My Friend Anna is a Dummy

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked.

“Where do you want to go?” Was his response.

“I don’t know.” Alice answered.

“Then, it really doesn’t matter which way you go.” Said the cat.

Figuring out the forks in the road is hard work, but it pays off when you reach a desired destination. Always start with the end in mind. Take a good look at what your goal is and then survey what tools and experience you’ll need to get there.

I have this friend, let’s call her ‘Anna’. You may have a friend like her as well. Anna is a few years older than me and is a very talented, creative and intelligent person- except when it comes to making decisions about money. Anna is in her early 40’s, tall confidant and (sometimes) happily single.

She has become a well-established artist working out of her own studio in Seattle. If you went shopping with her for paints or brushes, you’d see her in meticulously fine form. She’s able to select the best oil or acrylic for her brush based on the colours, feel and texture that she’s looking to achieve. She knows which colours have been blended with fish scales and which have been blended with clays. She talks about flow consistency of the brush and viscosity of fluids. See, Anna has learned to become ‘intuitive’ with her art.

She is an expert when it comes to painting. I say learned because Anna wasn’t always that way. She bounced back and forth from medium to medium. At times a talented professional cook, at other times a well-paid advertisement designer. Even though she pulls in a good salary from selling her paintings, she still has to sell them to eat, if you know what I mean: Anna is still stuck in the rat race of working for a pay cheque.

Generally a pretty relaxed person, I was always surprised to see the Jekyll and Hyde transformation of Anna when the subject of finances came up. She became visually overwrought with emotion and that led her to a state of analysis paralysis or something even worse… failing to check the numbers and rushing into a bad deal. I remember getting one late night call from Anna asking for advice. I strained to hear her tiny, far away voice all sugary and hyped up.

She was trying to decide between some stock she heard was at a great price or a must have time-share/investment kind-of-thing in Mexico- ‘that would make a lot of money’. I asked if she’d analyzed the details to which she sweetly replied ‘no’. Under the cold light of day both ‘investments’ soon disintegrated.

Probably in these two cases analysis paralysis was a good thing. But what about when a good deal does come along and she fails to act? Anna is at a stage of her life where she has to give serious thought to her finances, whether that is fun for her or not. Even if she doesn’t want to do it herself she needs to find someone that she can trust to guide her.

Because Anna didn’t have a clear financial target she often found herself swayed by emotion and the pressure of knowing that she needed to invest. She’d read a few books to make her interested enough, and also a little scared. Realizing her lack of knowledge, or fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) she succumbed to the position of analysis paralysis or lack of doing anything, and that can be deadly.

I’m happy to report that Anna has since defined her goals, committed to an investment plan that is specific to her needs and has gotten into action and made several sound investments. Anna chose to focus mainly on two asset classes and refrain from ping-ponging about into unknown territory. She matched herself with an investment style where she could leverage her money further; receive passive income, yet still remain ‘hands free’. She is now able to focus on what she loves and does the best and has the peace of mind that she is in action.

Antireflux Surgery

Did you know antireflux surgery is on the rise? And gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD, is the culprit. This insidious and annoying medical condition comes from stomach acid backing up into the esophagus. The end result symptom is heartburn.

If you’ve ever experienced heartburn, you know it’s an uncomfortable burning feeling in the middle of your chest. It may be felt all the way up through the throat area. Many people, with serious heartburn issues, experience it numerous times throughout a 24-hour day.

Other symptoms may be nausea, a dry cough or even severe pain in the chest causing some to think they are experiencing a heart attack. When symptoms become too problematic, antireflux surgery is often the only thing that will help.

Unfortunately, the cause of GERD is nothing more than food itself – especially acidic or spicy foods. The normal process of food leaving your mouth and going to your stomach involves the esophagus. This is a long tube, which connects the two areas. A small muscle ring known as the lower esophageal sphincter or, LES, is a little valve, which opens in one direction. This action allows the food to pass into the stomach.

But sometimes the LES loses its functionality and the stomach acid begins to back up into the esophagus. This acidic process actually “burns” the esophagus area thus causing constant inflammation and irritation. With enough of this burning process taking place, over time, it could harm the esophagus in a more serious way.

There are certain causes for a weak LES.

Present at birth

Spicy, fatty foods

Certain medications

Smoking

Caffeine

Alcohol consumption

Tight clothing

Certain exercises

Lying down or bending over

Hiatal   hernia 

The good news is that there are effective ways to treat GERD. The first and foremost should always be lifestyle adaptations. The elimination or reduction of known foods or beverages and losing weight will go a long way to reduce the symptoms. Propping your head up with 2-3 pillows during sleep is also a huge help.

Medications, either prescribed or over-the-counter, can be very effective. Be sure to talk over this option with your doctor.

If all else fails and none of these remedies help, antireflux surgery may be the answer. One popular method is laparoscopic. There are many advantages to this approach such as reduced pain level, a quicker return to work following a shorter hospital stay and smaller incision areas.

After a thorough examination, your gastroenterologist will know whether you’ll be a good candidate or not for this surgery. The success rate for this type of corrective procedure is very high with only a rare few reporting no improvement at all.

GERD is nothing to fool around with. It’s a very serious medical condition, which can cause wreck and ruin to every day life. It’s vital to do everything possible to find a way to control it either through various lifestyle changes or surgery.

Building an Alzheimer Proof Body

Dementia is a term commonly given to people who show symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease such as memory loss, diminished intellectual capacity, and changes in personality. Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people each year in the United States and has a devastating impact not only on the patient but everyone who is close to that person. Seeing a loved one slowly fade away from society and inevitably lose all recollection of one’s and identity is a tough pill to swallow. What many are not aware of though is that a deficiency of DHA, an essential fatty acid that most of us don’t get enough of, is frequently linked in patients with Alzheimer’s. In today’s world of nutrient depleted and severely processed foods it is vital that we get the proper amount of Omega-3 fatty acids in our diet every day. But what has happened in our society that is causing deficiencies in essential nutrients to pop up more and more during one’s life span?

Let’s think for a moment about the standard American diet of today. When you think about the average breakfast, lunch, and dinner, what pops into your mind first? High in fat? High in sodium? High in sugar? All of the above? Sure of course! The “standard American diet” (SAD) of today consists of approximately one half the caloric intake in FATS, twenty times the recommended daily intake for SODIUM (salt), and as much as five pounds of SUGAR consumed per week (65% of our diet in the form of sugar). Compare this to the mere three pounds of sugar that we consumed per year back in 1960. Almost seven out of every ten people in America are overweight and one half of those are obese (30 or more lbs. overweight). With those facts it is easy to see why a simple little Omega-3 fatty acid is commonly lacking in our diet. But can it help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s? Many health experts say yes.

Every piece of fat that we digest, saturated or unsaturated, contains one or more fatty acids that consist of a fat particle and an acid particle. Two of these fatty acids, Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and Omega-6 (linoleic acid) are considered “essential” because our body is unable to manufacture them. It is the two derivatives of the Omega-3 fatty acid, EPA and DHA that our diet frequently lacks sufficient amounts of. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an Omega-3 fatty acid that our brain is comprised mostly of. Supplying the brain with proper amounts of DHA helps collectively promote healthy brain function and combat memory loss, dementia, and other health problems. DHA comes from our food in the form of a fatty acid compound that is found in cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines. Unknown to many though, are the seeds of the flax plant that contain the most Omega 3 fatty acids per ounce and a perfect balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 quantities.

Flax seeds may be the answer to Omega-3 deficiencies and resolve the problem of DHA deficiencies in patients with Alzheimer’s. Will a daily intake of flax seeds or flax oil help delay or mitigate the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s? Let’s just say there isn’t a brain doctor around that recommends against a daily flax supplement, especially in older men and women. Let’s take a quick look at this wondrous plant.

The flax seed comes from the flax plant, botanical name “Linum usitatissimum”, also known as; “common flax”, “linseed”, “lint bells”, and “winterlien”. Flax is classified as an annual herb that grows in the northwestern United States, Canada, and Europe. The plant produces two blue or violet-blue flowers per branch. These flowers turn into the fruits that house the seeds with approximately eight to ten seeds per fruit. The smooth flax seeds are shiny brown and partially flattened on each side. There is also a golden flax seed that a similar flax plant yields. Both the gold and brown flax seeds have similar nutritional values. The amazing thing about flax seeds are their unusually high levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flax seeds consist of approximately fifty-four percent Omega-3 fatty acids and five percent Omega-6 fatty acids making them the best foods in the world to eat for proper fatty acid balancing. The fact that so many studies have found Alzheimer’s patients deficient in Omega-3’s makes flax a crucial part of one’s daily nutritional needs.

Taking one tablespoon of organic flax oil per day or two tablespoons of organic seeds will fulfill this need. If the seeds are used then they must be chewed thoroughly for proper absorption. Grinding flax seeds just before using them is beneficial too, but one should only grind up what they need for the day otherwise the extra ground seeds will quickly lose their nutrients due to oxidation from heat, light, and air. Adding flax to your daily diet is a healthy decision by anyone and should be made mandatory for folks over sixty years of age. Flax seeds also provide additional health benefits due to the high fiber content and other healthful nutrients such as vitamins, lignans, minerals, and more.

Others tips for building an Alzheimer Proof body are to avoid eating anything with aluminum as an ingredient or cooking with any type of aluminum cookware. Recent studies have shown increased levels of aluminum build-up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Avoid all foods and products that contain aluminum. This also includes body hygiene products such as deodorants that contain aluminum additives. Choosing natural made products will address this problem swiftly. Remember to always read the ingredients label thoroughly on all products before making a purchase. Any ingredient that contains the word “aluminum” should be avoided.

A vitamin B supplement should also be considered as an addition the one’s daily diet. Multiple studies done over the last decade have revealed low levels of vitamin B12 in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s. Interestingly, vitamin B12 requires a unique two step process to be absorbed and digested properly and as people age this two step process can be worn down which results in less and less B12 being absorbed eventually leading to a deficiency. Using a quality B complex supplement may help delay or deter any deficiency. Remember to consult a health expert before beginning any type of exercise or nutritional program.

Acute and Chronic Neck Pain

Do you have neck pain? If you do, you are far from alone. This is a very common ailment. In fact, in America more than 2/3 of adults report that they have experienced at least one incident of neck pain in their lives. It’s so easy to strain the neck. You can do it at work, during exercise, even turning over while sleeping.

It’s so common we even use the experience as a way to characterize someone or something frustrating – your boss or your kids are sometimes “a pain in the neck,” but so is neck pain! It’s miserable, and very common, but also quite treatable.

What to do when you have neck pain? There are a number of options. At home remedies work for some people, but if you need more help you can have physical therapy, alternative treatments, really all kinds of treatments are out there.

There are over the counter and prescription medications to help with both pain and swelling. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is great for pain relief, and if you need something for both pain and inflammation then non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are a great option. If you have a displaced cervical disk, though, you likely may need surgery.

It’s up to you how to treat your neck pain but it requires careful consideration of factors like intensity and duration of pain.

In the case of acute neck pain, or pain that comes on suddenly from accident or injury, doctors recommend resting in bed, using cold therapy (ice pack), and immobilizing the neck via neck brace or collar. This is essentially the opposite of treatment for chronic neck pain, which is typically physical therapy and heat therapy.

If you have physical therapy, it will not only address the pain via methods like massage, stretching, exercise, or electrical stimulation, it will also address causes. Your therapist will go over risk factors and preventative care with you.

Don’t assume that alternative therapies are not useful. In fact, a recent European study compared three groups. The group that had Chinese acupuncture ended up with better short- and long-term pain relief than did those who had massage treatment or laser treatment.

The key consideration is to find a trustworthy professional regardless of the type of treatment you choose. Massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy are all valid choices, but if done incorrectly can cause more harm than good. Try new therapies out, combine therapies even, and go with what suits your needs best.

Pinched Nerves Cause Back Pain

Everyone has at one time or another applied too much pressure to the “funny bone” in their elbow which is actually the ulnar nerve. This physical pressure disrupts the nerve’s function causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness from the elbow into the fingers of the hand. Too much pressure applied for too long to a nerve along the spine results in much the same sensations. Where these sensations occur naturally depends upon the pathway of the specific involved nerve as illustrated above.

Nerve pain resulting from direct physical pressure is called an entrapment neuropathy because the nerve is trapped or pinched by some structure. This term helps to distinguish them from neuropathies resulting from infection or disease where the nerve pain is more often referred to as neuritis or neuralgia.

Radiculitis / Radiculopathy

These are not specific conditions, but rather describe a nerve that is being pinched at or very near the spinal cord at the beginning or ”root” of the nerve. Radiculitis is from Latin radiculo for root plus itis for inflammation. Radiculopathy comes from the same Latin radiculo for root plus Greek pathos for suffering. There may be slight technical differences between the two words but in truth they are often used interchangeably without clear distinction.

In a radiculitis or radiculopathy the pinch is occurring at or near the root of the nerve along the spinal cord. The most common cause of this physical pressure is a herniated or protruding spinal intervertebral disc crushing the nerve against the bone resulting in pain at that level of the spine in the neck or back, and of course, along the pathway of the adjacent nerve root itself resulting in arm pain or leg pain through a process called referred pain or radicular pain. For example, a nerve root impingement in the neck, or cervical spine, can produce pain, motor weakness, or sensory paresthesia in the shoulder, arm or hand which is called brachial radiculitis from Latin brachio for arm or more simply a cervical radiculitis or cervical radiculopathy. Likewise, a nerve root impingement in the lower back or lumbar-sacral spine can be manifested with symptoms in the lower extremity, a lumbar radiculitis or lumbar radiculopathy. This can result in pain, weakness, numbness, or paresthesia in the butt, hip, leg or foot. This is often called sciatica, a reference to the nerve that is being pinched. Sciatica due to compression of one of the lumbar nerve roots is one of the most common forms of radiculopathy.

Neuritis / Neuralgia

Neuritis is from itis for inflammation and neuro for nerve. Neuralgia is from the Greek algos for pain and neuro for nerve. The difference between neuritis and neuralgia are again technical and these terms too are often used interchangeably. The most common cause of neuritis or neuralgia are generalized metabolic issues such as those that occur as a result of diabetes or alcoholism, and as such, the nerve dysfunction is generalized and widespread as opposed to being one specific nerve root such as in sciatica that is caused by direct physical pressure. Acute or chronic Poisoning most commonly by lead, arsenic, mercury, copper and phosphorus also results in widespread nerve dysfunction also correctly termed a neuritis or a neuralgia.

Girl’s Side Tattoos – Design Ideas For Sexy Side Tattoos For Girls

Receiving a tattoo is already a painful experience for most girls but getting a tattoo on the side of the body is a far more painful spot to get inked upon. There are no other locations for girl’s side tattoos in which the pain is as incredible as on the side. Just imagine the times where you were either slapped with a rolled-up towel that just caught you on the inside of the side or when someone pinched you there. Now multiply that a few hundred times and add some burning sensation like 10 to 15 bee-stings at once and there you have what it feels like to have a girl side tattoo inked up job.

Painful Side Area Tattoos

Since the side of the human body is made up predominantly of bones this is why getting a tattoo there is so painful. Since there is hardly any fat protecting the nerves in the body when the artist begins inking into the side you will know it. If you decide to go with this blindsided philosophy of girl side inking up the side philosophy then good luck and make sure that you take a painkiller before you go in.

Butterflies Flowers

Some popular side tattoos for girls are ones that include feminine designs such as butterflies, flowers, stars, constellations, boyfriend names, baby names, earth wind and fire, candy-bars and zodiac signs. The most important person who will see this girl side tattoo will be the one wearing that so keep that in mind at all times. Most girls are heading over to the masculine side for side tattoos and this includes getting pictures of their boyfriends or husbands and even photographs of their children on their right and left sides. We all remember the day when we saw that first girl who had that middle of the back stamp that was a Gothic lettering and a sweet artistic rendering and looked so cute! Today we have the girl’s side tattoos that we can gaze upon and when asked to see when you’re in a bar or club for the girl will be almost curious on what your reaction is as she lifts up her shirt just a little bit. You know what we mean you guys out there!

Open Free Canvas Area

What are the best things about getting the side tattoo for a girl is that there are plenty of air and space to do just that at! The artist who has to do the work will have no problem in finding a clean and clear canvas area in which to elicit your wildest dreams and fantasies upon your skin. In the end some of the best tattoo designs for the side include the ones that almost wrap around the entire body and show both the passion and commitment to being inked-up. One of the most favored style side tattoos to get if you’re a girl on her side is got to be the now-famous hands.

Climbing Mount Everest

There are people who seek great challenges in life to test themselves both mentally and physically. One of the greatest challenges, if not the greatest, is to climb Mount Everest. Rising 8,848 meters above sea level, it is the highest peek on our planet. Its breathtaking scenerys have been a source of attraction for many people for decades.

Mount Everest was first summited by Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953. It has been summited by 2,700 people since and has claimed the lives of 210 others. Everest, though not the most technically demanding mountain to climb, is one of the hardest due to its extreme altitude. Every year expeditions encounter cases of high altitude sickness, high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and in worst cases, high altitude cerebral edema (HACE). HAPE is caused by lack of oxygen causing fluids to fill the lungs. HACE, on the other hand, is a swelling of the brain. Cerebral edema strikes very quickly and unless immediate descent from the climber, the person will likely die.

The toughest part of reaching the summit of Everest is without a doubt the Death zone. The Death zone is once the climbers reach the altitude of 8,000 meters. At this point, only 1/3 of the oxygen at sea level can be found, making any physical motion extremely fatiguing. The lack of oxygen has many other important effects on the human body. To make up for the lack of oxygen, the body shuts down non-vital functions such as the digestive system. Less oxygen reaches the brain, making simple tasks feel very complicated; some people have difficulty just zipping on their coat. More worrying is how the lack of oxygen can cloud the judgment of expert climbers, leading them into making bad decisions which has cost the lives of many. The human body is not meant to live above that altitude and so people can only remain there for 2 days or so. Too long of a stay will cause the body to completely deteriorate.

There are 2 main routes used to ascend the summit of Mount Everest. The most popular being the South East route. The base camp for this route lies on the Nepal side of the mountain; climbers must then ascend the Khumbu ice fall, which is considered by many as the most dangerous part of the climb. They must then walk though the Western Cmw which leads to the Lhotse face, a massive steep slope where a mistake will more often than not cost you your life. Climbers now approach the death zone and make their way on to the SE ridge, once past the 8,000 meter mark, they must overcome the famous Hillary step which is a huge rock wall that is dreadfully exposed. All that remains is the summit ridge which is relatively easy and then lays the summit of Everest, the roof of the world.

A debate that has been raging on for many years on Everest is whether climbers should be aloud to use bottled oxygen or not. 9 out of 10 climbers will use oxygen to reach the summit of Everest, very few have attempted to climb to Everest without it, and even fewer have reached the summit. The use of supplemental oxygen has opened the door to less experienced climbers to get on the slopes of Everest that would normally not attempt the climb, which has been the cause of the ever growing crowds on the mountain. Too many people on the mountain at the same time cause bottlenecks near the summit where there is less room for people to ascend. Ultimately, this causes people to fall behind schedule on their summit push, which has been the cause of death for many climbers in the past, as they found themselves on the summit too late and were unable to make it back to the lower camp. Many climbers would like to see bottled oxygen get banned unless for emergencies. This would greatly reduce the amount of climbers that swarm the mountain every year.

There are many great books that can allow you to learn allot on Everest and take you on a journey like none you have ever been on before. Personally, my favorite book on Everest is “Into thin air”, written by Jon Krakauer, who took part in an expedition in 1996 when the biggest disaster on Everest occurred. Many teams were caught in the death zone by a freak storm that came in without warning on the same day that they summited. Eight people died on that day and 7 more would lose their lives on the mountain that season, making it the deadliest season in Everest history. Jon’s book lets you relive the trip that he and his teammates experienced, and giving you his personal account of the tragedy that happened high on the mountain.

Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Temporal lobe  epilepsy  is a kind of partial seizure. The known causes for the disorder are meningitis and head injury. This type of seizure occurs in the deeper parts of the temporal lobe that handle emotions and memory aspects.

This kind of  epilepsy  is categorized as either simple or complex partial seizures. In simple partial seizures, the patient is aware of the self and the environment but experiences other symptoms involving, for example, the olfactory senses. On the other hand, patients with complex partial seizures become disabled. They become unaware of others and appear to be staring into space. Often, these patients are also seen performing repetitive movements such as licking lips, scratching and so on. They also tend to have sudden bouts of anger or agitation.

It is to be understood that experiences of temporal lobe seizures differ in intensity from person to person. Hence, explanation of the symptoms may not always be correct or possible. Patients run through a gamut of emotions and experiences lasting from a few seconds to a few minutes. These are called ‘auras’.

Magnetic resource imaging (MRI) is the most effective method for identifying lesions in the temporal lobe. It improves the success rate for surgeries to a great extent. EEG has not proved a useful technique to diagnose this type of  epilepsy .

Temporal lobe  epilepsy  is treated with the anti-seizure drugs prescribed for other  epilepsy  types. These help in complete or near complete control of seizure attacks.

Surgery and Vagus Nerve Stimulation are also viable alternative  epilepsy  therapies.

Aging and Physical Fitness

People in the present age have realized the importance of physical fitness and how to be physically fit. People have become aware of the fact that they have to take part in some kind of physical activity on a regular basis. Most of the people are now joining fitness classes and some of them are trying to get some kind of exercise equipments at their homes. This noteworthy concern in fitness bases from various research studies and their publications. The research proves the tremendous health benefits which can be got from a more eminent level of fitness. These studies have also established the danger of health troubles and death from diseases. As the fitness level of a person improves the risk of being attacked by heart disease, cancer, polygenic disorder, and   apoplexy  decreases.

There are four components of physical fitness. They are as follows:

o Muscle strength and survival

o Tractableness

o Physical composition and fat

o Cardiovascular survival

To achieve a good degree of fitness, your physical fitness acts should concentrate on each of the above mentioned areas. Each and every part of physical fitness is linked directly to the health and his/her ability to do the day’s actions without getting too exhausted.

Significance of fitness to ripening adults

The areas of fitness mentioned above are all crucial to a healthy lifestyle. If the body has to move as expeditiously as possible and prevent those enfeebling diseases you have to make sure that all four parts of fitness are worked out on a weekly basis.

Muscle intensity and survival is needed to discharge the day to day activities. Daily activities may include climbing stairs, carrying groceries or even lifting boxes etc., and doing all this depends on your muscle strength and endurance. Once you start aging, your physical strength decreases and doing your daily routine becomes difficult. Experts believe that muscle intensity and its survival is crucial to fitness for older adults. So in order to gain muscle strength aged people will also have to do some sort of physical exercise to keep them fit.

Exercising as a daily routine keeps your circulatory system that is the heart, blood vessels and lungs in a fit condition. Good cardiovascular survival also gives lots of energy so that you do not become tired while you carry out your house hold tasks.

Flexibility means the ability to be able to stretch the connective tissues in our body. The connective tissues are the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Aging leads to rigidity of the body due to lack of physical activity. Thus to a avoid this you have to adopt physical exercise as a regular part of your daily work.

Physical composition is the 4th part of fitness and it is the amount of fat that your body stores. Actually body fat is a dead weight and as it increases it takes most of your energy and you find it difficult to do your routine activities. So to reduce your body fat as you grow older you have to keep a track of your physical exercise.

Help! Am I Having A Stroke?

A  stroke  is the brain’s equivalent of a heart attack. It happens when the blood flow to the brain is suddenly disrupted. There are two main ways this happens, either the blood flow is suddenly blocked , eg. by a blood clot, or by a sudden bleed in the brain. Either way, it is a medical emergency. Sometimes, there are warning signs , where a person can have a very early  stroke  that is transient, and then recover. These are called transient ischaemic attacks ( or TIAs).

Many people fear they are having a  stroke  when they suddenly feel very giddy. There are many causes of giddiness. The form which causes the room to spin around, or make you feel unsteady, like you are on a boat, is called vertigo. Causes of vertigo can be central ( the brain) or peripheral ( the balance receptors in the ear). A sudden giddiness, loss of balance, or difficulty in coordination or walking can be a sign of a  stroke . Other symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness over one side of the face, arms or legs ( usually only one-sided, because of the way the blood is supplied to the brain), difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, sudden confusion, problems in speaking or understanding speech, and a very bad headache with no known previous cause. If you or someone you know suddenly experiences these symptoms, it is best to seek medical advice quickly as  stroke  is an emergency.

What does a  stroke  do to you ?  Stroke  damages the brain, affecting the entire body . The resulting disabilities can range from mild to severe . These include paralysis, problems with thinking, problems with speaking, and emotional problems.

Can anything be done ? Yes ! Most definitely. New treatments are available that greatly reduce the damage caused by a  stroke . But you need to arrive at the hospital within 60 minutes after symptoms start to prevent disability.

Can we do anything to prevent a  stroke  ? There are certainly ways to reduce one’s risk of having a  stroke . The conditions that increase one’s risk include : having high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and being overweight. So if you have high blood pressure, take your medication regularly. If you don’t, get checked for it regularly. Often, high blood pressure does not cause any symptoms and people tend to forget to take their medication, or give reasons for why their pressure is high that day eg. lack of sleep, stress etc. Whatever the reason, high blood pressure increases the risk of  stroke . Don’t smoke. I can’t think of any real health benefits to smoking. But the bad effects are well-known. So stop ! People don’t realise they have diabetes either as they seldom feel it. Get checked for it, and take the medication regularly. Maintain a sensible lifestyle of eating in moderate amounts and exercising regularly.

How is it treated ? In the initial stages, drugs that break down the blood clot can be used. If it is done in time, the blood flow can be restored to the affected part of the brain. It can only be done if the  stroke  is due to a block, not if it was caused by a bleed. The doctor needs to be certain before treatment is initiated. A CT scan of the brain may be done.

Treatment after the initial stage is directed at preventing further  strokes , and rehabilitation. Treatment can include drugs to control blood pressure and diabetes, and drugs to keep the blood from clotting. In some cases, an irregular heart beat can cause blood clots to go to the brain. For these cases, treatment of the heart rhythm and drugs to keep the blood “thin” ( less likely to clot) are needed. Surgery is sometimes used if there are plaques in the carotid arteries ( the large arteries that go from the heart to the brain, they are found in your neck) to remove the plaques.

Finally, rehabilitation is extremely important for a  stroke  patient. The intensity depends on how severe the  stroke  was. Patients who have had  strokes  are prone to depression, especially if they have been left significantly disabled as a result. Physiotherapists work with patients to help them sit up and walk . Occupational therapists help patients to cope with activities of daily living, which they may have trouble with after a  stroke . For example, what used to be taken for granted like feeding or bathing themselves may now be affected. Modifications may need to be done to the home environment to make it easier and safer. Speech therapists may need to be involved as well if the patient has difficulty in swallowing or speaking. It is a long road and patients and their families need a lot of support.

In summary, it is important to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of a  stroke  as early medical treatment can make a big difference. Prevention is better than cure. And once a  stroke  has occurred, it is important to prevent recurrent  strokes . Rehabilitation is extremely important in contributing towards the recovery of a patient after a  stroke .

The Hyperborean Mythos Agonies of the Grave ((Burial Before Death) (Huancayo, Peru))

THE conqueror worm, the bleak and blackness of night, the damp soil, clinging onto one’s garments, oppression of the lungs, the embrace of the narrow coffin, the body now entombed for evermore. The lack of air, fumes, the grass above one’s head, and above that a moon, and sun and stars, galaxies, the universe, you are in a new world, beyond. Your friends are at home sleeping, drinking, laughing, all informed of your death, yet not your fate; that they are uninformed of.

You are buried alive, in a hopeless position. Appalling it may be, an intolerable horror, an agonizing dream, as nothing half so scornful, but it is real, and somehow you must tolerate the burden of that reality.

Now I will tell you a true story of a resident and friend of mine, from Huancayo, Peru, high up in the Peruvian Andes, where folks still do things the old fashion way, to include burials. Leoncio, originally from a small village called San Jeronimo de Tunan, who had moved to the inner-city of Huancayo (within the Mantaro Valley region) no one knowingly knowing of his disease catalepsy (often times coupled with epilepsy and schizophrenia, characterized by lack of response and external stimuli and by muscular rigidity), no one alive that is, his age being 68-years old, and having no family to speak of, a few friends, unknowing of the mysterious disease he had. Although I did, but I was far-off during his so called departure from this earth, in Patagonia.

This disease of course is of profound interest especially for its fate, or has been in the past. The patient or victim, lies for a day or longer in a state of exaggerated lifelessness. He is senseless, motionless, the heart’s pulsation is faint at best, yet some places of blood warmth remain. His coloration changes to his body, even to his lips, a vacillating action takes place in the lungs. He is in a trace like mode for weeks if not months. Often times in isolated areas that are still with the old customs, the prognoses is ‘absolute death’; and for such communities, death is death, and there is no double checking into records, that might or might not be, and for old Leoncio, there were no medical records, he cured all his aches and pains with old remedies, the old way. And he got buried the old way. And the only way anyone other than myself would have known of his catalepsy, would have been by consequent suspicion, and above all the lack of decay, the latter being overlooked. Thus, he was consigned alive to his tomb.

I can say in certainty, he fell into a swoon, a blackout, without pain, unable to stir. Perhaps even to think for a while, but with a dull and dim consciousness eventually.

Leoncio, also being an alcoholic, remained in a stupor, perhaps thinking he was in a nightmare, until he awoke out of this stupor, into reality, and found himself in a new crisis. Smitten to his surroundings, he must had been sick and numb, chilly and dizzy from the hangover. Yet now in his tomb, black and silent, his world in total annihilation, his universe gone.

He awake as out of a seizure, and I know of that experience, for I have lived it, my soul reaching out for perception of what is going on? Slowly coming back to the light that was turned off; coming back out of a trance, trying to get in touch with possession of my senses. Thus, his stage was even deeper, his bewilderment and perplexity deeper, for he remained in absolute abeyance.

His death haunted me day and night, thinking it was a premature burial. Thus, I had the city officials reopen the coffin, grim and darkness overspread our faces, I shook and quivered, as did the officials, shuttered to reflection that they had buried him alive, did we send him into the world of phantasms, I contemplated, then I heard a gibbering voce a whisper that came from the corpses’ lips, they moved, “Alive,” was the one word, it said over and over, then died out. My teeth chattered, here was a voice that grasped me by the wrist-figuratively speaking, but had I come too late?

Out of the radiance of decay, he had been buried ten-days, his body sad, in solemn slumber with the worms. A pitiful sight. In fact I no longer trusted myself, was he dead, or still alive? The doctor at hand reassured me by a solemn oath, he was dead. And the coffin was closed.

#5066/ 2-11-2016

Curing A Mental Illness With Safety

We tend to separate those who are considered to be serious from those who are considered to be irresponsible, but the truth is that everyone is far from having a serious behavior based on dignity. Human beings are immoral actors. You would be surprised with what you would discover if you could learn many hidden details about other people’s behavior when they are alone, or when they are with those who depend on them.

After discovering the anti-conscience, which is our wild conscience, I understood that evilness generates absurdity because evilness disrespects physical laws and moral principles. We acquire a severe mental illness when we accept the evil and absurd suggestions of our anti-conscience.

A conscience must be well-organized and respect many rules in order to be logical. When it disrespects the laws of the Universe because it has evil desires, it becomes absurd. This is how a mental disorder begins.

We are absurd because we already inherit many evil and absurd tendencies from birth. Even those who seem to be logical and serious have their moments of absurdity. Everyone must follow dream therapy to find sound mental health based on divine guidance. The psychotherapy of the divine unconscious mind is based on goodness.

Only goodness can guarantee an individual’s mental stability. This is a big irony for our indifferent and selfish population. Nobody could imagine that goodness could be essential for the maintenance of our mental health.

Many people believe that absurdity doesn’t depend on the person’s personality, but now we know that absurdity is generated by evilness. Therefore, we can understand the importance of goodness. Goodness is an antidote against evilness and absurdity.

Selfish people tend to acquire severe mental illnesses because they are controlled by their anti-conscience. A human being must be generous and humble in order to be mentally healthy.

My work relates science to religion, besides relating various different scientific fields. Now you have a global vision of your reality. You can also understand the real meaning of spirituality.

The divine unconscious mind shows you in your dreams how you can become a perfect human being, and completely eliminate your dangerous anti-conscience forever. This means that God shows you how to eliminate your satanic animal nature and evolve, so that you may become a sensitive human being.

You have to eliminate your evil side by understanding its mistakes and condemning its suggestions. This is a difficult matter because when you fight absurdity this means that you fight absurd thoughts.

Absurd thoughts are negative thoughts based on selfishness that intend to mislead your ego. They confuse your reasoning system, and your conscience becomes disorganized. In this situation, you lose consciousness because you stop understanding the meaning of your actions.

You should be prudent and follow dream therapy before having serious mental health problems. Now you know the dangers that are threatening your mental health and your happiness.

You can be cured even from a severe mental illness through dream therapy, but it takes time. You have to look for psychotherapy while you are only depressed or neurotic. If you will disregard the first signs of a mental disorder, you can become psychotic or schizophrenic, or you may have to deal with various unbearable symptoms.

If you already are in this situation, you should be serious and precisely follow the unconscious guidance in your dreams, so that your anti-conscience may stop ruining your conscience. Only through dream translation can you eliminate the root cause of your mental disorder, and recuperate your human conscience.

Average psychiatrists are not able to cure mental illness. Many people ignore the power of dream therapy, and this is why they are victims of today’s psychiatry, which is based on suppositions about the functioning of the human brain. Dream therapy is a safe and natural treatment without dangerous medications that destroy your immune system.

The unconscious mind provides you with psychotherapy based on sanctity and wisdom in your own dreams. You understand how to get out of the labyrinth of craziness and find balance.

God is a persistent and patient psychotherapist. You have numerous dreams about the same topics until you will understand your mistakes, and stop making them.

You tend to make numerous mistakes only because your conscience is deficient, since it works based on one psychological function and a half. Through dream therapy you learn how to develop your four psychological functions (thoughts, feelings, sensations, intuition) and have a wise attitude. You become introverted and extroverted at the same time.

This means that you become a genius. I’m not exaggerating. You are not using the biggest part of your brain power because it belongs to your anti-conscience. You, the conscious human being existent into you human conscience must fight the absurdity of your evil side and obey the divine guidance, which is based on sanctity. This is how you will develop your conscience.

Dream therapy is a miraculous treatment because God knows what you need to learn in order to find sound mental health. Your dreams are not produced by chance. You have exactly the guidance you need.

If you have simple psychological problems you will be helped faster. Don’t let you anti-conscience have advantages. Your human conscience must be developed through consciousness, before your anti-conscience will manage to destroy a big portion of your conscience with its poisonous ideas.

How to Cure Headaches with Ginger

Ginger is an herb that has been used for over five thousand years for a variety of illnesses and conditions. In the practice of Ayurvedic medicine, Ginger is used very regularly for many things. Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient practice used in healing and this kind of practice is becoming more regular with the people of today. As the connection between mind and body is realized, folks are turning to these alternative medicines and beliefs. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced Ayurvedic medicine to the people of today. It is also mentioned in Chopra’s works.

Have you ever seen a pregnant woman munching on Ginger snaps? This is because Ginger is effective for an upset stomach and nausea. However, it is a great remedy for headaches as well. In fact, it’s so great that many doctors and neurologists are beginning to recommend it. Although we’re not sure how ginger treats headaches, it’s been noted that the ginger reduces the frequency as well as the strength of headaches in those who have them regularly. Because Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, it doesn’t allow the blood vessels to become inflamed. This is what eliminates or greatly reduces the headache.

It’s important to take the Ginger at the very beginning of a headache. This will help it act quickly and prevent or lessen the headache. For many years, people have been using Ginger for nausea and vomiting. In fact, studies have shown that Ginger is twice as effective as the popular nausea medicine Dramamine. A recent test was done in Denmark where results showed that 75% of tested individuals experienced less pain and swelling. As a positive side effect, the people participating in the study had no colds while they were taking the Ginger.

It’s very important that you DO NOT take Ginger if you have gallstones. This is because the Ginger will make the release of the bile even worse. Of course, if you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t take Ginger unless directed by your doctor. Ginger acts as somewhat of a blood thinner so if you are taking Aspirin or other blood thinners, do not take Ginger. If you have heart problems or are on a schedule of certain daily heart medicines, do not take Ginger. If you take medication to control blood sugar levels or if you have diabetes, avoid Ginger unless your doctor directs you to take it.

Of course, it’s important to talk to your physician before you start taking any sort of herb. If your doctor okays you to take Ginger, you have a couple of options. You can take the pills or capsules and there is even Ginger paste. Brew Ginger in a tea and drink it. No matter which choice, only take it in that form and not multiple forms. You don’t want to overdose on ginger. It’s important to purchase Ginger only from reliable sources as in the past, the supplements have been found to be contaminated. Be sure to check the company’s history and references.

Hair Problems – Homeopathic Solutions

Hair fall, breakage and poor quality (frizzy, dry) has become a major concern for every second or third adult or even adolescent today.

Ironically stress is a major cause of hair problems & losing hair even bigger cause of worry.

Here is some of the medical lingo, which a person usually hears from the doctor or comes across while searching on Google during his struggle through the hair problem.

ALOPECIA means loss of hair from places where it should be usually present- scalp, body.

Diffuse loss of scalp hair, commonly seen in females- termed as FEMALE PATTERN HAIRLOSS/ BALDNESS

MALE PATTEREN BALDNESS / ANDROGENIC ALOPECIA are hair loss affecting temples predominantly, followed by vertex. It’s the most common form of hair loss, prevalent in 30-40% young males.

TRACTION ALOPECIA- caused due to undue pulling or hair – tight ponytails or hair accessories.

ALOPECIA TOTALIS- baldness in entirety.

ALOPECIA UNIVERSALIS- loss of scalp & body hair.

ALOPECIA ARETA- hair loss in patches.

TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM is a scalp disorder characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair, may lead to baldness in the long run.

CICATRICAL ALOPECIA- is a type of alopecia where there is destruction of hair follicles leading to permanent hair loss; there may be burning, itching, pain & redness of scalp along with hair loss.

Hair loss, breakage & poor quality of hair can be attributed to a variety of other causes

  1. Physiological Conditions like- Pregnancy, Post delivery period, Menopause, Breast Feeding
  2. Scalp Infections or inflammatory conditions- Dandruff, Seborrhea Dermatitis, Psoriasis
  3. Nutritional Deficiencies- Iron, Vitamin D, C, A, E, B complex especially B6, Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium.
  4. Illness – Typhoid, Cancer, Liver Diseases
  5. Endocrine / Hormonal Disorders- Thyroid Gland Disorders, Renal Disorders, Pituitary Disorders, Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome
  6. Drugs- Antihypertensive drugs, Corticosteroids, Oral Contraceptives, Anti- depressants, etc
  7. Mental Stress
  8. Overuse of Cosmetics/ Hair Products, Hair accessories and hair styles that may cause friction or make hair dry
  9. Genetic Predisposition
  10. Environmental factor- pollution levels, toxins in water & air
  11. Ageing

MANAGING HAIR LOSS

  • Correcting the underlying condition- scalp infection, taenia capitis, hormonal illness, etc, the recovery from underlying illness mostly ensures regaining of hair. Sometimes a systemic illness may lead to severe hair loss, which may be corrected by homeopathic medication.
  • Nutrition for Hair- Proteins, Minerals, Essential Fatty Acids. Hair, like most body tissue consists of proteins and for synthesis & repair of a number of micro nutrients is required.
  • Avoiding harmful agents-certain drugs, alcohol, nicotine (tobacco, smoking).
  • Avoiding overuse of dyes, cosmetics, hair styling products that may damage hair roots. Use of chemicals on ones scalp & hair should be minimal so that the scalp is clean & pores can breathe.
  • Hair massage to improve circulation is a tried -n- tested way to perk up dry hair.
  • Mild shampoo’s to keep scalp clean.
  • Medication- a therapy that suits the patients needs & inclinations could be, conventional medicines, homeopathy, ayurveda & naturopathy Keeping stress levels to minimum ensures a healthy body.
  • Building strong immunity to keep infections far off.

HOMEOPATHY FOR HAIR LOSS

Homeopathy helps in treating the underlying causes like hormonal Imbalances, deficiencies, scalp infections & even hereditary hair loss to stop or slow down hair loss & promote new growth in men & women both.

With proper homeopathic medication, nutritional & hair care advice hair growth, quality & density show dramatic improvement.

# LYCOPODIUM CLAVATUM

This one of the commonest indicated remedy in male pattern baldness. Hair loss in females after child birth. Loss of hair from beard, eyebrows and other parts is also an indication for Lycopodium. Hair loss associated with liver disease is well treated by this remedy

# SEPIA

Sepia is indicated in hair loss associated with physiological & hormonal disorder- pregnancy, lactation, post delivery, menstrual irregularities. Facial pigmentation or chloasma may often be seen in such patients.

# SILICEA

Is another proficient remedy for baldness in men. Alopecia in females, associated with hormonal disorder like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Scalp infections like boils, taenia capitis, seborrhic dermatitis are also an indication for Silicea.

# CALCAREA GROUP-

Calc Carb & Calc Flour is frequently prescribed for hair problems associated with hormonal disturbance in men & women both who corroborate with the respective constitution types.

# GRAPHITES

This is indicated in alopecia areta, male & female pattern baldness. Also indicated in scalp infections like dermatitis, psoriasis etc.

# NAT RUM MUR

Alopecia associated with delivery, lactation & chronic illness best responds to Natrum Mur. That triggered by an emotional event – grief, loss of a loved one or emotional trauma leading to depression like state is a very prominent indication of this remedy.

# PHOSPHORIC ACID

This remedy is similar to Natrum Mur in its indications. Commonly indicated in alopecia universalis or totalis.

# PHOSPHORUS

Hair falling in handfuls, patchy hair loss in men & women of Phosphorus Constitution Type. Dryness, brittleness and hair loss from other body parts is also an indication for phosphorus.

# PSORINUM

This is a nosode. Indicated in dry, brittle, splitting hair, associated with scalp conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, taenia infections.

# FLUORIC ACID

This is indicated in dry, brittle hair which may break on least touch. Alopecia or Baldness in young males responds very well to this remedy.

# APIS MELLIFICA

Is often useful is hair loss in females suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. A patient of the Apis Constitutional Type response promptly to this remedy, whether administered for hair problems, allergy or any other complaint.

# SULPHUR

This remedy is indicated in a number of illnesses with associated hair disorders. Scalp & skin infections, inflammatory illness like psoriasis, dermatitis, and taenia capitis are competently treated & cured by Sulphur.

Other remedies often useful in treated in hair loss are Selenium, Staphysagria, Baryta Carb, Thuja, Medorrhinum, Ignatia, Kali Carb, Tuberculinum or any Homeopathic Remedy that suits the totality of symptoms & constitutional type of the patient.

Hair Loss in Men and Women – A Universal Problem

Two out of every eight women in the United States experience some form of hair loss and there is not always a specific pattern for hair loss in women. Very few younger women will experience losing their hair – hair loss occurs mostly in older women and for various reasons: unbalanced hormones, thyroid disease, menopause – these are all common risk factors for hair loss in women but women rarely turn bald from menopause and hair loss in fact such loss of hair is simply an overall thinning of your hair mainly around the forehead and crown of your scalp.

Men have a hard time dealing with hair loss but it seems women have an especially hard time with it. Many studies show that Female Pattern Baldness is genetic so if your grandmother or mother are losing some of their hair than you may too. This could mean a loss of self esteem and a dramatic decrease in your quality of life.

Young men and older men alike react differently to bald spots and receding hair lines. Some men take it in stride as if it were a rite of passage and others shave off all their hair completely. On the other hand some men decide that they are just not going to take it anymore and go searching for a permanent solution when it comes to hair loss products for men. Hair loss in men is seen as an embarrassing intrusion that affects their personal and professional lives something that has to be eliminated no matter what the cost!

It does not matter if you are a man or a woman hair loss effects everyone differently and everyone has different hormones and different chemicals etc so every person will respond differently to each available treatment. The first thing you will want to do is to rule out any medical cause for your hair loss so make a trip to the doctor and get checked out first. The second thing you will need to do is to look at your diet, lifestyle and stress levels. You must eat a diet that contains protein, iron and lots of fruits, vegetables and healthy oils and exercise is a must. Exercise will increase your blood circulation and increased circulation will create healthy cells and healthy hair follicles.

If your personal or professional life is full of stress and anxiety you will need to find ways to reduce this. Regular exercise and relaxation sessions are imperative. Sometimes therapy may be required to achieve this but do whatever you have to do to maintain a healthy balance. Stress and anxiety will cause hair loss. Trauma, surgery, death, new parenthood, loss of job or any life changing event can also cause hair loss in men and women. Your body is like a radar detector and can detect hormonal changes brought about by your daily life and its stressful events.

You have several options to explore when it comes to hair loss products and you may have to try several before you find the right one for you. Explore common products that are available to you from your local drugstore or on the internet. I would be sure to look for one with a money back guarantee – that will give you confidence in the product and if it does not work you can just return it and on to the next one you go.

You can also try some natural remedies available at any health/ nutrition store or any of the thousands of internet sites. There is also the option of purchasing a hair piece, wig or extension. Although most people shy away from these methods and only use them for temporary solutions. There is always hair transplantation but that averages about $10,000 for the treatment and if you have the money then go for it.

There are many ways to combat hair loss and thinning hair and you can start by watching your diet and eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and by eating biotin rich foods such as:

• green peas

• brown rice

• oats

• lentils

• soy products

• sunflower seeds

• walnuts

• salmon

• egg yolks

• avocados

• carrots

• tomatoes

• potatoes

• asparagus

• peanuts

• bananas

• soybeans

• herring

• mackerel

• leafy greens

• bell peppers

• alfalfa sprouts

• beets

• apples

• yams

In addition to eating the right foods you can also try increasing the blood circulation to your scalp by getting a scalp massage which in turn will promote hair growth and help you to fight your hair loss. Avoid rough hair styling such as braids, pony tails and avoid using hot hair dryers. You can also try prescription medications such as dutasteride or prepecia.

Another great option is trying a product called Provillus. It has been on the market for about five years and has been getting great reviews from everyone that uses it. The main active ingredient in Provillus is Minoxidil which is the only hair loss ingredient approved by the FDA and has no known side effects. Provillus is a combination of all natural herbal vitamins and a topical application that has been specially formulated to prevent you from losing your hair and to help re-grow your own hair naturally. This product comes with a money back guarantee so if it does not work for you then you can get your money back and move on to something else.

But whatever you do – do something! You do not have to live with the frustration and embarrassment of losing your hair any longer. Do something about it today you will be glad you did!