A Look At Sleep Paralysis And The Old Hag Syndrome

You wake up and realize that you can’t move. You can’t speak, and then, all of a sudden you realize you’re not alone.

If you’ve never experienced Old Hag Syndrome, then you’re very, very fortunate. If you’re unfamiliar with the phenomena, let me enlighten you… so to speak.

A person wakes or is suddenly and inexplicably awakened to find that he or she can’t move, feels a weight on their chest or body and senses that there’s an evil or threatening presence in the room. The experience seems so terrifying because the victims, although paralyzed, have full use of their senses and faculties. In many cases the sufferer feels as if someone is sitting or lying on the bed beside them. The feeling of something on top of or beside the person is often preceded by strange smells and sounds, the sound of approaching footsteps or opening doors, and a sense of something dark or evil. The oppressive weight on the chest or body makes it difficult if not impossible to breath and the victim is unable to scream out for help or even speak. Often dark shadows, old women or glowing eyes are witnessed. All of the body’s senses are telling the person that something real and unusual is happening to them, however, when they finally regain the ability to move and speak they find that there’s nothing visible in the room.

In the Gullah lore, this nightmarish experience is described as being “hag-ridden.” The “Old Hag” was believed to be a nightmare spirit in British and Anglo North American folklore. Folk belief in Newfoundland, Georgia and South Carolina tell of a dark figure of a hag who leaves her physical body at night and perches herself on her victims’ chests. The victim wakes with a feeling of terror, has difficulty breathing (because of a perceived invisible weight on his or her chest), and is unable to move.

The phenomenon was widely considered to be the work of demons or incubi, which were believed to sit on the chests of sleepers and engage in sexual intercourse with both men and women. In Old English tales, these entities were called mares, or a mære, and is the root of our modern word nightmare. Today these experiences are thought to be the result of a physiological condition called sleep paralysis.

Sleep paralysis has become a common medical explanation for a terrifying phenomenon that is happening to more and more people around the world and has been happening to people for hundreds or thousands of years. Today, this event or ‘condition’ is considered a sleep disorder by physicians and researchers who bother to look into the phenomenon, which by the way is very few. And these ‘specialists’ tell us there are two different types of sleep paralysis: hypnagogic and hypnopompic. Hypnagogic paralysis occurs shortly before falling asleep, while hypnopompic paralysis typically occurs right after falling asleep. The typical sleep paralysis experience usually happens when the brain is awakened from REM sleep.

According to the researchers who do study the phenomenon, it may or may not be brought on at times of stress, it may or may not result from improper or insufficient sleep and it may or may not happen if you sleep on your back. The symptoms can -can being the operative word here- can sometimes include complete to partial paralysis of arms, legs and upper body. It can include the sensation of weight or pressure on the entire body, or sometimes just the chest. It can sometimes include a choking sensation, and is usually, but not always, experienced at sleep onset or just as one is waking up.

Auditory or visual hallucinations are often experienced during an episode of sleep paralysis. An intense fear or panic can often accompany the experience as well. The sufferer (erroneously) believes that there is an alien, demonic, evil or malevolent being, energy or presence of some kind in the room with them intent on doing them harm in some way.

As I mentioned, research suggests that sleep paralysis is correlated with REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. The REM sleep cycle is when we seem to have the most vivid, bizarre and lengthy dreams and so our brains shut off our motor centres in order to keep us from acting out our dreams and preventing us from injuring ourselves. Thus our brain is fully active but our body is totally paralyzed.

Thus, neuro-scientists posit that sleep paralysis (and consequently old hag syndrome) is the result of our mind waking up while still in a REM cycle, and our body remaining immobilized because of this safety mechanism which causes the often terrifying sensation of being fully awake and aware, and at the same time paralyzed. This explanation suggests that the sufferer is still in somewhat of a dream state and partially conscious at the same time. This results in the conscious mind perceiving the dream content as real and terrifying. This is somewhat analogous to experiencing a lucid nightmare.

The aforementioned is the scientific explanation of the phenomenon. However, although the theory does or seems to explain the underlying mechanisms associated with the paralysis that occurs during an episode, it fails to account for all the other symptoms or experiences during the event that people continually recount. Sufferers often report pain in various areas of their bodies; horrible smells; feeling violated or strangled. Some individuals have reported having their hair pulled; feeling their bed move or the impression of someone or something sitting or laying beside them. Some people have even reported physical marks on their bodies after the experience has ended.

My own experience with this phenomenon happened about twenty years ago. I had shattered my leg and my knee snowboarding with my sons on New Years Eve. To make a long story a little shorter, I ended up in a full leg cast for months. However, just after the surgery, I wasn’t to put any weight on my leg at all so I wasn’t given crutches and was pretty much bedridden for several weeks. It was during this time that I endured the most terrifying night of my life.

I wasn’t able to sleep with my husband in our bed because of the cast and the need to keep my leg elevated, so I was sleeping in our youngest son’s room. I was awakened by the sound of footsteps and the floorboards creaking. As every mother knows, we’re ever vigilant when it comes to our children so we sleep with “one ear open,” so to speak.

I immediately sensed that someone or something was in the corner of the room and I KNEW it wasn’t my husband or either of my sons. I heard the footsteps near the bed and I felt someone or something sit on the edge of the bed, and I heard the bed springs creak and moan. The room was very dark and I couldn’t see anything at first. Then I smelled a horrible stench. I can only describe it as a rotting, musty, moldy smell. And then I felt something pressing on my chest and I couldn’t breath.

I began to see an outline of an old woman (can’t remember the details very well any more) and my heart began to pound so hard I could feel it in my chest and hear it in my ears. This thing, presence whatever it was, was moving closer and closer to my face and I could feel its hands on my throat. I tried screaming but no sound came out. I tried moving and was unable to move.

I was absolutely terrified and beyond rational thinking. I desperately searched the room looking for something… what I don’t know. I heard my husband snort (in his sleep) in the other room and then all of a sudden I could move and speak. I screamed for my husband while at the same time jumping up out of the bed and literally running -in a cast- to where my husband lay peacefully sleeping. I refused to sleep in that room again. I stayed and slept on the sofa in the living room for the duration of the time I had to keep my leg up.

I found out a few years later that my son, who was ten at the time we lived in that house, also had the same experience in that room.

Can this experience be considered a sleep paralysis episode? Well, I was sleeping prior to the episode and I was unable to move or speak. But that’s all I can confirm with any certainty. First, I didn’t just fall asleep or I wasn’t on the verge of waking up. I had been in bed for a few hours. Neither was I sleeping on my back. I woke up on my left side. Though some would argue the point, considering I had shattered my leg, I was not stressed. My sleep was a little disrupted due to the discomfort and of not being able to sleep in my own bed, but it wasn’t overly so. I wasn’t in the middle of a dream when I woke up. And I know this because I’m a dream researcher and therapist and I’ve been recording my dreams for years. I would have been aware that I was dreaming.

I was also completely awake and alert before the pressure on the bed or my chest began, and the fear increased gradually. I didn’t wake up terrified. Nor was I the only one to experience this phenomenon. Therefore, the evidence or argument for the sleep paralysis theory being the ’cause’ of a sleep related hallucination is tremendously weak. Just as a side note: I have had difficulty sleeping for many years now. It started long after this experience. I suffer from frequent wake ups and I’m lucky if I can sleep for two straight hours at a time. So you would think that I would be a strong candidate for recurring bouts of “sleep paralysis.” Additionally, I also suffer from migraines. But, thankfully, I’ve never had this horrible phenomena repeat.

Not all researchers, academics and interested observers of this phenomenon buy into the medical or scientific explanation; or at least not all of it.

Dr. David Hufford, the foremost authority on sleep paralysis and “the old hag” syndrome argues that; after studying these experiences for over three decades, and indeed experiencing it himself beginning in college, the scientific paradigm is ill-equipped or incapable of explaining the varied experiences connected to the episodes and so we must look to something other than the materialistic method for an accurate explanation.

According to Hufford there are several typical “symptoms” that are universally experienced during, or within, this phenomena that help individuals identify and acknowledge that they are victims of such terrors:

  1. The individual is somehow suddenly awakened
  2. The sufferer is paralyzed yet fully cognizant of their environment and thoughts
  3. The individual is unable to speak
  4. The victim generally finds it difficult to breath
  5. A negative or evil presence or entity is sensed or seen
  6. The experience is terrifying

“Sleep paralysis embodies a universal, biologically based explanation for pervasive beliefs in spirits and supernatural beings,” Hufford argues. “The experience thrusts mentally healthy people into a bizarre, alternative world they find difficult to chalk up to a temporary brain glitch.”

Currently, there seems to be only two theories for this phenomenon; a physiological, scientific one related to a malfunctioning sleep mechanism and a supernatural one that has developed into folklore and tales of demons and witches sneaking around in the dark trying to suffocate or seduce us. There has to be another explanation, something between the two, one that explains all the symptoms or collective experiences of the phenomenon and provides a realistic and logical cause at the same time.

I will admit that it’s helpful and probably reassuring for individuals who’ve experienced this to know that there is at least some physiological basis for the encounter, and to know that they’re not alone, nor are they crazy. But just knowing what the mechanisms of REM sleep are, and what the possible problems may be doesn’t help me, and I assume many others, in understanding why a relatively rare, or supposedly rare, physiological malfunction in the sleep cycle results in what we see and what we feel during this “glitch” as David Hufford called it.

It’s my intention to continue researching this subject and hopefully develop or at least discover alternative theories, ideas or possibilities.

To read more accounts of very real experiences with this phenomenon click here.

Change Your Lifestyle and Control Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal hernia (often referred to as hiatus hernia) is the protrusion (or hernia) of the upper part of the stomach into the thorax through a tear or weakness in the diaphragm

Hiatal hernias may develop in people of all ages and both sexes, although it is considered to be a condition of middle age. In fact, the majority of otherwise normal people past the age of 50 have small hiatal hernias.

Lifestyle adjustments to control a hiatal hernia

If you’re overweight, losing weight alone may relieve your symptoms.

If you smoke, quit.

Do not wear tight clothes around your chest or abdomen (belly). They put pressure on your stomach.

Elevate the head of your bed 6 inches by placing blocks under the bed frame. Gravity will help prevent stomach acid from moving up into your esophagus as you sleep. Using a foam wedge to raise your mattress also may help. Don’t try to use pillows, which tend to increase pressure on your abdomen.

It is important to avoid large meals. Eating small, frequent, bland meals to keep pressure on the esophageal sphincter.

Do not eat for at least 2 hours before going to sleep.

Avoid spicy and acidic foods.

Do not bend over or lie down after eating.

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find more details of hiatal hernia.

Fractures of the Femoral Neck

Femoral neck fractures are a common feature of particular populations of people with specific problems. Fractures of the neck of the femur are common in post-menopausal women and are secondary to a decrease in bone density. They are less common as stress fractures in people who put significantly increased forces on their hips such as runners and military personnel who are much younger and fitter. These fractures can also occur at almost any age by a direct fall on the hip with great force or if there are pathological changes in the bone such as tumours.

The circulatory anatomy of the femoral head and neck have long convinced specialists in orthopaedics that it is vital to restore the bony alignment of the fragments to avoid the risk of avascular necrosis (AVN) in the head of the femur. A fracture can cause loss of the blood supply in the femoral head, allowing it to die and collapse which causes significant problems and requires operation. Keeping patients immobilised in a hip plaster spica was used initially until Smith-Petersen developed a more predictable internal fixation in the 1930s. The Richards Screw Plate uses compression applied to the fracture site by a sliding fixation technique.

Walking puts both shearing and compression forces across the neck of femur in normal life but these forces are greatly magnified by activities such as sports involving jumping, sprinting or running. A typical increase in force of five to six times the body weight occurs across the femoral neck in normal activities such as climbing stairs. Hip pain refers commonly to the front of the thigh, side of the hip and the groin in a number of hip syndromes including a stress fracture, which can develop into a complete fracture plus displacement with the attendant risks.

In younger healthy people who exert abnormally high demands on normal bone the bone structures can fail mechanically due to the excessive stresses imposed on them. In older people, especially post menopausal women, normal stresses are imposed on bone which is not able to cope with them, bone with pathological changes due to insufficiency of the bone from osteoporosis or other metabolic abnormality. Oestrogen maintains the turnover and health of bone strength and without it bones become more brittle, either in older women or female athletes in high intensity training.

A femoral stress fracture should at least be suspected in an athlete who presents with hip pain after a significant increase in level of activity, with the typical picture worsened with activity and relieved by rest. As x-rays may not show anything in stress fractures bone scanning is used as a more sensitive measure. Much more common is an older person who jars themselves, twists on the hip or falls, resulting in a fracture of the femoral neck. Diagnostic indications are pain in the hip, groin or thigh, a shortened leg, lateral rotation of the leg and an inability to weight bear.

Displacement of transverse femoral neck fractures occurs in ten to fifteen percent of cases and avascular necrosis is a risk in these injuries. Operative management is the necessary option and the choice of the technique depends on the fracture. Fractures occur in many positions anatomically and are grouped into categories, with fractures just below the head carrying the highest risk of circulatory disturbance. These are managed either by Thompson hemi-arthroplasty or by total hip replacement. Fractures in the neck can be internally fixed.

In many cases the fall fractures the bone and compacts the fracture fragments together, forming a compression system which resists displacement and can bear weight. This type of fracture may not need operation as it is stable and can be managed conservatively. If the fracture is in a different area then it may be unstable as tension forces are acting on it, so must be managed by insertion of one of a large choice of fixation devices. Sub-trochanteric, trochanteric and lower neck fractures may fall into this category.

Once the fracture is replaced or fixed the patient is allowed 24 hours to recover medically then the physiotherapist and an assistant will check the operative instructions, review the patient’s observations and get the patient up weight bearing with a frame or crutches.

All You Would Want to Know About the Honda CR 80

If you have been out shopping for a motorcycle, and have started considering buying a Honda CR 80, then you could find yourself looking to get more information about it, in order to make ‘an informed decision.’

In spite of the fact that Honda stopped the production of the Honda CR 80 recently (alongside the whole Honda CR series), many of its last specimen are still being sold in various motorcycle stores; where they are quite a hit. Used motorcycles of this variety too, are to be found on sale in various stores that deal in second hand motorcycles, as well as on various online auctions. Generally, if you want to get a Honda CR 80, there are so many places you can procure it, the fact that its production has been discontinued notwithstanding.

Now as you consider buying the Honda CR 80, there are a number of things you could want to know.

For instance, you may want to know what you will be getting, in terms of speed. Well, the maximum speeds that Honda CR 80 gives range between 70 and 80 miles per hour, which makes it one of the fastest (yet affordable) machines in the name of a motorcycle.

You may also want to know what the specifications of the Honda-CR 80 are, in terms of transmission. Here, you may be amazed to learn that the Honda CR 80, a machine first created in 1980, actually comes with a six (and not five) speed gear transmission. Even among the so-called ‘modern’ motorcycles, you are sure to find many that are yet to match this specification – most being yet five-speed gear affairs, even to this day.

If you are a ‘comfort-conscious’ rider, you may also want to know what accessories the Honda CR 80 comes with. Here you will be glad to know that this is a motorcycle that comes with a true front and rear suspension, and is equipped with the considerably efficient single-disk based brakes.

If you live in a part of the world where fueling stations tend to be far between, you may want to know what fuel capacity the Honda-CR 80 comes with. In this regard, you would have to put up with a modest 1.4 gallons. Not too high a number you would say, but then again, enough to move you from town A to B and back to town A in most cases.

If you care about the mechanical fundamentals in machines, you could find yourself wanting to know what type of a machine the Honda-CR 80 is. As it turns out, this a two stroke machine.

You may also want to express an interest in knowing how ‘cooling’ is handled in the Honda CR 80, especially if your previous machine was written off due to overheating. In this regard, you may find some reassurance on learning that the Honda-CR 80 comes equipped with a liquid cooling system, quite a sturdy one, you would say – giving out as it does, a displacement of some 83 cc.

How to Fight Against Shingles

Shingles also known as herpes zostrer. Shingles is a same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles can cause several problems with the eye and surrounding skin that may have long term effects. Inflammation and scarring of the cornea, along with conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva) and iritis (inflammation of the iris) are typical problems. Shingles manifests as a vesicular rash, usually in a single dermatome. Development of the rash may be preceded by paresthesias or pain along the involved dermatome. Ocular involvement and zoster keratitis may result if reactivation occurs along the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve. Approximately 95% of adults in the United States have antibodies to the varicella-zoster virus.

Cover shingles lesions with a clean cloth or loose-fitting gauze after cleansing. Trim fingernails to reduce the chance of bacterial infection from scratching.

Treatment with famciclovir (Famvir) may significantly reduce pain and hasten recovery from an acute attack. Topical creams containing capsaicin may provide some relief from pain. Cover shingles lesions with a clean cloth or loose-fitting gauze after cleansing. Avoid contact with the skin lesions of persons with known herpes zoster infection. Cool wet compresses can be used to reduce pain. Soothing baths and lotions, such as colloidal oatmeal bath, starch baths, or lotions and calamine lotion, may help to relieve itching and discomfort.

Have the person with shingles see the doctor as soon as the shingles rash appears. Treatment within 2 or 3 days of the shingles outbreak may shorten the duration of postherpetic neuralgia.

Apply cool compresses over the zoster lesions or take a cool bath twice a day. Avoid exposure to warm and hot water because this could lead to further itching.

The affected area should be kept clean. Bathing is permitted, and the area can be cleansed with soap and water. Cool compresses and anti-itching lotions, such as calamine lotion, may also provide relief. An aluminum acetate solution (Burow’s or Domeboro solution, available at your pharmacy) can be used to help dry up the blisters and oozing.

As soon as you are diagnosed with shingles, your doctor probably will start treatment with antiviral medicines. If you begin medicines within the first 2 days of seeing the shingles rash, you have a lower chance of having later problems, such as postherpetic neuralgia. Early treatment of shingles is important, because the problems that can arise can be serious and resistant to treatment. For example, 40% to 50% of people with postherpetic neuralgia do not respond to treatment.

The best treatment for shingles is rapid medical treatment. The sooner a person sees a doctor after the first suspicion of shingles, the better off he or she will be. Antiviral drugs are very helpful in reducing the severity and duration of the outbreak, but they must be started within 48 hours of the rash appearing, ideally in less than 24. Otherwise, they are of small benefit. However, the person treated in the first 24 hours after the rash’s appearance will usually have a much lighter outbreak, with few, if any complications, and much less chance of experiencing PHN.

The first coat of finish is best applied before shingles are installed so that the back, butt-end, and face of each shingle are thoroughly coated. The finish may be applied by dipping the shingles to at least two-thirds their length, then standing them vertically until the finish has dried. An alternative to dipping is to apply the finish by brushing, rolling, or spraying. Dipping is the most effective method and brushing is the next best. If a light colored finish has been applied, the butt-end and edge of the shingle will eventually discolor as a result of leaching of water-soluble extractives from the wood.

What is a Trapped Nerve and How Do I Fix It?

There might be many causes of pain the back and one of them is trapped nerves. A good specialist will be able to tell if the pain in the back is due to this.  If the pain is actually due to the compressed nerves then a specialist will recommend treatment accordingly.

The nerves in the back are ‘pinched’ or they may be stretched, compressed, irritated or constricted. These nerves could be irritated due to pressure from the surrounding tendons, muscles or bones. This situation causes pain and discomfort in the back which may gradually increase if treatment is not started soon. The pain could be any of general pain or muscle spasms, a tingling feeling or numbness.   These are some of the common symptoms.

There are some recommend treatments like sleeping and sitting with the right posture. There is also physical therapy such as placing a heat pad on the back and also getting your back massaged by a specialist. You have to avoid lifting heavy things and abruptly turning left or right till the condition is brought under check. In most cases prevention is always better than cure and you should avoid anything that may increase the pressure on the nerves. The important point here is that further damage should be prevented. There are many people who suffer from a stiff neck and numbness in the toes and fingers. There are some extreme cases that may last for several weeks.

The trapped nerve pain can be handled with a combination of therapies such as medications, exercises and massage. Preventive methods such as yoga are also recommended by some doctors.

Ultimately, there could be a number of different reasons why you have back pain now, there are plenty of resources on how to fix a trapped nerve. 

You’ll wonder why you waited so long.

The Full History of Wooden Rocking Horses

The making of horses into children’s toys was considered to be a pastime for a quite a long time based on hundreds of years. It is acknowledged that hobby horses existed in Persia and ancient Greece at around 400 BC. Even in the 1300’s, as the Age of Chivalry was at its peak, there were wheeled horses to re-enact jousting games for children. By the mid of nineteenth century, many pull-along horses were manufactured in England, Europe and America.

The arrival of the rocking horse as the earliest products was half-moon shaped with boarded sides and log body between the rockers. It had a very naive head. It is assumed that the structure was inspired from baby cradles. The earliest rocking horse that is acknowledged to be still in existence is believed to be a belonging of King Charles I since it dates from C1610. This sort of rocking horse was constructed through many centuries with various heads and bodies that look sophisticated, and were flamboyantly painted and carved.

The horses on bow rockers that are widely known today are a product of the eighteenth century in England. At that time, only the wealthy and the rich could afford it. These were basically developed to assist in balancing children to enable them to ride real horses.

However, spotted rocking horses emerged on the surface in the late eighteenth century, early nineteenth century and were usually printed in white with black spots. In the contemporary world where we see white and grey background with black dappling is believed to be a later craft.

The horses were carved, roughly rasped and were painted with gesso. Gesso is a whitening material and has a plastic effect. The wood was easier to use since it only required a bit of finishing that was smooth enough to paint on. At the same time, a lot of energy and time was consumed in the process when the gesso was hot. This was coated repeatedly and each coat took around 10 hours to dry.

The security feature of the safety stand horses that were an American invention was given the copy rights in England during 1880 by Philip Marqua. This copy right was, however, not renewed and presently, every other person has the authority to make horses on legal notice. By the early 20th century, the safety stand horses were widely known as compared to bow horses owing to the fact that the former occupied lesser space.

The worldwide acknowledged and pursued antique horses were produced by F.H Ayres who lived in London in the 1860’s and was involved in producing sports goods and board games as well. The rocking horses were traded via major outlets such as Harrods and Selfridges. Other well known producers from the late 10th century and early 20th century enlist J&G lines, Lines Bros. Wilson, Collin son and Leeway.

With the emergence of modern technology, the prospects of the popularity of the natural wood horses can be predicted. Due to the advance in modern technology, we have enough means to rub down the curved wood and carve delicate shapes in an easy manner. These then have a smooth surface to give a polished finish to the entire look of the horse. Hence it can be easily said, that the days of the wooden horse are not yet gone.

Treat Cold Sores, Sore Throats, and Warts Naturally

Tired of costly medications, prescriptions and time lost for doctor’s appointments, I found myself on a constant search for alternative, affordable health solutions to heal such common painful infections as sore throats, cold sores and warts. Everyone has had at least one of these in their lifetime. The quick methods below will remove warts, clear painful sore throats and heal unsightly cold sores. A benefit of these treatments is that they can be started immediately. No waiting for appointments, waiting for your prescription from the drug store or lengthy suffering before starting the healing process.

Over the years I have personally used these remedies for all members of my family with repeated success. A recent research venture (by who?) uncovered that many others have successfully used these remedies as well. What’s even better is you start healing faster and in the case of warts you can avoid painful removal treatments.

The following scenarios are my own therefore I know the remedies work first hand. They are not intended to be a substitute for medical care. If you have a medical problem you should consult your doctor.

Sore throats

Apple cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic – it kills germs on contact. Think about this – by the time you go to the doctor and have your throat swabbed you can be gargling every 2 hours and have the infection cleared. If your throat feels worse by the end of the day – see your doctor. The Ohio State University Hospital prescribes apple cider vinegar for ear infections.

The Treatment:

As soon as you know your throat is infected, gargle every 2 hours with apple cider vinegar. Make sure you allow a small amount of it to go down your throat (yes, swallow it). Have a glass of water ready to rinse your mouth immediately to avoid the uncomfortable sourness from the vinegar.

Cold Sores

A three day cure – believe it! A cold sore arrived three days before I was to be the maid of honor for my friend. My normal ten day cure wasn’t going to be good enough. I frantically did my research and found this remedy in the Prevention Magazine.

Yogurt was the answer. Yogurt is made from the living culture lactobacillus acidophilus and is the active ingredient that will heal your cold sore. The awkward part of this is you will have a white blob on your face, but I think it’s worse to have an unsightly cold sore.

The Treatment:

Repeatedly cover the cold sore with plain yogurt- every time it feels dry.

Take five yogurt tablets (1,000mg) 3 times a day, with each meal

This sounds like a lot, but it’s only concentrated yogurt.

The more you stick to this plan the higher the likelihood the cold sore will be gone in three days

It’s imperative to purchase the yogurt and yogurt capsules that contain living bacteria (kept refrigerated). More readily found at health food stores.


Desperate to avoid having my ten year old daughter’s large plantar warts burned or frozen off I had nothing to lose trying this solution. My second daughter, in her early teens, also developed plantar warts. She didn’t have the patience to work with me using this method. After a while the warts spread across the balls of both her feet, an area covering 1″ x 3″ on each foot, making it difficult for her to walk. She wanted a quick fix and decided to try the burn off method. After 4 sessions it was too painful for her, thank goodness, because it was too painful for me to watch. She agreed to work with me on the Vitamin method. Over a 2 week course the roots blackened and painlessly could be removed as her foot slowly healed back to normal. Today you would never know her feet were so badly deformed with warts – they never reoccurred.

The Treatment:

Vitamin E

1. Every morning and every night soak the wart with vitamin E (the highest I.U. you can buy)

2. Cover it with bandaids so the wart stays saturated

3. Take one capsule of vitamin E a day (it didn’t work for us if we skipped this part)

4. Continue this for 1-2 weeks, as the wart loosens and turns fibrous you can safely remove the particles.

5. The vitamin E will also aid in the healing of the skin.

Alternative Treatment:

Garlic has been reported as another highly effective solution to removing warts

I haven’t personally tried this, but because of the amazing healing properties of garlic I would definitely try it.

1. Rub crushed garlic on the wart

2. Cover with bandaids

3. A blister will form and the wart begins to fall off

4. Continue with vitamin E until the skin heals.

These types of treatments have been used for centuries and too often we are accustomed to thinking the drug store has all the answers. What have you got to lose using products you already absorb or consume through foods?

Remove Tonsil Stones – Use Cotton Swab and Oral Irrigator to Effectively Remove Tonsilloliths

In this article you are going to read on how to remove tonsil stones with a cotton swab and oral irrigator.

Tonsil stones or tonsilloliths are a real bugger to have and they can be quite terrible for your social life. They can be a source of bad breath, sore throat and ear pain just to mention a few symptoms. If left to continue to grow, they can also become bigger and irritating in the throat. A person may experience a choking sensation, difficulty swallowing, coughing fits, and other such problems every single day.

If these tonsil stones are giving you trouble and you need to eliminate it then using a cotton swab and oral irrigator can be the most effective ways.

Cotton swab:

Cotton swabs can be effectively used to remove tonsil stones if they are not too deeply embedded in the crypts. This method is only helpful if you can control your gag reflex or you will end up vomiting and coughing.

Step 1

Moist the swab with water and squeeze out any excess.

Step 2

Stand in front of a mirror and open your mouth wide and use a pocket flashlight to locate well into the back of your throat clearly.

Step 3

Now, with the help of the cotton swab Apply gentle pressure against the bottom of the tonsil and push it upwards. The pressure will help to remove tonsil stones.

Step 4

Gargle and rinse your mouth and throat with an oxygenating mouthwash once you have successfully removed the tonsilloliths.

Oral irrigator:

Step 1

Use lukewarm water to fill the reservoir of irrigator.

Step 2

Look at the mirror with your mouth wide open. Use a pen flashlight to locate the insides of your mouth and throat clearly.

Step 3

To initiate with, it is ideal to set your machine at its lowest. It is risky to keep the irrigator at a higher setting as this can cause bleeding and infection of the tonsils.

Step 4

Gently irrigate your tonsil crypts with the water that pulsates from irrigator to remove the tonsil stones. Ensure that you gargle with suitable mouthwash after you do it to prevent further infection.

The other aspect of tonsil stones is that even if they are removed, they will appear again if the cause for their formation is not addressed. Therefore, for a permanent cure of severe tonsilloliths you will need a complete natural treatment that addresses the root cause of the problem.

Anxiety Disorder – How it Ruined My Life and How I Cope With it Now

I suffered severely from anxiety and depression for more than 30 years. It got worse during high school, and even worse later on, as if it were deliberately trying to make my life as miserable as possible. This is my story of great emotional pain, long years of isolation, misery and utter hopelessness and how I gradually found my way out of this dismal tunnel of despair and into the light of wisdom, joy and great relief.

Along with all the problems one usually gets when growing up, the symptoms of panic disorder and not at first knowing what they were, devastated my days at school and ruined my concentration with schoolwork. I would come home completely exhausted, frustrated and unable to concentrate on anything, especially homework. I had a very limited social life and no girlfriends. I suffered for what seemed like an eternity from social anxiety, loneliness, severe acne, mysterious weight loss, and crippling depression. I had an extreme dislike of most kinds of team sports and had a really hard time trying to fit in anywhere. From grade school to high school, I suffered much hazing from others and much rejection and “unrequited love” from members of the opposite sex I felt attracted to, resulting in a vicious cycle of continued social anxiety, resentment of other’s popularity and success, and my overwhelming sense of rejection, isolation and alienation.

The suffering continued through college (where I studied nutrition, psychology, astronomy and especially art) and into my work years. I could only find jobs that were simple and stress free such as gardening, painting and handyman type projects. I finally had a job taking care of an office building with a garden and fountain that required much continuous maintenance and support. I am still working there today.

Throughout the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, I tried in vain to find the cause of my suffering through religions, doctors, psychiatrists, etc. only to be severely disappointed by their “its all in your head” diagnosis! It seemed FAR worse than just “anxiety neurosis” or the later diagnosis of “anxiety disorder”! I couldn’t believe it. I thought I either had to have heart disease, kidney failure, cancer, strokes, tumors, diabetes, lead poisoning, mercury, DDT, or any combination of the above! You name it, It felt like I had it! But, over and over all my tests revealed nothing substantial or really significant, no toxins, no poisons, nothing that made sense or was helpful.

I tried counseling, Christianity, Christian and Religious science, eastern religions, meditation, yoga, and positive thinking for many years, but still my problems only got worse. I started feeling more and more like a nutcase and a good candidate for insanity as more and more of my family and friends gave me the “its all in your head so snap out of it” insult-to-injury “treatment.” Nearly all of my acquaintances had no understanding or sympathy for my chronic problems so they left me alone. I spent most of my time very much alone and isolated. Being with people scared me so much I often had to run to an isolated, quiet room or area where no people were around. I could not fill out any forms or sign my name on my check or credit card receipt in public because I would shake too much. Some of my signatures looked absolutely bizarre and any forms filled out illegible. I went through hell just trying to fill out a simple job application.

Conversations would end abruptly because I kept losing track of what I was going to say next and would have trouble remembering what the other person said. I would have to stop in mid sentence, because I could not complete it, resulting in incredible embarrassment, another anxiety attack, and feeling like an idiot. This mental block would nearly always happen at the worst possible or critical moment such as when having to explain a very serious problem, during an emergency confrontation, or speaking in front of a group of people, resulting in an incredibly severe fear of public speaking and socializing of any kind. Whatever it was, when I needed it the most, I would have it the least!

I also had many physical symptoms too that drove me crazy. My heart kept skipping beats, and/or speeding up and keeping awake all night (especially if on ANY sort of medication), making me think I was having a heart attack. I would often have horrible nightmares then wake up terrified in a cold sweat and total confusion. I would not be able to sleep again until five in the morning. Then I would have to sleep all day to compensate for the nightly insomnia and to cope with the devastating stress, vertigo, and depression. I also felt a great sense of unworthiness, tiredness and fatigue that drove me nuts whenever I needed to get anything done. Expenses would accumulate, and I could never get ahead financially, no matter how hard I fought the overwhelming urge to sleep all the time, especially after eating. Greatly misunderstood, I was considered by others as very lazy, under the influence (even though I NEVER took anything), and a poor achiever or so much “dead wood” as I was unable to support myself. Imagine all this happening while growing up and trying to find my own place in the world!

After a few massive anxiety attacks In 1982, I became almost permanently agoraphobic. In order to avoid terrible panic, I always had to stay within my local neighborhood or within the city limits. This problem was a disaster for dating, and so had to remain lonely. As I grew older, I became more and more angry and cynical about life. I would often get so frustrated that I would lose my temper and break things. I must have thought of a hundred different ways to end my life, so desperate was I to stop the severe emotional pain, but was too afraid to try anything. My life felt like an internal concentration camp or hell on earth. My severe weight loss trying to avoid foods I was “allergic” too even made me look like a concentration camp victim. Nothing I ate would put on weight anyway, it would just go right on through, causing severe gas, bloating and diarrhea. Nothing in my life went right, not even my digestion!

Throughout this time (early 80’s to early 90’s) I tried various medications such as imipramine, xanax, tranxine, and buspar. They were expensive and only gave me very disruptive and embarrassing side-effects with no benefits. In fact, It seemed every medication I tried only made my symptoms (depression, panic attacks, spaciness, memory lapses, vertigo, fatigue, and frightening heart symptoms) much worse, especially the imipramine, which I had to endure two separate trials for 6 weeks. I eventually became so frustrated and upset with medications, I permanently stopped taking them, especially with having to wait for so many weeks for them to “work” only to find they have the opposite effect! This is NOT to discourage others who are trying medications, especially now that there are so many more available that act faster and have fewer side-effects.

Forced in my situation to try something different, I looked into such things as diet, herbs, and alternative medicine. I tried experimenting with diet for many years, but with only limited results that sometimes even seemed to backfire like the drugs did. However, the results were enough to convince me to look even further into the subject of nutritional therapy and to verify if such a thing did in fact exist. By the late 80’s I had finally developed an “Atkins” type diet high in raw fruit/vegetable juices, cooked green vegetables, and complete proteins, such as fish, chicken and organ meats plus many herbal and vitamin supplements. This new diet actually seemed to keep my depression and anxiety under a certain amount of (intermittent) control! As I continued throughout the ’90s to “tinker” around with my diet, because I knew there had to be something to it, I found even more foods that helped and was able to identify foods that did not. No longer was the notion that one could treat emotional problems with just diet a hopeful fantasy! It was real! This bit of encouragement spurred me on with even greater thoroughness, fanaticism and great zeal.

As time went on, the diets I found myself on where more and more vegetarian, with continuing improvement, but there was still much room for more improvement. I started drinking loads of water between meals instead of snacking, which resulted in even more encouraging improvement. I realized snacking was in itself a cause of many food sensitivities, dental problems, and bad mental, emotional and physical reactions that would not otherwise take place if all foods eaten in a day were grouped together in one wholesome, complete meal, while the rest of the day is spent detoxifying on drinking water.

In 1994, I wrote a book about an entire yogic system and lifestyle that’s supposed to lead to bliss, enlightenment and wholeness. Naturally, I become extremely obsessed with my health and what I ate and how I ate for many, many years to come. I would often spend all day in libraries, behind books, etc. (and later the internet) doing intense research on diet, nutrition, and neurochemistry. People avoided me because diet was all I talked about and found it very difficult to get away from the subject. Careful and limited, scientifically guided eating was my saviour and only hope for existence without fear and crippling depression.

At the end of April, in the year 2000, I transitioned over to an “oval-vegetarian”100% raw food diet (including raw eggs, bee pollen, nuts, seed and spiralina, fruits, greens, vegetables, herbs, etc.) with even more improvement in my overall health and mental well-being. I have ever since disliked the practice of cooking (destroying) good food, and eating meat & pasteurized/homogenized dairy products. I still felt anxious and agoraphobic, but everything seemed easier to manage and had much better luck with meditation and yoga. There is also a very significant “spiritual awakening” side to my life story.

My next big breakthrough came in with the discovery of negatively (charged) ionized (alkalized) “microwater” while searching on the internet for a good substitute for a powerful, but expensive antioxidant (Microhydrin) I was presently experimenting with. In the beginning of May, in the year 2002, I set up a water ionizer next to my kitchen sink and started drinking loads and loads of the most delicious water I ever tasted in my life, thinking this was going to help stop the aging process and help me feel a little better. It seemed to do everything and more. I was fascinated in how this simple machine could turn mere tap water into seemingly endless amounts of the most useful, valuable, healing, powerful, free-radical deactivating and purifying fluid I ever drank, actually replacing some of the food and antioxidants I used to need and therefore reducing my weekly organic and health food grocery bill by 50% or more. It enabled me to fast for even longer periods between meals, giving me even greater health and freedom from fear, depression and from not having to do all those tasks associated with food and its preparation as often. It was no problem whatsoever living on one meal a day, because with the ionized water, that was all I needed. I no longer had any more digestive or “allergic” problems and I gained some weight too for the first time in my life!

Most importantly, negatively ionized water has actually reduced my anxiety, fatigue and depression quite significantly, to the point I no longer even feel it! There is a scientific explanation for this: when filtered water is charged with the negative side of a platinum-coated electrode (cathode) its pH (power of hydrogen) is increased usually from around a pH of 6.5 up to 9 or 10. Being “microwater” or water that clumps together in units of 5 molecules each instead of the usual 12 or so water molecules per cluster (as with regular non-ionized water) it can hydrate living tissue much more thoroughly, and dissolve and transport nutrients much more efficiently than any other form of water. It easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and acts as a buffer for metabolic by-products such as lactic acid which has been scientifically proven to be the most likely cause of common anxiety disorders. In other words, my brain was too acidic, and at first, the alkalinity naturally present in most raw foods helped to neutralize some of this acidity, creating some improvement. But this very alkaline, negatively ionized water, has really helped. The ionized water combined with my 100% super-food diet, special adaptogenic herbs, antioxidants, pure moral lifestyle, etc. all work together to turn my depression and anxiety into just pure bliss! All the physical symptoms, such as rapid and skipping heartbeats, etc. I used to have, have completely disappeared.

The only draw-back was having to drink massive amounts of it every day and there were still other aspects of my health and anxiety that kept coming back to haunt me. As wonderful as ionized water is and in spite of the fact I continue to this day to use ionized water and never intend to stop using it, there was still something more to be desired. In the past when it seemed to not work as well as it should, I would either put two ionizers together and double the amount of ionization and/or add a special powder with may in fact be the most powerful antioxidant ever invented, and sure enough, I would find it very satisfying. However, the first idea proved to be somewhat awkward putting two units in line with one another because the amount of water pressure needed to run the second unit was often higher than can be provided by the first, and the amounts of that special powder needed, at roughly $200 for 4 oz., was too hard to maintain financially.

All this research finally lead me to another great breakthrough in more fully understanding my condition and more direct treatments in 2008: The deep significance of alkalinity, that I realized that everything all along was trying to lead to more and more raw, alkaline-forming diet, antioxidants, stress reducing herbs, algae, and minerals. Apart from having to find treatment for other life-long complications such as pyroluria and adrenal exhaustion I found the main underlying condition of all my nervousness had to be oversensitivity to acidic dietary and metabolic waste which all the antioxidants, ionized water and raw, alkaline forming foods I was benefiting from all along was neutralizing and alleviating. All this knowledge and other research lead me to the conclusion that why not add vast amounts more alkaline-forming minerals such as the very inexpensive dolomite to my ionized water and coral calcium to my raw food diet that’s already part of my daily regimen? I tried this and found even more astounding results: for instance, the dolomite mixed in with my ionized water seemed to double, triple, even quadruple its beneficent effects exactly as if I had not only run tap water through two ionizers, but also just as if I had added the same amount of dolomite as Microhydrin, however dolomite, a very inexpensive, widely available, pure white mineral powder, is many, many times less expensive and provided much needed calcium and magnesium in the right proportions which are two of the same alkalizing electrolytes present in ionized water! The other three electrolytes are potassium, sodium, and chlorine. I will now be adding some potassium to this mixture along with a pinch of sea salt to complete the electrolyte balance and see if any more improvements take place.

Everyone’s situation is unique, so I can’t guarantee the same improvements I enjoy from a 100% super-food diet, herbs, supplements, alkaline minerals, and antioxidant water, etc. Also, my story and physiological explanations for my recovery are much more complicated than what I can write down within the limited space I am allowed here. What I know for sure, however, is it is possible to benefit tremendously from ionized water, super-food diets, and uncooked, mainly alkaline-forming, whole vegetarian food with an adequate source of complete protein. I have found in my experience, correct nutritional therapy is essential to healing regardless of what condition one may be suffering from.

Type 2 Diabetes – How Beer Affects Diabetes!

Many people occasionally like to indulge by drinking a beer. Since diabetics know that alcohol can have a negative impact on their Type 2 diabetes, they automatically know that this also includes beer… even just one. But can just one beer cause that much trouble?

It isn’t really about the one beer as long as you don’t drink of an empty stomach or take diabetic medication or insulin. The problem comes when people, especially diabetics, drink beer on an empty stomach. Alcohol stays in your system longer than the glucose from food. And since beer contains a lot of sugar, that’s too much sugar at one time. Drinking on an empty stomach just magnifies the results, which is why drinkers feel the effects less if they drink when they have a full stomach.

Beer, like any other alcohol, has to be closely monitored. When people get together to drink socially they often get caught up in the conversation or the surroundings. Soon, they are not really aware of how much they have consumed. This can quickly bring on a sugar crash or spike, depending on the circumstances.

But beer also contains several other factors that have to be considered… calories and carbs. Some beers contain a lot of calories, and again, when drinking with little or no food in your system to help absorb the alcohol, it can really mess up your blood sugar levels. Even though it takes a couple of hours for alcohol to leave your system, the danger of hyperglycemia… not to mention pancreatitis… continues long after drinking your beer.

For Type 2 diabetics who need to be able to drink beer, they are going to have to enforce certain rules:

  • First, drink light beer for greatly reduced calories, or beer that has a much smaller amount of carbs. Of course, there will be a transition period, but it will be minor and it will still allow you to indulge in your beverage.
  • Next, you have to limit the quantity of beer. This has more to do with your blood sugar levels than drinking and driving. Even if you are alone in the privacy of your own home, you have to limit your beer intake. In fact, drinking beer alone can be as dangerous as being alone during any other glycemic episode.

Diabetics who are on medication, including insulin, have to be especially careful. Beer can alter the effects of medicines, and in some cases can be very dangerous. For example, metformin, a common diabetes medication, cannot be mixed with beer at all. All diabetics, both Type 1 and Type 2, will want to check with their doctor to see if their medications can be adversely affected by alcohol.

How Does Obesity Start – And How Can Obesity Be Ended at Its Early Stage?

Obesity starts with you gaining a few pounds, you may not even notice. Most people who are obese today were very thin.

 A change of life style plays a big part in weight gain; this may involve your job.


1.     What I mean is, from a more active job to a less active one. When some one gets a promotion; his new job maybe permanently behind the desk, he becomes less active and so put on weight fast.


2.     It may also involve satisfaction or self content, this comes with success. It can be success in business, and when someone gets married. Most newly married men put on weight fast, especially belly fat.


3.     Moving to a new area also plays a pig part in weight problems. This is most pronounced when people move from country side to big cities. Country folks are more active and move around most of the time; but when in the city they always have to take a car or subway, got no where to go just sit at home after work.


4.     Socialization or pressure from friend plays a part in weight gain; when always trying to please your friends, or fear of what they may say if you don’t comply with them push people to do things they don’t really want. A good example is drinking; most young people turn to drink heavily due to pressure from friend. Drinking is the main cause of belly fat.


Looking at these points above and much more, you notice that it is the early stage of obesity. Once you put on the initial pound, you gain weight rapidly. It happens too fast for you to notice. Many people turn obese within just a few months.


This early stage comes with an increase in the microbial content of your gut. The number of plagues and critter double fast.


The more plagues you have, the more the absorption of food mechanism in your colon changes. You feel like you are staving, you eat more and more. The body deposits the excess as fat in your adipose tissues.


The best way to fight obesity at its early stage is to get rid of plague naturally.

Flowers For the Allergic

It is true. Some people have allergies to flowers and can not be around them at all for any length of time without sneezing and feeling ill. Their affect can be so profound that some very allergic people will choose not to attend events and parties where they know there will be flowers of any kind to avoid the risk of becoming ill. There is no cure for flower allergies other than antihistamines and avoidance. But, your florist can help you come up with some ideas for these tough-to-shop-for customers and you will still be able to make their day brighter with flowers without making them ill.

While it may seem impossible, there are several flower gifts that will make life easier for those who receive them but suffer from allergies. While there are no hypoallergenic flowers, there are many that make great choices for those with mild allergies. Because pollen is a big culprit for triggering allergies, you will want to avoid flowers laden with pollen. This means you will want to avoid very fragrant flowers whose sent usually comes from the pollen within them.

Some great flower choices for people with allergies include:

– Roses – Hybrid versions of tea roses in a closed-bud stage can be both dramatic and allergy-free. They will not shed any pollen. Spray roses are always allergy-free and area great alternative to long-stemmed roses, which are not good for those with allergies.

– Daisies – If you choose daisies, be sure they are pollen free. There are many varieties of dahlias and chrysanthemums that make great “daisy” choices that have no pollen and will not trigger allergies. You will need to make sure of this however, because more common daisies generally have pollen.

– Potted flowers. Hydrangeas and begonias are two great choices for allergy-free floral decoration.

– Lilies. Almost all types of lilies come in pollen-free versions these days. And, to make them allergy free, you can remove the flowers’ anthers so pollen can not be produced.

– Orchids. Very few orchids cause allergic reactions, especially potted varieties.

– Baby’s Breath – This filler flower is a lovely touch. Be sure to choose only the double-flowered varieties of these plants. The single-flowered varieties will cause a reaction.

While no flowers are completely hypo-allergenic, the floral industry has been making strides toward flowers with fewer allergy triggers than ever before. You will want to check with your florist for more information if you have someone in your life with flower allergies. And, if their allergies are so intense they can receive no flowers, consider a lovely putted plant or blooming cactus as a healthier alternative.

Behavioral and Emotional Symptoms of Depression

Depression can occur to everyone, whether man or woman. People can feel depressed of any situation and things. Examples of depression cause are misunderstanding marriage, tussle with teen kids, or often people feel down for no reason at all.

Your depression can change into illness, if the mood state is severe. Before your depression getting worst, you must recognize the symptoms of this situation. Once you know that you are depressed, you’ll be able to heal it right away.

There are two symptoms you must know, behavioral and emotional. Get all those signs to help you prevent bad depressed condition and cure it immediately.

• Behavioral Symptoms

1. Difficulty in Setting Your Goals

If you find it hard to see the positive future for yourself, it can be means you also get trouble to set goal of your own dreams. You can see it from loss of control and structure in life with many duties unfinished.

2. Loss Motivation

Lack of motivation will indicate that you are suffering depression. It will give impact for all aspects in your life and influence your job also life.

3. Can’t Think Clearly

Someone with depression condition, often get difficulty in making decision and think clearly. You can’t see the situation objectively, so you can’t make any decisions even for the smallest problem, such as what to eat.

4. Solving Problems

As the depression sufferers, the small thing can be huge problem for you. Usually, it often comes out without apparent solution.

5. Social Withdrawal

Social activity is can be very unattractive for people who get depressed. Most of them will pull out themselves from any social interaction.

• Emotional Symptoms

1. Guilt

Depression people will feel guilty for any particular issue and make them have excessive worry.

2. Loss Self Confidence

By withdrawing yourself from social interaction, it means the confidence is reduced. You are like to live your own life in your own world.

3. Apathy

It is one of feeling that will happen to you if you are suffering depression. It will influence your ability to do all today tasks. For you the fun activity that you usually do, will not fun anymore.

4. Pessimistic

Depression sufferer will often have pessimistic thoughts and it’s hard to think positively. You’ll see that your future is hard to reach and there’ll no beneficial or positive aspect in your life.

5. Suicidal Thoughts

Almost all depression sufferers will feel their present is so awful and future is worst. They will see that life is simply not worth to live and they will in rush to end their life.

Thanatophobia : The Fear of Dying

Thanatophobia – the fear of death or dying is a phobia that is rarely talked about. Most people think they are alone in their suffering and don’t usually share their fears about the Grim Reaper. In reality, Death Anxiety affects most people at some time or another in their lives, but the degree of anxiety would largely depend on the individual. Some of us live in complete denial, preferring to think that we have an endless supply of tomorrows, while others are consumed with daily thoughts about their own mortality. None of us know for sure what will happen to us after we die, but when the fear of dying consumes your thoughts to the point that it interferes with your everyday life you may be suffering with Thanatophobia. The realization of one’s own mortality is a natural concern for most humans but obsessive fear and anxiety can take the joy out of living and even lead to full-blown panic attacks.

So what is it about this universal phenomenon that fills us with such dread? Most people would agree the most obvious answer is the “fear of the unknown.” Since we have never actually experienced death, how can we be sure what will be waiting for us on the other side? What if our concept of the afterlife is completely false and there is absolutely nothing – the ultimate disappointment? The loss of Self and ceasing to exist can be a terrifying prospect. If this is all there is to our existence, then our fear would seem to be justified. For some the “fear of dying alone” causes extreme anxiety. Ultimately you must pass through death alone but the passing may be made easier when surrounded by loved ones and familiar faces. Others fear leaving their loved ones behind to cope without them. They worry about how they will manage emotionally and financially as well as living out their lives without them.

Whatever the reasons, death is unavoidable and comes to us all. Whether you are obsessed with the issue or choose to completely ignore it, a balance must be sought if we are to live our lives fully and completely.

So how do we deal with dying?

Some of us find comfort in religion and a strong belief in the afterlife. Others turn to science and the study of Near Death Experience desperately looking for some proof that we really do possess a soul that lives beyond the finality of death. Everyone, in their own way seeks an answer that will calm and soothe their fears. Studies show that deeply religious people fear death the least while the more skeptical were haunted by their death fears. However, atheists don’t worry at all – for obvious reasons. It has also been noted that the fear of dying also seems to lessen as we age.

It is our instinctive nature to resist and avoid death. Our bodies are geared toward

survival. To help us deal with our mortality maybe we should take a closer look at our fear of dying. Identifying our fears is the first step to facing them. Are we afraid to suffer? Are we afraid of the unknown? It is only by facing our fears that we are able to overcome them.