Dog Intestinal Diseases-Some Common Problems

The following describes some common canine intestinal problems seen occasionally in all dogs:

Gastric Torsion, Dilation, and Bloat:
This health problem is usually found in large and heavy breeds and occasionally in big crossbred dogs. There are several possibilities as to the cause regarding this often-fatal condition.

Allowing your dog to exercise right after a hearty meal is a factor that boosts gastric torsion. Another is the habit of feeding the large canine on the floor or ground.

Approximately two to six hours after eating, an affected dog’s stomach expands with gas and twists on its long axis. This distortion keeps the gas from getting out by burping. The dog repeatedly tries to throw up, but is not able to do so and spits thick saliva in small amounts. A veterinarian may attempt to pass a stomach tube to relieve the stomach gas, however due to the twist, those attempts are oftentimes unsuccessful.

Bloating causes sharp stomach pains, which is followed by shock. Quick surgery might spare the pet, but regrettably by the time the dog arrives at a veterinary hospital, it may be suffering from advanced toxemia (toxic substances in the blood) and attempts to save the pet might be too late.

There are a number of steps you can take that will help keep this condition from developing. Feed your dog when his physical activity is minimal. Elevate his food bowl by setting it on a porch step, which will minimize swallowing air. Feed frequent, small meals or give him free-choice feeding. Whenever you find it necessary to feed a large meal, make certain he stays quiet for an hour or so afterward. Don’t let him overindulge with water following a meal. Most importantly, cut back his activity after any meal.

Esophagitis, Enteritis, Gastritis, and Colitis:
The esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum are confluent and together are known as the gastrointestinal tract or simply the gut. The suffix – itis means inflammation of; therefore, esophagitis is an inflammation of the esophagus, gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach, enteritis is an inflammation of the large intestine or the lower bowel. These gut irritations are usually accompanied by a degree of enteritis, and enteritis generally has some colitis linked with it. In other words, the single word diagnoses are seldom technically right.

When your vet says that your dog is ailing from gastroenteritis, the cause of the gut irritation is more crucial than the diagnostic term implemented. If your dog displays watery diarrhea, throwing up, nausea, depression, and lack of normal appetite, we may think of food or chemical poisoning, however gastroenteritis may be caused by eating indigestible material such as steel wool pot scrubber. The same signs can be an indication of cancer of the liver. It’s important to remember that a gut irritation is a signal that might mean a dangerous, even life-threatening condition and should never be taken lightly.

Constipation:
Another type of gut problem is blockage or impaction. Most commonly seen in older dogs, constipation is oftentimes caused by bone chips and pieces. Your dog finds a nice juicy bone. He literally devours the mouth-watering morsel over the next hour, and swallows every bite. Bone pieces are not very digestible, thus, when these small chips reach the rectum where fluid is extracted from the waste, the result is a concrete block in the lower bowel. The same result might be seen when a dog licks and swallows wads of its hair.

As blockage begins to build up, the dog’s gut fills with food and waste that can not escape, and he loses his appetite and becomes lethargic (sluggish). Diagnosis is generally made by a vet’s palpation (examine by touch) of the solid mass in the dog’s lower bowel. Treatment is normally performed by enemas, which will provide liquids to the mass, break it up, and enable the dog to pass the impaction.

Pseudocoprostasis or False Constipation:
This condition is more common to longhaired dogs of all ages, and normally is the result of soft stools and grooming negligence. It happens when the long hair in the area of the anus isn’t routinely trimmed back or combed and becomes matted with fecal matter. The fecal matting acts as a blockage of the gut, and signs similar to true constipation are seen.

Diagnosis is simple and can usually be made from across the room by the odor. Treatment is even simpler, although not very pleasant to do. The long hair and fecal matting needs to be carefully cut away to expose the skin surrounding the anul opening.

Team Up for Teens: Guidelines for Treating Adolescents With Eating Disorders

When approaching the important and humbling task of treating teenagers with eating disorders, it is important to understand:

The urgency about this adolescent epidemic,

The basic developmental needs which are the foundation of treatment,

The differences in treating adolescent vs. adult populations, and

General and basic principles for treating eating-disordered youth

The Urgency about this Adolescent Epidemic:

In an attempt to increase our understanding of the role we all play in this eating disorder epidemic among our young people, I share the following story – a parable by Leo Tolstoy:

The grandfather had become very old. His legs would not carry him, his eyes could not see, his ears could not hear and he was toothless. When he ate, bits of food sometimes dropped out of his mouth. His son and his son’s wife no longer allowed him to eat with them at the table. He had to eat his meals in the corner near the stove.

One day they gave him his food in a bowl. He tried to move the bowl closer, it fell to the floor and broke. His daughter-in-law scolded him. She told him that he spoiled everything in the house and broke their dishes, and she said that from now on he would get his food in a wooden dish. The old man sighed and said nothing.

A few days later, the old man’s son and his wife were sitting in their hut, resting and watching their little boy playing on the floor. They saw him putting together something out of small pieces of wood. His father asked him, “What are you making Misha?” The grandson said “I’m making a wooden bucket. When you and mama get old, I’ll feed you out of this wooden dish.”

The culture we are a part of – the culture that we are bringing to and leaving our children – is a culture which hurts them. It hurts them because it does not teach them that they are good, worthy, valuable, and important. It does not adequately teach them that their value comes from who they are, rather than the external “what they do.” We owe it to our children to do everything we can to correct the cultural messages which equate success, beauty, and goodness only with external appearance and accomplishment.

Our children are our most precious resource. It falls to each of us to leave them a legacy which, in turn, will allow them to teach their children even more effectively about their inherent worth. It would be a wonderful gift if each generation could have more self-respect and a better sense of inherent personal worth than the preceding generation.

In our fast-paced, technological, affluent, adult-focused, and media-driven culture, children are too quickly given adult clothing, adult appearances, adult status, adult entertainment, adult pressures, and adult decisions. There is a substantial and damaging trend called by researchers and clinicians, “The sexualization of Girls”, which further robs children and adolescents of a healthy sense of self. Our children receive too little time, care, involvement, and nurturing. Even in the best of homes, our young people, I fear, do not receive the attentiveness and investment which they so need and deserve. In this culture where traditional childhood cannot take place in a normal manner, eating disorders and other addictive and unhealthy coping strategies will likely show up at an earlier and earlier age. We must begin to turn and change the course of this rapidly growing trend.

One prolific symptom of this trend is the escalating incidence of eating disorders in our youth. In a recent study of high school students in the Intermountain West it was found that 8% of adolescent girls had already developed a diagnosable eating disorder and that an additional 18 % of high-school-aged girls had beliefs and attitudes about food and their bodies that put them at high risk for developing an eating disorder (Hardman and Richards).

Developmental Needs

Our adolescents have critical, and all too often, unmet needs. These needs have been delineated and defined in various ways by different writers and youth experts. Benson, Galbraith, and Espeland (2000) suggest that in order for these youth to succeed, they need help and support in building “external and internal assets.” The writers delineate 43 specific assets that are needed. Helping our youth build these assets takes concerted effort, time, and dedication, not only on the part of parents, but the entire community.

Mary Pipher (1994) in her landmark book, Reviving Ophelia, articulates well the difficulties adolescent girls living in our culture face. She suggests that adolescent girls most need the support of their parents within that very time when they seem to be distancing themselves from their parents. While we need to give room for growth, independence, and a growing sense of autonomy to our youth, we also need to stay more involved and closer to them than we naturally tend to.

Stephen Glenn (1989) has taught us well over the years that adolescents need to feel “that they matter,” that they are important, that they belong, make a difference, are wanted, and that their absence is definitely noticed and felt. He further describes seven significant tools of the “Learner,” that is, one on the journey of growing up. These tools include ever-important intrapersonal skills as well as interpersonal skills. He also teaches us that the way we handle difficult situations with our adolescents makes a big difference, and can help them to learn from their own experience in beneficial ways.

Larsen and Brendtiro (2000) have described twelve important things each of us must do in order to “reclaim our prodigal” children. These include: recasting all problems as learning opportunities, connecting youth to their cultural and spiritual roots, increasing dosages of nurturing, providing fail-safe relationships, and giving seeds time to grow. Their work is framed in the metaphor of the biblical parable of the prodigal son. Like those parents and care givers of 2,000 years ago, our most enduring joy can come from never giving up on our youth, even the most difficult. Showing unconditional love and forgiveness is important for eating disorder clients who have difficulty asking for help and who have much difficulty with forgiving themselves.

Having reviewed the ideas of these and other great writers, thinkers, and experts on the needs of adolescents and from personal and clinical experience, I present the following five needs as a compilation and summary of the most basic and critical needs of our adolescent youth:

A sense of acceptance and belonging in a social sphere

A sense of being important and valued in the family

A sense of spirituality, purpose, and meaning in life which gives hope

A sense of self and identity

A growing set of principles in which one’s life is anchored

If our energies, efforts, and interventions with adolescents are focused around these basic needs, I believe they will have a more enduring benefit, and a more profound effect for good. These needs are universal for all of our youth. They are particularly important for those suffering from eating disorders because these illnesses are so damaging to one’s sense of identity. Identity, after all, is at the core of the adolescent developmental task.

Differences in Treatment Between Adults and Adolescents with Eating Disorders:

In the most general view, those suffering from eating disorders have three major needs in treatment: 1) Structure, 2) Love and Care, and 3) a Safe Place and Safe Relationship. Since the eating disorder most often begins in adolescence, and sometimes in childhood, those suffering are likely to have some emotional developmental delays related to the competing development of an addiction, which slows emotional development. Some believe that many adult eating-disordered clients are in some ways teenagers developmentally, and at the same time, some adolescent eating disordered clients are “parentified children” or premature adults. Despite definite emotional overlap between adolescents and adults with eating disorders, adolescents have more acute developmental needs to be addressed in treatment. Compared to adults, adolescents in treatment need:

more structure;

more behavioral approaches;

more experiential therapies;

more encouragement;

more immediate praise;

more hope;

more help to create a more positive vision of the future;

more clear end explicit directives, and less “fuzzy messages;”

more help in planning;

more explained maps “this is what we are doing first and then….;”

less formal verbal therapy and more informal non-verbal therapy;

more family involvement;

more consistent messages that they are “important, wonderful, and good enough;”

more short-term, small and achievable goals;

more education and opportunities to learn;

more small assignments and activities between sessions to keep the work going; and,

more “quantity” of time to create opportunities for “quality time;”

General And Basic Principles and Guidelines for Treating Eating Disordered Youth

The following principles, while general and basic in nature, can be clear guides and a reminder of some of the most critical things to remember and embrace in a consistent manner through the process of treatment for adolescents:

Involve the family system. It is important to involve families wherever possible, since they are the primary support system for adolescents. It is important for the client to make emotional connections within the family and learn to understand and utilize the resources available there. Learning to reach out for help is critical for the client, and keeping the family system in mind at all times during treatment is critical for the therapist.

Be more directive and specific. It is important for the therapist to take more responsibility in treatment to be active, to create energy, and to direct the process, helping the adolescent client who has less experience to draw upon and whose life focus has been more approval and peer acceptance based. Directives are important because if they knew what to do and how to do it, they would have already been doing it.

Do more activity-based sessions and less talking ones. Experiential learning is the best teacher. Activity-based sessions allow the therapist to join the client’s world and gives the adolescent the opportunity to learn from their own experience, which is what they want. Activity creates true participation rather than simple observation of life. It allows the client to “do” rather than “talk about.”

Provide structures in therapy that help them feel secure. Adolescents already carry much confusion and feelings of insecurity. Nebulous and unguided therapy can accentuate these already unpleasant emotional states. Giving the adolescent information on the process of therapy, the prediction of struggles, what to anticipate, and reasons for interventions can help them feel more in control, more included, more mature, and eventually more invested. Accurate prediction and client inclusion in treatment direction also increases trust in the therapist, which is crucial.

Provide much immediate encouragement and reinforcement. Without hope for overcoming these devastating illnesses, movement in recovery is minimal. Adolescents have difficulty seeing past the current moment, day, or week. They need help in nurturing hope, in remembering that their adversity is temporary, and that small steps are good and will eventually “add up.” They need their progress pointed out and processed, and they need us to share our vision about their positive futures when they can’t see it themselves.

Help them to explore love and acceptance over approval. Those suffering with eating disorders, especially adolescents, often have incorrectly learned that “approval is everything and disapproval is the end of everything.” They need to know that their external appearance and their external accomplishments are not “who they are.” They need help in noticing, accepting, and giving love, and in ending the never-fulfilling search for others’ approval.

Emphasize having their feelings without self-judgment. Helping the adolescent client feel, label, understand, accept, and express their emotion without making emotional judgments about themselves for the emotions they feel is very important. They are frightened of intense emotion and therefore tend to avoid it. They need help to understand feelings are instructive and can be embraced rather than feared. Help these clients with their emotion secondary to their original feelings. These secondary or “self-judgmental” emotions often include guilt, shame, selfishness, or embarrassment for the feelings they feel.

Make honesty and congruence an ongoing theme. Helping clients become more honest and congruent without self-criticism or self-punishment is necessary for recovery. This honesty includes openness, sharing unhealthy “secrets,” telling the truth, admitting to mistakes, and decreasing “selectivity” in things shared in session. Telling the truth is freeing and helps to overcome intense feelings of shame and guilt for past behaviors and experiences.

Teach them to avoid mainly one thing in life – avoidance. Eating disorders are disorders of avoidance. Help adolescent clients understand their fears and face them, help them pay attention to their internal “moral imperatives” and follow them. Help them learn to “feel the fear and do it anyway” rather than attempting to get rid of all fear or becoming handicapped by it. Help them learn through “pointed-out experience” that avoidance keeps low self-esteem alive and well.

Persistently show nurturance, kindness, and caring. It has been said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” So it is with our adolescents. Many with eating disorders have received too little nurturing. Others have received it, yet were unable to accept, believe, feel, or internalize it. Help them see and feel the love, caring, nurturance, and acceptance in their lives. Since they are not used to seeing and feeling it, it is important to point it out and label it for them until they have learned to do this for themselves.

In summary, we see and know many beautiful, bright, kind, and priceless youth out there who have no idea of their value, their goodness, or their potential. We can and should extend ourselves in order to make a difference to these youth. May we have the courage to face our own fears which may at times get in the way of love and service, and may we also have the courage to no longer support or enable those destructive and hurtful messages, trends, and forces in our culture which devalue the soul or the true identity of our youth. We can refuse to participate in those aspects of our culture which are destructive and we can strive to replace them in our own lives with beliefs and practices which are good. We can then share them with our youth through example and active teaching. We can make an appreciated and much needed difference in the lives of our beautiful young people, one that will extend beyond our immediate culture to the world community – one effort and one person at a time, beginning with ourselves.

Bibliography

“Incidence of Eating Disorders in High School Students in Utah and Nevada,” Unpublished Manuscript. September, 2000, Randy K. Hardman Ph.D., and P. Scott Richards, Ph.D., Center for Change, Orem, Utah.

“Structural Guidelines and Creative Interventions for Treating Eating-Disordered Clients,” Unpublished Manuscript, Randy K. Hardman Ph.D. and Michael E. Berrett, Ph.D, November, 2000, Center for Change, Orem, Utah

“Team Up for Teens: Guidelines for Treating Adolescents with Eating Disorders,” Michael E. Berrett, Ph.D and Randy K. Hardman, Ph.D. In Hope for Healing, Center for Change Newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 3, September, 2001. Center for Change, Orem, Utah

“Raising Self Reliant Chilldren in a Self-Indulgent World,” 1989, Stephen H. Glenn, Ph.D. Rocklin, CA, Prima Publishing and Communications

“Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls,” 1994, Mary Pipher, Ph.D., New York, Random House/ Ballantine Books.

“Reclaiming our Prodigal Sons and Daughters: A Practical Approach for Connecting with Youth in Conflict,” 2000, Larsen, S. and Brendtro, L., Bloomington, IN, National Education Service.

“What Kids Need To Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways to Raise Good Kids,” 1998, Benson, P., Galbraith, J., and Espeland, P., Minneapolis, MN, Free Spirit Publishing.

Type 2 Diabetes

According to the National Diabetes Education Program, 177,000 young people under the age of 20 have this disease. Type 2 diabetes affects the way your body processes carbohydrates. In type 2 diabetes, the body produces insulin. The body is unable, however, to process the insulin (this is known as insulin resistance). The result is that while the body produces more insulin, it is like it does not produce enough because the body's cells do not respond.

Type 2 diabetes can be positively affected through lifestyle changes. People with type 2 diabetes typically can control the symptoms through a combination of weight loss and exercise. In some cases, oral medications may be required. Some people with type 2 diabetes must inject insulin in order to raise levels high enough to meet the body's demand due to the level of resistance.

One theory of what causes type 2 diabetes is called the thrifty gene. The theory is that evolution provided a gene that causes insulin resistance when food supplies are low to enable more efficient fat storage. This is then reversed in times of abundant food. The modern industrialized food supply provides a surplus of carbohydrates and fat. Because there are no periods of famine, the stored fat is never completely burned away, so the gene backfires by allowing a gradual accumulation of fat that leads to obesity. A feedback loop between insulin resistant and high levels of glucose in the bloodstream cause the condition to worsen with time.

Dr. Ray Strand has a theory that glycemic stress, or the constant barrage of glucose to the bloodstream, is a major contributing factor. The prevalence of high processed foods in the diet explains why the incidence of type 2 diabetes has grown exponentially over the past few decades. In one clinical trial, he had subjects perform exercise while following a low-glycemic diet. A low glycemic diet is one that includes food and food combinations designed to minimize the rate at which glucose enters the bloodstream. The results were those patients who followed this regimen experienced lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and improved insulin sensitivity. This suggests that lifestyle changes can influence the level of insulin resistance experienced by people who suffer from type 2 diabetes.

The key lifestyle strategy for coping with type 2 diabetes is to improve insulin sensitivity (ie reverse insulin resistance). This involves a combination of exercise, which has been shown to improve glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity, reducing calories, losing weight, and consuming low glycemic foods.

Reducing calories is done by replacing processed foods with nutrient-dense foods. Simply replacing a slice of white bread for a slice of whole wheat bread will reduce the impact on blood sugar of the meal as well as introduce fiber and additional nutrients to the diet. While the glycemic index can be used to rank the impact that foods have on blood sugar, a general rule of thumb is to focus on foods that as close to their natural state as possible. Almost all fruits and raw vegetables have a low glycemic index. Food combinations are important as well. The presence of healthy fats, fiber, and protein all slow digestion and low the glycemic index of a meal. Focusing on whole foods ensures that adequate fiber is present, while integrating healthy fats and lean proteins will further ensure the meals keep blood sugar levels stable.

While incidences of type 2 diabetes are on the rise, more people are learning how to fight this disease through a combination of medical care and lifestyle changes. The only way known to cure most diseases is to prevent it. It's never too late to focus on a lifestyle that includes consistent exercise and healthy food choices.

How to Get Rid of Dermatitis

Dermatitis simply means skin inflammation. It caused by direct contact with an irritating substance. It is more common in men than women and the peak age of onset is at 55-65 years of age. Perioral dermatitis may be a form of the skin disorder rosacea, adult acne or seborrheic dermatitis, involving the skin around the mouth or nose. Common chemical irritants include detergents, soaps, chlorine, some synthetic fibers, nail polish remover, antiperspirants, and formaldehyde (found in permanent-press fabrics, polishes, artificial-fingernail adhesive, particle board, and foam insulation). Wearing rubber gloves, unwashed new clothes, or plated jewelry can also cause contact dermatitis. Many types of dermatitis. Contact dermatitis typically causes the skin to develop a pink or red rash. Pinpointing the exact cause of contact dermatitis can be difficult. Among plants, the leading culprits are poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac, although contact with certain flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables irritate some people. Nummular dermatitis consists of distinctive coin-shaped red patches that are most commonly seen on the legs, hands, arms and torso.

The exact cause is unknown, but makeup, moisturizers, topical corticosteroids or some dental products containing fluoride may play a role. Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, causes the skin to itch, scale, swell and sometimes blister. Eczema usually runs in families and is often associated with allergies, asthma, and stress. Seborrheic dermatitis consists of greasy, yellowish, or reddish scaling on the scalp and other hairy areas, as well as on the face or genitals, and in skin creases along the nose, under the breasts. is caused by an overproduction and blockage of oil glands. This condition is called cradle cap in infants and is likely related to hormonal changes affecting the glands. It may be aggravated by stress. Stasis dermatitis is caused by poor circulation and can happen in people with varicose veins, congestive heart failure, or other conditions. Veins in the lower legs fail to return blood efficiently, causing pooling of blood and fluid buildup and edema. This leads to unhealthy skin growth and irritation, especially around the ankles.

Treatment of Dermatitis

1.Bathing Reduce how often you bath or shower, using lukewarm water.

2.Replace standard soap with a substitute such as a mild detergent soap-free cleanser.

3.Clothing Wear soft smooth cool clothes; wool is best avoided.

4.Apply an emollient liberally and often, particularly after bathing, and when itchy.

5.Apply a topical steroid cream or ointment to the itchy patches for a 5 to 15 day course. Steroids should usually be applied once or twice daily to the red and itchy areas

6.Pimecrolimus cream is a new anti-inflammatory cream shown to be very effective for atopic dermatitis.

7.Antihistamine tablets may help reduce the irritation, and are particularly useful at night.

8.Sometimes, creams containing hydrocortisone or wet dressings that provide moisture to your skin may help relieve redness and itching.

Home Remedies of Dermatitis

1.Apply a mixture of 1 teaspoon camphor and 1 teaspoon sandalwood paste on the rashes. Apply nutmeg paste to the affected areas. Put natural vitamin E on the affected skin, it will relieve you of itching. Zinc taken orally and applied directly on the affected skin is effective.

2.Oatmeal baths made from powders such as Aveeno provide effective but temporary relief from the itching of eczema and dermatitis

3.,Apply cod liver oil, vitamin E oil, or aloe vera gel to affected areas.

4.Take chickweed, dandelion, red clover, Redmond clay, and yellow dock in capsule form.

5.Shark cartilage reduces inflammation.

6.Use a lotion made out of blueberry leaves this is proven to be fantastic relieving inflammation of dermatitis.

Things You Will not Like About Herbal Skin Care and Things You Will

For a long time, our grandsmothers have been using herbal treatment for the skin to make it look young, beautiful and radiant. Even in today's time, herbal skin care is the best way to achieve healthy skin that is glowing with natural beauty.

The generations today have become fed up with skin care products with hazardous synthetic chemicals in them. The disastrous health consequences of harmful chemicals such as parabens, alcohol, fragrances, dioxanes and mineral oils used in skin care products are being disclosed to us each day.

This has led to a big boom in the demand for herbal skin care. Now, men and women not only want to look beautiful and attractive, but they also want a healthy skin.

Carefully chosen herbal treatment for the skin offers the best solution to your skin problems. It is important that you choose natural ingredients in herbal skin care that are safe enough to "eat". This is because the ingredients present in skin care products get absorbed into the skin and eventually reach the bloodstream.

So, you would definitely not like to eat mineral oils or parabens in the form of skincare products. On the contrast, herbal skin care with natural, plant-based moisturizers rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals and enzymes, not only adds health and beauty to your skin, but they also nourish your total health and well being.

The foundation of a true natural beauty is the presence of well-nourished skin cells. And that is possible only when they are revitalized with the best herbal treatment for the skin. Look out for amazing, scientifically proven natural ingredients like olive oil, avocado oil, Babassu, active Manuka honey, grapeseed oil and macadamia oil in the best herbal skin care products.

A properly chosen herbal skin care can certainly give us the key to rediscover the beauty that we had in our younger days.

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Heart Disease, Aspirin, And Red, Red Wine: What Should We Do?

There have been many studies published in science journals over the past several decades about how drinking alcohol may be associated with reduced mortality due to heart disease in some populations. Some researchers say the benefits may be due to “red wine.”

The American Heart Association warns to not drink alcohol if you are a person taking Aspirin as prescribed by your doctor daily. It is also not possible to predict in which people that alcoholism will become a problem. If you drink more than moderately you are more at risk of high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, breast cancer, suicide and accidents. Moderate drinking is two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. (a drink being 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits, or 1 ounce of 100-proof sprits).

Given the risks involved with drinking alcohol the American Heart Association cautions people NOT to start drinking if they do not already drink alcohol for the benefit of reducing heart attacks.

Some researchers have examined the potential benefits of the components in red wine such as “flavonoids,” and other antioxidants in reducing heart disease risk. Some of these components may be found in other foods such as grapes or red grape juice. They also believe the link to red wine and reduced heart disease risks may be due to other lifestyle factors rather than alcohol. Those factors may include increased physical activity, and a diet high in fruits and vegetables and lower in saturated fats. There have been no direct comparison trials done to determine the specific effect of wine or other alcohol on the risk of developing heart disease or stroke at this time.

More research is being done to find out exactly what are the apparent benefits of drinking wine or alcohol in some populations. Some of the benefits are an increase in HDL (“the good”) cholesterol or anti-clotting properties. The American Heart Association says that even if it is proven that red wine or alcohol has a direct link to preventing heart disease the same antioxidants can be obtained from many fruits and vegetables including red grape juice.

The best known effect of alcohol is a small increase in HDL cholesterol. Regular physical activity is effective in raising the HDL (good) cholesterol. Niacin can also be prescribed to raise the levels to a even greater degree.

Alcohol or some substances such as resveratrol found in alcoholic beverages may prevent platelets in the blood from sticking together, which may reduce clot formation and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. The American Heart Association says Aspirin may help reduce blood clotting in a similar way.

The effects of alcohol and/or wine on the prevention of cardiovascular disease need further research. Right now, the American Heart Association does not recommend drinking wine or any other form of alcohol to gain these potential benefits. The American Heart Association also recommends you talk to your doctor about the appropriate treatment for lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure, controlling your weight, getting enough exercise and following a healthy diet. There will be more studies and research of the effects of alcohol and/or wine on the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, there is no scientific proof that drinking wine or any other alcoholic beverage can replace these conventional measures.

There has also been a lot of research recently focused on how antioxidant vitamins may reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Antioxidant vitamins are E, C and beta carotene (a form of vitamin A). The data is in these studies is incomplete. However, up to 30 percent of Americans are taking some form of antioxidant supplement.

The American Heart Association does not recommend antioxidant vitamin supplements until the studies are complete and data is available. At this time they recommend people continue to eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods daily from all the basic food groups. Eat a variety of foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol to provide a natural source of these vitamins, minerals and fiber. Some studies even suggest that antioxidant supplement use could have harmful effects. Therefore, using dietary supplements of antioxidants to prevent cardiovascular disease is not an American Heart Association recommendation until their effect is proved in clinical trials that directly test their impact on CVD and points.

At this time, the scientific evidence supports a diet high in food sources of antioxidants and other nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts instead of using antioxidant supplements to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.

The recommendation for aspirin use in patients who have had a myocardial infarction (heart attack), unstable angina, ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attacks (little strokes) is based on sound evidence from clinical trials showing that aspirin helps prevent the recurrence of such events. Studies also show aspirin helps prevent these same events from occurring in people at high risk. However, you should not start taking aspirin daily without first talking to your doctor. There are risks and benefits that vary from person to person.

Of special note for people on aspirin therapy is to remember to mention your use and dosage if you undergo even the simplest of surgical procedures or dental extractions.

Patients who have heart disease should stop drinking alcohol and keep taking aspirin if their doctor prescribes aspirin as part of their treatment plan for their heart condition. The American Heart Association also warns people not to stop taking aspirin without talking to your doctor first.

Source: The American Heart Association

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The Causes and Remedies for Constipation

In this article, we are going to cover the most stunning material and research probably ever done on this planet regarding health care. Some of the conclusions that I will draw may actually stun you but, nonetheless, they are based on sound authoritative, documented research.

In 1975 a group of British scientists set out to understand and discover why primitive African people had such a low rate of cancer, coronary disease and specifically bowel and digestive disease. Their research was quite exhaustive. It covered and included tracking clues that extended all the way back to lunch menus in an African village right through studying bowel habits in an English mill town in 1850. That’s quite a variance. These English doctors, working among the native Africans, noticed something very peculiar or at least peculiar to them: the native Africans move their bowels somewhere between three to five times a day and on an average passed well over one pound of fecal material per day; this was a startling contrast compared to the normal English bowel movement of less than four ounces. It is also quite common for the typical English person to move their bowels once a day, or even skip days. Now, we have been taught, unfortunately, by our physicians that moving one’s bowels once a day or even every few days is perfectly normal, and for some people it is normal to just move once a week. Analysis of the stools of these primitive African people found them to be virtually odorless; contained the exact amount of friendly bacteria required to keep the digestive system and digestive track healthy and functioning normally; had very low levels of putrid action and toxic material; and for the most part were far healthier than the average British bowel movement.

Actual investigation into this shows us that the African people have a diet that is very high in fiber. They eat mostly fruits and vegetables that are high in cellulose, other types of fiber like pectins and are particularly high in water content. The water content helps the body pass the fiber through by keeping the bowel and the feces moist. The average African is consuming about 24 grams of crude fiber per day compared to about four to six grams found in the typical British or American diet. Upon more in-depth analysis, it was found that the colons of the African people contained very, very low amounts of toxins and poisonous material that are normally associated with the bowel and old, rotting putrefying material in the bowel.

These chemical substances have been directly linked to arthritis, cancer and cancer of the bowel and many other illnesses and diseases. Since these primitive African people had very low amounts of these poisons in there colon, it was concluded this is why they had such a low incidence and low rates of bowel cancer, cancer in general, heart disease, arthritis and many other illnesses. So, this leads up to our main question. What is constipation? Well, the digestive track of man is able to hold at any given time somewhere between three to five meals. That means if you’ve eaten three to five meals and haven’t had a bowel movement your body is able to cope with that and able to deal with that. Once we go past three to five meals, the colon begins to expand. It can actually expand up to five times its normal size in order to hold more meals that are not being passed. This, however, produces a very bad situation because the longer the food stays in the intestinal track the more apt it is to begin to ferment, putrefy, rot and act as a breeding ground for bad bacteria, the likes of which can cause different arthritic conditions immunological problems such as autoimmune illnesses which can be linked to allergies, chemical sensitivities and different types of rheumatoid arthritis.

Parasites and the eggs of parasites can hatch in your intestinal track the longer they sit there without being passed out into the toilet. Also, as things become more disturbed, a fungus called Candida albicans is able to start to grow. This intestinal fungus can grow when friendly bacteria are destroyed in your intestinal track. Most common friendly bacteria are destroyed by antibiotic use or by harmful parasites that can get into your food and water. These harmful parasites, when they get into your intestinal tract, destroy friendly bacteria allowing this fungus called Candida albicans to grow. There are over 100 different symptoms possibly caused by this fungus. They range from allergies, asthma, arthritic complaints digestive complaints, brainfog, fatigue, spaceyness, inability to concentrate, skin problems, food reactions, the list goes on and on. A healthy functioning digestive tract should be able to have a bowel movement in ratio to every meal that is consumed in one given day. Now, this means if someone eats three times a day, they should have three bowel movements. If they eat one time a day, they should have one bowel movement. Simple math will show us, after one week’s time, if someone consumes three meals a day that’s 21 meals. Seven days times three meals. If someone has one bowel movement per day, at the end of the week that’s one bowel movement times seven days equals seven bowel movements. Where did all the other food go? Most people have been misled into believing that when they have a bowel movement in the morning they are eliminating all the food from the day before. Nothing can be further from the truth. The reason for that is actual analysis and testing show that the average American has a transit time of at least 48 to 72 hours.

The word transit is simply referring to transportation time of the feces from the point it enters the mouth to the point it is actually eliminated in the bowel movement. If food is taking 48 to 72 hours to pass through our systems, there is no way that the bowel movement we are having in the morning is eliminating all the meals from the previous day. Now, this can fool you because some foods tend to move through your system faster than others. For instance beets, which can be used as a great marker for this experiment, usually will pass through within 18 to 24 hours. Salads and vegetables and particularly uncooked vegetables and raw fruits tend to move through faster. However, foods of lower fiber content like meats, refined grains and starchier foods tend to move through slower so you may see part of yesterday’s meal in your bowel movement and be tricked into thinking that the whole meal was just passed. What actually occurred was some of the foods than can run faster through your digestive tract basically just outran all of the other foods that were there. This doesn’t mean the entire meal was passed. On the contrary, it has defiantly been confirmed that it takes 42 to 72 hours for most Americans to pass, what we would refer to as, the average American meal. Now, let me ask you this question, how often do you take out your garbage? Particularly, during the summertime? Now, let’s look at the garbage for a second. The garbage can has a lid and in the garbage can it is dark and moist and we have a lot of old food scraps in there. During the summer, if the can is outside, the sun beats on it making it hot, so we have a dark, moist, and warm environment.

Now, if you took out your garbage on Monday and then that night filled up the pail again and then left the pail alone until Thursday or Wednesday, what would you expect to smell when you opened up that pail? It certainly wouldn’t be anything pleasant or anything to look forward to, of course not, it would stink. This is because the foods sitting in the garbage pail that are mixing with bacteria that were already present in the food are being allowed to putrefy. I don’t think there are that many of us who would expect a garbage pail that has been sitting there for two or three days to be a very healthy environment. So, why would we ever think that our intestinal track would be any healthier if we allow garbage to stay in there for two or three days. A normal healthy person should have a bowel movement three times a day or minimum two times if he’s eating three meals a day. If he is not, we call this a mild form of constipation. Now someone may have bowel movements three or four times a day, but if the bowel movements are liquidy or loose they won’t be passing a lot of solid material and that would still be considered constipation. Remember constipation means to compact, it doesn’t mean how many times you are moving. It simply means that things are being compacted in the bowel and the bowel is not fully evacuating, cleaning itself. Diarrhea in many senses can be a form of severe constipation.

If one were to analyze the bulk weight of material released in every episode of diarrhea that someone was having over the period of a few days, they would find they are passing mostly water and not much solid material. Therefore, the solid material is staying in the bowel, so even though they have the apparency of moving a lot and cleaning themselves out, they’re really not because it’s not solid material, it’s all water. Sometimes people can become so constipated that all that will come out is liquid and loose material. This is defiantly a form of constipation if someone is moving his or her bowels every two to three days or any longer than that. This is severe constipation. This is the type of situation that is a breeding ground for many illnesses and diseases. The toxins that are produced in the bowel along with the different microorganisms such as bacteria, parasites and the fungus, Candida albicans, can produce more symptoms, illnesses, and diseases than anyone can believe. We have seen arthritis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, muscle soreness and pain, osteoporosis, PMS, other reproductive disorders, chronic migraines, and all types of indigestion and digestion complaints clear up miraculously once the person started moving their bowels normally again. There are many causes of constipation.

Very typically, antibiotics and other drugs can disrupt the friendly bacteria called acidophilus and bifidus, which live in our intestinal tract. These friendly bacteria help us to digest our food and help keep the intestinal pH at the right balance so that the bowels are able to move. When these bacteria are destroyed, the bowels can become too alkaline. Many times, the stool pH can go over 7.2, which is much more alkaline than it should be. When the stool pH becomes too alkaline, the bowels slow down and constipation is apparent. Different enzymes that help digest food and help us absorb vitamins and minerals stop working. At this point, we are unable to digest and absorb the vitamins, minerals, proteins and other nutrients from our food and we start developing many deficiency diseases that many of us read about in health and vitamin books. Many things can disturb our friendly bacteria. It could be as simple as chlorinated water. Excessive intake of coffee, alcohol, and other drugs can also disturb the friendly bacteria.

Friendly bacteria are very commonly disturbed by parasites. This may be horrible to confront and may be very difficult for anyone to want to believe, but people are picking up parasites all the time. We pick up parasites from our pets, from our water, from our food and even from each other. If the eggs from parasites are allowed to stay in our bodies too long, the eggs come in contact with certain chemicals, two of them are called propyl alcohol and benzene, these eggs are allowed to hatch and then parasites start to grow and multiply in our bodies. Many parasites can lay thousands of eggs a day. Once these parasites start to grow and mature, they disrupt the friendly bacteria, which then can lead, not only to constipation, but different parasite symptoms. Many authorities and experts now believe that over 90 percent of all Americans are affected with parasites and that parasites are actually the cause of 50 percent of the ailments and illnesses that doctors are commonly treating people for . Can you imagine that over 50 percent of all the ailments and illnesses that we are going to our doctor for are actually being caused by parasites living in our bodies as opposed to all these big fancy words and terms that are being coined in medical textbooks?

Constipation can also be caused by nutritional deficiencies, which can cause under active adrenal and thyroid function. The adrenal gland acts like the fuel pump in the body helping fuel get into the cells. The thyroid gland acts somewhat like sparkplugs, helping the body burn up fuel and create energy. These two glands also stimulate the digestive system and it’s very common to find constipated people with under active thyroid and adrenal function. Many times under activity of these glands will not show up on the standard blood test that our doctors will do as this under activity is being caused by mild nutritional deficiencies of vitamins, minerals and proteins which help these glands to work. This is when one needs to see a nutritionist to resolve the matter. Constipation can also be caused by a sluggish liver. This, again, may not show up on standard medical tests as it may not be a disease condition. The liver itself will not stimulate the digestive track to move and pass food along by releasing adequate amounts of bile which is a substance which helps us breakdown fats in our diet. Many experts now feel that almost everyone has gallstones even though they may not be symptomatic or necessarily need medication or surgery from their doctors.

Gallstones can start accumulating in the gallbladder in the hundreds and hundreds or even thousands before the person may ever be symptomatic of it. I have seen the proof of this with my own eyes. I have had many patients do something that we call a gallbladder flush. This involves taking some simple every day household foods like lemon and olive oil and some basic herbs that flush the gallstones out of the gallbladder. I have had hundreds of patients do this and each one has reported seeing hundreds of stones pass and these were people who were never symptomatic of any type of gallbladder or gallstone problem. What we need to learn from this is that these stones could be in our gallbladder and could be causing the gallbladder and the liver to be ineffectively operating. This can be another cause of constipation. Constipation might also be caused by certain vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

Pantothenic acid is a B vitamin that helps encourage normal peristalsis in the intestines. Peristalsis is the wavelike muscular contraction of the colon in the small intestines which pushes food along, moving it eventually to the end of the colon where it is eliminated out of the body in normal bowel movements. Probably the three most basic causes of constipation though are much simpler then any one of these mentioned. The first is lack of water. It’s interesting to know that fish do not have colons. The reason for that is fish are immersed in water all day, and the job of the colon is to reabsorb water from our food so that we can retain this moisture. Mammals and land creatures have colons. They are not immersed in water all the time so, they need to recycle the water from their food in order to avoid dehydration. Many people have had the experience of having to have a bowel movement and for some reason not being able to go when nature was calling. Later, they found the stool was dry and hard to pass. This is because the colon was absorbing excessive amounts of moisture from the stool and had then become dry. This can happen on a routine basis if there is not enough water in our diet. When an insufficient amounts of water is present, fecal matter in the colon will become dry and become stuck in the intestinal tract. These layers of fecal matter can start building up much like rust does on a pipe. The bowel movement that a person like this is having is actually being pushed through these layers of old dried material.

One of the next reasons for constipation is lack of fiber and the consumption of too many junk foods that are low in fiber. Fiber, as we have all learned by now, is essential. It is a bulking material that helps us brush along much like a broom would. Nowadays, people are taking Metamucil that is essentially a substance called psyllium. Psyllium is a seed that contains an outer husk that absorbs water and gels and bulks up. When this is consumed, it acts as a fiber laxative. The fiber creating a feeling of fullness and pressure in the colon, stimulates the colon to push fecal matter through. Thereby, also pushing with it the feces that were our food. Foods low in fiber or foods that are commonly thought of as being junk foods cause the intestinal tract to secrete mucus. The mucus is secreted by the intestinal tract as a way of coating itself and protecting itself from these harmful irritating junk foods. Mucus buildup in the colon can also occur from taking drugs, too much alcohol or from having parasites or other harmful organisms in the intestinal tract. Once again, the intestinal tract is only trying to protect itself by secreting mucus in order to put a thin layer of protective fluid between itself and the harmful irritant substance. As time goes on, with the lack of water and fiber in the diet, the low fiber food mixes with the mucus and start to develop into a paste. Eventually it hardens like plaster of Paris, becomes black and highly toxic. This material can build up, like we said before, like rust in a pipe. It is this material that is literally killing millions and millions of Americans. This material contains many toxic chemical substances, harmful bacteria, parasites and the fungus, Candida albicans, which can be damaging to our health.

Lack of chewing is another reason for constipation. Chewing helps send signals to our digestive system that food is being consumed. Chewing acts like a stimulus to the digestive system, telling the stomach, pancreas and the liver all to make digestive juices and telling the intestines and the large bowel to push food along digestive tract. It is amazing when we realize how much more energy people have when they are able to get rid of these internal poisons that they are carrying around and producing every second from the dirty, toxic bowels that we have in this country.

There is a solution however to this problem. It is our new constipation program. It involves disinfecting the bowel, killing harmful bacteria, fungi, parasites and their eggs, which can further injure the body and allow the constipation to persist. We want to kill these organisms. First is that when we start to clean out the bowel we may end up disturbing them like disturbing a hornets’ nest outside in your backyard. I don’t think you want to go over and pick it up and throw it away. I think the first thing you would want to do before you clean the hornets’ nest out is throw some bug killer there to kill as many hornets as you can so they don’t come out and attack you once they find out your trying to disturb their nest. Well, that’s the same concept we have here. Our first step is to try to destroy as many of these organisms as we can so that when we start to clean out the bowel these bugs don’t come up and bite us. The second step involves actually taking herbal substances and other natural things that help to loosen hardened fecal matter in the colon and then allow it to pass out of the body. Some of the herbs we use are somewhat like jack hammers in how they work .

They break up material. Some of the other herbs that are used, can be thought of as being more like bulldozers. Once the material has been loosened from the jackhammer, the bulldozer herbs move through and push it out, allowing us to pass it out of the body. At this stage of this program, sometimes colonics are very useful. For those of you who have never heard of this before, a colonic is a procedure where a certified technician has you lie down on a table and then he inserts a disposable plastic tub into the rectum. The tub that he inserts into your rectum is connected to an apparatus or machinery that allows water to be gradually pumped into the colon and at the same time pumps water that has entered the colon out. This creates a flushing action. It is very safe and very gentle, you can think of it as one big continuous enema. The goal of a colonic is never to balloon or overfill your colon causing it to burst. On the complete other hand, the colonic allows water to gently enter the colon hoping to loosen old fecal matter which is dried and has become stuck in different areas and allows it to be flushed out.

The next step of the constipation program is to help clear the gallbladder and liver of any stones that they may have and bring them up to a more full operating capacity. This is essential for proper bowel movements. After this is done, we concentrate on getting friendly bacteria to regrow in the intestinal tract and large bowel. We use very special laboratory tested strains of human bacteria and other substances that help them to grow back in the colon and large intestine. Therefore, allowing the large intestine and colon to have the proper environment again. This is a healthy environment, conducive to good digestion and proper bowel movements.

It seems that in most people who are chemically sensitive or allergic to anything, the very first flaw in their system is in the intestinal tract. The intestinal tract lacking this protective coating, or worse yet, having intestinal permeability (which is also called “leaky gut syndrome”) are the underlying flaws in most people who are allergic. When someone lacks this protective coating in their intestinal tract, foods, chemicals, and microorganisms such as parasites, bacteria, yeast and viruses can then begin irritating the lining of the intestinal tract. What will happen next is that the immune system will start reacting at the line of the intestinal tract in order to fight back. This creates inflammation, swelling, and further irritation of the intestinal lining. This, in itself, besides causing intestinal pain, intestinal cramps and irritation, will begin allergic reactions throughout the body. It seems that these allergic reactions, begun in the intestinal tract, trigger skin reactions such as itching, hives, rashes, etc. As this continues for a length of time, the next step is that the intestinal lining becomes further degraded and starts to actually develop barriers that are leaky. The normal villi in the intestinal tract, which are hair-like structures that help absorb vitamins, minerals, and different nutrients from your food, become damaged. These tiny hairs are not able to absorb the nutrients from your food that are passing through your intestines and then send them into your bloodstream so your cells, glands and organs can use them.

Instead, holes or leaky patches develop at different points of the intestinal tract where large particles of foods, pollens, chemicals, microorganisms, whatever, then fall between the cracks and into your bloodstream. It is only the presence of these larger holes or leaks that allow these substances that would have never normally gotten into your bloodstream, to enter. Being in your bloodstream, they now create havoc. Bad reactions, allergies, environmental allergies are soon to follow. This is how the person then becomes an “allergic to everything” type of person.

One of the major differences discovered in someone who is HIV positive as opposed to someone who has full-blown AIDS is the person with full-blown AIDS has developed this leaky gut syndrome. Naturally, due to that, he is much more susceptible to contracting other infections and other problems. The person who is merely HIV positive, who doesn’t have this leaky gut syndrome, has more protection as his intestinal tract is not allowing these things to pass through. It would be correct to say that most likely all people suffering from any type of skin rash or sensitivity have, to some degree, this syndrome of leaky gut, or a weakened protective lining of the intestinal tract.

The good news is that this situation can be remedied. Using some of the substances I mentioned earlier, the plant substances which are called mucins, to rebuild the friendly protective coating of the intestinal tract, and then using other specific nutrients which have been found to be able to rebuild the actual lining of the intestinal tract itself and strengthen it so as to repair the leaky patches, this problem can be resolved in a matter of a few months.

The first step in handling this problem would be to ascertain exactly what’s happening in the person’s digestive system. A new test has been developed which enables a practitioner to determine the total amount of friendly and harmful bacteria, the amounts of yeast and parasites in one’s intestines, whether or not one is missing the substances in the intestines which protects the lining of the intestines, and whether or not the intestinal tract has become leaky. This test also would scan the digestive system and absorption system, to see if one is digesting and absorbing everything correctly from their food. It also tells a great deal about how well the immune system is functioning in the intestinal tract. This is the ideally suited test to determine exactly what’s needed on someone suffering from this syndrome.

After the testing, the first step would be to put the person on a program to clear out any harmful bacteria or harmful microorganisms that are living in the intestines. Once they’re eliminated, we then can begin building up the friendly bacteria in the system, and then we can begin repairing the intestinal tract.

In some cases, even though harmful organisms are present in the intestines and would continue to break down the intestinal tract, causing the same problem all over again, it is necessary to strengthen and heal the intestinal tract a bit before one even begins to clear away these harmful organisms. This is true in cases where people are so chemically sensitive or so allergic that they can no longer even tolerate taking the natural substances which might be able to clear away the harmful bacteria or microorganisms from their system. If this is the case, the person would first need a round or so of these substances to strengthen his intestinal tract so that he would be able to tolerate the substances that remove the harmful bacteria or harmful parasites.

Once this is accomplished the person would naturally, then be able to tolerate friendly bacteria. So, for those who are very, very sensitive, they have to actually begin the entire program by correcting as best as we can the weakness of the intestinal lining that causes the bad reaction before beginning the program to totally and completely correct the problem.

This is permissible because after the person has cleared away the bad microorganisms and then started to establish friendly bacteria, he can then go back on the substances that then heal the intestinal tract for a longer period of time, so as to obtain a complete and thorough regeneration of the area.

We are having fantastic successes and in some cases almost miraculous results in our own practice. We hope this information benefits you.

Anxiety and Heart Palpitations

Anxiety and heart palpitations often come hand in hand. Anxiety is the feeling of fear, apprehension and worry when facing life problems or anticipating future events. Heart palpitations are the sensation of own heart beating that may take in the form of pounding, racing, irregular, skipped, weak or strong heartbeats.

Common signs and symptoms of anxiety may include:

  • Hot flashes and sweating
  • Sleeping disorder and headache
  • Heart palpitations, chest pain, and breathlessness
  • Cold hands, trembling, or tingling
  • Dry mouth and lump in the throat
  • Abdominal discomfort, frequent urination
  • Dread, confusion and uneasiness
  • Avoidance, insecurity or strong desire to escape
  • Obsessive behaviors and fear of madness

When the signs and symptoms of anxiety extend for a prolonged period most of the time, you may have developed an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety and heart palpitations

Of all the symptoms that are felt by anxiety sufferers, heart palpitations are probably one of the most annoying. This is because anxiety’s heart palpitations can feel like a heart attack which is accompanied by shortness of breath and chest pains. Your body is quivering and shaking, your mouth goes dry, your heart is pounding and jumping, and worse, you may feel like your heart is stop beating.

If you experience heart palpitations along with additional symptoms, such as dizziness, fainting, chest pain or shortness or breath, you should seek immediate medical attention.

If the cause of your heart palpitations is anxiety then it can be controlled with an anxiety medication. But, drugs are only temporary solutions until you fix what is causing your anxiety in the first place. Consult with your doctor about your heart palpitations to determine the most effective treatment for it and also if maybe you just need help to sort things out.

Heart palpitations are a very common occurrence during an anxiety attack. Learn to relax a little. Deep breathing exercises and meditation will help a lot. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs which can exacerbate heart palpitations.

Many common issues can lead to never-ending anguish and even anxiety attacks if one cannot deal with stress efficaciously. Regular exercise, proper diet, therapy, medication and relaxation exercises can all improve the signs and symptoms of anxiety including heart palpitations from anxiety, and when used together the results are even better.

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a state in which an affected person becomes physically and emotionally dependent upon alcohol to the extent that it starts adversely affecting his or her physical, emotional and mental health and disruptions social life. An individual may resort to excessive intake of alcohol for various reasons: as a social habit; To relate physical and mental stress; As an escape from reality; To overcome depression and other illnesses; And as a result of severe dependence. Irrespective of the cause of alcoholism, chronic intake gradually results in a downward spiral in the form of physical disease, emotional dependence, social stigmatization, and problems in care.

While alcoholism can adversely affect the entire body, its main effects can be seen on the heart, nervous system, skin, gastrointestinal system, and most importantly, the liver. Excessive alcohol intake typically destroys the liver and causes cirrhosis, which is an irreversible destruction causing both structural as well as functional damage, which in the long run can serious consequences and severe morbidity and mortality. The very causes of alcoholism continue to propagate this state and the affected individual finds it very difficult to discontinue this habit. In addition, abstinence or reduced intake of alcohol causes withdrawal symptoms like tremors, loss of appetite, depression, and other symptoms like convulsions. These withdrawal symptoms too create a severe hindrance in stopping alcohol consumption.

The modern management of alcoholism includes counseling, treatment for depression and other physical and emotional problems, medication to stop alcohol consumption, and in severe cases, admission to hospital for de-addiction and rehabilitation. Most of these measures are quite expensive and beyond the reach of the average middle-class or lower middle-class individual. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can provide a cost-effective solution for alcoholism which is within the reach of almost all individuals affected with this condition.

Ayurvedic treatment for alcoholism is aimed at treating the dependence, treating the adverse effects of excessive alcohol intake, and preventing or reducing withdrawal symptoms. Herbal medicines act on the nervous system and reduce the craving for alcohol while at the same time reducing anxiety, depression and boosting confidence and vitality. Ayurvedic treatment helps the affected individual to become alert and responsive to the surroundings and to face real-life situations.

Ayurvedic medicines also help to reverse the damage that alcohol causes to the gastrointestinal mucosa, arteries and veins, nerve cells, heart, and especially the liver. The affected individual notices a significant change in digestion and appetite, and experiences a feeling of well-being and vigor. Timely treatment with herbal medicines completely reverses the effects of cirrhosis and helps bring the liver back to optimum functioning.

Ayurvedic treatment also helps in reducing anxiety, depression and tremors and helps in preventing withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing alcohol intake. Regular treatment with Ayurvedic herbal medicines completely reduces the craving for alcohol as well as helps the individual adjust so as to remove the causes for alcohol dependence.

Most individuals suffering from alcoholism require Ayurvedic treatment for periods ranging from one to six months, depending upon the severity of alcoholism and its after effects on the affected individual. A majority of such individuals can carry on life in a normal manner with very little possibility of a relapse. It is however, important to avoid aggravating factors which may cause the individual to revert to alcoholism.

What Shape Do You Give Your Emotional Responses?

A man in his early twenties is talking to me about how he can feel his depression coming on again and he is dreading it. I ask him to explain to me what happens – does this experience stay permanently or does it arrive, make him feel terrible for a while, then leave?

He tells me it passes ever but he hates the experience and dreads it returning all the time. 'So, as it approaches, would I be right to assume it looks like you are about to be dragged down into a dark bottomless pit of despair and this time you might never come out as you have the other times – do you see something like That as it approaches? '. He says yes, he does. 'Does it feel like you are being eat alive?'. He nods and smiles at the same time. I can see he is picturing this imagination in his mind. 'I am being eaten alive'.

'So as it approaches you sense it overwhelming you; Eating you alive; Do you get a sense of being suffocated by it? '. He nods. 'What if you were to change the way you see it. Let us look at it as though it were a hill of energy that needs to be ate and what is really happening is it coming to you to be ateen and then when you have ateen enough of it the hill lowers a bit; But it keeps building up because rather than eat the smaller amounts of this energy as they come to you to be eaten during the day you keep backing away from it and the hill builds up again; Then this hill sees to overwhelm you. What if you decided to go eat the whole hill, over a period of time, until it was all gone? '.

'What if you see yourself as a Pac-Man, for example, and you decide to carefully go eat the hill before it comes to you? What if you got into the habit of deliberately going to find it '. That gets a smile as he pictures the scene. 'That is weird' he says. 'No-one has ever stolen to me like this before'.

I explain to him next the way we see our intense emotional experiences is crucial to whether or not we get rid of them. I learned this the hard way – by starting with lots a verbal self-talk as I went through a self-supervised exposure therapy program, lasting several years, and then accidentally discovering the power of imagery to change the way I worked with my emotions. I played with changing how I saw various aspects of what I was going through. When I say 'accidentally' though, that is not quite right.

For some time, as I wake telling my Unconscious 'we are going in' again as I followed my exposure therapy plan, I had strange imagery coming up such as pictures of rooms in the countryside and hills. These images had no emotion attached to them so I tended to ignore them – then one day I realized my unconscious was providing these images as tools. I had been telling it repeatedly what I wanted to do and it was saying 'try this' to me. Once I started playing with the imagery while in the center of my emotional responses I started to see a change in whether or not the emotional responses cleared from my body.

If you apply certain types of imagery when either approaching or in the center of an emotional response you can introduce a 'way of seeing' that will convince the various minds in your brain to release the response. See the response as an approaching predator and your Reptilian Brain will gear your whole body up for fighting it and your upper brains do likewise. See it as something you want to move towards and periodically release occurs.

The Shapes and Movements You See are Important in Emotional Self Management

You see a high wave of dark emotional energy coming at you and you know it is going to leave you all washed up at the end. To your reptilian brain, the brain part build around your brain stem and responsible for managing your bodily reactions and rhythms, this identifies the emotion approaching as something of a gap jaw which, at the very least, will leave you in pain and wounded. If you feel as though the emotion is suffocating you this triggers a specific response in an organ in your brain called the amygdala. The amygdala is part of your Limbic brain (your specific emotional response brain sitting over your Reptilian Brain). Scientists tell us the amygdala is like a 'suffocation alert system' and mimics the moment when a predator has you by the throat.

The amygdala creates a specific image of the trigger (your emotion) and produces a strong fight or flight response whenever the potential suffocating experience approaches. Your hippocampus, an arched structure at the rear of the amygdala, memorizes the territory surrounding the threat – it is the trigger of 'anticipatory fear'. In a real life threatening situation it improves our survival odds by producing emotional responses to such things as predator footprints – but when it triggers in relation to our own emotions it is a real nuisance – for example you may start emotional responses in regards to your Bedroom door which you sit behind for days when in the middle of your emotional misery.

All of this kind of thing happens because of the way we see 'our emotional responses. It causes us to do our best to avoid and fight them off – and this freezes them inside of us.

So How Might You Change How You See that Trapped Response So You Can Suddenly Get it to Go Away?

Quite often when I start talking to people about this way of changing how we see they start talking to me about their own application of this method – it is the first time they have come across someone else who talks about this kind of thing. A lady recently told me about her 'Special Room' approach. That got me quite excited as I've got 'A Room' as well! I did not tell her about my room though, everyone has a right to their own room. My point here is this is a universal technique that people rarely talk about (I guess NLP practitioners use this kind of thing a lot?). Once our Unconscious knows we definitely intend to go in and heal the inner turmoil it may well start providing the imaging tools for doing so – but will you recognize when these imaging tools appear?

Anyway, my favorite technique is 'the Hill' (it is all done in the imagination, by the way, no actual hills are used in the writing of this article).

The Hill – an exercise to try if you have an obsession or phobia

To begin, move yourself consciously towards your emotional response, but do not go into it yet. You are standing next to your hill. Feel the tension between you and the hill – if you feel fear, feel that – but remember the truly intense stuff is at the center of the hill. The Hill is a perfect hill shape with sloping sides and it is a hill of pure emotional energy.

If you can see what you think the 'issue' is at the center of the emotional response imagine the issue sits in the center of the Hill. Stay there a while, to one side of the hill, picturing the scene and sensing the emotion nearby. While you are waiting here I will talk to you about 'tone'.

Tone

Imagine you are an adult trying to talk a small child into believing their new bedroom does not have ghosts and is not dangerous, but the small child is very frightened of the new room. You decide, in your ultimate wisdom as an adult, the best way to get the child to accept going into this room is to frighten them into it. You turn to the child and with all the love and best intentions in the world you scream 'get in that room right now! Of course there are no ghosts in your room there are no such thing as ghosts you stupid child; Get in there and stop being so ridiculous! ' Question: does it work, this method? Or does it make the child not just afraid of the room but of the whole house and you included?

I used to have a phobia of public speaking which I did not know I had until I spoke to my very first class – I would freeze up completely. I discovered if I told a joke here and there and got a laugh it changed my emotional experience. After a few months I no longer needed humor to get me through – I actually lost my negative experience through the process of repeatedly standing in front of the group and changing the tone of how I saw what I was doing. Sometimes the new tone became permanently fixed and now I get really excited when I get to talk to groups.

So here you are standing next to your hill of energy, possibly full of fear. Let us change the tone of that energy so that when you enter it you have a different experience to the one you had before. You know that lemony sweet yellow powdery sherbet dab (I ate these as a child). Make it a hill of that, or some other powdery substance you like. This changes the tone from experiencing, for example, the pain of a horrible panic attack to 'Releasing the energy of the sherbet dab'. It still hurts – but your undering Unconscious brain notices the change in tone and becomes more willing to allow the release process to happen.

Time to Enter the Hill

Having waited next to the Hill for a while now what you have demonstrated to your Unconscious is that you have a degree of control over the experience. It is not coming at you – you are acknowledging there are feelings to be released; You have moved towards it; And you have paused on the edge. As you enter the Hill now just think about how you can change the negative tone of this experience (sherbet dab time) and move toward the very center of the hill. If there is an issue at the center of the hill just be with that as well.

Now imagine that by simply being at the center of the hill you are absorbing the energy of the hill. Your body strips the energy from the yellow powder and a flaw yellow gas starts to radiate out of the top of your head. This now shows your Unconscious you believe you are radiating the energy away. Believe it or not, if you do this right, this is what actually ends up happening (did for me, anyway). Your Unconscious will allow the trapped emotional response to flow.

It is very unlikely you will achieve full release in one go. When you have had enough, move out the other side, feeling the lower in emotional energy levels as you do so. Sit on the other side of the Hill for a while and then go in again or, if you have had enough, go off and do something else. But before you do – just recap with your Unconscious to strengthen your understanding of what just happened.

You went into the very center of the response, at its very worst, then came out the other side. You survived. Now to finish off tell your Unconscious not only did you survive – the hill has reduced in size.

Do this with enough focus for long enough and you will see real shifts both in the movement of emotional energy and in the way your Unconscious sees the emotional response.

Using this method I removed some panic attacks and 27 obsessions.

Not Realistic?

What you learn when you do this kind of self-work is that seeing, and changing how you see, is everything. External reality has very little to do with what goes on inside our heads and that is the true reality of emotional self-management.

Panic Attacks at Night – Why They Happen and How to Stop Them

Panic attacks at night are actually pretty common people with panic and anxiety disorders. When I first started experiencing them many years ago, I thought I was unique, but now I know differently.

Sometimes referred to as "nocturnal panic attacks," these night-time episodes can be truly terrifying. In many cases, you'll be fast sleep and perfectly calm, only to awaken all of a sudden and find yourself slap bang in the middle of a huge panic attack.

Or on other occasions, you may be crying awake for an extended period of time, and slowly feel your anxiety levels increase until a full-blown attack develops.

In my own case, I experienced both types of these panic attacks at night.

I tried many different approaches to stopping them, mostly unsuccessful approaches, but finally I stumbled onto some ideas that worked. The first one is to simply address the root-cause of the anxiety, whatever that may be for you. The night-time attacks are just the symptom, so we have to go after the root-cause.

So that approach needs some time and some effort on your part, in order for you to investigate your own situation and find what's really causing your panic and anxiety.

But the good news is, there's also something you can start doing right now.

And that's to eliminate anything stimulating for an hour or two before bed. So no TV, no Internet, no books (except it's very gentle subject matter), no coffee (of course!), And no stress that you can avoid.

The calmer you are when you go to bed, and the longer you've been calm before you go to bed, the greater your chances of avoiding these horrible panic attacks at night.

Complete Information on Acquired Ichthyosis With Treatment and Prevention

Acquired ichthyosis is a disorder clinically and histologically similar to ichthyosis vulgaris. Acquired ichthyosis most often appears in adulthood. It may appear before or after the diagnosis of a systemic condition. It may develop in patients of any age with certain forms of malignant disease and infectious disease, in dietary and vitamin A deficiencies, as a side effect of cholesterol-lowering medication, in dialysis patients, hypothyroidism or for no apparent reason. Acquired ichthyosis has also been associated with the use of certain medications such as nicotinic acid, triparanol, butyrophenones, dixyrazine, cimetidine, and clofazimine. It can occur in people suffering from leprosy, AIDS, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever.

Acquired ichthyosis has been associated with various systemic diseases, although malignant conditions, especially hodgkin’s lymphoma are the most commonly cited. The severity of acquired ichthyosis usually depends on the underlying condition present. As the systemic condition is treated, the ichthyosis generally improves. Diagnosis of acquired ichthyosis is usually based upon the skin symptoms present. If acquired ichthyosis appears before a systemic disease is diagnosed, the individual will be examined further for the presence of an underlying disorder. In any ichthyosis, minimizing bathing or showering is helpful. Soaps should be used only in intertriginous areas. Hexachlorophene products should not be used because of increased absorption and toxicity.

The main goal of treatment for acquired ichthyosis is to moisturise and exfoliate. This helps prevent dryness, scaling, cracking and build-up of skin. The skin affected by ichthyosis is treated by hydration with alpha-hydroxy acid lotions such as ammonium lactate. People with acquired ichthyosis have normal lifespan. However they may need to spend several hours each day caring for their skin so they can lead as much of a normal life as possible. Topical retinoid cream such as tretinoin may also be used. Topical calcipotriol cream has been used with success; however, this vitamin D derivative can result in hypercalcemia when used over broad areas, especially in small children. In severe cases they may prescribe oral retinoids such as acitretin or isotretinoin. This can help to reduce scaling. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed if secondary infection occurs.

4 Triggers To Multiple Orgasms

She already had an orgasm. What if she can’t get enough and wants to have more than one orgasm? Simply take this good stuff and tips to bed and discover how to double her fun.

(1) Make her orgasm before penetration

For most women, clitoral stimulation from oral sex is the easiest way for them to climax. You caress her down there with your tongue for a minute or so before pulling away for 10 to 15 seconds to stimulate the area surrounding the clitoris. Then you move back to stimulate her clitoris. Oral teasing techniques prime the body to expect for another new climax after each peak in sensation.

By getting her to have an orgasm before intercourse, her body will be geared to come again and respond faster to the added vaginal stimulation during sex. Even though she may not come during foreplay, you keep pampering her down there. This still paves the way for multiple orgasms. If she gets aroused slowly, she is likely to stay aroused a little longer.

(2) Warm up other areas

After she has an orgasm, she will be very sensitive to your touch because a lot of nerve pathways have been stimulated due to the tremendous surge in blood flow. It is better to take a break from stimulating those sensitive hot spots immediately after an orgasm.

What you should do is to give the vaginal area a break and move to stimulate her other erogenous zones such as her inner thighs, neck, breasts, ears, buttocks, behind the knees, feet, wrists and the inner folding between the upper and lower arms. Stroking in other regions will keep her nerves and sensual energy in high alert while allowing her nether regions to cool off just enough to take your caresses all over again.

(3) Stimulate the g-spot

After she had climaxed as a result of oral sex, her clitoral area will become super sensitive and you can give this area a break. You move on to stimulate the g-spot (the sponge-like moan zone behind the pubic bone which could be nothing more than the back-end roots of the clitoris) to unleash the next orgasmic wave. The best sex positions to hit the g-spot naturally are the reverse cowgirl and doggie-style.

To enhance the sensation, make sure you do not neglect other areas. This means you can fondle her breasts or trail your nails down her back as she rides on you, creating constant rubbing of her clitoris against your body in a rocking motion. The more areas you engage on while stimulating the g-spot, the better and more likely she will have multiple orgasms.

The angle of her hips determines both the depth and angle of your penis inside and outside her vagina. Therefore, simple adjustments can increase the friction on her hot spots and bring her multiple orgasms. Having her hips propped up with pillows will help you to hit her g-spot easily.

(4) Get help from sex toys

One of the best ways to keep her coming again and again is to use sex toys. If you want to please a woman sexually, you should introduce clitoral vibrators into the bedroom. These clitoral vibrators can be used during sex or even when masturbating. At times, certain sexual acts can be difficult to sustain for long periods of time, the use of sex toys not only can help her to reach orgasm easily but can also give her pleasure over and over again during a single session.

Bullet vibrators can also be used to stimulate the vaginal area. They are inserted into the vagina to stimulate the g-spot as well as the clitoris. These vibrators can be used during foreplay or during intercourse.

When it comes to multiple orgasms, the essential skill is paying attention after the first orgasm. You pay attention to the subtle cues that indicate her body is ready for more stimulation. You keep her on the plateau of pleasure and then build it up again towards climax without overwhelming her body with too much sensation too soon after orgasm.

How Does Climate Change Affect Us?

Now days climate change is spoken, or written about, in pretty much every aspect of our lives.  But how many people actually understand what climate change is, and how it affects us now, and will affect us, in the future?

Does anyone reading this not know the planets temperature is rising steadily?  This is commonly referred to as “Global Warming”.  

The planets temperature rising is just one way that will affect us and change our climate.  If you follow what happens because of the planets temperature rising, thats when you really start to set up and take notice.

Suddenly someone notices there is an affect that follows the cause – The old “cause and affect” strategy.  The planet warms and the ice on the planet begins to melt, but “cause and affect” does not stop there.  No.  The ice melts and the sea level begins to rise.

Now we know that the climate change is affecting us by:

a) Global Warming -The planet is heating up.
b) The planets ice shelves are melting, and
c) The oceans sea level is rising.

But how does these things affect us -Me and, you?

Besides the weather patterns getting very unpredictable, and in some cases extremely haphazzard, there is the issue of the melting ice.  This ice melting is hazzardous to us in many ways -To name just a few:  There are many species of the planet that may very likely become extinct because they are losing their habitat.

Loss of any species to the planet is, or should be, a great concern to us all.  

Some of these species are hunted for food by people, and losing them is a loss of a food source in an area where food sources are very scarce.  These same species are also hunted for their hides to keep people warm in climates that are extremely cold.

Here some may suggest the warming climate could be good for these people, so they are not so cold.  This is such an outrageous thought and is why these kinds of articles are so important to better educate the people of our world.  Because, again I point out “cause and affect”.  Nothing changes without a cause and affect.

Affect:  Now we discuss the rise of the worlds sea level.  There are many communities that are actually below the worlds sea level, and its rising can cause horrible tragedies around the world.

Is there anyone reading this article that is not aware of what happened to a “little” community called “New Orleans”?  This is just a sample of the tragedies that will be in the future if we do not take action.

How does climate change affect us?  At this point, I am hopeful that my article has given you some idea.  Now for the important part of this article, what can “we” -I, and you, do about it?

To be perfectly honest, I do not really believe that the affects of our climate change can be stopped, or reversed at this point,  But, I do believe we can still slow its affects way down, if we will all just take action.

If your still reading and asking yourself “what can I do?”  Then on behalf of my grandchildren -The eldest being two, 6-11-2009 -I want to thank you.

Lets discuss what you can do to help:  

1) accept that you can help even if you have a limited income.  This is the first step to actually making progress, and helping.  Otherwise you would just feel too  overwhelmed thinking you could not possible afford to make a difference.  But there are many levels of help that you can participate in, and the most important level is the level that you participate in.

2) Choose your level of participation.

a) Costs you nothing, and will actually save you money.  
To put it simply, turn off those unnecessary lights.  Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth, or shampooing your hair.  Do not waste gasoline making useless trips to the store.  Try to make a list and limit your trips to the store.  Saves you gasoline and money you would have spent on gasoline.  Try to carpool with someone that is already going to the store, or even to work.  Simple things that cost you nothing.

Can we go a step better that still does not cost you any money?  Sure.  How about locating your local recycling facility.  Now instead of adding to the problem, you are truly taking steps to alleviate it.  This is not hard, and I have shown you how you can actually keep more of the money you already have.

b) is a level that would require some expenditure, the amount of expenditure would be entirely up to you.

Replace those old energy wasting light bulbs with some new energy saving light bulbs -You do not need to do them all at once, if your budget wont allow for it.  You can simply switch them out as the old bulbs burnout.  

Now make certain that all of your faucets, and shower heads, all have water conserving restrictors, or heads.

Get your car tuned up, and be sure and check your tires air pressure.  If within your ability, look into trading off that old gas hog, for a newer model, preferably a hybrid.

Now that you know how does climate change affect us, and how you can help “affect” climate change, I hope you will share this info2SaveEarth, with everyone you know and remember to visit info2SaveEarth.com for more tips and suggestions.

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MSM For Natural Male Enhancement and Erectile Dysfunction

MSM or Methyl Sulfonyl Methane is a naturally occurring organic compound. Naturally, it occurs in small amounts within plants and some other foods and drinks. This natural compound is also a metabolite, which means it is an intermediate and the result forms metabolism.

As far as your health goes, MSM is a way to dip into a natural source of sulfur. This is why your body needs this so much. Sulfur is used in every cell of the body to help perform certain functions and give you a healthy skin, hair, and nails. In nature Methyl Sulfonyl is derived from plankton. The way that this compound reaches us is pretty complex and this is why people can get deficiencies. It is released by the plankton into the ocean water and it rises. Once it has reached the surface it gets evaporated into the atmosphere. After that, it then gets trapped in rain water and falls to the earth. Finally, plants absorb it.

While in the plant, MSM and other minerals are bound to carbon which makes it easy for human consumption. Some foods that contain this are meat, fish, eggs, poultry and milk, and in lesser amounts in grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables-especially onions and garlic (hence the characteristic odor), asparagus and cruciferous vegetables.

Now lets take a loot at how MSM can help with erectile dysfunction and aid in penis enlargement. It helps your overall penis health a few different ways. If you have a deficiency of this compound, the new cells being formed on your penis may be weak and rigid or deformed. MSM helps restore flexibility and the ability of cells to fill with blood to produce an erection. This makes it easy for fluids to pass through the tissue because they will be more permeable. A few more ways that this helps improve sexual performance is by repairing worn or weakened ligaments, tendons, and cartilage in joints with health new flexible cells. This allows for penis enlargement and helps your durability and stamina. This is a very key ingredient that should be used in any natural male enhancement supplement.