All You Need To Know About Transplant Surgery

Organ transplant surgery includes removal of the diseased organ from the body and replacing it with a healthy one. This is a life saving procedure that gives the recipient a new lease of life. Organ transplant is a major surgery and has its own risks and drawbacks. The most common transplants that are performed are kidneys, pancreas, liver, heart, lung and intestine. Depending on the organ needed, they are matched using several characteristics such as the size of the organ needed and the blood type of the patient etc.

Availability of organ donors

Organ transplant surgeries are generally dependent on the availability of donors. Generally, a donor could be a living person such as your friends and family or a diseased person whose organs are working just fine. The living donor's blood is tested to check whether it is compatible with the recipient.

Lifestyle changes are crucial

Organ transplant candidates need to make some substantial lifestyle changes. This essentially means that they need to stop smoking, alcohol and might also require reducing substantial weight.

Questions to ask your doctor about your transplant

Organ transplant is one of the major decisions of your life. It is obvious that you might have a number of questions in your mind. Make sure that you ask your doctor about the risks of the transplant, the success rates of the transplant and the survival rates of the patients after the surgery. It is also important to ask how long your hospital stay will be etc.

Things to remember after the transplant

Most patients feel better immediately after the transplant and can enjoy a significantly improved life. There is a possibility that the immune system of your body might reject the new organ. In order to prevent this, your doctor will prescribe immunosuppressant (anti-rejection) drugs. These drugs need to be taken as recommended by the doctor or the surgery will not sustain and your body might not function well with the newly transplanted organ. It is important to carefully observe the symptoms of rejection and contact your doctor as soon as you observe any changes. Your doctor will make adjustments to your anti-rejection regimen. It is hence of utmost importance that you keep all your doctor's appointments and take all your prescribed medications regularly. The rejection can be reversed if the doctor is able to detect the early signs of rejection. During the first few months after a transplant keep in constant touch with your doctor and ensure that you follow all the instructions religiously. Monitor your blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and all the recommended health screenings to ensure that your new organ is accepted by the body.

To sum it up

Overall, it is highly essential that you understand the procedure that you are undergoing, the risks involved and the post operative care that you need to take. Talk to your doctor and ensure that you follow all the recommendations and prescriptions so that the body accepts the new organ.


In an emergency, your life depends on getting to the nearest hospital. But when you have an option to plan ahead, selecting the right hospital for your treatment makes all the difference. It not only gives you the confidence that you are in good hands, but also makes your stay at the hospital worth it. The best hospitals have the best of everything. They have the right doctors on board, the best support staff, the best in class medical equipment and infrastructure. If you are selecting a hospital for your treatment, here are a few tips on how to select the best hospital:

Check out hospital ratings

Ratings are a good place to start your research. Well, even if there aren't too many hospitals in your area to compare, ratings give you a fair idea about the services you can expect to receive. Hospitals are generally rated using the following factors:

· Patient experiences - patient experiences with the doctor, the support staff and other hospital members does matter. Patient's opinion about the cleanliness of the hospital and its maintenance also affects hospital ratings.

· Patient outcomes - patient outcomes are an important factor in rating hospitals. The number of times a patient had to be re-admitted for the same ailment etc. makes a difference in hospital ratings.

· Hospital practices and Safety scores play a major role in influencing the rating of a hospital.

So, ratings are not just some random numbers, they could be of great help when you wish to select a hospital for your treatment.

Talk to previous patients

It is a good idea to get feedback from patients regarding the hospital. They will be able to give you accurate information of how the rooms were kept and how friendly or unfriendly the nurses were and how expertly the doctor completed the treatment. Talk to someone who has experienced it first hand and you will get a better idea of which hospital to select.

Check out doctor's profiles

In fact check this before you check anything else. It is important to check out the doctors onboard before you finalize a hospital. If you are looking for a heart surgery, check out the heart surgeons working at that hospital either fulltime or on a per visit basis. It is a good idea to get acquainted with the doctors treating you.

Hospital specialty

Finally, decide whether you wish to select a specialty hospital or a multispecialty hospital. Specialty hospitals provide services for just one type of treatment such as 'Heart Hospital'. Multispecialty hospitals have the ability to treat a varied type of ailments.

Finally, make sure that you shortlist a few hospitals in your area and actually visit them. Talk to the staff and check out the rooms. You can also check out their websites or social media pages to get more information. The testimonials written by the patients are important too. Check them out before you decide! Take all the points into consideration and then select the best hospital for your treatment.

Kokilaben Hospital is the Best hospital in Mumbai with the full time specialist system which ensures the availability and access to the best medical services. Our expert also gives specific instruction or tips regarding all disease treatment like home treatment, medications, surgery and alternative treatment.


Aloe Vera - the plant of immortality has been used since ages for medicinal and healing purposes. It is a short plant, just 2 to 3 feet in height. The leaves of this plant are rich in water and contain several other nutrients like minerals, vitamins, acids, salts and antioxidants. Technically, it contains around 22 different nutrients which are considered very useful for skin and hair. Owing to its miraculous healing power, this plant is widely used in the manufacturing of several beauty products.

Let me discuss first some of the properties of Aloe Vera.

It possesses antibacterial properties.

This plant contains various antioxidants which restrain the growth of bacteria. Because of this property, it is used in case of infection and inflammation. It contains compound from the hydrocarbon family which prevents the growth of fungi and bacteria.

It acts as moisturizer.

The Aloe Vera plant contains around 95 percent of water. Owing to this, it acts as an excellent moisturizing agent. The regular use of this helps in removing the dryness of the skin, thus making it more attractive. There are several skin moisturizers available in the market. You can also use them in order to give your skin attractive appearance.

It helps in preventing ageing of the skin.

This plant contains antioxidants as well as vitamin C and E. These ingredients are very effective in providing firmness to the skin. Moreover, the regular use of this helps in retaining the elasticity of the skin, thus giving you attractive and younger looks.

It is used to lighten skin.

It helps in lightening the texture of the skin. The ingredients of this plant help in controlling the pigmentation of the skin. When used on a regular basis, it helps in controlling the activity of the collagen, thus offering you bright skin.

Aloe Vera is also very useful for hair. Because of its miraculous healing properties, it is widely used in the manufacturing of the wide range of hair care products. As it contains around 22 amino acids along with different vitamins and mineral supplements, it helps in enhancing hair growth. It prevents the growth of dandruff and helps a lot in maintaining hair healthy and strong. The study has suggested that disturbed pH of the scalp is the main cause of hair fall. This is very effective in maintaining the pH of the scalp, thus preventing several diseases associated with hair.

There are several beauty and health care products available in the market. One can easily use these products in order to avail the several benefits offered by Aloe Vera. As it is basically a plant, its regular use doesn't offer any side effect.


Not all bodies are made equal (metabolism wise)

First and foremost, you need to understand that each body is unique with its own fat burning speed. We all probably have that one friend who just started eating well and working out, and are already a size down... Good for them, but a really BAD reference point for you! Not every body functions this way and actually very few of them do. What is more, you can't eat all sorts of junk food for 5 years and expect to revert the process in 5 days,it's just not how it works. So how do we overcome this feeling of disappointment? Simple... the only fitness competition you have is yourself! That gorgeous girl in the gym corner with the Brazilian booty or that huge guy with the six pack may well have been there for years and years, so forget about them and focus on the most important person in the world - yourself!

Progress really is made in a couple of weeks. You're just looking at the wrong places

So if you've started working out 2 weeks ago and feel like you haven't made any progress, I'm here to tell you; you absolutely have, you just don't know it YET! Obviously the visibility of your results is the most powerful motivation, but certainly not the first to come. So here's a couple of tips on other ways to track progress and stay motivated: Did you know that our weight actually changes throughout the day depending on your food and water intake? Yes, you can't expect to drink 2 litres of water or eat a massive bowl of veggies and not see it reflected on the scales. Our real body weight is actually best captured when we get up in the morning on an empty stomach, after going to the toilet. So if you do love your scales, weigh yourself then. But still I'd suggest getting a measuring tape, especially with these electronic scales' inaccuracy.

This is probably the best way to go about your progress. As we said not all bodies will show visible results as quickly as we wish, however, they are actually changing below the surface. Every single workout gets you one step closer to your goal and you should start capturing that. My very basic FIT test logger for you to easily capture your results and compare every two weeks is available below! I promise you'd be surprised by how much progress you actually make!

When I was just starting out this seriously brought me down. Even if you do have visible results, if you look at yourself every day you wouldn't notice them. The wiser thing to do is take pictures once a month and compare on a month-to-month basis, not daily.If you're too eager, though, you can always do a fit test instead and remember, every rep counts as progress!

In 1990 I decided to become vegetarian. Well to be accurate Pescetarian - I continued to eat some fish and shell fish. My reasons were mostly because I had become more and more uncomfortable about cooking and eating meat and I disliked the whole idea of killing animals. I also had become very active in the new age movement at the time and the environmental cost of meat production simply did not make sense. It wasn't long before even the thought of eating meat was distasteful and I have never been tempted to eat meat since.

However I did start to put on weight and I have continued to battle with my weight now for 25 years. When I changed gender and began taking hormone replacement therapy it got worse. I have tried the weight watchers diet, the lemon diet, the grapefruit diet, the 5:2 diet, the Mediterranean diet. the Beverley Hills diet, the cabbage soup diet, an Ayurvedic Diet, the Atkins diet (really challenging if you are vegetarian), the Paul McKenna Diet, the Think Thin diet - and many more I have now forgotten.

In that time the one diet that did work was Sure Slim - This is a very complex and also very expensive diet based on metabolic typing, Low Gi, Low Fat, low carb and personal food preferences. The diet involves blood tests, and an in-depth interview followed by regular weekly then bi weekly consultations. Every meal has to be meticulously weighed with ingredients selected from a quite restricted list. I lost about 4 stone in six months - and then put most of it back on in the net six months.

Every year since then I have resolved to lose the weight again and every year I give up after a few months and the weight returns. The problem is that I had stick to a complex diet even to maintain my weight and that made it almost impossible to eat out, or tuck into a buffet, or grab something to eat when on the road, or go to a dinner party.

I am sure most of you reading this article will have had similar experiences - and the older we get the more difficult it seems to be to lose weight and maintain good health.

However I am not giving up and I have recently begun looking in more detail at the Low carb Low Gi diets to see if I can find a way to simplify this process and find a more acceptable longer term diet that will work.

There are a few books that have contributed over the past decade to my growing understanding of diet. Rose Elliot's Vegetarian Low Carb Diet is excellent - though you need to enjoy eggs and tofu to follow that diet in the first 14 days. That said she is one of the leading experts on vegetarian food and her explanations of the basis of the diet have really helped me to understand better the principles of the sure slim diet that worked.

Chris Woollams The Rainbow Diet is primarily about how to beat cancer by eating more healthily with a version of the Mediterranean Diet. But if you can beat cancer by changing your diet it's the same process and the same diet to beat heart problems and diabetes and put you on the road to Perfect Health. The book has really helped me to understand how nutrition and the body works and what our diet can do to make it go wrong or make to work better. Why my doctor has not read this book I do not know.

Finally a book I came across over 20 years ago which is now out of print but available second hand is The Food Addicts Diet by Tish Hayton. In helping her son overcome a huge problem with allergies to many foods, Tish came to the conclusion that many of us are suffering from food addiction and the foods we are addicted to are wheat, potato, milk and sugar. When I first read it I didn't want to believe it even though I knew it made sense. These four foods are the basis of all convenience foods. Between them they account for about 80% of everything we eat.

Putting everything I have read from these and many other books together I am beginning to understand why one diet worked, and why I then put all the weight back on. I am beginning to understand how to simplify my diet so that I can lose weight and keep it off. I have not managed to do it yet - but what I am doing is to record all my progress and will be writing further articles about my journey towards achieving perfect health.

My problem has been an addiction to foods that encourage my body to store fat. They are the reason why diets fail because as soon as we come off a diet we inevitably return to the foods that encourage us to store fat.

The food industry also knows this but they benefit so much from this food addiction that they are not prepared to even try to tackle the problem. Instead we have been conned and lied to for decades. We have been convinced that the villain is Fats. So we are all obsessed with low fat foods and diet drinks which are loaded with sugar substitutes like Aspartame.

But it's not the fats in the food that are stored as fat in the body - it is carbohydrates - particularly simple carbohydrates from grains and sugars. It's not just wheat and sugar. Our bodies need glucose for energy which comes from carbohydrates - any excess carbs are converted to fat as a reserve for times when we don't have enough. In the past this was quite often - but now in the west we simply don't get that hungry.

No matter how much you cut down on food, if you give the body more carbs than it needs it will store the excess and it will not burn the fat. The only way to get your body to burn fat is to starve it of carbs. Cut grain, sugar and even starchy vegetables.

I have been eating a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables for years thinking that would help me lose weight but it doesn't. Many fruit and vegetables are high in carbohydrates.

So the first step in losing weight and keeping it off is to tackle the number one villain - SUGAR - wherever that comes from. Sugar, honey, fruit, corn syrup, maple syrup etc. Sugar is sugar - it is quickly separated into glucose. So my first piece of advice in tackling weight gain and making a permanent change to your diet is that you have to lose your sweet tooth.

The more you restrict your sugar intake, the less you will crave it until eventually you will find sugar sickly. It is not going to be easy but if you value your health and want to get to a good long term comfortable weight, your enemy will be sugar and it has to go.

About the Author:

Founder and First President of the Professional Speakers Association, Rikki Arundel is an International Keynote Speaker, Trainer and Writer and an expert in sales and marketing communications and personal development with an impressive track record.

Perfect Peace of Mind

Are you wondering about how to incorporate healing music into your day? Good news! I've got 3 easy tips for you! First of all, how do you define healing music? Composers have been writing music specifically designed for healing or soothing/calming purposes for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Then again, there is music that has been written for many other reasons, that millions of people find to be healing, calming, comforting and soothing.

As you probably know, when we are feeling stressed out, our bodies produce a substance called cortisol. Cortisol is very damaging to the body and causes damage to organs and all of our body systems. When we listen to soothing music, our bodies begin to relax and natural healing processes take over. After all, our bodies are naturally designed to heal themselves. If you get a scratch or a cut on your body, you don't need to do anything to make it heal, although putting a little Neosporin on it will prevent infection. But that doesn't actually cause the healing. It simply speeds the healing and prevents your cut or scratch from getting infected.

Most of us, without even thinking, turn on some kind of music first thing in the morning. It's usually something that we really like, but not necessarily. It can actually be something that we just "tolerate," waiting for something better to come on. So my first tip is:

Become intentional about what you listen to! Think for just a minute, before you turn on your radio, or phone app, or even YouTube, exactly what you're in the mood for. Are you looking for energy and some sonic caffeine; or are you looking for something that will calm you and help you start your day with relaxed focus.
Are you wanting to connect with people that will uplift you and make you feel"apart of" and not "apart from?" This leads us to tip #2:

Join a community chorus, band, or drum circle. If you played an instrument in the past and would like to again, please dust off your old instrument. If you always wanted to but couldn't, sign up for some lessons at the local community college or music store. You will be so glad you did. With or without training there are groups you can join today and sing or play a percussion instrument. It will lift your spirits and make you feel a part of something bigger than you!
And finally tip #3:

Have you been to hear a live, professional, symphony orchestra, ballet, or opera? Live musical performances are the best of all because you have the vibrations of 70 or 80 instruments as well as hundreds of people around you who are loving this music. Look in the newspaper for a live, upcoming performance by one of your local performing arts groups. Invite a friend, or several friends, plan dinner before, read a little about what the performance will be about, and make a fun evening of it. Who knows, a whole new world may very well open up to you!
Dr. Alice H. Cash is a clinical musicologist who has devoted much of her career to researching the healing powers of music and teaching professionals and patients about using music for health and wellness. Her website http://www.HealingMusicEnterprises.com has been viewed and enjoyed by people around the world. She also has ten blogs, each one focusing on a different aspect of music healing.


Good health is a prerequisite for happiness and fulfillment. So how does one pursue health? How does one build a healthy physique? And how does health set the stage for success?

Ten healthy habits:

Remove sugar from your diet. The down sides of sugar are numerous including:
Sugar Feeds candida. We all have candida. Healthy bacteria feed the gut. problems occur when candida overwhelms the system. Excessive yeast in the system can cause mental illness. This has hit me on a personal level. I was psychotic when I was a teenager due to excessive sugar consumption.
Sugar makes your blood acidic. A healthy body is seventy percent alkaline and roughly 30 percent acidic. Viruses cannot live in an alkaline environment. Alkaline foods are all vegetables. Acidic foods are all sugars, meats, poultry, and dairy. Sugar is the king of all acidic foods.
Sugar promotes aging and wrinkling. Take sugar out of your diet if you want to remain free of wrinkles.
Sugar can lead to osteoporosis. Take sugar out of your diet if you want to remain fracture free as you age.
Sugar rots your teeth. Do you want to maintain strong bones? Take sugar out of your diet. Give yourself the gift of health.
Remove gluten from your diet. There are five primary reasons why gluten is dangerous. One: Celiac disease is on the rise and most people are undiagnosed. Two: Gluten sensitivity is common and can ave serious effects. Three: Gluten can cause brain disorders including depression, schizophrenia, and autism. Four: Gluten can be addictive and can lead to other addictions. Gluten can cause problems with the cerebellum, with speech, and with brain ataxia, resulting in mental decline.
Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Some of the benefits of exercise include: weight control, reduction of heart disease and high blood pressure, elevated mood and energy levels, increased libido, and having fun
Take up the practice of tai chi. Benefits of tai chi include increased balance, strength, and aerobic capacity. relief from fibromyalgia, and stress reduction.
Do balance exercises daily. Balance can become an issue especially as we age. Doing a daily ten to fifteen minute balance routine can pay off in terms of reducing the chance of falling and fracturing a hip.
Do some aerobic exercises daily.
Make your diet mostly alkaline.
Maintain a cheerful attitude.
Be tested for allergies and remove all allergens from your home and from your diet.
Eliminate all dairy.
I'm Barbara Altman

Raised in an alcoholic home, I became depressed and riddled with anxiety at an early age. In an effort to build a good life, I turned to my love of classical music for comfort, financial resources, and a place in the community. Over the years, I have dealt with depression in a variety of ways, from counseling to alternative and traditional healing modalities. One of the purposes in my life is to convey hope to those who have suffered from depression and I hope to do this in my writings and in speaking engagements

Many people today are opting for natural healing. And one of the most popular natural healing methods is chiropractic. Chiropractors are trained to provide relief to their patients as fast as they possibly can. A reputable chiropractic practitioner will recommend the smallest number of treatments necessary to help prevent the patient's condition from recurring. If it is your first time to visit a chiropractic clinic, here are the steps that might help you.

- Before a patient is treated, the chiropractor needs to conduct an interview with the patient. This may be done face to face or over the telephone. During this interview, the chiropractor will discuss his philosophy and approach toward treatment.

- You will be asked to fill out forms which will provide the chiropractor with the information he needs to develop your treatment plan. The questions on the form will revolve around the details of your condition. Additionally, you may be asked to provide details about your family's and your own medical history, past and current treatments, and other existing conditions.

- You will then undergo a chiropractic exam. The chiropractor will conduct a few general tests followed by other tests designed to evaluate your range of motion, muscle strength and tone, and neurological integrity. In some cases, the patient may be asked to undergo further chiropractic tests. Some patients may be asked to undergo diagnostic studies after the chiropractic exam. Diagnostic studies can sometimes aid in enabling the chiropractor to make a more accurate diagnosis. These may include x-rays, MRI, and other lab tests.

- Combining the findings from the patient's history, chiropractic exam, and diagnostic studies, the chiropractor can then proceed to make a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis has been made, the chiropractor will explain his findings, whether chiropractic can help you, the treatment plan, and the length of the treatment process.

Actual treatment may start during the first visit or the following visit. Although treatment plans are tailored to each individual patient, most plans include adjustment of the joints, soft tissue healing techniques, pain control, strengthening and stretching exercises, advice on proper posture and movement, and treatments like massage, cold/hot compress, and nutritional advice. Treatment plans for patients are often divided into two parts. The initial phase is centred on providing immediate pain relief and restoring normal functions. The second phase is long-term in nature and is geared toward enabling the patience to achieve a good measure of functional independence which, in turn, should lead to the complete restoration of the patient's ability to enjoy his normal routines. These are the basic steps you should remember when planning to visit a chiropractic clinic for the first time.


Illness and injury can happen at any time of the day or night. This is when a patient needs an urgent care facility to help them with any medical problem that has just turned up.

Differences Between an Urgent Care Clinic and Walk-in Care Clinic

An urgent care facility, also known as an immediate care facility, is similar to a hospital emergency room, in which there are both pediatric as well as adult certified doctors and staff on hand, as well as x-ray equipment, IV units, and various other specialty medical equipment which may be needed in an emergency medical situation.

Most clinics are open late into the evening with several locations, so that patients who are far from a local hospital emergency room can find and use an urgent care facility for immediate treatment rather than wait to get to a hospital.

A walk-in clinic is similar, in the sense that a patient does not need a prior appointment. The patient can see the doctor and nursing staff who are on call and working that day.

Doctors at these clinics see patients in emergency situations as well as patients who may look for a second opinion on a previous diagnosis. They may also see a patient who may not be able to see their usual personal care provider at that time.

Practitioners at these clinics are also available to see patients for needs such as sports physicals, flu vaccines, and vaccines that are now required by local school systems prior to or for continued student enrollment. Sometimes these clinics may also suggest a more permanent care provider to patients who may not have one.

Walk-In Clinics for Convenience

Most walk-in clinics have several doctors on staff who also work with local hospitals, which is why they have both pediatricians and adult doctors on staff. Many of these clinics are convenient care clinics, which are necessary when sudden injuries from sports or play occur in children.

Walk-in clinics see patients who may have an emergency care need but who may not be able to get to a hospital in a timely manner before the emergency escalates. These facilities often work in association with a local medical center and the doctors who work here are typically affiliated with local hospitals and emergency rooms.

Urgent Care for Real Emergencies Round-the-clock

Most urgent care facilities have flexible yet constant hours and are open much later in the day than a more traditional walk-in clinic. Many urgent care facilities are better equipped to handle serious medical emergencies that the average walk-in clinic may not experience very often. Some urgent-care facilities are open 24/7, because emergencies happen any and all the time. Urgent care clinics are here for anyone and everyone, and are especially convenient-a literal life-saver-for patients who may live far from a hospital emergency room or medical center.

Is your child exhibiting symptoms of whooping cough? The earlier your child receives the necessary treatment the faster they will be cured. Call Owl Now Urgent Care today to set up an appointment at the earliest. Also check out our new Blog Post on Walk-In Care.

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