Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.
Prostate cancer is a disease in which the cells of the prostate become abnormal.They start to grow uncontrollably, forming tumors. A tumor is a mass or lump of tissue made of abnormal cells. Tumors may be malignant or benign. A malignant tumor can spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumors are cancerous. Benign tumors cannot spread to other parts of the body.
Prostate cancer falls into the category of a "silent killer" form of cancer, as this form of the disease rarely shows itself till it has spread out with the area of the gland. Once it has done it is much more difficult to treat, and can prove fatal.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer :-
(1) Weak or interrupted flow of urine
(2) Frequent urination, especially at night
(3) Difficulty in starting to urinate
(4) Inability to urinate
(5) Pain or burning sensation during urination
(6) Blood in the urine
(7) Continuous pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs
(8) Painful ejaculation
Risk Factors of Prostate Cancer :-
(1) Smoking:- Smoking puts all people at a greater risk for developing all kinds of cancer.
(2) Age:- Men over the age of 50 are more likely to develop the disease than younger men.
(3) Family History:- If there is a history of prostate cancer in the family, the risk increases.
(4) Diet:- A diet high in animal fat is thought to increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.
(5) insufficient amounts of vitamin D in the diet ; a sedentary lifestyle.
(6) Genetic :-
Prostate problems also tend to run in some families which could suggest part of the cause of some prostate cancers is genetic or hereditary. If your father or brother has prostate cancer your chance of developing it is about double that of the general population. However only a small number of all prostate cancers are caused by a known faulty gene and most occur at random.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease that affects the immune system, causing the body to turn against itself and attack healthy joint tissue. No specific cause has been identified, but it is believed that genetics, environment, hormones and stress levels can all have an impact.
It is diagnosed with a combination of a physical examination of the joints, reflexes, muscle stability and appearance of the skin, a blood test for white blood cell count and an x-ray that will show up any long-term joint damage.
There are actually three stages of RA :-
1. The swelling of the synovial lining of the joints affected. This causes pain and stiffness as well as warmth, redness and swelling around the joint itself.
2. The joint lining (synovium) thickens, caused by the rapid division and growth of cells.
3. These inflamed cells release enzymes that may feed upon cartilage and the actual bone. This is what causes disfigurement, loss of movement and even more pain.
The disease affects most people from middle age, but some children and young adults can face earlier onset (Juvenile Arthritis).
Those who suffer with it experience pain and inflammation in their joints, accompanied by swelling, stiffness, fever and fatigue. If left untreated, it can progress to total dysfunction of the joints. Relief does appear to be close at hand, with a new generation of treatments being trialed today.
One powerful form of treatment is the Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), which reduce pain and decrease inflammation. They can cause side effects such as an upset stomach, peptic ulcers, excessive bleeding and renal failure and a patient cannot drink any alcohol due to the extra strain they can place on the liver. Some examples are Ibuprofen, Ketoprofen and Naproxen.These are also used to treat Ankylosing Spondylitis, Juvenile Arthritis and Psoriasis.
Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are also a common treatment and are known to reduce pain in swollen joints and retard joint damage.
They can take between a few weeks or a few months to work and there are also side effects to consider.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Exercises and Diet:-
Swimming is a conducive exercise for arthritic patients.
Proper exercises can aid in pain relief and improved mobility. The diet usually suggests more consumption of certain vegetables while gluten intake is reduced.
Fish is also an essential element in a rheumatoid arthritis diet. Fish oil supplements can augment in providing nutrient needs.
Some vegetable foods to be avoided are green pepper, tomatoes and eggplants. In a diet for rheumatoid arthritis, nutrient elements from foods boost bone and joint health. At the same time, arthritic symptoms are reduced.
The diet should also include minerals like calcium and iron, and Vitamins like B and C. Also, the body weight should be always under control.
This is because a person having rheumatoid arthritis may turn anemic, lose bone density, develop a fever, and develop other symptoms that body cannot withstand with the pain and stiffness.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Detoxification is a process which involves removing toxic substances from the body.
Detoxification is one of the main functions of the liver, kidneys, and lower gastrointestinal tract.Detox can also be done through the use of dialysis, chelation therapy, and other alternative methods.
There are several different types of detoxification.
1. Metabolic Detox - Our metabolism can produce substances which can be harmful. Enzymes are important in metabolic detoxification.
2. Drug Detox - Drug detoxification is used in reducing symptoms caused from withdraw. Drug detoxification is used to help addicts become drug free.
3. Alcohol Detox - Alcohol detoxification is used to bring a heavy drinker's system back to normal. Withdrawal from a long-term abuse of alcohol without medical management can cause serious health problems and can even be fatal.
4. Diet Detox - Specific diets can accumulate harmful toxins that should be removed.
5. Alternative Medicine - Certain alternative medicine treatments claim to use electrical, electromagnetic, and herbal methods for removing toxins from the body.
Foods to Eat While Detoxifying:-
(1) Fruits! Whether they are fresh, frozen, dried or in natural syrup they will pump goodness into your body.
(2) Green Vegetables. Especially Broccoli, sprouts and spinach. Fresh or frozen put them in everything; salads, pasta dishes or just as a snack.
(3) Garlic. Throughout the years garlic has been purifying bodies. Add it to all your dinner dishes just make sure you have some chewing gum to cover up the smell!
(4) Lemons. These help transform toxins into water based soluble, making them easier for the body to get rid of.
(5) Water. Keeps the body hydrated and helps flush everything out.
(6) Beans. These are a great source of protein and energy.
(7) Nuts and Seeds. Try to stick to unsalted.
Benefits of Detoxification:-
Detoxing can do wonders for the way you look. The buildup of toxic compounds in our bodies not only wears out our elimination organs and brings down our energy level, but irritates the skin too.
Body detoxification is also used to relieve sluggishness, poor bowel movement, fluid retention, compromised digestion, insomnia, depression, candida, parasite infection, mental stress, flatulence, caffeine addiction, frequent flu, allergies, eye bags and menstrual difficulties.
Boost in immunity system.
By releasing the toxins out of the body, the immune system is strengthened. It provides better protection against unwanted diseases.
Improvements in digestive system.
A detox can reboot the digestive system. It flushes out blockage and problems with the colon to make the absorption of nutrients more efficient. It also changes the pH level of the stomach preventing acidity and possibly ulcers.
Enhances emotional well being :-
Toxins often creates hormone imbalance that causes changes in emotions. Mood swings and depressions are symptoms of high accumulation of toxins in the body.
Improvement in energy level.
The decrease in energy level can be attributed to the presence of toxins in the body. It is not uncommon to feel fatigue when the toxins in your body are high.
Relief on other symptoms such as headaches.
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