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Herbal Supplements to Fight HIV

Americans have been aware of AIDS since around 1980, and this new and terrible disease has yet to have a cure. As we continue to research AZT and antiretroviral therapy (since AIDS compromises the immune system through a viral route), we have been fortunate to find some natural remedies that seem to help. Worldwide, an estimated 88.2 people were infected with this disease. With numbers so staggering, it is imperative that we find a solution.

Multi vitamins have been shown in several studies to lessen the onset of symptoms in patients in studies conducted over the world, with vitamin B, C and E being essential to helping support the immune system. Although these supplements do not cure the disease, it does offer hope for patients suffering with AIDS that they can maintain a better quality of life in this battle.

Another new study shows that another simple way to keep their infection contained is through a simple method. Daily doses of mineral called selenium seem to "tame" the virus while strengthening the immune system.

While this supplement is not a replacement, and is not lower the virus enough to improve heath, according to David Pauza at the Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore. It is recommended that patients use selenium as an additional part of the normal treatment regime.

During a study at the University of Miami, 262 patients were divided into two groups; one was given selenium in 200 micrograms of selenium yeast daily, and the control group was given a sugar pill. After 9 months, the HIV patients who had been given the selenium pills had a significant difference in the health as opposed to those not offered selenium.

Although it isn't understood how it works, selenium has been compared to a "virus tamer". Some think the selenium's antioxidant powers allow it repair the immune system, which makes the body better able to fight off viruses such as HIV.

Other studies have shown that traditional Chinese herbs may be able to zap this virus. There are several good prospective herbs, but limited funding and resources have made it difficult to make this an
Obtainable treatment. The dose needed to work in the human body as well as potential side effects are unknown, so even though it works in a small lab does not make it feasible for the public. This is something we have to rally for in order to get funding for further research, so that the work of these clinics is not wasted and a potential cure is there.

As we continue to struggle with this epidemic that has no respecter of persons, continue to keep up on new research and try to find answers. Natural remedies are working to keep this disease at bay. Do speak with your doctor before you take any supplements and consult a nutritionist for proper doses. If we continue to study, maybe nature holds the answers we need.

 


Believe You Are Experiencing Joint Disease? Perhaps It Is One Of The Below Forms

Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of one or more joints and there are approximately one hundred different known types of Arthritis. When there is a breakdown of cartilage in the joints, bones can begin to rub together causing inflammation and stiffness. The cartilage, located between bones, is nature's way of providing shock absorption when the body is in motion.

Joint inflammation can be a result of broken bones, an autoimmune disease, infections by bacteria's or viruses, and general wear and tear on exhausted, overworked joints. Often the inflammation will disappear over time or if treated, but if it continues to reoccur, you may be diagnosed with chronic arthritis. Both men and women can become afflicted with debilitating cases of chronic arthritis.

Common Types of Arthritis

Some of the more common types of arthritis being treated by medial professionals today include:

Osteoarthritis

Is usually related to aging and symptoms can appear in middle age, though everyone has some symptoms by age seventy. OA appears equally in men and women before the age of fifty-five, but after fifty-five, it's more common in women. Weight gain can increase the risk of OA in the hips, knees, ankles and foot joints. Long term overuse involving work or athletic activities can also lead to Osteoarthritis.

Gout

This type of arthritis is caused when there is a build-up of uric acid in the body. This build up in the blood and fluid around the joints causes uric acid crystals to form. These crystals begin to cause the joint to swell and become inflamed. Gout is known to run in families. Though Gout is more common in men, it can affect women after menopause. It is also more common in people who drink alcohol.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Affecting children sixteen years and younger, this disease causes joint swelling, stiffness, as well as reduced motion. It affects individual joints and can also affect internal organs. Children can experience relatively few symptoms or flare-ups, or be affected by symptoms that never go away. Science confirms this as an autoimmune disorder, meaning the immune system which normally fights infection, begins to attack your body's own tissues. Medicine and Physical Therapy are usually prescribed to manage the pain and swelling, and promote range of motion.

Scleroderma

The cause is unknown, but it is known to run in families. This chronic autoimmune disease is known for causing a hardening of the skin and vascular alterations. It occurs in two major forms, Limited Systemic Sclerosis which mainly affects the arms hands and face, and Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis which affects a large portion of the skin and may include one or more organs, such as the kidneys, heart and lungs.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus is far more common in women that in men, and while it can occur at any age, it most often afflicts people between the ages of ten and fifty. This disease is most often found in Asians and African Americans.

 


How to Choose a Health Insurance Plan

Years ago choosing a health insurance plan was not a big trouble. Of course there were less health insurance plans to choose from but also people were able to go to almost any doctor and hospital to receive medical care.

Today things are a bit more complicated not only because there is a wide choice of different insurance schemes, but because of the restrictions each one hides. Moreover almost all of the health insurance plans available have some managed care policy that means that it is not possible to use any doctor, any hospital and even a medical service of certain costs.

For the average American picking up the right health insurance plan is a bit complicated especially if he doesn't know much about the plans available. In general there are several insurance schemes Indemnity plan (also called fee-for-service plan), managed care, Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Point-of-Service plan (POS). each one of these has it advantages and disadvantages so it is best to read about them and see which conditions are best for you and your family.

The next question that might bother you is where you can get one of these plans. The first resource is the group policies. Usually you can get a managed care or indemnity plan through a group policy. The policy can be offered by your employer or through the job of a member of your family.

If your company doesn't offer group policies or if you are self-employed, you can get an individual health insurance policy. Another option is to check if your professional organization is offering group policies. Keep in mind that individual health insurance policies are likely to cost more than the group insurance policies.

Old people can apply for a federal insurance program called Medicare. A choice between a fee-for-service and managed care plan is available. Low-income people can also benefit from a federal health insurance program called Medicaid. It is very popular among children and pregnant women and offers managed care health insurance plans.

The best way to compare health insurance plans is to ask yourself some questions that will show you the right way. What services are offered by each plan? What will be the chose of doctors, hospitals and other medical care institutions? Where you will have to go to receive care? What are the costs? Once you have the answers of these basic questions the right health insurance plan will become obvious.

 




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