Archive for April, 2010

Body Detox 101

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

In an effort to upgrade our lifestyles, it must be admitted they need upgrading. Just view all the fast foods on almost every corner of America and you’ll begin to understand the importance of a healthy body detox. Add the thousands of herbicides, pesticides and hormones to our food supply and it’s a foregone conclusion that internal cleansing may save our lives.

People are starting to be more aware of their food intake, starting a new hype over the need for detoxification. Detoxification is the process of removing toxic substances from the body. Primarily referred to as a treatment for alcohol and drug dependence, body detox can also refer to the use of diets, herbs and other methods to remove toxins from the body for general health.

So, are you thinking of cleansing your body? Here are a few tips for healthy and wise and effective detoxification.

Go for a non-toxic lifestyle. This means going for natural food, drinking lots of fluids, especially water, exercising regularly and avoiding toxic food like junk food, canned good, and other processed food. At the same time, you can try out a Detox Diet that will cleanse your body and give relief to body aches, allergies, digestive problems and other related concerns.

If you’re on a detox program, take as much fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, nuts, beans, rice and grains. On the other hand, take note not to indulge in sugar, caffeine, yeast, alcohol, chocolates and other food rich in additives and preservatives.

Plan your detox program. You can do a weekend fast. It is good to start on a Friday, with the weekend giving you the transition in and out of your detox program. Likewise, make sure that your detox plan is something that you can follow. Detoxifying does not mean starving yourself.

Appreciate nature. Exercise outdoors. The fresh air can do wonders for your lungs and circulation. If you live near the beach, it’s always good to take a walk or sprint early morning by the seashore. Have a balanced schedule of activity that will give you time for work and fun at the same time. Try yoga or pilates. Skip rope or walk in your neighborhood. Do anything to keep that body of yours up and running and always on the go.

Go for the spa. Take a shower and do skin brushing to help you detoxify. Rubbing your skin improves circulation and helps you shed off those dead skin layer.

Make sure that you have a regular bowel movement. Eat food rich in fiber. There’s also tea and other herbs which can help aid bowel movement. When you’re detoxifying, bowel movement is important as it lessens the possibility of toxins being absorbed into the body.  Or use a popular oxygen colon cleanser such as Oxy-Powder.

Be positive. A healthy mind means a healthy body. Rid yourself of all negative thoughts. They’re added toxins to the body. Smile and have the will and the commitment to your detox plan.

It’s never too late to start cleansing yourself, especially your body. With our hurried lifestyle in this up and busy and polluted world, we’re all entitled to some personal pleasures as simple as taking care of our health. Body detox may be as simple as ridding yourself of your negative thoughts by taking a walk in the park and letting the fresh air wash over your thoughts. Or it can be as complicated as following a strict detox diet to eliminate toxins in our deigestive system. Whatever it is, the important thing is, you find a way to cleanse yourself.

Twisted Bowels

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Results from a phase II dose ranging trial presented recently suggest that the investigational drug alosetron hydrochloride provides adequate relief of pain and discomfort for females with twisted bowel. The results, presented by Allen Mangel, M.D., clinical research director, Glaxo Wellcome Inc., during Digestive Disease Week, showed that twisted bowel more causes_risk_factors in female patients.

Occasionally cystoscopy, to demonstrate colovesical fistula, or angiography and technetium red cell scanning, to demonstrate a source of colonic blood loss, may be required.

Patients with a change in bowel habit, blood per rectum or recurrent abdominal pain will require outpatient investigation to determine the cause of their symptoms. Rigid sigmoidoscopy and barium enema or total colonoscopy are the mainstays of investigation. Asymptomatic diverticulae are present in at least one in three of those aged over 65 and therefore diverticulitis can only be safely diagnosed when the clinical picture is compatible and there is no other identifiable pathology, especially malignancy.

Provided the patient has no systemic upset, patients with acute diverticulitis do not always require admission to hospital and can be treated effectively at home with oral antibiotics (amoxycillin with clavulanic acid, and metronidazole for five days), oral fluids, analgesia and bed rest. If pain either does not settle within a few days, worsens or becomes more generalised, or if the patient develops systemic signs (that is, a rising pulse rate or temperature), emergency referral to hospital is required. Patients who present with generalised abdominal pain and/or signs of peritonitis require emergency referral to hospital.

Uncomplicated disease may be treated with dietary manipulation. A high fibre diet and/or pharmacological bulking agents such as ispaghula husk are recommended and patients should be advised to drink plenty of fluid. Pain due to smooth muscular spasm may be adequately relieved with antispasmodics such as mebeverine. The role of surgical resection in uncomplicated disease is controversial and should not be undertaken lightly.

Laparotomy and myotomy (division) of the hypertrophied sigmoid smooth muscle has rightly been condemned to the history books. Elective surgery Complications such as fistulae or strictures will require surgical resection of the diverticular segment of colon and primary anastomosis. Patients presenting with recurrent episodes of diverticulitis may be offered resection when they are medically fit and any other pathology has been excluded.

One-third of patients admitted with an episode of diverticulitis can be expected to be readmitted within five years with similar problems. Elective surgery is associated with much lower morbidity and mortality; resection and primary anastomosis is usually achieved, though occasionally a diverting stoma may be required. Emergency surgery Patients with generalised peritonitis requires effective resuscitation with intravenous fluids and antibiotics prior to surgery.

Large bowel perforation is a serious condition and nearly half of all patients presenting with faecal peritonitis will die from their condition. Purulent peritonitis resulting from the rupture of a diverticular abscess results in lower, but still significant mortality rates. Patients with acute diverticulitis who do not respond to conservative therapy may also require surgery. In such cases the inflamed diverticular segment or phlegmon can be resected and a primary anastomosis is usually possible.

Where there is excessive faecal or purulent contamination of the peritoneal cavity, resection of the affected segment is required, but primary anastomosis may not be appropriate. In such situations the rectal stump is closed and the proximal colon is delivered as an end colostomy. This is termed Hartmann’s procedure. The colostomy can be safely closed for most patients following Hartmann’s procedure, and many units report reversal rates in excess of 80 per cent.

Using Schulze’s Intestinal Formula 1 and Formula 2 and researching diverticulitis foods to avoid, you’ll have a handle on your bowel concerns.  Although some experience the usual cleansing symptoms such as cramping and gas, that just means there is impaction that needs to be moved out and the quicker the better.