Traditional Medicine Vs. Alternative Medicine. Treating Urinary Tract (UTI) and Yeast Infection – Home Remedies

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I never had problems with my health. My mother taught me how to eat, exercise and live healthy. One day i was at the outdoor pool with my friends …just swimming, having fun. And only 15-20 minutes sitting on the stone board of the pool changed my life completely.
I got urinary tract infection (UTI). I couldn’t sleep that night, it hurt so much. In 2 days i was at the doctor’s office learning about this disease and hoping to get rid of it as soon as possible. Doctor prescribed some antibiotics and let me go home. Ohhhh… i had such a relieve – no pain, no burning, no restrooms every 5-10 min.
I finished my medications and forgot about this. Not for long though. A month after that it came back, worth then before. …and then the same story: doctor, pills, relieve … came back, doctor, more tests, more pills ..and again…
I changed 5 doctors (OBG/YN and Urologists), had so many tests done, took so many pills and nothing was working. I was so depressed, crying every time it came back…didn’t know what to do.
I lived with this disease for 3 years (reacquiring almost every month). Doctors told me that it became chronic and there is no way to get rid of it completely. After taking so many medications i started having yeast infection…soon it became chronic as well. I was so lost and soooo hopeless.
Then i decided to see what nontraditional medicine had to offer.
I searched the Internet, asked my family, found some great books in the store. 2-3 weeks of treatment (herbs, juices and other) saved me from this “HELL”. Yes, UTI came back a couple of times, but i already knew what to do and it didn’t stay for long. Now i do not have urinary tract infection, i got rid of yeast infection too! I’m so happy and pain free!
Nobody will help you unless you help yourself!

P.S. Read This -Treating Chronic Urinary Tract Infection (UTI or Bladder Infection). Natural Remedies + Tips.
What helped me the most was Parsley Cocktail. One night i couldn’t sleep because of the pain, so … the fastest thing i could think of was just to throw a bunch of parsley in the blender (heard parsley tea helps, but had no patience to make it ), add some water and blend it…. It worked!

Storage Tips to Make Produce Last Longer

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Because of an injury i couldn’t drive for more then 3 months. I asked my husband to buy plenty of produce (enough for 2-3 weeks) so he didn’t need to go shopping every week (he has very busy schedule). I always leave fruit on the table, potato, garlic and onion goes in the dark and cool place and the rest (vegetables) i put in the fridge.

In about 7-8 days i saw my fresh herbs were getting bad, then cauliflower started to spoil… i ran to the computer and tried to find some info on how to store produce to keep it fresh longer.

Every site says the same – “Store in a loose bag in the fridge” or “Store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Put a few holes in the bag for longer storage to increase air circulation”. BUT my vegetables are already in the loose bag and in the fridge.

The last thing to do was to call my mother. She recommended to wrap herbs in a paper towel, it absorbs moisture, prevents it from sticking to a plastic bag and makes it last longer. I wrapped in a paper towel not only my herbs but everything in the fridge : ) Well…herbs were fresh for more then 3 weeks, same with cauliflower, Eggplant and other.

Some tips on how to keep you produce fresh longer:

1. Handle vegetables and fruit very gently! Do not place one bag with produce on another one. Be more careful with avocados, tomatoes, eggplant, peaches, apples bananas – all soft fruit and vegetables that can be damaged.

2. Do not wash any vegetables before placing in the fridge.

3. Remove leaves, leafy tops from cauliflower, beets (if you don’t use them), carrots and other.

4. The cheapest way to have your fridge smelling fresh (odorless) is to keep inside an open container with soda.

5.Wrap vegetables that spoil fast in a paper towel . I wrap everything in my fridge accept carrots, beets, tomatoes, peppers, salary and cabbage. Make sure it is not one of those thin towels that feels like newspaper. I prefer Bounty – very soft and absorbent.

If it is impossible to wrap something (like containers with strawberries, spinach, berries…) just place a paper towel on the bottom and on the top, then cover with the lid.

6.Always keep plastic bags open!

7.Check your produce from time to time – remove damaged or spoiled vegetables immediately.

Child Help / Teen Help / Anonymous Teen Counseling

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Being a teenager is tough, and finding a safe place to ask questions and discuss personal thoughts can be very helpful.

TeenCentral.Net is helping teens with their problems, providing them with valuable information,feedback from professionals who can offer guidance in making decisions, news and celebrity stories.

Teens who visit are asked to join and select a username that in no way discloses who or where they are. Then they can write their story or read real-life stories of teens who have faced similar problems.

Teens are free to write about any problems they are experiencing and ask for advice on how to deal with them. The response from the counselor will be posted within 24 hours.

TeenCentral.Net is TOTALLY ANONYMOUS and SAFE internet resource to help kids face and overcome crisis and life’s daily challenges.

IF YOU ARE A TEEN (or maybe you know one) who needs guidance and advice but don’t feel comfortable talking to friends or adults about your problems, go to www.TeenCentral.Net. and check it out.

FREE Newsletters, Valuable Coupouns and FREE Guide to Raising Your Child – “Caring for Your Baby and Young Child” from Publix Baby Club

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If you are an expectant mother or mother of a child under 2 years old and you live in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama or Tennessee – join the Publix Baby Club®.
You’ll receive a free subscription to the Publix Baby Club newsletter until your baby’s second birthday. It’s stuffed with tips and important advices on baby care, parenting, health and nutrition.
You will also receive valuable coupons for basic supplies for you and your baby such as:

FREE Hand Sanitizer
FREE Cocoa Butter
FREE Isopropyl Alcohol
Nursing Pads (Buy one get one FREE)
Drop-In Bottles or Liners ($1 OFF)
Baby Shampoo (Get FREE baby lotion)
High Calcium Formula ($3 OFF)
Organic Baby Formula ($5 OFF)
Diapers (Receive FREE wipes)
Diapers ($10 OFF when you buy 2)
Diaper Rush Ointment ($2 OFF)
Baby Wipes (Buy one get one FREE)
Pacifiers (Buy one get one FREE)
and other….

And if you’re a first-time parent, you’ll receive a FREE Gift from Publix Baby Club: The American Academy of Pediatrics complete guide to raising your child – “Caring for Your Baby and Young Child”- it’s a $20 value.

Contents:
Preparing for a new Baby
Birth and the first moments after
Basic infant care
Feeding your baby: breast and bottle
Your baby’s first days
The first month
One month through 3 months
4 to 7 months
8 to 12 months
Second year
Age 2 to 3 years
3 to 5 years
How to keep your child safe
Emergencies
+ Complete Encyclopedia covering possible injuries. illnesses, diseases and other.

To join Publix Baby Club go to - http://www.publix.com/clubs/baby/Home.do

List of Harmful Ingredients Used in Personal Care Products

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Have you ever thought that using some of your favorite moisturizers every day can cause skin rashes, allergies, biochemical or cellular level changes!?

Not everybody know what those tiny and hard-to-pronounce words under “Ingredients” on the back of the product mean …
Do you know that Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and benzylparaben) that are used in many cosmetic products as a preservative can irritate the skin, lead to endocrine and fertility problems or even cancer? For so many years parabens have been considered as a cheap way to preserve products such as lotions, shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens and deodorants, but studies have shown that some parabens can act as a hormone estrogen in the body’s cells.
A lot of people started paying attention to what they eat, choosing natural and organic products, products without hormones and antibiotics. But what about every day personal care products? Don’t think that if you don’t eat it it can’t be harmful!
New research has shown that parabens can be detected in human urine within hours after applying lotion (containing this chemical) to the skin. This demonstrates that parabens do indeed penetrate the human skin from cosmetic products.

There are dozens of chemicals that could be harmful and shouldn’t be used!

1. Parabens, known as butyl, methyl, ethyl, propyl, or isobutyl paraben:
Used as preservatives in deodorants and moisturizers.
Interfere with estrogen levels. University of Reading researcher Philippa Darbre’s study (in 2004) detected parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors. Unfortunately it’s not enough to prove that they cause cancer.

2. Phthlates, known as Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate:
Found in perfumes, nail polishes and some hair products. Phthlates are used to enhance penetration of skin.
Can lead to damage of the liver, lungs, kidney.
This chemicals act as hormone disruptors and can lead to premature breast development in girls or problems with reproductive development in male fetuses.

3. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)/ Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate/ Sodium Laureth Sulphate:
Used in shampoo, bath products and toothpaste as an emulsifying and foaming agent.
May cause reproductive system disorders, damage to the liver, lungs, heart and immune system. It’s also a severe skin irritant.

4. Petroleum based products, known as petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin, paraffin oil, paraffin wax:
This chemicals are used in shampoos, hair products, anti-aging creams, mascaras, perfumes, foundations and lipsticks.
It’s byproducts of crude oil and may have potential cancer causing effects. They clog pores and interfere with the human body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins. It’s used primarily because it’s cheap.

5. Artificial Fragrance, known as “fragrance” or “parfum”:
It’s used in personal-care products to make it smell more appealing.
These hazardous cosmetic ingredients can cause headaches, dizziness, breathing disorders, allergic rashes and other allergic reactions, skin disorders, coughing, vomiting, depression, hyperactivity, irritability, and chemical sensitivities.

13. Propylene Glycol, known as propan-1,2-diol, PG:
Used as an humectant (retaining moisture) in shampoo, body lotion, deodorant or sun lotion.
Extremely toxic! Depresses the central nervous system and may cause respiratory and throat irritation, liver, brain, and kidney disorders, conjunctivitis in the eyes, brain damage, and hypoglycemia. It’s a severe skin irritant.

14. Alpha-hydroxy acids, know as AHAs or fruit acids, including glycolic, lactic, and citric acid:
Used as exfoliants and ph balancers in bath products, anti-aging and face and body products.
May cause photosensitivity to sunlight and increase risk to sun related skin disorders and skin cancers.

15. Artificial Colors, known as Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow-5m Yellow-6 and other:
Some of this artificial colors are carcinogenic (cancer causing) not only when ingested, but also when applied to the skin.

16. Bronopol, known as 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol:
Under certain conditions may cause the formation of carcinogenic (cancer causing) nitrosamines.

17. 1, 2 – Dioxane:
Used in shampoos, conditioners, lotions, soaps and cleaning products. Studies: the carcinogenicity of dioxane caused nasal passage liver and nasal passage cancer in mice.

18. Diethanolamine (DEA)/ Triethanolamine (TEA): 
Chemical reactions between nitrites and DEA or TEA might occur during the manufacturing process what leads to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are carcinogenic (cancer causing).

19. Cosmetic talk: 
Cosmetic talc is carcinogenic (cancer causing). Inhaling talc is very dangerous and using it in the genital area (BABY POWDER!) is associated with increased risk of ovarian cancer.

And this is not a full list of dangerous and possible harmful ingredients used in every day personal care products!!! You may be unknowingly poisoning yourself with this carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals every single day! Manufacturers try to fool us with signs “Natural” or “Organic”, but it absolutely doesn’t mean that the product you are purchasing is 100% safe to use ! List of ingredients – that’s where the truth can be found!

Are “Organic” and “Natural ” Personal Care Products Really Organic and Natural???

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Consumer’s demand for natural and organic cosmetic products has increased greatly in the last couple of years. More and more often you see labels like “Natural” or “Organic” appear on body lotions, shampoo and conditioners, body washes or make-up.

Unfortunately, there’s no government regulation about the ingredients that are used in cosmetics. Unlike food, there is no organic seal that can be put on cosmetic products that would ensure you it’s 100% natural and safe to use.
A product labeled “organic”, “natural”, “botanical”, “nature inspired” or “natural origin” is not necessarily free from harmful ingredients.
Manufacturers use so many dangerous chemicals in personal care products just to improve color, texture, scent or extend it’s shelf life. At the same time they use very clever advertising practices to trick consumers into thinking they are using healthy all natural products. They tell you the product contains natural and organic Lavender essential oil that soothes your skin and calmes your mind…BUT! They don’t tell you it also contains Parabens and Phthlates that possibly can damage your liver, lungs, kidney or even cause cancer!

You’re using these products every single day on your largest organ – skin! Most ingredients penetrate your skin and end up in your blood stream. New research has shown that some ingredients can be detected in human urine within hours after applying lotion (containing this chemical) to the skin.

How can you be sure that the product you purchase is 100% natural?

• Read the label very carefully. Check the ingredients and make sure that it doesn’t contain any of this chemicals -http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2286623/list_of_harmful_ingredients_used_in.html?cat=5

Wright this list down and carry with you when shopping for personal care products!!!

• You can also visit the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website – www.cosmeticsdatabase.com. Enter the name of the products you use or would like to purchase and see whether they contain ingredients you should avoid.

Trying to Conceive: How to Track Your Ovulation. How to Read Your BBT Charts

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Your menstrual cycle is divided into two phases: the follicular (before ovulation) and the luteal phase (after ovulation).

During the first phase hormone Estrogen keeps the temperature low (normally between 97.0 to 97.5). Right before ovulation occurs the concentration of estrogen jumps up causing even lower temperatures. Some women (not all) can see a slight dip in temperatures what means ovulation is about to occur.
In the second phase (Luteal Phase)that starts right after ovulation hormone progesterone takes over. Temperature usually rise between 97.6 and 98.6 (about .2 of a degree) and stay elevated until your next cycle begins.
If you become pregnant during that cycle it will remain high during the entire pregnancy.

So…a dip in temperature (not always!) followed by a rise (at least .2 of a degree) higher than all temps the previous six days and staying at or beyond this level for at least 3 days shows that ovulation has occurred.

If you are not trying to conceive at this moment just keep charting you basal temperature and in a couple of months you will see a clear picture: how long your cycle is, how stable it is, when you are most fertile and when your ovulation occurs.
If you are trying to conceive and never charted your basal temperature before follow this steps:

1. Take your temperature every day from the first day of your cycle.
2. Start charting mucus changes from day 10 of your menstrual cycle (earlier if your cycle is less then 28 days).
3. Use ovulation tests every day from day 10 (earlier if your cycle is less then 28 days) of your menstrual cycle (do not use your morning urine!)

Test line on the ovulation test gets darker then the control line about 1-2 days before ovulation occurs. At the same time your mucus should change from white, thick and sticky to clear, stretchy and slippery (consistency of raw egg white). So…if you are trying to conceive – have intercourse starting from the day you see a positive ovulation test.
Right after ovulation occurs temperature rises (.2 of a degree). You still have about 24 (sometimes 48) hours before the egg dies.

Every woman has anovulatory cycles (1-2 per year). A anovulatory cycle means that no ovulation occurred during that particular cycle. During anovulatory cycle you will see many low and high temperatures throughout the entire cycle with no clear separation of a rise in level of temperatures. If you have anovulatory cycles more often then 1-2 times a year – consult your OB/GYN!

*Nonovulatory cycles along with low amount or poor quality of cervical fluid, too high temperatures during your first phase could possible be a sign of low estrogen levels.
*Low temperatures in your second phase (after ovulation) could possible be a sign of low progesterone levels.
*Temperature drops before menstruation and rises again with the first day of bleeding – possible sign of endometrit (inflammation of the endometrium).
*Rise in temperatures in the first phase (when temperature stays high for 3-5 days) could be a sign ofinflammation.

Trying to Conceive: How to Track Your Ovulation. Charting Your BBT (Basal Body Temperature)

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Basal body temperature is the temperature of your body at rest. Charting your basal will help to understand when you ovulate. Charting can also show when you are most fertile and how stable your cycle is. All this information is very helpful if trying to conceive.

1. Take your temperature first thing in the morning before you get up or speak! If possible do not even open your eyes! Leave your thermometer under the pillow so you could reach it easily.
2. Take your temperature same time each day! If it’s your day off (weekend) – set an alarm. Staying within 30 min either side of your average time is good.
2. Take your temperature after a minimum of 5 hours sleep (not 2 or 3!).
3. It doesn’t matter what thermometer you use, just do not change it during your cycle! If you use an electronic one wait 1-2 min after it beeps. You can also purchase a basal body temperature thermometer that records temperatures to the tenth of a degree for more accurate results.
4. You can take your temperature rectally, vaginally or orally (not preferable). Stay with the same method for the entire cycle.
5. Chart your cervical mucus changes starting from the day 10 of your menstrual cycle. Mark the day when your mucus changes: from 1 (no mucus) to 2 (white, thick and sticky) to 3 (clear, stretchy and slippery – consistency of raw egg white), then back to 2 and 1.
6. Start using ovulation tests from the day 10 of your menstrual cycle. Mark the day when the test line is darker then control line.
7. Mark important info like “stressful day”, “sickness”, “party late” in your chart. There are so many things that influence your basal temperature.

Some tips:
1. If you woke up 2 or 3 hours later then usual (the time you usually take your temperature) – skip this day.
2. If you woke up about 1 hour later then usual (the time you usually take your temperature) chart the temperature at 0.2F lower then the actual result.
3. If you went to bed late or had to wake up at night and didn’t have 5 straight hours of sleep – skip this day.
4. If you have to wake up about an hour earlier then usual (the time you usually take your temperature) – chart the temperature at 0.2F higher then the actual result.
5. If you fell asleep and forgot to remove the thermometer – skip this day.

One more advise – stay away from different fertility/infertility forums and chat rooms. Yes, you will learn a lot of new and sometimes useful information, but some women get addicted to this kind of sites.
Try not to think about it…just let it go… Don’t stress if you can’t get pregnant for a couple of months.Sometimes it takes up to a year for healthy couples to conceive!
Start taking prenatal vitamins, eat healthy, exercise and enjoy your life! And don’t forget to chart your basal body temperature every day.
If you are trying to conceive for more then one year or have some concerns (very unstable cycle, often anovulatory cycles, too high or too low temperatures)- consult your OB/GYN.