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BPH – Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment

by Sonia Chartier, on 14 June 2014, Men's Health

What is BPH?

BPH is short for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia – a bit of a mouthful.  As the name suggests, it is a condition of the prostate, and as such, a men’s issue.

To explain BPH, we need to review a bit of anatomy.

The prostate is a gland part of men’s reproductive organs.  It secretes seminal fluid, which is the carrier for sperm.  It is located just below the bladder.  It is shaped like a donut surrounding the urethra canal, which carries urine out of the bladder to be expelled.

Now, the issue with the prostate is that around age 40, it tends to start growing abnormally.  As the prostate grows, it squeezes the urethra making urination difficult. It is the growth of the prostate that is called Benign Prostate Hyperplasia.  Benign as opposed to cancerous, and hyperplasia means enlargement by cell multiplication.

As “abnormal” as this prostate growth is, its frequency is astounding. By age 50, 50% of men are feeling symptoms.  By age 80, it is 80% of men.  At this rate, you would think we would hear more about it.  But then, most men do not talk about health issue much, especially if it has to do with a sexual organ.  Thankfully the Movember movement is doing a great job working on that.

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Leg cramps: Where do they come from?

by Sonia Chartier, on 9 June 2014, Healthy legs - varicose veins, Healthy Living
leg cramps

At night, leg cramps set in almost imperceptibly until you are suddenly overcome with pain and awakened from your precious slumber.

Leg cramps can occur for several reasons:

  • Varicose veins
  • Magnesium deficiency, which causes poor calcium absorption
  • Sudden decrease or increase in physical activity
  • Dehydration

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What is an Allergy?

by Sonia Chartier, on 27 May 2014, Allergies
what is an allergy

An allergy occurs when your immune system recognizes an environmental or food molecule (allergen) as a dangerous intruder to get rid of.  The dreaded symptoms are just the tools your body has to get rid of the intruder.

The allergy mechanism  is quite complex and involves the immune system and a series of biochemical reactions.  It ends up with histamine and other mediators being released in the bloodstream and causing symptoms. Allergens may result from our environment, food, medication, or personal care products like skin creams or suntan lotions.

The body’s response to an allergen results in “allergy symptoms” ranging from mild to severe, and sometimes deadly.   If you are experiencing an allergic reaction you may feel tired, hazy, dizzy, or exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms.

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How to Prevent Colds During Changes in Season

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Cold and Flu
How to Prevent Colds during Changes in Season

Do you often find yourself catching a cold during a change in season?  If so, you’re not alone.

Changes in season, weather, and temperature can make people more vulnerable to colds.

Thus, prevention and maintenance of immune health is important for overall health and wellbeing year round.   Fortunately, there are natural cold remedies that can help.

Echinacea is a herb that improves the efficiency of the immune system by helping the body to recognise pathogens and respond more rapidly, increasing the chances that the pathogen will be dealt with before it can damage the body.

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Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Cold and Flu
Natural cold and flu remedies

Natural cold and flu remedies can be an effective support to overall immune support, especially within a society that often prescribes antibiotics as a primary source of treatment.

Antibiotics, despite being vitally important in multifarious conditions, are not always the answer for colds and flu. They work only when bacterial infections are present, for those with bronchitis, etc. They do not work against viral infections and, indeed, are frequently less than useful when given in such circumstances as they kill both friendly and unfriendly bacteria, leaving people vulnerable to thrush and bowel problems.

Overuse of antibiotics has additionally created an ever-growing number of bacteria that are immune to them, threatening doctors’ ability to treat serious illness. The emergence of superbugs – pathogens with a resistance to antimicrobial drugs – was firmly linked to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in a report of the Standing Medical Advisory Committee.

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