Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fibromyalgia and Nopalea

Fibromyalgia is a disease that has affected my family personally.  For years doctors have prescribed muscle relaxers and various other chemicals to provide some sort of comfort. 
This didn’t work well for our family.  What we have found to be effective is Nopalea juice.  Here is an audio clip from a series with Dr. Brazos Minshew that goes into the reasons why.

How many people have fibromyalgia?

         Approximately one in 50 Americans are estimated to have fibromyalgia, or between 6 and 9 million people in the U.S. (American College of Rheumatology, 2004)(21st Century Neurology, Arizona)

         Fibromyalgia is the 2nd most common ailment affecting the musculoskeletal system after osteoarthritis (American College of Rheumatology, 2004)

Who gets fibromyalgia?

         Fibromyalgia primarily affects women of childbearing age, but children and men may also be affected (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 1999)

         Between 80 and 90% of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women; women who have a family member with fibromyalgia are more likely to develop fibromyalgia themselves (American College of Rheumatology, 2004)

         Fibromyalgia may often co-occur (up to 25 to 65%) with other rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and ankylosing spondylitis (CDC, 2009)

         90% of fibro patients have jaw or facial tenderness that can produce symptoms of TMJ disorder (Fibromyalgia Network, 1999)

         50% of fibromyalgia patients suffer from sensitivity to odors, noise, bright lights, medications and various foods (Fibromyalgia Network, 1999)

         Adults with fibromyalgia are 3.4 times more likely to suffer from major depression than adults without fibromyalgia (CDC, 2009)

         More than 50% of people with fibromyalgia suffer from constant headaches or migraines (Fibromyalgia, 2008)

         An epidemiology study, conducted with more than 2,500 patients with fibromyalgia over the internet in the form of a survey, revealed that the most common factors that patients perceived as worsening their fibromyalgia symptoms were emotional distress (83%), weather changes (80%), sleeping problems (79%), strenuous activity (70%), mental stress (68%), worrying (60%), car travel (57%), family conflicts (52%), physical injuries (50%) and physical inactivity (50%) (BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2007, 9;8:7.)


         Approximately 50% of people with fibromyalgia have difficulty with or are unable to perform routine daily activities (Health Central, 2009)

         30 to 40% of fibromyalgia patients have to stop working or change jobs (Health Central, 2009)

People with fibromyalgia are hospitalized about once every 3 years (CDC, 2009)

TriVita Chief Science Officer Brazos Minshew and Dr. Joshua Tobin explore fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that affects ~9 million people. What is it, what causes it, and how can you better manage its symptoms, such as pain, brain fog, and irritability?

Dr. Joshua Tobin, M.D. is a general neurologist with a special interest in headache medicine, and is board certified in both. He believes that while drugs can be very helpful, sometimes they don't address underlying causes, which usually require a more holistic approach. He practices at 21st Century Neurology in Phoenix, Arizona

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Secret Killer

TIME Magazine called it “The Secret Killer
...and here’s how to help protect against it

In 2004, TIME Magazine ran an astonishing story about inflammation and its destructive effect on the body’s health.*

In the years following TIME’s story, medical science went on to find even more links between chronic inflammation and highly debilitating conditions, including allergies, chronic aches and pains, IBS and others.

These links were dumbfounding: so many different conditions can all stem from just one problem – chronic inflammation.

And the type of chronic inflammation that is being studied is not just that “sore, swollen muscle and joint” kind that so many naturally think of. It also includes the deeper, internal types of inflamed tissues affecting vital body systems, such as:
  • Chronic cardiovascular inflammation in the heart and arteries
  • Chronic pulmonary inflammation in lungs and airways
  • Chronic digestive inflammation in the stomach, esophagus and intestines
  • Chronic inflammation in the other major organs (liver, kidneys, etc.) and glands
  • Chronic widespread body cell inflammation existing throughout the body
All of these different types of chronic inflammation can lead to many different kinds of severe health problems, such as:
  • Ongoing, never ending pain in parts of the body
  • Allergies and asthmatic reactions
  • High blood pressure and deteriorating heart and blood vessel health
  • Ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Constant, overall tiredness and lethargy
Normal inflammation is good

Whenever your body is subject to threatening elements or events, it may counter these attacks with one of its defense mechanisms – inflammation. This is normal.

The threats that could trigger the body’s inflammatory response could be little things, such as an injury like a pulled muscle. Or, the threat could be a bacterial intrusion. Stressful feelings and events can also trigger inflammation to flare up in any number of your body’s tissues. And, nutritionally deficient diets can lead to inflammatory flare-ups.

Finally, one of the biggest causes of inflammation could be today’s world, which relentlessly exposes your body to an overwhelming flood of micro-sized dangers, such as toxins, pollutants, bacteria, viruses and chemicals from ... the air you breathe ... the water you drink ... the foods you eat ... and even the things you touch.

But chronic inflammation is very bad

Due to all of the causes of inflammation, it’s highly likely that right now, as you read this, your body has many sites that are inflamed. This isn’t the problem, though. The problem is all of the sites in your body where, for a variety of reasons, your inflammation isn’t being turned off. Instead, the inflammation just keeps going and going. This is chronic inflammation.

There are several factors that can keep your body from turning off its inflammation response, but three factors are especially prevalent:
  • Chronic Stress – it keeps your body constantly “revved up,” wasting nutrient stores and impairing its ability to stop inflammation from becoming chronic
  • Chronic Nutritional Deficiencies – without the right nutrition, on a daily basis, your body may not have the right resources to put a halt to ongoing inflammation
  • Chronic Toxin Overload – in today’s world, your body is constantly fighting off toxins, pollutants and contaminants from so many sources that it simply can be too overwhelmed to stop the never ending, triggered inflammation
You’ll notice that there’s one thing in common with all three of the above factors: Chronic. When these adverse factors are chronic (constant), it greatly increases the chance that your body’s inflammation will be chronic, too. And it’s exactly this type of inflammation – the chronic kind – that the TIME Magazine story warned about because it can be so damaging to your health.

Some common examples of how you could be suffering from various kinds of chronic inflammation and their related health problems include:
  • Muscle, joint and bone inflammation – causing ongoing body pain
  • Respiratory inflammation – causing allergies and breathing difficulties
  • Arterial inflammation – causing heart health problems
  • Digestive tract inflammation – causing ulcers and IBS
  • Widespread body cell inflammation – causing overall fatigue.
(Read more: Full Story on Inflammation)

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Natural Pain Relief Revealed

by Keith Henry

The Title Natural Pain Relief Revealed may sound almost hostile to the subject of pain relief based on natural remedies. In fact, the real truth about natural pain relief is like a breath of fresh air. Because of numerous personal horror stories, along with the heroic efforts of natural healers to educate the populace at large; it has become well known that pain medications like aspirin, Tylenol, Vioxx etc., are dangerous, and should not be looked to as the first choice to relieve pain.

Unlike natural pain relief remedies, NSAIDs which is short for (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen, for example, put people at risk for problems such as gastro- intestinal bleeding as well as liver dysfunction. This is not an issue with natural pain relief remedies.

Understanding Pain:

Do you like pain? Probably not, but is pain a friend or a foe? We feel pain in many different areas of our bodies and identify this pain in such terms as: joint pain, headache, cramps, etc. Though we dislike pain, we should recognize it as a warning sign, a friend of sorts, warning us of problems. Pain is an alarm system informing us of a problem that needs our attention. Do you think of natural remedies as a remedy when experiencing pain? Most people do not think of natural remedies for their pain relief. Sadly many people would not be informed enough to take natural remedies for either severe acute or chronic pain.

Millions of people suffer from some form of debilitating pain and are taking NSAIDs or some other drug for pain relief, totally unaware of the sources available for natural pain relief. Now natural pain relief as opposed to drug pain relief emerges in a clearer light when we understand that, according to the Federal Drug Abuse Network, aspirin, Aleve, and other anti-inflammatory drugs were implicated in the deaths of 16,000 people in the United States in the year 2000.

Pain Relief With Natural Remedies:

We have mentioned some of the drugs used for both acute and chronic pain, but are there really natural substances that can provide natural pain relief, and if so is this natural pain relief comparable to the pain relief received from drug medication?

The answer to both of those questions is YES! There are extremely effective natural pain relief remedies that work just as good or better than drug medications, without the side effects, or the expense.

For instance, millions of people are experiencing relief from arthritis by using a Glucosamine, MSM, CMO, Combination, or some variation thereof. The Glucosamine, a natural substance, works toward natural pain relief over time by actually rebuilding the cartlidge that has worn away in Osteo-Arthritis, that is causing the sensation of pain in the first place. The MSM, which is a natural form of organic sulfur, works towards natural pain relief by relieving inflammation and swelling. It does this by increasing the oxygen supply in the soft tissue, the nerves here is the source of the pain. Finally the CMO is a derivative of the substance of DSMO, (Dimethyl sulfoxide) a natural substance from wood.


DMSO, deserves a little more attention as to its role in natural pain relief. It has an extensive history in natural pain relief. As a matter of fact, some 11,000 articles, worldwide, have been written on DMSO. Moreover, in 125 countries throughout the world doctors consider it a weapon in their arsenal for natural pain relief. They prescribe it for a number of ailments, including pain, inflammation, and interstitial cystitis. DMSO is one of the Superstars of natural pain relief.

So what is the truth about natural pain relief? All things considered, natural pain relief is far superior to drug pain relief. But there were three of the natural pain relief Superstars left out. These are three of the many. Either of these will stop Virtually Any Pain and without the side effects of drugs.

Keith Henry is Director of ,a medical missionary herbalists, and a Naturopatheic Doctor Candidate.
Prior to purchasing anymore drugs for pain, make sure you check out the natural pain relieving remedies of Nopalea and Nerve Formula

Friday, August 12, 2011

Natural Ways To Treat Pain And Inflammation

Is your body suffering the effects of inflammation?

Inflammation can be the cause of multiple health problems and is most easily described as "a fire within". It is the body's protective response to harmful agents such as allergens, different irritants, obesity, poor diet and lifestyle or disease due to bacteria or virus. Think of it as the body's way of removing harmful agents. Inflammation is typically seen on the outside of the body as a red, swollen, hot area (where an injury or bite might have occurred). This redness, swelling and heat is an indication of the body's defenses killing the invaders.

Is your pain sending you a message?

Inside the body inflammation is often experienced as pain. Like a smoke signal, pain is the body's way of telling you have a problem or a "fire within". Examples of inflammation that cause pain include rheumatoid arthritis, injuries, nerve damage, neuropathies or joint problems. Inflammation can also cause pain such as headaches/migraines or digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.

So how do I safely extinguish inflammation and treat pain naturally?

It is an unfortunate fact that people rely heavily on pain medications, often with little relief. Sadly, these drugs can cause side effects which produce a whole range of other problems such as a bleeding gut. So what can you do to decrease your pain and how do you know which natural products really work? Without the time and energy to do extensive research and without trying multiple products to see what works best for you, finding a suitable, good quality, reliable product that actually works, can be difficult. Fortunately trained natural health practitioners, have easy access to this knowledge and can help you sort out what really works. Here are just a few herbs with remarkable healing properties (which have traditionally been used for years), which science has now proven to be effective for pain relief.

* Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is particularly useful in treating arthritic and rheumatic symptoms such as pain and swelling.
* Boswellia is useful for all types of pain and boasts analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic effects. Pain from traumatic injuries and arthritic pain, responds particularly well to boswellia.
* Ginger is a a fabulous herb for arthritis and also heals the gut.
* High dose EPA found in fish oil, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is used for the treatment of not only pain but also the heart, skin and blood pressure.

What dietary changes will help me heal?

The latest research tells us that diet has an enormous impact on inflammation. Your first priority should be to reduce gluten containing foods. Gluten frequently bypasses the tight protective junctions of your small intestine, is reabsorbed back into the blood stream and starts the cascade of inflammation. Also don't forget about reducing other inflammatory foods such as sugary and processed foods, bad fats, colourants and flavourings. Eat more nuts, fish, olive oil and don't forget those fabulous spices.

Pain and inflammation can destroy your quality of life - don't let this happen to you! Safe, scientifically proven natural supplements and an anti-inflammatory diet will help you feel fabulous again.

Visit for more health information as well as in depth food guides and recipes for specific health problems.

Vivienne Savill is a registered nurse and naturopath in Darwin, Australia. She has worked in the health care industry for many years, with much of that time spent working in mainstream health facilities such as hospitals. She now runs a natural health clinic and over the years has helped many people regain true health and feel 100% again.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Different Types Of Skin Disorders In Your World

People all over the world suffer from different skin disorders at some time in life. Skin disorders refer to any kind of problem related to the skin. It can lead to irritation and sometimes is quite painful for the sufferers. There are numerous types of skin disorders an it is quite difficult to list them. Skin disorders have been divided into categories like inflammatory skin disorders, viral skin problems, bacterial skin problems, skin cancer, and fungal infections.

Inflammatory skin disorders are those in which there are lesions and rashes on the skin. This leads to irritation and inflammation of the skin which is quite painful for the sufferer. acne, eczema/Dermatitis, Sebaceous cysts, diaper rash and Psoriasis are some examples of inflammatory skin disorders. People who suffer from Eczema have very red skin with rashes, itching, blisters and swelling. All this symptoms are not necessarily present in all people suffering from it. Children usually suffer from this disorder and it is very painful for them. But the best thing about it is they usually get over this disorder as they grow up. Diaper rash is the rash which babies suffer on their bottom and they range from mild to severe. In case of severe disorders doctors usually prescribe some medication which cures the babies. Sebaceous cysts are blocked gland which turns tender if infected. This is not painful.

Viral skin disorders can cause scarring if not treated on time and they are usually temporary. Viral skin disorder consists of Chicken pox, Herpes simplex virus (Type 1), Herpes simplex virus (Type 2), Measles, Warts etc. A person can suffer from chicken pox during childhood as well as later in life. Chicken pox causes red blisters to pop on the skin accompanied by the urge to scratch them. This virus acquires a very painful form if it recurs later on and it causes water filled blisters to form which take their own time to heal. A person having herpes type 1 gets small, clear, blisters which are full of water and this mostly turns up on the lips. This virus spreads through personal contact with infected person or from sharing cups and such other things. Measles is a highly infectious disease which is accompanied by fever, cough and skin rash.

Bacterial skin disorders include Folliculitis - also called barber's itch and Impetigo. A person suffering from folliculitis has damaged hair follicles which when infected with bacteria can lead to pimples or skin rashes near the infection. One infected area can cause the infection to become widespread. Impetigo is also a very contagious infection normally found in children. It is easy to treat bacterial infections as antibiotics generally cure them.

Fungal infections consist of athlete's foot, Candida and ringworm. Athlete's foot infection is usually found on the hands and the feet in the form of blisters, accompanied with itching and burning. Candida occurs in the genital area and the armpits as it needs warm and moist areas. Ringworm infection shows up as ring shaped rashes on the skin which causes a lot of itching. It can be cured by taking proper medication.

Another skin disorder is skin cancer and it consists of basal cell cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. It is a fact that majority of skin cancers are basal cell cancers where only the upper skin is affected. Squamous cell carcinoma affects the middle layers of the skin and the symptoms are the same as basal cell cancer. Melanoma is a very rare form of cancer but the most deadly. It attacks the cells which produce skin color and spreads very fast.
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