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Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis is often treated very poorly, and these treatment often achieves only limited positive results. This is because the practitioner often take the perspective of only treating the “areas that hurt” without evaluating concerns in the rest of the body.

 

To really resolve Achilles Tendonitis, practitioners need to look at the entire kinetic chain. By looking at the kinetic chain, you consider the biomechanics of all the structures involved, from the foot right up to the hip, on both the front and back of the body……click here for the rest of this information.


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Achilles Tendon Injury – Seeing the Bigger Picture

Foot Care and Related Websites

Running Resources

Yoga Postures

 

Acne

Addictions

Aging

AIDS

The global HIV/AIDS epidemic threatens the well-being of tens of millions of children in the developing world – 1 child dies of AIDS every minute of every day. But as massive as the numbers are, they tell only part of the story.

HIV/AIDS has killed millions around the world, especially in southern Africa where the epidemic has eroded societies’ capacity to resist famine. It has also ravaged families and communities and reversed decades of progress in economic opportunities, health, education, food access and social development.

One tragic result of the destructive wake of AIDS is the 14 million children orphaned when both parents died. They are often discriminated against and forced to fend for themselves. While some children are lucky enough to be taken in by relatives, many others drop out of school to support their families.


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AEGiS (Related Links)

Aids Calgary

AIDS Resource List

AIDS Support Group

HIV/AIDS Link

Life Extension Foundation

Medline Plus

Scientific Facts on AIDS

Southern Alberta HIV Clinic

The New World of Aids

UNICEF

The Yoga Group

 

Allergies

 

In an emergency:

If you’re with someone who has experienced anaphylaxis and shows signs of shock — pale, cool, and clammy skin, weak and rapid pulse, shallow breathing, dilated pupils, weakness, confusion, anxiety — follow these steps:

  • Get the person to lie down on his or her back and elevate the feet higher than the head. Keep him or her from moving unnecessarily.
  • Keep the person warm and comfortable. Loosen tight clothing and cover him or her with a blanket.
  • Don’t give the person anything to drink.
  • If the person is vomiting or bleeding from the mouth, place the person on his or her side to prevent choking.
  • Dial 911 for emergency medical help.

Understanding Allergic Reactions

  • Allergic disease rates are escalating in all countries that became Westernized, affecting billions of people.
  • Research is showing that environmental changes are responsible for the epidemic rise in allergic disease with progressive Westernization.
  • There is often a correlation between allergenic responses and fatty acid imbalances.

Consider the following:

  • Allergy prevention by the avoidance of allergens does not work because allergens are not responsible for the increase in allergic propensity.
  • Modern diets contain increased n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and decreased n-3 PUFAs.
  • Established allergic disease is the result of excessive and inappropriate Th2 responses over the Th1 response (switching).
  • Omega-3 PUFAs can regulate T-cell function directly through effects on cell membrane fluidity, altering cytokine genetic expression.
  • The major dietary source of long-chain n-3 PUFAs is oily fish.
  • Allergic disease in childhood is associated with higher consumption of n-6 PUFAs (more margarine and less butter).

The following is a technical explanation of why fish oil works so well in the reduction of many allergenic responses:

  • PGE2 is produced from the n-6 PUFA arachidonic acid by the action of cyclooxygenase-2.
  • PGE2 to suppress Th1 activity and increases Th2 activity, which promotes IgE switching.
  • The n-3 PUFA eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) partly replaces arachidonic acid in the membranes of inflammatory cells. This reduces the arachidonic acid available for PGE2 production.
  • Both EPA and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) inhibit cyclooxygenase-2 activity and decrease expression of the cyclooxygenase-2 gene, decreasing the production of PGE2 by inflammatory cells.

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Calgary Allergy Network

Gluten Allergies

Medline Plus

Special Diets

World Allergy Organization

Alzheimers

University of California at Los Angeles found that diets rich in curcumin, a compound in the curry spice turmeric, reduced the accumulation of beta-amyloid protein in rat brains. Rats treated with curcumin also fared better in memory-dependent maze tests than did rats on normal diets.

The finding may explain why in India, where foods are loaded with turmeric, just 1 percent of people over 65 contract Alzheimer’s—the lowest incidence of the disease worldwide. (Discovery Magazine)


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Age-Associated Mental Impairment (Cognitive Enhancement)

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association Links

Alzheimer Web

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders

Evidence Linking Alzheimer’s and Diabetes

Evidence Diabetes Increases Risk for Alzheimer’s

Life Extension Foundation

Medline Plus

Whole Brain Atlas

Yahoo Directory

Anemia

Anemia occurs when your blood doesn’t have enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. A common cause of anemia is not having enough iron.


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Anemia Links

Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc.

Blood Disorders

Angina

Ankle Pain

An injury to the Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) tendon causes medial ankle pain or pain on the bottom of the foot. FHL injury is a condition that is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. This injury affects dancers, runners, soccer players, and any other athlete who performs repeated, propulsive forces, or jumping. Injury of the Flexor Halicus Longus muscle is sometimes called “Dancer’s tendonitis” but it is not limited to just dancers.

The Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) muscle allows you to point your big toe (plantar-flexing your big toe) and stabilizes the Subtaler Joint. The Subtaler Joint is located between two bones in your ankle – the Talus and the Calcaneus.

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Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain refers to the tearing of the ligaments of the ankle and account for approximately 40% of all athletic injuries. 85% of ankle sprains occur on the outside (lateral side) of the ankle and are known as an inversion sprain. This is the type of injury that most runners experience when they sprain their ankles. Medial ankle sprains (along the inside of the ankle) occur less frequently and are usually caused by fractures or other traumatic events.

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Ankle Stability

Usually when we think about ankle problems, we think about sprained ankles or a strained muscle, not something called a retinaculum. Yet these fascial structures play a significant role in a wide variety of chronic ankle problems.

So what is a retinaculum? From one perspective a retinaculum is a band of thick deep fascia that holds the long tendons of your ankle (those that cross the ankle) in place. Retinaculum also acts as a pulley system increasing mechanical advantage.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory form of arthritis that affects the spinal joints. The hallmark feature of AS is the involvement of the joints at the base of the spine where the spine joins the pelvis – the sacroiliac (SI) joints.

The disease course is highly variable, and while some individuals have episodes of transient back pain only, others have more chronic severe back pain that leads to differing degrees of spinal stiffness over time. In almost all cases the disease is characterized by acute painful episodes and remissions (periods where the problem settles).


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Ankylosing Spondylitis Resources

John Hopkins

National Anklosing Spondylitis Society

Spondylitis Association of America

Wikipedia – Ankylosing Spondylitis

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an illness that usually occurs in teenage girls, but it can also occur in teenage boys, and adult women and men. People with anorexia are obsessed with being thin. They lose a lot of weight and are terrified of gaining weight. They believe they are fat even though they are very thin. Anorexia isn’t just a problem with food or weight. It’s an attempt to use food and weight to deal with emotional problems.


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Anorexia Nervosa Links

Anorexia Nervosa – Signs, Causes and Treatment

Family Doctor

Mental Health

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

Wikipedia – Anorexia Nervosa

Anxiety

National Statistics reported that approximately one in seven adults has some form of diagnosable mental disorder, with anxiety being the most commonly reported complaint. Conditions associated with anxiety and stress include depression, phobias, and chronic fatigue. Furthermore, accumulated stress and anxiety can predispose patients to medical conditions such as chronic headaches, hypertension, ulcers, and heart disease. Some physicians estimate that stress and anxiety may be a contributing factor in 90% of all illnesses. (Life extension foundation)


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Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Anxiety Links

Diet and Anxiety Links

Life Extension Foundation

Medline Plus

Mental Health

Wikipedia – Anxiety Disorders

Appendicitis

Because of the risk of rupture, appendicitis is considered an emergency. Anyone with symptoms needs to see a doctor immediately. Symptoms include

  • Pain in the right side of the abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Low fever that begins after other symptoms
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Anorexia

The pain usually begins near the navel and moves down and to the right. The pain becomes worse when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, sneezing, and being touched in the area. (NIDDK)


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Acute Appendicitis Links

Appendicitis

Mayo Clinic – Appendicitis

MedicineNet

Powerpoint Presentation – Appendicitis

Wikipedia – Appendicitis

Arthritis

Arthritis (Check Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Modern medicine does not have much to offer for these chronic conditions, only symptomatic, temporary relief. Painkillers and the so-called NSAIDs, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are effective in reducing symptoms quickly but often cause serious side effects such as ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, and they do not stop the progression of the disease. In the long run they have actually proven to worsen the condition by accelerating joint destruction. (Life Extension Foundation)


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Arthritis Foundation

Arthritis Links

Arthritis National Research Foundation

The Arthritis Society

Asthma

Certain foods can trigger an asthmatic attack, particularly in children. Cow’s milk, yeast, cheese, fish, nuts, chocolate, wheat, eggs, shellfish, tomatoes, and other foods of the nightshade family (for example, eggplants and potatoes) are potential offenders. High-salicylate foods can aggravate 10 to 20% of asthmatics. Aspirin, food colorings, and monosodium glutamate (MSG) can also initiate an episode. Avoid processed and salted foods as much as possible.

Flaxseed and linseed oils, and salmon, if tolerated, are rich in essential fatty acids. These can be useful long-term promoters of bronchial relaxation. Red meat can have the opposite effect, stimulating constriction. Therefore it should be eaten no more than once or twice a week. (Life extension Foundation)


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Asthma Links

Asthma Society of Canada

Concordia University Asthma Links

European Federation of Asthma and Allergy Associations

FeinGold

Food Allergy & Nutrition

Life Extension Foundation

Medline Plus

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a leading cause of death and impairment in America today. It is estimated that 1,100,000 new or recurrent coronary attacks occur per year in America. It affects close to 60 million Americans. To better place this disease in perspective, every 20 seconds a person in the United States has a heart attack.


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Life Extension Foundation

Wikipedia – Atherosclerosis

ADD/ADHD

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