Crippled By Fear of Driving on Freeways? Here’s 5 Driving Phobia Treatments That Really Work

You’re nearing the onramp. Suddenly, you notice a constriction in your chest. Driving up the ramp, you feel a rush of fear as adrenaline surges through you. It’s like being on a rollercoaster; the sweaty, dizzy feeling as the chain drags the coaster to the top of that first monster drop. Except being scared on a rollercoaster is kind of fun. Feeling scared when you’re accelerating, trying to merge safely into the steel river of traffic looming in front of you…NOT fun. Not fun at all.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. You’re one of millions of people gripped by intense fear of driving on freeways, a type of driving phobia.

Wikipedia defines a phobia as “persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding”. If you have driving phobia, it’s probably specific to only a few situations. You may have no problems most of the time, but certain settings trigger powerful sensations of anxiety, panic, and being trapped. Freeways are one of the most common trigger environments.

Breaking Down Freeway Fear: What Are You REALLY Afraid Of?

It’s likely you struggle with one or more of the following:

Merging. Merging into traffic at freeway speed is very stressful. Even “normal” (aka non-phobic) drivers find their hearts pounding a little. Merging can feel exposed and overwhelming. It feels unsafe because there’s too much happening too fast.

Lane changes. The combination of speed and traffic makes changing lanes difficult. Also, pushy drivers sometimes monopolize every extra inch of space, making lane changes even harder for less confrontational types. Lateral movement across lanes takes skill and a certain amount of aggression. This is tough with driving phobia.

Passing or overtaking. Going around other vehicles at high speed is nerve-racking because you’re so close to other large, moving objects. It’s especially bad passing trucks or other big vehicles. Passing feels exposed and claustrophobic too.

Feeling trapped. Driving phobia is a manifestation of agoraphobia, which “clusters” around social interactions where exit or escape is difficult. Like sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, or driving over a bridge where pulling over isn’t possible. Any experience of close quarters with other people and no “fast out” can trigger panic. Crowded freeways are a prime candidate.

One option, of course, is to just avoid freeways altogether. But what if you live in a densely populated area? Many people live in places where freeway driving is a fact of life. Some have reported driving an extra 2 hours a day to avoid them, but this is not a viable solution for most people.

So what can you do to overcome or reduce your fear of driving on freeways? Are there viable options out there?

5 Effective Treatment Options

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Generally considered the most effective for phobia, CBT helps you identify factors which contribute to your anxiety. It shows how your thoughts contribute to the problem, and how to change destructive thinking. It also helps reduce or stop unwanted, anxious behavior patterns.

Driver Training / Coaching. Perhaps your fear is due to feeling that you lack good driving skills. Whether you need to learn how to drive, or just want to brush up your abilities, a good defensive driving course can make you more confident behind the wheel.

Hypnotherapy. Common misconceptions about hypnosis are that you’re under someone’s “spell” and might be manipulated. This is mostly due to stage hypnosis that’s used for entertainment. A qualified hypnotherapist treats anxiety by inducing a relaxed state where you learn to change your internal reactions to fear triggers.

This also helps you control the physical reactions of anxiety like dizziness and hyperventilation by stimulating the parasympathetic response – your body’s built in stress reduction mechanism.

Self-Help. Many, MANY resources are available. Evaluate your options carefully here, and proceed with caution. If you’re brand-new to this world, you may want to start with professional therapy. It takes familiarity with effective treatment to accurately evaluate the quality of self-help resources. Not all are created equal, and not all have your best interests in mind.

Medication. Sometimes anxiety is so intense it must be chemically reduced before other options can be explored. Medication is not an effective long-term strategy for driving phobia. It should be combined with other methods for more successful recovery. Always seek medical advice from a qualified professional like a doctor or psychiatrist. NEVER buy anti-anxiety medication from potentially dangerous sources like so-called “generic drug” websites.

You don’t have to live like this. And you don’t have to continue avoiding freeways either. Your condition is highly treatable – it’s just a matter of finding the options that work best for you.

Next time your heart starts pounding as you approach an onramp, make a vow to get help for this crippling problem. When the day comes where you’re driving easily down a freeway, WITHOUT fear, you’ll be really glad you did.

Managing Anxiety: The Externalizing Technique

When anxiety takes over, it can feel like you’re possessed. You may become paralyzed and unable to make decisions. You may question your every move. You may find yourself playing that tired old song, “What-if…” over and over till you get a headache.

If you suffer from anxiety, there are lots of tools you can use to feel better. Meditation, relaxation techniques, and positive self-talk are some examples. But it can also be helpful to externalize your anxiety – to see it as something separate form your essential self.

Externalization is a process developed by Narrative therapists. The idea is that we often confuse people with problems. For example, we may say, “I’m anxious,” instead of “I’m feeling some anxiety.” Changing your language can make a subtle but powerful difference. Notice how the two statements above can make a difference in how you feel about yourself. You are not anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling that can come and go.

You can take this process a step further by giving your anxiety a separate identity – it’s own personality, if you will. Imagine your anxiety is an actual person. Is it male or female? How tall? What kind of voice does it have? How does it dress? How old is he or she?

When you have a full picture of your anxiety, it may feel good to name it. This removes your anxiety even further from your true self. What would be a good name for your anxiety? One person I know named hers Eunice. She liked this name because to her it was a little bit silly. The name Eunice helped her take her anxiety less seriously. When she felt anxious, she could say to herself, “Oh, that’s just Eunice. She’s a worrier.” This freed her to do many of the things that would have been difficult in the past – from helping her kids choose a college to advocating for herself at work.

Sometimes, when Eunice would get very loud and big, she would imagine Eunice shrinking, becoming tiny as a mouse. Other times, when Eunice got scared, she would imagine soothing her – like one of her own kids. By dis-identifying with her anxiety, she was much better able to take care of it – and ultimately herself.

How to Identify and Treat Terminal Insomnia

Terminal insomnia, also called late insomnia, is a frustrating condition where you can usually fall asleep easily upon going to bed…. but then you wake up four-to-five hours later, unable to get back to sleep. So you are waking up too early in the morning, which leaves you feeling exhausted, foggy and cranky when you roll out of bed to start your day. Despite the ominous sounding name, terminal insomnia will not kill you but can certainly be a joy-killer.

To get started on a cure for terminal insomnia, it’s important to determine how many hours of sleep you really need to get a full night’s rest. Unlike initial insomnia (not being able to fall asleep for hours after you go to bed) and middle insomnia (waking up in the middle of the night and taking hours to fall back to sleep) where all the symptoms clearly point to the condition, some people who think they have terminal insomnia might instead simply be “short sleepers.”

And what does that mean? Well, some people only need four or five hours of sleep to properly function throughout the day. If you have always been able to feel fine on less sleep than some of your friends and relatives, you might not be experiencing late insomnia symptoms, but just going to bed too early for the amount of sleep that you need.

If that’s the case, your tired, cranky feeling might be the result of lying awake too long, beating up on yourself because you can’t fall back to sleep. Try going to bed later so you will wake up at a more reasonable hour and can arise and start your day immediately. And then be grateful that you have a few extra hours in your day to do something other than sleep!

If, however, you have never been a short sleeper, and you now find yourself increasingly exhausted after these short hours of sleep, you could very well be experiencing terminal insomnia. As you would for any other type of insomnia, once you have determined that you have terminal insomnia, it is time to find out why. You can’t fight an unknown force, so understanding the causes of your condition comes before treatment.

Start With Emotional Causes of Insomnia

To help you uncover the causes of your terminal or late insomnia, keep a sleep diary for about two weeks. In this diary you will write down your thoughts and feelings when you first wake up in the morning. This can help you to determine if there are emotional reasons that you are unable to get back to sleep. Because the emotional reasons behind your inability to sleep might be a little hidden — possibly subconscious — it is important to analyze the situation completely. Don’t skip this step!

I have found that initial insomnia — where you are unable to fall asleep when you first go bed — is often associated with feelings of fear, stress, worry, and anxiety. Initial insomniacs may even experience sleep anxiety where they are unable to sleep because they are so focused upon getting to sleep. These emotional causes of insomnia tend to make your body tense and restless, so you can’t relax physically or mentally enough to fall asleep.

People with middle insomnia or terminal insomnia, though, tend more toward feelings of depression, anger, and frustration. These emotions do not cause the adrenaline rush in quite the same way as anxiety and worry. They also tend to get pushed more into the subconscious mind, where we aren’t aware of them much at all. But they can gnaw away in the background of our minds, and wake us up in the middle of the night.

Physical Causes

You can also determine possible physical causes of your late insomnia with the help of your sleeping diary. If you wake up at generally the same time every morning, there might be a physical reason or a combination of several physical reasons why this happens.

For example, if you have a thermostat set to change the temperature at that specific time, this change might be waking you. Does you neighbor leave for work at that time and turn on a bright light that shines in your bedroom window? Is there an increase in outdoor noise such as more traffic or a dog barking? Maybe your allergies are flaring up at that time. Some allergy suffers find that the predawn hours are the worst. By determining the cause or causes of your insomnia, you can then determine ways to cure the symptoms.

The Ultimate Athletes Foot Remedy

In an ever-changing world where physical beauty greatly matters, it is only natural for people to strive hard in maintaining their natural beauty. But since not everyone is endowed with perfectly-shaped eyes, nose, brows, and lips along with flawless complexion and lustrous hair, it is only a must that people find ways to somehow make-up for their shortcomings by finding solutions to their problems.

One of the common problems of people with regards to skin diseases is athlete’s foot. Characterized by reddish, crackled, flaky skin between toes, dermatologists say that a fungus that usually thrives in warm and moist places causes athlete’s foot.

Like any other skin problems, athlete’s foot is known to be highly contagious especially by skin contact. In order to avoid it, experts advise people to stay away from places infected skin particles maybe be present.

If you’re already suffering from it, don’t fret because you can still cure athlete’s foot by trying the remedies suggested below.

POPULAR ATHLETE’S FOOT REMEDIES

The most common remedy for this contagious skin disease is by using traditional powders or athlete’s foot creams available in various pharmacies. Traditional treatments usually include over-the-counter medications that are known to treat athlete’s foot by weakening it.

The most popular OTC athlete’s foot medication today is Terbinafine ointment–a prescription drug sold as Lamisil–which obliterates the fungus. After the application of the ointment, the success of the treatment will depend on the patient’s resistance to fungus and immune system.

Aside from taking in or application of medication, athlete’s foot can be remedied by proper hygiene like keeping the feet dry all the time. Since the athlete’s foot causing fungus thrives in moist areas, keeping your feet dry will lessen the possibility of spreading to other areas of the feet.

Also, make sure that you scrape away the loose skin before applying the medication in the infected area after drying your feet. Other remedies include:

– Putting medicated powder or baking soda in the shoes and socks before you wear them.

– Wearing cotton absorbent socks washed in hot water with bleach.

– Keeping the shoes well ventilated before using them again.

– Using open-toed sandals to keep feet dry as possible.

– Wiping of white vinegar or spraying a disinfectant inside of the shoes to avoid re-infection.

– Applying antiperspirants to keep the feet from sweating.

– Drying the feet thoroughly using hair dryer or a clean towel.

– Spraying of diluted rubbing alcohol after showering can keep the feet dry.

– Applying of aloe vera or aloe gel at least twice a day.

– Soaking feet in a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water for 10 -15 minutes daily. This will relieve itching because of the antifungal properties of the apple cider vinegar.

– Rubbing a clove of raw garlic on the feet to kill the fungus.

Remedy For Thick Toenails – Remedies That Work to Cure Thick Toenails

Thick toenails are often associated with toenail fungus. This is often the case however it is not always the case. Symptoms to determine whether thick toenails are a result of a toenail fungus are discoloring of the nail, fogging of the nail, brittleness, pain, or chipping of the nail. Any of these symptoms point to a good indication that you may be suffering from a toenail fungus.

Thick Toenail Remedies

If your thick toenail has come about from a fungus there are several ways to treat it. Some of which are ineffective, others which are dangerous, and others which take a little determination but show remarkable results.

Over the counter topical solutions for curing nail fungus are generally ineffective because they fail to deliver treatment directly to the fungus and fail to penetrate the nail. Prescription drugs can be quite expensive and include countless side effects. These side effect include liver damage which can result in death. Your not even guaranteed treatment with these ingested drugs.

One of the most effective methods I found for curing my thick toenail fungus was using a combination of techniques. It took sometime to get the remedy down to something that actually worked for me. I started off by shaving my infected nail down just a little bit. I did this after I took a nice hot shower so the nail would be easier to shave. Be careful to not shave off too much. Just shaving the surface of the infected nail will do.

The next part of my treatment was dipping my feet in regular old store bought beer for thirty minutes each application. I did this twice a day. After I finished this treatment I started using a natural topical treatment.

After a few weeks of applying this treatment I began seeing a gradual healing of the nail. Obviously this takes a little bit of work but it was the safest most effective method I could find.

Protect Yourself From Sprained Ankles

Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries in sports that many athletes experience. For football players, this may be when a receiver runs with the ball and tries to juke the opposing team but lands on the wrong side of his foot and it becomes twisted. For the basketball athlete, it may be even more common to suffer from a sprained ankle. I cannot stress enough how many times high school basketball players wear an ankle brace because of having a sprained ankle.

Now let’s define what are the causes of having a sprained ankle. An ankle sprain occurs when the ankle joints or ligaments twist more than they should. The ankle joints are a very complex structure, when someone has sprained their ankle, one of their ligaments has been disrupted. Not having strong ankle joints can cause an athlete to have an even greater chance of getting sprained ankles. It is best to find exercises that target the ankles such as: step ups, toe raises, and heel and toe walking. Here is a more general detail of how to perform these exercises.

1. Step Ups: The step ups are simple exercises and only require you to step up on a step. It is as simple as that. Step up and down in a controlled manner and repeat for about 200 repetitions.

2. Toe Raises: Doing toe raises is very much similar like doing calf raises. On the edge of a step, stand on with your heels, raise the ball of your foot and hold it for a short amount of seconds then resume to normal position.

3. Heel and Toe walking: This is a very simple exercise, simply walk on your toe for around 30 to 60 seconds then switch over to walking with your heels for 30 to 60 seconds as well. Perform each of these exercises every day and remember to never overdue them. We want you to strengthen your ankles, not to make them sore.

When someone has a sprained ankle, it will be classified into 1 of 3 categories, they are:

Grade 1: This is the least severe type of an ankle sprain and the one you would want to get if you have a game in the next few weeks. Their is small stretching of some of the ligaments, and you may experience small pains and stiffness.

Grade 2: When someone has a grade 2 ankle sprain, they have swelling and a little loss of stability due to some stretching and tearing of the ligaments.

Grade 3: A grade 3 sprained ankle is the most severe and it is due to a complete tear to one of the ligaments in the ankles.

When someone has experienced any form of a sprained ankle, it is best to buy an ankle brace that is fit properly and follow the R.I.C.E. method. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)

Rest: When someone has a sprained ankle, it is best to stop all activities and let your legs rest. This will let your ligaments at ease. Resting will give your body and ligaments time to heal and recover.

Ice: Get ice and wrap it around with a towel or use an ice pack. Cold limits swelling and helps ease the pain.

Compression: Compression helps reduce swelling, and when you have swelling, you will take longer to heal.

Elevation: Elevation will help control swelling, wherever a part is sprained, it is best to have it elevated above the heart, so if it is in the ankles then have your ankle elevated higher then your heart, elevate your ankle on a large pillow.

Following the RICE method is a great way to increase recovery time of a sprained ankle.

Indonesian Beef Rendang With Potato and Egg

Beef Rendang is very popular dish throughout Asia, originally it came from Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. It has rich flavour of coconut milk and other Indonesian traditional spices. The original recipe, it has a very spicy taste, but in this recipe, I reduce some of the chillies. If you think the amount of chillies in this recipe is still plenty, you can reduce it as well to the level of spicy that you can handle. To add a variation in this recipe, I have added potatoes and eggs.

Ingredients:

1 kg Tenderloin Beef Meat, cut into 5 x 5 x 5 cm

3 Potatoes

4 Eggs

2000 ml Coconut Milk (from 3 coconuts)

2 cm Greater Galangal, bruise to release flavour

4 stalks Lemon Grass, pick the white part then bruise to release flavour

8 Kafiir Lime Leaves, spines removed

1 Turmeric Leaves

3 Bay Leaves

Spice paste (Grinded or Blended Ingredients):

15 Shallots

5 cloves Garlic

100 gr Ground Red Chilies

4 cm Ginger

2 cm Turmeric

2 teaspoons Salt

5 Candlenuts

1 teaspoon Coriander Seed

Directions:

1. Boil Eggs for 7 minutes, peeled, set aside.

2. Boil Potatoes for 20 minutes until soft, peeled, set aside.

3. In a pot, boil coconut milk in medium fire. Add lemon grass,greater galangal, kafiir lime leaves, turmeric leaves and all blended ingredients, mix it all together.

4. Place the beef meat into the coconut milk, keep stirring until it boils.

5. After boiled, set the fire into low position. Cook until the beef meat tender and coconut milk dried up.

6. At last, place boiled potatoes and eggs into the pot, stir it a little bit, serve.

Acidity Causes Damage For The Pancreas

The Acidity of the Human Body

In schools across the U.S., teachers use litmus paper tests to demonstrate the difference between acidity and alkalinity to elementary school students. But is the concept of acidity and alkalinity relevant in people’s everyday lives? Yes, because every component of the human body has an essential pH level that is necessary for survival. Therefore people must encourage the proper pH levels in their bodies.

Scientists developed a scale for measuring the acidity or alkalinity of various mineral solutions using a pH scale from 0 to 14. Pure water has a neutral pH of 7.0. Any solution with a pH below 7.0 is acidic, with pH 0 being the most acidic. Any solution with a pH above 7.0 is alkaline, with pH 14 being the most alkaline.

The human body, when healthy, retains a slightly alkaline balance. The pH of our blood is a constant 7.4. If the pH of a person’s blood drops to 7.0 they would die from massive organ failure. Organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain require the blood’s pH to remain at a steady 7.4.

So the human body constantly works to maintain the proper pH. This is difficult, because every single cell in the human body is living, breathing, and making waste. And these waste products tend to be acidic. There are several ways in which the body can become too dangerously acidic: if the body gets too much acidic food, if the cells manufacture too much acidic waste, or if the body cannot remove or neutralize these acids. If the acids cannot be neutralized or removed, then the cells are literally bathing in their own waste. This condition is called acidosis, or over-acidity.

Acidosis erodes and eats into the cell membranes of the heart, arteries, and veins similar to the way that acid can slowly eat its way through some of the world’s strongest materials, like marble or metal. Over-acidity causes many diseases, as well as premature aging, through slowly eroding and killing the body’s cells.

Acidity and the Pancreas

Some parts of the body are naturally more alkaline than others. Highly alkaline glands like the pancreas and liver are the most susceptible to acidic damage. Pancreatic juice has a pH level between 7.8 – 8.0. Bile from the liver has a pH between 7.5 – 8.8. But when the acidity of the whole body becomes higher, pancreatic juices and bile also become more acidic. Acidic pancreatic juices and bile become destructive and irritate the surrounding tissues of the pancreas and liver, causing inflammation, stones, ulcers, and even cancer.

Overly-acidic bile also causes reflux, or the backflow of bile through the pancreatic duct, up the small intestine, into the stomach, and up into the esophagus. Likewise, bile reflux affects the duodenum and stomach, causing inflammation, ulcers, and cancer. Acid reflux and bile reflux often appear together, further inflaming the lining of the esophagus and increasing the possibility of esophageal cancer.

Another concern of high body overall acid toxicity is biliary pancreatic reflux, or when the bile backs up into the pancreatic duct. This back-up of bile may trigger an attack of acute pancreatitis and exacerbate the problems of chronic pancreatitis. Acidic bile is also thought to be a major factor in the development of gallbladder stones. Gallbladder stones can cause severe damage to the pancreas and liver through the blockage of pancreatic and bile ducts.

When the blood becomes too acidic it is difficult for pancreatic cells to acquire the necessary minerals and bicarbonates essential to the production of sufficiently alkaline pancreatic juice. Without appropriately alkaline pancreatic juice many problems appear, such as:

o Fewer pancreatic enzymes make it through the duodenum, causing indigestion,

o A decreasing in the activities of protease inhibitors (the special enzymes that suppress protease from digestion of its own pancreas within the own pancreatic duct). The inflammation of pancreatitis begins as the protease begins digesting its own pancreatic cells,

o An increase of calcium in the pancreatic duct that leads to stones that irritate the pancreatic duct,

o A decrease in the anti-microbial properties of the pancreatic juice,

o Spasm, and subsequent blockage, of the sphincter of Oddi. This blockage creates increasing pressure inside of the pancreas, where trapped pancreatic digestive enzymes begin to digest the pancreatic cells. This causes irritation, inflammation and may lead to the death of pancreatic tissue.

Food, Minerals, and a Healthy Pancreas

Our contemporary diet is naturally acidic and therefore changes the body’s pH balance towards an acidic state called metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis is becoming more and more prevalent as the standard American’s diet moves away from naturally alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables. A body becomes more acidic from a diet too high in acid-producing foods like meat, most dairy products, white flour, sugar, alcohol, refined vegetable oils, soft drinks, and coffee. Other factors that also contribute to the body’s acidity include: stress, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, free radicals, chronic inflammation, and infection.

As over-acidity becomes more prevalent, it is being recognized as a dangerous condition that weakens the entire body. To neutralize and dispose of high acidity, a body must borrow alkaline minerals from vital organs, bones, and muscles. These minerals are essential for good health, and include calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. When these necessary minerals and bicarbonates are leached from the pancreas, the pancreas becomes sick, causing irritation, inflammation, and even cancer.

To help neutralize body over-acidity it is necessary for people to get more minerals and bicarbonates into their diet. These minerals and bicarbonates come from food, but they also come from healing mineral water.

European Treatment for Pancreatic and Liver Disorders

Europeans have been utilizing the curative properties of mineral waters for hundreds of years. European medical doctors are taught the benefits of Balneotherapy, or the science of the curative nature of mineral waters. Many Europeans are encouraged by their doctors to take “health vacations” to mineral hot springs resorts. At these resorts patients drink the healing mineral water from spring. They additionally eat a healthy diet, do daily exercises, and utilize acupuncture and colon hydrotherapy.

One famous European mineral hot springs resort stands above the rest. The thermal mineral water from a small town of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic has been used medically for hundreds of years. Many European doctors and scientists have studied the special properties of the Karlovy Vary mineral water. In fact, many medical articles, dissertations, and books have been printed confirming the positive effect these healing waters have on pancreatic and liver disorders.

Two hundred and fifty years ago a special evaporating method was developed to make salt from the Karlovy Vary thermal spring water. This method was a genuine breakthrough, as the Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt was scientifically determined to have the identical healing properties of water taken directly from the spring’s thermal source.

Now the healing benefits of the Karlovy Vary mineral spring water could be utilized by people from all around the world – through Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt. Even better, the mineral salt solution – healing mineral water is prepared quickly and easily by simply by dissolving the bag of salt in the water.

Water created from genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt has forty essential minerals, bicarbonates, and trace elements in proportions that simulate human plasma. The water is a safe natural alkalizer that helps restore the body to a healthy pH. It neutralizes acid radicals and removes them from the body.

It has been scientifically shown in Europe that use of the Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt decreases gas, bloating, abdominal spasms, stomach pain, and indigestion. It reduces these through increasing the alkalinity of pancreatic enzymes and bile, by opening the pancreatic and bile ducts, and by decreasing inner toxicity, therefore, helping the body to maintain its optimum pH level and proper function of pancreas.

The information in this article is presented for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a qualified licensed professional.

Menstrual Cycle – How it Really Works

Your period, your "time of month," your "friendyy-whatever you call it, most women experience menstruation for the first time between the ages of nine and sixteen, and every month (twenty-eightdays or so) after that. The funny thing is, although both girls and boys know about it, know that it happens to females, the purpose of menstruation and how it works remain a mystery to most people. This is a sad thing. Knowing how the human body works allows us to appreciate it that much more. Knowing how and why a female menstruates allows people of both genders to unlock the mystery of a woman's fertility cycle.

The bottom-line purpose of menstruation is so that a woman can get pregnant. Each month, an egg is released by one of a woman's two ovaries. The egg travels to the uterus by way of the fallopian tubes. The idea here is that once the egg is released, it will be fertilized by a sperm and be on its way to becoming a fetus and ultimately a baby. So, in order for the future baby to be comfortable, the uterus starts to develop a thick, cushy lining made up of blood and nutrients while the egg is making its way down the fallopian tube. In a way, the uterus is getting ready for its "house guest" -one that it thinks will stay for about nine months.

Most of the time, however, the egg is not fertilized and just passes right through the uterus without even stopping to say hello; it simply dissolves instead. Since the uterus has no one staying in it, it does not need all that nutrient-rich lining it created. So, it sheds this lining through the vagina. It is this lining that is the blood of a woman's period. This cycle of egg release and uterus preparation will happen practically every month until the ovaries stop releasing eggs. Most women have their periods for about
thirty years or more.

But, this description of the menstrual cycle is missing something important-the hormones! In fact, many people associate menstruation with a woman's hormones being totally out of whack. This is not the case. While it's true that women's hormone levels change with the menstrual cycle, they do so for very distinct reasons. These reasons are divided into three phases. will happen practically every month until the ovaries stop releasing eggs. Most women have their periods for about thirty years or more.

Vaginal Discharge and 18 Effective Natural Treatments For Vaginal Discharge

Vaginal discharge is usual and varies during your menstrual cycle. Before ovulation, there is a lot of mucous formed, up to 30 times extra than after ovulation. It is also more watery and elastic during that stage of your cycle. You may desire to wear panty liners during that time. The things to be worried about contain if the discharge has a yellow or green color, is clumpy similar to cottage cheese, or has a bad odor. If worried, see a doctor.

Causes of Vaginal Discharge

1. Gonorrhea in Women

2. Menopause

3. Pelvic provocative Disease

4. Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Women (STDs)

5. Vaginal blood loss

6. Vaginitis

7. Women’s physical condition

8. Yeast Infection

9. Allergic response

10. Cervical polyp

11. Cervicitis

12. Atrophic vaginitis

13. Foreign body (e.g. forgotten tampon)

14. Hormonal modify

Symptoms of Vaginal Discharge

1. Loss of craving is one of the major symptoms of this discharge.

2. It also causes difficulty in fruitfulness.

3. Vaginal itching or burning is too another indication of blood vaginal discharge.

4. Occasionally bleeding in vagina is also a sign of this discharge.

Natural Treatment to Avoid Vaginal Discharge

1. Mango seeds are also superior to stop white vaginal discharge. For this, relate one teaspoon paste of decorticated kernel of mango within the vaginal area.

2. Take a Yellow dock Root supplement every day. Yellow dock is an herb that has become admired as an herbal remedy for the treatment of Vaginitis. This treatment mechanism well on its own but should be in use with other herbs for the best consequences.

3. The tender leaves of guava are helpful in the treatment of this disease. A mixture of the leaves should be used as a douche. It acts as a influential vaginal harsh.

4. Have yogurt. The lively cultures in yogurt may ease vaginal discharge by restoring usual flora in your vagina.

5. As rapidly as you come out of the bath or after swimming, dry yourself directly. Dust the vaginal area with powder after wiping absent the water or moisture.

6. Douche with simple warm water when discharge is enormously grave. Avoid douching frequently with marketable products as they can regularly upset the usual vaginal flora.

7. Employ plain, unscented white toilet paper. Perfumes and dyes can cause frustration and inflammation.

8. Utilize condoms if you’re not in an equally monogamous relationship.

9. Apply pure aloe vera gel to ease longing.

10. Fungal infections can cause severe itching and a curdy white vaginal discharge and along with passion sometimes.

11. Trichomoniasis can also reason the similar sign along with boils in the vaginal area.

12. Psoriasis can also reason the same sign.

13. Genital herpes can reason discharge along with sore blisters which are extremely contagious.

14. Chlamydia infections can also reason the equal symptoms.

15. Simmer one tsp cumin seeds in one liter of water and drink daily to soothe the body.

16. Intake a tsp of aloe vera gel is also useful.

17. Get a nutritious diet it assist you to keep healthy and stay well being. By captivating nutritious diet you will get power and also nutrients fill the gaps of any insufficiency in your body. And too give correct blood circulation to your body.

18. Keep away from food that is highly rich in yeast like mushroom, breads and red meat. As extreme growth of yeast can reason yeast infection to the vagina.

Ovarian Cyst Treatment

An ovarian cyst is a growth or swelling on or inside the ovary. It may be solid or filled with fluid. If it is solid, it is called a tumor. This can be frightening because it immediately brings cancer to mind, but tumor is just the medical term for any swelling. There are many types of ovarian cysts, namely, functional cysts, dermoid cysts, serous & mucinous cystadenomas, endometriomas, functional tumors, fibromas and brenner tumors. Conversely, the choice of ovarian cyst treatment used to treat the cysts differ between the types. Fortunately, the vast majority of these ovarian cysts are not cancerous.

Many women experience no symptoms when they have an ovarian cyst, especially if it is small. Certain cysts may grow large and cause the abdomen to swell. Depending on where the cyst is and its size, it can exert pressure on the bladder or bowel, cause abdominal discomfort, uncomfortable or painful sex and irregular periods. Sometimes complication such as intense pain, vomiting and heart palpitation can take place if the stem attached to the cyst is twisted causing a condition called torsion or if the cyst is ruptured.

Ovarian cyst treatment often involved the use of prescription drugs that can affect the hormonal levels of the body. Contraceptive pills, anti-androgen drugs, fertility drugs, luteinising hormone-suppressing drugs, antibiotics or a combination of these drugs are normally used to treat these ovarian cysts. Surgery is the next available option but this form of treatment should be considered only as a last resort. If hysterectomy is recommended, please seek a second or third opinion before taking that option.

Herbal remedies have proven to be effective in the treatment of ovarian cysts. It usually takes between two to six months for the treatment to be completely effective depending upon the size and number of ovarian cysts present. Herbs such as echinacea and milk thistle are known to effectively treat and control these ovarian cysts. Diet is also very important, as some foods can aggravate the condition, and some foods are very beneficial in controlling the recurrence of the ovarian cysts. Foods that help ease the discomfort and recurrence include plenty of raw fruits and vegetables (especially the dark green leafy vegetables), garlic, legumes, whole grains and other whole foods. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, red meats, eggs, white sugar, carbonated beverages and processed or refined foods.

Supplements have also been found to be effective in the treatment and control of ovarian cysts. A good quality multivitamins and minerals will enhance the dietary changes your are making, working to balance the hormones, improve immunity, enhance liver function and protect against abnormal cell growth. A high daily dose of Vitamin C, zinc, B vitamins and a good antioxidant are known to be helpful in the treatment and control of the cysts.

Why Do I Get Oral Thrush?

Oral thrush is otherwise known as oral Candidiasis. It is a yeast infection involving the mouth, palate and tongue areas. In more severe cases the infection may involve the throat and can sometimes spread further down to the oesophagus.

Oral thrush symptoms show as thick, white patches on the skin and the under-surface is red and inflamed. In a baby, these patches sometimes look like milk curds but can not be wiped away as easily as milk can.

Oral thrush is often painful and the sufferer may find it difficult to eat, swallow or suck. One negative side affect of this is that the patient may become dehydrated and need hospitalisation to re-establish their fluid levels. This is particularly problematic in the very old and the very young.

If a person with thrush has problems swallowing and / develops chest pain. An oesophageal infection may have developed. This is a rare but serious condition and systemic anti-fungal medications are necessary for treatment. These are usually prescribed and supervised by a doctor.

Oral thrush can occur quite frequently in babies. In addition to the distinctive lesions, infants can become irritable and may have trouble feeding. Treatment is NOT always necessary as it can get better on its own within a couple of weeks. However it is important to seek advice from your doctor or midwife if baby is not feeding well.

Oral thrush in babies can be passed during breast-feeding to and from the breast and the infant's mouth repeatedly, so if intervention is needed it is recommended that both mum and baby are treated with the prescribed medications or natural remedies. Make sure that the products you use are safe for baby.

In adults oral thrush will develop if the immune system is weakened by

– Being in poor health
– Being very old
– Taking steroids
– Taking antibiotics over a long time
– If you are diabetic in poor control and your blood sugars are too high
– Being on immune suppressant drugs or chemotherapy
– Having HIV or AIDS
– Having poorly fitting dentures
– May be transmitted during oral sex with an infected partner

Oral thrush is most often caused by a yeast called Candida albicans which lives normally in the mouth and other parts of the body as part of the normal flora in 80-90% of the population. The overgrowth of yeast is usually kept in check by your immune system and other types of normal flora that also normally live in the mouth. Candida albicans is an opportunistic pathogen and infection occurs when conditions become favourable for the yeast to overgrow and cause signs of infection.

The diagnosis of oral thrush is most often based on clinical symptoms which look very typical. If the diagnosis is not clear the doctor or midwife may take a swab and send it to the laboratory for examination under the microscope and for culture onto specific agars. An endoscopy may be required to confirm oesphageal infections, particularly if the patient is unable to swallow.

The drugs used to treat an oral yeast infection (oral Candidiasis) come as topical treatments available as mouth rinses or lozenges. Probiotics made up of Saccharomyces are one of the recommended natural products to treat oral thrush. As mentioned before, systemic drugs are needed to treat oesphageal yeast infection.

Oral thrush is a relatively common form of yeast infection in both adults and babies. It may go away without treatment or it may progress in some circumstances to the more severe oesophageal form. If you have the right information you can prevent oral thrush and treat the symptoms. Understanding what causes yeast infections and how to cure them using both medical preparations and natural products is the key to controlling this embarrassing disease.

Surviving Hepatitis in West Africa

Kumasi, Ghana, may not have been the best place in the world to contact hepatitis in May 1980. At that time, I was serving on the academic staff of the University of Science and Technology (UST), and having served for more than nine years in robust health, and taking a malarial prophylactic, I nevertheless suspected malaria when struck by the first symptoms of headache and fever. After a few days these symptoms subsided, but another two or three days brought sickness, weakness and yellowing of the skin and eyes. I was immediately admitted to the University Hospital.

In a ward reserved for senior academic staff, in tropical heat slightly moderated by a ceiling fan, I lay under a single flimsy cotton sheet with a glucose drip in my left arm. There, I was destined to stay for nineteen days. Professors from the Medical School came to monitor my progress and took blood samples, but I was told there was no treatment other than bed rest. The blood test (bilirubin) results soared to 20 on a scale that is 1 for normal health. I was told not to worry, some poor woman had recently scored over 40 and still survived.

The back pain became almost unbearable as the kidneys bore the brunt of the liver damage. The nurses feared to come near the yellow apparition and did nothing except change the glucose drip from time-to-time. Everything else was done by my wife on her frequent visits. No food was provided in Ghanaian hospitals and so it was necessary for meals to be brought in. However, with complete absence of appetite, little food was required. Local remedies were pressed upon the patient, including water in which kenke (fermented corn dough) or pineapple skins had been boiled. The first I found undrinkable, and the second, though palatable, had no noticeable effect.

Slowly reducing scores on the blood test indicated gradual improvement. A return home was promised when the level fell below 5, but that day was long coming. Having lain sweltering for two weeks without ablution, I longed for a shower. Clutching the glucose drip bottle in one hand, I staggered into the adjacent shower room, partly supported by my wife, where I leaned against the wall and turned on the cold water. Release came a few days later.

On reaching home I was incredibly weak. Even mounting the three steps between the bedroom and the living room was beyond my strength. The taste buds were also affected; for example, although I had always enjoyed coffee, for months after the hepatitis the slightest scent induced nausea. Returning to work was conditional on the blood test score falling to unity, and that took another nine weeks. Later, returning to England on leave, I was relieved to find that even the National Health Service had no treatment for hepatitis A, other than that which I had been given in Kumasi.

Can High Fructose Corn Syrup Cause Liver Scarring?

In a recent report by Dr. Mercola, he alleges that high fructose corn syrup might cause fibrosis (or scarring) in the liver. His report, featured in the March 23, 2010 edition of Science Daily, describes a study conducted with a test group of 400 adults all of whom had non-alcoholic liver disease, all of whom succumbed to liver biopsies for this test. The study found that 81% of the patients consumed high fructose corn syrup-containing beverages. Is this a coincidence, or is fructose truly damaging to the liver?

Many different lifestyle choices can result in poor health. The liver, as the body’s filter, can take quite a beating. The people in the aforementioned study all had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is a condition where fat accumulates in the liver as a result of substances other than alcohol. Alcohol abuse causes fat to accumulate in the liver as well, and also causes cirrhosis. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has symptoms like abdomen pain, fatigue, and sometimes jaundice, like many other liver diseases, but the tricky thing about it is that without a definite cause like alcohol, it is hard to tell what caused the condition.

The Mayo Clinic says that the risk factors for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are high cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides in the blood, malnutrition, obesity, and the ingestion of toxins and chemicals. These risk factors are all health conditions that can cause disease, and are usually a result of lifestyle choices. Obesity is most often caused by poor food choices, lack of exercise, and leading a sedentary lifestyle. High cholesterol is also very indicative of bad food choices. This lends credence to the idea that the consumption of high fructose corn syrup can cause buildup on the liver. Since it exists in so many foods and beverages, an individual who does not choose fresh fruits and vegetables over processed foods will likely encounter high fructose corn syrup several times per week, if not per day.

Further support for the idea that high fructose corn syrup can cause a fatty liver lies in the risk factor of toxins and chemicals. There has been a lot of fuss in the media regarding the corn syrup debate. Some restaurants have proudly announced that they no longer use high fructose corn syrup. “Sugar” has become, instead of the dirty word it used to be, a new indicator of a “healthier” product. Obviously, this has the corn refining industry up in arms. No corn syrup production hurts business. They’ve gone on record saying that corn syrup is no different than sugar in terms of nutritional value, and that because it is made with corn it is a natural product.

The USDA has a different opinion. They say that while some forms of high fructose corn syrup might be “natural,” most are processed with some sort of chemical, and therefore cannot be considered completely natural. One of these chemicals used is glutaralhyde – an organic substance used not only to tan leather, but also to clean dental and medical instruments. It is toxic. So, if one were to consume a large amount of high fructose corn syrup, they are likely going to encounter plenty that is processed using chemicals – which can damage the liver.

The last risk factor for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that the Mayo Clinic highlights (that we’ll talk about here) is malnutrition. High fructose corn syrup, like many sweeteners, is full of calories but almost completely devoid of nutritional value. That means one can be obese, with high cholesterol, and still be malnourished. In fact, those conditions are certainly indicative of malnutrition. So perhaps there is something to Dr. Mercola’s report. It certainly makes one want to err on the side of caution and choose a healthier lifestyle with a focus on wellness, health, and proper nutrition.

Time Management Vs Energy Management

Time management is analogous to trying to manage the energy of a raging river. You begin to realize you are caught up in the river’s relentless, forward moving current. Panic sets in because you now know you are not in control; the river is in control.

If you are paying attention, you hear the crashing sounds of the falls ahead. You and your boat are headed for disaster. Time management? Does it really matter at this point?

What are your final thoughts before plunging over the falls to your demise? Who do you think about? What do you think about? Do you have any unfinished business? Any regrets? Do those close to you know you love them? The waterfall ahead is your realization of mortality. The boat, with you in it, is your life. Time is the raging river. The waterfall is your awakening in regard to, “Who and what really matter in your life?”

Time management is the unrealistic belief we can somehow manage the white-water rafting experience where we currently find ourselves. Regardless of how hard we try to manage our time, time passes from moment-to-moment, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month, and year-to-year… just like the raging river.

Time Management does not address finding meaning, purpose, contentment or happiness.

In a recent 60 Minutes television program, Morley Safer asked the question, “What is the happiest country in the world? The answer? Denmark. Does the fact Americans came in 28th on the happiness scale surprise you? Americans have been led to believe more is better. More what? More Stuff?

The pursuit of “more stuff” usually means “less time.” This elusive “more stuff” pursuit devours our life energy, our lives, as well as, our time. We are left feeling empty. We are tired. We are stressed. We are overworked. Our energy levels have been taxed beyond our natural ability to cope.

Knowing this is “key” to your success, happiness, peace-of-mind and fulfillment of your dreams. Time management seminars are filled with attendees trying to make better use of their time. Upon graduation, more time is spent in organizing and prioritizing the lists, which consumes yet more time.

Time management doesn’t work. Time management hasn’t worked. Consider the following energy management concepts:

Expectations ÷ Successes = your level of happiness, contentment, stress or misery.

This simple formula shown above can lead you to an understanding of the benefits of energy management. If your expectations are too high based on your successes, you will most likely be miserable and/or stressed. If your expectations are more in alignment with your successes, you will most likely be happier or content. If your expectations are too low, you are a deadbeat! Deadbeats wouldn’t be reading this article anyway! Deadbeats are doing what they always do – waiting for something to happen.

Recently, I visited a student who was enrolled in all advanced placement classes. By most people’s standards she would be considered “gifted and talented.” Her list of classes included: Physics, Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, and the like. She was taking 23 credits during the semester. She received all A’s except for Calculus. In Calculus, she received an A minus. Upon seeing her grades, her world came crashing down. She became broken and depressed. She felt she was a complete failure! I forgot to mention she was working full-time. All A’s and one A minus was her demon. Her life was (and is) miserable.

Her expectations were too high based on her successes and she went into a tailspin downward.

So what is she supposed to do? Manage her time better? She doesn’t have any more time to manage. She is so miserable, her energy levels have dropped due to severe depression.

Managing her energy levels is something she can do.

Consider this. When your energy levels are balanced, you get more done and enjoy doing it more. When your energy levels are depleted, it takes more time to accomplish the same tasks. When your energy levels are too high, you become more stressed, make more mistakes, as well as, the proverbial, “…running around in circles” getting nothing done.

Time management is not the answer. Doing what is right to keep your energy levels balanced will open new door of potential and possibilities.

Your assignment for the week is to begin identifying the people, places and things, which rob you of your energy. No one has the right to steal your sunshine. Balancing your energy levels is your starting point.