Fatty Liver Infiltration Treatment in 3 Steps

Fatty liver infiltration results from excess fat or diminished liver function that leads to accumulation of fat inside liver cells. That fat takes up precious resources leading to further impairment of liver function and leaving two of the most important tasks on the body (metabolism and detoxifying) damaged.

Furthermore, fatty liver (steatosis) can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.

But steatosis is treatable, and preventable.

Step 1 – Diet

The first step in reversing fatty liver is adjusting your diet. Reducing meat products, eggs, and milk are important. But you don’t need to become vegetarian – more important than not eating animal products is increasing consumption of vegetables and fruit.

Step 2 – Exercise

Exercise signals your liver it is time to start burning the fat. Because the most accessible fat after diet fat is inside the liver itself, that’s the first fat that will be destroyed, reversing fatty liver infiltration. Combined with diet this may also lead to weight loss: weight loss will be delayed, because first the liver will burn the fatty infiltration, but once the liver is healthy it will start burning fat more effectively than before and weight will melt down.

Step 3 – Herbal Aids

One last step towards liver health is taking supplements and herbal teas. Turmeric, milk thistle, artichoke, and linen are the most important aid in reversing fatty liver infiltration. Treatment with these herbs has even been proven to reverse cirrhosis and liver cancer, previously deemed as chronic irreversible diseases.

What about liver detox?

Liver detox is not a life-long project, however, it can kick start fatty liver infiltration treatment routines. The detox should last no longer than a week and you shouldn’t do more than three per year (I recommend one per year, maybe in the Spring, to act as a bodily spring cleaning).

A liver detox is very simple: for the period simply drink shakes and juices made of vegetables and fruit. Don’t add any milk or products of animal origin, don’t add nuts (they are extremely healthy and you should add them to your diet, just not during detox), and don’t eat the vegetables and fruit, drink them.

Woodview Detention Center [1961/Grandpa’s House]

Part I

Scene: A cell in a holding facility at Woodview Detention Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, the summer of 1961. The cubicle, cell or room, however one may want to see it, is furnished with an iron cot, and me, the occupant; I am 14-years old, and I am required to be in here for my first 24-hours at the facility before going to a larger cell with (perhaps) other kids (or as they call us, delinquents). The cell is clean, perhaps too clean, and not much in it. The floor shines, tile like substance, as are the walls, brick style. It is late in the evening, a breeze lingers, brings a chill, a ting of mist perhaps from the nearby Mississippi River.

I stand silent in my cell, a bit intoxicated, a little disorientated, fogy with a T-shirt on, a pair of worn jeans, my hair must be messy, I really can’t see it clear, though the little door window with a screen through it; I can see the other cells thought, and I seem satisfied with the way I look, my appearance. I am well toned, my muscles that is, from weightlifting, running track and gymnastics. No tattoos; I am considered to be a good-looking kid, for the most part.

–My brother, Mike, went to Redwing, a few steps up from where I am, in the incarceration field, likened to ‘Boys Town,’ I suppose (he is two years my senior).

In a few days I will go to court for under age drinking–the judge, he is the key here, my mother will be with me, notably the judge will want to give me mercy (my first offence), but I will say ‘No!’ to this offer of kindness (perhaps at this time I seen it as pity); this will be the only time see my mother cry in her life (I know she ((perchance)) has cried before, but I have not ever seen her do so.

“Why?” asks the judge “do you torture your mother like this, and slash at me with pride?”

I had told the judge to send me to jail, to Redwing, like my brother, who was presently there. Said the judge with difficulty trying to figure me out, “The police found you sitting on a case of beer in the playgrounds by Cayuga Street, next to your house, called ‘Indian’s Hill,” drunk, and all you had to say was: an old drunk bought the beer for you.”

Not sure if that was a question or a statement, but I didn’t say a word, I felt bad my mother was crying, and the judge was right, my pride had gotten in my way, so I left him no choice but to lock me up. And here I am standing in this cell looking right and left down and up the corridor.

Part II

Odd. Chick or Dennis, as I was called [ds]. Nobody gets much fresh air in a cell, so it seems, and its worse in the summer. I paced the floor, knowing there was no way out. Counted the bricks in the cell on each side of the walls, 245, that is when I stopped counting and listened to the sounds of the corridor. People snoring, talking, doors from the staff opening and shutting, flashlights checking on everyone, even me; all nightlong. I heard Pat Boones new song, “Moody River,” it fit this time and place, it was as if it was written and sung just for me. They must have been playing it in the office down the hall.

Morning. “Want some breakfast?” said a voice standing outside my door; I got up, “Yeah!” I said, and the door opened and he put the try on a steel gray looking desk across from my bed, and left.

I was surprised the morning came so quick. I got thinking: is there a warden to this place? Then I saw folks being taken to the back outside area, fenced in of course, for sports. I saw a bit envious, and yet I had another 18-hours to go in this cell before I could join the rest.

About this time of my incarceration I had asked myself ‘why,’ and left it at that. I didn’t know at the time but I’d spend two weeks here, a death sentence to me almost. And at the end of the two weeks, my attitude would change. I learned from this experience, if anything, you change, or there will be people willing to spend a lot of time trying to change you. But that of course would call for a readjustment of mind-set, and/or way of thinking.

Egg Shell

I felt I was in an eggshell, with two windows, and I was witnessing the world go by. I knew I was in a holding area after a week, and the judge was going to come out and see me. I was hoping I’d not have to remain here two weeks, but I was wrong, the judge wanted to make a point, and he did.

The interesting thing I discovered was, I begged to be allowed the second day, to mop the whole building, facility, the floors, just to be out of the eggshell. And as the few Sunday’s came, I went to church, to get out of my cell, and on Saturday’s, I went to craft shop for the same reasons. When I was locked up, I felt like I needed to vomit, I was gasping for air. I said to myself, calm down, be cool, like everyone else, and I did, got to go to the big aquarium, the cell down the hall with the four teenagers in it, like me; I thought that was a great reward.

Written 5/18/2006, at the Café Angello, Lima, Peru

Colloidal Silver Products – Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics?

Thanks to eye opening research and a growing demand for natural alternatives to antibiotics, we now have reliable choices to combat viruses and bacterial infections.

It appears a primary alternative for antibiotics are colloidal silver products. In the many choices of colloidal silver product’s one leads: The New Silver Solution.

Are All Colloidal Silver Products The Same?

The New Silver Solution holds multiple patents and is the only colloidal silver product of its kind that has been issued a patent in the past eighty years. Of all colloidal silver products The New Silver Solution has a “sister” product (a more concentrated version) that has been approved by the EPA as a hospital disinfectant. Additionally, it is the only one of all colloidal silver products that has received homeopathic drug approval from some African countries.

Independent Testing

Many independent studies have been performed on the New Silver Solution. Dr. Ron Leavitt PhD from Brigham Young University concluded that a person would have to drink more than 30 quarts of Silver Solution each day before they experienced any negative side effects. The Average daily dose is 1 – 2 teaspoons per day.

An international testing laboratory, NAMSA, performed a test on lab rats that equated to that of a 200 lb. human consuming four 8oz. bottles at one time. This is between 100 and 200 times the regular dose. The test concluded there was no evidence of toxicity in the rats.

Known Side Effects?

Additionally, after marketed for years and taken by thousands of people with well over a million bottles sold, there are no documented reports of negative side effects resulting from taking The New Silver Solution.

Now let’s compare some of the common side effects of conventional antibiotics.

o Diarrhea, mild to severe

o Rashes

o Anaphylactic Shock

o Yeast Infections

o Negative Drug Interactions

o Decreased Effectiveness of Birth Control Pills

o Misuse Resulting in Antibiotic Effectiveness

Common Uses of Colloidal Silver Products

While clinically proven to kill over 650 known bacteria and viruses, some of the more common illnesses and ailments where Silver Solution will benefit us as natural alternatives to antibiotics are:

o Abdominal Pain & Diarrhea

o Bronchitis

o Cold Sores

o Ear Aches & Infections

o Flu

o Food poisoning

o Sinus Infection

o Sore Throat

o Tooth Decay

o Vaginal Yeast Infection

The New Silver Solution Gel is proven very effective in healing or curing:

Burns (from radiation to sunburn)

Cuts and Wounds

Insect Bits

An Added Benefit

An added benefit of using colloidal silver products is that they do not kill the helpful bacterial in our intestines.

A common negative side effect of conventional antibiotics is they wipe out the good helpful bacteria in our large intestines. Healthy bacteria produce B vitamins and folic acid. They also compete with bad bacteria and yeast to eliminate infection. When antibiotics wipe out the good bacteria, our immune system is weakened and thus vulnerable to super infections, like MRSA.

The Best Choice For An Alternative to Antibiotics

If you are among the many people who are looking for natural alternatives to antibiotics, then a colloidal silver product might be just the answer you have been searching for. The New Silver Solution is safe, non-toxic, and has been clinically proven to kill hundreds of strains of bacteria and viruses with no known side effects.

The Pros and Cons Of Medications As Tennis Elbow Pain Relief

Anti-inflammatory medications offer tennis elbow pain relief. Their noticeable effect makes them very effective for a quick-fix painless condition. These kinds of medications could either be in the form of oral or injection. The oral forms are considered to be non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that are easy to take and often help control inflammation and manage pain. These drugs deliver tennis elbow pain relief.

They are commonly prescribed for the inflammation of arthritis and other body tissues, such as tendonitis and bursitis. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs include aspirin, indomethacin, ibuprofen, naproxen, piroxicam, and nabumetone, thus most people suffering with tennis elbow do consider this as a treatment. Basically, the advantage of these drugs is to relieve the pain because it controls the inflammation or swelling in tendons of the elbow. For tennis elbow sufferers, this drug helps in reducing the inflammation or swelling of the tendon in the lateral part of the elbow. The major side effects of these drugs are related to their effect on the stomach and bowels such as gastrointestinal system. About ten to fifty percent of the patients aren’t able to tolerate non-steroidal anti-inflammatory treatments because of the side-effects like abdominal pain, diarrhea, and upset stomach.

And then, almost fifteen percent of the patients on a long-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory treatment build up a peptic ulcer or ulceration of the stomach and duodenum. When the oral form of medication fails, a steroid injection or cortisone is an option that the doctor may consider for you. This steroid injection can result in short-term relief of symptoms but there’s no beneficial effects shown in the medium to long-term. This type of treatment generally wears off after a few months and may need repeating.

More recently Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections have shown to be more effective than steroid injections, but are much expensive. When there’s still no relief if you’ve tried more than two cortisone injections, it is not likely that additional injections will benefit you. It is then the time when the doctor will consider a surgery. The injections are not comfortable and there is a risk of scarring at the site of injection. Studies have not shown any apparent benefit to result from this type of treatment aside from the relief that it provide from pain by reducing inflammation or swelling in the injured elbow. Therefore, it is alright for you to depend on anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief but not for it to deliver cure on your tennis elbow.

It will never provide a long-term solution for your tennis elbow problem so you must make sure that you take enough rest, proper diet and regular exercise. It is also good for you to seek advice from a physical therapist to know any suitable stretching and exercise if you want a lasting cure for your injury. You must remember that anti-inflammatory medications may deliver tennis elbow pain relief but there are things that you should consider like the fact that you don’t have to depend on it completely to be cured.

What to Eat When Heartburn Is a Problem

If you have a tendency to get heartburn, you may need to keep a food diary or a “heartburn” diary in order to determine exactly what foods trigger your symptoms. Physicians and other experts do suggest certain foods not to eat with heartburn and things to eat with heartburn. Food is not the only factor that can bring on heartburn. Stress, smoking, alcoholic, caffeinated and carbonated beverages may all lead to heartburn. Large meals, eating too quickly, exercising or going to bed too soon after eating may all lead to heartburn. If avoiding certain foods does not help to prevent heartburn, you may need to look at the other causes.

Most of the foods not to eat with heartburn are fatty, fried, spicy or highly acidic. Oranges and tomatoes are examples of highly acidic foods. Choosing things to eat with heartburn tendencies is not that complicated, if you can avoid fatty, fried, spicy and acidic foods.

Meats that may bring on heartburn are those that are fried, have a lot of visible fat or that have been flavored with garlic or onion. Pork and bacon are examples of foods not to eat with heartburn tendencies. Grilled or baked white meat chicken or fish are examples of things to eat with heartburn problems.

When it comes to vegetables, most are safe, unless you add butter or other oils. Broccoli, cauliflower, peas, green beans, carrots and spinach are just some examples of things to eat with heartburn tendencies. Vegetables that have a tendency to bring on heartburn include tomatoes, onions and peppers. These are commonly accepted as foods not to eat with heartburn. Rhubarb has even been known to relieve symptoms of heartburn. Chewing on a chunk of rhubarb is a folk remedy for treating heartburn and indigestion.

How about fruits? Fruits are important in the diet and most can be things to eat with heartburn tendencies, except citrus fruits. Apples and bananas are better choices than oranges and tangerines.

Most dairy products are safe, unless they are high in fat. Whole fat cheeses are foods not to eat with heartburn tendencies. Low fat cottage cheese, low fat milk and yogurt are examples of things to eat with heartburn problems.

When planning a menu, it is important to look at spices as well as foods not eat with heartburn and things to eat with heartburn. Garlic may bring on heartburn, while gingerroot has a tendency to relieve heartburn, so it stands to reason that adding ginger for flavor will not bring on heartburn.

None of this is meant to take the place of your physician’s advice. Chronic heartburn symptoms should be evaluated by your doctor. Changing diet alone may not be enough to relieve or prevent heartburn. Foods that cause heartburn in some people do not cause heartburn in everyone. Neither are the foods mentioned a complete list of foods not to eat with heartburn or things to eat with heartburn, this article is simply an accumulation of personal experience and experts recommendations.

For more information about heartburn, visit www.digestive-disorders-guide.com.

Acid Reflux Chokes Me Awake At Night

Acid reflux has forced me to suddenly wake up countless times, in a state of panic, choking on my own acid and gasping for breath.

Nothing can really describe the burning bile feeling, or the taste it leaves in your mouth as you try not to gag and throw-up. I have had to stick a pinch of toothpaste into my mouth and leave it there to try and cut the bile taste.

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia as a teenager, which may contribute to acid reflux. The burning acid had left me alone for most of my 20’s. However, a high stress job and a subsequent gain in weight and lack of exercise brought the acid reflux back on with a vengeance in my 30’s.

When I started having almost constant waves of heartburn and acid indigestion, sitting upright at my desk, I knew it was time to see the doctor.

At that time, I had never heard of acid reflux.

He told me that more than 60 million people suffer from frequent heartburn, acid indigestion or GERD (Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease).

Acid reflux describes the regurgitation of acid back up the throat. It can also lead to more serious medical conditions that may require hospitalization.

My doctor explained this happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus. The LES is a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a valve between the esophagus and stomach. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

When refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat called heartburn. The fluid may even be tasted in the back of the mouth, which is called acid indigestion.

Heartburn that occurs more than twice a week may be considered GERD, and it can eventually lead to more serious health problems.

When I finally went and saw my doctor, I was having almost constant heartburn and acid indigestion.

He further explained that symptoms are usually worse at night when the person is lying flat and acid flows easily from the stomach back up the esophagus.

Anyone, including infants, children, and pregnant women, can have GERD.

I was told to make some lifestyle and dietary changes. They included:

1. Using a wedge pillow to elevate my body at bedtime

2. Eating plenty of fiber and drinking lots of fluids.

3. Eating small meals and eating slowly.

4. Not lying down for at least 1-2 hours after eating.

5. Losing extra pounds. Added weight causes extra pressure on your stomach and can irritate symptoms.

6. Wearing loose clothing. Tightly fitting clothes put extra pressure on your stomach.

7. Not exercising for at least one hour after eating.

8. Avoiding the following: alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, chocolate, carbonated beverages, spices, fried and fatty foods, tomato products, citrus, and peppermint.

I am a non smoker and I don’t drink that much. I do drink a fair bit of coffee however. The real culprit for me though has been drinking fruit juice of any kind before bed. When I have, my acid reflux has been significantly worse.

As I have made many of these changes to my lifestyle, I have seen some relief.

The elevated pillow works wonderfully. I have also started taking proton pump inhibitor medication, which reduces acid production in my stomach. I have been told surgery may be an option down the road.

Stop The Misery From Rosacea Breakouts

Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin disease that affects more than 14 million Americans. Rosacea causes redness and blemishes on facial skin which can be very distressing. Although Rosacea is a harmless skin disorder, it has a high impact on quality of life.

Causes And Risk Factors Of Rosacea

The cause of rosacea is unknown. Studies indicate a genetic component, but a rosacea gene has not been recognized.

New studies indicate that a modified innate immune response and abnormal regulation of the neuro-vascular system are involved in rosacea.

A variety of abnormal activities are observed in rosacea:

— Dilated blood and lymphatic vessels

— Increased blood flow

— Enhanced blood vessel growth (angiogenesis)

— Buildup of specialized immune and inflammatory cells

— Turning on of skin fibroblasts and enhanced tissue fibrosis

— Weakening of keratinocyte-derived proteinases (important enzymes in the desquamation process and orderly regulation of the skin’s barrier function)

— Decrease of antioxidants that made inside the body

— Augmented immune and inflammatory responses

A number of factors can intensify aforementioned abnormal activities. Some of these factors include:

— Spicy foods and beverages

— Alcohol

— Sunlight

— Stress, rage or embarrassment

— Strenuous exercise

— Hot baths, saunas

— Steroids

— Drugs that affects blood vessels, e.g., cardiovascular drugs

Rosacea Symptoms:

— Redness of the face

— Blushing or flushing easily

— Spider-like blood vessels

— Red nose

— Acne-like skin lesions that may ooze or crust

— Burning or stinging feeling in the face

— Irritated, red, watery eyes

Rosacea Treatments:

There are many treatment choices available for rosacea, but there is no established cure for rosacea. The mainstay treatment for rosacea consists oral and topical antibiotics. However continuing use of antibiotics can cause antibiotic resistance. The most validated topical therapies include metronidazole, azelaic acid, and sodium sulfacetamide-sulfur. Other topical therapies, such as calcineurin inhibitors, benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, retinoids, topical corticosteroids, and permethrin have revealed unpredictable degrees of success.

Many rosacea sufferers find standard treatments insufficient or even exacerbating. Due to the inconsistent results of drug treatments, rosacea sufferers are increasingly interested in alternative therapies using natural products to ease inflammation and alleviate rosacea.

Stop The Suffering From Rosacea With Anti-inflammatory Herbs

Because inflammation sets off, propagates, and exacerbates rosacea symptoms, cooling inflammation can mitigate the agony from rosacea breakouts.

Based on scientific literature, the following natural ingredients have shown therapeutic effects in treating inflammatory skin conditions including rosacea.

Licorice Extract

Licorice plants have been extensively used in alternative medicine for the healing of a variety of inflammatory conditions. The key components of the licorice extract include triterpene saponins, flavonoids, and isoflavonoids.

Studies have shown that Licorice have anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties. It represses oxidative stress (i.e., reduces superoxide anion production and cyclooxygenase activity), reduces inflammation, helps mucous secretion, calms irritation, and supports adrenal gland activity.

Moreover, licorice appears to affect immunomodulatory, antiviral and antimicrobial activity. Topical preparations have been shown to significantly decrease scores of erythema, edema, itching, and improve the quality of life.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea is one of the most widely analyzed antioxidants. Green tea extract contains strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic polyphenols known as catechins. These polyphenols are active in initiating cellular and molecular responses in the top layers of the skin (i.e., epidermis).

Green tea extract possesses antioxidant properties by abolishing reactive oxygen species and inhibiting various enzymes that are involved in oxidative stress (i.e., nitric oxide synthetase, lipoxygenase, cyclooxygenase, and lipid peroxidase). Green tea extract exerts anti-inflammatory activity via inhibition of the infiltration of inflammatory cells and reduction of inflammatory mediators. Finally, green tea extract is anti-carcinogenic by preventing carcinogen-DNA binding and later tumorigenesis.

Besides the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which make green tea extract valuable in the treatment of rosacea, the protection it affords from UV light makes it particularly useful as rosacea is frequently set off by light exposure.

Topical applications of green tea extract have been shown to decrease UV-induced erythema and to reduce DNA damage. Green tea extract may also directly improve the signs of rosacea by reducing the number and appearance of small dilated blood vessels (telangiectasias) and minimize the disruption of the skin barrier.

Scute Extract

Scute has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to heal inflammation, allergies, infections and skin disorders.

Studies have demonstrated that Scute holds anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-viral, anti-allergic, and anti-tumor properties. It is one of the most broadly used in Chinese herbal medicine.

The bioactivity of scute is owing to the radical scavenging activities of the flavone components. More than 60 flavonoids have been isolated in the root of scute. Scute extracts produce potent anti-inflammatory activities through inhibiting a broad panel of inflammatory cytokines.

Aloe Extract

Aloe extract is well-known to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipruritic, and wound-healing properties. Its active components include salicylic acid (anti-inflammatory via thromboxane and prostaglandin inhibition), magnesium lactate (antipruritic via histidine decarboxylase inhibition), and gel polysaccharides (anti-inflammatory via immunomodulation).

Aloe has been studied with success in the treatment of burning, itching, and scarring associated with inflammatory skin conditions. Studies also showed decreases in vessel dilation and vascular permeability, key features of rosacea.

Aloe has shown assuring outcomes in treating different skin infections such as boils, cysts, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch. Its renowned healing, moisturizing, and softening properties are widely used to calm the skin and help heal cuts, burns and insect bites.

Chamomile Extract

Chamomile contains active constituents of terpenoids and flavonoids that reduce enzymes (cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase) involved in oxidation process. These components also regulate the immune cell activation and histamine release during allergic reaction. Topical applications have been shown to be helpful in skin inflammation and skin irritation.

Reishi Mushroom Extract

Extracts from mushrooms, such as shiitake and reishi, contain some compounds (i.e., polysaccharides, triterpenes, proteins, lipids, phenols, and cerebrosides) that have noteworthy anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These compounds prevent lipid oxidation, matrix degradation, and production of inflammatory cytokines.

To learn more about inflammatory skin conditions and how to relieve inflammation with natural anti-inflammatory remedies, follow blog series “Nature’s Best Anti-inflammatory Herbs” and “Natural Cures For Chronic Inflammatory Conditions”.

Integrating – Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit

Insights/Distinctions: Very important for me had been the concept of living a balanced life however in practice, I wasn’t entirely certain what balanced meant? How far do I need to move the needle…and I confess it was easier said than done! I learned why – in mind I felt that I was either pressing the gas pedal or easing off – when you’re learning to drive it can feel abrupt. I read Stephen Covey’s “The 8th Habit – From Effectiveness to Greatness” a few years back that helped frame a slightly different perspective. “At the core, there is one simple, overarching reason why so many people remain unsatisfied in their work and why most organizations fail to draw out the greatest talent, ingenuity and creativity of their people and never become truly great, enduring organizations. It stems from an incomplete paradigm of who we are – our fundamental view of human nature. The fundamental reality is, human beings are not things needing to be motivated and controlled; they are four dimensional – body, mind, heart and spirit.”

While he applies this to the workplace, I saw value in my own perspective of my own life. I didn’t need a gas pedal and brake – I needed to be concerned for each aspect concurrent and overlaying the others – taking all aspects into account always as every problem, issue, opportunity involves all aspects. In this regard, was I myself aligning my own values, commitments and actions to a whole-person paradigm of me? An obvious clue is in how we allocate our own personal resources – the investment that we make in ourselves with our time and money, in our relationships, and in our willingness for continual growth?

Here is a simple way that Stephen Covey organizes the thinking around the whole-person paradigm that can become a very effective framework and reference point for building on our enjoyment, satisfaction and success through 2010! A few years ago, I included this in my slide show “vision board” to inform my personal Ten Year Vision which I review regularly!

Four Human Needs

Body – To Live (Survival)

Mind – To Learn (Growth and Development)

Heart – To Love (Relationships)

Spirit – To Leave a Legacy (Meaning and Contribution)

So in order to simply and best fulfill our needs…

Body – Keeping arteries clear

Mind – Continually Learning

Heart – Involving others

Spirit – Living as though life is guided by a higher wisdom

Applying the Whole-Person Paradigm to how we see employees…

…and relating those to how we govern our own conduct and for those around us. In running your own business or working for an employer with responsibility for others, it is important to make the distinction between management and leadership which I will discuss in detail in coming months. A simple view for this purpose is that we manage things (budgets, plans, accounts receivable) and we lead people. Here you can think about your own personal leadership as it relates to your own professional and personal life.

Stephen Covey points out, “The new Knowledge Worker Age is based on a new paradigm, one entirely different than the thing paradigm of the Industrial Age…people have choices. Consciously or subconsciously, people decide how much of themselves they will give to their work depending on how they are treated and on their opportunities to use all four parts of their nature. These choices range from rebelling or quitting to creative excitement. One who is paid fairly, treated kindly, used creatively and given opportunities to serve human needs in principled ways – makes one of the upper three choices of cheerful cooperation, heartfelt commitment or creative excitement.” We choose to engage or withhold in personal relationships all the time. You can read about a very lovely young man who realized this for himself recently! How happy for his family that he had this insight!

And finally, Steven Covey suggests making these four simple assumptions to “immediately begin leading a more balanced, integrated, powerful life.”

For the Body – assume you’ve had a heart attack; now live accordingly

For the Mind – assume the half-life of your profession is two years; now prepare accordingly

For the Heart – assume everything you say about another, they can overhear; now speak accordingly

For the Spirit – assume you have a one-on-one with your Creator every quarter; now live accordingly

Personal Story: Whether you have teenagers, are married, are an employee, someone’s boss or partner, this is fantastic food for thought! I quit a previous job that paid me fairly (Body), used me creatively (Mind), however did not consistently treat stakeholders fairly (Heart), and did not consistently act in principled ways (Spirit). When we are clear about our own values and principles, we are sometimes called upon by our “whole person being” to make what can feel like difficult though right decisions. This is where we experience the largest personal growth when called upon to demonstrate personal leadership in regards to oneself or those within our family or community. Otherwise, we will continue to get what we are willing to put up with! The Abraham-Hicks teachings say that there are no limits to our joyous journeys to experience. Isn’t it time to begin creating the life we wish for?!

Quick Tip: I found “The 8th Habit” by Stephen Covey to be invaluable to me as a manager and leader responsible for highly productive teams and in charge of nurturing and growing my family. This book also contains fantastic information about Finding Ones Own Voice and then Helping Others to Find Theirs. I will discuss in future posts how we reach inside ourselves and others to discover and engage genius, talents and passionate engagement. This has very practical application to families, business and any of the communities we belong to. Enjoy!

Please visit my site From The Titanic To The Ark – Handbook to Survive and Thrive in Epic Times http://fromtitanictoark.blogspot.com/ – see you there!

20 Environment-Related Diseases

There is a strong link between environmental degradation and public health. The occurrence of these diseases are on the increase as environmental degradation worsens. Below are 26 diseases and ailments related to the environment.

Allergies and Asthma

Many people today suffer from allergies; sneezing, with running noses and itching eyes from pollen, dust and other substances. About 50 million American have allergies. Some suffer asthmatic attack.

Birth Defects

When a pregnant woman is exposed to the inhalation of dangerous chemicals, and cigarette smoke, the fetus can be adversely affected. This could lead to the malformation of a babies organs.

Cancer

Cancer can be caused by cigarette smoke, asbestos, radiation and chemicals from the environment. The chanced of having cancer can be reduced by reducing human exposure to potential harmful chemicals or gas.

Dermatitis

Dermatitis defines skin inflammation and irritation. It can be caused by poison ivy, oak and sumac. Some chemicals used in dyes, paints detergents and cosmetics can also cause rashes and blisters.

Emphysema

This is the inability of the lung to expand and contract normally. It can be caused by air pollution and cigarette smoke. This can break down sensitive tissue in the lungs.

Heart Disease

Environmental chemicals contribute to the cause of heart ailments.

Job-Related Illnesses

Every job no matter how safe it appears has its hazard. Many job-related ailments are caused by chemicals and other agents present in the workplace. Factories and work places do sometimes contain poisonous chemicals, dyes and metals. Radiation equipment in the hospital, quarry dust at mines, noise inside of factories, etc.

Lead Poisoning

Lead dust, fumes and lead-contaminated water do introduce lead into the body. Lead can damage the brain, kidneys, liver, and other organs.

Mercury Poisoning

An insignificant amount of mercury in the body can damage the kidneys, liver and brain. Mercury exposure results from eating contaminated fish and other foods.

Nervous System Disorders

Toxic chemicals from the environment can cause nervous breakdown. This can result in mood changes, memory loss, blindness, paralysis and death.

Pneumoconiosis

Some airborne particles such as fibers from asbestos, cotton and hemp, and dusts from such compounds as silica, graphite, coal, iron and clay can be very dangerous. They can damage sensitive areas of the lung resulting in pneumoconiosis, or black lung.

Queensland Fever

Dust from a hide and skin work environment can result in this illness is called Queensland fever. It is caused by a tiny organism that infects livestock and then spreads to the milk and feaces.

Sunburn and Skin Cancer

Sunburn and even skin cancer can be caused by exposing the skin to too much sun.

Tooth Decay

The absence of fluoride in drinking water can cause tooth decay. Today, fluorides are increasing used in drinking water or in toothpastes to protect the teeth from decay.

Uranium Poisoning

Uranium is a poisonous and dangerous radioactive element that can damage living tissue.

Vision Problems

The eyes are very sensitive to the environment. Airborne organisms, over exposure to sun and or a slight change in the chemical composition of air can cause eye irritation. redness and produce a burning sensation and cataract.

Waterborne Diseases

Malaria, typhoid, skin irritation and diarrhea diseases are some of the diseases that are related to water and sanitation problems.

Xeroderma Pigmentosa

Xeroderma is an inheritable ailment from parents. When someone is exposed to direct sunlight, his skin can break out into tiny dark spots that look like freckles. If this condition is not treated, the spots can become cancerous.

Yusho Poisoning

This sickness comes from eating food contaminated in rice oil. If toxic PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls) leaks into oil during the manufacturing process. of rice, the case of Yusho poisoning might occur.

Zinc Deficiency/Zinc Poisoning

In some cases, people can be poisoned by zinc when it is consumed much in water or food.

It is therefore very important that we make every effort to ensure that our water and sanitation system is clean and working. This would save us a lot of health problems and diseases.

5 High Yield Pearls for Success on the ABIM Internal Medicine Boards

It’s crunch time for the ABIM Internal Medicine Boards, and “High Yield” is key. You don’t want to waste your time, and you want to be as efficient as possible. Well, I recently gave a lecture entitled, “Dr. Rezaie’s 5 Pearls to Passing the Boards.” This is a general post, and can be used for any standardized test in your last few weeks of preparation.

Pearl #1: Always read the question first, look over the answers, then go back and read the question stem

  • You waste your time reading the passage and looking at the labs first
  • What do you focus on?
  • How many times do you go back and forth between passage and answers?
  • This process wastes precious time
  • Instead read the question and answers first and then go back and read the passage.
  • Some questions can even be answered without reading the passage

Pearl #2: Know the breakdown of the test

  • Specifically for the ABIM board exam “THE BIG 5” are:
  1. General Internal Medicine
  2. Cardiovascular Disease
  3. Gastroenterology
  4. Infectious Disease
  5. Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care
  • These 5 sections alone compromise approximately 50 – 60% of the exam
  • If time is short, focus on these five sections
  • Ideally, you have left yourself enough time to go over all sections, but if time is short, reading over things like dermatology are not high yield

Pearl #3: Know the big 4 of medical decision-making

  • If you can answer 4 questions about every disease process, you will be prepared for over 80% of the questions on the test:
  1. What is the BEST initial test?
  2. What is the MOST ACCURATE test?
  3. What is the BEST initial therapy/treatment?
  4. What is the NEXT BEST STEP in management?
  • These four questions are known as “The Fischer Method”

Pearl #4: Pick a single book and question bank and stick with it

  • There are so many options, and all are good.
  • Personally, I think Med Study reads the easiest and is the most high yield followed by MKSAP
  • Ultimately pick one resource and stick with it. Buying five different resources is not realistic to complete and you will not get through all the information
  • Also pick one question bank and stick with it.
  • Whether it be Knowmedge, MKSAP, MedStudy, or Kaplan, you will be able to pass if you learn the material
  • Personally, I have used the Knowmedge and MKSAP question banks and felt like both were very comparable to the ABIM Board Exam

Pearl #5: Focus on most commons

  • I would know the top 3 conditions of each area cold
  • i.e. Top 3 infectious disease killers in the world are HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
  • i.e. 3 of the top 5 killers in the world are Cardiovascular diseases, Infectious diseases, and chronic lung disease (No wonder Cardiovascular, pulmonary/critical care, and infectious diseases are 3 of “THE BIG 5”)

In addition to these 5 High Yield Pearls also consider another FREE resource such as Twitter (My personal recommendations for daily board review questions and pearls include: @awesomereview, @IMmemorandum, @uthscsapearls and @srrezaie). Let me wish all of you the best of luck on your studies, ABIM Internal Medicine board exam and future endeavors.

Reasons Why Men With a Bigger Penis Will Get More Women

Penis size is a very personal thing for most guys and it is inevitable that penis size varies from person to person. Some men have a huge penis, the vast majority fall somewhere in the middle and some unfortunate guys have a small penis. If you happen to have a penis that is smaller then it can be a problem for you. 45% of men are not satisfied with their penis size, according to some studies and there are legitimate reasons why bigger is better.

  • Confidence is the big player when it comes to sex and relationships. Women look for confidence in man and a well-endowed penis can certainly give a man plenty of confidence. If you are worried about the size of your penis and your overall abilities then women will notice that very quickly. If you lack the confidence then you are far more likely to have negative experiences and let these negative experiences affect you in a negative way.
  • A bigger penis is also more likely to give women orgasms. Of course there are exceptions and there comes a point where a penis can be too big. It is also true that most guys who are in the average category have very little to worry about because an average penis should be big enough to provide the necessary stimulus. But there also comes a point where too small is just too small. If there is not enough friction and the penis does not stimulate the nerve-endings of the vagina enough then it can be a issue. If a guy also happens to have little skill and low level of confidence then nothing good comes out of this.
  • A larger manhood is more attractive for women. Even though penis size is not on the top list for women and penis size is not as important for most women than some men might think, then a well-developed penis will certainly be more attractive for women than a smaller, less-developed version.

So if you happen to have a penis that is small, if your confidence is low because of that and if you don’t have the skills to compensate for all of that, then what can you do?

One of the things that can be done is to become more skillful than men with bigger penises. A man with a big penis is not necessarily the best lover. If you put in the effort and learn the skills to make women orgasm and create a sensual experience for them then penis size become less relevant.

The second option is to enhance your penis. It is possible to naturally and safely enlarge penis size. It is also possible to increase your stamina in the bedroom and improve erection quality. If you happen to have a small penis, weak erections and also inability to last very long then all of these aspects can be improved.

Various penile exercises, such as compression, squeezing and stretching, help to facilitate new growth in the penis. It is very much possible to gain somewhere from 1-2 inches in extra length and girth in just 3-6 months of exercising. Thousands of men have successfully made that happen and it has changed their lives. It is certainly not easy and it takes time, effort and dedication, but it can be done.

Erection quality and stamina can also be improved with certain exercises such as Kegels and ballooning.. Pretty much it is possible to enhance and improve every aspect of the penis. So if you feel that your small penis size is seriously affecting your confidence and your sex life then these are options that can be considered.

Keep in mind that penis exercises and 100% natural, safe and if the right penis enlargement program is followed consistently then success is unavoidable.

Do I Have Parkinson’s? Article 2: Differential Diagnosis and the Neurologist

As was discussed in the 1st article of this three-part series, neurologists who face a patient with possible Parkinson’s have no definitive test: no scans, no blood tests or spinal taps with which to base their diagnosis. Parkinson’s disease is what is referred to as a “clinical diagnosis.” This means that the decision as to whether or not a patient truly has Parkinson’s requires an extensive face to face interaction with a neurologist. That meeting usually involves a thorough history-taking or interview, and a comprehensive physical examination. Although very often videotaping or other aids are used, the diagnosis totally depends on the clinical acumen of the neurologist as he/she investigates what the patient presents in word and on exam.

To sum up the approach very briefly, while interviewing and examining the patient, the neurologist creates a running list of possibilities in his/her head. This list is called the “differential diagnosis,” often referred to a just the “differential.” A good neurologist much like a good detective, keeps adjusting, refining the differential as if it were a list of suspects. He/she redirects the line of questioning and the focus of the physical exam based on ruling in and ruling out suspects.

Each of the findings helps the neurologist to continuously reshuffle and re-prioritize the differential. As the list narrows to just a few possibilities, he/she will ask further questions and refine the examination. Then the patient is sent for tests that might rule out other possibilities. For instance, patients get a brain CT or MRI not to diagnose Parkinson’s but to rule out larger structural causes that might mimic Parkinson’s symptoms like a brain tumor or even multiple sclerosis. Often an electrical stimulation and measurement of nerve response in an affected limb called an EMG (electromyogram) is done to rule out local nerve injury as another cause.

If everything points to Parkinson’s the patient is given a trial of a drug that either replaces or mimics dopamine. If the patient shows improvement then everyone can be pretty certain it’s Parkinson’s

The point is that there is no single protocol or textbook pathway to making the diagnosis. Though the neurologist follows a formal structure to cover all the so-called bases, the specifics of that path highly depend upon the findings along the way, which guide each next step within that structure.

Early Parkinson’s can be difficult to diagnose because it presents differently in every patient, and often with symptoms that can easily be dismissed as minor like a small persistent twitching, sleepiness, a minor tremor, and even depression or anxiety attacks.

A typical story everyone has either experienced or heard of is that one or two of the ten common early warning symptoms (Part 1) show up and on that first visit to a neurologist the twitching pinky finger (in Michael J. Fox’s case) or in my own, new-onset depression, either get dismissed or symptomatically treated. I was given an antidepressant and when a tremor developed it was dismissed as a side effect of the antidepressant. It was not until I was completely unable to play piano and had inordinate difficulty writing, both from severe slowing in my right hand, that I was then fully worked up.

In either case, mine or Mr. Fox’s, nobody made a mistake or missed anything important. It’s just that for instance any one or two of the ten warning signs can be interpreted as due to other causes, and usually is.

Review of early symptoms:

  1. Tremor or shaking greater on one side
  2. Small handwriting
  3. Loss of smell
  4. Trouble sleeping
  5. Trouble/stiffness in moving or walking
  6. Constipation
  7. Soft or Low Voice
  8. Loss of facial expression, “masked facies”
  9. Dizziness and fainting
  10. Stooping or hunching over

I have added two more to this list:

  1. EDS (excessive daytime sleepiness) or fatigue
  2. New-onset psychiatric disorder (usually depression or anxiety attacks)

Once PD is suspected, a host of other diseases and conditions need to be considered and ruled out. That’s where the so called “differential diagnosis” list comes in. Each differential list is slightly different depending on what the patient presents to the neurologist and in admiration to neurology as a specialty, these lists can initially be quite large. Ruling out all the other causes on the list before PD reaches the top requires a solid working knowledge of each list item and how it is diagnosed.

Other lab tests and scans are used to rule out other causes but ultimately, Parkinson’s disease is a clinical diagnosis with the most essential “test” being that first old-fashioned face to face discussion with, and physical exam by a seasoned neurologist.

Example:

A 42 year old woman, a cello player in the local symphony, presents to the neurologist complaining of tremor in her right hand and difficulty manipulating the bow while playing. Sadly she has been politely asked to “take a break” from her job with the symphony until she gets adequately evaluated. She has also become quite depressed over the incident. She says the tremor actually goes away when she’s playing but it feels like the bow is “caught on something” and so she cannot sweep it across the strings as swiftly.

Here’s a sample starting differential diagnosis for someone presenting with a persistent tremor of the right hand. Although the fact that the tremor occurs at rest and goes away with movement, and especially combined with the fact that it occurs only on the right side elevates PD to #1 on the list.

Sample differential diagnosis list for Parkinson’s (remember that the neurologist must have extensive working knowledge of how each of these presents):

  1. Parkinson’s Disease
  2. Essential tremor (a nonspecific tremor of unknown cause and which does not get worse)
  3. Brain Tumor: she will have to have a CT scan or MRI scan of the brain
  4. Damage to the nerves in the arm in the affected side by trauma or multiple sclerosis(MS). She will likely undergo EMG nerve evaluation of the right arm.
  5. Other degenerative neurologic diseases, a long sub-list, details of which I shall skip:
    • Benign familial tremor
    • Dominant SCA (Spinal Cerebellar ataxia)
    • Cerebellar ataxia
    • Olivopontocerebellar degeneration
    • Familial Basal ganglion calcification (Fahr’s syndrome)
    • Alzheimer’s syndrome
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • Dementia, Lewy-body type
    • Parkinsonism-dementia complex
    • Progressive supranuclear palsy
    • Cerebellar degeneration, subacute
    • Shy-Drager syndrome
    • Striatonigral degeneration
    • Corticobasal Degeneration syndromes
    • Frontotemporal dementia
  6. Lesions of the basal ganglia where the brain controls movement by stroke/hemorrhage
  7. Lyme disease
  8. Drugs (her primary doctor put her on nortriptyline for depression)
    • Antipsychotic medications
    • Antidepressants
    • Lithium
    • Amphetamines
    • Cocaine
    • MPTP (a byproduct of bad practices in making Ecstasy that can induce a parkinson’s like syndrome after a single dose)
  9. Alcohol or narcotic withdrawal
  10. Alcoholic brain degeneration

After performing a directed interview and examination, her neurologist utilized his own fund of knowledge and experience, and did not think she showed features of any of the other degenerative diseases listed.

On physical exam and observation he noticed that she would swing her right arm less when walking down the hallway. She even slightly dragged her right foot.

He had her copy some sentences out of a medical text. It took her a long time and the writing was very small.

When he held her arm and moved it at the wrist and elbow he could feel a ratcheting rather than smooth passive movement (known as “cogwheeling”, a classic PD sign).

She denied any drug history and rarely consumes alcohol.

She’s from San Diego where Lyme-carrying deer ticks don’t flourish.

An MRI scan of her brain was normal so there’s no brain tumor or evidence or stroke/hemorrhage, and no defects suggestive of MS. Parkinson’s generally yields a very normal brain scan. Some research techniques that use radioactive dopamine-like compounds can reveal a defect however they are not generally available, and unnecessary as we see here that the diagnosis can be adequately made without it.

Her EMG nerve exam showed normal nerve function in the affected arm.

Finally, and extremely important in establishing Parkinson’s as her diagnosis, he placed her on a drug that mimics dopamine and examined her a week later. She showed almost none of the previous findings on that second visit after a week on the drug.

At that point the neurologist was certain it was PD and gently broke the news to her.

Pachygyria Treatment

Pachygyria is a kind of pre-natal developmental disorder which affects a child and his spontaneous mental growth process. Predominantly, the condition is recognized in a child by the bulky convolutions of the cerebral cortex.

This discrepancy gets originated probably due to unusual and abnormal neuron migration in brain and nervous system development process. In case of pachygyria, the concerned gyri are found flat and broad in nature. However, the problem of pachygyria hardly affects complete brain and therefore, the symptoms often are found variable in nature. As the condition often affect partial functionality of mental development process as well as brain development process, it is called incomplete lissencephaly.

There are three common symptoms of pachygyria and these three common symptoms are delay in usual development, mental problems, and seizures. Apart from these three common issues some other associated problems are observed here like small head size, serous feeding issues, and inadequate muscle control of the baby. However almost all cases related to pachygyria is isolated in its own way and therefore the symptoms often vary from one child to another affected child.

The treatment of pachygyria is often based on symptoms; it is variable and ideally should be supportive so that the problem can be intervened for having control on the complications and their outcomes. Most of the pachygyria affected children may appear normal apparently; however, a neurologist can detect the problem by his expertise and accordingly suggest the treatment after due diagnosis.

The treatment of pachygyria often depends on its diagnosis; mostly the application of MRI and CT scan is applied to understand the condition of the patients and accordingly the treatment schedule is planned in correlation of the symptoms and major obstruction.

Underlying cause, the degree of abnormality of brain, and successive neurological losses are the main factors needs to be verified for the right prognosis; the treatment of pachygyria is largely dependent of the prognosis. The treatment of pachygyria may include the administration of anti-seizure medication, and special education including occupational, physical, and different types of speech therapies; however these therapies and cognitive interventions may vary from one patient to another depending on his level of complications and age.

Pachygyria is basically a structural defect; therefore specific treatment of this pachygyria is still not available especially of associated seizure problem. Treatment of pachygyria may include the treatment of gastronomy; the process involves the insertion of a feeding tube in order to reduce possible malnutrition and repeated spell of aspiration pneumonia in the affected child. However, gastronomical intervention may not be the treatment of the prime disease but it is a kind of back- up for the immunity of the concerned child in order to make the health system comparatively robust and scale of immunity can be improved.

Guide to Types of Coolers and Tips to Finding the Right Cooler

Coolers are indispensable storage containers that every household should have, what with the numerous functions they provide. In addition to their popular affiliation with picnics and trips, coolers can be used for food preservation, for emergency kits, and for other general storage functions.

Coolers come in different types and sizes, with each one being suitable for particular purposes. Read on to find out what these different types of coolers are and what occasions or purposes each one of them serves best.

Disposable coolers

Disposable coolers are coolers made from styrene forms and usually feature either shoulder straps or molded-in handles. These cooler come in varying colors and sizes but most models are between one and half to one inch in thickness.

Coolers of the disposable kinds are ideal for any and all occasions because they are very lightweight and handy. Also, these coolers are not as disposable as their name implies. In fact, you can use them until they are damaged, which can be a long time provided that you clean, care, and store them properly.

Plastic coolers

Plastic coolers are made from a hard shell of durable plastic. Like disposable coolers, they come in different sizes, colors, and thickness so you can choose depending on what food or other things you intend to place inside. Plastic coolers are generally more durable than the disposable kind but they are not as lightweight and handy. They are, however, the best kind of cooler to have if you spend a lot of time outdoors or if you play a lot of sports.

Thermoelectric coolers

Thermoelectric coolers are, so to speak, the most modern kinds of coolers in the market. These coolers function two ways: they can be used as coolers and also as heaters. However, they require a power source in order to function so their use is limited to outdoor activities in areas where there is a nearby power outlet.

Potent Herbal Treatment for a Chronic Cough

A chronic cough is not actually a disease in itself. However, a cough that lasts for weeks on end is definitely physically tiring, annoying and embarrassing to say the least. The good news is there are potent medications that can relieve a chronic cough. There also are different herbal treatments that are quite effective in curing a cough. In this article you will discover the most potent kind of herbal remedies that will get rid of your cough once and for all.

A cough is considered chronic when it lasts for 8 weeks or more. A cough can be dry or productive – coughing with the presence of mucous. Usually, the first thing a person considers is to take over the counter cough suppressants or expectorants. But did you know that there are herbal remedies that are as potent in curing a chronic cough as over the counter drugs?

An expectorant is meant to cure a productive cough. It helps thin respiratory secretions. This will make it easier for the patient to cough up the phlegm. On the other hand, a cough suppressant aims to lessen the urge to cough. This medication does not really work if there is mucous present, however it does do wonders in relieving a dry, itchy cough. But try to remember that coughing can sometimes be healthy, since it is the body’s natural defense mechanism in clearing the airways and lungs of irritants. So it is not really advisable to take a suppressant if you just experience occasional coughing or an itchy throat.

Natural Expectorant Herbs

Sage is a great natural expectorant which you can take in the form of tea. You can easily make your own homemade sage tea by grounding up sage leaves and mix 2 teaspoonfuls of the ground leaves with hot water. Or mix 1 tsp of dried sage with 1 cup of hot water. Sweeten it with 1 teaspoon of natural honey if you wish. For a more exotic taste, you might want to add a dash of thyme which is also considered an excellent cough expectorant. Note: Extreme doses of medicinal sage are not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.

Licorice can act as a natural expectorant as well as a cough suppressant. It has a great ability to soothe an irritated throat. You can take it as tea or purchase licorice lozenges which are readily available in your local drugstore. Note: Licorice should not be taken if you are suffering from high blood pressure

Eucalyptus is an excellent expectorant and decongestant. You are probably familiar with eucalyptus drops or lozenges. But for a chronic cough, a eucalyptus chest rub has been proven to be more effective. If your cough persists, make use of eucalyptus steam inhalation. Mix 10 drops of eucalyptus oil along with 4 drops of hyssop oil, another potent herbal expectorant, into a pot of boiling water and inhale the steam.

Horehound is yet another effective herbal expectorant which can also act as a cough suppressant. Studies show that this herb helps in stimulating bronchial secretions. Horehound is quite bitter, so you might want to take sweetened lozenges or purchase pure horehound herb in tablet form.

Garlic, the popular cure-all herb, is another potent cough expectorant. You can eat it raw, one clove three times a day. Or you can use it as a steam inhalant or chest rub. You might also want to prepare homemade garlic syrup by grating a whole clove of garlic, excrete its juice and mix it with 1 teaspoonful of honey.

Natural Cough Suppressant Herbs

Elecampane root has been used for ages as a cough remedy. Inulin, a compound found in elecampane root, helps in breaking up congestion. You can find this herb in natural health stores in tea or tincture form.

Peppermint contains menthol which is a very effective natural cough suppressant. It can also work well as a cough expectorant. Notice that peppermint is used in popular cough lozenges and it is also a widely used ingredient in manufacturing chest rubs. There are great tasting peppermint teas available in supermarkets or you can use peppermint oil with a steam inhaler. Note: Peppermint tea or peppermint oil is not recommended for young children.

Coltsfoot is another popular cough suppressant. Tussilago is coltsfoot’s botanical name which means “cough dispeller.” Coltsfoot leaves and flowers have cough suppressant properties. Traditionally it has been used in treating asthma, excess mucous buildup, dry cough and bronchitis. You can take this herb in tea or tincture form. However, it is recommended to use coltsfoot for only a short term.

Echinacea is a Native American herb that has several medicinal benefits and it has been popular for thousands of years in preventing infections and treating wounds. At the present time, Echinacea is popular for its ability to reduce symptoms of the flu, including sore throat, fever and cough. Several herbalists claim that this herb is great in helping boost the immune system and it helps the body fight infections.

Unlike over the counter medications, herbal remedies for treating chronic cough have very few known side effects, sometimes, none at all. Besides, these herbs are all natural and have been proven time and again to be potent cough expectorants and/or suppressants.