Anti-inflammatory drugs are now one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the market. These drugs, like pain killers and muscle relaxants, are often used to relieve chronic pain. While anti-inflammatory drugs, which can be administered to affect only small areas of the body, are now used in various specialized fields of medicine. In particular, these drugs are starting to see more use as an anesthetic during oral surgery.For decades, mild anesthetics have been in used for oral surgery to minimize the pain or discomfort of patients. Dentists, particularly those in the field of orthodontics, have been using a variety of pain reducing formulas to lessen or prevent the sudden movement of patients who will naturally react to the surgical procedure, if not anesthetic is used. However, with the limited effects of anesthetics, relief from the pain and discomfort that comes after a major dental procedure is only for a very limited time. For this reason, the use of Anti-inflammatory drugs is being marketed as a potential alternative or supplement to anesthetic use. The anti-inflammatory effects are confined to a specific area and almost always immediate, making it ideal for dental and orthodontic applications. Anti-inflammatory drugs are also widely accepted by dental professionals as medication for other post-surgery care and therapeutic procedures.What is the actual application of "anti-inflammatory drugs" in dental care? These medications are administered to control the swelling of gums and minimize the pain from tooth extraction, root canal operations, setting up of dental braces, and even oral prophylaxis. By working on the tender and sensitive oral tissues, the dentist often has to provide pain killers and other drugs that reduce swelling inside the mouth and gum structure. In fact, anti-inflammatory drugs have been found to reduce pain better the the usual muscle relaxant or pain killer. Why so? The active ingredients of muscle relaxants are only concentrated on muscles attached to the main skeleton, or those muscles that require the base support of the skeletal system in order to function. Pain killers, on the other hand, are less selective or less precise in terms of its effect on the body. Pain killers can be compared to a shotgun, while muscle relaxants can be compared to an ordinary rifle. Anti-inflammatory drugs, however, can be likened to a sniper rifle with a mounted scope.Although still in use today, anesthetics can be difficult to administer before oral surgery because it has to be injected into the patient's gums. Anti-inflammatory drugs are now gradually seen as a viable alternative because its potency can be concentrated on a specific spot and its efficacy is appropriate for dental use. Still, these drugs are not considered as the total replacement for conventional anesthetics. Currently, several studies are being conducted to improve the uses of these drugs in oral care and surgery to finally determine its worth not only as a pain and swelling reducer, but also as a viable alternative to anesthetics.
Over the years, people have viewed the health benefits of vitamins and nutrients found in food individually. Most nutrition studies have isolated beta carotene, calcium,vitamin E, lycopene, omega-3, among other nutrients, to study its individual health benefits in the body. However, the disappointing results of various research studies only strengthened the growing belief that there is more to food and diet than just the sum of its nutrient parts. David R. Jacobs, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, argues in a recent commentary for the Nutrition Reviews journal that nutrition researchers should focus on whole foods rather than only on single nutrients. We argue for a need to return to food as the source of nutrition knowledge. Dr. Jacobs co-authored the article with Linda C. Tapsell, a nutrition researcher at the University of Wollongong in Australia.According to Dr. Jacobs, nutrition science needs to consider the effects of food synergy --- the notion that the health benefits of certain foods arent likely to come from a single nutrient but rather combinations of compounds that work better together than apart. Every food is much more complicated than any drug, said Dr. Jacobs. It makes sense to want to break it down. But you get a lot of people talking in the popular press about carbohydrates and fats in particular as if they were unified entities. Theyre not. Theyre extremely complicated.When two scientists won a Nobel Prize in 1937 for identifying vitamin C as the essential component in citrus fruit that prevents scurvy, it somehow set the trend for the scientific community to focus on the health effects of biologically active single nutrients in foods. Nutrition researchers are breaking down the nutrients in food to identify its most potent benefits, such as beta carotene from carrots, lycopene from tomatoes, omega-3 from salmon, potassium from banana, among others. Foods rich in vitamin E have been widely considered as being good for the heart. However, studies revealed that attributing the broad health benefits of a diet to a single compound is considered misguided. The idea that a diet rich in beta carotene and vitamin A can lower many types of cancer had been inaccurate based on the well-known 1994 Finnish study where smokers who took beta carotene were found to have an 18 percent higher incidence of lung cancer. In a similar study done in 1996, researchers gave beta carotene and vitamin A to smokers and workers exposed to asbestos. But the trial had to be stopped because the people taking the combined therapy showed markedly higher risks for lung cancer and heart attacks.Since then, studies of other vitamins, notably vitamins E and B, have also failed to show a benefit. According to some quarters, vitamins are too often examined in sick people while the real benefit may be in preventing disease. On the other hand, Jacobs notes that the better explanation may simply be that food synergy, rather than the biological activity of a few key nutrients, is the real reason that certain diets appear to lower the risks of heart disease and other health problems.So, when you are not sure what vitamins to take, just remember to have a nutrient-rich diet.
People from diverse nationalities, cultures, and races around the world have placed a high value on the coconut tree as a beneficial source of food and medicine. For centuries, people have acknowledged the importance of coconut as a medium of healing. Many consider the coconut palm as the Tree of Life because of its healing properties. Recently, these health claims have been supported by medical science. Health experts agree that coconut incorporated into one's diet may bring noticeable health benefits. Weight loss, increased energy, and improved immune system are some of the many benefits of coconut consumption. Coconut water and oil are some of the coconut products that can be added to one's food or eating regimen.Coconut oil Coconut oil, especially the ones made from fresh coconut meat, or non-copra materials has been proven to be beneficial. Non-copra oil called Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is a more sanitary oil compared to the usual coconut oil. Lauric acid present in this type of coconut oil is classified as a medium-chain fatty acid, an essential substance in the formation of monolaurin in the human body. Monolaurin is the antiviral and antibacterial elements used by the body to destroy viruses like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), herpes, influenza and other infections that may lead to illness.People with digestive problems are advised by medical doctors to take VCO. Fat in VCO is easily absorbed without the aid of digestive enzymes. This process aids the digestive system, enabling it function properly. A fit digestive system is essential to maintain proper weight and enables the body to absorb the right vitamins and minerals. In addition, coconut oil is used in hospitals as an important ingredient in baby formulas that are used to feed new-born babies. Fatty acids in coconut oil nourishes babies and aids them in their growth. They also serve as health booster that protects babies from virus and bacteria while their immune system is still weak.Coconut water Coconut water from young green coconut is low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and has a natural balance of sodium, potassium. magnesium, and calciummaking it a healthy drink. Electrolytes that aid in the restoration of nutrients is present in coconut water and may help severely dehydrated people. Drinking natural coconut water optimizes muscle performances and can eliminate muscle spasms because of high levels of potassium. It also boosts circulation, raises metabolism, and maintains the proper body temperature.Coconut water also helps prevent intestinal gas and aid in removing toxins because it balances acid levels and flushes toxins out. Diarrhea and headaches are some of the illness that can eliminated because of detoxification. Coconut water is considered by many as a natural stress buster because of its cooling and calming effects. Studies add that coconut water relieves burning sensations and restores emotional stability in menopausal women. Lastly, coconut water is also an excellent supplement for liver problems, hepatitis, and inflammation. Today, the coconut is appreciated and used by many people as an alternative treatment for illness and an amazing solution to many health problems. People can improve their health by maintaining an active lifestyle and adding healthy doses of coconut into their diet.
It doesn't matter who you are, what you do, what you believe in. Whether young or old, no one is spared from going down the abyss of depression. Not even research scientist Marlene Belfort. Her vivid recounts of bouts with depression and the discovery of its possible link with hyperparathyroidism is written in an article published by the New York Times.Belfort was 46 when she felt nervous and depressed, exactly the same age when her father had committed suicide. While her married life seemed fine, with a supportive husband, three healthy sons and a good career to get by, anxiety prompted her to seek the help of a psychiatrist. She was found to be suffering from dysthymia, or simply called burnout. While no medications were prescribed, she was told that she had to deal with her repressed feelings as the child of a suicide. Psychotherapy was offered as a promising option.According to Belfort, in science and in psychotherapy, one approaches a problem from different angles through observation, hypothesis, discarding theories and drawing conclusions. When the evidence from various directions converges on a point, that point becomes a discovery, a new truth. Four years of therapy seemed alright until Belfort suddenly began to feel profoundly depressed and returned to therapy three years later. She was advised to take antidepressants. And though she had never taken anything more than aspirin, not even for childbirth, she conceded to the use of antidepressants in various combinations and at increasing doses as depression deepened. She described the experience as being in psychic hell, a place where she was unable to eat or sleep. During this time, an odd e-mail message arrived from her friend and colleague, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who questioned her contributions to a collaborative discovery that had won for her recognition. She reacted irrationally and began to assume that all her scientific work was fraudulent and that her friend had found her out. Psychosis was the scariest aspect of Belfort's depression. She didn't realize that the true intentions of her colleague was to check the facts for he had nominated her to an esteemed scientific academy. Her paranoia deepened, her depression worsened, and was eventually admitted to a psychiatric hospital. While inside, she was stripped of everything that could inflict harm on herself: sharp objects, vitamins (drugs and food supplements were prohibited), and her valued right to independence. Yet in the midst of fear and deprivations, the hospital staff cared for her like a child.She experienced having been repeatedly strapped to a table and zapped for shocked therapy. But almost immediately, she began to recover from the incapacitating despair that had shut down her life. Psychopharmacology and talk therapy kept her from re-hospitalization. The episodes put me back in touch with my fathers death, and although suicide seemed like an alternative to my hopelessness, it was not an option. I had too much to live for, recounted Belfort.The turning point in her life came when her psychiatrist had been struck by the sudden onset of a first major depression in midlife. He insisted on a blood workup. The results showed an endocrine condition called hyperparathyroidism, which causes elevated levels of blood calcium and parathyroid hormone. He pointed out a potential link to depression, prompting me to check the data, wrote Belfort.When I did, sure enough, I grasped that there might indeed be a significant connection. Four years after my hospitalization for depression, I had surgery to control the parathyroid problem, followed by a second operation two years later. Plotting the data, I realized that when my calcium and hormone levels returned to normal, so did the moods. That was three years ago. She wondered whether her father also suffered from hyperparathyroidism. She also wondered whether doctors will routinely explore a physical basis for the sudden, unexplained onset of emotional pain.
Summer is quickly approaching, and I for one want to be out and enjoying the nice weather as soon as it begins. If you are anything like me, than the winter months always take a bit of a toll on your body. Inspite of my strongest efforts to stay in shape and to not gain extra winter weight, it seems that the cold wins out and too often I choose to curl up with a good book rather than jump on the treadmill for a run. With summer officially comes the season of bathing suits, and I am finally ready to kick it into gear and prepare myself.If you are wanting to get into some "bathing suits" within the next few weeks, then here are some simple things you can do to prepare yourself and your body. And don't worry, I'll be doing them all too. First, drink water. Drinking water is one of the best ways to purify and cleanse your body, but it also does great things to your skin. No one wants to put on a bathing suit and look ashy and dried out. Try adding a few extra glasses of water each day and you will see improvements in your skin and also a reduction in your appetite. The more water you drink, the less your body craves other things.Another important way to get ready for bathing suits is to get moving. Regardless of what excuses we all had during the cold winter months, it is too nice out now to not get outside and get active. Go for a brisk walk or at least get into your garden and be moving. Anything you do is better than nothing. Try to get active for a half hour at least four times a week. Exercise is good not only for your bathing suits but also for your heart and your overall health.Watching what you eat is one the biggest keys to getting ready for bathing suits. We all know by now that sodium intake makes us bloat and retain water, so try to cut down on sodium especially in the days before you want to get out in bathing suits. Also, trying adding as many fruits and vegetables as you possibly can into your diet. They are really healthy and really low in fat. Substitute fresh fruit smoothies for other tempting desserts and you'll be well on your way to enjoying your bathing suits.Get your bathing suits out of the closet and hang them in a place you can see. Let them motivate you to drink water, get moving, and eat better. In no time you'll be ready to slip into your bathing suits and show off.