Fighting That Frozen Feeling – Beating the Apathy Caused by Depression

Depression can be like a tremendous weight, keeping you down so you don’t want to function. Sometimes, it’s a constant battle with oneself to get up, get ready and get dressed every day. Life has a way of piling stuff on us, and it is our job to un-freeze our bodies and keep going during even the most difficult of times. Don’t give up on yourself for having depression, it is possible to increase your energy and drive. It just takes finding out what solutions work best for you specifically.

Having battled very severe depression for most of my life, I know first-hand about the strong urges to sleep, to do nothing and just vegg out in front of TV. Been there, done that. We all need “mental health breaks” from time to time, to re-charge ourselves. This is about the kind of apathy that affects everyday functioning, and the ability to do everyday tasks in life. The severely depressed often feel unable to do anything, and let themselves go mentally and physically. It takes energy to take care of oneself, and even small tasks can be a burden when you’re depressed. When you don’t participate in life, it feels harder and harder to function, and the more you put off connecting to others. Strong apathy is a wake-up message to work harder and perservere. The way I look back at my own life, it was either give up or get going. I chose to get going. It takes hard work, but is most definitely worth the effort. If I can do it, so can you.

Every day, push yourself to do one more task than you normally do. It’s your choice, but choose projects that aren’t too hard to accomplish. In time, build up to harder tasks as your confidence grows. Think of what you want to do and work on achieving your goals, one step at a time. Write it all down, if you like. I kept a diary, documenting everything that I did to keep track of my progress. It worked, and kept me motivated. One by one, tasks are accomplished and it feels good. The more you do it, the more those good feelings and confidence grow, like a snowball rolling down a hill, gathering momentum as it goes.

Don’t overanalyze or judge situations that upset you. Minimize the drama in your life. A family member of mine is very high-strung and finds things to worry about that aren’t there. She works herself into a frenzy by overjudging everyone, and being around her can really be exhausting. It is best to limit your exposure to people who consistently bring you down or stress you out. Take situations and problems at face value. Don’t read into them, just accept the reality of each issue as you experience it (don’t pretend it doesn’t exist or waste energy thinking how things “should” be.) It takes practise to accept some problems as they are. Thinking too much about everything drains personal energy and makes you tired. When depression is strong, that is when energy is needed the most. Preserve it by training your mind to minimize drama and criticism in your life.

Simplifying matters helps for coping with problems. Instead of looking at a problem as a big, unsurmountable task; break it into smaller and more manageable ones. Write important appointments down and don’t just commit them to memory. Be as efficient with your energy as you can, since it can be a precious commodity when you have depression. When I get a burst of energy, I do housework. One task at a time. When really motivated, I clean the whole apartment, in an organized and methodical manner. It feels good to get something accomplished. Build on that energy, bit by bit. Exercise, whether it’s housework or jogging, produces endorphins, or “feel good” chemicals in your body. By moving, you are helping yourself, more than you realize.

Work on fighting negative inner thoughts that plague you. Fight it by thinking of a positive statement, for every negative one you think to yourself. It is what therapists teach, to counteract the negative self-talk. It does work, but takes time. Affirmations; short positive statements, are helpful in working on destroying those inner gloomy thoughts. Practise positivity and in time, those negative thoughts may lessen.

Do whatever it takes to fight the “frozen” feelings of depression. We all have good and bad days. Go with the flow, and ride the fluctuation like a wave. Just realize the feelings of apathy are there then let them go. It takes persistence. Being very stubborn, I have spent my life practising these techniques, and am very high-functioning for someone with such strong depression inside. My mood is calm now, and there is a large amount of peace in life now. It took learning how to deal with tough times, and not to freak out when they occur. It’s all about being good to yourself. Inner peace feels great. Life is good, and getting better all the time. You can do it. Just believe in yourself and never stop working to improve your life. Make happiness happen.

What is the Fear of Dreams and How Can it Treated?

Fear of dreams also known as oneirophobia is a phobia where people have a very high fear of falling to sleep and dreaming. People who suffer from this fear have a lot of trouble when it is time to sleep and symptoms can include shaking, sweating, dry mouth and crying, depending on the intensity of the phobia.

This phobia can cause people to be terrified of what they will dream and what those dreams may mean to the person. This can be caused by having recurring nightmares as a child and into adult life. Although this phobia can also be caused by what the person watches at night before sleeping.

It has been proven that if we fall asleep whilst watching the television or a film our sub consciousness will take over where the television show or film left off. This can cause very active and vivid dreams that can feel very real to the dreamer and if this dream is not a nice one it can make the person wake up feeling very scared. If this happens on a regular basis the person can then create the phobia of dreams.

Dream phobia or fear of dreams and falling asleep is not a very strange phobia and there are many people from all over the world of different ages that suffer with this phobia. Studies have shown that one of the best treatments for dream phobia is hypnotherapy. This treatment will allow your sub consciousness to come through and, by doing this; find out the main cause of the phobia and its origins.

If you think that you are suffering from this type of phobia on any type of scale, it is advisable to speak to your doctor about it as not to cause further illnesses such as insomnia. Find out what is the best treatment for you to be able to overcome your fear.

Anxiety, Stress, Depression, and DHEA

It has been called “the fountain of youth” and “the wonder supplement”. But what exactly is it and what does it do?

What I am referring to is DHEA, also known as dehydroepiandrosterone. It is a steroidal hormone precursor produced by the adrenals, ovaries, testes, and brain.

It has many functions including reversing insulin resistance, increasing strength and stamina, improving immunity, improves well-being, decreases body fat, lowers triglycerides and cholesterol, increases bone density, increases serotonin levels, improves sleep, and normal levels correlate to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Symptoms of DHEA deficiency include fatigue, exhaustion, decreased stress handling ability, impaired immunity, memory problems, decreased sex drive, depressed mood, and lack of vitality.

Before evaluating the need for DHEA supplementation, it would be helpful to have some understanding of its role. Steroidal hormone pathways are either catabolic, causing breakdown, or anabolic, producing build-up. Both pathways are necessary and work best when balanced.

Cholesterol is the fundamental substance from which steroidal hormones are made. Cholesterol is turned into a substance called pregnenalone which is then converted into progesterone in the catabolic pathway then turned into cortisol, the stress hormone. It may also be turned into DHEA in the anabolic pathway (build-up) and then converted into testosterone and estrogen.

When we are in prolonged or chronic stress and anxiety most of the pregnenalone moves through the catabolic pathway causing a slow and steady breakdown of the body. Little, if any, of the pregnenalone is converted to DHEA to move through the anabolic or build-up pathway. This can lead to functional and degenerative conditions and diseases.

DHEA supplementation may be necessary to temporarily balance these pathways. However, accurate testing should be done first. Saliva testing for hormones is the most accurate.

Although DHEA is available over-the-counter, the dosages are too high and can cause severe problems. They are usually found in 25mg and 50mg tablets. Women should take no more than 6-8mg per day in a divided dose while men should take no more than 16-20mg per day in a divided dose. Do not take for more than 3 to 6 months.

As with DHEA and many supplements, MORE IS NOT BETTER.

DHEA should never be taken without the proper adrenal support. The goal would be to restore and balance your endocrine system so it can resume normal function, not to create dependencies.

Sublingual DHEA given in small doses can be the most effective way to take it, not in tablet or capsule form. It can be one valuable tool to help you overcome stress, anxiety, fatigue, and depression.

The Most Dangerous Side Effect of Insomnia

Although there are many side effects of insomnia that can interfere with your daily life, there is one side effect of insomnia that is the most dangerous of all. Which one is it? Quite simply, lack of concentration and focus.

The lack of concentration and focus brought on by insomnia can be deadly, for both you and for those whom are around you. Why is this? Because you will not react to situations as quickly nor as efficiently as you normally would with a good night’s rest. Obviously, this means little if you’re at home on the couch or if you’re sitting in your office quietly, as no one will likely be in danger. However, in an area that requires your full attention & focus, such as the road for instance, the dangers can be immense.

A split second of indecisiveness on the road could cost you your life or it could cost the life of a fellow driver. And since you aren’t operating at 100% efficiency, the odds of you being a bit indecisive or “distracted” are quite high.

How can you get this effect of insomnia under control? By getting a more restful night’s sleep, that’s how. Unfortunately though, this isn’t an easy task for insomnia sufferers, as they have many obstacles keeping them from obtaining a good night’s sleep. The best way to reach “peaceful sleep” is to identify those obstacles — whether they be stress, poor diet, or a deeper more sinister health problem — and then take the appropriate action to remove them.

If you’re a “healthy” insomniac, meaning you don’t have any underlying illnesses causing your sleeping problem, follow these 3 insomnia tips.

Use Sleep Music: There are specific sounds, patterns, and rhythmic tunes that are specially designed to lull you to sleep. Listen to these sounds while in bed and you may find that sleep overcomes you more easily.

Get a Massage: A massage can be very soothing, allowing you to more easily relax and get comfortable. Ask a love one (or trained professional) to gently massage your shoulders or back before going to sleep.

Take a Warm Bath: 20 to 30 minutes in a warm bath can be very relaxing, allowing even the most sleep deprived individual to get into “sleep mode”. Add some bath salts for an even more relaxing treatment.

These insomnia tips should be able to help you relax and get a better nights sleep. If you’re able to get more restful sleep each night because of these tips, well, the most dangerous side effect of insomnia won’t interfere with your life anymore; which means lives may have been saved!

Do You Have A Sore Toenail?

What are you doing to treat your sore toenail? Do you know what the cause is? Here are some of the things you can do to find the causes. Could it be an ingrown toenail, and what are you doing to treat it.

An infected foot can be anything from dry skin, reddish and peeling around the toe, athlete’s foot, or a toenail fungus. Other causes like flaking skin which extend to the top and sides of your feet and cause more problems.

Toenail issues can be caused from improperly fitting shoes by putting pressure on the toenail area, or if you are active in sports this can contribute to your toe problems as well. It is also wise for you to keep your toenails well trimmed to avoid ingrown toenails or injury.

For the athletic person it would be advisable to tape your toes. I’ve been taping my big toe for some time to keep me out of pain and help to avoid any toenail injury.

Other issues like dry skin on your feet could be caused by many varying factors, as simple as not drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated. Remember your body is mostly made of water, and don’t deprived of its nourishment. To help you minimize the effects of dry skin you need to make sure that you use gentle hypo-allergenic products on your skin after bathing.

Athlete’s foot is a type of skin fungus which involves an athlete’s foot known as a dermatophyte or mold. This fungus thrives in dark, warm and moist areas, and your feet are the perfect environment for a fungal infection. Though it may affect the entire foot, it is mostly found on the side of your feet or between your toes. There is over the counter treatment for this.

Toenail fungus is another common problem that most people are unaware of, and they often mistake toenail fungus as eczema, psoriasis, and other skin problems, which they simply ignore it as if it will just go away. Fungal infections will not go away on their own they will only get worse. You will need to know what causes your infection and then treat it for it to go away.

A toe fungus can be difficult to treat, because it may reoccur, but there is medication available to help clear up nail fungi. This condition is more common in men than women, and you are more likely to have a nail fungus as you increase with age.

Here is something you can do to help with your foot issues, go ahead and soak your feet in warm water and Epson salt for around fifteen minutes; this is good for the infected or swollen areas when you have toenail pain. Some people have been known to use apple cider vinegar to help with fungi and infections, but if you continue to have problems consult with your physician or pharmacist about your symptoms.

Nail Fungus – The Causes, Symptoms and the Treatment

Nails (finger and toe) are nothing but the dead cuticles of the skin that are pushed out as the bottom layer grows out. Nail fungus is a nail disorder rather than a disease. The problem with a nail infection is its detection. Most often a person is not aware of the disorder until the condition worsens and visible signs manifest.

The early signs of the disorder are the discoloration of the nail tip. Instead of being a clear pink or white it becomes a dull yellow, green or even a dark brown or black. If left untreated the infection spreads throughout the nail.

What Causes the Nail Disorder?

The toe nails are more prone to this infection as compared to the fingernails. The fingernails get infected if they are constantly exposed to wet and humid conditions. The same is also true with toenails. The fungus thrives in wet and warm conditions. Most people are exposed to this infection in places like swimming pools, showers rooms and lockers. The organism enters at the nail base and grows and multiplies in the space between the nail and the nail bed. As it grows it attacks the protective layer of keratin. Once the protective layer is destroyed the fungus spreads to the rest of the nail. If not treated, it can spread to other nails as well. People that wear shoes and socks for long periods of time are at a risk. Since the feet sweat in the shoes, the wet and warm conditions could trigger this infection.

Another way to contract this fungal infection is if the nail is injured. When the nail gets injured in a way that the nail bed gets separated from the nail, there is a chance for the organisms to enter the nail bed.

What are the symptoms?

• Initially spots and flecks that are white or yellow in color. These spots do not grow out but continue to spread.

• Thickening of the nail

• Discoloration

• Nail loses shape and becomes rough and uneven.

Most people contract this infection from wearing closed shoes for long periods of time. The dark, humid conditions created inside the shoes are ideal for the organism. People whose immune system is compromised by diseases like AIDS or diabetes are also more prone to this infection.

Is there a Cure/Treatment?

Nail fungus infections can be treated in a number of ways. The faster it is treated the better. There are household remedies that could be tried, but these are effective if the infection is in its early stages. Some these remedies are –

• Rubbing the nail with Tea Tree oil twice a day

• Soaking the foot in a bucket of water and vinegar in equal proportions.

• Applying a paste of water and Turmeric to the nail, letting it dry and washing it off.

These are just few of the remedies. You can find a lot more on the internet. I would suggest you consult a doctor before you start any. There medical answer to nail fungus is topical creams and oral medication. The course runs for about 3 to 6 months depending on the severity of the condition. There is also the option of laser treatment. This treatment is done in sessions that last for 45 to 60 minutes. It takes about a couple of sessions followed by periodic checkups later.

Do not leave the infection to fester. Go in for some form of Nail Fungus Treatment to kill off the infection and give the nail a chance to grow back.

Ankle Sprain Surgery – When is an Operation Necessary Or Appropriate?

The vast majority of foot and ankle conditions do not require surgical intervention. Surgery is only considered to be a last option when the conservative treatment fails to alleviate the pain and symptoms of ankle injury.

An ankle sprain surgery or operation is needed only when there are ongoing pains after spraining the ankle at the level of the ankle or the person is suffering from discomfort due to the instability of the ankle.

When the pain following an ankle sprain is severe then a minimally invasive surgical procedure, which is also called an arthroscopic surgery is required. It is a surgery which examines and treats joints of the body through an arthroscope. When you undergo arthroscopy, loose cartilage or inflamed tissues (synovitis) and scar tissues (arthrofibrosis) are removed from the joint.

However the decision to have surgery following an ankle sprain is totally dependent on the choice of the patient.

There is an ongoing debate on whether or not an early operative repair of the ligaments, without first undergoing conservative treatment, is necessary or justified. The two issues have their own evidence to support their contentions.

Ankle instability problem following an ankle sprain may or may not be repaired immediately by surgery; it may still have to undergo conservative treatment. You have to understand that ankle sprain surgery is already the last resort.

You must therefore experience recurrent ankle sprain injuries, and persistent ankle pain in order for surgery to be considered. The ligaments are likely torn and have not healed properly, leaving the ankle joint too loose.

If you are experiencing chronic, recurring ankle sprains you probably have loose ligaments in your ankle that needs to be tightened by using the Brostrom procedure.

The process involves putting you into sleep under a general anesthesia. The surgeons then make all the required incisions and fix the injured lateral ankle ligaments, hoping they could restore the ankle back to its previous state.

The procedure involves shortening and attaching the lateral ligaments again, as a way of reconstructing them. This tightens the loose tissue, preventing the ankle from being unstable. Ankle instability can be detected both by careful physical examination as well as by special X-ray tests.

Ankle sprain surgery has been mostly very successful. However, as part of the process, you have to undergo rehabilitation and continuously wear casts or walking boots to let the ankle heal completely. After a good rehabilitation, you can return to your normal activities in no time.

How to Get Rid of Skin Discoloration

No matter how it comes to you, it can be bothering and disturbing. There are different types of skin discoloration like freckles, age spot and pregnancy mark. This may be harmless, but anyone bearing this problem wants to get rid of it always.

The first important thing you need to do, to avoid skin is wear sunscreen lotion and try to avoid staying too much under the sun. That way, your body will not produce extra melanin, which sometime is the root cause of skin discoloration. There are certain different product and home made remedies that can help you to solve your skin problem. Hydroquinone is a very popular treatment over the years. Kojic acid and Alpha hydroxyl acids are two natural products which has been very effective in treatment of this skin problem.

There are certain natural remedies that are easily available at your home and will cost you much less than the products you buy from stores. Washing face with sour milk gets gentle peeling effect to your skin without producing any irritation. Lemon juice and yogurt has always given very good results for freckles. Applying it on daily basis gets you your desired result within days. Sour cream musk is also very good at times. Do not wash the sour cream completely. With a facial tissue just remove your sour cream musk and apply moisturizer on that. Sometime parsley juice mixed with lemon juice, or orange juice applied under your favourite cream can keep freckles invisible.

Doing regular exercise and drinking plenty of water daily helps you to get rid of this problem partially. Lots of fruits like apricot, strawberry, cucumber and red currants helps lighten your skin discoloration problem. Increasing vitamin C intake can also help you a lot. Certain skin discoloration occurs due to some internal disorders. Hormonal and metabolism disorders, liver problem, thyroid problem can also lead skin discoloration. In this case, before doing any kind of treatment physician consultation is a must. For any kind of skin discoloration problem getting extra protection from sunlight is also mandatory. With good treatment and perfect diet regiment, skin discoloration can be easily cured.

How Should the VA Rate a Veteran’s Service-Connected Arthritis?

One of the more common medical conditions that military veterans seek to have service-connected is arthritis of the knees.

It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the most common errors that the VA makes is failing to properly rate arthritis of the knees.

Here is a general summary of how you can double-check the VA’s rating to make sure that they properly evaluated and rated your service-connected arthritis of the knee.

Before getting started, it is important to understand that, generally, the VA is not permitted to “pyramid” ratings. A “pyramid rating” happens when the VA rates the same disability under multiple – and sometimes different – diagnoses. Read the regulation at 38 C.F.R. ยง 4.14 to learn more about pyramid ratings.

Arthritis is different. If a military veteran is service-connected with arthritis of the knees, that Veteran might be entitled to up to 3 ratings for the same condition. They key word is “might” – what is important is that the VA evaluate and rate the unique way that arthritis manifests in your knees.

Here are three (3) factors that the VA should look at to see how to rate arthritis of the knees for any military veterans.

1) Functional Loss. Functional Loss is a limitation to the range of motion of the knee. The VA Rater should focus on what the military veteran’s medical records say about his/her ability to perform the normal working movements of the knee with “excursion, speed, strength, coordination and endurance”. This aspect of arthritis of the knee is typically rated under the Diagnostic Codes 5000-5010 – (Diagnostic Codes and their criteria are found at 38 C.F.R. Part 4.)

2) Instability. Instability is the inability of the knee to play the “support” role it plays – an inability to keep you standing and balanced. If this limitation is present in your knee arthritis, the VA examiner should rate it using three (3) criteria under Diagnostic Code 5257:

a) slight (which equates to an additional 10% rating)

b) moderate (which equates to an additional 20% rating)

c) severe (which equates to an additional 30% rating)

3. Pain. The most common and recognizable manifestation of arthritis is pain. The VA typically does not consider pain in determining the proper rating for a disease or condition. Arthritis is a little different; even if there is no Functional Loss, the VA Examiner can grant a rating for pain if there is evidence that the military veteran is impacted by pain when he or she uses the knee in normal, daily, repetitive use and/or when pain limits the Range of Motion.

Confused? Don’t worry. The VA Examiner probably is, too.

I have seen a lot of improper and bizarre ratings and evaluations of pain for service-connected arthritis of the knee.

In fact, I recently looked at a claim where the VA examiner rated arthritis as sciatica. Sciatica is a condition that relates to the nerves of the spinal cord; while pain may refer down the legs to the knees in sciatica, there was no diagnosis for the condition in the C-File – the examiner simply never figured out that arthritis and sciatica are two totally different conditions.

One caveat – the explanation above is simplified, and under the facts of your case, it may not be the right analysis. Ever case is different, every military veteran’s medical situation is unique.

If you are a military veteran with service-connected arthritis of the knee, it is highly recommended that you bring your arthritis rating decision – and the code sheet – to an attorney or VSO representative that is familiar with the proper way to rate arthritis.

If you don’t know what the VA Code Sheet is, it is even more important that you get it in to have someone review your rating to make sure you are getting all the compensation you are entitled to.

What Exactly Is Peptic Ulcer And What Causes It?

Ulcer is a very common and known disease that each one of us has heard of. But what many don’t know is what are the true causes of the ulcer disease. Until some time ago everybody believed that ulcer is caused by hot and spicy food and also by stress at work. In fact, a bacteria is responsible for ulcer and it can affect people no matter what age or sex they are.

What exactly is peptic ulcer?

Well peptic ulcer occurs when a small opening, or wound, appears in the inside of the stomach, in it’s lining to be more precise. This open wound situated inside the stomach will cause pain because the gastric acid that can be found there will hurt the tissue that is exposed by the tear.

There are more types of peptic ulcer. The one mentioned above, represented by an open wound in the stomach is called gastric ulcer. If the wound is located in the upper part of the duodenum (small intestine) than the peptic ulcer is called duodenal ulcer, and if it appears inside the lower part of the esophagus then it’s called esophageal ulcer.

The bacteria that has been discovered to cause ulcer is called Heliobacter Pylori and you can get infected with it by simply drinking water or eating food that contains it, but it only starts to manifest once its bearer has reached a certain age. In most cases this age was discovered to be 60. It is known that billions of people are carrying H. pylori.

The bacteria starts to ‘eat’ the protective membrane that protects the stomach lining or the duodenum and lets the damaging acids pass through, causing more trouble and eventually leading to the appearance of peptic ulcer. Certain spicy foods and a stressful lifestyle can amplify the ulcer’s effects, but they don’t cause it. Anyway, it’s more likely that a person who has been eating junk-food all his/her life has a more advanced and severe ulcer than someone who has been eating healthy food.

The symptoms that peptic ulcer presents vary from patient to patient, but the most common ones are indigestions, abdominal burning, and of course pain inside, where the ulcer is located. The signs are more visible after a meal because the stomach starts working and releasing acid.

If you feel pain after eating and you’re experiencing indigestion, visit a doctor, and if you’re diagnosed with ulcer start the treatment soon, before things get worse. Treatments consist of different types of medication and a healthy diet.

Because junk-food and stress are a common thing in modern society more and more people are suffering from peptic ulcer each year, but hopefully medicine will find a very efficient treatment soon. Until this happens the only thing you can do is stay away from the dangerous types of food.

3 Simple Ways Children With Autism Improve Quickly

If you are a parent or grandparent of a child with autism and are desperate for hope right now, then I hope this information helps you. My fifteen year old son with autism improved dramatically when I put him on three different probiotics. Within two weeks of starting these three probiotics, his aggression left totally, he started smiling and he calmed down and became happy. Daniel is now very calm. He goes everywhere with me in public and is fine with me in stores and restaurants. Judging by our experience, following are the 3 simple ways children with autism improve quickly:

1. Supplement the diet with the probiotic Theralac.

You can put this in a little bit of baby food pears or however you can get your child to eat it. Theralac is a great supplement. It has 20 billion CFU per capsule and includes lactobacillus rhamnosus, L. paracasei, L. acidophilus, bifidobacterium lactis and B. bifidum. Theralac helps with lactose intolerance, diarrhea, constipation, poor elimination, certain food allergies, heartburn, poor digestion, poor nutrient absorption and dysbiosis. After taking this the child will probably have normalized elimination and more predictable bowel movements.

2. Supplement the diet with the probiotic VSL#3.

VSL#3 is a powerhouse. It contains bifidobacterium breve, B. longum, B. infantis, lactobacillus acidophilus, L. plantarum, L. casei, L. bulgaricus, streptococus thermophilus. VSL#3 is the probiotic with the highest concentration of beneficial bacteria. It has 450 billion live “good” bacteria.

3. Add Culturelle to the diet.

This one contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. It is available at Publix, Walmart and Target. This one helps a great deal with my son’s gastrointestinal symptoms.

By adding these 3 simple ways children with autism improve quickly to the diet, your child will hopefully not have gas, diahrea, bloating or constipation anymore. This will also have the secondary benefit of improving mood and decreasing irritability. Does your child seem super irritable? By the way- I am not a medical doctor- just a parent. Also, I am not paid by the above companies to endorse these products. I am just telling you what worked for us. If I was on a desert island with my son with autism and I could only bring three things with me, it would be Theralac, VSL#3 and Culturelle. Try them- they could change your child’s life.

http://www.theralac.com –

product information brochure Theralac

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product information letter VSL#3

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) And Vitamin B3

Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their difference in living style and social structure. It is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women’s menstrual cycle, it effects a women’s physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss how vitamin B3 helps to treat PMS..

Vitamin B3, also known as nicotinic acid or niacin is one the member of the vitamin B complex whichs act-interrelates to promote effectiveness of each member. It has 2 other forms, niacinamide (nicotinamide) and inositol hexanicotinate, which have different effects from niacin.

II. How vitamin B3 effects women with PMS

1. Carbohydrate metabolism

Vitamin B3 is important in helping our body to convert carbohydrate to energy which is vital for our body daily activity. Deficiency of vitamin B3 causes irregular function of enzyme formation resulting in fatigue, tiredness and nervous symptoms for women with PMS.

2. Glucose metabolism

Besides helping our body in carbohydrate metabolism, vitamin B3 also help to convert glucose for energy. Deficiency of vitamin B3 decrease our body in glucose metabolism resulting in unbalancing of levels of sugar in the bloodstream causing food craving and nervous symptoms.

3. Blood sugar regulating

It also helps to regulate the sugar in blood level and helps liver in toxins elimination resulting in improving liver function in regulating the function of pancreas in production of insulin.

4. Nervous system

Researchers found that most women with PMS and children with autism have vitamin B3 deficiency leading to nervous tension including irritability, aggression, depression and learning difficulty.

5. Enhance circulating system

vitamin B3 is also essential for improving the function of circulatory system in transport vital nutrition and oxygen for our body by decreasing the levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides resulting in promoting over all health, thereby, reducing the symptoms of PMS.

Stress and Colon Cancer

Stress is an integral part of most people’s lives. But when that stress becomes distress, it can have serious effects on the efficiency of the colon, even to the point of it becoming cancerous.

Traumatic stress reduces the body’s ability to protect itself from attack by infections, and from diseases such as colon cancer. When a trauma is experienced, the body has received a ‘shock’ from which it normally recovers. However, a stressful experience can have the effect of disabling the normal functioning of the body, so that specific organs, such as the colon, are attacked to the point where recovery is lessened. The immune system, which fights infection, is also weakened when you come under stress.

The colon responds strongly to various stimuli, like foods or stress; and while these do not bother most people, they can have a negative effect on others.

One of the organs that is vulnerable to disease is the colon. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is associated with stressful conditions, and if not treated, can lead to serious health problems.

In people with IBS, stress and other strong emotions can strongly affect the colon in a negative way. As with many other organs, it, too, has many nerves that connect it to the brain. The heart, lungs and colon are partly controlled by the autonomic nervous system, and this responds to stress. That’s why when you are frightened, your heart beats faster, your blood pressure rises, or you may gasp for breath. The colon also responds to stress.

Let me list some things that have been linked with a worsening of Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms: eating large meals can lead to bloating from gas in the colon; having to take certain medicines; foods, such as, wheat, rye, barley, chocolate, milk products, or alcohol can exasperate the problem; drinks with caffeine in them, such as, coffee, tea, or colas; and the one we are concerned about in this brief article – situations of stress, living in the midst of conflict, or even emotional upsets, can all lead towards a worsening colon condition.

However, there is help available. You can inform yourself about this condition, and perhaps make simple life-style changes that could improve your health, and save you a lot of trouble in the future. Just click on the link below to see other actions you might be willing to take to spare you and your family unnecessary worry.

How Do Fibroids Cause Miscarriage?

If you are thinking about beginning a family of your own with the prior knowledge that you have fibroids, you may have heard that there are possible implications as far as pregnancy is concerned. You are right to feel worried that your baby may be sharing its growing space with fibroids and the question is, “How do fibroids cause miscarriage?”

You will be relieved to learn that in most cases, fibroids are innocent bystanders and their presence does not necessarily cause problems with conception or with pregancy itself. However, that is not to say that they never cause problems and naturally, you will want to do what you can to prevent any potential problems with something so precious as your growing baby.

How Do Fibroids Cause Miscarriage?

Many miscarriages happen in the early stages of pregnancy often before a women realizes she has conceived. Sometimes, the implantation stage can be disrupted if you have a fibroid which is growing just under the womb lining (submucosal fibroid). These types of fibroids can distort the interior shape of the womb, making it difficult for the fertilized ovum to implant itself. Sometimes, fertilization may occur, but the fertilized egg may have only a tenuous fix and may spontaneously miscarry. For some women, after many years this is found to be the cause of their “unexplained infertility”.

Can Fibroids Cause Miscarriage When Pregnancy Is Established?

Mostly, fibroids do not grow significantly during pregnancy but larger fibroids will sometimes cause problems as the baby grows larger. The location of the fibroids can cause issues, especially if they are located in a way that they cause a blockage to the cervix. It is usually recommended that women with larger fibroids are monitored during pregnancy to spot any potential problems. It is rare for fibroids to cause a miscarriage when pregnancy is well established.

Can I Do Anything To Minimize The Effect Of Fibroids?

The most sensible thing to do is to take action before you actually conceive. There are some excellent natural strategies which are completely safe which can help to significantly shrink your fibroids harmlessly through the use of diet, detoxing and exercises. Even if you are pregnant, do not lose heart, there are still a number of steps you can take which will not cause harm to your unborn baby.

When Cysts Rupture – What You Need to Know

When cysts rupture, the pain can be agonizing for a woman. It often causes an impact on a healthy woman’s lifestyle ranging from reducing her social time to her having to take frequent days off work. And it is not so much a question of when will the cysts rupture (if she has ovarian cysts) but more of what to do when it happens.

If you are just learning about ovarian cysts, you may be alarmed to find out that almost all women of childbearing age are likely to get ovarian cysts, and that sometimes these cysts rupture. And yes, it is often a painful experience. However, there are ways to avoid these occurrences as well as to reduce the pain and its frequency without resorting to even more drugs (medicine) than what your doctor may currently be prescribing.

Before we discuss how to reduce the likelihood of having your cysts rupture, it is important to know what a cyst actually is. When a woman is having her monthly cycle, many follicles are produced in her ovaries. Only one of these will have a matured egg that will be releases into the fallopian tubes. The rest will dissolve back into the ovary. Sometimes, the follicle does not release the egg and just keep growing and becomes a cyst. At other times, the follicle may release the egg but the remnant of the follicle does not dissolve and instead becomes a cyst. These are two of the more common types of ovarian cysts.

These two as well as other types of ovarian cysts are known to be a by-product of a body that is out of balance. When the body gets increasingly out of balance, further complications may occur such as cysts rupturing, cysts twisting the ovary and even the more serious PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). So essentially, the presence of ovarian cysts is actually a warning signal from your body to you that something is seriously out of whack.

Aside from the medical treatment your doctor may be prescribing, there are ways you can reduce the discomfort or pain you will naturally feel if your cysts rupture. If you are willing to explore natural healing principles, you will find very simple but also very effective natural remedies that can reduce the pain and also the severity of your ovarian cysts or PCOS. Depending on how far you are willing to make adjustments to your diet and lifestyle, you may even see a drastic reduction (and sometimes even total elimination) of ovarian cyst incidences in your life. So, find out more for yourself. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, including better health and overall quality of life!