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Archive for March, 2007

Biofeedback vs Menopause Is it really effective?

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 30th, 2007

 

Chiropractor treatment is an alternative remedy that can be effective at providing relief from physical symptoms suffered during menopause. Although many women have success with this treatment, others have found success with another drug-free therapy known as biofeedback.

What is biofeedback?  Biofeedback is a technique that teaches an individual to consciously control their body’s involuntary responses including blood pressure, temperature, muscle contractions, heart rate and brain waves.  A person receiving biofeedback is hooked up electronically to machines so their physiological process can be monitored and relayed back to the person as a tactical, auditory, or visual signal.

How can biofeedback help women during menopause?  During menopause, women suffer from a variety of physical and emotional symptoms which are typically cased by a deficiency of estrogen and progesterone.  The following are the symptoms that biofeedback has been known to effectively help menopausal women find relief from:

• Migraines and/or headaches
• Hot flashes
• A low libido related to anxiety
• A loss of appetite related to anxiety
• High blood pressure caused by stress
• Specific types of pain and depression

How is biofeedback performed?  Patients are treated individually, so a menopausal woman will first be asked about her health and the symptoms she is experiencing.  She will then be treated based on the decision of the practitioner.

Most biofeedback sessions begin with the patient sitting in a chair.  A band that has three wired metal sensors attached to it is placed on the head and the patient is given headphones.  The headphones produce audio that sounds like static.  Each static click means that alpha waves are being emitted by the brain.  These waves are a sign of relaxation.  The quicker the static clicks, the more a patient is relaxing.

The practitioner will then analyze the patient’s level of relaxation and measure the temperature, heart rate, and muscle tension for a few minutes.  The patient will then be asked to perform a mental task that presents a challenge which will lower the temperature in the hands and raise blood pressure.  The patient will then be taken back to the original relaxation stage where they will rest for a moment before they are then asked about their emotional issues.

This is how a typical session of biofeedback is conducted, but treatment varies based on the menopausal symptom.  For instance, a number of studies have found that biofeedback has been effective at improving bladder control in some women.  During menopause, women may suffer from stress incontinence (bladder leakage).  This condition is believed to be caused from lack of estrogen.  Estrogen helps to keep the lining of the urethra and bladder strong and healthy.  Thus, lack of estrogen can weaken the bladder and reduce muscle control, resulting in a leakage of urine when the body receives pressure from coughing, sneezing or laughing.    

Biofeedback can relieve stress incontinence by helping a woman strengthen her pelvic floor muscles.  To show the woman how she needs to effectively contract her pelvic muscle to make them stronger, one end of a transvaginal sensor is inserted into the vagina and the other end is hooked up to a computer to monitor and measure muscular activity.  The computer provides instant information on which muscles require more strengthening.

How long are sessions?  Most people begin with ten sessions under the supervision of a trained practitioner.  Each session lasts one hour in length.  However, the purpose of biofeedback is to teach an individual how to control their vital functions on their own so they can effectively treat themselves to control and prevent symptoms.  Of course, knowing how to perform biofeedback takes plenty of know-how and practice.  Therefore, it is mandatory that you are taught by a professional.

If you would like to try biofeedback to treat your menopause symptoms, consult your health care provider to learn more.

Grab your free copy of Kathyrn Whittaker’s brand new Menopause Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to relieve menopause symptoms & help you find out about menopause symptom and for information on menopause signs please visit Natural Menopause Relief Secrets.  

Vitamins and Crohns How to Select the Right Supplements

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 29th, 2007

One of the best ways to maintain a healthy body and avoid malnutrition is to ensure adequate vitamin and crohns supplement treatment.  Many studies that have been conducted on crohn’s sufferers have found that the vast majority of those with crohn’s are generally deficient in vitamins A, B, C, D and E.  The natural deficiency of these vitamins is likely due to dietary restrictions, medications, and poor nutrient absorption. 

Vitamin A – Vitamin A is necessary for a healthy normal immune system function, which is required to maintain a healthy mucous membrane.  The skin and mucosal cells that line the digestive tract, urinary tract and airways, create a barrier and are the body’s initial defence against infection.  Vitamin A also plays a vital role in immune response and in the proper function of the adrenal glands which control the way we respond to stress. 

Vitamin B9 – B9, also known as folic acid or folate, is vital for the production of nucleic acids, proteins that are essential in cell reproduction and separation.
It is thought that a folate deficiency may cause high levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which is believed to play a role in the development of some chronic illnesses.  In addition, B9 vitamin and crohns deficiency can cause intestinal damage and trigger diarrhea.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C is needed to convert folate into folinic acid (its active form).  It is also an essential requirement for the formation of collagen, which the body needs for proper growth, maintenance and development.   When taken with bioflavonoids (a vitamin-like nutrient that helps the body to absorb vitamin C), vitamin C can help alleviate inflammation and may even help prevent the formation of fistulas in crohn’s sufferers.

Vitamin D – Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and cartilage and helps the body absorb calcium.  Many crohn’s sufferers experience bone loss.  Adding the D vitamin and crohns calcium supplement can improve bone mineral density, and help prevent and control the development of osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Vitamin E – Vitamin E is primarily an antioxidant.  This means it helps protect tissues and cells from the damaging effects of oxidation, which can lead to the formation of many diseases. Vitamin E, in particular, has been found to prevent scarring that can occur from crohn’s disease.

How are vitamins taken?  Most vitamins and mineral supplements are available in caplet, tablet, chewable tablet, and powder form. 

Remember to read all instructions concerning recommended dosages before taking vitamins.  Also, be sure to consult your health care provider about the vitamins for crohn’s treatment you are interested in, or intend to use, prior to taking them.

How to choose quality vitamin and crohns supplements – Not all vitamin supplements are the same, so you should never make the assumption that all products on the market are made with identical ingredients and will provide you with equal nutrients.   To ensure a quality vitamin product keep the following in mind:

• The ingredients used should be all or primarily from organic sources
• Artificial ingredients should not have been part of the manufacturing process.
• Nutrients should have been tested for contamination and toxic substances
• If you have certain food sensitivities make sure that ingredients such as wheat, corn and yeast are not listed in the ingredients.
• All vitamin supplements should have an expiration date
• There is no regulation of vitamin supplements.  This means the dosage claim noted on the label may not be the same as what actually exists within each pill, tablet, etc.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to get in touch with the lab that produces the particular vitamin supplement to find out how their products are tested.  A reputable supplement producing lab will answer all of your questions.

Finally, keep in mind that the best way to obtain quality vitamin and crohns treatment is through your health care provider.

Grab your free copy of Sharon Dobson’s brand new Crohn’s Disease Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you find out about acupuncture and crohns and for information on botanical crohns please visit Breakthrough Crohn’s Disease Guide

Can a Chiropractor Relieve Your Menopause Symptoms?

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 28th, 2007

Anxiety isn’t the only menopause symptom.  Menopause can also cause a slew of other emotional and physical symptoms including back pain and discomfort.   The good news is that menopausal women who suffer from back problems are finding relief through chiropractic medicine.

What is chiropractic medicine?  It is a treatment that assists in restoring balance, healing and energy throughout the body.  When our bodies lack balance, the hormonal and stress response system are affected.  Thus, chiropractic medicine works by alleviating pressure on the nerve roots of the spine, helping to relieve discomfort.  It detects dislocation (subluxation) and promotes correction by encouraging the function, repair, coordination and communication of the nervous system.   Chiropractic medicine is a non-invasive drug-free treatment that is performed by a chiropractor. 

How is it performed?  First of all, chiropractor treatment will vary for each patient, as different techniques may be used to help alleviate certain symptoms or health conditions.  Therefore, a chiropractor will want to know the medical history of the patient and their current health problems.  Once this information has been processed, treatment will then be provided.

Most chiropractors will use their hands to perform treatment; however, they may also use other treatment methods such as light, heat, ultrasound, electrotherapy and other special adjusting instruments.  You will also likely be provided with information regarding a personalized exercise program, nutrition and lifestyle changes that can help improve your symptoms.

Is treatment painful?  No.  Most people find chiropractic medicine to be quite relaxing.  What may be unnerving to some patients are popping sounds that joints make when they are adjusted.  This popping noise is the sound that occurs when a gas bubble between the joints pop.  It’s the same sound and feeling that happens when you crack your knuckles. 

How can a chiropractor help during menopause?  Chiropractic medicine can relieve a variety of painful and uncomfortable menopause symptoms related to estrogen deficiency including:
• Back pain
• Headaches and/or migraines
• Stress and tension
• Neck problems

Chiropractor treatment is also considered beneficial for treating the beginning stages of osteoporosis.  It is incredibly effective at restoring flexibility to joints and decreasing muscular tension and pressure on nerves.

Chiropractic treatment can provide relief fast, which is often why it is one of the most celebrated alternative remedies.  That being said, you will need more than one chiropractic treatment.  The average patient has eight annual visits, but this number will vary depending on the health concern.

Are their any risk?  It is extremely rare for complications to occur during chiropractic treatment, especially if performed by an experienced and qualified chiropractor.  Therefore, it is a low risk, non invasive therapy that is virtually safe for everyone.

How do I find a chiropractor?  Although you don’t need to be referred to a chiropractor by your doctor, it is a good idea to first consult your health care provider to find out if he/she has any recommendations.  You should also speak to others who have had chiropractor treatment to learn about their experiences and ask them about their chiropractors. 

You can find chiropractors to help treat your menopause symptoms by checking your local yellow pages, phoning your local hospital, or doing an online search with your city and “chiropractor” as the main keywords.

Grab your free copy of Kathyrn Whittaker’s brand new Menopause Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to relieve menopause symptoms & help you find out about menopause symptom and for information on menopause treatments please visit Natural Menopause Relief Secrets

Vitamins and Crohns How to Select the Right Supplements

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 27th, 2007

One of the best ways to maintain a healthy body and avoid malnutrition is to ensure adequate vitamin and crohns supplement treatment. Many studies that have been conducted on crohn’s sufferers have found that the vast majority of those with crohn’s are generally deficient in vitamins A, B, C, D and E. The natural deficiency of these vitamins is likely due to dietary restrictions, medications, and poor nutrient absorption.

Vitamin A – Vitamin A is necessary for a healthy normal immune system function, which is required to maintain a healthy mucous membrane. The skin and mucosal cells that line the digestive tract, urinary tract and airways, create a barrier and are the body’s initial defence against infection. Vitamin A also plays a vital role in immune response and in the proper function of the adrenal glands which control the way we respond to stress.

Vitamin B9 – B9, also known as folic acid or folate, is vital for the production of nucleic acids, proteins that are essential in cell reproduction and separation.
It is thought that a folate deficiency may cause high levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which is believed to play a role in the development of some chronic illnesses. In addition, B9 vitamin and crohns deficiency can cause intestinal damage and trigger diarrhea.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C is needed to convert folate into folinic acid (its active form). It is also an essential requirement for the formation of collagen, which the body needs for proper growth, maintenance and development. When taken with bioflavonoids (a vitamin-like nutrient that helps the body to absorb vitamin C), vitamin C can help alleviate inflammation and may even help prevent the formation of fistulas in crohn’s sufferers.

Vitamin D – Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and cartilage and helps the body absorb calcium. Many crohn’s sufferers experience bone loss. Adding the D vitamin and crohns calcium supplement can improve bone mineral density, and help prevent and control the development of osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Vitamin E – Vitamin E is primarily an antioxidant. This means it helps protect tissues and cells from the damaging effects of oxidation, which can lead to the formation of many diseases. Vitamin E, in particular, has been found to prevent scarring that can occur from crohn’s disease.

How are vitamins taken? Most vitamins and mineral supplements are available in caplet, tablet, chewable tablet, and powder form.

Remember to read all instructions concerning recommended dosages before taking vitamins. Also, be sure to consult your health care provider about the vitamins for crohn’s treatment you are interested in, or intend to use, prior to taking them.

How to choose quality vitamin and crohns supplements – Not all vitamin supplements are the same, so you should never make the assumption that all products on the market are made with identical ingredients and will provide you with equal nutrients. To ensure a quality vitamin product keep the following in mind:

• The ingredients used should be all or primarily from organic sources
• Artificial ingredients should not have been part of the manufacturing process.
• Nutrients should have been tested for contamination and toxic substances
• If you have certain food sensitivities make sure that ingredients such as wheat, corn and yeast are not listed in the ingredients.
• All vitamin supplements should have an expiration date
• There is no regulation of vitamin supplements. This means the dosage claim noted on the label may not be the same as what actually exists within each pill, tablet, etc. Therefore, it is in your best interest to get in touch with the lab that produces the particular vitamin supplement to find out how their products are tested. A reputable supplement producing lab will answer all of your questions.

Finally, keep in mind that the best way to obtain quality vitamin and crohns treatment is through your health care provider.
Grab your free copy of Sharon Dobson’s brand new Crohn’s Disease Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you find out about cupuncture and crohns and for information on crohns diet please visit Breakthrough Crohn’s Disease Guide.

What Are the Yeast Infection Symptoms in a Man?

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 27th, 2007

Just as it is possible for a baby to have a yeast infection, so is it possible for yeast infection symptom in man to exist. Many people are under the impression that only women can experience a yeast infection in their genital region. Although it is true that women are far more likely to develop these yeast infections, thinking a man cannot develop a genital yeast infection is a misconception that needs to be dispelled.

Men, like women have candida present in their gut. A candida overgrowth, better known as candidasis, is simply the fancy way of saying yeast infection. For instance, oral thrush, and many skin rashes and infections such as athlete’s foot are all forms of yeast infections that are linked to candida. Thus, genital yeast infections are an infection caused by candida overgrowth and other contributing factors.

What are the other causes aside from candida? Unlike oral thrush yeast infection symptom in man – often caused by HIV – A yeast infection that affects the genital region, known as a penile yeast infection, can be caused by different factors. Some of these factors may include the following –

Sexual transmission – If a man has unprotected sex with a woman, who has a vaginal yeast infection, candida can be transmitted from her to him through direct contact, just like a sexually transmitted disease. Although this isn’t entirely a common occurrence, it can and does happen more frequently than one would think.

Antibiotics – It is really uncommon for a penile yeast infection symptom in man to develop from antibiotics, but it is not impossible. Antibiotics are considered candida friendly because they destroy good bacteria and bad bacteria, creating an imbalance in gut flora which can result in candida overgrowth and lead to infection.

Diabetes – Men who have diabetes are at a greater risk of developing yeast infections due to the fact that they have elevated sugar levels in their urine.

What are the symptoms? The following are some of the penile yeast infection symptom in man to look for:
• Irritation and soreness present in the head of the penis, often accompanied by itchiness.
• The head of the penis may appear red and develop small blisters
• Presence of discharge that appears thick and white
• Little red itchy bumps may appear on the penis shaft or surrounding genital area if a yeast infection is left untreated.

If a man is experiencing these symptoms, it is important that he visit his doctor to receive a proper diagnosis. There are two main reasons why a professional diagnosis is important –
1. If a man does not treat a yeast infection, he can pass it back to his partner, and she can continue to pass it back to him. Both sexual partners should be treated to eradicate the threat of infection.
2. Although a man may think he is suffering a yeast infection, in actuality his symptoms may be the cause of an entirely different medical condition- genital herpes. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that is characterized by little itchy bumps, and is a chronic disease that can not be treated with the same remedies as a yeast infection.

Hence, always have symptoms investigated by a health care provider to be sure, and refrain from self-diagnosis.

How is a penile yeast infection symptom in man treated? In most cases it is treated with the same topical cream prescribed to women with vaginal yeast infections. These creams are available without a doctor’s prescription at your local pharmacy. Just remember, that if you’ve never experienced a penile yeast infection before, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor, get checked out, and take his treatment advice to experience effective relief.

Grab your free copy of Jane Symms’ brand new Candida & Yeast Infection Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you find out about candidiasis symptom and for information on albicans candida symptom please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 27th, 2007

If you have Fibromyalgia and you want to have a baby, you might be wondering what you will have to go through. There is very little known about the effects of this condition on pregnant women, and some of the research is quite contradictory. Some studies suggest that Fibromyalgia and pregnancy are troublesome together, and that expectant mothers often see an increase in symptoms, while others say that some who are pregnant say they feel better than they ever have in years.

There have been very few studies on what happens when someone with Fibromyalgia gets pregnant. A study in Norway in the 1970s concluded that women with this condition have exaggerated symptoms and are completely miserable while pregnant. They are also more prone to getting post-partum depression. Their intensified symptoms lingered as long as three months after giving birth. The babies, however, were healthy and normal.

Others claim that pregnancy hormones might actually reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Though there are still the common ills that plague some women such as morning sickness and aches and pains, the other symptoms seemed to improve greatly while they were pregnant. It would appear that what happens during this time will differ greatly from woman to woman, and a person with this condition will probably not know what to expect until they experience it.

If you have Fibromyalgia, and you want to get pregnant, don’t let your condition stop you. It would seem that babies born to women with this condition are carried to term, are very healthy, and come out a very good weight. However, there are some things to be considered. You should remember that if you are on medications, some are not going to be safe while you are expecting. If you plan to nurse, you may have to stay off of your medications while you are breastfeeding.

Talk with your doctor about what you can do to prepare for pregnancy. Something like yoga might be a good idea. This is moderate exercise with stress relieving qualities. This might help you feel better while pregnant, and might also help you conceive more quickly by reducing stress. Do you best to modify your diet if you have not already done so, and if you go to a new doctor once you have found out your are pregnant, make sure you tell them that you have Fibromyalgia. You might have to be under the care of both your obstetrician and your regular doctor.
Grab your free copy of Jane Thompson’s brand new Fibromyalgia Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you find out about fibromyalgia treatment and for information on fibromyalgia remedies please visit Natural Cure to Fibromyalgia.

Acid Reflux Disease Diet 7 Ways to Relieve Symptoms

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 27th, 2007

An acid reflux disease diet can help control the occurrence of acid reflux and decrease the risk of heartburn for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) sufferers. Following a controlled diet is a matter of determining which foods trigger symptoms, and which foods are safe to eat.

Creating a two-week food diary, where you make a record of all the foods you ingest and the symptoms that follow, is the best way to discover the foods to eliminate. After two weeks, you should then present your food diary to your doctor or dietician so he/she can help create a diet plan that is beneficial for you.

Although it is in your best interest to create a food diary, the following are 7 food categories and the related foods you should avoid, or are considered safe to eat in each. The seven categories are:
1. Dairy
2. Meat
3. Grains
4. Vegetables and Fruit
5. Fats and oil
6. Sweets and snacks
7. Beverages

By knowing what you should and shouldn’t eat within each food category is how you create an acid reflux disease diet that effectively relieves symptoms by stopping them before they start.

Foods you should avoid
The following foods should be eliminated or dramatically limited in an acid reflux disease diet, as ingesting them, even in small quantities, can aggravate symptoms and lead to recurring heartburn.

Dairy – Cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream and ice cream related products (I.E. milk shakes, floats, etc.)
Meat – Buffalo wings, chicken nuggets, ground beef, and marbled steak
Grains – Pasta with marinara sauce, macaroni and cheese
Vegetables & Fruit – Vegetables: raw onion, French fires, mashed potatoes. Fruits: Citrus fruits and juices which include lemon, lime, lemonade, orange, orange juice, grapefruit and grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, tomato and tomato juice.
Fats and oil – Oily or creamy salad dressings, and essentially all fried or fatty processed Foods.
Sweets and Snacks – Chocolate, doughnuts, butter cookies, brownies, corn chips, and potato chips.
Beverages – Alcohol, regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea, high-sugared drinks such as soda.

Foods considered safe
The following foods are considered safe to eat and shouldn’t aggravate your GERD symptoms; therefore, they can become a regular part of your acid reflux disease diet.

Dairy – Fat-free cream cheese, feta or goat cheese, low-fat soy cheese.
Meat – Extra lean ground beef, London broiled steak, skinless chicken breast, egg whites, imitation eggs, and fish without additional fat.
Grains – Whole grain or white bread, corn bread, oatmeal, bran cereal, white or brown rice
Vegetables & Fruit – Vegetables: broccoli, carrots, cabbage, peas, green beans, and baked potato. Fruits: banana, fresh or dried apple, apple juice.
Fats and oil – low fat salad dressing
Sweets and Snacks – Pretzels, baked potato chips, graham crackers, rice cakes, fat free cookies, red liquorice, and jelly beans
Beverages – Water

Occasional treats
Last, but not least, the following is a brief list of foods you can occasionally enjoy in your acid reflux disease diet, but should be consumed with discretion and in moderation as they can aggravate symptoms:

Dairy – Yogurt, cheddar or mozzarella cheese
Meat –fired eggs, fried fish, hot dog, ham and tuna salad.
Grains – Granola cereal and muffin.
Vegetables & Fruit – Vegetables: garlic, leeks, and green onions. Fruits: low-acid orange juice, dried cranberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Fats and oil – ketchup
Sweets and Snacks – low-fat cookies
Beverages – non-alcoholic drinks and carbonated drinks

Finally, keep in mind that the above food lists are only general guidelines. Some of the foods considered safe to eat for one heartburn sufferer may not be the same for another. Therefore, make sure you keep a food diary to determine what the best acid reflux disease diet is for you, so you can effectively treat and prevent your symptoms.
Grab your free copy of Kathryn Whittaker’s brand new Acid Reflux & GERD Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you find out about acid reflux disease diet and for information on acid reflux relief please visit Stop Acid Reflux Now.

Can a Chiropractor Relieve Your Menopause Symptoms?

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 27th, 2007

Anxiety isn’t the only menopause symptom. Menopause can also cause a slew of other emotional and physical symptoms including back pain and discomfort. The good news is that menopausal women who suffer from back problems are finding relief through chiropractic medicine.

What is chiropractic medicine? It is a treatment that assists in restoring balance, healing and energy throughout the body. When our bodies lack balance, the hormonal and stress response system are affected. Thus, chiropractic medicine works by alleviating pressure on the nerve roots of the spine, helping to relieve discomfort. It detects dislocation (subluxation) and promotes correction by encouraging the function, repair, coordination and communication of the nervous system. Chiropractic medicine is a non-invasive drug-free treatment that is performed by a chiropractor.

How is it performed? First of all, chiropractor treatment will vary for each patient, as different techniques may be used to help alleviate certain symptoms or health conditions. Therefore, a chiropractor will want to know the medical history of the patient and their current health problems. Once this information has been processed, treatment will then be provided.

Most chiropractors will use their hands to perform treatment; however, they may also use other treatment methods such as light, heat, ultrasound, electrotherapy and other special adjusting instruments. You will also likely be provided with information regarding a personalized exercise program, nutrition and lifestyle changes that can help improve your symptoms.

Is treatment painful? No. Most people find chiropractic medicine to be quite relaxing. What may be unnerving to some patients are popping sounds that joints make when they are adjusted. This popping noise is the sound that occurs when a gas bubble between the joints pop. It’s the same sound and feeling that happens when you crack your knuckles.

How can a chiropractor help during menopause? Chiropractic medicine can relieve a variety of painful and uncomfortable menopause symptoms related to estrogen deficiency including:
• Back pain
• Headaches and/or migraines
• Stress and tension
• Neck problems

Chiropractor treatment is also considered beneficial for treating the beginning stages of osteoporosis. It is incredibly effective at restoring flexibility to joints and decreasing muscular tension and pressure on nerves.

Chiropractic treatment can provide relief fast, which is often why it is one of the most celebrated alternative remedies. That being said, you will need more than one chiropractic treatment. The average patient has eight annual visits, but this number will vary depending on the health concern.

Are their any risk? It is extremely rare for complications to occur during chiropractic treatment, especially if performed by an experienced and qualified chiropractor. Therefore, it is a low risk, non invasive therapy that is virtually safe for everyone.

How do I find a chiropractor? Although you don’t need to be referred to a chiropractor by your doctor, it is a good idea to first consult your health care provider to find out if he/she has any recommendations. You should also speak to others who have had chiropractor treatment to learn about their experiences and ask them about their chiropractors.

You can find chiropractors to help treat your menopause symptoms by checking your local yellow pages, phoning your local hospital, or doing an online search with your city and “chiropractor” as the main keywords.
Grab your free copy of Kathyrn Whittaker’s brand new Menopause Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to relieve menopause symptoms & help you find out about stop hot flashes and for information on menopause treatments please visit Natural Menopause Relief Secrets.

What Are the Yeast Infection Symptoms in a Man?

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 23rd, 2007

Just as it is possible for a baby to have a yeast infection, so is it possible for yeast infection symptom in man to exist.  Many people are under the impression that only women can experience a yeast infection in their genital region.  Although it is true that women are far more likely to develop these yeast infections, thinking a man cannot develop a genital yeast infection is a misconception that needs to be dispelled.

Men, like women have candida present in their gut.  A candida overgrowth, better known as candidasis, is simply the fancy way of saying yeast infection. For instance, oral thrush, and many skin rashes and infections such as athlete’s foot are all forms of yeast infections that are linked to candida.  Thus, genital yeast infections are an infection caused by candida overgrowth and other contributing factors. 

What are the other causes aside from candida?  Unlike oral thrush yeast infection symptom in man – often caused by HIV – A yeast infection that affects the genital region, known as a penile yeast infection, can be caused by different factors.  Some of these factors may include the following –

Sexual transmission – If a man has unprotected sex with a woman, who has a vaginal yeast infection, candida can be transmitted from her to him through direct contact, just like a sexually transmitted disease.  Although this isn’t entirely a common occurrence, it can and does happen more frequently than one would think.

Antibiotics – It is really uncommon for a penile yeast infection symptom in man to develop from antibiotics, but it is not impossible.  Antibiotics are considered candida friendly because they destroy good bacteria and bad bacteria, creating an imbalance in gut flora which can result in candida overgrowth and lead to infection.

Diabetes – Men who have diabetes are at a greater risk of developing yeast infections due to the fact that they have elevated sugar levels in their urine.

What are the symptoms?  The following are some of the penile yeast infection symptom in man to look for:
• Irritation and soreness present in the head of the penis, often accompanied by itchiness.
• The head of the penis may appear red and develop small blisters
• Presence of discharge that appears thick and white
• Little red itchy bumps may appear on the penis shaft or surrounding genital area if a yeast infection is left untreated.

If a man is experiencing these symptoms, it is important that he visit his doctor to receive a proper diagnosis.  There are two main reasons why a professional diagnosis is important –
1. If a man does not treat a yeast infection, he can pass it back to his partner, and she can continue to pass it back to him.  Both sexual partners should be treated to eradicate the threat of infection.
2. Although a man may think he is suffering a yeast infection, in actuality his symptoms may be the cause of an entirely different medical condition- genital herpes.  Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that is characterized by little itchy bumps, and is a chronic disease that can not be treated with the same remedies as a yeast infection. 

Hence, always have symptoms investigated by a health care provider to be sure, and refrain from self-diagnosis.

How is a penile yeast infection symptom in man treated?  In most cases it is treated with the same topical cream prescribed to women with vaginal yeast infections.  These creams are available without a doctor’s prescription at your local pharmacy.  Just remember, that if you’ve never experienced a penile yeast infection before, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor, get checked out, and take his treatment advice to experience effective relief.
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Coping with Anxiety During Menopause

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 19th, 2007

Although pregnancy isn’t a major concern for most menopausal women, anxiety can be.  In fact, anxiety is one of the most common perimenopausal and menopausal symptom.  Anxiety is something that everyone experiences during different periods in their life.  It is normal to feel anxious, nervous or worried at times, but these are feelings that should not be felt constantly or make one feel overwhelmed or trapped. 

What causes anxiety during menopause?  Menopausal women are more susceptible to anxiety due to the fact that their hormones are in a constant state of fluctuation as their body prepares to shut down its ability to reproduce.  During this time, many women suffer from depression and high stress levels.  It is believed that feelings of depression are a result of insufficient estrogen, and anxiety is often a symptom of depression.

In addition, research has found that the hormone progesterone, which also depletes during menopause, has been known to have a calming and relaxing effect on the body.  Thus, the lack of hormones are unsettling and allow for emotions that were once overlooked or produced minor anxiety, to be blown out of proportion.

Anxiety can cause emotional and physical symptoms including:
- Trembling or shaking
- Fast heartbeat
- Breathlessness
- Tight or full feeling in the chest and/or throat
- Profuse sweating, or cold and clammy hands
- Muscle tension and/or soreness
- Dizziness
- Nausea
- Fatigue
- Constant worry and feeling sad
- Lack of concentration
- Irritable
- Restless sleep

The above symptoms may be felt independently during different times, or many of them can occur suddenly, last for a period of time, and then disappear.  This sudden onslaught of anxiety is known as an anxiety attack or panic attack.  Women who experience such attacks are likely suffering from an anxiety disorder.

The severity of anxiety women experience will vary, and is usually at its worst during perimenopause.  Symptoms of anxiety tend to taper off after menopause is complete.  However, despite how anxiety may affect you, it is important to seek treatment if the anxiety you feel is debilitating or interrupting your lifestyle.

The following are 5 ways in which you can help relieve the anxiety you feel:

1. Identify and reduce the stressors in your life – Carefully analyze your life and think about what triggers your anxiety or causes you high stress.  Is it your job, your home life, or the people you work with?  Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to get things done?  Once you identify stress, you need to find ways to alleviate it.  This may mean changing jobs, getting help at home, and finding ways to free up more of your time.

2. Take time to enjoy yourself – You need to make time to relax and do things you enjoy.  Everyone needs a break.  If you don’t relax, your stress with catch up with you.  

3. Eat well – Avoid crash diets, skipping meals and eating before bed.  These eating programs are sure ways to increase your anxiety level and cause restless sleep.  Make sure you stay well hydrated, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, and stay clear of high fatty, processed foods.  Be good to your body!

4. Exercise – Yoga, Tai Chi, walking, swimming, jogging or playing sports are all excellent ways to increase energy, clear your mind, boost your metabolism, strengthen your body and improve circulation.

5. Seek the advice of your doctor – If you are experiencing physical symptoms that are incapacitating or seriously interfering with your daily and social life, you should seek medical attention.  Severe anxiety is a sign that what you are suffering from is a disorder.  You may need antidepressants to help you cope with your situation, or you may find that what you are suffering from is not anxiety, but another condition.

Remember, anxiety is not something that should be ignored.  Take care of yourself by eating well, relaxing and tell others about the way you feel.
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