Far Out Phobias – The Weirdest Things People Are Afraid Of

It’s perfectly normal to be afraid of something. We’re all afraid of something. Some are afraid of cockroaches and others feel a little queasy when they’re in high places. But some things people are afraid of simply boggle the mind. There are fears so irrational that you sometimes wonder how these people got to fear the things they do. And you are sometimes left in awe of the power of the human mind and how it can influence our behavior.

Here are some of the weirdest phobias that overcome people. It may be difficult for some people to go through life with these inhibitions and fears. But many of them do! But it seems hard to think of living with these kinds of conditions:

– Thaasophobia: This is otherwise known as the fear of sitting. Other than being a very tiring phobia, this can get you in some discomfort in social events. The only time you should really be afraid of sitting down is when people are strapping you into the electric chair or for lethal injection. Otherwise, it’s perfectly OK!

– Phronemophobia: Fearing things like death or even worms are pretty much normal things to be afraid of. But when you fear something like thinking, it becomes pretty odd, not to mention pretty difficult since a lot of things we do everyday have some sort of mental aspect to them.

– Chaetophobia: This is known as the fear of hair. It is not only a pretty strange phobia it is probably one of the more uncomfortable ones since it would probably involve you constantly shaving or waxing your body to be able to cope without. Sometimes it hurts just being a mammal.

– Anablephobia: This is the fear of looking up. Let’s not get into the difficulties you could face with this one. Falling pianos, anyone?

Anxiety Disorder Causes – The Four Major Contributors Explained

The study of anxiety disorders began around the turn of the 20th century. Since that time, studies have compiled four major contributors for anxiety disorder causes. There is conjecture on other possible causes, but these remain the basis for most prognoses.

* Brain chemistry – Both clinical and animal studies highly indicate a relationship between difficulty in maintaining balance and anxiety disorders. The belief is that a malfunction causes signals to be confused within the medial temporal lobes of the brain. The exact area is in the amygdalae, which deal with memory of emotional reactions. Simply put, the person cannot balance a reaction to match a cause, resulting in fear of events that may not be fearful at all.

* Life experiences – Chronic physical illness or worries associated with finances, relationships, or work situations can lead to anxiety disorders. Between 4% and 10% of older adults are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. This doesn’t take into consideration the many who do not seek help because they don’t want anyone to know.

* Heredity – Everyone receives genes from their parents and grandparents. Almost everyone who has an anxiety disorder has a parent, grandparent, or other relative with anxiety syndromes of some type. In cases where the child becomes separated from the parent at an early age, certain characteristics will surface that are like those of the parent. This indicates that the disorders are not solely based on life experiences as some have though. Clinical studies substantiate the pass-down-system of anxiety.

* Personality – People who have low self esteem and the inability to cope with life situations are more prone to become depressed and then develop anxiety disorders. The relationships between emotions in these cases are difficult to understand because the person with low self-esteem may be that way because of an anxiety at an earlier age. The origin of the anxiety is not always clearly understood.

Another contributor to depression and anxiety is alcohol abuse. Moderate and sustained alcohol use may increase the levels of depression and anxiety in some people. The good news is that the majority of these anxiety cases can be reversed with prolonged abstinence. Dependency on alcohol or benzodiazepine can lead to panic disorder or social phobias.

Most sufferers of anxiety disorders have combinations of these causes. The ability to treat a syndrome of anxiety is only possible by removing as many of these causes as possible and then focusing on treating what is left. Unfortunately, the human is a complex and diverse being with no set standard to allow a structured common treatment. It is the task of the professional to probe and assess each person individually. In this way, he/she can devise a plan of attack that works.

Anxiety disorder causes are much easier to identify than they are to rectify. Few suffers are able to help themselves, and must be cajoled to seek medical attention.

Food Additives That Cause Insomnia, Restlessness and Anxiety

So you think fresh fruit and vegetables are great for your health? Perhaps not. There are many food additives that are actually harmful and can lead to insomnia, restlessness, anxiety and many other problems. And some of them are used on fresh fruit and vegetables. But that’s not all. There are a range of food additives that have been isolated that can cause insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, depression, wakefulness, irritability etc.

Australians Sue Dengate and Dr Howard Dengate have researched food additives and food technology for many years. The following information and statistics come from their DVD “Fed Up With Children’s Behaviour.”

Firstly let’s look at Sue Dengate’s term “Food Intolerance” because it is not the same as a food allergy. Some of the symptoms are the same as allergic reactions, but can include other symptoms such as irritable bowel symptoms etc. Many food intolerance’s have a delayed reaction time (2 – 3 days), some are accumulative, and many are very difficult to isolate and identify. Most people have no idea of their food intolerance’s!

There are no scientifically proven tests for food intolerance. Reactions can sometimes take weeks to get over. That is why we need some expert help on this subject.

In the 1950s 20% of our food items were controlled by the supermarkets, now the figure is about 80%. It is increasingly important to know what you are eating and how it is affecting your health, mood, sleep, skin, behavior, headaches, bowel movements etc.

Migraine sufferers have tripled since the 1970s with over 20% of households now containing at least 1 migraine sufferer.

The prevalence of eczema has increased 2-3 fold since the 1970s. About 1 Australian in 3 is affected at some stage in their lives.

Irritable bowel syndrome is now thought to affect about 20% of people living in developed countries compared with almost zero in countries with traditional eating habits.

Asthma has risen from about 10% in the 1970s to about 30% today. Asthma is the leading cause of school absence. Most sufferers react to one of two food additives. 20% of sufferers are affected by salicylates. The majority can be helped by avoiding food additives. Even the asthma medications themselves contain additives that adversely affect sufferers!

Since the 1990s there has been a dramatic increase in the use of anti-depressant medications, including for young children, and including 3000 prescriptions to babies under 12 months of age in the USA alone! There has been a 10 fold increase in major depression since 1945.

Since the 1970s rates of autism are thought to have increased 10 fold in the USA.

Just because a food additive is called ‘natural’ doesn’t mean its safe!

So here are some examples of nasty food additives to avoid if you’re having difficulties sleeping, waking in the middle of the night, waking too early, feeling anxious, overly tired, depressed, stressed, etc:

o The common bread preservative (or mould inhibitor) 282. Calcium propionate (282)’s symptoms (from eating quantities of bread) can include difficulty getting to sleep, night walking, night terrors, unexplained tiredness, depression, irritability, growing pains, bed wetting, nasal congestion and restlessness;

o Wakefulness, depression, restlessness, irritability (320 BHA Buylated Hydroxyanisole antioxidant – banned in Japan and may be unlisted in products containing less than 5% vegetable oils);

o Salicylates. There’s a factsheet on salicylates that includes information relevant to tinnitus, reversible hearing loss, vertigo, symptoms of Meniere’s Disease, insomnia, changes in children’s behavior. Of particular interest here is the information on how ‘good old fruit and vegetables’ are not always good at all. Find out about low salicylate fruit and vegetables vs. high salicylate fruit and vegetables, and how to control your intake;

o Wakefulness in young children (102 Tartrazine colouring and 110 Sunset Yellow colouring);

o 621 Monosodium Glutamate flavor enhancer MSG. Restlessness, wakefulness and irritability; and

o 951 Aspartame artificial sweetener – banned for US air pilots. Mood alteration (anxiety, agitation, irritability, depression), insomnia, fatigue.

It’s also very unfortunate that some nasty food additives do not have to be declared on the product labels – so you will need to investigate further to find out exactly which breads are the ones that don’t have the food additive that in linked with depression, etc. There’s also information on hair spray and air fresheners, it’s a must-read.

Sue has developed the Failsafe Diet to help people eliminate the nasty food substances from their system.

So if you find this article alarming, we’ve presented something valuable. Your responsibility is to research further to ensure that you, your children and loved ones aren’t diminishing their vitality by shopping carelessly. If you’re not already doing it, start reading the labels. And what’s more, if you do have a sleep disorder (or any other medical problem), you need to look further – because maybe there’s an additive in your food that doesn’t even have to be declared by law to be included on the label.

Flat Feet: What It Is and How to Effectively Treat and Prevent It

In this article, I will discuss flat feet. I will explain what this condition is and what causes it. Then I will tell you how you can treat it and what steps you can take to prevent it from worsening and occurring in the first place.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet, or fallen arches, is a condition whereby the arch of the foot collapses, and as a result the most or the entire arch of the foot comes into contact with the ground, rather than having an original arch in between the heel and ball of the foot.

This condition can arise as a result of fallen arches, caused by years of wear and tear on the foot that weaken the foot tendons to the point that they can no longer support the arch. In children, flat feet may also be caused by failure to develop the arch of the foot during childhood.

Another symptom of this condition is over-pronation, a biomechanical condition that arises when the arches of the foot collapse while standing or walking. This can disrupt our natural walking pattern, causing imbalance, and lead to additional and increasingly painful foot problems with each step we take.

Complications of Flat Feet

While the condition of fallen arches itself normally does not cause pain, if allowed to worsen, this condition can lead to a number of painful foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, tendonitis, and heel pain.

Therefore, it is not only prudent to take corrective measures to correct flat feet as early as possible following detection of the problem, but it is also a good idea to take steps to ensure that the condition does not occur at all through daily foot therapy. This is especially important for elderly persons and athletes, hikers, walkers, runners and others with active lifestyles who tend to put excessive stress on their feet.

Effective Treatment of Flat Feet

As a treatment for flat feet, there are a number of orthotics on the market that can be placed in your shoes to correct your imbalance while you walk by propping up an artificial arch under your feet. These orthotics can help correct over-pronation while walking and thereby correct imbalances that may lead to further foot complications.

As a daily therapy treatment to exercise and massage the foot tendons and encourage formation and maintanence of the arches of the feet, the Japanese bamboo foot massager is an excellent and highly effective treatment device for flat feet.

This device is actually a small half-cut of bamboo, about a foot in length. The natural hardness and curve of the bamboo is ideally shaped to provide a perfect counter-resistance to the arch of the feet, simply by stepping gently on it.

This counter-resistance from the gentle stepping motion promotes formation of an arch in the foot with each step you take by working against the flatness of the feet to promote a natural foot arch. Therefore, this device is equally effective as a therapy tool for existing flat feet conditions and as a preventive tool to help prevent the condition from deteriorating into more serious foot problems.

Ringworm Treatment – Fascinating (and Effective?) Home Remedies

Ringworm treatment home remedies, will you use these? If you are one of the estimated twenty percent of our population who is infected with ringworm, chances are you have, at some point, considered using home remedies to treat ringworm.

In my search to find the most effective ringworm treatment that’s available out there, I recently posted a question in Yahoo Answers about home remedies “that actually work,” to find out from real people, like you and me, what cure they would actually recommend. The question drew quite a few answers and these only prompted me to dig deeper into this topic.

After some more research in the internet and asking friends for their ringworm treatment “family secret recipe,” I got a better insight into what folks would consider as fast and effective remedies. Prepare to be fascinated and surprised. All of the ingredients mentioned are ordinary household items some of us would never remotely equate with anti fungal medication.

Oh, yes, before I show you the list, a quick reminder. Ringworm, despite it’s name, is not caused by worms. It is an infection caused by mold-like fungi known as dermatophytes. It is contagious and can be spread through direct skin contact with an infected person, an infected pet, or an infected object or surface. So, if you have an itsy-bitsy spot of ringworm, refrain from scratching it. The fungi will cling to your hands and you’re liable to spread the infection to other parts of your body or worse, to other family members. And about contaminated objects – never share personal items with anyone. Clothes, caps, shoes, brushes, anything can be a carrier of infection. A friend of mine who has a three year old cute little daughter named Tracy, once brought home a bunch of second-hand toys from some garage sale. She thought she made a juicy bargain – the toys were still intact and the battery-operated talking doll actually still talked. To her chagrin, little Tracy had a rash outbreak the very next day, which her pediatrician later diagnosed to be ringworm. Lesson is you can’t see fungi (well except under black light or Wood’s lamp – they glow), so be careful in handling unfamiliar objects.

But enough of this. On to the list. If you want to read more thoroughly about ringworm and ringworm treatment, just got to my site. Please click the link at the bottom of this page.

First home-spun ringworm treatment – use of ordinary kitchen vinegar and a penny. Soak the penny in the vinegar and rub on the affected area. Some even recommend taping the penny to the ringworm spot. Others use vinegar without the penny. The reasoning of those who use the penny-vinegar combo is that the vinegar reacting with the copper actually serves as an effective fungi-killer.

The next home remedy, and this was suggested by a girl named “loveme…” in Yahoo Answers, was to use diluted bleach. Using q tips, you apply the bleach solution to the affected area until it dries out. Some suggested the ratio of one part bleach to six part water as the ideal concoction err…solution. Other people rashly recommend pure bleach for the treatment but a lot of people correctly pointed out that unadulterated bleach from the bottle is a very powerful agent and may contain lye (sodium hydroxide) that can cause severe chemical burns and scarring. Just swim and soak in a chlorinated swimming pool, if you want to get the benefit of bleach in treating skin infections.

Another fascinating folk remedy is the “paper method.” People who use this, burn a crumpled sheet of notebook paper in a porcelain plate, and use the ashes or residue as salve for ringworm treatment. Imagine that.

Still another bizarre home cure is the use of colorless nail polish. Directions: apply a thin layer of nail polish on the affected area. Allow to dry and peel off with tweezers or wash with soap. Those who practice this method believe it “suffocates” the fungi and attest that their infection dried up the next day. Others suggest colored nail polish work just as well as the colorless type.

A guy from Canada vouched for sea salt as the ultimate ringworm treatment. Evidently, this gent worked in an airport and caught the infection from the counter surface he usually leans on at work. The ringworm spread throughout his body, including his face, and the poor bloke suffered for one whole year with it. After repeated (and costly) visits to his doctor, the recommended antifungal creams finally managed to clear out the ringworm in his body but not the lesions in his face. That’s when he discovered the remedy of using sea salt. He rubbed a handful of watery salt into the affected areas in his moistened face for thirty minutes and repeated the process several times. The guy swears his ringworm dried up the very next morning. Sea salt or sea water, that’s the ticket, he said.

Other items mentioned as effective medication are tobacco and Vicks Vapor Rub (suggested by “Rosie” in Yahoo Answers). Of course, a lot of medicinal herbs and plants were cited as effective cure too, but I will discuss these in another essay. Black walnut, grape fruit seed extract, fig leaf juice, and tea tree oil are a few of these natural remedies mentioned.

Would I recommend any of these home-grown ringworm remedies? Not today. It’s the human body we’re talking about here, after all. Caution should be the rule of thumb. There’s no denying that many of these simple home cures actually work – for some people. But each of us has our own peculiar set of physiological traits and allergies, quite different from the next John or Jane Doe. Our bodies, or to be more specific, our skins react differently to different substances. What I’m saying is that the home-spun ringworm treatment that worked for your neighbor might not actually work for you.

If there’s anything that I’d use myself, apart from the usual over-the-counter anti fungal medications, it’s the natural ringworm treatment method. Using plant extracts. Green all the way. One hundred percent natural, one hundred percent organic. Tea tree oil, in particular. Numerous scientific studies have already established the efficacy of tea tree oil in treating ringworm. Powerful antiseptic, peerless anti fungal agent. And because it’s natural – lesser chance of adverse allergic reactions for you. For a discussion about a company that produces natural ringworm treatment products in a modern world-class facility, please visit my site, link shown below.

Or you can always take a one-week vacation and hit the nearest ocean resort (sea salt or sea water, remember?) and have a week of fun, relaxation, and ringworm treatment.

The Multifidus Muscle Group and Your Lower Back Pain and Sciatica Problems

The Multifidus muscle group and your lower back pain and sciatica problems.

The multifidus muscles are a set of muscles which can be found in the grooves on each side of the spine. The muscles are thin but long and they run throughout the length of the spine, being attached to all the facet joints. A number of therapist have identified the multifidus muscles as having special importance for back pain.

The reason for the believed importance of the muscles lies in the fact that they have unusual strength in relation to what they do. The key to that muscle strength lies in their construction, being composed as they are of innumerable small fibres which overlap. This is what give them their special strength.

The multifdus muscles can be found without difficulty especially in the area of the lower back. For example, in the position where your spine is just around the belt line, you should be able to locate the muscles by placing your hand on your back. You will feel the spine under your hand with the parts which stick up, a row of lumps along the length of the spine. On each side of these bones exist the muscles. Push your fingers in on the side of the spine and the muscles which you feel are the multifidus.

To feel the muscles in action hold onto something firmly in front of yourself with one hand and place the other in the small of your back at the same time. If you then lift either leg up backwards away from you, you should become aware of the muscles as they respond to the action of your leg moving.

The multifidus are there to give the spine and each of the vertebrae their essential stability and to ensure that all work as they should do and in harmony. At least that is what they ought to do, but failure can occur here if anyone or more of the multifidus muscles is responding poorly or is weak. When this happens then the support and stability that is needed for the proper functioning of the spine will not be there.

Various studies have drawn attention to the fact that many patients who have back and more particularly disc problems (effectively the root of most, although not all, lower back pain or back sprain including and sciatica) have multifidus muscles which are unsatisfactory and lack strength. This may be due to an inherent problem which has always existed, or it may be that due to some back problem in the past the muscles have become weakened and have not managed to recover their full capability although the back pain suffered may have retreated. Accordingly a spinal difficulty, perhaps a prolapsed or slipped disc, may have resulted in the failure or inhibition of one or more of the multifidus muscles. If this is the case then unless the weakness is addressed then the chances are that there will be more back problems and pain in the future.

When you are in pain due to back problems, especially if the pain is acute, the possibility of surgery will inevitably arise. But is this a good idea? This is a complex issue but really when you are in pain is not the best time to have to make a careful decision as to this. On thing to bear in mind is that back surgery can very easily involve damage to some of the multifidus muscles. As these are, as has been seen, essential to the general stability of the back, including of course the lower back, the consequence of surgery could be pain as before or even worse pain, or pain at some time to come, if the multifidus does not recover properly.

Whilst as mentioned, people with back problems often have weak or poor multifidus muscles, the opposite has also been demonstrated. Namely that those with strong multifidus muscles do not often suffer difficulties or back pain at all. The conclusion to be drawn from all this is that anyone with a back condition should certainly be considering, amongst other matters, the extent to which the multifidus should be taken into account. If the route to being free from pain can be achieved by improving your multifidus muscles then this should be part of strategy.

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Please bear in mind that this article is for general information purposes only and is not medical advice about your health. If you have a medical condition or problem you should always consult your doctor as to the matter which may be more serious than you realize.

Major Benefits of Super C Complex Tablets Over Regular Vitamin C

Vitamin C Complex Ingredients

Vitamin C is a partially understood vitamin. Ascorbic acid, which is considered to be Vitamin C by many people, is an antioxidant. But actually, ascorbic acid is only the antioxidant factor of a nutritional complex that contains a several other nutrients all made up into one package and called the Vitamin C Complex.

If you give the whole vitamin C complex to your body, things start happening. When Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, who originally discovered Vitamin C, tried to cure the illness called scurvy and other bleeding conditions, he found that using red pepper or lemon or lime juice, the condition was cured, and he ended up isolating Vitamin C.

The full vitamin C complex also contains the P factors, which have to do with blood vessels. People who bruise easily or who have “pink toothbrush” do not have enough of these. Their blood vessels break too easily and this results in bleeding. The P factors make the vessels stronger and more durable.

Vitamin K is another part of the C complex. It helps in blood clotting. Those who bleed do not have enough vitamin K.

Another part of the C complex is J. The J factor increases the oxygen carrying ability of the blood. If you have a cold, you want the oxygen to get to your tissues and oxidize the toxins and to get rid of them as carbon dioxide and water.

In addition to all the above, the C complex also contains enzymes. The main one is tyrosinase, which is organic copper enzyme, an adrenal activator.

What Real Vitamin C Will Do

Blood vessels begin to strengthen. Collagen is produced more easily. Bones absorb calcium and other minerals properly. Capillaries firm up and bleeding stops. Gums stop bleeding, teeth become tighter, and cell oxygenation becomes more efficient. This will then result in better circulation to the heart, more oxygen in the blood, and thus better heart function. These changes, including the strengthening of the immune system, can be measured on lab and other tests.

The following are Some Of The Best C Complex Food Sources:

  • 1 large Kiwi: 89mg
  • 1 Guava: 165mg
  • 1 cup of Blackcurrants: 202mg
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper: 283mg

If you get vitamin C from somewhere other than a whole food source, be sure you buy the entire vitamin C complex. Also, there is pulverized and dehydrated Acerola berry available. This would provide a very concentrated source of completely natural vitamin C with of its other components intact.

How Does a Knee Brace Help With a Meniscus Tear?

The Meniscus of the knee is actually made up of two C-shaped pieces of tough cartilage, which function to cushion and absorb the shock of the body during weight bearing.

The Meniscus functions between the femur or thigh bone and the Tibial or leg bone. The smaller fibula does not articulate with the thigh bone. The inner Meniscus is referred to as the medial Meniscus and the outer Meniscus is referred to as the lateral Meniscus.

By absorbing and distributing the body weight across the knee joint, the Meniscus ensures even pressure against the tibia.

Athletes usually tear the Meniscus by a traumatic impact or twisting movement. Football players, tennis players, soccer players and basketball players are all notorious sufferers of Meniscus tears. Some athletes may also suffer from collateral ligament tears and ACL ruptures that occur concomitantly with a Meniscus tear.

Many tears can be minor and heal on there own with rest and a period of immobilization. More severe tears may induce a “locking up” of the knee joint, and may require arthroscopic surgery to remove and repair the damaged area.

How can a knee brace help a patient with a meniscus tear?

Many surgeons and clinicians will utilize a knee brace for immobilization following surgical repair or after an injury. In cases of prevention, patients and athletes with unstable knees or athletes that participate in sports that induce abrupt turns and side to side movements, can benefit from a dual hinged style brace.

The goal of a knee brace is to reduce abnormal rotational and side to side movements that occur in certain sports.

There are simple non-adjustable hinged braces that can provide the minimum amount of stability. There are more advanced adjustable hinged braces and professional carbon fiber and aluminum framed braces for those athletes that require maximum support and stability.

Whichever brace you choose, remember that the goal is to stabilize the knee so that it functions normally. A simple slip on sleeve type of brace may provide compression of the knee joint, but does not have the strength to withstand the environmental stress that is placed on the knee joint during athletic activity.

Please consult with your treating doctor or surgeon to determine if you are suffering from a Meniscus tear, and for the appropriate treatment of this painful and disabling condition.

Golden Rutilated Quartz – The Crystal of Wealth and Decision-Making

Rutilated Quartz

Chakra: The third wheel-Maripura sun wheel in the center of the solar plexus

Rarity: Not Always Available

Titanium Rutilated crystal is in one of transparent rock crystal with the needle (for the shape of Venus’s golden hair, so another name for Golden Rutilated) or a plate made of titanium minerals wire, titanium oxide crystal was shining after the gold, is the most precious crystal. Part of the selection of crystal clear and transparent when no clouds or Binglie shape, thick and golden hair shining, neat attached to beauty products as well as. Origin has been discontinued now heard, because very few in appearance and lovable, but also the highest price the market crystal, which gradually replace the status of white crystal, crystal in the industry as the king.

Yellow shade corresponds to the sun wheel, stomach and other digestive organs can help, on the stomach, duodenum, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, or skin, diaphragm (respiratory) are also said to help other Rutilated frequency pole strong, highly effective, thyroid disease, respiratory disease, bronchitis and colds, and even have heart palpitations heartache help, partial financial wealth are being recruited, an exceptionally strong magnetic field! But when talisman, lucky charm use particularly auspicious to worship Buddha.

In particular, they have to keep working at night, or out of gas for various gas disease places a heavy man, say the medical establishment, cemetery, etc., or special place of business, there are evil spirits melt the ghost, the effect of good luck, witchcraft, or some is a low-level spiritual body has to resolve the interference effect. on the indecisive, hesitant, weak-minded person of enterprise, but also to strengthen its decisive decision making, and increase the usefulness of courage bold, especially leaders often make decisions or executives, wearing titanium crystal, and close to the solar plexus, decision-making capacity will be more lead, and lead with the opening of its Innovation Council, the career achievements of extraordinary achievements.

Estrogen and Fibromyalgia Syndrome Connection, What Do Women Need to Know?

Fibromyalgia syndrome affects about 5 million people in the U.S. today. Eighty to ninety percent of them are women. Most women are diagnosed between the ages of 40 and 55 years… which raises an interesting question. This age range coincides with the onset of menopause in most women! Could there be a link between estrogen and fibromyalgia that could lead to a new treatment for this debilitating disease?

A recent study of the estrogen and fibromyalgia phenomenon has indicated that administering estrogen replacement therapy to patients with fibromyalgia, does not reduce pain. And you need to keep in mind that there is a risk in long-term use of estrogen, including breast cancer and cardiovascular problems. However, there seem to be some positive effects in treating the other symptoms of fibromyalgia like fatigue, sleep and mood disorders (anxiety and depression).

Estrogen and fibromyalgia together play a significant role in the severity of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), where women with fibromyalgia experience more serious symptoms including back pain, abdominal cramps, insomnia and headaches. Women with issues of estrogen and fibromyalgia are also far more likely to have dysmenorrhea and breast cysts along with their PMS… and women with fibromyalgia have more severe pregnancy symptoms as well as an increased level of pain, fatigue, and muscle stiffness. During their menstrual cycle, these women will also be more likely to experience emotional distress and mental fog and confusion, than women who don’t have fibromyalgia.

Estrogen Dominance and Fibromyalgia

The estrogen and fibromyalgia connection can be more symptomatic in cases of estrogen dominance. In pre-menopausal women, estrogen dominance is a condition in which the body’s estrogen level is not in balance with progesterone. It doesn’t matter if the level of estrogen in the body is low, normal or high… there isn’t enough progesterone to create a natural balance. What can cause this imbalance? We get extra estrogen from a great many outside sources which include: birth-control pills, commercially-fed cattle and poultry, from our health and beauty products (absorbed through the skin), from our body-fat (in obesity, fat converts to estrogen), caffeinated drinks like coffee (which stimulates the body to produce estrogen) and stress from adrenal gland fatigue… to name a few.

Some symptoms of estrogen dominance (more details and symptoms can be found online through the Natural Progesterone Advisory) which can mimic other diseases like fibromyalgia, diabetes and hypothyroidism, are:

  • Brain fog
  • Cold feet and hands
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Decreased sex drive and Infertility
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Body fat increase around the mid-section
  • Insomnia
  • Water retention
  • Memory loss
  • Increased irritability
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Irregular menstrual cycle and PMS

This is not to say that estrogen dominance only mimics fibromyalgia. A person with estrogen issues may also be suffering with fibromyalgia as well. But the estrogen and fibromyalgia connection makes these conditions much more difficult for doctors to diagnose. Treatment for estrogen dominance is usually synthetic progestin. However, there is a problem with side-effects, many of which can be at least as miserable as fibromyalgia and include joint and muscle pain, weight gain, bloating, fatigue, depression, and so on.

Only your physician can determine the best treatment approach for a dominant estrogen and fibromyalgia patient-condition. The trick, it seems, is to find a balance in the estrogen and fibromyalgia symptom treatments.

For the patient, make sure that you keep records on the symptoms of estrogen and fibromyalgia, and results of prescribed treatments, to help your doctor make the best medication decisions for your specific condition. And to support whatever treatment your doctor recommends for your estrogen and fibromyalgia connection, you can benefit from:

  1. A fibromyalgia exercise program
  2. Maintaining a healthy weight
  3. Beginning a nutritional program to rebuild your body from the inside out.

Because fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease, there is a need to strengthen your body at the cellular level where the damage by your immune system is being done… as recognized by the AMA. For more information on natural treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms, contact me now by clicking on one of the links below.

Causes and Natural Treatment For Ovarian Cysts

Many women have cysts on the ovaries, which are fluid filled sacs which sit on the surface. For most women, they do not cause significant problems but for some, they can cause intense pain and menstrual problems. There are believed to be a number of causes for ovarian cysts, although it can be difficult to determine the precise reasons why they might have grown.

Conventionally, there is little which can be done, although natural treatment for ovarian cysts can work very well providing the woman has the determination to see it through and accept that she will have to play an active part in her own treatment.

The common causes, or “risk factors” for the development of ovarian cysts include:-

* Irregular menstrual cycle

* Beginning menstruation before the age of 11

* Prior history of ovarian cysts

* Infertility

* Being overweight (particularly having upper body fat)

* Hormonal imbalances

* Taking Tamoxifen

Natural treatment for cysts on the ovaries can consist of various strategies. Three of the most popular remedies are:-

Diet

Eating and drinking foods which are naturally diuretic can help to reduce overall fluid levels in the body which, in turn, has a direct effect on the quantity of fluid within the cysts. Eating parsley, a natural diuretic can help as can drinking green tea and cranberry juice. Other good foods to include are artichokes and cucumber. Eating a low fat diet rich in organic fresh fruits and vegetables is great for sufferers.

Drinking plenty of fluids

When allowed to dehydrate, the body’s organs become diseased and deteriorate. One simple natural treatment for cysts on the ovaries includes drinking plenty of filtered water-a minimum of 2 liters daily.

Reducing Estrogen Levels

Excess estrogen is implicated in ovarian cyst growth, so reducing levels of this hormone can help. Estrogen can form in fat cells, so reducing overall bodyweight where appropriate can help. Also, try to reduce the consumption of non-organic meats which can sometimes contain estrogen. Sometimes a liver detox will also help to reduce estrogen levels.

Different Forms of Candida and How it Effects Erectile Function?

The Different Forms of Candida

There are 20 different forms of Candida, the most common being Candida Albicans. These microscopic organisms normally live on the surface of our body without causing any kind of infection or disease. However, under certain extraordinary circumstances, the population of these fungi grows so rapidly that they become the agents of yeast infection or Candidiasis. Thrush, diaper rash, nail-bed infection, vaginal yeast infection and pulmonary candidiasis are some diseases caused by Candida. Yeast infection is mostly prevalent in women; men generally contract oral yeast infection. Penile Candidiasis, or yeast infection that affects the erectile function is quite rare.

Under what situations does Candida start effecting erectile function?

Diabetes- Diabetic men usually have elevated sugar levels in their urine. This makes them the ideal candidates for yeast infection of penis. A large amount of sugar in the urine provides a feasible environment for Candida to grow and multiply in the penis and disrupt the erectile function.

Antibiotics- Prolonged use of antibiotic kills the bacterial flora that is typically present in the penis. In the absence of natural flora, the penis becomes susceptible to infection caused by Candida.

Low immunity- Often, conditions like chronic stress, HIV, hypothyroidism and Lyme lower the immunity of the body drastically and make the penis vulnerable to Candida attack.

Sexual transmission- Having sexual intercourse with a woman who has vaginal yeast infection increases the chances of developing penile candidiasis, which can disturb erectile function dramatically.

What are the symptoms of penile yeast infection?

Frequently, penis yeast infection doesn’t affect the erectile function. In such a case, it is very difficult to detect penile candidiasis. The general symptoms of the disease are excessive itching, particularly on the head of the penis, which can lead to irritation, soreness and redness. In severe cases, small blisters might also appear which is accompanied with a clumpy discharge that is white in color.

The bad thing about penile candidiasis is that its symptoms are very similar to that of genital herpes. As soon as you detect the symptoms, contact your physician immediately to ascertain whether erectile dysfunction is caused by penis yeast infection or genital herpes.

What are some remedies to overcome the adverse effects of Candida on erectile function?

The two drugs that are regularly used for the treatment of penis candidiasis are ketaconazole and fluconazole. These medicines produce their own set of side effects. For this reason, natural remedies should also be tried like yogurt, aloe vera, garlic paste, apple cider vinegar. These can be applied on the affected area for instant relief.

In addition to treatment, certain precautions are also necessary. For instance, if you or your partner is nursing a yeast infection of genital organs, it is advisable to practice safe sex. Furthermore, avoid wearing clothes that are tight at your crotch and keep your genital area absolutely clean and moisture free. Besides these, make requisite dietary changes like start taking pro biotic supplements and Vitamin C in your daily diet.

Efficiency of Candida diet against Candida that causes erectile dysfunction

Candida diet can also prove to be quite effective. While following a Candida diet, you have to avoid eating foods that are rich in carbohydrates. Chicken, meat, non-starchy vegetables, shell-fish, and nuts are found to be very helpful in the treatment of a penis yeast infection. Likewise, you should also avoid foods that are a rich source of yeast like bread, mushroom, cheese, tomato paste, vinegar, and so on.

Concluding words

Penis candidiasis is absolutely treatable. Seek medical advice at the onset of the disease, follow the instructions carefully and try to adopt a healthy and hygienic lifestyle. Switch over to a Candida diet and apart from tried and tested medication, try out natural remedies too. Moreover, keep away from all kinds of stresses and tensions. Practice yoga, meditation and other stress management techniques to overcome all the strains and stresses of your life.

The Danger of Tattoos

Tattoos are popular, colourful ways for us to express our creativity, our experiences and our personality. For many people tattoos carry symbolic meaning or have personal memories behind them. As more celebrities are seen with tattoos, either permanent or temporary henna, they are becoming an increasingly popular fashion accessory. However, on the spur of the moment many people forget that proper tattoos are permanent and they are actual extremely serious because they can cause life-threatening problems.

At the moment tattooing isn’t properly licensed or regulated but artists must register with the Environmental Health Department. It is vital that you check with your local council beforehand whether your tattooist is registered, because the local authorities should have registration and inspection schemes in place. A health and safety certificate should be on display or with the operator so ask to see one before you have your tattoo done.

The health and safety standards say that:

  • Sterile needles must be used for every customer
  • Hands must be washed thoroughly before and after tattooing
  • Disposable latex gloves must be worn and a new pair worn for each customer. (Some people can have allergic reactions to the latex gloves so you could take an antihistamine before you have it done, or if you are aware that you have this allergy you should inform the artist beforehand who should be able to use a different glove.)
  • It is illegal to tattoo anybody under 18.

The artist should ask you a list of medical questions before doing the tattoo to check that you are alright to have one. For example people with haemophilia should not have tattoos as their blood doesn’t clot properly and so they cannot stop any bleeding which may occur during a tattoo. Pregnant women are advised against tattoos, as are diabetics, people with heart conditions, people with conditions that weaken the immune system and also people on aspirin or aspirin-based medication as these thin the blood so you bleed more.

Firstly tattoos are wounds and therefore good hygiene is imperative. When you have a tattoo the ink is injected into the dermis or the lower layer of your skin which doesn’t flake away making it permanent. The machine that is used can pierce the skin as many as 3000 times per minute making holes as deep as 1/16 of an inch or 1.5mm.

One of the biggest problems associated with tattoos is blood borne infections such as:

Hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis affects the liver causing inflammation. Hepatitis B is a DNA virus and it can be acute (self-limiting) or chronic (long standing). The symptoms of acute hepatitis B are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Body aches
  • Mild fever
  • Dark urine
  • Development of jaundice.

It generally lasts a few weeks and gradually improves in most cases. Chronic Hepatitis C is often asymptomatic and can lead to advanced scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) and liver cancer.

Hepatitis C is a blood borne infection which is often asymptomatic. It causes liver inflammation which can lead to scarring of the liver (fibrosis) or advanced scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) which in turn can lead to liver failure and cancer. It is spread by blood to blood contact and at the moment no vaccine is available. Early medical intervention is beneficial but many people only experience mild symptoms and so don’t seek treatment until it has developed into more serious problems. Some symptoms can include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice
  • Itching
  • Flu-like symptoms.

HIV. Human Immunodeficiency Virus can lead to AIDS; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It is transmitted through bodily fluids and it infects white blood cells which are part of the body’s immune system, weakening it so that you cannot fight off other opportunistic diseases, leading to AIDS.

Tetanus. This infection causes muscle stiffness and spasms, commonly starting with the jaw muscles making it difficult to swallow or open your mouth. Other common places for muscle spasms are the neck, the chest making it difficult to breathe, the stomach wall and the arms and legs. Other symptoms are:

  • extreme sensitivity to touch,
  • high fever,
  • sore throat,
  • rapid heartbeat,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • headache,
  • bleeding into the bowels, and
  • diarrhea.

Tetanus can lead to suffocation, blood poisoning, cardiac arrest, kidney failure and exhaustion, all of which can be fatal.

Septicemia. A bacterial infection commonly known as blood poisoning. Symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Violent shivering
  • Faintness
  • Cold and pale hands and feet
  • Rapid and shallow breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Delirium
  • Shock
  • Loss of consciousness

Other problems include:

  • Chronic skin ailments
  • Allergies
  • Lichenoid, which are small bumps of reactive tissue, similar, but more accentuated to those seen in chronic eczema.
  • Sarcoidal granulomas, which are ball-like collections of immune cells below the surface of the skin.
  • Scaling
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Infections leading to discolouring of the tattoo
  • Swelling (due to an allergic reaction)
  • Ulceration, which is the formation of sores.
  • Delayed hypersensitivity reaction. This occurs several years after the tattoo and causes sudden local itching, scaling, redness and swelling.
  • Lymphocytoma, which is a mass of mature white blood cells which resemble a tumour; it is a skin reaction.
  • Keloids are raised scars that are not easily removed.
  • Photosensitivity occurs when the sun reacts with the dye causing an allergic reaction.
  • Photo toxicity occurs when the sun reacts with the dye causing localised sun burn.

According to research carried out by Dr Bob Haley and Dr Paul Fischer from the University of Texas South western Medical School tattoos account for “more then twice as many hepatitis C infections as injection drug use” and people tattooed in a parlour are “nine times more likely to by infected by hepatitis C due to infected needles and unsanitary conditions.” In America you are not allowed to donate blood to the American Red Cross for a year after having a tattoo due to the high risk of blood borne infections.

As well as the risk from blood borne infections the ink itself poses a number of risks. Until recently the ink being used in tattoos was not monitored and many artists use inks which are not approved for skin contact. Some inks are actually “industrial grade” colours suitable for use in printers or car paint! Many people can have allergic reactions to the ink the most common one being to mercury in red inks, but others include manganese in purple inks, chromium in greens, cobalt in blues and cadmium in yellows. Irreversible darkening can occur in flesh, red, tan and white coloured inks which are used in cosmetic procedures and is thought to be caused by the conversion of ferric oxide (Fe2O3) to ferrous oxide (FeO).

Many inks also contain metal filaments so if you have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan (MRI) you may feel a burning pain. This is because magnetic metals convert the radio-frequency pulses of the MRI machine into electricity and the burning could be electricity running through the tattoo. Because of this some hospitals won’t do MRI scans on people who have tattoos. MRI scans take very detailed pictures of almost all body tissues and is particularly useful in seeing areas around the spine and the brain. It is the best technique of finding tumours in the brain and whether the tumours have spread to nearby brain cells and therefore extremely important and useful.

At the moment lasers are used to try and remove tattoos or at least fade them but this is expensive and painful as it involves burning the skin which results in scarring. However, a new removable dye is just coming out which is made of plastic beads containing the dye or pigment which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. As it the dye is contained inside plastic beads it can’t be absorbed by the body, however, when a laser hits the bead it breaks down and the dye is absorbed.

Tattoo artists are bound by the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 as they are providing you with a service. Therefore they must provide this service with “reasonable skill and care” and they are liable for “consequential loss” if the tattoo goes wrong and you have to pay for corrections or removal. It is best to go to a licensed tattooist if only because they are more likely to have the protection and correct insurance cover should anything go wrong.

If you have suffered from any blood borne infections, allergic reactions or other medical conditions due to the negligence of your tattoo artist; or if your tattoo doesn’t resemble your design or descriptions then you could be entitled to compensation towards any extra tattoo treatments or medical treatments that you required to remedy the damage, and towards any discomfort or embarrassment you may have felt while you were recovering. It is advised that you take pictures of your tattoo as evidence of any damage or incorrect detailing and if possible pictures of the designs that were intended or agreed upon for comparison purposes.

Benefits of Drinking Coffee in the Evening

Do you love drinking coffee? If you do, you are going to love it more when you learn about what it can do for you and your health. It’s no secret that a nice cup of coffee can instantly perk you up in the morning and put you in the right mood the whole day. But did you know that it can also have great benefits to your health?

Studies show that drinking coffee can lower the risk of certain diseases like diabetes, cirrhosis, and certain kinds of cancers. This is made possible by the compounds present in the coffee, the most known to help among which are antioxidants. Antioxidants also help in making your skin glow, and in consuming the right amount of coffee every day, you’ll look and feel healthier inside and outside.

Of course, apart from how it benefits you physically, the mere aroma of coffee can do wonders for you already. The smell of coffee in the morning is sometimes enough for me to wake me up and energize me, let alone drinking my favorite brewed coffee.

The aroma of the coffee has also been found by studies to calm people, so if you’ve been in a daze lately, smelling your cup of coffee before drinking it can relax you already.

It’s important to note however that there is a recommended amount of coffee to be consumed in a day. One to two cups of your favorite black coffee is enough to get you through the day, but be careful in adding too much sugar or milk to go easy on the calories. And while coffee can do a lot for you, too much of it cal have bad effects to.

Too much coffee in a day can dehydrate you and increase your blood pressure. So even if you love coffee as much as everyone else, it’s always to take everything in moderation.

Those trying to diet and lose weight may actually be hindered in their progress by their coffee consumption. If you want to avoid long term weight gain you should avoid caffeine. You might think in the short term that you can lose more weight by drinking more coffee each day.

This happens as a result of the diuretic effect of coffee, you’ll initially lose water but not fat. Caffeine increases stress hormones within your body that increase the risk of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar levels. You will likely feel hungry sooner than you should as a result of this hormone.

You also aren’t helping things by adding extra sugar to your coffee. In conclusion, research has shown that drinking some coffee may actually be good for your health. However, the same research also proves that drinking more than three cups of coffee per day may begin to increase the negative health risks that could arise.

Make sure you don’t attempt to drink more than this amount of coffee. Doing this lets you get the benefits of drinking coffee without the potentially harmful side effects of drinking too much coffee.

Dog Bloat – A Silent Killer

I have a routine. I make my coffee, take the kids to the bus, come home and feed my four large dogs about 3-4 cups of food (Wellness dry with some wet mixed in). Then we immediately jump in my truck and go to the park for some crazy playtime. And they run, and they chase balls, and they run some more. And I feel like the greatest dog mom on the planet.

Turns out, I’m not.

Ever hear of dog bloat? I have, but I’ve ignored it. I know it causes an excruciatingly painful death, and there are several causes, certain warning signs, and possible treatment. But it scares me, so I’ve ignored it.

But recently I’ve heard several horror stories about friends’ dogs getting bloat and dying, or nearly dying. So I’ve decided to take my head out of the sand and learn about it, scary as it is.

Bloat is a common name for Torsion and Gastric Dilation-volvulus or GDV. Very basically that means the dog’s stomach swells, flips, and causes death. It occurs when an abnormal amount of air, gas, food, and/or fluid expand in the dog’s stomach. As the stomach swells, it can twist or flip, cutting off blood flow and trapping the air, food, and water. When this happens, your dog can’t burp or vomit to relieve the pressure, and veins in the abdomen are obstructed — leading to low blood pressure, shock, and damage to internal organs. The combined effect can quickly kill a dog.

So, the obvious question: What causes it?

Well, bloat occurs when your dog eats a large amount of food quickly, or drinks a lot of water quickly, and then immediately goes to the park and runs like crazy, chases balls, runs some more, jumps, gulps at tennis balls. Um, yes, exactly what my dogs have been doing. There are several other singular causes of bloat as well, however, such as rapid eating and drinking, an elevated food bowl (yes, I have been elevating their bowls for their dining comfort), heredity, preexisting digestion issues, high-stress situations, eating high-fat food or kibble containing citric acid as a preservative; and eating gas-producing foods such as beans and yeast products.

Now, if you (like me) have provided your dog with some of these risk factors, don’t beat yourself up. Simply make some adjustments to your routine and take a few precautions. Feed your dog smaller portions twice a day, rather than a big bowl once a day; give your dog a couple of hours rest after a meal; buy one of those special dog bowls with a protrusion in the center if your dog tends to devour his food without tasting it (I bought one; most pet stores have them. It forces your dog to eat slower); don’t allow your dog to drink too much water immediately after exercise; avoid stressful situations if possible; and place the feeding bowl on the floor, rather than on an elevated tray or stairs.

Even if you take those precautions, bloat could still strike your dog, unfortunately. But how will you know? There are definite warning signs. First, your dog will probably start gagging or trying to vomit, often resulting in dry heaves; he might try to tell you through his body language, hunching over, curling up in a ball in corner, walking with a strange, wide stance; he might start licking or biting the air; his abdomen will be swollen; he might be extremely restless and start pacing; his heart rate might race; and he might start foaming at the mouth.

If your dog exhibits these symptoms, there’s only one thing to do: Call your vet immediately. Bloat is a medical emergency and the dog must be treated fast or he’ll die. If bloat is caught early enough, your vet can treat him – by inserting a tube down his throat to release the gas and relieve pressure, or by performing surgery. The key here is acting quickly.

So who gets bloat? Any dog can get it, but it occurs most frequently in large breeds and those with deep, narrow chests. The breeds commonly affected include bloodhounds, German Shepherds, Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Setters, Dobermans, Weimaraners, and Akitas. But keep in mind that every dog is susceptible if proper precautions aren’t made.

Which is why, starting today, I no longer feed my big dogs right before our playtime, I’ve trashed the elevated dog bowl holder, I’ve changed to feeding them twice a day instead of once, I watch carefully while they eat and drink, and I now feed them apart from each other to minimize stress. It’s the least I can do to keep them healthy and safe. And for my own peace of mind as well.