Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnelCarpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in between the tendons and the forearm muscles. This compressed nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.

There may be a sudden, sharp pain shooting through the wrist and up your arm. Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers. The fingers may feel useless and puffed up with little or no swelling present.

The symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night and a person with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to move their hand or wrist. As symptoms worsen the tingling may also be present during the day. A decrease in grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks.

The current recommendation by the medical community, if symptoms persist for more than 6 months is surgery which involves severing the band of tissue around the wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve.

Before submitting to surgery the treatment option is vitamin B-6 (75mg a day) and Zinc (50mg per day).

 

The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Silver Kills Bacteria

BabyVirtually anyone reading this probably had a drop of silver nitrate dropped into their eyes after birth, which became standard practice at the end of the 19th century to prevent blindness, in the event that the mother had a venereal disease.

During the 14th century in Europe about 25% of the total population died from the Bubonic Plague which swept the continent. Only the Gypsies seemed to be immune from the ravages due to their practices of using small amounts of ground-up silver in their veins.

Silver kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and mold. Silver is a powerful natural anti-biotic and was used to prevent and treat infections in the late 19th and early 20th century for a variety of ailments. However in the early 1940’s the medical profession turned its attention to pharmaceuticals drugs and ant-biotics.

Silver is an important trace mineral and minute particles were found in soil before it became depleted by overuse and now the only way to get silver one needs is in liquid form. There has never been a reported allergic or toxic reaction. Excess silver may be deposited in the skin and tissue and can cause discoloration.

Are Mosquitoes Feasting On You?

dreamstime_xl_20614139(1).ssWhy do mosquitoes find some people more irresistible while others are being ignored? Could it be your blood type, your sweat, the color of your clothes or the foods you eat?

There are about 200 species of mosquitoes in North America, each with different requirements and biting habits to suck out your blood and to spread disease.

Are your prone to more mosquito bites than your friends and family? It turns out that approximately 20% of the population are getting bitten more than the rest on a consistent basis. Research shows that there is a different factor of attraction in certain blood types, such as Type 0 seems to get bitten more often, while type A is bitten less often and Type B is somewhere in between.

Mosquitoes are also attracted to sweat and lactic acid, ammonia, carboxylic acid, and carbon dioxide. Bacteria and microbes found on your skin create your body odor and the more you emit, the more attractive you are to them. Larger people naturally emit more carbon dioxide than smaller people, which is one of the reasons adults seem to be bitten more often than children.

Most people turn to store bought insect repellents to keep mosquitoes away, but often these insect repellents contain a chemical called DEET, which should only be used with caution. Heavy exposure to DEET has been linked to memory loss, headaches, fatigue and is particularly toxic to children.

Fortunately, there are several natural remedies that can help in preventing mosquito stings and are easily available. A few drops of citronella, lemongrass and eucalyptus make a perfect remedy.

Preventing mosquito bites also eliminates the possibility of contracting several mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, encephalitis, Yellow fever and West Nile virus. Since there is no cure – prevention is the best defense. One of the best practices is to spend minimum time outdoors between dusk and dawn and to wear loose fitting clothing keeping skin exposure to a minimum and to eliminate any standing water around the house, since mosquitoes need water to breed.

Fingernails – An Indicator of Health

fingernail=1Your fingernails can provide clues to your overall health — but do you know how to read the signs? Nail pitting are small depressions in the nails. Nail pitting is most common in people who have psoriasis — a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin. Nail pitting can also be related to connective tissue disorders and hair loss.

With yellow nail syndrome, nails thicken and new growth slows. This results in a yellowish discoloration of the nails. Nails affected by yellow nail syndrome might lack a cuticle and detach from the nail bed. It is often a sign of respiratory disease, but can also be related to the swelling of the hands.

 

Nail clubbing occurs when the tips of the fingers enlarge and the nails curve around the fingertips, usually over the course of years. Nail clubbing is sometimes the result of low oxygen in the blood and could be a sign of various types of lung disease and with inflammatory bowel disease.

Spoon nails are soft nails that look scooped out. The depression usually is large enough to hold a drop of liquid. This could be a sign of iron deficiency  or a liver condition known as hemochromatosis, in which your body absorbs too much iron from the food you eat. Spoon nails can also be associated with heart disease and hypothyroidism.

Terry’s nails is associated with the tip of each nail having a dark band. Sometimes this can be attributed to aging. In other cases, it can be a sign of a serious underlying condition, such as liver disease, congestive heart failure or diabetes.

Beau’s lines are indentations that run across the nails. The indentations can appear when growth at the area under the cuticle is interrupted by injury or severe illness. Conditions associated with Beau’s lines include diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, as well as illnesses associated with a high fever’s and can also be a sign of zinc deficiency.

Onycholysis is associated with the fingernails becoming loose and separating from the nail bed. Sometimes detached nails are associated with injury or infection. In other cases nail separation is a reaction to a particular drug or consumer product, such as nail hardeners or adhesives. Thyroid disease and psoriasis — a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin — also can cause nail separation.

The information on this website is not intended to replace a consultation with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice and was provided by www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com

Acid / Base Metabolism

Acid / Base MetabolismMost Western diets contain too many acids relative to alkaline substances, especially animal proteins vs vegetables products. In addition most people are under a great deal of stress and these two factors combined over time, create  long-term acid stress in the body. Our bodies have a great capacity to buffer acids but over time these systems become chronically over-burdened. Ultimately, acids are stored in the connective tissue where a change in pH has consequences on the functioning of nearly every system in the body.

The best way to support acid-base metabolism is to change the diet and lifestyle patterns which can result in chronic acidity. The body  must compensate by either producing more bicarbonate (alkaline), for example by releasing it from the bones, or by storing these accumulated acids in the extracellular tissue for future removal.

A constantly acidic urine is a reflection of an ongoing need to eliminate excess acid. In chronic acidosis due to diet and stress the net acid load constantly outweighs the ability of the body to replenish bicarbonate. When this happens, acids are stored to prevent blood pH from becoming out of range, first in the extracellular matrix and ultimately inside the cells. This acidic extracellular matrix can result in many different health issues including: chronic pain, fatigue, osteoporosis, allergies and cancer.