Aronia Planting Guide Part VI – Pruning, Pest, Landscaping, Harvesting, and Yields

Pruning

After establishment, the oldest stems should be pruned to ground in late dormant season. Restrict bush height & increase bushiness by cutting back upright stems.

After berries have dropped or been harvested prune to shape the plant. Pruning the Aronia plants while the plants are young will also encourage branching. The best time to prune is in the late winter or spring before growth starts. By pruning in the early spring just before growth starts. This means there is only a short time before new growth begins and for the wound sealing process to take place. It does not seriously harm plants in the long run to cut plants back so that they may produce a dense growth of new shoots This is called “pollarding”. As the plants grow larger prune to thin the plant so all parts of the plant receive sunlight.

Pest

Japanese beetles and other insect pests generally will leave the aronia plants alone. Blueberry Croft farm and nursery has not had problems with Japanese beetles.

For long-term pest management, a good defense against Japanese beetle involves improving the soil in your property so that the beneficial micro organisms that live there are active and numerous. The micro organisms eat Japanese beetle eggs under the grass in around plant roots. Mulching and using aerated compost tea made using worm casting is a good approach to improving your soil and the number of beneficial micro organisms in the soil.

Aronia berries are more resistant to microbial invasion than other fruits.

Aronia berries will provide food for deer; rabbits and songbirds in the fall after the berries are fully ripe if left unpicked. Before they are fully ripe they are so bitter that songbirds will avoid them.

In summary the major pest are as follows

  • Deer
  • Rabbits
  • Songbirds (in the fall after fruit is ripe)
  • Japanese beetles (usually not a problem)
  • A few maggots from Spotted Wing Drosphila have found in a few berries in some sites. A possible solution is to try putting some traps with molasses, brewer’s yeast, etc to try to lower populations around Aronia and other berry plants.

Landscaping

The practice of growing aronia as a landscape plant is increasing. One of the reasons is because it can handle both wet and dry soil in addition to being a very ornamental plant. It is attractive in each season and not effected by most diseases and pests. These are outstanding landscape plants. They have attractive white flowers in the spring and beautiful glossy green leaves all summer long. The dark berries in the fall at the end of the year and are a plus by providing healthy fruit.

Their ability to withstand wet situations makes aronia plants appropriate for growing along the edges of ponds, streams or other similar conditions. Aronia works well as a riverbank stabilizer, or in fields in the path of water runs to control erosion or in any large-scale planting in which a growing mass is needed. Aronia plants are especially useful in roadside ditches or a moist low tract of land that is a natural landscape feature or a human-created one. Consider using the cultivar Nero if you enjoy seeing heavy production of larger and longer lasting black fruits on a more compact plant 3 to 4 feet tall. If youare planning to have a productive plantation with high-quality fruit Nero or the taller growing Viking plants are good choices.

Harvesting

For more than 1/2 to 1 acre mechanical harvesting is more efficient, faster and less costly than hand harvesting.

Aronia fruit stay good for a relative long period of time and can be stored unharmed in the containers even for a few days. “This means they can also be shipped to customers’ right after picking without refrigeration. This is a significant opportunity and benefit because it also makes it possible to deliver the fruit harvested from a large area to the processing facility all at the same time.

The processing of fresh aronia is not hard to accomplish. Although the fruit is soft their shock-resistance allows them to be stored for a longer time than other more fragile berries.

Fruit Yields

The second year after planting 2-year-old nursery aronia plants in the field they usually are reported to produce about 2 pound of fruit per plant. The third year after planting in the field they are reported to produce about 10 pounds of fruit per plant. The four to fifth year after planting they are reported to yields about 20 pounds of fruit per plant. Fruit production is reported to be as high as 35 pounds per mature plant. In terms of the growth of aronia plants the saying is “First they sleep, then they creep and then they leap”.

At 20 pounds per plant, 1000 plants per acre would be expected to produce 20,000 pounds of berries.

Pros And Cons Of Human Growth Hormones (HGH) You Should Know

Human growth hormone (HGH) is the important hormone in the human body that is responsible for stimulating cell growth. HGH is secreted by the gland called the pituitary , which can be found near the base of the brain. The pituitary gland, a smallish gland, is actually considered the king of all glands in the human body.

Note that HGH is also present in animals. The secretion of this hormone in children and teenagers is high compared to that of adults. This is because as we age, the pituitary get a signal from our brain to secrete less of the HGH hormone. The proteins found in HGH hormones (in the form of amino acids) help children grow taller and bigger. On the other hand, the HGH growth hormones, when present in adults, help make us look more youthful and feel more energetic.

HGH human growth hormones must be available in moderate levels in order to be effective and safe for the body. In excessive amounts, HGH can cause diseases like pituitary tumor, pituitary gigantism or even type ii diabetes. If pituitary tumor occurs, the symptoms include frequent head aches, impaired vision and deficiency in other hormones secreted by the pituitary gland. This kind of tumor usually affects adults aged 40 and above. Surgical treatment and radiation therapy can be used to cure the tumor.

Secondly, pituitary gigantism – in this case HGH growth hormones are excessive resulting in excessive growth of the cells and thereby a gigantic body. For children, this normally means they are too tall or too fat for their age.The third case is that of type two diabetes. Symptoms of this diabetes type are painful nerves, muscle weakness and insulin resistance.

On the other hand, if HGH is secreted less, then this is considered as a human growth hormone deficiency syndrome. In adults, this is because the pituitary becomes less active. If the deficiency occurs in children then failure of growth and short stature are the results. Other symptoms of this deficiency are a weaker bone structure and mass and also lower energy levels. The main cause of this HGH human growth hormone deficiency is an injury to the pituitary gland. Another cause could be an injury to the part of the brain that acts as the “pacemaker”, called the hypothalamus.

One of the better way to treat the deficiency of human growth hormones is the substitution of HGH by identical hormones through injecting it into the blood stream. This method should not result in any negative side effects as it is substituting HGH with an identical compound. A safe and less expensive option is to consume HGH releasers or presursors that can induce a higher level of natural growth hormones being produced by the gland.

Injectable HGH human growth hormone can used in the following treatments even if there is no deficiency :-

1. It can be used as an anti ageing substance

2. Injections of HGH can also treat obesity, shortness in height, chron’s disease and multiple sclerosis

3. Helping body builders and other sportsmen improve their performances.

It is important to note that human growth hormones also have negative effects such as they help in the growth of cancerous cells in breast, colon and lung cancer. It can also increase the risks of diabetes and cause joint and muscle pain. HGH human growth hormones are also used to increase the milk production in cows and buffaloes.

In spite of its possible negative side effects, HGH human growth hormones can burn body parts and produce new cells which will keep a person active and refresh all day. In other words when produced in the right amount by our body, this is something that keeps us fit and beautiful.

One of the best and most natural way to increase the level of HGH in your body is to take HGH releasers or precursors. These are pills or supplements that will enhance the ability of the pituitary gland in producing the human growth hormones needed for youthful energy, looks, etc. There are lots of such pills in the market today so you need to so your own research and find out which ones are the best for you.

Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path by Joseph Bruchac

I had heard a lot of things about Jim Thorpe. After all, some people argue that Jim Thorpe was the greatest athlete of the 20th century. But after reading this picture book biography, I learned that Thorpe’s accomplishments meant much more than being a great sports star.

From the day he was born, Jim Thorpe’s parents knew he was special. When he was born in 1887 in the Indian Territory that would become the state of Oklahoma, his mother gave him another name: “Wa-tho-huck,” which means “Bright Path.” I like how Bruchac ties the title and the story into Thorpe finding the right path, and how nobody knew just how far that path would take him.

Jim’s athletic skills were evident early on, as he played outdoors and hunted with his father and twin brother. Like most twins, Jim and his brother were close, even though they were not exactly the same. When they raced or wrestled, Jim was always a little ahead of Charlie. But when the boys were sent to Indian boarding school,his brother Charlie always seemed a little ahead of Jim. The story of the brothers encouraging each other is a wonderful example to reinforce to young readers that everyone has their strengths, but we need to encourage each other not to give up in those areas that are a challenge.

Not only does Bruchac highlight Jim Thorpe’s path, but he also tells the story of the unfair treatment of Native Americans at that time. Indian boarding schools did not provide the same education offered to whites. Indian children were educated only to be maids or laborers and schools were designed to cut them off from everything that made them Indians.

Jim moved from school to school and overcame many family tragedies. His brother died of pneumonia from the terrible conditions in the schools, his mother died of an illness, and his father died of a snakebite while working in the fields. Overcoming obstacles and perseverance is the main theme of this inspirational tale. The story is not only an inspiration, but also a testament to what his generation had to go through.

Nelson’s illustrations illuminate Jim’s path and I think the textures in each one are pretty unique. At the end of the book is an author’s note where Bruchac further describes the success that Thorpe gained, and a timeline of important dates in Jim Thorpe’s legacy.

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Illustrator: S.D. Nelson

Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Aug. 2008

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Best Laryngitis Home Remedies Using Therapeutic Essential Oils

Laryngitis remedies using essential oils are far superior to most over-the-counter, synthetic choices because they create deep healing, rather than just covering up the symptoms. You’ll get over the laryngitis quicker and feel better while you’re healing and afterwards.

What Is Laryngitis?

It’s an inflammation usually caused by an infection of the vocal cords. It’s often the result of an upper respiratory infection of some type starting with a sinus infection, a cold, a sore throat, etc. and settling into the vocal cords. The cords swell, changing the sound of your voice. In severe cases, the voice becomes only a hoarse whisper. Your cords will often be covered with a hard, dry, incrusted mucous that must be dissolved.

With the approval of your health care professional, try these remedies.

Try an Aromatic Mouthwash

Make yourself an antibacterial mouthwash by using two drops of tea tree oil in a half cup of warm water. Put it in a water bottle or a container that you can close and shake vigorously to disperse the oil molecules throughout the water. Immediately gargle and swallow.

The Lick Trick

You’ll want to frequently take a trace of tea tree and mix it with the saliva of your mouth and swallow. We call this the “lick trick” because it’s easiest to lick the trace of oil off the back of your hand. You don’t want too much.

Put a drop of spearmint or peppermint essential oil in all your drinking water every day, even for a month after you’re feeling better. This will give you a deep cleansing, and you’ll love the refreshing, cooling taste of the water. When you have laryngitis, drink more water than usual to help break up the mucus on your vocal cords.

Antihistamines or any over-the-counter remedies designed to stop or dry up a cough or cold symptoms would make the laryngitis worse, so always avoid cold and cough remedies. Using these synthetic remedies tends to drive the infection deeper into your body and actually manifest elsewhere. Work with your body to naturally loosen the mucous and allow the infection to run its course quickly and naturally. Using oils in lots of different therapies will speed the process and help eliminate the infection completely for deep, permanent healing.

Use Oils in a Compress

Prepare a simple compress with four to five drops of a respiratory blend in a half cup of hot water. Use a mixture of oils like rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus radiata, fir, peppermint, ravensara, or spearmint. You can use one or two of these oils alone as well. Dip a washcloth in the mixture, wring it out and apply it to the base of your neck covered with a dry cloth.

Oils in the Steam of Boiling Water

Boil a pan of water and add a few drops of a respiratory blend or one of the single oils discussed earlier. Place a towel over your head to contain the steam and inhale deeply until the fragrance starts to go away. You can blow into the water to agitate and increase the steam. Add a few more drops and inhale until you’ve inhaled about 20 drops of oil in all. Keep reheating the water as often as necessary.

Don’t diffuse oils in a dry room when you have laryngitis. That only hardens the mucous. Instead you can diffuse oils in a steamy bathroom as you shower or bathe. In fact using about 20 drops of oil in a hot Epsom salts bath and at the same time turning on the diffuser, also with about 20 drops of oil will help to break up the mucous as you soak.

How to Avoid the Coughing Stage of a Respiratory Infection

For many people, the last stage of a cold is often bronchitis, unless you can stop the infection on its way down your respiratory system. An infection often starts as a virus in the sinuses or throat, then it makes its way into laryngitis, and finally bronchitis.

Do everything you can from taking lots of essential oil capsules, taking hot baths or showers night and morning while diffusing oils, putting respiratory oils on your feet and chest after every bath, and using oils in all your water.

At the first sign of a cough, try to stop it in its tracks before your bronchioles become inflamed. Put cold compresses with peppermint oil on your chest at night before bed to keep those bronchioles cool and calm. If you start coughing during the day, have a little herbal tea or warm water with a drop of one of your favorite oils in it, like peppermint, spearmint, basil, or lemon.

Best Laryngitis Home Remedies Using Therapeutic Essential Oils

Laryngitis remedies using essential oils are far superior to most over-the-counter, synthetic choices because they create deep healing, rather than just covering up the symptoms. You’ll get over the laryngitis quicker and feel better while you’re healing and afterwards.

What Is Laryngitis?

It’s an inflammation usually caused by an infection of the vocal cords. It’s often the result of an upper respiratory infection of some type starting with a sinus infection, a cold, a sore throat, etc. and settling into the vocal cords. The cords swell, changing the sound of your voice. In severe cases, the voice becomes only a hoarse whisper. Your cords will often be covered with a hard, dry, incrusted mucous that must be dissolved.

With the approval of your health care professional, try these remedies.

Try an Aromatic Mouthwash

Make yourself an antibacterial mouthwash by using two drops of tea tree oil in a half cup of warm water. Put it in a water bottle or a container that you can close and shake vigorously to disperse the oil molecules throughout the water. Immediately gargle and swallow.

The Lick Trick

You’ll want to frequently take a trace of tea tree and mix it with the saliva of your mouth and swallow. We call this the “lick trick” because it’s easiest to lick the trace of oil off the back of your hand. You don’t want too much.

Put a drop of spearmint or peppermint essential oil in all your drinking water every day, even for a month after you’re feeling better. This will give you a deep cleansing, and you’ll love the refreshing, cooling taste of the water. When you have laryngitis, drink more water than usual to help break up the mucus on your vocal cords.

Antihistamines or any over-the-counter remedies designed to stop or dry up a cough or cold symptoms would make the laryngitis worse, so always avoid cold and cough remedies. Using these synthetic remedies tends to drive the infection deeper into your body and actually manifest elsewhere. Work with your body to naturally loosen the mucous and allow the infection to run its course quickly and naturally. Using oils in lots of different therapies will speed the process and help eliminate the infection completely for deep, permanent healing.

Use Oils in a Compress

Prepare a simple compress with four to five drops of a respiratory blend in a half cup of hot water. Use a mixture of oils like rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus radiata, fir, peppermint, ravensara, or spearmint. You can use one or two of these oils alone as well. Dip a washcloth in the mixture, wring it out and apply it to the base of your neck covered with a dry cloth.

Oils in the Steam of Boiling Water

Boil a pan of water and add a few drops of a respiratory blend or one of the single oils discussed earlier. Place a towel over your head to contain the steam and inhale deeply until the fragrance starts to go away. You can blow into the water to agitate and increase the steam. Add a few more drops and inhale until you’ve inhaled about 20 drops of oil in all. Keep reheating the water as often as necessary.

Don’t diffuse oils in a dry room when you have laryngitis. That only hardens the mucous. Instead you can diffuse oils in a steamy bathroom as you shower or bathe. In fact using about 20 drops of oil in a hot Epsom salts bath and at the same time turning on the diffuser, also with about 20 drops of oil will help to break up the mucous as you soak.

How to Avoid the Coughing Stage of a Respiratory Infection

For many people, the last stage of a cold is often bronchitis, unless you can stop the infection on its way down your respiratory system. An infection often starts as a virus in the sinuses or throat, then it makes its way into laryngitis, and finally bronchitis.

Do everything you can from taking lots of essential oil capsules, taking hot baths or showers night and morning while diffusing oils, putting respiratory oils on your feet and chest after every bath, and using oils in all your water.

At the first sign of a cough, try to stop it in its tracks before your bronchioles become inflamed. Put cold compresses with peppermint oil on your chest at night before bed to keep those bronchioles cool and calm. If you start coughing during the day, have a little herbal tea or warm water with a drop of one of your favorite oils in it, like peppermint, spearmint, basil, or lemon.

Sandhi Sudha Plus: For Healing a Sore Back and Related Conditions

Our lower back is created by some expansive structures which are overlapping, and also interconnected. These include soft tissues like tendons, which connect bones to muscles, and ligaments, which connect bones to other bones.

Similarly, the structures in our back include the nerve roots, and also the nerves that branch out from our spine to all parts of our body. While these structures have some joints that are small and complex, within the vertebrae of the spinal cord are the intervertebral or spinal discs. These discs have a jellylike inner core which enables our spine to be flexible.

Pain in the lower back is an extremely common condition and nearly 90% of us are smitten by the same at some or the other point of time in our lives. But the symptoms, and also the severity are likely to vary from one individual to another. In many cases, a disorder like a degenerative disc causes discomfort which is mild, and goes away by itself in some time.

In general, there are a different set of lower back issues that smite seniors. Among people who are over 60 years of age, back pain, particularly in the lower section of the back is more likely to be associated with a disorder caused by joint degeneration, such as ailments like osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis or even a compression fracture.

But lower back pain among adults aged between 30 to 60 years could be caused by a muscle strain or a strain in the soft tissue. Alternately, lower back pain among this section of adults could be caused due to a disorder associated with disc space, such as lumbar disc herniation or degenerative disc disease.

Most cases of lower back pain are classified as non specific back pain, and the patient is not required to see a doctor, as the symptoms leave by themselves in some time. But one must seek medical attention if lower back pain is caused by a traumatic event like a car accident, or along with the pain, one experiences fevers or chills. Similarly, one must consult a doctor if the lower back pain is accompanied by some unexplained weight loss, any form of leg weakness or persistent abdominal pain.

Non invasive treatments, including physical therapy and self care are invariably the initial methodology for lower back pain treatment, unless the pain is not very severe. And these treatments are oriented towards restoring the normal functioning of the spine, such that the healing process is accentuated.

Sandhi Sudha plus is a tremendous topical remedy which has helped thousands of people across the world overcome all types of joint pain, and lead pain free and substantial lives. This is 100% herbal oil, and is created by handpicked herbs, using a tried and tested formula.

Sandhi Sudha plus can work wonders for your lower back pain treatment and all related conditions, such as sciatic leg pain or arthritis. This not just relieves pain, but makes the spine stronger, and allows one to carry on with the day without being bothered by pain. Being an herbal remedy, Sandhi Sudha plus nourishes the back while it heals and as it is topically applied, it does not cause any side effects like dizziness, nausea or even allergic reactions. This makes it one of the most preferable methodologies for healing a sore back.

Acne Vulgaris (Pimples, Zits) – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Acne is called as “Yuvan Pidika” in Ayurveda, which means boils affecting the youth. Disturbed “kapha”, “pitta” and “rakta” (blood) together produce boils, mostly on the face. As the Ayurvedic name suggests, these are present mostly in the age group of 15 – 25 years, and in some, may extend till 35 years of age. Some physicians believe that disturbed ” meda” is also involved in the production of acne.

For the sake of treatment, acne is considered to be of recent onset, chronic, and resulting from or coinciding with menstruation in females. Acne is believed to have a very close relation to the stomach, and therefore, it is believed that excessive salty, sour, sweet, oily and non-vegetarian food-stuffs aggravate, or cause acne. Stress, chronic constipation, menstruation, and obesity, all are believed to contribute to acne.

The main principles of treatment in acne are: treatment of “rakta” (blood) impurities (this includes control of infection), reduction in stress, and proper regulation of bowel movement. As mentioned above, avoiding food products which aggravate acne is also very important. Use of irritating cosmetics is best avoided.

For red boils, with burning sensation, Praval, Kamdudha, and Chandanadi vati are useful. Those with excessive “heat” in their bodies should take, in addition, Triphala and Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus) at bed time. Those women with scanty or irregular menses should take compounds containing Kumari (Aloe vera). Obese patients with acne benefit from medicines like Triphala Guggulu and Gokshuradi Guggulu.

Local applications containing Shalmali (Bombax malabaricum), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Kushtha (Saussurea lappa), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Turmeric (Curcuma longa), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Chandan (Santalum album), Dashanglep and Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus) are beneficial in acne. Local application of Khas-Khas and Jayphal (Myristica fragrans) is believed to give very good results. For dry skin, application of Shatadhout Ghrut is beneficial.

Ayurvedic combination medicines like Arogya-vardhini, Gandhak Rasayan, Sukshma Triphala, and Chandraprabha are good for internal use. Shankh Bhasma can be applied locally and taken orally too.

Those who have very severe or cystic type of acne benefit from blood letting by leech, or induced vomiting (Vaman) or induced purgation (Virechan), however, these procedures are best done by qualified personnel in well-equipped clinics. Patient selection for these procedures is important.

Adequate sleep, a sensible diet, and breathing techniques like “Pranayam” are beneficial.

Turkey Diseases – Save Your Turkeys by Knowing the Common Diseases and Their Medications

In building your turkey business, you should be aware of the common illnesses that your turkey can acquire. Turkey diseases range from simple to complex conditions that need urgent assistance. It depends on how your animals behave, what they eat, situation of their coop and surroundings in general.

One of the common diseases of birds especially for turkeys is diarrhea. It can be acquired through drinking infectious water and pecking on feces that they eliminated or extracted from other animals. You have to know the right antibiotics that should be given to them. Prescribed antibiotics can be blended with their feeds or drinking water. Medications should be done as soon as possible because turkeys will likely die because of dehydration. It is also suggested that water, which is loaded with acidophilus, can also solve problem. Acidophilus also contains Lactobacilli. It is the good bacteria that help in the proper functioning of stomach not only for humans but also for animals. Acidophilus is also believed to be the natural inhibitor of certain digestive malfunctions and other turkey diseases. It is also a good alternative if you are raising organic turkeys since organic turkeys should not take any medicines, processed foods, etc.

Botulism or Limberneck is also usual in turkeys. It is the acute paralysis of certain parts of turkey’s body. If you notice that your turkeys are losing feathers, experiencing sleeplessness and frequent diarrhea, you can suspect that they are suffering from Botulism. Ask your veterinarian and professional turkey growers for possible urgent solution for this sickness. They may recommend some antibiotics like Bacitracin, Streptomycin, and some vitamins and minerals. In order to prevent the transmission of sickness, if some are already infected, it is better to segregate the dead turkeys immediately after to prevent other turkeys from coming close to them and be contaminated. Make sure that their coop is always clean by providing good ventilation. Keep it clean from any litter and as much as possible, and lessen the population of flies in the area. Remember that botulism and other known turkey diseases can be transmitted through cannibalism, eating of insects and litters.

There are other serious sicknesses that your turkeys can acquire. Learn these through attending seminars conducted by your local municipality. Medications are usually offered at lower prices compared to other poultry feeds shop. Obtaining books about turkey diseases are also another good option to have the best alternatives and solutions that come very handy.

Top 10 Factors Which Can Affect Male Fertility – Demystifying Male Infertility

The heartache of infertility affects everyone. Both men and women suffer when the dream of trying to conceive a child, doesn’t seem to be coming true. While this occurs, many women will find themselves in many a specialist’s office, in efforts to determine exactly where the problem lies.

How about the guys? It has been shown that 40 to 50 % of couples experiencing infertility will have a male factor, that is a problem with the quality, quantity or movement (also known as motility) of the sperm. Low sperm counts, infection, erectile dysfunction, and other health problems should be evaluated by a physician early in the fertility work up to identify and correct simple problems or identify more serious problems. What is certain however is that male factor can significantly effect decisions couples make regarding their family planning.

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for six months or more without success, both of you need to be fully evaluated to determine if and where problems exist. If you and your partner have suffered multiple miscarriages or previously failed In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycles, the problem can also be male related.

Failure of implantation (the normal growth of the placenta early in the pregnancy) can result form poor embryo quality, such as a genetic problem. When fertilization occurs when the egg from the female combines with the sperm of the male partner. The sizes are different and the sperm DNA need to swell and then shrink to match up with the DNA of the egg. When this process is successful an embryo can form. If there is a problem with the DNA of either the sperm or the egg, the DNA of the resulting embryo can fail, causing failure of implantation or early miscarriage. (1).

The following are a list of the ‘Top 10’ factors which can affect male fertility.

#1 – Do you smoke? Or use smokeless tobacco?

We all know that smoking and chewing tobacco is unhealthy for a variety of reasons. Now, here’s one more! These products contain nicotine and other harmful substances. Smoking causes vasoconstrictriction which makes blood vessels smaller. This can reduce the amount of blood flow to vital organs and decrease the amount of oxygen and nutrients delivered to them. Stopping these products can improve factors in as little as 3 months.

#2 – How much alcohol do you consume in 1 week?

Be honest. More than 3 to 5 drinks per week can be unhealthy, especially if you are trying to have a baby. Binge drinking can also be unhealthy, which is more than 5 drinks in a day. That may not sound like much, but binge drinking can be considered alcohol abuse and can be a sign of depression. If you are concerned about the amount of alcohol you consume, please discuss this candidly with your health care provider.

#3 – Are you overweight?

Along with the known health risks of being overweight (risk of high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke) being overweight can also effect sperm production. Adipose tissue (fat) can store excess amounts of the female hormone Estrogen. This hormone can be responsible for hormone imbalances causing a decrease in the production of testosterone, the primary male hormone needed for sperm production. Excess amounts of estrogen can give the appearance of man breasts and also interfere with the arousal phase required for erection and ejaculation. If you have any concerns about these problems be sure to address them with your physician.

#4 – Have you had an injury to the groin area? Have you had surgery to the groin area?

Undescended testicles, hernias or varcoceles are conditions that can affect sperm production or sperm transportation. If you have been treated by a urologist in the past it is very important to inform your fertility specialist.

#5 – Do you have health problems that warrant the need for medications?

High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid problems, arthritis, alcoholism, and drug addiction are some commonly identified problems. The medications to treat these conditions, alone, can be harmful to sperm production. Check with your physician or pharmacist to see if your medication could be decreasing your fertility potential.

#6 – Have you experienced a fever or illness within the last 3 months?

In order for a sperm cell to be mature enough to fertilize an egg it take about 3 months to develop. A fever or illness can affect newly developing sperm. Also, medications such as antibiotics can interfere with sperm production. Tell your physician all of the medications you have taken in the last 3-month, that includes over the counter medications.

#7 – What is your occupation?

Some jobs, by their nature can affect fertility potential. If you are exposed to chemicals or toxins on a regular basis, you may need a male fertility workup with advanced testing to see if these chemical or toxins have affected the DNA in your sperm. Avoiding exposure to known toxins would be important while you are trying to have a baby. Prolonged sitting or jobs that generate a lot of body heat can cause the groin area to be subjected to higher temperatures and be potentially harmful to developing sperm. The scrotum is design to keep the testes protected from extreme temperatures, hot or cold, allowing the testes to be moved closer or further from the body depending on the temperature.

#8 – What are your hobbies or activities?

Some hobbies involve solvents or chemicals. Others such as bicycling or excessive exercising can increase your body’s core temperature. Discuss your hobbies and activities at your fertility consultation.

#9 – Do you use recreational drugs?

Marijuana, cocaine, Methamphetamines or any recreational drug are unhealthy and potentially dangerous. Drug use can also be a sign of excess stress and inappropriate coping. If you are using drugs, stop. If you are having problems with stress, anxiety or depression, talk to your doctor. It is better to take care of yourself now so that you will be healthy, and sober when the new baby arrives.

# 10 – How often do you use hot tubs or take hot baths?

Excessive heat to the groin area has been linked to poor sperm quality. Keep the temperature comfortable. Avoid excessive heat while you are tying to conceive. Loose comfortable clothing (yes, Boxers) can allow the groin area to be less heated.

Remember, this information is being provided to help with Pre-Conception planning. It is intended to offer education but is not designed to replace the assessment of a health care professional.

Herniated Nucleus Pulposus, L5-S1 – Back Pain and Pain Relief Options

Do you have lower back pain?

Have you ever herniated a disc in your lower back?

1.) Introduction

Anyone that has ever had to endure the process of having a herniated disk knows how painful and agitating the injury can be. Injuring the herniated nucleus pulposus at L5-S1 is a common back injury. It can cause the individual a nagging pain that does not go away by itself.

2.) What Is A Herniated Nucleus Pulposus at L5-S1?

A herniated nucleus pulposus is a medical condition where either some or all of the soft center of a spinal disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk. This is often called a “slipped disc”. – The L5-S1 refers to a particular vertebra in your spine and the various parts of it. In general, an L5-S1 in your lower back near your tail bone.

3.) Symptoms

If you believe you may suffer from herniated nucleus pulposus L5-S1 issues, there are several distinct symptoms that can help you identify if this is the issue. If you are feeling random or sudden numbness in the lower part of your back, this could be a symptom. Also, if your lower back pain starts going into your lower body such as your buttock or legs, this is can be a herniated nucleus pulposus l5 s1 problem. Not only can having herniated back problems can cause chronic back pain, it can also cause other issues. One issue is having trouble controlling your bladder or bowels. You can suddenly release your bowels without having any control over it. Also, this condition can cause searing pain in the legs and feet.

4.) Causes

The most common cause of herniated L5-S1 is from an impact injury caused to the back or spine. A rear end car accident can hurt the back and cause L5-S1 problems. Another common cause is a lifting injury for a body builder or if someone carried something very heavy and felt pain afterwards. Also, some individuals are genetically dispossessed to injuring their spine if they are born with weak walls of the disc of their back. In addition, may are surprised to know that chronic smoking of tobacco are more likely to suffer from herniated nucleus pulposus L5-S1 because the ingredients in cigarettes can deteriorate the discs in the back.

5.) Back Pain Relief

If you are having pain related to a herniated disk, than there is hope for relief. One way to treat the problem is to see your doctor and to also get rest of course. However, one way in which people can get pain relief is seeing their local, licensed orthotist. These individuals can evaluate and treat you with a low profile back support that can reduce your pain very quickly. These back supports are also good because they can promote healing. For medical advice on bracing, speak to your local, licensed orthotist.

Note: For medical advice on a slipped disc, speak with your physician primarily.

Mistreated Strep Throat in Adults Can Lead to Complications

Strep throat isn’t considered to be a serious illness. Many people get strep throat on the premises of improper hygiene, decreased body resistance to illness, fatigue or unhealthy diet. All these factors facilitate the development of infections with the bacteria responsible for causing strep throat. Although people with a weak immune system are more likely to get strep throat, the illness can occur in healthy people too. Children and teenagers often get strep throat and due to this fact, most people think that strep throat doesn’t occur in adults. The truth is that strep throat can occur in adults and they may even have great difficulties in coping with it. Although strep throat in adults is rare, grownups difficultly deal with the infection.

Strep throat in adults usually occurs due to infection with streptococcus pyogens bacteria. This type of bacteria is very common and it can populate the throat, mouth and nose for long periods of time without causing any harm to the body. Strep throat in adults can be triggered by certain factors that activate the streptococcus pyogens bacteria. On the premises of stress and a weak immune system, the bacteria may start infecting the throat and the adjacent regions, thus causing strep throat.

The most common symptoms of strep throat in adults are sore throat that quickly becomes very painful, high fever, inflammation and swelling of the throat, the presence of pus on the tonsils and around them, inflammation, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, dry, stuffy nose and respiratory difficulties. In many cases, strep throat in adults isn’t accompanied by cough or runny nose.

Although the main causes of strep throat in adults are infections with streptococcus pyogens, other bacteria can also populate the throat and cause similar symptoms. Other types of bacteria responsible for causing strep throat in adults are staphylococcus, neisseria and hemophilus influenza. Unlike children, who usually have a strong immune system, adults are sometimes more susceptible to infections when their immune system is weakened by the lack of sleep, unhealthy lifestyle and stress. Therefore, most cases of strep throat in adults occur as a consequence of stress, over work and fatigue. If people suffered from flu or cold right before contracting the bacteria responsible for causing strep throat, the body has reduced strength in fighting external viral and bacterial threats. In this case, the forms of strep throat in adults can be very serious and can even lead to complications.

Strep throat in adults can lead to the following complications: acute rheumatic fever (inflammatory arthritis), acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (kidney inflammation), tonsillopharyngeal cellulitis or abscess (occurs when strep throat is untreated, it is a severe inflammation of the throat accompanied by accumulation of pus) and otitis (ear infection). All these are serious complications that occur when strep throat is untreated or mistreated. Strep throat in adults can become very serious and therefore it is very important to quickly discover its symptoms in order to prevent the occurrence of undesirable effects.

Endometriosis – How Homeopathy Helps to Treat Endometriosis

Homeopathy is one form of alternative medicine first discovered by Samuel Hahnemann in 1976. In his theory, Homeopathy is defined as a treatment that can be used on the ill person by using a substance produced by a healthy person. In other words, it helps to stimulate the body’s own defenses to correct illness and allow the body to heal itself. In this article, we will discuss hoe homeopathy helps to treat endometriosis

A. Chemical cells salt -Calcarea Fluorica ( Calcium Fluoride, CaF2)

I. Definition

Calcarea Fluorica (calcium fluoride,CaF2) is one of 12 essential oils.It has been used in treating arthritic pains as resulting of heat and motion. Women with endometriosis may also use to improve balance of body tissue, reduce chronic pain and water retention.

II. How Calcarea Fluorica (calcium fluoride,CaF2) effects women with endometriosis

1. Abdomial pain

Calcarea flourica (calcium fluoride) helps to relax the muscles in the uterine caused by over production of certain member of prostaglandins family. Since it relaxes the body muscles, it can be used in general pain caused by endometrial implants or adhesion.

2.Water retention

It is said to helps in draining the body fluids by increasing the function of lymphatic system thus increasing the fluids draining resulting in lessening the risk of water retention in cellular tissues.

3. Constipation

Beside helping to relax the muscles of the uterine, Calcarea Fluorica (calcium fluoride, CaF2) also helps to smooth the muscle tissues in the abdominal region resulting in decreasing the constipation pain, one of the symptoms of endometriosis.

4 Strengthen the capillary

Calcarea Fluorica (calcium fluoride, CaF2) also helps to strengthen the wall of small vessels in the abdominal region, thereby it reduces the blood flow during menstruation caused by breaking of capillaries in the abdomen.

5. Improve blood flow

It is also said to help in strengthening the abdominal wall. With this effects, it helps to increase blood flow to in the abdomen resulting in lessening the risk of menstrual cramps for women with endometriosis during menstruation.

B. Chemical cells salt -Calcarea Phosphorica ( calcium phosphate, Ca3(Po4))

I. Definition

Calcarea Phosphorica ( calcium phosphate, Ca3(Po4)), also known as phosphate of lime. it plays an important role for body growth and nourishment. It has been used in treating people with anemia in homeopathic medicine.

II. How Calcarea phosphorica (calcium phosphate, Ca3(Po4)) effects endometriosis

1. Anemia

Calcarea phosphorica is a homeopathic medicine that is said to helps increase the production of red blood cell and blood. It is essential for women with heavy blood flow during menstruation for replacing blood loss.

2. Tissue relaxation

It is also said to help support the body tissues, including the abdominal muscle tissue, thereby it helps to relax the muscle tension caused by hormone imbalance resulting in decreasing the menstrual cramps for women with endometriosis.

3. Coagulation

Calcarea phosphorica is also helps to support body tissues by blood clotting that helps to reduce excessive menstrual flow by helping the capillaries and blood vessels in the abdomen to clot.

4. Water retention

It also helps to stimulate waste disposal through lympathic functions thereby decreasing the risk of water retention caused by excessive sodium and deficiency of potassium.

5. Numbness and crawling

Numbness and crawling is caused by irregular function of tissues due to tension of nervous system. By improving the body tissues’ function such as muscle and blood flow, calcarea phosphorica helps to relax and reduce pain for women with endometriosis.

C. Chemical cells salt -Calcarea Sulphurica ( Calcium Sulphate, CaSO4 12H20

I. Definition

Calcarea Sulphurica also known as calcium sulphate with a chemical structure of CaSO4 12H20. It is one of 12 chemical cells salt that has been used in homeopathy to help to improve blood tonic.

II. How Calcarea sulphurica (Calcium Sulphate,CaSO4 12H2O) effects women with endometriosis

1. Nervous tension

Calcarea sulphurica (Calcium Sulphate,CaSO4 12H2O) is a blood purifier, it helps to detoxify the blood stream, thereby, increasing the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the nervous system cells need, leading to lessen the symptoms of nervous tension for women with endometriosis during menstrual cycle such as loss of memory, dizziness, loss of concentration, anxiety, etc.

2. Liver tonic

It is also used as medicine to improve liver function in fat and protein metabolism. By strengthening the liver function, it helps to balance the essential fatty acids that are essential for balancing the prostaglandins hormone resulting in lessen the uterine cramps caused by over production of certain members in the prostaglandins family.

3. Inflammation

By increase blood flow to the body, calcarea sulphurica strengthen the blood cells that are essential for fighting against foreign bacteria, virus invasion as well as inflammation caused by forming of endometrial implants and adhesion.

4. Eczema

Calcarea sulphurica also helps to improve production of red blood cells, that is vital to women with endometriosis with heavy blood discharge during menstruation.

5. Excessive discharge

By improving the blood flow to the abdominal region, it helps to reduce the uterine muscle resulting in lessening the menstrual heavy flow.

D. Chemical cells salt -Ferrum Phosphoricum ( Iron Sulphate, Fe(PO4)2)

I. Definition

ferrum phosphoricum, also known as iron sulphate, it has a chemical structure of Fe(PO4)2). It has been used in homeopathic medcime in treating anemia and heavy menstrual flow.

II. How ferrum phosphoricum ( Iron Sulphate, Fe(PO4)2) effects endometriosis

1. Anenmia

Women with endometriosis with heavy menstrual flow are likely to have low levels of red blood cells caused by inability of the body to produce enough blood cell to replace those loss during menstruation, ferrum phosphoricum contains high amount of iron that can helps to fix that problem.

2. Inflammation

By increasing the blood flow that carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells in the immune system, ferrum phosphoricum helps to strengthen the immune system in forming endometrial implants and adhesion as resulting of inflammation.

3. Reduce menstrual cramps

By strengthening the blood blow that carries oxygen and nutrients to the liver organ, it helps the liver in regulating the production of prostaglandins hormone resulting in lessening the endometrial menstrual cramps.

4. Reduce heavy blood flow

By improving the blood vessels and capillaries wall, it helps to reduce the breaking off the abdominal capillaries resulting in reducing the period blood during menstruation.

5. Nervous system

Since it helps to increase blow flow to nervous system, it helps to strengthen the nervous cells by increasing the levels of oxygen and nutrients that reduce the symptoms of endometriosis during menstrual cycle such as anxiety, fatigue, tiredness, dizziness, etc.

E. Chemical cells salt -Chloride Of Potassium ( Potassium Chloride,KC1)

I. Definition

Chloride Of Potassium is also known as potassium chloride, with a chemical structure of KC1. It has been used in homeopathic medicine in treating respiratory problems including including coughs, feverish colds, bronchitis, tonsillitis, catarrh, etc.

II. How Chloride Of Potassium ( Potassium Chloride,KC1) effects endometriosis

1. Heavy menstrual cramps

Since chloride of potassium ( potassium chloride,KC1) helps to cleans out the blood toxins, it helps to strengthen the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the cells in the abdominal region, thereby reduce the tension of abdominal muscle resulting in lessening the endometrial cramps.

2.Water retention

Chloride of potassium contains high amount of potassium that is necessary for our body to regulate the levels of sodium, because high levels of sodium cause fluid retention.

3. Digestive system

It is said chloride of potassium helps to improve the digestive system in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that are found deficiency with women with endometriosis during menstrual cycle, thereby, increasing the function of our body in regulating levels of hormone that cause menstrual cramps and symptoms of endometriosis.

4. Reducing dark and blood clot

By purifying the blood, it helps to reduce the darkening of blood during menstruation as well as reducing the blood clotting caused by blood toxins.

5. Inflammation

By cleansing the blood, it helps to reduce the inflammation caused by swollen abdomen resulting in lessening the abdomen pain.

F. Chemical cells salt -Kali Phosphoricum (Potassium Phosphate,K2HPO4)

I. Definition

Kali Phosphoricum is also known as potassium phosphate with a chemical structure of K2HPO4. It has been used in homeopathic medicine in treating nervous tension.

II. How kali phosphoricum K2HPO4 effects endometriosis

1. Nervous system

Kali phosphoricum is a tonic chemical to the nervous system, it helps to improve the nervous system in absorption of nutrients that are vital for nervous normal function in the body. Without enough of nutrients, it causes nervous tension resulting in increasing symptoms of endometriosis, such as headache, stress, anxiety, fatigue, etc.

2. Antiseptic

Kali phosphorcium is also as antiseptic, it helps to strengthen the immune system by producing chemical barriers in fighting against invasion of bacteria and virus that cause infection in the body, including the reproductive system.

3. Insomnia

By decreasing the over active brain cells at night time that causes tension in the nervous system resulting in reducing symptom of sleeplessness for women with endometriosis during menstrual cycle.

4. Menstrual delay

Without enough nutrients to the brain cells, it causes abnormal functions of nervous system such as hormone imbalance and symptoms of menstrual cycle leading to stress and the risk of menstrual delay in some women with endometriosis.

5. Heavy menstrual flow

Women with heavy menstrual flow caused by tension of nervous tension leading to over active uterus and increasing the risk of heavy menstrual flow during menstrual cycle for some women with endometriosis.

6. Water retention

Potassium is essential for women with endometriosis to regulate the levels of sodium in the body. Deficiency of potassium increase the risk of water retention leading to thin and waterly flow during menstruation.

G. Chemical cells salt -Kali Sulfuricum ( Potassium Sulfate, K2HO4)

I. Definition

Kali sulfuricum is also known as potassium sulfate with a chemical structure of K2HO4. It has been used in homeopathic medicine in improving levels of oxygen in the bloodstream.

II. How kali sulfuricum (potassium sulfate,K2HO4) effects women with endometriosis

1. Respiratory system

Potassium sulfate is a respiratory system tonic medicine, it helps to improve function of the respiratory cells absorbing oxygen from the air inhale, thereby, it helps to increase the levels of oxygen in the bloodstream that is necessary for all organs in the body, including the abdominal organs resulting in reducing symptoms of endometriosis during menstrual cycle.

2. Bloating

Potassium sulfate is said to help the symptoms of bloating for women with endometriosis during menstrual cycles by increasing the function of immune system in fighting against bacteria and virus invasion resulting in reducing risk of infection and abdomen swelling.

3. Heavy menstruation

By increasing the oxygen levels in the bloodstream, Potassium sulfate helps to reduce tension of nervous system resulting in decreasing the over active uterine function thus, reducing the blood flow.

4. Nervous system

By improving brain cells function due to its function in providing oxygen to nervous cells, it helps to calm the over active brain cells leading to lesson the symptoms of endometriosis caused by over active nervous system such as sleeplessness, fatigue, anxiety, etc.

5. Menstrual delay

Stress is a main cause of menstrual delay, it caused by tension of over active brain cells as resulting of menstrual cramps for some of the women with endometriosis during menstrual cycle.

H. Chemical cells salt -Magnesia Phosphorica ( Magnesium Phosphate, MgHPO47H2O)

I. Definition

Magnesia phosphorica is also known as magnesium phosphate with a chemical structure of MgHPO47H2O). It has been used in homeopathic medicine in improving nervous relaxation.

II. How Magnesia Phosphorica (Magnesium Phosphate, MgHPO47H2O)effects endometriosis

1. Nervous system

Magnesium Phosphate is a nervous system tonic medicine, it helps to strengthen the activities of cells in the brain, regulate the transmitting of information to other cells in the body and reduce the nervous tension causing symptoms of endometriosis during menstrual cycle, such as headache, irritation, sleeplessness, loss of memory, fatigue, etc.

2. Menstrual cramps

Magnesium Phosphate is also anti-spasmodic, it helps to reduce the involuntary contraction of muscles in the abdominal region including the uterine muscles, thus decreasing the menstrual cramps. Since it contains magnesium, it also helps in liver metabolism of fatty acid that helps to balance the prostaglandins hormones in the prostaglandins family resulting in lessening the risk of menstrual cramps.

3. Heavy menstrual flow

By decreasing the contraction and over active in the abdomen, magnesium phosphate helps to reduce the risk of heavy flow during menstruation.

I. Chemical cells salt -Natrium Sulphuricum ( Sodium Sulfate, Na2SO4)

I. Definition

Natrium sulphuricum is also known as sodium sulfate with a chemical structure of Na2SO4. It has been used in homeopathic medicine in strengthening the liver and kidney systems.

II. How natrium sulphuricum ( sodium sulfate, Na2SO4) effects endometriosis

a). Liver tonic

Since sodium sulfate is a liver tonic medicine, it helps the following:

1. Menstrual cramps

Since liver is important in fatty acids metabolism, sodium sulfate helps to balance the hormones in the prostaglandins family, which control the function of uterine muscles. Over production of certain prostaglandins hormones cause over active uterus resulting in severe menstrual cramps.

2. Vitamins and minerals

Sodium sulfate is said to helps in improving digestive absorption of vitamins and minerals, that are essential for women with endometriosis during menstrual cycle, because most women are found to have certain vitamins and minerals deficiency, thereby,it helps to increase the nutrients to the body need resulting in increasing over all functions.

3. Symptoms of endometriosis

Since sodium sulfate helps liver in metabolism of fat and protein, it helps to provide important nutrients for nervous system cells need that help to improve function of brain cells resulting in lessening the symptoms of endometriosis such as fatigue, nervousness, anxiety, depression, etc.

4. Food craving

Since it also helps liver in metabolism of carbohydrate, it not only helps to provide necessary energy for the body tissues need but also increases the function of insulin regulation that reduces the symptom of food and sugar craving for women with endometriosis during menstrual cycle.

b) Kidney

Sodium sulfate helps the kidney to secrete of the body toxins through urinary tract and reduce the risk of environment toxins accumulation that cause abnormal cell growth resulting in lessening the risk of endometriosis.

J. Chemical cells salt -Natrium Muriaticum ( Sodium Chloride, NaC1)

I. Definition

Natrium muriaticum is also known as sodium chloride with a chemical structure of NaC1. It has been used in homeopathic medicine in helping water distribution in the body.

II. How natrium muriaticum ( sodium chloride, NaC1) effects endometriosis

1. Glandular function

Sodium chloride is said to increase glandular function, including the live, therefore, it not only helps the liver in metabolism of carbohydrate in providing energy for the body, but also increases the function of regulating insulin in the intestine thereby it lessens the foods and sugar craving for some women with endometriosis during menstrual cycle.

2. Water retention

Since it helps in water distribution, it helps to improve the lymphatic functions by removing of interstitial fluid from the body tissues thereby decreasing the risk of water retention, a common symptoms for women with endometriosis.

3. Constipation

Some women with endometriosis may experience menstrual cramps during menstrual cycle caused by endometrial implants or adhesion attached to secretion organs, sodium chloride helps to moisturize the inner large intestine and move the stool, that helps to reduce the abdomen pain.

4. Digestive system

Sodium chloride also helps to improve digestive system in absorption the vital vitamins and minerals that is vital for the body, because most women with endometriosis are found to have essential vitamins and minerals deficiency during menstrual cycle.

5. Reduce nervous tension

By improving the liver in protein and fat metabolism, it helps to improve function of cells in the nervous system resulting in lessening symptoms of endometriosis such as headache, poor-quality sleep, fatigue and feelings of hopelessness.

K. Chemical cells salt -Natrium Phophoricum ( Sodium Phosphate, Na2HPO412H2O)

I. Definition

Natrium phophoricum is also known as sodium phosphate with the chemical structure of Na2HPO412H2O). It has been used in homeopathic medicine in neutralizing acid.

II. How natrium phophoricum (sodium phosphate, Na2HPO412H2O) effects women with endometriosis

1. Endometrial cramps

Natrium phophoricum helps the liver in fatty acids metabolism, thereby balancing the levels of prostaglandins hormone during menstrual cycle that reduces tension of over active uterine muscle leading to lesson of menstrual cramps.

2. Food and sugar craving

Natrium phophorium helps to regulate the levels of insulin in the digestive system, by strengthening the carbohydrate metabolism of the liver. If the levels of insulin is high and without aiding from the liver, it causes sugar and food craving.

3. Vitamins and minerals

It also helps to improve the function of digestive system, thereby helping the absorption of vitamins and minerals that are vital for women with endometriosis.

4. Improve circulatory system

By increasing function of liver, it helps reduce symptoms of liver diseases and increase the production of good cholesterol to bind the bad cholesterol in the arteries, thereby increasing the blood circulation that is necessary to reduce heavy blood flow and cramps during menstruation.

L. Chemical cells salt -Celisia ( Silcon Dioxide, SiO2 )

I. Definition

Celisia is also known as silicon dioxide with a chemical structure of SiO2. It has been used in homeopathic medicine in cleansing toxins from our body.

II. How celisia effects women with endometriosis

1. Blood purifier

Ceisia helps to cleanse the toxins from the blood, thereby it helps to increase the blood flow to abdominal region resulting in reducing the heavy blood flow during menstruation for women with endometriosis.

2. Liver function

By cleansing the liver from toxic accumulation, it helps to strengthen the liver function in fat and protein synthesis that lessen the nervous tension resulting in reducing the symptoms of endometriosis, such as stress, anxiety, depression.

3. Constipation

since it has a laxative effects, it promotes expulsion of foreign matter from the body including stool from the large intestine thereby helping to reduce pain caused by endometrial implants and adhesion attached to secretion organs.

4. Menstrual pain

By increasing the function of liver and the nervous system, celisia helps to improve functions of the cells communication that reduce the tension of nervous system resulting in lessening the risk of menstrual cramps.

The Aspartame Report

Aspartame Defined

Aspartame is a synthetic chemical made up of two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine and a methyl ester that breaks down into methyl alcohol (wood alcohol). It is 200 times sweeter than sugar (but considered to be calorie-free) and was approved by the FDA in 1981 as a tabletop sweetener and for use in gum, breakfast cereals and other dry products. The use of aspartame was expanded to soft drinks in 1983 and then for use as a general-purpose sweetener in all foods and drinks in 1996. It is marketed under the names Equal, NutraSweet and Canderel and is found in over 6000 foods (including many chewable vitamins) and beverages worldwide. The current “acceptable daily intake” of 50 mg/kg body weight represents the projection of animal studies based on lifetime intake.

Metabolism of Aspartame

Upon ingestion, aspartame breaks down into several chemicals, including phenylalanine, aspartic acid, methanol and formaldehyde, to name a few. Phenylalanine naturally occurs in the human body and aspartame’s breakdown to this essential amino acid poses a health risk to those born with phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare inherited disease that prevents phenylalanine from being converted into tyrosine and eventually metabolized. All aspartame-containing foods sold in the United States must state “Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine” on their product labels.

Alcoholic beverages contain methanol impurities, the body is protected from methanol by the preferential metabolism of ethanol.

The human body lacks the enzyme required to split methanol from pectin in fruits and vegetables, so the methanol is never released into our bodies when consuming alcoholic beverages. There is so much more ethanol than methanol in alcoholic drinks that the body does not have time to metabolize the methanol and it is excreted naturally through the breath and urine. (You’d need to drink 58 bottles of Jack Daniels at once to reach toxic levels of methanol…)

The bad news is, when we ingest aspartame, humans do possess the enzyme required to separate methanol from the amino acids (aspartic acid and phenylalanine in this case). Methanol is then released and absorbed into the body, is unstable in the body and gets converted into formaldehyde, characterized as a class A poison, which is used to prevent dead bodies from decaying, i.e. embalming fluid. Some formaldehyde will be converted into formic acid, which can cause central nervous system depression, coma and death, in certain quantities. Adverse effects of formaldehyde include irreversible genetic defects, degeneration of white blood cells, leukemia, and nose/throat cancer.

Adverse Effects

By 1995, the FDA received 7,232 complaints about aspartame. (See Table 1). Continued use of aspartame can cause aggravation of diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia, convulsions, headache, depression, hyperthyroidism, hypertension, arthritis and brain tumors. Aspartame use can create symptoms that simulate multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, System Lupus Erythematosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) to name a few. Aspartame intake can result in increased food consumption, damage to the retina or optic nerves and can affect the amino acid-derived neurotransmitters. In addition, aspartame changes the ratio of amino acids in the blood, blocking or lowering the levels of serotonin, tyrosine, dopamine, norepinephrine and adrenaline.

Table 2 below shows a breakdown of specific complaints associated with aspartame use. (Roberts, HJ. Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, 2001, http://www.sunsentpress.com)

Complaint – #

Eye

Decreased vision, blurred vision, tunnel vision, “bright flashes” ,etc. 302

Pain (one or both eyes) 87

Decreased tears, trouble with contact lens, or both 95

Blindness (one or both eyes) 27

Ear

Tinnitus (“ringing”) 146

Severe intolerance for noise 80

Marked impairment of hearing 57

Neurological

Headaches 516

Dizziness, unsteadiness, or both 376

Confusion, memory loss, or both 376

Severe drowsiness and sleepiness 150

Parenthesis (“pins and needles”) or numbness of limbs 183

Convulsions (grand mal epileptic attacks) 129

Petit mal attacks 36

Non-classified seizures 21

Severe slurring of speech 124

Severe tremors 101

Severe “hyperactivity” and “restless legs” 78

Atypical facial pain 70

Simulation of multiple sclerosis 28

Psychological/Psychiatric

Severe depression 281

Suicidal ideas/attempts 46

Extreme Irritability 194

Severe anxiety attacks 201

Marked personality changes 167

Recent severe insomnia 169

Severe aggravation of phobias 77

Addiction to aspartame 32

Chest/Heart

Palpitations, tachycardia or both 193

Shortness of breath 110

Atypical chest pain 85

Recent hypertension 64

Gastrointestinal

Nausea 127

Diarrhea 106

Abdominal pain 125

Pain on swallowing 61

Skin/Allergies

Severe itching without a rash 87

Severe lip and mouth reactions 54

Uricaria (hives) 47

Severe genital itching, rash, or both 25

Lupus Erythematosus-type eruption 7

Other rashes 101

Marked thinning or loss of hair 71

Aggravation of respiratory allergies 17

Dual sensitivity to MSG 14

Weight Disorders

Paradoxical marked weight gain 83

Marked weight loss 40

Rheumatologic/Muscular

Severe joint pains 163

Fibromyalgia 27

Leg and hand cramps 28

Myasthenia gravis 8

Endocrine/Metabolic

Problems with diabetes (loss of control/aggravation of diabetic complications, etc.) 118

Aggravated hypoglycemia 74

Menstrual changes (reduction or cessation of periods) 76

Hyperthyroidism (Grave’s Disease) 8

Fluid/Urinary Disturbances

Frequency of voiding, burning on urination, or both 126

Intense thirst 116

“Bloat” 100

Fluid retention and swelling (feet and legs) 43

Kidney stones 3

Aspartame Disease

The term “aspartame disease” has been coined to encompass the reactions to the chemical sweetener. For a chemical that was originally being tested to prevent ulcers, it has been shown to create peptic ulcers. In addition, aspartame use has been reported to mimic Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Post-poli Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Grave’s Disease, Mainer’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Parkinson’s Disease, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Attention Deficit Disorder.

Health professionals are often unable to diagnose a case of aspartame toxicity when they see one since other disease’s may be mimicked. The American Diabetes Association (which receives considerable funding from the aspartame industry), suggests that aspartame is useful in managing diabetes. Aspartame is known to interfere with production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter important in appetite regulation. Emerging evidence suggests that ingestion of aspartame can lead to carbohydrate craving.

Many individuals who reported complaints in Table 1 and 2 reported recurring symptoms after re-challenge with the product. In one study, nearly 2/3 of aspartame reactors experienced symptomatic improvement within two days after avoiding aspartame. With continued abstinence, their complaints generally disappeared. 6 pilots lost their licenses for unexplained seizures while consuming aspartame products. All had been in otherwise excellent health. They purposefully re-challenged themselves to be “absolutely certain” of the causative role of aspartame. All sought to have their licenses reinstated by such objective confirmation on re-challenge.

Timeline of FDA approval

(see rense.com/general33/legal.htm and mercola.com/article/aspartame/fda.htm)

Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by a chemist from Searle company who was working on an anti-ulcer drug.

Based on data submitted from Searle to the FDA, aspartame was approved for limited use in 1974.

A researcher from Washington School of Medicine (Dr. John Olney) revealed that holes in the brains of mice appeared after consumption of aspartic acid, a major ingredient of aspartame. This prompted the FDA to organize a Task Force (1975) to investigate Searle’s original research.

One of these studies was by Dr. Waisman who did a study for Searle (1969) in which aspartame was mixed with milk and given to seven infant monkeys; five monkeys had gran mal seizures and one died.

The FDA discovered that when Searle submitted the Waisman study, all the negative data had been omitted.

Upon further investigation, the FDA uncovered serious deficiencies in Searle’s animal research to accurately determine toxic potential which overall, compromises the scientific integrity of the studies.

The FDA discovered that Searle researchers cut out tumors in animals that were fed aspartame and neglected to report all of them. Some animals were “reported as dead” but later were reported alive again. Investigators report they “had never seen anything as bad as Searle’s testing” finding their procedures shoddy, full of inaccuracies and “manipulated” test data.

The FDA discovered that Searle falsified data from a IUD product which eventually was pulled off the market due to a lawsuit.

Searle later admitted that certain tumors were related to the ingestion of a breakdown product of aspartame, Diketopiperazine (DKP).

Due to all the above, a grand jury investigation of Searle was ordered by the FDA (1977) due to “concealing material facts and making false statements” in aspartame safety tests. This is the first time in the FDA’s history that they request a criminal investigation of a manufacturer. Conveniently for Searle, the statute of limitations ran out and the investigation was dropped. (FYI-Dec, 1977 William Conlon, one of the U.S. Attorneys in charge of the investigation leaves the U.S. attorney’s office and takes a job with Searle’s law firm).

1980 – Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld (recent Secretary of Defense through December 2006) vows to get aspartame approved (the FDA banned aspartame based on a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry in which 3 independent scientists confirmed that it might induce brain tumors- the Board stated that it “has not been presented with proof of reasonable certainty that aspartame is safe for use as a food additive.”).

1981 – Ronald Reagan is inaugurated and Searle re-applies for FDA approval to use aspartame in food. Reagan appoints new FDA commissioner, Arthur Hayes Hull who appoints a 5-person commission to review the inquiry’s decision. The panel upheld the ban 3-2 but Hull installed a sixth member and the vote became deadlocked. Hull then personally broke the tie in aspartame’s favor, ignoring his own internal FDA team and he approves NutraSweet for dry products.

1983 – the National Soft Drink Association says that liquid aspartame, when stored above 85ïEUR° F, breaks down into DKP and formaldehyde, both are which are known toxins.

1983 – Consumer Attorney, Jim Turner of the Community Nutrition Institute, files suit with the FDA objecting to aspartame approval based on unresolved safety issues.

1983 – aspartame is approved for use in diet soft drinks. Hull later leaves the FDA under allegations of impropriety and takes a position with a PR firm for Searle.

1985 – Monsanto company purchases Searle and formed a subsidiary for the aspartame product ultimately forming the NutraSweet Company.

1992 – the patent expires on aspartame.

1990s-2006 -FDA continues to refute studies showing adverse effects (see European Ramazzini Foundation research) of aspartame.

1995-list of adverse effects submitted to the FDA (see Table 1)

1996 – the FDA removed all restrictions from aspartame allowing it to be used in all foods

The FDA defines safe as “reasonable certainty of no harm”. Brain tumors and seizures in aspartame-fed animals indicate possible risk to humans.

So, is Aspartame “safe”?

This has been a topic of hot debate for many years. There are those who have very negative physical reactions to this product, and those who claim they do not. Our stance is that anything we put in our bodies has an effect, whether it is obvious or not. A healthy body is one that does not have pain, disease or some kind of physical issue, and our experience is that there are very few who can claim that. We recommend the avoidance of all chemicals and artificial products like Aspartame so that the cause of undesirable “symptoms” can be determined and corrected.

Detoxifying from Aspartame and Breaking Aspartame Addiction

Following are some steps you can take to detox from Aspartame:

Attend a Health Recovery Center, like Essence Recovery Center, who specializes in detoxification and a return to health through the use of holistic practices, including Orthomolecular Medicine, and the healing arts and sciences, or detoxify on your own by the following:

1. Discontinue use of all sugar-free products from your diet,

2. Eat plenty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for natural sugar content,

3. If you need sweeteners, use natural products like honey or organic brown sugar sparingly,

4. Drink plenty of water,

5. Exercise regularly, and,

6. Get plenty of rest.

Best Exercises for Reversing/Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Most of us already know that exercise keeps us functioning for a very long time. The issue is most of us would rather not exercise. There just isn’t a magic formula out there. We need to take care of our bodies like temples. If we don’t, we’ll end up with diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, etc. These diseases are preventable, and we can live a very long, healthy life. You can slow down the process of degeneration through exercise.

There a few specific exercises that can help prevent/reverse type 2 diabetes. I like to refer to these exercises as the best exercises for reversing/preventing type 2 diabetes. They are as follows:

  • Lunges with or without a chair for support
  • Squats with or without dumbbells
  • Back flies with resistance bands/Seated back row with resistance bands
  • Rebounding

The main reason why I mention the above exercises as the best exercises for preventing/reversing type 2 diabetes is simple; building muscle is beneficial for lowering blood sugar. That’s it. The more muscle you build in the thighs, buttocks, and back (the 3 main largest muscles), the lower your blood sugar becomes. I have actually begun reversing my type 2 diabetes by building my large muscle groups combined with aerobics.

As I mentioned earlier, the larger you build your muscles, the more blood sugar it takes out of the bloodstream, thereby lowering blood sugar. Combining the exercises I’ve mentioned with aerobics, you have an even greater chance of preventing or even reversing your diabetes. I’ve concluded that the best aerobics exercise for type 2 diabetes is rebounding (not just because I like to jump) because it engages all the muscles in the body, it flushes out the lymphatic system significantly, it kills cancer cells, and burns belly fat. A big plus is that you can do it in right in the comfort of your own home.

My recommendation would be to exercise 3 to 4 days a week and start off with 8 to12 reps of each exercise if you’re a beginner. For rebounding or jumping on a mini trampoline, I suggest you jump 3 to 4 days a week (or every other day) for 10 minutes. Of course, you can increase your time once you are used to it.

The bottom line is that in order to reverse or prevent type 2 diabetes, exercise needs to become an integral part of your life.

Tips to Find a Good Gym in Chennai

Consumption of processed foods, lack of physical exercise leads to obesity. In India, obesity is emerging in southern cities at a very fast rate especially in Chennai, a metropolitan city in India. As per records of National Family Health Survey which was conducted in Chennai, 19.8% of the male population and 24.4% of the female population are obese or overweight. Obesity is a disease and can be fought by simple regular exercises at home or at the gym.

If you are planning to join a gym in Chennai for the first time or have an idea of changing your gym, then I guess you are in a state of confusion. The reason behind this is you can find gyms everywhere in the city, but there a very few gyms which have professionally trained staff.

Gym exercises have to be done under the supervision of fitness experts. You must always choose a gym that is close to the place you reside so that you find it easy to work out at least 3 to 5 days in a week. Check for the operating hours offered by the gym and see if you will be able to make it at that particular time. It is a good idea to inquire about the number of staff present and whether they are trained in first aid. Ask the staff to take you around the gym so that you get to see the equipments and also check if there are real experts training people because if you are new to exercise, you will need great attention from staff and hence you should feel comfortable with the staff, place and cleanliness of the gym.

Busy locations in Chennai like Adyar, Annanagar, Nungambakkam, Velachery and Tnagar have well equipped gyms.Here are a list of the most effective and expensive gyms in Chennai.

FitnessOne – It was started in 2004 in Alwarpet with state of art equipments. It is has now open branches in various locations in Tharamani, Alwarpet and Kilpauk.

Talwalkars – It was started way back in 1935 and now is the largest chain of gyms in India. They are specialized in weight management, fitness and body shaping. Talkwalkar gyms can be found in T.Nagar and Adyar in Chennai.

O2 gym – They are specialized in customized health programmes,gymnasium, group exercises, aerobics, dance, physiotherapy and yoga. They can be located in busy areas like Nungambakkam and in Velachery.

Maverick Gym -This gym is located in Adyar. It offers good fitness programs by internationally certified trainers. You can also find Maverick gyms in Anna Nagar, Velachery and Tnagar.

In some gyms in Chennai, the membership fee is collected annually or once in 3 or 6 months. There are gyms exclusively designed for women in the city which focus on weight loss and weight gain.