Transitional Assessment – Periods of Reactivity For a Newborn

The newborn exhibits behavioral and physiologic characteristics that can at first appear to be signs of stress. However, during the initial 24 hours changes in heart rate, respiration, motor activity, color, mucous production, and bowel activity occur in an orderly, predictable sequence, which is normal and indicative of lack of stress. Distressed infants also progress through these stages but at a slower rate.

First period

For 6 to 8 hours after birth the newborn is in the first period of reactivity. During the first 30 minutes the infant is very alert, cries vigorously, may suck his fist greedily, and appears very interested in his environment. At this time his eyes are usually open, suggesting that this is an excellent opportunity for mother, father, and child to see each other. For the reason he has a vigorous suck reflex, an opportune time to begin breast-feeding. The mother. This is particularly important for doctors to remember, since it is not unlikely that after this initially highly active states the infant may be quite sleepy and uninterested in sucking. Physiologically the respiratory rate can be high as 80 breaths/minute, rales may be heard, heart rate may reach 180beats/minute, bowel sounds are active, mucous secretions are increased and temperature may decrease.

After this initial stage of alertness and activity the infant’s responsiveness diminishes. Heart and respiratory rates decrease, temperature continues to fall, mucous production decreases, and urine or stool is usually not passed. The infant is in a state of sleep and relative calm. Any attempt to stimulate him usually elicits a minimal response. This second stage of the first reactive period generally lasts 2 to 4 hours. Due to the continued decrease in body temperature, it is best to avoid undressing of bathing the infant during this time.

Second period

The second period of reactivity begins when the infant awakes from the deep sleep following the first period. The infant is again alert and responsive, heart and respiratory rates increase, the gag reflex is active, gastric and respiratory secretions are increased, and passage of meconium commonly occurs. This second period of reactivity lasts about 2 to 5 hours and provides another excellent opportunity for child and parents to interact, This period is usually over when the amount of respiratory mucus has decreased. Following this stage is a period of stabilization of physiologic systems and a vacillating pattern of sleep and activity.

After a discussion of the seemingly erratic patterns of behaviors in the newborn, it is apparent that, in order to identify abnormalities or signs of distress in the respiratory, cardiovascular, or neurological system, the doctor must thoroughly understand normal characteristics. Observation, not machines, is the doctor’s greatest tool for assessment, and the nursing goal is anticipation and prevention of neonatal stress. The timing of nursing care is based on observation of the neonate’s physiologic status. For example, the infant should be dried immediately after delivery to minimize heat loss from evaporation; the initial bath should be postponed until after body temperature has stabilized; eye drops should be instilled after parents and child have established visual contact; and breast-feeding or bottle-feeding should be initiated during one of the two periods of reactivity.

Singing With A Sore Throat – Tips And Remedies

Singers and Sore Throats

Singers get sore throats most often because of over singing (singing too much), a virus, or even shouting at events. Some of them just wake up with a sore throat in certain days of their life (and hopefully it isn’t before a concert). They usually wake up with a raspy, scratchy voice and a sore throat.

The main question is how can you do your very best when singing with a sore throat? There are several tips and exercises that you can test. The majority of them were tested and proved usefully.

First, drink tons of water, as much as you can cope. This really helps to flush out your system and will also keep your larynx well lubricated. Coughing can easily wreak havoc with your pipes, so drinking a lot of water is really important. Another method is to put a teaspoon of salt in approx 8 ounces of warm water and then drink it 2- 3 times a day.

Mix up different concoctions. A good example it to cut up a piece of fresh ginger about the size of a thumb, slice it thin and then boil it in four cups of water for five to ten minutes. Then drink that tea with some honey added. Ginger somehow helps the body get back in balance, and honey will give you some extra energy.

Another good mix is a spoon of honey, a cup of water, and two spoons of apple cider vinegar. Drink that with two aspirin every four hours and you’ ll be amazed of how good you’ ll feel after.

Another tip for a good vocalizing is to start with humming in your best vocal range, and then after a couple of minutes, continue to add notes to either end of the range you are using in that moment. After this, go and sing a song of yours and you’ll find that singing with a sore throat is much better to be done before going up on the stage.

Another necessity is to take a pain killer like Tylenol or ibuprofen, once a day.

Try These Simple Methods

Gargling 5 or 6 drops of Oregano Oil (which can easily be purchased from health food stores) twice a day will also improve your voice greatly.

You can try to steam your face a couple of times per day. How can this be done? By breathing in the vapors of hot water that you poured in a bowl or a pan. Do this for about 10 minutes and your voice will be thankful.

Singing with a sore throat is not always a good experience, but can easily be overcome by trying these different methods. So, the next time you have a performance coming up, you will know exactly what to about singing with a sore throat.

Can Tonsil Stones Cause Cancer Or Tonsillitis?

Tonsil stones are calcifications that form in the throat. Because they appear as soft tissue masses, they make people wonder if they may be symptoms of cancer. Others think that they may cause or will cause tonsillitis.

In reality, tonsil stones have nothing to do with cancer. It is true that malignant tumors can form in the throat. The tonsils are a hub of blood vessels, lymphatics, nerves and muscles – all potential sites of abnormal cell growth. However tonsil debris is a completely different matter (literally). Stones in the tonsils are calcifications – calcium salts originating from a combination of bacteria, excess saliva and dead blood cells. Some say they may also contain leftover food particles. If these calcifications are indicative of anything, it may be a sign of possible bad breath or a predisposition to tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils – quite a different problem but having one may make it likelier to have the other. It is therefore important to keep one’s mouth and throat clean through regular brushing and gargling.

You should not panic if you have tonsil stones. Most of the time they are quite harmless, apart from the discomfort and embarrassment they cause. Your doctor will examine the stones first and prescribe medication. If there is any doubt as to whether it is a tumor or not, he or she may request for a biopsy. A biopsy takes a sample of the suspect mass to determine if it is cancerous or not. Even then, tonsil cancer is quite rare.

ADHD and Diabetes: What’s the Connection?

At first glance, diabetes and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seem like two completely unrelated health conditions. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by abnormal blood sugar levels, whereas ADHD is a psychological problem signified by chronic inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Yet the connection between these two conditions is closer than you think. According to Dr. Georgianna Donadio, the program director of Boston’s National Institute of Whole Health, high levels of blood sugar can contribute to the symptoms of ADHD.

Two types of diabetes

Diabetes is characterized by abnormal levels of insulin, the hormone that is responsible for using the glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. Diabetes falls under two categories. Type I diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes, occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, causing abnormally high levels of glucose in the bloodstream. This type of diabetes is relatively uncommon and affects only 10% of diabetes patients, usually children. Type II diabetes, or insulin-resistant diabetes, is when the body cannot utilize the insulin produced by the pancreas. The pancreas continues to produce more insulin to try to bring down the glucose levels in the blood, but the body fails to normalize the glucose levels. Type II diabetes is more common in adults aged 40 and over, and is strongly correlated to poor eating habits and obesity.

ADHD and diabetes

ADHD is usually caused by a deficiency in two neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and dopamine. Norepinephrine controls hyperactivity and works with adrenaline to give the body an energy boost during moments of stress. Dopamine, on the other hand, controls behavior and mood. A study by the Vanderbilt University Medical Center discovered that levels of insulin can influence the brain’s production and regulation of dopamine. Since glucose is also needed by the brain to function properly, abnormal levels of blood glucose can also aggravate the symptoms of ADHD by affecting the brain’s neurological and cognitive function. When hypoglycemia or low blood sugar occurs, concentrating on tasks becomes almost impossible and the person tends to feel cranky due to the lack of energy.

Although diabetes does not cause ADHD per se, diabetic symptoms can make it more difficult for a person to manage ADHD. Fortunately, both conditions can be managed by avoiding simple carbohydrates and refined sugars, and eating more vegetables, fruits, and high-protein foods. Exercise regularly to burn off the excess sugar and try to maintain a healthy weight. Track your blood sugar levels every day, particularly when you notice a mood change or a change in your energy levels. If these become a persistent problem, talk to your doctor. The data you kept on your blood sugar levels can help your doctor adjust your treatment plan or recommend a diet plan, if needed.

Diabetes Treatment – Do I Have to Take Medication For Diabetes?

Being diagnosed as a diabetic means a large amount of changes in your daily life.  A new diet, more exercise, and monitoring of your blood sugar will all become part of your daily routine.  One thing that many newly diagnosed patients want to know is if they will have to take medication as part of their diabetes treatment. While there are rare cases of diabetes that respond well to only dietary and lifestyle changes, many patients require at least occasional medication to keep their diabetes under control.

A large percentage of diabetic patients require medications as part of their diabetes treatment, to help them manage their blood sugar levels.  If you have been diagnosed, your doctor may prescribe insulin injections or other medications that can help you with your diabetes treatment. Insulin is often used only when blood sugar levels are outside of the normal range, but other medications may be taken regularly to help the body maintain healthy levels of insulin.

Many diabetic patients as part of their diabetes treatment also take medication to control complications and symptoms that are affected by diabetes, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.  Whether you will need these medications will depend on your symptoms and only your doctor can help determine what medicines are right for you.  Many patients are able to control these symptoms through lifestyle changes, and every case is different.

Taking diabetes treatment medication means taking a close look at all supplements and over the counter medicines you take as well as prescription medications for other illnesses and problems.  Because many drugs can interact or change blood sugar levels, it is important to discuss all new medications and supplements with your doctor before taking them to ensure that they are safe and will not counteract or interact with one another. Mixing in some of the over the counter medication into your diabetes treatment, can some times have a devastating result. Tell your doctor about these medications.

Whether or not you will need drugs to control your diabetes will depend on your individual symptoms.  Talking to your doctor will help you determine if medication is right for you.  If you do have to take medications, do not lose heart.  Many drugs have little or no side effects, and taking them every day soon becomes routine.  

Not all diabetic patients require daily medication, and some require only medication when insulin levels fall too low.  Your medication needs can change over time.  Improving your lifestyle can decrease your need for drugs as part of your diabetes treatment, and certain complications may necessitate taking additional medications.  As with all illnesses, each case is different.  Talking with your doctor can help you understand more about what the best treatment will be for you.

Obesity – What Does it Mean?

I have seen many people especially ladies stay off certain kinds of food because they are afraid it would make them obese. Others for the fear of obesity eat either once or twice a day. Ask them and the answer you get is, “I am watching my weight”. Some does not really understand what it means to be obese. This article will explain this.

Obesity is a situation where someone is seriously overweight of excess body fat. Obesity is not just being overweight, but having excess fat in the body. A wrestler for instance, would likely have more weight because of muscle mass or large bone structure. To accurately, classified someone as obese or not, his Body Mass Index (BMI) should be used.

BMI is a height-to-weight ratio that can be used to determine whether an individual is overweight or already obese. BMI is derived by taking a persons weight in kilograms and dividing it twice by his height in meters. For instance, if your weight is 85 kilograms and height is 1.7 meters, your BMI is 29.41 (85/1.7 /1.7 = 29.41), A BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered the healthiest. If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9. Then you are over weight. Any Body Mass Index over 30 is viewed as obese.

Now, you know how to detect whether your weight is okay, overweight or obese. It is wise you do this from time to time. It will help you monitor your health.

Red Bumpy Rash – What is My Diagnosis?

What Can This Red Bumpy Rash Be?

It can be disturbing to wake up and find yourself with red spots that itch on your body. Often the first thing you think of doing is going online to check out the pictures. Unfortunately, many rashes look similar. Even my dermatologist told me last summer that my skin problem could be scabies, pithyriasis rosacea, drug reaction to omnicef, eczema or a fungal infection.

What is frustrating is that all the above could be itchy and resemble each other. The third dermatologist I had a consult with said it was definitely nummular eczema. This was a relief as I was concerned that if it was scabies it could be contagious to others in my family or at work. I had used the cream in case it was, but due to continuing to itch, I had doubts whether the scabies lotion was effective. Eczema isn’t contagious and it was through using moisturizers, hydrating myself with liquids and using a nutritional program of supplements that my skin cleared.

If you have a red bumpy rash, the first thing you need to do is to relieve the itching because scratching inflamed can result in an infection. Children have to be careful as they may scratch the itch constantly. My nephew’s bunk at camp had impetigo and many of them had this due to scratching insect bites.

While using pictures of rashes can be helpful, don’t rely on this entirely. Study the descriptions closely of each rash and consult with a physician. A doctor often will do a skin biopsy to diagnose and rule out certain diseases. Because some rashes require drying and others require moisturization, correctly classifying the rash will determine the treatment plan.

Non Melanomatous Skin Cancer in Ireland

Skin cancer can be divided into two main groups:

Malignant melanoma and

Non-melanoma skin cancer.

Malignant melanoma

Malignant melanoma is the rarest, but most serious form. It affects the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) found in the skin and can appear as a new mole, or arise from an existing mole on the skin. Malignant melanoma has the potential to spread to other sites or organs within the body but is curable if treated early. Each year about 235 females and 150 males are diagnosed with malignant melanoma in Ireland.

Non-melanoma skin cancers (Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma)

Non-melanoma skin cancers are far more common but less dangerous than malignant melanoma and rarely fatal. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma frequently appear on sun-exposed skin after many years of exposure. This exposure also causes premature ageing of the skin. Non-malignant skin cancers are easily treated by minor surgery. If left, non-melanoma skin cancers will grow and disfigure – therefore early treatment is recommended. Each year about 7,500 people are diagnosed with non-melanomatous skin cancers in Ireland with 3445 in females, 3889 in males.

Basal cell carcinomas

Squamous cell carcinomas

Solar keratoses (actinic)

Solar keratoses develop on skin which has been damaged by long term sun exposure. Usually many are present and can appear as hard, scaly lumps. Some become unsightly as they slowly grow larger. The skin underneath solar keratoses can vary in colour from a normal fleshy shade to pink or red. Sometimes these skin lesions can become itchy. Common sites are the face, backs of hands, forearms, ears, scalp and neck. Solar keratoses are not skin cancers. However, a very small percentage can develop into a skin cancer in later life. Some specialists regard solar keratoses as precursors to skin cancer, therefore it is important to seek medical advice on treatment.

– Solar keratoses appear as hard scaly lumps on the skin. They may crust but do not heal.

– Solar keratoses can be rough, scaly irregular patches which are easily felt but not clearly seen.

– Often they are not troublesome in anyway but do not heal.

– Some are very troublesome, if present on the lips or nose as they tend to bleed spontaneously.

Solar keratoses are most frequently treated by freezing using Liquid Nitrogen (Cryotherapy) or by applying a treatment cream. Some larger lesions may be removed by minor surgery under local anaesthesia. Treatment is usually carried out on an out-patient basis with the minimum disruption to your daily routine. All treatments aim to cure. The most appropriate treatment depends on the size, site and number of solar keratoses. Solar keratoses seldom recur following treatment but others may develop over the years.

Who is most at risk of developing skin cancer?.

People with very fair skin are most at risk of developing skin cancer. Those who cannot develop a tan are most at risk of malignant melanoma, but everyone is at risk of being sunburnt, especially indoor employees, children and babies. Malignant melanoma is more common in females. Non-melanoma skin cancers are most frequently seen in older age groups and outdoor workers who have a continuous all-year tan. The incidence of skin cancer is rapidly rising in the young adult population.

Are skin cancers treatable?

Both malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers are curable if treated in the early stages. A minor surgical procedure is all that is usually required to remove cancers of the skin. Regular inspection of skin and moles at home helps in recognising any abnormal skin lesions or changing moles. Change in size, shape and colour of a mole are the early warning signs of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of these skin cancer, because it can quickly metastasise to other parts of the body. However, if is detected soon after if first develops, it is curable by simple surgical excision. In Ireland, over 375 cases of melanoma are reported each year and up to 60 Irish people will die of this disease.

The most common form of skin cancer in Ireland is basal cell carcinoma BCC, of which over 3,500 new cases are reported each year. These numbers are almost halfed between male and female and the incidence shows a small increase over the past six years. This cancer very rarely spreads to other organs but if left undetected, will continue to grow slowly, and may invade the underlying tissues. Again, this tumour is curable by surgery or radiotherapy. The third type of skin cancer is squamous cell carcinoma SCC, which often develops from a solar keratosis or sunspot. If it is not treated early, it may spread to other parts of the body, but is again curable before that occurs by either surgery or radiotherapy. About 600 females and 1,000 males develop squamous cell carcinoma in Ireland each year. The other cancers include those of baso-squamous (mixed) carcinomas and other morphologies.

Sunshine is the single most important causative factor for all skin cancers.

Ultra-violet rays contained in sunshine are known to be harmful and can cause skin cancers. The increase in skin cancers in Ireland has been linked with the desire to have a tan, with repeated sunburn, fair skin types and genetic factors, such as number of moles.

Malignant melanoma is associated with frequent high intensity sun exposure. Whereas non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by long-term exposure to low intensity sunshine. The amount of sun exposure during childhood and frequency of sunburn are now believed to increase the risk of developing skin cancers in adult life. It is therefore most important to protect all children from intense sunshine. Hats, T-shirts and sunscreens are recommended at home, at school and on holiday.

Providing protection against the sun

Sunscreens are vital whenever exposed to strong sunlight, at home as well as abroad. Always reapply sunscreens after water sports, games or exercise. Children play outdoors during the hottest part of the day whilst at school, therefore it is wise to apply an SPF 15+ to your children before they go to school. Emulsions such as Anthelios XL contain aluminium hydroxide and can be used with infants and with highly intolerant skin. ROC make a rnumber of products in the MINESOL(TM) range, including mineral sunblock cream SPF 40, which is recommended for babies in case of inevitable exposure. This particular 100% mineral screen cream has a pleasant and almost invisible texture. During sunny periods liberal sunscreen application should become a daily routine each morning before dressing or 15 minutes before going out in the sun. Heatwaves in Ireland are not uncommon, therefore sunscreens are useful in handbags and first-aid boxes. It is important to apply sunscreens as recommended by the manufacturer. Most sunscreens identify a sun protection factor (SPF) which can range from SPF – SPF60+. The SPF is calculated by each manufacturer for their own particular product so it is important to remember that SPF may differ between brands of sunscreen. All sun protection factors are based on how long it takes for unprotected skin to burn (average length of time = 10 minutes). For example, if you use SPF 15+ the protection offered would last approximately 2-3 hours i.e. (10 minutes X 15 =150 minutes). The SPF is a rough guide only, therefore care and attention should be given to skin type, the strength of the rays or sunshine, time of day, season and latitude from the equator. Many products including Antherpos or Uvistat Lip screen or MINESOL(TM) Sun stick SPF 20 offer lip protection especially in people who are prone to recurrent herpes labialitis.

Sunbeds and solariums

Ultraviolet radiation (UVA rays) emitted from sunbeds and solariums is now known to have harmful effects on skin. Suncreams and Lotions such as Uvistat contain chemical agents and titanium dioxide and are UVA protectants. Excessive use of sunbeds can cause rapid ageing of the skin, long term damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. There is no such thing as a safe tan. Many people today use sunbeds to develop or maintain a tan. Some people believe that a suntan from a sunbed is a safe tan. Skin specialists say a tan is a sign of skin damage and advise everyone to avoid the use of sunbeds and solariums. This is especially important for the very fair skinned and persons under the age of sixteen. Likewise, persons with skin cancer or those with a family history of skin cancer should never use sunbeds or solariums.

NMS cancer statistics for Ireland

* Average of 7334 new cases per year, 1994-96: 3445 in females, 3889 in males.

* Average of 40 deaths per year: 10 in females, 30 in males.

* Age-standardised incidence rates about 48% higher in males than females.

* By far the most common type of cancer in both females and males.

* Recorded incidence rates higher in Republic of Ireland (RoI) than in Northern Ireland (NI), by about 16% for females and 26% for males, but this possibly reflects differences in registration practice.

On average each year, 3445 new cases of malignant non-melanoma skin cancer (NMS) were registered in females, 3889 in males, in Ireland as a whole. NMS cases (primarily squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas) were by far the most common category of cancer in both females and males (29% of all malignant cancer cases).

European-age-standardised rates were significantly higher among males than females, by about 48%. On average, females were estimated to have a 1-in-12 chance of developing these cancers by age 74, males a 1-in-8 chance. Median age at diagnosis was 72 years for females and 70 years for males. In the period 1994-96 only 10 deaths among females and 30 deaths among males were attributed to non-melanoma skin cancer each year. This represents about 1 death for every 200 incident cases, reflecting the fact that these cancers are rarely fatal. Reported mortality rates (EASRs) were significantly higher in males than females, by about 370% (95% confidence limits 200-645%), but inaccurate certification of causes of death may possibly contribute. On average, females were estimated to have a 1-in-6600 chance, males a 1-in-1600 chance, of dying from these cancers by age 74.

Comparison of incidence rates within Ireland

Recorded incidence rates of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMS) were significantly higher in RoI than in NI for both males and females. However, these differences may possibly reflect, in part, higher case ascertainment (completeness of registration) in RoI than NI, as a result of a more targeted effort to collate all NMS cases in RoI. Involvement of other factors cannot be excluded however.

Home Remedies For Psoriasis – How to Soak the Right Way Without Making Psoriasis Worse

Having psoriasis is not a pleasant experience. You need to endure the pain and the embarrassment. Some of you may not like the idea of using prescribed or over-the-counter medications. Are there any effective home remedies for psoriasis? Well, one of them is soaking.

Soaking yourself in a bath can help to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. Usually psoriasis causes the skin to be very dry. Soaking helps to restore the hydration of the skin. It also gets rid of thick psoriasis scales without affecting the skin. This thick scales prevent the UV rays from reaching your skin. As you know, sunlight is a good remedy for psoriasis. If you do it often, you will experience less redness and itchiness. However, don’t use hot water because it will cause you to itch more. Just use moderately warm water.

Although you find relief with soaking, you need to realize that wetting and drying too often can remove the oil from the skin. This will make your skin dry because of the moisture is not retained. You can still enjoy the goodness of soaking by using moisturizer after soaking.

Dry skin tends to crack. This will cause bleeding and eventually infection will set in. Moisturizer can prevent this from happening. Besides moisturizing, it also keeps the inflammation under control. Your condition will improve because it makes the scales less obvious. Some parts of body will move easily because the moisturizer lubricates the dried plaques.

Always use the greasiest moisturizers. These includes petroleum jelly, lard, or lactic acid. They can lock the moisture and the natural oils in the skin. After showering or soaking, immediately apply them on affected areas.

Home remedies for psoriasis such as soaking in tepid water can remove plaque and scales. Make sure that you moisturize your skin right after you walk out from the bathroom. This is to ensure that you still get the benefits of soaking without making your skin too dry which may worsen the condition.

Parasites, Candida, Fungus Infection – Monsters Inside of Me Causing Itching, Rash & Bed Bugs

World traveler and former fitness trainer reveals the truth about parasites, candida, fungus, and infections. Beware of itching skin and a rash as they may reveal something beneath the skin. Beyond bed bugs, scratching and bodily torment can be caused by something internal. Monsters inside of me and my family – a real look from an ordinary, itchy and educated guy that will surprise you. Pet owners have 240 times the parasites. 85% of the world has some parasites. What you don’t know could be killing you!

Wow! That’s a ferocious mouthful sure to turn your stomach at the thought of it! The truth is if you have a pet in your house, you have 240 times as many parasites in your home and likely your body than a person who does not. Moreover if you have long fingernails, you collect 24 times as many parasites – many of which can live for up to 2 months underneath your fingernails.

I’m not a vegetarian nor a vegan, but I will admit meat, poultry and fish can have worms. Consider your pets, how they like to sniff each others butts. Some animals will eat other animals feces (and that after flies have already done so and left their larva). Fisherman fish with worms, so we know fish like worms. So if you eat something with worms, that can’t always be good. Believe me I’ve got carnivore teeth and like meat, but I’m not so stupid as to think there are not repercussions and possible problems for doing so. Jews and Muslims won’t touch pork for religious reasons, but the truth is worms in pork can get in your brain and kill you. Not to worry, I had some awesome ribs with guava barbeque sauce last nigth at Bahama Breeze here in Orlando.

As a former personal fitness trainer and nutritional consultant, I know firsthand how often people fail to get results physically because of lack of ability to “exercise” discretion with the fork. Most Americans lift more forks than they do weights.

However I often found some hard working and diligent exercising individuals had difficulty achieving results physically beyond their calorie burning. “Hmm,” I said to myself, and began researching this matter further. As the author of 18 books, when I research something I do it thoroughly and turn over every rock and resource looking for vital information.

Ironically and frighteningly, I discovered (what few medical doctors admit or tell you – because they profit from repeat visits, medical testing, and pharmaceutical drugs) and that is parasites, candida, fugus infection and monsters inside eating at us.

As a worldwide minister and professional speaker I have been to over 50 countries, more than 50 islands, and 6 continents where I have seen a lot of suffering people, messed up individuals, and grotesque illnesses. For example throughout India and Africa I saw extreme cases of elephantitis, where people’s legs were swollen up like an elephant and had putrid bumps on them. Others had these bumps on their arms, back and neck. Some precious people in Africa had their eyes swollen shut due to infections.

This is what happens if gone untreated. Here in the United States where we have an ongoing battle with obesity and cancer, doctors often put patients through chemotherapy. When a retired military man on my street got cancer, I kindly drove him to the doctor to receive chemo a couple of times.

Yet my heart burned to provide a better cure from within, knowing that harmful radiation weakens the immune system killing off good bacteria (found in acidophilus within yogurt) we need to fight off disease.

Since getting married, my beautiful wife Karla graciously moved from Canada to be with me here in Florida. She had no idea how many bugs and insects were here, neither how hot it gets in the summer. I still remember the first time she freaked out upon seeing a cockroach. Well, when I sat down to watch Animal Planet one night and saw the commercial for Monsters Inside of Me, I immediately knew I wanted to watch the show.

Karla however freaked at the site of the commercials alone and ran out of the room. She had been suffering for nearly 3 years (since she moved from Canada) from itching and what she thought was bed bugs. Well after watching two shows on Animal Planet – “I was Bitten” and “Monsters Inside of Me” I stayed up until 5:00am I was so riveted and reminded of my prior knowledge.

I immediately began to discover what Karla and I (as I will tell later) had wasn’t something external, but rather internal. She had thought she was going crazy for a while, always itching at night when she went to bed and having difficulty sleeping. Insomnia however is a part of the reaction in the human nervous system to parasites, candida and fungus infections within the body.

As for myself, I taught high school for a year and increasingly struggled with dry and cracked lips, particularly around the edges of my mouth. Of course this is a bit odd if you think about it seeing how I live in Florida, where there is 100% humidity. I consulted my dermatologist (a nice but sometimes not so knowledgeable man) and he gave me nothing for it. I consulted my health food store and began taking flax seed oil twice a day thinking that would solve the problem – it helped a little but never alleviated the deep cracks in the sides of my mouth.

Keep in mind I’m a fun loving guy who enjoys smiling and laughing. I’d put vitamin E oil on my mouth every night before bed….which would help it heal, but the minute a smiled and laughed (or brushed my teeth) the next day, my lips would crack all over again.

Then after visiting my dentist (and he knew for years I had this problem), during my last and most recent visit about a week ago, he said his daughter had the same thing on her lips and found out it was a fungus infection. I thought that to be odd and immediately didn’t want to thing about fungus on or around my lips. Yet the dentist kindly wrote me a prescription for Nystatin Ointment, which I could try. Heck I tried everything else at great personal expense, why not! So upon using the Nystatin the lips healed right up and the caves from the cracks sealed up as well. Oh my God, I had a fungul infection around my lips!

One of my students at school noticed during the month of May (nearly toward the end of my first year of teaching) I had a peculiar herpes looking abrasion and scab like crusty thing beneath one of my lips. It was humiliating and I’m married …so it wasn’t sexually contracted. I battled that herpes looking thing (this being different than the cracked lips along the side) for a month putting vitamin E, retinol and a Johnson & Johnson hydro acid (my wife’s) on it. Finally it went away.

Around the same time I got an eye infection. I was a mess. It looked like pink eye. All the while I was going to the gym regularly, eating well, and thinking I was healthy. Yet within my body was manifesting illness and infections all over. The optometrist looked at my eye and put a yellow solution in it to see if I had herpes. It burned like hell and thankfully was not herpes. He gave me some eyedrops that set me back nearly $100 (a steroid and antibiotic mix type of drop) which healed my eye.

Going on at this rate seeing doctors is getting expensive. To add to my problems my scalp was continually itching. My wife an ecoenthusiast and environmental conscious green girl buys the best eco-friendly and toxic free cleaners, shampoos, etc. Tea tree oil and some great lotions and shampoos …yet the itching remained. I itched so bad it went from my scalp surprisingly to my back and occasionally my arms.

I just thought my skin was exfoliating. Then upon watching “Monsters Inside of Me” and “I Was Bitten” on Animal Planet I realized these were manifestations of parasites and candida within. One young guy in a Florida park (not far from where I live similar to a park with a spring my wife and I visited) got bit by mosquitoes and through the bite had bot fly larva injected into him by the mosquito.

I guess the bot fly larva was in the mosquito. The end result the guys body began to swell and a yellow puss began to ooze out. A similar thing happened to a young man on a trip into the Costa Rica rain forest. He actually put plastic seran wrap and vaseline over the wound (with puss oozing out) once he knew what it was, trying to suffocate the fully grown larva, now a worm within him. I saw all of this on video, which his family taped. When the suffocating worm came to the surface seeking oxygen to survive, with tweasers in hand the worm was pulled out of this kid’s leg.

Other incidents, a guy briefly visited Kenya, Africa with his wife and had a parasite in him for 20 years which eventually caused a brain tumor and nearly killed him. Another incident, a newborn baby playing at a park in Illinois got some feces from a raccoon on the ground somehow and thereby had a larva (which turned into a worm / parasite) in his body, which crawled through his blood and got into his brain causing blindness.

I thought upon watching the first commercial it was another Hollywood hyped up show, but this is real people. I saw it with my own eyes in my world travels and witnessed the itch and itching in my body and home with my wife (one of the healthiest people I know). My wife is so healthy and beautiful at 30 years of age that when she goes to eat with me and orders a drink, servers ask for ID. The same holds true when we go to the movies. My wife Karla looks better than most college girls.

Yet with all of the sugar we eat and meat (often carrying worms), including cheese, parasites are quite common. Over 85% of the world has some parasites in them (most unknown). The guy on the show who nearly died of a brain tumor, when they put the brain tumor under the microscope it had worms in it. This guy had gone to Vietnam in the war years ago and was a Veteran from the U.S. Military. He had malaria in Vietnam. So many doctors didn’t know what he had, but eventually they saw the yellow puss oozing out of him and one smart doc realized it was a parasite. Yet after 20 years of damage in his lymphatics, the damage was irreversible.

I tell you the next morning I was taking another round of parasite and candida killers to detox my body, something I do regularly throughout the year. Many illnesses across the world are related to neglect and intruders toxifying our bodies from the inside out.

Don’t die from within! Do something about it now and be safe. Be healthy and experience peak performance. Get rid of constipation and renew your energy levels. Detox and feel great!

Oh yeah, when I started my cleanse, my libido shot through the roof! Don’t let parasites hold you down gents.

Care for your body as much as you do your car.

A Penicillin Allergy

Many years ago, it was found common that people dying with infections because of penicillin had not been discovered yet and used by many doctors for their patients. Once this miracle drug was perfected for use by the medical professionals, people lived much longer on average. Most people have taken this medicine at some point in their lives, and they have probably given this to their children and other family members as well.

Although many people benefited from this great drug, there are some people who can not take this drug because they have a penicillin allergy. This helpful drug can be dangerous for those with a penicillin allergy.

Someone who takes this drug with a penicillin allergy might suddenly break out in a terrible rash because of the effects of the drug. Other penicillin allergic people could experience trouble while breathing. This reaction to a penicillin allergy could actually be a lethal reaction to this usually healing drug. A penicillin allergy is the most common drug allergy.

The medical experts who study drugs have never found out why this drug could cause a reaction in some people. These experts do know that any one with a penicillin allergy should almost never take this drug.

Penicillin Allergy Alternative and Drug Therapies

People with an allergy to this medicine would often end in an emergency room, if they took the drug before they knew that they had an allergy to this drug. This was disadvantageous to the allergic people as they can not take benefits of this drug. Penicillin has been a miracle drug that saved many lives so it may seem worrisome for those who can not take this drug.

Fortunately there are same groups of experts that came up with alternative drug therapies that produce the same healing results without the adverse effects for those with a penicillin allergy. People who are allergic to penicillin are not necessarily allergic to other drugs.

Once people realize that they have an allergy to penicillin, they should enter this information in all their medical records. Their doctors must know this problem. It will help the doctors to prescribe other drugs for the people with the allergic reactions to penicillin.

Sometimes penicillin must be given to those with an allergy to the drug. The doctors will then use the drug, but they will put the patient through a process to make sure that the patient will not have the allergic reaction. This must be done with careful and constant supervision by a qualified medical expert.

How Do You Know If You Have An Anxiety Disorder Or Not?

Will Knowing You Have An Anxiety Disorder Help Treat It?

Understanding exactly what an anxiety disorder is is critical to knowing whether you have an anxiety disorder or are just dealing with a case of anxiety that would be considered as normal. There are times where it is normal to feel anxiety, as anxiety is your body’s natural response against danger, a type of alarm that will go off when you are facing a challenging or even dangerous situation. Some such examples where feeling anxiety is normal would include the following events:

  • Preparing for a major exam or presentation.
  • Preparing to go in for surgery.
  • Heading to the chapel to get married.
  • Going out on your first date in a while.
  • Etc.

However, if worries and fears are preventing you from living the life that you want to live, this could be a sign that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder. If the worries and fears are so overwhelming that your relationships and activities are affected by them, that is definitely a sign that can indicate that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder. The emotional symptoms of anxiety include the following signs:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Feeling like your mind has gone blank
  • Restlessness
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Watching for signs of danger
  • Irritability

There are also physical symptoms of anxiety that can manifest themselves, including the following signs:

  • Pounding heart
  • Twitches and tremors
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach upset or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle tension
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea
  • Sweating

These numerous physical symptoms can cause those suffering with an anxiety disorder to make numerous trips to their doctor or hospital because they believe that they are suffering from a medical condition. Because it’s not easy to specifically identify an anxiety disorder, it could take several trips to definitively determine that a person is suffering from an anxiety disorder. Additionally, anxiety disorders are difficult to definitively diagnose because they can show different symptoms in different people. For instance, one person may deal with intense anxiety attacks, while another person only feels apprehension at a party with many people; otherwise, that person is fine. Other people may deal with a constant state of tension and worry.

Anxiety attacks (known as “panic attacks” in mental health circles) are instances of intense panic or fear. They usually occur suddenly and without warning. There can be an obvious trigger, such as a presentation that you have to give in 10 minutes, but often, there is no obvious trigger that brings on these anxiety attacks.

Anxiety attacks that come from disorders will usually peak within 10 minutes and not usually last more than 30 minutes. However, during that time period, the person may feel as if he/she is going to die or to totally lose control. Some people feel as if they’re going to have a heart attack when they experience an anxiety attack. Even after the anxiety attack passes, the person may be fearful of another one, especially if he/she is in a public place where help isn’t readily available or if he/she can’t easily escape from the area. There are several symptoms of anxiety attacks that you can watch out for, including the following symptoms:

  • Heart palpitations or chest pain
  • Feeling like you’re going to pass out
  • Hyperventilation
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • A surge of overwhelming panic
  • Feeling detached or unreal
  • Feeling of losing control or going crazy
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Nausea or stomach cramps
  • Having trouble breathing or a choking sensation

It is not easy to determine whether a person has an anxiety disorder because having anxiety at times is normal and people who do have anxiety disorders will often display different symptoms. By paying attention to the emotional and physical symptoms of the anxiety attacks caused by an anxiety disorder, you can identify whether you truly have an anxiety disorder so that you can determine what options you have to effectively treat your anxiety.

Depression Management – Depression Symptoms

Whilst managing depression, it helps to understand it. In this article lets talk about symptoms. I have heard people with depression say that they can ‘feel it coming on.’ I would have to concur. You can almost feel it approaching like animals can sense an oncoming rare eclipse before they suddenly disappear.

What are the symptoms?

Depression symptoms are varied but most people experience one or more of the following. The symptoms (for some), often represent an almost complete change of character and create possibly the maddest thoughts you have ever had.

Because they are so way out, self destructive, self obsessed and often illogical depression symptoms come laden with guilt for added measure.

Self loathing and worthlessness.

Depression encourages that creeping feeling of worthlessness. Suddenly you feel that all your contributions so far have been worth nothing. YOU are nothing. Every one else is so much better and could someone explain the point of you being here at all?

This is backed up faithfully by thoughts of:

Suicide.

In the lowest points of depression I have gone through many variations of suicide attempt in my head, (aside from actual attempts) and uselessly scored them on their viability. Have you?

Which would hurt the most?

Which would be quicker?

Which would be more economically sound for the person who found me, (re carpets and all!)

Would you really feel the ‘thud’ if you fell off a building…

I mean totally crack-pot stuff right? But this is the absolute stark reality of depression. As a sufferer I would prefer it to be understood for all it’s mental bullying glory without sugar coating it, because I believe that exposing it’s dark power and understanding it rather than masking it with medication, as seemingly always the first step, is the most resilient way to try and control it.

Sleep.

You either sleep an awful lot, (more guilt for feeling lazy), or hardly sleep at all. You might find, like me, that it becomes a bit of a vicious circle where you can’t summon up the energy to eat therefore you lose more energy and end up sleeping too much, thereby getting weaker and weaker and more despondent.

But it is this vital life-energy that you get from activity that is required to create the oxygen to whizz around your body that you actually need to fight the depression….the most natural way.

Weight changes.

Then there are weight fluctuations as a result of depression causing your lack of appetite or causing you to gorge on food.

Lack of enthusiasm.

This one is hard. It is the symptom that makes ‘the shiny, happy people,’ (the non sufferers of depression), eventually lose patience with you ‘for not trying’. From experience they fail to understand that it is merely another manifestation of depression, just as tooth ache is a symptom of poor gums or rotting teeth, neither of which you can just choose to stop immediately, without treatment.

Unfortunately, the things that depression makes you do creates other issues that make you feel even worse. I do feel there is hope, (but bear in mind that I am writing this article in an up cycle!) Sometimes…just sometimes, current cures are obscured by a medical or financial agenda that is not naturally kind to us or our systems, which is why I try to seek out and trial transparent remedies that have no agenda other than to help our highly intelligent bodies work WITH us to make us feel better.

Fear of Parasites – Not a Common Phobia

Many individuals out there have a fear. Right now, can you think about the fear you have? Did you just say you have fear of parasites? Did you know that this is a “rare disease” that was recorded by the Office of Rare Diseases? This means that this phobia affects no more than two hundred thousand individuals in the United States. As we continue this article, we are going to tell you about this fear that you have developed.

This is not one of those big phobias like spiders, but nonetheless, it is still a fear that many deal with. Did you know that some people feel as if they have bugs living underneath their skin? That’s right, they feel as if they have been infested by parasites, even if they do not have them. You see, it’s all about the brain. The human mind makes us think we have something, even when we do not.

How do you know if you have this or not? Well, you can determine if you really have parasites living underneath your skin by going to a doctor. During that time, the doctor is going to take some samples of your skin. If they do not find any type of skin conditions (or parasites), they are going to send you to a psycho-dermatologist. You can also seek help for this problem by visiting a psychiatrist.

We understand that when the brain is giving messages, it is hard to understand that they are the wrong ones. If you are having troubles with the fear of parasites, then we highly recommend you getting help through a psychiatrist. One of the most common forms of treatment in this case would be medicine. Your doctor will evaluate you and determine what will work the best for your case.

Anxiety and Sleeplessness

Anxiety sleeplessness is a very stressful kind of unhealthiness. Too many people suffer from anxiety induced sleeplessness. Sufferers that deal with this problem have a more than difficult time falling asleep, largely as a result of the constant ongoing mental chatter. Things like fears and phobias, or stressful worries, such as those that are work related (work deadlines, meetings, delegated tasks, etc.), bill worries and etc. can create an endless cycle of anxiety and stress that keeps us awake all night.

Even if one can finally get past the anxiety and break the sleeplessness and get some rest, the sleep experience is often filled with stressful nightmares and the constant tossing and turning of the body throughout the night. This can lead to becoming more fatigued upon waking than on the previous evening. The effects of anxiety sleeplessness eventually causes a breakdown in the immune system, as the much needed sleep that our bodies would use to recharge and rejuvenate becomes scarce and hindered.

Anxiety causing sleeplessness makes for a double barrel attack on our bodies, as lack of sleep eventually affects our cognitive thinking abilities, our sense of better judgment, higher reasoning and even moral fortitude. Struggling with anxiety feeds into our sleeplessness, but paradoxically it also drains us of energy at the same time. This kind of mental and physical frustration leads to sickness and can after extended lengths of time even lead to brain damage in more severe cases. Those suffering from anxiety and sleeplessness can only find relief through one special kind of treatment – a good night’s sleep.