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Bronchiolitis


Description:
Bronchiolitis mostly affects infants and toddlers age 2 and younger and is caused by swollen airways (bronchioles) that collect with mucus and make it hard to breathe. Bronchitis mostly affects older children and adults. It results in swelling in the upper airway — the trachea and upper bronchial tubes. In addition, bronchiolitis normally goes away in a few weeks, whereas bronchitis can become a long-term (chronic) condition and is often caused by lung irritants, such as cigarette smoke. However, both conditions can be caused by a viral infection Bronchiolitis is almost always caused by a virus. Typically, the peak time for bronchiolitis is during the winter months.

Bronchiolitis starts out with symptoms similar to those of a common cold but then progresses to coughing, wheezing and sometimes difficulty breathing. Symptoms of bronchiolitis can last for several days to weeks, even a month.

Most children get better with care at home. A very small percentage of children require hospitalization.

Bronchiolitis itself is not contagious. However, the viruses that can cause bronchiolitis are contagious. The viruses are very common and spread easily through coughs, sneezing, talking or touching shared objects. RSV has at least two strains and infects nearly every child by the age of 2. Other viruses, such as the flu and the common cold, can also lead to bronchiolitis if they cause the bronchioles to swell and fill with mucus.

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Symptoms:
Bronchiolitis symptoms in infants may be difficult to identify. Symptoms include:

*Stuffy or runny nose
*Cough
*Fussiness
*Trouble feeding
*Low-grade fever (often < 101.5 degrees F)
*Irritability

In some cases, these are the only symptoms a child may have of bronchiolitis. In other cases, symptoms get worse.

After this, there may be a week or more of difficulty breathing or a whistling noise when the child breathes out (wheezing).

Many infants will also have an ear infection (otitis media).

When to call a Doctor:
*Sluggishness or extreme inactivity
*Refusing to eat or drink
*Dehydration (not enough wet diapers, or having dark urine)
*Trouble breathing:
*Wheezing
*Nostril flaring
*Whistling noises on the exhale
*Seeing the ribcage go in when the baby breathes in
*Breathing very fast or shallow
*Working very hard to breathe
*Pauses in breathing
*Blue or purple lips or fingertips
*Hypothermia (a temperature that is lower than the normal 98 degrees F)

Bronchiolitis in toddlers and bronchiolitis in adults may cause many of the same symptoms, although sunken ribs during breathing and nasal flaring are most likely to occur only in the very young.

Causes:
Bronchiolitis occurs when a virus infects the bronchioles, which are the smallest airways in your lungs. The infection makes the bronchioles swell and become inflamed. Mucus collects in these airways, which makes it difficult for air to flow freely in and out of the lungs.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is a common virus that infects just about every child by the age of 2. Outbreaks of the RSV infection occur every winter. Bronchiolitis can also be caused by other viruses, including those that cause the flu or the common cold. Infants can be reinfected with RSV because at least two strains exist.

The viruses that cause bronchiolitis are easily spread. You can contract them through droplets in the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks. You can also get them by touching shared objects — such as utensils, towels or toys — and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Risk Factors:
*Age younger than 2 years (and younger than 3 months in particular)
*Preterm birth
*Another heart or lung problem
*A weak immune system
*Exposure to cigarette smoke
*Exposure to lots of other kids or people (in a daycare or crowded home)
*Having older siblings who attend school or daycare

Diagnosis:
Tests and X-rays are not usually needed to diagnose bronchiolitis. The doctor can usually identify the problem by observing your child and listening to his or her lungs with a stethoscope. However, it may take more than one or two visits to distinguish the condition from a cold or the flu.

If your child is at risk of severe bronchiolitis, if symptoms are worsening or if another problem is suspected, your doctor may order tests, including:

*Chest X-ray. Your doctor may request a chest X-ray to look for signs of pneumonia.

*Viral testing. Your doctor may collect a sample of mucus from your child to test for the virus causing bronchiolitis. This is done using a swab that’s gently inserted into the nose.

*Blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests might be used to check your child’s white blood cell count. An increase in white blood cells is usually a sign that the body is fighting an infection. A blood test can also determine whether the level of oxygen has decreased in your child’s bloodstream.

Your doctor may also ask you about signs of dehydration, especially if your child has been refusing to drink or eat or has been vomiting. Signs of dehydration include sunken eyes, dry mouth and skin, sluggishness, and little or no urination.

Treatment:
Bronchiolitis typically lasts for two to three weeks. The majority of children with bronchiolitis can be cared for at home with supportive care. It’s important to be alert for changes in breathing difficulty, such as struggling for each breath, being unable to speak or cry because of difficulty breathing, or making grunting noises with each breath.

When bronchiolitis becomes severe, conventional treatment may involve:

*Hospitalization
*Oxygen via a mask or machine
*A nebulizer, to deliver inhaled drugs that open up and reduce inflammation in the tiny airways of the lungs
*Intravenous (IV) fluids to help hydrate
*Suctioning mucus from the mouth or nose
*Monitoring breathing and heart rate with a machine
*Making sure your child’s temperature stays in a healthy range

Oxygen is considered the most effective treatment in young children. Because most bronchiolitis is the result of a virus, antibiotics are not usually prescribed. In some cases, certain drugs may be recommended by health care providers for treatment, including:

*Drugs to treat RSV infection, such as ribavirin or palivizumab
*Antibiotics (if the infection was indeed bacterial or if there is also an ear infection)
*Decongestant sprays
*Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
*Alpha or beta agonists to help relax and open the airways, such as albuterol or racemic epinephrine
*Fever reducers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, depending on the child’s age. (If you are considering using medication to reduce your child’s fever at home, talk to a healthcare professional due to serious safety concerns.)

Ayurvedic treatment:
According to Ayurveda aggravated Vata (air) blocks the Kapha (water) in the respiratory channels, the movement of the air gets interrupted, and phlegm accumulates in the lung tissue. In order to expel this phlegm, there is a natural reaction of coughing, which results in Bronchitis. This can be attributed to many reasons like inhalation of smoke and dust, physical exertion, intake of foods and drinks that have a drying effect on the body, and the obstruction of the trachea by food particles. Another cause is suppressing the natural urges of the body, such as passing stool and urine, hunger, thirst, sleep, sneezing, breathing, yawning, tears, coughing, etc. All of these causes are investigated before beginning a personalized Bronchitis treatment regimen at Jiva.

Ayurveda calls this disease Kasroga and considers it to be caused by poor digestion. Poor diet, poor digestion and incomplete elimination of wastes lead to formation of ama (mucus) in the lungs. This creates a favorable ground for growth of infecting organisms in the bronchial area. Stress, poor lifestyle, bad circulation, and lack of rejuvenative measures can deteriorate the body’s immune response to invading organisms in the bronchial area.

The Ayurvedic treatment of Bronchitis is aimed at simultaneously correcting lung and stomach functions. Herbs are given to ease troubled breathing and expel phlegm. At the same time, Ayurvedic digestive formulas are prescribed to enhance the digestive fire in order to kill pathogens.

Prevention:
Because the viruses that cause bronchiolitis spread from person to person, one of the best ways to prevent it is to wash your hands frequently — especially before touching your baby when you have a cold or other respiratory illness. Wearing a face mask at this time is appropriate.

If your child has bronchiolitis, keep him or her at home until the illness is past to avoid spreading it to others.

Other commonsense ways to help curb infection include:

*Limit contact with people who have a fever or cold. If your child is a newborn, especially a premature newborn, avoid exposure to people with colds in the first two months of life.

*Clean and disinfect surfaces. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people frequently touch, such as toys and doorknobs. This is especially important if a family member is sick.

*Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Then throw away the tissue and wash your hands or use alcohol hand sanitizer.

*Use your own drinking glass. Don’t share glasses with others, especially if someone in your family is ill.

*Wash hands often. Frequently wash your own hands and those of your child. Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy for yourself and your child when you’re away from home.

*Breast-feed. Respiratory infections are significantly less common in breast-fed babies.
Vaccines and medications

There are no vaccines for the most common causes of bronchiolitis (RSV and rhinovirus). However, an annual flu shot is recommended for everyone older than 6 months.

Infants at high risk of the RSV infection, such as those born very prematurely or with a heart-lung condition or a depressed immune system, may be given the medication palivizumab (Synagis) to decrease the likelihood of RSV infections.

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose.

Resources:
https://draxe.com/bronchiolitis/
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bronchiolitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351565
https://www.jiva.com/diseases/bronchitis/

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Description:
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), occasionally still called dysmorphophobia, is a mental disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that, to others, is either minor or not observable. But you may feel so ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations.It occurs both men & women equally.

When you have body dysmorphic disorder, you intensely obsess over your appearance and body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, grooming or seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours each day. Your perceived flaw and the repetitive behaviors cause you significant distress, and impact your ability to function in your daily life.

BDD is also considered to be a type of social phobia and anxiety disorder, since it revolves around consistent, out-of-control fear in regards to being judged badly by others. Those with BDD greatly try to avoid being criticized, scrutinized, feeling vulnerable, or being embarrassed and humiliated in social situations. Because fear over weight gain or other body changes is the underlying cause of distress associated with BDD, it’s common for people with BDD to withdraw socially, avoid situations that are unfamiliar or feel out of control, and respond very emotionally to any sense of social criticism.

It usually starts during adolescence and affects both men and women. The BDD subtype muscle dysmorphia, perceiving the body as too small, affects mostly males. Besides thinking about it, one repetitively checks and compares the perceived flaw, and can adopt unusual routines to avoid social contact that exposes it. Fearing the stigma of vanity, one usually hides the preoccupation. Commonly unsuspected even by psychiatrists, BDD has been underdiagnosed. Severely impairing quality of life via educational and occupational dysfunction and social isolation, BDD has high rates of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts.

You may seek out numerous cosmetic procedures to try to “fix” your perceived flaw. Afterward, you may feel a temporary satisfaction, but often the anxiety returns and you may resume searching for a way to fix your perceived flaw.

Treatment of body dysmorphic disorder may include cognitive behavioral therapy and medication.

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Symptoms:
Common signs and symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder include:

*Having intense, recoccuring thoughts and impulses regarding one’s body appearance, or certain features of one’s body or face

*Seeing certain body parts as being disproportionate and inadequate (for example, the stomach or thighs as being big, or muscles being too small in men)

*Overly focusing on any perceived flaw in one’s facial features, skin, height, hair or clothing (for example, having intense anxiety over acne, wrinkles, thinning hair, scars or facial asymmetry)

*Missing work or school and other social situations out of fear others will notice one’s flaws

*Feeling anxious over one’s food choices, exercise routine and surroundings. This can include excessive exercise for weight loss or for muscle gains

*Increased irritability and judgement of others

*Experiencing relationship problems, jealousy, greatly seeking approval from others and needing reassurance

*Social withdrawal and increased time spent alone

*Symptoms of social phobia, or social anxiety, including severe blushing, sweating, shuddering, shyness, trembling or nausea when around others

*Behaviors associated with binge eating and yo-yo dieting, including changes in eating patterns or frequently dieting and even entering into starvation mode

*Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) including following strict rituals, feeling scared over changing repetitive behaviors (including eating or exercise behaviors), and feeling distressed over a lack or control or when one’s schedule is changed

*Obsessively checking one self in the mirror, applying makeup, grooming and trying to alter one’s appearance, often with with cosmetic/plastic surgeries

*Symptoms of depression, including fatigue, lack of pleasure, reduced motivation, insomnia or sleeping excessively, and suicidal thoughts
Other physical symptoms of anxiety, including lightheadedness, dizziness, trouble sleeping, digestive problems, shortness of breath and panic attacks, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Causes:
It’s not known specifically what causes body dysmorphic disorder. Like many other mental illnesses, body dysmorphic disorder may result from a combination of causes, such as:

*Brain differences. Abnormalities in brain structure or neurochemistry may play a role in causing body dysmorphic disorder.

*Genes. Some studies show that body dysmorphic disorder is more common in people whose blood relatives also have this condition or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

*Environment. Your environment, life experiences and culture may contribute to body dysmorphic disorder, especially if they involve negative social evaluations about your body or self-image, or even childhood neglect or abuse..

Risk factors:

Certain factors seem to increase the risk of developing or triggering body dysmorphic disorder, including:

*Having blood relatives with body dysmorphic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder

*Negative life experiences, such as childhood teasing and trauma

*Certain personality traits, such as perfectionism

*Societal pressure or expectations of beauty

*Having another psychiatric disorder, such as anxiety or depression

Diagnosis:
After a medical evaluation to help rule out other medical conditions, the health care provider may make a referral to a mental health professional for further evaluation.

Diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder is typically based on:

*A psychological evaluation that assesses risk factors and thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to negative self-image

*Personal, social, family and medical history

*Symptoms listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association

Treatment:
Treatment for body dysmorphic disorder often includes a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medications.

Cognitive behavioral therapy:

Cognitive behavioral therapy for body dysmorphic disorder focuses on:

*Helping you learn how negative thoughts, emotional reactions and behaviors maintain problems over time

*Challenging automatic negative thoughts about your body image and learning a more flexible and realistic way of thinking

*Learning alternate ways to handle urges or rituals to help reduce mirror checking or reassurance seeking

*Teaching you other behaviors to improve your mental health

*You and your therapist can talk about your goals for therapy and develop a personalized treatment plan to learn and strengthen coping skills.

Medications:

Although there are no medications specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat body dysmorphic disorder, medications used to treat other mental disorders, such as depression, can be effective.

*Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Because body dysmorphic disorder is thought to be caused in part by problems related to the brain chemical serotonin, SSRIs may be prescribed. SSRIs appear to be more effective for body dysmorphic disorder than other antidepressants and may help control your obsessions and repetitive behaviors.

*Other medications. In some cases, you may benefit from taking other medications in addition to an SSRI, depending on your symptoms.

Natural Treatments for Body Dysmorphic Disorder:

1. Identification of Co-Existing Disorders:
BDD is considered to be a severe disorder, and professional treatment is always recommended. There is plenty that someone struggling with BDD can do on their own to improve recovery and manage symptoms, but seeing a therapist is still encouraged.

2. Become Educated on Early Warning Sides & Symptoms:
Recognizing when healthy eating, self-improvement, and exercise patterns start to turn into obsessions is an important step for anyone with a history of body image issues, plus their family members and close friends. Strict rituals around weight and appearance usually take form gradually, so intercepting them early on when they start to cause anxiety is the best way to prevent them from worsening.

3. Reduce Stress & Try Mindfulness Meditation:
High amounts of stress and anxiety can be trigger for body image issues and body distortion. Meditation and other “mind-body” practices can help increase self-esteem, self-worth and self-compassion, which are important for preventing body image issues and anxiety.

Mindfulness works similarly to CBT in that it helps increase self-awareness and identify underlying thoughts and limiting self-beliefs that might be contributing to BDD. Certain studies have found evidence supporting the effectiveness of mindful eating programs and mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of various eating disorders, symptoms of body dissatisfaction and social anxiety.

4.Other effective ways to relieve stress and social anxiety include:
*Doing something creative and fun for a period of time each day

*Joining a support group online or in person

*Trying yoga, Tai Chi or other mind-body exercises

*Branching out to try new activities, join a team or volunteer

*Writing in a journal. This can include making a “values list” of traits that are important for well-being beyond appearance

*Spending more time outdoors in nature, including earthing

*Regularly exercising

*Practicing deep breathing

*Practicing prayer and other forms of spirituality that can increase a sense of connectedness and purpose

*Fostering relationships with supportive people (studies find our relationships are one of the things that make us happiest

Stick to a Balanced, Nourishing Diet:
For people with BDD whose symptoms are mostly related to their body weight, it’s crucial to learn to set realistic goals for what it means to eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy BMI. A nutritionist and/or therapist can help someone with BDD to create a balanced dietary plan that includes enough energy (calories), nutrients and meets their needs overall while considering their unique body shape and size.

Learning “intuitive eating” or mindful eating are two approaches to achieving sustainable healthy eating and body acceptance. Intuitive eaters believe that blame over flaws regarding someone’s appearance shouldn’t be put on person suffering, but instead on the flawed process of achieving perfection portrayed by the media and of dieting.

The goal is to maintain a way of eating that supports a healthier relationship with food and focuses on health holistically, both physically and mentally. Studies show that intuitive eating/mindful eating offer a “realistic alternative to address overweight and obesity than conventional weight-loss treatments”.

Prevention:
There’s no known way to prevent body dysmorphic disorder. However, because body dysmorphic disorder often starts in the early teenage years, identifying the disorder early and starting treatment may be of some benefit.

Long-term maintenance treatment also may help prevent a relapse of body dysmorphic disorder symptoms.

Regular Yoga exercise with mindful meditation and balanced diet is a great way to to prevent body dysmorphic disorder.

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose.

Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_dysmorphic_disorder
https://draxe.com/body-dysmorphic-disorder/
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/body-dysmorphic-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20353938

Tigger Finger

Description:
Trigger finger is a condition in which one of your fingers gets stuck in a bent position. Your finger may bend or straighten with a snap — like a trigger being pulled and released.

Trigger finger is also known as stenosing tenosynovitis. It occurs when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.

The tendons that bend the fingers glide easily with the help of pulleys. These pulleys hold the tendons close to the bone. This is similar to how a line is held on a fishing rod. Trigger finger occurs when the pulley becomes too thick, so the tendon cannot glide easily through it

People whose work or hobbies require repetitive gripping actions are at higher risk of developing trigger finger. The condition is also more common in women and in anyone with diabetes. Treatment of trigger finger varies depending on the severity.

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Symptoms:
Trigger finger may start with discomfort felt at the base of the finger or thumb, where the finger joins the palm. This area is often sensitive to pressure. You might feel a lump there. Other symptoms may include:

*Finger stiffness, particularly in the morning
*A popping or clicking sensation as you move your finger
*Tenderness or a bump (nodule) in the palm at the base of the affected finger
*Finger catching or locking in a bent position, which suddenly pops straight
*Finger locked in a bent position, which you are unable to straighten
*Limited finger movement
*Pain

Trigger finger can affect any finger, including the thumb. More than one finger may be affected at a time, and both hands might be involved. Triggering is usually more pronounced in the morning, while firmly grasping an object or when straightening your finger.

Causes:
Tendons are fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. Each tendon is surrounded by a protective sheath. Trigger finger occurs when the affected finger’s tendon sheath becomes irritated and inflamed. This interferes with the normal gliding motion of the tendon through the sheath.

Prolonged irritation of the tendon sheath can produce scarring, thickening and the formation of bumps (nodules) in the tendon that impede the tendon’s motion even more.

Risk Factors:
Factors that put you at risk of developing trigger finger include:

*Repeated gripping. Occupations and hobbies that involve repetitive hand use and prolonged gripping may increase your risk of trigger finger.

*Certain health problems. People who have diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risk of developing trigger finger.

*Trigger finger is more common in women.

*Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery. Trigger finger may be a complication associated with surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, especially during the first six months after surgery.

Treatment:
The goal of treatment in trigger finger is to eliminate the swelling and catching/locking, allowing full, painless movement of the finger or thumb.

Common treatments include, but are not limited to:

*Night splints

*Anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen (Aleve) — may relieve the pain but are unlikely to relieve the swelling constricting the tendon sheath or trapping the tendon.

*Changing your activity

*Steroid injection

If non-surgical treatments do not relieve the symptoms, surgery may be recommended. The goal of surgery is to open the pulley at the base of the finger so that the tendon can glide more freely. The clicking or popping goes away first. Finger motion can return quickly, or there can be some stiffness after surgery. Occasionally, hand therapy is required after surgery to regain better use.

Ayurvedic  & Herbal Treatments:

Eat  one tea spoon fool  of Turmeric  powder  every morning with hot  milk  or water  and exercise  of all fingers.

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Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose.

Resources:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/trigger-finger/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20365148
http://www.assh.org/handcare/hand-arm-conditions/trigger-finger

Cardiomyopathy

Description:
Cardiomyopathy is a group of diseases that affect the heart muscle. It makes it harder for your heart to pump blood to the rest of your body. Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure.

Early on there may be few or no symptoms. Some people may have shortness of breath, feel tired, or have swelling of the legs due to heart failure. An irregular heart beat may occur as well as fainting. Those affected are at an increased risk of sudden cardiac death.

Types of cardiomyopathy include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, restrictive cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, and takotsubo cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome). In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy the heart muscle enlarges and thickens. In dilated cardiomyopathy the ventricles enlarge and weaken. In restrictive cardiomyopathy the ventricle stiffens.

The main types of cardiomyopathy include dilated, hypertrophic and restrictive cardiomyopathy. Treatment — which might include medications, surgically implanted devices or, in severe cases, a heart transplant — depends on which type of cardiomyopathy you have and how serious it is.

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Symptoms:
Symptoms of cardiomyopathies may include fatigue, swelling of the lower extremities and shortness of breath.Further indications of the condition may include:

*Breathlessness with exertion or even at rest
*Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet
*Bloating of the abdomen due to fluid buildup
*Cough while lying down
*Fatigue
*Heartbeats that feel rapid, pounding or fluttering
*Chest discomfort or pressure
*Dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting

Signs and symptoms tend to get worse unless treated. In some people, the condition worsens quickly; in others, it might not worsen for a long time.

Causes:
The cause is frequently unknown. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy usually is inherited, while dilated cardiomyopathy is inherited in a third of cases. Dilated cardiomyopathy may also result from alcohol, heavy metals, coronary heart disease, cocaine use, and viral infections. Restrictive cardiomyopathy may be caused by amyloidosis, hemochromatosis, and some cancer treatments. Broken heart syndrome is caused by extreme emotional or physical stress.

Contributing factors for acquired cardiomyopathy include:

*Long-term high blood pressure
*Heart tissue damage from a heart attack
*Chronic rapid heart rate
*Heart valve problems
*Metabolic disorders, such as obesity, thyroid disease or diabetes
*Nutritional deficiencies of essential vitamins or minerals, such as thiamin (vitamin B-1)
*Pregnancy complications
*Drinking too much alcohol over many years
*Use of cocaine, amphetamines or anabolic steroids
*Use of some chemotherapy drugs and radiation to treat cancer
*Certain infections, especially those that inflame the heart
*Iron buildup in your heart muscle (hemochromatosis)
*A condition that causes inflammation and can cause lumps of cells to grow in the heart and other organs (sarcoidosis)
*A disorder that causes the buildup of abnormal proteins (amyloidosis)
*Connective tissue disorders

Diagnosis:
A cardiologist or pediatric cardiologist (doctors who specialize in heart diseases) can make a cardiomyopathy diagnosis based on a patient’s symptoms, medical history, family history, a physical exam and diagnostic test results.

Tests that doctors can use to diagnose cardiomyopathy include:

*Stethoscope reading to listen to the heart and lungs for sounds that may suggest cardiomyopathy
*Physical exam to look for swelling of the ankles, feet, legs, abdomen or bulging veins in the neck
*Blood tests
*Chest X-ray to look inside your chest for an enlarged heart
*Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) to record the heart’s electrical activity and rhythm
*Holter and event monitors to monitor the heart’s electrical activity during your normal daily activities
*Echocardiogram (Echo), which uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart’s size and shape
*Stress test to check how hard the heart is working, including during exercise or times of exertion
*Cardiac catheterization the check the pressure and blood flow in the heart’s chambers
*Myocardial biopsy to check if changes in cells have occurred inside the heart
*Genetic testing to look for signs of cardiomyopathy in the patient’s parents or siblings

Treatment:
Most of the time cardiomyopathy can be treated so that symptoms don’t become life-threatening. The Cardiomyopathy Association says that

When you are first diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, you may feel overwhelmed by worry and uncertainty … However, there are good treatments for the condition. Ongoing medical care together with positive lifestyle changes can help people affected by cardiomyopathy to manage the disease and lead long and fulfilling lives.

What do we know about cardiomyopathy prognosis? Cardiomyopathy prognosis varies widely and depends on the specific time, cause, and someone’s overall health. Dilated cardiomyopathy is said to have “a poor prognosis,” with about 50 percent of patients typically dying within two years and 25 percent of patients surviving longer than 5 years.

The two most common causes of death are progressive cardiac failure and arrhythmia. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy leads to sudden death is about 3–5 percent in adults and at 6 percent in children and young adults. Restrictive cardiomyopathy also has a poor diagnosis and can be life-threatening within one year.

According to the American Heart Association, the goal of cardiomyopathy treatments include: stopping the disease from progressing, managing any conditions that contribute to the disease, reducing the risk complications (especially sudden cardiac arrest), and controlling symptoms to improve quality of life.

Cardiomyopathy treatment depends on which type of cardiomyopathy someone has, how severe their condition is and their overall health. Treatment typically involves:

Medications to help control contributing conditions and reduce symptoms. Examples of medications that may be prescribed include: ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, beta blockers and calcium channel blockers to help control blood pressure and slow a rapid heart rate; antiarrhythmics help prevent arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats); electrolytes to help maintain fluid levels; diuretics to remove excess fluid and sodium from the body and prevent swelling; anticoagulants (PDF) or “blood thinners” to help prevent blood clots; and corticosteroids to reduce inflammation.

Surgically implanted devices, such as a pacemaker that sends electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat normally, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device that coordinates contractions between the heart’s left and right ventricles, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) that helps the heart pump blood, or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) that helps maintain normal heartbeats.
Surgery, such as procedures to remove diseased heart muscle tissue or scar tissue. For people with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and severe symptoms, septal myectomy can be performed to remove the thickened septum that’s bulging into the left ventricle.

Alcohol septal ablation, a nonsurgical procedure that helps to kill abnormal cells and shrink thickened tissue back to normal size.
In severe cases, a heart transplant.
Lifestyle and diet changes to help to manage any condition that’s causing or contributing to cardiomyopathy.

Prevention & 6 Natural Remedies for Cardiomyopathy Symptoms:

1. Anti-Inflammatory, Heart-Healthy Diet
You can help reduce your chance of cardiomyopathy and other types of heart disease by making healthy dietary choices.

Eat a variety of fruits, and vegetables, especially high-antioxidant types like oranges, kale and other leafy greens, kiwi, strawberries, grapefruit, red peppers, green peppers, guava, broccoli and other cruciferous veggies.
Limit or avoid refined grains, focusing instead on 100 percent whole or ancient grain products.
Choose foods that are low in saturated and trans-fats and made without processed/refined vegetables oils (like sunflower, safflower, canola or corn oil). Have healthy fats and oils instead like olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds.

Eat clean proteins including grass-fed meat, pastured-raised poultry, wild-caught fish, eggs and organic dairy products.
Avoid high sodium/salt foods, especially if you have high blood pressure. Consider following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet (DASH) which has been shown to help lower blood pressure.
Avoid foods with added sugar and sweetened beverages.

Consume probiotic foods, such as fermented veggies, yogurt or kefir, etc.
Try to increase your intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are found in some fish (such as mackerel and salmon), as well as nuts (such as flax seeds and walnuts).

Drink bone broth, which contains minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb. It’s a good source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, which can help to reduce inflammation,
Most people with heart issues should also limit caffeine, since it can cause arrhythmias, act as a stimulant and increase release of adrenaline. Limiting the amount of tea and coffee, energy drinks, sweetened coffee drinks, and high cocoa/chocolate products you consume.

if you experience loss of appetite or nausea, such as due to stomach bloating and pains, then try eating smaller meals spread throughout the day. Avoid having very large, heavy, oily or creamy meals that might make stomach pains worse.

You might also need to limit aggravating foods like FODMAPs (found in many carbohydrates) that can make bloating worse.

2. Control Contributing Conditions (Like High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol & Diabetes)
Eating a nutrient-dense diet is the No. 1 thing you can do to lose excess weight and help prevent obesity or certain metabolic conditions like diabetes. You should also take steps to quit smoking, lower your alcohol intake, manage stress and get more exercise.

Make sure to get regular checkups from your doctor and to understand the pros and cons of taking any medications. Monitor your symptoms so you can discuss changing meds or other lifestyle habits if necessary if they are causing you side effects.

3. Stay Active & Maintain a Healthy Weight
Regular, moderate exercise is considered to be very important for people with most types of cardiomyopathy (depending on their symptoms). Get clearance from your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine, especially if you are taking medications, have ongoing heart problems, or are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath or dizziness. Some people with cardiomyopathy may need to avoid intensive or competitive sports or exercise that involves sudden bursts of exertion (such as fast weight lifting, sprinting, etc.). (10)

Exercise is beneficial for people with cardiomyopathy because it can help: control body weight, reduce inflammation, prevent and improve many health conditions such as stroke and type 2 diabetes, help to improve mental well-being by reducing stress and depression, help to build stamina, increase the heart’s ability to pump oxygen to the muscles, improve blood circulation, strengthen the heart muscle, reduces risks of heart disease and high blood pressure, and potentially help prevent heart failure.

Aim to do both strength-building and aerobic exercises regularly, including walking, jogging, cycling, swimming and low-impact aerobics or weight-lifting. To get the most benefits, do at least 30 minutes of exercise, 4 to 5 times a week.

Cardiac rehabilitation is recommended for some people with cardiomyopathy because it combines monitored exercise with tests to see how the patient’s heart copes with different types of exercise, helping to determine what exercise is suitable and safest.

4. Get Enough Sleep & Manage Stress:
Sleep and rest are important for balancing hormones, including stress hormones, and helping the heart to repair any damage. If you’re having trouble sleeping for more than 7–9 hours most night due to problems like stress, sleep apnea or trouble breathing, lifestyle changes that address some of the risk factors above may help.

Maintain a healthy weight to lower your risk for sleep apnea.
Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine which can disturb sleep cycles, especially when consumed close to bed time.
Sleep in a dark, cool room. Remove any artificial lights and consider getting a white noise/sound machine.
Establish a relaxing routine at night that helps you feel sleepy and calm.
Avoid using electronics (your computer, tablet, phone, TV, etc.) close to bed time. Try reading, stretching or journaling instead.

Talk to your doctor about CPAP devices that can help with maintaining continuous positive airway pressure and stop your airways from collapsing during sleep. Mandibular advancement devices (like a dental gum shield) can also help to maintain a position of the tongue and jaw so that the airway is opened.
Chronic emotional stress or anger can also make the heart work harder, raise blood pressure and increase cortisol levels, stimulate the sympathetic nervous system and cause irregular heartbeats. Relieve stress with relaxation therapy, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, exercise, napping, spending time outdoors, prayer, and anything else you find comforting or calming.

Adaptogenic herbs like rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) and astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) can also be very helpful when it comes to supporting overall health and helping you deal with physical and mental stress or fatigue.

5. Avoid the Use of Alcohol, Smoking and Illegal Drugs:
If you have cardiomyopathy (especially dilated cardiomyopathy), it’s recommended that you avoid drinking alcohol or do strictly in moderation. Alcohol can have several negative effects on your heart, such as contributing to arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), increasing blood pressure, increasing inflammation, contributing to damage to the muscle of the heart, as well as raising the risk for obesity, stroke, liver problems and some cancers. (11)

Alcohol can also interact with some medications, including anticoagulants, and make nutrient deficiencies worse. Men should have one alcoholic drink per day or less, and women should ideally have half to one drink per day at most.

Smoking and drug use, such as cocaine or amphetamines, are major risk factors for heart disease and cardiomyopathy. Smoking and using drugs can negatively impact your heart by causing the release of more adrenaline which increase heart rate and raises blood pressure, damaging the inner lining of some blood vessels (arteries), causing fatty material to build up in the arteries, contributing to blood clots, and narrowing the arteries, making it harder for blood to travel and for enough oxygen to reach the body’s tissues.

For more information about stopping smoking, drug use or drinking, talk to your doctor and visit the NHS stop smoking services or NHS smoke-free service websites.

6. Natural Remedies for Other Symptoms (Irregular Heartbeat, Coughs, Swelling, etc.)
Vagal maneuvers are natural treatments that may help to control heartbeats. These include bearing down (as if you are having a bowel movement to stimulate the vagus nerve), blowing through a syringe: while lying down, face up, for 15 seconds, emerging your face in cold water or placing an ice pack on the face for about 10 seconds, or carotid massage which is done by applying pressure underneath the angle of the jaw in a gentle, circular motion for about 10 seconds.

If you’re experiencing swelling and fluid retention in your legs, feet, arms, etc. try natural diuretics such as: exercising, stretching, elevating swollen areas, and eating foods that fight fluid retention. Some of the best herbs, drinks and foods include: green tea, parsley, dandelion tea, hibiscus, hawthorn berry, celery, lemon juice, garlic and onions, melon and cucumber, asparagus, ginger, and berries.

Natural remedies for coughs include:

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day to make it easier to breathe. Try to drink a glass of water about every two to three hours for a total of about eight glasses per day.
Using a humidifier in your home, especially when you sleep at night. A humidifier can help to loosen mucus and relieve wheezing and limited air flow.

Trying eucalyptus oil, which contains the constituent called cineole, to reduce shortness of breath while improving respiratory function. Pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and mixing in 10 drops of the oil. Then place a towel over your head as you lean over the bowl and inhale deeply for five to 10 minutes.

Taking a magnesium-rich Epsom salt bath to soothe chest pain and muscle soreness.
Applying warm compresses and heating pads or ice packs to your chest and painful areas, which can be helpful for the temporary relief of aches and inflammation.

Also consider visiting an acupuncturist or chiropractor for help relieving tightness in your chest and improving breathing.

Essential oils can also help reduce stiffness and muscle pains. Peppermint essential oil can be used topically to improve circulation and reduce muscle tension. Lavender oil is useful for promoting relaxation, easing tension and helping you fall asleep.

Finally, talk to your doctor about supplements that may help your condition. Some that can be beneficial for heart health include: Hawthorne berry (Crataegus oxyacantha L) which may be able to reduce angina, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, irregular heart beat and even congestive heart failure, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin D3, and a magnesium supplement.

Key Points About Cardiomyopathy:
Cardiomyopathy refers to a group of diseases of the heart muscle, often which cause an enlarged heart, rigidity, stiffness and thickness of heart tissue, and reduced blood flow.

Symptoms of cardiomyopathy aren’t ways obvious at first, but progress as the condition worsens. Cardiomyopathy symptoms include: shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats, chest pains, edema, abdominal bloating, coughs, fatigue and weakness.

Cardiomyopathy is often idiopathic (has no known cause) but can be triggered by other health conditions or genetic mutations that affect the heart. Risk factors for cardiomyopathy include: having a family history of the condition, having had a heart attack or heart disease in the past, diabetes, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, autoimmune disorders, and others.

Prevention & 6 Natural Remedies for Cardiomyopathy Symptoms:

*Heart-Healthy Diet
*Controlling Contributing Conditions (Like High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol & Diabetes)
*Exercise & Maintaining a Healthy Weight
*Sleep and Stress Management
*Avoiding Alcohol, Smoking and Illegal Drugs
*Natural Remedies for Other Symptoms (Irregular Heartbeat, Coughs, Swelling, etc.)

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose.

Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiomyopathy
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cardiomyopathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20370709
https://draxe.com/cardiomyopathy/

Bladder Cancer


Description:
Bladder cancer occurs in the tissues of the bladder, which is a hollow organ in the lower part of the abdomen that stores urine until it is passed out of the body. There are several different types of bladder cancer, which include:

*Transitional cell carcinoma:
Transitional cell carcinoma is the most common type of bladder cancer. It begins in the transitional cells in the inner layer of the bladder. Transitional cells are cells that change shape without becoming damaged when the tissue is stretched.

*Squamous cell carcinoma:
Squamous cell carcinoma is a rare cancer in the United States. It begins when thin, flat squamous cells form in the bladder after a long-term infection or irritation in the bladder.

*Adenocarcinoma:
Adenocarcinoma is also a rare cancer in the United States. It begins when glandular cells form in the bladder after long-term bladder irritation and inflammation. Glandular cells are what make up the mucus-secreting glands in the body.

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 45,000 men and 17,000 women per year are diagnosed with the disease.

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How long will one with bladder cancer lives? This depends on when the cancer was caught, or, more specifically, at what stage and grade it is diagnosed. When bladder cancer is diagnosed at an early stage (more on the stages below), there is a high probability that it can be overcome. Research suggests that as of the year 2013, more than 77 percent of people with bladder cancer will live at least five years past their diagnosis.

Symptoms:
Many people with bladder cancer can have blood in their urine but no pain while urinating. There are a number of symptoms that might indicate bladder cancer like fatigue, weight loss, and bone tenderness, and these can indicate more advanced disease. One should pay particular attention to the following symptoms:

*Blood in the urine
*Painful urination
*Frequent urination
*Urgent urination
*Urinary incontinence
*Pain in the abdominal area
*Pain in the lower back

Advanced bladder cancer symptoms can include those above, plus:

*Pelvic pain, and/or sometimes lower back and abdominal pain.
*Frequent urination due to an overactive bladder. One might feel like he or she needs to urinate all of a sudden and urgently or have a hard time controlling the bladder or engaging the muscles in the pelvis.
*Being unable to urinate or control your “stream.”
*Nausea, loss of appetite and weight loss.
*Feeling tired or weak.
*Swelling in the feet.
*Aches and bone pain.

It’s possible for bladder cancer symptoms and signs in females to be somewhat different than in males. Bladder cancer symptoms in men can affect the prostate, a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and penis in males that releases prostatic fluid and helps with the release of urine. Bladder cancer is the fourth most common malignancy diagnosed in American men and almost three times more common in men than in in women. (4) Men with bladder cancer usually experience some blood in their urine, urinary burning, increased urgency, and/or increased frequency. Women can have many of the same bladder cancer symptoms. In both sexes it’s common for these bladder cancer symptoms to be attributed to other conditions like urinary tract infections (UTIs), but if they keep returning it’s important to visit a doctor

Cause:
The exact cause of bladder cancer is unknown. It develops when cells in the bladder grow abnormally, develop mutations and form tumors. It’s not always known why this happens in some people, especially if they don’t have any obvious risk factors or a family history. There are many possible root causes of cancer, including various combinations of genetic and environmental factors.

People who have an increased risk of bladder cancer include those who:

*Are over the age of 40, since your risk increases as you get older. About 9 out of 10 people with bladder cancer are older than 55.

*Are males, who develop bladder cancer much more often than females do.

*Have had cancer in the past, especially cancer affecting the urinary tract.

*Smoke or use tobacco products. Cigarette smoking is considered one of the most important causes of bladder cancer since it causes toxins to travel to the kidneys and into the urine where they are exposed to the bladder lining.

*Are Caucasian/whites. People who are white have about twice the chance of developing bladder cancer as African Americans and Hispanics.

*Are exposed to certain chemicals and toxins that can damage your kidneys, such as due to exposure at work or through environmental pollution. Chemicals linked to bladder cancer include arsenic, benzidine and beta-naphthylamine and chemicals used in the manufacture of dyes, rubber, leather, textiles and paint products.
*According to the American Cancer Society, “workers with an increased risk of developing bladder cancer include painters, machinists, printers, hairdressers (probably because of heavy exposure to hair dyes), and truck drivers (likely because of exposure to diesel fumes).” (5) Arsenic can be found in some contaminated tap water, although this only happens rarely in industrialized nations.

*Have a history of chronic bladder infections or irritation of the lining of the bladder, such as from long-term use of a urinary catheter. The bladder can become irritated from urinary tract infections, kidney stones or prostate infection.

*Have a family history of cancer, especially of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, also called Lynch syndrome. People with a genetic mutation of the retinoblastoma (RB1) gene, or Cowden disease, are also at an increased risk.

*Have had radiation exposure or prior chemotherapy.

*Have had parasitic infections. For example, the parasitic infection called schistosomiasis (also known as bilharziasis), which mainly affects people living or visiting Africa and the Middle East, can increase bladder cancer risk.

*Have a rare birth defect that affects the urinary tract and bladder, including those called exstrophy or urachus.

*Have taken diabetes medication called pioglitazone (Actos) for more than one year.

Diagnosis:
Fortunately, bladder cancer is often diagnosed at an early stage, which means there is a higher likelihood of recovery. According to the Mayo Clinic, “About seven out of every 10 bladder cancers diagnosed start out at an early stage — when bladder cancer is highly treatable.”

To make a bladder cancer diagnosis, the doctor will likely perform several tests, including a urine analysis and urine cytology. Blood in your urine might not be visible when you go to the bathroom, but can sometimes still be detected during a microscopic exam of the urine. The doctor will also look for chromosome changes, antigens and proteins called NMP22 in your urine.

Bladder Cancer Staging:
The stage or grade of cancer that someone has refers to how much their cancer has progressed and/or spread throughout their body. “Staging” describes where the cancer is located and whether or not it has spread to parts of the body such as the lymph nodes. The purpose of cancer staging is to help determine what kind of treatment should be most effective. Most doctors determine a patient’s cancer stage using the TNM system (which stands for tumor, node, metastasis), which describes the presence of primary tumors, their location, and if they have metastasized. There are four bladder cancer stages that someone can be diagnosed with:

*.Stage 0a or 0b: This is an early stage when the cancer is on the inner lining of the bladder but has not invaded the muscle or connective tissue.

*.Stage I: The cancer has grown through the inner lining of the bladder into the lamina propria (a loose layer of connective tissue under the basement membrane lining of the epithelium).

*Stage II: The cancer has spread into the thick muscle wall of the bladder, but not the lymph nodes or other organs.

*Stage III: The cancer has spread throughout the muscle wall to the fatty layer of tissue surrounding the bladder.

*Stage IV: The tumor has spread to the pelvic wall or the abdominal wall, possibly to one or more regional lymph nodes, and potentially to other parts of the body.

*Bladder cancer can also be described using grades:

*Papilloma — May recur but has a low risk of progressing.
*Low grade — More likely to recur and progress.
*High grade — Most likely to recur and progress.

Treatment:
The doctor will work with the patient to decide what treatment to provide based on the type and stage of the patient’s bladder cancer, the symptoms, and overall health.

Treatment for stage 0 and stage 1:

Treatment for stage 0 and stage 1 bladder cancer may include surgery to remove the tumor from the bladder, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy, which involves taking a medication that causes your immune system to attack the cancer cells.

Treatment for stage 2 and stage 3

Treatment for stage 2 and stage 3 bladder cancer may include:

*Removal of part of the bladder in addition to chemotherapy
*Removal of the whole bladder, which is a radical cystectomy, followed by surgery to create a new way for urine to exit the body
*Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or immunotherapy that can be done to shrink the tumor before surgery, to treat the cancer when surgery isn’t an option, to kill remaining cancer cells after surgery, or to prevent the cancer from recurring

Treatment for stage 4 bladder cancer:

Treatment for stage 4 bladder cancer may include:

*Chemotherapy without surgery to relieve symptoms and extend life
*Radical cystectomy and removal of the surrounding lymph nodes, followed by a surgery to create a new way for urine to exit the body
*Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy after surgery to kill remaining cancer cells or to relieve symptoms and extend life
*Clinical trial drugs.

Natural Ways to Help Ease Bladder Cancer Treatment

Bladder cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, usually cause side effects that can be very uncomfortable for a period of time. For example, side effects from radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery may include: fatigue, mild skin reactions, loose bowel movements, loss of appetite, nausea, depression, weight loss, pelvic or abdominal pain, bladder irritation, the need to pass urine frequently, and bleeding from the bladder or rectum. Below are some natural ways to help manage these symptoms and support.

1. Rest & Get Plenty of Sleep:
While the body works hard to overcome cancer and adjust to treatments it’s common to feel fatigued, weak and sometimes even depressed. The patient likely won’t have energy to exercise while he or she recovers, but if one feels up to it one can stay active in a gentle way by walking, stretching and possibly doing low-impact exercises like slow yoga or swimming. Plenty of sleep is needed to help provide the body with energy (seven to nine hours or more per night).

2. Eat A Nutrient-Dense Diet:
*All types of leafy green veggies and other dark green vegetables. Greens and cruciferous vegetables are known to be powerful cancer killers and some of the best vitamin C foods.
*Berries (blueberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, goji berries, camu camu and blackberries), kiwi, citrus fruits, melon, mangoes and pineapple. Orange and yellow-colored plant foods (like sweet potatoes, berries, pumpkin, squashes and other plant foods) are especially good choices since they provide carotenoids, essential nutrients for immune functioning and detoxification.
Organic meats, wild-caught fish, eggs and raw/fermented dairy products, which provide protein and nutrients like selenium, zinc and B vitamins.
*Healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, and avocados.
*Nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, chia and flax seeds.
*Complex carbohydrates, including sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, other tubers and whole-grain foods. These can help give you energy and lift serotonin levels, which are helpful for sleep and relaxation.
*Fresh herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric, raw garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper, oregano, basil, rosemary, cinnamon and parsley.
Bone broth, fresh vegetable juices, and herbal infusions which provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants

3. Drink Enough Water to Stay Hydrated.
Aside from quitting smoking and eating a healthy diet, studies suggest that enough fluid consumption seems to be important for protecting your bladder and urinary tract. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, aim to drink one to two liters of water per day to help ease bladder cancer symptoms. Have a glass of water at least every two to three hours or whenever you feel thirsty. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption, which have diuretic effects and can irritate the urinary tract

4. Reduce Nausea:
*Drink ginger tea or apply ginger essential oil over your chest or abdomen. To make your own ginger tea, cut ginger root into slices and place them into a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.
*Take a supplement containing vitamin B6.
*Make a belly-calming beverage using chamomile tea and lemon juice.
*Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub it into your neck and chest.
*Get some fresh air, open a window and take a walk outside.
*Try alternative therapies like meditation and acupuncture.
*Eat smaller meals spread throughout the day. Sit up for about an hour after eating to relieve any pressure on the stomach. Try to eat at least three hours before bed to help you digest

5. Practice Relaxation Techniques:
*Practice yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.
*Spend time outside, and try to get some sunlight exposure to boost vitamin D levels.
*Take adaptogenic herbs to support your nervous system.
*Seek out emotional support from family, friends or a support group.
*Stay hopeful by praying or joining a faith-based community.
*Unwind by using essential oils like lavender, chamomile or holy basil.
*Take an Epsom salt bath before bed to relax muscular tension.

6. Frankincense Oil:
I highly recommend using Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) oil internally or topically since research suggests it acts as a potential natural treatment for cancer. Frankincense oil is prepared from aromatic resins found naturally in Boswellia trees. The main cancer-fighting component of frankincense oil is boswellic acid, which is known to have anti-neoplastic properties.

Prognosis:
The outlook depends on a lot of variables, including the type and stage of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rates by stage are the following:

The five-year survival rate for people with stage 0 bladder cancer is around 98 percent.
The five-year survival rate for people with stage 1 bladder cancer is around 88 percent.
The five-year survival rate for people with stage 2 bladder cancer is around 63 percent.
The five-year survival rate for people with stage 3 bladder cancer is around 46 percent.
The five-year survival rate for people with stage 4 bladder cancer is around 15 percent.

There are treatments available for all stages. Also, survival rates don’t always tell the whole story and can’t predict the future.

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose.

Resources:
https://www.healthline.com/health/bladder-cancer
https://draxe.com/bladder-cancer-symptoms/