Graphology Handwriting Analysis: How to Recognize Abuse

What is abuse?

Any behavior, which provokes fear of violence or isolation, emotional stress or mental anguish. Any behavior, which diminishes a person’s sense of identity, dignity, or self-worth. This includes: threatening, name-calling, humiliating, withholding affection, social isolation, removal of decision-making rights, insulting, harassment, intimidation, and coercion.

Emotional abuse in contrast to physical abuse is harder to recognize because it doesn’t have the obvious signs. A raised hand is physical abuse. Bruising is physical abuse. However, emotional bruising, although at times more damaging, is more difficult to identify.

The abusive personality:

Breaking objects close by- Particularly items that are precious to you. When in an argument, the abuser is apt to cause damage, such as punching a wall, throwing things.

Confesses to harming someone- Nevertheless blames that person for causing him to do it.

Controlling- The abuser requires things his way. They are into manipulating through threats and physical strength.

Denies blunders- An abuser refuses to claim responsibility for his actions. When you ask him why he said those mean things to you, he will say “I never did that” or “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Displays low self-worth- Even where self- confidence is poor, he is inclined to behave authoritatively… and this he conveys by debasing others to raise himself.

Excuses by rationalizing conduct- Instead of feeling sorry, abusers tend to use an excuse or blame for what happened. For example- “I had a rough day, so when you asked me that question, I lost my temper.” Alternatively, “It’s your fault. I wouldn’t have broken your picture if you hadn’t butted in.” The abuser rarely holds himself accountable.

Exhibits enthrallment with anything connected to violence.

Fights- An abusive person wants to quarrel with others. It excites him to see others being hurt.

Illustrates no regard for others, cruel to animals. Shows no esteem to elders, harms children.

Jealousy/extreme possessiveness- An abusive person will ask who you are speaking with– becomes jealous when you spend time with family.

Transfers anger on you even when angry with someone else. An abuser’s temper is almost beyond control. Surge of fury is demonstrated when something triggers him.

Violates boundaries by marching into your personal space.

Note: Regardless of how a person writes, he can perform or refrain from performing any act he so desires. Handwriting shows one’s inclination. The stronger one’s tendency to a particular matter, the more likely the person will act in such a manner, unless he chooses otherwise.

How to recognize abusive behavior:

Handwriting details must be repeated at least three times within fifty words for there to be some significance. If two or more of these different signs appear, there is a distinct leaning toward abusive behavior.

Extremely Heavy Pressured t Bars (especially when written downward or on the right side of the t stem, when there is an extra flow of ink from the pen at the end of a stroke): Indicates frustration and anger. The more it occurs, the faster such writers will lose control over their emotions. They should not be hired as teachers as they will quickly get frustrated and angry with children who misbehave.

Muddiness: Sets of strokes that are all run together like a splotch of ink – muddy and murky. Writing which looks thick or has filled ovals (such as an ‘a,’ ‘e,’ ‘o,’ etc.) will indicate the writer’s five senses are fully active. They enjoy the pleasures and comforts of life some even too much. This indicates a jealous, self-indulgent person who is crude and who lacks sensitivity. They generally have a “What’s in it for me?” attitude and heavy impulses that the writer frequently does not curb. They especially like material possessions, luxury, color and textures. Guilt and anxiety are usually present, as well.

Claws: Like a hook, the claw keeps the writer holding on to frustration, embarrassment and past grievances. His defensive attitude makes it hard for others to deal with him, as he is constantly concerned with protecting his ego. Does not tolerate argument, opposition, and infringement on his territory or personal life. The claw-like letters indicate bitterness, bad instincts…and clawing. A claw coming up from the lower zone and going above the baseline may be a strong sign of dishonesty and may have been one of the reasons for the name “felon’s claw.” It betrays the writer’s need or insatiable hunger to ‘draw unto himself.’ Its meaning is ‘Take!’ ‘Pounce!’… directed at all the things that have allegedly been denied. They may include emotional, financial, or physical means of survival as understood by the writer.

Writing Descends: Writing that slopes downward. This shows depression. Although a depressed individual may seek to withdraw from contact with the environment, this would be difficult for a depressed teacher in a classroom setting. When challenged with a particularly provocative student, abusive behavior may result.

Heavily Hooked Writing: Very hard time letting go. This reveals selfishness and greed. The first letter in a word refers to the writer, the last to his relations with others, and in this sample, there are many hooks in the first (middle) and last letters.

Twisted Letters in the lower zone: Distorted emotions. The lower zone is concerned with a person’s basic needs. The indistinct script in this area reflects his sentiments.

Very Angular Writing (and no round letters): Heavy aggression and high energy. Uptight, tense, rigid and totally inflexible.

Joel Engel is the author of ‘Graphology at Home’ and ‘Handwriting Analysis Self-Taught’ published by Penguin Books.

Deviated Septum- Think Twice About an Operation

The first of my two sinus operations was to correct a deviated septum. The operation, or more precisely, the post-operative recovery period, was very painful. I had splints in my nose to help support it since the septum had been rebuilt, and my nose was “packed”. This means that a large amount of gauze was pressed into the nose to stop bleeding.

Since no air can pass through the nostrils for the week or so that the packing is in place, things like eating became a challenge. You cannot eat and breathe at the same time, so small bites and lots of soups and other liquids are favored. The splints were awful. When I tried to lie down normally in bed, the pressure on either side was very painful, and I couldn’t sleep normally. My doctor suggested I get a Lazy Boy chair which reclined somewhat and sleep on that. In fact I did this, but sleep was difficult, and it was a long week.

Actually it was only about 5 days, as I begged my doctor to take out the splints and packing because the pain was so bad. One reason for this was that I had developed an infection as a result of the surgery and then had to deal with that as well. As for taking out the packing gauze, my surgeon said “This will feel like I’m pulling your brains out through your nose”. He was right.

Normally I would be willing to suffer for a while in order to “fix” whatever problem was being addressed once and for all. The problem with operations for a deviated septum is that oftentimes it simply does not work for very long and people continue to come down with sinus infections after about six months or so. That is exactly what happened to me, and then I also had a second sinus operation, by a different surgeon, about 18 months after the first. He told me my septum had been straightened out, so there must have been other things causing my sinusitis. In other words, all the pain I went through the first time was for nothing.

Therein lies the problem. There are many reasons for the onset of sinus infections. There could be allergies, yeast infections causing candida, blockage by polyps, rhinitis or chronic rhinitis, etc. Ongoing research is looking at other causes as well, and new treatments such as antifungal therapy are being developed, along with new medications to implement them. There are also new and less invasive operations being done, like sinuplasty.

Some people are lucky and respond well to standard treatments and medication. Many people, myself included, have tried all the standard treatments, medications and even operations, and still keep coming down with sinus infections. Something else is obviously in the mix.

It is said that 80% of the population has a deviated septum to some degree. There are about 300,000 sinus operations performed each year in the U.S., and a good number of these are to fix a deviated septum. I’m sure that some of these have cured sinusitis in a number of people, but personally I’ve never met anyone who has said the operation “worked” for them. Another downside to this operation is that surgeons will sometimes also cut out some of the turbinates in the nose to help clear the nasal cavities and ostensibly make drainage easier. In the past it was felt that removing some or most of the turbinates had no harmful effects. Surgeons and especially patients who have had this done are now finding out that this can be a catastrophic after about 5 years or so. The condition is now referred to as ENS, or Empty Nose Syndrome. This condition is irreversible, since the turbinate and cilia-bearing tissue which has been cut away cannot grow back or be transplanted from elsewhere in the body. If your mucosal/cilia system ceases to function, you are in big trouble. In extreme cases some patients with ENS were so miserable and depressed with their lives that they committed suicide!!

I’m sure my first and second surgeons meant well and thought they were helping me by recommending surgery for a deviated septum and for other reasons. The fact is, however, that the operations simply didn’t produce good results, as I kept coming down with sinus infections not long after both of them. What has helped me since then is pulsating sinus irrigation, and I have addressed that in other articles.

If your ENT specialist is recommending surgery to fix your deviated septum, I would recommend caution and skepticism. You need to educate yourself thoroughly and understand precisely what tissue will be cut or more importantly removed from your nose. Don’t just trust the word of someone else, even if he is a specialist. Learn about new operations being developed, like sinuplasty, and the research that is going on with antifungal therapy. This treatment is not widespread as yet since it is new, but you may not need to correct your deviated septum. Remember, your deviated septum has probably been there for years before your sinus problems became an issue, so maybe that isn’t the real cause of your problems. In any event, don’t let a surgeon cut out your turbinates or mucosal tissue. If you need convincing about that issue, just go to the web site of the ENS Symposium and read some forum entries by people who have had this done to them.

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms – Silent Symptoms You Must Know

Ovarian cancer symptoms are very unlikely to be detected unless you have knowledge of the early signs and symptoms. The cancer holds its reputation as “The Silent Killer” because of the lack of obvious symptoms in its early stage when its still curable. In three out of four patients, the cancer has already spread from the lower abdomen to other organs before it was discovered in its later stages. And though, 95% of women do experience early signs prior to diagnosis, but sadly the majority of these women do not recognize it as symptoms of ovarian cancer. Therefore, it is crucially important to understand the hidden signs that may pass by swiftly in which it becomes too late to cure. Read thoroughly to learn some of the early signs and symptoms.

Signs & Symptoms

The following can also be from varies other health issues but be cautious if you experience one or more of the symptoms below for one to three weeks and contact your doctor immediately for a pelvic examination test, and a recto-vaginal component, which will show the best prediction of a timely diagnosis.

Symptoms include lower abdominal pressure or discomfort, increased frequent gas, lack of appetite, unusual weight change, abnormality in your menstrual cycles, sense of heaviness in the pelvic, increased frequency and urgency to urinate and/or burning or spasms while urinating, abdomen swelling, feeling full, constant bloating, indigestion, changes in bowel movements, unusual tiredness or fatigue, nausea and vomiting, vaginal bleeding or discharge especially when your not in your menstrual period, lower back pain that worsens over time, difficulty breathing, onset of acne, pain during or after intercourse, sharp pain in or around the ovaries or the pelvic area, and fever.

The link between ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer

Although it is not a fact, studies did find that those who have constant onsets of ovarian cysts or had polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) showed a much increased risk to developing ovarian cancer. Ovarian cysts effects a high majority of women worldwide. Statistics has shown that almost 80% of all women will develop an ovarian cyst at some point in their life, but not all women will experience symptoms. It is vital to learn how to treat cysts or PCOS and reduce your risks of developing cancer.

Treating ovarian cysts and decreasing your cancer risks

You can decrease your cancer risks simply by treating your ovarian cysts or PCOS before they start to get dangerous. Taken birth control or hormonal pills will not take away cysts or PCOS because prescription medication may only cover some symptoms but do not actually prevent the cysts from reoccurring. However, changing to the right diet, exercise, and alternating to natural treatments such as herbal remedies, were found to dramatically shrink and even prevent cysts and PCOS from reoccurring and lowering risks to developing cancer. It is surely something your doctor never mentions to you, but many women actually found great success using natural treatment options that eliminated their cysts within a very short period of only two month.

Vaginal Dryness Cures – Ways to Increase Lubrication Naturally

Vaginal dryness not only affects you physically but also emotionally. It not only makes intercourse painful and is accompanied with a constant burning sensation in the vagina but is also likely to leave a deep emotional impact on you making you believe that the days of enjoying sex are behind you. Not only this, it is also likely to rob you of your sexual appetite or libido.

This can lead to relationship problems since for any relationship to survive sexual gratification of both the partners is extremely important.

However, this is not a condition that cannot be cured.

Vaginal Dryness Cures

Here are some steps and cures that can help you overcome vaginal dryness and also make you enjoy more satisfying sex:

  • Make sure your body is properly hydrated. You should drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.
  • Moreover, your diet is also extremely important. It is essential to include essential fatty acids like Omega 3 in your diet since all anabolic hormones like estrogen are produced with cholesterol and if your diet is deficient in essential fats, you are likely to experience low estrogen levels.
  • Lubricants can also be a big help. There are some high quality gels that are a mix of aloe and other ingredients that not only increase lubrication but also boost blood flow to the genitals and enhance libido as well.

Natural Supplements

Perhaps, the greatest benefit comes form natural or herbal supplements. Such supplements are a mix of various herbs, vitamins and minerals etc., that not only increase blood flow to the genitals but also help boost the production of estrogen without the side effects of hormone replacement therapy.

Here it is important to note that one of the most important causes of vaginal dryness in women is a drop in the production of estrogen. No wonder, a vast majority of women face vaginal dryness post menopause.

Some of the ingredients used in such supplements or pills include ginkgo, epimedium sagittatum, tribulus terrestris, niacin, hops extract, melatonin, DHEA etc.,

These supplements not only increase blood flow to the genitals but also increase response to sexual stimulation. They also help support your body’s natural lubrication system and increase estrogen naturally.

Not only this, high quality supplements come with clinical approvals and are also recommended by doctors. Moreover, they do not have any side effects and ensure improved libido as well.

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Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment of Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP)

Porphyria is a group of inherited disorders in which affected individuals have a deficiency of certain enzymes which convert chemicals known as porphyrins into heme. Heme is a protein substance which is present in almost all body tissues but is most commonly found in red blood cells, bone marrow, and liver. A faulty and incomplete conversion of porphyrins results in a buildup of these substances in the body and causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, vomiting, muscular pain, high blood pressure and an increased heart rate. Cutaneous manifestations of the disease result in itching and skin rash. Severe manifestations of this condition result in convulsions, confusion and hallucinations.

Acute intermittent porphyria can be precipitated by medications, fasting, smoking, infections, surgery, stress, menstrual hormones, and excessive use of alcohol or exposure to the sun. This results in intermittent and acute presentation of the above mentioned symptoms usually requiring hospitalization and intensive care. Such patients are treated using intravenous glucose to maintain adequate carbohydrate levels and achieve rehydration, A medication known as hematin, if available, is used to convert the excess porphyrins into heme, thus resulting in reduced symptoms. The buildup of porphyrins in the body can also be reduced by phlebotomy (removal of blood from a vein) and the use of activated charcoal which combine with porphyrins and help eliminate them from the body.

While patients can be managed conservatively in hospital for the acute presentation, there is no long-term cure for this condition. Ayurvedic treatment can be used safely and effective in the management of porphyria-like conditions. The presenting symptoms in affected individuals are interpreted in the light of Ayurvedic pathophysiology and treated accordingly. Most such symptoms correspond to the disease known in Ayurvedic terminology as Adhog (going downwards) Raktapitta, with symptoms predominantly caused due to a joint dysfunction of Vata and Pitta doshas. Ayurvedic treatment is therefore aimed at treating Vata dysfunction and reducing excessive Pitta. Mild herbal medicines which have a digestive and anti-spasmodic action are used in the stage of acute presentation of symptoms. Long term treatment includes the use of herbal medicines which have a Pitta-reducing and mild laxative action. Panchkarma procedures which include full body massage and light fomentation and basti (enema) using medicated oils are also highly effective in treating as well as preventing acute episodes of this disease.

Depending upon the presentation of symptoms, medicines also need to be given to treat and prevent damage to the liver, kidneys, as well as the nervous system. Ayurvedic herbal treatment needs to be taken regularly for periods ranging from six months to a year, depending upon the severity of the condition and associated complications. Once the patient achieves a complete remission of symptoms, medicines can be gradually tapered and then stopped altogether. The frequency of Panchkarma procedures can also be gradually reduced proportionately. Overall, most patients need to be monitored for a couple of years in order to prevent further attacks and/or relapses of the condition. Diet control is very important in preventing or aggravating attacks. Adequate modifications in lifestyle also need to be strictly implemented. All the known precipitating factors for this condition need to be avoided in order to prevent acute episodes and relapses. Ayurvedic herbal treatment, combined with preventive measures, can thus go a long way in successfully treating acute porphyria as well as managing the medical condition on a long-term basis.

How To Get Rid Of Cat Urine Smell – Easy Steps

Cats are great companions and offer lots of love and joy for their owners. Having the affection of a purring cat cuddle up and sit in your lap is relaxing and comforting. Felines are terrific company and make loving, loyal pets. Caring for a cat is a pleasure and responsibility most people adore. One thing they do not adore, however, is getting rid of the urine smell that can linger in your home after your kitty has marked a new spot or refused to use the litter box.

Cat urine has an extremely pungent odor that is instantly recognizable. Unpleasant and overwhelming, cat urine scent is difficult to eradicate and makes your home unpleasant and gives others the impression your home is not clean. Additionally, if you do not completely eliminate the scent, your kitten will continue to urinate in the same area embedding the scent even further into their chosen spot and making it almost impossible to get rid of. While getting rid of the urine smell is difficult, there are some tried and true methods you can use to eliminate odors and reclaim your home.

First, be sure to keep the litter box clean. Felines are picky and will not use a soiled litter box. If their litter box is not cleaned regularly, they will find another area to relieve themselves and you will be stuck with a mess. When it comes to how to get rid of cat urine smell, an ounce of prevention goes a long way.

Secondly, be sure to completely clean messes as soon as you find them. Until a spot is completely clean from urine, your cat will continue to use the same spot as their toilet over and over again. Creatures of habit, kittens will continue to soil the same spot until they cannot detect their own scent.

To get rid of the scent, blot the area with an absorbent towel to remove as much urine as possible. Next, mix three parts water with one part vinegar and saturate the area. Blot thoroughly then sprinkle baking soda over the area. Next, mix one teaspoon of dish detergent with three fourths cup of hydrogen peroxide and spread over the baking soda. Use a brush to work the mixture in and allow it to dry. Once dry, vacuum the area and if any odor is still present, repeat the process until you have eliminated it.

Now that you know how to eliminate urine odor, you can get back to enjoying your cat and a clean home. Follow these instructions for a clean, odor free home. Both you and your feline will be happier.

The Benefits of Taking Activated Charcoal Supplements

If you have never heard of charcoal supplements, it is probably not your fault. After all, the only charcoal product you might have come across is inside the barbecue pit! For ages, however, the world has been well acquainted with charcoal as a medicinal product. Charcoal is used for removing toxins from the digestive track, alleviating digestion, and helping to treat cases of poisoning. To those who are already acquainted with charcoal’s medicinal properties, it is no less than a wonder drug of nature.

The ‘activated charcoal’, as it is called in medicinal circle, is not the same product that is found in your barbecue. Therefore, even when charcoal is prescribed in a medical emergency, do not reach out for the charcoal inside the barbecue. Commercial barbecue charcoal is not only unfit for ingestion; it could be lethal.

Powdered charcoal in the pure form or suspended in liquid is used in emergency cases of poisoning. Your pharmacist probably keeps it in the first aid section rather than with the vitamins and the supplements. The powdered form, although abrasive on the throat and the upper digestive tract, has the quickest effect in emergencies.

As food supplements or detoxifying agents, charcoal comes in small, easily digestible tablets or capsules.

Some swear on charcoal effects on chronic flatulence. However, this is still anecdotal and has not been medically proven. Charcoal is mainly used as an absorbent of toxin in the stomach and intestinal tract. However, charcoal also absorbs some nutrients thus, weakening the effect of other food supplements. For this reason, charcoal should only be taken with the approval of your physician.

Activated charcoal lowers cholesterol level and lessens the danger of heart disease by absorbing fat. Users also claim that charcoal cleans the body of environmental toxins, although this fact is yet to be established.

Form wise, activated charcoal comes in pills and powder. Experts advise that if you are using powdered charcoal then mix it with a tall glass of water and drink it with a straw. This will prevent your teeth from getting stained. If your teeth do get stained, there have been some instances, then brush your teeth and rinse with water. The stains will wear off. Do not consume activated charcoal with milk as dairy products lessen the effectiveness of charcoal.

For flatulence, mix two tablespoons of activated charcoal powder in a glass of water and drink with a straw, thirty minutes before a meal. You may also take it by a 500 mg capsule after meals or every two hours; whichever is suitable. Care should be taken not to ingest more than 4,000 mg within the period of 24 hours.

Remember, activated charcoal can hamper the effect of other supplements and medication by absorbing nutrients. So, take it two hours before or after other products. If there is a case of suspected poisoning, consult a poison control center expert before contacting your family physician.

Applying activated charcoal.

Never use activated charcoal at the same time as ipecac syrup, which is a home remedy for poisoning. It is very important to remember that charcoal supplements, taken in excessive amounts, can cause black stool, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

The Dangers of Fasting – Why is Fasting Not Beneficial to Your Health?

Fasting is an old-age procedure that aims to cleanse the body and restore its natural processes. It is said to rid the toxins from your system and restore it to almost “brand new” state. In the olden times, it was used for religious purification-to get rid of bad spirits and to “wash away sins”. Many health practitioners are advocators of this procedure and there are many claims that they felt better after the procedure. Many even use this procedure to lose weight. Recent studies show that it might not be as beneficial to health as compared to earlier claims.

Let us look into the dangers of fasting listed below:

1. Many use this method to lose weight.They are depriving themselves of proper nutrients in the process. While proteins are needed for muscle mass, carbohydrates are for energy. If you lack these for a long period, then there is a great chance that your body’s condition will deteriorate.

2. Whenever we eat food, our body generates heat. So that when we fast, our body’s ability to generate heat is compromised. As a result, we may catch persistent cough and cold that just will not go away.

Our blood sugar drops when we fast, which can lead to hypoglycemia.

Anemia may also result from abstaining from food for a long period. It may also lead to malfunctioning of the liver. Ulcer is also a possible result.

No matter which way we look at it, food is very essential for human beings. In fact, food is every essential to living things. Plants need water and sunlight. Animals and humans need food for sustenance. While fasting has many benefits, it is not recommended to do this for a long period. Consult your physician and discuss the safety of this before following this method.

Why Heartburn At Night Can Be So Deadly

Most of us have suffered occasional heartburn at night. However if you experience this on a regular basis then you should know that this can develop into something extremely serious. What you need to do is to seek acid reflux and heartburn remedies immediately to deal with the heartburn.

Now why should we be more concerned about nighttime heartburn? Why would this kind of heartburn be much mire dangerous than what somebody experiences during the day?

The danger with heartburn is the acid coming into contact esophagus lining which is what causes you to have that very uncomfortable feeling that is heartburn. Under normal circumstances when this is occasional and happens during the day, the esophagus lining is able to easily recover. What should be avoided at all costs is prolonged contact between the acid and the esophagus lining which usually leads to its’ corrosion and deterioration which can lead to very serious life-threatening conditions. For instance in some extreme cases it could mean you ending up with esophageal cancer. At night, because you are lying on your back, prolonged contact between the acid and the esophagus lining are much more likely. To start with gravity is no longer helping to prevent the acid or anything else from flowing upwards from the stomach. And there is also the real danger that you could sleep right through it or most of it.

This is the reason why heartburn at night can be much more serious than getting attacks during the day and it is the reason why it is absolutely important to pay attention to remedial steps to prevent acid reflux at night.

Things You Can Do To Prevent Heartburn At Night

There are a number of steps you can take to reduce or even eliminate this problem from occurring at night. For instance it is crucial that you make every effort to avoid a large meal as your final one of the day. Also avoid foods that tend to trigger heartburn. Coupled with this, do not go to bed shortly after eating. Wait for at least three hours before going to bed.

Some folks cannot do without an alcoholic drink or coffee before they go to bed. These should be avoided at all costs because they will almost certainly trigger a heartburn attack.

If you are able to raise the head of the bed by at least six inches and still be comfortable while sleeping, then this can also be of great help because gravity can kick in to help prevent the acid flowing from the stomach.

Smoking is a deadly habit that people should seek to stop at all costs. One more reason to do so is that smoking before going to bed will almost certainly result in a heartburn attack and so even if you are still fighting the habit, just before you go to bed should never be the time to succumb to a cigarette.

Research has also shown that carbonated soft drinks and sleeping pills (which some people take to sleep quickly and thus avoid the urge to smoke) can also lead to nighttime heartburn.

By taking these simple precautions, many people have been able to avoid heartburn at night without having to turn to medication.

Heartburn – Is There Any Relief?

What Is It?

Despite its name, heartburn actually is not associated with the heart. Heartburn is related to a digestive disorder which occurs when the lining of the oesophagus has been in contact with stomach acids, thus causing an irritation.

At the entrance of the stomach is a muscle that prevents acids from reaching the oesophagus by closing off after food is swallowed. Heartburn occurs when the oesophagus doesn’t fully contract and the muscle is unable to tighten up completely, thus allowing acids to back up.

Our digestive system is quite large, bigger than what we would actually imagine. If you were to unwind it completely it would measure out to be about 30 feet. So that means that anything that is passed through our mouths has to make the whole way through the 30 foot long digestive track. It’s important to note that each part of our digestive system has a vital role to play, like our stomach for example; it breaks down food by mixing it with acids and enzymes. The small intestine provides good bacteria, most of us know about good bacteria. They help digest food and absorb it for delivery into the bloodstream. The large intestine takes the salts and waters out of your food. It also needs good bacteria to break down any undigested material that may be left over.

So even if, one part of your digestive system is not functioning perfectly, you will end up knowing about it through some form of digestive disorder, most commonly heartburn.

What Can Help?

“The use of aloe vera will be the most important single step forward in the treatment of diseases in the history of mankind.”

Dr. McDaniel, M.D., Chief of Pathology, Dallas-Fort Worth Medical Centre

Aloe vera can be just as effective on the inside as it is on the outside of our bodies. For many years people have been drinking aloe vera and reaping the health benefits from it, including relief from heartburn. Others have found it may be very beneficial for detoxifying the body, cleansing the colon, improving digestion and circulation, helping heal ulcers and purifying the blood stream. It is also said that aloe vera juice may be beneficial for a person suffering with intestinal or stomach problems. Aloe Vera may also aid the digestive tract to operate smoothly. The miraculous Aloe leaf has 200 compounds, including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids & 12 vitamins. Aloe vera gel juice is favoured by those looking to maintain a healthy digestive system and gain a natural boost in energy.

Protease, Lipase and Amylase are just some of the good quality ingredients found in them that are needed for our digestive system.

Serrapeptase is another important ingredient that works on preventing and removing away any dead tissues and unhealthy inflammations. Heartburn over a long period of time can cause inflammation and scarring in the oesophagus; serrapeptase aids in calming down the inflammation and starts the healing process on any scar tissues.

Veinish – An Ayurvedic Herbal Supplement to Cure Varicose Veins, Skin Diseases and Brain Conditions

Veinish is an Ayurvedic herbal supplement, which works on several levels, protecting your body against several diseases. From painful varicose veins to serious brain conditions, Venish works in tandem with Vasko, another herbal supplement.

Veinish is prepared as a herbal remedy based on Ayurvedic knowledge. This herbal supplement is 100% vegetarian – prepared from medicinal herbs only. This herbal product works in several levels. The benefits of this capsule appears too good to be true. However, they are true. We have several real life testimonials to show you.

Veinish for Varicose Veins

Varicose vein is a painful condition. It is shockingly common among older people, especially women. Modern medicine has a few invasive techniques to cure this condition. None of the treatments are effective. Physicians recommend surgical removing of the veins, laser surgery, catheter procedures, etc. They recommend these procedures even when they know the procedure is not going to be a permanent solution for the condition.

Blood pools in both legs because of gravitational pull. This causes stress on the veins, ultimately damaging the blood vessels. Damages to the walls of the blood vessels cause pain. It can lead to inflammation inside the veins, which further amplifies the pain.

How Veinish Helps in Reversing Varicose Veins

Venish has active herbal components, which reverses the inflammations and damages inside the veins. It can cure venous thrombosis or deep vein thrombosis – painful blood clots formed inside the vein. It can also reverse edema – swellings in the legs. The edemas disappear once the venous condition is treated.

This herbal remedy can also cure and reverse venous ulcer and scar formation. Another advantage is, Venish also helps in faster wound healing.

It is recommended you take Veinish with another herbal supplement named Vasko. This gives best results. Veinish and Vasko together form a potent alternative treatment for painful conditions. Physicians and patients can try this combination as an alternative to surgery, laser procedure and catheter insertion. While those medical procedures have the risks of side effects, this herbal remedy guarantees holistic health.

The patients don’t have to get their veins surgically removed. The patients get a healthy and safe alternative to a risky procedure.

Other Benefits of Venish

Venish enhances brain functioning. It enhances blood circulation to the brain, promotes neural activities and sharpens memory. This Ayurvedic herbal remedy can also prevent or reverse conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and more. This is made possible because of enhanced neuronal metabolism, balanced neurotransmission and prevention of brain degenerative conditions.

Veinish improves skin tone. Veinish promotes blood perfusion to the skin layers. The skin layers get more blood circulation. It thus can reverse the conditions like eczema.

The herbal components of Veinish are:

– Centella Asiatica

– Sida Cardifolia

– Embellica Officinalis

– Hemidesmus Indicus

– Curcuma Longa

These herbal components promote neural activity and blood circulation. They have anti-oxidant properties and a good supply of Vitamins and essential trace minerals like zinc, iron, phosphorous, etc. They are all 100% herbal and completely safe for everyone.

How to use Veinish and Vasko

Take a capsule each of Veinish and Vasko at intervals of 12 hours in empty stomach. Take food 45 minutes after taking the capsules. Drink enough water to facilitate speedy removal of metabolic toxins from the body.

Healing Crisis

Veinish has healing crisis. It is characterized by aggravation of nausea, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, etc. It can last for up to one week. Your body flushes out toxins accumulated in different parts of your body. Don’t stop Veinish and Vasko during this stage. It is the crisis before healing.

Tickling – Good Clean Fun – Or Abuse?

Probably everyone in America has been tickled and/or has tickled someone else in his or her lifetime. And we may have a range of emotions attached to the experience, from very good to very bad.

Why do we do it? Do people like it or hate it? Like many things in life, tickling can be used for either benefit or harm.

So we know that people always laugh when tickled, and that laughter is good for us. Studies have shown that laughing increases blood flow and immune response; lowers blood pressure, risk of heart disease, depression, anger, anxiety, and stress; and induces relaxation and sleep.

Yet laughing is simply not funny when it happens in the context of abusive tickling. But wait a minute–can tickling really be called abuse? Some children beg to be tickled, and since children don’t request things they hate, they must enjoy it! Certainly they like the attention, the physical contact, and the pleasurable sensations associated with laughter.

But there’s a dark side to tickling. The problem stems from the fact that laughter is generally a sign of pleasure, so it is assumed that the person being tickled is having an outrageously good time of it. But the laughter resulting from being tickled is a reflex, and the person being tickled cannot stop. While some people may be ignorant of the fact that their victim doesn’t like it, others know and don’t care. Consider these comments I found on a question-and-answer site (I’ve changed some wording to protect the identity of the posters):

“The tickler has hijacked your body and you are powerless.”

“Excessive, forceful tickling for a prolonged period is a malicious act with intent to torture.”

“I honestly believed that [this adult] was very jealous of me and was trying to kill me.”

Some stated that they were tickled until they cried, vomited, choked, and/or wet their pants. It’s also noteworthy that in my research for this article, the first few results that came up for “tickle abuse” were for, shall we say, adult-oriented websites!

Tickling actually has been used as a form of torture in history. Both the Han Dynasty in China and ancient Rome used this practice, one of the benefits being that it left no mark on the victim! There are anecdotal reports of people being driven insane by being tickled, and of laughing unto death by heart attack, aneurysm, or some other pre-existing weakened condition. It cannot be stated unequivocally whether or not it’s possible to be tickled to death.

If tickling is so awful, why do we laugh? The answer includes these factors:

1. nerve stimulation (an innate reflex)

2. trust (we laugh only when the tickler is someone we know)

3. surprise (we can’t tickle ourselves)

Beyond these, it seems science doesn’t know for sure why we laugh when tickled. So what kind of sense are we to make of the tickling phenomenon?

Here’s what I see:

In modern America, tickling is usually done in the context of a friendly or loving relationship–parent/child, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc. So it would seem that it is usually intended as a bonding experience, and the resulting laughter confirms that it’s a pleasurable experience. It is also often done by a perpetrator who is bigger and stronger, or sometimes in pairs or groups of ticklers who “gang up” on the victim, which changes the picture somewhat.

Once the victim is laughing so hard as to be unable to catch his or her breath, the victim cannot signal “stop.”

Here’s how to avoid being a “tickle abuser”:

1. Observe if the person being tickled is still smiling at the end of the tickling session–or if he is angry, sullen, embarrassed, and/or in pain.

2. Ask the person before or after–not during–a tickling session if she really enjoys it. Don’t take “yes” at face value. Read the body language, facial expression, and tone of voice. She may be saying yes just to please you, or as a result of social pressure. (“Don’t be such a spoilsport.”) Pre-arrange a “stop” signal.

3. Ask yourself if you’re willing to submit to a role reversal. Now, this isn’t fair if the person you’re tickling is much smaller–a child or a girlfriend, say–so you’ll need to be willing to submit to a “team” of ticklers or a substitute tickler. Keep in mind that the other person may be more ticklish than you, so even this isn’t a definitive test of the appropriateness of the tickling.

Finally, you should consider that your victim’s experience with tickling may carry over into later relationships. Your child may resent you, and you may not know why. He may grow up to be bigger than you and find ways to retaliate. She may have a hard time trusting male partners, fearing that they may turn out to be abusive ticklers.

Abusive tickling is not funny. Make sure your motives and methods are pure before giving in to the urge to tickle someone.

Protein Needs and Senile Dementia

In addition to Alzheimer’s disease, the most serious and the most common of the progressive dementias, there are a number of other diseases that may cause senile dementia, or in layman’s terms, confusion that is beyond the normal for aging adults. While it is common for some minor confusion or memory problems to develop in older adults, senile dementia goes beyond what is considered to be normal. Four to five percent of Americans of both genders, over the age of 65 have some degree of mental and intellectual impairment (Source: MacLean, ed. 1993).

Besides Alzheimer’s disease which is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, (behind heart disease, cancer and stroke) there are a number of curable or treatable causes for senile dementia including over medication, often seen in patients in long term care facilities, malnutrition and dehydration. Other causes that can cause the symptoms that mimic the dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease include: depression, chronic alcoholism, infections, heart disease, kidney failure, thyroid disease, head injury and anemia.

Another cause can be stroke which affects at least two million American adults. Twice as many women as men are at risk or have had a stroke. Stroke is yet another common cause of confusion or mental impairment in the elderly. Another disease, Parkinson’s disease may also cause some senile dementia as well. Parkinson’s is thought to affect one person out of forty in the over sixty age group. It is recognized most often by tremor, rigidity and a bent posture.

No matter what the reason for the dementia, there are generally three steps to getting the person back to their best mental health: address the cause, increase the nutrition and increase the mental stimulation for the patient.

Addressing the Cause

While there are a number of conditions that can be treatable, even curable, nothing can happen if the cause is not discovered. Because there is no definitive test for Alzheimer’s disease, it is most often found in the process of ruling out other diseases and conditions. Depression is one of the major causes for senile dementia and should be ruled out first. There are many causes of depression in this age group including declining physical health, loss of family members, lack of money and the need for more assistance than they are comfortable with.

Another common cause for dementia is the incidence of blood clots in the brain which may cause a condition that is sometimes called “pseudo dementia” because the symptoms tend to diminish once surgery or other treatments are started.

Improper nutrition and fluid intake, however is one of the most common causes of senile dementia and is often seen in those who are living in nursing homes or other long term care facilities. The longer that the patient is living in the nursing home, the higher the risk of developing nutrition and dehydration related impairment. Dehydration plays a role in senile dementia because it affects the electrolyte balance. Without proper nutrition, the electrolyte imbalance is likely to become even more affected and the confusion can progress even further. In addition to symptoms of confusion, an electrolyte imbalance can lead to more serious problems including irregular heart rhythms which can in turn cause heart attack.

High blood pressure, especially when it is not monitored and not controlled can also cause senile dementia and puts the person at a much higher risk for stroke. Kidney disease, which may also be affected by high blood pressure, can cause some dementia as the kidneys start failing to sufficiently filter the blood and fluid levels in the body becomes affected. Kidney disease affects the blood pressure, but blood pressure also affects the kidneys: it is important to monitor the blood pressure, especially in elderly patients who are deemed to have pre-hypertension.

It is important to remember that while some memory lapses may be normal, serious mental impairment or signs of dementia are not just the course of nature and a normal sign of aging. Any signs of deteriorating mental status should be investigated immediately.

Increasing the Nutrition

Many senior citizens live alone, on very tight budgets. They are often lonely, depressed and have a physical limitation that can prevent them from getting the food that they need. When they do have food, they are often uninterested in eating not only because of depression or illness but because of a slowing in the metabolism that may leave them with little appetite to speak of. For these people, it may become more and more difficult to find the desire to eat, just as much as finding the actual food to eat.

Tastes change as we age and foods that once were favorites may hold little appeal. The sheer act of cooking a meal may be exhausting physically as well as a reminder of the crushing loneliness that the person feels. They stop eating or in other cases may opt to only eat unhealthy snack foods once or twice a day.

A protein supplement is a perfect way for the older adult to get good nutrition into their diet so that they can stay strong and healthy both mentally and physically. The life expectancy for the average American has increased steadily in recent years, not only because of advances in medicine but in increased knowledge about the importance of good nutrition as well as physical and mental activity. There are many different types of protein supplements, however, liquid supplements might be far easier for the senior to manage and can be a faster way to get the most nutrition, including increased protein into their diet.

The best of the liquid supplements are: protein shakes, powders and the liquid protein supplement shots. Protein shakes are ready to drink and come in the common flavors that the senior will be familiar with. They boost protein intake as well as a number of additional nutrients and can get the senior at least close to a healthy calorie intake for the day.

Protein Supplement Powders

Whey protein powder is one of the best of the four types (soy, rice and egg are the other three) and comes in two types, the concentrate (30-85% protein) and the isolate (90% protein). Both are derivatives of milk, a byproduct of the making of cheese with the isolate having far less lactose and therefore better for those who might be mildly lactose intolerant.

Whey protein powder has a number of benefits for the aging adult including the ability to slow both muscle and bone loss overall. It also has a number of protective anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties that may improve the immune system and plays a role in the care of heart disease and blood pressure regulation (Source: Whey Protein Institute).

Soy protein powder also has a number of heart related benefits and has been shown to reduce the blood cholesterol that is a major risk factor in developing heart disease including heart attack and stroke.

Supplement Shots

The liquid protein supplement shot might be appealing to the senior citizen because they are small. Profect from Protica is only 2.9 fluid ounces, but has a major nutritional punch: it is 100 calories, 25 grams of protein, zero carbs, zero fats, 100% of the day’s Vitamin C, 10% of the daily supply of the Vitamin B complex.

A Little About Trichamoniasis

Trichamoniasis, also known as “Trich” is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects about 7.4 million men and women in America each year. This STD is caused by a parasite called Trichamonas vaginalis. Trich is most commonly found in women and uncircumcised men. Trich is the most common curable STD in sexually active men and women to this date. Trichamoniasis is primarily an infection of the reproductive organs and the urinary system (a.k.a. genitourinary system.) In men, the most common site of infection would be the urethra; the urinary tract. In women, the most common site of infection would be the vagina. In uncircumcised men, the most common site would be the tip of the penis.

Trich is one of the most common STD’s caused by a parasite Trichamonas vaginalis. This parasite can live in the urinary and reproductive system of males and females. Trich is spread sexually by penis-to-vagina intercourse or vulva-to-vulva contact with an infected partner, especially if not using any form of protection. It is more common for females to get the disease from an infected male or female than it is for a male to get it from an infected female/male. Some people try to say that it is possible to get Trich from a toilet seat, wet towel or event hot tubs. Let me just say this now…that is not true. The Trichamoniasis parasite cannot live long enough on inanimate objects and surfaces to be spread from person to person.

Sorry to say this, but the most logical way to prevent getting Trich or any other STD is to refrain from having sex. If that is impossible, then abstain from sexual activity with more than one partner or with someone who has more than one partner. That will surely reduce the risk of contracting any STD including Trich. Also properly and consistently using a latex condom or a female polyurethane condom also decreases the risk of contracting any STD’s. Lady’s DO NOT DOUCHE after having sex, this can actually increase your risk of contracting STDs. This is because douching can actually change the natural flora of the vagina and possibly flush bacteria higher into the genital tract increasing chance of STD.

Symptoms usually appear in women between 4 to 28 days after having sex with an infected person. However, 50% of women are asymptomatic (have no symptoms) when it comes to Trich and never get treatment. Usually if left untreated for six months, women then start showing some of the symptoms listed below.

* Vaginal discharge ranging in color from gray to green to yellow.

* Foul odor, smells fishy.

* Sourness, tenderness, and itching if the genital area.

* Pain during urination.

* Uncomfortable during sexual intercourse.

* Itching or soreness of the labia and inner thighs.

* Swollen labia.

Just be sure that you make sure your teenage daughter knows a normal female discharge is usually clear or whitish and has no odor. This will ensure that she will know if anything is wrong.

Males who have Trichamoniasis have the tendency to be more asymptomatic than females. Of the men who do seek treatment, typically do so because of an infected partner, not necessarily because of showing any symptoms. Of the men who do show symptoms of Trich would experience:

* Urethral itching.

* Burning after urination or ejaculation.

* Urethral discharge, frothy or pus-like.

* Painful/ difficult urination.

* Inflammation of the prostate gland.

If you think that some of the symptoms you are experiencing may be Trich, then go see your doctor. The doctor will determine whether it is Trichamoniasis by giving a pelvic or genital examination and by testing a sample of vaginal or urethral discharge. Sometimes a doctor will detect Trich through a Pap smear.

Trich can be treated with prescription medication and both partners should be treated at the same time, even if one has no symptoms.

Black Hair Care: Tips for Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair

Despite all the buzz to the contrary on natural black haircare, transitioning from relaxed to natural hair does not have to be traumatizing. If you have worn your hair permed or relaxed for many years, look at the transitioning stage as a formal re-introduction to the natural hair your momma gave you!

Every woman who decides to go natural carries a unique blueprint that is her natural tresses. No two heads are alike. Embrace the fact that what you have is beautiful, not to mention a head turner.

Do You Know Your Curl Pattern?

Every person is born with a hair type that is all their own. Stylist Andre Walker, created a system for classifying specific hair types or patterns.

Curly/kinky is Type 4A, 4B or 4C. Type 4 can resemble small spirals the diameter of a crochet needle, or be tightly coiled. Curly/kinky is at the greatest risk for breakage because of the curl pattern and needs consistent moisture.

Curly is Type 3A, 3B or 3C and can range from loose ringlets to slightly more tightly defined, spiral curls the size of a pen.

Type 2 is wavy hair, with variations ranging from 2A to 2B to 2C – with 2C being the most wavy within the 2 category of wavy hair.

Straight hair is classified as Type 1. Straight is the strongest of all hair types and is generally harder to hold a curl.

Many of us may have various curl patterns on our head! The crown could be 3b while the nape of the neck is 4a for example. There are a growing number of people who don’t subscribe to Andre Walker’s curl pattern classification because they feel that it is too restricting, or that it perpetuates the stereotype of the “good hair”, “bad hair” mentality.

We think that it is a useful tool to help us to understand our hair better. The system was not meant to reinforce old school negative connotations.

Transition Style Plan: Before The “The Big Chop”

Some women are tempted to cut all their relaxed hair off when deciding to go natural. Others cut as much of the permed or relaxed portion of their hair off as possible and work on nurturing their new growth – or the new hair that grew in after the perm. It is best to plan the big chop only after you have an idea of how you want to look and what you will look like with short hair.

You know yourself better than anyone and can envision what you will look like with a shorter style than you may be used to wearing. You can also talk with a stylist to get a second opinion based on the shape of your face. Remember, you can always enhance your short style with plenty of hair accessories – medium- to large-sized earrings, headbands, and colorful scarves. Your hair will grow healthy, beautiful, and stronger than ever.

Transition Style Plan: Without “The Big Chop”

Not everyone feels comfortable with cutting their hair off in order to transition completely over to a natural hairstyle. A slower crawl towards natural hair can be accomplished with twists, braids, flat twists or other styles that allows you to keep your hair length during the transition process. If you choose to keep your relaxed hair while your natural hair is growing out, be sure to trim the ends and deep condition regularly as the line of demarcation between the natural and relaxed hair is weak and prone to breakage.


One huge mistake that many women make while taking care of their natural hair is overloading it with lots of grease or oils. You may feel that this is the best way to keep your hair from being dry and frizzy. This is only partially true. Our natural hair needs lots of natural moisture – lightweight, lightly applied oils – to lock in that moisture to our hair and scalp. The best are natural moisturizers that get absorbed into our hair instead of laying on top of our hair like hair grease. Hair grease with petroleum and mineral oils prevent moisture from absorbing into the hair shaft. Some better alternatives include:

• Coconut oil

• Shea butter

• Jojoba oil

Avoid products with mineral oil, silicone, or petroleum which just sit on top of the hair. Remember that you need moisture that penetrates the hair shaft which will keep your hair properly moisturized. This not only protects your hair from breakage, but helps to bring out your natural curl pattern.

Always Protect Your Hair When Sleeping

Sleeping provides a special challenge to natural hair if you do not prepare and protect it. You want to avoid matting, tangling and breakage as much as possible. Sleep on satin pillowcases or use a satin cap. You can also twist or braid your hair in big sections before sleeping.

The transition over to natural black hair care is easier than you think and well worth the effort for healthy, head turning natural hair.