Psychology Today – Depression and Dreams

Because we have discovered the existence of the wild side of the human conscience, and because of the wisdom and goodness of the unconscious mind that produces dreams, today we know exactly how to translate dream messages. The wild side of the conscience provokes craziness in the human side because the wild anti-conscience is a priori schizophrenic.

Today we know that we can trust the unconscious mind. We know that dream messages are warnings, teachings and psychotherapy for our human conscience that needs to be developed to eliminate the dangerous anti-conscience.

If you are depressed, you can easily learn how to overcome your sadness, because you can see in your dreams what is at the root cause of the problems you are facing now and how you can solve them.

You may believe you know the reasons, however you may be completely overlooking other factors that influence the development of the reality in which you find yourself.

For example, before the invention of the microscope, nobody knew that there were so many micro-organisms everywhere. Because we know that today, we meticulously clean our equipment. We even boil everything, taking all necessary precautions so that nothing will be contaminated by the micro-organisms that cause several diseases.

In the same way, by interpreting your dreams, you will see that there are many other factors responsible for the problems you are now facing, but that you cannot see without knowing how to look for them. They are invisible to you, like the micro-organisms without a microscope.

Your insight will increase manifold.

In addition, your dreams provide you free psychotherapy and counseling for life. If you are smart, you will start learning how to interpret them right away! Start writing down your dreams today.

If you are depressed, you have a pressing reason to care for your dreams and a safe environment for treating your psychological and existential problems. You will know that the guidance you receive is absolutely correct and can help you develop your intelligence and become strong and self-confident.

The knowledge you will acquire interpreting your dreams should be reason enough to make you take notes about your dreams. In writing them out, try to understand their deeper meaning. The benefits you will receive are so numerous that they can’t be described in this one article….

I’ve mentioned many benefits in all my articles, but there are still many that I haven’t had the chance to explain to you, because you ignore the basics. If you don’t know what a cell is, you can’t understand how to use a microscope…

Interpreting your dreams with the only method that exactly translates their meaning, you will discover the other side of reality, where everything is prepared before it happens.

Yes, this is very impressive. Biologists have observed that behavioral programming determines animal behavior and human behavior in response to stimuli in the environment. This programming was prepared before our appearance on Earth, otherwise we would not be able to survive on this hostile planet, where so many dangers threaten all live creatures.

Since everything is so well prepared before we are born, and since we can predict the future, many things happen before we actually observe the results of them happening.

When we interpret our dreams we receive precious guidance. Later, we realize that we were able to avoid real misfortunes thanks to the warnings we received.

Preparation of reality is the scientific explanation for the possibility of predictions. Predictions are really possible and they can save many lives.

When you learn how to interpret your dreams, your internal world and your external reality become known fields for you. You enter into another level of consciousness, allowing you to solve all the problems that you were previously not able to, when you were blind and could not see what exists behind the present moment.

This is how your depression is easily treated and you pass from weakness and despair to self-confidence, courage and happiness.

If you are only depressed and your depression hasn’t become a neurosis yet, by interpreting your dreams you can effect a cure in only 6 months.

You need treatment, so that all your psychological functions will be developed. This is something that cannot happen suddenly, only gradually and with your participation.

If you are already neurotic, your psychotherapy may take 8 months.

However, after your initial treatment, your occupation with dream interpretation will be fascinating, since you will be able to predict the future and correct its development when what you see ahead is not how you would like it to be.

Your depression is, in fact, an invitation to the dream world, where you can solve your internal problems, and where you can prepare the solution for all the problems of the external reality that you live in.

Scared Silly: How to Treat Noise Phobia in Dogs

Lots of dog owners have to deal with the frantic woes of a stressed pooch that becomes completely possessed during a thunder storm or other loud noise disturbance. Noise phobia is a common problem in dogs, and although it is not harmful in itself, it causes the dog much stress and anxiety, and can lead to dangerous, life-threatening situations should the dog run away in its efforts to escape the noise.

Many a dog has been lost like this, some with fatal consequences. I myself have owned no less than five dogs that I have personally plucked from a busy roadside on various occasions, and was unable to reunite with their original owners. Four out of those five dogs suffered from noise phobia, and when the thunder rolled I had to dive for the doggie calmettes (two have sadly passed on after spending a long and happy life as my little orphans).

The problem with administering calming drugs and potions is that it doesn’t cure the problem, and if you are not at hand to administer the medication, your dog will still be traumatised by loud noises. Furthermore, if you are not there to pacify your pooch or offer any comfort it may take fright and run off.

However, help is at hand in the form of the Clix Noises & Sounds Therapy CD For Dogs. This fireworks and noises desensitisation training CD is an ingenious solution to solving noise phobia issues in dogs – in fact, it may even work to desensitise other animals, such as horses.

The Clix Noises & Sounds Therapy CD is especially useful for desensitising puppies to a variety of noises and sounds to prevent noise phobia developing at a later stage.

For dogs that already suffer from noise phobia, the situation can be rectified by introducing them to the sounds on the CD at low volume, and then gradually increasing the volume level to desensitise your pooch to become accustomed to the surrounding din.

The CD contains a total of 30 different sound tracks covering most common noises that your dog is likely to experience, split up into 4 different noise categories. The following sound categories are covered: Bangs, which includes fireworks, gun shots, and thunder storms; transport, which includes sounds of trains, aeroplanes, buses, and road work activities; general household noise, including the sound of a lawnmower and vacuum cleaner; and people noises, such as children screaming and shouting, noisy crowds, and crying babies. The Clix Noises & Sounds Therapy CD for Dogs comes with a training manual that offers guidance on the most effective use of the noise CD to desensitise your dog to all sorts of loud sounds and bangs.

This is a must have for anyone that owns a dog that is terrified of loud noises, and is highly recommended for every dog owner to prepare their pet for the sound of fireworks well ahead of Guy Fawkes night, which will be upon us shortly on the 5th of November. Taking the time and effort to prepare your pet for scary events such as fireworks, thunder and other loud bangs, may prevent your dog from running off in a terrified frenzy, and may even save your pet’s life.

Getting Rid of Anxiety Naturally

While the precise cause of a panic attack is somewhat mysterious, there are an abundance of situations that are believed to trigger a sudden bout of intense panic or anxiety. A panic attack is a combination of disturbing symptoms that often imitate the sense of a life-threatening situation of a heart attack. Even though panic attacks are usually harmless, these unpredictable occurrences are very undesirable and can last up to 20 minutes or more; furthermore, these attacks can be very alarming and confusing for bystanders that are not familiar with them.

At the onset of an attack, an individual may feel some or all of these sensations: strong throbbing of the heart, shortness of breath or hyperventilation, chest tightness, dizziness, sweating, shakiness, headache, fear and a feeling of losing the capability to behave in a normal manner. Some of the factors that are thought to contribute to these symptoms are; overactive thyroid; alcoholism and drug addiction; side effects from medications including asthma and heart drugs; unknown mental distress; over use of nicotine and caffeine; inability to handle stress; a history of previous family members whom have suffered from attacks.

There are various natural cures and herbal remedies that can help to prevent and/or lessen the symptoms of an attack. It is suggested that motherwort alone can diminish the symptoms of an attack; it is further suggested that drinking a teaspoon each of motherwort and linden or valerian and linden in a cup of water 4 times a day can prevent panic attacks by relaxing and soothing the nervous system.

Additional natural cures for panic attack symptoms include; for relief of a headache, five cups a day of a mixture of the herb skullcap and water; Grape juice consumed on a daily basis is said to help heart palpitations; Ripe Guava may also prevent heart palpitations and tranquil anxiety; passion flower, chamomile, kava kava and California poppy can give relief and eating a mixture of honey and lemon before bedtime can calm the nerves for a more restful night.

Moreover, yoga and meditation teaches breathing control that can help to control anxiety, and some individuals endure being stuck full of needles with acupuncture to find relief from attacks, because it works well for them. It takes a lot of dedication and time to find a successful treatment and/or combination and dosage of herbs; however, for those who suffer and are looking for a natural cure for panic attacks, it is well worth it.

Vitamin B12 Injection Side Effects – Common and Rare

Vitamin B12 injections, also known as cobalamin or cyanocobalamin injections, are administered to patients with deficiency of B12 and symptoms associated with the deficiency, such as fatigue and anemia. B12 injections are given to patients who have low resistance to diseases and remain sick from common illness for long period of time.

Although it is better to consume foods rich in vitamin B12 naturally, such as meat, fish, and dairy products, often the doctor may recommend the supplement of Vitamin B12 in injection form. Injections are beneficial to those individuals who show signs of vitamin B12 deficiency but are unable to absorb it into the body.

Injecting B12 shots are often painful to those sensitive to injections, because they are injected deep into the muscle under the skin.

Common Side Effects

Side effects of vitamin B12 injections vary from person to person depending on the mode of delivery and the health of the person. Some side effects are temporary and may last for just a few days.

Some of the most common side effects are:

1. Muscle cramps:

Some people get cramps or spasms in their muscles after injecting vitamin B12 shots. This will occur usually within 6 hours of receiving the injection.

2. Sleeplessness:

Insomnia, or the inability to sleep, is a commonly-occurring side effect of receiving a vitamin B12 injection.

3. Skin infections and Acne:

Shots of Vitamin B12 may lead to some skin infection, known as Folliculitis, around the hair follicles. Acne may also develop on skin accompanied by skin rashes.

4. Nausea and Headache:

Runny nose and headache are other common side effects after injecting vitamin B12. Some people might experience shortness of breath, unusual coughing, or unusual wheezing.

5. Stomach upset:

Another common side effect of B12 injections is upset stomach followed by diarrhea, difficulty in swallowing food, and feeling of extreme dizziness. A few patients may also feel extreme thirst and tiredness.

6. Rapid heart beat:

Some patients have reported rapid palpitation of the heart and a sensation of heart burn accompanied by chest pain.

Uncommon Side Effects:

There do exist some side effects, though not very common, that may be severe, and possibly life threatening.

1. Clotting of Blood:

Blood clots in the arteries of legs and arms, followed by swelling of the affected areas known as peripheral vascular thrombosis, a serious condition that has the potential to cause loss of limb or even loss of life.

2. Severe Allergic reaction:

Severe allergic reaction is very rare but can be life threatening. Researchers and medical professionals alike question whether the allergy is caused by preservatives in injection or by the vitamin itself. Vitamin B12 injections should be avoided by persons who are allergic to cobalt or cobalamin, as it may lead to allergies.

3. Vision loss in case of “Leber’s Disease”:

A person who has or has had Leber’s Disease should not take vitamin B12 injections, since it can result in optic nerve damage (and possibly blindness). Leber’s Disease is hereditary optic neuropathy which will cause slow vision loss, first in one eye and then in the other eye.

4. Pulmonary Edema:

In very rare cases, fluids get accumulated in the lungs of the person taking vitamin B12 injections, a condition known as pulmonary edema. The person may experience pain in the chest and shortness of breath.

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. There are others. Please do some research to become informed, and always consult with your doctor if you suspect that you are experiencing side effects to any medication.

The High Arch – Problems and Solutions

What is a High Arch?

The arch of the foot is that area between the ball of the foot (at the base of the toes) and the heel. In normal arches there is a gap between the ground and the foot along the mid-section at the inside part (big toe side) of the foot. This is known as your arch. When this gap is greater than the average space, you are said to have a high arch. The medical name for having high arches is pes cavus.

A lot of people who have a high arch have ankles that roll slightly outward when standing. This gives the appearance of being bow-legged and can cause stress elsewhere in your body due to an altered approach to walking.

What Problems Are Associated With a High Arch?

You may find you have pain in the arch of your foot, heel pain, ball of foot pain, knee pain, or even lower back pain. Feet with high arches typically do not absorb shock properly, which can cause problems in any of these areas. Some people with high arches never develop these problems, but many do.

There is a thick fibrous band that runs through the arch from your heel bone to your forefoot called the plantar fascia. With high arched feet, when you step, it may be strained and you can experience a great deal of pain through the arch and heel. This often happens first thing in the morning when you step down and stretch the plantar fascia. With high arches, the fascia usually tightens up too much, especially overnight.

People with a high arch are more susceptible to ankle sprains and may develop corns and calluses as well. They typically have an increased risk for stress fractures due to poor shock absorption when their feet hit the ground.

How Do I Know If I Have A High Arch?

For a simple test to see if you have a high arch, step on a dry surface with a wet foot. If the line connecting your heel to the ball of foot area is the same width as the rest of the foot, you most likely have flat feet. If the line is half of the area, your arch is in a normal range. If the line is very thin, mostly to the outside of the foot (or the ball of foot area and the heel are not connected at all) you have a high arch.

Check with your doctor, pedorthist, podiatrist or another foot professional for an evaluation if you think you have high arches that are causing pain or problems.

What Can I Do About A High Arch?

If you are having pain in your foot and think it may be due to a high arch, visit your doctor. They may prescribe arch supports (orthotic insoles) to wear in your shoes. For a high arch, your orthotic insoles will be designed to cushion the heel of your foot, help absorb shock, and to distribute your weight more evenly when walking.

If you have a high arch, your choice of footwear is very important. Make sure you look for a shoe with good shock absorbing capabilities. Shoes that don’t jam your toes and that have a stable heel are important. Lace up shoes with lots of room in the instep (the area through the top of your foot under the tongue of a shoe) tend to be best for feet with high arches. A proper pair of running shoes would generally be the best option with all of these qualities.

The Ayurvedic Way of Treating PCOS

Ayurveda is an ancient medicine system which originated in India thousands of years ago. In the western world, Ayurvedic treatments are considered as CAM or Complementary Alternative Medicine. Although CAM is not the conventional way of healing the body from any pain or illness, it is definitely gaining popularity these days.

One of the most commonly sought-after Ayurvedic treatments is the PCOS Ayurveda or the natural way of curing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This condition is believed to be caused by hormonal imbalance in a woman’s body which brings about irregularities in menstruation, facial hair growth, acne, skin oiliness, obesity and overproduction of androgens.

Although conventional medications have treatments for the condition, many patients are turning into PCOS Ayurveda or natural treatments because not only are they effective, they are a lot safer and cheaper too.

Ayurveda links the causes of PCOS with the over-consumption of kaphagenic foods or foods which are juicy and sweet. These foods overwhelm the digestive tract with sugar and fluid and weaken it during the process. Ayurveda also believes that PCOS may be due to an emotional “sweetness” because of the person’s lack of love or his/her low intrapersonal intelligence.

Anyway, when there’s a problem in the kapha, symptoms inevitably appear outside. Some of these symptoms are: weight gain and hair growth in unusual parts of the body. These symptoms may be followed by a noticeable decrease in appetite and some pain during the ovulation period. Then, the menstrual periods may vary from being too heavy, to not coming at all. In some women, their menstrual cycles become extraordinarily long or unusually short.

The kapha pattern is best controlled through diet. This is why it is very crucial for you to watch the food that you eat if you are suffering from PCOS. Remember that food is an integral part of your overall health. PCOS may be eliminated or aggravated by the foods that you eat so you must be equipped with the knowledge of choosing your ingredients. Basically, garlic, onion, and green vegetables are beneficial for PCOS sufferers. Whole grains are great too. However, you must stay away from dairy products and red meat as they may worsen your condition.

Now, some of the known Ayurvedic herbs for PCOS are Saraca root and Sesame seeds. They can be taken every day from the second week of your ovulation cycle until the first day of your period. On the first day of your menstruation, you may find it helpful to have some Punarnava and Triphala too. These herbs are great for the liver because they can detoxify it and make the PCOS treatment a lot more effective. Other common supplements used are Sapthasaram qwath tablet, Sukumaram Rasayan, Eranda Sukumaram, Rajapravardhini Vati, Hyponidd, M2 tone, Tila qwath and Vaiswanara Churna.

You have to understand that PCOS Ayurveda or the natural means of treating PCOS involves curing your whole self. Meaning, your body must keep its balance holistically. You must live in a healthy environment and you must keep a healthy lifestyle. You may find some relief when you use isolated remedies like the herbs, but they alone will not cure you completely.

Commonly Known and Lesser Known Hypothyroid Symptoms

When hypothyroidism begins, several things happen, usually gradually. The first is lack of energy and ambition. You just seem to lose desire for activities you’ve enjoyed in the past. You feel unusually tired and apathetic, but can’t figure out why. You begin to crave carbs and begin to snack regularly. This is your body’s way of trying to stay awake. You’ll try not to give into it, and when you can’t fight the cravings, you set yourself up for horrible eating habits and weight gain that are difficult to reverse. You might already be taking some thyroid supplements, but they’re obviously not enough. Warning: if you are taking prescribed thyroid medication for underactive thyroid, do not add kelp as it will raise your blood pressure to frightening and dangerous levels. I learned this the hard way.

I have been a hypothyroid sufferer for 30 years. I was originally diagnosed by an old-fashioned European doctor. He was a gem. Then I had to switch to a modern, young South African doctor with a large and fragile ego, who knew nothing about thyroid glands but based everything on blood tests, which he didn’t really understand. As a person with hypothyroidism, it is hard to get any respect from the medical community. General practitioners and endocrinologists alike seem to know and care little about people suffering from hypothyroidism. Their “gold standard” is the TSH test, and most of them use the old standards of readings between .6 and 6 instead of the new readings of .3 and 3 that the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists adopted in 2003. These new readings allow more people (it’s mostly women, particularly those who are middle-aged, who suffer from hypothyroidism) to be diagnosed and treated. Too bad the professionals that we trust to look after our health don’t seem to know or care that the standards have changed. Endocrinologists, by and large, specialize in diabetes. This is where their primary interest seems to lie. The first endocrinologist I was referred to told me that she doubted I’d ever been hypothyroid and that my thyroid gland was habituated to being overstimulated. She was so wrong! Then I was referred to another endocrinologist who misdiagnosed my thyroid virus for Grave’s Disease (overactive thyroid.) The medication she prescribed raised my TSH to about 22. When I stopped taking that medication, my TSH dropped to 4.7. She told me my 4.7 TSH reading was now normal. It clearly wasn’t normal for me because I still had hypothyroid symptoms. Consider that normal or average clothing sizes could be between 6 and 14, and that you fall into this category. How many of these sizes will fit? If a size 10 fits you, why would you wear a size 14? TSH is much like that. You have to find the number that fits YOU. When you have been told for the nth time that your TSH is in the normal range, read these symptoms, most of which are commonly known, but some of which aren’t.

1. Fatigue. This is not the same as tired. This refers to falling asleep at work, during conversations, as soon as you get into a vehicle. You can’t stay awake. You need at least 10 hours sleep at night, but within a couple of hours of waking up, you begin to battle to stay awake. You nod off during conversations, which you can’t focus on anyway. You avoid socializing in the evening because you can’t stay awake.

2. Sluggishness. You move slowly physically, but even your brain is slow. Your thought processes don’t work properly.

3. Increased sensitivity to cold. Summer’s not too bad, but in the winter, there is no way to get warm or stay warm. You wear extra layers and surround yourself with space heaters. It helps, but you’re still cold.

4. Constipation. You drink lots of water and eat next to nothing, but your body processes everything slowly. Constipation follows.

5. Pale, dry skin. Skin color is pasty-looking, and skin is always dry, no matter what kind of lotion you use. My heels were so rough that every day they chewed through my socks even though I filed the roughness away daily and used foot balm.

6. A puffy face.

7. Hoarse voice. Your voice takes on a gravel-like quality at times.

8. Elevated cholesterol level.

9. Weight gain that makes no sense. You’re too tired to eat, but gain weight anyway.

10. Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness. Flexibility and mobility are gone. You move like a lead weight. If you crouch or kneel, you can hardly get up again, and it hurts to crouch or kneel anyway. Even bending down is difficult and painful, for instance, trying to reach for something you dropped under a desk.

11. Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints. Or all of them. Any sprain you’ve had begins to hurt again. Hips, fingers, ankles ache and don’t bend properly and contribute to your moving like a lead weight.

12. Muscle weakness. You can barely walk. Walking is slow and tiring. When I brushed my teeth, I had to put my arm down and rest at least 2 to 3 times to finish brushing my teeth. You fall into chairs as opposed to sitting down, and it’s a struggle to get back into a standing position from sitting. Getting out of a car is difficult, and getting into a pickup truck a little higher off the ground is equally difficult.

13. Heavier than normal menstrual periods. By now I don’t have those any more, but when I did, I all but hemorrhaged for at least four days out of the seven or eight that my period lasted. I had to put plastic on my mattress because I would wake up during the night having bled through and past the tampon, and leave a blood trail down the hall to the bathroom. Wasn’t fun.

14. Brittle fingernails and hair. Hair is dry, brittle and unhealthy looking. Nails can’t be grown long without breaking.

15. Depression. No need to elaborate.

16. Muscle cramps. You develop cramps in muscles from head to foot. Fingers, forearms, back, abdomen, legs. These cramps happen numerous times during the day and for no logical reason. My arms, hands and fingers cramped up when I cut up meat to eat.

17. Hair loss. It’s not just the hair on your head, although that thins out a lot. It also affects pubic hair and underarm hair. That can all but vanish. Eyebrows also fall out, particularly the outside corners.

18. Sinus infections. You have recurring sinus infections even though you have never had a history of sinus problems.

19. Snoring. You begin to snore even though you’ve never had a snoring problem in the past.

20. Craving for carbohydrates. You begin to crave chips, chocolate, candy, baked goods and anything with sugar. Your body is trying to stay awake and carbohydrates provide quick energy. Doesn’t help with keeping the weight down either.

21. Irritability. Little things set you off and enrage you. Everything becomes personal and you get angry enough to want to physically harm the offender.

22. Edema. You retain water. You look puffy and blubbery, particularly in the abdominal area. Makes you short of breath when you exert yourself – even going for a walk can leave you breathless.

23. Forgetfulness. You become sharp as a bowling ball. You try to commit something to memory, but your brain is a sieve.

24. Slow heart rate. Your resting pulse can drop below 60 beats per minute.

25. Low body temperature. My temperature was consistently between 35.8 to 36.2 C, which also explains why you feel cold.

26. Painful intercourse. Having sex hurts, and add to that, you wind up with muscle cramps from the waist down.

27. Light sensitivity. Your eyes can become unusually sensitive to sunlight.

My advice? Shop around for a doctor who is willing to learn together with you about thyroid problems. General Practitioners are generally more reasonable to deal with because they have no learned bias where thyroid is concerned. My GP told me the 4.7 was too high and told me to take 50 mcg of thyroid supplement. I took 100 mcg. My TSH dropped to 1.9. She was happy with that but I wasn’t. I still didn’t feel right, and remember that only YOU know how you should feel. Remember what I said about the clothing sizes? I took another 25 mcg and the TSH dropped to .5. She used the standard of .4 to 4, so she was still happy and I was too. I finally felt normal again. Don’t let doctors bully you into believing that diet, exercise and/or antidepressants will cure what ails you when you know that isn’t the problem. Shop around for a doctor who will listen to you and work with you. Google “Mary Shomon”. She is a great source of good and useful information and advice on thyroid issues. There is hope and there is help. It’s just a matter of finding them.

What Causes A Blood Red Eye?

A blood red eye can be quite alarming when it suddenly greets you in the mirror one morning. Fortunately, most of the time it will turn out to be much less serious than it appears. The white tissue on the front of the eye is known as the sclera. Overlying this is a clear transparent thin layer that is loosely attached to the sclera, the conjunctiva. Because the connection is so loose between the layers, an empty potential space exists. There are tiny blood vessels that transverse through this tissue and they can be somewhat fragile. If a blood vessel ruptures, the blood will spread out and fill the empty space. It will often cover a large part of the white of the eye with a blood red appearance. These are referred to as sub-conjunctiva hemorrhages.

A number of issues can lead to these hemorrhages on the eye.

  • Mechanical trauma to the blood vessels can cause them to rupture. Simply rubbing the eyes can be enough force to break the tiny blood vessels on the eye. A foreign object or blow to the eye is a frequent antecedent. Sports like basketball where fingers frequently end up in an eye can certainly give you a broken conjunctiva blood vessel. Protective sports eye wear can prevent these incidents and many much more serious eye injuries.
  • Centripetal force or the feeling of weightlessness occurs on roller coasters, merry go rounds, bungee jumping, flying maneuvers, and extreme sports of all flavors (intentional or accidental!). The blood flow is increased towards the head and the increased blood volume can result in an blood red eye.
  • Anything that increases the resistance to blood drainage in the blood veins frequently is found in the history of sub conjunctiva hemorrhages. Coughing, vomiting, even straining with constipation can temporarily raise the resistance to blood drainage in the fragile capillaries of the eye tissues. Lifting weights while holding your breath and even childbirth can alter the blood flow in the veins.

If you develop an eye with the appearance of blood you should immediately seek care from your optometrist. Rarely there can be other problems that require intervention. Problems and diseases of the blood can cause recurrent hemorrhages. People on blood thinners, regular use of aspirin, and some other medications are at an increased risk for blood vessels bleeding. Some forms of eye infections will cause numerous hemorrhages, and often in both eyes. Conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure can make the eye more susceptible to breaks in the blood vessels.

Usually the cure is time. These conjunctiva hemorrhages will follow a course similar to a bruise on your skin, often taking three to six weeks to resolve. They also will undergo color changes from bright red to purple before fading away. This is one eye condition where the appearance is fortunately much worse than the outcome!

Ruptured Ovarian Cysts – 7 Signs You Should Be Aware of

Since it is very common for women to have ovarian cysts, you need to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of ruptured ovarian cysts.

Sharp, constant pain in the pelvic area accompanied by bleeding is common sign of a ruptured ovarian cyst. Aside from pain and bleeding, there can be discomfort in the abdomen, irregularities in menstruation, and other more vague symptoms.

Each month women go through a cycle in which the ovaries grow follicles. These follicles release the egg and trigger the release of hormones start the cycle over again.

Problems arise when there is an abnormal growth. The follicle that forms the ovary may not open properly and become filled with fluid or turn into a mass. Since the hormones that trigger the cycle to stop never happens the follicle continues to fill with fluid and eventually bursts.

The most common symptoms of ruptured ovarian cysts are:

* Irregular menstrual period

* Pain in the pelvis or vaginal areas

* Pain in the lower back and or thighs

* Pain during or at the start of intercourse

* Nausea or vomiting

* Increased urination or inability to empty the bladder

* Pain during bowel movements

What most doctors and the medical community do not tell you is the underlying cause of ruptured ovarian cysts. As you know, hormonal imbalances in the body can wreak havoc and cause all sorts of problems and cyst ovaries is one of these problems.

Since this all boils down to a hormonal imbalance it is important for you to learn all that you can about the things that you can do to bring your system back into balance.

* Stress

Stress can be a major factor with hormonal problems. Herbal teas and yoga exercises are just a couple of the things that you can do to relieve stress and restore balance in your life.

* Insulin

High amounts of sugar in the system will cause hormonal imbalances. Cut back on your sugar intake and steer away from processed foods.

* Toxins

Some toxins actually act like hormones in your system and can disrupt your body’s natural rhythms. Detoxify your body as soon as possible. Cleaning your colon, your liver and other organs will eliminate dangerous toxins from your body.

Recurring problems with ruptured ovarian cysts can lead to problems that are more serious over time. Surgery will not keep them from coming back and birth control pills only cover up the underlying issues of hormonal imbalance.

What is Candida and Why Can it Be So Dangerous?

Maybe be you have heard of it but are still unclear about just what is Candida?

Candida – or more properly Candida albicans – is now commonly acknowledged as the particular type of microscopic yeast that causes yeast infection or thrush in humans – otherwise known as Candidiasis.

Yeast is a single cell organism that grows into colonies of many cells and can be seen physically at this stage when it infects areas of the body as white patches or clusters. This is how it may appear in the throat, the vagina or in the intestine when a ‘camera’ is sent in to investigate!

Normally Candida is restricted in its growth by those other little micro-organisms that are commonly called ‘good bacteria’ (at least in Yoghurt adverts). The good bacteria do not tend to cause any adverse symptoms in the body, and their actions actually provide benefits. One group, or genus, of good bacteria is the Lactobacillus family, that features better known species such as acidophilus and bifidus amongst a total of 13 helpful strains. Lactobacillus are rod shaped bacteria and they can be derived from certain food items, such as live yoghurt, where their action of creating lactic acid helps to turn milk into the popular thick creamy dessert or breakfast item.

One reason that yoghurt is sometimes recommended for application to thrush affected areas is that it will provide a ‘dose’ of Lactobacillus to try and bring Candida back under control. But naturally the yoghurt used must be the live, plain variety. Daubing some sugar laden, pasteurized mango yoghurt on your ‘parts’ is only likely to make matters even worse.

In normal lower levels Candida is a natural part of human flora and not really a problem, in some respects it even provides benefits for the body. Candida acts as a sort of ‘natural’ waste digester and starts to ferment sugary wastes. But the problems really start when it grows out of control.

This occurs, for example, when our good bacteria have been inhibited. This can be caused by taking a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill off the bacterial entities that cause an infection, but indiscriminately kill off your good guys too! this allows Candida (which is a yeast, so it is not killed by antibiotics) to ‘run wild’. This is why many people suffer a yeast infection when, or just after, taking antibiotics.

In addition to losing our good bacterial body-guards we are also liable to excessive Candida growth when our body becomes overly ‘acidic’. Now this is a major problem in Western society for various reasons. Most notably the issue relates to the kind of diet we eat. Typical modern processed foods, soda drinks (like any of the cola brands – whether diet or otherwise!) and sweets, cakes or biscuits all add acidic influences to the body. Eating foods that contain simple carbohydrates is a real problem because ingredients like white sugar and white flour provide ideal food sources for Candida and do they simply exacerbate the overgrowth of yeast.

Another acidifying influence can also be stress – and the world we have created today often causes us to be stressed and therefore more acidic (the psychological impact of stress causes the release of natural acids in the body). So in addition to getting your diet right an holistic treatment for Candidiasis would also most likely require you to adopt some techniques to reduce stress in your life.

Candida loves warm, moist places which is why you can easily suffer a vaginal yeast infection or penile thrush. Another key areas where we tend to have lactic acid bacteria keeping our system running in balance and harmony is in the gut. If Candida grows out of control in the colon it can lead to ‘leaky gut’ syndrome and the yeast can then pass through the intestinal walls into the blood stream and literally be transported around the body where – if the bodily imbalance continues – it can cause all sorts of havoc.

If Candida albicans does pass through the gut walls and begin to manifest itself in colonies around internal organs of the body it can potentially lead to serious health issues. So treatment for yeast infection is necessary, but the typical over-the-counter solutions are often inadequate for providing permanent relief from the problem of Candida.

One real issue with typical prescription drugs, creams or pessaries for thrush infection, is that that they do no more than quell the more noticeable symptoms of yeast infection for a time. If your body is out of balance you need to try and address this in order to bring yeast overgrowth under control. The only effective way to do this is to take a holistic approach. This is where the selection of tried and tested holistic methods for treating Candida come in.

Simply applying a cream may temporarily provide local relief. But if Candida is affecting you systemically you urgently need to adopt an holistic strategy. The real worrisome issue with allowing Candida to continue to thrive is that internally massive colonies of Candida can starve healthy cells of oxygen. This then sets up a dangerous precedent. Cells do not willing ‘give up an die’ so they will start to operate ‘without oxygen’ – which is technically called becoming ‘anaerobic’. When cells do this they have literally regressed to a self-preserving mode of existence – but it is one that can become disastrous for the body as a whole. If the condition persists then large groups of anaerobic cells can form and these are commonly recognized as a ‘tumour’ – that’s correct – it is the beginning of a cancerous condition.

So do not ignore a yeast infection, particularly if it is persistent. You need to start a process of re-balancing your body as soon as possible and following an holistic treatment plan for regaining health and bringing Candida back under control is paramount.

Important Tongue Piercing Information

If you are thinking about getting a tongue piercing, you are doing the right thing by researching the pros and cons first. Tongue piercings are very popular for a myriad of reasons… be it for shock value, appearance, or pleasure enhancement (to name only a few reasons). If you are considering a tongue piercing – included but not limited to piercing of the tongue, tongue web, or uvula – there are several important factors you must consider before getting pierced.

Before we delve into the universal risks, each piercing has its own set of aftercare and precautions to be aware of. The most common oral piercing is of course the tongue piercing, which to a professional piercer is one of the easiest piercings to perform. Usually performed directly through the center of the tongue (although the tongue can be pierced in other places – but talk to your piercer first!) and the jewelry of choice is always a barbell. The barbell jewelry is used because tongue piercings will become swollen for a couple days to a week after the initial piercing, and the barbell can accommodate the swelling. After a period of 4-6 weeks, the jewelry can be replaced.

After a tongue piercing, it is STRONGLY advised not to smoke, engage in oral sex, or kiss. Proper cleaning should be done frequently, because the mouth is full of bacteria. Although saliva is the body’s natural way of combating harmful bacteria, with an open wound such as a piercing, the odds of infection do increase. With an open wound such as a tongue piercing, the risk of diseases being transferred is greater too , including the Hepatitis strains and HIV. Heed the advice given to you by your piercer to prevent serious and unhealthy scenarios!

The tongue web, formerly called the frenulum linguae, is located beneath the tongue. This is a piercing that is NOT applicable to everyone – some people do not have tongue webs pronounced enough to pierce! Many piercer refuse to do this piercing, not because of any extraordinary risks per say, but because most people do not clean their tongue web piercing frequently enough (which leads to plaque build up) or can’t keep their tongue on the roof of their mouth during the piercing. If you do get this piercing, clean it regularly as it is an open wound in the mouth and therefore prone to infection. If the piercing is not deep enough, the body will “reject” or “push out” the piercing – not particularly harmful, but unpleasant and should be avoided all the same.

The final piercing that is wholly located within the mouth is considered an extreme piercing and it is still very rare (and some may argue, completely impractical even by piercing standards). The Uvula, informally known as the “dangly thing” or “punching bag” located in the back of the throat by the tonsils, can be pierced. Most piercers will not perform this, even though the procedure is simple. Many people do not have their gag reflex controlled enough to successfully go through with the piercing (just imagine the hazards of gagging with a sharp needle in your mouth!), and the uvula is very active pierce of tissue hence the possibility of the body rejecting the piercing is very real. Jewelry that is rejected will almost definitely be swallowed, which can pose health risks.

This article is not to deter you from getting a piercing of the tongue, tongue web, or uvula, but it is not wise to trapeze into a piercing parlor (and side note: don’t even THINK about getting an oral piercing anywhere other than a sterile professional piercing parlor) to get an oral piercing on a whim. To prevent infection or rejection, consider your lifestyle: Do you smoke? This alone will definitely harass your new piercing and prolong the healing process. Are you orally fixated, therefore prone to tinkering and playing with your jewelry? Constant playing with tongue piercings can cause irreversible damage to the teeth and gums. Are you getting surgery soon? Your oral piercing will have to come out – surgeons insist on it to prevent surgical complications – and by the time you come out of anesthesia, your piercing will be completely healed. Have you had a tongue pierced before and want to get it repierced? Some piercers will refuse on the basis that scar tissue is very difficult to pierce through. Listen to your intuition. If your gut feeling is saying not to get an oral piercing, don’t do it! If you do get an oral piercing, pay close attention to your body. If something is wrong, your body will let you know!

Coffee and Cacao Beans: Rich Sources of Phytonutrients

Sub Titled- Singing the Praises of the World’s Healthiest Beans

While we have talked about the health benefits of dark chocolate and brewed cacao products in a previous article, we did not get in to much detail. This article may be considered as too scientific by some, but it is very important to know what is healthy and unhealthy for our bodies. Typically, when our medical doctor prescribes a pill, we take it without reservation. Is that wise? When we buy prepared food and drinks at the grocery store, we assume that our government only allows healthy products to be sold in our stores. Is that true? The answer to both questions is sadly no.

Note: This article serves to inform you of the healthful benefits found in both caffeine and cacao beans so that you can make informed decisions regarding your diet and habits. We are not suggesting you change your diet drastically or stop taking prescribed medication without discussing it with your doctor.

What are phytochemicals?

Most people are familiar with the basic nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Less often discussed are phytochemicals, which are classified as “nonessential nutrients” There are thousands of phytochemicals that we are aware of and thousands more to be discovered, each with their own healing properties

Both the coffee and cacao beans are rich sources of phytochemicals. Caffeine and theobromine, provided by these beans, are photochemical alkaloids with numerous health benefits. Caffeine is widely known and is found in coffee, some teas, and over the counter medications. Theobromine, which is not as commonly known as caffeine, is found in dark chocolate and cacao brews. The photochemical alkaloids caffeine and theobromine are beneficial to the human body.

Health Benefits of Caffeine

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, which increases respiration and blood circulation by dilating your blood vessels. Caffeine also acts as a diuretic. Caffeine increases the body’s circulation while stimulating the oxidation of fatty acids, contributing to weight reduction and better athletic performance. Caffeine is often combined with aspirin to treat headaches. Remember, moderation is the key to healthy caffeine consumption.

Caffeine Facts

Plants containing caffeine have been used by different cultures over centuries. Caffeinated teas were used to treat headaches, coughs, and even the plague. Interestingly enough, only in recent history is caffeine used to avoid slumber and relieve fatigue. Caffeine is now one of the most widely used phytochemicals. Contrary to popular beliefs, caffeine is not addictive, but it can be habit-forming. Normal levels of caffeine consumption are not toxic to humans but are very toxic to dogs, cats and horses.

Health Benefits of Theobromine

Theobromine has similar effects as caffeine but to a lesser degree, making it a healthy alternative to those with caffeine sensitivities.. Like caffeine, theobromine is a diuretic and a stimulant. Theobromine dilates your blood vessels, helping lower blood pressure. Unlike caffeine, theobromine does not affect the central nervous system yet remains a stimulant. Theobromine can also relax bronchia muscles in the lungs, making it beneficial for people with asthma and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Theobromine is also used as cough medicine. Studies show that theobromine acts positively on the vagus nerve, which runs from the lungs to the brain. Physicians in the Middle East recommend the consumption of 4 cups of coffee daily. They believe this limits heart disease and colorectal cancer, while reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. There are also claims that coffee consumption reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, depression, and prostate cancer. Studies have also shown that high coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Researchers cannot determine what it is in coffee that produces these healthful benefits. We can only assume that coffee’s positive effects are due to the high amount of phytochemicals found in every cup.

Facts about Theobromine

Theobromine is found in the cacao beans of the Theobroma cocoa tree. The tree produces the pods that cacao beans used to make roasted and brewed cacao beans, cocoa, and chocolate. Although theobromine is not harmful to humans, it is highly toxic to some domestic animals including dogs and horses. Theobromine has a bitter flavor, and is what gives dark chocolate its bitter taste. While theobromine levels are highest in dark chocolates, it is also present in teas and cola nuts. Caffeine and theobromine are both stimulants, but theobromine does not affect the central nervous system as caffeine does. Therefore, brewed cacao makes a wonderful drink for those that are sensitive to caffeine.

Health Benefits of Brewed Cacao

Consumption of theobromine via brewed cacao or dark chocolate has been shown to help decrease blood pressure, improve cholesterol ratio, and increase insulin sensitivity. Consuming cacao has also been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and blood clots, while dilating the arteries to improve blood flow. Cacao exerts strong anti-inflammatory effects on the body, helping to prevent osteoporosis. It also boosts blood flow to key areas of the brain for two to three hours after consumption, suggesting that consuming cacao helps increase performance in tasks that requires an alert mind. It also triggers the production of endorphins in the body, which create a feeling of happiness. Just one cup of cacao brew per day has been shown to lower C-reactive protein levels, a strong marker of cardiovascular disease risk.

Conclusion

In this article we targeted the numerous health benefits of caffeine and theobromine, which are only two phytochemicals out of thousands. There is clearly many more health benefits to the coffee and cacao beans than previously thought. As discussed above, consumption of both caffeine and cacao can have numerous benefits. However, please keep in mind that moderation is key, and abuse of either of these plant alkaloids can be devastating.

Side-bar:Some are curious as to why preserving the rain forest and prairies is important to human-kind. One reason is the abundance of phytochemicals found in these climates. Plants produce these chemicals to protect themselves, and recent research demonstrates that these phytochemicals can also protect humans against diseases. Thousands of phytochemicals lay undiscovered in plants that don’t even have a common name yet, proving there is much to be learned from the rain forest and prairies!

How Much Does Stomach Stapling Cost? – Price of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass is the term used for stomach stapling. It is a very major operation, which makes a small pouch in the stomach using staples. Really overweight people undergo this. Stapling the stomach makes the person eat less. He just cannot eat more. If he does eat more than what the doctor advised and what the pouch can hold, he may vomit or feel uneasy or may even make the staples loosen and break off causing an emergency and another operation.

Obesity has been recognized as a disease and a lot of premature deaths occur because of overweight. By undergoing gastric bypass a lot of weight can be reduced in a very short time. In fact almost a hundred to two hundred pounds can be lost by this method. The overweight person looks smarter and thinner, his problems having vanished over night because of the operation. Nearly 300,000 people die prematurely in the US because of obesity. About one third of the American population is grossly overweight.

After this operation people can be more active, get into smaller clothes, and reduce the problems associated with overweight and obesity. After this type of gastric bypass, the patient can eat just about a cup of food. He cannot mix food and liquid and there are many other restrictions as well. Patients who are too overweight and have failed at least five to six diets normally opt for this surgery, as it is a very expensive one. Not only is it very expensive, it also carries a lot of side effects and risks along with it.

The ideal patient is one who knows the risks, studies the procedure beforehand, and is between the ages of sixteen and sixty five and does not have vices like smoking and is reasonably healthy. Also he has to be psychologically suited for the operation.

Normally the cost of the operation includes the surgeon’s consultation charges, his operating fees, the medicines used, the hospital stay, cost of anesthesia and postoperative check ups. It differs from surgeon to surgeon, from place to place and greatly depends on the problem and its correction. The cost of stomach staple operation can be between $ 20,000 and $ 55,000. It also depends on the amount of medicines given and used, nurses charges etc. The operation involves a lot of time of the operating surgeons who are highly trained, anesthesiologists, psychologists and others, plus hospital time, numerous follow ups and other such things which need strict monitoring. The operating surgeon has to be very careful while doing the operation as a slight negligence may result in even death.

Benefit From Taking Food Hygiene Training Through Distance Learning

Is food hygiene training a necessity for your job or for a job you’d like to be qualified to do? Perhaps you are getting into business in the food or food handling industry and want to be sure that you do what’s needed for safety and compliance reasons.

Are You Food Hygiene Compliant?

Food hygiene requirements need to be met for public health and safety reasons as well as for certain establishments to be considered compliant. Companies can arrange food hygiene training for food handlers, too. People need to be informed about safe food handling and food storage and whilst there may not be a set of standard training courses, there are companies specialised in creating industry appropriate training that is easily picked up and absorbed by pupils of all ages and culinary arts knowledge levels.

Food Hygiene Training Course Options

Yes, some people can simply become educated on safety guidelines but a structured course curriculum can ensure the right level of understanding. One way to deal with food hygiene training is to take a course in a classroom environment. But many people prefer distance education. But you don’t need to attend classes in an educational facility if you don’t want to. Food hygiene training can also be taken via distance learning method, which could make a lot of sense for you for several reasons.

Not only can you become qualified without going to a classroom environment to do it but you can also take the training at your own pace. People who need to become knowledgeable on safe food handling processes do not have to miss work in order to do so. Distance learning can be done in one sitting or can be done in bits and pieces over a duration the learner is comfortable with.

Save Money with Distance Education

With distance education, costs are significantly less than hiring trainers or arranging for employees to attend workshops individually. Courses can even be purchased for a flat fee and can be re-used an unlimited number of times, helping you with your food hygiene training on an ongoing basis.

Companies need to ensure safety compliance, especially when feeding the public. And individuals can benefit from knowledge, too, that could help them optimise their CV to get a new position in the food service industry. Regardless of which scenario applies to you, consider the benefits of distance education. Again, it could save money, could save time, and can help you ensure you are following regulatory guidelines for safe food handling.

Smoking vs IBS

Just as all stimulants seem to affect IBS sufferers harder than those without IBS, tobacco is one of the most extreme. Whether you smoke or chew, tobacco is a powerful gastro-intestinal stimulant, irritant and carcinogen. Because people with IBS have extremely sensitive intestinal tracts anyway, tobacco should be avoided at all costs. But even if you don’t have IBS, the effect tobacco has on your GI tract is severe.

Tobacco has shown to be harmful to the entire digestive system. Two of the most common ailments caused by smoking is heartburn and acid reflux, which are conditions that people with IBS are already more likely to suffer from.

Tobacco weakens the sphincter in the oesophagus, therefore allowing stomach acid to flow upward into the oesophagus. Tobacco has also been known to double your chance of developing a peptic ulcer and chemicals in tobacco also hinder the healing of ulcers and make sufferers more likely to develop additional ulcers later in life. The exact increase is unknown but it’s thought to be as high as 10 times as likely.

Doctors also believe that there is a link between the development of Crohn’s disease and the possible development of gallstones in tobacco users.

The addictive and poisonous part of tobacco, nicotine, can cause many health problems on its own. Additional weakening of the sphincter of the oesophagus, increased acid production in the stomach and a decrease in the pancreas making sodium bicarbonate, which neutralizes stomach acid. But nicotine isn’t the only problem with tobacco.

There are over 400 toxins and at least 43 known carcinogens in tobacco, all of which will hit someone with IBS harder than they would hit a healthy person. A seldom considered side effect of smoking is increased air consumption, which can lead to bloating and flatulence.

And of course, the most common result in long-term cigarette smoking or tobacco chewing is the development of cancer, including cancer of the digestive tract, such as colon, bladder, pancreas, kidney and stomach cancer. It’s not known if IBS sufferers are at a higher risk to develop cancer of the digestive tract, but the additional irritation and stimuli to the body tends to not be favourable for IBS patients.

Tobacco irritates the lining of the intestines, which can cause diarrhoea, intestinal cramping, pain, bloating and gas in IBS patients. Nicotine has been reported to highly increase the frequency of stomach cramps in IBS sufferers.

Tobacco use also decreases the efficiency of food digestion and it can also dramatically slow down the metabolism of those with IBS. This can alter bowel movements, which are already a huge problem for those with IBS, and cause bloating. Withdrawal from nicotine can cause both constipation and diarrhoea, again, already a big problem for those with IBS.

So for those people with IBS, sometimes just a small amount of stimuli to the digestive tract can be too much. The effects of tobacco use are universally negative for an average person and can be dramatic for those with IBS. There is no known cure for IBS and treatment options are not widely agreed upon, even by experts. But one treatment everyone can agree on is to reduce or eliminate tobacco use, even if you don’t have IBS!