Make This Energy Packed, Healing Fruit Smoothie Your Everyday Morning Drink

Slows down aging process while helping you fight disease and lose weight

When I had cancer I made a very carefully thought out decision to put a strong effort into using natural healing before I turned myself over to modern medicine. I put in a great deal of time studying Chinese, Ayurvedic, European Herbal medicine, herbal healing and many other styles of natural healing. I finally decided to follow the advice of a Thompsonian Naturopathic Doctor. His was the first advice that made it real clear, how I got sick and how I would get well.

The very first thing he told me was “make a fruit smoothie every morning for breakfast for the rest of your life.” That was twenty years ago and I have not varied from that advice and it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.

You might be asking yourself, like I did, “why do I need to make a fruit smoothie for breakfast, what good will that do me?” Here is why. In America, the average person eats a diet composed of mostly acid foods (meat, dairy, grains, legumes, etc.). Eating a diet composed mostly of these types of foods encourages an acid environment to exist in your body. The majority of American’s ph runs at about 5.5, which is far too acidic. A healthy human body has a ph of between 6.5 to 7.5 ph. Allowing this acidic environment to exist in your body is one of the greatest threats known to the health of human beings. An acidic environment leads to heart disease, cancer, disease from viruses and germs, arthritis, allergies, metabolism problems, weight gains, psychological problems, hormone imbalances, etc. The fruit smoothie he suggested I use to help me fight the cancer is made up entirely of fruit and a few natural healing herbs which are alkaline (vegetables are also alkaline). This smoothie helped me to neutralize the acid environment in my body.

When I started making this drink I had been sick for some time. My energy was low; I had gained a lot of weight, I had digestion problems, acid reflux, felt bloated, a lot of gas, spastic bowel, blood in stool and no appetite. I also had low back pain, knee and ankle problems and stiffness all over. To sum it up I was a physical wreck, which was very depressing because I had a second degree black belt in Kempo Karate and only a few years before I was in peak physical condition.

So, I started making and drinking, The Morning Drink every morning. Right away I liked it because I could put in my favorite seasonal fruit and so the taste was great. It was not long before I noticed that my energy was coming back. Then my stomach problems started to go away and it was not long before my appetite came back and my weight went down. The weight change was dramatic. In about three months I was down to what my weight was when I earned my Black Belt, one hundred and seventy pounds. I was overjoyed about that and it has stayed the same ever since. But, just to let you know; I did a lot more than just The Morning Drink to beat the cancer I had.

Benefits of the Morning Drink

What did the morning drink bring to my body that encouraged a natural herbal healing effect? As we discussed at the beginning of this article The Morning Drink brings alkaline into the body to neutralize the ph and bring balance to the body’s environment. This alone increases oxygen, cleanses tissues and heals inflammation. It also helps to destroy cancer cells because cancer dies in an environment where there is oxygen. This new environment also encourages a stronger immune system. This drink has a cleansing and detoxing effect, removing toxins that can distract the immune system from its primary work, defending the body. Lastly The Morning Drink brings in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and protein in a very easily digestible food form.

Next, because the drink is fresh and raw it brings with it lots of enzymes. Enzymes are the great mystery of nutrition. Without them we are dead, there is no digestion and absorption, no cleaning, no movement, no thoughts, no energy. This drink brings an abundance of enzymes with it to start your day. Enzymes are the ultimate anti-inflammatory, easing the inflammation and repairing the injury. You can take the best, most expensive multivitamin in the world and you will not get a thing from it without enzymes. They are the great catalyst for the body. Like spark plugs for your car, without them there is no energy, nothing.

The Morning Drink Rules

OK let’s get started! It is easy to make and you will love this natural healing remedy. There are some rules listed below but they are easy to follow.

Rule one: I am going to tell you just exactly what I was told. You have this drink every morning for breakfast for the rest of your life!

The morning drink will help to quickly bring balance to your body’s ph (the acid alkaline balance); fruits and vegetables are alkaline everything else is acid. Balancing your body’s ph is one of the top keys to health and healing.

Rule two: This is an alkali drink do not add any acid ingredients to it.

I do not see much protein in there; could I add some protein powder? DO NOT add protein powders or protein containing foods like eggs, dairy, yogurt or tofu to this drink! Some of them are good for you but they are acidic for one thing. For another it is a problem for your liver and gall bladder to process fruit that digests in one hour with protein that digests in two to three hours. But guess what; this drink with its mix of fruit contains all the basic building blocks of protein called amino acids. So your body can create protein from this drink if it needs to. One more time, fruit is a food that does not mix with any other foods.

But what about my regular breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast and coffee? If you have a life threatening disease see my article “I am Sick, Where Do I Start”. If you do not have a life threatening disease, have your regular breakfast one hour or more, later. But speaking from experience, I would drop that stuff and use the drink as your breakfast or have a modified high alkaline breakfast with a lot of vegetables an hour later. Whatever you eat later will be easier to digest because this drink is loaded with digestive enzymes.

The Morning Drink Recipe

Fifteen minutes before you make this drink, have at least 12 to 16 ounces of water (distilled is best) to start the cleansing process of this drink.

Ingredients: (make fresh every day and vary the amounts to suit your taste and appetite)

– 8 ounces (plus or minus) of pure water (distilled is best) and 8 ounces of organic juice (apple, grape, etc.)

– 1 banana.

– Pinch of cayenne pepper more or less to taste (a natural healing herb).

– A chunk of ginger; thumb size (a natural healing herb).

– Fresh seasonal fruit; pear, grapes, peach, (organic if you can get it).

– A quarter to a half a lemon, include a small amount of peel if you like, very good for both the liver and gallbladder.

– Add a tablespoon of coconut, olive or peanut oil (cold pressed) for your skin and joints.

– A scoop of super green foods (blast every cell in your body with nutrient-rich organic vitamins and minerals to give you more energy than ever before).

– Put the above in a blender, liquefy and drink.

* Adjust the above to suit your taste and the amount you make.

Questions You May Have About the Drink

What about the sugar content of this Drink? These are whole fruits that your digestive system and pancreas must process just like any other food. This is not like eating refined sugar or the refined fruit juices from the grocery store. If you are a diabetic, take a small amount, monitor your blood sugar and use accordingly. By all means check with your physician.

I had my blood sugar checked recently and the Doctor remarked that he was surprised at how balanced my blood sugar was considering my age which is sixty four. As I said before, I have been drinking this drink every morning for the last twenty years.

What about this drink feeding my Candida and making it worse? This drink will help heal your gastrointestinal track. Candida is a sign of a leaky gut. Take some intestinal flora via a probiotic supplement; this will bring you a lot of relief while your gastrointestinal tract heals. Take the probiotics on an empty stomach, when you eat, before you go to bed and every time you think of it until you feel the problem is solved. To learn about intestinal flora read my article on Acidophilus.

My bowels are loose sometimes; won’t this drink make that worse? Loose bowels are a sign of a lack of balance in the intestinal flora in your gut. Take some of this flora via a probiotic supplement; this will bring you a lot of relief while your gastrointestinal tract heals. Take the probiotics on an empty stomach, when you eat, before you go to bed and every time you think of it until you feel the problem is solved.

Can I make this drink in large amounts in advance and save in the refrigerator? It should be made fresh each day because to save it for the next day will lose you a lot of nutrition. You can do what I did to have more of the same batch of drink later in the day. When you make the breakfast drink make extra for the afternoon. To save that amount for the afternoon put a freshly cleaned wet glass or jar in the freezer so it is frosted. Pour the afternoon amount in that glass or jar and save in the refrigerator.

What about making ice cream out of the drink? Yes you can; during the summer I make plenty of ice cream using the Morning Drink. Add more bananas to change the texture. Another idea is to add mango as it will also change the texture. But do not expect it to be just like ice cream it will be more like an Italian Ice, which I love.

Super Green Foods for Energy, Fighting Cancer and Dieting:

If you want to add more nutrition to this drink to help you increase energy, slow aging process, lose weight or fight cancer I suggest super green foods. Super green foods are a combination of foods like wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa, spinach, spirulina blue green algae, chlorella, kelp, etc. These super green foods boost the nutritional content and alkalinity of this drink, as it will any food you add them to. You will notice, as I did a very subtle strong energy as you add this super green combination to your diet. When I had cancer I was advised to consume as much as I could each day.

The Doctor said “Super green foods are like a high-octane fuel” that they would instantly bring nutrient-rich, organic, whole food vitamins and minerals to every cell in my body. The doctor also told me that they would protect and defend all my body’s cells from free radical damage while I fought the cancer. Even now I still take 2 or more scoops depending on how I feel that day.

Caution: Consult with your physician when starting any nutrition program, especially if you are on medications.

Note: Remember when it comes to your health, you are the boss, all final decisions are yours.

Safety of Pregnancy After Breast Cancer Treatment Information

After treatment of breast cancer to the satisfaction of her oncologist, should a women who desire to get pregnant be discouraged from doing so? A very critical question considering the fact that there are close to half a million breast cancer survivors living in the US and are in the childbearing age.

For a very long time, counseling of women regarding pregnancy was dependent on the fact that estrogen increases during pregnancy and because estrogen has some effects on both estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative tumors, its probably better if women avoid pregnancy-unless of course another woman is carrying for them, a gestational carrier.

This recommendation is not based on strong scientific evidence.

Safety of pregnancy after breast cancer treatment. All the published reports included a total of 1417 women who got pregnant after breast cancer treatment and 18059 who survived cancer and did not get pregnant. Women who got pregnant following breast cancer diagnosis had significantly better survival compared to women who did not get pregnant. In fact, those who got pregnant were more than 40% less likely to die because of breast cancer. Important caveat to these studies is the healthy mother bias-the tendency of healthier women to desire and attempt pregnancy and the less healthy women to avoid pregnancy. This may inflate the safety of becoming pregnant after treatment. Studies also largely did not address the chance for recurrence.

Nevertheless, no study showed detrimental effect in breast cancer survivors who become pregnant. The largest of these studies published by The Danish Breast Cancer Cooperative Group was a population based study and included over 10,000 women who survived their cancers and were under the age of 45. Three hundreds and sixty-seventy one women experienced 465 pregnancies and 236 deliveries. Women who got pregnant-full term or spontaneous miscarriage, were at least 30% less likely to die from breast cancer. Women with low risk cancers enjoyed 45% higher chance for survival after full term pregnancy than similar women who did not get pregnant. How long should women wait after breast cancer treatment before attempting pregnancy? The majority of experts recommend waiting for about two years as the majority of recurrences takes place within this period. There are differences in recurrence pattern, however, between estrogen receptor negative and estrogen receptor positive tumors. Estrogen receptor negative tumors are more common in younger women and tend to recur earlier-within 2years after treatment. Recurrence of estrogen receptor positive cancers remain as high as 4-5% per year for about 15 years.

Pregnancy in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. In BRCA1 pregnancy does not seem to increase the risk of early onset breast cancer. In BRCA2 carriers, pregnancy may cause a borderline increase in risk before 50 years, especially when first pregnancy after age 40. Breast feeding is recommended whenever possible in treated women, even if they are BRCA carriers and does not appear to impact prognosis and may even be protective in some cases.

Contraception. If pregnancy is not desired as during cancer treatment and the follow up period after treatment non hormonal contraception is recommended such as IUD or barrier method e.g. condom. BRCA1 carriers may show an increased risk for early onset cancer if they use oral contraceptive pills before the age of 30 or for more than 5 years.

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer are commonly concerned about their future fertility and safety of pregnancy after treatment. Proper counseling enables them to make appropriate decisions about future reproduction and fertility preservation. At the end of the day, most of the breast cancer battles will be won, some will be lost, pregnancy does not appear to contribute to that loss.

Amr Azim is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist at New York City IVF and author of many scientific publication in the area of fertility treatment and fertility preservation. I specialize in helping women and men with fertility counseling, testing and infertility treatment including IUI and IVF.

What Are The Symptoms of Acid Reflux?

Many of us have at one time or another experienced heartburn. While heartburn can be mild for a great many of us, for others it is extremely painful. Heartburn is the generic term for gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, reflux and acid reflux.

Acid reflux is also called gastroesophageal reflux. It is considered as, a disorder where the acidic juices of the stomach flows back (reflux) into the esophagus. The stomach walls are made to withstand the acids that are produced by digesting foods. The esophagus, which is the tube that passes food from the throat to the stomach, has a very thin lining to it. This lining does not have the protective strength of the stomach intestines. Thus when stomach acid reflux into the esophagus it makes the lower section of the esophagus painful and irritated. This painful inflammation is called reflux esophagitis.

The esophagus is usually sealed from the stomach by a valve known as the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, also called LES. This valve only opens when food passes into the stomach from the esophagus. There are a few conditions that make the valve work incorrectly. These factors range from eating large meals, drinking caffeine based drinks, eating acid causing foods to taking drugs like morphine, meperidine, nitrate heart medications and adrenergic drugs. The LES also becomes relaxes when foods like peppermint and chocolate are eaten.

The symptoms of heartburn are varied. They range from your typical heartburn to cramping, excess salivation, shortness of breath, difficult or painful swallowing, fluid or vomit being inhaled into the lungs and other conditions. While heartburn is painful, frequently occurring gastroesophageal reflux can lead to more serious conditions known as reflux esophagitis, esophageal narrowing and esophageal ulcer. The most serious acid reflux condition is Barrett’s syndrome. With Barrett’s syndrome a change in the lining of the esophagus leads to esophageal cancer.

Heartburn can occur in anyone. The main sufferers of acid reflux are those who are obese, experience repeated vomiting, have nasogastric tubes, and have a history of hiatal hernia or scleroderma. Pregnant women may also experience acid reflux.

Acid reflux can be diagnosed and treated so that the symptoms are relived. A gastroenterologist will take x-rays of the patient. The patient will drink a barium solution and lie down so that their head is lower that their feet. An esophagoscopy examination is taken. Here a flexible viewing tube is inserted into the patient’s esophagus for a close look.

For suffers of acid reflux there are some simple things that you can do to alleviate the pain. Simple things like eating several small meals a day, not eating fatty and fried foods, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. And these are only a few things that can help you to ease the acid reflux that you suffer from. There are countless other simple and easy ways for you to steer clear of heart burn, and there’s no time like the present to start trying them.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Cancer, Cancer Cure Ayurveda

Understanding More about Cancer
Cancer has actually mostly stayed incurable due to its intricacy and its capability to spread out quickly and frantically. It is a condition where our own body cells turn hostile. Let us specify on the incident of cancer in people.
Modern science is yet to find reliable treatments for lethal illness such as cancer, AIDS, or other haematological and auto-immune conditions. These conditions are really complexed in nature with intricacy at every level-anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and gene expression. Dealing with such conditions is a huge obstacle. Ayurvedic Treatment for Cancer or Cancer Cure Ayurveda is one of the best methods to treat and cure ancer
In the case of metastatic kidney cell cancer, mutant cells in the kidney can move to the lungs and then to the bone. Right here, the client may reveal signs of cancer of the kidney, bones and lungs.
Cancer typically spreads out really quick and a client can satisfy death in less than 6 months. Restorative steps require to be carried out as quickly as cancer is identified in the body.
Various strategies are used to fight these illness, consisting of surgical treatment, radiotherapy, radiation treatment, interferon treatment, hormonal agent treatment, and blood transfusion. The treatments that are presently in usage are either just for decreasing the instant issues associated with these illness or for slowing down the expansion of the illness.
Through cell department a fully grown cell divides itself into 2 child cells. These altered cells begin duplicating themselves in an unusual method, commonly providing increase to a scenario where additional tissue is formed, which is antagonistic to the rest of the body cells. We call this condition cancer. Best way for treating is Ayurvedic Treatment for Cancer or Cancer Cure Ayurveda.
There has actually been just restricted success in the treatment of these conditions due to different aspects such as resistance, problem in targeting the afflicted location, and the big expenses included. In addition, toxicity of the drugs, ablative surgical treatment, radiation damage, and radiation treatment dangers make the scenario even worse. With all standard therapies, a general 2.4 % survival of cancer clients has actually been reported within 5 years after medical diagnosis.

The Ayurvedic Perspective
The word ‘cancer’ might be brand-new to the 5,000 years of age Indian system of medication, Ayurveda, which counts on natural compounds for recovery. Ancient Ayurvedic classics are aware of the medical functions, appearing like cancer, with the names such as Apachi, Gulma, Granthi, and Arbuda. Following are names of a few of the conditions discussed in Ayurvedic classics that have importance to cancer symptoms in contemporary medication.

Numerous treatments readily available for cancer either attempt to put a check on the duplicating procedure of the mutant cells at hereditary level or eliminate the whole collection of afflicted cells. The procedure, whether done chemically or through radiation, constantly runs the threat of influencing the neighbouring regular cells.

What Ayurveda Can Do
The unbearable experience of passing away cancer clients can be ameliorated by using Ayurvedic concepts. Ayurveda can be practical in the management of cancer in numerous methods such as-prophylactic, palliative, encouraging and curative. Ayurvedic medications assist to enhance the lifestyle of the clients as noted below:

Using anti-oxidants throughout radiation treatment improves treatment by lowering the generation of aldehydes. Natural drugs, which are utilized as Rasayanas in Ayurveda, have actually likewise been shown to have antioxidant buildings.

Radiation treatment is the substantial and very first medical method of cancer treatment, which includes the intro of strong chemicals. These chemicals target the fast-multiplying mutant cells.

The clients who get Ayurvedic treatment along with radiation treatment have actually revealed more uniformity in keeping the radiation treatment cycles as the hematological levels can be kept up to a typical state. More than 50 research study studies on cancer brought out at different post-graduate institutes, have actually revealed that Ayurvedic prep works are really efficient as radio-preventive and chemo-preventive representatives.

Ayurvedic prep works can work as an adjuvant or a co-therapy in addition to radiation treatment or radiotherapy. It is likewise valuable in post-surgery care.

Numerous treatments readily available for cancer either attempt to put a check on the duplicating procedure of the mutant cells at hereditary level or eliminate the whole collection of afflicted cells. The unbearable experience of passing away cancer clients can be ameliorated by making usage of Ayurvedic concepts. More than 50 research study studies on cancer brought out at different post-graduate institutes, have actually revealed that Ayurvedic prep works are extremely reliable as radio-preventive and chemo-preventive representatives.

Modern science is yet to find efficient solutions for fatal conditions such as cancer, AIDS, or other haematological and auto-immune conditions. We call this condition cancer.

Ayurvedic treatment assists in lowering the healing doze of the different substance abuse as shown in some research studies making use of cow urine.

Ayurvedic prep works assist to slow the development of cancer in cases where surgical treatment, radiation treatment or radiotherapy is contra-indicated, due to some clients and factors have no other option.

The cell-protective activity of drugs recommended in Rasayana treatment assists to enhance convenience and the lifestyle of people with cancer.

They can be practical in targeting the certain tissues as displayed in some allopathic research studies on nano-particles of gold.

Remarkably, Snehana, i.e., consumption of different medicated oil prep works in a classical method a week or 10 days prior to the start of radiation treatment or radiotherapy, has actually been discovered to decrease the harmful results of such treatments.

Ayurvedic medications assist to reduce the adverse effects of these treatments.
DS Research www.canercurative.org does Ayurvedic Treatment for Cancer or Cancer Cure Ayurveda and treats and heals patients using ancient Ayurveda and nutrient energy.

Good dental health should be a high priority for everyone.

Dental health is often neglected, as individuals consider matters pertaining to their physical well-being. In fact, dental treatment is often put on the back burner when economic times get tough. But there have been many warnings to keep up with your treatments.

Oral checkups are important in early detection of such conditions as oral cancer, which is often caused by tobacco use. But even non-smokers can find themselves with oral cancer. This condition becomes more common in people over forty years old. Statistics show that, out of every patient diagnosed with oral cancer, only half of them will live longer than 5 years. Diets that include plenty of vegetables and fruits can help prevent cancerous lesions in the first place, their effects can be reversed if they are detected early, and there are new treatments for oral cancer. New technologies exist that assist health professionals in identifying early stage oral lesions by helping the visualization of cancerous and pre-cancerous cells.

You may also contract a disease called Periodontal, which harms the connective tissues around your teeth. There are two steps to this illness, one is the gingivitis which can be dealt with, and then there is periodontitis. Contributors to the illness include medications, defective fillings, and smoking. The signs of periodontal disease include bad breath, bleeding gums, front teeth fan out, and space in between teeth increases. Through using mouthwash, flossing, and brushing as well as visiting your dentist, you are able to prevent it from becoming a problem.

The formation of a cavity is an infection. If your dental hygiene is lacking and you take in a large amount of sugared foods, you are setting yourself up with a great likelihood for the formation of cavities. Dental amalgam, an alloy which contains a mixture of mercury with other metals such as silver, copper, or tin, has been used by dentists for over a hundred years to fill cavities. Concerns over the safety of using amalgams have been raised because of possible health effects due to its mercury content. It should be noted, however, that leading organizations, such as the U.S. Public Health Service, the World Health Organization, the World Health Organization ensure the public that these filling materials are safe for humans. Because of the low cost and the durability of this filling material, it continues to be used; however, technology has given us a variety of other options. A common option instead of amalgam fillings are white composite fillings. These fillings are directly bonded to the tooth, supports its structure and are hardly noticeable.

Nothing compares to the benefits of keeping your appointments to get your teeth cleaned and inspected to keep the health of your mouth in check. Consider the case of a 48-year-old accountant who neglected his dental care for a decade, and then was forced to have a root canal, a crown, and a deep cleaning. Deep pockets are formed when someone has periodontal disease. You can’t reach these areas with a toothbrush. Procedures called root planing and scaling can be used to removed bacteria, infected tissue and smoothes the root surface which helps prevent further problems. If you have your teeth examined regularly, you will save tons of money in the future.

Everyone at one time suffers halitosis. This is due to the simple fact so many things are capable of making it start. Offensive breath can be the result of a bowl of pasta with garlic, or a simple burger with onions. Dry mouth and poor hygiene are another two reasons halitosis can pop up to ruin you day. You can even have illnesses like ailments of the kidney or liver, and even a nasal drip to create a poor smell in your mouth. Avoiding odor causing foods can help eliminate bad breath because the food and bacteria gets trapped in our taste buds of our tongue-producing fowl odors. The best way is to brush your tongue, use a tongue scraper, and use mouthwash. Many steps forward in our technological prowess has given us many ways to treat our teeth, much unlike the 3500 BC Babylonians which used chewing sticks. Even without all the high tech teeth altering gear we have, a simple tooth brush can be your most essential tool.

13 Top Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Many cancer patients receive chemotherapy treatment, which does; however, have serious side effects. Some information concerning these is set out below.

What is Chemotherapy?

In Chemotherapy, treatment is by means of chemicals, often called ‘anti-cancer drugs’, because they kill off cancer cells and prevent their growth, or at least slow it down.

Chemotherapy may involve a number of different drugs in combination, and may be given before or after surgery, or together with other forms of therapy.

The drugs affect the patient’s whole body, and sometimes have difficulty defining which cells are normal and which are cancer cells. The body’s cells, both normal and malignant, are dividing all the time; fast dividing cells are especially targeted by the drugs.

The side effects which may be caused by this process are as follows:

Nausea- This side effect is very common, and in worst cases can lead to vomiting. It can also lead to dehydration and constipation, as well as loss of appetite.

Hair Loss- Although this hair loss is not permanent, people do find it distressing because of the effect on their appearance. The cells in your hair follicles are amongst the body’s fastest dividing cells.

Fatigue- Most cancer patients report feeling tired and lacking energy. This feeling can last for any length of time from a few days to some months. It is caused by low blood count, sleep disturbance, appetite problems and pain.

Constipation and Diarrhea- Other body cells which are particularly fast growing are those in the lining of the intestines. Damage to these cells leads to diarrhea. Other causes may also be malnutrition, stress and anxiety, or effects of colon surgery. Accompanying the diarrhea may be pains in the stomach, nausea, appetite loss, bloating or irritation of the skin.

Muscles and Nerves- Sometimes the drugs cause muscles to be sore or weak, or feelings of numbness, pain, tingling, burning or weakness resulting from nerve problems. These issues can lead to difficulties with hearing, walking or balance, or pain in the stomach or jaw, as well as trembling.

Hypersensitivity or Allergic Reactions- The patient’s immune system may respond to the drugs by allergic reaction or hypersensitivity. The most severe allergic reaction may be anaphylaxis, which is life threatening. Other possible reactions include swollen tongue, lips or eyelids, rashes or redness, and diseases of the kidney or liver.

Skin Problems- As well as allergic rashes, the drugs may also cause itchy, cracked, dry or flaky skin.

Sores in the Mouth & Throat- The throat and mouth linings are irritated by the drugs and can develop sores, or ulcers. These can make eating or talking painful. The throat and gums themselves may also be tender and sore.

Bone Marrow- Bone marrow cells are also fast dividers, and hence readily attacked by chemotherapy drugs. Platelets, red and white blood cells are all produced in the bone marrow, and reduced production of these has a number of effects, as outlined below.

Anemia-The effects on the bone marrow result in a reduced red blood cell count, and hence the blood is less able to carry oxygen around the body. Resulting symptoms include tiredness, weakness, dizziness and shortness of breath.

Infection- This results from reduced white blood cell count, making the body vulnerable to viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. The intestines, lungs, mouth and throat, genital tract and sinuses are areas commonly affected.

Bleeding- Reduced platelet production means a likelihood of bleeding, since the blood’s ability to clot is diminished. The patient may notice bleeding for a long time after a cut, easily bruising, blood in the stools, bleeding gums or nose, headaches, vision disturbance, and so on.

Flu-like Symptoms -For a few hours following chemotherapy the patient may notice flu-like symptoms, including joint or muscle pains, chills and fever, nausea and headache.

Pregnancy and Ovarian Cysts

An ovarian cyst is usually a harmless structure containing fluids with no symptoms. It is a common occurrence in women including pregnant women. Ovarian cysts during pregnancy occur at a ratio of about 1 in 1,000 women.

Many ovarian cysts found during the course of a pregnancy are not malignant and it is quite uncommon for a pregnant woman to get ovarian cancer. A medical practitioner will conduct an ultrasound to determine if an ovarian cyst is cancerous or non-cancerous. A benign cyst appears as a fluid-filled sac without any thick walls of septation. Even so, an ultrasound cannot determine if a cyst is malignant with 100 percent accuracy.

Ovarian cysts can become large, even when they are benign, and this leads to special complications during pregnancy. Though large cysts can cause pain whether or not a woman is pregnant, when a large cyst ruptures or twists on itself during pregnancy, there is the possibility of a miscarriage or pre-term labor. A baby may be delivered earlier than usual due to complications with ovarian cysts during pregnancy.

Ovarian cysts generally do not pose a threat to the health of a pregnant woman unless the cyst grows and breaks apart. Even when an ovarian cyst ruptures, infection is unlikely. Pain can result from a rupturing cyst, however. Using pain relievers can lessen the pain and will not interfere with pregnancy. Even with an ovarian cyst during pregnancy, anesthesia can still be used throughout labor. Therefore, ovarian cysts without further issues do not present concerns to pregnancy.

The only time when a ovarian cyst generally requires surgery is when it it becomes twisted. The surgery to correct the problem will usually not cause any pregnancy complications. But with every surgery there are going to be risks that should be avoided at all costs if possible. Generally, removal will only be preformed if the cyst grows any larger then 6 CM in diameter.

When a woman is pregnant, it is best to operate on ovarian cysts during the second trimester at 14 to 16 weeks. Though some cysts are removed by laparoscopy, larger cysts can only be removed through an open incision. It is likely for large ovarian cysts to rupture. Therefore, women with large ovarian cysts should talk to their doctors about ovarian cysts during pregnancy. In many cases, doctors merely watch over their patients until the second trimester, in which they choose to operate with no complications.

In short, while ovarian cysts during pregnancy are fairly common, they should be closely monitored throughout the pregnancy. Ovarian cysts are generally no worse for the health of the would-be mother than they would be at any other time.

Ignore Your Acid Reflux And Risk The Possibility of Major Complications

We’ve all experienced the discomfort of heartburn after a large or spicy meal. It generally takes the form of a painful, burning sensation in your chest or throat. Most of us pop an over the counter antacid and are feeling better within minutes. However, when heartburn becomes a regular experience in your life, showing up two or more times a week, then it’s more commonly referred to as acid reflux and it can be much more serious.

Acid reflux occurs when stomach liquids have backed up into the esophagus, the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. The burning sensation you experience is caused by the irritation to the lining of the esophagus. Chronic acid reflux occurs when the esophagus never has a chance to heal before the next occurrence. This continuous irritation can eventually lead to permanent damage and major complications. For example, scar tissue can begin to form on the lining which narrows the esophagus and creates difficulty swallowing.

Here are four of the major complications that can result from ignoring your acid reflux:

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer occurs when a tumor forms on the lining of the esophagus. In its most devastating form, this tumor can grow through the wall of the esophagus and spread the cancer to other parts of the body through the blood stream or the lymphatic system. While the symptoms of esophageal cancer include heartburn, they are generally more pronounced. You may have difficulty swallowing or experience pain when you swallow. Food may become lodged in the esophagus. You may experience weight loss. You may vomit blood or pass blood in bowel movements. Obviously, these are serious symptoms that should never be ignored. Your body is telling you something is seriously wrong and you need to see a doctor immediately.

Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the lining of the esophagus is replaced by tissue that is more commonly found in the intestine. This condition is not confined to those with acid reflux, though it is three to five times more likely to occur in someone suffering from acid reflux. Unfortunately, Barrett’s Esophagus comes without symptoms and is often difficult to diagnose. Serving as a precursor for esophageal adenocarcinoma, a deadly form of cancer, it is often discovered too late for effective treatment.

Esophagitis

Esophagitis is an inflammation of the esophagus. This condition is the result of stomach acid backing up into the esophagus. The danger occurs when the symptoms are ignored. Left untreated, not only will you experience incredible discomfort, eventually you will begin to experience difficulty swallowing, ulcers in the esophagus or scarring of the esophagus. Symptoms include trouble swallowing, pain when swallowing, a burning sensation in your esophagus, acid reflux and oral lesions. Once diagnosed, it can be treated through medications designed to reduce your stomach acid or through the use of antibiotics if the infection has become severe.

Esophageal Strictures

An esophageal stricture is exactly what it sounds like – a narrowing of the esophagus. A stricture is caused by a build up of scar tissue on the lining of the esophagus. Acid reflux is the most common cause of this tissue scarring. If ignored or untreated, esophageal strictures can also lead to inflammation. Symptoms include difficulty or discomfort when swallowing, regurgitation of food, and weight loss. Treatment most commonly includes the stretching of the esophagus, the prescription of proton pump inhibitors or surgical treatment.

Diseases Of The Colon

The colon or the great intestine extends from the cecum to the rectum. Colon?s main function is to extract water from feces. Colon, plus called large bowel, measures 1.5 meters in length. Present are many diseases of the colons desire colitis, colon cancer, constipation, polyposis, pseudomembranous colitis, ulcerative colitis, diverticulosis, diarrhea, and chronic functional abdominal pain.

The colon consists of multiple parts. The appendix is a element of the cecum. The transverse mobile colon is attached to the stomach using the assist of a wide band of tissue called mesocolon. A descending colon is the piece among the splenic flexure to the beginning of the sigmoid colon. The sigmoid colon is among the descending colon with the rectum. The rectum is the last portion of the colon.

The colon cancer is the third mainly normal form of cancer with the second mainly deadly one in the western world. Change in bowel movements require constipation or diarrhea, lower abdominal chronic pain, plus blood mixed in feces are certain of the early symptoms. Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is carried out to detect the presence of colon cancer. A camera or a flexible fiber-optic camera is inserted into the body throughout the anus to inspect the colon.

Colon cancer can occur due to hereditary reason. Improper diet, consuming loads of meat, fatty food, with lack of fiber, fruit with vegetables in the diet can every cause colon cancer. Even chain smokers and drinkers are prone to colon cancer.

Here are many ways of reducing the risk against colon cancer. Particular of them include eating fresh fruits with vegetables, consuming calcium rich products, plus daily exercise. Aspirin is said to reduce the growth of colon polyps and cancers of the colon, stomach, with esophagus. The symptoms are usually avoided by the public, but it is important to consult the doctor just after such symptoms occur, since the survival rates for early detection of colon cancer is five times other than that of late phase cancer.

Top 9 Best Foods For Chronic Kidney Disease Patients. Are You Eating The Right Ones?

Research is revealing that certain foods are best for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients to prevent inflammation, undesirable fatty acids and free radicals which are linked with heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other degenerative conditions in people with CKD. The following foods contain antioxidants which minimize inflammation and neutralizes free radicals, according to DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

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Red bell Peppers: Low in potassium, red bell peppers protect against certain cancers which people with CKD are at an increased risk of contracting. Also, they are an excellent source of vitamin C, A, B6 as well as folic acid and fiber.
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Cabbage: An inexpensive treat as well as low in potassium levels, cabbage can improve CKD patients’ heart health as well as protect against lung, colon, breast, bladder, ovarian and prostate cancers.

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Onions: Chop this vegetable up in a salad or put slices on your sandwich, you will not regret the flavor or the health benefits. The chemical properties found in onions work to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer in CKD patients. Try the different varieties of white, brown and red onions for different rich flavors.

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Cranberries: Although they protect against Cardiovascular Disease and cancer, cranberries also benefit CKD patients by protecting their Gastrointestinal (GI) tract and preventing ulcer-causing bacteria from attacking their stomach. Watch out for cranberry “juice” drinks that imply they are healthy but contain a lot of sugar and preservatives. The average cranberry juice drink contains the same number of calories as a “fried chicken leg,” according to Ulive.com. Try to drink 100% natural Cranberry Juice and check labels for nutritional facts.

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Blueberries and Raspberries: These berries are packed with vitamin C and manganese which both help to reduce inflammation in those with CKD, but also slow the breakdown of bones.

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Strawberries: Known to provide heart protection, as well as reduce the risk of cancer and inflammation throughout the body. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and a very good source of fiber.

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Red Grapes: Red grapes contain several flavonoids that give them their reddish color and help protect against heart disease by preventing oxidation and reducing the formation of blood clots. Resveratrol (a flavonoid found in grapes) may also stimulate production of nitric oxide which helps relax muscle cells in the blood vessels to improve blood flow. It has been found that the French who drink a lot of wine and grape juice have a much lower rate of heart disease even given the fact that they consume a high saturated fat diet.

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Fish: The American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association recommend eating fish two or three times a week because it provides high-quality protein and contains anti-inflammatory fats called omega-3s. These healthy fats help fight heart disease and cancer. Omega-3s also help lower bad cholesterol and improves good cholesterol. Fish highest in omega-3s include albacore tuna, herring, mackerel, rainbow trout and salmon.

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Eggs: Egg whites provide the highest quality protein with all the essential amino acids which help build muscle, decrease weakness and improve energy levels in people with CKD. For the kidney diet, egg whites provide protein with less phosphorus than other protein sources such as egg yolk or meats.

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There are others that can easily be placed on this list as well such as Cauliflower, Olive Oil Apples, Garlic and Cherries. Be sure to incorporate these great food recommendations into your daily meals after consulting with your Dietitians. For more information and diet recommendations as well as how to get a kidney transplant faster, visit KidneyBuzz.com for daily news and information. Follow us on Twitter and Like our Facebook Fan Page. Do not be shy to share our FREE resource with your friends on dialysis.