Beyond Morning Sickness: Battling Hyperemesis Gravidarum

An Excerpt from the book Beyond Morning Sickness: Battling Hyperemesis Gravidarum:

Effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

A hyperemetic mother can vomit between four and twenty (or more) times a day for months. If, starting at six weeks, a particular woman vomits an average of fifteen times a day she will have endured several hundred emetic episodes by twenty weeks. Imagine the discomfort of vomiting that much in such a short span of time! The vomiting can be so frequent that the stomach acid erodes tooth enamel. The emesis itself is often bile-filled and blood tinged (the blood usually comes from small tears in the esophagus, stomach or duodenum), and the cycle is self-perpetuating and relentless. In addition to the excessive vomiting, a severely hyperemetic mother suffers from weight loss, dehydration and metabolic disturbances.

Weight Loss

The nausea and vomiting of HG make it nearly impossible for the mother to eat or drink much, if anything. Obviously, if you don’t eat you lose weight. Again, losing greater than 5% of your total body weight is one clinical indication supporting a diagnosis of severe HG.

Dehydration

Fluid, which makes up around two-thirds of a person’s body weight, is vital, because every single process in our bodies occurs in a fluid medium. Surprisingly, dehydration can cause nausea and vomiting, and that’s the last thing a hyperemetic wants more of. Some symptoms of dehydration are lowered blood pressure, headache, blurred vision and fever.

Electrolyte Imbalance

Electrolytes are chemical compounds that break down into such elements as potassium and salt in the body fluid, and they play a vital role in stabilizing body systems. Severe vomiting can cause electrolyte imbalance, which may manifest as a tingling sensation in the hands and feet, general weakness, decreased reflexes or reaction times and other symptoms.

Carbohydrate Depletion and Ketonuria

Carbohydrates include sugars, starches, and fibers. They are the body’s main source of energy, and if carbohydrate levels are inadequate, a person’s body begins to break down fat for energy and may take energy from muscle and even organs. This can disrupt the nervous system.

The central nervous system refers to the brain and spinal cord and conscious motor activities like walking and talking. The peripheral nervous system involves automated functioning such as the heartbeat and digestion. Your body needs energy to function. Carbohydrate depletion causes weariness with a capital “W”, and it can make a three-step trip to the toilet feel like world travel.

Additionally, when the body must break down fat for energy, this creates substances called ketones, which can make the blood too acidic. If your urine is flooded with ketones it is a sign that you are in a period of starvation.

If you are living with the suffering of HG, don’t let your physicians tell you that you’re not sick but only having a baby. You are sick. HG is not a normal pregnancy experience. However, be encouraged; there is good news!

HG and Pregnancy Outcomes

With so much nausea and vomiting, adequate nutrition is obviously an issue. A good diet and vitamins during pregnancy have been so fanatically drilled into society that many of us incorrectly assume that a woman who eats negligible amounts and hyper-vomits for months is going to have a malformed, severely retarded baby if the little one even survives. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. The body has a miraculous compensatory ability, and a severely hyperemetic woman with sufficient medical care has as much chance at a successful pregnancy outcome as anyone. In fact, some studies have shown that hyperemetic mothers have a reduced risk of miscarriage[12] and no increased rate of birth defects.[13-14] However, alternative nutrition is often considered in cases involving a total body weight loss of 10% or more, in order to prevent low birth weight and prematurity.[15]

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[13] Hallak, et al. Hyperemesis gravidarum: Effects on fetal outcomes

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[14] Eliakim R, et al.

[15] van de Ven CJ Nasogastric enteral feeding in hyperemesis gravidarum

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If you would like to learn more about hyperemesis gravidarum, please buy the book.

Shortening, Butter or Margarine – What is Best for Baking Cookies?

There is so much controversy about what is best to use for baking cookies. You may find yourself scratching your head trying to figure out this dilemma. Which one is healthier to use than the other? With a little research we can solve this dilemma.

First, what is shortening? It is a semisolid fat and refers to a hydrogenated vegetable oil. There is so much controversy about what is best to use for baking cookies. You may find yourself scratching your head trying to figure out this dilemma.Hydrogenation is a process of bubbling hydrogen through vegetable oil, changing its chemical structure. This process turns the liquid to a solid at room temperature and below. Shortening is 100% fat. Butter and margarine contain 80% fat. Hydrogenation produces trans fats, which are the unhealthy fats known to cause heart disease. The advantage of shortening over butter or margarine is its smoke point (higher temperature before burning). Another advantage is its has a higher melting temperature. During the baking process of cookies it helps dough hold its shape longer. This allows the flour and eggs to set, keeping the dough from spreading too much. There are some new shortening products on the market that contain no trans fats or very little.

Second, what is margarine? Margarine is again made from vegetable oils and contains no cholesterol. Margarine is high the in good fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated), but contains some saturated fats. Some margarine is worse than others. Hydrogenation solidifies the margarine. The harder the margarine the more trans fats it contains. Trans fat raise levels of bad cholesterol and lower the levels of good cholesterols, which makes it worse than saturated fat. Tub margarine is lower in trans fats than stick margarine.

Third, we all know that butter is created from a dairy cow’s milk cream fat. Being that, it is animal fat, which is loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol. Butter and margarine are equal in calories and fat. Each contains about 35 calories and 4 grams of fat per teaspoon. Butter is believed to contain traces of hormones and antibodies fed to the dairy cows. On the bright side butter contains fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

OK, now that you are confused now more than ever let’s compare. Margarine is better than butter when it comes to our heart, but falls flat in the flavor department. Butter also adds a creamy texture. Shortening helps to keep your cookies from deflating or spreading out, but again it does not enhance the flavor. In fact shortening has no flavor. If you are a fluffy cookie fanatic use half shortening and half butter. You get the raised cookie with the buttery flavor.

Finally, what should you use, salted butter or unsalted butter. Salt in butter acts as a preservative, so butter won’t turn rancid when left out at room temperature. The down side is you are adding extra salt to your recipe. The problem with reducing salt in a recipe to substitute for salted butter is different brands of butter has different salt contents. The rule of thumb is when using salted butter reduce the salt added ½ teaspoon per cup of salted butter. The purist baker will always use unsalted butter. That way they can be in control of the salt being added to the recipe. Salt in butter is also believed to add flavor, overpowering the sweet butter taste, and mask butter odor.

When it comes right down to the decisions between shortening, margarine, salted butter or unsalted butter is a personal preference. But at least with information we can make an informed decision. The best way to decide what is best for you is experiment. Try different ways to bake cookies and have fun. As they say, “The journey is the best part of the trip.”

My Womb Healing

An Introduction to Womb Healings

BIOLOGICAL CHANGES AND HEALING OF THE WOMB

In the Fourth Spiral of the Womb, the womb accelerates into a deeper physical and biological shift. Awakening is a physical and neurobiological phenomenon, as brain, spine, chakras and organs change their frequency and cellular geometries. The same occurs to a womb. New cells appear and old ones die and transform as new cell configurations and geometries arise; birthing pains, cramps, actual physical expansion of the womb, womb discharges and other phenomenena arise. Chemicals and hormones change their flow, brain patterns change, and your cells start to separate out from each other, revealing more and more space within; a space that allows more love to manifest and be felt.

PRE CANCEROUS CELLS: A MIRACLE HEALING

” I received a call from my doctor saying that they had the results from my last smear test.  They informed me that I had severely pre-cancerous cells at grade 4.  They called this condition discaryotic cells, and the first step in treatment is called a Calposcopy.  Grade 5 is the highest and this means operation immediately!  So grade 4 is taken very seriously, and action must be taken fast if the womb and cervix is to be saved.

My husband and I set out a course of deep and immediate healing. I received a complete overhaul over the next 3 weeks; I was on a mission to save my womb! I changed my diet to 100% organic raw foods, as well as drinking the most highly potent green vegetable juices I have ever tasted! My husband also put me on a detailed course of womb healing which involved womb pulsing, light transmissions, and sexual healing of the 7 Gates.

I received three womb pulses from him, which were painful. He is a big man, and I am a petite woman, and his weight pulsing up and down over my womb caused a re-adjusting of my spine. I have a very curvaceous spine that really is not such a good thing.  His weight and pulsing straightened my spine, but not without me screaming in pain releasing deep memories of being trapped and “held” in a form of prison. This was the first step.

The second step was to receive 3 light transmissions specifically to heal the womb, which wiped me out completely. I did not feel any physical sensations, just an absolute black out; I was gone! These transmissions were designed to clear the womb of any negative cellular activity, and are available to anyone. My husband knew and affirmed to me almost every day that my womb would be healed completely, and that the abnormal activity was a result of the deep openings and healings that my womb was experiencing so rapidly since we met and initiated this deep process on every level.

I also connected with the Arcturians who are a race of beings from the planet Arcturus.  I have worked with them many times before in the past. They are a highly intelligent group of healing energetic surgeons, and have the ability to remove energies deep within the bodymind and soul. I was communing with Lord Arcturius every other day, receiving various light transmissions, sacred geometrical activations, and removal of old cells and energies from within my womb, cervix, lower spine and ovaries. Personally, I was turning my awareness every day into this area, connecting, communing and visualizing a golden light of healing and high frequency cleansing.

Throughout this three-week period I was experiencing such turbulent levels of anger, frustration and resentment. I was furious and wanted to consume the world in my destruction. I felt so over-looked and dis-regarded. I wanted to smash, tear and rip apart all that is unreal and all the hidden agenda’s within people and myself.  In one of my diary entries I wrote that “I wanted to tear off people’s heads and rip apart their ego’s.  Why in a place of such beauty, do I experience such ugliness?”

I was savage, and felt that by feeling this way I had become a waste of a precious life. I was seeing hell in the midst of heaven.  These turbulent emotions were commonplace for me for most of this time. Every time I dropped down into a pit of despair, the very next day I would experience a divine healing wave of gratitude, an unspeakable forgiveness and healing. It was a rapid rollercoaster of intense healing.

All these reactions were what the womb was healing.  My womb had taken all these bodily emotions and mental states, transmuted them, and in the process the biology of my womb had become “abnormal”.  I would imagine that it had indeed!

After these three weeks of intensity, I found a hospital in France where the staff spoke good English, and was admitted to receive a Calposcopy. This was a relatively painless experience, but when the pain was felt, it was deep and emotional. I was torn apart that I had led myself to be in this position. Slices of my cervix were being dissected, with no anaesthetic what so ever.  Being an extremely sensitive soul, I felt the emotions of being neglectful of my sexual relations, irresponsible and impulsive.  In a word I felt sadness, deep and silent sorrow.  Here I was, legs open with a stranger using a light and microscope to look inside my cervix, whilst he gently removed parts of me with a knife.  Every cut brought a wave of remorse and sadness.  My husband sat beside me holding my hand as I sweated and cried. He had the grace to tell me to speak to my womb first and let “her” know what was going to happen, and why.  God bless the doctor, he was a kind and sweet man, and incredibly gentle.  He was so worried that he was hurting me, but no he was not hurting me. I was, and had been.

I was assured that this would not impair my ability to conceive children, and should the worst happen, only parts of my cervix would be removed.  I was in a lucky position as it had been caught early. Sadly, many women can leave it too late between smear tests, and if so, it could result in the cervix and womb being removed if cancerous cells have taken root. I wish this on no woman, as it is so much a part of who we are IF we remember it.

As soon as I left the hospital I cried deeply, as I finally felt all the forgiveness that so desperately needed to be released through me.  I intuitively knew that this situation had been caused because of all the womb work I was doing, as well as the healings that were taking place with my husband whilst making love.

The biopsy went off to the laboratory, and I was assured that in 5-8 days time I would have the results.  8 days later, these results did not come. 2 weeks later I called again and still no results were forthcoming. Finally, 6 weeks later (!) the doctor at the hospital told me that the reason why the results took so long was because my cells were tested again and again. Because I was already at grade 4, it was taken very seriously, and they were expecting to see something … yet they just couldn’t understand why my results kept coming back negative. Grade 0! I was clear and free!

So I am a living testament to the power of the womb.  All of this would not have been possible without my husband, his teachings, Lord Arcturius and of course my most wonderful womb and the sheer power of my soul.  And the same is possible for you, and all women. There is no need to have your womb taken out: it can be healed through natural means, as women throughout the ages have done.’

It has to be said that womb healing is a very physical phenomena. Many occurrences can take place, which can even be detected and confirmed by the medical profession. It is a biological change, as well as a consciousness shift. I noticed that some of these shifts included:

  • Bleeding constantly for two months, and/or irregular menstrual cycles
  • A polyp, or growth inside the yoni / womb
  • pre cancerous cells at dangerous levels
  • actual physical muscular sensation, painful at times, of the organ of my womb and pelvis stretching and expanding open
  • feeling of blocks / old numbness dissolving and actually  being felt whilst making love, and the carving open of spaces within the yoni and womb physically, emotionally and spiritually
  • seeing and experiencing different aspects of my womanly self being found, discovered, excavated and opened
  • random points of sharp, electrical pain in the ovaries as opposed to the deep, dull ache of the womb
  • lower back pain in the space behind the womb opening in deep, throbbing aches
  • increased sensitivity to anyone approaching the womb and wanting something from me
  • sadness at anyone apart from the Beloved touching your most precious, open and innocent space
  • actual contractions from within

All of these can and will happen when the womb opens and ignites: when it becomes alive. It is also a mark of womb consciousness becoming integrated with the soul and bodymind.

The methods I used to heal my womb of cancerous cells can be found here in the HEALINGS section. One of these is the Womb Lock Healing. Our chakra system has 3 main energy Locks, known as granthis in Sanskrit. These 3 energy locks are found in every human being, and are a key part of yoga and meditation practices. The first lock is in the Root Chakra, and it governs our grounding, money issues, survival, family issues, safety, and abundance. The second lock is in the Solar Plexus Chakra, holding our empowerment, giving us the ability to be selfless, vital and radiant. The third lock in the Throat Chakra governs our ability to fully express ourselves, and to surrender our fear and our sense of separation, to Universal Spirit.

The fourth lock is in the womb, guarding our connection to the higher chakras and the healing of our womb, and to the nurturing of the body with light. In the release of this lock, abortions, old relationships, debris, and unhealthy connections to the collective womb of all women, the womb of the mass consciousness of humanity, can be released as the womb opens more.

For the Womb is where we give birth from; to ourselves. The womb is the light generator of the body, and the creator of Joy. When they are clear and activated we connect with the full un-bounded expression of life, healing age old wounds in both the male and female consciousness.

A Specific Womb healing to dissolve these cells can also help.

Going to a Shakti Circuit Workshop, found under the EVENTS section, will involve womb pulsing, which has to be done in a supervised and safe way by someone who knows how to do it in order to be truly effective and deeply healing. Switching to raw, organic juices and foods to heal and cleanse the body and womb is always a good thing to do, and much information is available on that in the world at large.

Is it Safe to Use Topical Hyaluronic Acid Skin Care Products to Preserve Our Youth Naturally?

How come villagers from Japan looked younger than people in urban areas like New York in United States, based on their facial physical appearance?

Our skin starts to form wrinkles when less amount of extracellular matrix (ECM) in the skin cells to resist compression as it provide swollen force by absorbing a lot of water. Literally, it means an inflated balloon loses its original shape when air leaks out massively from it. Then, it becomes deflated and this symbolizes the condition of the old skin cells.

When ECM is decreasing as we age, how do we replenish the ECM in order to produce an anti-aging effect on the skin?

In order to answer these questions above, the current solution is hyaluronic acid (HA) – which it is the mainly used in anti wrinkle topical skin care products to preserve our fountain of youth.

This particular acid is mainly produced in our body tissues in which combine epithelial tissues, connective tissues and neural tissues.

Examples of skincare products that have this common acid which has its own proprietary chemical properties:

  • Serum – This particular acid binds and extracts water to the skin to maintain softness and suppleness. It boosts skin moisture as it soothes reddened, irritated and sensitive skin.
  • Moisturizer / moisturizer toner – This acid has the ability to retain and hold moisture; And it is also a good water binding agent. It has the properties to maintain youthful, healthy and vibrant skin. This toner is meant for dry and oily skin. In this case, you should use a very gentle cleanser and alcohol free toner that has good water binding agent properties.

What is the difference between topical HA skin care products and HA gel-based wrinkle fillers?

HA gel-based wrinkle fillers are injected under a wrinkle, whereas topical HA skin care products does not penetrate skin. It is proven that topical HA skin care products are safe to consumers in which it is used as a good moisturizing ingredient.

Why opting for HA wrinkle fillers is such a bad idea

It is a bad idea if you opt for HA gel-based wrinkle fillers. If it is injected too superically, a blue-gray color will be formed because of the melanin found in the dermis – it is also known as "Tyndall effect" dermatosis or Ashy dermatosis.

In fact, candidates who are injected by HA gel-based fillers may have complications at the injection site such as bruising, redness, pain, itching, and swelling when they consume the following drugs and supplements that are listed below:

  • Vitamin E supplements
  • St. John's Wort
  • Aspirin
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

What is a Sinus Cyst?

Having a sinus cyst is fairly common. They are present in as many as 10 percent of healthy individuals. Most of sinus cysts are benign. On rare occasions, the cyst may become infected. For some people with cysts, they might not feel any symptoms at all, while others may feel facial pain or difficulty in breathing. Additional symptoms are continuous nose drips, difficulty in breathing and a decline in your sense of smell.

Sinus cysts, or nasal polyps, are soft and pearl-colored growths that develop in the lining of the sinuses. They can form in singles or in multiples that are clustered together. They are usually caused by a prolonged inflammation of the nasal passages. Symptoms of allergies and asthma can also lead to polyp formation.

When polyps are small, they don’t usually cause any problems. People are only alerted of their existence when they start to experience the symptoms.

Some symptoms to watch out for are:

•           Shortness of breath

•           Difficulty in breathing through the nose, leading to mouth breathing

•           Loss or reduced sense of smell

•           Stuffy and runny nose

•           Chronic sinus infection

•           Headaches

•           Snoring

•           Nasal discharge

•           Sensation of fullness in the face

Any condition that causes inflammation of the sinuses puts you at risk of developing a sinus cyst. These conditions include:

– Chronic sinusitis

– Cystic fibrosis

– Allergic fungal sinusitis

If you are sensitive to aspirin or non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, you are also most likely to develop sinus cyst. Age is another factor. Sinus cysts are more likely to show up on people over 40 years old. Children below 16 who exhibit the symptoms of having sinus cyst should be tested for cystic fibrosis.

Treatment and Prevention

To prevent formation of sinus cysts, it is necessary to treat the underlying conditions and manage the symptoms. Here are some guidelines that we can follow:

•           For people who suffer from asthma, allergies or chronic sinusitis, avoid indoor and outdoor allergens to reduce nasal congestion.

•           Treat bacterial infection by undergoing antibiotic treatment.

•           Control allergies through intake of antihistamines.

•           Saline nasal irrigation is extremely helpful in relieving nasal congestion and eliminating mucus.

The most common treatment for sinus cysts is corticosteroids. It is either injected directly onto the polyp or sprayed in the locality to reduce the cysts temporarily. However, side effects include nose bleeds, headaches or sore throat.

Oral corticosteroids can also be prescribed. It is often taken for a few weeks only due to its severe side effects during long term use such as headaches, weight gain, upset stomach, mood changes and difficulty in sleeping.

If medication fails, surgery is also an option. Polypectomy cuts the polyps away using a suction device. Endoscopic surgery removes the polyps and opens the part of sinus where polyps tend to form. Both surgeries are outpatient procedures.

However, the treatment options mentioned do not offer any guarantee that you will be cyst-free. In fact, sinus cysts often return. This is why it is better to focus on prevention instead.

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An Untreated Yeast Infection Can Be Dangerous

No one likes to get a yeast infection. But aside from the uncomfortable symptoms you experience, there are more serious dangers that may arise from an untreated yeast infection. So while most yeast infections usually clear up on their own, it may be wise to err on the side of caution and seek proper diagnosis and treatment.

And they’re not just for women! Although much less prevalent, men can also get yeast infections. The treatment is usually similar, too, with topical anti-fungal ointments and creams being the first line of treatment. Despite the fact that these over-the-counter remedies are marketed primarily to women, they are safe and effective for men as well.

If you are asymptomatic or the topical treatment is not effective, antibiotic prescription drugs are also a viable treatment. In addition, information on natural remedies, such as eating yogurt or using boric acid suppositories, is widely available on the internet. However, some of these suggestions may be unsafe, so be sure to research them well before beginning any treatment plan.

But don’t delay in choosing a treatment option! It’s advisable to begin treatment immediately and to continue treatment until you are certain the infection is gone. The longer you wait, the more time the fungus has to spread. Your symptoms may increase in number or intensity. And in the worst case scenario, you may even develop more serious complications if you leave a persistent infection untreated.

For one, allowing the infection to spread will make it more difficult to treat, in the event that the infection does not go away on its own. To put it simply, the more the fungus multiplies, the more there will be to clear up. You may end up needing to take antibiotics, when you could have stopped the infection with a topical cream if you had acted sooner.

If you wait too long, however, even antibiotics will not be able to reverse the complications that could occur. Your general health is compromised when you have an infection because your body must use extra energy to fight it off. This may mean your body will not absorb nutrients as effectively, which in turn further stresses your immune system and leads to even more susceptibility to infection.

In addition, unchecked levels of yeast may irritate the intestines and lead to “leaky gut syndrome, ” in which food particles from the intestine are released into the blood stream. Many complications can arise in this situation. In any instance, having foreign bodies in the bloodstream will cause the liver to work overtime, thus potentially contributing to the development of various liver diseases. It may also lead to the development of sepsis, a blood condition that causes severe swelling in various parts of the body and can be fatal.

So if you have a persistent yeast infection or if they are a frequent occurrence, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. If getting rid of the annoying symptoms isn’t motivation enough, knowing the risk of complications should do it. Don’t gamble on an untreated yeast infection.

Stop Panic Attacks – 3 Practical Strategies

This article will offer three practical strategies to stop panic attacks when they begin. Remember – there is a moment when "normal" levels of worry and stress begin to escalate to something more acute and dangerous. As you notice this escalation beginning, using one (or more) of these techniques to stop panic attacks may help reduce the anxiety and stress you are experiencing.

Strategy One: Exercise – The key to this strategy is adrenaline. Acute stress, anxiety, fear – these release adrenaline into your body. This flood of adrenaline triggers several responses such as rapid heart rate and the tightening of muscles. These bodily reactions to adrenaline are experienced as a heightening of distress.

Aerobic exercise burns off the adrenaline fast. So when you feel anxiety rising – exercise! Aerobic exercise has to do with increasing heart rate in a controlled and healthy way, and methods include such things as jogging, bike riding, rope jumping and fast-walking.

Strategy Two: Relaxing Music – Most of us have known since childhood the power of music to affect feelings, which in turn affects state of mind. When you sense anxiety (as stress, fear, panic, etc.) building, find your favorite "safe spot" and queue up your favorite relaxing music. Make yourself as comfortable as possible. Do whatever you can to create a safe and relaxing environment (candles? Low lighting? Pillows?). Turn the volume to a comfortable listening level. Then settle in, close your eyes, and let yourself relax into the music.

Strategy Three: Sex – Careful with this technique – this is not a good idea for some people. Sex can actually increase stress and anxiety in certain individuals, and if that's true for you then it would be better to use another method until such time as sex no longer causes the very symptoms you're trying to relate.

However, if the thought and experience of sexual performance does not stress you out, it can certainly have the opposite affect! Given that you have a willing partner who is available, sex can be a great way to relax and make you forget what you were getting about. Much like aerobic exercise, sexual activity can burn off excess adrenaline, and in the process treat the rapid heart rate, tightening of the muscles, and other results of adrenaline that lead to distress and anxiety.

Benefits of Chamomile Tea: Proven for Better Sleep and Good Health

Chamomile flowers are a member of the daisy family with their bright gold cones shining in the center of white petals.

With more than one million cups of chamomile tea consumed every day and supplements of chamomile capsules, liquid extracts, ointments, and essential oils in wide use, chamomile is one of the most highly used and research-proven medicinal plants. It has been studied for use with insomnia, heart conditions, colds, infection, skin eczema, upset stomach, osteoporosis, anxiety, sore throat, wound healing and more.

Chamomile for Sleep and Insomnia

Chamomile has long been used as a natural sleep aid and insomnia remedy. The powerful oils contained in its flowers provide a calming effect for sleeplessness, nervousness and anxiety. In one study, heart patients were given chamomile tea and then fell into a deep sleep. In another study with animals done in Japan, relaxation was increased and the time needed to fall sleep was significantly reduced. In an 8-week study of people with anxiety, chamomile was shown to greatly reduce symptoms and increase well-being.

Stomach Conditions Helped by Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the main "go to" herbs for digestive disorders like upset stomach, ulcers, diarrhea and gas. It helps to relax muscle contractions, particularly in the smooth muscles that make up the intestines. In one journal study from Switzerland, the herbal combination of iberis (an herb in the cage family), peppermint and chamomile were shown to be effective in the treatment of stomach indigestion, irritation and inflammation.

Eczema and Skin Conditions

Inflammation of the skin is broadly treated and remedied by topical chamomile preparations. It has the ability to penetrate into the deer layers of the skin and help with eczema and other skin inflammations. In a European medical journal, a cream with chamomile extract was tested against a hydrocortisone cream. After a 2-week treatment, the chamomile cream showed a mild superiority in effect over hydrocortisone.

Osteoporosis and Bone Health

In the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, chamomile extract was studied for its ability to prevent the bone loss that can occur as people age. Chamomile demonstrated the ability to help mineralize bone cells and showed an anti-estrogenic quality. The researchers noted that this may be due to chamomile having a quality as a possible regulator of excess estrogen in the body.

Calcium and Chamomile – A Winning Duo

Calcium is also directly related to our good sleep. In one study, called "The Nutritional Relationships of Magnesium", the author notes that the type of insomnia associated with a calcium deficiency causes difficulty with falling asleep. This same study says that "Muscle cramps associated with a calcium deficiency often occurs at night and without exertion."

In another study published in the European Neurology Journal, researchers found that calcium levels in the body are higher during some of the deepest levels of sleep, such as the rapid eye movement (REM) phase when most dreaming occurs. This study discovered that abnormalities in sleep, especially the absence of REM deep sleep or disturbed REM sleep, are related to a calcium deficiency.

Summary

Anyone who has a strong allergy to plants like daisies or ragweed (with its tiny green flowers) should start with a very small amount of chamomile, whether using it as a tea, supplement or skin ointment. Most people can gain benefits from chamomile without any reactions. It is one of nature's most potent herbs and can help with calming insomnia, anxiety, muscle spasms, PMS, skin inflammations, stomach disorders, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, arthritis and more.

As a first line of defense against sleeplessness and insomnia, chamomile and calcium are good bets. Coming from the worlds of herbal and mineral sleep aids, they are normally taken safely without addictive qualities or side effects.

Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver

Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver

The abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting will be making you to feel too tired. You may be suffering from nosebleeds or swelling of the legs. Your liver slowly degenerates, deteriorating in function, due to a chronic injury. Consequently you have loss of interest in sex and breast development (gynecomastia) in men.You are a sufferer of alcoholic cirrhosis of liver. But, be rest assured you can get out of it without surgery.

Be relaxed! Don’t loose hope. You can be relieved from cirrhosis of the liver completely without a surgery. There are natural remedies which are proven methods without any side effects or severe consequence unlike surgical treatment.

Let us try to understand more about the causes and symptoms of cirrhosis of liver.

Cirrhosis of liver is a condition wherein the liver slowly degenerates, deteriorating in function, due to a chronic injury. In such a situation, the liver tissues are replaced by scar tissues, which partly block the flow of blood through the liver. Though it is caused mainly by alcoholism, hepatitis B and C and fatty liver disease, there are a number of other reasons due to which cirrhosis of liver might occur. Excessive consumption of alcohol, blocked bile ducts, biliary atresia, primary biliary cirrhosis, bile duct injury, environmental toxins, schistosomiasis, congestive heart failure, cryptogenic cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, viral hepatitis, chronic hepatitis C, B and D, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and poor nutrition are the main causes for cirrhosis of liver.

The symptoms include frequent attacks of indigestion, occasional nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, low grade fever, foul breath, jaundiced skin, distended veins in the abdomen, reddish hair-like markings, bloated and swollen abdomen, fatigue, easy           bleeding, easy bruising, fluid accumulation in abdomen, loss of appetite, swelling in legs      and weight loss.

Home Remedies for cirrhosis of liver:

    • Avoid fats, oils refined, processed and canned foods.
    • Take well-balanced diet consisting of nuts, seeds etc.
    • A tablespoon of papaya seed juice mixed with ten drops of fresh lime juice should be given once or twice daily for about a month.
    • Take 300 ml of carrot juice combined with 100 ml each of cucumber and beet juices.
    • Take a fruit and milk diet for two to three weeks.
    • Other treatments include warm-water enema, hot and cold compresses, morning dry friction, breathing and other exercises can also help to prevent the alcoholic cirrhosis of liver.

Now you know about the alcoholic cirrhosis of liver and you are convinced that surgery is not required. You may gather more home remedy methods so as to ensure you permanent relief.

Looking for a Quick Remedy?

The above natural methods are really effective and will enable you to get rid of the cirrhosis of liver. However the disadvantage is that they are very slow in giving results. So, if you are in search of a natural remedy which ensures fast relief then ‘professional natural treatment’ is the best option.

Hair Weave – The Real Cost of a Hair Weave

The cost of a hair weave can range from $100 for a quick weave up to $2,000 for a celebrity quality weave. There are several variables that make up the price, such as full head or partial weave, sewn in or bonded, human hair or synthetic hair. Not only is there a cost for the initial hair weave process, you must also consider the cost of regular care and upkeep. In this article we will break down the costs by category, so that you can customize a weave hairstyle to fit your budget.

First ask yourself a couple of questions. Do you want to enhance your appearance for a specific event (a special date or concert) or for several weeks (summer vacation, end of the year holidays, or just until your hair grows out)? Second, do you want to leave everything to your hairstylist or are you willing to do a little of the legwork yourself? And finally, how much are you willing to spend?

Type of Hair / How Much Hair (30% of the Cost)

From businesswomen to Hollywood stars, customers are demanding higher quality from the products they purchase. The type of hair you purchase will depend on the desired style. Hair textures range from silky straight, relaxed, deep wave to curly. Hair quality can range from poor quality synthetic hair to human hair of excellent quality. Virgin Indian hair is the most popular type for extensions. With Indian hair the wefts are reinforced and sewn tightly to prevent the hair from shedding.

If you are getting a full-head braid and sew-in weave the average person uses about six ounces of hair. Most brands sell about four ounces in each package. Some people will use more some will use less. It is best to purchase two packs to ensure you have enough. You can always use the extra hair later. If you are using hair that is 18″ or longer may need an additional pack (sometimes the ends look thin with very long hair). If you are only getting a few tracks or you are bonding the hair, one pack is enough for four to five tracks.

Normally, hair length runs from 10″ (about $80 per bag) to 18″ (about $130 per bag). There are many less expensive brands available, but keep in mind that quality can sometimes decrease with the lower price tag.

Synthetic hair is very inexpensive compared to human hair and is often used for ponytails or hair buns. The costs can range from $5.00 to $20.00 per package depending on length. Heating appliances such as curling irons, flat irons or straightening combs should never be used on synthetic hair. While there are newer versions of synthetic hair from brands that claim to allow styling with lower temperatures of heating appliances, people should steer clear of such claims. The golden rule with synthetic hair is that heat is not an option. Synthetic hair is best for short term use. Typically when the synthetic hair is shaped its best not to change it, it is “What you see is what you get”.

Weaving vs. Bonding (50% of Cost)

Bonding is a popular temporary weaving method and a great way to add volume or vibrant streaks of color to your natural hair. Tracks of hair are glued to the roots of your own hair near the scalp with a special adhesive. To prevent damage to your natural hair, tracks should not be left in longer than a week or two and must be removed with a special solution. On average the cost to apply is $10-20 per track (cut and style may or may not be included in your price).

With weaving, the natural tresses are braided around the head in concentric circles. The braids are sewn down, then extensions or wefts are sewn to the braids. On average six to ten tracks are needed for a full head. This technique can be maintained for several weeks or months. This is a very time intensive process and pricing will vary greatly, but on average the costs range from $20-$60 per track.

In the conclusion below you will learn how to completely eliminate this cost.

Regular Maintenance and Tighten Up (20% of Total Cost)

It is important to think of your extensions as your own hair. The average hair weave–whether glued, bonded, or sewn into natural hair–lasts about two months. During this time, you must wash your weave as well as your natural hair. Weave hair is especially prone to becoming brittle and dry because it is not attached to the scalp and therefore does not receive any of the body’s natural oils. As with your natural hair, if you do not properly care for your weave it will quickly develop split ends and become frizzy and unmanageable. On average, regular maintenance and tightening will cost $20-$40 per track and must be done every two to four weeks.

Conclusion

Ultimately you can tailor your weave to fit any budget. You may choose to purchase your own hair and have it professionally applied and styled. You may want to learn to weave it yourself, and then have it cut and styled by a professional. Or you may have it weaved and styled professionally and choose to tighten it yourself.

Weaves provide a way for you to experiment with new styles and current hair trends without damaging your natural hair with excessive heat or chemicals. Weaves provide new looks which are usually easily cared for, but you must be aware that these procedures have a limited life cycle.

Remember HAIR DOES MATTER!

Gel Nail or Acrylic Nail, What You Should Select

If your natural pins are not worth flaunting and you need a small help to achieving the perfect manicure, then the perfect solution is selecting between gel nail or acrylic nails. Actually, both are great options for your nails. Especially, these two nail design processes are ideal for those women who find it hard to maintain their natural nails for an awesome manicure look. Before selecting between acrylic nail powder or gel nail, it is better to understand that what the better selection for your nail design is.

One of the most popular artificial finger pins is the acrylic nail which is artificially developed and glued on the top of the natural. You get a lot of flexibilities with artificial nails. Granting your selection, you can make a rounded look or square look. The nail also can be colored in any shade you want and the result will be amazing that perfectly match your needs and these reasons make acrylic nail powder and acrylic monomer more famous

If you able to apply acrylic pins perfectly then they are long lasting because they are more durable and can be maintained at home. Besides this, they are also far cheaper than gel nails. On the other hand, often these nail system is only a nail enhancement option available at ordinary salons so it gets more popularity. They come with a matt finish and can be painted just like natural nails.

Here also have some disadvantages with acrylic pins. An improper application process can damage the natural nail bed so it is a great idea to always get these done at professional salons. Poorly applied nails can also lead your natural nails to unwanted fungal infections. Many people say that you can apply this at home but if you are not an expert and never did this before then you should avoid this at home. Going to the salon is a great idea but it can be expensive.

Gel nails also a great option for those women who are looking for artificial nail enhancement. Gel nail is the thinner option and offers a more natural look and only for this reasons it is the hottest current trend in the nail industry. But with gel, limited range of color options are available in the special gel formula, but still, they are giving acrylic nails some serious competition.

The process of applying gel does not take much time and it is an odorless process. They are very safe and pregnant women can use this. Normally, they cause less damage to the natural nail bed. The result is a natural and amazing look. While acrylic nails come with a matte finish, gel based nails have a glossier finish. They give the nails a look that is sophisticated and quite natural, and while they cost more, they also last longer.

Treatment Regarding Kidney Stones

Kidney stones form when there is a decrease in urine volume or an excess of stone-forming substances in the urine. The most common type of kidney stone contains calcium in combination with either oxalate or phosphate. Other chemical compounds that can form stones in the urinary tract include uric acid and the amino acid cystine.

Kidney stones, also known as renal calculi, are rock like structures formed in the kidney. The stones are made out of certain substances that are found in the urine and can block the flow of urine and cause bladder inflammation. The kidney stones can appear in the kidney and the ureters and cause pain during urination. It is possible to reduce the kidney stones by drinking lots of water.

Drinking more fluids. You need to drink enough water to keep your urine clear, about 8 to 10 glasses a day. Try to drink 2 glasses of water every 2 hours while you are awake. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease and are on fluid restrictions, talk with your doctor before increasing your fluid intake.

The formation of stones in the kidneys or urinary tract is not an uncommon disorder. The stones are formed from the chemicals usually found in the urine such as uric acid, phosphorus, calcium, and oxalic acid. They may vary in consistency from grit, sand, and gravel-like obstructions the size of a bird’s egg. Stones may form and grow because the concentration of a particular substance in the urine exceeds its solubility. Most kidney stones are composed either of calcium oxalate or phosphate, the latter being most common in the presence of infection. About ninety per cent of all stones contain calcium as the chief constituent. More than half of these are mixtures of calcium, ammonium and magnesium, phosphates and carbonates, while the remainder contains oxalate.

Keep a cap on your calcium. “Of all the stones we see, 92 percent are made of calcium or calcium products,” says Dr. Fugelso. If your doctor says your last stone was calcium-based, you should be concerned about your intake of calcium. If you’re taking supplements, the first thing to do is check with your doctor to see if they are really necessary. The next thing to do is check the amount of calcium-rich foods—milk, cheese, butter, and other dairy foods—you eat on a daily basis. The idea is to limit—not eliminate—calcium-rich food in your diet.

Chief among these is acid to quickly dissolve those jagged edges and thus reduce that agonizing pain. Don’t be alarmed at the prospect of drinking acid, because many of the beneficial foods we eat contain acid. For example, that freshly squeezed Florida orange juice — a great way to start your breakfast — contains citric acid. And cranberries, prunes and plums are among some of the best health-giving foods, yet are rich in benzoic acid. Even that old favorite for keeping the doctor at bay: the apple has high levels of malic acid, which give the fruit its clean, sharp taste.

Your doctor may ask you to catch the kidney stone by passing your urine through filter paper or a tea strainer. The stone can then be analysed to find out what type it is to help guide your treatment.

Dog Urinary Tract Infection – 7 Early Warning Signs

Dogs can be prone to urinary tract infection. Early detection and treatment help to keep the infection at bay. If a urinary tract infection in dogs isn’t detected quickly, it can be harder to treat and may potentially lead to more serious problems. The key effective treatment is to recognise the 7 early warning signs of dog urinary tract infection.

1. Frequent urination

If your dog suddenly needs to urinate more often than before, he can be suffering from urinary infection.

2. Accidents in the house

Dogs which have otherwise been fully house trained suddenly begin to eliminate everywhere except the potty area. Urinary tract infection can cause dogs to have accidents inside and outside the house as they often feel the need to go “right now”.

Before you dismiss this symptom in your dog as a behaviour or house training problem, please have him checked by the vet first.

3. Painful urination

This can be difficult to identify in dogs. However, you may notice your dog whimpers when he urinates.

4. Straining to urinate

Your dog may seem unable to eliminate. He tries to go but only urinate in small amounts or none at all.

5. Bad urine odor

Normal dog urine has little or no odor to it. If the urine smells badly, it can be symptom of dog urinary tract infection.

6. Blood in urine

Normal dog urine should be clear to slightly yellow in colour. Pink, reddish or very dark colour urine may indicate a bladder infection.

7. Weight loss and vomiting

There are various reasons why dogs vomit. If your dog vomits regularly and suffers from weight loss, it may be suffering from an upper urinary tract infection.

Unfortunately, dogs can’t tell us when they are in pain, not feeling well or something is wrong or bothering them. The best way of detecting an infection is to know your dog well. Be aware of his usual habits so that you will be able to spot when something is not right with him. The earlier you find and treat a dog urinary tract infection, the better the chances of a full recovery.

A simple urinary infection in dogs can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics. If the infection is left untreated, it can lead to recurrent infections or other more serious problems. Be sure to provide plenty of drinking water for your dog. When you notice any of the above mentioned dog urinary tract infection symptoms, bring him to the vet immediately for proper diagnosis and early treatment.

Are we poisoning our kids: A synopsis on children health?

Take a look at this scenario- Parents promise their child that if he/she gets good grades, they will reward him/her with a ‘Large Hamburger’ or an extra-large pizza.

Let us be honest. How often do we parents feed our children with Colas, burgers and pizzas? Since generations we have been poisoning our children with these food stuffs. Did I say poisoning? In my conversation with parents, I have come across excuses such as ‘they love desserts’, ‘my child craves for pizzas’ and so on. Children are not born with love for pizzas or donuts. They learn about these only when we expose them to TV commercials and/or munch on such items in their presence.

It is not quite possible to completely avoid children from developing interest in unhealthy food stuff like French fries and pastries. However, with a little guidance and patience, we can control the eating habits of our kids. Remember healthy breakfast is the first step towards improving children’s health.

By gorging on junk food, elders foster unhealthy eating habits in their offspring. No doubt that the American Journal of Pathology, in one of its articles, claims that kids consuming American diet show early stages of atherosclerosis by the age of three. For those who are not familiar with the medical term atherosclerosis, it is artery damage caused by fatty streaks. Don’t you think that by allowing our kids to eat such fatty diets, we are slowly killing them?

We become what we eat. If we eat fatty foods we become obese. At present, the United States is reeling with Obesity Epidemic. Obesity, especially among the teenagers, is growing at an alarming rate. More and more kids are falling prey to heart diseases. What is the reason behind this? Our carelessness? Or our ignorance?

The concept of balanced diet needs to be brought back. We must teach our kids the importance of eating healthy. There is no shortage of information pertaining to healthy food and eating habits. The need of the hour is to expose our children to such positive information instead of letting them watch commercials of colas and pizzas.TV commercials, on one hand, develop craving in our kids for junk food, and at the same time, show them beautifully sculpted bodies of celebrities, and develop frustration in them.

Look around and you will see that most healthy children eat healthy food. Parents and teachers should work towards educating children with the numerous benefits of a healthy breakfast. What can we do to save our children? Parental involvement is the answer. Ensure that your child leaves home only after consuming a healthy breakfast. Educate children about the harm done by junk food.

Our ignorance has poisoned the taste buds of our next generation. We never miss a TV commercial of McDonalds or Pizza Hut. But do we pay attention to the articles that claim how harmful can such food be to the health of our children? The irony is that we tend to ignore articles backed by scientific evidence, and believe in marketing gimmicks having no ‘science’ in them. We do not have any right to take ‘health’ away from our kids. We are parents, not butchers!

Coffee – It Isn’t All Bad!

The debate has raged for many years, and it will probably continue for years… is coffee good or bad for your health? While the jury may be out, here are some findings that indicate coffee is not all bad.

Coffee, as we all know, is high in caffeine, and caffeine is suspected of increasing blood pressure and heart rate. The medical fraternity have long suspected that coffee drinking might therefore contribute to higher rates of heart disease. However a recent study by researchers at the Harvard University School of Public Health found no significant increase in the risk of heart disease or stroke among men who drank up to four cups of coffee a day – a finding supported by the Kaiser Permanente health care organization in California.

The same outcome was found in women where data collected from more than 85,000 women over a 10-year period produced no evidence for any positive association between coffee consumption and risk of heart disease for women consuming six or more cups of coffee a day. That’s a lot of coffee!

This is not to say that there aren’t physical effects to coffee drinking. Caffeine does excite brain cells, and this in turn improves concentration and reaction time and reduces fatigue. In fact, caffeine can increase the speed of rapid information processing by 10%. A study in 1993 clearly demonstrated that caffeinated coffee had a beneficial effect on alertness and improved performance in a variety of tasks. Caffeine also has a beneficial effect on asthma by reducing the severity of attacks. Two studies found that three or more cups of coffee a day reduced the prevalence of asthma and this is further supported by improved ventilatory function in exercise-induced broncho-constriction – although this required over five cups of coffee a day!

Interestingly, it has been found that increased activity, alertness and efficiency are associated with a decline in levels of depression and anxiety. Two independent studies noted a significant inverse association between coffee drinking and the risk of suicide. Further research into the possibility that coffee drinking may decrease depression is certainly needed.

Although, caffeine is often singled out as the chemical in coffee that has the most impact on our health, coffee has a complex chemical composition. One beneficial characteristic of coffee is that it contains compounds with antioxidant properties. Polyphenolic compounds known as flavonoids are common in plants and are known to have disease suppression benefits. What is most interesting is that the roasting process increases antioxidant activity in the beans. Although the beneficial role of food antioxidants is a relatively new research area, this is likely to become more important in years to come.

Yet too much caffeine can lead to irritability and restlessness along with an increase in urination. Talking of this, kidney stones are extremely painful and in a study of some 45,000 men with no history of kidney stones it was found that increased consumption of regular and decaffeinated coffee, tea, beer and wine were linked with a decreased risk of stone formation. The same effect was found in a study involving 81,000 women where caffeinated coffee and wine were found to be significantly more effective than water in helping women avoid kidney stones.

Coffee also has several metabolic effects that could reduce the risk of gallstone formation. According to a study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), drinking coffee is associated with a 40 percent lower risk of gallstone disease in men. Men who drank four or more cups of regular coffee per day had a 45 percent lower risk profile.

The link between coffee and cancer is probably more weighted in favour of coffee. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, with some 131,000 Americans being diagnosed with cancers of the rectum and colon on an annual basis. Now there is some convincing evidence for a protective effect of coffee against the development of colon cancers. A recent review of over 15 studies on coffee consumption and colorectal cancer from 1960 to 1990 found the risk of colorectal cancer to be 24% lower among those who drink four or more cups of coffee per day, than among those who rarely or never drink coffee. Researchers in Sweden also found that “…coffee consumption appears to be protective against colon cancer, and tea against rectal tumors”. The most likely explanation for lower risk of colorectal cancer among heavy coffee consumers is the enhanced colonic activity induced by coffee, and the inhibition effect on the cancer-causing effects of various micro-organisms by anti-mutagenic components in coffee and caffeine.

Coffee is also commonly used to “lift” hangovers and to get going “the morning after”. However it might be more useful to drink it before having the party…as in the past decade, research in the United States, Japan and Italy has shown that the consumption of coffee has a strong protective effect against cirrhosis of the liver. Drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day was associated with an 80% reduction in risk for cirrhosis of the liver, compared with those who don’t drink coffee at all.

On the subject of losing brain cells, Parkinson ‘s disease, a progressive nervous disease occurring generally after age 50, destroys brain cells that produce dopamine and is characterized by muscular tremor, slowing of movement, weakness and facial paralysis. Research into the relationship between caffeine consumption from a variety of sources and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, has shown that moderate consumption of caffeine reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease in men and women.

In fact, men who drank four to five cups per day of caffeinated coffee cut the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease nearly in half compared to men in the study who consumed little or no caffeine daily. Women who consumed between one and three cups of caffeinated coffee per day also cut their risk nearly in half of developing Parkinson’s disease when compared to women who drank less than a cup of coffee per day – but this apparent benefit was lost at higher levels of intake.

Finally, while some people believe that coffee can induce acid reflux, recent research has found that coffee consumption has no effect whatever at inducing heartburn in healthy people. Even for those individuals with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, coffee consumption was found to have only a minimal effect.

Is coffee all that bad? Probably not…in moderation. Indeed, many studies identifying beneficial effects also noted the loss of these effects at high consumption rates. So, enjoy your three to four cups of coffee a day…on average you’ll be just fine!