Article On Chronic Pain After Hernia Repair

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informationredThe hernia expert explains that, while the recent article outlines clinical solutions that have worked in certain cases, more must be done to develop new treatments for all patients suffering from post-surgical complications.

According to an article published July 9 by General Surgery News, much of the discussion that took place at the recent World Hernia Conference in Milan was centered around the issue of chronic pain in patients who have had an inguinal hernia repair. The article notes that there is no clear trend that points to a single method of hernia repair that would lead to a decrease in long-term chronic pain. While many specific studies and anecdotal pieces of evidence were presented at the conference , hernia specialist Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center reminds that more research still needs to be done, particularly in the area of new hernia mesh solutions, in order to minimize hernia repair problems such as chronic pain or bleeding after hernia repair surgery.

Dr. Towfigh notes that part of the difficulty in determining which methods are more effective is due to the fact that different methods of repair are better suited to different patients. She specifically highlights the section in the article that discusses the need to identify which patient types would be more susceptible to mesh related complications. It is this two pronged approach of detecting which patient types will respond poorly to mesh, in addition to developing new mesh technologies, that is likely to best minimize future complications, she says.

The article highlights a case of a surgeon who specialized in the explanation of hernia mesh for patients whose mesh was causing them chronic pain after their surgery. Overall, patients experienced a decrease in chronic pain after mesh explanation, but still around one third of those patients only experienced minor relief or no relief at all.

Dr. Towfigh explains that she is currently working on a clinical trial with a new mesh technology which is completely resorbable, meaning that it is designed to safely break down and be absorbed into the body after its purpose is served. If successful, this new type of mesh has the potential to provide the same effect as a mesh explanation, but without the need for an additional surgery that could risk further complications.

As an expert surgeon and diagnostician of hernias in men and women, Dr. Shirin Towfigh aims to continually educate her patients and peers about new advances and methods in the treatment of hernias in all types of patients. Female hernia sufferers in particular know Dr. Towfigh as a top choice for whatever degree of hernia treatment they may need. Anyone interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Towfigh at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center can call them at 310-693-6096 or visit them online at

Aging And Chronic Pain: How To Start Fighting Back Early

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By Dr. Joseph Christiano

seniorexerciseFor most people, just the thought of aging can cause them to cringe. But throw in the topic of ‘chronic pain’ with ‘aging’ and you have an instant nightmare. So, why does aging and chronic pain cause us to cringe? You may say, isn’t it obvious?

Perhaps when we see our parents and/or grandparents walking bent over, using canes or walkers and making ‘old people’ sounds, we get glimpses of the obvious. But are we all doomed from the get-go or is there hope for a positive pain-free life ahead of you and me?

Curses and Blessings

In all reality the truth is, there is an epidemic of people living or better yet, suffering from chronic pain. When we understand that there are over 116,000,000 people in America alone who suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis it can easily cause a doom and gloom mental attitude regarding aging. Ask any person born between 1946 and 1964 about aging and chronic pain and you will hear many similar responses.

Chronic pain can start from an inherited genetic disorder or from a physical trauma i.e. an auto accident, sports injury or an acute painful condition from our childhood that never went away. There is no denying these painful realities but we can make decisions today that can transcend a painful life into a healthy and pain-free life for tomorrow.

Once the decision is made to be open-minded and willing to incorporate new and efficacious daily practices into our lives, we can begin to minimize and even reverse our current level of pain or chronic pain. By elevating our overall physiology through various simple steps, we can change the direction our bodies are heading so to minimize or eliminate chronic pain.

Simple Steps

From my book, “Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain,” I outline eight steps for a healthier and pain-free life. Keep in mind, much of my information comes from my own personal journey struggling with chronic pain for over 30 years. And when combined with the research and discoveries that most people are unaware of, it is not all that difficult to put an end to chronic pain.

When one develops a strong and resilient body, he or she can prevent the possible conditions that a weakened body experiences i.e. slow recovery from a trauma, a fall, sickness or disease, a weakened immune system that induces autoimmune conditions like Rheumatic Arthritis, etc.

HealthIf one would alter the foods they ingest daily and start making food selections based on their blood type, they would immediately lose excess body fat, go through a natural detox, and build a powerful pH balance in their cells. Making food selections for one’s blood type enhances energy levels, lowers cholesterol level, detoxifies the body to improve pH level or homeostasis, reach their ideal weight for life, etc.

By doing a colon detox, the body is able to rid itself of parasites and impact fecal matter that is cause numerous poor health issues. Many times, arthritic-like pain or joint pain comes from a colon that is constipated and putrefied. To complete nutritional demands, I strongly recommend that one supplements their diet with nutritional supplementations. Through advanced nutrition, we now have the ability to target specific areas i.e. glands and organs of the body with adult stem cell activators. So, one can reverse the damaged and or malfunctioning organ like the pancreas, liver, kidneys, adrenal, heart, pituitary, and more.

Aside from physical changes, when someone in pain switches their negative attitude to a positive one, they’re able to accomplish more from a neuromuscular perspective. Having a good mental attitude and being willing to change what is done on a daily basis, will help make great long-term, healthy changes.

The bottom line to dealing with chronic pain and aging is to start making healthy lifestyle changes, now. Moving you will have developed a healthy baseline that will support your life and help sustain a strong healthy and resilient body for whatever the future has to throw at you.

– Dr. Joseph Christiano ND, CNC, doctor of naturopathy and certified nutritional counselor, has spent more than 40 years leading an accomplished career in the field of health and wellness. He is president of Body Redesigning, has trained Miss America, Miss USA and Mrs. America pageant winners, and is a former Mr. Florida winner and an award-winner in the Mr. America bodybuilding championships. As the author of several books, including the best seller Bloodtypes, Body Types, and You, and his newest book, Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain Christiano has been featured in magazines such as Woman’s World, Women’s Health and Fitness, Central Florida, Iron Man, Pageantry, New Man and more, promoting the importance of living a healthy and pain-free life.

Tips From A Mom On Living Life To The Fullest With A Chronic Illness

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By Teri E

sunAs the summer approaches, it’s easy for busy moms to place their health needs second to work commitments and family activities. I recently learned that the average mom only gets 5.5 hours of free time each week – that’s equivalent to only 47 minutes per day! If you are like me, living with a chronic illness, or if you have any other health issue, it might be harder to “do it all.” It’s especially important for all women to take time for themselves and pay careful attention to their own health needs.

I’m a mom, a wife and a full-time school psychologist, but I also live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves, causing reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. Common symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impaired mobility. Not every person living with MS feels the same symptoms or has the same experiences – the disease is unique to each individual.

Since being diagnosed with MS in 1999, I’ve learned when to ask for help while balancing work, family and MS symptoms. Down time is important for everyone, especially when you’re a busy mom living with an unpredictable disease like MS. I have learned to set goals for myself to keep on track. Right now my goal is to keep up with my growing son and make sure I’m there to tuck him in at night. When living with a chronic disease, finding the right treatment plan is an important step toward living your best life – and that plan is different for everyone. For a long time after my diagnosis, I was only on one treatment to help manage my MS, and it didn’t end up working for me. I worked closely with my doctor to determine the best treatment plan and I am now on once-daily oral AUBAGIO. Taking that proactive step for myself has helped me manage my MS and balance the other aspects of my busy life with more confidence!

Here are a few quick tips to balance a busy life with a chronic disease…

1. It’s OK to say “no” to certain things, in order to say “yes” to things that matter, like spending time with family

2. Your house doesn’t have to be perfect – it’s ok to ask for help when you need it

3. Make time for yourself – a short walk in the neighborhood or a cup of tea is all it takes to recharge

4. Trust in yourself and what your body is telling you – take it slow if you need to, but realize that you are stronger than you may think

5. Prioritize the things in your life that are important to you

6. Maintain open communication with loved ones, including children, about how you are feeling

7. Don’t be shy to share responsibilities and call on others for help – your family, friends and healthcare providers are there for support

Chronic Pain In Kids Up 831%. Whassup with that? – Part 2

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By Kac Young PhD, N.D., DCH

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

kidsunningtogetherFor some kids, feelings of stress, frustration, helplessness, hurt, or anger can be overwhelming. And without a way to express or release the feelings, a kid may feel like a volcano ready to erupt — or at least let off steam.

The poll also revealed important news for parents. 75% of the kids surveyed said they want and need their parents’ help in times of trouble. When they’re stressed, they’d like their parents to talk with them, help them solve the problem, try to cheer them up, or just spend time together. (2)

Talk with your kids. Notice when something is bothering them. Ask them questions with concern and no judgment. Listen with compassion. Encourage them to freely express themselves. Be patient as they find the words and always be a safe harbor for their feelings. Offer to help but don’t try to “fix” anything for them unless they ask. It helps to give them the benefit of the doubt. Remember, they are growing and learning how to function in the world every day.

If your kids are ending up in the ER with pains chances are there’s something wrong with how they are eating, too. Healthy bodies are generally free from chronic pain. To keep them healthy be sure you feed them healthy foods. Make sure they have plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber. Teach kids how to cook with soy, rice and almond cheeses. Dump the high saturated fat cheeses and use alternatives that taste great and melt well. Reduce sugar and salt in their diets. Sugar causes spikes in their metabolisms and can lead to diabetes and obesity. Salt increases blood pressure and can lead to dehydration. Skip the soda pop and the sugary fountain drinks. Teach them to moderate their intake of high-sugar products and supply them with more energy from foods packed with nutrition and not preservatives.

Make your pizzas at home using a whole wheat crust, alternative cheese and plenty of vegetables. Lose the cheeseburger and have veggie burgers instead. Reduce salt in everything you cook and avoid fast food restaurants where salt is king.

You can take the stress off your kids by helping them consume farm to table fresh foods. Make sure they get plenty of exercise, drink water instead of sodas and let them participate in preparing wholesome family meals. Ask for ideas and input. Kids are creative and they follow examples better than they follow instructions. If you keep their participation in the kitchen fun and positive, you will help keep them out of the ER. You can get more healthy recipes kids will enjoy at:


(1) Thomas A. Coffelt, MD, from the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and colleagues analyzed the de-identified records of 3752 pediatric patients up to 18 years old who were admitted for chronic pain between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2010.


Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy cook book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.

Chronic Pain In Kids Up 831%. Whassup with that? – Part 1

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By Kac Young PhD, N.D., DCH

twokidsunThe number of pediatric patients admitted to US hospitals with chronic pain diagnoses increased by 831% from 2004 to 2010. The average patient was a white girl about 14 years old with headaches, abdominal and musculoskeletal pain, and depression and anxiety, according to a study published online July 1 in Pediatrics.

Only 235 of the 3752 patients were aged 0 to 7 years. Girls outnumbered boys by 2.41 to 1, and whites accounted for 79% of the study population. Of all patients, 65% had gastrointestinal diagnoses, 44% had psychiatric diagnoses, and 9.9% had a coded medication adverse effect, overdose, or substance abuse. (1)

What’s happening to our children? And, more importantly, what can we do about it?

Did you know that our kids are under more stress than ever before. Their systems are constantly being bombarded from all sides. Here are just some of the stress triggers kids are experiencing:

• being bullied or exposed to violence or injury – online, via social networks as well as at school or sports and social functions.

• emotional stress, family conflicts, or the heavy feelings that can accompany a broken heart or the death of a loved one

• ongoing troubles with schoolwork related to a learning disability or other problems, such as ADHD, learning anxiety, and performance pressure to excel,

• crammed schedules, not having enough time to rest and relax, and always being on the go

• electronic leashes such as cell phones, social applications and never getting a break from “constant contact.”

Here’s how kid’s ranked stressors: grades, school, and homework (36%); family (32%); and friends, peers, gossip, and teasing (21%).

About 25% of the kids surveyed said that when they are upset, they take it out on themselves, either by banging their heads against something, hitting or biting themselves, or doing something else to hurt themselves. These kids also were more likely to have other unhealthy coping strategies, such as eating, losing their tempers, and keeping problems to themselves.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..


(1) Thomas A. Coffelt, MD, from the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and colleagues analyzed the de-identified records of 3752 pediatric patients up to 18 years old who were admitted for chronic pain between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2010.


Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy cook book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.

Understanding Chronic Sleep Disturbance

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By Stefanie Gomez

sleepYou can feel it when it happens and when you begin to wake up after a night of restless sleep. It’s hard to get out of bed when your body is telling you that it hasn’t had enough sleep to be alert, energetic or ready for the day. You can hit that snooze alarm a few times before you get up, and when you do get moving you don’t feel quite right. Thankfully for most of us this is a pretty rare occurrence but for some, chronic sleep disturbance is an every day ordeal with a variety of negative health and emotional consequences.

The first step is to identify whether you meet the criteria for a chronic sleep disorder. In an article by Health Central titled “How Do You Know If You Have a Sleep Disorder” – Allen Blaivas, M.D., goes through an inventory of questions patients should ask themselves in order to identify the frequency and causes of the problem. There are also a variety of sleep disorder inventories or surveys that a medical professional can administer to identify the presence of a formal chronic sleep disturbance, and identify some of the stressors or causes.

The Impact of Bad Sleep

There are a variety of health implications for people who experience a poor quality of sleep, and long term deprivation can have a tremendous impact on performance, mood, weight and other health aspects. According to Dr. Susan Redline, a sleep specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston) “Sleep deficiency can affect mood and the ability to make memories and learn, but it also affects metabolism, appetite, blood pressure, levels of inflammation in the body and perhaps even the immune response.”

ABC News reported on the topic in 2012 with their investigative report “5 Health Hazards Linked to Lack of Sleep” which outlined the specific known emotional and physical health consequences of sleep deprivation. The article reported on a recent study of 5,600 participants which was presented at the 26th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston.

bellymeasurementsmallThe report found conclusive evidence of:

• Increased obesity

• Increased hypertension and risk for heart attack and stroke

• Increased diabetes risk (carbohydrate rich diet)

• Depression and Anxiety (reduced serotonin)

The Causes

Chronic sleep disturbances can be caused by lifestyle factors or existing health issues including back and neck pain or sleep apnea. It can be frequently sourced back to obesity, which puts an added strain on the body creating neck, leg and lower back pain. Sleep apnea is also more common with individuals who are over weight

Frequently the quality of the bed and pillows can be blamed for bad sleep. Back and neck pain can be aggravated and worsened by pillows that do not provide adequate lumbar support. Talk to a sleep specialist to evaluate your preferred sleeping position and the appropriate pillow for you.

How to Improve Your Sleep

Before consulting a physician you can explore some common suggestions that might help you restore your quality rest. Sometimes it is a matter of making a few small changes to your diet or sleep routine in order to resolve the issue.• Avoid eating at least two hours before bed. An active digestion will make it difficult to sleep.

• Unplug electronics, laptops, mobile phones and other devices and do not bring them into the bedroom. You may be tempted to check messages rather than relaxing and focusing on getting a good night of rest.

• Put a “worry book” beside your bed and write down your concerns, check lists or other items that are keeping you from getting to sleep. Writing them on paper will help you remove the worry and get back to sleep.

• Seek medical advice if sleep problems persist for more than two weeks.

– Stefanie Gomez is associated with Essentia, manufacturers of the world’s only natural memory-foam mattresses. She understands the importance about green/Healthy living hence she generally blogs about eco-friendly lifestyle, health/wellness, healthy and sustainable living options. She is also passionate about reading, photography, cooking, gadgets and yoga.

Omega-3 Fats Can Prevent Heart And Chronic Diseases

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By Irina Carter

omega3Omega-3 fatty acids forms part of the essential fatty acids that we need in our diet. They help the body system to work more efficiently and normally. Omega-3 fatty acids are not readily available in the body and the main source that we can have it is to consume the same from food sources in our diet. The two most important omega-3 fatty acids namely EPA and DHA are primarily available from fishes. There are also plants that naturally contain omega-3 fatty acids like flax where the fatty acids are converted into DHA and EPA when consumed in the body. Other sources of omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, halibut, tune, algae, krill and nut oils.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and heart diseases

According to the American Heart Association, omega-3 fatty acids are important in our diet because they are valuable sources of fatty acids that can prevent the risk of heart disease. Eating fishes containing high in omega-3 fatty acids like mackerel, sardines, salmon, albacore tuna, lake trout and herring twice a week could help prevent heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are also known to promote good cholesterol in the body. People who have good cholesterol levels are known to be fond of eating fish with omega-3 fatty acids. Fats in the blood known as triglycerides are decreased with omega-3 intake. Walnuts are found to be good sources of omega-3 fatty acids as it contains alpha linolenic acid that is readily converted to omega-3.

The body’s blood pressure is also seen to have a favorable response to omega-3 fatty acids. Blood pressure is lower in people with high omega-3 diet. Hypertension

According to the American Heart Association, omega-3 fatty acids are important in our diet because they are valuable sources of fatty acids that can prevent the risk of heart disease.

is prevented in patients who are taking fish oil supplements and those taking at least 3 grams of fish oil daily. Omega-3 fatty acids have been the subject of clinical research and its effectiveness in treating and preventing cardiovascular diseases has been established. The recommended diet among patients with heart disease should consist of low saturated fats and high in monounsaturated and polysaturated fats like the omega-3 fatty acids.

The essential omega-3 fatty acids namely EPA and DHA are important in reducing the risk factors for high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Fish oil supplements are recommended as prevention against high triglycerides or fats in the blood. It can help regulate the rhythm of the heart among those who had previous heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are also known to prevent atherosclerosis where hardening of the arteries occurs that could lead to plaques, blood clots, stroke and heart attack. People taking fish oil supplements are warned against taking higher doses as it could potentially increase the risk of bleeding. Eating more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids daily could also lead to hemorrhagic stroke which is known for its fatality where arteries in the brain ruptures. It is important to take fish oil at the recommended dosage by a doctor or those indicated on the package label. Over dosage of omega-3 fatty acids in one’s diet can be potentially dangerous hence its use must be taken moderately as a health supplement and preventive diet against heart diseases.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and chronic diseases

Researches also show that omega-3 fatty acids can also be useful in preventing other chronic diseases. It is known to be capable of reducing instances of inflammation in the body. Aside from its health benefits against heart disease, omega 3 can also be a useful preventive measure against cancers and arthritis. Its high concentration in the brain is known to improve cognitive functions like improving brain memory and performance. It can also affect behavioral function. Omega 3 fatty acids also play an important role in preventing visual problems and nerve dysfunction that usually occur among pregnant women. The lack of omega 3 fatty acids in the diet could make a person easily feel tired or fatigued and may result to a poor memory and cognitive function. Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency could also result in mood changes, depression and even poor blood circulation in the body.

Diabetics have high triglycerides with low good cholesterol level. Taking Omega 3 in their diet could improve their triglycerides level and helps them obtain a healthy cholesterol level. However, type 2 diabetics are known to experience high blood sugar when taking fish oil therefore caution should be observed before taking fish oil and must be seen by a doctor first.

Omega 3 fatty acids can also improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease. It is known to reduce the inflammatory response of the body in arthritis and helps relieve joint inflammation and morning stiffness. The health benefit of omega 3 in arthritis is mainly for treating the symptoms of arthritis but it could not help in preventing the progression of the disease such as damage to the joints. Omega 3 fatty acids can also help in relieving the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Other health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids extends to help relieve the symptoms of other chronic diseases like osteoporosis, Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, inflammatory bowel disease, menstrual pain, macular degeneration, some forms of cancers especially colon, breast and prostate cancers.

– Irina Carter is the author of the site: where you can get a valuable run-down about ways of men’s problems and its medications. She loves writing about men’s health, supplements, nutrition, fitness and beauty.