Toenail Fungus–Cure It Or Live With It?

Nail fungus is most often  found in the toenails and is a nuisance infection which you can choose to ignore or to cure as you see fit. The fungus has no very serious health effects and as a consequence it is quite safe to simply ignore it if you can stand  having thick ugly and yellow looking toenails. The affected nails will be very thick and tough and can sometimes come completely off, after a time, to bare a new toenail which has grown below. This is the result of a fungus infection which is in place right under the nails and as a result is difficult to reach in order to treat it. Some prescription drugs are available through your doctor and these will cure it if you want to  try this. The manufacturers of these drugs do list certain side effects, which can occur in some users, so you should ask your doctor about this before being prescribed the drugs. If you would rather opt for something else there are a few alternative home treatments, which have been found to work fairly effectively.

Vicks Vaporub chest rub, the old standby cold medication can kill the toenail fungus. The only disadvantage is that  this treatment can take a long time. You will probably need to apply the Vicks Vaporub to your toenails once or twice per day for a number of months to get good results. The Vicks preparation smells of eucalyptus oil but you will not notice it since it is under your socks and shoes. This  treatment works  because the medication has some ingredients which are known  to be fungus fighters, although it is made for use  as a cold treatment.

One more remedy, which seems to work, is tea tree oil, which can be purchased at health food stores. It is necessary to dilute the tea tree oil before using it on  the nails, as it has been found in some cases, to cause  some skin irritation if used without dilution. A good recipe to use is to mix about 1/4 cup of cider vinegar in half a cup of boiled water and add roughly 20 drops of tea tree oil. If you want this to smell good you can just add some nicely scented essential oil such as clove oil or lavender oil. You should keep the mixture in a dark glass bottle, as strong light can cause decomposition. Shake  the mixture thoroughly before applying it to the nails and swab the  fungus infected toenails twice or thrice every day. This procedure also may take quite some time to do get the desired results, so you should  be ready to do this for a some months if needed.

Toe nail fungus also responds to application of zinc compounds. The old well known zinc ointment, which is still to be found in many drug stores, should be used on the  fungus infected toenails twice or thrice daily and should aid in curing the fungus infection. This treatment also necessitates application for a number of months to get results and seems not to work as well as tea tree oil treatment, for some cases. Consequently we would use the tea tree oil or Vicks Vaporub as our preferred treatment. What it boils down to is that you can suffer a little in silence with your rather ugly fungal  toenails or you may do something to get rid of the problem if you desire to.

Balancing Your Chakras to Heal Emotional Eating

Energy Balancing of the Chakras, when combined with hypnosis, can help a person lose weight and feed the “Hungry Heart” of emotional eating. I have noticed many overweight people are “leaking” energy in what I named the “Hunger Chakra” located in the “basin” of the lower stomach, also known as the Sacral Chakra area. If you are challenged with the frustrations of excess weight and “yo-yo” dieting, ask yourself these questions:

• Are you always Hungry?

• Have you tried everything to lose weight?

• Have you wasted enough of your precious time, energy and money on this weight release problem?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then perhaps you need to go deeper beneath the layers of the weight loss puzzle to find a missing piece….Chakra Balancing.

Knowledge of the Chakras is ancient and new scientific research gives credence to this theory. The ancient Hindus specified that we have 7 Sacred Energy centers running from the base of your spine to the top of your head which correspond to certain bodily organ functions, psychological functions, emotional and spiritual centers. Their interconnected balance plays a profound role in every aspect of your life and well being. According to recent scientific studies, each Chakra location corresponds with a major bundle of nerves beginning at the base of your spine and ending at the brain’s cerebral cortex. If any Chakra is blocked or imbalanced due to fear, stress, negative programming or inactivity, then your overall well being is affected. You can even sense a deficiency or imbalance in that area if it feels constricted or cold/hot or you feel stress or pain in that area.

Your Sacral Chakra is located in the sacral region of your body about two inches down from your navel to your pelvic area. The Sacral Chakra is “the seat” or the origin of our instinctual cravings, desires and habitual responses-and is intimately connected to emotional eating. Desires, impulses and cravings rule the Sacral Chakra. They are for food, sex, relationships and procreating. This is also where the instinctual “Hungry Beast” resides, the part of your subconscious mind that just wants to be gratified and feed all the time. So how do you quiet the “Hungry Beast” whose voracious appetite constantly demands to be fed? In order to “tame” the Hungry Beast, there are learned bad habits, learned behaviors and an unhealthy lifestyle to address; as well as the issue of emotional eating used to medicate, sooth or repress emotions. Digging even deeper, there is the Spiritual Hunger that yearns to be feed to fill the “hole in the soul” that no food will ever fill!

The mind and will power exerted to “beat” the Hungry Beast into submission through strict diets and deprivation, don’t work in the long run. It is human nature to desire what we are deprived of-setting most up for a binge. Your body is wired to seek energy when it is starving. To fulfill that Spiritual Hunger however, your Heart Chakra, located in the center of your chest is the great healer and transformer and balancer of all the Chakras. Only through the wisdom of your Heart Chakra, working in concert with your “Hungry” Sacral Chakra, the need to achieve Balance can help to tame the Hungry Beast.

Listen with your Heart Chakra! Treat your body as your own best friend-with respect, care and compassion. Listen to your body’s needs and messages to you. Ask your body: What do you need? What kinds of food do you need to fuel well to feel well? Are you really hungry-or do you need to be nourished and comforted by love and kindness-reaching out to a loved one-or to extend love or a helping hand to another? Do you need to move and stretch your body? Do you need to take in a deep delicious breath? Or are you starving for some “me” time? A very simple exercise to Balance your Hungry Sacral Chakra is to connect with the healing and transformative energy of the sacred Heart Chakra. The Technique is as follows:

First rub your hands together and place one of your hands your sacral area about two inches down from your navel and your other hand over your heart. You can easily “connect” with your chakras through your life breath…..just follow the flow of breath moving in and out as you release, relax and let go into your body as you imagine your breath is just like the flow of the ocean waves. Imagine the gentle flow of a radiant breath of light moving in and out through the center of your heart. Feel, sense or imagine there is an eternal flame of light within the center of your heart-the light of your soul. Feel this inner light grow brighter and more radiant-opening up and filling all the dark spaces and places within you and illuminating your life with love, forgiveness, peace and understanding. You can even allow your love light to grow brighter as you bring to mind a loved one, the smile of a baby, giggles of children playing, a treasured pet, a beautiful sunset or a scene in nature that takes your breath away!..Just stay a moment here.

Now imagine a cord of spiraling light connecting from your Heart Chakra to your Sacral Chakra and the cord of light spirals up from your sacral chakra and one that spirals down from your heart chakra intertwining like a double helix of spiraling light. The balancing color of your Sacral Chakra is orange. As you are inhaling and exhaling, imagine a golden orange ball of light warming your belly area and filling it with light. Allow its orange glowing radiance to glow brighter and brighter. Feel the light filling any empty spaces and places within your belly with the warmth and radiance of the sun.

Imagine this area as an open vessel, a bowl of light that opens and receives this good positive energy and becomes revitalized and recharged and full. Take in as much as you need to take in and feels good to you. Now rotate your hands first in a clockwise and then counterclockwise position 7x to balance and anchor this energy within your body. Next, check in with your body and ask what it really needs….Listen to your body. Now repeat the following affirmations out loud:

I am connected to my Divine/Source energy

I am loving and compassionate

I appreciate my body and treat it with respect

I draw in vitality

I honor my body and its needs.

I feel my emotions and I am connected to my center of well being,

I honor my emotions as they are my internal guide.

I reach out to the world in healthy ways

I am nourished by healthy relationships

I establish healthy boundaries.

I have a healthy relationship to my body and to food.

I am grateful.

I honor and appreciate the energies of these chakras in my life. I am connected to Source/Divine energy.

I radiate good health and wellbeing.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Adrenal Burnout

Adrenal burnout has become a common disorder in today’s stressed out, over-worked, emotionally exhausted society. As more and more people appear to suffer from perpetual fatigue, experiencing physical, mental, and chemical stress; affecting the body’s chemistry on a cellular level and it is the cells in the adrenal glands that take the brunt of these stresses. All illnesses start with fatigue. The body is like a new car with power steering, power brakes and power windows. When the power goes down, the entire car stops working right. Burnout is a serious medical problem, although symptoms may be vague and unrelated to a specific disease. The adrenal glands, which produce stress hormones, are affected by xenobiotic compounds (chemical compounds that are foreign to a living organism) more than any other organ.

Over the years, prolonged episodes of stress can cause the adrenals to become fatigued and are unable to regulate all the constituents of a healthy body. Sometimes the adrenals, in a weakened state, are referred to as insufficient, and as the progression of adrenal breakdown continues, it leads to adrenal burnout as termed by the late Dr. Paul Eck who researched adrenal function and tissue analysis for decades.

Adrenal Burnout is a very debilitating malady that can cause life-changing disruption. In severe cases the adrenal activity is so acutely diminished that people have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. In each increment of reduction in adrenal function, every organ and system in the body is more profoundly affected. Changes can occur in the carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system, and even the sex drive.

Prolonged stress keeps the body in a constant and heightened fight or flight’ state; if allowed to continue it would eventually compromise the adrenal function. The adrenals are the glands that sit near the top of each kidney. The inner part (the medulla) secretes hormones, including adrenaline and corticosteroid that control blood pressure, heart rate and sweating. They also act as chemical messengers; initiate immune responses; regulate blood sugar levels and produce much of the digestive juices used in breaking down foods. As they respond to stress the hormones raise blood sugar and blood pressure, and promote energy production. Adrenalin or epinephrine are used in emergencies, when the adrenals become depleted, the body is unable to handle stress and this can lead to serious illness.

Symptoms of adrenal burnout can be weight gain, chronic infection especially respiratory problems such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia; impaired digestion, allergies, high blood pressure; high and low blood sugar levels, cravings for sweets; multiple chemical sensitivities, PMS; irritability and depression and even anxiety may occur.

The condition is also called adrenal hypofunction, exhaustion or insufficiency. Unlike fatigue, energy levels do not return after a good nights rest; it is a common misconception that the body is unable to regenerate energy during slumber; waking up tired after 8-10 hours of sleep is a primary symptom of burnout, like a dead battery, the body cannot recharge itself during sleep. Burnout is a more serious derangement of the body’s energy system.

Adrenal burnout syndrome is rarely diagnosed by physicians and can be wrongly identified as Addison’s disease which doctors consider incurable. However recovery from adrenal burnout is definitely possible.

Burnout can develop slowly or may be caused by a single trauma. It was famously noted that John F. Kennedy experienced burnout during World War II when his patrol boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer, killing most of the crew. He never recovered from the shock. For the rest of his life, he needed replacement adrenal hormones. If he had found the right practitioner, perhaps they would not have been needed.

A disproportionate amount of stress can be an important cause of burnout which can be derived from many sources. Chemical toxicity and nutritional depletion are among the physical causes; Mental, emotional or spiritual stress can be a major factor and overwork, financial and family problems; noise in the cities and electromagnetic pollution; mobile phones, microwave towers and household or workplace appliances that emanate strong electrical fields.

Nutritional Deficiencies are also a common cause. When the body is under stress, there is a greater need for nutrients. Carbohydrates, when excessive in the diet, stress the adrenals. Diets low in protein may also create deficiencies. Inadequate or poor quality water affects oxygenation of the tissues.

Most diets are deficient in nutrients that are required by the adrenals. These include B-complex vitamins, vitamins A, C and E, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium and other and other trace elements. The majority of cheap supermarket food in today’s consumer society is grown in depleted soils. Further processing and refining reduces nutrients even more. Bad habits like eating in the car or while on the run can further diminish the value derived from food. Also, allergic reactions to foods such as wheat and dairy products can damage the intestines and reduce the absorption of nutrients.

Toxic metals and chemicals can also contribute to adrenal burnout; as exposure to a multitude of chemicals in the air, water and food is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s society. Dental materials; skin contact with chemicals; over-the-counter and prescribed medications are also conducive to the body’s toxic load.

Toxins can be generated within the body due to impaired digestion. When food is not properly digested, it either ferments or rots in the intestines, producing many harmful substances that are absorbed back into the body.

Chronic infections can also purvey to the toxic load. For many, the elimination organs refrain from functioning at optimal levels; resulting in a build up of toxic substances within the body; leading to adrenal burnout and many other health conditions.

Many stimulants such as caffeine, sugar and alcohol can damage the adrenals as they incite the glands into action. Less obvious stimulants can include anger, rage, arguing, hatred, loud music, the news and movies full of suspense; vigorous exercise, sexual preoccupations and the use of stimulants. Artificial stimulants can appear alluring in the midst of fatigue, providing a temporary energy surge or buzz. It is an appeal of the drug culture, both legal and recreational.

Unhealthy responses to stress such as worrying, becoming angry or afraid can induce a burnout. Particularly high strung, nervous individuals and those with very active minds are especially prone to adrenal burnout. Unfortunately, many with adrenal burnout function on anger and resentment. These act as adrenal stimulants, providing a negative energy with which to function.

Secondary to adrenal exhaustion are glandular imbalances, hyperthyroidism and more often hypothyroidism. The adrenal glands produce estrogens and progesterone, the main source of hormones post-menopause. Premenstrual syndrome and hot flushes are also indicative to weakened adrenal glands.

The side effects of adrenal burnout can be depression and apathy to friends, family and work. Anxiety and Irritability can also occur, as the inability to handle even minor stresses confounds. Compulsiveness and OCD are also associated; precipitating addictions of excessive exercise, sex, loud music or other forms of excitement. The unconscious goal is always the same, to stimulate the adrenals into activity.

When the adrenals are weak, copper builds up in the body. Elevated copper enhances emotions. Panic attacks, bipolar disorder, mood swings and schizophrenia are related to copper imbalance. As energy levels decline, other toxic metals build up as well. Mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic, beryllium and others contribute to hundreds of physical and emotional symptoms. Elevated copper and low zinc levels can impair the immune system and chronic infections can occur. The stage is also set for the development of degenerative conditions such as Cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases are end-stage results of toxic accumulation and energy depletion

The condition can be classed as psychological as stress engenders the burnout which in turn affects the emotions and behaviour. But, burnout is biochemical as recovery involves improving emotions and dealing with psychological issues. However, it also involves rebuilding body chemistry because it is a physical condition as well.

Adrenal burnout is more prevalent with women than men; mainly due to lifestyle changes and sluggish oxidisation rates. However it is just as common in men. Many children are also born with weak adrenals due to their parents nutritional deficiencies. Minimal brain dysfunction, chronic ear or other infections, crib death, failure to thrive, ADHD and anti-social behaviour may all be symptoms of burnout in children.

Burnout can occur in all groups in society, regardless of occupation, income or educational level. It is recognised that many homeless people are victims of burnout. Accounting for why they may give up hope or be incapable of holding a job or supporting a home. Burnout affects every area of life; family, work and relationships; apathy everyone and everything. Friends, family and employers are often unaware of the condition, which can exacerbate the situation.

Burnout can occur due to a single shock; traumas that occur together or a combination of factors. Whether it is derived from an illness, accident, divorce, overwork or other stress depends very much on one is ability to handle stress, rather than the absolute amount of stress. When the burnout manifests, vital minerals can become depleted and toxic substances replace and become part of the structure of enzymes, body organs and glands. Even after a change of diet, lifestyle, attitudes or behaviour, the toxins can remain.

Often, burnout does not even develop until several years after a trauma, illness or injury as depleted and damaged cells proliferate. Even though many change their diets and get over their traumas, most people never recover from burnout, or make only a partial recovery.

The accumulation of toxins that occurs as the body and the inability to eliminate them can contribute to burnout. Elimination is very important, however energy is required to release toxins. If the energy system is weak, just fasting or cleansing will not be enough. One must rebuild the entire energy system by balancing body chemistry and providing nutrients as well. A one-month or even six-month cleanse is nowhere near adequate. It can take a year just to replenish one mineral. For those in burnout, extreme detoxification programs such as fasting, raw foods or even chelating agents can be dangerous. This is because the body lacks the vitality to properly eliminate toxins, the eliminative organs are compromised and toxins may be redistributed in vital organs. A gentle, complete program of rebuilding and nourishing the body must accompany any efforts to eliminate toxins. In fact, as vitality improves, toxin elimination will proceed of its own accord.

Diet is an extremely important factor in the road to recovery. Protein should be eaten with every meal, eggs, natural meats and poultry are among the best sources; toasted almond butter, goat’s cheese and nuts are other alternatives. It is advised to avoid vegetarian diets. At meal times try and east at least three different vegetables; it is advised to rotate proteins and vegetables, so not to consume the same thing every day.

Complex carbohydrates are allowed but wheat and spelt should be avoided as sensitivities to gluten (found in rye, barley and oats) can occur. Excellent starches are root vegetables (turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, onion and celery root), blue corn, brown rice, quinoa and others.

It is recommended to reduce all sweets and fruit. Avoid sugar and cows milk dairy products (except butter); vegetable oils except for olive oil; isolated soy protein as it is of poor quality and contains many anti-nutrients; junk food; juices as they can be too sugary and can concentrate food toxins, upset blood sugar levels and weaken the adrenals. Use sea salt rather than table salt; eat regular meals of an excellent quality and switch to organic food whenever possible.

Green foods like kelp, barley grass powder and various coloured vegetables are highly recommended. Cooking with coconut oil is excellent as it aids weight loss, Candida Albicans infection and energy. It is also advised to drink high quality water such as distilled or spring and to avoid tap water.

Food supplements are indispensable. Kelp granules and nutritional yeast are excellent as they are rich sources of nutrients and assist in detoxification. Other nutrients that are important for adrenal activity are vitamins A, B, C, E, pantothenic acid (B5); Zinc, calcium and magnesium; digestive aids such as pancreatin and ox bile and an adrenal glandular substance. Other nutrients may be needed dependent on levels of toxic metals and other symptoms or deficiencies. Hair mineral testing is a reliable way to detect deficiencies within the body. Liquorice is also highly recommended for adrenal burnout or fatigue as it acts on the blood pressure in the body; the active ingredient in liquorice is glycyrrhizinic acid – a plant steroid that mimics one of the prescription drugs given to treat low blood pressure irregularity. Liquorice also enhances the action of corticosteroids, the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. Other naturopathic remedies include goldenseal and Pau d’arco tea which can eradicate Candida; probiotic supplements to rebalance the gut flora and herbs such as milk thistle and dandelion to support the liver.

Allergy – Allergy Term Used to Describe An Abnormal Reaction of the Body


Allergy term used to describe an abnormal reaction of the body to exact overseas
substances. Allergy is a word generally use for a particular group of unlikable
or risky symptoms which a few people get from substances which are harmless. In
fact they were almost always harmless in the past to the same person who is
allergic to them now. If you are allergic, you are reacting to an exacting
substance. Any substance that can produce an allergic reaction is called an

The common of allergens are proteins and the minority consists of carbohydrates.
Sometimes allergic reactions are triggered by haptens. Haptens are compounds
which, alone, are not involved in allergy but can merge with another compound.
The resulting complex is then identified by cells involved in the immune
reaction, thus triggering an allergic reaction. Allergens incriminated often
come from the person’s immediate environment.

An Allergy is everything from a runny nose, itchy eyes and palate to skin rash.
It aggravates the sense of smell, sight, tastes and touch causing frustration,
extreme disability and sometimes fatality. It occurs when the body”s immune
system overreacts to generally harmless substances. Allergies are exaggerated
reactions of the immune system to substances that, in the majority of people,
cause no symptoms. Symptoms of the allergic diseases may be caused by disclosure
of the skin to a chemical, of the respiratory system to particles of dust (or
other substances), or of the stomach and intestines to a fastidious food.

Allergy Causes & Cautions

  • Foreign proteins especially small proteins from pollens, molds and dust mites
    can cause an immune response in an individual.

  • The child inherits the tendency to be allergic, but not to any exact allergen.

  • Venoms from the stings of bees, wasps, yellow jackets, fire ants and other
    stinging insects.

  • Nasal allergies are an exaggerated reaction of the immune system to usually
    harmless substances.

  • Dust mites are one of the most common causes of permanent asthma and allergy

  • Work in a clean, dust free environment and don’t leave ingredients or products

  • Reactions to natural products are unusual, but natural products like anything
    else, can cause allergic reactions. Less common allergens include nuts, fruit
    and latex.

  • Use indoor air conditioning, which cools and dries the air throughout hot, humid
    summer days.

  • Air conditioning can mostly help out those with allergies and asthma by
    filtering out in the air allergens such as pollens and molds so they do not
    enter the home.

  • If you have a child with asthma, make sure your children”s camp counselors,
    coaches, and teachers are attentive of the effects of high ozone on children and
    take suitable precautions.

  • To avoid causal to the problem, use public transportation, carpool, and
    encourage others to limit activities that can contribute to outdoor air

  • Pregnancy, illness and some drugs can involve the way your body responds to
    ingredients, so it may be worth re-testing if you are not sure.

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How Does Windshield Repair Work? – Auto Glass Repairs Explained

Broken windshields can be a major pain. From chips and cracks to complete spiderwebs, damaged automotive glass is a serious issue no matter the extent of the problem. That’s because even tiny dings and splits in your windshield can grow into vision-obscuring messes. However, windshield replacement isn’t the only solution when you have damaged auto glass. Smaller flaws can actually be repaired invisibly to restore both strength and an unobstructed view to your windshield. Here’s how it works.

The first step to any windshield repair is an evaluation of the damage. The chip or crack should be examined for size and depth as well as location to determine whether it is a candidate for repair. Most flaws up to 6 inches long can be fixed with the typical resin auto glass repair. However, keep in mind that this type of solution only works when just the top layer of glass is fractured. Modern windshields are composed of two layers of glass with a rubber membrane laminated in between; the repair can only resolve issues with the first layer of glass, so if both layers are damaged, or you have a hole that goes all the way through, it’s time to start learning about windshield replacement, not repairs. Also, some cracks that are around the perimeter of the windscreen can be difficult or impossible to correct, so make sure that the damage is located in a repairable place.

Once you’ve determined that the window glass can be repaired, the fix itself is relatively easy. Taking approximately 30 minutes, windshield chip repair is both simple and affordable. Using a special, sunlight-cured resin, the auto glass shop technician will inject the epoxy directly into the chip or crack using specialized tools. This completely fills the damage and ensures a smooth finish. The resin dries completely clear, helping the repair blend in to the surrounding windshield and almost totally hiding where the problem was. Natural sunlight dries the windshield crack repair to a waterproof, strong state that reinforces the windscreen and dependably prevents the crack or chip from ever spreading. Windshield glass repair offers a reliable solution for both sturdiness and aesthetics.

Windshield repairs are also super convenient, as most auto glass shops can actually come to you. Because the resin cures in sunlight and the special tools used to apply it are quite portable, you won’t have to take your car or truck into the shop to have it fixed. Instead, technicians can be sent to you for mobile glass repair right in your driveway or even your workplace’s parking lot.

The best time to get a cracked windshield repaired is right now. Substantial research data shows that warm temperatures, cold temperatures, temperature shifts, and even rough road surfaces and speed bumps are all likely to exacerbate your car window glass’s damage. Remember, windshield crack repair only works for fissures up to 6 inches long, so if you put off calling the auto glass shop, the crack may grow to the point where windshield replacement is your only option. Save yourself the hassle and the money by bringing in an auto glass repair pro today to take a look. Providing structural support and practically invisible performance, resin car window repairs can help get your windshield back to first-class condition quickly and affordably.

Osteitis Pubis – The Chiropractic Approach

Osteitis pubis is a very common condition we see in our office because of the large number of thletes we see. The most common are probably “footy players” or Australian Rules Football, runners and soccer players. Repetitive stress and micro trauma to the pubic symphysis region (where the left and right pubic bones come together at the front of the body,) is thought to be the main cause of osteitis pubis or “OP,” however some OP injuries can originate from one specific trauma.

What Causes Osteitis Pubis

Sports that involve kicking, jumping and running are all activities that involve rapid changes in direction. These fast movements and changes in direction exert excessive forces on the pubic bones. A pulling force is exerted at the area where the abdominal and groin muscles attach and as a result of this excessive stress, tissue damage and inflammation result. Inflammation can lead to changes in the bone such as hardening of the tissue or increased density of the bone, which can be seen on x-rays. The medical term for this is sclerosis. It is understandable then how an athlete afflicted with OP would become incapable of sustained athletic activity. It is important to diagnose this condition in its early stages before it progresses and causes damage and erosion at the pubic symphysis.

Australian Rules Football players are repeatedly tackling, kicking and running, and jumping up and coming down. This repetitive impact excessively jars the pelvis. Pain usually arises when performing the kicking motion. Tight adductor and hamstring muscles along with weak abdominal muscles can also contribute to osteitis pubis.

What Are the Symptoms of Osteitis Pubis?

Most sufferers of osteitis pubis have pain over the pubic region with accompanying symptoms into the lower abdominals, groin region, insides of the thighs, hips and sometimes the testicles. The groin becomes tight and inflexible. Leg movements against resistance can become painful, specifically adduction, or movements towards the centre line of the body.

Factors contributing To Osteitis Pubis

For some reason the incidence of osteitis pubis has markedly increased over the last 10 years. Some reasons for this may be:

Excessive Loading on the Pubic Bones and Muscles from:

  • Increased training and playing demands on the players
  • Increasing exercise intensity or duration too quickly
  • Increased hardness of the playing surfaces
  • Increase in size and strength of the athletes

Biomechanical Contributing Factors:

  • Poor gait mechanics of walking and running
  • Restricted mobility of the pelvic girdle, abdominal  and leg muscles
  • Functional or anatomical  leg length discrepancies
  • Musculo-skeletal imbalances  (scoliosis or muscle imbalances)

Treatment of Osteitis Pubis

Rest and Ice:If the injury is acute or has just happened, the first thing to do is rest and ice the injury.  If the athlete continues with training or playing, this further movement will aggravate the injury, potentially furthering the damage to the tissues and prolong the recovery time.

Restrict Movement: Limit the amount of movement and activity until the inflammation and pain are reduced or gone.

 A frozen bag of peas or some crushed ice are two simple effective ways to begin icing. Anything frozen or cold will work. It is important to note however, to not apply the ice directly to the skin, this can cause an “ice burn” to the skin.  Use a damp towel or cloth as a barrier between your skin and the ice. As a basic guide, alternate the ice every 15-20 minutes for the first few days for a couple of hours at a time. This is just a guide, once you speak to your medical practitioner for a complete examination and consultation, they will be able to give you  more specific instructions once your condition has been thoroughly assessed and diagnosed. Using ice and resting an injured area is never a bad approach in the initial stages.

Chiropractic Care for Osteitis Pubis

Chiropractic focuses on improving the mechanics and function of the joints. This is usually accomplished through low force, safe and effective spinal adjustments. In our practice we use multi-thrust instrument adjusting along with other specific instrumentation for complimentary soft tissue rehabilitation of the injured area. Response time can vary between individuals depending on the severity and nature of the specific injury. Initial care is focused on stabilising and strengthening the anatomical regions and any areas of articular dysfunction.

Preventing Osteitis Pubis

These are some simple steps to help minimise the potential effects of high velocity kicking and running sports.

  • Try to train on level playing surfaces
  • Train on grass as often as possible
  • Proper warm up and cool down for preparing the body for activity and recovery
  • Proper rest and recovery after heavy training and competitive sessions
  • Strength training and stretching to continually maintain the athletic resilience for your sport
  • Proper footwear for support and spinal biomechanics

This article is meant as a guide and a general overview of osteitis pubis, it is not meant to substitute for a thorough examination or medical advice from a qualified health care professional. Consult your chiropractor  or other provider for specific advice regarding your particular individual health needs.

Depression – All Types of Depression and Depression Symptoms

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses with 10-15% of people suffering from depression at some stage in their lifetime. The general symptoms of depression include irritability, difficulty to concentrate, feelings of guilt or helplessness, reduced appetite, anxiety, loss of interest in activities and personal appearance, difficulty sleeping, difficulty getting up in the morning, constant tiredness, lack of energy, changes in weight and headaches.

Depression is a form of what is known as a mood or affective, disorder, because it is primarily concerned with a change in mood.
Depression is a very complex illness. No-one really knows for certain what causes depression, and everyone’s experience of depression is different.

Winter Depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

This is very common in countries which have cold, cloudy winters and little daylight or sunshine. I used to live in England and did suffer a from this. Now I live in Turkey and the difference is incredible. Sometimes the weather is fantastic – sunny and warm even in winter! It does affect your mood but everybody is different, if you are very sensitive to weather change you may suffer from this.

Pregnancy Depression

Although pregnancy is normally a period of great joy, about ten percent (10%) of pregnant women experience prolong periods of great sadness.
Although hormones are a factor in pregnancy depression it is not the lone cause.


Dysthmyia is a condition that sufferers don’t even know they have depression, it is just a daily part of their lives and always has been. People suffering from Dysthmyia are people that are simply sad, blue, always depressed but for them it is completely normal and are not aware of it. They go through life feeling unimportant, frightened, dissatisfied and simply don’t enjoy life.

Bipolar depression (or manic depression) includes both high and low mood swings, and a variety of other significant symptoms not present in other types of depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder has symptoms that are seen with any major depressive episode. It is the recurrence of the symptoms during certain seasons that is the hallmark of this type of depression.

Non-melancholic Depression

In this case the depression is not melancholic, or, put simply, not primarily biological. Instead, it has to do with psychological causes and is very often linked to stressful events in a person’s life, alone, or in conjunction with the individual’s personality style. Non-melancholic depression is the most common of the three types of depression. Non-melancholic depression has a high rate of spontaneous remission because it is often linked to stressful events in a person’s life. Non-melancholic depression responds well to different sorts of treatments (such as psychotherapies, antidepressants and counselling), but the treatment selected should respect the cause (eg stress, personality style).

American Mobsters – The Gophers – The Five Hundred-Member Gang That Ruled Hell’s Kitchen

The Gophers street gang was formed in the 1890’s from a conglomerate of other Irish street gangs that patrolled the west side of Manhattan. They were given their name, because after they performed one misdeed, or another, they hid themselves in the cavernous neighborhood cellars to avoid arrest. The Gophers first ruled the area from Seventh to Eleventh Avenues, from Fourteenth Street to Forty Second Street, but later moved as far north as Fifty Seventh Street. Their numbers swelled and eventually reached over five hundred thugs, all murderous hooligans of the worst kind.

Their first base of operations was a notorious saloon called Battle Row, also the name of the area on 39th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenue, where the Gophers committed most of their mayhem. Battle Row was owned by a thug named Mallet Murphy, who was given that nickname because he corrected drunks and other miscreants with a wooden mallet, instead of a bludgeon, which was the weapon of choice of that day.

Due to death, or imprisonment of their bosses, the Gophers went through several leaders. The most famous Gopher boss was Owney “The Killer” Madden, whose reign ended in 1913, when he was sent to the slammer for ten years, for killing Little Patsy Doyle, his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, and an ambitious man intent on replacing Madden as the leader of the Gophers.

Another such boss was One Lung Curran, who originated a practice that determined the fashion wear of his gang. One day Curran, dismayed that his girlfriend did not have a proper winter coat, snuck up on a passing policeman, clubbed him over the head and stole his winter police coat. He gave the coat to his girlfriend, and after a few alterations, she produced a swell model, with a military cut. Other Gophers followed this trend, and soon there was an epidemic of police officers staggering back to their station house on West Forty Seventh Street, blood dripping from their heads and dressed only in their shirts, shoes and trousers. This prompted the police captain of that precinct to send groups of four and five cops into the Gophers’ domain, to bludgeon enough Gophers that the sartorial vogue was soon over.

Another Gopher leader was Happy Jack Mulraney, so called, because his face seemed to be set into a permanent smile. This smile was not intended, but in fact caused by a quirky paralysis of Mulraney’s face muscles. His cohorts enjoyed inciting the psychopathic killer Mulraney into a rage by telling him someone had made fun of his unintentional grin. One day, Paddy the Priest, a bar owner on Tenth Avenue and a close friend of Mulraney’s, made the horrible mistake of asking Mulraney why he didn’t smile out of the other side of his face. Mulraney shot Paddy the Priest in the head, killing him instantly, then robbed his cash register. For his temporary lapse in judgment, Mulraney was sentenced to life in prison.

One day, in August of 1908, several Gophers wandered out of their West Side domain and smack into the middle of a shootout on the Lower East Side between Monk Eastman’s gang and Paul Kelly’s Five Pointers. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, the Gophers opened fire, shooting at members of both waring gangs. One Gopher later said, “A lot of guys were poppin’ at each other, so why shouldn’t we do a little poppin’ ourselves?”

For years, the Gopher’s main source of income was plundering the freight cars and train depot of the New York Central Railroad, which ran along Eleventh Avenue. The New York City police was unable, and sometimes unwilling, to stop these shenanigans. So the railroad organized its own “police force,” which was comprised mostly of ex-cops, who had been brutalized by the Gophers in the past and were looking for revenge. The result was, the “special police” went into Hell’s Kitchen, beating the Gophers from one end of the neighborhood to the other, or as one of the cops said, “From hell to breakfast.” Sometimes they used clubs, and if needed, they fired guns. Being former policemen and well trained in firearms, they were the much better at gunplay than the Gophers.

In 1917, after the arrest of One Lung Curran, and with Madden still in jail and Mulraney in jail until his final breath, the Gophers gradually dissipated. By 1920, the Gophers street gang ceased to exist, only to be replaced in later years by another murderous group called “The Westies.”

Food Methodology to Control Diabetes – Control Diabetes Diet

An appropriate control diabetes diet is an essential thing for controlling diabetes. The main aim is to control the blood glucose level in diabetes patients. Diabetes patients, who are obese, can achieve this by losing weight. However, losing weight might be a difficult task for many.

Hence, to achieve this, consider a food methodology to helping your diabetes. Diabetics are at more risk to suffer from heart diseases. This is the reason why a diabetic needs to rely on proper food methodology or a strategic diet to keep their diabetes as un-harmful as possible.

This methodology asks to avoid saturated fats and dairy products. A proper nutritional plan includes eating green leafy vegetables such as bitter gourd, nail, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, and capsicum. In addition, drinks containing sugar have to be avoided as much as possible.

You may include drinks such as tea without sugar, lemon water, soups, and clear tamarind juice and coconut water in your new and improved diet.

The main ingredients for this nutritional strategy are:

– Bitter gourd and onion

– Apple

– Artichoke, broccoli, and beans.

– Garlic.

– Proteins from various sources such as meat, chicken and more.

Benefits of a controlled diet are

– Relief from tablets to control sugar level.

– Many other factors related to blood glucose level are controlled.

– The menu of food methodology to control diabetes contain mainly those foodstuffs, which are high in proteins and other nutrients, so that there is a proper balance of complete nutrition in the body.

The ingredients are those foodstuffs, which are light and easy to digest. In addition, these foodstuffs are absorbed and used effectively and easily.

Remember that, vegetables, fruits, sugarless drinks and proper eating manners are the key aspects of a control diabetes diet.

Anxiety and Depression Medical Treatment, Pro Et Contra

Anxiety and depression differ from each other, but they both share a common trait. People who suffer from anxiety are so downcast and fell psychological discomfort as depressed ones. Natural substances and ways of treatment are preferred by far. But sometimes the problem goes far and it seems natural preparations do not work in consequence of different reasons (age, tolerance for chemicals, grave condition). Therethrough sometimes patients with anxiety and depression symptoms need drugs. The joint name for these drugs is antidepressant medication; they include some elements which take antidepressant effect.

There are some groups of these meds and they should be taken on doctor’s orders strictly. Each of these drugs affects at least one of the brain’s three neurotransmitters, so only a specialist can pick up and order the necessary one. Remember: each antidepressant med has its own particular effect and side effects. Never resort to self-treatment!

Well, on the one hand the penny dropped: you have a problem (anxiety or depression) and doctor treats you. Antidepressant medications are made for depressed people, you will take them if you have a depression is that any better? Of course better if you consider your organism as a machine. The scheme: conk out – fix is not convenient for a human organism and especially for psyche aspects. So, on the other hand you will try to tread down your depression, without consideration that any physiological problem is a symptom of any problem and disorder in your life.

Federal regulators said that clinical trials of popular antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft show a greater risk of the disease aggravation, to the extent of suicide. Today, lots of psychiatrists speak in favor of more careful use of the antidepressant medicines.

Anxiety and depression can be treated, but if you won’t listen to yourself, prefer not to get outside of a problem, it will get back sooner or later. Think twice about the real course of depression in your life. Think all the more about the meds necessity. Even if there is no causal link between antidepressants and suicidality, the fact remains that taking meds you do nothing about your physiological problems. Apply energies and you will definitely notice small improvements to your overall health and well being. There are a lot of other ways of treatment that are so effective, though they may require great efforts. But the great benefit you’ll get in pulling through the depression yourself is the ability to self-control and self-righteousness!

Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?

Ooey, gooey, goodness in the form of a cinnamon bun. In the south, it’s 5 packets in some ice tea. A handful or two or ten of skittles or M&M’s.

Sugar. It’s everywhere. In everything.

And it’s deadly addictive. In fact, it’s more addictive than cocaine. A 2009 study by Dr. Serge H. Ahmed, Is Sugar as Addictive as Cocaine?, published in the journal Food and Addiction, proved sugar was eight times as addictive as cocaine. Findings state that sugar creates a craving and reward and like addictive drugs. Higher-sugar, higher-glycemic foods are addictive in the same way as cocaine and heroin, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Foods with a high-glycemic index trigger a part of the brain, known as the pleasure center of the brain. When activated, this pleasure center makes us want more-more of what makes us feel good. And when that pleasure comes from sugar, its sugar we crave. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, “foods that spike blood sugar are biologically addictive.”

Why should you care?

That pudgy stomach? It’s there because your body stores excess calories as belly fat. We are designed to carry those storehouses with us to provide us with fuel when food is scarce. The problem for most of us is we never have to go without food, so the storehouses aren’t used up.

Chances are you are one of the 70% of Americans who is overweight or obese. And your sugar addiction is fueling your problems. Why do I say problems? Extra weight and obesity are leading contributors to chronic diseases such as stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease and even cancer.

If sugar and overeating are so bad for us, why don’t we have a natural defense against them? Our bodies are divinely and beautifully made and we do have a defense against these addictions. But, that defense has been damaged by sugar and processed foods. Eating too much sugar through processed foods, added sugar and carbohydrates will cause your body to release too much insulin. Your body will lose its sensitivity to insulin and your cells won’t know to absorb the excess sugar out of your blood. You will have excess sugar floating around your blood vessels and as a result, could develop chronic diseases.

Are you addicted to sugar? These tell-tell signs may give you an indication that you are:

You crave sugar and carbs

You have trouble losing weight on a low fat diet

You eat when you aren’t hungry

You are sluggish from over eating

You have High Blood Pressure or High Blood Sugar

You become easily agitated

You can’t sleep

You suffer withdrawals when you don’t eat sugar

You hide food

You snack in secret

You hide your feelings about food

There is help. You can learn new habits and make changes to conquer your addiction to sugar. It won’t be overnight, but the life-long benefits will be worth it!

Symptoms of Breast Cancer – Can You Recognise the 6 Most Common Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer are by and large, pretty non-specific. The vagueness of these symptoms makes it very difficult to decide, if you do find a problem in your breast, whether or not you do actually have a serious problem.

The six most common symptoms of breast cancer, which are all explained below, are:

  1. A lump in the breast
  2. Bleeding from the nipple
  3. Dimpling or tethering of the skin of the breast
  4. Retraction of the nipple
  5. Alteration of the shape of the breast
  6. A rash on the nipple

The most common of these symptoms is a lump in the breast – and this is why this particular symptom is in the top position. But of course every lump in the breast is not malignant – far from it in reality – making a lump probably the most unhelpful and non-specific of all of the symptoms of breast cancer. Only about 10% of lumps in the breast actually turn out to be malignant.

There are only 3 commonly found lumps and so if you get a breast lump it is almost certainly going to be one of these: a Fibroadenoma, a cyst and of course a cancer in the breast.

The Triple Assessment is the routine your surgeon uses, in order to decide which one of these 3 lumps you actually have. The Triple Assessment has 3 parts as the name implies:

  1. An examination by the doctor
  2. Imaging – (mammography and breast ultrasound)
  3. A breast biopsy

The second of the symptoms of breast cancer is bleeding from the nipple. Bleeding from the nipple may be due to pre-invasive cancerous cells in the ducts or ‘pipes’ of the breast but actually this is one of the rarer symptoms and statistically only about 8% or less of women with bleeding from the nipple will actually have a breast cancer.

The next of the symptoms of breast cancer is dimpling or tethering of the skin. Of the 6 symptoms, this is actually one of the most accurate. If you are over 50 years of age and you notice that the skin is attached to a lump – you can pinch the skin over the lump and you will see that it does not move easily over it, or it dimples – then this is a worrying sign. Another way of showing that this IS one of the symptoms of a cancer in the breast, is to raise your arms above your head in front of a mirror and then slowly lower them. If you see that the skin gets caught, or tethered over or near the lump as you move your arms – remember to do this slowly – then this is one of the symptoms of a breast cancer.

The next symptom is retraction of the nipple. Simple nipple INVERSION is very common – this is where the nipple, instead of sticking outwards is folded inwards. You can tell that this is NOT one of the symptoms of breast cancer as benign (non-cancerous) nipple inversion is ‘slit-like’ in appearance. Nipple retraction, one of the more likely symptoms of breast cancer, is where the nipple and surrounding skin (the areola) is pulled backwards by the cancer. This is NOT slit-like in appearance.

The next of the symptoms is alteration of the shape of the breast. This again is fairly non-specific as many benign or non-cancerous lumps can also deform the shape of the breast. But if you see a COMBINATION of tethering, dimpling or nipple retraction with an alteration in the shape of the breast then you should be highly suspicious that you do indeed have a cancer in the breast.

The last of the six most common symptoms of a breast cancer is a rash on the nipple. This is a condition called Paget’s Disease. Paget’s Disease (named after Sir James Paget) is an ulcerating and destructive or erosive condition of the NIPPLE, although it may also extend onto the aureola – the darker skin around the nipple. Paget’s Disease of the Nipple is due to the presence of an underlying cancer in the breast and the diagnosis is confirmed by a biopsy of the ulcerated area. Paget’s is one of the most clear-cut symptoms of breast cancer.

Paget’s should not be confused with a scaly rash of the aureola where the nipple is normal – or ‘spared’. A scaly rash on the areola ONLY, with a normal nipple is usually eczema (dermatitis), a condition mostly treated by simple steroid creams.

Discover the Different Types of Phobias Today

There are many different types of phobias today. A phobia is a type of fear that is considered to be either excessive, or irrational in basis. In many cases, a phobia includes both an excessive and an irrational fear.

Individuals who suffer from these fears may or may not know and understand that their fear is irrational. However, if one does recognize their fear as irrational, it is still difficult to overcome it as it feels and seems very real.

The body experiences a high level of stress regarding the cause of the fear, and results in physiological and psychological responses of the body preparing itself for danger. Here, you will discover the different types of phobias today, as well as symptoms that are associated with these fears.

Common Phobias

While there are literally hundreds of different types of phobias experienced today, there are a few that are more common than others. These include phobias that are social, phobias that are considered to be specific, as well as phobia that are special or related to specific spaces and the excess or limitations of those spaces.

Individuals who suffer from these common phobia types experience not only a fear that is directly related to these phobias, but also a number of uncomfortable symptoms that can cause physiological and psychological stress on the body.

1.Social Phobia – This type of phobia is actually a type of anxiety that exists when social experiences and situations are encountered. These social situations can be as simple as those that are encountered on a daily basis. Individuals who experience this find that they are scared of others watching and passing judgments on them.

These individuals are also worried when it comes to dealing with embarrassment in public situations. Many may be fearful of to speaking in front of others, or doing other things in front of others, such as eating.

2.Specific Phobia – A specific phobia involves being fearful of a particular situation or thing. When an individual suffers from this, they tend to avoid the item or area that they have a fear of. An example of this type of phobia includes that of Arachnophobia, which is a fear of spiders.

3.Spatial Phobia – A spatial phobia involves a particular area of the amount of space present. This may include a fear of closed in spaces, a fear of open spaces, and even a fear of heights.

Common Phobia Symptoms

When an individual suffers from a phobia, there are many different types of symptoms that are prevalent when he or she comes into close contact with the source. One may constantly fear coming into contact with the source of his or her phobia at any time. Listed below are some common symptoms that may occur when an individual suffers from phobias:

1.One may feel mild to severe levels of dizziness.

2.It is common to feel a certain amount of nausea, and even experience vomiting.

3.Individuals with specific phobias may experience a feeling of “unreality”.

4.It is common to experience complications in breathing.

5.It is not uncommon to have an extreme level of fear.

There are many different types of phobias today. The most common forms are social, specific, and spatial. While phobias are basically an irrational fear of something, most individuals with the fear understand that there is no reason to have the fear. Unfortunately, the fear that is experienced by one seems very real. Symptoms that resemble that of panic are quite common when an individual experiences phobias.

Can Herpes Mar Your Holiday?

As one after another, holidays from Christmas to Valentine’s will be celebrated, a lot of planning ranging from arranging holidays to shopping takes place. A lot of stress and illness is experienced by many people during holidays. Lack of proper rest can cause stress. The more rested you are, the better you can handle your stressful situations. The less stress you have, the better controlled your herpes will be. Stress incites the outbreak in case of herpes.

Genital herpes and cold sores around month are caused by herpes simplex virus. Herpes zoster is the virus that causes shingles and chickenpox. This virus gets transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. Cold sores can be transmitted through kissing (which admittedly we do a lot in holidays). Directly contacting with the body fluids of infected person can also transmit the virus.

Let’s go through some of the tips to overcome symptoms of herpes outbreak during your holidays:

Eat healthy: You should make sure that you are eating nutrient-rich diet that your body needs to keep your immune system strong. The smell of the holiday buffet can tickle your taste buds, but that food might not be good for your stress level. Limit foods high in sugar and fats during holidays.

Take enough sleep: You can keep yourself away from stress by having as much sleep as your body requires. The chances of herpes outbreak reduce with less stress.

Avoid getting cold: Cold causes a lot of stress to your body and often triggers herpes outbreak. Wash your hands frequently to avoid getting cold.

Avoid excessive drinking: You can indulge in drinking as holidays are meant to celebrate. Excessive drinking makes you less restful during sleep which is bad for your body.

Treatment for herpes outbreak

Despite taking precautionary measures and tips to avoid herpes outbreak, if you get one then controlling of outbreak symptoms is the best option to get relief. An effective genital herpes treatment pushes the virus into inactive dormant stage. You should keep your infected area clean and dry so as to let the natural healing process take place. Doctors recommend taking warm showers to cleanse the infected area and keeping the area dry, free from any moisture.

Although there are no genital herpes treatments that can cure herpes, frequency and duration of outbreak can be controlled by some medications. These medications can alleviate the symptoms and fasten the healing of the sores. Prescription medications such as Valtrex and Famvir can relieve the uncomfortable situations. You can get Valtrex which is an anti-viral drug that tackles the outbreak symptoms of genital herpes within first 24 hours online. It can be also used as shingles treatment. Famvir is a suppressive treatment for genital herpes, which can be taken with first signs of an outbreak. It prevents a full outbreak to occur within 24 hours.

Student Stress and Academic Performance: Seven Ways in Which Too Much Stress Can Affect Your Grades

You’ve probably been hearing the same mantra since elementary school – if you don’t get good grades, you won’t get into a good college, you won’t get a good job and you’ll end up living like a bum on the street…

All joking aside, your academic performance really does affect what fields you can go into and what type of job you can hold in the future. After all, you wouldn’t expect a straight-D student to get into medical school – nor would you want them to. However, whether you’re in high school, college, or graduate school, constantly dealing with stress can have a big impact on your overall academic success in any of the following ways:

1. Stress Affects Your Health

Stress suppresses your immune system, which causes increased susceptibility to bugs and viruses, as well as chronic health problems like headaches and upset stomach. It doesn’t take a Harvard graduate to tell you that if you’re sick, you won’t be able to give 100% to your classes. You may not feel up to studying or you could suffer further from missing classes. If stress is causing physical symptoms, it’s time to consult a professional therapist or stress management consultant.

2. Stress Affects Memory Retention

Students who experience large amounts of stress in their lives often have trouble with memory retention. When you’re stressed, you’re more likely to forget the facts and figures presented in class, and you’ll be less likely to successfully recall this information on tests, labs and on real life applications. Obviously, this is a problem for anyone who wants to do well in college, so try to identify and remedy the causes of stress in your life if you find you’re forgetting more than you retain from your classes.

3. Stress Causes Anxiety

Students who face a tremendous amount of stress may also suffer from anxiety – ranging from mild cases of worry to severe, can’t-leave-the-house cases of nerves. If you’re suffering from anxiety at any level, you’ll find that you can’t focus as well on your school work or on other aspects of student life like extra-curricular activities and personal relationships.

4. Stress Affects Your Judgment

Stress has a definite impact on student judgment. Some students will turn to illegal drugs, prescription medications or binge-drinking in order to escape from the affects of stress. However, turning to drugs and alcohol doesn’t erase the source of your stress – it only adds more. Substance abuse is a serious problem, so if you find yourself pouring a glass or four of wine each night to help you wind down, it’s time to seek professional guidance.

5. Stress Compromises Your Future Outlook

Stress can turn an ambitions, driven student into one who’s nervous and unsure about the future. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you have a test Monday, a paper due on Wednesday and a major lab on Friday – but don’t let the little things affect your drive for success. If you find yourself thinking that there’s no way you’ll get everything done, try breaking large tasks down into smaller pieces and tackle them one bit at a time.

6. Stress Affects Your Self-Esteem

Students who feel overwhelmed by stress may experience feelings of guilt and hopelessness, causing their self-esteem to falter. If you’ve dropped the ball on your academic work, it’s easy to feel like you’ll never get back on track – but don’t think like this! If you get too caught up in your recent stumbles, you’ll lose track of all the positive strides you’ve made in your studies. Remind yourself of all the good things you’ve accomplished so far and find small, concrete ways to get back on the right path.

7. Stress Can Lead to Mental Health Problems

It’s easy to let the competing academic and personal priorities of being a student get the better of you as a student, and it can become difficult to see outside all this stress. As a result, many students – particularly college-aged students – end up dealing with depression or thinking suicidal thoughts. If you’re ever feeling that there’s no way out of the stress you’re under, seek proper care immediately – there are people who understand what you’re going through that can help you work through the stress you’re dealing with.