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Cut Throat Medicine: A New Theory on Why You Have Tonsils and What Happens If You Lose Them

Why do we have tonsils? Is there a particular function they serve?

Despite high tech medicine, there are still some basic questions about how the human body works that stump the medical profession. And the function of the tonsils is one of them.

When I was in medical school, almost nothing was mentioned about the tonsils. Textbooks devote only a paragraph or two to these organs. So doctors know more about how to remove them than what they do in your body.

Despite not knowing what they do or why our bodies have them, US doctors perform about 650,000 tonsillectomies each year. At around $10,000 per surgery, this means that removing tonsils generates close to $6.5 billion annually. And that’s for only one surgical procedure.

Removing the tonsils was at one time the fashion, and was supposed to relieve throat infections, although evidence suggests that there is not a significant enough decrease in throat infections following tonsillectomy to justify widespread use of this procedure. Now, the primary reason for tonsillectomies in children is for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders thought to be caused by enlarged tonsils obstructing the throat and airway.

What do doctors know about the function of the tonsils?

Medicine contends that the tonsils are part of the lymphatic system which helps to fight infections, since the tonsils contain lymphoid tissue that produced white blood cells and antibodies. However, tonsils are not lymph nodes. Lymph nodes have sinuses through which lymph fluid filters. Nothing like that happens with tonsils.

The tonsils are walnut sized glands composed of lymphoid tissue that surrounds several deep crypts, or folds. Lymph does not filter through the tonsils, but saliva filled with bacteria and food does contact the tonsil crypts. Bacteria are known to reside within these folds. As we swallow, food and saliva wash past these folds sending samples of the bacteria in them down our throats.

Medicine claims it has no idea what tonsils are really supposed to be doing in the body, apart from some vague immunity function. Textbooks say the tonsils are the first line of defense against infection, although any pathogen in the tonsils is already in your intestines and/or lungs, so it is hard to understand how this is a first line of defense. The tonsils are also said to trap pathogens in the mouth, although there is no mechanism to describe how tonsils can do this since they are not a filter, as are lymph nodes. In fact, tonsils are accused of spreading bacteria, not trapping it. Research also shows that removal of the tonsils does not seem to increase susceptibility to infection. So the role of tonsils in immunity is unclear.

Strange, isn’t it, that medicine can map the human genome, but they can’t tell you what the tonsils are for.

Tonsils and Bacteria

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The Best Foods to Nourish the Lungs and Large Intestine

In Oriental Medicine, the nature and quality of food including its flavour, taste and heat/cold nature, determines its healing potential and its ability to balance or unbalance the body, through affecting the Blood, Qi and other body fluids.

There are many ‘diets, and the aim of this perspective on food and nutrition, is not to give you another ‘diet’ to follow rigidly, but rather, to give you some simple guidelines from a combined western and oriental perspective. These will give you a way to gently nurture and support your body from the inside. In Chinese Medicine the organs in the body correspond to the different elements, and these all connect with the various seasons in nature. The Air Element (also known as Metal in Traditional Chinese Medicine) relates to the season of Autumn and the Lungs and Large Intestine Organs and the functions of protection and purification.

Autumn is the time when we begin to turn our energy inwards. We turn our focus away from the external world and begin to focus on our internal process. Autumn signals the time to begin this self-reflection and inward journey. In doing this, we need to build up our resources to sustain and nurture us through the autumn months and into winter.

Autumn is the time to let go. I love the image of the leaves falling effortlessly off the trees. No holding on, just gently releasing themselves from the branch and spiraling slowly home to rest in the earth.

As our energy starts to move inwards and downwards in Autumn, we need to release unwanted energy and emotions and protect ourselves from unwanted outside influences.

The skin is our main organ of protection and purification. It is governed by the Air(Metal) element and influenced by the work done by the Lung and Large Intestine.

Pungent foods have protective and cleansing qualities and specifically affect the Lung and Large Intestine. They help to disperse the stuck energy and mucous, that can build up in these organs.

Pungent foods include chillies, onion, turnip, ginger, cabbage, radish, daikon radish and white peppercorns. The white pungent foods are particularly useful as this colour especially affects the air element.

Other protective foods include all dark green and orange vegetables such as carrot, pumpkin, broccoli, parsley, wheat grass, and watercress. These veges, because of their high beta-carotene content, protect the surface (skin) and mucous membranes of the body. They also protect the Lung and Large Intestine from cancer.

To help cleanse the Lungs and Large Intestine eat plenty of fibre rich foods such as the vegetables mentioned above, fruit, plus whole grains such as oats, millet and rice.…

Role of Alternative Medicine in Modern Society

Typically, alternative medicine differs from traditional medicine in that alternative medicine is older and what we might call unconventional or non-Western medicine. Alternative medicine does not follow the traditional science and research that current medicines undergo. Alternative medicine could also be termed complementary or traditional medicine or the therapies that can be integrated into current medicine. The staff of the National Library of Medicine of the United States classified alternative medicine under the category of complementary therapies in their Medical Subjects Heading Section. This was done in the year 2002. The definition provided was that alternative medicine therapeutic practices were not considered as an integral part of the traditional allopathic medicine. Therapies like acupuncture, dieting, physical therapy like exercises or yoga, etc. are termed as alternative medicine. These therapies are called complementary when they are used along with conventional treatments. If they are done in place of conventional treatments, they are known as alternative treatments.

In April 1995, the panel of National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, worked on Definition & Description, CAM Research Methodology Conference, Office of Alternative Medicine. The panel defined alternative medicine and complementary medicine as those healing resources that encompass all health systems and practices that are different from the dominant health system of a particular society or culture. Usually, therapies like ayurveda, herbal medicine, folk medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, naturopathy, diet practices, chiropractic, music therapy, massage, pranic healing, etc. are classified as alternative or complementary medicine. People who do not find a cure, remedy or success in allopathic medicine generally try alternative medicine. Such people generally suffer from cancer, arthritis, acquired immuno deficiency syndrome (AIDS), chronic back pain, etc. Therapies included under alternative medicine would cease to be included in that category once their efficacy is proven and they are considered safe and effective. They are then considered as part of traditional medicine. An example would be chiropractors. Twenty years ago insurance would not pay for them as they were considered “alternative and ineffective.” Today thousands of people have been helped by chiropractors and they are now recognized in the medical community. A similar movement is underway in the nutritional supplement and nutraceutical industry.

Over the years, more and more people have been using alternative medicine because traditional medicine is not working for them. The 2004 survey by the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine of the United States revealed that approximately 36% of Americans used alternative medicine in 2002. If alternative medicine is used in conjunction with traditional allopathic medicine, an integrative doctor is a person’s best option. Some traditional doctors are adamantly against or simply do not believe in complementary medicine, even though research continues to show the benefits of many compounds. Your doctor should be informed about other approaches you may be using and if they are not comfortable with that then always feel free to choose another doctor. This would enable the doctor to foresee any possible complications or a better time in which to use a complementary therapy. The concern …

Dental Implant Surgery and the Latest Speedy Healing Methods

Dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed in multiple stages. This is a much more advanced alternative to partial or full dentures. These implants are different from traditional dentures in that they are fixed to the jaw bone. Unlike traditional removable drugs, they are permanently fixed and can not be removed. No regular adjustment or realignment is required.

The Preferred Dental Procedure

Today, tooth implant surgery is very common and many dentists and prosthodontists are qualified to perform it. Irrevocably damaged or decayed teeth can be replaced with permanent alternatives and they look very much like natural teeth. Here is the procedure that is followed in tooth implants:

• The damaged tooth or teeth are first extracted
• The jawbone is then prepared for surgery. Depending on the condition of the underlying bond, bone-grafting may be necessitated. In this case, the procedure will take longer than usual.
• A titanium screw or post in place in the hole that has been drilled into the jaw bone. This is then allowed to heal completely for a couple of months.
• The dentist will check if the wound had healed and will then affix the crown on the screw.

This entire procedure takes around two to three months. The healing itself takes a couple of months and the bone and tissue has to re-grow around this newly added structure. The condition of the jaw bone has to be good for the implant to be possible and successful. A weak bone base will not be able to withstand the pressure that the chewing motion of the mouth exerts.

The Latest in Dental Medicine

The one reason why many people hesitated to opt for this procedure is the time that is required for the implant to be accepted and the wound to heal. In rare cases this new addition may be rejected. But modern medicine has found a solution for that too. Platelet Rich Plasma or Plasma Rich Plasma is extracted from the patient's own blood. This is then used to hasten the healing process.

The bone grows faster and the wound heals quicker. There are very little chances of rejection as the plasma is admitted from the patient's own body. This procedure is used in sports medicine and orthopedics very successfully. It uses the natural healing properties of the body to heal the wound that is created by the implant implant and is definitely a significant improvement in the field of dentistry. …

Cold Sores Treatment

As there is no cure for cold sores (strictly, herpes simplex virus, type 1), treatment serves mainly to moderate the symptoms, which can include mouth blisters, fevers, mouth pain and a sore throat.

Creams or ointments which you can buy over-the-counter can be applied to the cold sore and help to soothe the blisters and encourage healing. Antiviral medicine (such as Acyclovir or Famciclovir) may lessen the pain or reduce the time the cold sore takes to heal over. These antivirals are prescription-only.

For people who get frequent and debilitating attacks of cold sores, oral antiviral medicine may be prescribed to be taken every day, to reduce the number of cold sore episodes (they will not stop them entirely). Your physician or pharmacist will be able to advise you about this kind of cold sores treatment.

There are also many natural or complementary medicines which are on offer now as cold sores treatment. Because cold sores usually heal on their own after a few days anyway, it is difficult to assess these in the normal way. Traditionally many people have used the herb lemon balm (applied as an ointment, or as a liquid made from boiling up the leaves) to alleviate the symptoms of cold sores, while more recently vitamin C tablets or creams have been used to speed up healing.

Cold sores treatment can also involve other methods. It helps many people if they avoid eating acidic foods while they have cold sores. This includes things like oranges and tomatoes. Very salty or spicy foods should also be avoided.

Protecting the lips from the sun (by wearing a hat, or simply staying out of the sun) can help; using lip balm at all times to cover the areas of your mouth which are pre to cold sores may help to prevent them happening. You should also protect your lips and mouth from cold winds. Cold sores got their name because it was formerly believed they came with cold weather.

Placing something cool on the cold sore itself, such as a towel towel or a cloth-wrapped ice pack may reduce the pain and swelling.

Natural antiseptics like tea tree oil may help to heal the blisters.

Many people take lysine, as a dietary supplement, to help with prevention or as a cold sore treatment to help with recovery. Lysine is an amino acid found in cereals and pulses.

As cold sore outbreaks usually occur when your immune system is overtaxed, for example when you are under a lot of stress, it will help if you can avoid or limit stressful episodes in your life. This of course may not be subject to your control. Many people find that after the active and mobile years of their teens and twenties are over, and they settle down to have a family, cold sore attacks become much less frequent. …

Treating Obesity With Orthomolecular Medicine

Treating and healing obesity and weight problems with ordinary amino acids is the basis for Orthomolecular Medicine. Large doses of naturally found proteins called amino acids can repair the imbalance in the brain and repair its malfunction. These amino acids are affordable and are used in therapeutic doses much larger than those levels normally found in food. The concept of orthomolecular medicine is based upon the use of very large doses of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or botanical extracts for the cellular repair and enhancement of normal brain activities. Amino acids are also key to supporting increase muscle mass needed to keep the metabolism higher as weight loss occurs. Weight loss without increasing muscle mass and exercising will result in decreased metabolic rates and the body will adapt to low daily calorie requirements as weight loss is achieved without intervention.

Many times there is a problem wit the body preventing it from losing weight easily. These problems include thyroid disease, hormone imbalances, diabetes, impaired cardiac function, neurotransmitter imbalances, chronic viral infections that result in low energy and fatigue, chromosome problems in developmentally challenged people, fatty liver disease, impaired spleen function, and digestive tracts which are significantly longer than normal, problems digesting fat. A fatty liver is a very big problem in weight loss. This may be partially due to a high fat diet and high levels of heavy metal or pesticide toxins. Detoxification of toxins is a great idea along with herbs to support good liver function. Heavy metals or pesticides toxins need to be removed with far infrared sauna or hot yoga and oral chelators like cilantro, organic wheat grass, or chorella. Milk thistle is a very good herb for liver support. Fat cells store toxins and a fatty liver has additional stores of toxins which impair cellular metabolism and the normal release of fat for energy. Additional herbs that are very good for improved liver function are Gynostemma Pentaphyllum and Hawthorn Berries. These can be taken in capsule form or as a tea. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and CLA are very good to reduce liver fat that is not due to alcoholism.

Amino acid therapy is very good for weight loss and there are it works. These weight loss effects include decreasing appetite, altering glucose regulation, tweaking the metabolism of energy by the cell, and speeding the release of fat during energy production. 5-HTP, carnitine, orthinine, phenylalanine, theanine, and arginine are amino acids which are effective in weight loss. These amino acids should be used in therapeutic doses for several months. You should be able to discern within seven to twelve days if the therapy is successful.…

The Four "G's" – Herbal Medicines That Help

Herbal medicines are over 8000 in count. And until today, more and more variations of herbal medicines are continuously being developed. With such a number available on the market, how would you know the efficiency and safety of a particular herbal treatment?

Herbal drugs that are safe and effective are highly recommended by doctors and health agencies. Some of the 8000 herbal medicines are considered to be very successful that they are accepted by many health agencies worldwide.

Among the 8000, there are four herbal treatments today which guarantee safety and efficacy upon use. Here are the four "G's" known to cure and prevent many types of illnesses.

Garlic

Garlic is a widely used herbal treatment for different types of illnesses. It has been used for several years now and is a widely accepted treatment for some cardiovascular conditions. Garlic is either boiled, stewed, or chewed as is. Garlic has a stingy taste and smell which makes the administration a lot harder. It is suggested however that you include garlic in meals to make its taste less prominent in the mouth.

Garlic is known to lower blood cholesterol levels and is there before significant in reducing blood pressure. It is also known to prevent fat accumulation in the blood vessels which causes heart attack or stroke.

Ginseng

Ginseng is one of the most used herbal remedies. It is taken for a variety of reasons, namely: tonic, rejuvenator, stimulant of thyroid hormones, prevention of colds, treatment to Diabetes, lessens menopausal symptoms, and many other uses.

Ginseng gained popularity because it is known to be very effective and safe to use. Today, many people take Ginseng despite the absence of illness.

Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba is considered a living a fossil. It is one of the oldest trees living today. For more than 200 million years, it has given cure to people all over the world. Gingko Biloba is best known to contribute to memory enhancement. It is used by many old people today for better memory. Aside of this use, Gingko Biloba is also known to boost metabolism, enhance the nervous system and improve oxygenation to the brain as well.

Gingko Biloba is also a very powerful antioxidant. Like Garlic, it can keep blood cholesterol levels at controlled rates.

Ginger

Ginger is known in many homes because it is used in cooking. However, it is considered to be a very powerful antioxidant. It is considered to be more than just a spice used in cooking. It used for people suffering from vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain.

Ginger is also best known to treat morning sickness, menstrual cramps, and post surgical sickness. Additionally, it is used to maintain a healthy and clean colon.

The herbal remedy is also known to treat flu, colds, and cough. It also has an anti-inflammatory property which is best for arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

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Sound Therapy As Medicine to Stimulate the Vagus Nerve

What is the vagus nerve and why is it so important?

Simply put, the vagus nerve is the commander-in-chief of your inner nerve center, regulating all of your major organs. This is the longest cranial never, which starts in the brain just behind the ears and connects to all the body's major organs. It sends fibers from your brain-stem to all of your visceral organs, and is literal the commander of your inner nerve center, communicating nerve impulses to every organ in your body. The word vagus literally means "wanderer", because it wanders through the body from the brain all the way to the fertility organs, hitting everything in between. When it comes to mind-body connection, the vagus nerve is monumental, since it reaches all the major organs except for the adrenal and thyroid glands.

This is an important nerve to every organ it is in contact with. It is what helps control anxiety and depression in the brain. How we connect with one another is closely related to the vagus nerve as its attached to nerves that tune our ears to speech, it coordinates eye contact, and those which regulate expressions. This nerve also has the power to affect proper hormone release in the body which keeps our mental and physical systems healthy.

It is the vagus nerve that is responsible for increasing stomach acidity and digestive juice secret for ease in digestion in the stomach. When stimulated, it can also help you to absorb vitamin B12. When it is not working properly, you can then expect to have serious gut issues such as Colitis, IBS, and Re-flux, just to name a few. Re-flux issues are due to a vagus nerve issue because the it also controls the esophagus. It's the improper reflex of the esophagus that causes conditions like Gerd and Re-flux.

The vagus nerve also helps control the heart rate and blood pressure, preventing heart disease. While in the liver and pancreas, it's this nerve that controls blood glucose balance, preventing diabetes. When it passes through the gallbladder, the vagus nerve helps to release bile, which is what assays your body in eliminating toxins and breaking down fat. While in the bladder, it's this nerve that Promotes general kidney function, increasing blood flow, thereby improving filtration in our bodies. When the vagus nerve gets to the spleen, activation will reduce infection in all target organs. This nerve even has the power to control fertility and orgasms in women. An inactive or blocked vagus nerve can wreak havoc through the mind and body.

Now that we know that the vagus nerve is connected to all the major organs and proper functioning of those organisms, we can easily conclude that any disorder, illness, or disease of the mind, body, or spirit, can be reversed or even cured by activating and stimulating the vagus nerve. So you will indeed see positive effects from vagus nerve stimulation on issues such as anxiety disorders, heart disease, headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, alcohol addiction, …

Medicine For The Body Electric

Everyone's talking about energy! Not just the energy that we use to fuel our cars, wash clothes, or turn on the lights, but the energy that makes up all of matter, including you and me. In the most literal way, we are beings of energy – beings of light. All of the 'stuff' of the universe is energy, and this energy moves or vibrates at different frequencies. Our energetic frequency is as unique as our fingerprint. Also, every part of our bodies has a specific energetic vibration. When this vibration is altered or disrupted, that part of the body can not function properly. That's where energy medicine comes in.

Energetic medicine has been around in one form or another for thousands of years, and is once more gaining in popularity for two reasons.

First, it works! And it works on the most fundamental level of health and being: our energy field.
Second, energetic medicine is now validated by science. Quantum physics has finally confirmed that we are energy beings, and do indeed inhabit a universe made up of energy. What's more, we can directly and intentionally affect this energy. In fact, we do it all the time without even being aware of it.

This ability to affect energy fields is the fundamental principle of energy medicine, a rapidly growing approach to health that 'tunes into', manipulates and balances the body's energy field in order to identify and correct problems. It does this by restoring the right energy balance, allowing the body to return to health naturally and gently.

Why do we become ill in the first place? Every life form is surrounded by an energy field that moves around and through the body. Normally, this field is quite resilient and able to deal with the many fluctuations that are part of everyday life: toxins in our food and environment, bacteria, fungus, exhaustion, stress, poor diet etc. However, if there are too many disturbances, or if they do not let up, the body and its energy field may no longer cope. The energy in certain parts of the body can become depleted, blocked or 'tainted', and we become ill.

Health problems show up in the energy field before they materialize in the body, and can be detected by the energetic practitioner before the person experiences physical symptoms. By the time the symptoms appear, the disease or illness is already something developed. That's why it is extremely beneficial to engage in some sort of regular energy-balancing practice, such as Qi Gong, meditation, T'ai Chi or Yoga, as these bring the energy into harmony, thereby helping to prevent disease.

The most effective health solution of all, of course, is prevention. That is why most energy healers strongly encourage clients to be pro-active in maintaining and maintaining continuing good health. One way to do this is to be self-aware.

You are the best person to judge when things are going out of balance. You start feeling stressed, less patient, irritable. You lose your enthusiasm, …

Tinnitus Treatment

Tinnitus is a condition in which a person feels a sensation in his ear. The sensation can be loud as well as quite, it can be disturbing as well as unnoticeable. It can be quite a depressing situation. Does tinnitus have a treatment?

To be concise, tinnitus does not have a sure treatment, though there are a lot of things one can try. The effect of a tinnitus treatment varies from person to person. Listed below are some tinnitus treatments that have a good working record.

White noise:

White noise is a new therapy to treat tinnitus, it comes from the concept that tinnitus is caused by loud noises. White noise, such as that produced by a radio tuned to an empty frequency has two effects; the first one is that it masks the ringing sound.

The second is that it assists to stimulate inhibitory pathways by developing a continuous background of sound. The white noise treatment is the latest discovery and a step forward in the tinnitus treatment. In animals the white and blue noise shows effect and the doctors are positive that it will work for humans as well.

Alternative medicine:

Alternative medicine can also prove to be of extreme usefulness when it comes to tinnitus treatment.

Magnesium:

According to some theories tinnitus is caused by the deficiency of magnesium, the doctors say that if a person suffering from tinnitus takes magnesium capsules and tablets, he can overcome tinnitus. The deficiency of zinc is also considered to be a cause of tinnitus.

Dihuang (Rehmannia glutinosa):

It is a Chinese herb. The herb has not be tested or experimented too much. However, some evidence suggests that it can be useful. People use it to treat noise induced hearing loss as well. It can also act as an antioxidant.

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a method that has been used by Chinese for ages to treat different diseases. The most common use of acupuncture these days is fighting stress and quitting smoking. Acupuncture does work well. Needles are inserted in various parts of the body and then tapped when a sensation hits. If you want to go for acupuncture, then make sure that you go to a person who as adequate knowledge and understanding of acupuncture. It is not just inserting needles and doing some magic; it is a medically approved treatment, which should be taken seriously. It is an excellent method to cure a lot of diseases.…