How to Get Rid of Gout Tophi Naturally

Tophi gout is that painful stage in gout where horrible-looking ‘lumps’ appear at the joints. And if left untreated they can cause some serious issues. Luckily, there are drugs that can help, but they can have side effects, and, they need to be taken regularly. But, there are natural treatment alternatives for tophi gout you should discuss with your doctor.

Tophi (tophaceous) gout is caused by the build-up of uric acid salts (monosodium urate crystals) in and around the joints affected by gout. This usually happens as a result of prolonged, frequent, and repetitive gout attacks arising from elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream.

They are normally seen as chalky-colored, bulging lumps under the skin at the joint(s) affected. And although by far the most common joint for gout is the big toe, tophi can appear in almost any joint. They can also be seen at the ear ridges.

Apart from the fact that they are horrible and unsightly, untreated tophi can eventually lead to serious complications such as permanently damage to joints and surrounding tissue. They can also become ulcerated and septic, so septicemia is a possibility that would need urgent medical attention.

Since tophi is caused by continuously elevated uric acid levels, the key is to reduce those levels and keep them at a level that prevents tophi forming. Of course, this also means that recurring gout attacks are prevented.

There are various drugs available (such as allopurinol) that can help to lower and maintain uric acid at healthier levels. And they seem to work pretty well. But, they are only effective whilst being taken. Once they are stopped there is nothing to prevent uric acid levels rising again. Which is why many sufferers end up taking them for years on end. And, unfortunately, they do have some nasty side effects for many people.

Which is why more and more people are turning to more natural alternatives to get rid of tophi gout. There are many natural remedies that can help to neutralize and lower uric acid levels. There are also remedies that have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Typical are herbs such as alfalfa, burdoch and buchu. Also things like natural kidney cleanses.

But underpinning the whole natural approach is your diet. Since uric acid is actually produced by the breakdown of purines in our bodies and food, gout sufferers, and especially those with tophi gout, need to go on a low-purine diet. Otherwise you are just producing more and more uric acid which your kidneys can’t process and excrete efficiently enough.

Dietary information is too detailed to go into here but, generally speaking, gout victims need to avoid high-purine foods within the following groups; red meats, gravy, meat extracts, poultry, fish, shellfish, vegetables, etc. plus, yeast products and alcohol.

Fortnite, chocolate among treats kids give up for Lent

For students at the province’s only Ukrainian bilingual school, Easter is a big deal – bigger than most other holidays and certainly more involved, with preparations starting forty days prior.

Cultural traditions are of upmost importance for staff and students at Bishop Filevich in Saskatoon.

“We’re very fortunate to have the bilingual program here with the Byzantine faith that’s practiced. We try to focus on that because we know that the commercial aspects are important for everybody, each to their own, but we try to focus on that religious aspect,” Grade 8 teacher Stacia Horbay Ugalde tells CTV News.

Grade 2 student Eli Olenick’s class is preparing Easter songs about the items that go into an Easter basket. Those baskets will be blessed before eating this weekend. The song talks about paska and babka, Easter bread, cheese, butter and sausage.

Most Ukrainians typically fast in some way for the 40-day Lenten season and that’s the case for students who are encouraged to give something up for Lent, which symbolizes the sacrifice that Jesus made in dying on the Cross.

Many kids abstain from snacks like chocolate while some restrict their popular activities, Ugalde said.

“A big thing for kids especially around this age is that Fortnite or video games, computer, tablet time is a big thing that parents do encourage their children to give up.”

Each class at Bishop Filevich makes traditional Easter bread or paska, the tops adorned with special designs that represent Easter themes. Parents and grandparents come out to help bake the bread once the students have created their designs.

The 170 students also get a crack at designing Ukrainian Easter Eggs or Pysanky. Almost all grades use raw eggs. They heat up beeswax with a candle and apply it to the eggs using carefully thought out religious or cultural designs. The process is repeated and eggs are dipped into various dyes. To complete the egg, the wax is melted off and the egg shined up.

About half of the students at the school are new Canadians while the other half are Canadian-born.

Tender coconut, raw mango chutney… how docs in fray beat the heat

At a time when candidates and party workers involved in electioneering are braving blistering summer across India, and temperature even crossing 40 degrees Celsius here in some districts of Bengal, DNA spoke to five doctors who are in the fray, representing different political parties for some expert tips and sharing their secrets of beating the heat as they spend most of the day outdoors.

“I wash my face with cold water at regular intervals, drink plenty of water and lots of green (tender) coconut,” says Dr Manas Bhunia, TMC candidate from Midnapore, adding for him “campaigning in the heat is nothing new”.

Asked about his diet plans to beat the heat, the 67-year-old medical practitioner told DNA that he goes for a light meal. “I have a flatbread in the morning, vegetable soup and salad. I also drink black tea at regular intervals,” he added.

Another sitting MP and TMC candidate from Barasat is Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. This 59-year-old is seen matching footsteps with party workers with élan. “When work demands us to do things not so healthy, there are also techniques by which you can fight back, like using sunglasses/umbrella, avoiding direct sun and replenishing your fluid loss from body. That is what I’m doing,” she told DNA.

Dastidar said she carried water and puffed rice, and her meals comprise rice and light fish curry. “One essential element in my meals pack is raw mango chutney,” she said adding it helps beat the heat. “There is no restriction on non-veg, but I am too old for spicy food,” she quipped.

Dr Subhas Sarkar, who had been the BJP candidate from Bankura in 2014 too, said during that time he was used to carrying Nakul dana (flour-sugar balls) and water with him during campaign. “I’ve used it plenty last time…avoiding it because of the way TMC strongman in Birbhum Anubrata Mondal politicised it.”

This time he has stuck to water and ‘batasha’ (hollow sugar cake) and salt. “Residents feed me while on campaign. I eat simple homemade food comprising lentil, rice and a slice of lime. For these days I am trying to have vegetarian dishes which are easy to digest. I eat curd if possible. Raw mango chutney is good for health but I don’t intend to tell people to prepare it and cause inconvenience but there are people who give me raw mango sherbet which also helps you keep cool,” Sarkar said.

CPM candidates Dr Rezaul Karim from Birbhum and Dr Fuad Halim from Diamond Harbour believe the body gets acclimatised with the heat.

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Raw tuna recalled after several reports of Salmonella, including cases in Washington

Image of tuna sushi from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Four people in Washington have been sickened by a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to frozen, ground raw tuna, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

Jensen Tuna issued the recall of the tuna on Monday. It was for individually packaged tuna in one-pound bags. They were sold to stores and restaurants in 20-pound boxes under lot numbers z266, z271, and z272.

The CDC says people who order sushi with raw tuna – including “spicy tuna” – should ask if it is made from Jensen Tuna.

The CDC says if you aren’t sure if the tuna is under the recall, don’t eat it.

Jensen Tuna sent the tuna to distributors in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Washington, but officials say the recalled product might have been redistributed to other states.

The four ill people include residents of Grays Harbor (1), King (2) and Spokane (1) counties. All have recovered and none were hospitalized, according to DOH officials.

In January and February, state and local health officials and the Washington State Department of Agriculture gathered information about the illnesses and products eaten. Federal partners used laboratory information to link Washington cases to cases in other states. They also worked to pinpoint the source of the tuna. On April 15, 2019, Jensen Tuna Inc. recalled the product that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.

Though the most recent case in this outbreak happened in January, public health officials in Washington are reminding the public of the risks from eating raw or under cooked fish and shellfish. This includes food containing raw or under cooked seafood such as sushi, sashimi and ceviche. These foods are especially risky for certain groups of people (older adults, children, pregnant women and the immunocompromised).

Symptoms of Salmonella can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal. Infants, young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.

Glycerine – Industrial Applications and Facts

Glycerine is commonly called glycerol or glycerin. It is a sweet-tasting alcohol that is colorless and odorless. It becomes a gummy paste when frozen, although freezing it can only be achieved at very low temperatures. It melts at 18 degrees Celsius and boils at 290 degrees Celsius. Its chemical formula is C3H8O3. It is miscible in water and alcohol. However, it does not mix with oil. It is an excellent solvent. In fact, there are substances that dissolve better in glycerol than in water or alcohol.

The compound absorbs water from the air. This is why it is known as a hygroscopic substance. Suppose you leave a container of pure glycerine or glycerol in open air, it will become diluted as it attracts water molecules. According to a speculation, a drop of this liquid in the tongue can raise a blister because it would draw out water from deep into the tongue tissue. But this remains a clever speculation.

The sweet-tasting alcohol is found in many skin moisturizing lotions and creams because of the water-retaining and water-absorbing capacity. Thus, it softens and smoothens the skin. It is believed, however, that this substance has other beneficial properties aside from simply moisturizing and attracting water molecules.

The compound originates from fats and oils. In fact, molecules of fat contain glycerol. One way to extract it from fats or oils is through saponification – a chemical reaction involving a fat and an alkali. This chemical reaction produces soap. Soap-making is a common source of this trihydric alcohol under discussion.

Extraction of glycerine from soap-making only began in 1889. Before this time, people did not know how to recover the compound. The only way to produce the compound is through candle-making using animal fats. In the year mentioned, an effective way to isolate glycerol from soap was at last discovered and later utilized. During this time and a few decades after, much of the compound went to production of nitroglycerin – a compound derived from glycerol used to make dynamites and explosives. During World War II, soap industry was not able to suffice the huge demands for the chemical. Hence, synthetic production was implemented.

The production, separation and purification of glycerol involve a tedious process. When lye (sodium hydroxide) reacts with fat, soap is produced but is in mixture with glycerin. Homemade soap does not run through intricate procedure, thus, the soap mixture contains all the glycerol that results from the reaction. Commercial soap-makers, however removes the compound from the mixture by adding salt. Salt curdles the soap, which is seen to float on top of the mixture. The floating soap is then scooped out or skimmed. This leaves the organic chemical with some impurities such as partially dissolved soap and extra salt. The trihydric chemical is then finally taken out of the mixture through distillation. It does not end here because further impurities are removed by passing the chemical into a charcoal filter or using bleaching techniques. The final product is a highly concentrated and colorless glycerin.

History has seen the making of the compound into explosives. However, it is never explosive in itself. It has to be changed into nitroglycerin first before it becomes explosive. Furthermore, nitroglycerin is not only used in explosives but is found as a medication for heart disease.

The compound has many uses. It is a preservative for fruits and food products. Lotions and creams contain this chemical as an emulsifying and moisturizing agent. In hydraulic jacks it serves as antifreeze. The antiseptic qualities of this chemical make it valuable in biological laboratories such as to preserve specimens in jars. Moisturizing soaps contain the compound. These soaps are usually clear and are easy to make.

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How Diet And Lifestyle Can Reduce The Lower Back Risk

Lower back pain can be as a result of accidents and falls. But usually, the pain and issues attacking the lower back are from everyday activities that are done incorrectly. When you twist reaching for something or sit in the same position working on your computer for hours or even carry heavy things you could end up with lower back pain. Apart from the activities, what you eat may be contributing to the pain because there are foods that increase inflammation. Inflammation is one of the major causes of lower back pain so you may need to check your diet as well.

With this in mind, it is clear that you can easily reduce lower back risk by being more diet alert and making a few lifestyle changes. The dietary and lifestyle changes do not only reduce the risks but can also help in alleviating pain that already exists. It is always better to find natural ways of dealing with health issues before turning to medications to enjoy the relief.

Diet

Fresh vegetables and fruits make some of the best diet remedies to reduce risks of lower back pain. Deeply colored vegetables and fruits are especially good anti-inflammatory food and can include cherries, beets, carrots, watermelon, sweet potatoes and berries, kale, broccoli and spinach. They are nutrient loaded and will reduce the pain. You can also consider spices and herbs like garlic, oregano, turmeric, rosemary, ginger, basil and cinnamon as they are rich in anti-inflammatory agents.

Plan a based diet that includes chia and flax seeds is also very good. You can combine with omega-3 from fish like sardines, tuna, herring and salmon among others. Other foods you should include in your diet to beat the pain are pecans, almonds, lean proteins and avocados.

Calcium and Vitamin D are also very important in reducing the risks of the lower back. This is because they maintain bone mass, but they should also be taken in moderation. Natural food sources of calcium include cheese, yoghurt and milk and leafy green vegetables.

Lifestyle

When it comes to lifestyle changes that can help you reduce lower back risks, there is so much you can do. Some of the easiest changes include:

• Modifying daily activities so they do not include heavy lifting

• Improving your posture, especially when sitting on your computer for long periods

• Creating an exercise program that is easy to follow

• Managing weight and losing the excess pounds so you do not end up straining the back too much

• Sleeping sideways to keep stress off your back or using supportive pillows where necessary

• Keeping stress levels down to avoid muscle tension that contributes to the pain

• Quitting smoking as it raises risks of persistent back pain, heart disease and even cancer

If you observe the right diet and make necessary changes to your everyday life, you will be sure to see tremendous changes with your back health. If the changes do not yield the expected results and the pain gets worse or persistent, then it could be time to see a doctor.

Watching your diet and keeping up with an active lifestyle is one of the best ways of keeping health issues at bay. Always try natural remedies before turning to medication.

Energy Bar Market 2019 Production Growth And Share By Manufacturers Forecast Till 2023 – Industry Reports

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The Middle East & Africa energy bar market is expected to reach USD 57.5 million by 2023 at a CAGR of 7.3%, during the forecast period 2018-2023.

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The Middle East & Africa energy bar volume sale surpassed 1.9 million Kg in 2017 with Egypt and UAE the largest market.

Energy and nutrition bar continued its growth during the forecast period. Energy bar market includes sports nutrition bars and snack bars designated to meet both daily and sports nutrition needs. International flux and large expatriate population, high GDP per capita, rising number of health conscious and meal replacement trend are various factors fueled the Energy Bar market growth. Economic downturn in countries, such as Saudi Arabia affected the consumer purchasing behavior and increase of price level.

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Change in snack consumption pattern with consumers demanding for healthier products is expected to continue. Rising obesity and diabetic population in the region is another factor triggered the demand for healthy snacking. The annual snack bar sales in the Middle East & Africa crossed 12.8 million Kg in 2016, which is growing at a faster rate. Expanding supermarket/hypermarkets in the region driven impulse buying behavior of consumers offering discounts and multiple varieties.

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How to Create an Effective Roommate Profile

Before posting a roommate needed listing on a totally free roommate service, establish your ideal list of things you want and don’t want in a roommate. It’s easy enough to find people nearby with a free person finder, but sharing housing involves much more than signing free roommate agreements and dividing living expenses. To insure the arrangement is as comfortable as possible for everyone, it’s best to evaluate your options realistically even before you consider interviewing potential roommates, let along having someone move in with you.

Make a list

To clarify what qualities you want before posting a roommate needed listing, take the time to write out a list. Putting pen to paper forces you to think in depth and work out your priorities.

When putting together the list, consider the following :

Gender – Decide whether or not this is an issue for you. Realistically consider if you are comfortable with a roommate of the opposite sex or if you prefer to share housing with someone of your own gender. Whatever your feelings on this issue, it really is the most basic roommate quality you should be clear on before proceeding.

Personal habits – This may sound like a pretty small matter, but more than a few living arrangements have self-destructed over such mundane things as cleaning habits, sleep schedules or vague housemate rules.

Be honest about your own habits. Are you a neat freak or is your definition of clean hard to pin down? Are you an early riser or does your day begin when the sun goes down? Are you comfortable sharing possessions and food or is your stuff yours alone? At this point, think not only of what you want in roomie, but what type of person would feel so comfortable with your personal habits that you could agree upon a list of housemate rules?

Personality – While a free person finder may contain multiple profiles of people with “a great sense of humor”, there is more to consider. You don’t have to be best friends with a roommate, but think about the type of temperament you are most comfortable being around.

Check it twice

While working up a list is important, look it over one last time before making a roommate needed listing or interviewing potential roommates. You want to make sure your list describes the roomie you want, but is not so rigid that it excludes someone who could be a good fit.

It is not necessary to include every item from a completed list in your roommate needed posting. Instead, use it as a guideline for you ad and again when you are ready to begin interviewing potential roommates.