How to Do Your Part to Save Planet Earth

With the billions of people living on this planet and consuming its resources and with the current global warming that we are experiencing now, many people fear that the earth is coming to an end in the near future. That is apart from other environmental issues we face such as dying oceans, natural disasters and scarcity of food and water among others.

We cannot put our government wholly responsible in caring for our environment. It should also be an individual effort which can start right in our very own home. And some of the methods or practices you can do to help save the earth do not even require you to invest on something expensive. In fact, doing them may even give you added benefits of savings. Some of these methods are:

Conserving water

Water conservation is one of the most significant ways a person can contribute to the health of this planet. That is especially true if you are living in a region with a problem on water shortage. There are several ways on how you can conserve water. One way is to check and repair any leaking faucet in your home. You could also invest in water-saving devices such as a low-flow showerhead. Instead of using water sprinklers in your lawn, you could use a hose where you can have better control of what to water and how much water should go to a certain plant. Wash dishes or clothes only in full loads and brush your teeth using a cup or glass instead of letting the water just run through as you brush. Many of these simple everyday routines can easily save you hundreds of dollars on collective water bills while also helping the environment.

Conserving energy

Energy consumption has one of the biggest impacts in our environment. Most of the energy people commonly use comes from non-renewable resources such as fossil fuel and others. In order for this energy to be available for individual users, it entails the burning of carbon dioxide which significantly contributes to global warming. The less energy you use at home or in running your car, the healthier it will be for the earth.

Energy conservation can be done by using lighting, appliances and car that are energy efficient. When not in use, unplug appliances at home before sleeping or going to work because they still consume energy even if turned off but still plugged. Set your thermostat at 120 and your refrigerator between 36 to 38 degrees because these are the most efficient temperatures. Take advantage also of windows for natural air and lighting. There are many other ways you can save on energy usage and lower your electricity bill.

Using fewer chemicals

Every chemical you use will eventually end up in the air or in the water supply, contributing to air and water pollution. The lesser chemicals you use at home especially in home cleaning, the better it will be for the environment.

Reusing, reducing, recycling and disposing of waste properly

Not everything you throw into your garbage bin is really garbage. Aside from making an effort to reuse or reduce your household products, some unneeded ones can still be recycled while others can be made into compost. Be sure to observe garbage segregation at home and separate what can still be recycled and what can be used for composting. For other types of garbage especially the toxic ones, be sure to dispose of them properly.

There are many things that each person can do to help save our planet earth. And if all people will just do them, we could significantly improve the current condition of the planet we are living in.

Published: May 20, 2013

What is Green Fuel?

Because of the negative environmental impact of producing and using fossil fuels as well as the rising oil prices, scientists are trying to find an alternative source of fuel. And that is how the term green fuel was conceived.

Green fuel, which is more commonly called as biofuel, is distilled from animal and plant materials or biomass. Scientists believe that this kind of fuel is more environment-friendly to produce and use than most conventional types of fuels that are popularly used today. Biomass is normally converted to fuel in three ways, namely chemical conversion, thermal conversion and biochemical conversion. The resulting fuel can be in liquid, solid or gas form.

Some of the commonly used biofuel are ethanol, biodiesel and biogas.


Ethanol is seen as a green alternative for petrol. It is made by fermenting crops such as sugarcane and soybean. There is also cellulosic ethanol which uses hulls, stalks, wood by products, and other plant materials that are no longer fit for human or animal consumption. One advantage of this fuel is that it does not produce pollutants such as lead emissions and sulfur dioxide when used. One drawback is that if pure ethanol is used, it may cause damage to the engine because of its corrosive effect. Currently, the safe ratio is ten percent ethanol and 90 percent petrol.


Biodiesel, on the other hand, is considered to be a good alternative for petroleum diesel fuels. This kind of fuel is made from animal fats and vegetable oils. Common sources include palm oil, sun flower, soybean, canola, cottonseeds and rapeseed. Currently, it is used as a diesel additive to improve lubricity, but some auto manufacturers are already modifying their cars so that they can run from pure biodiesel. Additionally, some cars now run using recycled oil from restaurants as fuel. One of its advantages is its low hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions.


Biogas is a methane gas produced through the anaerobic digestion of organic or biodegradable wastes or energy crops. This process yields a solid byproduct called digestate which can be used as fertilizer or biofuel.

While many people are convinced that biofuel is a good alternative to fossil fuel because it is more economical and environment-friendly, there are also detractors who believe that biofuel may just be as destructive to the environment as other fuel sources. They say that during the processing of this kind of fuel, a considerable amount of pollution is also created. Aside from that, there are also those who believe that continuous production of biofuel may lead to scarcity of certain food products because they are used for fuel production instead of for human or animal consumption. Other concerns are connected to soil erosion, deforestation and loss of biodiversity as a result of planting biomass for oil production. These arguments may have some bases which scientists need to take into consideration.

Amidst the arguments between the advantages and drawbacks of biofuel, one thing is for sure: there is a need to find an alternative energy source that will answer the economic and environmental problems brought about by the fuel we now currently used.

Published: June 20, 2013

All about Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are just small stones for all intents and purposes. They are usually made up of calcium crystals that accumulate within the kidneys or in the various tubes that feed or empty it. The kidneys main job is to filter the blood from impurities contained in it and those same impurities are processed by the kidney into urine which can already be expelled out of the body through the urethra. It is this process that makes way for the formation of kidney stones as impurities have a habit of bonding together until they become large enough to block structures within the kidney, and it is this blocking movement by the stones that cause the proverbial pain associated to kidney stones.

So how do kidney stones feel like?

The trademark of kidney stones that obstruct the ureter is an excruciating, sporadic pain that branches out from the groin to the flank, to other parts of the lower body. The pain brought by the kidney stones is called a renal colic, which is also described as one of the most painful pain to be experienced by any human beings. Renal colic usually occurs with urine urgency, cold sweats, nausea, and restlessness that it is described as one of the most disconcerting experiences any one can go through.

Risk Factors for the Occurrence of Kidney Stones

  • Dehydration is the foremost cause of kidney stone creation, mainly because there is not enough water to properly flush out the crystals and a low water environment in the kidneys precede acidity in the area
  • A diet high in animal proteins, salt, sugar, and oxalates is conducive to kidney stone formation
  • Kidney stones because of underlying conditions such as Crohn’s Disease, Dent’s Disease and hyperthyroidism
  • A history of kidney stone formation

Symptoms of Having Kidney Stones

  • Dark and sometimes cloudy urine that has an unpleasant smell to it
  • Vomiting and nausea especially when the pain strikes
  • Fevers when an infection is apparent
  • Great urge to urinate constantly
  • Pain in the sides, the back and under the ribcage
  • Pain that spreads to the groin and upper leg area
  • Severe pain that comes and goes with increasing severity especially when urinating

Treatment for Kidney Stones

  • Drinking lots and lots of water to flush out the kidney stones naturally
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL), the use of sound waves to break up kidney stones
  • A doctor inserts a probe with a miniature camera and lights into your bladder and ureter to locate and possibly break up the stone into small pieces so that it can pass easily during urination
  • Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy. Kidney stone removal through a small incision on your back. It is done when the kidney stone is particularly large and under general anesthesia.
  • Home remedies for kidney stones such as lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, pomegranates, wheat grass, celery, bran flakes, and carrots amongst other things, are said to have different good effects against kidney stones and the removal of it.

Published: April 3, 2015

Heart Disease Facts

What’s one of the foremost killers of people here in our country, the one who lurks silently in the shadows only to make itself known after the fact? The one who killed 600,000 Americans according to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) every year and that’s not counting the ones that survived and is scarred for life. We are talking about heart disease and its ilk, how can we protect ourselves from this killer of a disease?

Different Types of Heart Disease

  1. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) – The most common of the heart diseases. It occurs when the plaque build-up, from cholesterol and fats from the food we eat, constricts the blood flow in the arteries and veins in our body thereby causing the heart to receive less nourishing oxygen and making it weak. An angina or a heart attack can occur because of this condition.
  2. Arrhythmia – Is the irregular or abnormal beating of the heart.
  3. Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) – When the heart has insufficient power to pump blood which carries life-giving oxygen to the various organs of the body.
  4. Heart Valve Disease – Disease that affect one or all of the four valves of the heart making it less efficient in pumping blood throughout the body
  5. Heart Muscle Disease – Enlargement of the heart and the thickening of its walls, which makes it weaker and inefficient in pumping blood.
  6. Congenital Heart Disease – Inborn diseases of the heart such as Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).

Symptoms of Having Heart Disease

  • Having palpitations or fast, slow, or abnormal heartbeat is a sure sign of heart disease
  • Experiencing constant lightheadedness and dizzy spells without any reason at all
  • Chest pains, pain between shoulder blades, pain in left shoulder, pain in the neck, the jaws and at the back
  • Shortness of breath even without exertion
  • Pale complexion and the swelling of the extremities
  • Constriction, pressure, and heaviness of chest especially during a heart attack
  • Extreme anxiety, weakness, and a feeling of impending doom

Treatments for Heart Disease

  • Surgeries such as stents, angioplasty, heart bypass, valve treatment and replacement, cardiversion, EECP, ablation, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and heart transplants.
  • Medications such asACE inhibitors, Angiotension II receptor blockers, Antiarrythmics, Antiplatelet drugs, Beta-Blockers, Calcium Channel blockers, Clot busters, Digoxin, diuretics, Nitrates, and blood thinners to name a few.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

  • Progressing of age heightens the risk for getting heart diseases as heart muscles also ages and weakens
  • Being men, or women past the menopausal age
  • Having a family history of heart disease causes one to be a primary candidate for heart disease
  • Heart attacks are more prevalent in smokers that in non-smokers
  • Consumption of high cholesterol and animal protein in diet
  • Diabetes is known to cause heart disease
  • Obesity and high blood pressure
  • Lack of physical activity or a sedentary lifestyle
  • Constant unresolved stresses in daily living
  • Improper hygiene and poor dental health contributes greatly to heart disease

Published: March 12, 2015


Bronchitis vs. pneumonia, a no win situation whatever the angle you are looking at it from. Bronchitis is a respiratory illness where the membranes that are contained in the air passages becomes inflamed due to several causes like viral, bacterial, and even normal everyday pollution and smoking can cause it.

Pneumonia on the other hand, is an infection of the structures of the lung, primarily of the tiny air sacs called alveoli, and is caused mainly by viruses and bacteria alike, although certain kinds of drugs and some auto immune diseases also tend to cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is a deadly disease if left unchecked and is responsible for four million deaths every year, most of it from poor and developing countries which apparently lacks the proper diagnostic care needed to address pneumonia cases.

Bronchitis and pneumonia two totally different diseases apparently share many similar symptoms though people that have severe bronchitis having a relatively good chance of acquiring pneumonia in most cases. Bronchitis usually clears up within a few weeks to a month tops, while those with pneumonia have a decent chance of dying from it especially those with advance age. So we clearly can see which of the two diseases are more potent.

With regards to treatments, pneumonia certainly deserves more resources and time for it to be addressed properly whereas with regards to bronchitis, it is easily cured and apparently we can do something about it.

Signs and Symptoms of Bronchitis

  • Discomfort especially on chest area and sometimes also on a large part of the back
  • Productive coughing that is uneasily cured (greenish or yellowish mucus)
  • General body fatigue like the ones you experience when having a flu
  • Low grade fever that is sometimes accompanied by the chills
  • Shortness of breath even with only non-strenuous or no activity at all

Items which Typically Leads to One Suffering Bronchitis

  • Persons who smoke or lives with somebody who does has a high risk of contracting bronchitis
  • Low immunity because of a current sickness or outstanding condition which eventually opens the body to several opportunistic diseases like bronchitis
  • Daily exposure to lung irritants like daily pollution, textiles, grains, smoke, toxic chemicals, and strong smells
  • Conditions which affects the throat constantly like gastric reflux makes you prone to suffering bronchitis

Bronchitis Remedies

  • Taking of proper rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and the avoidance of irritants which causes bronchitis are the first things to do when suffering from the effects of bronchitis
  • Using of over the counter medicine to address the fever associated with bronchitis and also the use of a humidifier to assist in the proper ventilation of a patient that has difficulty of breathing
  • The natural methods of treating bronchitis are highly recommended as they are both potent and not particularly harmful to the body when used. Food items such as peppers, turmeric and holy basil are effective against bronchitis in general, while performing yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation also helps in curing bronchitis without taking in anything into the body.

Published: February 27, 2015

Head Care the Natural Way

Modern media certainly has gotten its hold on the way of how we take care of ourselves. There is always this and that product which preaches total cure on whatever it is that problems us. Hair care is no different as there are numerous products that are readily available at a moment’s notice which vies for our attention, promising us the heavens if only we reach out for them.

But there is another way for us to consider, with regards to the general well-being of our heads that we must take into consideration. It is the natural way of dealing with problems that prop up during every day living, that we somehow forgotten along the way. Certainly our ancestors didn’t have the products that are apparently available now, but still they have dealt with the same problems and solved them in their own way, the natural way.

Here are several examples of the natural ways of dealing with problems we encounter with our full head of hair, it may be noteworthy if we give them a chance the next time we encounter said problems, who knows, they might even be better than the advertised ones.

Dry Hair

Try putting whole egg yolks to the scalp and hair to treat severely dry hair. Place one half cup of egg yolks directly on top of the head and massage into the scalp and the length of the hair. Leave on for twenty minutes and rinse off thoroughly with cool water, shampoo normally after the process. Repeat once a month for great results.

Itchy Scalp

There are many remedies for dry scalp which you can choose from depending on your preference but the most effective one is with the use of a lemon and olive oil. The lemon’s acidity will take care of any loose dandruff and flakes while also dislodging tough to remove scabs on scalp, while the olive oil will take care of moisturizing the area preventing the further occurrence of such which is really due to dry scalp.

Mix two parts lemon juice, two parts olive oil, and two parts water into a mixture and place directly on the scalp, massaging it thoroughly so that it will be absorbed by the hair and the scalp fully. Leave on for thirty minutes and shampoo thoroughly afterwards. The process can be repeated every other week for best results.

Oily Hair

For oily hair, fill out an empty salt or pepper shaker full of cornmeal and shake all the contents into the head, making sure it reaches the scalp and other hard to reach areas. Leave on for ten minutes or until the oil in the scalp has been thoroughly absorbed by the flakes, brush it all off afterwards. Process could be repeated every other day until the oil in the scalp normalizes.

Sun Damaged Hair

Massage in half a cup of honey into the head making sure it reaches the scalp. Wait for twenty minutes, rinse with warm water and shampoo thoroughly. You can mix in a tablespoon of olive oil into the honey if you are having problems with removing the honey from your head.

Published: February 3, 2015

Rabbits Galore

Mother Nature has given us countless kinds of animals big and small for both our nourishment and enjoyment. Some of them even became our dearest friends and sometimes, also the ones we go to when we need some form of help, like the “seeing eye dogs” for the blind amongst us or the horses that pull our heavy loads, our carts and our buggies. Not to mention the dogs that do double duty as our friends and protectors, and countless other animals who in one way or another has been helping us throughout history.

But there are those animals which are very familiar to us yet seem to be also shrouded in mystery, the ones we thought we knew so well but is constantly surprising us with new information about them as the days go by. The Rabbit is one example of those kinds of animals and he lives up to the fact that there is always something new to know about them.

Here are several known bunny facts in both captivity and in the wild. Get to know them more closely and don’t be disappointed if you ever encounter a new fact about them, as they always deem to surprise us in many ways possible.

lionhead bunniesRabbit Trivia

  • Rabbits snore when they are sleeping, go ahead and watch them sleep
  • You already know what the fox says but do you know what sounds does the rabbit make? They snort and grunt
  • Rabbits never needs to take any kinds of bath as they clean themselves perfectly well, unless of course they get diarrhea and stuff
  • Did you know that rabbits hate getting held? It’s from their upbringing as animals of prey and they really don’t trust anyone or anything for fear of being eaten
  • Rabbits gone? Look in dark and secluded places around your house as they like to go into them
  • Rabbits are neither a day animal or nocturnal for that matter. They are crepuscular animals, meaning they more active during the times of dusk and dawn
  • Rabbits are treated as pests in some areas because they eat so much
  • Female rabbits are called does. Male ones are bucks, the little ones are kits or kittens, they live on a warren
  • Rabbits can jump up to a meter and a half, sometimes higher when they have a fox behind them
  • Rabbits can have 38 babies in a year, kits I mean
  • There are almost more than 120 kinds of rabbit breeds
  • Baby rabbits are born without fur, even the majestic Lionhead bunnies are no exception
  • There are two million households in America that has rabbits as their pets
  • Rabbits can die because of fright
  • Rabbits can clearly see what’s on their back yet is blind to the things that are right under their noses
  • Female rabbits have a gestation period of only 31 days
  • Female rabbits can become pregnant at the age of 3-6 months, talk about starting them young
  • Rabbits can live up to 10 years, less if they have a nagging wife

Published: January 11, 2015

Removing Stretch Marks Naturally

In this day and age of modern medicine, one thing seems to get left behind in terms of cures. Stretch marks have been torturing humans since time immemorial and you would think that someone at some time managed to find a way through them somehow. But unfortunately until now there is still no definite way of dealing with them.

Certainly there are no shortages of purported cure-all that cash in on this problem but their veracity is somewhat always in question. So why not try the natural methods of stretch mark removal as they pose relatively no harm to our bodies, as opposed to the industrially manufactured ones that may contain substances which may prove damaging to us?

Here are several natural ways of answering the question of how to remove stretch marks, who knows, you might find one that ultimately works for you.

Natural Methods of Stretch Mark Removal

  1. Potato Juice – Potatoes are super foods that contain many vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, B Vitamins and anti-oxidants amongst other things. They also contain substances which promotes collagen renewal and elastin production in the skin which is really what we are after when curing stretch marks.
  • Clean and peel potatoes.
  • Cut potatoes according to desired sizes making sure it will fit in your hands properly
  • Rub potatoes in stretch mark area and leave for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Rinse with lukewarm water after application
  • Repeat every day until desired results are obtained
  1. Lemon Juice – Lemons contains acids that promotes skin healing and also alpha hydroxyl acids as a bleaching agent which removes dead skin cells from stretch marks, thereby promoting the growing of new skin cells in the area of concern.
  • Wash lemon and cut in half
  • Gently rub the exposed side of the lemon unto the skin with stretch marks thoroughly
  • Do for 10 to 20 minutes each day until desired results are obtained
  • Wash with water afterwards
  1. Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera contains plant collagen which is used to cure burns in human skin as well as treat stretch marks, particularly stretch marks on breasts, and other skin conditions.
  • Cut and wash a leaf from an Aloe Vera plant
  • Remove outer leaf covering to expose the gelatinous insides of the leaf
  • Rub directly into the skin with stretch marks
  • Wash area thoroughly after application
  • Or you can create a mixture of Aloe Vera gel and vitamin C, rub into skin until fully absorbed
  • Repeat Daily
  1. Egg Whites – Egg whites are another kind of super food that they contain 40 different kinds of proteins as well as many vitamins and minerals needed by the body. They are also very rich sources of collagen which our skin needs to regenerate itself.
  • Separate the egg whites from the yolk and beat thoroughly until you form a sort of slurry with it
  • Apply on skin with stretch marks and leave on for 20 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly after use
  • Repeat every other day or until desired results are obtained

Published: December 16, 2014

What about Acne

Almost everybody has been through them once in their life with some unlucky few still having them up until now. The bane of teenagers worldwide and the curse of clear facial skin, acne has always been the scourge of raging hormones and of growing up. What must we know about them for us to have any chance of getting rid of them, or can we really manage to ever totally get rid of them?

What is Acne?

Acne is the condition wherein the pores contained in human skin becomes blocked, by either dried up bodily oil, dead skin cells, or other foreign substances, thereby inhibiting the proper release of the sebum from it which eventually causes the tell-tale swelling you see in acne sufferers. Bacteria might then invade the blocked pores causing it to swell and become infected. The pus that oozes out of acnes being squeezed is the result of such infection.

Types of Acne

  1. Comedonal Acne – The most common type of acne which makes itself know through the creation of the familiar blackheads and whiteheads alike. It is the result of sebum never managing to get out of the pores and is most usually found around the forehead, on top of and at the side of noses, and also in the chin.
  2. Inflammatory Acne – Is the type of acne wherein there is a little swelling on the base of the blocked pores.
  3. Cystic Acne – Is the severest form of acne that occurs when the blocked plug becomes infected by bacteria. Nodular acne is painful to the touch and often results in ugly scars and deformities if not addressed properly.

Types of Acne Treatments

·         The use of external Anti-bacterial and Antibiotics like the Erythromycin groups (Eryc, Ery-Tab, Pce, Pediazole, Ilosone), Clindamycin groups (Benzaclin, benzoyl peroxide gel, Acanya, Duac), and Azelaic Acids to deal with the infection that apparently has set in the acne
·         Retin A, Adapalene, Tazarotine and other Retinoin drugs which are very helpful with the job of keeping pores always open.
·         The use of oral antibiotics is also included as possible treatments for acnes
·         The new use of photosensitizing dyes and other light treatments is gaining ground as an alternative acne treatment
·         Chemical peels

What can you do when you have an explosion of acne happening on your face?
·    Hide it  by using cosmetics such as foundations, blushes, and concealers to name a few. Just remember to clean the area where you placed your makeup thoroughly afterwards as cosmetics are known to cause acne
·    Having a Facial from certified professionals who know how to do their job, it is one of their primary function to make you look good pimple or no pimple
·    Pore Strips are a sort of do-it-yourself facials which can now be readily both in pharmacies, its primary functions is to rid your skin of oil buildup and also of the removal of any clog that manages to stick to it
·    Tooth Paste has been the cult favorite in acne self-treatments, it has no scientific background or tests performed on it to prove its veracity in fighting pimples whatsoever, but the myriads of people who had used it to treat their scalp acne, nose acnes, or even back acnes might offer some proof that it really works, sometimes, they hope.

Published: November 22, 2014

Yeast Problems in Dogs

With the current push among all sectors of society with regards to natural living, several inconsequential areas do tend to get left out of the big picture. One of them is with regards to our pets and to the whole animal sector as a whole. It is a certainty that people always must come first, but if the lag between people care and animal care becomes too great, it then becomes a problem.

Pet care too is subject to such hierarchy of importance with grooming and general wellness being the top two things of concern. Certain things do get left out of the equation and one of them is their diets. People are already preconfigured to accept generically packaged and mixed pet food as good and that if their dogs get sick, it is always something else entirely and not because of the food.

Pre-packed dog foods, although claimed to contain various amounts of “good things” in them, sometimes becomes the culprits as dogs really need many other things besides that which is contained in them. If a dog eats the same things over and over again, the balance of typical bacterial flora in their bodies tend to be disrupted which causes some opportunistic diseases to take hold.

One such disease in dogs that are caused by insufficiently constructed diet is yeast allergy. Yeast allergy in dogs is caused by improper diets which results in the imbalance of their inherent immunities to diseases leading their owners to find suitable cures to whatever it is affecting their dogs.

These cures, like antibiotics, destroys both the good and bad bacteria in a dog’s body which then inhibit the dog’s innate immune system to stop functioning properly, that it becomes susceptible to yeast blooms. The resurgence of yeast in a dog’s body makes them prone to allergies they were at one time generally immune from.

Signs that a Dog has Yeast Problems:

  • Pungent and abhorrent smell emanating from the dog
  • Musty ear odor and smelly feet
  • General redness in the skin of the dogs body
  • Always scratching at something on their body

What to do if a Dog has a Yeast Problem:

  • Diet is a basis of all health, the things the dog eats certainly will reflect on the way his body behaves. For yeast to grow it needs to have sugars readily available to it and sugar comes from the carbohydrates contained in the food that the dog eats. It is recommended to temporarily remove sources of sugar from the dog’s diet until the yeast infection has subsided. There are also several anti-fungal diet regimens readily available in the internet that might help deal with the dog’s yeast problem.
  • Allergy medicine for dogs like the FDA approved Apoquel do well in treating the severe itching that accompanies allergy in dogs, and also of several types of medicated shampoos, antihistamines, and steroids that are used to combat typical symptoms of allergies are also readily available from myriads of veterinary sources and does work well in treating the affliction.

Published: October 3, 2014

Back Pain and You

Does your back hurt? Well don’t despair as you are not alone in your misery. In fact countless numbers of human beings have experienced it at least once in their life, others not as lucky as they seem to have it much more often than others. But what is it about back pain that makes people seem terribly afraid of experiencing one, yet are totally resigned of the fact that they will eventually have them at one point or another. Here we will try to find out about different kinds of back pains according to their general locations, its possible causes, and also the underlying reasons that it occurred in the first place.

Back pains regularly appear in different areas of the back, but some of the more common ones are as follow:

Lower Left Back Pain, Lower Right Back Pain

The lower back is composed of various bodily organs and structures, any of which, if it happened to be compromised or irritated, may cause pain. Lower back pain may either be chronic or acute, each with their corresponding common ailments particular to that area of the back.

  • Chronic Lower Back Pain – a persistent continuing condition, occurring over a long period of time. Typical causes of this are: scoliosis (unnatural curving of the spine), kyphosis (hunchback), herniated disc, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal), improper bending and lifting of heavy weights for long periods of time.
  • Acute Lower Back Pain – a condition with rapid onset but of relative shortness of duration. Examples of conditions which cause acute lower back pain includes compression fractures, cramps, several kinds of cancers, ruptured discs, sciatica (irritation of nerves of the spine), aortic aneurysm, ovarian cyst, endometriosis (thickening of endometrial tissues of the uterus), muscle tears/strains, and kidney stones.

Middle Back Pain

The middle of the back is composed of the spinal column, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and other bodily structures which may become inflamed or irritated thereby causing back pain. Middle back pain is usually characterized by either dull or sharp and acute pain which usually radiate to other parts of the body. Some common conditions that produce back pain includes osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, herniated disc, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, indigestion, kyphosis and kidney stones to name a few.

Upper Back Pain

Upper back pain usually is connected to the large muscles of the shoulders and other structures located in the area. Mechanical joint dysfunction and muscle injuries are common causes of upper back pain, as well as rheumatism or arthritis of the spine especially of the neck and thoracic vertebras. Degenerative disc disease and improper posture may also be causes of upper back pains.

So if you ever get to experience any kind of back pain, and chances are you will, you must consider first resting and stopping whatever it is that seems to be causing your back pain to avoid further aggravation. In cases where you don’t particularly know what caused the pain, it will be wise to get yourself immediately checked by a doctor.

Published: July 25, 2014

Do Not Take These Things Too Lightly

You probably don’t know about these little random things about our health as they may sometimes seem absurd, worse trivial. But you really should, as you might encounter them sometime soon and not knowing about them might eventually cost you dearly. So take heed of these seemingly innocent signals that your body tells you and you’ll be way better prepared because of it. Who knows they may even save your life.

Here are several examples of such little important things that could mean big things about your health. It is always recommended that you get yourself checked whenever you experience any of the symptoms indicated below as it might give you more chance of earlier recovery.

Sweet Taste in Mouth

A constant sweet taste in the mouth may be an indication of taste impairment, or it could be also a sign of your body’s inefficiency in controlling its blood sugar level, a warning sign for undiagnosed diabetes. Diabetic ketoacidosis is the condition in diabetic persons wherein the production of insulin is severely impaired, causing the body to burn fatty acids as food instead of glucose. It usually results in the body producing more ketone, hence the sweet taste in the mouth and the sort of acetone smelling breath. Continued maltreatment of the condition may result in diabetic shock and even death.

Metal Taste in Mouth

The metallic taste in the mouth is a common side effect of ingesting antibiotics and antihistamines as well as several chemotherapy and radiotherapy drugs. It could be also a sign of Dysgeusia, a kind of disruption of the nerves that are in charge of taste recognition, and which is commonly experienced by people who have head injuries or have upper respiratory tract infections. Other conditions that includes metal taste in the mouth as a symptom includes: Bell’s palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GED), and also of several head and neck cancers.

Rough Hair Growth in Chin or Nose

That annoying growth of course hair on either the chin or the nose, particularly in women, is a likely sign of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer necessitates the over production of male hormones (androgens) in the ovaries thereby causing the overproduction of facial hair which is not common in women.

Split Vision

Split vision coupled with slurred or sometimes muted speech is a sure sign of an impending stroke. A stroke usually happens when there is a blockage of the arteries that brings blood to the brain. What split vision really means is that the visual cortex located in the back of the brain is beginning to wither because of the lack of blood flow in the area, same goes with the slurring of speech as it is also the brain that has direct control over it.

Fingers, Toes Clubbing

The seeming clubbing of the toes or the fingers is a symptom of several disorders in the body primary of which is pulmonary fibrosis or the scarring of the lung. Other causes of clubbing include congenital heart defect, Hodgkin’s disease, Bronchiectasis, and asbestosis.

Published: July 1, 2014