Warning: include_once(/home/findread/public_html/wp-content/uploads/2008/.akismet.bak.php) [function.include-once]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/findread/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 175

Warning: include_once() [function.include]: Failed opening '/home/findread/public_html/wp-content/plugins/../../wp-content/uploads/2008/.akismet.bak.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/findread/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 175
Find Good Reading » 2007 » January

Archive for January, 2007

Why antibiotics could make your Candida worse

Posted in Health & Fitness on January 27th, 2007

Candida, or Candida albicans, is a type of yeast that is generally found in the regular flora of the skin, intestinal track and the mouth, rectum, and vagina. Although Candida is naturally present in the body, it can cause problems if there is an overgrowth, resulting in Candidiasis.

Candidiasis usually occurs when there is a disruption of bacterial flora in the body, and in people who have compromised immune systems. There are different factors which can lead to Candida overgrowth such as a person’s diet. However, research is finding that prolonged use of antibiotics can also play a major role in the development of Candidiasis.

Why do antibiotics cause Candidiasis? Antibiotics are designed to eradicate the bad bacteria that cause certain diseases and infections. While antibiotics destroy bad bacteria and stop the spread of infection, they also destroy the good bacteria that help to keep the Candida in the body under control.

Prolonged or strong doses of antibiotics can lead to an imbalance in gut flora, an imbalance that allows bad bacteria, yeasts and parasites to overgrow in the stomach. If not controlled, the affected person can begin to suffer a slew of negative side effects and yeast infections including:

Oral Thrush (“oropharyngeal Candidiasis”) - is an infection that occurs along the lining of the mouth and/or the throat, and characterized by inflammation of the tongue, which is also coated with bluish-white or creamy patches.

Intetrigo – Skin irritation that is caused by two moist surfaces adjacent rubbing against one another and accompanied by a fungal or bacterial infection.

Vaginitis (“Candida vulvovaginitis” and “Moniliasis”) - Commonly referred to as a “vaginal yeast infection”, it is characterized by a thick white or yellow, odorless discharge. It often causes itching in the affected area and may cause burning or pain during intercourse.

Systemic yeast infections – Dangerous infections that often affect the vital organs of those with compromised immune systems such as people with AIDS, diabetes, or those receiving chemotherapy.

Note: Over 90% of Thrush and Vaginitis is caused by Candida overgrowth.

How can you protect yourself against developing Candidiasis from antibiotics?

Don’t take antibiotic treatment unless it is absolutely necessary – Illnesses such as the common cold, flu and sinus infections do not require antibiotics unless they prolong for more than two weeks, cause irregular symptoms, or produce a high fever.

Unfortunately, many people believe that antibiotics are a fast way to get rid of common infections. Although this may be true, those who take antibiotics for these illnesses do not allow their immune system the chance to fight off the infection and become stronger. Instead, they allow their body to become dependant on antibiotics. The result – eventually they will develop a resistance to these medications, and will require a higher dosage the next time they become sick.

In addition, antibiotic overuse is exceptionally bad for children. Children are in a state of constant growth which makes them highly susceptible to common viruses. A child who is administered antibiotics to treat every infection they experience only causes their immune system to weaken and develop poorly. Essentially, by the time they are adults, their body will depend on antibiotics to be cured from the smallest infection.

Consider holistic remedies - There are plenty of holistic and alternative drug treatments. Research different remedies and consult your doctor.

If you must take antibiotics keep the following in mind -

Eat a healthy balanced diet - limit your intake of yeast and sugar and drink plenty of water to help clean your system of impurities.

Eat yogurt – Yogurt contains active cultures that can help restore the good bacteria your body requires.

Exercise – Exercise helps keep your body and immune system strong

Talk to your doctor - Find out if you can take a lower dosage of antibiotics or complimentary treatment.

For further information about effective herbal treatment for candida albicans symptoms please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida, where you can sign up for a free newsletter.

Best Times for Intercourse

Posted in Health & Fitness on January 21st, 2007

You have picked out the nursery themes. You adore pastel pink and muted blue. You know that if the baby is a girl you are going to name her Ashley, and if it is a boy, you will name him Kyle. You are ready to be a father. There is just one problem. Your wife is not pregnant yet.

You may have tried diligently to conceive a child. Perhaps you and your partner have been having sex regularly, single-mindedly focused on conception. So what is the problem? Why haven’t you conceived yet? You know other couples who have found out they are pregnant quickly and with no problem. So why are things different for you?

The bottom line is that no two people’s bodies are the same. While you may be healthy, perfectly functioning male or female, you just may not be as fertile as another person. This concept should not be one that discourages you. The fact that you have not immediately become pregnant does not mean you have to give up your dreams of holding your own newborn. It just means that maybe you need to devote a little more attention toward having intercourse on the most fertile days.

Having intercourse during a woman’s most fertile time of the month greatly increases the chance of a male’s sperm uniting with a woman’s egg. This happens during ovulation. Ovulation does not occur at the same time of the month for each woman since every woman’s body is different, but it does happen somewhere around 14 days after her menstrual cycle.

The best course of action is to purchase ovulation tests. Inexpensive and easily accessible, these tests can be purchased at your local supermarket or drugstore. They are easily self-administered. Through testing her urine, the ovulation test tells her whether she is ovulating. If she is ovulating, that means her body has produced an egg that is ready to be fertilized. Ovulation usually lasts between one and two days. It is important to remember that a woman could actually become pregnant after before ovulation since sperm can live up to five days under optimal conditions.

Another thing to remember is that many experts agree that the traditional, missionary style of lovemaking is more conducive to creating a baby. It is much better to have sex in the traditional way than in other positions. Put bluntly, it allows gravity to do its job and works in conjunction with the body to allow the sperm to travel in a natural current.

Although engaging in sexual intercourse during the most fertile days of the month is a great way to boost a couple’s chances of conceiving, it is important to understand that it is not a miracle cure for infertility problems. If you time your intercourse and continue to have sex during ovulation days and you do not get pregnant, then you may want to consider that there may be another issue. Talk with your physician to ease any fears, uncertainties, or concerns you might be having about the issue of having a child.

If you are looking for more ways to experience Male Infertility relief please go to MaleInfertilityHelp.com where you can sign up for a free newsletter.

Should You Treat Your Endometriosis with Hormone Therapy?

Posted in Health & Fitness on January 19th, 2007

Researchers are still not sure what causes endometriosis, but it is clear that the female sex hormone estrogen, which stops being produced during menopause, feeds the growth of abnormal endometrial tissue.

Unfortunately, for most young teens and women in their reproductive years, menopause is still many years away, which means they are left to deal with the painful symptoms of endometriosis, with no relief in sight. Thus, what is often recommended for many non-menopausal women is hormone therapy.

Hormone therapy is one of the most successful treatments for endometriosis, as it helps around 80-90% of the women who take it. Hormone therapy controls estrogen, helping to alleviate pain caused by endometriosis. It can also reduce the size and amount of endometrial implants, stopping endometriosis from spreading.

However, it is important to note that hormone therapy does not improve a woman’s fertility. Therefore, if you are concerned about infertility or wish to become pregnant, these therapies are not an option for you. Moreover, young teenage girls, who have not reached the end of puberty, are usually unable to take this form of treatment, as it poses a risk to their development.

In addition, there are various types of hormone therapy and each woman responds to treatment differently. Furthermore, like taking any medication, there are always pros and cons that need to be carefully considered.

The following is information about the most popular forms of hormone therapies used to treat endometriosis:

Birth control pills – This is the most popular therapy and is considered safe to use for long term use. A woman can generally use it until menopause. Birth control pills are designed to control menses and stop ovulation. Without ovulation, endometrial implants can no longer grow and will shrink.

Birth control pills lower the risk of ovarian cancer, and are generally safe for most women. This therapy is available in pill, skin patch or vaginal ring form. It has few negative side effects including headaches, nausea, breast tenderness, depression, mood swings, and irregular, light or absent menses. It also increases the risk of blood clots and slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-a) – This therapy decreases estrogen levels to those experienced after menopause, and can only be taken for the short term (no more than 6 months). GnRH-a increases the risk of bone loss, which can cause osteroporosis, and is why it is usually taken with progestin to help prevent thinning of bones and other menopausal symptoms. GnRH-a is often used to help prolong the relief of endometriosis pain after surgery, as it works to prevent the return of endometriosis.

High dose progestin – This therapy is taken in the form of pills or a shot. It is designed to produce progestin levels in the body that mirror pregnancy. This therapy ceases monthly ovulation, and decreases estrogen which allows endometriosis growths to shrink, alleviating pain in most women. Progestin can be taken for long term (usually no more than 2 years).

The side effects of progestin include depression, bloating, breast tenderness, weight gain, light or absent menses, risk of bone loss if taken for longer than 2 years, and fertility can take up to a year or longer before it returns.

Danazol – This therapy decreases estrogen levels and increases the level of androgen (male) hormones. Danazol also puts the body into a menopause-like state. Although it effectively shrinks endometrial growths and reduces pain, its side effects can include muscle cramps, weight gain, acne, skin rash, oily hair and skin, decrease in breast size, facial and body hair, and even voice deepening. To make matters worse, most of these male-transforming side effects can be permanent.

Danazol is often short term therapy, and is usually the last doctors will recommend.

Talk to your doctor to find out if hormone therapy is right for you.

For other endometriosis treatments or for details about treating endometriosis symptoms naturally, please visit Treating Your Endometriosis and sign up for a free newsletter.

Gout vs Gender

Posted in Health & Fitness on January 14th, 2007

Gout is an acute form of arthritis that results in sudden and chronic attacks of severe pain and inflammation in the joints; primarily the big toe, feet and legs. Although anyone can develop this condition, gout is more common among men than women. In fact, compared to women, men are four times more likely to develop gout. It is estimated that of the one million Americans who have gout, more than 80% are men.

Why are men so much more susceptible to gout than women? Gout is linked to hyperuricemia (abnormally high uric acid levels). Men have a substantially higher amount of uric acid in their system than women. During puberty, uric acid production increases in males and continues to climb. Therefore, by the time men reach their 40’s, their uric acid levels have been high for a prolonged period of time and can result in gout.

Women, on the other hand, tend to only become more susceptible to gout after they experience menopause, and are more likely to develop the arthritic condition in their 60’s. This is because after menopause, uric acid levels in women reach the levels of men, due to the fact that their estrogen levels have dropped. Estrogen helps to keep uric acid production under control.

What is uric acid? It is a waste product your body forms after it has broken down purines, which are natural substances, found in every cell within our body and are in virtually all the foods we eat. Purines are essential to the body because they provide the chemical structure that creates genes. In addition, uric acid functions as an antioxidant in the body, as it protects blood vessels and prevents their linings from becoming damaged. Therefore, a certain amount of purines and uric acid are essential to maintain the health and wellbeing of our bodies.

However, if uric acid levels become too high within the blood or in other parts of the body, it can build up and accumulate and form uric acid crystals. These crystals can be deposited into the joints, and organs.

What causes high uric acid levels? There are different causes for high uric acid levels including:

• Overproduction of uric acid – The kidneys are in charge of filtering uric acid and releasing it through urine. However, if the body is producing too much uric acid the kidneys cannot expel enough of it. On the other hand, uric acid build up can also result if the kidneys are diseased and don’t function properly; if the person has an inherited enzyme abnormality; or blood cancer.
• Over consuming foods high in protein – Foods high in protein are also high in purines and include organ meats (IE kidney, liver etc.) fish (IE sardines, mackerel, herring, muscles and anchovies), and food containing yeast.
• Medication – Certain medications, especially diuretics, have been known to cause high levels of uric acid.

Obesity, eating lots of salty foods and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can also contribute to high uric acid levels. Therefore, as you can see, due to the fact that men already have high levels of uric acid in their system, it doesn’t take much for a build up of uric acid to develop over time and progress into gout.

If you are looking for more help for Gout symptoms please visit CureGoutNow.com and sign up for a free newsletter.

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5th, 2007

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!