Growing Blueberries Using Neem Oil and Growing Other Plants Organically

This is a product used for safe natural pest management without pesticides

It is used for organic farming of blueberries and other crops. Neem is perhaps one of the most important of the products sold commercially for organic farming. People value this as a natural insect repellent and pesticide. Neem oil is pure, unformulated oil and is not registered for use as an insecticide, fungicide or for any specific herbal use. It is claimed to be a broad scale fungicide, insecticide, and miticide. 70% Neem Oil is reported to control many diseases as well as insects and mites including whitefly, and aphid. It can be used For indoor/outdoor use on plants, flowers, vegetables, and shrubs including blueberry plants.

It is usually light beige to brown color, and has a fairly strong odor. It is primarily made up of triglycerides and triterpenoid compounds. It does not like to combine with water (i.e. it is hydrophobic) and it must be made using appropriate compounds, such a soap, that lower the surface tension of the water surfactants in order to combine it into an emulsion in water for in order to be applied.

source of neem oil

What is it?

The neem tree is native to eastern India and Burma. Neem seed oil is a product that has been used in India for thousands of years for pest control as well as for medicinal purposes. Neem oil is obtained by crushing the seed of the neem tree. This is accomplished by cold pressing the seed of the neem tree while controlling the temperature. A second method used to obtain neem seed oil is by using a solvent for the extraction purposes.

Uses of neem oil

Special mixtures made are widely used as a naturally occurring substance to act as an insect killer for organic farming. 70% It is effective for numerous diseases, as well as insects and mites. It repels a large variety of pests including caterpillars that feed on the foliage and can be a problem on blueberry plants. Other insects include aphids, whiteflies, beetles, beet armyworm, the cabbage worm, fungus gnats the Japanese beetle, leafminers, locust, mites, larvae of moth, mushroom flies, nematodes the mealy bug, and thrips. Aphids can also be a problem on blueberry plants. They suck plant juices (sap feeders) and can be controlled by using neem oil. Aphids are also often controlled by ladybird beetles and other natural enemies. Neem oil has not been shown to be harmful to earthworms, mammals, birds or some useful insects such as butterflies, ladybugs, and honeybees. It can be used as a household product for destroying, repelling or mitigating the common house fly, for cockroaches, ants, bedbugs, mosquitoes, sans fly, snail, termite. Neem oil also controls anthracnose, black spot, powdery mildew, and rust (fungus).

Neem Oil affects a wide-ranging variety of insects. Using it can be a significant part of a way to accomplish an integrated insect control strategy. It is an insect bio-inhibitor absorbed by the pests. It interferes with reproduction and feeding resulting in a steady reduction in insect inhabitants. It is biodegradeable. My friend used it to get rid of whiteflies in his greenhouse and solved the problem instantly.

Application Rates

Mix one tsp of neem oil and ½ to 2 tsp of liquid soap or other emulsifier to mix thoroughly to 1 quart of warm water, or four tsp of neem oil and two tsp of liquid soap or basic H to 1 gallon of water. Shake well. (If you use with warm water to make the Neem oil mix easier) Make sure the oil is totally emulsified before spraying. If there is oil floating on top add more soap or emulsifier as needed. Generously spray the diluted solution the on all leaf surfaces. Spraying should be repeated every 7-10 days for 4 to 5 weeks if needed.

An excellent wetting agent to use as an emulsifier is Basic H a product sold by Shaklee Corporation.

Grow your own pesticide free crops

You can purchase blueberry plants grown pesticide free from a reputable nursery at excellent prices. The best buy is two-year-old plants. Growing your own blueberries and other crops pesticide free is a wise thing to do in terms of your health as well as the savings in your pocketbook.


The primary active pesticide ingredient in neem oil is Azadirachtin. Studies done when neem leaves was used to feed male rats in high daily doses over a long time. The results showed that 100% (reversible) sterility resulted. This suggest that you should not take neem if you are trying to conceive or pregnant. Why take chances if there are unanswered questions?

Where Can I Purchase It?

Some LOWE’s stores sell it.

In Kentucky, Detweiler Country Store in Cub Run, Kentucky handles it.

Neem is distributed by in larger amounts by:

South West Plantscape Products

(800) 333-7977


Rajeev Seenappa, (2009) Dinkal Agro Inc: Organic for Healthy Living

Schmutterer, H. (Editor) (2002) The Neem Tree: Source of Unique Natural Products for Integrated Pest Management, Medicine, Industry And Other Purposes (Hardcover),2nd Edition, Weinheim,Germany: VCH Verlagsgesellschaft.ISBN 3-527-30054-6

Gluten Allergy – What Happens When You Are Allergic to Gluten?

Here are the 7 gluten-free basics to get you started….

1. What actually is gluten? I hear about it all the time and I have no idea!

Gluten is a natural forming protein found in grains. It is specifically found in wheat, oats, barley, and rye. Millet and corn are also showing up in tests as containing high levels of gluten (damn those tasty corn chips!).

Gluten can also be hidden in pre-prepared foods like soups, sauces, marinades, dairy products, and tinned goods. This is because derivatives of wheat are used as a cheap way to thicken food. Instead of boiling those tomatoes to make a rich, thick sauce, just throw in a bit of gluten and it’ll thicken up nice and good!

2. What’s the difference between gluten intolerant and celiac disease? I’m confused!

Yes, you’re not alone. You and the majority of the population are pretty confused about the difference.

If you’re ‘gluten intolerant’ that means you have an inability to tolerate gluten. Your symptoms may or may not be severe and you can get a range of reactions (varying in intensity) when ingesting gluten. You may not even be aware you are gluten intolerant.

If you’re diagnosed as ‘celiac’ then you have an allergic reaction to gluten and your immune system will click in (it’s basically saying “out with you damn gluten!”). Your symptoms will happen within 30 minutes to 3 hours of ingesting gluten. Being celiac will mean your symptoms will be a lot more dramatic and you definitely need medical guidance. You will definitely be aware something is dramatically wrong.

3. Someone told me I might be sensitive to gluten. How can I tell?

Well the list of symptoms is very broad but some of the major ones include digestive problems, diarrhea/constipation, weight gain/loss (unfortunately I suffer more from the gain!!), lung problems such as asthma, headaches, joint problems, depression, inability to concentrate, and fatigue. Different people respond differently. Of course these things can also be symbolic of many other physical problems, so do check with your doctor.

You can also try taking gluten out, wait a couple of weeks, then attempt to eat something with gluten in it. The symptoms can return within a couple of hours.

4. Should I care if I’m reacting to gluten? It all seems a bit hard!

Reacting to gluten can lead to major health problems, including diseases such as cancer, asthma, thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chron’s disease. If you keep consuming gluten it’s basically going to affect the tissue in your body and make you sick. It’s not sounding pretty is it?

So in short, yes you should care! If you want to maintain your long-term health and are experiencing symptoms, go see a doctor and share your concerns.

5. Help!! I’ve just been diagnosed and need to go gluten-free. I just don’t know what to eat now!

The simplest gluten-free diet is meat (unprocessed), fish, eggs, vegetables and fruit. You can add in some nuts (as long as they’re not flavoured) and legumes like chickpeas and lentils. That’s pretty easy isn’t it? Just be sure you have your own chopping board and cooking implements. Use scrummy taste sensations like fresh herbs (or dried), spices, tamari (that’s wheat-free soya sauce), tahini (that’s made from sesame seeds and tastes a bit peanutty), rosewater, a dash of nice oil and so on to spice up your meals. Try out some ways to prepare raw food.

Here’s an simple and comprehensive list of foods to avoid: Foods containing gluten

Don’t be scared. Get creative! Fresh is always best. Use this as an opportunity to extend your diet and add some exciting new delights to your culinary repertoire.

6. How do I find ‘hidden’ gluten in food? It seems a bit confusing!

The first thing I recommend you do is learn how to read food labels (that’s the list of contents you’ll find on the back of prepared foods). My best advice is if in doubt about an ingredient, consider it ‘persona non grata’ (that’s means put the packet down gently and step away slowly….).

Here are some hidden ingredients that you may not realise contain gluten and you’ll need to avoid them. If in DOUBT, leave it OUT:

  • Thickners (anything numbered 1400-1450)
  • Maltodextrin
  • Soya sauce
  • Vinegar (unless it says white, balsamic or cider)
  • Cornstarch.

7. This whole gluten intolerance thing seems like a fad! How come everyone seems to have suddenly started becoming gluten-free?

OK I’m going to step out on a limb here but after 8 years I’m sensing a pattern. My belief is that our Western diets are FILLED with gluten in recent years. From our breakfast cereals, to our high bread consumption (having toast for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch?), the increase in our consumption of pasta and noodles, to the amount of museli bars and muffins we consume, that’s just the start! Add into the mix the amount of processed and flavoured food we eat, and you’d be hard-pushed to escape gluten in anything you eat if you’re not monitoring your diet.

I think everyone would benefit from lessening their level of processed food and getting back to the joy of cooking from scratch. It’s healthier and cheaper!

Lower Back Pain and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Is there a correlation between lower back pain and Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Researchers have long argued that IBS may be caused by abnormal functioning of the nerves and muscles of the bowel. No indication or explanation is ever given as to why this malfunction might occur. To my knowledge there has been no adequate evidence to support this assumption. More over, I have not seen, heard of or read about any studies which were specifically implemented to test this hypothesis. Because of my own observations about my own IBS symptoms, I am inclined to believe and support this hypothesis.

Some of us who suffer Irritable Bowel Syndrome have tried for many years, without success, to eliminate the often debilitating affects of this mysterious disorder. Generally those who suffer have spent a great deal of time and money, having test after test only to be told that nothing conclusive was found.

Often after years of diagnostic procedures and expensive studies, patients are told there was nothing wrong with them. Their complaint of symptoms are brushed off as imaginary or more properly put in medical terms, psychosomatic. But with the ever increasing number of patients complaining of the same generalized list of symptoms, the medical community has been forced, in at least a small part, to acknowledge the malady as something more then imaginary symptoms of hypochondria.

So what can we surmise about IBS? It is a condition or disease in and of itself? Or is IBS is a condition caused by or a symptom of some other physical, neurological or possibly even psychological problem that is as yet undetected or undiagnosed as being relative to the IBS condition? I find this to be a more plausible conclusion and will provide some insight for my personal belief that IBS is a secondary condition rather then a condition unto itself.

For years doctors have proposed the secondary condition concept in relation to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Unfortunately, they have not yet been able to successfully document any evidence to conclusively say what might be the root cause of IBS. Moreover, I believe there is not just one cause, but several causes, all with the same secondary symptoms, which make up what is termed as IBS.

Please don’t think that it is my intent to say the IBS condition is not real, or the symptomology is psychosomatic in nature. I know from painful experience the condition and symptoms of IBS are very real. I also would venture to say because of the sheer number of reported cases, the medical community had been forced to re-evaluate their approach while dealing with patients with complaints of Irritable Bowel Syndrome-like symptoms. I am merely going to express what I personally have concluded about another possible causation for IBS which may be overlooked by the medical profession.

I would like to also toss up for consideration that IBS, with its list of many symptoms, may be a traceable progression of symptoms stemming from a single causation. I believe, in my case, this is a very valid assumption. I have as yet been unable to get any physician to agree with me, at least to the point of taking up the position on the record.

Before going any further, I think it would be a good idea to review a partial list of Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. IBS may be characterized by a combination of any or all of the following symptoms:

o Abdominal discomfort or pain, usually in the lower abdomen

o Altered bowel habit

o Chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or both. May be mixed or in alternation.

o Bloating

o Heartburn

o Nausea

o Abdominal fullness

o Feelings of urgent need to evacuate the bowel

o Feeling of “incomplete” bowel emptying

o Low back pain

o Headache

o Fatigue

o Muscle pain

o Sleep disturbances

o Sexual dysfunction

More and more it is generally believed that the symptoms of IBS are produced by abnormal functioning of the nerves and muscles of the bowel. More and more I personally agree with this as a valid and plausible perception of at least one of the causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. With some personal observations, I hope to give light as to why I believe this to be a possible causation for many IBS sufferers. Unfortunately, what I have come to believe as the causation for my particular brand of IBS, most assuredly will not be a diagnosis for all cases of IBS.

I think we who have suffered Irritable Bowel Syndrome tend to minimalize our symptoms and pain. We have been led to believe that other than common sense changes to diet and exercise there is nothing we can do because there is no cure. Many people who suffer will suffer in silence for years before seeking medical treatment. By then, and I include myself in this group, we may have subconsciously lessened or even put aside some of the lesser symptoms that IBS causes, focusing only on the ones that cause the most pain and discomfort.

Worse yet, we are less likely to bring symptoms to the attention of a doctor by mere assumption that it is just another facet of our complex disorder. This could become a dangerous scenario for anyone who suffers from IBS. We may ignore persistent symptoms that have gotten more intense or new symptoms that seem to be related only because we are discouraged by being told there is nothing anyone can do.

Doing these kinds of things could lead to serious life threatening symptoms being overlooked. Symptoms of conditions that, unlike IBS, can be treated if caught in time. Things like colon cancer, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer or many others, might be missed because we want to ignore our IBS symptoms after so many trips to the doctor.

My story of IBS starts over 20 years ago when I was a young man of 26. While helping lift a very heavy cast iron wood burning stove from the back of a pickup truck, the other person lost their grip and the load all shifted down hill onto my back. I felt my back give way as the stove went crashing to the ground at my feet. I knew I had sustained a serious injury. I couldn’t erect myself from the 90 degree bent forward position I was in. I had to literally pull my self up by using my hands and arms against the side of the pickup.

Being 26 and stubborn and thinking that I was invincible, I had my wife help me home and to bed, not bothering to go to the emergency room. I had some left over pain killers which numbed the pain enough to allow me to sleep. When I awoke in the morning I was horrified as I could not feel my legs. They were both cold and numb to the touch. I could move them, I just couldn’t feel them. After about 30 minutes of movement the feeling began to return to my legs and at that point I knew it was time to get to the doctor.

After the examination and x-rays what the doctor had to say wasn’t pleasant to hear. He told me I had two options. One was to go to a surgical specialist and have fusion surgery on several of my lower lumbar vertebra because the discs between them had been severely compressed. He mentioned that having this type of surgery would reduce my physical mobility by as much as 30% or more. At best, he explained, the surgery was about 40% effective.

My other option, he told me, was time… time allow let my body try to heal itself. He explained I would probably never be as good as I was before the accident, but with time my body should partially heal it self. He told me the inflammation which was causing the pain and partial paralysis should lessen. At age 26 losing permanently 30% or more of my mobility was an unthinkable option. At least the second option offered some hope of recovery. He gave me muscle relaxants and pain pills and that was that.

I trusted this doctor…we were good friends. We had a good personal and professional relationship. I took him at his word. By today’s medical standards, his medical advice probably wouldn’t hold water, but over 20 years ago, it was most likely a very good perception of my problem.

For the next 6 months, I would wake up to cold, numb legs and each day, but as he said, the symptoms gradually got better. I was so focused on my back injury improving; I didn’t pay attention to other, minor things going on which had become bothersome.

The first and most prevalent symptom was a change in my bowel habit. Not a big change, but it seemed that instead of a daily movement, it was now once every other day, and it took a bit more effort. But with the back issue, it seemed minor in comparison and for several years seemed to be the only symptom. My back continued to get better but my bowel never did return to normal.

I have always been a large person, in 1986 at the age of 26: I weighed about 220 pounds, standing 6 feet tall. Slowly, my weight began to rise. I attributed my initial weight gain to a lessening of physical activity over the first year or two of my back problem. By the end of the second year, my physical ability and activity had almost returned to normal. I learned to deal with the pain and my legs no longer went numb. I was able to function fairly well. Only occasionally did the pain in my back become such that I was unable to function in my “new” normal fashion, and usually only lasted a day or two. I now had added 70 pounds to my weight with no real explanation.

Only in the past couple of years (over 20 have passed since my back injury) have I begun considering the original injury being related to my bowel and stomach problems. Because I believed there was little I could do to rectify the situation, I have done as well as I could to manage the pain mentally. I did this well until the pain in my back started to worsen to the point that again my legs started going numb again. Not that this happened all the time, it was only occasional, but these bouts of pain have gotten much worse.

Only now that the back pain is impossible to ignore have I come to realize the cycle of events which have taken place. Now when I notice my legs are beginning to go numb on a more frequent basis, I have also noticed an increase in my IBS symptoms. More frequent and painful symptoms seem to begin with chronic constipation, lasting for many days. This is followed by the gas distress fatigue, head aches, bloating, acid indigestion, heartburn and eventually explosive diarrhea. Along with other symptoms, all interwoven into a cycle I now believe to be directly related to some type of nerve injury due to my original back injury.

I have since gone to a neurosurgeon and been diagnosed with severe disk compression and degeneration and spinal stenosis in the lower lumbar region. The treatment is as yet to be mapped out, but I now have at least one doctor who agrees that many, if not all, of my symptoms could be tied directly to nerve dysfunction resulting from my present spinal condition.

If you have sustained a back injury, or have IBS with lower back pain, it may be prudent to have a spinal study, to find out if an underlying back problem might be involved in the causation of your IBS symptoms. It stands to practical reason that if there is injury to the spine or lower back from where the nerves controlling lower bowl function stem, there could also be bowel dysfunction. With bowel dysfunction, the progression of symptoms in logical sequence right up the line to the top of the digestive tract would be a very plausible scenario.

If you have IBS and low back pain you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain by having a spinal examination. At the very least you may find out that there is no problem with your spine thereby eliminating one more source.

Tuberculosis treatment for sine, sysmptoms and Homeopathy remedy

Tuberculosis was almost non-existent in the developed world, but has been making a recent resurgence. When people with TB in their lungs or throat cough, laugh, sneeze, sing, or even talk, the germs that cause TB may be spread into the air. If another person breathes in these germs there is a chance that they will become infected with tuberculosis.  Repeated contact is usually required for infection.
A person with TB infection will have no symptoms. A person with TB disease may have any, all or none of the following symptoms:
1.No symptoms -in early phases; also if they only have latent TB infection
2.Early infection symptoms:
• Fever
•  Chills
•  Sweating
•  Night sweats
•  Flu-like symptoms
•  Gastrointestinal symptoms
•  Weight loss
•  No appetite
•  Weakness
•  Fatigue 

3.Symptoms of chronic lung infection (pulmonary tuberculosis ):
•  Persistent cough
•  Chest pain
•  Coughing up bloody sputum
•  Shortness of breath
•  Breathing difficulty
•  Recurring bouts of fever
•  Weight loss
•  Progressive shortness of breath
•  Urine discoloration
•  Cloudy urine
•  Reddish urine
Complications- The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources for Tuberculosis includes:
•  Pneumothorax
•  Pleural effusion
•  Miliary tuberculosis – multiple abscesses  in various body parts.
•  Spine TB
• Tuberculous meningitis
•  Kidney TB
•  Peritonitis
•  Pericarditis
•  Lymph node infection
•  Fallopian tube infection
•  Bowel infection
•  Addison’s disease
•  Death – high death rate of 40-60% if untreated.
1. Phosphorus [Phos]
Phosphorus is indicated in tuberculosis in tall, rapidly-growing young people. Phos has cough from tickling in throat; worse from cold air, reading, laughing, and talking, from going from warm room into cold air. Sweetish taste while coughing. Hard, dry, tight, racking cough. Congestion of lungs. Burning pains, heat and oppression of chest. Tightness across chest with great weight on chest. Sputum is rusty, blood-colored, or purulent.2. Arsenicum Iodatum [Ars Iod]
It seems probable that in Arsenic iod, we have a remedy most closely allied to manifestations of tuberculosis. In the early stages of tuberculosis, even though there is an afternoon rise in temperature, Ars jod is very effective. It will be indicated by a profound prostration, rapid, irritable pulse, recurring fever and sweats, emaciation; tendency to diarrhea. This remedy is indicated in tuberculosis patients in cases of emaciation with good appetite; in amenorrhœa, with anæmic palpitation and dyspnœa. Cough is dry with difficult expectoration.3. Bacillinum [Baci]
 Baci has been employed successfully in the treatment of tuberculosis; its good effects are seen in the change of the sputum, which becomes decreased and more aerated and less purulent. The patient expectorates less. On examination patient has bubbling rales and muco-purulent expectoration. This muco-purulent expectoration of TB patients is poly-bacillary; it is a mixture of diverse species and hence Bacillinum is truly indicated in cases of MDR TB (Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis). Often relieves congestion of the lungs, thus paving way for other remedies in Tuberculosis. 4. Tuberculinum [Tub]
Tub is of undoubted value in the treatment of tuberculosis. It is especially adapted to the light-complexioned, narrow-chest subjects who have Lax fiber, low recuperative powers, and very susceptible to changes in the weather. Patient is always tired; motion causes intense fatigue; there is aversion to work; wants constant changes. When symptoms are constantly changing and well-selected remedies fail to improve, and cold is taken from the slightest exposure. Expectoration is thick with easy and profuse discharge. There is also shortness of breath with sensation of suffocation, even with plenty of fresh air. Patient longs for cold air. There is hard, hacking cough, profuse sweating and loss of weight, rales all over chest. Deposits begin in apex of lung. 5. Stannum metallicum [Stannum met]
The chief action of Stannum met is centered upon the respiratory organs. Debility is very marked when Stannum is the remedy, especially the debility of chronic bronchial and pulmonary conditions, characterized by profuse muco-purulent discharges upon tuberculosis basis. Violent, dry cough in evening until midnight. Cough excited by laughing, singing, talking; worse lying on right side. During day, with copious green, sweetish, expectoration. Chest feels weak; can hardly talk. Respiration short, oppressive; stitches in left side when breathing and lying on same side.6. Allium Sativum [Allium Sativa]
Allium sativa is mainly adapted to fleshy subjects with digestive and respiratory affections. Pulmonary tuberculosis with constant rattling of mucus in bronchi. Cough in the morning after leaving bedroom, with mucous expectoration, which is tenacious and difficult to raise. Dilated bronchi with fetid expectoration and darting pain in chest.7. Calcarea fluorica [Calc fluor]
Indicated in advanced cases of tuberculosis where Induration is threatening of suppuration. Also indicated when fibrosis has taken place. Cough with expectoration of tiny lumps of yellow mucus with tickling sensation and irritation on lying down. Calc. Fluor removes fibroid deposits and restores normal structure.8. Gallicum Acidum [Gallic acid]
Gallic acid should always be remembered as a remedy in tuberculosis. There is pain in lungs with pulmonary hæmorrhage and excessive expectoration. There is much mucus in throat in the morning and dry at night.
9. Ammonium Carbonicum [Amm Carb]
Ammonium carb is indicated in cases of pulmonary tuberculosis wherein there is violent cough at night, especially at three or four in morning; with expectoration of bloody mucus; with asthmatic oppression of the chest and sometimes with stitches; as if from particles of dust in the throat; worse by ascending. Often there is much rattling as of large bubbles in the chest; chest feels faint, it is tiresome to breathe; when standing, sensation as if lungs were drawn down; many stitches in the chest, Sternum cracks on bending backward. Much oppression of breathing, worse on physical effort, and much worse still on entering a warm room. Bloody taste followed by cough and spitting bright red blood; with burning in the chest.

10. Kreosotum [Kreosote]
Kreosote is indicated in cough which is worse in evening, with efforts to vomit and pain in chest. Raw burning in chest; pains and oppression. Cough after influenza and with heavy pressure on sternum. After every cough, copious, purulent expectoration.

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The Different Kinds of Depression

Depression is a common disorder experienced by millions of individuals everyday. This type of mood disorder bring sense of hopelessness, sadness, and can even result to suicidal tendencies when unchecked. Unfortunately, most people who experience depression tends to see this as a normal feeling and ignore most of its symptoms.

Later on, depression will slowly impair the regular function of the body thus having a great effect on work, eat, sleep, and relationships to others. A depressed individual withdraws from daily activities and looses interests in hobbies,habits, and interaction to loved ones. Frequent bouts of depression must be instantly addressed to avoid the impairment of a healthy living.

Depression is a serious disorder and can only be treated with therapy and medication from a mental health expert. Usually, a psychiatrist prescribes anti-depressants that can correct the chemical imbalance that produces depression symptoms. Nevertheless, it is a must for people with depression to undergo psychoanalytic sessions in order to detect the underlying causes of the disorder.

Fortunately, there are many available medicines that can be safely used by individuals afflicted with depression so that they can continue on living a normal life. Nevertheless, it is very important to know what the different types of depression are and how this could affect a depression sufferer.

Major Depressive Disorder

When a person experiences this kind of depression, his normal lifestyle is badly affected starting from the change in sleeping and eating habits. Moreover, the person gets withdrawn to daily activities, interests, and hobbies. This type of recurring depression requires quick medical attention.

Postpartum Depression

After a woman gives birth there is a sudden shift in hormonal balance making her depressed from a period of about one to six months.

Bipolar Disorder

The main symptoms of this kind of depression is the sudden emotional shifts from extreme high to extreme low similar to that of a roller coaster ride. The sudden change in moods can lead to reckless uncommon destructive behavior. This can be corrected by psychotherapy and drug medication.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Also usually known as SAD, people with this kind of depression feel lethargic and has chronic sadness to gloomy weathers.

Substance Induced Mood Disorder

As the name denotes, some medications can also stimulate depression especially when abused. Alcohol and other toxins can regulate the mood of a person and leads to depression.

Acquire the Ways to Get Rid of Edema

The treatment for edema involves altering one or more of the physical factors that regulate fluid movement. For example, in edema (pulmonary or systemic) secondary to heart failure, diuretic drugs are given to reduce blood volume and venous pressure. In heart failure patients, improving cardiac output by using cardiostimulatory or vasodilators drugs reduces venous and capillary pressures, thereby decreasing filtration and promoting reabsorption of fluid within. If a patient suffers from ankle edema, that person will be instructed to keep their feet elevated whenever possible (to diminish the effects of gravity on capillary pressure), use tight fitting elastic hose (to increase tissue hydrostatic pressure), and possibly be prescribed a diuretic drug to enhance fluid removal by the kidneys.

Morphine (Astramorph, Roxanol). This narcotic, for years a mainstay in treating cardiac pulmonary edema, may be used to relieve shortness of breath and associated anxiety. But some doctors believe that the risks of morphine may outweigh the benefits and are more apt to use other, more effective, drugs.

Herbs that stimulate the kidneys were traditionally used to reduce edema. Herbal diuretics do not work the same way that drugs do, thus it is unclear whether such herbs would be effective for this purpose. Goldenrod (Solidago cnadensis) is considered one of the strongest herbal diuretics.Animal studies show, at very high amounts (2 grams per 2.2 pounds of body weight), that dandelion leaves possess diuretic effects that may be comparable to the prescription diuretic furosemide Human clinical trials have not been completed to confirm these results. Corn silk (Zea mays) has also long been used as a diuretic, though a human study did not find that it increased urine output.18 Thus, diuretic herbs are not yet well supported for use in reducing edema.

The doses of these diuretics vary depending upon the clinical circumstances. These drugs can be given orally, although seriously ill patients in the hospital may receive them intravenously for more prompt or effective response. If one of the loop diuretics is not effective alone, it may be combined with an agent that works further down (more distally) in the tubule. These agents include the thiazide type diuretics, such as hydrochlorothiazide(HydroDIURIL), or a similar but more potent type of diuretic called metolazone (Zaroxolyn). When diuretics that work at different sites in the kidney are used together, the response often is greater than the combined responses to the individual diuretics (synergistic response).

Treatment of edema consists of reversing the underlying disorder (if possible), restricting dietary sodium to minimize fluid retention, and, usually, employing diuretic therapy.3 This approach highlights the need to establish a diagnosis and to use nonpharmacologic approaches when appropriate, rather than resorting to the immediate use of diuretics.

The three “Ds”–diuretics, digitalis, and diet–are frequently prescribed for medical conditions that result in excess fluid volume. Diuretics are medications that promote urination of sodium and water. Digoxin is a digitalis preparation that is sometimes needed to decrease heart rate and increase the strength of the heart’s contractions. One dietary recommendation includes less sodium in order to decrease fluid retention. Consideration of adequate protein intake is also made.

It is common knowledge that antibiotics kill the friendly flora and fauna along with the offending bacteria or virus, thus causing the body to take longer to recover. Additionally, the body has to face a plethora of undesirable side effects such as excessive drowsiness, weakness, allergies and diarrhoea (caused by excessive heat generated) to handle. Scientists are discovering newer positive properties of foods and finding ways to it effectively to derive maximum benefits for the body.

10 Things You Can Do To Overcome Your Fear To Drawing

If you have always had the desire of learning how to draw, the only thing from stopping you is yourself and your fears.

Fear of failure is a powerful barrier to overcome before we can achieve our goals. If you want to learn to draw, but are afraid to do so, you must learn to overcome your fear, and you do that by confronting it.

But don’t get me wrong here. You shouldn’t just go to the town’s art supply shop and buy all your equipment and try to develop a masterpiece from the word “go”. That would be like confronting the school bully with no mental or physical preparation….

There are 10 things I can recommend to overcome your fear to draw. You can do one, or as many as you want:

1. As Nike’s slogan goes: “Just Do It!” Make a decision to start learning how to draw, and start your research to get familiar with terms, tools, materials and techniques. You could start by visiting my site ( where I have a growing collection of free articles, tips and techniques on drawing and painting. That’s a good start! 😉

2. Get some basic drawing equipment. It sounds expensive, but it does not have to be. To begin with, you can start by getting a pencil, a drawing pad, an eraser and maybe a ruler. If you have access to discarded photocopy paper, you could “recycle” it by drawing on the blank side of the paper.

3. Re-wire your brain in relation to drawing. This is perhaps the most important thing you can do to overcome your fear of drawing (or any other fear, for that matter!). Drawing is just a skill, and there is nothing preventing you from learning anything whatsoever. Anyone can bake a cake! Just follow instructions and easy to follow steps, and the result will show. Once you convince yourself of this, learning to draw will be easier than you think.

4. Go slowly but steady: Unless you’re some sort of genius, if you’re a normal mortal like the rest of us, you should start from the most basic exercises and techniques, and build upon the following steps, until you are sufficiently skilled to draw something you can be proud of.

5. Don’t be too critical of your drawings. Remember, you are learning something here. You are not expected to produce a facsimile copy of whatever object at your early stages of your drawing “apprentiship”. You are expected to do your exercises well. That’s all.

6. Understand that most of the basic skills you’ll learn are so basic that a child could learn them, and so will you. You start by learning to draw simple shapes, how to hold your pencil, different pencil strokes, and gradually moving onto drawing stick figures, learning about shading, proportions, perspective, and that kind of thing. It may sound overwhelming… but it doesn’t have to be.

How do you eat an elephant? A/ One bite at the time! That’s how you learn to draw too!

7. Develop a learning routine. Depending on your time commitments, you could set aside an hour or so a week to learn new concepts and practice new skills. This is also important because doing so will ensure that you keep your interest alive. An enjoyable commitment to ongoing learning will build up your skills rapidly.

8. As Yoda says: “Practice you need.” A few weeks ago I watched a TV interview of famous Australian Guitar Player Tony Emanuell. This guy has been playing the guitar since he was 4! When the journalist asked him how did he get that good, Tony’s answer was: “I played the guitar more than I eat, sleep, talk, and go to the toilet. When you do something over and over you got to get good at it” [or words to that effect].

You get back what you put in. If you just want to learn to draw, you should practice regularly. If you want to become a master… you know what to do.

9. Do a drawing course if you can. Sure, you can learn to draw from books. But to take your skills to the next level, you should do a course at your local community school, summer school, or even online.

10. Keep a record of your progress. I do my exercises on lose paper, and my practice drawing on a pad. That way, I keep a record of my progress.

You will be amazed at how good you get at drawing if you keep records of your early work and compare it to the latest drawing. This translates into a confidence boost which will help you keep going.

I hope you find these tips useful, and I wish you all the best in your artistic learning journey.

Yours truly,

Can Valerian Root Help Relieve Flight Anxiety?

Every year air travel is used by a higher and higher percentage of Americans to the point where it is now almost completely unavoidable. Air travel is now just another means of transportation that is nothing out of the ordinary.

While most people have heard the statistic that you are more likely to be killed just driving your car every day than you are to be involved in a plane crash, this does nothing to help those who suffer from severe flight anxiety. Flight anxiety is sometimes difficult to define and understand. This is because nearly everyone who flies experiences some form of flight anxiety at some point during the flight. For most people this feeling goes away quickly, and they go throughout the rest of the flight in relative relaxation. However for the unlucky few this feeling comes as soon as the plane starts to taxi, or even before, and lasts until the plane is fully on the ground again.

To deal with this problem everyone has his or her own approach. For some they choose the ostrich approach, that is to stick their head in the ground and simply ignore the problem. For others they rely on alcohol or prescription medicines. Both of these have very undesirable side effects.

Another, much preferable method, is the use of natural supplements. One that works quite well for flight anxiety is Valerian Root. This root has been used for centuries as a natural source of anxiety relief. If the anxiety sufferer takes 150-450 mg of Valerian root shortly before the flight they should experience a much more pleasant flight.

What in the World is Physiatry? – a Guide to Physiatry & How it Can Help Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Sufferers

What in the world is physiatry? Simply put, it is a specialized therapy that involves physical medicine and rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system.  This is why fibromyalgia syndrome, chronic myofascial pain, and other chronic pain sufferers can benefit from this therapy.  The focus of physiatry is on restoring function to patients.

Physiatrists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat acute and chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders.  They work to restore function lost due to injury, illness or a disabling condition and  provide non-surgical treatments and prevention.  Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone specialists who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. They have completed training in the medical specialty physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).

Fibromyalgia Syndrome is characterized by tight, tender muscles, usually sore points in the neck, shoulders, chest, back, knees and hips. Insomnia, depression, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, restless legs syndrome, interstitial cystitis, mitral valve prolapse, cognitive dysfunction and more, are often associated with this condition. Fibromyalgia is chronic.  Myofascial pain, though somewhat different, often accompanies FM.  Myofascial trigger points are taut bands or knots in the fascia that surrounds the muscle and every organ of the body.  Chronic myofascial pain is a debilitating disease (once also identified as a syndrome).

Physiatrists may prescribe drugs or devices, such as a brace. They also use a variety of therapies such as heat and cold, biofeedback, electrotherapies, trigger point injections, massage,  traction, and therapeutic exercise. Physiatrists do not perform surgery.

The Physical Medicine, Physiatrist, or Fibromyalgia Rehabilitation specialist’s goal is to arm the patient with techniques to improve their quality of life, even if the condition is chronic.  Each patient needs distinctive care and each patient needs to identify their own specific rehabilitation treatment goals.

Physiatrists use a combination treatment methods that are individualized for every patient.  A treatment plan will most likely include several of the following: education on fibromyalgia and/or chronic myofascial pain; medication; nutritional supplements; a pain management program (i.e., moist heat, bioelectric therapy, ultrasound, and more); exercise (only after pain is decreased) which consists of postural stretches, light aerobic conditioning, and toning exercises; manual therapy which includes therapeutic massage, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, and adjustments; relaxation (deep breathing exercises, guided imagery, biofeedback, Yoga, Tai Chi);  home program – once what works best is discovered, the patient will need to follow through with a home program on a regular basis.

Always talk to your doctor before starting a new therapy or treatment regimen!  Together, you can decide what will work best for you.  Ask your primary caregiver about physiatry and how it might benefit you!  It’s time to start feeling better and living again!

Resveratrol Side Effects – 4 Adverse Reactions You Need to Know About

Resveratrol is an ingredient that has been found within the skins of red grapes, specifically in glasses of wine.

There are many benefits that have emerged about resveratrol that have mad people jump on the bandwagon for supplements and multivitamins containing resveratrol.

Utilizing this ingredient will allow you to feel and look a little bit longer, but make sure that you are aware of the resveratrol side effects before you get started!

1. Joint Pain

As you get older you may notice that your joint simply are not what it used to be, but when you are taking resveratrol you may experience joint pain a little bit early. On the other hand, when dealing with resveratrol side effects such as this one, you can take a multivitamin along with the resveratrol or you can take a lower dosage so that the inflammation that causes the swelling goes down significantly.

2. Insomnia

Most patients that have used resveratrol in the past have complained of one of the major resveratrol side effects as not being able to sleep. There are a number of factors that can cause insomnia and resveratrol is only a contributing factor. If you are dealing with a lot of stress, then that can definitely become the root of your insomnia. Drink green tea along with the resveratrol this will help to clear your mind and allow you to get the good night’s rest that you deserve.

3. Anxiety

Another one of the major resveratrol side effects is anxiety and anxiety attacks. Again this is a side effect that you can tackle when you take resveratrol in a multivitamin. This side effect will actually go away after a week or two of steady use so you should have no other troubles. If anxiety does continue try to find a supplement that helps to calm the mind such as St. Johns Wort.

4. Possible Reactions to Other Medications

Blood thinning seems to be one of the biggest resveratrol side effects that people who are on other medications experience. It is important to know what you are taking and how resveratrol can affect it prior to taking your daily dosage. There are also other reactions that you can experience when you do not use the right combination of resveratrol and vitamins.

How to Take Resveratrol Properly

Taking resveratrol and reaping the health benefits is not that hard. You can find a high quality supplement, but the health benefits tend to be stronger when you take it in a multivitamin that blends different nutrients together with resveratrol.

Heart Attacks Information

A lot is written about the so called common signs of Heart Attacks and what they are supposed to typically consist of but what is fact and what is fiction? Here we take a look at the basic issues surrounding Heart Attacks or Myocardial infarctions.

A Myocardial infarction (MI or AMI for acute myocardial infarction) is more commonly known as a heart attack.These occur when the blood supply to part of the heart is interrupted causing some heart cells to die. One of the most common causes of this is when the coronary artery is blocked through the rupture of atherosclerotic plaque.An unstable collection of white blood cells (especially macrophages and lipids (like cholesterol) collectively known as Athersclerotic plaque separate from the wall of an artery.The end result of all of this (called ischemia) which is a restriction in blood supply) has been known to cause damage or death of the heart muscle tissue known as Myocardium.

Though symptoms of a Heart Attack do differ there are certain classic symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, pain in the arm, back and neck, and a growing sense of anxiety (also known as impending doom). Fewer classic symptoms are often experienced by women with shortness of breath, indigestion and fatigue being most common.{Approximately one quarter of all myocardial infarctions are silent, without chest pain or other symptoms.|It does have to be remembered though that 25 percent of all Myocardial Infarctions occur in silence and without classic symptoms such as chest pain.Prompt treatment for a Myocardial infarction is essential if the patients chances of survival are to be maximised. To be quite honest in situations like these, minutes and seconds do matter.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death for both men and women all over the world.As you can imagine there are a number of important risk factors to be taken into consideration here such as potential previous history of cardiovascular disease, the age of the patient and the consumption of alcohol, unsuitable food and tobacco.

As is also imagined there are considerably more factors that are actually taken into consideration such as additional medical conditions of which potential or actual diabetes is one, obesity, high blood pressure or hypertension and/or incidence of kidney disease

Immediate treatment for suspected acute myocardial infarction includes oxygen, aspirin, and sublingual glyceryl trinitrate (colloquially referred to as nitroglycerin and abbreviated as NTG or GTN).Pain relief is also often given, classically morphine sulfate.

Using Grapeseed Extract For Genital Warts

Grapeseed extract can be effective against genital wart outbreaks. This is because it contains certain compounds that help your immune system function properly. Grapeseed extract comes from the same grapes wine is made from. They crush the seeds and then take away the pulp, and what you are left with is just the extract. This substance is dried until it becomes a very fine powder, and the powder can be put into gel caps.

Holistic medical practitioners say that the extract is an antioxidant. It helps to give the immune system a boost. A strengthened immune system can kill the warts. Those who swear by grapeseed extract claim that it is even more effective than vitamin C or vitamin E in helping your immune system.

Grapeseed extract has other benefits than just fighting genital warts. Grapeseed extract is good for your heart, brain, skin and eyes. It contains a variety of properties that can help reduce pain, stop infections, and keep down swelling

You can buy grapeseed extract at health food stores and most pharmacies. You can get it either as a pill, or as a cream to spread on a wound or infected area. If taken in pill form, a 75-300 milligram tablet should be taken every day for 3 weeks. Grapeseed extract has no side effects, but it can be risky for pregnant women, children, or those with kidney or liver problems. In those cases, it should be used with caution.

Grapeseed extract is used in many cosmetic creams and lotions because it improves the skin. This is because it is an alpha-hydroxy acid. The oil from grapeseeds contains lots of minerals, vitamins and healthy fatty acids. Grapeseed oil can be applied directly to genital warts. It has no smell and is all-natural. It can be used by those who suffer from acne as well.

Grapeseed extract has helped many overcome their genital wart outbreaks. It is safe and healthy. Still, you should talk to your doctor before you use it. As with any natural remedy, consult your physician first and make sure it won’t interfere with other medications you are taking for your warts.

Shoulder Pain Due to Over-Stretched Shoulder Muscles

Tearing of the muscle tissues as well as over-straining of the shoulder can easily occur to anyone. This normally happens when abrupt pressure or pulling is placed upon the shoulder joint. This is more common among people who are not used to certain types of shoulder motions or have weak muscles in that area.

What are the symptoms of shoulder muscle strain?

First and most obvious, is the pain felt after injury has been sustained. The severity of the pain will be determined by how badly you have pulled your shoulder. It can range anywhere between a sharp and acute type of pain to a mild tingling soreness of the joint. Even though you might be able to move your shoulder and arm at this stage, the pain might be quite unbearable. If the injury sustained is bad, it can cause immobility and set you back from doing your daily tasks for many months.

Shoulder stiffness is also associated with this type of injury. When you pull a muscle, your body automatically reacts to it and the muscle fibres around your join start to contract, making it increasingly different for you to move it. This is normal and it’s a sign for you to rest the affected joint and not put any further strain on it.

If your rotator cuff has been damaged because of this, you will find that doing the slightest amount of lifting can be a huge effort. The strength of the arm and shoulder is compromised in this case and if it’s bad enough, you might not be able to lift your arm past a certain angle.

How Do You Treat A “Pulled” Shoulder?

Some cases where bruising or swelling has occurred, will require you to apply immediate ice compression packs on the affected area. This will reduce the swelling as much as possible and in turn, give you some extra pain relief later on. Remember, just like any other sprained joint in the body, you need to keep the area immobile and rested, preferably in this case with a shoulder sling or immobilizer. You can find these widely available at your local chemist.

Avoid putting your shoulder under any further strain. If the pain is unbearable, get advise from your doctor. He or she may prescribe you with some pain killers that will help. Once the pain subsides, you will notice a further stiffening of your shoulder joint and you might require some rehabilitative exercises to bring your shoulder back to full strength.

What Happens During a Heart Attack?

The primary organ of the cardiovascular system is the heart, and is the muscle that continually pumps blood to the rest of the body. The heart’s blood supply comes by way of the coronary arteries, carrying the oxygen and nutrients required for it to function properly. Red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and other substances flow freely to the heart. The red blood cells carry oxygen, while the function of the white blood cells is to fight infection.

When a person is healthy, the artery walls are smooth and uniform in thickness, However, as time goes on, a high level of cholesterol circulates, causing fatty deposits called plaque to accumulate on the interior walls of the arteries.

As the plaque deposits onto the artery wall, it hardens making the artery more narrow and not as flexible as it should be. This is called atherosclerosis. If atherosclerosis develops in the coronary arteries, it becomes a condition called coronary artery disease (CAD)

When blood flow to the heart is blocked, a heart attack (myocardial infarction, MI ) can result. If blockage of a coronary artery extends past 90%, there is an increased risk for a heart attack. When plaque completely blocks or occludes a coronary artery, the risk for heart attack is certain.

The development of a blood clot can also increase the risk for a heart attack. It is common for a crack to develop at the site of the plaque buildup. Blood can coagulate, or clump, at the site of the crack forming a blood clot. This blood clot, or thrombus, can grow to totally block blood flow and cause a myocardial infarction.

The extent of damage the heart acquires during an attack depends largely on the location of the blockage and the speed of obtaining medical treatment. The longer it takes to get help the more extensive the heart damage. Fortunately, atherosclerosis can be prevented, thus lowering the risk of having a heart attack.

It is important to slow the progression of the disease process. This can be accomplished by medications, and reducing your risk factors. You can reduce risk factors by losing excess weight, starting a low fat – low cholesterol – low saturated fat diet, quitting smoking, control of diabetes and hypertension if present, and regular exercise.

In an ideal world everyone would get complete instructions and education on how to reduce their risk factors for heart disease, but due to shortened hospital stays this is not always possible. Take the time to educate yourself to stay healthy.

Domestic Violence – What It Is And The Most Common Charges

Domestic violence cases are some of the most common types of cases taken on by criminal defense attorneys. So lawyers must have vast knowledge of domestic violence law in order to have a successful practice, but it’s important for lay citizens to have a good understanding of this type of law as well.

The definition of domestic violence is an act or threat of violence between people in an intimate relationship. The violence could be intimidation, control, coercion, or punishment as well. The people in question do not have to be married in order to fall under the domestic violence umbrella, but they do have to be proven to be in an intimate relationship by the District Attorney.

There are all shapes and sizes for these types of cases that come through the office of an experienced criminal law attorney, but some of the cases show up more often than others. There is a top 5 list of allegations that most attorneys would agree are the most common cases that they receive calls about. That list is outlined below:

1. Child Abuse or Child Endangerment- Involving a child in any of the types of violence explained in the second paragraph or having a child in the same area as violence against another could result in a domestic violence charge.

2. Battery- This is when an injury incurred due to violence is not severe enough to warrant a felony, but instead just a misdemeanor

3. Criminal Threats- Even though no physical harm is imposed through a threat, it is still illegal to threaten someone with serious harm or injury to cause fear within them.

4. Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant- This means physical violence has actually occurred and there is physical evidence to show for it (ie a bruise, or swelling). Depending on the severity, the act of violence could be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.

5. Elder Abuse- Neglecting, causing physical or emotion abuse to, or financial fraud to a person over 65 years old is also considered domestic violence.

Police can make arrests for domestic violence allegations fairly liberally, so just because someone has been arrested, doesn’t mean they’re going to be charged with a crime. People who are worried about being charged, though, need to get a hold of a criminal defense attorney to ensure that they are properly protected. Without the help of a criminal defense lawyer, people are left directionless in their moment of need due to accusations against them.

Don’t get left alone in your moment of need. Call an attorney if you think you may be charged for a domestic violence crime.