What Can I Do About My Constant Sore Throats?

Question:

For as long as I can remember I have suffered from sore throats throughout the year. I now suffer from severe throat infections every four to six weeks, which leave me exhausted. Sometimes I also have horrible catarrh. My doctor will no longer give me antibiotics because she feels that I am becoming immune to them. I am on the waiting list for the homoeopathic hospital but it may be two years before someone can see me. I take garlic and cod-liver oil every day. Can you help?

Answer:

Chronic sore throats are not uncommon. In my experience, most patients with this problem have excess mucus accumulation in the sinuses, which drips into the throat and kick-stare the problem. This ‘postnasal drip’, as it is known, is often very acidic and sometimes infected. The acidic medium affects the lining of the throat and makes it sore and painful. If the mucus is infected, the bacteria colonise the throat and tonsils, exacerbating the inflammation so that swallowing becomes difficult.

The mucus accumulation in the sinuses is caused by chronic sinusitis, due to infection and/or allergy (to dust mites or another common allergen). Very often, chronic constipation causes excess mucus discharge in the sinuses: if the toxins are not eliminated by the bowels, they are often reabsorbed and discharged into the sinuses. The majority of people with chronic constipation have mild to moderate sinus problems, also frontal headaches where the sinuses are.

The postnasal drip causes another distressing phenomenon. As the mucus drips into the throat, the  person swallows automatically, so that the mucus doesn’t go into the windpipe and trigger a coughing fit The constant  swallowing injures the muscles and ligaments in the floor of the mouth and throat. The ligaments most susceptible to being affected are those that suspend the voice box. As you swallow, the Adam’s   apple (which houses the voice apparatus) goes up and down because of the swallowing reflex. So the ligaments and muscles suffer repetitive strain injury (RSl). This causes constant pain, which is interpreted as throat ache – this may sound  strange, and some doctors may dispute iq but I have seen and treated enough cases to speak with confidence. A health professional needs only to feel the muscles and   ligaments in the floor of the throat and note how sore they are to the touch. If they are massaged with a little peppermint balm for two to three minutes, the pain vanishes. Do this two or three times a day for a couple of days and the throat ache will be history. To get to the bottom of the sore throat one must treat the sinuses.

 Here are my suggestions

* Make sure you are not constipated: drink plenty of water; eat figs, prunes, papaya, spinach and beetroot. For mild constipation, take Herbolax : two after the evening meal or at bedtime for one month. For moderate constipation, take Qurs Mulayyan : one at bedtime for one month.

* Help clear the sinuses by taking herbal supplements – either Khamira Nazli or Lauq Sepistan. Take half a teaspoonful a day with water or manuka honey for two weeks.

* Ease the throat with the Ayurvedic supplement Kuka. Suck one when your throat stings or hurts, especially if this is after eating or drinking (don’t suck it at the same time as eating or drinking).

* If you have allergies, see a qualified homoeopath (Dr David Curtin at the  Integrated Medical Centre, see right, specializes in the homoeopathic treatment of allergies).

* Doing yogic breathing exercises, particularly the cleansing breath, and using a nasal douche are very useful for chronic sinusitis. These are detailed in Therapeutic Yoga, the book I co-wrote with Jiwan Brar.

* Boost the immune system by taking Bioprash or Chavanprash daily for two months.

* Avoid the following foodstuffs because they irritate the throat chilled drinks, ice cubes, ice cream, citrus fruit/juices, very hot or spicy foods such as chilli, fried foods and crisps, also cheese and dairy foods because they clog up the sinuses.

Tonsil Stones 101 – Do You Have a Tonsil Stone?

Tonsil stone is a little white ball of calcareous matter that can be found in the back of your throat. It is caused by the accumulation of bacteria that produce sulfur and other debris that form in the tonsils. This debris usually consists of mucous from post nasal drip and collects small pockets called tonsil crypts which appear on the surface of the tonsils. When the debris and the volatile Sulfur compounds produced by anaerobic bacteria beneath the surface of your tongue combine, they create a stubborn bad breath and a horrible taste. You will not experience tonsil stone if you do not have tonsils. However this does not indicate that you should have your tonsils removed. Tonsil Stone may also be called tonsillar debris, sneeze nugget, calculus of the tonsil or tonsillolith.

A tonsil stone is barely noticeable. It is small and the tonsil crypt is shallow so the stone just falls out on itself through coughing. It may cause irritation to some people as it gives a feeling that there is a foreign object lodged in the back of your throat. It also brings bad breath, chronic tonsillitis, sometimes ear pain and sore throat if not removed early enough.

A tonsil stone is seen at the bottom rear of your mouth. It is the result from debris that gets stuck in your mouth. This must be eliminated by scraping it out or by poking it using your fingernail, or using a wet cotton bud to squeeze your tonsil until the stone is removed. Bottomline is it has to be removed quickly before it causes you to have undesirable bad breath, frequent sore throat or tonsillitis.

How to Prevent and Eliminate Diabetes

The type 2 diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that is often preventable but sad to say, the condition is on the rise worldwide. Diabetes is now affecting 246 million people and is expected to hit 380 million by 2025. Each year a further 7 million people develop diabetes. It is now the fourth leading cause of global death by disease. Among the complications of diabetes are heart and blood vessel disease including stroke and heart attack, nerve damage, diabetes neuropathy in the hand, diabetic retinopathy, and kidney failure.

Diabetes is the largest cause of kidney failure and is responsible for huge dialysis costs. At least 50% of all people with diabetes are unaware of their condition and in some countries this figure may be as high as 80%. However, up to 80% of type 2 diabetes is preventable if we adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle, and increase physical activity.

Even though you are not currently diagnosed with diabetes, you can prevent diabetes from endangering your life. Otherwise you will have to get used to a diabetes diet which can be quite unpleasant at times. It is also interesting to note that even though you are normal, getting extra information on the symptoms of diabetes will assist you a lot. One way to keep this dreadful disease at bay is to constantly monitor your health and diet. Make it a habit to go for a complete blood test at least once a year. From the results of your lipid profile, take note of the values of triglycerides and the high density lipoprotein (HDL). The triglyceride/HDL ratio should be less than 2. A ratio of more than 2 indicates the tendency of developing diabetes later in life. You may be having what is known as Syndrome X as described by Dr Gerald Reaven of Stanford University (1988).

According to medical research, insulin resistance is a major factor in the development of the syndrome. When you continually consume sugar, high carbohydrate and high fat diet, your body will become less sensitive to insulin. It compensates by making more insulin. Years later, the pancreas will simply give up. The insulin level drops and the blood sugar begin to rise. Insulin resistance leads to obesity.

In order to prevent and treat diabetes, you have to take note of the following points:

1. Eat a balanced diet by combining good protein and good fat with low glycemic carbohydrates. The protein and fats can be obtained from vegetables and its oils, olive oil, nuts, beans. It is also available from the cold water fish such as salmon and tuna which are rich in the omega 3 fatty acids. Protein is also available from fowl. Get the carbohydrates from whole fruits and vegetables. Avoid refined foods. Foods like fiber, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, green beans, soy beans, tofu and garlic have an insulin-like action on the body and should be included in the diet regularly.

2. Ensure that you have plenty of exercise. Exercise will make your body more sensitive to insulin. A brisk walk of 30-45 minutes three times weekly is more than sufficient.

3. Maintain a regular intake of supplements including the following:

Multi vitamins and minerals supplement 1 capsule daily

Vitamin C 1-2 gm daily

Vitamin E 400 I.U. daily

Selenium 150 mcg daily

Omega 3 capsule 1000 mg daily

Evening primrose capsule 1000mg daily

4. Eliminate coffee, alcohol, smoking, nervous exhaustion, stress and obesity.

Diabetic Foot – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

If you have diabetes, your blood sugar levels are too high. Over time, this can damage your nerves or blood vessels. Nerve damage from diabetes can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. You may not feel a cut, a blister or a sore. Foot injuries such as these can cause ulcers and infections. Serious cases may even lead to amputation. Damage to the blood vessels can also mean that your feet do not get enough blood and oxygen. It is harder for your foot to heal, if you do get a sore or infection.

Diabetes also accelerates macrovascular disease, which is evident clinically as accelerating atherosclerosis and/or peripheral vascular disease. Most diabetic foot infections occur in the setting of good dorsalis pedis pulses; this finding indicates that the primary problem in diabetic foot infections is microvascular compromise. Impaired microvascular circulation hinders white cell migration into the area of infection and limits the ability of antibiotics to reach the site of infection in an effective concentration. Diabetic neuropathy may be encountered in conjunction with vasculopathy.

Foot problems are a big risk. Like all diabetic people, you should monitor your feet. If you don’t, the consequences can be severe, including amputation, or worse. Minor injuries become major emergencies before you know it. With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that’s too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases your blood flow, so your injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it’s at risk for infection. As a diabetic, your infections spread quickly.

Symptoms

Type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes occurs most often in children and young adults, but it can develop at any age. Because their bodies do not produce it, patients with this type must take insulin daily to regulate blood sugar levels.

Type II: Any Type I symptom, plus: unexplained weight gain, pain, cramping, tingling or numbness in your feet, unusual drowsiness, frequent vaginal or skin infections, dry, itchy skin and slow healing sores.

Causes

The diabetic may not properly perceive minor injuries (such as cuts, scrapes, blisters), signs of abnormal wear and tear (that turn into calluses and corns), and foot strain. Normally, people can feel if there is a stone in their shoe and remove it immediately. A diabetic may not be able to perceive a stone. Its constant rubbing can easily create a sore.

In patients with diabetes, superficial skin infections such as cellulitis are caused by the same organisms as those in healthy hosts, namely group A streptococci and S aureus. However, in unusual epidemiologic circumstances, organisms such as Pasteurella multocida (eg, from dog or cat bites or scratches) may be noted and should always be considered.

Treatment

Treatment for foot sores or ulcers that do not heal properly due to poor circulation may involve a vessel bypass. Blocked blood vessels (i.e., atherosclerosis) can be bypassed with a blood vessel graft. Improved circulation promotes healing.

Examine your feet daily and also after any trauma, no matter how minor, to your feet. Report any abnormalities to your physician. Use a water-based moisturizer every day (but not between your toes) to prevent dry skin and cracking. Wear cotton or wool socks. Avoid elastic socks and hosiery because they may impair circulation.

Make an appointment with a podiatrist to treat foot problems or to have corns or calluses removed. Never attempt to treat these yourself using over-the-counter remedies. If obesity prevents you from being physically able to inspect your feet, ask a family member, neighbor, or a visiting nurse to perform this important check.

Obesity and Morbid Obesity – a Problem That Needs to be Addressed

Obesity and morbid obesity are regarded by the medical experts and health organizations throughout the world as being one of the most dangerous health problems facing mankind.

It can be said that by and large obesity affects those people who neglect to look after their general health. As such it’s a complaint that’s totally preventable – with care and diligence the worst aspects of the condition can be prevented.

However those sufferers who experience the severe medical problems associated with the condition – type 2 diabetes, heart diseases – can expect to live 9 years LESS than a person of normal weight.

Once considered to be a problem confined mainly to the affluent west, it is now being seen in those countries experiencing a speedy expansion in their living standards. However the countries with the biggest increase in numbers are still the western countries, with particularly large increases being seen in children.

Obesity: What is it?

Obesity is a term used for those people who are grossly overweight as defined by the Body Mass Index scale. This is a scale used by the medical profession to determine the weight status of an individual. It means a person who is well in excess of an ideal weight for a person of the same age and height; a condition that has the probability of progressing to morbid obesity – an extreme form of obesity – and thus lead to a number of life menacing conditions.

It’s now accepted by nutritionists that the principal causes of overweight and obesity are a poor diet with an absence of vital fresh fruits and vegetables, and a life without regular exercises or beneficial physical activity.

Morbid obesity is a more prominent form of obesity characterized by a super over-abundance of body fat. It’s responsible for a large number of health problems many of which result in death. Some of these conditions are type 2 diabetes, heart ailments, some forms of cancer, sleep apnea, and various mental problems such as depression.

Now a Worldwide Epidemic

The number of people experiencing the effects of obesity has exploded in the last 20 years with the result that the World Health Organization is now carefully watching the situation and looking at how countries are coping with ever-increasing health budgets.

Once considered to be a social problem rather than a health problem, obesity and its more troublesome condition, morbid obesity, is now regarded as a major disease by governments and the medical community. By the WHO estimates, there are more than 300 million people affected throughout the world with more than a billion people reputed to be. With every justification, it can be called an obesity epidemic.

Many Western countries are experiencing ever growing numbers of sufferers, some more so than others.

The US has the highest proportion of sufferers with about 30% of the adult population said to be afflicted, with the incidence particularly high amongst Afro-Americans and people of Spanish decent. The obesity rate for children is also the worst in the world, with every indication it’ll get worse before there’s any improvement.

Other countries such as the UK, Australia, Canada and many European countries have rates that are cause for serious concern with the number of overweight children in these countries mirroring the increase in the US.

Towards the end of 2006 the World Health Organization in conjunction with European countries drew up plans to firstly halt the spread of the disease, then to reduce its effects word-wide.

The medical research companies and organizations are playing their part too in helping to combat this problem. A recently marketed product, derived from the flesh of a plant, has proven to be able to reduce the amount of fat consumed after a meal and eject it by normal means through the body. After stringent clinical tests, it was proven that 28% of such fat is ejected and not stored as body fat. This product is also a proven appetite suppressant, thus confirming its position as a successful weight loss product.

Scabies Rash : What Causes Scabies?

Scabies rash is a very itchy skin condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into your skin. Scabies can affect people of all ages and from all incomes and social levels. Even people who keep themselves very clean can get scabies rash. Many people who get scabies rash are not even aware of why they have it or what caused it.

The most common way that scabies rash is contracted is through close human interaction. Whether it is from a hug, sleeping together or other contact, scabies can be passed very easily from one person to another. In addition to human contact, a small percentage of individuals contract scabies from touching something that the mite is on. This form of transmission is much rarer, mainly because the mite has a life span of less than forty-eight hours when it is away from a host human.

Some experts believe that the scabies mite can live up to 3 days without human body contact. When a mite reaches an area of rough or wrinkled skin (elbows, knuckles, knees), it burrows under the skin. Scratching can spread scabies mites to other areas of the body, but simply touching another part of the body while mites are on the hands may also spread them.

Scabies rash can also be spread by sharing towels, bed sheets, and other personal belongings. Scabies rash often affects several family members at the same time. We can spread it to another person before we have symptoms. After treatment, the itching usually lasts another 2 to 4 weeks. It will take your body that long to get over the allergic reaction caused by the mites. If you still have symptoms after 4 weeks, you may need another treatment.

For more information about Scabies Infestation and Treatment, visit Scabies Rash website.

What Causes Cold Sores- 5 Causes of Cold Sores

Cold sores are humiliating and can be embarrassing. Especially, when people make jokes about them or stare at them. Also, not know what cause them is frustrating. So, what I’m going to do is share with you what causes cold sores.

That way, you will know the causes of them and how to cure them when they occur.

The 5 causes of cold sores are:

1. The first cause of cold sores is over exposure of wind. When you expose yourself to winds, you could have an outbreak.

2. Another cause of cold sores is high amounts of arginine. If you have large amounts of arginine and low amount of lysine stored in your cells, it could cause an outbreak. Both, arginine and lysine compete for cell space. By increasing the stores of lysine, you can prevent, or reduce, a cold sore outbreak.

3. Over exposure of the sun is another cause of cold sores. If you are over exposed to the sun, you may experience an outbreak. So, be sure to limit the amount of time you spend out in the sun.

4. Another cause of cold sores is stress. By experiencing severe stress, you will put yourself at risk of an outbreak.

5. A weak immune system is another cause of cold sores. By having a weak immune system, you are at risk of having an outbreak. So, be sure to eat healthy foods. Eat plenty of fruits, veggies, lean meats, and other health foods.

These elements are what causes cold sores. If you have sores, make sure you do something about it now. If you wait too long to do something about it, you could possibly be at risk of having a severe breakout. Or your sores could spread.

Scalp Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is often so mild it is barely noticed by the affected person, but it can occasionally so severe the patient must be admitted to hospital for treatment. Psoriasis is probably one of the longest known illnesses of humans and simultaneously one of the most misunderstood. A complete medical history and examination of the skin, nails, and scalp are the basis for a diagnosis of psoriasis.

Scalp psoriasis is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, one that can get so severe that it can result in hair loss, so obviously, regardless of whether you are a man or woman, you are going to need to get treatment immediately.

Another cause for dandruff and dry scalp is cold weather. The scalp surface becomes dry in cold weather. It then easily flakes off and sheds its dead skin cells that in turn, result in dandruff. Allergic reaction to some food and nutritional deficiency in the diet can be major reasons for dandruff. Deficiency of omega 3 acids and B-complex vitamins can cause the dead skin cells of the scalp to flake off excessively.

Getting back to the beginning, scalp psoriasis and dandruff can cause similar symptoms. Scalp psoriasis can be ignited by anything from wounds, a cut, scratching and even sunburn. An average flare up will happen usually in winter: most of the infected area becomes flakish and dry because of a decline in sunlight. With scalp psoriasis, the infected patch areas are usually seen on the back of the head but can be seen on other areas of the scalp.

Itchy scalp problems of the earlobes are due to the accumulation of moisture and inadequate exposure to sunlight, which makes them prone to bacterial growth. Vigorous brushing and combing of the hair over-stimulates the parting and hairline scalp areas leading to swelling of the hair roots.

Itchy scalp hair loss is nothing to blow off as it can be the sign of a serious infection. Don’t assume that such problems will go away on their own. If you take that approach you may be distressed at the amount of hair you end up losing before all is said and done. There are many different things out there that can cause it to take place besides an infection.

If you experience a scalp psoriasis symptom and find out that you do in fact have scalp psoriasis, or any other type of psoriasis for that matter, you should consider using natural remedies for scalp psoriasis, at least at first to see if the natural remedies for scalp psoriasis are enough.

Scalp psoriasis is a chronic condition where the generation of new skin is accelerated to a degree that it creates raised-red blotches on the skin. This raised skin, or epidermal lesion, is covered with dry silvery scales that itch, burn, crack, and sometimes bleed or become infected. If the scalp psoriasis is severe enough it can be disfiguring and debilitating.

An alternative treatment for psoriasis is detoxification. This treatment may just be the solution that you need to keep your skin disorder under control. According to naturopathic doctors, treating psoriasis helps by treating your liver. Psoriasis has been linked to the presence of several microbial byproducts in the blood. These signs point to an abnormal function of the liver.

How to Know if it is Nail Fungus or Something Else

You cannot get your eyes off your fingernails and toenails when you notice something different with them. You browsed the Internet and from the information you gathered, it seems you have nail fungus.

You must remember that there are a lot of problems which may happen to your nails. To know if it is just poorly done manicure or really fungal infection, you have to ask yourself some questions and inspect your nails carefully.

Nail Fungus

It is not nail fungus at all if you don’t walk barefoot in the public pool or gym shower or you’re not exposed to warm and humid working environment frequently and you don’t share shoes, nail files and nail cutters with other people.

Onychomycosis or nail fungus first manifests itself as a yellowish or white spot on the nail. As the nail fungus develops, the infected nail will break, thicken, be crumbly, lack luster and be discolored or deformed. The surrounding tissue or skin may also be inflamed. Nail fungus infection may be very painful in the long run, and like athlete’s foot it may emit a very foul odor. Scaling of the sides of the toenails may occur.

The toenails are more prone to nail fungus since it is often inside the shoes, which present a warm and moist environment that perfect for fungal growth.

Distribution of the problem has a pattern. Nail fungus often affect only one hand at a time. However, in the case of feet, it is more often that both will have nail fungus at the same time.

If the symptoms mentioned are not present, most likely it is not nail fungus but another condition.

Signs and Symptoms of Other Nail Conditions

There are other symptoms that will also make you stare at your nails. These are, however, not symptoms of nail fungus:

Ridges and Lines – There is nothing to worry. Appearances of these are part of the normal aging process.

Yellowish or Whitish Nails – This is due to onycholysis or the occurrence of gap between the nail and the nail bed. The normal pinkish color will return after several months.

Green Nails – No, you have not turned into a monster but pseudomonas may have accumulated in the gap in between your nail and nail bed. The greenish shade disappears in around two months.

Black or Red Nails – There is bruising on the nail bed, which is most likely due to trauma. Like any other hematoma, it will repair itself after a few days.

Inflammation of the skin around the nail – This may be caused by yeast that infects the cuticle. There are topical creams that can cure these yeast infections.

To be certain about the symptoms and signs that you notice on your nails, it is best to be diagnosed by a medical doctor.

A proper diagnosis will result in a proper treatment plan. Pain, inflammation and infection can be addressed properly. The treatment regimen for nail fungus or any other nail infection must be followed religiously since these diseases tend to recur.

Medicines for these different conditions can be sourced from your local drugstores or online stores.

Wheat Allergies: Signs and Symptoms

We eat so many wheat products each day that it’s hard to imagine how anyone with a wheat allergy could manage to live a normal life. But many wheat allergy sufferers do. That’s because they took the time to understand their condition, recognize the ways it manifests, and seek out wheat alternatives to replace the foods that cause an allergic reaction.

What allergies share some symptoms with other food allergies, but they also have symptoms that are very different – and sometimes alarming. For example, someone with a wheat allergy might experience chest pain and dizziness. Others find that they have to urinate more than usual after eating wheat products. Still others might suffer from a swollen tongue, irritated eyes, or mood swings. More common symptoms include gastrointestinal complaints, nausea, skin rash, and vomiting.

Whenever a food allergy is suspected, the sufferer needs to investigate which food is causing the problems. This is done by cutting out one food at a time and watching for a corresponding decrease in symptoms. Then foods are added back to the diet until the symptoms reappear. Then the food causing the allergy is revealed, and can be avoided. Some people find that keeping a written record of their food consumption helps them pinpoint problem foods. If this method is unsuccessful, a physician can perform allergy tests.

If it’s determined that you do have food allergies, don’t despair. You can find relief from your symptoms just by cutting problem foods from your diet. It might sound daunting to remove wheat from your diet, but it’s easier now than ever. There are wheat-free alternatives for almost every food. Even better – they taste great.

Don’t let a wheat allergy make you miserable. Go online or to your local health food store and ask about wheat-free or gluten-free food products. You’ll be back to eating bread and pasta in no time!

Effexor – One of the Best Anti-depressant Known in the Treatment of Depression

Effexor is a prescription medicine that is licensed to treat depression in adults. It is a new class of anti-depressant medications that affects chemical messengers within the brain. These chemical messengers are called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, and nor epinephrine. Neurotransmitters are manufactured by nerve cells and are released by the cells. The neurotransmitters travel to nearby nerve cells and cause the cells to become more or less active. Many experts believe that an imbalance in these neurotransmitters is the cause of depression and also may play a role in anxiety. Effexor works by inhibiting the release or affecting the action of these neurotransmitters. So in case if one is suffering from depression, he can get it prescribed by the doctor and buy effexor to solve his problem.

Effexor is prescribed for the treatment of depression, depression with associated symptoms of anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. This medication should be taken with food at doses specifically directed by a physician. Individual doses vary greatly among individuals. The anti-depressant effects are not maximal for 1-2 weeks. If discontinued, the dose of effexor should gradually be reduced under the direction of a physician. For patients with difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules, it can be opened and the contents can be sprinkled on a spoonful of applesauce.

Effexor is different from other antidepressants because it contains the drug known as venlafaxine, which is an active ingredient in this medication and should be prescribed only to people suffering from major depression or extreme anxiety. As venlafaxine and its active metabolite have relatively short half-lives, 4 hours and 11 hours respectively, it should be administered in divided dosage two or three times a day. Interesting fact is that this drug has been successful to treat people with depression that have not responded to other antidepressants.

Venlafaxine found in effexor is well absorbed, with peak plasma concentrations occurring approximately 2 hours after dosing. Different from any other antidepressant in structure, it affects two neurotransmitters involved in depression, serotonin and nor epinephrine. Several researches have proven that this medication works by correcting the balance of two brain chemicals serotonin and nor epinephrine. It is proved that these two chemicals help control moods, concentration, impulses, appetites, irritability and emotions.

That’s why imbalances of these substances create the cycle of depression and the nervousness and irritability associated with anxiety disorders. It is seen that at low and medium dosages, effexor diminishes serotonin reuptake alone and at higher dosages, it inhibits the reuptake of nor epinephrine as well as serotonin. This medication may take several weeks to show its result that’s why it is important to give the medication sufficient time before judging whether it will work for a given person.

Medication for Depression

Are you always feeling under the weather?  Does your mood stop you from being with others and having a good time?  Maybe you’ve been suffering from prolonged sadness for quite some time now. If so you should face up to the fact that you are depressed, and get yourself and get a proper diagnosis from a qualified medical practitioner.  It is important to get help with your problem. There are various depression treatments, as well as all sorts of depression medication that doctors prescribe to their patients.  There is no need for you to continue feeling as you do.

Once you have been diagnosed medication can be prescribed.  There are various types of depression and it important to  pinpoint what sort it is in order to get the best medication.  You may be suffering from clinical depression, manic depression, bipolar disorder, and so on. It’s best that you’re sure what you’re actually dealing with since there are various depression medications that are available in the market, you should make sure that you get the most appropriate one to treat your illness.

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs.  These are compounds used as anti-depressants

Drugs which may be prescribed in this group include:  Citalopram, Dapoxetine, Escitalopram, Fluoxetine, Fluvoxamine, Paroxetine, Sertraline, Zimelidine.  All of these go under a multitude of trade names.

It is not known for sure how these drugs work.  It would seem that symptoms of depression are relieved if there is an increase of serotonin in the brain.  These drugs help the neurotransmitter serotonin to access the parts of the brain which affect mood and behaviour.

The efficacy of SSRIs varies with the make up of each individual so it may take a little time for the doctor to finally decide which is the best for the patient so it is important to report all feelings and mood changes when in consultation. An advantage with SSRIs is that they have fewer side effects than the older drugs.

Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors or SNRIs.  Serotonin influences mood and norepinephrine is believed to influences alertness and energy.

Drugs include:  Venlafaxine, Desvenlafaxine, Duloxetine, Milnacipran, Sibutramine, Tramadol, Bicifadine, SEP-227162

More recent development than SRIs though they act in the same way.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors or MAOIs.  This followed TCAs and tend to work on the neurotransmitters.  However, they also cause problems with tyramine which affects blood pressure so need careful tracking.

Drugs include:  Marplan, Nardil, Parnate

A great deal of care needs to be taken over the foods included in the diet.  Many are banned and others have to be moderated.  The doctor will, of course, advise on this.

Tricyclics or TCAs.  This type of medication was first produced in 1950s and was quickly seen as a way of relieving the symptoms of depression.

Drugs in this group include:  Amoxapine, Maprotiline, Mianserin, Mirtazapine, Setiptiline.

TCAs inhibit the reuptake of serotonin, norepinephrine and to a lesser degree dopamine.

These are anti-depressants which were in use before being largely superseded by SSRIS although they are still prescribed and work well for many individuals. These are a group of drugs used to relieve the symptoms in major depression.

Sometimes, doctors actually find it more effective to mix up these depression medications, depending on the needs of the individual. Also the dosages of depression medication can actually be increased or lowered depending on what the doctor finds to be the most effective. However, when it comes to taking these depression medications, patients are highly advised to never mix up depression medications as well as pick out which dosages to take without consulting their doctors first.

Knowing about this illness helps both sufferers and carers. For more information about depression, visit: Depression FAQs

What Causes Fear And Funny Phobias?

What Causes Fear And Funny Phobias. A fear is a strong fear of any object, place or situation that frequently causes raised stress levels and suffering.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, a phobia is an irrational and excessive fear of an object or situation. In most cases, the funny phobia involves a sense of endangerment or a fear of harm.

There are a great many significant fears and phobias that can really affect the life of an individual. There are also many strange fears or bizarre fears and funny phobias that no body can even think or imagine. Many of us have fears like the fear of flying, fear of laughter and fear of spiders. These bizarre and strange fears frequently lead to raised stress levels and heightened  feelings of impending death.

A list of some of the frequently found bizarre fears and funny phobias are like the following :
* Allodaxaphobia – fear of the opinions of others.
* Barophobia – fear of gravity.
* Chromophobia – fear of colors.
* Dextrophobia – Fear of objects at the right side of the body. * Euphobia – fear of hearing good news.
* Francophobia – fear of France or French culture.
* Genuphobia – fear of knees.

* Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – fear of long words.
* Ideophobia – fear of ideas.
* Japanophobia – fear of the Japanese. * Optophobia – Fear of opening one’s eyes.
* Plutophobia – fear of wealth.
* Selenophobia – fear of the moon.
* Uranophobia – fear of heaven.

So What Causes Fear And Funny Phobias?
Our brain consists of clusters of nerves that make it as a profound organ. The nerve cells in it, sends sensory signals to every part that is essentially connected to it. It can be a signal that makes us consciously aware of things around us or a signal that can be present only when stimulated. One of them is fear; fear is aroused by different stimuli. It varies in form and condition. Fear is felt when certain factors give us a feeling of being threatened or being afraid on something that might possibly happen.

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Can Anxiety Be Cured? A Must-Read Article

If you suffer from chronic anxiety or occasional panic attacks, then you’re probably wondering: can anxiety be cured? In this article, you’ll find the answer to this question along with some helpful treatment tips.

If you suffer from anxiety and want to be free of it, then you first need to be able to imagine what your life would be like without constant fears and doubts. What would it be like to get out of bed and be excited at the prospect of another beautiful day? What would it be like to make decisions easily, instead of being crippled by indecision? How would it feel to view your life as a journey to a deeper sense of self than as a series of stumbling blocks. Imagine for a moment that you are free of anxiety and worry.

When asking, can anxiety be cured, you need to understand what you are really asking. If you are asking if there is a quick fix, the answer is yes and no. There are medications that you can take to treat anxiousness, but they can have side effects that increase your sense of impending doom. Since people who suffer from anxiety tend to be super sensitive, sometimes they can’t tolerate medication. This is why millions of anxiety sufferers around the world are turning to natural remedies, but we will talk about these in a moment.

In order to answer your question, can anxiety be cured, you first need to understand what the condition really is and how deeply it can affect your entire life. In addition to coloring how you feel, it affects your attitude, your behavior, your relationships with others and your willingness to take calculated risks that could significantly improve your quality of life.

Symptoms of this condition range from mild to severe. If you have mild anxiety, you live your life with a vague sense of fear. You are always waiting for “the other foot to drop.” In other words, you’re waiting for the next bad thing to happen. At the other end of the spectrum, severe anxiety can cripple you emotionally and destroy your life.

Since anxiety is triggered by stress and stress occurs inside the body (thoughts and feelings trigger stress) and outside the body (in the form of external events), you need to learn which stressors you can control and which you have no control over, but can control your response to. This is where natural remedies come in.

A good natural remedy contains herbs that will calm and soothe your brain, increase serotonin and decrease the negative thinking that spirals into panic attacks and generalized anxiety. Natural remedies reduce negative thoughts and leave you in a relaxed state of awareness. They give your brain the nutrients it needs to heal the damage caused by being in a chronic state of fear which leads to a new perspective on life. Then you will stop asking can anxiety be cured and start taking the steps to overcome it.

Once you are relatively free of negative thinking, you can start learning techniques for dealing with negative thoughts and emotions as they arise and you can also learn what to do when something happens outside of you that you don’t like. These are just skills that you can learn. Like any new skill, you simply need to practice them, so you can better deal with events outside your control. The difference between someone who suffers from anxiety and someone who feels the fear, but acts anyway is simply a difference in behavior.

Of course, in order to get to this place, you have to first calm and soothe your brain, so you’re not constantly bombarded with negative thoughts. And this is why it is helpful to take a natural remedy first and then learn the skills that will help you to deal with stress in way that helps you rather than hurts you.

So the answer to the question, can anxiety be cured is a big yes. Like anything, though, it is a process. Starting with a natural remedy can give you the peace of mind to learn new techniques that will help you deal with stress more skillfully.

Everyone is affected by stress. But you can learn to deal with it, so it doesn’t ruin your life.

Role of Vitamins in Combating Insomnia

Insomnia is the term used for any kind of sleep disorder. A person suffering from insomnia faces severe disorder in the sleeping pattern, and does not get sufficient sleep. The cure of insomnia is very vital, because lack of sleep might lead to severe mental and physical ailments. B vitamins have a major role to play in metabolism of serotonin, a neurotransmitters which help in regulation of sleep. Therefore, deficiency of B vitamins might give rise to insomnia.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), niacin and folic acid have proved to be very effective in the treatment of sleeping disorder (insomnia). In case of deficiency of vitamins B, it is generally beneficial to increase the intake of vitamins such as pyridoxine, niacin and folic acid. Vitamin B6 helps in inducing sleep by the means of its rich constituent of amino acids. Vitamin B12 has also proved its effectiveness in treatment of insomnia. As per an observation, the injection of Vitamin B12 has given positive result on the sleep-pattern of some patients.

B vitamins are very helpful when suffering from stress, depression, or anxiety.

Insomnia can appear when a person is in a stressful state, depressed or anxious; therefore taking B vitamins relaxes the body and prevents insomnia.

Iron as a cure for Insomnia

Studies show that iron can help restless legs syndrome, which can cause insomnia. Therefore taking iron might help prevent insomnia.

Helping Insomnia with Magnesium

Magnesium deficiency causes nervousness and restlessness so makes it hard to sleep and lead to insomnia.
Taking magnesium may help to sleep better.

The best way to combat insomnia is to revise the diet chart accordingly, which emphasizes more on B vitamins.

(1) The chief sources of Vitamin B6 are egg yolk, yeast, rice polishing and germ of various grains and seeds. Deficiency of this vitamin leads to deficiency of serotonin, which in turn leads to deficiency of melatonin (sleep-triggering hormone). Therefore, the daily intake of 50 to 100 mg must be taken into consideration to prevent sleeping disorder.

(2) Vitamin B5 (niacin) is very helpful in stress and anxiety, and deficiency of this vitamin leads to disturbance in sleep pattern and weakness. The chief sources of niacin are liver, fish and milk. The daily requirement of this vitamin is approximately 100mg.

(3) Vitamin B12 is also effective in curing sleeping disorder, and deficiency may lead to loss of memory, restlessness and tiredness. The chief sources of cobalamin (B12 vitamin) are walnuts, banana, sunflower seeds, tuna, whole grains, wheat germ, and peanuts. The daily dosage of cobalamin should be approximately 25mg.

(4) Folic acid is also an important factor in inducement of sleep, and its might lead to sleeping disorder as well. The chief sources of folic acid are orange juice, leafy green vegetables, cereals, and beans. The daily dose of this vitamin should be approximately 400 micrograms.

Daily intake of these vitamins in right proportion will keep the sleep disorder under control, and in case of insomnia, increase of these vitamins can prove of great help. One should always consult the doctor to get the clear picture of dosage of these vitamins in form of medicine.