Four Weird Uses of Vaporizers You May Not Have Heard Of

Vaporizers are often associated with colds and babies. Although they are very effective against fighting off colds they have other uses as well.

This article discusses four uses of vaporizers which do not fit into the baby plus colds genre. Read on to find out more, you may be surprised at the ways other people use their vaporizers.

Treat Ear Infection

Believe it or not vaporizers can be used to treat ear infections. A lot of ear infections are caused by the ear canals drying up too much. What’s even weirder is that germs that cause colds can pass through the ears. And vaporizers do a good job of killing them too.

Treat Bronchitis

Bronchitis might seem like a very serious disease but a lot of people suffer from it with varying levels of intensity. Inhaling medicated menthol and eucalyptus has been reported to do wonders for a lot of patients who suffer from chronic bronchitis.

Treat Dogs

Most of us never stop to think that our dogs are exposed to as much germs as we are. Most of us never bother to think about respiratory problems which are dog may contract. When was the last time you heard a puppy owner say their pets had “kennel cough?”

If you have heard about that then you probably know more about dogs than the average person. And if you knew that vaporizers are often used to treat diseases such as these in dogs you are most likely a breeder or a vet!

Help Stop Smoking

People who want to stop smoking miss the aroma of their favorite stick. Very often smokers who are not presently smoking will chew or suck on a candy that is menthol or mint flavored.

Vaporizers offering the same aroma can alleviate the temptation to reach out for another cigarette. A lot of ex-smokers have a vaporizer or two at home giving out these soothing aromas that do not cause cancer.

Vaporizers are a versatile appliance. These are only some ways to use them out of your nursery and child’s room. Don’t hesitate to use one of the mentioned methods above to make better use of your very own vaporizer.

The Psychology of Homosexuality

Everything in creation, including human and animal life, is governed by natural laws. Laws of nature control natural processes and natural phenomena.

The heavenly bodies including their axis and orbits, ocean current and ebb and flow of the sea – are all regulated by natural laws. For example, man must eat to satisfy hunger, sleep to get rest for the body and keep the body sound and fit by exercise or work of some kind.

When the human limbs are left for a period such as one or more months without movement, they may become stiff and not flexible. The natural law of duality or popularity is found at work in human and animal life and in natural phenomena.

For example the possible and negative aspect interacts to make life possible on earth. The male and female aspects must cohabit harmoniously to reproduce their kind. It is through that process that creation reproduces itself and human life is perpetuating on earth. There are the dual phenomena of life and death, youth and old age, heat and cold, pain and pleasure, day and night, and so on. When the law of duality or polarity is broken – anachronism and absolutes. In his philosophy of dialectical materialism, Karl Marx explains how law of duality operates to keep nature in harmony and balance.

According to Karl Marx, the positive or negative aspect is replaced by the order – when one aspect does not function normally to maintain balance and harmony. Karl Marx saw socialism-communism as the negative aspect of capitalism. He contented that internal contradiction within the capitalist society makes socialism-communism a natural replacement for capitalism. Why did socialism-communism fail? The answer rests with the law of duality.

In homosexuality, one finds one aspect of duality or polarity interacting with itself. The male aspect relates sexually with another male. It is a phenomenon that violates natural law. Naturally, well-placed and well-disposed human beings do not violate the law of procreation. It is when a person is displaced or is not properly disposed that person begins to violate natural law in the matter of sexuality. For example, confined persons such as prisoners, for lack of freedom to interact with their opposite aspects, namely males and females, may indulge in homosexuality. At puberty, some persons are inclined to masturbate and some begin to indulge in some kind of homosexuality.

The recourse to masturbation or homosexuality at puberty is due to lack or opportunity to express love in the natural way. Teenagers who do not have luck resort to early sexual intercourse. Most teenagers give up the early sexual indulgence as they grow older. It is those who do not give up when they grow into adulthood that tend to embrace homosexuality. The reason for departure from the natural process of procreation is psychological. Dr Carl Jung, a Swiss medical doctor, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, offers a convincing explanation in his analysis. Dr Jung puts the structure of personality in the following categories:

The psyche, the consciousness, the personal unconscious and collective unconscious.

For lack of space, i will dwell on the category known as the collective unconscious, which is the area of the concern of this article. The collective unconscious is made up of what Dr Jung terms archetypes. According to Dr Jung, archetypes are the contents of the human psyche. He names the content as: the persona, the anima and the animus and the self.

Persona is described by Dr Jung as the “outward face” of the psyche. This, he explains, is because it is the outward face that is seen. The “inward face” he calls the anima in males and the animus in females. In males, the anima constitutes their feminine archetype, while the animus is the masculine archetype in females. “If the personality is to be well adjusted and harmoniously balanced the feminine side of man’s personality and the masculine side of a woman’s personality must be allowed to express themselves in consciousness and behavior,” Dr Jung advised. What Dr Jung has discovered and told the world about is the subtle operation of the lack of duality or polarity as it influences human personality.

As Karl Marx, the Marxist postulated everything in the creation has its positive aspects and negative aspects. Interaction of both makes it possible for a thing to exist an entity. In a person, both the positive and negative aspects of human personality must be allowed to interact in a balanced and harmonious manner. Problems set in when both the anima and animus in a man or a woman interact out of balance and harmony with the persona archetype. For example, a male will be inclined to behave more like a woman – if his anima archetype projects itself over and above the man’s persona archetype. Conversely, a woman is likely to behave more like a man if her animus archetype overrides the persona of her female personality.

The anima in a man and the animus in a woman can be undeveloped or deflated. This anomaly can also create personality distortion. Why? When the anima or the “woman” in a male is underdeveloped, he may fin it difficult interacting with a female. And when the animus or the “man” in a woman is underdeveloped or suppressed she may find it uneasy to relate with a man. A man and another man who are respectively so disposed – are likely to attract each other and express love that ends up in homosexuality. The same applies to a woman and another woman so disposed.

Since homosexuality arises out of distortion or dislocation of personality, is it curable? Personality distortion or dislocation can be corrected. Since homosexuality arises out of personality problems, it can be cured.

Joel

Pregnancy In The Stone Age – Can We Learn Something?

The woman who became pregnant during the Stone Age faced huge risks compared with today’s mother-to-be. There was no way to control bleeding or infection; Caesarean section was not an option. That we survived as a species seems remarkable – until you dig a little deeper.

The outcome of pregnancy depends on the underlying health of the mother, nutrition before and during pregnancy and the threat of infection. In all those areas the woman of 50,000 years ago was better off than her counterpart today. How is that possible in an age when there was no plumbing, no medical care and no protection from infectious diseases?

Better diet, better pregnancy

The primitive woman’s diet was less likely to be deficient in important nutrients than that of today’s young girls. (Ref 1) A study from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has confirmed earlier reports that adolescent and adult pregnant women take in too little iron, zinc, folate and vitamin E.

A woman who begins pregnancy without sufficient calcium, vitamin D and other bone-building nutrients increases her risk of developing osteoporosis in middle age. But that’s not the end of the story. Her infant may also be at greater risk of fracture in the future. Osteoporosis of middle age is at least partly programmed before birth, especially if the mother smokes and has little physical activity. (Ref 2, 3, 4)

Most laypersons believe that Stone Agers were hearty meat-eaters. Anthropologists know that isn’t so. They lived on a predominantly meat diet for only about 100,000 years, from the time that Homo sapiens developed keen hunting skills until the advent of farming. Before that time meat came from carrion and small game. The bulk of their calories came from vegetables, fruit, roots and nuts.

Plant foods contain everything that a pregnant woman needs, including vitamins, antioxidants, protein and minerals. Modern vegetarians often become deficient in vitamin B12 but small game, birds’ eggs and the deliberate or accidental inclusion of insects in the Stone Age diet provided more than enough of that critical nutrient.

Folic acid deficiency in early pregnancy leads to defective formation of the infant’s brain and spinal cord. Those abnormalities are much less likely among the babies of mothers who receive an adequate amount of folate, at least 400 micrograms per day. So few women eat enough green leafy vegetables to boost their folate levels, the U.S. government requires that manufacturers of baked goods add it to their products.

Obstetricians have been prescribing multivitamins for their pregnant patients for decades but it is only in recent years that studies confirmed the wisdom of that practice. In 2002 the American Medical Association reversed a position of long standing and recommended that everyone, with no exceptions, needs a multivitamin/multimineral preparation every day in order to avoid subtle but health-damaging inadequacies of these nutrients. Taking a multivitamin reduces the risk of congenital defects of the newborn, especially those that involve the heart. Preeclampsia is a serious, sometimes fatal complication of pregnancy. Women whose intake of vitamins C and E is low have a threefold greater risk of that condition. (Ref. 5, 6)

Would these mostly vegetarian early Stone Agers have become iron-deficient? Not likely. Their diet was rich in iron as well as in Vitamin C that facilitates iron absorption. Under those conditions iron deficiency would have been rare. Cereal grains interfere with iron absorption, which explains why iron-deficiency is common in societies that subsist primarily on grains. However, one of the main reasons why Stone Age women were unlikely to be iron deficient is that they didn’t have nearly as many menstrual cycles as modern women do.

In a primitive society the onset of menses is about 5 years later than that of American young women. Modern hunter-gatherers, like the oldest Stone Agers, are either pregnant or nursing during most of their childbearing years and they only menstruate a few times between weaning one child and conceiving another. In those groups breastfeeding does suppress ovulation because it is literally on demand, i.e., every few minutes, even throughout the night. For a modern breastfeeding mother, on demand often means no more frequently than every couple of hours and perhaps once or twice a night after the third or fourth month. Thus menses return in spite of nursing and monthly blood loss continues.

The fish-brain connection

Beginning about 150,000 years ago our ancestors discovered seafood. The increased intake of fatty acids in fish and shellfish initiated the great advance in brain size and complexity that allowed humans to progress more quickly in the next 100,000 years than they had in the preceding million. Enormous gains in toolmaking and the development of language and group communication followed.

The human brain is composed mostly of water but the solid portion is mostly fat. The body can’t manufacture the omega-3 and omega-6 fats that make up so much of the structure of the brain and eye so we need them in our diet. Maternal deficiency of these nutrients, especially omega-3s, prevents the newborn brain and eyes from reaching their full potential. The best source of omega-3 fats is fish; nuts and leafy green vegetables are also good sources.

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are found in every cell of the body. They allow efficient flow of nutrients, regulate nerve impulses and keep inflammation in the right balance. In a proper diet there is an equal amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. That allows the immune system to fight infection, a real threat that humans faced from the Stone Age until the age of antibiotics, a mere 70 years ago.

The advantage to the baby of a diet that is rich in omega-3 fats is obvious but mothers need it, too. Nature protects the unborn infant by tapping into the mother’s stores of omega-3 fats. A woman whose intake of omega-3 fatty acids is low during the months and years preceding pregnancy will develop a deficiency of her own. This becomes worse with succeeding pregnancies if her intake of omega-3s remains low. Postpartum depression affects about 10 percent of women following delivery and it is associated with a deficiency of omega-3 fats. (Ref 7, 8)

The newest epidemic

There is one complication of pregnancy that never occurred in the Stone Age: type 2 diabetes. No disease in modern times has risen so fast. It has increased several-fold since the 1950s; between 1990 and 2001 it rose by 61 percent. Gestational diabetics (Ref. 9) are those who do not yet have the full-blown disease but they cannot process blood sugar (glucose) properly during pregnancy. About half of them will develop frank diabetes in the years following delivery of their infant.

Most of us know type 2 diabetes, which was once referred to as adult-onset diabetes, as the disease that our grandparents developed in their later years. It’s no longer uncommon to find it in adolescents, even in grade-schoolers. As it has dipped into the younger generation it has alarmed – but not surprised – physicians to find that it is no longer a rarity in obstetric practice.

How can we be so certain that the pregnant Stone Ager didn’t have diabetes? This is a lifestyle disease that has three major associations: a low level of physical activity, a diet that is high in refined grains and sugars, and obesity. Those conditions simply didn’t occur during the Stone Age. Their lifestyle demanded strenuous effort. Grains of any sort were not part of their diet because they require tools and controlled heat. Sugar as we know it simply didn’t exist and honey was an occasional lucky find. Obesity would have been non-existent, as it is today among the planet’s dwindling populations of hunter-gatherers.

Diabetic mothers have more complications of pregnancy than normal women do. Their babies are 5 times as likely to die and are 3 times as likely to be born with abnormalities of various organs.

They kept germs at bay

Common wisdom states that Stone Age people were an infection-ridden lot but that simply isn’t true. They had powerful immune systems because of high levels of physical activity and a remarkably varied diet. Between the protective antibodies that a mother passed across the placenta and those that she conferred on her newborn via breastmilk, Stone Age babies had more protection against the germs of the day than modern infants do.

Sexually transmitted diseases don’t spread very far or very fast when people live in small isolated bands as they did during the Stone Age. The likelihood that today’s pregnant female will have at least one of these infections is more than 50 percent (Ref. 10). The impact on babies can be severe; some die, some will be brain-damaged.

Choice and consequences

Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs have produced a generation of infants with problems that Stone Age babies never faced. Mothers who smoke have infants that are smaller than the norm and whose brain development may be compromised. Alcohol or cocaine use by the mother during pregnancy results in stunted growth, congenital defects and other severe problems.

Given a choice, none of us would want to live in a Stone Age world but we have neutralized the almost miraculous medical advances of the last century. We have allowed our daughters to be less physically active and to subsist on a marginal diet. If we could reverse those two factors alone there would be a dramatic decline in prematurity and other complications of pregnancy.

The lessons that we can learn from the Stone Age are not subtle, obscure or beyond our capacity to imitate them. We can produce the healthiest generation ever by making better choices for our children and for ourselves.

Philip J. Goscienski, M.D. is the author of Health Secrets of the Stone Age, Better Life Publishers 2005. Contact him via his web site at http://www.stoneagedoc.com.

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What You Should Know About Spasticity and Muscle Spasms

A. Problem Specifics

Spasticity is the state of increased tone of a muscle and an increase in the deep tendon reflexes. For example, with spasticity of the legs (spastic paraplegia), there is an increase in tone of the leg muscles so they feel tight and rigid and the “knee-jerk” reflex is exaggerated. It does not occur immediately following a spinal cord injury. When an injury occurs to the spinal cord, the body goes into spinal shock that may last several weeks. During this time, changes take place to the nerve cells that control muscle activity. This affliction is most common in patients with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and other auto-immune diseases such as Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Following a spinal cord injury, the nerve cells below the level of injury become disconnected from the brain at this level. This is due to scar tissue that forms in the structure of the damaged area of the spinal cord thus blocking messages from below this level of injury from reaching the brain.

B. Causes and Symptoms

Once spinal shock wears off, the natural reflex that is present in everyone re-appears. Spasticity is an exaggeration of the normal reflexes that occur when the body is stimulated. In an able-bodied person, a stimulus to the skin is sensed and a sensory signal is sent to the reflex arch where it travels to the brain via the spinal cord. The brain then assesses the stimulant and if the stimulant is thought not to be dangerous, a signal that is inhibitory is sent along the spinal cord canceling the reflex from moving the muscle. In a person with a spinal cord injury (or given someone with MS), this inhibitory signal is blocked by the structural damage in the spinal cord and thus, the natural reflex is allowed to continue resulting in a contraction of the muscle. This is how spasticity is born.

Muscle spasms and/or spasticity occur in a person with a spinal cord injury any time the body is stimulated below the level of injury. This is usually noticeable when a muscle is stretched or there is a painful stimulant at this level. Because of the injury to the spinal cord, these sensations can trigger the reflex resulting in the muscle to contract or spasm.

Almost anything can trigger spasticity. However, there are specific conditions that can make it more of a problem. An infection of the kidneys or bladder will often cause spasticity to increase a great deal. A skin breakdown will also increase spasms. In a person who does not perform regular range-of-motion exercises, the muscles and joints become less flexible and almost any minor stimulation can cause severe spasticity.

C. What To Do About Spasticity and/or Muscle Spasms

Some spasticity may always be present. The best way to manage or reduce excessive spasms is to perform a daily range-of-motion exercise program. Avoiding situations such as bladder infections, skin breakdowns or injuries to the feet and legs will also reduce spasticity. There are three primary medications used to treat spasticity – Baclofen, Valium, and Dantrium. All have some side effects and do not completely eliminate the problem.

Another treatment of severe spasticity is the implantation of a Baclofen pump. The pump delivers a pro-grammable amount of Baclofen directly to the fluid surrounding the spinal cord. The drug then inhibits the reflex signal in the reflex arch of the cord stopping stimulation of the muscle to spasm.

Because the drug is delivered directly to the spinal cord, a very small amount can be used in comparison to a large amount that may have to be taken orally. Once a Baclofen pump is implanted, oral anti-spasmodic drugs are usually stopped.

D. Cautions with Solutions

Surprisingly, there are some benefits to spasticity. It can serve as a warning mechanism to identify pain or problems in areas where there is no sensation. Many people know when a urinary tract infection is present by the increase in muscle spasms. Spasticity also helps to maintain muscle size and bone strength. It does not replace walking but it does help to preventing osteoporosis, to a minor degree. Spasticity helps maintain circulation in the legs and can be used to improve certain functional activities such as performing transfers or walking with braces. For these reasons, treatment is usually started only when spasticity interferes with sleep or limits an individual’s functional capacity.

A surgical procedure called “radio-frequency rhizotomy” is sometimes indicated in the treatment of severe spasticity in which spinal nerves are cut in order to relieve pain or high blood pressure. Spasticity targets and destroys the damaged nerves that do not receive “Gamma-Amino-Butyric-Acid (GABA)”, the core of the problem for people with MS, spastic cerebral-palsy and other related maladies. In this case where the nerves which, due to not receiving GABA and are, therefore, generating unusual electrical activity, are cut with the remaining nerves and nerve routes carrying the correct messages, as they were and fully intact.

This is best done in the younger years before bone and joint deformities take place before the pull of spas-ticity. However, it can, as well, still be performed safely and effectively on adults. This is a permanent pro-cedure that addresses the spasticity at its “neuromuscular” root; i.e., in the central nervous system that contains the misfiring nerves that cause the spasticity of those certain muscles in the first place. After this type of procedure, assuming no complications, the person’s spasticity is usually completely eliminated, revealing the “real” strength (or lack, thereof) of the muscles underneath.

Because the muscles may have been depending on the spasticity to function, there is almost always extreme weakness after such a “rhizotomy-procedure”. The result requires the patient to work very hard to strength-en the now-weak muscles with intensive physical therapy and to learn new habits of movement and daily tasks in a “new” a body without the spasticity. Rhizotomy’s result is fundamentally, not like orthopedic surgical procedures where any release in spasticity is essentially rewarding but temporary.

There is a support group forum, designed for families, users and potential users of the Baclofen pump, to control spasticity. They are called the Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy Discussion Board Forum.

The Synchro-Med pump is an implantable, programmable, battery-powered device that stores and delivers medication according to instructions received from the programmer. The primary differences between the pump-models are the size of the reservoir and the presence of a side-catheter access port. They are reached at http://www.medtronic.com – The SynchroMed Pump.

The CODMAN 3000 Infusion Pump is a cost-effective therapy for those patients that fail conventional medical treatment. This elegantly simple device features an inexhaustible power supply and does not require frequent replacements associated with battery-powered pumps. Codman is part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies reached at http://www.codman.com.

Bell’s Palsy (Facial Paralysis) – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Bell’s Palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles of one side of the face, usually due to damage to the facial nerve. It may also affect the sense of taste, salivation and tear formation. Most patients improve spontaneously within a few weeks to a few months, however, a few may have permanent residual facial weakness.

Bell’s palsy is known as “Ardit” in Ayurveda. However, the symptoms of Ardit may be a part of stroke, i.e., a complete paralysis of one half of the body, while Bell’s palsy is usually considered to be self-limiting. Ayurvedic treatment of this facial paralysis consists of local application, oral intake of medicated oils, local fomentation, medicated nasal drops therapy, and oral medication in the form of tablets.

Medicated oils used for local application, oral intake and nasal therapy are: Bala (Sida cordifolia) oil, Narayan (Asparagus racemosus) oil and Chandan-Bala-Laxadi oil.

Mouth wash and gargling with luke-warm water is considered very effective in relieving symptoms.

Local medicated steam fomentation is given of decoctions of Erand mool (root of Ricinus communis), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Dashmool (Ten Herbal Roots) and Nirgundi (Vitex negundo). Dry fomentation is given by preparing a poultice (medicated packet) of wheat flour and oil.

Oral medications useful in facial paralysis are: Yograj Guggulu, Trayodashang Guggulu, Vata Vidhvansa Rasa, Sameerpannag Rasa, Brihat Vata Chintamani, Tapyadi Loha, Dashmoolarishta and Bhallatakasava. Single herbal medicines used are: Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Nirgundi, Dashmool, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) and Kuchila (Purified Strychnos nuxvomica).

For refractory patients, some physicians advise blood-letting from a nearby vein or by leech therapy. Courses of medicated enemas are also advised in some patients.

Milk, ghee, butter, mutton soup and black gram are advised in the diet in large quantities. It is best to avoid prolonged exposure to cold.

Is Gaviscon Really Safe For My Acid Reflux? What Every GERD Patient Should Know

“Is Gaviscon really safe for my Acid Reflux?”

I asked the same thing to myself when I first heard of the drug from a friend of mine. Her description of it was a liquid antacid that tastes good (I don’t know about you, to me… sort of) and is quite effective in alleviating the symptoms of acid reflux, GERD, or heartburn.

Sounds good to me, I thought to myself. But I’m not the person who easily jumps into newer medication, especially the ones that you have to take on a regular basis. If you are like me, I normally do research and get the facts straightened out and just don’t trust any doctor’s advice. I even have my own take on other meds such as the purple pill (Nexium), Maalox, and other antacids (even TUMS).

So I guess it’s a natural reaction for me to ask if Gaviscon is really safe for my acid reflux. Does it actually do what it claims to do? Or are there any better alternatives?

Here’s what I found that I believe every individual suffering from the above digestive problems should know. This is quite a bit long article but the information found here is priceless:

First of all, Gaviscon is an antacid that helps treat acid indigestion, heartburn, peptic ulcers, hiatal hernias, as well as reflux esophagitis. In generic form, it’s aluminim with magnesium hydroxide. It is said to help by neutralizing the stomach acid, while simultaneously producing a viscous material which floats on the stomach content.

Now that’s something that drove my curiosity. The purpose of this viscous material is to serve as a barrier to avoid reflux of acidic content. Think of it as a protective shield.

It likewise claims to help in the treatment of other forms of stomach ulcers and can prevent them from bleeding. I have had ulcers before but by the time I was introduced to this drug, they were already healed using safer and natural methods. My biggest concern at that time was my GERD.

I’ve learned that although Gaviscon is an over the counter (OTC) drug (meaning you can easily get in most drugstores), it is still best to get a doctor’s recommendation. He may think you’re an oddball (like me) since it’s categorized as an antacid, but there isn’t any harm asking. And besides, he gets paid a consultation fee.

If you are a pregnant or breast feeding mother DO NOT take this drug. Also it’s important that you are not allergic to any of its ingredients or such containing aluminum or magnesium. Inform your doctor as well if you or any member of the family had or has liver or kidney disease or appendicitis. And it is NOT advisable to take Gaviscon for your GERD, if you are both old and suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Gaviscon might also change the effects on some other medication that you are taking – a hard list includes Nizoral, Mandelamine, Rifamate and Tetracycline antibiotics. If you ask me, even if these other meds are non-prescribed or consist of vitamins or food supplements, you still need your wise doctor’s advice.

There shouldn’t be any side effects or complications if you follow the above precautions well, save that the only things you should remind yourself of when taking this drug are that it might cause dizziness and therefore, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking it. One time after dinner and eating the wrong kind of food (spicy pasta), I had no choice but to take it. I did feel a bit dizzy but still managed to drive. I believe the effect varies from person to person.

For knowledge’s sake, the common side effects include “dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth and diarrhea”, of which if any of these occur while taking Gaviscon, you are advised to consult your doctor immediately.

I’m sure you’re also asking if there is such a thing as Gaviscon overdose. The answer to that is definitely, just like all drugs do. That’s why you should only use the recommended dosage and if you think you had an overdose, contact your doctor immediately. Overdose symptoms include “drowsiness, dizziness, stomach problems, weakness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and loss of consciousness”. Never ever take a double dose at a time… even if the packaging is pleasing to the eye and it tastes good to you, just like it does to me.

If you want to know the most important thing to remember about Gaviscon for GERD is that because it is an antacid, it should not be taken any longer than 2 weeks or larger doses than the ones recommended. All antacids (chewable or liquid form) should only be used for temporary relief of acid reflux or heartburn symptoms.

In the course of my battle with acid reflux and GERD, I’ve found that Gaviscon, along with other usual prescriptive medications, should normally be taken for emergency purposes only. If you want to have long-lasting relief and even cure your condition, then conventional methods are not going to be of any help to you at all. At best you can take them for a week, but this is frankly nothing more but a “band-aid” approach – focusing on masking the symptoms, instead of centering on the root cause.

Just having to read and remember all the side effects, precautions, warnings on overdosage, and important things to remember about Gaviscon, and you’re obviously intelligent enough to know that if you’re not careful, you can easily create another disease or health problem in your body because of this drug. That’s one of the things pharmaceutical companies don’t want folks like you and me to know about… even though they are already plain in sight.

If you want an honest recommendation, take Gaviscon for your acid reflux if you have taken all the necessary precautions and if you need to. Take it consistently for a week at the most and then, for emergency purposes only. But find safer and natural ways to treat your condition. You’ll be glad you did.

Sciatic Back Pain – 5 Stages You Must Become Aware of Today to Cure Your Sciatica!

Sciatic back pain is a nasty, excruciatingly painful malady! When this pain begins you forget about everything else and pay attention.

This article will reveal everything you need to know to cure your sciatic back pain by taking you through the five stages involved with this condition. Read on…

– Stage 1: The Facts

Sciatica is a condition that affects numerous people in today’s world. It affects as many as eighty percent of the adult population in the west apart from the approximately three percent in the United States of America alone.

– Stage 2: The Causes

Sciatica is characterized by the following symptoms; excruciating back pain, weakness, a tingling sensation, numbness, chronic pain, back pain, chronic inflammation, back aches, degenerative disc disease, pelvis fracture, tumors on the spinal cord, torn cartilage, degenerative arthritis, injury, the psychological effects of acute nerve irritation, among others.

Needless to say, the above symptoms are very painful indeed.

– Stage 3: The Symptoms

Not to be confused an mixed up or mistaken with normal back pain caused by maybe a pulled muscle, sciatic back pain does not just occur in one area of your back.

It actually, usually, begins around your lower back and then begins to radiate towards your leg through your buttocks. This is actually where your sciatic nerve lies, and the pain you feel will vary from mild to excruciating.

– Stage 4: The Diagnosis…

You can ascertain if what you are feeling or experiencing is really sciatica by visiting your doctor to get a diagnoses.

Your doctor will require of you information about the pain you have been feeling in your back and what it feels like.

He / she may then require that you take a few steps around the examination room or that you perform certain physical movements like lifting your legs or squatting. All of this is to ascertain your range of motion.

Once this is done, then additional test may be recommended to further determine what your condition is. These tests may include the following; an X-ray to diagnose or eliminate a broken pelvis as the cause, a CT scan for tumors on the spinal cord, an MRI to examine the disks in your back.

– Stage 5: The Treatment…

The treatment of your sciatic back pain will be recommended based on your doctor’s diagnoses. Your doctor may decide to give you medication to relieve the pain, these include; pain killers like aspirin, over the counter medication like Ibuprofen or Tylenol, epidural spinal injections, or surgery if your condition is very severe.

Note: You do not need to use medication to cure your back pain, there is an easier method which does not require surgery, medication, an all that. It employs the use of an innovative, natural, technique which has been proven to work in 98.7% of cases!

FACT: Most conventional treatments for sciatica only work as a temporary band aid solution; they all fail to work in the long run!

Massage Benefits and Types of Massage

Massage is a widely used therapeutic procedure that has been used for thousands of years for healing the diseases of patient. It has also a preventive aspect to protect and preserve the health. It has occupied an importance place in Naturopathy. This article discusses the health benefits of massage and various types of massage.

Benefits of Massage

There are various benefits of massage. It removes fatigue and pains, increases vision, produces good body, good sleep, and good skin. It eliminates toxins out of the body from the skin. It stimulates circulation of the blood and soothes the nervous system. It reduces the tension in the muscles and relieves muscular pain. Systematic massage reduces the burden on the heart, and thus increases its efficiency.

Types of Massage

There are five methods of manipulation of massage. They are:

1. Effleurage (Stroking)

2. Petrissage (Kneading)

3. Friction (Rubbing)

4. Tapotement (Percussion)

5. Vibration (Shaking or Trembling)

Effleurage (Stroking)

This type of massage is done with strokes over the body on the skin. It is also done in five different ways: palms of one hand; palms of two hands; the knuckles; the ball of the thumb; the finger tips. Effleurage has various benefits. It increases circulation of blood. It soothes the nervous system. It is beneficial in lean, thin individuals. It relaxes and warms the skin and muscles.

Petrissage (Kneading)

In this type, pressing, rolling and kneading of the muscles, skin and tissues are done with one or both hands or with thumb or thumb fingers. A light pressure is done for superficial kneading. For deep kneading heavy pressure is to be done. Petrissage massage is beneficial for muscles, to strengthen it, to nourish, and relieves the congestion of intestines and it eliminates poison and soothes the nerves.

Friction (Rubbing)

In this type, circular massage is done over and around the joints. It is helpful in toning the muscles, and tendons of the joints. It reduces the pain, redness and swelling which are the cardinal signs of the inflammation.

Tapotement (Percussion)

In this type, tapping, clapping, hacking and beating is done by sticking the human body rapidly. Quick and short blows are commonly gives by wrist. Tapotement has various benefits. It is useful in wasting of muscles. It soothes the nerves. It strengthens the muscles.

Vibration (Trembling)

In this type of massage, pressing and shaking on the body either by use of hands or fingers is done. It is beneficial in neuralgia, neuritis. It not only stimulates circulation but also the nerves. It regulates the bowel. It is used to tone up the muscles and to relieve pain in the body. This massage is done from electrically operated machine by a trained person.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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Fibromyalgia and MS – Understanding the Difference

Both autoimmune diseases, Fibromyalgia and MS are consistently crossing paths with each other. Autoimmune diseases often come in twos and threes so those that are diagnosed with one will often have another. Many times these two diseases are confused with each other, or sometimes fibromyalgia will precede a multiple sclerosis diagnosis by a few years. They share many similar symptoms however there are clear difference between these two diseases.

Fibromyalgia and MS share much of the same symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, muscle stiffness, and loss of muscle function. Both conditions can be debilitating in their own way, and both share the tendency for sleep difficulties and fatigue. This can make it difficult sometimes to make a diagnosis, and for doctors that do not always do their homework often a misdiagnosis can occur for either one.

 Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia to date does not include any visual tests such as MRIs or blood tests, but is based on patient history, symptoms and the tender points test. This test identifies 18 tender points that are highly sensitive and painful when pressure is applied.

This is one of the places where fibromyalgia and MS differ; MS is a degenerative disease that is usually visibly detectable in MRIs and other tests. Multiple sclerosis causes damage to the myelin sheath around the spinal cord and this eventually causes nerve damage. This disease is usually progressive leaving some people unable to walk and the damage is permanent.

For those with fibromyalgia there is no collateral damage of this type, and while the symptoms are very real and painful, it is not degenerative in anyway. The real damage of fibromyalgia comes from the debilitating pain that can lead to a lack of activity, which along with depression can often lead to a slow progression of other disease processes that have recently been linked to fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia and MS often run in the same families, which is another reason they can be misdiagnosed. If you think you may have one disease or another be sure to see your doctor and work with him to get an accurate diagnosis, since the medical treatments for each disease are different it is important you get an accurate diagnosis. Thankfully both diseases respond well to treatment and changes in diet and exercise.

Both autoimmune diseases, Fibromyalgia and MS are consistently crossing paths with each other. Autoimmune diseases often come in twos and threes so those that are diagnosed with one will often have another. Many times these two diseases are confused with each other, or sometimes fibromyalgia will precede a multiple sclerosis diagnosis by a few years. They share many similar symptoms however there are clear difference between these two diseases.

Fibromyalgia and MS share much of the same symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, muscle stiffness, and loss of muscle function. Both conditions can be debilitating in their own way, and both share the tendency for sleep difficulties and fatigue. This can make it difficult sometimes to make a diagnosis, and for doctors that do not always do their homework often a misdiagnosis can occur for either one.

 Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia to date does not include any visual tests such as MRIs or blood tests, but is based on patient history, symptoms and the tender points test. This test identifies 18 tender points that are highly sensitive and painful when pressure is applied.

This is one of the places where fibromyalgia and MS differ; MS is a degenerative disease that is usually visibly detectable in MRIs and other tests. Multiple sclerosis causes damage to the myelin sheath around the spinal cord and this eventually causes nerve damage. This disease is usually progressive leaving some people unable to walk and the damage is permanent.

For those with fibromyalgia there is no collateral damage of this type, and while the symptoms are very real and painful, it is not degenerative in anyway. The real damage of fibromyalgia comes from the debilitating pain that can lead to a lack of activity, which along with depression can often lead to a slow progression of other disease processes that have recently been linked to fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia and MS often run in the same families, which is another reason they can be misdiagnosed. If you think you may have one disease or another be sure to see your doctor and work with him to get an accurate diagnosis, since the medical treatments for each disease are different it is important you get an accurate diagnosis. Thankfully both diseases respond well to treatment and changes in diet and exercise.

Chronic Infectious Mononucleosis – Can it Be Caused by Emotional Stress?

Having chronic infectious mononucleosis can be a very worrying and frustrating time. Many people have taken the time out to rest their body, drink plenty of water, eat healthily and take the right supplements, however their symptoms still prevail.

In these situations it is possible that chronic mono is being exacerbated by emotional stress. According to best-selling author Louise Hays who wrote “You Can Heal Your Life”, recurrent illness is the body’s way of expressing limiting beliefs and ideas. Hays has stated that the Epstein Barr virus that causes mono is a stress virus caused by pushing beyond one’s limits.

Hays believes that chronic infectious mononucleosis arises from a fear of not being good enough and striving to be perfect. I know that may of my chronic mono patients have Type A personalities – they set high goals for themselves and have to rush around in order to achieve them. Their perfectionist streak means they are not satisfied unless everything is done 100%.

Different symptoms can reveal more about the emotional links to illness. Let’s have a look at the common symptoms seen in chronic infectious mononucleosis and how they relate to emotional stress.

Recurrent sore throat

The throat area is said to represent the ability to speak up for ourselves and ask for what we want in life. If we feel inadequate in requesting what we need, then sore throats can result. This emotional blockage of not standing up for oneself is common in carers like mothers, wives or people who live their lives for others. The recurrent sore throat is a result of not doing what you really want in life.

A severe sore throat like that seen in laryngitis can represent anger. This anger can arise from not following your heart’s desire and doing what you want in life. Anger can also come from the feeling of not receiving love and attention from those around you.

Swollen glands

Recurrent swollen glands are common in chronic infectious mononucleosis. They may indicate a problem with being stuck mentally with clogged ideas or holding yourself back from reaching your full potential.

Fatigue

Relapsing fatigue is the most common symptom seen in chronic infectious mononucleosis. It can represent boredom, resistance or lack of love for what one is doing. If any of these symptoms and emotions strike a chord for you, then it is well worth while having a chat to a trained counselor or psychotherapist.

Heal Yourself With the Tissue Salts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Find Supplemental Salts

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

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

How to Reverse Hypothyroidism and Get Pregnant ASAP

What’s a thyroid gland and how’s it connected to your fertility?

The thyroid gland is one of the seven endocrine glands, and it’s located at the base of your throat (behind Adam’s apple). Your thyroid gland is in charge of metabolism and energy production in the body. A bit like an electricity generator. In your early life and in utero it was involved in your brain development and organ differentiation. Later in your life it took control of your metabolism.

What are some of the body functions affected by your thyroid gland?

– Heart beat

– Blood flow to the hands and feet

– Glucose production

– Production of cholesterol

– Fat burning

– Production of heat

– Activation and secretion of steroid hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone to name a few)

– Rate at which you use oxygen

– Cell proliferation

– Intestinal integrity

– Kidney function

– And many more

How does it regulate your metabolism?

It either gives your cellular energy generators – aka – mitochondria a nudge to make more energy or instructs brown fatty tissue to release heat or it increases the activity of enzymes in charge of energy production.

Thyroid hormones

Your thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones T3 and T4. T4 is a precursor to T3 and is 20 fold more abundant than the more potent T3. To convert T3 into T4 your body needs one very important mineral – iodine.

Thyroid function and infertility

About 25% of female infertility cases and 15% of menstrual cycle disorder cases result from thyroid dysfunction. Especially subclinical hypothyroidism has a high prevalence in the population. Therefore thyroid function must be examined in all women with infertility and / or menstrual disturbances and irregularities.

Did you know the thyroid and the ovaries are related?

Apart from being endocrine glands, these two are known as sister organs! Immunologically they are like two sisters. Therefore abnormal autoimmune function of the ovary is closely related to the autoimmune function of the thyroid.

Thyroid hormones impact the action and secretion of steroid hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). Ovaries have thyroid hormone receptors, where thyroid hormones interact with and have a direct effect on ovarian hormone production.

In the case of thyroid hormone deficiency your ovary will not be able to produce sufficient amounts of hormones required for optimal fertility and a healthy pregnancy, leading to anovulation, predisposition to PCOS, endometriosis and miscarriages.

Thyroid function is linked to PCOS and Endometriosis

Studies have found that infertile women have a significantly higher prevalence of autoimmune thyroid disease when compared to fertile women. This is especially the case in women with endometriosis and PCOS.

Another study found that 44% of infertile women with autoimmune thyroid disease had endometriosis, compared with only 9% of infertile women without autoimmune thyroid disease.

Women with autoimmune thyroid disease have an increased risk of miscarriage. Which is why this is one of the tests that should be preformed as early as possible.

Poor thyroid function can result in

– Abnormal neuronal and placental development resulting in malformations and miscarriage.

– Deficiency of thyroid hormones during brain development in utero and early post partum period can result in brain damage leading to mental retardation, decreased intellectual capacity, psychomotor delay and deafness.

22 Symptoms of hypothyroidism

– Weight gain

– Intolerance to cold

– Hair loss

– Dry skin

– Menstrual abnormalities

– Constipation

– Infertility

– Recurrent miscarriages

– Fibrocystic breasts

– Poor concentration

– Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

– Sleep apnea

– Autism

– ADHD

– Dysmenorrhea – painful periods

– Menorrhagia – heavy periods

– Depression

– Psychosis

– Deafness

– Facial puffiness

– Loss of libido

– Goiter

Pregnancy and your thyroid function

Already from the fifth week of pregnancy there is an increased demand for thyroid hormone. But the problem and the catch 22 is that during pregnancy there is also an increased blood flow through the kidneys where iodine is filtered out of the blood and lost in the urine.

Studies have shown that even a very short 3 day deficiency of thyroid hormone during pregnancy can result in permanent brain alterations in the baby similar to those in autism. One in 20 newborns has potential brain alterations as a result of insufficient thyroid hormone during pregnancy.

ART Infertility treatments can cause temporary hypothyroidism

Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation is used to harvest the eggs for IVF or some other form of ART (assisted reproductive technology). This places an enormous strain on the thyroid gland to produce huge amounts of thyroid hormones. If adequate nutrients for optimal thyroid function are not present during and after IVF, the risk of miscarriages and malformations increases.

Maternity Blues

Postpartum (after birth) thyroiditis is one of the most common endocrinological disorders affecting millions of women world-wide. And it seems to affect women in the first year after delivery. Hypothyroidism is also associated with post partum depression or maternity blues. This doesn’t come as a surprise given how taxing pregnancy is on thyroid hormones.

What to do?

1. Don’t drink unfiltered tap water – fluoride in tap water interferes with healthy thyroid function. Poor thyroid function is linked to hypothyroidism and subclinical hypothyroidism which can lead to infertility. To see what I personally use and recommend, please go to my site listed below.

2. Take a regular iodine supplement. Iodine is an essential mineral for healthy thyroid function and for development of nervous tissue and the brain in foetus. Deficiency in pregnancy can lead to retardation. Women wanting to conceive as well as pregnant and lactating women should receive 200 micrograms of iodine daily. You can get iodine from marine fish, seaweed, kelp and eggs.

3. Another cheaper option which also works is an iodine disinfectant solution applied topically on the skin. You can buy it at any chemist or pharmacy. It’s a brown red disinfectant liquid in spray or dispensing bottle. All you need is a few drops on the inside of the wrist. Allow the liquid to be absorbed by the skin, and don’t wash it off until the remaining yellow stain is dry.

4. Eliminate Brassica family vegetables from your diet. They include broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. These vegetables contain chemicals called goitrogens. Goitrogens interfere with thyroxin (hormone produced by thyroid gland) production and utilization in the body. Steaming and cooking may deactivate goitrogens partially, but these vegetables are best avoided for the time being.

5. Start exercising in the morning as this will increase your metabolic rate and leave it at a high level for the rest of the day. The same applies for breakfast. Skipping breakfast in the morning will cause your metabolic rate to be set at a lower level, which will make you tired and lethargic as well as, most of the food your eat that day will be converted into fat as the body thinks it is in starvation mode.

6. Take a good quality multi-vitamin supplement containing Zinc and selenium as they are important nutrients for healthy thyroid function.

7. Have your thyroid hormone levels and thyroid function checked by your doctor. Your tests results may come back as normal (within normal ranges) but you still may be hypothyroid. Studies have shown that subclinical hypothyroidism often goes undetected. Therefore insist on having TSH, T3 and T4 tested, to see how much of the T4 you are converting to T3. So if your results are in the low ranges of normal and you are displaying the symptoms of hypothyroidism be sure to take the steps to boost your thyroid function.

8. Do yoga. Viparita Karani – is a yogic posture which improves pelvic circulation and the functioning of adrenal, pituitary and thyroid glands. What you need: a yoga mat and a folded blanket or another folded yoga mat. How to do the posture? Place your blanket (folded second yoga mat) onto the yoga mat. Lie on the mat with your arms on the floor alongside your torso, then bend your knees and place your feet on the mat with your heels close to your sitting bones. Exhale, press your arms against the mat and push your feet away from the mat, drawing your thighs into the torso. Bend your elbows and draw them toward each other. Lay the backs of your upper arms on the mat and spread your palms against the back of your torso. Raise your pelvis and keeping the elbows at shoulder width support your hips with your hands. Inhale and lift your bent knees toward the ceiling, straighten the knees, pressing the heels up toward the ceiling. Stay in the pose for about 30 seconds gradually adding 5 to 10 seconds every day until you can comfortably hold the pose for 5 minutes. Exhale, bend your knees into your torso and slowly roll your back onto the mat keeping the back of your head on the floor. Contraindications: Do NOT do this posture if you are menstruating or have glaucoma.

An Overview of Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is never an invasive disease; it develops slowly, and the symptoms are noted gradually often going unnoticed. However, the symptoms can be easily be mistaken for another health complication. For instance, the feeling of fatigue can easily be viewed as a sign of stress or aging. Conversely, a dry mouth and thirst easily overlooked especially is the weather is hot and dry.

It is important to understand that any sign of bodily changes that affect your way of life should be checked and treated accordingly. In the case of type 2 diabetes, the signs and symptoms can be of a wide range; however, all of them are closely associated with high blood sugar or low insulin levels. Some of the most notable symptoms of this blood sugar health issue include:

• Excessive urination

Excessive urination occurs as the blood glucose level increase causing your body to respond by diluting the blood to pull the excess glucose from the bloodstream. Instead of re absorbing the glucose as it should, the body triggers the kidneys work overtime, discharging the high amounts of glucose from your body in the form of urine. The two responses lead to high loss of fluids through urination.

• Thirst

As the body seeks to get rid of the glucose by increasing the rate urination, the body is put on a slow dehydration path that will make you thirsty thus making you drink a lot of water. Opting to drink any sugary liquids will only make worsen the situation.

• Dry mouth

If you are thirsty, then have a mouth that feels dry is inevitable, and all is because of the excessive urination.

• Fatigue

The feeling of fatigue occurs as your body cells experience a drop in insulin levels; they need the insulin to fuel their function. Insulin supports the supply of glucose to your cells thus ensuring that your body never runs on empty.

• Hunger

With fatigue comes the feeling of hunger, which happens as the cells start to demand more fuel because all the glucose is not going where it should; it just stays in the bloodstream. Just like when opting to take sugary water when feeling thirsty, eating will only worsen the condition.

• Weight loss

As the body start to battle with the low insulin levels, the lack of glucose in the cells means a low supply of the necessary calories. This and the dehydration through excessive urination will lead to a significant drop in body weight.

• Blurry vision

High blood sugar causes the lens in the eyes to swell and change shape distorting the focus that causing a blurry vision.

• Increased risk of diseases and Infections

The immunity levels will have a significant drop and the high sugar level in the bloodstream will be a good thing for fungi and bacteria to thrive. The slow blood circulation coupled with weakening white blood cells will render the body unable to put up the necessary defenses against disease infections.

• Slow healing

As the cells get deprived of glucose and in turn calories, they will not function at their optimal capacity. As such a cut, abrasion, or any wound will not heal as it should because the high blood sugar hampers the proper circulation of blood thus lowering oxygen supply to the tissues and cells.

Sufferers of Addictions, Obesity, Diseases, Psychological Disorders – There’s a Cause and a Solution

Scientists are now confirming that parasites can and do alter the brain chemistry of it’s host for it’s own survival purposes linking it to uncontrollable addictions, sugar cravings, eating disorders, just about every known disease, weight gain, feelings of anxiety, anger,depression, insecurity, self-doubt and neuroticism. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies parasites as among the six most dangerous diseases that infect humans. Parasites outrank cancer as the number one global killer, and account for many of the physical and psychological woes from which people suffer. Dr. E. Fuller Torrey (Associate Director for Laboratory Research at the Stanley Medical Research Institute) noticed links between Toxoplasma and schizophrenia in human beings, approximately three billion of whom are infected with T. gondii:As the parasites metabolize, they excrete neurotoxins. These toxins acidify the tissues and puts you a step towards degenerative diseases such as cancer. The acidity even promotes fungal growth and tissue oxygen deficiency. Further, the viruses they carry along, deteriorates the immune system leaving humans defense systems down, vulnerable enough to fall prey.

Five years ago, Oxford University zoologists showed that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii alters the brain chemistry of rats so that they are more likely to seek out cats. Toxoplasma forms cysts in the bodies of the intermediate rat hosts, including in the brain. alters the brain chemistry of rats so that they are more likely to seek out cats. It was a little out there for me the first time i read about it, until I saw the video footage of how parasites and worms force these insects and animals to virtually commit suicide and even while the host is still living, you can immediately see these parasites come out of it’s host and swim or crawl away see the experiments for yourself. I got a link below to that site. Oxford scientists discovered that the minds of the infected rats have been subtly altered. In a series of experiments, they demonstrated that healthy rats will prudently avoid areas that have been doused with cat urine. However, it turns out that Toxoplasma-ridden rats show no such reaction. In fact, most of the infected rats actually seek out the cat urine-marked areas again and again. Infection thus makes a rat more likely to be killed and the parasite more likely to end up in a cat-the only host in which it can complete the reproductive step of its life cycle.The parasite alters the mind (and thus the behavior) of the rat for its own benefit.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that over sixty million people in the United States are likely infected with Toxoplasma gondii. Everyone has parasites. The notion that tiny creatures we’ve largely taken for granted are such a dominant force is immensely disturbing. We are collections of cells that work together, kept harmonized by chemical signals. If an organism can and does control those signals – an organism like a parasite – then it can control us. And therein lies the peculiar and precise horror of parasites. Parasites also excrete waste into our bodies and harm it in a number of ways!

Prevents the Absorption of Nutrients: Parasites thwart the absorption of nutrients in the body. June Wiles, a parasite expert reports, “Parasites are vermin that steal your food, drink your blood and leave their excrement in your body to be re-absorbed back into the blood stream”. The poor absorption leads to anemia (especially caused by tapeworms).

Causes weight gain and Obesity: Parasites trick the body to crave for food, which keeps them well fed and help them reproduce. When these parasites absorb all the nutrients from the food you consume, you are left with very less or no energy at all. You will then have cravings for sugar coupled with fatigue and even depression. Causes Swelling: Parasites cause damage to the body even after they die. Once they die, they cause swelling and blockage in the body. This affects the digestive system and colon, which leads to the building of plaques. The plaque in turn leads to growth of parasites. You actually get trapped into a vicious circle of parasite and its effects.

While these individual changes in personality have been known for some time, remember this is just one parasite we’re discussing. These studies are just the tip of the ice burg.

According the World Health Organization (WHO), 3.5 billion people worldwide are infected with some type of intestinal parasite, as a result of which 450 million are sick. Oxford University researchers believe high levels of the parasite also leads to hyperactivity and lower IQs in children. Washing your hands are very important so is brushing your teeth twice a day but more important then any of that is cleaning your insides, find out how: http:borndivinity.com/loseweight.html

How to Recognize Certain Types of Eczema

Atopic Dermatitis

Otherwise know by the general term “eczema,” atopic dermatitis is a chronic and on-going skin condition. The symptoms are usually dry, very itchy, and irritated skin that may need daily care. Atopic dermatitis appears before the age of five, in the majority of suffers and about 50% of those people will continue to have symptoms for the rest of their adult lives.

This kind of eczema is not contagious, which means you cannot catch it from someone else or pass it to another person.  Atopic dermatitis is usually an inherited condition – others in your family will probably have it too.

Contact Dermatitis

With repeated contact to a substance, which can be anything as mundane as soap, detergents, solvents, oils, or certain foods, contact dermatitis or eczema develops because that substance is causing damage quicker than the skin can repair itself.

There are over three thousand known irritants or allergens which can cause this type of eczema. A rash caused by contact with poison ivy is a type of eczema or contact dermatitis.

Exposure to ultra violet light or sweat can trigger a rash in contact dermatitis.

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis Hand and/or Foot Eczema

This type of eczema only appears on the palms of the hands and sides of the fingers and soles of the feet, either or both. The symptoms are a burning itching sensation and a blistering rash.  The blisters look a bit like frogspawn.

It is also sometimes known as pompholyx, vesicular eczema or vesicular palmoplantar eczema.

This kind of eczema develops usually between the ages of 20 and 40.  Nobody knows what causes it. It is not caused by overly sweaty hands and feet, as once was suspected.

It can disappear without treatment within 2-3 weeks, or in some people does re-occur.

Neurodermatitis

This is one of the hardest kinds of eczema to treat as it is the itchiest.  It always appears on places that can be scratched easily – the calves, ankles, neck, wrists, forearms, and genitals. The more you scratch the worse it gets, and can cause red plaques and permanent scarring.  Treatment involves not scratching, but the itchy is worse than any other kind of eczema, so you can see why it is tough to treat.

It appears more in women aged 30-50 and in people that have contact dermatitis, psoriasis or anther type of eczema.  It is unsure what causes it.

Nummular Dermatitis or Discoid Eczema

This kind of eczema generally appears after some kind of skin abrasion or burn, or insect bite. This common eczema shows coin-shaped or oval lesions.  These patches may last for weeks or up to a year.

It starts out as a patch of red spots or blisters that grown together, leaving a tell-tale coin shaped patch.  These patches can week fluid, then become crusty and scaly.  They can appear anywhere on the body, but usually on the legs and torso.  Care must be taken that staph infection does not occur.

Men get it more frequently after the age of 55, women around 15-25 years old.

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