Antioxidants for damage control

There are more than 1500 recognised antioxidants and related phyto-chemicals in everyday common foods that do an uncommonly good job of combating free radicals in the body – those substances released internally during the process of oxidation and formed externally by environmental forces such as radiation, X-rays, drugs, pesticides, air and water pollutants, hydrocarbons, food additives, alcohol, smoking – you name it. Free radicals damage living cells and contribute to a continuing roll call of complaints, including interference with DNA programming, premature aging, heart disease, AIDS, arthritis, cancer, cataracts, allergies and diabetes.

Here’s how the antioxidant force can be with you when you eat. Perhaps the most celebrated of the free radical foes are the carotenoids (named for the carrots in which they were first isolated), of which there are approximately 40, including alpha and beta-carotene (found in carrots, apricots and sweet potatoes) and lutein (found in spinach, celery and kale). The carotenoids are especially potent in blocking cancer, fighting allergies and slowing the aging process. The most powerful members of the antioxidant family are probably the pycnogenols (also known as flavonoids) which are 20 times more potent than Vitamin C and 50 times more active than Vitamin E. Pycnogenols protect against capillary damage, bruising and improve your overall immunity to heart disease and cancer.

Best sources:

onions, green peppers, red wine, green tea and selected herbs. Beyond what it does for the common cold and flu, the vitamin-antioxidant ascorbic acid (vitamin C) can slow the onset of Parkinson’s disease, reduce the risk of hardening of the arteries by increasing the amount of protective high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in your bloodstream, help prevent cataracts by guarding the eyes against oxidation, help lower blood pressure, and protect against a wide spectrum of cancers.

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a fat-soluble vitamin-antioxidant and important immune system stimulant that helps alleviate fatigue and provides tissue oxygen to accelerate the healing of wounds, burns and skin disorders such as acne and eczema. In partnership with the mineral selenium, it neutralizes free radicals that accelerate cellular and cerebral aging and raise the risk of cancer.

20 ANTIOXIDANTS – 40 FOOD SOURCES

Of the 20 nutrients critical in the prevention of cancer, half are antioxidants. And what’s true for cancer is true for heart disease and most other degenerative diseases. If your health’s on hold your body’s not equipped to fight back because its inadequately supplied with these food-based free radical scavengers. What do you need on a meal-to-meal basis to protect yourself ? Take a look.

YOUR HERBAL ANTIOXIDANT ARSENAL

Good herbal antioxidants to sip, sniff or cook with include alfalfa, rose-hips, peppermint, nettles, hawthorn, goldenseal and fenugreek, cumin, capsicum (red pepper), cinnamon and basil (all available as teas and tinctures).

FREE RADICALS’ BIGGEST FOE

Along with other major antioxidants such as vitamins A and C, selenium, and vitamin E, beta-carotene snuffs out free radicals, which cause the cellular changes that lead to degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular ailments, and cancer. Beta-carotene is the most celebrated and certainly the most visible (it’s the plant pigment that makes pink grapefruit pink and oranges orange) of all the antioxidants, but it is only one of the 30 to 50 of the carotene complex, including alpha carotene, gamma carotene, lycopene, lutein, and capsanthin, known to contain vitamin A. While all of the carotenes have the ability to partially convert on command into vitamin A (depending on the health of your thyroid and the presence of zinc and protein in your system) none are as readily found in common foods as beta-carotene.

Are You Worried About Black Cohosh Side Effects?

Snakeroot or black cohosh has medicinal qualities that has been utilized for quite some time now to treat various health problems. European settlers in America learned all about the therapeutic characteristics of black cohosh because of the native Americans. Today, black cohosh is commonly used to induce labor in expectant women, to treat pimples, to fortify fragile bones, to help remedy PMS as well as the signs or symptoms associated with menopause. Black cohosh is found to be effective at removing warts and moles! Black cohosh can be used as an insect repellant as well. It is also used for treating snakebite even though there’s not enough scientific evidence to confirm that it does work.

The body has unique reactions to the different chemical substances found in black cohosh. Boosting the body’s immune system is among the influences of some of these chemicals. A few can aid in reducing inflammation. Other substances in black cohosh have an effect on the nervous system. Black cohosh could affect women the same manner estrogen does. However it shouldn’t be regarded as a substitute for estrogen.

The symptoms of menopause for example headaches, hot flashes, vaginal dryness as well as mood swings are found to be improved by black cohosh. Bloating and menstrual pain are two other health conditions that black cohosh can deal with. However, you need to be conscious that there are black cohosh side effects. Pregnant women shouldn’t use black cohosh because it could induce labor. Inducing labor using black cohosh should only be undertaken in the presence of a competent midwife or maybe a health care worker. Miscarriage might result from the wrong use of black cohosh.

We really don’t know if it affects the hormones. People who have hormone-related ailments might want to steer clear of making use of black cohosh until further research is done. These problems may include cancer of the breast, cancer of the prostate as well as cancer of the ovaries. Black cohosh use can also lead to excess weight, headaches, nausea, low blood pressure and vomiting.

You might think that the side effects in the list above are simply too numerous. Take into account that these negative effects were gone through by only a small percentage of people who took black cohosh. Natural Health Sherpa – a site about natural health – discusses the benefits and also side effects of black cohosh. The post references reliable sources that confirm that health advantages of black cohosh. You can simply watch the video supplied within the blog post if you don’t feel like reading. It does mention the different side effects.

Blue cohosh as well as white cohosh shouldn’t be mistaken for black cohosh. The other two actually are toxic. Also, when you buy black cohosh, be sure that you obtain the real thing. Only deal with dealers who’re recognized to supply genuine natural products. Remember to talk with your physician first when utilizing alternative medicine.

Last Dance with Death

The announcement of Patrick Swayze’s cancer diagnosis in January 2008 followed by his demise on September 15, 2009, only 20 months later, was both tragic and a reminder that we have a long way to go in cancer treatment.

Patrick Swayze was only 57 years old when he lost his struggle to cancer. His memorable roles in Ghost and Dirty Dancing made him one of Hollywood’s great. And while we may glamorize the life of the stars, we know that money cannot buy health or even guarantee a cure to cancer.

Cancer

More than 11 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year and the numbers keep on growing. Cancer causes seven million deaths every year or 12.5 percent of deaths worldwide.

It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, young or old. Every person on the planet is at risk of cancer. Famous actors like Robert DeNiro, Diahann Carroll and Christina Applegate, singers like Sheryl Crow and Kylie Minogue have all suffered from cancer.

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells that may affect almost any tissue of the body. Lung, colorectal and stomach cancer affect both men and women, while prostate cancer only occurs in men and cervical cancer only occurs in women. Breast cancer more commonly affects women, but can also affect men.

Pancreatic Cancer

Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008. This is cancer which originates from the pancreas – a hormonal organ found tucked away behind the intestines in the abdomen. The ‘hidden’ location of the pancreas means that symptoms of cancer are often subtle. There is also no screening test to check for pancreatic cancer making it difficult to detect.

Pancreatic cancer is not the most common type of cancer but it is the fifth leading cause of cancer death worldwide. For most people the diagnosis is only made very late in the course of the illness. Swayze already had stage IV pancreatic cancer at the time of diagnosis. This means the cancer had already spread to other organs in the body, in his case, the liver.

In general, the larger a cancer is and the further it has spread at the time of diagnosis, the worse the outlook for the sufferer is. Despite his advanced disease Patrick completed his work on his television show The Beast, conducted several interviews and campaigned for cancer research during his final months.

What causes pancreatic cancer?

Nobody is certain as to what causes pancreatic cancer. Like so many other cancers most experts believe it is a combination of both your genetics and lifestyle which triggers the disease.

We know the following factors will increase your risk of developing pancreatic cancer:

Smoking cigarettes increases your chances of developing many cancers, including pancreatic cancer.

Chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) over a number of years can increase your risk of cancer.

Male. Men are 1.3 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than women. Age. The average age at which pancreatic cancer develops is 65. This means, the older you get the higher your risk of developing this cancer is. Diabetes. This medical condition has been linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in later life. Family risk. Having a first-degree family member with pancreatic cancer triples your risk of the disease.

While Swayze had his smoking habit and gender stacked up against him, he didn’t have any of the other risk factors for pancreatic cancer. Like all other cancer sufferers, Swayze must have wondered why he developed this cancer. When it comes to cancer, we just don’t have enough answers

What would be the signs and symptoms?

As previously mentioned, pancreatic cancer most often grows and spreads without detection, in 50 percent of all sufferers the cancer has spread to other organs by the time obvious symptoms develop. The symptoms and signs which pancreatic cancer may cause depend on the size and location of the cancer in the pancreas.

Jaundice. In a small number of people pancreatic cancer can present as yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes and darkening of the urine. Pain. Typically lower back pain which is only relieved by heat or bending forward is a sign of pancreatic cancer. The problem is that there are many other much more common causes of back pain.

Loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss. Cancer puts the body into a ‘breaking down’ state. Someone with cancer not only won’t feel like eating, but will burn more kilojoules as their body focuses its resources on fighting the disease. Someone with cancer can lose up to several kilograms a week.

Nausea and vomiting. While it’s not very specific, someone with pancreatic cancer will frequently complain of feeling bilious, especially after eating fatty meals.

What are the chances of survival?

Pancreatic cancer generally has a poor outlook. For those with advanced disease most will not survive one year after diagnosis. For those with early disease which can be operated on, one-in-four will still be alive after five years. Despite his late stage diagnosis and grim initial reports, Swayze survived another 20 months after his diagnosis. Cancer experts would consider this better than anyone can hope for. It makes us all feel like we are living on borrowed time.

What treatment is there?

For about 20 percent of pancreatic cancer patients the tumor is still located in the pancreas and can be removed. The surgery is technically very tricky and highly specialized, taking on average six to eight hours. Surgery offers the best chance of survival for any sufferer.

Chemotherapy also forms a vital part of the treatment. For those with late disease, chemotherapy can slow down the rate of spread of the cancer and give the person a few more months of life. In those with early disease, surgery is first done followed by chemotherapy to kill off cancer cells which may have microscopically spread around the body.

Chemotherapy is sadly, not a perfect science. While pharmaceutical companies pour billions of dollars into researching new cancer-fighting chemicals, there is no such thing as ‘a cure for cancer’. Not everyone or every tumor responds the same way to a chemotherapy drug.

Treatment, as with Patrick Swayze, may even be experimental. The drugs are often toxic and may have horrible side-effects. But they may also work. Unless people are brave enough to try these treatments, we will never really progress in finding the treatments which work best.

Those who blame chemotherapy for Swayze’s death have lost sight of the fact that cancer kills people, and that chemotherapy has saved many lives. There is no treatment – alternative or mainstream – which can guarantee success. But every person who has chemotherapy provides us with an answer that slowly navigates us towards success.

Detoxification and Chronic Conditions

Introduction

According to recent estimates, an estimated 125 million Americans have at least one chronic condition, with that number expected to rise to 157 million by 2020. Another 60 million Americans suffer from multiple chronic conditions.

Unfortunately, while advances in medical science have yielded significant responses in treating or controlling acute conditions, there has not been a similar trend in managing chronic conditions. Nearly three-quarters of all Americans experiencing a chronic condition report difficulty in obtaining the needed care from a medical specialist — not surprising, given the complexity and multifaceted nature of these conditions.

Further complicating the issue is the role that environmental toxins play in initiating or exacerbating chronic conditions. Research has demonstrated that toxins increase the extent of the severity of the symptoms by stimulating the inflammatory response. Furthermore, these toxins (many of which are manmade) have at least an additive, and frequently a synergistic, effect on the magnitude and duration of the inflammatory response — the extent of which certainly warrants further research.

However, this does not imply that there is little that a patient can do. In many cases, the inflammatory response that aggravates chronic conditions can be minimized or controlled by first understanding how toxins affect the immune system and then initiating improvements to the internal and external environments to reduce the impact.

The Toxin-Inflammation Link

The extent of environmental toxins has increased exponentially since the 1930s, with the number of manmade chemicals estimated to now exceed over 160 billion kilograms per year. These chemicals then find their way from the ecosystem into our systems, as documented by two surveys: the National Human Adipose Tissue Survey (NHATS) conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the FDA’s Total Diet Survey.

The goal of NHATS was to investigate the presence of xenoestrogens — synthetic substances whose unintended side-effect is an imitation or enhancement of the estrogen effect — in the environment and its direct effect on our bodies. During an eleven-year period (1976 to 1987), pathologists and medical examiners from 47 metropolitan statistical areas collected and chemically analyze a nationwide sample of adipose tissue specimens for the presence of these xenoestrogens.. The results were alarming — one hundred percent of the tissues analyzed had levels of organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, dioxins and furans, volatile organics, semivolatile organics, and trace elements, OCDD (a dioxin which is commonly present in dairy and meat products), styrene (a solvent), 1,4-dichlorobenzene, xylene, and ethylphenol. This clearly demonstrated that no one is immune from these toxins and their associated detrimental effects.

The FDA’s Total Diet Survey (an ongoing program also known as the Market Basket Study) revealed some equally disturbing statistics. The survey analyzed the levels of DDE inadvertently ingested and subsequently stored in adipose (fat) tissue for years following exposure. An analysis of DDE presence in foods commonly found in grocery stores ranged from 81% (in cheddar cheese, pork sausage, quarter-pounders, white sauce, and creamed spinach) and 87% (in lamb chops, salami, canned spinach, meatloaf and butter) to 93% (in American processed cheese, hamburger, hot-dogs, bologna, collards, chicken, turkey and ice cream sandwiches) and 100 % (in raisins, fresh and frozen spinach , beef and bean chili con carne, and beef).

Both studies illustrated the thin and obviously highly permeable “wall” that separates the human body from those specific toxins. And according to the National Research Council, there are other external contaminants as well that have documented immunotoxic (immune system malfunction) effects on the body . These include chemical classes (metals such as lead, methyl mercury, arsenic), polyhalogenated aromatic hydrocarbons, (e.g., PCBs, TCDD), pesticides (e.g., chlordane, carbofuran), aromatic hydrocarbons (e.g., benzene, toluene), drugs of abuse (cannabinoids, cocaine, opioids) and even therapeutic drugs (e.g., diphenylhydantoin, lithium) and natural products (e.g., antibiotics, plant alkaloids).

Exogenous (existing outside the body) toxins can also induce autoimmunity, whereby one’s own immune system attacks tissues or organs, leading to functional impairment and inflammation throughout the body. Examples of these toxin-induced autoimmune conditions include systemic lupus erythematosus, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, myasthenia gravis, pemphigus, glomerulonephritis, autoimmune thyroid disease, autoimmune hepatitis and scleroderma. Once these toxins enter the body, they prompt the release of proinflammatory cytokines which, for localized immune challenges brought about by toxins, leads to activation of peripheral nerves that signal the brain and ultimately an exaggerated pain response.

Other neurological responses to toxins, and specifically to environmental toxicants, are well documented. Neurotoxicity (an alteration of the normal activity of the nervous system) caused by environmental toxicants in this case refers to all external factors, beyond known chemicals that are present in contaminated air, water and soil. These include foods, radiation, pharmaceutical agents, occupational exposures, and lifestyle factors. Some of these toxicants include compounds such as cadmium, dyes, excitatory amino acids, formaldehyde, glycerol, organophosphates, pyrethroids, ricin, toluene, trichloroethylene and more.

An immune response can also be generated by an impaired intestinal tract. Responsible for 60% of the body’s immunity, a healthy intestinal system with an appropriate level of intestinal permeability is able to balance its absorptive ability with its exclusionary function. However, should this balance be disrupted, due to infections, ethanol, NSAIDS, low dietary fiber, cytotoxic drugs, and nutritional deficiencies of zinc, vitamin A and folate, proportionally more antigens enter the body. This can result in an immune response that has been correlated with numerous chronic disease conditions, among them malabsorption, enteritis, arthropathies, food allergies, migraine and autoimmune diseases.

The Detoxification Approach

Given the high level of environmental toxins that can exacerbate chronic illness, it is clear that taking a holistic approach to treating chronic illness involves addressing environmental toxicity. This addresses the root cause, reducing or disabling the environmental triggers that set off the inflammatory response while strengthening the immune system.

One of the methods that has achieved scientific substantiation is detoxification, whereby toxin exposure is reduced and the body’s own detoxification system is supported and enhanced to function to its best ability. Not only has it demonstrated considerable success as a foundational approach, it is also not disease-specific, which means it can be successfully utilized to treat symptoms resulting from a wide range of chronic conditions, without the side effects that are part and parcel of many conventional treatments.

An effective detoxification regimen includes the following key actions:

* Minimizing exposure to identified and suspected toxins
* Incorporating specific foods and nutrients that have demonstrated or suggested beneficial metabolic effects
* Altering lifestyle behaviors, following the best epidemiologic and physiologic evidence available

Reducing toxin exposure and increasing ingestion of beneficial foods and nutrients (see Sidebar: Detoxing with Herbs and Nutrients.) combined with lifestyle changes such as adequate exercise, adequate sleep, and effective stress management techniques is a viable three-part approach to addressing the fundamental commonalities of all chronic conditions — deleterious behavior of the immune/inflammatory mechanisms– and combating the effects of environmental toxins — without further weakening the patient’s health.

Although the level of environmental toxins will continue to increase, continuing research into the area of holistic methods of detoxification will provide us with multiple methods of combating their effects, specifically in the area of reducing the inflammatory response and supporting immune function.

Sidebar: Detoxing with Foods, Herbs and Nutrients

Each day, your system is exposed to a variety of toxins and environmental attacks. By incorporating certain activities such as yoga (for deep cleansing and breathing), enjoying a regular sauna experience (to “sweat out” the toxins) and ingesting certain beneficial foods and nutrients (see partial list below), you can help support the overall functioning of your system plus combat the adverse effects of modern life.

Foods and Herbs

Beet Root

Benefits: Contains significant levels of glucosinolate compounds and the amino acid glutamine, important in supporting the detoxification system and maintaining optimal intestinal health

Broccoli

Benefits: Contains key detoxifying compounds including sulfurophane (induces a range of detoxifying enzymes and in particular those involved with the liver detoxification pathways) and indole-carbinol (shifts the type of estrogen that predisposes one to cancer (16-hydroxy-estrone) to the 2-hydroxy-estrone which is a biologically less powerful estrogen metabolite)

Brussels sprouts:

Benefits: Contains key detoxifying compounds including sulfurophane (induces a range of detoxifying enzymes and in particular those involved with the liver detoxification pathways) and indole-carbinol (shifts the type of estrogen that predisposes one to cancer (16-hydroxy-estrone) to the 2-hydroxy-estrone which is a biologically less powerful estrogen metabolite)

Burdock Root

Benefits: Traditionally been used for a wide variety of conditions, including chronic skin ailments, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, and cancer prevention. Inulin (a carbohydrate that is a major constituent of burdock) possesses strong hypoglycemic (sugar-lowering) properties and also has mild anti-inflammatory properties and can stimulate the immune system, activating particular immune cells that may help alleviate skin conditions such as eczema while promoting the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.

Cayenne

Benefits: Taken in any of its various oral forms, cayenne helps digestion, improves intestinal transit time, stimulates circulation, and relieves sore throats and colds.

Dandelion

Benefits: Contains high concentrations of vitamin A, as well as choline, a member of the B vitamin family that stimulates the liver and protects cellular DNA from oxidative damage, and its roots and leaves are often used to treat liver conditions such as jaundice and hepatitis, and to encourage normal digestion.

Kale

Benefits: A highly nutritive green vegetable that is an excellent source of vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene, and is rich in phytochemicals, including sulforaphane and indoles, that support health liver function and overall cellular detoxification.

Milk Thistle

Benefits: Protect liver cells and acts on biochemical pathways to aid in detoxification

Radish

Benefits: An excellent food for supporting the liver detoxification pathways and also offers cancer-protecting potential and is a good source of vitamin C.

Green vegetable juices

Benefits: Support the liver detoxification pathways and contain high doses of fresh chlorophyll which bind to toxins-including heavy metals.

Nutrients

Calcium-d-glucarate

Benefits: A combination of calcium and glucaric acid which is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. This is a potent detoxifying agent that specifically supports phase two detoxification pathways in the liver and throughout the body, and helps to prevent excess levels of estrogen to build up in the body and promote abnormal cell growth.

Chlorella

Benefits: Contains phytochemicals that support the complex network of enzymatic reactions that drive the human detoxification system. Chlorella is a high quality source of chlorophyll which binds to toxins and clears them from the body.

Glutamine

Benefits: The most abundant amino acid in the blood stream, it is the main metabolic fuel for enterocytes of the small intestine, lymphocytes, macrophages, and fibroblasts and plays a major role in the first line of immune defense in the intestine, as well as in the body as a whole. It is found most abundantly in high protein foods such as meat, fish, legumes, and dairy, with raw (uncooked) cabbage and beets representing two particularly high vegetable sources.

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Be Aware of Low Blood Glucose Level and Seek Advice to Improve the Condition

Low blood glucose level is a condition when the level of glucose in your blood drops below a certain point. It is also called as hypoglycemia. It may be caused when you eat too little or exercise more than usual or even if you have taken some diabetes medicine. Typically the low values considered as hypoglycemia are fasting glucose levels of 40mg/dL or 2.2mmol/L in women and below 50mg/dL or 2.8mmol/L in men. As high levels of blood glucose prove harmful for the body so do low blood glucose levels too lead to complications. There are several symptoms that need to be treated right away.

Causes of low blood glucose levels

Insulin is a hormone that is produced in the pancreas and helps the cells to absorb glucose from the blood. This glucose is the energy that they require to carry out various activities. Insulin helps keep the glucose levels in control. However, too much insulin in the blood causes hypoglycemic episodes. Similarly even if you skip meals and snacks or even if you do not eat enough meal your glucose levels may go low. Among the non diabetics it may be caused due to reactive hypoglycemia which is the overproduction of insulin by the body. It is a very common cause in overweight people. Low glucose levels may be caused due to a disease of the adrenal glands, weakening of pituitary glands, reduction in liver function; alcohol ingestion and sometime even cancer may be a cause.

Even diabetics may experience hypoglycemia. Low blood glucose levels may often be the result of medicines being taken to manage diabetes. These medicines usually work by taking the sugar out of the blood and providing it to the body’s cells that may make levels in the blood go down. Sometimes, there could be other reasons that may lead to lowering of blood glucose. If you take a hot shower or bath after having an insulin injection, it causes blood flow to increase through the blood vessels in the skin which can lead to quicker absorption of insulin than usual. Another possibility is if you inject the insulin shot into a muscle instead of a fatty layer under the skin. Likewise if you inject in a part of the body that is mostly used in a particular action or sport it may increase the chance of getting hypoglycemia.

Signs and symptoms of low blood glucose level

There can be different symptoms in different people when their blood glucose levels fall. Symptoms seen often may include a feeling of hunger or hunger pains, shaky feeling, and feeling sweaty or cold. Some may experience headaches, irritability, and crankiness. You may also feel drowsy, weak or unsteady and dizzy when walking. Blurring of vision, double vision, confusion, seizures and even losing consciousness may be among the symptoms of low blood glucose level. For diabetics very high glucose levels as well as very low levels of glucose are equally harmful. It is necessary to remember how your body reacts when the levels are low and understand that the levels have gone too low the next time it happens so that you can take steps to counter it.

Diagnosis and control
If you are experiencing the symptoms of low blood glucose levels contact your doctor and if possible get a home blood glucose apparatus or have test done to confirm the status. If the tests show your glucose level below 2.5mmol/L you have hypoglycemia. Test may also be conducted to find out if you have any tumor in the pancreas. If any other causes are detected specific treatment may be taken. When you experience symptoms of hypoglycemia, during exercises or sport try eating complex carbohydrates before you begin exercising or consume carbohydrates like glucose which you may get from sports drinks.

If you are feeling the symptoms of low blood glucose levels contact your doctor and have tests done immediately to prevent future problems.

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What is the Recovery Time for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

The recovery time for breast reconstruction surgery depends on many factors. The procedure is usually performed after the removal of a breast because of cancer (mastectomy). The kind of mastectomy would vary with the stage of the disease, size of the breast, whether or not the lymph nodes are involved, and the size of the tumor. Reconstruction may also be done to improve the size or shape of the breasts following medical conditions that have caused the loss of breast tissue.

DIEP Flap Procedure for a Warm, Natural and Soft Breast

DIEP flap reconstruction is the most advanced development in breast reconstruction surgery. This procedure utilizes the fat and skin of the patient’s own abdomen to create a warm, soft and natural looking breast. The abdominal muscles are preserved. DIEP breast surgery is different from other reconstruction procedures because the tissue utilized to create the breast is fully removed from the original supply source of blood and is connected again to a fresh supply source that is located in a region of the breast. The procedure has several benefits including:

* Does not require any foreign materials to go through your body
* Abdominal strength is maintained for the long-term

Recovery is Patient-specific

As is the case with other kinds of cosmetic or plastic surgery, recovery from the DIEP breast reconstruction surgery would depend on the patient. Recovery usually takes about six weeks, when the patient is able to resume her regular routine. However, some women can get back to their jobs within three weeks following the surgery, while others may need up to three months to get back. Most patients are able to stand erect after 10 to 14 days – just like those who have undergone a tummy tuck. By the sixth week, patients can resume driving a vehicle.

DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap patients have a shorter recovery time than that of TRAM flap patients, though both procedures are basically the same. The TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous) flap procedure involves the creation of a breast from the fatty tissue that is connected to the abdominal muscle, and the lower abdominal skin. In the DIEP flap procedure, only skin fat and blood vessels are removed, not muscle. This ensures the patient an easier, quicker recovery, and less post-operative pain and complications than with the TRAM flap procedure. DIEP flap patients also experience less abdominal weakness compared to TRAM flap recipients.

It can thus be concluded that the recovery time from breast reconstruction surgery is about one and a half months. However, the recovery period can be less or more depending on the particular patient. Following your surgeon’s instructions will promote speedy healing.

What to do to be Healthy

Many people realize their need to improve their health. While diet and physical activity are necessary there are other habits in ones life that need to be adjusted. When all areas of ones health are being improved simultaneously the best results of healthy living are able to be achieved. The key is consistency in developing good habits in all components of health.

Why focus on your overall health? Besides quality and longevity of life there are many self inflicted conditions that can be avoided. Some of these types of conditions are: diabetes, cancer, congestive heart failure, gastro esophageal reflux disease, liver disease, hernia, urinary incontinence, chronic kidney failure, stroke, depression, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, alcoholism, brain damage, chronic obstructive lung disease, malnutrition, miscarriage, heart attack, recurrent infections, shortness of breath, asthma and cardiovascular disease. Many of these can be avoided by giving up bad habits such as smoking and excessive drinking as well as limiting consumption of foods high in cholesterol and fat.

To be healthy many people will go on a diet. These diets can be restrictive towards certain foods. By following a strict diet it might help one to focus on eating good foods rather than bad ones. It is important to remember that even if you are not on an official diet that your normal food choices are your personal diet. If you are on a diet or thinking about your current diet try to include lean proteins, fruits/vegetables and 8 glasses of water per day to make sure your body is receiving all that it needs to function effectively.

One of the best ways to dramatically improve your health is to exercise. Although a consistent exercise program can be one of the hardest habits to develop it can be one of the most rewarding. Once you are able to achieve reach the point of being in shape many find that they need to work out for more than their physical health. Exercise often helps with dealing with stress, improving your mood and sleeping better. Increasing your physical activity can be as simple as making simple changes in your everyday routine, such as, taking the stairs instead of an elevator and parking farther away from the store than you normally would. Of course a more formal exercise routine of cardiovascular activities for 20-30 minutes and lifting weights will provide the highest impact to your overall well being. Also, during this type of intense activity your body releases endorphins which are a natural chemical in your body that makes you feel happy.

To round off your overall health it is important to focus on your mental well being. This is one area of health that many people overlook. If you have made improvements to your health by eating better and working out but still have not achieved the feeling of being healthy it might be that you are not focusing on your mental health. Here are a few ideas of what to focus on to improve your mental health: -Get a good nights rest -Exercise -Try new things -Spend time with friends and family -Plan time to do something for you -Listen to music -Count your blessings -Mediate, pray -Talk to people -Stretch

If you are not sure how to get started with living a healthier life here are a few steps to follow. First, start to work on breaking bad habits such as smoking, excessive drinking and overeating. Second, start to figure out and start a work out regime. Third, either find a diet plan that you would like to use as a guide or take a look at your current diet to identify areas to focus on. Fourth, plan a few activities for your mental health each week. Fifth, congratulate yourself for making changes to your life that will improve your health and over all well being.

Wellness is a Factor of Both Diet and Fitness

Wellness is generally used to mean a feeling one gets when one has a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well being. Wellness can also be described as the constant, conscious pursuit of living life to its fullest potential. Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices towards, a more healthy existence. Wellness should be a natural goal for everyone, but this isn’t always the case.

Wellness is largely ninety percent diet and ten percent physical fitness. Let’s take a look at ones diet first. Dietary habits and choices play a significant role in health and mortality, and can also define cultures and play a role in religion for some. Changing ones dietary intake, or going on a diet, can change the energy balance and increase or decrease the amount of fat stored by the body. Sugar cravings are the major cause of diet and weight loss failures.

Sugar cravings for foods such as donuts, cakes, cookies, and highly process foods cause more weight gain than whole foods such as fruits and vegetables and home cooked meals. So instead of getting radical and cutting all sugar out of your diet, focus on reducing your intake of foods that contain high fructose corn syrup and added sugar, such as highly processed and fast food restaurants. It is sugars that are fast releasing that will encourage weight gain, and here’s why:

If your blood sugar levels rise very quickly your body has to secrete or release more insulin in order to control it. This high release of insulin drives all the sugar circulating in the blood to your fat stores. The body must maintain a balanced blood sugar level to prevent disease associated with diabetes in healthy individuals. Eating foods that have less sugar in them can help one reduce weight and prevent diseases such as heart disease.

Overweight people are at higher risk of diseases and need more protective nutrients, such as B vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. If you are overweight, you are more likely to develop health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, gout or joint pain caused by excess uric acid, and gallbladder disease. If you’re overweight, you also shouldn’t let the specter of yo-yo diets keep you from trying to lose weight.

Dieting is the practice of ingesting food in a regulated fashion to achieve and maintain a controlled weight. Dieting can be very difficult because of dessert or sandwich can be very tempting and most overweight people believe they have cravings that can’t be ignored.

Dieting reduces your overall daily caloric intake this is where exercise comes in to help you burn even more calories. Dieting means restricting calories or cutting down on certain food types. When dieting one should, avoid caffeine, lower salt intake, increase fiber intake, Lower saturated fatty food consumption, avoid acidic foods, eat smaller meals, avoid chocolate, and increase calcium in the diet by taking a supplement.

Researchers have found that fat and thin people can eat roughly the same amount of food each setting, but it seems that the type of food they are eating is different. This is due to the quality and kinds of foods eaten. By changing just the foods eaten can make a big difference in the weight of most individuals. Obesity researchers believe that truly overweight people should continue to try to control their weight because studies are inconclusive on whether weight cycling is harmful, according to the National Institute of diabetes, digestive and kidney diseases.

Staying fit does play a part in over all wellness and is not at all tough if one has the right determination and will power to stick to their workout schedule. Exercise can typically reduces stress and enhances body image, both of which is important in sticking to the goal and feeling better about ones self.

A lot of weight gain can happen during the winter months so maintaining physical fitness while the weather is unpleasant is largely a matter of motivation and determination. It is highly recommend, as you age, that you maintain a fitness level that enables you to move around without effort, loosing mobility later in life is depressing and can reduce ones sense of well being.

In conclusion, one should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem such as obesity. Loosing weight and improving wellness is possible for all individuals. Ninety percent of the work is dietary, by changing ones diet gradually; one can loose weight and feel great about them selves which in turn can help one feel healthy and well.

Diseases related to Oral and preventions from teeth problems

There is very little but common reason that why people go for oral surgery and that is to correct some part of persons mouth that has gone twisted some way. If one person come to the oral surgeon very first time then definitely the reason can be his wisdom teeth is out. Wisdom teeth are located at very back in the mouth and grow in adulthood. Oral Surgery is a kind of surgery which includes the disease of every part of our mouth and internal area of mouth. Oral surgery is internationally recognized specialty in dentistry. It includes the diagnosis, surgical related treatments of oral diseases, mouth, jaws, gums and relaxation from the diseases of neck. Oral surgeons are those who internationally more correctly described as “Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons”.
Dentists are also known as a Dental Surgeon. A dentist is a health care practitioner that specializes in the diagnosis, treatments of diseases of oral, prevention and all the problems related to oral. You aim should be prevent any small dental issue from growing big. There are two way to keep our teeth healthy and good condition. First one is prevention that includes all the activities which should be done regularly to keep our dental health better. The second is that visit to dentist regularly for routine check for keep your teeth free from diseases. Here are some prevention tips by which you can be easily keep yourself away from the diseases related to the teeth, mouth, jaws and neck.
Decay and periodical infections are caused of bacteria which are living in the plaque deposit. If these bacteria removed once than it takes approximately 24 hours to grow on the plaque. If you are brush and floss twice in a day than decay and periodical infections can’t infect you.
Smocking is the most growing trend among the youngsters and teenager. They think they are cool but it causes many problems related to oral and other parts of body. If you want to live without mouth and other diseases than you have to quit smoking otherwise it can also causes oral cancer.
Fluoride helps in prevent decay in many ways like its molecule integrated into tooth structure. This process can happen systematically during development or topically once teeth are exploded. You should always take fluoride toothpaste in use and if the risk of the decay increased than take rinses in use. Its rinses are most effective rinses if used at bedtime.
Chewing sugarless gum has been shown to diminish cavities. But you should always look for the gums which have sweetened with Xylitol. Xylitol also helps in reduce the cavity of decay which is caused by bacteria.
Dentist Daytona Beach is the best dental care and dental diseases prevention care at Daytona Beach and it also offers the sedation dentistry, implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry etc. preventive care should be taken for your teeth for them to stay healthy and useful for entire life by preventing the onset of progressive gum and oral diseases.

Testicular Cancer – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis

Testicular cancer occurs most often in men between the ages of 20 and 39, and is the most common form of solid tumour in men between the ages of 15 and 34. It may also occur in young boys, but only about 3% of all testicular cancer is found in this group. Testicular cancer usually occurs in one testicle, however, 2-3% of tumors can occur in both testicles, either simultaneously or at a later date. Tumors can also spread to the lymph nodes, the lungs or other organs. It is more common among Caucasians than among men of African and Asian descent.

Causes
Although the exact cause of testicular cancer is unknown, several factors seem to increase risk. These include a past medical history of undescended testicle(s), abnormal testicular development, Klinefelter’s syndrome (a sex chromosome disorder that may be characterized by low levels of male hormones, sterility, development of breasts, and small testes), men whose mothers used diethylstilbestrol during pregnancy, or men who have had previous testicular cancer. There is no link between vasectomy
and elevated risk of testicular cancer.

Signs and Symptoms
The first sign is usually a firm, painless, smooth testicular mass which is sometimes accompanied by a feeling of heaviness in the testicles. Other symptoms of testicular cancer include: a feeling of swelling in the scrotum, discomfort or pain in the scrotum, ache in the lower back, pelvis or groin area, collection of fluid in the scrotum, gynecomastia and nipple tenderness. In advanced stages symptoms include: ureteral obstruction, abdominal mass, coughing, shortness of breath, weight loss, fatigue, pallor and lethargy.

Treatment
Testicular cancer can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surveillance, or a combination of these treatments. Testicular cancer may be more difficult to treat if it has spread to the liver, bones, or brain, but even in those cases, men can often be cured. If the cancer is a recurrence of a previous testicular cancer, the treatment usually consists of chemotherapy using combinations of different medications, such as ifosfamide, cisplatin, etoposide, or vinblastine, sometimes followed by an autologous bone marrow or peripheral stem-cell transplant.

While it may be possible, in some cases, to remove testicular cancer tumors from a testis while leaving the testis functional, this is almost never done, as more than 95% of testicular tumors are malignant. Usually the scrotum is not removed so that prosthesis can be put in place. Hormone replacement therapy may be needed after bilateral orchiectomy (removal of both testes). Treatment for testicular cancer does not normally affect sexuality, masculinity or erectile function.

Prognosis
Testicular cancer has one of the highest cure rates of all cancers: in excess of 90%; essentially 100% if it has not metastasized. Less than five percent of those who have testicular cancer will have it again in the remaining testis.