The Diabetes Debacle

Diabetes can make you feel that you’ve reached the beginning of the end.

You have to be hypersensitive to what you eat, you have to take medications you don’t want to take, and you have to constantly monitor your blood sugar with the help of your doctor.

The alternative could be disfigurement through amputations, blindness, or even death.

But the drugs you take for diabetes – including that man-made insulin injection – can cause other health problems you probably never even thought about – and that’s NOT including the life-long dependence you face.

Most diabetics also suffer with high blood pressure…and the medications for that disease can cause spikes in blood sugar to go unnoticed – very dangerous.

And the diabetes meds themselves can cause unforeseen problems like, nausea, upset stomach, and even bladder cancer.

If you’re like most people, you’d much rather avoid this horrific scene and take your life back – regain your independence and say goodbye to diabetes and the medications once and for all.

If only…

Well it IS possible…you could actually reverse and cure your diabetes naturally and get off the drugs for good – now you just need to know how…

You don’t have to be on those medications anymore – as long as you and your doctor agree.

Because now there are plenty of fitting alternatives that allow you to maintain your blood sugar and lead your life as normal as you like.

Where it’s true you’ll still have to manage your blood sugar, wouldn’t it be better to do it by eating healthy and avoiding the risks associated with oral medications and insulin?

All you have to do is sift through the hundreds of pages written about natural remedies and information packages that show you how to live free.

Some alternative treatments and diets can even be combined for maximum effect.

Sounds a little more than daunting doesn’t it?

Well, to make it easier…

A quick guide to help you in your search would include making sure you look for inexpensive information in reports and that those packages come from reputable sources. Another thing to look for is the information you purchase comes with a 100% money-back guarantee…so you can recoup your funds if the remedies don’t work – what works for some may not work for others.

And when you find remedies that do work, stick with them! Just keep in mind that under no circumstances should you stop taking your medication or insulin without a tried and proven plan that – without question – will help you manage your blood sugar levels.

This is crucial as it could be the difference between life and death.

Try these alternative methods with your doctor’s approval and see if they work before getting rid of your current treatments completely.

Enjoy the experimentation process as it will open doors that free your life and can restore it to where it once was in your youth…while removing your dependence on the drugs. In the end, getting off the medications will allow you to enjoy a much healthier lifestyle free of harmful side effects.

Check into all the alternative methods you can get your hands on, including the ones that seem somewhat shocking. You never know what could work for you unless you give it a fair trial.

Check out also for Diabetes Reversed and Diabetes Barton Review

An Innovator for Closed Captioning

Whether you are deaf, hard of hearing, in a noisy room, or learning through visual aids, you have witnessed or are familiar with closed captioning. Typically it can be found on–hopefully–every television show out there in the same format, same font, and same little white letters in black boxes. In an era where television has become such a big part of our daily lives, closed captioning has become one of the greatest innovations to technology for the deaf and hard of hearing. So, how many of you know where it came from and who invented it? No hands? Well, here’s some information to pack in that brain of yours.

Bill Kastner, not a name you’re familiar with, right? Way back when, Bill had a speech impediment, a stammer, and this would obviously impede his ability to communicate. Throughout high school, he would use Morse Code as a means of talking to others without stammering at them. This early affection for technology and innovation spurred an interest that would later on help him to invent a decoder that would change the world.

A few decades later, Bill Kastner would be hired as an engineer for the well-known company, Texas Instruments. In the mid ’70s the Public Broadcasting Service contracted Texas Instruments to create a device that would make it possible for the deaf to read what was being said on TV. Bill Kastner and his team designed a decoder that would decode the first message ever to transmit over the airwaves, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” The experiment was a success and would soon after be known as “closed captioning.”

Decoders were not as we know them to be today, teeny tiny chips akin to a computer chip or SD card. Decoders first started out as big black boxes that were separate from your television, and hundreds of dollars a pop at that! Aside from being widely inaccessible to the general deaf and hard of hearing communities, closed captioning was a hit almost from the beginning. Years later, this popularity would push the United States federal government to create a legislation in 1993 that declared all TV’s 13 inches or larger to have these decoders built into them.

Even though closed captioning was not an invention per se, it was an idea that would never have existed without the invention of the decoder by Bill Kastner. To this day, closed captions are widely used, and by more than just the deaf and hard of hearing. Even Bill himself can be caught reading them while working out at his local YMCA. They have evolved and inspired so much so that we are seeing different types of captioning styles and new avenues of equal accessibility, for example, described audio and subtitling glasses for movie theaters. The future looks bright, and it’s thanks to Bill Kastner.

HCG Treatment For Obesity

As obesity rates continue to rise, more and more people are looking for a way to finally shed the weight and get healthy. Even though using a HCG treatment for obesity is nothing new, it is becoming more and more popular as a way for people to finally lose the weight and bring their weight into a healthy range.

The way that the HCG diet works is that a person takes a small dose of the hormone, which then stimulates the body to burn the abnormal fat reserves that a person has. These abnormal fat reserves come from the places that you normally would not be able to rid the fat from with exercise and diet alone. For example, if you have had children, you may have some extra fat around your stomach from your pregnancies. Despite having a regular workout schedule and eating healthy, you just can’t seem to lose the weight around your midsection. If you were to take a HCG treatment, the hormone would actually trigger your body’s system in burning the fat from your stomach and anywhere else you may have larger fat reserves.

When you are taking a HCG treatment to lose weight, the best way to maximize your weight loss is to follow the HCG diet protocol which was set forth by Dr. Simeons several years ago. Dr. Simeons conducted thorough research on HCG and is the person who came up with the now popular HCG diet. On this diet, you eat a diet that consists of 500 calories a day. This is not a starvation diet, as your body will have plenty of fuel from your fat reserves for energy. Although this is not a starvation diet, it may take a lot of dedication to adhere to the 500 calories a day, especially if you are an emotional eater. You may want to think about going to a professional clinic that deals with HCG treatments for weight loss. They may be able to help you with your diet and work through the reasons why you eat.

A HCG treatment diet is not the end all be all for obesity, as it still does take dedication and willpower for you to succeed on the diet. Many people have the misconception that they can simply take the hormone and then eat whatever they want. You may lose some weight this way, but you will never lose the maximum weight that you could be losing. Also, you can only be on the HCG for certain lengths of time, so if you don’t follow the diet properly, you may gain back any weight that you did lose, which is a waste of money. Instead, you have to dedicate yourself to ending your obesity and go full force with your HCG treatment to lose weight and keep it off.

Can a Sinus Infection Make a Person Dizzy Or Feel Fuzzy? A Nurse’s Guide

If you have a full blown chronic or acute sinus infection you probably are experiencing many sinus infection symptoms. Some of the symptoms that people report are a feeling of dizziness, dizzy spells, lightheadedness or they feel fuzzy headed.

Generally with a sinus infection you won’t have true dizziness. Dizziness is called vertigo and takes place in the inner ear. If sinus drainage reaches your ear it would be in the middle ear not the inner ear where your balance could be affected. The inner ear is completely sealed off. Two or three conditions can be responsible for dizziness caused by the inner ear.

Benign positional vertigo is vertigo that occurs when you change the position of your head too fast. It is harmless but some people are plagued with it often. Labyrinthitis usually follows a cold or the flu and is caused by a viral infection in the inner ear. Meniere’s disease is another inner ear problem. It causes vertigo, loss of balance, and ringing in the ears and can deeply affect people’s lives.

With true vertigo, which is a feeling that you or the room is spinning or moving, you may be light-headed, or feel faint, be unsteady or have a loss of balance. This usually does not happen with a sinus infection. Most causes of dizziness are not serious and either gets better on their own or is easily treated.

Often people who have a sinus infection report they feel dizzy when actually they feel fuzzyheaded or a little light headed. This could be due to pressure in the eustachian tubes or from other causes such as getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position causing a change in the blood pressure, called orthostatic hypotension.

Or one could be dehydrated, especially if you have an elevated temperature (fever). Another cause of dizziness may be from any medications you’re taking. So make sure to check and see if dizziness is a side effect of your medications or any sinus medications, which I don’t recommend.

Of course with congestion in the head or nasal passages one can feel pretty miserable and not be drinking enough water and not getting enough sinus drainage. Breaking up the dried up mucous in your sinus cavities may help get the sinus drainage going and get relief from the congested feeling which may be causing the lightheaded or fuzzy headed feeling.

With proper natural treatment one can quickly turn their sinus infection symptoms around and get better fast. It’s normal to think your dizziness is something serious but it’s not likely you’re truly dizzy especially from a sinus problem. If you have any of the other conditions you probably would have had some warning before the infection. Most likely you just have some temporary sinus symptoms that will soon go away, especially as you get better from the sinus infection.

How to Keep Your Dog From Running Away Plus How to Build a Very Cosy (Free) Pet Bed

How the big four commands save lives

According to the National Health Service and media reports, over 4,500 incidents a year in the U.K. involve dogs and people, with children being the biggest victim group.. You are more likely to be bitten by a dog than win the lottery!

One incident is an unwelcome statistic but until you accept that your pet dog runs away because you let it these incidents are going to continue to occur. There are 5 basic steps, 4 big commands and 3 essential pieces of equipment which you need to learn how to use effectively to gain control and to build discipline into your dog. This guide explains how to do this and how to stop your dog running away. A collar and lead are working instruments of control, just the same as holding your child’s hand. Mobile phones are another safety device we use with our children to maintain contact and for a much safer and secure environment. Our dogs are no less important and are at a higher statistical risk than our children. Your voice alone is not going to be enough. Whistling is hard work and it assumes your dog finds the whistle more compelling than what is at the end of its nose. You must start to appreciate that stopping your pet running away is a skill to be learned and developed on an on going basis, and like people, the input of patience and unconditional love, will very likely be paid back. The probability is that if your children are model children then your dog probably will be too, but that doesn’t mean it is going to be easy to train, it just means you probably have the mindset and determination to keep your dog safe and disciplined. I admit this article may be a bit controversial but the techniques work and will not harm or hurt your dog. Neglect and ignorance is a much bigger killer. If you want to stop your dog running away there are 3 things your must achieve:

  • Instant response
  • Your dog’s whole and undivided attention
  • Complete obedience

You need to understand that there are 3 reasons why your dog will run away:-

  1. Sex
  2. Cruelty
  3. Owner mismanagement

All three of the reasons as stated above can get your dog killed or seriously injured. If you then overlay lack of success with the 3 disciplinary aspects you have serious issues to deal with and you need to correct this quickly or risk your dog causing death or serious injury. The end result will be the loss of your pet by lethal injection, gunshot or fatal injuries. If minors are involved and they are your own family it will destroy not only your life but that of your entire family. This is how I see it anyway and it is this that motivates me to get it right. Your pet running off is not to be taken lightly. I propose to examine a few simple helpful hints that might make your life more bearable and improve your relationship with the animal at a level you can both appreciate and work on to good effect. I am going to ignore the first two reasons that cause running away. If you need guidance to deal with them please give your dog to a loving home, this article is not for you. Your dog is born with senses which once engaged are so compelling that you pale into insignificance the minute they are engaged. You don’t need to be a dog whisperer to understand this, but you can see it for yourself the minute you call your dog back. It is not a great moment when your dog embarrasses you for your inability to handle it. I think one year in a dog’s life is about 6.5 of our years, so by the end of year one your dog should be starting to make out sounds, short sentence structures and words. The four most important commands in order are:

  1. sit
  2. heal
  3. down
  4. stay

Dogs are quick learners. Not only do they know your mood, they take everything right to the edge all the time and they are also very persistent. The sooner you start teaching them the better, try to make it fun without finishing up with a fat dog. Remember your children should not be force fed a big McDonalds every time they get their table manners right and The National Hedgehog Road Skills award has never been won by a hedgehog. A lead is the equivalent of your child’s hand. You communicate through it just the same way. You would not let your child pull you off your feet, especially on a main road, so use the same discipline with your dog.

Step 1. It is always your fault

I really don’t think that Springer Spaniels with their long floppy ears can hear you properly over 30 metres away unless you really shout which makes you look in control doesn’t it. When I was younger I had a liver and white springer ‘Bramble’. He never knew to this day what hit him when he was busy rounding up sheep. I would have been able to play for the British Lions with a rugby tackle like that, the dog went flying, not in the least bit hurt, just caught in the act. He yelped just with fright, but never chased sheep again and after this incident if he could hear me he responded instantly to all the big 4 commands.

Step 2. How to stop your dog pulling you off your feet.

A sharp and very hard tug on the lead pulling your dog back behind you will do the trick. After the second or third time they will desist. This is obviously easier to do when your St. Bernard is a puppy, which is why i say start straight away. Bad habits are developed by the owners not the dogs. Never allow your dog to pull. Start by holding your dog’s hand (the lead) and work firmly in a disciplined and in a fair way, and reward good performance and discipline and work on behaviour that falls short. Little and often is good and a routine is helpful. The thing that really gets results is patience. You would not take your child out into a distracting environment to teach them so don’t do it to your dog either. Get the dog’s attention and eye contact and progress will improve. If you are having trouble getting the dog’s attention increase the treat value e.g. fillet steak. This is about hearts and minds and developing absolute trust. The time to use treats is at the outset of teaching the command. Once the dog understands what is required of it, a pat on the head and some encouraging words is sufficient.

Step 3. How to slow your dog down to your speed

How many of you would not hold on to your 6 year old child’s hand in the city centre? Would you expect your six year old to speak fluent Russian? No, so don’t expect your dog to understand what sounds the same to them. Use the lead to build confidence and lots of patience. By the time your dog is six months old they will be getting more biddable, more curious and more determined but up to the first year you can never be certain. However you are desperate to give your dog the freedom of that run about. A game keeper taught me a very good tactic called hobbling. Your dog’s collar should always allow you to get three fingers under it, if you can’t it is too tight. Simply stick your dog’s front paw through the collar, it looks cruel, its not and you can catch a dog on three legs, it puts the odds in your favour, so you now have the opportunity to train your dog to stay close to you, or get it back safely. Don’t use a retractable lead it encourages your dog to pull. Dogs on retractable leads are not properly trained (such a statement could be highly controversial but I would presume that those owners won’t be reading this type of article so there won’t be anyone to offend!)

Step 4. Timing – how long does it take to train my dog? I think 300 hours gets a basic job done before your dog will specialise into say rescue, field sports, or social human tasks like police or military work. It takes a good year to settle and train a dog. If you get the big 4 commands in quickly and early the dog will start to perform well but it will take at least a year so be patient and persist. Practice all the time – practice makes perfect. ( it also helps you lose weight!). I now have a black and white Springer Spaniel and she was terrible for running off. This was my fault. On dark evenings I only needed to get distracted for a second and the dog was gone. There I am in the dark and pouring rain, shouting my head off and the dog is in the next county. Twenty anxious minutes later I get a ball of mud back! Never be cross with a returning dog, it is after the fact and they may misinterpret you, causing trauma and confusion. Simply make a note to self to set up a training session in a controlled environment to fix the problem whilst kicking your own bottom and not the dogs!

Step 5. How to stop your dog running away

You spend hours and hours working with them, you teach the big 4 commands and when they are over six months old and really understand the commands then you have to bring discipline to bear or face the possibility of an unthinkable incident. I have tried whistles, chasing after her and just leaving her, none of which are satisfactory and just exposes the dog to danger. If I can’t control the dog at both short and long range she is useless in the field other than as a pet. So how do I stop my pet from running away. A game keeper suggested an electric collar. I dismissed it out of hand as being cruel, but it is not as cruel as watching your dog in agony pinned down under a car wheel. I decided to try an electric collar but resolved to be kind and fair. It has transformed the dog without any cruelty at all and this is how it works: First and only after 6 months minimally, and only when the big 4 commands are in place can you use one. My collar has an audible alarm which the dog can hear even when she can’t hear or see me. She quickly learned to respond to this bleep, it means only one thing ‘Heal’. Since wild life has hearing and great vision too, we get to see lots of it when we are out now because we are quiet, the dog is under control at all times and above all is safe. Your dog and especially Springer Spaniels will want to do as you ask. You must be there at the time of any incident which demands attention or arresting and a bleeper really is on the spot and instant. If the dog doesn’t respond there are 8 settings to ‘tweak your dog’s ear’, building up to a shock. All of these are much gentler than rough handling or hitting the dog. All of them hurt a lot less than impact with an HGV. I must stress that if you don’t have the big four commands in place and a confident dog you should not deploy such a device, just keep your dog on a lead. The collar is only for the dog’s protection and control and the charge, which is about the same as a static shock from a door handle, does not cause the dog much discomfort, but it lets her know I want her attention when all else fails which is pretty rare these days. I don’t know how the shepherds do it but they have my admiration. I don’t need my little dog to achieve those levels. We have lots of fun together and she adores my two girls, mind you she adores everyone including the postman! I think that patience is the secret and then it’s a matter of time.. She also has a special settee in our garden room (but never assumes this right in the house), and a dog house made out of straw bales which she loves as it is very warm. She also knows where the edge is, and pushes it like crazy, but she is safe and well behaved and under control at all times because she can hear me and every day that goes by her knowledge of language and disciplined procedure improves. I think I will always use an electric collar now, it is a safety device which makes me much less apprehensive about the dog’s behaviour because I can focus on expanding the dog’s comprehension of commands, so her behaviour continues to improve and she plays an even bigger and much more enjoyable part in day to day activities. If you don’t want your pet to run off get to grips with the collar, lead, teaching, rewarding and discipline and be heard – the best way to do that quietly is with a bleeping collar – really it works. I think these new devices are the dog equivalent of a 2 way radio. No soldier goes into combat without one. I think they are here to stay and used responsibly will transform your life and make teaching your dog a real joy and with much less stress. Remember it is your finger on the button and you decide whether you are a dog trainer or a dog breaker – I know which I am.

How long does it take to teach your dog the big 4 Commands?

It takes about 20 minutes armed with some really ‘must have’ treats, and then repeat the training a day or so later for a few minutes until you see it work immediately. I use mackerel fillets but anything other than chocolate will do the trick. For every minute of training you need an hour of practice to get the command working consistently and then three or four times longer to get them all working together. You will pay for gaps in your routine and you will be able to notice when others have handled your dog. Dogs will always push to the limit to see what they can get away with so you have to be that limit and you can’t always do that by being nice and feeding the dog treats. Never break your dog by cruelty and bullying to get the obedience you want, a broken dog does not work properly and anyone who has trained a dog will spot a broken dog a mile off, you can’t hide it and you can’t repair the damage.

A command should be instant, it is useless if it is not and may get you, your children, the dog or some poor unsuspecting motorist into an unthinkable situation, it is worth the effort.

Should you let the dog on the sofa – Training Versus Behaviour?

Oh boy is this a hot potato! Firstly your dog knows the difference between the scruffy couch in the playroom and the one in the living room but you may have to work more on the training. You can let your dog do anything you like provided you put the effort in with the ground rules, but here is a simple guide.

Your dog has two basic barks, one to warn and the other is more playful. Learn what they are and what they mean. If you don’t want a yappy dog you will get the opportunity at about 10 months to sort it out.

Don’t allow your dog to behave in a way that would be offensive to others, I am sure you don’t need a list from me.

You can use a smack, a firm push or voice commands so long as it is immediate. If your dog is beyond reach you will need to either be very quick (voice and run) or use an electric collar. A sharp shock beats a fight or injury. If this is administered at the start of the action the dog is unlikely to repeat the offence. You won’t break the dog doing this. Prolonged aggression or fierce punishment fills your dog with terror. I have heard them start to yelp before a blow is struck because they know what is coming. Could you do your job knowing someone is about to give you a good kicking? Neither can the dog. I have never seen a broken dog that didn’t bring a lump to my throat and have me biting my lip to hold back the tears. Like the dog I suffer quietly in silence unable to speak.

Being a good dog owner and handler

Bad behaviour develops as a result of lack of effort or selfishness by the owner. Like your children the more patience and time you spend with them and effort you put into your dog, the more reward you can expect with a strong measure of devotion paid back. Like children they will pick up trauma between adults and they don’t like it. Neglect will result in the dog making up its own rules and then you will need a dog psychologist to intervene. Unless the dog is ill and requiring 24 hour supervision, I would advocate they should have their own special place. A kennel is usually the best so they can have peace and quite to relax and dry/chill out and be themselves. You wouldn’t normally have your children in bed with you, so I think it is a bit odd to have your pets there too. Lack of common sense is what develops poor animal behaviour. Plenty of exercise, good diet, discipline, routine, care and attention will work for your dog.

In summary, the three essential pieces of equipment required are a lead, a collar and an audible device that can be heard anywhere instantly by your dog which upon being heard recalls your dog to your side.. If a measure of force is required then this device should have the ability to administer it or be backed up by it.

How to Make a cosy dog bed for free – well almost

I think a great bed makes a very happy dog, especially if they have a full tummy

As an engineer, specialising in materials handling and storage, when it comes to a bed for the dog I wanted to create a cosy place for her to sleep. For several months I persevered with pet cushions etc but they just get filthy and are not very easy to clean or warm to sleep on outdoors. In winter this year we had two feet of snow, which the dog loved but it was cold for her and I wanted something better.

Pallets are often equipment you can pick up for free. Two or three of them are very simple to convert into a bed. 1000mm x 1200mm is a perfect size. If you have an outhouse, garage or shed they will fit easily inside. It doesn’t matter if the dog chews them, the wood can be recycled or used for fire wood and if you use straw, the straw can be composted or burned. Now this solution is not for everyone but the dog will love it and you may grow to love it and here is why:

  • The straw helps clean the dog
  • The dog can scrape and arrange the straw as it wants it
  • The pallet and a few straw bales make a very cosy den
  • Filled with straw your dog can live comfortably outside in all weathers
  • Living outside is better for the dog
  • Dogs will grow their natural seasonal coats in line with the climate. Inside they go into a state of permanent moulting, outside unheated they can live more naturally.
  • The straw is cosy and warm the year round especially with the added protection of 380mm to 450mm of insulation on 6 sides
  • The pallet keeps your dog off the cold floor – essential.
  • Straw bales range from £1.75 to £3.50

Before you go into blind panic about scabies or mange, I have never had any trouble. However if you are worried ask your vet, I think you will find that the modern treatments keep them at bay anyway. Do watch out for nails and cardboard (stapled on). Plywood makes good tops if the wood is spaced or a bit rough and then the deep straw does the rest.

My dog really loves her straw bed and is quite happy to get into it and I rarely see her little black nose come round the edge of the bale until I call for her.

Side Effects of Conventional Drugs

A serious side effect may include excessive bleeding caused by the use of an anticoagulant to reduce the clotting capacity of the blood. Such drugs are usually prescribed to avoid the risk of developing clots in the lower limbs.

A step further from side effects is an adverse reaction. An adverse reaction is an unusual and unexpected reaction and it can be minor, major or dangerous. A drug induced allergic reaction, for example, is one type of adverse reaction. An example of minor adverse reaction is hives caused by taking penicillin. This same drug can also lead to a life threatening shock reaction.

Some of the drugs and the side effects/adverse reactions attributed to them are:

Type of drug                 –           Side/Adverse effects

  • Analgesics, anti inflammatory – Heartburn, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, stomach or intestinal bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, skin rash, hives, itching
  • Antibiotics
    • Cephalosporins – Secondary infections, which may result in rectal and vaginal itching; diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, skin rash, itching, hives
    • Erythromycins – Secondary infections, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and rarely, skin rash or irritation
    • Tetracyclines – Secondary infections, skin rash, photosensitivity, appetite loss, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, sore tongue, mouth or throat, damage to teeth in infancy
    • Anticonvulsants (epileptic seizures) – Staggering, confusion, slurred speech, vision changes, skin rash, swollen gums, nausea, vomiting, constipation, hepatitis
    • Antidiabetics  (Oral) – Skin rash, heartburn, jaundice, bone marrow depression; overdose may even result in abnormally low blood sugar
    • Antihistamines – Drowsiness, fatigue, weakness, dry nose, mouth or throat, headache, nervous agitation, double vision, reduced appetite, nausea, vomiting, reduced tolerance for contact lenses
    • Antihypertensives – Low blood pressure, impotence, fainting or lightheadedness in general. As there are a lot of different hypertensive drugs, their side effects are also varied
    • Beta blockers (for high BP) – Fatigue, cold hands and feet, dizziness, skin rash, appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, vivid dreams, hallucinations, depression, wheezing, heart failure
    • Diuretics (for increased urination) – Lightheadedness, dizziness, increased blood sugar and uric acid levels, muscle weakness and cramps, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice and, rarely, bone marrow depression
    • Anti Ulcer medications – Dizziness, headache, skin rash, diarrhea, muscle pain, tremors, irregular heartbeat, breast swelling and tenderness in men and rarely, lowered white blood cell count
    • Thyroid hormones – Overdose may cause heat sensitivity, excessive sweating, skin rash, menstrual problems, tremors, irritability, insomnia, rapid and irregular heartbeat, chest pain, diarrhea, weight loss
    • Tranquillizers – Drowsiness, lethargy, confusion, unsteadiness, fainting, skin rash, blurry vision, slurred speech, nausea, changes in libido
    • Xanthine bronchodilators – nervousness, irritability, insomnia, headache, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, rapid and irregular heartbeat, excitability, muscle spasms, convulsions

The reason for these side effects is that most of these drugs have chemicals that have certain toxic properties. These conventional drugs are made from one isolated or synthesized active ingredient so each one does only one job and this generally causes side effects. This is why there have been so many prescription drugs that got pulled from the market after enjoying several years of FDA approval. 

The sad thing is that very few doctors nowadays bother to inform patients about possible side effects due to close and cozy relationships with the pharmaceutical industries. 

Half of the truth is that pharmaceutical companies will only tell doctors as much as they want to and not reveal the complete picture. Therefore, the doctors are not completely to blame because they cannot warn patients against side effects of chemicals they are not aware of.

The trouble is that the business is so profitable is that these medicine manufacturers are more concerned with profits and FDA approval rather than the overall effect on the patients. 

This is one reason why several doctors are now beginning to recommend complementary alternative treatments, like herbal therapies and medicines.

In fact, the number of herbal remedies available for different ailments equals (if not exceeds) the number of regular drug treatments provided by pharmaceutical companies. The point is that prevention always was and always will be better than any cure, mainstream or alternative.

The advantage of herbal remedies is that they move an individual towards a lifestyle more geared toward prevention and cure in the early stages of any affliction. Herbalists use the whole herb, because the dominant ingredient seems to work more effectively, without side-effects, and for the benefit of the whole body. This is known as synergy.

Pharmaceutical drugs work only after the problem has development, they do not try to prevent problems because then the manufacturing companies would go into a loss. This is where herbal remedies leave the mainstream drugs behind. This is also the reason why so many people are daily turning to herbal therapies. 

Herbal remedies treat the cause of the disease and not the symptoms (like conventional drugs).

What is good to know about natural herbal remedies is that they are much more well-tolerated than clinical drugs, hence causing fewer side effects. If you are prone to experiencing side effects when you take conventional drugs, natural herbal remedies may just be the solution that you seek.

Natural herbal remedies also tend to be much cheaper than drug remedies as they are grown and not cultivated inside a laboratory.

Because of their balancing effect, herbs such as ginseng are adaptogenic (help the body cope with stress, mainly by supporting the adrenal glands). This term is also used to apply to herbs that have a normalizing effect. Hawthorn is an adaptogen for the heart and circulation as it can stimulate a weak heartbeat or slow a rapid one, depending on what is needed at the time.

Do You Really Think That Posture Support Braces Can Correct Bad Posture?

The number of people searching for “posture correctors” and “posture braces” indicates that many people are in dire need of posture correction. Regrettably, based on their search criteria, they are somewhat misguided. Posture support braces cannot correct bad posture and may do you more harm than good.

Posture support braces are mostly cosmetic. Wearing them may make you look better, but they do nothing to help develop the muscles necessary for good posture.

Weaker posture braces are totally ineffective. Your body adapts to them in minutes and then assumes the normal slump to which it is accustomed.

Stronger posture braces cannot resolve the problem either because they stop you from moving freely. This leads to muscle atrophy, the wasting or loss of muscle tissue, which can start within twenty four hours. More specifically, the condition is known as disuse atrophy and it occurs from a lack of physical exercise. Your muscles start to shrink. Disuse atrophy will create even bigger problems for you.

After wearing your brace for a while you will find that when you remove it at night, your posture slump will be worse that it was originally. This is because your muscles have become weakened and cannot support you adequately. Apart from being uncomfortable, posture braces also sometimes cause rashes.

When it comes to posture correction, most attempts are directed toward the spine, shoulders and pelvis. These are important, but the position of your head is the most important. Your body follows your head. Your entire body can be aligned by first aligning your head. In other words, if you do not correct the forward head position, your attempts to improve your posture may amount to nothing.

If you want to improve your posture there are much better alternatives than posture support braces, but before we examine them it is important to understand how bad posture arises.

Poor posture is the result of bad habits that end up weakening your core posture support muscles. Invariably, you end up with an element of forward head posture, a condition that cannot be remedied by posture braces.

Forward head posture arises when you carry your head forward of the center of your shoulder. As your head moves forward, your center of gravity shifts. To compensate for this shift in the center of gravity, your upper body drifts backwards. To compensate for the upper body shift, your hips tilt forward and this is how you end up getting bent out of shape.

For every inch that your head moves forward, it gains about ten pounds in weight. Gravity starts pulling at your head and over time your forward head posture gets worse, placing an ever increasing strain on your body. The result is a significant deterioration in your quality of life with not only head, neck and TMJ problems, but also mid-back and low-back problems.

Now that you understand how bad posture arises, let us examine some simple, but effective ways to improve your posture without the need of ineffective posture support braces:

1. Do daily posture exercises to strengthen your core muscles.

2. Evaluate your computer posture. This entails the proper placement of your computer equipment, the correct viewing angle and the proper typing height of your computer. This, combined with the correct keyboard posture, can significantly reduce muscular-skeletal strain in the muscles and joints of your shoulders, neck, back and arm.

3. Pay attention to your sleeping posture. The correct sleeping position is on your back. Your spine should maintain its normal curvature while you sleep. Sleeping on your side is your next best position. Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position and is not recommended.

4. If you are overweight, you should try and change your lifestyle by eating correctly and losing weight. Obesity leads to slouching and the extra weight can pull your body out of alignment. This in turn places a heavier burden on your spine and your lower back.

5. Most importantly, stretch regularly. Stretching will help lengthen both your muscles and tendons. This will increase your range of movement which means that your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs.

As mentioned above, one of the best solutions to correct bad posture is to stretch and one of the best ways to stretch is to use a posture cushion. A good posture cushion will allow your head to assume a neutral position in relation to your shoulders. The contours of the cushion should be such that it pushes your thorax forward, stretching the muscles in the front of your chest and relaxing the muscles in your mid and upper back.

It is never too late to improve your posture. Just because you have bad posture right now does not mean that you have to stay that way for the rest of your life. Follow the guidelines set out above and you will be well on your way to improving your posture.

The Seven Cataracts Adventure Hike: A Mountain Sliding, Canyoneering Exploration Into Willow Canyon

Arizona is an incredibly gorgeous, wildly diverse state with topography ranging from low level desert landscapes, to high mountain peaks and alpine forest ranges. More than any other geologic feature though, Arizona is widely renowned for its many beautiful and remote rock canyons, deep slot gorges, water falls and pools which are scattered throughout the state. However, what I find even more amazing, is that many of these backcountry wilderness canyons can be accessed through “non-technical” canyon hiking routes which don’t require ropes and are literally within a single day’s trip from either Phoenix or Tucson. For an excellent late summer to early fall day trip and hike, if you’re up for more of an exciting challenge and an extraordinary and scenic day trip, then take a mountain sliding, canyoneering hiking adventure to Seven Cataracts, and explore Willow Canyon, Tucson, Arizona.

It was the Labor Day holiday and early on Sunday morning that I left Phoenix, about 6am, heading out of town on I-10 East and arrived in Tucson by 7:30am. At the Ina Road exit, I swung off the freeway and took a left, heading east 8 miles, and met up with the TLC Hiking Group, led and organized by Eric Kinneman, at the Westin La Paloma Resort and arrived by 8am. Because the parking was said to be limited at the trailhead for this hike, we carpooled it together and set out for the day’s hike and journey heading east on Sunrise Blvd. by 8:25am.

The beautiful drive on Sunrise Blvd across the northern stretches of Tucson and through the rolling foothills of the gorgeous Santa Catalina mountains has always been a favorite of mine. The Santa Catalina Mountains are Tucson’s highest mountain range reaching all the way up to 9157 feet in elevation at its very top, Mount Lemmon. To get there and to reach the trailhead for our hike, we zig zagged it across Tucson, driving east on Sunrise Blvd to Swan Road, turned right (south), to River Road, turned left (east), then a right onto Sabino Canyon Road, left onto Tanque Verde Road and headed east on Tanque Verde Road till we reached the Catalina Highway, aka the “Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway”, and then turned left again.

It was about 4 miles or so after making the left turn onto the Catalina Highway that you enter the Coronado National Forest and start the winding ascent up into the rugged Santa Catalina mountains. Although it’s been a long time since I was last there, I was still amazed at just how beautiful and gorgeous this drive really is. Immediately as you head on up in elevation beginning at 3000 feet, the views are absolutely breathtaking with each switchback and hairpin curve offering a new and amazing rock formation or gorgeous canyon vista off to the distance. If you like to stop and take a lot of pictures, as I always like to do, you have plenty of opportunity to do so because this drive offers a number of vista points to enjoy along the way. However, at about mile marker 5, just past the Molino Canyon Overlook, there is a pay station where you must purchase a $5 Coronado National Forest day use recreation pass if you’re planning on stopping anywhere further along the drive. We purchased the day use passes, one each per vehicle and journeyed on for three more miles until we reached the Seven Cataracts Vista Point, just past Thimble Peak Vista and roughly at about mile marker 8 and about 1/3 of the way up to Mount Lemmon.

We pulled into the Seven Cataracts Vista point, and our trailhead, parked and started out on our day’s hiking and canyoneering adventure by 9am. The view looking down into Willow Canyon below was absolutely beautiful, but also incredibly steep too! Immediately, right from the beginning, the drop off into Willow Canyon on this “day use” trail was intense, to say the very least. Estimated to be roughly about a 1000-1300 feet descent straight down with a 60% grade on all loose dirt, gravel and rocks, each one of us had to literally drop down to the ground on our “butts” and from section to section, slide it on down for about a total of a ¼ of a mile until we had made down to the bottom. What a site it was to see too, really exciting and a lot of fun! However, this “non-official” trail, mainly used by experienced canyoneers, is rated very difficult, some even say treacherous or dangerous, so I would not recommend doing this hike on your own unless you are an experienced canyon hiker or have an experienced canyon hiking guide with you.

Once we had all safely slid our way down and reached the bottom and after a quick group photo, Eric began leading our group on our canyoneering exploration further down into Willow Canyon, scrambling, boulder hopping and class 3 climbing through partially running water falls. Really gorgeous and spectacular scenery all the way down too! We continued on for about a ¼ mile where we had reached a really nice running falls and enjoyed the opportunity to cool off, rest and enjoy the peaceful tranquility and beauty of this remote and lesser known wilderness canyon. Meanwhile, Eric, along with several other adventurous members, journeyed on for another 1/3 to ¼ mile, and after more scrambling, boulder hopping and class 3-4 climbing, reached a gorgeous 100 foot water fall and a larger swimming hole deep enough he said that even with a jump off a 10 foot cliff, they could not hit bottom! Amazing!

After about an hour or so break, we decided it was time to start making our way back. Now it was time for the most challenging part of our canyoneering adventure, making it back! So we began our trek back through Willow Canyon the same way we came, scrambling, boulder hopping, wading through the pools, then climbing it back up through the water fall. It only took a short time though and within minutes we had all made it safely back up and to the base of the side of the hill we had originally “slid” down on earlier. It was here that we met back up with Eric then broke up into two groups. You could decide to either make the ascent in the same place you came down with the 60% grade on all loose dirt and gravel, where Eric said it was for every 3 steps up, a slide of one or two back. Or my friend Dan decided it looked like if you took it up a little further down to the left, you could more easily climb it straight up the rocks and cliff and up to the top. So myself, along with several other members followed Dan’s lead and hand over foot, we slowly and carefully climbed it, section by section until we safely reached it back up to the top. Wow, for me and someone who’s scared of heights, and not experienced at rock climbing, it was challenging but a lot of fun and incredible workout too!

Once back at the top and at the Seven Cataracts Vista parking lot, we waited for the final members to safely return, then by 12:15pm we got back into our cars to drive the rest of the way up to Mount Lemmon for lunch at the Iron Door Restaurant. The views along the way were again, spectacular as you make your way from elevation 5000 feet on up to the Mount Lemmon Sky Valley, elevation roughly about 8200 feet. Although the signs of the devastating 2003 Aspen fire were noticeable, it was still very beautiful and the temperatures by this time of day, low to mid 80’s and very cool and refreshing.

However, with the 2.5 hour wait at the restaurant, due to it being a weekend and also a holiday, we decided it was best to turn around and head back instead.

We arrived back in Tucson at about 2pm and after an excellent lunch at a little restaurant called Renee’s Organic Oven on Tanque Verde Road, we arrived back at the Westin La Paloma Resort by 4pm, where those of us who had just came down for the day, headed back to Phoenix from there to return home again by about 6pm.

In all, it was really an extraordinary canyoneering exploration and waterfall hiking adventure with the TLC Hiking Group, carefully researched, well planned and thought through to the last detail by Eric Kinneman himself. Really had it all, amazingly beautiful, exciting, yet also very challenging. I think that this hike is best summed up though in Eric Kinneman’s own words in which he quotes, “The Seven Cataracts Waterfall Adventure Hike is an amazing hike that I highly recommend people taking. It will test your fears, give you an incredible workout and take you through some magnificent canyons, and a 100 foot waterfall and swimming hole, seldom seen by anyone. What more could anyone ask for!”

Sudden Blurred Vision

Sudden blurred vision is related to many problems that our eyes or our body is suffering. Be alert about the fact that you are having problems. Don’t let it be. Forming good habits will also be necessary in order to protect your eyes in the long run.

The first factor that we should consider when we have sudden blurry vision is the eye itself. If your vision becomes blurry out of blue, then you should go to see an ophthalmologist and check out if you are suffering from such eye diseases as glaucoma or retinal detachment. Once the check is done and nothing is found about your eyes, then you need to get other parts of your body checked.

The second factor that you should consider is what other parts or organs of the body might be suffering from. Diseases like stroke, diabetes and hypertension are known to cause sudden blurred vision.

As you can see, the sudden vision problem should be taken care of at once so that you can get the problems that you are having with your eyes and body treated as early as possible.

Sometimes, this situation is not associated with the eyes or other parts of the body at all. It happens suddenly when you have been looking at the monitor all day long. I have this kind of experience. Then you should learn to relax effectively and protect your eyes on a daily basis.

The last thing you want to do is strain your eyes. You are supposed to take breaks every once in a while when you are using your eyes to focus on something for a long time or most of the time. Look away from what you have been focusing. Close your eyes for a few moments. All of these will help you maintain your eyes and vision in the long run.

To sum up, go to see an ophthalmologist immediately when you are having a sudden blurred vision. After that, you may also want to get an overall physical examination to make sure that you are not having other problems with your body. It is also an alert that warns you. That is when you should put the daily eye protection to the agenda. Now that what you are supposed to do, do it at once. Tomorrow, you will thank yourself for what you do today.

General Info On Psoriasis

If you’re looking for info on psoriasis, you’ll find a wealth of information in a variety of places online. Articles such as the one you’re reading are great places to start looking for info on psoriasis, and you can use standard search engines to find websites filled with info too.

For now, here’s some starting info on psoriasis for you…

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that an estimated four to seven million Americans suffer from. This condition is not contagious – meaning you cannot catch psoriasis from someone else, and you cannot pass it on to others if you have it yourself. It is chronic though, meaning that it can go away from short periods of time and come back again. Some people suffer from Psoriasis in mild, moderate and severe forms all their lives.

Psoriasis usually involves having patches of red, flaky, scaly skin on your elbows, knees, or on your scalp. There are various types of psoriasis that can develop however, and medical info on psoriasis says it’s not uncommon to have the problem on your genitals, feet, ankles, or all over the body.

Psoriasis can often manifest itself as dry, cracked and bleeding areas on your skin as well, and one form involves the development of white puss like blister spots too.

Current medical and scientific info on psoriasis says there is no cure, only treatments for the symptoms of the disease. Most treatments involve the use of topical creams and ointments, UV light treatments, and drugs given via an IV or injection. All of these types of treatments are designed to try and slow down or inhibit the body’s immune system, and often the treatments involve the use of some sort of steroids.

Medical specialists info on psoriasis so far says that this disease is caused by an imbalance of – or over reaction of – our own immune systems. When our body gets sick with a serious illness or infection such as strep throat for instance, or when it goes through a period of great stress, it reacts by pushing new skin cells to the surface much faster than normal. Usually it takes about a month for new skin cells to reach the surface, but with psoriasis these rise within a few days. This causes the skin to pile up in scale-like form, which can be red, dry, flaky and itchy.

Alternative medicine proponents however, provide different info on psoriasis treatments and cures. In fact, they believe psoriasis can be fully cured instead of simply treating the symptoms caused by the condition.

Alternative medicine info on psoriasis states that the problems are actually caused by a build up of toxins in your body. These toxins can’t get out any other way, thus your body is trying to dispose of them through your skin. Their info on psoriasis suggests that cleaning out the body – particularly your colon and your liver – will provide it the natural means it needs to clear out the build up of toxins that are causing the psoriasis problems. Once those toxins start clearing, the psoriasis will naturally clear up on its own as well.

Note: Statements in this article are not approved by the FDA, and should not be considered as professional medical advice.

The Politics Of Animal Stories – Chinua Achebe

In the work ‘What Has Literature Got To Do With It’ Achebe brings up a very pertinent question relating literature to creation. He asks whether ‘people create stories’ or ‘stories create people’ or rather ‘stories create people create stories’. To the question whether stories would come first or people would come first is connected the myth of the creation, to which is connected the remarkable Fulani’s story.’ It is a creation story about whether man came into being first or the story came first. The story goes that in the beginning there was a ‘huge drop of milk. Then the milk created stone, the stone created fire; the fire created water; the water created air’. Then man was moulded by Doondari out of five elements. But man had pride. Then Doondari created blindness and blindness defeated man. The story is about creation, defeat of man through hubris and redemption of man. These stories are not just restricted to creation, but have been imbibed in the history of man, social organizations, political systems, moral attitudes, religious beliefs and even prejudices.

The Igbo political system, prevails on the absence of kings. The word ‘king’ is represented more by different words. In the Igobo town of Ogidi kingship gradually went out of use, because the king had to settle a lot of debts, owned by every man and woman in the kingdom. In fact one who became a king held the people in utter contempt when he organized a ritual called ‘Kola-nut’ where he cracked the nut between his teeth and made the people eat the cola-nut coated with the king’s saliva. He was dethroned and the people became a republican. It was decided the the king should guarantee the solvency of the people. These mythical stories of kingship dwindled with the emergence of the British community when kingship merged with the British political legacy and gained new connotations.

Achebe mentions two animal stories the emergence of the British community when kingship merged with the British political legacy and gained new connotations.

Achebe mentions two animal stories which are short but complex enough to warrant them as literature. Once there was a meeting of animals, at a public square, when a fowl was spotted by his neighbours going in the opposite direction. The fowl explains that he had not gone to the meeting because of some personal matter. The fowl generously said that even though not present in body he would be present in spirit. It was decided at the meeting that a particular animal, namely the fowl would henceforth be regularly sacrificed for the Gods. And so the fowl had given its assent to be a sacrificial victim forever.

The second animal story was about a snake riding a horse. The snake could not ride very skillfully. A toad came by to show the snake horsemanship. The toad rode very skillfully, and came back and returned the horse to the snake. The snake smilingly said that it was better having than not having. He had the horse in possession. So he rode away with the horse in the same way as before.

These two stories have curious implications. The fowl story is a tale of warning to democratic citizens who do not take active participation in the democratic process. The second story has significations of class divisions. The snake is an aristocrat in a class society while a toad is a commoner with expertise whose personal effort does not matter because he does not have the necessary possessions. The snake possesses merit by birth or wealth and hence enjoys privileges whether he possesses skill or not.

The connection of these stories with literature is implicit. Literature offers scope for social transition and change. Literature can cause change in society. The king enforcing his subjects to eat the saliva covered nut is obviously an invitation to rebellion. The snake story is also a story of class division and privilege, but his seeds of revolution in it. The skilled have not may be incited to rise to rebellion by observing the undue privilege of the unskilled rich. The implication is the dissolution of an incompetent oligarchy. In fact the snake figure has been chosen because of its unattractiveness for ultimately it would become the target of revolution.

Literature is connected with social, economic and educational growth. Literature is related with the creation of human societies. Because Nigeria wants to grow as an independent nation, it needs the creative energy of national stories to support and sustain the growth of the nation.

In fact even if we look back to classical literature, it is seen that the portrayal of Achilles or Ulysses is indirectly connected to the growth of Greece as a nation. So also is the portraiture of Beowulf connected to the social, historical and national development of the Anglo Saxon society. There is a relationship between the Anglo Saxons sitting around the fire on the hearth rebelling against the cold and charting their own growth and psychoanalysis storytelling. Both have a psychological implication in them. When one tells a story to the psychoanalyst he actually tells a story. The connection between literature and psychoanalysis as Achebe puts it as ‘Literature can have an important and profound positive effect as well, functioning as a kind of bountiful, nourishing matrix for a healthy, developing psyche.’ Literature thus helps to counter psyche in real life helping in a discovery of the self that tables to cope with life. Literature through the symbol of the animal story connects itself with political uprisings, sociological and historical growths as well as psychoanalytic analysis of the self which helps in confronting reality and finding one’s own self.

Exercise For Eyes – Tips On How To Use Glasses With A Vision Improvement Program

As a consumer you want to have the assurance that solutions to your problems are simple,convenient and hassle free. After all, why pursue a solution that makes your life more complicated than it has to be? This applies to your eye health as well. This issue should be examined from both sides. Because sometimes there are allowances that need to be made. These are a positive means to an end when it comes to weaning yourself off of glasses.

This is an important aspect of an eye exercise program that is frequently overlooked. Paying attention to the correct protocol in terms of knowing how to wean yourself off of glasses, can significantly speed up the progress of your vision improvement program.

For example, in cases where you have a strong prescription, it is not recommended that you discontinue your glasses immediately. Doing this puts the eyes under stress and tension. This is caused by straining to see while you are waiting for your vision to improve. Get a weaker prescription that gives you 20/40 visual acuity that will still allow you to see clearly enough to drive.

Straining to see without glasses can actually slow down your progress. Here are some tips on how to use your glasses in conjunction with your eye exercise program. The key is to use your glasses as little as possible. Use them only when it is absolutely necessary to perform important tasks. By all means apply common sense.

For instance, if you need them for driving,use them for driving only. However, if you can perform a task without them don’t use them. For example,if your phone rings take them off. If you are going on a trip and you are not the driver at the wheel take them off. If you are watching t.v sit a little closer to the t.v set. Choose the closer seat at the movie theater if you are nearsighted. If on the other hand, you are farsighted make sure that your reading room has proper lighting.

This is because prolonged frequent and unnecessary use of glasses can weaken your eyesight. These tips may seem like a hassle but which would you prefer? Straining to see without glasses which slows down your vision improvement or making a relatively simple adjustment to wearing a weaker prescription that speeds up your vision improvement significantly?

Weaker prescriptions are necessary as they help you to wean yourself off of your glasses gradually until they are no longer needed. Why is this important? It’s important for 3 reasons: It makes it easier to perform all your daily activities hassle free.2A weaker prescription will significantly reduce the stress and tension in your eyes that is caused by straining to see.3 It will give your eyes just enough room to improve naturally on their own thereby speeding up your progress.

Taking these necessary steps will speed up the rate of your vision improvement progress. You will also significantly reduce the period of time it takes to see complete improvement and These are outcomes that are all favorable to your vision.

Nail Polish – Nail Fungus Treatment?

Nail polish is a cosmetic product that is one of the leading in sales. Most women, I bet 99%, will have some polish on their finger and toe nails. This may be just for the purpose of making an attractive dressing or to conceal an ugly nail that is affected by fungus.

There are various products that have been used to make polish. Most of them are however solutions and pastes made from petroleum byproducts. If you did not know, petroleum or what makes a large part of your gasoline is a fossil fuel. This means that is actually made of animal and plant materials that have been compressed in the deep earth under enormous pressure over several thousands of years. In other words, 90% of the polish is dead matter! It is large structure of carbon.

We all know it, that every medicine should have some active ingredient that is reacts against the pathogen or intruder by either destroying its cells or stopping some enzymatic processes. In evaluating polish efficiency in treatment of nail fungus, one needs to consider the active ingredient that would be effective in stopping the growth process of the fungus.

The nail fungus is actually a colony of fungus that has developed and changed the chemistry of the nail plate. It is often caused by poor hygiene which may also lead to other fungal infections such as athlete foot. Other causes include weakening of the keratin structure that provides the hard cuticle like nail structure, or poor immunity due to HIV or cancer or diabetes. In the early stages of the fungal growth, the nail plate will develop yellowish color and later progress to green or black color. The nail then disintegrates.

Therefore the effective remedy is one that will stop the activity of the nail fungus by countering the pH of the nail and the surrounding tissues and also by rejuvenating the activity of the cells.

These abilities may not be available in the nail polish. This is because it is mainly a mass of dead matter made from the carbon. It cannot be able to reverse the effects of the fungi. Instead, nail polish may make the advancement of the fungi be even greater by preventing the air flow and oxygenation. The anaerobic fungi will thrive well under the masked condition provided by the nail polish.

The only way to convert nail polish into an effective medicine for fungus treatment is by using it as medium to dissolve the essential oils with curative properties.

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Glaucoma, Cataracts, Astigmatism, and All Eye Problems – Emotions Related to Poor Eyesight

It is said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. This statement could not be truer. Since the beginning of the use of lenses for poor eyesight, man has been wondering what causes poor eyesight.

There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

There is nothing new under the sun. Man has discovered and lost knowledge over the centuries. Dr. Wm. H. Bates M.D., Ophthalmologist discovered over 90 years ago the cause and cure of eye problems. He found in his research that stress in the mind interfered with the natural focusing muscles of the eye. He discovered that vision is psycho-somatic. When the mind is tense, the eyes are tense. He discovered that emotions played an important role in the cause of vision problems.

The Eyes Are Tools Of The Mind

The eyes are tools of the mind. Just as ulcers and heart attacks are caused by prolonged stress (psycho somatic illness), so is the vision affected by stress. These stresses are always accompanied by changes

Fear At The Root Of Eye Problems

Along with the physiological reasons Dr. Bates took it a little farther. He noticed that fear created mental strain and stress and affected the eyesight. What is fear? Fear is created when we experience a change from the norm such as people moving, changing schools, a divorce, a death, career changes or a difficult relationship. These changes create stress and an element of the unknown which evokes fear. This fear is usually repressed as a survival mechanism and never dealt with again.

Whether nearsighted, farsighted, or if you experience any other visual problems, all vision problems begin with the initial cause of fear or fear of anger. If you look back to the beginning of your visual problems you will probably find circumstances that evoked fear on some level. You may have been aware of it briefly but because of lack of opportunity to express it or the fear was too much to bear you quickly repressed it as a survival mechanism and never dealt with it again. Fear occurs at all ages from young to very old.

Eye Training And Healing

Using this Method of eye training is a very healing process. It deals with the cause and allows you to get in touch with repressed fear, anger, hurt and pain and allow healing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

The Physics Of Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are used for vision correction and are placed on the cornea of the eye. They do the same corrective function that conventional spectacles, or glasses, do. However, in comparison, they are very light in weight and are, for all purposes, invisible. Contact lenses help form the image on the retina of the eye by either converging or diverging the rays of light entering the eye.

Earlier contact lenses were made of glass, and were scleral lenses. Scleral lenses are large contact lenses that cover the complete sclera – the white outer coating – of the eye. These unwieldy lenses could only be worn for a short period at a time. With the development of PPMA – polymethyl methacrylate – in the 1930s, plastics were first used in contact lenses. These were in fact, hybrid scleral lenses, made with the combination of both, glass and plastic, in 1936.

By the 1950s, much smaller contact lenses were developed that covered only the cornea of the eye and not the whole eye.

Types of Vision Impairments

One of the major uses of contact lenses is to correct visual defects. The general impairments are Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism, and Presbyopia.

  • Myopia – is a visual disability where the image of the object seen is formed in front of the retina. During this visual impairment, one can see objects that are near, and not the distant objects, which appear blurred. This defect is also known as nearsightedness. This is a very common impairment, with over 25 percent of the adults in the United States suffering from it. The defect can be corrected by the use of concave contact lenses.
  • Hyperopia – It is also known as Hypermetropia, and the image of the object is formed behind the retina. Far objects can be seen clearly, and the near objects appear to be blurred. Hyperopia is more commonly known as farsightedness, and more than 13 percent of the children in the United States, in the age group 5 to 17, suffer from it. The defect can be corrected by the use of convex contact lenses.
  • Astigmatism – This happens when the lens of the eye has more than one focal point, in different meridians. Astigmatic people cannot see in fine detail, and need cylindrical lenses to correct their impairment. Nearly 34 percent of American children in the age group 5 to 17 have this impairment.
  • Presbyopia – This is an impairment, which comes with age, generally after the age of 40. The impairment develops as the lens of the eye loses its elasticity. Bifocal contact lenses are used to correct this vision defect.

Lenses Used For Vision Correction

In the case of normal vision, the light from the object hits the cornea and focuses on the retina. Due to some refractive error, at times the light from the object does not focus on the retina, but either in front of it, or behind it. To correct this refractive error, contact lenses are used to focus on to the retina.

The type of contact lenses used depends on the type of vision impairment, and how much refractive error is involved. How much the lens bends the light to focus on the retina is measured in diopters (D).

Myopia occurs when the light is focused in front of the retina, as the eyeball is longer than normal. To correct this impairment, which is also known as nearsightedness, a concave lens is used. This lens is thinner at the center, and helps move the focus ahead, towards the retina.

To correct this vision impairment, the curvature in the concave contact lenses is determined by the measurement in diopters. The larger the number of diopters, larger is the vision defect. In myopia, the diopter number is preceded by a minus (-) sign, denoting that the focus is short of the retina.

In the case of hyperopia, the light is focused beyond the retina. Hyperopia is also known as farsightedness, as distant objects are seen clearly in this impairment. The eyeball is shorter than normal, and a convex lens is used to correct this vision defect. The contact lens used is thicker in the center, and helps move the focus back onto the retina.

In this case, too, the curvature required in the convex contact lenses is determined by the measurement in diopters. The diopter number is preceded by the plus (+) sign, denoting that the focus is beyond the retina.

The lenses used for the correction of myopia and hyperopia are categorized as spherical contact lenses.

When the cornea is irregularly shaped, the light from the object falling on the cornea focuses on more than one point. This distortion of the image is called astigmatism. Special lenses need to be designed, based on the individual’s distortion of image. These lenses are known as toric lenses.

Though toric lenses are made of the same materials as the spherical lenses, they are specifically designed to suit individual impairments. These lenses have different curvatures, thicker in some places, and thinner in others. These lenses are designed to correct astigmatism and myopia or hyperopia, if required.

For the correction of presbyopia, special bifocal lenses are required, as the person suffering from it requires both correction for nearsightedness and farsightedness. In such lenses, either the correction for near impairment is placed in the center of the lens, with the distant correction on the outside, or vice versa.

Types Of Contact Lenses

The initial lenses were rigid lenses that did not absorb water. This kept the oxygen from passing into the cornea of the eye, causing eye irritation and other discomforts.

Then came the soft contact lenses made from hydrogel, which allowed oxygen to pass through them to the cornea. These lenses came to be known as ‘breathable’ contact lenses. This made it possible for contact lenses to be worn comfortably and for longer periods. Today, there are:

Daily wear lenses, which are removed at night.

Extended wear lenses that can be worn for extended periods without removing.

Disposable lenses that can be discarded after a day, a week, or a few weeks.

In addition, there are color contacts, which are for cosmetic purpose.