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BELLS PALSY

Sometimes called facial palsy, Bell's palsy is a weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles that control expression on one side of the face. Two facial nerves run beneath each ear to the muscles in the face. When one becomes damaged, Bell’s palsy results. Bell's palsy affects approximately 40,000 Americans each year.

As a result of this disorder, a person’s face may have a droopy appearance, which can have an effect on a person’s self esteem but most cases of Bell's palsy aren’t serious.

This disorder can affect a person at any age and is more prominent in pregnant women, diabetics or people who suffer from upper respiratory ailments, such as the flu or a cold, as well as people with conditions that cause their immune systems to be weakened. The name Bell's palsy comes from a 19th-century surgeon from Scotland who first described the condition named Dr. Charles Bell.

In most cases, Bell's palsy clears up independently within weeks or months.

Typical signs and symptoms of Bell's palsy may include:

  • Sudden onset of paralysis or weakness on one side of your face, making it difficult to smile or close your eye on the affected side
  • Facial droop and difficulty with facial expressions
  • Facial stiffness or a feeling that the face is being pulled to one side
  • Pain behind or in front of the ear on the affected side
  • Sounds that seem louder on the affected side
  • Pain, usually in the ear on the affected side
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste on the front portion of the tongue
  • Changes in the amount of tears and saliva the body produces

The severity of Bell's palsy can differ greatly from person to person. While some people experience mild weakness, others can have total paralysis on one side of the face. Most people start experiencing symptoms within several hours to a day or two. Pain in the vicinity of the ear can usually follow the palsy within a day or two as well. Within 48 hours after onset of signs and symptoms, weakness or paralysis typically peaks. The more serious the weakness or paralysis experienced relates to how fast the signs & symptoms progress.

The muscles on one side of the face are controlled by facial nerves, except for muscles involved in chewing. Experts have not yet identified the exact cause of Bell's palsy and still don’t really understand its development. However, many experts believe a viral infection such as the herpes simplex virus can cause the facial nerve to become swollen and injured.

Conventional medical treatment usually involves the use of the steroid prednisone, which is used to reduce inflammation and the antiviral drug acyclovir, which is used to fight viral infections. These treatments should only be used in extreme cases.

While there is no way to prevent Bell’s palsy, the regimen outlined below includes some natural steps you can take to treat symptoms and improve the outcome:

To protect the eye on the affected side of the face from drying out, cover it with a patch and keep it lubricated with eye drops.

Facial massages can help prevent permanent contractures of the muscles in the face.

My top recommended treatment of choice is acupuncture, which aids in moving the blood circulation and energy to the affected area to help restore proper function. Since acupuncture also has immune boosting properties, I highly recommend it as an addition to the treatment of peripheral facial paralysis that can increase the potential for a speedy and complete recovery.

Get plenty of rest and take steps to reduce stress.

The following supplements may also be beneficial:

Vitamin B12 (supplements and injections) - Reduces inflammation and strengthens the immune system.

Vitamin B1 (take as directed on label) - Enhances circulation and retards muscle atrophy.

Vitamin B6 (take as directed on label) - Creates amino acids necessary to create new cells.

Methylcobalamin (take as directed on label) - Assists nerve growth and maintains and restores the critical, protective nerve sheath.

Lecithin Granules - (take as directed on label) - Protects the nerve sheaths.

Echinacea - (take as directed on label) - A natural antiviral, which fights infection.

Bladder infections

Known scientifically as cystitis, a bladder infection is a condition characterized by an urgent need to empty the bladder. In people with this condition, frequent and even painful urination is common. A desire to urinate constantly - even when the bladder is empty - is a symptom common in many people as well.

The urine of a person with a bladder infection often has a cloudy appearance and has a strong unpleasant odor. In children, bladder infections often bring about pain in the lower abdomen as well as a burning sensation during urination. Blood in the urine may also occur. Cystitis is generally more an annoying problem that isn't one of any seriousness but if left untreated it can eventually lead to kidney infection.

The ureters, kidneys, urethra, penis and bladder all play distinct roles in helping the body rid itself of material waste (urine). Urethritis (infection of the urethra), acute pyelonephritis (infection of the kidney) and cystitis (infection of the bladder) are conditions that are more common in women than men and many conditions in which the kidneys, urethra or bladder are affected are described as urinary tract infections (UTI). Most UTIs are concentrated in the bladder & urethra.

The reason why most cases of pyelonephritis, urethritis and cystitis occur more frequently in women than men is because of the closeness of the vagina, anus and urethra and because of the length of the urethra in females. This allows bacteria to easily be transmitted from the anus to the bladder by way of the vagina & urethra.

Bladder infections in men typically occur as a result of bacteria ascending through the urethra or from an infected prostate gland.

Many factors including use of a diaphragm, pregnancy, systemic disorders and sexual intercourse can contribute to the development of a bladder infection. A structural abnormality or an obstruction of the urinary tract which restricts urine flow can also increase risk of developing a bladder infection. Bladder cancer can cause bladder infections as well.

The regimen outlined below includes a holistic approach to treating & preventing bladder infections:

Foods such as watermelon, celery and parsley - which are natural cleansers & diuretics - should be consumed in the diet.

Citrus fruits - which produce alkaline urine that promotes bacterial growth - should be avoided.

Drink plenty of liquids, especially pure, unsweetened cranberry juice, which is a very effective cure for bladder infections. Do not consume cranberry juice cocktail, which is loaded with refined sugar. At least one 8 ounce glass of pure water should be drank every hour.

Avoid carbonated beverages, coffee, chocolate, processed foods, alcohol, simple sugars and caffeine.

Be sure to empty the bladder every two to three hours and avoid “holding it in”, which can worsen the infection.

Take 2 teaspoonfuls of whey power or acidophilus tablets or capsules with each meal.

Supplementing with the following may also be beneficial:

Garlic (2 capsules 3 time daily) - Natural antibiotic and a powerful immune system enhancer. Use the brand Kyolic from Wakunaga, which is an odorless organic garlic supplement.

Vitamin C plus bioflavonoids (4,000 - 5,000 mg daily in divided doses) - Produces an antibacterial effect through acidification of urine. Be sure your brand of Vitamin C contains bioflavonoids, which help increase absorption.

Colloidal silver (take as directed on label) - Natural antibiotic that kills viruses, fungi & bacteria.

Acidophilus (take as directed on label and on an empty stomach. You can also use 1tbsp in 1 quart of warm water as a douche) - Essential to restore "friendly" bacteria.

Calcium (1,500 mg daily) - Reduces irritability in the bladder.

Magnesium (750 mg daily) - Helps control the stress response and is needed to balance calcium. Use chelate form.

Potassium (99 mg daily) - Replaces lost potassium from frequent urination.

Buchu (take as directed on label) - An herb that helps stop the burning sensation upon urination.

 

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