How to Deal With Anxiety Attacks – What Anxiety is and the Treatments Available

Most people will suffer from anxiety everyday, usually without even realizing it. Whenever you start a new job, or go on a date or just going out for a night out with some friends, there is always a small degree of anxiety. For some however anxiety controls their lives and limits their full potential and happiness. If this is you, then you may want to know how to deal with anxiety attacks effectively.

Firstly, lets define a few terms. In general anxiety can be defined as as a sense of worry and fear which manifests itself as physical and emotional components. An anxiety attack is a mysterious, mounting physiological sense of fear, apprehension and worry. In fact panic attacks are difficult to explain especially if you have not experienced one yourself, however you can identify an attack through some of the following symptoms.

• Trembling
• Sweating
• A sense of overwhelming fear
• A sense that you may be going insane or that you are dying
• Chest pains or stomach pains
• Confusion
• Irritability

Or any number of unpleasant feelings. The fact is panic attack sufferers experience their attacks in unique ways, as no two individuals are ever alike, no panic attack sufferer is exactly alike.

The most common type of anxiety is a general anxiety disorder. This kind of disorder affects about 3% of the population and many people will not even realize they have it. People who suffer from this are worried about everything. They constantly focus on things that could go wrong. They often live with a knot in their stomach and become unhappy, persistent and worn out with life. Some physical symptoms include irritability, a lack of concentration, sleep disorders and fatigue. If this sounds like you, you need to seek help as soon as possible.

Another type of anxiety is social anxiety, and many people suffer from this also. The social anxiety sufferer is afraid of being judged negatively, either perceived or real and will go out of their way to avoid social situations. This can lead to an unhappy and unfulfilling life.

Anxiety disorders are a precursor to anxiety attacks. There are many treatments available that deal specifically with the attacks themselves but if you really want to rid yourself of unpleasant feelings you will need to focus on the undering issues in your life.

The common treatments for anxiety attacks fall into 3 broad categories. The first is cognitive behavioral therapy, which teaches the sufferer how to change their thoughts by analyzing their thinking and teaching them to combat any negative thoughts.

The second is exposure therapy. This type of therapy results the sufferer to anxiety producing stimulus in small increments, so allowing them to grow more tolerant to whatever it may be causing them distress.

The third is mediation, this is usually used in conjunction with one of the other two types of treatment and will help deal with the symptoms caused by anxiety attacks on a neurological level. There are many different types and the most common you will find are serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRI's) and Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI's)

Losing Yourself and Reconnecting to Your Life

Various things happen that can knock us out of our connection to our lives, that make us feel we can’t live who we’re supposed to be, and we begin to drift from one day to the next. To other people, we may look solid and involved, but inside we feel trapped, lost, drifting or drowning. The first source of these feelings often is a painful childhood dynamics. Later, something else might happen that evokes childhood events. Other times, singular events, such as accidents, death of a loved one, or other traumas, can be the source. Often, too, it’s a combination of both.

Painful Childhood Dynamics

Children are born naturally being who they are. Their nature is to be fully engaged in life on the earth. You can see this with babies and little children, who are fascinated with objects, with putting smaller objects into bigger objects, turning them in all different directions. They’re excited about learning the names of things, curious about everything around them. Then, often, the way we’re related to as children, painful events that happen or painful childhood dynamics begin to make us feel trapped, lost or drifting and we lose our hold on our unique selves, on our enthusiastic engagement with life on the planet. There’s always something in us, though, longing to be all we are and pushing to shake off the trance, the trap, and to really live rooted in our lives, on the earth.

Losing Yourself Due to an Accident

Here’s an example of someone losing connection to herself and her life due to a serious bicycle accident. Even though her healing from a couple of broken bones was going well, several months after the accident, she still felt an echo of the awful nauseated, light-headed, spinning feeling that happened right after she fell down. The original feeling was caused by the pain and the trauma to her body. Working with an EFT practitioner, using EFT Tapping, she began to see herself metaphorically as floating way up in space, attached only by an umbilical cord to the earth way far below. In a way, it felt good to float up there, disconnected from the responsibilities of her life, nothing to worry about, just drifting up there. There was something seductive about it. But also, something felt wrong: she realized she was in danger of having her life pass by while she was in a trance.

Reconnecting to Your Life

She wanted to reconnect to herself and her life, but she had no idea how to get back down to earth. Using EFT Tapping, she stayed with her experience and suddenly it came to her that she could pull herself down by the umbilical cord-which she did. When she stood back on the earth, she felt gravity grabbing onto her again. In her imagination, the umbilical cord snapped back into the earth. She realized, though, that she still had a choice: did she want to float or did she want to commit to her life. She had to make a conscious choice, and she chose to commit to her life.Interestingly, after that, she was more excited about her work, her relationships and her creativity than she had been for a long time.

Losing Yourself Due to the Trauma of Surgery

Another person (biographical details changed to protect anonymity) found himself in a traumatic situation after surgery. Back in his room after surgery, he suddenly couldn’t breathe. He couldn’t even gasp and definitely couldn’t call out. Fortunately, his friend was in the room and saw what was happening and called a nurse. This person felt trapped in his body and simultaneously felt that it was too hard to stay here. He felt himself fading out. For a long time after that, he couldn’t stay attached to his life anymore. It was too hard to deal with all the painful events happening in his life. He felt he was done being on the earth and that he’d rather be with God. Being a very religious person, he remembered that God is always there and realized he was the one who had lost awareness of the connection. Using EFT Tapping, he, too, came to the realization that he deeply wanted to re-engage with his work, his family and his friends.

Reconnecting to Your Life

This experience of losing oneself can also happen when we lose someone we love, and for a number of other reasons. Somewhere inside, however, we all have a connection with something that loves us unconditionally and knows everything about us. It’s always there, but we can lose our conscious access to it. The good thing is that the knowledge of how to reconnect is in each of us, just waiting for us to notice. The beginning often is remembering a time when you felt the connection in the past, and to think about that time in great detail. You’ll notice that, when you do that, the feeling is still there inside you and, if you burrow deeply into it, you’ll be able to find yourself again and find yourself reconnecting to your life.

How to Get Ready to Walk Your Dog

When the dog is calm and submissive, put the leash on him, if he starts to get excited repeat the previous exercise, sit stay, get calm, and then head for the door. The dog must always be at your side with leash loose, or slightly behind, never, never, never, in the front, because who ever is in front is the pack leader. When your dog starts to get in front of you, STOP, immediately and bring him back into place beside you. When he is calm and sitting, move forward once again. When you are about 10 ft from the door stop, put your dog in a sit stay, and go to the door.

If your dog breaks and starts to come to the door, go back to him with a stern "NO!", "BACK!", And take him back to the spot where you asked him to sit. Make him sit stay, and this time be more serious when you say the word "STAY !!", do not yell, but just be serious about it.

The way I look at it is like this, maybe when you were young, there was a teacher or a person in your family that had such a way about them, that when they told you to do something you just knew they were not joking by the way you felt inside at the sound of their voice. Well try to find that authority in yourself, if you project the energy that you are serious and will not settle for anything but what you want, and never give up until that is the reality, then your dog will start to see that resistance is futile, if he does not sit, stay, then you will make him, and with practice, patience, and consistency, your dog will actually do what you say immediately because it has no choice.

Once you have mastered the sit and stay back 10 ft, start the whole process over so it has a natural flow to it. You want to be able to relax and do not have to wrestle with your dog every time you want to leash train him. These are the steps in order.

1. Call the dog to you and have him sit, and stay. (provide trips, and lots of praise if you are still conditioning this behavior.)

2. While the dog is still calm and sitting, get the leash out, and as long as he is calm and sitting, put it on.

3. Drop the leash and put your coat, boots, etc on, and then if the dog is calm and sitting, looking at you, grab the leash and head for the door.

4. Stop 10 ft from the door, tell the dog to sit and stay, then walk to the door like you own it, head up eyes forward, chest out, you are the Alpha.

5. When you get to the door, open it wide, but stay between the door and your dog, this is where you must master your dogs urge to bolt out the door. He must learn that an open door does not mean bolt outside no matter who you run down along the way, if he breaks the sit and stay command an tries to escape out the open door, block him, say, "No", grab the leash, disagree with the behavior, "No, Back", then with the door still open take him back to the spot, show him what you want, which is to sit and stay, if he hesitates to sit because he is focused on the open door, do not keep saying sit, sit, sit, over and over, that just do not work. Dogs do not understand what that sound coming out of your mouth is.

If your dog is non compliant, physically maneuver his body into the position you want. You do not have to be excessively rough or aggressive, its the same idea if your 2 yr old toddler was heading to the road, you would not stand there and say come back baby, come back, no you would run to the baby and reach out and either pick the baby up or grab firmly by the shoulder and turn them around and say something like, "No you can not play down there it is dangerous, come this way and I will show you where it is safe, Where I want you to play. " The toddler would not understand what you really said, but they would understand your message, and feel your energy, as they were being lead back to the house on the tips of their toes. Do you see how it works? It's all about your energy and the message it sends to the dog. Calm and serious will win the day.

When you have mastered the sit and stay 10 ft away from the door, and you can open it wide and the dog holds in place, then you are ready to go outside and walk your dog.

I want you to take this next step yourself, if you can see it in your mind, you can make it real, but make sure you have mastered the above approach to getting ready to go out, before you actually do go, because if you can not control dog inside your house, you can forget about outside.

If you have difficulty with mastering the sit, stay method of training, please feel free to send me a message, and I will provide the tools and strategies necessary for you to be successful in training your dog.

Learning a Language: French

Planning a visit to Paris? If you are taking a trip to France, whether for business or pleasure, you are probably looking to brush up on your French. If you are a native English speaker and are looking to learn a little French, you are more than halfway there. French uses a lot of words that are common in English and is also a Latin-based language. For a novice French learner, there are a few helpful tips that will make your learning quick and easy, especially if you are planning a trip to France in the near future.

First, make a list of all the French words you know that are used in English. You've been surprised how many words are the same. Once you have your list, you should sit down and start making sentences. Use a dictionary and look up filler words you need to know. Think of the things you'd need to know on your trip, like how to ask for directions and how to find landmarks, and then start making a list with the words you already know and look up the ones you do not.

Next, see if you can find a native speaker to help you with pronunciation. Talking to a native will help you more than anything else when it comes to learning how to master the accent. It will not help you know the words if no one can understand you! Take the list you had and try to really nail the pronunciation. You'll find that French accents use much more guttural tones that are not common in English, but it's nothing you can not learn how to do. Learn a few key phrases with a near perfect accent and you will be able to get along just fine when you're visiting overseas.

Lastly, try to find time to practice what you're learning. French can be a hard language to get at first but you really need to practice the accent. French words have a structure when it comes to accent and pronunciation that need to be practiced and studied. If you can practice the language as often as possible before your trip, you'll be more likely to pull out your skills once you make it to France. It can be intimidating to break out new language skills but if you've had practice beforehand, you'll be ready to talk up a storm. French has many similarities to English and if you really study hard you will be able to converse and get around wonderfully once you arrive in France.

Is There a Difference Between Sprains and Strains?

How many times have you limped home after a sporting activity only to be slowed by the pain and swelling. to move the injured body part. Do you know whether you have a sprain or strain?

Is there a difference between sprains and strains?

There are many similarities between these two types of injuries. Both have varying degrees of severity ranging from 1st to 3rd degree. And both are used to describe a stretching or teasing injury to the body.

The difference lies in the type of tissue that has been injured.

A sprain occurs when there is damage to a ligament. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bone to bone, and can be found at all the different joints in the body. A strain is diagnosed when there has been damage to a muscle or a muscle tendon. The muscle tendon is what connects muscle to bone.

This difference also extends into the healing process. A sprain, or ligament injury, will normally take longer to heal. This is mainly because ligaments do not have the same excellent blood supply that muscles do. Making it difficult for ligaments to repair themselves once injured.

It is possible for both of these injuries to occur at the same time. For example, landing sideways onto the ankle while running or jumping will likely cause a degree of tearing to the tissue around the ankle. If the landing force is great enough you can have tears of both the ligaments and the muscles.

Usually to injure a ligament there needs to be a certain amount of force applied. Resulting in immediate pain. A strain on the other hand can occur without you even knowing how it happened. This is because muscles adapt to the position they are in most. So poor posture muscles to shorten or lengthen depending on the position. However, muscles can only adapt so far. If the muscle is lengthened too greatly it will begin to stretch or even tear under the stress. This usually occurs in the back and neck area, and is a common cause of pain.

Treatment of strains and sprains are similar. The primary goal in the first 48 hours is to rest the injured area.

1) Put ice on the injury for 20 minutes at a time. It is often advised to do this 4 to 8 times a day.
2) Compress the injury using bandages.
3) Elevate the injured limb.

Did Jesus Carry His Crossbeam or His Entire Cross?

Every good Christian is familiar with the story of Jesus Christ's Passion. If you are not a Christian, but have seen the movie, The Passion of the Christ , it's difficult to forget the gruesome parts – His brutal chastisement, the arduous way to the cross, and the horrific crucifixion. Most forms of media from early medieval paintings to modern movies show a fatigued, hunched over Jesus carrying the wooden cross to Golgatha (the place of the skull) where He was crucified. Yet, many scholars believe Christ only carried the crossbeam on which his wrists were nailed. Many others are traditionalists who agree that art confirms the "whole" cross view. Incredibly, the Bible never states that Jesus carried His own cross, except in the Book of John : Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha) (John 19:17, NIV) . All of the other Gospels include Simon of Cyrene as the relationship man who helps Jesus on the way to Golgatha. However, I believe Christ bore the partial or full weight of the cross.

In my opinion, the Shroud of Turin is the famous, large cloth is the true linen in which the temporary dead body of Christ lay for three days. It bears the imprint of the body of Jesus. By careful analysis of the biological and forensic evidence, we can learn about how Jesus suffered.

Jesus was in such weakened condition from the scourging he could barely carry the crossbeam itself. On the backside of the Shroud two large straight diagonal abrasions are marked from the right shoulder blade down to the left. Jesus arms and hands were tied to the crossbeam. It would have to have been heavy for a person who had not been severely beaten, like Simon of Cyrene, to carry Jesus' crossbeam. According to Dr. Pierre Barbet, early groundbreaking author of A Doctor at Calvary: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ As Described by a Surgeon, the crossbeam called the pitabulum would have weighed about 125 pounds and the large vertical pole-the stipes would have weighed 250 pounds. ( Location 861, Kindle )

To make matters worse, Jesus' arms and hands were tied to the crossbeam. So, he could not have walked a half mile to Golgatha without falling due to navigating the uneven, rough terrain with bare feet. The Shroud reveals evidence that Christ's nose appears to be broken and his right cheek swollen – injuries consistent with one or several falls while bearing the crossbeam as long as he did. Under microscopic analysis, the Shroud shows dirt and lime particles on his face.

When Jesus and Simon arrived at the crucifixion site, the pitabulum and Jesus were set down on the ground. Then, Roman soldiers drve nails through his wrists. Afterwards, they hoisted the pitabulum and Jesus up on a wedge located in the middle of the stipes (pole) which had already been set into the ground. Then a nail was driven through his feet. This type of cross is known as a "tau" cross in the shape of a "T".

On the other hand, many of today's Shroud scholars believe that Christ carried the entire cross. According to Andrè Marion & Gerard Lucotte, French authors of the 2006 groundbreaking book, The Shroud of Turin and the Argenteuil Tunic , Jesus bore the whole cross. Using computer modeling, which analyzed the back of the Shroud, they discovered that there were more than two abrasions marks on the Shroud; there were nine blood marks which corresponded to the tunic Jesus was wearing (John 19: 23-24). Marks on the tunic indicate a cross pattern, created by the pressure of the whole cross-the pitabulum and the stipes – on his back, despite the tunic which buffeted the bruises.

What about the two diagonal bruises marks across his back? The new computerized data clearly shows more bruises that form a perpendicular cross pattern from his bruised shoulders to where the stipes met the pitabulum between and under both shoulder blades. Marion's analysis of the Shroud and the Tonic of Argenteuil suggest that the upper part of the vertical beam was transported on the left shoulder, while the horizontal beam's full weight fell on the right shoulder. This may have dislocated His shoulder.

But Jesus could not have carried a cross weighing 350 pounds. However, for Jesus to have transported the entire cross-the stipes (vertical pole) and the pitabulum (cross beam) -would have weighed much less. According to legend, in 326 AD, Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine of Rome made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to find the location of Christ's cross. Witnesses remarked that not only did she find Jesus cross in an area below Golgatha, but the crosses of the criminals. She could not determine which cross married to Jesus, so a terminally ill woman touched each cross until she laid her hand on the one which miraculously made her sickness vanish.

Helena took the relics related to the crucifixion back to Rome. In the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, the pitabulum of the good thief is displayed. It measures 180 cm long x 13 cm width x 13 cm high. Its weight is 20 kg or 45 pounds. It's estimated that the sizes measured 250 cm long x 11.5 cm width x 11.5 cm high. Its weight is 25 kg or 55 pounds. So, the total weight of Jesus' cross would be about 90 pounds. (From an anonymous article, Why Jesus Carried the Whole Cross and Not Only the Patibulum.) Interestingly enough, this evidence supports the fact that the bruise marks were the same size-between 11 to 13 cm long.

Jesus would have had severe trouble walking, restricted to a 45-pound patibulum mounted on just his shoulders with his hands and arms tied to it. By bearing the entire 90-pound cross, He would have had his hands free, while dragging some of its weight behind him. So, if Jesus bore a much lighter complete cross, it would have been the traditional "Latin" cross-a "t".

It has also been speculated that Jesus had to carry the entire cross, because the filthy, used stipes, covered in blood and feces were pulled out of their holes in the ground and stored. This was probably done because in and around a holy site like Jerusalem, the religious law forbid anyone touching anything unclean. So, Jesus and the two thieves crucified with him had to carry both stipes and pitabulum. In more secular places around the Roman Empire, the filthy steps stand in the ground waiting for its next victim. So, the tau cross was traditionally used and not the Latin cross, unique to Jesus.

Early experts who analyzed the Shroud of Turin believed that the condemned Messiah only carried the pitabulum because only two abrasions marks from his right upper back and the lower left back were visible. Today, using the latest computer technology, more evidence has surfaced that Jesus bore the entire cross by reexamining the Shroud of Turin, the tunic of Argenteuil and the good thief's cross. The tunic Jesus wore to the crucifixion overlapped the marks on the Shroud. The measurements of the good thief's crossbeam indicate that it weighed much less than previously thought, as probably did the stipes. With this evidence, it is more likely Jesus transported the whole cross, with the help of Simon de Cyrene, to the crucifixion site, validating the traditional artistic view of Jesus bearing the entire cross.

Indigestion – Insulating The Body From Painful Tummy Acids

WHAT EXACTLY IS INDIGESTION?

If you have been to a party and have taken too many fatty foods, you would in all likelihood have indigestion. Indigestion is a common tummy dysfunction. Everyone has felt this discomfort called indigestion at some point or the other. However, the most complain of indigestion is flatulence or formation of gas in the tummy. Long with it comes the uneasy feeling of something solid and bitter coming up the food pipe or the esophagus. This is nothing but the stomach acid rising.

INDIGESTION SYMPTOMMS

Some other symptoms of indigestion are nausea, a burning sensation or pain particularly in the upper portion of your abdomen, and you may even feel bloated. Indigestion also causes heartburn and unstoppable burping.

INDIGESTION DISORDERS

There is, of course, no need for worry if you had indigestion after a heavy dinner. However, if indigestion keeps on recording with an uncanny regularity, then do consult a doctor. Such frequent indigestion can be a sign of a serious tummy ailment. Indigestion without having any fatty meals is definitely not natural.
Prolonged and rather repeated indigestion can be the cause of the irritation of the tummy lining or of the duodenum. The duodenum hollow tube connects the stomach and the jejunum (the central and shortest portion of the small intestine). Such aggravation can aggravate into life-threatening ulcers. Mentionably, many confuse heart burn with this dysfunction. But heart burn is basically due to the irritation of the esophagus.

DYSPEPSIA

Dyspepsia reiterates to the recurring pain in the tummy. Dyspepsia is also accompanied by heart burn, nausea and indigestion. Dyspepsia can be caused by ulcers in the stomach. These ulcers are formed by the hydrochloric acids. The situation can be aggravated by heart burn and indigestion. Certain drugs used in schizophrenia and arthritis have also been identified as primary causes of dyspepsia.

MEANS TO AVOID INDIGESTION

If you go to bed late or take your major meals quite late, you can have acid indigestion. So, always follow a proper diet roster. It is always advisable to have homemade meals. If you can not make the time, then opt for a hygienic locale. Moreover, have the meals at the fixed times. Go for a nutritious breakfast. Then you can skip the lunch. Have lunch before noon and supper latest by nine. Avoid fast food as much as possible.
Do not hit the bed immediately after the major meals. Allow the meal to settle down. Walk leisurely for some time after the meals.
Kick away the habit many people have of drinking water between and immediately after the meals. The water leads to flatulence formation. Allow at least 30 minutes between the meal and the glass of water.
Spice may be appealing to the palate. It is very dangerous for the tummy. Spicy foods trigger off flatulence. Similar is the case with the mouth watering dairy products. How many can say 'NO!' to chocolates? But then do not rue the day if you have acid indigestion later on. The best option is to stay away from these lollipop booby traps. Having them in limited quantity once in a blue moon is okay, though!
Just as overeating is akin to inviting indigestion so also is drinking too much of alcohol or even caffeine. The other popular hobby of hundreds of people, sometimes smoking is also a culprit.

RELIEF FROM INDIGESTION

To get immediate relief, you can go for antacids. These antacids are readily available in any chemist's shop. Antacids cure indigestion by neutralizing the hydrochloric acids that form in the tummy. The fatty substances that we consume accelerate the acid formation process. This leads to the uncomfortable feeling of indigestion.

BREATHING & YOGIC EXERCISES

To provide your body guaranteed immunity from indigestion, take to breathing and yogic exercises. One simple yogic byam also called asana (exercise) is the 'Bajrasana'. After you have your meal, kneel down with your feet fingers bent outside under your buttocks. Place your hands on your knees. Close your eyes. Take deep breaths and concentrate on the food in your tummy. Imagine that they being digested. Wait for just five seconds and then exhale. Repeat it 10 times. Email me if you do not feel relaxed.
Early in the morning after brushing your teeth, just gulp down five grains of rice. Wait for some time and then drink at least 400 milligrams of water. This will stop indigestion and also ensure smooth bowel movement. Beside, you will not feel hungry or feel the formation of gas if you have to skip lunch during the day.
Last but not the least, remember this principle. It is after all your body. Learn to respect it and it will respect you. Do not overuse this machine. The parts may get worn out. Do not treat is as a dustbin! You may have to spend a fortune overhauling it!

Tantra and Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED, can affect a man at any age. However, it is becoming increasingly common as men grow older. This condition can now be treated with drugs. However, these drugs are expensive and are contraindicated for some men. Tantra offers a totally natural approach that can help make erections stronger and last longer. Integrating Tantra into your life can improve ED while at the same time benefitting every aspect of your life.

Tantra helps you to become aware of your energy body, which extends beyond the physical body. There are seven energy centers in the body called chakras. They are located in the area of ​​the genitals, lower belly, below the diaphragm, the heart, the throat, just above and between the eye brows and near the top of the head. With practice you can learn to move ecstatic energy through your chakras. Occasionally, you can discover how to share this experience with another person and experience orgasmic energy with or without an appreciation. This journey begins with learning the 3 Keys of Sky Dancing Tantra.

Learn the 3 Keys

The 3 Keys are breath, sound and movement. Begin by practicing deep belly-breathing through an open mouth. As you inhale make your belly round as you exhale the belly flattens. As you exhale through your open mouth let out a long sigh or other sound that feels good. Sound helps you to increase the awareness of your body's orgasmic energy.

Next, you add movement, in the form of the pelvic rock. Rocking your pelvis helps to awaken the sexual energy that is concentrated in the first and second chakras. Lie down on a firm surface, such as a yoga mat on the floor, with bent knees. Place your feet hip width apart and flat on the floor. As you inhale, rock your tailbone down, arching your back slightly. As you exhale, flatten your back, your buttocks will rise slowly off the floor. Practice this till it feels natural. Add the breath and sound as you are ready. Once you have mastered the 3 Keys you can open the Inner Flute.

Open the Inner Flute

The "Inner Flute" is an energetic tube that connects the chakras together, it. is also called the central channel. When the Inner Flute is activated, the energy that is concentrated at the base of the spine begins to flow upward towards the heart and finally all the way to the crown. To open the Inner Flute you add sexual breathing to the 3 Keys. Sexual breathing is done by sipping the breath in through pursed lips, as if sipping through a straw. Imagine, as you inhale you are drawing energy up through the center of your body, from your perineum to your heart and ever, all the way to the crown of your head. As you exhale, it is helpful to imagine that the energy descends all the way back down to your perineum and into the Earth. This helps ground the energy and precedents headaches or feeling spaced out after the practice. Once you begin feeling the energy moving through the Inner Flute or can add the PC pump.

Activate the PC Pump

You activate the PC pump by squeezing the pubococcygeus muscle or "PC muscle." This is a hammock shaped muscle that stretches from the pubic bone to the coccyx (tail bone), forming the pelvic floor and supporting the pelvic organs. It helps controls urine flow and contracts during orgasm. A strong PC muscle can enhance sexual pleasure and helps control ejaculatory release.

You activate the PC Pump by inhaling and squeezing the pelvic floor muscles upward as if holding in your urine. Then, exhale and let the muscles relax fully back down. Practice this several times. When you are ready, put all the steps together. Inhale, rock the tailbone down and squeeze the PC pump. Exhale, make a sound, tuck the tailbone up as you flatten the back and relax the PC muscles. Practice this until you can do it easily. Practice this exercise at least 100 times a day.

Practice Self-Pleasuring

Once you have mastered this practice, try doing it while you are self-pleasuring. As you get close to an orgasm, imagine pulling the energy up to your heart, as you squeeze the PC muscle and hold the breath. While holding the breath, apply pressure either around the base of penis with your thumb and ring finger or press up at the center of the perineum with your first 2 fingers. This helps advances ejaculation. Exhale, release the PC and relax the body completely. This allows the energy to spread through the entire body. When you feel ready, begin self-facilitating again and repeat the above process. Do this 3-4 times. You may choose to have an ejaculation or you may decide not to have one. I recommend experimenting with both and see what you discover.

I hope to find this practice helpful. These Tantric tools can help men at any age improve their sexual pleasure and increase the over-all health and vitality. Your comments are appreciated. To learn more about ejaculatory choice and becoming a multi-orgasmic man I recommend reading Chapter 8 in The Art of Sexual Magic by Margo Anand. Enjoy!

Risk Factors Or Likelihood of Having Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is becoming a common cancer in all over the world. Be known that many risk factors or signs that you could have a 'colorectal' cancer (colon) yourself too. This article discusses all the factors in their details.

1. If you are older than the age of 50

The older you are, especially after 50, the more you are at risk. Although young people have been known to suffer from this disease, chances are, age is a useful indicator to determine the percentage of having a colon cancer.

2. If a family member has the disease

You are at higher risk if your parents, siblings, children or even relatives have had colon cancer. By this, your risk increases even further if several members are having or have the disease.

3. If you have 'colorectal' polyps

Polyp is a growth in the body. Usually, they are abnormal and can be malignant (deadly) or benign (not deadly). In this case, a polyp can evolve to a tumor that causes colon cancer. Polyps are quite common in those above 50 years of age. They arise from the inner wall of the colon or rectum (part where you pass motion). Adenoma is one type of polyp that is associated with a higher risk of cancer.

4. If you have had other colon conditions

If you have had chronic inflammatory conditions of the colon (such as chronic ulceration in the large intestine), you are also at a higher risk of developing the cancer.

5. Your diet is not healthy

Your risk increases if your diet is high in animal fat and proteins. A low in fiber is also a problem.

6. Living a sedentary lifestyle

Being overweight and not exercising are contributors to increasing colon cancer.

Top Pros & Cons of Ovarian Cyst Surgery

Most women are understandably anxious about doing an ovarian cyst surgery. Unfortunately, when it is time to determine whether an ovarian cyst is cancerous, there is no other option but to go through one of two types of ovarian cyst surgery.

The first type of surgery is called the Laparoscopy. Your doctor may refer to this type of procedure as a minimally invasive surgery, or a bidaid surgery. This is because the operation is done primarily in the abdomen using small incisions (about 0.5 – 1.5 cm) within the abdominal or pelvic cavity. In order to have a better look at the ovarian cyst, a telescopic rod lens system (that is connected to a video camera) or a digital laparoscope where the device is placed at the end of the laparoscope is used.

There are a number of advantages to doing a Laparoscopy. The most important one is that there is a reduced chance for haemorrhaging, which also brings the need for a blood transfusion. Also, because the incision on the abdomen is small, the patient will not experience as much pain and will there ever recover a lot faster. In fact, many patients are discharged the same day if no complications occur. The last advantage of Laparoscopy is that the internal organs are less exposed to external contaminants, and this drastically reduces the risk of infections.

The bad news is that Laparoscopy also brings with it some risks. For patients who are obese or have underone abdominal surgery in the past, there is a higher likelihood that the blood vessels or small / large bowel may be injured during surgery. Another associated risk involves electrical burns when surgeons working with electrodes leak electricity into the surrounding tissue. Lastly, there may be an increased risk of hypothermia when the abdomen is pumped with carbon dioxide gases. The good news is that the use of heated and humidified CO2 may reduce this risk.

The second type of ovarian cyst surgery is a laparotomy. This surgical method involves making an incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. This is a frequent tool used in diagnosing an unknown condition like ovarian cysts where a patient has abdominal pain or sustained an injury to the abdomen. The most common incision is called the midline incision and is the most common type of incision because it allows a wider access to most of the abdominal cavity.

As with every surgical procedure, Laparotomy has its own set of risks. The most common problem involves the general use of anesthesia like nausea, sore throat, vomiting, fatigue, headache, and soreness in the muscles. Some patients also experience bleeding, infection, injury to the abdominal organs, or the development of adhesions.

Before you decide whether a Laparoscopy or a Laparotomy is the better ovarian cyst surgery for your situation, remember to discuss the pros and cons of both procedures with your doctor or physician.

Remedies For Thrush

Remedies for thrush will depend on where the infection is. Thrush is often referred to as oral yeast infections but can also be referred to as yeast infections on the skin and within the genital region. Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of a naturally occurring fungus called Candida albicans. This fungus lives within our systems normally. When our bodies' chemistry gets out of whack, we can have an overgrowth of this microorganism which causes thrush infections.

Remedies for thrush can be in the form of oral medications, topical medications, or through the use of all-natural home remedies. Here are a few thrush remedies explained:

Oral Medications

Remedies for thrush include oral medicines which are prescribed by the doctor. Diflucan is a commonly prescribed oral medication for all types of thrush infections. There are side effects however with taking oral medications for thrush. Some side effects include headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, and various other complications.

Topical and Suppository Medications

Topical antifungal creams are also often used to treat yeast infections. These medications can also be in suppository form. A few of the commonly used creams include: Clotrimazole (Lotrimin), Miconazole (Monistat), and Terconazole (Terazol). These are not used for oral thrush however.

All Natural Remedies

Natural home remedies for thrush include gargling with 2 oz of water mixed with 3 drops of tea tree oil. Repeat this 3 times per day. It is also recommended to take garlic supplements, Vitamin C and Vitamin E in order to boost your immune system.

Home remedies for thrush are beneficial since they do not add any unnecessary chemicals to your system and they just work. There is no need to take medications when all you need to do is change your body's chemistry back to "normal" in order to ward off infection.

Hepatitis Type A

Hepatitis is a disease causing liver inflammation or infection. Hepatitis is caused by viruses or by unhealthy lifestyle (alcohol abuse, some medications, and trauma).

There exist hepatitis type A, B, C, D, E, non-A, and non-B, caused by A, B, C, D, E viruses.

Hepatitis A easily infects the human liver, and until the immune system defeats the virus, it will cause a lot of damage in the organ. If you want to know more about how this virus looks like you should consult Dr. Baron's Medical Microbiology textbook.

The virus is transmitted between people by fecal-oral way through infected aliments and water. Incubation period is 15 to 45 days. The infected people are contagious even two weeks before their symptoms appear.

In the developed countries, hepatitis is not so frequent because there the raw sewages are treated, and so, the water supply is not contaminated. But in the countries that are only developing, the water could be affected, and so, the most probable way to get infected is by eating fruit and vegetables from there.

Symptoms of hepatitis are: fever, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and jaundice. Jaundice means that a person's skin becomes yellowish, and so does the white of the eyes. Also, the infected person may develop hepatomegaly (its liver swells) and pain in the right side of the body, right under the rib cage.

Symptoms disappear after three to four weeks, and most people recover well after this disease.

Generally the disease is eaten by eating fruits and vegetables that are carrying the virus, especially if they have been imported from countries that are in a process of developing.

Being a tourist is also a risk because you expose yourself to the virus when traveling in the developing countries (in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, etc).

There exists vaccine anti-hepatitis A which has been proven to be highly effective. If you do not want to take a vaccine, but also do not want to get infected, there is another solution. The doctor can help your immunization with antibodies pooled from human. If you suspect you have been infected you should go within two weeks after the infection occurred, otherwise these antibodies will not work. Also, they are active only four weeks, so if you think you are going to visit a developing country for more than a month, you should accept taking a vaccine.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is one of the many viral infections with the tendency to affect the liver. In approximately 75% of cases, the infection will become chronic, meaning that it does not go away. After about 20 years of a chronic hepatitis C infection, approximately 20% of these people will develop cirrhosis (or hardening) of the liver. Liver failure is also a very common complication, although Hepatitis C infection may also result in a number of blood cell disorders which manifest most typically in the skin as itching, bruises and other odd discolorations as well as intestinal bleeds manifesting as vomiting blood or passing stools that are black, indicating the presence of digested blood. There is also an increased tension to develop a type of cancer known as Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Depending on your general state of health and the type of Hepatitis C infection that you have, you may not be grateful for the infection. This is because of the high costs associated with treatment, as well as the associated side effects and the fact that a small number of persons will recover without treatment and furthermore, only about 60% of persons will actually be cured by the current medical standards. The goals of treating Hepatitis C infections are to eliminate the virus as well as to prevent the development of liver cirrhosis and liver failure, thereby reducing the likelihood that a liver transplant will be required. How long you are treated for will depend on the type of Hepatitis C virus with which you have been infected, whether you have an acute (short-term) or chronic (long term) infection and your response to the treatment being given.

Most persons with an acute infection will not be treated, simply because they do not know they have it. If, however, it is known that a person is infected with Hepatitis C, prompt treatment may help prevent the progress to chronic Hepatitis although the actual guidelines for treatment in this case are still being debated. It is common for people not to discover Hepatitis C infection until it has already become chronic. When this happens, treatment becomes necessary only in the presence of liver damage and a combination of medicines (such as interferon and ribavirin) may be required to fight the infection.

You will also need to be followed up by your doctor with routine blood tests to determine your level of liver function in response to treatment and any possible adverse reactions which may occur. Also, if you choose not to take your medicine then you will need to have a liver biopsy done every 5 years to assess the level of liver damage.

Note, that antiviral therapy for Hepatitis C is not recommended for persons who use IV drugs or drink alcohol, have advanced cirrhosis, are pregnant or may become pregnant, suffer from major depression or other mental disorder, have an autoimmune disease (eg psoriasis, lupus , or rheumatoid arthritis), or have other medical conditions such as seizures, heart disease or severe diabetes.

Alternately, there are certain alternative and complimentary treatments for Hepatitis C which include plant extracts like ginseng, licorice root and milk thistle. Other therapies that may be used include relaxation techniques, chiropractic care and massage; none of which are curative, but they have been accredited with relieving the pain associated with Hepatitis C. These natural therapies are used to boost the immune system, reduce liver infection and improve gastrointestinal function and they have been reported as being successful by as much as 40% of Hepatitis C patients who were not cured by traditional medicine.

Homeopathy and Gout

This article will cover the condition of gout. Gout will be identified through a listing of its signs and symptoms, and etiology. Then, lifestyle recommendations will be offered to help combat the effects of gout. Lastly, homeopathic remedies will be suggested, with their corresponding indications, which may help people experiencing gout.

Gout is one form of an arthritic inflammation wherein deposits of uric acid form hard nodules in tissues. This is a result of an overproduction of uric acid in the blood or decreased excretion of it through urination. The most common site for gout is in the first metatarsal of the big toe, but it can also affect the joints of the feet, ankles, and knees.

Gout can either be acute (affecting one joint) or chronic (long-standing, recurring episodes of pain and inflammation that may affect more than one joint). This condition is present more in men than women, and generally appears after age 30. For women, gout appears more often after menopause. It is uncommon in children.

Gout is thought to be caused by an inherited abnormality to properly metabolize foods that contain purines. Purines are found in certain meat and meat products like anchovies, sardines, liver, beef kidneys, meat extracts, herring, mackerel, scallops, game meats, and gravies made from them. Excessive weight gain may also contribute to gout susceptibility.

Because gout is a deficiency of uric acid metabolism, close monitoring of one’s dietary habits is paramount. It is generally recommended to avoid high fat foods (salad dressings, ice cream, and fried foods), eat a vegetarian diet, avoid alcohol, drink plenty of water (at least 8 cups daily) and partake in healthy lifestyle habits of proper nutrition for an optimal weight loss regimen (no more than 2 lbs of weight loss per week).

Signs and symptoms of gout include:

  • Excruciating pain (crushing, throbbing, etc.) in the joints of the big toe, knees, feet, and/or ankles.
  • The affected joint feels warm and appears red.
  • Pain increases gradually, peaks after a few hours, then decreases gradually.
  • Pain may be accompanied by low fever, chills, headache, and/or nausea.
  • Usually occurs with kidney-related dysfunctions or renal calculi (kidney stones).

Homeopathy may be a long-term solution for people experiencing gout. Homeopathic treatment is individualized to each person’s unique symptom expression. In general, a homeopath views health as a condition of the entire individual rather than in terms of isolated symptoms from specific locations of the body. That said, a homeopath will seek to understand, in detail, your physical symptoms along with your mental/emotional disposition and character. Upon such an analysis, a homeopathic remedy will be selected that seeks to initiate the inherent healing response of your body. This healing response will act simultaneously in all levels of your being: mentally, emotionally, and physically. In this way, people who experience gout can be helped through homeopathic treatment.

Below is a brief list of homeopathic remedies, and their corresponding indications, for people experiencing gout.

Benzoic Acid: Very helpful for arthritis, gout, and the deformity of joints. The person feels relieved when discharging sediment through the urine. Affects especially the knees, ankles, toes, and hands. Marked cracking of the joints upon motion.

Colchicum: This is one of the most important homeopathic remedies for people experiencing gout. The joint becomes hot, red, swollen, and exquisitely sensitive to being touched or moved. Worse at night, from the slightest motion, and from cold, damp weather.

Ledum: Pains that feel better from the cold (soaking, compresses, weather, etc.). Useful for acute gout of the knee or ankle. Worse at night in bed, and from heat. Ascending pains (first affects the toes, then knees, later hips, and hands).

Berberis: Gouty pain as if a nail was in the ball of the foot upon standing. Gout that occurs in the knee, especially the left one. Pain that comes on from arising from a seat.

Causticum: Gout with a deformity of the toes. Calcification and advanced deterioration of the joints.

These are just a few of the many homeopathic remedies that can help people experiencing gout. Please note this list is not comprehensive. For your best results, please consult with a qualified homeopath.

In this article I outlined the definition of gout; its signs, symptoms, and etiology. Healthy lifestyle recommendations were added, specifically related to the diet. Lastly, homeopathic remedies were offered, with their corresponding indications for people experiencing gout.

Thank you very much for your time in reading!

Sincerely,

Noel Peterson

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to treat, prevent, or cure disease. For questions about your health, please see a medical doctor.

Painful Kidney Stone Symptoms and How to Prevent Them

When you find out what is causing that nightmarish pain, it will be hard to believe something the size of half a grain of rice could be causing it! What are kidney stone symptoms? They are many, diverse and nearly always painful.

Kidney Stone Pain

Think you may have a kidney stone? Then these are some of the many symptoms:

The pain feet like you are being stuck in the side, back, genitals or groin Blood in your urine – the blood is evidence of damage to the lining of the kidney or urinary tract heck, sometimes you can barely pass a drop and the pain will bring tears to your eyes Tenderness to the abdomen or back Fever Appetite loss Vomiting and nausea Constipation or dirrhea Profuse sweating A general feeling of tiredness

They are devilish things!

What is a Kidney Stone Anyway?

A kidney stone is a crystallized mass contracting minerals, salts and calcium oxide that has accumulated in the kidney, often due to not drinking enough water. These salts and minerals usually flow out of the body as minute particles that we can not feel, but when there is a shortage of water passing through the kidneys, these minerals can not be flushed out regularly and accumulate as stones.

Kidney Stone Causes

There are many kidney stone causes, and middle aged men will suffer with a kidney stone far more often than women, and the problem may be genetic. One cause is not drinking enough water, and a kidney stone can also be caused by certain medications, especially antacids.

Removal

A middle aged male friend of mine was told it would cost $ 18,000 for the surgery – he has no health insurance in the US. He flew home to his own country, had it removed for under $ 2,000 and had a long recuperative vacation.

There are many way to treat them yourself easily if they have not done too much damage, they are not too large, and it has not caused an infection.

If it has to be surgically removed, these are the three most common methods:

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

ESWL is performed under local anesthesia using X-Ray imaging and ultrasound scanning to find the stone. A lithotriptor then targets concentrated shock waves to break the stone up into small enough pieces that it can be passed down the urinary tract and excreted.

Ureteroscopic Stone Removal

Again, this is performed under local anesthesia. If the stone is found to be in the ureter, a cystoscope is passed up through the urethra and bladder. The stone is then either grabbed or broken up by a laser beam device on the end of the cystoscope.

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

Is a procedure where the surgeon makes an incision in the back and uses a nephroscope to either pull out the stone or break it up with laser or shock waves, and is done under local anesthesia.

Natural Treatment Options

Do not want to go through any of the last three procedures? Alleviate your symptoms naturally and find out how to get rid of them without expensive surgery.