Dangers of Ice Skating

Ice skating is not all glamor and grace. There are also inherent dangers, and all ice skaters, especially the beginners, should be aware of these. In the year 2007 alone, 4,500 skaters were injured in Austria, requiring hospital care. Wrist and head injuries topped the list.

The Fall

Falling on ice is the first danger to be considered, whether skating indoors or outdoors. It not only depends on the skills of the ice skater, but also on the quality of the ice surface, as well the ice skates used. Serious and fatal injuries are very rare, though, but there are isolated cases of paralysis after falling on ice. The skate blades also present one potential cause of danger, as it is very sharp it can slice skin and cause injuries. This emphasizes the need to wear protective gear, especially helmets, for avoidance of head trauma or other similar injuries caused by falling on a skates metal blades.

Skating Outdoors

Moving and gliding on frozen waterways is still an observable fact. As natural ice is unpredictable in terms of strength and structure, there is a potential danger of falling into freezing water whenever the ice breaks. The fact that the ice conditions cannot be controlled should hinder skaters from trying to skate on frozen bodies of water. Once they fall, it will be very hard, if not impossible, to get back onto the ice or out of the water, as the ice tend to break in a continuous manner. This becomes even more hazardous when the skater has no company while skating on naturally-occurring rinks. In the depths of the freezing water, it will be very difficult to swim because of the skates and heavy winter clothing, so there is a big chance for the skater to drown or suffer from shock and hypothermia.

When skating outdoors, one has to remember that the ice is thinner, and therefore weaker, in areas near river or pond edges because of vegetation and higher temperature. Ice is also weak under bridges and areas with most sunlight exposure, also because of warmer temperature.

Because of these ice skating dangers, people need to be educated about wearing appropriate protective gear and, if possible, staying out of frozen waterways when skating, or, if they really want to, they need to know the thickness of the ice first before putting their skates on and starting to move on ice.

The English Toy Spaniel AKA King Charles Spaniel

The English Toy Spaniel can become overwhelmed with too much activity. They prefer to be the aristocratic and watch from the owner’s lap. For this reason, they are not a good dog to have in a family of children. They will tolerate children for a visit, but would rather not live with the activity. Cautious with strangers, the English Toy Spaniel, will be aloof with them – primarily because they are happy with the family. They are great apartment dwellers and are good choice for a first time owner. Training requires consistent, kind disciple and getting the dog to understand that you expect it to respond. Failure to properly socialization or train the dog can lead to behavior problems and an unfriendly dog. This small dog (10 to 11 inches tall and weighing 8 to 14 pounds) adapts well to a family routine. The typical life span is 10 to 12 years. The breed was popular with Mary Queen of Scots, Charles I and Charles II – thus the nickname, “Charlies”.

Daily exercise is NOT a requirement for this dog. In fact, they can suffer from joint problems, so rest and relaxation for this sweet lovable dog is more along it’s line. They can be viewed as difficult to train. However, they are just being Charlies. The first command is frequently ignored. They enjoy the companionship more than obeying the command. They should be protected from injury and therefore should be on a lease. They do not like the lease, however, so this can be a difficult situation. for all parties. They are prone to heat exhaustion and therefore, do not tolerate hot climates very well.

English Toy Spaniels have many health problems, compared to other breeds. Mostly these are due to breeding for the small stature, the round head and the fragile nature of the skeletal system. A common trait among the breed is fused toes, which is not a medical problem at all, but is characteristic of the breed. The health problems, common to the breed are; hydrocephalus, Umbilical Hernia, Legg-Clave-Perthes Disease, Retinal Dysplasia, Cleft Palate, Mitral Valve Insufficiency, and Patent Ductus Arteriosus. They can also have eye problems and skin problems.

The coat of the English Toy Spaniel is long, strait, and silky. It is beautiful when clean and well-trimmed. Despite this, they only require moderate grooming. A bath once or twice a month, brushing or combing once a week, and daily face washing. The breed sheds moderately, despite the long coat. Cleaning the ears regularly, checking the nails and teeth occasionally is about all the grooming required. A high quality shampoo is recommended to keep the coat shiny and silky.

Treatment For Proctalgia Fugax – The Pain In The Butt

At least 16-18 percent of the general population experiences a kind of severe, episodic pain in the rectal or anal region at least once in their life-time. Out of them at least 40 percent patients need a treatment for the same due to its recurrence, which can be one of the most annoying ailments. No pun intended, but it is really the pain in the ass! Fortunately, homeopathic remedies can effectively treat proctalgia fugax, as it is medically called, providing complete relief from the excruciating pain.

It most often appears in the middle of the night or if you hold your urge to pass motions due to any reason. Lasting for few seconds to minutes, it manifests as an excruciating pain, when the patient feels spasm-like pain in the anal region, associated with a need to pass motions. The pain attack subsides on its own within some time. Nothing can stop the pain episode once it starts.

There have been many triggering factors reported – including stress, constipation, sexual activity and menstruation. Although in many patients there may not be any triggering factor at all.

It is thought to occur due to the severe stabbing like pain or sudden spasm of the anal sphincter. There are no diagnostic tests and the final diagnosis is usually done on the clinical picture itself. Most of the patients suffering with proctalgia fugax also show evidence of irritable bowel syndrome. Both these disorders are commonly found in people who have an anxious nucleus.

The treatment includes use of warm fomentation or warm enemas, relaxation techniques or a trial of botulinum toxin in advanced cases. Low doses of diazepam at bedtime was tried as preventive. Inhaled salbutamol has also shown to reduce the duration of the attack. A diet rich in fibre content and drinking lots of fluids has been advocated for such patients.

Homeopathic approach:

A constitutional approach by selecting the most suitable homeopathic remedy based on the psycho-somatic makeup of the patient works best in resolving the recurrence of the pain. In case of acute episodes, remedies with spasmodic manifestations like colocynth, cuprum met, mag phos or plumbum met can be tried in medium to high potency, but in not so frequent repetitions.

Case experience:

Nitesh, a stock-broker by profession, had consulted me at Swaroop Clinic for a recurrent pattern of getting excruciating pain in the anal region. The frequency used to increase during stressful situations. Any kind of anger or vexation always triggered his symptoms. He used to relieve the pain by pressing hard at the affected region. Based on the symptoms, Colocynth 200 was given to him with a thrice-daily schedule followed by a constitutional therapy. His episodes stopped completely within four months.

Sciatic Nerve Treatment – The Pineapple Treatment

Sciatic nerve pain is without a doubt one of the most irritating pains out there. At its best, it can limit your day to day activities. At it’s worst…well at it’s worst it will end your every day life all together. Just today I saw a man on the bus who opted to get off 3 blocks before his stop because the way he was sitting was causing him too much pain, (crowded buses lead to very open conversations).

There is great news for you sciatica patients who are looking for a natural alternative to the nasty pills and painful treatments you are probably being subjected to with your current doctor. The secret to sciatic nerve pain treatment is no harder than a trip to your grocery store.

Pineapples – the tasty way to sciatic nerve pain relief

It’s pretty unexpected, I will admit. But pineapples contain an amazing enzyme called Bromelain. This enzyme is very powerful, and very potent in treating sciatica. I am not saying eating this alone will heal you. Obviously sciatica is a powerful little beast and it needs an equally powerful treatment plan to kick it to the curb. What I am saying is that food is part of a powerful arsenal of natural methods you can use to tame your sciatic shrew. Of all the foods that you should be putting into your daily diet to treat sciatica (such as anti-inflammatory and potassium rich foods), pineapples are the fastest actors, and can actually take a chunk of the pain out of a flare. Unlike other foods, that you have to build up in your system before you can really feel an impact on your sciatica, bromelain wastes no time getting to work. You do have to eat a decent amount in order to feel a difference, but if you are willing to have a serving of pineapples in each of your meals the next time you have a flare, then you should be well on your way to sciatic nerve pain relief. 

It’s no secret that I think Sciatica stinks. If you are reading this, chances are you do too. The pain can be a debilitating monster of a beast. More often than not the doctor’s advice is painful, pricey, or altogether useless, (‘Alternate heat and ice?’ Sure am glad I wasted my latte money on that stellar piece of advice).

Supplements for Health, Fitness and Longevity Include a Range of Chinese Teas

Tea’s origin was China. The Zhuo (1034-246 BCE) Qin (361-296 BCE) and Han (206 BCE-226 CE) Dynasties all embodied extensive tea-drinking. Tea use for medicinal nutritional, health, fitness and longevity purposes is determined via the ‘Wuxing’ or 5 Elements School system underpinning (TCM) Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage, Health Qigong, Feng Shui, Keep-fit, Wu-Shu-Kung Fu, Chinese herb-use and more.

Chinese tea, purchased in boxes of sachets or in delightful crystallised blocks involves an astounding number of forms tastes, textures, herbal and nutritional ingredients. Applications-including for health, youthfulness and longevity are guaranteed by the long history of TCM. The history of the 5 Elements or ‘Wuxing’ is longer still.

Drunk at home or work Chinese tea is delightful. Consumed at Tea Houses like ‘Up Tea!’ situated in Little Newport Street is London’s Chinatown such tea-drinking can be a delightful experience.

Tea, Health and the Wuxing

The 5 Elements School ‘Wuxing’ links each of the body’s 5 major internal organs (and much more) to Elements as follows: spleen (Earth) lungs (Metal) kidneys (Water) liver (Wood) and heart (Fire). The Wuxing is a proven internal and external balancing health-system. Many teas involve remedies to cure or prevent common complaints, or encourage optimum health, youthfulness and longevity springing from the 5 Elements system still in popular and official use today.

INSTANT CHRYSANTHEMUM BEVERAGE (ju hua cha)

This chrysanthemum tea comprises 45% dried flower extract crystallised upon 55% cane sugar. Chrysanthemum tea treats irritation and inflammation in the lungs, nasal passageways and throat via its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. It also encourages improved vision and helps to cleanse the liver in particular.

Wuxing Students learn how eyes and liver are inter-connected, correspond to the Wood Element and can be both naturally nourished by ju hua cha. They also practise 5 Elements Qigong routines with similar effects.

TIEN-CHI (Heaven Energy) GINSENG FLOWER TEA (ren shen cha)

Tien-chi Ginseng (Panax pseudoginseng) ginseng tea variety from southwestern China is mainly cultivated in Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces. Tien-chi plant root is used as a health product for regulating blood circulation. The flower functions as a heat clearing and toxin cleansing herb used to reduce inflammation, feverish feelings, skin eruptions and sore throats.

XIAMEN GREEN TEA (lu cha)

Green tea stimulates the heart in particular, aids digestion and banishes fatigue. Encouraging the body to metabolize more fat and thus much used in dieting and slimming, green tea also encourages longevity and general bodily detoxification.

However as it slightly inhibits iron-absorbption from the diet, green tea should be avoided by anaemia sufferers and women during their menstrual period

JASMINE FLOWER TEA (mo li hua cha)

There are several distinct jasmine tea varieties including green, jade or black. Good for oral hygiene and palate cleansing (before after or during eating) Jasmine tea’s highly aromatic soothing nature also stimulates digestion, encourages relaxation and helps prevent insomnia.

MORNING STAR GINGER BEVERAGE (sheng jiang cha)

Ginger tea stimulates and balances the activity of the heart, lungs and spleen in particular and assists the balanced functioning of the 5 major internal organs as a system in a tonic fashion. Its anti bacterial properties also make it a popular cold and flu remedy.

LUO HAN GUO EXTRACT TEA (luo han cha)

Luo Han Guo (luohanguo) aka ‘Monk Fruit’ (one of many longevity links) is member of the Gourd Plant Family and a fruit well-known for its sweet taste. Luo han cha. It is also well-known medicinally for treating coughs and sore throats and also encouraging longevity. Luohanguo has more recently been developed into a low-calorie sweetener.

When prepared this tea, dark brown and toffee-tasting, can be drunk hot or cold.

CHONG JI 5 FLOWERS TEA (wu hua cha)

This blend of 5 Chinese medicinal herbs cleans away internal heat, encourages diuresis and detoxification. It can also be used to treat sore eyes, sore throats, dysentery and constipation. Delivered concentrated upon cane sugar crystals it has a pleasant caramel taste

Overall

Drinking Chinese Tea in accord with Elements theory enhances health, youthfulness and longevity in many related ways. 5 Elements Qigong provides internal breathing and external massage routines towards the same ends.

The above brands and types of tea are readily purchaseable at your local Chinese Supermarkets the teas’ Chinese names appear in brackets. They are all inexpensive, represent tremendous value for money, are the real thing and offer the true ‘thrill of the swill’!

Calendula’s Amazing Healing Power Helps Shrink Varicose Veins

Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose veins is a condition that can be painful mentally as well as physically. Those enlarged, dark blue or purple twisted veins on the legs can become large, bulging veins if not cared for.

Did you know that varicose veins appear between the ages of 30 and 70 and affect 1 out of every 2 people age 50 and older? They usually get progressively worse if nothing is done to relieve them.

Spider veins are blue or grey thread-like streaks that appear closer to the surface of the skin than varicose but have the same causes. They can have a web-like appearance or look like the branches of a tree. Both varicose and spider veins can cause burning, pain, tiredness and discomfort.

If you’re fearful of what the consequences may be for your health, take heart – Calendula’s powerful healing therapy continues to be a primary choice for many varicose vein sufferers who prefer natural alternatives over invasive surgical procedures.

Calendula as an Alternative Therapy

Calendula (in its extract form) is made from a species of marigold flower called Pot Marigold. Its Latin name is Calendula Officinalis and its flower petals are used as a powerful healing agent for a variety of ailments. It can heal external lacerations, abrasions and skin blemishes, rashes, wounds, chapped lips, diaper rash, gum and tooth infections, hemorrhoids, sore throats and tonsillitis.

To treat varicose veins, Calendula is added to a cream or lotion and applied directly to affected areas. Creams made with Calendula can reduce the inflammation associated with varicose veins and can regenerate weak, damaged veins and spider veins.

Calendula is a powerful circulation enhancer. It prevents the tendency for legs and ankles to swell due to pressure or exertion. There is no need to suffer needlessly with unattractive bulging and discolored varicose veins, spider veins or tired legs. Natural alternatives are available at a price you can afford and are popular and easy to use.

Specially formulated creams containing Calendula help varicose and spider veins fade and flatten and legs look smoother. If you have very bad ulcerated varicose veins you can make a poultice with this Calendula cream by placing a spoonful of the cream on a bandage and leaving it on the vein overnight to heal. Before long you will notice the healing effect and pain relief.

Use a high quality cream or lotion containing a high concentration of Calendula in a vegetable oil extract form, ideally one made with safe, all natural ingredients. Invisi-vein is an all natural varicose vein cream made by Venus Naturals containing healing Calendula extract as well as soothing essential oils that heal and diminish the appearance of varicose veins and their discoloration. Spider veins also fade and are less painful due to Invisi-vein’s high anti-inflammatory and cell regenerative properties.

Hypothalamus – Role in Motivation and Behaviour

“Behaviour is ultimately the product of the brain, the most mysterious organ of them all.” Ian Tattersall (from Becoming Human.Evolution and Human Uniqueness, 1998)

The question of why we are motivated to certain behaviours is perhaps one of the most fundamental in Psychology. Since Pavlov described conditioning in dogs in his famous 1927 paper, scientists have pondered the origins of motivations that drive us to action. For most of the early twentieth century, behaviourists like Watson & Skinner sought to explain behaviour in terms of external physical stimuli, suggesting that learned responses, hedonic reward and reinforcement were motives to elicit a particular behaviour. However, this does not tell the whole story. In the last few decades, the school of cognitive psychology has focused on additional mechanisms of motivation: our desires according to social and cultural factors having an influence on behaviour. Furthermore, recent advances in neuroimaging technology have allowed scientists an insight into the vast complexities and modular nature of specific brain regions. This research has shown that behaviours necessary for survival also have an inherent biological basis.

The biological trigger for inherent behaviours such as eating, drinking and temperature control can be traced to the hypothalamus, an area of the diencephalon. This article will explore the hypothalamic role in such motivated behaviours. It is important to note that a motivated behaviour resulting from internal hypothalamic stimuli is only one aspect of what is a complex and integrated response.

The hypothalamus links the autonomic nervous system to the endocrine system and serves many vital functions. It is the homeostatic ‘control centre’ of the body, maintaining a balanced internal environment by having specific regulatory areas for body temperature, body weight, osmotic balance and blood pressure. It can be categorised as having three main outputs: the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine system and motivated behavioural response. The central role of the hypothalamus in motivated behaviour was proposed as early as 1954 by Eliot Stellar who suggested that “the amount of motivated behaviour is a direct function of the amount of activity in certain excitatory centres of the hypothalamus” (p6). This postulation has inspired a wealth of subsequent research.

Much of this research has been in the field of thermoregulation. The body’s ability to maintain a steady internal environment is of critical importance for survivalas many crucialbiochemical reactions will only function within a narrow temperature range. In 1961, Nakayama et al discovered thermosensitive neurons in the medial preoptic area of the hypothalamus. Subsequent research showed that stimulation of the hypothalamic region initiated humoral and visceromotor responses such as panting, shivering, sweating, vasodilation and vasoconstriction. However, somatic motor responses are also initiated by the lateral hypothalamus. It is much more effective to move around, rub your hands together or put on extra clothes if you are feeling cold. Similarly, if you are too warm you might remove some clothing or fan yourself to cool down. These motivated behaviours demonstrate that in contrast to a fixed stimulus response, motivated behaviour stimulated by the hypothalamus has a variable relationship between input and output. This interaction with our external environment may be a ‘choice’, however it is clear that the motivation to make these choices has a biological basis.

The mechanics of thermoregulation can be explained by what is sometimes referred to as ‘drive states’. This is essentially a feedback loop that is initiated by an internal stimulus which requires an external response. Kendal (2000) defines drive states as “characterised by tension and discomfort due to a physiological need followed by relief when the need is satisfied”. The process begins with the input. Temperature changes are picked up from peripheral surroundings by thermoreceptive neurons throughout body which sense both warmth and cold separately. An electrical signal (the input) is then sent to the brain. Any divergence from what is known as the ‘set point’ – in this case a temperature of approx 37° – will then be identified as an ‘error signal’ by interoceptive neurons in the periventricular region of the hypothalamus. Armed with these measurements and temperature signals being relayed from the blood, the hypothalamus then launches an appropriate error response. This includes motivating behaviour to make a physical adjustment, e.g. to move around or remove surplus clothing in an attempt to control your temperature.

This type of feedback system in the body is common. Other systems necessary for survival such as regulation of blood salt and water levels are regulated in a similar way. However, the processes that motivate us to eat is much more complex.

Humans have evolved an intricate physiological system to regulate food intake which encompasses a myriad of organs, hormones and bodily systems. Furthermore, a wealth of experimental research supports the idea that the hypothalamus plays a key role in this energy homeostasis by triggering feeding behaviours. Controlling energy balance is of crucial importance and eating is primarily to maintain fat stores in the event of food shortage. If fat cell reserves in the body are low, they release a hormone called leptin which is detected as an error signal by the periventricular region of the hypothalamus. This then stimulates the lateral hypothalamus to initiate the error response. In this case, we start to feel hungry which in turns initates the somatic motor response by motivating us to eat.

Since the hypothalamus also controls metabolic rate by monitoring blood sugar levels, in theory we seem to have a similar feedback loop to temperature control. However in practice this is not a reality. The main difficulty in maintaining energy homeostasis is that motivation does not rise solely from internal biological influences. Cultural and social factors also play an important part in motivation about when, what and how often to eat. In western culture, social pressures to be thin can override the need to eat and in extreme cases like anorexia the drive state becomes reversed. The motivation is no longer to eat because they are hungry but is instead not to eat so they do feel hungry. This corruption of the reward system is well documented and is associated with delusions of body image, a concept which is also linked to the hypothalamus and the parietal lobe. Problems can also occur if an individual receives over stimulation to eat. The prevalence of obesity in today’s society is testament to this fact.

Attention – Shaky Hands Before Eating Might Signal Diabetes Low Blood Sugar

Feeling weak and confused with shaky hands after only 3 or 4 hours of having breakfast.It is worrisome to say the least and having a snack between meals seams not to work at all. I am going to give you a tactic to stable your bloodstream sugar so you can correct those annoying crashes.

If you have Diabetes Low Blood Sugar (Reactive Hypoglycemia) the lack of concentration is caused by low blood sugars while shaking hands and sweating is caused by the release of adrenalin trying to raise the bloodstream sugar up.

Eating often helps but is not the solution, you have to correct the sugar reaction or you are going to keep suffering from unstable blood sugars and high insulin levels and its consequences, you have to avoid concentrated sources of carbohydrates.

Do not have as breakfast a bowl of cereal. Instead try eggs, avocado, salmon, veggies, cheese and you should feel better.

There is a close relationship between blood sugars levels and adrenal function , it is known that people who suffer from low blood sugar very often suffer from adrenal fatigue.

With hypoglycemia sugar cravings are very common, when adrenals are fatigued, the cortisol output is diminish and this makes the liver to work harder to convert stored blood sugar (glycogen) into active blood sugar (glucose) necessary for energy production. Cortisol is critical to maintain normal bloodstream sugar levels.

Being on a diet for hypoglycemia for 2 months and treating the adrenal glands will improve the low blood sugars condition.

Adrenals produce cortisol and cortisol maintains the blood sugar stable when adrenal glands are weak they do not produce the cortisol needed. I recommend anyone with hypoglycemia to treat their adrenals.

Can High Fructose Corn Syrup Cause Liver Scarring?

In a recent report by Dr. Mercola, he alleges that high fructose corn syrup might cause fibrosis (or scarring) in the liver. His report, featured in the March 23, 2010 edition of Science Daily, describes a study conducted with a test group of 400 adults all of whom had non-alcoholic liver disease, all of whom succumbed to liver biopsies for this test. The study found that 81% of the patients consumed high fructose corn syrup-containing beverages. Is this a coincidence, or is fructose truly damaging to the liver?

Many different lifestyle choices can result in poor health. The liver, as the body’s filter, can take quite a beating. The people in the aforementioned study all had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is a condition where fat accumulates in the liver as a result of substances other than alcohol. Alcohol abuse causes fat to accumulate in the liver as well, and also causes cirrhosis. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has symptoms like abdomen pain, fatigue, and sometimes jaundice, like many other liver diseases, but the tricky thing about it is that without a definite cause like alcohol, it is hard to tell what caused the condition.

The Mayo Clinic says that the risk factors for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are high cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides in the blood, malnutrition, obesity, and the ingestion of toxins and chemicals. These risk factors are all health conditions that can cause disease, and are usually a result of lifestyle choices. Obesity is most often caused by poor food choices, lack of exercise, and leading a sedentary lifestyle. High cholesterol is also very indicative of bad food choices. This lends credence to the idea that the consumption of high fructose corn syrup can cause buildup on the liver. Since it exists in so many foods and beverages, an individual who does not choose fresh fruits and vegetables over processed foods will likely encounter high fructose corn syrup several times per week, if not per day.

Further support for the idea that high fructose corn syrup can cause a fatty liver lies in the risk factor of toxins and chemicals. There has been a lot of fuss in the media regarding the corn syrup debate. Some restaurants have proudly announced that they no longer use high fructose corn syrup. “Sugar” has become, instead of the dirty word it used to be, a new indicator of a “healthier” product. Obviously, this has the corn refining industry up in arms. No corn syrup production hurts business. They’ve gone on record saying that corn syrup is no different than sugar in terms of nutritional value, and that because it is made with corn it is a natural product.

The USDA has a different opinion. They say that while some forms of high fructose corn syrup might be “natural,” most are processed with some sort of chemical, and therefore cannot be considered completely natural. One of these chemicals used is glutaralhyde – an organic substance used not only to tan leather, but also to clean dental and medical instruments. It is toxic. So, if one were to consume a large amount of high fructose corn syrup, they are likely going to encounter plenty that is processed using chemicals – which can damage the liver.

The last risk factor for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that the Mayo Clinic highlights (that we’ll talk about here) is malnutrition. High fructose corn syrup, like many sweeteners, is full of calories but almost completely devoid of nutritional value. That means one can be obese, with high cholesterol, and still be malnourished. In fact, those conditions are certainly indicative of malnutrition. So perhaps there is something to Dr. Mercola’s report. It certainly makes one want to err on the side of caution and choose a healthier lifestyle with a focus on wellness, health, and proper nutrition.

Eczema Diet – The Top 3 Superfoods for Healthy Skin

Most dermatologists use conventional methods for the treatment of eczema and believe me I’ve used them all. They prescribe topical treatments such as salves or ointments; or prescriptions intended to suppress most eczema symptoms. Unfortunately, these specialists seldom prescribe an Eczema Diet.

An Eczema Diet is a diet which comprises natural Superfoods which are very effective at treating eczema and in some cases curing the skin complaint completely. And it’s not that hard to create an Eczema Diet yourself, a diet that will dramatically transform your skin rash and produce new, healthy skin cells.

Superfoods are very powerful and are jam-packed with potent nutrients and enzymes needed for ultra health and the well-being of your skin. These Superfoods will work deep at rejuvenating every cell in your body and gently but speedily begin the healing process. These Superfoods are living foods and feed the body with much needed nutrients, the absent of which more than likely caused the skin complaint in the first place.

Superfoods strengthen blood, nourish organs and revitalise tired cells. Superfoods tend to be high in fluid and rich in fibre and will detoxify the whole system. And no, they are not difficult to find. Superfoods can be easily purchased in any good supermarket or health store.

Now, in creating your Eczema Diet – the top 3 Superfoods for Healthy Skin to include are foods that are rich in the following nutrients:

– Selemium;

– Omega 3 and Omega 6;

– Antioxidants.

Your Eczema Diet should contain foods rich in Selenium as Selenium is needed for the health of the immune system. The immune system is responsible for the body’s resistance to many skin disorders. Your body needs adequate supplies of Selenium in order to resist disease. Foods rich in this nutrient are plentiful. Good sources of Selenium can be found in Brazil nuts, Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, dairy products, tuna, vegetables, seafood, and brown rice. Eat combinations of these foods two or three times per week.

Your Eczema Diet should contain foods rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6. These cannot be created by the body and so must be taken in your food. Omegas maintain cell membrane and transport fats in the body. Fatty acids in oils help reduce inflammation and ease eczema. The Omegas create smoother skin and enhance muscle action. Flaxseed Oil is rich in both Omega 3 and Omega 6. Another reliable source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 is fish. The more popular fish include mackerel, salmon, trout, herring, and tuna. Three portion each week is recommended.

Your Eczema Diet should contain foods rich in antioxidants as this helps repair damaged skin by disarming free radicals. Free radicals are produced in the body on a regular basis but their production is alarmingly increased with the consumption of processed foods. As free radicals are implicated in the deterioration of skin cells, minimizing and defusing their activity with antioxidants will enable the skin to become stronger and healthier and certainly look and feel smoother. Good sources of antioxidants are fresh fruits and fresh vegetables – organic or course is best.

Creating Your Eczema Diet does not have to be complicated. The above is a simple guide and should ease you gently into thinking about the foods you eat with regard to your eczema. After you have experimented with these you can expand your list of Superfoods – there are quite a few of them out there. It is just a question of choosing the ones that have the maximum effect on your skin.

Penis Tattoos – Weighing in on the Pros and Cons

Most men will do anything to avoid penis pain – and why not? There’s good reason to protect the part of the body that makes life worth living. Yet there are some hardy souls who are willing to face the pain of a needle prick (and not just once but a multitude of times) in order to make his prize package even more of a prize. Those men who willingly obtain a tattoo on their penises are brave; hopefully, they’re also smart enough to consider the possible consequences to their penis health.

The obvious pain factor

A guy who decides he wants tattooed junk has balls, alright. Hopefully he has not only thought about the pain involved; he’s investigated just what it means. The larger and more intricate the design, the more times a man will be poked; even a very small design is going to involve dozens, if not hundreds of pin pricks.

Some men who have decorated their dongs recommend doing a test first: stick a needle into the equipment to see how it feels. While this may make sense, men that try this need to first make absolutely sure that the needle used is 100% sterile.

Another option: get a tattoo on another body part first. This will allow you to judge how you might handle the more intense pain of a penile tattoo.

The junk handling factor

If someone is going to tat your tool, that means someone is going to be handling it; most likely a stranger. And, while there are some female tattoo artists, it will most likely be a male. A man needs to be sure he’s okay with another man handling his rod before proceeding.

He also needs to realize that the artist may not always be gentle. He has a job to do, and he has to manipulate the penis to get it in the right positions; delicacy is not always the prime consideration.

Finally, the penis needs to be basically soft while being tattooed; however, erections inevitably happen, so if a guy is easily embarrassed by going stiff in front of another guy, junk painting may not be the best option for him.

Related possible pain issues

In addition to the understandable pain of a needle penetrating the organ, there are some other potential penis pain issues that can arise when getting a manhood tat. These include:

1. Infection. No surprise here. The media is often filled with horror stories of people getting horribly sick due to piercing by an unclean needle. While the chances of this occurring are obviously much less if one chooses a reputable, clean establishment, it’s still a consideration to keep in mind.

2. Nonstop erection. Sure, most guys jokingly think that having a permanent erection would be a blast; in real life, however, nonischemic priapism, which can be a side effect of a getting a penis tattoo, is anything but a laughing matter. In this condition, blood is not able to properly leave the penis, resulting in an intensely painful erection that may require surgery to correct.

3. Scarring. Penile skin is very thin and not as durable as skin on exposed parts of the body; that thinness is part of what makes it capable of delivering the astounding sensations associated with orgasm. Invasive needling can easily lead to the development of scar tissue, which ultimately can affect penis sensitivity.

Take steps to minimize pain.

If a man decides to take the tat path, there are a few things he can do to help minimize pain:

  • Thoroughly wash the area in advance of the procedure, and keep it very clean for the next week or more as it heals.
  • Consider using an appropriate topical treatment to numb the area. Consult with a doctor to determine what would be best to use on the penis in question.
  • Let it rest. While the penis is healing, don’t engage in sexual activity, whether alone or with a partner.
  • Keep an eye on it. If anything seems amiss, contact a doctor right away; it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Most important of all: choose your tattoo artist with care. Cleanliness and sanitary conditions are paramount.

After the penis has begun its healing process, definitely administer a first rate penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) on a regular basis. A cream with vitamin E and shea butter can help soothe the sore, irritated skin; one that also contains acetyl L carnitine can assist in repairing scarring that may result from the tattoo experience.

Getting Rid of Scars Caused by Eczema

Eczema, a skin condition characterized by persistent dryness, inflammation, redness, bleeding, and blistering of skin, often eventually leads to unsightly scarring. As such, part of managing the problem is improving the appearance of the resulting scars with caution, ideally with the help of a professional.

Eczema scars can either be dark (hyperpigmented) or white (hypopigmented), and treatments for Getting Rid Of Scars Caused By Eczema depend on the kind of scarring that you have. An IPL or Photofacial treatment is recommended for alleviating the redness and improving any pigmentation problems caused by eczema scars. White scars are more difficult to treat; most plastic surgeons and dermatologist would suggest trying certain lasers, surgical excision, and even tattooing for hypopigmented scars.

Chemical peels are not advised by dermatologists for Getting Rid Of Scars Caused By Eczema, especially when the skin condition is still recurring or active. When the skin is very dry and irritated due to eczema, chemical peels can worsen the irritation and penetrate the skin deeper.

Aside from clinical treatments, there are also many home remedies for Getting Rid of Scars Caused by Eczema. Shea butter is one of the most popular topical solutions for keeping the skin moisturized and helping new scars heal. Scar fading creams with lemon juice, onion extracts, kojic acid, and other natural skin brightening agents can also be used to gradually fade eczema scars. Sunscreen should also be a part of an eczema patient’s daily regimen when going outdoors, as sun exposure can worsen eczema symptoms and further darken the scars.

Can Yeast Infection Cream Really Help Your Hair Grow?

The active ingredients in yeast infection medications are usually miconazol nitrate (MN), trioconosol, or clotrimazole. Now, most people are using creams that contain miconazol nitrate (MN) as the active ingredient. I did find some cases on different forums of people using clotrimazole cream for growth, but didn’t find much about the use of trioconosol creams for hair growth. Those that have used the creams are calling it a miracle hair cream. Many have noticed their hair is growing faster. Some people experience an additional 1-2 inches per month as well as thicker hair. There are some cons however. Some people have mentioned that they notice increased shedding of the hair, have experienced headaches, and some scalp irritation.

Why yeast infection creams may work

Now for those of you who have done extensive research on hair loss… using an anti-fungal for hair growth won’t sound all that groundbreaking. As a matter of fact it is often recommended that an anti-fungal shampoo be added to your hair care regimen. Some of the popular recommendations include: Nizoral, Head & Shoulders, Selsun Blue, and T-Gel. Some dermatologists are even prescribing anti-fungal creams to those experiencing hair loss.

There are two reasons why an anti-fungal cream may help those suffering from hair loss. These creams have anti-fungal properties as well as anti-androgen properties. Let’s start with the anti-fungal properties. Hair loss can be caused by a number of different factors. One of them being fungal infections. One of the most well known fungal infection to cause hair loss is ringworm. Though, some health care practitioners believe that hair loss can also be caused by a chronic yeast (fungus) on the body and scalp also commonly called candida. If you browse through some different candida sites and forums and you’ll see countless people stating that they have noticed a link between their candida infections and hair loss.

Now, when most candida sufferers talk about their yeast problem, they are talking about an overgrowth of the yeast that is normally found in the intestines. It would be hard to imagine that using yeast infection cream on the scalp could somehow help the overgrowth of candida in the gut. No, but it wouldn’t be hard to imagine that if systemic (an all-over chronic infection) candida can cause hair loss, some yeast present on the scalp could certainly contribute to thinning over time. I won’t go into the mechanism of how candida can cause hair loss in this article but I will simply state that candida can infect the hair follicle, cause folliculitis which can contribute to thinning hair.

Some anti-fungals are known to also have anti-androgenic properties. Ketoconazole is one such anti-fungal. It is the active ingredient in a popular anti-dandruff shampoo, Nizoral, which has also gained some popularity in the hair loss world. There is an even a study that suggest that Nizoral might be as effective as minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine, at increasing the thickness of an individual strand of hair.

For now, we can’t be sure whether yeast infection creams also have some anti-androgenic properties. What we do know is that many women (and men) have been using the creams to successfully thicken their hair and speed up growth. Now, keep in mind the side effects that were mentioned earlier.

If you’re intrigued but still not keen on applying yeast infection cream on your scalp, you may be happy to know that some hair loss sufferers are using dandruff shampoos with similar results. Dandruff has been shown to be caused, in part, to Malassezia yeast- a type of fungus. Dandruff shampoos contain different anti-fungal medications that target yeast, decrease dandruff, and as a side effect may also help your hair grow. Before you run out and grab just any dandruff shampoo, read through the below list of dandruff shampoos that may promote growth; some have a better reputation than others.

Head & Shoulders: A study has shown that the active ingredient, zinc pyrithione, in Head & Shoulders can modestly increase hair growth. In the study, the anti-fungal was compared to ketoconazole and piroctone olamine. Those who used the zinc pyrithione shampoo saw a decrease in hair shedding and an increase in the amount of hairs in the growth phase; but the other users in the study had more of an improvement with the ketoconazole and piroctone olamine shampoos. Additionally, many have commented on forums that they’ve had negative reaction to Head & Shoulders. This may or may not be from an allergic reaction to the zinc pyrithione. In any case, there are better options out there and Head & Shoulders would not be my first choice among this list of shampoos.

Nizoral: The active ingredient in Nizoral is ketoconazole. It is probably the most popular of shampoos in this list to be used specifically to help grow hair. Not many people complain of allergic reactions to the shampoo. In the study mentioned above, the ketoconazole shampoo outperformed the zinc pyrithione shampoo in decreasing the amount of shedding hair. If you have experienced hair loss, I would recommend adding Nizoral to your regimen to help slow any further shedding.

Selsun Blue: The active ingredient in this shampoo is zinc pyrithione, which we’ve already covered, and selenium sulfide. Selenium sulfide has been documented to cause hair loss. Obviously, this shampoo is not one that I would recommend trying if you are experiencing hair loss.

T-Gel Shampoo “Greasy Hair: This particular version of the shampoo contains piroctone olamine which has been shown to be even more effective than ketoconazole in increasing hair shaft diameter and about as effective in reducing hair shedding. Many users have also said that this shampoo is less drying than Nizoral. I would also recommend trying T-Gel, but only the version with piroctone olamine as the active ingredient. Other versions of the T-Gel shampoo have different active ingredients.

A Natural Alternative

Some of you may be more interested in a “natural” product. There are many herbs and oils that have anti-fungal properties. One natural alternative would be to apply emu oil to the scalp 2 to 3 times per week. Emu oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial.

So yes, you can use yeast infection and jock itch cream to help grow your hair. If you are hesitant, try Nizoral or T-Gel, they both can work. If you are looking for something natural, emu oil is a good option.

What Are the 10 Most Common Symptoms of a Gluten Intolerance?

Gluten intolerance is a fairly common condition in our country. In fact, some studies show that it affects approximately 15% of the US population. It is characterized by an inability to handle foods containing gluten.

So what exactly is gluten? Gluten is a composite of the two proteins gliadin and glutenin. The word gluten is derived from the Latin word for “glue.” Gluten is a mash up of starch, gliadin and glutenin and is found in grass related grains such as wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats. Most breads, pasta, crackers and cookies contain gluten since they are typically made with wheat flour.

Gluten intolerance is categorized as an autoimmune disorder, meaning the immune system attacks it’s own body’s tissues. When a person with a gluten sensitivity eats, say, a plate of spaghetti, cells present in the small intestine misread the molecules in the grain as a foreign invader. There is then an interaction resulting in programmed cell death and an immune response, which results in the typical symptoms of gluten intolerance. It is important to identify a gluten intolerance and act accordingly because over time when someone with a gluten intolerance continues to ingest gluten, damage to the small intestine occurs. In its most severe form, gluten sensitivity can manifest in the form of celiac disease, which can be not only uncomfortable to a person, but indeed dangerous as well.

A dietary sensitivity to gluten can carry with it a variety of symptoms which unfortunately are often misdiagnosed since the symptoms are common to other diseases and disorders as well. Gluten sensitivity or intolerance is usually not the first suspect and people often go years and years without a proper diagnosis. As expected, the initial symptoms of gluten intolerance are mostly gastrointestinal symptoms, although other outside symptoms, do present themselves as well. The good news is that this is easily treatable by simply eliminating gluten from one’s diet.

Gluten Sensitivity or Gluten Intolerance Symptoms:

1. Digestive Symptoms- Digestive symptoms are the most common. This includes abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, constipation or diarrhea, constipation and diarrhea (alternating), weight loss or weight gain.

2. Inflammation- Inflammation is an immune response to the gluten.

3. Lactose Intolerance, Dairy Sensitivity or Other Food Sensitivity- This is a secondary condition which results from damage to the small intestine (leaky gut) from the primary problem of gluten sensitivity.

4. Malnutrition and/or Anemia- Since the small intestine may be damaged in cases of gluten intolerance, and since food may be excreted rapidly as waste, the body often has a hard time absorbing nutrients, leading to this symptom developing. Specifically, a low iron level is common.

5. Chronic Fatigue, Exhaustion and Dizziness.

6. Body and Joint Aches.

7. Frequent Infections- The small intestine makes up 70% of the immune system and since gluten sensitivity causes damage to the small intestine, infection is a common symptom of gluten sensitivity.

8. Steatorrhea- This is the presence of excess fat in feces. This can lead to further embarrassing and painful complications, such as anal leakage or incontinence. Fat is present in the stools due to poor digestion.

9. Head aches.

10. Depression, Irritability and Mood Swings.

As stated above, treatment for gluten intolerance is easy. Simply eliminate gluten containing foods. This means that gluten-containing grains such as those found in bread, cereals, and pasta must be completely eliminated, as well as drinks such as beer, since these involve fermenting grains containing gluten.

If you experience any or all of the above symptoms, you may want to get tested for a gluten intolerance. The answer could be life changing.

Weight Loss Secrets of Armour Thyroid

As people continue on their search for easy weight-loss remedies, products which are made for other purposes other than weight loss are now being used to satisfy this need. One of these products is Armour Thyroid.

Armour Thyroid is a brand of thyroid extract made from mixed pork and beef thyroid glands used for the treatment of goiter and hypothyroidism (a disease where the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones). All brands contain a mixture of the T4 (thyroxine), T3 (triiodothyronine) thyroid hormones in the proportions usually present in pig thyroids (approximately 80% T4 and 20% T3). Armour is made in the following strengths: 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, and 3 grain as well as 4 and 5 grain tablets.

Armour Thyroid speeds up one’s metabolism which makes it attractive to people who want to lose weight. However, many experts discourage its use for this purpose because not only is the drug meant to treat a different ailment, it is also ineffective as a weight loss drug. Health experts instead recommend maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regiment as an effective weight loss strategy.

Also, experts warn against the use of the drug when taken with appetite suppressants. Doing so would up the risk of getting some serious side effects from the use of Armour Thyroid.

Taking too much of the drug may lead to the overproduction of hormones in the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). Symptoms of thyroid gland over stimulation include sleeplessness, nausea, diarrhea, headache, irritability, nervousness, sweating, fever and an increased heart rate.

Armour Thyroid also tends to aggravate diabetes symptoms and under active adrenal glands. People who are also suffering from angina are also cautioned about using this drug.

Using Armour Thyroid along with other drugs can increase, decrease or alter the effectiveness of either drug. It is very important to check with your doctor first before you take Armour Thyroid with the following:

Asthma medications such as Theo-Dur

Oral diabetes drugs such as Diabinese and Glucotrol)

Blood thinners such as Coumadin

Estrogen preparations (including some birth control pills such as Ortho-Novum and Premarin)

Insulin