Health Conditions Center
When you have a physical health condition you want to find information that is true and factual, to the point and thorough. We've taken it a step further. Each of the conditions we discuss contains both the medical and natural treatment methods.
Dozens of different diseases can involve the blood. Blood disorders can affect any of the three main components of blood:
Red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the body's tissues
White blood cells, which fight infections
Platelets, which help blood to clot
Red blood cells deliver oxygen from your lungs to your tissues and organs. White blood cells fight infection and are part of your body's defense system. Platelets help blood to clot. Bone marrow, the spongy material inside your bones, makes new blood cells. Blood cells constantly die and your body makes new ones. Red blood cells live about 120 days, platelets 6 days and white cells less than a day.
There are many types of blood disorders, including: anemia, bleeding disorders, platelet disorders, and hemophilia.
The ten top killers of Americans (in the order of frequency) include heart disease, cancer, physician induced death, stroke, accidents, pneumonia, diabetes, cirrhosis, arteriosclerosis, and suicides. All but physician induced death, accidents, pneumonia, and suicides have an underlying connection to reduced blood circulation.
Find out about angina, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, low and high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, varicose veins and many other conditions related to the heart and circulatory system.
When health matters, it REALLY matters when it's our children's health. Children are a popular target for over-medicating and vaccines are about the hottest topic out there. If you're a parent YOU NEED THIS INFORMATION.?
We discuss the most common conditions affecting children including colic, bed wetting, constipation and diarrhea and ear infections.
According to a new survey, 74 percent of Americans are living with digestive symptoms like diarrhea, gas, bloating and abdominal pain. But what many people may not know is that these symptoms could indicate a more serious condition.
Find solutions for bloating and gas, colitis, constipation and diarrhea, Crohn's disease, liver problems, fatty liver, gallbladder problems, ulcers, GERD and many other conditions.
The endocrine system carries out a wide variety of physiological processes through chemical messengers called "hormones". This system is a collection of glands that produces these hormones, which are necessary for normal bodily functions.
Hormones regulate metabolism, growth and sexual development. These glands release the hormones directly into the bloodstream, where they are transported to organs and tissues throughout the entire body.
When functioning properly, the endocrine system, is like a fine-tuned orchestra. When not, we see adrenal and thyroid problems, infertility, PMS, menopause, impotence, and a host of unwanted conditions.
We discuss the most common endocrine conditions and tell you how they can be successfully treated.
Genetic Health Conditions
Genetic conditions consist of any of the diseases and disorders that are caused by mutations in one or more genes.
With the increasing ability to control infectious in the so-called developed countries, there has come the realization that genetic diseases are a major cause of disability, death, and human tragedy. Rare, indeed, is the family that is entirely free of genetic disorder. Almost 3,500 disorders have been cataloged.
The most common conditions encountered include cleft lip and cleft palate, cystic fibrosis, Phenylketonuria (PKU), and Wilson's disease.
The genitourinary tract is host to a variety of disorders that disrupt a normal life. Such conditions include bladder infections, vaginitis, cystitis, kidney stones, and high blood pressure.
Kidney disease can result when the kidneys no longer work well enough to remove wastes and excess fluids from the body. Complete kidney failure occurs when less than 10% of your kidneys are working. When the kidneys cannot work in a normal way, this is called kidney failure. When kidney failure progresses to the point where the kidneys do not function well enough to keep a person healthy, a person may need ongoing treatment in the form of dialysis.
Health Conditions of the Special Senses
The special senses include the eyes, ears, the sense of taste and hearing, the sense of smell, and the skin. The gums in the mouth, the hair, and the finger nails are also included in this system.
For the eyes we discuss conditions such as dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and cataracts.
Conditions affecting the ears include ear infections, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), hearing and balance disorders, and hearing loss.
We discuss conditions affecting the nose include sinusitis and nasal polyps.
And for the skin, gums and finger nails we cover acne, dermatitis, rosacea, rashes, vitiligo, warts, gingivitis and gum disease, ulcers, yellow nail syndrome, and athletes foot.
Immune System Conditions
The immune system protects the body from potentially harmful substances ("antigens") such as microorganisms, toxins, cancer cells, and foreign blood or tissues from another person or species.
Immune system disorders occur when the immune response is inappropriate, excessive, or lacking. Autoimmune disorders develop when the immune system destroys normal body tissues.
In allergies, the immune system reacts to an external substance that would normally be harmless.
We explore the most common immune system conditions.
Infectious / Bacterial / Viral / Parasitic Conditions
Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They're normally harmless or even helpful, but under certain conditions, some organisms may cause disease.
Bacteria are one-celled germs that multiply quickly. They may give off toxins, which are harmful chemicals that can make you sick. Strep throat and urinary tract infections are common bacterial infections.
Viruses are tiny capsules that contain genetic material. They invade your cells so that they can multiply. This can kill, damage, or change the cells and make you sick. Viral infections include HIV and the common cold.
Fungi are primitive plant-like organisms such as mushrooms, mold, mildew, and yeasts. Athlete's foot and yeast infections are common fungal infections.
Parasites are animals or plants that survive by living on or in other living things. Malaria and head lice are infections that are caused by parasites.
Men's Health Conditions
Men don't visit doctors as often as women. Because of this they usually find that their health suffers as a result.
Just as the female has unique conditions affecting her, so does the man. We discuss prostate problems, sexually transmitted diseases, impotence, testicular pain, hair loss, infertility and contraception. Besides these, we also deal with sexual problems and methods to cope with them.
Metabolic disorders are those that result due to a disruption of normal metabolism, the process of converting food to energy on a cellular level.
Millions of chemical reactions take place in your body every single second. Metabolic disorders are addressed by clinical nutritionists because they have specialized training in biochemistry and physiology (how the body functions).
A few examples of metabolic disorders include hyperlipidemia, hypo- or hyperglycemia, adrenal insufficiency, heavy metal toxicity, environmental sensitivities and metabolic syndrome. There are many more.
Musculoskeletal Health Conditions
Musculoskeletal conditions comprise more than 150 diagnoses that affect the locomotor system – that is, muscles, bones, joints and associated tissues such as tendons and ligaments, as listed in the International Classification of Diseases. They range from those that arise suddenly and are short-lived, such as fractures, sprains and strains; to lifelong conditions associated with ongoing pain and disability.
Musculoskeletal conditions are the second largest contributor to disability worldwide, with low back pain being the single leading cause of disability globally.
Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries are not just conditions of older age – they are relevant across the life-course. Between one in three and one in five people live with a painful and disabling musculoskeletal condition.
Musculoskeletal conditions significantly limit mobility and dexterity, leading to early retirement from work, reduced accumulated wealth and reduced ability to participate in social roles.
The greatest proportion of persistent pain conditions is accounted for by musculoskeletal conditions.
Highly prevalent among multi-morbidity health states, musculoskeletal conditions are prevalent in one third to one half of multi-morbidity presentations, and very commonly linked with depression.
We examine the most common conditions involving this important system.
Nervous System Conditions
The spine protects the most important system in our body, the nervous system. "The nervous system controls and coordinates all body functions". (Guyton's Physiology)
When your nervous system does not function properly or develops a disease process, the effects can be quite dramatic and sometimes life threatening.
Conditions involving the nervous system include headaches, dementia, epilepsy and seizures, Alzheimer's disease, Bell's palsy, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and many others.
Conditions involving the reproductive organs affect both sexes. The Health Conditions Center sheds insight on these unique problems.
Reproductive disorders affecting the female include diminished fecundity (longer time-to-pregnancy), reproductive impairment (eg, conception delay or pregnancy loss), infertility, and gynecological disorders such as endometriosis, fibroids, premature ovarian insufficiency/failure, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Reproductive disorders affecting the male include infertility, impotence, erectile dysfunction and various prostate conditions.
Find out more about Reproductive Disorders.
Most people breathe without thinking. In every breath, the lungs take in oxygen from the air so it can be distributed through the bloodstream in order to fuel all the body's cells and organs. If the lungs become saturated with toxins, they are unable to filter waste properly.
Common toxins in the air are tobacco smoke, occupational fumes, air pollution and germs. Left alone these toxins can manifest into varying health concerns.
We explore conditions affecting the respiratory system including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, bronchitis, sinus problems, and asthma.
Women's Health Conditions
Do you know the top women's health risks?
Heart disease, cancer and stroke top the list. Although these are serious concerns, there's good news. Healthy lifestyle choices — such as eating a healthy diet and including physical activity in your daily routine — can go a long way toward reducing women's health risks.
Find out more about Women's Health Conditions.
How Doctors Diagnose Your Health Problems
Today's doctors have at their disposal sophisticated tests to aid in the diagnosis of health problems.
In this series of articles we discuss some of these tests so you can be "in the know" when you visit your doctor.
Get the inside scoop of how a doctor should accurately diagnose your health problems.
Homeopathic Treatment Guide
How is homeopathy used to treat ailments? One major difference between allopathy and homeopathy is the way the treatment works. Allopathy uses drugs, and sometimes surgery to treat ailments, while homeopathy works on improving the body's response to the disease.
This section covers the most common homeopathic remedies in use today.