How to Get Rid of Acne – The Dangers With Acne Treatment Drugs

In order to get rid of acne, doctors at present have around 200 different acne treatments to choose from. These include antibiotics, different types of lotions, medicated washes and even the contraceptive pill. Many doctors also think that they can help acne sufferers by recommending high potency single vitamins. This is all done in an effort to help acne suffers get clear skin. However, I ask the question: If these acne treatments are so effective, then why do people still struggle with acne spots and pimples?

Unfortunately many acne sufferers don’t realise that these popular remedies for acne can actually do more damage to the body than good. These remedies can actually harm their body. So the end result is that they don’t get rid of acne, and the matter is compounded with more health problems.

After much research I have discovered that with changes to nutrition a person can find a cure for acne naturally. This will be the subject of another article on how to get rid of acne. Here is my research on what common acne treatments are doing to an acne sufferer’s body.

Oral Antibiotics.

These include: Tetracycline, Oxytetracycline, Minocycline, Minocin, Lymecycline, Tetralysal and Erythromycin. In discussing these first of all let me make one point – treating acne with antibiotics is completely different than treating infections with antibiotics. Why is that so? Antibiotics kill of the bad bacteria as well as the good bacteria. In the cases of serious infections this is a calculated risk. However, some doctors will prescribe a course of probiotics in order to restore the normal flora of the gut. This is because antibiotics will destroy the good and bad bacteria in the gut. An acne sufferer needs good bacteria in the gut in order treat acne.

The gut contains a balance of yeast and good bacteria. This is essential to keeping acne at bay. When a person destroys the good bacteria an increase is an increase in yeast. When a person also has diet with a high sugar intake, this will cause the yeast to thrive. What a person has done is to create the perfect environment for problems like thrush, fatigue, cystitis, increased anxiety, mood swings, bloating and PMT. So rather than a remedy for acne, the antibiotics have destroyed the body’s internal balance and made it even more difficult to treat acne.

That is not all, treating acne using antibiotics can cause the following conditions – loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, sore mouths and dried out skin.

Unfortunately doctors around the world are fully aware of the dangers of prolonged use of antibiotics, however they are still using them to get rid of acne. So they are a long way from finding a natural acne cure. Antibiotics are not needed to get rid of acne and to get clear skin.

Vitamin A Based Medicine

The most popular vitamin A based medicine is Roaccutane. While this can offer some acne sufferers short-term relief from acne, it is just that – short term. It will probably not help you get rid of acne. A person needs to consider the damage that this will do to the body in the meantime. Did you know that this drug is so dangerous that a doctor needs a special licence to use it? If you read the consumer medicine information on Roaccutane you will see that there is a high chance it will damage the liver. The liver is necessary for proper body function and you can’t get rid of acne naturally if the liver is not functioning properly. So again we have to ask the question: If this medicine is so dangerous that a medical practitioner needs a special licence for it, and if they know that it can damage the liver, then why is Roaccutane being prescribed to thousands of people? Is it because they do not understand the root causes of acne and are simply relying on drugs? The result of this is that many teenagers using this are developing poor health, which will stay with them into adulthood. Recently in an inquest into the tragic suicide of a teenager in the United Kingdom Roaccutane was mentioned as a contributing factor to the teenagers depression.

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are effective as contraceptives, they are not acne cure pills. They work by stabilizing the hormones. So when a doctor prescribes birth control pills to get rid of acne this makes people believe that acne is a hormone problem. This could not be further from the truth. After much research I have been able to prove that acne can be treated by proper nutrition and that by simply making changes to your diet, you can control the production of hormones. This avoids any risks and side effects that are associated with the use of the contraceptive pill. Common sense dictates that it is much better to balance your hormones naturally rather than resort of harmful hormone pills. If hormones are the root of a person’s acne problem, then by balancing hormones naturally a person will cure his acne as well as getting clear skin naturally.

A person also has to remember that the contraceptive pill also is fraught with side effects. These include high blood pressure, blood clots and strokes. Prolonged use of birth control pills have also been linked to breast cancer, weight gain and even heart attacks. Acne sufferers have another matter to take into account: long term use of this will also kill off your good bacteria, thus making it doubly difficult to get rid of acne.

Radio Listenership in Swaziland

Although there are only 3 radio channels in Swaziland i.e. SBIS 1, 2 and VOC (a Christian channel), Swazi listeners also listen to other South African stations. However unlike television where South African TV stations have a significantly large audience, local radio stations are listened to more than any over border radio station.

SBIS 1 (siSwati channel) has the largest listeners across all demographic groups followed by SBIS 2 (the English channel), which appeals mostly to the younger age groups. The SBIS 1 (Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Service -1) attracts the highest listeners across all Swaziland’s administrative districts (Hhohho, Manzini, Shiselweni and Lubombo). SBIS 2 has significantly equal listenership reach across all the districts except in Shiselweni where a higher percentage of people within this district tune in to the station. The VOC (Voice of the Church ) has a fairly equal listenership rate across the districts with its highest being in Lubombo.

The southern district of Swaziland, Shiselweni also has the highest listenership rating for South Africa (SA) stations when comparing with listenership of these stations within the other Swaziland’s districts.

At the time of the survey, Jacaranda FM was the leading South African radio station listened to in Swaziland with a rating of about 8.5% followed by Ukhozi FM, Ligwalagwala FM, Metro FM, East Coast Radio, SA FM, and YFM respectively

On weekends, listening during the morning drive reaches its highest around News at 7am as opposed to 6am during weekdays. Although radio listenership in Swaziland drops after 7pm News, weekday radio listenership in Swaziland remains fairly higher than on weekends until just after 9pm.

Listenership at home is at its lowest between 8am and 5pm.This is the same time when out-of-home listening picks up with its highest share of AQH listeners being at 1pm and then starts to decline after that reaching its lowest around 8pm.

Zeus, The Extraterrestrial

I’ve argued long and loud that the polytheistic gods were not supernatural deities but flesh-and-blood extraterrestrials. I’m not the only person who has come to this conclusion – there’s an entire set of ‘ancient astronaut’ buffs who also have argued equally long and loud that the mythologies of the gods are really the history of extraterrestrials that have influenced humanity over the millennia. Rather than cover generalities yet again, I’ll focus on probably the best known of the polytheistic gods – Zeus, IMHO the extraterrestrial (though one could just about pick any of the thousands of polytheistic deities and perform a similar analysis).

Zeus vs. God: The Greek god Zeus (Jupiter in the Roman pantheon of gods) was a King-of-Kings deity, top of the totem pole, but unlike the monotheistic God…

Zeus was born and had a precarious start in life and childhood. His daddy wasn’t a very friendly father figure. In fact the father of Zeus, the Titan god Cronus (the product of Gaia and Uranus who was later done a mischief by Cronus) really sucked big-time. Cronus swallowed all of his new born kids in order that they, in the future, wouldn’t become rivals and a pain in the ass by challenging his rule. Fortunately, Zeus’s mother, Rhea, came to the rescue and tricked Cronus into swallowing a substitute stone instead of Zeus. Baby Zeus was secluded away to Crete and raised independently by nymphs, coming back eventually to get daddy to vomit up his siblings, and they collectively gave Cronus his just deserts in the war of the Titans vs. the Olympians.

So Zeus, unlike God, had to work and fight his way to the top job.

Zeus lived on Earth – Mount Olympus. Mount Olympus at least is a really real place one can sink one’s teeth into, unlike the nebulous Godly abode of Heaven.

Zeus also shared power, in the main with his brothers Poseidon and Hades, but also including various Olympic goddesses – the opposite sex. God does not share power; certainly not with females.

There are statues of Zeus commissioned while he was still Greek’s all powerful chief cook and bottle washer, so we know today what Zeus looked like (and our imaginations and representations of God’s images are usually molded on images of Zeus).

Zeus and Sex: Zeus is probably more famous for his sexual exploits than anything else!

Unlike God, Zeus ‘married’, two or even three times. Firstly there was the Titaness goddess Metis, who produced Zeus’s daughter Athena via a very unusual mating process. Zeus apparently swallowed his pregnant wife and she gave birth to Athena in Zeus’s head which had to be split open to release the kid; well actually Athena was ‘born’ fully grown and armed (and presumably clothed as well). Now I put to you that no human in even the wildest drug induced state would conjure up such a fantasy. Instead, this is a misinterpretation of some sort of high-tech alien process little understood by the ancient Greek historians. See below for further analysis.

Secondly, Zeus ‘married’ Themis, yet another Titaness goddess. That union produced the Fates, Dike, and Eirene. Lastly, Zeus ‘married’ Hera – the Queen of Olympus and his sister to boot – from which more offspring came, like Ares. But was Zeus a faithful hubby? Not on your Nellie; not a snowball’s chance in Hades!

Zeus had sexual desires that just wouldn’t quit. God never lusted after Mother Mary or Eve I bet! Anyway, Zeus, via mortal women (and usually via trickery if not outright force), fathered a who’s who in Greek mythological demigods and demigoddesses – the hybrids that result from the mating of gods/goddesses with mortals. There was Helen of Troy; Heracles (Hercules); Perseus; Castor, Polydeuces, Minos and the Muses for starters. The randy old bugger even mated with another of his own sisters, Demeter producing Persephone (who later had a randy run-in with Zeus’s brother, Hades).

Speaking of Minos (son of Zeus and his rape victim Europa) and hybrids, there’s another example of weird unions; births and resulting offspring that’s suggestive of high-tech. Now it seems Minos pissed off Zeus’s brother Poseidon. Poseidon, ever inventive, caused Mrs. Minos (Pasiphae) to lust after a bull (and presumably the bull to lust after Mrs. Minos). The end product of this union became that human-bovine hybrid, the Minotaur (and that’s no bull!).

As an aside, in case you think Zeus is the sexual exception when it comes to lusting after us mortals and not the sexual rule in mythology, think again. Greek/Roman mythology is full of X-rated amorous tales for the over-18 only. You just have to think of Eros/Cupid and Aphrodite/Venus. The latter also mated with a mortal male producing some of the next generation (lucky guy). Now Aphrodite, like Athena, had a rather odd ‘birth’. She was also ‘born’ thanks to some weird biology between seawater foam and those severed private parts of Zeus’s grandfather, Uranus (see below for more graphic details).

This is just the tip of the iceberg in the ‘who begat who’ and under what circumstances, and that god-mortal relationship isn’t confined to the Greek (and Roman) pantheon.

God gets into the act in the sense that the Old Testament references those “Sons of God” getting it on with the “Daughters of Men”.

Then there are American Indian tales such as the one from the Algonquin tribe that relates the story of the mortal Algon and the Sky-Girl he fell in love with. There are those from South America (Peru) where you have the mortal Ollantay and the love of his life, Cusicollur, a direct descendent from the Inca Sun-God Viracocha. Also Peruvian, involving a son or incarnation of Viracocha, name of Coniraya, who had it off with Cavillaca, a high-ranking but nevertheless mortal Inca who got pregnant in one of those rather unusual mythological ways – in this case by eating sperm-laden fruit (a case of artificial insemination perhaps?). Then you have the demigod Sigurd (Siegfried) who shacks up with his aunt Brynhildr (Brunnhilde), originally a goddess, a shield-maiden or Valkyrie in Norse mythology, but who was transformed into a mortal before Sigurd met her. These and more mirror the general theme of amorous god-mortal relationships in Greek mythology.

Now there has to be an explanation apart from the obvious one (it’s all fiction) how either supernatural beings and/or aliens can mate with humans. I dismiss the possibility of there being any really real supernatural deities, so that leaves ET as the other option. Now mythologies around the globe record that the ‘gods’ created human beings. The only way that could have been done is by their using incredibly advanced biotechnology, bio-engineering and other genetic manipulation techniques.

Part of that creation process was making sure humans were sexually and genetically compatible with their creators. Why they (deities or aliens) would desire that is for the moment unanswerable. At the least it suggests that various life forms in the cosmos can’t be all that dissimilar at a biochemical level, and might imply that a terrestrial-extraterrestrial connection extends farther back and is deeper than one could on probability expect.

But back to alien-human genetic technology than enables our sexual and reproductive compatibility, the parallel is, moral and ethical considerations aside, this is genetic technology we ourselves might be capable of in the not all that distant future. In theory, even if a form of rather perverted theory, we could manipulate our genetics, and the genetics of another terrestrial species, to create a human-animal hybrid. In fact this has already been accomplished with less complex life forms. The term ‘Frankenfish’ comes to mind in context, though ‘GloFish’ is more correct. It was the transfer of the gene from a jellyfish into a zebrafish so that the fish became fluorescent. Though not created for the purpose, they can be obtained in the aquarium/pet trade. If GloFish today, translated into our near future, might it really be possible if one really wanted to, to create a really real mermaid? Yes!

The Evidence for Zeus the Extraterrestrial: Why was this Zeus character an alien?

Well Zeus possessed and frequently used high technology not available to his Greek subjects. That high technology revolved around those famous and fearsome thunderbolts that Zeus liked to chuck around. Zeus and his mates using such high technology (supplied by the way via a trio of Cyclopes – and if they ain’t alien looking I don’t know what is) defeated the Titans (the Titanomachy) thus achieving power after a decade long battle (one of those ‘star wars’ in the heavens). Then Zeus had to use his thunderbolts battling against the mother of all monsters, the Typhon. Zeus suffered grievous injuries but he prevailed, those thunderbolts flashing every which way.

Another form of high-tech was suggested above and refers back to those alien-human demigods and demigoddess hybrids, human-animal hybrids, and those wired ‘births’ like that of Athena and Aphrodite.

More high-tech could be suggested in that Zeus had the ability to shape-shift, or at least had the technology that allowed him the illusion of shape-shifting. It was through such trickery that he was able to have his wicked way with some of those mortal female humans that produced some of those demigods and demigoddesses.

Zeus was ‘immortal’, yet vulnerable, as the battle with Typhon proved. In theory, Zeus (unlike God), could be bumped off. Very long-lived extraterrestrials might be considered by us mortals to be, for all practical purposes, immortal.

Zeus of course was a sky god in Geek mythology. He came from the sky; he was of the sky.

Zeus rode around in an aerial chariot (what we might call today a UFO).

A Hard Act to Swallow:

I noted above the ‘birth’ of Athena which gave Zeus a bit of a headache (to say the least)! Recall that Zeus swallowed Metis, his pregnant wife, who gave birth to a fully grown, clothed and armed Athena while in that swallowed condition!

But even before that Cronus swallowed his offspring, but was tricked into swallowing a rock instead of baby Zeus. Later on down the track Cronus was forced to cough up the other five of the siblings of Zeus.

But before even that, and somewhat akin, Uranus stuffed his brats, one of which was Cronus, back into the womb of his beloved mother and sexual partner, Gaia. That didn’t work for long, Gaia finally bursting at the proverbial seams. Gaia then had her revenge getting Cronus to slice off the private parts of Uranus – ouch!

So what do we make of all this swallowing and stuffing? On the surface it was the mechanism for daddy to make sure his offspring wouldn’t survive or be able to be around to ever challenge his power base. While the rational might be true, the biological act can’t be.

So what might the swallowing or the stuffing actually represent? Well, if you get into a vehicle; car, bus, train, plane, submarine, Apollo space capsule, etc. you have, to someone ignorant of the vehicle concept, that vehicle swallowing you. Did Jonah get swallowed by a whale? – Of course not. Jonah entered into some sort of mechanical device. In the same way, Zeus forced Metis into some sort of contraption where she eventually gave birth to and raised her daughter, Athena. Cronus forced his offspring into some sort of contraption, all later to be freed, but Zeus escaped that fate entirely while being raised on Crete. Uranus stuffed his brats into some sort of device, probably along with Gaia, but they escaped and Gaia got her revenge for their imprisonment.

The reverse procedure by the way, vomiting, is a commonplace theme in creation mythologies around the world.

Where Did Zeus Go? I can not find a satisfactory explanation in classical mythology texts as to what happened to the ancient Greek sky-god.

Unfortunately, the story of Zeus (and the other Greek/Roman pantheon of deities) just stops mid-sentence. There’s no happy ever ending, ending or even a happy never ending, ending. There’s no ending at all, full stop! If the gods are mythical, why no last chapter in their saga? It must have been very frustrating to the ancient Greeks not to get the next and ultimately final installment in “The Amazing Adventures of Zeus, the Sky God”.

If Zeus and his comrades were real, but terrestrial, then it would have been difficult, but probably not impossible, for them to become incognito; disguised for the rest of their ‘immortal’ days, changing jobs and appearances and nationalities every few decades or so.

But if Captain Zeus of the Starship Olympus and crew decided to pack up and leave and boldly go elsewhere in the cosmos to seek out another primitive civilization to rule over, they being under no obligation to inform and seek permission from the terrestrial authorities first, then it’s understandable why their story stops in mid-verse and why we’ve seen neither hide nor hair of the lot of them in over 2000 years!

One Final Thought: By my reckoning as related above at least demigods and demigoddesses like Gilgamesh, Brahma, and Shiva as non-Greek examples, and Achilles, Helen of Troy, Heracles, and [King] Minos [of Crete] were really human-alien hybrids. Since many of them in turn mated with mortals and produced offspring, and they in turn ditto, right on down the timeline, that means that most of us have probably a tiny percentage of our genetic makeup that is ultimately extraterrestrial in origin.

Fast Facts About Mice Control

Over the centuries, mice have found their way to live amongst humans as uninvited guests. They enjoy destroying and gnawing on anything such as furniture, electrical cords, wooden floors, and more. Humans have also long observed that mice are particularly skilled at finding their way into the food supply which is the reason it was named “mus” in Sanskrit. This term actually means “thief.” Mice are more active during the night which makes it harder for homeowners to keep an eye on them.

Most jump at the sight of rodents, but although mice are smaller, they can do as much damage as a rodent. Without mice control, a female mouse will have the chance to have about ten litters per year, each one containing as much as twelve newborns. It is an interesting fact that at the age of two months, the mice can start breeding. The life span of a mouse is about a year. Some keep mice as pets and can live an additional two years at most.

Getting mice control should be set as a priority for everyone in the community. Mice are responsible for many problems because of their capability to transport or transfer infectious diseases. They carry diseases such as Lyme disease which comes from a tick bite. This is the most common disease and symptoms include headaches and fever. Food poisoning is another problem caused by mice or rodents leaving their feces. According to the World Health Organization, at least 20% of food is no longer clean to eat or use due to contamination. Other health problems that may arise include asthma, renal failure, and lesions. The famous Black Plague in Europe wherein thousands of people died was brought about these disease transmitting pests.

Home owners can try these simple steps below for mice control:

1. Seal open holes. Mice like to burrow and find it comfortable to live in warm places. Homeowners can use concrete to close off any open holes or hallow spaces. If this is not possible, screens are also handy in closing off open pipes and drainage areas. The doors should also be able to close properly and tightly. This will keep mice from coming in and give the best opportunity to get rid of the ones that have gotten inside.

2. Store food tightly. Whether it is leftovers or food for garbage disposal, family members must make sure that it is properly sealed. Tight plastic containers are recommended.

3. Keep the environment sanitary. It will be difficult for mice to thrive if the home is kept clean by putting things in an orderly to prevent spaces wherein mice can hide. Food crumbs should also be removed completely because it will still attract mice.

Invest in pest control gadgets. There are several available out in the market. There are gadgets such as the snap trap that will hurt the animal and there are humane traps too.

Oral Contraceptives and Cardiac Arrhythmia Risks

Many oral contraceptives contain chemical compounds that are designed to simulate the effects of natural hormones in the body. By acting on the endocrine system, these compounds can drastically decrease a woman’s chance of getting pregnant. Drospirenone is one example of these types of synthetic hormones. While Drospirenone is effective as a means of birth control, it has also been found to increase a woman’s risk of blood clots, stroke, and associated cardiovascular problems.

What is Cardiac Arrhythmia?

One of the many health risks that women may face from taking a Drospirenone-containing contraceptive is cardiac arrhythmia. This condition includes any abnormality with heart function, such as beating too fast or too slow. It can also refer to a weak or irregular heart beat. Any heart abnormality could be life-threatening if the problem persists. A woman with severe cardiac arrhythmia could experience cardiac arrest or even sudden death. If you notice any changes in your heart beat that last for more than a minute or two, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Symptoms

The symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia vary from patient to patient and may include:

  • Feeling dizzy or light headed
  • Heart palpitations
  • Feeling a pounding in your chest
  • Shortness of breath or other difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting

Some women may not experience any symptoms at all and may not realize that they have a heart problem. If you are considering taking a birth control pill containing Drospirenone, consider talking to your doctor about the health risks. Depending on your family medical history and cardiac history, it may be best to explore other contraceptive options that are less of a risk to your health.

Reporting Side Effects and Related Health Problems

If you experience any negative side effects while taking a Drospirenone-containing contraceptive, talk with your doctor immediately to evaluate your medical situation. Some women taking birth control pills have suffered from blood clots, stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, and other serious complications. If you have experienced any of these severe health problems, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately. The drug manufacturer may be liable for your internal injuries and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.

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Coronary Artery Disease – Scope of Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Coronary artery disease, also called as ischemic heart disease, is a condition in which fatty deposits called atheroma accumulate in the walls of the coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart. This process is called atherosclerosis. When it causes a partial block it results in ischemia (reduced blood supply) and may result in an attack of angina. When the block is complete, it can cause a heart attack. Coronary artery disease is the commonest cause of cardiovascular disease.

Coronary artery disease is best treated by a medical consultant trained and experienced in that field. However, Ayurvedic medicines have a definite and important adjuvant (additional) role to play in the management of this disease.

During the acute attack of pain, specially in an attack of angina, Ayurvedic medicines like Laxmi Vilas Rasa, Shrung Bhasma and Brihat Vat Chintamani can be given sub-lingually (beneath the tongue) in a powdered form, mixed with ginger juice and honey. These medicines reduce the pain, protect the heart, and improve the tone of the heart muscles.

After the acute attack has been controlled, the same medicines can be given orally to reduce damage to the heart muscles. In addition, other medicines are used such as Arjun (containing mainly Terminali arjuna) Ghrut, Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Triphala (Three fruits), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Musta (Cyperus rotundus) and Kutaj (Holarrhina antidysenterica).

The most important role of Ayurvedic medicines is in preventing or reducing atherosclerosis and thereby controlling coronary artery disease. Ayurvedic formulations like Triphala Guggulu, Medohar Guggulu, Chandraprabha, and herbal medicines like Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Garlic (Allium sativum), Arjuna, Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) and Triphala are very useful in reducing blood cholesterol, fatty deposits in the blood vessels, atherosclerosis, blood pressure, excess fat deposition in the body and also prevent diabetes. Currently, it is believed that we are just as old (or young) as our arteries! What this means is that our life span is directly dependent upon the health of our arteries. The above mentioned properties of these medicines make them useful not only in preventing heart attacks and other heart disease, but also in preventing and reducing damage in stroke (paralysis), kidney failure and vision loss.

Adhering to the treatment schedule of modern medicines, and strictly following the treating physician’s advice, is very important, and can be life-saving. Adopting a sensible diet, abstaining from harmful vices, and following a daily routine of relaxation techniques, pranayam (breathing exercises) and yogic asanas, can also go a long way in preventing and controlling coronary artery disease.

Can Caffeine in Energy Drinks Treat Parkinson’s Disease?

Many arguments started when a medical study indicated that caffeine can contribute to helping victims of Parkinson’s illness. It seems to me, that caffeine is going to cause harm, no matter how it may help. Over doing caffeine takes away your dopamine, as I illustrate in my book titled, “The Truth About Caffeine”. Many people that have just an average quantity of caffeine, become prey to its addictive nature and greatly expand their usage. In order for caffeine to be able to keep stimulating us, we require bigger amounts to bypass our body’s learned tolerance. Though massive ingestion of caffeine entails damage and can lead to death.

As our brain is stimulated from the ever so popular caffeine, dopamine is let out providing us with alertness, motivation and uplifted feelings. Dopamine is shot out of the brain, like all sorts of potent drugs, delivering its popular stimulating effect. Dopamine delivers messages for brain, as a neuro-transmitter, responsible for our reaction time, vitality output, alertness, spontaneity, caution, and similar message functions. Even so, dopamine in addition, determines stimulant addiction.

The body’s growth of dopamine manufacturing brain cells is greatly diminished, as dopamine gets depleted with a massive consumption of caffeine. Then, comes a feeling of being exhausted and worn out. Then, to regain that good feeling, more caffeine is ingested. The outflow of dopamine neurons keeps going while caught in this cycle.

As our body becomes older, our level of dopamine diminishes naturally, which goes even faster with caffeine. Parkinson’s illness is the result of a serious reduction of dopamine neurons. Due to caffeine’s stimulating effect on dopamine output, people with Parkinson’s illness can benefit. Previous to seeing any signs of this diseases, 70 to 80 percent of dopamine neurons have vanished.

Caffeine leads to the development of other health problems. While caffeine accelerate the production of anxiety hormones, the adrenal glands become exhausted. A single caffeinated drink is plenty to start the brain, pituitary gland, sending messages to the adrenal gland to let out the anxiety hormones adrenalin and cortisol directly into our bloodstream.

Stress hormones release results in a feeling of a sudden blood rush, which we usually experience in stressful or dangerous situations. The burst of vitality we get from caffeine is actually a anxiety hormone rush. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant along with being an irritant that asks the body’s defense system to respond by releasing our anxiety hormones. The defense system, after some time, loses its strength.

Relentless false adrenalin sent by caffeine consumption, wears out the glands until they can not release enough hormones. Looking to experience the former adrenalin jolt, a caffeine user begins to increase his caffeine ingestion, placing more pressure on the glands, which cannot cope with the addict’ demands. The logical results of this cycle will become apparent.

The adrenal gland of heavy caffeine consumers becomes emptied, as the time goes on. To much production of the anxiety hormones everyday, turn poisonous, and later on alters the makeup of the blood. This ends up hurting the operation of the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems.

The consequences might be one or all of these situations; repeating fatigue, raised insulin and blood sugar levels, weight gain, higher blood pressure, irritation, anxiety, depression, sleeping disorder, common viral infections, ulcers, thinning of the skin, bone loss, thyroid problems, and other disturbing messages of health deterioration.

Dwarf Weeping Willow Tree

Variety is the centerpiece of the joy of a beautiful landscape. You can make your landscape more captivating by using dwarf weeping willow trees to emphasize scale and form of your yard.

A dwarf weeping willow tree or Kilmarnock is a perfect ornamental tree especially for small gardens. The tree grows up to 5-6 feet tall.

Due to its magnificent appearance and size, dwarf weeping willow trees make magnificent focal points in gardens and frame front entrances. They also look great near a pond or water feature because their weeping form is evocative of falling water. The tree derives its attractiveness and beauty from the canopy that tends to drop and sweep gracefully on a neatly balanced set of branches. The overall symmetry of the tree gives it a dramatic look that is bound to win the heart of every garden adventurer.

Planting and managing a weeping dwarf willow tree

Begin by selecting a healthy willow to make your cutting from. The spot on the branch where you make the cutting should be two inches in diameter and up to six feet in length. You will need to use a handsaw for a cutting of this size.

Place the cutting, bottom end down, in a bucket of clear water and leave it until you are ready to put it in the ground.

Select a moist site with adequate drainage for your tree. Avoid selecting sites that are too close to buried pipes or side walks as the weeping willow’s roots grow quickly pushing up against them.

Dig a square hole about 18 inches by 18 inches wide on all four sides.

Fill the hole with up to two inches of water and allow it to drain into the ground.

Place the branch cutting into the center of the hole, with the bottom touching the bottom soil. Fill the soil back into the hole while tapping it down to ensure that the soil securely grips the cutting. Fill the hole until the top of it levels with the ground.

Water your willow every two days until it shows signs of growth. You might want to water it daily if your area is experiencing a dry spell. The appearance of new growth on the cutting is a sure sign that it is developing a healthy root system.

Pruning a weeping dwarf willow tree

Prune and trim weeping willow trees annually to keep them in peak health and form. Prune dead branches at any time of the year as they use up nutrients and water that are better put to use in new growth.

Remove branches that cross each other using pruning shears. Thin the weaker upper branches in order to allow sun light to penetrate inner areas of the tree. Trim the branches that touch the ground at around a third of the tree’s height to create a visually well balanced look.

Understanding the Prostate Cancer Stages

There are 5 relevant prostate cancer stages that one must be aware of to understand the full scope of the disease. Prostate cancer is one of the deadliest cancers affecting men today. More men die from Prostate Cancer then any other form of cancer. Yet, Prostate cancer is one the few cancers that, if it is caught early enough, can be corrected or controlled.

The first of the 5 prostate cancer stages is usually only found through a blood test or biopsy in the affect region of the body. It is usually found through a prostate-specific antigen level in the blood test. This stage is called T-1, professionally. It consists of a microscopic tumor that is only in the prostate itself. It is undetectable by rectal exams and ultrasounds and usually presents no symptoms. T-1 cancers are usually local cancers.

The second stage of prostate cancer is called T2, professionally. This stage is one where the tumor can be felt through a digital rectal exam. It can also be viewed through ultrasound. The tumor is still confined to the prostate area. T2 cancers are usually local cancers.

The third stage of prostate cancer is a spreading tumor. This stage is professionally known as stage T3. The cancer at this stage will now start to move to the seminal vesicles and close-by tissues. It has not spread yet to the lymph nodes in the body. T3 cancers usually are regional cancers that affect areas just beyond the prostate.

The fourth stage of prostate cancer is afflicting the organs and tissues that reside nearest the prostate. This stage is professionally known as T4. T4 cancers are usually cancers that are regionally located. They reach just beyond the prostate area of the body.

The fifth stage of prostate cancer is afflicting the whole of the body. It can affect any organ, bone or lymph node. This stage is professionally known as N+ or M+. The N+ portion means that it is affecting the pelvic lymph nodes. The M+ portion of this stage means that the cancer is affecting the other lymph nodes, organs and bones that are distant from the prostate area of the body. All the parts that are mentioned for Stage M+ do not have to be afflicted with cancer in order to be classified as M+. At this stage, the cancer is considered to be a metastatic cancer, meaning that the cancer is reaching lymph nodes or other parts of the body.

Prostate cancer stages are hard to diagnose without the help of your doctor. Early detection can save your life or the life of someone you know. The National Cancer Center for Health Statistics stated that of prostate cancer sufferers on record, 99.9% had survived 5 years. Though there were people who had lived considerably longer than that, the study didn’t indicate any further life expectancies beyond this one.

Names of Famous Witches

What names of famous witches can you think of? If you’re anything like me recently, not many! For such an instantly recognisable figure of legend and fiction, I realised it is surprising how few truly famous real witches are still known today. We can think of The Wicked Witch of the East from the Wizard of Oz, Samantha from Bewitched and more recently Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, no problem. But outside of imaginary witches, there are also tales of real ones, those who created interest and intrigue in their time. Too many of the true stories of their lives will now be lost but let’s look at some of the names of famous witches of history and what they were famous/infamous for!

Granny Boswell 1813 – 1906

A Romany gypsy, she was known as a Cornish witch but was actually born in Ireland. She was a renowned troublemaker, at least in the eyes of the authorities, often to be seen drunk in the street! But her reputation lives on in a curious tale, as told by the son of a man that fell victim to her scorn. With cars being a novelty, Granny Boswell was fascinated by the sight of one about to come towards her – as she stood in the road! The driver, the story teller’s father, sounded the horn and told her to get out of the way. She shouted abuse and told him that the vehicle wouldn’t make it to the end of the road. It didn’t, they broke down before they reached the end of the street.

Tammy Blee 1798 – 1856

Another of Cornwall’s “cunning folk”, Tammy Blee (Tamsin Blight) was know for going into trances in order to communicate with the dead. She was also a local charm maker, working with herbs and divination.

Pendle Hill Witches – 1612

The Pendle Hill Witches will go down in history as being at the centre of one of the biggest and most notorious witch trials in Britain. The most prominent characters were “Old Demdike” and “Old Chattox” who were rivals who brought their whole families into the feud with them! Eleven were involved in the trials which relied heavily on prejudices, gossip and superstition and there was little hope of being found innocent. Demdike died in prison while Chattox, along with the majority of the accused, went to the gallows.

Joan Wytte 1775 – 1813

Known as “The Fighting Fairy Woman of Bodmin”. While she started off as a clairvoyant and healer, she later became aggressive due to a tooth abscess which unfortunately led to the locals believing her to be possessed by the devil. She was imprisoned in Bodmin Jail where she died of bronchial pneumonia. Her bones were kept at the Witchcraft Museum until it is rumoured that poltergeist activity forced them to bring in the assistance of a witch. She stated that Joan wished to be laid to rest and she was finally buried at Boscastle in 1998.

Dolly Pentreath Died 1777

The fish-wife of Mousehole. She was a formidable character who took on the Press Gang as they arrived to search for men to “recuit” for the navy. She was also an astrologer and believed to have magical powers – but was always to be found smoking her pipe and drinking from her pint glass.

What Do All the Aromatherapy Scents Mean?

In setting up a meditation area for relaxation, or for use in yoga classes, many people use incense, candles and/or essential oils. Scent is a powerful and wonderful tool that can be used to fill a space or our bodies with qualities and symbolism to match the intentions or goals for any practice.

Sometimes, during Savasana (or corpse pose), one on the most relaxing parts of yoga practice where the body is completely relaxed, many instructors use scent in the room to aid in relaxation. My personal yoga instructor, for example, dabs a tiny drop of lavender oil on our necks during Savasana, Lavender has many properties to help soothe and relax,

So what kind of scents are available and what does one use? It really depends on what your goals are for that particular meditation or yoga session. Are you trying to relieve stress? Then you might use Lavender….Have you been fighting a cold? Then you might try Hyssop. Are you trying to gain energy and wake up? Then you might use Lemon or Peppermint.

Here is a list of some common essential oils and what they mean or what they can help achieve to get your started on your way to setting up the right mood or intention for your practice.

Lemon – Lemon is an energizer also helping as a disinfectant. It also has natural bleaching qualities. Along with that, it also serves as an energizer. The oil is extracted from the rind and juice of lemon and has a rich, fruity and warm scent.

Lavender – Lavender is a great stress reliever, promoting peace and well-being. Because of it’s stress relieving ability and can be used to treat anxiety, insomnia and stomach aches. The oil is extracted from the flowering spikes of lavender and has a sweet, floral and slightly sharp scent. As mentioned earlier, this is a great scent for savasana,

Hyssop – Hyssop has been around for centuries. It has healing properties that have been used by many throughout the years. It helps with cold and flu. It can also be used as a skin-improving agent, helping fight against blemishes.

Jasmine – known for its relaxing and soothing properties and can be, at times, used as an aphrodisiac as well. The oil is extracted from jasmine flowers and has a heavy and sweet dreamy scent. (Another good option for savasana!)

Basil – Helps with concentration. Also used in a wide variety of problem such as upset stomach, headache, flatulence, low appetite, lack of concentration, abrasions, sinus, muscle aches, migraine, gout and bronchitis. The oil is extracted from flowering tops and leaves of basil and has a sweet and spicy scent.

Chamomile – Used to promote sleep, relaxation and meditation. (That’s why so many people have a cup of chamomile tea at bedtime!) It’s relaxation properties and can be used to treat indigestion, peptic ulcers, nervousness, menstrual cramps, sore throat, burns and skin inflammations, vaginal infections, insomnia, sunburn, hay fever and sprains. The oil is extracted from chamomile flower heads and has a sweet, fruity and floral scent.

Sandalwood – This scent is popular for incense burning and is still burned in many homes today. It is a very sweet woody scent helping promote relaxation and spiritual harmony. Also, help with dry hair and skin. It can also be used to treat depression, dry skin, nausea, skin problems and stress. The oil is extracted from sandalwood itself and has an exotic and slightly spicy scent.

Rose – There are many different types of roses. They all have some differences in healing properties. Rose oil has soothing and calming abilities and can be used to treat scurvy and nervousness. It also promotes the feelings of love and peace. The oil is extracted from petals, hips and root bark of rose and has a light, sweet and floral scent.

Peppermint – A true energizer. Often used to help with muscle aches, fatigue, pain, gas, sore throat, digestive problems, stomach ulcers and nausea. The oil is extracted from leaves of peppermint plant and has a minty scent.

Eucalyptus – Powerful decongestant. Used for centuries to help with cold symptoms. It also has antiseptic qualities and can be used to treat nasal and chest congestion, asthma, sore muscles, cuts and abrasions. The oil is extracted from eucalyptus leaves and has a strong, fresh and minty scent.

Ginger – An energizing scent, ginger is widely used to help with nausea.

Nutmeg – Used by some to help with sleep and indigestion.

But what if your intentions are specific? What can scent do to solidify your practice intentions? If you are in a troubled relationship and need to evoke positive feelings towards that relationship, you might initiate a meditation session surrounding love and focus on that to heal that relationship. In this case you would have several choices of scent to aid in that intention.

Here are several themes and ways you can specifically gear your practice using scent:

Love, Companionship & Relationship

The scents of apple, cinnamon, clove, copal, gardenia, jasmine, lavender, musk, orange, patchouli, peppermint, rain, rose, vanilla, white jasmine, and ylang-ylang essential oil signify the different aspects of a relationship, such as love, companionship, affection and adoration.

Goals, Gains, Money & Success

The scents that signify material success, along with money, profits and aims, include the fragrance of allspice, almond, bergamot, basil, cinnamon, clover, dill, honeysuckle, lemon, pine, red ginger and sage essential oils.

Protection, Harmony & Well Being

Signifying the overall harmony of a person are the scents of angelica, basil, bay, bayberry, carnation, cinnamon, clove, coconut, dill, dragon’s blood, eucalyptus, frankincense, gardenia, geranium, heather, juniper, lilac, myrrh, narcissis, sandalwood and violet essential oils.

Inspiration, Psychic Awareness & Intuition

If you are looking for essential oils with scents that signify inspiration, psychic awareness and intuition; anise, cedar, chamomile, cinnamon, eucalyptus, frankincense, green tea, lavender, lemongrass, lime, lotus, musk, myrrh, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sandalwood, and valerian essentials oils will be the best bet.

Chakras

Maybe your focus is to work on one of the seven Chakras that is of concern for you. The word Chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk. It signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body which are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Each of these centers correlates to major nerve within our spinal column. In addition, the Chakras also correlate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements (Jungian concepts), developmental stages of life, colors, sounds, body functions, and more. Aromatherapy oils aimed at specific Chakras can be used in healing or working on those areas of concern during your meditation or yoga practices.

Aromatherapy has been used for centuries in different countries around the world. Many people have used aromatherapy to improve their mood, health and overall will being. Many people in our face-paced society are rediscovering the natural benefits of aromatherapy in their yoga and meditation practices as it aids in further solidifying your intentions of pure living and peace with oneself.

Weight Loss Herbal Tea is a Great Way to Lose Weight by Drinking it Throughout the Day

Weight loss herbal tea can help us lose weight by drinking a cup of it every day as a weight loss supplement. The herbal tea cannot make us lose weight on its own, but it is a great helper for our bodies.

Weight loss herbal tea is packed full of great herbs which can increase the speed our bodies lose weight, these herbs have many good properties which will help speed up our metabolism, cleanse our bodies of toxins, burn fat and calories, increase digestion and absorption of foods, fight viruses and bacteria, increase energy and so much more.

One of the great benefits of herbal teas is there is no caffeine, no chemicals just pure herbs from nature. That is all we need for our teas to work best, just place the tea bag or a bunch of the herb into a cup, fill with hot water and wait fifteen to thirty minutes.

Below is a small list of some very beneficial herbal teas for weight loss, each herb has its own properties and when blended together some herbs have an increased power. Remember the best herbs to buy are organic herbs, since you will be getting the highest quality.

Rooibos herbal tea, it is pronounced “roy-boss” meaning “red bush” in Afrikaans, this weight loss herbal tea has the power to help slow down the aging process by destroying free radicals which are tiny particles that cause our cells to break down and die off, it helps to relieve stomach ulcers, constipation, heartburn, insomnia and headaches. It is also very good at being a natural appetite suppressant, helping us to curve our over eating habits.

Cinnamon tea, this tea is great for losing weight, with some honey added it is even better. Never boil honey with anything, always use it raw. Cinnamon tea has many benefits, it helps to control blood sugar, reduces cholesterol, it helps kill bacteria and more.

Ginger tea, is another great weight loss herbal tea which is easy to make. Some of the benefits of ginger tea are lowering of cholesterol, an increased metabolism which helps burn fat, it improves digestion and is a great immune booster to name a few.

Ginkgo Biloba tea, this plant has many health benefits, it improves blood flow throughout our bodies, improves vision and memory, antioxidants for fighting disease, it may or may not directly reduce our weight but by helping us improve our blood flow and immune system we can help our bodies lose weight faster.

Yerba mate tea, this tea helps to lose weight by boosting our metabolic rate by 10%, it is good for blood cleansing, improving our nervous system, it helps with headaches, obesity, fatigue, arthritis, hemorrhoids, stress and more.

Acai Berry tea, this fruit is great as a juice or a tea, the acai berries have many good benefits to weight loss and our general health such as a stronger heart, better cardiovascular system, lowering levels of cholesterol, it’s an anti-aging antioxidant super food and more.

Nettle tea, this plant is excellent for losing weight, nettle leaves help to increase our thyroid function, which effectively helps us burn calories and fats faster, nettle also gets rid of mucus in the colon are allowing us to have better evacuation.

Ginseng tea, ginseng is an amazing root, so many benefits and it has been used for thousands of years. Some of its benefits are reducing cancer, control blood sugar levels for persons with diabetes, better immune system, helps lower bad cholesterol and more.

Dandelion Tea, this tea is full of many health benefits and can help with weight loss. It helps keep our liver, kidney and gallbladder all functioning at peak performance; it helps detoxification of our bodies, increased digestion and much more.

Licorice Root tea, has a great taste and is great for weight loss; it is used for people suffering from arthritis, constipation, inflammation and bronchitis. It is an anti-inflammatory agent and also helps in decreasing cravings for sweet foods.

St John’s wort tea, this tea has some great benefits to our health, it helps to increase our serotonin levels to our brain, which helps us feel good about ourselves, it improve sleep quality, good at helping with hypersomnia, tension, insomnia and is a great appetite suppressant.

Fennel tea, this seed is a great weight loss herbal tea, it has many benefits such as dispelling gas, it is an appetite suppressant and improves energy. Fennel is also good for the kidneys, liver, lungs, spleen and more.

Hibiscus tea, a great tea for weight loss and many health benefits. This tea has the ability to help decrease the absorption of unwanted fats, it is good for cleansing our bodies, it has antioxidant properties which help reduce the aging process, it lowers blood pressure and so much more.

Hawthorn tea, is full of health benefits and one of them helps to reduce fat and improve our circulation, it also helps with improving our adrenal and thyroid glands and a lot more.

Lemon Tea, is an excellent weight loss herbal tea, lemons have antibiotic and antiseptic properties so they are great for fighting diseases, they aid in digestion as well and help us lose weight by reducing fat.

Symbolism of the Machine in Modern Art – Technology As a Destroyer

World War I brought mechanized death in a measure unimaginable to prior generations. The machine that had promised during the Industrial Revolution to relieve mankind’s suffering had created chaos and crippled an entire generation. Obviously the machine’s productive efficiency for man’s benefit could just as easily become an extremely efficient means of death. An example of the interpretation of the machine as a destroyer is depicted in artist Raoul Hausmann’s statue “The Spirit of Our Times” (1921), which condemns the dehumanizing effects of the machine in no uncertain terms.

Hausmann’s sculpture is akin to a death mask and reminiscent of the primitive African masks which interested him. The vacant stare of the wooden dummy is silent. Man has engaged in a tremendous battle with the help of his machines and everyone has lost. The sounds of machine guns, pistons, locomotives, power drills and mechanical looms are his new lullabies. Innocent, ecstatic, mystical man has been replaced with expressionless, manufactured man.

Man no longer thinks for himself, but functions automatically. Life is not an expanding vista of exhilarating possibilities but is tied to the monotonous rhythm of machines in perpetual motion. In order to make accurate judgments and keep pace with his machine counterparts, Hausmann’s mute, wooden dummy needs assistance from an assortment of gadgets including a metal cup, a jewel box, a typographic cylinder, a pipe stem, a wallet, a piece of a camera, a tape measure, a metal ruler and a piece of cardboard on which is printed the number twenty-two. Not only is man’s life measured, but man himself has only numerical significance remaining.

Like the mass-produced head which forms the basis for Hausmann’s statue, man has been forced to relinquish his individuality and personal power. The jewel box on the right side of the dummy’s head has actually replaced his right ear. Man has apparently become part human and part mechanical object. The image of the war cripple dependent on prosthetic devices was a recurrent theme in the work of Dadaist artists like Hausmann and one of it’s strongest statements against the machine’s brutality.

Like the amoral machine, Hausmann’s statue is indifferent. The figure lacks the capacity for either reflection or independent action. Man has degenerated into a stiff, robot-like creature whose human relationships and accomplishments are merely mechanical processes. Man’s visionary childhood is over and he does not try to hide the fact that he has grown into a composite of assembled materials.

Like the materials and subjects in the two-dimensional works of his fellow Dadaists, especially the photomontages, the objects which Hausmann utilizes for his artistic work are largely machine-made. Replicas of flowers, landscapes, and mountains have vanished. The eminence of the machine has resulted in an almost total loss of contact with nature. The future is no longer brilliantly colorful, but dark, metallic and foreboding. Man’s life is not based on sunsets or seasons, but on the clock and the factory whistle.

In addition, the artist himself has become an unabashed engineer. Creating art is a visible production and not a mysterious inner revelation. Hausmann’s metaphors are concrete. The screws and rivets on “The Spirit of Our Time” are visible. The effect for the viewer is an uneasy sense of exposure and an involuntary recoil from the implied physical and psychological pain. The dummy, of course, does not react. He is completely numb and cannot fear or comprehend the realm of nightmares and torture any more than he can aspire to the realm of the spirit.

Technological progress has stripped man of every aspect of his humanity–even of his sexuality. How can man’s feeble attempts at creation compete with the capacities of the machine? The machine is the master of repetitious motion and functions easily at incomparable levels of productivity. Hausmann’s statue, however, possesses no sexual desire. In fact, the wood and metal figure has no living, breathing physicality at all.

“The Spirit of Our Time” is merely an empty head resting on a neck too short to offer even a hint of connection to a human body. Now man has been completely dismembered. Technology has succeeded not only in bringing about man’s dislocation from nature, but also in distorting the rhythm of his life, his human relationships and finally in severing his relationship with himself. This dark view of the machine and technology has continued to today as a dominant theme in modern art, movies and science fiction writing.

Loss of Penis Sensitivity After Penile or Prostate Surgery – Tips for Improving Sensation

After surgery to deal with problems such as a curved or bent penis or prostate issues, it is not uncommon for men to experience a loss of penis sensitivity. For example, in a post on a recent men’s health forum, a patient who had undergone surgery to correct a bent penis lost nearly 100% of the sensation in the glans; as he put it, “You could cut it off, and I would not even know.”

When penis sensation diminishes to this point, enjoyment of sex may seem like a thing of the past. However, with a little patience, the right knowledge, and the use of penis-specific vitamins and minerals, many men report that their penis sensation does return to normal. The following sections provide information on the effects of surgery on penis sensitivity; men should keep in mind that self-diagnosis is not generally recommended, and it is important to talk to a urologist about ongoing penis issues that do not resolve within a few days.

How does surgery affect penis sensitivity?

Any surgery in the genital area, from corrective measures for Peyronie’s disease to circumcision, can damage the network of erogenous nerves that are responsible for transmitting tactile sensation to the brain. When nerve tissue is disrupted, it can take months to regenerate. According to Dr. Kevin Pho, regrowing just one inch of nerve fiber takes about a month.

Other types of trauma can also have a negative effect on penis sensation. Penile fractures (which are uncommon, but may result from injury during sex), as well as continuous aggressive masturbation, can also lead to peripheral nerve damage and affect the ability to feel touch, hot or cold.

According to medical researchers, there is little that can be done in terms of drug therapies or surgery to correct loss of penis sensation related to nerve damage. On the other hand, there is anecdotal evidence that natural remedies may speed nerve regeneration and assist in restoring penis sensitivity.

Men who have experienced a recent traumatic injury to the penis, severe pain during an erection or urination, unusual spots or bruising, or any other penis problem that comes on suddenly, should seek immediate medical attention.

How natural ingredients can help

The nervous system, like the rest of the body, requires proper nutrient support to function well. Building nerve tissue requires the presence of amino acids such as acetyl-L-carnitine, which plays a role in the formation of new nerve cells, as well as helping to repair damaged receptors.

Supporting nutrients such as vitamins A, B5 and D may also have a positive effect on penis sensation, as they tend to boost the body’s natural healing ability and speed recovery after trauma or surgical procedures. In addition, keeping the penis well-moisturized and preventing excessive drying from friction and hard use can help to promote the formation of softer, more supple skin that is receptive to touch and sexual stimulation. In some cases, even men who have lost penis sensitivity as a result of circumcision may be able to alleviate some of the nerve damage and stimulate the growth of new nerve tissue.

What to look for in a penis health crème

Finding the right penis health formula (such as Man 1 Man Oil) takes more than just a stop at the local pharmacy. A penis crème should be free of chemical fragrances and dyes that can dry and irritate the skin, and they should contain the right combination of vitamins, antioxidants and other essential nutrients needed to support penis nerve health. In addition, natural moisturizing agents such as shea butter, which is safe for most skin types, should be a primary ingredient in any penis care regimen.

Pre-Medicated Iontophoresis Electrodes or Phonophoresis Gel

Iontophoresis is the process of using electrical current to ‘drive’ ions of medication through the skin to inflamed tendons and ligaments. Similarly, phonophoresis is the process of using ultrasound waves to ‘drive’ medication from the ultrasound gel to those same structures through the skin. Because physicians, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, and other medical professionals use electrodes for iontophoresis and ultrasound gel for phonophoresis, and have to apply the medication to the electrode or mix it with ultrasound gel, many of these people have asked about the availability of electrodes or gel that are pre-medicated. There are factors that discourage manufacturers from producing pre-medicated iontophoresis electrodes or ultrasound gel.

Any medical products manufacturer is subject to intense scrutiny by various government and industry agencies during research, development, production, and distribution of any medical device or supply. Were a manufacturer to include an additional component, particularly a medication, which would have to remain stable and clinically effective in an electrode or mixed with ultrasound gel while those products were stored in clinics awaiting use, would mean additional scrutiny and increased costs at every step in the already lengthy and cost-prohibitive process of bringing a medical product to market. Further, a medical products manufacturer is licensed only to produce and distribute medical products, not medications, therefore the manufacturer would have to absorb the costs of additional licensing as a pharmaceutical manufacturer and/or distributor.

Even were a medical products manufacturer able to produce an iontophoresis electrode with a medication in it or an ultrasound gel premixed with medication for phonophoresis, the number of iontophoresis or phonophoresis treatments using any specific medication is relatively small. In addition, what the manufacturer could ultimately charge for a premedicated electrode or ultrasound gel is dependent on the amount insurers are reimbursing medical professionals for administering these types of treatments. Unfortunately, payment by insurers for numerous medical treatment is either going down or being eliminated altogether. This is particularly true of iontophoresis and phonophoresis. As a result, a manufacturer may produce an electrode or gel that insurers no longer pay medical professionals to use. Even in case where payment is still being made the amount may be less the cost of the item or leave so little for the medical professional that alternative treatment methods would most likely be utilized. This means the manufacturer runs the risk of not selling any or enough premedicated electrodes or ultrasound gel to make enough money to remain in business.

Finally, while dexamethasone is the most frequently used medication during iontophoresis or phonophoresis treatments, it is not the only medication that can be used for these types of treatments, so producing a premedicated electrode or gel using dexamethasone limits the type and number of treatments that could be done using a premedicated electrode or gel. In other words, the medical professionals that administer iontophoresis and/or phonophoresis would lose some of the flexibility of having electrodes or ultrasound gel that could be used with any number of appropriate medications.

While the concept of pre-medicated iontophoresis electrodes along with gel lends itself to convenience, the increased costs, decreasing reimbursement, and limited medication discourages these types of electrodes and gel from being produced.