Saterdag, 30 Maart 2013


Did you know that the weather could affect people’s moods? Most people will understand how sometimes rain can break your spirit, and a warm, sunny day can raise them right again. But for some the effect of time can be much more serious.

S.a.d or seasonal affective disorder affects about half a million people in Europe, with numbers increasing each year. It is a mood disorder, in particular relating to winter months and some health experts believe that this is down to the number of daylight hours is less than that of the summer.

Unfortunately often sufferers diagnosed for many years and is not recognized until consecutive attacks of illness for a period if several winters each with identical or similar symptoms. Recognize these symptoms can help sufferers to seek treatment.

The symptoms of Sad can be a combination of these factors may include-

Disturbed sleep-sleep more than usual, finding it hard to wake up or wake up early in the morning and be weary of prime time.

Anxiety-feeling anxious and able to do well under pressure or tolerate stressful situations.

Lethargy-feel tired and restless, often being unable to carry out daily activities.

Sudden mood changes-bass or treble can occur in some patients.

Loss of Libido and disinterest-social intimacy and physical contact can lose interest for the sick, not wanting any closeness with friends or partners. This can also be seen that reflected in social behavioural changes i.e. not wanting to mix in social circles with friends, loss of interest in getting out and interacting with others.

Habits-eating habits can change dramatically from the norm, either over or under eating can become a problem with sudden weight loss or gain.

S.a.d treatment varies for each health authority, the complexity of the symptoms and severity of the disease. Many people ignore the symptoms and consult the doctor, while some people chose to go to warmer climates during the winter months. Expensive trip however is not an option for many sufferers and medical care is often necessary.

Mood disorders experts have shown that one of the most effective ways to help alleviate the symptoms of SAD is through light therapy, this is usually in the shape of a box containing a very powerful and light, patients can sit up to 1-2 hours a day and let the light penetrate their eyes. These lighting systems can be purchased to treat for domestic use.

However, some health authorities do not use light therapy as a treatment for the disease, and other treatments are recommended. Non-sedating Antidepressants can help control moods and help relieve the symptoms, while for others the advice is a good option. Sufferers do not always require the same treatment so it is always advisable to consult your doctor for a full diagnosis and prescribed the right medicine.

If you have doubts or are sick of s.a.d you may find some of the following links of interest.

Doctor, I have to wear this CPAP for the rest of my life?

Yes, you may just have to wear that CPAP for the rest of your life. Those are harsh words to say and even more difficult to hear. The fact is the more mild sleep apnea and less pressure to open the airway, the more chances you have to get off of CPAP. It may take some lifestyle changes or even undergoing surgery-but it has been done. The problem is that not every one has slight sleep apnea. Assign we take high CPAP to keep open our airways.

Let me try to explain why everybody needs a different CPAP pressure to open the airway. Think of the Airways as a balloon. Some balloons are difficult to inflate and hurt her cheeks, others will be slightly easier to inflate. Of the Airways that are blocked may not even begin to swell until you reach higher pressure ranges. Your weight and severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are the two major factors that play a big part in how high pressure you may require for your CPAP machine. The pressure acts as a tutor or a cushion of air that keeps open what gravity is trying to close. Yes gravity plays a large role in obstructing the airway. That’s why the majority of OSA patients have learned to sleep on their side rather than their back. For this reason, some mild OSA patients can be treated with Positional Therapy. This position allows the Airways remain open until they lay on their backs. Most carry weight is difficult to maintain the airway from collapsing under its own weight because gravity is pulling down on it.

There are a number of reasons why you may have OSA. For example, when lying on your back, gravity will pull back the tongue and obstruct the airway. Another contributor to OSA is the excess weight of the stomach which pushes against the diaphragm. Once again can be relieved by lying on its side. Gravity now will prevent you from pulling your diaphragm. The stomach is located beside along with the language. Genetics also plays a role by the way that it has shaped jaw, airway dimensions, the size of your tonsils and adenoids. These are just some of the reasons why a patient will be predisposed to have OSA.

As you can see that may not always be only a factor causing sleep apnea. Weight reduction alone can only reduce the risk of OSA. Most people who have moderate to severe OSA more have a ongoing problem. That’s why the correction of a problem through surgery or weight loss can lower the pressure that you need, but it doesn’t always fix the whole problem all together. This is not to say that for most moderate to severe apnea patients lose weight won’t allow you to stop CPAP therapy. Can only get into the realm of ‘ meek ‘ which then can then be dealt with by alternative measures such as positional therapy, surgery or maybe even a dental appliance. Everyone has there own a combination of issues that would need to discuss with your doctor.

The first thing you need to do to feel better is to get the CPAP. Then when you feel better to try to exercise with a weight loss program, then go from there. There are a lucky few that everyone feels about being able to solve a problem and manage to reduce or eliminate their CPAP pressure. Unfortunately most people don’t fall into that category. My advice is that if you can fix something through surgery or weight loss, go back for a repeat sleep study to determine if you are really with out dares. You might think that you are healed only to find that you may still need CPAP therapy, but at a lower pressure.

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a common, chronic condition that affects the quality of life of thousands of people. In fact, affects a third of the population at one time or another, and one in ten of us is sufficiently uncomfortable to go to the doctor about it. The embarrassment factor prevents many from seeking help or advice, but there’s plenty of help available and no shame in asking for it.

IBS is also sometimes referred to as ‘ spastic colon. This is because the nerves controlling the muscles of the gastro-intestinal tract are overactive, causing muscle spasms in the colon. In this case the stroke becomes sensitive to a variety of different foods and stress-anxious feelings may trigger this reaction in the hypersensitive digestive tract. The result is usually abdominal pain and swelling and often a cycle of alternating constipation and diarrhea. Some of the other symptoms that can occur are rumbling stomach, an urgent need to empty the bowels and a feeling of incomplete emptying after using the toilet, sometimes even nausea and vomiting and loss of appetite. It is also known as ‘ mucous colitis ‘, even if IBS is the most common term.

IBS has some symptoms in common with Crohn’s disease more serious, but even if it isn’t as bad as this can still cause misery and exacerbate the depression that is often brought up. This cycle can be difficult to break. It is more common in women than men and may continue for months or years, if left untreated. As above, since many people do not seek help for IBS by a doctor, can go untreated for a long time. Sometimes they do not think their symptoms as connected in any way and put up with them as just an error in their digestive system.

IBS is essentially a catch-all term for various digestive disorders-collections is not inflammatory and should not be confused with irritable bowel disease, although they can often occur simultaneously with this more serious condition. There are three forms of IBS, dependent on where the various symptoms comes as most important: diarrhea-predominant (IBS-D), constipation-predominant (IBS-C) and IBS with alternating stool pattern (IBS-A). Most people try to relieve IBS symptoms to alter their diet and lifestyle and find out what works better than a process of trial and error. IBS is often self-diagnosed, but diagnosis must be confirmed by a physician or a gastroenterologist.

Physical fitness optimization-Maximization not physical Skill

When I look at the physical fitness industry today it is painfully obvious that the industry is more interested in maximizing the expertise to build better human beings.

In essence, the fitness industry has been divided into two camps … muscle growth and aerobic capacity.

But make no mistake, physical training is to become a better man, better suited to meet the challenges of life, work and sport with excellence under most circumstances.

Physical training is not maximizing muscle growth, so it looks good on your t-shirt or the ability to sustain a long, monotonous aerobic activity.

To become a better man, you must use your physical training for fitness optimization … maximizing non-physical skill.

Optimization of physical form is the acceptable compromise and deliberate of skill and ability to perform in all areas of cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy and toughness to produce optimal performance results under most circumstances

Yes … fitness optimization is understanding that true physical form is a compromise.

Your fitness level includes the ability to run using all physical abilities mentioned in a coordinated manner and seamlessly to complete any task at any point in time.

Fitness is not and should not, be measured through the maximization of physical skills of one of these abilities.

Real physical form has to do with the physical ability to perform the widest variety of tasks under the largest diversity of circumstances … does not maximize a physical ability to perform a task in controlled conditions.

Strangely, the tendency seems to be to use exercise to maximize a physical ability at the expense of all others … actually making less fit person.

If you spend all your time improving training only one facet of fitness … the weaknesses will be significantly exceed the strength.

You have become so specialized that are suitable for most cases detected in sports, work and life … and I’m sure that wasn’t your goal when you start a physical training program.

Let’s get one thing straight …

I am not against muscle growth and aerobic … I am against the fitness industry unbalanced focus on muscle growth and aerobic capacity, at the expense of true fitness.

Isolated muscle exercises run on limited motion machines combined with extended aerobic sessions is not the path of excellence, strength, conditioning and fitness … no matter what the marketing machine of the fitness industry.

Commit yourself to strength, conditioning and fitness optimization if your goal is to develop performance improvements in all 10 physical skills and produce a body that performs as good as it gets.

If your current physical fitness training program is designed to maximize physical abilities … change it!

Because there is one thing that I know for a fact …

If you have functional strength, conditioning and fitness excellence there will be moments of sport, work and life that you need … and if not, there will be times when you wish you did.

Vrydag, 29 Maart 2013

5 ways to reduce underarm sweating

1 Dust up. Using talcum powder, helps keep the body cool. TALC absorbs sweat and has ingredients that can control the smell that could be produced by the reaction. Simple as it is, this only works for mild sweating. Since our body chemistry varies, this advice may not be effective for some.

2 Keep cool. By frequent showers, the body is kept fresh and therefore produces less sweat. It also allows you to kill any bacteria are the armpits, waiting for your sweat to breed on. Four times the shower can help control sweating; However, this is not a permanent solution for excessive underarm sweating.

3 Drugs. In severe cases, there would be no need of chemical intervention to control excessive sweating. Regular application of a strong and effective solution as Maxim actually helps reduce perspiration, allowing the body to adapt gradually.

4. Botox injections. One of the popular ways of growing control underarm sweating is from Botox injections. Botox has been proven to paralyze the sweat glands and effectively prevent and control underarm sweating.

5 surgery. If Underarm Sweating condition, pose serious health concerns and have become worse, a person may resort to surgery. The procedure involves the manipulation of the sweat glands to prevent the production of sweat.

Although surgery is drastic treatment methods, offers a permanent solution for excessive underarm sweating.

There are actually many factors that are related to underarm sweating. They include lifestyle, diet, weight and breeding bacteria. Determine which triggers your condition it is important to outline an effective treatment. Guided by these suggestions to find the cure for your problem sweat.

There is a simple treatment that worked for the 95% of people who have applied his method. This remedy can keep your sweat problem away for the rest of your life and guarantee. You owe it to yourself to try. To learn more, click on one of the links below. Worth a try and if you can’t get your money back.

Identify the symptoms of nail fungus

Nail fungus can be acquired by warm and moist environments such as public baths, swimming pools and gyms. You can also get infected when they come into contact with objects contaminated by bacteria such as garden soil and decaying vegetation.

Regardless of where it comes from nail fungus, the most important thing is to be able to identify the symptoms of nail fungus infection as soon as possible so that treatment can be started immediately.

One of the first symptoms of nail fungus is discoloration on the surface of the nail. Nail fungus stains are usually yellow or Tan in the early stages. Usually, these appear as round spots somewhere in the middle of the nail, but in some cases, the discoloration can be seen in the form of streaks or stripes.

Fragility and chipping of the nails are also among the most common symptoms of nail fungus. If the nails start chipping with no apparent cause, this is a sure sign that fungal infection is about to spread on your nails.

You should make it a habit to inspect your nails every day, preferably after a bath, to see if there are any faults in their appearance. Nail fungus usually start in big toe but can start on other nails as well as your nails.

If you missed the first symptoms of nail fungus infection will surely have spread and the treatment required will be much more complicated. In just a few weeks after the onset of nail fungus, your fingernails or toenails will already be somewhat disfigured and there will be some pain, especially when wearing tight shoes and closed constantly.

Nail fungus symptoms or in its more advanced stages include the thickening of the nails. In some cases, the nail will grow so thick and disfigured that eventually will fall. By this time, your nails will already have turned into a brown or even black colour bad and may even emit a foul smell because of infection under the nail bed.

Immediate treatment is required if you are already experiencing these symptoms of nail fungus. High doses of oral medication will be required and you will have to undergo hours of treatment. If the condition is so advanced, even you might have to go for cosmetic surgery on the nail or nails.

These in-depth treatments will surely be a great inconvenience to anybody in terms of time and finances. That is why it is so important to watch out for the symptoms of nail fungus and treated before the infection worsens.

Information relating to Arthroscopic surgical procedures-a knee surgery can help!

What is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a doctor uses an Arthroscopy to assess or to treat meniscus injuries, for the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and to treat cartilage microfractures.

Scope (one of the surgical instruments used in surgery) is inserted into the knee joint through a small incision that will make your doctor. This hack is about 4 mm (1/8 inch) in length. Another small incision is made so that the surgical instrument used can work on the affected area. As a result of the use of surgical instruments that are smaller than the traditional instruments, the procedure can be monitored. For example, a small fiberoptic camera (endoscope) into the 4 mm incision in order to monitor the articulation and the surgery taking place.

Less invasive surgery

As a result of being less invasive, this procedure can reduce recovery time and may increase the success rate of the procedure. The success rate may go up because there is less trauma to the joint, and connective tissues. Since it is a less invasive procedure, there is also less scarring. In order to make “surgical space” the knee joint will be expanded through the use of irrigation fluid. This fluid can sometimes leak into the surrounding soft tissues and cause edema (swelling).

The advantages of Arthroscopy

One of the advantages of Arthroscopy is that most patients can go home, walk with a pair of crutches the same day or within 24 hours. Many times people will ask how long it will take to heal, and this depends on the reasons why surgery is needed in the first place. ACL Reconstruction Era, or a tearing of the meniscus? These two different procedures vary over time. -Physical condition a person will also be a factor to consider with regard to recovery time. It is important to listen to your doctor, but it is not uncommon for athletes in good physical condition to return to normal athletic activities within a few weeks. (See your doctor for more details).

Differentiate between types of toenail fungus

The most widespread varieties of fungal infection toenail is distal subungual Onychomycosis. In other words, this is just the fungal infection that starts from the skin under the nail. First signs of these types of infections of the toenail fungus include abnormal nail color in a shade of pale yellow or milky white, as well as the progressive fractionation and crumbling of the outermost layer of the nail.

Usually, subungual distal Onychomycosis involves a considerable amount of pain if not treated immediately. If you are suffering from these types of toenail fungus, it will be very uncomfortable to wear closed shoes. In fact, it will be difficult to walk at all, especially if the infection is in the more advanced stages.

By this time, the nail you have begun to separate from the skin and may also be completely dropped. In some cases, it may also generate a foul smell because of pus that has collected in the area. This is the variety most contagious and should be treated immediately to avoid contaminating the people around you.

The second most common toenail fungus is white superficial Onychomycosis. It affects approximately 10% of all people who suffer from fungal infection toenail. The first manifestations of these types of toenail fungus include the random appearance of white spots or streaks on the outermost layer of the nail. This condition affects the nails as well.

If not attended immediately, these types of toenail fungus may cause the nail to gradually disintegrate and turn into soft white powdery substances. However, unlike the first type, not this toenail fungus will cause the nail to fall out or is separated from the skin. White superficial Onychomycosis are also much easier to care for than any other toenail contamination.

The remaining two types of toenail fungus are very rare and are less than 1 percent of all people who suffer from fungal infection toenail. The first of these unusual types of toenail fungus is Onychomycosis Candida.

The fungus responsible for this infection is the same fungus that causes yeast infection in the mouth and the female reproductive organ. This infection is indicated for the swelling of the skin adjacent to the nail. The fingernail became unnatural colors such as white, green or orange.

Candida Onychomycosis occurs more frequently than fingernails toenails, possibly because of the constant use of nail polish. In severe cases, the infection can grow into more than one nail at a time.

Finally, the last type of fungal infection toenail is proximal subungual Onychomycosis. This typically occurs in people with HIV. With this infection, the meat around the nail thickens, pushing out the nail and forcing it to separate from the skin.

In order to treat your particular condition, you must first go to a Podiatrist to determine which type of infection you have. All types of toenail fungus has a corresponding treatment and your doctor will be able to recommend the best type of remedy for you.