How to Deal with Anxiety Tension Headaches

Do you often experience pain in your head area like you have a very tight band around it? If this pain comes whenever you are having stress, then chances are you might be having an anxiety tension headache. We all experience headaches occasionally. Sometimes, it is not just a mere headache but it can actually be a symptom of an underlying illness.

Tension headaches are probably one of the most common types of headache, yet a lot of people don’t have any idea what it really is. In truth, the specific cause of tension headaches still remains unknown. Medical experts used to believe that tension headache root from muscle contraction in your face and neck area that may be caused by anxiety, tension, stress or other strong emotions. Modern studies by the International Headache Society emphasizes that there is no connection between head pain and muscle tension as evident in several electromyogram tests. Studies conducted show that there were no relevant muscle activities that may these headaches.

If you are experiencing anxiety tension headaches, you are fortunate enough because there are a lot non-drug treatments that can help give you relief from stress headaches. You basically need to practice healthy habits and have a good rest. Eating the right food and exercise could also help.

Some signs of tension headache include insomnia and loss of appetite. You would also find yourself having difficulty concentrating. Some shows signs of irritability and fatigue. Most people with tension headaches complain that their scalp, shoulder and neck muscles have general feeling of tenderness, which makes them get tired easily.

There are a number of over-the-counter pain reliefs from headaches. The most popular drugs for anxiety tension headaches are aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Examples of these common brands in the market are Advil, Tylenol and Motrin, among others. These medications are actually pain relievers. You can buy them without prescriptions in your local drugstore. There is only one precaution when using painkillers, never overuse them! It would only cause the pain to get even worse.

Most tension headaches are triggered by anxiety or stress. It can actually last for as long as a week or as short as 30 minutes. If you have headache attacks all the time, it may be a case of chronic headache that can continue for years.

Aside from stress and anxiety, tension headaches can be triggered by lack of good posture. Hormonal changes, like during menstruation or pregnancy can also cause tension headaches. Skipping meals and lack of sleep is also not a good thing. Exercise or any physical activity is recommended. With proper rest and good health habits, you can prevent headaches and continue with your daily activities without interruption.

Escape From Depressive Thinking?

Bring personal power and mental health back into your life. Take full control of your monkey mind, especially when it heads off into a fog, mist or bog because worry and anxious thinking has taken over.

Research by Martin Seligman (the bees knees when it comes to research into depression and pessimism) has shown that in order to avoid depression in the long-term, there is a need to change the explanation the mind gives itself about events. As Tim Beck (originator of CBT) observed “The personal paradigm of the patient when he is in a depressed state produces a distorted view of himself and his world.” Both Beck’s and Seligman’s research has shown that a change in perception is very achievable, and that the results of this change meant that it is possible to avoid getting depressed again. The way the mind perceives and interprets experiences, then, predicts who is going to get depressed, who will stay depressed, and who will relapse after therapy. Changing your thinking style from pessimism to optimism relieves depression, and reduces the likelihood of relapse. In fact, the likelihood of an optimist getting depression is slim. Look around, and see if you can find a depressed optimist.

The problem is ‘in here’, not ‘out there’

A person with depression must also be trained to realize that the problem isn’t about what is happening ‘out there’, but rather what is happening in their inner world. [Of course, as often happens, the problem is ‘in here’ because the depressed person is beating up on and turning their anger on themselves, then both the origin of the problem and its solution both lie in inner reality.] William Glasser uses the term ‘external control psychology’ to describe the process most people use of trying to change the behaviours of others, rather than recognizing that feelings are determined by thoughts and perspectives we have chosen to entertain. Research has demonstrated that taking responsibility for one’s own thinking, and learning how to alter it, can be an effective cure for even severe depression.

Being ‘realistic’ is not necessarily helpful

Interestingly, depressed people seem to see life events more realistically than optimists, but optimists, even if their thinking is less linked to observable reality, have a better life and cope with their unrealistic positive perspectives more usefully. When people are depressing, one of the things they do is give up on their dreams. They throw out whatever they had been planning and hoping for, seeing these ideas as unrealistic. However, the dreams are just as valid as they always were. In this state though, it is difficult to evaluate those dreams rationally, and to collect the evidence as to their potential. So while pessimistic thinking may be more realistic than optimistic thinking, it is nonetheless unhelpful when persisted with.

Focusing on the positive possibilities your life could hold is healthier than obsessing about how bad it is right now.

Train yourself to view life and yourself differently

Depressed people, though, can be trained to view themselves and life differently, even when a crisis looms. Of course, this is quite a shift from the problem and feeling avoidance techniques that most people naturally slip into when not feeling good about life. As Scott Peck wrote in The Road Less Traveled, “Fearing the pain involved, almost all of us, to a greater or lesser degree, attempt to avoid problems.”

There are plenty of stories of people who have risen above their circumstances because of the perspectives they took, and their willingness to look squarely and honestly at how their inner self was coping with a painful situation. Consider the predicament of Victor Frankl who was standing naked, stripped of his clothes, in a cell in a concentration camp when he realized that despite his circumstances, the Nazis had no control over his mind, and that how he chose to think was entirely his own choice. Frankl defined spirituality, as a result of his insight, as ‘the meaning that we attach to the experiences in our lives’. He also noticed that the perspectives taken by his fellow prisoners largely determined how well they coped with prison life, and which ones survived the ordeal.

Take some simple steps to later old habits

The steps that are usually used to target unhelpful thinking include the following.

You don’t have to see a therapist to begin the process of thinking differently, but a well trained professional will certainly increase your chances of success. Those steps, then, are:

i) monitor your automatic thoughts;

ii) recognise that those thoughts then generate other thoughts, emotions, and particular behaviours;

iii) recognise that the negative thoughts produced a low mood, which in turn causes unwanted thinking;

iv) learn to evaluate the distorted thinking you find, and replace this with more realistic and positive thinking, and

v) talk to others about your concerns so that they are not left to prey on your mind,

vi) use problem-solving rather than ruminant thinking to alter or eliminate behaviours that you would prefer to drop.

Try the quiz at the end of this same article posted on http://www.jefferysaunders.com. It will help you assess how depression or anxiety prone your thinking habits tend to be.

Man Commitment Issues – The 7 Common Commitment Issues in Man

Man commitment issues are under the influence of fear as their commitment is being removed from their vocabulary. Their fear can be related to fear of compromise, financial damage, loss of freedom, and loss of privacy. Nonetheless, there can be a lot of justification when men faces commitment issues, but whatever justifications to give, the reality tells us that all women involving in a relationship should have a certain requirement and obligation to know if the person is ready for a commitment or not. This is very significant for all the persons involved in a relationship especially those who are not aware of commitment issues, and who still are not attempting to ask their men if they are into it or not. Do men have more commitment issues than women? According to a reliable source, out of 10 guys that you date, 8 turn to have a fear of commitment.

The most horrible thing in the world of love is falling in love and devoting oneself to a person who doesn’t have any plan to commit without you knowing it. If heartbreak is painful, so is love without commitment. The most painful part is when you thought you will be forever as married couple yet issues facing men on their commitment drive them away without giving you warning.

A fulfilling relationship, as they say, always asks for a nurturing from both men and women. However, when your men are fearful in terms of problems that will come on their way during the relationship. Once they get into it, they feel like being frozen, trapped and find their way out, then you need to find ways on how men with commitment issues can overcome it and can eventually say, “will you marry me?”.

Although you are facing with such dilemma, it is important to note those men commitment issues that hinder them to bravely face the relationship until the end.

  • Loss of Dating More Than 1 Woman – Men accept the fact that they love dating multiple women and would even go after them. As such, when commitment is established, then dating times are to be removed. It is a must to focus only to one woman whom he is committed with. That’s the time that men feels trapped and controlled causing them to leave the woman.
  • Scared From Other Married Men’s Stories – Men usually hear this at work from co-workers who tell stories that their married life force them to do things that they never wanted to do before. They even emphasize on unpleasant things in marriage, their newly adopted life and the new responsibility attached to it. Men hearing those stories make them step back and would stay only on a dating-dating relationship without strings attached.
  • Mama’s Boy – We cannot erase the idea of men becoming so close to their mother to the point of listening more on their mom than to the girlfriend. When their mother talks of commitment issues and facts about marriage (pleasant and unpleasant), then men are discouraged to commit in a long-term relationship and fear deeply of the responsibility.
  • Financially Unstable – Men’s ego plays an important role in this issue. As men, they are responsible to support their soon to be family financially. If they think they cannot support them at this time, then commitment is a NO for them.
  • Dependent – The idea of commitment for men are to be independent in deciding and problem solving. When men are dependent, they are more likely on a home where they can ask whatever they want and are just going with the flow. Entering into a commitment for them can change them whole, and that is one of the reasons why they fear saying I LOVE YOU or WILL YOU MARRY ME.
  • No Firm Decision – There are women who believe that their men are honest when they say they want to be in a committed relationship, and somewhere in the relationship men change and decide that a fully committed relationship is not for them; frustration, hurt and depression happen in women.
  • Emotional Damage – This is more likely an effect of the past bad experiences men had on their relationship. They may have a hard time getting over with it and they cannot afford to trust anyone especially in a relationship.

Issues like these imply that men are truly afraid of commitment. When women who are finding a long-lasting relationship with men, who have all those issues and cannot afford to commit, can only give them unhappiness and frustration. On the other hand, it is important for women to decide firmly whether to stop or continue getting hurt. It is for every women’s perspective on how they can solve the problem and get through with men commitment issues, and it is also for every men’s perspective on whether to commit or not. However, issues call for responsibility, independence, maturity, firmness and stability should be faced by men and not to be disregarded. When men are afraid of responsibility, they should start becoming responsible. When will they start being one? When they are too old enough? When men are not prepared for independence, then start deciding simple and basic things. You cannot learn to take in control of your life when you don’t allow yourself to be one. When you are not firm on your decision, then make it a habit to say YES or NO all the way. It takes weeks or months to form a habit, so do it daily as you can. When men are unstable, and then learn to control money wasting. Stop buying those unnecessary things and save for rainy days. As such, issues must not hinder men to commit. Remember, you could not ask for more when you get into a relationship with the desire to be forever happy with him/her.

Sleep Anxiety – What it is and How to Beat It

If you have chronic insomnia, it’s quite likely that you also have sleep anxiety. And just what does that mean, exactly?

It means that your insomnia is making you feel anxious. This anxious feeling is making it even harder to fall asleep. So you’re now on an endless loop of…

…not being able to sleep, then

…feeling anxious about not sleeping, then

…staying up even longer, which of course is

…getting you even more uptight and anxious

…and so on and so forth.

In addition to this endless loop of 1) worrying about not sleeping and 2) not sleeping because of worrying so much, there is another, cruelly ironic twist to sleep anxiety.

Every time you begin to feel like you just might drift off to sleep, you become conscious of it – mainly because you want it so much – and a thought pops into your mind, such as “Hey I might actually be falling asleep!” or something very similar. What happens then?

Well, naturally you get wide awake all over again. The thought that you might finally get some sleep triggers even more sleep anxiety because you’re so afraid it won’t happen!

How to Beat Sleep Anxiety

Before you can deal with this very frustrating condition, you must understand two things:

1) You’ve become habituated to falling victim to this vicious cycle. Your own thoughts about sleep — especially about how important sleep is to you and how much you want it and need it — are literally keeping you awake! You will never get rid of your sleep anxiety until you recognize this crucial fact.

2) No matter how powerful these thoughts feel to you, you CAN change them. Far too many insomniacs suffer needlessly because they don’t know or don’t believe that they can change their own thoughts about sleep.

But make no mistake about it, you CAN get rid of sleep anxiety by changing your thoughts and how you approach the problem of your chronic insomnia.

Using a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, relaxation therapy techniques and old fashioned patience and persistence, you can get rid of sleep anxiety for good.

What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

This is a process of examining your own thoughts and feelings and deciding whether they are truly accurate and truthful… or if they are exaggerated, misleading, unhelpful or outright false. Once you determine whether your negative thoughts are leading you down the wrong path, you then replace them with thoughts that can help you. This is a method that has proven time and again to be very effective

What is relaxation therapy?

This involves special techniques for relaxing both the mind and the body, and may include slow, deep breaths, visualization, progressive muscular relaxation, and what I call “letting-go” techniques.

To get rid of the sleep anxiety that’s causing insomnia, you must set aside some time to work on it… perhaps 30 minutes a day to start. This period can be broken down into two 15 minute segments. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can change your anxious thoughts and habitual ways of thinking and feeling.

Isn’t it time to break that frustrating vicious cycle that keeps you tossing and turning at night?

‘Menopause – No Sweat’, a Guide to the Natural Treatment of the Menopause

‘Menopause – No Sweat’ – The Natural Treatment of Menopause.

This articles describes menopause symptoms and their treatment by Herbal Medicine.

BALANCING HERBS.

The ultimate aim is to get through this change of life as easily as possible by encouraging the body to accept and function normally at the new hormone levels.

In very early menopause, Agnus Castus (Vitex Agnus Castus or Chaste Tree) can be used to support the pituitary gland in stimulating the production of progesterone while reducing that of oestrogen to achieve a balance between these two hormones.

Another effective herb to help the body adjust to these new levels is Dong quai, (Angelica Sinensis). It is the best tonic herb for women, supporting and toning the reproductive system. It is an herb known as an adaptogen, which means it helps to adjust bodily functions to normal.

HOT FLUSHES.

Sage, (Salvia officianalis), is the herb most commonly advised for hot flushes and night sweats. The Chinese herb Zizyphus, (Zizyphus spinosa) is very effective in reducing hot flushes and has calming and sedative properties,and so also helps with insomnia which normally goes hand in hand with hot flushes and night sweats. You will not find this readily available over the counter so you will need to see a practitioner to get a preparation of Zizyphus.

INSOMNIA.

This is often due to the flushes so once these are reduced sleep patterns should return to normal. However a cup of Chamomile tea or Lemon Balm tea as an evening drink instead of anything with caffeine in it, will help the body to relax and fall into a natural sleep. You can usually find these in tea form in a good health shop.

PALPITATIONS.

The herb for palpitations associated with hormone imbalance is Motherwort (Leonorus Cardiaca). It is a nerve and heart sedative and has calming properties and is a good herb when someone needs to be “cared for”.

LETHARGY/ DEPRESSION.

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) is a wonderful nervous system supporting and tonic herb. The only problem with it is that it also improves liver function. If you are taking any orthodox medicine this could lead to an increased rate of breakdown and excretion of these medicines rendering them less effective than they should be. So the message here is don’t take St. John’s Wort if you are on any orthodox medicines.

SLUGGISH DIGESTION.

Either, Dandelion root (Taraxacum Officianalis) or Milk thistle (Carduus Marianus) are the preferred herbs for the digestive system. They are both liver and digestive system cleansers and both improve digestive function by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes.

LOSS OF SEX DRIVE AND VAGINAL DRYNESS.

Rose is not called the flower of love without good reason. For loss of sex drive, buy some good quality rose oil (preferably Rosa Damascena) and put a few drops into a bath before bedtime. Rose oil is expensive but has calming and uplifting properties as well as being an aphrodisiac.

Treat vaginal dryness with a tincture of Marshmallow Root (Althea Officianalis). Marshmallow contains a mucilaginous substance which encourages lubrication of all mucous membranes around the body. Again I do not think you will get this over the counter so you will have to visit an Herbalist to get the tincture.

A typical menopause mixture would contain:-

Dong Quai, Sage, Motherwort and Milk thistle. The proportions of the herbs to each other in the mixture would depend on each individual person’s symptoms and severity. Treatment can typically last 4-6 months.

Please remember Herbal Medicine is only safe medicine if it is administered by a qualified practitioner. The information in this article is for your interest only and is not intended to encourage or enable you to self medicate.

If you buy a ready made preparation of Herbal Medicine over the counter, please follow the instructions on the packaging.

Toenail Fungus Home Remedies Are Best For Killing Fungus

Also known as Onycomycosis, toenail fungus is very common almost in all countries. Nail infection is usually caused by fungal organisms underneath the nails. The nails that are infected with fungus may become discolored, thick, and brittle. The infection can be annoying to anyone when it shows symptoms of discolored look of the toenails. Gradually the infection may develop cramps and the nails may look ugly. You cannot cure the nail fungus overnight by any means. However, on noticing any symptoms of toenail fungus, you can use certain home remedies which will work effectively.

There are a bunch of other home remedies for toenail fungus. Do you know that you can also treat toenail fungus with henna? Here’s what you will do – get a bunch of henna leaves, make a paste out of the leaves and then put it over the surface of the affected nail. Henna has germicidal properties that kill fungal infection.

Banana can also reduce the growth of the fungus. Get a yellow-colored ripe banana and mash it together with neem water (neem water can be prepared by boiling neem leaves with one glass of water; wait for 15 to 20 minutes until the concoction becomes concentrated). Apply this on the affected area and then allow it to dry. Wait for an hour or so before washing it away.

Another good homemade remedy has something to do with tulsi juice. Tulsi juice is made by grinding tulsi leaves. Mix tulsi juice with lime juice and apply it on the affected nail morning and evening — this method not only cures the fungus but also makes your toes more beautiful.

The juice of an onion is also a good remedy for fungal infection. Slice an onion and rub it all over the affected toenail. This should get rid of the toenail fungus for good.

By and large the most effective of all home remedies to cure toenail fungus is turmeric powder. Make a paste of the powder and apply it on the affected nail two times a day. Applying turmeric powder regularly will soften your nail and take away the organisms. Turmeric also has the ability to cure foot cracks.

Ayurvedic Herbs and Their Uses in Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic Herbs Can Help with Many Health Issues

Ayurvedic herbs are a part of holistic and alternative treatments many use to cleanse the body from the inside out. Such herbs are natural herbs that can be used to treat the smallest inconvenience or help alleviate symptoms of larger health disorders. There are many types of these India’s medicinal herbs so it is useful to know what some of them are and what they specifically treat. You should note that some

Ayurvedic medicine are still labeled under dietary supplements but contain the ingredients used to treat the body for many millennia.

In cases such as asthma, cold and bronchial congestion, different ayurvedic herbs are prescribed. Use churnas – similar to curry – to sprinkle over your food. Different churnas balance different elements in the body. Ayurveda divides the body into 3 dosahas, or biological energies: Vata (air), Kapha (earth and water) and Pitta (fire). Vata churnas are warming, Pitta churnas are cooling and Kapha churnas are mildly hot and spicy.

Ayurvedic teas also work for individual balancing, but there are also Vata-Pitta-Kapha teas for all body types. Narayana oil is joint massage oil that alleviates discomfort from all types of conditions including arthritis, backache, fibromyalgia, gout, hip pain, muscle cramps, sciatica and sprains. Brahmi hair oil not only helps with dandruff, dry hair, itchy scalp and split ends, but also promotes mental health by improving emotional disturbances, concentration, mental imbalance, poor memory and senility.

For instance, Pushkaramula Rasayana can be used to deal with coughing, chest tightening and wheezing. Not only does this supplement reduce phlegm and sneezing, but it also supports better digestion and lymphatic cleansing. It is usually found in foods such ghee, honey and rice syrup base with some specific herbs and spices that are added to it. The botanical ingredients of Pushkaramula Rasayana include amalaki fruit, bhibitaki, elecampane root, haritaki fruit, kapikachu, licorice, mullein herb, pippali, shilajit and tulasi from standardized extracts and ajwan, black pepper, cardamom seed, clove, cubeb berry, ginger root, manna, myrrh, thyme and turmeric.

Mullein Rasayana also supports bronchi, immune system, mucus membrane and respiratory health. This supplement reduces sneezing, mucus buildup and cough while cleansing the bronchi and lymphatic system. This, too, comes in an edible form of 22 herbs and spices in ghee, honey and rice syrup base. The botanical ingredients include standardized extracts of amalaki fruit, ashwagandha root, bayberry, bhibitaki, boswellia serrata, licorice, mullein, shatavari, shilajit and tulasi and herbal powders like ajwan, black pepper, cardamom seed, cinnamon, clove, cubeb, fenugreek, ginger, Irish moss, myrrh and turmeric.

The cold and congestion supplement Pippali Rasayana is similar in that it promotes lung health as it detoxifies the lungs by liquefying phlegm to allow it to leave the respiratory tract. It reduces congestion, coughing and nausea and improves appetite, circulation, digestion and metabolism. The standardized extracts consist of bayberry, clove, elecampane, gotu kola, licorice root, pippali, sage herb and tulasi while the herbal powders consist of ajwan seed, bambomanna, cardamom, cinnamon bark, cubebs berry, ginger, peppermint and turmeric.

There are many other Ayurvedic products used to support all types of health concerns and afflictions. You may find herbal products for anti-stress, blood cleansing, blood pressure, brain motor functions, concentration, relaxation, digestive aid, endurance, heart support, immune system booster, and insomnia relief. Other herbal products help with joint support, kidney health, liver and spleen support, male enhancement, menstrual bleed ease, mental stimulation, metabolism, pancreas support, rheumatism, skin problems, throat health, ulcer healing, weight loss and women’s health issues.

You can look into these Ayurvedic remedies if you are considering an alternative to Western medicine or would like to know if herbs can truly improve these various health conditions.

As with any health issue, you should consult with your health-care provider before undertaking a new health regime. Used under the supervision of an Ayurvedic Doctor, Ayurvedic herbs may just be the solution to what ails you.

Top 11 Ways to Hide Your Face Lift Surgery in Women

Facelift surgery may take 1-2 weeks to heal enough to be able to put make-up on and go back to the office. Here are 11 tips to heal faster and to hide your surgery:

– homeopathic medications before and after surgery

– avoid blood thinners before and after surgery

– get optimal skin care before surgery

– body position right after surgery, including icing right after surgery

– control your high blood pressure before and after surgery

– use antibiotic cream

– change your hairstyle right after surgery, grow your hair longer, or get extensions

– use anti-bruising cream

– avoid vigorous exercise right after surgery

– wear makeup over the areas of bruising and swelling

Before you even have surgery, some people feel that Arnica, a homeopathic medicine, may help reduce swelling and bruising. You should take 1-2 tablets the night before surgery and several tablets after surgery, to help with healing. Arnica cream, right after surgery applied to areas of bruising, may also help to reduce pain and swelling.

Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and even certain foods and supplements may make your blood thinner, causing more bruising and swelling right after surgery. To get the fastest healing possible, you should consult with your Plastic Surgeon about what medications and foods to avoid, before and right after your facelift.

Optimal Skin Care includes mainly prescription medications, such as Retin-A, hydroquinone, glycolic soap and peels, and other lotions. Great skin care before surgery allows your collagen to be more organized and thicker, so that you can heal faster after your surgery. This should be started at least 1-2 months before your facelift.

Right after surgery, your body position should be optimized to reduce swelling and bruising as well. Your head should be elevated and above your heart level. You may also want your head to rest on pillows.

You should have ice packs or cold compresses available to place on your face, to reduce swelling.

Patients with high blood pressure should monitor and control their blood pressure before and after surgery. Do not forget your hypertension medications! High blood pressure may contribute to swelling right after surgery and lowering your blood pressure with medication will help.

You will probably be told to use antibiotic cream right after surgery to help your incisions heal. It is important to do this consistently, because this cream will help your incision heal faster and form less scar tissue.

Changing your hair style right after your facelift is a good distraction. Your friends and family will be visually directed towards a change in hair color, extensions, or a different cut. You may want to wear your hair longer than usual before surgery, since the longer hair after surgery can help hide your surgical sites. Longer hair over the forehead may distract from a forehead lift and hair over the ear areas may hide the ear incisions.

You want to avoid exercise for several weeks until your Plastic Surgeon says it is ok. Exercise increases your heart rate and blood pressure, which increases bleeding and swelling in your surgical areas. You should wait until your incisions have healed before working out.

Wearing makeup is also an alternative. Again, you should ask your Plastic Surgeon when you can apply makeup to your facelift areas, which can hide or camouflage your surgery.

Check with your plastic surgeon to talk in depth about your individualized plan to recover from your face lift surgery.

A Natural and Holistic Approach to the Treatment of Allergies

What are Allergies?

Allergies occur when antigens bind to IgE and this combined compound binds to Mast Cells within the body: Mast Cells then release Histamine and Serotonin in response to Antigens to try to defend the body against invading foreign substances.

Allergies are also caused by Eosinophils (specialized Cells of the Immune System) when they release Hydrogen Peroxidase at the site of the Allergy in an attempt to destroy what they “believe” to be Antigens.

Histamine is released during this process and is directly responsible for most of the unpleasant symptoms associated with allergies (such as itching, sneezing etc.).

Allergies can manifest in a variety of ways such as skin eruptions like hives, or nasal symptoms like hay fever, or migraines, or digestive allergies. The symptoms from allergies can sometimes be complex and not easily distinguishable as allergies. So blood testing should be performed to determine if you are allergic or not.

There are two forms of allergy tests, the first tests for immediate allergic reactions and measures IgE in the blood in response to allergens; this can be ordered from any medical laboratory. The second tests for the more insidious allergies and measures IgG in the blood in response to antigens, this usually requires more specialized laboratories to perform this test, such as Alcat. So if you are suffering from allergies it is best to have yourself tested so you know what foods and food additives you need to avoid.

It is interesting to note that Doctors are finally realizing that about 60% of the population has some degree of Celiac disease, or gluten-intolerance. And diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent, especially among children. Now doctors are also diagnosing both diseases in many people, finding a link between Celiac disease and type I Diabetes.

How to treat and deal with your allergies

It is best to directly treat the immune system when dealing with allergies. First and foremost the best is to avoid, if possible, the allergen you are allergic to.

If it is food based allergies you are suffering form, such as gluten intolerance, etc. and can’t find any creative recipes for your allergy diet then I would advise you get Fun with Gluten Free and Low Glycaemic Index Food! – by Debbie Johnson. Johnson is a very creative chef, who was the former owner and executive chef of the restaurant, The Golden Chalice Restaurant. Having read through her cookbook I can definitely say that Johnson knows what she is talking about. I highly recommend it.

Below is a list of nutrients available to help treat the body’s symptoms of allergies. You can try the following:

Nutraceuticals

Quercetin, stabilizes the Cell Membranes of Mast Cells. This strengthening of Cell Membranes of Mast Cells causes the Mast Cells to be less reactive to Antigens (that are involved in Allergies) and decreases the ease with which they release their stored Histamine.

A combination of Ester-C [a particular form of Vitamin C] (2 – 4 g/day) and Quercetin, (1.000 mg – 1.500 mg/day) both are good natural anti-histamine agents and are therefore important in the natural treatment of Allergies. Quercetin acts directly on the intestinal tract to reduce reactions to dietary allergens. It inhibits production of histamine by stabilizing basophils and mast cells. Bioflavonoids (such as Quercitin) may help reduce the body’s release of symptom-producing histamine, explains Elliott Middleton, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Betaglucan and Resveratrol, ideal for chemical sensitive people: These patients get headaches, disorientation, muscle and joint pain, mood disturbances, short-term memory problems dizziness, difficulty concentrating, shortness of breath and stomach pains. These patients have reactions to pesticides, perfume, deodorant, household, cleaning products, toner, cigarette smoke etc.

With WGP Beta1,3/1,6-glucan, at least 75 % purified quality (1000 mg/day) and Resveratrol (produced by red grapes 20-60 mg/day or transresveratrol by Polygonum cuspidatum 100 mg); patients have little problems with perfume, toner, cigarette smoke, environmental pollutants and other toxins.

Vitamin C increases the oral bioavailability of Beta-D-Glucan

Resveratrol protects the brain from free radical attack and modulation of the activity the phase 1 and phase 2 enzymes also plays an important role in the detoxification effects of Resveratrol.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) helps to prevent and treat Allergies. This supplement should not be used by individuals suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity.

Rutin counteracts Allergies (by inhibiting the release of Histamine from Mast Cells).

Herbs

Redbush Tea with Stevia is an important basis in the treatment of allergies and other intolerances. Redbush Tea (at least 1 litre/day or more) has anti-allergic effects, because it contains Quercetin. Studies have shown that the average 150 ml cup of Redbush Tea contains about 1.4 mg – 1.7 mg Quercetin.

Mangosteen Extract provides the potent antioxidant benefits of xanthone flavonoids from mangosteen fruit. These flavonoids possess antioxidant properties that may help neutralize cell damage by free radicals (I.a. environmental pollutants), allowing for the maintenance of optimal cell function. The xanthone flavonoids also help to support a healthy immune system and inhibit the release of histamine.

Reishi Mushrooms and Maitake Mushrooms prevent and treat Allergies, due to their Beta-D-Glucan content. Reishi mushrooms also reduce high histamine levels.

Ginkgo biloba alleviates Allergies by inhibiting the activity of Eosinophils (due to the Ginkgolide B content of Ginkgo biloba).

The above recommended nutraceuticals and herbs are recommended for general allergies. When trying to treat more specific allergies, such as skin allergies, hay fever, etc. it is best to consult a practitioner for more specific treatment, such as that offered by Homeopathy.

Homeopathic treatment will target your individual specific symptoms and help you to overcome you allergy sensitivities. Homeopathic doctors may also use auto-sanguineous therapy to deal with allergies which has about an 80% success rate in dealing with allergies. It is best to consult a homeopath for this form of treatment. I homeopath may also prescribe herbs that are better suited to your specific allergies.

Natural Home Remedies For Ovarian Cysts – Enzymes and Evening Primrose Oil

Natural home remedies for ovarian cysts have two top contenders; proteolytic enzymes and evening primrose oil. Both have excellent track records for helping with this condition.

Proteolytic Enzymes break down proteins that are damaged, attached to a dead organism, or do not belong in the body. That’s a very simplified way of looking at it, but it’ll suffice for now. If you want to research it a bit, which I would encourage you to do, it’s an interesting subject and it will help you understand how they may help. A cyst is basically composed of damaged proteins. By consuming proteolytic enzymes on an empty stomach, the proteases to into your bloodstream and digest non-healthy proteins. At this point, they follow the same intelligence that your immune system follows. That is to say, they’ll go where they are needed most.

Evening Primrose Oil helps to balance hormones. Since cyst formation is strongly related to this, balancing them is in your best interests. I’ve seen women take high quality Evening Primrose Oil and achieve impressive results with overall health, especially as pertains to glandular support.

The combination of the two achieves impressive results, usually after about 3-4 months. As with all natural healing, it’s a process. It takes a while for cysts to form, it takes time to re-balance as well.

There are two specific Proteolytic Enzyme formulas that I like. The first is Zymactive Double Strength by the Canadian company Natural Factors. The second is Virastop 2X by Enzymedica.

For Evening Primrose Oil, go with any quality brand. Some of my favorites are Blue Bonnet, Nature’s Plus, Natural Factors, and Barleans. All excellent brands from which I’ve seen good results.

Take the Proteolytic Enzymes at max. recommended dose or as suggested by a trusted natural health practitioner. The Evening Primrose Oil is most effective if you take 3-4 softgels (at 1000 mg. each) daily.

At the same time you consider these natural home remedies for ovarian cysts, I would highly suggest looking at your diet as well. Cysts happen for a reason and it would be a good idea to figure out what you may be doing or not doing that could have contributed to it. As a starter, look at sources of xeno-estrogens in your diet. These include inorganic milk and milk products, inorganic eggs, and foods that are high in chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Your best bet is to go organic whenever possible. Inorganic dairy products in particular are typically high in estrogen like compounds that throw your own hormones out of balance.

Can Matcha Green Tea Powder Cure Candida and the Fibromyalgia Myth?

Fibromyalgia is a familiar word today. Television and magazine advertisements flood our airwaves and glossy pages, heightening public awareness. Some promise cures, while others just proclaim aid in alleviating certain symptoms. Well, fourteen years ago, this was certainly not the case. The internet was in its infancy stage (as far as public use) and the barrage of pertinent information that the average person now has at his fingertips just didn’t exist then. I know…because fourteen years ago, I was suffering…and looking for answers.

My plight back then mimicked those of many others – severe fatigue, muscle and joint pain, slight sore throat and a general steadiness of feeling lousy. I remember telling my family and friends, “I wish you could live in my body for just one day…..you wouldn’t believe that I’ve lived this way for so long!” At the time, I had a two year old and a five year old who expected me to exude the vigor and energy they saw from other stay-at-home mothers. I saw general doctors, specialists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and a myriad of others who gave me even a glimmer of hope to recapture my life. Any literature out there at the time was nothing but depressing…the most optimistic headline would read “How I’ve Learned to Cope with Fibromyalgia and Try to Lead a Normal Life for the Last Twenty Years”. Gathering the current information at the time simply put me in hopeless, negative state. But, by some miracle, my luck and mood would change.

Through some remote channel of friends, I learned about a Holistic practice in a neighboring state and made an appointment. My particular doctor (yes, a real medical doctor) was well versed in both Eastern and Western medicine and was originally from Russia…and our first appointment was an entire hour long dialogue. The tests administered there were none like the hundreds I had previously had…saliva test and hair analysis, in addition to blood, urine and stool and sent to a highly specialized lab somewhere in the middle of the country. While waiting for the test results, my body was still ailing, but my spirit, for the first time, was beginning to heal.

The test results came back…and the catch-all category of ‘fibromyalgia’ may have actually been incorrect. The condition I had was adrenal exhaustion and systematic Candida, an overgrowth of yeast in the body which can wreak havoc on every major system in the body. Again, back then, nobody ever heard of this, let alone diagnose it. Today, the web alone, has millions of pages dedicated to it. To combat and cure this, I met with the nutritionist in this holistic practice and was put on a very strict diet excluding sugar, breads, starches and many, many other things. Basically, the only thing I could eat was protein, vegetables and the occasional treat of popcorn and rice cakes. I was given quite a few supplements to boost my immune system and normalize my adrenal function. Lastly, my doctor (again, quite some years ahead of the curve) told me to get pure Matcha Green Tea Powder because of the antioxidants and numerous healing capabilities and have the tea twice a day.

Today, fourteen years later, I play competitive tennis three times per week and am in the gym six times per week since getting certified as a personal trainer. My energy level is high, my stress levels are low and my outlook on most things is always optimistic. I still grimace when I hear the term “fibromyalgia” and wonder if that’s really what these inflicted people have. I am no longer on a rigid diet (still need my fix of licorice often) and now take only two supplements per day. The only routine I have never stopped is drinking my matcha green tea twice per day – especially since the health benefits go well beyond what I thought years ago.

An Introduction to Tattoos

Tattoos… Everyone has a different reaction to that word. It always got my attention. I think the first one I saw on a live person, was my cousins. I must have been 7 or 8 years old. He had a funny caricature of a devil on his arm with “born to raise hell” written over it. I was amazed by it and although it wasn’t until my mid 20’s when I christened my skin, I wanted one the second I saw that little devil.

Today, tattooing is far more accepted in society than it was back in the 60’s, still; there are people that frown upon the idea of marking your body with ink….forever. Whether it’s a religious issue, or their own personal preference, they can’t deny that the tattoo is almost as old as civilization itself.

The word tattoo is derived from the Tahitian word “tatu”, meaning to mark or to touch something. The earliest known tattooed person is the infamous “Iceman” found in 1991, in the Otzal Alps, located in Italy. Carbon dating proved that he had lived about 5,300 years ago. Fifty-eight tattoos were noted on his body!! Archaeologists think he was an important figure in his society. The tattoos were charcoal and water based.

Ancient cultures used tattoos to ward off sickness or bad luck. The Egyptians were the first to use needles to tattoo the body. Archaeologists exhuming tombs, have even found children’s dolls decorated with tattoos. Tattooing spread through Greece, and Arabia, and By 2000 BC., the tattoo had arrived in Asia.

The Japanese first used tattoos to identify criminals. Later it was transformed into an art form, producing some of the world’s most beautiful tattoos. The Yakuza (Japanese mafia) use their tattoos to intimidate their rivals. Japanese style of tattooing has influenced hundreds of artists today.

Polynesians have also contributed greatly to the art. Their instruments consist of sharpened pieces of bone, or ivory, tied to a stick. They “chisel” the ink into the skin by hitting the top of the instrument with a mallet type object. The tool might consist of one sharp object, or a whole row of objects, resembling a rake.

Members of certain tribes underwent grueling hours tattooing their bodies as a right of passage. Those tools are still used today, for those same rituals, but it is a dying art form, performed only by those preserving their culture. They also developed a facial tattoo called the “Moko”. This facial tattoo consisted of lines drawn about the face that would tell that persons life story.

Centuries ago in Europe, it was common to have family crests tattooed on the body, but when the Normans invaded in 1066, tattooing disappeared. 600 years later, a sailor named William Dempher, ran into Prince Giolo, known as the Painted Prince. He was brought from Polynesia to London, put on exhibition, and became a sensation.

In the 1700’s, on one of his many trips to the South Pacific, Captain Cook came across Oami,a heavily tattooed man, whom he also brought back to England. The English were amazed, and soon tattooing became a fad amongst the upper class. Still it would be another 100 years before tattooing would have an influence in America.

The first electric tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O’Rielly in 1891. It evolved from an electric pen that Thomas Edison had invented a few years earlier. This machine is very similar to the one used today. With this invention, it was very easy to obtain a tattoo, so the upper class gradually turned its back on the art, and by the 1900’s the glamour of being tattooed had lost its appeal. Tattoo artists found themselves working the seedy areas of neighborhoods, and tattooing went underground. Only by word of mouth could someone find a tattoo artist, or even see tattoo art. Tattooing became a secret society.

Once again, Samuel O’Rielly to the rescue. He moved from Boston to New York City and opened a tattoo shop in very popular Chatham Square, the Times Square of its day, and the birthplace of American style tattoos. There he met Charlie Wagner.

O’Rielly taught Wagner the art of tattoo until Sam’s death in 1908. Charlie then met Lew Alberts, a wallpaper designer. Alberts incorporated his designs into tattoo art, and started making flash designs. Tattooing flourished in Chatham Square for nearly 20 years, until the depression hit. The soul of tattooing then moved to Coney Island. Shops opened up wherever military bases seemed to be. Mostly sailors would get tattooed, and each tattoo brought a different story from a different place.

After the Second World War, tattoos were less popular. Their association with bikers, and jailbirds had a great impact on the decline of tattooing in American culture. An outbreak of hepatitis in the 1960’s brought tattooing to its knees. Needles weren’t being sterilized, and reports of blood poisoning flooded the newspapers. New York outlawed tattoos and shut down its shops in Coney Island. Tattooing moved to New Jersey, Philadelphia, and all the way to San Francisco.

Today, tattooing is legal again in New York, and just recently made legal in Massachusetts. Artists hold international conventions, where they display work, perform work, and give seminars on tattooing. Many have an art degree. Cleanliness is an unwritten rule in the business these days. Shops would not survive if the proprietors did not keep a clean place of business. Tattooing has once again reached the upper echelon of society. Movie stars, rock stars, and corporate executives now grace their bodies with tattoos. Every tattoo has a special meaning for the one who wears it. Whether it’s a tribute to a lover, or a child, mom or dad, a simple line or a detailed body suit, tattoos have made its mark in the history of the world.

R.Scott

Reverse a Fatty Liver With a Proven Diet Plan

Having a fatty liver most certainly means living an unhealthy lifestyle. In contemporary society, people have different lifestyles and this inevitably has an effect on their health. Some health conditions are caused by neglect or paying less attention to what they eat and drink, and this is certainly true with fatty liver disease, which is common in people who consume a lot of alcohol or who are obese. This condition is characterized by fat which accumulates in the liver cells. Nonetheless, it is reversible either medically or by using a diet plan and in this case, we shall look at the latter option.

Consider what causes a fatty liver

Since fatty liver is associated with metabolic syndromes like hypertension or diabetes, we can’t forget about nutritional causes like bacterial over growth and drugs and toxins. Now having considered the above causes, we can look at specific diets that can reverse this condition and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. These changes are not supposed to be made drastically, but gradually for the body to adjust and make it a routine.

First of all, there are a few things that you should do to ensure that a diet plan for fat in the liver works effectively. Well, if you want the diet to work for you and to experience the health change, then you should definitely avoid drinking alcohol, fatty foods like hamburgers, roast meat, eggs, and butter, and generally foods rich in oxalate salts derived from sodium, calcium, and phosphorus.

Diet plan for fatty liver

For a healthy breakfast, you can eat whole meals like cereals or oatmeal. Dry fruits should be a part of this meal, while not forgetting to use honey instead of sugar as a sweetener. You can also include dairy products like yogurt or cheese in your daily portions or in between meals too. These foods will help a lot by improving digestion, removing fats and gradually improving liver function, and thus mitigating the risks posed by fat in the liver.

You don’t have to give up most of the foods that you eat. Rather, you only need to just get the right combination of nutrients, vitamins, carbohydrates and minerals to mitigate the effects of a fatty liver. You should also pay attention to eating the right portions of foods and less of the fatty foods, of course. Replace red meat, which is one of the causes fatty liver, with white lean meat like chicken and fish. It’s best to cut off all of the excess fat from the meat before cooking. Eating food that is high in fiber is recommended, like whole grains, pasta, legumes, nuts and seeds. These are digested easily and reduce the risk of contracting fatty liver disease.

We cannot leave out vegetables such as fresh kale, spinach, lettuce, and broccoli which should be boiled or eaten raw in salads. These veggies are very good for you and can be taken with cooked sweet corn, raw carrots, and potatoes. You should consider fruits with high fiber content such as oranges, mangos, raspberries, and pineapples. Generally, it is advisable that you eat daily portions because they aid and they supply essential minerals to boost the body’s immune system and cell metabolism.

A fatty liver diet means eating smarter

With this diet, it is evident that we have conspicuously avoided fatty foods. The reason is pretty simple, fatty foods cause fat build-up which eventually causes fatty liver disease, and you need to consider prevention, using a proper diet that has been proved to work. The evidence shows, by trusted liver experts over many years, that people who continue to use the above foods will reverse their fat liver and have a healthier future.

Lastly, you should also remember the importance of fluids in the body and their contribution to reducing the effects of fat in the liver. Each meal should at least include a tall glass of water. You should not drink beverages or drinks with high sugar content, instead you should opt for the much revitalizing natural juices extracted from fruits such as mangos, passion fruits, and carrots which have a natural balance of sugar, to help with your fatty liver diet.

First Aid Basics For Stroke (Brain Attack) Victims

A stroke, otherwise known as a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA), occurs when blood vessels that are supposed to deliver oxygen to all parts of the brain become ruptured or clogged. When this occurs, the affected area of the brain does not get the oxygen-rich blood flow that it needs. Without oxygen, the nerve cells in the affected area die within minutes. Dead nerve cells cannot be replaced. This is why the effects of a stroke are often permanent.

Strokes rarely occur without warning signs. A person usually experiences at least one “mini-stroke” before the full-blown stroke. This “mini-stroke” is called a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) and is closely associated with a CVA. The TIA has the same symptoms as a CVA and can often be confused with a full-blown stroke. The main difference is that the symptoms of a TIA are transient, only lasting from a few minutes to a few hours.

Afterward, there is a return to normal neurological function. In this case, the nerve cells in the affected area are not completely deprived of oxygen and hence, they do not die. The blood vessels are not ruptured but they are a little clogged. A little oxygen somehow manages to get through to the brain. When the blood vessels become unclogged, the affected nerve cells receive the normal amount of oxygen and the effects of the TIA are reversed.

A TIA is a warning sign of a either a more serious and worse TIA or a potential full-blown CVA. It is reported that approximately one-third of all TIA cases will suffer a CVA between (2) and five (5) years after their first TIA. Any symptom of a TIA should be reported to a physician.

Signs to Look For:

1. Weakness, numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg (or all three) on one side of the body;

2. Blurred or decreased vision, especially in one eye;

3. Problems with speech or comprehension;

4. Loss of balance; dizziness;

5. Severe unexplained headache;

6. The person’s eyes may be unresponsive to light.

First Aid Steps

1. If the victim is unresponsive, check to make sure his airway is clear, that he is breathing and check for a pulse.

2. Call an ambulance or EMS.

3. Lay the victim down with the head and shoulders slightly elevated. This will reduce blood pressure on the brain.

4. If the victim is unresponsive but breathing, he should be placed in the recovery position, i.e. to lie on the left side with the chin extended. This will keep the airway open and permit any vomit to drain from the mouth.

When dealing with a stroke victim, time is of the essence. Remember, nerve cells in the affected area of the brain die within minutes if deprived of oxygen. Quick responses are necessary to minimize the damage sustained.

The Truth About Airplane Safety – Is Your Fear of Flying Justified?

Are you a bit jittery about flying? Not convinced that airplanes are all that safe? If so, you’re not alone. Lots of people worldwide are afraid to fly.

Many fearful fliers are willing to choke down their fears and board a plane when they absolutely must, enduring the torment of nerve-jangling anxieties from takeoff to landing – and suffering mounting dread for days or weeks as the flight draws ever closer.

Others just simply refuse to fly, no matter the personal cost. Whether flying for business or for fun, jeopardized careers or strained relationships with friends and family may result from missing out on the advantages of flying. But whatever the pain of staying ground bound, it’s not enough to get this group on a plane.

Are You in One of These Groups?

If you’re a fearful flyer – whether you’re in the grit-your-teeth-and-get-on-the-plane group, or the ain’t-no-way-no-how group – you might be thinking that you’ve got plenty of reason to be afraid. After all, anytime there’s an airplane accident it’s reported front and center on the news. When it happens, you’re sure to hear about it, fueling your fear of flying even more.

Consider the first several years of this century. In just that relatively brief time period, you’ve been scared out of your wits about flying from hearing news coverage about incidents such as these:

  • February 2009, Continental Connection flight 3407 crashed on approach to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport in New York. 50 people were killed.
  • August 2006, Comair flight 5191 crashed during takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Kentucky. 49 people were killed.
  • October 2004, Corporate Airlines flight 5966 crashed on approach to Kirksville Regional Airport in Missouri. 13 people were killed.
  • January 2003, Air Midwest flight 5481 crashed soon after takeoff from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. 21 people were killed.
  • November 2001, American Airlines flight 587 crashed shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. 265 people were killed.

These accidents all occurred in the United States, and of course additional accidents occurred in other parts of the world during this time period.

If you happen to be afraid of flying, you might be thinking, “There, you see? That’s why I don’t want to get on an airplane!” So if you’re avoiding flying because you feel it’s not perfectly safe, you’re absolutely right – flying isn’t ‘perfectly’ safe.

Oh, and here are some other activities that you’ll want to avoid because they’re even more dangerous – statistically speaking – than taking an airline flight:

  • Taking a shower
  • Going outdoors (because you might die from a bee sting)
  • Going outdoors (because you might die from a lightning strike)
  • Going outdoors (because you might die of skin cancer from solar radiation)
  • Staying indoors (because you might die of lung cancer from indoor pollutants such as radon and toxic mold)
  • Riding in a car (or just about any other type of wheeled vehicle)
  • Eating (because you might die from food poisoning)
  • Not eating (for obvious reasons!)
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Using any product imported from China (just kidding… sort of)

Yes, I’ll admit this list is a bit facetious. But each of these activities is statistically more dangerous than taking an airline flight (except for the last one… maybe). And the obvious point is that there are many, many activities you engage in on a regular basis that are far more dangerous than flying.

Airline travel is continuously becoming safer, but recent statistics show that 1 fatal accident occurs for roughly every 8 million flights of U.S. major air carriers. Put another way, you’d have to take one flight per day, every day, for more than 21,000 years before you’d be statistically likely to die in a plane crash.

Pretty good odds!

But it’s Really Not About the Numbers, is it?

If you’re afraid to fly, does reading the above help? I’d be willing to bet not. That’s because the fears and phobias that we all fall victim to are very rarely justified by facts, figures and logic.

I happen to know someone who suffers from a phobic fear of snakes. But she’s seen a snake in nature maybe 3 or 4 times in her entire life. And on each of those very rare occasions you can be sure the snake was far more freaked out than she was, terrified and just simply wanting to get away from the screaming, berserk human as quickly as possible. This person’s extreme fear of snakes is illogical and unjustified, but that doesn’t matter. She feels what she feels.

And if you suffer from a fear of flying phobia, I’m willing to guess that you’re not much different from my snake-fearing friend – except that getting on an airplane is your snake. You probably know that your fear is unreasonable and unjustified, but that doesn’t really change things, does it? It doesn’t change how you feel.

But if your fear of flying is impacting your life, you should know that you can change that. Many people have. And it’s not simply about learning facts, figures and statistics about flying. It’s nothing as trivial and unrealistic as reading an article that tells you how safe flying is, instantly dashing your fears.

It’s about grabbing your fears at the roots and weeding them out one by one, just as you’d weed a garden. It’s about learning to change your feelings rather than trying to ignore them. That’s how you can rid yourself of your fear of flying.