Hemorrhoids are a very common medical problem affecting both men and women. It is estimated that over 80% of Americans will have some dealing with hemorrhoids in their lifetime. Over half a million people seek medical help for hemorrhoids annually in the United States, and of that half million at least ten percent undergo surgical procedures for relief of their hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are usually worse with age and seem to have a great impact on people between the ages of 45 and 65. Hemorrhoids are very common during pregnancy due to the extra weight of the fetus. Generally the hemorrhoids associated with pregnancy are only temporary.
Hemorrhoids are caused when the veins around the anus and lower rectum become swollen and inflamed. This inflammation can occur from a variety of reasons but most medical professionals believe it is caused by straining when trying to have a bowel movement (constipation) and too much time spent on the toilet.
The majority of hemorrhoid suffers can be treated without any type of surgery. The first thing to do is to relieve the symptoms. Sitz baths are recommended. Sit in the bath, with a few inches of warm water fifteen minutes two to three times a day. Instead of wiping the area with toilet paper, use pads that are pre moistened with witch hazel, or cotton balls soaked in witch hazel instead. Make sure the area is dry. If the steps above don't help relieve the symptoms, you can try the application of an over-the-counter hemorrhoidal cream to the area which will also help relieve itching and burning.
Aside from these measures most medical professionals suggest that you increase the fiber in your diet to help to avoid constipation. Take an over-the-counter fiber supplement. Increasing your fluid intake can help make a softer stool. You may want to talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter stool softener. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Any bleeding from the rectum should be checked by a physician.
Today, eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia are running rapid. If a person intentionally starves him or herself yet believes they are overweight, they could very well be suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, which is a severe emotional disorder that needs serious intervention. With this, the diet is drastically restricted, coupled by excessive exercise. The result is dangerous weight loss that can cause serious damage to the body to include death.
Bulimia is a form of Anorexia, which is characterized by misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, and/or vomiting to rid the body of food consumed during binge eating. In both cases, the body is put at great medical risk. The problem is that both Anorexia and Bulimia are not just serious but difficult to treat. In addition to the body needing intervention, the mind also needs intervention since the individual with the eating disorder sees him or herself as fat although they could easily be 50% of their normal weight.
These eating disorders typically begin in adolescents, which are seen most often around time of puberty. However, although rare, eating disorders can affect people over the age of 40, and again, both males and females although girls are in the highest risk category. If you have a child and you begin to notice things like infrequent or stopped menstrual cycle, dry skin, thinning hair, cold and/or swollen feet, or a bloated stomach while watching drastic weight loss, then you need to pay attention.
The psychological signs generally involve poor judgment, problem with memory and/or concentration, a distorted perception of the body, denial, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and depression; these could well be indications that an eating disorder is a problem. Treating eating disorders is a long process that addresses both physical and psychological. Many of the traditional treatment options include cognitive and behavioral therapy, antidepressants, and herbs. However, because the mind is involved, hypnosis has also been proven very beneficial for some people suffering from Anorexia or Bulimia.
Although the exact cause of Anorexia and Bulimia remains unknown, most experts believe it has to do with the individual trying to gain control over their life. For this reason, you see young girls who are trying to fit into school, dating, or coming from a difficult home life turning to an eating disorder to gain some type of semblance in their life. With hypnosis, the subconscious mind can be reached and taught to change the normal pattern of thinking. By working with a reputable and licensed hypnotherapist, the subconscious can receive positive suggestions that relate to things beyond the eating disorder.
Although that will be the primary reason for seeking hypnosis, the underlying issues that lead to the eating disorder in the first place are addressed. In this case, the depression and cause of depression is uncovered. The individual learns self-confidence, healthy control, and other positive tools that can be used to conquer the battle with Anorexia or Bulimia. Keep in mind that along with hypnosis, the individual with the eating disorder will need ongoing love and support by family and friends. By creating a positive environment, recovery is possible. When choosing the right hypnotherapist, you want someone who also believes and supports in the individual receiving other treatment and medication.
These factors together will provide the best chance for success. In fact, many medical doctors are now adding hypnosis to their practice for this very reason. Over the years, studies have shown that in some cases, such as severe eating disorders, the combination of traditional medical care with hypnosis greatly improves the resolution.