Phobias – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

A phobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger. A phobia is a long lasting illness that can cause intense physical and psychological distress and can affect a person's ability to function normally at work or in social settings. Phobias can be divided into specific phobias, social phobia and fear of open spaces, which is known as agoraphobia. Specific phobias are further divided into a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia); fear of animals (zoophobia); fear of heights (acrophobia); fear of flying (pterygophobia); fear of water (hydrophobia) and fear of surgery, injections, tunnels, bridges etc. Genetics, neurotransmitter dysfunction in the brain, and traumatic experiences appear to influence the development of phobias.

All phobias can be treated quite well with cognitive behavioral therapies. In addition, medicines may be required for social phobias and agoraphobia. Ayurvedic medicines can be used to treat depression, anxiety, palpitations and elevated blood pressure. Medicines like Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Khurasani ova (Hyoscyamus niger) and Jayphal (Myristica fragrans) are used for their sedative effect. To treat depression, medicines like Vacha (Acorus calamus), Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculata), Laxmi-Vilas-Ras and Shrung-Bhasma are used. The signs and symptoms of fear, such as an increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, a pounding heart, and a shaking voice and limbs, can be treated using medicines like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Jatamansi, Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina), Saraswatarishta, Arjunarishta, Dashmoolarishta, Tankan (Purified borax) and Arjun (Terminalia arjuna).

Medicines like Makar-Dhwaj- Ras, Maha-Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani, Suvarna-Bhasma, Abhrak-Bhasma and Trivang-Bhasma are used in very minute doses along with the above-mentioned medicines, to bring about a faster therapeutic response and to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms. Ayurvedic Panchkarma procedures like 'Shirodhara' and 'Shirobasti' can act as effective tranquilizers to reduce anxiety and panic attacks. Another Panchkarma procedure known as 'Nasya' can be used to treat depression by using strong, stimulant, medicated nasal drops containing Vacha, Sunthi (Zinziber officinalis) and Pippali (Piper longum).

Since phobias usually develop at an early age, it is important for parents to talk openly about fears and to pursue positive approaches to fears and phobias, so as to help prevent their children from falling victims to these conditions. If phobias do develop, a direct or preliminary confrontation is recommended instead of an avoidance of the object or situation.

The Difference Between Fear and Anxiety

Anxiety is a way of reaction of anyone who feels threatened. When we are in a potentially dangerous situation or anticipate such a situation, we feel afraid first. Fear triggers a biological spring in our body that causes the secretion of adrenaline. Adrenaline is a hormone that alerts the entire body and prepares it for normal reactions in case of emergency. Thus, we become more watchful, our heart pumps blood with higher pressure, our muscles tighten, we breathe faster.

Anxiety becomes a problem when it is too intense or lasts too long in comparison to the reason that unleashed it. Changes produced by adrenaline in our body are inconsistent with the moment and persistent, so turning into anxiety symptoms that disrupt our life by their presence or affect our way of functioning in life, in the major areas of it: family, school / work, social relationships.

The above situations fit more in the daily stress that we live. In addiction, stress is linked more to romantic relationships and school performance, at adulthood, stress is linked to work and paying bills and worries about the children, and the elderly, in addition to all these, also have health care on their mind.

Irrational anxiety (or pathological) occurs when the individual sounds and behaves in case of little or no danger as in the case of a major threat. The symptoms of the pathological anxiety include states of helplessness, maladjustment, sadness and fearing, being diagnosed in the body through palpitations (fast pace of the heart 'beats'), though a feeling of muscle tension, trembling, hands sweating, fatigue, tension around the neck, shoulders and upper back, diarrhea, insomnia and nightmares.

The most common cause of anxiety is the inability of the individual to cope with factors that generate stress, feelings of insecurity and uncertainty, dissatisfaction, lack of a job. Like pain, anxiety can be a warning signal that the body is overloaded. Anxiety has negative effects on the body: headache, heart disease, gastric ulcer, decreased appetite, abdominal discomfort.

Therefore, we have to understand the difference between fear, which is absolutely normal, and anxiety. Everyone has had the experience of intense fear, which is a normal human emotion that helps us in facing danger. Fear is a specific reaction of all living beings. But some people live a very intense and irrational fear that is not justified by the presence of a dangerous situation. An anxious person continues to feel a constant anxiety that interferes with daily life. In this case, we are talking about anxiety disorder. Summing up the above, the anxiety felt by a person is a very powerful fear which is not justified by a real danger. It is the so called "fear for no apparent reason".

Fight Club, Consumer Psychology, and Redemption

The movie Fight Club was one of those unique films that help define a generation. The movie was preceded by the novel from Chuck Palahniuk, who created such a stir with the book and later the movie that people began to treat Chuck himself like Tyler Durden, often offering to “take care of” people at his request. So what was it about his movie that struck such a cord with people? Many were simply engaged by the movies entertaining elements, but upon deeper examination the movie had a much deeper meaning that this analysis will attempt to explore. Although we start with the idea of an analysis of Tyler Durden, his alter-ego, referred to in the movie as “Jack” is also highly relevant to this discussion.

The narrator “Jack” begins the movie with a raging case of insomnia that is brought on by existential crisis. Much like the character of Meursault in Albert Camus’ novel The Stranger, who commented that “life had begun stalking him” Jack has reached a point in his life that is also utterly devoid of meaning as evidenced by his quote, “this is your life and its ending one minute at a time.” Finally Jack seems to embrace the Buddhist idea that meaning in life can be achieved by actively meditating on one’s own death. He joins a number of survivor’s groups where he can see people at the very end of life, and this seems to bring him a great deal of peace. Perhaps a part of him is taking solace in the fact that fate has been cruel to others while it continues to spare him, and this gives him a sense of peace where he can finally get some sleep.

Everything changes when Jack meets Marla who is suffering through a similar existential crisis. Marla, although every bit as lost as Jack, does not have a place in mainstream consumer America and is essentially a bottom feeder in society. All the same, Marla and Jack are kindred souls, and there is an immediate attraction that Jack is unable to act on, until his subconscious creates Tyler Durden.

So Jack’s spilt into Tyler can be partially explained by looking at the fundamentals of dissociation. This occurs when someone’s thoughts become too uncomfortable to consciously process, and they go into another state as a psychological defense against these painful feelings. The question therefore becomes what was so uncomfortable in Jack’s life that he needed to create an alter ego? The answer can be found in looking at our greater American society and how consumerism creates a sense of the empty self.

In Adam Curtis’s documentary entitled The Century of the Self, the roots of American consumerism are explored by following the trail of Sigmund Freud’s nephew named Edward Bernays. Bernays had studied his uncle’s works extensively, and became convinced that people could be manipulated into buying products based on their instinctual drives towards aggressiveness and sexuality.

To back up a second, Freud posited that our subconscious is made up of three separate functions known as the id, ego, and superego. The superego takes the function of what we consider to be the “conscience” which urges us towards moral and just behavior. The id on the other hand is our drive towards destruction and sexuality which Freud thought was inherent in human nature. The ego acts as a kind of referee between these two forces to create a balance where people can successfully function in line with the rules of the society.

Freud believed we were all inherently aggressive and that the id is the dominant force in our lives, and is only curtailed by society’s conventions. In Civilization and its Discontents, Freud stated “men are not gentle creatures, who want to be loved, who at the most can defend themselves if they are attacked; they are, on the contrary, creatures among whose instinctual endowments is to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness. As a result, their neighbor is for them not only a potential helper or sexual object, but also someone who tempts them to satisfy their aggressiveness on him, to exploit his capacity for work without compensation, to use him sexually without his consent, to seize his possessions, to humiliate him, to cause him pain, to torture and to kill him.”

So to return to Edward Bernays, he felt his uncle’s ideas could be used to exploit the American public into buying things they didn’t need if he could make them feel that these things would make them more sexually powerful or perceived as more aggressive. Consider Tyler’s comment; “God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need” in this regard.

A part of Jack has begun to understand that constantly acquiring furniture and other things for his condo is a meaningless pursuit totally devoid of purpose and fulfillment, and he feels a strong impulse to act on this feeling. Much of Jack’s dissociation has to do with this empty sense of self that he realizes he has for years been filling up by buying things, i.e. “What kind of dining set defines me as a person?” Tyler also makes a comment that, “We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no great war, no great depression. Our great war is a spiritual war, and our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact, and we’re very, very pissed off.” Jack has begun to reject the consumerism he has become a kind of slave to, also evidenced by his comment that “the things you own end up owning you.”

Tyler’s comment has a great deal of validity and can be historically supported. Prior to industrialization in this country, most people lived in rural communities where there was a shared sense of community and values of hard work and self-reliance were emphasized. With the coming of industrialization people began flocking to the cities, and with this migration, many of the core values of the rural way of life were also left behind. As people began living in close proximity in the US, a desire to “keep up with the Joneses” soon developed where people wanted to acquire as many possessions as their neighbors to keep up appearances. This mentality was soon exploited by people like Bernays, who worked with business to create adverting campaigns that capitalized on this idea.

World War 2 interrupted the county however, and the “sense of purpose” Tyler refers to came from taking on Adolph Hitler and protecting the world from the spread of fascism. Following World War 2, the consumer machine kicked back in however, and we soon returned to the idea of buying newer and better things in accordance with our deeply rooted subconscious desires. The next generation partially rejected this idea however, and in the 60’s a number of social causes such as the Women’s Movement, Civil Rights, and brining an end to Vietnam War energized people, and once again created a sense of unified purpose.

The children born after this generation are Tyler’s “middle children of history”. With more media outlets than ever constantly bombarding them, and no political or social causes to get behind, “Generation X” became one of the most restless and unfulfilled in history, and this is where we pick up the story of Jack.

One interesting piece of Jack’s story comes from analyzing his ideas about women and sex. At the beginning of the movie we see him holding a catalog likes it’s a porno magazine and we see instead it’s an Ikea advertisement. Jack, through filling up his psychological desires by purchasing things, has suppressed his sexual urges and become celibate. When he does create Tyler, he is able to finally release his pent up sexual frustration and release the desires of his id. But when Jack lets this genie out of the bottle, sexual conquest is not the least of Tyler’s desires. Freud also believed our drive towards destruction would emerge when society’s conventions are stripped away, and this is exactly what happens in the case of Tyler, who wished to destroy the consumerism that has prevented Jack from acting on his natural primitive urges.

Tyler’s actions suggest that destruction can also be evolutionary, as evidenced by his comment that “only when we lose everything do we have the power do to anything.” By destroying Jack’s possessions he feels he has set him free, but it is also important to understand what Jack is now free to do. “Tyler’s advice that “self-improvement is masturbation, but self-destruction is where its at” is interesting to consider. In setting himself free has Jack found redemption? This returns us to his comment at the end of his journey, where he remarks “all of this has something to do with a woman named Marla Singer.”

So, is love Jack’s salvation? This is certainly one hypothesis. At the end of the film, when Jack destroys Tyler, we see two things. One, the towers of consumerism crumbling to the ground, and two, him joining hands with Marla in perhaps their first moment of real intimacy. Perhaps this suggests that Jack has destroyed the power of his addiction to consumerism while also understanding there was a drive in the human instinct more powerful than simply sex.

So is that the message of Fight Club? That love can be the redemptive force that sets us free from our shackles? I think this is a likely explanation. Although as a viewer I particularly enjoyed watching Tyler/Jack free themselves from the bondage of consumer addiction, we still have Jack’s comment that “all of this has something to do with a woman named Marla Singer.” The nature of the psyche is such, that the ego’s defenses aren’t stripped away without being replaced by another force to protect the ego. In Jack’s case by killing Tyler he has freed himself from his disassociation and unified the forces inside of him into a single front. Bringing down the towers exorcises the demon forces of consumerism that have been filling up Jack’s empty self, and he is now free to live through the redemptive powers of love.

7 Symptoms of UTI in Dogs and What to Do About It

It is unbelievable how many dog visits to the vet each year are due to UTIs.  UTI in dogs is a common problem, especially for female dogs.  It’s helpful to understand what the signs and symptoms of UTIs are so you can treat it quickly before it becomes a problem that requires a visit to the vet.  Natural treatments like homeopathy are very helpful in both treating and preventing UTIs.  Here are 5 signs and symptoms of dog UTIs to keep an eye out for so you can spot and treat the problem quickly and gently.

   1. UTI in male dogs is also linked to prostrate problems. Some symptoms to look out for include swelling in the lower abdomen and foul-smelling urine that has a strong smell of ammonia.

   2. One of the first signs of UTI in dogs is dehydration.  If your dog is drinking an unusually large amount of water and drinking a lot even in cold weather without having exercised, it is a possible sign of UTI.  To prevent this from happening in the first place, make sure your dog always has access to fresh, clean water.

   3. UTI in male dogs is less common than UTI in female dogs.  Female dogs suffer from the condition more frequently because they have a shorter urethra, making it easier for bacteria to get into the urinary tract.  A common sign of bacterial infection is blood in the urine.  It’s best to prevent this from happening by regularly giving your dog a homeopathic remedy.  If your dog is urinating blood, that means she is in a lot of pain.

   4. Learn what your dog’s normal urinating patterns are like.  If you notice that your dog is urinating more or less than usual, it could be a sign of UTI.  UTI in dogs can cause frequent urination in small amounts or create a blockage that will keep your dog from urinating altogether.

   5. If your dog is straining to urinate, he may have a UTI.  This means that a blockage or inflammation is preventing your dog from being able to urinate.

   6. Is your dog urinating in unusual places?  If so, it’s possible that your dog is suffering from incontinence caused by UTI.  In order to prevent the infection from reaching this point, make sure your dog always has the opportunity to empty his bladder.  Furthermore, maintain his urinary tract and bladder health through the use of a homeopathic remedy.

   7. Last but not least, UTI in male dogs and female dogs can cause fever and lethargy.  If your dog is losing vitality, take him or her to the veterinarian immediately.

Do yourself and your dog a favor and be aware of these signs and symptoms.  UTI in dogs can become life-threatening if it is not treated in time so it’s important to be able to spot an infection before it is too late.  Better yet, try giving your dog a homeopathic remedy regularly to prevent the infections from happening in the first place or treat them before they spiral out of control.  By doing so, you can maintain and support your dog’s bladder health so you save on medical bills and have an overall happier pet.

Sprain Vs Strain – The Difference Between the Two

Hello, Today I am going to explain the difference between a strain and a strain. Most people do not know the difference between the two.

A sprain is when a ligament is stretched or torn. A ligament is a fibrous tissue that attaches a bone to another bone. (Think LBB ligament = bone to bone). The medial collateral ligament in the knee connects the upper thigh (femur bone) to the lower leg (shinbone or tibia). It helps stabilize the joint and keeps things connected.Most sprains occur inside or outside a joint (Ex: knee, ankle, elbow, wrist, finger etc ..).

A Strain is when a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn. A tendon attaches muscle to bone. (Think MTB = muscle to bone). A strain usually occurs along the long muscles of our body. The front (Quadriceps) and the back (Hamstring) muscles that run along the thigh bone are common sites for a strain. If you are running fast and suddenly feel a "pull" or tightness you may have strained a muscle.

Both a strain and strain are graduated in their severity:

A grade 1 = Mild, Mild stretching / tear

A grade 2 = Moderate stretching / tear

A grade 3 = Severe stretching or complete tear

In cases of a grade 3 tear, surgical intervention may be needed to restore the integrity of ligament, tendon or muscle involved. Remember, always seek a licensed professional to diagnose and treat an injury!

Basically a sprain involves a ligament and a joint and a strain involves a muscle and its tendon. I hope this information helps you understand a little bit more about our amazing body. So tell your friends. Let them know.They will think your smart. Enjoy today and everyday! Be well and smile 🙂

Can the Color of a Bruise Denote Its Severity Or Age?

Any person, be it a restless kid or a responsible adult, is bound to get at least a breeze once in a while. It's inevitable. And for those people who bruise easily, that once in a while might as well be all the time. But can we tell the severity of a breeze just by looking at its color?

When you get hit, a breeze may appear kind of reddening at first, but in time in can take on many different colors. Bruising occurs when small blood vessels under the skin rupture or tear. The blood that flows out of these small vessels becomes trapped in a pool under the skin, and can not return to normal circulation. Bruises are usually caused by a bump or fall, but they tend to heal o their own. Older adults in particular bruise very easily, and often don't even remember or notice what caused the bruise. But even though they look bad, bruises are not a major health problem.

You can not tell the severity of a breeze just by its color, however you can determine when it occurred. In the first few minutes the breeze is generally red or pink, as blood collections benefit the skin. Then, within a few hours, the layer of trapped blood takes on the typical black and blue shades. Through the next two to four weeks, the bruise slowly goes away. As it heals, the body beaks the trapped blood down to its components, and then recycles them. The various compounds in the blood have different colors, consequentially, so do the compounds into which it breaks down. During the process of healing, various compounds and breakdown products show through the skin.

You can tell the age of the bruise judging by its color, which denotes the stage of healing. Usually, dark black, blue or purple colors of a new bracket typically fade, and are replaced by a succession of colors. Violet turns into green or dark yellow, which typically fades into light yellow, and then disappears.

However, in some cases a bruise does not heal on its own. Instead of breaking down the trapped blood, the body walls it off and forms a firm swapping between the skin and the muscle. This swelling is called a hematoma, and can sometimes be painful, and if it does not go away on its own it might need to be drained by a doctor.

Sleep Apnea – Is There a Cure?

If you're wondering whether there's a cure for sleep apnea, you probably already suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from the condition. Often signified by chronic snoring or gasping for air while sleep, sleep apnea is often an annoyance to both the person who suffers it and their sleeping partner. In fact, apnea is often diagnosed only after a sleeping partner has complained at length about his or her partner's snoring.

There are two kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive apnea and central apnea. Chronic snoring that result from a blocked or partially blocked airway always signifies obstructive apnea. When air squeezes past the blockage, unusually loud snoring occurs, at which time the apnea sufferer moves from deep sleep to light sleep. The breathing interruptions commonly occur between 5 and 30 plus times per hour on three or more nights per week and result in daytime tiredness due to lack of deep sleep. Unlike obstructive apnea, central apnea is characterized by shallow breathing that result from the brain's failure to communicate the proper breathing actions to the breathing muscles, which causes a person to gas for air instead of snore. Other signs of both obstructive and central apnea include morning headaches, memory or learning problems, irritability, poor concentration, changes in mood and dry mouth or throat upon awakening.

Central apnea is less common than obstructive apnea, but they are equally dangerous to a person's health. While the greatest drawbacks of apnea may seem to be snoring and daytime tiredness, there is much more at stake concerning a person's long-term health. Left unaddressed, apnea can increase a person's risk for hypertension, high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, depression and even heart attack. But it also has a negative overall affect on a person's immune system. Like all sleep problems, apnea compromises the immune system by making immune cells less adaptable and therefore less efficient at fighting off infection and disease. With this in mind, it's essential that you or your partner determine whether apnea is the cause of nighttime breathing disorders as soon as possible.

The first step in addressing apnea is to visit a physician or sleep medicine clinician to determine the apnea's cause. In some cases, apnea has a physiological cause such as enlarged tonsils, a narrow windpipe opening or obesity, while in other cases behavioral and psychological factors may come into play. The most accurate way to determine the presence of apnea and its specific cause is to undergo a polysomnogram at a sleep medicine clinic. A polysomnogram is a non-invasive procedure that consist of placing small sensors on the head, face, neck, arms chest and finger to record vital signs and physical movements as the patient sleeps.

Perhaps your partner has learned to live with your snoring and you've become accustomed to going through the day feeling tired, but it's important to remember that sleep apnea can compromise your long-term health, not to mention your ability to experience the vitality that comes with receiving a good night's rest.

Gastroenterology Medical Coding – Upper GI Procedures

Gastroenterology is a medical specialty that deals with the digestive system and its disorders. Gastroenterologists use a number of diagnostic procedures to accurately identify the patient's medical condition and prescribe treatment. Coding for gastroenterology involves accurate coding of the various procedures and services offered by the physician. Reimbursement is offered for procedures provided in-office, in-facility, hospital outpatient and ASC facility settings. Payment policies vary with individual payers and therefore these should be verified before providing treatment to identify limitations if any, on diagnosis, site of service or coding requirements.

Common Gastroenterology Procedures

• ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) – this procedure combines the use of X-rays and endoscope. It is used to identify disorders such as gallstones, tumors, cysts, blockages and narrowing in the ducts.

• Sphincterotomy – to treat abnormalities diagnosed during an ERCP

• EUS (endoscopic ultrasound) – ultrasound of the pancreas, transduodenal or transgastric

• Sigmoidoscopy – enables the physician to view the lower end of the colon.

• Gastroscopy – this helps to examine the lining of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum using an endoscope.

• Colonoscopy – is utilized by doctors to have a direct view of the whole of the large bowel or colon.

Upper Gastrointestinal Procedures and Codes

Upper gastrointestinal procedures include endoscopic and esophagoscopic procedures. These help the physician to view the interior of the upper GI tract including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. When billing for Upper GI procedures, you have to verify payer conditions for covering the procedure. The services are usually covered when medical conditions such as esophageal disease, anemia, gastric ulcer, Celiac disease, persistent upper abdominal symptoms, and involuntary weight loss have been diagnosed.

• 43200 Diagnostic esophagoscopy

• 43202 Esophagoscopy with biopsy

• 43215 Esophagoscopy with foreign body removal

• 43216 Esophagoscopy with electrocautery removal of tumor or polyp

• 43217 Esophagoscopy with snare removal of tumor or polyp

• 43220 Esophagoscopy with dilation

• 43227 Esophagoscopy with control of bleeding

• 43232 Esophagoscopy, rigid or flexible; with transendoscopic ultrasoundguided intramural or transmural fine needle aspiration / biopsy (s)

• 43234 EGD – simple primary examination

• 43235 (dagger) EGD – diagnostic

• 43238 Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with transendoscopic ultrasoundguided intramural or transmural fine needle aspiration / biopsy (s) esophagus (including endoscopic ultrasound examination limited to the esophagus)

• 43239 (dagger) EGD with biopsy

• 43241 EGD with transendoscopic catheter or tube placement

• 43242 Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with transendoscopic ultrasoundguided intramural or transmural fine needle aspiration / biopsy (s) (including endoscopic ultrasound examination of the esophagus, stomach, and either the duodenum and / or jejunum as appropriate)

• 43246 EGD with PEG tube placement

• 43247 EGD with foreign body removal

• 43250 EGD with electrocautery removal of tumor or polyp

• 43251 EGD with snare removal of tumor or polyp

• 43255 EGD with control of bleeding

Certain codes 43200, 43202, 43234, 43235 and 43239 require prior authorization with some payers, and this has to be verified beforehand.

Some Important Considerations

A comprehensive endoscopic assessment of the upper GI tract has to be reported with the code 43235. This usually involves a detailed view of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum and a thorough examination of the duodenal bulb. Physicians should use code 43239 to report EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) with biopsy. An EGD that is provided just as a primary examination and does not include "comprehensive" components can be reported with the code 43234. Lesser services such as esophagoscopy and esophagoscopy with biopsy should be reported only using their specific codes, 43200 and 43202 respectively. Physicians should avoid the practice of adding modifier -52 to 43239 to signify these reduced services, because this usually results in pointless delays or even denials of payment. When reporting biopsies and procedures for removing foreign bodies, doctors should take care to choose the code that clearly specifies these.

In cases where more than one procedure is transported out during a single visit, doctors should ensure that these come under the multiple endoscopy payment rules. Here, Medicare as well as most private payers will reimburse the full value of the highest-valued procedure, along with difference between the value of the remaining procedure and the base endoscopic procedure. Modifier -51 has to be used along with the less-valued procedure.

How to Eat to Lose Weight and Stop Emotional Eating

Losing weight should be easy! It's a simple calculation based on taking in less energy that you expend. So why is it so hard for most people to achieve and, more importantly, maintain weight loss?

In this article we will look at the problem holistically, ie what to eat to lose weight and how to eat to lose weight. Why both? Well they just are not the same things. One deals with the physical needs of your body while the other deals with the psychological effects of eating and dieting, and it is this that you need to change if you have any hope of effectively losing and maintaining your weight loss.

What to Eat to Lose Weight (Basic Guidelines)

  1. Eat three, balanced meals (containing protein, fat and carbohydrates) per day with an emphasis on nutrient dosage foods designed to improve nutritional and biochemical status eg plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, wholegrains, quality protein, pulses, beans, nuts , seeds and small amounts of oils for essential fats.
  2. Include 2-3 small snacks daily of fruit and vegetables with proteins (eg nuts, seeds or cheese) and avoid snacking on sweets or refined carbohydrates.
  3. Treat food as medicine and eat at least every 3-4 hours to balance blood sugar and insulin output. Three to four hours between meals and snacks matches the liver's capacity to maintain blood glucose levels with stored carbohydrates (glycogen). Depletion of glycogen is associated with feelings of hunger. Structured eating in this way often helps eliminate overeating and weight gain and allows the body to find its natural weight.
  4. Ensure that each meal includes 20g of quality protein from organic meat and poultry, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy products, pulses, tofu and nuts. This helps to reduce pregnancies for refined carbohydrates and improvements mental and emotional functioning. Without sufficient protein, the body is able to provide adequate muscle, hormones and neurotransmitters.
  5. Include some 'good fats' each day for health and to manage appetite eg deep-ocean, oily fish (Remember: SMASHT – Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines, Herring, Tuna), nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado. Tip: keep a mix of 4 seeds in a jar in the fridge (hemp, flax / linseed, pumpkin & sunflower) and use as a seed mix. Grind fresh each day in an electric coffee grinder. Have 2 dessertspoonfuls each day.
  6. Eat unlimited amounts of green vegetables with protein foods and include some red, orange, purple and yellow vegetables as well. Vegetables supply carbohydrates for energy and are also a very rich source of minerals and phytonutrients. They also provide enzymes, vitamins and some protein and help to sustain the alkaline balance of the body.
  7. If dysbiosis and low blood sugar are not an issue, eat two to three raw fruits per day. Fruit provides more digestive enzymes than any other food because we tend to eat it raw. Cooking kills enzymes in foods. Fruit is also key for its fiber, vitamin and mineral content and it supports the alkaline balance in the body.
  8. Ensure adequate fluid intake (1-1.5 liters per day).
  9. Eat enough – often people will not start to lose weight until they are eating sufficient in terms of calorie intake as the body will seek to 'hold on' to whatever is available where calorie take is very low.
  10. Avoid or reduce sugars, refined foods, additives, white flour products and stimulants such as tea, coffee and alcohol wherever possible.
  11. Eat foods high in the amino acid tryptophan – chicken, turkey, tuna, kidney beans, oats, lentils, chickpeas and seeds. This can help to raise serotonin levels enhancing mood and controlling cravings.
  12. Eat a good quality breakfast and ensure to eat some protein food.
  13. Eat organic foods where possible. They are usually richer in minerals than other produce and do not contain pesticides and chemical residues. They also taste better.

How to Eat to Lose Weight (Basic Guidelines)

The problem people have when they lose weight is that they tend to deny themselves, restrict food, and change their diet for a fixed number of months to achieve weight loss. The problem is that they then go back to their old ways and wonder why they put it all back on, and usually more! They need to learn how to eat to lose weight.

There are a number of behavioral and psychological changes that you need to make to effectively lose weight and maintain it and if you're quite overweight you might need specialist help to overcome emotionally charged overeating issues such as comfort eating, binge eating, and compulsive eating . According to the National Weight Control Registry in the USA (a register of people who have maintained a large amount of weight for five years and more without fluctuations) there are seven principles that you need to incorporate into your daily life. Here are some examples of how you can begin to incorporate these five principals to lose weight and maintain it.

  1. Plan ahead : When you're trying to lose or maintain weight planning out what you are going to eat is really important. If you do not know what you're going to be eating for that day and have the stock in your cupboards you could be cooked out and faced with the situation of having nothing suitable to eat when it comes round to meal times. This is when everything can fall apart and you just reach for whatever food is in the house. So, if you want to have a weight loss success plan ahead, ideally for a few days, and buy in the ingredients for the meals that you're going to have. Even better, make some of your meals in bulk and freeze them so that you've always got a ready supply of nutritious food.
  2. Become a problem solver : Becoming a problem solver is an important key to weight loss success. Like planning ahead, if you do not become a problem solver you set yourself up to fail. Take the following scenario as an example; you're trying to lose weight and so far so good but you've been invited out by friends for dinner and although you want to go you're worried about breaking your diet. Your friend always cooks lovely food and there's always a wonderful dessert and you do not want to offend her by turning it down when it is offered. What do you do? If you're not a problem solver you might just go along and break your diet and even eat more than normal because the 'I've ruined my diet I might just as well enjoy myself' dialogue comes into play. However, if you are a problem solver you may call your friend in good time and explain that you'd love to come to the dinner party but you're trying to lose weight and hope that she will not be offended if you turn down dessert. You might be surprised and find that on the night there's a lovely array of healthy alternatives for you to choose from!
  3. Make small changes : Rather than making drastic changes to your lifestyle and eating make smaller changes because you have a much greater chance of making them permanent. For example: choose a healthy topping for your baked potato rather than cheese or tuna mayo; eat oven chips (fries) rather than ones that have been fried; have a poached egg instead of a fried egg, and so on.
  4. Have No Specific Weight Goal : We diet to lose weight and most of us have a 'magic number' that we want to attain, whether that's a particular dress size or a particular weight. So instead of eating to lose weight, eat to become healthy, and rather than weighing yourself measure your success by how much more quickly you can walk or how much more comfortable your clothes are.
  5. Always Have Breakfast : This is an essential requirement if you want to lose weight. Skipping breakfast sets you up to fail if you want to lose weight. Skipping breakfast slows down metabolism and can lead to desires in the afternoon and evening. Eating more protein for breakfast can often help to reduce pregnancies and compulsive eating.
  6. Get Active : You can not be active when you eat but you can certainly be active after you eat. There is some research to suggest that people who have weight issues often do not like preparing food that is messy to avoid cleaning up afterwards. Instead of popping that ready meal into the oven cook from scratch and rather than avoiding doing the washing up get the kitchen cleaned before you sit down for the evening. There's strong evidence that activity rather than exercise is the key to long-term weight loss and maintenance so use the stairs instead of the lift!
  7. Eats Foods With High Nutritional Density : Eating foods that are low in nutrition such as white bread, cakes and biscuits not only sets you up for mood swings and binges but it piles on the weight. Eating foods that are highly nutritious such as whole foods and superfoods, will help to turn your body into a fat burning, rather than a fat making, machine. So eat for optimum nutrition and watch the weight fall off.
  8. Keep a Food Diary : Keeping a food diary to help you keep track of what you are eating and to also help you to see which foods help to sustain your energy levels, which foods can be linked to cravings, as well as to help you link your emotions with your eating behaviors

Learning how to eat to lose weight is a complex process and there are of course many other behavioral changes and psychological techniques that you might need to learn in order to lose weight and maintain it which may include stress reduction, mindfulness, mindful eating, behavioral flexibility and so on, but these seven principles are the common denominators for weight loss success and will help to stop emotional eating.

Pre-Menstrual Tension (PMT) Solutions

PRE-MENSTURAL TENSION

PMT is a term used to cover the changes that occurs just prior to a woman's period. Very often there are emotional as well as physical changes which can sometimes have quite significant consequences in relationships. A pre-menstrual woman needs great understanding which is not always forthcoming. Often the emotional side of PMT comes on incipiently so that by the time the woman has realized that she feels so ratty her period has started and the PMT has passed! Most women 'grin-and-bear-it' thinking its normal but their friends and relatives can go through hell. Excess fluid is often kept retained just prior to a period, which can cause a feeling of bloatedness and general discomfort.

TREATMENT

With Manual Lymph Drainage can help to reduce the swelling and enable the body to manage periods more easily. Medically hormone treatments or tranquillisers can be prescribed for sever cases. PMT can be helped by Connective Tissue Manipulation reducing the tension in the connective tissue around the nerves helping them to conduct impulses more easily and so improving hormonal control. Tension in the connective tissue around the brain and spinal cord is also reduced which allows the brain to function more normally giving relief to the emotional consequences of PMT

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Treatment Options for Colorectal Cancer

The treatment depends on the staging of the cancer. When colorectal cancer is

caught at early stages (with little spread) it can be curable. However when it is

detected at later stages (when distant [[metastasis|metastases]] are present) it is

less likely to be curable.

Surgery remains the primary treatment while chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy

may be recommended depending on the individual patient’s staging and other

medical factors.

Surgery

Surgical treatment is by far the most likely to result in a cure of colon cancer if the

tumor is localized. Very early cancer that develops within a polyp can often be cured

by removing the polyp at the time of colonoscopy. More advanced cancers typically

require surgical removal of the section of colon containing the tumor leaving

sufficient margins to reduce likelihood of re-growth. If possible, the remaining parts

of colon are anastomosed together to create a functioning colon. In cases when

anastomosis is not possible, a stoma (artificial orifice) is created. While surgery is

not usually offered if significant metastasis is present, surgical removal of isolated

liver metastases is common. Improved chemotherapy has increased the number of

patients who are offered surgical removal of isolated liver metastases.

Laparoscopic assist resection of the colon for tumour can reduce the size of painful

incision and minimize the risk of infection.

As with any surgical procedure, colorectal surgery can in rare cases result in

complications. These may include infection, abscess, fistula or bowel obstruction.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is used to reduce the likelihood of metastasis developing, shrink

tumour size, or slow tumor growth. Chemotherapy is often applied after surgery

(adjuvant), before surgery (neo-adjuvant), or as the primary therapy if surgery is not

indicated (palliative). The treatments listed here have been shown in clinical trials to

improve survival and/or reduce mortality and have been approved for use by the US

Food and Drug Administration.

Adjuvant (after surgery) chemotherapy. One regimen involves the combination of

infusional 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX)

5-fluorouracil (5-FU)

Leucovorin (LV)

Oxaliplatin (Eloxatin®)

Capecitabine (Xeloda®)

Chemotherapy for metastatic disease. Commonly used first line regimens involve

the combination of infusional 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX)

with bevacizumab or infusional 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan (FOLFIRI)

with bevacizumab

5-fluorouracil (5-FU)

Leucovorin

Irinotecan

Oxaliplatin

Bevacizumab

Cetuximab

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is used to kill tumor tissue before or after surgery or when

surgery is not indicated. Sometimes chemotherapy agents are used to increase the

effectiveness of radiation by sensitizing tumor cells if present. Radiotherapy is not

used routinely in colorectal cancer, as it could lead to radiation enteritis, and is

difficult to target specific portions of the colon, but may be used on metastatic

tumor deposits if they compress vital structures and/or cause pain. There may be a

role for post-operative adjuvant radiation in the case where a tumor perforates the

colon as judged by the surgeon or the pathologist. However, as the area of the prior

tumor site can be difficult (if not impossible) to ascertain by imaging, surgical clips

need to be left in the colon to direct the radiotherapist to the area of risk.

Immunotherapy

Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is gaining prominence as a complementary

theraputic agent in the treatment of colorectal cancer. A review of results from

recent clinical trials is given in Mosolits et al.

Support Therapies

Cancer diagnosis very often results in an enormous change in the patient’s

psychological wellbeing. Various support resources are available from, hospitals and

other agencies which provide counseling, social service support, cancer support

groups, and other services. These services help to mitigate some of the difficulties

of integrating a patient’s medical complications into other parts of their life.

Uterine Myomas – Natural Treatment

I began my search for uterine myomas natural treatment following my diagnosis back in 2007. I had been suffering from terrible symptoms for almost a year, including heavy periods which just soaked through numerous pads within an hour, breathlessness, pain, mild incontinence and my abdomen represented a seven month pregnancy.

My family and friends were pretty worried and some said I looked ill. At the time I knew very little about uterine myomas and after my diagnosis, I naively believed that an operation would put everything right, and that would be that. Little did I know that it was not so straightforward!

I had a cluster of uterine myomas which were the size of small oranges. However, one was the size of a small melon. I was told that women with less severe symptoms were often advised to take no action as myomas would shrink during the menopause. In addition, what I did not realize at the time was that even surgery was not a permanent solution, unless I went for a hysterectomy.

Unfortunately, because of the severity of my symptoms, a hysterectomy was advised. In some ways it was the last thing I wanted, due to the obvious side effects of hormonal imbalances, loss of femininity and I was also afraid of premature aging. In other ways, it was exactly what I wanted as I just wanted to be back to normal. I was advised that I would start treatment to turn off my hormones in around a month, as this would help shrink the uterine myomas, with the hysterectomy scheduled for around a month after the end of treatment.

Once home, I began to search for a uterine myomas natural treatment. The list of possible side effects from the hormone-stopping treatment was horrendous, including thinning vaginal skin, hair loss, facial wrinkles, night sweats and mood swings.

The good thing (if there is anything!) About uterine myomas is that they are quite dangerous and therefore once you have a diagnosis, you can take a little time to carefully consider your options rather than jumping headlong into surgery. Having individual myomas removed is not always successful as otherwise you can eliminate the root causes, they are very likely to regrow.

After much searching, I came across a uterine myomas natural treatment and approached it with my usual skepticism. However, a lot of what I was reading made complete sense, so much so that I postponed my hysterectomy by a month and decided to at least give a natural treatment a try.

Uterine myomas are formed due to the subtle interaction of a number of factors which interact within the body, sparking abnormal growth. This is one of the reasons why treatment is not straightforward as there is no one obvious cause. Although there are various factors which can make a woman more prune to tesse growths, it varies from woman to woman. It therefore follows that as identification of the root causes is almost impossible, successful treatment needs to use a multifaceted approach.

The uterine myomas natural treatment which I used concentrates firstly on the management of estrogen. Although not all women with high levels have myomas, most with myomas will have higher than average estrogen levels, so it's a good starting point. I was a little overweight and as estrogen is stored in and made inside the fat cells, it made good sense to lose weight, and this is one of the things I did. I also looked at ways of reducing pollutants within the body, such as pesticides and other environmental toxins as it is thought this is often a factor. I did this by firstly carrying out a liver detox and then sticking to eating produce and cutting down on the amount of meat I ate, especially red meat.

Another tip I learn is that women with myomas are sometimes prior to inflammatory conditions and this certainly applied to me! I therefore focused on eating high levels of naturally anti-inflammatory foods such as oats, hops and cumin.

Exercise should also form part of uterine myomas natural treatment and I therefore did around half an hour a day of walking (I had to start off slowly at first, but upped the pace as my symptoms reduced).

These strategies, along with a number of others which I adopted, began to make a difference in my symptoms within a few days. After 2 months, I returned for a scan and there was a marked reduction in the size of the larger myoma and the others appeared to take up less space. After another couple of months, some of the smaller myomas had disappeared and despite the others were still there, the symptoms were negligible.

So how do things stand now?

Well, it's now a couple of years since I used uterine myomas natural treatment and I have seriously kept up the good practices and have not seen a return of my symptoms. I believe it worked because I persevered and used a system which eliminated each and every one of the possible causes by using a "no-stone-unturned" approach. In addition, I was extremely motivated to do something about this problem as the prospect of major surgery was not attractive to me!

The lack of help, other than surgery, for women suffering from this condition lead an alternative practitioner to offer the same successful uterine myomas natural treatment which she taught in her busy clinic.

Simple Ovarian Cysts – How to Alleviate the Discomfort Now

Simple ovarian cysts are harmless in terms of being non-cancerous but they certainly come with their share of problems. Cysts on the ovaries can lead to a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort. In fact, it's not uncommon for a woman with a cyst to struggle to get out of bed or even perform the most mundane tasks. If you have a cyst like this, there are home remedies that can bring substantial pain relief to you.

One of the most effective methods for pain relief for simple ovarian cysts is heat. Heat is often the thought after method of pain relief for troublesome menstrual cramps and it does its job when it comes to striving cysts too. Heating pads are the easiest way to apply heat so if you do not have one you may want to invest in an inexpensive model. You can always use a hot water bottle too if that's what you have. In a pinch, sitting in a warm tub can really steal the pain away too.

Frequently urinating is one of the unexpected ways to get relief from simple ovarian cysts. When a woman's bladder becomes full it causes increased pressure in her abdomen. This can actually make the cyst feel even more uncomfortable. Get in a habit of using the washroom at regular intervals through the day. On a related note also try and stay regular in terms of bowel movements. Again, the added pressure can really impact the pain from the cyst. There are many natural alternatives to harsh laxatives to stay regular, so you will not have to worry about increased health risks from side effects.

Does Potato Starch Feed Candida?

When using the diet, there are many foods that need to be avoided if you wish to rid yourself of the Candida fungus. Many people want to know if potato starch feed Candida?

Does potato starch feed Candida? The answer is yes, it does, and all foods that have starch need to be avoided. Starch is turned into sugar when it is metabolized by the body. The fungus grows and thrives on yeast and sugar. The more carbohydrates, sugar, and yeast you take into your body, the longer the infection and fungus will live in your body.

It is important to maintain a diet that is at least 60% of vegetables that are high in fiber and low in starch. This includes leafy green vegetables as they help to clean the colon and the intestinal tract. Vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, and lettuce should be a daily portion of your diet.

Foods such as breads, alcohol, pastas, and other foods that are high in sugar, yeast, and carbohydrates need to be avoided. This includes candied and dried fruits, as well as cured and dried meats. You will want to drink plenty of water as it helps to wash away toxins and undesired and unnecessary fungus in the body.

So does potato starch feed Candida? Yes it does, and all types of starch need to be avoided if you really wish to get rid of the fungus in your body. Over the counter medicines may help cure a local yeast infection, however, the fungus is still in your body and must be deal with if you really wish to stop future overgrowth and outbreaks.

5 Outstanding Made in India Technology Products

Introduction

India has been a treasure-house of talent. We can understand if we look at the glorious past we had during the medieval times. When westerners were looking for the clues to solve scientific problems, India's illustrious ancestors had solutions in their minds. However, these solutions were not properly documented. Here, many of those solutions got embroiled in controversies in later centuries. When the time passed on, the western counterparts happened to rediscover them. Later, they applied for the patents. This has happened in case of many proprietary medicines derived from herbs. The current ruling dispensation under Narendra Modi has understood the need for giving fillip to the local brains so that they come out with outstanding products and technologies for the welfare of the community as a whole. In light of the new initiatives by the central government, let us look at the some of the outstanding Indian technology-based products we have come across since India got independence. These products have made India proud internationally. In this article, let us look at some of the emerging technology products that Indians have indigenously developed.

1. Artificial Heart Valves: These products came as a spin-off of the research material that developed low weight materials for Indian space satellites. The research team working in Sri Chitra Thiruna l Institute of Science and Technologies developed these life-saving valves at low costs. This prestigious Central Government Institution is located in Trivandrum , Kerala.
2. Artificial Limbs: Traditionally, India has to import the artificial limbs from foreign countries. Moreover, using them was a nightmare. Keeping these things in mind, some Indian entities have started making tailor-made artificial limbs for Indian conditions. These spin-off products have provided much-needed relief for the differently -abled people in that country.
3. Natural Mosquito Repellents: Some of the Center for Scientific and Industrial (CSIR) research institutes has developed herb-based natural repellents. They have already started marketing them. Just Spray, Just Out are some of the classical examples of insect repellents brought out by these research agencies. These products do not have any side effects unlike the commonly available brands like All Out, Mortin , etc.
4. Hib Vaccines: An Indian pharmacological company by the name Bharat Biotech has developed first indigenously made Hib vaccine against Haemophilias Type b microbe. It has brought down the cost of treatment of the above mentioned disease by half.
5. Shanferon : Noted Biotech Company Shantha Biotechnics had come out with first indigenously made interferon that costs about 40% less than the imported interferon. Physicians have started using this compound in the treatment of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Chronic Hepatitis B and Chronic Hepatitis C.