The Benefits Of Herbal Colon Cleansing

More and more people are discovering the need and the benefits of using herbal colon cleansing products. To live a longer and healthier life, it’s important to give due attention to our colon. These days, it is hard to stay healthy, with all the work and stress we have to deal with as well as the temptations presented to us by the modern world. We are simply more stressed and eating more compared to back in the days. This is why we need a helping hand in our attempts to stay the healthiest we can possibly be.

Decreased Chances of Diseases – One advantage to taking an herbal colon cleansing product is that we can prevent our chances of developing a number of illnesses more. Studies have shown that the number one cancer among men and women today is colon cancer. Those of us who are on a typical Western Diet carries around 8 meals of undigested food and waste products in the colon. A colon cleanser could help us eliminate all of that unwanted waste and toxins that may cause colon cancer.

Common Colon Problems – Even if we are free of cancer, many of us do suffer from common health problems such as constipation, abdominal pain and lethargy. Believe it or not, all these are related to having a dirty bowel. Colon cleansing can therefore help relieve these nasty symptoms as well as prevent these conditions from triggering the development of colon cancer. Nature has never intended for humans to consume fast food and extremely fatty or oily foods, so we need something to counteract these unnatural elements.

Toxins do not just come from food. Toxins can come from water and the air as well. These toxins build up in the body over time. The liver, small intestines, kidneys, pancreas, gallbladder, lymph nodes, spleen and colon all function together to get rid of these toxins. With the overwhelming presence of toxins in the air we breath and contamination in water and food these days, our bodies go on overdrive. Our bodies alone may not be able to eliminate all there is to eliminate to function properly. So colon cleansers are very much needed in the modern day.

All in all, the benefits you get from colon cleansers are improved levels of energy, better digestion, youthful skin and enhanced blood circulation. Furthermore, you will have improved mental alertness, a healthier weight, a stronger immune system and a better balance in the function of vital organs.

Weight Loss – Another major advantage to taking colon cleansers is healthy weight loss. If you are planning to lose weight, taking colon cleansers are said to help, since they are able to get rid of the accumulation of fecal matter and enhance the absorption of essential nutrients. Colon cleansers are often combined with a healthy diet and exercise for best results.

Natural Cleansers – Next, you can benefit from colon cleansers even more if they are natural. Many prefer natural products simply because they are less invasive and harsh on the body. Herbal colon cleansers contain various herbs that work together to effectively get rid of toxins and waste that have built up in your body. Herbs work differently and when combined, create a potent cleansing effect. For instance, fiber is known to cleanse the body naturally, while flax seeds make fiber more effective. Then, bentonite can be consumed in the right dosage to further detoxify the body and remove pesticides that have accumulated.

Herbal Products – Herbal colon cleansing products have had great consumer reviews so far, therefore they are quite reliable. Herbal colon cleansing products are still known to be very effective. For instance, they can still improve your energy, cleanser your digestive system effectively, stop frequent bloating and minimize water retention. Herbal colon cleansing products are also known to be safe, as some good ones can be taken for life.

Scientifically Tested Olive Leaf Herb Is Known To Kill Every Virus And Germ Known To Man

What is the worst case scenario for the bird flu or just how bad could it get? A question I have always wanted the answer to. Well history is always the best teacher and we have an excellent historical teacher from 1918. The answer there is the bird flu of 1918, and that teacher is foreboding. Called the aquatic bird flu that actually started in China (sound familiar) then somehow got into Kansas not Europe. Isn’t that interesting? It started among US Cavalry horses then moved to American troopers assigned to those mounts, stationed in Kansas. These Cavalry soldiers were shipped to the battle fields of Europe to take part in the fighting. Some of those soldiers arrived infected with the virus. This flu circulated throughout the densely packed cities of Europe then made its way back to America and did the same there. In a little over a years time it had run its course and 40 to 50 million people were dead.

In 1918 the big cities like London had a million people. Today our mega cities have 10 plus million people and a very fast transport system. Any new bird flu virus can travel in infected people across the world in a matter of days.

Why can’t modern medicine help us?

Until the bird flu virus of today mutates to its human infecting form, no scientific steps can be taken to create a serum. Only then can science develop the serum and begin to make large batches. This takes considerable amounts of time and fertile chicken eggs and there are not many around. Under optimal conditions modern science takes at least 6 months, minimum. Remember I just said above, it only takes days to move the virus across the world. So even with all the pharmaceutical companies around the world creating this serum only a small part of the world’s population would be protected. I hate to make this sound worse, but the virus can also mutate into other human infecting forms and other serums must be developed.

The Herbal Solution to a Bird Flu Epidemic

You can see how bad it can get and how little modern medicine can do. There has really been little progress since 1918. So what can be done to protect yourself and your family? Here is the answer that has been around for ages. Olive leaf tincture is the answer to bird flu and all other germs and virus infections. But do not take my word for it, here is some of the history of this very powerful herb and what modern science found when they looked at it.

History of Olive Leaf as Herbal Medicine

I personally believe that God was referring to the olive tree in Ezekiel 47:12, God spoke of a tree: “The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”

The ancient Egyptians may have been the first to put the olive leaf to practical use. They regarded it as a symbol of heavenly power, and in keeping with that belief, they extracted its oil and used it to mummify their kings. The Egyptians and later cultures also found, and there is documentation, that the olive leaf was a great herbal medicine for the relief of fevers (sounds like viral infections to me).

The knowledge of the medicinal properties of the tree (Olea europaea) date back to the early 1800’s where it was used in liquid form as a very effective treatment for malarial infections. According to the 1854 Pharmaceutical Journal of Provincial Transactions, pages 353 and 354(a), the doctors at that time stated that the properties of the tree, Olea europaea, deserved more extensive investigation.

In the early 1900’s, a bitter compound was found in the leaves of certain olive trees called “Oleuropein.” This compound was determined to be part of the olive tree’s powerful disease resistant structure. In 1962, European researchers recorded that oleuropein had the ability to lower blood pressure in animals, increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmias and prevent intestinal muscle spasms. A Dutch researcher found the chemical responsible for olive leafs healing power was elenolic acid which has strong antiviral, bacterial and antiparasitic properties.

Modern Medicine Finds That Olive Leaf is a Powerful Medicine

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, The Upjohn Companies’ test studies were published by The American Society for Microbiology in regards to a new multifunctional monoterpene which they had isolated from various parts of the olive tree. The compound was called calcium elenolate, a crystalline salt form of elenolic acid. When they tested this compound it was found to be virucidal against all viruses for which it was tested. The compound acted effectively at low concentrations without any harmful influence on host cell mechanisms. It was also found to be extremely safe and nontoxic, even at high doses. While it worked extremely well in-vitro, it was unsuccessful in-vitro. When injected into the blood stream, the compound bound quickly to the blood serum protein and rendered itself ineffective. They were unable to overcome this problem and terminated their research. During this same period, other companies had interest in the compound and performed various tests, but also lost interest. Then in 1990, interest was renewed and the process of bringing the remarkable product Olive Leaf Extract to market began.

A safety study on calcium elenolate was laboratory tested with animals and published by The Upjohn Company in 1970. The study concluded that even in doses several hundred times higher than recommended, no toxic or other adverse side effects appeared..

Recent Australian studies show that liquid olive leaf extract made from fresh olive leaves has up to 40 times more antioxidants than even the very best extra virgin olive oils. This same fresh Olive Leaf Extract also has 5 times more antioxidant power than Vitamin C, 28 times more antioxidant power than Noni juices and 6 times more than Goji juices.

The Power of Olive Leaves

Effective against fever and helpful for nervous tension; great immune booster and viral/bacterial killer. Researchers credit a number of unique properties possessed by the olive leaf compound for the broad killing power: an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses, an ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane, and the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication in the case of retroviruses. It is able to neutralize the production of reverse transcriptase and protease (an enzyme found in retroviruses that enable the virus to make DNA from viral RNA). These enzymes are essential for a retrovirus, such as HIV, to alter the RNA of a healthy cell. It can stimulate phagocytosis, an immune system response in which immune cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter.

Summary of conditions for which olive leaf extract acts as a microbial and anti-viral agent

AIDS Amoebiasis Anthrax Athlete’s Foot Bladder Infection Campylobacter Chicken Pox Chlamydia Cholera Common Cold Cold Sore (herpes simplex) Cryptosporidiosis Cytomegalovirus Diarrheal Disease Diphtheria Ear Infection Ebola Sudan Virus E. Coli Epstein-Barr Virus Flu (influenza) Gastric Ulcers (from H. Pylori) Genital Herpes/Warts Giardia Gonorrhea Group B Strep Hantavirus Hepatitis A, B, C Herpes Zoster (shingles) Lyme Disease Malaria Measles Meningitis (bacterial) Meningitis (viral) Mononucleosis Pinworms Pneumonia (bacterial) Pneumonia (viral) Polio Pork Tapeworm Rabies Rheumatic Fever Ringworm Retrovirus infection Roundworm Rotavirus Infection RSV Staphylococcal Food Poisoning Strep Throat Syphilis Tuberculosis Thrush Toxic Shock Syndrome Trichinosis Typhoid Fever Urinary Tract Infections Vaginal Yeast Infections

Die-Off Syndrome

There are no negative side effects with Olive leaf extract but it does have a healthy side effect called the Herxheimer or “Die-Off” effect. Here is what takes place during a die-off effect. In the body there are microbes or viruses that somehow manage to evade the body’s immune system. Upon exposure to olive leaf tincture these microbes and viruses are destroyed which is a good thing for the person. After the microbe virus death, their cell-wall proteins are absorbed through the weakened mucous membrane, which surrounds them. The body recognizes these as toxins and begins its natural processes to get rid of them. If present in too large of numbers for the eliminative system to handle, the individual may develop symptoms that include headaches, swelling in the mouth, throat, sinuses, and lymphatic’s, rashes, fatigue, diarrhea, muscle/joint achiness, or other flu-like symptoms. The severity will vary from person to person, depending on the extent of their condition, the state of their immune and eliminatory systems, and how much olive leaf extract is being consumed.

The die off effect is desirable as it indicates that the body is being cleared of these hazardous microbes and viruses. Anyone who experiences these unpleasant effects generally feels fabulously well afterwards many times better than ever before.

If you feel the effects and you would like to minimize them, there are some easy things you can do. Many physicians recommend that an individual consume plenty of water in between usages of the product. Water keeps the lymphatic system and the kidneys functioning properly and more capable of handling the excess toxins. Another way to reduce the effects is to cut back on the dose of tincture that you are taking or go off it completely for a day or two before slowly increasing the dose once again. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week to completely rid the body of the excess toxins.

Why Olive Leaf Tincture?

A good question, and the answer makes common sense. Tinctures are made from the ground herb combined with pure grain alcohol. The alcohol acts as a solvent extracting the active healing ingredients out of the herb. The alcohol is then pressed out of the herb, all the valuable active herbal ingredients are now in the alcohol, the herbal pulp is discarded. This process can be done with one or a combination of herbs. In an alcohol tincture form the herb(s) are easily assimilated by the body to immediately begin the healing process such as killing germs or viruses.

Dosage

There is no official dose for taking olive leaf tincture even though it has been around for thousands of years of use and testing. The most popular amount for a maintenance dose is 2 droppers full twice daily on an empty stomach before meals. For conditions such as the common cold, flu, sinus infections, and basic respiratory tract infections, the dose is 2 droppers full every 2 hours. For acute infections such as sore throat, swollen glands, fever, etc., the recommendation is 3 droppers full every 2 hours.

Safety of Olive Leaf Tincture

From all indications over the thousands of years of use by professional and nonprofessional people; Olive leaf tincture appears to be an extremely safe supplement that can effectively aid the body in improving immune function and fighting infection by various microbes and viruses. To my knowledge and through my research I have not found one single negative case involving the use of olive leaf tincture.

Shelf Life

Alcohol acts as a preservative and if stored in a cool, dark place, tinctures can last indefinitely. I have herbal tinctures that have lasted 15 years and were just as strong as when I first used them. As I said above, avoid heat, sunlight, and exposure to air, and your tinctures will keep their “just picked” freshness for as long as you own them.

Caution:

Don’t take olive leaf with antibiotics as they can be inactivated by olive leaf.
Don’t take olive leaf with Warfarin (Coumadin) this drug can cause internal bleeding.
Olive leaf naturally relaxes blood vessels and capillaries which could increase Coumadin’s side effect.

References:

The main reference for the information in this article was taken from Doctor Jack Ritchason’s Book “Olive Leaf Extract” Woodland publishing, Pleasant Grove, Utah. 1999

Nature’s multi-functional force against infections and cardiovascular disease? by Amanda Jackson Ph.D.

Positive Health Publications LTD 1994-2002

Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, by James A. Duke, Pub. CRP Second Edition 2007

Paul Blake is a doctor of herbal medicine and a master herbalist. He used naturopathic medicine to treat his own case of cancer eighteen years ago. Visit Paul’s website on Herbal Remedies, Natural Healing Herbs for more interesting information on improving your health, or for more information on the powerful Olive Leaf herb.

Positive Health Publications LTD 1994-2002

Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, by James A. Duke, Pub. CRP Second Edition 2007

The Cost of Treating Prostate Cancer Soars

Prostate cancer is the second most deadly of diseases in men. This killer disease will act stealthily and results in death. Most of the men who are infected with this disease are not aware about it until the disease progress to an advanced stage. Once it advances, the cells grow out of control and will spread to other vital organs of the body. Prostate cancer is the most prominently found cancer in men above fifty years of age. The risk related with prostate cancer increases with time in patients affected by this disease. The numbers of patients who are victims to prostate cancer are increasing alarmingly day by day.

As this disease progress more slowly than most other disease it is hard to find out the symptoms at an early stage unless you’re well aware about this disease and the normal biological functions of the prostate gland. The exact cause for the formation of prostate cancer is not known, as of now, and it remains as a mystery. A few of the symptoms related with prostate cancer are; frequent urination, especially during the night, difficulty in holding back urine, interrupted or weak flow of urine, burning sensation or pain while passing urine, painful ejaculation and difficulty in having a complete erection. In the advanced stage of the disease blood appears in urine or semen. Also frequent pain appears in the thighs and lower back hip of the body.

The treatment of prostate cancer includes radiation therapy, surgery and hormone therapy. These therapies can cause terrible unwanted side effects, many times resulting in a higher risk of death while suffering from side effects that can destroy the quality of life for men more than that of the disease by itself. Moreover the costs of the treatments are very high making the patient more prone to stress. The average cost spent for the treatment of prostate cancer in US during 1987 was $ 24.7 billion and it arose up to $ 48.1 billion between 2001 and 2005 and this is according to a recent report by Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new cancer drugs are highly priced, driving up the treatment cost of this disease. In addition to the hospital expenditure and cost of the surgery these cancer curing drugs will also soar up the total cost of treatment. Radiation therapy and hormone therapies, or both, can be recommended to be administered at regular intervals which in turn adds additional burden to the patient.

If prostate cancer is suspected at an early stage by regularly screening for PSA-Prostate Specific Antigen then the patient can have hope to escape from the jaws of high expenditure, stress, and anxiety. Most importantly avoid being unnecessarily over diagnosed, over treated, and severely injured, losing their biological functions to the “machine”, otherwise known as the medical system. Unfortunately, the system has been corrupted by greed and the abuse of the insurance companies. This ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone one way or another.

Moreover these days there are prostate awareness programs which provide complete knowledge about the biological functions of prostate and change in function of prostate. You can avoid last minute anxiety and stress by having knowledge about this disease, allowing you to make intelligent decisions for your health that can affect you the rest of your life.

A scan gives a variety of views that provide an in-depth evaluation of the patient's anatomy.

Dental Cone-beam computed tomography systems (CBCT) is a variety of the Traditional computed Tomography (CT) systems only modified and improved to capture data as it rotates around a patient using an X-ray beam, then this data is used to reconstruct a three-dimensional image showing the patient’s anatomy. The CBCT provides a comprehensive radiology dental report containing detailed multi-page interpretations, images and illustrations that have accurate measurements and highlight your requested area of interest to effectively use imaging technology to give the best treatment.

These systems are used widely by dental related professions for various clinical purposes including implanting a dental plan, checking out abnormal teeth, cleft palate assessment, and diagnosis of cavities, root canal and dental trauma. The Dental CBCT gives a report reviewing around the oral and maxillofacial region for a quick analysis of the images.

A patient should remove everything that might corrupt imaging and this includes metal objects like jewelry or eyeglasses. However, artificial dental work should be brought to the radiologist for examination. It is also necessary that the examiner checks if the person qualifies for the CT scan. When taking this scan the patient should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to the examination. The cone-beam CT gives room for a more precise treatment plan of the infected parts. The detailed images of the parts provide the full diagnostic analysis including evaluation of the patient’s soft tissue parts of his or her anatomy like lymph nodes, glands and nerves.

The Dental CBCT is better since it provides lower radiation exposure compared to other varieties of CT resulting in better quality of the images. A scan gives a variety of views that provide an in-depth evaluation of the patient’s anatomy. No radiation is left in the patient’s body but it still leaves a risk of obtaining cancer from the radiation, though this cannot be compare to the conventional dental X-ray.

The CBCT scans are painless accurate and does not have immediate side effects. These scans are not advised to be undertaken in pregnant women and young children. However these scans can be taken in children only with low-dose technique.

The cone beam CT’s apparatus is made to rotate around the head in a complete 360-degree rotation while taking multiple images from different angles and views, then it uses these images to create a single three dimensional image. The radiation source and detector are placed strategically in a way that it rotates in unison with the C-arm. In one rotation a CBCT scan generates over 150 two dimensional images and then it digitally processes a three dimensional image. This process therefore takes about twenty seconds to one minute.

This procedure is useful for more complicated cases involving impacted teeth planning, accurate placement of dental implants, evaluation of the mandibles, cephalometric analysis and in some cases locates the source of pain or infection, evaluation of paranasal sinuses and temporomandibular joints for example is inclusive of lateral cephalometric, panoramic and all angular views of the maxillofacial complex of the mandibular joints.

Is The Lemonade Cleanser Diet Just A Bunch Of Hype?

The lemonade cleanser diet goes by several names, including the Stanley Burroughs cleanse, the cayenne pepper cleanse, the lemonade cleanse, and the lemon fast. It was invented by Stanley Burroughs in 1941. Burroughs referred to it as the Master Cleanse.

According to Burroughs, the lemonade cleanser diet is a detoxification program which cleans the body of harmful toxins, which can assist with everything from weight loss to curing cancer.

It’s also been claimed that this diet removes cravings for stuff like sugar, tobacco, and alcohol. Burroughs himself claimed that his Master Cleanse could cure pretty much anything.

So what exactly does the diet consist of? It’s probably the simplest diet in the world, actually. It’s a mixture of fresh squeezed lemon juice, grade B maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and mineral water. You drink 6 glasses of this mixture daily for 10 days or so. That’s it.

Oh yea . . . and you can’t eat anything for those 10 days.

Is there a downside to the lemonade cleanser diet? Unfortunately, yes. There is no scientific evidence to back up Burroughs’ claims. All the benefits derived so far have been anecdotal. Other than weight loss, no studies have documented that this diet cures cancer or anything else.

According to many experts, the cleanse operates as a placebo, and has really no benefits at all, outside of rapid weight loss. Some even say it’s dangerous, citing a lack of essential nutrients like protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Many people who report trying the lemonade cleanser diet, however, report experiencing rapid, permanent weight loss, increased energy, and being cured of chronic diseases.

Many celebrities have reportedly used the diet with great success. Beyonce, for instance, told Oprah that she used it to lose 22 pounds in 14 days to prepare herself for her role in the movie, “Dream Girls.”

I first learned of the lemonade cleanser diet about 10 years ago. I tried it back then, but fell flat on my face. Man, is it hard!

I would get up in the morning, drink the lemonade, and go to work. I’d come home for lunch and drink another glass.

The first day was about what I’d expected. I had a few hunger pangs and felt light-headed most of the day. That night, however, I started to sweat. A lot.

The next morning my bed was drenched with sweat, and my head pounded. I drank my breakfast, but it didn’t seem to help much. At work that day, people kept asking me if I was OK. One of my friends even thought I was doing drugs.

The third day, however was the worst. When I got up, I almost vomited at the thought of drinking another glass of lemonade. I did it anyway. I felt angry that whole day.

I made a mistake at work that day, and my boss let me know about it. It was all I could do to hold my tongue. After work, I drove straight to McDonald’s for a quarter pounder with cheese. It was the best meal I’ve ever eaten.

More recently, my friend Reggie told me she’d heard about some modifications to the lemonade cleanser diet that Burroughs didn’t publish in his book. She was quite overweight, and asked me if I would do this diet with her. With reluctance, I agreed.

Her modifications made all the difference. We were both able to go the full 10 days. She lost 18 pounds and I lost 7. In addition, she stopped smoking and my acid reflux disease never came back.

That’s just my experience.

Safe As Well As Genuine Thyroid Products

Among the most noteworthy glands in your system, is the thyroid gland. This gland along with its butterfly like form (actually 2 lobes) is in the vicinity of the Adams Apple in your neck. It’s this gland that has the chore of creating hormones that control our metabolism (among additional things). Disorders of this important gland are often unseen or misdiagnosed, producing problems shortly on for the majority. When medical troubles occur with it, supplements can become needed.

Frequently your symptoms are triggered by means of either too few hormones (hypothyroidism) or to a slighter extent: too many (hyperthyroidism). It may even grow out of proportion making a barrier to the total throat function. Those circumstances will have a cruel effect all through the body and require individual treatment to fix. The nodules in reality survive naturally within the thyroid gland, though with problems may swell to proportions which will make it demanding to inhale.

The swelling gland can also be cancerous requiring a needle biopsy (most regular biopsy used for this) to identify. If established chemotherapy possibly will be required to eradicate it. There is a high survival rate from this kind of cancer. Many in society these days possess hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. A lot might go an entire lifetime without even realizing it. After diagnosed with hypothyroidism people should be dealt with by way of a prescription for the remainder of their life.

Care intended for hypothyroidism is treated by means that reduce its iodine manufacture. Amongst the signs and symptoms which may be experienced from thyroid disorders might be found lack of vitality, weight issues, depressive disorders, hair loss, severe bowel actions in addition to additional unusual troubles. Should you be experiencing these, you ought to ask your physician to test you for thyroid problems. The usual treatment for hyperthyroidism has been radioactive iodine which essentially will damage a portion of the gland.

Though surgical procedure may perhaps be accomplished or added medicinal drugs used in some situations. Regardless, the treatment shall be done by way of continued medical review. This should be an ongoing procedure or your thyroid possibly will return to its prior state. Surgery is avoided when possible, owing to its possibility to hurt the voice box. It is recommended in these conditions to diminish iodine consumption from new sources.

Recently, a hefty amount of homeopathic scientific studies have delivered quite a few optional medicinal drugs, such as Thyromine. These make use of natural goods that assist adjusting hormonal imbalances. Holistic experts normally advocate dietetic as well as iodine vitamin supplements. In addition they additionally advocate special meditation, yoga positions, nutritional transformation, and more. It could depend on the exact thyroid problem.

Often, homeopathic doctors will prescribe natural iodine manufacturing foods as well as herbs which should lead to superior results. Amongst the foods included, include cheese, fish and also milk produce. Whereas this is excellent for people with hypothyroidism, they ought to be avoided by individuals with hyperthyroidism (as they must be minimizing iodine intake).

As you may observe on the internet there are a number of new herbal vitamin supplements that may be advantageous for thyroid disorders above and beyond Thyromine. You could hit upon several ads on the web claiming all kinds of effects. To be much safer it is always advisable to confer the question with your physician to spot possibly detrimental health side effects from what you consume. Whenever you might want to change your medication regimen.

Liver Cancer: Risk Factors, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Within the abdominal cavity, the liver is the largest organ, and when cancer infects it, the disease should be detected early and treated vigorously to give sufferers the highest chances of remission. To do so, it’s important to know, thus recognize, some of the risk factors and symptoms as soon as possible. Depending on the progression of the cancer—among other aspects—there are several treatment options.

You and your doctor will determine which is best for you, but by understanding the basics, you will be as educated and informed as possible throughout the entire process.

First, it’s important to understand that the liver contracts cancer in two ways, either primarily (meaning the cancer affects the liver cells and the disease begins in the organ) or as metastatic cancer. Because the liver filters the body’s blood, it can be affected by any cancer carried in the blood stream or by cancers in neighboring organs.

Risk factors commonly associated with liver cancer are diverse, but some of these include prolonged alcohol abuse; hereditary risks, such as hemochromatosis—associated with excess iron in the liver; cirrhosis; long-lasting infection—often associated with hepatitis B; and diabetes. Most of these risks are connected with primary liver cancer, but many of the risks associated with metastatic cancer are similar to those associated with other types of cancer: smoking, obesity, as well as exposure to dangerous herbicides and toxins.

In order to identify liver cancer in its earliest stages, it’s important to know and recognize some of the symptoms. According to the National Cancer Institute, any of these may be symptoms of liver cancer. However, it is important to note that these symptoms could be triggered by other health problems, too. If you experience any of these, you should consult with your healthcare provider.

Pain on the right side of the upper portion of the abdomen

Heaviness, hardness or a lump in the upper abdomen

Swollen abdomen; excessive bloating

Appetite changes, such as the continuous feeling of being full or loss of appetite completely

Unexplained weight loss

Weakness or fatigue

Upset stomach, nausea and vomiting

Yellowing of the skin and eyes, pale or discolored stool, as well as dark urine from jaundice

Unexplained and persistent fever

If you are diagnosed with liver cancer, you should seek the most specialized treatment options immediately, and these can vary.

One option is radiofrequency ablation. RFA is performed using a small needle that is inserted through the skin and into the tumor, and it is then heated, essentially cooking and killing the tumor. This procedure is more successful when performed on a single tumor, smaller tumors and those caused by primary liver cancer.

Another treatment option is embolization. This is often performed in conjunction with radioembolization and/or chemoembolization. Embolization is a process used on many people, not just cancer patients, and entails the cutting off of the blood supply—you stop feeding the tumor, ideally. The tumor can then be hit with radiation therapy and chemotherapy to help maximize the efficiency of the treatment.

In some cases, the damaged part of the liver can be removed, but the risk of this treatment is the possibility that the remaining portions will not be sufficient to support the necessary functionality of the organ. Some liver cancer treatment specialists offer additional treatments that can help grow the liver prior to the operation to minimize this risk.

If you have cancer, especially liver cancer, or any of the major risk factors in your genetic background, you should be diligent about your screenings. Watch for symptoms, and explore all treatment options with your doctor to guarantee you receive the best care for you.

All Men Need To Remain Watchful For Any Prostate Cancer Symptoms

My father has reached the age where, in his mid-fifties, he is at high risk for prostate cancer, and while I kept talking to him about going in for his routine checks, he is pretty stubborn and kept insisting that he did not have any prostate cancer symptoms. Around and around we went, debating and discussing this issue until he finally caved and went down to speak with the doctor, only going when I made the appointment for him.

It was a good thing that he did, because as it turned out, although he did not show any clues of prostate cancer symptoms, he did, in fact have some cancer. The good news was that we had caught it in time and the cancer had not yet progressed and the doctors were sure that it could be treated with no complications.

My entire family was overjoyed at this news and my normally gruff dad broke down when he told me how grateful he was to me for pestering about getting tested. It was a touching moment for both of us and helped us come closer together, and I was somewhat saddened that it took a terrible disease to help us communicate with each other.

But then, we ran into another issue, because while my dad was receiving the prostate cancer treatments and was doing pretty well, my uncle, my dad’s brother was actually refusing to visit a doctor. Uncle George who is a years older than my father is possibly even more stubborn than my father, and he also insisted that he was not showing any symptoms of cancer and he was sure that he was perfectly healthy and there was no need to go to a doctor. This was extremely irritating for my father and I, as it was totally obvious that the symptoms don’t always manifest themselves, and it would be only common sense to go and get a routine exam just in case.

It was his wife who persuaded him to agree to go to the doctor after much nagging and threatening him that he would have to nothing but spinach and water until he went to the doctor. In his case, he learned that he did not have any traces of cancer, and while he put up a fuss about having had to go to the doctor, he did admit that he was grateful for all of our concern on his behalf and was glad to have such a caring family.

Dentist In Sunnyvale TX: 3 Other Reasons To See Your Dentist Regularly

It’s fairly common for people to dread visiting their dentist in Sunnyvale TX. For whatever reason – from fear of the pain of dental procedures to fear of a big dental bill – twice-yearly dental visits often fall to the bottom of to-do lists for far too many people. The irony of that is that visiting your dentist twice a year can prevent you from having painful dental procedures and having to pay big dental bills. Your dentist and his staff can keep your teeth clean and healthy and spot any little problems before they become big ones. But did you know that there are other reasons that don’t directly involve your teeth that you should visit your dentist in Sunnyvale TX regularly?

1. Your dentist can spot problems you may have with your overall health before even you know you have them. More than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations like swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth, bad breath, tooth erosion and receding or bleeding gums. These can be indicators of acid reflux, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, kidney disease and even pancreatic cancer. Regular dental x-rays are especially important for women over 50 because they can help your dentist spot bone loss that could be a sign of osteoporosis.

2. Regular dental check-ups can mean spotting head and neck cancers earlier. Although almost anyone can develop cancers of the head or neck, if you drink or smoke, regular visits to your dentist in Sunnyvale TX that include cancer screenings could save your life. Your dentist will look for swelling, bleeding, lesions on your mouth, gums and tongue or persistent hoarseness or coughing and can refer you to an oral surgeon for further treatment if he finds anything suspicious. The incidence of oral cancers are increasing and it is now the sixth most common form of cancer; but it is highly treatable in the early stages.

3. Poor oral hygiene can trigger other health problems. Research by the Harvard Medical School indicates that there is a direct link between oral bacteria and heart plaque. In addition, other researchers are finding a link between oral bacteria and dementia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and premature birth. The reasoning is that oral bacteria can be released into the bloodstream where it can reach other organs, causing damage. In addition, periodontal disease that is marked by inflammation can lead to inflammation throughout the rest of your body. Inflammation has long been known to be one of the underlying causes of heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Regular dental visits and cleanings along with good oral health practices can reduce the likelihood of these diseases.

So why put off a visit to your dentist in Sunnyvale TX. Call us at American Family Dental at (214) 717-4117 or visit www.drshatto.com to make an appointment today.

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First Signs of Breast Cancer Progression

In the U.S., over 90 percent of breast cancer diagnoses happen during the early breast cancer stages. Early detection is good news for the patient as it often translates to effective treatment.

Nonetheless, early diagnosis is only a fraction of the whole medical picture. Other disease characteristics, like hormone receptors and lymph nodes, can aid in prognosing results and help doctors and patients choose the right treatment.

Although breast cancer is on the rise in North America and the UK, the mortality rate is decreasing. This decline in mortality is credited to an increased number of women obtaining mammograms, improved evaluation techniques, and effective ancillary treatments.

Thus if the majority of diagnosed breast cancer cases are discovered during the preliminary stages, what effect does that have on patients and what are the best treatment courses?

The Early Stages of Breast Cancer

Earlier breast cancer stages are called TNM stages 1, 2 and 3a. This scoring system approximates how far the carcinoma has advanced. It’s also based on whether any present tumors are operable.

Most instances of early-stage breast cancer are curable through surgery, radiation therapy or systemic therapy. The survival rate for patients diagnosed this early have a 5-year success rate of over 75%.

Normal Treatment Reactions

Treatment reaction generally hinges on lymph node engagement, the size and grade of any tumors, the age of the patient, hormone (estrogen and progesterone) receptors, and the status or condition of biologic markers like HER2/neu.

Lymph Node Indicators

Lymph nodes are an effective way to predict the effects of breast cancer. Essentially, the more positive lymph nodes that are present, the lower the patient’s survival rate and the higher the chances of relapse.

Commonly, patients with earlier stage breast cancer are classified into either those presenting negative nodes, 1 to 3 positive lymph nodes, 4 to 9 positive nodes, or 10 and more nodes.

Tumor Size

If a patient exhibits negative lymph nodes and a tumor that is smaller than 1cm, the prognosis is often very good. Most doctors use tumor size as an effective and critical indicator during the early stages of this disease.

The Grade of Tumor

As the grade of the tumor increases, so does the potential relapse rate. However, due to the unreliability of tumor data, most pathologists do not rely on this information for their prognosis.

Estrogen and Progesterone Receptors

Estrogen and progesterone receptors within the tumor is also used to prognosticate breast cancer during the earlier stages. Generally, those patients with a receptor-positive form of breast cancer tend to have a better prognosis and survival rate than those who don’t.

HER2/neu as an Indicator

HER2/neu is what’s called a marker – it’s a biological element typically present in the body or within the tumor in about 25% of all breast cancer cases. When HER2/neu levels are high, that usually translates to a more aggressive variety of breast cancer and a worse prognosis.

Age of the Patient

Generally, patients who are older (50 and up) have a better prognosis than patients under the age of 35.