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High Blood Pressure in Infants

Written By Admin on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 12:29 PM

If you are under the impression that high blood pressure or hypertension is a condition limited to adults, think again. Newborns, infants and teenagers could also suffer from hypertension. It is estimated that nearly 5% of kids may have high blood pressure and the chances of a newborn having high blood pressure is unfortunately on the rise.
Newborn babies usually have high blood pressure when they are born pre-term or they have congenital problems with the heart or the kidneys. It has been noticed however that when kids have high blood pressure usually there is a family history of such conditions and/or coupled with a poor lifestyle including bad diets, obesity and inadequate physical activity.
High blood pressure in infants are however, caused by premature birth or they have problems with other organs like the kidneys, lungs, heart or even their vascular system. Premature babies are often born with a condition called broncho-pulmonary dysplasia, which is essentially immaturity of the lungs.
These babies many also have problems like coarctation of the aorta, which means that the major blood vessel which carries blood to the heart is narrowed. High blood pressure in infants could also be due to a blood clot in a kidney blood vessel.
Other causes include side effect of some medications, exposure to hallucinogenic drugs like cocaine while in the womb, some types of tumors, genetic problems or issues related to the thyroid gland functioning. Newborn babies are supposed to have blood pressure as 64/41 and it rises as the baby grows. So an average baby between one-month to 2 years would have the blood pressure reading as 95/58. Slight variations from these figures should not be a matter of concern but more than this medical help should be sought immediately.
Though high blood pressure symptoms are mostly absent from infants but there could be symptoms of the condition that is responsible for the high blood pressure or HBP. These include bluish or pale skin, zero weight gain or growth, frequent urinary tract infections, rapid breathing etc.
Other common symptoms when the infant has very high blood pressure could be easy irritability, vomiting, troublesome breathing and even seizures. To be sure that the infant has indeed HBP, the only way is to measure the blood pressure, which for infants is done using an automatic device.
For instance, if the HBP is due to coarctation of the aorta, the pulses in the legs could be reduced. Other tests to diagnose high blood pressure in infants include angiography, lab tests of blood and urine, X rays of chest and abdomen, ECG and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Treatment for high blood pressure in infants largely depends on the cause behind the condition and may include: drug therapy, dialysis or surgical intervention like transplantation or coarctation repairing. The recovery rate for the infant would again depend on the cause.
For instance, whether the baby is born with other health problems or there has been any damage done resulting from high blood pressure etc. Possible complications could include failure of the heart or kidneys, seizures or any other organ damage.
As a parent you ought to be alert when to seek medical help and these would be when you notice your baby is not gaining weight or has bluish skin, suffers from urinary tract infections often and seems irritable all the time.
Unfortunately there is no way that high blood pressure in infants can be prevented. However there are some steps one can take to reduce the risk of such conditions. For instance, take the advice of a doctor before becoming pregnant, if you have a family history of congenital heart disease, hypertension or kidney disease. Also if you are on medication, taking them during pregnancy may also harm the baby and cause such situations to develop. Thus it is best to consult the doctor before you decide to become a mother.
Incidentally, a study done in the Netherlands involving 450 babies was done, and reported in the August 1, 2007 issue of Insider medicine confirms that babies born to smokers have a high chance of developing high blood pressure. The study also confirmed that babies born to smokers were considerably smaller and shorter compared to those born to non-smokers.
More information about Hypertension, simple yet powerful strategies and step-by-step instructions about what to do and how to do it right to lower your High Blood Pressure, you can find in the special report by Samuel Baron "Natural Treatment For Hypertension."By

Cinnamon - The Wonder Spice?

Written By Admin on Monday, April 21, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Cinnamon is a brownish highly-aromatic spice with a very distinctive flavour that is added to both sweet and savoury foods. The spice is actually the inner bark of cinnamon trees.
There are two main types of cinnamon: Ceylonese or 'true' cinnamon, and cassia cinnamon. Both types are obtained from related varieties of trees.
Both types of cinnamon are harvested by scraping off the trees' outer bark and then prying off the inner bark. This inner bark consists of an outer wooden portion surrounding the strips of cinnamon.
The difference between the two types is that the wooden part is discarded when harvesting Ceylonese cinnamon, allowing this type of cinnamon to be rolled into stick-like quills that are then cut into finger-length sizes once dry. When cassia cinnamon is produced the wooden part is retained. Cassia is not supple enough to be rolled into quills so it usually comes as pieces of thick woody bark.
Less than a third of the worldwide production of 35,000 tons a year consists of Ceylonese cinnamon.
Most of this type is produced in Sri Lanka though it is also grown in the Seychelles and Madagascar. Indonesia produces about two-thirds of the global supply of cassia cinnamon, which is also produced in China, Vietnam and India.
Ceylonese v cassia cinnamon
Ceylonese cinnamon has a light-yellowish brown colour and a finer and more crumbly texture than cassia, which is medium to light reddish brown and is hard and woody in texture. The flavour of true cinnamon is considered more aromatic and more subtle than the harsher taste of cassia cinnamon.
Ceylonese cinnamon quills consist of many thin layers and can be ground into powder easily in a spice or coffee grinder while cassia sticks are much harder. Indeed some sticks of cassia are so hard they can damage a domestic spice grinder and so this cinnamon is usually sold ready-ground.
It's easy to see the difference distinguish between the two types of cinnamon when the barks are whole. However, once they have been ground into powder there is virtually no visual difference and they can only be distinguished by chemical analysis. Being able to recognise the two varieties could be important for your liver as we'll see below.
Use of cinnamon
Cinnamon is principally used as a condiment and added flavouring in cooking. Its flavour is due to an essential oil that makes up 0.5% to 1% of its composition. This oil has a golden-yellow colour, an easily recognizable odour and a very hot aromatic taste.
In the Middle East, Persia and Turkey, cinnamon powder is added to a wide variety of sweet and savoury dishes. In the USA, a cinnamon-sugar mix is used to flavour cereals, bread-based dishes (eg, cinnamon toast), and fruits (eg, cinnamon apple). Cinnamon is also used in the making of chocolate and many desserts, such as apple pie, doughnuts, cinnamon buns, spicy candies, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and liqueurs.
Nutritional value of cinnamon
Ten grams (about 2.1 teaspoons) of ground cinnamon contain:
  • Energy: 103.4 kJ (24.7 kcal)
  • Fat: 0.12 grams (1.2%)
  • Carbohydrates: 8.06g (80%) of which fibres: 5.31g (53.1%) and sugars: 0.2g (2%)
  • Protein: 0.4g (4%)
All in all, it seems like cinnamon is good stuff.
Benefits of cinnamon
Cinnamon is used in traditional medicine to treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhoea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile dysfunction. Modern research indicates that this spice may indeed have some beneficial properties.
Researchers in Tel Aviv University have stated that an extract from cinnamon bark can inhibit the development of Alzheimer's disease. According to the National Institutes of Health in the USA, cinnamaldehyde (a chemical found in cassia) can help fight bacterial and fungal infections.
Studies on plants used in traditional Indian medicine have concluded that extracts from cassia are effective against HIV-1. Other studies have found that eugenol, a chemical found in cinnamon essential oils, inhibits the replication (in vitro ) of the virus that causes herpes. And, according to a neurological scientist at Rush University Medical Center, cinnamon may help halt the destructive process of multiple sclerosis.
Though promising, most of these conclusions seem to be theoretical as they are based, as far as I could find out, on laboratory tests and have not been proved in replicable clinical trials using human subjects. In addition, the big question for diabetics is:... can adding a daily dose of cinnamon to the diet help control blood glucose levels?
Diabetes and cinnamon
When I was first learning how to beat my diabetes, I discovered that you can use cinnamon to cheat on a blood glucose test for diabetes... in which you take a sugary drink to see how well your body keeps your glucose level under control. To blunt the glucose spike, all you have to do is to consume two teaspoons of cinnamon up to 12 hours before the test.
I researched the matter further and found that cinnamon can cut fasting glucose levels by up to 30%. So I began sprinkling it on my porridge (oatmeal) in the mornings. Within a few days, my average glucose levels on awaking had dropped by nearly 0.5mmol/l (9mg/l) or about 8%, quite a bit short of 30%. Nevertheless it was a significant drop, and it seems to me that this spice, in the form of ground powder you can buy from your local supermarket, can help you control your blood glucose levels.
I experimented with the quantity and found that a teaspoon a day seems to be needed to make a significant difference in blood sugar levels, while a half a teaspoon has little effect.
Later I discovered that several studies have shown that including cinnamon and cinnamon extract in the diet may help type to control blood glucose levels. However a Cochrane review (a meta-analysis summarising and interpreting the results of medical research) published in 2012 found that cinnamon was no more effective than a placebo in reducing haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a long-term measurement of blood glucose control.
Despite the Cochrane review, there is still a consensus that cinnamon can help improve glucose levels for diabetics. But, according to a study published in Diabetics Care, for cinnamon to be effective you would have to consume up to six grams (about three teaspoons) of it a day. However, ingesting large amounts of cinnamon on a daily basis could have an adverse effect on your liver. The problem is coumarin.
Coumarin is a natural perfume and flavouring found in many plants.
According to Germany's Federal Institution for Risk Assessment (BfR), relatively low daily doses of coumarin can, over a few weeks, damage the liver of particularly sensitive individuals. This is not permanent damage and reverses once the persons affected stop taking coumarin.
The BfR has established a tolerable daily intake (TDI) of 0.1 milligram of coumarin per kilogram body weight per day. This amount can be consumed over a lifetime without posing a risk to health. There is no threat to health if it is exceeded for a short time. The European Food Safety Authority recommends the same maximum daily intake of coumarin.
Coumarin occurs in high concentrations in cassia cinnamon and the BfR recommends that large amounts of this cinnamon should not be eaten. By comparison, Ceylonese cinnamon only contains low levels of coumarin which the BfR considers safe to eat.
But nearly all the studies done on the blood sugar effect of cinnamon were done on cassia cinnamon. Studies done on Ceylonese cinnamon do not show a blunting of the glucose spike when this cinnamon is ingested before a blood glucose test. It may be that the active ingredient in cassia that blunts the sugar spike is coumarin.
It seems that if you take out the toxin, you also take out the benefit. This suggests that the wise thing to do would be to avoid taking cinnamon to reduce the glucose spike after meals.
Of course, you could stick to just using Ceylonese cinnamon, even though it seems to have little effect on your blood glucose levels. The problem is that it is almost impossible to distinguish between Ceylonese and cassia cinnamon in powder form. In addition, the origin of the cinnamon is not normally declared on the packaging. As cassia is, quite legitimately, called cinnamon, you have no way of knowing whether you are taking Ceylonese or cassia cinnamon.
Give up cinnamon?
It seems that cinnamon can no longer be considered a safe and effective treatment for diabetes... if it's safe (Ceylonese), it's ineffective... if it's effective (cassia), it's not safe.
So, should I give up on my daily sprinkling (teaspoon) of cinnamon? My answer is No.
Cinnamon contains other benefits besides its ability to blunt spikes in sugar levels. It has potent anti-oxidant content... better than cloves and almost as good as purple cabbage.
As any damage to the liver from coumarin is reversible, I see no reason to give up mixing a sprinkling of cinnamon into my porridge (oatmeal) each morning. I have routine tests done on my liver function every nine months or so and my liver, so far, is doing fine. Of course, as soon as any adverse affects are noticed I will eliminate cinnamon from my diet.
The best way to beat your diabetes, of course, is to reverse it by adopting and sticking to a healthy plant-based diet... with or without cinnamon.By Paul D Kennedy Platinum Quality Author

Aromatherapy Oils - A Step Towards Cool And Peaceful Life

Written By Admin on Sunday, April 20, 2014 | 1:26 PM

While performing our day to day life activities one must consider the fact that relaxing your body is directly related to relaxing your soul. Therefore you must know about aromatherapy oils which are mainly 100% natural and pure oils to provide comfort and relaxation to your body. These oils must be used after diluting with base oil or natural oil. Becoming ill is the normal process but to cure your body must disturb your budget as the prescriptions written by the doctor are very expensive. To take you out from this problem aromatherapy oils are coming in demand and combat the ailments that people are suffering from.
Aromatherapy oils have a wide history over six thousand years back. These can be categorized in three types; olfactory, cosmetic and massage aromatherapy. Olfactory aromatherapy works through inhalation process. Once it is inhaled it is said that it unlocks memories as well as encourage the human body to change in the most natural way. Cosmetic aromatherapy oils are applied on the skin for the purpose of absorption into the body. Besides from this the most important use of aromatherapy is for healing the body wounds.

Massage aromatherapy oils used to massage your body and enables you to relax and rejuvenate. Along with this it also cures acne and skin diseases. It also helps you in cold and flu. The suppliers of these oils knows that this is the wonderful way to forget all your worries and relax all your senses. In the quest of earning a luxurious lifestyle we are actually exposing ourselves to a stressful life. Hence just stop for a while look at yourself and find out that your body also needs your attention and care. The benefits of these oils make your life light and simple by reducing stress.
These essential oils are used for an incredibly versatile therapy which provides you each and every kind of rejuvenation. It can be added with vegetable oil for massage. Pregnancy is a blessing for a mother but this wonderful time also comes with full of worries like morning sickness, fatigue and emotional stress. These oils also helps a mother in her easy delivery by reducing the problems.
As these oils are very good alternative of using expensive medicines, aromatherapy is day by day becoming popular among people and you can easily find ways to incorporate it in your everyday busy schedule because give some time to your own is also very essential responsibility of life. So just make a move and it will help you in living a relaxing and cool life.By

Home Mole Removal Tips

Written By Admin on Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 9:23 PM

Moles can sometimes be unsightly, especially to women who are always trying to look good. As a result, most of them are willing to do whatever they can to remove their moles. However, not every woman who chooses home mole removal does it as a need to become more attractive. Women might present cancerous moles and these have to be eliminated in order for the danger of cancer to be diminished.
The web displays a plethora of options for eliminating moles, but not all are suitable for you. Doctors know what the best treatment for your problem is and if they believe that your mole can be removed with home remedies, they won't be afraid to tell you. After all, they have no reason to lie. The majority of doctors are familiar with the natural procedures that can be used at home for getting rid of moles and some truly propose the utilization of natural treatments, mostly the duct tape remedy. Since some moles can be cancerous, you can't eliminate them without knowing this, so you have to see a specialist who will inform you. If the mole turns out to be cancerous, there is no point in trying a home remedy because you will have to treat the cause, not only the effects.
Even though you will eliminate the mole by yourself or you will have it eliminated by a doctor, you will probably remain with a scar. The difference is that the scar left by the doctor is way smaller than the one caused by your treatment. In case you have a non-cancerous mole, you doctor will recommend the shaving procedure. Though stitches aren't required when it comes to this procedure, you will get a scar behind the location of the mole. It is advisable to opt for this method when your moles are placed over your skin. Laser removal represents another method to choose. It will eliminate your mole, and it will also help you have a more attractive skin.
The good aspect of laser treatments is that they are effective and fast, even though pain can be involved. Once the procedure is performed, no stitches will be needed, so you won't remain with a mark. Despite the fact that other procedures might be cheaper than laser treatments, there are health centers which perform this sort of mole removal at great costs. Regardless of the procedure chosen, you need to avoid contact with the stitches or with the scar that resulted. If you touch the scar constantly, you will end up waiting a great amount of time until it heals. But there are other dangers too. There will be a higher risk of infection if when coming in contact with the scar, you have unclean hands.By Lorie Hutchins

Our Top Six Home Remedies for Cold Sores

They're embarrassing, contagious, painful, and very visible on your lip or around your mouth. There are some very effective home remedies for cold sores that can be applied during the onset of a flare-up and we outline the top six most effective natural treatment.
Cold sores are caused by the virus called Herpes Simplex Virus Type I (HSV-1) which you can contract at any point in your life and most contract it during childhood. Once contracted, the virus sits on a nerve and can be dormant for many years. For others, it is a reason for recurrent cases.
A quick word about canker versus cold sores: canker sores occur inside your mouth while cold sores are normally around your lip area and occur outside your mouth.
Stress is the biggest reason for onset of cold sores. Other reasons may include hormonal changes in your body such as menstruation and pregnancy, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of nutrients which causes immune deficiency, and other illnesses. Certain types of foods can either help or worsen your condition.
Here are our top six tips to treating your cold sores naturally:
1. Take a therapeutic dose of an amino acid supplement called L-lysine as soon as you feel the tingling sensation of a cold sore coming. Take 1500-2000 g a day for about 3 days.

2. licorice root is a very effective remedy, it has the active ingredient lisyrisic acid and acid blocks the viral growth. Don't confuse this with licorice candy. You can get licorice tea or take it as a supplement as a tablet. licorice root is a very effective cleansing natural remedy but there are some precautions to take - please don't take if you are pregnant and definitely limit the amount to about 2-4 grams a day. Most tea bags are about 2 grams. And if you don't like the taste of licorice in general, then skip this recommendation all together.
3. You can make a tea from lemon balm by taking 1 tablespoon of lemon balm and pouring some boiling water over it. You can drink this as often as you like and should drink it throughout the day as soon as you feel the signs of the cold sore coming. Don't use lemon balm powder because it has been processed too much and won't give you the same benefit.
4. Crushed garlic is amazing, leave it for 30 min at a time on the sore.
5. The number one natural, homeopathic ointment for cold sores is Canker-Rid, it is by far the best natural treatment for canker sores, mouth sores as well as mouth ulcers. It is made from Durham's proprietary blend of bee products with resin made from tree bark and leaves, nectar, wax, pollen, bee bread to form Propolis. This Propolis is a source of bioflavonoids, amino acids, and an infection protectant. Be careful with the liquid, its very fluid and can stain.
In ancient times, honey was used to dress wounds to help fight bacteria so it makes sense that the number one natural treatment for cold sores is Durham's Canker-Rid ointment made of propolis. This works better than getting a prescription from your doctor and is completely natural.
6. Tea tree oil works great on cold sores. Essential oils are concentrated and can be skin irritants for some people so you mix a few drops of tea tree oil in a teaspoon of olive oil and do a skin test to make sure your skin is ok. Apply this directly on the cold sore. It should help to dry the sore and cut down healing time.
Besides our top 6 home remedies for cold sores, here are some tips to help you reduce or eliminate these nasty bumps from your lips:
1. You might be deficient in Vitamin B so take a vitamin B supplement and eat foods rich in this vitamin such as oats, turkey, brazil nuts, bananas, potatoes, avocados, kefir, and legumes. Completely avoid peanuts and chocolate.
2. Icing the area can be helpful. The virus hates cold and dry environment and loves wet and warm environment.
3. Really try to focus on strengthening your immune system. Eat a diet rich in vitamin and minerals and you can take some herbs and supplements to really help your immune system. Reishi mushroom, Echinacea, and astragalus root are three powerhouses for immune system support.
You don't need prescription and over the counter drugs for your cold sores. The above remedies are far more effective, try them out and see what works for you best. Wishing you all the best with getting rid of those awful cold sores forever.By

Obesity in Childhood - An Overview

Written By Admin on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Childhood obesity is not a disease because there are few known physical health risks among children who are obese. The concern for childhood obesity is the subsequent obesity during adulthood, which may lead to health problems. Children who are obese are at somewhat increased risk of becoming obese adults. Overweight in a child under three years of age does not predict future obesity unless at least one parent is also obese.
The obese children are at increased risk of orthopedic problems and are also prone to skin disorders. Dyslipidemia, hypertension and insulin resistance are frequently seen in obese children. Psychological problems are common among obese children as they are discriminated against and stigmatized. They are teased and harassed by peers. They have a negative body image and low self-esteem. This is particularly marked among adolescents. They may be depressed, passive and withdrawn. Prevention of overweight and obesity should begin early in life and should involve the development and maintenance of lifelong healthy eating habits and physical activity patterns. The obesity management programs in children are family based, school based and health-care facility based.
To have the child lose weight, a combination of decreased caloric diet and increased caloric expenditure i.e. exercise is recommended so that the child loses not more than half a kilogram a week. The parent and child should maintain a food diary for three to seven days which should include the type and quantity of food eaten, where and when it was eaten.
A diet of 1500 kcal/day is prescribed constituting 25 percent from fat, 25 percent from protein and 50 percent from carbohydrates. Dietary fiber is very useful as it displaces fat in the diet and provides satiety. Increased physical activity is necessary to maintain weight loss and redistribute body fat into muscle. Initial exercise recommendations should be small and increase the level slowly. Nutritional education is aimed at both the child and the family regarding healthy food patterns.
The child should eat at the dinner table and at designated times, with only one serving. The child's eating behavior should be modified i.e. he/she should take smaller bites and chew longer. Sweets should not be offered as a reward for finishing a meal. Parents should limit television viewing and encourage active play. Finally, reinforcements and rewards include verbal praise from the physician and family members.
It is important to involve the entire family as the long-term effectiveness of the weight-control program improves significantly. If the child fails to lose weight, the child should not be blamed. He should be given positive support so that he makes a renewed attempt to lose weight.By

Omega 3 for Arthritis - Get Rid of Joint Pain Naturally

Written By Admin on Monday, April 14, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Do you wish for a magical remedy that would make your bones stronger and provide relief from those aching joints? Smearing all kinds of oil on your joints might not help you much, but consuming fish oils can. Don't be surprised Omega 3 for Arthritis treatment is being used all over the world, why should you be left behind.
Omega 3 fatty acids are a group of polyunsaturated fats that are essential for the healthy functioning of each cell in our body. The main dietary source of omega 3 fatty acids are cold-water fishes such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and Hoki.
The increasing toxin levels in the oceans have made eating fish in the natural form unsafe. The alternative to this is molecularly distilled fish oils that are free from impurities and contain high amounts of omega 3 fats.
Molecular distillation is a refining process that removes all toxins such as mercury, lead, PCBs and other contaminants from the fish oils and makes them absolutely pure and healthy for human consumption.
There is strong evidence that omega 3 fatty acids can provide relief in joint problems such has arthritis, cystitis, inflammation, muscular spasms, lupus and Raynaud's disease. Fish oils ease the pain associated with arthritis, smoothen the bones and improve mobility.
Most of the medications used to treat joint disorders have various side-effects and provide symptomatic relief only. This is the main reason why many people prefer naturopathy and chiropractic treatments for joint pain and inflammation.
According to recent researches, consumption of omega 3 for arthritis treatment is really helpful. It drastically improves joint conditions and is beneficial for arthritis patients.
Fish oils activate the secretion of Prostaglandins in the body. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that perform various roles in the body such as controlling blood pressure, muscular contraction, improving reflexes and hormone regulation.
Omega 3 for Arthritis is a not a mainstream treatment and does not provide permanent cure but eases the pain and inflammation. They work on the same plane as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs in a natural and safe manner.
Dosage of Omega 3 for Arthritis
The general dosage of omega 3 for Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis disorders is 3 grams per day. But this dosage depends on the amount of EPA and DHA fats present in your omega 3 supplement.
Most of the fish oils available in the market these days have very low EPA and DHA content and are mainly composed of mixed oils and preservatives. To treat joint pain and arthritis effectively you need superior quality supplements that have high omega 3 fatty acids content.
One such Omega 3 supplement is the Fish oil extracted from the Hoki fish. Hoki is a cold-water species found in New Zealand and has naturally very high EPA and DHA levels. Fish oils extracted from Hoki are known to have 40% more DHA than other oils.
Before purchasing your omega 3 supplements, read the label carefully. Make sure it clearly mentions the name of the species used and the amount of DHA and EPA fats present.
Consult your physician before you start on your treatment for arthritis or other joint disorders. Regular intake of pharmaceutical grade, molecularly distilled Fish oils will keep your joints, heart and mind healthy.By