Monthly Archive: August 2012

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Tinnitus Treatment

Tinnitus Treatment Tinnitus is a condition that is often underrated since it is not a serious disorder in itself but it can wreak havoc on people’s lives by dint of the misery it brings, and any useful tinnitus treatment would be welcome news for many. One can only imagine what it must be like for a sufferer to have a constant ringing, buzzing, or other obtrusive sound in their ears the whole time, or for much of the time. An article here may explain how researchers may have come up with a revolutionary new tinnitus treatment: “In the UK, around five million people suffer from tinnitus, a debilitating condition which can be exceptionally difficult to treat due to the huge variation in symptoms and severity between individual patients.” Dr Derek Hoare, at the University of Nottingham and the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing, says: “We know there are very many people out there suffering with tinnitus who have tried a number of different treatments including hearing aids, sound therapies, counselling and other alternative medicines such as acupuncture but to no avail.” The article states that there is a tinnitus treatment, that offers some hope for sufferers of this debilitating condition...

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Thyroid Problems

A recent article highlights the issue of thyroid problems and how many people may have one and not even know it. The article explains that the thyroid has a fundamental influence on our well-being, and that:  “The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the back of the neck below the Adam’s apple and wraps around the windpipe. It produces thyroid hormones that control the metabolism, or the rate at which the body’s cells go about their business.” “The thyroid gland affects the functioning rate of every cell in the body. Thyroid hormones influence every organ, tissue and cell in the body. They also control heart rate, body weight, body temperature, energy level, muscle strength and menstrual regularity.” “When the thyroid malfunctions, it can do so in one of two ways. It can produce too little thyroid hormone, a condition known as hypothyroidism, which causes the body to function at a lower rate. Or, it can produce too much hormone, known as hyperthyroidism, which speeds up the rate at which each cell functions. Both conditions can result in troublesome symptoms.” An under active thyroid gland can have the following effects:  “It makes its nearly 15 million sufferers feel...

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Look after your skin to help prevent Acne

There is increasing realisation that acne is not just a problem of teenagers and not just due to one factor. Evidence suggests that you should look after your skin to help prevent acne since it’s not just because of an increase in male hormones beginning at puberty, although that is a major factor, but often due also to lack of proper skin care and a healthy diet. A recent article spells out some of the ways to look after your skin which will have benefits in reducing the occurrence and severity of acne problems. Some of the advice is as follows: “We’ve all heard this expression before. You are what you eat. And, that applies to healthy skin as well. Dr. Dieter Kuster, CEO and senior chemist for Doctor Schwab, states that “diet is the fuel you need to keep going and bring the beauty from within”. He suggests that we begin “with at least one green vegetable a day then move to lean cuts of meat,” and course, drink lots of water.” “With a proper diet, or at least eating healthy or healthier, should come some exercising. We’re not going to bore you with the benefits of exercise (you...

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Bacteria Contribute to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Bacteria Contribute to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional disorder of the gut, where there is pain in the abdomen, bloating, and often also diarrhoea but usually no apparent structural abnormality, and it is interesting to see a report that suggests that bacteria contribute to irritable bowel syndrome. Thus patients suffering from IBS have an upset gut but even microscopic examination of the gut lining shows nothing unusual apart sometimes from some inflammation, and no infective agents have until now actually been demonstrated as causative. The cause of IBS has been thought to be due to over activity of parts of the gut but a recent study brings to light evidence of overgrowth of bacteria which may be a major contributory factor. The article says:  “A new study of Greek patients shows that overgrowth of bacteria in the gut is definitively linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is the first to use the “gold standard” method of examining gut bacterial cultures to connect bacteria to the cause of a disease that affects some 30 million Americans. The researchers say their findings confirm antibiotics are a successful treatment for IBS.” “Previous studies have suggested a...

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Hope of a Cure for AIDS

Hope of a Cure for AIDS Hope of a Cure for AIDS A recent article here describes two cases where HIV infected men have been declared free of the virus after just a few years, and there is increasing optimism about the hope of a cure for AIDS. The cases were presented at the annual International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. The article says:  “The researchers are cautious in declaring the two men cured, but more than two years after receiving bone marrow transplants, HIV can’t be detected anywhere in their bodies. These two new cases are reminiscent of the so-called “Berlin patient,” the only person known to have been cured of infection from the human immunodeficiency virus.” Hope of a Cure for AIDS “The widely publicized patient, Timothy Brown, was treated for leukemia with a bone marrow transplant that happened to come from a donor with a genetic mutation that makes immune cells resist HIV infection. The transplant replaced his own infected cells with healthy, AIDS-resistant cells. He is HIV-free five years later.” “About 34 million people are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, globally; 25 million have died from it. While there’s no vaccine, cocktails of...

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Honey to Treat Haemorrhoids

Honey to Treat Haemorrhoids   Honey to Treat Haemorrhoids   Haemorrhoids or piles cause a lot of misery for sufferers but now comes news about using honey to treat haemorrhoids, which might sound like an old wives’ tale but is based on scientific reasoning. Natural remedies are often preferred for human disorders since they are usually responsible for fewer side effects that many manufactured drugs. Honey to Treat Haemorrhoids   The article’s explanation is as follows:   “Used by Egyptians and other ancient civilizations before their histories were recorded, honey has been exposed as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial medicine. As it applies to hemorrhoids, honey has been shown to soothe the swelling and even repair damaged skin when applied directly to hemorrhoids.” “Leptospermum honey is hygroscopic. This means that this type of honey “draws more moisture out of the environment and thus dehydrates bacteria.” Then, the honey’s natural anti-inflammatory properties alleviate the swelling of tissue and reduce pain by taking pressure off of surrounding nerves. That’s a pretty sweet way to relieve many symptoms associated with piles.”   “As honey is just now gaining mainstream acceptance as a piles treatment in the United States, the many available documented accounts...

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Five Cancers which Men Should Be Aware Of

  Five Cancers which Men should be Aware of  There are five cancers which men should be aware of because, although modern medicine has managed to conquer or control many infectious diseases, it has not made such tremendous strides in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Indeed, the  numbers of people suffering from cancer of one sort or another seems to be increasing. Many put this down to an ever more polluted environment with exhaust fumes and various industrial chemicals, but, whatever the cause, the successful treatment of many cancers depends on their early detection. The earlier a cancer is detected the smaller and more contained it is likely to be, and is therefore easier to remove. Unfortunately it can often be difficult to detect a cancer until it has grown large enough to cause some symptoms, but even then it is better to treat it sooner rather than later, since a cancerous growth will often send bits of itself around the body in the bloodstream and cause them to settle in other body organs where they grow and cause more problems.   A recent article from Men’s Health highlights some of the more common cancers that affect men and...

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Does Losing Your Hair Mean Losing Your Sex Drive?

  Does losing your hair mean losing your sex drive? Apparently it can be so if you happen to be one of the many thousands of men taking Propecia for balding because this can have adverse side effects related to sexual function and libido. A recent article highlights this rather disconcerting finding and reports:   “The hair loss prevention drug Propecia can cause long-term sexual problems in men, according to a new study.”   “It said that the effects — including erectile dysfunction, reduced sex drive, orgasm problems and shrinking and painful genitals — can last for months to years, even after men stop taking the drug. Other side effects reported by patients included depression, anxiety and mental fogginess.”   “The study included 54 men under age 40 who reported side effects for at least three months after taking Propecia. Of those men, 96 percent experienced sexual problems for more than a year after they stopped taking the drug. The findings were published Thursday in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.”   The study’s author, Dr Michael Irwig of George Washington University, said:   “Our findings make me suspicious that this drug may have done permanent damage to these men,” “The...

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Fasting may help to Cure Cancer

  Recent research has suggested that fasting may help to cure cancer when combined with chemotherapy. This startling conclusion was reached when a recent study of mice demonstrated that combining fasting with chemotherapy was much more effective than just chemo on its own. If it works in mice it may work in men, but time will tell.  According to a report: “Mice with neuroblastoma—an aggressive nerve cancer that strikes infants and children—all died when treated with only chemo. But a few rounds of medication combined with fasting cured cancer in 20 per cent of mice with widespread cancer and 40 per cent of those with more limited cases.” “The combo also appeared to be effective against breast, ovarian, melanoma, and some brain cancers in mice.” “For several cancers, including breast cancer in a mouse model, cycles of fasting were as effective as chemotherapy,” according to the author of the report, Valter D. Longo, Ph.D., of the University of Southern California. “Hair loss, fatigue, digestive problems—the side effects of chemo are harsh because the toxic drugs harm healthy cells in addition to killing cancer cells.” However, “previous research by Longo—on both mice and humans—shows fasting protects against these as well. In...

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