Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Cirrhosis of Liver

Cirrhosis of the liver is a chronic and progressive condition in which the liver gets damaged and healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, ultimately causing dysfunction of the liver. Liver damage obstructs the circulation to the liver and also hinders the processing of nutrients, hormones, drugs, toxins as well as the production of proteins and other substances made by the liver. Liver cirrhosis is caused due to hepatitis C, fatty liver, alcohol abuse, viral infections, inherited diseases, and as a toxic reaction to drugs and environmental waste products. The modern management of this condition involves diet modification, reduction in salt intake, total abstinence from alcohol, and avoiding all the causative factors of this condition.

Cirrhosis of liver causes multiple symptoms in the body including fluid collection in the abdomen, bleeding varices in the stomach, chronic heart failure, damage to the central nervous system, and various metabolic disorders in the body. Advanced cirrhosis of liver is ultimately fatal. It is therefore of prime importance to commence treatment at the earliest possible. It is of utmost importance to treat the known cause of the condition. Ayurvedic herbal medicines have a definite action on the hepatic cells and can effectively treat inflammation within the liver. Ayurvedic medicines can also treat infection as well as metabolic dysfunction of the liver, and protect it from the toxic effects of drugs and environmental wastes. Ayurvedic medicines can therefore be effectively used to treat all the known causes of liver cirrhosis.

Liver damage causes healthy cells to be replaced with scar tissue. This is preceded by a process of inflammation, swelling and gradual death of the liver cells. Early institution of Ayurvedic treatment can help dramatically reduce inflammation and swelling and thereby preserve the liver cells and prevent unnecessary damage. Even in the early phase of scar deposition. Ayurvedic herbal medicines can help remove scar tissue, minimise permanent liver damage, and help regenerate damaged or near-dead cells Ayurvedic herbal medicines therefore form a comprehensive treatment therapy for liver cirrhosis.

The other symptoms resulting from liver cirrhosis such as ascites, esophageal varices, congestive cardiac failure and metabolic disorders start improving automatically when the obstruction in the liver is treated and removed. However, Ayurvedic medicines can treat these symptoms independently too, if these are observed to be severe in the affected individual and require urgent medical care. Improved functioning of the liver also helps to improve the overall metabolism and nutrition of the body and metabolize toxic substances within the body. Prompt and aggressive Ayurvedic treatment therefore helps comprehensively treat liver cirrhosis and significantly reduce morbidity and mortality resulting from this disease.

Cirrhosis can also adversely affect the central nervous system and cause psychotic symptoms and permanent nerve damage. Prompt treatment with Ayurvedic herbal medicines also helps to preserve the brain function and treat the associated symptoms. If required, brain damage can be treated separately with herbal medicines which strengthen the nervous system and help rejuvenate nerve cells. Medicines which act on the nervous system also help improve confidence and self-control and are therefore equally useful in helping the affected individual abstain completely from alcohol, which is a known and predominant cause of cirrhosis.

Depending upon the severity of the condition, most individuals affected with cirrhosis require regular and aggressive Ayurvedic herbal treatment for periods ranging from six to eighteen months, in order to obtain significant benefit and a possible complete cure from the condition. Ayurvedic treatment thus has a definite role to play in the management and treatment of cirrhosis.

Top 6 Calculator Apps For Android

The Samsung Galaxy S, Droid X, MyTouch 3G Slide, Evo 4, the list goes on and on. Many of the hottest smartphones on the market today run on Google’s Android OS. With each new device released for Android, the buzz about the system grows.

A quick search of “calculator” on the Android Market returned about a thousand results, far than most people would like to sort through. You’ll find dozens of tip calculators, BMI calculators, mortgage calculators, love calculators, and more that are probably not what you are looking for. Luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work of searching through all of those apps for you and found these 6 worthy of your consideration.

#1 – HandyCalc Calculator by mmin

HandyCalc Calculator is our choice for the top calculator available on Android today. This app give you a lot of the basic functionality of a TI-84, including all scientific calculator capabilities, graphing, and the ability to solve systems of equations. Answers can be returned in fraction and radical form or converted to decimals. There are also simple copy and paste capabilities, something that should be available in more apps. The app even comes with a demo doc and a link to a video tutorial. There’s a lot to like here, and even if it’s not perfect, it comes as close as anything we’ve seen.

Pros: Free, scientific and graphing capabilities, solves systems of equations, returns both exact answers for fractions/radicals as well as decimal approximations.

Cons: Missing features of a typical grapher such as max/min, intercepts, etc.; swiping between keypads presses buttons and feels awkward; two different “equals” buttons (which perform different functions) can be a bit confusing.

Cost: FREE

#2 – Scientific Calculator by Kreactive Technologies

Scientific Calculator had the nicest UI of any calculator app we reviewed. Buttons are attractive, with a nice top-lit effect, and a good size, making them easy to press. A flick scroll or double arrow button allows you to easily access scientific functions. The calculator does feature some basic graphing capabilities. This calculator comes very close to 2-line functionality. You can enter an entire calculation before pressing enter. Then you can return to previous calculations by long pressing the input area. There are more powerful apps on this list, but UI is important in an Android app, and Scientific Calculator has a great one.

Pros: Free, attractive UI, some functionality of a 2-line calculator, some graphing functionality

Cons: Graphing functions limited; comments in the market indicate some users confused by lack of +/- button, although we found this easy to work around.

Cost: FREE

#3 – Calculus Tools by Andy Mc

A fantastic calculator app for calculus students is Calculus Tools. As its name implies, this app is focused almost exclusively on calculus, so it’s not for everyone. The app can find integrals as well derivatives up to the fourth degree, both algebraically as well as with with defined limits. It also has the ability to help you solve problems involving arc length, surface area, and Taylor series. Your results can also be graphed. The app also contains a pretty extensive list of formulas that calculus students have to memorize. The only real drawbacks with this app are that its scientific calculator mode is still in beta and fairly limited, and that all inputting must be done with your default keyboard.

Pros: Free, solve calculus functions symbolically or numerically, ability to graph functions, great “cheat sheet” of calculus formulas

Cons: Scientific calculator features still in beta, must use default keyboard instead of a custom math UI

Cost: FREE or $2.50 donate version

UPDATE: A math keyboard was added in an upgrade to Calculus Tools

#4 – Arity Calculator by Mihai Preda

Arity Calculator has a far different UI and capabilities from the other apps on this list. If you are looking for a good 3D grapher, this is it. You have the option to graph in either 2D or 3D, and simply pressing enter will take you to a clear prompt but will save your equation where it can easily be tapped if you need it later. We’d find it hard to recommend this calculator to a novice, but it’s sharp 3D features will definitely appeal to many users. Arity is also an open source app.

Pros: Free, open source, fast, 3D capabilities, screenshots of graphs

Cons: Almost all commands (such as sin, cos, tan) have to be typed out; although you can navigate graphs and zoom in and out, there is no way to trace, find intercepts, etc.

Cost: FREE

#5 – RealCalc Scientific Calc by Brain Overspill

If you’re looking for something comparable to a TI-30 (one line), the RealCalc Scientific Calc fits the bill. It’s free, fast, and offers all the functionality of a standard scientific calculator. It also features an excellent help menu for new users. The UI isn’t exactly the sexiest, but we are sure some will appreciate how much it authentically looks like a retro calculator. Although we’d have preferred to see an authentic two line display, the developer has provided a previous answer feature, which can be set to retrieve numerous previous results.

Pros: Free, fast, simple to use, offers functionality of a standard scientific calculator, Reverse Polish Notation option will appeal to some

Cons: One-line calculator interface, no graphing options, retro UI straight out of 1985 will not be for everyone

Cost: FREE

#6 – Calc+ by EricJohnson

Like many Android apps, Calc+ is available both in free and paid versions. The free version gets you the features you expect in a scientific calculator. The paid version offers the additional functionality of haptic feedback (vibrate) and unit conversions. In a clever UI decision the developer allows users to switch between a simple calculator and scientific mode by rotating rotating from portrait to landscape mode. The design is minimalistic, yet attractive. The biggest drawback to Calc+ is no ability to change from its default mode of radians into degrees.

Pros: Free version available, simple and attractive UI

Cons: One-line interface, trig calculations only in radians

Cost: FREE or $.99

Why Man’s Vomit Has Confused The World

The Spirit packs no punches when it comes to showing the way man is destroying this beautiful planet and how and why he denies the power that created it. He has created a great cloud of impenetrable darkness around it that was shown to me in a vision. Nothing can cut through it except the power to wipe it out. That power was given to me through the knowledge and many visions and commissions that are now part of the mountain of God for the last days.

When these visions were given they were accompanied by great power that demanded I either sit or lie down as they were so strong. As one was starting I was forced to lie on the bed before being lifted high above the earth. Below me was not the beautiful blue planet we see from outer space but one caked in thick black goo that nothing could penetrate.

Suddenly an extremely bright light shot out from me and it went through the goo and hastily surrounded the earth. It grew enormously and was so great that it broke the black into pieces and it went sailing off into space. Then the earth was once more as it appears in camera images.

Over the years that followed and the teaching that came directly from the Spirit the black goo has turned out to be the vomit from men who used religions and other things to hide the Great Creator. It is composed of all the noise that suggests that man is made in the image of God and that he has dominion over the earth and can do whatever he wills.

It is strengthened by religious lies and dogma about heaven and hell and the threats that drive terrorism. It has its roots in Babylon, the start of Islam. All who follow religions are worshipers of the sun as their god and the idols and icons they pray to are their folloy.

These are all the vomit that is coupled with celebrities, music, drugs, crime, environmental destruction, and now acceptance that there is no God. What a mess; and this is what my commissions are designed to clean up. The Internet is the means to accomplish it.

Food Safety & Food Poisoning

We’ve probably all had foodborne illness, but unless we had a reaction within several hours of eating something, we probably didn’t recognize it as being food poisoning.

Foodborne illness (many times referred to as food poisoning) is commonly difficult to identify. There is usually no immediate identifiable cause and symptoms typically mimic other illnesses. Many foodborne illnesses last for a relatively short period of time (leading to the misnomer of the “24 hour flu”). After all, would you suspect something you ate 3 days ago as causing you to become ill today? Most likely you just consider it to be the flu. Additionally, most of us don’t go to the doctor for a short-term illness, as we’re just happy to be rid of what ails us. The result is that many foodborne illnesses go undiagnosed.

As an example, listeriosis (a foodborne disease) has only recently been recognized as a serious public health problem in the United States. With an incubation period thought to be up to 3 weeks and symptoms of fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea, most people characterize it as the flu. However, it can become a very serious disease for segments of the population.

With more than 250 foodborne illnesses of varying incubation periods, you probably won’t be able to determine whether or not you have a foodborne illness. But a basic understanding of food safety will go a long way in protecting you and your family.

Any food you buy has foodborne bacteria on it. These bacteria are separated into two groups: food spoilage bacteria and pathogenic bacteria. You can see and smell food spoilage bacteria. It’s the bacteria that causes you to periodically throw away food because it looks and/or smells awful. Food spoilage bacteria generally will not harm you. They are just a warning signal to not eat this food.

Pathogenic bacteria are the bad stuff. You can’t see or smell them, but they will make you and your family sick. They can form on food in toxic quantities long before spoilage bacteria appear. The good news is that you can protect yourself and your family from pathogenic bacteria by understanding shelf life and the temperature ranges in which bacteria multiply.

All foods have a shelf life. Dependent upon the type of food and its storage, the shelf life will vary anywhere from a day to several years. Ripe fruit will start deteriorating within a day or so. Freeze the fruit before it deteriorates and it can last for a year. Leave meat on a counter at the right temperature for several hours and the pathogenic bacteria will multiply and make you sick. Freeze the meat when you bring it home from the supermarket and it will retain its quality for months.

Pathogenic bacteria multiply rapidly in what is known as the danger zone. That zone is usually between 40° and 140° F (4° and 60° C). A single pathogenic bacterium is not going to harm you, as your body’s immune system will usually destroy the bacteria. It’s only when food is left in the danger zone for an inappropriate period of time that the pathogenic bacteria will multiply, overwhelm your body’s natural defenses and cause you to get ill. Leave the meat mentioned above on the counter and a single pathogenic bacterium will multiply to millions of bacteria in 8 hours, more than enough to make you ill.

Store food below 40° in your refrigerator and the bacterial growth will significantly slow down. Freeze food and bacterial growth will generally stop. Cook food above 140° to 165° F and you will kill most pathogenic bacteria.

After you cook food, don’t leave the leftovers on the kitchen counter, as the pathogenic bacteria will once again start growing. Once you finish with food, store it in the refrigerator or freeze it to stop any pathogenic growth.

Follow these tips and have a healthy eating experience both now and later.

Ulcers – Open Sores Not Heartburn

Ulcers are open sores that can occur inside the body or on its outer surface. The latter are often referred to as pressure ulcers or bedsores, and they occur most often in people who are confined to bed or a wheelchair. The term is commonly used to refer to a peptic ulcer, which is an ulcer in the upper gastrointestinal tract. The two major forms of peptic ulcer are chronic duodenal ulcers, which occur in the part of the small intestine leading out of the stomach, and gastric ulcers, which occur in the upper part of the stomach. Peptic refers to the fact that these ulcers are caused partially by digestive juices, one of which is acid-pepsin.

Ulcers occur in approximately 10% of the population. They are much more common in men than in women. Duodenal ulcers occur four times more often than gastric ulcers. The highest incidence of gastric ulcers is from age 60 to 70, whereas it is highest for duodenal ulcers when a person is in the fifties.

The primary symptom of an ulcer is pain in the area between the navel and the breastbone. The pain may be a burning sensation or a continuous gnawing sensation; some people with ulcers are awakened at night by pain. The pain is often relieved by eating or by taking antacids. Some people with ulcers have no symptoms, or they experience a bloated sensation after eating. Other people with gastric ulcers lose weight because they develop an aversion to food; eating increases their discomfort. In more severe cases, ulcers may cause internal bleeding, which is passed as black, tarry stools or as red blood when bleeding is massive.

Treatment focuses on relieving pain and helping the ulcer heal. The most widely accepted treatment is the administration of medication that inhibits acid secretion. It is also common to give antacids, which are effective and less expensive but may require more frequent dosages. Blood tests may reveal the presence of an organism named Helicobacter pylori in some people with peptic ulcers. When this organism is present, standard antacid treatment is supplemented with a combination of bismuth and antibiotics that cure the H. pylori infection and prevent recurrence in the majority of patients.

Ulcer sufferers are instructed not to take aspirin and not to drink alcohol, since these substances irritate the stomach lining. In addition, drinks containing caffeine, such as coffee and tea, are omitted from the diet because these drinks stimulate the secretion of gastric acid. Greasy or spicy foods may also cause discomfort. Peptic ulcers usually heal within one to three months with active medical treatment. Surgery is indicated when there are complications such as unresponsiveness to medications, obstruction, or when the ulcer perforates and allows stomach acids to pass directly into the abdomen. These complications require immediate medical attention.

People who develop ulcers are often described as hard-driving, successful individuals who have strong needs to please and to receive attention from others. They are also characterized as stressed, tense, and conflicted between needs for dependence and independence. Ulcer sufferers seem to have an overactive digestive system in response to chronic stress. A person who is prone to gastric upset can take preventive action by avoiding aspirin, caffeine, and alcohol and by learning better relaxation and communication skills in order to cope with stress and to meet personal needs more effectively.

Acid Reflux in Newborns

It’s quite hard for a mother to notice symptoms of acidity in a newborn, though the major symptom in newborns is normally “spitting up” a condition in which the food contents and acid from the stomach travel back to the throat from the stomach. This problem can induce coughing and sneezing in the newborn baby. It is advisable to consult a medical personnel in the early stages of this problem.

Acid Reflux In Newborns can be common in newborns up to the age of 6 to 8 months of age. If a doctor is consulted in good time, this condition can be easily cured with use of proper medicine.There are some symptoms that a nursing mother should look out for in a newborn. These include problems while swallowing, feeding problems, eating small quantities of food and spitting while burping. These problems of acid reflux in newborns disappear as the newborn ages.

Acid Reflux In Newborns can be improved through several ways. One recommended way is by breast feeding as this is the most nutritious meal for a growing baby. It reduces the chances of acidity in small children. Breast feeding is important in building a bond between the mother and the baby. Feed the baby with small quantities of food and in regular intervals. This way the baby’s digestive system is in less pressure therefore reducing acidity. Make the baby burp as a way to remove acid from the stomach.

Changing the sleeping positions of the newborn is also an important way to reduce the chances of food moving backwards from the stomach to the mouth. Making the baby lie in a 30 degrees position on the stomach when awake after meals and on 30 degrees on the back when asleep also plays a trick in controlling acidity.

Gall Bladder Diet – The Most Beneficial Gall Bladder Diet Plan

The gall bladder attacks are often more than painful and can disturb your daily life and general health to a great extent. Despite the cause of this condition you can effectively prevent these outbursts not only through a medication treatment and/or surgery but also by controlling your food intake. You can device a helpful gall bladder diet that will prevent the frequent occurrence of the severe symptoms.

Before finding the exact solution it is worth pinpointing the problem more precisely and in some detail. In the majority of cases gall bladder diseases of all types are caused by an unhealthy gall bladder diet rich in fats, a sedentary lifestyle with little movement and stress. Unfortunately, most of us find it difficult if not impossible to change the latter two for the better – this is just the world we live in. Still, the sudden outbursts of severe pain that can reach up to the shoulder and cause additional abdominal spasms should not be tolerated and treated solely with medications, which often have serious side effects. The additional forms of suffering such as the nausea, diarrhea and the vomiting can literally disrupt your life.

Thankfully you can adopt a specific gall bladder diet that will aid for the prevention of the attacks. This form of home treatment is not difficult to adopt and is relatively easy for you to stick to. Usually you will experience painful outbursts after a meal or during the night when food is being processed in your stomach. The feeling of having had a tasty meal is not sufficient to cancel out the pain and suffering that you experience, but this does not have to happen to you. It is perfectly possible for you to cook excellent delicious meals for you and your family. These can be made with ingredient that are fresh and good for your body and most importantly prevent the gall bladder attacks.

The best gall bladder diet you can adopt is quite simple and easy to implement into your daily life. The first step is to make a list of all the foods and ingredients that can cause an attack and a separate one consisting of those that can be beneficial especially in aiding for the proper functioning of the liver and stomach. These extensive lists should include drinks as well as herbs and spices for convenience. If you make a cooking schedule with recipes that you want to prepare using these ingredients you will stick to the diet more easily. It is best for all ingredients to be organic. You should eat moderate portions of food and try not to use eating as a cure for stress.

You will be surprised for easy and even pleasant it is to go on a special gall bladder diet. All you need is some planning, desire for cooking and a pinch of imagination and you will be able to live without suffering. Soon after adopting the beneficial nutritional plan you will forget all about the discomfort and pain and enjoy your life to the fullest.

Atrial Fibrillation – Causes And Treatments

Atrial fibrillation refers to an irregular (almost fluttering) heart rate (afib). The heart normally functions through the sending of multiple electrical impulses: the atria and the ventricles send and receive impulses. In a heart that is beating irregularly, though, the chambers of the heart simultaneously, resulting in a chaotic and unusual carrying out of the heart’s functions.

Causes Of Atrial Fibrillation

The fact that you may have afib does not necessarily and automatically mean that you have a heart problem. In fact, a lot of young people experience atrial fibrillation without having had any history or present references to heart issues. Some of the causes (that do not directly trace back to a malfunctioning heart) of atrial fibrillation are as follows:

1. Excessive thyroid or hyperthyroidism. Atrial fibrillation may be caused by the over-excessive amounts of the hormone called thyroid in the body. Hyperthyroidism can mean a lot of problems for a person, aside from irregularly speeding up your heartbeat. These include increased rates of heart problems, problems during pregnancy and bone loss.

2. Holiday heart. A holiday heart refers to a susceptible heart that may experience atrial fibrillation when triggers stimulate it. Alcohol and caffeine are some of the most common examples of triggers that would lead to a fast-paced heart, especially when they are consumed too much.

3. Pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is also called a blood clot in the lung. It is a condition that results in the death of a certain part of the lung because blood can’t travel to and from it successfully.

4. Pneumonia. Another cause of afib, pneumonia may cause the electrical impulses in the heart to get mixed up when the bacteria, virus, fungi or parasites that caused the inflammation of the lung reaches the heart.

Atrial fibrillation may also be a by-product of an already existing cardiac condition. They include:

1. Heart valve disease. This condition can be predetermined by your genes, or it may be something that you develop due to an infection. Either way, this can lead to atrial fibrillation.

2. Coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease develops due to the deposits of fat inside the arteries. These fat deposits block the arteries or narrows the arteries down.

3. Pericarditis. This refers to the inflammation of the sac that is surrounding the heart. This also promotes atrial fibrillation.

Treatment For Atrial Fibrillation

There are three primary goals that all treatment plans for afib aim to achieve: to slow down the heart rate, first, then to normalize the rhythm of the heart, and third, to prevent the possibility of a stroke.

To achieve the first, medical professionals normally issue oral medicines and they also recommend IV transfusions. If the case is severe, IV transfusions are used. If it is not, however, oral medications may do.

When it comes to managing the normal heart rhythms, again, careful attention is served to the severity of the person’s case. Medication may or may not be prescribed.

If a person already has a medical condition that may increase the chances of a stroke, especially when afib is experienced, blood-thinning medications like heparin, warfarin or aspirin are used.

Causes of Water Retention in the Body

If you believe you are suffering from water retention (also known as fluid retention, or sometimes oedema or edema), you probably have a swollen tummy, or puffy hands, feet or face. Water retention causes swellings in any part of the body. The excess water leaks out of your tiniest blood vessels and gathers in the spaces between these and the cells which make up the tissues of your body (muscle, brain, skin tissue and so on). These spaces can store excess water, and as they do so, they expand, which causes the swelling.

Some of the causes of water retention are quite simple, such as eating too much salty food or not drinking enough water. Salt contains a chemical called sodium, which slows down your excretion of water. Not drinking enough water makes you dehydrated, which teaches your body to hold on to water. Drinking too much tea, coffee and alcohol dehydrates you too, by speeding up your excretion of water.

Heart And Kidneys

If your water retention is more severe, and is making your feet, legs or ankles very swollen, you should consult a doctor to check that your heart and kidneys are OK. Another cause of severe fluid retention–in this case in the tummy–is alcoholism. Liver damage caused by alcohol abuse can cause so much fluid to collect in your tummy that you can actually feel it swishing around.

If your doctor gives these organs the all-clear, you can be very thankful. It means your fluid retention probably has causes that are much easier to deal with.

Histamine Is One Of The Causes Of Water Retention

Histamine is a chemical that your body produces when it is inflamed. Have you heard of taking medicines called ‘anti-histamines’ for hay fever? Hay fever is a type of inflammation which occurs when someone who is sensitive to pollen inhales it. The eyes and nose stream as the body releases water from its tiny blood vessels in an attempt to wash away the pollen. But in the case of water retention the water is not released from the body through the eyes and nose. Instead it collects in the tissues.

Inflammation usually stops when the body is no longer exposed to the offending substance(s). But if the offending substances continue to affect the body, inflammation and swelling can become permanent. One of the causes of long-term water retention is eating foods that cause inflammation. I’m not talking here about severe food allergies like peanuts or shellfish. I’m talking about a milder form caused by not properly digesting some foods. If your intestines are a little bit inflamed, tiny particles of partially-undigested food can escape into your blood and cause your body to produce histamine just about anywhere. This situation can start suddenly and go on for a long time. The longer it goes on, the worse your water retention tends to get. People who have followed the waterfall diet (a diet which treats most causes of water retention) for about a week have lost ten pounds or more of retained water in just a few days,

Fighting Other Causes Of Water Retention

Many people suffer from water retention caused by nutritional deficiencies. Quite simply, if you eat and drink too much sugary food or deep-fried food, and not enough fresh fruit and vegetables, you will not get enough of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to produce the hormones that help to prevent water retention.

If you want to get rid of this problem, the first thing to do is eat dark blue and purple fruits as well as green vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli or dark green lettuce every day. Cut deep-fried foods, burgers, red meat and greasy sauces like mayonnaise down to no more than twice a week. Cut sweets, candy, sodas and chocolate down to once a week. And don’t forget to cut salt and salty food to a minimum and drink two litres of water every day.

These are just the basics of healthy eating. If you are eating a poor diet at the moment, then this advice will help reduce your problem a lot within just a couple of months.

If you don’t start to lose your water retention by following this advice, you may need to test yourself to find out if any particular foods are creating a lot of histamine inside your body. The waterfall diet book (see below) includes a test procedure and has helped a lot of people.

The Best Protein Powder

What is the best protein powder to buy? I get this question all the time, and really, there is no best protein – many are very good for different reasons! In my opinion, it is futile and possibly detrimental to stick to only one brand for the following reasons:

a) I always recommend that you cycle your supplements so that your body does not get used to them thereby decreasing their effect.

b) For variety sakes alone, it breaks the monotony and allows you to try different brands.

c) To take advantage of the unique qualities offered by various brands.

d) It is a good idea to switch the powders you use on a frequent basis to not develop any food intolerances or even worse allergies. A blend that combines various protein sources (i.e., casein, egg, whey, and even beef if you can find it) is your best bet. I highly recommend the following: MD+ Myosin Protein Complex, Beverly International Muscle Provider, Biotest Low-Carb GROW!, and CNP Professional ProPeptide.

High-quality whey protein powders (e.g., Catanzaro Supplements Post-Workout Formula) are excellent choices for post-workout nutrition since they get into your system fast to feed those depleted muscles. Casein, on the other hand, is a slow releasing protein as it recurdles into a solid in your gut prolonging digestion – this would be an ideal choice prior to your workouts or before going to bed.

Anyhow, as far as whey powders are concerned, amino acid complex profile determines quality. I have in my possession a list of protein powders that were analyzed for quality by an independent laboratory, but since I don’t want any of these companies breathing down my neck, I will only divulge that information to my clients. Remember one thing, you get what you pay for! Keep that in mind. Also, some people are quite sensitive to aspartame and lactose so you will have to find free versions of those. Taste will ultimately determine whether you purchase that powder again. Write in with some of your feedback on these products – I’d love to hear your comments.

One more thing, you could even mix protein powder into other foods to up the protein content and improve the flavor. Mixing protein powder in (slow-cooked) oatmeal is one option, but here’s another. I call it my “bedtime concoction.” Add a scoop of Xtreme Formulations Ultra Peptide (vanilla) to a mixture of ricotta (whey) and cottage (casein) cheese. Not only does this provide both an anabolic and anticatabolic effect during sleep, it also tastes amazing – it’s like eating the cream filling of a cannoli without the pastry shell! Try it.

What Are Panic Disorders?

Panic disorder is characterized by the occurrence of anxiety attacks or acute anxiety.

By definition, to talk about panic disorder, the patient should have at least four panic attacks in four weeks (or at least if it is followed by the persistent fear of having another attack). These panic attacks are unpredictable and not triggered by situations (fright) or organic factors. Finally, a panic attack by definition at least four symptoms of anxiety among a list of thirteen:

o Sensations blast cut or choking sensation;

o Dizziness, feelings of instability;

o palpitations, tachycardia;

o muscle tremors or shaking;

o Sweating;

o Feeling of strangulation;

o nausea, abdominal discomfort;

o Depersonalization or derealization;

o Sensations of numbness or tingling (paresthesia);

o Hot flashes or chills;

o chest pain or discomfort;

o Fear of dying;

o Fear of going crazy or committing an act uncontrolled.

What are the signs of the disease?

Panic disorder (acute anxiety) is brutal start. The patient feels a sense of imminent danger, violent, imprecise (fear of imminent death, to become mad, no longer control their thoughts or actions, a disaster …), feeling of helplessness, distress, intense fear, not applicable.

The patient is pale, covered with sweats, shaken or prostrate, uptight, tense, covered with sweat, lively tremor. It may be frozen by fear or experiencing a feverish agitation. Breathing is rapid, irregular. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, various pain, palpitations, tremors, dizziness impressions, fog visual, lively reflexes are common. The heart is quick and can be dilated pupils.

The crisis lasted a few minutes to several hours. It yields sharply with a strong urge to urinate.

Hyperventilation syndrome associated polypnea, superficial breath, paresthesia around the mouth, tingling and numbness of the extremities, and was closer to tetany (spasmophiliacs).

Somatic equivalents are very common:

o Cardiovascular: palpitations, lipothymies, pseudo-angina …

o Respiratory: dyspnea, cough …

o Gastrointestinal: spasms, colic …

Panic disorder can be simple or associated with agoraphobia and its intensity is calibrated in light, medium, severe or partial or total remission.

Do not confuse with …

The acute crisis of anxiety can simulate some visceral diagnosis: pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction, surgical affection …

The frequency and severity of acute episodes vary greatly from one subject to another. They generally yield spontaneously.


In mild forms of anxiety, Doctors prescribe benzodiazepine anxiolytics as low doses.

When anxiety takes the form of anxiety, physically and mentally painful:

o A dose benzodiazepine higher;

o Other families of tranquilizers.

In the panic attacks, tranquilizers are sometimes inadequate and antidepressants are the only products assets. They are also used in prevention.

Psychotherapy is interesting when the patient seeks dialogue. It is more effective that anxiety is related to a psychological problem, especially if the patient is isolated, without much help from the entourage. The relaxation gives good results in generalized anxiety.

In specific phobias (agoraphobia, fear of driving the plane, shops, elevators, etc.) Behavioral techniques provide excellent results when patients adhere fully to the program of desensitization and chores to do at home. The adherence is a prerequisite for the success of this type of care.

How Can Lack of Exercise Increase the Risk of Heart Attack?

Lack of physical exercise is often considered as a major risk factor for coronary heart diseases. Physically inactive people are more likely to develop heart diseases than the active people. A program of regular physical activity reduces the risk of heart attack to a considerable extent, but it is always safe to consult with your doctor to determine from where you should start and how much exercise you can physically afford.

Advantages of Regular exercise

Exercising regularly is exceptionally beneficial to your heart because it helps you to lower your total blood cholesterol and at the same time keeps your blood pressure normal that considerably reduces the chance of heart attacks. By making regular exercise a habit you can lower the bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and raise your good cholesterol level. More blood is pumped through the blood vessels when you exercise which helps in conditioning of the heart and prevents blood clotting as well. When your heart is well conditioned it does not have to work hard to pump blood during your normal everyday activity or at times of stress and that reduce your risk of suffering from a heart attack.

As regular exercising habit reduces the risk of heart attack, lack of physical activity can enhance it to a much more dangerous level. Even children who are healthy but inactive may expose themselves to future heart diseases. As physical inactivity affects the transfer of oxygen from blood to cells, there is every possible chance of a heart attack as the heart tends to lose muscle mass during long periods of physical inactivity and gets weaker. The attention you pay to your diet doesn’t worth a penny if you do not exercise. It is often considered as the single worst risk factor for coronary diseases for men and women yet the fact is that seven out ten adults do not do enough physical exercise.

How much exercise is enough?

Being physically active nearly halves the risk of heart diseases and a thirty to forty minutes brisk walk three to four times a week is supposed to be enough to improve your fitness level and sure to lower your cardiovascular risk. If not daily, you can also exercise for thirty minutes five days a week and that will also improve the condition of your heart to a considerable extent. It is not at all true that you must have to go to gym or somewhere else for it, as walking, gardening, swimming and other forms of moderate exercises on a regular basis are considered to be the key to a good and sound health. According to the experts it is important to realize that the amount of necessary physical exercise should depend on a number of factors like the age group, sex or people with different risk factors and a professional should always be contacted to prepare the exercise routine for you. Still the bottom line is that it is impossible to calculate the ideal amount of exercise that one needs and the perfect prescription for exercise should vary to some extent for every individual depending on factors that can’t be ignored like age, health status and his ultimate fitness goal. If avoiding heart attack, diabetes or other diseases is the primary aim of your fitness program then at least half an hour of moderate physical activity is recommended and you can also break up the activity into three sessions of ten minutes each. But we can never say that longer and more intense activities are not beneficial or harmful. The primary aim should be to stay at the level where you feel comfortable and be regular.

Lose weight to have a healthy heart

Obesity is often considered as a reason for many heart diseases and lack of physical exercise may be considered as the primary reason behind someone getting obese. Fat people are more prone to heart attack and other coronary diseases as obesity also contributes to several other risk factors related to heart attack such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. It is quite easy to determine if you are overweight or not by calculating your body mass index and waist circumference and if the result is positive then it requires immediate precautions to save your heart from getting choked with fat and cholesterol. It is a matter of concern that around fifteen percent of children and teen agers are overweight due to lack of physical exercise and are vulnerable to different types of heart diseases including heart attack at a very early age. Over weight adolescents face an increased risk of dying from heart attacks during their adulthood.

There are numerous evidences that couch potato behavior has a direct relationship with obesity and increases the risk of many chronic diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Overweight people have a greater chance of developing critical medical conditions like congestive heart failure, arthritis, sleep apnea, gout and breast and colon cancer also. But the good news is that even a small weight loss through regular physical exercise can also help you to reduce the chances of being affected by those diseases.

Other Factors

Apart from all the reasons mentioned above there are other factors also that can expose you to various heart diseases like smoking, which accounts for one out of five deaths due to cardiovascular diseases while lack of physical exercise stays a close second as a reason behind heart attack. Your diet, weight and stress and hostility also play important roles in determining the condition of your heart and the most amazing thing is that with only some regular physical exercise, you can bring most of them under control except smoking. Physical exercises like sports and games or swimming are considered as great stress relievers and help you to regulate your mental stress by allowing you to unwind within a short period of time. Only a little bit of physical activity on a regular basis can save you from all the possible health hazards and might also save you from dying due to a heart attack.

Who Is At Risk For Heart Disease?

I read a new study the other day and what I found surprised me. My favorite ice cream and sour patch kid candy can increase my risk of heart disease if I eat them in excess. Indulging in a nightly desert or too many bowls or ice cream is not a good thing to for me to do.

The study showed people who eat more sugary treats like desert after diner can increase their risk of heart disease. Including lowering their good cholesterol, HDL, and their protective lipoproteins and raise their triglyceride levels.

The study formed two groups by cholesterol level and sugar intake by surveying 6000 adult’s normal dieting habits. Findings showed that 16 percent of daily calories were from regularly adding sugar to their diets.

Sugar intake was at the largest amount for some at 46 teaspoons, while the lowest amount for others was 3 teaspoons. The high level should not be found in a regular daily diet.

Sugars naturally found in fruits and milk, are not included as a processed or added sugar. Processed or added sugars should be limited to six teaspoons per day by women and nine teaspoons per day by men.

These types of studies show food companies the increased risks of heart disease caused by added sugars. We have already seen taxes added or increased on soft drinks we all consume as a way of helping to decrease our intake and lowering our risk of becoming over weight as well as other health issues it may cause.

Adding a half-cent tax on soft drinks could lower the 50 gallon annual consumption to 40 gallons annually.

Research studies show us that added sugar to our diets can lead to diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. While we do enjoy our sugary treats we should be aware of the risk they add to our health and take caution to limit them.

Living With Complication of Diabetes

Diabetes and its complications can be life altering. It can become very strenuous and taxing to live with health problems caused by diabetes. Short term complications can happen quickly such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, ketoacidosis and hyper-osmolar syndrome.

Long term complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, neuropathy, diseases of the eyes, peripheral vascular disease and more can seriously compromise the diabetic patient.

Some of the complications arising due to diabetes are as follow:

Atherosclerosis: In simple words it translates to hardening of arteries, which can lead to coronary arterial disease, peripheral arterial disease, a stroke or a heart attack.

Diabetic retinopathy: It is eye disease without any early symptoms and can lead to kidney failure.

Diabetic nephropathy: It is a kidney disease again without any early symptoms and can lead to kidney failure.

Diabetic neuropathy: It is a nerve disease, which effects internal organs and causes loss of sensation especially in the feet.

Sexual dysfunction and yeast infections in the genital areas: which may lead to a loss in sexual intercourse.

Risk of tuberculosis: It is increased due to uncontrolled hyperglycemia and since tuberculosis is an airborne disease it is difficult to protect a diabetic from contracting it.

Adhesive capsultitis: Also known as “frozen shoulder” it is a condition in which the individual loses mobility in the shouldner joint over a period of time and it is a very painful condition to live with.

Depression and diabetes go hand in hand to make the individual’s life miserable.

Loss of limbs is another complication of diabetes.

Although the above mentioned complications arising due to diabetes are overwhelming, there is a lot that one can do to protect oneself through blood glucose control, exercise and diet.

Human Growth Hormone Therapy

Conventionally, human  growth  hormone therapy was an unusual therapy used in cases where individuals were deficient in this hormone. The human  growth  hormone (hGH) is produced by the pituitary gland and deficiency occurs when the pituitary gland does not produce enough, either because of genetic abnormality, injury, or a disease process. The deficiency causes arrested  growth  (dwarfism) in children and a syndrome on adults characterized by muscle loss and weakness, fatigue, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, emotional problems, low bone density and other metabolic problems.

Natural human  growth  hormone therapy became available when research identified the problem and doctors began extracting the hormone from the pituitary glands of human cadavers. The hormone could then be injected into patients to restore normal levels in the blood. Though the hormone replacement came from a natural source, it also came with obvious health risks and research efforts concentrated on finding a synthetic alternative. These efforts were ultimately successful and hGH deficient patients can now be treated with a safe synthetic hormone.

The availability of safe human  growth  hormone therapy made it reasonable to consider using the hormone for other applications and, recently, hGh injections have been administered to athletes, to increase muscle and strength and improve performance, and to seniors, to reverse muscle loss, strength loss, weight gain, and thin dry skin attributable to aging. The treatment is fraught with controversy about effectiveness and safety, and is not approved as a medical treatment. It is also prohibitively expensive and regular injections are inconvenient. These difficulties have lead to a  new  incentive to find a safe source of natural human  growth  hormone.

For the average consumer who wants to explore the possibilities of human  growth  hormone therapy, the only reasonable option is one of the many dietary supplements on the market that contain amino acids to stimulate the pituitary gland to release more of the hormone into the bloodstream. Though these products are made of natural ingredients and the approach supports the production of natural human  growth  hormone, the hard scientific evidence that they really work is still lacking. Many of the common ingredients are known to stimulate the production of hGH by the pituitary, but whether the rise is significant, and whether that rise really does any good is open to question. There is also speculation about the safety of prolonged intake of amino acids, though the amounts in  growth  hormone releaser products are really quite small.

The bottom line is that human  growth  hormone therapy using injected synthetic hormone is neither advisable nor financially feasible for the average person. In addition, because it is not approved for anti aging, it is illegal in those circumstances. Natural human  growth  hormone therapy, in the form of hGH releaser supplements is controversial but readily available and reasonably inexpensive.