Monthly Archive: May 2011

Factors which Cause Nail Fungal Infection 0

Factors which Cause Nail Fungal Infection

Factors which Cause Nail Fungal Infection There are many factors which can contribute to the spread of nail fungal infection. For example, an injured person has a higher chance of developing fungi than an uninjured person. Also, people who wear tight-fitting clothes and shoes are more prone to developing fungi. People who sweat profusely can easily develop fungal infections on many body parts. Fungi easily infect people who are used to sharing bathrooms, shower rooms, swimming pools, and lockers. Athletes, who usually possess sweaty feet, gave rise to the term athlete’s foot, a type of fungi which infects areas of the feet. Factors which Cause Nail Fungal Infection Fungi can also latch unto nail files used in beauty salons for manicuring and pedicuring. People who are above 65 years old, and are affected by some form of circulatory disease, are exceptionally vulnerable to fungal infections. Nail fungal infection is easy enough to identify. A finger nail or toe nail that becomes yellowish or greenish in color is a sure sign of nail fungal infection. Infected nails become thick and brittle, and may exude an unpleasant smell. Debris also collects more easily under infected nails. If you possess any of these symptoms, you should visit your skin care specialist or dermatologist immediately. Do not...

Arguments against Vegetarianism 0

Arguments against Vegetarianism

Arguments against Vegetarianism As many proponents as there are for vegetarianism there are just as many people who don’t have an opinion on the subject. On the other extreme however, there are also just as many people who would go so far as to argue against the practice. Just as the reasoning behind vegetarianism is broad and diverse, so is the reasoning against it. People have abstract and concrete answers for adhering to a vegetarian diet. Similarly, there are arguments across the board against the advancement of vegetarian diets. Every person must decide for themselves if a vegetarian diet is a good idea. Following are a few arguments in favor of eating meat. Arguments against Vegetarianism A Biblical Standing In Genesis, God told Adam and Eve that the animals were created for them. They were to take dominion over them. Elsewhere in the Bible, humans were told that the animals were created for food. This belief directly contradicts a typical vegetarian viewpoint of the sacredness of animal life. Animals were made to sustain human life, not the other way around. While animals are not to be abused, they are to be used for human benefit. It seems unlikely that the...

Special Considerations for Vegetarian Women 0

Special Considerations for Vegetarian Women

Special Considerations for Vegetarian Women If you are considering becoming a vegetarian, consider all of the effects that the diet change could have on your overall health. Any major change in diet or exercise should be discussed with your physician first. If you are already a vegetarian and are unhappy with your overall health and physical capabilities, you should also speak with your physician. Women have special needs when it comes to nutrition. Following are a few things for women to keep in mind while they are on a vegetarian diet. Special Considerations for Vegetarian Women Women’s Special Needs Women and men are different physically. They have different nutritional needs and different nutritional elements to focus on. Women need extra calcium, for example. As they age, women are far more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. That means an increased porosity and decreased density in the bones. Sufficient calcium is essential to prevent the onset of osteoporosis and to slow its progression if it has already started. Folic acid is very important for younger women who may bear children. Folic acid is a B vitamin that aids in the normal development and growth of new tissue. Iron is a third...

Surgery for Diverticulitis 0

Surgery for Diverticulitis

Surgery for Diverticulitis Diverticulitis develops when bacteria becomes trapped in pouches called diverticula that have formed along the wall of the large intestine. This leads to an infection. The bacteria grow and cause inflammation and pressure which may lead to a small tear in the wall of the intestine. The infection, called peritonitis, may develop if infection spills into the abdominal cavity. The reason diverticula form in the wall of the large intestine is not completely understood. Typically, a diet with adequate fiber produces stool that is bulky and can easily move throughout the colon. A diet low in fiber requires the colon to exert more pressure than usual to move small and hard stools. A low fiber diet can also increase the time the stool remains in the bowel, which adds to the high pressure. Surgery for Diverticulitis   Surgery for diverticulitis involves removing the diseased part of the colon. A doctor may recommend surgery for diverticulitis if there is a stricture, or a partially blocked colon or a narrow spot in the colon. Repeated attacks of diverticulitis may indicate that surgery to remove the diseased part of the colon due to two or more severe attacks. High risk...

Green Tea Weight Loss Plan 0

Green Tea Weight Loss Plan

Green Tea Weight Loss Plan Many people are now turning to inexpensive and natural green tea weight loss plans to help them in their weight control efforts. It is simple too. Green tea can be drunk like any other tea, usually without milk or sweeteners, or if you do not like the taste you can purchase green tea extract. Research has shown that green tea helps to reduce weight by stimulating the body’s thermogenesis process, which increases the expenditure of energy and the oxidization of fat in the body. Many compounds found in plants have this effect. The special thing about green tea is that it does not increase the heart rate, and is therefore believed to be safer than diet pills such as ephidrine that also work by stimulating thermogenesis. Green Tea Weight Loss Plan A lot of people who are overweight have or are at risk of developing hypertension and other cardiovascular problems, so the fact that green tea does not put pressure on the heart makes it a good choice. Ephidrine is not usually recommended if you are in this group but green tea is considered a safe option. It means that you can gradually increase your...

The Mother of All Stop Smoking Programs YOGA! 0

The Mother of All Stop Smoking Programs YOGA!

The Mother of All Stop Smoking Programs YOGA! People have differing personalities and beliefs. That’s why you won’t be surprised that we are given a variety of choices even in the simplest thing. Complicated endeavors like quitting smoking is not left behind. As the number of people who want to quit smoking has grown, the rise in options and choices also grew alongside with it. The Mother of All Stop Smoking Programs YOGA! For smokers who want to taste a new life without nicotine, there are now a lot of products they can choose to aid them in this kind of goal. Nicotine patches, nicotine gums, quit smoking tea and the likes have dominated drug stores and cupboards of people who want to stop smoking. Classes like quit smoking-programs and one-on-one sessions on how to quit smoking were also created. In recent researches, there is also one new form people could rely on to quit smoking—yoga. This Indian-originated practice does not only calm the nerves and give individuals peace. If one may recall, yoga has been a popular form of meditation that can help people relax and be one with their bodies and souls. Today, yoga is introduced as a practical way to help stop oneself from smoking. Composed...

Effectively stop smoking with quit smoking pills 0

Effectively stop smoking with quit smoking pills

Effectively stop smoking with quit smoking pills You have probably heard of people swearing that they will stop smoking. To no avail, you still see them with their trusted tobacco or cigarettes. Aside from the weak will power, their failure to quit smoking may be due to the several effects it can give. As we all know, quitting smoking can make one experience ugly withdrawal symptoms. Some may even have temporary weight gain. These unexpected and hart-to-handle effects may cause an individual to veer away from stopping to smoke. Good thing there are now quit smoking pills that are designed to get over the said implications of quitting smoking. What are quit smoking pills? Quit smoking pills are just like your regular medicines. They can come in pill or tablet forms for convenience. These medications were primarily designed to manage one of the main effects of quitting—withdrawals. Quit smoking pills are taken by people who want to ensure that they can kick away the habit of smoking without much fuss. How do I quit smoking with quit smoking pills? Bear in mind that using quit smoking pills alone would not ensure success. Of course, the effects of these pills won’t push through if you regularly fight it off by...

Cystic Fibrosis—Life Threatening and Incurable 0

Cystic Fibrosis—Life Threatening and Incurable

Cystic Fibrosis—Life Threatening and Incurable Cystic fibrosis has been around since medieval times. Infants in the middle ages who had “salty” skin were considered bewitched because they normally died during infancy. The disease is sometimes fatal, inherited, chronic, and progressive. There is no known cure for this genetic disease. Cystic fibrosis normally affects the digestive and respiratory organs of the body. Thick mucus collects in the passageways and lungs in the respiratory system and blocks the ducts that allow digestive enzymes to reach the small intestine. Cystic Fibrosis—Life Threatening and Incurable   Children and adults are normally the ones affected by cystic fibrosis. Sweat glands are affected and most of the time the reproductive system is also affected. Cystic fibrosis is a disease that is inherited when both parents are the carrier of a recessive gene. The CFTR gene is a recessive gene caused by mutations in that gene.   The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation estimates that over 30,000 American, 3000 Canadians, and 20,000 Europeans have cystic fibrosis. No one can explain why white Caucasians are more at risk than any other ethnic group to have this disease. The risk goes higher if their ancestors came from the Northern part of...

The Affect of Cystic Fibrosis on Children 0

The Affect of Cystic Fibrosis on Children

The Affect of Cystic Fibrosis on Children Over 4,000 children are born with Cystic Fibrosis in the United States each year. They get the disease when both of their parents have the Delta F508 gene. There are over 1200 mutations of the Cystic Fibrosis gene. Some cause less damage and have milder symptoms than some of the other genes. If you believe you may be a carrier of this mutant gene, you can be genetically tested before you decide to have your first child or add to your family. The Affect of Cystic Fibrosis on Children   A child is normally diagnosed with cystic fibrosis before they are three years old, but sometimes can be diagnosed even in adulthood. The symptoms normally will be displayed around the lungs and in the digestive system of the body. Some children born with cystic fibrosis may experience symptoms as soon as they are born. These children may be born with a condition called meconium ileus. A newborn will pass a thick, dark, putty-like substance through the rectum. Meconium will normally pass through the body and out the rectum in the first couple of days of life. Children with cystic fibrosis will have meconium...

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