Overcoming Lactose Intolerance: Beware of the Hidden Milk



Millions of people are lactose intolerant. They are unable to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk. If you are one of them, you do not have enough enzymes called lactase, which breaks down lactose so it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. The most common symptoms of lactose intolerance are nausea, cramping, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Lactose intolerance is actually very easy to treat…avoid foods like milk that contain lactose.


If you are lactose intolerant but just love moo juice, try lactase enzymes. They are available without a prescription. One type is a liquid that you put in your milk container and wait 24 hours. This reduces the amount of lactose in your milk so you can digest it more easily. Another type is a chewable tablet that you take just before meals or snacks. You can also find many forms of lactose-reduced products in your supermarket.


However, even if you are very careful about foods without milk, this natural sugar can just crop up in some unlikely places. If you are lactose intolerant, you have to be very alert.


For example, whey, the watery liquid that’s left when milk becomes cheese, is in processed foods like crackers. And it contains lactose, so does dry, or powdered, milk. Perhaps most alarming is that about 20 percent of all prescription drugs and 6 percent of all over-the-counter products contain lactose.


Make sure you to read all food and drug labels very carefully before eating a particular food, and ask your pharmacist about any medication you are not sure of.


But even careful attention to labels cannot entirely protect you. According to FDA Consumer magazine, current labeling guidelines leave some loopholes. Manufacturers can use the term “non-dairy” even when the product contains milk by-products. And there are more than a dozen ways to include milk protein in the list of ingredients without actually using the word “milk.”


If you are particularly intolerant, it may be a good idea to limit your processed foods, and avoid anything with unfamiliar ingredients.


All in all there’s a vast variety of options to live with lactose intolerance. Do not let it stop you from enjoying food, however. Try making some substitutions in your recipes. For example, if something calls for dry milk, try using the same amount of water instead. Experiment with different ingredients. You may find some interesting – not to mention tasty – solutions.


Chiropractic and Knee Pain


Knee pain is getting increasingly more common and more people with these health complaints are going for health care treatment both in medical clinics and chiropractic offices. In the U.S., knee pain accounts for more than 30 percent of all muscle and bone pain cases in doctor visits. The most common complaints pertain to wear and tear issues or osteoarthritis. Other reasons why people have knee pain conditions are sprained ligaments, meniscus tears, runner’s knee and tendonitis. Knee pain is also a special problem among athletes. More than half of all athletes deal with it every year.


Chiropractic can be helpful in the treatment of knee pain. While osteoarthritis is a condition which is not curable, chiropractic treatment can help reduce the symptoms and its progression can be controlled. Chiropractic cannot only help with knee pain but it is also effective for the treatment of many other problems of the knee.


The Knee Joint


Your knees are large complex joints that rely very strongly on muscles and ligaments for stability. They are weight-bearing joints consisting of the following:


  • Tibio-femoral joints – located between your thighs and lower legs
  • Patello-femoral joints – located between your knee caps and thighs
  • Ligaments and muscles – They provide both active and passive stability to the knees.
  • Menisci – These are two cartilage discs in each of your knee .


Chiropractic Treatment for Knee Pain


Chiropractic treatment will be helpful in the following situations:


  • When your knee pain is restricting your daily activities or sidelines you from sports activities
  • When you rely on painkillers and been advised to just rest, and do not see any long-term improvement with your condition
  • You have been diagnosed with arthritis and told that there is no hope in sight


The chiropractor takes a comprehensive and complete medical history of the patient and performs a thorough examination, both physical and biomechanical, to be able to generate an accurate diagnosis. A successful treatment will be possible only with an accurate diagnosis.


Before the treatment commences, not only the knee joint is examined, but all the other anatomical components such as  the low back, hip, pelvis, foot and ankle because of their direct influence on the knee, and the other way around. In certain conditions, the knee pain can be a referred pain from some other structures in the pelvis, low back and hip.  There is also a possibility that if other joints in the leg are not working correctly, increased stress is put on the joint in the knee, eventually resulting in injury.

The chiropractor may therefore also treat other areas linked to the knee, for maximized long-term improvement.

The treatment approach given to patients with knee pain is specific to the individual depending on their conditions. What is appropriate for one may not necessarily be the best approach for another. Here’s how a typical program of treatment for knee pain look like:


Stage 1:  Reduction of pain and inflammation of the joint through the following:


  • Avoiding factors that aggravate the condition; Using sports tape for support
  • Using ice therapy to reduce the inflammation, pain and muscle spasm
  • Employing soft tissue healing, ultrasound, laser and interferential therapy


Stage 2:  Normalizing joint functions through:


  • Applying specific chiropractic manipulation techniques as well as mobilization techniques to the areas where there is restricted movement. These are employed to bring about increased movement, improved function and reduced pain.
  • Using massage therapy – deep soft tissue, trigger-point and cross-friction


Stage 3:  Rehabilitation exercise program.  Whenever appropriate, exercise is introduced to improve the patient’s strength, stability and endurance. Other activities to improve balance and proprioception or the sense of position of the joint are also worked on. They will all help the patient return to normal, at the same time prevent new injuries. Tai Chi exercises are really effective in that sense.


Chiropractic care can immensely help in knee pain problems. It can help relieve pain, improve movement, strength and balance and prevent knee pain from recurring.


Understanding Septic or Infectious Arthritis



Arthritis is not just a temporary body pain that you should ignore or take for granted. If it results from infections, you would realize how dangerous it can be!


Officially called septic arthritis, infectious arthritis is an inflammation in a joint resulting from infection. Any joint may be involved, but it is most common in larger ones, such as the hip, or those subject to trauma such as the knee or joints in the hands.


Common Symptoms


You know you are suffering from infectious arthritis if you have moderate to high chills and fever; swelling, tenderness, redness, and pain – usually throbbing – in the affected joint; and pain in the buttocks, thighs, or groin. The throbbing pain sometimes spread to other joints and gets worse with movement.


Causes of Infectious Arthritis


The major cause of infectious arthritis is the entry of germs to a joint in the body, usually bacteria such as streptococci, gonococci, staphylococci, hemophilus, and tubercle bacillus or fungi. These germs usually gain entry from any of the following:


  • An infection in the body, such as with tuberculosis or gonorrhea
  • An infection close to the joint, such as with cellulites, skin boils, or bone infection; or
  • An injury where the joint is affected, including skin abrasions and puncture wounds


Treatment for Infectious Arthritis


As medication treatment for infectious arthritis, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and codeine or narcotics for a short time to relieve pain.


After appropriate treatments, splints or casts may be necessary to rest the affected joint completely. Movement delays healing, so it is best to stay still and stationary during recovery. After cure, therapy often is necessary to restore joint function. You can resume activities gradually. When signs of infection minimized, your appetite will return, allowing you to once again feel strength. alertness, and a feeling of well-being.


Infectious arthritis is usually curable with early diagnosis and treatment. However, recovery takes weeks or months. Treatment delay may result in a badly damaged joint and loss of movement, requiring joint replacement. Maltreatment or delayed treatment, on the other hand, may cause further complications including delayed antibiotic treatment, blood poisoning, or permanent joint damage.

Say Goodbye to Your Bunion



Are you having walking difficulties because you have bunion in your toe? Well, today is just your lucky day! Here is a guide that will help you cure your bunion and prevent further complications…


Bunions are overgrowth of tissue at the base of the big (great) toe. Bunions may be congenital or hereditary. They often impair athletic performance until it is corrected with medical treatment or surgery.


A bunion may be starting to develop if: an inward-turned great toe overlaps the second-and sometimes the third-toe; thickened skin over the bony protrudes at the base of the great toe; fluid accumulates under the thickened skin; your foot aches and stiffens; and an inflammation and swelling around your bunion takes place.


The primary cause of bunion is an irritation on the bony bump when the big toe is directed toward the little toe. Other risk factors that may help develop the disease include wearing shoes with high heels and narrow toes, compressing the toes together; arthritis; and family history of foot disorders.


To help cure the bunion in your toe and prevent further complications or recurrence, consider the following steps:


  1. Before bedtime, separate the great toe from the others with a foam-rubber pad.


  1. When wearing shoes, put a thick adhesive pad to cover the bunion. Also, you may use arch supports in order to ease the pressure and relieve pain on the bunion. These are available in shoe-repair shops.


  1. For severe cases, have your bunion examined by a doctor. A surgery might be necessary to get rid of the bunion.


  1. If surgery is necessary, you can resume normal activities gradually afterward. However, avoid vigorous exercise for six weeks following surgery. Walk on your heels until the surgical stitch heals. Moreover, elevate your foot bed to reduce swelling over the incision.


  1. During recovery from surgery, make sure that you consume a well-balanced diet that contains equal portions of protein and fiber. Include meat, fish, cheese, milk poultry, and eggs in your meals. Moreover, increase your fluid intake to prevent constipation that normally happens when there is decreased activity.


While bunion may interfere with a lot of activities, it usually improves with treatment and preventive measures to guard against recurrence. See your doctor right away and practice curative measures. In no time, you will be bidding farewell to your bunion.