Gallstones Natural Remedy

A study of more than 700 women showed that meat eaters were twice as likely to have gallstones as vegetarians. It was also concluded that the higher incidence of this condition in the women was because they ate more fat and less starch and fibre than the vegetarians.

 

A high cholesterol level in the blood and bile can contribute to gallstones formation. It is very much diet dependent as obesity can be a contributory factor in its development. Diet cannot shrink existing stones but it can help small ones to be excreted into the gut.

 

What Are Gallstones

Hard lumps of cholesterol, calcium or bile pigments can form “stones” in the gall bladder or bile duct. It is the crystallisation of these substances that are the causes of gallstones. The crystals latch on to a protein fragment and gradually build up layer on layer. They often go undetected until they begin to cause pain.

Symptoms of gallstones range from mild upper abdominal discomfort to severe pain with vomiting.

 

Foods to Avoid For Gallstones

If you are a sufferer you should avoid fried and fatty foods. Cut down on refined foods, fat and red meat.

 

A low-fat, high-fibre diet can help to prevent stones becoming any larger and discourage the formation of new ones.

 

Your gallstones diet should include plenty of starchy foods such as bread and rice. Eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.

 

You must avoid fasting as it can precipitate an attack. It is important that you keep your weight in check.

 

Cut down on alcohol and caffeine.

 

Gallstones natural remedy will work for you if you are willing to make these simple lifestyle changes. It may be the deciding factor whether you keep or loose your gall bladder through surgery.

Coffee vs. Water — Which One Actually Gives You More Energy?

Coffee is by far one of the world’s most popular and loved beverages. According to Wirthlin Worldwide (a market research company), North Americans consume on average 1.8 cups of coffee per day. Compare this to our water consumption. It is recommended to consume on average 8-10 8oz glasses of “living water” (ie. mineral rich, slightly alkaline, and energy producing when in body) each day. However, scary statistics reveal that 20% of North Americans drink no water at all while only 42% of us consume a mere 2 glasses or fewer.

The struggle between water and coffee is intensified further when you take into consideration that for each cup of coffee (100 mg caffeine) your body needs 3 cups of water to compensate for the water loss that occurs due to coffee’s diuretic effect.

Before ordering your next “mocha latte frappawhatever…” remember the following facts about coffee:

o Coffee intensifies stress, causing an average 40% increase in adrenaline. This results in increased blood pressure, heart rate, perspiration, nervousness, and irritability.

o Coffee increases the secretion of stomach acid by 400%, contributing to gastritis and peptic ulcers.

o Coffee have a 50% higher risk of heart attack (British medical journal Lancet)

o Coffee causes a significant loss of nutrients, especially magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, and B vitamins.

o Coffee is a major source of cadmium, a heavy metal that has been linked to cancer and immune suppression.

If you’re a woman, please consider the following even scarier facts:

o Caffeine is linked to ovarian cancer, and bladder and kidney cancers.

o Coffee increases the risk of miscarriage and can double the rate with just 1 cup (160 mg caffeine) per day (JAMA, 1993).

o Coffee has adverse effects on the baby’s muscular development and nutritional balance and increases the risk of birth defects.

o Coffee reduces fertility. More than 1 cup per day makes a woman half as likely to conceive (American Journal of Epidemiology)!

In regards to your energy, the caffeine inherent in coffee is the stimulant that gives you that short lasted energy rush in the morning. But here’s the problem, caffeine is like any other stimulant – it is a drug which creates dependency. This dependency occurs as result of the caffeine receptors in your body which become saturated fairly quickly. As such, you need to consume more caffeine to elicit the same effect! You can see how this vicious cycle can get out of hand. If you’re a coffee drinker just think of the last time you went without coffee for a day or two. How did you feel? Tired, irritable, headache? Exactly!

Water is bliss

Now consider the wonders of water. Considering that the adult body is at least 60% water its no wonder that clean “living water” can have absolutely phenomenal effects on your body.

Water is central to many bodily functions including circulation, digestion, absorption, and elimination of wastes. Water also carries electrolytes (ie. sodium, potassium) which are essential for electrical signaling within the body.

Considering its many roles in the body, is it any wonder that you can feel tired and sluggish when dehydrated?

Water is also a natural blood thinner since it makes up the majority of our blood. Water constitutes 95% of the plasma component of the blood which, in turn, comprises roughly 55% of total blood volume. Therefore, when your body does not receive enough water, the blood loses its fluidity as water is drawn out of the blood. The result – clumping of red blood cells. This increased blood viscosity leads you to feeling more tired and sluggish.

So, one of the easiest, safest, and best ways to improve your energy throughout the day is to constantly sip on “living water” to keep your body hydrated and functional.

A rule of thumb for how much water you should be drinking per day at rest is the following:

Multiply your body weight (lbs) x 0.55 and divide by 8. This will give you the number of 8oz glasses that you should be drinking per day at rest.

© 2006 Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK – Total Wellness Consulting.

Significant Uses of X-Rays

Bone is one such tissue that appears clearly on an x-ray, owing to its density. It is, thus, that x-rays have come out as a highly effective method when it comes to detecting any bone-related issues.

X-rays, for an instance, can prove extremely helpful when it comes to diagnosing any kind of fractures or breaks, some teeth problem like root erosion or loosening of teeth, and bone infection or osteomyelitis. Scoliosis or an abnormal spine curvature, bone tumor, and thinning of bones can also be detected using the x-ray technique.

Therapeutic or investigative procedures may also involve x-rays at times to assist the surgeon in guiding the equipment to the patient’s body part being treated. Usually, x-rays are seen being used when the surgeon inserts a catheter into the blood vessel of patient’s arm or groin during a coronary angioplasty.

The purpose is to guide the catheter tip to the patient’s heart or arteries supplying his heart. Contrast medium (a special fluid) is injected using the catheter. Angiograms i.e. the images thus produced show if any blood vessel is blocked.

Chest examination

Though, blood vessels and other major body parts do not show up clearly on x-ray images, they can still be observed. Thus, chest x-rays are useful to detect any change or abnormality in patient’s heart, major arteries or lungs. Heart ailments like congenital heart disease or   pericarditis  can be particularly detected along with other conditions related to lung such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.

What is contrast medium?

It is a liquid containing dye, which is injected or swallowed prior to an x-ray test. It appears in white and helps differentiate between varied body structures.

Types of X-ray

Different kinds of x-rays are used to examine different parts of the body. These are:

  • Barium swallow

Barium is nothing, but a form of contrast medium, which is generally given in a drinking solution. Once barium passes into the patient’s upper digestive system, X-rays are conducted. Any issue related to upper digestive system is diagnosed using a barium swallow.

  • Angiography

It is one kind of x-ray technique used to image blood vessels. And the images taken out are dubbed angiograms. Blood vessels do not appear clear on x-rays. Thus, they are highlighted by the dye when it moves through them and make them appear white. The doctor can study this movement, which helps him diagnose problems like blockages.

  • Barium enema

When barium solution is passed through the patient’s anus and into bowel, it is barium enema. This is helpful in diagnosing bowel issues like stools or persistent constipation.

  • Intravenous urogram (IVU)

Contrast medium is instilled into the patient’s veins during the intravenous urogram (IVU) procedure. Generally, iodine solution is used during the same, which enter the patient’s bladder and kidneys. Later, x-rays of these parts are taken to detect any issue with their urinary system.

Doctor – I Have Symptoms of Pain and Swelling in My Hands and Feet – What Could It Be?

While there are multiple causes of swelling and pain in the hands and feet, arthritis is probably the most common cause.

The term “arthritis” is derived from the Greek and means “joint inflammation”. It refers to more than 100 different diseases that can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. Joints are where the ends of long bones connect and interact. The end of each bone inside a joint has a thin layer of cartilage and is held in place by ligaments, tendons, and muscles. A joint is lined with synovial tissue (synovium) that helps to nourish the joint. It is the synovium that often becomes inflamed in arthritis.

Arthritis may also affect other supporting structures around joints such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Some serious forms of arthritis can affect internal organs.

The common symptoms of arthritis are due to inflammation (swelling, heat, redness, pain):

o Swelling in one or more joints

o Stiffness in the joints in the morning or with prolonged inactivity

o Joint pain or tenderness

o Restricted mobility in the joints

o Warmth or redness

Diagnosing arthritis can be difficult because some symptoms are often common to many different diseases. A rheumatologist will first do a complete physical exam, looking for clues. The eyes, ears, nose, throat, heart, lungs, and other parts of the body will be examined along with the joints. Lab tests and imaging procedures such as x-ray, ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be ordered.

The most common forms of arthritis are:

Osteoarthritis (OA) is also referred to as degenerative joint disease. This is the most common type of arthritis. When it affects the hands, it can cause painful swelling in the last row (Heberden’s nodes) and middle row (Bouchards nodes) of finger joints. In the feet it will affect the toe joints as well as the mid-foot. This disease affects cartilage, the tissue that cushions and protects the ends of bones in a joint. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage starts to wear away prematurely. The swelling of the fingers and toes may lead to bony deformity.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease; the body’s immune system (defense mechanism against infection) attacks normal tissues. This autoimmune reaction causes inflammation of the synovium. RA symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, rapid loss of joint function, and crippling. When severe, rheumatoid arthritis can also affect internal organs. This is the type of arthritis that most commonly causes severe inflammation in the hands and feet.

Rheumatoid arthritis tends to be symmetric- one side of the bodt being affected just like the other.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease characterized by generalized aches and pains. The pain is accompanied by stiffness that is worst in the morning but tends to last all day long. Patients may have localized tender points occurring in the muscles and tendons, particularly in the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. These tender points are called trigger points. Fatigue and sleep disturbances may also occur. There is subjective swelling along with pain in the hands and feet.

Gout and pseudogout are inflammatory forms of arthritis due to deposits of crystals in joints and other body tissues. Uric acid is the culprit in gout and calcium pyrophosphate is the villain in pseudogout. Both diseases cause painful attacks of arthritis affecting the hands and feet.

Infectious arthritis is a type of arthritis caused by either bacteria or viruses. A relatively common form of infectious arthritis is Lyme disease. Infectious forms of arthritis can cause swelling and pain in the hands and feet. A diagnosis is often difficult to establish. Antibiotics will often be used to treat bacterial infectious arthritis.

Reactive arthritis is an autoimmune arthritis that develops after a person has an infection in the urinary tract or intestine. This problem is often referred to as Reiter’s disease. People who have this disease often have eye inflammation (iritis), rashes, and mouth sores. Inflammatory arthritis involving the hands and feet leading to a toe or finger that looks like a sausage (dactylitis) is common.

Psoriatic arthritis. Some people who have psoriasis also have arthritis. This disease often affects the hands and feet. It is usually asymmetric. It also causes deformity of the fingernails and toenails (onycholysis) that is often misdiagnosed as a fungal problem. Sometimes the spine- neck and low back-can be affected. As with Reiter’s disease, dactylitis often occurs.

Systemic lupus erythematosus is another autoimmune disease. Lupus can affect many organ systems including the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, blood vessels, heart, and brain. This is a cause of swelling and pain involving the hands and feet.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the most common type of arthritis affecting children. It leads to pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of function in the joints. A patient can also have rashes and fevers with this disease. Hands, wrists, ankles, and feet are often affected.

Polymyalgia rheumatica. Symptoms include pain, aching, and morning stiffness in the shoulders, hips, thighs, and neck. It is sometimes the first sign of giant cell arteritis, an inflammatory disease of the arteries characterized by headaches, scalp tenderness, weakness, weight loss, and fever. The hands and feet may be affected although less often than other joints. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (sed rate), a blood test that measures inflammation, is often greatly elevated.

Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae- the small, fluid-filled sacs that help cushion joints. The inflammation may accompany arthritis in the joint or injury or infection of the bursae. Bursitis produces pain and tenderness and may limit the movement of joints.

Tendinitis is inflammation of tendons (the fibrous cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones) caused by overuse, injury, or arthritis. Tendinitis produces pain and tenderness and may restrict movement of joints.

Not all conditions that cause symptoms of pain and swelling in the hands and feet are due to arthritis. Here are some non-arthritis causes…

Polycythemia vera (PV) is a disorder that is due to excessive production of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Some patients with PV will not have any symptoms at all, but many will experience easy bruising or bleeding with minimal trauma. Also, the blood may become thick, causing it to clot in tiny blood vessels. If clotting does occur in the small blood vessels of the fingers and toes, a patient may experience numbness or burning. Swelling and pain in the hands and feet may also occur.

Some medical conditions cause   edema …swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, face, abdomen, or other areas of the body. Swelling is most often seen in the hands, in the feet, or around the eyes. The swelling often causes pain.

 Edema  is due to excessive fluid accumulation. It can be caused by abnormal kidney function, chronic kidney disease, congestive heart failure, varicose veins, phlebitis, protein or thiamine deficiency, sodium retention, or cancer.

Other reasons for  edema  are pregnancy, standing for prolonged periods of time, premenstrual syndrome, oral contraceptives, an injury (sprain), hypothyroidism (low thyroid), anemia, adrenal disease, deficiencies of potassium and B vitamins, or allergic reactions.

The cause of the  edema  needs to be determined. Diagnoses such as congestive heart disease, kidney disease, or liver disease should be ruled out.

Insect stings can lead to swelling and pain in the hands and feet. The same type of reaction may occur with medications, such as penicillin or sulfa. This is referred to as serum sickness.

Acromegaly is a disease where a tumor in the pituitary gland causes an overproduction of growth hormone. This leads to swelling and pain in the hands and feet.

Frostbite is another cause of swelling and pain in the hands and feet.

Blood clots in the veins are another cause of swelling and pain in the limbs. This rarely affects the upper extremities (arms). If it does, diseases associated with clotting abnormalities should be suspected.

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (causalgia) is an unusual disorder that leads to swelling and pain in an affected limb. Generally it occurs in an arm or a leg, rarely both at the same time. The preceding event is usually some type of trauma.

Clinical Description of Heart Sounds

Heart sounds are essential diagnostic parameters to indicate the clinical state of the heart and also for prognosis of diseases.

Percussion is used mainly to determine the size of the heart by outlining its borders. Dullness is normally heard over the left area of the heart and partially over the right. Deviation from the expected finding may indicate Cardiac enlargement or displacement and warrants further study.

Auscultation involves listening for heart sounds with the stethoscope, similar to the procedure used in assessing breath sounds.

Origin of Heart sounds

The heart sounds are produced by the opening and closing of the valves and the vibration of blood against the walls of the heart and vessels. Normally two sounds- S1 and S2 are heard, which correspond respectively to the familiar “lub dub” often used to describe the sounds. S1 is caused by the closure of the tricuspid and mitrial valves (sometimes called the atrioventricular valves). Right ventricular contraction follows tricuspid valve closure, and left ventricular contraction follows mitrial valve closure. The contractions (systole) occur slightly before the tricuspid valve (right side). Normally this split of the sounds is so close that it is not audible except occasionally at the apex of the heart.

S2 is the result of the closure of the pulmonic and aortic valves (sometimes called semilunar valves). Aortic valve closing (left side) occurs slightly before pulmonic valve closing (right side). The interval between S2 and S1 is diastole, or relaxation, of the heart. Normally the split of the S2 and S1 is diastole or relaxation, of the heart. Normally the split of the two sounds in S2 is distinguishable and widens during inspiration, since inspiration prolongs right ventricular filling and delays pulmonic valve closure. “Physiologic splitting” is a significant normal finding that should be elicited. “Fixed splitting”, in which the split in S2 does not change during inspiration is an important diagnostic sign of atrial septal defect.

It is important to note that the anatomic location of valves does not correspond to the area where the sounds are heard the best. The auscultatory sites are located in the direction of the blood flow through the valves.

Two other heart sounds-S3 and S4-may be produced. S3 is the result of vibrations produced during ventricular filling. It is normally heard only in some children and young adults. But it is considered abnormal in older individuals. S4 is caused by the recoil of vibrations between the atria and ventricles following atrial contraction, at the end of diastole. It is rarely heard as a normal heart sound usually it is considered indicative of further cardiac evaluation.

Heart Wise

February is known as Heart Disease Awareness Month and it is very important for all of us to be able to recognize signs as well as symptoms of a heart attack.

Cautionary signs

Angina pectoris

Angina Pectoris, known as angina, is a syndrome characterized by pain, pressure, numbness, or heaviness that occurs on the area around the chest or behind the chest bone. This results from a disproportion between oxygen supply and demand, and is most commonly caused by the inability of coronary arteries to perfuse the heart under conditions of increased myocardial oxygen consumption. It may also occur in patients with seemingly normal coronary arteries subjected to acute or chronic increase in myocardial work, such as aortic stenosis, hypertension, or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Stable angina

Chest pain that is brought on by exertion and relieved by rest is known as stable angina; a fairly common condition affecting many people. This condition is found in people who have narrowed vessels in their heart (coronary artery disease). The chest pain is felt because the blood is having trouble circulating through the heart and therefore the supply of oxygen the heart requires is diminished. It is treated with a drug called nitroglycerin, a vasodilator to open up the cardiac vessels, thus promoting adequate circulation and meeting the heart’s oxygen demand.

Unstable angina

Chest pain that is unrelieved by rest is known as unstable angina and could be indicative of a pending acute myocardial infarction; known as a heart attack. This chest pain occurs randomly and is not brought on by exertion like stable angina. In fact it may even occur while the person is resting and/or wake up a person from sleeping. This type of angina is of great concern because it is associated with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).

Prinzmetal angina

Chest pain associated with irregular angina occurs as a result of transient coronary artery spasms is known as Prinzmetal angina. These spasms can occur either at rest or with exertion. Unlike stable or unstable angina, there is no plaque or fatty deposition present inside the coronary arteries and if the arteries are looked at on an angiography, the spasms are seen and the arteries appear normal in appearance.

Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)

Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) refers to a range of symptoms; the same symptoms associated with a heart attack (chest pain unrelieved by rest, pain in upper arms, neck or jaws, nausea and vomiting, etc.). ACS is almost always associated with rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque; resulting in partial or complete occlusion of a cardiac artery and if it is not treated emergently, a heart attack will occur.

Warning

The majority of heart attacks begin with chest pain. This pain may begin in the center of the chest and radiate to other areas of the upper body (such as arms, neck and/or jaws). There is no traditional way for chest pain to present itself. Know that everyone person is an individual. It was once thought that if one is having a heart attack the chest pain radiates to the left arm only. Now it is known that chest pain associated with a heart attack may affect the right arm as well. Along with the chest pain associated with a heart attack one may experience a crushing and/or squeezing sensation in the chest area and also become short of breath, break out in a cold sweat and experience nausea and vomiting. Also, heart attack victims often verbalize that they feel a sense of impending doom. Any of these symptoms should be recognized as an alert and emergent care is warranted!

Naturopathic practitioners

A naturopathic practitioners’ focus is to prevent a heart attack from occurring. So they concentrate on prudent heart living; consisting of lifestyle changes such as dietary, exercising, weight-loss, decreasing stress load, smoking cessation, and other natural remedies to treat heart disease.

Conventional practitioners prescribe Nitroglycerin, a powerful vasodilator to treat angina. This is one of the oldest and most frequently used drugs for treating attacks of angina. Arjuna Bark is an herb that is also a vasodilator and is used to treat angina naturally. This herb must not be taken unless your healthcare practitioner approves it for your use.

Once a heart attack begins, urgent interventions are needed. Chest pain unrelieved by rest and/or with nitroglycerin is a medical emergency. This is a condition that will require conventional interventions. There are no natural remedies that can be carried out to save someone’s life once a heart attack is in process! Therefore, if someone you know demonstrates positive signs of having a heart attack, it is imperative to call 911 first, administer an aspirin next, then administer a vasodilator (if the victim has a history of angina and has been prescribed one for treatment), be prepared to perform CPR and stay with the individual until the emergency medical personnel arrive. Administering an aspirin immediately when someone is having a heart attack prevents the formation of blood clotting; therefore increasing a heart attack victim’s survival rate more than twenty percent.

Worldwide over seven million people die yearly from coronary heart disease. It is the leading cause of death. Keep in mind that fifty percent of the deaths that occur from a heart attack happen within the 1st hour. This explains why people who survive heart attacks are the ones who receive emergent treatment immediately. There is no time to waste. You must think and act fast to sustain life.

Let’s be heart-wise everyday.

Aspirin and Heart Attacks – Does Daily Aspirin Therapy Work for Everyone?

In the past, aspirin and heart attacks have been linked only when a person has already had an attack or stroke or if they had a high risk of either. We have known for many years that internal bleeding may occur with too much aspirin but now there is substantial research that shows aspirin can reduce the risk of cancer. So who should take daily aspirin therapy?

HOW ASPIRIN WORKS

Aspirin therapy reduces the clumping action of platelets. This clotting action is useful when we have a wound but can block an artery that is already narrowed from atherosclerosis-the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries. If a blood clot blocks an artery and prevents blood flow to the heart or brain, it may cause a heart attack or stroke.

ASPIRIN THERAPY IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FOR WOMEN AND MEN

Aspirin can reduce the risk of attacks in men and women of all ages. But while aspirin can prevent both a first and second heart attack in men, aspirin plays a slightly different role in women.

Aspirin can prevent a first stroke in women of all ages, but

  • for women younger than 65, aspirin can prevent a second heart attack
  • for women older than 65, aspirin can prevent a first and second heart attack

The risk of bleeding with daily aspirin therapy is about the same in both sexes.

ASPIRIN AND HEART ATTACKS ARE ASSOCIATED THROUGH RISK

Doctors will usually assess your risk of heart disease and stroke before recommending daily aspirin therapy. These risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure (systolic pressure >140 or a diastolic pressure >90)
  • Total cholesterol level higher than 240 mg/dL (6.22 mmol/L)
  • Low-density lipoprotein (“bad”) cholesterol level higher than 130 mg/dL (3.37 mmol/L)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive stress
  • Alcoholism
  • Family history of a stroke or heart attack

If you have strong risk factors but have not had a heart attack or stroke, you may benefit from taking an aspirin every day. But you will want to consult with your doctor both on the risks of taking daily aspirin as well as the potential benefits of reduced cancer risk. Research from Oxford University now shows that cancer risk can be reduced by twenty percent with the daily use of childrens aspirin.

Visit http://osteoporosis-vitamins.com/childrens-aspirin.html to learn more about cancer prevention with daily aspirin as well as the risks associated with certain health conditions.

Heart Disease in Women

Heart disease is not just a man’s problem since women can get it. In the United States, heart attack is the main cause of most deaths among women contrary to popular belief that breast cancer is the number one cause of death in women. Heart disease is also the primary cause of disability in women. In fact, almost twice as many women living in the United States die of stroke, heart attacks and other types of cardiovascular diseases than the number of deaths in women caused by breast cancer.

The blockage or narrowing of the coronary arteries is the common cause of heart attacks. This is also called coronary heart disease. Since the coronary arteries are blocked, the heart can’t efficiently pump blood, causing lack of blood supply and oxygen. This type of heart disease occurs slowly over time. Coronary disease is the main reason why people experience heart attacks.

It is most likely that women over the age of 65 can get heart disease though women must be concerned about this disease even when they are young. Women can follow some steps in order to prevent heart attacks, and one of the most helpful ways is through a healthy lifestyle.

AHA (American Heart Association) identified some factors that are believed to increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If a woman has more risk factors, she is likely to have a greater risk of stroke or a heart attack. Some of these factors are those that are beyond a person’s control such as family health history, age, gender and race. However, women can control, modify and treat most risk factors to lower the risk of having heart disease.

Smoking has been proven to be the main accelerator and cause of heart disease. This means smoking accelerates or causes heart attack by speeding the progression of atherosclerosis, altering the lipid profile and increasing the oxygen demand of the heart muscle by 10 percent. Smoking also helps reduce the blood flow of the coronary artery because of the adrenaline release. Smoking also diminishes the collateral flow reserve of the coronary artery. It also lowers the pain threshold for angina and interferes with the medication designed to avoid angina attacks. Smoking raises fibrinogen blood levels, alters the clotting system of the blood platelets and causes dysfunction of the endothelial cell. The best way to reduce the risk of heart attack is to quit or never try smoking.

Heart Disease Statistics

o One person in the USA dies from a heart attack every 34 seconds.

o One person in the USA experiences a heart attack every 20 seconds.

o Over 2,500 Americans die from different types of heart disease every day.

o More than 250,000 people die of heart attacks every day before reaching a hospital.

o Countries that have the highest death rates from various heart diseases are Romania, the Soviet Union, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Poland.

o Around 6 million people are hospitalized every year in the United States due to heart attack.

o Men experience heart attacks 10 years earlier than most women.

Raw Milk Myths Part 1 of 3

Got milk? It does a body good, right? Milk is likened to a super-food. In fact, it is considered a nearly perfect food because of its abundance of protein (which contains all of the essential amino acids), carbohydrates, fats and array of vitamins.

The Masai tribe in Africa consume up to 7 quarts of the stuff a day and have virtually no heart disease, diabetes, arthritis or atherosclerosis. The French eat plenty of cheeses, creams and other dairy products and have one of the lowest rates of coronary heart disease among industrialized nations.

So what’s all the hubbub about?

Raw milk is nearly a perfect food: not pasteurized. In fact, pasteurized milk has been linked to osteoporosis, heart disease, allergies, arthritis and other disorders due to calcium deficiency.

That’s not the message you’ll hear from the FDA. Raw milk sales have been banned in 23 states. It is illegal for it to cross state lines, in some states it can only be sold from a farm as pet food and 17 states forbid its sale in any manner.

A Maryland state health official told Thomas Bartlett, author of The Raw Deal, that selling raw milk was as bad as selling marijuana and compared raw milk producers to heroin dealers.

How can this be? How can we have gone, in just a couple of generations, from believing milk is a wholesome source of nutrition to considering it a health risk?

Melanie DuPuis, author of Nature’s Perfect Food: How Milk Became America’s Drink says “Americans care more deeply about milk than anything else they consume, precisely because of all it has come to represent.”

What milk has come to represent is dual: both dangerous and vital. We have been indoctrinated to believe that milk is necessary, nutritious: a national resource. We have also been led to believe that it is only safe if it is boiled, broken down, doctored up and made unnatural.

John Robbins, author of May All Be Fed, writes “The modern-day Bessie is now bred, fed, medicated, inseminated, and manipulated for a single purpose-maximum milk production at a minimum cost.”

The truth of the matter is that corporate powers are behind much of what we believe about milk. Health is not what concerns them, profit is. They have done their best to ensure that profit by disseminating false information and lobbying government agencies to do the same.

The three biggest milk myths are:

Pasteurized milk is safe while raw milk is dangerous.

There is no nutritional disparity between pasteurized milk and raw milk.

Pasteurization is in everyone’s best interest

Myth 1: Pasteurized milk is safer than raw milk.

Fear is a favored marketing tool. There was once reason to fear for the safety of milk.

In the last decades of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th, as people moved away from farms and into industrialized cities, they were indeed sickened and killed by contaminated milk.

As milk production became factory-produced instead of farm-wrought, little sanitary regulation took place. Milk wasn’t refrigerated, equipment wasn’t sterile, factory-farm owners thinned their milk with dirty water and added things like animal brains to give it body. Cows were fed waste from distilleries (creating “swill milk” or “white poison”.) These city milk centers were often infested with insects and rats and workers were unhygienic.

Tuberculosis spread through cow’s milk, and epidemics of brucella, botulism and cholera killed many.

The rising use of technology created pasteurization equipment. People no longer had to boil their milk at home, small farmers were forced out of the industry or absorbed by rising conglomerates who could afford the machinery.

The use of pasteurization made sanitary improvements unnecessary and increased the production of milk through crowded feedlots, cheap and unhealthy grain-feed and widespread use of antibiotics and growth hormones.

Today, it is E. Coli, Listeria and Cryptosporidium that are the most common food-borne pathogens and these have only emerged within the past 25 years, after the practice of pasteurization has been established.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control recently issued a public warning about the dangers of raw milk. Siding with corporate dairy and attempting to re-inoculate the public with fear (especially since consumer-interest in raw milk has risen 40% in recent decades), the agencies posted a “reminder” that between 1998 and 2005, raw milk was implicated in 45 food-borne illness outbreaks, 1007 individual cases, 104 hospitalizations and 2 deaths.

When raw milk champions Sally Fallon and Thomas Bartlett went looking for the data that supports these claims, they couldn’t find it. The reference that the FDA and CDC cited, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, provided no such information. No supporting data could be found in any other FDA or CDC document and demands for clarification have not been addressed.

Bartlett asked then-director of the FDA’s dairy safety division, John Sheehan, about evidence linking raw milk to disease outbreaks. Sheehan admitted that in the past 20 years, he didn’t know of a single one.

Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, admits that there have been cases of illness due to raw milk but points out the number of food-borne illness outbreaks due to pasteurized milk is much larger.

There have been 239,884 documented outbreaks due to pasteurized milk in the past few decades and 620 deaths. The nation’s largest recorded outbreak of Salmonella, which occurred from June of 1984 through April of 1985, killed 18 people and sickened over 200,000.

Fallon compiled a list of government-documented outbreaks of food-borne illnesses for the Deputy Director of Maryland’s Office of Food Protection and Consumer Health Services.

1945: 1,492 cases of food-borne illness due to pasteurized milk in the US

1976: 36 children infected with Yersinia enterocolitica from pasteurized chocolate milk

1978: 68 cases of illness

1982: 17,000 cases of illness

1983: 49 cases of illness

1985: 16,284 cases of S. typhimurium

1985: 197,000 cases of Salmonella in California

1985: 1,500 cases of Salmonella in Illinois

1987: 16,000 cases of Salmonella in Georgia

1993: 28 cases of Salmonella

1994: 105 cases of E. coli and Listeria

1995: 10 children infected with Yersina enterocolitica

1996: 48 cases of Campylobactor and Salmonella

1997: 28 cases of Salmonella

A look at just some of the more recent figures reveals:

2000: 98 cases of S. typhimurim

2004: 100 cases of Salmonella in California and outbreaks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

2005: 200 cases of C. jejuni

2006: 1,592 cases of C. jejuni

2007: 5 cases of L. monocytogenes

Again, these outbreaks have all been traced back to pasteurized milk. The larger a farm-factory is, the more room there is for error after the milk has been pasteurized.

Fallon says, “The FDA and CDC definitely have a double standard when it comes to raw milk.”

She claims that the agencies don’t report food-borne illness outbreaks due to pasteurized milk in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Fallon found her figures from poring over other publications like the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Quick to link raw milk to outbreaks, the agencies, Fallon claims, then ignore “subsequent tests showing the milk to be clean.”

Her research found that:

A 1983 outbreak attributed to raw milk later found that none of the cultures revealed any of the Campylobacter bacteria

A listeriosis outbreak that occurred over the years 2000 and 2001 in North Carolina was blamed on cheese made from raw milk, cheese that later tested negative for the bacteria

A 2006 E. coli outbreak that was associated with raw milk was later found to be due to spinach

A 2007 report of Salmonella linked to a raw milk dairy in Pennsylvania revealed later that none of the milk contained any of the pathogen

Even though more outbreaks have occurred due to pasteurized milk rather than raw as of late, neither the FDA nor the CDC has ever issued a public warning about it.

Factory-farmed cattle have 300 times more pathogens in their digestive tract than grass-fed cows on small dairy farms.

Pasteurization destroys good bacteria as well as bad. The probiotics that occur naturally in milk are destroyed by heat although it is their presence that can naturally kill many virulent pathogens. Probiotics in raw milk prevent the multiplication of these bacteria, which thrive in milk after pasteurization. This is why pasteurized milk becomes rancid after a week while raw milk simply sours.

Due to the widespread use of antibiotics in industrial farms, these pathogens are becoming resistant to present medications.

In 2003 the USDA reported that pasteurized milk causes 29 times more cases of Listeria than raw milk.

Robert Tauxe, Chief of the CDC’s Foodborne and Diarrheal Branch, says that globalization of the food supply, antibiotic use, corn and soy feed and crowded conditions in industrial agriculture has given rise to new food-borne pathogens and, he warns, many more are on the way.

A 2004 study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) found that dairy products, pasteurized or raw, make up less than 1% of all food-borne illness outbreaks. Produce is now responsible for 38% of outbreaks, poultry 20% and beef 16%. Eggs and seafood constitute 13% and 12% respectively.

Dairy farms that produce raw milk are normally smaller, cleaner and more accountable to their customers for the quality of their animals, feed, practices and milk.

There really isn’t evidence any longer that pasteurized milk is safer than raw: it’s more likely that it is the other way around.

Twice-Weekly Pectoral Blasts

Sounds nice – make it twice! We all know that the best way to create some growth in a pair of lagging arms is to hit them twice a week. Maybe we toss in 6 sets of heavy-ish triceps pressing at the end of Monday’s chest day, and biceps enjoys a few sets of curls on the tail end of Tuesday’s back training session. Then, they enjoy a full 12 to 16 sets apiece on Thursday, the day devoted to only arms.

But how in the world would this translate to assist with a lagging chest? Unless you’re a powerlifter (you can see your own feet, so that doesn’t seem likely!), you know the chest is a muscle group requiring a ton of recovery from tough sessions. How in the world would we hit the chest TWICE every week? Obviously, it would deliver some new growth, but recovery?

We would start our training week with LEG day. That’s right – leg day. Heavy squats, leg press, lunges, leg curls of many varieties, then calf raises til the cows come home. Then, when legs are shot, you would limp over to the smith machine and knock out 4 straight sets of heavy – very heavy – incline bench press. This wouldn’t be enough to scorch the muscle group for 4-5 days, but it would be enough to SHOCK those fast-twitch muscle fibers (the ones powerlifters love so much) into some stimulation. Then, before you start ripping up too many fibers, you’re done!

Tuesday is back day. Wednesday is rest day. Then, Thursday becomes your standard chest day, with much higher volume of sets (16 to 22) as you move from incline to flat to declines presses with barbell and dumbbell, then hit the machines. After this, you WILL need 3-4 days to rest, which will take you right up to the following Monday (leg day) when you will quickly stimulate the chest again. The system would look like this:

Day 1 (Monday) – Heavy Training – 4 sets of heavy safe incline benching

Day 2 (Thursday) – High Volume Training – 16 to 22 sets of your standard chest workout

It will take a bit of adjustment, but inside of a month, you’ll be very used to this. Your chest will now enjoy 104 mini-growth sessions each month, instead of the usual 52 sessions, which means you have twice as much chance to grow. Good luck!

Back Pain: Cancer, Stones and Tumors

Although not as common, prostate cancer, kidney disorders (stones) and spinal tumors represent a small percentage of back pain. Since low back pain is a common condition, many people ignore it and do not realize that there may be a more serious underlying problem that is causing the pain. All three should be considered as a differential diagnosis in order to treat it properly and effectively. Luckily, the majority of back pain is benign and self limiting.

The good news is that most low back pain is due to mechanical causes (muscles, joints) that can be treated and resolved within weeks to months.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, excluding skin cancer. After lung cancer it is the leading cause of cancer death in Canada. One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about one third of them will die from it. Men over the age of 50 have an increased risk. The cause of prostate cancer is both hereditary and environmental. Diets low in selenium, high in red meat fat, and/or smoke, increase the risk of prostate cancer.

Although there are no symptoms of early prostate cancer, symptoms such as chronic low back pain (months), difficulty with urination (starting and stopping), a poor stream during urination, a burning sensation while urinating or excessive urination at night should not be ignored.

These symptoms are not specific to prostate cancer, but can also indicate other urinary problems. Early detection is very important in order to treat it successfully. Yearly physical examinations are necessary for all men over the age of 50. Along with the examination of the prostate, be sure that your physician also orders blood tests, to measure the levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA). PSA is a substance that is produced in the prostate. Once the prostate is enlarged, there are higher levels of PSA found in your blood. An increased level of PSA in your blood, is one of the earliest signs of prostate cancer.

If prostate cancer is detected early, it can be treated. Surgery and/or radiation therapy are the primary methods of care. A proper diet is critical in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Vitamin D and E supplements along with a reduction in overall dietary fat will decrease the risk of prostatic cancer.

Another rare source of back pain comes from the kidney. There are many conditions that can affect the kidney, which can refer pain to the low back. Any type of inflammation/infection in the kidney or an obstruction in the ureter can cause low back pain. Since kidney stones are probably one of the most prevalent kidney conditions, special attention should be directed to it.

The kidneys are the body’s filtering system. The blood in your body passes through them and any unwanted substances are excreted in the urine. Unfortunately, if there is a build-up of certain chemicals or minerals, kidney stones are formed. There are many factors that play a role in the formation of these stones. Age, sex, a family history of kidney stones, the amount of water consumed, climate, and dietary factors are just a few things that contribute to their formation. Calcium oxalate (most common), calcium phosphate and uric acid are three different types of kidney stones.

The pain that is caused by kidney stones is due to an obstruction of the ureter, the organ which connects the kidney to the bladder. The bladder stores the urine until it’s time to get rid of it. Kidney stones are not always smooth and round; they can have jagged edges. As these kidney stones pass through the ureter they scrape the inside of it, causing severe pain. Symptoms include blood in urine, a burning sensation while urinating, difficulty urinating, nausea/vomiting and/or excruciating back, abdominal or groin pain.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have kidney stones and it’s important to visit your doctor immediately.

Drinking a lot of water and keeping well hydrated is one of the best ways to decrease your risk of having kidney stones. The stones are usually small enough that you will pass them in due time. If the stones are too large to pass, shock wave lithotripsy and various types of surgical procedures are done.

Spinal tumors are probably the rarest of the three conditions that we are discussing. These tumors are uncommon but still represent a small percentage of causes of low back pain.

Spinal tumours can either be benign or malignant. Benign tumors of the spine grow slowly and are less aggressive. These tumors can become a problem when they get too large and compress or impinge the spinal cord or peripheral nerves. There are several benign tumors that originate in the spine, including hemangiomas, osteoblastomas and osteochondromas. Depending on the type of tumor and its characteristics it may be left alone or removed. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also be used

Facial Exercises For Bell’s Palsy – 3 Short Facts

Facial exercises for Bell’s Palsy are thought to help regain control of the effected facial muscles. According to Wikipedia, “Bell’s palsy is a paralysis of cranial nerve VII (the facial nerve) resulting in inability to control facial muscles on the affected side.” The facial exercises for Bell’s Palsy are very similar to the facial exercise for a face lift and the facial exercise routine is simple, quick, and shows fast results. (Within 7 days).

When you do an exercise with Bell’s Palsy, remember to take it easy and slow and don’t push it. Slow and deliberate movements will offer better and faster results. Here are the three facts I promised you:

* Facial muscle exercises may improve muscle tone and help the facial nerve recover.

* Do the exercises for 15 or 20 minutes several times a day.

* Massaging your forehead, cheeks, and lips with oil or cream may also help.

One last thing; before attempting any exercises for the face print a map of the facial muscles in order to familiarize yourself with the muscles you will be working. Don’t forget to be patient and work the muscles gently. The idea is to regain motion and for the motion to be balanced on each side, the good side with the affected side. Don’t force the muscles to the point that the two sides are pulling against each other. Do your facial exercises in the mirror so that you can see them working and you can concentrate on the muscles being worked. One more thing, don’t just watch the muscles you are working but feel them as well. Become familiar with your face.

Use Effective Home Remedies for Prickly Heat

Prickly heat or prickly heat rash appears when sweat doesn’t dry quickly and it accumulates in different parts of the body. It is painful and irritating and it can appear at people of all ages. Near waist, underarms, back and chest are the most affected parts of the body. The sign of a prickly heat attack is the apparition of some red bumps that cause a severe itching and create a very great discomfort. Fortunately, it does not cause a skin disease and it is not harmful. Prickly heat appears in humid and hot climate but it can attack no matter how weather is like. Red bumps can persist 4-5 days or several months depending how severe the attack is. The most common causes of this problem attacks are junk food, smoking, stressful and unhealthy life style, alcohol, food poisoning and acidity, cancer, or the side effects of some medicines. Severe inflammation, red bulges on back, chest and around waists and acute itching are the main symptoms of this problem.

Fortunately there are many home remedies to get rid of prickly heat. For example, sitting in a cool room or taking a cool bath is enough to get rid of it.

Oatmeal powder is very efficient, too having the property to reduce inflammation and to sooth skin. Add a little amount of it in the bath tub stirring it well and then dip in the bath tub.

Ointments and talcum powder are also recommended in prickly heat attacks. You can use non-perfumed or herbal talcum powder after every bath. This powder absorbs extra moisture of the body keeping the skin dry. You can repeat the process several times. Aloe Vera based lotions and some herbal ointments are beneficial, too.

Ice cubes can be successfully used in treating prickly heat provoked by humid and hot climate. Run a cub of ice on the red bulges and the inflammation will be reduced and the red swellings will be punctured.

Gram flour is one of the easiest remedies to get rid of prickly heat. Mix the gram flour with some water to obtain a paste. Apply the paste on the red bulges and let it get dry. Wash the paste with cold water. Gram flour paste has the property to remove the dead skin and to reduce considerably inflammation.

Sandalwood powder is another great natural remedy. Take equal quantities of sandalwood powder and coriander (1 or 2 tablespoons) and mix them with rose powder to obtain a paste. Apply the paste on the affected areas and let it dry. Remove it with cold water. The beneficial effect will be felt immediately.

Multani mitti or Fuller’s earth is a home remedy, too. Mix 4-5 tbsp mitti with 2-3 tbsp of plain water and rose water to obtain a thick paste. Apply the paste on the affected area and let it dry 2-3 hours. Remove it with cold water.

Margosa neem leaves are another home remedy that cam be successfully applied to get rid of prickly heat. Make a paste from 20-25 Margosa neem leaves and water and apply it on the affected areas. After the paste got dry, wash it in cold water.

Pass Gallstones – Learn How to Naturally Pass Gallstones and Avoid Gallbladder Surgery

Is it possible to pass gallstones naturally and avoid surgery? Yes and thousands have already done it!

However, almost a half a million people naively listen to their doctor’s recommendation and get gallbladder surgery which is also referred to as cholecystectomy. Though cholecystectomies are extremely effective for getting rid of gallstones (after all you get your organ, the gallbladder, removed), it could also drastically increase your risk of bowel or colon cancer.

Is it really worth having your organ removed, only to later find out that you could be at risk for cancer? Before you meet your surgeon, have you tried to pass your gallstones with a simple gallstone remedy?

Avoid Gallbladder Surgery

Chances are that you know someone who has had their gallbladder removed. In fact, it is such a popular surgery that patients can be in and out in 24 hours. Though the recovering period can be weeks. During the weeks after surgery, the body must adjust to the missing organ and the dripping bile in the digestive tract. You will typically suffer from diarrhea and nausea.

And to top off the side effects, you could also be putting yourself at risk for cancer further down the road. Many surgeries that were a success 20 years ago are now resulting in patients with bowel cancer.

And finally, do you really have $15,000 lying around for a rainy day? I don’t either! However, gallbladder surgery is getting ever more expensive and can cost in the upwards of $15,000. No wonder the medical industry is now the most lucrative industries of the 21st century.

But the goods news is that you can pass gallstones naturally without ever stepping foot in a hospital!

Learn How to Naturally Pass Gallstones

It is important to know the risk factors for cholesterol stones are different than those for pigment stones. The risks associated with cholesterol stones include abdominal aches, nausea, vomiting, chills, fever and gallbladder infection. The risks associated with pigment stones include cirrhosis, biliary tract infections, and hereditary blood cell disorders, such as sickle cell anemia.

You should know that cholesterol based gallstones are much easier to dissolve and pass than pigment stones. If you are unsure, you should see your doctor or call and ask if you have already been diagnosed.

One treatment that is becoming popular in medical establishments is oral dissolution therapy. The procedure uses medicines ingested orally to dissolve gallstones. The medicine is made up of acid naturally found in bile which works by breaking down the cholesterol based gallstones. Though this surgery is effective, it could take months to get success which could result in damage to vital organs.

We found great success in a natural liver cleanse remedy. With this remedy you are flushing the liver to alleviate the possibility of additional strain being placed on the gallbladder with the excess cholesterol and bile salts. The liver works hard to remove toxins, pollutants, fats, and alcohol. By cleaning your body’s filter, you can actually pass gallstones in the process.

During the flush, we also recommend a high dosage of water! Water will aid in the body with passing the gallstones. Many experts say that olive oil (used in liver cleanse) lubricates the gallstones in the bile ducts to help them pass but this is still unclear.

If you are interested in canceling your gallbladder surgery, we recommend you try a liver and gallbladder flush tonight!

Pass Gallstones Pain free in Less than 24 Hours

Imagine being able to call the hospital to cancel the surgery 24 hours from now!

Having Asthma Is Something to Smile About

Millions of persons have asthma and to put it bluntly there is nothing funny about having a breathing difficulty.. Yet, the science of psychoneuroimmunology has shown that smiling can reduce your symptoms.

Studies of smiling have demonstrated that smiling during the common cold season reduces the incidence of colds significantly. The smile does two things:

Smiling sends a message to your limbic (stress) system that this is no danger, no tiger. Then you avoid the negative chemicals that the stress system sends out which actively reduce your immunity.

A second effect of smiling is that it signals the pleasure brain to put out the good chemicals that raise your immune factors. The positioning of the facial muscles does this, and we see negative effects when the face is paralyzed from trauma.

Keeping a sad dour face can lower your immunity. Some actresses who have played sad depressed roles on stage for long periods of time have been forced to quit because of frequent infections. Numerous studies have proven that depression significantly lowers your immunity and your overall health.

No question that keeping a happy smiling face while having an asthmatic attack will make a lot of people wonder about your mental state. But maybe with humor you won’t get that attack.

How can you feel happy when you are struggling to breathe properly?

The key is to cultivate a happy affect. Look, you don’t need to feel funny and happy all the time. But if you laugh and feel joy 90% of the time, you will build up the good chemicals to keep you healthy.

Mr. F Amos sustained a bad back accident. Being disabled, he now had time to watch TV and his favorite was the Comedy Channel. While getting his therapy treatments he started to tell about the funny scenes he had seen. His therapists obviously enjoyed his stories; they became warmer and friendlier to him. Since they enjoyed hearing these funny stories, Mr. Amos began checking out other sources of humor, and was writing them down, and even rehearsing the funny episodes or jokes. It was obvious that the therapists enjoyed taking care of him. Did he get well faster because the therapists gave him extra attention? Or, did his laughing so much reduce the pain and speed healing? Best of all, when he came with his funny stories, his therapists would tell him tales they knew too!

You can develop a humor habit. Here are some exercises from my book that work well:

  • Practice memorizing short shopping lists using humor.
  • Rent comedies and write down funny scenes to describe to others.
  • Find comedy web sites and blogs and record the best ones to tell your friends.
  • Your public library has humor DVD, books and tapes you can borrow.
  • Once a week pretend you are a TV writer and write a funny TV show.

You see a funny episode on TV. You carry it in your mind to tell your friend next evening. Instead of stress thoughts or anxiety thoughts, your thoughts dwell on laughter.

A new therapy for asthma and allergy is to spend time BEFORE the allergy. The reason for this is that, before you had the allergy, you didn’t sneeze around dust. Now you do. Something in your chemistry changed. Maybe we can change it back? The more you visualize with all your senses, plus humor, the more your body will produce the before the allergy chemistry. You didn’t have it when you bought your first car-therefore visualize with all your senses that activity WITH Humor.

Unfortunately, in my own clinical practice, it is difficult to prove exactly how effective smiling and humor can be in asthma, since as a physician I utilize all the therapeutic tools I have available. Do my asthmatics do well because they practice humor? Or is it because I clear their sinus and postnasal drip with pulsatile irrigation? No question that clearing up a sinus condition is highly beneficial to asthmatics. Hence, it is difficult to tell whether the pulsatile irrigation contributed 40%, the drugs 30%, and the smiling 30%.

However, just as it is evident that clearing the nasal drainage is therapeutic, so is it evident that smiling and humor can help the asthma.