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The power of healthy food and supplements in bladder problems

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The power of healthy food and supplements in bladder problems

In the treatment of his patients, urologist Dr. René Raaijmakers adheres to the official guidelines. However, he is open to suggestions. Especially the supplements from cognitionboosters.com , which a patient with bladder cancer pointed out to him, has his interest. “The course of Mr. De Jong’s disease is remarkable, to say the least,” he says.

After training as a urologist, René Raaijmakers (50), affiliated with the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, specialized in oncological urology. His dissertation is part of a large European study on screening for prostate cancer. Men with prostate cancer make up the largest group in his patient population. This is followed by bladder cancer. Each year, about 6,500 Dutch people are told that they have this form of cancer. The risk of the disease, which occurs three to four times more often in men than in women, increases with age. A major cause of bladder cancer is smoking.

In 70 percent of patients, the disease is diagnosed when the tumor is still (relatively) superficial. Two out of ten are told that the tumor has grown into the muscle layer of the bladder wall, which makes the prognosis significantly more unfavorable. In the remaining 10 percent, the tumor is also already in the abdominal wall, or metastases are found elsewhere in the body. Of the first group, 90 percent are still alive after five years. In the second group, the proportion is 46 percent, in the third group 12 percent.

Flexible scope

For cancer in the mucosa of the bladder, stage Ta, the polyp is removed through the urethra with a thin metal wire that is electrified. In principle, no follow-up treatment is necessary. However, patients do return periodically for a cystoscopy, an internal examination of the bladder, to check that the cancer is gone. If the disease returns, a number of flushes with the cytostatic Mitomycin are necessary.

At stage T1, where the tumor has already grown into the connective tissue layer, flushes with the BCG vaccine follow after surgery. This was developed to combat TB, but has also proved effective in the fight against bladder cancer because it stimulates the immune system against the malignant cells. If the tumor has grown into the muscle layer, the bladder is removed; in men, the prostate as well. A new bladder is made from a piece of bowel.

Little has changed in the treatment of bladder cancer in the past thirty years. Progress was mainly made in the area of diagnostics, observes Raaijmakers. “The steel scope made way for a flexible one, the small camera in the top was replaced by a chip. This has made the image much clearer. We can also apply colorings that allow us to determine if cancer is present in case of doubt.”

Relevant information

Raaijmakers is not involved with alternative treatments. However, he is open to suggestions from patients. “Often in response to a television program or something they found on the Internet. I can’t do much with therapies for which there is no solid documentation, but I always make the effort to find out about them.”

The information provided to him by patient Wim de Jong (see “Healthy diet and supplements”) is of a different caliber. In September 2012, the urologist diagnosed the Sliedrecht resident with bladder cancer of a kind where the risk of recurrence is high. “In addition to a very large tumor, he already had a number of small polyps. The stage was T1, the degree of aggression was between moderately aggressive and aggressive. Adding up all the factors, the probability of recurrence within one year was 61 percent, within five years 78 percent. The probability that the tumor would return within a year in the muscle-invasive form, requiring bladder removal, was statistically 17 percent. Within five years at 45 percent.”

The figures do not cheer Raaijmakers up. Especially when another operation is necessary in February 2013. To his amazement, cystoscopies show a clean bladder from that surgery onward. That makes him extra interested when De Jong informs him in October 2017 that he has been taking supplements against bladder cancer since January 2013. “He reached out to me with very relevant information, including about Oncovite. The attached links taught me that this supplement was developed by Dr. Lamm, an American colleague who published in important journals.”

Notable

Although Lamm reports favorable results on the supplement (see “The Ingredients of Oncovite”), it remained unknown in Europe. “There is something odd about that,” the urologist acknowledges. “We treat according to established guidelines; the inclusion of a vitamin preparation in a guideline does not fit in with our way of medicine. Partly because the effect of this type of preparation cannot be determined in the blood. That does not alter the fact that the course of Mr. De Jong’s illness is remarkable, to say the least.”

If it were up to Raaijmakers, the relationship between cancer and nutrition would receive more attention. “In Japan, prostate cancer is rare. Among Japanese who move to the United States and adopt the American diet, the difference disappears. So the relationship with diet seems obvious. One problem is that the effect of foods is difficult to study. Typical is the steady change in dietary recommendations. The same is true with regard to supplements. An additional factor is that the pharmaceutical industry can earn little from it. Medicines have become business to a large extent.”

Until now, the urologist at Albert Schweitzer Hospital did not add Oncovite to his treatment arsenal. “However, I am going to give the jar I recently received from Mr. De Jong to a patient with a similar tumor. Should the course of the disease be remarkably favorable in that person as well, the evidence for the effect will become stronger. I am supposed to treat people according to the guidelines of Western medicine, but I am convinced that alternative therapies can be of additional significance. Our mainstream medicine is only part of the reality.”

Postal address

Because Oncovite is not available in the Netherlands, De Jong applies for a mailing address in America with MyUS International Shipping. An American Internet pharmacy sends the jars to the mailing address, MyUS forwards them to Sliedrecht. Payment takes place via a Visa credit card. “Including import duties and VAT, the Oncovite costs me 29 cents a day.”

When Dr. Raaijmakers expresses his amazement at the favorable course of the disease in 2017, De Jong informs him of the supplements he is taking and the adjusted diet. “Both with my family doctor and the urologist I can communicate openly about the complementary treatment. My view is that cancer arising from lack of vitamins and minerals can, under God’s blessing, often be prevented by taking supplements containing these nutrients.”

He is surprised that so few doctors prescribe supplements on their own initiative. “The practice of medicine in the Netherlands is primarily curative in nature. Doctors are hardly trained in nutrition. In addition, because of the so-called dbc’s, fixed diagnosis-treatment combinations, they work more or less factory-like. Independent thought and action outside of the dbc is only possible to a limited extent. As a patient you have to take responsibility yourself. Just by giving up sugar, you can make a lot of health gains.”

Satisfied

The Sliedrecht resident does not regard healthy food and supplements as an alternative to regular cancer treatment, but as a useful addition. And a means to prevent the occurrence or return of tumors. “Also the current pandemic shows the importance of a healthy lifestyle. That lowers the chances of getting Covid-19 and reduces the impact of the disease if you do contract it.”

De Jong, who works at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Change, advocates a much more restrained use of regular drugs for diseases that have a clear link to lifestyle and obesity, such as diabetes. “Many of those drugs have serious side effects. Integration of medicine and nutrition would make many of the often very expensive pills superfluous. The pharmaceutical industry is doing everything it can to prevent that, with the support of Western governments. The power of pharmaceuticals is immense.”

His lesson is a simple one. “Take care of your body and the whole of God’s creation. Live and breathe simply, eat healthy and avoid stress. Travel only when really necessary, produce locally and give a farmer sufficient margin. Be content with the portion God gives you and above all with His Borg Jesus Christ. Then you will live comforted and healthy.”

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Health Benefits of black cold-pressed sesame oil for massage

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Health Benefits of black cold-pressed sesame oil for massage

Sesame oil is made from raw, pressed sesame seeds and contained culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses.

The sesame seeds that have been planted for thousands of years are probably the oldest oil-rich seeds. In most Indian households, you can often see a bottle of sesame oil in one corner of the kitchen shelf.

Ayurvedic Doctor says that cold-pressed black sesame oil has a higher proportion of fatty acids than sesame oil obtained from heated seeds, in addition to the mild almond odour. Also, the component of cold-pressed sesame oil protects it from corrosion and therefore extends its shelf-life.

Skincare Benefits

Sesame oil has value in Ayurveda because it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Sesame oil is commonly used in Ayurvedic masssage  and skin beauty treatments because it is an excellent moisturiser, promotes healthy skin regeneration, has anti-ageing properties, and is considered a natural SPF.

The oil is also widely used as a massage because of its warming properties and the ability to deepen the skin.

Helps in Rheumatoid Arthritis

They may not contain as many nutrients like copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, and calcium-laden sesame oil seeds because some of them are lost during the extraction process, they still retain most of the beneficial properties. It is primarily known for its zinc and copper content, which helps produce red blood cells, blood circulation, and metabolism.

Copper is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce arthritis pain, swelling in joints and strengthen bones.

Stress and Depression

According to experts, sesame oil in the diet helps in making serotonin which in turn helps to feel positive and keep away the chronic stress. You can also consult with an ayurvedic consultation to get to know more about it.

Oral Health

For promoting oral health and plaque removal. One tablespoon of oil is taken on an empty stomach and shaken in the face for about 20 minutes, and then spit out. Sesame oil is usually used for this practice due to its medicinal properties.

Improving Eye Health

According to traditional Chinese medicine, there is a very amicable relationship between the eyes and the liver. It was believed that the liver could store blood and that the branches of the liver supplied blood, enabling its proper functioning.

Sesame oil is a natural tonic for the liver that enables better blood flow, with the result that it is believed to nourish the eyes.

Sesame Oil Benefits for Diabetes Patients

Sesame seed oil is a good source of magnesium as well as various other nutrients. All of this together enables sesame to lower blood glucose levels, thereby reducing the risk of diabetes. People with diabetes can choose sesame seed oil for cooking.

Ending Thoughts

It has medicinal purposes, especially in Ayurvedic medicine, where about 90% of the herbal oil is used as base oil.

If you want to improve your overall health, you can consult with Ayurveda Sunshine Coast Dr Ram Mani Bhandari.

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Summer Colds: Causes, Symptoms, Remedies, and Tips for Avoiding It

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Summer Colds: Causes, Symptoms, Remedies, and Tips for Avoiding It

Summer Colds, coughs, and fever are illnesses that you often get during the cold season. This is because the rhinovirus, which is the leading cause of these respiratory diseases, is usually more prevalent when temperature and humidity levels drop, so catching them during the summer is rare.

With temperatures high in the summer, getting sick at this time is something you won’t expect to happen since the rhinovirus does not thrive in warm conditions.

However, getting a cold in the middle of the warm season is possible and it happens more often than you think. As such, you still need to keep a stock of recommended cough and cold treatments in your medicine cabinet during this time of the year.

Causes of Summer Colds

The enterovirus is the leading cause of summer colds.1 It is a genus of viruses that includes those that cause polio.

Enterovirus is a virus that usually pops up in summer since it thrives in warm weather. It is highly contagious that you can get it from direct contact with someone who is sick or touches a contaminated surface like a doorknob or light switch.

Aside from the enterovirus, a summer cold can also be caused by the respiratory syncytial virus or RSV, a respiratory disease that can cause mild cold symptoms.2 It usually goes away within a week.

Although its symptoms are mild, this virus can be dangerous to young children and older adults.

Additionally, a summer cold can be caused by one of the common viruses under the family of coronaviruses, such as 229E, NL63, and OC43.3

Symptoms of a Summer Cold

The symptoms of a summer cold are similar to that of the kind you can get during winter.4 These include:

  • Runny or congested nose
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever that comes on suddenly
  • Low energy

Distinguishing Summer Colds From Allergies

If you have seasonal or chronic allergies, you may find it difficult to know if you have a summer cold or have allergic symptoms.

Below are some factors that will help you differentiate between summer colds and allergies:5

  • The onset of symptoms varies – When you have a summer cold, you will experience the start of each symptom at separate times. However, if you are suffering from an allergy, you will feel all the symptoms at once.
  • The symptoms fluctuate – If the symptoms start mild, then worsen, then go back to mild or disappear completely, you have a cold. On the other hand, you are dealing with an allergy if the symptoms appear when you are outdoors or surrounded by dust and pollen and disappear when you go indoors.
  • Accompanying muscle aches – Muscle pain usually accompanies a cold. Allergies often come with headaches and face pain, but they do not cause widespread muscle aches.
  • Length of illness – Summer colds tend to go away within 10 days. However, allergies can last for at least two weeks or even longer.
  • Symptoms differ based on your location – If you keep sneezing, coughing, and experiencing all the symptoms wherever you go, you have a summer cold. On the other hand, if the symptoms disappear when you travel, you likely have an allergy. This is often a sign of hay fever, which flares up when you are in a high-pollen area.
  • Different nasal discharge – If you have a runny or congested nose, the discharge will be thick or greenish if you have a cold. However, the mucus will be translucent and thinner in consistency if you are dealing with an allergy.

How to Avoid and Manage a Summer Cold

Below are some tips for avoiding and treating a cold during the warm season:

1.     Keep your hands clean.

Healthy people can get viruses and germs from sick people by touching the surfaces touched by the latter. Because of this reason, your greatest defense is following hand hygiene practices.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times throughout the day.  Use a hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water. 

2.     Spend time outdoors.

During summer, you may prefer to spend more time inside your home and other places where you can wallow in the cold air coming from a fully functional air conditioner.

However, there are more viruses and germs in enclosed and air-conditioned spaces, which increases your chances of getting sick.

Avoid staying cooped up in your home all day. Go outdoors and get some sunlight, but minimize the time you spend outside between 10 in the morning and four in the afternoon when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest.

To maintain a healthy and fit body and lower the chances of getting sick any time of the year, spend at least 120 minutes a week outdoors.6

3.     Get plenty of rest.

If you already have a cold, make sure you get plenty of rest and sleep.

Get at least eight hours of sleep to strengthen your immune system, which will facilitate faster recovery.7

Additionally, avoid strenuous activities and stress since they can challenge the immune system. Stay in a well-ventilated room as you rest and recover from your cold.

4.     Eat more healthy foods.

Having a balanced diet is important when you are sick. The right nutrients will boost your immune system and help you recover faster.8

Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables since they are rich in nutrients that are good for your body. Examples of these are vitamins A, C, D, and E, copper, iron, zinc, and protein.

Add salmon and tuna to your diet as well, since they contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

5.     Stay hydrated.

Lastly, drink plenty of fluids, especially water, whether you are down with a cold or not. Doing so helps you avoid getting dehydrated and keep a healthy and fit body.

Aside from water, drink more herbal tea since it can relieve your symptoms. The best ones to drink when you have a cold are lemon, elderberry, echinacea, and green tea.9

Also, avoid alcohol, coffee, and energy drinks since they dehydrate the body.

Make sure you also take your prescribed cough and cold medicines to get relief from your symptoms and avoid prolonging your condition.

Although summer can be a pretty hectic time of the year, don’t forget to prioritize staying healthy and fit to avoid getting a cold this season.

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MICRODERMABRASION FOR ACNE SCARS

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MICRODERMABRASION FOR Acne SCARS

MICRODERMABRASION FOR ACNE SCARS

Microdermabrasion for acne scars is a more or less deep but relatively gentle mechanical exfoliation method, which restores radiance to the face by causing a “new skin” effect.

WHAT IS MICRODERMABRASION?

Popularized by microdermabrasion kits, which allow you to have a new look at home, this method is carried out in a doctor’s office. Microdermabrasion is a technique for smoothing the skin. It also improves its texture and restores radiance by superficially removing layers of the skin. Microdermabrasion to remove scars works on the same principle as chemical peels, but it does not use a chemical reaction, which is particularly useful in people with allergies.

HOW DOES MICRODERMABRASION WORK FOR SCARS?

Microdermabrasion is carried out using a device, shaped like a pen, projecting microcrystals of alumina or corundum at very high speed onto the skin. An abrasive effect is thus obtained which makes it possible to remove the superficial layers of the epidermis. The cutaneous cellular debris is then aspirated via the same probe. Depending on the desired result, the practitioner will insist more or less, for a more or less intense “peeling” effect. This allows to obtain a deep cleansing of the skin and to stimulate the microcirculation but also to treat acne scars by emphasizing this area which will be smoothed.

WHAT IS MICRODERMABRASION FOR SCARS?

Mainly to give a boost to the face, but also to regenerate the skin. Microdermabrasion brightens skin tone and dark spots, smoothing out fine lines and large pores, and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. The face is a little red immediately after the session, but the complexion becomes brighter the following days. This thorough cleansing of the skin can also prepare the skin to receive other treatments better, such as mesolift, it will only be more receptive. On the other hand, if you are looking to reduce more pronounced wrinkles or acne scars, for example, it is advisable to turn to other techniques such as medium peels, fractional CO2 laser or radiofrequencies.

Microdermabrasion is a technique of choice for abrading (sanding) hollow acne or chickenpox scars or raised scars. It takes 3 to 4 sessions to reduce the depth of a scar by more than 70%. Each session will leave a small crust in place for 5 days on average and the healing will leave a more “flat” skin.

CONDUCT OF A MICRODERMABRASION SESSION FOR SCARS:

A microdermabrasion session usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes. It is mainly carried out on the face, but can also be indicated on the neck, décolleté, hands, or even all over the body for a more intense skin cleansing effect than a simple exfoliation. To obtain a good result, it is advisable to plan a minimum of 4 sessions, at the rate of one session per week, or every 15 days for thin or sensitive skin.

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR MICRODERMABRASION:

Microdermabrasion is not indicated in people with open skin conditions, such as acne pimples or herpes outbreak. The same goes for those with rosacea or rosacea, cancerous lesions, diabetes, or an autoimmune disease. Any treatment with isotretinoin in the 12 months preceding (with Roaccutane® for example) constitutes a contraindication to microdermabrasion. Finally, it is recommended to apply a full screen and avoid direct sunlight for a minimum of 15 days after treatment, as the skin has been “exposed”, there is a risk of UV overdose.

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