Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black legged ticks (1). Very recently, this infection has also been shown to be transmitted my mosquito bites and fleas (2, 3). This would explain the rapid increase of Lyme disease across the country. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema. If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, the nervous system and eventually the whole body. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing could be helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods but these tests can potentially miss a significant number of patients who are left undiagnosed. Long term treatment with antibiotics is usually the only option that doctors use to treat this infection. Unfortunately, in the … [Read more...] about How to treat Lyme disease naturally
Autoimmune bladder disease
Could vitamin D have another feather in its cap? As concerns grow regarding adequate vitamin D intake, low levels have now been linked to a risk of bladder cancer, according to results presented this week at the Society for Endocrinology conference in the United Kingdom. The findings add to a body of evidence suggesting that low vitamin D is detrimental to health. Some vitamin D comes from the diet. Good sources include fatty fish and fish oil, dairy products, mushrooms, liver, and egg yolks. However, it is mostly synthesized when the body is exposed to sunlight. Dietary sources alone cannot normally provide sufficient vitamin D. Vitamin D helps the body to maintain healthy levels of calcium and phosphates. Low levels have been linked to a range of health problems. In children, it can lead to bone deformities, such as rickets. Concentrations tend to decrease with age, and, in time, a lack of vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis, especially in postmenopausal women. Low levels … [Read more...] about Vitamin D deficiency may raise bladder cancer risk
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that your teeth are very important for the health of the rest of your body. Chinese medicinal practitioners believe that every tooth is connected to every organ in the body. So could your teeth contribute to the root causes of disease? Well, according to some researchers, one common dental procedure may be at the root of the problem. So picture this: You are in the dentist chair, and your dentist brings back an x-ray and says, “You need a root canal.” Your first reaction is to fix the problem; after all, you don’t want to lose your tooth. You would rather avoid replacing it with an artificial tooth, so you say yes to the root canal. However, it turns out that you could also be saying yes to increasing your risk of disease. Bacteria are known to cause abscessed teeth, which leads to a root canal treatment. There are approximately 25 million root canals performed every year in the U.S. During root canal surgery, pulp within the … [Read more...] about Can Root Canals Lead to Terminal Cancer?
Chronic kidney disease is a slow progressive loss of kidney function over a period of several years. Eventually, the patient has permanent kidney failure. Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure, chronic renal disease, or chronic kidney failure, is much more widespread than people realize; it often goes undetected and undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced. It is not unusual for people to realize they have chronic kidney failure only when their kidney function is down to 25 percent of normal. As kidney failure advances and the organ's function is severely impaired, dangerous levels of waste and fluid can rapidly build up in the body. Treatment is aimed at stopping or slowing down the progression of the disease - this is usually done by controlling its underlying cause. Chronic kidney failure, as opposed to acute kidney failure, is a slow and gradually progressive disease. Even if one kidney stops functioning, the other can carry out normal functions. It … [Read more...] about Chronic kidney disease: Causes, symptoms, and treatments
Hemochromatosis is an iron overload disorder in which a person absorbs too much iron from the food and drink they consume. Left untreated, it can damage various organs in the body. The skin takes on a bronze color. The surplus iron is stored in the liver, heart, pancreas, and other organs. Damage to the pancreas can lead to diabetes. Hereditary hemochromatosis can also lead to cancer and heart disease. Hemochromatosis can be primary, a result of genetic alterations, or secondary, as a result of another disease or condition. Primary hemochromatosis mostly affects white people. In the United States, it affects around 5 white people in every 1,000, and 10 percent of white people carry one of the genes related to the condition. However, many people have the gene mutation but no symptoms. As women regularly lose blood during menstruation, hemochromatosis is less common among females than males. Blood loss reduces iron levels. Iron overload disorder can be either primary or … [Read more...] about Iron overload disorder: Symptoms, causes, and treatment
In part two of my series on multiple sclerosis (MS), I hone in on one nutrient in particular. It is the heavyweight vitamin in terms of disease prevention and treatment. Vitamin D, it has been found, may prevent or disrupt this difficult disease. First, let’s revisit MS and the symptoms that it develops: — Weakness, loss of muscle coordination — Tingling, numbness, dizziness — Blurred vision — General pain — Heat sensitivity — Loss of bladder control — Memory loss, problem-solving difficulties — Mood disturbances Published recently in the journal “Neurology,” a study found that women who took vitamin D in their multivitamins were 40% less likely to develop MS. That’s a big difference. From two long-term “Nurses’ Health” studies, women’s diets and use of vitamin supplements were assessed every four years. Out of nearly 190,000 women, 173 … [Read more...] about How the Sunshine Vitamin Could Treat This Disease
Did you know there are many celebrities with chronic illnesses? Selena Gomez, Tom Hanks, Charlie Sheen, Michael J Fox, Lena Dunham, Pink, George Clooney, Kim Kardashian, Jack Osbourne, Venus Williams, Halle Berry, and even rapper Lil Wayne are all sufferers of known chronic illnesses like diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and HIV, among others. What’s it like for these celebrities to cope with their conditions while living highly public and stressful lives? Read on to find out. Selena Gomez, Lupus Selena Gomez is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, but life is not always glamorous, even for her. The former Disney star and “Kill Em with Kindness” singer battles the autoimmune disease known as lupus, undergoing chemotherapy to help treat it. Although her condition was kept private for years, Gomez decided to take a break from music in 2013 and checked into a rehab facility in 2014 to spend some time on herself. Taking care of oneself is very important … [Read more...] about Celebrities with Chronic Illnesses: Selena Gomez Lupus, Tom Hanks Diabetes, Charlie Sheen HIV, Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Disease
Autoimmune conditions affect over 50 million Americans, a large percentage of whom are women. In fact, I myself had an autoimmune diseases called Graves. Autoimmune diseases are considered a top 10 leading cause of death in women under the age of 65. They come in many different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and more, and can cause many different types of symptoms all over the body that range from mild to severe in nature. But what are they, what causes them, and how can they be treated? What causes autoimmune diseases? There are many underlying factors that can cause people to develop an autoimmune condition. There certainly is an underlying genetic component. However, whether these genes get expressed or turned on is actually caused by a host of other factors, such as toxins from heavy metals like mercury or my co-toxins from molds, infections like Candida, Epstein-Barr and the herpes simplex … [Read more...] about 12 Symptoms Of Autoimmune Disease! How To Reverse It Naturally?
Autoimmune conditions affect over 50 million Americans, a large percentage of whom are women. In fact, I myself had an autoimmune diseases called Graves. Autoimmune diseases are considered a top 10 leading cause of death in women under the age of 65. They come in many different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and more, and can cause many different types of symptoms all over the body that range from mild to severe in nature. But what are they, what causes them, and how can they be treated? What causes autoimmune diseases? There are many underlying factors that can cause people to develop an autoimmune condition. There certainly is an underlying genetic component. However, whether these genes get expressed or turned on is actually caused by a host of other factors, such as toxins from heavy metals like mercury or mycotoxins from molds, infections like Candida, Epstein-Barr and the herpes simplex … [Read more...] about 20 Warning Signs of an Autoimmune Disease And How to Reverse It Naturally
FRIENDLY FIRE OR SILENT KILLER? What do you think of when you hear the work” inflammation”? If you are like most people you will recall a time when you sprained an ankle or strained a muscle. You may have experienced swelling and pain and were told by your doctor or therapist to take an anti-inflammatory medication, use ice and elevation. This is a relatively common, and self-limiting reaction that eventually leads to healing. Inflammation is the body’s natural, normal defensive response to a tissue injury. A typical inflammatory response has recognizable hallmark characteristics of redness, heat, swelling and pain. While the mechanisms are a bit complex, It is important to understand the basic processes involved, or the cascade of events that occur when the body is in this state we term “inflammation”. I will simplify the explanation with just some essential facts. The inflammatory response is the body’s elaborate … [Read more...] about Inflammation and Disease: Friendly Fire or Silent Killer? Taking back control.