Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Optimizing a Healthy Lifestyle

The term "Hernia" draws origin from the Greek latin word which means "tear" or "rupture". Anatomically it refers to any abnormal protrusion of the abdominal contents.

A "Hiatal Hernia" therefore refers to the abnormal protrusion of the Gastrointestinal Tract through the opening (hiatus) within the diaphragm.

There are two main types of hiatal hernias: sliding hiatal hernias, and paraesophageal hiatal hernias.

Sliding hiatal hernias form when the stomach and the adjoining oesophagus slide up into the chest cavity through the diaphragm. It is more common.

Paraoesophgeal hernias are less common and it occurs when a portion of the stomach squeezes past the diaphragm and is lodged and strangulated in place beside the oesophagus. Such hernias can be asymptomatic but dangerous because the portion of stomach that is strangulated above the diaphragm will have a compromised blood supply.

In most cases, hiatal hernias are asymptomatic but sometimes patients might experience heartburn or reflux. While the two conditions appear to be linked, they do not independently cause the development of the other.

In some cases of heartburn, patients might experience chest pain instead and this can be confused with chest pain caused by cardiac issues.


Often, the cause remains unknown. However, any condition predisposing to an increased pressure within the abdomen such as pregnancy, obesity, coughing or straining during bowel movements, and/or congenital situations such as a larger hiatal opening will predispose a person to developing one.

Population at risk for developing Hiatal Hernias

There's a predisposition for women, overweight individuals, and patients above fifty years of age to develop this condition.


A hiatal hernia can be diagnosed with a specialized X-ray called a barium swallow that allows a doctor to see the esophagus or with endoscopy. The procedure involves the patient swallowing a radio-opaque liquid and having X-Rays of the chest and abdomen taken while in the erect posture. The radio-opaque liquid will outline the stomach lining and oesophagus, thereby demonstrating the presence/absence of the condition.


If asymptomatic, no treatments are necessary. However, should the stomach become strangulated and there is a risk of vascular compromise to the stomach, surgery is usually needed to rectify the problem. Other associated symptoms such as reflux disease, heartburn and chest discomfort should be treated accordingly.

When is Hiatal Hernia surgery necessary?

Surgery is indicated when the hernia becomes strangulated and the blood supply becomes compromised. Surgical intervention for hiatal hernias is often performed laparoscopically (ie keyhole surgery) and is a day procedure. A camera and surgical tools are inserted via keyhole incisions into the abdomen and the surgeon will manipulate the surgical tools to reduce the hernia and possibly tighten the diaphragmatic hiatus. The procedure is usually done as a day procedure, involves smaller incisions, and has less pain and scarring compared to open surgery.

Most patients will be able to ambulate and walk around the next day. There are no dietary restrictions post surgery and patients resume regular activities after a week or so. Complete recovery will take up to a month and the patient should avoid hard labour and heavy lifting.

When Should I Call the Doctor About a Hiatal Hernia?

Speak with your doctor if you are symptomatic. It is difficult to diagnose and symptoms include chest pain, recurrent nausea and vomiting, poor bowel movements and non-specific symptoms like a funny sensation in the middle of the chest.

More and more parents are now considering cord blood banking for the simple reason that it has the potential to treat many diseases and conditions even after decades of birth. And not only the child, one cord blood unit can secure entire family's future and how! We all know that the umbilical cord ties a mother with her child during birth. However, new studies and researches have shown that fetal cells travel through placenta and often rest in various body parts of the mother.

Arizona State University's Department of Psychology researcher, Amy Boddy said, "Fetal cells can act as stem cells and develop into epithelial cells, specialized heart cells, liver cells and so forth... they are very dynamic and play a huge role in the maternal body."

The presence of the cells of the fetus in mother's tissue is known as fetal microchimerism. Microchimerism, the phrase originated from the Greek mythological term, chimeras that mean creatures created from various parts of different animals. So as the original phrase suggests, microchimerism means the process in which women get cells from different contributors, such as their parents, siblings and children. These cells have the potential to benefit the health of the mother or undermine her condition after years of birth.

Fetal cells that a mother acquires during birth can remain in the maternal tissue after decades of birth. Sometimes, these cells benefit the mother by protecting her from diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. However, in some cases, it's also seen that these cells cause harmful effects in the mother. But no matter what the effects are, it's clear that these cells have a long-lasting impact on women.

It's worth a mention that fetal cells play an important role in a specific organ, female breasts. Apart from the fact that fetal cells actively participate in lactation after birth, it's also seen that poor lactation might be a result of lower count of the these cells in breasts. In case of breast cancer as well, studies suggest that fetal cells largely influence the condition. It's seen that the women with breast cancer carry fewer cells in their breast tissue. However, there are some researches as well that would suggest that these cells might increase the chance of breast cancer immediately after pregnancy.

Apart from that, fetal cells have a wide impact on the emotional and physical state of a mother. It may range from depression to morning sickness. This is the reason that these fetal cells could be used in therapies in the future to address issues like poor lactation, wounds, tumor and various psychological disorders during pregnancy in women. Athena Aktipis, a fellow ASU researcher said, "If future research bears out the predictions of this framework, it could transform the way we approach, treat and prevent a variety of diseases that affect women, especially new mothers."

Stem cells that have the ability to cure many diseases can regenerate new cells. Fetal cells, like stem cells, have the potential to protect maternal tissues from many diseases and conditions. Both of them leave a long-lasting impact after a baby is born. No wonder, more and more researches are now focusing on fetal cells.CIRM's Governing Board recently approved $15 million for four projects in translational awards program, which promises to offer support to invent novel stem cells transplants that can be applied to patients during clinical trials. Wondering what "translational" might mean in studies, involving stem cells? "Translational" implies to researches that take the basic results of a clinical study and then advance them in a way that they become ready to be tested in patients in various clinical trials.

The fund for translating stem cell studies into effective therapies is divided into four researches. They are:

· Alzheimer's disease

· Sickle cell anemia

· Cartilage damage

· Osteonecrosis

Treating Alzheimer's disease: Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco received $5.9 million from the fund to find out a way to treat Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease has no long-term treatment or no known cure and it affects five million Americans.

In the process, the researchers are looking at generating brain cells by applying pluripotent stem cells in an induced form. Pluripotent stem cells or iPSCs are the adult cells that can be reprogrammed to give them the ability to modify into any other cell type.

Treating patients with sickle cell anemia: The second project involves patients suffering from sickle cell anemia. A fund of $4.5 million is approved to the researchers at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) for the trial.

Sickle cell anemia is a genetic blood disorder. It involves severe pain and can even lead to organ damage and stroke. The disease has affected over 100,000 people in the US. Currently, the most effective and long-term treatment for this disease involves bone marrow transplant. However, the procedure requires a suitably matched donor, which may take months. Even though a donor is found, the surgery may still leave a life risk.

Researchers found out that the patient's own blood stem cells can eliminate the complications and at the same time address the condition. To implement the technique, a new gene-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9 is used by the CHORI team. This technique helps to develop a way to edit the defective gene causing sickle cell and transform it into a healthy blood supply for the affected people.

Treating medically untreated cartilage damage: The third portion of the fund went to the University of Southern California (USC). The researchers of USC have been granted with $2.5 million, so that they can develop a full-proof technique to treat cartilage damage with stem cell transplant.

Cartilage damage might not be life-threatening, but it affects the lifestyle of millions of people to a great extent. And if remain untreated for a long time, it might result in severe conditions such as chronic pain, degeneration of joints and even arthritis.

Treating Osteonecrosis: The fourth part of the fund, $2.09 million, went to Ankasa Regenerative Therapeutics for a project, involving osteonecrosis. Regenerative Therapeutics researchers hope to discover a solution to the painful disease, which is caused due to inadequate blood flow to the bones. And as the result, the bones begin to rot and then die.

So many social media friends photograph a special piece of cake, steak and chips, a sundae, cake with ice cream, or pizza that they are eating out. Nobody criticizes their choice of food. But when I photograph a very special juice that I am enjoying, I often get the Food Police onto me.

I used to Reiki my food and give it a blessing. When I was little, I sometimes used to pray over my food. Now I made the few mistakes of photographing it and sharing it with my social media friends instead. And why the double standards that my friends show? Why do they "Like" pictures of cake, sundaes drizzling with sugary syrup, French Fries that almost fill a large plate, but when it comes to a litre of water mixed with half a tiny beetroot, one kiwi fruit,, quarter of a cucumber, a thin slice of ginger, and a sprig of mint, why oh why do they jump on me with both feet, saying I'm having too much sugar?! What about their cakes, why are they OK and not my small indulgence as part of my meal? I don't like cake much, I cannot stand the texture of sundaes, and I would only eat vanilla ice cream if you paid me a lot of money, I just can't stand the taste, why attack me for my own luxury food?

What about their French Fries cooked in rancid oil, full of both carbohydrates and horrid fatty greasy oil? I never would dream of criticizing their choices. Why do they feel they have to criticize mine, and so very harshly? I actually had to take time out for two hours and give myself healing with Reiki and EFT, until I stopped shaking and crying. Then I carried on till I reached a point of calm. Then I got an insight.

This is how I think it goes. People view fruit and vegetables as healthy and cakes and chips as unhealthy. They also view me as a healthy eater (I try but it is not something I rigidly stick to by any means). So, when someone posts about something perceived to be healthy, such as fruit or vegetables, then exactly how healthy that is becomes the subject of scrutiny that people feel entitled to do. If I had posted a picture of a cake, I bet nobody would say "that's fattening". But if I say my drink has one tiny slice of beetroot or apple in it, I am immediately given a lecture about their sugar content. In other words, if you eat fruit and vegetables in a public place such as social media, you will be scrutinized and attacked.

There was a big push to go with electronic medical records. Our government placed deadlines on doctors and hospitals as to when this must be in place. They even offered incentive money to get this done. It all sounded good, doctors and hospitals would be able to see your medical records, with this information they would be able to treat your condition better.

Well like most things that the government forces upon us, no matter how well intentioned, it was not thought out very well. I will use myself as an example, over the past few years I have gone to a few doctors and to some hospitals for different tests. During the check in or check out process I was asked if I want to get login information to view my records. On all occasions I said yes. I then logged in, created an account and sure enough my records for that visit were there. One thing that I did notice, the medical record history was not correct, it needed to get corrected and cleaned up.

The problem is that it seemed that every doctor and hospital had different medical software. So I have about three or four different logins to different medical portals. Yes, I was able to see my information from that particular medical provider, but NO they were not connected. So if I logged into doctor A I could see those records, but I could see no records from doctor B.

So the failure, as it now stands, is the ability of the different medical software's to communicate with each other. While most medical providers are using electronic medical records it appears that nothing much has changed, except the change from paper to electronic records. Going to electronic records could be the beginning of a good thing. It would facilitate integrating all of the different medical software latter. The government should go back and set a date that all medical software should be integrated, then back off and let business take care of it.

I recently got labs done before a doctor's appointment, I went online and looked at the results. When I went to see me doctor I was better able to ask questions. This is the way medical care should be, a collaboration between you and your medical provider. So there are many good things about electronic medical records it just needs to be fully integrated to work properly.

George Uliano is a security professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Company Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the correct security at an affordable price. Many people are interested in the healthy benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). ACV is vinegar made from cider or apple must. The unpasteurized or organic ACV contains "The Mother" of vinegar, which is what you want to look for. "The Mother" sediments are strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria. We recommend Bragg Organic ACV with The 'Mother.' Here are some of the major health benefits of ACV:

ACV assists in killing many types of bacteria. It is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-septic and kills 98% of all germs. It has even been shown to kill cancer cells in recent studies.

All the while killing off bacteria as it moves through the body it also promotes weight loss by making you feel full. It's even used by helping the body flush out more fats and giving a person's metabolism the boost it needs.

Adding to this boost, it will detoxify the body. It is full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes in its raw form. Raw ACV is what is recommended for all detox and cleansing. "The Mother" is the sediment left over from the fermentation process and the meat of the apples. This is why it is so effective in detoxifying your body.

It also lowers blood sugar levels and helps to fight diabetes. Certain diabetic medications are designed to block the digestion of sugars and starches. By blocking the digestion of these compounds, medications can effectively prevent blood sugar spikes, and can therefore help to regulate healthy blood sugar levels.

ACV may have the ability as some medications. It contains acetic acid which inhibits the activity of several digesting enzymes, including amylase, sucrose, maltase, and lactase. As a result, when vinegar is present in the intestines, some sugars and starches temporarily pass through without being digested, so they have less of an impact on blood sugar.

ACV helps lower blood pressure and reduces your risk of heart disease. When you use it for a high blood pressure remedy, you are most likely giving your entire body a boost, not just treating your blood pressure issues. It aids in better circulation and lowering pressure against the arterial walls by breaking down fat and phlegm deposits in the body. ACV releases free radicals that wreak havoc on your body on a daily basis.

There are many ways in which you can add ACV into your diet. It is recommended that you drink a small amount diluted with water before each meal, 3 times a day. 1-2 teaspoons, depending on what you can handle mixed with lemon and/or raw local honey helps with the taste. Or, you can add 1-2 tablespoons to equal parts water mixed with lemon and raw honey once a day. Some studies show that it also helps if a diabetic takes it before bedtime. You can also add it to your salad, raw veggies or any meals instead of drinking. ACV is acidic so don't forget to take care of your teeth! Rinse or brush after taking the ACV to help protect your enamel.
The human body is a highly evolved biological machine. Lifestyle plays a big role in optimizing your general health. It's in your best interest to adopt a healthy one. I know it's not easy to develop one; but, doing so can definitely do wonders to your body for the long haul. But, wouldn't it be nice to be able to do walking, swimming, running and biking, even in your twilight years?

Consider how you think, eat, train, recuperate, plan, focus and more. It goes without saying that these core essentials of lifestyle alone could stand a level-up in each of our lives as persons, parents, professionals who may also be into the military, sports, creative pursuits on top of "life" itself.

In life, knowing that energy is everything and everything depends on this vital energy is essential. The thing is, the energy we're talking about most of us have taken for granted for far too long because you can't see it or touch it.

Nonetheless, you experience this, your primary source of energy, every minute of every day, and while you know when it's depleted you often won't know how depleted until you hit the wall-an athletic term to describe depleted energy. It's your battery power, your body is the battery, and it's easy to misinterpret how much power you have unless you are informed and skilled. It's because we're living with an underlying personal energy deficit that compromises human function and therefore your lifestyle which reinforces the vicious cycle.

If you think that energy is merely the result of what you eat and drink or how you think (psychology) and that you go to sleep merely because it's dark, everyone else is doing it and your tired (but don't know why), chances are you are living in a chronic state of energy deficit because you don't value sleep enough or understand the profound impact it's having on your life or the lack thereof.

The food you take in can either heal or harm. You make that choice every day by what you put on your mouth. Most of the food consumed by humans has been carbohydrates. In fact, plant foods are comprised mostly of carbohydrates: vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices. These foods contain slowly released sources of sugar that prevent surges of blood sugar and insulin.

Too much insulin causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, and even dementia. Carbohydrates contain almost all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to operate normally and optimally. They also contain fiber, which helps normalize our digestive function and slows the absorption of sugar and fats into the body, keeping us balanced. The bonuses in plant foods are phytonutrients, a colorful healing compounds made by plants to protect themselves, but that also protect us against aging, obesity, brain damage, and more.

Success breeds success. This is true if you optimize your lifestyle by tending your meals to reflect a troubled time of day when you're pressed for time and squeezed for energy, and you come up with a solution, all of your mealtimes will transform.

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