.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cancer Signs

1 Any Other Major Changes

If you notice any other major changes in the way your body functions or feels, you should see a doctor, especially if the changes persist or get worse. It may not be cancer, but any major change in your body is worthy of concern.

2 White Patches Inside Your Mouth

Smokers and tobacco users should be especially wary of this one: sores inside the mouth or on the tongue that don't go away can be a sign of leukoplakia, which leads to mouth cancer. Bring these to your doctor's attention if you catch them.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Management and Control of Bacterial Wilt

Diseases are a major hurdle in tomato cultivation, both under controlled and field conditions.

Among them bacterial wilt is most devastating on tomato causing yield losses up to 90 per cent.
The disease is also known as southern bacterial blight or solanaceous wilt. Rapid and complete wilting of normal grownup plants is a characteristic symptom of bacterial wilt.

During warm and wet climatic conditions most conspicuous symptom of sudden drooping of leaves, without yellowing, often accompanied by rotting of the stem are seen. The roots appear healthy and well developed.

Cultural management

The disease can be kept under check if crop rotations are followed with crops such as maize, ragi and okra, since they can reduce the pathogen population significantly.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Health Benefits from Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral for staying healthy and is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Multiple health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.

Health specialists have always emphasized the importance of including adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals in our daily diet. Zinc, calcium, and magnesium are three of the most

Benefits from Selenium

Selenium is an antioxidant that is present in every human cell, and it's essential for the maintenance of a healthy body. This naturally-occurring substance is mostly found in the liver, kidney, testes, pancreas and spleen. It helps to limit the activities of free radicals, which can be harmful to the body. Selenium promotes the release of an enzyme called glutathione peroxidise, which can eliminate peroxides that destroy essential lipids. When the body experiences selenium deficiency, a variety of health problems can develop, including thyroid disorder, psoriasis, heart illness and viral infections.

1. Fights Prostate Cancer
Low level of selenium in the body may increase the risk of prostate cancer. It is known that

Monday, June 17, 2013

Muriate of Potash (MOP)

Potassium chloride (commonly referred to as Muriate of Potash or MOP) is the most common
potassium source used in agriculture, accounting for about 95% of all potash fertilisers used worldwide.

Its nutrient composition is approximately:

Potassium: 50%
Chloride: 46%

MOP has a high nutrient concentration and is therefore relatively price competitive with other

The Calcium Nitrate


It is a fertilizer made up of two nutrients, with a white grainy appearance that dissolves quickly in
water and can be absorbed rapidly by plants. It is an perfect combination of %15.5 nitrogen in nitrate form that rapidly dissolves in water and %26.5 calcium. Its nitrate nitrogen and fully water soluble calcium combination provides good affects not found in any other fertilizer.


This is a greenhouse -type fertilizer, pure in composition and of uncoated granules that dissolves completely in water. Its greenhouse type is used in greenhouse and outdoor conditions where irrigation is done by drip or spring

Friday, June 7, 2013

Headache Information

A headache or cephalalgia is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck. The brain tissue itself is not sensitive to pain because it lacks pain receptors. Rather, the pain is caused by disturbance of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain. Nine areas of the head and neck have these pain-sensitive structures, which are the cranium (the periosteum of the skull), muscles, nerves, arteries and veins, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses and mucous membranes..

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sambong, herbal medicine

What is Sambong?

Scientific Names: Blumea balsamifera L. DC

Also knows as:
Alibum,Lakad-bulan, Alimon, Lalakdan. Sambong (Tag.), Dalapot, Sob-sob, Gabuen. Subusub, Blumea camphor (Engl.), Kambibon, Ngai camphor (Engl.).

Sambong is used as herbal medicine and is a shrub that grows wild in the tropical climate countries such as Philippines, India, Africa and found even in eastern Himalayas. Sambong is widely used in the

Ashitaba: History and Benefits

One of the oldest and prominent herbal plants native to Asia, grown in rich volcanic soil is
Ashitaba. The herbal plant described like "celery - like vegetable". In China medicinal properties of the plant date back 2000 years, during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 1) and Shogun warriors (1192 -1867 2).4 A Chinese book written by Dr. Lee (1518 - 1593) first describes the medicinal value of Ashitaba during the Ming Dynasty. 8 Ashitaba known to purify blood and circulation, cleanse the colon, relieve muscle, joint, and nerve discomfort and enhance lung function. Ability of the herbal plant

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Harmful Effects of Lead

Lead is more harmful than you think.

Children with elevated body lead burdens had a four to five-point deficit in mean verbal IQ scores compared with children from same communities with lower lead burdens. Early exposure may cause intelligence and learning disabilities, poor concentration and behavioral problems.
The human brain has little capacity for repair, these effects are untreatable and irreversible. They cause diminution in brain function and reduction in achievement that last throughout life. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Get the Facts on Stroke


Stroke is a brain injury. It occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Without oxygen and nutrients from blood, brain tissue dies in less than 10 minutes. The tissue death causes a sudden loss in function.


A stroke occurs when there is a loss of blood flow. It may happen because of a blockage in blood flow, called ischemic stroke, or because of bleeding in the brain, called hemorrhagic stroke.

A sudden decrease in the flow of blood may be caused by:
  • A clot that breaks off from another part of the body (such as the heart or neck) and lodges in blood vessel of neck or brain—there are certain conditions which predispose people to form blood clots, such as:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ovarian Cancer

  • Most ovarian growths in women under age 30 are benign, fluid-filled cysts.
  • There are several types of ovarian cancer.
  • The exact causes of ovarian cancer are unknown.
  • Risk factors that increase the chance of developing ovarian cancer include a family history of cancer, being over 55 years of age, and never being pregnant.
  • The ovarian cancer symptoms and signs can be vague but may include abdominal swelling, pressure, or pain, frequent urination or urinary urgency, back pain, leg pain, unusual vaginal bleeding, and feeling full quickly.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How and When to Eat Fruits

Eating Fruit On An Empty Stomach

Dr Stephen Mak treats terminal ill cancer patients by "un-orthodox" way and many patients recovered. He explains: before he is using solar energy to clear the illnesses of his patients. He believes on natural healing in the body against illnesses. See the article below.

Letter to original email writer: Dear Shereen, Thanks for the email on fruits

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind

President Obama unveiled the “BRAIN” Initiative—a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

The BRAIN Initiative — short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies — builds on the President’s State of the Union call for historic investments in research and development to fuel

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Some Causes of Cancer and Health Tips

Dr. Vineett bhatera of the United States has found new cancer in human beings, caused by Silver Nitro Oxide. Whenever you buy recharge cards, don’t scratch with your nails, as it contains Silver Nitro
Oxide coating and can cause skin cancer. Share this message with your loved ones.

Important Health Tips:

  • Answer phone calls with the left ear.
  • Don't take your medicine with cold water....
  • Don't eat heavy meals after 5pm.
  • Drink more water in the morning,

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Top 5 Most Common Sports Injuries

If you are an individual who are very active in sports and in your work, you should be particular with the following injuries on how handle and probably avoid having them. Our body is our vehicle, we should learn to protect and maintain it.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

How to Recognize Stroke Signs and Symptoms

Stroke has a new indicator! They say if you forward this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue:

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ...she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nap Benefits

Have a break from your hectic and tiresome schedule, if you don't have time to leave your work  have some sleep, to relax and unwind your mind.
Here are some benefits of nap, consider them to get its benefits.

Napping Boosts Alertness
Once you blink away those first few seconds of grogginess after a nap, you're likely to benefit from a boost of alertness. A NASA study found higher measures of alertness in pilots after a 40-minute snooze, compared to pilots who got no rest. Even just 20 minutes has been shown to perk up shift workers, according to Harvard

Friday, March 1, 2013

Kegels Technique for Better Sex Life

The big and tight is not a big factor in attaining a nice sexual pleasure, though the big and tight matters, here is a simple exercise for ladies to help us partially attain it.

Ladies, did you know you can perform an internal vaginal exercise that will strengthen the walls of your vagina, making incontinence more unlikely and orgasms much stronger? If you've had a baby, your doctor probably told you all about these exercises, called Kegels. The rest of you, listen up.
A Practical Application
Developed in 1946 by Dr. Arnold Kegel, a Los Angeles obstetrician and gynecologist, Kegels are the rhythmic clenching and unclenching of the pubococcygeal (PC) muscles. Also known as the "pelvic floor,"

Friday, February 22, 2013

How To Get Bigger, Better Orgasms

Here are some tips and tricks on how to make every orgasm better and enjoy more of them.
Increase the buildup. Take longer getting there, stop, and restart. The more tease, the bigger the please. Start. Stop. Restart.
Come and come again. Go for multiple orgasms. Make the lovemaking last longer. Not every time, but once in a while, treat lovemaking as though it’s a marathon. It’s not the finish line that’s the goal, but the miles you put in

Keeping Your Sex Life Sizzling After 50

There are lots of reasons, both physical and psychological, why your sex drive may go off the boil, but they are nearly always treatable. Tackle them, and watch your sensual side come out of retirement.
Beat the Blues
Depression can affect sex drive. We all feel a bit down at times, but if you're feeling sad and teary for days, have feelings of despair, trouble sleeping and have lost interest in life, see your doctor.
Depression is an illness and nothing to feel ashamed of. Your doctor will help you decide whether medication, counseling or a combination of both is best for you.

Sex After Menopause

"Is there sex after menopause? my patients often ask me. And I've got good news for them. Most definitely, if a woman wants to be sensual, her later years can be just that. Research consistently shows that people can have and enjoy sex into their 8th decade of life. And some women honestly do report that sex only improves with age.
But there is a downside. Most women also have sexual symptoms during and after the menopause

Five Foods for Your Sexual Health

Fish eggs, in particular the eggs of sturgeon, are a genuine aphrodisiac. Why? Because they contain large amounts of the vitamins A,D, B1, B2, and B6, as well as phosphorous. These vitamins and the mineral phosphorous are stimulants to the circulatory system. Your circulation is integral to your orgasm because in order to become fully aroused, blood must be able to quickly rush to significant portions of your anatomy. Yes, you could just go to the health

Thursday, February 14, 2013

What is Fibrocystic Disease

Fibrocystic disease occurs when there are fluid-filled cystic lumps of duct tissue. These lumps are surrounded by a scar-like capsule of tissue in the breasts.
Although harmless, these lumps can sometimes be the site of pain ( mastalgia ) that recurs late in each menstrual cycle. The greatest problem with fibrocystic disease is telling the difference between this condition and breast cancer. Some forms of fibrocystic disease are more common in women who go on to develop breast cancer.

Some Remedies for Kidney Problems

Our kidney had played an important role to protect and maintain our body, here are some ways to protect and maintain it.

1. With a kidney infection, germs and bacteria take up house within your kidney and multiple.
2. Drinking extra water helps your kidneys be able to flush those germs and bacteria out of your body, taking the bug along with it.
3. In case of burning urination, lemon juice assorted with sugar and water should be given 2 to 3 times a day.
4. Asparagus, cucumber, celery, garlic, parsley are

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What can you do with your Eye Contusion or Black Eye

An eye contusion is a bruise around the eye, commonly called a black eye. It may occur when a blow is sustained in or near the eye socket. If a bruise appears, it will usually do so within 24 hours of the injury.


After being struck in the eye or nose, blood leaks into the area surrounding the eye.

Risk Factors

  • Participation in high impact sports such as basketball, football, hockey, and boxing
  • Occupations that expose the eye to potential injury, such as manufacturing, construction, and athletics
  • Violence


A black and blue or purple mark will appear following the injury. There may also be redness, swelling, and tenderness or pain. Once it begins to heal, the contusion may turn yellow.

Knowing Bird's Flu or Avian Influenza

Avian influenza is a strain of influenza that primarily infects birds. It is often called the bird flu. In Asia and Africa, there have been cases of avian influenza that have infected humans.

To date there have been few cases of human illness. However, many infected patients have died. There is also concern that the virus could become more efficient at infecting humans. Some health experts are concerned that this could eventually cause a pandemic of this disease. A pandemic is a worldwide outbreak. However, the virus is not currently increasing in severity.

How to control Bed Wetting

Bed-wetting is involuntary urination during sleep in children. Typically children become able to sleep through the night without wetting around ages 3 to 5 years. Talk to your doctor if your child has bed-wetting after age 5 years. There are two types bed-wetting (also called enuresis):
  • Primary nocturnal enuresis (PNE)—no periods of nighttime dryness
  • Secondary nocturnal enuresis (SNE)—periods of nighttime dryness longer than 6 months followed by bed-wetting
Bed-wetting is common and not related to a medical condition. Most will stop by the time the child reaches puberty. However, bed-wetting remains a problem for up to 1% of adults.

What is Pressure Sores or Bedsore, how to manage it.

A pressure sore is a lesion that develops on the skin and underlying tissues due to unrelieved pressure usually over a bony prominence. The skin and tissues rely on an adequate blood supply for oxygen and nutrients. When tissues are compressed for an extended period from hours to days, blood supply can be cut off, leading to development of a sore.


Pressure sores result from lying or sitting in one position for too long a time. Prolonged pressure cuts off the blood supply to tissues that are compressed between a bony area and a mattress, chair, or other object. Without oxygen and nutrients, the

Monday, January 21, 2013

What causes your Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain is a partial or complete tear of the ligaments that support the ankle. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that cross joints and connect bones to each other.


Ankle sprains may be caused by:
  • Falling
  • Sudden twisting of the ankle, such as:
    • Stepping on an uneven surface or in a hole
    • Taking an awkward step when running, jumping, or stepping up or down
    • Having your ankle "roll over" when playing sports or exercising (called inversion of the foot)

What is Amoebic Dysentery

Amoebic dysentery is an intestinal illness associated with stomach pain, bloody stools, and fever. This condition can be treated.


Amoebic dysentery is caused by a parasite called Entamoeba histolytica. You may develop amoebic dysentery if you:
  • Put something in your mouth that has touched the stool of a person infected with E histolytica
  • Swallow water or food that has been contaminated with E histolytica
  • Touch cysts (eggs) from E histolytica -contaminated surfaces and bring them to your

What is Appendicitis

The appendix is a small, tube-like organ that hangs from the large intestine. Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. The appendix has no known function.



Appendicitis usually occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. This can be caused by something trapped in the appendix, such as:
  • A piece of dried stool
  • A piece of food
  • Tumors
  • Scar tissue
  • Worms
  • Barium after an exam
  • Overgrowth of the lymph tissue of the appendix

What to do with your Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that typically occurs on the feet. The infection is common among people who exercise or play sports. Anyone can get athlete's foot.

Fungus thrives in warm, dark, moist places, such as the inside of a shoe, locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools. Your bare feet come in contact with the fungus when you walk through a contaminated area. The fungus will grow if your feet or the area between your toes stays slightly wet.

Risk Factors

Risk factors that increase your chances of getting athlete's foot include:

What to do with your Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition of the airways or tubes of the lungs. It narrows the airways and make it difficult to breathe.


The exact cause of asthma is not clear. It may be caused by a combination of factors including environment, genetics, and biology.
Asthma symptoms are caused by an increased sensitivity of the airways to certain triggers. The triggers cause the lining of the airways to swell and produce extra fluid called mucus. At the same time the muscles around the outside of the airway tighten in response to the irritation. All of these reactions narrow the airways and make it difficult to breathe. This response is often referred to as an asthma attack.

Possible triggers of an asthma attack in a person with asthma include:
  • Viral illness
  • Exercise
  • Cold weather
  • Sinusitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Sulfites used in dried fruits and wine
  • Medications, such as aspirin , ibuprofen , and beta-blockers
  • Exposure to irritants or allergens, including:
    • Cigarette smoke
    • Smoke from a wood-burning stove
    • Pet dander
    • Dust
    • Chemicals
    • Mold and mildew
    • Pollen
    • Smog or air pollution
    • Perfumed products

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase you risk for asthma include:
  • Regularly breathing in cigarette smoke (including second-hand smoke)
  • Regularly breathing in industrial or agricultural chemicals
  • A family member who has asthma
  • History of multiple respiratory infections during childhood
  • Being overweight
  • History of wheezing or asthma as a child
  • Having allergies
  • Your mother smoked during pregnancy


Symptoms include:
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Limited exercise tolerance, difficulty keeping up with peers


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Your doctor may also do some tests to measure lung functions. They may include:
  • Peak flow examination—blowing quickly and forcefully into a special instrument that measures your output of air
  • Pulmonary function tests (PFTs)—breathing into a machine that records information about the function of your lungs
  • Reversibility testing—tests for relief of airflow obstruction when medicines such as albuteral or ipratropium are given.
  • Bronchoprovocation tests—lung function tests performed after exposure to methacholine to stimulate asthma; can help to confirm asthma in unclear cases
  • Exhaled nitric oxide (a marker of airway inflammation)—to help monitor asthma control
Your doctor may also do some allergy tests. The test will help determine if allergies are causing symptoms. The test may include skin pricks or blood tests.


The treatment strategy for asthma includes:
  • Medications
  • Avoidance of allergens and irritants and control of contributing factors (eg, gastroesophageal reflux and sinusitis)
  • Regular assessment and monitoring
You and your doctor should also create an asthma action plan. This is a plan you will follow to help control your asthma and handle asthma attacks.

Asthma Medications

Medications Used to Control Asthma

These medications are used to control the chronic swelling. It will help to avoid asthma attacks, but will not treat an existing attack:
  • Inhaled corticosteroid—used daily to reduce inflammation in your airways
  • Long-acting beta agonists—(eg, inhaled salmeterol ) used daily to prevent asthma attacks; in most cases, prescribed with an inhaled corticosteroid
    • May increase the risk of asthma-related death, intubation (putting a tube in the windpipe to breath), and hospitalization—If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor.
  • Cromolyn sodium or nedocromil sodium inhaler—used daily to prevent asthma flare-ups or to prevent exercise-induced symptoms
  • Zafirlukast , zileuton , and montelukast —taken daily to help prevent asthma attacks
  • Omalizumab (Xolair)—a monoclonal antibody against immunoglobulin E (IgE), given as an injection under the skin, used along with other medications for patients with harder to control asthma
  • Theophylline —taken daily to help prevent asthma attacks, not as commonly used because of interactions with other drugs

Medications Used to Treat an Asthma Attack

These medications are used to treat an existing asthma attack:
  • Quick-acting beta agonists—(eg, inhaled albuterol , xopenex ) relax your airways so that they become wider again, may also be used to avoid exercise-induced asthma attacks
  • Anticholinergic agents—inhaled medications, such as ipratropium , that function as a bronchodilator, typically only used in an emergency setting
  • Corticosteroids—pills, injections, or intravenous (IV) medications given to treat acute flare-up of symptoms
    • Pills may be taken for a longer period of time. They may also be recommended to help control asthma if you have severe asthma that isn't responding to other treatments.

Other Treatments

Prevention is an important step in asthma care. Allergy avoidance can be very effective with asthma that is exacerbated by allergens. Some general tips for allergen avoidance include:
  • Avoid outside activities if there are high levels of air pollution, pollen, or mold spores.
  • During seasons with high pollen or mold spores keep your windows closed. Air conditioning may help filter out allergens during warm seasons.
  • Consider getting a portable HEPA unit air cleaner to use in sleeping areas.
  • Consider getting HEPA filters for your heating/cooling system and your vacuum cleaner.
  • Have someone else vacuum for you. Avoid a room that has been freshly vacuumed. If you do vacuum, use a dust mask.
  • Keep the humidity down in your house. This may help prevent the growth of mold.
  • Treat allergies and sinusitis as recommended.
If allergies trigger your asthma attacks, ask your doctor about allergy shots. If you commonly have stuffy, runny, or itchy nose, these shots may improve your asthma.

In addition, it may be helpful to learn breathing techniques. Ask your doctor for recommendations.


Your asthma plan may need to be adjusted to adapt to changes in your life or health. Staying in contact with your doctor between visits can help you have better control of your asthma. Contact may occur over the phone, through email, or through your doctor's website.


There are no guidelines for preventing asthma because the cause is unknown. However, you can help prevent asthma attacks by avoiding things that trigger your attacks. Triggers can vary from person to person but some general guidelines include:
  • Avoid strong chemicals or odors like perfume.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor exercise during days with high air pollution, a high pollen count, or a high ozone level.
  • Get a yearly seasonal flu shot. Colds and flus can exacerbate asthma.
  • Don't smoke. If you are pregnant, it is very important that you do not smoke.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke. Do not allow anyone to smoke in your home.
  • Don't use a wood-burning stove or fireplace, including unvented gas fireplaces.
  • If cold weather triggers your asthma, avoid strenuous activities in cold weather. If you must, use a scarf or mask to warm the air before it reaches your lungs.
Talk to your doctor about:
  • An appropriate level of exercise for you
  • Ways track your asthma to help identify and treat flare-ups right away.
  • Your work, hobbies, and home activities to see if any of these may be causing or worsening your asthma.

Identify and manage Anorexia

Anorexia is an eating disorder . It occurs when a person's obsession with diet and exercise leads to extreme weight loss. The disorder is considered if a person refuses to maintain a body weight at or above 85% of their ideal body weight. It can be fatal.
The cause is still unknown.

Risk Factors

A risk factor increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for anorexia include the following:
  • Sex: female
  • Age: adolescence or early adulthood
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Perfectionism
  • Fear of becoming overweight
  • Familial pressure to be thin
  • Families that are overprotective, rigid, not involved, or in conflict
  • Family history of eating disorders
  • Emotional stress
  • Mood disorders, such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Influenced by social and fashion trends emphasizing or glamorizing thinness


Symptoms may include:
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Obsession with food, calories, and fat content
  • Dieting even when thin
  • Intense fear of gaining weight, even when underweight
  • Body dysmorphia—distorted self-image of being overweight despite evidence of the opposite
  • Basing self-evaluation heavily on body weight or shape
  • Loss of menstrual periods (secondary amenorrhea) or delay in menarche (onset of periods)
  • Excessive exercising
  • Feeling cold, especially hands and feet
  • Being secretive about food
  • Hair loss and/or growth of fine hair on the body
  • Fainting or severe light-headedness
  • Constipation
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
Anorexia often leads to a number of serious medical problems including:
  • Amenorrhea (loss of periods)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiac problems—can be fatal


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. There will also be psychological tests. There may be lab tests. Findings may include:
  • Excessive loss of body fat
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Low heart rate
  • Low blood pressure, particularly when standing
  • Decreased bone density
  • Signs of a slow metabolism


The goal of treatment is to get you back to a healthy weight and keep you there. A healthy weight is above 85% of your ideal weight. To achieve this, your intake of calories is gradually increased. This can be accomplished through a number of interventions, including the following:

Nutritional Consultation

A dietician may be consulted to help you learn more about the components of a healthy diet. The dietician will also talk to you about reasonable weight goals and calorie goals.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapists help you develop a healthier and more realistic self-image. The therapist will help you find new ways to think about your body and your diet.

Interpersonal Therapy

Therapy can help you understand and cope with concerns about your relationships.

Family Therapy

Families often play a role in eating disorders. Many patients cannot recover unless their families are involved in the changes. All families need to understand the disorder and provide support.


In some cases, anorexic patients benefit from a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant medication. In particular, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (such as sertraline [ Zoloft ] or fluoxetine [ Prozac ]) are used. Used alone, antidepressant therapy is not an effective treatment for anorexia.

Addressing Nutritional Status and Loss of Bone Density

Medications and supplements may include:
  • Vitamins and minerals to maintain adequate nutrition
  • Hormone replacement to resume menstruation and prevent bone loss


Hospitalization may be necessary if:
  • Weight is 25%-30% below ideal body weight
  • There are signs of serious physical or emotional deterioration
If you are diagnosed with anorexia, follow your doctor's instructions .


There are no guidelines for preventing anorexia. Early detection and treatment is the best option.

New Study Revealed Most Common Reasons For Seeing A Doctor

The study included data from 14,000 people in Olmsted County, Minn., who were part of the Rochester Epidemiology Project and who visited a doctor or other health care provider sometime between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2009.

They found that the top 10 most common reasons for seeing the doctor were:
1. Skin disorders, including cysts, acne and dermatitis.
2. Joint disorders, including osteoarthritis.
3. Back problems.
4. Cholesterol problems.
5. Upper respiratory conditions.
6. Anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression.
7. Chronic neurological disorders.
8. High blood pressure.
9. Headaches and migraines.
10. Diabetes.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Knowing Autism and its Treatment

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder. This means that problems in brain development cause autism. Scientists are searching for answers about what causes these development problems. Studies suggest:
  • Autism seems to run in some families. Several genes may be involved.
  • Problems during pregnancy or delivery may interfere with normal brain development.
  • Something in the environment that a child is exposed to may be a factor.
Risk Factors
These factors increase your chance of developing autism:
  • Sex: male (Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.)
  • Family history: siblings of a child with autism have a 3%-7% chance of being autistic.
  • A number of other conditions are related to autism, although the relationship between them is not clear:
  • Having parents who are older
Autism usually first appears during early childhood (2-6 years old). The severity of symptoms varies. Behaviors and abilities may differ from day to day. Symptoms may decrease as the child grows older. Children with autism may have a combination of abnormal behaviors.

Symptoms include:
  • Avoiding social contact
  • Having problems with language (loss of language)
  • Using words incorrectly
  • Communicating with motions instead of words
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Having trouble with nonverbal communication
  • Lacking interest in normal activities for that age
  • Spending a lot of time alone
  • Not playing imaginatively
  • Not starting pretend games
  • Not imitating others
  • Having sensitivity to sound, smell, taste, sights, and touch
  • Reacting to stimulation in an abnormal way
  • Not reacting to smiles
  • Being hyperactive
  • Being passive
  • Having tantrums
  • Being single-minded
  • Being aggressive
  • Hurting self (self-mutilation)
  • Repetitive movement, such as rocking or flapping a hand
  • Resisting change
  • Forming unusual attachments to objects
  • Sniffing or licking of toys
  • Not understanding other peoples' feelings and needs
  • Having constipation and being a picky eater
Some people with autism suffer from other disorders as well, including:
Doctors who specialize in autism will observe the child's behavior, social contacts, and communication abilities. They will evaluate mental and social development. Parents will be asked about the child's behavior. Some doctors ask parents to bring in videos of the child at home.

Tests may include:
  • Neuropsychological tests
  • Questionnaires and observation schedules
  • Intelligence tests
Medical tests to rule out other conditions that cause similar symptoms may include:
  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • DNA testing
An Electroencephalogram (EEG) may also be done to record brain activity.

There is no cure for autism. The severity of symptoms may decrease over the years. Children with autism and their families may benefit from early intervention. Children aged 18-30 months who had high-intensity intervention showed improvements in their IQ, language, and behavior.

Children with autism respond well to a structured, expected schedule. Many children with autism learn to cope with their disabilities. Most need assistance and support throughout their lives. Others are able to work and live independently when they grow up.

Children with autism can benefit from:

Special Education
Programs that meet the child's special needs improve the odds of learning. Children with autism may have trouble with assignments, concentration, andanxiety. Teachers who understand the condition can work with the child's abilities. Programs should use the child's interests. Some children do better in a small-group setting. Others do well in regular classrooms with special support. Vocational training can help prepare young adults for a job.

Therapy Services
Speech, physical, and occupational therapies may improve speech and activities. Children with autism need help developing social skills. Mental health professionals can help a family cope with caring for a child with autism. Counselors help parents learn how to manage behaviors.

There are no drugs to treat autism. Some drugs are used to help manage symptoms. Aripiprazole and risperidone are the only drugs currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat autism-related symptoms. Medicines for anxiety and depression can also help treat obsessive and aggressive behaviors. Your child's doctor may use other medicines to help control other disruptive behaviors.

Other Therapies
There are other treatments available. These include dietary changes and alternative therapies. Talk with your child's doctor first to see if any of these would be helpful for your child.

There are no guidelines for preventing autism. The cause is unknown. Scientists are searching for its underlying causes.