What Causes Shortness of Breath?

Shortness of breath is also known as Dyspnea which is one of the scariest conditions that happens to human beings. Shortness of breath occurs if you cannot get enough air inside the lungs. If it occurs in severe condition, then it is recommended to consult with your doctor as early as possible.

Shortness of breath is potentially a life threatening emergency that causes serious diseases like heart attack, pulmonary embolism etc. Shortness of breath can be identified while running. If you feel some difficulties while running, then you can confirm as shortness of breath. In such cases, you have to consult with your doctor. Even shortness of breath occurs in low oxygen at high altitude places like hill stations.

There are many causes and diseases for shortness of breath which results in heart disease, muscle and nerve diseases and anxiety etc. The possible causes and diseases that occur due to shortness of breath are as follows:

1) Heart valves may be leaky.

2) During exercise, the heart muscles do not get enough blood.

3) Heart muscles may be stiff.

4) Opening in the heart which stops the lungs from getting enough oxygen inside and also inside the blood.

5) High blood pressure can cause which is also known as pulmonary hypertension.

6) Carbon monoxide poisoning

7) Asthma, which is a breathing disease that occurs at regular intervals. It can occur while running or dancing. Even asthma can occur if entered in to dusty areas.

8) Pneumonia

9) Congestive heart failure

10) Bronchitis

11) Collapsed lungs which are otherwise known as pneumothorax.

12) Muscular dystrophy

13) Polymyositis

14) Dermatomyositis

15) Acidosis which is aspirin poisoning

16) Even kidney failure is also a cause for this shortness of breath.

The following above are the major cause of shortness of breath. Apart from these, other causes are also possible. They are:

1) Hyperventilation- this causes when breathing too fast which results in feelings of panic.

2) Gastro esophageal reflux- stomach acids that splash up into the throat.

3) Low level of physical fitness which is called as Deconditioning.

4) Postnasal discharge- this occurs when sinus drainage collects in the back of the throat.

What To Do When A Picture Doesn’t Fit A Picture Frame

Custom picture framers make frames to fit all sizes of pictures but what can you do when you have a frame that doesn’t fit your picture?

People often end up with a frame that doesn’t quite fit the picture they have. This can be because they have bought a cheap frame that is just a little bit bigger or smaller than the picture they have. Sometimes it can be when you are recycling or reusing a frame that was made to fit a different sized picture. Whatever the reason there are a few solutions to fix the problem.

The two easiest solutions, if the frame is larger than the picture being framed, is to either break and cut down the frame to fit or insert a mat border to bridge the difference between the picture and the frame.

If the picture being framed requires glass and when the wrong size frame already had glass that fits the frame, the best solution is often to cut a mat border to make the picture fit the frame rather than to cut both the frame down as well as the glass. When the picture doesn’t require glass because it is an oil or acrylic or some other item to be exposed then it may be best to cut down the frame to fit the picture.

Breaking and cutting down the frame is fraught with risks.

If the frame is timber it is a safer option to break the frame and rejoin it than if it is a synthetic molding. Synthetic frames tend to come apart poorly and will often fracture and chip away at the miter joint.

When breaking a timber frame that has been glued and V nailed or V pinned you should first break the glue join by either forcing the joint apart by twisting or on occasion it may require a sudden forceful pop by tapping the corner on a firm surface perpendicular to the joint. If you are cutting the frame down by more than a few inches or any amount greater than the width of the V nails you can just roughly cut through the frame with a hand saw to get it into separate pieces and then re-cut the frame with a new miter making it the correct length. It is then a simple procedure to join the frame again and re-assemble the picture.

The other option of cutting a mat board to bridge the gap between the picture and the frame is a simpler process. Just calculate the difference between the frame and the picture and work out the widths of matting required to make the picture fit the frame. After you cut the matting, the picture can be hinged to the border and refitted to the existing frame.

In some instances the frame is smaller than the picture and this presents another set of challenges.

When the picture is just a photo or print a decision can be made to trim the picture down to fit the frame. If the picture has either monetary or sentimental value trimming it may not be an option and you should seek professional advice about making a new frame for the picture.

If the picture is a print or photograph on paper or mounted to a flat backing board you can accurately measure and mark where you need to cut the picture down and then trim it using a sharp craft knife and a straight edge. A normal picture frame rebate is usually cut with a small allowance of 2mm to make fitting the glass, picture and backing easy. When you are measuring the picture make sure you cut it smaller than the tight rebate size to a allow for the expansion and contraction of the paper over time. It is always advisable to place the straight edge over the picture aligning it with the inside of the line you want to cut along. That way if you slip with the knife the picture is protected and you will cut into the waste section. Trim the picture in several passes gradually cutting through the board or paper.

If the picture you are framing is a stretched canvas and the frame is smaller than the painting you have three options to consider. You could remove the canvas from the stretcher and then cut the stretcher frame down to fit the outer frame and then re-stretch the painting. Another alternative that could be used if the frame is only slightly smaller than the painting is to make the rebate in the frame larger. To make the rebate larger you can use a router but a quick method for small adjustments is to trim the rebate out with a craft knife. Make two cuts with the craft knife, one parallel to the face of the frame using the existing rebate as a guide and then cut down at 90 degrees from the back of the frame. This requires several cuts gradually working down and cutting out a small rectangular section to make the rebate wider. This is a simple technique when the timber is soft but can be difficult when it is hardwood. The third option is to make a new frame the right size.

Sometimes the cost saving of buying a cheap ready-made picture frame, that is nearly the right size, is easily diminished by the added expenses of trimming, mat cutting or re-stretching as outlined above.

Are Chelation Therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy Effective For Autism?

Here is a little trivia, John Travolta, the actor and scientologist, has a son rumored to be autistic. Celebrity Jenny McCarthy also has a 5 year old who has autism. Sylvester Stallone, footballs stars Doug Flutie and Dan Marino are also celebrities who have children with autism. We hear stories about autism, but what is does is mean to have autism, then?

According to the website Myautisticboy, Autism or Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates with and relates to the people around him. Autism is first noticed when a child reaches the age of three and is more identified by considering the “triads of impairments.”

The triads of impairments are three areas of concern for the autistic person. The three are include social relationships, communication and imagination, and planning. A diagnosis of autism should address all three of these areas as these factors and behaviors can be evaluated through different tests and observations undertaken by medical professions in various fields such as pediatricians and child psychologists.

One recognized treatment for Autism is the alternative medication known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is effective and safe for autism treatment as it involves having the autistic child inside a pressurized enclosure that has higher than normal atmospheric pressure. There are already several health care professionals who treat autistic individuals that have reported excellent results using hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

What is also great about hypebaric oxygen therapy is that it can be taken right at home since hyperbaric chambers are available for sale and for rent. The therapy is very safe that it does not need

doctor’s supervision and requires no medical environment to get the treatment. Hyperbaric Chambers come in two sizes the single and the double bag. Single bag can be operated solo while the double bag needs two people to be operated. The double bag can also fit two people.

Another way to treat autism is through chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is the treatment to remove heavy metal toxicity out of our bodies and uses EDTA as the chelating agent. Autism is believed to be caused by mercury exposure such as from childhood vaccines. And chelation therapy can take mercury out of the autistic child.

Chelation therapy can also treat other heavy metal toxicity such as from lead, uranium, plutonium, iron and arsenic. Chelation therapy can be administered intravenously, intramuscularly or orally depending on the type of poisoning agent and chelating agent. Both Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and chelation therapy are US FDA approved treatments.

My article stops here. Hope you have learned from it. Bye!

Ayurvedic Cure for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (Paralysis agitans) as described by James Parkinson in 1817 is characterized by degeneration of central nervous tissues, affecting the motor skills of a person, thereby impairing his (rarely her) movements and speech.

Kampa vata described in Ayurveda is similar to Parkinson’s disease. Kampa means vibration or shaking (as in an earth quake). Ayurvedic texts describe the symptoms as constant shaking or tremor of limbs and/or head, difficulty in body movements, difficulty in speaking, expressionless face and staring like look.

Parkinson’s disease affects about 1% of population of people aged 65 and above. It is less common in developing and underdeveloped countries. The description of similar type disease in ancient Ayurvedic scripts suggests such a disease existed 2,000 to 3,000 years ago.

Modern researches on Parkinson’s disease almost revolve round an extract from an Ayurvedic herb. Levodopa or L-Dopa present in Mucuna pruriens is easily converted to dopamine at brain. This is especially beneficial in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. (More info at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=15548480&query_hl=1&itool=pubmed_Brief)

Synthetic L-Dopa brings with it several side-effects, while Mucuna pruriens preparation gives complete benefits of better Parkinson’s cure with a little side effects like. The side effects of Mucuna prurens preparations are minimal when compared to synthetic levadopa. One important preparation in this regard is HP200 mucuna pruriens powder available in Indian market, which has been approved by Food and Drugs Administration of India.

Ayurvedic treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease Ayurveda treatment aims at balancing disturbed vata. Massage therapy, enema, medication methods are applied. In addition to Mucuna pruriens (known by names violet bean, cowhage, naikkurana and kaunch beej), Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera), Sida cordifolia are the prime herbs usable in Parkinson’s disease Ayurvedic treatment.

Ayurvedic Parkinson’s treatment utilizes a holistic approach. The holistic treatment regime has great chances of success. Pacification of vata at the digestive tract is important. Mild laxatives are used for colon cleansing, mainly to control vata aggravation.

Rigidity associated with Parkinson’s disease is due to entry of vayu to mamsa. To relive rigidity, one has to be given nervine tonics (Jatamansi and Shanka pushpi) are examples. Depression is due to vata entering nervous system, which can be controlled by appropriate drugs like Hydrocotyle asiatica or Hypericum perforatum.

Ayurveda Parkinson’s disease treatment is not just about applying certain medicines or drugs to pacify the symptoms of the disease. Parkinson’s disease Ayurveda treatment is a concerted effort to accurately identify the exact reason of the imbalance and offer stable solution to the problem.

This holistic approach makes use of meditation as a self diagnosis tool. Parkinson’s disease occurs due to imbalances in mind, body or soul. Yoga and meditation helps the person to accurately focus on the right reason for the condition. It can sometimes be physical, mental or spiritual. Identifying the cause makes the cure as easy as possible.

The Big Hypnosis Debate – State Or Non-State Theory of Hypnosis?

Is there such a thing as hypnosis?

Those people that are said to be hypnotised, are they in some sort of special state, distinct from other states of consciousness, or not?

When you see video clips whereby hypnosis is being used and people are doing some very clever things like turning their body into a seeming steel bar and creating analgesia in their arms so a pin can pass through without any pain… Can those types of things be performed equally well by people who have not undergone any kind of hypnotic induction?

This is one of the major debates in hypnotherapy and throughout the entire philosophy of hypnosis. Is hypnosis a magical, mystical state that the hypnotist does to people?

The big debate in the field of hypnosis is therefore the state vs nonstate debate, let me explain it…

If I attempt to put it as succinctly as possible, state theorists argue that hypnosis is a special state, an altered consciousness, or even a magical state… Like Mesmerism and so on. They tend to believe the following:

– There is a special state of awareness called ‘the hypnotic trance.’

– This state is marked by increased suggestibility, and enhancement of the imagination and ability to use imagery.

– The state involves a number of reality distortions such as amnesias and hallucinations. They also believe in varying ways of perceiving reality whilst in the state.

– The state involves some involuntary behaviour, often yielding the control of behaviour to the behest of the hypnotist.

– Now whilst admitting that there is currently no conclusive proof to support this, state theorists often support the idea that EEG results will one day demonstrate a unique physiology for the special state of hypnosis. In fact, there is some types of evidence already around that they believe partly proves this.

State theory tends to emphasise differences between hypnosis and everything else.

On the other hand, or in the other corner, we have the non-state theorists, who oppose all the above mentioned points. They tend to believe:

– Concepts such as `trance’ or ‘dissociation’, taken from the field of abnormal psychology, are misleading, in the sense that responsiveness to suggestion is a usual psychological response.

– Differences in response to hypnotic suggestions are not due to any special state of consciousness, but rather to the individual’s attitudes, motivations and expectations, or to the level of which the imagination is involved in the process.

– All the phenomena associated with hypnotic suggestions are within usual human abilities. That is, that things that are done in hypnosis that seem amazing can be done without the aid of hypnosis.

– The apparent involuntary behaviours of subjects can be explained otherwise, without bringing in a special hypnotic trance.

– They predict that no such physiological proof will ever be found, because there is no such state.

So, contrary to what I wrote about state theory, the nonstate theorists emphasise similarities between hypnosis and everything else. It is also known as sociocognitive or cognitive behavioural theory of hypnosis.

Nonstate theorists are also sometimes known as sceptical, rational or common sense theorists.

This debate was reignited by R. W. White in 1941 in his paper, that was way ahead of its time entitled “A preface to the theory of hypnotism” whereby he states:

Hypnotic behaviour is meaningful, goal-directed striving, its most general goal being to behave like a hypnotised person as this is continuously defined by the operator and understood by the subject.”

(White, 1941: 483)

Most of the argument really then got going in the 1950s and 1960s… Theodore Sarbin, a man also known as Mr. Role Theory and some of his fellows had employed concepts from “role theory” to understand hypnosis.

What they took from that field was the idea that the hypnotic subject has a “role perception” which may or may not adequately define the behaviour of a good hypnotic subject… You know what I mean, where you expect your eyes to turn squiggly, your arms to be stretched out like a zombie, and that you speak in a montone voice in response to any questions… I am kidding of course.

In hypnosis settings, Sarbin suggested that individuals take the role suggested to them and in doing so actively enact the associated behaviours. He was not saying that hypnosis was just people pretending, instead he compared it to the process of “heated” acting of the kind taught by the Strasberg “method acting” school… And boy, do those guys get into their roles! In fact, some studies have suggested that actors are better than average hypnotic subjects, but that’s a discussion for another day.

When Sarbin worked alongside William Coe, they made the claim that the subject simply wanted to please the hypnotist, and as a result, plays out the expected role of hypnotised subject… Maybe even feeling some pressure to comply with the hypnotist’s instructions.

So is that a reason to deny that there is such a special state as the hypnotic trance?

If I was in a hospital, in an operating theatre, choosing to use hypnosis instead of chemical aneasthesia to have an epigastric hernia removed there is no way that I’m going to play a role while someone is probing my innards with a scalpel! I’m going to have to be in a deep enough trance to be analgesic in the relevant area, no?

Now, the main man as far as the non-state theory is concerned has really been Theodore Barber.

Hypnotism is defined by many (especially non-state theorists) as an induced state of increased suggestibility. Yet when a person is hypnotised, they are supposed to produce the phenomenon of increased suggestibility. Thus the argument is circular according to Barber and many other supporters of this view. Some state theorists may reject this idea by not defining hypnotism merely in terms of suggestibility. For many, suggestibility is just one of the phenomena of the hypnotic state and not all.

If you research his work, you’ll see Barber wrote a mountain sized amount of documents to demonstrate that certain hypnotic phenomena (especially amnesia, enhanced muscular performance and arm levitation) can be equally achieved with subjects who were not hypnotised. Instead, the research participants were led by the researchers to have a positive attitude towards the outcome of the task they have been set, to be motivated to perform well, and to expect that they will be able to perform the task.

More recently, one of the main researchers in the field of hypnosis, Irvine Kirsch, echoed this notion of expectation creating ‘hypnotic’ effects, and built upon it stating that expectation was the dominant factor in hypnosis. Response expectancy was his main thing.

Irvine Kirsch has argued that the response expectancy created in the subject by the hypnotist and the environment are the very essence of hypnosis itself. The mere fact that the process is called “hypnosis”, as opposed to “relaxation”, “meditation”, or “CBT”, therefore is of considerable importance. I have to compete with many common misconceptions each and every from people who have no other education about hypnosis than having seen a stage hypnotist make people do silly things on stage. The word “hypnosis” evokes all kinds of preconceptions which appear to heighten expectation.

Also, and as I tell my students the perceived credibility of the hypnotist are factors which contribute to hypnotic responsiveness too.

I love this… Kirsch has suggested that hypnosis can be seen as a “non-deceptive mega-placebo”, insofar as it operates in a similar, but more powerful manner, than placebos in medicine and it is not deceiving the individual into thinking it is anything other than hypnosis.

Non-deceptive mega-placebo… Cool use of words.

Returning to Barbers research then… Critics of his work may postulate that if research shows that both hypnotised and task-motivated people are equally capable of a particular task, Barber would say that the hypnotised people are actually task-motivated rather than hypnotised.

If A produces X and B produces X, it does not follow that A and B are identical; they may simply have the same effect.

Some state theorists have actually arguedand demonstrated that suggestions given to susceptible or fantasy-prone individuals in the waking state, or in a very relaxed state, can often produce the same effect as suggestions given to hypnotised individuals.

There are other non-state theorists who hold the view that hypnosis is also an act of the imagination. This is called the ‘cognitive- behavioural’ approach, and the main guys supporting this theory in literature are psychologists Nicholas Spanos and John Chaves. They claim that being ‘hypnotised’ is like reading a book or watching a film and that a responsive hypnotic subject . . . ‘has intense and vivid experiences that are produced by the words or communications he is receiving.’

Elsewhere, Spanos claims that ‘hypnosis’ is actually nothing more than ‘goal- directed fantasy’: the individual imagines a situation which, if it actually occurred, would produce the results which the suggestions imply. With this viewpoint, hypnosis is reduced to behaviour rather than a state.

For anyone looking to get into all the piles of research and documents that exist to support the non-state theorists I would say this… Experiments can be made to prove or disprove all sorts of things, depending on what you want to read into them.

For example, in a classic experiment, the psychologist Seymour Fisher showed that subjects responded to post-hypnotic cues only when they thought the experiment was still ongoing; if they thought the experiment had ended, they stopped scratching their ears in response to the trigger-word ‘psychology’ (which was the post-hypnotic suggestion that had been implanted in them).

This experiment delighted non-state theorists of course, since it cast doubt on the validity of hypnotic phenomena. But actually it is arguable that, the way the experiment was set up, Fisher had implicitly asked his subjects to respond to the cue only as long as the experiment was in progress, in which case it is not surprising that he got the results he did. This is a subtle point, but it goes to show that experimental results are not as hard and fast as they can seem to be.

The reason I say this is because I think many people think the sheer volume of research supporting non-state theorists renders it conclusive.

The ‘Hypnosurgery’ programme on More4 TV channel here in the UK recently (can be found on YouTube) showed a man being operated on using hypnosis instead of having any anaesthesia… Nicholas Spanos has an interesting take on analgesia. He argues that the phenomena attributed to hypnosis are what he calls ‘social behavior’. Subjects are so motivated to respond in keeping with their expected role that they develop ‘cognitive strategies’ to do things such as overcoming pain.

Like I said earlier, they are not suggesting that people are totally pretending, they are actually saying that the individuals make use of ‘cognitive strategies’ such as imagery, self-distraction and verbalisations that help to convince them that the pain is not so bad, and these strategies do genuinely raise pain thresholds.

When Paul Mckenna’s court case in the late 1990s versus Christopher Gates came into the public domain, (case notes can be found online) Mr Judge Toulson cites evidence given non-state theorist Graham Wagstaff who promoted the theory of non-state hypnosis in Paul Mckenna’s successful defence.

Wagstaff agrees with this view that hypnotic subjects are so motivated to respond in keeping with their expected role that they develop ‘cognitive strategies’ to do them. Rather ironically, Wagstaff has first hand experience of this, because in 1970, as a student, he was ‘hypnotised’ on stage by the magician Kreskin, and put through some of the usual tricks of a stage hypnotist.

In response to the above mentioned non-state theorists…. State theorists often quote the work of Swiss psychologist Edouard Claparede (1873-1940) whereby he read his subjects ten bizarre words when they were deeply hypnotised, and ten equally unfamiliar words while they were awake.

These twenty words were then jumbled together with a number of other words. The subjects, after being dehypnotised, were then asked which words they recognised. They always recognised only the ten they had heard while awake, and never the ten they had heard while hypnotised. People in a non-hypnotised state can only pretend not to recognise the words. Post-hypnotic amnesia, state theorists believe, is therefore a genuine, state-dependent phenomenon, which makes it look as though the hypnotic state is genuine too.

Yes indeed, experiments have shown that unhypnotised individuals can indeed resist pain, either under conditions of distraction, or because they are suitably motivated and so on.

State theorists argue that Barber and his colleagues rely heavily on experimental evidence and tend to ignore the real-life evidence of hypnotists who have performed surgical operations. Some of the surgical operations performed under hypnotism are still painful, there is no doubt about that. Take for example the work of Dr James Esdaille, which highlights the unthinkable; that an eight-hour operation could be performed under hypnosis, that patients would lie still for amputations, the removal of breast cancers, scrotal growths and so on!! Not all of them did, but a good 50 per cent did throughout the recorded works of James Esdaille in the 1830s and 1840s.

Another issue that many state theorists have is the occurrence of what we term post-hypnotic suggestions. These are suggestions given in hypnosis that effect them when out of hypnosis and away from the influence of the hypnotist. If an individual displays behavioural changes after the hypnosis session, when the hypnotist is no longer present and the individual has no knowledge that his or her behaviour is being monitored, state theorists would ask how hypnosis can be compliance, role-playing, or the desire to please?

State theorists argue that the fact that some people can reproduce the effects of hypnotic phenomena without being hypnotised, by the use of their imagination or whatever, does not disprove the reality of hypnotism at all; it just proves that the same or similar phenomena can be produced by other means as well.

There is so much discussion, debate, argument, evidence, research and so on to truly document all facets of this debate, but I hope to have highlighted some key points to get the main bulk of this discussion.

Typical Symptoms of the Flu

Many people that have the flu actually misjudge it as being a cold since their symptoms are so tolerable so it can be confusing.

What Causes the Flu

It is important to understand that the influenza virus constantly changes and can mutate into a more severe or mild strain at any time. This allows it to infect someone’s immune system who has had a flu shot because their vaccination may not protect against what the strain has become.

The flu is one of the easiest illnesses you can catch because it is spread through contact or by even breathing in infected air. Therefore, if a person walking in front of you at the mall coughs or sneezes into the air and you walk through those tainted air particles, you can become infected. Alternatively, if that same person covers their mouth with their hand when they cough or sneeze and then touches a railing or elevator button that you touch after them, you have picked up the virus.

What are the Symptoms?

Nearly everyone who has the flu experiences a pretty high fever, children can see dangerous levels. This is almost always accompanied with a sore throat, fatigue and muscle aches. Most people describe this uncomfortable feeling as everything hurting. Headaches can also be present and there is a good chance that you will have a runny or stuffy nose.

The majority of the population who experiences these symptoms will recover within two weeks, others will develop pneumonia, which can result in death.

When are Symptoms an Emergency?

Every fever or sore throat is not considered an emergency situation. However, it is important that you do seek medical treatment if symptoms become severe or if you experience abdominal or chest pain, difficulty breathing, persistent vomiting, confusion or dizziness. Due to the scare of the swine flu, doctor’s offices and emergency rooms have been overwhelmed by individuals who have very mild influenza symptoms which takes time away from other patients who need attention more.

Additionally, symptoms of the flu in children can become serious quite fast so it is crucial that they are closely monitored. Your child should see a doctor if they are extremely irritable (more than average), not waking up, having a hard time breathing, not drinking liquids or have blue or pale skin. Children can become dangerously dehydrated pretty fast so this is always a concern with the flu.

What Are The Effects Of An L-Glutamine Deficiency?

When suffering from sluggish behavior and feeling illness creeping up on you often, you could be suffering from L-Glutamine deficiency. This is a key component of the body that is needed on the cellular level for metabolic functions, cellular growth, and the revitalization of tissues of your body. What does this mean for you? When you use this natural antioxidant you are relieving your body of extra energy it needs to exert to complete a certain function. It has the capabilities of protecting nerves, cells, and organs from cellular damage and degeneration. Not only this but this key amino acid also reverses the effects of aging when it counts most!

How a L-Glutamine deficiency affects your health

Certain conditions arise within the body that can influence your L-Glutamine deficiency. For example, when your body undergoes large amounts of stress, trauma, or biological changes, this causes the body to use more of this substance than is stored within your cells. This is the most abundant amino acid in the body and is responsible for numerous reactions that bring optimal health. The medicinal use of this natural alternative health supplement has a drastic effect on energy levels, metabolic rates, and even the autonomic functions of the brain and nervous system. When suffering from decreased amounts of this naturally occurring substance, you need sources rich in this substance to modify reactions.

Healthy perspectives for avoiding L-Glutamine deficiency

An L-Glutamine deficiency can arise due to physiological imbalances in the body which trigger slow cellular activity and under regulation of body fluids. The symptoms of not having enough of this substance are actually more severe than the proposed side effects of taking this substance on a daily basis. When you have imbalanced amino acid levels, your weight may fluctuate, you may have different or uncomfortable bowel movements, or you may suffer from low energy levels. More importantly, when you lack this key substance, you are at risk of infection throughout your body as your immune system is compromised. This is why an L-Glutamine deficiency is harmful to your whole body health.

Case studies on what the reactions of an L-Glutamine deficiency are

When you need support from a natural anti-oxidizing substance, this key component can meet all of your needs. A powerful alternative health supplement may do the trick to reverse the damage inflicted on your tissues. Researchers have studied the medicinal effects of this non-essential amino acid which can be found in many foods you eat, and as a dietary supplement. It has the ability to enhance the strength of your immune system while allowing your digestive system to better absorb and assimilate nutrients from foods for whole body health. This is a non-toxic ingredient which balances fluid levels and allows for cellular growth and metabolic activities to occur at a normal pace.

Our tips on strengthening your body while avoiding an L-Glutamine deficiency

If you think that your health condition may be stemming from this lack of nutrition, you can correct it with the therapeutic use of this organic substance. When you combine it with other natural vitamins, minerals, and ingredients, such as vitamins B3 and B6, certain chemical reactions occur synergistically to optimize your body. These reactions are vital to the protein synthesis reactions in your body which supply you with needed cellular energy. Now you can embrace total body health while slowing down the aging process.

Type 2 Diabetes – What Will You Do When Your Blood Sugar Level Is High?

One of the side effects of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes is hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. While this might not sound like a serious complication, it can cause a host of medical conditions.

But it’s important to know in Type 2 diabetes, high insulin levels come first. When you cells become resistant to insulin, high blood sugar follows. Your body doesn’t want the sugar to be so high, so the pancreas keeps producing insulin. It actually pours it out to match the sugar, in an effort to get it into your cells.

The main ramification of high blood sugar has to do with small blood vessel disease. Injured blood vessels:

  • in the eyes can cause blindness,
  • in the kidneys can cause kidney failure,
  • in the nerves, it can lead to neuropathy, and
  • more.

The trick to handling hyperglycemia is to start treatment early.

Suffering from hyperglycemia can land you in the hospital. Each time you experience high blood sugar, you risk developing one of the above-mentioned conditions. How do you stop these conditions before it takes too heavy of a toll on your health?

1. Closely monitor your blood sugar. You can’t take action unless you are aware you need to do so. This means monitoring your blood sugar on a frequent basis… not just when you don’t feel well.

2. Know what to look for. Hyperglycemia is characterized by a dry mouth brought on by excessive thirst, feeling lethargic and sluggish with little or no energy and blurred vision. While these might sound a lot like hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, it is still worth checking out. Don’t assume what the symptoms represent.

3. If you are experiencing high blood sugar levels, you have to bring them down quickly. One way to do this is through exercise. Since sugar, or fuel, is necessary in order to exercise then it is the perfect solution for burning off too much sugar. Just make sure of two things: check your blood sugar before you start and halfway through your exercise. And only carry out a low-impact routine.

4. In the event your levels are too high, such as 300 mg/dL (16.6 mmol/L) or more, then don’t try to exercise. Instead, call your doctor immediately to have them advise you. If you can’t get in touch with your doctor quickly, go to the hospital… do not hesitate.

5. Drink plenty of water. This will help your body flush out the sugar. The more water you can drink, the better.

6. Your medication. Make sure to take your exact doses at the designated times. If you are on insulin, it might need to be adjusted for how you are currently feeling. Let your doctor make that determination.

7. Watch your food intake. If your blood sugar is up, you need to adjust your food intake accordingly.

There has to be a reason your reading is abnormal. One of the reasons could be lack of exercise. Exercising changes the way your body processes foods and the way it responds to insulin. Another reason could be eating large food portions.

Cascara Sagrada Bark Side Effects and Complications

Cascara sagrada bark is a common ingredient in colon cleansers, often reported to promote ‘detoxification of the colon’. In actuality, cascara sagrada is a powerful stimulant laxative, which initiates fecal elimination by triggering contractions in the colon.

Cascara sagrada bark has numerous side effects and contraindications, all which affect colon, stomach and liver function. This herb is not safe to use if you have a history of any colon or gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcerative colitis or diverticular disease. Pregnant women cannot take cascara sagrada bark because it can put undue stress on the fetus. Long-term use can also cause permanent damage to these organs.

Short-term side effects of cascara sagrada bark include:

* Stomach pain or cramps

* Persistent diarrhea.

* Dehydration

* Dizziness, fainting

Long-term side effects associated with cascara sagrada bark include:

* Chronic constipation

* Loss of normal bowel function

* Colon or bowel damage

* Muscle weakness

* Fatigue, pronounced tiredness

* Decrease in bowel movements

* Pigmentation of the colon (melanosis coli)

* Changes in heartbeat

* Electrolyte loss

* Possible liver, kidney or heart damage

Long-term use is also associated with laxative dependency, a condition that causes the colon to become dependent on laxatives in order to have a bowel movement. Using cascara sagrada bark for longer than prescribed, or more than seven days, can increase a person’s risk for these side effects.

There have also been rare reports of hepatitis occurring after long-term use. It can also increase a person’s risk for adenomas, or colorectal growths. This may be a precursor to cancer.

Allergic Side Effects

Cascara sagrada bark can also cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals. The following reactions have been reported:

* Hives

* Skin rash, excessive itching

* Difficulty breathing

* Chest tightness

* Swelling of the lips, tongue or mouth

* No bowel movement

* Bleeding of the rectal area

If any of these side effects are reported, seek medical treatment immediately. This is a sign of a severe allergic reaction, which can be fatal if left untreated.

Possible Complications

This herb can also worsen the severity of certain illnesses. If you have any of the following health conditions below, this herb may be possibly unsafe to take:

* Diverticular disease

* Ulcerative colitis

* Congestive heart failure

* Heart disease

* Anemia

* Liver disease

* Kidney disease

* Appendicitis

* Crohn’s disease

* Hemorrhoids

* General heart problems

* Cancer of the colon or gastrointestinal tract

People who suffer from laxative dependency or who have abused laxatives in the past should not take this herb. People with a history of eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, should also avoid using this herb.

The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice. Any health concerns or questions should be discussed with your local healthcare provider.

101 Things You Need to Know About Herpes

1. Genital herpes is caused by two forms of the herpes simplex viruses: HSV-1 or HSV-2.

2. Most oral herpes is caused by HSV-1, and most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2.

3. Most people do not show signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection.

4. at least 45 million people ages 12 and older, or 20% of U. S. adolescents and adults, have had genital herpes.

5. Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out of eight).

6. Both herpes Type 1 and 2 can be transmitted by contact with the sores that the herpes viruses cause, but also between outbreaks (sometimes called OBs) via “shedding” from skin that does not have a sore on it.

7. Herpes transmission frequently occurs from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore, and may not even know that he or she is infected with the virus.

8. Genital OBs of HSV-1 recur less frequently than genital outbreaks caused by HSV-2.

9. First symptoms of genital herpes, they can be quite intense. Subsequent OBs are more mild. Symptoms can include:

10. small area of redness, sometimes with raised bumps or fluid-filled blisters;

11. Itching, burning or tingling in the genital area;

12. Flu-like symptoms (headache, swollen glands, fever);

13. Painful urination and/or discharge.

14. Initial herpes outbreak usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted, and the sores usually heal within two to four weeks.

15. Sometimes, a person does not become aware of the infection until years after it is acquired.

16. Do not squeeze OB blisters because that may cause infection to spread.

17. Genital herpes infection can be more severe in people with immune systems depressed due to other causes.

18. Genital herpes can cause psychological distress in people who know they are infected, due particularly to the attached social stigma.

19. Any area in the groin can be affected by genital herpes.

20. Herpes is not the only infection that causes genital sores. Bacterial infections have also been known to cause sores that resemble herpes sores. So, it’s best to get tested.

21. Genital herpes can lead to potentially fatal infections in babies.

22. Genital herpes can sometimes be diagnosed by visual inspection of the outbreak, or by taking an actual sample from a sore.

23. The only sure way to avoid getting herpes and other STDs is abstinence, or a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with someone who is not infected.

24. If you inform your partner of your herpes, you can discuss it instead of making excuses as to why you don’t want to have sex.

25. Genital herpes caused by HSV-2 carries an 80-90% chance of OBs.

26. Genital herpes caused by HSV-1 carries a 50% chance of OBs.

27. OB sores can occur in areas that are not covered by a latex condom, so condoms are not fool-proof in protecting from contracting genital herpes.

28. Even if a person does not have any symptoms he or she can still infect sex partners.

29. You can’t get herpes from swimming pools, towels or toilet seats.

30. Frequency and severity of herpes OBs vary between individuals.

31. The most common symptom of genital herpes is one or more sores or blisters that appear on the genitals, anus, buttocks.

32. Some things thought to trigger Obs are:

33. stress;

34. anxiety;

35. other illnesses;

36. menstruation;

37. and extreme weather exposure.

38. OBs are most common in the first year after infection with herpes.

39. Oftentimes signs like tingling, itching, numbness or tenderness where the sores will appear occur a few days before an OB.

40. Genital herpes can be well managed with medication, stress management and healthy eating.

41. Genital herpes infections almost never cause long-term damage in healthy adults.

42. Research has shown that genital herpes does not cause cervical or any other types of cancers.

43. With proper treatment and open communication, most people with herpes find they can have normal, healthy, enjoyable relationships.

44. Symptoms of the herpes virus can be similar to symptoms of other diseases, so the best way to be sure whether you have it to get tested.

45. For immediate relief from an OB:

46. You can take warm baths or hold ice packs on the sores for several minutes.

47. You can wear loose cotton clothes to prevent chafing.

48. Keep the area dry with baby powder or cornstarch.

49. You can take aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen to relieve pain and fever.

50. Women who get herpes before becoming pregnant have a low risk of passing the virus to the baby.

51. Risk of infant herpes increases if mother gets herpes during final trimester of pregnancy.

52. A genital herpes diagnosis in a long-term, monogamous relationship does not mean a partner was unfaithful.

53. Herpes can be transmitted through oral sex.

54. There is no absolute cure for the herpes infection at this time.

55. If you have genital herpes, avoid (or reduce) activities that may affect OBs, like:

56. poor diet;

57. overexertion;

58. emotional or physical stress;

59. lack of sleep;

60. excess alcohol;

61. and surgical trauma.

62. Excessive friction during intercourse may trigger OBs.

63. Genital herpes does not mean that your sex life is over.

64. Approximately 70% of genital herpes cases result from asymptomatic shedding, when no signs or symptoms exist.

65. It’s been reported that people who tell their partners of their diagnosis are rarely rejected.

66. Herpes has not been found to affect fertility or ability to have children.

67. Research suggests that when someone has both HIV and HSV, the HIV virus may be increased in genital secretions, increasing the risk of HIV transmission to sexual partners.

68. Cold sores and canker sores are not related, though people mistake the two.

69. Cold sores are contagious.

70. Canker sores are not contagious.

71. Cold sores appear around the mouth and symptoms include:

72. tiny, fluid-filled blisters or sores around the mouth, surrounded by red (inflamed) skin;

73. days before appearance of blisters soreness or tingling around mouth area;

74. and, discomfort and appearance of blisters generally last between 7 and 10 days.

75. Cold sores can sometimes be found on nostrils, chin or fingers.

76. Oral herpes OB can occur from contact with someone who has an active lesion through activities like sharing eating utensils, razors and towels.

77. Cold sores typically heal without medicine(http://www. herpaflor. com). But, you may want to seek medical attention if:

78. the blisters don’t go away within one to two weeks;

79. you have a pre-existing health condition that has put your immune system at risk;

80. symptoms are severe;

81. you have frequent outbreaks;

82. or if eye irritation occurs.

83. Some people are at greater risk of contracting cold sores and should be avoided, including:

84. infants;

85. people with eczema;

86. or people with a suppressed immune system caused by cancer, AIDS or an organ transplant.

87. If herpes infects the eye, it can cause corneal scarring — one of the major causes of blindness in the U. S.

88. Expectant mothers must alert their physician if either she or her partner has genital herpes.

89. To protect yourself and your partner from contracting oral herpes and to avoid spreading it to other body parts:

90. don’t kiss or have skin contact with infected persons during an OB;

91. don’t share items like eating utensils, towels, lip balm;

92. during OBs, wash your hands carefully and regularly;

93. use caution when touching other body parts, especially eyes and genitals (http://www.herpes-virus.org);

94. avoid stressful situations, like cold or flu, lack of sleep or prolonged sun exposure without sunblock;

95. and, use sunblock on lips and face prior to prolonged sun exposure- in winter and summer.

96. In some cases, the decision to not use condoms may be agreed upon in a relationship where both partners understand the risks of contracting genital herpes.

97. Because of society’s negative misconceptions about genital herpes, you should prepare yourself before approaching others about the topic.

98. Discuss your genital herpes with a partner when you are not ‘in the mood’ for sex, when you’re feeling confident, and when you can pay full attention to the conversation.

99. Anywhere you feel safe and comfortable is a good place to talk about herpes with a partner.

100. Discussing genital herpes may strengthen your relationship and bring you closer together as a couple.

101. Some people find that seeking counseling helps them cope with their diagnosis.

Exposed – Seborrhea, Dermatitis and Seborrhea Conditions

Seborrhea is an inherited condition that affects the rate of production of skin cells. For the many who think their problem is actually due to “dryness”, visible flaking is really due to a buildup of proliferating cells that have nowhere to go. This is why all the moisturizer in the world won’t help resolve seborrhea dermatitis. Seborrhea is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that affects the areas of the head and trunk that have sebaceous glands.

Seborrheic dermatitis appears on sebum-rich areas of the scalp, face, and trunk. Sebum production begins at puberty, triggered by circulating DHT (the activated testosterone metabolite). Lipid rich sebum nourishes normal skin yeast, Pityrosporum ovale. Flourishing numbers of yeast produce lipase, an enzyme used to break down sebum into digestible free fatty acids (FFA). Unfortunately, FFAs are irritating to the skin resulting in inflammation – hence the itch, scratch cycle.

Patients with seborrheic dermatitis also have an abnormal immune response with reduced activity of helper T cells and activation of the alternative complement pathway.

However, there is no doubt that there are definitely trigger factors that can cause seborrheic dermatitis to flare. Seasonal changes unquestionably play a role in flaring seborrheic dermatitis. Part of this is due to diminished UV light during the winter. Ultraviolet rays help reduce the rate of cellular turnover, explaining why the condition is at its best during the summer. Cold weather also dehydrates the skin, exaggerating the appearance of flaking. And finally, cold and flu season is coincidentally at its peak, perhaps confusing the picture.

Both viral and bacterial infections can affect the immune system and trigger a bout of seborrhea. It’s not that the skin is infected, but the body’s generalized response to it. Seborrhea is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that affects the areas of the head and trunk that have sebaceous glands. A type of yeast that has an affinity for these glands called Pityrosporum ovale may be the cause, but this has not been proven yet. It is believed that the build-up of yeast in these glands irritates the skin causing redness and flaking.

Progesterone is on a rise just before one’s menstrual cycle begins and during pregnancy. Higher levels of progesterone make for higher levels of DHT to stimulate the sebaceous glands and trigger a flare of seborrhea. The use of DERMAdoctor Calm, Cool & Corrected 2N1 Rosacea Tx can help address increased oiliness, blemishes, scaling and itching during this time. So, condition like seborrhea is likely to be far more significant in a patient already genetically predisposed. Excellent maintenance therapy with a variety of treatments targeting the underlying causes can help improve the appearance of seborrheic dermatitis for these patients.

Adults who have seborrhea usually experience a waxing and waning course. In other words it can’t be “cured”. The good news is with proper maintenance, seborrhea can be controlled. Furthermore, most of the treatments can be found over-the-counter.

Proper hygiene plays an important role in treatment. Frequent washing with soap gets rid of the oils in the affected areas and improves symptoms. Sunlight inhibits the growth of the yeast; therefore exposure of affected areas to sun is helpful, although caution should be exercised to avoid sun damage. The main medical treatments are antifungal shampoos and topical steroids.

Treating Candida Infections with Colloidal Silver

Candida infections are the most common fungal infections that affect humans. Candida is the name for a group of yeasts (a type of fungus) that commonly infect the skin. The name ‘Candida’ refers to the white color of the organisms in culture. It is a normal inhabitant of the human digestive tract from early infancy, where it lives without causing any disease most of the time. It is normally controlled by beneficial bacteria in the intestines which act as host’s defense. However, if the bacteria-fungus balance is upset, by the use of antibiotics for example, or if the immune system is compromised, an overgrowth of Candida can occur, resulting in infection. The infection results in release of powerful chemicals into the bloodstream, causing such varying symptoms as lethargy, chronic diarrhea, yeast vaginitis, bladder infections, muscle and joint pain, menstrual problems, constipation and severe depression. Also, it can cause infection of the mucosa (the lining of the mouth, anus and genitals), the skin, and rarely, deep-seated infection. Although both men and women can have Candida infections, however it does occur more frequently in women (especially young women) with more severe effects.

Fungal infections are more common today than ever before. There are a number of reasons for this. People are living longer, and older people are more likely than younger people to have compromised immune systems, a major risk factor for fungal infection. Similarly, the widespread use of antibiotics has contributed to the growing infection rate (fungal infections are known to occur after antibiotic therapy, which has the effect of killing the beneficial bacteria that normally suppress fungi). The cases of Candida infections too are in rise. Candida species are true opportunistic pathogens that exploit recent technological advances to gain access to the circulation and deep tissues. Several other factors can lead to an overgrowth of Candida. Steroids such as Cortisone (Decadron or other cortisone-type drugs) suppress the immune system’s ability to fight Candida growth. The immune system can also be weakened in the people infected with HIV. Prolong use of contraceptive pill or injection, or pregnancy is also conducive for candida growth. The candida infection may be due to general debility e.g. from cancer or malnutrition. Another cause of Candida overgrowth can be from a low Acidophilus and Bifidus culture in the colon. It is imperative that there is enough of these two friendly bacterias in the system in order to control Candida overgrowth. Once the level of these friendly bacteria is lowered, Candida fungus takes control. Iron deficiency too is considered one of the reasons for candida infection.

Management of serious and life-threatening invasive Candida infection remains severely hampered by delays in diagnosis and the lack of reliable diagnostic methods that allow detection of both fungemia and tissue invasion by Candida species. Diagnosis of candida infection can often be accomplished by the presence of symptoms alone. To confirm the diagnosis, however, samples of the fungus have to be identified under a microscope. During this test, scrapings or smears of the tissue are taken from skin, nails, oral mucosa, and vaginal mucosa and identified with a low-powered microscopic examination, a process that gives immediate results.

Once Candida infection is diagnosed, its treatment depends on where it is located. People with skin infections are usually instructed to keep the affected areas as dry as possible until the infection has cleared. Doing so may mean changing out of a wet bathing suit or out of damp workout clothes as soon as possible. Antifungal shampoos are available, as well as antifungal mouth rinses. Infection does not always respond quickly to these treatments and may recur when topical application is discontinued.

The main theme of Candida infection treatment is strengthening of the human immune system. Colloidal silver is the right choice in this regard as it is well known for its capability of fighting against fungus infections. Colloidal silver is nothing but very fine particles of pure silver, suspended in water. Colloidal silver has antimicrobial properties. A lot of research has been done recently on its functioning. Certain bacteria are essential to healthy body function, such as acidophilus. Several researchers claim colloidal silver only attacks the unfriendly pathogens and will not harm the friendly bacteria. But one must wonder how it can possibly differentiate. One explanation is that the friendly bacteria are aerobic, while unfriendly bacteria are anaerobic. Also, it is said that the silver does not attack bacteria directly, but rather decomposes certain enzymes the anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeast, and molds require. The silver acts as a catalyst and is not consumed in the process. It is probable that the reason the bacteria cannot develop a resistance to silver, as they do to antibiotics, is because silver does not directly them directly, but rather destroys the enzymes they depend on. This is in quite contrast to normal antibiotics, which kills friendly bacteria as well.

The germ fighting properties of colloidal silver has been adopted in soap making and such soaps are in vogue. Regular use of such soap not only helps in keeping the skin clean and healthy but also enhances the body immune system, thus preventing further infections of Candida. Even dermatologists recommend soaps with colloidal silver for the patients with candida infection. However, one must be selective while purchasing such soaps. Soaps containing colloidal silver with 20 ppm are considered the best for daily usage and they have optimum effect on fight against Candida infection.

Food Allergy and Stuttering Link

With reasons being unknown about the cause of stuttering, there is a theory going around which states the connection between food allergies and stuttering. According to this notion, the allergy to certain foods causes the sympathetic nervous system to be activated rather than the para-sympathetic nervous system. As a result, what follows is an increase in the level of anxiousness in the stutterer stimulating the stutter and worsening it.

There has been no conclusive evidence to show that certain foods worsen or aggravate this condition in a person when he is already a stutterer. But there have been instances where sufferers have felt remarkable improvement in their condition with the elimination of certain items from their diet. Most people are unaware of the connection between stuttering and food. This link cannot be assumed to exist in all stutterers but there is a possibility that some sufferers maybe experiencing this problem because of their diet. It is advisable that you check with a gastroenterologist to ensure that their food intake is not a possible reason for their stutter.

The most common food allergy prevalent in stutterers is that of gluten which has been found to aggravate the stutter. Gluten is a substance found in wheat and hence is present in most of the bread varieties. The consumption of gluten by the stutterer worsens his stutter, sometimes aggravating it to such an extent that the stutterer is not even able to put in a complete sentence. The slurring and stuttering become extremely bad with the intake of gluten. Once the stutterer ceases to take in gluten in any form, his stuttering is back to its normal level. But this gluten aversion could also be because of some other bigger disorders like Celiac and should immediately be checked with a doctor.

Also, food rich in dopamine cause stutterers to experience extreme stuttering and hence must be avoided. One such item rich in dopamine is caffeine and this along with sugary foods should not be included in a sufferers diet. Some people develop a temporary stutter because of their allergy towards certain food varieties; allergy to peanut butter causes stuttering in some people. Such people can be avoided by keeping away from the allergic food items. The same goes for stutterers who are experiencing food allergies too but since they already stutter in their speech, it is better to be cautious and stay away from such items.

Hope this information can help relieve you symptoms.

Effects of Bulimia Nervosa

Effects of bulimia can be divided into long term and short term side effects. Also you can then subdivide the side effects of bulimia to correspond with the system or the organs bulimia affects: e.g. psychological problems, mental, gastro-intestinal, cardio-vascular system, kidney, skin, bones and hormonal problems.

Now, let’s look precisely at each of them separately.

First of all bulimia affects the sufferer psychologically. Some would say that psychological problems are the culprits that lead to bulimia and it is why people get bulimia in the first place.

So, what kind of psychological problems are common in most bulimia sufferers? Here the list of most common ones: poor body image, out of control feelings, depression, anxiety, unable to eat with others , constantly thinking about food (even dreaming about it), avoidance of other people, mood changes. It is also not uncommon for bulimics to have different kinds of addiction as well, like alcohol, drugs, smoking etc. Being prone to an addictive nature is one of psychological traits of bulimics.

Mental effects of bulimia can include poor concentration, loss of memory, irritability and luck of coping strength and strategies.

Gastro-intestinal tract can also be affected badly especially in long-standing bulimia cases. These include problems with food digestions, constant reflux, stomach ulcers, aches and pains in the abdominal area, bloating, and esophageal problems.

Teeth get damaged from the ongoing contact with stomach acid. Salivary glands get enlarged as they need to work hard to cope with regular vomiting.

Bulimia effects on cardio-vascular system are irregular heart beats, possible heart blocks, and broken small blood vessels. Long standing bulimia can cause weakening of the heart muscle and weakening of major blood vessels of the body.

Kidney’s can be damaged due to electrolytes deficiency caused by constant vomiting. In long standing cases of bulimia kidney disease is a high possibility.

Skin and bones get damaged mostly in long standing bulimia cases. Bulimics often have dry and cold to touch skin as body temperature decreases the longer one has bulimia. Osteoporosis can be a side effect of bulimia for those who have it for many years.

Hormonal irregularities appear to be obvious in long-standing and short-standing bulimia. People complain of menstrual problems due to estrogens insufficiency. Adrenal glands can slow down producing hormones causing sleepiness, weakness of the whole body, lethargy and inactivity. Ovaries start producing inadequate amount of sex hormones which can cause problems with conserving and carrying pregnancy full term. Infertility, miscarriages, and low sex drive – all these problems could be relevant to long term bulimics.

And another important bulimia effect is immune system damage: it can occur after a few years of bulimia. People’s reaction to a suppressed immune system can be having frequent colds, flu, tonsillitis or other infections anywhere in the body. Immune system damage could be a consequence of severe vitamins and mineral deficiency experienced by bulimics.

To sum it all up, bulimia has a number of dangerous side effects on the human body. Some of them appear sooner, some appear later as the disease progresses. It is important for anyone who has bulimia to stop the progression of their bulimia and don’t let the severe effects of bulimia appear in the first place. By educating yourself about the effects of bulimia you can avoid the dangerous long-term problems associated with this disease.

Holding Back Emotions Can Cause Anxiety, Depression And Insomnia – Journal Writing Can Help

Holding on to a nonexpressed emotion is the most common reason people suffer from anxiety, depression, addictions and somatic disorders. Unexpressed emotions and desires are truly poison for your mental, and ultimately physical, well-being. Your body has the ability to remove toxins from its systems automatically, without you doing anything beyond eating and drinking. With our minds, we’re not so fortunate. We do eliminate some of the toxic modes of thought and emotion by expressing them, but others we squirrel away like mice with cheese, tucking fears, resentments and grudges into dark corners of the mind where they fester for years, driving our behaviors and causing anxiety, depression, addictions and somatic disorders. Driving these poisons from the mind takes work. Just as with physical poisons, there’s a process: identify the toxin, develop a process for getting rid of it, and eliminate it from the psyche. Journal writing is a part of this vital process.

As you become more adept at it, you’ll use your journal writing to identify and express your most complex, intense emotions and thoughts. Journal writing is a surefire way of overcoming life’s obstacles, promoting self-awareness and of identifying and fulfilling your life’s goals. Speak to yourself in your journal, and you will hear the answers coming from your subconscious. Listen to the answers and let your voice guide you. One useful exercise is to imagine that you are lying on your deathbed. Think about the things you have accomplished in your life that have given you meaning. Listen to any regrets, keeping in mind we usually regret not the things we did, but the things we did not do.

Pay attention to these “deathbed” thoughts and let them lead you toward your goals, your true meaning in life. The intense yearnings and passionate ideas that keep arising over and over again in your journal – those are probably your goals, the things that will make you feel like a complete, fulfilled person. Once you embrace your life’s purpose and meaning, you must learn how to accomplish your goals. Daily journal writing is a powerful way of staying focused on your goals and of finding your path to achieving them.

Your journal can become your self-produced manual on goal achievement. As you write about the steps you take each day toward your goals, you will become skilled at troubleshooting your methods and choices, and at picking better ways of moving toward those goals.

Tips for Successful Journaling

Keeping a journal is a way of identifying yourself. It’s you saying,

“This is who I am. This is how I feel today. This is what life looks like to me.” Writing in a journal is also a way of introducing you to yourself. Follow these suggestions:

1. Be honest-and kind-with yourself about what is possible for you to accomplish within a certain time frame.

2. Don’t edit yourself. Some people want their journals to read just perfectly, as if they’re submitting them for publication.Others want to leave out material that seems embarrassing, childish or foolish. Don’t screen your writing.

3. Be honest with yourself. You can’t interpret and you can’t give yourself permission to lie, either. When you’re journaling, give yourself permission to make mistakes.

No one else is going to see your journal, so be completely candid.

If you don’t, you’ll be writing a script for your ideal life, not the life you’re leading today-the one you want to improve.

4. Keep your journal private, except for sharing it with a therapist. What’s going on in your mind at the time is no one else’s business, and you may censor yourself if you think someone else will be reading what you write.

Reading Your Journal

Do more than write in your journal; go back and read it about once a month. A journal’s greatest value is as a self-reflective tool, and you can’t reflect if you don’t look back.