Coughs And Colds

Time and again, cough and cold have always been a frequent and recurring problem among humans. Cough is an action your body takes to get rid of substances that are irritating to your air passages from the nose and mouth to the lungs. Cough occurs when special cells along the air passages get irritated and trigger a chain of events.
Cold is also known as a viral upper respiratory tract infection. It is a most commonly occurring, contagious and self-limiting illness that could be caused by any 1 of more than 200 viruses. The increasing number of viruses prevents the body to build resistance. Besides the food in take every day to control these problems, there are several medicines and other medicated bases that would help you defend against these infections and keep you in good health.

For effective curing and to lead a healthy life, it is better if you consult a doctor or physician before taking any medicine and especially if your infection is severe and persists for a longer period.

What is cough and cold?

Cough This is a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs typically in order to clear the lung airways of fluids, mucus or build-up of phlegm in the trachea. Cough is a sudden, repetitive, spasmodic contraction of the thoracic cavity, resulting in violent release of air from the lungs and usually accompanied by a distinctive sound. Coughing can also be triggered by a bolus of food going down the trachea instead of the oesophagus. Frequent or chronic coughing usually indicates the presence of a disease.

Cold This is a common and mild infection that makes you feel tired, achy and lasts for 5 -10 days. On an average, a pre-school kid has 9 colds a year, 12 colds per year for a kid in kindergarten and adolescents and adults will be affected with 7 colds a year. The primary cause of spreading a cold is through hand-to-hand contact or by touching objects that have been touched by a cold affected person.

Rhinovirus is the most common cold virus. Corona virus, adenovirus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are other less common cold viruses. Symptoms of a common cold include nasal stuffiness and drainage, sore throat, hoarseness, cough, fever and headache.

What are the treatments available?

Cough decongestants These are medications or treatments that relieve nasal congestion or other bodily fluid. They can be applied using nasal sprays, swallowed in tablet form or liquid form. Decongestants break up congestion, as of the sinuses, by reducing swelling. Usually they reduce swelling of the mucous membranes in the nasal passages. Pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine and oxymetazoline are some types of oral decongestants. Among which oxymetazoline is a commonly available one and is quite helpful in making it easier for one to produce phlegm.

Dry cough The cough is dry, non-productive, irritating and sometimes with a tickly throat. This is also called as post-viral cough and is generally caused by a virus, head cold or influenza (flu). Dry coughs may also occur in response to a dry atmosphere, air pollution or a change in temperature.

A dry cough could also be a sign of other problems such as gastro-oesophageal reflux, asthma, heart failure or a medicine-induced. Avoiding dry environments and drinking plenty of water would help you in recovering soon from dry cough. Codral Dry Cough Liquicaps X 24 is a non-drowsy formulation that provides fast relief from dry coughs and nasal congestion. It also reduces the urge to cough, clears blocked nose, dries a runny nose and helps you breathe easier. Codral Linctus Dry Cough Liquid 100ml is a non-drowsy liquid and a good choice for treating dry cough and nasal congestion.

Know when your dry cough is severe

When you start to cough up blood or phlegm.

When you are short of breath or feel wheezy.

When your cough is only at night.

When you have a temperature or when associated chest pain.

When you have other symptoms such as an ongoing headache, sore ears and rashes or when you have high blood pressure, a heart complaint, respiratory illness like asthma and gastric problems.

When you have recently lost weight or have general muscle aches.

When your cough has lasted longer than 10 days, with little or no improvement.

Sore throat Cold causing viruses or bacteria commonly cause sore throat. Sore throat is named for the anatomical site affected. Chemicals, cigarette smoke, injury, allergy or postnasal drip may also cause sore throat. Certain medical treatments such as tonsillectomy, airway management during a surgery or cancer treatment with chemotherapy or radiation can also be a cause for sore throat. Benylin Sore Throat 200ml gently relieves the pain and discomfort associated with sore throat, colds and flu, headache and earache. It also reduces provides temporary relief over fever.

Know the symptoms of sore throat

Symptoms specific to the throat include pain with swallowing for pharyngitis and a hoarse voice when laryngitis is present.

Formation of pus on the surface of the tonsils.

Swallowing becomes very painful.

Breathing and inhaling will be very difficult.

What are the medications available?

Basically medicines that are orally taken are formed into disk shape, pellet shape or into a small pill like a tablet. Mixture, elixir, syrup and liquids are some other types of oral medicines. Medicine intended for external use includes inhaler, drops, ointment and spray.

Ointment This is a highly viscous or semisolid medicated preparation used topically on a variety of body surfaces. Tixylix Chest Rub Ointment 50g is a vaporising ointment containing fragrant aromatic extracts, for treating nasal congestion of colds and flu, blocked noses and make breathing easier, especially at bedtime.

Oil This is a viscous, hydrophobic liquid containing medicated substances. Olbas Oil 10ml, which is a blend of pure plant oils, provides temporary relief of the symptoms of catarrh, colds and sinusitis, the pain of rheumatic conditions and lumbago. You can choose Bosistos Eucalyptus Oil 200ml for recovering from the symptoms of colds and flu and muscular and arthritic pain.

Mixture This is a product of blending or mixing of medicated substances, without chemical bonding or other chemical changes, so that each ingredient substance retains its own chemical properties. Nyal Bronchitis Mixture 100ml is a good choice for bronchial cough. Chemists Own Childrens Cold & Allergy Mixture 200ml is a good medicine for nasal and sinus congestions, relief of stuffy heads and runny noses associated with colds and allergies.

Liquids Such type of medicines are in the form of fluids containing medicated substances dissolved in them. You can take Codral Linctus Dry Cough Liquid 100ml that is non-drowsy, for dry coughs and nasal congestion. Duro-Tuss Mucolytic Cough Liquid 200ml is also a good medicine.

Capsule This is a pill in the form of a small gelatinous case enclosing a dose of medication. Capsules usually enclose medicines in a relatively stable shell, allowing them to be taken orally or be used as suppositories. Ease A Cold Acute Flu Strength Liquid Cap – Day X 18, Night X 6 is a non-drowsy formulation for reducing the symptoms of flu, fever, headache, muscular ache, sore throat, bronchial cough and stuffy nose. Actifed Dry Liquid Cap X 12 is a good choice for relief of dry, raspy coughs. You can take Ease A Cold Liquid Cap X 24 for reducing the duration and severity of common cold including cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing, runny nose and hoarseness.

Elixir This medicated preparation contains an active ingredient such as morphine that is dissolved in a solution containing some percentage of ethyl alcohol. Elixir is an oral medicine. You can choose Dimetapp DM Cold And Cough Elixir 100ml for effective temporary relief of nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing and a dry cough. Dimetapp Elixir 100ml is also a good choice for relief of cold and allergy, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy watery eyes and sneezing.

Cream This a soft solid or thick liquid containing medicaments or medicated ingredients, applied externally for a prophylactic, therapeutic or cosmetic purpose.

Drops These are medicated liquids that usually come in a number of different formulations. Nasal drops are used for clearing the clogged nasal passage. Robitussin EX Paediatric Drops 50ml is an expectorant that provides relief from chest congestion and coughs in children.

Inhaler An inhaler is a small device with medicated filling that is inhaled for clearing nasal blocks, when affected with cold. Bosistos Vapor Inhaler & Inhalent helps relieve the symptoms of colds and flu, clear mucus, reduce cough and soothe sore throat. It is easy to use, economical, hygienic and re-useable. Vicks Inhaler 0.5ml Pocket Pack is also a good choice.

Spray A fine jet of medicinal liquid dispensed from a pressurized container. A spray is mainly preferred for discharging the medicine directly on the affected area. Spray Tish Metered Dose Pump Spray X 180 Doses offers temporary relief of stuffy noses due to colds, hay fever or rhinitis. Difflam Throat Spray 30ml is also a good medication.

Syrup This is a base containing concentrated or saturated solution of refined sugar in distilled water. Medicated syrups are a blend of medicaments and normal syrup. Nucosef Syrup 100ml is a good medicine. Tixylix Daytime Cough Syrup 100ml helps soothe children’s coughs throughout the day and relieves running and blocked noses. It helps loosen phlegm, relieves chest congestion, nasal and sinus congestions.

Blast Fungal Sinusitis

Did you know that many cases of sinusitis in the US are caused by fungi? If you are a chronic sinusitis sufferer, plant-like organisms like fungi could really be the main culprit of your sinus symptoms. You may be surprised to know that youve had fungal sinusitis all along.

According to the American Rhinologic Society, there are four types of fungal sinusitis. These are:

1) Fungal ball (occurs commonly in the maxillary sinuses)
2) Allergic fungal sinusitis (the most common type of fungal sinusitis)
3 & 4) Chronic invasive sinusitis and Acute invasive sinusitis (the least common but the more serious types of fungal sinusitis growing deeply into the sinus tissues and bones)

Fungal ball and allergic fungal sinusitis exhibit similar sinusitis symptoms and are considered as non-invasive, which means that fungi appear only in mucus from the sinuses. Like bacterial sinusitis, sinus symptoms include headache, facial pain and pressure, coughing, congestion, post-nasal drip, and nasal polyps. When fungal sinusitis is said to be invasive, the fungi deeply penetrates the sinus mucosa, submucosa, blood vessels and/or bone. This is considered serious and life-threatening.

Fungi Greatly Affect the Sinuses
Fungi are plant-like organisms that lack chlorophyll, therefore, they do not need sunlight to survive. This makes the sinuses an ideal venue for fungi to grow. When fungi invade your sinuses, your sinus passages get inflamed and obstructed. The problem begins when mucus starts building up in the obstructed sinuses. Increased mucus production also means bacteria can quickly multiply in the sinus area.

Avoiding Fungal Sinusitis
Your living environment is one of the most common areas that can hold mold spores. Molds are a common cause of allergic fungal sinusitis. They can be found in ceilings, window panes and roofs. Cleanliness is always the key to preventing the signs of fungal sinusitis. This includes increasing air flow exchange into your living spaces, eliminating mold spores with mold-fighting cleansers, and checking water leaks that cause moisture. It is also best to consult your doctor for any nasal polyps that may have developed, since these growths are especially common in persons with fungal sinusitis. Steroid sprays, steroid drops and metered inhalers can also reduce the recurrence of fungal sinusitis, but should be used with caution.

New Sinus Technology to Treat Fungal Sinusitis
Health technology professionals and researches have gone to great lengths to arrive at the best possible treatment methods for sinus infections. New technology in sinus treatment delivers efficient and effective solutions for nasal allergy, chronic and acute sinusitis, including fungal sinusitis. One of the most advanced treatments is called aerosolized therapy using a compact nebulizer that aerosolizes doctor-prescribed anti-fungal, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication directly into the sinus area. The mist particles released by the nebulizer device are tiny, ultra-fine particles, therefore, making the nebulizer more effective to penetrate deeply into the sinuses. And because there is low system absorption of the medicine into the body, there is little or no worry about side effect risks. Another similar drug delivery system is called atomized therapy which uses a portable atomizing device that employs positive pressure to propel liquid medication into the sinuses.

Ask your doctor about the latest devices in sinus treatment technology. Get the best solution. Be sinusitis free!

Chronic Sinusitis Cures And Remedies

Chronic Sinusitis can really have a big impact on one’s life. Chronic sinusitis, also known as Chronic rhino-sinusitis usually lasts a lot longer than Acute sinusitis which can hang around for around three months or so depending on age, your environment and specific treatments taken and how regular you take them.

People have reported to have had Chronic Sinusitis for well over fifty years or more and have suffered badly as a result

Causes:

The mucous membranes of the sinuses become inflamed and swollen resulting in mucous build up and nasal drainage is constrained. These obstructed, inflamed sinuses bring on a moist environment that helps bacterial infection run riot.

This can happen from these following causes:

Repeated periods of Acute Sinusitis together with a low immune system
Fungal infections
Allergies
Deflected nasal septum
Polyps or tumors
Injuries to the face or trauma that can block the sinuses
Overexposure to cigarette smoke or something similar
Certain medical conditions can bring it on like Cystic Fibrosis, HIV and Gastroesophageal reflux
Immune system cells

Symptoms:

Sinus obstruction/sinus pain, headaches, runny nose, constant sneezing without having a cold or Hay Fever, loss of taste and smell, difficulty breathing, tiredness, lethargy, fatigue and dizziness and even a touch of bad breath because of having to breathe in and out of the mouth especially at night.

Treatments:

Antibiotics- don’t really get rid or Chronic Sinusitis and can be counterproductive. There was a study conducted in the US and they found that 96% of sufferers have a fungal infection and that the infection is the reason behind the irritation of the sinus passages, this is why Antibiotics do not work because they cannot get rid of the fungal infection. They could potentially make the sufferer worse because Antibiotics themselves are a mold.

Non prescription drugs such as decongestant tablets and liquids

Nasal corticosteroids such a Aldercin, Rhinocourt and Beconase can work temporarily and reduce nasal polyps but tend not to get to the root of the problem. Nasal corticosteroids have known to cause side effects such as headaches, nasal ulcers, sore throat and dryness in the throat as well.

Non prescription and prescription pain relievers-more relevant to Acute Sinusitis

Saline sprays can be surprisingly effective

Nasal sprays (non-steroid) such as Nasanex or Sudafed can relieve the sufferer by reducing histamines in the nasal canal. It’s best to use these sprays when the nose is clear so they can do their job to the fullest and really penetrate into the nasal passage. These sprays can also have their fair share of side effects such as headaches, swelling of the face and the nasal tissue drying

Non prescription anti-histamines- These are readily available in the form of syrups or tablets such as Clarytine or Benadryl. Again these are good in preventing histamine build up thus reducing nasal blockage. These to have their various side effects such as drowsiness

Minimizing stress levels- I’m sure we’ve all heard that reducing stress can have huge health benefits in our life. This rings true with the irritation of the nasal lining as stress can encourage and aggravate histamine build up and add to nasal blockage. A good balanced lifestyle along with a healthy diet which includes life-giving fruit and vegetables and plenty of sleep can minimize stress levels

Exercise- This is another stress buster most of us can do and has been known to reduce Chronic Sinusitis in sufferers as it releases endorphins that act as natural painkillers. This does not mean having to go for a 20km run, just a short walk up the street can be beneficial.

Natural remedies or natural anti-inflammatories can relieve the symptoms of sinusitis because they reduce the inflammation causing Chronic sinusitis. Vitamin C, ginger, Omega 3,6 and 9 oils and turmeric can be quite beneficial in reducing the symptoms of Chronic sinusitis. These natural inflammatories usually have a waiting time in the system before they can take effect

Surgery- This can be effective in removing sinus polyps especially but have a tendency in growing back. Surgery can also get rid of infected sinus tissue and fix up a deviated septum. Surgery should only be considered as a last resort and it is never guaranteed to work

There is the other type of sinusitis caused by hay fever and pollen barriers such as petroleum jelly can be gelled inside the nasal passage and stop the pollen from entering into the sinuses

Sufferers should always consult their doctor and/or specialist before trying anything new.

I am passionate about helping people with Chronic sinusitis as I am a sufferer of the ailment and continue to suffer but have minimized the impact using several treatments and experimenting alon

Common Causes of Sinusitis

Are you looking for the causes of sinusitis? You should be! This is one of the key things that you have to know if you are ever going to beat your sinus problems. If you can get to the root of the problems, then chances are you are going to be able to solve that problem. Here are some of the common causes of sinusitis and their possible treatments.

Bacteria

This is one of the most popular causes that most people attribute to their sinus problems. While it is true that bacterial infections may be behind the conditions, the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) in their Clinical Practice Guideline: Adult Sinusitis (published in their official journal, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery), warns doctors to differentiate between acute bacterial (rhino)sinusitis (ABRS – the AAO prefers the term rhinosinusitis or nose sinusitis since the nose is almost always involved) and sinus conditions by other causes else run the risk of misusing and overusing antibiotics.

One tip to differentiate from bacterial causes is to check the length of your symptoms. If the symptoms persist for more than 10 days, that’s usually an indicator that a bacterial infection is behind the condition.

According to the Mayo Clinic, antibiotics may still be necessary in chronic sinusitis when bacteria are present. However, they go on to state that antibiotics may prove ineffective because the chronic case is usually caused by something other than bacteria. They also state that antibiotics aren’t usually needed even in acute cases because the symptoms will self-limit or will go away on their own.

Allergies

According to the Mayo Clinic, this is one of the common reasons behind the chronic conditions. They suggest the careful management of your allergies by taking the time to know your allergens (the particular materials you are sensitive or allergic to) and taking steps to minimize your contact with them. You can also try immunotherapy techniques that help your body get used to the allergens, reducing the body’s sensitivity to them. You can also try anti-inflammatory nasal sprays to relieve the symptoms.

Fungi

The Mayo Clinic conducted a study on fungi related sinus problems and found that in 96% of the chronic sinus cases tested fungi were found .Fungi could be an overlooked but very common cause of the condition. The AAO has reported a significant rise in the number of diagnosed fungal conditions in the last 30 years attributed to the recent data that has surfaced about it. The AAO also supports the Mayo Clinic findings. Discuss this with your doctor. Antifungal nasal sprays are available should you be suffering from this particular cause.

Viruses

This is also a common cause. However, most cases will self-limit. The Mayo Clinic suggests a healthier life-style that includes sleeping, eating, and exercising right. You should also drink the appropriate amount of water per day as hydration can play a big role.

Nasal Abnormalities

There are times when the reason behind your condition is anatomical problem. A physical abnormality like a deviated nasal septum can cause the repeated bouts of your problem. You may have to undergo surgery to treat this but be absolutely sure that you are suffering from it before committing to any treatment.

As with any medical condition, you have to be sure that you are getting the right diagnosis. Try really pin point your cause to get the proper treatment. You can help your doctor do this by being honest with yourself and giving your doctor ample information about your symptoms. The more he knows, the better your chances of getting the right solution.

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Balloon Sinuplasty Best Way to Treat Sinusitis

Balloon sinuplasty is the best way through which one can get rid of the problem of sinusitis. These days, numbers of individuals suffering from the problem of sinusitis are increasing at an alarming rate. To deal with this problem, the healthcare sector has come up with sinuplasty. After getting this treatment, you do not have to face painful symptoms that occur during chronic sinusitis. Now before you can undergo this surgical method it is important to have an overview about it. This treatment is advised for those people who do not respond to antibiotics. If you were also one of them, reading the text below would be of great significance to you.

In baloon sinuplasty, endoscopy and catheter system is used for getting the best results without any deep invasions. Here, surgeons insert balloon inside the nose using catheters. When the cause of the problem is identified, the balloon is inflated to clear off blockage present in that particular place. Once the process is over the balloon used is deflated and removed with catheter. During the surgery, patient is given anesthesia and for this, special doctors are being called. If you want to get rid of sinusitis at the earliest, this is the only way to do so. The best part of the treatment is FDA approves it. This means that the treatment is safe for all and provides efficient results in most of the cases.

Once you have decided to undergo this kind of surgery, it is time to look for doctors who can perform it. One should always remember that a surgery could be made successful only when proficient doctor carries it out. Thus for searching for the best balloon sinuplasty doctors you can rely on internet. These days, various healthcare institutes are offering this surgery and you can choose the best of all in your locality. Many of these centers offer effective treatments for problem of snoring as well. Thus, if you want any of such treatments, avail the facility of online appointment. With this, you can take an appointment online if you want to get rid of sinusitis at the earliest possible.

Basic Information On Sinusitis Treatments

Sinusitis is a common ailment, but it can have severe implications on your health and affect your daily routine. It occurs when one or more of the hollow cavities around your nose called sinuses become blocked and inflamed. This can impair your nasal functions and obstruct the flow of air and mucus in your nasal passageways. Sinusitis can lead to severe facial pain and discomfort, thick nasal discharges, relentless headaches, and even fevers. Most people can relate to the stuffy and heavy feeling that comes with sinusitis and they can tell you that its not a very pleasant experience.

Basic Cures for Sinusitis
So what can you do to cure sinusitis? There are actually many easy and economical remedies that can alleviate the symptoms of sinusitis and eventually cure you completely. Most people who have been taking various forms of sinus medication have attested to their effectiveness when it comes to battling sinusitis. For instance, taking antibiotics and antihistamines can help control the bacterial infections and allergens that cause your sinusitis. The use of pain relievers can lessen the facial pain and headaches, making your condition more bearable and allowing you to go on with your usual activities. Anti-inflammatory sinus medication like corticosteroids can help reduce the swelling and inflammation of the sinuses, improving their overall condition. Decongestants, on the other hand, can unclog the nasal passages from the heavy mucus discharge.

Popular Home Remedies
Aside from these sinus medication choices, you can also try some age-old home remedies. Rinsing your nose with saline solution will help disinfect your nasal canals and clear the passageways from any blockage. Steam treatment also has the same effect it clears the nasal passageways and drains out the excess mucus. Make use of essential oils and it is sure to provide you with a more soothing and relaxing feeling, helping you recover faster. Herbal sinus medications are also helpful against sinusitis without the side effects common among drug medications.

With these cures and remedies, you can say goodbye to your sinusitis in no time. These have been proven to be safe and effective time and time again so there should be no reason why these will not work for you. But in the event that these remedies do not improve your condition, then you must seek out the advice of a physician. He will be able to recommend a more appropriate and aggressive sinus medication or treatment program to cure your sinusitis.

But in the end, preventing a disease from occurring is always better than curing it. Since sinusitis is a common ailment, you can opt to steer clear from the things that cause this condition. Keep your distance from infectious organisms, as well as from regular dirt and dust in your living and working areas. Boost your immune system by maintaining a healthy diet and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. A strong immune system can fight off any disease-causing bacteria or virus that might invade your body. Another way to keep your body in tiptop shape is to exercise regularly and get enough rest and sleep. A regular exercise program will enhance your blood circulation and bodily functions, while enough rest and sleep will allow your body to recharge and repair any damaged cells or muscles.

Fibromyalgia and Liver Toxicity

Fibromyalgia and Liver Toxicity

Located on the right side of the abdomen, the liver is first to process the nutrients delivered by way of the blood stream. The liver also releases substances to neutralize harmful chemicals, viruses and bacteria. Unfortunately, in the process of rendering these toxins harmless, free radicals are generated (see free radicals). The liver is the largest organ in the body. It filters two quarts of blood every minute and secretes a quart of bile each day.

It removes about 99% of all unwanted toxins and bacteria during this filtration process. Each day the liver releases about 1 liter of bile. Bile is necessary for absorbing fat-soluble substances, including certain vitamins. The bile also helps eliminate toxic chemicals. Bile is mixed with dietary fiber and voided through daily bowel movements.

We are constantly being exposed to potentially dangerous toxins through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. An optimally functioning detoxification system is necessary for providing good health and preventing disease.

A poorly functioning detoxification system also contributes to allergic disorders, asthma, hives, psoriasis, eczema, and is associated with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The liver uses a two-step approach in detoxifying toxins (xenobiotics). Unwanted chemicals, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, alcohol, pesticides, herbicides, and metabolic waste products are neutralized by the liver’s enzymes. There are two enzymatic pathways, Phase I and Phase II.

Phase I detoxification enzymes are collectively known as Cytochrome P450. The Cytochrome P450 system is made up of 50-100 enzymes. Each enzyme is specially suited to for certain types of toxins. Phase I enzymes attempt to neutralize toxic chemicals by transforming them into a less toxic form. Chemicals that are unable to be neutralized are changed into a more active intermediate form. As the phase I enzymes neutralize toxins they also spin off free radicals. If there aren’t enough antioxidants to counter these free radicals the liver may be compromised.

Phase II detoxification enzymes now go to work on these intermediates and use a process called conjugation, in which liver enzymes attach minute chemicals to the toxic structure. Phase II neutralizes the toxins or makes them more likely to be excreted through urination or defecation. Unfortunately, many of these intermediate forms are more toxic and potentially more damaging than in their original state. An inadequate Phase II detoxification system can cause all sorts of chronic illnesses. A person suffering from poorly functioning Phase II and over active Phase I detoxification is known as a pathological detoxifier. These individuals fill up doctors’ offices on a regular basis. They suffer from a variety of ailments that seem to never go away. This is so true for those with fibromyalgia, who often have difficulty taking prescription drugs in the first place. Neither their doctor, nor the patient realizes that a compromised detoxification system is further aggravated by toxic prescription medications.

The Phase I detoxification process is inhibited by taking anti-histamines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (aspirin, Daypro, Naprosyn, Tylenol, etc.;), azoles drugs (anti-fungals), and anti-depressants, including Valium, Klonopin, Prozac, and Celexa. Is it any wonder that Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue patients are told their condition is -all in their head- and are then prescribed anti-depressants, get sicker?

Phase II is responsible for neutralizing acetaminophen, nicotine, and insecticides.

Free Radicals We are a social experiment in the making. We are subjected to hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals everyday. The body disposes of these toxins by neutralizing them or by voiding them in the urine or feces. Our lungs and skin also eliminate toxins through respiration and sweat respectively. Free radicals are unstable atoms or molecules that have an unpaired electron in their outer ring. They react by taking an electron from another molecule, which then becomes unstable. This sets up a destructive cycle. Free radicals may be formed in our bodies or may come from the outside. Internal metabolic activities, including immune and detoxification processes, generate free radical molecules. External sources of free radical production include radiation, alcohol, tobacco, smog, medications, and pesticides. Oxygen is responsible for most of the toxic free radicals. Just like the rust on a car, excessive oxygenation to the body can cause premature aging and dysfunction. Free radicals have been implicated in such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer and heart disease.

Preservatives We are a social experiment in the making. Never in the history of mankind have we been exposed to so many man made chemicals. We have traded good, wholesome foods for grocery store convenience. I don’t deny the convenience of walking into a store and purchasing next week’s dinner, but to be oblivious to the damaging chemical preservatives in our foods is myopic. Try setting a lump of margarine on your back porch. It’s still there one-week later- nothing will touch it! Do the same with any live food, like a fruit, or vegetable, and notice it will be consumed in a matter of days.1

Food additives Artificial dyes and preservatives are used in most of our processed foods. Allergic symptoms associated with these foreign chemicals include, hives, angioedema, asthma, sinusitis, headaches, anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue. Many of these dyes and preservatives are in both prescription and non-prescription drugs. Asthmatics are often extremely allergic to sulfites. Some asthma inhalant medications actually have sulfites in them as a preservative! Benzoates, yellow dye [tartrazine], nitrites, sorbic acid, sulfites, Aspartame, monosodium glutamate, hydroxytoluene, and butylated hydroxyanisole are the most notorious culprits in causing the above-mentioned illnesses.

Monosodium glutamine is often added to Chinese food, soups and stews. Pickles, jams, jellies, some sodas, and cakes contain benzoates, toluenes and butylated hydroxyanisole. Sulfites are added to salad bars, beer, frozen French fries, dried fruit, shampoos, conditioners, and some cosmetics. Nitrites are used to preserve luncheon meats, hot dogs and other ready-to-eat meats.

Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) Aspartame, commonly known as NutraSweet or Equal, is an artificial sweetener. The body breaks it down into methanol and formaldehyde to metabolize it. Formaldehyde is grouped into the same class of drugs as cyanide and arsenic. Alzheimer’s disease is now being linked to methanol toxicity and aspartame. When the temperature of Aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in Aspartame is turned into formaldehyde and then into formic acid. Formic acid is the poison contained in the sting of a fire ant. It has been shown that methanol toxicity causes depression, brain fog, mood changes, insomnia, seizures and similar symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis. There are over 92 symptoms documented from using aspartame. Systemic Lupus has also been associated with methanol toxicity. The amino acid aspartic acid makes up 40 percent of Aspartame. Aspartic Acid is an excitatory amino acid, and often times contribute to children and attention deficit disorder. I always encourage my A.D.D. patients to get off and stay off diet colas.

If You Can’t Pronounce it Don’t Eat it! Avoid all foods that contain artificial dyes and preservatives. Try to consume as many whole, live foods as possible. Fruits, vegetables and whole, unprocessed grains [unless you are gluten sensitive] are the healthiest foods to eat. These foods are loaded with anti-oxidants, cancer fighting and immune-boosting phytochemicals. They are easy on the digestive system and allow the body to generate more energy to fight diseases and build immunity. Foods aren’t the only way we are poisoned with toxic chemicals. Many of the products we use on a daily basis in the form of shampoos, conditioners, lotion soaps, deodorants, and cosmetics are contaminated with toxic chemicals, so read labels. Heavy metals such as aluminum, copper, nickel and lead are in many of the above-mentioned products. Start shopping at your local health food store or shop on line to find more natural household products.

Cleaning up the Mess The first course of action is to avoid toxins and toxic environments. Work with your doctor and explore alternatives to taking long-term prescription drugs. Severely reduce or eliminate alcohol, nicotine, allergic foods, and preservative rich foods. Combat free radicals by taking antioxidants. These include vitamins A, E, C, the mineral selenium, and the plant extract, Pycnogenol. Eat more broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, which contain phyto-chemicals that stimulate Phase I and Phase II detoxification pathways.

Glutathione The amino acids, glutathione (tripeptide), methionine, glycine, and cysteine are needed for proper liver detoxification. Cysteine, glycine and glutamine (glutamic acid) combine to make glutathione. Glutathione is the most abundant and important liver protecting, antioxidant. Although glutathione is readily absorbed from fruits, vegetables and meats, depletion may occur during high or sustained exposure to toxins. Cysteine, methionine and glycine are more absorbable than taking straight glutathione and should be used when possible. Methionine helps produce more cysteine and glutathione in times of stress.

Silybum Marianum The Silymarin Complex, particularly the Silibinin component of milk thistle, protects the liver from free radical damage. It prevents certain toxins from entering liver cells and stimulates regeneration of damaged liver cells. Medical use of milk thistle can be traced back more than 2000 years. Over 30 years ago, intensive research on the liver protecting properties in milk thistle began in Germany. Extensive research also may have led to the approval of a standardized milk thistle extract in Germany for the treatment of alcohol-induced liver disease and other acquainted disease of the liver. Milk thistle extract protects liver cells, both directly and indirectly. It is able to regenerate liver cells that have been injured and to prevent fibrosis or fatty liver. Milk thistle directly aids liver cells by binding to the outside of the cells and blocking entrance of certain toxins. In addition, toxins that have already penetrated the liver cells are neutralized by milk thistle. Silymarin helps the cells produce a powerful antioxidant known as glutathione. Silymarin has been shown in animal studies to raise the glutathione levels in liver cells by as much as 50%. Silymarin also increases the activity in another antioxidant known as supraoxide dismutase (SOD). The normal dose is standardized of 80% Silymarin content with 420 mg in three divided doses.

Alpha Lipoic Acid Alpha Lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant compound that helps recycle glutathione. It is unique in that it is fat and water soluble allowing it to work within both mediums. It is manufactured by the body in small amounts and needs to be obtained through the diet. Mitochondria are vitamin-like substances that play a vital role in mitochondrial energy production. Mitochondria are the spark plugs of the cells. They are responsible for each cells metabolism (energy) and generate 95% of the total energy needed by the human body. Alpha Lipoic acid can help prevent and repair damage to liver cells. It is also being studied for its regenerative properties in neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. To help increase liver detoxification and boost cellular energy Alpha Lipoic Acid – take between 200-400mg a day.

An optimally functioning liver and detoxification system may help reduce some of the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia- it will certainly improve one’s health overall.

About Dr. Murphree

Dr. Murphree is a board certified nutritional specialist and chiropractic physician who has been in private practice since 1990. He is the founder and past clinic director for a large integrated medical practice located on the campus of Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham Alabama. The clinic was staffed with medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and massage therapists. The clinic combined prescription and natural medicines for acute and chronic illnesses. He is the author of 5 books for patients and doctors, including “Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” “”Heart Disease What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You’- and “Treating and Beating Anxiety and Depression with Orthomolecular Medicine.”

In 2002 Dr. Murphree sold his medical practice and now maintains a busy solo practice specializing in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, mood disorders, and other chronic illnesses. He can be reached toll free 1-888-884-9577 or at 205-879-2383 His website is at www.treatingandbeating.com

End the Battle with Chronic Sinusitis

Are you suffering from persistent and long-lasting sinusitis symptoms? Your nose keeps running and running relentlessly? Is your throat perpetually sore? If you are experiencing these sinus and nasal discomforts for a long time now, it is time to wage a battle with chronic sinusitis.

What is Chronic Sinusitis? Chronic sinusitis is a type of sinusitis that lasts for more than eight to twelve weeks. With chronic sinusitis, there is swelling and inflammation of the sinus cavity region. It could have started from a cold that never went away. Nasty symptoms such as headache, fever, fatigue, facial pain and pressure, post nasal drip, cough and congestion are experienced in chronic sinusitis, although sometimes, not all symptoms are present. It may show lesser symptoms than acute sinusitis (lasts less than 3 to 4 weeks) but longer lasting. In a bacterial chronic sinusitis, the mucous membrane produces fluids which are not like the usual in normal days. Imagine bacteria invading your system and blocking drainage for a long period of time. This definitely takes a toll on a chronic sinusitis patient’s body and daily activities.

Causes of Sinusitis Aside from the common cold, sinusitis can be triggered by several factors. Climate and temperature can likely bring about symptoms of sinusitis. The cold, damp weather especially this fall season is the culprit of colds and sinus/nasal problems. Allergens in the environment like pollen, grass, weed, and animal dander are the main causes of nasal allergies or allergic rhinitis. Even so, a person with an impaired immune system makes it easy for bacteria to spread in the body, thereby causing chronic and life-threatening diseases. All of these factors can lead to chronic sinusitis infections.

How to Treat Chronic Sinusitis Chronic sinusitis, if not treated properly, can make life miserable. The upper respiratory system is truly a vital structure that is in charge of the way we breathe and swallow, as well as maintaining the back of the throat clear of food and mucous. In chronic sinusitis, overproduction of the mucous membrane is present, and in days when symptoms are acting up all at the same time, it can be very overwhelming. There are many healing methods, medications and gadgets that can be used to combat chronic sinusitis. Nasal irrigation can be done with the use of netipots and irrigators. Natural healing herbs and vitamins can increase the chances of fighting the infection. Over the counter decongestants and oral antibiotics help alleviate congestion, stuffiness and bacterial infections. Alternative holistic methods like naturopathic, chiropractic are gaining notice and being tested by those who are looking for other forms of treatment.

New Sinus Technology Stops Chronic Sinusitis There is a new way to end all chronic sinusitis battles. Nebulized therapy has proven to be the most effective sinusitis treatment as of today. With nebulized therapy, patients with chronic sinusitis have gotten rid of congestion, thick green mucous, facial pain, and other symptoms in days following the first treatment. Nebulized therapy works by using a compact nebulizer that pumps antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal medication into very fine mist, directly targeting the sinus infection. The small particles inhaled into the sinus region instantly kill the bacteria, thereby opening the sinuses and eliminating the infection. Nebulized therapy is doctor-prescribed assisted by a sinus compounding pharmacy.

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Common Causes Of Stomach Bloating

Stomach bloating causes much more than difficulty buttoning your jeans. It is also incredibly uncomfortable, and can lead to embarrassment as it is often accompanied by gas. While stomach bloat is sometimes caused by something as innocuous as gas, it can also be a symptom of a more severe and potentially life-threatening condition.

Celiac Disease
Stomach bloat is often one of the first noticeable symptoms of celiac disease, an autoimmune disease where the body is unable to correctly process gluten. Other symptoms include bouts of constipation and diarrhea, and over time, the condition can cause fairly severe damage to the small intestine. There is no cure, and the only treatment is to avoid all contact with gluten and foods that contain gluten.

Lactose Intolerance
Like celiac disease, this is a condition where the body cannot process a certain type of food. It’s less severe than celiac disease, but can still be pretty uncomfortable, with symptoms that include stomach bloating, gas, diarrhea and sometimes nausea and vomiting. People with this condition should be careful to avoid dairy and other foods with lactose.

Overeating
Sometimes a bloated stomach is simply because of overeating. When too much food is consumed too rapidly, and digestion slows down in an effort to handle it all. This can cause a great deal of discomfort, as well as other symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn and fatigue. If overeating happens frequently, you may be suffering from an overeating disorder, which can lead to obesity, diabetes and other serious health conditions.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is a condition that is known as a functional disorder. The bowel shows no sign of disease, but there is no question that this is an uncomfortable condition. Because of the lack of obvious disease, it can be very difficult to treat, which makes it incredibly frustrating. The symptoms are often chalked up to stress or an emotional problem, but evidence suggests that this isn’t necessarily so. The symptoms, which including bloating, gas, cramping and nausea can be somewhat controlled through diet, but sometimes they can still interfere with life.

Pancreatitis
This condition is an inflammation of the pancreas, a small gland that plays an important role in digestion. Sometimes the digestive enzymes attack the pancreas and damage the tissue. Other pancreas problems include gallstones that invade the pancreas and damage due to long-term alcohol abuse. A severe case of pancreatitis can cause pain, bloating, fever, rapid pulse and vomiting. Someone experiencing these symptoms should be seen right away in an emergency room.

Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is usually caused by Salmonella bacteria. It’s usually picked up by eating contaminated and undercooked eggs and chicken, although any food can become contaminated if it comes into contact with the bacteria. The bacteria causes a multitude of digestive problems, including bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. It can be very risky when contracted by someone with a compromised immune system, the very young or the elderly or pregnant women.

Sometimes bloating can be a symptom of a very serious condition. Some of these include:

Cancer, including colorectal or pancreatic, stomach or ovarian cancers
Liver disease caused by long-term alcohol abuse
Crohn’s disease
AppendicitisIf you are experiencing severe bloating and can’t pin the cause to something you ate, you should get checked out by a doctor. If your symptoms are causing you severe pain, nausea or vomiting, treat it as an emergency. Stomach bloating should be taken seriously.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease – Affect to small intestine

Symptoms of Celiac disease is a major problem which is been affected to the digestive system. This disease is very risky because it damages the small intense and stops the procedure of absorbing the nutrients from the food consumed. Since one is been diagnosed to it then they should take care of the foods they eat. The food which contains gluten should be avoided because if consumed then it worsen the situation. There are many products available in market which contains gluten including wheat, barley and rye. If one consumes these foods then the patient diagnosed cannot tolerate it. There are many symptoms of Celiac disease and one should keep it in notice. Because of the symptoms are not the same because it varies from person to person. This symptom is not necessary that it would affect only intestine but also other body part. This problem is majority come in contract to infants and children’s. The very common symptom of Celiac disease which parents should notice in their children’s includes pain and bloating in abdominal, vomiting, diarrhea, fatty stool and sudden weight loss. The most noticeable symptom which one can notice in their child is the irritation and mood swing, behavior change. If the infants doesn’t get the proper nutrients which he or she should get then there are many changes that the growth of the infant will stop, short stature, dental problem and lot more. There are very less chances that these diseases can be affected even to adults. The symptoms of Celiac disease which one can notice is the fatigue, loss of bones, pain in joins and bones, tingling type of sensation in hands and feet, if a women then there are chances of missing the menstrual periods, miscarriage of a pregnant women, appearance of crank sore in mouth and skin rash and itchiness. In some cases it happens that the person who is diagnosed to Celiac disease may not get the symptoms of it for longer time. But it many cause malnutrition complications after a long time which includes anemia, miscarriage of a child within the womb of a mother, osteoporosis and other problems. Some major problems may also occur due to the symptoms of Celiac disease like cancer of intestine and liver fail or disease. The symptoms appear according to the age of the person and also it differs from each others symptoms. This disease damages the small intense which plays an important role in the digestive symptoms and it can be treated only at the early stage. If it is diagnosed for a longer time it would be risky to do the treatment on it and it would remain undiagnosed for the whole life with complications.

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