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How Probiotics can protect you from antibiotics


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November 30, 2011


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Most people must have heard about the term “antibiotics” but very few people have heard about Probiotics. When you go to your doctor, they prescribe an antibiotic because you cannot wait for a few days to get well.  You are in a hurry to go back to work and most doctors oblige to your request prescribe antibiotics to cure your illness quickly.

Before you take these antibiotics, it is important that you understand the gastrointestinal tract system of the body. The tract has 400 different species of organisms and bacteria that live in harmony with man and other species. These species are known to produce nutrients and vitamins that are required for the normal functioning of the body. There are many helpful bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract that help in metabolizing the digestive system and protect the body from harmful bacteria.

When you take antibiotics that they start killing the bacteria and organisms in the body without differentiating between the good and the bad microorganisms. When they kill the microorganisms the primary infection is removed but the good bacteria in the gut also get destroyed. People who take antibiotics for prolonged usually complain of problems like nutrition and vitamin deficiency.

When patients take antibiotics, it is important that they also take Probiotics that help in reducing the side-effects of antibiotics. In fact, most doctors are of the view that taking Probiotics must be made compulsory for people who take antibiotics.  When you take Probiotics, it can help in reducing the chances of antibiotic induced bacteria. Probiotics helps in improving the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and helps in maintaining the body balance. They also act as immune modulators and help in providing the right tools for vaccination in people who are susceptible to health problems.

Therefore it is important that you request your doctor to prescribe Probiotics along with antibiotics. Also, you can also them some natural antibiotics that you can take to prevent frequent health problems.

Difference between torn shoulder and frozen shoulder


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November 25, 2011


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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes immense pain in the shoulder. About 5 percent of the world population suffers from the problem. Frozen shoulder is more common in women and it can cause severe stiffness and pain. The problem becomes more acute in people who suffer from diabetes. There is no specific reason for the onset of this problem but if the problem is rectified it never returns. Frozen shoulder usually affects people who are between 40 and 70 years old. The symptoms of the problem can last for about 30 months but in some cases it can take about 40 months for the symptoms to subside.

The lax capsular sack of people suffer from Frozen Shoulder Syndrome becomes sticky which can cause adhesions. The stickiness in the shoulder can cause inflammation which usually starts in the area behind the tendons of the biceps. At times, if the problem is not treated in time, it can spread to other shoulder because the muscles and ligaments of shoulders are interconnected.

Stiffness due to frozen shoulder is cause by the reaction of your body to inflammation in the shoulders. The body reacts to inflammation by switching off the muscles of the shoulders in a co-ordinated sequence. In a few weeks, it becomes difficult to move the arm and you may not be able to move the arm by more than 40°. Also, the rotator cuff muscles start losing their strength and become stiff and immobile.

Torn Ligaments in Shoulder

Since the shoulder joint is unstable and shallow it is unable to hold the bones of the shoulder in place which can cause strain when pressure is exerted on them. Your shoulder joint has a cartilage called labrum which forms a cup that helps in moving the arm bone. The labrum surrounds the shoulder socket making the socket deeper which helps in providing stability to the arm bone. Torn ligaments in the shoulder mean that your labrum has been damaged.

From the explanation it is clear that ligament tear in the shoulders and frozen shoulders are two different problems that can a person. Even though both labrum tear and frozen shoulder can restrict arm movement, both have different symptoms and require different treatment.