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Multiple Sclerosis Causes: What Causes MS? Is MS Hereditary?

What Do We Know Now About Multiple Sclerosis Causes?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that can affect each person differently. Though MS can go into remission and is not always progressive, a cure for MS is still elusive. Multiple sclerosis causes a variety of physical and neurological symptoms.

At the source of these symptoms is the deterioration of the myelin sheath, the layer of insulation that allows electrical impulses to transmit quickly and efficiently along the nerve cells of the body and brain.

Through this deterioration, multiple sclerosis causes can vary in type and severity.

Continue reading “Multiple Sclerosis Causes: What Causes MS? Is MS Hereditary?”

Making Exercise a Routine When You Have Type 2 Diabetes

If you are like most Americans, you are not getting nearly enough exercise and physical activity each day as you should. This is bad for your health and overall wellbeing but especially if you have Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have been done that show less than 40% of people who have been diagnosed with or know they have Type 2 Diabetes participate in some type of regular physical activity.

Continue reading “Making Exercise a Routine When You Have Type 2 Diabetes”

The 14 Most Common Autoimmune Disease Types

Do You Suspect You Have An Autoimmune Disease? Here’s a Look at the 14 Most Common and Their Symptoms.

Diagnosing an autoimmune disease can be tricky. That’s because so many illnesses and autoimmune disorders have symptoms that are similar in nature. Nevertheless, it’s important to pin down a definitive diagnosis in order to receive effective therapy. If you suspect that you may be suffering from an autoimmune disease but find all the symptom variations daunting, you’re not alone. Continue reading “The 14 Most Common Autoimmune Disease Types”

Brain Cloud & Brain Fog: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Whether You Call It Brain Cloud or Brain Fog, Here’s What You Need to Know

“What was it I was saying?”

“Where did I put my phone?”

“I just can’t seem to focus these days.”

By the time most of us reach “a certain age,” we have all had these moments. Some call it brain fog, some call it brain cloud. Many of us chalk it up to just getting older. But, is it always? Brain fog, in and of itself, is not a medical condition. But it is often a symptom of an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. From autoimmune conditions to neurological disorders, brain fog is often one of first warning signs. Continue reading “Brain Cloud & Brain Fog: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment”

11 Ways To Supercharge Your Immune System

Looking For Natural Ways To Supercharge Your Immune System? Look No Further!

We are in constant contact with organisms that we inhale, swallow, or that literally live with us in our skin and, even, mucous membranes. Not all of them are harmful but in the case of those that are, our primary defense is the immune system. It is a thankless job, the task that our immune system performs. When it is working properly, we hardly give it a second thought. But when we feel ill, it’s a different story. An immune system that is under- or over-active can allow illnesses and disorders to develop. Our immune system is a major player in the severity of contagious diseases, infections like Lyme disease, autoimmune diseases, and can even affect the severity of COPD symptoms and cancer.

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), one of the leading regenerative medicine clinics in the United States, reports that a common auxiliary condition that must be addressed by their patients when beginning therapy is a weakened immune system. This often the case regardless if the therapy is for a disorder, illness, or injury.

Do you suspect your own immune system is weak?

immune systemOr perhaps you feel great and would just like to keep your immunity working at its optimum. No matter your reasons, these 11 natural immune system boosters are just the ticket. They include antimicrobial elements, ways to directly stimulate the immune system, and antiviral supplements. But, first, some basics about the immune system and some of the diseases and disorders that are particularly impacted by immune health.

Immune System Basics

The immune system is a complex of organs, cells and proteins designed to shield you from viruses, bacteria, and other foreign invaders. It neutralizes and removes microscopic pathogens such as:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Parasites

It also recognizes and neutralizes environmental elements that find their way into the body. And when our own cells malfunction because of illnesses, the immune system handles them as well.

The immune system itself has cells.

The cells that make up the immune system develop within bone marrow. From there, they migrate to virtually everywhere; guarding peripheral tissues, circulating in the bloodstream and in the specialized vessels of the lymphatic system.

When our immunity is robust and working correctly, we hardly give it a second thought (if any thought at all!). But when the immune system is underactive, we fall victim to severe infection or tumors related to immunodeficiency. When it is overactive, allergies and autoimmune illnesses can flair.

Most of us forget all about our immune system…until it becomes unhealthy.

We so often take for granted that the immune system knows the difference between cells in the body that are “friendly” and those that are “threat” cells. The same goes for organisms and substances that naturally live within us and are symbiotic. Threatening substances are known as antigens. They include the proteins that exist on the exterior of bacteria, fungi and viruses. When an antigen is detected, the immune system literally remembers it from previous invasions and swiftly defends against it.

The immune system is marvelously adaptable. This innate adaptability allows it to continuously learn, thus fighting bacteria or viruses that adapt over time themselves. The secret behind immunity’s flexibility is that it has, effectively, a “one-two punch.” There is:

  • Our innate immune system. The innate system acts as a broad-spectrum guard against pathogens.
  • Our adaptive immune system. This part of immunity takes very specific aim at particular pathogens that are already known to the system.

Between these two aspects of the immune system, reaction to any a pathogen or harmful substance is swift. When robust and functioning healthily, our “one-two punch” of immunity defeats virtually all comers.

But it’s not a 100% perfect system.

The body’s own cells have surface proteins, too. The last thing we want is for the immune system to attack those. And, generally, the immune system knows better than to do so. It has already learned during a much earlier phase that proteins of the body’s own cells are “friendly.” But in cases where the immune system mistakes the body itself as “threat,” an autoimmune reaction occurs.

Diseases Of The Immune System

In understanding the best ways to naturally boost your particular immune system, it’s very helpful to know that the majority of immune disorders occur because of an outsized immune response or an autoimmune attack. immuno disorders and diseases include:

Allergic Reactions and Asthma

An allergic reaction occurs because of an immune-mediated inflammatory response to substances called allergens. These are usually harmless environmental substances. However, the immune system can overreact to them. When this happens, allergies develop. Among the most commonly seen allergies are:

  • Asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Food allergies
  • Dust, mold, or pollen allergies

Allergies and asthma are growing epidemics in the United States. They affect people of every age, race, gender and socioeconomic status. It is believed that over 35 million Americans struggle with asthma. The majority of these: children.

Immune responses to allergies may be mild, moderate, or severe. They can run from symptoms as mild as some coughing and a runny nose, to a life-threatening response called anaphylaxis. When someone develops an allergy, the body makes antigens to fight it. Through this process, the body can often overcome outsized reactions as exposure to the allergen is repeated.

Immune Deficiency Diseases

An immune deficiency disease develops when one or more of elements of the immune system are absent. This can cause the immune system to reacts too sluggishly to a threat. An immune deficiency disease can be the result of medications or illnesses. But it can also be due to a genetic disorder. When a genetic disorder is the cause, it is known as primary immunodeficiency.

Immune deficiency diseases can be a combination of immune problems such as:

  • Severe combined immune deficiency
  • Common variable immune deficiency
  • Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficient syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
  • Drug-induced immune deficiency
  • Graft versus host syndrome

One thing all of the above have in common is that they are caused by severe impairment of the immune system. This can allow infections to develop that are life-threatening in some cases.

Autoimmune Disease

When the immune system attacks the body’s own cells and tissues, an autoimmune disease can be the result. Usually, the specific trigger of the autoimmune disease is unknown. Autoimmune disease has been on the rise since World War II. To date, over 80 autoimmune diseases have been identified.

50 million people in the U.S. alone have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Often, accurately pinpointing the specific type of autoimmune disease can be difficult during diagnosis. On average, it can take as many as five years before an accurate diagnosis can be confirmed. This is because the symptoms of autoimmune diseases are frequently so dissimilar and vague. When you look at some of the most frequently diagnosed autoimmune diseases, it’s easier to understand why diagnosis can be a challenge. They include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD),
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS),
  • Type 1 diabetes (formerly known as juvenile diabetes)
  • Psoriasis
  • Graves’ disease (overactive thyroid),
  • Hashimoto’s disease (underactive thyroid)
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)

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Top 11 Natural Ways To Boost The Immune System

These natural immune system boosters include herbs, supplements, and essential oils.

  1. Echinacea

Echinacea contains powerful immune system stimulants with considerable therapeutic value. This herbaceous flowering plant has been shown to be highly effective when used on recurring infections. A 2012 study that appeared in The Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine cited how echinacea displayed maximum effects regarding recurrent infections. It was also shown to have a preventative effect when used to avoid the common cold.

  1. Elderberry

Elderberry has been in medicinal use for thousands of years. Elderberry comes from the elder plant which Hippocrates, widely referred to as the father of medicine, considered a key supplement as an immune system booster. From at least the time of Hippocrates onward to today, elderberry is valued for its wide array of health benefits. Among them are the elderberry’s ability to combat colds, influenza, allergy symptoms and inflammation.

The Journal of International Medical Research featured a study that supports the use of elderberry during the first 48 hours of experiencing symptoms of allergies, colds, or flu. It showed that elderberry extract reduced the duration of influenza and its symptoms on an average of four days earlier. Additionally, the need for rescue medication was notably lessened in sufferers who took elderberry extract. Rescue medications are a group of drugs generally used by people with severe allergies and/or asthma.immune system

  1. Colloidal Silver

Like elderberry, silver has been medicinally used since ancient times. Colloidal silver is comprised of nano-particles of metallic silver. Research shows that, under aerobic and anaerobic conditions, colloidal silver may significantly inhibit bacterial growth.

As an immune system booster, colloidal silver is generally taken by mouth in liquid drop form. But this supplement is also used at a topical application for help in healing wounds, sores and infections. Be aware that colloidal silver is not to be used for longer than fourteen consecutive days.

There is some controversy regarding colloidal silver. Some claim that it causes an irreversible condition known as argyria. This is a condition that can be caused by excess exposure to silver. The most dramatic symptom is the skin taking on a purple or purple-gray appearance. However, this is caused by the misuse of products that are not made with true colloidal silver.

  1. Probiotics

Probiotics are the good bacteria in your digestive tract that help in the digestion of nutrients. They also augment the detoxification of the colon and act as an immune system booster. Research released in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition indicates that probiotic supplements administered during infancy may aid in the prevention of immune-mediated diseases in childhood. This is because probiotics improve the gut’s mucosal immune system.

  1. Astragalus Root

This ancient plant has a storied history as an effective immune system booster and disease fighter. The root of the astragalus plant is very well known in Chinese medicine. It is prized for its immune system boosting qualities. Currently, in western medicine, the astragalus root is undergoing preclinical research that is showing intriguing results.

Meanwhile in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, a recent review supports findings that astragalus-based therapies have shown to significantly reduce toxicity levels induced by drugs like those used as immuno-suppressants and cancer chemotherapeutics. It was concluded that extract of astragalus is beneficial for the immune system, and defends the body from gastrointestinal inflammation and cancers.

  1. Ginger

By now, the benefits of ginger root are well known in the U.S. But practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine have depended on ginger’s qualities as an immune system booster longer than recorded history. Proponents in both eastern and western medicine believe ginger root works by breaking down the buildup of toxins in our organs. Likewise, ginger has been shown to help in the cleansing of the lymphatic system.

Both as a root and an essential oil, ginger is used for a broad spectrum of illnesses because of its immuno-nutrition and anti-inflammatory qualities. Research shows that ginger has antimicrobial qualities, which helps in treating infectious diseases. Ginger is effective in reducing the symptoms of inflammatory disorders that are the result of viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation caused by physical and chemical agents such as heat, acid, and cigarette smoke.ginger

  1. Ginseng

Like ginger, ginseng’s benefits have been well established in both eastern and western medicine. It is a powerful immune system booster and infection fighter. All parts of the ginseng plant are used for a variety of healing effects, including the stabilization of the immune system and promoting disease and infection resistance. Ginseng’s antibodies bind to antigens like toxins or viruses, keeping them from coming into contact with the body’s cells.

  1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known for its modulating effect on both the innate and adaptive immune responses. This is particularly relevant for people with a vitamin D deficiency, since this deficiency is connected to autoimmunity and an increased vulnerability to infections. Studies show that vitamin D helps in maintaining tolerance to disease and promoting a healthy immune system.

There are a number of cross-sectional studies that connect low levels of vitamin D to an increase in infections. One study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital was done with 19,000 participants, showing that people with low vitamin D levels reported more upper respiratory tract infections than people who had adequate vitamin D levels.

  1. Myrrh

Myrrh is a resin. This sappy substance is among the most widely used essential oils on Earth. Throughout history myrrh has treated hay fever, has been used for cleaning and healing wounds, and to stop bleeding. Myrrh’s antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal qualities are known for strengthening the immune system.

  1. Oregano

Oregano isn’t just a delicious herb on your kitchen spice rack. Made into an essential oil, oregano is renowned for healing and as an immune system booster. As an antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-parasite, oregano is a powerful infection fighter. Several scientific studies have shown that oregano oil is an effective antibacterial that fights a number of bacterial isolates and species.

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  1. Regenerative Medicine Therapy

Legitimate regenerative medicine procedures like stem cell therapy are, at their core, natural therapies. Using the patient’s own adult stem cells and/or platelet rich plasma, regenerative medicine addresses acute and chronic conditions without the need for risky pharmaceutically developed medications.

Regenerative medicine procedures are growing in popularity in the U.S. among physicians and patients alike as therapy for conditions related to the immune system, including illnesses and disorders like lupus, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and other autoimmune illnesses.

It is, however, a comparatively new medical technique in the United States. This can lead to misuse or misrepresentation by some unethical practitioners, even up to the point of malpractice. Like all legitimately licensed medical procedures, regenerative medicine in the U.S. must be administered by a physician and professionally trained medical staff.

With that in mind, the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) –a leading regenerative medicine clinic based in the United States- offers the following tips for ensuring that you are visiting a legitimately licensed regenerative facility (commonly known by the public as stem cell clinics) that is FDA guidelines-compliant.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

What are Lymes Disease Symptoms?

Do You Suspect that You have Lymes Disease Symptoms? Here’s How to Know

What a great summer you’ve had! You’ve made most of it, spending as much of time in the Great Outdoors as you could. Picnics, woodland hikes, gardening, family get-togethers at city and state parks. Meanwhile, you’ve been feeling a lot more fatigued than usual, running a low fever, and kind of achy all over. But that’s just because you’ve tired yourself out with summer fun. Right? All that visiting and activity probably just exposed you to an end-of-summer cold. You’re not experiencing Lymes disease symptoms. Right?

When it comes to this rapidly spreading infection, safe is far better than sorry. Ignoring symptoms of Lymes disease can result in severe, chronic complications that can disrupt your life for years to come. Complications can include chronic conditions like autoimmune diseases or heart-related illness. But, don’t panic. Get informed. The National Stem Cell Institute, a leading regenerative medicine clinic based in the United States, reports that Lymes disease symptoms are treatable no matter how long you may have been experiencing them.

How can the average person tell the difference between Lymes disease and a stubborn cold?

So, what are the symptoms of Lymes disease? How can you tell them apart from the aches, pains, fever, and other signs of a typical cold or the flu? How do you know that the increased sleep problems and sore joints you’ve been experiencing aren’t you just getting older?

By the end of this article you’ll have a much better understanding of Lymes disease symptoms and what to look for.

Lymes Disease Symptoms Basics

In spite of its increase across the U.S., Lymes disease (or Lyme, without the ending S) remains underreported. It’s caused by the spiral-shaped bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, transmitted by blacklegged deer ticks. Because so many of the symptoms of Lymes disease imitate symptoms of numerous other illnesses, diagnosis can be hard to pin down.

Blacklegged ticks are increasing their geographical spread, and with them comes an increase in Lymes disease. Lymes is designated a “notifiable disease,” which means that a diagnosis of Lyme disease symptoms must be reported to the government. The disease is now the 5th most reported in the United States, with an estimated 329,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Even so, many state authorities believe that Lymes is significantly underreported. Some estimates indicate that there are approximately one million cases of Lymes disease in the U.S. annually.

Seek out diagnosis as soon after the onset of Lymes disease symptoms as possible.

Patients who are treated for Lymes disease symptoms right away generally have a good prognosis. The antibiotic regimen is usually done over the course of three weeks. However, the longer you go without an accurate diagnosis the harder it is to fight the infection. Within days after being bitten, the Lymes bacteria can migrate to the central nervous system, muscles and joints, eyes, and even the heart.

The symptoms of Lymes disease are sometimes separated into 3 stages: acute, early disseminated, and late disseminated. However, the types of Lymes disease symptoms and the speed of progression vary with each individual. Not everyone with the disease will experience each stage. One infected person might have only a few symptoms while another has all of them. Lymes disease symptoms can also differ in severity.

what are lymes disease symptomsLymes is a multi-system disease. Below are the 12 most common symptoms of Lymes disease.

  1. Rash

The trademark rash of Lymes disease is a solid red oval that looks very much like a bull’s-eye, with a center red spot that is surrounded by a clear circle defined by a red border. The rash is medically known as erythema chronicum migrans. It typically appears at the location of the tick bite, within 3 to 30 days afterward. Smaller “bull’s eye” rashes may show up 3 to 5 weeks later, an indication that the bacteria is spreading through tissues.

Generally speaking, the rash doesn’t raise welts. It remains flat to the touch and normally does not cause itching. But, in some cases, the rings of the bull’s eye have been known to “welt up” or blister. No matter what form it takes, the rash is an indication that Lymes is spreading within skin tissues. It will expand, then eventually fade whether you’re being treated for Lymes disease symptoms or not.

If you have a rash, it’s important to photograph it and see your doctor to get treated promptly.

Not everyone who exhibits symptoms of Lymes disease will experience a rash. But the percentage of how many do might be underestimated. It is thought that approximately 30% of people diagnosed with Lymes may have had the rash at one time, but don’t remember seeing it. All too often, even fewer people don’t recall having a tick bite at all.

That’s why it is so important to do a full-body check for ticks after spending time out-of-doors. More on this and other tick bite preventions later in this article.

  1. Fatigue

Since so many people either don’t experience or notice any type of rash at all, the most common of the early Lymes disease symptoms to be noticed are those that mimic the flu. Of these, acute fatigue is usually at the top of the list.

How can you tell if your fatigue is related to Lymes disease symptoms? You may notice that the tiredness, exhaustion, and lack of energy have nothing to do with any particular activity. The fatigue can be relentless, spreading everywhere through your body. Are you finding that you simply can’t get through the day without a nap, where as you usually need none? Or have you noticed that, lately, you need more hours of sleep than usual?

For many people, Lyme fatigue can be cyclical. It may wax and wane every few weeks. In some patients, the exhaustion can become disabling. It’s not uncommon for Lyme fatigue to be mistaken by even the most experienced doctors for chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or depression.

In studies that center on Lymes disease symptoms, one reported that approximately 84% of children diagnosed with Lymes disease had acute or chronic fatigue. Another indicated that 76% of adults who experienced symptoms of Lymes disease said that acute or chronic fatigue was a primary symptom.

If you find yourself thinking, “Whatever is wrong with me? I can barely get the energy to fix dinner, but I haven’t done anything unusual,” you may want to consider if you’re experiencing symptoms of Lymes disease.fatigue

  1. Joint Pain

Stiff, achy joints represent another early indication that Lymes disease may be present. The pain and stiffness is frequently intermittent. Joints can become inflamed and feel warm to the touch in addition to being painful and swollen. In some cases, range of motion can be affected. You may have stiffness and limited range of motion in some joints.

A common sign that joint pain may be related to Lymes disease symptoms is that the pain may move intermittently from one joint area to another. One day it could be a knee that hurts. On another, it might be your neck. Pain may come and go, and change in severity. You may also notice that more than one joint is affected simultaneously. Generally speaking, Lymes disease affects the larger joints of the body.

Joint pain is one of the Lymes disease symptoms that is frequently mistaken for something else: aging, genetics, or a sports injury. It has been estimated that 80% of people who have untreated Lymes have muscle and joint pain.

joint painOther significant statistics on Lymes disease symptoms that relate to joint and muscle pain include:

  • 50% of persons with untreated Lymes disease have intermittent arthritis.
  • 2/3 of those who have untreated Lymes experience their first episode of joint pain within six months after being infected.
  • Using anti-inflammatory drugs can mask the real number of those suffering from joint pain related to Lymes disease symptoms.
  1. Headache, dizziness, feverish

As with fatigue and joint pain, Lymes disease symptoms have headaches, dizziness, and fever in common with the flu. Approximately half of Lymes patients report experiencing flu-like symptoms within a week after being infected.

As mentioned earlier, the symptoms of Lymes disease can range from low level to severe. In fact, fever associated with the infection is generally so low-grade that both doctor and patient alike can entirely overlook the possibility of Lymes. The telltale of Lymes disease symptoms is that the infection’s aches, headaches, dizziness, and fever may come and go in some patients. With genuine influenza, these symptoms are constant.headache

  1. Sleep Problems

A disturbance in sleep patterns is quite common among Lymes patients. Interrupted sleep can be caused by a number of Lymes disease symptoms, such as:

  • Joint pain
  • Fluctuations in body temperature
  • Night sweats
  • Night chills
  • A flushed feeling in the face and head

Poor sleep can aggravate Lymes disease symptoms and compromise the body’s immune system. Getting enough rest and sleep is crucial for combating the infection at any stage of severity. So do not underestimate its importance in restoring your health.

  1. Cognitive Decline

As the infection progresses, cognitive disturbance of one degree or another can develop. Often, this is when people exhibiting Lymes disease symptoms begin to worry. Others, however, will mistakenly chalk up this “brain fog” and cognitive trouble to stress and aging.

Signs of cognitive decline include:

  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Memory lapses, such as struggling to remember a familiar name
  • A sense of “brain fog,” in which you feel as if you’re ability to process information has slowed
  • Lapses in the ability to remember how to get to a familiar place
  • Confusion as to where you are or why you are there
  • Arriving at a store, but utterly forgetting what is was you went there to buy

You might at first attribute this to stress or age, but the decline in capabilities may worry you.

It’s easy to understand why many people mistakenly shrug off some of the cognitive symptoms of Lymes disease. But do not do so! See your doctor as soon as possible and be sure to make mention of any outdoor activities that might have put you at risk of infection, even if it has been weeks or months since you have done so.

  1. Sensitivity to Light/Vision problems

Does bright indoor light bother you or even feel blinding? Lymes disease can cause light sensitivity so bad that some people resort to wearing sunglasses indoors. Likewise, even the diffuse light of a cloudy day can be uncomfortable enough to require sunglasses outdoors.

A recent study has shown that sensitivity to light affects 16% of adults with early Lyme disease symptoms. This same study reported that 13% reported blurred vision.

  1. Other Neurological Symptoms

Lymes disease symptoms that indicate the infection has progressed in other neurological trouble, such as:

  • Trouble with balance
  • Difficulty in coordinating movements
  • Even slight inclines, such as a sloped driveway, can feel difficult to walk down
  • Falling or tripping more often

Some neurological Lymes disease symptoms are very specific. This is because the infection may target one or more of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves that run from the brain to the head and neck areas. For example, you may develop facial numbness and tingling. Or if Lymes attacks the 7th cranial nerve, the muscles of the face can develop weakness or paralysis. The paralysis may be accompanied by facial tremors. These symptoms can lead to a mistaken diagnosis of Bell’s palsy.

Another example of cranial nerve infection by Lymes is the loss of taste and smell. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites a study finding that 12% of people suffering Lymes disease symptoms have cranial nerve problems.

Approximately 10% of patients exhibiting Lymes disease symptoms experience inflammation of the brain and spinal cord tissues along the pathway of the meninges, where brain and spinal cord link. This is known as Lyme meningitis, and is felt as pain or stiffness in the neck, headaches, and light sensitivity. Likewise, though much more rare, a condition known as encephalopathy, which affects the function or structure of your brain can occur.

  1. Skin Outbreaks

One of the early symptoms of Lymes disease is skin outbreak. These include:

  • Skin rashes
  • Large, unexplained bruises
  • Discolored patches of skin
  • White patches of thin skin
  • Parapsoriasis, a precursor to skin lymphoma

These outbreaks may become itchy or unsightly. In some instances, morphea or lichen sclerosus may develop. These are conditions that form discolored patches (morphea) or white patches (lichen sclerosus) on the skin. In the case of morphea, the condition usually only affects the skin and generally resolves itself, but relapses can occur.

In more serious cases, morphea can lead to cosmetic deformity or affect muscles, joints, or bones. Regarding lichen sclerosus, the skin that this condition affects is usually relatively thin. This means that bruising or blistering can occur more easily. In severe cases, ulcerated lesions or open wounds can result.

It is also possible, though not common, for these skin conditions to develop into B cell lymphoma.

  1. Heart Conditions

Among some of the most serious of Lymes disease symptoms affect the heart. When the infection invades heart tissue, Lyme carditis can develop. Lyme carditis can affect adults and children alike. Carditis is inflammation of the heart, and its severity can span from mild to very serious. Symptoms include:

  • Chest pains
  • Light-headedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations

heart conditionAnother way that Lymes can cause heart damage is by blocking electrical signals that usually transmit between the heart’s chambers. This causes irregular heartbeat and is called heart block.

Among Lymes disease symptoms Lyme carditis shows up in about 1% of reported cases, according to the CDC. But some reports believe a broader definition of carditis is in order, and indicate that 4% to 10% is more likely. While there have been rare deaths attributed to Lyme carditis, with treatment most patients recover from the condition.

  1. Mood Changes

About 21% of patients exhibiting Lymes disease symptoms report an acute or chronic change in mood.

These changes can include:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  1. Unexplained Pain, Nerve, and/or Other Physical Sensations

Lymes disease symptoms can also manifest as sharp rib and/or chest pains severe enough to be mistaken for a heart attack. But when no heart problems are found in the emergency room, once again the infection can be overlooked. The mysterious pain may be reported as an unidentified “musculoskeletal cause.”

Other sensations with no obvious cause that may be symptoms of Lymes disease include:

  • Feelings of tingling or crawling on the skin
  • Numbness
  • Itching
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Loss of hearing
  • Tooth and/or jaw pain not related to confirmed tooth decay or infection

How Lyme Disease Symptoms Affect Children

Children can exhibit every sign and symptom of a Lyme infection that adults do. However, Lyme disease symptoms in children can be more difficult to pinpoint because a child can struggle to explain precisely how he or she feels or where the pain is located.

child lymeSome ways to be alert for possible Lymes disease symptoms in your child include:

  • A decline in school performance
  • Mood swings, especially those that might become problematic
  • A regression in the child’s social and speech skills
  • Problems with motor coordination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Complaints of joint pain (children have a higher likelihood of developing Lymes-related arthritis)

Do You Suspect You have Lyme Disease Symptoms?

If you feel you are exhibiting symptoms of Lymes disease, set up an appointment with a medical professional as soon as you can. When you do, ask if the doctor you’re going to visit has experience with Lymes disease treatment. Unless you have a Lymes-related “bull’s eye” rash, diagnosis is dependent on the Lymes disease symptoms you have and the potential exposure you have had to blacklegged ticks.

If you discover that you have a tick attached:

  • Remove it with tweezers by pulling with a slow, even pressure
  • Do not twist or yank or apply heat
  • Do not crush the tick
  • Wash the bitten area with soap and water or apply rubbing alcohol
  • Put the tick in a re-sealable container until you can identify what type of a tick it is
  • Save the tick to show to a physician

Not all tick species carry the bacteria that cause symptoms of Lymes disease. The bacteria are only carried by a type of deer tick known as the black legged tick. Your physician will want to have the tick in order to determine whether the tick has fed and, if so, how long it was attached and feeding. The longer the tick has been feeding, the more the likelihood of developing symptoms of Lymes disease increases.

Ways To Fight The Lymes Disease Infection

Early treatment is generally done with a 3 week regimen of oral antibiotics. However, for those who cannot tolerate antibiotics, do not respond well to them, or have had the infection for so long that it has become difficult to treat, stem cell therapy is regularly used and has shown to be highly effective.

As with any medical procedure, stem cell therapy in the United States must be performed by a licensed and trained medical professional. Legitimate stem cell clinics, often known as regenerative medicine clinics, in the U.S. comply with FDA guidelines.

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading regenerative medicine facility in the U.S., offers the following advice for finding a licensed, legitimate stem cell clinic.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

2 Real World Steps To Boost The Immune System

2 Simple But Important Steps That Can Help Make The Immune System Healthier

Did you know that for many people with an autoimmune condition, relief can be had by following two simple but very important steps? It’s true! These fixes for the immune system hold a variety of benefits, including improved digestion, radiant complexion, boosted energy and much more. You probably already know that the immune system is a major player in helping protect your body from bad bacteria and other microscopic attackers. But did you know how significantly it impacts almost all other systems within the body? From hormones to the nervous system, the immune system has an indispensible role.

Autoimmune disorders like lupus and fibromyalgia are among the most commonly seen illnesses at the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leader in the U.S. regenerative medicine field. So they know a thing or two about restoring health to the immune system.

To understand how far-reaching the health of the immune system is for virtually all aspects of body function, it’s important to keep the following in mind:

  1. Diagnosing immune problems can be tricky. Even the most dedicated medical professionals can find it difficult to pinpoint the roots of a specific immune problem. Issues with the immune system are notorious for their variety and how they affect each individual. Chronic fatigue, severe nerve pain, motor impairment, brain fog, and other symptoms of immune disorders can be identical to those of other types of disease.

But…

  1. Boosting the health of the immune system can utterly change your health outcome. It has been shown that even a slight improvement can have a positive and dramatic affect on your appearance, feelings of well-being, and even how clearly you think.

With the 2 real world steps you’ll learn about in this article, you’re more likely to notice:

  • Clearer thinking
  • Better energy
  • And improved quality in sleep

sleepPeople who have adopted these two steps in tackling immunity issues report remarkable transformations. They have gone from sluggish to lively, from mentally unfocused to attentive and sharp, from physically weak and unfit to lean and strong.

Basics About The Immune System

At its core, the immune system is comprised of white blood cells that are spread all through the body. The two primary objectives of these cells are:

  • Addressing problems that arise within your cells.
  • Combating infections that attack the outside of cells.

Generally speaking, all healthy people have immune cells that are fully functioning and performing. However, both external and internal causes can arise that interfere with the immune system’s capacity.

In our modern world, pesticides and heavy metals are contributing to immune problems all too often.

Fortunately, there are steps that everyone can take in order to reduce exposure. A tweak or two to your grocery list and lifestyle habits hold keys to reducing the effects of environmental toxicity. You’ll begin feeling the difference almost immediately, as well as in the long run.

But the even greater issue means looking with more detail into our diets and the workings of the digestive system.

Follow These Two Steps To Optimize The Immune System and Your Health

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A well-functioning digestive tract is essential to fighting possible immune problems. Below are the two most critical steps to take:

  1. Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that is being rapidly recognized by medical professionals. It can happen when tight junctions in the digestive tract -which control what passes through the lining of the small intestine- don’t work properly. When this happens, bad bacteria and other substances can leak into the bloodstream. Some experts believe that millions of people have leaky gut syndrome, but go undiagnosed.

Based on the name of the syndrome, it may seem that leaky gut would only affect the digestive system. But, in actuality, this condition can influence a number of health problems. These include:

  • Food allergies
  • Low energy
  • Joint discomfort
  • Thyroid issues
  • The immune system

But there’s good news. You can be proactive in repairing the junctions that are allowing bacteria and toxins to leak into the bloodstream. The number one weapon available to you is a change in what you eat.

Begin by dropping these toxic foods from your eating regimen. There are types of food that are notoriously toxic to the immune system. They include:

  • Sugar and artificial sweeteners. Too much sugar wreaks havoc on the immune system, and it is quicker to do it than virtually any other consumable. Artificial sweeteners are not a healthy substitute for refined sugar, either. In fact, it has been shown that artificial sweeteners can be just as hard on the digestive tract.

sugar and artificial sweetenersYour very best defense against the unhealthy affects of sugar and sweeteners is to stop using them. That means avoiding them in foods that have them added, as well as retiring that sugar bowl. Once you begin reading nutritional labels on your food, you’ll be surprised how pervasive they are. Sugar is even used as an additive in many breads, condiments and dressings. Knock out as much as you can from your diet.

  • Processed and microwaved foods. Virtually all highly processed foods have enormous amounts of preservatives and fillers. And all of them are difficult to digest. Over time -as your body works hard to get rid of them- energy levels are eroded, the digestion cycle struggles, and the immune system is overtaxed.

Whenever you can, go fresh and organic. There are farmers’ markets and other healthier options available to replace what you find in the grocery aisles. Cooking fresh at home as often as possible instead of reaching for the pre-packaged meals in the frozen section or grabbing that sack full of fast food will pay off in how you feel and look!

  • Hydrogenated oils. Not all vegetable oils are created equal. Oils made from soybean, canola and corn oil can lead to joint and cellular inflammation. Look instead for “good fat” oils like those made from coconut, olive, or –if you don’t have a nut allergy- peanut.

When it comes to butter, select a product known as ghee or organic butter. Ghee is a class of clarified butter that is commonly used in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Both ghee and organic butter are far more soothing to your digestive tract and terrific for the immune system.

  1. Make Your Diet Regimen Probiotic Rich

Vitamins D and C get most of the attention when the topic of immune system health comes up. And it’s well deserved. But to really care for the immune system, making probiotic-rich foods a major part of your diet regimen is every bit as important. Maybe even more so!

You might have heard probiotics called “good bacteria.” Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that have a healthy impact on health, most especially the digestive system. They aid in the digestion of nutrients, detox the colon, and balance and support the immune system.

The best probiotic foods include:

  • Fermented veggies, such as sauerkraut and kimchi. While fermented cabbage and other veggies don’t have the diversity of probiotics that other foods might have, they are abundant in organic acids. It is these acids that give foods like sauerkraut and kimchi their sourness. It turns out that these same organic acids that support the growth of good bacteria.

fermented foodsSauerkraut originated in Germany, while kimchi has its roots in Korean cuisine. But whichever type of fermented veggies appeal to you, you’ll be getting high amount of enzymes that are known for aiding digestion. This, in turn, boosts the immune system.

  • Fermented dairy, such as kefir and goat milk yogurt. Kefir and yogurt are fermented dairy cousins to one another. Both have great probiotics content, but kefir is higher in them than yogurt. In fact, “kefir” comes from the Russian language and translates to “feeling good” in English.

Goat milk yogurt, also known as “Greek yogurt,” is thicker and less tart. Whichever way your preference runs, consuming goat milk yogurt or kefir, either is a tasty and great way to promote “good bacteria” in your gut.

  • Kombucha tea is an effervescent, fermented drink. Kombucha itself is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, which gives this black tea beverage its fizzy tang.

There are several unsubstantiated claims surrounding kombucha tea and what diseases and disorders it fights, but it is primarily used to aid digestion, boost energy levels, and support the immune system.

  • Bone broth. This broth is usually made from beef bones. Frequently the bones are roasted prior to simmering. This process enhances the broth’s flavor. Bone broth is a premium source of collagen, which is the protein the body uses to form tissue. In the case of using the broth for immune health, the focus is how the collagen source helps the lining of the gastro-intestinal tract.

This makes bone broth a great ally in healing leaky gut syndrome. Upping your consumption of bone broth helps in the strengthening of the GI tract’s mucus membranes. It helps in “plugging” the tiny leaks at the intestinal junctures, and prevents undigested food particles and chemicals from seeping from the intestines into the bloodstream. It is a powerful ally for the immune system.

You Can Make A Big Difference In Promoting The Health Of Your Immune System

Even if you already have a strong digestive system, using these two steps to boost the immune system will result in health benefits. Of course, it is understood that eating every one of the foods mentioned and being able to avoid every toxin day in and day is not always realistic.

That is why taking advantage of particular, high-quality immune-supporting supplements is important as you embark on your new regimen of eating probiotic and anti-inflammatory foods. These include:

  • Echinacea. Echinacea is a group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family.
  • Elderberry. Elderberry is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae.
  • Astragalus root. Astragalus root is in the family of beans or legumes. It has a very long history as a booster for the immune system, as well as a disease fighter.
  • Ginger root. Ginger is a flowering plant. In its root form, it has been used for centuries to aid digestion, decrease nausea, and help the immune system.
  • Ginseng. Ginseng’s role in regulating immune cells has long been established. In addition to this and other medicinal qualities, ginseng helps to control inflammation and microbial infections.
  • Vitamin D. Vitamin D facilitates normal functioning of the immune system. The very best way to absorb vitamin D is through a few minutes of daily sunshine, but getting vitamin D through a supplement form is also recommended.
  • Oregano. Already popular in many American kitchens, oregano in its oil form is also used to promote respiratory and immune system health. Among other benefits of oregano oil is its effectiveness in helping fight urinary tract infections.

echinacea and herbsThe Immune System And Digestive Tract Connection

Once you understand how interconnected the robustness of the immune system is to a healthy digestive tract, it’s easy to see that caring for your gut is one of the best things you can do for increasing your energy, fighting disease, and managing autoimmune disorders.

Among the most frequent reasons that patients come to the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) is a struggling immune system. Regenerative medicine therapy for autoimmune disorders like lupus and multiple sclerosis is on the rise as modern medicine’s first defense in fighting and/or managing these diseases.

Regenerative medicine facilities are commonly called stem cell clinics.

There are many, now, practicing across the U.S. If you’re considering regenerative medicine as a therapy for your own health condition, keep in mind that stem cell and platelet-rich plasma therapies are legitimate medical procedures that must be administered by a licensed medical professional in the United States.

With that in mind, NSI offers tips below to help you ensure you’re working with an FDA guidelines-compliant regenerative medicine facility.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

Chronic Lyme Disease Treatment

Treated Properly, Chronic Lyme Disease Prognosis Can Be Positive

Lyme disease can mimic several types of illness. So it is no surprise that Lyme disease symptoms are often difficult to diagnose. The rate of Lyme disease is climbing. This has spurred urgency to resolve the complexities inherent in preventing the initial infection from becoming a serious form of chronic Lyme disease. This progression is known as Post Lyme Disease Syndrome (PLDS).

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading U.S. regenerative medicine clinic, reports an increase in patients with chronic Lyme disease symptoms. And while physical Lyme disease symptoms are becoming better known by the public, few people realize that if the disease advances untreated there can be neurological risks involved as well. Continue reading “Chronic Lyme Disease Treatment”

5 Things That Impact Lymphatic System Function

The Connection Between Health And Lymphatic System Function

Most people nowadays know what the lymphatic system (also known as the lymph sytem) is. But did you know just how critical lymphatic system function is, not only for fighting infection, but combating diseases like arthritis and even cancer?

The lymphatic system and healing are closely connected. It is a crucial element of the immune system, indispensible in shielding the body from disease and damage from inflammation. Lymphatic system function serves as the body’s internal “drainage system,” comprised of blood vessels and lymph nodes that cart vital fluids away from and to all areas of the body.

The primary lymphatic system function is to protect us from both external and internal threats like infection, bacteria, and cancer cells. But it is also crucial in keeping the body’s fluid levels in balance. Little wonder, then, that robust lymphatic system function is impacted by eating habits, the amount of exercise we get, and keeping the body detoxified.

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A healthy lymphatic system and healing go hand-in-hand.

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), one of leading regenerative medicine clinics in the United States, reports that an unhealthy lymphatic system is commonly seen in their patients, particularly among those who are seeking therapy for autoimmune disorders. A healthy lymphatic system and healing go hand-in-hand.

Like a meticulously designed traffic system, lymphatic vessels conduct fluid throughout the body. It has a network of “valves” that prevent fluid from flowing the wrong way, not unlike the way the circulatory system conducts blood through arteries and veins. Lymphatic system function and that of the circulatory system have something else in common: they are essential for keeping us alive.

The vessels of the lymphatic vascular network are considerably smaller than those of the circulatory system that moves blood through the body. Through these delicate vessels flows the fluid called lymph. Lymph is stored in our white blood cells. It’s a clear, watery liquid that does more than cart away harmful bacteria. Lymphatic system function also serves to transport vital substances like protein molecules, salts, and glucose.

The lymphatic system includes several organs:

  • The tonsils. These are the glands that sit toward the back of the throat. They sift out bacteria even before digestion begins.
  • The adenoids. This is a gland that looks a bit like a cluster of grapes. It sits behind the nose and guards the entryway of the digestive system and lungs.
  • The spleen and the thymus. These organs are essential for the filtration of blood and for producing infection-fighting white blood cells.

Lymphatic System Function And How It Works

At its core, lymphatic system serves to keep us free of disease. Twenty-four hours a day, our bodies are under endless assault by microbes, bacteria, and toxins. When lymphatic system function is healthy and robust, these microscopic armies become trapped in lymphatic fluid. The fluid transports the invaders to the lymph nodes. Here, the body’s immune system “counterattacks” by swarming the potential threats white blood cells.

But the lymph system has another critical role to play. When we become ill or injured, fluids can accumulate in the areas damaged by disease or injury. Throbbing and pain can be the result. So another important lymphatic system function is to keep the body’s fluids balanced and dispersed properly, preventing edema (fluid retention that can cause painful swelling) and water retention.

We have all experienced swollen lymph nodes. But why?

From childhood to adulthood, we have all had swollen lymph nodes associated with illness at one point or another. Most everyone has had the experience of their doctor feeling for swollen lymph nodes just beneath the jaw line. This is because these nodes often swell during colds and throat infections. But lymph nodes are found in several other prominent locations, as well: the groin, armpits, chest, and abdomen. Each of these areas is nearby a major artery. This positioning is crucial to basic lymphatic system function. It allows efficient connection to blood flow, all the better for keeping blood clean.

childhoodImmune cells are formed inside the lymph nodes. These cells fight infection and heal wounds. When lymph nodes sense invading organisms that are harmful, they up the production of infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes.

The spleen and thymus aid in blood filtration.

The lymph nodes aren’t the only stop that lymph fluid makes before it empties into the bloodstream. It must also go through the spleen and thymus. Redundant filtration is an essential part of lymphatic system function, and the spleen is yet another filtering organ in this meticulous and complex system. The spleen lies within the abdomen, just under the diaphragm. It traps and removes harmful microbes, balances bodily fluids, and gets rid of dead or damaged red blood cells.

The spleen also produces white blood cells known as macrophages, B lymphocytes, and T lymphocytes. Their production is triggered as blood passes through the spleen. When something harmful is detected as blood passes through, these specialized white blood cells surround and demolish bacteria. They also remove dead cells that linger in the blood, and get rid of foreign materials that have found their way into the body. Meanwhile the thymus -found under the ribcage- has a very similar task, adding to the vital network of redundant filtration and the creation or removal of white blood cells, according to need.

Conditions That Damage Lymphatic System Function

Symptoms and indications that lymphatic system function has been compromised include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Swelling in lymph nodes
  • Muscle aches & pains
  • Joint pain
  • Sore throats
  • Getting colds more often
  • Frequent infections or viruses
  • Fibromyalgic symptoms
  • Arthritis
  • Even cancer formation

When lymphatic system function is robust, we’re protected from infection and illness because the lymph system “herds” microbes found within our tissues and carries them to the lymph nodes, where the invaders become “corralled.” There, the germs are kept from spreading and causing further trouble while the lymphocytes surround and kill the invaders.

The reason that lymph nodes swell is because of increased production of lymphocytes. This occurs when an infection, virus, or even cancer cells are detected. This is essentially why inflammation happens. In some cases, the lymph node itself becomes inflamed and tender. This is called glandular fever.

Other illnesses and conditions that directly impact lymphatic system function include:

  • These are a category of cancer that originates within the lymph nodes. The lymphocytes suffer a transformation, multiply, and form a tumor. These lymphocytic tumors may spread to other areas of the body.
  • Hodgkin’s disease. One of the lymphatic cancers.
  • Fluid becomes trapped within tissues, causing swelling and often pain.
  • Particularly common in minors, the tonsils can become infected and swollen. Frequently, the tonsils need to be removed.
  • This is when lymph nodes swell in response to an infection. In some cases, several nodes at once may become swollen and painful.
  • This infection attacks lymphatic vessels rather than the nodes. It is generally bacterial and originates in the throat.
  • When a virus overwhelms the spleen, the infection can cause the spleen to swell. If a swollen spleen ruptures, it can become life threatening.

How The Lymphatic System Protects Us From Cancer Development

Healthy lymphatic system function is vital as a protection against cancer development. As with any living tissue, cancerous tumors shed cells. These freed cancer cells will become trapped within the nearest lymph nodes. As with many infections and diseases, swollen lymph nodes can be a warning sign that a cancerous tumor might be present. This is why, in conjunction with other tests for cancer, doctors will examine the nodes for any swelling or abnormalities. It can be a sign that a cancer has spread.

The lymphocytes that are produced by the immune system play a critical role in fighting disease, injury, and infection. Some of them secrete antibodies: germ-destroying proteins that prevent infections and mutated cells from spreading more widely through the body.

However, sometimes this process does not work rapidly enough to prevent free radical damage or halt the spread of cancer. In some cases the culprit is a malfunction of the lymph systems, allowing mutated cells to begin multiplying swiftly and begin spreading.

When cancer cells break away from a tumorous mass, they can spread to other regions in the body.

Cancer can begin inside lymph nodes. When it does, it’s called lymphoma. But it can also use the nodes as conduits, breaking away from a tumorous mass and spreading to other regions in the body. They can get into the bloodstream or flow through the lymph system until they reach other organs and begin to multiply in them.

In most cases, we aren’t even aware of this epic war being waged. When lymphatic system function is hail and hardy, free-flowing mutated and/or cancer cells are stopped before they can spread. But when the lymph system is overwhelmed, enough of the cancerous cells can make their escape into blood or lymphatic fluid vessels and take seed in other parts of the body. The spread of cancer is called metastasis. As with other diseases, the metastasis can cause the lymph nodes to become swollen and painful, sometimes so much so that you can feel the swelling with your fingertips when you pushing on the skin.

The “stage” of metastasis (whether the cancer has remained in the nodes or advanced) found in the lymph nodes determines how the cancer is treated. If it remains in the lymph nodes, surgeons may recommend the removal of the cancerous node. If the cancer has spread, other treatment may be required; such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Today, stem cell therapy is also being used in conjunction with more conventional treatments. According to the National Cancer Institute, this regenerative medicine method is being used to restore blood-forming stem cells in patients with certain types of cancer who have undergone very high doses of chemo- or radiation therapy.

One of the reasons there is such optimism for this technique is that it may help prevent radical removal of lymph nodes. One of the main dilemmas in removing lymph nodes is that the absence of the nodes affects the critical lymphatic system function of balancing fluids and removing waste products. This can cause swelling and pain, known as lymphedema.

6 Way To Maintain Robust Lymphatic System Function

The lymphatic system and healing go hand-in-hand. Ignoring the health of the lymph system compromises the body’s immunity. This leaves you vulnerable to an increase in common illnesses and can even cause long-term health issues.

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Below are 6 methods for boosting your immunity and support robust lymphatic system function.

  1. Decrease Inflammation & Improve Blood Circulation

5 things in particular dramatically affect your immunity. They are:

  • Eating healthy
  • Getting adequate exercise
  • Stopping the use of tobacco products
  • Getting adequate amounts of quality sleep
  • The reduction of life stresses

These are crucial in supporting a healthy circulatory system. They lower oxidative stress and boost the body’s natural abilities to detoxify and reduce inflammation. Circulatory system and lymphatic system functions depend on one another to keep your immunity strong.

  1. Adopt an Anti-Inflammation Eating Regimen

When your diet is nutrient-dense and less chemical-laden, lymphatic system function works much better. The lymph system doesn’t have to work so hard, hunting down and eliminating common allergens and other microscopic hangers-on that “hitch a ride” with poor-quality meats or dairy, the wrong types of vegetable oils, and processed food containing chemical toxins.

When you adopt an anti-inflammatory diet, the body receives an abundance of much-needed nutrients and antioxidants. Such a diet also lowers free radical damage (oxidation stress), which is a major culprit in pre-mature aging and lowering immunity.

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Foods that are rich in antioxidants include:

  • Green leafy veggies
  • Vegetables that are cruciferous, such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower
  • Berries of virtually every kind
  • Foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as salmon and wild seafood
  • Nuts and seeds of virtually every kind
  • Unrefined oils, such as olive or coconut oils
  • Herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric, and garlic
  1. Adequate, Moderate Exercise

Do you ever feel this way: “I don’t understand why I feel achy and stiff. I’ve done nothing but sit at work all day!”

The less you move, the more prone you become to aches, pains, stiffness, and even illnesses and infections. Lymphatic system function needs body movement to be at its best. The more you move, the better. Getting the right amount of moderate exercise aids the circulation of fluids that keep nutrients and the right amount of hydration flowing to your cells.

You can be a high-activity exerciser if you like. But it has already been proven that just moderate activity done on a regular basis –even the simple act of brisk walking- help keep lymph fluid flowing and improves immunity.

That being stated, there are certain activities that are especially beneficial:

  • This is excellent for improving circulation and lymphatic system function because its stretches and low-impact twists and bends aid in fluid drainage.
  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT is exceptional in improving circulation.exercise
  1. Using Massage and Foam Rolling

Using a foam roller or massage therapy are both very effective in the prevention of swelling, pain, and fluid build-up within tissue.

  • Foam rolling. This is a version of self-massaging that is often practiced just before and after a workout. Foam rolling helps better blood circulation. It is designed to aid the body in repairing tissue and breaking up adhesions within tissue and muscles that often the root of muscular tightness and injuries. It has been linked to a better performance and quicker recovery after a workout.
  • Lymphatic drainage massage. This is a massage therapy specialization that is designed to help cells discharge toxins and break up lymphatic congestion. It has been linked to improving pain intensity and pressure, and improving one’s pain threshold. Massage can trigger lymphatic system function and aid in flushing excess fluid from the body’s tissues.

Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialization practiced by some massage therapists. But a conventional, deep-tissue massage of any kind can be beneficial, as well. Even simple self-massage can go a long way in the reduction of pain due to swollen nodes, muscles, or joints.

  1. Far-infrared Sauna

Saunas are soothing and great for detoxing. Even better is far-infrared sauna. Both the traditional and far-infrared types produce benefits in relaxation, stress reduction, and the detoxifying effects of sweating. But far-infrared saunas increase sweat production by heating the body more slowly with lower temperatures. This results in a deeper body-penetrating heat and an increase in detoxing. More toxins are flushed from body tissues. Far-infrared sauna improves blood flow and tissue healing; both crucial for optimum lymphatic system function.

  1. “Supplement” the Lymph System

There are supplements that are particularly beneficial for improving blood circulation and lymphatic system function. Some are in the form of essential oils, which can be massaged into the skin or ingested. These include:

  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Oregano
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense

frankincenseOther supplements come in capsule form, herbs, and/or can be found in “super foods” like fish rich in omega-3 fats. These include:

  • Omega-3 in capsule form, fish, nuts, and vegetables
  • Turmeric as a cooking spice or in capsule form
  • Burdock root as a cooking spice or in capsule form
  • Digestive enzymes, found in foods or in capsule form
  • Activated charcoal in capsule form
  • Milk thistle in the form of extracts, tinctures, pills, or capsules

The Lymphatic System Function & You

So many of the basics of health are in your control. A pro-active stance in one’s own health care can make or break the majority of the outcomes. This is every bit as true for healthy lymphatic system function as it is for any other health issue.

A healthy lymphatic system and healing go hand-in-hand. The lymph system is among the very foundations of robust and active immunity, protecting us from both external and internal threats like infection, bacteria, and even cancer cells. It is critical in keeping the body’s fluid levels in balance.

Understanding the correlation between the lymphatic system and healing is crucial.

As one of the United State’s leading regenerative medicine clinics, the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) sees unhealthy lymphatic system function regularly in their patients, particularly among those who are seeking therapy for autoimmune disorders. And, indeed, regenerative medicine is at the vanguard of revolutionary, advanced methods in autoimmune therapy and in understanding the correlation between the lymphatic system and healing.

While NSI certainly encourages patients to explore how regenerative medicine may benefit their health, the Institute also encourages patients to do their homework when choosing a regenerative medicine clinic. Commonly known as stem cell clinics to the general public, it is as important to ensure that the clinic practicing stem cell and platelet-rich plasma procedures is a legitimately licensed medical facility as it is when going to a traditional medical clinic. In the U.S., this generally also means that a legitimate stem cell clinic is FDA guidelines-compliant.

With that in mind, NSI offers tips below to help you ensure you’re working with an FDA guidelines-compliant regenerative medicine facility.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

Ketogenic Method & the Diabetes Diet

Why Ketogenic Plans Work So Well in a Diabetes Diet

Type II diabetes continues to affect the lives of over 29 million Americans. In spite of progress in diabetes treatment over the decades, the core problems that stem from this pervasive disease continue to degrade quality of life for millions. Drugs lose their effectiveness and must be increased or switched out, creating side effects that can be as challenging as the disease itself. A cascade of debilitating conditions like peripheral neuropathy and increased risk of stroke and heart failure continue to plague diabetics. Now more than ever, an effective and sustainable diabetes diet is seen as an integral part of eliminating the disease.

NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida has seen an increase in diabetic patients seeking a better way than drug dependency. Breakthroughs in the advanced medical field of regenerative medicine are offering diabetics precisely that. In addition to practicing effective, long-term and drug-free therapy through stem cell treatments, NSI also has nutritional counseling experts that are strong advocates of successful diabetes diet plans.

Among those showing great success in helping with post-stem cell therapy diabetic maintenance are ketogenic diets. These diet programs are proving to be sustainable and effective for those who suffer from type I and type II diabetics alike. Why does a keto diet plan work so well as a diabetic diet? NSI takes a closer look.

The Ketogenic Focus as a Diabetes Diet

At first, it may seem counter intuitive that ketogenic diets are effective for weight loss, which is a primary focus in treating type II diabetics. But, in fact, well managed diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates work wonders for proper weight management. Using a keto diet plan as the basis for a diabetes diet has great potential for changing the way energy is stored and used by the body. This results in a reduction in diabetes symptoms.

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A diabetes diet based on the ketogenic method compels the body to convert fat, rather than sugar, to energy. A sound keto diet plan improves blood sugar levels and reduces the need for insulin. As always, though, as with any weight loss and nutritional program, it is strongly recommended that a diabetes diet be thoroughly discussed with your attending physician. In the case of medical clinics like NSI Stem Cell Centers, expert nutritional counselors work alongside the doctors to coordinate therapy and nutritional guidance.

How Ketogenic Diets Work

Obesity often accompanies type II diabetes, so an effective diabetes diet gets the body to utilize fat as its energy source rather than carbs or glucose. This is precisely what a sound keto diet plan does. When someone uses a ketogenic diet for weight management, most of the energy the body uses comes from fat. Only a small amount of carbs are converted to energy. As a result, fat stores become the primary source for fueling the body. This makes a ketogenic diet especially helpful for diabetics.

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Keep in mind, however, that a keto diet plan doesn’t mean that it’s open season on saturated fats! Foods rich in heart-healthy fats, such as Omega-3, are at the very core of a diabetes diet that uses the ketogenic weight management model. Foods that contain healthy fats include:

Eggs

Fish (example: salmon)

Cottage Cheese

Avocados

Olives of any variety, as well as most olive oils

Nuts & nut butter (Peanut butter, almond butter, etc.)

Most edible seeds

what is a ketogenic dietHow a Ketogenic-Based Diabetes Diet Effects Blood Sugar

A diabetes diet that is based on ketogenic principles goes a long way in decreasing blood glucose (sugar) levels. Carbs turn to sugar. Large amounts of carbs can flood the blood stream and cause blood glucose levels to spike. This means that people who have high levels of glucose in the blood, a very common symptom of diabetes, are risking their health by eating too many carbohydrates.

When the focus of energy production for the body switches from carb-burning to fat-burning, the result is usually a healthy decrease in blood glucose levels. This is why ketogenic diets are being embraced by so many in the medical community as a sound and effective basis for a type II diabetes diet.

DIABETES 2 - CHECKING SUGARManaging Your Diabetes Diet

A diabetes diet based on ketogenic principles is relatively straightforward. Even so, particularly in the early days of your new weight management program, it’s important to keep a close eye on your fat intake to ensure you’re staying within the proper boundaries. Making sure that you and your doctor are monitoring both blood sugar and ketone levels will help keep your diabetes diet is on track and make sure there are no adverse effects.

In time, your body will adjust to your keto diet plan, and you can return to a less rigorous monitoring pattern. As your symptoms improve, it may be tempting to let your regular monitoring of blood sugar slide. Don’t. Continue to test normally, and listen to your doctor and your nutritional counselor.

DIABETESDiabetic Therapy at NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida

Stem cell therapy and a diabetes diet based on the ketogenic method offers hope to type II diabetics struggling to control their symptoms. Stem cell treatments repair diabetic damage and reverse the core cause of type II diabetes. Nutritional counseling enhances the healing and helps you maintain the benefits. It’s a winning combination that has changed the lives of our diabetic patients for the better. Our patients report a reduction in their need for medications and, often, are able to stop their diabetic medication altogether.

Diabetic stem cell therapy and treatment at NSI Stem Cell Centers is not “one size fits all,” however. We take our patients’ individual needs very seriously, which is why a preliminary, free consultation is essential at NSI.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

7 Ways To Help Autoimmune Disorders

These 7 Ways To Help Autoimmune Disorders Make A Difference!

Did you know that a critical element in managing the symptoms of autoimmune disorders is a healthy lymphatic system? This important network that branches throughout the body protects us from disease and the inflammation that illness can cause. You can think of the lymphatic system as the body’s internal “drainage system.”

Lymph is a colorless fluid that bathes the body’s tissues with infection-fighting white blood cells. Lymph vessels route the fluid through nodes that are clustered at various area in the body. These nodes contain immune cells that attack and consume germs brought to them via the lymph fluid. That’s why a healthy lymphatic system is so important in helping control the symptoms of autoimmune disorders. Continue reading “7 Ways To Help Autoimmune Disorders”

5 Real World Stem Cell Therapy Benefits

5 Stem Cell Therapy Types Are Changing Lives Right Now In The U.S.!

There has been no greater medical advance in modern history than that of stem cell therapy. Decades of clinical research has grown exponentially into real world applications that are improving the lives of regular Americans in the here and now. Among the most exciting elements are the advances made with stem cell therapy regarding the relief of chronic pain and its effectiveness in addressing difficult-to-heal injuries: all done with no need for medication or invasive surgery. Continue reading “5 Real World Stem Cell Therapy Benefits”