Exercise On An Elliptical Trainer To Improve Your Mood

Even the most optimistic people have gone through times when they did not view their life in a positive light. Some people struggle with a depressed mood on a regular basis, while most will become more anxious and depressed in response to a negative event, such as prolonged unemployment, a divorce, or the death of a loved one. The medical profession has a number of drugs they can prescribe, but all drugs have side effects and may not be that effective at treating the problem. Exercise is an option that can enhance mood that offers other positive effects for your overall health. An elliptical trainer has the features that make it an ideal fitness machine to improve your mood.

Research on anxiety, depression and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help reduce anxiety and improve mood. And after you feel better, continuing to exercise may keep anxiety and depression from coming back.

Duke University conducted a randomized controlled trial in 1999 that concluded that depressed adults who participated in an aerobic exercise program improved as much as those treated with sertraline, the drug Pfizer marketed as Zoloft.

Phillip Holmes, a neuroscience professor at the University, has shown that several weeks of exercise can switch on certain genes that increase the brain’s level of galanin, a peptide neurotransmitter that appears to tone down the body’s stress response by regulating another brain chemical, norepinephrine. This causes the brain to show less stress in response to new stimuli.

Exercise releases endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals that aid with the symptoms of depression. There are more of these chemicals released as you increase the intensity of the workout, which is why it may take less time exercising to improve your mood when you do more vigorous activities. An elliptical trainer can give you the type of vigorous workout you need to be most effective at combating anxiety and depression. As your fitness improves, you can really amp up the intensity of an elliptical workout by increasing resistance, incline, or strides per minute. The elliptical workout is also effective at changing your body composition, increasing lean body mass and reducing fat, and that can have a positive effect on self esteem.

Exercise can be effective way to enhance mood and combat anxiety and depression. A new or used elliptical trainer is a great way to get the exercise you need to look and feel you best.

Why Causal Relationships Are Tricky in Workers' Compensation Cases

Causal relationships can be tricky.   There needs to be an in-depth investigation into any possible intervening events severing the causal link between the initial injury and the subsequent injury.   If the employee can prove the second event would not have occurred except for the original event (accident), the medical cost and associated indemnity disability cost is owed by the workers’ comp insurer.

A Hernia from a Spinal Cord Stimulator – Really?

Have you ever read a court decision on a workers’ compensation case and had the reaction . . . “WHAT?” 

Here is a court decision definitely creating a “WHAT?” reaction in most people.  A press release explained how the Wyoming Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision denying medical benefits to a man who claimed a spinal cord stimulator caused a hernia. (WcxKitz)

In 1993 Edward T. Pitkin* slipped while walking into a walk-in refrigerator to get some milk.  Mr. Pitkin claimed injury to shoulder, neck, back and right leg.  He was awarded permanent total disability.  “WHAT?”  Yes – Permanent total disability for a foot slipping.  The court description of the accident does not indicate Mr. Pitkin fell when he slipped.

Wyoming is a monopolistic state for workers’ compensation.  You have to wonder if the state employee/workers’ comp adjuster was asleep at the wheel on this one.  The location of the accident, the walk-in refrigerator, makes it most likely an unwitnessed event.  There is no mention in the press release if Mr. Pitkin’s accident was witnessed or if any investigation was done to confirm how Mr. Pitkin’s foot slipping would have injured his shoulder, neck or back.   A strain to the right leg is possible. 

QUESTION: As Mr. Pitkin had a spinal cord stimulator implanted in 2000, he definitely had an injury but, did the injury happen on the job?  Anyway, the claim was accepted.

In 2006 the original spinal cord stimulator failed and a new one was implanted.  In 2007, Mr. Pitkin states he was at home lying in bed when the second spinal cord stimulator caused him to experience a sensation causing him to stand up “real fast” then he fell down, causing a pain in the groin.  [Another unwitnessed event?].  Pitkin went to a Dr. Ted Styles* who ordered a CT scan that confirmed an inguinal hernia. 

Dr. Styles stated “I would consider this a work-related problem based off the origin of the fall.”   “WHAT?”  Inguinal hernias are normally caused (according to the medical book) by a

1). defect at birth;

2). prolonged wear and tear from lifting, straining or coughing;

3). age related weakness of the abdominal wall;

4). history of previous surgery in the area. 

Risk factors increasing the chances of the hernia developing include advancing age, straining to urinate or pass stools, severe or prolonged coughing and obesity.  

Mr. Pitkin’s description of how the hernia occurred does not fit the medical literature.  In rare cases a hernia can be caused by falling hard on a blunt object, but there is nothing in the press release stating Pitkin fell on any blunt object. 

While Pitkin claimed the spinal cord stimulator malfunctioned, there is no mention in the press release stating it was ever confirmed the stimulator malfunctioned.  If the spinal cord stimulator malfunctioned as claimed, there is no mention of Pitkin bringing a products liability claim against the spinal cord manufacturer. 

WHAT?”  You have to wonder why no products liability suit was brought if the spinal cord stimulator did malfunction. 

Wyoming’s Division of Workers’ Safety and Compensation denied payment for the hernia treatment on the basis it was not related to the original 1993 injury.  There is no mention in the press release whether or not the state employee/workers’ comp adjuster had an independent medical examination done to refute the doctor’s statement.  Also, there is no mention in the press release whether or not the Division of Workers’ Safety and Compensation did any investigation to determine if Pitkin was working somewhere else when the hernia occurred. 

WHAT?” You have to wonder why there was no investigation into other causes for the hernia.

Mr. Pitkin disputed the Division of Workers’ Safety and Compensation determination.  The matter was referred for a contested hearing.  At the hearing Pitkin contended he was entitled to medical benefits for the cost of the hernia treatment claiming the hernia in 2007 was causally related to the 1993 injury.  The hearing examiner ruled in Pitkin’s favor stating the hernia was caused by a fall, the fall was caused by the spinal cord stimulator, the spinal cord stimulator was implanted to treat Pitkin’s chronic back pain.

WHAT?”  

The adverse finding for the Division resulted in their appealing the matter to the District Court.  The District Court found the examiner was correct in its finding of fact, but ruled against Pitkin stating a hernia is a compensable injury only when it is the original injury.  The District Court considered the hernia a second compensable injury which was barred.  Pitkin appealed the District Court decision to the Wyoming Supreme Court. 

The Supreme Court reviewed the workers’ comp claim on whether the hernia occurred “in the course of employment” per the Wyoming workers’ comp statutes.  The Supreme Court ruled the position of Pitkin was in keeping with the language and context of the statute and with the legislative intent.  Pitkin therefore received the medical benefits for the hernia.

Summary

Almost all states treat injuries resulting from the original workers’ comp injury as part of the original injury.  Visit:  LowerWC.com Legal Library for your state’s law on workers’ compensation issues.

For example:  The employee had a verified work-related fall causing a leg fracture.  A week later the employee is on new crutches on his way to the doctor’s office for his leg fracture, when he loses his balance. He falls and breaks his arm.  The broken arm is causally related to the fractured leg.   In most jurisdictions this is referred to as a “compensable consequence of the injury.” (WcxKitz)

In a similar vein, in a very recent New York case, a Cornell University employee, William Smith*, had a compensable work-related back injury in 2001.  Smith suffered depression brought on by the chronic pain related to the back injury. In 2007 Smith committed suicide.  The New York State Appellate Court found “sufficient causal relationship” between the suicide, the depression, the chronic pain and the original workers’ comp injury.  The court has ruled Mrs. Smith is now entitled to death benefits under the New York workers’ comp law.

Fully documenting each and every workplace injury is essential at the time the injury occurs.  And, it’s not a bad idea to be aware of the employee’s current medical conditions – either to prevent causal relationships from a new injury or to be sure the employee is not assigned work task beyond his/her capability.

Visit LowerWC.com a premier Workers’ Comp Cost Reduction Resource Center for Employers.

Serelax Review – How Effective is This Product?

Depression is quite a common condition. Most people across the globe have to deal with feeling depressed at least once or twice in a lifetime. In the United States alone, figures show that over 20 million people are suffering from some form of depression, anxiety and stress.

Depression that is onset by traumatic experiences like job loss or death of a loved one, can be debilitating. What are some signs that you may be feeling depressed? Worry dominates your life. You try to control your anxiety, but it often ends up controlling you. Restlessness and irritation prevent you from enjoying your everyday activities, and insomnia prevents you from sleeping at night. Some people find it hard to snap out of the feeling of defeat, despair and sadness without outside help.

If you are right in the middle of a “down” phase or prolonged depressed state you may have considered trying a nutritional supplement to help you deal with your issues without having to worry about side effects often associated with prescription drugs. For many folks, non-prescription herbal based supplements appear to be just as effective in relieving symptoms of mild to moderate depression as anti-depressant medications.

One OTC (over-the-counter) depression relief supplement that that is garnering quite a bit of consumer stir on the market today is Serelax. One of the leading causes of depression is the imbalance of serotonin in the brain. Serelax according to the products manufacturer (Primelife Labs), is intended to maximize the natural production of serotonin in the body and assist the imbalance in a more natural way. The product is said to contain all natural ingredients embodied within a proprietary blend.

Too often nutritional supplements contain a concoction of ingredients that don’t have any clinical backing as to their actual efficacy in responding to the intended physical condition. Let’s take a closer look at what is actually contained within the Serelax formula.

Suntheanine

Suntheanine, is a proprietary substance obtained from green tea. For centuries in Asia, green tea has been known to provide relaxation and ease stress. Researchers have found that the L-theanine, an amino acid that can only be found in green tea, is responsible for the calming effect of this particular beverage.

A recent clinical study suggests that Suntheanine, a patented unadulterated form of L-theanine, is effective in promoting relaxation naturally. In the study, participants who took 50 to 200 mg of Suntheanine showed not only a spike in the Alpha brain waves, but also a significant reduction in Beta waves of the brain.

Experts also believe that this substance can be used in boosting mental acuity, improving focus and concentration, enhancing learning ability, decreasing adverse effects of caffeine, helping promote restful sleep, and even promoting a healthy immune system.

5-HTP

Depression has been associated with low levels of serotonin, a brain chemical responsible for mood and happiness secreted in the brain. People who feel depressed for no apparent reason or those who suffer from chronic depression are believed to be suffering from low production of this particular neurotransmitter. 5-Hydroxytryptophan, also known as 5-HTP, is a type of amino acid that is believed to help raise the levels of serotonin. Studies show that individuals taking supplements containing 5-HTP report a substantial improvement in mood and significant reduction of anxiety and insomnia. Moreover, 5-HTP is also effective in providing relief for fibromyalgia and diminishing food cravings.

Valerian

Valerian is a flowering plant that has been used for centuries for a wide variety of illnesses and conditions, including epilepsy, liver problems, nervousness, urinary tract problems, nausea, and digestive ailments. At present, however, this herb is more commonly utilized in providing remedy for insomnia, anxiety, tension, and other nervous conditions. Alternative practitioners and naturalists have known for years that Valerian’s sedative properties can calm and relax patients suffering from depression, stress, tension, and anxiety.

Kava kava

Another herb that is scientifically proven to reduce sleeplessness and promote relaxation is Kava kava. Experts believe that this natural ingredient is also useful in relieving muscle soreness and tension headaches.

Based on the ingredients enumerated above, Serelax may be a potent supplement for people who want to minimize stress and depression without being addicted to prescription medications. Overall, I really do like the Serelax product because it contains an effective well rounded formula that may be another option for those seeking a safer alternative to narcotic-based depression and insomnia medications.

Home Remedies You Can Use For Genital Warts

There are home remedies you can use for genital warts, but doctors often recommend against self-treatment. These remedies often contain chemicals that can irritate or damage the skin if not used correctly. Usually, the effected area is a sensitive one, and these chemicals can hurt.

Here are a few of the home remedies that have been found to be effective against genital warts:

– Fill your bathtub with just a couple inches of warm water. Sit in the water and soak the affected area for fifteen minutes.

– Using a plastic bottle to apply warm water to your affected areas will relieve discomfort and help keep clean.

– Use a heat lamp to dry the affected area. A hair dryer will also work. Because it will be hot, hold it at least a foot and a half from your skin to avoid irritation.

You can use oil that contains vitamin E on the parts of your body that are infected with warts. Then, crush up garlic and put that on as well. Cover both up with tape. It has been said that this will make the genital warts fall off in just under a week.

There is also a solution you can make with onions and salt. Slice an onion and cover the slices with salt and leave it overnight. Put this solution on the warts 3 times a day until they are gone.

You can also use fig juice or apple cider vinegar in the same way. These contain acids that help boost your body’s immune system.

For many years, people have used aloe to fight genital warts. You can either use aloe cream or aloe straight from the leaves of the plant. Aloe will definitely help the itching and other irritation, and it may help remove the warts.

Diet also has an effect on your genital warts. Changing your diet can help them disappear. In particular, beta carotene and folic acid help fight warts. These are found in abundance in radishes, mangos, squash and tomatoes. Red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables often contain these acids. Leafy green vegetables also help. A diet with lots of cabbage or spinach is good for getting rid of warts. Caffeine and cigarettes are bad for you immune system and may keep your warts from going away.

After you have successfully treated your warts with a home remedy such as this, the warts may reappear in the future. Remember that you will probably experience more outbreaks, and treat those accordingly.

Most doctors advise against these types of home remedies. If you plan to use a natural treatment option, talk to your doctor to get their advice. They may be able to help you understand the risks and benefits.

Back Pain – SI Joint Dysfunction

Sacroiliac joint pain

 Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain has gained a lot of attention in the last ten years as an underappreciated cause of back pain with some studies indicating it is responsible for 15% to 40% of low back pain. The increased attention is due to the increasing knowledge of the SI joints intimate role in pelvic stability.  I hope more physicians consider SI joint pain in their differential after reading this article.

Pathophysiology

SI joint dysfunction due to inflammation within the joint itself is called sacroilitis. Pain from within the SI joint is common in rheumatoid patients and spondyloarthropathies.

The other cause of SI joint dysfunction stems from instability of the SI joint.  Many experts feel that SI joint pain is a component of a larger problem of pelvic instability (1). Pelvic instability has traditionally been underappreciated as a cause of low back pain, buttock pain, groin pain, and leg pain. Physical therapists and doctors of osteopathic medicine have been teaching these concepts for years but only relatively recently has this dissemination of knowledge trended towards mainstream thinking among medical doctors.

The SI joint complex (the SI joint and its associated ligaments) is the major support structure of the pelvic ring and is the strongest ligament complex in the body.  The complex consists of interosseous sacroiliac ligaments, iliolumbar ligaments, posterior sacroiliac ligaments, and the sacrotuberous and sacrospinous ligaments. The SI joints are two of the three joints involved in the stability of the pelvic ring.  The pelvic ring is the meeting place of the force vectors from the upper body and the lower extremities.  The third joint in the pelvic ring is the pubis symphysis. Pelvic instability causes pelvic rotation which can also cause twisting of the pubis symphysis.  Coupling this with its anterior location appears to provide an explanation as to why patients with SI joint instability can also experience anterior groin pain. Anecdotal evidence for this is seen when patients undergo a successful SI joint intra-articular injection relieving all of their posterior back, buttock, and leg symptoms but the patient still has groin pain. Groin pain is almost never eliminated by SI joint injections unless pelvic symmetry is corrected.

 If the SI joints are unstable, it can lead to significant pain and discomfort over the SI joints as well as numerous referred areas.  If an individual affected by SI joint pain has pain only over his or her SI joint, he/she  should be considered lucky. Most often SI joint instability causes unnatural strain on the entire low back and pelvic region causing a sometimes confusing clinical picture. Pain referral patterns of SI joint pain are often confused with L5 or S1 radiculitis or radiculopathies.

Referral patterns of SI joint dysfunction (2)

SI joint dysfunction often presents with a confusing clinical presentation.

1.       Buttock pain 94%

2.       Lower lumbar pain 74%,

3.       Lower extremity pain 50%, with 28% of these lower extremity pains going distal to the knee

4.       Pain goes all the way into the foot 13%. Younger patients are more likely to refer pain distal to the knee.

5.       Groin pain 14%. 

Most patients with SI joint instability also experience pain over the buttock region due to secondary muscle spasm of the gluteus muscles and piriformis complex.  Lower extremity symptoms are explained by the piriformis muscles natural tendency to spasm or tighten over the sciatic nerve whenever the SI joint is out of alignment.  This spasm of gluteus and piriformis muscles can cause a mechanical crowding or impingement of the sciatic nerve as it exits just below the SI joint (see figure 1. note the intimate association of the piriformis muscle, SI joint, and sciatic nerve).  Patients often complain of buttock pain and radiation of pain down to the knee and even down to the foot. Not all back pain and leg pains are due to a pinched a nerve from an intervertebral disk herniation.  SI joint dysfunction very closely mimics S1 or L5 radiculitis’ or radiculopathies because of the above described sciatic nerve irritation or impingement.

Groin pain and abdominal pain are not uncommon with SI joint instability.  Often times the groin pain is mistaken as a urologic problem like pudendal neuralgia, prostatitis,  genitofemoral neuralgia, or sterile epidydymitis(1). This is likely either due to unnatural tension on the nerves and ligaments around the pubis symphysis or actual impingement of the pudendal nerve which lies between the sacrospinous ligament and sacrotuberous ligament. The distance between these two ligaments abruptly narrows when the Ilium and sacrum are out of alignment i.e. SI joint instability.

The typical history of SI joint dysfunction consists of lateral or bilateral low back pain almost always below the pelvic rim. Pain can also radiate into the hip, groin, pelvis, leg, and foot.  The most common location of pain is in the buttock with pain extending down to the knee. Females are much more affected than males though the ratio is unclear.  The mechanism of injury is a continuum from completely atraumatic events to more obvious trauma like motor vehicle accidents, childbirth, or falls. A little over one third of failed back surgery patients suffer from SI joint dysfunction. In my practice, I often see patients who lose a substantial amount of weight and then develop SI joint dysfunction.  The etiology of this is unclear. Women who have had multiple births also seem to have a higher incidence of SI joint dysfunction.  The symptoms may be acute or may present as a remote or cumulative injury with chronic waxing and waning of symptoms with slow progression over time.  Patients often experience some degree of temporary relief with manipulation.  Patients must change positions frequently to avoid pain.  This is called “Theater Party Cocktail Syndrome”. Patient’s legs can also feel like they’re going to give out, but with objective testing of motor strength, no dysfunction is found. This is called a “Slipping Crutch syndrome”. Patients usually have a difficult time sleeping and getting out of bed in the morning can be excruciatingly painful. Continued movement after waking up tends to improve the pain.

There are many provocative physical exam maneuvers used to help establish the diagnosis of SI joint dysfunction. Going through each one of these provocative maneuvers is beyond the scope of this article.  It is important to note that the predictive value of provocative SI joint maneuvers in determining SI joint dysfunction is only 60%(4).  The conclusion of a recent study by Slipman et al(5), was that physical exam techniques can at best enter SI joint dysfunction into the differential diagnosis of a patient’s low back pain.  Of the alleged signs of sacroiliac joint pain, maximum pain below L5 coupled with pointing to the PSIS or local tenderness just medial to the PSIS (sacral sulcus) has the highest positive predictive value (PPD) at 60%(4).

Diagnosis

The gold standard for making a diagnosis of SI joint dysfunction is a fluoroscopically guided SI joint injection. Fluoroscopy is needed to accurately and consistently inject the sacroiliac joint.  Only 12% of patients had intra-articular SI joint injections when fluoroscopy was not utilized (3).  Also important is to anesthetize the entire SI joint complex.  In my experience as an interventional pain physician this cannot be consistently done by palpation alone, especially in obese patients.  It is humbling to see anatomy change under fluoroscopic guidance. What you perceive with palpation is sometimes markedly different than the actual location of the structure that you palpate.  Also vitally important is that these diagnostic injections are followed up with another physical exam while the patient is in the recovery room. Sending a patient home, having them follow up in several weeks, and then determining if this “diagnostic” injection was successful has consistently been shown to be an inaccurate way of establishing a pathoanatomic diagnosis.

Treatments

There is no one specific treatment for SI joint dysfunction which helps all patients.  The treatment varies if the dysfunction is intra-articular (inflammatory), or if it’s a lack of stability. Conservative treatment should first be tried including the manipulation by a qualified physical therapist or osteopathic physician to restore normal motion and balance,  home self-correction exercises,  a walking program (avoid heavy axial loading maneuvers), and core strengthening exercises (Pilates, Yoga, or guided physical therapy). Some patients also benefit from a quality SI joint support belt.  If conservative therapy is not helpful then I recommend a diagnostic SI joint complex injection.  The injection should include the SI joint ( intra-articularly) and the supporting ligaments with pain relief lasting for the duration of the local anesthetic and achieving greater than 75% pain relief. If there is any question about the positivity of this diagnostic test,  it should be repeated.

Radiofrequency Denervation

If the diagnosis has been established by an intra-articular SI joint injection and pain relief using conservative therapy affords no long-term pain relief, then consideration for other treatments can be made.  Radiofrequency denervation of an SI joint carries about a 65% success rate for patients who have failed other conservative therapies and only mild instability around the joint. The procedure involves the neurotomy of the lateral branch nerves that lay over the sacrum and innervate the posterior SI joint. The advantage of SI joint radiofrequency is that it is a very safe procedure with almost no documented morbidity.

Prolotherapy

Another treatment for SI joint pain is Prolotherapy.  Prolotherapy works by stimulating an inflammatory cascade which leads to fibroblastic activity thereby strengthening the entheses of ligaments and tendons. Prolotherapy on SI joints usually requires very strong Prolotherapy solutions.  In my experience, hypertonic Dextrose Prolotherapy only relieves 20 to 30% of most patients’ pain.  More aggressive prolotherapy usually reduces pain by 50% or greater in roughly 75% of patients. The greatest advantage of Prolotherapy is that it is provides a level of permanent relief.

SI joint Fusion

If the patient fails radiofrequency and prolotherapy, the last treatment option would be consideration for an SI joint fusion.  The outcome data on SI joint fusions is not highly favorable.  However, there are new minimally invasive SI joint fusions that have recently been approved by the FDA that appear promising. Patients with very diffuse pelvic pain and leg pains are not good candidates for fusion surgery. 

A Healthy Sauna Each Day Will Cleanse Your Body of Toxins

If you are a frequent sauna user you already know the value of taking a healthy sauna. Many cultures have used the sauna as healing tool. Native American sweat lodges were used to clean both the spirit and the body of the poisons of life for thousands of years. A healthy sauna meant a warrior would enjoy a healthy mind and body. Northern Europeans and in particular the Finnish people perfected what we call the traditional Finnish sauna more than 1500 years ago. The Finn’s also knew that a healthy sauna meant that your body was clean and well.

Finnish saunas were used to heal people of all types of illnesses including fevers, colds, wounds, broken bones and effects of old age. Frequently a healthy sauna was used to start a pregnant woman’s labor. Saunas were frequently used for giving birth due to the fact that they frequently were the cleanest environment available. In Finland taking a sauna was a family affair that included men, women and children. A sauna was an important part of every Finnish family. Finnish immigrants brought their culture and traditions to the Upper Midwest during the mid to late 1800’s. As they settled in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota they continued their sauna traditions. Many other immigrant cultures discovered the benefits of a healthy sauna and began their own sauna traditions. Many families’s built a sauna adjacent to their homes in order to enjoy all the benefits of a healthy sauna.

In mining communities commercial saunas were established to serve the miners that would emerge from the mine covered with the grime and dirt of hard rock mining. Mining was a tough and rough occupation that required long hours of physical labor deep underground. As a result muscles and joints were frequently inflamed. Working underground in a damp environment caused additional ailments including respiratory diseases. Miners quickly came to know that the best way to remove all the dirt and toxins from their bodies was a hot sauna. The combination of dry and moist heat healed injuries and sprains. A healthy sauna was frequently the only way for a miner to continue to be able to work and provide for his family.

Farmers and loggers also used a sauna to keep their bodies and minds well. A sauna was most appreciated during the long winter months that are part of living near the Lake Superior shore. Cold viruses and fevers were common during winter months and frequently the only source of relief came from a good sauna. Research has since supported what sauna users have know for hundreds of years and that is that a good healthy sauna stimulates the immune system to fight infections.

The benefits of taking a sauna continue today. The traditional sauna is still used to provide all the benefits that have been enjoyed in the past. New technologies in the form of infrared sauna heat sources allow just about anyone to place a sauna in their home. These new saunas provide a dry sauna that provides most of the benefits of the traditional sauna. Now it is easier than ever to enjoy a healthy sauna right in your own home at a very reasonable price.

When an Aries Man Is Mad – Tips to Calm Him Down and Get Him to Forgive You

When an Aries man is mad everyone around him typically knows they need to duck for emotional cover. Men born under this sign are as honest as they come. When they’ve become upset they have no reservations about sharing what they feel and it tends to be directed at the person who pushed them to feel that way. If you’re a woman dating a man like this and you’ve done something to light his fuse, you know that it can become hurtful very quickly. What Aries men lack in diplomacy, they more than make up for in passion. When a man like this loves you, it’s completely. Right now though you’ve got to face his temper and find a way to defuse it so you can get him to feel close to you again.

Trying to apologize when an Aries man is mad can seem like an exercise in futility. If he’s past the point of listening to reason and has reached the point where he feels the need to rant, you’re best off to allow that to happen and to remain as calm as you can. Men born at this time of year need to be able to let off the steam that builds when they feel wronged. If you take offense at this and start trying to argue your point, it will probably lead to even more conflict and you’ll end up with a broken heart and bruised ego. That’s why you need to listen to him share what he feels and then once he is done you can begin the process of making amends to him.

Start by separating yourself from him for a time. You need him to have a chance to think about things and to cool down. This probably can’t happen if you’re continually trying to get him to forgive you. As much as you want to put this episode behind you, for him your constant pleadings are just a reminder of why he was upset in the first place. That’s why it’s crucial that you back off for a few days at the least.

Once you feel enough time has passed, make your sincere apology then. Explain that you’re sorry for what happened and try to do it in a direct and compassionate way. You’ll feel inclined to promise him that you won’t do it again and that’s fine but you will need to follow through with that by showing him that you’ve changed.

Although it can take a little time for an Aries man to forgive you when he’s mad, it will happen. Just give him the space he needs and allow your actions to show him how regretful you are. Remember that allowing him the chance to vent and calm down are the keys to putting the mistake behind you and moving forward.

Sciatica Pain In Buttocks – How To Stop Sciatica Pain

Millions of people each year are affected by sciatica. If you are one of them, it is important that you relieve what is causing your pain and how to get the proper treatment. Treatment can be from doing various exercises to home remedies that only take a few minutes a day.  Below is why you might have sciatica pain in buttock and how you should treat it. Sciatica pain in the buttocks is usually caused by a pinched sciatic nerve. This is caused by a disk complication that is pushing against your sciatic nerve and thus making it very painful. If it is hard for you to sit down and stand up, this could be the cause of your problems. Also, if you are not getting sleep because of the pain, it could be because of sciatica. Many symptoms go along with sciatica including numbness, tingling feeling in the legs and lower back pain. If you have any of these symptoms along with your pain in the buttocks, it is important that you get proper treatment. With so many people living lives that are full of tasks and duties, it is hard to get time to do sciatica stretches and/or exercises. So, people are turning to the internet for help.  A treatment plan that is very easy to follow and only takes a few minutes or your day is called Treat Sciatica Now, and it has helped thousands of people just like you relieve their sciatica. If you are interested in receiving a home remedy for sciatica, it is a great book to pick up.

Millions of people each year are affected by sciatica. If you are one of them, it is important that you relieve what is causing your pain and how to get the proper treatment. Treatment can be from doing various exercises to home remedies that only take a few minutes a day.  Below is why you might have sciatica pain in buttock and how you should treat it.

Sciatica pain in the buttocks is usually caused by a pinched sciatic nerve. This is caused by a disk complication that is pushing against your sciatic nerve and thus making it very painful. If it is hard for you to sit down and stand up, this could be the cause of your problems. Also, if you are not getting sleep because of the pain, it could be because of sciatica.

Many symptoms go along with sciatica including numbness, tingling feeling in the legs and lower back pain. If you have any of these symptoms along with your pain in the buttocks, it is important that you get proper treatment.

With so many people living lives that are full of tasks and duties, it is hard to get time to do sciatica stretches and/or exercises. So, people are turning to the internet for help. 

A treatment plan that is very easy to follow and only takes a few minutes or your day is called Treat Sciatica Now, and it has helped thousands of people just like you relieve their sciatica. If you are interested in receiving a home remedy for sciatica, it is a great book to pick up.

The Truth About Septated Ovarian Cysts

Are you beginning to feel pain and discomfort in your pelvic or abdominal area while you’re urinating? Do you have pains during menstrual periods, sexual intercourse or after you exercise?

Then you need to read this article because these are among the common symptoms of septated ovarian cyst, which is also known as, complex ovarian cyst. This is a sac filled with semi-solid or liquid components. This medical condition is rarely acquired by women; however, it is more dangerous.

Leaving a cyst untreated for a long time may cause pain and in worst cases, these cysts may even develop into cancer. Women who ignore the symptoms of this disease are often are usually affected physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Septated or complex ovarian cyst often has three types and these include dermoid cysts, cystadenomas and endometrioma. All of these types have symptoms, especially if they are fully developed.

Dermoid cysts are formed from the same cells that constitute the egg, which is why it can develop tissues that are the same as a human body. Often, it contains skin, fat and sweat glands. This may not be cancerous; nevertheless, it can cause excruciating pain on the patient.

Another type is called cystadenomas, which is a type of complex ovarian cyst that is able to form on the outer surface of the ovaries. It may be filled with mucus or liquid components. It can grow significantly large, thus inflicting severe pain on the patient.

Once you have endometriosis, a condition where the tissues that commonly line the uterus have developed in other areas of the body, you may also develop endometrioma. This is a type of ovarian cyst that grows whenever tissues, which are like the inner layer of the uterus attaches to the ovaries.

Among the three types of septated ovarian cyst, endometrioma should not be taken lightly because if left untreated, this can lead to a lot of complications. Thus, if you think you have endometrioma, cystadenoma or dermoid cysts, it is important to go to a doctor immediately.

So, what are the common complex ovarian cyst symptoms?

The common symptoms of this disease include experiencing abrupt and unbearable pain in the abdominal and pelvic area. Pains may also be experienced during sexual intercourse, after exercising, during urination and also during menstrual periods.

Women with this condition may also feel dizzy or lightheaded, thus, they are also subjected to vomiting. They may also feel like they’re going to faint. Some women who have this disease may also have hard time breathing.

If you already have these symptoms, it is best to go to a doctor and undergo several examinations such as MRI or ultrasound. The doctor usually suggests medications; however, there are also times when a cyst needs to be removed with surgery.

Vaginal Itching – Natural and Home Remedies

There are many natural remedies to relieving vaginal itching that you can try at home. Some of the remedies include:

– Yoghurt

– Apple cider vinegar

– Boric acid suppositories

– Epsom salts

– Tea tree oil

Yoghurt

Yoghurt contains “good bacteria” such as Acidophilus, Bifidus or Lactobaccillus cultures. Yoghurt is beneficial in replenishing probiotics in the intestine when eaten. Yoghurt may also be beneficial in replenishing “good” bacteria in the vagina when smeared inside the vagina using clean fingers. Good bacteria in the vagina is benign (non-disease causing) and helps to keep “bad” (potentially disease-causing) bacteria and fungus in check by competing with them.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Douching with diluted apple cider vinegar can help to decrease vaginal itching because increasing the acidity of the vagina should help to eliminate any bacterial overgrowth that may be causing your itching. Vinegar lowers the pH levels and raises the acidity of the vagina – making the environment less hospitable for bacteria. There is one area of confusion with this pH altering method and that is, Candida prefers an acidic environment. So if your itching is caused by a yeast infection (which is fungal), making the vagina more acidic will increase your itching. By trying this method, you will soon know!

Boric Acid Suppositories

In some countries in the world, Boric acid suppositories are common and used with great success to treat Candida overgrowth. In fact, in one Indian study published recently, Boric acid suppositories outperformed Fluconazole, the oral anti-fungal drug, in diabetics with recurrent (reoccurring) Candida infections. Unfortunately, some participants had to cease treatment before the end of the study because Boric acid can cause burning in the mucous membrane linings of the vagina. Another problem with using Boric Acid suppositories is that in Australia and some other countries, Boric acid suppositories are only available by prescription from your doctor. Then you have to find a compounding chemist to make them up for you (presuming you can find a doctor who will prescribe them in the first place)! In my experience most doctors will not consider Boric acid suppositories as a Candida remedy because they prefer to prescribe the common anti-fungal drug treatments.

Epsom Salts

Douching with a diluted solution of Epsom salts (which is alkaline) can increase the pH of your vagina and make it less hospitable for vaginal thrush. Always be careful when douching to use a very diluted solution as vaginal tissue is quite sensitive and can “burn”, becoming raw and sore if the solution is too strong. One way to test the strength of the douching solution is to pick up a drop of solution on your finger and touch it to the entrance of your vagina. If it feels at all uncomfortable, wash the area immediately with water, since discomfort is a sign that the solution too strong. You will need to dilute it further and retest before applying as a douche to your vagina.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is one of nature’s best anti-itch agents. The most common way to apply tea tree essential oil to the vagina is also by douching. Take care not to use a commercially prepared ‘tea tree solution’ for douching your vagina. These ‘solutions’ contain tea tree oil dissolved in ethanol (alcohol) which is particularly drying and may irritate the vagina. Care must also be taken to dilute the tea tree oil so that it will not burn the delicate lining of the vagina, but still be effective (about 0.5 – 2% tea tree is effective and generally non-irritating).

You can also apply tea tree oil to a tampon and insert it, but again you need to be careful about the quality of the tea tree oil you use and to dilute it properly (0.5 – 2%) prior to applying it to the tampon, so that you don’t irritate your vaginal lining. Always change tampons after 4 hours insertion to avoid “toxic shock syndrome”.

A Simple and Effective Tea Tree-Based Remedy

There is a product already made up into a soothing cream with the correct amount of tea tree oil in it. “LadySoothe” can be smeared wherever it is needed both inside and outside the vagina. LadySoothe is a 99% natural cream formulated by women for women. It has tea tree oil as its main active ingredient and is in a soothing coconut oil base. LadySoothe was developed as a convenient, easy to apply, natural remedy for vaginal itching. LadySoothe can be applied by smearing with clean fingers both internally and externally or by smearing on a tampon and inserting into the vagina.

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Back Neck Pain Causes, Treatment and Natural Remedies

Neck pain or Cervicalgia is a common disorder inflicting two-thirds of the world population. The area affected by pain is the lower neck region and upper back region. This area bears and supports the load of our head. The top three joints of the neck are responsible for maximum and flexible movement of neck and head. The lower joints and those constituting the upper back, collectively form an effective support system for the head. When this support system undergoes an adverse attack by any one of the several reasons, neck pain is generated. The root of the pain lies in the tightening of neck muscles and pinching of spinal nerves.

To understand neck pain, we have to first know about the structure of the neck. The spinal column in the neck is made up of seven vertebrae besetting the spinal cord and canal. Tiny discs occur between vertebrae and through the little opening at the sides of the discs pass the nerves of the neck. In other words neck region is a complex collection of neck muscles, arteries, veins, lymph glands, thyroid and parathyroid glands, wind pipe, food pipe or esophagus and larynx.

Medical conditions affecting any of these neck tissues lead to pain. The pain may be piercing: sharp shooting pain accompanied by tingling sensation and numbness in the neck and upper limbs, or may be in the form of a dull ache. The other symptoms associated with neck pain may be tenderness of neck muscles, difficulty in swallowing, gland swelling, pulsations, dizziness and swishing sounds in the head.

Causes of Back Neck Pain

1. Spondylosis or degenerative arthritis 2. Ankylosing spondylitis 3. Rheumatoid arthritis 4. Thyroid trauma 5. Esophageal trauma 6. Tracheal trauma 7. Torticollis 8. Subarachnoid hemorrhage 9. Rubella 10. Certain cancers 11. Congenital cervical rib 12. Lymphadenitis 13. Spinal stenosis or constriction of the spinal canal 14. Spinal disc hermiation or protruding discs 15. Infections like retropharyngeal abscess etc 16. Carotid artery dissection 17. Referred pain due to acute coronary syndrome 18. Traumatic or minor injuries or falls from car accidents or certain sports 19. Cervical spine fracture 20. Head injury 21. Emotional and physical stresses 22. Muscular strains due to over exertion or over use 23. Poor sleeping and sitting postures

Neck Pain Treatment

Neck braces like soft collar, Philadelphia collar, halo, sterno-occipital device are often given to patients. These braces support the spine, compensate for neck muscle weakness, check the risk of further injury, quicken healing and also keep the neck in a proper position as is required.

Some patients are treated with ultrasound which can also be of help. The common medications for neck pain include analgesics like acetaminophen, carprofen, ketoprofen or Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, muscle relaxants like cyclobenzaprine, massage creams containing counterirritants. Epidural steroid injections also are given to reduce inflammation of nerve roots. They are mainly used to treat spinal stenosis. Surgery may also be required in critical cases.

Herbal pain relief oil such as Rumatone Gold Oil is very effective ayurvedic herbal formula for getting relief from back neck pain. Regular application of this anti-inflammatory massage oil reduces pain and inflammation and provides lasting relief.

Enlarged Liver: What Are The Treatment Options?

Enlarged liver is a term used to describe a potentially serious medical condition. The main characteristic is that the liver swells to an abnormal size. There are a number of diseases and illnesses that can cause this to happen. Sometimes the liver may only become slightly enlarged, but it can also reach very large proportions, in which case it is described as grossly enlarged. Some have described the human liver as resembling a small American football in shape. It usually weighs between three and four pounds, or one and a half kilograms.

Medical professionals have a name for an enlarged liver. It is called hepatomegaly.

When the liver becomes enlarged, it is not considered a disease. It is more a symptom of some other liver problem.

An enlarged liver can occur for a number of reasons. The most frequently diagnosed causes include the following.

  • One of several forms of hepatitis.
  • Polycystic liver disease, which results when numerous cysts appear on the liver.
  • Infections in the liver caused by malaria, mononucleosis and a number of other diseases.
  • Liver cysts, or sac-like formations that grow on the liver. Some are empty, or they may be filled with watery fluid or mucous.
  • Cirrhosis, which is known to many people as cirrhosis of the liver. It occurs when the liver is scarred by disease or alcohol abuse.
  • Fatty liver syndrome (also known as fatty liver disease), which is characterized by a growing accumulation of fat in the liver. Poor diet is the most common cause. The build up of fat interferes with liver function.
  • Certain forms of cancer have been known to cause an enlarged liver. Leukemia is perhaps the most common of these.

Symptoms often depend on the degree of enlargement. A slightly enlarged liver won’t present any symptoms. But a grossly enlarged liver may cause abdominal fullness and some pain.

Symptoms of liver enlargement, when they do appear, could include any combination of the following.

  • Ascites, a disorder usually associated with serious kidney problems. It occurs when fluid builds up in the peritoneal cavity, which is the area between the abdominal lining and the organs in the abdomen.
  • Cholestasis, a condition in which the flow of bile from the liver through the bile ducts is obstructed.
  • Jaundice, a condition which causes the eyes and the skin to look yellowish. It results from an accumulation of a substance called bilirubin (pigment) in the blood.

It’s important to know the cause of an enlarged liver in order to determine the best course of treatment. If the cause is related to alcohol overuse, it’s important to stop drinking. Poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise are factors that contribute to liver enlargement. Your doctor will suggest some important lifestyle and nutritional changes.

Here are some common sense ways to avoid problems from an enlarged liver.

  • Reduce your drinking or avoid alcohol altogether, and never use alcohol at the same time you’re taking medications.
  • Similarly, take care to avoid consuming multiple medications. Be sure to observe dosage recommendations.
  • Don’t take herbal supplements unless you talk to your doctor about them. Some may harm your liver.
  • You should also discuss vitamin combinations with your doctor because certain combinations work against liver health. Combinations involving vitamins A, D, E and K may cause problems.
  • When using certain common household products, be sure the area is well-ventilated. Some insecticides, cleaners and aerosols can cause liver damage.
  • Above all, eat smart and get some exercise. Doing these two things alone will go a long way toward avoiding an enlarged liver and other liver problems.

Hepatorenal Syndrome – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Hepatorenal Syndrome (HRS) is the development of renal failure in patients with advanced, chronic liver disease who have portal hypertension and ascites. Common signs and symptoms include a decreased urine output, a decline in renal function and all the symptoms of chronic liver disease. Patients with liver disease who have a low arterial blood pressure, reduced sodium levels in the blood and severe urinary sodium retention have a high risk of renal vasoconstriction, which ultimately results in renal failure.

The Ayurvedic treatment of HRS is aimed at treating both the liver disease and the kidney failure. Medicines like Gokshuradi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Gomutra-Haritaki, Chandraprabha-Vati, Saarivadi-Churna, Mahamanjishthadi-Qadha, Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Erandmool (Ricinus communis), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Ikshumool (Saceharum officinarum), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Deodar (Cedrus deodara), Apamarga (Achyranthus aspera) and Sahinjan (Moringa pterygosperma) are used to treat kidney failure.

Medicines like Arogya-Vardhini, Shankh-Vati, Sutshekhar-Ras, Suvarna-Sutshekhar-Ras, Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Devdangri (Luffa echinata), Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba), Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Sunthi (Zinziber officinalis), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Swarjika-Kshar and Surya-Kshar are used to treat the liver disease. Medicines acting on the ‘Rakta’ and ‘Meda’ dhatus (tissues) act equally well on both liver and kidney diseases. These medicines include Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Chirayta (Swertia chirata) and Chandan (Santalum album).

All patients suffering from HRS should be kept predominantly on milk. The Ayurvedic treatment of severe liver disease along with ascites is repeated, induced purgation. Medicines like Jaipal-Ras and Icchabhedi-Ras are given for this purpose. This treatment reduces fluid in the peritoneal cavity and also brings about hepatocellular recovery to some extent. Because of purgation, it also reduces the load on the kidneys, increases the blood supply to the kidneys and thereby helps in the recovery of the kidneys too. A strict watch has to be kept on the circulatory volume of the patient in order to avoid severe volume depletion and circulatory collapse. A soup prepared from goat intestine also helps in rapid improvement of kidney function. Medicines like Arogya-Vardhini, Sutshekhar-Ras, Gokshuradi-Guggulu and Gomutra-Haritaki need to be given long-term in order to stabilize the functions of the liver and kidneys and prevent a relapse.

HRS is a serious disease with a potentially high fatal outcome. Rapid and progressive kidney failure is best treated in an intensive care unit. All such patients should be under the regular care and supervision of a team of specialists including a Hepatologist and a Nephrologist. Ayurvedic treatment can be given as additional therapy in order to bring about faster therapeutic results and improve the chances of survival.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat – John mathew

A sore throat is a common and minor condition in which the back of the throat becomes irritated in most cases (90% of them) is cause by a virus, such as the one that causes colds and flu or the bacteria that cause strep infection. In cases of bacterial or viral infections most antibiotics are ineffective.

Sore throats can be caused by many things. Viruses may lead to a sore throat. Bacteria can also cause a sore throat, as can smoking, breathing polluted air, drinking alcohol, and hay fever and other allergies.

Catching a cold is the most prevalent cause for sore throats, but they may also be the manifestation of other diseases.

Breathing through the mouth, allergies and/or pollen in the air are other possibilities.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Prepare marshmallow root tea by adding 1 tablespoon of the dried root to a cup. Add a cup (8 ounces) of boiling water, steep it covered for at least 10 minutes then strain. Drink up to 3 cups a day.

Make fenugreek tea and gargle with it. In 6 cups of water, add 2 tbsp fenugreek leaves. Gargle with it 3-4 times in a day.

Mix:
•    1 cup of salvia.
•    2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.
•    1-2 tea spoons of sea water.

Gurgle the mixture every 30 minutes to treat a painful throat or streptococcus bacteria. The liquid is not tasty but very helpful

The belleric myrobalan, commonly known as behera in Ayurvedic parlance, is a popular Indian household remedy for coughs. The pulp of its fruit is taken. This pulp is mixed with salt, long pepper and honey. This is given for allaying the problems of sore throat. Instead of this preparation, its fried fruit can also be covered with wheat flour and then roasted on a low flame.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of boiling water; stir well and gargle while mixture is very warm. This brings more circulation to the area and helps draw away the infection. To this formula you can add 4 parts echinacea, 1 part garlic bulb, and 2 parts peppermint leaves to 1 part cayenne.

Warm 1/2 cup of kosher (coarse) salt in a frying pan. Then pour the warm salt in a large, clean, white handkerchief and fold it over and over so that none of the salt can ooze out. Wrap the salted hanky around your neck and wear it that way for an hour.

Mango bark is highly beneficial in treating sore throat. Its fluid can be applied locally or it can be used as a throat gargle.Mix 100 milliliters of the fluid extract with 125 milliliters of water before using.

One remedy for sore throats that has been around for centuries is marshmallow (Althaea officinalis). A tea can be made from the dried root of this herb. One tablespoon of the dried root should be boiled in a mug of water for at least ten minutes. The tea is then strained and can be drunk around three times a day.

Sharpen Your Abdominal Brain And, Build A Stronger Midsection

The Brain-Gut Connection

Have you ever wondered why people get butterflies in the stomach before a job interview or big performance? Or even why people vomit at the thought of something unpleasant or while under severe stress?

The reason for these common experiences is that your digestive tract and stomach in particular acts as a second brain. The human digestive tract contains over one million nerve cells… this is about the same amount of nerves found in the spinal chord! In fact, there are more never cells in your digestive system than there is in the entire peripheral nervous system.(1)

Your digestive brain and the brain in you skull are linked together via the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve “wanders” from the brain stem through the organs in the neck and thorax and finally terminates in the abdomen. This has been termed the “brain-gut” connection by Jordan Rubin, author of The Makers Diet. (5)

This second ‘abdominal brain’ is just as important as your ‘skull brain’. According to Dr. Michael Gershon, professor of anatomy and cell biology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, describes the body’s second nervous system in his book The Second Brain:

“The brain is not the only place in the body that’s full of neurotransmitters. A hundred million neurotransmitters line the length of the gut, approximately the same number that is found in the brain… The brain in the bowel has got to work right or no one will have the luxury to think at all.” (4)

Your stomach literally thinks and, has the capacity to feel and express your emotions.

Smart Core

According to Paul Chek in Scientific Core Conditioning, the rectus abdominis is segmentally innervated by different 8 nerves. He continues to assert that due to the abundance of nerves that innervate the core / abdominal musculature, that it functions as if it has 8 brains.(2)

The reason for the abundance of nerve endings in the abdominal musculature is obvious… throughout our evolution, the hardships of developmental environment dictated that the abdominal musculature need be extremely strong as well as intelligent. It is the abdominal musculature that is responsible for: the stabilizing effect for the expression of limb movement, increasing intra-abdominal pressure to assist in forced expression, flexion, rotation, ipsilateral isometric contraction when stimulated unilaterally, transferred tension to create spinal stability via that thoraco-lumabr fascia (TCF), etc. So, my point is clear… your abs have a lot of jobs, so they’ve been given a lot of brains.

Abdominal Inhibition due to emotional disturbance

To reiterate… First, your digestive system acts as a second brain and contains the same amount of nerve cells as the spinal chord. Also, due to the abundance of neurotransmitters present in the stomach it has been observed, both clinically and experientially, that it is highly affected by the emotions that we produce.

Next, it has been established that the core musculature has “8 brains”. The muscles of the abdominal are highly evolved to withstand “primal man’s” need to survive and thrive in developmental environment via functional movement patterns necessary for hunting as well as building shelter.

Both the digestive system and the abdominal musculature are linked via the nervous system. One of the primary control centers of the nervous system, the brain, can make or break your efforts to flatten your abs and build a rock solid physique… and I am going to show you how.

Internal organs borrow their pain-sensitive nerve fibers from the muscular system. This means that when an organ feels pain, the brain cannot determine if it’s the muscle or the organ that hurts. The brain only knows which segment of the spine that the pain message came from. So, the brain then sends a message to that particular region of the spine and tells all of the muscles, tissue and organs in that region to behave as if they were in pain. (3)

When you are distressed, due to emotional disturbance from – financial insecurity, relationships, a job that you hate or spending an hour on the phone with your depressed middle aged auntie… your stomach, or second brain reacts. Some of the specific observed reactions by this organ to emotional pain include decreased or increased blood flow, “clenching”, and digestive inhibition.

While this is occurring, your abdominal musculature has just received the same message that the stomach has – “there is pain and we must react”. Your abdominal muscles, now perceiving pain, become inhibited and lose the capacity to contact to their fullest capacity. This is true in particular for the Transversus Abdominis, the muscle that activates the thoraco-lumabr fascia for low back stability and acts to keep your belly “drawn in”. (I’ve just shown you how mental/emotional distress causes low back pain as well.)

So, what does this mean for me?

Essentially, the point that I would like to make clear is that as a holistic entity your entire physiology is linked via control systems including the nervous system. You now understand why mental / emotional stability is essential for muscular strength and stability… especially as it relates to your abdominal.

If you have been trying, unsuccessfully, to improve your aesthetics through countless crunching sessions and dieting – I invite you to consider that you have been missing as much as 50% of your opportunity to have better health and visible strength. Ignoring or working against your body doesn’t work! And you will only look as good on the outside as you feel on the inside.

What can I do?

First, recognize that you are an integrated system of systems and that one part of your mind-body cannot experience trauma without it affecting several others.

Next, there are a total of 6 factors which I call you “The Primal Elements” that must be addressed in order for you to look and feel your God-given potential. I will elaborate on each of theses in a later article but for now I will list them: Your Thoughts, Breathing, Hydration, Nutrition / Food Quality, Exercise and, Biological Rhythms.(6)

Learn more about “The Primal Elements”: [http://www.Primal-Edge.com]

Addressing each of The Primal Elements on a daily basis will keep your organs, your nervous system and subsequently your musculo-skeketal system functioning optimally and allow for a flatter, stronger and better looking midsection.

Reference:

1. Blakeslee, Sandra, “Complex and Hidden Brain in Gut Makes Stomachaches and Butterflies”, New York Times, January 23, 1996.

2. Chek, Paul, Scientific Core Conditioning (San Diego, CA: CHEK Institute Publications, 1998)

3. Chek, Paul, How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy (San Diego, CA: CHEK Institute Publications, 2004)

4. Dr. Michael Gershon, The Second Brain (New York: Haprer Collins, 1998).

5. Rubin, Jordan, The Makers Diet, (Lake Mary, Florida: Silhom, 2004).

6. Hulse, Elliott, Unleash Your Primal Edge (St. Petersburg, FL: Primal Edge Publications, 2006)