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  • Bipolar depression and its treatment
    By Health Blog on March 31, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Bipolar depression is the term used to refer to the disorder characterized by major swings in a person’s mood. At one moment he may feel elated and confident, and shortly afterwards the feeling abruptly changes to one of defeat and failure. The experience is similar to those occasions when one’s feelings of well-being and happiness turn sour at a sudden turn of events or circumstances. The difference is that in bipolar depression, these mood swings occur regularly, sometimes even occurring daily, and without any rhyme, reason or regard to circumstance.

    The high points as well as the low points during the mood swings in bipolar depression do approach the extreme ends of the mood spectrum and can often lead to irrational behavior. People diagnosed correctly with bipolar depression often experience euphoric highs and may actually believe they are incapable of defeat or injury. There may be occasions when bipolar persons gamble uncontrollably or decide to go on a shopping spree without any regard for their financial state or the probability of dire consequences that may follow. As the euphoria swings swiftly to a severely depressed state, the memory of a just-ended and short-lived euphoria haunts him and intensifies the depression even more. While such extreme examples are not generally common, lesser degrees of euphoria and sudden depression occurring regularly in an alternating fashion can still be quite confusing and definitely exhausting. There is an endless array of possibilities towards a path of difficulties in the personal and family life.

    A person suffering from bipolar depression in the workplace may bring potentially harmful consequences. Decisions made rashly during a period of extreme highs may very well result in serious damages to the company or his co-workers. Some of those who suffer from bipolar depression sometimes become hyperactive and believe they are omnipotent and can do no wrong.

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    Treatment

    Bipolar depression can also be brought about through substance abuse. A diagnosis of bipolar depression has become very common among drug users and researchers are studying the seeming relation between drug abuse and the bipolar or the manic depression. It is observed that once a person is diagnosed with this ailment due to drug abuse, it is common that patients have to deal with it through the rest of his life.

    Once a valid and proper diagnosis of bipolar depression is made, a person will have to manage the condition for rest of his life. Children sometimes do develop bipolar depression but the condition is often misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or even simple hyperactivity.

    While the disorder is a complex medical issue, the present treatment for bipolar depression generally does help those who suffer from it. After medical attention, their lives get back to normal. The regimen of treatment normally requires medication to reduce the severity of the moods, and some form of psychotherapy to inform the person suffering from bipolar depression of the manifestations of the disorder and instruct him how to recognize its onset. As research on bipolar depression goes further, there is hope that future developments will lead to better and more effective treatments.

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  • Natural treatment to remove warts
    By Health Blog on March 31, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    There are many different treatment methods for removing warts people use every day. Not every method of wart removal works for everyone because everybody is different.  It is best to use a method you are comfortable with.

    The most common methods of wart removal include duct tape, salicylic acid, cantharidin, liquid nitrogen, aloe vera, tea tree oil, Echinacea pills, and more.  If it doesn’t work you can try another method until it goes away.

    Duct Tape Method

    Duct tape is considered to be very  effective.  This is a very popular method of wart removal because it is completely natural.  It involves placing a piece of duct tape over a wart and leaving the wart covered up for a period of 6 to 7 days.

    After a week, you will remove the duct tape and soak the wart so it is very tender and can be scrubbed off with an emery board or a pumice stone.  These two things will scratch the top of the skin off of the wart.  You will then reapply the duct tape to the wart for another week and continue the process.

    However, it is important to understand that this method can take up to three months to completely remove a wart.  The body may also naturally remove a wart in three months time, which means it is hard to know for sure if this method really does work or if the immune system is disposing of the wart on its own.

    Salicylic Acid Method

    Salicylic acid is very similar to the use of duct tape.  However, this method requires daily attention to the wart but it may be more effective in removing a wart faster.  The salicylic acid will be applied to a wart every day after the wart has been prepared through soaking it and scrubbing the top of the wart off with an emery board.  Place a band aid tea tree.  This is because tea tree is a powerful antiseptic and it is known to kill almost on the wart daily until it disappears.  You don’t have to cover up the wart with a band-aid or anything else.

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    Echinacea pills

    Echinacea pills are another method of removing warts.  Echinacea is a well-known method for repairing the immune system.  Since warts rely on a healthy immune system to leave the body naturally, this is another popular way to remove a wart.

    Echinacea pills are known to heal skin infections and other things wrong with the body too.  All you have to do is take one or two capsules daily, or as the bottle directs.  You will see the wart go away after a few days or weeks.

    Using Echinacea for healing methods in the early 1900’s as the most popular healing herb for medical practice.  Today, it is still one of the most commonly prescribed natural methods of healing today.

    Lemon oil and castor oil

    Lemon oil and castor oil are two additional methods you can use to remove a wart on the skin.  When you use lemon oil you will use only a single drop directly on the wart.  The lemon oil will dry out the wart and it will go away.

    Castor oil can be applied directly on the wart and massaged into the wart.  This should be used twice a day, in the mornings and in the evenings.  Keep the wart covered with a bandage at all times, except for when applying more castor oil.  The wart should go away in as little as a few weeks.

    Banana peel

    Banana peel is another natural method of removing warts on the skin. This method of treatment is not proven to be effective but some people say it works.  It is said that you can rub a banana peel on the skin every single day and the wart will go away after a few any type of bacteria.  The rate of success of eliminating warts is very high, which makes this natural method one of the most popular.  All you have to do is apply the tea tree oil weeks.  You should rub the banana peel on the skin several times throughout the day for the best results.

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  • Warts and causes of their occurance
    By Health Blog on March 30, 2010 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Warts are very common that we see on our body. It is actually caused by a viral infection and is known to be a benign tumor in the upper layers of our skin known as epidermis layer.  A wart is only caused due to a virus.

    The human papilloma virus, also known as HPV is responsible for causing warts to appear on the outer layer of the skin.  The virus lives at the bottom layer of the epidermis but our skin may appear to be normal when it contains this virus.

    There are different types of the human papilloma virus.  There are many different types of the virus that can get into the skin so different types of warts may appear in the skin depending upon the type of virus.  Some of these types are known to be a root cause of cervical cancer and other related cancers.  A wart can appear anywhere on the body like under our foot, fingers, genitals etc. but only on the outer skin layers.

    Warts are very common and most of the people get a wart at least once.  Warts can be extremely frustrating and bothersome.  These are sometimes painful if they are in a location like the heel of your foot and some are not painful but they may be irritating because of their presence.  This can make it difficult even to walk if they are under our foot.

    There is a myth that warts are caused because of frogs. But this is not true. Frogs do not carry the human papilloma virus and they do not cause warts to appear on the skin. Warts are only due to viral infection and the virus comes to the surface of the skin in the form of a wart.

    There is another myth about warts is that they have roots.  Warts do not have a root in the bottom or underneath it they grow to the top layer of the skin, which is known as the epidermis.

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    Causes for warts:

    These are caused by the virus known as human papilloma virus.  As there are different varieties of virus, this virus does not affect everyone in the same way. This is because all bodies are different and react to viruses and infections differently. Some people are less prone to develop a wart and may never get, while other people may have warts on different areas of their body.

    The human papilloma virus comes in over 100 different varieties with different combination of DNA combinations.  This virus develops in the epidermis of the skin and can cause warts all over the body.  Warts can grow anywhere on the skin, even on the genitals and the rectal area, and even inside of your mouth.  Generally warts develop on the fingers and hands.

    The actual cause of the human papilloma virus is unknown.  This virus is not one that can be treated or minimized in individuals because there is not a cure for this virus.  Doctors know only how to treat or remove warts when they arise from the virus but they do not have a cure on preventing them from developing on our parts of the body.

    As there are so many varieties of the human papilla virus, there are hundreds of different types of warts.  So the treatment for all warts is not the same.  Some warts can be treated and removed with basic medication in just a few days while some other types of warts may remain for months and be very difficult to remove.

    It is also common for a wart to grow in the original location at which it occurred previously.  Not all warts act or look the same because they may come from different strains of the virus. Some warts may be very painful while others may not very painful but they may create pain if they are growing.

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  • Causes and preventive measures for back pain
    By Health Blog on March 30, 2010 | 4 Comments4 Comments  Comments

    Back pain is one of the major problems that millions of people with an estimation of 80% of total population are experiencing. For some, the pain can be very hard to bear and for others the pain may be bearable. Back pain can be caused by a large number of injuries or conditions, thus making a proper diagnosis both difficult and critical. Back pain that occurs with other symptoms like fever and chills, severe abdominal pain or bladder and bowel problems can be an indication of a severe back pain, and should take advice from the doctor immediately.

    Strains due to muscles and skeleton are common among people who live sitting and stresses on knees. Those with a higher level of physical fitness generally have stronger muscles in the back, legs and abdomen, all of which help support the back. One of the major facts for getting back pain is obesity. The strain of carrying excess weight contributes greatly to back pain and also it increases the pain as our weight increases. Regular exercise and a balanced diet will help at great deal in controlling obesity, and reduce the frequency of back pain episodes.

    There are many conditions that can cause back pain other than musculoskeletal strains. They include:

    Arthritis: This is a disease that causes inflammation of the joints. Three types of arthritis that affect the spine are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankolyzing spondylitis.

    A ruptured disc which is a part of back bone, which occurs when the outer coating of the discs, the circular pieces of connective tissue that cushion the vertebrae, are damaged. These discs may leak, irritating nearby nerves. A ruptured disk can cause severe sciatica, nerve pain that radiates down the leg.

    Compression of spinal canal or narrowing of this canal also causes back pain because of the increased pressure. It is often caused by bone spurs which are a result of osteoarthritis. Compression of the nerves can lead to pain, numbness in the legs and the loss of bladder or bowel control.

    Slipping out of vertebra of the spine also causes severe back pain. As the spine tries to stabilize itself, the joints between the slipped vertebra and adjacent vertebrae can become enlarged. This can pinch nerves, causing low back pain and severe leg pain.

    Fractures in vertebra can cause trauma and also a disease where the bones become fragile.

    Degenerated or ruptured disc disease is an aging process where the discs between the vertebrae break down over time.

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    Preventive measures:

    1. Simple lower back pain can be caused by straining the muscles, ligaments of the lower back. The most effective prevention is to take care as to how you lift heavy objects. Do not try to lift any heavy weight objects that you feel by bending over the object. You should bend your knees and then lift with your legs. Avoid twisting your body while lifting. When moving heavy objects, pushing is less stressful than pulling. Routine activities, such as housework or gardening, can cause back pain. Avoid standing flat-footed while bent over.

    2. Regular exercise will improve the flexibility and strength of the muscles which support your lower back and helps greatly in controlling the back pain. These include the abdominal muscles, as well as those in the legs and back. A simple exercise routine can help prevent back pain throughout your life. Obesity is a common cause of back pain. Aerobic exercise can help manage weight concerns. Swimming, jogging or even walking are all activities that will help you lose weight and feel better.

    3. In addition to exercise, a proper diet is essential in managing your weight. However, there are also two nutrients, calcium and vitamin D, that help build healthy and strong bones and prevent back pain, which can cause bone fractures that lead to back pain.

    4. Many people whose jobs involve sitting for long periods of time experience back pain. It is important to get up and move around regularly. If driving for long periods of time, take the time to stop and get out of your vehicle.

    5. Stretching your muscles and improving blood flow to your lower body will help prevent back pain, as well as help keep you alert for the rest of your trip.

    6. Changing the position in which you sleep can also help in preventing back pain. The best positions are either to sleep lying on your side with your legs bent, or lying on your back with a pillow under your knees. A firm mattress is usually the best bet. A sheet of plywood can be placed between the box spring and the mattress in order to increase the firmness of your bed. Sometimes when the back pain is very severe then its preferred to sleep without any mattress which may create some sliding of our body.

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  • Pregnant women diet
    By Health Blog on March 29, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    The food that we eat daily differs a great deal with the food that women with pregnancy have to take because it directly affects the health of baby inside. So much care should be taken regarding the food that is taken at the time of pregnancy and the diet should contain more vitamins and nutrients that make the baby inside healthy. One of the best practices is to take a multivitamin daily. Regular health checkup and proper diet keeps mother and the child safe and healthy.

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    In this article I want to give some suggestions on diet that every pregnant woman can take.

    Fruits and vegetables: These are the well known source of best diet anytime. Women with pregnancy can take 3 or 4 times fruits and vegetables. These contain abundant C vitamin which helps very much in developing gums and other tissues. C vitamin is rich in melons, oranges, papaya, tomatoes, cabbage etc. Fruits and vegetables contain iron and pulp that adds strength to the baby as well as the mother and also a rich source of vitamins.

    Milk and milk products: Its always preferable to take dairy products that are having low fat like non-fat milk or milk with less fats, yogurt because these are rich in Vitamin A, D and B. It is also good to take cheese which contains calcium but it should be taken in fewer amounts because it contains fats. Dairy products develop disease resistance and helps in growth.

    Non vegetarian products: Women with pregnancy can take cooked meat, poultry, eggs, fish 2 or 3 times a day but in limited quantities. It’s better not to take shark, tilefish, swordfish, dolphin which have large levels of mercury. The food should be cooked properly otherwise it may create some sickness. All these non vegetarian foods are rich in proteins and are very much helpful in growth and acts as building blocks of body. Proteins also build enzymes, hormones and antibodies against several diseases. For a fast growing of baby inside the mother’s womb proteins help very much. Non vegetarian foods also contain Vitamin B and iron which are very important in the development of red blood cells.

    Water: Pregnancy women should take as much water as possible as it plays a crucial role during pregnancy. It is the main carrier of food to the baby and it prevents the baby from constipation, excessive swelling and other bladder infections. It prevents the baby from dehydration. Intake of less water is one of the reasons for early labor. Pregnant women can also take juices as source of water but they should have sufficient amount of water like watermelon, oranges etc.

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