Cannabis, Skunk Addiction – Effects and Withdrawal

Skunk (high-potency marijuana) addicts and drug dealers will tell you that there is no such thing as cannabis or skunk addiction. However the drug addict needs the drug and the drug dealer needs to keep selling his poisons. Of course they will sell you the lie that it is not addictive.

Since Marijuana first made its debut in the 60’s and 70’s the debate has been whether it is addictive or not. Does it ruin lives like other drugs and alcohol? Britain just reclassified it to a Class B drug meaning not as bad as heroin but worse than tranquilizers, as seen by the eyes of the Britain’s Home Office.

In this decade, here in England, people are going into residential rehab for help with cannabis abuse. The cannabis and skunk being smoked in Britain today is not the weed used in the 70’s at peace rallies. This is something very high grade and completely different. In Britain people are quickly becoming addicted as a typical user smokes several splifs a day. The dangers are being ignored but here they are:

Some Scary Marijuana Facts:

Marijuana stays in the body for years and is slowly broken down by the body while in the blood system. Usually taking about 30 days. Because of this slow breakdown of cannabinols, the oily toxins in marijuana many users can go a week or so without smoking. Due to the fat soluble qualities of these cannabinols, marijuana residues store in the body fat and in the organs such as the brain, sex glands (testicles & ovaries), spleen, liver and lungs . These toxins create chemical imbalances, nutrient depletion and cravings for the drug years later.

Long-Term Effects from Users

  • reduction of male sex hormones
  • apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation
  • reduced sexual capacity
  • study difficulties – reduced ability to learn and retain information
  • personality and mood changes
  • suppression of immune system
  • growth disorders
  • rapid destruction of lung fibers and lesions to the brain
  • increase of abnormally structured cells in body
  • inability to understand things clearly
  • reduced resistance to common illnesses (cold, bronchitis…)

Cannabis Withdrawal

Marijuana withdrawal can be difficult. There are about 400 chemicals present in its most natural state. These toxins accumulate in the body over the years. When you stop marijuana use there are definite withdrawal symptoms. These can include irritability, stomach pain, aggression and anxiety, diarrhea, insomnia, nightsweats and cravings. I recently spoke to a fellow who after 3 weeks without smoking was still experiencing crippling withdrawal. He called me in a panic because he never expected any withdrawal at all and this was 3 weeks after stopping.

Like it or not, statistics in Britain show that most heavy drug users get hooked on cocaine, heroin and amphetamines by starting with marijuana. Like it or not, Marijuana is addictive.

A Story of One Person’s Success after Drug-Free Rehab

“When I came to NN in the beginning I had no idea how to live happily without drugs or alcohol. I knew if I didn’t get help I would soon die from the effects that drugs and alcohol had on me. As the program progressed I began to have hope that there was something better in life than I was allowing myself to be a part of. Eventually I began to find what really makes me who I am; something I had neglected for years. I can now see the reality of situations and can be honest not only with others, but with myself. I understand and communicate better than I ever have before which has strengthened relationships with family and friends. I’m alive and it feels great. I realize how much I have to offer the positive flow of the world, I am ready for whatever comes my way. LN”

Peroneal Tendonitis

The peroneals are the two muscles which run down the outside of the lower leg. They attach at the top to the Fibula bone (the smaller of the two lower leg bones) run down the outer leg. The Peroneus Brevis tendon then inserts into the base of the 5th Metatarsal (long bones in the foot) with the Peroneus Longus tendon running under the sole of the foot too attach to the 1st metatarsal and other tarsal bones.

The function of the peroneal muscles is to evert the foot and aid the calf muscles with plantarflexion. Evertion (or supination) is the action of turning the ankle so that the sole of the foot faces outwards. It is the opposite of inversion (also known as pronation).

Peroneal Tendonitis is an overuse injury which develops gradually through repetitive strain on the tendon. The name tendonitis suggests that there is an inflammatory cause (‘itis’ = inflammation), although investigations have shown that this is not the case. It is more of a degenerative condition and so the phrase tendinopathy is more accurate.

Symptoms of peroneal tendinopathies include:

  • Pain around the outer ankle which is aggravated by activity and relieved with rest.
  • Tenderness of the peroneal tendons to touch.
  • Pain on stretching the tendons – inverting the ankle.
  • Pain on contracting the muscles – everting the ankle.
  • There may be mild swelling and crepitus (creaking) in the tendon.

Peroneal tendonitis is very common in runners due to the repetitive motion at the ankle and the frequency of one of its biggest causes – overpronation! If the foot pronates (everts) excessively, this places extra strain on the peroneal muscles, as they work eccentrically (lengthening on contraction) to attempt to control this excess motion. Other common causes include running on slopes or cambered surfaces, as well as tight calf muscles.

Treatment of peroneal tendonitis should initially start with rest and the application of ice to ease pain and any inflammation present. Sports massage may be helpful to increase calf muscle elasticity as well as frictions to the tendons themselves to encourage blood flow and break down adhesions if present. Frequent stretching of the calf muscles is also highly recommended, as is peroneal strengthening with resistance bands.

Before returning to sport, the cause of the condition must be corrected. If overpronation is the culprit, then a change in running shoes to those with motion-control is advised. It may also be advisable to place arch support insoles in any other regular footwear.

Failure of conservative treatment may result in peroneal tendonitis surgery to either remove damaged tissue or repair damage from associated tears.

Dog Worms: Understand Dog Worms Symptoms and Infestation

Until a very recent period, dog worms were thought to be of a spontaneous origin, brought about by the influence of heat upon decaying vegetable matter, and it was and still is freely asserted that puppies are born with dog worms inherited from the mother in some mysterious manner while still in uterus. This has been conclusively proven an error and in the minds of all scientists there is no question about dog worms springing from individual eggs and having a complete life history of their own.

The principal worm species with which dog owners have to contend are round worms and tape worms. The first named commonly infest puppies and consequently are most dreaded by breeders. In shape and size these worms resemble common angle worms, but in color are lighter, being almost white or only a pale pink.

In adult dogs these worms, when full grown, are from three to seven inches long. In puppies they are about half that length, and as thick as common white string. Round worms live in the small intestines, sometimes coiled in such masses as to obstruct the passage, and occasionally they wander into the stomach or are passed by the bowels.

It is easy to understand that when one dog in a kennel is infected with worms, millions of eggs will be passed with the feces. These are scattered all over the floors, bedding, feeding and drinking pans. They get on the dog’s coat, are licked off and swallowed and in numbers of ways gain entrance to the digestive tracts of other dogs, where they soon hatch out and in ten days are fully developed.

This rapid development account for the popular belief that puppies are born with worms, for breeders who have held post-mortems on puppies scarcely ten days old and have found in their stomachs fully developed round worms could account for their presence in no other way. They overlooked the fact that the prospective mother, confined in a kennel infested with worms, would get these eggs attached to her coat, belly and breasts, and the young, as soon as born, would take these eggs into their stomachs with the first mouthfuls of milk.

Symptoms Of Dog Worms Attack

Dog worms are responsible for so much sickness and so many symptoms that it is practically impossible to mention all of them, but their presence can safely be suspected in all dogs which have not been recently treated for them, as well as in cases where the patient is run down, unthrifty and out of sorts.

Other symptoms are a hot, dry nose, weak, watery eyes, pale lips and gums, foul breath, mean hacking cough and a red, scurfy, pimply or irritated condition of the skin and harsh, dry, staring coat that is constantly being shed.

Wormy dogs sometimes have a depraved appetite and will eat dirt and rubbish. Some days they are ravenously hungry, the next day they will not eat at all; their sleep is disturbed by dreams and intestinal rumbling, the urine is high colored and frequently passed, bowels irregular, stomach easily unsettled, watery mucus is frequently vomited and the mouth is hot, sticky and full of ropy saliva.

Puppies which are full of worms bloat easily and are pot-bellied. After feeding their stomachs distend disproportionately to the amount of food consumed. Their bodies are also subject to scaly eruptions and their bowels to colicky pains; they do not grow as rapidly as healthy puppies should and instead of playing with each other they curl up and sleep hour after hour; they get thinner, weaker and more lifeless from day to day and if they do not waste away or die in fits and convulsions with frothing at the mouth and champing of the jaws, grow up coarse-jointed, rickety and misshapen. Puppies with worms are also liable to paralysis of their rear limbs and on removal of the worms the puppies regain control of the affected parts.

A wormy dog is usually an unhealthy and unhappy dog who leads a miserable life. It could even be deadly, especially so for young puppies. Bring your dog to a veterinarian if you are unsure. Your dog will certainly thank you for that.

Do You Know Why You Should Use a Baby Humidifier in Your Baby Nursery?

Central heating has the ability to dry out the air. As you can imagine this can have an impact on a young baby that is still very susceptible to infection and illness. One of the items you are going to want to consider when designing your baby nursery is a baby humidifier. You may be wondering what makes this such an important item. Do you know why you should use a baby humidifier in your nursery?

The benefits are extensive, but they start with the fact that these items can add moisture to the air. When you have the heating on during the winter months and the air starts to dry, these products add that bit of moisture back in the air. In turn, this reduces the risk of a sore throat or even a stuffy nose in a younger baby.

You will find that using one of these items in the nursery will help reduce the risk of illness and infection, while creating an optimal breathing environment for your baby. These items ensure that baby’s sleep in comfort. A younger baby with a sore throat or even a stuffy nose can stay awake due to their discomfort and they are not going to do this quietly, which means that you need to take relevant steps to help your baby sleep smoothly and help them sleep through as soon as possible.

With a young baby in a room with dry air, you will find that their skin starts to dry. Dry skin leads to itching and again this leads to discomfort and an unhappy baby. The baby humidifier adds just enough moisture to the air to moisturize the skin, in turn, reducing the risk of eczema and helping your baby be more comfortable in the long run.

Finally, you find that while the baby humidifier do run at a low noise level, they do give some noise, this is known as white noise. Now while you may find this rather irritating, babies find the sound rhythmic and soothing, which can help them sleep better.

Of course, while not a benefit, the baby humidifier comes in a host of fun designs which you can easily blend in with your nursery theme. Something so important doesn’t have to be ugly and you are guaranteed to be pleased with the options available.

Ensure you buy from a reputable supplier. You want to find a company that will give you years of experience and the highest quality products at the best possible prices. The company should give you a contact number you can call to get more information as needed before making any final decisions.

In addition to this, make sure the baby humidifier you choose comes with a decent manufacturers warranty, which can save you money and time in the long run in the event of a fault.

You will also want to check the company’s website is easy and secure to use, so you can buy with piece of mind. They should use the best shipping partners to give you fast and effective to the door delivery at all time.

About Diabetic Friendly Chocolate Eclairs

It can be easy for you to talk about diabetic friendly desserts like chocolate eclairs. You can have them at your table in spite of being diagnosed as having diabetes. You can still give in to these absolutely delicious-looking desserts.

These French doughnuts are long and custard-filled. Chocolate-flavored pastry cream, custard, and whipped cream are the main ingredients in its shell. Only the dough of butter, water, flour and eggs make up the shell. The icing completes the look of your homemade eclairs. It will take you some time to prepare this dessert, yet it is easy and enjoyable.

Baked until crisp, the dough is piped into hollow oblong shape. Your chocolate-flavored pastry cream goes with custard or whipped cream to fill the pastry. Pistachio, chestnut puree, fruit-flavored fillings or rum-flavored custard are other popular fillings. Made as simple as possible, the recipes of these diabetic friendly desserts are multi-stepped.

The course that’s typically at the end of your meal is the dessert. Sweet food or another strongly flavored one are usually served as the dessert. It is a relatively recent development as a standard part of a meal. It also becomes the first food to be removed from your diabetic diet. Seeing this beautiful dessert, the chocolate eclair, at a French bakery often takes a second thought for one with diabetes like you. This action must have created a sense of deprivation.

Have you been told that you can’t have chocolate eclair or other desserts because you are diabetic? Having diabetes does not mean you can’t eat chocolates and sweets at all. Your daily eating plan can definitely include a chocolate eclair. Eating sensibly and limiting your dessert are the best things you can actually do.

An occasional chocolate eclair may not do much harm. The point to consider is the sugar in your chocolate. Compared with sugar in many other foods, it is absorbed more slowly. The rise in blood sugar caused by sugar requires the body a bit more time to deal with. That’s how natural sweeteners come into the dessert scene.

Diabetic friendly desserts like chocolate eclairs are about those meal desserts that help to delay further the absorption of the sugar. However, it is just as important for you to limit and moderate your consumption of these delicious desserts.

Visceral Belly Fat – The Abdominal Fat That Can Kill You!

Belly fat, or visceral fat is the most dangerous fat on your body!

My jaw dropped a few times during my research on menopause belly fat – no kidding!

It’s the fat that’s behind your abdominal wall and it’s also the padding that surrounds your internal organs. Described as “an express lane pass to your heart and other important organs”, that’s exactly where the health dangers of carrying this excess abdominal fat begin.

Some of us store fat up higher in the rib cage, and others store it lower in the abdomen, but regardless of where it is, abdominal fat doesn’t just sit there and do nothing.

Heck, no. It’s busy…it’s active….it’s wreaking havoc in your body and ultimately it can do some significant damage to your health!

Curious to know what that visceral belly fat is busy doing?

Interestingly, it takes on a life of its own and almost functions like its own separate entity or a separate organ, releasing some nasty stuff into your body that, if left to its own device, can and will eventually cost you your health.

For example, it releases free fatty acids that impair your ability to break down insulin.

Say hello to diabetes!

Too much of the insulin hormone in your body eventually leads to diabetes.

Oh, and that’s not all your belly fat is busy doing…

Say hello to obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke too!

Belly fat secretes cortisol, known as the stress hormone. High levels of cortisol are also linked to diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

It also secretes substances that increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

I agree that abdominal visceral fat is a silent killer – the culprit behind a lot of the common health problems our society is suffering from today.

It conveniently surrounds and makes its home within easy striking distance of your heart, liver, and other organs – feeding them poisons, pressing on them, and generally interfering with your organs’ ability to do their jobs efficiently and keep you healthy.

Want to venture a guess at how many fat cells you’ve got?

The average North American person has – are you ready for this? – about 30 billion fat cells!

Fat cells form armies. They expand and then divide!

When you stuff yourself with greasy, fried foods, sugary empty calorie snacks, et al, you are feeding those hungry fat cells. They get plump and fat and expand – up to 1,000 times their original size.

Once they grow to their capacity, they begin to divide, creating more hungry little fat cells that again expand and divide…and the vicious cycle continues.

As your army of fat cells are growing, expanding and dividing so is your belly growing and expanding, one fat cell at a time.

Fat cells have a no-return policy

Once you have a fat cell, you’re stuck with it. So as you get fatter and double the amount of fat cells in your body, it will also be twice as hard to get rid of the ‘lipids’ inside each cell.

Fat cells contain lipids. Lipids are the sticky, greasy substance responsible for gumming up your arteries.

Bottom line, the more belly fat (visceral fat) you carry around with you, the higher your risk factor. This list reads like a horror novel, but it gives you a pretty good indication of the damage visceral fat can create in your body if you don’t take action.

According to David Zinczenko, author of The Abs Diet For Women, overweight people are:

590 % more likely to develop esophageal cancer 360 % more likely to develop diabetes 120 % more likely to develop stomach cancer 90 % more likely to develop gallstones 70 % more likely to develop high blood pressure 50 % more likely to develop heart disease 50 % more likely to have total cholesterol above 250 20 % more likely to have asthma 14 % less attractive to the opposite sex Likely to spend 37 % more a year at the pharmacy Likely to stay 19 % longer in the hospital

Pretty sobering, isn’t it?

Managing Penis Pain – Recognizing and Coping With a Skin Bridge

Circumcision is a common procedure that is often performed immediately following the birth of a male child, particularly in the United States and other Western countries. In the vast majority of cases, the circumcision heals without incident, with little more than a barely-visible scar.

However, in some cases, the incision may heal improperly, leading to complications such as penile adhesion. When this occurs, penis pain can ensue as the individual matures, and extra penis care measures may be necessary to resolve the problem.

What are penile adhesions?

A penile adhesion, also referred to as a skin bridge, occurs when the cut skin of a circumcision attaches, or adheres itself to the glans of the penis during healing. The result is a small strip of skin that extends from the shaft of the penis to the head. While this may not cause any issues in an infant or small child, the condition can become painful as the individual matures; the adhesion is not able to stretch and expand like the surrounding skin, and when erections occur, they can be accompanied by considerable penis pain.

Preventing adhesions

When a circumcision is performed on an infant or small child, the doctor often recommends that parents apply Vaseline or a similar product to the area for at least the first two weeks. This should prevent the exposed tissue from attaching to the glans and forming an adhesion.

However, in a few cases, a skin bridge may form despite this measure, in which case parents should have their child evaluated by a medical professional to determine whether further treatment of the adhesion is necessary.

In recent years, the medical community has increasingly recommended against the routine circumcision of male children, citing lack of medical benefits and pointing to risks such as adhesions. However, in rare cases, even uncircumcised males may develop a skin bridge. In the end, the decision to circumcise or not is a personal choice that should be made by parents (or by the individual himself) based on the advice of a knowledgeable doctor.

Treating a skin bridge – to cut or not to cut?

In the past, doctors often advised parents to simply pull apart the adhesion on an infant’s penis and allow it to continue to heal. However, tearing the skin bridge apart can cause pain, bleeding and scarring, and the torn tissue may simply re-adhere, leaving the child with the same problem.

Currently, doctors are more likely to advise a “wait and see” approach; boys often correct the problem by themselves as they explore and pull on the penis. If the skin bridge does not resolve by puberty, doctors may prescribe a topical cream that can help the extraneous tissue to break down, and after a time, the adhesion should simply pull away.

In more severe cases, surgery may be considered as an option to break the adhesion. This may be done through conventional cutting, or laser surgery may be performed. Men are generally advised to wait until adulthood, when the penis is fully formed and mature, before undergoing surgery. Following the procedure, it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions for care; otherwise, recurrence is a possibility.

Extra support for stressed penis skin

For men who are dealing with a skin bridge, or even for those who are battling the everyday wear and tear that can be inflicted on a normal penis, a little TLC can tgo a long way toward creating healthier, more supple and attractive skin. It goes without saying that the penis should be kept clean, of course, and that protection should be used at all times during sex.

Men can also take this one step further by adding a penis nutrient formula (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) to their daily personal care regimen. A penis cream that is fortified with vitamins, amino acids and natural moisturizers is a good way to add strength and elasticity to the skin.

All about Acupuncture – The Power of Needles

Acupuncture is a method that originated in China over 5000 years ago. It is a holistic practice that is based on the belief of releasing blocked energy or “chi” in living beings. These energy lines circulate through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians of the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system in your body so the needle insertions in each of these meridians reduce the respective disease associated with that meridian point.

What acupuncture can do?

Usually people suffer from diseases when energy gets blocked in the meridians. When the needles are inserted into the specific points along the meridian lines, the balanced flow of energy is restored. Acupuncture works effectively because the needles stimulate the release of pain-relieving endorphins into the body, influences the release of neurotransmitters and also enhances the working of autonomic nervous systems. By influencing the electrical currents in the body, acupuncture also improves blood circulation throughout the body.

School of acupuncture therapy

School of acupuncture therapy provides acupuncture-training courses to all practitioners. These courses help them to perform various acupuncture treatments to reduce diseases in human beings. The acupuncture therapy school teaches the acupuncturists to perform a number of treatments like acupuncture with needles and acupuncture without needles.

Acupuncture with needles include curing disorders like head and neck pains, migraines, cervical spondylitis, Azoospermia, genitor-urinary systems like bed-wetting in children, laryngitis, earache, depression, arthritis, deafness, schizophrenia and skin disorders like Acne, psoriasis, and falling hair. Sometimes the needles are electrified to produce better results. This also helps in curing smoking, alcoholism and drug addictions.

Other unique acupuncture treatment offered by acupuncture schools

Needle-less acupuncture includes techniques like Moxibustion, Soft Laser Therapy, Cupping Therapy, and Ultrasonopuncture.

1. Sujok Acupuncture – the acupuncture schools offers this unique technique where the expert uses only his hands and legs. He inserts microscopic needles into the points or even a sesame seed and small magnets that relieve the patients instantly.

2. Acutron Mentor Acupuncture – this is one of the most advanced techniques that use electro curative apparatus that offers micro current therapies and interferential current through the needles. It is advantageous because it can be used for pain management and treating all types of diseases.

Special training methods of acupuncture NYC

Other significant acupuncture treatments are offered by Acupuncture NYC [New York City] center. The main advantage of their techniques is confirmed remedy and there are no side effects. They heal severe cases of menstrual disorders, PMS, endometriosis, cysts and fibroids, hot flashes, arthritis, infertility problems in men and women, pregnancy problems, circulation problems, digestive disorders, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea and constipation.

The ancient method of acupuncture truly helps in stress management strategies and rebalances the body’s energetic forces to achieve harmony and sense of well being.

Three Effective Treatment Principles For Sinus Sufferers

Are you among the 1 in 5 Americans who suffer from sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, acid reflux or asthma? Did you know that by effectively treating the nose, you might be able to treat or prevent other problems as well? Did you know that many of the strategies for treating the nose and sinuses also apply to other conditions, such as even acid reflux and asthma? Yes, they do! And it is so important to treat the nose effectively because these are all interconnected.

Before reading further, please note I am a school psychologist and nasal sufferer with the above conditions as well as empty nose syndrome, but not a healthcare professional. While these treatments have generally been effective for me, everyone responds differently to them so what helped me might not benefit someone else. I strongly recommend you discuss treatment ideas in this article with your doctor before attempting them. The best course of action with any health-related problem is consultation with a medical professional, and I take no responsibility for decisions made by people who read this article.

Now, one recommendation that all sinus sufferers would do well to heed: a key concept to remember in treating your nose is that you are in charge of taking control of your health. No one else will do that for you. In fact, I learned that even though my nasal problems seem rather severe, as I suffer from empty nose syndrome, I actually came down with fewer sinus infections than others around me because I learned more about my nose and followed treatment strategies that worked well for me. Many of the treatment principles are universal.

Three guiding principles that can bolster your nasal health are:

Principle 1: Keep the nose moist while keeping mucus moving.

Principle 2: Maintain good blood supply to the nose.

Principle 3: Relax.

A key strategy for Principle 1, keep the nose moist while keeping mucus moving, is nasal irrigation. This is a natural remedy I believe every sinus sufferer must understand and should do. In brief, it consists of rinsing out your nose and sinuses with salt and water. I feel so strongly about nasal irrigation that I believe it must be tried first before considering nose or sinus surgery (unless your situation demands it).

Nasal irrigation has become popularized in 2007 by Oprah Winfrey, as she had Dr. Mehmet Oz introduce the neti pot to viewers. Dr. Oz suggests water used for irrigation should be warm and it must include salt; without salt in the mixture that mimics the natural concentration of salt in the body, the water would irritate delicate nasal membranes. He also points out how many ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists recognize the value in doing irrigation, which can be more effective than drugs for treating nasal congestion, stuffiness, or allergies, for example, as it involves directly cleaning out the nose and sinuses. Have you noticed the proliferation of irrigation products in your local drugstore compared to even just 10 years ago? The number of products has increased significantly, because there is much value in cleaning out your nose with salt water. I wish nasal irrigation would be tantamount to and as well understood as washing dirty hands!

The doctor who pioneered the concept of nasal irrigation in the United States is Dr. Murray Grossan, of Los Angeles, an innovative ENT specialist who created the Grossan Hydro Pulse Nasal-Sinus Irrigation System, which has reportedly sold 400,000 to date. Interestingly, based on feedback, Dr. Grossan estimates 10%, or 40,000, of these purchasers are from empty nose sufferers. You can visit his website at http://www.hydromedonline.com to learn more about the Hydro Pulse. Dr. Grossan needed to find an effective remedy for treating his patients, many of whom did not have much money, without using drugs. I use the Hydro Pulse twice a day, in the morning and evening. It is important to point out the Hydro Pulse has distinct advantages over other irrigation products, such as a neti pot or a bulb syringe (the latter of which can house bacteria):

1) The Hydro Pulse pulsates at a rate to stimulate your nasal cilia to their best rhythm, restoring the functioning of the cilia.

2) The Hydro Pulse allows you to irrigate both your nose and throat. It is important to irrigate both, particularly since what is in the nose travels down to the throat. Irrigating the throat can bring circulation to the throat, thereby thinning mucus and reducing postnasal drip.

Another key strategy as part of Principle 1 and that I believe everyone should keep in mind before considering nasal or sinus surgery, except in emergency situations, is to get proper treatment for your allergies. Allergies can lead to enlarged turbinate tissue that can block nasal breathing, so effective treatment for allergies can actually reduce the size of the turbinates, an effect that can be very beneficial. (Please note: the turbinates are very complex structures in the nose with the primary turbinates the size of a finger and they play key roles in heating, humidifying, and filtering air, directing and detecting airflow, and providing 50% of resistance in overall airflow to the lungs.) This treatment might consist of allergy medicine and injections. Allergy injections, for example, have been demonstrated in medical literature to improve the immune system and mucociliary clearance functioning. These are generally administered for 3-5 years for optimal benefit.

A third key strategy of Principle 1 is proper diet. This strategy might seem self-explanatory, but it cannot be emphasized enough. A number of tips to consider in terms of diet including drinking 8, 8-ounce glasses of water per day; drinking hot tea with lemon and honey, particularly during a time of a cold or sinus infection; eating chicken soup; and eating foods that might be beneficial for sinus health such as vegetables, fresh fruits, spicy foods, wheat products, and foods high in protein. Conversely, foods to avoid include caffeinated products and alcohol, which increase nasal dryness, and tobacco smoke, which worsens the lungs and consequently leads to more breathing difficulties.

Principle 2 is maintain good blood supply to the nose. Exercise is a strategy that most people are familiar with and can help improve nasal functioning. Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, while increasing serotonin reuptake inhibitors that will physically decrease the likelihood someone will develop depression. When I run outside (or walk or do any physical activity), I notice that I can breathe better through my nose. Empty nose sufferers tend to particularly benefit from good blood supply to their nose, sometimes finding inversion techniques to be helpful. An inversion technique consists of having the head lower than the rest of the body to increase blood supply to the head and remaining nose tissue (the turbinates). You can purchase an inversion table to do this technique.

Principle 3 is relax, be it a good night of sleep or reducing stress in everyday life. It is important to get adequate sleep per night, which is the body’s natural way of healing. People who are not getting enough sleep are more apt to come down with sinus infections. I recall reading Walt Ballenberger, founder of http://www.postnasaldrip.net informing his readers that after 2.5 years, he came down with a sinus infection. The reason? He had 3 hours of sleep in a 48 hour period. However, sufferers of empty nose syndrome might need to undergo a sleep study and might even need a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine because their breathing difficulties make breathing (and consequently sleeping) that much more difficult. Some of the more severely affected empty nose patients report only being able to breathe for a few hours at a time each night. Finally, reducing stress is also important for sinus sufferers as that alone can reduce the risk of sinus infections.

If you are among the 1 in 5 Americans who suffer from sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, acid reflux, asthma, and/or if you have empty nose syndrome, then I encourage you to consider using the treatment strategies discussed in this article, which might just be a starting point for you to take control of your nasal health. Remember, it is you, no one else, who will take control of your health.

Mode of Entertainment

There is no denying the fact that any mode of entertainment is a part of flourishing merits, hardihood and intellectuals in humans as they create sufficient humors with an intensive irritability. The different media set variety of programs to focus a certain event based on literary diction, personification between the plants and the animals, transient life, rhyme, decay and periodicity concepts with which the criteria of spontaneous growth is vivid and vivacious ingrained in cultural as well as social life. A life becomes poor and frustrated if there is no leisure to enjoy the beauties of nature and blissful attitudes created by the modes of entertainment. Only work is not the solutions of developments in all levels like education, culture, philosophy, religion and heritage, but modes of entertainment play a vital role in achieving optimistic life in question.

The mode of entertainment awakens the lifeless soul of humans for which humans experience peace and placate in bringing a steadiness of position stuck between sorrows and cheerfulness. In this ephemeral world, the natural beauties like the sun set scene from the rivers and mountains, swimming scene of the crocodile- the only killer animals in the world, the remarkable technique of prey of the lions and the tigers fascinate us on a large scale. When the wandering entertainers roam about here and there even in the remotest corner of the world entertain us and we find pleasures having seen their modes of amusement virtually. In modern day the entertainment modes have been changed. Television chalks out various programmes of entertainment in the field of cinema, drama, science fiction which catch the attention of gaining knowledge and happiness. The musical programmes promulgated in Radio and television give pleasures and tranquility in our real life situation. We can learn a lot on the differentiation of truthful and fictional events. These programmes help us to know the unknown particularly the complex thing apparent to be easier for which we can resolve different simulation based problems and complicacies.

There are lots of modes of entertainment in present day affairs of life which provide us knowledge and skills in retaliating the hurdles which may appear at anytime. In sports and games, we get pleasures of different tastes and attitudes in understating the fundamental realism of life. From the programmes of sports and games, animal planets, science education, simulation technique, geographical and atmospheric programmes in the Internets, Television, Radio and environmental programmes in the Newspaper and magazines, we find various levels of improvement and exploration of newness. It is evident, from the different modes of entertainment; we learn discipline, skills and the significance of success in life. From such moods of entertainment, we find ways and means to proceed towards advancement of success, pleasures and happiness.

Man lives in deeds not in years. All that glitters is not gold. In real life situation, we need to be particular and there is no shelter for the theists who believe in pessimistic life. Hopeful and constructive life is the basis for gaining perfect strategy of success. The modes of entertainments are the perpetual sectors of getting pleasures and happiness from where we can deal a vigilant and constructive way of life. If the modes of entertainment are misled, the youth society may be besmirched and as such we would lose effective manpower for which our development of economic growth will be hampered tentatively. Hence it is said that modes of entrainment teaches us how to avoid chaos, confusion and frolicsome activities ingrained in common life as the social bitterness and the immoral social activities differentiates among the people creating rivalry, jealousy, competition and terrorism.

Depression Glass – Tips For Newbie Collectors

For the newbie collector, the huge variety of colors and patterns of depression glass may be a bit overwhelming! Time and experience, and a good depression glass encyclopedia, will help the novice learn how to choose pieces for their collection, and how to tell an authentic piece of depression glass from a reproduction. In the meantime, here are a few tips to help you get started on the right path!

Many collectors have the goal of collecting a particular pattern or color, although some just enjoy the variety and will pick up whatever they find attractive and within their budget. A full setting of a single color and pattern can be striking, but a mixture of patterns and colors has its own esthetic beauty. The choice is really up to the collector.

You may have decided to fill out the set of depression glass that Grandma left you, or set your sights on a particular style. The first thing you need to be aware of is that certain patterns and colors of this vintage glass were made in limited amounts and you may not be able to find enough pieces to create a place setting, let alone enough to set the table with. Before you start investing good money in a lost cause, do some research. There are many excellent collectors’ web sites and reference books that can give you information on the availability of the pattern or color you are searching for.

Know the value of the pieces that you are seeking. As with all collectibles, some pieces may be rather pricey, while some may be picked up for a song. It can be frustrating to find out that you simply can’t afford to finish a collection you have started.

Depression glass manufacturers were concerned about quantity, not quality, and the newbie may notice flaws in the glass and think it is an inferior piece. Depression glass is poorly made and flaws are to be expected. They don’t necessarily detract from the value of the piece. It was mass produced and often given away at movie theaters, gas stations, and other businesses as a premium to attract customers. It could be found inside a box of laundry detergent or cereal flakes. Depression glass could be purchased inexpensively at grocery stores, hardware stores, and the local five-and-dime. The attraction of depression glass was that it was available in so many beautiful colors, which brightened up the drab homes of the era.

You may find that a piece of depression glass is out of shape, or wobbles, or leans to one side, or there may be color variations within the same pattern. Welcome to the world of depression glass!

Depression glass was not hand-finished, unlike higher quality glassware which had imperfections removed after it was released from the mold. The surface may have a “straw mark” as a result of the manufacturing process. A straw mark looks like a crack, but it is not, and will not get larger. A crack will catch the light and may look silver or gray, while a straw mark will only show up if the piece is tilted a certain way in the light. There may be a bump of extra glass, especially along the mold line. Mold lines may be prominent. Chips are undesirable, but it’s possible that a spot that appears chipped may only be an imperfection where the mold was poorly filled (known to collectors as a “flea bite”). Small air bubbles in the glass are common. Minor flaws are normal occurrences and won’t affect the value.

Glass that is cloudy or has lime deposits is considered “sick” glass and cannot be cleaned. If you are browsing through depression glass at an early morning yard sale, don’t mistake sick glass for that which is dew-covered. Condensation can mask the real condition of the glass.

Due to its increase in popularity with collectors, much depression glass has been reproduced. Many pieces have been reproduced in color and pattern combinations that were never originally made. “Fantasy” pieces exist in objects, often pitchers, which were never in the manufacturer’s inventory. Carry a reputable depression glass reference guide with you on your excursions to aid you in your purchases.

Depression glass is easy to find. Yard sales, flea markets, and thrift shops are good places to start. Many people who have no interest in depression glass or its potential value to collectors may dispose of it this way, and it will be as cheap as you’re going to find anywhere.

Antique stores, retail web sites and online auction sites sell depression glass at higher prices than you’ll find by rummaging. Keep in mind that antique stores and retail web sites will often set prices somewhat higher than the actual value of the piece. They know that if a collector has been looking for that item for a long time, they will pay the price!

Online auction sellers may misrepresent collectible glass and describe an item as “vintage” or “antique” when it may only be a reproduction. They may not necessarily be trying to rip off customers, but may only be amateurs who are not knowledgeable about vintage glass. Be careful only to deal with reputable sellers who have good feedback ratings.

If you are collecting for sentimental or esthetic reasons, the value of a piece may not be of particular importance. Buying glass as an investment, or with the intent to resell, is a different matter. Enjoy collecting depression glass, but start slowly to avoid making mistakes and getting stuck with reproductions that have little value.

The Linden Method – Scam Or The Real Thing?

The Linden Method is a popular Panic Attacks, anxiety, and phobia treatment method which was developed by Englishman, Charles Linden. Charles Linden, who suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia himself, tried conventional methods, including medication, failed miserably, and eventually cured himself. The process through which he succeeded in curing himself is the Linden Method.

But does the Linden Method really work, or is it a scam?

The Linden Method is better known in Europe and Britain than in the United States. I imagine that a person from Britain wouldn’t even have asked that question, because the Linden Center is located in Britain. Anyone who thinks that this method is a scam probably isn’t aware that the Linden Center has been treating people with this method for years. In fact, in the 10+ years since the Linden Method was first introduced, over 80,000 people have used this to treat their panic attacks, anxiety, and phobia.

This isn’t just some online program that came out of nowhere. The Linden Center treats people in regular sessions. The online version is just a way for Charles Linden to reach more people around the world and offer them a self-help version of his method. Otherwise they would have to travel all the way to Britain and pay hundreds of British pounds to receive treatment at the Linden Center. So it’s far from being a scam. In fact, there are over 80,000 living proofs of that.

However, you need to know 2 things about this method before you try it:

1. It doesn’t work for all the people. Charles Linden doesn’t make any false promises. He claims that his method has a 95% success rate. This means that although it should work for you, there’s a slight chance that it won’t. That’s why the online version comes with a refund option.

2. This isn’t some magical cure. You will need to learn what this method has to teach you and apply it on yourself. This doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual process of improvement. The results are fast, but they will require some self-work on your part.

The Linden Method is a great way to cure panic attacks. If you wish to put an end to your attacks, you have every chance to succeed with the Linden Method.

How Anxiety Can Be Caused By Holding In Your Emotions

There is nothing wrong with feeling too emotional, but holding back your emotions out of fear of rejection is a bad move. You need a healthy outlet for all your emotions, do not let petty matters beat you down and there is no harm in talking to yourself. Just know that you are not alone.

Feeling emotional is only natural; the intensity of emotion varies however from individual to individual, from sadness to happiness, anger and even feeling low. Emotions are your mind’s natural way of responding to daily life, and expression of your emotions is a healthy practice. Though some people tend to abuse anger and be angry for inappropriate reasons, anger is sometimes a bare necessity. All your emotions are key contributors in your well-being but the urge to cry for no reason is a sign of anxiety.

The leading cause of this kind of anxiety is holding back your emotions, it is only wise not to bottle up and refrain from over thinking. Fear of conflict should not push you into suppressing your emotions for it will lead to anxiety and related negative emotions.

What to do?

Instead of bottling up your real feelings and emotions, which will leave you feeling hopeless and play the role as a key contributor for both depression and anxiety, express your true emotions. Research suggests that people commonly keep from expressing their emotions in order to be liked and be accepted, and be able to get along with people all the time. To be able to get along with everyone and or be cheerful all the time in an unrealistic expectation, and none of your emotions are unacceptable though it is great to be conscious of your reactions this will have you think through your reactions and if they are justified enough to be expressed or not. Though putting yourself down all the time even when your reaction is called for will not only lead you to anxiety but also push you towards a more crumbling role in life.

However, putting others first is a great thing to do but ignoring yourself in the process of pleasing others, putting your needs and feelings last in an attempt to achieve the impossible has its own consequences. Avoiding conflict out of fear of upsetting others is self-defeating, as you will be constantly pushed into believing that you are not allowed to have negative emotions. There are a few natural remedies to soothe your anxiety, but the best way to deal with this problem is to find healthy outlets of expressing your emotions. You will find that sometimes talking to yourself is one of the greatest way to understand your emotions more clearly and hence express them better, but in case you have been holding them back for too long it is not going to be easy, but one step at a time and you are getting there.

Here are 5 simple tips to a healthier, less anxious life:

1. Express yourself, when needed. Do not over express and don’t under express yourself.

2. Laugh it off. You need to look at the brighter side of things, take life sunny side up!

3. Schedule relaxation and sometime to think over clearly on how you should have reacted and how you really feel and if it is justified or not, if not you can relax and look into how you can fix this for yourself. Remember when you are an honest judge of your own feelings, there is no way you cannot express yourself correctly.

4. Try some lavender essential oil.

5. And most importantly, man up to face your fears and the consequences of doing what you believe is right and always be open to finding out if you were truly right or wrong.

Life is uncertain, plan but do not let anxiety hit you if your plans fail. Sometimes things go wrong, but life will always go right. Your high sensitivity to emotions and situations can both be a gift and a curse, with some practice you can make a gift out of it.

There is nothing wrong with feeling too emotional, but holding back your emotions out of fear of rejection is a bad move, the right people will accept you for who you are and all you will need to be is yourself with them. And mind you, everyone is the right people it depends on how you choose to express yourself that matters the most.

You need a healthy outlet for all your emotions, do not let petty matters beat you down and there is no harm in talking to yourself. Just know that you are not alone. Take a deep breath and rest assured it’s totally normal to have emotional reactions but it is not okay to bottle them up.

This Busy Brain Won’t Let Me Sleep! Crystals and Aromatherapy to Quiet the Mind’s Chatter

Troubled Days Often Lead to Troubled Nights

Your ability to fall asleep (and stay asleep) is closely related to the amount of anxiety or emotional stress you are experiencing.

Perhaps you unable to go to sleep. You toss and turn in your bed, worrying about something. Your mind repeatedly returns to the troublesome subject, even though there is no solution to be found at this moment. There is no rest to be found now either! Sometimes you fall asleep just fine, but part way through the night you awaken with a disturbing fear or an anxiety. Your mind starts turning the problem over and over (oh, that busy brain). You are now completely awake with an insufficient amount of sleep.

Our bodies are designed to devote a third of our lives to sleeping. But why must we sleep? Why can’t we just sit and rest?  Those are interesting questions, and scientists are still delving deep into the answers. However, most researchers have now agreed that it is it is your brain that requires sleep. Simply resting allows your muscles to relax, but your brain gets no rest.

A consultation with a health care provider is always recommended for questions or concerns about your physical conditions. For an occasional sleepless night, the calming energies of certain crystals and aromatherapy (essential oils) may help quiet the mind to allow you to sleep.

Crystal Energy for Sleeplessness

Did you know the most well-known stone for insomnia is Moonstone? Moonstone stimulates the functioning of the pineal gland, which secretes melatonin, the hormone associated with sleep. Ideal for calming emotional distress, Moonstone can also help you settle your thoughts so you can get a good night’s rest.

Some additional crystal suggestions to keep on hand for those occasional sleepless nights:

  • Amethyst is a very healing stone, helping to manage pain and emotional issues
  • Garnet neutralizes nervous energy
  • Hematite is calming
  • Jade relaxes and provides a sense of well-being
  • Lapis lazuli helps resolve unfinished mental business
  • Lepidolite has anti-stress properties, dissolving tension
  • Sodalite promotes peace and stillness, quieting the chattering busy brain

Aromatherapy for Sleeplessness

Lavender essential oil is associated with relaxation and sleeping. It is wonderful when you can’t get your mind to stop going back to a troubling thought when you try to sleep. But did you know that too much lavender is a stimulant? Be sure to place just a single drop on your pillow, a drop in a diffuser, or a half dozen drops in a bath before going to bed.

Here are some additional aromatherapy oils to try for sleeplessness. You may prefer one of these to lavender.

  • Mandarin
  • Myrtle
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Lemon Verbena

Benefits of Massage After Car Accidents

Many people wait for an injury in their life to seek out massage therapy. Those that have car accidents are a typical example, wanting relief from whiplash and other accident related injuries.

Massage therapy is an excellent choice to assist you in healing from a car accident. After an accident, people are most likely to feel like they have the flu or describe the symptoms as feeling like they got hit by a car. Weakness in the neck may also be felt due to whiplash. Whiplash is the sudden jerking of the head, backward and forward, that is felt during impact of the vehicle. The symptoms: pain and aching to the neck and/or back, pain in the shoulders, pins and needles to the extremities (arms and legs), and headaches. The symptoms may be felt immediately or not show up for several days. The precise mechanism of whiplash is not known but it is thought to be caused by stretching and possibly tearing of the ligaments of the spine.

Massage can be very beneficial in treatment of this injury. Often times, clients are referred to a therapist by a chiropractor or other medical provider for a certain number of massage therapy sessions. A safe environment for auto accident clients is extremely important. Sometimes their life is turned upside down by this injury and they are unable to live their life as normal, which in itself can be quite stressful.

A therapist who attends to a client with any type of accident related injuries will assess the areas of injury for range of motion, elasticity and pain tolerance. The therapist should always be aware of the restrictions in their movements and also the tenderness of the areas to be massaged. This is where the communication factor comes in. They will constantly check to ensure that they are within your comfort boundaries. Communication from the client is also paramount to the success of the massage.

Massage helps with these types of injuries due to the fact that it increases circulation (blood supply) to an area thereby giving it the nutrients it needs to heal properly and rids the area of waste products. It can also increase range of motion, reduce sprain and swelling, reduce stress, and may help to prevent scar tissue. It can help your body regain its balance from the stress of the accident by balancing your autonomic nervous system, thereby reducing stress. I have been on both sides of the “table” so to speak as a therapist and a car accident victim. I was in a car that was rear ended in 2005 and had whiplash which resulted in devastating headaches. I also had lower back pain and referred shoulder and arm pain.

I immediately began a regiment of chiropractic adjustments as well as 2 visits to a massage therapist per week. I had a wonderful therapist and she was always very empathetic as well as patient with me during our time together. She was always careful to ask about my pain level in each and every area that she touched. I was unsure of massage as I had never had it when I was in a healthy state. Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical of being touched in an injured state. It was one of the most wonderful experiences that I have gone through to date. There’s something about a caring person with amazing skills and a gentle touch to soothe an injured, stressed muscle. Gradually I began to see results and looked forward to my sessions with my therapist. No wonder the ancient Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans included massage in their daily life!

Massage so fascinated me that I went to massage school and became a therapist. Now I not only have the benefit of getting massages but also giving them. I enjoy seeing the progress that my clients make as a result of our work together.

The bottom line is that if you have had an injury of any type; please seek out a qualified massage therapist so that together you can regain your balance. If you don’t know of one, ask your medical provider or your friends and neighbors who have had massages. The calm and healing that it will have on your body will be most beneficial to both your mind and your body.

By Cecilia Comperatore LMT-Florida MA 54038