Chronic Lyme Disease – Metaphysical and Spiritual Aspects

Chronic or late-stage Lyme Disease tends to affect people who have big things to offer the world. These people may already seem to be “on their path” and often excel in multiple areas at once, including the healing arts. The illness seems to appear in people who could go even deeper with their healing and creative gifts but for one reason or another feel locked into their current lifestyle. Perhaps they have unexpressed creative gifts like photography, painting or writing. Maybe they’ve been waiting for life to “let up” before they indulge such longings. But the creative pursuits themselves offer healing – not just for the Lyme folks, but for the world in a bigger way.

On the soul level, Chronic Lyme shows up like a roto-rooter, forcing people to dig deep and remove ALL blocks to creativity and healing. To the outside world, these people usually look like they have no blocks because they’re moving so effectively through life, but Life has other plans. It’s as though these souls came in with a bigger mission than their current lifestyle or world view allows. They may get nudged a few times, but if they don’t respond fully, then along come some little spirochetes to terrorize the immune and neurological systems into action. Like a guerrilla army, the bacteria sneak inside without detection and then launch a massive attack that captures attention through shock and awe.

Lyme patient patterns include: brighter than average in both intelligence and spirit, healing gifts that need even more expression than currently allowed, highly creative, and usually highly energetic prior to the Lyme fatigue. Things that do NOT seem related: diet, exercise level, and spiritual awareness. People catch Lyme while eating all types of diets: South Beach, SAD, vegan, 100% raw vegan, vegetarian … it just doesn’t seem to matter in terms of who catches the disease. Major athletes catch Lyme as well as total couch potatoes who just happened to cross paths with a rogue tick. People who’ve followed yoga for 20 years catch Lyme, as well as people for whom Lyme marked their very first foray into alternative spirituality.

The biggest common denominator seems to be that Lyme arrives when some anger has gone unexpressed and when self-love does not match the degree of love and blessings these folks spread into the world. The anger may stem from an anger at the way society treats the disenfranchised, or it may stem from early child abuse; it may relate to seething resentment from a relationship or series of relationships; it may come from a feeling that life has unfairly passed the person by even though they’ve sacrificed a lot to serve others. Cause of anger can vary, but the anger itself seems consistent.

The second common denominator comes from the disparity between all the love going out from these folks and the degree to which they allow themselves truly to receive nurturing and love without a sense of earning it or paying it back. Lyme folks tend to be major givers with high vibes before they catch the spirochetes. Lyme arrives as a chance – albeit a difficult one – to become one with all that love flowing through their words and deeds. It becomes a chance to experience their own love the way others experience it … to realize that the universe supports and loves them and wants them to shine even brighter than they allowed themselves to imagine before.

As such, Lyme remains a very difficult disease to treat. Most of those affected are, in this lifetime or certainly in previous ones, highly advanced healers. This awareness (whether conscious or completely subconscious) makes them adept at sidestepping treatments that would bring about healing before the lessons take root. Intuitively, Lyme sufferers have a sense that something needs to shift, even though they may not realize what or to what degree things need changing. This remains true of most diseases. Lyme just seems to operate at a faster and more aggressive level, outsmarting anyone who might offer relief before the soul receives its full blessing. Actively looking for that blessing speeds healing. Once the disease has served its ultimate purpose, it can fade away, leaving the survivor stronger, wiser and more compassionate for having taken the journey.

Simple Rules For Personal Health and Hygiene

Have you been following a plan for your own personal hygiene, or do you get up in the morning, take a bath, brush and blow dry your hair, use the bathroom through the day, and go to bed at night? If you only do the latter, you need to put more planning and preparation into your personal care and grooming.

Cleanliness is seen nowadays as next to Godliness, and neglect of your own personal hygiene may cause health and social problems of which you are not even aware. Bad breath, for example, is a common problem–the perpetrator is often accused of it, but he or she may not be attending to it. Problems such as dandruff are forgivable, but good looks are usually the result of great care and attention paid to personal grooming. You should put some time and effort into it if you want to feel and look your best every day.

All external parts of the body need time and attention. Below is a partial list of the body parts which you should be taking care of with your grooming plan. Here are some tips as to how to attend to your most common and ordinary daily grooming needs.

HAIR

First of all, keep your hair at a length and style which you can properly maintain in a cleanly manner at all times. Wash your crowning glory at least twice per week, using a mild shampoo devoid of borax or alkalis. It is not a good idea to use soap, as it can leave a fine film of stickiness in your hair. Shampoo is meant to wash totally out of your hair. Be sure and carefully towel dry your hair after you wash it, and be cautious with the blow dryer. You don’t want your hair to become too dry and brittle. Especially if you have long or thick hair, brush it three to four times per day, using a soft bristled brush or wide toothed comb. Be sure to wash your hair grooming tools every time you wash your hair. And oil your scalp with grooming oil once per week, preferably one hour before you wash it. A hot oil treatment is fine–if you know exactly what you are doing.

Hair coloring or dye is not recommended, as no current dyes have been found to be completely safe for long term use. They contain chemicals which can seep into your scalp and even cause premature hair loss. So we recommend not using hair dye if possible. Also, try not to wear a hat for a very long period of time. Wearing hats has also been shown to cause premature hair loss. Redheads need to be particularly concerned, as they are subject to early hair loss.

SKIN

A good bath once or twice per day is essential for cleanliness and good grooming. You should always bathe after any strenuous physical activity. Mild soaps are best, and you don’t need to use a germicidal or antiseptic soap unless you have a medical or “smelliness” problem. Bath brushes, bath sponges, and mildly abrasive scrubbers are recommended. You must also pay special attention to your genitals and anal area, as lack of care paid to these can lead to serious infections–as well as an inadequate sex life. Rinse yourself thoroughly after washing, and be sure to use a dry and clean towel to properly dry yourself. Don’t ever share towels, try not to share bathing equipment, and wash all of your equipment after each bath. Putting a teaspoonful of bleach in one gallon of warm water, rinse your bathing equipment in the water, and then under warm running water. And always change into completely clean underwear after each bath.

It’s good to use a fine organic moisturizing oil or cream every day, especially as you get older. Put it on at night to avoid that sticky feeling, and so as to not attract dust and filmy dirt throughout the day.

TEETH

Brush your teeth two to three times every day, or after meals or snacks as needed. It’s important especially to brush right before bedtime. Pay attention to getting rid of the food particles stuck between your teeth. Flossing is highly recommended over toothpicks for this. You only need about a pea sized dab of toothpaste on your toothbrush. When brushing, brush down on the upper teeth and brush up on the lower teeth, using a circular motion. Also, brush the inner as well as the outer surface of your teeth, and before you brush each time, carefully brush your tongue.

Your toothbrush should never be shared with anyone. It should have resilient bristles, and it should be well rinsed and left somewhere completely sanitary to dry after each usage. Try to use organic toothpaste, one that’s completely safe and free of harsh abrasives or strong antiseptics. Baking soda has been found to be a very effective substitute for toothpaste, if you don’t mind its strong flavor.

HANDS

You should always be washing your hands. There’s no such thing as too often. Use a good hand cream if they become dry. Pay attention to your fingernails when you wash your hands. A good nail brush placed near your bathroom sink is a sound investment. Use soap every time you wash, and always wash before and after meals–and after you go to the bathroom. Many infections such as E. coli are caused every day by people who don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom. You should also keep washing your hands while preparing meals.

NAILS

Your fingernails completely replace themselves every five to six months. You need to keep them well trimmed, and preferably buffed and polished too. Men can buff their nails and use a nail shining tool instead of polish to give their nails a healthy glow. Women may of course polish their nails with beautiful colors, which can hide the discoloration that comes with age. Clip your nails to the length you want them, but don’t ever trim too close to the skin. If your nails chip easily, consider adding more protein to your diet, as finger and toenails are all made of protein. Eating gelatin can work for this.

Very brittle, highly yellow or discolored nails can be a sign of a serious health problem. Please see your doctor immediately if you have this. Also, do not always keep your nails painted with polish. This can lead to stripping of the natural keratin of the nails. Also, either go out or give yourself a home manicure and a pedicure once every couple of weeks. Be sure and buy a very good manicure kit for this purpose.

FEET

Many people take no care whatsoever of their own feet, usually to their detriment. Always keep your toenails clipped, shaping the nails but not cutting too close to the skin. Always give your feet a good scrubbing with a pumice stone or mildly abrasive brush when taking a bath, and before you put on your socks, dry carefully between your toes. Try wearing a clean pair of cotton socks every day; this will pamper your feet and keep them dry and not smelly. Powder your feet after you take a bath. Try not to wear the same pair of shoes every day, and alternate wearing your shoe pairs. And make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Comfort and safety should come before stylishness. High heels can lead to the shortening of important calf muscles.

DEODORANT

Your underarms don’t emit an odor until you hit your preteens. That’s when your apocrine glands, which are located under your arms and around your genitals, begin to function, producing a milky, oily type of perspiration. Bacteria then thrive in this sweat, causing the familiar underarm odor.

To control strong odor, you can wash daily with an antibacterial soap such as Lever 2000. You should always wear clean clothes that are free of staining and sweat. Use a deodorant that is also an antiperspirant, which will dry up moisture in the armpits. Cut back on your caffeine intake-it puts your apocrine glands into overdrive. After a bath, dust yourself liberally with a fine talcum powder. Always drink plenty of water, both to flush your system of toxins and to regulate your bowels. This alone may end some problems you may have with “smelliness.”

TANNING

Getting a “healthy tan” is not considered to be healthy anymore. Now doctors are telling us that you shouldn’t mind your pale skin. Skin cancer, which is often deadly, is not a fair trade for good looks. When sunning, protect your fair skin with an at least SPF 30 sunscreen lotion. Keep your skin oiled and moisturized during the summer, and don’t bother with the “bronze look.”

BODY HAIR

Around puberty, your hair follicles respond to hormones raging in your body. You can end up with hair around your belly button, on your back, near your breasts and for both women and men, on your upper lip. If it’s especially coarse, show your doctor, as you may have a treatable hormonal imbalance. Some such “peach fuzz” is normal for girls, and if it seems unsightly to you, you can try bleaching or removing it. Nair is known to be a gentle permanent hair remover.

I hope you found these simple rules to be helpful to you. If you follow your own careful grooming and personal care plan, you will feel better, look more attractive, and probably live a longer, happier and more fulfilling life.

Avascular Necrosis of Hip (AVN) – Successful and Effective Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a disease in which the blood supply to the head of the joint bone reduces drastically, causing a complete disorganization and ultimate collapse of the head of the bone. Though the hip joint is most commonly affected, AVN can also involve other joints such as the shoulder. This condition may be caused due to long-term use of steroids, excessive intake of alcohol, and chronic diseases like blood disorders and auto immune disorders. Of late, there has been a gradual increase in the incidence of auto immune disorders with a resulting increase in the use of steroids; hence, AV N is being diagnosed much more frequently. Patients in their late 20s and early 30s usually present with this disease.

The conservative management of this condition in the modern system of medicine is to give biphosphonates in order to possibly reduce the rate of decrease of calcium and thereby preserve the joint structure to the maximum extent possible. This is supplemented with graded physiotherapy to preserve joint function and maintain muscular strength. A slightly advanced condition calls for core decompression surgery in order to reduce stress on the joint. Further management is only with the use of pain killers like paracetamol, and to adopt a ‘wait and watch’ policy. Patients who progress to the third or fourth stage of the disease involving gross destruction of the joint are usually advised total replacement of the joint. Joint replacement surgery can be prohibitively costly; in addition, it may not provide the full range of movement which the person previously had with a normal joint.

In this scenario, Ayurvedic herbal treatment can be very successfully utilized to bring about a complete and effective management of AVN. Ayurvedic treatment can differ from patient to patient, depending upon the presentation of the disease as well as severity of symptoms, which usually include pain, stiffness, rigidity, and limitation of movement. Patients with a very mild condition can be given medicines to reduce inflammation, treat muscular spasm, increase blood supply to the joint, as well as provide medication to help reorganize the joint structure. This is usually supplemented with local therapy in the form of application of medicated oils and local fomentation. Mild exercises also help along with oral medication and local therapy. This treatment is usually sufficient for patients suffering from the second stage of AVN.

Unfortunately, most patients present for Ayurvedic treatment when AVN has progressed to stage 3 or 4, that is, the last stages of the condition. In this scenario, highly aggressive treatment needs to be instituted to bring about an early resolution of symptoms and healing to the maximum extent possible. Ayurvedic medication needs to be given in high doses for a period of at least six to eight months. In addition, highly fortified medicated enemas are given once every week for a period of two or three months.

Even in an advanced stage of AVN, Ayurvedic herbal therapy is highly effective and successful in treating and resolving all the symptoms of pain, stiffness and limitation of movement. Patients who take treatment and physiotherapy regularly become free of symptoms in just a span of three to five months and carry on their day-to-day activities in a normal way. Medications can then be tapered gradually depending upon the response of the patient and severity of symptoms. Low dose supplementation therapy can be continued in order to maintain the process of joint healing and reorganization, as well as to prevent a relapse of the condition.

Ayurvedic herbal therapy is safe even for long-term use. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can thus be judiciously utilized in the successful and effective management of AVN at all its different stages of presentation.

A Review Of Kingsdown Mattresses

Most consumers are aware of the big mattress manufacturers like Sealy and Serta but there are other, smaller, independent mattress manufacturers that make mid- to high-end mattresses. Kingsdown mattresses aspire to fill this niche. What follows is a short review on what types of mattresses on offer from Kingsdown.

Kingsdown have been making mattresses for over a hundred years. Kingsdown make only the more traditional inner-spring mattress. Whilst others like Simmons manufacturer pocketed coil mattresses and Tempur-Pedic lead the way in producing memory foam mattresses, Kingsdown prefers to stick to what it knows best. But this is no bad thing; the fact is most people prefer sleeping on a traditional inner-spring mattress and this type of mattress remains the most popular type. What Kingsdown tries to do is make the best inner-spring mattress at a price most consumers can afford.

The Kingsdown Body System mattress is the company’s latest offering. The mattress is made from a full coil system using coils made from high-tempered steel. This is nothing new; many high-end mattresses are made with this type of coil. What Kingsdown has done is to employ the latest computer technology to design a mattress that is as comfortable as any on the market. Kingsdown claim the unique construction of the Body Shape mattress shapes and conforms to an individual’s body shape, allowing hips, head, and ankles to maintain the optimal straight line position. The Body System mattress comes in numerous configurations. Whether or not the Kingsdown Body System gives you better support than other top quality mattresses is debatable, but many consumer reports give the mattress a favorable thumbs-up.

What really helps to ensure that you get the best Kingsdown Body System mattress is the Dormo-Diagnostics Sleep Machine from Kingsdown. Simply put the Dormo-Diagnostics Sleep Machine is a computer system that has been compiled from sleep research carried out on millions of people. The system works by getting the customer to answer a few questions, then to lie down on a special diagnostic bed. The computer system makes its calculations and in a few minutes the customer has an easy to read printout that recommends the best Kingsdown mattress for their needs.

The Dormo-Diagnostics Sleep Machine tries to take the guess work out of buying a mattress. Of course, some will prefer to trust their own instincts about choosing a mattress but I, for one, think letting a machine analyze your sleep requirements is a step forward; after all, do you really feel comfortable trying out a mattress in a busy store, fully clothed, laying down with your partner and trying out all your usual sleep positions!

Speaking of laying down on a mattress with your partner, Kingsdown also offer a range of mattress called the Kingsdown Partner Perfect. The company claims that the Partner Perfect is the most technically advanced mattress in the world but basically it is just another inner-spring mattress. Inner spring mattresses inherently cause wave motion when one partner moves thereby disturbing the sleep of the other.

Manufacturers have tried other types of mattress design to eliminate motion disturbance. I’ve tried most of them; water bed and pocketed coil to name but two. But personally, if you really want a mattress that totally eliminates motion disturbance you’re probably best with a memory foam mattress. My wife and I currently sleep on a Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress and we both love it: I no longer cause my wife to lose sleep during the night as I toss and turn.

Finally, there is the Kingsdown Plush Sense mattress. The Kingsdown Crown Imperial Plush mattress uses the ProEdge Spring System in the mattress and box spring, thereby giving greater comfort and a perimeter that is 20% firmer than other mattresses giving a better edge to edge support. The mattress is hypo-allergenic using two layers of Flexatron, combined with a layer of high-density SupersoftFoam, with an ultra-thick layer of convoluted Qualatex to help give a low pressure sleep surface for longer, undisturbed sleep.

If you prefer traditional inner spring mattresses – and most consumers do – then it is worth while taking a look at a Kingsdown mattress. Kingsdown mattresses may not lead the field in mattress technology but the company does make mattresses of excellent quality.

Causes of Chest Pain – Chest Pain Stress

In my own perspective, chest pain is a significant symptom that your body system is having some problems. In fact, chest pain can be frightening and astonishing. The sharp chest pain tightening sensation is similar to that described in heart attack. The thought that it might be heart attack can increase stress chest pains. Almost every day, many people seek emergency treatment for chest pains that are unexplained. But the major causes of chest pain may not exactly be heart attacks, it could be several common factors among those affected, including stress at work, anxiety, depression and a sedentary lifestyle.

Chest pain is always being thought to be a heart attack. In fact, typical heart attack pain occurs in the mid to left side of the chest and may also extend to the left shoulder, the left arm, the jaw, the stomach, or the back. Having chest pain is a very horrifying and frightening experience that a person can have. It is sometimes difficult even for a doctor or other medical professional to tell what is causing chest pain and whether it is life-threatening. Based on my own experience, there are two things that come to mind when it comes to chest pain. The first is a pinched nerve. I had this happen because I would get a pinched nerve in the side of my ribcage and it would result in sudden sharp pains, almost like someone zapped me with an electric shock.

Basically, my doctor said it just would get better on it’s own which is always lovely news. The other thing that comes to mind when I have chest pain is anxiety and stress. I used to have a mild anxiety problem and when this chest pain first occured, I knew nothing about what it was and basically I thought that I was encountering a “heart attack”.

Difference Between Stress Chest Pain & Heart Attack Chest Pain

Stress Chest Pain

Heart Attack Chest Pain

  • Sharp pain in the mid to left side of the chest
  • Tightness in either the left or right chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Heartburn
  • Intense and Excruciating pain
  • Shortness of breath or Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sweatiness
  • Unexplained fatigue

I would experience the exact same thing, pain and shortness of breath. Sometimes the pain gets tight, and with each breath I inhale, the chest pain get sharper and tighter. There are many people who get worried too much when they suffered from chest pain, worse still, some even think that they are going to die. These people will usually call an ambulance or quickly rush to the nearest clinic to see a doctor. Of course, I would agree that seeing a doctor is the most clever choice. However, usually the doctor would examine your heart rate and ask you specifically on where is the chest pain position. They will then ask you whether you have any heart-related diseases or problems before which most people do not have such a problem.

Next, they would prescribe Aspirin or maybe a small dose of Xanax, which you can take only when you feel that way, or perhaps a once-a-day antidepressant with a very small dose. All these drugs are used to treat anxiety, stress and depression. Many people suffer from recurring bouts of chest pain over several years, while the healthcare services are unable to find out what’s causing it. Hence, my point is that chest pain is usually related to stress build-up if you do not have any history of heart-related medical conditions.

If you are uncomfortable with medications and drugs, then the next most effective way to stop your chest pain is to have deep breathing and simply RELAX. You have to keep your mind clear of any rapid thoughts, perhaps read, watch a show, call a family member of friend to chat with, or indulge in something else that you enjoy. In my own experience, whenever I have a chest pain which is very tight and sharp until I’ve difficulty breathing, I would tell myself to calm down and start to take a very deep breath in and slowly exhale out. I would do this repetitively for at least 6 times and my chest pain will slowly vanish.

If you are experiencing chest pain every now and then and you do not have any heart-related medical conditions, then I am sure that you are suffering from stress chest pain. The only immediate self-help that you should do is to inhale a deep breath slowly and deeply and then exhale the air out pacefully.

Try this:

1. Relax, take a slow deep (as deep as you can) breath through your nose.

2. Hold for a few seconds.

3. Now breath out, *slowly*, through pursed lips.

This is an almost perfect and effective way to stop your stress chest pain immediately. Make sure after your chest pain has gone, you should continue to relax and continue doing deep breathing for another 5 minutes or so. Remember to relax your muscles and clear your mind of any negative and rapid thoughts.

Nonetheless, if your chest pain continues and you are experiencing it very often, you should immediately seek medical help by visiting a qualified doctor. The reason is that the doctor is much better person to differential between chest pain and heart attack efficiently.

Chest pain often has a negative impact on the sufferer’s daily life in the form of tiredness, anxiety and fear of death. One of the main differences between women and men with unexplained chest pain is that men were more likely to perceive their lives and jobs as being stressful, while women tended more to suffer from symptoms of depressions and anxiety.

When compared with a reference group of people who were not suffering from heart disease, both men and women, experienced more symptoms of depression and anxiety, and work-related stress. From research, both the men and the women with unexplained chest pain led a more sedentary lifestyle. Hence, it is important that we exercise regularly, eat well, sleep well and approach life easily and happily. Our well-being serves a very important aspect of contributing to the overall good health of ourselves. We must conquer our stress by learning to take things easily.

Hence, the next time you experience unexplained and sudden chest pain, do not believe the chest pains indicate a serious health challenge as you may further tighten the muscles, increasing stress chest pains. Think positively! Learn to relax and start your deep breathing exercise. Inhale as deep as you can and then exhale out slowly and pacefully. Nonetheless, you must seek medical help immediately if your chest pain does not stop or become worse.

Read more of our other articles on stress reduction techniques and natural ways to cure anxiety attack and depression at www.managingstresstechniques.com

How to Approach Math Word Problems on the Pharmacy Tech Exams

The Big Secret: Don’t think about the problem until you write down all of the factors.

Sounds too easy, right? But it’s where everyone gets stuck. Start by carefully reading over the entire question from start to finish and decode the important factors. Then, go back and slowly read it again, writing down only the necessary factors. Factors aren’t just numbers, but also things like days, percent signs, p.m., or whatever will help keep things straight for you. Also, neatly write numbers below or above numbers that will be added or subtracted and set-up any fractions.

Write an Equal sign where it belongs

This is critical; the equal sign is like a trigger to our brains that we’ve been taught since 3rd grade. Now that the problem is written in terms with an equal sign in place, the light will generally go on and you’ll start working the problem. From here, the only hang-ups you may encounter are things like not knowing conversions or needing to convert to all like factors. Even if you write down the factors wrong the first time, you’ll likely see how to re-arrange them and get started.

Sloppy writing is not allowed in math:

Your success at math is contingent on writing all of the factors neatly and organized. When you come across a math word problem, the first thought that should come into your head is to grab for a piece of paper to write it out. As you jot it down, write neatly and leave yourself some space between lines.Beware: Exam writers prey on your bad habits.

When I create practice math word problems for the free practice exams, I have to think up three dummy answers. How do I do it? It may sound sadistic, but I try to consider what answers would come up if someone was sloppy. I think about things like if a factor was left out, or if someone did the equation in a rush, or their head. Exam writers who write for official exams do the same thing. After all, the exams are used to weed out unqualified applicants. If you want to pass the exam, get in the practice of writing things down completely, neatly and organized.

When you get to a question that’s a math word problem.

First, relax and know that all of the facts are in there for you to solve it. Then take a deep breath and follow these steps: Don’t try to rush or use a short-cut

Read it at least twice

Write down the only necessary factors

Put an equal sign where it belongs

Do the Math

Need some more Pharmacy Tech math practice?

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TV Addiction – As Serious As Drug Addiction

Over-attachment to anything is a serious problem. People are addicted to different things – drugs, cigarette, alcohol, cartoons, and computer games are just a few things that people fall addicted to.

No one really thought seriously about TV addiction until recently, when a research found the characteristic behavior of persons addicted to drugs and to TV is the same. That is, persons addicted to TV shows the same behavioral patterns like someone who is addicted to drugs.

Definition of addiction: inability to overcome the dependence on anything, in spite of serious efforts from one’s part is an addiction. Serious withdrawal symptoms are another characteristic of addiction.

For example – someone who is addicted to drugs know he/she must break away from drugs, tries in that direction, but is unable to free oneself from the influence of drugs.

Different studies conducted by universities from different parts of the world suggest the strong parallels between TV addiction and drug addiction.

Researchers studied the brain waves of people, who were serious about withdrawing from TV.

The persons experience maximum pleasure while preparing for watching TV – he/she feels happy while taking the remote control and while switching on the TV. Once the TV program is over, he or she returns to the previous state of tension and mental stress. He/she wants to reach before TV to once again feel peaceful.

This experience has strong parallels to that of drug addiction, where drug addicts feel disturbed when the drug stops working in their body and they inject more drugs into their blood.

This is not true for all TV viewers. People who watch TV for more than four hours a day exhibit these behavior patterns and one tenth of total TV viewers are haplessly addicted to TV.

The Serious Problems Associated with TV Addiction

o Anxiety

o Lethargy

o Prefers solitude

o Turns away from social situations

o Difficulty getting along with others

o Risk of obesity

TV Addiction in Children

Children below 12 years of age are especially vulnerable to the dangers of TV addiction. They can forget everything about their studies and spend so much time before TV.

When parents try to minimize time spent before time, the children protest and in an unhealthy way. Self harm and destruction are common.

Studies have also found that children enslaved to TV mature early and feel helpless before difficulties.

Some Things You Can Do to Prevent TV Addiction

@ – Spend time engaging in physical activities, sports, hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, swimming, tree climbing, etc according to one’s physical capacity.

@ – Read books including novels, short stories, poetry, science fiction stories, science magazines, etc.

@ – Engage in indoor games like chess, caroms, scrabble, board games, etc.

@ – Be active at a social service club (so far the best antidote for all stress related problems).

All the above activities are helpful in overcoming addiction to TV. While you feel energy sapped, lethargic and tensed after prolonged TV viewing, these activities make you feel refreshed.

What are the Harmful Effects of Throat Abscess

What is this Condition?

A throat abscess is a localized accumulation of pus that may occur around the tonsils or in the back of the pharynx. With treatment, the prognosis for a person with throat abscess is good.

What Causes it?

Abscess around the tonsils is a complication of acute tonsillitis, usually after streptococcal or staphylococcal infection. It occurs more often in adolescents and young adults than in children.

Acute abscess in the back of the pharynx is caused by infection in the lymph glands, which may follow an upper respiratory bacterial infection. Because these lymph glands, present at birth, start to become smaller after age 2, this condition most commonly affects infants and children under age 2.

Chronic abscesses in the back of the throat may result from tuberculosis of the cervical spine and may occur at any age.

What are its Symptoms?

The person with an abscess around the tonsils will have severe throat pain, occasional ear pain on the same side as the abscess, and tenderness of the submandibular gland. Difficulty swallowing causes drooling. Tightening of the jaw muscles may occur as a result of swelling and spreading of the infection. Other symptoms include fever, chills, malaise, rancid breath, nausea, muffled speech, and dehydration.

The person with an abscess in the back of the pharynx will have pain, difficulty swallowing, and fever. When the abscess is located in the upper pharynx, the person may develop nasal obstruction. When the abscess is located in the lower pharynx, the person may develop difficult and noisy breathing. Children may experience drooling and muffled crying. A very large abscess may press on the larynx, causing swelling, or may erode into major vessels, causing sudden death from asphyxia or aspiration.

How is it Diagnosed?

The doctor bases the diagnosis on the person’s health history and on a throat exam. A person with an abscess around the tonsils commonly has a history of bacterial pharyngitis. A lab culture may reveal streptococcal or staphylococcal infection.

A person with an abscess in the back of the pharynx commonly has a history of nasopharyngitis or pharyngitis. The doctor will also take X-rays of the larynx and may order culture and sensitivity tests to isolate the causative organism and determine the appropriate antibiotic treatment.

How is it Treated?

If an abscess around the tonsils is caught early, treatment consists of large doses of penicillin or another antibiotic. For late-stage abscess, primary treatment is usually incision and drainage under local anesthesia, followed by antibiotic therapy for 7 to 10 days. Tonsillectomy, scheduled no sooner than 1 month after healing, prevents recurrence but is recommended only after several episodes.

If a person has an acute abscess in the back of the pharynx, the doctor will make an incision to drain the abscess through the pharyngeal wall. In chronic conditions, drainage is performed through an external incision behind the adjacent neck muscles. Postoperative drug therapy includes antibiotics (usually penicillin) and analgesics.

What can a person with a throat abscess do?

After incision and drainage, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics, pain relievers, and fever-reducing medications. Be sure to complete the full course of prescribed antibiotic therapy. To promote healing, use warm salt water gargles or throat irrigations for 24 to 36 hours. Get adequate rest

Ayurveda – 7 Distinctive Differences Between Modern and Ayurvedic Medicines

The medical systems, whether it is Ayurveda or the conventional Allopathic, Modern, medicines, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Without any intention to criticize any system of medicines and/or to force you to follow a certain medical practice, the article presents with a detailed comparison between the modern and Ayurvedic medicines.

1. Approach

Modern medicines treat the physical body, considering each organ or component as separate from the other. Thus, we find specialists in modern medicines. For instance, a cardiologist will most likely refer you to a gastrologist if you came to him complaining of suffering from severe hurt burn

In contrast, the field of Ayurveda treats the whole body in a holistic manner. This system believes that a complete Ayurvedic physician is one who is conversant with all systems of medicines associated with Ayurveda. To the Ayurvedic practitioner, body mind and spirit are connected and treating any condition involves balancing all three aspects.

2. Side Effects

It is a common fact that modern medicines are full of side effects. For instance, a woman taking birth control pills often finds herself getting obese.

In contrast, Ayurveda is based on herbs, which are found in nature and Ayurvedic natural herbal remedies do not have any side effects.

3. Natural Treatment

In the last few decades, the influx of Ayurvedic knowledge in the west has sensitized them to the concept of natural treatment but they are far away from applying the understanding of natural medicines. Conventional medicines believe in prescribing synthetic and chemical substances to treat any condition

In contrast, Ayurveda believes in herbalism, which is derived from nature. They believe that intimate communion with nature is the only way to gain ideal wellness.

4. Evidence-Based

Conventional medicine is purely evidence based even though modern doctors engage in lots of trial and error. How many times have you visited a doctor who gave you a particular medicine for an ailment only to be changed on your next visit?

In contrast, it is a misconception that Ayurveda is not based on scientific principles. In fact, Ayurveda has its own set of principles which is followed by every Ayurvedic practitioner religiously. Ayurvedic treatment is nature-based and the system follows the natural wisdom and universal truth that plants and the derived herbal remedies can be used to prevent and, if necessary, to cure all health issues. It has been said that “there is no beginning and there is no end to Ayurveda.” Its range of knowledge cannot be contained in books.

5. Roots

Modern medicines and treatment is more inclined towards suppressing the symptoms of a disease rather than eradicating it from its root. A simple case – when you visit a doctor when you have flu, often the doctor prescribes medicines which will suppress the symptoms. But does the medicine cure it? No.

In contrast, Ayurvedic remedies are not concerned with suppressing symptoms. In fact, initially the prescribed remedies will, very often, intensify the symptoms so that the problem can be treated from its root. Rather than suppress a fever, the Ayurvedic doctor will allow it to rise, while controlling it, to allow the high fever destroy whatever bacteria that has invaded the organism.

6. Diet and Lifestyle

Modern medicine rarely considers the diet and lifestyle of the suffering person. They are just interested in the disease and in doing so a disease is never prevented and, at best, it is suppressed until the next episode. However, in the last few years, modern medicine practitioners have slowly warmed up to the idea of including the diet and lifestyle too while prescribing treatment.

In contrast, Ayurveda believes that our well-being depends on what we eat and the way we manage our life. A healthy diet, a balanced life-style that includes spiritual enhancement, will ensure balance and harmony in the life of a person. If this balance is maintained, there is no need for any kind of medicines. It is only when the balance is disrupted that health problems arise.

7. Detoxification

Modern medicine is more concerned with suppressing the symptoms, as mentioned above. It simply does not understand the concept of prevention through body detoxification, for example. Even if a handful of doctors are aware, they shy away from recommending it because it is not prescribed under the rules of modern medicine.

In contrast, detoxification is the basis of all Ayurvedic remedies. They stress on the fact that removing the toxins from the body play the most important role in eradicating the disease causing factors which will also prevent the disease from erupting again and again.

Summary

These are the 7 primary differences between Ayurveda and Modern, conventional, medicine. They are brought to your with the hope that they will invoke in you the curiosity and hunger to explore and discover for yourself the enormous benefits that Ayurveda has to offer.

Vitamins Are Organic Compounds That Are Necessary In Small Amounts To Sustain Life And Health

Vitamins are nutrients essential for health. Vitamins are organic compounds that are necessary in small amounts in animal and human diets to sustain life and health. Vitamins are organic compounds which are needed in small quantities to sustain life. Vitamins are organic substances, essential for maintaining life functions and preventing disease among humans and animals and even some plants. Vitamins are complex organic compounds that occur naturally in plants and animals.

Vitamins are named by letters – vitamin A, vitamin C, D, E, K, and the group of B vitamins. Vitamins are organic components in food that are needed in very small amounts for growth and for maintaining good health. Vitamins are compounds that are essential in small amounts for proper body function and growth. Vitamins are organic substances that are required in small amounts for normal functioning of the body. Vitamins are substances that the human body requires but is unable to synthesize and therefore, must obtain externally.

Vitamins are not individual molecular compounds. Vitamins were not discovered until early in the twentieth century. Vitamins are of two type’s water soluble and fat soluble. Vitamins are required in the diet in only tiny amounts, in contrast to the energy components of the diet. Supplements can be beneficial, but the key to vitamin and mineral success is eating a balanced diet.

Vitamins cannot be synthesized by the cells of an animal but are vital for normal cell function. Vitamins cannot be isolated from their complexes and still perform their specific life functions within the cells.

Persons already experiencing coronary health issues should consider having their vitamin D levels checked and take action if a lack of vitamin D detected. I’ve cited the review, “Is US Health Really the Best in the world?”, by Dr. Barbara Starfield (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 26, 2000), in which Starfield reveals the American medical system kills 225,000 people per year–106,000 as a direct result of pharmacological drugs. Berries come in many shapes and sizes, but they are all healthy sources of fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are low in fat and calories, and contain compounds that might protect you from certain health conditions. B 12 deficiencies cause a host of health problems, including potentially irreversible nerve damage that can occur before symptoms are noticed. The easiest way for most people to avoid a deficiency is to take a B 12 supplement containing at least 1000 micro grams of B 12 two or three times a week. The Health Organization Founded by Dr. Rath is Unique in the world: All the Profits it Makes Go to a Non-profit Foundation. Vitamins and minerals are essential to life-and we mean essential. The early human diet was largely vegetarian, humans have adapted to utilize nutrients and vitamins from plant sou.

How to Treat Sore Throat Naturally

Strep throat is inflammation of the throat, tonsils and lymph nodes due to infection with group A streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat is very common during the flu seasons and it can be preceded by mild symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing or cough. The incubation period of strep throat is around 3-5 days and most symptoms occur within this period of time. Common symptoms of strep throat are: throat inflammation and swelling, difficult swallowing, difficult breathing, mucus-producing cough, fatigue, body weakness, headache, nausea, poor appetite, enlargement of the lymph nodes and tonsils, excessive sweating and fever.

Remedies:

1.    Home remedies for strep throat that can act as antibiotics are garlic, honey, olive leaf extract and tea tree oil. Such home remedies for strep throat can help in fighting infection and inflammation, but medical treatment shouldn’t be ignored. In fact, most home remedies for strep throat should be used only in addition to medical treatment with antibiotics.

2.    If you have strep throat you should get a lot of rest and sleep because the body can recover while it’s rested. Hot tea and soup can do good to the irritated tissue inside the throat, and drinking a lot of water can relieve the pain when you swallow.

3.    Tonsillitis is an infection on the tonsil. Sometimes, a doctor will suggest a tonsillectomy, but more often than not, you can also help relieve the symptoms at home. Drink a mixture of lime juice, salt, and boiled water. This will help to ease some of the pain in your throat. Over the counter medications will also help with the fever, as well as the sore throat.

4.    A sore throat is usually the result of a chill. Milk, and milk products are harmful in such a condition. Take a glass of lukewarm water with a spoonful of honey in the morning and before sleep at night. Apply a cold compress to the throat and cover the compress with a woolen cloth. For a week take only bread, vegetables and fruits.

5.    An infusion of cardamom (preferably with cinnamon) is used as a gargle for the treatment of sore throat problems. This infusion is good even if the sore throat is cause due to a serious condition such as influenza; in fact the infusion helps to prevent the influenza itself.

6.    Usually a few gargle with a warm salt water solution will generally reduce any swelling and tends to relieve the discomfort that comes with sore throats. To be effective you should gargle at least one time every hour using one teaspoon of common table salt dissolved in approximately 8 ounces of warm water. In the event that you are bothered by postnasal drip you can safely gargle more often in order to prevent and additional throat irritation.

7.    Make up a big pot of chicken broth. Load it up with lots of garlic, onion, ginger and turmeric to help thin and expel the mucus from your system. This is one of the natural sore throat remedies that can comfort your soul, particularly if it reminds you of your grandmother’s home cooking!

Two Recommended Medical Centers in Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba – located in Paraná state is the most important city in southern Brazil. Curitiba is the second largest car manufacturer and is regarded as the best place for investments in Brazil. Attractions include gardens, an opera house and museums.Curitiba has a developed medical service sector with many modern hospitals.This is a summary of some of Curitiba’s reputable hospitals.

Hospital VITA Curitiba is one of the best hospitals in the country. The 152 bed, modern hospital is operated by one of the leading hospital groups in Brazil. The hospital has attained many famous accreditations including the highest accreditation Level of the country awarded by ONA (National Accreditation Organization). Hospital VITA has full-fledged clinical departments and seven operating rooms, all of which provide excellent medical and surgical service in every specialty.

The hospital’s emergency center features an emergency room, 13 observation rooms and 1 minor surgery room making the center equipped to meet any urgency. It has a 24 bed general ICU, a pediatric ICU with10 beds, a cardiac ICU and a neurological ICU. All of the ICUs in this hospital offer 24- hour specialized care. VITA Curitiba has a nicely equipped diagnostics division that offers over 16 types of advanced procedures. It is also equipped with modern laboratories, a hemodynamics section and a pharmacy. Hospital VITA has110 apartments and it offers accommodations in a friendly environment. Tel: + 55 41 3315 1935

Hospital Santa Cruz is one of the best private hospitals in Brazil and is placed at Avenida do Batel, 1889 Curitiba. This 220 bed multi disciplinary center started in 1966 and has won ONA’s third level approval. The center, popularly known by Holy Cross Hospital, offers excellent medical service in all specialties. Additionally, its preventive medicine, neurosurgery, cardiology and emergency divisions are nationally renowned. The hospital has eleven modern operating rooms including six general surgery theaters. The emergency unit has modern facilities as well as 60 specialized physicians. This specific emergency unit has the highest number of doctors per shift among the Curitiba hospitals. The ICU with 32 beds offers excellent care. The laboratories are also at par with other international hospitals. Warm accommodations are available in luxurious suites and rooms. Tel: + 55 41 3312 3000

Heal Your Liver With Eden Energy Medicine

Your liver is the largest physical organ in the body. It is involved in digestion, metabolism, storage and distribution of nourishment, filtration, detoxification, and immune function.

You’d think having short legs wouldn’t be a problem. Less body to nourish and protect, right? But according to the online article, “The Ten Weirdest Clues to Your Body’s Health,” that’s not the case!

“If your legs are on the stocky side, you may need to take better care of your liver. In a 2008 study, British researchers found that women with legs between 20 and 29 inches tended to have higher levels of four enzymes that indicate liver disease. Factors such as childhood nutrition may not only influence growth patterns, but also liver development well into adulthood, say researchers.

Prevent it: Avoid exposure to toxins your liver has to process, which will keep it healthier, longer. Wear a mask and gloves while cleaning or working with any type of harsh chemical. Limit alcohol intake to one 5-ounce glass of wine or 12-ounce bottle of beer daily.”

Eden Energy Medicine can be another easy way to support your Liver’s health. Massaging your hands and feet on a daily basis will keep your liver strong and healthy. It’s a lovely form of self-care as well, which can take place in a bubble bath, in bed, while watching a good movie or listening to good music. If you have a partner in your life, try trading foot and hand massages as a form of nurturing, nonsexual touch.

The acupuncture points on the feet that are most effective for keeping your liver clear are found at the “V” where the big toe meets the second toe on the top of the foot at the base of the metatarsal bridge. If nothing else, be sure to massage these “source points” of Liver chi several times a day.

Your liver is very important to hormonal health. If you have PMS, sedating Liver Meridian can help immensely with groin pain. The simplest way to sedate Liver Meridian is to lie down and place your fingertips where your legs attach to your body. Rest in this pose for two to three minutes.

You can also sedate your Liver Meridian by holding specific acupuncture points. This is known as acupressure and it is usually the most effective. Here’s how:

1. Simultaneously place the middle finger of one hand on Liver 2 (inside of big toe where it meets the foot) and the other hand on Heart 8 (make a fist; see where the pinky touches the palm? That’s Heart 8). Press in lightly. Hold for two minutes.

2. Repeat on the other side.

3. Then place the middle finger of one hand on Liver 4 (a little dip in front of the anklebone) and the middle finger of the other hand on Lung 8 (on the crease of the wrist just below the thumb).

Don’t panic about pinpoint accuracy. Meridian points have a range of a dime to a quarter. So if you have your finger in the general area, you’re probably fine!

Finally, our meridians respond to our thoughts. The emotional polarity of Liver meridian is the dance between guilt and self-acceptance. If this is an issue for you, try nurturing your Liver energy every day with the words, “I am kind to myself.”

If you do these exercises on a regular basis, you can expect to feel better physically and emotionally.

Spleen Disorders – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Spleen is a vital organ found in the left upper quadrant of the human body which plays a central role in the immune system. Not only is it a reservoir of blood reserve, which the body keeps in case of an emergency such as bleeding or hemorrhage. It performs the vital function of removing old red blood cells, but it also works like a factory for antibodies which can help maintain the defense mechanism of the body against various health threats.

There are two major spleen disorders:

· Splenomegaly

· Asplenia

Splenomegaly

This is a disorder in which the spleen is enlarged. The normal spleen size is up to 12 cm, and anything larger than that is classified as Splenomegaly. Splenomegaly could be moderate, within a range of 11 to 20 cm, or severe, more than 20 cm. The condition should not be confused with Hypersplenism, which is the over-activity of the spleen.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Splenomegaly include chest pain, back pain and abdominal pain. When the spleen grows considerably in size, an apparent mass in the upper left quadrant of the back can be felt on physical examination. The symptoms of anemia could be observed if the condition also accompanies cytopenia.

Causes

A number of conditions can cause that pathology. Mostly, this condition is caused by a number of other underlying diseases. The diseases that could possibly cause Splenomegaly include removal of defective RBC, various types of anemia, immune hyperplasia, bacterial or fungal infections, organ failure and metabolic disease are among other such factors.

Treatment

In many cases, Splenomegaly is accompanied with other diseases, so the treatment is administered in relation to that. However, as the condition involves a great risk of bacterial infections, antibiotics are administered except in the case of the formation of an abscess in the spleen. Chemotherapy is a preferable treatment, but surgery could be required for its treatment as well. Medicines administered in this condition help avoid deaths and complications.

Asplenia

Asplenia, meaning “absence of spleen”, is a serious spleen disorder, in which either the organ is absent or fails to perform its vital functions. This leads to reduced immunity and increased risk of infection. It should not be confused with another condition Hyposplenia, which is the reduced function of the spleen.

Symptoms

Digestive tract disorders like malrotation of intestines. Complications in the shape and location of the heart, the occurrence of three lobes in the liver instead of two could also be among the symptoms.

Causes

The causes of Asplenia could either be genetic or acquired. However, the cases of its occurrence due to genetic reasons are very rare. Trauma causing damage to the spleen can cause this condition. Furthermore, sometimes a preexisting condition causes the spleen to lose its functionality. Diseases like sickle cell anemia can lead to Asplenia, for example. Sometimes, the spleen loses its functionality despite of its apparently healthy presence in the body as well, a condition known as Functional Asplenia. Furthermore, the condition obviously occurs in the case of splenectomy, which is the partial or complete surgical removal of the spleen. This surgical procedure is sometimes performed when the presence of a spleen is actually making a particular medical condition worse and when physicians are left with little choice but to go for its removal.

Treatment

One of the treatment methods that are prescribed instantly on diagnosis for Asplenia is Antibiotic Prophylaxis. Antibiotics such as penicillin and erythromycin are used to prevent infections. The prolonged intake of antibiotics is particularly recommended in case of children undergoing splenectomy, for at least a year, with some physicians recommending it up to all the way into adulthood in the most complicated cases.

Asplenia is a major risk factor of splenectomy, so physicians keep in mind all the precautions to minimize the dangers. But first of all, surgeons try to ensure partial splenectomy as much as possible depending on the case and try to preserve its function. They administer preoperative vaccination to help restoring the function of the spleen as well.

The patients with symptoms of Asplenia should be checked for bacterial infections and measures are taken to immunize the patient through vaccines. Bacterial infection is a major complication risk for Asplenia victims.

The Infusion Pump Is Easily Taken for Granted

Let’s take a moment to sing the praises of the infusion pump. Yes, yes, it does seem like a rather mundane topic to get excited about. But consider our ability to feed, hydrate, and deliver medicines and solutions to the human body intravenously. Ponder for a second how great a step forward it was for mankind to develop the means to inject life-giving, life-preserving fluids into the blood stream.

A Brief History

The use of a syringe was first recorded during the time of the Romans by a gentleman named Celsus. Celsus wrote on many different subjects, but one of his works was a medical manual in which he tells of the use of a “piston” syringe to treat medical “complications.”

In 1650, French physicist Blaise Pascal invented the first “modern” syringe. He had been studying the principles surrounding the transmission of fluids using pressure, and from this came the syringe and a host of other inventions including hydraulics.

Intravenous (IV) infusion was first recorded as being attempted in the late 1400’s. But it wasn’t until the 1650’s where physicist Robert Boyle and architect Christopher Wren first started giving intravenous injections to animals. They had been experimenting with transfusions and IV infusion along with several other prominent physicians for a few years. One of those physicians was Richard Lower, who is said to have performed the first successful blood transfusion in around 1667. But Christopher Wren gets the historical credit for creating the first working IV infusion device in the late 1650’s.

Over the next 150 years-or-so, the process of IV infusion was slowly refined. Soon after the first transfusions were performed, they were banned in England, France, and Italy due to a number of deaths that resulted from them.

There were many failures with this early medical equipment, yet many discoveries and inventions were born out of those failures; the science of bacteriology, for instance. Better sterilization techniques and smaller, more effective needles were also generated during this period.

In the early 1830’s, Dr. Thomas Latta administered saline solution intravenously to Cholera patients on a large scale. He is said to have, for the most part, pioneered the process. Things only progressed from there, especially during the World War years which, out of necessity, spurred many advances in the delivery of blood and medicine through intravenous infusion. Needles and tubing were modified, and in the 1950’s, bottles were replaced with plastic bags.

The Infusion Pump

Another development in IV infusion technology was beginning to bubble up in the 1950’s. Interest was growing in the development of an “automated” bedside IV infusion system, mainly for use in operating rooms and intensive care units. The goal was to produce a machine or “pump” system that would automatically regulate the timing, volume, and dosage of medicines, fluids, and blood products administered to a patient.

A system like this would be much more efficient. It would save countless man-hours where nurses and doctors would not have to continuously give shots, personally administer IV’s, or do as much monitoring, and it would also allow great flexibility in the amount or volume of substance being delivered. These were just a few of the many advantages that the infusion pump offered.

The first infusion pump was developed and built by SigmaMotor, Inc., and the pumps started shipping in 1961. Due to a few early snags, the pumps were redesigned several times. But SigmaMotor (later just Sigma) built and sold thousands of units in the early-to-mid ’60’s, and a giant leap in medical technology and overall healthcare had begun to take hold.

The infusion pump has positively affected humanity in immeasurable ways. Countless medical supply companies, such as Alaris (Medsystem III), Baxter, Curlin, Hospira, and Smiths Medical, just to name a handful, carry IV supplies and a wide variety of infusion pumps, both new and refurbished.

Today, this mechanical “medical miracle” is a standard piece of equipment. Of course there have been many “offshoots” and variations to the infusion pump; the latest being portable and disposable devices… and the evolution continues.