The Basics of Back Pain With Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis is a term that refers to a fracture of one of the vertebral bodies in the spinal column. The first part of the word “spondylo” means spine, and the second part of the word “lysis” means fracture. The question of who gets spondylolysis is one of a repetitive trauma to the vertebral body that results in a stress fracture. The repetitive trauma to the vertebral body comes from activities that involve hyperextension. An example of this activity would be a football lineman who over and over again moves from a position where he’s on all fours up to a hyperextended position with his back in order to defend the football line. Additional activities that often end up with a spondylolysis include cheerleading, gymnastics, and rowers. The typical age range for spondylolysis occurring includes the teenage years and moving into college age individuals.

The diagnosis is made from a combination of:

  1. Physical examination and history
  2. Imaging studies such as x-rays and MRIs or maybe a CAT scan.
  3. Potentially a bone scan

It may be necessary to obtain a bone scan (dexa scan) as the exam and imaging studies may not definitively show the fracture. There is one particular view that is an oblique x-ray of the lumbar spine that is the best for seeing the fracture. The finding of where the fracture is seen is referred to as the “Scotty Dog” view and one can see a line across the “neck of the Scotty Dog” which is the anatomical area known as the pars interarticularis.

In order to see if the spondylolysis is actively trying to heal the bone scan may help there too. If it lights up on a bone scan the you know that the patient’s bone is actively trying to heal itself. The area that is undergoing a stress fracture is called the pars interarticularis.

Treatment for spondylolysis involves activity restrictions and bracing. If the patient is a football player football should be restricted for a time period to allow the fracture the ability to heal. This can be very difficult for players who are attempting to become high level athletes that are restricted by the pain from the spondylolysis.

On top of that now you tell that patient not to compete in his or her chosen field of expertise. So compliance can be difficult in this population. In addition to activity restrictions and lumbar bracing, the patient may be given anti-inflammatory medication along with Tylenol in order to alleviate his or her pain.

One of the ways to see if the fracture has healed is first and foremost if the patient’s pain is alleviated, but also the bone scan can be repeated see if it no longer “lights up”. If the fracture has healed, there will be no uptake into the fracture area of the injected material as it attaches to bone that is healing only.

Unfortunately there’s no guarantee that the spondylolysis fracture pain will not come back even if treatment is successful the first time. Therefore it is necessary to be aware that the pain may come back and not to go back too soon to the high level activities but to gradually work one’s way back up into those levels.

How To Engage Employees

Engaging employees is not an impossible task, but it does take the efforts of the company leaders/managers and the employees. You will hear me say many times that you cannot have engaged employees if you do not have engaged leaders because this is such an important issue to keep in mind, especially when dealing with virtual employees. It is not uncommon for managers to rarely see or to never meet their virtual employees face-to-face due to geographical displacement. So how do you engage your geographically-dispersed, virtual employees?

You, the engaged leader/manager, should start with direct and frequent communication with your virtual team. This is vital for many reasons: you need to make sure that your virtual team members feel like they are part of a team and not a forgotten entity.

You should also involve your virtual employees in making decisions and solving problems; it is not necessary for you to figure out everything yourself and then have the employees just follow orders. Ask them for their opinions and input. This will make your job less stressful and will make the employees feel like their input and ideas are important. When you get employees to help solve problems, you just might get some creative ideas that would not have occurred to you otherwise; and, the more ideas you can pool together, the more you have to choose from.

This is not the only reason to encourage creativity among your team members. Engaged team members tend to be energetic and creative, which can lead them to seek out new ways to address and solve problems and can also lead to a better working environment; but they need the time, support, and tools needed to stimulate creative thinking. There are many ways to encourage creativity between both co-located and virtual team members that will work within your organization – you just need to get creative and find what will work in your particular organization.

In order to get your virtual employees to be more creative and engaged in their jobs, it is helpful to be able to identify the different behavioral types of your employees, which will help you understand what motivates them. Since each employee is unique, it is helpful to recognize the four behavioral styles to determine what motivates each employee. This will help you to determine what types of responsibilities and tasks are more suited to each employee and what will more effectively engage each one. This is where the DiSC behavioral system will help. This system looks at how we tend to behave and what motivates us in a given situation by breaking behaviors into four categories corresponding to the letters:

• D (dominant) – A “D” is motivated by new opportunities and challenges

• I (influence) – A “i” is motivated by recognition

• S (Steadiness) – A “S” is motivated by clearly defined responsibilities and authority

• C (Conscientiousness) – A “C” is motivated by logical and systematic approaches

In our next segment, we will go into more detail on the DiSC system and how it can be used to help you better understand and engage your virtual employees.

(Upcoming Article – “How to engage employees – Part 2”)

Shingles Pain

How would you guess that you have got shingles? Shingles pain is one of the clear indications, but it occurs in stages and in certain patterns. First you need to know that shingles is a manifestation of the same virus that causes chicken pox. It is known as varicella zoster. That’s the virus. The disease is called herpes zoster. You probably contracted chicken pox as a child. You may remember the spots, the itching, the feelings of tiredness and illness. Well, the chicken pox didn’t just go away when it went away. It went into hiding. That varicella zoster virus retreated to some of your nerve centers near the spine.

So, what is it doing back again? It came back again because, for some reason your immune system took a hit. You may be under terrible stress. You may have HIV. You may be under treatment for cancer. Radiation and chemo can affect your immune system. Perhaps you had an organ transplant, and had to go on immunosuppressant medications. Whatever is going on to knock down your immune system, the varicella zoster broke out of hiding and is on a tear. The virus tracks outward along your nerve axon fibers toward the skin surface. When it gets to the skin, a spotty rash develops in the pattern made by your nerve endings. And those nerve endings catch fire with pain.

When you first start to get shingles, you will likely have something that feels like the flu. This can last for a couple of days or more. Then you may feel some tingling, or itching at the site on the skin where the virus will come out. The skin will be affected on the stomach, sides of the back, arms, legs, face or forehead. After that, get ready for the real shingles pain.

The next stage is the worst. This is when blisters form on the skin. The blisters will be along one side of the body, and will sting, and hurt like hell. The blisters will usually form a pattern like stripes or bands. This is one of the major tip offs that it is herpes zoster. The blisters last for a couple of weeks or more. Blisters begin with clear fluid inside. In a few days, the fluid becomes milky, then after about a week, will crust over. This is the time that you may have the most pain and discomfort. There are some cases, however, where people do not even develop blisters.

For most people, that’s it. The pain goes away, and life is good again. For some, however, pain becomes lasting, or chronic. This is called posttherpetic neuralgia. This chronic pain can last a month or more. It can even continue for years. The pain is piercing, and unstopping. A breeze brushing clothing against the skin in this area can cause intense pain. It can become so extreme that all normal life functioning can be affected.

Do you remember when Dave Letterman was missing from his show for over one month? This was in 2003. He had shingles, and it messed him up so bad that he couldn’t work. Shingles pain is nothing to make light of. It can be serious, and disrupt your life.

Baby Bouncer Chairs Are A Must Have Item For Babies

There are many different aspects to parenting that really cannot be taught, but only learned from experience. One of these aspects is finding ways to quiet a cranky child down. The parents may have tried everything but the child is not happy and will not fall asleep. One item that a parent can employ that will not only help to calm the child down but to also help the child fall asleep is baby bouncer chairs.

A child usually enjoys being in these chairs because it feels like the parents are constantly bouncing the child to sleep. It gives them the feeling of being cared for so it will usually take away the tears and allow the child to calm down enough to fall asleep. Should you wish to purchase one of these chairs, you will want to make sure you check the baby bouncer instructions to see the age minimum for the chair that you are considering. Most likely there will be an age limit so that the child gets the full protection that they need while bouncing up and down.

The advantages and benefits for the parents is amazing. Not only will baby bouncer chairs allow the parents to have extra time but it also allows the parents to get some hands free time so that they can clean, cook, and do other chores that need to be completed. Bouncer chairs are a great way to help put your child at ease while giving you a second to breathe in between the hectic life of being a parent.

There are many benefits for baby bouncer chairs for both the child and the parents. You will want to make sure that you do your proper research before investing in any bouncer chair so that you know that it will be safe for your child to use. Usually there are height and weight requirements for both minimum and maximum. This way you can know that the bouncy chair you have selected is the perfect one for their child.

Muscle Diseases – Basics of Neuromuscular Myopathy

Muscle Diseases refer to all pathological, neurological and metabolic conditions that affect the functioning of human muscles. There are many ways of defining and grouping such illnesses. The most common classification includes primary and secondary muscle diseases. The primary group refers to disorders caused by inherent problems in the functioning of the muscles. A good example of such conditions is metabolic myopathies that surface due to the inability of the energy metabolizing cells of the body to direct sufficient fuel to the muscle fibers. The secondary group of conditions refers to conditions that have another, principal reason of origin which eventually induce muscular problems. This is best exemplified by neurological muscular myopathies that have an origin in the problems of the nervous system.

Basics of Neuromuscular Myopathy

Among the many types of muscles in the human body, the skeletal fibers are regarded as most critical. This is because we perform our voluntary bodily movements via these fibers. Whenever we want to make a voluntary movement like walk or move our arms, a nerve signal is sent to the skeletal musculature that acts accordingly. When the conduction of the never impulses, that are essentially small, electrical impulses, from the nerve to the skeletal fibers is impaired and thus, it cannot execute the desired action properly. This is how a neuromuscular myopathy develops. Due to this, overall activity of the muscles is compromised. The affected patient finds it hard to perform the most basic of movements without feeling cramps, stiffness or pain. The increased state of inactivity of the musculature makes its weaker, which in turn induces a process of wasting and loss of tone.

Understanding Neuromuscular Disorders with an Example

The most well documented example of neuromuscular disorders is that of Muscular Dystrophy or MD. This is a genetic disease that has an inconsistent onset, i.e. it can surface at the time of birth, childhood or even among young adults. This is a progressive condition which means that the musculature get increasingly weaker. The voluntary musculature gradually loses more control and the patient develops typical coordination problems such as the inability to move the neck or head in the wanted direction. The movement of the shoulders too becomes labored and the upper back, hips and pelvis might feel cramped. Such patients develop a characteristic abnormality in their gait wherein they might tend to walk on their toes. Simple, coordinated body movements such as climbing the stairs become difficult. There are some variations in the niche of muscular dystrophy. For example, FSH Dystrophy usually tends to affect one side of the body.

Understanding Other Types of Muscle Diseases:

  • Congenital Myopathies
    This refers to disorders present at the time of birth. Such children show distinct, impaired development in their physical and mental growth wherein their motor skills such as the ability to sit or walk is delayed. Such children are prone to having pronounced facial abnormalities.
  • Mitochondrial Myopathies
    This is an example of metabolic myopathy wherein the muscle tissue are not supplied the basic energy they need. This is caused by genetic irregularities in the mitochondria of the cells. Mitochondria are the main energy-producing part of the human cell. Due to energy deprivation, there is widespread weakness in the musculature of the patient.
  • Glycogen-related Muscular Myopathy
    This is another type of metabolic myopathy that is caused by genetic causes. Here, mutations in some genes cause enzymes to irregularly metabolize glycogen/glucose deposits. Established examples of this condition include Cori’s diseases.

Diabetes Knowledge – Understanding Diabetes

Living with diabetes is overwhelming and confusing.

There are vast amounts of information and tools available, but where do you start?

This section can help. Think of it as your very own resource guide. Whenever you want the facts, you can come here.

Understanding what diabetes is and its different types (type 1, type 2, pre-diabetic and gestational diabetes) helps you know what is happening to your body.

Learn how testing your blood sugar can help you avoid complications in the future

Diabetes can be treated in different ways, so your treatment depends on what your doctor recommends. Learn about the treatments and find out how you can develop a healthy routine through proper nutrition and exercise.

Having too much sugar in your blood can cause complications over time. You need to know about those complications and their warning signs. You also need to know the good news: you can minimize the complications of diabetes by keeping your blood sugar levels in control over time.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes means your body does not make enough insulin or does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone made by a gland near your stomach called the pancreas. Your body uses insulin to carry sugar from your bloodstream to your cells. Sugar is the “fuel” your body needs for all your activities – whether it is breathing, reading, walking or running. Your body changes the food you eat into a sugar called glucose. When you have diabetes, sugar is not carried properly to your cells, so too much stays in your bloodstream. This is called hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. Left untreated, high blood sugar can cause a lot of damage to your body.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but it usually occurs in children and young adults. That is why it often is called “Juvenile” diabetes. With type 1 diabetes, your body makes little or no insulin.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It usually occurs in people over the age of 40. With type 2 diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin or your cells resist the insulin.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that occurs ONLY in pregnant women who do not already have diabetes. Only a small number of women are affected. This type of diabetes usually goes away once the baby is born and occurs at about the 24th week of pregnancy, when your body makes large amounts of hormones to help your baby grow. These hormones keep your insulin from working the way it should. When this happens, your blood sugar rises.

High blood sugar will cause your baby to grow large and make insulin. Do not worry – most women with gestational diabetes have healthy babies. Still, the gestational diabetes has to be treated until your baby is born. Keeping your blood sugar as near normal as possible will help prevent problems for you and your baby.

What is Pre-Diabetes?

Pre-diabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

Hereditary Factors In Childhood Obesity

How do we define obesity? In simple terms, it can be viewed as the excessive accumulation of body fat. When boys possess more than 25% fat in their total body weight, and girls possess more than 32%, then they are considered to be obese. Adults have a variety of medications they can rely on to combat obesity. These include Apidex and Phentermine. It’s a different story, however, for children.

Obese children are at risk for developing a variety of illnesses and diseases. They are at risk for developing pediatric hypertension, for example. This disorder increases the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes, problems with the joints, as well as cardiac disease. What can be a worse – and more immediate – problem for children dealing with obesity is the social stigmatization they often become the victims of, which results in serious emotional and psychological problems associated with low self esteem. Obese children often grapple with depression – much more so than non obese children. But just because one is obese as a child does not necessarily mean they will grow in to an obese adult. There are all kinds of factors that determine obesity, including genetics and hereditary factors. If the problem is dealt with from an early age, adulthood obesity can be avoided.

But let’s focus on one of the less obvious aspects of childhood obesity for a minute. While the causes of obesity are well reported – namely lack of exercise and bad eating habits – there are also familial and hereditary instances of obesity that are less often analyzed. Children whose parents are obese have a much greater chance of becoming obese themselves. Perhaps this has to do with genetic factors, but more often than not, it has to do with the family’s sedentary lifestyle and eating habits. If parents do not take proper care of themselves, then their children can be born obese.

It is also true that not all children who lead the sedentary lifestyle so common of young people today – that is spending more time in front of the television and computer than outside playing sports and being active – wind up becoming obese. Researchers have been looking in to the reasons why this is so. It probably has more to do with heredity than anything else. Heredity can influence such factors as one’s response to overfeeding, one’s degree of fatness, as well as the way fat is distributed in one’s body. Recent studies have also established that babies born to overweight mothers tend to be less active and gain more weight in early infancy due to some apparently internal desire to conserve energy.

Children who are overweight and lead inactive lives, spending excessive amounts of time engaged in non physical activities such as playing video and computer games and watching television, certainly will not combat obesity in this fashion. Parents should do everything they can to discourage this “couch potato” lifestyle, while also monitoring their children’s eating habits. A healthy home life makes for healthy children, who are more likely to develop into healthy adults.

My Penis Sometimes Gets Sore – Please Help

Many men complain about a sore penis, especially after masturbating or having sexual intercourse. In most cases this is a normal reaction for the skin of the penis, particularly after rough or aggressive sexual activity has taken place. However, sometimes the penis pain that is being experienced may indicate that there is a more serious problem, one that could possibly need medical attention to remedy.

Causes of a Sore Penis

There are a number of causes for a sore penis. These can range from simple penis skin damage, where the epidermis or the outer layer of the penis skin has been over stimulated during sexual activity, to more serious complaints such as a penis skin allergy or condition, penis skin infections, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Allergies and Skin Conditions of the Penis

Believe it or not, the skin of the penis is much like all skin on the body. Therefore, it can be prone to allergic reactions where certain products such as soaps and latex from condoms irritate it. In addition, penis skin can also be afflicted with skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. All of these skin conditions will be aggravated during sex and will cause penis pain; the penis may also become red and inflamed.

Treatments – These range from simply changing soaps or using different condoms to using special creams to reduce the inflammation. Change one product at a time and see if this makes a difference to the sore penis. If after changing all products there is no change noted then it is advised to consult a doctor or visit a local clinic. They may then prescribe a cream to help reduce the inflammation and penis pain.

Smegma Build-up and Thrush of the Penis

Many men who are not circumcised complain about smegma build-up and the smell that this emits. Smegma is a natural secretion of the male and female genitalia, and it is believed to aid in the removal of dead skin cells and in lubrication during sex. While smegma does emit a smell, often musky in nature, this smell should not be offensive. It is important to note that some individuals may have a more powerful smell then others, and this is thought to be associated with their hormone levels.

Treatment – For many, this condition is not only embarrassing, but it also prevents them from having a happy and fulfilling sex life. The good news, however, is that the condition is curable; frequent washing is not the answer. Wash only once a day and after sex (masturbation or intercourse). Avoid using soap as this can add to the problem, as it is often not PH neutral and removes the ‘good’ bacteria. Use a solution of warm, salty water until the build-up comes under control.

Thrush – If the build-up becomes itchy, or the smell returns, then the problem may not be just smegma related. The penis may also have thrush, which is an over production of yeast. This condition can occur in circumcised and uncircumcised men, and it can be extremely frustrating and painful.

Treatment – Typically, this condition is treated as with smegma build-up; it is also recommended that an antifungal cream be applied daily. It is also believed that natural yoghurt applied to the infected area assists in restoring the ‘good’ bacteria and balancing the PH of the area.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

There are a range of sexually transmitted diseases that can cause penis pain, especially as the STD manifests itself, but the most prevalent is genital herpes. However, there are also many other symptoms that will present themselves if an STD is present: discharge, sores, and other lesions.

Treatment – If it is suspected that a STD is present it is recommended that immediate medical advice is sought, as there are a number of STDs and their treatment varies. Also, some illnesses can have a detrimental effect on the health of the sufferer and may also impair their sexual function in the future.

It is also recommended that a daily care régime for the skin of the penis be initiated to protect the penis skin from damage. Over time, this should strengthen the epidermis and make it more resilient to damage during sex. The best form of care for penis skin is the use of a penis specific crème (health professionals often recommend Man1 Man Oil). These products contain essential vitamins and minerals that care for and maintain the health of the penis skin and improve sexual function.

Sunburn and Psoriasis

Probably almost every human being has at least once in their life experienced a sun burn.

What starts as a pleasant lying on the beach, working in the garden or staying out in the soothing warm rays of the sun can in a few hours turn into an unpleasant and painful burn of the skin.

The first sensation of sunburn can start anywhere from 30 minutes after the exposure to the UVA and/or UVB rays and up to 6 hours after. The most unpleasant sensations are usually noted in 12 to 24 hours after the exposure.

So what is sunburn? Sunburn is a skin damage that happens due to that at some point our skin cells – melanocytes – ceased to produce enough of the melanin pigment needed to protect the skin from the UVA and/or UVB rays. Just like any skin burn, sunburn manifests as an irritation of the skin and a skin damage of various degrees. It may be a slightly painful reddening of the skin or extremely painful water blisters on the skin.

Other common symptoms of severe sunburn may include dehydration, chills, fever, and nausea.

Sun in moderation is very beneficial for the skin of a human. Sun helps to form Vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D participates in the growth and the regeneration of the cells. Scientists have proven that prolonged deficiency of the Vitamin D can actually cause the development of a skin cancer.

Sun in moderation is a great way for people with psoriasis to temporarily get rid of their psoriatic lesions, due to that the sun rays suppresses the inflammatory activity of the T-cells in people with psoriasis.

We know that prolonged deficiency of the sun can cause skin cancer, but what about an excessive exposure to the sun resulting in sunburn? The thing is that excessive sun causes negative changes to the DNA (carrier of the molecular information), and these changes can also cause a skin cancer.

There are 3 types of the ultraviolet radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. The UVC radiation of the sun is mostly stopped by the ozone layer of the atmosphere and therefore does not reach us. UVC radiation is also practically not used in the tanning beds, neither regular nor special tanning beds for psoriasis.

UVB rays, similar to the UVB rays of the sun are often used in a special tanning unit for treating psoriasis. With the lack of a natural sun people with psoriasis often use such UVB units.

UVA rays, similar to those in the sun are often used in the regular tanning units. People without psoriasis in the winter months may indulge in visiting such solarium.

In each of these cases – tanning in the sun, tanning on a regular tanning bed or tanning on a special tanning bed for psoriasis – there is a risk of developing sunburn.

Sunburn is even more negative for people with psoriasis due to the so-called Koebner effect – the appearance of the new psoriatic lesions on the spots of the skin trauma.

What to do? Just like with anything, sun tanning has to be done in moderation. Moderate beneficial UV exposure should not turn into a negative excessive exposure.

Wise thing to do is to suntan carefully and for a short period of time, especially in the beginning. Depending on your skin type and color you may be able to suntan for longer or shorter amounts of time.

Nail Fungus Home Remedy – Treat Nail Fungus at Home

Are you looking for a nail fungus home remedy? While most people feel that a trip to the doctor is their only option when it comes to treating nail fungus, there are other options to treat nail fungus at home.

The symptoms of nail fungus can vary from person to person. Nail fungus actually carries an odor which can be easily identified as infection. You may also notice redness on the skin on either or both sides of your nail. Nail fungus also tends to make the nail become thicker, making it more difficult to trim with regular fingernail clippers. Discoloration, disfiguration, and chalky, brittle nails are also signs of nail fungus. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, you should get treated right away.

Sometimes a person with nail fungus won’t take it seriously because it is typically painless at first and seems to be more of a cosmetic problem. But as time goes on, the infection worsens, spreading to other nails. Without a prescription or home remedy for nail fungus, you can even pass the infection on to others living in your household. If you feel that you may have nail fungus, do not share hand or bath towels with others, and keep floors cleaned regularly.

Some of the treatments you can seek to cure your nail fungus are:

OTC Remedies Available At The Drug Store

These medications are topical and are applied to the nail several times per day over a period of a few weeks. This treatment usually has to be repeated for months before you see results. Because nail fungus is such a stubborn bacteria, most people do not feel that OTC remedies are effective at getting rid of it.

Prescription Medications

If you aren’t sure whether or not you have nail fungus, you may want to consult your doctor for a formal diagnosis. Once they confirm that you do indeed suffer from nail fungus, they may want to prescribe either an oral or topical medication for treatment. These medicines tend to be fairly expensive. You can expect to pay between $500 to $1500 for these medicines, or a smaller percentage if you have health insurance. The oral treatments are taken internally, usually for about three weeks. While they are fairly effective, they also have a high risk of severe side effects, including bleeding, fatigue, and skin rash. Rare cases of kidney and liver damage are also a possibility.

Nail Removal

Nail removal is usually reserved as a last resort or for people who can’t afford other treatments. Because you have many forms of home remedy for nail fungus available, I would advise against nail removal. Removal of an infected toenail consists of your doctor removing either part, or all, of the affected nail. This is an outpatient procedure that is fairly simple. If your doctor feels it is necessary to remove the entire nail, it is important to keep in mind that your nail will never grow back. You may feel self conscious and embarrassed about missing a nail. Going to the beach or a pool party will be a little less fun when you are worried whether or not people will notice your toenail has been removed. If you feel this may be an issue, you should probably consider a nail fungus home remedy.

Corn Allergy Symptoms – You May Be Allergic to Corn and Not Even Know It

A corn allergy can often go undetected in the United States due to its high prevalence in processed foods. Corn, in some form or another, can also be found in almost every fast food item. In addition to that, corn allergy symptoms vary widely from person to person. While some need only smell popcorn to have a severe reaction, others are somewhat more tolerant and have less severe reaction which is difficult to connect to corn.

The best way to know if you are allergic to corn is to get an allergy test done by a qualified allergist. Barring that, keeping a food diary can be very helpful in checking and cross checking which foods were found to be offensive. But what symptoms are associated with a corn allergy?

Those who suffer with a corn allergy, in its severe form, might go into anaphylactic shock. Most people with this severe allergy to corn know what they are allergic to. However, many suffer their entire lives with symptoms that range from obesity to inflammation to sinus congestion.

Inflammation is one of the most common symptoms. A corn allergy sufferer may not even realize they are swollen because they have gotten used to it. If you wake up tired, have difficulty getting on your knees, think you may have arthritis, notice ankle swelling or overall achy body, you may actually be allergic to corn. If not corn, you may be suffering from some other allergy and it would be prudent to visit an allergist to know for sure.

Most corn allergy sufferers are exhausted and as they age, it usually gets worse. They feel better before they ate than after. Usually, they have trouble making it through the day and around late afternoon, have nearly had it. Many who have corn allergies have been diagnosed with other illnesses. The exhaustion is so terrible sometimes, that after having been exposed to corn, the only thing a corn allergy sufferer can do is sleep it off.

Abdominal troubles are extremely common among those with corn allergies. Some have been misdiagnosed with IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or other bowel related sicknesses. Your doctor may have told you that you need more fiber. After you eat, your stomach becomes severely bloated. You may experience excessive burping or gas. In extreme times, you may have been to the ER with vomiting or you have experienced what some doctors refer to as “blow outs” where you struggle with alternating constipation then the sudden diarrhea.

Chronic sinus problems are a telltale sign that you may be suffering from a food allergy. My own son suffered for years with shiners, tired eyes, stuffy and runny nose as well as post nasal drip. All of those symptoms were related to corn. He had trouble breathing and even bouts with sleep apnea as a small child.

Pre-diabetic and insulin resistance symptoms can actually be corn allergies. A few times, after nearly passing out after eating, I had wondered if I were becoming diabetic. I had all the symptoms of a pre-diabetic, of someone who was insulin resistant. I even took medication for hypothyroidism. These, of all the symptoms, were by far the scariest. I felt dizzy, in a fog, and cold most of the time. I couldn’t garden or exercise as I was afraid I would start to get the shakes. Something was clearly wrong.

As we whittled away at high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, monosodium glutamate, dextrose and eventually switched to sea salt, our corn allergy symptoms began to disappear. My son and I both experienced a rebirth of sorts. My son’s nose is clear and his shiners are gone. I planted two trees without passing out. My ankle swelling is nearly gone and we both lost a significant amount of weight without dieting. It’s simply a miracle that we figured out the connection between corn and our symptoms. Now, we are on the road to recovery and the quality of our lives is absolutely one thousand percent better.

Cure Phobias With Hypnosis

A phobia is an irrational, persistent fear of a certain object or situation. There are several different forms of a phobia. A phobia can be a fear of something specific such as flying or a social phobia which causes an individual to feel anxiety about a social situation. Examples of a specific phobia may involve a fear of small animals, closed in spaces and snakes. Social phobias would be a fear of giving a speech, talking to the boss or meeting new people.

It is estimated that over five percent of the population has one or more clinically diagnosed phobias. A phobia usually begins in childhood and continues into adulthood. Some phobias, if left untreated, can debilitate a person. For example someone with agoraphobia, a fear of the outside world, is unable to leave their house. It is important to deal with a phobia head on in order to rid yourself of your fear. Hypnosis is a proven method to cure phobias.

Hypnosis is a process that introduces positive suggestions into the subconscious mind of an individual. A deep state of relation is induced in which the subconscious mind is the most receptive to new perspectives and ideas. As the positive perspectives and ideas are introduced the client, undergoing hypnosis, will receive motivational encouragement, confidence building statements and a direct plan for curing a phobia.

The new ideas that are introduced into the subconscious mind cause a person to form healthier beliefs, values and habitual thinking patterns. An individual no longer has to live with their phobia. A phobia takes control of a person’s life. Regain the control back by using hypnosis to cure phobias.

An individual who has undergone hypnosis will experience other additional health benefits. Clients have found that hypnosis calms the nerves, the mind and the entire body. Hypnosis releases stress and alleviates anxiety. The positive ideas and perspectives that an individual receives build self esteem and boost confidence. Hypnosis has a positive effect on every aspect of a person’s life. This is a safe, gentle and positive process that can be used by both teenagers and adults.

Stop living in fear. Hypnosis has the power to cure your phobia. If you want to rid yourself of your phobia then I recommend, as a practicing hypnotherapist, that you visit with a qualified hypnotherapist located in your area. Hypnosis can lead to a happier and healthier existence that is phobia free.

Dealing With Anxiety

One of the first steps we have to take when we are dealing with anxiety is to become a STUDENT of our anxiety. Only by studying your current behaviors and your reactions to your anxiety can you truly become a student of your anxiety. Doing this does not require that you change any of your behaviors, it simply requires that you begin to notice your behaviors and thoughts and how they are affected by anxiety. Remember, anxiety is caused by physical symptoms that occur in your body, that is the first fear. The second fear, the mental fear is the fear of the symptoms. Only by understanding your current behaviors, physical symptoms, anxious thoughts and fear levels, will you know where to start making changes to take back your life.

The anxiety monster has been making your life miserable. You have been running from the anxiety monster for a long time. It is time to stop running, to turn around and face that monster head on. Sun Tzu said, “Know your enemy.” You must know your enemy before you can defeat your enemy. You must know everything you can about this anxiety monster, learn what it looks like, what it feels like, what it does to you. Then, and only then, will you be ready to begin dealing with your anxiety.

Keep a Journal

One of the best ways to keep track of your anxiety disorder is to keep a journal. Each time you experience an anxiety attack or a panic attack, note the time the date and what activities you were engaged in. If you were sitting on the couch watching TV, then put that down in your journal. Whatever you were doing at the time of the attack, write it down. Write down how you feel. What reactions are you having to the anxiety? Keep track of how long the attack lasts. It is very important to stay organized. Without a journal it is more difficult to notice if you are making progress and improving. A simple notebook that is small and easy to carry will suffice. You are not writing a book or a term paper, keep it simple. Write in terms that you will be able to look at a week later and remember what you were talking about. Also remember, this is your private notebook, so be honest in it. Do not exaggerate or understate your feelings. Be as objective as you possibly can. Stick with it, over time you may notice your anxiety attacks are not lasting as long or you may start to notice a pattern to your attacks. All of this is very useful information while dealing with anxiety.

Anxiety Evaluation

Assign the following questions a score of 0 through 3.

Not at all = 0, Sometimes = 1, Most of the time = 2, Always = 3.

1. I am a tense person.

2. I worry more than most people do.

3. I have a hard time relaxing.

4. I have unexpected panic attacks.

5. I avoid particular situations, things, or places because of extreme fear.

6. When I am anxious, I have physical symptoms.

7. I find excuses not to do things because of my anxiety.

8. I am embarrassed by the things I can/cannot do because of anxiety.

9. I have horrible thoughts that I cannot stop.

10. I have to do things over and over because of fear or worry.

11. I am usually shy and uncomfortable when other people are not.

12. My work suffers/I cannot work because of my anxiety.

13. Family/friends notice that I am anxious.

14. Family/friends find my anxiety upsetting.

15. I depend on family/friends to do things because of my anxiety.

16. I have lost contact with family/friends because of my anxiety.

0 – 16 May be anxious but unlikely to have an anxiety disorder

17 – 32 Likely to have an anxiety disorder

33+ Among the most anxious of people with anxiety disorder

Try and document your personal history:

  1. How old were you when your anxiety disorder started?
  2. What were your first symptoms of anxiety?
  3. How and when did your anxiety disorder first seriously interfere with your life?
  4. What treatments, if any, have you tried? Include as much information as you can about therapists or doctors names and dates seen, medications, dosages and results of treatment.
  5. When was your anxiety at its worst? What were the problems in your life?
  6. What have you found most helpful in the past in dealing with your anxiety disorder?
  7. Add any other comments, remembering that you will re-read this history months and even years from now.

Use a fear level scale

0 = No fear at all, completely relaxed

10 = the worst fear you have ever had, pure panic

Keep track of this number over the weeks and months ahead. This will help you evaluate your fear level and will make it easier when you are explaining your situation to a doctor. Also, it can help you keep track if your fear levels begin to drop.

Keeping a journal is one of the easiest ways to track your anxiety. If you want to learn about dealing with anxiety, you first have to put a face on it and know everything you can about it. It is not enough to suffer, you must track it, record it and then you can take the necessary steps to beat it. NEVER GIVE UP!

Insomnia – Natural Sleep – And Groucho Marx

Best remedy for insomnia? quipped Groucho Marx. “A good night’s sleep!”

Actually Groucho himself suffered from chronic insomnia – his way of dealing with it? Calling up acquaintances in the early hours and insulting them down the phone line.

But habitual sleeplessness is no joke. Sound sleep is as essential to us as food, air and water. And a prolonged and consistent failure to achieve it is usually frustrating, depressing, exhausting and… unless checked, habit forming.

All quite unnecessary!

Natural sleep is best secured through natural sleep aid. And as I will show, this is a route you can master with little difficulty.

But for millions the drug-crutch is a way of life; a nightmare seemingly without end. In the Western World as many as one in ten of us is taking sleeping pills.

And despite the high hopes on opening those first few strips, for most it becomes an horrendous carrousel of amping up the pill-popping while getting diminishing returns.

Pill-Popping Comes at a High Price

According to the authoritative British Medical Journal, regular sleeping pill takers are averaging just 25 minutes extra sleep a night. And there is a price paid – over and above the escalating cross-counter drug bill.

And high on the tab: drowsiness, daytime fatigue and impaired and sluggish thinking.

No wonder the influential Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin condemns a prolonged sleeping tablet regime as representing “a risk to individual and public health and cannot be justified.”

Natural Sleep Remedies For You!

So it’s good to know you can cure insomnia by yourself and at your own pace. Natural sleep remedies enable you to sleep naturally free from the grip of expensive and questionable drugs.

For starters, here are a just a few suggestions:

  • Exercise: Moderate and regular.
  • Establish a regular routine that gives you the sleep your body needs – often eight but could be less, according to your own and specific needs.
  • Relax mentally and physically an hour before bedtime.
  • Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. (Stick with this – it gets easier and better!)
  • Reflect on the good things that have happened – and are happening – in your life. Play a mental “newsreel” of your achievements and successes. Kick some imagined, disagreeable, and most probably fictitious “future” into touch.
  • In the hours up to bed time stay away from caffeine and – especially – alcohol.
  • And take a nice warn (but not hot) relaxing bath. Purrfect!

Ingrown Toenail Causes and the Folks Who Endure Them

An ingrown toenail occurs when the growing corner of the toenail digs its way in to the delicate skin surrounding the toe. So exactly what causes and ingrown toenail? Seems it should be pretty easy to figure out. And unfortunately it seems that many of the ingrown toenail causes are self-inflicted.

Self inflicted causes are related to making poor choices. For example, wearing tight fitting, pointy toe, high heel shoes can cause the toes of the feet to be tightly compressed together. It is this compression and pressure on the toenails themselves which causes the nail to grow abnormally. Without making a different choice the toenail can grow and to the skin of the toe.

Another cause of is related to the improper trimming off your toenails. When you incorrectly cut the corners on the toenails, rounding them off instead of cutting them straight across, causing them to dig in to the skin you are just asking for an ingrown toenail.

There are also some disorders, such as fungal infections on the nail, which can cause the nail to become abnormally thick and it and the toenail to widen. With the abnormally thick and the wider toenail it is not a far stretch to see how the corner of the nail can embed itself into the skin surrounding the toe.

Believe it or not, genetics actually plays into the development of this painful toe condition . If you have a family member who has a history of ingrown toenails, then you are absolutely more likely to get an ingrown total too.

Injuries near the toenail can also cause an occurrence.

The cause of ingrown toenails is certainly varied. But, the bottom line is that there are some causes which are preventable and these are the ones you should pay attention to. These are the ingrown toenail causes that you should do something about. After all avoiding an ingrown toenail is a great decision for you to make.