Successful Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, usually affects specific areas such as the armpits, palms, and soles of the feet. This condition is due to overactive sweat glands and is usually prevalent in both men and women. The idiopathic variety, in which there is no known cause, is usually bilateral, and present in affected individuals from their early teens. Secondary hyperhidrosis may present as unilateral sweating in one limb, and is usually due to trauma, neurological disorders, or metabolic disorders causing a dysfunction of the sympathetic nerves supplying specific areas of the body. Though not a serious medical condition, hyperhidrosis can be extremely distressing and socially embarrassing for affected individuals. About one in every three individuals is reportedly affected with this condition, though the severity of symptoms may vary considerably.

Conservative treatment for hyperhidrosis is usually in the form of local applications, medications, local injections, or surgery. Local antiperspirants usually form the first line of treatment in the management of this condition. Oral medications are not usually used since the benefit observed varies considerably. Local injections like Botulinum toxin bring about temporary relief for a few months and can be quite costly.

Thoracoscopic sympathetectomy is an established treatment in several countries and can bring about substantial relief from excessive sweating in the palms; however, surgical options have their own known side-effects. Laser ablation is used for treating excessive sweating from the armpits.

Overall, the current management of hyperhidrosis is therefore quite unsatisfactory. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can be judiciously used to completely control and treat hyperhidrosis in affected individuals. Medicines are given in the form of herbal extract tablets which can be taken orally, and are usually quite safe for long-term use. The aim of Ayurvedic treatment is to reduce stress, treat the overactive sweat glands, and also treat any known causes or associated causes of the condition. A majority of affected individuals usually have associated hyperacidity which needs to be treated along with hyperhidrosis.

Treatment is usually given for about six months; however, most individuals report improvement within the first month of treatment. Depending upon individual patient response, medicines are continued till a complete remission from symptoms is obtained. After this, medicines are gradually tapered over the next few months and then stopped altogether. This treatment has several advantages over conservative treatment in that the medicines are completely safe for long-term use and relapses are usually not seen.

Regular treatment with Ayurvedic herbal medicines usually modulates the overactive sweat glands so that affected individuals can cope with stressful situations with optimum comfort and carry on their day-to-day activities without any hindrance. While sweating is a normal and physiological action on the part of the body for heat and water regulation as well as for keeping the skin soft and smooth, the excessive sweating – which is an undesirable symptom – can be gradually phased out both on the physical and psychological levels in affected individuals. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can thus not only help cure the physical problem but also helps affected individuals improve quality of life as well as confidently move ahead in their professional carriers.

33 Weeks Pregnant – Bump Update

Let me start off this post by saying holy crap I’m exhausted! I literally could sleep all day if my schedule allowed for it! Lately it’s been like the gym? Nah, the bed looks so much better. I hate feeling this way but it comes with the territory I suppose. All women experience pregnancy in different ways and some have higher energy levels than others but that certainly isn’t me even though I wish it was!

What’s baby doing?

Not too many things happening this week with my little peanut. Her kicks are strong and she hiccups a few times a day (And I called the doctor and it’s completely normal). Now that my amniotic fluid is maxed out, her movements will continue to get stronger and feel more intense in these next few weeks. She’s between 17 and 19 inches in length and could grow up to another inch this week. She’s weighing in at over four and a half pounds and is still gaining about a half a pound a week. It’s so weird to think that she closes her eyes when she sleeps and has them open while she’s awake.

My stats:

Symptoms:

• Heartburn

• Peeing so often it’s annoying

• Swollen feet

• Exhaustion

• Braxton Hicks Contractions

Weight:

Not exactly sure how much I weigh but I do have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow where unfortunately, I’ll find out. Getting on the scale is NOT something I look forward to these days.

Body changes:

Well for one thing, my feet are always hurting and my ankles swell almost everyday, my little innie of a belly button is slowly becoming an outtie, and my boobs feel enormous. I currently don’t have any stretch marks and I’m hoping they don’t appear within the last few weeks. I do have to say I’m a very lucky girl because my husband rubs my feet almost feet almost every night. Thanks honey!

How I’m feeling:

I feel pretty good for the most part about becoming a mother. I never imagined being a wife let alone a mom but now that it’s happening, I’m nothing but overjoyed. I do have days where I worry about being able to be a good mother and I worry about not knowing exactly what to do when it comes to a newborn baby, but I know that being a mother is a learning process and I won’t be perfect, but I’ll do the very best I can and that’s what’s important.

What I miss:

Two things: beer and my usual workouts. I’m not a huge drinker but I enjoy going out for dinner and ordering a beer or two so that’s been something I’ve missed for sure. And after a long day, who doesn’t enjoy a nice, refreshing beer? I used to go to the gym 5-6 days a week and I’ve missed that greatly. I still go to the gym but it’s hard when your feet are killing you and you’re exhausted all the time!

Cravings:

Milk, milk, and more milk! I’ve always loved milk but I have been craving it SO much that it even makes my husband sick. Ha! I’m not a big sweets person but I’ve been enjoying some mango sherbert.

Food Aversions:

Fish and broccoli. Yuck! Salmon is great for you they say, eat more salmon it’s great for the baby! Barf! I made some salmon last week and only ate a little before pushing my plate aside and tossing out the leftovers. The smell of broccoli makes me want to vomit so putting it near my mouth is NOT going to happen.

Special highlights for the week:

My husband is in the military so we live far away from our family and friends so needless to say we’re not having a baby shower so our close family sent us a ton of things for the baby which was amazing and so generous of them. We feel so blessed and lucky to have such amazing family and friends and it’s a wonderful feeling to know that distance isn’t changing our relationships. So a big thank you again to those who have sent us things for our baby girl. We love you all.

And that’s it for this weeks update! Hope everyone has a great rest of the week and a safe weekend and see you next week!

Garlic and Onions Are Poison for the Brain

This article is an over all personal view of the effects of Alliums which are anything garlic and onion.

I have been my own personal experiment since the age of 13 (now 44) and have had a strong understanding and interest in all health and fitness practices throughout my life. I’m here to offer my personal knowledge on the topic of Alliums with mentions of spirituality and scientific references.

After studies and observations were made, personal proof was concluded as to the effects of consuming any type of Allium, either cooked or raw being detrimental to the function of the mind and body.

The first mention of onions and garlic being detrimental to my health were during my Reiki courses and recommended by my Reiki master in Sydney Australia around 8 years ago. The reason being was that firstly during the practice of Reiki and healing sessions for any client it is advised to not have consumed Alliums because it causes disturbances to the spiritual practice, by the smell omitted from the practitioner to the client. In my understanding it’s like the known benefits of aromatherapy. Aromas trigger certain emotions in humans, so during the practice of Reiki you should not be omitting aromas that offend or repulse your client. Your client is meant to be in a relaxed and contemplative mood or state whilst being treated. So in practicality it makes sense to refrain from consuming Alliums during a spiritual session.

On that note and further to that, I researched the effects of garlic based on the Reiki purpose of avoiding it and came across more information that proved to later be very true after experiments done on my own.

It is stated that Alliums penetrate the blood brain barrier and kill off brain cells. Also they de synchronize the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The section between the two hemispheres of the brain is the section where most of the brain cells are destroyed hence causing the brain waves between the two hemispheres to desynchronize. Scientifically it sounds quite disturbing but in physical practice the results are such things as depression, anxiety, nervousness, aggressiveness, lethargy, tiredness, and over all negative reactive emotions, is how I would describe it.

The purpose of this article is to create social awareness simply for the preservation of peace amongst us. I strongly believe the consumption of Alliums causes unnecessary effects of tension in social situations and hence hindering our relationships and communication.

Of course if you read or know about garlic and onions as I have through the years you will be under the same impression as I was, that they are good for us. And of course it is proven scientifically that they lower blood pressure, they kill bacteria and viruses and even brain cancer. That is all true except for the fact that they don’t mention HOW they manage to do that. The reason why they control or lower blood pressure is because of the penetrative effects of the sulphone hydroxyl ions contained in Alliums penetrating our blood. They are killing off your brain cells and hence slowing you down, and then slowing down your heart rate which then lowers your blood pressure. The reason WHY they kill bacteria and viruses is because the sulphone hydroxyl is actually a poison! This is why it’s forbidden for dogs or cats to be fed onions or garlic, because it’s literally fatal to them being less intelligent life forms than humans. Humans are more adaptive and can tolerate alcohol, cigarettes, drugs (both medicinal and elicit) caffeine, and a whole host of other chemicals that if taken in high dosage CAN kill us instantly.

Another mention of the poisonous effects of Alliums is if you go into your local hardware shop and visit the garden section you will see some natural organic products available for pest control on plants. These contain mostly GARLIC and CHILLI. Garlic is also a natural pesticide that repels and kills insects. That is why I always laugh when I get told about or read about people who eat a lot of garlic and how they never get bitten by mosquitoes! Hey I was once one of those too! They can detect the smell of the garlic in your blood and do not bite you for that reason! Good on one hand because you never need to use an insect repellent, but it just goes to show how much garlic penetrates the blood and even how nature itself tries to avoid it!

I’d like to mention at this stage that I’m Greek and was raised on excessive amounts of garlic and onions, and they didn’t kill me, but go to Greece and find out WHY the Greeks are such aggressive people! I used to cross the road almost daily to get to the supermarket and if they see you crossing the drivers there actually speed up! You find yourself bolting across the street so that you do not get hit! I’ve also lived in Australia most of my life, Spain and the USA. The most aggressive out of all those countries are Greece and Spain in my opinion.

In fact the Greeks actually do know that Garlic isn’t that great for you. My mother being born there and now in her 80’s used to tell me that garlic heats the blood. It’s like when you’re overheating on a really warm day and suddenly you’ll be in an aggressive mood. Same thing with body heat internally created by something you have eaten. It heats the blood and gets you agro. OK, that’s just another spin or observation without referring to the toxic effects of Alliums.

I could go on to talking about Dr. Robert Beck and mention Ayurvedic medicine and yogis forbidding Alliums in aid of their spiritual practices, but I won’t because it’s all been said and done. In fact there is plenty of that stuff if you Google it.

Next and finally I will talk about my personal experience by experimentation. This is actually what I would tell ANYONE questioning, doubting or debating against the fact that Alliums are bad for you. Do the 3 day Allium free diet and notice the effects and improvement of your mind, emotions and relationships. It doesn’t take long to leave your body, in fact it is said that your body expels these toxins the same way as it expels alcohol, caffeine etc, and that is why you only need a few days to notice the difference. I did it and that’s all I needed to be completely convinced of the benefits involved when cutting them out.

My relationship with people changed and is now great, no more aggression, a lot more understanding, compassion, kindness, tolerance, no yelling, no judgements, no feeling like I’m being attacked by anyone… same time more logic in my decisions, peace in my mind, no more irrational depression or sadness or fear and over all much more clarity of thought and ideas. This is where I become completely in tune with the reason why the yogis forbid Alliums from their diet. Everything they do has to do with spirituality and being closest to their “higher self”. This is where I understand why Reiki practitioners and masters and any other spiritual practices that believe in being close to their higher selves do not eat Alliums. THEY have been practicing avoiding Alliums for thousands of years, and for good reason! Now it’s inconclusive to me so far whether they are aware of the fact that it’s a brain poison or if they are following the Ayurvedic practice, or just know that anything that heats the blood causes aggravation. It could be a combination of all of that.

Chinese herbalists are also aware that heat in the body causes bad skin conditions, problems with the lungs and heart etc. So they might all just tie in together! Either way, scientists AND spiritual practices have all come to the same conclusion about Alliums. Myself, I’ve tried it and it’s proven that way.

As you may have noticed I have dabbled in more than most when it comes to health and spirituality, and I hope my article has been helpful.

I’d like to add that I have also made observations with other people. I have some great examples of the effects of Alliums after consumption with friends and family.

A boyfriend said he would not stop eating garlic and onion. I begged for him to stop because I knew we wouldn’t get a long otherwise. For 2 days he had not eaten garlic or onion because he was staying with me and we had a wonderful time together. Third day we went to a Chinese restaurant and he binged on anything and everything garlic or onion, cause it was a buffet!! 1 hour later we decided to go and see a movie so he drove. It was pouring rain, like bucketing down and could not even see the cars in front of us. He was speeding aggressively and tail gating too! I quietly asked him to slow down but he became angry and as I kept asking him to slow down he became furious! To the point where I had to ask him to take me home before he killed both of us on that highway! I got yelled at and screamed at all the way home, and yet was I was not the one at fault. It was very clear to me that the aggression had come straight from the binge at the restaurant.

Another good one is my temporary neighbour right now. In the common area there’s a pond that we have been maintaining together to pass the time and have a laugh. It’s a pond that he’s been maintaining for the last few years but it needed a helping hand. I happen to be a pond specialist too after owning one a few years back myself! He never smelt like garlic, but one day he really did and I could barely stand next to him! I asked him if he has eaten garlic and he said he had. OK, next morning I was at the pond and he comes down looking frantic and stressed and I asked him what was wrong. He was thinking the fish were going to die, he told me he had been crying all night worrying about them. I was shocked to say the least! But I knew where this was coming from. The garlic! Any other day he was pleasant, cool, calm, happy, etc. No signs of anxiety at all. It happened 1 other time again, and same thing, he was stressed out and worrying about the pond for no reason, trying to blame others for the state of it, and he had once again eaten garlic! If you observe people as much as I do, you can tell the difference in the levels of reactions and general state of mind.

I was also visiting Greece recently and managed to convert my aunt and mother to go garlic and onion free. Since then neither of them have touched it and I’m getting along better with my mother than ever before. Her guard is down, she’s more understanding, no more raising her voice and getting angry or frustrated, she’s calm and very easy to get along with now. A HUGE difference. She literally used to pickle garlic cloves and eat them daily in the past!

I should mention that there are other foods that aggravate or heat up the blood, but Alliums are the most potent. The detrimental effects do outweigh the benefits. The “benefits” are simply the effects of the poisonous chemicals either killing/poisoning off things in your body/blood or over heating the blood. There are plenty of other beneficial foods that prevent flu’s and colds and cancer such as anything that is high in vitamin C. You don’t need brain cells being killed off!

I myself have not even been close to being sick since I stopped eating garlic and onions at the start of 2015. I see absolutely NO difference in my health at all except for the benefits ONLY.

And that brings this article to an end.

Try the 3 day test, but it isn’t easy. Just about EVERYTHING you buy that is pre-prepared, all types of sauces, salad dressings, canned foods, stock, mustards, cold meats, sausages, most meals at restaurants, all contain some form of garlic or onion for flavour. It’s not easy cooking without those, but it’s very possible to and create tasty food! Just add everything else that you normally would except Alliums or anything that contains alliums! You can barely notice any difference in the flavour and you benefit from avoiding them.

Good luck!

Flush Gallbladder Sludge Naturally in Days

If a diagnosis of gallbladder sludge alarms you, it should. Sometimes called biliary sludge, it is composed of calcium salts and cholesterol crystals. Unless you flush it from your system quickly, it can lead to gallstones, or worse, painful pancreatitis and inflammation of the gallbladder. If it isn’t resolved, surgical removal of the gallbladder is sometimes called for.

How Do I Know its Gallbladder Sludge, and How Did I Get It?

It can develop after fasting, rapid weight loss, or pregnancy. Certain medications will also cause it. Symptoms include pain in the abdomen, nausea, and vomiting. Your doctor can diagnose it with an ultrasound. However, it’s a little alarming that many times there are NO symptoms at all, even though untreated gallbladder sludge is the precursor to more serious complications.

Since it is often undetected, maintaining gallbladder health is of utmost importance.

Am I at Risk?

Listen to your body. You could be at risk if…

You’ve lost a lot of weight in a short period of time o you’re fasting o you’re pregnant o you’ve taken the antibiotic Rocephin o you’ve been given Sandostatin, an anti-diarrheal used to treat some abdominal tumors, AIDS, or acromegaly (the condition of too much growth hormone) o your cholesterol level is high o you’ve suffered any other drug or alcohol damage.

Even if none of the conditions listed applies, it’s important to be proactive; gallbladder toxicity and gallstones can sneak up on us at any time. The good news is that with a few simple changes (and in a completely natural way), you can avoid or completely flush away gallbladder sludge in only days.

How Do I Get Rid of Gallbladder Sludge?

Change your diet. At least ½ of your intake should be raw vegetables, fresh fruits and fruit juices, whole grains, and nuts and seeds. High fiber/low saturated fat should be your guideline. (Interestingly, vegans have the lowest rate of gallbladder symptoms!) o Flax seed oil contains essential fatty acids which repair and prevent gallbladder sludge. o Herbal Detox can quickly flush away gallbladder sludge. Look for a formula with whole, organic herbs, including Peppermint Leaf, Ginger Root, and Fennel Seed (see below for the formula I highly recommend). Vitamin C can stave off gallbladder disease.

Along with these changes, you should avoid…

o animal and dairy foods (butter, milk, cheese, eggs) o processed foods o salt o caffeine, sodas, and coffee o refined white flour (substitute breads and pastas with whole wheat)

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The Correlation Between Heartburn And Headache

Pain in the chest, stomach acid rising to the throat and a sour taste in the mouth are the basic symptoms most heartburn sufferers have to deal with. It gets even worse when you lie down. Dealing with heartburn is bad enough, but put back pain or a headache in the mix then you feel absolutely miserable. If this has ever happened to you then you may feel that any health issues you have is related to heartburn.

Having heartburn and headache issues at the same time may lead one to think they are linked together. They are, but not in the way most people believe. The rise of heartburn pain may be in direct correlation to any throbbing pain in the head. It’s actually the medication we take to treat headaches may in fact cause heartburn.

Most pain killers contain caffeine and caffeine is one of the biggest heartburn triggers. The sphincter separating the esophagus and stomach from each other is affected by the caffeine found in medication and it causes it not to seal properly. Acid from the stomach enters the esophagus and creates problems. Acid entering the esophagus is the biggest reason for heartburn.

People who suffer from the frequent heartburn are often told by their doctors to quit coffee in order to avoid heartburn. But, habitual coffee drinkers, who are used to drinking five or six cups a day will go through a severe withdrawal if they stop ‘cold turkey.’ The consequence is often a bad headache.

Coffee isn’t the only reason for the pairing of heartburn and headache. Terrible heartburn will still be the end result whether it’s from coffee or some other caffeine-related product. And you could get headaches from trying to quit, just like with coffee.

Just as there are side effects in pain killers that can cause heartburn, likewise there are also heartburn meds that one of the possible side effects is – you guessed it – headaches. To find the solution to end one while not causing the other can be an arduous endeavor. Changing eating habits makes great difference. Not indulging in foods that are greasy, spicy or acidic and losing a few pounds are the best ways of keeping heartburn away so you don’t have to take meds for it. Doctors are becoming increasingly aware that the most popular heartburn drugs have a range of consequences and that they are hugely over-prescribed. Most people don’t really need them if they have a plan of action with regards to their diet.

Heartburn is linked to eating bad foods that are a problem for a large amount of men and women Heartburn can also be a precursor for other illnesses that could be life-threatening so knowing what to look out for could be a serious matter. The same is true with headaches. Such as it is with heartburn, a headache may only be the beginning of something more serious. Make a appointment to learn the answers. Awareness of a solution is key.

Foods That Cause Acid Reflux – Your Key to a Successful GERD Diet

There are some specific diets for acid reflux disease or GERD that can be used for those who have this problem. It’s important that you recognize and reduce your intake of foods that cause acid reflux. Therefore, your GERD diet needs to be extremely simple and shouldn’t have a lot of spices or fats as this can lead to a sluggish digestion. This adds all the more to the trouble. Since acid reflux and diet are related, your diet should follow the following principles:

Fruits, vegetables and drinks that should be avoided

Caffeine and other drinks should be avoided. Soda and aerated drinks should be completely avoided. Also, alcohol should be taken sparingly because it loosens the muscle strength of the LES and makes it sluggish. This can then cause stomach acids to move back into the esophagus from the stomach. Alcohol also increases the amount of stomach acid which is also disadvantageous.

Chocolate and peppermint should also be avoided. These foods can also relax the LES muscle leading to more of a buildup in the esophagus. For example, chocolate contains theobromine which relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter.

Tobacco and citrus fruits should be completely avoided as well when considering acid reflux and diet since they also relax the LES. But fiber rich fruits should be taken such as apples for acid reflux, as it helps in bowel movement and reduces the stress levels. Water should also be taken in plenty. Fatty and oil rich foods like hamburger should also be avoided because they are high in saturated fat which take longer for your body to digest inviting GERD to flare up.

Apples are great but apple cider is not

Apples for acid reflux work great as do bananas. Some fruits like grapes, peaches, raspberries and strawberries can for a part of GERD diet but should be taken in moderation. Apples for acid reflux are fine but apple cider isn’t a great idea.

Remember that vegetable that can cause gas should be avoided at this time, since they add to the problem. Some of the vegetables that shouldn’t form a part of the a GERD diet include cauliflower, cabbage, leeks, sauerkraut, beans and many more. Tomatoes and tomato base sauces should also be completely avoided.

By avoiding foods that cause acid reflux, you stand a far great chance of improving your acid reflux and diet. Interestingly, something as simple as apples for acid reflux can be a great start towards better health not just for GERD but for other ailments as well.

What You Need to Know About Nausea in Your Third Trimester

During the expectant mothers third trimester, which lasts from the 28th week until birth at approximately 40 weeks, her unborn child will grow and develop at a very rapid pace. As a result of this increased weight and development, the fetus’ requirements for nutritional needs will have also grown. This will include the baby’s needs for more calcium, more protein and more iron.

Due to the baby’s greater size, the mother will often begin to experience an array of symptoms that can result in great discomfort for her. While most of the signs of late pregnancy are normal and not a threat to her health or her unborn child’s health, it is important that a woman have an understanding of what to expect during the last few months. Just as there was great differentiation in experienced symptoms during the early stages of pregnancy, the same also holds true for the third trimester.

Many women will find that the nausea that they experienced in early pregnancy will return as they approach the end of their pregnancy. Pregnancy nausea in the third trimester is actually a common occurrence and is thought to be due at least in part to the fact that the baby is now placing a great deal of pressure on the mother’s stomach. This added pressure often causes not only nausea but also heartburn. There is also the opinion that the nausea in the third trimester results due to the fluctuating hormone levels of the mother.

Just like the first trimester, it is common for women to feel very fatigued during the third trimester. There are several factors that most likely contribute to this fatigue. The greater size and nutritional needs of the baby place a great demand on the mother’s body. Additionally, despite being tired, many women find it difficult to sleep as they near the end of their pregnancy. The pressure the baby is now placing on the mother’s bladder can mean frequent interruptions to her sleep due to the need to urinate more frequently. Many women also face the problem of not being able to find a comfortable sleeping position because of their increased size.

Another symptom that can occur because of the baby’s larger size is shortness of breath. As the fetus grows, there will be added pressure placed on the woman’s diaphragm; this can then cause the mother to have some difficulty with breathing. Additionally the baby’s larger size can also begin to affect the woman’s posture, which can contribute to the back pain often experienced in the last months of pregnancy.

A condition known as edema frequently affects women in the last months of their pregnancy. Edema is caused by fluid retention and it results in a mild swelling of the feet and hands. While edema is not a concern for alarm, it should be monitored carefully to make sure that the swelling does not become marked; pronounced swelling could be indicative of the serious condition known as preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is defined as pregnancy-induced hypertension and it can place a serious risk on both mother and child. It requires the immediate attention of the woman’s health care provider.

During the last trimester of pregnancy it is common for the woman to start feeling occasional, mild contractions. Some women will actually experience these contractions as early as 20 weeks. These contractions are referred to as Braxton Hicks contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions are not a problem; however, if the contractions should become more regular and increase in strength, it is advisable for the mother to contact her doctor.

Some of the other side effects caused by the rapid growth of the fetus in the third trimester include spider and varicose veins, constipation, diarrhea and leg cramps. These symptoms are also a normal part of the last months of pregnancy for many women; while they can result in discomfort for the expectant mother, they are not a cause for alarm. Nevertheless, if at any time the expectant mother has either concerns or uncertainty about any symptom that she is experiencing, it is always best to consult with her health care provider.

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? – In Layman’s Terms

COPD is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is a disease that affects the way our lungs should work.

The major cause of COPD is smoking, and in the United States approximately 12 million people have been diagnosed with COPD and it is suspected that a similar amount of people suffer from this same illness but have not yet been diagnosed. It has become the fourth cause of death and may go up in the scale as the population grows older (baby boomers for example), many of whom are or were smokers.

Another important point is that it is a progressive disease, which means it grows worse in time which is why it is classified as a chronic illness. Chronic means that it develops and worsens over time, while acute implies a severe and sudden onset of the illness – a heart attack or the breaking of a bone, for example. In chronic illnesses there can be acute attacks: in the case of COPD an acute attack of shortness of breath can be very complicated.

Understanding COPD

As we breath in and out, our lungs inflate, the air goes down the windpipe and into airways (bronchial tubes). Imagine these airways as branches of a small tree. At the ends of these branches there are very small elastic air sacks – think of a bunch of grapes (with air instead of juice) – that inflate when we breathe in and deflate as we breathe out. These grape type air sacks are called alveoli. The breathing process makes them expand (like air balloons) and as the air is released (when we exhale) they recover their original size.

In COPD it is precisely the alveoli (bunch of grapes) that have been damaged and so in both counts, when we exhale and when we inhale, less amount of air comes in and out.

Some of the alveoli, the ones that have been affected, swell up and lose their elasticity. The airways, which would be the branches in the above description, have also been affected and are both swollen and slightly clogged as they have also been affected. Another aspect is that much more mucus is produced and this also tends to block the airways.

The end result of all this is that less air comes in and is distributed around our body. The air we breath is made up of approximately 21% oxygen, about 1% other gases, and the rest, 78%, of carbon dioxide. As less air is inhaled and distributed there is a lack of oxygen in our system and this is the major problem of COPD.

One of the ways to assist patients with COPD is by oxygen therapy but as always when concerned with medical matters you should and must refer to a professional medical practitioner.

Heart Rate Monitors: How Do They Work?

Whether you are an elite athlete, are looking to lose weight, or are simply just concerned about keeping your heart healthy, a heart monitor can be an essential tool that can help you to determine how well you’re progressing in your exercise routine. It measures the intensity of your exercise routine by recording your heartbeat activity. Essentially, using a heart monitor doesn’t just help us improve our fitness progress but likewise increases the capacity to diagnose heart disease.

So, how exactly does a heartbeat monitor work? Heart monitors work on the same principles that an EKG machine uses to calculate the electrical impulses of the heart. These monitoring devices are made up of a couple of different components: a receiver and transmitter. For each beat of the heart, an electric transmission is carried through the heart muscle that causes it to tighten. The monitor’s transmitter should be placed in direct contact of the skin to ensure that device can find a precise signal. The transmitter then sends an electro-magnetic signal containing one’s heartbeat statistics to a device which monitors and display the heartbeat.

Of the types of heart rate monitors, the most precise utilize a strap that is wraps around the person’s chest right below the breastbone. Once attached, the transmitter emits signals to a wireless receiver that is commonly attached to a belt or waistband. More sophisticated video display units can also capture the time frame, estimate average and peak heart rates, and generate an alert sound anytime the wearer’s heart rate goes outside of their ideal target zone.

Heart rate watches are the most common form of heart monitors. The device at the back of the watch serves as the sensor which then sends the signal in digital form. These kinds of wrist watches also offer numerous other features aside from just displaying the wearer’s heart rate. Some include stop-watch and lap modes, pedometers, and can even log the quantity of calories burnt off during the exercise session.

In addition, heart rate meters are cheap, simple, and easy to use heart rate monitoring devices. As the blood begins to flow, the number of fuel and heart contractions increases or lowers compared to the existing rate caused by physical exercise. Meters are able to take measurements using only from the pulse detected in the fingers of you hand in order to receive a relatively accurate reading.

These devices work to demonstrate the heart’s effect on overall wellness and performance. Measuring the pulses of the cardiovascular system and the electricity an individuals heart can generate can bring to light a few perilous health conditions, while heart rates, in addition, have a direct association to an person’s physical performance. Without a heart monitor, it is much more difficult to track the performance of your heart and, not having this information puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to achieving the optimal performance in all areas of life.

Silica Supplements Strengthens Bones and Hair

For a longtime, the role of silica in the body was not known. Now, it is among the most important minerals. It can fortunately be found in most of the vegetables and fruits, and the shortages are rare. It is one of the least studied minerals, which is why we don’t known exactly how much we need of it daily. Researchers have named silica recently into the category of the most important minerals for the body. Nutritionists estimate that an adult would need 20 to 30 mg per day.

This mineral helps the body to build up the bones, the teeth, the cartilages, the tendons and the hair, providing further resistance. He also gives the skin suppleness and the vascular walls elasticity. A diet rich in silica can prevent osteoporosis, atherosclerosis (thickening of arterial walls), skin wrinkling, thinning and hair loss, broken nails and tooth decay. It makes the teeth, the nails and the hair to shine. Silica exists in lungs tissue, so it is recommended for the re-mineralization process in tuberculosis patients. Because it helps to build up bone and cartilage, this mineral mustn’t be missing from the diets of pregnant women and children suffering from rickets. It also contributes to assimilate phosphorus, which is very important for the brain health.

Fortunately, silica is found in many foods we eat everyday, and especially in fruits and vegetables. Some of the richest sources are the whole grains, the apples and oranges, lemons, grapes, raisins, almonds, peanuts, nuts, grains in general, cabbage, carrots, squash, green beans, cucumbers, mushrooms, onions, leeks, parsnips, nettles and radishes. From all of these, the whole grains contain a form of silica which is very easy to assimilate. Corn shelled and products of it (white bread, for example) do not contain silica. Moreover, all refined or processed products lose their nutrients, including silica. Beer and honey have also a large quantity of this mineral in their composition. It exists even in water in different quantities, depending from on the geographical area. Among the animal food sources, fish is the one which contains silica. Because the foods containing this mineral are so many, we can provide our body, usually without problems, the daily requirement. Silica deficiency is rare. It occurs in people who regularly eat fruit and vegetables and the elderly, because the mineral is more difficult to assimilate with age.

The presence of silica in the body is very important. The mineral is necessary for calcium absorption particularly in the early stages of bone formation, but also for maintaining skeletal health throughout life. It is involved in forming collagen and that’s why it is important for the health of nails, skin and hair. Silica is also necessary to keep the flexibility of arteries, and plays a major role in preventing cardiovascular diseases. It stimulates the immune system and delays the aging process of tissues. The level of this mineral in the body decreases with age. Therefore, older people need a higher intake of silica, compared to younger ones.

Why DHT Causes Hair Loss and How You Can Stop It!

Hair loss in men is caused by DHT (dihydrotestrosterone). DHT attacks susceptible hair follicles and prevents further hair growth, leading to male hair loss. The hair follicles at the temples and crown of the head, are commonly attacked by DHT and usually the first place that men notice the thinning of hair. This hair loss is called Androgenetic alopecia, or more commonly, male pattern baldness.

In many cases, the problem of hair loss is hereditary. Anyone can inherit this hair loss tendency from either side of the family, though there is some evidence that indicates that hair loss history from the mother’s side will be more likely to manifest baldness in their children.

DHT and Testosterone

When the enzyme 5 Alpha Reductase interacts with the male hormone testosterone, the body produces DHT, which causes significant hair loss. High levels of saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods are also linked to increased DHT levels. Since our bodies need Testosterone in order to remain healthy and fit, one way to combat hair loss is to block the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT. Men everywhere have begun using DHT blockers to help fight male hair loss.

Blocking DHT

Some all-natural DHT blockers are available, most of them without a prescription. DHT blockers are safer alternatives to prescription medications that can interfere with testosterone itself.

A Viable Option

One of the more popular, all natural remedies for male hair loss and counteracting the effects of DHT, is Procerin. For men that are looking for a safe, effective, all natural way to block DHT, Procerin is scientifically formulated to help men retain and re-grow hair that has been lost because of elevated levels of DHT. Procerin comes in a tablet form and a topical solution, which is used daily. The active ingredients in Procerin are all-natural DHT inhibitors. Since this product is all natural, there are no harsh chemicals, sprays, or special shampoos, and no sexual side effects.

You can read more about this natural DHT blocker in our Procerin review

FDA approved Ingredient to stop DHT

Provillus is another product used by men to stop hair loss and stimulate re-growth. Provillus contains Minoxidil, the ingredient clinically proven, and approved by the FDA for re-growing hair. It also works to inhibit DHT, stopping hair loss and promoting the re-growing of new, healthy hair.

Minoxidil is a powerful active ingredient in Provillus that works in the hair follicles to block DHT. A nourishing blend of vitamins, natural herbs and minerals are added to the formula. These vitamins, herbs and minerals provide nourishment to the scalp and hair. Provillus is also a 2 step process and comes in a capsule form and a topical solution that is used daily. Provillus does not require a prescription.

Men who desire to stop current hair loss and re-grow their hair, should be encouraged to try a product that inhibits DHT and promotes hair re-growth. The best course is to look for a product that does not require a prescription and is natural based. To ensure satisfaction, purchasers should also look for products that offer a money back guarantee.

Is Black Seed Oil An Effective Acne Treatment? Find Out The Facts

Acne Remedies have been around as long as acne has been in existence. With so many acne remedies, it can be overwhelming and confusing to really trust which ones are effective. At Remedies For Acne Site we review all the acne merchandise on the market and every one the newest acne remedies to help you discover the most effective acne treatment that is suitable for your skin condition.

This oil is very potent because of its ingredients and their properties. It oil contains essential fatty acids and vitamins which the body needs to healthy hair, skin and nails. The Linoleic acid and Arginine in black seed oil are known to fight inflammation, eliminate free radicals and stop infections. These very same ingredients improves the elasticity of the skin, prevents and improves wrinkles and scars. Lately scientists have confirmed the anti-bacterial and anti-mycotic effects of black seed oil.

Nigella Sativa has also been used to treat arthritic due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Acne suffers can mix this oil with honey to be used as an acne treatment mask. It helps renew cells and heal acne scars. In addition to infection and inflammation, black seed is also used to treat fungal infections. As acne infections are caused by bacteria as well as fungus, this oil can be used to address both types of infections in acne sufferers.

Even a remarkable reduction of blood sugar levels has been found by scientists. Nigella Sativa extracts have been found help to stimulate bone marrow and immune cells, so writes the scientists of the Cancer Immuno-Biology Laboratory and adding that it raises the interferon production, protects normal cells against cell destroying effects of viruses, destroys tumor cells and raises the number of anti-bodies producing B cells.

There are so many uses of this essential oil that it is truly something one should have in the home. Scientists have discovered that it helps reduce blood sugar levels. According to the Cancer Immuno-Biology Laboratory, Nigella Sativa extracts can stimulate the growth of bone marrow, immune cells and increases interferon to destroy tumor cells and cancer causing viruses. The oil has also been used to treat upset stomach, jaundice, wind and jaundice. The arginine in black seed has the remarkable ability to increase the production of mother’s milk.

In ancient times, black seed oil has been used as a remedy to treat all kinds of health problems. Allergies, bronchitis, asthma, dermatitis, inflammation and infections are some of the ailments where this oil was centuries ago. However, since black seed oil is very potent, you have to exercise caution when using it. There are risks involved if you opt to use this oil.

Black seed has been reported to increase the chance of seizures in epileptic patients. However, more analysis needs to be conducted to fully evaluate the risks. Apart from the risks involved, This particular oil contains helpful properties that greatly scale back acne formation. The oil is made from black currant, a woody perennial shrub found in milder climate regions. It is well-known for nourishing the skin and obtaining rid of acne. If you decide to use Nigella Sativa oil to treat your acne, make sure you get only pure cold pressed black seed oil.

Down’s Syndrome In A Nutshell

Down’s Syndrome is a type of mental retardation caused by an extra chromosome, resulting in a moderate to severe level of general retardation. Measurable intelligence quotients could range from 20 to 55.

First described by J. Langdon-Down in 1866, this syndrome was initially called mongolism due to the resemblance in facial appearance to members of the Mongolian race. Later it was discovered that the syndrome is caused by an extra chromosome (no. 21) which triples instead of pairing. Known as trisomy 21, or Down’s syndrome after the discoverer, this leaves 47 chromosomes instead of the normal 46. While we know that this extra chromosome is responsible for Down’s syndrome, we do not yet know how it has its effect.

This widely known, common form of retardation is the result of cell division and is not inherited. Either parent may contribute the chromosome. It is known that the occurrence of this syndrome increases from about 1 in every 1,000 births to mothers age 20 years, to 25 per 1,000 births for women age 35, to about 88 per 1,000 births to mothers age 49.

It is not clear why the mother’s age is associated with the syndrome. It is possible that the mother’s eggs, which are all present at her birth, have been exposed to more environmental agents or stresses. Perhaps hormonal changes in midlife influence the process.

There is little evidence to show that the father’s age is involved. If so, it is not significant until the father is in the mid-fifties.

Down’s syndrome is characterized by almond-shaped eyes that slant upward, a small nose with a low bridge, and a furrowed tongue that protrudes because the mouth is small and has a low roof. The head may be flattened in the back. The ears are small and sometimes the tops are folded a little. The nose is also flattened and wide. The child is often short. These children are often born with heart problems, a susceptibility to colds and pneumonia, and more susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease as they age. Less than 60% of Down’s syndrome children live more than 5 years after birth. The approximate life span of the remainder is 35 to 40 years.

Down’s syndrome children are usually good-natured, happy, affectionate, socially well adjusted, and playful. They can usually do most things that any young child can do, such as walking, talking, dressing themselves, and being toilet trained. However, they do these things a little later than other children. Considerable care is necessary for many of these individuals. While some are capable of learning normal skills to contribute in various jobs and some marry, most are too retarded to live alone responsibly.

Dealing With Allergies – Help with Hives

Hives are one of the unfortunate side effects of many allergies. These annoying pink bumps and raised patches aren’t just unsightly – they’re also very itchy, burning and stingy!

Hives can pop up anywhere on your body after coming in contact with, or eating something that turns your immune system into overdrive, causing an allergic reaction. They may be relatively small (like a mosquito bite), or big like a dinner plate. Hives may also come in groups or clusters.

Many people associate eating acidic foods like fresh tomatoes or strawberries with hives, but did you know that virtually any food or allergen could cause these itchy bumps to occur? It really just depends on how your body reacts (or over reacts) to the allergens it comes in contact with. While one person may experience itchy watery eyes and a runny nose from pollen, another may get hives!

Are hives very common? Yes! It is estimated that as many as 25% of us will get them at least once in our lives.

When you’re exposed to something that can trigger hives, the cells in your body begin to release a chemical called histamine, which causes fluid to leak from the small blood vessels under the skin. When this fluid collects under the skin, it forms the blotches we call hives.

The most common cause of hives is an allergic reaction to an insect bite, food, or some other allergen. But other things can cause hives to. They include:

-Exposure to the cold (like diving into a cold pool).

-Exercise.

-The sun.

-Stress.

-Infections caused by viruses.

No matter what the cause, a case of hives can last for a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few long days.

Antihistamines can be used to alleviate the itchiness and burning of hives, but they usually go away all by themselves in a few hours, or a few days. Sometimes a stronger prescription medication is needed, however, to alleviate the discomfort of hives.

It is rare, but hives can sometimes be a sign of a more serious allergic reaction that can affect breathing and other body functions. If someone you know exhibits any signs of breathing trouble (a tight chest, swollen throat; raspy voice or wheezing), after you’ve noticed hives appearing, get medical help immediately! If the allergic reaction begins to constrict their throat, it can prevent enough air from getting into the lungs within minutes. Some people who know they have these serious reactions carry a one-shot pen like dose of epinephrine with them called an Epi-pen. Although it will ease their discomfort, they still must get to a hospital right away.

As you can see, hives can be more than juts an itchy annoyance. When coupled with a severe allergy, they can be life threatening. The important thing to remember is that in most cases, they are a temporary reaction to something you’ve touched or eaten and will go away with little if any attention or medication.

The Life Everlasting Flower From Tea to Wreaths

The Life is a member of the mint family and derives its name from the powerful and lingering scent of curry when the leaves or stems are crushed. It is indigenous to North America, especially around North and South Carolina, and has long been used for countless healing and therapeutic purposes.

Known variously by the Latin name Helicrysium stoechas and by the local name of cudweed, Life Everlasting Flowers appear on downy stalks in numerous crowds of white flowers. They carry a supportive and comforting aroma and are known to induce sleep.

The Life Flowers are commonly recommended in herbal meditation blends for encouraging spirituality and personal growth. The aroma is believed by some to open the right side of the brain, improving creativity and dream activity. The flowers are also valued particularly for their decorative beauty in dried floral arrangements and wreaths that last for years. Dried herbs of the plant make a relaxing tea infusion or bath.

The Life Flower herb is a perennial root that creeps and propagates easily almost like a troublesome weed. But its medicinal and therapeutic applications are extensive. Some people have chewed the leaves and flowers as a remedy for mouth and throat ulcerations and they are used regularly as a natural astringent. The Life Everlasting herb was even a substitute for smoking tobacco with New England fisherman. Smoking the herb in a different way by inhaling the smoke of the burning herb was at one time considered good for coughs of the lungs and headache. Fresh juice from the Life Everlasting Flower has been said to be an aphrodisiac. The flowers are attributed with a small litany of properties: expectorant, diaphoretic, anodyne, astringent, ectoral, and expectorant, to name a few. The Life Everlasting Flowers are applied for problems with pulmonary. diarrhea, dysentary, coughs, colds, pains in the breast. Powders and warm infusions of the Life Everlasting herb have been used in leucorrhea, diseases of the bowels, and for hemorrhages. The herb is used in poultices for sprains, painful swellings, bruises, boils, bug bites-even tumors and contusions.

The Life Everlast-Flower is steeped in American Indian history. Different tribes used decoctions to treat a myriad of neurological and skin disorders. They made tea infusions with the flowers for asthma, bronchitis, and colds. Currently, the Life Everlasting Flower has been increasingly used in blends for skin and bad bruises for how it seems to reabsorb blood into tissue and remove pain and discoloration from nerve damage.

The therapeutic and medicinal versatility of the prolific life everlasting flower is as prodigious as its name. Its gentle but powerful healing has lasting effects, from teas and baths to old fashioned wreaths.