Fatigue – Its Connection to Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

Fatigue in people with hypoglycemia is a direct result of the body’s continual rollercoaster ride of the ups and downs of blood sugar levels. Stop hypoglycemia and you stop fatigue.

Not everyone who experiences chronic fatigue is hypoglycemic. However, fatigue is a very big part of everyday life for hypoglycemics. Unfortunately, in most cases, sufferers eat the wrong food or take drinks containing caffeine to reduce symptoms. This only makes the problem worse.

The best way to treat hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) and the accompanying fatigue is to change one’s diet and lifestyle. Cutting out refined sugars can be hard for someone who has become addicted to them, but in the end, you will find yourself re-energized. You will also have more enthusiasm for life than you ever dreamed possible.

Make sure you eat regular meals. Skipping a meal will not only cause your blood sugar levels to drop dramatically, but it will also deplete the energy stores in your body. Never allowing yourself to go hungry keeps you from gorging on food later in the day.

Hypoglycemia can sometimes be confused with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Adrenal Fatigue. The symptoms of each are very similar and they can be treated in similar ways. A new dieting plan is essential to control the various problems. By neglecting changes, a hypoglycemic runs the risk of developing severe diabetes and eventually losing his eyesight. In this country, 60% of hypoglycemics may go on to become diabetics.

Even though fatigue is a very common symptom of hypoglycemia so is insomnia. Often a person suffering from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels), has constantly racing thoughts. He or she simply cannot switch off and go to sleep. So, there they lie utterly exhausted, but unable to be rid of their anxiety. The constant tiredness and lack of sleep are part of the hypoglycemic picture.

It is important to understand that doctors believe there are different causes and various forms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels). In addition to changing your diet, there are also natural dietary supplements that can be helpful, such as liquorice root. There are natural treatments to help ease the anxiety that results in insomnia, so that you will rest easier.

A hypoglycemic should have a diet that is high in fiber and rich in complex carbohydrates and protein. This will help slow the absorption of sugar into the blood.

Avoid white, processed flours and instead consume whole-wheat products. Refined carbohydrates like pastries and sugars should be avoided as well. Caffeine, alcohol,and stimulants of any kind should be eliminated from your diet. Mineral and Vitamin supplements have been found to be very important in getting you back on the road to health.

Hypoglycemia doesn’t have to take over your life. At present you may think that you will have to live with the symptoms for the rest of your life.

But with improvements to your lifestyle, you will become healthier and more energetic once again. With the right information in your hands, you can go on to lead a very productive life.

Why You Probably Don’t Have a Toenail Fungus

I am a Chiropodist, or Podiatrist (depending on where you live) and I feel that the public need to be educated away from some “health gurus”.

Some of these health people are just the general public and some are unqualified clinicians. I have no quibbles in other health professionals talking about footcare, I don’t, honest, but you really have to give the patient true advice, and not just “what you think”. Many books and many websites do not convey the true treatment, cause and actually if the nail is fungus or not. Scary but very true.

The role of the toenail fungus has been widely exaggerated to a point where there are now miracles happening. Anything ranging from the odd “cure your fungus in a day” to some really dangerous “new remedy that I perfected, that the Doctors don’t want you to hear”.

Facts are these: Your toenails grow at a staggeringly slow rate, about 12-18 months from base to the tip, so any cure that states that your toenail fungus will go in 24 hours is not telling 100% of the truth. Secondly, Doctors (Chiropodists/ Podiatrists, not GPs) will not keep this thing a secret. It is widely available information on a problem that can be got rid of.

What we really have to think about though is that not all thick nails are actually toenail fungus. A toenail fungus is actually characterized by yellow/ discoloration, thickening, spongy when clipped and has a “moth eaten” appearance. It is also caused by a dermatophyte, something that loves skin and nails because they eat keratin- a major component of these systems. They usually work their way from the tops of the nail down to the base. If it is a Candida infection then it will go from the base to the tip of the toenail.

Oh, and by the way. When they say infection, all it really means is that it is contagious to skin and nails. So if you cut your other nails with some clippers from an infected nail then that nail will become infected. It doesn’t affect internal organs etc.

But if you have no signs of a toenail fungus, then there is a likeliness that you haven’t got one.

1 — If your toe nails are clawed and have thickened toenails then that is because of microtrauma hitting the nail as you walk. The nail doesn’t want to be broken so the body has a great remedy for this. It builds the nail up so that it will not become traumatized. So you get irreversible thickening of the toenails.

2 — If you just have thickening of the little toes then that could easily be because of shoewear. If you put your foot onto the floor and apply weight, it splays. So it gets wider. Your little toes will hit tight shoes, and if you wear those shoes constantly for many years then microtrauma kicks in again and thickens up that nail. Hence, women who tend to have thinner, ill fitting shoes tend to suffer with this problem.

3 — Microtrauma can occur over time. Small little whacks over a long time frame. But the same can occur when you hit your toe or nail once with one big whack. This can damage the area from where the nail grows from and cause thickening.

However, once the nail becomes damaged there is a high possibility that the nail could have a fungus enter it and then start the process. However in that situation, it doesn’t matter how many anti-fungal treatments you do get, it will not stop the thickening.

Testing the nail will prove that I have a fungus right?

Testing is one of the best methods coming second only to experience to determine if a nail is fungus or not. However (and this could easily be another article, if not a book) lab testing is flawed, and it is flawed because of collection methods, transportation methods and cost. If your results come back negative even though the toenail is truly a fungus toenail, then don’t worry. It is one of those 3 ground in problems.

So before you even jump for a toenail fungus treatment, first decide whether you have a toenail fungus to start with. In many cases you probably don’t.

Synflex – The Truth Behind Natural Pain Relief and Synflex

Synflex Vs Painkillers That Cause Pain, natural pain relief and Synflex.

So your arthritis is kicking up again and as a dutiful sufferer you beeline to the medicine cabinet and take a painkiller. After an hour you don’t feel much relief. Or maybe you don’t feel any pain at all. But either way,did you just guarantee more pain in your future? Have you insured yourself of a future of long term agony and debilitation that you would not have had otherwise, just by the act of taking painkillers?

Get ready for an unpleasant surprise! The most likely answer is yes! Even if the painkiller seems to be working, even if your arthritis pain is gone, all you have really done is guarantee yourself more pain and more suffering in the future by taking those painkillers today!

But, how could you and millions of arthritic sufferers who are using painkillers be harming yourselves with them? Even those taken by doctor’s prescription and with their approval? Well lets see, answer these vital questions…

Have you treated your arthritis pain with any painkillers within the last 7 days?

Do you now have, or have you ever gotten a prescription for your arthritis pain?

Are you concerned that you may be taking these drugs for the rest of your life?

Do you wonder if a nutritional supplement like Synflex be better for you?

A yes answer to any of the above questions entitles you to know that you can cure arthritis through natural, and nutritional means and thus eliminate your arthritis pain naturally, and never need arthritis painkilling drugs again!

Painkillers That Cause Pain

Now I do believe pharmaceuticals and especially pharmaceutical painkillers do hold irreplaceable positions in medicine chests. I myself have taken plenty of pain killers to counter pain from strains and sprains and the like. The trouble arises when people take arthritis pain killers for any great length of time.

To begin with, it is important to know that actually curing the arthritic condition would require rebuilding and restoring the cartilage and, or restoring the muscles around the arthritic joint. Sufferers usually take some form of drug to reduce inflammation and wipe out pain. But, the real problem is generated when the joint is in pain and you can’t feel it, enabling you to even forget about your condition. You could take a painkiller and then spend the next few hours feeling mobile and great but in the process, you’re killing the overstressed joint without even knowing it. And thus the unaware arthritic patient severely damages the joint and the remaining cartilage, and feels great while doing it!

So is death a fair exchange for pain relief?

Let’s say you were mowing the lawn and you’re wearing your full head phones with your ipod , you’re enjoying your music, it’s loud to cover the mower hum. And the mower is handling fine. Then comes the fatal engine shudder, and the blue-grey puff of smoke. You whip off your big headphones just in time to hear an awful metallic shearing sound. And then you’re wishing that your college course load had included a course in small motor repair as you hand over your mower to the repair guy smiling dollar signs at you. Your wallet shivers at that smile. He asks, didn’t it sound like the motor was in distress for awhile just before it blew? Why didn’t you shut it off back then? Of course you heard nothing but your music. So you were unaware of your mower’s cries for help right up until it died. This is the same as taking painkillers to treat your arthritis pain. The painkillers mask the main symptoms and help you forget about the problem, even ignore it. Guaranteeing you will soon have to deal with a bigger problem.

Painkillers could also cause intestinal bleeding and even worse problems that could kill you. Over 2000 suffers died in this way last year. So is death a fair exchange for pain relief?

Enticing Your Body To Heal

On the whole, scientists are astonished by the amazing functions of human physiology. And arthritic specialists and research scientists are just as astonished. Because under the proper circumstances the body can actually cure chronic illnesses, including arthritis.

It absolutely must be noted that primitive tribes, totally free of the western type diet, are totally free of arthritis and many other modern ailments. That is until one generation have been exposed to the western diet and living conditions. Then all the typical western aliments and illnesses begin to appear with increasing frequency until they equal levels in other western cultures.

Curing Arthritis Forever And Naturally

Here are some tips that will allow you to begin to feel some positive results in the next couple weeks.

5 Points To Address For Treatment

1. Target your sugar consumption! Arthritis has been associated with high levels of sucrose (refined sugar). Begin to cut yourself off of sweets and replace them with healthy alternatives like your favorite fruits or smoothies.

2. Stop drinking from cans immediately. Yes that includes all your favorite canned drinks. Canned or processed foods contain preservatives and other food additives that government agencies say are fine. But when these same ingredients are added to the diets of former primitives, they begin to get sick with all our chronic dieseases. Draw your own conclusions. Start this week with a water flush which could be tough but is achievable. For the caffeine kick in the morning eat an apple. Their are many varieties. Again, it’s tough but it’s achievable.

3. Inhale for Health! Most folks bodies are failing for lack of oxygen. You need to give your joints more oxygen to beat pain. Learn some deep breathing exercises you can do as you go about your daily routine.

4. Exercise! Yeah, you may hate to hear that word. But you must initiate a weight training program to gain more muscle mass. More muscle mass will take stress off of your body and joints. Plus you’ll enjoy the added benefits of looking good and feeling better too.

Lose Centimeters With Ceccarelli Fat Lipolyis

I began my journey with Ceccarelli a while ago, in my quest to lose weight. It is a brand new “innovative fat lipolysis Mesotherapy solution”. It was formulated by Professor Ceccarelli, who is a regenerative, and physiological scientist in Rome. Basically, it uses the Fenton reaction to re-sculpt the body and the face. My doctor kindly described this to me in layman’s terms, but I would suggest that if you would like to read up more on this subject, you can look it up on Wikipedia.

A solution of Vitamin C and iron is mixed in a laboratory, and is then administered by a doctor. For 3 days prior to beginning my treatment, I drank at least 10 glasses of water a day, and took milk thistle tablets 3 times daily. I will continue to do this for at least another week. I was feeling a little anxious about how painful it would be having injections into my stomach, and as to whether there would be any side effects.

Thank goodness, I was pleasantly surprised, as the numerous injections were not painful at all. The assistant put ice on the injected areas, and this was really soothing. I had been warned about bruising, and by the time I got home, some of the bruises were visible. Later on today I am going to lie under the lights at Skin Renewal, which will help with the bruising. They are also going to take my measurements.

I would like to slim down a bit, and yesterday was officially the beginning of my weight loss journey. I ate loads of fresh fruit, vegetables, and salads.. I am going to cut out refined sugar completely, and the only starch I will be allowing myself, will be potatoes. I am also cutting out drinking alcohol during the week, and will only drink light wine on the weekends.

I will continue to measure and weigh myself weekly, and to give you feedback. I know it is a fairly slow process, and I will only know the full inch loss result in about a month’s time. This is because the Ceccarelli slowly causes the fat cells to die (apoptosis). One of the positives for me, is that it is a natural, safe treatment, with no side effects.

I am so excited to see the results, and if all goes well, who knows I may even try this on my face next.

I highly recommend the Skin Renewal clinics for all the following reasons

The doctors are professional, friendly and informative

The therapists are kind, caring and extremely good

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Gastric Bypass Surgery And The Digestive System

We tend to use the term gastric bypass surgery somewhat loosely these days and include both true bypass operations such as the Roux-En-Y and popular and less radical forms of weight loss surgery such as gastric banding. While both have a role to play in curing the problem of obesity, bypass surgery takes full advantage of the body to affect weight loss and, in order to understand just how gastric bypass surgery works, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of the digestive system.

The process of digestion begins as soon as you start to eat when, as you chew your food in your mouth, saliva, which contains the digestive enzyme amylase, is mixed with your food and starts to break down carbohydrates. Although it may not seem an important part of the digestive system, the saliva glands produce about 40% of the amylase used in the digestive process and so chewing your food properly is an essential part of the process.

Food is then passed down the esophagus and into the stomach where muscular contractions mix the food as digestive juices and pepsin are added. In adults the stomach typically holds the equivalent of about 3 pints.

Once thoroughly mixed the food is passed out of the lower end of the stomach through the pylorus, a circular muscle which opens and closes rhythmically to control the flow of food from the stomach.

Having left the stomach food enters the duodenum, which is about 2 feet in length and it the first of three sections that together form the small intestine. Here two other organs of the body come into play – the liver and the pancreas.

The liver passes bile, which is an essential enzyme used in the digestion of fat, into the duodenum and also receives essential nutrients from the duodenum through a series of veins known as the portal veins. The liver itself is thus also responsible for processing food products.

The pancreas, which is principally known as the organ which is responsible for producing insulin, also produces a number of digestive enzymes, including lipase, which mixes with bile in the duodenum to further assist in breaking down fat.

Once food has been mixed with various digestive enzymes in the duodenum it then passes into the jejunum, which is about 6 to 8 feet in length, and then on into the ileum, which is about 10 to 12 feet long, where the digestive process continues and nutrients are extracted.

Once digestion is complete the remaining waste products are passed into the large bowel which plays an important role in absorbing water to prevent excess water loss. Waste products are then held in the large bowel until they are released from the body.

Gastric bypass surgery by bypassing part of the small bowl (the duodenum, jejunum and ileum) restricts the body from absorbing calories from the food that is eaten which, in turn, leads to weight loss. However, it also restricts the absorption of a variety of necessary vitamins and minerals and this explains the need for life-long supplements following surgery.

Natural Allergy Relief For Oak Pollen

Oak pollen allergy sufferers are quite familiar with the huge amounts of pollen that oak trees produce and the allergy symptoms that occur when oak pollen is high. The oak pollen pods resemble little worms and they release their pollen to be carried by the wind, while the pods fall and accumulate on the ground, almost like orangish-brown fuzzy snow.

During the oak pollen season, the effects of the pollen are everywhere, with cars and windows covered with the orange-brown film the pollen creates. Even pavement where the spent pollen pods accumulate will get stained brown. Those suffering from oak pollen allergies can experience severe reactions. Massive sinus drainage, watery eyes, sneezing, and/or coughing will develop that can defy almost any allergy treatment available, at least until the oak pollen subsides.

Severe oak allergy reactions can motivate sufferers to turn to every remedy they can think of, including drastic measures like steroid injections. Some will decide to handle the situation once and for all by starting allergy shots, even though the needles are less than pleasant, without realizing that it often takes years to finally get results.

Many oak allergy sufferers will seek out natural relief from treatments like nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, homeopathy and/or acupuncture, and all of these forms of treatment will provide some degree of temporary relief for the majority of people. But what if there was a way to do more than just suppress allergy symptoms?

But what if there was another way to deal with allergies that gets rid of the problem long-term as seen with allergy shots, but gets results in days and doesn’t require getting stuck with needles repeatedly? Well, there actually is a way to do this, using “energy medicine” techniques.

The most widely-practiced of these natural allergy relief methods is NAET, which stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique. Dr. Devi Nambudripad is a chiropractor and acupuncturist from California who accidentally discovered how stimulating specific acupuncture meridians while being exposed to the allergens one reacts to can reset the body so that it no longer reacts to those allergens.

Since NAET was first developed in the 1980’s, other similar techniques have been developed that are more streamlined, but NAET is still the most popular. All energy-based allergy elimination techniques are definitely strange and can seem like they are too good to be true, but in eight years of practicing Allergy and Sensitivity Elimination and Reprogramming Technique (ASERT), a newer, more efficient version of allergy elimination based on the underlying principles of NAET, I have found it to be extremely effective on even the most severe and chronic of allergy sufferers.

Because these techniques are so strange and because I practice in San Antonio, an area where a high percentage of the population is still extremely skeptical of alternative medicine, I do the allergy desensitization on people and let them experience the results before they pay me. I use the honor system with regards to the allergy elimination procedure I use in my office – I do the full allergy elimination procedure and patients pay me after the fact when they are satisfied that the treatment was effective for them. The vast majority send me checks or call me with a credit card number, which I think is a dramatic testament to the effectiveness of this technique.

The great part about these techniques is that the results occur quickly. In the case of seasonal allergies like those to oak pollen, symptoms may be severe for weeks at a time, so allergy sufferers seek out some form of natural allergy relief that takes effect quickly, rather than a treatment approach like allergy shots that can take years to be effective, and rather than treatments that have potentially serious side-effects such as steroid drugs. Energy-based allergy elimination provides relief within a day or two and does so without the risk of side-effects.

Better yet, the effects of energy-based allergy elimination last for several months to several years because these techniques actually get rid of the allergies, not just suppress allergy symptoms and inflammation. So, oak allergy sufferers can usually go through multiple oak seasons without any problems without ongoing treatment after going through the allergy desensitization.

Although NAET practitioners often claim that the effects of NAET are permanent, which they may be in some cases, it has been my experience that allergies can re-develop, particularly after somone is sick with a cold or flu, or suffers a major trauma during a high pollen season. It appears that the body may develop allergies in a “guilt by association” manner in which an activation of the body’s immune system and inflammatory response from something other than pollen may become associated with the presence of a given allergen, thus triggering a reaction to the allergen. In other words, if you catch the flu during a time when oak pollen is high, it is not unusual to develop oak allergies.

In any case, energy-based allergy desensitization is very much for real, and it offers fast, effective natural allergy relief for oak pollen allergies, as well as any other type of allergy (including airborne allergens, foods, and skin-contact allergies).

The Ovarian Cysts-Their Types And Incidence

For the people of our society, going to the doctor and taking periodically medical examinations has become something usual and needful. The number of ovarian cysts diagnoses has risen because of the implementation of ultrasound technology and because women come now regularly to be consulted by the doctor. Of course, if a woman finds that she has an ovarian cyst , she will be terrified, believing that cyst is malign. But, fortunately, most of the ovarian cysts are benign.

In their normal functioning, the ovaries produce every month small cysts, which are named Graafian follicles. At the middle of the cycle, only one follicle, the most developed one, which has up to 2.8 cm in diameter, delivers a mature oocyte.

The follicle that developed the mature oocyte becomes the corpus luteum, having a maturity size of 1.5-2 cm and a cystic center structure. If fertilization of the oocyte intervenes, the corpus luteum first enlarges, and then its size decreases gradually during pregnancy period. But if fertilization of the oocyte does not take place, it suffers shrinkage and fibrosis.

Functional cysts are named those cysts which appear in the normal process of ovulation, and they are always benign. Gonadotropins can stimulate these cysts, and if there is an excessive gonadotropin sensitivity or stimulation, there might appear multiple functional cysts. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome may occur in many cases of treatments for infertility, as a result of ovulation induction with gonadotropins or rarely clomiphene citrate, mostly if there is a hCG administration too.

If the overgrowth of the cells inside of the ovary is not right, that may lead to the apparition of neoplastic cysts, which can be benign or malignant. The most frequent malignant neoplasms appear from the surface epithelium, and these cancers have benign correspondents that are serous and mucinous cystadenomas. There exist also, other malignant ovarian tumors that have in composition germ cell tumors from primordial germ cells and granulosa cell tumors from sex cord stromal cells. The form of germ cell tumor which contains elements from all 3 embryonic germ layers is called teratoma.

Other cysts are the endometriomas. They appear from the ectopic endometrium and are filled with blood.

In the US, the transvaginal sonograms analyses discover that almost all premenopausal women have ovarian cysts and, in the postmenopausal women category, about 14.8% have that too. Most of the cysts are benign and functional in nature.

Annually, in the US, 22,000 women are diagnosed having ovarian carcinomas, from which 16,000 are serious cases, causing death. Every year, there appear about 15 cases of ovarian carcinomas per 100,000 women. About 20% of malignant ovarian tumors,

approximately 2% of granulosa cell tumors and less than 5% of malignant germ cell tumors have low malignant potential.

The patients with ovarian carcinoma usually are diagnosed too late. Mortality is related to the stage of the disease, when it is diagnosed. It is very important that ovarian carcinoma to be detected in its early times. Generally, there is a 5 years survival rate, and this rate is varying between 86.9% for stage Ia and 11.1% for stage IV.

Most germ cell tumors can be diagnosed in early times and they have an excellent result.

An 82% survival rate is associated to granulosa cell tumors, and in what concerns advanced-stage dysgerminomas, it is known that they have a better outcome then nondysgerminomatous germ cell tumors.Generally, the survival rate is 86.2% at 5 years.

Abnormal uterine bleeding, torsion, rupture, pain, hemorrhage can be caused by benign cysts. They rarely cause death, but mucinous cystadenomas can provoke peritonea, which is in most of the cases fatal.

The effects of the malignant ovarian cystic tumors can be vomitation, indigestion,early satiety, bowel obstruction, nausea, heartburn, abnormal uterine bleeding. These tumors can cause severe morbidity, including pain, deep venous thrombosis, and dyspnea.

Young patients may experience precocious puberty while the older ones postmenopausal bleeding, as a result of the estrogen’s action secreted by the cystic granulosa cell tumors.

Studies have revealed that women from Asia, Africa, and Latin America are not so frequently affected as women from northern and western Europe and North America.

In the group of women aged between 30-54 years, the highest incidence is in white women, , followed by Japanese, Hispanic, and Filipino women. Between 55-69 years, white women are most exposed, then Hispanic and Japanese women. For the group of women aged 70 years or older, the highest rate appears among white women, then on those who have African descent and then Hispanic women.

Germ tumors mostly appear in the adolescence, tumors of low malignant potential develop at about 44 years old, but epithelial ovarian cystadenocarcinomas, mesenchymal tumors and sex cord stromal tumors grow up exponentially with age till you reach 60 years old, when is the point of the incidence plateaus.

It is very important for every woman to take often medical consultations, because the sooner this tumors are discovered, the chances of survival grow.

Candida and Red Hands and Feet, What Causes It, How to Cure It

Candida and red hands and feet often times go hand in hand. A symptom of candida or a yeast infection are red hands and feet. So what causes candida and how do you get rid of it?

Candida and red hands and feet are caused by an imbalance in the body’s ph level as well as a poor diet that usually consists of high amounts of sugar, carbohydrates, yeast products, and acidic foods. People who currently take or have taken antibiotics and steroids also experience outbreaks of candida and yeast infections.

Candida needs moist, warm, dark places in order to survive. It also needs a living host. It feeds on carbohydrates, sugars, yeast products, and starches. Foods with high amounts of acid in them throw your ph level off, and an acidic ph level in your body provides the feeding ground for disease and illness to survive.

In order to cure your candida and red hands and feet, you will need to take an honest look at your eating habits and your current lifestyle. Though there are over the counter drugs that will cure your candida and red hands and feet, that cure will only be temporary.

An increase in vegetables high in fiber and low in starches such as broccoli, celery, radish, and asparagus will help. Also eating more lemons and limes will help balance your ph level as they metabolize in the body as alkaline solutions and lower the acidic level of your ph. Also be sure to cut back drastically on your nicotine and caffeine intake as these also do not help your efforts.

Candida and red hands and feet can be cured, and it is actually fairly simple with the right knowledge. The hardest part is sticking to a plan that consists of new foods and a well balanced diet.

Some Reasons Why Incarceration Does Not Work Very Well

There is no satisfactory answer to why people become criminals. Theft crimes, for example, rise and fall with unemployment, but that’s only one of many factors. Trouble sometimes begins with birth into environments of physical, sexual, or substance abuse, criminal activity, divorce, head injuries, poverty and ignorance. But none of those precursors causes crime. Most people with those disadvantages do not become criminals. Criminals also come from the better side of the tracks. In his book Inside the Criminal Mind, Dr. Stanton E. Samenow, a clinical psychologist, powerfully demolishes much of the conventional wisdom portraying criminals as victims of their parents, poverty, mental illnesses and life circumstances. Instead, Dr. Samenow found that criminals are defined by how they think; and they definitely think differently than law-abiding people. Most criminals are manipulative, use people as they please, fancy themselves in control, con others successfully, posture as tough guys and do not like to work hard at school or regular jobs. They thrive on intimidation and stealth. Crooks dish it out, but cannot take criticism. A minority pity their victims. Most have little remorse until caught. Crime progresses when these profoundly selfish young people bully others, get high, sell drugs, steal, gamble, rob stores, join gangs, rape and participate in violence, thrill seeking, intimidation and depravity. Drugs, intoxicants, theft, gangs, sex, violence or some combination of them help create new age slaves. People decide to disobey the law for their own self-centered reasons.

Prisons are supposed to act as a deterrent to criminal activity. Being unpleasant, potential offenders should be so afraid of going to prison that they do not commit crimes. But it doesn’t work that way. That’s how law-abiding citizens think. The criminal mind works differently, with less foresight and conscience. Criminals enjoy the excitement and risks, do not anticipate capture, and instead focus on what they want. By one computation, only 1.2% of burglaries result in the burglar going to prison. A low risk of punishment increases crime. Successful burglars celebrate their accomplishments. Good deterrents are certain, severe and swift. Prison is not certain, probation or youthful offender status often being granted or crimes are not even prosecuted. Prison is not always perceived as severe. Many never see a prison until they arrive. Inmates often sleep or just sit in their cells. When Mike Tyson first went to juvenile detention, it was like a reunion for him, because so many of his friends and acquaintances were already there – of course he was one of the few who did not worry about being attacked. Confinement is definitely not swift, either in the judicial process or in the sentence itself. Prisons are usually very bad places to be, but the prospect of going there fails to deter massive numbers of crimes and criminals. Out of sight, out of mind. Criminals do not always know or compute the number of years they are likely to serve for a given crime. They do not usually believe they will be caught. When they arrive behind bars, offenders often think they are the victims, that they got a raw deal in life, that they would plan better next time, that prison is a mark of accomplishment for a gangster like them, etc.

Youth, gender, and lack of education, more than other factors, explain violent crime. Well over half of all prisoners in America are high school dropouts. The vast majority are males. Males between the ages of 16 and 28 commit an overwhelming percentage of violent crimes, including first-degree murder. The very basic leading cause of violent crime in America is young male aggression in one form or another. Younger offenders are more likely to fail at probation or parole than are older convicts. In 2008, 45% of all murder victims were 20 to 34 years old. Studies show the human brain does not fully develop until age 28.

Prisons are revolving doors for recidivists. The number released is about equal to the number imprisoned. Every year, a large and poorly disciplined American army of released prisoners – over 700,000 ex-cons – goes back to the streets, many to make the world worse. Released prisoners carry extremely high rates of communicable diseases, AIDS, HIV infection, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and tuberculosis, often undiagnosed, into their communities, families and neighborhoods. Released convicts face many re-entry obstacles, most do not make the transition successfully, and huge numbers are recycled back into prison. Instead of making people less prone to commit crimes, prisons increase the likelihood that convicts will commit more crimes upon the completion of their sentences. Prisons, especially overcrowded ones where different levels of offenders are mixed together, are “criminogenic,” they cause more crime. Prisons are, as Jens Soering’s 2004 book title reveals, An Expensive Way to Make Bad People Worse.

Possessions are removed, family excluded, sexual desire frustrated. The sex ratio is at its most forbidding for normal sex, 100% of one sex versus zero of the opposite sex. Sexual deviancy increases. Life is unpleasant. Sanity depends upon mental toughness. Worries remain. Most prisoners are unhappy, many all of the time. Pagan, satanic, racist and occult religious texts are much more popular in prison than outside. Many contemplate, attempt or commit suicide or self-mutilation. The suicide rate for American prisoners is five to 15 times greater than it is for the general American population. Fewer chaplains and programs for inmates exist than in prior years.

We take every prisoner away from spouses, friends and family, constantly replicating the awful fate of many antebellum slaves. The free world isolates and abandons prisoners with long sentences. Many prisoners do not receive any visits from friends or family. Solid barriers separate the prisoner and any visitors during visits. Social isolation harms the prisoner’s self-esteem, as rejection often does, including the isolation we start with, suspending and expelling students from school. Gangs then successfully recruit members in prison from among the isolates, metastasizing their anti-social ideas and breeding virulent racism and religious bigotry. Prisonization occurs, which is the process whereby prisoners take on the penitentiary’s sick underclass values, codes and dogma. The longer the prison sentence, the more prisonization affects the prisoner.

The closed environment of prison is kept from view because prisons severely restrict the media’s access, routinely prohibit press interviews, and monitor and censor mail and telephone communications. Dreadful things often do not receive investigation or publicity. Through the centuries, lack of communication between prison and the outside world allowed abuses to grow undetected inside the closed prison environment.

Prisons harm people in several ways, but do not make enough of them “penitent.” Incarceration teaches depravity, affects minds adversely, and then releases its damaged products into the free world on their mandatory release date or on parole. Prisons are warehouses for criminal minds. Criminals learn better how to commit crimes, but not how to be productive in the free world or how to abandon their selfishness. Solid evidence proves that returning parolees increase crime rates in their neighborhoods.

In the last 20 years, the use of segregation or solitary confinement has increased markedly, far more than the already skyrocketing prison population as a whole, worsening outcomes and significantly increasing expense to the prison system. Solitary confinement – known as isolation, punitive segregation, disciplinary segregation, segregated housing, and other names – causes psychiatric harm in manifold ways, especially to those with previous mental illnesses. Solitary confinement can cause psychotic disorganization, self-destructive behavior, delusions, panic attacks, paranoia and an inability to adapt to the general prison population. Hypersensitivity, rage, aggression, plus memory, concentration and impulse-control problems also can stem from segregated housing units. Intolerance of social interaction is one of the more common results. America’s Super-Max Prisons improve safety for correctional staff and are essentially jails within prisons, increasingly concentrating dangerous inmates in solitary confinement instead of dispersing troublemakers throughout the system. Prisoners typically receive only one hour per day outside their Super-Max cell, often alone. Nelson Mandela knew men in prison who preferred half a dozen lashes with a whip to solitary confinement. Mandela wrote that the absence of human companionship is most dehumanizing. Modern psychiatrists agree with Charles Dickens and Nelson Mandela. Speaking of the ill effects of solitary confinement, Harvard psychiatrist Stuart Grassian, M.D. said our systems of solitary confinement, “deeply offend any sense of common human decency.” When one reads the names of a few famous criminals housed in Super-Max, sympathy declines, which is probably why our society permits this clean version of hell.

Our society does a poor job of punishing someone’s first few crimes. We most often opt for probation, juvenile court or youthful offender status. Very inconsistent aspects of the criminal justice system involve the decision whether to grant probation or send someone to prison at each of several junctures. Fines are meaningless for criminals without money or property, so only one hard punishment now exists. Convicted felons either go to the misery of prison or receive a very light punishment: probation. Probation often sets them up for a prison sentence. Many receive probation, do not learn their lesson, offend again, and eventually go to prison. The need for intermediate punishments was highlighted in Graham v. Florida, a recent Supreme Court decision, where a juvenile received probation for his first offense of armed burglary with assault or battery, and for his second offense of home invasion robbery, got life-without-parole. Juvenile court may shield their first few crimes from scrutiny, because juvenile records often don’t count in adult courts. Young offenders sometimes have to rack up one or two felonies as an adult before they go to prison. Convicts regret committing that very last crime, the one that sends them to prison. Deciding whether to punish with a feather or a sledgehammer does not give criminal judges much flexibility.

We built massive corrections systems without any scientific proof they were effective as deterrence or rehabilitation and with no recent effort to make them profitable. It’s as if we put a toxic chemical in consumer products without any toxicity studies. Modern researchers – along with the rest of us – tend to ignore and forget prisons and prisoners. Scientific research is still woefully lacking given the enormity of the current crisis. Incredibly, there are no rigorous studies or statistics about people who change their thought patterns, behavior and criminal lifestyle after soul-searching in prison. We do not know how to succeed. The architecture of prisons is impressive from the outside, but the way to successfully deal with their inhabitants has always been uncertain and unproven.

Idealists originally thought penitentiaries would make prisoners penitent, leading to religious conversions and rehabilitation. To accomplish this, they did the worst thing they could do: they isolated prisoners in a very bad environment. Sometimes prisoners had to keep silent, another form of solitary confinement. Cutting off prisoners from society made it difficult for inmates to keep their sanity or cope on the outside. Isolation from normal society made it that much easier to learn criminal ways inside the prison. Prisoners lost feelings of self-worth. While appropriate punishment promotes pro-social cooperation in normal human society, punishment that completely removes individuals from cooperative society also deprives normal society of any pro-social behavior brought about by that punishment.

Idealists and vindictive people who did not understand the effects of confinement wanted others, beneath themselves, to go there, just as non-drinkers obtained passage of the Eighteenth Amendment to initiate Prohibition: another failed social experiment. The public agreed to the idea of prisons because it got rid of the problem temporarily and seemed better than capital and corporal punishment. Imprisonment was considered civilized and modern. Prisons were out of sight, so slumbering humanity could ignore them. Idealists gave birth to a monster, just as those who sought to create a workers’ paradise had done. Few of the great ideals and theories about penitentiaries produced a system that worked as anticipated. Most reform efforts merely made an impractical institution better for several years in certain locations.

Abandonment of corporal punishment in favor of incarceration turned out to be a change from an emphasis on rehabilitation within normal society to one on incapacitation outside it. Reformers thought they would isolate prisoners and shape their behavior. They placed prisoners in the equivalent of Skinner boxes, but then provided very few rewards or punishments inside those cells. The all-powerful pro-social forces of school, family, church, employment and community were abandoned, subtracted from the process. Prisons rewarded inactivity with food, clothing and shelter, but pro-social activity was nearly impossible to have or reward inside the cell. Concentration on specific prisoner behavior became logistically and financially prohibitive. Altruistic punishment and the cooperation it supports work best in smaller groups, but those small groups were abandoned in favor of huge groups.

In addition to keeping prisoners in, prisons made it tough for free people to enter them for purposes of assistance or monitoring. Monitoring prison conditions over the course of many years became even more difficult for outsiders to accomplish. The inability to shape prisoner behavior was obvious well before we built a million cells. Regular attention to individual behavior only comes about when a financial incentive exists for those in control to monitor individuals.

Crime victims are not satisfied, society and taxpayers pay an enormous price, massive amounts of time and money are wasted, correctional professionals are frustrated and overworked, and prisoners come out of prison in worse shape after years of bullying, violence and isolation. In a land rightly concerned about the declining percentage of younger workers who have to support increasing numbers of retirees, we cage millions of young, able-bodied people and keep them inactive most of the time. When the Thirteenth Amendment specifically allowed involuntary servitude as punishment for crime, we halted almost all of it decades ago. Only a tiny fraction work hard behind bars. Former Chief Justice Warren Burger called for making prisons “factories behind fences,” but special interests thwarted most attempts to expand prison labor.

By taking over two million workers out of the economy, we create labor shortages. Foreign workers, many of them illegal aliens, are then enticed to work in the United States. If we counted prisoners in the national unemployment calculations, the unemployment rate would rise significantly, because about 1.5% of the entire U.S. civilian labor force is sitting behind bars. Every prisoner requires direct financial subsidy and we suffer lost production, a true cost of inactivity. Our current system preserves “often intolerably stupid and unjust practices,” just as one prison historian noted early in the twentieth century. During incarceration, the social support network prisoners need to survive on the outside is destroyed or damaged. Mass imprisonment hurts the entire American economy and the families who are without family members at home. Prisons deprive American families of family members, and the American sex ratio is unbalanced as a result. Poorer communities and families suffer. Kids grow up without parents. Over half of male prisoners are fathers; many female inmates are mothers. Without doubt, children with parents in prison are far more likely to go there themselves.

By no means does this short article spell out all the reasons modern mass incarceration is a disaster. But you get the general idea: change is needed.

The Best Jaundice Diet – What Diet Should You Stick To?

If you have jaundice, you are probably aware that the diet is one of the most important aspects of the treatment. First, lets clarify that the diet, which you should stick to, if you have jaundice, is something very different from the natural cure for jaundice. The diet is simply designed to slow down the accumulation of waste products in your blood, and as a result – giving your liver more time to heal, while you apply the natural treatment. Read on to learn more.

What is a good diet for jaundice?

The best jaundice diet includes only fruits, vegetables, potatoes and soup. Fruits should be eaten during the day, and baked or boiled potato should be eaten for dinner. Following this regimen will help your liver maintain low levels of bilirubin in the blood, and as a result you have a higher chance of healing.

Can a simple diet cure jaundice?

Not exactly. Of course, jaundice can be eliminated naturally, but the diet has a different place here. As we already said, the diet simply slows down the bad effects of the disease. How does the natural treatment work then? Well, it is simply one more factor, which you add to your diet. Once you do that, your body will be supplied with the proper tools, which it needs, in order to regenerate your liver, and lower the amount or bilirubin in the blood. Since jaundice is most often than not, caused by liver problems, it is very important to stay alcohol-free during this process, and avoid fats, which when broken down in the blood – produce a lot of waste products, which in turn – your liver cannot eliminate. If you stick to those simple rules, and follow the jaundice diet, you will be free from the disease in no time. Jaundice is extremely dangerous, and should not be taken lightly – the liver is a very vital organ, and if the disease is left untreated blood intoxication occurs, leading to very serious complications.

The SSRI Side Effects – What You Should Know

Before discussing the potential SSRI side effects a brief description is in order. An SSRI is an antidepressant type drug that is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI for short. It is most commonly prescribed for the treatment of conditions such as anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (a severe form of PMS), and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Some of the things that an SSRI can do for you is increase energy, improve mood, and enhance your ability to have deep restful sleep. These can lead to a renewed interest in ordinary activities and learning to appreciate life once again. In other words, there are many benefits to be enjoyed by taking an SSRI. Unfortunately, for some the SSRI side effects outweigh those benefits.

The first potential side effect worth mentioning is the slight increase in a potential for increasing depression which may or may not include suicidal thoughts. If you feel that your symptoms of depression are growing worse after you begin taking an SSRI or notice violent mood swings, thoughts of harming yourself or others, uncontrollable anger, or an overwhelming sense of despair you should immediately contact your prescribing doctor.

Some SSRI side effects can enhance or aggravate existing conditions or predispositions. If you have a familial history of liver problems, kidney problems, kidney disease, bipolar (manic depressive) disorder, seizures, stomach ulcers, dehydration, low blood sodium, or suicide attempts then you may discover that an SSRI is not a good choice for you. An SSRI should not be taken while pregnant due to potential withdrawal problems after the baby is born.

Other side effects impact quality of life. These side effects aren’t necessarily severe but can be disruptive. They include: dizziness, headache, drowsiness, excessive yawning, fatigue, dry mouth, and nausea. Other symptoms you may recognize as SSRI side effects are: loss of interest in sexual activities, blurred vision, restlessness, numbness, and shakiness. If you experience the latter symptoms you should notify your doctor in case they are symptoms of something more. Also notify your doctor if your heartbeat becomes erratic or irregular, if you notice that you are bruising more easily, or your stool and/or vomit begins to have the consistency of coffee grounds.

Because of the risk for interactions with other medications it is vital that you offer complete honesty when discussing other medications you are taking with your doctor. This includes drugs that are not necessarily legal, vitamins, herbal supplements, over the counter medications, and prescriptions provided by other physicians.

To take an SSRI should be a decision made between you and your physician. Knowing about the possible SSRI side effects will help you make an informed decision about whether or not it is the best choice for you. If side effects are a concern there are natural and herbal alternatives you can discuss with your health care team.

The Seven Evils of Fast Food – And Why I Still Eat It!

There’s nothing wrong with food being fast. To walk into an eatery, order a meal and get it in five minutes is great. But there’s a trade-off when commercial pressures come into the story.

Here are the seven evils of fast food. Avoid them if you can — it IS possible if you buy with care.

 1. Substandard Ingredients

No, not everywhere, nor all food in a particular outlet. But large chains and the wholesale suppliers to smaller places have a grand opportunity to offload low-quality ingredients processed to make them acceptable, especially in highly-flavored food (see #2 and #3 below). 

The worst ‘offenses’ involve mechanically reclaimed meat and using emulsifiers and polyphosphates to retain processing water in meat. How can you tell? When you can see a nutrition table, look for the protein to fat ratio. Lean meat will be around 3:1 protein, depending a little on the animal and breed. Highly-processes ground meat products such as sausage and kebab meat can vary from 1:1 to 3:1 fat, with a third of the weight added water. Without printed evidence, you’ll have to educate your palate!

So be aware, and look for better quality food; most Indian places use good, fresh ingredients, for example, whereas a lot of Chinese outlets buy in highly-processed partly-prepared ingredients to go with the fresh stuff. That’s not a hard-and-fast rule; use common sense to choose your store. Burger joints vary from fastidiously pure food to utter garbage in both meat and sauces — and Macdonald’s and Burger King are better than most for purity. But their desserts, shakes and soft drinks are another matter — read on!

 2. Fat and Sugar For That Blobby Feeling

These are the staples of most quick preparation foods. This is particularly because frying is speedy and sugar is the core of desserts and drinks. At least the oils used today are healthier than the old saturated animal fats.  You’ll already be aware that a high fat, high sugar diet is unhealthy. An occasional fast food meal should be no problem nutritionally — your body is great at dealing with infrequent overload. But do you fool yourself that your take-away every lunch and every night is ‘occasional’?

Both fat and sugar are addictive (see #7) and combine to make the best way to pick up atherosclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, heart attacks and cancer — if that’s your choice of future.

 3. Salt Can Lead To Hypertension

To most punters, tasty equals salty. But salty equals hypertension equals high blood pressure equals collapsed arteries and heart failure. Eating less salt is impossible if you major on fast food, because you don’t control salt addition and if a fast food joint left it out, most of its customers wouldn’t come back.

The result is that a fast food diet is almost always a high-salt diet.

 4. Low Fiber Equals Gut Problems

By customer demand, most fries are skinless and bread, pasta and rice are white.  The fiber is stripped away to give you what was once a luxury food, but now is the cheap, health-free option. Fast foods rarely include much fruit or vegetables by weight — they tend to be garnishes. When most of the other calories come from refined oils and sugar, fast food meals as a whole are very low in fiber. 

This is the cause of sluggish digestion, dyspepsia and poor food absorption and poisoning from inefficient waste elimination. It’s also reckoned to seriously increase some cancer risks (especially that all too common colon cancer).

If you eat a lot of fast food and other low-fiber stuff, you’ll be liable to the usual constipation and dyspepsia. If it’s an occasional treat and you usually eat plenty of vegetables and other fiber-rich food, no problem.

 5. Additives Can Mess Up Your Body

Many food additives are fine, but that’s not always the case with fast foods. Preservatives are often mild poisons, artificial flavorings can mess up your digestion’s signaling system and many commercial colours promote allergies in a large minority while they disguise bad ingredients. Watch out for places that use all of these to boost bad food.

You’ll probably know already if you are particularly sensitive to any of the more dire additives, like azo dyes or benzoates, and you’ll have the problem of finding out whether the fast food you’re looking at is free of your particular horror. Tough! The friers and counter staff usually haven’t a clue what’s in their food. If it’s a large chain, you just might find that they have a recipe book for inspection.

 6. Nutrient-Poor — You get Sick

This evil is maybe the worst problem with fast food, as well as other ready meals from supermarkets and those cheaper restaurants that buy in chilled and frozen meals ready to microwave, grill and and fry for you. 

Many ingredients, from oils and flour to sauces and pickles, are given a long shelf life for convenience. This involves removing the part of the food that spoils quickly and adding artificial preservatives. Problem is, the preservatives are mostly bad for you and the stuff removed is the fiber, plant sterols, vitamins and other natural ingredients that you need to eat to stay healthy.

That’s why most people today are sick in body and listless, prone to illnesses and body breakdown like diabetes, arthritis and cancer. Being like this is, for most people, a choice, not inevitable. If you choose this kind of food as your staple diet, you choose the consequences, too.

 7. Addictive — You can’t Stop The Gorging

A key reason so many people major on fast food is its addictiveness — I’ve given the reasons for that above. It’s similar to that for nicotine and can have similar withdrawal symptoms. The usual result is that you eat far more food than you can burn up for energy, and it gets stored as fat.  We’re a society of fatties, as you can’t avoid knowing.  Type II diabetes, heart problems, rheumatic diseases like arthritis, bodily breakdown from the load you have to permanently carry and cancers are the usual consequence — and the age that the trouble begins is steadily coming down.

Be aware, and you can reduce your dependency on this kind of food, wherever you buy it.

So In Summary…

Overall, then, fast food can be a seriously quick way to Bad Health, with an unpleasant long-term future for you if you make this kind of food a way of life. But if you choose your outlet and meal carefully, fast food can be a delight and at least fairly healthy. Even the most fastidious foodie can indulge once in a while!

I ought to finish, though, by reminding you that Fast Food isn’t the only kind that has these Seven Evils! Most people in the West have sick bodies because their whole diet is based on prepacked, processed food with (as we say) all the goodness taken out. Government agencies all through Europe, North America and Oceania have been flagging up these problems for decades, yet public health steadily gets worse. You can’t have missed those Public Health campaigns, nor the media fuss over every new medical report all governments produce on ‘The State Of The Nation’s Health’.

Yet if you’re a ‘normal’ member of Western Society, you’ll have spent little of your attention on these ‘scare campaigns’, and a lot more on believing the thousands of adverts promising a wonderful lifestyle if only you’ll eat their heavily-advertised junk food. It amounts to, “Indulge yourself, and you’ll be happy,” with the suggestion that you can eat treats many times a day without any consequences to your health.

Our ancestors knew better. They called this kind of eating ‘gluttony’, and told their kids exactly what the consequences would be. And they were right.

Gall Bladder Pain – How to Differentiate This Serious Type of Stomach Pain

Gall bladder pain is induced by gallstones that grow in the organ that keeps bile, your gale bladder. Gallstones are amassed group of hardened stomach liquids and they can span in dimension from a speck of sand to the volume of a ping-pong ball. Most gallstones remain tiny and result in no gall bladder pain, the ones that end up large enough are either controlled via surgery or drugs that dissolve the stones over many years.

Gall bladder symptoms consist of extreme discomfort that unexpectedly appears in the center of the torso on the right side and under the sternum. There is a particular name for this pain, it is called biliary colic and is also known as a gall bladder attack. Some people also get nausea which results in vomiting when they experience a pain attack.

The occurrence of gall bladder attacks usually varies, together with the length of each attack. It typically takes a few years before gallstones are large enough to lead to discomfort. A standard biliary colic is done after a couple hours, while some attacks merely persist a few minutes. Attacks strike in random intervals, they can happen many times a week or there may even be an entire year separating attacks. There is little that can be done to reduce the pain during an attack, medication or burping and passing gas do not work.

Major symptoms are torso pain so awful that no stance gives any relief, a high fever with the chills and yellowing of the skin or eyes. More familiar stomach issues like gas, burping, bloating or heart burn are not warning signs of gall bladder pain and more likely signify acid reflux disease, a peptic ulcer or other digestive problem.

If you notice any kind of abdominal pain as discussed above, it is best to schedule an appointment with your doctor. If you believe that you are having problems with your gall bladder, it is a good decision to get a final diagnosis from a general practitioner since it is a tricky condition to diagnosis and manage on your own.

A cholecystectomy, or surgery to remove your gall bladder, could be the correct plan of action for you if you endure gallstones. Many experts theorize about the position this small organ played in our evolution but all this organ does nowadays is store the liver’s bile until it is required by the intestines. Without the gall bladder, your liver is simply connected straight to your intestines. This body part is not required to live and most people have very normal lives without one. The largest side effect is typically increased incidences of diarrhea.

Specific risk factors including demographics, family history and diet increase your risk of developing gallstones. If you are at risk for developing gallstones, or have had similar issues in the past, there are some foods you will want to get more of. Fat and cholesterol advance the development of gallstones. People who have diets high in fiber and vitamins are less prone to experience these problems in their lifetime.

Home Remedy For Acid Reflux With 3 Common Kitchen Items

If you are like most people with acid reflux, then the easiest way to find relief is to pop a few tablets of antacids or acid blockers. However, this is a short-term solution and you may suffer from unwanted side effects. You can find some remedies at home which are as effective as these medications. In addition, most of the time, you don’t have to worry about the side effects. In fact, you should be able to prepare your own home remedy with some of the common items in your kitchen.

Black strap molasses can be used as home remedy for acid reflux. The only thing that is going to bother you is the taste. It has the abilities to protect your esophagus by creating a protective layer due to its stickiness. It also heals any injured areas in your esophagus due to the exposure of stomach acid. Acid reflux can sometimes cause sore throat when you wake up in the morning. You can soothe it with black strap molasses. If you can’t tolerate the taste you can use honey instead. Honey shares similar traits as black strap molasses. For relief, just take at least 2 teaspoons a day.

Ginger root is a common ingredient in cooking. It helps to improve digestion, treat inflammatory and nausea. This is how you can prepare ginger root tea as home remedy for acid reflux. Peel the skin and rub the ginger root against a grater. Place the grated ones into a pot of boiling water. If you find it too strong or bitter, then add some lemon juice or honey. Ginger tea can be purchased any any health store but it may contain caffeine. As you know, caffeine can aggravate the condition of acid reflux.

Another kitchen item that you use to treat acid reflux is baking soda. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 cup of water. Drink it and you will burp in a short while. This solution acts a buffer against the acid in the stomach. Never try to mix baking soda with vinegar. It can damage the mucous lining of your gastrointestinal tract.

These three ingredients are easily available at home and they don’t cost a lot of money. It just take a few minutes to prepare these simple home remedies to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux. However, if they don’t work, then you need to see your doctor especially if your condition is severe. You may need proper treatments for acid reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease which can lead to more serious complications.

8 Foods To Enjoy On An Acid Reflux Diet

You already know what foods you need to avoid on your acid reflux diet, but you may not be entirely familiar with foods that you can enjoy without having to worry about causing symptoms.

Not only can you eat these foods, they can also help to stop reflux attacks as they happen. You can eat them each day as part of your acid reflux diet because they are very healthy and won’t cause excess acid:

* Ginger – fresh ginger can be purchased at your local grocery store and can be sliced, grated or chopped, and added into meals that you are cooking or added into a drink. Ginger has been used historically to deal with stomach issues and to reduce nausea symptoms.

* Salad – a meal in a bowl, basically, that can be concocted from any number of fresh vegetables and fruits with various toppings. Avoid adding heavy ingredients like cheese and creamy or oily salad dressings.

* Fennel – a unique vegetable that has a bulb and a top, much like a carrot. The root area can be sliced and eaten in a salad, as can the tops. Fennel has a unique taste, like black licorice, and is extremely useful for calming stomach acids.

* Poultry – namely turkey, chicken or game hen – suitable for those who are on an acid reflux diet because the meat is light and low in fat. Do not eat the skin, because it is very high in fat.

* Aloe Vera – can be purchased in health food stores in liquid form, or can be harvested fresh from your own house plant. The gelatinous interior of the leaves can be added to drinks or meals or used in a tea.

* Bananas and Melons – fruits that are seemingly designed for people on an acid reflux diet.

* Shellfish, such as lobster, prawns and scallops are low in fat and extremely nutritional. Preparation is the key, so broil or bake or barbecue them, and never dip them in melted butter or fry them.

* Parsley – an herb that seems unassuming, but can be added to just about anything that you are eating. It is especially helpful in reducing stomach acids.

Just because you have to change the way that you eat on an acid reflux diet does not mean that you have to sacrifice taste. Many of the foods that do not cause reflux are even more tasty than the foods you have to stop eating.