Treating Kidney Stones

Treating kidney stones may or may not involve surgery. Ninety-percent of the time, you don’t even have to go under the knife because your body will be able to expel it. But what happens to the remaining ten percent?

That remaining ten percent requires surgery because the stones which have clogged up your system are too large to pass through your bladder and is still growing bigger. It could also block urine flow, give you constant pain, damage your kidney tissue or cause you to have UTI or urinary tract infection.

There are currently 4 methods to deal with kidney stones.

The first is ESWL or extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. Here non-electrical shock waves created outside your body will travel to the skin until it reaches the dense stones. Within minutes, the stones will form into san. For this to work, you will be placed in a tub or warm, purified water or onto a machine that acts as a medium for the non-electrical shockwaves to pass through.

Second, you have PNL or percutaneous nephrolithotomy. This is used when the kidney stone is quite big and ESWL does not work. Here, the doctor will make a small cut on your back to create a tunnel into the kidney. The stone will then be removed using an instrument known as a nephroscope. If the stone is too large, an energy probe will be used. There are two types namely ultrasonic and electrohydraulic.

Third, there is what is known as ureteroscopic stone removal. Here, a small fiberoptic instrument goes through the urethra and bladder to reach the ureter. Once inside, the stone is located and removed with a special instrument that emits a shockwave. After surgery, a tube will be left inside the uterer for a few days to help the lining of the ureter heal.

The fourth option is open surgery. Basically, the doctor will open the affected area and then remove the kidney stone. It is also possible to inject a solution consisting of calcium chloride, cyroprecipitate, thrombin and indigo carmine into the kidney first to trap the stones in a jelly like clot so it will be easy to remove using forceps.

Kidney stone can come back even after you have had surgery. Should it happen again, it only means one thing and that is you did not take preventive measures.

These precautions include drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day which is about 3 liters as this will make your urine look clear instead of yellow. You should make changes in your diet because too much calcium is bad for your health. Some of the things you should reduce include apples, black pepper, chocolate, coffee, cheese, grapes, ice cream, oranges, tomatoes and yogurt.

Reductions should also be made in fish, meat or poultry products because this increases your uric acid. If you drink alcohol often, cut it down since there is no harm if this is taken in moderation.

Now we all know that it is impossible to eat the same things everyday to maintain a balanced diet. What you can do however is take supplements.

The best way to treat kidney stones is prevention. It will also save money since you have to pay for the doctor, the medication and the fees that are done to make the correct diagnosis.

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Good News On Pregnancy And Multiple Sclerosis

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis, which is otherwise termed as MS, is actually an autoimmune disorder that mainly affects the central nervous system. This debilitating disease commonly affects females who are in their childbearing years.

This means that certain issues are regarded significantly in relation to their disease, such as conception, getting pregnant and delivery of the baby.

Some research findings show that pregnancy has both clinical and immunological effects in the disease process of multiple sclerosis. Also, there are data that discuss the efficacy and the safety of treatments aimed at immuno-modulating cases of MS. And, symptomatic therapies for lactating women and pregnant women are also included. Furthermore, the research also includes management modalities for multiple sclerosis during the duration of the pregnancy.

The good news

Having multiple sclerosis can be such bad news, since this disease is not only debilitating but it is also an autoimmune disorder. However, with this bad news comes good news. The good news is that pregnancy is not at all a problem when it comes to MS. In fact, research findings actually think it is quite beneficial. With this said, multiple sclerotic women do not have to be afraid of getting pregnant.

The only bad thing that could happen when pregnancy and multiple sclerosis happens together is that they just tend to have a bigger possibility in having caesarean deliveries and slow prenatal development, as compared to those who do not have MS.

But the advantage is such a big advantage because pregnant women with multiple sclerosis are no longer at risk for pre-eclampsia, other hypertensive pregnancy problems and a premature rupture of the membranes.

About the study

The study that was done made use of a national database that is usually utilized in nonfederal and short-stay hospitals in approximately thirty-eight states in the United States. There were an estimated total of eighteen million births, and that ten thousand of those who gave birth have multiple sclerosis.

An expert from the Stanford University School of Medicine named Eliza Chakravarty say that the results of the mentioned study are beneficial for females who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. They have shown that having multiple sclerosis during pregnancy does not increase the risk of acquiring pregnancy-related complications.

Many physicians have actually been uncertain about the many effects of MS on different conditions of patients. In this case, they were hesitant whether or not a person with MS can have a child. It was because of this uncertainty that doctors advised their female patients to delay or avoid getting pregnant, when they actually did not have to.

What medications to avoid

Female persons who have multiple sclerosis who have a desire to become pregnant just need to know that there are particular drugs that are able to treat MS but should be avoided at all costs during pregnancy and during lactation. Such drugs can be the causative factors for many kinds of birth defects that can be transmitted to the fetus via blood and to the infant via the colostrum found in breast milk.

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Is Colon Cleanse Real?

Maybe you have heard of colon cleansing. Then there are numerous products being introduced in the television and the internet offering to get rid of the toxins and wastes that is clinging in the lining of your large intestines. Some colon cleansers claim that they can clean your colon in just three days, while there are some which can take as long as a number of weeks.

Also other will jeer at the idea that your digestive system can be cleansed in such a short time and instead they will offer to work the process in as long as a month. For some producers it is not enough considering the numerous follow-up treatments needed.

Then, who decides when your colon is clean? How can we be sure that our colon is really cleansed when we can’t see our colons? The answers will surprise you since many producers of colon cleanser products falsely claims that a single product can clean the colon of everyone. This misconception has resulted to serious health problems for people who have special cases. Manufacturers often employ aggressive marketing and scare tactics encouraging consumers to take excessive amounts of their products.

Colon cleansing improves your digestion. The process of digesting food particles combines a mechanical and chemical process of transforming food into molecular level to be absorbed by the body. During the colon cleansing process, the supplements stimulate and tone the natural body secretions and functions of the stomach, pancreas, liver, intestines and also the colon so that digestion will be smooth.

The best method of determining whether the colon cleansing procedure is successful or not is to take a closer look into your overall health, and food practices. As an example, a colon cleanse product might have a strong laxative in addition to the normal cleansing agent that is only recommended for a short period of time. Furthermore, a colon cleanse that is administered with a product to get rid of intestinal parasites needs to be taken slower but for longer duration to take out fecal wastes including parasites and their eggs.

With the accumulation of fecal wastes, you may feel symptoms such as bloating, constipation, body odor, flatulence and stomach pain. When your colon cleansing is successful, those symptoms would disappear normally for two to three days since the fecal waste that’s causing them were flushed out. When your constipation and stomach ache is gone, it is suggested that your colon is cleaned. For some the procedure will take longer than the other methods based on the fecal buildup.

In this view, it can be harmful to follow the recommendations of the manufacturers because obviously they are biased. Listen to your body or at least consult an expert such as a dietitian or a nutritionist.

Sometimes, the toxins taken out from colon cleansing flows in the skin resulting from rashes, acne and flu-like symptoms. Only a medical doctor or a colon specialist can say whether a person should undergo a colon cleansing procedure or the normal side effects.

It is also wise to note that the toxins that are released and taken out may take time than the actual fecal buildup, thus it is not recommended to keep on using the same colon cleanser just to experience less lethargy or shinier hair. If you would wait for that time, it might lead to another health problem as too much laxatives in your body is not good.

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The Benefits Of Colon Cleanse And Detoxification

Most of us would think that our colon is a very strong organ; after all, think about what it works with. But over the years, as it ages, our colon will decrease its functionality and the whole digestive system can be affected. A colon cleanse will allow our colon to restore and maintain proper function.

Many are unaware of the truth that our colon is never designed to have hardened fecal wastes forever along its lining. Fasting is healthy because it allows our gut to have a break from working with food all the time.

A well-designed colon cleanse product can allow this break period without the rigorous process of fasting. Colon cleansing can revitalize our digestive system. The usual end result of this process is a better lifestyle.

Colon and body cleansing are both very important for a healthy living and they are closely similar except that a body cleansing procedure helps the whole body rather than focusing the process in a certain area like a colon cleanser does. Since colon cleansers focus on the colon itself it tends to give faster results. However, both procedures are employed to remove harmful body toxins from our body.

They main benefits of a colon cleanser is that it aids you in losing weight, increase your body’s energy, cleansing your whole digestive system, breaks down fecal wastes accumulated in the colon, reduces bloating, decreases water retention and it maintains the smooth operation and functions of your colon and the rest of your body.

Most colon cleanse products are composed of organic and natural products such as licorice root, psyllium husk and flax seeds to cleanse, rejuvenate and supplement the digestion. The mixture of natural and organic products allows the stimulation of muscle activity and regular bowel movements which is important in the digestion and absorption of nutrients and also helps in the toning of the colon for smooth elimination of fecal wastes.

When you use colon cleanse products with the right combination of natural herbs and organic materials, you are ensured of a maximum protection of your colon. For hundreds of years, people from all over the world have used different herbal ingredients to help their bodies in digestion, and elimination of toxins and parasites. Most cleansing products are composed of numerous cleansing and detoxification herbs working hard to smoothly flush out fecal wastes, toxins and intestinal parasites.

In the strictest sense, there is no such thing as the best colon cleanser because there are various individual needs. Some people are more comfortable using a fiber-based product while others are more convenient with an oxygen-based. However, most people would choose oxygen-based products as they are more effective and efficient. Some fiber-based cleansers make people feel side effects such as bloating and flatulence.

The rejuvenation properties of some cleansing product are composed of herbs and good bacteria such as lactobacillus plantarum. These bacteria are very important to restore the good bacteria that are also flushed out during the cleansing process. The right balance of these good bacteria allows our immune system to be strong.

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Alternative Techniques To Prevent Hemorrhoids

Stress reduction

Evidently, the last typical reason for hemorrhoids is stress, therefore decreasing stress and tension is also essential in hemorrhoids prevention.

Hemorrhoids are generally caused by sliding tension from the abdomen pushing far too much blood into the hemorrhoid blood vessels around the rectal area. Tension leads to stomach ache, hypertension and all kinds of miserable health problems.

If you can seek some methods to decrease your stress everyday, such as yoga, a pleasant snack during breaks, or cutting off unneeded loads, it will go a long smooth way to prevent any occurrence of hemorrhoids.

Mechanical techniques

If you have discovered that you are susceptible to hemorrhoids, changing your lifestyle may not work immediately enough in the prevention process. There are numerous mechanical techniques you can do to transform hemorrhoids less vulnerable to attack in the near future, none of them are quite expensive.

The common mechanical technique you can do to prevent hemorrhoids is to get a footstool under your feet while in the toilet. In this position, the muscular support is taken away from the pelvic floor that generally leaves your hemorrhoid blood vessels at gravity’s discretion. By placing a stool beneath your feet, you immediately support yourself with the muscles in your thighs ┬ľ significant hemorrhoids prevention technique that you sometimes find posted up in clinics.

Obviously, this technique is not totally effective; you cannot sit on the toilet forever. The best hemorrhoids prevention method will not help you if you keep your rectal region hanging out over empty space for prolonged time.

You should keep your time once on top of the toilet bowl if you are actually having a bowel movement. If the feces do not come out within five minutes, rinse, get up and walk a little.
Use a mild, plain white toilet tissue, and never wipe harshly with it. If you really need to be cleaner than using wipes, dab it with water and wipe gently instead of scrubbing harshly. Avoid harmful dyes, perfumes and artificial materials.

Pharmaceutical Methods

Unluckily, there are many mainstream drugs to relieve hemorrhoids than there are for prevention. Most of what you can purchase from a drug store, either over-the-counter or as a doctor’s prescription, will only aid when you are currently suffering from hemorrhoids. Never use hemorrhoid gels if you do not have hemorrhoids as it can irritate the normal skin.

In many cases, you will just likely waste your time and money. However, if the gel is composed of hydrocortisone or vasoconstrictors you will block the whole prevention plan. Vasoconstrictors shrink the blood vessels, increasing the blood tension and it will be likely that one of the blood vessels will give way under that enormous tension. Hydrocortisone scrapes muscle tissue in due course, again making your rectal area vulnerable to hemorrhoids.

Herbal supplements containing butcher’s broom and chestnut are used since the earliest age to prevent hemorrhoids. They are both used to aid in the primary bad circulation, though they should not be taken by people with hypertension, hyperplasia, and pregnant and lactating mothers.

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