Conservative Neck Pain Care

Neck pain can happen to anyone at nearly any time. Though it is often caused by a pinched nerve or simply from overexertion of muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper back, there are sometimes other causes such as an auto accident or overstraining when moving. Not all neck or upper back pain requires surgery. This is where conservative care can help.

What is Conservative Care?

Conservative care is basically any treatment option that doesn’t require surgery. Conservative care, especially for neck, shoulder, and upper back can include measures such as massage therapy, chiropractic therapy from a licensed chiropractor, stretching exercises and over-the-counter relievers.

Often, neck and upper back pain occur from overexertion of the muscles. Though painful, most times it isn’t debilitating and can be relieved using specialized conservative techniques.

Other Causes and Therapies

Sometimes, the symptoms can be caused by a pinched nerve or in severe cases, from sciatica or a bulging spinal disk. Sometimes the muscles and tendons around the nerve, whether in the back, shoulder or neck, become swollen and it is difficult to move.

Conservative care can help through the various massage therapies and stretching exercises that a chiropractor or massage therapist could use with the patient.

When the symptoms are caused from sciatica, conservative care practitioners can help with spinal and stretching exercises such as bridges and planks and various stretching exercises for the back and abdominal muscles. Whirlpool and hot water therapy may also help alleviate the pain, as well as over-the-counter relievers.

Maintaining a healthy weight and keeping the body healthy may also help alleviate back and neck pain. When there is too much weight against the spine, the back and spinal muscles must work harder to not only carry the extra weight, but help the weight move as well.

Athletes sometimes experience back and neck pain because of overexertion. A hot shower with a massaging shower head or a hot therapy whirlpool can help alleviate the pain and bring the swelling down, but sometimes a chiropractor or physical therapist must be contacted to make sure there isn’t further muscular or tendon damage.

Exercises for Therapy

Chiropractors and physical therapists may also train patients in light stretching and strengthening exercises, which may help the back, spinal, shoulder and neck muscles work more efficiently and work more fluidly to support physical activity. Some of these exercises may be planks, bridges, and abdominal exercises, which help support and strengthen spinal and back muscles.

Conservative care is a good way to alleviate neck and back pain. Sometimes physical therapy is necessary, and sometimes the pain can be alleviated with massage or water therapy. Over-the-counter pain relievers may help as well, but just as with any overworked muscle, rest and relaxation help the most.

My Top Four Sinus Infection Remedies

Three years ago, I came down with a rather ordinary cold. Seeing that I come down with colds on a regular basis, I thought very little of it until one day, the mucus in my nose which was once clear and runny became thick, yellow and… well, you get the idea. I also started to experience severe pain around my eyes and teeth, coupled with an overwhelming sense of fatigue, blurry vision, and a nasty sore throat. The doctor diagnosed me with an acute sinus infection, and my new friend (or foe) has been with me ever since.

Throughout my journey with sinusitis, I have thankfully discovered a number of sinus infection remedies which have helped me get through the day. These remedies are not cures by a long shot, but they do make it possible to face work, family, and life.

1. Saline Nasal Spray

A saline nasal spray is essentially a bottle of salt water designed to clear and disinfect mucus that might be bottled up in your sinuses. With a simple series of squirts into your nostrils, you will be able to reduce congestion and prevent future infections from occurring. I tend to use my spray in the morning when I wake up, and before I go to bed. Doing so stops excess mucus from building up overnight.

2. A Head Warmer

This may not seem like an overly scientific method, but it does provide me with relief. If you find yourself with a severe sinus headache, place a winter headband over your forehead and eyes for the duration of the day. The headband should warm your head to the point that it starts to melt the mucus in your sinuses.

3. Vicks Vaporub

Vicks Vaporub is a well-known remedy for colds and coughs, but did you know that it works for sinus infections as well? If you place a layer of Vicks on the ridge of your nose, it will start to melt any mucus that might have built up throughout the day. Please note that it is not recommended to put Vicks at the entrance of or inside the nostrils as it could be harmful.

4. Pot with boiling water

This is one of my preferred methods, and also one of the most effective. Simply boil a large pot of water, add salt and baking soda, and breathe in the steam to melt the mucus in your nose. Allow any of the melted mucus to drip into the pot, as you will be washing it later. It may be helpful to place a towel over your head so as to trap the steam and direct it towards your nose. Just be careful not to burn yourself!

These four remedies are my rock when sinusitis takes hold. I hope that, with these remedies, you too will experience the relief I have experienced.

A Good Diet With Certain Health Foods May Help in Proper Diabetes Management

Despite numerous advances and discoveries in the medical realm, it is believed that a proper diet accentuated by a selection of certain health foods is still the best route towards the proper management of diabetes. Diabetes has become a significant health concern in the modern world. It is estimated that as much as 350 million people worldwide have the disease.

There are two types of diabetes: Type-I and Type-II. The former is also referred to as “insulin dependent diabetes mellitus” and is characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin. Meanwhile, the latter refers to a disorder in which the pancreas produces insufficient quantities of insulin needed to reduce levels of glucose in the blood.

If left to fester, diabetes may come with a host of complications that may include cardiovascular ailments like heart disease, hypertension and stroke; eye problems like blindness; kidney problems; disorders of the nervous system and pregnancy complications.

If the diabetes is managed well and kept under control, the chances of developing the above mentioned complications are dramatically lowered.

Proper diet and nutrition, along with moderate exercise, and disciplined weight control are often cited as the foundations of an exemplary management of diabetes.

There is a great chance that the effectiveness of this diabetes control combo may be further enhanced if certain natural health foods that are quite known to possess certain diabetes-control properties are included in the diet.

Fruits and vegetables are the innate fixtures in a diet that’s aimed to fight diabetes. This is due to the fact that most of these foods possess lots of antioxidants that may help remove toxins in the body that contribute to the havoc wrought by diabetes. In addition to these fruits and vegetables, including some of the following health foods into the diabetes-control diet may help improve its effectiveness:

a. Bitter Melon – a tropical fruit renowned to help regulate blood sugar levels. Known by its scientific name of momordica charantia, it is among the most bitter of all fruits. This fruit is oblong-shaped and has a curiously unique, craggy and warty appearance. Its flesh surrounds the central seed cavity and has large flat seeds and pith.

b. Sweet Potato – a tropical root crop that may help control the levels of blood sugar. Orange colored varieties of this crop are said to be abundant in the antioxidant beta carotene while the purplish ones are believed to be a haven for the antioxidant anthocyanins.

c. Apple cider vinegar – a sour-tasting liquid made from fermented apple juice that is believed to help temper and control the rise of blood glucose levels shortly after food intake. This golden brown to amber-colored liquid also contains a web-like bacterial foam called the “mother”.

d. Almonds – nuts (or seeds) of the almond tree that have also shown to help control the increase of sugar levels in the body right after meals. These are typically eaten raw, toasted, sugared or salted.

While diabetes is an ailment that may stay with an individual for a long time, adopting simple lifestyle changes, choosing appropriate medication, and observing a proper diet may help impede diabetes from causing any long-term damage. And while including certain health foods in the diet may not totally eliminate the need to take anti-diabetic medications on a day-to-day basis, these may definitely keep the blood sugar levels down and thus help mitigate the occurrence of disastrous complications.

The Pros and Cons of Kids Playing Sports

It’s no big secret that exercise should be a top priority for children of all ages, especially given the fact that childhood obesity is on the rise. Yet many parents today are reluctant to enroll their children in organized sports because of the fierce competition.

In many cases, parents are likely to take sports competition even more seriously than their kids do. One recent parent brawl at a Little League game was caught on tape in Columbus, Ohio.

The fight started when one parent asked another parent to turn down the loud music they were playing to celebrate a win. Moments later, words were exchanged, fists were flying, and a full-on brawl had ensued. Police were called to the scene to arrest parents that had set a terrible example for their children.

The Pros of Children’s Sports Teams

Beyond peer competition and brutal fights between parents, organized children’s sports provide a long list of benefits that include:

• Regular exercise. Kids on a sports team, like an Austin soccer team, will be able to run, jump, and play with friends. Exercising in a group environment will teach kids to appreciate physical activity at a young age, likely reinforcing the habit for life. Keeping a child active is one key to preventing a sedentary lifestyle that could lead to serious health conditions like type II diabetes, stemming from childhood obesity.

• Learn sportsmanship. When children play an organized sport, they’ll learn to work together as a team to better understand respect and sportsmanship. Even though a soccer team may win a game, kids will be taught to congratulate the losing team and vice versa when the tables are turned.

• Relieve stress. Children that have difficulty coping with day-to-day stress at school or at home can use group sports for much-needed stress relief. Even more importantly, children with a bad home environment can use team sports as an outlet instead of turning to drugs or crime as a result of peer pressure.

The Cons of Children’s Sports Teams

For a fair comparison, it’s important to explore the potential disadvantages of enrolling your child in organized sports, like:

• Too much competition. A young child may not be able to handle the pressure of playing on a highly competitive team, especially if their parents are pushing them into it. If a coach is more focused on winning than on the love of the game, a child may be more susceptible to performance pressure that could stick with them throughout their future career.

• Strain or injury. A child may be too timid to ask for a break if they feel overexerted. Children are also more prone to dehydration and heat stroke caused by exposure to hot weather during a long game. Kids should be encouraged to take breaks regularly and drink water and sports drinks to stay balanced and hydrated in both practices and games.

If you’re on the fence about enrolling your child in organized sports, it’s clear that the good outweighs the bad. When approached with a healthy attitude, a sports team will give your child the opportunity to exercise, spend time with friends, and learn respect for others.

4 Pieces of Jiu Jitsu Gear You Must Have

If you are barely starting to train or simply thinking of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you must be sure to have the right Jiu Jitsu Gear. Having the right Jiu Jitsu Gear and making sure your Jiu Jitsu Gear is top notch could be crucial to your Bjj career. If you don’t have money problems then you may be able to purchase lots of Bjj gear but for those short on cash should be sure to have the main gear. Today we will discuss the 4 main pieces of Jiu Jitsu Gear you must have when training in Bjj.

Bjj Gi – Your Bjj Gi is the single most important piece of Jiu Jitsu Gear you would need. The Bjj Gi is also known as the Bjj Kimono. Your Bjj Kimonos typically come with a Gi top and Gi pants. This will be the uniform you will be wearing to train in the sport of Bjj. Training in the Bjj Gi also teaches you much technique which will greatly improve your game.

Bjj Belt – Depending on your rank, you will choose a Bjj belt to wear either white, blue purple, brown or black. Bjj belts are also very important because they are the key thing to look at to see your improvement in Bjj. Your instructor will be the primary judge to give you a higher belt or not. Typically, from the day you start until you get your black belt it will take anywhere from 10 – 12 years on average. In Bjj, obtaining new higher belts is much harder than any other martial art out there as it is the hardest to develop the muscle memory the Bjj black belts have.

Rash Guard – Rash Guards are very important to wear under your Bjj Kimonos if you want to prevent catching anything from any of your opponents. They could also be good to reduce your sweat as they evaporate some of your sweat. However in most tournaments or any IBJJF tournament rash guards are not permissible during competition.

Ear Guard – Although majority of Bjj fighters may not wear ear guards to train I highly do recommend it if you don’t want your ear looking ugly for the rest of your life. At least wear it 75% of the time when you train. When you compete just leave them off.

It’s Only A Small Whitehead

As I was growing up, I was nurtured by the sun just like plants are. I was outside in the sun every day. When I was a teenager, we used baby oil and iodine to help us get that tan look. (Fry-Baby-Fry)

I became involved in the city recreation age group swimming and diving teams for many years. As I grew older I worked out in the fields for farmers, as a lifeguard, pool manager, and swimming and diving coach during my summers. I also coached football, track, and had outside lunch duty while I was a teacher.

According to the specialists in the field of skin cancer, “…much of the damage that leads to skin cancer occurs in young children and adolescents…”

We did not know what sunscreen was except for the cute Coppertone commercials on the television. I guess you could say I have been a devout “Sun” worshipper all of my life. I had my share of very bad sunburns throughout my lifetime.

The very first time I went to see a Dermatologist he asked me to remove my shirt. The first words he stated were, ” My you have really enjoyed the sun throughout your lifetime.”

On November 22nd of 2010, I went and had my yearly Dermatology exam. The doctor did a thorough exam and then he asked if there was anything I would like to have checked out. I said”, Yes there was a very little spot like a white head on the left center part of my forehead that always bothered me when I wiped sweat off. It didn’t hurt or anything it was just bothersome.”

The Doctor took a look at it and said that it was nothing to be worried about but he would do a punch biopsy to make sure. He numbed the area with a local anesthetic and did the biopsy. He didn’t have to use any stitches; just a band-aid.

Since it was the week of Thanksgiving, he told me he would have his staff call me the next week with the results. I told him that would not be a problem.

The next week passed by without a call from his office. Then the second week passed by also. I had forgotten about the test and continued on with my daily life of running, substitute teaching, and just enjoying life since I had retired from the teaching field.

During the third week, on a Thursday evening about 8:30 p.m., my doctor called me at home and told me that my biopsy had been sent back to Boston because the Pathologists here were having a tough time defining and diagnosing it. They thought it was a grouping of nerve cells that had intertwined but they weren’t sure. They wanted other pathologists to confirm their diagnosis.

The pathologists back in Boston had also agreed to disagree. Finally they came up with the correct definition and diagnosis for this grouping of cells. On December 8th of last year, the bump on my forehead was positively diagnosed as a spot of Desmoplastic Melanoma.

I was told this type of cancer is very aggressive and devastating. It is a type of cancer that doesn’t play by designated rules; like other cancers did.

The doctor told me he had already made an appointment for me with a surgeon. I was to meet with the surgeon on the following Tuesday morning.

After I hung up the telephone, my wife asked who had called. I told her the entire story. I was absolutely numb and in shock. The more it sunk in that evening the more concerned I became.

I worried about it all weekend. I researched this type of skin cancer on the internet. The more I found out about it the more concerned I became. I talked with my sister- in- law and brother- in- law in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are both in the medical field. They suggested I come down there and get into the Huntsman Cancer Institute. It treats nothing but Melanoma type cancers. I said we would have to wait and see what my doctors were prescribing. They told me not to wait too long because of the type of cancer this was.

Upon further research at the Huntsman Institute site, I found that Melanoma is ” The deadliest form of skin cancer, has reached epidemic proportions worldwide, and is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the United States of America.”

On Tuesday morning, I met with the surgeon. He began by looking at this small white head of a bump and then he began relating medical terminology to his nurse. He then said if I had any questions I could ask his nurse and he left the room. His nurse told me that she couldn’t schedule the surgery any sooner than January 3rd.

I told her I could not have surgery until after January 10th because I had committed to some substitute teaching jobs for some dear friends. She said that was okay but I needed to call the hospital and go in for a pre-surgery screening. She said she would send in the orders to the hospital.

I called the hospital that afternoon and set up an appointment for the morning of January 7th.

On the morning of January 7th, I went to the hospital and told them why I was there. We went through the basic paperwork, and the pre-lab exam. They told me that we couldn’t do the lab tests or the EKG because there weren’t any orders from the doctor.

The nurse was kind enough to call the doctor and ask for the order to be faxed to her. We waited for about twenty minutes but no fax arrived. The nurse said she was sorry but there wasn’t anything she could do. So she sent me home.

When I arrived home I called the doctor’s office and the receptionist said that everyone was out to lunch. She would have the nurse call me when she arrived back at the office.

After two hours the nurse called me at home and told me she had just faxed the orders. I asked her what I needed to do now. She told me to call and make another appointment with the hospital but I needed to have it completed before I could check in for the surgery.

I called the hospital and luckily the nurse I had talked to that morning answered the telephone. I explained what the doctor’s office had said. She told me to get myself down there right away and we would finish the exam then. Thank goodness for her because I was not getting any help or information from my surgeon’s nurse.

On January 12, I checked into the hospital. I was a basket full of nerves because I really had no idea of what was going to happen. The first thing that I had to experience was the Radiation Doctor injected the “white head” with lidocaine. Then he injected the north, west, south, and east points of the spot with a radioactive element that stung like acid even though it had been numbed. I had to lie perfectly still for 40 minutes for the elements to travel to certain sentinel lymph nodes. My wife and the Radiation Doctor watched on a monitor as the radioactive element traveled from my forehead down to my left ear and neck. The surgeon would remove these marked nodes because that is where cancer cells had traveled to.

After this procedure was completed, I was directed to the pre-surgery department. I had an IV hooked up to my arm. I was asked more questions for the hospital records. Actually these were the same questions I had answered during my first visit. I guess different departments don’t communicate with each other, even in this day and age of technology.

The Anesthesia Doctor came in and talked with me while he injected the IV with a mild sedative. This was fine because I was really starting to get stressed out. This doctor actually answered some of my questions and gave me some information about the procedure.

The surgeon had gotten behind on his surgery schedule so my surgery was pushed back by two hours. I think I was given the mild sedative two more times before I was wheeled into the surgery area.At this point all I knew or should I say all I was told was that he was going to remove that spot. Oh, was I wrong.

During the surgery that afternoon, the doctor made an incision from inside my hairline to just below my left eyebrow. He removed a section as round as the bottom of a yogurt container from my forehead and went in as deep as the skull. He also removed a sentinel lymph node beside my left ear and two nodes from deep in my neck. He told my wife that he had to go in an inch and a half to get these nodes.

The node incisions he closed and sutured. The forehead opening was packed with cotton balls and compression bandaged to prevent any bleeding. The bandages were actually sutured to the skin to prevent them from shifting.

When I was relatively awake from the anesthesia and given the okay by the recovery room doctor, I was sent home with my wife and told to come back to the doctor’s office on Tuesday morning of the next week.When I arrived home, I looked in the mirror and saw someone who had bandages all over his face. I had a huge bandage on my forehead that looked like the beginning of a Unicorn’s horn. I also had a bandage by my left ear and one on my neck just below the ear.

The pain pills, which had been given to my wife to help alleviate my pain until she could fill my prescription, were very welcome at this point. This had been a very long day for my wife and I. We had arrived at the hospital at 6:30 a.m. and returned to our house at 8:10 p.m.

The weekend went fairly well except for the throbbing in my forehead, my left ear area, and my neck. I used ice on a regular basis to help control the swelling.

On Tuesday morning, I was allowed the luxury of finally becoming privileged to some information involving my case. My wife and I knew nothing about this information beforehand.

They were going to put me back in the hospital again the next day and this time it was going to be for overnight. This was because all of the maneuvering the doctor was going to have to do under the skin would leave me very sore and actually very sick to my stomach. He was very correct about that!

He said they were going to loosen the skin up under the hairline about two and a half inches and then pull it, tuck it under and then stitch it back together leaving as small of a scar as possible. I looked into the mirror and saw the incision they had previously made. The incision went from 1/2 inch below my eyebrow up and across my forehead and into my hairline by 1/2 an inch.

It was basically a partial face-lift that plastic surgeons might do.

The nurse packed and re-bandaged the incision and we headed back home. As we were driving home, my wife and I both questioned each other about knowing any of this information before today. We both came to the same conclusion. We had not been given any of this information prior to today.

We arrived back at the hospital the next day around noon. I was checked into the pre-surgery area again. I actually had the same pre-surgery nurses as I did for the first surgery. We went through the same procedures as before with the IV and the questions. Today the surgeon was not behind and it looked like we were going ahead as scheduled.

The Anesthesia doctor came in to my cubby hole and gave me the pre-sedation. As he was doing this I happened to look across the aisle from me. There was a pretty fifteen year old girl and her father in the cubby hole across the aisle. Just as my bed was being wheeled out of my cubby hole, her doctor had told her they were going to have to remove her nose and upper lip because of a spot on her nose. The scream that came from her was a blood curdling scream that I had only heard in the movies.

I was later told by my nurse that the parents could not bring themselves to tell her about her surgery. They had only told her that her dermatologist was going to remove some acne bumps. They figured the doctor could let her in on the secret after she had been partially sedated.

I am glad that I was being wheeled into the operating room and out of that area.

As I was going into the operating room, where my surgery was going to be done, I remember thinking “Oh Crap, what are they going to do to me this time?”

When I woke up in my hospital room the pain started immediately. The remainder of the night I tried to listen to music to block out the pain-No help or very little. We, the nurse and I, then tried Norco tablets every four hours….took a little edge off but when the pain wanted to scream it would get its own way.

The nurse finally said, “that’s it” and gave me an injection of morphine. She told me that the pain was making my blood pressure raise to a level she did not want to see. The morphine brought the pain down to a low to medium migraine. So we continued this routine, Norco tablets every four hours followed by injections every hour, all night until I was released the next morning at 9:30 a.m. I did not get any sleep at all that night.

When I was released from the hospital the next morning, I was told to keep the bandages dry and clean and the doctor would see me in three days to take out the stitches.

I loaded up on some Norco tablets and eventually slept like a rock when I returned home.

My wife told me that the doctor had come and talked with her after the surgery. She said he was very informative and actually very nice.

When I went to the surgeon’s office to have my stitches removed, I had a new nurse take them out. The stitches came out very easily. I looked like I had a small irrigation ditch running through my forehead but I felt fortunate to this point.

The doctor told me there would be a few radiation treatments to clean up any debris that was left but it would nothing to stress out about. He told me the headaches, the soreness, and the itching under the skin would go away with time.

He had set up an appointment for me to meet with a Radiation Oncologist at St. Luke’s Hospital in the Mountain States Tumor Institute or MSTI department. This appointment would be scheduled in about two weeks. This would give the incision time to heal.

When I went to my appointment to meet the Radiology Oncologist and the Chemical Oncologist at the Mountain States Tumor Institute, I was under the impression that I would have a few radiation treatments and that would be it.

Everyone that I met at MSTI, from the receptionists all the way to the doctors were very sweet and compassionate. The compassion the doctors, nurses, and everyone that worked there had for their patients was truly immense and heartwarming.

The doctors were compassionate but were very matter of fact when it came to this disease. The first doctor, who was a Radiation Oncologist, looked at the incisions I had and said, “Your other doctor did a very good job on your fore head, and neck but I want you to know something-He is a surgeon, a very good one, but still just a surgeon. I am the Radiology Oncologist and you are now mine.

I am setting you up for a brain MRI, a full body PET scan, and a meeting with the Chemo Oncology doctor and the radiation tech staff.”

I met with the Chemo Oncologist right away. I could tell from what she said that she was a very intelligent person. She asked me what stage I was in? I told her I didn’t know because no one had offered me that information. She looked at my file and said that I had stage two. I was one cell away from being in stage three. She said the difference being stage two-NO chemotherapy, stage three FULL interferon chemotherapy. She explained what would happen to me physically and mentally if I would have gone through the Interferon therapy.

She told me that if I had not asked for my dermatologist to check this “white head” out by this time next year at my annual dermatology check there would have been nothing they could have done for me. She said I was very, very lucky.

I was then taken into the radiation room where they were going to fit me with a very tight plastic mask that clicked to the table. It was designed so that for the next five weeks I would be in the same position every day. They told me my eyebrow hairs would fall out, parts of my hairline would fall out, my skin would burn like a sunburn, then blister and peel. They said I could only use the lotions that they gave me because the commercial products were too strong. They also told me I could not use sunscreen for the first year due to the harm it would cause the skin.

The radiation tech person asked, “Have you ever been claustrophobic?” I told them no and asked why. They told me the mask was to be placed in very warm water and then pushed down over my face and clicked to the table. Then the techs would form it to my face with their hands. Once this was completed they would place cold towels over it to solidify its shape.

Then they would take the mask off, draw on my face with a Sharpie pen for future reference points, place the mask back on my face, and make some marks on the mask.

These marks on the mask would help align the laser markings for the radiation treatments. This way the placement of the markers would be exact every single treatment. I was also going to wear a lead eyepiece over my left eye so the radiation would not affect my eye.

From the radiation room, I was sent to the Imagery department. Here they would do the PET scan and the MRI.

I was first given an injection of a radioactive element, placed in a dark room, and told to be as quiet as possible for forty minutes. I couldn’t even talk. When the time period was up, I was led to a restroom. The sign on the outside of the door read “For Nuclear Patients Only”. I highly expected my urine to glow if I turned out the lights. I was then escorted back to the Imagery room and they did the full body scan.

I was then taken to an MRI room, where the technician did an MRI of my brain. Other than a lot of noise this was an easy exam. I was told my doctor would go over the results of the tests on Monday and I was then sent home. I was extremely exhausted after all of this. This was not the few radiation treatments to clean up any debris left from the surgery that my surgeon had indicated.

Once we started the radiation treatments, I was to meet with the doctor every Monday. On the first Monday she told me that the results of the MRI and PET Scans were back and that I had Nodules in my lungs. Oh great some more good news!

She said most people do have them from the air we breathe but she ordered a DEDICATED CAT SCAN of my lungs. This scan was scheduled to take place the next morning. This exam would look at the nodules more closely.

My doctor then guided me back to the radiation treatment room. They handed me a schedule for the next five weeks. I was going to have a radiation treatment every week day at 3 p.m. for the next five weeks.

The technicians had me lay down on a skinny table. They put a pillow under my knees to relieve any back pressure. They then took the mask they had made for me, placed it over my face, pushed it down towards the table until I heard four clicks. This was the mask clicking into its proper position. They placed a lead shield over my left eye.

The technicians then told me they were ready and that they were going to leave the room. They told me not to move. I had my eyes closed but when the machine came on I could see a white light pass over my face. I asked the technician about this and she told me there wasn’t any white light. It could have been the radiation playing with my optic nerve.

As the weeks passed by I developed a sun burn on my fore head, I lost the hair from my left eyebrow and up into my hairline about an inch and a half. During the third week of treatment, when the radiation came on, I could feel a bubbling sensation just under the skin. The technicians said this was a normal occurrence and to make sure I used the lotion they had given to me.

If you ever want your life totally scheduled out, this is one way to do it. You have Radiation treatments every day at 3 p.m., Doctors appointments every Monday at 11 a.m., and then any scheduled tests in between those two. I have seen patients at MSTI spend all day there. First they have their chemo treatment and then they go and have their radiation treatment.

One day while I was sitting in the radiation waiting room and a young man about 22 years of age walked in and sat down. I knew he had just had his chemo treatment because of the bandage on his arm.

As we sat there he began to cry. He kept repeating that he wasn’t going to make it. I was just about to talk with him when the nurse called me back for my treatment. I told her about him, what he was saying, and suggested that he needed to talk to someone. After my treatment was completed, the nurse came up to me and thanked me for saying something. This young man was in a very depressed state and they had checked him into the hospital.

When I went in for my first CAT scan they told me they were going to use a warm iodine solution as a contrast material. I am allergic to Iodine. The radiation technician gave me some medications to take to stop any allergic reactions.

The technician told me when they injected the warm Iodine it would make you feel like you were getting warm all over, and then suddenly you would feel like you are wetting your pants….She didn’t lie. That’s exactly how it felt. She told me she would warn some of her older patients that feeling was going to happen but they still would grab their crotch when it did occur.

The nodule results were fine but as we were walking out the tech told me I probably would have two more CAT Scans about six months apart. About this time, my nose and upper lip had become itchy. It was a slight reaction. I had to sit down for ten minutes with a nurse and an IV in my arm so I could be monitored for anymore reactions.

The second CAT scan went according to plan with no changes in the nodules and no reactions from the iodine.

The third CAT scan results were okay except the nurse was behind schedule and decided the best way to put in a needle is by the perpendicular-vertical method over the parallel-horizontal method. This was to be my last CAT scan but the doctors found a new nodule. So now I have one more to make sure this one has not changed.

Just about the time I feel like everything is coming to an end a new surprise hits the fan.

I finished my radiation treatments and I am still in the process of recovery; both physically and mentally. The doctors said about two years to recover from the surgeries and radiation treatments. My forehead is still sore where the surgeries had taken place. I did have a few chats with the MSTI Social Worker to vent a few anxieties. What a wonderful and caring person she is and will always be a dear friend

When my radiation treatments were over, the radiation tech gave me my mask and told me I could paint it for Halloween to scare kids away from my door or I could paint it in orange and blue colors and wear it to a home Boise State football game. He was a great guy during this time period.

So I have another Cat Scan in August and at the present time I am 15 months clean; with dermatologist, radiation oncologist, and M.D. Doctor appointments set every three months; hopefully all not on the same day. I do not want any more surprises; although the last dermatology checkup I had the doctor asked me if there was anything I wanted checked. I mentioned an area on the back of my left arm, in the middle of the Tricep area.

He looked at it, did a biopsy, and then called me two days later. He told me it was a squamous carcinoma cell that needed to be removed.

Luckily that was an office visit that took very little time. It did cause me some stress because I don’t like needles and to hear him cutting and scraping with the scalpel was not a treat. So I went out on a run to relieve that feeling and to get my head back into my zone that happens during a “runners high”.

These types of occurrences really interrupt my running schedule, my family schedule, and my living schedule.

But because I had my dermatologist check a small white head I am still here, fighting back, and enjoying life.

Steve McCain

“Hug Life Like Your Favorite Teddy Bear”

Help For Stubborn Eczema – How to Improve Skin Quality and Relieve Symptoms

If you’ve had chronic eczema and had to deal with the frustration of new flare-ups and eruptions, you know the disappointment when you think your skin has cleared only to see new little patches or bumps. Symptoms may just be redness and pimples for some, but for other there can be extreme swelling, large patches and sores. Whether the case is mild or extreme, one thing in common is the itch that can drive you up the wall.

If your skin has not cleared up using steroid creams and other methods, continue to still moisturize it and follow the prescription program your dermatologist has given to you. Sometimes, it can take a few months to resolve so don’t give up.

Other measures that are helpful include using flax seed oil as a supplement to help to supply essential fatty acids and omega three and omega six nutrients, substituting cotton clothing for anything with wool or nylon and replacing foods that are known to produce allergic reactions such as peanuts, milk-based products and wheat. Though changing one’s diet can seem radical, this may be what’s needed to eradicated the causes of the symptoms.

Be sure to also observe common sense measures such as avoiding hot water showers, stop using detergents with harsh ingredients and improving one’s daily routine by drinking lots of water and adding more fruits and vegetables. If your skin is chapped and dried do winter weather, add to your home a humidifier and don’t expose your skin to raw weather when going outdoors but be sure it’s covered up well.

In addition to a flax seed oil supplement, oils such as olive oil, coconut oil and safflower oil are good to add to salads and ingest for maximum skin repair. Baths that have oatmeal added or baking soda will help the skin reduce in redness and give a repsite from the itchiness that reminds you so often of the skin condition.

Another useful supplement is to take acidopholous or bifidus. These are probiotics and are considered useful in promoting the production of good bacteria. This can counteract the side effects of poor diet, antibiotics and digestive issues. The body eliminates through the skin and by making your system as clean as possible there will be better general health.

The stress can build up easily when there is an itching sensation during the day so be sure to find ways to relax the mind and body each day through visualizations, meditation, breathing, stretching, photography or other hobbies that bring peace and a harmonious feeling into your life.

How to Get Rid of Plantar Warts

A plantar wart appears on the plantar surface or sole of your foot and is caused by an easily transmittable virus. You can just as unfortunately easily transmit it to other parts of your body or to someone else.

Just like Athlete’s foot fungus, the virus can be contracted by walking barefoot in warm, moist environments. These include gyms, locker rooms, saunas, showers, pool areas, and public bathrooms.

Cracks or abrasions on your feet are an open invitation for the virus to go deep inside the dermal layers and take up residence. Scratching or shaving over the affected area can also spread the infection.

*What are the Symptoms?

The wart can range in size from a tiny dot to the size of a nickel or larger and appear singly or in clusters. They can be quite easily confused with a callus or corn because the warts are covered with thick skin issue.

A plantar wart, though, has a distinct black or brown pinpoint in the centre, which is the site of a blood vessel. This will also hurt if you squeeze it and bleed if you cut it; a corn will not.

These warts occur most frequently on the balls and heels of the feet.

Plantar warts can be quite painful and become pushed deep inside the skin due to weight and shoe pressure.

A mosaic wart is caused by the same virus, is irregular in shape and bleeds easily when irritated, and can eventually form a large cluster of a hundred or more tiny warts. This patch of warts can cover the entire bottom of the foot and has a rougher, thicker surface than a plantar wart.

* What are the Treatments for Plantar Warts?

Unfortunately, a cure for these troublesome, painful growths can prove elusive. This is because they have a tendency to go away spontaneously and unfortunately also tend to recur spontaneously in the same areas.

Some foot specialists recommend the cost effective treatment of regularly applying salicylic acid, (found in the foot care section of your local drugstore) File the wart down slightly with an emery board daily, and apply a drop of acid.

Repeat process for several weeks or months until the wart has disappeared. Care should be taken to avoid getting this acid on the surrounding skin as it can burn and dissolve healthy tissue as well as the wart(s).

Tea Tree oil can also be applied “neat” (undiluted) as can garlic oil. These both have anti viral properties. A slice of raw garlic can be taped to the affected area with a fresh piece being applied daily. Vitamin A oil is also believed to remove warts.

No one treatment works for everyone. Warts can be stubborn creatures – whatever method of treatment you try persistence is required.

What can be used for Prevention?

Since the virus that causes plantar warts is highly contagious, do avoid going barefoot in the gym or around swimming pools. Indeed avoid any place that is public, warm, and moist.

Wash and dry your feet daily and put powder in your shoes to absorb moisture. Also, if you are treating or inspecting someone’s infected feet, wear disposable gloves and wash your hands thoroughly.

Plantar Warts are complex and there is much to learn before we can successfully treat and prevent their occurrence.

Copyright (c) 2010 Eamon Greville

Eosinophilic Esophagitis – Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Or Eosinophilic Esophagitis

How is eosinophilic or allergic esophagitis diagnosed?

It is first suspected by the classic history and the appearance of the esophagus on endoscopy of multiple rings or constrictions that result in the esophagus looking like that of a cat’s esophagus. This is called felinization of the esophagus or ringed esophagus. Other visual signs may be whitish spots, long furrows or a lining that looks like crepe paper and is very easily torn.

The definitive diagnosis is made by the finding of an abnormal number of eosinophils in esophageal biopsy tissue. The number of eosinophils considered abnormal is debated between >15-25 eosinophils per high power field (400x) with most authorities agreeing >20 as being diagnostic. The esophagus normally contains no eosinophils. It has been long accepted that chronic acid reflux commonly can be associated with 5-10 eosinophils per high power field in the lower esophagus but this finding higher in the esophagus should raise likelihood that eosinophilic esophagitis is present.

Why is it important to diagnose eosinophilic esophagitis and distinguish it from acid reflux esophagitis?

Acid reflux esophagitis usually responds to acid blocker medications like histamine 2 blockers ranitidine (Zantac), cimetidine (Tagamet), famotidine (Pepcid) and proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole (Prilosec) or esomeprazole (Nexium) whereas eosinophilic esophagitis often does not get better with these medications. Acid reflux injury to the esophagus can result in narrowing or constriction of the lower esophagus causing a food sticking sensation. This can be treated by a stretching of the constriction known as esophageal dilation that is usually safe and highly effective. Eosinophilic esophagitis also may result in constrictions of the esophagus but the stricture or rings are usually multiple, located higher in the esophagus and carry a high risk of tearing or puncturing the esophagus if dilation is attempted before treatment with steroids. There does not seem to be an association of cancer of the esophagus with eosinophilic esophagitis like there is with acid reflux. However, eosinophilic esophagitis can be chronic and difficult to treat.

How is eosinophilic esophagitis treated?

Identification and elimination of problem allergy foods is the mainstay of treatment. Foods that show positive allergy testing are eliminated. In some people a strict elimination diet is recommended. Rarely, a diet of only basic amino acid proteins in a liquid (elemental diet) is required. Temporary relief can be achieved with steroids. Systemic (oral prednisone) works but has the potential side effects of steroids on the rest of the body. Topical steroids applied directly to the surface that have little or no absorption into the blood stream are preferable. The nasal steroid, fluticasone propionate, has been used successfully. It is sprayed in the mouth and swallowed twice daily. The mouth should be rinsed out followed by spitting out rather swallowing the water. No eating or drinking for 30 minutes is recommended. A few studies have reported response to mast cell stabilizer disodium cromoglycate (Cromolyn), leukotriene inhibitor montelukast (Singulair), immunomodulators such as aziothioprine (Imuran), or monoclonal antibody against IL-5 mepolizumab.

Eosinophilic esophagitis: What role do foods play and what is the diet treatment?

Food allergy plays a major role in the cause and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis, hence the alternative term used allergic esophagitis. Most patients will be found to have one or more food allergies when adequate testing is done. Skin prick allergy testing or blood tests (RAST, IgE food antibodies) can be negative but patch skin testing or intradermal testing may be positive. Sometimes, elimination diet with re-challenge is the only way to implicate a problem food. In most patients a personal and/or family history of allergic disorders (atopy) such as allergic rhinitis (hayfever), asthma, eczema, atopic dermatitis, or food allergies is noted.

What are the most problem common foods associated with eosinophilic esophagitis?

In descending order, the most common foods reported in the largest series were, milk, egg, soy, corn, wheat, beef, chicken, potato, oats, peanuts, turkey, barley, pork, rice, green beans, apples, and pineapple. Elimination of foods that test positive on allergy testing is the cornerstone of treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis. However, sometimes allergy testing is negative or inconclusive. It it then that an elimination diet is necessary and a pre-elimination diet food symptom diet diary is very helpful.

Ovarian Cancer-PMS Symptoms – Treatment Options for Ovarian Cancer-PMS Symptoms

Many health conditions have very similar symptoms and therefore it is imperative that if you have any unusual symptoms going on that you get a thorough physical from your doctor to help determine exactly what is going on. Ovarian Cancer and PMS -premenstrual syndrome are two conditions that have some of the same symptoms. The similar symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and PMS will be reviewed. Treatment options for both will be discussed as well.

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

It has been believed that symptoms of Ovarian Cancer did not appear until the tumor spreads. Very recently however, it has been discovered that there may be early signs. These symptoms can be bloating, abdominal pain and frequent urination or intense urge to urinate. You may experience problems with eating or you may feel full really quickly.

If these symptoms have not appeared before or if they become severe, every woman should see their doctors’ for cancer screening.

Other symptoms of ovarian cancer could include a feeling of heaviness in the pelvic/abdominal area, lower abdominal pain, and/or vaginal bleeding. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, unexplained back pain that gets continually worse, and increased abdominal girth. Some gastro-intestinal problems such as gas, indigestion, decreased appetite and problems eating the usual amount of food may be symptomatic of ovarian cancer.

Nausea, vomiting, and feeling bloated may also indicate ovarian cancer. Excessive hair growth may also occur.

PMS Symptoms

There are two believed causes of premenstrual symptoms. The first is low serotonin levels (brain chemical that helps control mood, sleep, and your appetite. Associated symptoms include mood swings, irritability, aggressive behavior, and anger. Fatigue and sleep problems may also occur. Anxiety, depression and concentration problems are also associated symptoms. Food cravings and an increase in your appetite may also occur.

The second possible cause is related to the hormonal fluctuations and may be headaches including migraines. Sore breasts, bloating, and back ache might also be experienced by some women. There are over 100 associated indicators related to PMS.

Treatments

Ovarian cancer can be treated in a number of ways. Surgery is an option and may include removal of just the diseased ovary or both can be removed. If this is the case, you will no longer be able to get pregnant and early menopause may occur if you have had it already.

Radiation Treatment uses extremely high energy x-rays to do one of two things; shrink the cancer cells or to kill them. With radiation you may experience the side effects such as nausea, fatigue, and diarrhea. Report these to your doctor immediately because there are ways to help. Chemotherapy is given most often after surgery.

They may be administered intravenously or by mouth. Once the drugs are in the blood stream they spread throughout the body. This is a good treatment when the cancer has spread beyond the ovaries.

Side effects from chemotherapy may include nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, hair loss, and rashes on the hands and feet. Damage may occur to the kidneys or nerves. Tiredness due to low red blood cell counts, bleeding/bruising from minor cuts due to low platelet counts and mouth sores may occur. Once treatments are done most of these things go away. PMS treatments include prescribed medications; possibly anti-depressants which are used no matter the level of severity. These come with some very serious side effects and as a result many people are looking for natural treatments such as herbal supplements.

Herbal supplements of high quality should have been put through intense testing. The metabolism of the ingredients is tested at the molecular level and the interactions of the ingredients examined. They also should have been made to meet pharmaceutical grade standards. This guarantees that what the label says it contains, is really in the supplement. The safety, purity, and effectiveness of the supplement are also guaranteed. Before taking any supplement, check with your doctor because the herbs may have an effect on how prescriptions you may be taking for other conditions work.

Conclusion

Ovarian cancer PMS symptoms do have some commonalities such as a little lower abdominal pain, weight gain, irregular periods, and indigestion. These symptoms can indicate either Ovarian Cancer/PMS symptoms. It is very strongly recommended that if you suspect you have PMS or ovarian cancer, to get medical advice as soon as possible. Both can be treated but ovarian cancer may be more survivable if caught early rather than later: and that is usually the case.

Can Reiki Heal the Root Cause of Depression?

Depression is a mental or psychological disorder that changes the emotional state to doom and gloom and affecting how a person physically functions and interacts socially. Different types of depression include major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, postpartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and atypical depression.

Having mentioned all the types of depression, medical research and studies have been conducted to determine what causes depression. The pharmaceutical industry has a pet theory that the brain’s deficiency of serotonin is the source of depression or in a more general/basic term, a chemical imbalance in the brain. This theory was created when depressed people are found out to have a reduced amount of monoamines (i.e. serotonin and norepinephrine), which is a certain type of neurotransmitters. Unfortunately, this chemical imbalance is more of a symptom than a cause. To appreciate it better, a simple explanation is that these low serotonin levels is a result of carrying out more negative contemplation and seldom participating in activities that gives an individual self-contentment or happiness. In this regard, there really isn’t any study yet that has conclusively confirmed or substantiated the exact or precise root of depression.

Others perceive depression as a biological disorder but it is not nor is it a virus that can be acquired or passed on by others. In the 2003 book edition of “Human Givens” by J. Griffin & I. Tyrrell, it was often repeated and emphasized that depression is not a disease neither a chemical imbalance. They have described depression as an individual’s spontaneous response to specific emotional introspection. In the absence of a defined or a clear cut explanation and understanding of the cause of depression, people somehow stick to the closest or nearest medical explanation there is.

Recent statistics about depression is very alarming showing that there are an estimated 70 million people who suffers from its symptoms that includes but not limited to uselessness, having a hard time sleeping, feeling of moroseness, lack of energy, and poor attitude toward life. These and other symptoms lead to destruction of oneself starting from being pessimistic, lacking enthusiasm and having no initiative. As a result of these negativities, the body and mind receives and also sends out negative energies. Illnesses, disease and other medical conditions are sometimes a result of this situation. Other consequence may be despair, irrational or thoughtless decisions and actions which the individual later on regrets.

As alarming as it sounds, each individual must take heed to lower the figures and to prevent it from increasing it more. While the cure is different for each depressed individual, the common goal is to reverse the condition and give back the normal life that each and every one of us deserves. With its different causes, there are spiritual ways that will help pull the depressed people up from the situation they are in and be able to live a vibrant, happy and full life.

As explained earlier, depression is not a chemical imbalance. It is not a cause of depression but merely a symptom. Having said this, some people say and believe that it is all in the mind or it is a state of mind. The individual being in a state of depression has lost connection to what eternity, bliss and knowledge is really all about as part of quality of life. No medication or science can really be a solution to changing and overcoming depression because the point here is that attitude and behavior are the ones in question here.

To see a more holistic view of depression, the following should be taken into consideration as causes or part of the cause of depression:

a. Medical Factors – Physical or health factors can trigger a person to have a different perspective in life or mental disposition in life. They are starting to feel and think negative thoughts and eventually stop trying to feel positive about their condition. Hormonal imbalance, improper diet, weak nervous system can hamper one’s positive outlook in life.

b. External Factors – Social status, culture, system, traumatic experience or as simple as the weather can be causes of being depressed. People do sometimes get sad and depressed when it’s cloudy or raining. There is just something in the weather that attracts melancholy.

c. Emotional or Psychological Factors – Mistakes that one can’t get over with are also a cause of depression. When a person tends to dwell on guilt and mistakes that can’s be undone, surround themselves with negative people, holds grudges, jealousy and envy will likely to have depression.

According to an associate professor (Harold Koenig, MD) at the Duke University Medical Center, spiritual force and holistic healing plays a significant role and cannot be ignored as a variable in helping patients cope with depression. Studies have revealed that strategies which include spirituality or religion provide a better result as acknowledged in the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting conducted last 2002.

This remarkable result paved the way to see spiritual support in a different light. One should then pay attention to a patient’s beliefs and spiritual practices to better find the right solution or cure for them. Although spirituality is not the sole answer to depression it is indeed a great help if not curing it 100% then at least making it in a lesser degree and eventually solving it. Here are some ways and tips on how spirituality can uplift a person from the depressed state of mind:

Analyze the root cause of the problem – To determine the real cause, one has to reflect and spend time over the concern. It may even take days and it would be helpful to take note of thoughts and have someone who can help you find the root problem.

Right cure for the right problem – Once the root problem is determined then one can already address and find the right solution. If the problem is physical or health-related then you can go and see the doctor to resolve the difficulty or the pain that triggers the depression. Exercise, nourishing diet or strengthening the nervous system by relaxation or regular prayer can help out in giving you the energy for a more refresh and invigorating physical and mental individual that aids in overcoming the weak body and depressed mind.

If the problem is external, emotional or psychological, one should avoid habits that are undesirable. Try to live a simple, pure and righteous life by associating or surrounding yourself with the right group of people or friends who has the same values, spiritually inclined and has only positive outlook in life. These people will help you face your difficulties and problems to be free of the negativities that you have been holding on to.

We can be in control of our body and mind if we have a strong spiritual help. We can always feel positive about everything if we believe on something greater or more powerful than us can really help us. Reiki healing can be of great support to a depressed individual. The energy healing that Reiki provides is more than enough to project and supply positive energies from a Reiki healer to be transferred to a depressed individual. Reiki healing presents an intangible gift (peace of mind and soul) to any person receiving it hence a more holistic point of view and different perspective is experience.

Severe Anxiety Disorder is Preventable With the Right Treatment

A severe anxiety disorder is a condition characterized by a group of illnesses: panic disorders, phobias, generalized anxiety symptoms, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorders. It is essentially a mental disease that manifests itself in both psychological and physical symptoms.

If an individual suffers from such anxiety disorders, then their condition often involves symptoms such as disturbance in sleep patterns, excessive or unrealistic worrying, flashbacks of past traumas and unpleasant experiences, unrealistic fears concerning situations or scenarios, rigid behaviors in response to anxieties, muscle aches, trembling, sweating, shakiness, dizziness, clammy/cold hands, jitters, fatigue, tension, nausea, dry mouth, racing heart, tingling/numbness in feet, hands or other parts of the body, and a high pulse or breathing rate.

Adding to this extensive list, those suffering from severe anxiety disorders are usually apprehensive and tense and almost expecting bad situations to occur to themselves and their loved ones or themselves. This often causes them to be irritable, impatient, and become distracted and immersed in their own negative thoughts. Suffice it to say, individuals with severe anxiety usually suffer from excessive or unrealistic stress and anxieties and are almost always in tension about life circumstances.

If you have a friend or relative suffering from severe anxiety disorder, you should help by asking or helping them to minimize the stress catalysts and causes they have in life to as much as possible, instead of telling them to abruptly stop their normal activities, even if that’s at the core of the problem, as this suddenness of change can cause stress and anxiety as well.

These disorders are usually debilitating chronic situations that can occur from an early stage of life or can start all of sudden after a triggering incident. Whatever the cause of the problem, it needs to be dealt with. At first, treatment for the condition may be comprised of being prescribed some anti-depressants by the doctor and these may help the patient to feel better. In case the condition worsens the sufferer has to explore alternative options such as psychiatry or natural styled treatments to achieve a permanent solution.

The words fear and anxiety are generally used interchangeably, but clinically they have different meanings where fear is a physiological and emotional response to identify an outer threat where as anxiety is an unpleasing state of emotions where the cause is not recognized as unavoidable. Anxiety disorders involve both anxiety and fear.

People suffering from anxiety disorders also have two types of phobia. One is a social phobia and the other is a specific phobia. In social phobia the sufferer has a severe anxiety of being judged by others or of their behavior that can lead to embarrassing situations. This can cause profuse sweating, heart palpitations and shortness of breath.

In case of specific phobia involves fear of flying, fear of animal, fear of height or fear of blood as some examples. The individual suffering from such severe anxiety disorder has improper and spontaneous fears and thus cannot live a normal life.

Will You Go Blind From Stress or Anxiety?

Anxiety and stress will make you blind … fact?

Actually if you look at it this way you will understand what I mean …

‘Nobody ever got blind by looking at the brighter side of life’

So if you don’t look at the brighter side of life, you may go blind. Not a true blindness, but you will fail to see the nicer things in life. You will not smile at a child’s laugh, you will fail to feel happy when you see an amazing sunset, you will fail to feel joy at the birth of a friends or family member’s baby.

Stress and anxiety does distort your vision. It affects how you see the world around you. You will enjoy life less and as a result, stress and anxiety levels will continue to climb.

How can you stop stress and anxiety blindness?

Simple. Just look at the brighter side of life. I know it may be hard when you are totally stressed out. But there a lot of things you can do …

Go for a walk, whether it is in winter, spring or summer. Get outside and look up. Not vertical but look up at an angle of about fifteen degrees. This allows you brain to access the level of mind that releases stress and anxiety.

You also get to see the tops of the trees, the clouds in the sky and the birds flying by. Get out and walk, just breathing while you walk helps to relieve stress and anxiety.

A simple thing to do is to do the ‘Peter Pan’. This means think of happy thoughts, even if there are very few at present. Look into the past for memories, look into the future as being brighter and create the feeling that life is great now.

Anxiety and stress distorts your views on life. They make you feel that the brighter side of life doesn’t exist. But it does. Your view is distorted, not reality.

Thinking happier thoughts on a regular basis is a great way to ease a lot of the day to day tensions. It builds up a resistance to the bigger stress and anxiety events. After all it is said that laughter is the best medicine.

If you can’t think happy thoughts, or find it harder to look at the brighter side of life, then have a break and watch a funny movie or TV program. Kick yourself into action to see the brighter side of things.

If life is still full of stress and anxiety and you can’t see the brighter side of things … you need to do something about your stress and anxiety levels. You need to use techniques to help address your stress and use ways to reprogram your mind to eliminate your stress and anxiety.

Stress and anxiety will create ill health, either it is now or it will eventually eat away at your health. Then you will not only have the emotional stress and anxiety, you will have health anxiety and stress also.

You need to look at ways to address the underling causes of your anxiety and stress. Do not just look at the situations or events that trigger tem. Look at the ‘whys‘ and ‘hows‘ of stress and anxiety. Why do you suffer and how can you stop suffering.

It is a matter of teaching yourself to repel stress and anxiety, then and only then will your stress levels melt away. Without stress and anxiety you will automatically … look at the brighter side of life.

Herbs For Depression and Anxiety

Depression is a psychological state of melancholy and deep sadness, with or without any evident cause, as well as a loss of appetite, insomnia, and a propensity to inactivity.

Anxiety is an undesirable and unjustified emotion whose intensity is not in proportion to its likely cause. Anxiety is different than fear. The latter implies the presence of a known actual danger. Anxiety usually manifests itself externally, in a state of nervous hyperexcitation.

Many people who suffer with these ailments usually do not want to take drugs witch could cause some pretty nasty side effects. I put this list of herbs for depression and anxiety together for those people.

Herbs for depression and anxiety

Herbs for depression:

Oats – Oats Contain a significant amount of lecithin, B vitamins, pantothenic acid, enzymes, minerals, mainly calcium and phosphorus, certain trace elements and an alkaloid, which have balancing and invigorating effects on the nervous system. The use of oats is highly recommended for people with depression.

Balm – Balm is recommended for depression because of its gentle sedative and balancing effects on the nervous system.

Valerian – This herb produces sedation on the whole autonomic and central nervous systems, decreasing anxiety, as well as blood pressure.

Mother of Thyme – Taking a hot bath with mother of thyme which have invigorating and revitalizing properties, render good results for people with depression.

Angelica – Angelica is beneficial for the treatment of depression because of its sedative and balancing properties on the nervous system.

Celery – Celery gives a feeling of vitality and well-being. Celery juice is very useful when used as a general invigorator and remineralizer, mixed with tomato, carrot, and lemon juice. It is recommended for people suffering from exhaustion or nervous depression.

Ginseng – This herb has vasorregulating properties, which balances blood pressure.

Sesame – Sesame is an excellent nutritional complement for people undergoing high mental or intellectual activity, and great for people with depression.

Sage – Sage is nervous system invigorating and has a mild stimulant action on suprarenal glands. It is thus recommended for depression.

St. Johnswort – This herb has a balancing effect on the nervous system — therefore, it is very good for depression.

Thyme – Thyme stimulates the intellectual faculties and mental agility, however lacking side effects like those of coffee or tea, to which it is a favorable substitute. It is recommended for anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

Herbs for Anxiety

Oats – (see above)

Orange Tree – Great for anxiety because it provides mild sedation, which makes it easier to calm down.

Hops – Hops acts as a sedative which helps to relax you and calm you down.

Prickly Lettuce – Prickly lettuce is similar to opium, though it does not have any noxious effect, so it may be used even with children, in whom it calms excessive activity and helps with anxiety.

Lavender – Lavender balances the autonomic and central nervous system. It is recommended in cases of nervous anxiety.

Balm – (see above)

Passion Flower – The passion flower acts as a mild anxiolytic, without risk of addiction or dependence. It is the ideal plant for those people who are under nervous pressure, and anxiety related problems.

Linden – This herb reduces the viscosity of the blood, allowing it to circulate more efficiently. This makes it great for people with high blood pressure.

Valerian – (see above)

Hawthorn – This herb has a balancing effect on blood pressure, since it decreases it in hypertensive people. Its ability to balance hypertension is evident and rapid, achieving more lasting effects than with other synthetic anti-hypertensives.

Evening Primrose – Helps to balance the nervous system and the hormonal balance. Making it ideal for people with anxiety.

Lemon Tree – The lemon tree is a sedative and antispasmodic which helps with anxiety.

Marjoram – This herb decreases the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the arterial contraction, therefore lowering the blood pressure.

Lemon Verbena – Alleviates anxiety. The results achieved are better than those of chemical tranquilizers, not causing side effects.

Cure Piles Naturally – Cure, Reverse, and Prevent Your Painful Piles From Coming Back!

Hemorrhoids, also called Piles, are bulging painful veins that protrude from the anus mostly due to straining and heavy lifting. Pregnant women suffer from hemorrhoids. Even animals get hemorrhoids. This article will give you some methods to cure your piles naturally so you can improve your lifestyle.

You can use what you have in your house right now to help your piles. Ice alternated with warm compress applied to the area has improved hemorrhoids for many. A sitz bath or soaking the affected area in a shallow tub will soothe your flared up piles.

Topical ointments and creams are popular methods to treat hemorrhoids. These creams are rubbed on the area and are used to soothe blood vessels. Once the tissue is relaxed the hemorrhoid will not bulge out so much and be less likely to flare up. Unfortunately, this relief is temporary and it is likely that your piles will flare up again.

Popular natural methods to soothe piles include witch hazel, as well as aloe vera. These products are free from chemicals so you will be less likely to have any reaction, so you will be able to use them over and over again. Also, natural products are less expensive and can be bought in their whole form at local grocery or health food stores.

The thing about hemorrhoids is they really effect your daily life. Doing regular things such as enjoying your children, or even carrying out duties at an office job become uncomfortable and downright painful. Your sex life suffers. Although you can take the extreme measure and investigate surgery, there are better options that many have taken advantage of to get rid of their hemorrhoids. Options that do not just treat symptoms, as a lot of commercial treatments do.