The Dangerous Effects of Alcoholism

The dangerous effects of alcoholism are numerous and potentially fatal, not to mention destructive to the alcoholic’s work, family, goals, and relationships in general. The physical side effects of alcoholism are:

Effect of Alcohol on The Brain

Alcohol acts as a depressant on the brain, most strongly affecting the area that governs inhibitions and judgment. In many cases the alcoholic is seeking just that: liberation from anxiety, shyness, rigidity of thinking, and also the euphoric feeling that accompanies the release of such emotional restrictions.

The temporary loss of judgment and inhibitions explain why some people are “happy drunks,” while others become angry and hostile. The happy drunk seems to get along with everyone because he loses his ability to accurately judge others. Everyone becomes his friend, and he is the life of the party. He also loses his inhibitions – which in normal life restrict him and cause him social anxiety.

The angry drunk also loses his inhibitions, which when sober restrict him from expressing his emotions, especially, anger. His loss of inhibition translates into loss of anger management and personal self-control.

So while much study has been undertaken to try and develop a working model of the alcoholic personality, it has not been possible to do so because various personality types become alcoholics for a variety of reasons. It is certain though that alcoholism does the same physiological damage to the individual’s brain, nervous system, and liver, regardless of his personality and behavior.

In spite of the initial euphoria experienced by the drinker, consumption of more alcohol leads to a more depressed state. The circulation and respiratory systems also become depressed, so that a severe consumption of alcohol can lead to stupor, coma and even death.

As the brain suffers from bouts of alcoholism, so does the nervous system.

Effect of Alcoholism on the Nervous System

One of the visible effects of alcoholism is the loss of balance and muscular coordination. As drinkers consume more and more alcohol, their speech is slurred, their movements become clumsy and awkward, and they lose their balance. This is not due to direct effect of alcohol on the muscles, but the direct effect on the brain and its impulses to the peripheral nervous system.

Effect of Alcoholism on the Liver

The liver is responsible for many vital functions in the body and suffers greatly from the effects of alcoholism. One important role of the liver is to destroy and eliminate toxic substances from the bloodstream and send them to other organs for elimination. Under stress, the liver will fail to accomplish this function properly, resulting in toxemia, poor immune function, infection, skin diseases, kidney disease, impaired circulation, tumors, and a while host of disorders.

Over 90% of the alcohol consumed by the body must be eliminated by the process of oxidation, which takes place in the liver. Oxidation is the breakdown of alcohol into carbon dioxide and water (CO2 and H2O). The rate at which the liver can perform this function is the same regardless of the amount of alcohol consumed by the person. So, the more alcohol consumed, the more the liver’s work backs up because it cannot oxidize any faster to meet the higher demand.

For example, if your sanitation men can pick up only 2 bags of garbage a week, but you continuously set out 2 bags of garbage every day, then you get a huge accumulation of garbage in front of your house! And the sanit men can still pick up only two bags. It’s the same way with the liver… it can only process at the same rate, regardless of the demand to process more and more alcohol.

Extended drinking binges put the liver under constant and severe strain, and that is why many alcoholics develop a disease known as cirrhosis of the liver, in which many liver cells are actually dead or non-functioning. As the alcoholic’s disease progresses, the liver is less and less equipped to deal with the strain. The liver’s inability to detoxify other substances in the body becomes compromised as well. It’s a vicious cycle of consuming more and more toxic substances which cannot be processed or excreted. When the liver can no longer efficiently process these toxic substances, they get secreted into the fatty tissue and lymph nodes of the body, leading to cysts, growths, and tumors as they build up over time.

In addition, prolonged alcoholism may cause weight gain because the body cannot deal with the excessive sugars consumed with alcohol, nor can it excrete toxic waste matter.

The liver of the average non-alcoholic person can oxidize one half to one ounce of whiskey, or six to twelve ounces of beer every hour. If you drink three 8-oz. glasses of beer and three shots of whiskey in one hour, you have already given your liver three hours of oxidation to perform for it to process and eliminate the alcohol byproducts.

From this formula you can figure that for every drink you take your body should have one hour to process it before you drive. If you go to a party or bar and have three drinks, wait three hours until you can safely drive home again. Better still, always have a responsible designated driver to take you home.

Effects of Alcoholism on the Skin

The skin is actually an organ of elimination weighing about 13 pounds in the average sized person. Only a small portion of alcohol is sweated out through the skin – the liver bears the major brunt of detoxifying the alcohol.

However, the skin will suffer from the effects of alcoholism in many ways:

  • Drinking alcohol causes a sudden flush effect in the face and skin, making it appear red. The presence of “gin blisters” on the noses and face of alcoholics is merely damage from the repeated sudden dilation of the small capillaries in the skin, which over time, get broken. The initial rush produces a feeling of warmth, which is why many people in cold climates take to drinking. However the repeated rush of blood to the small capillaries in the skin takes its toll over time.
  • Drinking alcohol robs the skin and body of much-needed moisture. Premature aging can be linked to lack of such moisture in the body tissues. Translation: a chronic drinker will age more quickly, develop grey hair more quickly, and develop skin wrinkles and creases more quickly. For this reason many alcoholics look much older than their chronological age. Lack of proper moisture to the skin may also cause skin discoloration, paleness of complexion, or a grayish cast to the skin.

Can anything reverse the dangerous effects of alcoholism? It depends on the length and severity of the disease. Substance abuse centers offer recovery programs for alcoholics involving emotional and spiritual counseling as well as alcohol detox. On a physical level, one may undertake a variety of detoxification programs, many of which can be done in the privacy of one’s home. Alcohol detox may be done by nutritional supplementation, detox diet plans, detox baths and soaks, and by use of other detoxification products. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of choices for how one may try to offset the deadly effects of alcoholism. But self-care is often not enough once the addiction has taken hold. The best course of therapy is to seek a rehab center offering medical assistance for crisis intervention. Then, self-help detox cleansing can become a regular part of the recovering alcoholic’s health regimen.

Kidney Stones – Its Natural Remedies and Ayurvedic Treatment

Kidney stones or renal calculi are solid concretion or crystal aggregations formed in the kidneys from dissolved urinary minerals. Kidney stones are a common cause of blood in the urine and often severe pain in the abdomen, flank, or groin. Renal colic can be associated with nausea and vomiting. Kidney stones may contain various chemicals. There are several types of kidney stone based on the type of crystals of which they consists. The majority are calcium oxalate stones, followed by calcium phosphate stones. More rarely, struvite stones are produce by urea-splitting bacteria in people with urinary tract infections, and people with certain metabolic abnormalities may produce uric acid stones or cystine stones.

Urolithiasis is the medical term used to describe stones occurring in the urinary tract. Men are three times more likely than women to have kidney stones form within the urinary tract.

Causes and Risk factor:

There is no consensus as to why kidney stones form.

Heredity: Some people are more susceptible to forming kidney stones, and heredity may play a role. The majority of kidney stones are made of calcium and high levels of calcium in the urine is a risk factor. The predisposition to high levels of calcium in the urine may be passed on from generation to generation. Some rare hereditary diseases also predispose some people to form kidney stones.

Geographical location: Increasing global temperatures will lead to greater future prevalence of kidney stones. The hot climate and poor fluid intake may cause people to be relatively dehydrated, with their urine becoming more concentrated and allowing chemicals to come in closer contact to form the nidus, or becoming, of a stones.

Medications: People taking diuretics and those who consume excess calcium-containing antacids can increase the amount of calcium in their urine and potentially increase the risk of forming stones. Taking excess amounts of vitamins A and D are also associated with higher levels of calcium in the urine. Other commonly prescribed medications associated with stone formation include dilantin and antibiotics.

Several factors increase the risk for developing kidney stones, including inadequate fluid intake and dehydration, reduced urinary volume, certain chemical levels in the urine that are too high or too low, and several medical conditions such as reflux, medullary sponge kidney, renal tubular acidosis and urinary tract infections. Anything that blocks or reduces the flow of urine also increases the risk.

Chemical risk factors include high levels of the following in the urine: calcium, cystine, oxalate, uric acid and sodium. A low level of citrate is also a risk factor for stones.

The following medical conditions are also risk factors for kidney stone disease: Arthritis, Colitis, Gout, High blood pressure, Hyperparathyroidism, Medullary sponge kidney, Renal tubular acidosis, Urinary tract infections, Intestinal disorder that causes chronic diarrhea, dehydration, and low citrate, and urinary tract infections.

Symptoms:

Many kidney stones do not move and are too small to cause any symptoms. However, if a kidney stone causes a blockage, or moves into the ureter, one may have severe pain or ache on one or both sides of the back, get sudden spasms of excruciating pain – usually starts in the back below ribs, before radiating around abdomen, and sometimes to the groin or genital, have bloody or cloudy urine, feel sick or vomit, feel a frequent urge to urinate, or burning sensation during urination, and get fever and chills.

The pain of kidney stones – referred to as ‘renal colic’ – can be very severe. It begins as soon as the stones becomes stuck in the ureter and tends to come in waves. It is not usually associated with the size of the kidney stone – sometimes small stones can cause more pain than very large ones.

Sometimes, symptoms such as difficulty urinating, urinary urgency, penile pain, or testicular pain may occur due to kidney stones.

Home remedies:

Small stones can be dissolved and passed out through urine by administration of certain home remedies coupled with some Ayurvedic remedies. The followings are the home remedies for kidney stones,

  1. Water: Drink at least 10-12 glasses of water a day.
  2. Citric Acid: This natural acid has been known to dissolve hard materials, including kidney stones. A great citric acid fruit to choose is a lemon. Lemon juice can be mixed with water, honey, or sugar.
  3. Citrates: Citrates will reduce the amount of uric acid and eliminate the build-up of calcium salts which cause the formation of kidney stones. A good tip for getting enough citrates is to drink fruit and vegetable juice such as carrot, grape and orange juice.
  4. Boil 2 figs with water, and drink this every morning for a month.
  5. Make one cup of juice made with radish leaves and drink twice a day.
  6. Drink one glass of fresh tomato juice with a hint of salt and pepper for flavor every morning.
  7. Basil (tulsi) leaves: Take 4-5 basil leaves, extract its juice and mix in a tablespoon of honey. Take this mixture every morning for 4-6 months.
  8. Coconut water is a good home remedy for burning urination and scanty urine. Regular intake also flushes out small particles or dissolves stones through urination,
  9. Barley water can also be used for this purpose,
  10. Water melon is nutritive as well as a safe diuretic to be used in this condition.
  11. Onion decoction: Make the decoction by adding water to some bulbs of onion. Sugar should be added to it and taken.
  12. The decoction prepared with Kulathi Dal is very useful.
  13. Soda water is also very useful if taken thrice daily after meals.

Other natural measures that may help prevent kidney stones include:

  1. Avoid foods and beverages that contain high fructose corn syrup.
  2. Reduce daily salt intake.
  3. Avoid calcium-containing antacids.
  4. Limit intake of beef, pork, and poultry to less than 4 to 6 ounces a day.
  5. Eat moderate amount of dairy products.
  6. Limit the amount of pasta you eat,
  7. Avoid high-oxalate foods, such as dark green vegetables, nuts and chocolate.

Ayurvedic medicine:

  1. Rencare Capsule: This medicine helps urine flow, and cools the membranes of the urinary tract. It also helps stop bleeding within the urinary tract, and helps break up and remove stones. Also, it helps relax the bladder, relieve irritation, and improve urinary flow.

Herbs included in this capsule are Gokshuru, Pashaan Bheda, Dhania Leaves, Cornsilk and Usher.

  1. Patherina tablet is the specific ayurvedic remedy for stones. 1 tablet twice a day along with a glass of water ensures good relief.
  2. Cystone tablet (Himalaya Drugs): 1 to 2 tablets twice daily for 6 to 8 weeks.
  3. Calcury tablet (Charak): 1 to 2 tablets twice or thrice daily for 6 to 8 weeks.
  4. Ber Patthar Bhasma is the drug of choice.
  5. Chander Prabha vati is also very useful in burning micturition. 1 tablet twice daily.

Diet:

  1. Hot water bath and hot fomentation over the back give relief.
  2. Yoga: certain asanas, which stimulate kidneys can be practice. These are Pavana Mukta Asana, Uttana Padasana.

Very Early Signs of Pregnancy Can Be Misleading!

Spotting the very early signs of pregnancy can become an obsession if you are trying for a baby. But this is where you have to control you excitement. These signs can easily be confused with other normal ailments.

Care must be taken when identifying the very early signs of pregnancy so you do not get ahead of yourself. By looking at what other meanings these symptoms could be perhaps we can reduce any false diagnosis and heartache in the process.

So what are the very early signs of pregnancy and what else could the signs mean? Well here is a list of many of the symptoms and their alternative diagnosis.

Missing your Period

This can start immediate alarm bells ringing, and is usually a clear sign of pregnancy. But have you missed your period or is it just late or different?

-Explanations for this could be due to fatigue, tension or stress, hormonal changes or due to excessive weight loss or weight gain. Other explanation can be due to stopping the birth control pill.

Implantation bleeding

This can occur between 6 to 12 days after conception and is due to the embryo implanting itself in the uterine wall. Spotting can occur as well as cramping.

-However this could again be due to a change in use of the birth control pill, it could be menstruation or changes in menstruation, intercourse or an infection.

Sensitive or swollen breast

This symptom can occur one to two weeks after conception with sensitivity in the breast area, feelings of swollen or sore breast are not uncommon.

-Other reasons for this may be due to imminent menstruation, a hormonal changes or birth control pills.

Morning Sickness

Contrary to popular belief, morning sickness can occur all through the day, not just in the morning! This is a symptom that is instantly recognizable and can occur between 2 and 8 weeks after conception. It is a symptom that is not common to all women, some women are lucky enough not feel any nausea.

-As the symptom of morning sickness is nausea, you can imagine how many illnesses can cause this. 24hr bugs, flu, upset stomach, food poisoning etc can all mirror morning sickness symptoms.

Fatigue or tiredness

This can be a very early sign of pregnancy and start in the week after conception! This symptom can be hard for pregnant women to disguise with their busy day to day lives.

-Again this can easily be explained as other ailments such as the common cold or flu symptoms. Similarly depression or stress can promote these symptoms to name but a few.

Headaches

The very early signs of pregnancy can be due to hormonal changes in the body leading to headaches.

-But again, there are simple explanations for this such as dehydration, caffeine, eye strain or even imminent menstruation.

Food cravings

These are a common symptom of the very early signs of pregnancy, but also a common symptom of being hungry! However many women experience food cravings, a method for the body to increase its intake of certain vitamins and minerals. Food cravings can occur all the way through the pregnancy.

-Other reason for food cravings can be hunger, inadequate diet, poor nutrition, depression or again imminent menstruation.

Frequent urination

Although not specifically one of the very early signs of pregnancy, frequent urination is due to the changes occurring inside your body. This may start around 6 to 8 weeks after conception.

-However this may also be due to diabetes or a urinary tract infection or even excessive liquid intake.

Backache

Very early signs of pregnancy can include backache and can continue throughout the whole pregnancy.

-Other reasons for backache can be related to existing back problems, stress or again even imminent menstruation.

With so many symptoms that can be explained in many other ways it can be hard to spot the very early signs of pregnancy. Take care when self-diagnosing, in this case it is always better to be sure before announcing to the world your pregnancy.

Take care and good luck with your diagnosis.

Effective Stomach Pain Remedies and Cure

The term stomach pain refers to pain in any area between chest and the groin. The area above pelvic bone and under rib cage is commonly known as stomach. Pain can arise anywhere in this area when there is some problem with the natural function of internal organs. Stomach ache is mild in most of cases but it could be chronic and severe in many cases. Both men and women have to suffer from stomach ache every now and then. When pain is frequent and acute, it might be due to some serious medical condition.

There are some common disorders that can cause stomach pain. Constipation and indigestion are most common disorders that can awaken stomach ache. Stomach digests the food with the help of certain acids and enzymes. A damaged stomach lining will cause pain while dealing with stomach acids. Formation of excessive gas may dilate the liver or the internal lining of stomach. This dilation is unnatural and it can cause pain in the stomach. However, there are some more serious problems for rising stomach ache. Ulcer, appendicitis, kidney stones, hernia and infection in urinary tract can lead to stomach pain. In such conditions, when pain is chronic and acute, consultation of physician is recommended for proper diagnosis of any serious problem. There are some stomach pain remedies mentioned below to treat the problem effectively.

1. To ease stomach cramps, mix fennel with peppermint tea and drink it.

2. Take some basil leaves with 3 tablespoon of curd and mix them thoroughly. Pinch a little black pepper and add salt to taste. Have this mixture when stomach pain disturbs your routine.

3. Grind ginger to a paste, with the help of grinding stone. Apply this paste on belly and massage with firm pressure to work out its juice. This massage is very effective, especially in the case of children.

4. When pain occurs due to heavy meals, use this remedy for quick relief. Prepare a mixture by adding juice of one lemon with juice of one whole radish and drink it. It will stimulate the digestion and it will prevent from stomach aches caused by indigestion.

5. Prepare a mixture with two teaspoons of juice of lemon mixed with one teaspoon of juice of ginger. Add some sugar to taste. Drink this mixture for relief from almost any kind of stomach ache.

6. Prepare a paste by crushing three grams of tender tamarind leaves. Add one gram of rock salt; it will partially turn the paste into liquid. Have it for a quick relief from pain.

There are some precautions for preventing stomach aches. Drink at least 10 glasses of water in the duration of 24 hours. Water smoothes the bowel movements and it will prevent from constipation. Include green vegetables and fresh fruits in your diet. Develop habit of taking small walks after dinner. Avoid going to bed right after having meals. In order to keep digestive system healthy, light exercises and regular morning walks are important. Quit smoking and prefer not to drink alcoholic beverages. These precautions are not only helpful in preventing stomach pain, but also for healthy life.

Acid Reflux Disease – When It’s Not Just Heartburn Anymore

Acid reflux is also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease and no matter what you call it, this one is a real pain!

Persistent, frequent heartburn occurring more than twice a week and often lasting two hours or more can be an early indicator of something more serious than simple heartburn. It could be acid reflux. Characterized by the abnormal reflux of the stomach’s gastric contents backwards into the esophagus resulting in a burning in the chest a throat. Left untreated the chronic symptoms of this disease can lead to erosion of the delicate esophageal tissues.

A temporary relaxation of or an abnormal closing of the lower esophageal sphincter, LES, allows the back flow or regurgitation of stomach acids back into the esophagus causing the characteristic heartburn associated with acid reflux.

A burning or general soreness in the throat, chest pain, a burning sensation in the chest, hoarseness, difficulty or painful swallowing, nausea, vomiting, pain in the ears, an acidic taste in the mouth, the sensation of fluid arising from the throat back into the mouth, bad breath and a chronic cough or tickle in the throat are all frequently reported symptoms.

It is important to remember that someone suffering with heartburn does not necessarily have acid reflux disease. Heartburn is often the result of a heavy meal or even an overly fatty or acidic meal. Heartburn occurs infrequently and may simply be just that… heartburn… and not the more serious condition. Persistent, frequent heartburn occurring more often than twice per week may be a sign that acid reflux is the culprit and not just your run-of-the-mill heartburn. Heartburn unrelieved by traditional methods and occurring more frequently than usual should be evaluated by a physician or healthcare provider for a proper assessment and diagnosis.

Left untreated it can lead to esophagitis, an erosion of the lining of the esophagus, or tooth decay from the constant exposure of the teeth to gastric acid. There are many treatment options available for acid reflux disease… you don’t have to live with the pain anymore!

Home Remedies for Acid Reflux – Cheap and Easy Ways to Get Rid of Acid Reflux

Most people have experienced acid reflux at some point in their lives. It could be an isolated incident, an occasional thing, or all the time. Acid reflux happens when your esophageal sphincter muscle becomes weak and allows stomach acid and bits of undigested food to back up out of the stomach and into the throat. This can cause a lot of pain and can even damage the esophageal lining. Being overweight, overeating, and eating certain spicy foods can exacerbate the acid reflux and make it worse. Many people turn to over the counter remedies for occasional episodes of this condition. For others who have it more chronically, taking prescription medications may be the best solution. Fortunately, there are also many home remedies for acid reflux, so if you are uncomfortable taking prescription medication, some of these remedies may work for you.

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies for acid reflux. It also helps treat a variety of other health conditions. The acidity of the vinegar is similar to that of stomach acid, and so helps you to digest the food that you’ve eaten before it has a chance to come back up into your throat.

Chewing gum also helps alleviate symptoms of acid reflux. Chewing the gum increases the production of saliva. Saliva is a natural antacid, so as you chew the gum, the saliva will neutralize any stomach acid that may be coming up in your esophagus.

Almonds are also helpful. They are also cheap and easy to obtain. They have a very neutral pH balance, which can help neutralize damaging stomach acid. Eating a handful of them any time you feel like you are getting acid reflux will head the symptoms off at the pass and give you some relief. Just make sure the almonds are plain and not salted. They can be roasted or raw and be effective.

It is a good idea to eat a lot of bland foods with neutral or alkaline pH balances. Bananas, papayas, and other similar things will all help negate the effects of acid reflux. On the other hand, eating a lot of acidic, spicy foods will make the symptoms worse. Another trick you might want to try is sleeping with your head elevated, especially if you start seeing symptoms at night. When you sleep flat, it is easier for acid to come up into your throat. Sleeping with your head elevated will keep the acid in your stomach, where it belongs. All of these home remedies are effective, but if they don’t seem to be helping, or if your symptoms get worse, you should always see a doctor for a thorough medical evaluation and more powerful treatments.

Water Retention and Middle-Age Spread

How Water Retention Starts

If you regularly suffer from bloating, it’s very likely that your intestines get a bit inflamed from time to time. This makes them prone to allow partly-digested particles to pass through their walls into your blood. When your intestines are healthy, only pure nutrients are allowed through, but inflammation weakens them. Inflammation in the intestines is common and can be caused by too many of the wrong bacteria, by consuming something that irritates you, or by not digesting your food very well.

As the partly-digested particles travel around your body, they eventually settle in your ’tissue spaces’. The tissue spaces are found surrounding each of your body’s cells. They are not made of empty space, but are filled with a gel-like substance that allows nutrients and oxygen to feed your cells. (Tissues is just a word used to describe the fabric of your body, e.g. muscle tissue, lung tissue, brain tissue.)

Particles of partly digested food are not particularly welcome in your body’s tissue spaces. So the body stimulates your immune system to get special white cells into the area, to gobble up the ‘sediment’. The immune system can only do this by increasing the amount of water in the tissue spaces so that the white cells (known as macrophages) can swim into position. If the sediment keeps increasing and the macrophages can’t cope with it, then as the years go by the tissue spaces will slowly expand with more sediment and more water. Eventually you may realize that you are suffering from water retention.

Water Retention And Overweight

Of course, not everyone does realize. Water retention gained in this way can look very much like fat. The main difference is that you can lose fat with a fat-loss diet and plenty of exercise. But that won’t work for water weight. You might manage to lose a few pounds, but people with water retention usually hit a plateau that they just can’t overcome. People over 45 years of age are especially affected by this problem, and often find it much harder to lose weight than they did when they were younger. The fact is that the older we get, the less efficient our bodies get at dealing with the wastes and debris that escape from our digestive system into our blood. So the more water tends to collect in our tissues.

Water Retention Treatments

There are medical reasons for some types of water retention, so if you have this problem, do get checked out by a doctor first. If you have no underlying illness then don’t let your doctor prescribe diuretic medicines (water pills) and don’t take them yourself, not even herbal ones. For ‘idiopathic edema’ (the technical name for this type of water retention) they will do nothing for you except dehydrate your blood and overwork your kidneys. Dehydrating your blood is not the answer, since the excess water is not in your blood but in your tissues. If you take water pills you will only teach your body to hold on to water as much as possible, as it must avoid dehydration at all costs. Many people have become addicted to water pills by taking them for the wrong reasons. They find they have to take more and more to get any result at all, and become very swollen all over as soon as the last dose wears off.

Treating Water Retention Naturally

The only treatment that is likely to work for idiopathic edema is a diet called the Waterfall Diet, because it was designed to target this problem. It is called the Waterfall Diet simply because when you lose water retention you pee a lot. The diet is designed to correct up to seven causes of water retention: reduce inflammation, get rid of bloating, help your immune system break down the ‘sediment’, help to strengthen the smallest blood vessels so that they are not so leaky, and so on. It requires a bit of work, and you have to carry out a test on yourself too, which is described in the book. But some people have been fortunate enough to lose 10 pounds or more of water weight within 1-2 weeks.

That’s the best thing about water weight. Unlike fat, you can lose a few pounds of excess water retention overnight. And if you know what you’re doing, that water will not come back.

What Are the Effects of Nightmares?

You would be surprised on how much it can hurt you physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

1. It makes you lack sleep. This is especially true when you have recurring nightmares, and, worse, you are just alone in your room. Nightmares can wake you up in the middle of the night, and because there is the feeling that it may come back to haunt you again, you hardly go back to bed.

2. It leaves a very heavy feeling. Nightmares do not have to be about vampires, monsters, aliens, and other creatures. It could also be about a love lost, a broken dream, and other heart-crushing imageries. Even if the situation in your dream did not happen, it will still leave you a very nasty feeling, sometimes of loneliness, anger, and sadness.

3. It brings you back to the past. Your nightmares may have already occurred a long time ago. After all, it is something you have experienced yourself. This type of dream is called repressed trauma nightmare. This memory may have long been hidden in the past. However, for some unknown reason, it is brought back to “life.” You are always reminded of it through your dreams.

4. It can cause heart attack. Seriously, a number of people have actually died because of nightmares. When you have such kind of dream, your heart tends to beat faster than before, causing it to become really tired and slow down.

5. It may cause anxiety attack. If it is not heart attack, then surely, you will develop some form of paranoia or anxiety disorder, particularly if the dreams become too much for you to handle.

When nightmares start to interfere with your personal life, it is time to seek professional help. You should not let such bad dreams control you.

Okra’s Benefit To Health

Okra is a favorite vegetable eaten in the South in the dish calls gumbo and is eaten frequently as a favorite vegetable. You either love okra or hate it. It can be tough, slimy or has an unusual tart taste. Perhaps that is the reason it is hidden inside this aromatic dish.

Okra’s reputation is about to change. In a study from Emory University in Atlanta, the researchers found that okra contains a powerful compound that shows promise for fighting cancer and heart disease. Okra has added benefits with a variety of healthful nutrients like vitamin C, calcium and potassium. And best of all it is very low in calories.

How It Protects

The key ingredient in gumbo contains a compound that researchers say shows promise for addressing cancer. This compound is known as glutathione. It attacks cancer in two ways. Firstly, as an antioxidant it impedes the effects of free radicals, the unstable oxygen that can damage healthy cells and cause them to become cancerous. Secondly, glutathione prevents other cancer-causing chemicals carcinogens from damaging DNA, the chemical blueprint that gives cells information on how to function. It does this by escorting chemicals away from cells into the urine that finally moves out of the body.

The researchers studied more than 1,800 people and found that those who had the highest intake of glutathione were 50 percent less likely to develop oral and throat cancers than those with low levels of the compound. Other foods that have glutathione like okra are watermelons, avocados and grapefruit. Okra isn’t the highest source of glutathione, but it is not the lowest. When measured it fell in the medium range.

Researchers aren’t sure how much glutathione we must take to stay healthy. But this they know, ” it is better to have more than less. If you keep your glutathione at a high level, you lower your risk of getting a serious illness,” Dr. Lang says.

An Important Multi-Nutrient Pod

Okra contains many additional nutrients. At the top of the list is vitamin C. A half – cup of cooked okra contains more than 13 milligrams, 22 percent of the Daily Value (DV).

As you know, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It is shown to help fight cancer, prevent heart disease and even help the common cold.

Okra provides a good amount of magnesium too. A half-cup of cooked okra has about 46 milligrams, 11 percent of the DV. This mineral may help you avoid heart disease, fight chronic fatigue syndrome, lower blood pressure, keep diabetes at bay, and slow bone loss.

Another good benefit of eating okra is that it’s a high source of fiber. Whether frozen or cooked, a half-cup serving of okra has about 2 grams of fiber, 8 percent of the DV. That is the same amount as a half – cup or raw carrots or apples.

The two kinds of fiber in okra help in different ways. The soluble fiber lowers cholesterol and helps control symptoms of diabetes. In addition, it can help with weight control because it forms bulk in the stomach, making you feel full. The insoluble fiber (previously called roughage) is shown to help prevent colon cancer and digestive disorders such as constipation.

Tips on How you can Win with Okra

In my household we love okra. Here are tips to master its goodness and enjoy its goodness.

Cook it quickly. Steaming will prevent the juices from thickening and it reduces the amount of slime.

Don’t overcook okra. When it is overcooked the juices become glue-like. Therefore cook it just it enough until it is tender but a little on the al dente side. Remove from heat. Serve Immediately. (If you are going to use it in a recipe, at this stage, place in colander and rinse with cold water with a few ice cubes to cool it down.)

Cut it up. When making gumbo, soup or stew containing okra, cut the stems or slice the pod into pieces to thicken up the dish. To cut down on the thickening put the whole pod in during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Buy it fresh. Old okra is tough and stringy, look for okra that has a slight sheen and test with your fingernails by pushing on the outside of the pod to see if it makes a dent on the outside layer. If you meet resistance in piercing the pod it may be too tough to eat.

When to buy: fresh okra is available in the south throughout the year. However, for the rest of the country the best time to buy it is from May to October.

Summary

You have before you the scientific, evidence based information on how eating okra can impact your health in a positive manner such as in helping to prevent cancer, heart disease, controlling your weight. It even helps to calm the common cold as well as the other added nutrients it possesses. The question to you is this, would you reconsider choosing okra as one of the vegetables to add to your list? Does this information help to change and clarify (into your mind) the importance of eating a wide variety of foods especially vegetables and fruits? While you are thinking about it, remember we become what we eat. So let us make our food choices count by eating a variety of wholesome, natural, nutrient dense foods to ward off diseases, stay fit and have good health to last a lifetime.

For recipe(s) on how to prepare okra, visit my website: http://www.hopenutriservices.com

Pain and Inflammation Gone With Serrapeptase

It is amazing how a squirmy silkworm can make a life changing difference from a life filled with pain, painful inflammation or disease and change it to a life of health and happiness. Serrapeptase has been used in Europe and Asia for over 30 years to replace the chemical agents referred to as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Serrapeptase is an alternative to aspirin, ibuprofen and other OTC (over the counter) medications. As a nature created protease enzyme agent that has no known side effects when used, it does not harm your body or organs. Just the opposite is true, it heals and removes many of the disease or harmful deposits that can cause you pain, inflammation, some cancers and arterial blockages.

What is this wonder enzyme? It has been titled and correctly so, “The Miracle Enzyme” by Robert Redfern.

Isolated from the microorganism, Serratia E15, Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme (protease) that will work in the human body to remove scar tissue (dead tissue) and has a strong anti-inflammatory effect within our bodies. We can thank the silkworm for this miracle. This enzyme was originally found in the silkworm intestine. The silkworm uses it to digest the mulberry leaf and also create a hole in its hard cocoon so that it could exit and a moth and fly off. As we know, the outer layer on the cocoon is the origin of silk that is used in thread and then made into clothing. Today this enzyme is a commercial product derived through fermentation. The history and art of making silk is a fascinating story and one I enjoyed reading about.

Serrapeptase has so many case studies and amazing results that it would be difficult not to place it in a healing category all by itself. There are results showing it dissolving dead tissue, cysts, arterial plaque, inflammation and dissolving the substance that holds blood clots together. There does not seem to be many conditions or diseases in our bodies that have not been reported for this enzyme to improve or clear.

I personally have seen the effects of Serrapeptase in the improvement of removing scar tissue from my foot that was so painful I could hardly walk. Now I can go and do most everything without the unbearable pain. The doctor recommended 2 separate surgeries to remove the scar tissue so that I would not loose a toe due to the surgery and lack of blood flow. I also have PMR (polymyalgia rheumatica) a very painful and debilitating disease, requiring a steroid daily treatment to reduce the pain from the inflammation in my body. I have to have blood tests every 6 weeks and since I have been taking Serrapeptase, my blood results have dropped and I am taking less steroids. I will not go into the effects of taking a steroid but believe me, it is not good for the body and organs. I am thankful for the results I have noticed since taking Serrapeptase and expect the results to continue to improve. Oh, by the way, the results I noticed started within 2 weeks of taking Serrapeptase and prior to that, no changes in the pain or inflammation in either condition for over a year.

My sister is taking the enzyme and has also noticed great results. She has for many years had lumps in her legs that have made it very painful to walk or stand. She noticed that after just 2 weeks on Serrapeptase, that in her shopping in Walmart, which normally she can only walk for about 10 minutes, she had been there over 40 minutes and noticed the reduced pain. She has also had several surgeries for her sinus condition over the years and has noticed a clearing of that problem also. She has called several times to thank me for sending her the first bottle. She is a believer and has re-ordered multi-bottles 2 additional times.

I will list some of the conditions that have shown anywhere from a slight, to what is considered a miracle in the results of using Serrapeptase. There many experts and reports that verify the positive results of Serrapeptase, some are documented on my website as examples and I am truly amazed at the wonderful results that have been reported.

1. Cardiovascular Diseases:

Arterial Disease

Blood Clots

Reduce By-Pass surgery

Angina

Varicose Veins

2. Pain and Inflammation Problems:

Back Problems – Lower and neck

Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Osteoporosis

Carpal Tunnel

Post operative Scars

Fibromyaligia

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Diabetes

3. Chest and Lung Diseases:

Bronchitis

Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Asthma

Cystic Fibrosis

Emphysema

4. Inflammatory Bowel Disorders:

Ulcerative Colitis,

Crohn’s

5. Migraines and Headaches:

Migraines and Headaches

6. Cancer Recovery:

7. Multiple Sclerosis and other Neurological problems:

8. Ear, Nose & Throat Problems:

Sinusitis

Hayfever

Swollen Glands

Laryngitis

Rhinitis

9. Sport Injury recovery:

There are many other diseases and conditions that can be helped or eliminated by the use of Serrapeptase. New results are being reported all the time and I expect to see many new amazing results as time continues. Serrapeptase was so valuable in its results, that in Germany, a prescription was required to get this enzyme. It has been used and researched in Europe and Asia for over 30 years. Serrapeptase was not introduced into the United States until 2002 and now we have it available here to improve our Health also.

It should be noted that like any other natural or herbal supplement, you should talk with your doctor to make sure there are no situations or medications that could affect your health condition while taking Serrapeptase. There are no known side effects with this enzyme and the dosage can vary depending on your personal condition. I personally started with a higher dosage and will reduce the amount to a maintenance dosage once I have reached the improvements in my body.

Serrapeptase can be taken by adults, children, dogs and horses. There have been dramatic results in animals with diseases like Arthritis and tumors. The tablet form can be taken whole or chewed up. The capsule can be taken whole or split and added to juice, water or honey. It is great for sore throats when dissolved and swallowed slowly. It will normally work within 15 to 30 minutes to eliminate the sore throat. To be most effective, Serrapeptase is enteric coated to pass through the stomach and be dissolved in the intestines. It should be taken on an empty stomach and can be taken up to 3 times a day and multiple tablets/capsules may be taken to achieve your maximum goal.

“Serrapeptase may become the most widely used nutritional supplement of all time because of it’s effectiveness with such a wide range of conditions”

Robert Redfern, Nutrition Researcher and Author

This article is not intended as medical advice. It is solely informational and educational about health.

How Epoxy Floor Coatings Have Opened Up New Business Opportunities

Application of epoxy floor coatings is big business for many reasons. The first is that concrete is the most used commodity on earth. Concrete is a critical part of every structure worldwide but with problems such as moisture, bacterian and mold growth. With new high performance, decorative epoxy and polyurea systems there is no need to live with unsightly, dirty, bacteria laden concrete flooring.

The new technology coatings are seamless like they have always been. That prevents bacteria growth. Moisture has always been the enemy to coatings. The new products and application methods will resist excessive ground moisture pressure and salts inherent in concrete. If you’ve experienced delamination or chipping of a concrete coating, upward moisture pressure called “hydrostatic pressure” is part of the problem. Moisture pushes salts upwards through air holes and capillaries in concrete which breaks down the chemical cross linking of a coating. New technology enables a floor a coating to wet into the pores of the concrete when the surface is properly ground smooth. The high performance coatings absorb into the surface becoming part of the floor rather than just sticking to the surface.

Advancements in coating technology has resulted in a rapid curing process. In many cases a floor can be completed in half the time and used almost immediately. This has increased demand. Customers no longer have to shut down their business to have a floor installed. With the correct surface preparation equipment a floor can be prepped with a single machine in 100-400 square feet per hour. This depends on the size of the floor grinding equipment. With two large grinders a floor can be prepped starting at close of business Friday at 5:00 p.m. with 10,000 square feet completed by 7:00 a.m. the next morning. With a rapid cure system, 4 coats can be applied and completed by Sunday afternoon and ready for use Monday morning.

This rapid cure system benefits more customers and increases profitability of the applicator. As a result the coatings business is attracting more high quality flooring entrepreneurs. Everyone is winning, the customer, the applicator and manufacturer.

Let’s take a look at a few uses.

Residential Garages

Over the past few years home owners have realized that a nice garage adds value to their home. Home owners are renovating their garages with cabinets, organization systems and doors. The biggest issue has been the floor. In the past a high performance epoxy coating would take 4 days to complete. Now a floor can be complete in 2 days. That enables a contractor to complete 3 floors in a week rather than just 1. As a result application quality has improved as business savvy entrepreneurs are capitalizing on this market.

Warehouse Floors

An existing business frequently cannot afford the downtime and loss of revenue to have their floor resurfaced. The rapid cure systems enable projects to be completed over a weekend. Large facilities can be completed in sections over the course of weekends without interruption.

Dog Kennels

The number one issue in dog kennels is bacteria buildup. In the past an epoxy coating would have frayed edges in scratches. Frayed edges trap dirt and breed bad bacteria. This creates a health issue and dog cough which can be life threatening to a pet. Polyaspartics and polyureas will scratch but with a clean, straight line. This prevents dirt and bacteria from getting trapped. Adding moldings to interior edges enables the coating to be applied to the top edge creating a pan. Now when the facility is hosed down and cleaned water will not get under the wall.

Restaurants and Commercial Kitchens

Restaurants and Commercial kitchens have the same type of health issues as a dog kennel. The problem is bacteria buildup. High traffic areas with food take a beating. Polyaspartic finish coats avoid this problem because of the straight scratches and ability to effectively clean bacteria.

Retail Stores and Decorative Finishes

The high performance top coats come in clear. This means an applicator can apply decorative, custom flooring using dyes, stains or pigments. Clear, non yellowing polyaspartic finishes provide not only function but enhance the decorative underlayments. The finish lasts for years with proper maintenance.

The versatility of these flooring products are opening up new opportunities across a broad spectrum of real estate uses and creating a massive growth industry.

Balance Problems – Don’t Ignore Them!

On occasion, I hear from patients who complain of feeling dizzy as if they are going to fall when they turn their head suddenly, or lose their balance if they turn around in a circle. They may also admit to motion sickness, i.e., feeling a little dizzy and unstable riding a bike or traveling by airplane or boat.

Balance problems such as these could be a sign of certain medical conditions. There are many types of balance difficulties and their causes can be simple, such as a drop in blood sugar or dehydration from not drinking enough water.

Other equilibrium problems may be more complex and need neurological testing to determine their cause. Let me explain the various types of conditions that effect balance and their possible causes so you can determine if you need to call your doctor, or re-hydrate with a good mineral replacement drink, or have a glass of orange juice and a snack!

Types of Balance Problems

As I said earlier, balance problems can have simple or complex causes. Basically, they fall into four categories:

Vertigo – a spinning, dizzy sensation with motion of the head or body. This category can be caused by several medical conditions that need a doctor’s care. These include:

Benign positional vertigo – caused by particles that accumulate in the inner canal.

Meniere’s disease – excessive fluid in the inner ear, causing dizziness, ringing or buzzing.

Vestibular migraine – a bad headache that makes you sensitive to motion, turning your head suddenly can result in dizziness or off balance feeling.

Acoustic neuroma – caused by a tumor on the acoustic nerve (connects inner ear to brain) that can cause hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and dizziness.

Motion sickness – riding on amusement park rides, boats causes dizziness.

Feeling Faint – a general weakness, usually organic cause (blood pressure or blood sugar drop)

Disequilibrium – a loss of balance or falling, usually from mechanical causes (unstable joints, failing vision, inner ear conditions, side effect of medication).

Lightheadedness – an “out of body” sensation, usually caused by high/low blood oxygen levels from hyper/hypoventilation (anxiety, severe trauma), or inner ear conditions.

Tests for Balance Problems

If you determine that your dizziness/balance problem is not a result of lack of food or water, the next thing you should do is make an appointment with your doctor. There are certain balance tests that can be performed, or you may be sent for a CAT scan or MRI of your head to see if there are any structural causes of your balance problems (like tumor or inner ear abnormality).

Your doctor will discuss your balance problems with you and may ask a series of questions about your dizzy spells including the frequency, what you are doing when they occur, and what type of medications you may be taking to rule out the possibility of a side effect. Next, you may undergo one, or several of the following tests to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms:

EKG, possibly heart echocardiogram: To see if a too slow heart rhythm, or too low blood ejection from your heart could be the cause of your symptoms.

MRI or CAT scan: To determine if there is any physical abnormality such as a tumor or blood vessel blockage that may cause your symptoms.

Tilt Table test: To determine your heart’s response to adrenaline, such as in an anxiety attack or severe trauma. Adrenaline is slowly injected into your arm and the table you are lying on is tilted in different positions.

Hearing test: To determine if you have an inner ear condition.

Electronystagmography – monitors eye movement to see how well your inner ear/balance works.

Dix-Hallpike test – involves turning your head and monitoring eye movements to see if you get a sense of spinning or motion.

VEMP – vestibular evoked myogenic potential test. Electrodes (like those on an EKG) are placed on neck, shoulder, and forehead muscles to monitor contractions in response to sound.

Rotary Chair test – monitors eye movement while you move slowly in a circle in a computerized chair.

Treatment for Your Balance Problem

Once the cause of your imbalance has been determined, there are a number of treatments aimed at solving your problem. These may include:

Medication dosage adjustment/discontinuation/substitution – often a dosage change is all that is needed to stop symptoms. Other times, a complete discontinuation of a drug is necessary.

Vestibular rehabilitation – this is a special exercise program for people with inner ear problems to re-stabilize balance.

Fall prevention – determining if vision, lack of sensation in the feet, weak muscles and joints are contributing to poor balance symptoms. You may need a walker or just a hand held quad cane.

Positioning procedures – clears crystal deposits out of the inner ear back where they belong.

Diet changes – reducing salt, caffeine or nicotine can help some people with balance problems completely get rid of their symptoms.

Surgery – if you have a tumor or malfunction in your inner ear, you may need surgery to correct it. Types of surgery include gamma knife surgery, or stereotactic surgery that delivers radiation directly to the tumor site.

Some Natural Remedies That May Help You

If you experience temporary, occasional motion sickness while traveling by boat or airplane, you may be able to treat this condition yourself with:

OTC’s: Over the counter aids such as a Dramamine, or meclizine that can help you to regain your sense of stability.

Herbal: The Chinese have used Ginger for centuries as a stomach tonic and to restore balance. 250 to 500 mg every 6 hours is the usual dosage. A word of caution, if you take blood thinner-type medications for a heart problem, ginger can add to those effects and make you bleed more easily.

Acupressure: Stimulating certain acupressure points on your inner wrist can alleviate motion sickness. Bands, or bracelets, made for this purpose can be bought in drugstores or airport shops. They have a button or stud on them that presses against the acupuncture meridian on your wrist that regulates dizziness/ balance.

We all can have a bout of lightheadedness or feel off kilter now and then from simple causes like being tired, dehydrated, partying too much the night before, too much caffeine, not eating enough or riding a roller coaster! However, balance problems that occur regularly is your body telling you that something is off somewhere and you should consult your doctor to find out what.

HIV and AIDS Synopsis

HIV/AIDS

Acquired Immune Deficiency (Aids) is a chronic and life threatening disease of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that damages the immune system by killing off vital CD4+T cells. Genetic Research states that the disease originated in West Central Africa during the late 19th or early 20th century but was not recognized by the U.S. Center for Disease Control Prevention until 1981. HIV is spread through sexual contact, contaminated shared needles, pregnant women spread it to their unborn child and contact with infected blood. Knowledge of the disease can potentially save lives.

HIV is a lent virus which is a member of the retrovirus family that causes AIDS. When first infected with the virus, mild symptoms occur. These symptoms may or may not be recognizable but includes fever, headaches, sore throat, rash and swollen lymph glands. Swollen lymph glands/nodes are often the first sign of HIV infection but the best way to know if the virus has infected the bloodstream is to get tested. These symptoms usually last about two to four weeks at the initial stage of the virus into the bloodstream and typically go away until years later as the virus multiplies and begin to destroy the immune cells further if treatment is not sought after. That’s the significant reason of being tested regularly because early detection can help a person live a healthier life with the medication that’s on the market oppose to a person who has no knowledge that their living with the disease. If no treatment for the HIV infection is received, the disease will develop into AIDS in about ten years. This is solely due to the HIV process of eating away or destroying the CD4+T cells which are specific types of white blood cells that plays an important role in helping the body fight diseases. The more CD4+T cells that are killed, the weaker the immune system becomes. The normal CD4 cell count for a healthy immune is between 500 and 1000. Once the CD4+T cells drop below a life-threatening 200 per microliter, the diagnosis of HIV becomes a diagnosis of AIDS which then is the final stage of the virus and soon becomes the fatal state of the virus.

In the AIDS status of the virus, the immune system is severely damaged making the body vulnerable to what are called opportunistic diseases and certain types of cancers. Opportunistic diseases are diseases that wouldn’t normally affect a person with a healthy immune system only that of a compromised immune system presents an opportunity for the pathogen to infect. These diseases include but are not limited to Tuberculosis, fungal infections, CMV, Salmonellosis, Toxoplasmosis, Pneumonia and Candidiasis just to name a few, seeing that each case is different. As the AIDS virus begins, the symptoms are considerably noticeable ranging from chronic night sweats, severe diarrhea, persistent unexplained fatigue, skin rashes and rapid weight loss. Pneumonia is said to be the fatal stage of the AIDS virus and is when life expectancy is right around the corner.

Although there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, there are a variety of drugs that can be used in combination to help keep the virus at bay. Each of the classes of the anti-HIV drugs blocks the virus in different ways reducing the viral load to the point that it is undetectable. Preventative measures are essential to avoid being a victim of this terrible disease.

Asthma Attack Symptoms

The symptoms of asthma vary greatly among individuals; and at times, attacks can vary, even for the same person. Your ability to recognize the early signs and symptoms that initially appear prior to an attack is critical if you wish to avoid an emergency room visit. When you notice these signs, you should heed the advice of your Doctor and follow a professionally directed action plan.

Before a full-blown asthma attack, there are usually early signs and symptoms you should be able to easily recognize. Irritation of the nose and throat, thirst, and the increased need to urinate are all common symptoms that may occur before an asthma attack. Each person has his or her own peculiar pattern of early symptoms, and most often, these symptoms progress to a severe respiratory distress episode if not properly treated.

The classic symptoms of an actual attack include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Wheezing when exhaling is very common during an attack. Often the attack begins with wheezing and rapid breathing and, as respiratory airways constrict and tighten, all breathing muscles become visibly active.

Some people first experience this chest tightness or pain. Chest pain occurs in about 75% of asthmatics; it can be very severe and its intensity is unrelated to the severity of the attack itself. The neck muscles may tense and talking may become difficult or impossible. The end of an attack is often marked by a cough that produces a thick, stringy mucus. After an acute attack, inflammation can persist for a few days up to several weeks. This inflammation is most often left untreated since it is usually symptomless. But, it is this asymptomatic inflammation that must be treated in order to prevent long term respiratory damage or relapse.

The most common asthmatic symptoms are:

Shortness of breath (dyspnea)

If you experience breathlessness after laughing or speaking long sentences, you could have asthma. In rare instances, you may find that you feel the need to inhale before you have finished breathing out.

Wheezing

This is the whistling sound sometimes heard when you breathe. It indicates airway narrowing and it could be present on inhalation or exhalation. (Please recognize that not all asthmatics wheeze and not all wheezing indicates an asthmatic condition.)

Exercise induced breathlessness

If physical exertion (playing a sport, walking up a flight of stairs, rapid physical exertion, etc.) makes you short of breath, then this could be an indication of asthma.

Tight chested feeling

This sensation feels like a tight band across your chest – like an elastic band or a heavy weight resting on your chest. Your ability to fully inhale is limited and, in advanced situations, painful. Sometimes this tightness is exacerbated in cold weather.

Excessive mucus production

Gurgling or rattling during inhalation or exhalation plus coughing up a lot of white frothy mucus is common in asthmatic individuals. Sometimes this mucous will be thick in consistency and yellow or green in color.

Cough

A recurring, irritating cough is frequently a sign of asthma. This persistent cough usually occurs in the cool air, at night, or after exercise.

Chest pain

When air is trapped in the airways due to inflammation, the surrounding membrane stretches, and causes pain. Advanced cases can often lead to complicated situations involving conditions similar to emphysema.

Nasal Congestion and drainage Nasal congestion and a runny nose are often accompanying features of asthma. Rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal passages) is often called asthma of the nose.

Disturbed Sleep Patterns

An inability to sleep due to snoring or repeated awakening during the night could be an asthma symptom. Other conditions also display this condition, so this symptom alone should not be considered conclusive.

Lethargy

Feeling very tired is quite usual for asthmatics. It is often the result of interrupted sleep patterns, diminished oxygen supply to the blood and availability to the body tissues, plus the build up of muscular lactic acid which results in generalized muscle fatigue.

The Early Warning Signs:

Even mild asthmatics can have severe attacks and therefore it is important to recognize the early signs so that you can take appropriate action.

  • Your reliever (puffer) is no longer as effective and you need to use it more frequently than every 3-4 hours.
  • The wheeze improves or even disappears but there is no improvement in your ability to breathe.
  • You have real difficulty in speaking complete sentences without stopping to take a breath.
  • You start to turn a blue to gray color, especially around the lips and fingertips. This is a condition called cyanosis and indicates that you have insufficient oxygen levels in your circulating blood.
  • You become anxious to the point of being frightened.
  • Thinking clearly becomes difficult.
  • Every breath becomes increasingly difficult.

The best advice we could possibly give you is, Never ignore an asthma attack in the hope that it will get better or go away. If problems persist, seek qualified medical attention and follow a professionally directed recovery and treatment plan.

Quit Smoking With Nature’s Help

Smoking is very dangerous to your health. Most smokers feel that there is nothing that they haven’t tried in order to quit. However, they may not be aware of the many natural means available which others have used to finally end this very destructive habit. It is possible to quit smoking, if you devise a plan, cleanse and support the body and use natural methods to curb nicotine cravings.

Most, if not all, people in the United States believe that smoking is unhealthy. Why then do people smoke? The answer lies in the addictive nature of nicotine. Over 80 percent of smokers declare that they want to quit and plan to do so at some point. Even heroin addicts admit that nicotine is truly the hardest drug habit to kick. (Haas, p.964)

Almost one-third of cases of pancreatic carcinoma can be attributed to cigarette smoking. Most lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking. (Smokers are five to ten times more likely to suffer from lung cancer than nonsmokers). The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater the risk of lung cancer.

Children of smokers have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, respiratory infections and lung cancer.

“Children of smokers have a much higher incidence and severity of asthma, bronchitis, colds and ear infections. They also have impaired lung development and reduced lung function tests.” American Journal of Public Health, p. 209, Feb. 1989)

If you eat a balanced diet, drink a lot of clean water and take a vitamin supplement daily, you may feel that you are generally healthy. However, if you smoke, this is typically not the case. Heavy smokers do not get as much of a benefit from a healthy diet. Blood levels of Vitamin C are much lower in smokers. Zinc, Vitamin A and folic acid are often depleted in the bodies of smokers.

Now that we have covered just a few of the negative effects of smoking on the body, let’s figure out how to quit – and without drugs! It may come as a surprise to you that there is a way to be free of this horrible addiction without using prescription medication for help.

Let’s now cover some ideas on how to actually go about quitting.

Have you tried to quit before and failed? Did you quit for awhile and then start again? You may feel that because you tried and failed, that it proves that you can’t quit. However, this is not the case. In reality, you get points each time you attempt to quit. You inevitably learned something each time you tried, which gets you that much closer to being successful in quitting. Most quitters did not do it on their first try. So just think of it as your “practice” run! (3)

A main part of your quit smoking plan, is to figure out which interventions you will use when you are hit with a craving to smoke. Try to avoid being around other smokers. Learn some deep breathing exercises that you can use to de-stress. Exercise is also a great way to limit stress and keep you busy.

Something to consider once you have decided to quit smoking, is how to get the toxins out of your body. One theory is that many dependencies originate in the liver. Cleansing and detoxifying the liver is a crucial first step toward breaking free of these addictions. Detoxifying the liver will reduce the cravings for nicotine. (ESP, p. 279)

You can use echinacea to help flush the nicotine out of the lymph system and lungs. Vitamin C is a great chelator of toxic substances in the body. (Which means it will “grab” the offenders and flush them out through the waste system). A usual dose of C is 1000 mg four times per day. N-Acetyl-cysteine 1000 mg, two doses of glutamine 1000 mg, four capsules of Evening Primrose Oils and 20 Sun Wellness Chlorella tabs are a good regimine for removing nicotine toxicity from the body. (Page p. 548)

It is important during your detox and quitting time that you “avoid junk foods and sugar that aggravate cravings” (Page p.548) Ginseng can help you to normalize sugar cravings, as can stevia, stevioside or FOS. Trace mineral and mineral deficiencies can play a part in some addictions. Magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc should all be included in the diet when trying to quit smoking. (ESP, p.279)

The main concern when quitting tobacco are the cravings! There are many choices when it comes to this issue. Essential oils, vitamins and herbal teas are all on the list of items in the “cravings” category.

Eating a diet which promotes body alkalinity is said to show less desire for tobacco. To calm your nerves, try Magnesium 800 mg daily, stress B-complex 100 mg daily, valerian/wild lettuce drops in water. (Page, p.548) Young Living Essential Oils offers a blend called “Peace and Calming” which, some people have reported, was all they needed during their quitting time.

Oil of clove is also reported by many people to be extremely effective in their war with nicotine cravings. In Stanley Burrough’s “Master Cleanser” book, he states “For those who wish to quit smoking, place a small amount (of clove oil) on your finger – place it on back of the tongue and you immediately lose your desire to smoke. This is an easy way if you really want to quit.” Peppermint oil has also been reported to be effective. Just a touch of it on the tongue, in the same manner as you apply the clove oil will do it.

Single oils which may be helpful in smoking cessation in addition to clove and peppermint, are cinnamon and nutmeg. Other blends of oils recommended for reducing addictive behavior are Harmony, Thieves, Exodus II, Peace and Calming, JuvaCleanse and JuvaFlex. These can be directly inhaled or diffused, applied topically on the temples and/or back of the neck four times daily, or used as a warm compress over the liver.

Quitting smoking is not an easy task to undertake. However, if you give your body the right tools, you can repair the damage done by smoking, you can reduce your cravings and YOU CAN QUIT! Try some of these simple, natural and effective helpers. Nature is the best medicine, so believe in yourself and watch it happen!!

Some resources for people who would like more information:

Young Living Essential Oils, [http://www.fragrantfamily.com/sadiesgift]

Easyway by Allen Carr order at http://www.half.com or http://www.amazon.com

American Lung Association, [http://www.alamn.org] (then click “quit smoking”)

Committed Quitters, http://www.committedquitters.com

National Cancer Institute, http://www.smokefree.gov

The Stop Smoking Center, http://www.stopsmokingcenter.net

The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs, order at http://www.half.com or http://www.amazon.com

Bibliography:

1. Haas, Elson. Staying Healthy With Nutrition . Berkeley: Celestial Arts, 1992.

2. Essential Science Publishing(2004). Essential Oil Desk Reference, 3rd Ed., http://www.essentialscience.net

3. American Lung Association pamphlet Quitting For Life, 2003

4. Linda Page, Ph.D. Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone, 12th Edition. Healthy Healing, Inc., 2004

5. Retrieved March 4 , 2005 from http://www.getoutraged.com/facts_top_pg2.html