What the doctor should tell you about your health but he doesn`t

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LASIK is by far the most prevalent and safest refractive surgery procedure. It has been employed to treat a host of visual anomalies. Since it's a surgery, people often harbor a false belief that LASIK is a painful procedure. In fact, LASIK is a relatively painless technique, and what the patient experiences during and after the surgery can be categorized as mild discomfort rather than pain.

LASIK is performed with the patient awake and mobile, and this certainly corroborates that the operation is relatively painless. The surgeon typically administers a mild sedative (for instance Valium) and anesthetic eye drops. LASIK involves creation of a flap of corneal tissue. This hinged flap may be created with a microkeratome (a surgical blade) or a femtosecond laser. During this initial step of flap formation, the patient may experience a little bit of pressure on the eye.

In the following step, the flap is folded back to reveal the middle section of the cornea, in order to make way for precise ablation by the excimer laser. Then the flap is repositioned to allow natural healing. Upon completion of the surgery, the patient may experience discomfort, scratchiness and irritation, akin to the sensation of wearing an uncomfortable contact lens. Such irritable sensation can be soothed with the aid of eye drops, and it normally wears off within a few hours after surgery.

Since the laser ablation is performed the middle section of the cornea and under the LASIK flap, the cornea does not register the fact that it has been surgically operated. As the wound response is subdued, the patient experiences speedy visual recovery and almost no pain.

However, as with any surgery, LASIK has associated complications that may force the patient to bear greater discomfort after surgery. A few of such nagging complications include dry eyes, visual acuity fluctuation, halos or starbursts around light sources at night, double vision, light sensitivity, and several flap related problems.

All in all, LASIK is a safe and efficacious procedure, which is virtually painless. Though the patient may experience mild discomfort due to potential complications, the complication rate itself is quite meager. If presented with the question of whether LASIK hurts or not, I would certainly say that it's a painless procedure.

Finding a LASIK surgeon that you are confident about will be able to give you more information about laser eye surgery.

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My friend Joe is one of those clever people. He works hard, has a lot of hobbies, a beautiful family, is resourceful and has a positive attitude. Joe had high cholesterol but brought his cholesterol down from 240 to 180.

His secret? Here is his "recipe" for bringing his cholesterol down:

Cholesterol Lowering Program (courtesy of Joe)

' Add 375 mg. of Niacin to your diet through foods or supplements

' Take 4-6 tablespoons of psyllium each day

' Add lecithin (Pieternel..dosage?)

' A multivitamin to compensate for the minerals and vitamins that bond to the toxins that the psyllium sweeps out.

' Monitor your cholesterol regularly and ask your doctor for the ratio about good and bad cholesterol.

We need 15 mg. of niacin a day to keep our heart healthy (and gain other health benefits as well). The best way to do this is with the following niacin-rich foods: beef liver, brewer's yeast, broccoli, carrots, cheese, corn flour, dandelion greens, dates, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, pork, potatoes, tomatoes, wheat germ, and whole wheat products.

Herbs containing niacin are: Alfa alfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, licorice, mullein, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, red clover, rose hips, slippery elm and yellow dock. Research shows that 15 mg. of niacin improves mental functioning as well.

Niacin is Vitamin B3, which is necessary for proper circulation, for the nervous system and the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It helps the digestive system, improves circulation, and can be helpful in mental illnesses. It also enhances the memory and plays a role in the synthesis of sex hormones.

Being Careful

A "niacin flush" may occur after the intake of niacin supplements. A rash may appear on the skin, usually lasting a few minutes, which is in most cases harmless. Dosages over 500 mg./day may cause liver damage if taken for a prolonged period of time. People with high blood pressure and ulcers should be closely supervised by a physician when taking niacin.

A heart quote from J Krisnamurti:

The moment you have in your heart this extra ordinairy thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstacy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.

Warmly, Pieternel van Giersbergen.