Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Is it Possible to Overcome or Prevent Hypothyroidism? Part 2

Is it Possible to Overcome or Prevent Hypothyroidism? Part 2

As far as I know, sickness is not a welcome visitor and is something that is totally abhorred by many people. Sicknesses in whatever form reduce the quality of an individual’s life and makes it painful. The best gift a individual can have from God is to be in good health.

In the first part of this two part series, hypothyroidism was briefly introduced. In this concluding part, we’ll be examining other aspects of it.Hypothyroidism is caused by many things. In this article, only three of them will be looked into.

1. The drugs people take have been known to contribute to incidents of hypothyroidism. For instance, drugs used in treating extreme depression and mood swings have been known to reduce the amount of thyroxine produced by the thyroid gland. One of these drugs going by the name of lithium is responsible for such. So, the very first cause is antidepressants which are capable of restricting the production of thyroxine.

2. The foods that people eat. I guess this is very surprising to you. The day I found it out too, I was totally shocked. You mean what I am eating can be giving me hypothyroidism?! People who suffer from hypothyroidism have been known to have a slower metabolic process in their bodies. As a result, what they eat do net get broken down very fast leading to weight gain.

3. Weight loss diets. If you are willing to lose weight, it is a good thing. But when you have to go the extreme, then you can be sure kit will adversely affect your health. Foods such as raw broccoli have been known to grossly affect the thyroid gland’s ability to produce the thyroxine hormone. Also on this list are radishes, raw turnips, brussel sprouts and cauliflower. All these are not very good for the thyroid gland. So, do no consume them in excess. A little bit here and there is alright though.This list like I stated in the beginning is just a part of the total list of the varied causes of hypothyroidism. If you are willing to get a complete list, you can read some of the other articles on this website or do a search on any search engine you use. You should be able to find more than enough to suit your taste. With this article, I am sure that you can say for a fact it is possible to prevent hypothyroidism. All it takes is a bit of knowledge and you are good to go. Remember: You cannot substitute anything for your health. It is the most important aspect of your life. So, guard it jealously.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Women’s Hair Loss - My sink is Full of Hair

Women’s Hair Loss - My sink is Full of Hair

Women’s Hair Loss: My sink is Full of Hair!!Society loves a full head of beautiful
hair on a female. As women age, however, so does the hair and, depending upon heredity,
lifestyle, diet and disease, hair becomes gray, brittle, and, in some cases much thinner.

Fortunately, women today can do something about all of these conditions and maintain a
more youthful appearance much longer.Probably the most devastating hair problem for women is thinning and balding. The gray can be colored; conditioners can restore suppleness, but no easy fix is available for significant hair loss. It is important to first isolate the cause of hair loss before making the decision to do something.

Causes can be determined by a physician and may include one or more of the following:

1. Heredity: From both parents, propensity for hair loss can be inherited and, unfortunately, is a permanent condition.

2. Stress/Anxiety: Life-changing events, such as divorce or death, as well as career and financial difficulties can take their toll on hair growth. Fortunately, the condition is temporary and will dissipate as the cause does.

3. Disease: Certain diseases (e.g., Diabetes, Lupus) will cause hair loss. Again, once treatment has begun and the disease is under control, the hair loss can reverse itself.
Drugs for diseases can cause hair loss as well, and, again, once the drug is stopped, hair usually returns.

4. Diet/Exercise: A bad diet, lack of exercise, and lack of hydration can cause hair loss to accelerate beyond the normal (normal being 100 or so strands a day). Again, this can be reversed with a better lifestyle.

5. Skin and Scalp Infections: With treatment, hair loss will reverse.

6. Menopause: Many women experience increased hair loss with the onset of menopause – this too may be permanent.There are two types of permanent hair loss in women.

The first is patterned, in which hair is lost on the top of the head but remains intact on the back of the head. The other is non-patterned, where hair loss occurs throughout the head and, eventually, leads to a bald appearance. Dependent upon the type, there are several, although limited, options.There are hair loss products on the market specifically for women. This is important, because male products are not advised and can, indeed, be dangerous.

These products will slow the hair loss process and may stimulate some regrowth. Wigs are now fashion accessories, and even women with normal hair often have several. This is a fortunate societal trend for sufferers of hair loss.Surgical procedures are available and are effective for patterned hair loss, because hair from the back of the head can be transplanted to the thinning frontal areas. These options are expensive and not covered by health insurance.

However, a low-cost way of treating hair loss is by using Provillus. Provillus is an oral supplement, which works to block DHT, a form of testosterone that is responsible for 95 percent of hair loss. It also works to stimulate the scalp and bring dead follicles back to life. You can use Provillus as a preventive supplement, starting the program before hair loss becomes severe, or you can use it after DHT has already begun to take hold of your hair and scalp. You can get it at Hair loss treatment is an individual choice. Women whose moods and happiness are affected by hair loss should do something about it. Women who are in the public eye and who feel the need to be as attractive as possible should do something about their thinning hair. Isolate the cause and develop a plan of action.

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Is it Possible to Overcome or Prevent Hypothyroidism? Part 1

Is it Possible to Overcome or Prevent Hypothyroidism? Part 1

It is a known fact that hypothyroidism is a condition that can be overcome.
All you really need is information on what it is, its mode of operation,
its causes and what to do in the eventuality that it occurs. Now, it is
possible that you might have been to see your physician and he’s talked
to you about the possible outcomes and all.

But you see, your doctor does not have the time to give you a total breakdown on everything regarding hypothyroidism. As a result, you’ll find that getting to spend about five minutes of learning quality information is almost an impossibility given the fact that your doctor is a very busy person and can only spare so much time talking to you about it. This write up is not meant to ridicule or in any way, take the place of a doctor’s advice. It is just a general overview on hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism, if you aren’t already familiar with the word is a situation where the thyroid gland situated at the lower end of the neck; just under the famed “Adam’s apple” under-produces the required thyroxine hormone useful in balancing the body’s metabolic activities. Let me explain here. You see the body is made up of any important components; all of them playing a vital role in the sustaining of human life and enabling the optimal functioning of the human body system.

Part of these important components are the various hormones. One of which is thyroxine. When the body lacks of these important hormones, the individual starts manifesting certain symptoms. Unfortunately symptoms manifested as a result of hypothyroidism are also common to other ailments. So there is an inclination towards treating them as other ailments when in truth, it is to be treated as hypothyroidism. The symptoms are very common. Some of them are weight loss, lethargy, extreme fatigue, dry flaky skin, and in some extreme cases, acute depression. So you can see now that it looks just like any other common ailment that you probably know. It for this reason that hypothyroidism is deemed deadly. It might be too late before you realize it hypothyroidism. It is the reason why as soon as you notice these symptoms and you have taken energy boosters, mood enhancers or antidepressants without getting any adequate results, you have to go see your doctor as soon as possible. This will at least stem its tendency to become worse.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

What Is World Diabetes Day?

What Is World Diabetes Day?

Author: James Briggs

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created by both the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation. It was instituted in 1991 and is now a massive campaign. The issues it raises serve as educational campaigns that last for the entire year.

- World Diabetes Day is held every year on November 14th.
- It was instituted in 1991 as an awareness and educational campaign.
- The theme of World Diabetes Day changes from year to year.

The day itself is held every year on November 14th. This signifies the birthday of Frederick Banting, one of two men who led to the discovery of insulin through their research and theories. It became an official United Nations World Health day in 2006.

What is done for WDD?

WDD is honored in over 160 different countries globally.There are also many various organizations and groups that honor the day and the campaign.

Much is done to get the word out about diabetes, as the primary reason for WDD is awareness and education. Advertisements are taken out in a wide variety of spectrums.

Awareness runs and other events and festivals are held. Ceremonies and symbolic gestures are performed, all to get the day in the news and to spread awareness to as many people as possible.

The goals of WDD

Ultimately, the goal of World Diabetes Day is to spread awareness. The more people that are aware of the problem, the more people that can be saved.

Many people do not even realize they have the disease until much damage is already done. WDD also serves as a massive fundraiser, garnering funds for both the research of diabetes and for the treatment of those with diabetes.

WDD preaches ideas and values such as living a healthy lifestyle and getting yourself examined by doctors. Additionally it teaches ways to cope with the problems and ways to prevent the disease.

WDD also teaches about ways to help even if you do not have the disease. By increasing awareness and educating people, diabetes can be prevented much more effectively.

Additionally, it gets more attention globally, raising the importance of investing money and time into research.

Interesting facts about World Diabetes Day

- The theme for WDD changes from year to year. In both 2007 and 2008, the theme was diabetes in children and adolescents. There are many past themes including diabetes and obesity, human rights and diabetes, diabetes in the disadvantaged, diabetes in relation to specific organs and body parts, diabetes in old age and so on.
- Some of the alarming facts for this year's theme are: that 200 children every day (70,000 annually) develop type 1 diabetes.
- It's growing at a rate of 3% per year and a higher rate of 5% per year in preschoolers. There are over 440,000 children living with type 1 diabetes around the world.
- Type2 diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent in children, highlighting unhealthy lifestyles.
- The symbol for WDD is a blue circle outline with white in the middle. The circle has many symbolic meanings, including global unity and health and lifecycles.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Natural Viagra from Peru

Natural Viagra from Peru

Maca is Peru's Natural Viagra

The South American country of Peru is home to numerous beneficial plants, including maca,
a legendary sex-enhancing root passed down from the Inca. I'd heard about maca for years.
It has been dubbed "Peruvian ginseng," even though it bears no relation to ginseng. But like ginseng, the plant is employed to increase strength, energy, stamina, libido and sexual Function, a winning combination of health benefits if there ever was one.

To investigate maca's health benefits and understand the role that maca plays in Peruvian
culture, my wife and I headed down to Peru to explore the maca trail. In the process we
met with maca traders, growers and scientists, and came back tremendously impressed by
this plant, which is now available as a supplement in U.S. health food stores.

What is Maca? Maca, Lepidium meyenii, is an annual plant which produces a radish-like
root. The root of maca is typically dried and stored, and will easily keep for seven
years. The plant is cultivated in the Junin plateau of Peru's Central Highlands, and was
highly revered by the Inca.

During the height of the Incan empire, legend has it that Incan warriors would consume
maca before entering into battle. This would make them fiercely strong. But after conquering a city the Incan soldiers were prohibited from using maca, to protect the conquered women from their powerful sexual impulses. Thus as far back as 500 years ago, maca's reputation for enhancing strength, libido and fertility was already well established in Peru.

Today, maca's popularity is very much on the increase, as people discover that the plant really does boost libido, sexual function and overall energy. Acreage in Peru dedicated to Maca cultivation is increasing every year to meet demand, and a number of scientists have turned their attention to the properties of the root. In Peru, maca is used by men and by women who want to put more fire into their sex lives. And in the U.S., Europe and Japan, dietary Supplements containing maca are gaining ardent devotees.

Maca Nutrition: What natural ingredients in maca promote its reputed sex-enhancing effects?
In-depth analysis of maca conducted in 1998 by Dr. Qun Yi Zheng and his colleagues at
PureWorld Botanicals shows that maca contains about 10 percent protein, almost 60 percent
carbohydrate, and an assortment of fatty acids. These ingredients are common and nothing
special. But the investigators also discovered two groups of novel compounds, the
macamides and the macaenes. These agents are believed to be directly responsible for
maca's sex-boosting powers.

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Nail Fungus Infections: A General Overview –Part 2

Nail Fungus Infections: A General Overview –Part 2

Nail Fungus Infections: A General Overview –Part 2 Nail fungus infections are caused by various factors. It is easier for the nail to get infected when an individual is injured and when the shoes are so tight to the extent that the hoes pinch the person.

It is very easy to get and contract nail fungus and it common among those who have sweaty feet, share bathrooms, swimming pools, showers and locker rooms. Also people who do a lot of standing and are on their feet frequently as in the case of runners, athletes and dancers. If an individual also has a history of athlete’s foot, has manicure and pedicure in places and salons where they do not take care of their nail files. It is also common among those who are about sixty five years old and above and people who have diabetes and other forms of circulatory diseases.It is easy to spot the incidence of nail fungus infection. This is noticeable in the color
of the fingernail or toenail which becomes yellow, yellow –green or green. Followed by the nails getting flaky, smelly nails particularly the toe nails. The nails may also collect debris under them. This is also backed by the thickening of the toenails making the shoes tight, painful, and difficult to walk or stand. Therefore, an individual who has all these symptoms would do well to see a doctor as soon as possible as it is possible that when the infection is not attended to and treated well, it will result in a worsened condition of the infection.If you’ve got all of these symptoms, then a diagnosis is in order and you need to see a doctor in the shortest time possible. If the doctor finds that you indeed have a nail fungus infection, then he’ll recommend what to do in the form of treatment options. There are varied treatment methods that you can opt for.

First on the list is oral prescription. These are oral suspensions taken by the patient
to cure the infection. In cases where the toenail is infected, this form of treatment
lasts just twelve weeks. Because it is an oral suspension, it works by absorption through
the bloodstream only to be deposited under the nails where it attacks the fungus.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Nail Fungus Infections: A General Overview –Part 1

Nail Fungus Infections: A General Overview –Part 1

Nail Fungus Infections: A General Overview –Part 1Are you thinking you might have an infection of the nails? It is possible. But don’t conclude until you are done reading these series on the general overview of nail fungus infections. In these series, you’ll learn what nail fungus infection is, what causes it, its cure and treatment and preventive measures.

Nail fungus also referred to as Onychomycosis is caused by tiny fungus organisms that can be easily contracted anywhere. If you’ve got it, be rest assured that you are not the only person having this same dilemma as estimates have shown that over two million people in Canada have it while over 10 million people have it in the United States.Nail fungus infections are really hard to spot earlier on. They only become obvious when they are fully established under the nails. Then they appear as a yellow spot which gradually spreads until it infects all parts of the nail and further spreads to all the other toe and finger nails. It is very easy for the fungus to survive in the nails because it is a very habitable environment for it to grow in. This is because most people wear covered and shoes that are not aerated. As they grow in warm moist dark environment, which sure provides the optimum breeding condition for them. Please note that nail fungus infections are infectious and can spread from one person to the other. The ways
you can contact them from other people is when you share the same bathrooms as in public shower stalls, locker rooms and bathrooms. These places are usually moist and people who have them can walk around barefooted. The fungus which gets deposited on the floor as they walk around gets picked up by those who did not have them previously just by walking across the floor. It is also contractible from nail files and emery boards. It is the reason it is not good hygiene practice to share your nail files with other people as you can never tell what they carry on their nails particularly when it isn’t obvious yet. It is also advisable that you not walk around in bare foot in public bathrooms, shower stalls and locker rooms. Get a flip flop that you can wear when you are going to places like that. However, if it is late and you are sure you have already contacted it, you might want to start treating immediately.

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