Heart Attack and Stroke – Why Does Artery Health Matter?

While some progress in the battle against heart attack and stroke has been made in recent years the numbers are still quite sobering with statistics supplied by the American Heart Association stating that coronary heart disease alone currently accounts for 1 of every 6 deaths in the United States.

Additionally it is estimated that every 34 seconds, 1 American has a coronary event, and approximately every 1 minute, an American will die of one.

That means if it takes you 5 minutes to read this article there will have been 5 deaths and just slightly less than 10 coronary events, some of which will have occurred without warning.

Hopefully you are not one of them!

One could make the argument that part of the reason why the number of heart attacks, strokes, and coronary events has not declined more dramatically is a general misunderstanding of the cause, and how and why that cause occurs.

Additionally, the reliance of cholesterol lowering statin drugs to save the day could be another contributing factor as recent research tells us statin medications tend to only produce statistically significant results for individuals in certain high risk categories.

Getting Down To Basics

Statistical research compiled by the AHA tells us that 75 percent of all heart attacks and 87 percent of stokes are classified as Ischemic which means they are caused by arterial blood clots which block blood flow formed either at the site of the blockage (Cerebral thrombosis) or elsewhere (Cerebral embolism).

As you can see the potentially serious health event we refer to as a heart attack or stroke is really more of an artery issue that produces an outcome.

Artery Health and Why It Matters

Put simply healthy plaque free arteries translates into low risk for heart attack or stroke while poor artery health translates into high risk for heart attack or stroke.

The National Library of Medicine lists the primary contributing factors for poor artery health as family history, diabetes, smoking, and high blood pressure with the bottom line cause being plaque deposit formation triggered by inflammation.

In theory if we were to keep the inner lining of our arteries healthy and plaque free we should be able to almost completely eliminate the risk for heart attack and stroke.

The point I am trying to make here is that by thinking about the cause, and trying to prevent it, rather than the outcome (heart attack or stroke) we all will be taking a step in right direction on the road to broad based cardiovascular health and prevention.

So if you accept the science that deterioration in artery health greatly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke then the next thing we need to find out is what can be done to protect our arteries from current dangers and possible reverse existing damage.

Natural Herbs and Remedies May Help

From a natural health perspective there are a number of herbs that seem to be able to promote artery health with garlic and hawthorn considered by most to be two of the best.

*Garlic can prevent and treat plaque buildup in the arteries. Clinical trials seem to indicate that consuming fresh garlic or taking garlic supplements can lower cholesterol levels, prevent blood clots and destroy plaque according to information published by the University of Maryland Medical Center.

*Additionally, The University of Maryland Medical Center tells us that taking the herb hawthorn in a wide range of dosages (up to 1800 mg per day) can help prevent plaque formation in arteries, lower high cholesterol and lower high blood pressure. Hawthorn may help regulate the heartbeat and dilate blood vessels.

*There is some suggestion that omega 3 supplements such as fish oil and krill oil may help overall cardiovascular health while vitamin B12 may protect us from dangerous amino acids known as homocysteins.

If you are concerned about artery health and haven’t heard of homocysteins it might be and area of cardiovascular research worth learning more about.

Heart Disease Type Symptoms to Watch Out For

People sometimes ignore or fail to notice the heart disease type symptoms. They shrug them off, thinking it is nothing.

Some of the things that can lead to the development of age-related cardiovascular diseases are asymptomatic. In other words, there is not a single symptom. For example, high blood pressure is sometimes called the silent killer. By the time a symptom appears, it could be a deadly one.

High blood pressure and other vascular changes can lead to a stroke or a heart attack. Over 400,000 people in the US and more than 100,000 in the UK die of coronary heart disease, each year. Worldwide, stroke is the leading cause of death.

It might be impossible to prevent them completely, but the latest research indicates that there are numerous things that we can do to reduce our risks. Following a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity are the two most important things that we can do. Nutritional supplements may also be beneficial.

It is hard to stick to a perfect diet. Maintaining the motivation necessary to exercise can be difficult, too. But, taking a nutritional supplement on a daily basis is easy.

The most common heart disease type symptoms are chest pain and fatigue. Shortness of breath may also indicate a problem, although physical activity can cause breathlessness when one is unaccustomed to the intensity of the workout.

Feeling out of breath during or following a workout is not dangerous. It is normal. It’s best to look at it as a sign to slow down a little. Ideally, you want to be able to carry on a conversation while you are exercising. But, a little huffing and puffing is okay.

Some of the things that “might” be heart disease type symptoms include swelling in the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen. Pain in the upper portion of the legs is another sign.

Sudden shooting pains in the shoulders or back could be forerunners of a heart attack or myocardial infarction. A myocardial infarction may be a symptom of arterial diseases, whether age-related or genetic.

Things that may be early warning signs of a stroke include changes in your vision, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, difficulty hearing, dizziness or nausea. The most common symptom is a sudden severe headache. If you feel as if you are having the worst headache of your life, it is time to head to the hospital.

If you believe that you are experiencing heart disease type symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor. While you are waiting, learn about the natural solutions for reversing the age-related cardiovascular diseases. It could extend your life.

Heart Attack Or Indigestion?

You’re at a party, sipping a beer, when suddenly you experience chest pain. You look around, embarrassed, wondering if you should go to the ER or hide in the bathroom.

Is it a heart attack or too much hot sauce?

Chest pain experienced as a result of an acid reflux problem can feel exactly like that of a heart attack. The pain is often mid-chest, though can be off to the left. It can hurt through to the back, or radiate into the abdomen, jaw, or arm. Moving around seems to make no difference. Sweating and/or belching and nausea may occur.

If both conditions feel the same, how can you tell the difference?

This is how a doctor would approach the problem. First, if you’re at high risk for heart disease, a physician would assume it is angina or a heart attack until proven otherwise. If you already have heart disease and/or diabetes, have high cholesterol, if you smoke, are overweight, are over 45 years old, and have no history of a stomach acid problems, call 911. You don’t want to fall over dead if you’re wrong.

While you wait, ask someone for an antacid, preferably liquid, but chewable will do. Take a double dose and see if your symptoms resolve or lessen. Antacids neutralize acid on contact, and often relieve symptoms in minutes. Other medicines that lower acid production (Pepcid, Zantac, Tagamet, Axid, Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Aciphex, Protonix, and Dexilant) take longer to work – easily 30 to 60 minutes, and will not relieve your symptoms before the paramedics arrive. If you’re fine by the time they get there, they’ll still do an EKG and assess the situation.

Sometimes a heart problem will show up on an EKG, sometimes it won’t. If there’s any doubt, you should be taken to a hospital where blood tests can help determine if heart damage has occurred. If the question is still unresolved at this point, a stress test is usually the next step. If that turns out normal, doctors usually conclude the problem is not coming from the heart and turn their attention to other causes.

Now, what if you’re young and healthy, and therefore at minimal risk for heart disease? In this case the chest pain is likely an acid indigestion problem. Again, ask a friend for an antacid and see if your symptoms resolve. If the antacids help, keep in mind that the pain is likely to return as more stomach acid is manufactured. The antacids can be repeated when needed, and taking an OTC acid-lowering medication (from the list above) may help prevent their return. Seeing your doctor is not a bad idea, to determine how to lessen the risk of repeat problems.

If the situation is not a crisis, a doctor would take a longer history. The first set of questions would be aimed at ruling out the most serious condition, i.e. – heart attack. Are you at risk? Does it run in your family? Are you overweight, a diabetic, a smoker? Have you had the problem before? Is your cholesterol high? Are you short of breath? Does the pain come on when you move around?

The next set of questions would be looking for less worrisome conditions. Does it hurt to touch? (This is very rarely heart-related.) Does the pain worsen with alcohol or certain foods? (Tomatoes, onions, spicy foods, chocolate, and coffee are common offenders.) Is the pain predictable, as in every time you go to a party? Do stomach problems run in your family? Have you been taking an anti-inflammatory drug such as aspirin or ibuprofen? Have you had the problem before? Have you taken anything for it? If so, was it effective?

Doctors look for patterns to sort out illnesses. Heart-related chest pain is often accompanied by shortness of breath and is more likely to occur with or after exercise. Acid reflux-related chest pain frequently occurs after eating irritating foods, taking medications, or drinking alcohol.

Don’t feel bad if you can’t discern a pattern – it often takes time to tell and a single incident does not establish a pattern. It’s safer to see your doctor, who may want to do an EKG or have you get an X-ray. Understanding your body is the first step to a cure or treatment.

In the meantime you may want to give up behaviors that lead to either heart-related chest pain or acid-related chest pain: stop smoking, avoid alcohol, limit potentially irritating foods, be careful about using anti-inflammatory medications. If you watch yourself closely, you may discover a pattern that you can report to your doctor, who can then use this information to help determine the proper course of action.

Copyright 2010 Cynthia J. Koelker, M.D.

Vitamins for Heart Disease Prevention

Multi-vitamins are very popular. Many people take them because they believe that they are not getting enough nutrients from the food that they are eating. What people need to know though about vitamins is that some of them are more important than others when it comes to heart disease prevention. If you are concerned about your heart and you want to take care of it in the best possible way, then you must be aware of the vitamins that are good for the health and make sure that you are getting them regularly.

Two vitamins that have been known to be effective in heart disease prevention are Vitamins B6 and B12. People who get these two vitamins regularly, either from food or supplements, have less chances of developing heart problems compared to those who are deficient of them. The exact reason why these vitamins are good for the heart is unknown but it may have something to do with their ability to regenerate protein.

Another vitamin that is good for heart disease prevention is Vitamin E. There are some people who even believe that taking Vitamin E regularly can reverse heart disease in patients though this claim is yet to be proven scientifically. But if you don’t have a heart disease yet and you want to avoid it, then you should take Vitamin E regularly.

You should also get enough Vitamin K if you want to keep your heart in tip-top shape. This vitamin helps in the process of blood clotting. You don’t need a lot of Vitamin K though. Just a small amount is enough to keep your heart healthy.

If you are a woman of childbearing age, then you should increase the amount of folate in your diet for heart disease prevention. Apart from keeping the heart healthy among mommies, folate can also reduce the risk of congenital defects among babies and can make them grow healthy and strong.

The best source of vitamins is still food because vitamins from food are easily absorbed and processed by the body. But if the foods available to you are really devoid of nutrients, then that’s the time you should take vitamin supplements.

There is also such a thing as taking too much vitamins. Most vitamins do not really pose any harm to the body when taken in excessive amounts but the body can’t really do anything with surplus vitamins so they are just discarded. So it is advisable to take the recommended daily allowance or RDA for vitamins.

Sensori-Neural Hearing Loss – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Sensori-neural hearing loss (SNHL) is a common disorder which is caused by a dysfunction of the components of the inner ear, which mainly include the cochlea and the auditory nerve. Impaired hearing may result from biochemical, metabolic, vascular, hematologic or endocrine causes. Hearing loss may also be genetically acquired, and may be associated with other abnormalities in the body.

The Ayurvedic treatment of SNHL is aimed at treating the known cause of the condition, and improving the structural and functional integrity of the inner ear and the central nervous system. Medicines like Saarivadi- Vati, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Guggulu, and Maha-Rasnadi-Guggulu are used for symptomatic treatment of the inner ear. Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Saarivasav, Arogya-Vardhini, Punarnavadi-Mandur, Gokshuradi-Guggulu, Chandraprabha-Vati and Dashmoolarishta are used to treat the various causes of this condition. Herbal medicines like Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Pippali (Piper longum), Marich (Piper nigrum), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) and Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus) are also very useful for this purpose.

Medicines like Tapyadi-Loh, Ekangveer-Ras, Vat-Gajankush-Ras, Maha-Vat-Vidhvans-Ras, Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani, Abhrak-Bhasma, Trivang-Bhasma, Kaishor-Guggulu and Sinhanaad-Guggulu are used to strengthen and improve the functioning of the auditory nerve and the central nervous system. Herbal medicines like Yashtimadhuk (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) are used to heal and regenerate damaged nerve-cells, thus improving nerve function.

Immunomodulatory medicines like Suvarna-Bhasma, Suvarna-Malini-Vasant, Abhrak-Bhasma, Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), and Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) are used to reduce the deleterious effects of stress and to boost the immune status of the body. This helps in early improvement in SNHL, and prevents further deterioration of this condition.

It is also important to take into consideration other associated abnormalities in the body. In such situations, the treatment is aimed at healing the body tissues. More commonly, medicines which act on the “Rakta”, “Mansa” and “Meda” dhatus (tissues) are used. These medicines include Patol (Trichosanthe dioica), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Triphala (Three Fruits), Draksha (Vitis vinifera) and Kutaj (Holarrhina antidysentrica). Correction of abnormalities in the body tissues indirectly helps in improvement in hearing by reducing the dysfunction of the inner ear.

Patients affected with SNHL often present with no obvious cause for the condition, or may give a confusing history. A typical case history will adequately drive home this point. A thirty-six year old female came for treatment of SNHL of both ears, with more hearing deficit of the left ear. She reported that this problem started after coming back from her native place, where she had an episode of influenza, and had also received a minor injury on the left side of her face, to which she attributed her symptoms. She was treated for her hearing deficit, keeping these obvious causes in mind. However, when she did not report any benefit even after 6 weeks of treatment, a more detailed history was taken, with direct questioning for any other possible causes for her condition. She then reported that she had worked for some time with a construction company, where a large amount of drilling work was in progress. Unable to withstand the noise, she had left the job in two weeks. She was then given different treatment in the light of this new knowledge and she recovered completely with four months of treatment.

Surgery, hearing aids, and speech and language therapy are the currently accepted interventions in the management of SNHL. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can be used as an alternative or supportive therapeutic modality to give better, quicker, or additional benefits to individuals affected with SNHL.

How to Increase Hair Growth Rate After a Hair Transplant

A Hair Raising Tale!

Loss of hair is a common and recurring problem that today’s generation is facing. It not only threatens you day in and day out but can also put your career at risk. And surely you might have had nightmares if you saw yourself bald in the mirror. In such cases, you can opt for many cosmetic surgeries that are prevalent these days. The most popular among them is hair transplantation. But have you ever pondered on whether or not your hair will grow at a faster rate after hair transplantation. Well, there is still cloud about whether hair grows back after undergoing the treatment. To answer such a query let us venture on this step-by-step journey of how to increase hair growth rate after hair transplant. After all you deserve to have a clear idea on this, since you have invested a ransom for your kidnapped hair.

Hair Transplant Follow Up – A Step by Step Guide

These 7 Steps will acquaint you with what you should do or not do with your hair after hair transplant:

Step 1: Cleansing and Managing Hair

  • Shampooing is important to prevent scabs from appearing around the hair shaft.
  • Gentle washing with lightly flowing water and a patting motion is permissible. Vigorous rubbing, however, will dislodge the grafts.

Step 2: Eating & Drinking

  • Diet factor plays a very vital role in growing hair. Have foods that are of high protein content. It helps to keep your hair in healthy condition. Your diet chart should have fish oil, spinach, walnuts, almond and fruits.
  • Plenty of water is one of the best things that you can do to save your hair form getting lost further.

Step 3: Medicines

  • Try to have Vitamin B6 capsules as supplements. There are several other quality and effective capsules in that you can get prescribed by your doctor or form the local drug store.
  • You can try having Finasteride. It is the best medication. Herbs are not particularly effective for hair loss. Use of Epinephrine may mitigate shedding somewhat, as claimed by experts at Bernstein Medical.

Step 4: Fashion – On Hold

  • Keep at bay all the fashion statements. Do not indulge in hair styling or fiddling with your hair.
  • Do not blow dry your hair. Try to air dry it naturally instead of rubbing with a towel.

Step 5: Check Skin Problems

  • If white specks appear on your scalp, and they may tend to get hydrated when you undergo a transplant. This should not cause you to worry, as they heal off on their own.
  • If pimples occur, let them resolve on their own. Do not scratch the pimples. If they persist it is better to see a doctor.

Step 6: Other Measures

  • Protect your scalps from the sun for about a month. You should wear a hat or a good sunscreen when outdoors.
  • You can resume moderate exercise two days after the hair transplant. You can massage your scalp after ten days post operation,
  • If you are a habitual smoker, you should have to wait for at least 10 days after operation. The longer time you take the better results you will see.

Step 7: Things You Need to Know: On Hair Growth & Hair Fall

  1. After the hair restoration procedure, the transplanted stubble sheds off and then new growth starts within three to four months post surgery. When the newly transplanted hair starts shedding, the growth process of the hair becomes varied asynchronous. Typically, growth occurs in waves so that initially some areas will have more hair than others. Over the course of a year the cycles will even out and the hair will thicken to its last diameter.
  2. When you undergo a hair transplant, doctors do not guarantee to control your stress. Hence, post surgery, if you find some shock hair loss; understand it is a normal physiologic response to stress.
  3. It generally takes a year to see the full hair growth results. Between the sixth and eighth month the hair transplant starts to become comb-able. Over a period of one year, the hair gradually gains thickness, and the length increases. Overall the entire character of the hair might undergo some change. During this time the hair tends to become silkier, less tangled.

Conclusion:

To end, hair transplantation is an important landmark in your life. The hair replacement surgeries are easily performed on women than on men. Since women have more follicles in the donor area than men, it is easier for doctors to do this transplant treatment. The result is often better, when compared with men. It is always advised to get the best surgeon for you to undergo such crucial surgeries. In a nutshell, cosmetic surgeries come with best results, when you measure all the pros and cons. When the correct assessment meets a successful surgery, followed by the apt post surgery care and maintenance, you tend to get the desired results. Hair growth is a part of our natural body process. With surgeries such as these, you can see side-effects. But the readily available treatments often restore and balance the natural growth of your hair.

Brain Tumor Cancer Types And Treatment Options

Brain cancer is a disease in which particular cells in the brain grow and form a mass that interferes with the general functioning of the brain like muscle control, sensation, memory and such other functions that help you control your body. Tumors that are made up of cancerous cells grow and spread to other parts of the brain. These are called malignant tumors. Those tumors that are non cancerous, do not spread and are basically localized. These are called benign tumors. Primary tumors are those that develop in the brain cells. Secondary tumors are those that develop in other parts of the body and then spread to the brain. These are also called as metastatic tumors.

Brain cancer grades

There are four different classifications of brain cancers:

Grade I – Benign tumors with a slow growth rate. Look like normal brain cells.

Grade II – Malignant tumors that look less normal than Grade I tumors.

Grade III – Malignant tumors that look very different from normal cells. They grow actively and look distinctly abnormal.

Grade IV – Malignant tumors with distinctly abnormal looking cells that grow and spread rapidly.

Brain tumor cancer treatment

Brain cancer treatment approach is customized as per individual diagnosis. The treatments depend on the cancer type, the location in the brain, the size of the tumor and the age and general health of the patient.

The treatment options for brain tumors are categorized as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. As per individual diagnosis, a combination of any of the above mentioned methods is used.

With surgery, the tumor is cut away from normal tissues. This is an invasive approach to treat cancer. The other two methods are non invasive. Radiation therapy helps destroy the tumor with high energy radiation that is focused on the tumor to destroy the cells. It destroys the ability of the tumor to replicate and spread. Generally X – Rays or Gamma rays are used for this purpose. The radiation is highly focused and does not affect the healthy tissues surrounding the tumor.

In chemotherapy, certain drugs and medicines are used to destroy the tumor causing cells. There are many types of drugs used. These drugs are designed to fight different types of cancer cells. The entire procedure keeps the healthy cells safe from the effects of the drugs.

Some tumors are declared as inoperable because, surgically removing them can negatively impact other parts of the brain. The surgeon takes this call. However, it is very important to understand that one surgeon may declare a tumor inoperable, but another surgeon may be able to operate it. It’s a good idea to take a few opinions before giving up.

Other treatment options may include heat treatments and immunotherapy. For all the procedures mentioned, there are some side effects. With surgery, there could be swelling, a possible damage to healthy tissues or seizures. With chemotherapy, patients can experience nausea, vomiting, hair loss and low energy levels. Radiation therapy is known to have similar side effects as chemotherapy.

What Causes Cold Sores

It is believed that approximately 80% of Americans have the cold sore virus. Of that number, approximately 20% will have an outbreak. But what exactly is a cold sore, where do they come from, and why do they break out every now and then?

Cold sores are also known as fever blisters or to give them a medical name Herpes Simplex 1. There is also a Simplex 2 but this is genital herpes, and although they belong to the same family, they are slightly different. Regardless of the fact that they are different, simply because they both come from the herpes family people mistakenly believe that they have a cold sore because of sexual activity. This is not the case as cold sores are very common in children as well as adults.

One of the key issues that you need to be aware of with a cold sore is that they are highly contagious when they break out. If you suffer an outbreak please be considerate and refrain from kissing or having oral sex with your partner. Other precautions you should take when you have an outbreak is not to share any eating utensils or napkins. In fact the virus is so contagious that I would recommend that you should avoid sharing the following as well :

Drinking out of the same glass as someone else

Sharing a towel

Sharing a razor

Using the same pillow as someone who has an outbreak.

Now I appreciate that may all seem a little extreme, but really, the virus is that contagious. For instance it is documented that one of the ways it spreads so quickly among children is by them touching their effected area with their hand and then touching the hand of another child who inadvertently then puts their hand around the mouth area.

So now you know what the virus is, what is it that triggers an outbreak? Well there are several factors that can spark a cold sore off. The most common are when you are tired or stressed . Other times they can be triggered are if your immune system is down from say a cold or flu (although they are not called cold sores because of this). One final thing to add to this is that once you have the herpes simplex virus, it is with you for life as at present there is no cure.

Turmeric Root Extract Information

Turmeric root is quickly becoming a very popular supplement, but before you order those pills, it’s important to read up on turmeric root extract information. Most of the turmeric root extract information talks about its high levels of antioxidants, the benefits it gives to your pulmonary system, as well as the weight loss benefits it offers. What most people tend to overlook is how powerful the effect can be when you take turmeric root for cancer prevention. More and more doctors are suggesting using this herb for cancer prevention, especially for those who are at risk for getting cancer.

The reason that so many people are using this herb for cancer prevention nowadays is because there was a recent study that proved that this herb kills cancer cells. The fact is that this herb from the east contains both antioxidants (known for killing the free radicals that cause cancer), and also gives a natural boost to many of the chemo drugs on the market, including Paclitaxel. When combined with cauliflower, this herb reduces the chances of prostate cancer, and also inhibits the growth of new cancer cells in that area. When researchers added turmeric to melanoma cancer cells, they found the cancer cells to stop growth and commit suicide once they came into contact with the turmeric. It’s been linked to a reduced risk of childhood leukemia, breast cancer, and more. Considering how powerful this root is in the fight against cancer, it comes as no surprise to anyone that doctors suggest this herb for cancer prevention.

There’s plenty of other turmeric root extract information that is worth knowing. For instance, ancient Chinese medics used this herb as a treatment for depression – a treatment that is still used today. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties make turmeric root an ideal supplement for people who are looking to heal from injury at a quicker pace, as well as maintain their general health. Centuries ago, turmeric was added to meats because of its abilities as a natural anti-bacterial and anti-septic agent. Today, this herb is used for the same purposes, but also is used to give a person’s immune system a natural boost. Moreover, it’s a natural painkiller, and also is a great liver detoxifier. If you are worried about your liver’s ability to purify itself, adding a turmeric supplement to your daily regimen is a wise choice.

Perhaps the most important information that you can learn about turmeric root extract is about the side effects. Turmeric root is a 100% safe supplement for men, women, and children. For centuries, it has been used in traditional cooking as a healthy (and tasty) spice. There seems to be very little that this herb can’t do. Adding it to your list of supplements might just make all the difference in your quality of life in a decade, if you are prone to cancer. Ask your doctor if you might need turmeric root extract as a part of your daily supplement today – it may save your life tomorrow.

4 Energy Saving Air Conditioners In India

As the cost of electricity keeps on going up, it’s paramount that you go for devices that consume minimal amounts of power. If you are interested in buying an air conditioner in India, here are some of the most energy efficient conditioners that you can go for.

HITACHI RAU330HTD

It comes with a twin rotary compressor which means that it cools the air within a very short time. It also has an auto power save mode that plays a major role in saving energy.

In addition to the above, the device also has an advanced off-timer with Kaimin, circulation mode, filter clean indicator, high capacity compressor, and minus Ion stick.

If you are planning of placing the air conditioner indoors you should go for one that measures 1150 x 245 x 333 mm; however, if you are interested in a device to place outdoors you should go for one measuring 950 x 460 x 740 mm.

Hitachi RAU230HUD

This is a 2.5 ton unit that has a cooling capacity of 8725 Watts, a consumption of 2825 Watts, and an EER ratio of 3.09. To ensure that the air is fully filtered, it comes with a Nano titanium filter. There is also a filter clean indicator that lets you know when the filter needs to be changed.

If placing it indoors you should go for one measuring 1150 x 245 x 333 mm; however, if planning of placing it outdoors you should go for one measuring 950 x 460 x 740 mm. Although, the device has two compressors, it’s usually very silent; therefore, there is no noise to distract you.

Mitsubishi SRK26CNS-S6

It’s a 2 ton unit with a cooling capacity of 7400 Watts and a power consumption of 2065 Watts. It measures 318 x 1098 x 248 mm and covers an area of up to 250 square feet. The good side with it is that it comes with a special filter that combines enzyme and solar features. Its operation range is 46 degrees Celsius.

WHIRLPOOL MAGICOOL PLATINUM V

This is a 1.2 ton windows air conditioner that has a cooling capacity of 3870 watts and a 6th sense energy saver that intelligently senses and adjusts the temperature in the room. To enhance the cooling capacity and power saving, the unit also has an MPFI technology that brings about rapid heat exchange.

The unit has a 6th sense sleep and auto restart; therefore, when the temperature is uncomfortably cold, it switches itself off and when the temperature reaches its set temperature it restarts.

3 Asthma Breathing Quick Tricks

Asthmatic breathing can be really tough and scary to navigate. Here are 3 simple quick tricks to help your challenged breathing let go of you. These quick tricks open up the whole breathing mechanics so your breath has more space and less pressure so it can do a better job of supporting you. As always, be sure you have immediate access to your life-saving inhaler as a back-up measure. That’s really important.

Asthma Breathing Quick Trick One: Move your attention from the in-breath to the out-breath. This sounds easy and it is when your breathing is not challenging. It’s tougher when you’re in the midst of gasping for air. That’s part of why this works so well. It’s a mental trick to help you move your attention onto your out-going breath. All you have to do is notice the out-breath more. I do this by “ignoring” my in-breath and putting my attention gently on the out-breath. There is NO forcing. Forcing or pushing is counter-productive and makes things worse, not better. Gentle wins the race every time.

Asthma Breathing Quick Trick Two: Drill a hole in the tip of your nose! Not really, of course, but in your imagination. You know where your nostrils are; they are on the “underside” of your nose. You can feel the air go in and out of them easily, right? Imagine you’ve drilled a hole the diameter of a drinking straw at the very tip of your nose. It’s not on top, not on the bottom, but a the very tip. Now close your mouth and GENTLY breathe (without any push or forcing) through the “new hole” in your nose. Remind yourself NOT to force this. The idea is to LET or ALLOW the air to come in and out by itself. You’ll notice a rapid reduction in anxiety and an increase in breathing ease in a short time. When you’ve had enough of this idea just let it go. The idea is not to breathe like this forever, it’s to focus your mind and teach your body the mechanics of “gentle” with this mental image.

Asthma Breathing Quick Trick Three: For this one make an agreement with yourself that you won’t inflate your lungs the full amount and won’t deflate them the full amount either. You’ll “under do” this one for best results. Imagine your next few breaths go into your chest to the bottom of your ribs and gently inflate the ribs SIDEWAYS instead of forward and back. The feeling is you’re breathing East to West or side to side, however it’s easier for you to conceptualize. I feel the breath come in, drop to my lowermost ribs and then gently push/expand my ribs apart sideways so I feel WIDER. That’s the idea. Try it a few times to get the knack of it. You’ll get more air in more easily with part of your chest you seldom use. Don’t overdo this one either. Do a few breaths and leave it go until tomorrow or the day after. This is not exercise. Gentle wins–always. The next few times you practice this one monitor your shoulders and your lower back. Avoid the temptation to lift the shoulders and/or to arch your lower back. It’s just a sideways glide/opening of your ribs. Keep it simple, gentle and pleasant.

If you’d like more help and resources with breathing challenges please check out the FREE TOOLS on my site at: http://www.huntershealingcalls.com/got-asthma.html. These resources are available to you 24/7 to help open up your breath and make life easier. Good luck.

Copyright 2011 by Rudy Hunter. All rights reserved.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Arthroscopy is a procedure that our orthopedic specialists use to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a joint. During arthroscopic shoulder surgery, the surgeon will insert a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, into your shoulder joint area. This small video camera projects images onto a TV screen so the surgeon can guide miniature surgical instruments to repair damage inside the joint.

This common procedure has been performed thousands of times since the 1970s and it has made the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of shoulder surgery easier and faster. What’s more, this results in less pain for you, the patient, and shortens the length of time it takes for you to recover.

When is Shoulder Arthroscopy Recommended?

If your condition is not responding to nonsurgical treatment, your orthopedic specialist may recommend arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Some causes of shoulder discomfort include inflammation that leads to pain, stiffness, and swelling; injury; overuse; and age-related wear-and-tear. Some of the most common shoulder arthroscopic procedures include:

Repair of ligaments

Rotator cuff repair

Removal or repair of the labrum

Bone spur removal

Removal of inflamed tissue or loose cartilage

Repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation

What Happens during the Arthroscopic Surgical Procedure?

Your orthopedic specialist will perform this procedure in an operating room or day-surgery room. Once you are there, he will position you so it is easy for him to adjust the arthroscope to have a good look inside the shoulder joint. The most common positions are the beach chair position (you semi-seated in a reclining position) and the lateral decubitus position (you lying on your side). The surgeon and his team remove all hair from the site and then spread an antiseptic solution on your skin to clean it. The shoulder will be draped with sterile pads and your arm will be in a holding device to keep it still and in place.

To inflate and clean out the joint area, the surgeon will inject fluid into your shoulder. This makes it easier for him to see the structures. He will them make a small buttonhole incision to insert the arthroscope. Once your orthopedic specialist clearly identifies the problem, he will use small instruments to repair it. These specialized instruments are for tasks such as cutting, grasping, shaving, suturing, and tying. The surgeon will close these incisions when he is finished using stitches or small Band-Aid like structures called Steri-Strips. Then the surgical site will be covered with a soft, large bandage.

What Should I Expect after Shoulder Arthroscopy?

In most instances, you will be able to return home on the day of your surgery. You will need someone to drive you home, especially if general anesthesia was used. For some patients, the orthopedic specialist requires an overnight hospital stay. Here are some of the things you will need to know following your arthroscopic procedure:

Shoulder Immobility: The amount you are allowed to move your shoulder will all depend on what was done during surgery. Your doctor will give you instructions related to this and be sure you follow them closely. Your shoulder will be held in a sling, a swath, or a brace following the procedure.

Incision Care: The small incisions should be kept clean and dry. Dressings are usually light and kept on for a few days. Sometimes, the dressing will drain during the first 24 hours but it usually stops. Call your orthopedic specialist if the dressing is saturated with blood and the bleeding does not stop.

Ice: Most of our orthopedic specialists recommend that ice be used to the shoulder to control your pain and the swelling. Excessive swelling is not common and should be reported to your doctor. Use the ice for at least 20 minutes around three or four times each day. Do not place the ice directly on the skin but rather use a towel or soft cloth place between your skin and the ice bag.

Medications: There will be some medications prescribed for pain, usually in pill form. Your orthopedic specialist will control your pain as he sees necessary.

Bread and Butter Basics – Hair Health With Homeopathy

No one wants to lose their hair. Whether it’s a result of middle age for men, the aftermath of menopause for women or after a fever, the loss of hair can be a trying event. Hair loss can also be attributable to drug use, prescribed or not. Even hereditary hair loss can sometimes be halted with the correct natural care. This is where homeopathy and simple kitchen methods can be employed.

Homeopathy is a medical discipline that has been shown to halt the loss of hair and put the sufferer in order. Because the word homeopathy includes the word “home”, many assume it means home remedies. Home remedies can indeed be useful in regaining and maintaining our health, but, homeopathy is actually a form of medicine with a record that dates back to the late 1700’s and has been accepted throughout the world ever since. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in the United States since modern medicine was so enamored with antibiotics that it no longer considered homeopathy of value. This is changing and rapidly so. The premise of homeopathy is that the body has the ability to bring itself to health when given the correct stimulus. Well chosen homeopathic remedies offer that stimulus.

So how can homeopathy help with hair loss? If the loss is fairly recent and hair is still falling, then homeopathy has been shown to more likely aid the situation. There are many remedies that can cover the issue of hair loss, but before contacting a professional homeopath, it certainly would be prudent to give the following remedies a try.

The first remedy to consider is Calc phos 6x. This is particularly useful for hair loss due to a fever; however, it can also restore hair without that symptom. It should be given three times each day for several weeks. In the old homeopathy books written by homeopathic doctors in the United Kingdom, Silica 6x and Calc fluor 6x are also consdered good choices for the loss of hair and it is suggested that they be alternated so that one day three doses of Silica can be taken, while on the alternate day, Calc fluor 6x will replace Silica.

Although not considered homeopathy, diet can be a substantial contributor to either the loss of hair or the gaining of lustrous hair. A diet rich in animal and tropical fats is of the greatest value. That is, butter, coconut oil and palm kernel oil. Making a habit of consuming these oils rich in vitamins required for healthy hair and skin can insure no further loss of hair and may reinstitute the growth. In fact, it is likely that if these quality foods have been missing in the diet, that it might be the cause of the problem in the first place. Additionally, any of these natural oils applied to the scalp can invigorate hair health.

If these simple ideas find you without results, consider consulting with a homeopath who can take the situation to a more personal level. The combination of homeopathy and natural diet change is natural and rational. It is not capricious like its modern medicine counterpart. Homeopathy and a high quality diet are true medicines for people who want to empower themselves. Good bread and butter common sense for intelligent action.

The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The reader is encouraged to make independent inquires and to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider.

5 Easy Ways To Stay Healthy

Staying healthy is subject that everyone should be concerned with; after all the healthier you are the better quality of life you tend to lead. There are many reasons why people want to stay healthy. Perhaps they want to spend more time with family and friends or maybe they just want to be able to lead an active lifestyle without restrictions imposed upon their activities due to age and a sedentary lifestyle. Whatever your reason may be for wanting to stay healthy there is sometimes a mitigating factor involved that slows you down in your quest for health. Fortunately this article focuses on 5 easy ways to stay healthy.

One of the best methods to garner a healthier lifestyle is through the use of biofeedback. This technique is painless and can be very enlightening as it allows you to discover and see for yourself when you are letting stress take over your life. A biofeedback reading monitors your body making you aware of when you tighten your muscles up usually as a result of a buildup of stress. Armed with this knowledge you can then focus on relaxing which will lead to a more stress free inner peace. Biofeedback has been successful in treat migraines, chronic pains associated with other ailments and in the fight to lower and control high blood pressure.

Acupuncture has gained a widespread reputation as an easy way to stay healthy based on the success it has achieved throughout countries like China, Japan and even the United States. The premise behind acupuncture is that it promotes a natural healing process within the body and spirit. Acupuncture consist of needles placed in strategic locations on your body in such a way that they improve blood flow and encourage the body to dissipate any bad energies that may be contained within your organs. The release of such energies is what causes acupuncture to be recognized as a quick and easy way to get back on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

If you’re looking for a way to eliminate built up stress, encourage overall good health and reduce headaches, joint aches and muscle aches due to high tension buildup then a therapeutic massage may be just what the doctor ordered. Massages come in many different varieties in order to target specific aches and pains. For instance there is a standard sports massage, a pressure point massage and the more popular Swedish massage. All three of these types of massages can help control stress and put your body in a state of relaxation allowing it to internally start a healing process. Always make sure to seek out a licensed therapeutic masseuse in order to get the full benefits associated with a massage.

Finally one of the best, quickest and easiest ways to start leading a healthier lifestyle is by letting your body and mind recuperate and fully charge with between 6 to 8 hours of quality sleep each night. Sleep is without a doubt one of the best ways to completely influence your overall health (both physically and mentally). Try getting less then the optimum recommended level of sleep and you’ll see the harmful effects that can occur. On the flip side spend the next few nights obtaining the sleep your body craves and needs and you will see a marked improvement in your energy levels, your ability to tolerate stressful situations and your natural ability to think will vastly improve.

As you read this article there was one central theme that sticks out and that is stress. The ability to reduce stress is crucial to your ability to lead a healthier lifestyle. Don’t worry about eliminating stress entirely. It’s almost impossible to do and some stress (in small doses) is actually good for our health. Keeping your stress levels under control with the previously mentioned 5 quick ways to stay healthy will control your stress levels allowing you to have a normal blood pressure level, eliminate aches, tension and headaches and fell refreshed and full of energy. Remember the real key to a healthier lifestyle is controlling stress.

Various Violin Facts of Interest

What do the following have in common?

symphony orchestra, string quartet, Stradivari, high school orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, string orchestra

Thats right – it is the Violin.

So what is a violin?

Here are various violin facts of interest.

A violin is a musical instrument with four strings played with a bow or plucked and is the smallest, highest sounding member of the string family. A violin consists of a soundbody or belly with two f shaped sound holes, a fingerboard attached to one end, four strings and a separate bow. All in all a violin consists of no fewer than eighty four pieces.

The soundbody is made of wood and it increases the volume of sound. The two f shaped sound holes in the soundbody allow sound vibrations to escape from the body of the instrument. The four strings made of cat gut or fine spun metal are held in place by pegs at one end of the fingerboard and the tailpiece which is attached to the belly. There is a wooden bridge near the tailpiece which supports the strings. The bow is a flexible stick with horsehair stretched across, used to produce sound vibrations when moved on the strings.

A violinist holds the violin firmly under the chin on a chin rest fixed to the left of the tailpiece and raised slightly from the soundbody. A pad is placed between the back of the violin and the body to strengthen the grip of the chin and collarbone on the violin, if desired. A sound is produced when the violinist draws the bow with the right hand across the string(s). The left hand is used to finger the desired note and this is done by pressing the string (s) down along the fingerboard. The length of the string alters depending on where the finger is pressed and this will give the varied notes.

Before a violinist plays music, the violin needs to be tuned. Tuning is done using the four open strings and an external source such as another instrument eg piano or oboe or electric tuner. Each string is plucked and if they do not sound the same as the equivalent note on the other instrument or tuner then the pegs are turned either tighter or looser. The open or full length strings of the violin are G D A E which are fifths apart ie the interval of G to D is a fifth and so on.

Once tuning is done then sounds are created. The sound of the violin is nearer to the human voice than any other instrument. The violin produces sounds ranging three and half octaves and music is written on a treble clef stave. Violin players can play a wide range of music from solo playing to group playing in orchestras eg symphony, string and high school, string quartets, smaller jazz bands and more. It is interesting to note that a violin can be modified to become an electric violin where a lead attachment to the soundbody is added. You hook a lead from the violin attachment to an amplifier thus creating a louder sound suitable for violinists to play jazz-pop music of the twentieth and twentyfirst century.

Lets go back in time to the sixteenth century. This is when violins first emerged. Some great violins were being made in Italy by people such as the Amati family from Cremona, namely Andrea, his sons Antonio and Girolamo, Girolamo’s son Nicolo and Nicolo’s son Giralamo. Andrea perfected the violin, his two sons made some changes but Nicolo was considered the greatest of the Amatis. He had pupils, Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri who produced great violins and passed the craft on to their families.

Italians also composed some great music for the violin and these included Arcangelo Corelli (1653 – 1713 ), Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741 ) and Giuseppe Tartini (1692 -1770 ). Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750 ) from Germany composed three partitas for solo violin which was a landmark for solo violin. And this was just the beginning. There were many great violin composers over the years.

There were also many great violinists over the ages. These included the four Baroque composers mentioned above. Others included Joseph Haydn ( 1732 – 1809 ), Wolfgang Mazart ( 1719 – 1787 ), Niccolo Paganini ( 1732 – 1840, Joseph Joachin ( 1831 – 1907 ), Ludwig Spohr ( 1784 – 1859 ). George Enesco ( 1881 – 1955 ), Yehudi Menuhin ( 1916 – 1999 ) and Nigel Kennedy ( 1956 – ). Nigel Kennedy was a pupil at The Yehudi Menuhin School founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1963. This is just a small example of violinsts as the list is large.

Hope you have enjoyed reading the various violin facts of interest. As you can see the violin has had a good few hundred years of history with great creators, composers and players. This small instrument with a wooden body, strings and bow to help produce the sound can play some wonderful music once tuned, whether it be solo or in a group. It is a beautiful instrument to listen to.