How Can You Fix Your Posture?

Posture can be a serious issue, let alone cause some serious health issues as well. The fact is that along with back and neck problems, poor posture can also cause your internal organs not to function properly. Some of the more serious problems that poor posture can cause is GERD. That’s right. GERD or acid reflux is caused by bad posture. First, if you’re not familiar with GERD, it’s heartburn. Have you ever had heartburn? If so, you know how it can be a problem, especially when it happens on a chronic scale. Little did you know that your posture can cause that. How?

Well, as your posture gets out of alignment, it moves your stomach into a position where the digestive acids you have naturally inside can regurgitate up into your esophagus. It can get worse. GERD, if not treated can cause even more serious problems. The acids in your stomach are designed to be in your stomach, not to travel up the esophagus. Your esophagus is also not designed to handle the corrosive nature of your stomach acids as the stomach lining is able to. This means that the acid can eat at your esophagus and cause it to have holes, or even worse, cause esophageal cancer.

How can you correct this? Well, yes, there are medications to ease the chronic heartburn associated with GERD, but most importantly, your posture can play a big role. If you have good posture, you are less likely to suffer from GERD or any other health issues that are caused by poor posture. For this reason, you need to learn how to fix your posture. This may seem like a daunting task, but it is not as difficult as you think. Correcting your posture can be done with either a regiment of exercises, wearing a brace or other type of posture corrector, or a combination of the two. The thing you need to keep in mind is how bad your posture really is.

For minor posture issues, a daily exercise regime can do the job, but for more serious posture problems, you need to use both a brace and a regime of posture correcting exercises. What exactly does a brace do? Well, your posture brace helps you hold good posture by forcing you to sit or stand in the right posture position. This means that you may experience some discomfort wearing your brace, as it makes you keep in a good posture position.

If you have not been accustomed to that type of position, obviously you will not feel comfortable. However, with time, you will get used to the brace and the posture position. That’s how you can fix your posture with a brace. Keep in mind, however, that the brace alone is not how to correct your posture. In fact, if you use the brace too much, you end up using it as a crutch. This is a serious problem. This can actually cause the muscles that support your posture to atrophy all together and then you will lose your posture permanently.

For this reason, you should use your brace together with an exercise regime. There are many different exercise regimes available that can help you improve your posture. Some of these regimes are on DVD and there is even computer software that gives you instructions on how you can improve your posture right on your computer screen at home or at the office. The exercises work on strengthening the muscles that hold your posture. That in combination with your brace can help you fix your posture.

Tear Gas Chloroacetophenone

Early records reveal that German scientists discovered CN (Chloroacetophenone) about 1870. This is a chemical compound that was first prepared for use in 1877 but was not subsequently used to any great extent. The French were the first to use it successfully in the late 1920s to break up civil disorders in their colonies. It was then adopted practically all over the world for use by law enforcement agencies around 1930. During World War II (1941-45) CN was further developed and it was discovered that micro-pulverized CN (talc-sized particles) produced a longer lasting and greater irritation effect.

In 1923, the United States Government financed the development of chemical agents at Edgewood Arsenal. A great deal of time and expense went into the research of non-lethal irritants that could be successfully used in law enforcement. CN was successfully developed in a form very similar to what we have today in canisters. CN was the active ingredient of Chemical MaceĀ®, an aerosol irritant acquired by many U.S. police agencies in 1965.

CN in its pure form is a white crystalline solid resembling ordinary granulated sugar or salt. Since it is made of solid particles, it must be carried through the air by an agent or expelled in a fine dust. CN has an odor similar to apple blossoms.

CN causes tearing and irritation of the eyes, and a burning sensation on the skin. The primary effect of CN on the eyes is lachrymation (tearing) and photophobia (sensitivity to light). There are certain subjects on which CN will have little effect. CN has little or no effect on animals. Tests reveal that if a dog is tied up where he cannot move freely, he will make very little attempt to get away from CN when it is present or sprayed on him. Any individual who is under the influence of narcotics or alcohol to the extent that he has lost his sense of feeling will not be affected by CN.

Decontamination of CN requires a soda ash solution or alcoholic caustic soda. An individual subjected to CN should be taken out into the fresh air; he should not rub his face or eyes and should immediately proceed to wash his eyes and face. Most soap contains oil and should not be used to wash the area. Oil traps CN in the skin and can cause a severe rash or burn. Affected clothing should be changed.

CN, the active ingredient in Chemical Mace, when applied directly to the skin produces extreme irritation with erythema and vesicles (a small sac or cyst filled with fluid such as a blister). The higher the degree of humidity, the more severe the lesions. In animals and in man, CN behaves as potential allergens on repeated exposures. CN may have two effects: it usually produces irritant dermatitis, but can also sometimes produce a genuine eczema (a disease of the skin attended with itching and secretion).

In subjects exposed to CN sprays, lesions develop in two stages: first, redness and burning sensation on the face. Then, on the following day, there appears an edema (secretion of fluid into cell tissues) with swelling of the eyelids. Oozing rapidly turns to crusts, and in the absence of treatment, infection is the rule. Cure requires as many as 10 to 15 days of treatment. Eczema may also affect those factory workers who become sensitized and develop an allergy. Therefore, CN causes dermatitis and is a sensitizer that may cause very serious allergic reactions upon repeated exposure.

CN as an aerosol, or at higher dosages, may cause more damage to the eyes and skin than either DM or CS (Ortho-chlorobenzalmalononitrile). The American Journal of Ophthalmology report’s findings from a study of 14 eyes enucleated (removing the eye) following injury by CN tear gas weaponry. Five of the eyes were removed shortly after injury, revealing necrosis (death of a cell) of the anterior segment, an intense necrotizing keratitis (death of the tissue of the cornea) of varying degree, and an associated suppurative iridocyclitis (inflammation of the iris). Undoubtedly these changes represented the acute chemical damage of tear gas. The remaining nine eyes were enucleated up to 15 years following injury, and the findings in these chronic cases can be best attributed to the sequelae of neuroparalytic keratopathy (abnormal condition of nerve paralysis resulting in the degeneration of the eye), probably related to the neurotoxic effects of tear gas.

CN has also been implicated as a cancer promoter or co-carcinogen. The tumors observed were benign papillomas of the skin. In these experiments a 1% solution of CN was painted on the skin of mice that had been pretreated with the known carcinogen 9,10-dimethyl-1,2-benzanthracene 1.

Edgewood Arsenal reports that deaths associated with inhalation of CN reveal signs of rales, rhonchi (a coarse rattling noise in the bronchial tubes), dyspnea (difficult or labored breathing), chest pains, and shortness of breath. The pathological lesions were listed as edema, congestion, hemorrhage of lungs, pseudomembrane (falty tissue) formation, and pneumonia. All signs and lesions can be related to damage to the air passages and lungs.

Men’s Breasts – The Truth About Man Breasts

Enlarged men’s breasts are known by many names including man breasts, man boobs and moobs. But although people often make light of this embarrassing condition, the psychological effects of gynecomastia (the medical term for man breasts) can be devastating. This article will discuss the different non-surgical gynecomastia treatments available and what you can do to reduce the size of your man boobs.

Men with gynecomastia often have very low self esteem and can develop a deep sense of shame about their bodies. Many will avoid taking their shirt off in public, dress in baggy clothes or slouch in an effort to hide their man breasts. Most men with this condition believe that the only way to cure gynecomastia is with expensive and potentially dangerous surgery. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The reality is that in 9 out of 10 cases you can get rid of your man breasts through diet and exercise. The reason for this is that there are actually two different types of gynecomastia. The most common form is known as pseudo-gynecomastia and is caused by excess chest fat rather than excess breast tissue.

This form of gynecomastia is usually triggered by a poor diet and lack of exercise. This leads to a hormone imbalance between the ratio of testosterone and estrogen in your body. A build up of estrogen is thought to be the main cause of excess chest fat and feminine looking breasts in men. By increasing the amount of the male growth hormone testosterone in your body, you will lessen the effects of estrogen and thus reduce the symptoms of gynecomastia.

One of the best ways to increase the amount of testosterone in your body is through weight lifting. Doing compound exercises that work a large amount of the body’s musculature have been proven to raise testosterone far more than isolation exercises, which only work one or two muscle groups. Compare for example a dead lift or squat with a bicep curl. The dead lift and squat work several different muscle groups such as the back, stomach, chest and legs. Whereas a bicep curl only works the arms and will burn far less calories and produce far less testosterone.

Your diet also has a big effect on the amount of testosterone your body produces. Eating peanut butter and avocados may not sound like the way to reduce your man breasts, but foods high in natural saturated fats have been shown to increase the amount of testosterone. You should aim to eat a combination of lean meat such as free range chicken or steak for protein, green vegetables for fibre and drink 6-8 glasses of water per day to help flush your system. Cutting down on the amount of processed fats and sugar you eat will also help to restore the balance of hormones in your body and get rid of your man breasts.

Leptospirosis – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that humans get when mucous membranes or lacerated skin come in contact with contaminated environmental sources. Rats are the most common reservoir for infection. Common symptoms include fever, chills, bodyache, intense headache, meningitis, enlargement of liver and spleen, uveitis, kidney failure, cough and hemoptysis.

The Ayurvedic treatment of leptospirosis is aimed at treating the symptoms and preventing complications like liver and kidney failure. Medicines like Tribhuvan-Kirti, Laxmi-Narayan-Ras, Sukshma-Triphala and Maha-Sudarshan-Churna are used to treat fever. Headache and bodyache can be treated using medicines like Triphala-Guggulu, Yograj-Guggulu, Maha-Rasnadi-Guggulu, Pathyadi-Qadha, Laghu-Sutshekhar-Ras and Godanti-Bhasma. Cough, sore throat and chest pain can be treated using medicines like Sitopaladi-Churna, Talisadi-Churna, Kantakari-Avaleha, Vasa-Avaleha, Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Pippali (Piper longum), Pushkarmool (Inula racemosa), Kushtha (Saussurea lappa) and Som (Ephedra vulgaris).

Hemoptysis and bleeding from other sites can be treated using medicines like Vasa (Adhatoda vasaka), Naagkeshar (Messua ferrea), Laxa (Purified wax) and Sphatik-Bhasma. Symptoms of meningitis and neurological involvement can be treated using medicines like Kaishor-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Tapyadi-Loh, Ekang-Veer-Ras, Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras, Agnitundi-Vati and Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani-Ras. Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can be treated using medicines like Laghu-Sutshekhar-Ras, Shankh-Vati, Praval-Panchamrut-Ras, Kutaj-Parpati, Panchamrut-Parpati and Bilva-Avaleha.

Enlargement of the liver and spleen, and jaundice are treated using medicines like Arogya-Vardhini, Bhunimbadi-Qadha, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Guduchyadi-Qadha, Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Tamra-Bhasma, Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba), Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Rohitak (Tecoma undulata) and Sharpunkha (Tephrosia purpurea). Involvement of the eyes can be treated using medicines like Saptamrut-Loh, Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Triphala-Ghrut, Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) and Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum). Impending kidney failure can be treated using medicines like Gokshuradi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Chandraprabha-Vati, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Saarivadi-Churna and Gomutra-Haritaki.

Most patients affected with leptospirosis eventually recover completely within a few weeks. Ayurvedic medicines can be given in this condition mainly to speed up the recovery process and to prevent serious complications like meningitis, severe jaundice, respiratory failure and kidney failure.

Tonsilloliths 101 – Quick Relief For Tonsilloliths

Tonsilloliths, or also popularly known as tonsil stones, are nasty whitish or yellowish colored, foul smelling bumps on your tonsils. They are caused by the accumulation of sulfur producing bacteria, food particles, post nasal drip, overactive salivary glands, mucous and other mouth debris that build up and lodge near the throat. There are some people that confuse this problem with tonsillitis.

Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils that can either be caused by a bacterial or by a viral infection. A tonsillitis caused by a bacterial infection can be treated with the use of antibiotics. Penicillin is one of the most common prescribed antibiotics. A viral infection takes time to go away and does not receive treatment. However, there are some natural remedies that can ease the pain and inflammation. One example is drinking boiled milk added with turmeric and powdered pepper or you can also try lime juice in warm water.

Tonsilloliths can be treated in the comfort of your own home. Gargle with saltwater every morning and every after meal, use an antibacterial non alcohol based mouthwash, rinse your mouth with water after eating and drinking, and brush your teeth and scrape your tongue regularly. These nasty chunks are not contagious and can not be transferred to another person even when kissing or coughing them up. However, it is possible that you pass the bacteria that might settle on another person.

Paying a regular visit to a dentist, practicing good oral hygiene and doing your own self diagnosis are the best things you can ever do to terminate tonsilloliths and prevent them from coming back.

Type 2 Diabetes – Does Vitamin D Benefit Blood Sugar Levels in Gestational Diabetes?

Scientists at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Tabriz, Iran, found vitamin D supplementation in women diagnosed with Gestational diabetes or diabetes of pregnancy, lowered their blood sugar levels and helped with their blood sugar control. The journal Nutritional Research and Practice reported on this study.

A total of 76 women with Gestational diabetes, between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, were divided into groups of thirty-eight…

  • one group received vitamin D supplements, while the
  • second group was given a placebo.

Fasting blood sugar levels decreased 4.72 mg/dL (0.262 mmol/L) and their HbA1c fell by 0.18 percent. The placebo group saw increases in their…

  • inflammation levels,
  • fasting blood sugar,
  • HbA1c,
  • total cholesterol measurement, and
  • LDL or unhealthy cholesterol reading.

The women in the vitamin D group received 50,000 IU of vitamin D once every two weeks for two months. The National Institute of Health in the United States recommends 600 IU every day for pregnant and nursing mothers. The possibility of supplementation should be discussed with your doctor or midwife.

Among other functions, vitamin D is an anti-inflammatory: Type 2 diabetes is an inflammatory disease. One way vitamin D could be helping in Gestational diabetes could be due to its anti-inflammatory properties. More research is needed to answer this question.

Fortunately, we now know some exposure to sunlight for a few minutes every day allows the human skin to make vitamin D. Some foods also provide the vitamin. Vitamin D sources are rare in vegan diets, but fortunately, mushrooms can make the vitamin when they are exposed to ultraviolet, just as human skin does. You can buy mushrooms that have already been irradiated, or irradiate them yourself by turning the mushrooms with their gills up and expose them to sunlight for 6 hours…

  • you can add mushrooms to salads giving some flavor and texture.
  • grill a portobello mushroom cap with tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and nutritional yeast for a delicious veggie burger.
  • nutritional yeast is used as a cheese substitute because of its cheesy, nutty flavor. It provides vitamin B12, a concern for vegans.

Chef Jamie Oliver suggests making mushroom soup with…

  • dried porcini
  • olive oil
  • fresh mushrooms (irradiated)
  • cloves
  • garlic
  • red onion
  • thyme
  • pepper
  • vegetable stock
  • parsley
  • cheese (substitute nutritional yeast)
  • lemon.

Vitamin D is also added to fortified orange juice, fortified soy milk, and some brands of cereals…

  • one cup of fortified orange juice supplies 35 percent of your daily need for vitamin D,
  • a cup of fortified soymilk provides 30 per cent, and
  • one cup of Kellogg’s Almond Crunch with Raisins supplies 19 per cent.

More sources are available, so be sure to read labels.

How to Measure Our Ideal Weight

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone has the same ideal weight for their body type. This common misconception is often the culprit behind overdoing weight loss programs or taking crash diets because we feel that we should look just like everyone else – or at least weigh just like everybody else.

First of all, we have to remember that we are each of us individuals with different body types, different metabolisms and even different genes – which are all factors in determining our ideal weight. A healthy weigh calculator can help us figure out just what is at least a rough estimate of our ideal weight based on the above factors plus a few others.


The importance of knowing the healthy weight appropriate for our body type is that this will help us figure out whether we truly are overweight or even underweight; so we can work on the problem – if there is – accordingly.

A healthy weight calculator can show us the approximate ideal weight for us based on several determining factors: age, gender, height in feet and inches or centimeters, and weight in kilograms or pounds.

The Body Mass Index – or weight based on height – calculated through an appropriate healthy weight calculator can determine for us if we are nearing obesity, if we are undernourished or just the healthy weight for our height.

Our BMI – or Body Mass Index – is determined by the healthy weight calculator by dividing the weight of a grown-up in kilograms by height in meters squared. It is emphasized here that this is how a typical BMI of an adult person is measured since a child’s BMI is calculated rather differently.


There are a number of children who are obese nowadays and this is a growing concern for parents worldwide. In determining the ideal weight of our children, again with the use of a healthy weight calculator, we can find out if our children are already near the boundaries of obesity.

A child’s BMI is measured by using additional factors such as the common acceptable weight of children of the same age, sex, weight and height. There are a number of gathered data on the ideal BMI for children so also looking into these prior to checking their BMI through a healthy weight calculator will give us a clearer picture of what to expect.

As for finding a healthy weight calculator, there are several of these online which are available at our disposal. We can use this to measure the healthy weight appropriate for our whole family.

10 Natural Remedies For Stopping Chronic Hives

Chronic Hives, also referred to as urticaria, is an allergic reaction apparent on the skin as a rash. The rash may develop as lots of tiny little bumps which may look something like nettle rash, or they may appear as odd coloured and shaped swellings. These swellings are called Urticarial wheels.

Large patches are often a symptom of chronic urticaria, these patches or wheels often grow and expand to join each other, sometimes covering the whole body.

Hives or urticaria normally appear after contact with a triggering allergen which could range from cosmetics, airborne toxins, chemicals, drugs even food.

Trying to find one’s specific trigger is difficult at best & can be almost impossible, this is why most cases of chronic hives are referred to as idiopathic which basically means there is no known cause for the urticaria outbreaks.

Although hives can occur on most parts of the body they rarely affect the palms of the hand or the soles of the feet.

Hives (urticaria) is a condition classified as either acute or chronic depending on how often the outbreaks occur, cases which clear up within a period of six weeks or less are labelled as acute longer or repeated outbreaks are referred to as chronic.

Unfortunately for many sufferers chronic hives can be a life changing affliction, although more often than not considered by many as nothing more than an allergy.

The traditional treatment of acute and chronic hives is limited and depends on the period and extent of the outbreaks. The most commonly used treatments for chronic hives are Non-sedating prescribed or over the counter antihistamines, orally taken steroids, steroid creams and less frequently (depending on where you live cortisone injections).

No Long Term Answer

While these methods may provide a quick fix for many sufferers with the acute variation of hives (urticaria) they are not a long term answer and offer little or no relief for the chronic sufferer.

It should also be noted that with long term use many of these drugs may actually be contributing to the overall condition due to toxins being left in the body causing a toxic build up.

10 Tips for Treating and Avoiding Chronic Hives

1. When nothing else works, fast yourself on mineral water (or filtered water).

2. Stop drinking tea and coffee (caffeine products)

3. Use Vitamin D3, Sunlight is great but we’re not all blessed with good whether, normal Vitamin D is not sufficient you will need to use D3 preferably in powder form as opposed to capsule or tablet, the recommended amount set in the USA is around 400 IU (international units per day), the UK offers no IU guidance at the time of writing. I take 1000 IU per day which helps.

4. Avoid anything containing ‘Trans fatty acids’ or ‘Hydrogenated fat’

5. Cats Claw (root)

Cats claw has been used for over 2000 years in the treatment of intestinal and immune problems.

6. Naturally detoxify your body by drinking unsweetened Green tea (this really helps over time)

7. Chewing a clove once a day can kill intestinal parasites and act as an anti-microbial agent against fungi and bacteria which in many cases may contribute towards chronic hives (chronic urticaria).

8. To relieve pain and swelling, apply a cold towel or cool pack to the affected area.

9. Natural Ginger has been used for as long back as anyone can remember for treating upset stomachs, however it is also especially good for immune disorders.

10. Stop Smoking, if you are a smoker and you suffer with chronic hives (urticaria) your smoking will hinder any of your efforts, annoying I know but unfortunately that’s the way it is.

Sore Penis TLC – Choosing the Right Underwear to Minimize Discomfort

In a perfect world, a man with a sore penis could just walk around in the nude until the pain faded away. Unfortunately, this is generally not an option for most men, but there are some other useful options. Men who choose the right pair of underwear and take the right approach to penis care may be able to get through the day with a little less pain, leaving room for nature to do its work and heal the soreness and irritation.

Making the Right Underwear Selection

Tight underwear might seem like a reasonable choice for a sore penis, as skintight fabrics can keep things from jostling about and rubbing together. On the other hand, very tight clothes like this can also keep the skin from breathing, and this could keep sore skin from healing. Additionally, healing skin needs an adequate supply of blood, and tight underwear can sometimes compress the penis and block the circulation from the pertinent area.

On the flip side, however, fabrics that are too loose may not provide the support a healing member needs, and the flopping and rubbing could cause even more penis pain and irritation.

Boxer briefs provide a mixture of movement and support, keeping the penis close to the body without strapping it into place. Underwear like this also tends to stay in place, so it won’t bunch up and wrinkle as the day goes on. These two attributes make boxer briefs nearly ideal for men with penis pain, as well as others who just want to keep the package in proper order. Smart shoppers should choose cotton, as this fabric allows air to circulate to delicate tissues and speed healing. Boxer briefs without buttons, decals or other extraneous details are best, as these eye-catching additions are often sewn on with thread, and the little stitches can rub on sore skin and boost discomfort. Plain cotton may be boring, but it might also be more soothing.

Taking Care of the Undergarment of Choice

A sensitive and sore penis is on red alert, just waiting to scream when an irritant enters the area. It’s not uncommon for penis skin that’s already tender to react with alarm when it’s exposed to:

  • Perfumes
  • Detergents
  • Bleach residue
  • Fabric softeners

Washing underwear in hot water using an allergen-free detergent and two rinse cycles can help to remove all of the additives that can alarm penile tissues, and these wash cycles might not take more than a few extra minutes – certainly worthwhile when it comes to matters of comfort.

Soothing Distressed Skin

Choosing the right underwear and caring for it properly, can play a major role in helping to dampen pain signals, but the damaged skin might need a little extra TLC so it can heal. A few penis care tips might be helpful.

Skipping harsh soaps and fancy perfumes until the skin heals is a smart move, as even a mild exposure to these irritants can set healing times back by a day or two. A quick rinse with warm water, followed by a pat-down with a soft towel, should do the trick for cleaning. A penis vitamin creme can help to lock in the moisture from the shower, and the emollients and vitamins in a quality product (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) can help to soothe sore skin and boost blood flow, allowing irritants to leave the area while the skin heals from the inside out. A quality penis health creme absorbs quickly, too, so no sticky residue will be left on the man’s newly cleaned underwear, fresh from the dryer. With care like this, soreness should be a thing of the past in no time at all.

Eczema Skin Symptoms Resulting From Repressed Anger

I was told by my naturopathic doctor that eczema skin symptoms can also be a sign of repressed anger from within. I initially refused to believe it but the more I research into eczema and natural healing, the more I realised that there could be some truth in it.

What is repressed anger? Repressed anger simply means that you deny your thoughts and emotions and keep them all inside. You then become unresponsive and numb to several things that may affect you. If you keep all your negative thoughts to yourself, then it is possible that you develop eczema skin symptoms as your body seeks to find an outlet.

Every emotion is a potent force that suffuses your entire body, including your skin. What you feel emotionally can be easily observed by others on your skin level. The effect on your skin can be easily seen by others and can be electrically recorded. For instance, your skin blushes when you feel love or embarrassment, breaks out in cold sweat when you are afraid, and flushes with shame or anger.

When your eczema skin symptoms are observed as red and inflamed rashes, you may well be having an underlying fire fuelled by suppressed anger. If your emotions are spent or if you feel stuck, then these feelings are likely to result in dryness or even cracking of the skin. In contrast, excessive emotions are tied to oily skin. Should you be having conflicting emotions, overwhelming feelings of grief and anguish, self-hatred, or inappropriate passions, then you may find yourself breaking out in the form of rashes or blemishes.

Repressed anger not just manifests in eczema skin symptoms but can also have a negative impact on the rest of your body. These include migraines and ulcers, and in the long term, to strokes or tumours. Prolonged fears and repressed angers increase tensions and stresses. As you well know, stress can aggravate and worsen your bodily reactions such as eczema, shingles, psoriasis, or arthritis.

Naturopathic doctors say that the first body system that reacts to repressed anger is the gastro-intestinal or digestive system. You can experience difficulties in swallowing, nausea, vomitting, diarrhea, constipation, or gastric ulcer. Bear in mind the repressed anger is the most common cause of ulcerative colitis.

An interesting study of 128 patients in a hospital outpatient department was conducted to determine the relationship between repressed anger and the twelve symptoms or diseases. Among the 27 patients who suffered eczema, it was found out that eczema flared up whenever the individual could not quite handle the intense frustration of being prevented from doing something or simply interfered with.

Hence, if you have eczema skin symptoms, then you may wish to approach healing from looking at your emotional well-being. Are you having repressed anger? If so, you will need to look for ways in dealing with your anger, rather than suppress it. Seeking open communication with your loved ones help. Alternatively, find outlets that can help you discharge the unspent emotions that smoulder but remain alive in you. Channels, such as religion or taking up meaningful work, that help you gain some perspective about your life can also assist in diffusing the anger that you feel.

Male Yeast Infection Treatment – Does a Male Yeast Infection Go Away Without Treatment?

You can scratch all you want until your genitals turn really red and swollen but it will not make your yeast infection disappear without using a male infection treatment. This is the sad fact faced by hundreds if not thousands of people worldwide who suffer from yeast infection.

It is funny how most people will immediately get treatment for a bump on their facial skin and yet wait for ages before they decide to see a doctor for their infection. Blame it on the fear of being ridiculed and being embarrassed in front of another person even if it is your own doctor. In most cases, men bear the itch and the annoyance brought about by yeast infection without getting a male yeast infection treatment because of sheer embarrassment.

Yeast infection, also known as Candidiasis, is caused by a fungus that will not go away without treatment. This fungus breaks down the cells in your body causing an itchiness that will never go away no matter how you scratch it. Without a proper treatment, the fungus will remain in your skin and will continue to look for something to feed on like sugar and alcohol until your cells are damaged.

If you allow this to go on without seeking treatment then you can expect your infection symptoms to get worse until it spreads to some other body part like your intestines. However, there is a way to get rid of this fungus before it takes over your body and your doctor can recommend a treatment that will kill the fungus.

One reason why you should see a doctor is not merely to get a prescription (considering that there are over the counter creams for that) but to make sure that you are indeed exhibiting the symptoms of a infection and not some other condition with almost the same manifestations.

Self medication is most often deadly so asking your doctor for treatment is always a proactive move to prevent negative results that can be hazardous for your health. There are over the counter creams that can be used as an effective treatment. However, there can be several reasons why you are experiencing those symptoms so better check with your doctor first.

You should consider getting a treatment if you feel an itch around your penis, see a rash at the tip of your penis, experience pain whenever you have sexual intercourse or get a burning sensation every time you urinate.

If you are like most members of the male species then getting a yeast infection is far from your mind. You may even think that it is impossible for men to get an infection because you believe that it is a condition common only among women. Of course, there is a chance that you got your infection from your partner after an unprotected sexual activity although this is uncommon. However, if both you and your partner exhibit the symptoms of yeast infection then better get a treatment and advise your partner to do the same before even thinking of having sex again.

Men can get yeast infection from an underlying medical cause like diabetes, human immuno virus which weakens the immune system or even from an extended use of antibiotics. It is thus important that you get the best male yeast infection treatment that will not only make the itch go away but is also easy to use.

Yeast infection can be very annoying and embarrassing but if you know what is best for you then getting a treatment is the best option instead of just waiting for the yeast infection to just go away. The truth is? It will never go away.

Cat Litter – How to Tell If You Are Allergic to Cat Litter and What You Can Do to Stop the Allergy

Both cats and people can be allergic to cat litter. However, this allergy is often overlooked and misdiagnosed. If you have had persistent allergy symptoms and have been unable to identify a cause, then consider the possibility that you may be allergic to the litter that your cat is using. Fortunately, if this is the case, the issue is easy to treat.

Symptoms to cat litter allergies is the same as any other allergies. You can be sneezing, have a running nose and red itchy eyes. The same goes for your cat. One thing for sure is that these symptoms tend to get worse whenever you are around your kitty’s litter or your cat as it may be having some of the litter on its body. If that is so, then chances are, you are allergic to the kitty litter that you are using and not other allergies.

By far, the most common types of irritants found in itters are clay-based and silica dust. Make sure these are not found within the kitty litter you are currently using by checking the labels on the litterbags. If so, simply switch to another and you would likely see an immediate improvement in your symptoms.

However, there are people who are allergic even to non-dusty cat litter and if so, then avoid getting too close to the litter boxes in your house. Isolate the little box in a confined area where you would less likely be going. Also as cats is likely to have some cat litter dust on their body, it’s best that you avoid rubbing your nose against its fur or shower your cat more often to keep him free from litter dust as much as possible.

PMS Signs and Symptoms and How to Overcome Them

The signs and symptoms of PMS or premenstrual syndrome varies considerably from one woman to another, because they are influenced by the person’s diet, lifestyle and mental attitude. One symptom may be problematic to one woman, but it may not be experienced at all by another. In addition, the levels of severity can be different from one month to the next.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of PMS:

1. Fatigue

This is the most common symptom in women who are suffering from this condition. There is the sense of being restless and uninterested in executing any activity, mainly because these women feel totally drained. Although they may have done little to make them feel this way, their life force seems to have been taken from them.

2. Anger and anxiety

During this time women are being controlled by their hormones and emotions can be at a high level. There is annoyance over the slightest thing, causing a need to argue about anything and become uncharacteristically irate.

3. Irritability

Women with PMS generally are easily aggravated for no specific reason. There is a feeling of being disturbed and unexplainably upset. Tempers can become uncontrollable and normal everyday problems are blown out of proportion. Sufferers can sometimes hear themselves saying unusual things, but still are unable to correct this even when they know you are being unfair.

4. Difficulty in focus

During these times, women tend to have a hard time concentrating on any particular task. Completion of one single activity seems impossible because there is a feeling of detachment from the real person and thoughts tend to be jumbled and confusion sets in.

5. Troubled sleeping patterns

There is a tendency to oversleep, and conversely there may be times when it hard to fall asleep. Sleep patterns becomes extremely disturbed and erratic. This causes tiredness during the daytime and without a proper night’s restful sleep, it is difficult to be positive about anything.

6. Depression

Some women find it hard to understand how they truly feel. They usually have significant feelings of sadness for no apparent reason. This has a lot to do with hormone levels that are in limbo during the premenstrual syndrome period. Sometimes they find themselves crying for no reason at all and they feel uninterested in things that usually cheer them up, resulting in everything appearing black, gloomy and negative.

7. Headaches

Women who suffer from PMS usually complain about headaches that last for a certain period of time. This may also lead to other symptoms such as irritability and mood swings because they are physically uncomfortable.

8. Food cravings

No, there is nothing wrong with their taste buds. Their appetite just becomes bigger than usual and typically they are attracted to sweet confectionery or chocolate and sweet or salty foods during these times. Again this hormonal imbalance causes cravings, which doesn’t make them feel satisfied even after eating them.

9. Fluid retention

During PMS, women tend to feel bloated especially on body areas such as the hands, abdomen, and lower extremities. There might also have been some slight weight gain. This is mainly due to fluid retention that is often caused by high salt levels in the body which normally happens in women experiencing premenstrual syndrome. Some women can even have problems for a day or two finding any clothes that are comfortable to wear. Their stomach swells and can even require clothes of a higher dress size.

10. Mood swings

This coincides with depression and is caused by a sudden change in hormone levels. Some women feel extremely happy at one moment then upset a little while later. There is no need to worry too much when this happens. This is not a sign of oncoming madness. It is a normal symptom during PMS because the hormones are in a heightened level of dysfunction and it puts the emotions into chaos.

11. Physical Discomfort

During PMS, joint pain and backaches are common, but the most prevalent physical worry is abdominal cramps. Pain relief may be achieved through application of warm compresses and ample amounts of rest.

This unbelievable list of possible PMS symptoms can certainly be debilitating, and are purely all due to the effects of hormone imbalance. A change of diet to more healthy foods, and also concentrating on eating more foods which naturally contain vitamin B6, magnesium, zinc and natural phytoestrogens, amazingly will cause most of the symptoms to disappear. An increase in the intake of essential fatty acids in the diet and more regular exercise will also help tremendously.

Followers of these simple guidelines soon realize that all the pain, discomfort and disruption in their lives could have been avoided long ago if they had only known the real reason for their monthly problems was nutritional deficiencies.

Holistic Dog Care – Bring Your Dog Out of Depression

When I first told my friend that my Corgi suffers bouts of depression, they find it hard to believe. Like humans, dogs do occasionally suffer from depression. They get lethargic, stop eating, and drink only minimal amounts of water, stop wanting to play, and even lose drastic amounts of weight. My Corgi is such a case. He caught us totally unaware. He went on and on like this for 2 weeks before we surrendered and brought him to the vet. The vet ruled out all physical problems and told us that Corgi is a little bit “depressed”. We were shocked to learn that dogs do suffer from depression! However, the minute he stepped out of the veterinary, he became his old self again.

What can cause this in pets?

Grief, change of scenery, or sometimes it is a chemical imbalance, needing medication to correct it. In my Corgi’s case, it resulted from a sudden action from my dad. He accidentally pressed hard onto his hands when he rolled over in his sleep. And Corgi happens to be sleeping besides him. From then, Corgi recoiled into his own protective world for two weeks! Despite all the persuasion and treats, he refused to step out of his shell. My whole family was worried sick for him.

As a pet owner, how do you fight an invisible, inner enemy? The first step is recognizing the problem. You’ve ruled out all the possible physical causes with help from your veterinarian, now it is time to start looking at the mental causes.

Has your pet recently lost a friend? Perhaps a neighbourhood dog he played with is gone, or perhaps he missed someone close in the family, out on vacation? My sister’s dog, Ebby was restless for a week when she was away for holidays. He slept beneath my bed the entire week and only came out for his meals.

Pets do grieve

Losing a playmate, especially an in-home playmate is often a reason for depression. When my stray dog, Casper was killed in a car accident 3 years ago, my old dog, Gal saw us crying and holding him. She became so quiet and still that I could almost feel the sadness in her. We may not notice it very often, but pets do grieve, and in some cases, especially concerning a violent death or just a disappearance, dogs can grieve to a dangerous point, and it can be very hard to bring them out of it.

Signs of depression

How do you tell that something is bothering your dog? He is slower in response or appears to lose interest and initiative. If you notice this is happening to your pet, do something now and start to make life fun for him again. Ask your vet about Anti-depressants available as well. Depression if left too long could very well turn into a life-threatening physical condition.

Be sure to have all physical aspects of your dog’s health checked out by a veterinarian first. Pain is frequently the cause of moodiness and irritability in a normally pleasant pet, but often locating the source of discomfort requires veterinary help, and often x-rays. Those blood tests your vet mentioned could be crucial in determining the problem.

How to bring your dog out of depression

Once you and your vet have determined that depression is the cause, there are a few options. One is medicated therapy. This could be veterinarian recommended anti-depressants.

An increase in your activity level or at least your dog’s will also likely be called for. In cases of grief, arrange play dates with your dogs and with other dogs may be a good way to draw him into the happy mood again.

If you are ready, you may even consider getting another dog.

Depression can be both a physical and mental cause. Taking care of your dog’s well-being involves commitment to go through with him, his life’s up and downs, just like a human companion. A dog is a healthy dog! Help him embark on a healthy body and mind and allow him to live longer through well researched dog food recipes by clicking

Remember, a happy dog bring happiness to owner and whole family!

Fear of Germs Hypnosis

Mysophobia hypnosis has emerged as the best cure for the fear of germs, or mysophobia. The diagnosis of the pathological fear of germs began with Dr. William Alexander Hammond in 1879. One of his patients who had an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) kept washing his hands. It turns out that the patient saw germs everywhere and the concept of mysophobia was born.

Also referred to as germaphobia, mysophobia has other designations as well. There is also bacillophobia and bacteriophobia. The bottom line is that all of these refer to a fear of germs. As well as the fear of germs, there is also the fear of dirt. Fear of germs hypnosis has been proven to be quite successful in treating this disorder. OCD is a complex condition and it is easy to incorrectly assume that a compulsive need to wash the hands and mysophobia are one and the same.

There is a distinct difference that needs to be addressed. It is important to make the distinction between hand washing to deal with germs and a compulsive need to wash your hands. There are different levels and forms of “dirt” ranging from literal dirt to bacteria, bacilli, and germs. People with OCD who continually wash their hands are focused on keeping their hands germ free. There is an odd feature to this as in recent years there is more emphasis on keeping our hands clean and germ free. Suddenly, a lot more people are using hand sanitizer on a regular basis and what might have once been considered a move towards OCD is now the norm.

Yet there is still a big distinction between following proven health directives like sanitizing your hands, and washing them endlessly to avoid germs. Fear of germs hypnotherapy or mysophobia hypnosis is one of the best ways to deal with the dilemma when it is clear that a phobia is present. It is easier to cloak the obsessive nature of being germ free when everyone is washing their hands on an ongoing basis.

Fear of germs hypnotherapy takes you into the inner sanctum of your mind where your hypnotherapist can guide your subconscious mind to the realization that is it healthy to be clean but it is debilitating to go too far and wash your hands beyond what is necessary. Mysophobia hypnosis allows the therapist to guide you through the maze of being healthy as opposed to being inhibited by the overwhelming fear of germ.

By accessing the subconscious mind, a certified hypnotist can give powerful and positive suggestions that will enable the client to naturally and easily overcome this fear. In addition, the source or initial sensitizing event can be identified and cleared. The combination of suggestive therapy and the clearing of the initial limiting memory will allow the client to begin a new fear free chapter of their life.

If you or someone you know suffers from germaphobia, fear of germs hypnotherapy may be able to help. Seek out a hypnotist that specializes in phobia removal and has had success helping clients overcome bacteriophobia.