Are Bacterial Yeast Infections Contagious

Acupuncture Is a successful Yeast Infection Treatment

Text on screen: Acupuncture How to Eliminate Yeast Infections, Thrush, and other CandidiasisRelated Conditions from Your Life Forever Chapter Two: What is Acupuncture How does it work to treat yeast infections? NANCY ANANDA STEVENSON: Do you know what acupuncture does? Do you know anything about the history of acupuncture? FAITH: A little bit. I mean, I know that it has to do with energy and you have to have needles put in your body in different places. NANCY ANANDA STEVENSON: It's an ancient art, but it's a science and it's very, very effective. The way it works is by, of course, placing metallic needles in the body. And we are a body electric; we're an electromagnetic being. And these needles send signals through the body and it basically awakens a natural blueprint that your body has innately and your body knows. And so, the needles effectively help you to connect with the part of you that is your natural healer, that knows the balance, that knows how things function.

And each needle is placed in a particular point that has, actually, a spirit name. And so when we take a history, when we think about how we are going to approach this patient, it's unique to the patient in that we think about these spirit names and how this patient has been fractured or hurt or on a physical level has pain in a certain area of the body. And so at that point we know where to place those needles, and that is what your body needs in order to reconnect with the natural blueprint that you were innately born with. FAITH: OK. And how young can a person start receiving acupuncture? NANCY ANANDA STEVENSON: Oh, you know. Sometimes babies can run fevers. I've certainly treated a lot of babies. Children can get very sick in life and acupuncture's very effective for pediatrics. Through puberty, the stress level today in the children and the teenagers is very high, and I certainly treat a lot of teenagers very effectively. FAITH: So, you talk about being a; connecting everything, so somewhere along the way there was a disconnect because of situations along… NANCY ANANDA STEVENSON: Stress; 99 percent of all illness is stress. So some level of stress got into that person, into yourself or anyone that's just displaying symptoms or has a disease state. FAITH: So, again, would part of this also be learning to manage your stress along with, or reduce your stress along with the acupuncture?

NANCY ANANDA STEVENSON: Sure, absolutely. Sometimes the stress even belonged to someone you were with: a boss or a parent, and you take it on. So of course, yes. Do you have any questions about how acupuncture works, or do you know about it? FAITH: Actually, I just know that there are needles and, I mean, I've heard some people say it doesn't hurt. Some of them say there's a little sting, you know. But then they say it's all over the body at different places for different problems. So, yeah, I'm a little nervous about how it's gonna feel, and… NANCY ANANDA STEVENSON: Well, here in California we're welltrained. You know, it's six years of school to get the license. And we have a ; we see a lot of women that come into our . So, yeast infection is commonly treated by acupuncturists so we have a lot of experience with that. And as for the acupuncture needles being something that you might be uncomfortable with, they're very thin; they're the size of a hair. And when we insert them we usually use guide tubes, so it's really relatively painless. The one thing that you do feel is you'll feel a distending, kinda achy feeling when we get what we call chi at the end of the needle. And we need to do that in order to move the channel energy, which is basically what's going on with acupuncture is that we're inserting needles in the body related to the nervous system but not entirely part of the nervous system.

And what happens is it's like catching a fish on the line when you're out fishing; you feel that tug, initially. You'll feel that after I insert the needle. You'll feel kind of a distending. FAITH: Will it be pain? So it won't be, really, pain? NANCY ANANDA STEVENSON: It's different. You have to educate yourself. At first, it will be unfamiliar. So you might want to rush into thinking that, quot;Oh, is this painful? Well, no, actually, no.quot; So you know, you get used to it. And it's kind of an achy feeling. And that's what we want. If we don't get that, we're not really giving a treatment that can be as effective as if we do get that. And sometimes some needles are more guide needles so we need to get the chi effect at that needle more than, say, another needle. FAITH: How deep does it go? Is each one different? NANCY ANANDA STEVENSON: Every situation calls for a different, kind of, sized needle maybe a different depth, so we're going to put them in in a way where they don't even break blood vessels. Because they're rounded at the tip, they aren't pointed like a hypodermic needle, so when they are inserted it usually pushes everything out of the way in the way that we insert them.

FAITH: And how long for each treatment? NANCY ANANDA STEVENSON: About 45 minutes. Sometimes we retain the needles for 30 minutes, but usually about 45 minutes. And we try to use as few as possible, so, you know, we don't put a lot of needles in. Maybe six to eight. That's about it. FAITH: OK. I do have a question: Why do the overthecounter treatments. Why, in your opinion, or your expert opinion, do they; have they not worked? And do they work for some women? NANCY ANANDA STEVENSON:Well, I think that they do work for some women. Some women just have; they can have an issue where, you know, they just got married and quot;honeymoon syndromequot; or something. Or, you know, they took antibiotics and they never really took antibiotics and they developed a yeast infection. Some women go on birth control pills and birth control pills are something they're not used to and they develop one. There can be varying reasons. Maybe it's very hot and they're wearing the wrong kind of underwear, you know; there can just be a lot of issues. And so for somebody with a chronic one, it's usually more of a systemic problem and it's related to stress and it can be kind of a psychoemotional issue or it also can be just the way somebody is just operating their life and they might have more of a sympathetic reaction to life. Text on Screen: To continue watching the interview proceed to Chapter 3.

Most Contagious STDs in the World

Sexually transmitted diseases, otherwise knownas STDs are infections that are gifted during intimate acts. While they are generally curable nowadays,some are much more resilient, coming with a lifetime guarantee. They're not the easiest to catch, since youhave to be up close and personal to spread them. However, these diseases are very much prevalentaround us and when caught, can lead to serious consequences from ugly genital disfigurementsto life threatening complications.

Here we present to you the most contagiousSTDs in the world. Number 7: SyphilisCaused by the bacteria Treponema Pallidum, Syphilis is a common STD with a notorioushistory. It is transmitted when direct contact is madebetween the small, painless sores on the mouth and the vagina, rectum, or genital area. Syphilis progresses in three stages, beginningwith what we mentioned as the primary stage, with the development of sores mainly on thegenitals. It can then progress to a latent secondarystage, being symptomless for years and even

decades. The final stage, known as the tertiary stageis a disabling and lifethreatening point with possible gruesome symptoms includingtumorlike balls of inflammation all over the body and bones, large sores on the skinand inside the body, internal bleeding, enlargement of the liver or spleen, deformations, lossof motor functions, seizures, dementia, aneurysm, and debt. Between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. governmentran an infamous al study known widely today as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.

Under the guise of providing free health care,rural African American men in Alabama were deliberately infected with syphilis via bloodin order to study the progression of the disease. The study was only terminated after a leakin the press resulted in public outcry. The victims of the study, all African American,included numerous men who died of syphilis, 40 wives who contracted the disease, and 19children born with congenital syphilis. Before the discovery of antibiotics, syphiliswas seen as a lethal incurable STD, similar to how we see AIDS today. Many historical figures are said to have hadthe disease in their lifetimes, including

Adolf Hitler, Beethoven, Abraham Lincoln,Benito Mussolini, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Number 6: HIVAIDSThe Human Immunodeficiency Virus (or HIV) is the virus associated with AIDS, a veryserious and potentially lifethreatening disease that weakens the body's immune system, makingit unable to ward off infections, even the simplest ones. HIV is only transmitted through the exchangeof bodily fluids including semen, vaginal secretions, blood, and breast milk. Within months of contracting HIV, most ofthose afflicted suffer an endless list of

flulike symptoms, rapid weight loss, nightsweats, frequent skin infections, cold sores, and eventually, pneumonia. Although AIDS is now somewhat manageable whentreated early with antiretroviral therapy, a cure has still not been found up until thisvery day. To make matters worse, many people infectedwith the virus may not exhibit symptoms for years, making their unknown condition evenmore lifethreatening. In November 1991, worldwideknown singer FreddieMercury passed away due to AIDSrelated complications. The lead vocalist of the rock band Queen wasknown to have lived an active homosexual lifestyle,

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