Introduction Candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast organism that inhabits the intestines, genital tract, mouth, esophagus, and throat. Normally, this fungus lives in healthy balance with the other bacteria and yeasts in the body; however, certain conditions can cause it to multiply, weakening the immune system and causing an infection known as candidiasis. When candida yeast spreads throughout the body, it poisons the bloodstream and causes a hypersensitivity reaction. This can...

Introduction Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 9 out of 12 people at some point during their lives. Acute back pain may be a sign of a serious medical concern, although this is not most frequently the underlying cause. Typical warning signs of a potentially life threatening problem are bowel or bladder incontinence or progressive weakness in the legs. Acute back pain is commonly described as a very sharp pain or a dull ache, usually felt deep in the lower part of...

Introduction The term arthritis, meaning joint inflammation, refers to over 100 diseases that attack joints and connective tissue. Up to 50 million Americans are afflicted by one or more of these crippling conditions. Other degenerative joint diseases include gout, lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis (arthritic spine), psoriatic arthritis (skin and nail arthritis), infective arthritis (bacterial joint infection) and rheumatism. Arthritis is not a simple disease in any form, affecting...

Introduction Andropause or male menopause is a name that has been given to a menopause-like condition in aging men. This relates to the slow but steady reduction of the production of the hormones testosterone and DHEA in middle-aged men between the ages of 40 and 55. Unlike women, men do not have a specific marker such as the end of menstruation to establish this transition. However, both men and women experience a decline in the production of hormone levels. Decreased male hormone production...

Introduction An allergy is defined as an overreaction of the human immune system to a foreign protein substance (allergen) that is eaten, breathed into the lungs, injected or touched. Allergies are among the most common diseases, affecting over 60 million people. Allergies effect the respiratory system as well as the eyes, gastrointestinal system, skin, and other parts of the body. Respiratory allergies (35 million people) include environmental pollutants, like asbestos and smoke fumes, and...

Introduction The adrenal glands have begun to garner more recent attention in the medical world due to their direct connection with disease and stress. No other gland is more affected by stress, emotional strain or anger than the adrenals. In fact, the term "adrenal insufficiency" refers to the stress that has been imposed upon the entire body and the result manifesting as the adrenals inability to operate at optimal capacity. Your adrenals sit on top of your kidneys and are responsible for a...

Introduction Alcohol, prescription and recreational drug abuse can lead to severe nutrition depletion. Vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and enzymes are necessary for the body to work effectively and are deficient in alcohol and drug users. Nutrient absorption as well as nutrient utilization may be impaired by drugs and alcohol. Nutrient losses also increase with drug ingestion because drugs can form a complex with the vitamin. Specifically, B vitamins, deficient in most alcohol...

       Candida overgrowth can be difficult for a physician to diagnosis. This type of systemic yeast infection presents different ways, in different people. Below are nine of the candida symptoms to watch for if you are concerned you have candida, or candida overgrowth syndrome.      1. Chronic Fatigue      If you have fatigue or exhaustion that you simply cannot shake, regardless of the number of hours you sleep, you may have chronic fatigue syndrome. The disease is...

Introduction ADD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children, affecting anywhere from 3 to 5 percent of school aged kids. It is more prevalent in boys than girls. ADD and ADHD are often misdiagnosed and sometimes go undiagnosed. While in children, hyperactivity is often displayed as constant squirming and moving, in adults it may be more of a constant feeling of restlessness and agitation. Extreme procrastination, disorganization, trouble making deadlines, and impulsive...

The next time you find yourself with a headache, or feel the tell-tale throbs of one about to come on, consider the possibility of being your own physician. By utilizing the heat and energy from your fingertips, combined with the guidance from acupuncture and Oriental medicine, you may be able to ease the pain and suffering from your headache. This is because specific points exist on the body that provide pain relief when activated by simple massaging techniques. When pressed with a moderate...