White Spots on Back of Throat & Tonsils – Natural Cure For Sore Throat, Bad Breadth & White Spots

Some times people complain that they can see something protruding from inside on their neck. It is more like a stone. This can initially cause panic and anxiety, but the fact is that a little care & precautions can get you rid of this problem. These are tonsil stones and white spots on the back of throat, the tongue, near the tonsils, etc. They are nothing but a harmless collection of debris and sulfur based bacteria. When the stones get firm or they are caused in the unreachable parts of the body, one is bound to go for an operation. Besides, if they are caught initially, you have time and you do not need to switch over to the surgical means. In such a case you should take up some simple home remedies.

Home remedies to get rid of the white spots of the back of throat

* This one is perhaps the simplest tips out of all. You must do gargles with warm water and salt at least 4 to 5 times in day.

* For better results, you may also add a pinch of powdered pepper & turmeric powder along with salt and warm water.

* Next, you must keep away from all cold items. Taking too much cold water is not good for such patients.

* If the problem has become chronic, you must take loads of liquids and very less solid foods. The solid food along with the mucus causes bad breath in such cases.

* Another recipe used for gargling is a blend of concentrate of fenugreek seeds boiled in water and lemon juice.

* You must have herbal teas in pace of normal tea & coffee. They have their own impact in terms of health. Besides, this also keeps you away from caffeine which is very important.

* One must always keep away from smoking if they have any issues related to tonsils. It can cause irritation as well as pain.

Thyroid Disease 8 Risks And 8 Causes

The thyroid, a butterfly shaped gland wrapped around the windpipe, is located in the neck behind and below the Adams apple. It is labelled as the “master” gland because of its many functions in the body such as producing key hormones, regulating body temperature, and managing metabolism. This gland has the only cells in the body that can absorb iodine which it combines with the amino acid tyrosine to produce the hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4).

Thyroid disease is one of the most common, misdiagnosed disease, and symptoms are often overlooked. Women’s risks of developing a thyroid condition is seven times greater than men. A women also has a one in five chance of developing problems with this gland in her lifetime.

What are some of the causes of thyroid disease:

  • Radiation treatment that was used to treat acne, on the tonsils, adenoids, lymph nodes and on thymus gland problems
  • Radiation exposure such as the nuclear accident in Chernobyl and the fallout from atomic weapons testing done in the United States and elsewhere in the world during the 50’s and 60’s
  • A non-functioning gland will affect one in 4,000 newborns causing physical and mental retardation.
  • eating excessive isoflavones that are found in popular soy products and supplements
  • Eating excessive amounts of uncooked “goitrogenic foods” such as broccoli, cauliflower, millet, cabbage and kale
  • Drugs such as lithium and cordarone may be a cause of hypothyroidism
  • Having received a “nasal radium therapy” that was used for treatment of tonsillitis,colds and on military submariner and/or pilot who had trouble with drastic changes in pressure
  • Lack of iodine in diet occurring in countries where iodine is not included in the diet

What are some of the risks of developing thyroid disease:

  • Hereditary conditions such as the immune system disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, goiter and certain precancerous polyps in the colon
  • Suffering with a pituitary, endocrine or autoimmune disease
  • Suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia
  • Being a white female or a female that is menopausal or near menopause
  • Just giving birth may present a usually temporary condition, Postpartum Thyroiditis, occurring in 5 to 9 percent of women after delivery
  • Being a smoker
  • Being over the age of 60
  • Having been exposed to radiation and certain chemicals such as fluoride and perchlorate

These are some of the causes and risks of the disease affecting the thyroid gland. Although, if you are diagnosed with a thyroid disease it does not mean you will develop thyroid cancer. It is highly recommended to have your doctor keep a check of the gland. On the other hand, like myself, you may not of experienced the risks or factors and still develop thyroid cancer.

Basic Metabolic Panel – Potassium

Part 2 of a closer look at the Basic Metabolic Panel or BMP that most people have run every time they go to the doctor. Today’s focus is potassium.

Range:

The normal range is 3.5-5.0 mEq/L or that is the normal range for 95% of the population, so you may fall outside of that range and be totally normal. If you are below that level, we call it hypokalemia, and if you are above that level, we call it hyperkalemia. These word come from hypo (meaning under) or hyper (meaning over), kalium (meaning potassium), and emia (meaning a condition of the blood).

What Are They Looking For:

Hypokalemia especially below 3.0 mEq/L is the most worrying and tends to result in muscle weakness, muscle cramps, constipation, and even flaccid paralysis.

Hyperkalemia is most concerning above 5.5 mEq/L though symptoms are more nonspecific including malaise, palpitations, muscle weakness, and potentially cardiac arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death.

Both conditions are equally worrying if symptomatic and not treated. Hyperkalemia increases mortality from cardiovascular events whereas hypokalemia increases mortality from end-stage renal disease.

Organs Involved:

For such a little particle, potassium incorporates a number of organs. The heart, kidney, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, and adrenal gland just to name a few. All of these systems work together to keep everything level, so when there is extreme deviation it could be a sign of something problematic. These changes normally result from chronic diseases that have other symptoms associated with them though knowing the potassium level can help better elucidate the cause.

Treatment:

All of the treatments looks to bring the potassium level back in normal range to alleviate symptoms and then treat the underlying condition. In the setting of hypokalemia, potassium supplements are given either in an oral or intravenous form. Hyperkalemia on the other hand is a little more challenging because the body may no longer be able to excrete excess potassium on its own resulting in a need for diuretics or even hemodialysis.

Hypokalemia can result from various medical conditions, such as diabetic ketoacidosis, Cushing’s syndrome, and Bartter Syndrome, but is much more likely to be caused by poor diet, diarrhea, and certain diuretics.

Hyperkalemia on the other hand can result from congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Addison’s disease, and tumor lysis syndrome; but is more likely to be the result of medication and some degree of renal insufficiency.

Take Home Point:

If your potassium levels are a little outside of the normal range and you feel fine, your doctor is unlikely to pursue that further. Being on the low end means you probably could increase you intake some and being on the high end means you might want to take a look at your current medications.

Diabetes and Depression: A Silent Side-Effect

One of biggest, and most silent, side effects of having diabetes is the toll it can take on your state of mind. The fact that it is a life long condition makes it a heavy burden to carry and some days it will weigh more than others. It’s thought that a lot of diabetics go through some form of mental anguish or depression at some point in their lives and dealing with this often isn’t spoken about or dealt with the same emphasis that is place on blood sugar control and insulin management.

I want to start by saying I am not a mental health professional, but I have had type 1 diabetes for more than a decade and I have experienced my fair share of highs and low (both glucose and mindset based!). I feel this qualifies me to speak on this subject in the hope that my experiences may help other people with diabetes who often find it’s too much of a burden.

My diagnosis came at the age of 20, after a pretty near death experience with D.K.A. I’d never really considered my mortality at all before then and all of a sudden I felt that i was “sick” and I would be that way forever. It was a very low point. 4 or 5 times a day I would test my blood sugar and the number I saw would dictate my mood:

4-7 = happy,

under 4 = “annoyed but at least it’s not high”,

above 9 = disheartened, upset, frustrated, scared.

And that was the way of things for a while, to cut a long story short I managed to learn about my condition and how it affected me. I found out quickly that I could use exercise as a potent weapon to control my highs and lows and when I was finally prescribed Novorapid it began to make things a lot easier.

I consider my diabetes very well controlled at this stage, yet sometimes I still find it a heavy weight to carry. Those times when you do everything correctly and still can’t get those high levels to come down, the days when you seem to get one hypo after another, that sense of it dragging on your energy levels even when your blood glucose is normal. The physical burden of the condition can bleed into your state of mind and make my life seem constantly uphill. Those are the bad days.

But I always try to see the big picture. An easy trap to fall into is to feel that diabetes defines you, mostly because it very quickly becomes a major influence in your decision-making. If you start to feel like you shouldn’t do something because you have diabetes then you are making a mistake as by & large there are very few things that you can’t do. That mindset is indicative of the disease having taken control of your life. Fight it with all the strength you can muster. Don’t get me wrong, I know it is different for everyone, it’s scary and it is often frustrating but I have always felt that everyone is given the weight they can carry and positivity is one of your most potent weapons.

My thoughts always come back to one simple fact: no matter what sort of day I’m having, no matter how difficult, how scary, how disabling this disease can often be, the truth is that if nature had its way I would have died just short of my 21st birthday. Medical science, and more to the point, insulin ensured that didn’t happen but the fact remains that every day I have gotten since then is a day that nature never intended me to have. I’m now 31 and during those years in-between I have travelled all over the world,moved to a different country, met great friends, met & married the woman I love and become a dad to a beautiful (& bold!) daughter. These are experiences I was never intended to have so if I also have to take the rough edge of hypos, needles, testing and insulin adjustment then I’m OK with it.

People often say to me: “having diabetes must be a terrible burden?” and my reply is always the same: “sometimes yes. But if I have to suffer with something I’m almost glad it’s this”. Diabetes has also had a profoundly positive effect on me. I value my health in a way I probably never would have, I eat a healthy diet and exercise not just because it’s good for controlling my sugars but because I really love doing it. These are habits and attitudes that are good news for everyone, diabetic or not. I would love to meet the “me” who never got diabetes and compare my quality of life I have now with what I may have had without the disease. At 21 I smoked, drank too much, ate badly and didn’t know anything about taking care of myself. Odds are that might not have changed without diabetes coming into my life. Diabetes, to a significant degree, has made me who I am and I’m oddly thankful to it for that.

So if you are having a hard time dealing with diabetes, whether it’s too many hypos, stubborn high blood sugars or just upset by the fact that you have it in the first place. First take a breath and decrease your testing to a for a day or two. I’ve often found doing this gives me a little “diabetes holiday” and gets it out of my mind so I can think clearly. Then when you’re ready you can look at it with fresh eyes. And remember you are not alone. Talk to those closest to you, don’t hold it in. Maybe they wont be able to offer anything other than a friendly ear but it helps to get things off your chest. There are multiple avenues you can explore for more specific help: from diabetes nurses, coaches and educators to counselors and diabetes communities/forums on the Internet. If you are brave enough to admit you need help, it is already at your fingertips.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it”

Enjoy your health

Chris | YD

Childhood Obesity on the Rise

Results of a recent National Health and Nutrition Survey on 12,384 youths, ages 2 to 19 years indicate that severe  obesity  among children increased almost 400% between the periods 1976=1980 and 1999-2004.

This equates to an estimate of approximately 2.7 million children in the U. S. who are severely obese.

Additionally, a third of severely obese children have metabolic syndrome, which is a group of risk factors for diabetes, stroke and heart attack. The risk factors include high blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels.

So, what brought this about?

Was it the computer, television, easy access to fast food, and the typically high-fat diet full of empty carbohydrates favored by the American population?

Well, “yes”, but it’s hard to point a finger at any one culprit.

Also, there is the rise of the two-earner family where both mom and dad, if there is a dad, are out working.

Kids today, in general, do not “go out and play” as much as they used to.

They are also often fed convenience foods, treated to restaurant meals, or left to snack on high-calorie, low-food-value “foods”. All of these are high in calorie content, and, coupled with the decreasing amount of physical activity in the lifestyle of many foods, spell an  obesity  disaster for anyone of any age.

The sad part is that not only do these children have no awareness of what is happening to them in the moment, they, and usually their parents, are blissfully unaware of the affects of childhood  obesity  on adult life. Not only is an inactive child likely to become an inactive adult, but many potential illnesses and conditions, many life-threatening, can have their start in the formative years of a child.

Parents need to take action now. If they will not make lifestyle changes for themselves, they need to do it for the sake of their children.

You know, I used to think it was heart-warming to hear the stories of people who became fit and healthy because they cared for their dogs and walked them so that they would become healthier pets.

Sure wish we could do the same for our kids!

Why not take your kid AND your dog for a walk. All three of you will benefit, and not just by combatting childhood  obesity .

Just like for the parents, a little regular moderate exercise combined with sensible eating habits can do a world of good for the health and fitness of our children. Exercise and eat WITH your kids as often as you can, and you will also be taking steps to get them over some difficult times coming in their lives as they face the pressures of growing up.

Having parents who care is a great asset in the battle against childhood  obesity .

What Causes Cold Sores in Your Mouth?

Cold  sores  are a very common infection and it has been estimated that 80% percent of the United States population has been exposed to herpes simplex virus, the virus which causes cold  sores .

An interesting fact to note – even if a person has been infected with the herpes virus, they may not always experience of an epidemic or have an outbreak. This is because the immune systems of certain people have the ability to completely suppress the virus.

WHAT IS A COLD  SORE ?

Cold  sores  are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). The HSV-1 virus is transmitted from person to person through saliva and even with indirect contact like drinking from the same glass or using the same toothbrush. It is most frequently appear as small blisters on the lips and can be very painful for those who experience them.

It is usually occur inside the mouth and are most frequently found on the gums or hard palette, the roof of the mouth. If the injury appears inside the mouth, especially in soft tissues, is more likely to be a thrush, not a cold  sore . It may also appear on the fingers, which is called Herpes Whit low.

WHAT CAUSES COLD  SORES ?

There are several factors that may influence or “trigger” an outbreak, however, this an outbreak of  sores  does not seem to be related to a time when the immune system is depressed or tired.

Outbreaks of cold  sores  can sometimes be caused by the following:

1. Being overly tired and run down, physical exhaustion

2. A females menstrual cycle

3. Pregnancy

4. Drinking a lot of alcohol

5. Over exposure to strong sunlight

6. Conditions that compromise a person’s immune system

7. A person whose immune system does not operate normally

8. Long-term stress

9. Fatigue

10. Ultraviolet light – tanning beds

11. Irritation of the skin -sunburn

12. Diet and certain foods – it is important to note what trigger foods are causing you to have outbreaks of  sores  and then is recommended that you go talk to your doctor about the condition as you may have a food allergy which is causing you to experience more than  sores .

13. Illness – especially those that are associated with a fever

14. Extreme temperatures – both hot and cold weather

15. Steroids – such as asthma medicine

16. And anything that lowers your immune system or causes local injury can trigger recurrences.

HOW TO PREVENT:

1. Avoid kissing and skin contact with people while blisters are visibly present. The virus can spread easily as long as there are moist secretions from the blisters.

2. Avoid sharing items such as utensils, towels, chap-stick and other items which can spread the virus when blisters are present.

3. Keep your hands clean. Wash hands thoroughly before and after touching another person you know has cold  sores .

4. Be careful not to touch other parts of your body – your eyes and genitals can be particularly susceptible to the virus.

5. Avoid triggers. If possible, try to avoid or prevent conditions that stress the body, such as getting a cold or the flu, not getting enough sleep, or stay in the sun for long periods of time to apply sunscreen.

6. Use a sunscreen. Apply sunscreen to the lips and face before prolonged exposure to the sun – winter and summer – to help prevent cold  sores .

Pustular Psoriasis Treatment – Natural Treatments for Pustular Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a non-contagious autoimmune disorder that affects the skin. There are different types of psoriasis; one of the less common types of psoriasis is pustular psoriasis. It is characterized by small white pustules along with dry skin. Pustular psoriasis goes through a cycle; the skin reddens and forms small pus-filled bubbles, the small bubbles fuse together to form a larger bubble, skin sheds and crusts, then the cycle restarts. It can be extremely frustrating to deal with as there is no definitive psoriasis cure that works for everyone. In severe cases, it can be debilitating for the psoriasis sufferer, especially if they have palmoplantar pustular psoriasis (PPP), which is localized on the palms and soles, making it difficult to walk and perform basic tasks.

There are a variety of conventional medical treatments for pustular psoriasis, but the results vary from person to person. Topical medications, UVB light therapy, and systemic drugs all have unwanted side effects. Topical medications may irritate the skin even further, UVB light therapy is time-consuming and expensive, and systemic drugs come with dangerous life-threatening risks. These days, more and more people are turning towards natural psoriasis treatments to beat psoriasis. Here are some of the safest and effective natural remedies for pustular psoriasis.

Natural Treatment for Pustular Psoriasis #1: Omega-3s

Omega-3s are known to be beneficial to psoriasis. They lessen inflammation in the body and help modify the immune system by reducing reactivity. Not only do omega-3 fatty acids help with pustular psoriasis symptoms, but they are also beneficial to heart health. You can obtain your daily dose of omega-3s from fish oil or flax seed supplements. Omega-3s are more effective when they are obtained from a fresh source; add servings of fish and sprinkle flax seeds over your dishes.

Natural Treatment for Pustular Psoriasis #2: Natural Sunlight

Exposing yourself to the sun’s natural UV rays is essentially how expensive UVB light therapy works. The UV rays from the sun slow down the growth cycle of skin cells to help alleviate skin lesions. Also, the sun helps our bodies produce vitamin D, which regulates the immune system to control psoriasis symptoms. It is not clear how vitamin D works in reducing psoriasis symptoms, but the link between vitamin D deficiency and severe psoriasis is strong. Get some sunshine for 10-15 minutes every day if possible. The sun is free and provided you do not over expose yourself, there are no risks.

Natural Treatment for Pustular Psoriasis #3: Detoxifying Teas

Keep yourself moisturized from the inside by drinking plenty of fluids. There are a variety of detoxifying teas that may provide psoriasis relief. Many have found their psoriasis cure through drinking dandelion tea; this tea cleanses the body of toxins. Others have gone into remission by drinking green tea, which contains powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body. Green tea also has antiseptic properties which makes it a great topical treatment for psoriasis as well.

These are just a few of the natural psoriasis cures that have worked for patients. For more psoriasis tips and other natural remedies, click here.

Vicks for Toenail Fungus: A Sure Way to Avoid Cold Feet!

Using Vicks for toenail  fungus  may be a sure fire way to avoid a case of “cold” feet but could this strange sounding home remedy really be effective at treating the stubborn bacteria that causes nail  fungus ?

Although it may sound strange to use a product that is intended to bring about relief from the common cold, including symptoms such as cough, congestion, and muscle aches and pains, there are numerous anecdotal accounts of people using Vicks VapoRub for treating onychomycosis, or nail  fungus .

Using Vicks VapoRub for Toenail  Fungus 

The topical analgesic Vicks VapoRub features a combination of the ingredients camphor, menthol, thymol, the essential oil of eucalyptus, and petrolatum. The combining effect of its active and inactive ingredients is what is largely believed to have a healing effect on toenail  fungus .

According to home remedies, to use Vicks VapoRub for toenail  fungus  the affected nails are to be generously coated with the product once or twice a day for anywhere from six to 16 months on average. Some recommend soaking the feet prior to using Vicks for toenail  fungus  in order to soften the nails and skin first.

The nails should be gently filed and the feet and toenails should be clean and dry before applying Vicks. Thinning the nails by filing is said to make it easier for the treatment to penetrate the infected and thickened toenails.

When applying Vicks, home remedies usually advise completely covering the nail, the cuticle area, and the underside of the nail as well as the bottoms of the feet if they are also infected with  fungus . Wearing socks overnight is also recommended when using a  fungus  Vicks treatment.

The Popularity Behind Toenail  Fungus  Vicks Treatments

The Internet has become one of the very first places people look to when searching for answers to their health problems. Home remedies using a variety of ordinary products in different or unusual ways have become incredibly popular topics of discussion online. This is not only due to the initial convenience of resorting to home remedies or “all natural cures” but also because many are worried about the serious side effects that come along with some prescription medications, including those intended to treat toenail  fungus .

Reports of toe  fungus  Vicks treatments are prevalent online as some swear by its effectiveness at treating toenail  fungus . However, proponents of the treatment admit there is no scientific evidence proving that the topical treatment is effective when used in this manner but many still continue trying the remedy in hopes for success.

The Case Against Toe  Fungus  Vicks Treatments

The very first thing to keep in mind when it comes to using Vicks for toenail  fungus  is that Procter & Gamble, the manufacturer behind Vicks VapoRub, states that their product has not been approved for the treatment of nail  fungus  by the company itself or by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and do not recommend using it as such.

None of the ingredients in Vicks have been confirmed as a being an effective antifungal agent although they have been known to cause permanent damage to the nails and nail beds. Therefore, Vicks is not able to actually treat the root of the problem and may very likely cause irreversible damage in the process.

Although toenail  fungus  is not a life threatening or serious health condition, it can cause pain and discomfort and be rather difficult to treat, not to mention causing unsightly, discolored nails. While many prefer to avoid prescription drugs, instead of resorting to questionable home remedies, using over-the-counter products for nail  fungus  is another method of treatment to consider. Some OTC products can be quite effective when used in therapeutic dosages bringing about visible results but without serious side effects.

If you have been affected by toenail  fungus  your absolute best course of action is to explore all of your treatment options thoroughly before proceeding. Although Vicks for toenail  fungus  may be a popular home remedy at the moment, treating the root of the problem is always imperative when it comes to toenail  fungus  in order to save both time and money and also for experiencing real results.

Peanut Allergy

Peanut  allergy  is very frustrating when it strikes in your family. Ask parents who have kids with peanuts  allergy . The worry is not only of making sure that you do not provide your child with peanuts, but to also make sure that when you are not with them, they are aware that they should not consume peanuts.

Peanut  allergy  is one of the chronic  allergies  a child could suffer from. Some children are too sensitive when they have this  allergy  they might even be affected by the touch of a person who eat peanuts.

Peanuts  allergies  are usually not diagnosed at the early stage of birth and one have to wait until the baby is more than two years old. It is not a good idea to give children peanuts before this age.

Pregnant mother are advised not to consume a lot of peanuts and their products in their third cycle of pregnancy regarding if they have traces of family with this  allergy  or not.

This is due to the fact that it is believed that when a mother consumes peanuts, there are possibilities of the protein included to pass the placenta and maybe give this  allergy  to the baby.

Never the less, this not a situation where calls you to quit your favorite peanuts product despite the fact that these products have the greatest no-meat protein ever.

The only care to be taken when a pregnant woman consume peanuts is at the stage that she should not consume excessive peanut regardless if there are traces of this  allergy  in the family or not.

So before you decide that you call quits to peanuts, it is a good idea to consult your doctor. With your doctor help, you can still enjoy your favorite peanut product and still not give any harm to your unborn child.

Teenage Depression Signs – 10 Things Parents Need to Look For

There are some crucial things that parents must keep in mind if they suspect that their teenager is suffering from Depression. Below is a list of teenage depression signs that a parent should look for-

o Tearfulness

o Loss of interest

o Weight loss or gain

o Inability to get to sleep, or the desire to sleep all the time

o Loss of energy or initiative

o Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

o Inability to concentrate or sustain attention

o Irritability

o Feelings of emptiness and hopelessness

o Thoughts of Suicide

Tearfulness

Depression may lead to sudden tearfulness without an apparent trigger. This is usually due to the negative thoughts of a sufferer.

Loss of interest

When a teen is depressed, he/she starts to loose interest in activities he/she had previously enjoyed. When your teen no longer want to carry on with the regular day-to-day routine, well that should raise a red flag.

Weight loss or gain

Depression and weight gain/loss frequently co-occur. It becomes a vicious cycle when you eat out of boredom, loneliness, isolation or any number of emotional reasons and you gain weight. It can also occur vice versa, when a teen gets so depressed that eating becomes something that is not of his/her interest any longer.

Inability to get to sleep, or the desire to sleep all the time

Difficulty getting off to sleep occurs often because of too much thoughts going round in a teen’s head and may also cause the frequently waking up during the night. While part of the teenage depression signs is the lack of sleep, teens with depression may also sleep too much, finding it hard to get out of bed and spending much of the day there, causing tiredness and more negative depressing thoughts.

Loss of energy or initiative

In many cases, due to the lack of sleep and descent rest, teens go on through out the rest of the day feeling tire and depressed. As a result, no energy is available for them to take the initiative in carrying out normal day-to-day activities

Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

When teenagers suffering from depression, they may unfairly criticize themselves and feel unable to do anything right. This may be associated with crying spells and difficulties concentrating on or completing a task.

Inability to concentrate or sustain attention

Depression can change the way a person feels, thinks, and behaves. As a result, these long period of sad and loss of interest can cause a teen start losing focus even on simple daily activities.

Irritability

While we all get irritable from time to time, it is important that if your teen just starts to get irritable for no apparent cause or reason, then this is a signs or symptom of depression. This should be noticeable because it will occur as a sudden change in a teen’s behavior and speech. Short temperedness and agitation are all caused by this irritability that points to depression.

Feelings of emptiness and hopelessness

Part of the teenage depression signs is the feeling of hopelessness and emptiness, which usually comes when a teen has given up, and finding a positive outlook on any endeavor seems to be a challenge. This can prove to be a challenge because this negative feeling can cause a hindrance on the effectiveness of any help that he or she might receive.

Thoughts of Suicide

Sad to say however, but when you notice this, then note to yourself that your teen has reached the end of the cycle of the symptoms of depression. If your teen has gotten to this stage, then it is time to take drastic action. That teen really needs medical help, therapies, medicine, love and support of friend and family.

Just remember that the teenage depression signs above are not only found in teen but can also occur in depressed adults as well.

My Depression Story

I was diagnosed with severe and clinical depression in 1991 and prescribed the antidepressant medication, Imipramine. Imipramine is a tricyclic which is a selectivenorepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNI) and, to a lesser extent, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). The theory is that a major cause of clinical depression is an insufficient amount of one or more neurotransmitters floating freely in the brain, serotonin, norepinephrine, and/or dopamine.

I say theory, because, as far as I know, no one has ever been able to measure the amount of free-floating neurotransmitters in a live human brain in order to determine a baseline and from that determine whether or not a person suffering from clinical depression is lacking a sufficient amount of one or more of the neurotransmitters. So, doctors and pharmaceutical companies have been experimenting for years. They’ve been using clinical depressed people as guinea pigs. They design medication that blocks these neurotransmitters from binding with neuroreceptors, thereby keeping them floating in the brain and then say to us, “Try this; see if it works.”

Well, their ‘studies” say that it does. For some people. But not for all. Then they say, “Try this one and see if it works.” And for some that seems to work. However, recent studies have shown that earlier studies were probably flawed. Any given medication seems to work for about 1/3 of the subjects. Trying a second or a third medication brings this up to about 50%. But, half to two thirds of those reporting a significant positive effect also report the same when given a placebo (sugar pill). So, at best, anti-depressant medications help about 25% of those suffering from clinical depression and probably only about 10%, those who suffer from the most severe cases of depression.

But what the heck, right? May as well give it a shot. Except for the side-effects. Every single anti-depressant that I’ve tried has had side-effects. Some are bearable, such as dry mouth, and some are just plain unacceptable, especially if the anti-depressant effects are not helping, especially if a placebo would help you just as much.

Since I was first prescribed Imipramine, I have tried many different anti-depressant medications. Some have seemed to help a little in the sense that they have prevented the “feeling of dread” that permeated my every waking moment (and my dreams as well), but none have ever given me a sense of overall well-being.

Every single one of them have had side-effects; at least one side-effect for each med was intolerable. The first med I tried was Imipramine. In one sense, it was a godsend because it allowed me to sleep. One of my major symptoms was that I would toss and turn for hours and hours, never actually falling into a deep sleep. Then I would be tired during the day, sometimes getting a little sleep but most often continuing to toss and turn. Almost immediately Imipramine allowed me to sleep at night.

But what were the side effects? First of all, I put on a ton of weight, most of it around my midriff. That wouldn’t have been so bad if it had been spread out as I was always skinny but it concentrated around my stomach and I doubt that anything looks worse than a skinny man with a huge gut. Not to me anyway. Secondly, I noticed that I had a constant low-grade pain syndrome in pretty much every part of my body. It appears that Imipramine caused me to come down with a case of fibromyalgia. When I eventually stopped taking Imipramine, this disappeared. And, thirdly, the most devastating side-effect of them all (for me at least): it caused erectile dysfunction. At the time I was still a fairly young man (40s) associating with a number of lovely young college coeds and that side effect was destroying my social life. Absolutely unacceptable!

So I tried other anti-depressants. I tried Prozac. This induced a murderous rage in me. I’d sit in front of the TV watching the news and want to jump inside the TV and beat the hell out of someone who was ‘offending” me. I tried Wellbutrin which caused me to come down with a serious case of the tremors and made me feel as though I was about to have a heart attack or a stroke. I tried a lot of medications that seemed to have no effect at all, including no serious side-effect so I can’t tell you which of these did what. Among these were Effexor, Paxil, Zoloft, and Cymbalta.

And then I was prescribed Celexa. This seemed to work pretty well with no serious side-effects. Later, when it first came out, I was prescribed with Lexapro, which seemed to work even better. For a while. After a time, I began to oversleep. I used to sleep an average of 7 ½ hours a day. After taking Celexa and then Lexapro for a while, I couldn’t get up with any less than 9 hours sleep. Then I’d get tired after a few hours of being up and need a 2-3 hour nap. When I got a new insurance provider, they wouldn’t pay for Lexapro and so I was prescribed a generic version of Celexa and my sleeping problem got even worse. Some days I was so sleepy I’d stay in bed all day and all night. It took me about a year to make the connection as I had moved to a much higher altitude and thought that might be the problem.

I had gone to my mental health provider about my sleeping problem and he suggested that we might add Wellbutrin to my prescriptions because it tended to energize people. As I mentioned above, this caused serious side effects so I quit taking it. I was also so fed up with the ineffectiveness of pharmaceuticals as well as side effects that I decided to wean myself off Celexa a well.

Miracle! After about 10 days of decreasing the dosage of Celexa, I started getting up after 7 ½ hours. I still needed a nap in the middle of the day but only for about 40 minutes. So now I’m free of the side-effects of anti-depressant medication but what am I to do about the depression?

So I’m free of anti-depressant medications after almost twenty years. Free of the side-effects that have negatively impacted my life. But I’m still clinically depressed. That negatively impacts my life as well. So do I have to trade the drowsiness that Celexa causes which makes me sleep all day for the intense agony that deep depression causes in me? Fortunately not. There is another way. And it’s been working for me.

While searching on the Internet for information of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (I’m a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist), I ran across a site than markets brainwave training software. (This software is not only for relieving clinical depression; that’s just one of over 20 issues it addresses).

Research indicates that imbalances in the amplitude, the strength, of specific brainwaves can be a cause for depression. Not for everybody; but for some. There are three specific imbalances that have been identified:

1: Low levels of Alpha and Theta brainwaves. This tends to cause insomnia in people as well as anxiety.

2. Low levels of Beta. This tends to cause lethargy in people. Being tired all the time. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

3. An imbalance between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. A dominating right brain causes people to be overly emotional, taking events too seriously, which can lead to depression.

There’s quite a lot of peer-reviewed studied available about this phenomenon. I’d like to quote some of that for you but the rules here at Ezine @rticles limit the amount of other people’s works that can be quoted. If you’d like a list of books and peer-reviewed articles to read, send me an email and I’ll send that list to you.

How to Stop Phobias From Ruining Your Life

A  phobia  is a mental disorder characterized by a strong fear of something that is not really dangerous or feared by most people. Today’s scientific criteria about this mysterious mental disorder are based on suppositions. Nobody can really explain why someone fears an object, an animal, or a certain situation.

Fortunately, the scientific method of dream interpretation discovered by Carl Jung gives us a real explanation of what  phobias  are, and how they can be eliminated. After continuing his research and curing many people through dream therapy, I saw that  phobias  are easily cured through dream translation.

The unconscious mind that produces our dreams works like a natural doctor. It explains why we have absurd fears in the dream images.

A  phobia  is a natural protection whenever we are extremely absurd. It works like an alarm.  Phobias  try to prevent us from completely losing our minds.

All  phobias  are easily understood when we translate their symbolic meaning according to the dream language.

If you suffer from thalassophobia this means that you are afraid of the sea. The sea represents craziness in dreams. Thus, your  phobia  related to the sea tries to prevent you from continuing to be absurd. You must go through psychotherapy in order to understand why you are so near craziness.

One of my patients suffered from thalassophobia. She hated her step-mother. She was angry all the time, but she had to accept this situation without complaining.

Her exaggerated fear of the sea was an exaggerated fear of craziness. She could have a nervous crisis and lose control. Through dream therapy she learned how to forgive her step-mother. She stopped fearing the sea after a few months of dream therapy, and had a normal life.

I’ve cured many people who suffered from acrophobia. It is the fear of heights. Individuals who suffer from acrophobia are afraid of falling from great height because they are making many dangerous mistakes in their lives. Whenever we see in our dreams that we are near the edge of an abysm or in a dangerous terrace of a high building, this means that we are making costly mistakes that can ruin our lives.

If you want to stop  phobias  from ruining your life you must learn how to do only what is positive for you. The truth is that your mistakes are ruining your life, and not your  phobias . You must stop making mistakes that put you in a dangerous position, or you must forgive your enemies. Perhaps there is something else that you must learn or avoid.

There are numerous  phobias , which negatively affect human behavior. All  phobias  have Greek names, but you don’t need to speak Greek like me in order to understand the meaning of each one. Many websites online give you a complete list, translating their meaning.

However, if you want to get rid of your  phobias  in a very short period of time, you must learn the dream language. I greatly simplified Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation in order to help you with this task. I can also translate your dreams for you and provide you with psychotherapy. You have no reason to continue suffering from  phobias  now that you can easily be cured through dream translation.

Secrets in Managing Anxiety

 Anxiety  can take many forms and all of them are worrying and stressful to say the least. Coping with the unannounced  anxiety  or panic attack, constant worry and tension, social  anxiety , being plagued with irrational fears and being unable to carry out your daily routine are all part of this unpleasant syndrome. But managing  anxiety  is not as unrealistic as it sounds and recognizing that self help can work wonders is half the battle. In addition to medication, biofeedback devices are now used with great success.

Whatever treatment you choose, make sure that the side effects are not going to overwhelm you and that you regard them as an emergency measure. Anti depressants side effects can be debilitating and suicidal thoughts, weight increase and loss of libido will give you more than enough to cope with if you are prescribed medicines such as Xanax, Luvox or Zoloft. Once you are on these meds, nobody will bother about telling you about managing  anxiety . Opting for natural treatments for  anxiety  will certainly reduce greatly the risk of becoming addicted to the medicine and you will feel more like a real person again.

So what are the secrets in managing  anxiety ? The most important one is called self -help because you are taking control again and you can learn to dominate and analyze your fears. The first secret of  anxiety  management is to find WHY you are stressed and that could be due to a wide range of reasons ranging from a troubled relationship to impossible demands at work or family worries, just to name a few. It is most likely that your  anxiety  is caused by one of several of the above.

The secret to managing  anxiety  is to take control of your day and make sure that you have carved out a slot when you can relax or exercise. We know that the feel good endorphins which can determine our mood are positively affected by exercise and there is no need to take anti depressants if you have a regular exercise program. Learning to improve sleep patterns and hygiene can work wonders too. I know that when I was stressed out, an hour at the gym saved my sanity. But that meant making a conscious effort to knock off work early which was almost impossible due to the pressure I was under. I compromised by working late other days but at least I was getting the benefit of physical exercise which had a positive effect on my whole outlook. The result was that my  anxiety  was under control.

I know now that if I had realized that biofeedback devices which are drug free and non invasive were available, my whole life would have changed. These devices help you to slow down your breathing and your heart rate and you begin to relax immediately.

I know of people who had the courage to stop taking anti depressants because they could not bear the idea of living in a shadowy world where their feelings, emotions and even thought processes were numbed by the medication. Not to mention the addictive dangers. Why not try a natural herbal remedy for  anxiety  and together with the secrets of  anxiety  management that I have outlined above, you can change your life around and start living again the way you should.

Getting Enough Sleep at Night

Sleeping is essential to the human body because, while we sleep, our cells regenerate and that is why we feel refreshed when we wake up in the morning. Inadequate sleep can lead to severe harmful effects on your health. Recent studies have proven that sleep is vital for a healthy immune system function, thus maintaining the body’s ability to fight off sickness or illness. Sleep is also vital for normal functioning of the nervous system and its ability to function mentally and physically. That is why we need it so much in our lives and that if we don’t get an adequate amount of sleep cell we turn into complete zombies. A lot of people, maybe even you, suffer from sleeping disorders. The most common would be insomnia.

So what exactly is insomnia? Insomnia is known as a lack of sleep or difficulty falling or staying asleep. Insomnia is just one of the three sleep disorders. The other two are disturbed sleep which is obstructive sleep apnea and excessive sleep which is narcolepsy. Sleep disorders can be easily managed once properly diagnosed.

The amount of sleep you need would depend on several factors such as age. Infants sleep almost 16 hours. As for teens they need 9 hours of sleep in a day. Adults need an average of 7 to 8 hours while elderly people require much sleep as compared to teenagers. About 50% of elderly individuals have some type of sleeping disorder.

Going back to the topic at hand, what are the signs that show that you have insomnia? Simply put, the symptoms include difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep during the night. Other symptoms are difficulty in returning to sleep once aroused and waking up early in the morning. Insomniacs have what we do not consider to be a refreshing sleep. Having insomnia causes one to feel sleepy during the day thus not being able to concentrate during work hours. An insomniac also has difficulty concentrating and is quite irritable.

Before blaming other factors, consider the food you eat during the day or before you go to bed at night that may affect your sleep such as drinking coffee in the middle of the day. Caffeine would make you stay up until the wee hours of the morning when taken in the late day. Next, assess your lifestyle. Are you stressed? The simplest solution would be not to bring stressful thoughts to bed. Sleep is supposed to be relaxing and thinking of stressful thoughts would not aid in helping you fall asleep or staying asleep. If these aren’t the cause of your insomnia, then are you having problems that affect you emotionally? It would be best to sort out these issues first.

So how does one manage insomnia? There are certain medications prescribed by doctors if you really have done everything to fall asleep but still fail at it. There are pills for sleep disorders that can be bought over the counter as well. Now if you haven’t tried everything yet to help you go to sleep. Try these simple tips I’ve listed below and in time you’ll be snoozing until the alarm rings.

1. Set the sleep stage: relax your body hours before sleep. Trying out relaxation techniques such as mediation would definitely assist you in sleeping.

2. Like I’ve mentioned above, never bring stressful thoughts into bed. Set them aside and think of them tomorrow. Sleep is sleep and should not contain bothersome thoughts. To help you out, list all these “problems” before you go to bed and once you get up in the morning you’ve got it sorted out in front of you to solve.

3. Try eating a light snack that is rich in carbohydrates like a plain bagel. These will help you relax but do be sure not to over eat. Indigestion has been proven to interrupt sleep.

4. Remember back when you were a kid you always had a glass of milk at night? Try that one as well. Milk contains tryptophan that aids in helping you fall asleep.

5. Go to bed once you feel sleepy. Do not over exert yourself. If your body says enough is enough, listen to it and give it the rest it deserves.

6. Follow a strict sleep schedule. If you go to bed by 8 pm then keep doing so. Wake up at a scheduled time as well so you won’t tend to over sleep.

7. Never bring “work” to your bed or sleeping area. The bed is only for sleeping so avoid bringing work to the bed such as documents to read through or your laptop to check if your secretary did send the emails you asked her to. If you continue with this type of behavior, then the mind would not relax every time you step into bed to sleep.

8. Bothered by the light? Then wear a sleep mask or use dark curtains. Bothered by the noise? Then wear ear plugs.

Knowing these tips, you’ll find it easy to sleep at night and feel refreshed every time you get out of bed in the morning. Just make sure you get the healthy amount of sleep and always make sure to listen to your body.

Professional Paraffin Pedicure At Home

Here’s all you need to know to give yourself a professional paraffin wax pedicure in the comfort of your own home. A paraffin pedicure is the perfect way to give yourself and your feet the break you deserve. So take some time out, relax, and melt into heavenly bliss.

Some of the tips that you’ll find on the web for giving yourself a paraffin pedicure are pretty basic. But here we’ll show you how to do a professional paraffin pedicure at home, like one you would get at a high end spa. The main difference between a traditional pedicure and a paraffin pedicure is what happens at the moisturization step. Where lotion or creme is usually applied, melted paraffin is used instead, adding an enhanced level of moisturization which you can’t get from lotions or cremes alone. It’s important to do a thorough cleaning and foot soak first in order to open the pores of the skin.

After your feet soak up the paraffin, we’ll also use cold water to squeeze the moisture out of the wax into the skin of your feet. A professional paraffin pedicure takes some extra time and some extra supplies, but the results are well worth the effort. This also makes a very special gift that you can perform for a loved one for a birthday, holiday or Mother’s Day.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A wide glass bowl, basin or small tub for the foot soak
  • A large bowl for the cold water soak
  • A double boiler or a large microwave and a large microwave bowl
  • A foot tub or plastic container that’s big enough to comfortably fit both of your feet for the paraffin
  • 3 blocks of paraffin
  • 4 large, thick, clean towels
  • A few cotton pads
  • A few drops of olive oil
  • A nail file
  • A small brush
  • Epsom salts, foot soak or bath salts
  • Exfoliating scrub
  • Foot file/pumice stone
  • Ice cold water
  • Large plastic food bags or freezer bags
  • Nail polish remover
  • Orangewood stick or cuticle stick
  • Some vegetable oil or Pam spray
  • Toe nail clippers
  • Your favorite scented essential oil

Melt the Wax

  • If using a double broiler instead of a microwave to melt your paraffin, bring the water to a boil then to a low simmer. Put in the wax it melts quickly, so keep adding a block of wax every few seconds until you melted all three blocks, then put in a few drops of the essential oil.
  • Set the paraffin pan or bowl out to cool.

Prep and Soak Your Feet

  • Fold up a towel and place it at the bottom of the foot soaking bowl.
  • Now make sure your feet are clean and remove any old polish from your toe nails with polish remover.
  • Clip the nails to length and file to the shape you like. Smooth the edges of the nails.
  • Fill the foot soak bowl with water that’s as hot as is comfortable for you (the hotter the better) and position your chair behind the bowl.
  • Dissolve in 1/2 cup of the salts.
  • Grab a good book or put on some music, slip your feet in and just relax. Soak your feetsies for ten minutes.
  • Now slip your feet out and pat them dry.

Smooth and Exfoliate Your Feet

  • Using the foot file, smooth out any rough & dead skin on the balls of your feet, your heels, and the outsides of your little toes.
  • Use the pumice stone to eliminate any lingering rough areas.
  • Using the small brush, gently buff each foot smooth.
  • You cuticles will be nice and pliable now from the soak, so use the orangewood or cuticle stick to push them back now.
  • Rub the exfoliant on your feet and calves until they feel soft.
  • Now dip your feet into the water once more to rinse, and pat them dry with a clean towel.

The Paraffin Treatment

  • Lightly oil the your plastic foot bath or tub, using the vegetable oil or Pam.
  • Now very carefully pour the warm wax into the container, and let a thin skin form over the top of the wax.
  • Spread a light later of the olive oil over your feet from your toes to the tops of your ankles, completely covering them.
  • Now the wax should be about the right temperature for your feet. Always test the temperature of hot wax by putting a little on your wrist first.
  • Now dip your feet, one at a time, into the warm wax. Take them back out, let them cool just a bit, and dip them back in. Repeat this until you have built up several layers. Let the wax cool just a bit between each dip – the repeated cooling and heating will help to pump the moisturizing benefits of the wax into your skin.
  • Relax and Absorb The Goodness
  • Now place each of your feet into a plastic bag, grab that good book again, and lie down someplace comfortable with your feet up on pillows. Wrap your feet with warm towels or a blanket to keep the paraffin warm while your feet continue to absorb the wax. Let the wax do it’s work now for at least a half an hour.
  • Next dip your feet with the wax into some ice cold water to harden the wax for easy removal. This will also help to squeeze out extra moisturizing goodness from the wax into your feet.

Removing the Wax

  • Now you can remove the wax by placing your feet over some newspaper and simply pulling it away, starting at the top of your ankle and working downwards to the toes.
  • Once the wax is off, apply some good moisturizing lotion.

Now go show off those gorgeous, perfectly soft feet!

Professional Paraffin Pedicure At Home