How Do Antibiotics Work?

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If you were feeling poorly, you’ve probably went to visit your doctor in hopes of receiving antibiotics. Chances are, you’ve used antibiotics before with great results. While antibiotics have been safely used for years, it is important to learn when and how antibiotics work.

It is important to know that antibiotics cannot cure everything. One of the first things a doctor will determine is if your illness is caused by bacteria or a virus. The common cold and flu are common viral infections. These cannot be cured by antibiotics. If you have a viral infection, other medications will help alleviate your symptoms as your body heals itself.

If your illness is caused by bacteria, you will receive antibiotics. So, how do antibiotics work? The first antibiotic created was penicillin. Many of our modern antibiotics such as Amoxicillin are penicillin based. Antibiotics work to kill bacteria in your body. It also helps to stop the bacteria from multiplying. This is why it is always advised to complete the entire course of your antibiotics. Even if you feel better, your body may still have harmful bacteria. The full course of antibiotics will insure that all bacteria is killed and will not return.

You should also tell your doctor about all symptoms that you have. While broad spectrum antibiotics usually cure a wide range of illnesses, there are a few antibiotics that are specific to certain illnesses. Your doctor needs to make sure that the correct antibiotic is prescribed.

It is also important to note that there are bacteria that is not harmful to our body. Overuse of antibiotics can kill off the positive bacteria. This may lead to digestion problems and lower our immune systems.

The CDC has noticed a growing trend of patients not responding to traditional antibiotics. In most cases, this is because of past overuse of antibiotics. While it is always good to see your doctor when you are sick, discuss a possible alternative course of treatment next time you go. Chances are, your doctor may suggest the age old remedy of rest and hydration. Your body may be able to fight off infection naturally, on it’s own.

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Key Facts About Dementia

Most people tend to suffer from mild memory loss as they get older. You may forget an appointment or some one’s birthday, here and there, however, you are still able to cope with daily activities and tasks. One of the most obvious symptoms of Dementia is memory loss, and this is experienced on a different level. Individuals who suffer from this disease tend to forget recent memories, they may have problems coping with simple tasks and are prone to mood swings and impaired judgement. Some people even experience a change in their personality.

About Dementia Facts

Dementia is rarely passed on through genetics and does also occur in young people. This condition usually starts with Alzheimer’s disease, which is much like dementia in that the individual suffers from memory loss and their thinking and other cognitive abilities are impaired. Alzheimer’s starts off slowly and gradually progresses with age. It becomes harder to keep track of recent events and things to do.

Living with Dementia

As hard as it may be for people to live with dementia, it is even harder for their families to see them going through everyday life, this way. This condition causes the individual to often become distant from their family and friends. Caregivers have also admitted that it becomes hard to provide help to dementia sufferers as they experience mood swings and personality changes quite often. They also forget names of people, places and can’t even remember names of common objects and familiar people in their own lives. Unfortunately, there is little that one can do to cure dementia and other related conditions. There are various drugs than can slow down the symptoms of the condition, but cannot eliminate the disease. These drugs are effective for those who experience hallucinations. Aspirin may help to control high blood pressure, cholesterol and may help to prevent further strokes, which would slow down the dementia.

Dementia sufferers should plan ahead. Since a persons memory deteriorates over time, it is advisable to put your decisions for the future in writing now. Family and friends can also help to make your life easier by being patient and offering to assist you, where ever they can.

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Foods That Help To Lower Cholesterol

Diet plays an important role in lowering cholesterol. It is easy to ease one’s way into a shockingly high cholesterol level. However, the reverse is true as well. Changing what one eats can lower thair cholesterol and improve the armada of fats flowing through the bloodstream. A few simple tweaks to a person’s diet, along with exercise and other healthy habits may be helpful in lowering cholesterol. At The Surgeon’s Scrubroom, we want to help you live a healthy life by giving you a heart–healthy grocery list of foods that lower cholesterol.

Lowering cholesterol requires a two-pronged approach: Add foods that lower the bad cholesterol, LDL, carrying particle that causes arteries to clog, and cut back on foods that boost this harmful cholesterol. Without this step, one will be engaging in a holding action instead of a complete victory.

In With the Good

Different foods lower the level of cholesterol in different ways. Some provide polyunsaturated fats that directly lower the bad cholesterol. Some give soluble fiber that binds cholesterol in the digestive system and drags it from the body before it gets into circulation, while some contain plant stanols and sterols that prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol.

Some of the foods to eat to lower cholesterol include:
• Oats
• Barley and other whole grains
• Beans
• Okra and eggplant
• Nuts
• Vegetable oils
• Citrus fruits, strawberries, grapes, and apples
• Foods rich in stanols and sterols
• Soy
• Fatty fish
• Fiber supplements

Out With the Bad

Protective HDL drifts downwards and bad LDL creeps upwards mainly because of the diet and other lifestyle choices. In addition, some people may be genetically geared to respond more rapidly to what they eat. However, genes are not something that one can change. To keep cholesterol down, people should minimize their intake of the following foods:
• Saturated fats
• Trans fats

When it comes to eating your way to lower cholesterol, it is important to add several foods that lower cholesterol in different ways than to focus on one or two. Of course, adopting a cholesterol–lowering diet requires attention and commitment. It also requires one to expand the variety of foods he/she usually puts in the shopping cart and getting used to new flavors and textures.

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All Natural Treatment Options For Sleeplessness

 

Sleeping problems affect millions of people and the typical answer seems to be a prescription of sleeping pills. While sleeping tablets work for some people they also come with side effects, and some prescription tablets are highly addictive. Even if prescription medicine is needed for a short period, there are many all natural sleep aids that can be used long-term as an effective alternative.

Meditation and Therapies

Many people have trouble falling asleep because the mind is too busy. Hypnosis, meditation and different types of relaxation techniques are all helpful in calming down a busy mind. There is a wide variety of meditation techniques available in meditation classes, retreats, courses, workshops and DVDs or audio CDs. Some are even available for free online. Different types of relaxation techniques are also widely available on CDs, DVDs and online.

Hypnosis has been helping many insomnia sufferers to get better sleep. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also proving successful in treating insomnia. It involves regular sessions with a qualified therapist who will assess the quality of your sleep. A variety of techniques are then used to improve your sleeping patterns.

Natural Sleep Remedies

A warm bath with essential oils can help both the body and the mind to relax before bedtime. Lavender essential oil is one of the most effective oils for promoting good sleep. Add a few drops of lavender oil into a warm bath in the evening and burn lavender oil in your bedroom in a vaporizer. Other essential oils that can bring a better and deeper sleep include chamomile, frankincense and marjoram.

Herbal remedies that are commonly used as all natural sleep aids include Valerian and chamomile. Valerian is available as a herbal tea, herbal tincture and capsules. Chamomile is another good option and is easily available as chamomile tea.

Relaxation is the key to better sleep. It is best to cut down on your caffeine use if you suffer from sleeping problems. One easy way to do it is to stop drinking coffee at least several hours before bedtime and substituting coffee with chamomile  tea.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat various health problems. It is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and today it is also popular in the West. Studies have proved it successful in relieving pain, treating many health conditions and relieving symptoms in many illnesses.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the idea of qi: energy that moves in the body inside meridians (energy pathways). Blockages in the energy flow can cause illness and pain. Acupuncture tries to release these blockages and promote qi flow in the energy channels. It also stimulates the different internal organs and body systems such as the immune system, the nervous system and the digestive system and its organs. The idea is to encourage the body to heal itself and to make sure qi moves freely around the body.

An acupuncturist uses thin, long needles that are inserted at specific points along the energy channels. The needles are sterile single-use needles. The needle is only inserted to the top layer of the skin and most people hardly feel it; acupuncture treatments are painless and people sometimes describe the needle insertion as similar to a mosquito bite. The needles are then left on the skin for 10 to 30 minutes, although some treatments can last longer. Some acupuncturists use heat therapy called moxibustion; heat is added to the needles to stimulate the healing effect.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture treatments are used to relieve pain, to help recovery from injuries and to release muscle spasms. Many patients have found relief from headaches and migraines. Acupuncture is also used successfully to treat many respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs and other infections, sinusitis and asthma as well as allergic conditions. Acupuncture treatments are very successful in relieving stress and insomnia. Acupuncture is also used in digestive conditions, immune system disorders and hormonal imbalances.

In many cases the patient feels relief from symptoms already after one treatment. Usually a course of treatments is required to get the best possible results. Acupuncturists can also recommend herbal remedies to take at home.

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