The Infectious Influenza Virus

What is influenza (flu)? This is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

People who have the flu often feel a feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (very tired). Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. These symptoms were experienced by my kids and me. They just got out of the hospital last evening while I was not confined because no one would take care of them if all three of us were hospitalized. I received the same medication they have; just an out-patient.

Prior to this incident, I attended a seminar about Business Proposal Preparation for one week at a hotel in Davao City. The venue was not inside the hotel but in a separate location; say about 50 meters away. We walked this distance daily. From the hotel to the venue, the temperature was a mixture of too cold, too hot and then too cold. During our last day, I experienced a runny nose and a slight fever. When I arrived home, I was really very tired and sick. So, my kids took care of me. Unfortunately, during my second day at home, my son got a fever and then my daughter was infected too. Since they had a very high fever, I really confined them to a hospital for proper medication. For almost a week, we stayed in the hospital and only last night that we were released. But still, my kids were not feeling well nor do I despite the heavy dose of antibiotics.

Unknowingly, most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

Complications of the flu include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Anyone can get the flu even healthy people. Serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick like people who are 65 years and older; people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease; pregnant women; and young children.

It is very difficult to distinguish the flu from other viral or bacterial causes of respiratory illnesses on the basis of symptoms alone. There are tests available to diagnose flu. But the most important step in preventing the flu is to get a flu vaccination each year.

I also realized that when you are infected with the flu, you need to stay away from other people so that you cannot infect them too. The spread of this virus is very fast. So, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent hand washing can also help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses.

Health benefits of butter – An ayurveda perception

Dictionaries define butter as “a solid emulsion of fat globules, air, and water made by churning milk or cream and used as food”. Butter is known as “Navaneeta” in Sanskrit. It is referred as navaneeta in texts of ayurveda too. Butter is usually made from cow’s or buffalo’s milk. But it can be made from milk of other mammals like sheep, goats, camel etc.

Butter prepared out of cow’s milk contains saturated fats, monosaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, plenty of Vitamin A, Vtamin D, Vitamin D and Cholesterol.

Texts of ayurveda consider butter prepared from milk of cow, buffalo and sheep for medicinal use. The health benefits of butter are very well explained in ayurveda.

Butter prepared from cow’s milk has the following medicinal properties.

• It acts as a body coolant.
• This butter nourishes body tissues and increases body energy level.
• The complexion of skin and strength of body increases when butter is consumed.
• Butter increases appetite.
• It alleviates vata and pitta.
• Very effective in piles or hemorrhoids.
• Reduces cough.
• Elderly people and infants are benefited by butter. It acts like an elixir when administered to infants and elderly.

Butter prepared from buffalo’s milk has the following medicinal properties

• It increases vata and kapha.
• Butter prepared from buffalo’s milk is heavy to digest.
• Consumption of this butter alleviates pitta, burning sensation and tiredness.
• It increases quality and quantity of semen.
• Body fat or medho dhatu gets increased by consuming this regularly.

Butter prepared from sheep’s milk alleviates vata, pitta and kapha and is superior to all other types of butter.Texts of ayurveda eulogize the medicinal properties of sheep’s milk.

Sheep milk is treasure of nutrients. It is richer in vitamins A, B, and E, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium than cow milk. The chains of fatty acids in sheep milk have many health benefits. They have little effect on blood cholesterol level of humans. It is easy to digest fat portion of sheep milk.

Butter mixed with sandal wood paste is usually massaged over babies body to cleanse its skin and soften it. This improves complexion and glow of skin. Butter massage also helps to prevent drying of baby skin.

Essential Oils – An Alternative to Pain Medicine

Years ago I began to have migraine headaches due to extreme stress. I took antidepressants to ease the stress and the headaches went away. Time and time again they would come back. I ended up taking Ibuprofen like it was candy. Many years later after dealing with severe heartburn for over a year, I was diagnosed with esophagitis. I was warned by my doctor that I had to cut several things from my diet as well as stop taking the pain meds. So I was stuck trying to find a new way to relieve my headaches.

A friend of mine told me about a holistic chiropractor who she said could almost work miracles. I went to this new chiropractor and found out that acupuncture is an awesome treatment for any pain. Unfortunately, the acupuncture doesn’t last, at least it didn’t for me. This new chiropractor introduced me to Chinese White Flower Oil. I found that the Chinese White Flower Oil really helped my pain so I used to keep it at my desk at work. My boss told me that it smelled like Bengay but I told him to hush up. It has more of a wintergreen scent and it works well,relieving muscle and headache pain.

After doing some research and networking with friends, I started using essential oils. I read that peppermint essential oil helps to relieve headaches. I gave it a try and it worked so well for me that now I never go anywhere without my peppermint oil. I have an old neck injury from a car accident that flares up often. The pain in my neck tends to migrate up into the base of my skull then it radiates throughout my head. I usually put pure peppermint essential oil on my temples, forehead, and the temporal skull bones directly behind my ears. Sometimes I even put it on my neck where the pain is emanating from. It really makes the pain go away. The good thing about peppermint oil is that it smells good and you don’t have to worry about smelling like a locker room.

Now, I have no problem putting undiluted peppermint essential oil on my skin but some people might not be able to do that. Some people have sensitive skin or allergies and should dilute the pure peppermint oil with a base oil like coconut. When I put the peppermint essential oil on my temples I have to be careful not to use too much. If it is too much and too close to my eyes, they end up watering for the next hour. Peppermint is effective and very potent! Some spas use iced cloths with peppermint to help their guests relax.

Lavender is another essential oil that can be used for headaches. It has more of a calming effect. I’ve used it on occasion and it helps me to relax. Lavender essential oil is a great stress reliever and can help stress headaches. To help with a stress headache, I suggest putting lavender essential oil in a diffuser nearby and lie down in a semi-dark room. My Mom used to put cold wet washcloths on her forehead.

Eucalyptus essential oil stinks to high heaven but it can help a headache that is combined with a cold and stuffy nose. This works well in a diffuser. The eucalyptus essential oil works to open up the sinuses to help one breathe. It can help with the symptoms of a cold but unfortunately, cannot heal it.

Rosemary essential oil has been used for years to treat headaches. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of Rosemary essential oil are what helps relieve headaches. It can be applied with a base oil or put in a diffuser.

Over the counter medications hold many dangers that most people aren’t aware of. One of the ingredients in many popular pain relievers is acetaminophen. Taking acetaminophen over time can cause liver damage and even liver failure. Liver failure can happen when acetaminophen is taken in large amounts. People who don’t read the labels and warnings are in danger of liver damage or even death. Sometimes acetaminophen is listed as APAP under ingredients.
Ibuprofen is another popular pain reliever. It can relieve pain and inflammation however it can cause stomach issues. I found this out the hard way. Thankfully the damage done to my esophagus is reversible but I have to be careful of what I eat and drink.

Ciprofloxacin Antibiotics

Ciprofloxacin (Ciprofloxacin) is a class of 2nd generation fluoroquinolone antibiotic that has a wide spectrum, is active against gram-positive and gram-positive bacteria. This antibiotic works by inhibiting the two types of enzymes II topoisomerase that is DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV. Topoisomerase IV requires separate DNA that has been replicated before bacterial cell division. With DNA that is not separated, the process stops and the bacteria can not divide. While the DNA gyrase is responsible for the supercoil DNA so it will fit inside the newly formed cell. The combination of the two mechanisms above will kill the bacteria so that the ciprofloxacin is classified as bactericidal.

Ciprofloxacin is generally marketed at 250 mg / tablet or 500 mg / tablet. Other preparations may be infusions or drip preparations.

Indication the usefulness of ciprofloxacin is for the treatment of the following conditions:     Treatment of respiratory tract infections, urinary tract, gastrointestinal infections, including infections by gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Haemophilus influenzae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila, Moraxella catarrhalis, Proteus mirabilis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa), and gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus , Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Enterococcus faecalis, and Streptococcus pyogenes).

Ciprofloxacin (ciprofloxacin) is also used for infections of the skin and soft tissues, bones and joints, acute gonorrhea and acute osteomyitis. indication     Do not use this antibiotic in patients with a history of hypersensitivity or allergy to ciprofloxacin (ciprofloxacin) and other quinolone class antibiotics.    Should also not be used for pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Ciprofloxacin (ciprofloxacin) is also contraindicated in patients with epilepsy or other seizure disorders.    Should not be given to patients with a history of tendon rupture. Side Effects of ciprofloxacin Most side effects of ciprofloxacin (ciprofloxacin) are mild to moderate which will soon disappear when drug administration is stopped. However, serious side effects sometimes occur.

The most common side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, abnormal liver function tests, vomiting, and rash on the skin.    It also increases the risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture, especially in patients over 60, patients taking corticosteroid medications, and patients with kidney, lung, or heart transplantation.

Like other fluoroquinolones, these antibiotics can trigger seizures or lower seizure thresholds, and can cause side effects to other central nervous systems.    Headaches, dizziness, and insomnia are also reported quite often.    much less frequent events such as tremor, psychosis, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, and attempted suicide, especially at higher doses.    Very rare but potentially fatal side effects such as toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, cardiac arrest (torsades des pointes or QT extension), allergic pneumonitis, bone marrow suppression, hepatitis or liver failure, and phototoxicity / photosensitivity.    The drug should be stopped if the rash, jaundice, or other signs of hypersentitivity occur.