How to Clean Your Tongue At Home

Most people dutifully brush their teeth when they wake up and again before they go to bed, but far fewer take the time to brush their tongue. That’s a shame since tongues need cleaning too. The surface of your tongue is covered with tiny bumps called papillae. These papillae house the taste buds that allow you to enjoy the sweet taste of an ice cream cone or the salty taste of a potato chip. But they can also harbor bacteria, food particles and dead skin cells. Yuck! That’s why it’s important to take a little extra time to clean your tongue at home.

How to Clean Your Tongue at Home

You don’t have to have any special equipment to clean your tongue, although a tongue scraper can make the job easier. A tongue scraper is the best alternative for people who gag easily. To do a thorough tongue cleaning, you have to be able to reach the back of your tongue since there’s where lots of the food debris and bacteria are hiding. A tongue scraper makes it easier to do that.

How to Use a Tongue Scraper

You can buy a tongue scraper at many drugstores and online. You can find inexpensive ones made of plastic at most drugstores, but for just a little more you can get a stainless steel one that will last longer and will be easier to clean.

Once you have a tongue scraper, you’re ready to get started. Open your mouth and place the tongue scraper as far back in your mouth as you comfortably can. Press down gently and move the scraper forward, taking care not to apply too much force. Rinse the scraper with water to remove any debris. Then move to another area of the tongue and repeat the process using light pressure, taking care to rinse after each scraping. You should be able to cover your tongue with three scrapes. Once you’ve finished, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water, and swish an anti-bacterial mouthwash around in your mouth.

It’s important to not to be too aggressive when you scrape your tongue, since you can damage the delicate taste buds. Be gentle. You want to keep your tongue healthy so you can enjoy the taste of your food.

You Can Use a Toothbrush to Clean Your Tongue Too

If you don’t have a tongue scraper, use a soft tooth brush to gently clean your tongue using light pressure. Wash the bristles in warm water after each pass. You may have to run the toothbrush over your tongue a few additional times since a toothbrush doesn’t do the job as effectively as a tongue scraper. Once you’ve finished, thoroughly rinse your mouth.

Examine your tongue, and make sure it looks clean and healthy. If you notice a white coating on your tongue that persists after brushing, talk to your doctor or dentist. It could be oral thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection that can appear after taking antibiotics or if your immune system is suppressed. If you have this condition, it’s important to find out why since it can be a sign of a health problem such as diabetes, an immune deficiency problem. It’s also more common when you’re taking certain medications such as antibiotics or prednisone.

The Bottom Line?

It’s important to know how to clean your tongue at home to improve oral hygiene and prevent bad breath. Most cases of halitosis are caused by bacteria in the mouth that produce smelly substances. Brushing your tongue or scraping it with tongue scraper can help to prevent this problem. Clean your tongue thoroughly – do it for your oral health.

Cancer-Causing Foods You’re Likely Eating Daily

Everyone wants to live a long healthy life, but few people take the proper steps towards optimal health. Your lifestyle and diet play an intricate role in the overall quality of your life. Eating nutritious foods is essential if you want to prevent common illnesses. You can seek help with your diet plan by consulting with a naturopathic family care physician, who can design a plan for you and your entire family. Any integrative medicine doctor will tell you that prevention is the best form of treatment.

A lot of people believe they’re eating healthy but are actually consuming foods and ingredients that are toxic. If you’re on the path to leading a healthier life, then make sure you’re not eating these cancer-causing foods.

Canned Foods

A lot of cans contain a chemical known as BPA (bisphenol-A). This is found in the lining of many cans that are sold in grocery stores across the world. In a study published in 2013 by the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, it was found that BPA affected the genes in the brains of rats. Tomatoes sold in cans should also be avoided, since they’re known to have high acidity due to BPA leeched from the lining. Don’t expect to see a BPA logo on cans – if it doesn’t say BPA-free, then you can assume there’s BPA.


Research performed recently shows that soda pop has been linked to various illnesses. Those who drink more than one can of soda daily are at a higher risk of stroke than those who don’t. It is also linked to weight gain, due to the high sugar content and empty calories. The artificial colorings and food chemicals placed in soda, such as 4-MI have been connected to cancer.

If you consult with a naturopathic family care physician about your diet, soda will be one of the items they recommend to remove from your daily consumption.

Farmed Salmon

Many people consume fish because it’s believed to be healthy. Some fish are contaminated with heavy metals, while farmed salmon are found to be contaminated with antibiotics, pesticides, chemicals and various carcinogens. This is due to them being fed unnatural diets. About 60 percent of the salmon on the market are farmed. Then because farmed fish live in crowded conditions, they have 30 times more sea lice than wild salmon.

Naturopathic physicians can help improve the care and health of your family. If you’re serious about preventing disease, then you need to ensure you’re staying away from harmful foods and ingredients.

5 Drills For Extreme Football Conditioning

In the dark ages of football, conditioning usually amounted to nothing more than running a few miles and maybe jogging up stadium steps. It was the old standby. And, often the only reason it was done was because that’s what your coach did when he was young, and his coach before him. . . and on and on and on. . . it was the mediocre conditioning conundrum and it struck football like a plague.

If there’s one thing that all football strength and conditioning coaches should agree on it’s that running sucks for improving football conditioning.

Jogging is boring, results killing, and, if you are over 200lbs (and you all should be), it can be hell on your knees and ankles. We never run distance in a game, and usually not much more than 30yards and often only 3 – 10yards!

Yet, no matter what, some football players continue to rely on the dreaded and unproductive jogging as the mainstay of their football conditioning programs.


I’m pretty sure it’s because most coaches grew up when the aerobics craze hit. Jogging was the solution from everything from fat loss, heart health, sports conditioning to solving world peace.

But, just because you did something 25-years ago doesn’t mean you should still do it! It used to be common practice to not allow your players to drink water during summer practices. It took a few tragic accidents before this stupid practice was put to rest.

How many times must we run around the practice field screaming “4th Quarter” before someone gets that in order to win the big games. . . the close games against good teams, we have to be in extreme football condition, or, as we like to say. . . game shape.

But, if you don’t run how the hell do you get “in shape?”

If you play a sport, you should do conditioning that is similar to the demands of your sport, which is why Football players have absolutely no business running distance. Ever.

Sprinting, of course, is the usual answer. And, it should be. But, for most of the country, sprinting outside isn’t always an option. Here in NJ it seems to either rain, snow or dump buckets of ice on us at the most random times. I can only imagine what the hell goes on in places where it really snows.

Sprinting in the snow may seem cool and hardcore, but, slip on one spot of ice and your season is done.

There are alternatives for those time. . .

But, a word of warning. . . it is not for the weak hearted.

Combining three exercises, often called Triple Threats, is not new. Early strongmen would often perform triples; typically a Two-Hands Anyhow, a Press, then a Side Press. Olympic lifters often use them and guys like Alwyn Cosgrove have applied complexes to fat loss training with phenomenal results. But, we aren’t talking about just combining exercises in the gym. Using Triple Threats for extreme football conditioning is a great way to get into amazing football shape even when going outside is impossible.

1. Prowler, Farmers Walk, Sprint

This movement is brutal. There’s just no point where it lets up. Start off by setting up a Prowler (or sled) about 30-yards from a set of loaded Farmer’s Walk bars. Very heavy dumbbells can be used if you don’t have access to Farmer’s bars.

Get down low and start pushing that Prowler. This should be a sprint, so don’t overload the sled too much. As soon as you reach the bars, pick them up and do a Farmer’s Walk back to the starting point. Then, drop the bars and sprint back to the prowler.

The last sprint might feel a little funny, especially on the later sets, but tough it out. Yell out “Fourth Quarter!” or whatever cliché gets you to keep going when you just want to vomit.

Start with 3 sets of this combo, rest as needed. When you get good, try to cut the rest periods down to 45-seconds. Gradually. Trust me, go gradually. Five sets of this will be enough for most. You can use it as a stand-alone movement, as part of a conditioning day, or as a finisher after a weight room session.

You can do this in the gym if outside isn’t a possibility. The Prowler wouldn’t go over well with the school, but, you can get a tarp or even a heavy piece of rug, throw a few plates on top, attach a rope and pull. Instant indoor sled.

2. Dumbbell Cleans, Dumbbell Front Squats, Dumbbell Duckwalk

This is a favorite of mine. It’s super easy to set up, easy to do, and is excellent for conditioning and teaching your body to be coordinated when tired. By the way, this is important. I’ve heard for years that you shouldn’t put high skill exercises toward the end of your strength sessions because you’re too tired to perform the movement correctly. But, seriously, if you play football (or any sport really) you damn well better be able to perform high skill movements when tired. You better be as fresh in the 4th Quarter as you were in pre-game warm ups!

This trio is great for teaching the body to be on point even as you tire. Grab two dumbbells and knock off 5 rapid fire Cleans.

On the 5th, immediately do 5 explosive Front Squats. Then, on the 5th, keep the ‘bells on your shoulders and go right into a Duckwalk. You can go for about 10 yards. But, speed of movement is more important.

The keys here are:

Speed! You have to move fast

25-Seconds rest between sets

Focus. . . you must learn to perform when tired

Go for 3 – 5 sets to begin with. This works great as a finisher, done at the end of a strength training session.

3. Kettlebell Swing, Kettlebell Bear Crawl, Kettlebell Push ups

This trio can also be done with Dumbbells, but it’s no where near as fun. It’s best to do this combo outside, preferable in crappy weather (conditioning is as much about mental toughness as it is physical). Yea, yea. . . I just said don’t sprint outside. . . there’s not sprinting here, sucka.

Start off by doing 10 – 15 reps in the KB Swing. As soon as you finish, drop down and, with kettlebells in hand, start doing a Bear Crawl. Crawl about 30 yards. When you reach the finish line, keep your hands on the K-bells and do as many push-ups as possible.

Rest as needed at first, but eventually try to cut the rest down to under 45-seconds between sets.

Once you get used to this combo, try doing it with two different size K-bells. No one ever said the weights always have to be perfectly balanced. This will increase difficulty and keep your stabilizers working the entire time.

This complex can be used as a finisher on an upper body day or as part of a conditioning day. Start off with4 sets and work up to 6. Experiment with different Kettlebell weights, try using dumbbells, or wear a weighted vest throughout to increase the workload.

4. Sandbag Bearhug Carry, Shoulder and Squat, Sandbag Deadlift

Again, best to head outside for this one, but, if you can’t then the gym is perfectly fine. I’ve said it a million times; Sandbags are excellent for improving strength and football conditioning. . . and it’s the #1 tool for bridging the gap between the weight room and the field.

You will have to play around a bit with the weight of the bag. If it’s too heavy, you’ll never make it. But, if it’s too light, the exercise becomes too easy. Starting light and going heavier is the best way to go.

Start off with feet shoulder-width apart. Bend and grab the bag just as you would a barbell Deadlift. You will have to find the best form for you, but, a good way to start for beginners is to Deadlift the bag to the thighs, then do a high-pull/hip pop combo to get it to the chest. If you’ve ever watched World Strongest Man competitions, you’ve seen this move used when lifting the large, round stones. It’ll take some practice to find your sweet spot, but, once you do, you’ll have very little problem.

Once the bag is at chest level, wrap your arms around it and squeeze the hell out of the damn thing. If you relax your grip, the bag will fall, especially as you get tired. Once secured, start walking. When you get to the 50-yard marker drop the bag, repeat the lifting sequence but this time get it to your shoulder. Do 5 reps each side.

When you hit the 10th rep, drop the bag again and do as many Deadlifts as you can. This is quite a bit of work in a short time, so it is ideal when used as a finisher. Start with 3 sets and gradually increase to six.

5. DB Swing, DB Snatch, DB OH Lunge

Again, if you are afraid of accidentally becoming a card carrying member of a Kettlebell Kult, you can use Dumbbells for this complex. This is best done with one ‘Bell at a time.

Grab one Kettlebell or Dumbbell, take a shoulder width stance and knock off 20 Swings. Immediately do 20 Snatches then, keep your arm locked out overhead and do 10 Lunges with each leg.

This is ideal for those who are forced to workout inside or in a very small gym because it takes up so little space. You can do the swings and snatches without much fear of some dummy walking directly in the path of the dumbbell. . . though I once saw Roder drop the bar he was doing Straight Leg Deadlifts onto his foot, so I guess ya never know, eh?

This is also a great way to condition when you can’t get to the school’s weight room. . . like on Christmas break. All you need is one dumbbell and some balls.

Depending on your needs, choose 1 – 3 of the combos and work them hard 2 – 3 times a week. If you are early in your off-season, one day a week should hold you. As the season draws near, or if you are looking to lose fat for a specific occasion, start to increase the amount of conditioning you do. The old mainstay of doing 3 weight training workouts and 2 conditioning sessions is a good starting point.

Protein Poisoning Symptoms

There are too many protein poisoning symptoms to list in this short article. Degenerative diseases of all kinds are either directly or indirectly caused by protein poisoning. Let us start with cancer.

Cancer is caused, when excess protein in the body, causes an adverse reaction to a toxic substance, resulting in the body losing control of the cells. Once this happens the cells start growing outside the supervision of the brain. Cancer is in essence normal body cells doing their own thing, at their own pace. It has been known for years that cancer can be turned on or off by adjusting protein levels. (1)

Arthritis, is caused primarily by protein poisoning. It is aggravated by too much inorganic minerals in the diet. High protein levels are associated with high uric acid levels. Uric acid has long been known to eat away at the cartilage in joints. Lowering protein levels is a first step in getting rid of arthritis. (2)

Heart disease, diabetes and most other diseases can be directly or indirectly linked to animal protein consumption. Most people who eat animal products eat a deranged protein that the body cannot use to build strong healthy tissue. If you look at the way the white of an egg changes from clear to white, you are experiencing the derangement of protein. This deranged protein is so much toxic waste that the body has to deal with. Much of it is absorbed by the body and causes much damage.

The consumption of high levels of animal protein produces an acid condition in the body which is the direct cause of osteoporosis, and tooth decay. The body has to rob the bones and teeth of calcium to keep the acid from killing you.

Most people think that we use protein to build strong muscles. The truth is that we use Amino acids to create the proteins we need to build strong muscles and every other part of the body. Our bodies have to break down the protein that we consume into its individual amino acids before we can use it. This process is supposed to happen in the digestive system. It has a hard time converting deranged protein into usable amino acids.

The best sources for amino acids, to build strong bodies, are vegetables and fruits. The lowly lettuce salad has more usable protein in the form of amino acids than a steak. Because most plant foods have the protein in the form we need the body has less work to do to digest the food.

Why Is My Dog Not Eating? Common Causes of Dog Eating Problems

It’s not unusual for dogs not to eat their meal and leave the food untouched in their bowl. Although this is concerning for their owners, it’s not necessarily a sign of ill health, particularly if they are still bright and alert.

The weather can affect your dog’s appetite. If it is too hot, he might not feel like eating. He also may not need to eat as much because he doesn’t need to put energy into keeping warm.

Your dog may not like what you are giving him. The food may be a bit stale and not very appetising, or he may just have more gourmet tastes. You can certainly try offering him fresh food to see if it’s more appealing. If he is just fussy, then it will take some discipline on your part to teach him that you’re not going feed him chicken breast or lean steak, and he will need to get used to eating kibble!

Before you try the tough love approach, make sure there is no medical reason for your dog’s loss of appetite.

  1. Look in his mouth and check that there there isn’t any dental disease that may be making it painful for him to eat. Look along his gum line for any reddening or swelling, particularly in the area of those large upper molars. A sore mouth can make dinnertime miserable, because in most cases, your dog will want to eat but it just hurts too much. The same can occur with ulcers or abrasions inside the mouth, so while you’re looking at his teeth, check the roof of his mouth, inside his cheeks and as far back in his throat as you can.
  2. Loss of appetite can also be associated with an upset digestive system. Your dog may have eaten something a bit rotten, or be suffering from a more serious condition such as a stomach ulcer, intestinal obstruction or viral infection.
  3. Problems with internal organs, such as liver or kidney disease, can make your dog feel nauseous and therefore not interested in food. It’s likely that he will also show other symptoms such as excessive thirst, depression and possibly vomiting.
  4. Stress can put your dog off his food. Have there been any changes in his life recently? Perhaps you’ve moved house, or perhaps you have just had a baby. It can take some dogs a little while to adapt to such things, and they can stop eating, just as a person would if they felt unhappy.

If you can’t find anything wrong with your dog’s mouth, and he is bright and happy, it’s safe to wait a little while to see if he improves, before contacting your vet. Don’t offer him any food for 24 hours, and then start offering him small frequent meals of a bland food. Chicken and rice is ideal for this. If his appetite returns, that’s great; you can then gradually change back to his regular diet over a day or two.

If he is lethargic and appears obviously unwell, or if he shows other symptoms of illness, take him along to your vet for a check-up.

Our dogs are like family to us and so naturally it’s very upsetting when they become sick. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you knew how to give your dog a check-up, so you could spot a problem early? Before it became truly serious or even life threatening?

Acid Reflux Disease Could Lead To Severe Complications If Left Unattended

There are times that after a splurge on a large pizzas and a couple of beer mugs, with you get this burning sensation in your chest and throat. You got heartburn, a sign of acid reflux disease. Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is commonly referred to as acid reflux or heartburn (which is actually its symptom). This affliction attacks almost everyone regardless of age and gender. In fact, as you are reading this now, millions of Americans are suffering heartburn or several other symptoms of acid reflux disease.

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease occurs to millions of Americans as a chronic condition that some even suffer this attack at an average of three times a week, while some have it almost daily. Symptoms of acid reflux disease could differ from one sufferer to another while others do not even know they are having it. There is this interesting article that wrote about cases where the patient was totally clueless about his condition until his dentist told him about it. What gave his dentist the idea was the way the patient’s teeth erode due to acid that were apparently refluxed or regurgitated from his stomach.

While some would say that the patient in the above case is luckier he does not have to suffer the discomfort and pain associated with heartburn, the clueless patient may be more susceptible to a later surprise of more severe complications. Remember, detection is important as the first step towards resolving a problem or ailment. Chronic acid reflux disease that goes on for more than four years could lead to severe complications.

The sensitive cells lining the esophagus could be irritated and damaged due to constant exposure to stomach acid that flows back from the stomach. Failure to detect and resolve this condition could lead to a more serious problem that could become a precursor to cancer.

There are a lot of factors and triggers that lead to the development of acid reflux disease. This includes physiological conditions like hiatal hernia, inability of the stomach to empty itself, etc. One of the primary triggers of a heartburn episode is the foods ingested. For several reasons, some people are just more sensitive to acidic foods that after eating them, heartburn occurs. Alcoholic and carbonated beverages, spicy foods and foods with high fat content are also major triggers of heartburn.

There are a lot of talks about stress contributing to the development of acid reflux disease by it has not been really directly linked to it in purely medical terms. However, stress is usually ascribed to as a secondary factor in the development of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The best way to fully ascertain your triggers is to try to maintain a dairy diary of what you ate, what you did, etc. and along the same row, you can indicate if you had an episode of heartburn. Better yet, discuss this plan with your doctor who would be more than glad to help you better understand your acid reflux disease.

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.

Decreasing Water Retention

Suffering from water retention or edema? Need to get rid of the excess water by decreasing water retention, or want to jumpstart your body to do so? It’s not that hard – and you can even explore doing it yourself, without needing to see a doctor or professional.

Edema can be both unsightly and can be hard to manage, especially if you are active or need to be on the go quite a bit. If one’s body is retaining water, certain parts of the body will retain more water than others, most especially the lower extremities – the feet, calves, ankles, lower legs – although edema can also take place in one’s hands, arms and even the face. Some serious or more severe cases can result in tingling sensations in certain areas, dark discoloration, and flesh that, when squeezed or touched, can take a while to return to its original shape before it was touched or squeezed.

Firstly, to treat this condition, there are a number of over-the-counter medicines that can be bought if you would like to try to drain excess water from your system. You can try to take Pepto-Bismol, sodium bicarbonate or calcium carbonate, all three of which can be purchased without a prescription at any drugstore.

Next, check out your diet. Are you fond of food that’s high in salt, like certain types of dried or preserved meat, soy sauce and the like? If so, that may be a contributory factor to your edema. If one’s body contains a high level of salt, one has a high chance of suffering from edema, because high levels of salt can stimulate the body’s tissues to swell and withhold water. You can remedy this situation by reducing your salt intake – eating less salt-preserved food, reducing soy sauce and other salty items, and so on.

Thirdly, if you are suffering from lower-extremity edema, there are a few things you can do to help reduce the water in your lower legs, ankles or feet. A few times a day, if you can, remove your shoes, loosen your clothing and put your feet up. That way you can make gravity, which is what is causing your problem by drawing the excess fluid downwards in your body, work for you. You can let gravity pull the excess fluid down and out of your feet and legs and into the rest of your body.

Lastly, if you are healthy enough, you can try to exercise, or if you are already exercising, you can always try to increase the tempo, speed or overall duration of your exercise (only do this if your body can take it that is – you may need to ask a trainer for some assistance). The trick is to get your body to speed itself up – speed up your metabolism, your heart rate, perspiration rate, rate of circulation, and so on. Doing so will have the effect of removing fluid from your body at a far faster rate than it is entering it.

A Wedding or a Marriage?

This is a topic romanticized so much in literature and movies, that every little girl is almost forced to have rosy ideas about that day when she will tie the knot. Starting from the dress, the ornaments, the decoration and of course the whole arrangement has to be grand. The focus on the event becomes so acute that the love which has brought the two souls together into holy matrimony is left behind. The question I wanted to ask in this article is not one that would be particularly favoured by the multi-million dollar wedding industry. What do women want? A grand spectacular wedding or a meaningful marriage. If one can afford the huge expenditure and also acquire truthful vows, then it’s the best combination. But what happens in most cases is an extreme burden taken by people especially the parents to put up a nice show in order to please a society which either does not care or mostly envy the splendour. So why is it necessary to spend all the money just to feed the insatiable appetites of gossip mongers and critics whom you cannot please no matter what you do. The pomp and show most often than not point towards the hollowness inside.

A relative of mine had once told me that after her marriage, her parents were so much in debt that after retirement, they were left with almost no savings. She confessed that she felt very sad about how she had wanted the grand celebrations. While pouring her heart out, she added with a wry smile that not one person who had been a part of the wedding had come to help her father when he was admitted in a hospital after having a massive heart attack.

Yesterday, while reading “little women” by Louisa May Alcott, I came across the part where “Meg” the eldest of the March sisters is getting married to Mr. Brooks. There the author has beautifully described the flower ornaments and the elegant but simple dress that Meg was wearing. The most impressive part is how the family had contributed personally to put together the modest arrangement and made it look splendid with their refined taste and bountiful love. Above all the lovely couple and a merry and caring family made the occasion so extra-ordinary that even their wealthy relative “Sally Moffat”, remarked about the beauty of the event somehow feeling very satisfied.

This satisfaction is something which can be only accomplished by true feelings and doing things without stretching your limits. No matter how much the jewellery advertisements try to fill our minds that without gold and diamonds no wedding ceremony is complete, the greatest happiness lies in the ornaments of love and care from those who are our near and dear ones. Even for those who can afford the display of wealth, it is better to spend money in things which are more important. Sometimes too much wealth creates a vacuum in the soul.

The whole article can be summarized into a few sentences. When you are dying of thirst, only water can quench the pain in your throat, not honey or milk. So, marriage is only thirsty for love and affection of the beloved can only make the ceremony a memorable one, not a massive fortune.

Why Are Isochronic Tones So Popular?

Isochronic tones are popular because life is hard.

There you have it. Life is no ball of wax (you’re not surprised by that are you?) and isochronic tones, the most effective brainwave entrainment on the market today, can make it not so hard.

Our life today is defined by the need to excel at everything. This road to excellence in everything, is paved with the dead bodies of the depleted anti-stress hormones that our body just can’t easily make anymore. We are in a constant state of stressed out beta brainwave frequency. In order to survive, this state helps us judge, determine, analyse, be goal-oriented, and it shows our anger, our frustration, and our anxiety. We are overburdened. When we don’t take the time to quieten the mind, we lose the ability to destress. We need to disconnect from beta and sometimes, we can’t do it on our own.

Meditating, while listening to a specialized isochronic tones recording, takes us quickly to a brainwave frequency that lifts us out of beta wave and into the slower, calmer waves of alpha and theta where stress evaporates. The entrainment makes new neural networks and helps you process your life from a different perspective. It changes your mind.

You’ll feel an enormous relief when you alter your consciousness using the pulses.

Isochronic tones are a brain entrainment technology that stimulates both of your brain’s hemispheres and is the most effective because it impacts the thalamus. Equal intensity tones, in a consistent rhythmic pattern, which pulse, are introduced to the brain stimulating a precise brainwave frequency. The brain will follow the pulses and match the pattern, changing your brain’s state of consciousness to that of the stimulus. The brain is so involved, following the tones or pulses so exactly, that entrainment is swift. Anti-stress hormones are released and kick the heck out of cortisol and other stress related hormones that are destroying you.

Want to know if you have any extra stress hormones lying around? Do you have a pooch, spare tire around your belly? That’s a side effect of cortisol, one of the most deadly stress hormones. It helps your body develop heart disease, diabetes, and a bunch of life altering other diseases.

The downside about isochronic tones is that they are not always easy to listen to. Sometimes the brain interprets the sounds to the noise made by a helicopter slapping away at the air, and because the brain is in such an attention state, it may make you feel a little tired when you are done the session.

The upside is that they entrain your brain faster than any other brain synchronization processes. If you want to change your brain quickly and effectively, you’ll use isochronic tones, regardless of the strong sound. They get the job done.

  • It’s not unbelievable that something that makes us feel better, handle life better, faster than other methods, would be so sought after.

Why Are Isochronic Tones So Popular?

  • they’re easy to use, you just listen to them from your i-pod, mp3 player, i-pad, computer.
  • you don’t need to use headphones but probably will entrain better if you do–no distractions.
  • you can play them for more than one person at a time.
  • they involve the instant attention of the brain causing strong neural response, so entrainment is fast.
  • when entrainment is fast, alteration of consciousness is fast.
  • they’re safe unless you are an epileptic, pregnant, prone to seizures, driving a car, or under the influence of medication or drugs.
  • give you an adrenalin rush by stimulating the adrenals.
  • are excellent for honing psychic skills like astral projection, aura reading, chakra balancing, ESP, hypnosis, lucid dreaming, meditation, past life regression, remote viewing, shaman consciousness, spirit guide communication, telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, scrying, tarot reading, reiki healing etc.
  • energizes you.
  • gives you stronger visualizations which helps your intentions manifest faster.
  • takes you quickly to a place of inner peace, conscious awareness

All of these qualities are what makes Isochronic Tones so popular in today’s world. We want everything right now, and getting relief from our stressful lives, using this brainwave entrainment technology, is about as “right now” as you can get.

Poetry – Two Poems By Turgut Uyar – "Mostly, It’s Yours" and "It Hurts"

Mostly, It’s Yours

by Turgut Uyar

Tell me to whom now it belongs this apple that I peel with care

You know that all I do with care now belongs to you

A man on his way to the water let’s say should he tilt his shoulder

The sun, the water and the tilt of his shoulder all belong to you

You stand up, you befit your name, and you’re right

The world that darkens as you know frequently belongs to you

The darkening world is an ember of fire for a new rose

The noble darkness left over from a fire’s ember belongs to you

You took a past with experiments, you came and painted the new well

I know it you should know it too the first illumination belongs to you

The water that I love is the real brother of your water

The powers abandoned by your water now belong to you

Because you hold like a weapon everything that you hold

The whistle that holds everything like a warning belongs to you

It’s all yours O eternal-giver whatever exists like life

Don’t hold your breath, expand, the core and the shell belong to you

O the most beautiful view of a waterfall pouring over the flowers

My love, my infinity, whatever exists and does not exist in this world all belong to you.

(Translated from Turkish by Ugur Akinci)


It Hurts

by Turgut Uyar

I want to talk about unhappiness

Vertical and horizontal unhappiness

The perfect unhappiness of humankind

My love hurts

We’ve lived something full of mystery

And they lived that over there

Mistaking the way a mountain was bent

For its joy.

First of all, the unhappiness of course

Like a bar in a small town

The way its laughter would hit the sunshine

But would not be reflected over here

That is, the syphilis that someone’s got from a fading rose

The tuberculosis that someone else got from another woman

The history of all office buildings

My love hurts.

“I pity my love” says someone

Even a child with a beautiful eye

Did not have a summer that protected.

I have no idea what should be said.

My love hurts

The ships are still passing by

The mountains will light up and darken again

And that’s all.

My stance is to find a lot of things and jump with joy

Fall has arrived O sorrow

Spring has arrived O black sorrow

O you, the smartest person on earth

Sometimes in the midst of summer in broad daylight

My love hurts

No matter whom I love

Or no matter who loves me.

September has packed up its bags and left you see

October etcetera will also be gone before long

Darn big horses that sink into history

Just sink into history, that’s all.

(Translated from Turkish by Ugur Akinci)


Sodium Chloride Impregnated Dressings (Mesalt)

There are few products designed to absorb large amounts of exudate from wounds. Mesalt, a gauze dressing permeated with crystalline sodium, is made specifically for such wounds. The following will enable you to learn more about these dressings and how to use them.

Product Overview

Mesalt uses a wicking action to draw fluid and debris out of wounds, while still maintaining a moist wound environment. Mesalt can be used on wounds that are infected and draining heavily. Its mechanism of action is to create a hypertonic wound environment, which decreases interstitial edema and allows for wound cleansing and the removal of slough as a result of moist necrosis.


  • Infected wounds
  • Wounds with moderate to heavy drainage (exudate)
  • Deep cavity wounds
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical wounds


  • Not to be used on wounds that have light drainage, as it may dry out the wound excessively and stick to it


  • Perpetuates a moist wound environment
  • Decreased potential for sticking to the wound
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Conforms to any wound configuration (comes in pads and ribbon form)
  • Aids in bacterial balance, helping wounds to become more receptive to antimicrobials


  • May need to be changed frequently if the wound is draining heavily
  • Requires a secondary dressing
  • May damage newly formed tissue if there is not enough moisture available in the wound bed
  • May be painful to some sensitive patients
  • May not be cost effective due to frequent need for dressing changes

 Mesalt dressing are applied dry and removed when saturated. If a Mesalt dressing sticks to the wound, you should consider using a different type of dressing. Mesalt dressings should be discontinued when debridement of the wound is no longer required and new growth of granulation tissue in sufficient amount is present.

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Mesalt Sodium Impregnated Gauze. Retrieved August 7, 2009, from Milne, C., Hagan, J. & Ciccarelli, A. An Examination of the Antimicrobial Effects of A 15% Sodium Chloride Impregnated Dressing on Wounds: 121. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing: May/June 2007 – Volume 34 – Issue 3S – p S10.

What Are Fibroids and How to Treat Them

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors of the uterus composed of muscle and fibrous tissues. When the normal uterine cells grow abnormally, it will develop into a benign tumor. Fibroids are also called fibromas, myomas, or leiomyomas. These are not associated with uterine cancer and in fact, they usually do not develop into a cancer.

Uterine fibroids are very common, due to the fact that many women have fibroids at some point in their lives. As their growth is dependent on estrogen and progesterone, they occur during the middle and late stages of the woman’s reproductive years. They do not grow until puberty ensues and usually appeas at 30 to 50 years of age. After menopause when the estrogen levels drop, they just shrink or disappear.

The composition of all fibroids is the same. They are all made up of uterine muscle cells growing into a tight mass. They can be classified based on the location of their growth. Myometrial or intramural fibroids are found in the uterine muscular wall, and are the most common type of fibroids. Submucosal fibroids develop beneath the interior surface of the uterine wall but may project in the uterus. Subserosal fibroids can grow very large on the outer wall of the uterus into the pelvis. Pedunculated fibroids grow and attach to the outer wall of the uterus by a narrow stalk. Cervical fibroids develop in the cervical wall.

In some cases, uterine fibroids are asymptomatic and treatment is not needed. However, in other cases, they can be symptomatic. The symptoms are produced in relation to size and location. These include heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, back or leg pain, urinary frequency, difficulty emptying the bladder, constipation or painful defecation, abdominal discomfort or sensation of fullness, or pain during intercourse. Iron deficiency anemia may also be present due to the heavy vaginal bleeding. Fibroids may also occur along with endometriosis which causes infertility. The urinary and gastrointestinal problems are due to the compression effect of the fibroids. In rare cases, they can develop into malignant cancers called leiomyosarcomas.

When these symptoms are present, women should immediately see their doctors. Large fibroids can be palpated during pelvic examination. However, imaging studies such as ultrasound, hysteroscopy or hysterosonography may be performed to confirm the presence of the fibroids.

Asymptomatic fibroids are usually discovered incidentally during pelvic examination. Since they do not produce symptoms, the best action is to just observe and monitor. However, for symptomatic fibroids, non-operative and operative treatment options are available depending on the severity.

Non-operative treatment options include: Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) help control the heavy bleeding, but they do not reduce the size of the fibroids; Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to relieve the pain; Progestin-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) can be used for non-distorting fibroids. They can relieve the symptoms, but they do not make the fibroids disappear.

Finally, gonadotropin-realesing hormone (Gn-RH) agonists reduce the estrogen and progesterone levels making the fibroids shrink and eventually disappear. These are only used for a short period of time, either before surgical removal of fibroid or when a woman is nearly menopausal.

Operative treatment options include:

Myomectomy can be opted for women who still want to have babies. The fibroids are removed sparing the uterus. For multiple and large fibroids, the surgeon may perform an open abdominal myomectomy. However, for small and only few fibroids, a laparoscopic myomectomy can be done wherein the surgeon creates a small incision to allow the instrument to enter the uterus with a small camera attached and uses a surgical robot to remove the fibroids. For submucosal fibroids, a hysteroscopic myomectomy can be done. A scope is passed through the vagina and into the uterus where the surgeon can view and remove the fibroids.

Hysterectomy is a major surgery, where the uterus is removed and is one sure way to permanently remove the fibroids.

Endometrial ablation is effective in stopping the bleeding but does not affect the fibroids outside the inner uterine wall. This treatment uses heat, hot water, microwave energy, or electric current to destroy the inner surface of the uterus by utilizing an instrument inserted into the uterus.

Uterine artery embolization is efficient in shrinking the fibroids and relieving the symptoms. This can be done by injecting embolic agents into the arteries supplying blood to the uterus to cut off the flow to the fibroids.

Myolysis is a laparoscopic procedure in which a laser or electric current is utilized to shrink the blood vessels supplying the fibroids and eventually destroying them. In the case of cryomyolysis, a liquid nitrogen is used instead to freeze the fibroids.

Some women may experience no symptoms with fibroids, and some do not even know they have one. During pregnancy, the fibroids may increase in size due to the increased estrogen level and blood flow. However, they shrink back to their normal size after childbirth. For women who are experiencing symptoms, they should seek medical attention. It is also important that they discuss their treatment options well with their families and doctors before deciding. They have to weigh the pros and cons of each treatment and choose the option that best suits their situation.

Information on Tetanus

Tetanus is a potentially fatal disease: it acts very quickly and often kills before the body’s natural primary response can take place. There are about 1million cases of tetanus a year with between 300,000-500,000deaths. It is a global problem because tetanus spores, which cause the infection, are everywhere. However, due to vaccination programmes, tetanus is rare in the UK with only about 10 cases a year; the main problems are encountered in developing countries where vaccines may be too expensive and equipment may not be properly sterilised.

Tetanus is caused by gram positive, obligate anaerobic bacteria: Clostridium tetani which affects skeletal muscles.”Gram positive” means that the bacteria has a thick cell wall, while “obligate anaerobe” means that the bacteria can’t survive in the presence of oxygen and survive using anaerobic respiration (without oxygen). The bacteria releases a neurotoxin called tetanospasmin which binds irreversibly to neurones; these are nerve cells that carry waves of electrical activity, known as nerve impulses. When the toxin binds to the neurone it prevents the inhibition of the motor reflex response to sensory stimuli. The motor reflex response is a rapid response to a stimulus, for example the knee jerk is a motor reflex response to tapping a specific nerve, and in this case it prevents us from falling over. However the toxin stops the nerve from suppressing the movement once the stimuli has gone so the movement continues as a muscle spasm which is characteristic of tetanus.


  • Bacterium Clostridium tetani.
  • Contamination of a puncture wound, e.g.: a piercing.
  • Ear infections as bacteria may enter through ear.
  • Using unsterile equipment in surgery or other similarly invasive procedures such as tattooing and body piercing.

Tetanus is associated with rust which is a little misleading. You are not infected by the rust itself it’s just that rust is a rough surface which makes a very good habitat for the endospores of C.tetani. Therefore if you suffer a puncture wound from a rusty object such as a nail, endospores might be delivered into the wound and then you become infected. Endospores are non-metabolising structures that metabolise and cause infection once they are in an adequate environment. Since this bacterium is an obligate anaerobe it can’t live in the presence of oxygen, but a puncture wound is a good environment because it is a low oxygen environment.

The disease is common in areas with hot, damp climates that have soil rich in organic matter, or places where soil is treated with manure. This is because the spores of C.tetani are widely distributed in the intestines of animals such as horses, rats, sheep, cattle, dogs and chickens, and therefore are present in manure. Spores can also be found on skin surfaces and in contaminated heroin.

The incubation period for tetanus is usually between 3 and 21 days, so it may be a while before you are aware that you are infected, especially if the site of contamination was a small cut that you were hardly aware of, such as a thorn prick. The further from the central nervous system the contaminated wound is the longer the incubation period. However, the shorter the incubation period the higher the chance of death. Normally symptoms are present after 8 days and they last between 4-6weeks.


  • Firstly muscle spasms occur near the wound
  • Muscle spasm spread to the jaw making it difficult to swallow or open your mouth, hence the name lockjaw
  • Muscle spasms spread to the face, neck, chest, stomach wall, arms and legs.
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • High fever
  • Sore throat
  • Rapid heart beat
  • General tiredness and weakness
  • Sweating
  • Can’t pass urine
  • Difficulty with breathing due to chest muscle spasms and lockjaw
  • Headache
  • Bleeding into the bowels
  • Diarrhoea

Direct causes of death include:

  • Blood poisoning
  • Suffocation
  • Cardiac arrest (heart attack)
  • Kidney failure
  • Exhaustion.


  • Development of pneumonia and other infections
  • Fractures of long bones due to severe muscle contractions
  • Spinal compression fractures
  • Breathing problems
  • Coma.

People who are most at risk are:

  • Over 60s as the vaccine was introduced in the 1960s so they may not be properly immunised
  • People who aren’t immunised or have not had the full vaccination course (tetanus occurs almost exclusively in people who are unvaccinated or inadequately immunised.)
  • Those who live in poverty where vaccines may not be available or medical treatment is not adequate and equipment isn’t properly sterilised.
  • Intravenous drug users.

There are four different types of tetanus:

  1. Local Tetanus. This is a persistent contraction of the muscles in the same areas as the infected wound. This form is generally mild, but also uncommon.
  2. Cephalic Tetanus. This is a rare form which involves cranial nerves especially in the facial area affecting expressions, breathing and swallowing. It can affect adults with head injuries or children with ear infections as the bacteria enter through the ear.
  3. Generalised Tetanus. This is the most common form accounting for about 80% of cases. The first sign is lockjaw (trismus) and facial spasms (risus sadonicus) followed by a stiff neck, difficulty in swallowing and rigidity in the pectoral and calf muscles. Spasms occur frequently and last several minutes shaping the body into a characteristic posture of an arched and rigid back called opisthotonos. The spasms last for 3-4 weeks and it can take months for a complete recovery.
  4. Neonatal Tetanus. This is generalised tetanus that occurs in newborn babies. They are infected because they haven’t obtained passive immunity from their mother because she wasn’t immunised. It occurs through the infection of the unhealed umbilical stump, especially if it is cut by unsterilised equipment. Also in some countries it is traditional to put manure on the umbilical stump which can lead to infection. In developing countries this form is responsible for 14% of neonatal deaths but it is rare in developed countries.

You can do blood tests for tetanus but it takes a number of weeks for the body’s antibodies to appear in the blood and since tetanus can act quite quickly waiting for blood test results takes too long; a diagnosis is often made on clinical basis. This can usually be diagnosed by the characteristic lockjaw and prolonged muscle contractions of skeletal muscle fibres. Also a spatula test can be done which involves touching the pharynx, which is at the back of the mouth, with a soft-tipped, sterile instrument and observing the results. If there is an involuntary contraction of the jaw, making the person bite down on the spatula then the test is positive and the person has tetanus. A negative result would be a normal gag reflex reaction as the person tries to repel the foreign object from their mouth.


If you suspect that you might be at risk to tetanus you should seek medical help immediately. The wound should be washed clean to remove any dirt and foreign particles from the wound. If it is a particularly dirty or severe wound then dead and infected tissue may be removed by surgery debridement (this involves cutting away the dead tissue). 

In mild cases:

Antibiotics such as metronidazole can be prescribed to fight the anaerobic bacteria. It reduces the number of bacteria present but it has no effect on the toxin that the bacteria produce. If metronidazole isn’t available penicillin may be prescribed but it is not as effective. If you aren’t sure when you had your last tetanus vaccine or have not had a complete course of immunisation then you may be given a booster shot, however this will not prevent potentially fatal cases of tetanus as it takes up to 2 weeks to develop tetanus antibodies to fight the bacteria. Diazepam, also known as valium, can be given as a muscle relaxant.

Passive immunisation with anti-tetanospasmin immunoglobulin is vital. Immunoglobulins are antibodies and form part of the body’s immune response. In this case the immunoglobulin used is an antitoxin which means it blocks the toxins released by bacteria. The antibodies are taken from blood donors who have recently been vaccinated against tetanus and inserted into a vein or muscle (intravenously or intramuscular injections). These provide immediate protection, however they are only temporary because it is a form of artificial passive immunity and the body’s own immune cells haven’t produced the antibodies so memory cells aren’t made therefore if there is a second exposure then the body will still have to make its own antibodies which take time. Also the body regards the donated antibodies as foreign and they are removed from the circulation and destroyed in the liver and spleen.

In severe cases:

This must be treated in an intensive care unit in hospital. Injecting immunoglobulins is important as it increases clinical improvement from 4 to 35%. Maintaining an open airway is vital; in some cases a tracheostomy is performed which involves creating a hole in the neck through to the windpipe and inserting a tube in to allow you to keep breathing freely although your mouth or throat may be blocked higher up, you may be supported on mechanical ventilation for 3-4weeks. In very severe cases the patient may have to be paralysed and supported on mechanical ventilation.

Magnesium can be given as intravenous injection as this prevents muscle spasms, diazepam may also be given as it is a muscle relaxant.  

Proper nutrition is required: 3500-4000 calories are needed every day with at least 150g of protein a day. The amount must be so high because of the increased metabolic strain caused by the increased muscle activity of spasms. It can often be given in liquid form through tubes directly into the stomach or through a drip into a vein.


The best prevention against tetanus is proper immunisation as tetanus occurs almost exclusively in people who are unvaccinated or inadequately immunised. In the UK the vaccination is included in children’s vaccination programmes and is part of the combined diphtheria/tetanus/polio/haemophilus influenza b vaccine. For adults and teenagers it is included in the tetanus/diphtheria/polio vaccine. The vaccination course involves 5 doses of vaccinations: the primary course is given as 3 separate doses each a month apart, normally it is given to babies, starting when they are two months old, but it can be given to adults as well. In children the fourth dose is given three years after their primary course, in adults it is administered ten years after the primary course. Finally the fifth dose is given ten years after the fourth. The primary course provides protection for a number of years while the fourth and fifth doses maintain this protection and should last a life-time. Vaccinations inject a small amount of dead or harmless bacteria into the blood, which the body recognises as foreign. The body’s immune system then produces antibodies to destroy these foreign particles and at the same time memory cells are made so that if there is a second exposure (if you actually were infected by tetanus) your immune response would be much quicker and more effective. After the vaccine it is normal to feel slightly unwell with symptoms including mild headache, aching muscles and mild fever which last a few days. You should not have the vaccine if you already have an illness causing a fever or if your last tetanus vaccination caused a severe reaction although this is very rare. It is safe to have the vaccine if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

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.