Knee Braces for Football – Do You Need to Wear Them?

As school winds down and as the summer approaches, high school football players prepare for the upcoming year. Many of these athletes participate in summer sports camps to maintain physical shape, hone in on their skills and improve endurance and flexibility.

Knee injuries, particularly ACL knee sprains and tears are a common occurrence during this time, and require medical attention and protection as competition to make the football squad becomes more aggressive.

There is much controversy concerning the effectiveness of wearing braces for protection following a knee injury or used as a preventative piece of equipment just like shoulder pads, helmets and chest protectors.

New knee braces like the Bledsoe NZONE have been designed specifically for football, addressing both the functional aspect of a knee brace and as a shock absorbing knee protector.

Thigh and knee pads have been mandatory equipment in high schools and colleges. On May 22, 2012, the NFL made thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season.

DonJoy has had much success with its DonJoy Armor Extreme, providing a rigid framed brace for ACL protection. The DonJoy custom Defiance is worn by a number of all-pro and super bowl quarterbacks in the NFL, to protect past ACL surgeries or simply for protection.

The Breg Fusion XT has provided superior support for a number of professional athletes in football and other sports.Although the functional mechanisms of all of these braces from the different manufacturers are the same, there are certain differences between the brands that differentiate one over the other.A healthcare professional, coach or trainer that is experienced with many of the most popular brands can help make the determination for which brace is best for a particular football player.

Some knee braces are more effective and wearable for wide receivers vs. ones that are better for defensive backs.An experienced company whether brick and mortar or online company can assist the athlete, coach or trainer in choosing the right brace for his player.

Whichever brace is chosen, it is up to the player to determine its comfort and fit, and if there are issues with the brace during activity. If the brace slides down the leg while running, that can pose a serious issue during a game.

The ultimate decision on wearing a knee brace should come down to the physician’s recommendation with the cooperation and support of the coaches and trainers. They understand the anatomy, the injury type and support level needed to protect the football player. This will ensure that the athlete receives the best knee brace for their particular injury.

Learn the Six Levels of a Dog-Bite

Aggression is a survival skill required by all canines. Dogs bite for many reasons. Over the past two decades it has become “trendy” amongst dog trainers and behaviorists to attempt to resolve and eliminate dog aggression. A typical definition of “bite” is “to seize with the teeth so that they enter, grip or wound.”

To quantify the degree of severity, Dr. Ian Dunbar, has created the following chart/guide on bite “levels”.

Level 1: This bite does not touch the skin. The dog is air biting or snapping.

Level 2: This bite makes contact with the skin, but doesn’t break the skin. Pain and bruising may result, but no abrasions will be visible.

Level 3: This bite ranges from a one to three punctures in a single bite with one puncture less than ½ the depth of the eye-tooth (fang) with or without some tearing.

Level 4: The dog is putting great pressure into the bite. 1 to 4 puncture wounds with or without tearing, more than ½ the depth of the eye tooth. This is usually accompanied with bruising and likely to require medical attention. These injuries suggest the dog grabbed and shook what was in its mouth.

Level 5: Multiple level 4 bites. This dog is usually beyond the ability to reason and may feel his/her

life is threatened.

Level 6: The dog has killed.

Biting can also result when the dog is highly aroused/excited when chasing people along a fence line or from a tie out/chain. This is called “barrier frustration” and it can (and does) occur commonly though most dogs don’t bite. Bites usually occur when the dog’s owner/handler attempts to physically control the dog. The dog is so aroused, that he indiscriminately bites the person. This is called “displacement aggression” and is quite common.

Most large powerful breeds can cause more severe injuries than small dogs. Keep in mind that it is mixed breeds and not pure bred dogs are the type of dog most often involved in inflicting bites to people.

Some warning signs of aggression and biting may be possible:

o Any health change or long term health problem

o Anxious or hyper behavior (fear of new or certain people or places)

o Biting or a history of biting (past behavior is a predictor or future behavior)

o Growling

o New behavioral changes (sudden obstinance)

o Obsessive fence/kennel running/chasing

o Severe separation issues

o Uncontrollable lunging at people or dogs while on leash

Most dogs that inflict Level 6 and level 5 bites are euthanized. Level 3 and 4 biters need serious behavior modification to remove any further risk. Level 1 and 2 biters should also be helped with relative ease and the guidance of a behavior consultant.

However, if your dog is obedience trained, maintains a social life (regularly gets out of the house & yard), is neutered or spayed, healthy and is female, your dog is less likely to bite. But, that doesn’t mean he won’t. After all, anything with teeth can bite!

Factors Necessary for Successful Conception

Infertility causes and treatment can be quite complicated, due to the numerous factors that add up to the achievement of a successful pregnancy. More than 10% of couples do not achieve this much needed pregnancy after 12 months of unprotected sex and trying really hard to conceive. This, in most cases is because one or more of the factors necessary for conception is absent or malfunctioning

The factors vital for conception include:

– Adequate and viral sperm from the male partner

– Appropriate frequency of sexual intercourse around the woman’s ovulation time

– Optimally free passageway for the eggs to travel down the fallopian tube, meet with sperm coming up the tube and then fertilization

– Appropriate and timely transportation of the product of fertilization down to the uterus for implantation and development

– Adequately free passageway for the sperm to get through the cervix into the uterus, so they can swim up into the fallopian tube to meet and fertilize the female egg

– Healthy and sound uterine cavity with adequate uterine lining conducive to implantation and development of the pregnancy

In evaluating infertility, therefore, or in assessing a couple’s chances at conception, we can sub divide the factors vital for achieving conception as thus: * Male Factor (Sperm count and quality) * Ovarian factor (ovulation frequency and regularity) * Tubal factor (free and clear passage to egg and sperm) * Cervical factor (clear passage to sperm from the vagina) * Uterine factor (adequate space and tissue for the fertilized egg to implant and grow)

Male Factor. The male factor accounts for 40-50% of infertility problems. Out of this amount only about 10-20% of men have no mature, motile sperm at all (azoospermia). The others only happen to have low counts or a fewer number of normal shaped, mature and motile sperm cells compared to other fertile men. In normal conditions, an absolute sperm count of 16 million is perfect, while a count of less than 5 million almost always result in sterility. Counts between 5 and 16 can in most cases be overcome with infertility treatments.

Ovarian Factor Women who do not produce eggs each month or those who only produce eggs every 2-3 months will have problems getting pregnant. The most common causes of annovulation (menses without ovulation) or irregular menses are; Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition where follices mature, but the eggs are arrested and not released and Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, which is like a stress or medication induced lack of ovulation. There are other medical conditions that can cause lack of ovulation, but these occur only in rare occasions. Ovarian factor problems are usually treated with fertility pills (e.g. clomiphene citrate) or medications like gonadotropins.

Intercourse around Ovulation Time Women with a regular menstrual cycle can always predict their ovulation time. Ovulation occurs midway between the onset of the last menses and the beginning of the next one. Even for women with an irregular menstrual cycle, there are several ovulation predictions kits out there that can provide clues as to when your ovulation occurs. Intercourse should be more frequent around this period, with a frequency of at least, every other day. Therefore, for a 28 day cycle, ovulation will probably occur on day 14, days 11, 13, 15 and 17 should not be missed.

Tubal Factor The fallopian tubes also constitute a vital actor in conception. The tubes must be free and clear to sweep up eggs that have been ovulated, free and no obstruction to the passage of egg and sperm. Fertilization takes place in the tubes and it is also important that the tubes transport the product of fertilization to the uterine cavity on time for implantation and growth. Pelvic surgery, past ruptured ovarian cyst, past pelvic infections and endometriosis are all conditions that can affect the ability of the tube to sweep up ovulated egg. PID can also produce scarring inside the tube that prevents passageway for ovum.

Uterine Factor The uterus is the final home of the fertilized ovum and where implantation and growth to full term occurs. Any condition that affects or alters the amount of space or shape of the surface area inside the uterus or disturbs the hormonal sequence that prepares the lining of the uterus for conception may impair fertility. Conditions like fibroids, polyps, congenital anomalies of the uterus or past scarring due to surgery or infection will alter the shape and surface area of the endometrium and in turn fertility. Also, malfunctioning of the corpus luteum may hormonally retard the lining of the uterus and its readiness for implantation.

Cervical Factor. Under most conditions, the cervix does not constitute a factor in infertility, except when the cervical mucous glands have been destroyed during some procedures like Cervical Cryosurgery, conization LEEP etc. The cervical mucous glands act as a storage for sperm cells, so they can ‘shower’ the uterus and the uterine tube with sperms in order not to miss ovulation. The frequency of intercourse may need to be increased to achieve conception if these glands have been destroyed.

Polycystic Kidney Disease – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an autosomal dominant, genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. Common symptoms include pain in the back and sides; headaches; urinary tract infections; hematuria; liver and pancreatic cysts; abnormal heart valves; high blood pressure; kidney stones; aneurysms in the brain; and diverticulosis in the colon.

The Ayurvedic treatment of this condition is aimed at treating symptoms, preventing complications and prolonging life. Medicines like Triphala-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Saarivadi-Churna, Kuber-Vati, Varunadi-Qadha, Punarnavadi-Guggulu and Kanchnaar-Guggulu are used to treat the cysts. These medicines help to reduce the number and size of the cysts.

Herbal medicines like Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Deodar (Cedrus deodara), Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis), Erandmool (Ricinis communis), Apamarga (Achyranthus aspera), Shalparni (Desmodium gangeticum), Prushnaparni (Uraria picta), Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Latakaranj (Caesalpinia crista), Kachnaar (Bauhinia variegata), Patol (Tricosanthe dioica) and Patha (Cissampelos pareira) can also be used for this purpose. Medicines like Varun and Latakaranj form the mainstay of treatment for this condition, and can be used equally well to treat polycystic ovaries.

Most patients having pain get relief with the above mentioned medicines due to shrinking of the cysts. Infection and bleeding in the cysts can be treated using medicines like Sukshma-Triphala, Gokshuradi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Laxadi-Guggulu, Vasa (Adhatoda vasaka), Naagkeshar (Messua ferrea), Laxa (Purified wax) and Sphatik-Bhasma. High blood pressure can be treated using medicines like Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Sutshekhar-Ras, Dhamasa (Fagonia cretica), Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Kidney stones can be treated using medicines like Hazrul-Yahud-Bhasma, Pashan-Bhed (Bergenia ligulata), Yava-Kshar and Mulak-Kshar.

Other associated conditions like valvular heart disease, aneurysms and diverticulosis need to be treated separately using appropriate medicines like Trayodashang-Guggulu, Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Arjunarishta, Kutaj-Parpati and Panchamrut-Parpati. Most patients having multiple, large-sized cysts usually progress to end-stage kidney failure, which can be prevented or treated using medicines like Chandraprabha-Vati, Saarivadi-Churna, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Gokshuradi-Guggulu and Gomutra-Haritaki.

Ayurvedic medicines, given in combination with modern treatment, can thus help to control the symptoms of PKD, improve the quality of life and prolong survival for people affected with this condition. All such patients should be under the regular care and supervision of an Urologist.

Avocado and the Candida Diet

Commonly treated as a vegetable, avocados are actually tropical fruits, thought to have originated in Central and South America. Avocados are pear-shaped, with green or brown skin that can be either smooth or rough. The inside of an avocado contains a yellowish slimy flesh often described as rich and buttery. Most people first encounter avocados in guacamole, a Mexican dip in which avocados are the main ingredients but you will also see avocados tossed in a variety of salads. The good news about avocados is that they not only taste good but they are good for you. Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin K, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, copper and potassium. Additionally, avocados contain a high level of monounsaturated fats, specifically oleic acid, which research suggests has numerous health benefits.

Fortunately, avocados are permitted on the candida diet. The candida diet is a diet which seeks to restore balance to the microflora of the intestinal system by greatly reducing or eliminating an overgrowth of Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a typically benign type of yeast found in the intestinal system that ideally will work in conjunction with “friendly” bacteria to keep the body healthy. Unfortunately, bad habits common to our modern lifestyle often disrupt this delicate internal balance and it is very difficult to restore. Overuse of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, diets high in processed/sugary foods and stress all contribute to causing this internal imbalance. When the intestinal system is not in balance ill health can develop and many experience symptoms throughout the entire body. The candida diet eliminates many foods that feed Candida albicans but these are the foods that we are use to eating. We may even crave these foods but we can learn to enjoy new foods that are allowed on the candida diet and learn what foods may actually help restore balance to our intestinal system’s.

Avocados are not only one of those foods that you will learn to enjoy on the candida diet but you will find that it may actually play a direct role in helping you overcome your yeast problem. In addition to the high level of essential vitamins and nutrients it provides, avocados also have antifungal properties due to the high levels of oleic acid. This means that it will provide candida dieters with direct yeast fighting benefits.

If you are not use to eating avocados do not worry. Embarking on the candida diet means exploring new foods outside the boxes and cans that we have become accustomed to. Learning how to pick a ripe avocado will probably be your biggest challenge. A ripe avocado will be slightly soft but not bruised or dented. You can buy firm ones and ripen them at home but I prefer not to do this as I usually forget about them and let them go bad. Avocados are a great choice for the candida diet and can be eaten freely. If you have not yet incorporated avocados into your candida diet I suggest that you give them a try immediately.

For more information on living yeast free by following the candida diet visit Yeast Free Living.

Chiropractic Care Helps Aid Patients With HPV

HPV, which stands for the Human Papillomavirus, is a Sexual Transmitted Infection that causes genital warts through physical contact. Doctors are often asked what they can do to help prevent further breakouts or to suppress the virus. The key to fighting the virus is by boosting your immune system and keeping it at high levels. There are many ways of doing this by simply exercising and eating right. If you smoke, then you better start becoming an ex-smoker because any type of drug that essentially lowers your immune system will only make things worse. So how does chiropractic care come into this?

Simple, when you see a chiropractor they analyze your bone structure and muscles. When someone has a low immune system your body is out of balanced and a chiropractor does what is called as an, adjustment, to unlock the body natural healing power, result in boosting your immune system in a more natural way rather than taking some drug or pill. Chiropractor practice and believe that all of us can heal ourselves through our own bodies and inner healing system by aligning are bones correctly which causes a healthy shift in your body.

You should not be afraid to visit a chiropractor if you have HPV as chiropractors have great knowledge of the virus because it means that your body is not aligned with where you want it to be which is why your body has taken on the negative virus. Chiropractic care placed upon HPV carriers has shown results of people living longer without any breakouts of new warts which is a great sign that your body is fighting the virus and will continue to for as long as you keep injecting a healthy lifestyle.

Hemorrhoids and Alcohol

So why does excessive alcohol consumption cause or make hemorrhoids much worse? Alcohol tends to dehydrate the body, has a diuretic action, which increases the flow of urine causing a loss of bodily fluids producing harder stools making any constipation much worse. This will cause more straining when having a bowel movement. You should try not to strain too hard and instead spend more time to try to ease the motion. Straining will also make any itching and inflammation worse.

The most common cause of hemorrhoids is straining during a bowel movement because of hard stools which increases the blood pressure in the veins in the anus. Postponing a bowel movement and holding faecal matter too long in the rectum causes pressure to build up in the rectum veins.

A hemorrhoid is an enlarged vein in the anus, also called a varicose vein. In a healthy person, the tissue around the anus fills with blood to regulate bowel movements. However, when there is constant pressure or other factors restricting blood flow, the veins become inflamed. Poor blood flow may result in a painful, swollen, protruding hemorrhoid.

External Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable with itching. Blood may appear on toilet paper during bowel movements.Internal Hemorrhoids show rectal bleeding and intense pain. You may well have to push the hemorrhoids back in with your fingers after, but some petroleum jelly or other lubricant will help this.

Internal hemorrhoids often protrude and clot. The presence of mucus and blood is also a sign.

Eating excessive processed foods, which are low in fiber and move slowly through your colon. Hemorrhoids were not as common 100 years ago when the Western diet was much higher in fiber. The rates of Hemorrhoids increases in countries where the diet becomes more westernised, meaning lots of processed refined foods low in fiber.

Hemorrhoids were mainly seen in the over 50’s, but with the increase in drinking culture amongst young people the age is coming down. Excessive drinking, even alcoholism in young people is producing hemorrhoid suffers in their early 20’s. They are getting even younger.

Also pregnant women experience increased pressure on these veins and this can cause and aggravate hemorrhoids.

Stress put on the liver will contribute to hemorrhoids. The connection between poor liver function and hemorrhoids is well known in medical circles.

If a strain is put on the liver from poor diet, excessive drinking or cirrhosis, blood flow to the liver will increase to help cope with this and this increases blood pressure to the veins in the anus, thus making the hemorrhoids worse. Admittedly this is a very simplistic explanation for it is too complicated to go into it here. Alcoholics and very heavy drinkers have a high incidence of hemorrhoids.

General body weakness, poor muscle tone in the anal area from too much drink, lack of exercise and being overweight. Too much alcohol consumption weakens your muscle tone and the muscles cannot hold in the veins around the anal area so they protrude through. Sitting about in chairs at home, work, or a car for long periods. Lounging about drinking instead of keeping active. Irregular eating patterns, not getting the right vitamins and minerals in your food. Lack of protein leads to weak muscle tissue in the anal area and slows the healing of wounds.

Having said all this – some people do have a predisposition to constipation or have inherited a weakness in the colon and rectum area, and are thus prone to hemorrhoids.

The Myth of Menstruation

Concurring with my good friend and brother, Rev. Phil Valentine (metaphysician out of New York), the female menstrual cycle is normal, but NOT natural. As the human body has the innate capabilities to adapt to pathologies, irregularities, and abnormalities, the female body (ever since the Great fall nearly 6,000 years ago and which has absolutely nothing to do with a fictitious Biblical character named Eve) has adapted to the pathology of menstruation and now uses this process as a cleansing method to rid the female body of toxins and waste. The female body has taken that which is unnatural (to bleed and lose the vital life essence) and converted that process into a normal female body function. Because of the menstrual cycle, women now have an additional eliminative channel in the vagina, bringing their total to six major eliminative channels (colon, lungs, kidneys, liver, skin, and vagina). It is because of this sixth eliminative channel that rids the female body of unnecessary waste and toxins that women generally outlive men by seven years.

Why is menstruation considered a dis-ease? Because it is not natural in nature or the wild (free). It is rare to find a mammal that lives and eats according to the laws of Nature to have a menstrual cycle. Have you ever witnessed a female horse, gorilla, elephant, buffalo, monkey, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, rhinoceros, or cow having a menstrual discharge? Don’t you think corporate and greedy man would have devised feminine pads and tampons for these animals to prevent the spilling and dropping of excessively large amounts of blood? Why of course corporate man would have, just like he did for Western and civilized woman so that she could continuously battle in the war zone called corporate America that was originally designed for white males. Man created pads and tampons for career females so that the menstrual cycle would not interfere with daily business activity. You see, with men, there is no so-called “natural” phenomenon that over takes the male body once a month causing a break in chores and activities. Originally, during the cycle time, women abstained from work and other daily functions. This break time due to menstruation was anywhere from 1-3 days at the most.

Menstruation is not abnormal in domesticated creatures in so-called civilization (which really means “slavery”). Just look at the house cat and dog. These creatures have a menstrual cycle, just like the social creature called woman.

For a human being, especially a mammal, to lose its vital life essence (blood) monthly, is not a natural occurrence. Blood exiting out of the body is not a natural thing. If a man goes to urinate and sees blood in his urine, he first screams in fear and then goes to the emergency room at the local hospital to see the doctor. Why? Because it’s a sign that something is wrong (if a man does urinate blood, chances are he has prostate cancer).

The life of the flesh is in the blood. Even the Bible tells us this (Leviticus 17:11). The blood contains vital elements (minerals) necessary to maintain optimal health. The blood transports the various minerals to certain parts of the body so that certain organs may work and function optimally for the sake of the being. For example, calcium calms the nerves. Potassium ensures optimal nerve transmission. Iodine regulates and ensures optimal thyroid gland functioning and activity. Iron ensures hemoglobin and is now the major carrier of oxygen (taking over this duty from the mineral “gold” which we no longer use in our modern and degenerative states of existence as third dimensional beings). Now if the blood which carries these minerals throughout the body is being eliminated out of the body for the sake of ridding the female body of toxins and waste (which the colon and kidneys could easily perform), then the organs that need and depend on these vital elements are not going to get them and the result is going to be dis-ease or lack of good or optimal health (e.g. PMS [premenstrual syndrome]).

Take PMS for example; PMS is associated with mood swings, irritability of nerves, gas (flatulence), abdominal cramps, headaches, body spasms, short term memory loss, etc. Why? Because of a lack of nutrients or organ-specific foods to these areas for proper functioning. With blood saturated in the vaginal area during the menses and exiting via the vagina, the brain is not going to get the minerals carbon, copper, calcium and potassium (at least the amount it requires). Calcium is a calmative (calming agent). It calms you down. Do you know why the animals who graze on grasses like oats, alfalfa, barley, wheat, and gotu kola are so calm? Because they contain high amounts of calcium. Animals know that God made the grass to grow for their benefit and good health. The Book of Psalms clearly tells us that, “He causeth the grass to grow for cattle,…” Do you know why elephants are said to have good memories? Because they graze on gotu kola, an herb that enhances mental acuity and stamina. Therefore, female elephants do not experience episodes of short term memory loss (nor do they develop Alzheimer’s Disease as the herb gotu kola contains bio-aluminum [organic aluminum] which attracts harmful, man-made aluminum which causes Alzhiemer’s in the first place, and rids it from the body via the blood).

With blood leaving the body during the menses, the nerves are not going to get its needed amount of potassium for proper nerve transmission. The thyroid gland (a major factor in weight gain and loss) is not going to get the necessary amount of iodine it needs to regulate body weight. And with a major loss of iron, a trace element, anemia is going to undoubtedly occur and cause a host of ill-effects such as dizziness, weakness, nausea, fatigue, frigidity (or feeling excessively cold), and brittle fingernails.

During the menstrual cycle, the female body is going to saturate the blood supply in the vaginal area to help with the menstrual cycle, and as a result, necessary minerals will not be transported in the amount needed by the other body organs and members. These minerals that are lodged in the vaginal area during the menstruation will come out in bulk in the “white” stage (leukorrheac discharge). Yes, that white discharge commonly referred to as “leucorrhea,” is full of nutrition (that nutrition which did not make the grade doing the menstrual cycle). The white discharge is considered healthy or normal due to its high mineral content and non-smelly or foul odor, whereas and in contrast to an irritating, pruritic, copious, foul-smelling green or yellow discharge, which indicates vaginal or uterine infection or other pathogenic conditions of gynecologic origin. (See Mosby’s Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary, 3rd edition, “leucorrhea.”)

So PMS is due to mineral deficiency, and not a curse by God on females. Medical logic suggest that PMS can be cured or corrected by counteracting mineral deficiency by giving the body more minerals before, during, and after the menstrual cycle. The best source of these minerals is raw, organic foods (fruits and vegetables) and herbs. And remember, your body has nerves that connect to every organ in your body. The gas pockets in the colon explode and press against other nerves sites in the colon (which contain 360 nerve crystals) and cause a host of other problems, especially headaches.

It is reported that the African women kidnapped and brought to America during the American slavery period (1555-1863) did not have a menstrual cycle, but a period. Yes, they only had a little drop of blood the size of a small dot, which is why it was called a “period,” that mark we make and utilize in the English language, but which is now associated with the menstrual “cycle.” The term “cycle” is now a synonym for the word “period.”

We find support of the disease nature of the menstrual cycle in the Bible in the story of Jesus healing the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years. This account is detailed in the Book of Mark. Many Christian reverends, who do not apply or understand metaphysics, construe this issue of blood as a cut on the woman’s body that Jesus healed, but if these ignorant Christian reverends understood medical logic, science, and fact, they would know that no human being can bleed for more than a period of 12 hours without dying! If a person bleeds for 12 hours straight, we all know what happens, except for our blind Christian pastors, especially the Negro ones. We read in Mark, Chapter 5, Verses 25-34, the following: “And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up: and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitudes thronging thee, and sayest thou, who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what she done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, ‘Daughter, they faith had made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”

Now why do you think this woman’s issue of blood that lasted for twelve years was called a “plague?” Well, what is a “plague?” The word “plague” is defined as: 1. A widespread affliction or calamity. 2. A cause of annoyance; nuisance. 3. A highly infectious, usu. fatal epidemic disease, esp. bubonic plague. (The American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd edition, Office Edition, pg. 633).

Do not most American females feel afflicted, annoyed, or nuisanced during their menstrual cycle? The answer is yes! Why do you think they take pharmaceutical drugs like Midol® during their cycle? For fun? Hell no! They are in pain or feel afflicted. Many or most of them (females) are not the same during this time, and they will tell you so, like they have told me so. They become very grouchy and irritated. Many will tell you that they are a “bitch” during this time and to leave them alone and/or don’t say a word to them, lest they slap you or punch you in the face. Why do they become like this? It is because of the calamity or the plague, as the Bible calls it.

In analyzing the Mark 5:25-34 story or parable of the woman with an issue of blood for twelve years, we must apply spiritual or metaphysical hermaneutics and exigesis. Number one, the issue of blood lasting twelve years could be no other than the menstrual cycle. It could not be a form of blood cancer (leukemia) as cancer kills usually within six months to three years. It could not have been a bleeding sore on the body because nobody can bleed daily and nonstop for twelve years. The touching of Jesus’ garments is a metaphor or spiritual symbolical meaning or action referring to Jesus’ lifestyle. A garment is what protects or covers you. Likewise, a righteous and wholistic lifestyle covers and protects you (from sickness, disease, slavery, and premature death). The woman touching Jesus’ garment meant that the woman touched (practiced) Jesus’ way of living. The “fountain of her blood” referred to her vagina. And clearly, her “faith” (in being cured by a righteous and Essenic lifestyle) made her whole (at ease and not dis-eased). It is important to note that the parable begins by saying that she suffered (took) many things of physicians (drugs) and had spent all that she had. If her issue was in fact a wound on the skin as most Negro Christian reverends suggests, a physician would have had knowledge to bandage up the wound in order to put pressure on the wound so as to stop the profuse bleeding.

Moving on in our subject matter, if menstruation is necessary and natural, and serves to expel or eliminate toxins from the female body on a monthly basis, why then does the menstrual cycle stop or go away during pregnancy? Does a toxic woman automatically become clean or nontoxic because of pregnancy? Of course not! So why does the menses halt? The answer lies in the fact of the body’s intelligence knowing that a new life is forming in the flesh and that the body will need extra nutrition for the building blocks of the new life. The body knows it loses these building blocks (minerals) during menstruation, so the body’s intelligence prevents the body from menstruating once conception takes place. So what about the process of eliminating toxins? How does the female body throw off toxins during pregnancy? The female body will utilize the first trimester (or first three months) to eliminate toxins from the mother host body via “morning sickness.” I don’t have a clue as to why this activity is called “morning sickness” because women will suffer through this sickness throughout the day – morning, noon, and night; – something to make you think about! Women will throw up (vomit, regurgitate) to help get the body clean for the baby to develop in. Some females are so toxic, that the body will dump most of the toxins from the uterine area in to the liver, which causes or manifests “eclampsia,” which is liver toxicity during pregnancy. Taking synthetic and harmful pharmaceutical drugs euphemistically called “prenatal tabs” (made with horse manure, bitumen, and coal tar) and inorganic sources of “iron” (which is derived from rusted metals such as railroad tracks) will greatly play a role in eclampsia. This synthetic and deadly “iron” [ferrous fumate and sulfate] is the cause of constipation and bloated feeling in pregnant women. Pharmaceutical companies mix this inorganic iron (humans require “organic” or “living” iron from plant sources) with inorganic sulphur. The injurious effects of inorganic mineral sulphur however, is caused by its affinity for iron and also its destruction of ferments and enzymes, and by its generation of sulphurous and sulphuric acids within the organism. It steals the iron from food and blood, forming sulphide of iron which constipates and dries up the several secretions of the digestive tract. It also steals nascent hydrogen from the fluids and tissues forming sulphuranhydride or sulphureted hydrogen. Women, this is the cause of the foul smelling gas you expel and have been revolted at, which is always given off by decaying organic matter, animal and vegetable. It is the smell of rotten eggs, putrid sores, fecal matter, and decaying flesh.

Should menstruating women engage in sexual intercourse? For health and hygiene reasons, I say no, especially if a woman is lying on her back. My reasoning is this – like the rectum, the female vagina has a “downward” spiral energy. Most eliminative channels have a downward, spiral energy (e.g. colon, kidneys). While in the sex act, the male penis strokes in and out while inside the vagina. As menstruation is a cleansing time, expelling toxins and waste from the female body, waste and toxins traveling down the vagina to the exit or opening of the vagina will eventually be pushed back up into the uterine area by the stroking male penis, and especially if a man is stroking or penetrating hard, fast, and deep with his sex organ. This is something to think about. Plain and simple, it is unhygienic and unhealthy and poses a serious health risk.

In closing, what can a female do to offset the side effects of the “plague” (menses)? The answer is found in the Bible in Psalms 104:14. It clearly states, “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.” Plain and simple!

To replenish the body of the necessary nutrients (minerals), consume herbs such as alfalfa, sheep sorrel, suma, rooisbos, rose hips, watercress, parsley leaf, moringa or karela seed, barley grass, wheat grass, nettle leaf, and spinach leaf. These herbs provide almost every mineral the body needs.

Also, consume sea weeds such as kelp, dulse, spirulina, chlorella, Irish Moss, bladderwrack, Blue-Green Algae, Iceland Moss, and red marine algae. Sea weeds are the best and most nutritious foods you can eat, and provide your body with everything you need (oxygen, minerals, protein, etc.) and are an excellent source of organic “iodine” (thyroid gland food).

Natural sources rich in “iron” include: yellow dock root, burdock root, dandelion root, elderberries, red raspberry leaf, rooibos, and mullein leaf. Green vegetables such as parsley, greens, chives, and spinach are also great sources of iron. Blackstrap molasses (unsulphured) also provides a good amount of iron.

Natural sources of “calcium” include: comfrey root (don’t believe the hype about liver toxicity), oatstraw, horsetail, and red raspberry leaf. All green leafy vegetables are good sources of calcium (if you juice or lightly steam them).

Herbs to coagulate the blood and stop excessive bleeding include: goldenseal, cranesbill (alum root), dragon’s blood, manjistha, musta, shepherd’s purse, lady’s mantle, yarrow, cayenne, Solomon’s seal, barberry, and heal-all herb.

Herbs to regulate and normalize the menstrual cycle and flow include: maca, black cohosh, blue cohosh, dong quai, mugwort, red raspberry leaf, wild yam root (best and highest source of natural progesterone), squawvine, false unicorn, chaste tree berries, lycii fruit, red clover tops (best and highest source of natural estrogen), licorice root, sarsaparilla, and angelica.

Herbs that counteract menstrual cramping and spasms include: beth or birth root, crampbark, fennel seed, anise seed, and wild yam root.

Herbs that counteract menstrual related pain and headaches include: white willow bark, black willow bark, feverfew, meadowsweet, birch bark, wood betony, wild lettuce, peppermint, wintergreen, and woodruff.

Herbs that help soothe the nerves during the menstrual cycle include: nerve root or lady’s slipper, kava kava, jatamansi, valerian root, lavender flower, passionflower, hops, skullcap, chamomile, and linden flower.

Herbs that give energy for fatigue during the menstrual cycle include: ginseng (all species), ashwagandha, schizandra berries, jiwanti, yerba mate, green tea, suma, codonopsis bark, kola or bissey nut, and guarana seed.

Herbs for mental stimulation during the menstrual cycle include: gotu kola, gingko biloba, bringraj, ashwagandha, ginseng, holy or blessed thistle, kola or bissey nut, yerba mate, and guarana seed.

Herbs that counteract constipation during the menstrual cycle include: senna leaves and pods, cascara sagrada, buckthorn, aloe vera resin, rhubarb root, jalap root, bibitaki, mandrake, black walnut hulls, poke root, slippery elm bark, Irish moss, guar gum, acacia gum, and psyllium Husks.

Herbs that strengthen the uterus during the menstrual cycle include: ashoka, squawvine, false unicorn, pumpkin seed, cocculus root, and saw palmetto.

Natural remedies to counteract breast soreness and tenderness during the menstrual cycle include: (oils) [internally and externally] evening primrose oil, borage oil, black currant oil; (externally – massaged into breasts) olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, grapefruit seed oil, rose hip seed oil; (essential oils that can be added to breast massage oil) fennel seed oil, clary sage, grapefruit peel oil, and rosemary; (herbs) saw palmetto berries, honeysuckle flower, red raspberry leaf, red clover tops, yew tips, poke root, wild indigo, and red root.

Herbs that counteract eclampsia during pregnancy include: white peony bark, deer tongue herb, milk thistle seeds, dandelion root, burdock root, carbon (activated charcoal), uva ursi, grapevine leaf, and Oregon grape.

Djehuty Ma’at-Ra is an herbalist and researcher located in the Glendale area of Los Angeles, California and can be reached via e-mail at djehutym@juno.com

Premises Liability and the Delegation of Legal Duties

Casting our nets to catch the largest number of defendants with liability increases the potential amount of liability coverage available to our clients. Naming all defendants with potential liability also protects our clients from having a named defendant blame someone who was not named a defendant in the case. When evaluating premises liability cases, many of us may overlook potential defendants. Even though a property owner’s duties are non-delegable, don’t think that the buck stops solely with him.

What is the general duty of the property owner?

Virginia law requires owners to maintain reasonably safe premises for their invitees’ visits. Although a property owner is not an insurer of the invitee’s safety on the premises, he must use ordinary care to render them reasonably safe for the invitee’s visit. Knight v. Moore, 179 Va. 139, 145, 18 S.E.2d 266, 269 (1942)(citing cases). Further, while a property owner “must give notice or warning of an unsafe condition which is known to him and is unknown to the invitee, such notice is not required where the dangerous condition is open and obvious, and is patent to a reasonable person exercising ordinary care for his own safety.” Id. at 146, 18 S.E.2d at 269 (citing Eastern Shore of Va. Agric. Ass’n v. LeCato, 151 Va. 614, 619-20, 144 S.E. 713, 714 (1928)). In addition, an invitee also “has the right to assume that the premises are reasonably safe for his visit,” and “[i]n the absence of knowledge or warning of danger,… is not required to be on the lookout for it.” Id. at 146, 18 S.E.2d at 270 (citing cases). Fultz v. Delhaize America, Inc., et al., 278 Va. 84, 677 S.e.2d 272 (2009). See also Virginia Model Jury Instruction 23.040.

A landlord has a duty to take ordinary care to keep common areas in reasonably safe condition and to use ordinary care to remove snow or ice from outdoor entrance walks under his control within a reasonable time after the snow stops falling. Artrip v. E.E.Berry Equip. Co., 240 Va. 354, 397 S.E.2d 821 (1990). See also Virginia Model Jury Instructions 24.010 and 24.030. A landlord who undertakes to make such repairs has a duty to use ordinary care in making them, whether the repairs are made voluntarily or not. Oliver v. Cashin, 192 Va. 540, 65 S.E.2d 571 (1951). See also Virginia Model Jury Instruction 24.020.

A landowner may not delegate any of the duties named above to an independent contractor. The Virginia Supreme Court held in Love v. Schmidt, that if a duty to maintain a premises in a safe condition is imposed by contract or by law, it cannot be delegated to an independent contractor. Love v. Schmidt, 239 Va. 357 (1990). In Love, the landowner (Schmidt) claimed he was not responsible for the unsafe condition of a toilet seat in his building because he had delegated that duty to Slater, an independent contractor. Love did not name Slater in her suit for damages. Schmidt attempted to avoid all liability by laying the blame with Slater. The Court said that Schmidt could not avoid liability. Because Slater was not a party to the action, the Court had no reason to address the independent contractor’s liability.

What is the general duty of the independent contractor?

In Kesler v. Allen, the Virginia Supreme Court held that an owner who employs an indep. contractor is not liable for injuries to third persons caused by the contractor’s negligence. Kesler v. Allen, 233 Va. 130 (1987). In Kesler, both the landowner and the indep. contractor were sued. The landowner had hired the indep. contractor to repair a door that was on common property. The independent contractor negligently performed the repair and Plaintiff was injured. According to Kesler, a landowner cannot be held liable for the negligence of an independent contractor unless certain exceptions exist.

Can the property owner be held liable for the acts of the independent contractor?

Kesler and Love seem incompatible. In one the landlord is not liable; in the other the independent contractor is not liable; however, the Court in Love drew a distinction between the two cases. The Court stated that the negligent act in Kesler did not arise out of the discharge of the landlord’s duty to provide a safe premises, but upon the indep. contractor’s negligence in performing a discrete act. The landlord did not delegate to the independent contractor his duty to maintain the common areas in a safe condition; he merely hired the contractor the repair a door in the common area – an isolated and discrete act. For this reason, the Love Court concluded, Kesler did not apply to its facts. In Love, the independent contractor was charged with all of the maintenance of the premises. That is the duty that a landlord cannot delegate.

Love and Kesler, when read together, are compatible. A landlord cannot absolve himself of liability by delegating his duty to an indep. contractor; however, that independent contractor will be held accountable for his own negligence in performing a discrete and isolated job.

That reasoning was followed by the Supreme Court in Southern Floors v. Max-Yeboah. Southern Floors and Accoustics, Inc. v. Max-Yeboah, Food Lion v. Max-Yeboah, 267 Va. 682 (2004). In Southern Floors the Court repeated the general rule that an owner who employs an independent contractor is not liable for injuries to third persons caused by the contractor’s negligence. The Court in Southern Floors further commented on the difference between an injury arising out of the discharge of a landowner’s duty to provide a safe premises and an injury arising out of an independent contractor’s negligence. The Court differentiated the facts of Love and Kesler. In Love, the independent contractor was charged with the everyday maintenance, service, and upkeep of the building. In Kesler, the independent contractor was charged with a discrete and isolated service – replacing a door. Although the landowner in Love could not delegate the everyday maintenance and upkeep of the building to an independent contractor, the independent contractor in Kesler could be held liable for negligence in performing a discrete act. Thus, the Supreme Court in Southern Floors created a distinction between the duty to maintain the property in a safe condition and the duty of care required when one is hired to make a repair or improvement.

In Boland v. Rivanna Partners and Johnson Backhoe, 69 Va. 308 (2005), the court ruled that the property owner Rivanna had a duty to maintain its premises in a safe condition that was imposed by both the common law and a Charlottesville ordinance regarding ice and snow removal. Rivanna attempted to absolve itself of liability by delegating this duty to an independent contractor. The independent contractor attempted to avoid liability by citing Love’s premise that a legal duty cannot be delegated.

The clear instruction of these cases is that the property owner can be held liable for the acts of the independent contractor when the independent contractor is performing a non-delegable duty of the property owner. See Gazo v. Stamford, 255 Conn. 245, 765 A.2d 505 (2001) (stating that a “party may contract out the performance of a nondelegable duty, but may not contract out his ultimate legal responsibility”).

Can the independent contractor be held liable when the property owner’s duty was “non-delegable”?

The determination that an independent contractor was hired to perform a property owner’s non-delegable duty of maintaining a safe premises does not mean that the independent contractor gets a free pass. The cases discussed above address whether a property owner is liable for acts that could be attributed to an independent contractor, not whether the independent contractor owes a duty of care to an injured invitee. In Artrip, supra, the plaintiff was injured by slipping and falling on a pile of snow and sued the snow removal company. The court did not need to decide the issue of whether the defendant owed the property owner Artrip a duty of care because the parties had agreed that it did. The court explicitly stated, “In the present case, the parties agree that Berry owed Artrip a duty to use reasonable care in removing the snow from the parking lot, and we agree.” Although this statement is dictum, it indicates the court’s agreement with the fundamental principle stated.

In fact, independent contractors retain an independent duty to use reasonable care when the act they have been hired to perform benefits not only the property owner but also others. As Justice Cardozo stated, “It is ancient learning that one who assumes to act, even though gratuitously, may thereby become subject to the duty of acting carefully, if he acts at all.” Glanzer v. Shepard, 233 N.Y. 236, 135 N.E. 275, 276 (N.Y. 1922). This duty is separate from any contractual duty owed to the owner of the property. The independent contractor who provides a service which clearly impacts the safety of other persons retains his own duty of care to any person who foreseeably could be affected by a negligent performance of that service. The Restatement (Second) of Torts states, “In general, when a person undertakes to render services to another, which he should recognize as necessary for the protection of a third person, he is subject to liability to the third person for physical harm resulting from his failure to exercise reasonable care to protect his undertaking. Restatement (Second) of Torts 234(A).

Injured invitees, therefore, are not caught in a Catch-22 between property owners and independent contractors. In Boland, the Johnson Defendants were not hired to do the everyday maintenance and service of the property; they were not hired to maintain the premises in a safe condition. They were hired to do a discrete and isolated service, i.e., clearing a parking lot of snow and ice. Although the case ultimately settled, the Court ruled in this reported decision that the Johnson Defendants could be held liable if they were found to have negligently performed the task. The Johnsons’ alleged negligence was such that it would in the natural course of events produce injury unless special precautions were taken.

An independent contractor can be held liable to an invitee for the reasonably foreseeable consequences of his negligent performance of a service – even though the ultimate duty of maintaining a safe premises cannot be delegated by the landowner.

What does this mean for your cases?

An independent contractor may be just as liable for your client’s injuries as the landowner. The extra pot of insurance may prove helpful in getting a full and fair settlement for your client. Be sure to name both as defendants in any suit and fight hard to keep the independent contractor in the case. If the contractor is not kept in the case, the landowner may argue blaming the contractor to the jury. You don’t want this situation, you want both of them sitting in front of the jury.

Penis Sores: Is It Donovanosis?

No man likes to find that his favorite body part is covered in penis sores. This unsettling situation can be a sign of a number of issues, one of which is the little-known STI called donovanosis. Maintaining proper penis health, including avoiding unprotected sex, is important for avoiding STIs; but if a man does contract donovanosis, it’s crucial that he knows what steps to take for treatment.

What is it?

Penis sores (also often called penis ulcers) can occur for a number of reasons, including an allergic reaction to antibiotics or an infection. Often, however, an STI is the culprit. While herpes, syphilis and chancroid are more well-known causes of penis sores, men still need to be aware that these ulcers may indicate donovanosis. This is especially likely if a man has had sex while traveling to one of the less developed regions of the world. Donovanosis is extremely rare in more developed areas, but much more common in less developed (usually tropical or sub-tropical) countries.

Also known as granuloma inguinale, donovanosis is a bacterial disease which presents with ulcers that are often mistaken for those associated with syphilis. If a man has unprotected sex with a person with this bacteria, he may develop the sores – but not right away. Typically there is a window of between 10 and 40 days after exposure during which the ulcers form. The sores are like open wounds, oozing a pus-like substance. The sores themselves are fairly painless, but the longer they last, the more they spread. As they spread, they damage and may even destroy the penile tissue in the area. Scarring often results due to tissue damage.

Left untreated, the ulcers can spread beyond the penis and into the entire groin area, even spreading to the legs.

Treatment

Antibiotics are typically used to treat donovanosis. It’s important to begin treatment as early as possible; the longer that the condition persists, the longer the treatment may need to be. A typical course of treatment runs 3 weeks or longer; the exact length depends upon how stubborn the sores are.

Once sores have been treated and disappear, a man should still monitor closely. Often, the condition will resurface at a later time.

Prevention

Since donovanosis can be a recurring condition, it’s advisable to take steps to avoid contamination in the first place. Practicing proper safe sex, including the use of a condom throughout the duration of sexual contact, is strongly advised. It’s also important to avoid sexual contact with a person if there are visible indications that donovanosis (or another STI) may be present.

A man who has donovanosis should avoid having sexual contact with another person until the doctor has determined that the condition is no longer present. This includes all forms of partner-based contact – intercourse, oral sex and manual contact with the genitals.

Donovanosis can be a difficult condition to deal with, and the penis sores that it presents with can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Once the sores have closed and begun healing, there may be lingering soreness. Using a top-notch penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) may provide some relief from the soreness. A crème that is packed with both a high-end emollient (such as Shea butter) and a natural hydrator (think vitamin E) is an excellent choice. This combination of ingredients locks in moisture and helps continue the dermatologic healing. Penis sores often contribute to an unpleasant odor, so using a crème with vitamin A is recommended. Vitamin A possesses anti-bacterial properties which help to eliminate persistent penis odor. Man1 Man Oil can boost penis health to a higher level.

What To Drink To Relieve Heartburn Symptoms

Though there are many different ways a person can combat the pain and discomfort that comes part and parcel with acid reflux problems, there are simple steps that can be taken to help keep pain to a minimum. Though these will sometimes need to be used in conjunction with medication when the case of reflux is severe, those who only have occasional problems can find some relief simply by taking in the right fluids. It is important to know what to drink to relieve heartburn, and also what to avoid. Both will help keep the acid production under control and the symptoms manageable.

What a person drinks can make a huge difference in how they feel each day. This is especially important to think about when you suffer from acid reflux. There are some drinks that make things worse, and the more you can avoid these, the better you are going to feel through the day and at night. Avoiding things that stimulate acid production in the stomach is almost more important than finding the right things to eat, though the two go hand in hand.

To avoid over production of acid in the stomach, it helps to first identify what is causing your symptoms. For many people, alcohol is to blame for many of their symptoms even if they only drink occasionally.

Citrus is another common cause of acid reflux symptoms. This means that drinking juice made from these fruits is going to cause a problem. This includes orange and pineapple juice. It is important to remember that these fruit juices are sometimes used in mixed drinks, so those should be avoided when out drinking with friends. Tomatoes are also known to irritate acid reflux, so that juice should be avoided too.

Another huge problem when it comes to heartburn is caffeine. This stimulant is known to make acid reflux worse. The problem with caffeine is that it is very common in many drinks, and a lot of people find it hard to give it up.

It is a good idea to wean your self off caffeinated coffee and tea, and also to give up sodas that have this ingredient. This can be hard, but if someone has problems associated with what they drink, this is the one thing that might offer quick and long lasting relief.

Instead of drinking soda, you may have better luck drinking plain water. Water helps to keep the digestive system moving, and can help keep the acid in the stomach were it belongs.

For some people milk provides effective relief for heartburn pain, but others find it problematic. It will help most though, so it is a great idea to have milk on hand, and have a drink when it feels like heartburn might be flaring up. Try keeping a diary of your symptoms and what you are drinking to identify trigger drinks and drinks that can help ease symptoms.

If milk is a problem, you might have to stick to water on a regular basis as a drink to relieve heartburn symptoms. It can be hard at first if you’re used to having sodas or other flavored drinks, but you will become accustomed to drinking it over time. Plus, drinking a lot of water has many other benefits health-wise, and may leave you feeling better than ever before.

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.

Did You Know Hesperidin Can Help To Improve Your Skin Tone?

How can hesperidin help to improve your skin tone? Many people have little or no knowledge of this bioflavonoid, so perhaps we should start by explaining what hesperidin is. It is a very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, usually found in the company of vitamin C in citrus fruit. It is found mainly in oranges and lemons, with the highest concentration being found in the peel and the white parts of the fruit.

Skin Tone.

This nutrient can help to improve your skin tone. By working synergistically with vitamin C it helps to produce collagen. You may not be aware that collagen is the main protein of connective tissue and is responsible for the firmness, suppleness and the amount of moisture in your skin.

It also aids in the constant regeneration of your skin cells. As you age your body’s production of collagen decreases and with it comes the inevitable wrinkles and the signs of ageing. There are of course many products on the market that claim to increase your collagen level. However, it is always better if you can produce your own naturally.

It strengthens capillaries.

Hesperidin will also increase the strength and elasticity in blood vessel walls thereby increasing the strength of your capillaries. This in turn will help to prevent ailments such as varicose veins, leg cramps and aches or weakness in your extremities.

Helps to reduce edema.

Many people suffer from this ailment, which is an abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin. Research has shown that the distinctly possible cause of this complex ailment is an increased permeability in the capillaries. A deficiency of hesperidin has been linked with capillary leakiness. Therefore, any increase in the strength of the capillaries will very likely reduce this condition.

Cholesterol reduction.

A number of preliminary studies showed that hesperidin can help in reducing cholesterol. However, more research is needed to determine just how effective this nutrient is.

Blood pressure.

The same preliminary studies who showed a reduction in cholesterol also showed a reduction in blood pressure. Even so, a lot more research has to be carried out in order to ascertain if this is a viable method of reducing hypertension.

Now you know the health benefits of hesperidin you are probably wondering if there are any side-effects associated with this nutrient. There are no known side effects, so in theory you could take as much as you want. However, as with everything in moderation is the key.

One way to increase the amount would be to eat more citrus fruits. However, if this doesn’t appeal to you, there are other ways. Such as in a supplement, many multivitamin supplements in the marketplace include this important nutrient. You should check that the tablet also includes vitamin C because this works in synergy with hesperidin to increase the overall health benefit to you.

Cocaine Side Effects – What to Expect

Cocaine has many side effects running from visible to invisible and both inside the body and also outside the body, but cause severe damage with long term effects. There are also several mental and emotional side effects associated with cocaine use, and there are also many negative relational effects too. We will focus on the physical side effects.

Damage to the brain is one of the most detrimental side effects caused by use of cocaine. With the spike in blood pressure from the hit of cocaine and the constriction of blood vessels, the reduced flow of oxygenated blood causes a deterioration of the blood cells in the brain. The lack of oxygen also slows down the regeneration of brain cells and also often diminishes the ability of concentration and memory.

Since cocaine reduces the flow of oxygenated blood and also constricts the blood vessels rising the blood pressure, it can often lead to a heart attack. Any heart attack will leave permanent damage to the heart, and reduce vital functions.

Muscle tightening and spasms often come with cocaine use. The shakes come from nerve and brain deterioration.

Often the most debilitating side effects of cocaine come from the cutting agents used by the dealers to cut the cocaine. Not only do dealers cut the cocaine to make it go farther but they also experiment with the cutting agents to try and generate a higher high, or a high with a unique feeling. The dealers use their users as guinea pigs in those experiments knowing that most users will not go to the hospital if something goes wrong, that they will just wither up and die, so they can experiment at will. Often the dealers cut with whatever they have on hand not knowing if it is harmful or not. The side effects of the cutting agents sometimes cause severe damage to the immune system or death.

Nasal sores often called coke nose often begin to show up after snorting cocaine. It burns the membranes inside the nose to a point that it can deteriorate a hole in the nose. The scar tissue, even if the cocaine doesn’t burn through, will be with the user for a lifetime.

The thing that comes to light when you start thinking about the side effect of coke nose, is the reality of what it does to the rest of the system. If it will burn a hole in the nose, what will it do to the blood vessels and brain cells!

5 Ways to Poison, Maim, and Kill Yourself

We are so focused on fossil fuel emissions that are poisoning and killing us, that we are blind to the contaminants in our house. There are poisons we are using every day and we don’t even realize they are have invaded our homes. This is an occasion when myopia is a virtue. You and I have been taken for suckers for too long. These are the sources that are poisoning, maiming and killing you.

Take Your Medicines

Pharmaceutical drugs are Poisons although we call them medicines. You and I bought into the story of these instant cure medicines because we became lazy and wanted instant gratification for our maladies, little realizing that the medicines were supposed to be a temporary relief. We forgot that for long term wellness, we had to change our ways.

We forgot that all illnesses are due to our wanton carelessness or carefree lifestyle. Most of us still have wool pulled over our eyes and can’t see through the yarn spun by Big Pharma. If Big Pharma was as successful as they claim, why haven’t their truck loads of heart disease drugs stopped the still accelerating heart disease rates worldwide?

Why do their painkiller drugs kill people? Heard of the rotavirus vaccine causing babies intestines to tangle up and die? How do you maim yourself with drugs? The erection producing drug causes certain heart disease patients to actually get a heart attack. And then there is a anti-diabetes drug causing develop heart disease? And there are tomes more…

Drink Milk

Fortified milk brands are sprouting all over the dairy product aisles, like seeds sprouting after a shower.

Why do we need to fortify milk? When I was young I was told that milk was the perfect food. How do you fortify a perfect food? What is missing that needs to be replenished?

Big Dairy is pumping up food that’s dead. Nutrients have been destroyed while being heated and pasteurized in their factories. Make no mistake, fortified milk doesn’t fortify you. It merely conceals the dead food the chemicals are in.

You can test this yourself. Buy a carton of fortified or any packaged milk and take it to a farm. Take a swig from the milk that comes directly from the udder of the cow and from your carton of milk. You will instantly taste the difference.

Not only does milk from Big Dairy taste flat, the fortifying chemicals are poisoning you slowly. We have no idea what the fancy named fortifying chemicals do in the long term, because unlike the drug industry, the dairy products don’t have any clinical trials to pass.

Eat Your Vegetables and Fruits

Produce from the farms of huge agriculture companies are devoid of minerals that vegetables and fruits are supposed to transfer to us. Modern agricultural methods have depleted the soil. The plow, artificial pesticides and artificial manure have bleached our produce. Discovery of agriculture spelled our doom and caused the explosion of modern day diseases. Our prehistoric ancestors didn’t suffer from our maiming and killer diseases. Every non-infectious disease (and some infectious ones like salmonella, typhoid, hepatitis A and traveler’s diarrhea) is caused by our suicidal eating habits.

You can also taste the difference between produce from big farms versus the organic products.

Always buy packaged foodstuff

Have you noticed that many packaged foods are also fortified? It’s the same reasons as for Big Dairy. Breakfast cereals proclaim their products pack a nutrient-packed punch, when they are only able to deliver a weak stir. Many of them don’t even resemble anything we recognize as foodstuff. Some of them look like the droppings of prehistoric reptiles. And we feed our children this garbage!

Use chemical laced personal care items

Some years back lipsticks were laden with lead and the discovery of the deadly effects of lead, lead to their disuse. Now everyone thinks that lead was the only poison used in the personal care industry. There are many more and they have exotic names that you need a degree in Latin to pronounce.

For example, many shampoos and skin care products have SLF (sodium lauryl sulphate) that damages your immune system. There are many more additives in personal care products whose dangers we still are in the dark about.

Do you feel like a slug living in a cess pool? If you follow my advise here you can still gain radiant health:

– switch as many products to natural alternatives as fast as you can

– detoxify yourself of the accumulated poisons

– avoid processed foods as much as possible and eat the right ones

– do natural exercises

You can achieve breakthrough health if you are disciplined and committed to it.