Good Eggs: New fertility test says it can measure how many high-quality eggs you have left

by Jessica Ashley

A new test is in town, and it might just give women information about their fertility they never expected to find: Exactly how many “good eggs” they have left.  Even if it could predict how many high-quality eggs we have and how that affects our chances of getting pregnant, is that information we want to know?

Plan Ahead, the first test of its kind to test and predict a woman’s “ovarian reserve,” will be available in fertility clinics in eleven states in the next few weeks. Marketed by Repromedix, it will be available for $350 to women who want a higher-tech insight into family planning than has previously been available.

How does this thing work anyway?
Plan Ahead’s calculations are based on tracking three hormonal tests:

* inhibin B, a protein derived from egg follicles
* anti-mullerian hormone, generated by the cells that surround eggs that have not yet matured
* follicle stimulating hormone, which prompts development of the eggs

These hormone levels are combined with the woman’s age and estrogen levels to create a formula for her fertility. Or at least conceive a score for how many eggs are viable for reproduction.

Do they really count the eggs?
The hormonal tests that Plan Ahead depends upon to derive this score aren’t new to the market, and some experts are concerned about the use and analysis of the anti-mullerian hormone since the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved it for commercial distribution. Adding fuel to this fertility testing fire is the lack of published data by marketing company Repromedix. Although Repromedix conducted a study of 200 women’s ovarian reserves, the results have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Some doctors say the test should be clinically established before the idea — or Plan Ahead itself — is sold to women. Although clinical data and FDA clearance isn’t being made available by Repromedix at this point, the company is making a very important point about what the test can’t do: It can’t predict whether or not a woman is fertile or how quickly she will get pregnant. It also cannot determine the rate of deterioration of the viable eggs she does have.

Simply put, it all comes down to the count. All the math and blood tests and money and technology tells a woman one thing: If she’s at risk of having a low supply of “good eggs.”

Why is this count so controversial?
At Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, the chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Dr. Ralph Krazer told the Chicago Tribune that he thinks Plan Ahead’s being offered to women prematurely “[g]iven the state of the science.”

In New York, Dr. Zev Rosenwaks took his concerns a step further. As the director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, he questioned Plan Ahead’s value for patients worrying that results could generate false reassurance or panic among women who are tested.

While the science here is fascinating — just think, a mathematical formula that is essentially a peek into the amazing and previously far more mysterious underworld of our ovaries — as a woman, a mother, a person who wants to parent again in the future, I think Plan Ahead carries as many (if not more) anxieties than those other pregnancy-related tests.

Do we need to stress over another plus or minus sign?
I can’t imagine a woman or couple who haven’t been overwhelmed by pounding hearts while waiting for a plus or minus sign to appear on a pregnancy test. And if you’ve been through an amnio, age-related risk assesments, ultrasound and genetic “abnormality” tests, you’re familiar with the worry they produce over issues you never considered when you chose to become a parent. While I’ve been fortunate to be more fertile than I expected that one night after several pitchers of microbrews and mood lighting, I’ve known too many women who’ve experienced the emotional roller coaster of infertility drugs and treatments, hormones and panic in an effort to become pregnant. Sure, the science is incredible and has aided, inspired, guided and gifted many people with pregnancies, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come free or even cheap.

The cost here, I am concerned, is the opportunity for more anxiety to creep into a woman’s biology. While Plan Ahead is geared, the manufacturer says, toward women in their mid-to-late 30s who have already experienced difficulty conceiving and want to test their ovum and themselves to see if they should pursue in vitro treatment, I imagine many more women in that will have their blood drawn for the cause.

Oh yeah. There are plenty of questions. A lifetime of ’em for a lifetime of ovum.
A girl child is born with a lifetime supply of eggs and once she starts menstruating, the eggs are released, with a sharp decline as she moves through her 30s. This basic biology is not new to us, but the cultural move to later motherhood is relatively recent. So how does a test that measures that egg supply factor in?

Will women make different maternal choices if they know they’re lacking lots of high-quality eggs?

Will the question of how many “good eggs” a woman has follow whether she’s got a clean bill of health, is STD-free and even wants children at all?

Will women who’ve chosen to put a college, a career, travel, themselves first in their 20s suddenly feel the necessity to put that all aside if there’s a chance their eggs may not outlast their other ambitions?

As family planning takes this turn, is the science formulating the potential for anxiety more tests could produce for people who want to become parents, if not now then maybe, possibly one day on down the road?

While we’re busy counting “good eggs,” are we also accounting for the emotional responses to Plan Ahead just being available?

What’s your response to Plan Ahead?: Would you take this fertility test if it was available in your city?

Know the Facts About Infantigo

Before I get into some of the facts about Infantigo which can also called Impetigo, I want to first talk about the biggest organ on our bodies, and that is our skin. Believe it or not, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I became aware that our skin was even considered to be an organ.

And out of all the organs in our bodies, our skin could be considered as being the most important. I know you’re probably thinking about our heart, brain, liver, kidneys and stomach, but think about it. It’s our skin that hold all these things together, so in my book that makes it more important.

Our Skin Is Made Up Of Three Different Layers

  • The outside layer is the epidermis.
  • The next layer is the dermis, and this contains all our nerve endings, blood vessels, oil glands and sweat glands. It also contains elastin and collagen.
  • The third layer is the  subcutaneous which is made mostly of fat and helps our bodies stay warm. It also helps hold the skin to all the tissues underneath it and absorbs trauma or shock to our bodies.

Our skin is also the first defense against any bacterial infections, and even though many bacteria already live on the surface, only healthy skin can protect us from any infections.

The most serious complication of Impetigo is a severe kidney disease that occurs following a strep infection, but this only occurs in less than 1% of the cases and mostly occurs in children. So let’s go over some of the facts about Impetigo…

It Is A Bacterial Infection Of The Surface Of The Skin

Yes, Impetigo happens to be a highly contagious bacterial skin infection which can show up anywhere on your body, but generally attacks your exposed areas. Children tend to get Impetigo on their face, especially around their mouth and nose, and sometimes even their legs or legs.

The bacteria responsible for this infection depends on which form of Impetigo you have. If you have the Non-Bullous form, the bacteria responsible would be either Staphylococcus or Streptococcus. If you should be suffering from the Bullous form of the disease, this is caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria.

The areas that are infected can range from dime to quarter size and start out as tiny blisters that break to expose moist, red skin. After a few days, the infected area gets a golden, grainy crust that gradually spreads.

This infection Is More Common In Children Than In Adults

The reason Impetigo is so common among children is because it can be easily spread to them by other children in school or pre-school. This is why it is also called “school sores.” It has been said that this disease really loves skin that has had other skin problems like poison ivy, skin rashes from allergies or eczema.

If your child has contracted Impetigo, you should keep them home from school or day care until they are no longer contagious, which is usually 24 to 48 hours after you begin treatment with the antibiotics. Without antibiotics, Impetigo will remain contagious until the sores go away.

During this time you have to be careful with their bed linen, clothes, towels and wash clothes. The key is to keep them separate from your other laundry and wash them daily. I suggest this because Impetigo can also be spread to other members of your family if they come into contact with items that have been handled by your child while they were still contagious.

Another thing is to try your best to keep the infected area as isolated as possible. If your child touches any other part of their body with hands or fingers that have touched the infected area, that area will also become infected.

This is why it’s important to start treatment of Impetigo as quickly as possible. The faster healing begins, the less you have to worry about this infection spreading.

There Is An Extreme Form Of Impetigo

The extreme form of Impetigo is called Ecthyma. If not treated quickly and properly the infection could invade down to a deeper layer of your skin. Because of this, some people call Ecthyma, “deep impetigo.” The one thing to be aware of if the infection gets this advanced is that the sores could cause permanent scarring and pigment changes.

Scarring And Permanent Skin Damage Is Very Rare

Impetigo is not serious and is easy to treat, but the key is to treat it in the early stages. It could clear on its own in two to three weeks, and of course if you decide to use antibiotics this can shorten the course of the disease and stop it from spreading to others.

It doesn’t leave scars or damage to the skin, but as I stated above, if you don’t treat it right away, and it advances to Ecthyma, then there will be scarring after it heals.

Pooping blood

Pooping blood is the result of distended veins (which cause hemorrhoids), which are located in the rectum, and anus’ lower part. In normal cases, they do not cause any problem, but if they get swollen, it can become very painful and then the patient has to treat it. There are two types of hemorrhoids; one is called, “Internal hemorrhoid” and the other is called “External hemorrhoid”. The internal hemorrhoids are present in the inside layer of rectum. The internal hemorrhoid cannot be felt physically and do not cause any kind of pain if everything is fine, but one has to cure hemorrhoids if he/she experiences any pain in anus or rectum, as the pain could be indicating hemorrhoids.

In the case of hemorrhoid swelling, the, the internal hemorrhoid protrudes through the anus. The outer skin, which surrounds the anus, has external hemorrhoids beneath it. It can also be not felt except in the case of abnormality, such as swelling of the hemorrhoid or when the blood clot is blocked in the vein, which is very painful, and demands to cure hemorrhoids.

The Causes

The most common cause of dark blood in poop is the swollen veins, which are caused when there is a strain, causing bloody stool. Pregnancy can also be one major reason of hemorrhoids, as during pregnancy the enlarged uterus put a pressure on the rectum. Treatment of hemorrhoids is very important if one feels pain or bleeding through anus. Another significant cause of hemorrhoids can be constipation too, as hemorrhoids are often associated with constipation that also puts strain on the bowel and stool passing. Liver problem can also lead to the hemorrhoid pain. One must see the doctor immediately to cure hemorrhoids if he/she experiences any such symptom such as problem in stool passing or swelling.

Symptoms Of Hemorrhoids

As the early symptom of hemorrhoids, one may experience bleeding from the anus, resulting in blood in your stool. This bleeding is mostly painless. The bleeding can be seen with the passage of poop, or it can just keep dripping when one uses toilet to poop. This bleeding stops itself after a limited period of time.  To cure hemorrhoids, one must take notice of earliest symptoms.

However, pooping blood may not be the one and only reason for hemorrhoids as bleeding can occur due to tumor, infection, or inflammatory disease of bowel. The symptoms of the problem in internal or external hemorrhoids are different each other and in order to treat it correctly, one must know about the problem in detail. In case of abnormality in internal hemorrhoids, the veins swell and the swelling go to the extent that the hemorrhoid is prolapsed outside the anus. This protruded hemorrhoid can be felt like a lump.

The internal hemorrhoid sticking out of the anus can be pushed back through the anal hole. This may solve it temporarily, but it will not completely cure it in any case, and there will be a time when the protruded hemorrhoid will become so swelled that it could not be pushed back anymore as the lump will be wedged.

Therefore, it is more advisable to take notice of blood in poop at the initial stage. The one suffering from hemorrhoid pain also feels harsh and experience uncontrollable itching inside the anus and every time during the passage of poop, there feels a blockage that rouses the urge of needling for the movement of bowel. The external hemorrhoid pain has a more chronic condition, which is known also as “Thrombosed External Hemorrhoid”. This condition crops up when a blot clot is blocked inside the hemorrhoid and produces great pain and itching. To treat this the blood clot in the vein has to be removed in the first place to allow the passage of blood and ease bowel movement.

The reason behind Thrombosed External Hemorrhoids being painful is that, the blood clot, which blocks the vein, causes increased swelling of the hemorrhoid, which causes increased pain. Doctors treat blood in poop as the pain increases if the patient sits, because sitting causes pressure on the rectum and the hemorrhoid, which has clogged blood clot.

The Cure

There are of course proper medical treatments to treat this condition, but there are some home remedies too, which can be adopted to cure hemorrhoids. To soothe the inflammation of the hemorrhoid and soften the stool, the patient must sit in a tub of warm water. This treatment can be performed regularly for 15 to 20 minutes and after having done with bath tub sitting, the anus area must be dried off with towel as otherwise, further inflammation can occur. As prevention and cure of hemorrhoid, doctors also recommend the intake of plenty of water and other health and fresh beverages to prevent the hardening of bowel movement.

For treatment, doctors also recommend patients not to sit on hard places such as wooden chair or bench for longer period as sitting can worsen the problem. Patients must get rubber or air donuts to sit on as these donuts are soft, and helps to ease the hemorrhoids problem.

Medically, there are many treatments to cure hemorrhoids. Some include oral intakes and other includes surgeries to treat dark blood in poop.  Various kinds of surgeries are used to cure hemorrhoids such as stapled Hemorrhoidectomy, a laser therapy that it used to make the internal hemorrhoids hard.

Hemorrhoids are a serious and painful bowel condition and one must not delay any time to cure hemorrhoids. The pain from your bloody poop can occur in consecutive intervals and patients may ignore it by considering it a normal bowel pain, such perception towards it is wrong as the earlier we go for treatment, the better it will be.

Intermittent Fasting Results

Unless you have been under a rock for the last couple of years, the amount of noise around the various forms of fasting probably hasn’t escaped your attention. All sorts of claims for intermittent fasting diets have been published. The bottom line if you are looking for a weight loss solution is “does it work?”. So what are the intermittent fasting results likely to be?

What is?

Intermittent fasting expert Brad Pilon

In a nutshell, intermittent fasting, or IF as it is more commonly known, involves alternating periods of fasting and eating. This might mean a 24 hour fast once or twice a week as Brad Pilon recommends in his excellent book, Eat Stop Eat, or it could be something as simple as a daily cycle of 16 hours eating alternated with an 8 hour feeding window. From personal experience, both work well. In fact, I have been using this approach for over a year myself. So what sort of intermittent fasting results can you expect and just why does this particular form of dieting make losing weight much easier? The first thing to think about is what actually leads to weight loss? There are probably thousands of “miracle” diets out there, each claiming to offer the key to a lean physique. Unfortunately , almost none of them are actually backed up by science. The reason why is simple. The only valid method of losing weight is to reduce the number of calories you take in until it is below maintenance levels. It doesn’t matter if you follow the grapefruit and water diet, the food-combination plan or any other of the weird and wonderful alternatives out there. The results are generally vey good because they respect this scientific principle. It is an easy way of eating less without feeling hungry.

The Benefits

Imagine eating nothing for 24 hours.  Now eat exactly as you would normally for the rest of the week. What is the result? You have reduced your calorie intake for the week by about 15%. This is the direct route to fast fat loss in my experience.

Traditional diets Just don't work for Most People

But it is actually a bit more subtle than this. One of the big reasons why diets fail is that it is very difficult to constantly under-eat. Cutting down calories every single day by 15% might provide a similar effect to intermittent fasting results, but it is a lot harder! Perhaps now you can see why even those who make it to the end of their diet end up putting the pounds straight back on.

The results of IF program are long-lasting simply because it shouldn’t be seen as a short-term diet. I have been eating like this for well over a year and it makes it so easy to maintain decent condition without the constant food prep and organization that accompanies most plans.

Fasted Cardio Without Getting Up at Dawn

For anyone who is making a real effort to get in better shape, the thought of fasted cardio has probably crossed your mind. There is no doubt that this is an effective way to burn some calories. Unfortunately, it is unpleasant as hell to do! Nobody really enjoys getting up at the crack of dawn to hit the treadmill or go running. Of course, if you don’t do it, you’ve had your breakfast and its too late right? Once again, the advantages of intermittent fasting are easy to see. If you are in a fasted state for most of the day, you can do this fasted cardio anytime.

Of course, the benefits of IF program go beyond fat loss.  For me, there have been two unforeseen, but important results:

  1. Increased productivity
  2. Eating until full

The first one might seem a bit surprising. Actually, for anyone who has been down the road of small, regular meals, both of these results are pretty obvious. Preparing, cooking and eating meals every 2-3 hours throughout the day as most plans recommend was a nightmare for me. Not only did it do nothing for me physically apart from increasing the size of my waist, it just took up a huge amount of time and created a whole host of obligations that I really didn’t need. I now don’t worry about food at all. I might not eat until the middle of the afternoon and the stuff I can now get done instead amazes me!

The second one is also a big thing for me. I hated stopping eating when I was still hungry. Now my “eating window” is much smaller, I can eat proper sized meals and actually have a lot less space for unhealthy junk food. Health should always be part of its results too.

My Thoughts After Years of Observation

My first exposure to Intermittent Fasting was back in 2007, when I read an article about the Warrior Diet. In a nutshell the Warrior Diet recommended just eating one large meal per day at dinner…eating all of your daily calories in one sitting. This didn’t work so well for me.

  • I wound up eating too many calories in that one big meal.
  • The large amount of food at night messed with my sleep.
  • “Stomach problems” …will spare you the details :)
  • Didn’t feel healthy.

Eat Stop Eat came along shortly after and it made more sense to me. Instead of eating one meal per day each day…Brad Pilon’s plan was about fasting until dinner just 1-2 times per week. The dinner was a normal sized dinner -NOT- a big dinner. This would create a larger calorie deficit each week and it worked well.

My Tips on IF:

  • Fast until dinner on Monday.
  • Keep that meal low in calories if possible (no more than 600-800).
  • If you’re carbed-up from the weekend, add in intense cardio on Mon.
  • Do cardio the morning after your ESE style fast as well.
  • Try to maintain a carb-depleted state for a few days after your fast.
  • Train in a carb-depleted state during the week to hit stubborn fat.

I like to use Intermittent Fasting as a “jump start” towards getting into a carb-depleted state for max fat loss during the week. It also helps create a stronger calorie deficit for the week.

[If you have a lot of weight to lose, perhaps one more fast per week works well.]

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss

A lot of those who hear the words Intermittent Fasting or see this article are likely within the same position which I was in before discovering this program. And that is, always being paranoid if you didn’t have something inside your stomach, your precious muscles would rapidly disappear along with your metabolism crashing, thus turning you in to a fat blob.

Possibly the biggest takeaway you can acquire from reading this article about intermittent fasting is easy: it’s okay with an empty stomach. Actually, that’s exactly what you’ll want to be capable of loose fat effectively.

Your muscles tissue isn’t gonna disappear, as well as your metabolism isn’t gonna crash!

Those claims are false that are incomplete summaries of ideas based on minimal/incomplete understandings.

I, and several other individuals, have found this understanding to be really liberating and helpful. For example, I don’t need to be paranoid about eating constantly.

I use to think about all of this the whole time.

I’d even go grab a bag of chips if I hadn’t prepared my eating schedule to ‘preserve my muscles.’ Obviously, this mentality only led to me gaining fat and not getting the results I had been after.

Essentially by utilizing these understandings you’re a much more gonna achieve better results because you’re not constantly overeating due to inaccurate assumptions about how exactly the body works.

What is intermittent fasting?

For those who may not be familiar towards the term, intermittent fasting is merely taking “intermittent” times of fasting (no food) and implement them to your lifestyle. This may be either daily or simply a couple times per week.

It’s similar to a diet method ancient gladiators and warriors were using….

Some tips I have read/seen so far on reduced consumption of calories and IF research, the final outcome is always that using short-term fasting can be quite effective in relation to:

  • Decreasing blood sugar levels and levels of insulin (enhancing the state from the overall glucose metabolism)
  • Increasing essential fatty acid oxidation with an increase of FFAs (through increasing lipolysis hormones GH, glucagon and adrenaline)
  • Sparing and preserving muscle tissue (lean mass)
  • Increasing various health factors (lower inflammation, lower blood pressure level, reduced oxidative stress, increased protection against neuro-degenerative diseases, and much more)
  • Keeping your metabolism strong/healthy

Additionally, there are numerous lifestyle benefits by using intermittent fasting, for example not a slave to eating all day every day, having natural daily energy and concentration, as well as just learning to enjoy eating once again.

The Logic Behind IF


When researching how the body’s evolved, it’s seems reasonable to believe the body of a human was in a fasted state most of the time. Not by choice, but by demand. Meals are scarce in the wild. There never will be any Tupperware, microwaves, or packaged convenience foods. Hunting and gathering takes effort (aka exercise), and frequently coming up empty handed and remaining hungry could be unavoidable. That is why our bodies is incredibly good at storing fat (This is my own experience). To put it differently, in the wild food was probably scarce for the majority of human evolution. Humankind definitely wasn’t eating like a pig continuously, and most likely the feeding times were irregular and erratic. So what exactly is the purpose intermittent fasting? Replicating conditions of the way the human body evolved will almost certainly provide health and fitness. Therefore, the point is, the human body evolved in time due to fasting, in other words, not being fed.

IF as your lifestyle

How are you able to implement intermittent fasting in your lifestyle/system/habit? Well thankfully there aren’t any hard ‘rules,’ only suggestions and principles. The key is straightforward: let yourself starve yourself occasionally. Some individuals (including the author of one of the books I suggest called “Eat Stop Eat”) recommend fasting maybe once or twice per week for twenty-four hrs. Personally, I’ve followed a plan of daily 16 or more hours fasts called the Warrior diet. For me personally, this made sense as I’ve never liked breakfast anyways. Basically I’ve got my last meal around 9 PM. I skip breakfast, do my work out with weights at morning or evening depending on what shift I work in, within a fasted state, and get my largest meal for the day around 6 – 9 PM.

Warrior Diet method


The benefits are:

  • simple eating methods for every day
  • even individuals who might not eat 100% clean foods are able to see fat reduction because of the smaller window minimizing calorie total each day

The Disadvantages are:

  • May possibly lower metabolism if calories are way too low for too much time (not what you long for in case your #1 goal is losing weight)To not get enough food within the smaller window could also result in muscle loss for more active people.
  • Can increase anxiety, depression or any other emotional feelings. For those who have past with these, you have to start SLOW and find out how you feel. As soon as you begin to feel an excessive amount anxiety, depression or any other emotional response, STOP your fasting and get back on normal all day eating.

Eat-Stop-Eat method


The pros are:

  • Allows you to make certain they are getting enough calories on the non-fasting days, then just keeps to a simple small feed window(if any) on the IF days.
  • Simple thinking for individuals that don’t have knowledge of the best way to eat clean to eat one day, and after that eat in a smaller window the next day (alternate day fasting/CR). This could achieve fat reduction for individuals that are mainly overweight and may not be too active. (obviously don’t misunderstand me, that maintaining a healthy diet is our primary goal but this may be a good step for many people to begin their weight loss journey and discover ways to make smarter choices as they go)

Disadvantages:

  • Doesn’t force you to make smarter choices with their food (as you could probably eat junk some day, and then fast the following but still shed pounds). Not something you want long run since this is not likely to increase your other health markers (diseases prevention, insulin resistance) similar to a good IF program on sensible foods.

An intermittent fasting program that will get you real results is a lot more than simply skipping breakfast. It’s really about 3 things:

  1. Fasting along with a good workout routine and appropriate supplements like whey protein

If you’re just skipping breakfast, it’s likely that you simply won’t receive optimal advantages of an IF program. Fasted workouts using the right supplements is exactly what has got me results, not merely skipping breakfast.

  1. Nutritional timing (post workout)

The fasting program I follow depends upon nutritional timing as well. Specifically what I’m saying by nutritional timing is eating certain quantities of food around specific times. To put it differently, it’s a lot more than simply skipping breakfast; it’s also about eating large amount of your everyday calories (as much as 50% of the daily calorie consumption) after your exercise routine.

  1. Appropriate calorie consumption

This is still the foundation. It is possible to overeat by using an intermittent fasting program and discover minimal (if any) fat loss. You’ve to determine, or come with an intuitive sense of your consumption of calories. If you’re looking to gain muscle you’re still going to need excess calorie consumption, and when you’re looking to lose fat you’re still going to need restricted consumption of calories. Intermittent fasting is really a program that permits you to stick to a system that keeps yourself on track in this connection. It’s not magic, and doesn’t help make your body defy the laws of consumption of calories.

What Do You Gain From Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss?

First of all you have to make decisions and plans that you will fully abide by. You need be motivated by the decision and plans that you have set down. For example, you have to stick to fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods. You can also start by eating normally but cut down on the ratio of food you consume. The main thing about this weight loss procedure is not how you do it, but what benefits it brings to you. These benefits are discussed here.

It Keeps You Active

IF program will keep you active in that it will increase your mental focus as well as concentration. During fasting your body releases chemicals which increase your mental awareness and productivity.

It Keeps You Healthy

Blood sugar levels in your body will be kept stable throughout the intermittent fasting period. This is why this method is safe even for people suffering from various diseases. It will help you control diabetes and also stabilize your energy level by improving your health.

It Reduces Your Urge to Get Hungry When Dieting

When you are used to eating all meals in a day it will be difficult for you to diet by avoiding eating some meals. But after sometime of dieting the body gets used to these eating habits. Intermittent fasting will not bring up the urge to eat which in turn helps you reduce weight.

It Saves You Time and Money

Intermittent fasting for weight loss will save you a lot of money since you will skip some meals. You will also save money because you will not buy fuel to cook food every time. It will save you the time of moving to the market or shop to buy food. It will save time in that you will not be required to cook every time.

Burn Down Fat Faster

Fats are burned down when fasting leading to loss of excess weight. When you cut down on eating foods that are rich in fats, your body switches to the stored fats and uses them for energy. This will reduce the fat stores therefore making you lose weight.

Fasting Reduces Oxidative Stress

When you fast, oxidative components which cause internal harm to your body will be reduced. This will reduce stress since you will not suffer any harm. Additionally, intermitted fasting for weight loss will increase your capacity to resist stress, diseases and skin acne problem. This means that fasting will enable you cells to respond to stress in your body much better. You will not sweat so much because you are not taking in food that is rich in fats; this will avoid skin acne problems

Intermittent fasting for weight loss is not an easy task. It requires patience in order for you to succeed. You have to try it in a day to see if you can do it for a long time.

Now you can see the following video explaining the more benefits of IF.

How to Get Rid of Tonsil Stones

Before we can jump to the instructions on how to get rid of tonsil stones, let us consider carefully what they are. The stones are food particles, bacteria, and other materials that solidify on the surface of the tonsils. Sometimes, they can be hard and sometimes, they are soft. The accumulation of the calcified debris can lead to the symptoms. Often times, some of them may be present after coughing. You might notice small stones that vary in color from white to yellow pieces.

The stones can be embarrassing and troublesome. Among the symptoms, include foul breath, discomfort in the throat, sharp pain when swallowing, and lumps on the throat. Natural means of removing the stones can only be possible when they are large enough for you to see it. Although the stones may be small, the symptoms are all together perceivable.

3 Important Remedies For Tonsil Stones

There are several numbers of treatment options available for everyone who wants to be free of this irritation. There are various remedies available to remove them, such as surgery, laser, curettage, irrigation and many more. Let us consider in detail the 3 remedies that are mostly used and are recommended by medical practitioners too.

1.Oral Irrigation:

It is a very simple, but effective remedy of removing most of the small tonsil stones. With the utilization of adequate water pressure, it is possible to remove even those stones which are present inside the crevices.

This uses pulsating jets of water with a convenient pressure and to spray it onto the stones to move them out of the pockets. A stream of water is a much safer option while removing the stones and cleaning out the debris. But when tonsil stones are not easily removed by this method then it is always better to approach a doctor.

Oral irrigation should preferably be done by an expert. If you do it yourself there’s the possibility that you might use the wrong type of oral irrigator or use the wrong water pressure. If irrigation is not done properly, there are chances of getting ruptured tonsils or injury in the throat.

2.Surgical Treatment:

A laser treatment is long term treatment. For this treatment a local anesthetic is necessary. A scanned carbon dioxide laser is used for this treatment.

It removes the stones by vaporizing the surface of the tonsils. In this treatment the crypts and cervices also get flattened and become unable to trap any substances.

The disadvantage of it is, once the crypts become unable to trap harmful substances like bacteria, and viruses, the person becomes more prone to other infections.

There are various over the counter products that are also available to treat your tonsil stones if they are in the primitive stages.

Similarly there are various alternative treatments available for these stones.

Alternative treatments are the oldest methods and mostly use natural resources for curing health problems. These are the methods used all over the world in different ways by different people residing in different places.

They normally use the local natural resources to cure their health problems. These alternative remedies are slower, but are long lasting, without side effects and comparatively inexpensive.

3. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is based on the extracted essential oils from plants and trees. It is nothing but the use of essential oils to cure health problems. These are mostly prepared from herbs.

But it also includes herbs, floral essences, therapeutic tea, and medicinal plants for curing health problems. Herbal tea is also a better solution for inflammation in the throat.

You can have two to three sips of herbal tea every hour. It is also helpful to use cotton swabs soaked in tea tree oil for dabbing onto the tonsil stones.

Essential oils in aromatherapy are the essence extracted from the plants, thus they are very strong and effective. There are several types of essential oils with various properties.

The essential oils which can be used as antivirus oils are Lavender, Lemon, Oregano, Savory and Eucalyptus. These all contain antivirus properties and hence are very useful in this condition.

Some essential oils are important because of their antibiotic properties. Rosemary, Geranium, Marjoram, Chamomile and Eucalyptus are all helpful in curing tonsil stones due to their antibiotic nature.

Some essential oils with fungicide properties are also play a good role in curing these stones such as, Peppermint, Chamomile, Melissa, Tea tree, Bergamot, Lemon, Lavender and Eucalyptus.

Let us consider some essential oils beneficial for tonsil stone symptoms:

  • Eucalyptus oil: This oil has very strong antibacterial and germicidal properties. It also works as a good decongestant. It is mainly used in most of the medicines for cold and respiratory difficulties. It is good to remove small stones with a cotton swab soaked in this oil.
  • Cardamom oil: This is antiseptic in nature and cures throat related problems.
  • Cedar oil: It is antiseptic and beneficial for relieving mucus and other throat disorders.
  • Lemon oil: It is antitoxic and antiseptic in nature. It also has antibiotic properties. It improves the immune system by eliminating toxins from our body.
  • Pepper (black) oil: It works as a great tonic for the digestive and respiratory system. Thus it is very useful in tonsilloliths.
  • Tea tree oil: It is antiseptic and also works as a local anesthetic agent. It cures all types of infections.

Getting sufficient rest, drinking lots of liquid, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and gargling with warm water are some of the common things which help in getting relief from irritating symptoms and discomfort caused by tonsil stones. If you have already undergone tonsil surgery and removed your tonsils, then you need to take more care of your entire intake. You need to be very careful while eating as well as any exposure to the ears, nose and eyes. The reason is that your watch guard, i.e. tonsils is not there to take care of all these things.

How to Remove Tonsil Stones at Home

Besides for the three most remedies we mentioned above, there are also a few natural ways to remove these stones at home. Here is a method in details:

  • First, you will need the following; a clean earwax remover or ear curette (usually made of metal – sterilized), a bobby pin, or water pick. Make sure the materials undergo a thorough sterilization process. You will also need a standing mirror and adequate lighting. Before the procedure, give your mouth a thorough cleaning. Wash your hands well. Now you are ready for the procedure.
  • In front of the mirror, push your tonsils outward by sticking out your tongue as far as possible. With a steady hand, carry out a gentle yet firm scraping action. You need to be gentle and take your time. Take a deep breath each time before scraping, so that you can take out as much stones as possible.
  • Gargle with warm water after every scraping. This will help loosen the stones. You can always do the removal the next day when you feel a stinging sensation. Never be so hasty to remove them all. You can continue to do so after every 2 days. This is how to get rid of tonsil stones cheaply.

Other Common Home Remedies

• Scraping the tonsilloliths using a fingernail

This could be easily done, but there are also drawbacks associated with this method. This is unhygienic, plus, there is possibility that you could scratch and hurt your tonsils when not done properly. If you wish to use this method, just make sure to keep your hands clean.

• Using a cotton swab to squeeze the tonsil

Another home remedy is by utilizing a cotton swab to squeeze the tonsils so that the stones would easily come out. This treatment would be more effective when you moisten the swab with water. This will also prevent the cotton strands from sticking in your tonsil.

• Toothbrush

A more sanitary way of removal is by using a toothbrush. Just ensure to make use of a soft bristled toothbrush so that your tonsils will not get easily irritated. Gently brush the tonsil part wherein there are tonsil stones to remove them.

• Gargling with mouthwash

Another simple remedy is by gargling an alcohol free mouth wash after eating. This remedy has proven very effective in eliminating the tonsil stones. You can also gargle warm water with salt if you have no mouthwash.

• Applying herbal remedies

There are various herbal remedies to apply, in order to get rid of tonsil stones. Some effective herbal remedies are celery, cucumber and Wasabi. You just have to consume these herbal remedies and in a few days, you can feel better because your stones are removed.

• Watch out for the food you eat

The food that you eat can commonly trigger the development of tonsilloliths. Sweets are some of the common foods that cause such stones and irritation of the tonsils. Once you are eating certain foods, ensure to drink water immediately to make sure that your tonsils are cleared from food particles.

These are some of the home remedies that you can apply, and these remedies are relatively cheaper because they can be easily employed at home.By applying these treatments, you can live your life better because you do not have to suffer any pain and irritation that tonsilloliths could cause you.

Brush your teeth at least three times a day or best yet, do it after eating. This would effectively eradicate the harmful bacteria that cause the development of the condition. When you follow proper oral hygiene, and improve your oral hygiene you can certainly prevent the occurrence of such condition.

When to See a Doctor

While some stones are hard to see, you may notice the same symptoms as you would if you have larger stones. This is the part when you need to see a doctor. These stones are identifiable using X-rays or CT-Scan. Many choose to use formulated gargle instead of surgery. It is much cheaper, and it removes the underlying causes of bad breath. The stones cause embarrassing symptoms but now, you know exactly what to do. Always remember, to observe cleanliness when performing the removal. There is always a cheaper and better way to remove tonsil stones.

Rubbing Alcohol on Acne

Rubbing alcohol is also known as isopropyl alcohol. Its antiseptic qualities are used to kill bacteria and germs. What about it on acne skin? I hate getting breakouts, and I’ve gotten desperate to get rid of pimples and blackheads. I want clear skin like everyone else. I also don’t have lots of money to spend on expensive treatments. Rubbing alcohol is pretty cheap and it kills bacteria. So it seemed like a good idea to use it as an astringent. Why was it a bad idea?

Curious?

Many acne suffers find themselves wondering about rubbing alcohol on acne skin and whether it is an effective form of treatment. After all, it smells medicinal and many consumers assume it would work well as a toner for acne prone skin. Before wiping a cotton swab full of isopropyl on your cheeks, you may want to consider some of the following:

MSDS Classification

The MSDS, or Material Safety Data Sheet, which is a classification system that ranks dangerous chemicals, ranks isopropyl alcohol (or rubbing alcohol) high on the possible list of skin irritants. That means that when applied to the skin, it is shown to cause rashes or dryness, which will irritate a person’s skin further. If rubbing alcohol gets into the eye, it can also cause severe eye pain or even permanent eye damage.

Drying and Irritating

Aside from being listed as a skin irritant on the MSDS, the isopropyl alcohol has proven to dry out the skin upon use. If you have ever used it to wipe or clean a wound, you have most likely noticed how fast the skin dries out once touched by the liquid. If skin is already dry from certain acne treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide or Retin-A, then the alcohol can only further skin dryness from there.

Although it is an antiseptic and excellent for killing bacteria, it seems to take all the moisture out of skin. Alcohol dries skin and is an irritant, especially to sensitive skin. It also seems to make oil glands work overtime to compensate for the extra dryness, making problems worse.

Astringents designed for controlling acne have added ingredients to any alcohol to help reduce irritation and dryness. Finding the right acne treatments can be frustrating, but fortunately there are good methods for treating acne.

Alternatives

Rather than use isopropyl alcohol as a toner, it is recommended that consumers use an astringent toner with ingredients like witch hazel, such as Olay Oil Minimizing Toner. Witch hazel is proven effective at cleansing acne prone skin, but also does not dry out the skin’s surface. Therefore, when you find yourself curious, play it safe and use acne treatments that are available over the counter instead.

Two Products Recommended

  • Sea Breeze astringents remove excess oil, makeup, and dirt. There are several different formulas, depending on your needs: Sensitive Skin, Sea Breeze Actives Deep Clean, Actives Clear Pore, and the Naturals line made with sea minerals and botanicals.
  • Clean and Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent has maximum-strength acne-fighting medication that is supposed to treat and help prevent pimples. There is also a sensitive skin formula that deep cleans while being gentler.

If You Do Use Alcohol

If you’re wondering about rubbing alcohol for your acne, it can work in a pinch if it’s an emergency. Use it only on a short-term basis. Apply it with a cotton swab, so you target only the pimple, rather than rubbing it all over your face.

 

Bulging Disc

A bulging disc is considered as a contained disc disorder. This means that the soft center of the intervertebral disc (nucleus pulposus) has pushed against the outer fibrous ring (annulus fibrosus) so that, without tearing or rupturing the outer layer, it would appear as a swollen mass. Unlike a protruding disc, however, a bulging disc is not large enough to jut into the spinal canal and compress a nerve root or nerve.

Symptoms

So what causes the symptoms? Despite the absence of nerve compression, a bulging disc induces the release of inflammatory chemical mediators – most notably Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha (TNF) and Interleukin-17 (IL-17) – which irritate the nerve roots or nerves.

Most cases of bulging discs do not present with any symptoms at all. In fact, bulging discs are more often incidental findings on CT and MRI scans done on patients who are being evaluated for other diseases.

The pain of bulging discs is usually limited to the site in the spine where it is located. A cervical bulging disc usually presents with neck pain. On the other hand, lumbar bulging discs are characterized by pain in the lower back or buttocks. With persistent nerve irritation, pain may follow the nerve pathway radiation that is observed with protruding or herniated discs.

Relief Options


Since the symptoms are acute, the pain may resolve on its own with a few hours of rest of with the application of ice and hot compresses. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help not only to relieve pain but also to counteract the nerve irritation caused by the inflammatory mediators.

Patients diagnosed with bulging discs are advised to observe good posture habits and not do any heavy lifting so that the condition will not be aggravated any further. Back strengthening and stretching exercises also help to build stability in the spine and flexibility in the muscles and other supportive tissues.

Bulging discs have been found to respond very well to inversion therapy, a type of traction using an inversion table. A more effective treatment is spinal decompression therapy, which could pull back the swollen nucleus pulposus to the center of the intervertebral disc.

Bulging disc surgery is rarely performed since this condition can be adequately managed through conservative means.

While the condition should not be a cause of great concern for a patient, he or she must observe good posture and perform regular low-impact exercises that would prevent the condition from progressing to a more painful protruding or herniated disc.

Herniated Disc vs. Bulging Disc – What’s the Difference?

You don’t have to look much online or elsewhere to read about the difference both of them. In fact, some claim a bulging disc is a form of herniated disc. Other authors say not.  Who’s right?

  • MedicineNet.com defines “herniation” as an “Abnormal protrusion of tissue through an opening.

Arguably the bulge is a protrusion, but most authors I’ve read do not equate a disc bulge with a herniated disc.  Instead, the herniation is equated with a disc rupture or prolapsed – which is when the inner disc fluid actually oozes outside the disc itself.

Here’s my take – it doesn’t really matter because at the end of the day, most authors get it right in that a bulging disc is a protruding, yet intact vertebrae disc that may or may not impinge a nerve. On the other hand, a disc is herniated when the cartilage-material-outer surface of the disc actually ruptures and oozes out some of the internal disc fluid. In a nutshell a bulging disc is a misshapen, yet intact disc; a herniated disc is a ruptured disc.

Some people have no pain from bulging discs and herniated discs, but many do. The pain arises if the bulge or leaking fluid contacts a nerve.

What are Causes?

There are two main causes:

  • trauma; and
  • muscle imbalances.

An example of trauma that causes many disc bulges and herniated discs car accidents. But other types of trauma such as falling, being hit, or slipping can also result in either a bulge or herniation.

Muscle imbalances place pressure on the disc that results in either a bulge or a herniation. Pain occurs if nerve irritation results.

What is a muscle imbalance?

A muscle imbalance results when you have overdeveloped and/or tight muscles in one area of your body and weaker, less-developed muscles elsewhere. The overdeveloped muscles supersede or dominate the weaker, less-developed muscles.

Taking the spine for instance, if you have imbalanced muscles surrounding your spine, then the overdeveloped muscles will place pressure on your spine – such as a disc, for instance. Over time, that pressure will form a bulge, and may ultimately rupture.

Muscle imbalances occur from activities of daily living … using a computer, writing, sitting certain ways, holding cell phones, etc. Our routine activities use select muscles, often on one side of the body, which overdevelops some muscles in relation to other muscles.

Long-term muscle imbalance results in some for of misalignment in your body.  A common muscle imbalance results from imbalanced core muscles causing your pelvis to misalign.  When a pelvis is out of proper alignment, which is the base of the spine, the spines curve alters as well.  Any time the curve of the spine occurs, back pain may result – including a bulging disc or herniated disc.

One approach, a natural approach to ridding you of back pain stemming from a bulging disc or herniated disc is muscle balance therapy. It makes sense that if your back pain stems from a muscle imbalance, the appropriate treatment is to balance the muscle imbalance – which is muscle balance therapy.

Muscle Spasms in Back: Causes & Treatments

Complaints of a large amount of pain and discomfort due to muscle spasms in back muscle groups is a fairly common complaint that numerous physicians and specialists hear from many of their patients. Much of this is due to the wide range of physical injuries, medical conditions, and diseases that can affect the vertebrae of the spinal column, ligaments, nerves, muscles and muscle groups, and tendons.

Common Causes for Back and Neck Muscle Spasms

There is almost an endless amount of injuries, diseases, and medical conditions that can affect a person’s back and neck. The result of these problems is often either muscle spasms in upper back areas, legs, lower back, the back around the mid-section, or a combination of these that can affect different areas of the back all at the same time. Some of the most common causes include the following:

  1. Excessive straining to either the neck or the back can cause neck muscle spasm problems and a significant amount of pain experience
  2. Trauma from various types of injury is one of the most common causes of spasms that can occur in both the neck and back muscle groups
  3. Spasmodic torticollis and tetanus are serious medical conditions that commonly cause a person to experience upper back and neck muscle spasm problems
  4. Stress, tension, and anxiety are causes for numerous men and women suffering from the pain and discomfort associated with these spasms in back and can range from the cervical area of the spine all the way down to the lumbar area of the spine.

Another major cause of spasms in lower back muscle groups that can occur all along the length of the spine that a vast majority of men and women are unaware of is certain types of deficiencies in regards to nutrition. In order for a person to benefit from normal ranges of muscle function their system requires adequate amounts of vitamins B12 and D. When adequate levels of these vitamins are not obtained through proper nutrition or vitamin supplements, it can result in muscle spasms in lower back muscles, neck pain, and significant amounts of pain to the mid-section area of the spine. Other nutritional deficiencies that can also cause such pain when inadequate amounts are consumed within a person’s diet include sodium, magnesium, and potassium.

There are also quite a few other causes for this excruciating type of pain which will often cause a person to seek the help of a medical professional that has a vast knowledge and experience in suggesting effective treatment. Poor posture, sitting or standing in the same position for lengthy periods of time, and even using improper posture while picking various objects up, are all culprits that can cause a large amount of back pain.

Common Approaches of Treatment

As we mentioned above, there are numerous causes of muscle spasms, and this is the exact reason why some treatment options may work very well for one person but it may not necessarily work nearly as well for the next person. There are some men and women that frequently endure this sort of pain that may have to try a few different treatment options being offered before finding the one that works the best for them. Below you will find a list of some of the treatment options.

  1. Ice Packs – An ice pack should be used for the first 72 hours following the onset of muscle spasms in lower back muscle groups, as well as those occurring to the mid-section and upper area of the back. Not only will this numb much of the discomfort that can be experienced when spasms occur, but it will also help a great deal in reducing inflammation. Ice packs should only be applied for 20 minutes per application.
  2. Hot Packs – Heat packs should not be used until about three days after the condition occurs, or when a person has experienced the spasms.
  3. Vitamin and Herbal Supplements – The muscles in the human body depend on numerous vitamins and minerals that are contained in foods we eat. When well-balanced meals are not consumed on a regular basis, vitamin supplements and herbal remedies should be considered to prevent upper, mid-section, and lower back muscle spasms. Some of the best ones that should be considered include Boswellin, Vitamin C and E, Valerian Root, Zinc, Bromelain, Glucosamine Sulfate, Copper, MSM, Curcumin, Calcium, Kava Kava, and Hops. Each of these also works as an excellent preventative for the condition.
  4. Regular Exercise – Exercises that are used to strength, stretch, and tone the muscles of the back is something that each patient will want to engage in. Spasms in back muscle groups can often be completely prevented when a person takes the steps required to strengthen and tone the muscles.
  5. Meditation and Yoga Techniques – Each of these is a treatment that has been found to be very effective at lowering pain caused by lower, mid-section, and upper back muscle spasms. This is because of the techniques that are learned to relax the entire body. They are also used to increase muscle tone and strength, which helps in the prevention of neck muscle spasm pains and those that occur down the length of the spine.

If none of these treatment approaches work well enough to reduce the level of pain you experience, you may also want to question your physician about some of the other options that are offered. These include electric stimulators, water therapy, ultrasound, topical analgesics, a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications, and various other treatment approaches.

Muscle Cramps in Legs: Best Remedies and How to Prevent

Muscle cramping is a deliberate and painful contraction of muscles or muscle groups. Usually in the extremities, most often in the legs, which affects the calf muscles or back muscles. Sometimes arise unexpectedly during sleep. Intense muscle fibers contract for a few seconds or several minutes causing great pain.

Overview

Muscle cramps in the legs may be due to various reasons that cause a sudden and involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscle group, with severe pain and often unbearable.

Cause:

The cramps may be triggered by changes in circulation that causes lack of blood supply to the muscles. Exposure to cold can also trigger episodes of cramping as the primary join condition that causes physical fatigue cramps on long-distance swimmer.

Athlete with a very muscular cramps may suffer minor trauma to a particular muscle group.

Excessive sweating causes a significant loss of salt, can also cause seizures and the consumption of large amounts of food before doing physical exercise violence.

Symptoms:

The affected muscle or muscle group, contracts with loud causing a sharp pain in that area. Efforts to remove or relax useless. Cramps itself very unpleasant but not dangerous unless they occur at the wrong time. Someone who swim off the coast, you can see his life threatened by cramps. With the emergence of seizures should stop physical activity performed and not try to keep at all costs.

Those who had cramps constantly have to consult with your doctor to rule out the possibility of underlying circulation problems.

Treatments

The cramps are caused by circulatory changes should be interpreted as a symptom of a process that must be diagnosed and treated properly. Sometimes the cramps are treated in most cases, correcting the situation that acts as a trigger for them. People who exercise should not eat immediately before exercise of violence. When he was in the gym closed, or in a climate where you sweat a certain intensity, they have to replace the lost water and salt in parallel to maintain body fluid balance.

Massage or manipulation of tight muscles accelerate muscle relaxation, and specifically in pain relief.

Most people affected by what cramps while recovering.

Best Natural Remedies

Natural treatments for muscle cramp in the legs, use different remedies, which counteract the various causes which may lead. Learn how to relieve muscle cramps in each case.

The leg muscle cramp can surprise you after hours of intense physical training, but you also may appear in the middle of the night when lying down. These two situations are due to different causes.

In the first case is due to muscle exhaustion and dehydration with loss of electrolytes necessary for muscular activity, whereas in the latter case, generally due to vascular problems affecting venous return.

Therefore, the latter type of cramps are common in pregnancy and are one of the symptoms of varicose veins in the legs.

While these are the most common causes are not the only ones. Sometimes, the causes of muscle cramps in the legs are irritation of a nerve that governs the affected muscles.

Moreover, in many cases are caused by muscular effort that exceed the body’s capacity for which the agency is prepared.

The best remedies against cramps before they happen is to maintain hydration and electrolyte intake and not exceed appropriate limits of the individual body muscle work being done.

Also, if you have a sedentary life and wake you up at night cramps of vascular origin, due to poor circulation, it is best before bed, you do a series stretching the legs.

You can also find home remedies for cramps at night and natural remedies for leg cramps, where you’ll find other suggestions for home treatment and natural this annoying and painful muscle disorder.

Moreover, remember that horse chestnut vein promotes circulation in the legs.

The Best Methods For Bodybuilders To Avoid Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps are some of the most common occurrences for people who do not stretch well. That is why you will find footballers and other sportsmen running for a few times round the field before getting to the real activity. This enables the muscles to stretch and all the contractions are gradually released so as to avoid any lactic acid from accumulation on the muscles and this is what leads to muscle cramps. It also helps to warm the muscle and make them prepared in the sense that they will not be shocked by the vigorous nature of routines later on.

When weight lifting, it is very important to have proper breathing and this is not to be debated. Therefore one must know how well to contain the breathing and this can only be through stretching. When you stretch, it is like opening the highway to all the transportation organs and this helps distribute fresh air and oxygen to the muscles. Nourishment is also a key aspect of your stretching because it enables one to have adequate nutrients in supply and the muscle therefore cannot go deficient of these important requirements.

For instance when doing a jog, there are very many muscles groups which are involved. These include the hamstrings, calves, hips, quads, and thighs, groin and adductors and all these are parts to be used in the process of your workouts. These means that, every part of the body gets sensitive in the sense that it is prepared for any eventualities. All the forms of restricted blood flows will be forgotten and the health of the individual will be upheld during the entire body building program.

Stretches also reach the deepest parts of your muscles which could not be well reached through other exercises. This is because the stretches are gradually done and it is this pace which is important in making sure that every part of the body gets a feel of the strain and is challenge to bulk up in the preparation of preventing shock in the process of vigorous workouts. It is only through stretches that you will get a chance to become flexible and perfect balance in your workouts and this is what you necessarily need for your progress in body building. For the time to stretch, there should be no argument about it, make sure that it is done well before and after workouts. In fact you can use the stretches when you are not doing any workouts to make sure that your stretched muscle do not close again and make it much difficult later on.

Tonsil Stones: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

If you have whitish lumps around your throat area and you feel pain when swallowing food and even just drinking water, there’s a good chance that what you have are tonsil stones (also known as tonsilloliths). Try to observe your breath. Do people lean away from you when you speak? Having bad breath goes hand-in-hand with these stones.

What are Tonsil Stone Exactly

The stones grow in your throat’s folds as a result of food debris, mucus because of post nasal drip, dead cells from the lining of the mouth, as well as various types of bacteria that get trapped. As it stays there, it hardens and calcifies or becomes hard. They emit a foul odor because of their very composition that’s why having them can be a source of great embarrassment and cause you distress socially too.

Major Components:

The major component of tonsilloliths is calcium. Other minerals like carbonate, ammonia, phosphorus and magnesium are also present in the stones. They are irritating and are uncomfortable too. Tonsil stones sometimes may not exhibit any symptoms. But mostly they are associated with bad breath. Most of the time it may also cause pain and swelling.

Size as a critical factor:

The size is important criteria to decide which treatment should be considered. Smaller stones which produce no symptoms may be treated at home by using natural methods like removing them by ear buds, toothbrush or fingers.

Of course this should be done very carefully as they are embedded in a delicate thin membrane of crypts and there are chances of rupture of the tonsils.

It is advisable to make the area moist by gargling warm salty water or by putting two to three drops of edible table oil, such as olive oil. If the size and symptoms of Tonsil stones are easily noticeable, then it is a must to take the advice of a medical practitioner.

10 Main Causes

Until today, the specific causes were not well known, but bad breath causes the accumulation of calcium and other minerals.

Many times they form on the upper part of the mouth or in the throat area. Generally, these stones are quite small in size and form in the tonsil area. There are very rare chances of acquiring large and solidified tonsil stones.

Sometimes tonsils are compelled to filter a huge flow of lymph fluid. This lymph fluid include junk particles which may get created due to a number of reasons and causes tonsil stones.

Top 10 main causes are:

  • Environmental Toxins
  • Sinus Infections
  • Allergy
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Stress
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Alcohol
  • Refined Food
  • The conditions which dilute the lymph fluid
  • Bacterial and Viral Infection

7 Most Common Symptoms

The problem with tonsilloliths is that it can be quite difficult to diagnose in some situations. Of course, it would be a lot easier if the stones are visible in the first place. But if they are not, you may have to rely on other symptoms.

Sadly, the other symptoms can be mistaken for an entirely different disorder. For instance, it may be misdiagnosed as a simple tonsillitis.

Most of the times small tonsil stones may not cause any symptoms which are noticeable. Even when the stones are large, some of those are only noticed incidentally through X-rays or CT scans. The well known symptoms of tonsilloliths are red and swollen tonsils, which can be seen easily. Similarly the other symptoms are

  • Swollen lymph nodes/ tonsils
  • Discomfort and pain in throat
  • Fever
  • Sore throat and irritation


Let us see in details all the symptoms:

1. Ear pain
One can have these stones anywhere in the tonsil area. But it may cause ear pain as the network of nerves is connected.

2. Sore throat
When other diseases like cold and flu occur with tonsil stones, it becomes very difficult to find out the cause of pain. The presence of a tonsil stone itself can cause pain or discomfort in the area of its formation.

3. Tonsil swelling
The collected debris get hardened and a tonsil stone forms. An inflammation from infection, if there is any and the tonsil stone itself can cause a tonsil to swell or get enlarged.

4. Bad breath
The prime indicator of a tonsil stone is terrible bad breath, which is also called halitosis, accompanies a tonsil infection. A research study with patients with chronic tonsil stones used a special test to observe whether volatile sulfur compounds were responsible for bad breath. The result of this research stated that the presence of the foul-smelling compounds of sulphur provided objective evidence of bad breath. The researchers observed that 75% of the patients who had very high concentrations of sulphur compounds also had tonsil stones. Some researchers have suggested that the presence of these stones may be considered when the cause of bad breath is in question.

5. Difficulty in swallowing
According to the location or size of the tonsil stone, it causes difficulty or pain in swallowing foods or liquids.

6. White debris
Sometimes tonsil stones are easily visible at the back of the throat as a lump of solid white substance. This is not the always the case. Generally, the stones are deeply embedded in the tonsils. In such instances, the stones may be detectable with non-invasive scanning techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging or CT scans.

7. Frequent Coughing
If the stones are big enough to irritate the top area of the throat this tends to naturally cause people to try to cough to try to get rid of the “foreign” substance that is causing the sensation. The make up of the tonsil stones may result in a metallic taste in one’s saliva.

You may have never thought before that stones can develop on your tonsils. Many people think that medical conditions that are classified as ‘stones’ are commonly known to develop only in the bladder, kidneys, liver, and such. However, tonsil stone is a real condition that needs immediate treatment. To combat tonsil stones effectively, it is important that you learn more about it first.

Treatment & Remedies: 3 Best Methods

Tonsil stone is a real condition that needs immediate treatment, To combat them effectively, Below mentioned are the best 3 treatment options available.

1. Physical Removal

These methods are only applicable if the stones are visible. You can also use these methods for removing stones that are hidden but not embedded too deep into the tissue folds of the tonsils.

Method 1: Using An Oral Irrigator

Things you will need:

  • Oral irrigator
  • Mirror
  • Mouthwash or oxygenating gargle
  • Flashlight

What you need to do:

  1. Make sure your mouth is clean so as to avoid infection. Brush your teeth and use mouthwash.
  2. Ready the irrigator by filling its reservoir with clean water. Also, make sure that the irrigating nozzle is clean and sterile.
  3. In front of a mirror, open your mouth wide and get a clear view of your tonsils.
  4. Then gently and slowly irrigate the affected tonsil using the oral irrigator. Control the direction of the water flow so you can go deep into the folds and thus flush out the stones hiding in there.
  5. Stop once in a while and gargle using mouthwash or oxygenating gargle. This will prevent infection.
  6. Make sure to USE THE LOWEST SETTING ONLY. This is important. If you use any higher setting, you could potentially damage your tonsils and cause bleeding. This in turn can lead to infection.

Method 2: Using A Medicine Dropper

What you will need:

  • Medicine dropper with curved tip
  • Mouthwash or oxygenating gargle
  • Mirror
  • Flashlight

What you need to do:

  1. Make sure your mouth is clean so as to avoid infection. Brush your teeth and use mouthwash.
  2. Make sure that the medicine dropper is clean. Sterilize it first or soak it in an oral disinfectant.
  3. Squeeze the air out of the medicine dropper by squeezing the rubber. Hold it this way.
  4. Gently and slowly use the curved tip of the dropper to find stones that are situated between the tissue folds of your tonsils. When you find one, direct the tip of the medicine dropper on the stone and release the rubber so as to produce a suction effect. The resulting vacuum should suck out the stone and remove it.
  5. Gargle with oxygenating gargle or mouthwash every now and then so as to avoid infection.

2. Slow Removal

In some instances, it may not be safe to perform the removal methods previously discussed. For example, the stone may be embedded too deep into the tissue folds of your tonsils and removing them using an irrigator, a cotton swab, or a medicine dropper can be too risky. So what will you do?

Method 1: Hot Water Sip

What you will need:

  • 1 spoonful Turmeric powder
  • 1 spoonful sugar
  • Hot water
  • Straw for sipping

What you need to do:

  1. Melt the turmeric powder and sugar in a glass of water. Drink the mixture in large gulps. By doing so, the mixture can go deep into the nooks and crannies of your tonsils.
  2. Fill the glass with hot water. Slowly sip it down using a straw. After drenching your tonsils in turmeric and sugar, the hot water will slowly melt the stones away. You may have to do this several times before you see any improvement.

Method 2: Alum And Saline

What you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 pinch alum

What you need to do:

  1. Melt the salt and alum in a glass of water.
  2. Gargle using the solution every 2 to 3 hours. Make sure to gargle deep so as to soak the back of your throat in the solution.
  3. Rinse the outer part of your mouth with water so as to prevent drying. But let the back of your throat soak in the solution.

Method 3: Sweet Lemonade

What you will need:

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoonful honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

What you need to do:

  1. Make a juice by mixing the above ingredients in a tall glass of water.
  2. Do not gulp the juice in a quick. Instead, slowly sip it down using a straw. It is a refreshing drink anyway so enjoy the moment.
  3. Do this at least twice a day.

3. Surgery

Nobody wants things to end this way. However, some cases may actually require surgery. For example, the stones situated deep into the tonsil may have grown too big and surgery is the only way to remove it. Also, the tonsilloliths may have become a recurring disorder and removing the tonsil may be the only option left.

But depending on the severity and the condition of your tonsil stones, your doctor will suggest the most suitable surgical procedure. But to give you some ideas, the following are some of the surgical procedures your doctor may suggest:

Tonsillectomy
It refers to the complete removal of these tonsils. By doing so, the possibility of the tonsil stones from ever coming back is reduced to zero. Some doctors however are reluctant to suggest this surgical procedure because they believe that the tonsils play an important role in the body’s immunity.

Curettage
This is a surgical procedure that uses a tool called curette to scrape off or scoop off affected tissues. This procedure is useful for removing oversized tonsil stones.

Laser
Actually, this method is more of a preventive measure. After the stones have been removed, your doctor may use a surgical laser tool to resurface your tonsils. This effectively removes the crevices and nook and crannies on the surface of your tonsils. As a result, debris will no longer accumulate and stones will no longer form.

And these are just some of the available treatment methods for getting rid of tonsil stones. One must also find some effective preventive measures that are designed to keep these stones from ever coming back once you have succeeded in getting rid of them.

Blue Waffle Disease: Causes, Symptoms & Cures

Disorders of sexual organs are well covered by scientific research these days and you can easily find information regarding almost any common type of sexually transmitted diseases. Some of these diseases are spread with viruses, some others use bacteria as transport agents, and some use both. I noticed that there is a general hype online about a single vaginal disorder called the blue waffle disease. Now, The condition is a term used for those quick drying towels car enthusiasts use for wiping their cars dry. Unfortunately, the blue waffles I’ll be writing about in this article has nothing to do with cleaning, or dryness for that matter. Before I go any deeper into the topic at hand, I guess it would be a smart idea to say that this article should not be viewed by anyone under the age of eighteen.

What is the Blue Waffles Disease?

Blue waffles is an inflectional disease or it is a name of a disease around the genitals. It is a new disease still not registered as a disease from medical sciences but it is a real disease. It is known as a virginal infection disease and can be understand by few major symptoms. See details as below:

  • When happened: Blue waffles infection happened when we use unprotected sexual activities or dirty devices for sex.
  • How does it look like: It is a disease of vaginal infection so it produces a disturbing condition and swelling around the genital area which can be unbearable sometimes. Due to this condition around the genital area it makes the place appearance changed and the infected area become blue in color. This is a main symptom of a blue waffle disease.
  • Is it a sexual transmitted disease (STD): As we know that blue waffles happen due to the sexual intercourse mostly. Beside this condition is not a sexual transmitted disease it is just because of dirt. Blue waffle is a bacterial infection caused by the dirt mainly. It happens in sex with a partner because of poor hygiene, masturbation with dirty devices or a poor hygiene yourself. It happens mostly with a women having poor hygiene have injured skin in or around her vagina.
  • Is it hurt seriously: Blue waffle can hurt you very seriously if the genital area changes its color to blue or green. If on the time you do not treat it the color will change to black color. In this stage the treatment of this disease becomes difficult. That’s why the infected women should treat themselves in initial stage (Purple color of vagina) of this disease from an intelligent doctor.
  • Is it convertible: Yes, blue waffle disease is convertible and condemn should be used.

Blue Waffles Pictures & Images

What are Causes

Moisture ads up to your chances of developing a blue waffled vagina, however, the biggest cause of this are bad sexual habits. These include multiple sexual partners at once, no protection used, especially unprotected one night stands. Prostitutes generally have the biggest chance of acquiring this disease, just because of the fact they do wrong things when it comes to sexuality. Also, excessive use of dirty sexual toys can help develop this disease. I can’t stress enough how important it is to take care of your vagina and why should you make sure that anything that penetrates it doesn’t carry millions of different disease carriers. Combining these together is bound to affect you with a blue waffle vagina at some point, so think twice before doing wrong things. Use your sexuality for the better part of it; find yourself a regular partner and experiment with your sexual life and preferences. After all, this is the way to experience real sexual pleasure, not the violent and spontaneous sexual activities. If you do like that kind of sexual life, always make sure your partner does have proper protection, as there are dozens of reasons like this to do that.

What are Symptoms

This disease is generally considered to be one of the more complex ones, as it is definitely unpleasant in a lot of ways. First and foremost, the pain the affected woman can experience can go beyond tolerable and the horrible thing about this disease is that it spreads easily over the anus as well, causing even more serious and excruciating pain. On your right you can see a photo of a blue waffled vagina. Not that great looking now isn’t it? Obviously, the blue waffles disease covers a whole array of different infections that is easy to spread and looks rather horrible. The smell is not all that great either.

However, the real problems are dealt with the carrier of this disease so you shouldn’t be all that happy with the grossness of the disease itself, as a lot of people out there do. I saw hundreds of forum topics that were completely dedicated to a single blue waffle infected vagina photo. That is really wrong and I hope this article will help you understand how serious this problem really is and why should you be more careful with your sexual life to avoid facing with these problems, whether your partner has it, or you do. Symptoms include severe itchiness at first, followed by a color change to purplish or blue. In the later stages of this infection, the color can shift from purple to intensive blue, which is why this disease is called “blue waffle”.

Can it be Treated

Yeah, of course blue waffles can be treated and can be cure. But after feeling a lot of pain and discomfort in the first stage because people ignore these symptoms around her genital area. Treatment includes severe on skin applied antibiotics while maintaining hygiene at the top level. Wearing cotton underwear is very important during this period, as cotton underwear is known to circulate air properly. The biggest precaution you need to take is to keep your vagina area nice, clean and dry.

A doctor will recommend keeping the area dry and clean everyday. He will also order some tablets because it is a bacterial disease and he will add a yeast medicine as second condition of blue waffles.

How to prevent blue waffles?

It’s a preventable disease which can be cure. A woman should take care of her genital area and the area should be washed daily. The moisture comes very quickly which can lead to this condition so the area around vagina should be dry always. A woman should be careful during sex and should be ensured about the safety first.

A Safe and Happy Playroom for Babies

As a mother of a 2-year-old and 2-month-old, Amy Tucker, a resident of Jonesboro, Ark., knows a little bit about childproofing a home. Although her son is only a few months old, she’s already started planning for the very near future when he will be ransacking his older sister’s playroom.

Walk into a home where a baby or young child lives and you’re sure to find a room specifically designated as the “playroom.” Children aren’t confined to “playpens” or “play yards” like many of us experienced in our childhoods; instead they are given freedom to explore and play by their parents. While this may be great for Baby, it’s also important that any room you designate as a playroom (and the rest of the home, for that matter) be carefully examined and childproofed accordingly through the eyes of a baby.

The best time to begin thinking about safety is before a baby is even crawling.

While it may be the furthest thing from parents’ minds, the best time to begin thinking about safety is before a baby is even crawling. “I advise parents to get down on their hands and knees and look around the room from a baby’s point of view,” says Brenda Nixon, author of The Birth to Five Book (Revell, 2009). “Every time parents do this, they discover a dangling cord, sharp corner, small choking hazard or other safety risk.”

Creating a Safe Haven

Tim Bowen, director of homeowner claims for MetLife Auto & Home, has worked with many families to file claims after the unthinkable happened by their children’s hands. When choosing the area for a playroom, he advises parents to avoid rooms with utilized fireplaces and hot water pipes exposed. “Children are inquisitive, especially when it comes to fire, increasing the potential of burns, as well as home fire,” Bowen says.

Don Keenan, an attorney and child-safety advocate based in Atlanta, Ga., also counsels parents to make sure all play areas have a carbon monoxide detector in them. Make sure they are located at least 15 feet from any heat source. “Be sure to check specifically for a model with the United Laboratories Rating,” says Keenan, author of 365 Ways to Keep Kids Safe: How to Make Your Child’s World Safer, Ages Birth to 16 (Balloon Press, 2006). It’s also best if you make sure any detector is hard-wired into your electrical system to prevent batteries from running low or curious children from pulling it out of an electrical outlet, rendering it ineffective.

If you live in an older home built before 1978, consider the fact that any room designated as a play area could have lead lurking in old wallpaper or paint on the walls. Children’s immune systems are not really well developed until their teen years, so playing in a home with the risk of lead exposure could be hazardous to your baby’s health. Keenan counsels parents to skip the test-at-home lead kits and call 1-800-424-LEAD to get information on the closest analyzing company in your neighborhood.

So what are some other important things to consider when preparing for the childproofing process?

  • Electrical outlets can be very fascinating to a baby facing them at eye level. Keenan says 15 percent of all childhood electrocutions happen in the home. Be sure to outfit any room your child will spend a lot of time in with the plastic outlet covers that are available at most retail stores.
  • Similar to electrical outlets, any electronics, such as DVD players or VCRs, can be just as tempting for little fingers. Make sure you keep those types of items away from floor level to stop children from forcing objects into them, Bowen says.
  • Never underestimate the climbing ability of a small child. Tucker already knows the capabilities of her toddler all too well and made sure she tethered all furniture in their playroom. For storage, she invested in a “sling” bookshelf that displays books face front and comes equipped with two soft, canvas drawers on the bottom for storage.
  • Before you even enter a child’s playroom, consider the fact that 30,000 children go to the emergency room each year with injuries from doors. Keenan says many companies sell hinges and doorstops for doors that are impossible to catch a child’s fingers or clothing, so be sure to put that on your checklist. Any kinds of cords that work curtains, window treatments or blinds can easily become choking hazards, so make sure they are safely secured as well.

Stocking the Playroom

And finally, the playroom may be properly secured and childproofed, but how safe are the toys in the toy box, or the actual toy box itself?

As of late, there have been a rash of toy recalls, with lead paint being the main component in the toys and children’s furniture. While legislation has been passed to allocate more funds for stricter toy inspections in the next few years, it is best to check any toys that may seem suspect, particularly if you’ve picked them up at any consignment sales. Ditto with any wooden plastic toy boxes or containers, which could also contain lead paint, Keenan says.

“Before loading a room with toys, parents are wise to read about age-appropriate toys and activities and follow manufacturers’ suggestions on toys and furniture,” Nixon says. Make sure any toys you put in the playroom don’t have any small, removable parts that could be a choking hazard for infants.

“For the first three years, a child will put things into the mouth,” Nixon says. “The mouth is a powerful organ and mouthing is a normal and expected way for a baby to discover his world. While parents can’t – and shouldn’t – stop this natural behavior, they must carefully supervise and replace anything harmful with a safe, acceptable toy.”

And think twice about bringing in any fun play furniture or equipment that could bring more harm than good to your child. “Don’t deck out the playroom with an indoor trampoline because they are extremely dangerous for kids to play on,” Bowen says. “Also, if you have an indoor swing or slide, continue to check that they are operating safely and are fastened securely.”

Nixon reminds parents that it is critical to create a safe room for their baby to explore, use skills and develop new ones because the growing infant brain needs stimulation from all five senses to properly develop. So get out your checklist and check it twice, because before you know it, your baby will be ready to conquer the playroom and will need a safe and protected place to do just that.