Five Serious Consequences of Not Getting Enough Sleep!

Sleep is an often forgotten commodity. In trying to get in all of our activities each day, sleep is something we frequently cut back on (to the detriment of our health). According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), approximately 30 million Americans are affected by chronic insomnia each year. When we sleep enough, we wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on our daily activities. Sleep affects how we look, feel and perform on a daily basis and can have a major impact on our overall quality of life.

To get the most out of our sleep, both quantity and quality are important. Teens and young adults need at least 8.5 a night of uninterrupted sleep to leave their bodies and minds rejuvenated for the next day. If sleep is cut short, the body does not have time to complete all the sleep phases needed for muscle repair, memory and the release of hormones that regulate growth and appetite. We then wake up unprepared to concentrate, make decisions or engage fully in school, work and social activities.

Getting good sleep is crucial because sleep deprivation is associated with serious health problems such as obesity, depression, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Your emotional well-being, performance, productivity, and mental abilities are all linked with getting good sleep. The effects of sleep deprivation could arise from insomnia, disrupted sleep, snoring (yours or others), or waking up early. The five most serious effects of sleep deprivation include:

1 – Depression: Sleep-deprived children have longer illnesses, more severe depression, and greater fatigue than those who are not sleep deprived. Other studies link sleep deprivation with self esteem problems as well. Getting good quality sleep and curing insomnia helps with fight depression and increase self esteem.

2 – Weight gain: If you are losing sleep, your body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference are likely to increase. Your risk of becoming obese is almost doubled, according to Professor Francesco Cappuccio of Warwick Medical School. He detected this trend in adults and kids as young as five years old. Getting good sleep can help you lose weight. Sleep deprivation increases appetite through hormonal changes. Specifically, more of the appetite-increasing ghrelin is produced when you are not getting good sleep and less of the appetite-suppressing leptin is produced. Sleep deprivation and insomnia naturally cause you to eat more.

3 – Memory loss: Dr. Jeffrey Ellenbogen of the Harvard Medical School found that sleep protects memories from interference. The more quickly you fall asleep after studying for a test or learning a new skill, the more likely you are to remember it later. If you learn new information and then go about your daily business, you will have about a 44 per cent lower chance of retaining what you have learned. This research could be particularly helpful when you are learning a new job. Getting good sleep helps your memory, while sleep deprivation damages it.

4 – Intellectual impairment: Researchers at the University of Virginia have found that insomnia or lack of sleep can impair IQ and cognitive development in children. Lower grades and poor peer relations could also result from sleep deprivation. Getting good sleep increases cognitive ability.

5 – Physical impairment: According to the National Sleep Foundation, your body shows the effects of not getting good sleep. Your coordination and motor functions may be impaired, and your reaction time may be delayed. You may have reduced cardiovascular performance, reduced endurance, and increased levels of fatigue due to sleep deprivation. Tremors and clumsiness can also result if you are not getting good sleep.

How does sleep contribute to the functioning of the body?

Sleep architecture follows a pattern of alternating REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep in a cycle that repeats itself about every 90 minutes.

What role does each state and stage of sleep play?

NREM (75 percent of the night): As we begin to fall asleep, we enter NREM sleep, which is composed of four stages:

Stage 1

· Between being awake and falling asleep

· Light sleep

Stage 2

· Onset of sleep

· Becoming disengaged from surroundings

· Breathing and heart rate are regular

· Body temperature drops (so sleeping in a cool room is helpful)

Stages 3 and 4

· Deepest and most restorative sleep

· Blood pressure drops

· Breathing becomes slower

· Muscles are relaxed

· Blood supply to muscles increases

· Tissue growth and repair occurs

· Energy is restored

· Hormones are released (including growth hormone, which is essential for growth and development-especially muscle development)

REM (25 percent of night): First occurs about 90 minutes after falling asleep and recurs about every 90 minutes, getting longer later in the night. In REM sleep:

· Energy is provided to brain and body

· Supports for daytime performance are provided

· Brain is active and dreams occur

· Eyes dart back and forth

· Body becomes immobile and relaxed as muscles are turned off

In addition, levels of the hormone cortisol drop at bedtime and increase overnight to promote alertness in the morning.

Sleep helps us thrive during the day by maintaining a healthy immune system and helping to balance our appetites by regulating levels of the hormones ghrelin and leptin, which influence our feelings of hunger. So when we are sleep deprived, we may feel the need to eat more, which in turn can lead to weight gain.

The one third of our lives that we spend sleeping, far from being unproductive, plays a direct role in how full, energetic and successful the other two thirds of our lives can be.

The Treatment of Big Toe Joint Arthritis Using An Artificial Joint Implant

Arthritis of the big toe joint can be a very disabling condition, as painful motion of this joint can hamper the ability to comfortably walk. Conservative treatment options of this joint are somewhat limited owing to the strain placed on it by the body during walking. Surgery is usually performed for treatment, and the use of joint implants is very popular. This article will review the types of joint implants available to treat big toe joint arthritis.

Arthritis of the big toe joint, also called the 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint, is very common, and is the most common place of symptomatic arthritis in the foot. The big toe joint is comprised of the roundish head of the first metatarsal, and the concave base part of the proximal phalanx, the first bone of two in the big toe itself. Arthritis occurs when the cartilage that covers the ends of the above two bones erodes away, resulting in a loss of the normal smooth motion of the joint. Bone grinds on bone, and the tissue in and around the joint becomes inflamed. Large spurs on top of and around the joint form, and can limit motion even further. The destruction in the big toe joint usually begins as a result of long term wear and tear on the cartilage due to a first metatarsal that is formed either too long, too short, or too elevated. Bunions can also result in arthritis where the big toe is angled too far toward the second toe, and the 1st metatarsal sticks out too far in the other direction. Trauma, particularly prior fractures that involved the joint or one of its bones, can eventually result in joint destruction and arthritis. There are also a number of other diseases that result in more significant (and some cases unsalvageable) joint destruction, including psoriasis, body-wide immune system-related arthritic conditions, bone infections, loss of blood supply to the bone, and nerve disease associated with certain conditions.

Nonsurgical treatment of big toe joint arthritis can have limited help compared with arthritis in larger joints like the knees and hips. These can include stiff shoes and inserts to limit the motion of the joint, as well as anti-inflammatory medications and injections. These measures rarely provide lasting relief.

Surgical treatment of big toe joint arthritis involves procedures that either preserve the joint, replace the joint, or destroy the joint all together. Joint preserving procedures are used in mild cases of arthritis, or in those who have high functional demands (like competing athletes) or cannot undergo a joint implant or destruction procedure due to poor health or bone density. These procedures involve removal of bone spurs and loose bone particles, and possibly a correction of any abnormal 1st metatarsal position. Joint destruction, which amounts to a removal of all cartilage and fusing the joint so it does not move at all (eliminating the pain), is done when arthritis is severe, and also in more moderate cases depending on the philosophy of the surgeon. Some surgeons prefer to use this option in all painful arthritic cases, others prefer implants to artificially restore motion.

Since the scope of this article is joint implants, the discussion will be centered on this option. Joint implants for the big toe joint have been around for well over fifty years. Joint implants can replace both sides of the joint, or only one side, leaving the other side’s cartilage intact. A variety of materials have been used to make these implants, including silicone, metal of various alloys, and ceramics. Some implants have withstood the test of time, and others have faded into obscurity due to design issues or implant failures.

One of the first implant designs, and one that is still in use today by some surgeons, is essentially a hinge with stems that run into the 1st metatarsal and proximal phalanx, respectively. This implant is made of a firm silicone gel, that is stiff enough to withstand the forces acting on the big toe, and flexible enough to allow for a bending motion at the hinge. This implant has been used for nearly forty years, and has a fairly decent success rate. The nature of the silicone gel material can lead to complications, including silicone degeneration and depositing of particles in the surrounding soft tissue, as well as stem fracturing and implant slippage if not tightly seated in the bone due to stem hole widening.

Perhaps the most popular implant design today is historically the earliest implant. This implant design has been in use since the 1950’s, and has proven itself durable, effective, and generally complication free when properly installed. This implant design replaces the ‘cup’ of the proximal phalanx part of the joint, and consists of a concave plate attached to a stem that is impacted into the bone. This implant fits in tightly, and has a thin profile so that not a lot of anatomic bone has to be removed in order to fit it into the joint. The original design is still in use, and many companies have implants that are very similar in shape and function. This implant, while it replaces the only one side of the joint, is very effective at restoring joint motion without pain, even if the other side of the joint has a large amount of cartilage loss as well. Complications can include extended joint swelling follow the surgery for awhile, as well as implant slippage out of position or toe bone fracturing in a very low number of cases. This author has personally used this design for years with good success.

A more recent design developed in the last decade provides a surface replacement for the metatarsal side of the joint. Anatomically, this is the side that wears down the most, and so theoretically this is the most optimal part of the joint to replace. Unfortunately, this bone is much more difficult to design a partial implant for given it’s size, shape, and role within the joint’s motion. A recent design has overcome these challenges, and has success in resurfacing the metatarsal portion of the joint to resolve the arthritis pain and degeneration. This type of implant essentially consists of a round ‘head’ portion that replaces much, but not all, of the end of the 1st metatarsal. It is secured to the end of the bone via a stem that is either screwed or impacted into the canal of the bone. The base part of the proximal phalanx will then move over this implant, with the end result being better motion and reduced pain. Like implants in the other bone, this design can cause bone fracturing, and if improperly placed (or if the bone quality is not ideal), the stem can move in the bone canal, leading to implant surface motion.

A final design in implants for big toe joint arthritis has been the one most technically challenged, and historically least successful and consistent in design. These implants have two pieces that replace both sides of the joint respectively. Essentially, there is a cup component for the proximal phalanx and a ‘ball’ component for the 1st metatarsal. These designs require the removal of a lot of bone in order for them to fit in properly, and historically have had a higher failure rate that the one-sided implants. This joint takes on a great amount of force during walking, and the presence of metal in the bones at this joint increases the stress on the respective bones. When the metal is present on both sides of the joint,a higher rate of bone stress can develop, as well as a higher rate of implant fracture and bone fracture. Design improvements persist even now, and there are many surgeons who prefer to use implants with two sides rather than one-side despite this history, usually given their own success with using the two-sided design. While this author does not prefer the use of total joint implants in the big toe joint, contemporary designs are still very much a legitimate and effective way to improve joint motion and reduce pain, especially in the case of severe erosion of both sides of the joint surface.

Joint implants for big toe joint arthritis is a valuable option for relieving pain and improving foot function. There are some patients who should not use these implants, no matter what the design. These include very heavy and obese people and people with poor bone density or who heavily smoke and have decreased bone density as a result of nicotine on blood flow to the bone. They also include diabetics or others with significant nerve disease, as decreased sensation can lead to excessive foot joint pressures and eventual destruction. People with big toe joint implants also need to keep in mind that motion is rarely ever 100% improved, and most of the time squatting over one’s toes is not comfortable due to some restriction of motion that the presence of an artificial joint creates. However, in the big picture, these implants are more reliable, more durable, and are less likely to become infected than larger implants like those in the hips and knees, and they rarely ever have to be removed or replaced.

How Can There Possibly Be A Conspiracy Theory About Yeast Overgrowth?

A number of alternative medical advocates believe that yeast overgrowth is a systemic disease and the cause of many diverse, and non specific symptoms other than the apparent, typical symptoms of vaginal thrush, oral thrush and yeast skin infections. They have postulated the conspiracy theory relating to yeast overgrowth syndrome.

The collective name given to this group of non specific symptoms is yeast overgrowth syndrome, Candida hypersensitivity syndrome, yeast allergy, or gastrointestinal yeast overgrowth.

People who suffer from the overgrowth of yeast are most likely to be affected by toxins released by the yeast itself. Such toxins include ethanol and acetaldehyde which have a mild narcotic effect. These toxins, while produced in the bowel, can be absorbed into the bloodstream and affect the brain function, causing a variety of symptoms such as memory loss, a feeling of vagueness, irritability, moodiness, dizziness, spots in the vision or ringing in the ears.

These toxins negatively impact our cells by making it difficult for the white blood cells to fight infection, resulting in rashes, acne and the slowing of the healing process. It also affects the red blood cells ability to flow into capillaries, resulting in migraines, fatigue and muscle aches.

The following list includes many non specific symptoms thought to be caused by yeast overgrowth syndrome:

– abdominal bloating

– reflux and gas

– diarrhoea

– constipation

– migraines

– headaches

– asthma


– bad breath

– premenstrual tension

– muscle pain or stiffness

– fatigue

– depression

– psoriasis

– sexual dysfunction

– food intolerances

– and much more

Often these symptoms appear even when there is no clinical sign of Candida albicans, the most common cause of this overgrowth syndrome. While these sub-clinical infections and symptoms are not medically recognised conditions, treatment for systemic yeast overgrowth in these individuals has lead to permanent relief from symptoms.

Keep in mind that just because you do not have the symptoms of obvious yeast infection such as thrush, that this does not imply that you do not have yeast overgrowth. Thrush is just an external symptom, and you may be affected in other areas.

Some people become allergic to yeast and an allergic response can be triggered by the low number of yeasts which reside normally on your body. This is called Candida hypersensitivity syndrome or yeast allergy. Just if you had a allergic reaction to strawberries or penicillin your body will react by setting up either local or systemic inflammations causing any number of symptoms such as redness, itching, rashes, swelling or more serious symptoms.

With Candidiasis now affecting up to one third of the population, and the majority of the population at risk with up to 80-90% harboring the yeast Candida, why don’t doctors diagnose yeast overgrowth syndrome as a cause of many common symptoms and illnesses? Because there has been no action, the alternative medical proponents have suggested the possibility of a conspiracy theory.

There are many conspiracy theories about this subject, but these have not been readily accepted by the medical fraternity. There has not been sufficient medical research done on this matter. This has lead to the conspiracy theory related to yeast overgrowth especially since medical universities and medical reviews that bring doctors up to date are funded and controlled primarily by the large pharmaceutical corporates who are focused on the profits from the sale of their medications. If you look at an average medical review you will see that up to two thirds is dedicated to pharmaceutical products.

By prescribing a pharmaceutical cream or ointment for a yeast infection such as thrush, doctors see immediate results with their patients. But if treatment fails to cure the symptoms or if the symptoms recur, then the doctor may take samples to confirm the diagnosis and to check that the patient is not suffering from a more serious underlying disease such as diabetes. There is an issue with treating the symptoms and not finding out what the root cause of the infection is, because the yeast infection will come back in time. If you use the same medication again and again, the Candida may mutate and become resistant to the medications prescribed.

In a number of countries several of the medications available for yeast overgrowth can be bought over the counter and this has set up a culture where people self diagnose and treat their own Candida infections. There is a risk that the yeast infection is not properly diagnosed and treated correctly. It has also lead to commercial advertising of pharmaceutical medications to treat yeast infections.

Most doctors know about the alternative methods of treating and controlling yeast infections such as thrush. However they have been trained to follow standard protocols for the treatment of these infections. These protocols, in the main, have been established by the medical fraternity and have been confirmed by scientific research.That does not imply that doctors will not assist you to find some natural treatments for controlling recurrent thrush.

If you believe you are suffering from yeast overgrowth syndrome it is important to do research to find out more about this disease and the rationale behind the conspiracy theory suggested by these alternative medical proponents. You can talk to your doctor or do research on the internet. However the best proof is in the cure. Treat your Candida infection and see if your other non- specific symptoms disappear at the same time. It cannot hurt you and may even do you some good.

Basketball Fitness Training – Why Every Hooper Should Hill Sprint

Serious basketball coaches are always looking for ways to get an edge on the competition – to gain an advantage. It’s why you spend so much time researching methods of training that will make your players faster and stronger – and jump higher – without taking up too much time to get results.

That’s why I believe that running hill sprints (which includes running bleachers and stairs) is a must for any basketball player.

This is because hill sprints provide a number of benefits to the basketball athlete. Here are the Top 6:

1. Hill sprints provide the perfect combination of strength and speed training.

It’s like lifting weights and sprinting at the same time. The hill gives resistance to your athlete’s sprints, making them more difficult while being shorter in distance and duration. Including hill sprints in your training program can bring great results in as little as 15 minutes 1 or 2 times per week.

2. Hill sprints build stamina.

Endurance is something that every basketball player needs – but it is a special kind of endurance. If you want your athletes to perform at their peak, then low, slow distance types of cardio just won’t work. Their endurance training needs to mimic the demands of the game. Those needs being – short bouts of intense exertion broken up by periods of lower intensities.

Hill sprints provide just this type of interval training. They will take your players’ hearts and lungs to intensities far greater than those found in jogging or traditional types of endurance training. Their body will become used to reaching these higher levels, and recovering quickly in between the “sprints.”

More and more scientific studies are showing that VO2 Max (the traditional measure of aerobic endurance) is improved as much – or more- by using high intensity interval-type exercise like hill sprinting.

Want your team to have their “wind” at the end of the game? Hill sprint.

3. Hill sprints increase ankle strength – helping to prevent one of the most common injuries in sports – the ankle sprain.

Ankles are made stronger due to the need to push off harder when sprinting up the hill. Because of the incline, more drive is needed than when sprinting on a flat surface. Improved ankle strength also leads to the ability to push off harder during the game – benefiting a player’s important “first step” and lengthening their stride when sprinting in a breakaway on the court.

4. Hill sprints increase basketball players’ speed and explosiveness.

This is because hill training promotes two key factors in running faster and jumping higher. First, it forces proper knee lift – essential for driving the legs downward and back for more force. Second, hill sprinting makes the sprinter dorsi-flex their foot while running. The closer the toes are brought to the shin, the more force they can apply on ground contact. Think of dorsi-flexing as loading your foot – then unloading it into the ground – pushing you forward.

Explosiveness is also shown in the way hill sprints can increase your players’ vertical jumps – a key measure of power. Jumping is really the same as sprinting – pushing your body forward (or up) against gravity. The more power you can generate from your legs when pushing, the farther or higher you will go.

5. Hill sprints provide a way to safely train your athletes.

In addition to protecting your ankles, hill sprinting protects your athletes’ from other types of injuries as well. The last thing you want to do is to injure your athletes while conditioning.

Hill sprinting provides safety in two ways: One, the slightly shorter stride length while running a hill sprint is a great way to protect hamstrings. Most hamstring pulls and strains result from over-extension – something which rarely occurs when sprinting hills.

Second, hill sprints can decrease the pounding on your players’ legs. Studies have shown that even a slight grade added to sprints can decrease the impact on the runner’s legs by as much as 25%. Shin splints, foot problems and sore knees can be greatly reduced by getting on the hills for your sprints.

6. Hill sprints as mental training

Besides all of the physical benefits of hill sprinting, they also promote mental toughness and goal-setting behavior in your athletes. Looking up at the hill can be daunting when your players are fatigued and nearing the end of their sprint session. By using the hill as a metaphor, you can show them the importance of having a goal (the top of the hill), taking the steps necessary to reach it (one step at a time up the hill), and celebrating their success when they reach their goal (their very own Rocky imitation at the top of the hill). Looking back down the hill after their workout, your athletes can feel the satisfaction of accomplishing something that may have seemed an impossible obstacle.

With all of these benefits for your basketball team, adding hill sprints to your training program should go to the top of your To Do List. It’s no coincidence that we found out that this year’s NCAA player of the year Kevin Durant made hill sprints a key part of his training. You can develop your own “special” players the same way.

Make your athletes stronger, faster, better conditioned, injury resistant and mentally tough with this “old school” training. You, your team and your fans will be glad you did.

Aroma ‘Therapy’ and the Black Death

From Mediaeval times until the mid-1800s, it was generally believed that diseases were caused and spread through a corruption of the air or ‘miasma’. This belief probably arose because of the foul smells associated with illness and the lack of hygiene common at that time. When it came to preventing or treating such diseases, a lack of any knowledge of modern science or medicine meant that people had only the beliefs and practices of their ancestors to rely on. While some of these, mainly herbal, remedies have been since found to be effective (e.g. wormwood for stomach complaints and lungwort for respiratory problems), most were totally ineffective when the Black Death swept across Europe in the 1300s.

The most common form of the Black Death was the bubonic plague, characterized by the appearance of black-coloured buboes in the groin, neck and armpits, which oozed pus and blood, together with fever, headaches, painful aches in the joints, nausea and vomiting. It was highly contagious and usually fatal. The Black Death was universally feared – it spread ferociously fast, and death could occur within a couple of hours of the onset of symptoms. Between the 14th and 17th centuries, Europe suffered a series of attacks from the plague, and the consequences were enormous. Between 1348 and 1350 alone, the Black Death is estimated to have killed between one- and two-thirds of the population of Europe.

The plague was associated with a characteristic stink – the huge number of victims together with the rapid and high death rate associated with the plague would have given rise to an extraordinarily strong stench. This reinforced in most people’s minds the idea that the disease was carried in contaminated air. Among the more obvious remedies that were proposed, therefore, were those based on aroma – the aim was to counter the bad air with sweet-smelling agents, which were thought to have the power to overcome the harmful evil odours. Herbs and spices were most popular, though generally anything that smelt good was considered useful.

Those who could afford it burned a range of aromatic herbs – such as rosemary, juniper, laurel, pine and beech – in their houses, to help ward off bad smells and purify the air. Camphor and sulphur were also thought to be effective. Sweet-smelling herbs, such as lavender, sage, thyme, meadowsweet and winter savoury, were dried and strewn on the floor, sewn into cloth bags or carried as posies. Cloths infused with aromatic oils, such as camphor, rosemary or laurel, that were used to cover the face when going out were a more expensive option. Vinegar was also thought to be an effective deterrent.

Even wealthier people could afford pomanders. These consisted of pierced metal cases containing resin or wax embedded with a multitude of expensive aromatic spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Held to the nose, the pierced casing allowed the scent to escape, thus (supposedly) offering the owner protection from the air-borne pestilence. The attractions of the aromatic spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, are perhaps obvious, but ambergris, a waxy secretion of the intestinal tract of the sperm whale, was also used in pomanders. Unlikely as it may seem, ambergris has a pleasant sweet fragrance and is still used today by the perfume industry. Only the very rich could afford to carry ambergris pomanders, and these were considered to be more potent against the plague than other pomanders.

In Elizabethan times there are reports of many ‘cures’ for the plague: here are two of those based on herbal remedies…

“Take yarrow, tansy, featherfew, of each a handful, and bruise them well together, then let the sick party make water into the herbs, then strain them, and give it the sick to drink.” (The belief that drinking your own urine is a panacea for all ills is a relatively common one even today.)

Take of sage, rue, briar leaves, elder leaves, of each a handful, stamp them and strain them with a quart of white wine, and put thereto a little ginger, and a good spoonful of the best treacle, and drink thereof morning and evening.

Although the remedies available at this time were totally ineffective at treating people who developed the plague there is a possibility that some may, strangely enough, have actually been of some help in preventing the spread of the plague. Wormwood, rosemary, feverfew and tansy, in particular, are today recognized for their flea-repelling properties (indeed wormwood was used as a flea deterrent during the plague years) – and fleas and the rats that carried them are now generally thought to have been responsible for carrying and spreading this devastating disease.



Why You Should Use Castor Oil Packs For Ovarian Cysts

The benefits of this oil have been known and used for centuries for various health issues as well as to maintain general health and well-being. If it did not provide any health benefits, it would not have stood the test of time. In terms of ovarian cyst natural treatment, using castor oil packs for ovarian cysts is one of the most popular home remedies for ovarian cyst treatment.

Why castor oil packs for ovarian cysts?

Castor oil is derived from the castor bean – Ricinus communis. This oil is a triglyceride with the most common fatty acid found in this oil being ricinoleic acid.

It is ricinoleic acid which is believed to be the reason for the many reported health benefits of castor oil. But you should be aware that there really isn’t much scientific research to support the use of castor oil as a health remedy and the benefits of it for these purposes. All the positive testimonials are mostly anecdotal.

As far as the current use of this particular oil for various ailments, it is the natural healer Egdar Cayce who spearheaded the use of this special oil in the early part of the last century and in particular the use of castor oil packs for the treatment of various health conditions such as constipation (taken orally or through the use of castor oil packs), for stimulating the immune system, for epilepsy, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, gynecological issues, and soon and so forth.

Castor oil packs and ovarian cysts

This oil is believed to be beneficial for the immune system through oral or topical application of this oil. Castor oil packs when used properly can help to improve and boost various components of the immune system. Using this pack has been shown in a few studies to increase the lymphocytes which are the disease fighting cells in the immune system. Lymphocytes help the body eliminate disease causing toxins as well as waste from the body.

When this part of the immune system is not functioning at its fullest potential, it causes a build up of these toxins and waste matter which can lead to inflammation which increases the risk of developing various diseases and conditions. Many holistic practitioners believe that ovarian cysts are the result of toxins that the body does not know how to properly eliminate and by increasing the amount of lymphocytes, more disease causing toxins can be eradicated.

In order to treat ovarian cysts, it is believed that improving the functioning of the immune system through the use of castor oil packs and the ricinoleic acid in this oil which has anti-inflammatory properties is thought to eliminate these cysts.

This oil has the unique ability to penetrate the skin in order to relax smooth muscle. This unique ability helps it penetrate the blood and lymph vessels, the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, bowels, gall bladder, liver, etc, to correct any issues and improve performance.

A castor oil pack is placed on the skin to increase circulation as well as promote elimination and healing of the various tissues and organs that lie underneath the skin. This pack is used many times to stimulate the liver, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, increase lymphatic circulation, as well as improve digestion.

These packs help to increase the efficiency of circulation in the pelvic region. Good circulation in this region will ensure that supportive nutrients are delivered promptly to the cells, and that waste products and inflammatory factors are eliminated before they cause damage.

When you also place this pack over your liver area, it can help improve the performance of your liver which is a major waste removal organ. When your liver is functioning at optimal levels waste, toxins and excessive hormones will be eliminated in a timely manner.

What do you have to lose by incorporating castor oil packs if you are tormented by symptomatic cysts on the ovaries?

What is a castor oil pack?

These packs are very popular because they allow the various healing properties found in this oil to be absorbed directly through the skin in order to begin their healing work in the body.

Do note that you can also apply this oil directly on the skin without the use of a castor oil pack by simply rubbing some of the oil over the affected area of the skin but using castor oil packs is thought to work even better.

How to make a castor oil pack for ovarian cysts;

1. You need organic cold pressed castor oil. This oil is free of pesticides or other toxins and is best for use for ovarian cysts natural treatment.

2. You need a heating pad or hot water bottle. The heat is thought to help the healing properties of this oil penetrate the body more efficiently. The heat can also help relieve any pain and pressure you may be experiencing in the pelvic region especially when an ovarian cyst raptures.

3. You need a plastic wrap or garbage bags.

4. You also need cotton flannel or pieces of wool large enough to use over the abdomen.

5. An old towel or t-shirt (optional)

Applying a castor oil pack

1. To make sure that you are not allergic to this oil, you may want to perform a patch test first.

2. Fold the flannel or wool in thirds or use three separate pieces.

3. Soak the flannel or wool in this oil but the flannel or wool should not drip with oil.

4. Lie down in a supine position (face up) with your feet elevated with a pillow placed underneath your knees and feet.

5. Place the flannel soaked in castor oil over the affected area.

6. Cover with the plastic wrap.

7. Place the heating pad or hot water bottle on top of the plastic wrap.

8. In order to insulate the heat, you may want to cover the bottle or pad with the old towel or t-shirt.

9. Leave this castor oil pack on for 45 to 60 minutes and simply relax. You can even use this time to visualize and meditate upon your health and well-being.

10. Remove the pack and wash the oil off your skin with soap and water or a baking soda solution.

11. You can reuse this castor oil pack by storing this pack after use in a zip-lock bag and keeping it by your bedside or in a cupboard and use again as needed. Discard when the pack starts to change color or smell.

12. Use this pack for four days consecutively each week for up to a month and rest for the rest of the week. After a month, evaluate the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of this natural method.

Safety concerns

1. Do not get into too much activity after administering a castor oil pack which is why it is sometimes best to do it just before you go to bed.

2. These packs can be very messy so do plan to wear old clothes or lie on old clothes that you keep separate from your regular clothes because castor oil can stain.

3. Unfortunately there isn’t any conclusive guidance on how long you should use the castor oil packs in order to obtain relief but a month is a reasonable time to evaluate the effectiveness of this holistic healing method and decide whether to continue treatment or whether to stop and try another method.

4. For those trying to get pregnant, castor oil packs are a bad idea as the heat used may interfere with your ability to get pregnant.

5. In addition, if you are on your period, avoid using this method.

Castor oil packs for ovarian cysts are definitely one of the popular methods recommended for those looking for effective ovarian cyst natural treatment methods. While this oil treatment for ovarian cysts has led to many positive results in many patients, it is important to remember that what may work for one may not work for another and vice versa.

Can Birth Control Pills Cause Yeast Infections?

There is no doubt that birth control pills have given women a level of freedom and choice that was unavailable in the past. For all the good things that the pill has to offer, however, it is not without side effects. For one thing, many women report getting yeast infections shortly after starting the pill. Is there a link between the two? Can birth control pills cause yeast infections? Let’s take a closer look.

Birth control pills work by altering the hormone levels in a woman’s body. Each month during the menstrual cycle the altered hormone levels prevent an egg from being fertilized which in turn prevents pregnancy. However, introducing synthetic hormones that alter the natural hormone balance of the body can lead to a host of problems and to many unwanted symptoms or side effects.

For some women this means that when they go on the pill they develop yeast infections. Other women have the exact opposite problem. They’ll stop taking birth control after many years on it and will suddenly find themselves with a yeast overgrowth. Either way the infections seem to be brought on by the changing hormone levels in a woman’s body.

If you find yourself experience problems with yeast after starting the pill there are a few things you can do. First, you can talk to your doctor about trying a different type of pill or different form of contraception. Some people react differently to different brands of birth control and each one may have a slightly different effect on your hormones so it is worth experimenting with a few to try to find one that works.

If you decide to stay on the pill but still struggle with yeast infections you can try to treat the yeast using natural remedies in combination with changes in your diet. By paying attention to the foods you eat and taking care to nourish your body you may be able to eliminate the problem all together.

Try to avoid over the counter topical creams or ointments since these may only make the problem worse and could lead to chronic or recurring infections. Instead, opt for natural treatments and look for ways to get to the root of the problem instead of just masking the symptoms.

Causes and Symptoms of Blood Transfusion Reaction

What is this Condition? Transfusion reaction accompanies or follows intravenous administration of blood components. Its severity varies from mild (fever and chills) to severe (acute kidney failure or complete vascular collapse and death), depending on the amount of blood transfused, the type of reaction, and the person’s general health.

What Causes it? Hemolytic reactions (red blood cell rupture) follow transfusion of mismatched blood. Transfusion with incompatible blood triggers the most serious reaction, marked by intravascular clumping of red blood cells. The recipient’s antibodies (immunoglobulin G or M) adhere to the donated red blood cells, leading to widespread clumping and destruction of the recipient’s red blood cells and, possibly, the development of disseminated intravascular coagulation and other serious effects.

Transfusion with Rh-incompatible blood triggers a less serious reaction within several days to 2 weeks. Rh reactions are most likely in women sensitized to red blood cell antigens by prior pregnancy or by unknown factors, such as bacterial or viral infection, and in people who have received more than five transfusions.

Allergic reactions are fairly common but only occasionally serious. Febrile nonhemolytic reactions, the most common type of reaction. apparently develop when antibodies in the recipient’s plasma attack antIgens.

Bacterial contamination of donor blood, although fairly uncommon, can occur during donor phlebotomy. Also possible is contamination of donor blood with viruses (such as hepatitis), cytomegalovirus, and the organism causing malaria.

What are its Symptoms? Immediate effects of hemolytic transfusion reaction develop within a few minutes or hours after the start of transfusion and may include chills, fever, hives, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, tightness in the chest, chest and back pain, low blood pressure. bronchospasm, angioedema, and signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, shock, pulmonary edema, and congestive heart failure. In a person having surgery under anesthesia, these symptoms are masked, but blood oozes from mucous membranes or the incision.

Delayed hemolytic reactions can occur up to several weeks after transfusion, causing fever, an unexpected decrease in serum hemoglobin, and jaundice.

Allergic hemolytic reactions typically don’t cause a fever and are characterized by hives and angioedema, possibly progressing to cough, respiratory distress, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vascular instability, shock, and coma.

The hallmark of febrile nonhemolytic reactions is a mild to severe fever that may begin when the transfusion starts or within 2 hours after its completion.

Bacterial contamination causes high fever, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and, possibly, shock. Symptoms of viral contamination may not appear for several weeks after transfusion.

How is it Diagnosed? Confirming a hemolytic transfusion reaction requires proof of blood incompatibility and evidence of hemolysis. When such a reaction is suspected, the person’s blood is retyped and crossmatched with the donor’s blood.

When bacterial contamination is suspected, a blood culture should be done to isolate the causative organism.

How is it Treated? At the first sign of a hemolytic reaction, the transfusion is stopped immediately. Depending on the nature of the person’s reaction, the health care team may:

o monitor vital signs every 15 to 30 minutes, watching for signs of shock

o maintain an open intravenous line with normal saline solution, insert an indwelling urinary catheter, and monitor intake and output

o cover the person with blankets to ease chills

o deliver supplemental oxygen at low flow rates through a nasal cannula or hand-held resuscitation bag (called an Ambu bag)

o administer drugs such as intravenous medications to raise blood pressure and normal saline solution to combat shock, Adrenalin to treat shortness of breath and wheezing, Benadryl to combat cellular histamine released from mast cells, corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, and Osmitrol or Lasix to maintain urinary function. Parenteral antihistamines and corticosteroids are given for allergic reactions (arlaphylaxis, a severe reaction, may require Adrenalin). Drugs to reduce fever are administered for febrile nonhemolytic reactions and appropriate intravenous antibiotics are given for bacterial contamination.

Temptations Biography – Up, Up and Away

This Temptations biography spins around the earliest groups. New members have been carrying the torch with finesse for decades. But the original Temptations and their songs light my fire most.

The history of the Temptations started in Detroit, as did that of many Motown singers. So what made one vocal quintet, the Distants, stand out? Three reasons: Elbridge Bryant, Otis Williams, and Melvin Franklin. Two supple tenors and a deep, deep bass, preserved on their 1959 single, “Come On.”

Actually, they “stood out” in part because their other two colleagues had bolted!

But some Prime candidates from Alabama had shown up in Detroit and onstage before Otis Williams’s eyes. When the Primes disbanded, baritone Paul Williams (no relation) and high tenor Eddie Kendricks joined the remaining Distants.

Thus, in 1961, the Elgins were born.

Oops! The president of that local upstart, Motown Records, didn’t care for that name when he signed them.

So they headed back to the Hitsville building as the Temptations, and didn’t leave for 16 years.

A Motown-centric Temptations biography would start pretty glumly. Success eluded the group at first. Working at Motown was a “Dream Come True,” but even that song didn’t bring lasting fame.

In 1963, a violent scuffle between Elbridge Bryant and Paul Williams preceded “Al’s” exit. Another hurdle, or an opportunity?

The man who filled this vacancy represented both. His name was David Ruffin–younger brother of Jimmy whose weathered tenor injected intriguing angst into the sweetest songs.

The Temptations, with David Ruffin and new tunes by Smokey Robinson, found their fortunes swinging upward. The Kendricks-led song, “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” broke pop’s Top 20. With “My Girl,” 1964 became their year. Meanwhile, Ruffin switched off with Kendricks as the lead among a pack of strong voices.

Norman Whitfield, a rival producer, offered brawnier hits than Robinson’s, like “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “I Wish It Would Rain.” By the late ’60s, his collaborations with Eddie Holland, then Barrett Strong, had earned him exclusive control over the music of the Temptations.

The group developed its own recognizable style. The Temptations wardrobe ran the fashion gamut: tuxedoes, capes, leather, linen, blues, limes, you name it. But the Tempts always looked sharp and fun in their costumes. Eddie Kendricks held some sway over this easy sophistication.

Under the direction of Broadway hoofer Cholly Atkins, the Temptations became renowned dancers, as well. Daily two-hour rehearsals ensured their movements were precise and spectacular enough to rivet fans from bare stages. Paul Williams’s choreography, including the twirly Temptation Walk, oozed sheer erotic energy.

Onstage, group harmony ruled. Offstage, conflicts abounded, particularly between Ruffin and the others. Too much ego and flakiness cost him his membership in 1968. Though he released his own smash, “My Whole World Ended,” solo superstardom was not meant to be.

Ex-Contour Dennis Edwards checked into Ruffin’s spot. Under his coarse, convincing vocals, new songs by the Temptations re-emphasized the ensemble. Whitfield’s ambitious “psychedelic soul” phase fused denser grooves with sociopolitical observations, helping fans dance and think at once. Commercially, the Tempts stayed put on “Cloud Nine.”

1971 brought both returns and departures. Enter “Just My Imagination,” a throwback to their tender ballads. Exit Eddie Kendricks for a solo career and the disco-esque hits, “Keep on Truckin'” and “Boogie Down.” Exit Paul Williams, wracked by illness and alcoholism.

Williams would have no encore. On August 17, 1973, the soulful center of the Temptations died. A few blocks from Hitsville. Of a gunshot wound. To the head. A suicide.

Two new tenors, Richard Street (formerly of the Monitors) and Damon Harris gamely met the challenge of filling Kendricks’s and Williams’s shoes.

Even without two key founders, the Temptations albums of this decade held their own against the older classics. “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” would give producers enough reason to note the group’s ’70s output on “best of” CDs.

Things kept shifting for the Tempts. From Harris to Glenn Leonard in 1975. From Dennis Edwards to Louis Price…to Dennis Edwards (who’d leave and come back several times). And most significantly, from Motown to Atlantic in 1977, then back to Motown in the early ’80s.

Just in time for a reunion tour with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks!

Individual resentments did mar the backstage atmosphere. But each man’s bond to “the Temptations” persisted. Ruffin, Kendricks, and Edwards even embarked on a late ’80s “Tribute to the Temptations” tour while the official group marched on.

This Temptations biography must now face the inevitable.

Al Bryant, who’d left too soon to bask in glory, had followed Paul Williams to the grave in 1978, a cirrhosis victim.

Over a decade later, on June 1, 1991, 50-year-old David Ruffin passed away from a drug overdose.

Lung cancer took Eddie Kendricks the next year on October 5th.

After a brain seizure and nearly weeklong coma, Melvin Franklin (born David English) died on February 23, 1995.

But before that…immortality.

In 1989, in flesh and in spirit, the six classic members had shared the stage once more at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smooth spokesman Otis Williams…beloved Batman fanatic Melvin Franklin…the late, limber Paul Williams…ethereally elegant Eddie Kendricks…dynamic David Ruffin…and hard-hitting Dennis Edwards.

Ah, the Temptations. Adored in their time, enshrined for the ages.

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The Power of Pause – Improving Communication by Not Communicating

In this noisy world of extroverted personalities, there sure is a lot of talking going on. Whatever happened to the old saying, “silence is golden”? We filter thousands of words each day and studies show only about ten percent of what we hear actually sinks in. The rest becomes white noise.

In the workplace, there are times when your message needs to be crystal clear. Maybe it’s to give some important instructions, get information to make a decision, or to correct a performance problem. In these and similar cases, there is no room for 90% of the point to get lost.

On the receiving end of communication (also known as listening), we feel we have to respond to everything. Why do humans insist on filling the airwaves with more noise and call it communication? Silence is so soothing, peaceful, and necessary. In communicating at work, there are times when pausing can be more strategic than talking. I challenge to give the pause a try. Here are a few situations where it works wonders in increasing the percent of what is retained by your listener.

Stop them in their tracks.

When I was a kid, my dad didn’t have to yell or threaten a spanking to get me to settle down. He simply had to assume the “hairy eyeball” facial expression and not say a word. The thought of it still gives me shivers. His intentional pause let me know (ironically, loud and clear) that he meant business. It’s brilliant! Before your next encounter where you could potentially lash out or speak emotionally charged words, put on the face that says, “not now”. You’ll buy yourself some time to really think about your words and choose them wisely. Your message may be so clearly delivered you may not need words at all. Careful not to break this out too often, however, as it loses its power. I figured that out by the time I was ten or so. Appropriately timed and sporadically used, the pause and look can be a very powerful communication tool.

Get ’em talking, and talking, and talking.

The communication process typically follows this pattern: I talk, you talk, I talk again, you talk again, and so on. The back and forth interaction allows for both parties to get heard, right? Maybe. What often happens with that verbal tennis match is a lot of talking and not much listening. We’re spending our non-talking time thinking about what we will say next, when the ball is back on our side of the court. When using the pause tactic, what naturally happens (after an initial moment of awkwardness), is that the other person will keep talking. Keep pausing, and they’ll keep going until you finally chime in. They’ll likely say more than they would have in the back/forth scenario, which gives you additional details and information. A byproduct perk is that you might actually hear and retain a lot more of what they said.

Avoid “foot in mouth” or “I take it back” consequences.

So many work relationships become strained because of things that were said that shouldn’t have been said. A classic extrovert trait, referred to as “verbal vomit”, is the act of just blurting out words before thinking about them first. They just come out; no filter. It happens in a heated debate or in friendly, casual conversation. The word-vomiter is often left feeling regretful, like they stuck their foot in their mouth or they should take back what they said. As for how it makes the receiver feel…well no one likes vomit.

The pause tactic, although effective, is not natural and easy to implement. It requires a conscious decision not to talk. The best way to develop the habit of pausing more and talking less is to let people know that you’re working on your communication skills. Tell them you are actually trying to communicate with fewer words, not more. They’ll let you know when you blurted out something that was rash and unnecessary, maybe by giving you the “hairy eyeball”.

When Bailing Out is a Good Thing – Bail Bonds Mean Freedom

Needing bail bonds, Morris county resident James Nigel Heathenport made several phone calls. Having a business in bail bonds, New Jersey resident Richard Torndirk picked up the phone. Nigel was an honest man caught in a shady deal. He signed the paper for a loan to a company his boss wanted to do business with. The boss was supposed to sign the papers, but was out that day with food poisoning and asked Nigel to sign the papers on behalf of the company. It fell within his ability and so he agreed, not knowing that the company was a sham and the boss was washing money. Nigel found out later that his name was all over the internal paper work forming the company. None of it was legitimate, but the investigators were happy to let the lawyers do the work of sorting it out.

After his arrest Nigel contacted a lawyer and explained his case. The lawyer figured out two things, that Nigel was an innocent man being set up as a fall guy, and that the set up was professionally done. The lawyer suggested that Nigel consider a plea bargain for a light sentence but Nigel refused. He contacted Richard, explained his situation and the case, as he understood it. The judge had set a high bail despite it being Nigel’s first offense and that Nigel was a low flight risk. The judge attended the same country club as Nigel’s boss.

Nigel gathered his assets and managed to pay for the bond. Richard, feeling for his situation, gave him the best deal he could manage. Free to roam the streets, Nigel began looking for a new and better lawyer. He managed to find a bulldog of a lawyer that grew up believing in social justice. This lawyer hated how the powerful often got away with their crimes while some poor schmuck took the fall. Nigel was a naive innocent but he was not with out tremendous skills. One of these skills was an ability to see patterns and make connections. Nigel was primarily a researcher and that made him a dangerous fall guy. It was one of the few mistakes the boss made.

Nigel was able to track down all the lose ends. He discovered a net work of people that would make millions on the deal while the company and shareholders took a bath. He discovered the judge on his case stood to make millions if he could keep everyone out of jail, and manage to keep all the blame squarely on Nigel’s back.

If Nigel had been forced to stay in Jail, if he had been unable to make bail, it is unlikely that he would have had the time to all the evidence he needed. It was only through his freedom that Nigel was able to spend the time going through company files, following key suspects and talking with the right informants. Nigel was able to bring down a sophisticated embezzling ring because he was out on bail.

How to Treat Cat Eye Infections – Secrets From a Holistic Veterinarian

Many cats have chronic problems with conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye membranes). Often, the problem comes and goes. One or both eyes may be red, swollen, watery, crusty, or goopy. Causes include infection, congenital defects (small or absent tear ducts), facial conformation (Persian features), and scarring from previous infections. However, the most common cause of conjunctivitis in cats is infection with a Herpes virus (but don’t worry, your cat can’t give it to you or your family!). In cats, Herpes is an upper respiratory virus; it’s also called “rhinotracheitis” and is one of the components of the upper respiratory/panleukopenia (feline distemper) vaccine that is given to kittens. The vaccine does not actually prevent Herpes infection; its main function is to reduce the severity of the disease.

Virtually all cats are exposed to Herpesvirus as kittens. For most cats, no further problems occur. However, Herpes is a sneaky virus, and it likes to lie dormant until it gets a chance to get one up on the immune system. Because stress suppresses the immune system, cats under stress are particularly susceptible to recurrent Herpes flare-ups. Herpes is irritating and painful, and usually causes quite a bit of redness, puffiness, and a watery discharge or brownish crusty matter at the corners of the eyes. It often attacks only one eye, producing a lopsided squint. Often the cat will squint against bright light, or try to avoid it altogether.

There are several holistic treatment options for Herpes. One of the simplest is l-lysine, an amino acid that is inexpensive and readily available at the health food store. It comes in capsules or tablets, usually 500 mg. Capsules are much easier to work with, if you can get them. The dose is 500 mg twice a day for 5 days (total 1,000 mg/day). Lysine has a slightly salty taste, and is easily disguised by mixing with canned cat food or baby food. That seems like a lot–but that’s what it takes to work. Once the acute episode is under control, a maintenance dose of 250 mg per day can be given indefinitely.

To relieve irritation and wash viral particles from the eye, you can make a homemade saline solution. Use 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to 1 cup of water (room temperature). Three or four times a day, use a cotton ball to drizzle a small amount saline into the cat’s eyes. Make the saline fresh each and every time, because bacteria could grow in the solution between treatments.

There is a human homeopathic formula that works very well, and very quickly, for cats. It’s called “The Herpes Formula” by Aeura. Dissolve one tablet in a 1-ounce dropper bottle filled with a mixture of 80% water and 20% vodka (as a preservative), shake well, and give about half a dropperful by mouth once or twice a day. (Do NOT put it in the eyes!) If you make up a 1-ounce batch, it will last several weeks. It may seem a bit expensive up front, but one bottle of The Herpes Formula will provide years of treatment.

Another surprisingly effective treatment is “Willard Water.” This is a catalyst that theoretically changes the molecular structure of water. It is usually available at health food stores. Follow the directions on the bottle to make up a gallon at a time. Use this as the only source of drinking water for your cat. Or, add a few drops of the concentrate to your cat’s wet food. The effects are not scientifically explainable, but they are usually immediate–within a day or two–and dramatic.

Because herpes flare-ups are commonly stress-related, flower essences are an important part of treatment. Flower essences can provide emotional stability against stress and energetic support to the immune system.

Long-term nutritional support with antioxidants and other immune boosting supplements will also help prevent recurrences. Alternative treatment with homeopathy, herbs, or homotoxicology can also be very helpful.

If symptoms worsen, or persist more than a few days, have your cat checked by your veterinarian. Herpes can cause serious corneal ulcers that may result in loss of vision if untreated.

Heal Yourself With the Tissue Salts

How does your body heal itself? I guess we all sort of know that our bodies are self generating, self repairing mechanisms, but we seem to lose sight of that for a lot of the time. We are constantly getting the messages that we need this pain relief and that drug. Maybe what we really need is more information about how our bodies work and what we need to repair the tissues that are causing us a problem.

Dr George Carey, who made a profound study of this very subject, lists the major building blocks as oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, lime, iron, potash, soda, silica, magnesium, et cetera (The Zodiac and the Salts of Salvation p 21). He likens disease (dis-ease) to a shadow. You can not blot it out, or throw things at it to get rid of it. For a shadow, the cure is light. For disease, the cure is the nutrient that the affected tissue needs in order to repair itself. What we need to know, then, is what nutrient is required by which tissue, in order for it to become and stay healthy.

The twelve tissue salts. For each different type of tissue, there is one or more salt involved in generation and, without them, nothing can be repaired properly. I think this means that, if we do not have sufficient of these important nutrients, then we can eat the best possible of diets and still not be able to absorb or utilise enough of the vitamins, enzymes, proteins and fatty acids needed for the proper functioning of our bodies.

There are twelve tissue salts. They are the major substances that are found in the ashes of a burnt body, whether human or other animal. Each salt has been given a number and is usually called by its Latin name. I am using the English form, which explains why they are not in alphabetical order, which they are if Latin is used.

Number one is Calcium Fluoride which strengthens teeth and gives elasticity to muscular tissue and blood vessels. Lack of this salt results in sagging cheeks, varicose veins, piles and snoring. Many people confuse this salt with the rat and cockroach poison sodium fluoride. They are two completely different chemicals

Salt number two is Calcium Phosphate, used as the cement that holds together and gives strength to your bones and teeth. Symptoms of deficiency are weak organs, sluggish circulation, spasms and cramps accompanied by coldness and numbness. You could also get chilblains, enlarged tonsils and polyps.

Calcium Sulphate, number three, cleanses, heals and purifies. Without it, dead cells and other decaying matter clog up your blood, damaging and irritating healthy tissues. Catarrh, acne, gumboils, abscesses and ulcers are some of the signs of deficiency. Because lack of this salt results in general toxicity, from the dead and decaying matter circulating in your body, I think this is the first salt you should think of if you are feeling under the weather.

Number four is Iron Phosphate, which circulates oxygen, strengthens arteries and veins and gives vitality. It should always be considered as a remedy for any disease, and is especially important for simple anaemia, inflammation, high temperatures, racing pulse, sprains and strains.

To keep your skin smooth and your blood flowing freely, you need sufficient Potassium Chloride, which is salt number five. Without it, you are likely to suffer from soft swelling in glands, thick white discharges of mucus, chronic rheumatic swelling, coughs, colds, sore throat, tonsillitis, and/or bronchitis.

Potassium Phosphate, salt number 6, feeds your nerves and brain. Without enough of it, you would be likely to experience nervous headaches and dyspepsia, sleeplessness, depression, weariness, low vitality and grumpiness.

Potassium sulphate heals your mucous membranes and the lower layers of your skin. This seventh salt is indicated for sinusitis and rhinitis, yellowish greenish tongue and mucus discharge, scaly skin, athlete’s foot, brittle nails and lifeless hair.

Magnesium Phosphate, number eight, is the anti-spasmodic. It relaxes and calms. You need it if you suffer from spasms or cramps, shooting, darting pains and headaches, twitching, hiccups, convulsive coughing and sharp twinges.

Number nine, Sodium Chloride regulates the level of moisture in your organs and tissues. You might expect to be able to utilise common salt in your system, but this is apparently not the case. It seems that the way common salt is manufactured alters its structure so much that we cannot absorb or use it properly. You need this salt if you have watery eyes, dry mouth or skin, sneezing, painful nose and throat, hay fever and unrefreshing sleep.

Ten, Sodium Phosphate neutralises acids and controls the absorption of water. It is present in nerves and brain cells, your intercellular fluid, muscles, and blood. Hyper acidity results in rheumatic, and digestive disorders. This salt is a good remedy for jaundice, sick headaches and colic, indigestion arising from eating fatty foods, and pain, stiffness and swelling of your joints.

Salt number eleven is Sodium Sulphate, which is needed to eliminate excess water and it is necessary for the health of your liver. It regulates the consistency of bile, and emulsifies fatty acids in your gut. This salt is closely involved in the evacuation of the oil based toxins that should be excreted from your liver, and which are the normal byproducts of your body’s diverse functions.

Finally, number twelve: Silica, a sharp crystal, aids in the progression of substances through your tissues, as in hair, nails, blood and pus. It also strengthens your teeth, bones and connective tissue. If you are short of it, you are more likely to get styes, abscesses, boils, joint pain and be absent minded, and have difficulty thinking and remembering.

A caution. When you take any of these salts, and particularly silica, calcium sulphate and sodium sulphate, you need to make sure that the toxins they release will be removed from your body quickly and effectively. To do this, you need to make sure that you eat fats, in order to release bile from your liver. At the same time, you need to eat plenty of insoluble fibre. You will, thus, absorb the bile once it has emulsified the fats, and prevent the bile being reabsorbed through your gut, which would release the toxins to circulate through your body again.

Where to Find Supplemental Salts

Until recently, the only way of obtaining the tissue salts was in homeopathic potencies. These work well in minor conditions, but seem not to have sufficient of the salts to produce rapid improvement in more serious cases of deficiency. Now, however, ionic liquid forms of the tissue salts have become available.

As all these salts are major components of our bodies and we cannot heal ourselves without them, it seems to me that, whenever you have any dis-ease – slight or serious – these should be your first port of call in seeking a suitable remedy.

Acid Reflux Remedies – Natural Ways That Really Work

Acid reflux, also known as “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease” (GERD) or as “reflux esophagitis” is the leaking or reflux of the stomach contents and digestive acids from the stomach, up into the esophagus, due to the loosening of the lower esophageal sphincter muscle, which is present right at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach and guards the passage, allowing the food contents to pass only in one direction, that is, from the mouth towards the stomach. This gives rise to several different symptoms, the most painful and distressing of them all being the heartburn. Heartburn cures are possible through the use of antacids and acid suppressants. However, in some people, acid reflux becomes a severe and frequent experience with little or no relief at all, in spite of the use of several different prescription medicines. In such cases, natural acid reflux remedies are found to be extremely effective.

Adopting a natural remedy for GERD is considered much better than the proton pump inhibitors (such as “Prilosec” and “Prevacid”), and the histamine antagonists (such as “Zantac”, “Pepcid” and “Tagament”) in terms of reliability and effectiveness because these drugs drastically cut down on the production of digestive acids in your stomach, which is very dangerous in the long run because the digestive capability of your stomach gets hampered. The diminished levels of digestive juices in your stomach also increase the risk of developing infections from the food we eat. These complications can be avoided altogether with the use of an effective natural remedy for GERD. Home remedies for heartburn not only ease and soothe the symptoms of heartburn, but they also reach the root cause of the problem and treat it completely to give a permanent cure from acid reflux disease. This is the reason why more and more population suffering from acid reflux is shifting to these viable heartburn cures. Some of the best herbal acid reflux remedies include drinking apple cider vinegar, licking the juice of ginger sweetened with a little honey, taking papaya enzymes, clove oil, fennel tea, eating almonds, apples, bananas, using turmeric in cooking, eating garlic, etc.

Some people also use gluten-free cornmeal diet to reduce the frequency of acid reflux episodes. However, the relationship between acid reflux and cornmeal is still not clear, but in some people, it has been noted that the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn tend to recur on consuming a diet containing cornmeal. Studies are in progress to assess the relationship between acid reflux and cornmeal but meanwhile, such patients must best avoid taking cornmeal lest the acid reflux symptoms get aggravated.

There are several other acid reflux remedies such as drinking cold milk or water, eating a cupful of yogurt, standing or sitting upright, instead of lying down, as soon as you begin experiencing the reflux symptoms. Simultaneously, people with heartburn problem should always avoid eating spicy, oily and high calorie greasy foods, because such type of foods tend to aggravate the acid reflux problem.

Compression Stockings Increase Blood Circulation

Physicians recommend compression stockings for patients experiencing edema and vascular problems. There are several types of stockings that aid in patient recovery. Designed to increase circulation and reduce swelling in the legs, they are excellent for patients experiencing chronic venous problems.

Different Types

Compression hose, compression socks, knee-high, pantyhose and thigh-high are different types of compression stockings available. Other terms are anti-embolism, circular knit, custom, flat knit, lymphedema, silver and support socks.

Designed to promote circulation and reduce swelling, each one is valuable in the health and well-being of patients.

Why Are Stockings Used?

The decision to use a support hose on a patient is based on the type of illness they have. How long the support remains in effect depends on when or if the patient shows signs of improving. Regular check-ups will help determine whether they are helping enough or if other avenues, such as surgery, might be needed.

A physician or physical therapist determines the extent of the condition and makes an evaluation before recommending any support hose method to prevent further complications.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are often problematic for older patients and pregnant women. In the elderly, these types of veins can be troublesome and disabling. They often experience poor circulation and painful cramps because of improper blood flow. Characterized by unsightly and enlarged spider veins, the legs appear lumpy.

Support hose increase proper blood flow, which decreases the appearance of varicose veins. The hose will also prevent the condition from worsening as well as providing relief from pain.


Lymphedema is extreme swelling within the body. It most often affects the legs and exhibits an abnormal bloated appearance. Compression hose eases the swelling by influencing proper lymph circulation. They also help contain drainage of lymph fluid.


Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of leg clots. Compression devices increase circulation while preventing clots from forming.

Leg Sores

Venous ulcerations are open sores on the lower legs. They are extremely painful and can discharge fluid. Stockings and other methods contain the fluid and promote healing.

Poor Circulation

Orthostatic hypotension results from pooling of blood in the lower extremities. Patients feel light-headed and dizzy. Compression treatment reduces the pooling and promotes fewer symptoms.

Compression stockings can be purchased online or at a pharmacy. Patients should consult the physician on the type of stockings that should be worn. Frequency and duration of wearing compression socks should also be discussed. There are special varieties made for pregnant women, as well as men’s.