Multiple Sclerosis

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Have you ever heard of MS?

Well, today I am going to give you some information on this autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune diseases are diseases that attack the body and damage the tissues. There are so many autoimmune diseases.

With multiple sclerosis, the body attacks the nerves. This will cause you to feel dizzy, numbness, tingling, and have muscle spasms. You might also experience vision problems, imbalance, loss of muscle control which will also affect the bowel and bladder continence and you could also have slurred speech.

No one really knows the exact cause of this disease, though it might be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Oh and it is not contagious!

The treatment that can be given for this disease will not cure it, though there are experimental treatments that are still in the trial stages, it will only help with the symptoms and relieve the discomforts of the disease.

The treatments might include medication, homeopathic or natural treatment. Physical therapy will also alleviate some of the pain or strengthen the muscles. Helping aids will be needed in the future, as these will promote a close to normal lifestyle.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned at the beginning of my article, there is no known cure.

Who is at risk for MS? Having relatives with MS will increase your risk of developing MS and if you have diabetes type 1, thyroid disease or inflammatory bowel disease you are at a high risk. But if you are experiencing any of the symptoms, you should not think you have MS, go to the doctor and let him diagnose you correctly.

But don’t let that stop you if you are suffering from MS, try your best to do what you can and stay positive (this is hard to do but it can happen).

 

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Tissue Salt no. 5

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It’s time for our next tissue salt…Kali mur. – Kalium Muriaticum

This tissue salt is a decongestant, a second stage inflammation reduce and a waste eliminator.

I need to add that I always used this when I got a cold and my nose and sinuses became very congested. It worked like a bomb. It’s more effective than pharmaceutical decongestants and without the side affects.

When you have the flu, your nose is all congested and there is a thick mucus discharge, your throat is sore, your eyes are having a discharge, your tonsils are swollen with pustules or you are experiencing crackling noises in the ears then Kali Mur is for you.

If you are experiencing heartburn, burping, take 2 tablets 3 to 4 times a day.

Kali mur. aids the skeletal system and the joints in numerous ways. If you are experiencing backache, shoulder pains, stiffness and arthritis pains take Kali mur. to sooth the pain.

Information taken from:
Tissue Salts for healthy living by Margaret Roberts
https://allisone.co.za

Fun with Farting!!!

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I thought I would write a blog on something lighthearted today. We all fart, pass wind or have flatulence and it’s considered impolite to speak about farting, farts, and smells in public. It is also considered rude to fart in public, whether it’s loud, soft, smelly or odourless. Not to mention, it’s embarrassing to do it in public.

Today, I say it’s cool to speak about them. Let’s go and have a look at the benefits of farting, the dangers of holding it and so much more.

Okay let’s start with my saying that we all fart. All day to be exact. About 18 times a day to be more accurate. Not only the aged fart, younger people are also guilty of letting a little wind out here and there.

The components of farts:

According to thefartfacts.com,

  • 9% nitrogen
  • 21% hydrogen
  • 9% carbon dioxide
  • 7% methane
  • 4% oxygen
  • 1% hydrogen sulfide (this is what makes it smell)

It is true that smelling your farts can have health benefits for us. Gross, right?

The methane smell can help to reduce life altering diseases. The most important one is the dreaded DEMENTIA. The hydrogen sulfide can change the enzymes’ function in the diease.

And new recent studies by Exeter University in England explain that farts help prevent mitochondrial damage. This will help prevent the risk of strokes, heart disease, and arthritis from happening.

Foods that contain sulfur make our farts smelly, and some intestinal bacteria can add an odour to our farts.

Here is a list of foods that our bodies can’t properly digest, which causes us to become windy:

  • Beans and lentils
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and onions
  • Whole-grain foods such as cereals, breads, and crackers
  • Sugars found in fruit and juices, but also in processed foods containing high-fructose corn syrup
  • Sugars and some artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks and foods. Sorbitol is super gassy and is found in both.

Lactose intolerant people will also get windy when they intake dairy products.

 

The benefits of farting:

  • Farting helps the body to get rid of digested foods that the body can’t use.
  • Farting helps with the awful bloating we get on occasion.
  • Farts can be a warn sign that you are eating something that your stomach can’t fully or properly digest.
  • Fart holding can injure your colon. It may cause your colon to burst if you suffer with colon obstruction. Don’t worry, it is such a rare injury.
  • Farts provide the obvious – relief.

If you feel that you fart, pass wind and toot way more than 18 times in the day, there is a simply solution. All you have to do is adjust your diet, reduce the use of many spices, and stay away from foods that you may have allergies to.

Now I am at the end of my smelly subject.

I obtained all my information from various reliable sources and experiences.

 

 

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DVT (part 2)

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a common leg vein problem in the elderly. It can become very serious if left untreated.

So what is DVT?

Well it is the formation of a blood clot deep in the lower leg veins – it can also occur in the thighs, but it is not so common. The clot is not dangerous on it’s own, it just blocks the blood flow from returning from the legs to the heart. It causes a lot of symptoms which can be easily treated.

But the serious danger happens when the clot dislodges and travels through the blood stream to the lungs and heart.

What is the cause of DVT?

As the elderly are slower and less active, they are at a higher risk of getting DVT. But it is not limited to the elderly, all ages can be affected by DVT. Here are some of the causes of DVT:

  • Due to age, the heart isn’t able to pump blood forcefully enough thus causing slow movement or stationary blood in the veins.
  • With age the vein walls become thick and brittle, this is also a cause for DVT.
  • And lastly there is a problem with the activation of clotting factors (chemicals) in the bloodstream to trigger clot formation.
  • If you have recently had a major surgery.
  • Overweight and obese people are at a risk.
  • Smokers are also at a risk.

DVT symptoms:

  • Swelling of the leg or sometimes even both legs.
  • Cramping leg pain in the leg – might only happen during standing or walking.
  • Redness or discoloration of the skin in the affected area.
  • Warmth of the skin usually over where the clot is located in the leg.

How to reduce the risk of DVT?

  • Lose weight if you can.
  • Eat healthily.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • If you are travelling long distances, take a break to stretch your legs. If that is not an option, then you need to get compression socks which can be bought at a pharmacy.
  • Elevate your legs if you are going to be sitting for a long period.
  • A doctor might prescribe a blood thinner if you are prone to blood clots.

DON’T massage the affected leg, it will cause the blood clot to dislodge!!

 

UTI’s

I would like to start this article by explaining the term – UTI. You most probably have heard the doctor or nurse saying “UTI” in passing or when you complain of discomfort during urination. It is nothing to panic about, yes it can be serious, but it is an abbreviated term for Urinary Tract Infection. It is a medical jargon term.

Another thing before I officially start on my topic, I have stated all the facts from numerous reliable sources and from my own personal experience and work experiences. If you are offended, please just scroll past.

Thank you for reading my blogs.

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Right…

What is an UTI?

  • It is a bladder infection and it occurs when the bacteria – escherichia coli – enters the bladder.

How do I know I have an UTI?

  • pain or burning when urinating
  • cloudy or bloody urine
  • urinating more often than usual, which is called frequency
  • foul-smelling urine
  • a frequent sensation of having to urinate
  • cramping in the lower abdomen or lower back

This said…Don’t ever hesitate to go to the doctor!!! You might think it is just a little problem, which might be the case, but it ends up becoming a huge complicated problem if it is left untreated.

How do I get UTI’s and how do I treat it?

Women are more susceptible to UTI’s. UTI’s may be caused by numerous reasons:

  • How you wipe when you use the toilet is very important. Always wipe front to back, this reduces the risk of faecal matter entering the urethra.
  • Poor hygiene may be a cause. Reduce the use of scented soaps and use soap or wash specially formulated for that area.
  • Cotton underwear is a healthier option rather avoid nylon underwear. Nylon encourages sweating.
  • When the urge hits, go to the toilet. Avoid holding it in. A full bladder is not healthy and it also causes other problems in the long run ( I will do a blog on that subject). And wipe front to back!
  • Drinking more water is better. Water helps the body to flush out impurities and waste products from the body. There has been a lot of debate on how much water a person should drink daily, it can range from 1 litre to 2 litres a day. I am not going to tell you what you should do, use your discretion.
  •  UTI’s may also be caused by frequent sexual intercourse. It is recommend that urination directly after sexual intercourse will reduce the risk of a bladder infection.
  • Long term indwelling catheters increase the risk of an UTI. It is important to do catheter care regularly and correctly to reduce the risk.
  • A narrowed urethra can also be a cause.
  • Enlarge prostate glands can cause bladder infections in men.
  • Diabetes may be a factor in bladder infections in some people.
  • Kidney stones can also cause UTI’s. It is painful to urinate and a person tends to hold the urine in longer than it is healthy to.

One can use precautionary measures to avoid UTI’s but it won’t avoid them altogether. Cranberry juice is one idea. Reducing your sugar intake is another precautionary measure. Also maintaining a healthy body hygiene is important.

Dry Eye Syndrome

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If you have dry eye syndrome it means that  you have insufficient tear lubrication. This can be caused by the decreased quality of your tears or decreased tear production quantity.

If you have dry eye, you will experience persistent dryness, scratchiness and/or a gritty and burning sensation in that particular eye. There might also be redness present.

 

There are many dry eye syndrome causes and these causes can be narrowed down to 4 main categories:

  1. Physical environment: A person’s eyes tend to dry out quicker and easier in dry, dusty, hot or windy climates. Air conditioning and indoor heating may also cause dry eye in a person. Avoid working long time periods on computers, reading and writing if you are susceptible to getting dry eye. This may aggravate the eye and it can cause dry eye to flair up or it can cause you to acquire dry eye.
  2. Age and Gender: As we get older (50+) our tear production diminishes. It is more common amongst menopausal women to get dry eye. The use of hormonal replacement may also effect the dry eye syndrome.
  3. Medical conditions: Contact dermatitis, diabetes, thyroid disorders, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, bell’s palsy and ocular rosacea. Medications may also have an effect on the eye: antidepressants, retinoids and antihypertensives.
  4. Contact lenses: Continual use of contact lenses and use for long periods may cause dry eye syndrome.

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Medical Equipment and Supplies

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Hello all

I love second-hand stores, you can get so much things for a lot less than buying it new. And why buy new when you can get a larger variety of things and at almost the same quality second-hand?

One thing that really breaks my heart and that is when I go into a second-hand store and see medical equipment and supplies being sold at almost a 1/3rd of the new price and it’s still in good condition. I can’t go buying wheelchairs and such just because I see the cheap prices.

My Father gave me an excellent idea, well he talking about it, and it made me want to start a business where I sell good working order equipment and supplies to those who aren’t able to buy brand new. Medical equipment is so expensive and I think it is ridiculous, no one buys medical supplies and equipment for the fun of it, it is a necessity.

I would love to start this business! Anyone with me?