Tonsillitis – How to Treat This Condition?

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils that is usually accompanying by a sore throat. It is extremely common, especially in children and can easily be cured.

If your throat is swelled up and it hurts to swallow, you may have this inflammation. Other symptoms include a fever, an ear ache, tenderness of the jaw and throat and a headache. Your tonsils will also become enlarged in the back of your throat and white spots may also form on them. If you have any of these symptoms, you are most likely suffering from tonsillitis.

It is best to see your doctor who will be able to take a throat swap and a clear indication of what is wrong. Treatment will depend on the diagnosis.

There are two different types of tonsil infections. A viral infection is usually caused by a sore throat or, in some cases, glandular fever. You will not be able to treat a viral infection with antibiotics. Instead you can take certain pain medications, throat lozenges and throat medications to stop the painful symptoms.

You can also try gargling with salt water and drinking cold drinks which can reduce the swelling and painful sensation. An inflammation of the tonsils called by a viral infection will normally clear up on its own after a week.

However, in about 15 percent of tonsillitis cases, the problem is caused by a bacterial infection. In most cases this is the streptococcus bacteria, or strep. You will need to take antibiotics, normally penicillin which will be prescribed by your doctor.

The antibiotics will usually start to take affect and relieve the symptoms within a couple of days. However, you must continue to take the medication until all the pills are gone. If you don’t, the bacterial infection could easily return.

Sometimes your tonsil symptoms are actually not caused by tonsillitis at all, but are the result of tonsil stones. Tonsil stones are little while balls of food and debris that get stuck on your tonsils and cause your throat to become irritated. Other symptoms include a scratchy throat and bad breath.

If you feel like there is something caught in your throat and notice white spots on your tonsils but do not feel feverish, achy or sick in any other way, then you could have tonsil stones.

The good news is that these balls can usually be removed at home. You just need to cough, gargle or poke them loose. The bad news is that these white balls emit a putrid smell. When removing the stones, always wash your hands and mouth. To prevent tonsil stones and tonsillitis in the future, make sure you stick to a regular oral hygiene routine and rinse your mouth out after meals.

Metabolic Disorders and Sleep

What causes metabolic disorders? Sleep deficiency could be the answer!  It has long been common knowledge that a lack of sleep adversely affects one’s health. But a recent study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine provides specific evidence that consistently short sleep durations cause metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is characterized by central obesity, being overweight with the excess fat present mostly around the waist; high blood pressure; decreased levels of HDL cholesterol, which is the “good cholesterol” that removes bad cholesterol from arteries; increased levels of triglycerides, which can lead to heart disease and stroke, as well as pancreatis; and hyperglycemia, also known as insulin resistance which leads to increased fat storage. When you see a person who is disproportionately fat around the mid-section area, that person likely suffers from metabolic syndrome.

According to the study, 22% of the general population in the US suffers from metabolic syndrome. But amongst people who sleep between 6 and 7 hours  per night, the odds of metabolic syndrome are between 48% and 83% higher than for people who get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night. And those who sleep less than 6 hours per night are more than twice as likely to suffer from the condition.

These results may be related to the tendency of sleep deficiency to make us less active and more sedentary, or they may be related to hormonal changes that take place in the body when we are not well-rested. It should be noted that similar results were reported for people who slept too long, meaning more than 8 hours per day. For those who suffer from very irregular sleep patterns, pingponging between short sleeps and and long crashes, metabolic syndrome is a definite risk.

Syntra 5 for Diabetes

Diabetes is a real problem in our society today with according The American Diabetes Association and the 2007 National Diabetes Fact sheet affects somewhere around 23.6 women, men and children. That means a whopping 7.8% or our current population have diabetes. Diabetes was also the seventh greatest cause of death in 2006.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is defines as a condition that occurs when the body is unable to regulate the level of glucose in the body which results with there being too much glucose that is in the blood. Glucose is a hormone that is made in the pancreas, regulated by insulin, and enables the cells to take in and use glucose. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops the production of insulin. With type 2 diabetes, insulin is produced but the body becomes resistant to the insulin. Type 2 diabetes can become worse in cases where there is increased body fat.

An Effective Treatment

There is a product called Syntra-5 that is helping those with Diabetes fight some of its underlying causes. The way it works is it is claimed to lower blood sugar naturally along with a reduction of cholesterol levels, and weight. It has some ingredients that include garcinia combogia, bitter melon extract, cinnamon and other essential vitamins and minerals that aid in the assistance of insulin secretion, weight loss, and glucose transportation. Another amazing claim of Sentra-5 is that it can help convert food into energy.

In a randomized, test to test the effectiveness of the Sentra-5 product, which was done over a 90-day period the following, resulted:

• Significant reduction of participants fasting glucose levels

• Reduction of participants A1c levels

• Researchers concluded that Syntra-5 works in the management of diabetes and is a safe product.

Although these claims sound impressive, it is important to note that this test was based on a specific number of participants tested. While saying something like 50% of the participants felt better using this product, if only 10 people were tested that comes down to 5. This was an actual controlled study with the makers of this product having a significant interest in the results.

To purchase a months supply of Syntra-5 it will cost you $ 59.99. The Syntra -5 website offers a 15-day trial. When you visit the website, you can read many testimonial of individual that have used this product and claimed it did wonders for them. Although the claims are promising, with such a serious condition I would first get an okay from my primary care physician and if all is well then this just might work well for you.

Obesity – A Social Problem With a Social Solution

Governments and health care professionals across the world are becoming worried, very worried. Why? Because despite their best efforts to persuade people to eat a healthier diet and to take more exercise, the obesity epidemic is getting worse.

In Britain, by 2050 60% of men and 40% of women will be obese. The cost to the NHS is well over £4 billion a year and this will rise to over £6 billion by 2015. For a condition that is entirely preventable, this is an unacceptable burden on society. For millions of individuals it means a life of unrealised potential, unnecessary health problems and a very uncomfortable and unhappy old age. Obesity is set to sap the strength of the nation. It is the greatest health challenge we have ever faced.

So why is the obesity crisis seemingly out of control? What is driving more and more people to become overweight or obese? Of course it’s about eating and lifestyle habits. We are all individually responsible for what we put in our mouths and how much exercise we take, but there is a new dimension. Obesity has become socially contagious. The main driver of obesity is a social one.

What has happened is that being overweight or obese has become a new social norm. It is now perfectly acceptable to be overweight or obese. It is not seen as being out of the ordinary or different. If you are overweight or obese you are more than likely to have overweight or obese friends. You mix with people who don’t threaten or criticise you. You feel comfortable in their company. In fact friends have the greatest influence on body weight. You are nearly 60% more likely to be overweight or obese if you have overweight or obese friends.

The discovery, or realisation of this new dimension actually offers some amazing opportunities that could transform the way we tackle the obesity crisis. The basis for this optimism is that if obesity is socially contagious, then being slim can be socially contagious too. It has become a social problem that has a social solution.

Up until now all weight loss programs have been directed at the individual. They have all been singularly unsuccessful at delivering permanent weight loss. At best they have delivered short-term weight loss, but the weight comes back again in over 95% of cases. The main reason for this is that they have not been directed at the one thing that can deliver permanent weight loss, and that is behaviour change.

The simplest and most effective way to change behaviour is to learn new habits, slim habits. By modifying small behaviours (habits), complex behaviours can be changed. This is the method that is used in the Slim Habit behaviour change program, which also offers a very important ingredient – support.

The social solution to the obesity problem lies in the community. Why? Because it can offer unparalleled support. By mobilising and organising overweight or obese people within a community into groups, and giving them supervision, education, advice – and a good behaviour change programme, you can use the power of community to be the driver of change. Do this and you have the means to end the obesity crisis.

CNS Infections – General Paralysis of the Insane (GPI), Dementia Paralytica and Tabes Dorsalis

GPI is more common than tabes dorsalis. Men above 40 years are more affected, while in tabes dorsalis, it develops 10-20 years after the primary infection and also Males are affected five times more frequently than females.

General paralysis of the insane (GPI), Dementia paralytica

Here, the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain show diffuse cortical atrophy with gliosis. The meninges show thickening and lymphocytic infiltration. Ventricles show dilatation and ependymitis. In about 50% of cases, the organisms (T.pallidum) can be demonstrated in brain biopsy specimens.

Clinical features: The higher mental faculties deteriorate gradually, leading to reduction in intellectual capacity, loss of memory and personality changes. These patients show lack of judgement and insight. Euphoria, lack of judgement, loss of inhibition revealed by abnormal social behavior, dementia, depression or mania may develop. Less commonly grandiose delusions may be the prominent features. The pupillary changes are characteristic. Around 50% of cases show Argyll Robertson pupil. The pupils are small, irregular, unresponsive to light reflex, but responsive to accommodation. Optic atrophy occurs in 5-10% of cases, seizures develop in 50%. The limbs, lips and tongue may be tremulous. The to and fro movements of the tongue are described as “trombone tremor” since this bears similarly to the musical instrument-trombone.

Congestive episodes occur from time to time. These manifest as focal neurological deficits such as hemiparesis, dysphasia or hemianopia. These recover spontaneously. Syphilic aortic lesions may coexist in 30-50% of cases. The course of the disease is one of gradual progression with fluctuations proceeding to incapacitation.

Tabes dorsalis

This form of parenchymal neurosyphilis is less common than GPI and it develops 10-20 years after the primary infection. Males are affected five times more frequently than females.

Pathology: The posterior root ganglia of the spinal cord show inflammation. Later, the posterior roots and the posterior columns of the spinal cord undergo atrophy.

Clinical features: Initial symptoms are pain and paraesthesia in the limbs. As the condition proceeds, sensory ataxia sets in. The patient reveals loss of posterior column sensations. The gait is stamping in quality. The ankle jerks and knee jerks are lost, the former is abolished earlier. The Limbs are hypotonic. Romberg’s sign is positive. Argyll Robertson pupil may be present in many. Optic atrophy occurs in a few cases. There is loss of deep tenderness and squeezing the tendo-Achilles does not cuase the characteristic pain (Abadie’s sign). Testicular sensation is lost. Some patients reveal loss of touch and delay in the appreciation of pinprick over the central parts of the face, Ulnar border of the hands, distal parts of the legs, perianal region and over the chest. Autonomic disturbances may develop.

Bladder sensation is lost early and therefore atonic distension and urinary incontinence may develop. Impotence occurs early. Partial ptosis develops due to paralysis of sympathetic nerves supplying the Muller’s muscles of the eyelid. Many patients overcome the disability caused by partial ptosis by tilting the head backwards and wrinkling the forehead. This is described as the “tabetic facies”. Due to loss of trophic influences, the major joints develop painless swelling and undergo degenerative changes-Charcot’s joints. Painless trophic ulcers develop in the feet and other areas of pressure.

The smooth course of the disease is often disturbed by the occurrence of lightening pains, which are unique for tabes dorsalis. These are lacerating pains occurring in transverse directions in the limbs, chest, and face. Lightening pains differ from neuralgic pains in that the former do not follow the direction of nerve roots or trunks. Visceral crises develop frequently. Gastric crisis is characterised by severe epigastric pain and vomiting. Rectal crises gives rise to tenesmus. Stridor develops as a result of laryngeal crisis.

Urticarial Rash – How to Permanently Cure It?

Urticarial rash, is a symptom of chronic or acute urticaria. In order to eliminate the rash, one needs to cure the disease, and it’s underlying root causes. This can be accomplished only naturally, since urticaria is a allergic condition, as well as an autoimmune disorder. Read on to learn more.

Urticarial rash is extremely uncomfortable, and having urticaria makes it nearly impossible for anyone to lead a normal life. That’s why you should immediately take steps to eliminate the disease at hand. This can be accomplished naturally, so do not panic! Urticaria usually has an unknown cause, but we do know what makes it appear – an overactive immune system in the skin region of the body. However, suppressing the immune system, like with other auto-immune disorders does not work. Why is that? Because urticaria is not solely an autoimmune disease – it is a very complex set of symptoms, which we do not fully understand at this point. We, however, do have a way of treating it effectively.

Doctors usually do not know how to cure urticarial rash – they often prescribe anti-allergens or antibiotics in order to try and eliminate the rash, as if it was caused by an infection. Allergens often initiate the urticaria, but they are rarely the root cause – which means that trying to eliminate allergens from your home, or taking an allergy medication does no work either.

In order to cure urticaria, one needs to supply his body with the proper nutrients, and vitamins, so that the body can eliminate the disease on its own. This process can happen very quickly, and one can be free of the disease in a matter of days. It all comes down to treating the root cause – which is the same, regardless of the type of urticarial rash that you may have.

Sore and Red Penis – What Causes It and What Helps

Men of all ages are susceptible to red penis and soreness, even if they are not sexually active. Most instances of penis redness are not an indication of a serious condition, but it can be extremely uncomfortable, not to mention causing embarrassment and anxiety. Understanding the factors that can result in a sore, red penis is the first step to resolving numerous common penis problems. In addition, nourishing the skin and underlying tissue with a combination of penis-specific vitamins and minerals can boost the body’s natural healing ability and prevent minor dermal irritation that can lead to more serious problems.

Common Causes of a Sore and Red Penis

· Balanitis – This disorder mainly affects men who are uncircumcised, although any male can experience this inflammatory condition. Balanitis occurs when the tip, or glans, of the penis becomes red and swollen. Often, it is difficult or impossible for uncircumcised men with balanitis to retract the foreskin.

· Bacterial Infections– Bacteria thrive in warm and moist places, and the genital area serves as a prime breeding ground for thousands of microbes. While most of these are harmless, certain bacteria can cause infections if allowed to penetrate the outer layers of the penis skin. Even minor bacterial infections can lead to redness, soreness, and in some cases, a discharge that may exude a foul odor.

· Fungal Infections– The rash and irritation of the common fungal infection known as jock itch is familiar to most men. Like bacteria, the fungus that causes jock itch is known to proliferate in this warm, moist region of the body, and without proper skin care, severe itching, redness and irritation can result.

· Heat Rash– Warm weather, in combination with restrictive clothing, can cause sweating and chafing, leading to the condition known as heat rash. Maintaining the pH balance of the skin is important to preventing penis redness and irritation that often occurs in the summer months.

· Skin allergies or sensitivities– Men who have sensitivities to certain materials such as the latex found in condoms or to the chemicals found in many detergents and cleansers may develop reddened penis skin that is itchy or sore to the touch. Nourishing the penis skin with vitamins and natural moisturizers is key to soothing the irritation caused by contact dermatitis or skin allergies.

· Psoriasis– Psoriasis can affect the skin of the penis, as well as the rest of the body, resulting in peeling, redness, itching and irritation. This condition can be a real turn-off to a prospective sexual partner, and treating it effectively is critical to avoiding embarrassment and loss of self-esteem.

· Aggressive masturbation or sex– Dry rubbing or aggressive sex, as most men know, can cause the penis skin to become reddened and sore. Moisturizing the skin and creating a natural barrier against hydration loss may help to reduce the soreness and reddening that occurs as a result of vigorous sexual activity or manual stroking.

How to sooth and heal a reddened penis

Maintaining healthy and well-hydrated penis skin is the first step to overcoming problems such as a red penis, sore penis, or penis irritation. Dermatologists have identified a number of nutrients that are essential for creating smooth and supple skin, resisting harmful bacterial agents, and soothing dermal disorders such as psoriasis and skin allergies.

A specially designed penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) containing a combination of these essential nutrients, including vitamins A, B5, C, D, and E, as well as antioxidants, amino acids and all-natural moisturizers, can be highly effective in reducing redness and irritation of the penis that may result from multiple skin disorders.

Psoriasis – Herbal Remedies That Work Best

Psoriasis is a common skin disease that can affect any age group of people. Although it is non contagious and usually affects the knees, scalp and elbows but can be seen on the face and other parts of the body too. Dull, silvery, thick, flaky deposits can be seen on the affected areas which tend to itch and flake. The disease is linked with overproduction of epidermal cells and stress is known to increase skin diseases.

Dermatologists advise using salicylic acid and anti dandruff shampoos to reduce the scaly growth. However, underlying cause of Psoriasis is known to be increased toxins deposits in the body and increases by stress and poor diet. Psoriasis break out is an indication that toxins are increasing in liver and kidneys in particularly. So, external applications will reduce the growth of psoriasis but it is only when the tendency of the body to stop trying to reduce the toxins in the body, through the skin that psoriasis can be cured.

Purification of the blood and cleaning of the colon, liver and kidneys can internally help in reducing the scaly growth and Psoriasis. There are many natural and herbal remedies that can provide relief. Neem or Azadirachta Indica is known to purify blood, add it your bath water and have a bath with it. Neem is known to have anti fungal, anti inflammatory properties which helps the skin reduce the scaly growth. To exfoliate gently, you can even make a paste of neem leaves and mix it with some dried orange peel that is ground rough. Exfoliating gently, with this mix will leave your skin clean and nourished without chemicals.

You can apply honey and cream of milk which is the best natural moisturizer that will soften your skin, reducing itchiness and scales. Lifestyle changes, proper nutrition and inclusion of fresh fruits and vegetables will lead to a healthy skin texture. Eliminate alcohol, smoking and junk food that have low nutrition and are high on sodium and chemical preservatives. Increase intake of essential fatty acids and Omega 3, which is known to reduce Psoriasis

Some of the herbs, which are known to benefit a person suffering from psoriasis, by reducing toxins in the body and cleansing the blood. Some of these herbs are- red clover, mountain grapes, cleavers, Burdock root, dandelion, figwort, yellow dock.Some of these stimulate the liver while herbs like Cleavers and Figwort cleanse the kidney by removing the toxins. These herbs are used in teas and concoctions that are helpful as skin remedies and reduce stress.

Mold, Fungus, Termites Or Bugs In A Log Home – Should You Worry?

Yes, you should worry about these problems; yet, at the same time, you don’t have to worry about these problems. Molds, bugs, termites, fungus … all of these issues are problematic in any home, and it doest not if it is a solid brick home or a log home. Nonetheless, because of construction techniques and the mass of wood in a log home, you do need to look more closely at these issues and make some decisions when building a log cabin or home.

Let’s start at the beginning, and that is the root of a log cabin or home — the TREE. A tree is a living-breathing thing right up until the moment it is cut down. While still alive, a tree plays host to all sorts of organisms. Bugs eat, sleep and lay their eggs in the bark and wood. Molds and fungus will grow just about any place if there is the right moisture content. If we are going to be able to control these potential enemies, we need to understand how they get there, how they live and what they need to survive. Let’s first look at the life cycle of a tree. It starts life as a seed, germinates and grows to a seedling and over years develops into a mature tree. Then along comes a logger and he cuts down our tree, which is destined to become a log home.

As soon as the tree is cut, it begins to decompose. This is normal and all things do this, but we want to stop the decomposition of our wood for this log is destined to be part of our log cabin or house. But Mother Nature doesn’t know what we plan to do; and molds and fungus do their part and continue the decomposition of the tree with the intent of turning our log back into dust. The insects also continue to do their part as they continue to eat their way through our log. This is all part of nature’s process of decomposition but we want to stop that process and preserve the tree for hundreds of years.

As we said, molds and fungus begin turning our log into dust immediately. What molds and fungus need to survive and prosper is a warm, moist environment with a food source. By weight, a tree trunk is over 40% water. As long as there is moisture in the log, this will be a viable environment for our molds and fungus and they will continue to consume the tree trunk. Insects likewise do their part. As the tree rots, the wood becomes softer and more and more insects fine it a nice place to eat, live and raise a family. If left unchecked, the process continues until nature has totally decomposed the tree. If we left this tree lying on the forest floor, in no time at all, this tree would become a rotten skeleton of what was once a once mighty tree.

In our case, we want to break this natural cycle and preserve this tree trunk using it to build a log cabin or a log home. What we have to do is break the life cycle of the molds, fungus and insects. How a log home manufacture breaks this cycle is dependent on the company, but they all must break the cycle. Let’s look at what the fungus and mold needs. Their needs are pretty simple. They need a moist environment and, for optimum growth, it should be both moist and warm. So all we need to do to stop them is dry the wood out and then keep the wood from getting wet. As for the insects, they are a bit more complicated as some insects will love dry wood as well as moist wood. Further, when the tree was cut down, there were large numbers of insects already living in the wood and they have laid thousands of eggs just waiting to hatch and eat away at your log home. Somehow we have to break their life cycle, and then we have to protect the wood from additional intrusion by bugs. Let’s now look at what different log home manufacturers do to break the life cycles of molds, fungus and the wood-destroying insects.

All log manufacturers first remove the bark. This is important as the bark used to protect the inter parts of the tree like skin protects our bodies. The inner part of the bark is called the cambium layer, and it is where the tree’s sap rose and fell moving nutrients and water between the roots and the leaves or needles of the tree. Bugs, mold and fungus love this region of the tree. All log home manufacturers remove the bark to destroy this important habitat for the bugs, molds and fungus. After the bark is removed we next have to remove the moisture and kill off the insects and bugs. Manufacturers vary as to how they handle these problems. There are two camps of thought. On one extreme you have the log home manufacturers that build with green or wet logs and on the other extreme you have the log home manufactures that build with fully kiln-dried logs. Between these two extremes are all the manufacturers that do air drying, and partially kiln dry their logs.

Let’s first look at those that build with green or wet logs. The logs will be stripped of their bark and stacked for a while awaiting the next order for a log home. As soon as the log is cut, it begins losing moisture so this will allow some of the moisture to escape and will start the drying process. If the manufacturer protects the logs under a shed, it will keep the rain off and speed up the drying process, but the amount of water in a home build of green logs can be huge. A typical log home will need to lose up to 5 tons of water before it becomes fully dry. When an order comes in, the logs are sent to the construction site and the log home or cabin is built. Green logs are very heavy. An eight-foot log that is about 12 inches in diameter will weigh over 200 pounds but over time, the log will lose this water. One thing that happens, as it dries, is the logs shrink and the whole wall will settle. When you are looking for log home manufacturer, you can always tell which log home builders construct with green or wet logs because they must have some method of handling shrinkage and settling. Some of them are not straightforward when you ask these questions because they know that building with green logs can lead to potential problems and increased maintenance over time so question whomever you are thinking of building with. Ask them if they “do anything to compensate for settling or shrinkage.” If they tell you everyone does, they are wrong. No matter, if they leave gaps above the windows and doors to allow for the log wall to shrink and settle or have slots where they nail doors and windows to a log walls, their logs are green enough to demand some sort of mechanical solution to compensate for the shrinkage. There is another hint. If the builder talks about through bolts that need to be tightened or they talk about self-tightening springs, they are building with wood that is green or wet enough that it will shrink or settle.

This is the same process used by the pioneers and some of those cabins have lasted hundreds of years, but they do require additional maintenance, especially in the first few years. While drying your logs this way will work given time, these log home manufacturers need to address the bug, mold and fungus issues immediately and so these manufacturers will typically put some poison on the logs or will dip them in a tank of poison. Modern man has developed a wide range of pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. There is a poison for just about anything you may want to kill. This can be sprayed on the logs but more commonly the manufacturers that use these poisons will dip their logs into the solution. The poison soaks into the wood and kills the bugs, the fungus or the molds. The poison has residual properties and can continue to kill molds, fungus and bugs for a long time to come. This is good and bad. Remember that this same poison that is killing the insects, molds and fungus, is being released into your home day after day, year after year. If your log home manufacturer uses this method of control pest control, do your homework. Find out what type of poison and what concentrations they are using. Do your research and find out if the poison could have any harmful side affects for adults, children or pets or people with allergies.

Some log home manufacturers build with huge logs and kiln drying is not feasible. Some of them will stack these huge logs for a log time in a controlled environment and will dry their logs this way. This is an extremely expensive process and is normally only used on high end, one-of-a-kind houses. Most log home manufacturers that do not build with green wood kiln dry the logs. Let’s see how this is used to kill off the bugs, mold, and fungus and get rid of the water. These log home manufacturers place the whole log into a large kiln. Some are the size of a warehouse. If they leave it in the kiln for a few days, they are not truly trying the log. It can take three or four days to dry out just a piece of lumber much less a log. The log home manufactures that bring the internal water content down to 13% – 16% will leave them in a kiln for up to 30 days and will slowly move the temperature up to as high as 180 degrees. The benefits of kiln drying are that it dries the log and means you don’t have to compensate for shrinkage and settling. It also allows them to control the checking on logs and any logs that warp or check too much can be discarded before they are placed into your home. Being dried in a kiln also kills off all of the insects and destroys their eggs and larvae breaking their life cycle. This means that these manufactures do not need to put poison on the logs you are using for your house. There are other benefits to be gained from using kiln-dried logs. One of them is that you can put a stain and sealant on your logs immediately. With a log home that builds with green lumber, you have to allow the moisture to escape from the log and so you need to wait a while before putting on an exterior or interior finish. Kiln drying also has the benefit of crystallizing the sap in the tree sap. Homes built with green wood can ooze sticky sap for years to come. The last benefit to kiln drying is something I touched on earlier and that is quality control. When you look at a log, there is no way of guessing how it is going to dry. It can twist, warp and split badly. You can see this easily if you ever go into a lumberyard. Have you ever noticed that out of a pile of boards there will always be a few that do some wild warping? They can twist and bend as much as a foot over a ten-foot length. When logs are fully kiln-dried, if you find any of these rogue logs, they can be discarded. If you build with green wood, you will never know this until it is a part of your home. Checking is another big issue with logs. All logs will check and this can’t be stopped, but, by kiln drying, you can discard logs that check too badly or you can turn them in such a manner that bad checks no not collect rain water and lead to trouble spots on the outside of your log home.

In conclusion, you do need to be concerned about mold, fungus and insects with a log home. Modern man has developed ways to solve these problems. Some methods include air-drying the logs, using poisons to kill off the insects, molds and fungus, and kiln drying to kill pests and their eggs. Armed with this information you should be better able to make informed decisions when talking to log home manufacturers and dealers.

Allergy Symptoms and How to Heal Them Naturally

Allergy symptoms vary from person to person (and animal to animal), but tend to fall into a few categories. One group of people will tend to express their allergies through their skin. Various eruptions will appear on any part of your body. These are unique to you, in both the area affected and the type of eruption.

Another group of people will express their allergy symptoms through watery discharge of the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms might include those typical of hay fever – streaming eyes, sore eyes, red eyes, itchy eyes, streaming nose, itchy palate, itchy throat, itchy nose, sneezing, etc.

And yet another group of people may express their allergy symptoms through their stomach, with indigestion, gas and diarrhea.

Whatever the area affected, it is showing you your weakness. But at the core of the problem is your immune system. It’s struggling really hard and not making much headway. It’s badly compromised.

This is at the heart of every single disease under the sun. The expression of the disease (ie your symptoms) indicate your area of weakness, but the fact that you have the allergy or disease in the first place is because your immune system is compromised.

If you have a good, healthy immune system, your body will heal everything. You won’t even be aware that there is a problem.

So how do you restore your immune system to its former glory? Generally this is a life transformation. There is no easy fix, no magic bullet. But if you start now, it can only improve.

Things that stop your immune system working are:

  • eating unhealthy food (fast, junk, processed, dairy, too much meat, preservatives, colours and so on)
  • taking medicine on a regular basis
  • having vaccines
  • not getting exposed to enough sun
  • not taking regular exercise
  • drinking too much alcohol

But by far the most important aspect is how you think. If you think negatively, get frightened easily, get angry often or suppress your feelings regularly, your immune system will be badly affected.

Those people who are at peace with themselves don’t have compromised immune systems. And they don’t get sick very often.

So instead of thinking someone else, other than you, can fix your allergy symptoms, try thinking that you are responsible for your health. It could be the start of a profound journey for you. 

Irritability and How Peri-Menopause Brings the First Signs of Change

Many women in the stages of peri-menopause and menopause feel depressed and irritable. Some researchers believe that the decrease in estrogen triggers changes in the brain, causing depression. Others think that supplementary symptoms you are having, such as sleep problems, hot flashes, night sweats and fatigue are the causes of these feelings.

Alternatively, it could be a blend of hormonal changes and symptoms. However, these symptoms can also be caused due to reasons unrelated to menopause, though menopause is the main cause of these symptoms in a woman. Mood changes and irritability may also be more common in women who have had difficulty with PMS.

Menopause and Irritability: Symptoms

The other factors that influence mood swings and irritability in menopausal women are difficulty with memory and attention span. Some women report difficulties with concentrating or remembering specific words. These women may stutter and stammer over a certain word, even though the word is on the tip of their tongue. Certain uneasiness resides at the back of the mind, causing thoughts to wander and curtails concentration.

A woman with attention-deficit disorder may first realize this and go for treatment when she reaches menopause. Declining estrogen levels have aggravated her ability to concentrate. Insomnia, better known as sleeplessness, is a common complaint from women in pre-menopause or menopause. Irritability during menopause may increase due to night sweats and disrupted sleep patterns.

This is a relative condition because impaired sleep can cause touchiness and depression and in turn, irritability and depression can impair sleep. Reduced sleep leads to tiredness and irritability during the day.

Menopause and Irritability: Depression

Feeling depressed during or before menopause and feeling negative about menopause and getting older, increases the stress, and can result in more severe menopause symptoms. If you start smoking and are not being physically active, unhappy in your relationship, or unemployed, or feel the biological clock ticking away – making you regretful that you cannot have children anymore- any of these situations could quite naturally lead to irritability when confronted with menopause. Timely and proper treatment can stem the problem, which could get very serious if left untreated.

Menopause and Irritability: How to Get Relief

There are countless ways to alleviate emotional symptoms related to menopause and irritability. Sometimes, talking to friends and family, or doing relaxation exercises eases the problem. However, if symptoms really disrupt your life, talk to your doctor about hormone replacement therapy or, if you are still menstruating, low-dose birth control pills are an option as are a newer alternative form of therapy called bio-identical hormones. Blues that linger and cause fatigue, sleep problems, trouble concentrating and lack of interest in sex may be a sign of a more serious type of depression.

Menopause and Irritability: Talk to Your Near and Dear Ones

First, speak to a professional about any emotional problems. Discussing your problems with anyone, a doctor, therapist, or friend, can often bring much needed relief. At this critical juncture in a woman’s life, supportive family and friends are even more necessary.

In some cases, your doctor might prescribe medication. Hormone Replacement Therapy – usually given to treat hot flashes and protect bones against osteoporosis, may work to relieve symptoms, but don’t forget to also explore bio-identical alternatives. Once the hot flashes and night sweats, go away, both sleep and moods are likely to be significantly improved.

OCD Depression – Is There a Link Between OCD and Depression?

In many different cases, OCD sufferers have been found out to also suffer from depression apart from OCD. While the precise scientific relationship between OCD and depression are yet to be established, most experts agree that people with OCD have higher risk of developing other mental illnesses as well. Major Depressive Disorder has been recorded as the most common companion of OCD. The alarming truth behind this is, when a patient is depressed, his OCD treatment is most likely to fail.

Major depressive disorder is the diagnosis given to a person who suddenly stops to enjoy the activities which he or she used to enjoy doing. This is more than just feeling sad or blue because the disorder can go to terrible extents such as dragging the person to severe melancholy or weariness everyday for at least two weeks straight!

For a minimum of two weeks the person will most likely eat little or worse, refuse to eat resulting to sickness or severe loss of weight. In other cases, the person will indulge to eating too much to a point of gaining much weight in a short span of time. A person suffering from major depressive disorder will either sleep much or sleep less, he or she will feel unless, weak, slow, fidgety or guilty. And in most cases, a sufferer will have recurrent thoughts of suicide and death!

OCD and Depression Examined

Statistically speaking, two in every three OCD sufferers will experience at least an episode of major depression in their entire lifetime. In most cases, the depression occurs after the performance of the ritual is made or curbed. The probable explanation to this is the on-going distress brought about by the pressure from oneself and his environment vis-a-vis his OCD ritual.

Nonetheless, experts continue to argue that the close association between major depressive disorder and OCD can be both due to two factors: (1) biological and (2) psychological. This conclusion is made after it was found out that for both disorders, the same regions in the brain exhibit changes in pattern. Now, it is largely viewed that depression is the brain’s response to the disturbing need to do certain obsessions and compulsions.

It is very important to establish the causes of an OCD sufferer’s depressive behavior to better help his recovery from his OCD. Severe depressions are likely to interfere with treatments available today for OCD. When an OCD therapist is well aware of the condition of the sufferer, i.e. his depressive behavior, then he or she will be able to tailor-fit a program or a therapy specifically designed to meet the needs of the sufferer’s condition.

Therapies such as exposure and response prevention, alongside with hypnosis are amongst the most common therapist severely hampered in effectivity due to depression. However, effectiveness of medications and drugs such SSRIs are found to be unaffected by depression. In cases when depression is present, this kind of treatment is used.

What Causes Phobias?

What causes phobias? A phobia is a adverse psychological disorder, caused by a relationship between biological and environmental aspects. These factors are comprise of emotional trauma, unpleasant circumstances and negative experiences that typically turn out to be impressed in a person’s memory. These unpleasant thoughts are converted to fear soon after a number of repetitions with the similar circumstances and as a result make the person become phobic.

Treatment of phobias may be in the form of psychotherapy referenced to as cognitive behavior therapy. This type of therapy may involve direct exposure to the very factor that will cause the phobia. Within this form of therapy, the person little by little works up the strength to encounter the situations he or she anxieties most. This enables the person to become far better skilled at dealing with these anxiety inducing situations and to develop the self-assurance to face their fear.

There is another type of treatment that will involve the use of medication and therapy merged together. When these types of therapies are combined quite often the person that is suffering will probably experience relief very fast. A number of the negative factors of medication are side effects and obtaining the appropriate type of medication that will work for the individual often takes time. This can be a source of frustration for the person suffering the phobia because of the ups and downs but one the right meds are discovered the world changes for that individual.

A good number of individual suffer from one kind of phobia or another. What I may encounter as a phobia may not be your experience, this is a very individual disorder. Adults suffer from phobias as well as childhood phobias that occur most commonly between the ages of 5 and 10 and seem to diminish as the child starts to grow older and mature.

By classification, phobia is an powerful, unmanageable, irrational and persistent fear of some thing that poses very little or no true threat to the person. Generally speaking there are many forms of phobia, too many to include them here. Consequently, we can only touch on some of the more prevalent known phobia experienced more frequently nowadays.

Outlined Below you will find commonly known Phobias and their Signs or symptoms

Carcinophobia-The Fear of being infected with or being around cancer.

Emetophobia-Concern of vomit in public places or observing someone else vomit, also thought to be to be one of the most common phobias.

Specific Phobia- Is were Individuals that have a specific phobia or fear for specific animals, men and women, situations or the environments.

Agoraphobia-Also associated as Panic Attacks Is an anxiety disorder that were the individual feels unable to make a sudden exit. A lot of people find it very challenging to stay in public places. Such individuals with agoraphobia may avoid going to a stadium, church or concert, or traveling for a bus or train.

Necrophobia-Concern of death or dead things or people, this includes coffins and tombstones.

Social Anxiety Disorder- Social phobia is an intense fear of being humiliated in public places or social events, specifically of embarrassing yourself in front of others. Individuals with social phobia fear social situations where they may end up being humiliated, embarrassed or evaluated by people.

Aerophobia- The intense fear of flying and will include airplanes, helicopters and any other mode of flying.

Acrophobia-That intense fear of heights.

In summary, if you suffer from any kind of phobia, seek out medical attention for suitable treatment and guidance. You don’t have to live this way there are techniques to control your phobia and in many circumstances a way of removing the phobia from your life.

The Best Anti Anxiety Diet – 7 Natural Ways to Treat Anxiety

Coping with and treating anxiety can be difficult and following an anti-anxiety diet plan can play a role to make you feel better in a more natural way than a lot of other anxiety treatments.

Food and the nutrients we give our body are extremely important in determining the overall functioning of our body as well as assisting in preventing diseases. The long term health benefits from a good diet are well documented. But did you know that food can also affect your mood?

Research has shown that certain foods and nutrients if either present or deficient in our diet can have a major effect on our brain function and subsequent mood. This research has enabled anxiety sufferers to discover a natural treatment with foods and nutrients implemented through an anti-anxiety diet.

But what are the best foods and nutrients to give your body in order to lessen anxiety?

The following list has been compiled and developed based on recent and proven research into food and nutrients used in anti-anxiety diet plans. These represent the key points in constructing an anti-anxiety diet.

1. Plenty of Foods Rich in Complex Carbohydrates (Starches): It is thought that carbohydrate-rich meals increase serotonin levels, producing a calming effect. It is important to ensure your carb intake is mostly from complex carbohydrates (e.g.. whole grains, root vegetables, Brown Rice) as the energy is released from these foods slowly and will aid a balance of mood. Reduce intake of simple carbohydrates (e.g. refined sugars).

2. Drink Plenty of Water: Mood can be affected by your hydration levels.

3. Limit or Avoid Alcohol: Although alcohol may be calming in low doses, as the body processes the alcohol it may induce anxiety symptoms. Research has shown that improvement and remission from anxiety symptoms is significant for those sufferers undertaking periods of abstinence.

4. Tryptophan: Clinical research has shown that tryptophan is effective in enhancing mood by boosting serotonin levels in the brain. It is available as a supplement. It is also particularly high in chocolate, oats, milk, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and egg.

5. Avoid Stimulants: Stimulants such as caffeine can affect your mood almost instantly an induce anxiety symptoms.

6. Magnesium: a deficiency in Magnesium has been linked to causes of anxiety.

7. Frequent, Small Meals: Anxiety symptoms can be reduced by maintaining proper energy levels in the body. By eating smaller, more frequent meals your energy levels will be balanced throughout the day.

I would encourage anyone reading this list to use it as a basis to develop a tailor-made anti-anxiety diet plan for themselves as an individual. You may find you need to trial and test a few things before you get the best anti-anxiety diet that suits you. The rewards will be worth it in order to achieve a natural treatment for anxiety.

It should be noted that whilst following an anti-anxiety diet plan will certainly help you feel better and improve your mood, food and nutrients alone cannot cure your anxiety disorder. A major contribution to anxiety is an imbalance in the body and so an anti-anxiety diet plan will help you maintain steady energy throughout the day and remain balanced.

It is strongly recommended that before embarking on any anti-anxiety diet plan that you seek professional advice from your medical practitioner in order to assess your specific and overall dietary requirements.

Insomnia – Three Steps to Take When Medication Doesn’t Help

Many of my patients understand Michael Jackson’s plea for drugs to help him sleep. They know how it feels to lie awake all night, wishing for even a few hours of rest. But as the world discovered to its sorrow, medication alone cannot fix insomnia, no matter how desperately we may wish it could.

But your insomnia CAN be helped. You can learn to sleep better, and your body can get the rest it needs. And even more importantly, your mind can calm down, and you can have some peace.

How do you learn to sleep? Well, oddly enough, deep, restful, healthy sleep actually begins in the daytime! Here are three important steps you can take during the day, so you can have healthy sleep at night. Taking these steps will help your medication to do its’ job.

Step 1: Your body needs to “let off steam” during the day so you can relax and sleep at night. The best way to do that is to exercise. But exercise can seem as hard as sleep for some people, and it has to begin gently. Start with just 5 minutes of slow walking, and add one or two minutes every few days. Even those five minutes will help. And eventually you will be walking for 20 minutes at a time, and your body can release some of the tightness you have been storing up for so long. Letting that muscle tension go during the day will help your body sleep better at night.

Step 2: Waking your body up at the same time each day lets you re-set your inner clock. That way, you can begin to feel the good kind of tired as you come to the end of your day, and your body can let go and relax.

How can you re-set your inner clock? One way is to walk early in the day. Another way is to eat early! You may find it hard to eat when you get up, and you may even put off eating till late in the day. But that makes your body work harder at night, and sets your inner clock to wake up at the very end of the day.

Step 3: You may notice your body jerking or your muscles jumping when you try to rest. That’s a good indication that your mind doesn’t know how to relax anymore. Using a scientifically based, professional relaxation meditation can help your body learn how to relax, and sleep.

Are you ready to take a step onto a new path? Change can be hard…but you know how hard it is to go through the day with no sleep! You matter. Your health matters. It’s time for you to take the steps into healthy sleep and a richly enjoyable life.