HEPA Filters Vs Ionizers: Which Is Best For Allergy Reduction?

That’s a good question. Many people suffer from allergies as a result of poor indoor air quality in their rooms and offices. The air in our rooms and offices is often loaded with all kinds of allergy-aggravating particles like dust, dust mites, mold spores, pollen, etc. So, the logical thing to do is clean up the air. But there is some confusion as to whether ionizers or HEPA filters are better for allergy reduction, keeping pet dander down, etc.

Well, the answer is ‘yes’: it’s best to have both if you can, but if you can only choose one, choose the air purifier with a true HEPA filter. Here’s why: a true, certified HEPA filter has dense fabric-like woven fibers that have very small spaces in between where only air can pass through-true HEPA filters trap the very smallest particles, everything larger than 0.3 microns, which includes dust, dust mite parts, pet dander / pet hair, human hair, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, and some viruses. Certified HEPA filters are designed to trap these particles that cause allergy problems, or allergy symptoms. Certified means AHAM certified (American Home Appliance Manufacturers Association), which means that the filter has been tested by this independent testing group and certified to remove 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns and larger.

Adding an ionizer is good because it can make the HEPA filter even more effective. As the ionizer releases ions in the air, the ions cause small particles (especially pet dander) to stick together, making them heavier and easier for the HEPA filter to trap. One thing to remember, however, is to choose an air purifier / ionizer that does not produce ozone. Ozone has been proven harmful to humans/animals over and over, and it’s actually a respiratory irritant, which will only increase your allergy symptoms.

The best ionizer type air cleaners produce only an OH- or hydroxyl ion, which has the same effect on particles / airborne bacteria / organisms as ozone, but is not harmful to humans/pets, and has actually been found to even help depression! Negative ions also destroy bacteria/viruses in the air so they useful in a family’s effort to keep colds and flu under control, as well. Blueair and Winix air purifies use these healthy negative ions to enhance HEPA filter performance.

The other very important thing to remember about HEPA filters is that you must replace them regularly, especially if you have indoor pets. Why? When a filter becomes clogged, 2 main things begin to happen: 1) backflow / leakage of unpurified, allergy-aggravating air because some of the air drawn in cannot pass through, 2) the air purifier is stirring up air-and allergens-and with a clogged filter, it is blowing around polluted air, which can actually make allergy symptoms worse, and 3) increased energy costs / higher utility bills–as the air purifier is having to work harder to get the air through the clogged HEPA filter, more energy is used. Replacing your HEPA filters ensures that you will continue to breathe clean healthy air, reduces the chances of an allergy attack, and you’ll probably see a reduction in allergy medication costs.

So overall, we recommend that you choose an air cleaner or air purifer with a true HEPA filter and a healthy negative OH- ion ‘ionizer’. but definitely one with a HEPA filter if that is all that is available to you. Brands like Blueair and Winix offer air cleaners with the HEPA/ionizer combination. Together, these filters and a good ionizer will do a great job cleaning up the air in your rooms/offices and can definitely play an imporant role in allergy reduction. And make sure to replace your filters regularly!

I hope this article helps you achieve the cleanest air possible and the best allergy reduction possible.

Crystal Healing – How to Cleanse Align and Balance Your Chakra Energy Centers

There are countless Chakra energy centers throughout your entire physical body and in your Aura and Ethereal energy bodies. If your Chakras become blocked or store too much unwanted energy, your physical body may begin to manifest dis-harmony, irritability and possible discomfort.

As you go about your daily activities you collect energy, some positive and some negative. It is not something that can be avoided. Collecting and storing energy within your physical body can be kept to a minimum. Energy can also be cleansed and balanced bringing energy centers, your body and your Aura back into alignment.

Releasing unwanted energy is essential in maintaining not only your physical health, it is also essential in cleansing your Spirit and balancing your emotions. As you release lower vibrational energy your Spirit, thoughts and your emotions also discharge all that is not needed for your overall health.

Before I share with you how to use crystals and minerals to align you energetically, here is a quick review of the 7 major Chakra energy centers and their locations:

*Crown – located just above the top of your head

*Third Eye – located in the center of your forehead just above the eyebrows

*Throat – located in the space where there is a small depression at the base of your neck

*Heart – located in the center of your upper chest between the breast bones

*Solar Plexus – located just above your navel

*Sacral – located just below your navel

*Root or Basic – located at the base of your spine

Among the many metaphysical healing properties of Peacock Ore is the capability of cleansing and detoxing each of your Chakras individually. Once each Chakra has been thoroughly cleansed, Peacock Ore then aligns all your energy centers simultaneously. As you and your energy centers are aligned, your entire physical body and all your energy fields and bodies are also aligned and integrated one with the other for optimal health and vitality.

Fluorite is another incredible mineral which has the capability of aligning your entire physical, mental and emotional energy bodies with your Aura and Ethereal energy fields.

To begin self-healing, gather together a large specimen of Peacock Ore, a good size piece of Fluorite and your Clear Quartz healing crystals. Put on soft music in the background to occupy the ego-mind chatter, allowing you to release all the stresses of the day.

Lay on a flat surface face up. Place the Peacock Ore at your Crown Chakra, Fluorite on your Solar Plexus and hold your Clear Quartz healing crystals in your hands. Remember the crystal in your left faces your wrist while the point in your right hand faces outward towards your fingers.

Visualize white light begin to flow into your Crown Chakra down into the Peacock Ore and through your body all the way to your toes and flowing down into Earth Mother. Rest in the stillness for a few moments and begin to visualize each of your energy centers clear, balanced and spinning in total harmony one with the other. The Fluorite, which has been placed on your Solar Plexus, begins to infuse your physical body and your energy centers, integrating and aligning your entire Be-ing.

Once you have completed your self-healing treatment session, remember to re-charge the crystals and minerals by rinsing them in cool water and placing them in the Sun for a few hours.

This simple, yet very effective technique is most effective when done at least once a week. If you are a healer or Light-Worker, you may choose to perform this method of self-healing more often.

Keeping your energy balanced is very important to your overall health, enabling you to receive messages and guidance from Angels and from Spirit much more easily.

Is Depression a Disease? 3 Main Points For Consideration Regarding Depression

Three main points of view constitute the current thinking on the causes of Depression. The most popular opinion is that it’s part of, or a combination, of all three.

1. A hormonal and/or neurochemical imbalance causes Depression and it’s therefore a disease.

2. The different types of thinking cause Depression.

3. Unfortunate circumstances or experiences cause Depression.

Each of these carries a strong argument as to cause, but a lot of important questions are left unanswered. Most certainly, Depression causes physical symptoms and occasionally has physical causes, but it is emphatically not a disease.

While it’s a fact that thinking styles play a major part in Depression, we have to ask whether being a pessimist is a cause?

Naturally enough, sadness, trauma and some of life’s upheavals can seem to trigger Depression. An interesting question, however, is why do some people experience relatively minor setbacks and contract Depression, while others suffer the most frightful episodes in their lives, yet don’t experience any form of Depression whatsoever?

How can the way you think cause the awful physical symptoms of Depression? Let’s have a look at these ’causes,’ try to piece together some sort of understanding and explode a few myths along the way.

1. Depression As A Disease The physical symptoms are exactly what they say they are. Symptoms. They’re not causes. The feeling of Depression can morph itself into physicality because of the exhaustion and pain you feel so often, together with your appetite and sleep changes. One key we seek is the link between the emotionally arousing thoughts, dreams and exhaustion, and then at how the physical effects are caused by these entities.

2. Depression And Thinking Styles Just because things go wrong for us sometimes does not mean that Depression’s the obvious outcome. Were that the case, then we’d all be wandering around in that awful fog. Different people have different ways of re-acting.

One thought that is common is guilt. Not over what they’ve done, but for having the illness in the first place. Some people may face enormous disadvantages and setbacks, yet are never struck down by Depression.

It’s most important to remember that there are many different ways of dealing with problems and setbacks. Yet again, I can remember a man suffering from Depression when I was in hospital, and he admitted to me that he had no idea why. He had a good job, a loving wife and family, so why the sudden onset of Depression?

3. Depression And Events In Our Lives Depression is often linked to bad experiences, but as I’ve just illustrated, it works both ways. If something frightful has happened to you, then naturally you’ll feel angry, sad, hurt or in a state of shock. Traumatic events, too, may be linked to Depression. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they cause it.

(A particularly unpleasant condition, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is obviously a depressive situation. To have your life interrupted during your waking hours by horrific memories is a horrible experience in itself, but it’s the emotional arousal this form of condition can create that can bring on Depression).

We’ll go ever deeper into this in a forthcoming article

Chronomentrophobia – The Fear of Clocks

The world is full of oddities and phobias which are only experienced by a tiny number of people but for them can be a serious problem in their lives. While many phobias are well known and suffered by a number of people, one of the rarest and most obscure of the many phobias out there is Chronomentrophobia which is the a rational fear of clocks.

Of course, this is closely related to time. There are quite a few people who constantly look at the clock for a number of reasons, but often because of a paranoia with regards to the time. Some people have a paranoia about being late for work or getting up at the right time of the morning. Other people have a particular phobia for a certain time of day. All of this can come down to the fear of clocks, or also the fear of time.

There are many different reasons why a phobia can exist but it is usually due to something that happened earlier on in your life. Sometimes there is no apparent reason for a certain phobia to take place and it is often something that you start to happen during childhood.

Getting over a phobia is not as difficult as you might think. While all phobias a slightly different, getting over one basically requires you to reprogram your brain. Confronting your fears head on will ultimately serve to wake you up and eradicate the illogical fear that you have in the sub consciousness of your mind.

Particularly serious phobias can be combated by a variety of psychological methods. One popular method of getting over a phobia is that of hypnotism although it remains rather controversial and unproven by the world of science. Ultimately, the best way to overcome a fear is by facing it and doing everything that you can to try to teach herself that your fear is irrational and illogical.

How to Be Free of Anxiety by Understanding the Three Principles Behind All Life

Being a psychotherapist, there is not a day goes by that I don’t sit with people who are anxious, including myself. The thing is, if they could find what would reassure them, they would not be seeing me. In other words, anxiety becomes a problem when nothing reassures; and finding nothing that reassures becomes, itself, a source of anxiety, leaving people caught in a downward vicious cycle.

Enter a deep-enough understanding of the three principles behind all experience to the rescue. These three principles underlying all life are MIND, THOUGHT AND CONSCIOUSNESS. No one can really tell us what these are, but we all know they exist. They are as palpable as is our experience, and the means by which any experience at all is possible.

Thankfully, we don’t need to define these, any more than we need to know how our automobiles work to drive them. I suspect that any definition would miss the boat by limiting them, and I am quite certain that they are limitless, therefore, undefinable. However, understanding that these three principles are the source of our experiences, and not what happens to us, allows us to change our relationship to our experience. Yes, all that we experience comes, not from what happens to us, but from how we are making use of these “divine gifts”, as Syd Banks called them.

What reassurance does this understanding of the three principles provide? The assurance that:

  • There is nothing ever fundamentally wrong with us (mind, thought and consciousness), we just think there is, and when we do we get anxious.
  • Beyond our frightened, confused, contaminated thinking we all have the potential to think clearly, to tap wisdom – the limitless intelligence of mind.
  • Because of this limitless intelligence we are only stumped for the moment, and we can rest assured that in time some new thought, some new perspective will occur to us that will provide the missing link..
  • These principles are the creative force behind our moment to moment experience and they explain inclusively and exclusively the role of thought in creating our states of mind, which, again, do not depend on what happens to us, but on what and how we think about what happens to us.

Just as the more mature understanding of parents allows them to remain calm when their young child gets distressed, a sufficient understanding of the three principles allows us, in our roles as parents, teachers, employers, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, lovers, or friends to remain clam-enough even when we find nothing we do or say reassures our loved ones. And our ability to remain sufficiently at ease, reassured, calm, and confident impacts our distressed loved ones so that they start calming down.

Once they have calmed down enough, they are in a better position to come to see for themselves what we are coming to see for ourselves- that behind all life there is innate intelligence, health and the capacity for healing; that at its foundation life is profoundly organized, organizing, creative, intelligent, and evolving; that ultimately, our state of mind and our happiness do not depend on anything outside of us, but come from our thinking.

I would say that I am still as anxious as ever. My anxiety goes all the way back to when I was three, caught in a horrid dilemma – that of awakening in the middle of the night having to pee really badly, but not being able to go to the bathroom because of the monster under my bed that would eat me the moment I moved on the one hand; and on the other hand, the danger of peeing in my bed and having my father eat my head off for doing so. Today among the myriad objects of my anxiety there are:

  • getting fired
  • getting sued
  • getting rejected
  • getting cancer
  • losing my mind
  • losing my health
  • ending up homeless

Because I seem to be as anxious as ever you might think that an understanding of the three principles of mind, thought, and consciousness is useless. And I’d agree in terms of this understanding not giving me any more control over my thoughts and feelings (my experience). But I’d disagree because understanding where my experience is coming from (the three principles), and the inclusive and exclusive role of thought in creating my experience, enables me to take my experience with a grain of salt. I do not have to take what I am experiencing so seriously. I am not so frightened by it. As I often say, “But for my thinking I would not be in a panic right now.”

I KNOW that I have nothing REALLY to be afraid of, I just THINK I do. I understand that the threat of these dreaded catastrophes ultimately can’t and doesn’t bar me from being able to be happy and enjoy life – what I call “the delight of existence”. I KNOW that this terror will pass. It always has, it always will. I KNOW that the terror I feel is more akin to the terror I feel in a horror movie or on a roller coaster, and I remember how I actually pay to get terrified.

Ultimately, my understanding of the three principles enables me to have total assurance that my state of mind does not depend on not getting fired, or sued, etc. I can see the potential I have to experience a nice feeling and a good state of mind even when I am fired, or sued, or get cancer, or lose my mind, or end up homeless. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not being glib and imagining that I would not go through hell if these things happened. I am quite sure I would, but I am also positive that I don’t have to stay in hell because of these situations, and I know that hell is made in mind, by mind, through thought and consciousness, not by what happens. If I had no opinion about these “catastrophes”, I’d remain unaffected.

As Syd Banks put it:

“We are all but one thought from heaven…

If we can but find that thought.”

May this brief article face you in the direction of heaven.

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

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

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

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

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

Tips for Successful Journaling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading Your Journal

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

How To Choose The Right Foot Spa

Foot spas and foot baths are a great way to relax at the end of the day. If you have been on your feet all day and are suffering from the usual aches and pains of fatigue then a 20 min session in the foot bath could be just what you need.

Foot spas come with different features to suit your needs and your pocket and some will do the job better than others. It is always worth viewing some of the most popular foot baths and reading the customer reviews before purchasing.

To get the full effect of a foot spa you will need to look at the features and benefits of each machine. Many of the cheaper models will just a have vibration element to them where the water is hydroponically stimulated to massage skin, where as the more expensive models may have a mechanical massaging element and heater for the water.

Here are some of the features and benefits to look for:

  • Is the foot spa heated? This may save time boiling a kettle and allow for precise temperature control.
  • Is it easy to turn on and off – Can you operate the machine with the touch of a toe.
  • What are the drain holes like – Is your machine easy to empty once your treatment is completed?
  • Does it have acupressure roller massagers to revive your tired feet?
  • Does it have an aqua jet? Although this maybe more desirable than effective if you can control the jets it maybe worth having.
  • Some spas come with an aromatherapy dispenser – this allows you to add essential oils of your choice.
  • Will it fit your feet? Most foot baths will allow a woman’s foot up to size 13 and the man’s foot of size 12.
  • Does it have a built-in hood? – This will prevent spillage and splash backs onto your floor.
  • Is it easy to clean? Are the moving parts easy to remove and clean.
  • How much water does your foot bath hold? If it is filled with water it maybe too heavy to carry or empty.
  • Will your foot spa except salts and soaps? Some foot spas will clog up if salts and soaps are used or their mechanical parts make corrode.
  • Are any pedicure attachments flimsy or unnecessary?
  • How much noise as the machine produce when working under load? – this could spoil the relaxing effect.
  • Is it suitable for diabetics and people with circuitry disorders? Some foot spas and baths have a warning on them about people with certain medical conditions.
  • What is the warranty like? – Some manufacturers are very specific about what their warranties will and will not cover, so make sure you use your machine in accordance with their instructions.

These are just some things you need to consider when buying your foot spa, but don’t let a lack of features put you off of using one – they can be very therapeutic.

So In Summary

  • The Good – Great affordable way to relax in the comfort of your own home.
  • The not so good – You may end up paying for features you don’t need or use.

I hope you found this foot spa buying guide of use. If you would like more information or to view some foot spas, we have a selection of the most popular foot spas on our website.

Incurable Yeast Infection Reversed

You should not make the very bad mistake to think that yeast infections or candidiasis are confined to women only. Likewise vulnerable areas of the body are many, and clinical proof exposes a fact that is most uncomfortable to conventional physician-mindset, that yeast infection is behind a number of seemingly incurable ill-health conditions.

Candida Albicans lives in your intestine.

The undeniable facts are that candida albicans is a naturally occurring microbe or fungi, whose primary place of residence is your large intestine. Accordingly. your own body produces what is known as beneficial bacteria, which keep yeast at bay, so to speak,and naturally maintain your body’s systems in natural harmony.

A number of short-sighted actions on your part, can very easily deplete the beneficial bacteria, which in turn upsets the natural balance that must exist for good health, and thus causing an overgrowth of the yeast. If that yeast overgrowth breaches the confines of your intestines, then a number of health problems can be set in motion.

Yeast overgrowth triggers

The usual trigger actions on your part that deplete the beneficial bacteria include overuse of antibiotics directly or indirect via consumption especially of meat and diary products from livestock that is routinely treated with an abundance of antibiotics.With the clear exception of Organic farming, the so called modern farming today is literally awash in use of antibiotics and hormones in a quest for more profits Also be aware that your frequent consumption of refined and artificial sugars in solid foods or liquids accelerates yeast infection.

The overgrowth of yeast if severe enough is known as systemic candidiasis and can lead to organ failure, while in less severe cases your body feels badly run down as your immune system struggles to fight the yeast overgrowth and the vulnerability window that is now open for opportunistic infections and illnesses.

Emergency measure against candida yeast infection.

At this point, time is of the essence, move fast for proper help. And as an emergency measure, among yeast infection treatments, is the prescription drug flucanozole, that is effective for any type of yeast flare-up. That is a short term measure to get you stabilized, otherwise it’s continued use can be a very serious threat to your liver, not to mention adverse interactions with various drugs such as warfarin and the oral antidiabetic drugs. In other words, if you have candida yeast infection or chronic yeast infections, pay close attention to the following.

You are not out of the woods yet, and you quickly have to think alternative approaches, because most doctors will not write a prescription for any candida yeast infection symptoms beyond the usual vaginal yeast infection or (cutaneous) skin yeast infection. Even more insurance companies are refusing to cover yeast infection medication prescriptions beyond the routine symptoms of yeast infections. Inevitably,you are then ushered onto a not so merry go around of misdiagnosis, one after another.

You do not have to panic because nature’s alternative and effective yeast infection remedy or means to get rid of yeast infection is as simple as re-establishing your body’s natural balance of beneficial bacteria, as part of a candida diet, and therefore wipe out the yeast overgrowth. It is obvious, is it not, that drugs cannot do that.

The proven Maori candida yeast fighter

Now you have help, all the way from the native land of the nature respecting native Maoris, in New Zealand, by way of a plant called Pseudowintera Colorata, whose leaves have been used for centuries by the indigenous Maori to get rid of fungal infections, digestive ailments and venereal diseases, permanently.

Quicker than you can blink, the European settlers quickly adopted that Maori wisdom of restoring good health, otherwise you would not be learning about it this day. There are two creams, one for vaginal yeast infection, which has minimized the herb’s heat, and the other cream contains the strongest extract of the herb mixed with tea tree oil to tackle foot and toenail fungus. The capsule form is made for intestinal candidiasis

The fungicidal abilities of this Maori plant is second to none as demonstrated in 1982, by the clinical research scientists from New Zealand’s Canterbury University. They found that the plan’s extract was by far more effective than the best pharmaceutical candida treatments amphotericin B at inhibiting fungus growth, and lo and behold, it works faster.You will simply not believe the speed of this natural and totally safe extract.

The clinical scientists indicate that as a natural yeast infection cure, the active ingredients of the plant work by disturbing the yeast cell membranes, causing them to leak and die.

Doctors at health clinics throughout New Zealand using the plant extract in the form of capsules as treatment for candida (systemic candida) reported an astounding 76% improvement rate among their patients. And from the doctors working with the cream version as a natural cure for yeast infection, a very welcome improvement rate of 89% against vaginal candidiasis was confirmed.

Yeast Infection Symptoms

The symptoms of yeast infection are numerous, and a few of the most common ones for most sufferers are as follows,

> Loss of sex drive,painful intercourse,painful or irregular menstrual cycles,vaginitis,impotence,bladder or kidney infections,burning during urination, cystitis, discoloration on the penis.

> Allergies to perfumes, nail polish,odors,chemicals, foods.

> Digestive disorders including heartburn,,constipation,abdominal bloating or pain,gas or diarrhea.

> Athlete’s foot,skin eczema,jock itch,fungal infections,vaginal or rectal itching or itching skin.

Yeast Infection Cause

> Regular consumption of refined and artificial sugars in foods or liquids. Consumption of citric acid, which is in most sodas, and have you noticed?

> The now constant drug culture of antibiotics, birth control pills ( and by the way, there is a post in the works, as it were, on how birth control pills are subtley ravaging the health of a woman), steroid use including cortisone, the short-sighted use of hormone replacement therapy, chemotherapy ( such side effects of this can be easily alleviated by a simoultaneous use of a unique type of natural glutathione).

Thrush

Thrush is the fungal infection of the mouth or the candidiasis of the mouth and throat, and Kolorex tea helps to keep under control such recurring cases of thrush.

How To Treat A Ligament Tear

At some point in life, if one is adventurous, hurried–or both–accidents may happen. One of the increasingly common injuries (thanks to GMO foods, toxic food additives, fluoridated water and other heinous criminal actions perpetrated upon an unsuspecting populace) is that of ligament tears. Ligaments are those fibrous cartilage bands of tissue that attach muscle tendons to bones. Since these attachments are not as elastic as skin or muscle, if they get stretched too far they tear; sometimes completely away from the bone.

The problem with a ligament tear is that ligaments, being cartilage, don’t get a lot of blood to help them heal. They grow very slowly; much slower than bone or muscle. If the ligament in question happens to have detached from its anchor point on the bone, surgery is required to reattach it. A long convalescence then ensures and that ligament is never as strong again. Commonly referred to as a sprain, an over-stretching or tear of the fibrous/cartilaginous ligament is quite painful and usually involves bruising and swelling of the area.

Beyond reattachment, a ligament repair requires rest of the joint in question; usually at least six weeks of it. It can take up to six months to heal completely whereas a broken bone or strained muscle would take only a few weeks. Pain relief is also usually required after a ligament tear, with the most common medication given being Tylenol with Codeine, Percocet, Darvon-N or other narcotic analgesics. For those who refuse drugs, pain relief can be obtained with topical application of capsaicin cream and ice packs to the area several times a day.

Treatments that can speed healing are somewhat messy but very effective: a poultice of comfrey leaf several times a day and a nightly application of a castor oil pack. The poultice is made using cheesecloth and comfrey leaf tea: boil the tea and place the wet leaves into the cheesecloth and apply it to the injured area for about 40 minutes. Use a heat pack on top. One can also first apply topical DMSO to help drive the medicine in quicker. This poultice should be applied four times a day for at least the first two weeks.

The castor oil pack is used at night, for four nights a week. First do alternating hot and cold packs, always ending with cold, then apply a non-colored natural fiber (cotton, linen or wool) that has castor oil on it. Cover with plastic wrap and then an old rag or towel (be sure to secure it all so the castor oil pack does not move…if you get castor oil on sheets or furniture it doesn’t come out and will smell terrible when it turns rancid). Then place an old item of clothing over the area and further protect furniture with an old towel. Take the pack off in the morning and wash the area well.

These natural treatments may seem like a lot of work-and they are-but they will speed healing and also help reduce the pain of a ligament tear quickly. For those who have never suffered such an injury, think about the worst ‘charlie horse’ spasm you’ve ever had, multiply it at least ten times, and you’ll have an idea of the pain involved with a ligament tear. Of course it’s best to never get a torn ligament but if you have one, these methods will help to get over it much faster.

©2011 Dr.Valerie Olmsted All Rights Reserved

Paragliding – How Safe Is It, And What Are The Stats?

The good news is, it’s safer than it’s Extreme Sports image would have you think. Of all the so-called Extreme Sports, paragliding has perhaps the widest range of participants. In Japan, you will find old people serenely gliding across dormant volcano slopes. Through the Alps in France, you might spot daring young men pushing the limits of their skills and their paragliders while flying cross-country in challenging conditions.

Have you never flown in a paraglider, either alone or in a tandem wing? Are you hankering to just ‘give it a try’, but not yet sure whether you actually want to take it up as a sport? If the answer to both questions is ‘yes’, then this article is for you.

The advertisers of paragliding adventure holidays take advantage of the sport’s currently good safety record. You might see lines such as this:

“Bali Adventure Paragliding is safe, secure and is a totally new experience not to be missed.”

Well, the second bit is totally true, the first bit might be glossing over the occasional twisted ankle or bruise from beginners attempting their very first landings. But under ideal tourist-flying conditions, yes, it’s pretty safe and secure! And of course, you can’t go wrong if you are under a tandem wing with an instructor doing all the flying.

Now of course, every sport has its risks. Also, aviation in general has it’s risks. So Paragliding, being both an adventure sport and a form of aviation, also has a degree of risk. When it comes to safety though, the aviation side of paragliding is all-important. All pilots are trained to operate their aircraft safely, by minimizing potential risks. In some cases it’s a matter of pure judgement such as during an approach and landing. Or it might mean sticking rigidly to a check list while preparing to leave the ground. The joy of flying, year after year after year, is the reward for doing it right.

It has been said that paragliding is as safe or as dangerous as the pilot makes it. There’s a lot of truth in this, from at least a couple of angles. Firstly, pilot’s choose what conditions to fly in. Secondly, they choose how far to stretch their piloting skills. Let’s make an analogy with driving a motor vehicle now.

A learner driver can choose to drive around the back blocks for a while, or head straight out onto the freeway at rush hour. That’s choosing driving conditions.

Secondly, he or she can choose to observe the speed limits and traffic signs, or push the pedal to the metal while running red lights and overtaking everyone in the way. That’s choosing how far driving skills are pushed!

Just for a moment, let’s consider what the most dangerous thing about paragliding might be. Many years of experience have led some instructors to believe that this is in fact the ease with which people can learn paragliding! After picking up the basics quite quickly, some novices can start to think that they know a lot more about flying than they really do. This can lead to over-confidence and increased risk-taking. The only way to get really good and fly safely in more challenging conditions is to fly frequently, over a long period of time.

For some reason, people who have a passing interest in paragliding also have an interest in the statistics of the sport. Particularly the fatalities count. Fair enough, I guess we all instinctively try to assess our risk of dying when trying something new and exciting! So let’s get the death-and-gloom out of the way first. The figures are actually quite reassuring, given the many, many thousands of people flying and the flight hours they are accumulating.

The stats for horse-riding and paragliding make for an interesting comparison. And… you guessed it, more people die from being thrown off a horse than crashing a paraglider!

In a similar vein, I came across an insurance report that listed paragliding fatalities per participant to be less than motorcycle riding. Now that doesn’t surprise me, I’ve never trusted those things! 😉 Motorbikes that is.

Another outdoor activity which compares with paragliding in terms of injury rate per participant is snowmobiling. Of which I know nothing, coming from The Great Dry Flat Land, Australia. 🙂

Despite there being quite a few thousand active paraglider pilots in the U.S. during 2005, only 3 people died in paraglider accidents. This continued a trend towards fewer paragliding fatalities each year in the U.S.

Now, to be accurate and truthful, the situation in Europe has been much worse in recent years, in terms of total fatalities. But in Europe, there are many times as many active pilots as there are in the U.S. And a big percentage of them are ‘pushing the envelope’ by flying in challenging weather over very challenging terrain. The Alps, no less! As a beginner, you will not fit that category, hence those particular stats need not worry you.

Enough of death and dying, I’ll just touch on a couple of U.S. stats now. In 2005, only 50 accident reports relating to paragliding were received, which was a 5 year low. Also in 2005 in the U.S., 32 pilots or passengers suffered paragliding injuries. 15 of these people required an overnight stay in hospital.

Browsing through some material the other day I came across a tandem pilot who has flown many passengers over the years. In all his 350+ hours of tandem flying, he has never had a passenger injured. This should give you a good feeling, since a great way to ‘just try’ paragliding is to go for a flight in a tandem paraglider! The pilot is behind, the passenger hangs in front. Air in your hair, and views to die for.. ooops.. I mean really really great views! :-O

12 Critical Ovarian Cyst Symptoms You Should Know Before It’s Too Late

Ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops in your ovary, an almond-shape reproductive organ located on each side of the uterus in your pelvic cavity. This is a common occurrence in women during childbearing years. There are several types of cyst and mostly are harmless with 95% being benign while the remaining 5% are malignant or cancerous.

The following are the major ovarian cyst symptoms:

1. Feeling of fullness or pressure in the lower abdomen

You may feel a dull ache in your lower abdomen. This is considered as one of the predominant symptoms of ovarian cysts. Pain may be bilateral if both your ovaries have cysts. The pain comes and goes but may become unbearable sometimes. This is influenced by the size of your cyst and it will increase if your cyst is bleeding. As the blood flow to your tissues is blocked by the cyst, the pain intensifies.

2. Menstrual irregularities

You may feel severe pain during your menstrual period. If you usually have dysmenorrhea during your periods, then the pain may be more than what you usually experience. Aside from that, you may also have late periods or heavy menstrual flow.

3. Inability to pass urine or bowel completely

Due to the cyst blocking either or both passages, you may have trouble passing urine or bowel. You may also feel pain as you try to urinate or empty your bowels.

4. Pain felt during sexual intercourse

5. Pain felt during physical activities or strenuous exercises

6. Pain radiating to the lower back and inner side of the thighs

7. Excess weight gain

8. Breast tenderness

Ruptured Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

If you experience the following ovarian cyst symptoms, you have to report to your doctor immediately as these may suggest ruptured cysts that lead to internal bleeding and infection (peritonitis).

1. Sudden, severe abdominal pain

2. Fever with vomiting

3. Faintness, feeling lightheaded

4. Rapid and weak pulse

Ovarian Cyst Natural Cure

Presence of ovarian cysts can be life-threatening, if not treated properly.However, there are natural ways to avoid this condition and helping you get rid of the ovarian cyst.One is through diet by avoiding alcohol and estrogen-rich foods such as tomatoes,red meat and dairy products. Castor oil packs have also been used to dissolve ovarian cysts. To help you with the pain, heat packs alternating with cold water or ice may also be applied. Some herbs are also effective against ovarian cysts such as evening primrose oil, blue cohosh, false unicorn root and borage oil.

Important:

Most of the usual treatments available to you, may not avoid this condition forever. The cysts may reappear, which can bring the pain back to your life.However, there are extremely effective, scientifically proved natural treatments, which can easily cure ovarian cysts forever.

The Truth About Infrared Saunas and Candida

Many people are confused about infrared saunas and Candida and how they relate. They may be surprised when they realize the truth about infrared saunas and Candida.

The first thing one must know is that Candida thrives in warm, moist, dark places. This is why the genitalia are one of the biggest places for a yeast infection to break out. This is also true for why Candida lives and starts to grow from the big intestine.

Infrared saunas can actually cause Candida to thrive even more as they have two major ingredients for the fungus to grow and thrive. They are hot, and they are wet. They cause your body to sweat, and many saunas use steam as a source of the heat. The combination of these two forces can mean big trouble for anyone trying to get rid of an infection.

Your best bet is to completely avoid using hot tubs, saunas, and anything else that combines heat and moisture. Infrared saunas and Candida do not go well together. Especially if you already are in the process of an outbreak. This will only cause the infection to spread and grow more easily.

I know that infrared saunas use infrared light in order to create the heat and the relaxing mood. The problem again is that it causes your body to sweat which again is moisture. It is a step up from steam saunas, however, it still doesn’t fix the problem of warmth and moisture.

Preferably, you will want to completely cut out your use of an infrared sauna. If this is not possible for you, try to cut back to no more than once every two weeks. If this is not possible, you will especially want to make sure you are extremely aware of your diet and that you are taking in more than enough of the right types of foods to counter the use of the sauna.

Liver Diseases Causes, Symptoms and Natural Remedies

Liver is the second largest organ in our body and its area of function is so wide that it contributes a major part in keeping a body fit and healthy. Mainly a digestive organ, it helps in carbohydrate and fat metabolism. It also improves the immunity system of the body and stores some vitamins and minerals. Care should be taken to maintain a healthy liver as a damaged liver can endanger the life.

Symptoms of liver diseases

1. Pain and tenderness in the abdomen

2. Severe itching on the skin where there is no infection

3. Diseases like jaundice, cholestatis followed by dark urine, pale colored stools, bone loss

4. Pain in the pancreas and the enlargement of the gall bladder

5. Loss of appetite, nausea and sometimes mild fever may result due to malfunctioning of the liver.

Cause: The most common reasons for the liver diseases are due to unhealthy life style and faulty eating habits. Infections by the Hepatitis virus A, B and C can cause serious types of liver diseases. Prolonged intake of drugs, alcohol and other toxic substances damage the liver cells leading to liver problems. Low immune system of the body can trigger certain liver diseases.

Natural Remedies

Liver diseases are alarming and life threatening if not controlled at the early stage or not treated properly. Treatments of liver diseases are generally done through natural processes as these are much more effective than the synthetic drugs.

1. Protein intake should be minimized in case of liver problems as the liver has to work more in digesting protein.

2. More carbohydrates must be included in the daily diet. Rice is ideal in this case. The diet should be balanced with respect to the calorie intake including fat soluble minerals and fatty acids.

3. Low sodium intake is advised in liver problems to prevent fluid retention.

4. Pomegranate is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. A glass of its juice every morning boosts the body immunity system.

5. Taking sugarcane juice in liver diseases is an excellent tonic as it strengthens the liver. The alkaline nature of the juice keeps the acid levels of the body low.

6. A concoction of pipal leaves (3-4 leaves) and sugar in a cup of water if taken twice daily helps in treating the liver disease.

7. Taking twice daily a mixture of papaya seeds with 10 drops of lemon juice is effective in liver diseases.

8. Chewing fennel seeds after the meals regularly is good for liver problems.

Liver being one of the most important organs of our body, it is always advisable to protect it by eating healthy and doing moderate exercises regularly. Consuming too much alcohol and eating spicy and junk foods produce toxins that affect the liver to a great extent.

Why Diabetics Struggle With Weight Loss

One of the most perplexing problems that diabetics face is weight loss. Many doctors insist it is a simple matter of consuming less calories than are burned. And, in a perfect world that works. But most diabetics will insist that there is more to it, because when they do the same things as non-diabetics, they get no results, while their non-diabetic friends drop pound after pound. Fad diets do not work, diet products do not work, even exercise shows little or no results. The struggling diabetics are right– there is more to it than just cutting calories.

Diabetes is caused by eating a bad diet, and a good diet is a key part of regaining control. But it is the bad diet that has placed a number of conditions in place that must be understood in order to win the fat war. There are a number of interrelated circumstances that contribute to making diabetic weight loss difficult. First, let’s look at how the problem originated, then we can investigate how that information can lead to reversing the problem.

Years of bad diet, containing fats, sweets, high glycemic index foods, prepared foods and dairy products caused inflammation. A complete detailed explanation of how inflammation caused diabetes can be found in the “Diabetics Handbook” (see below). The following will be a gross oversimplification, due to space limitations, but hopefully, it will demonstrate the important aspects of the problem. Pro-inflammatory substances (pro-oxidants) are normally used by the body to fight disease and infection (via the immune system). They play many important roles in the body including digestion, and even breathing. Normally, the body uses antioxidants to control these processes. However, years of bad diet, which is characteristically very low in antioxidants, causes an immune system to lose the ability to shut down. Consequently, the immune system begins to attack healthy cells causing serious damage. In type I diabetes, the beta cells (insulin producing cells) are destroyed. In type II diabetes many cells are damaged setting up a condition known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the body’s cells cannot properly communicate when using insulin to uptake and burn glucose.

When the body digests food, particularly carbohydrates, it is converted into glucose. Glucose is distributed throughout the body in the bloodstream by the liver. The liver will normally control fat levels. When very high levels of fat are in the bloodstream, due to diet, the liver cannot process it all. It begins to fill its cells with sacs of triglycerides (converted glucose for storage) and it places the excess in the adipose tissues (belly fat).

The brain, vital organs and muscle tissue rely on glucose which provides energy to function. As these organs use glucose, the liver will place more in the bloodstream to replace it. In a perfect world, the organs and tissues would use it efficiently, and hopefully in proportion to the amount produced by food. Insulin resistance reduces the amount of glucose that is absorbed and stored by the organs and muscle tissue. Add to that, the fact that most diabetics lead a sedentary lifestyle, meaning that they get minimal amounts of exercise resulting in much less glucose being burned.

When the body is impaired by insulin resistance (type II diabetes), the cells do not use as much glucose. The body senses that glucose levels are building up in the bloodstream, so it instructs the pancreas to release more insulin. The body now has high glucose levels and high insulin levels in the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that performs many functions, besides allowing cells to absorb glucose. Insulin will also attempt (vigorously) to remove excess glucose from the bloodstream by placing it in storage as fat. Once in storage, insulin will block the process of breaking fat down to remove it from storage. Many doctors say that the presence of high levels of insulin in the blood causes unnecessary water retention in the body, which is a factor in weight gain. This is a key aspect of beating diabetic obesity, which means that insulin regulation is very important. Insulin also acts on the brain. It promotes cravings that result in eating more and on the liver to manufacture more fat. The liver removes insulin from the bloodstream, but insulin causes fat to be deposited in the liver which, in turn, prevents the liver from removing insulin from the bloodstream. People with belly fat store too much fat in their livers (fatty liver disease – see below), which prevents the liver from removing insulin. consequently, insulin levels rise higher and higher, which can contribute to heart attacks and more abdominal obesity.

Also, fat in the abdominal area functions differently than fat elsewhere in the body, such as the hips. Blood flow from the belly fat goes directly to the liver. The blood flow from other fatty areas, such as the hips, goes into the body’s general circulation. Belly fat has an efficient blood supply and has as more receptors for cortisol (a stress hormone). Cortisol levels vary throughout the day, but will elevate and remain elevated if the body is under stress. High stress and high cortisol levels promote fat deposits in the belly area. It goes to the belly area because there are more cortisol receptors there. Chronically high cortisol levels kill neurons in the brain. They also interfere with neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and serotonin – the good mood neurotransmitters) which leads to depression and feeling more stressed. Depression is common in diabetics, which adds to the problem since depression causes a stress type reaction in the body. In other words, depression promotes the development of belly fat.

The fat that is stored in the adipose tissue (belly fat) is also a characteristic of diabetes. That means that diabetics are genetically prone to belly fat. Belly fat (central obesity) is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, and several types of cancer as well. Heredity plays a role in overall body type (apple vs. a pear shape). Genetics accounts for 25-55 % of the tendency to develop the most serious diseases associated with abdominal fat, the remainder is lifestyle. As belly fat builds up, it does several things. First, it stops the production of the hormone leptin, which normally would curb appetite. Second, it causes insulin resistance to further increase, which has obvious consequences. The cells use less glucose, the body produces more insulin, and guess what… more fat goes into storage. Fat storage is the body’s way of following ancient mechanisms designed to protect the body during lean times. Cave men would sometimes go long periods of time between successful hunting campaigns. So the body learned to take advantage of good times to prepare for the bad times. The body converts glucose into glycogen and triglycerides which are very efficient methods of storing energy.

When the cells of the liver fill up with triglyceride fat sacs, the liver’s function is impaired. It cannot process fats efficiently. It quickly runs out of room to store more fat, and when the body’s tissues and organs are not using as much, the liver simply puts it all into storage as belly fat. The number of fat cells a person has is determined at birth. The numbers remain constant unless the fat cells become full. When they become full, the cells will divide creating new fat cells. The new cells will remain throughout the balance of the person’s life. However, a successful diet will reduce the size of the fat cells. Fat cells are fed by blood vessels in the belly area. Each fat cell is in contact with at least one capillary. The blood supply provides support for the metabolism. The blood flow will depend upon body weight and the overall nutritional state. The number of vessels will increase during fasting or high demand for glucose. Increased numbers of blood vessels can contribute to increasing blood pressure. The heart simply has to work harder to supply the additional vessels.

A liver that has many cells filled with triglyceride sacs is called a fatty liver NAFLD (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease). Any diabetic that has large amounts of belly fat likely has a fatty liver. Fatty liver develops early in the process because of high levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream. Diabetic fatty liver’s second stage is called NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis), meaning that it is not caused by alcohol consumption (but similar), and it mimics damage caused by hepatitis diseases. Oxidation of cells begins to occur causing cell damage. The third stage is cirrhosis which is very serious and dangerous. The first stage of fatty liver is not particularly dangerous, and will go away with proper treatment. Fatty liver is difficult to diagnose. The only reliable test is to conduct a biopsy to determine how much fat is present and if any scarring is present. Biopsies are rarely conducted, because the medical industry cannot agree on how it should be interpreted. The symptoms of NAFLD are nondescript, non-existent or mimic symptoms of other diseases. Certain blood tests will display the presence of certain liver enzymes that are common in hepatitis, which would signify the presence of NASH. Fatty liver will seriously complicate the weight loss process.

Parasites will virtually stall weight loss efforts. Parasites are more common in diabetics than a non-diabetic person, due to their weakened state. Unfortunately, western medicine doctors have little training in recognizing the presence of parasites. Few people are trained in testing for them. Most common tests have a very low accuracy rate. Treating parasites with drugs is rarely effective because they have a very narrow range of effectiveness. There are over 100 common species found in humans and treatments are very specific to specie. Parasites escape diagnosis in as many as 70 chronic diseases, and are now believed to be instrumental in the development of many chronic diseases.

When parasites are present, patients will have virtually no success in losing weight. Reduced portion sizes, carbohydrate counting or elimination, or even vigorous exercise will not produce results. Parasites inflame the lining of the digestive tract, and slow nutrient absorption. They eventually spread to all areas of the body, including vital organs. They disrupt hormonal balance, blood sugar regulation and alter the metabolism. Parasites eat the nutrients ingested, or they eat the host. They leave the host with empty calories, which triggers cravings and over consumption of food (urges to pile it high on a plate). They virtually take over control of the body.

Parasites release toxins that overload the kidneys and liver. The weakened state leads to further reductions in metabolism. They hinder the maintenance of beneficial flora in the intestinal tract that can lead to over production of yeasts. Overdevelopment of yeasts lead to the development of allergies, gas and bloating. Their acids damage organs, breakdown muscle tissue and cause the central nervous system to become sluggish. The body will react to increased acid levels by producing fat cells to store the acid, thus removing it from the system. A lower metabolism encourages the production of fat cells.

The good news is, by now, the reasons for difficulty in losing weight are clearer. So how does one beat these powerful mechanisms? Start by getting rid of any parasites. The safe bet is to assume that they are present, because they probably are present. There is an extensive listing of symptoms, and how to cleanse the body of parasites in the “Diabetics Handbook”. Also read about glycemic index and load. Modify the diet to eat only low glycemic index foods. Stop eating any of the pro-oxidant foods, especially processed foods, which is basically anything in a box or can that has ingredients that you cannot pronounce, or it’s unknown as to why it is in there.

Then assume that you have a fatty liver, because you probably do to some extent. This is the tough part. The most success comes from combining a series of techniques. Fasting and exercise are effective to break the cycles and burn liver fat. But it must be done correctly. If liver and/or kidney damage is present a doctor should be consulted. An alternative to fasting is to start eating 6-8 very light, low glycemic index meals per day, instead of three large meals. That will reduce the glucose spikes that exacerbate the process.

Change the diet. Stop eating the pro-oxidant foods. Processed foods are poison to diabetics, which cannot be stressed enough! Processed flour is very bad for diabetics (actually for everybody). Sodas are high in pro-oxidants and phosphoric acid, drink green tea instead. However, be careful, some bottled green teas have additives in them, including phosphoric acid. Stop drinking coffee. Eat only very lean cuts of meat. Stop eating sweets, sugar substitutes and dairy products. Never cook food at high temperatures (over 400 degrees F) or microwave food. That means that grilling and broiling are out. Microwaves kill as much as 97% of the living nutrients in food. Steaming, stir frying in olive oil or boiling food is best. Diabetics should eat fruit if their system does not react to them (glucose spikes). Pineapple and bananas are very high in natural sugar. Eat low glycemic index foods only. Take a good quality multivitamin daily, such as Rejuvenage 40+, which is sold on the internet. If a multivitamin is being taken, compare the product label to the sample label posted on the internet. This particular multivitamin has the broadest coverage of nutrients found on the market. Eat lots of fiber, especially water-soluble fiber.

Glucose management can be improved if sodium levels are managed, and fiber levels are kept high. Sodium slows the insulin response, which means higher sodium levels can be an advantage for hypoglycemia. High sodium levels prevent a quick rise and fall in insulin levels, and subsequently reduce the blood sugar highs and lows commonly experienced with hypoglycemia. Sodium, along with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and biotin are among the most important factors in reducing erratic glucose level changes; even between meals. Manganese, chromium and niacin/niacinamide control glucose response as well as the liver’s storage of glycogen. Potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C can both, help stabilize, or interfere with glucose management depending on whether a patient is prone to be hypoglycemic, or hyperglycemic. Lower amounts are recommended for patients that are prone to hypoglycemia, and higher amounts for patients that are prone to hyperglycemia. On the other hand, high amounts of potassium can reduce manganese and chromium. High amounts of vitamin C can lower manganese and stimulate insulin. Vitamin B6 stimulates magnesium and potassium, but lowers manganese. It can become complex. It should be noted that too much sodium in the diet is never a good thing.

Eliminate candies, honey, sodas of all types, donuts, cereals (especially sweetened), cakes and bakery goods, over ripe fruits, fruit juices (unless diluted), sugar (both brown and white), syrups (corn, maple and molasses), glucose, sucrose, fructose (of any variety), dextrose, maltose, or any substance ending in “ose”. Eliminate all artificial sweeteners except Stevia. Most of the bakery goods contain synthetic additives, along with processed flour, both of which are highly pro-oxidative.

It will be necessary to start exercising to maximize the burning of glucose in tissues. Power walking for approximately 45 minutes, preferably daily, will burn upwards of 300 calories each day. Exercising other major muscle groups is important. The fasting and exercise program should be alternated with non-fast and exercise programs (3-5 days each). Depending upon health conditions, choose between a water or a juice fast. The water fast is more aggressive. Don’t lose weight too fast. It can damage the liver. Most people lose 3-5 pounds after the first several days and an additional 3-5 pounds the next day, it will level off at a pound per day after the initial loss. It is customary to not lose weight during the non-fast phase. Then repeat the cycle. The “Diabetics Handbook” covers a variety of programs, the most aggressive being a 30 day fast, which will totally detox the entire body as well. It is known to release toxins present since birth. Fasting is safe, and very effective. Exercising a muscle does not get rid of fat over the specific muscles that are exercised. The only way to reduce a fat belly is to lose weight overall, and any type of exercise will help accomplish that. There’s a growing body of research showing that the fastest way to burn off belly fat is by a combination of weight training, aerobic exercise and modified diet. Bear in mind that increased muscle mass, from exercise, will increase body weight as fat is lost.

Physical activity is clearly beneficial for diabetics, including lowering blood glucose levels. However, physical activity can make levels go too low, causing hypoglycemia for up to 24 hours afterward. For those taking insulin, or one of the oral medications that increase insulin production, the breaking of routine (fasting) by having a snack, may be required if the glucose level goes below 100 mg/dL. Adjusting medication doses before physical activity can help avoid hypoglycemia. For some diabetics, it may be necessary to consult a doctor while on aggressive programs. A snack can prevent hypoglycemia, provided that it is a low glycemic index food. Extra blood glucose checks, especially 2 hours after strenuous exercise, may be advised. Place increased emphasis on maintaining blood sugar levels. Hold them as close to normal as possible. In type II diabetes that will reduce the amount of excess insulin in the bloodstream. If insulin-dependent, or type I diabetic, avoid taking more insulin than is required to maintain control. Many diabetics assume that more insulin than is needed is not necessarily a bad thing. This is a critical phase that requires lots of testing and focus. The combination of lower insulin, lower glucose levels and vigorous exercise will allow the body to quickly start burning the liver fat. It takes up to 12-16 hours for the body to start drawing fat from the liver. Exercise will increase the metabolism. However, understanding the metabolism will be helpful, because the metabolic rate will change throughout the process. Exercise reduces stress levels. If high stress is an issue, try stress reducing activities such as deep breathing or meditation. Be certain to take antioxidant supplements during the fasting process. Several recent studies show that omega-3 fats can reduce output of another stress hormone, epinephrine (aka adrenaline). Start taking 4000IU of fish oil twice daily. You cannot overdose on fish oil. The body will produce large amounts of free radicals, which will require large amounts of antioxidants to be controlled. Be certain that 100% of the daily requirements of vitamins and minerals is consumed.

In summary, modify the diet; learn what to eat and what not to eat; take a good quality multivitamin every day; get the glucose levels in tight control; manage the insulin levels; manage the sodium levels; exercise vigorously daily; manage stress; eliminate the possibility of parasite infestation; and consider fasting techniques. Learn as much as possible about diabetes, food, and how to cleanse and maintain all of the vital organs.

If this appears to be a lot of hard work, it is. But it is not unusual for diabetics, that have not had any dieting success at all, to lose 30 pounds the first month. The key to total diabetes control, and improved health, is to lose the belly fat. It is paramount. As the belly fat goes away, it will become increasingly easier to win the fat war. Blood sugar control will become easier, blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels will improve. Go to http://www.diabeticshandbook.com for a free daily nutrition log, which will make tracking nutrition easier.

If Broccoli Is So Good for Me, Why Does It Make Me Sick After Weight Loss Surgery?

People in pursuit of healthy weight management know to stick close to the veggie tray at parties and buffets. After all, vegetables are good healthy food full of beneficial vitamins, nutrients and fiber. But some vegetables, particularly cruciferous vegetables like the ubiquitous broccoli and cauliflower, can cause severe gastric upset when eaten raw by patients of gastric weight loss surgery. In fact, there are many examples of weight loss surgery patients who have experienced gastric distress so severe after eating raw broccoli or cauliflower that a trip to the emergency room was needed.

The reason weight loss surgery patients of all procedures (gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, adjustable gastric banding or lap-band) are prone to discomfort after eating raw cruciferous vegetables is a matter of balance. The vegetables are rich in enzymes which are believed to aid digestion. However, due to the shortened gastric tract and loss of stomach acid the vegetables cannot be fully digested in their short trip through the intestinal tract. The problem is compounded by the presence of cellulose, the dietary fiber in the vegetables that requires intestinal bacteria to process. Even without gastric weight loss surgery many humans lack enough intestinal bacteria to break down the cellulose enough to avoid symptoms of gas, bloating, and cramping.

After weight loss surgery many patients are intently focused on becoming healthy and in control of their weight through proper diet and nutrition and increased daily activity. These are admirable pursuits which often lead to the conundrum over eating good healthy vegetables at the risk of severe gastric distress. Frustrated patients wonder, If it is so good for me why does it make me feel so bad? Good question. There are a few measures that may be taken to reduce the discomfort that follows eating raw vegetables so we can have our nutrients and enjoy them too. Take a look:

  • Experiment cautiously. If you do not know how you will respond to raw vegetables go easy at first and avoid discomfort or embarrassment that may come from eating too much of a good thing. In addition, remember that from day to day foods will sit differently. Always practice restraint while you get a feel for how food is setting with you that day.
  • Lightly steam or parboil vegetables to begin breaking-down the cellular structure thus helping the intestinal acid get busy more quickly with digestion. Remember, if you cannot digest the vegetable you will not be able to absorb the vitamins and nutrients in the vegetable. To serve the steamed or parboiled vegetables chilled simply prepare them in advance, drain of water and pat dry. Plate, cover and chill. Then serve cold with a lightly seasoned veggie dip made from yogurt which contains healthy bacteria that will aid in digestion. Avoid dairy-based dips, such as those made with sour cream, as this may increase the chance of stomach discomfort.
  • Take a digestive enzyme as directed prior to or shortly after eating raw vegetables. There are many digestive enzyme supplements available at reasonable cost. Many weight loss surgery patients report that papaya enzyme is effective in reducing digestive discomfort. According to one maker of papaya enzyme the dietary supplement contains “papain, a proteolytic enzyme and a popular ingredient in dietary supplements used for digestion. Taken after meals, it is a perfect natural supplement that may assist in digestion and may help reduce the effects of poor digestion, including heartburn and gas.” As with all dietary supplements keep in mind the FDA does not evaluate these claims or approve supplements for their claimed use. Consumers should consult with a health care professional before using any dietary supplement.
  • Chew, chew, chew. Remember that digestion begins in the mouth and it is critical to chew completely all raw vegetables in order to give your gastric system the best conditions under which to digest food and benefit from the vitamins and nutrients it contains.