Scoliosis and Golf

“Is scoliosis and golf a good idea?” That seems to be a recurring question in my practice. Before I address it, first consider “what is scoliosis?”

Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that is not supposed to be there. When you look at someone’s spine is supposed to be straight without any curvatures or shifts in the spine. Scoliosis begins with a ‘rotated’ spine followed by the curve.

Genetic pre-disposition appears to heavily determine who will get severe scoliosis. However, we would be remiss to undermine the role that environmental factors play in the nature and extent of one’s scoliosis. To this end, let’s consider the sport of golf (environmental factor) and scoliosis.

Scoliosis and golf create a lot of rotational forces on the spine. Given that a ‘rotated’ spine is a precondition to developing the ‘curve’ or scoliosis, golf and scoliosis may not be such a great combination. Swinging a golf club increases the occurrence of rotation in your spine, which one could argue, may promote scoliosis to progress.

If scoliosis runs in the family or if you have the genes for scoliosis, you would benefit from mitigating environmental factors, like certain sports, that may trigger, exacerbate or promote your scoliosis or its progression.

Anticipating their worst case scenario, the golf enthusiasts in my practice also ask me, “What about golf after scoliosis surgery…is that mission impossible?” Answer: That depends on the number of vertebra that are fused in your spine.

Golf after scoliosis surgery might be difficult depending on how many vertebra are fused in your spine.

When scoliosis patients opt for spinal fusion, on average, upwards of 70% of their spine gets fused. Given the resultant limited range of motion or rotation in one’s spine, golf after scoliosis surgery, in this scenario, would be mission impossible!

Fortunately, for Stacey Lewis, an LPGA Tour player, this was not the case. Stacey Lewis, diagnosed with scoliosis at age 11 underwent surgery after failing to achieve any correction from wearing a hard brace for 7-long years. The hard brace failed to hold any correction; in fact her curve progressed to 45 degrees prior to opting for surgery which included a rod and 5 titanium screws in her spine. But, Stacey Lewis was lucky. Her scoliosis surgery only fused a few bones. Unfortunately, her case is not the norm, most people opting for surgery will have may bones in their spine fused significantly diminishing any rotation in your spine.

I always caution anybody considering surgery in this day in age. The truth is there are better, safer, non-invasive, alternatives to surgery. Surgery outcomes are unpredictable at best. Given recent scoliosis advancements and treatments, coupled with poor scoliosis surgery outcomes, scoliosis surgery’s, risk reward profile does not warrant it a viable option in today’s environment. You have options. GOOD options. Learn about today’s better, safer, alternatives to scoliosis surgery.

Gonorrhea Also Called "Clap Or Drip"

It is a very common bacterial sexually transmitted disease that affects both males and females. Gonorrhea mostly affects the urethra, rectum or throat but in females it may also affect the cervix. In babies gonorrhea mostly affects the eyes. In some cases, infected people don’t show symptoms. Being in a monogamous relationship, using a condom during sex and abstaining from sex are ways to prevent sexually transmitted diseases

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of gonorrhea usually shows up 2-5 days after infection, however in men it may take up to a month to appear. Other do not show any symptoms at all. This is especially dangerous because they do not seek treatment and continue to spread the disease to sexual partners. It also puts them at risk for serious complications.

In men symptoms may include:

  • burning and pain while urinating
  • increase in frequency of urination and urgency
  • pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis – this may be white, yellow or green
  • tender or swollen testicles
  • sore throat (gonococcal pharyngitis)

In women symptoms may include:

  • painful urination
  • discharge from the vagina
  • increased urination
  • sore throat
  • painful sex
  • severe pain in lower abdomen – this symptom is due to infection spread to the fallopian tubes and stomach area. It is usually accompanied by fever.
  • vaginal bleeding between periods, such as after vaginal intercourse
  • pelvic pain
  • Conjunctivitis (red, itchy eyes)

TREATMENT

Gonorrhea can be treated and cured. The goal here is to treat the infected persons and their sexual partners. In adults gonorrhea is treated with an antibiotic which could be oral or through an injection. It is important to take all your antibiotics even if you feel better. Never treat your gonorrhea with someone else’s medication. This only makes it hard to treat yours. Due to emerging strains of drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoea, a group of medications known as cephalosporins is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to treat uncomplicated cases of gonorrhea.

You can be reinfected if your partner is not treated. It is important that your partner gets test and treated. Your partner will receive the same treatment you do. This helps prevent further spread of the disease.

Babies born to mothers with gonorrhea receive a medication in their eyes soon after birth to prevent infection however if infection does occur they are given antibiotics to treat it.

CAUTION – Do not have sex when being treated.

PREVENTION

Abstinence is the only absolute method of preventing gonorrhea. You can also reduce your risk by being in a monogamous relationship and use condoms when you have sex. Also ask your partner to get tested for the disease and consider regular gonorrhea screening if you are at increased risk.

How to Recognize 4 Common, But Bizarre Side Effects Related to Anti-Depressants

In order to understand the side effects of anti-depressant drugs, one needs to know a few basic facts about brain chemistry. Brain chemicals are called neurotransmitters (they are responsible for communicating information chemically between the brain and cells). Considering that there are hundreds of neurotransmitters, three are important for our discussion: serotonin, adrenaline, and dopamine (referred to as the brain’s “feel good” neurotransmitters).

Serotonin

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that aids communication in areas of the brain and spinal cord. This neurotransmitter is said to play a role in regulating a person’s moods, emotions, and perception of pain. Functions thought to be regulated by nerve cells that utilize serotonin include mood and behavior, physical coordination, appetite, body temperature, and sleep.

Adrenaline

Adrenaline is one of the hormones secreted by the adrenal glands that help release sugar stored in the liver. Adrenaline increases blood supply to the muscles, and helps the muscles contract in response to stress or exercise. Similar in chemical structure to amphetamines, adrenaline is often called the “fight or flight” hormone. In addition, adrenaline increases the heart rate, and accelerates certain metabolic processes.

Dopamine

This is a neurotransmitter that’s linked to sexual desire, pleasure, and movement. Dopamine is essential for the healthy functioning of the central nervous system; it has effects on emotion, perception and movement. Parkinson’s disease is caused by the degeneration or the destruction of nerve cells that produce dopamine. Schizophrenia and the psychotic features of bipolar disorder are associated with imbalances of the activity of dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

Patients taking anti-depressants are usually reduced to a relaxed state once the drug takes effect. However, over a period of time, some anti-depressant users start to show bursts of intense twitching around the eyes, often called tics. In some cases the tics lead to a wide-based, twisting and writhing of the hands, lurching gaits or swinging and flailing of the arms. This may take weeks, months or years to develop. This is one side-effect of taking drugs containing serotonin, i.e., Prozac, Paxil, Luvox, and Zoloft. There are thousands of cases listed in the Harvard Medical School Library detailing different side-effects involving loss of motor control when certain anti-depressants are used.

The 4 Common Side-Effects

Four common side-effects to be aware of that are related to taking prescribed anti-depressants include:

1. Tics, which is twitching, usually around the eyes.

2. The second is drug-induced Parkinsonism, with symptoms similar to those seen in Parkinson’s disease.

3. The third is neurologically driven agitation, ranging from mild leg tapping to severe panic.

4. The fourth is muscle spasms which, when they are mild, can cause tension in the neck, shoulder, or jaw, but can lock body parts in bizarre positions when severe.

These 4 neurological side-effects represent abnormalities in the involuntary motor system, which is a large group of nerves found deep in the older part of the brain. Normally, these nerves influence automatic functions like eye-blinking, facial expressions, and posture.

When the brain attempts to compensate for the effects of a drug, it can lead to a disorganized, chaotic activity in the involuntary motor system and loss of motor control. An example is Prozac. Reports have shown that patients experiencing any of these side-effects are at increased risk to develop the others, including tics. Many studies report that once the drug was discontinued, and stopped being used by patients, many of the involuntary movements ceased completely.

Tics

Stress aggravates tics. Many patients complain that tics get worse when they are stressed or anxious. Due to this, many patients withdraw from social settings because they are afraid that a tic would act up in the middle of a conversation. Imagine meeting a stranger at a social gathering whom you may want as a client, or maybe as a friend, and you get a sudden outbreak of tics?

A study being conducted at the Yale University School of Medicine has estimated that 32% of patients develop persistent tics after 5 years on major tranquilizers, 57% by 15 years, and 68% by 25 years. With tics being associated with serotonin boosters, it is not known how many patients will ultimately develop them, or what percentage might be permanent. Serotonin boosters are still relatively new and these sides-effects have not been studied systematically.

Parkinsonism

Parkinsonism is a term used for drug-induced side effects that resemble the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in the elderly. Parkinsonism is generally considered reversible when the drug is stopped, while Parkinson’s disease has an inevitably progressive course.

Parkinson’s disease can make people feel overwhelmingly fatigued and lazy. Many people on Prozac-type drugs experience a strange “dead tired-like fatigue” in which they feel “worn out”. What’s strange is that the person is tired, but is unable to fall asleep. Their whole expression from speech, facial, walking, and movement forms make them look as if they are doing everything in slow motion.

In some of the most severe cases, individuals are almost rendered powerless and trapped in a stage of arrest. Some patients may even develop strange uncontrollable behavior characteristics.

Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are prolonged contractions of muscles that lock body parts in abnormal positions that can last from minutes to hours. This is in contrast to tics, which are short bursts of repetitive activity.

There are many documented cases about patients who experience muscle spasms as a result to taking anti-depressants. Take the one about a thirty-eight year old Chinese woman who lived in Singapore, who after five months of taking Luvox, developed severe tightening of the muscles in her jaw, resulting in involuntary clenching of her teeth. Her lockjaw became so severe that she had great difficulty chewing food. Obviously, such a dramatic situation would be quite scary. The patient’s lockjaw improved when the Luvox was reduced from 100 to 50 milligrams, but did not fully clear until the drug was stopped.

Some cases of muscle spasms can be even more dramatic and terrifying. Spasms affecting the arms, legs, or torso can lock the body in bizarre twisted postures. In the January 1994 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, there was a case reported regarding a fifty-four year old woman who developed acute spasms in her legs and back, a month after she started taking 20 milligrams of Prozac a day.

The spasms caused bizarre posturing in which she tilted backward to the right. When she tried to walk, the spasms caused her to drag her left foot. In addition to the bizarre posturing, and foot dragging, the patient developed a tremor in her lip called “rabbit syndrome”, and spasms in her left eyelid that clamped her eye shut.

Agitation

Agitation was the first of the neurological side effects associated with Prozac-type medications to come to the attention of professionals. In a 1989 article published by a team of Harvard Medical School psycho pharmacologists at McLean Hospital, it was reported that one patient, within days of starting Prozac, experienced severe anxiety and restlessness. She paced the floor throughout the day, found sleep at night difficult because of the restlessness, and constantly shifted her legs when seated.

In another case, two days after starting Prozac, another patient stated that he couldn’t keep his legs still. This same patient stated that he would find himself bicycling in bed or just turning around and around. He concluded that this restlessness of his legs kept his roommate awake.

It was concluded in the report that neurologically driven agitation was a “common side effect of Prozac”, and estimated that 10-25% of patients experience this suffering. Similar reports of agitation with Zoloft, Paxil, and Luvox appeared after these drugs were introduced. In medication-induced agitation, the patient cannot escape the urge to move, particularly to move the legs. When the drug is stopped being used, the agitation is usually cleared within a matter of days.

We live in a time when side effects make up the downside of taking a prescribed medication. And it’s not just with anti-depressants. The next time you’re watching television, pay close attention to the ads that feature a prescribe medicine and listen to the list of side-effects associated with using the particular drug.

It’s not to say that prescribed medication is all bad. However, individuals experiencing negative side-effects with any medication should report these occurrences to their physician immediately. The bottom line is that once you recognize the side-effects and become aware of the possible complications that may accompany the use of a certain medication; this should open the door to explore the use of alternative medicine. It’s an individual choice that must be considered in deciding what other options may work for you or a loved one when it comes to taking any medication.

At the National Stress and Anxiety Prevention Center (NSAPC), we promote total health – body, mind and spirit. While we focus on the mental aspects of relieving stress, anxiety and depression, we must not forget that nothing is impossible for God. Remember that anything you do outside of your regular routine challenges your brain.

When you create a world of peace and tranquility instead of one filled with fear and chaos, excessive stress, depression and anxiety have no entry points in your life. Remember, these three conditions cannot occupy the same space at the same time when peace and tranquility is present.

If you would like to learn more about the dangers of anti-depressants and alternate ways to treat certain conditions in your life, please visit the website at http://SufferNoMoreToday.com

Fruits For Diabetics – Learn Which Fruits Diabetics Should Eat and How to Eat Them

Should Diabetics Eat Fruit?

This is a tricky question. On the one hand, most of the calories in fruit come from carbohydrates which of course is something diabetics have to watch very closely or their blood sugar may spike. Additionally, most fruits have a high glycemic index compared to low carb high protein foods. On the other hand, some fruits are extremely high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber if eaten in their unadulterated raw form. There is no question that fiber helps regulate blood sugar. Scientific studies are rapidly proving the powerful health benefits of antioxidants. These include antioxidants that help regulate insulin and help our cells become more sensitive to insulin, i.e. they help reverse diabetes. They also include antioxidants that help fight off health complications that diabetics are more susceptible to including heart disease, premature aging, stroke, and cancer. The pectin found in apples has been shown to improve glucose metabolism. Early studies show grapefruit can also lower blood sugar.

My take on this is that most diabetics should eat fruit BUT they should be very prudent about how they go about it. The primary purpose of this article is to give those with diabetes (and those who love them) practical information they can use to make wise decisions about which fruits they eat and how to eat them.

One important caveat: From a strict botanical perspective, some foods which we call “vegetables” are technically fruits but I am not including a discussion of these in this article. I do want to mention that many of these “vegetable fruits” are superstars in the diabetic diet. For example, a medium-sized peeled cucumber which is technically a fruit has only 3 net carbs and an extremely low glycemic load of 1 plus they are chock full of nutrients and fiber.

What Are the Best Fruits For Diabetics?

The best fruits for diabetics, taking all important factors into consideration, are berries. Relative to other fruits, berries are low carb and have a low glycemic index (20 – 45 GI, usually on the lower end of this). They are also exceptionally high in fiber and antioxidants. Within the most common berries consumed in the US, raspberries and blackberries have less carb and a lower glycemic index than blueberries but you can adjust your serving size to compensate for this. For example, a 100 gram serving (about 2/3 cup) of raspberries or blackberries has approximately 6 net carbs whereas the same volume of blueberries has 12 net carbs. So, if you’re keeping your carbs super low you may want to reduce your serving size of blueberries to 1/3 – 1/2 cup.

Diabetics Should Favor Fruits That Are Relatively Low Carb, Have a Relatively Low Glycemic Number, and Are Relatively High In Fiber

Besides berries which I’ve identified as the #1 choice overall, a small serving of apples (12-26 g/fruit), citrus (8-22 g/fruit), and stone fruits (1-19 g/fruit) a few times a week can be part of a healthy diet for most diabetics. These fruits have a relatively low glycemic index and relatively low carb per fruit. Stone fruits are fruits that have a single large pit (the “stone”) in the middle with a sweet fleshy outer layer around it. These include cherries (1 g/fruit), peaches (11-19 g/fruit), plums (7 g/fruit), apricots (3 g/fruit), and nectarines (12-13 g/fruit). For your easy reference, I’ve included the estimated range of net carbs in grams per fruit. If you’re on a really low carb diet (less than 30 carbs per day usually) or you are gaining unwanted weight, you may have to really curtail fruits. It is interesting to note that stone fruits are all members of the genus Prunus which also includes almonds, a superstar in the diabetic diet, and that a peach pit looks a lot like an almond shell. The edible skins of fruits tend to be very high in fiber so be sure to eat your apple peels and that fuzzy peach skin!

Cantaloupe (aka ground melon), watermelon, and pineapple are examples of fruits that are very high in carb so you might want to eat them only occasionally.

Bananas Are Very Popular In the American Diet But…

Bananas are the most popular fruit in America, even surpassing apples and oranges. However, bananas have 17-31+ grams of carb and have an average glycemic index of 55 which can be much higher with a really ripe super sweet banana (the way I like ’em). If you really miss banana, I recommend eating them only 1-2 times a week and eating only half a banana as a single serving. Plus, you can pick out small bananas when you shop to lower the carb.

Diabetics Should Avoid Fruit Juice and Dried Fruit

Even if you drink the unsweetened kind, fruit juice contains little to no fiber and is very high in sugar with a high glycemic index. Because of this, even a small amount of juice can play haywire with your blood sugar levels. Plus, when you drink juice, you miss out on many nutrients you’d have in the actual whole fruit. Dried fruit highly concentrates the sugar and should therefore definitely be avoided by diabetics.

Eat Fruit With Other Foods

This is a very important point so pay close attention. When diabetics eat foods that are higher in carbs and have a higher glycemic index such as fruits, they should always try to eat some protein and healthy fat along with it. The protein and fat balances out the effect of the carbohydrates in the fruit and you will get less of a spike in your blood sugar. A really good combination seems to be eating fruit with nuts. You can also combine eating fruit with some low carb yogurt, cottage cheese, hard cheese, or eat your fruit as part of a full meal. I love eating a small bit of fruit as a dessert. Use common sense though. If your meal already has a significant number of other carbs (like grains), you may want to skip the fruit.

Try To Eat Fruit Earlier In the Day

It seems that for most diabetics fruit has less effect on their blood sugar levels if they eat it earlier in the day. So, try to eat your fruit as part of your breakfast or lunch. This is especially true if you are experiencing the “dawn phenomenon” where your early morning blood sugar readings are much higher than they were when you went to bed. In this case, you should definitely avoid eating fruit at night and see if that makes a difference.

Pay Attention To Your Whole Diet and Keep It In Balanced

Let’s say you go on a beautiful summer picnic and you splurge on some very sweet watermelon (yum!). To compensate, you may want to watch your carbs more carefully for the rest of the day and maybe eat a lower carb dinner. If you just have to have a banana with your breakfast (I suggest eating half of a small banana), try to eat a lower carb lunch and limit your other carbs at breakfast.

Pay Very Careful Attention To Serving Size

The phrase “eat in moderation” takes on new meaning for the diabetic. Food is medicine for the diabetic and can even reverse diabetes if you know what to eat and stick to it but it can also exacerbate the disease if you eat the wrong foods. When it comes to eating carbohydrates, no matter how healthy food item is, serving size is the most important factor. Yes, fruits are healthy in many ways but if you are diabetic, it is crucial you do not over-indulge in fruit. Doing so bcould result in a huge spike in your blood sugar, and worse, if you over-indulge too often you could make your cells less receptive to insulin.

I know the natural tendency of most Americans is to pick out larger sized fruit, which is why cultivators select for it. However, a simple trick for diabetics who want to limit their carbs is to pick out smaller fruit. It is generally just as tasty as the bigger fruit. Let me give you a few examples to illustrate the carbs you can save by doing so. A six inch banana has 17 net carbs whereas a nine inch banana has 31 net carbs. That’s a 14 carb difference! That’s very significant. Even if you eat just half a banana, that’s still a 7 carb difference. Try to pick out small bananas. A small tangerine is only 9 net carbs (clementines are only 8 net carbs) whereas a large tangerine is 14 net carbs. You may even want to pick tangerines over oranges because even a small orange is 16 net carbs which is more than the largest tangerine. If you really want to limit your carbs, you may want to pick apricots and plums (3 and 7 net carbs respectively) over peaches and nectarines (11-19 net carbs). It’s hard to resist eating the entire peach and it’s awfully messy to slice and leave half (but possible). With cherries, you can simply count out the number of cherries by the number of carbs you can afford since they are 1 net carb per cherry. How convenient of them (smile).

Be Careful, You May Be Eating More Carbs Than You Think

I think many diabetics and low carb dieters grossly underestimate the net carbs in the fruit they eat. There are many reasons for this.

It is easy to be fooled when you look up the nutritional values of fruit. The value you get is probably an average value. The average may not be as big or as ripe as the fruit you are actually eating. The tests may have been conducted with a different species or variety that is more or less sweet or has more or less fiber than the fruit you are actually eating. There is a lot of variation between varieties in fruit and it can make a HUGE difference in the actual nutritional values. Even if you are comparing the exact same variety/species, your fruit may have been grown in a different soil type. Bottom line, you need to take the nutrition values you find for fruit with a grain of salt and be very aware that the values can vary greatly – much more so than with other types of foods like meat and dairy.

Cultivators and food science geeks play with genetics of fruits in an effort to make us, the sugarophilic super size that please consumers that we are, happy. I’ve read that the sugar content in cantaloupe doubled between 1950 and 1999. The values for fruit in the USDA Food Database were recently updated because they were so underestimated because fruits have gotten so much bigger and sweeter.

When you pick out fruit, don’t you tend to pick out the ripest, sweetest, most tantalizing fruit you can find? I know I do. In general, as a fruit ripens its carb quantity goes up, especially if it ripens before it is picked. Have you ever heard anyone say, “That fruit was as sweet as candy?”

Know Your Own Body

There seems to be more variability in how diabetics respond to fruit than just about any other food type. For some diabetics, eating a whole apple seems to be just fine while with others eating just half an apple can send their blood sugar soaring through the roof. For this reason, you need to do some very careful testing to see how your body responds to fruit so you will know what quantities and which fruits you can eat without causing ill effects. You’ll want to keep the testing as simple as possible. Measure out a certain quantity of fruit, perhaps a half cup or whole cup of a fruit you’d like to eat, and test your blood sugar just before you eat it and then again 1.5 hours after you eat it. Compare these readings to what happens when you eat a low carb high protein snack at the same time of day under as many of the same conditions as possible. You can try increasing or decreasing the amount the next day depending on the initial result and you can try other favorite fruits. Keep in mind that many other factors such as other foods you eat around the same time, how much exercise you’ve recently gotten, how much sleep you had the night before, how stressed you are, what you do in that 1.5 hours between tests, etc, etc can all affect the results so you’ll want to test more than once to see how consistent your results are. If your blood sugar does spike after eating a reasonable portion of fruit, I encourage you to re-test in a month or two if you adhere to a good and consistent low carb diabetic diet and make other healthy lifestyle changes during that time such as getting more exercise, sleeping more, and lowering stress. Once the body has had time to heal itself, i.e. once you’ve had time to reverse your diabetes, you will likely be less insulin resistant (this is what happened to me) and your body may be able to handle reasonable portions of fruit (and a few other carbs) without the spikes in blood sugar.

6 Negative Effects Of Eating Fast Food

1. Fast food has a very high energy density. About 65 percent higher than a typical diet and twice as high as recommended healthy diets which makes us eat more than we otherwise would. Energy density refers to the amount of calories an item of food contains in relation to its weight. Foods with a high energy density confuse the brain’s control systems for appetite, which are based solely on portion size.

2. British researchers from the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Center and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have determined that repeated eating at McDonald’s or KFC or Burger King, people are more likely to gain weight and become obese. This is because fast food not only contains many more calories than traditional food, but also is more likely to undermine normal appetite control systems.

3. By eating a Big Mac and fries, the body consumes almost twice as many calories as you would if you ate the same weight of pasta and salad. Fast Food restaurants feed the obesity epidemic by getting people to eat many more calories than they need through persistent advertising.

4. McDonald’s, KFC, and Burger King menu items using nutritional data from the fast food restaurants’ Web sites, found that when we eat high energy density foods, we don’t reduce the portion size so we get a lot more calories than we need. Our current society possesses a weak innate ability to recognize foods with a high energy density. Food intake is assessed by the size of the portion, yet a fast food meal contains many more calories than a similar sized portion of a healthy meal. The conclusion is we are all being fooled into eating too much food.

5. People get fat eating regular portion sizes, but since the food has a high energy density, people gain weight. In evolutionary terms, the human appetite was designed for low energy density foods. In other parts of the world where these foods are still the dietary staples, obesity is virtually non existent. Our bodies were never designed to cope with the high energy dense foods consumed in the West. That is a major reason why fast food in contributing to the major rise in obesity.

6. Another fact is that fast food may speed up people’s risk of clogged arteries that can lead to heart attacks. Researchers at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Francisco have demonstrated that a certain type of fat, called oxidized fat, can accelerate the buildup of plaque in arteries. And many types of fast food such as hamburgers, pizza and French fries are loaded with oxidized fat. The conclusion is fast food meals are high in saturated fat and low quality carbohydrates, white bread and lots of soda. Our bodies require fiber and more healthful types of fats. Fast food represents a dietary pattern that is the opposite of what is recommended for a healthy body.

How To Shave Bum Hair – Safest Way To Remove Hair From An Anus Crack Without Causing Irritation

Now why would you want to shave the hair on your bum? Its not as if anyone can see it. Okay, if its to do with sex and your partner having to feel it, then I guess that’s good enough reason. But is it though? Before you go mad with the razor, hair is there for a purpose, it helps minimize friction and chaffing while also keeping the area dry and airy. And, not only that, genital skin is very delicate, so whether its hair round the vagina, penis, or even in the crack of your bum, all skin is the same, no part gets tougher just because the blade is out.

Its not unusual, in fact its quite normal to see hair on a mans buttocks, and quite shockingly, some women too. Although it’s a natural thing, men these days don’t want hair on their bum cheeks, or stragglers lining the crack of their anus, so they are spending more time on grooming themselves in the bathroom before doing a spot of gardening. Is this a good thing? Yes and no. If his partner cant get at the mirror to shave her pubic hair, then no, if its for hygiene purposes, then yes.

There was a time when men wouldn’t be two minutes in the bathroom shaving their moustache or trimming their beard, but now it’s a different story – shaving hair from the chest and genitals too.

Bum hair can cover the cheeks, show in wisps, or appear in patches which some women might find repulsive to look at, however, and if I’m to be honest it would take a lot more than this to put me off a man, maybe because its not this part of the body that interests me – but there you go each their own.

If you prefer a smooth body over a hairy one, then you have several options to choose from to get rid of full on hair, bristles or stubble- these include shaving, hair removal creams, waxing, and also laser hair removal.

About shaving

Benefits of Shaving

Fast results

Less stragglers

More defined and contoured look

Soft smooth skin

You can shave yourself

Negative Side Effects of Shaving

Skin irritation

Razor burn

Rash

Nicks and cuts

Danger of infection

Painful hair re-growth

Boils/Pimples

Ingrown hairs

You are not likely to get all of these, but its possible one or two could happen.

Ways to minimize these side effects.

Shaving Tools

If you’re to get the bum smooth with a good clean shave, you’ll need to use the proper shaving equipment.

New premium razor blade

Pre-shave oil (Jojoba oil)

Shaving cream: Unscented is the best bet to help avoid irritation

Razor Bump Treatment (Tend Skin) plus cotton application pads

Talcum powder

Exfoliating Cloth

Have a towel and bowl of cold water ready at your side to rinse the razor.

Premium Razor Blade

Using a premium razor will give you a safe and better shave. Less expensive razors are likely to cause razor burn and sorely snag on hairs. A popular choice of razor among men is, the Schick Quattro Titanium razor blades; they’re specially designed to minimize razor burn.

Pre-Shave Oil

Use Jojoba oil, it allows the razor to glide easily across the skin while minimizing razor burn. Its also nourishes the skin so it doesn’t feel greasy.

Shaving Cream

Particular creams are more emollient and lather better than others. Good choices are Lab Series Maximum Comfort Shave Cream, or The Art of Shaving. Both creams are non fragranced – better for sensitive skin.

Razor Bump

Be prepared for razor bumps. An effective treatment for this is a product called Tend Skin. It helps reduce razor bumps, razor burn, pimples, boils and ingrown hairs. It may sting but this wont last long.

Talcum Powder

Talcum powder is a good anti-chaffing solution. Use baby powder, if it’s good enough for baby’s bottom, then its good enough for yours.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating loosens dead skin cells and lessons the risk of ingrown hairs and pimples that often happen as a result of shaving.

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for – Shaving your bum, butt, bottom, buttocks, or, can I say arse?.

Warning: A steady hand and concentration will make this not only a smooth shave, but a problem free one too. Bear in mind if you are heading for the crack, make sure its thoroughly clean…need I say more. Safety: Consider an expert do the waxing for you because it’s a complicated place to bring a razor too.

How to shave

Wash before shaving

Rub a couple of drops of pre-shave oil to the buttocks, followed by shaving cream.

Wet the razor blade with cold water and start shaving in the same direction of hair growth.

Don’t press the razor against the skin, let the razor do the lifting.

Avoid shaving against the grain as it encourages irritation and possibly ingrown hairs.

Rinse the blade often; this helps with swelling and redness

A mirror is a must. Making assumptions at this time can have serious consequences.

Once the shave is over, rinse the skin and dry thoroughly, don’t rub. Pat the skin as it will be tender.

Now treat the hair free area with razor burn treatment to lessen irritation and speed up healing.

Talc the bum to soften the skin and keep it dry.

Shaving is not a permanent hair removal process, so you’ll need to repeat when necessary and be careful because, a lot can result from shaving the butt – like what? Ask the guy who has a pretty girl do the shave for him. It doesn’t matter which body part you’re shaving, take your time to avoid having to book an appointment to see a doctor, all because you didn’t book one with an expert who shaves hair for a living.

Causes of Penis Redness and Irritation

At the first signs of penis redness and irritation, many men become concerned about the possibility that they have contracted an STD. Fortunately, penis problems are more frequently caused by common skin conditions that result in rash, soreness, itching and burning; most of these problems are easily treatable at home, using a penis health crème that contains natural antibacterial agents and moisturizers.

Common conditions that cause penis redness and irritation

Numerous penis health problems can result in dry, cracked and reddened skin on the shaft and head of the penis, as well as around the scrotum or anal area. While these symptoms are most often harmless and easily treated, it is best to see a doctor for symptoms that worsen or do not go away on their own in a few days.

Allergic Reactions

Allergies and skin sensitivities may cause itching or burning, redness, rash and peeling. Common substances such as laundry detergents, synthetic clothing, skin creams that contain chemicals, lubricants and latex condoms may all cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. Switching to dye- and scent-free laundry detergent, wearing all-cotton underwear, using all-natural skin moisturizers and lubricants, and wearing non-latex condoms may help to alleviate these issues.

Dry Skin

Skin that is dry and flaking may become further irritated during masturbation or sex, leading to redness and discomfort. Men with dry, cracked penis skin may find relief from using a chemical-free, all-natural moisturizer that can help speed healing and prevent dryness and irritation from recurring.

Psoriasis

Men who have psoriasis elsewhere on the body may also experience symptoms on the shaft of the penis; these can cause redness, peeling and itching that may lead to social embarrassment, as well as discomfort during sex or masturbation. Natural penis care solutions containing vitamin A (which is commonly used in the treatment of psoriasis) may be effective in healing and preventing psoriasis symptoms.

Bacterial or fungal infections

There are numerous types of bacterial and fungal infections that can affect penis health, causing redness, irritation, rash, soreness, itching and burning. Dry, cracked skin can allow bacteria found on the skin’s surface to penetrate the outer dermal layer, leading to uncomfortable penis symptoms that are often mistaken for signs of an STD. In addition, fungal infections such as Candida (the same fungus that causes yeast infection in women) and jock itch can cause red bumps or rash, itching, and peeling of the skin. Treating these conditions depends on the type of infection; the best option is to prevent them from occurring by keeping the skin smooth and clear with a natural moisturizer.

STDs

Certain STDs, including HPV and herpes, can cause red bumps and discomfort during sex. For men who may have been exposed to an STD, it is important to abstain from sex until seeing a doctor for a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.

Poor hygiene

Poor personal hygiene can lead to unpleasant penis symptoms, especially in uncircumcised men. To avoid this issue, it is important to keep the penis clean and dry; men who are not circumcised should be sure to pull back the foreskin and clean underneath on a regular basis. Using a penis skin crème can help to keep the skin in good condition and prevent problems related to chafing, bacterial or fungal infections, and other penis health problems.

Keeping Your Penis Healthy

The best way to prevent penis problems is to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, and avoiding the use of tobacco products; it is also important to be selective about the choice of sexual partners and to keep the penis clean. In addition, it is a good idea that a penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) containing penis-specific vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other essential nutrients be used daily to moisturize the skin and protect the penis from bacterial or fungal infections, which can cause discomfort and may even lead to more serious penis health issues. Applying a penis crème directly to the skin ensures immediate absorption for maximum health benefits.

Scalp Infections – Symptoms, Causes & Natural Options For Fast Relief & Treatment

There are many definitions and symptoms commonly described as “scalp infections”. There are in fact quite a few quite different reasons why your scalp may be sore, itchy, inflamed burning red or infected. If you are like many people with chronic scalp issues – it may be driving you completely up the wall and not knowing what it is or how to treat the problem effectively after many unsuccessful attempts to eliminate it can make it seem far worse – like you are never going to get to the bottom of the problem. Well that need no longer be so! It can be simple to diagnose and treat it now and for good.

So if you are dealing with any of these symptoms lets first identify the problem and then some of the underlying causes.

Firstly, if you want to get to the root of your problems, so to speak, you need to be able to identify what your problem actually is. Of course, many scalp infections & conditions look alike, so here is a brief description of some of the most common scalp conditions:

  • Red Burning Itchy Scalp
  • Dandruff
  • Ringworm
  • Dry Scalp
  • Scalp Dermatitis
  • Eczema of the Scalp
  • Scalp Psoriasis
  • Folliculitis
  • Stress Related Itching
  • Red burning itchy scalp can be characterized as any tingling,burning, prickly, and sensitive to the touch or a fiery hot sensation. Often associated with an allergy, sunburn, chemical burn (sensitization of the scalp),or fungal infection.

    Dandruff as most of us know is the process of continual shedding of skin cells on our scalps. Often the cause of dandruff is simply the result of toxins, pollutants and products that have built up on the scalp particularly products like silicone- a cheap commonly used artificial shine enhancer in conditioners sold in supermarkets.

    When the natural balance of our scalps is disturbed, this creates the perfect environment for the yeast fungus Melassezia Globbosa to move in and thrive. This is when the natural process of shedding our cells gets a little out of hand resulting in an unsightly condition known as “Seborrhoeic Dermatitis” (fancy name for dandruff) and we see the highly visible tell-tale signs of flaking and crusting.

    The accompanying itch and urge to scratch are often made worse by the multiplication of the fungal yeast pityrosporum-ovale (having one big party on your scalp). Another follow on effect of this is that the relentless scratching by the sufferer can cause small lesions which weep and ooze or become infected resulting in scalp infections.

    Lumps bumps and sores are also common when the scalp is highly irritated or sensitivity has been aggravated. Candida can be an underlying cause of yeast infections of the scalp.

    Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitols) is a superficial fungal infection of the scalp. Scalp ringworm is caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes. Ringworm infection occurs when a particular type of fungus grows and multiplies anywhere on your skin, scalp, or nails. It is far more common in children and symptoms include red, itchy patches on the scalp, leaving bald areas. The skin might itch and be red and peel or be scaly, have swollen blisters or a rash (that can spread) and looks like black dots. The rash is highly contagious. It is normally treated with over the counter products containing miconazole, clotrimazole, or similar. Sometimes prescription anti fungal skin medications, such as ketoconazole are needed to clear it up. There are also products direct from nature’s factories that can aid the healing process and act as natural antibiotics, although it must be said that ringworm is an aggressive fungus which needs to be monitored closely and treated accordingly.

    Dry scalp can feel “tight”, a sensation that is sometimes accompanied by flakiness. It is often the result of natural oils being stripped from our scalps by the frequent use of shampoos, hair dyes and or other hair products.

    Dermatitis of the scalp (Seborrheic dermatitis) is an inflammatory disorder affecting areas of the head and body where sebaceous glands are most prominent. It can vary from mild dandruff to dense flakey and greasy scale. Once again it is often an accumulation of toxins and products built up on our scalps that our body is trying to rid itself of.

    Eczema of the scalp similar in appearance to Seborrheic dermatitis but instead has the name Atopic dermatitis.

    Scalp Psoriasis commonly occurs on the back of the head however multiple areas of the scalp or the whole scalp may be affected. Scalp psoriasis is characterized by thick silvery white scales on patches of very red skin and can extend slightly beyond the hairline. Scalp psoriasis, despite being partially hidden by the hair is often a source of social embarrassment due to flaking of the scale and severe ‘dandruff’. Scalp psoriasis may be extremely itchy or on occasion have no itch symptoms. It can also cause temporary baldness on the affected areas. It is a common, chronic, inflammatory skin disease and is associated with increased risk of melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma.

    Folliculitis of the scalp is a superficial bacterial infection of the hair follicles. It is characterized by pustules around the hair follicles and symptoms include painful brushing of hair and tenderness when rubbing your scalp around the hair follicle sites. Treating with antibiotics for the particular bacteria is the usual course of action but can eventually cause resistance to the antibiotic used. Options include applying Evoclin Foam which is topical. Folliculitis is commonly caused by staph bacteria which also reside inside the nose and sinus cavity. Natural oils such as tea tree and lavender have good antibacterial properties and can also be used to treat this condition.

    If you have a bump or lump under the skin (commonly a lump behind the ears with no broken skin or rash developing, then this could be a cyst. Cysts are liquid filled pustules which can be painful when they become infected. If you have such symptoms I recommend seeing a doctor to be safe. Doctors can also treat cysts with antibiotics if they have become infected or incise them as a further but uncommon procedure if the antibiotics are not sufficient.

    Stress Related Itching Stress can contribute to or worsen scalp itching as it plays havoc with our immune system and hormones which have an effect on production of sebum from your sebaceous glands. Although it can contribute to the problem it is still somewhat of a myth. It may appear that you have a”stress rash”, but it is more likely that the problem was already there in a less noticeable way, then aggravated by increased stress levels making it harder for your body to deal with the problem on its own and eliminate the problem. Many of the treatments below include stress relieving properties – like Lavender oil for example which calms the mind and soothes the body.

    Solutions – what YOU can do about it

    Going to your doctor may be the best way to get an accurate answer to diagnosing your problem, but I understand that many of you may have already done this, been prescribed some form of medication of cream (even “heavy duty” cortisone based ones where the cortisone potency may need to be increased after time).

    Often the problem either doesn’t go away from the start – or seems to subside but comes back with full a vengeance later leaving you wondering with more unanswered questions and a VERY unhappy scalp! Well the good news is if you don’t like using these expensive and often impotent products- or even want to help them along you can use natural remedies and essential oils known to be super effective anti-bacterial busters such as tea tree oil for instance to inhibit or stop the growth of the infection and assist healing/re balancing of the scalp.

    Something that is also important to understand in curing scalp conditions and scalp infections – a factor that is missed by so many doctors, and something not disclosed by companies who sell hair products and treatments is the number of people who are allergic or sensitive to commonly used ingredients in shampoos, dandruff treatments and other hair products. In fact MOST hair products (as many as 90%) contain at least one ingredient that is used in engine degreasers, another is a common ingredient in antifreeze.

    These ingredients are cheap to produce foaming agents that make shampoo foam up, and do a fantastic job of stripping dirt and oily build up from hair. Problem is that they sometimes do SUCH a good job that they remove all of the natural oils and sebum from the scalp thus removing the scalps natural against bacteria etc. Another little known fact is that the most common ingredient (Sodium laureth sulphate) is used to induce skin irritation in test patients by drug companies to test the effectiveness of their itch relief skin creams. When first produced and for year’s afterwards manufacturers did not know that skin was not a barrier but an absorber of ingredients & that they caused skin irritation in so many people.

    So sometimes the beginning of a scalp condition can have originated from something as simple as an imbalance to the skins (scalps) sebum or an allergy to an ingredient that can easily be rectified.

    Like your immune system, if your skin has an opportunity to rebalance itself and not be subjected to “incoming foreign matter” and the daily stripping of its natural oils that further aggravates the problem you can allow your body to re balance and heal itself. Obviously buying products that do not strip your hair and scalp is an obvious step in the right direction.

    Fortunately there are a lot of manufacturers such as Aveda and Akin (Purist Company) who know what consumers are suffering from these issues so have addressed this problem. They have applied this knowledge to produce some amazing products with all of the benefits of natural ingredients, with none of the side effects at a price we can afford (Akin especially). It need not be difficult, nor expensive to make these choices and a move to healthy hair and scalp long term.

    So yes you can eliminate harsh shampoos containing sodium sulphates and go for natural Sulphate and paraben free shampoos that contain ingredients such as macadamia, wheat germ or jojoba oils. These oils mimic our natural sebum to some extent to help to re moisturize and nourish our scalp.

    Then there are lavender, rosemary and tea tree oils which contain antibacterial, healing properties. Neem oil great for its antiquing and stops itching. You can apply these topically to your skin for fast relief, to assist healing as well as looking out for shampoos with these natural ingredients in them.

    Lavender calms the skin (as does chamomile tea cooled and used as hair rinse).

    As well as buying quality shampoos containing these ingredients, you can

    create your own combinations of remedy or remedies to soothe your scalp.

    You can also help it along by using natural remedies to treat your scalp such as this scalp treatment containing natural oils to assist healing, detoxify and stimulate hair growth: (Add to

    water (4 parts water 1part oil) and spray onto scalp and you can add to your shampoo and conditioners also).

    Oils To Relieve Itching: Lavender, German Chamomile and Eucalyptus Oils

    (Mixed together and dabbed locally on effected areas has a soothing effect).

    Neem oil is also a very good dandruff preventative which can be added to any of the formulas detailed below and is excellent for psoriasis and eczema & scalp infections.

    Scalp massage with lavender oil (not scented – the real oil) is another

    wonderful way to relieve the tension from a sore scalp as well as treat the

    issue. It also helps to re grow hair and repair the damage done to your

    follicles by chemicals in shampoos causing thinning hair. (Lavender is known to stimulate hair growth too).

    There are many more powerful scalp remedies you can use to treat your scalp as well as many shampoos that are excellent value, contain no nasties to aggravate your scalp and hair follicles. It can be really simple to treat scalp problems by treating yourself to your own pampering session using natural oils to help heal your scalp infection. And then be kind to your hair and scalp by using only products that nourish your hair and scalp such as Aveda or Akin brand shampoos. You can assist the healing process and help restore balance back to your scalp and you hair will appreciate and reward you for it too by becoming less brittle, stronger and shinier.

    As with all natural remedies please patch test first. It is not intended for this information to replace a doctors medical advice, so please see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The responsibility of obtaining doctors diagnosis and using remedies is yours.

    Cleaning and Conditioning Old 8mm Films Before DVD Transfer

    To ensure that you achieve the best film to DVD transfer, cleaning and conditioning your old film reels is necessary. Prepping and reconditioning the film takes time but will ensure the optimal transfer quality. There are several factors that affect the condition of 8mm films.

    Some of the damage that your old films incurred over time may be repaired while others may be not. Inspecting your Regular or Super 8mm films before digital transfer or even before loading them on a projector is essential. Scratches and unwanted lines are common in old films but these aren’t the most major challenges you encounter when transferring 8mm to DVD.

    Films left too long on humid environments tend to develop molds, mildew or fungus. These microorganisms have a distinct smell and have the power to damage old films irreversibly. Usually, they start growing on the outer edges, working its way into the emulsion eventually. A growth on the outside edges is repairable but once it gets onto the emulsion, it is usually damaging enough to render the film useless.

    If the fungal, mildew or mold growth is contained in the outer edges, a thorough cleaning can stop its progress before it gets to the emulsion. There are chemicals available to get rid of these microorganisms from the emulsion but it usually erases the images as well. If you got to it before severe damage has been done to it, you have to clean it up and move the film to a dryer storage area.

    Shrinkage should be measured before you can have the film transferred to digital format. 0.8% to 1% shrinkage carries the possibility that your film will be further damaged if you load it on a projector. 2% shrinkage virtually renders transfer impossible even with the best labs. To measure shrinkage, a Shrinkage Gauge is used but you can also do it manually by comparing 100 frames of the film to 100 frames of new film.

    Before you decide on a film transfer lab, ask them what steps they do to prepare and recondition the film. A good lab has cleaning and conditioning equipment that would perfectly work with old films as long as they are repairable. The technician should also be familiar with all the problems above.

    Old films contain precious memories of loved ones are forgotten times. Cleaning and conditioning of film takes time but if you are going to spend the money to get them transferred, might as well do it right.

    Cilantro Allergies — How To Combat This Difficult To Avoid Food Allergy

    Cilantro is a herb commonly used in cooking. In Europe and much of the rest of the world, it is known as coriander. A hairless and relatively short plant, it is used throughout the world — Asia, Latin America and the Indian subcontinent make heavy use of this ingredient in local cuisines. It is even used for medicinal means and can assist with cases of insomnia and anxiety. Unfortunately, a growing number of people will experience adverse reaction to cilantro in the form of full blown cilantro allergies.

    Diagnosis of a Link Between Symptoms and Cilantro Allergies

    Naturally, as with many others, cilantro allergies are notoriously hard to diagnose. First of all, the person may develop this allergy so, despite no change in lifestyle, they will gain painful or uncomfortable symptoms that they cannot identify. Also, cilantro allergies will often produce a whole variety of different systems depending on the individual. For instance, some people may break out in a skin rash, others may bring up their food in the form of vomit and others still may just get an irritating itching sensation in the mouth and throat. A rare few may have more serious consequences due to cilantro allergies — they may go into anaphylactic shock and require urgent medical intervention. Fortunately, this is quite rare.

    The best place to start with identifying an allergy that is suspected to be a food one, is to keep a food diary. This is a record of everything that is eaten plus any abnormal reaction to it. Over time, and with the help of a specialist if necessary, foods sharing common ingredients can be identified. The problem with cilantro allergies is that cilantro or coriander are included in so many different types of foods and cuisines. Nevertheless, a process of trial and error will usually identify the culprit ingredient. Sometimes, a skin prick test by a doctor will be necessary to identify the offending allergen.

    Life Goes On with Cilantro Allergies

    Like with nuts, cilantro is present in many food types, even those that you would not expect to contain it and think unnecessary to do so. Sufferers of cilantro allergies should check the ingredients of everything that they eat. This means checking the packaging for any food bought. Also, if food is cooked by someone else e.g. at a restaurant, a phone call ahead will be needed. If you suffer extreme reactions brought on by cilantro allergies, you may wish to completely avoid establishments using cilantro as even a trace amount on a clean plate that cannot be seen may be enough to cause a life threatening situation.

    The Effects of Menopause On Relationships

    Do you sometimes think about the effects of menopause on your relationships? How the rapid mood swings, irritability, and other emotional symptoms are affecting your loved ones? What toll the lack of motivation and crashing fatigue is having on your family obligations?

    You maybe have a husband or partner and children who have not yet left home. You’ve always been there for them.

    Now, you feel too tired, depressed or irritated to do what you normally do to maintain your family’s well-being. Your loved ones feel confused. They don’t understand what’s going on.

    You too feel miserable, because you feel helpless to control these emotions. Yet, it is obvious that your nearest and dearest are suffering with you.

    For couples,the effects of menopause can have far-reaching consequences.

    The emotional and physical changes taking place in your body can have a significant effect on your intimate relationship.

    The physical symptoms of menopause such as hair loss, dry skin or developing acne; and weight gain, make many women self-conscious about their appearance, even if this wasn’t the case before.

    Women who already suffer from issues of self-esteem are greatly affected and this is reflected in the way they approach issues of intimacy. Menopause symptoms such as vaginal dryness and loss of libido, can significantly affect one’s intimate relationship.

    If these changes are not understood and dealt with, communication breaks down; and silence and confusion take over, leaving the relationship at risk for infidelity, separation or divorce.

    And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, menopause occurs at an age in a woman’s life when family structures are changing.

    Children are becoming young adults, while parents are aging. Most likely you will face bereavement from the death of a parent during this phase.

    It is also a time when you may have to face the prospects of retirement. All these concerns can contribute to stress and added strain on your relationships.

    How To Protect Your Relationships Through Menopause

    There is a way that you can protect your relationships from the effects of menopause.

    Small adjustments in your overall outlook and daily routine should help you make it through the change of life with your relationships intact.

    Below are some suggestions to help you make these adjustments:

    • Stay connected with your family, and friends. When you’re feeling fatigued, irritable or depressed, there is a great temptation to withdraw from those closest to you. Don’t! Make an extra effort to ensure that you spend time together, even when you don’t feel up to it.
    • When the change of life is over, as it will be, and as you head further into your later years, friends and family will become more important. It is then, that you’ll be glad to have them at your side.
    • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Menopause brings with it an increased risk for debilitating and life threatening diseases, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. Poor health can only strain your relationships further. A nutritious and balanced diet, combined with exercise will reduce the risk of diseases and the burden that comes with it.
    • And, besides keeping fit and healthy, engaging in an exercise or other physical activity can be a great way to stay connected with your loved ones or build new relationships.
    • Avoid alcohol or tranquilizers. Alcohol and tranquilizers are both depressants. If you are going through troubling mood swings or bouts of depression, alcohol and/or tranquilizers may simply make it worse or create other undesirable effects.
    • Engage in a productive activity. Involving yourself in church or charity work, sports activity or hobby, provides a sense of self-esteem and achievement. This will make you feel better about yourself and will improve the way you interact with others including family and friends.
    • Find your inner strength. Learn and practice calming techniques such yoga and meditation. Read a book. Find spiritual strength in prayer. Calming activities will help you maintain emotional balance and keep mood changes in check.
    • Write it down. Keeping a journal or diary, will allow you to write down your thoughts, problems, plans or anything else going through your mind. This will help you gain a sense of perspective on your situation, and help to reduce your emotional stress.

    Finally do keep in mind, that what you are going through is a phase. It will take some years, but it will pass.

    Don’t Let Your Gout Cause Depression

    Openly talking to your doctor about medication and other facts of gout, will help you avoid letting your gout cause other issues in addition to the painful attacks you’re already experiencing. The reason why it is important to be able to freely talk about your gout condition is because gout can cause depression.

    Feeling depressed or down is a normal part of life and is experienced by most people from time to time. Everyone goes through bouts of apathy, despair, and exhaustion, a case of the blues that takes hold and doesn’t let go. Depression can occur for many reasons, and poor health is one of the major causes. Therefore, if you’re not careful, you can let your gout get you down.

    How can gout cause depression?

    – Painful attacks

    – Not being able to use the affected joint during an attack

    – Not being able to enjoy certain activities

    – Avoiding foods you love eating because they can cause gout

    – Knowing a gout attack can recur

    How will you know if you are depressed? Signs and symptoms of depression include:

    – Feeling helpless and/or hopeless – feeling that a situation with never become better or change

    – Loss of interest in everyday activities – no longer participating in hobbies and activities once enjoyed

    – Significant weight loss or weight gain (a 5% increase or decrease in body weight in one month)

    – Insomnia or hypersomnia (oversleeping)

    – Feeling restless or sluggish

    – Feeling exhausted and physically drained, even when doing simple tasks

    – Self-loathing

    – Difficulty concentrating

    – Irritable – easily frustrated, annoyed or angered

    – Feeling aches and pains – having headaches and gastrointestinal complaints (I.E. constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc.)

    How can you treat depression related to gout? If you are feeling depressed, the following are a few self-help tips to aid you in eliminating the blues gout cause. Just remember that in order to successfully self-treat depression you need to want to recover from your condition and give it everything you’ve got. Therefore, you need to be practical, open-minded, and above all, be yourself!

    Talk to someone supportive – Talk to a good friend, or talk to your doctor about any concerns or questions you may have about your condition.

    Research gout – Find out how you can treat and prevent gout attacks so you don’t let gout cause symptoms that are painful or depressing.

    Enjoy the food you eat – Just because you have to avoid certain foods rich in purines, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy eating anymore. Find out what foods are low in purines and are considered gout-friendly. Some examples include, chocolate, carbonated beverages, eggs, sugar, milk products, bread, grains cereals, rice, pasta, cheese, milk products, tomatoes, fruit, and some green vegetables. Use these foods to create healthy new recipes.

    Exercise – Exercise helps blood flow thorough your body and improves circulation. Exercise also releases endorphins which make you feel better, improves your sense of well-being, and can help you avoid the negative feelings gout cause.

    Take time to relax and avoid stress – You may be overworking yourself and your body. Tell yourself you deserve a break and take the time to do something you enjoy and focus on clearing your mind. For instance:

    – Take a hot bath

    – Listen to music

    – Get a massage

    – Spend time with a pet

    – Read a book

    – Write in a journal

    – Take a walk and enjoy nature

    – What a comedic movie or T.V. show

    Finally, always remember that if you are suffering from prolonged depression (depression that lasts for months) due to a gout cause, or another issue, you should seek immediate medical attention before your depression moves beyond your control. Major depression is a mental illness that needs to be taken serious and treated. Therefore, you may be required to take medication such as antidepressants to help you overcome depression so you can move on with your life.

    How to Calm Your Fear of Driving Over Bridges: 9 Tips for Soothing Bridge Phobia

    If you have bridge phobia (a.k.a. gephyrophobia), you suffer from a persistent fear of driving over bridges. Bridges are often the only passages across rivers and other waterways. Sometimes they’re the main traffic arteries of coastal cities. Fear of bridges can make your world feel smaller, imprisoning you within your neighbourhood or town.

    Your bridge phobia may take different forms. Perhaps you’re afraid of the height of a particular bridge in your area. Or you may have problems with the openness, of not being able to see the other side. Maybe the fast moving traffic is hard for you. You may even fear you’ll panic, pass out, and drive off the edge of a bridge.

    But you can learn to soothe your bridge phobia. Just use the tips below. It’s easier than you think!

    Here are 9 tips to help you calm your fear of driving over bridges

    1. Plan your route well in advance: This eliminates the unpleasant surprise of coming upon a bridge unexpectedly. Know where any bridges on your route are BEFORE you drive, and know when you’ll be coming up to one.

    2. Have some “me” time before you go: Take time out for yourself before your journey. Spend it doing anything you find pleasurable and relaxing. You can listen to music, take a bath, have your favorite snack, a refreshing walk – anything that soothes and nourishes your soul. You’re about to do something hard. Give yourself something nice beforehand.

    3. Visualize being successful: One of the ways athletes train for success is by visualizing the perfect pass, or shot, or golf swing before they take it.Studies have shown that imagining yourself accomplishing a task successfully greatly increases the likelihood you will be successful. See yourself crossing the bridge and getting safely to the other side. This will make it easier to actually do it.

    4. Ask a friend to accompany you: Driving over bridges may be easier if you don’t do it alone. Ask someone you trust to come with you, or at least talk with you on speakerphone when you’re on a bridge. This helps keep your mind off your fear and on the present moment.

    5. Pull over right before crossing: If possible, pull over before driving over bridges. Take a few deep breaths and once again visualize driving across successfully.Millions of people do it every day. You can too.

    6. Focus on what’s right in front of you: While on the bridge, try narrowing your field of visual focus. Don’t look up or off to the sides. Keep your eyes right on the licence plate of the vehicle in front of you or fixed on a stationary object such as a street sign.

    7. Note the halfway mark: Mentally divide the bridge up into at least 2 sections. Notice when you reach one of the section marks, especially the halfway point. It’s easier to tackle a bridge in portions instead of all at once. When you reach the halfway point, say out loud, “I’m at the halfway point.”

    8. Put on your favorite music: Playing music while driving is very helpful. It helps distract your mind from fear. If possible, roll down your car windows to help you feel even more relaxed.

    9. Congratulate yourself on the other side:Yeah, you did it! You crossed the bridge! Take note of your success and that you arrived safely and unharmed. Now would be another great time to give yourself something nice as a reward.

    You CAN learn how to calm your fear of driving over bridges. It takes practice, but it’s very doable. Use the tips above every time you experience bridge phobia. It gets easier the more you do it. I promise!

    How to Cure Anxiety and ADD by Exorcism

    Many of you are aware that people are made up of a body, a mind, and a spirit. Actually, most people are made up of a body, a mind, and several spirits. Think of the body as a container for your white light God spirit. (Psalm 82:6 “You are Gods, children of God, All of you.”) God is like gravity. He/She the white light Holy Spirit lives in us all, no matter what our beliefs, and pulls us in a morally correct way, just as gravity holds you down on a rapidly flying and turning ball named Earth no matter what you call it or whether you believe in it or not.

    Inside of your body, along with your white light God spirit, live demon spirits. Demon spirits are like your white blood cells. When a germ invades your body your white blood cells automatically form an army and attack and kill the germ. We needed these demon spirits in the jungle for 5 million years to kill off the lions and snakes and wolves and other tribes and to kill and eat animals. The problem arises when there are too many white blood cells and then we have blood cancer, leukemia. When you have too many demon spirits all sorts of physical and emotional diseases occur. Just prior to her death Mother Theresa underwent an exorcism. Psychiatrist and author M. Scott Peck M.D. deals with demons and exorcisms and evil people in his best selling books People of the Lie and Glimpses of the Devil.

    Inside of many of our bodies there are also discarnate spirits, people who died, did not go into the light, and then made a home in your body. All of these spirits are the cause of much multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia, people hearing and being commanded by voices. The voices are people living inside of their bodies. Growling vicious lion/snake demons darting rapidly back and forth inside of human bodies are also the cause of much anxiety, and rude and violent behavior, including crime and war.

    The date today is December 1, 2005, and humans have given control of their mental health to psychiatrists, spirits who do not know or believe that spirits exist. They have been trained to medicate schizophrenia, ADD, and anxiety.

    They give medication to suicidal patients that they know full well makes the patients even more prone to kill themselves. They call visions delusions, a major psychosis. They would have put Jesus, Prophet Isaiah, Prophet Muhammad and Nostradamus in straight jackets, given them medication, and shocked their brains with electricity. They recently gave up on blood letting. This is during the week. On weekends they can be found in their churches, synagogues, and mosques, hedging their bets, in case there is a heaven.

    Tommy was an 11 year old boy with Attention Deficit Disorder. He went to a special school. He had difficulty concentrating and attacked and hurt girls in his class. Tommy’s mother Donna was dating an accountant named Ian. Ian did exorcisms as a hobby. After 1 exorcism from Ian, Tommy went to school the next day. The teachers immediately phoned his mother Donna and said, “Who is this boy you sent to school? He’s calm, polite, focused, and non violent. What happened to him?” It is now 2 years later. Tommy has now grown into a 6 foot tall 13 year old perfectly normal boy, who loves to play basketball. While running down the basketball court, his opponent Ken fell down, through no fault of Tommy’s. Tommy stopped to help Ken up. The referee said to Tommy, “What are you doing?” Tommy said, “He fell, I’m helping him up.” The referee said, “We don’t do that in basketball.”

    Here is how you can cure your own child by exorcism, by casting out the evil and lost spirits, and inserting a beautiful calming healing white light spirit, no matter your religion or lack thereof:

    First of all evil spirits reside in each and every one of us. They can appear as dark clouds, or snake lion growling darting around vicious alien monsters. Sometimes you cannot see them but you can feel their creepy presence. The good news is that the white light God Angel spirit also lives in every one of us. The other good news is that the power of God is infinitely more powerful than the power of Satan, and that is why you all have the power to banish the evil spirits. A battle rages in every person between good and evil, angels and demons, God and Satan. It is all about who inside of you is in control. O.K.

    Here we go:

    First of all sit on a couch. Have your patient sit in front of you on the floor legs outstretched and not touching each other and arms to the side. Place your hands 2 inches above the patient’s head. Next the patient will lie on the floor with a pillow first on their front then on their back. Now you need to put yourself into a trance. Close your eyes, and say to yourself: “20 means deep inner peace and quiet, my body my mind and soul and nerves are very very relaxed. 19 means deep inner peace and quiet, my body my mind and soul and nerves are very very relaxed.” Count down to zero then say to yourself, “Free from stress, free from stress.” Now visualize a white light extending all around you for 3 feet, and ask God to protect you from evil spirits backing up into you. You never need to touch the patient. If your hands are 2 inches above them then they will be in the patient’s aura. The patient should close his/her eyes and think constantly, “I love you God.” Keep your eyes closed throughout.

    Now silently think this prayer: “In the name of the Lord God (Jesus Christ, God the Father, The Holy Spirit, Allah, Elohim, Buddha, Chinese Gods, any name or names or all names of God will be fine) may Michael, the protection of God be at my right hand. Satan, Demons, Lost souls, in the name of the Lord God (insert any name or names of God here) I command you to come out of, leave the body of (name of person) and I command you to leave the Universe, and I cast you off the face of the Earth and the Universe once and for all! You can take your right arm and raise it up and sharply point it at the demons and lightning will come out of your fingers striking and killing the demons. Say to yourself, I command every angel in the Universe to massacre kill destroy and cast out every devil and demon inside of (name of patient). Now use your hands to pull the snakes out of the person, it may take awhile, and break the heads off of the demons, and throw them away. Say to yourself, “Dear God, please fill (name of patient) with your white light, your love, your Holy Spirit. Fill them with light, fill them with light. I love you God (over and over).” Be patient and don’t stop until you “see” in your mind’s eye the patient fill with bright white light.

    Next, repeat the process with the other archangels. Start off next by saying “May Gabriel the power of God, be at my left hand… Before me you Uriel the light of God… Behind me Raphael the healing of God… Above my head Shekinat El (or any name or names of God) the presence of God…”

    Say to yourself, “Satan, Demons, Devils, I renounce you, I rebuke you, you filthy slimy stinking demon devils! I command you all off the face of the Earth and off the Universe once and for all!”

    The patient can repeat these prayers after you: “Blessed be the glory of God from his heavenly abode.” “Into the light let us approach do not shut us out for we have sinned O Glorious God.” Also use the Lord’s Prayer. The patient can say, “Satan, Demons, I renounce you, I rebuke you, I love you God.”

    Inside of an hour, the schizophrenia, mental illness, ADD, and anxiety could be gone forever. Surprisingly, physical ailments that you didn’t even know were there clear instantly too. There are also thousands of trained Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and Spiritual Healers to help you. People have been doing this successfully from the beginning of time. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Don’t forget to have your own demons cast out of you. Remember, Doctors can often be extremely helpful, but they are not Gods. As long as these lying spirits remain in the patient, the root cause of the illness will remain, and the medications will merely mask the symptoms, often for decades.

    Can This Screensaver Actually Help You Fall Asleep Faster?

    SO MUCH to do, so little time. Between a hectic work schedule and a thriving social life, Kevin (not his real name), a 30- year-old marketing director from Seattle, often doesn’t have time to waste trying to fall asleep. So he turns on the computer in his bedroom and soon a serene mountain lake takes shape on his monitor. The lake is nestled within the mountains and a breathtaking scene of evergreen trees and wild flowers scattered throughout. Nature sounds including soft, subtle birds, cascading waterfalls, and the lapping of the lake against the shoreline come from the speakers and enhance the relaxation process.

    “If I play this just before I go to bed, I can fall asleep faster and wake up feeling refreshed,” he says. “The alarm goes off and I’m like, let’s go!”

    Kevin (believe it or not) is talking about his screensaver, a 3D Animated Forest Waterfall that since its launch several years ago has acquired a near-mythical reputation for aiding those suffering from sleep deprivation to actually fall asleep faster and deeper. Kevin has been popping on his forest screensaver for the past three years and says it is “tremendously useful”. “I find I can be very productive each morning at work,” he says. “I’m more organised and more motivated after a good night’s sleep. And it means I don’t have to worry about wasting time waiting to fall asleep.”

    Several years ago Kevin was like over 100 million other Americans who have trouble falling asleep, 40% of whom experience some form of insomnia after the age of 16. Insomnia lies within many bedrooms all over the world and has been associated with accelerated aging, depression and cancer. Although we spend almost one third of our lives in bed, it is not really known what stimulates sleep. The scientific studies on sleep are still in their infancy.

    However it has been proven that people who sleep between 4-6 hours per day can make up to 14 times more errors than those who sleep the recommended 8 hours. Studies by scientists in sleep labs have shed some light on what takes place within the body while we sleep.

    During the deepest phases, a growth hormone is released which helps repair cells and restore their energy.

    According to one study by the University of Chicago, men who slept only four hours per night for six nights showed a 30% decrease in ability to secrete and respond to insulin ( a hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar). This kind of decrease can lead to diabetes. More recent discoveries by the same university have also shown a relationship between lack of sleep and obesity. Following another four-hour sleep pattern, a 20% decrease in leptin (a horomone which regulates body weight) was observed for two days by participants. They also observed the participants stomachs produced a 20% increase in ghrelin (a hunger stimulating hormone).

    While many Americans choose to take a pill to help them sleep, there are more natural and effective ways to treat cases of insomnia. The soothing sounds of nature greatly assist the body to relax.

    Kevin has made it a habit to fall asleep to the sound of his 3D animated forest screensaver. He was able to download it free from ScreensaversAndWallpapersFree.com. With his laptop computer bedside, he chooses between several customizable waterfall scenes and soothing nature sounds to mix things up. “I don’t know what it is about this screensaver, the imagery, the unique nature sounds. What I do know is it simply helps me get to sleep.”