Natural Stress Relief Tips, and How to De-stress Easily

 The economy is in shambles, divorce rates are climbing, and stress related illnesses are becoming a major medical concern. Stress relief tips, are even more in demand than ever before. How do you separate what works from what doesn’t. Are all stress relief tips the same, and will they bring you the ultimate anxiety relief that seems all too hard to come by in today’s serious world.

Finding stress relief tips can be as easy as your nearest search engine, but will they work is another question. One thing to be cautious of are sites that have all product, and no content. Natural stress relief, while very manageable with supplements and other techniques, has many facets. When researching look for content, and suggestions without each entry being a sales pitch. So what are some valuable stress relief tips? Here are just a couple I have found to be extremely effective.  

Meditation Stress treatment can be as simple as learning some stress treatment techniques through stress meditation.  While is sounds very new age, at it’s core it is learning “focused relaxation”, and ways to quickly reduce your stress levels.  

Aromatherapy Stress treatment at home can also come from a very passive method called aromatherapy.  This is done by utilizing certain smells to trigger chemical responses within the brain in order to increase the amount of calming chemicals in the brain.   

Exercise For many stress treatment comes in the form of exercise.  Exercising to reduce stress is caused by the body’s release of the same endorphins that many of the other techniques do, but will also help you get in shape.   The other stress relief tips to look at are nutritional supplements. Some of the foods we eat like Turkey, fish, and nuts have many natural benefits that aid you in stress reduction. One word in caution with the nuts however as too much selenium can be toxic for your system so don’t overdo it.   You can also find many vitamin supplements, and natural herbal remedies for natural stress relief. However read up on any herbal stress remedy or nutritional supplement before you begin taking it to make sure it has been tested and does not have any reported side effects.  

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Cocker Rage Syndrome

We have all heard of it but how many actually understand what is euphemistically known as Cocker Rage? The term “rage syndrome” was originally used to describe a set of behaviour’s that were occurring in a disproportionate number of golden cocker spaniels. It appeared to manifest itself in single colour cockers and mainly males.

However these assumptions were disproved when it became apparent that other breeds were also suffering this type of affliction. It certainly was not helped when the likes of Dr Roger Mugford came out with a statement to the Manchester Guardian and I quote, “Cocker spaniels are all given to rages and that no family with children should ever have one”.

American and English Cocker Spaniels, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Dobermans, English Bull Terriers, English Springer Spaniels, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and St. Bernard’s have all been diagnosed with suffering from this problem – but exactly what is this phenomenon and is it actually a syndrome?

This type of aggression presents itself as an unprovoked attack, normally on family members. Rage syndrome looks like an exaggerated form of status or dominance aggression, often triggered by the unexpected approach of people when the dog is dozing. The dog snaps alert then attacks, biting and savaging. This may continue for some time, then just as suddenly as it started it stops.

Often the dog looks confused and may come up to the person it attacked in a normal greeting mode, looking submissive and sorry for itself. Often the eyes change colour and go hard before the attack, and there is normally no warning or threat posture prior to the dog launching itself at the person.

There is a lot of argument about whether this rage really exists as a syndrome, or if this is an inherited condition – a form of brain disorder or even reduced serotonin levels (associated with violence in people). Others have suggested it may be related to a mild form of epilepsy.

Various experts have theorised that “rage syndrome” is a seizure disorder, not a temperament disorder (such as dominant aggression). The recent successful treatment of some cases of apparent “rage” with Phenobarbital (an anticonvulsant) may add credence to this evidence.

What I have found recently is that aggression in our English springer spaniel is on the rise. I tend to find that this unprovoked aggression is found mainly in the small working Springer’s that are about the same size as large Cockers – certainly in the USA they have had an increase in aggression cases in Springer’s.

* Dr.Ilana Reisner, a professor of behavioural sciences has probably done more research on this condition than anyone else, She believes that this is a condition that follows family lines, and is associated with decreased serotonin levels and that the condition can be hard to distinguish from dominance aggression.

Dr Ilana believes that there are a group of dogs who exhibit extreme uncontrolled aggression that is way beyond the “typical” aggressive responses for dominant or territorial dogs. I think that these rages probably occur in many breeds, but that Springer and Cockers are over-represented among these breeds. Though as you can see by the picture with three of my own Springer’s they can be very loving and affectionate.

The term “rage syndrome” is almost certainly inappropriately used to describe aggression that does not fit the reported standard, making the problem seem much more widespread than it really is.

*Dogs that appear to have rage syndrome can become aggressive in certain repeatable situations, such as when an owner leans over the dog or attempts to move if from the couch or some other repeatable trigger for the behaviour. If this is the case then it makes it less likely that this is a seizure disorder, which would tend to suggest that the condition may be related to resource, territory and status, though other tests primarily conducted by Dr. Reisner showed abnormally low amounts of serotonin metabolites in their urine and cerebral spinal fluid.

This suggested that the aggression was associated with abnormally low levels of serotonin in the brain. This corresponded with findings in violent mental patients and prison inmates. Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters, brain chemicals that have a calming effect. In most mammals it appears to decrease the amount of aggression associated with dominance.

While it does not necessarily change the social status of an animal, higher serotonin levels decrease the likelihood aggressive displays that may be used to maintain social position. Based on these findings, medications that increase serotonin levels were used to treat dominance aggression in dogs. Apparently about 50% of the dominant aggressive dogs respond to these drugs, with a decrease in aggressive displays.

Drugs do not solve the problem, but it has been suggested that they can make it safer and easier for owners to use behavioural modification techniques to change the dog’s social status in the home. This indicates that dominance aggression may, at least in some individuals, result from a brain abnormality on the chemical level.

When treating aggression cases aimed at humans then you should take a number of factors into consideration.

There is another form of aggression, called mental lapse aggression, that has been previously described as “rage syndrome”. Dr. Bonnie Beaver, at Texas A&M, first described this type of aggression. The cause is unknown, but the EEG brain wave pattern resembles that of a wild animal. It is probably not a seizure disorder, as these dogs do not respond to anticonvulsant’s. These dogs display sudden, violent aggression. It can start at any age, but usually occurs in young adults, and becomes progressively worse. A careful behavioural history shows absolutely no pattern of predictability. There is no known treatment, except euthanasia. It is probably very rare, but can be very difficult to distinguish from a severe case of dominance aggression. In the long run, it probably isn’t that critical to make the distinction, since euthanasia is the safest course in either event.

Seizures can also cause unprovoked aggressive episodes, but the EEG generally shows seizure spikes, a different pattern from mental lapse aggression. When seizures are the suspected cause of aggression, the veterinarian should do the typical medical evaluation for any other type of seizure. These dogs often do very well on anticonvulsant’s. Owners must be prepared to deal with the necessary monitoring, as well as the risks involved with owning a dog who shows aggression during a seizure. Otherwise, they are handled just like any other seizuring dog.

Depending on how you break it down, there are probably 20 different forms of aggression in the dog. Multiple forms within the same individual may all interact together to produce a single biting episode. Without understanding all these factors, it is extremely difficult to successfully treat an aggressive dog. “Rage Syndrome” has been applied to many types of aggression, primarily dominance aggression, mental lapse aggression, and seizure-related aggression. This term needs to be dropped from our vocabulary when discussing causes, prognosis, and treatment of aggressive dogs.

o Age at onset of aggressive behaviour – The younger the dog at the time of the initial aggression, the poorer the prognosis. If a bitch is showing early signs of aggression to owners then you should probably not spay her, as the reduction in progesterone may exacerbate the behaviour.

o Severity of the aggression – Dogs who display lower levels of aggressive behaviour, such as growls, lip curls, and inhibited snaps, will be much easier to treat than dogs that explode with violent attacks. The depth and ferocity of the bite also has an impact on prognosis deep and powerful then the chances of treatment succeeding is poor.

o Predicting the aggression – If owners can predict which situations are most likely to result in aggression, such as guarding objects or a favourite spot, then measures can be taken to prevent those situations.

o Duration of aggression – Since there is a learned component in any form of aggressive behaviour, it makes sense that the longer the aggression has been going on, the harder it will be to convince the dog the household rules have changed. Like any habit, owner behaviour’s that lead to aggression are also harder to change.

In reality I have only seen two cases where “Rage Syndrome” appeared to be present; both these cases were working lines of English Springer Spaniels. Nearly all the other cases called rage syndrome were control complex behaviour i.e. dominance, frustration, resource guarding etc.

It may be that these are manifesting themselves in our working Cockers and Springer’s because of a shrinking gene pool. Pure breeding inevitably increases genetic problems, because it narrows the gene pool. Some almost have no genetic variation left, therefore it is almost impossible to select out bad behavioural traits anymore.

I certainly see a lot of Cockers resource guarding, and showing control complex/dominant behaviour; also a number of Springer’s that bite without warning deep and hard, but I personally think that this does not constitute us classing it as “rage syndrome”

I believe there is more at work here than simply labeling it a “syndrome” Though the jury is out on what is actually happening, I tend to err on the side of genetics and lack of early socialisation with perhaps some chemical imbalances involved plus of course strong medical reasons that are untreatable.

I thought I should mention that there is currently a major sea change in how we look at dominant behaviour social status and aggression. Dominance is surely a relative term, not a description of a dog’s psyche. Some experts recommend dropping the entire dominant / submissive paradigm. I do not agree, as that negates the fact that social status is apparent in our dogs.

To some extent I sympathise with those claiming the word dominance should no longer be used, that it is defunct and outdated and irrelevant, but sympathising does not mean that I agree with their arguments or their logic.

Advances in scientific studies have shown that our previous knowledge base did not give us the full picture, and was based on studies that were at best incomplete and at worst totally incorrect in their findings. The new wave of positive reinforcement style training and behavioural modification is proving to be far more effective and kinder than methods previously used.

The advent of clicker training has proved a revelation to many of today’s obedience and behavioural trainers. The style of training that insisted that the dog should be subservient and that reward or treat based training is bribery is fortunately now dying, though there are still places and organisations that believe it is the only way to train. Current dog training techniques focus on building a relationship of mutual respect and trust.

Please let’s not allow political correctness and semantics to creep into dog behaviour or training – lets be realistic and look at what we have in front of us; sometimes a joy, other times pushy and dare I say occasionally ” Dominant”.

Irrespective we love them all, even with their strange, complex, and irritating idiosyncrasies.

San Diego Travel Guide

San Diego.

San Diego every traveler’s fantasy! San Diego will fill you with endless adventure; it is splendid vicinity to visit through out the year having just the perfect weather. This place is bestowed with divine breathtaking beauty to allure you. Hmmm! What bliss? Who would like to leave this piece of paradise and go back home? You can feast your eyes on nature while sitting on sandy beaches and spectacular long coastline, here you can brush off your everyday worries and let yourself loose in the nature. San Diego is a complete holiday package for family as well as couple or a loner. The events and world-class places in San Diego will keep you busy for quite a few days. You’ll long cherish your this trip to San Diego and the reveries will keep you afresh long after your visit.

San Diego mainly is famed for its great weather and captivating beaches but besides the perfect weather the events and places of San Diego is also peerless. These activities attract 30 million tourists every year with its unique amusements. The invitation of multiple breath-stopping events is open to people belonging to all varied fields of life and having different tastes. A variety of diverse entertainment and events awaits you in San Diego.

1. Events.

A whirlpool of events will surround you and leave you gasping with all the excitement. Remember you should have handsome amount of holidays in hand for your trip to San Diego, there are a lot of venues and events worth catching up with and of course you don’t want to miss any. Lovely climate of this eye-catching piece of earth allows having activities round the year. A novel specialty of San Diego is kite decorating and flying competition held in March on Ocean beach supported by the perfect wind kite-flying needs. Balboa Park offers Native American dancing, music and art exhibition in American Indian Cultural Days in May whereas things get in full swing with Block party at Pacific Beach held on Garnet Ave the same month.

Famous two days Ocean beach fair and Chili Cook-off Street bash in June is another candy for the visitors, it is coupled with three-week Del Mar Fair, a mega county fair held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, with banner musical acts and hundreds of carnival rides. Moreover US Open Sandcastle Competition is held in Imperial Beach, south of Coronado in the mid-July. Hottest month of the year August is loaded with fun and fiesta, Hillcrest city Fest Street fair is held in one of San Diego’s chirpiest inner-city areas in August. The Gaslamp Quarter party scene follows in September during the San Diego Street Scene festival. Bright, colorful, decked boats floating in San Diego’s harbor will crackle firework in your soul with its fascinating vista. This Harbor parade of decorated, dazzling lit boats in December is the next big event else than Christmas with dozens of sparkling boats floating gracefully in San Diego’s harbor.

2. San Diego Attractions.

In addition to these stimulating occasions there are other awe-inspiring must see venues that’ll fill the thirst of your nature-loving eye and give solace to your soul with its miscellany. Room on the sun kissed beaches while leaving behind your footprints on the sandy banks of San Diego let the costal breeze brush through your hair though the mild dry desert air whisper lovely unwritten melodies to you. Feel one with water; let the blue green pure water wash your lethargy away.

Sea world.

Yap! It’s time to get wet. Get drenched in water with the “soak zone” at the stunning show at sea world. Sea world alone is enough exciting attractions for the San Diego visit. It’s worth coming to this place to be transfixed by these magnificent sea-animals entertainment. You got to come early not to miss anything, as there are long lines at this place. Plus there is show timing that of course you would hate to miss and it is only repeated twice daily. Shamu the sensational gray killer whale displays the masterpiece. The tricks played by Shamu are so graceful and absorbing that by the end of the show you’ll for sure fell in love with this magnificent creature of sea. Shamu-son of sea loves to splash water on audience as a souvenir to them from him on their visit to sea world. Seeing the popularity of Shamu, Shamu the killer whale has become an unofficial symbol of the city.

You can fulfill your dream of touching a dolphin. Who can resist loving such an adorable creature? Speculate a high-energy dolphin show with state of the art special effects. You can feed them or see others feeding them. Its main lead character the star dolly decorates the dolphin show. She stands like queen amongst other fellow dolphins. Furthermore penguins, the sea otters and seals also exhibit beguiling shows. You can have your marine life choreographed with all these special animals. A unique show of land’s pets going to water and showing tricks for water is also very thrilling. If you want to have tiny winy break from seeing shows the haunted house can give you a pause tied with thrill. Furthermore you can also watch penguins, seals, dolphins, sea otters and ferocious sharks swimming through the clear blue water. Food at Sea world works like a catalyst for your tour, any meal you get is superb in its quality.

Wild Arctic though a newer attraction at Sea World but equals in amusing visitors reviving the tradition of Sea world, it provides you a glance into life under the northern seas and ice flows. The main feature of this part is that it portrays the glacier image in full spirit; you can actually smell of ice and snow and icicle drip under the canopies, which is not less than a blessing in the scorching heat of summer. Another secret to Wild Arctic’s admiration is white beluga whale in the tank at underwater viewing area. Anyways I can safely says including all the wonders San Diego’s Sea world remains the kingdom of Shamu, this is a must visit place at least once in life. There are also “Cinderella carriages” available that’ll take you to a fairyland and seal your vision with charming sea view tour along the harbor. A water ski display will add in the variety of entertainment Sea world offers. The last but of course not the least the night firework show will leave breathless with its stupendous glory.

Contemporary art museum.

San Diego beaches are only about beautiful sunshine and surfing, definitely it has much more to offer. If you are not all time party-animal and would like to be mesmerized by the nature then array of these spectacular places will entangle your attention; with your visit to every new place your enthusiasm to see the next place will be enthralled. If you are interested in history or in a more intellectual contentment, the museum of Contemporary art is just the place for you. Surrounded by glamorous and picturesque suburb of La Jolla, Museum of contemporary art beholds brilliant collections of 1960s and 70s pop art and minimalist, plus you can also scrutinize the conceptual works and cross-border art from San Diego and Tijuana. Besides this conventional type of museum you can see a more untraditional San Diego’s Maritime museum consisting of three ships. This museum contains educational tools for both adults as well as kids. These glorious vessels present an elevating vision to its audience.

San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Zoo’s world famous popularity is enough for its introduction. San Diego Zoo is standing proudly in the famous Balboa Park and is popular for a bouquet of activities. One of the main attractions of San Diego zoo is its collection of exotic animals fill you with pleasure. One day is not enough for Zoo; try to divide your tour to Zoo on two days to enjoy and see it fully. This zoo serves as real treat for kids. 10 bio-climatic zones from arctic tundra to rainforest make this Zoo more intriguing. San Diego Zoo is habitat of over 3000 animals ranging from small to endangered species of different animals. The zoo starts with plants and leads to different zones of zoo including the best part consisting on Pandas exhibition and then the huge diversity of exotic rare birds that are hard to find easily. It’s really great fun to see hippos swimming underwater through the glass-paned viewing area. You can also feed and touch plus enjoy watching the grandeur of jungle-tigers, gorillas and many more rare endangered species.

With Wild Park take a journey in to virtual world due to its geographical environment that is replicated in flora and fauna. Experience the cool sky train safari, which will provide you an overall fascinating view of Balboa Park. Gondola cars are worth taking once to feel the comfort of viewing the whole area while you mutely float along.

Mission Bay Park.

This park has San Diego’s biggest play ground. 27 miles of shoreline, 19 miles of sandy beaches, free parking, great playgrounds, picnic sites, barbecues, and basketball and volleyball courts what else you need? This place is a homeland of multiple activities like swimming, skating, bicycling, kayaking, jet skiing and waterskiing that gives fun to kids and adults. You can also take some sailing lessons, rent a boat, or play golf or tennis.

Or you can simply bask in the sun lying on the beach seeing the kids giggling on the sandy beach. Mission bay park up-to date you with helpful maps, it also have gift-shops where you can buy souvenir for your friends on your way back home.

Other places.

Besides these important places mentioned above there are still other awe-inspiring places to see. Fascinating scenic beauty will transport you in to a utopia. You should visit old Down Town San Diego to have peek in rich cultural background of this of the finest city of America. And also don’t miss these hit list places La Jolla, Cabrillo National Monument, Gaslamp Quarter, Hotel Del Coronado and Mission San Diego de Alcalá.

3. Kids event venues.

Whenever you plan vacations, the first thing that comes to your mind is what is there to interest kids where you are heading? Even most of the times we go on a holiday just for the kids so that they can enjoy, yes San Diego have a lot of potential to entertain kids of all ages along with adults at the same time.


Three Tips on Avoiding Injuries As a Diabetic

Individuals diagnosed with diabetes are frequently urged by their doctors to be careful not to hurt themselves. There are sound physiological reasons for this advice and patients diagnosed with this condition should remain cautious at all times. According to Dr. Sheri Colberg, author of the book Diabetic Athlete's Handbook published by Human Kinetics in 2009, "people with diabetes face a higher risk of activity-related injury than people without diabetes." Your physician, in all probability, has told you why you should be vigilant at all times including while you sleep. Here are a few tips on how you can avoid injuries while you enjoy life to the fullest as a perfectly normal human being.

Use Wheelchair Ramps and Elevators when Possible
Although wheelchair ramps are made primarily for the physically disabled, there are plenty of normal intelligent people who routinely use wheelchairs ramps when transiting from one floor to another. They are safe and the gradient is scientifically calculated to ensure the smooth passage of wheelchairs. Most large hospitals have ramps for non-ambulatory patients, which you too can use when visiting the doctor's office.

Exercise Caution when Cooking Diabetic Diet Recipes
There is no reason why you should not lead an active lifestyle in spite of your condition. Cook to your heart's content and use diabetic diet recipes to please yourself and others. However, it is a good idea to ask a family member to use the knife when chopping and peeling. If help is not available, use an electric appliance to cut, chop, peel and dice. The risk is not worth the effort. Exercise judgment when lifting vessels and utensils in the kitchen because you can not afford to injure your toes by dropping the vessel on yourself.

Exercise with care
Exercises that involve prolong gripping or repetitive body movements should be avoided. Gentle exercises such as some yoga exercises, walking in known areas when there is sufficient light, and relaxed swimming are certainly worth exploring. The ideal thing to do is to work out under the careful supervision of a trainer who has experience working with diabetics. Look around. They are not that hard to find any more.

Top 10 Benefits of Male Chastity

Many people find the concept of male chastity fun and exciting. This is particularly true if the male partner is somewhat submissive or the female partner is somewhat dominant. But, it’s not only for couples in those kinds of relationships. In fact, it can benefit almost any heterosexual relationship.

Male chastity is not just fun and games – there are real benefits to the male chastity lifestyle.

Because the topic is so personal, often those interested fear ridicule and embarrassment so, many of their questions go unasked. Just check out a forum or two where someone dared to ask a question about male chastity…”weirdo, whack job, pervert, sicko…” are often the unkind comments returned. It is a personal choice in life, like anything else and can be discussed sensibly like anything else. That’s why I want to take some time today to write about the top 10 benefits of male chastity – for those who are to shy to ask about being under loving lock and key.

1. It stops your man from wasting his time and libido masturbating. If you are in a relationship, all of his sexual energy should be directed at you. It should not be wasted on him touching himself and thinking about other women. As long as he can masturbate, he is psychologically cheating on you – and lying to you by default.

2. Your sex life will improve. Because he’ll have to please you in order to get his release, he’ll become a more experimental and better lover. You will have more orgasms per week than you’ve ever had before.

3. Your relationship will become stronger. Male chastity encourages open and honest communication about each other’s needs. This is an incredible benefit for any couple, and why male chastity can help any couple improve their natural bonding.

4. His orgasms will improve. As long as he can masturbate regularly, he is taking action that desensitizes his penis. Once he is on a more normal ejaculation schedule, his penis will become more sensitive and his orgasms will become stronger.

5. You will never have to worry about him cheating on you. Face it – most men, no matter how much they love their wives, can’t turn down an attractive, sexy woman. Male chastity makes it impossible for him to act on these urges, so you are helping him remain faithful.

6. The romance will come back into your relationship. As long as he knows he can have sex with you any time he wants, there’s no reason for him to romance you. That’s why the romance stopped after you got married. By limiting his sexual access to you, you’ll train him to be the romantic lover he was when you were still dating.

7. You’ll never have to perform oral sex on him again. Of course, you can if you want to; but he’ll be quite happy with any sort of release, and certainly never bother you to do it for him.

8. Your friends will compliment you on what a wonderful, attentive husband you have. They will be so jealous of your strong, committed relationship.

9. He’ll become much more helpful around the house. Knowing that the only way he can get the release his body craves so badly is by pleasing you, he’ll actually volunteer to do the dishes, clean the bathroom and make the bed every morning. Won’t that be nice?

10. He’ll feel better about himself. Most men are ashamed that they masturbate so often (usually seven to 15 times a weeks! Ewww!). But, they are slaves to their libido and can’t help themselves. It’s an addiction. Mostly it makes them feel like little boys who can’t control themselves. Once he no longer is able to give into the temptation to masturbate, he’ll feel proud of his self-control and behave more like a grown-up man who releases his sexuality into his wife, instead of down the shower drain.

Those are just the top 10 benefits of the male chastity lifestyle. While male chastity may not be for everyone – many couples find it to be the perfect solution to relationship woes and bedroom boredom!

8 Rules of Healthy Sleep

Here are the basic eight rules which help you feel fresh in the morning, and through the day will be brisk. You can also avoid the temptation to nap after lunch. Most of this this happens when you do not get enough sleep at night.

1. Strive for a quality of sleep.

Each person needs different amounts of sleep. Someone sleep for 5 hours and it is enough, and some feel relaxed only after 10 hours of sleep a healthy full. So do not aspire to sleep longer, if your body does not require it. Many people are familiar with the feeling that they have slept too long. This feeling is accompanied by general tiredness, mild headache, apathy. All these arise because the body finally can have a good sleep, and ready for performance, and you continue to sleep. Adult for healthy sleep enough 7-9 hours a day, but again we repeat that the sleep of everyone is very individual.

2. Try to go to bed at the same time everyday.

When most of us are going to work, we get up at the same time, so it will be easier to do on weekdays. Try to sleep through the week at the same time, even on weekends. Try "program" your body for sleep. For example, do light exercises or drink tea before bed. The body will get used to that after these actions, he can relax and rest. Tea party or gymnastics will be a signal to your body, that "it is time to sleep."

3. Exercise regularly.

You do not need to exhaust your body with heavy exercise. In the modern era of mobility and globalization, our body gets enough exercise. If before our ancestors walked, and now we go on transport, if before we went to our friends to learn about their health, and now we just call them. Our body is programmed for a certain amount of physical exertion. Therefore, if you want to feel cheerful, do gymnastics everyday. If you do it just before bedtime, simply pull the muscles.

4. Take care of the comfort of your bed.

If your mattress is too small, too tall, soft or hard, you will be uncomfortable sleep on it. You need to choose a mattress that will support the spine during the entire time sleeping. But most importantly – it's a pillow. Take responsibility when you choice of pillows. If you sleep on your pillow, which does not suit you, then during sleep cervical vertebrae are in an unnatural position for them, the muscles of the upper back and neck are tense, blood flow to the brain is delayed and incomplete, since the problems with headaches and chronic fatigue.

5. Choose comfortable clothes for sleeping.

Clothes should not be fitting and should not interfere with the movements. The best option – if the clothes are made of natural fabrics, of cotton or linen. Wash your clothes to sleep not less than twice a week. In winter you can wear socks, but make sure that they are not pinned down movements.

6. Ventilate your bedroom before you are going to bed

Make sure that the air was fresh in the bedroom. Always ventilate the room where you sleep. In the summer, use air conditioning and in the winter use a humidifier. The optimum temperature for a sleep 70-74 F. You need to clean the dust in the bedroom, as often as possible. All the furniture in the bedroom should be rubbed with a damp sponge, do not store in the room where you sleep unnecessary figurines, vases, figurines. They collected a lot of dust. Flowers should be plenty, because they provide the oxygen saturation of your bedroom.

7. Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages

Do not drink alcohol before you are going to bed. Alcohol can cause drowsiness, but will not give you the opportunity to sleep. You'll wake up at the night, and get up in the morning with a heavy head.

8. Do not eat before you are going to bed.

When your brain is resting, abundant, and particularly fat foods will cause your digestive system to work. The digestive system does not give you the opportunity to sleep. But on the other hand, going to bed on an empty stomach is not quite right. Before bedtime it is desirable to eat something light: low-fat cheese, vegetable salad, fruit.

Nerve Pains

In the upper extremities such an example would be carpal tunnel syndrome. This can be caused by such traumas as excessive use of a computer keyboard for hours on end, and not using the hands properly. Another cause would be repetitive motions as in certain occupations that require the constant use of the hands throughout the entire workday. In this case there are several plexuses that come into affect, such as the Brachial or Ulnar nerves. There is also a nerve behind the knee called the “Peroneal Nerve” that is often affected as well.

Not only can the extremities be affected, but the autonomic nerve system can be affected as well. These are the nerves that control the internal organs-heart, bladder, blood vessels, kidneys, intestines, etc. Diabetes is one of the major causes of chronic nerve pains amongst the majority of cases. This occurs when the body cannot regulate its sugar usage properly. There are also environmental issue that cause nerve pains that can be triggered by toxins and infectious diseases, such as Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium “Borelia burgdorferi” (b.burgdorferi). A particular tick that carries this bacterium causes the disease. The tick picks up the bacteria when it bites mice or deer that are infected with Lyme disease. The tick in turn infects an individual when they attach themselves to the person and bites them. The head of the tick actually burroughs beneath the skin. When an individual has been walking, hiking or even gardening they should take the proper precautions against being bitten by ticks. If a tick is found it has to be removed carefully to make sure the head does not remain under the skin. Vitamin deficiencies are another cause, and are especially related to the B vitamins. Diseases of the thyroid gland, kidneys, as well as cancer and aids can be a cause of neeve pain symptoms.

There are also idiopathic nerve pains due to unknown causes as the term implies. Many of these idiopathic nerve pains very often will remain undiagnosed throughout the individual’s bout with their disease. There is also a form of nerve pain that is fammial. This inherited form is called “Charcot-Marie-Tooth” disease and can appear between the ages of 6 and 30. It affects mainly the legs, as well as the arms causing a severe muscle weakness. This disease attacks the insulating sheaths that surround the nerves, causing a degeneration affecting the nerves, causing them to misfire,and triggering the muscle weakness. An individual with any form of nerve pain should see their healthcare provider; in this case a neurologist would be the specialist of choice. He or she will then try to determine a definitive diagnosis by performing a variety of tests. Some of these tests will include blood and urine testing to determine if there are any vitamin deficiencies. There may also be an electromyography (EMG) test for determining the individuals degree of muscle function. A spinal tap may also be performed if necessary to determine if there are any infectious diseases. If it has been the determined that there has been nerve damage, the progression of this damage may be prevented from progressing further, but the already damaged nerves will not regenerate. Therefore, it is imperative that any individual with symptoms of nerve pains in any part of the body, take the proper steps to prevent further nerve damage.

How to Putt With a Driver

Although a highly competitive sport at a professional level, for us amateurs, golf is best seen as a game you play against yourself. Trying to iron out the imperfections and improve your overall play and consistency. Following are some simple instructions on how to cope with some of the great games situations.

How to put with a driver.

• Since the driver is longer than your average putter, adjust your grip below the handle you use when swinging the club normally. This will increase your feel and control.
• Stand with your feet close together and maintain a slightly taller stair than you would normally when putting.
• Keep your hands close to your body and tilt the shaft of the club forward. Turn the face of the club into a square position to minimize the loft of the club.
• Lean your body forward so as you are directly above the ball and the target line. In this position you are better equipped to see the alignment of the clubs face and can determine the line of impact to the ball.
• Try to hit the ball thin or low on the face of the club, as this will give you more control over the distance of the putt.
• Be smooth. Hit the ball with an even paced, slightly accelerating and rhythmic stroke. Do not jerk the club. Focus on getting the distance right rather than the exact line of the putt.

Obviously in most cases an actual putter is preferred. However practicing the aforementioned steps will improve your short game as you gain improved feel for the putting stroke and the distance of the put.

Marijuana And a Healthy You: How Does That Work?

"Take Control of Your Health Naturally"

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a natural herb that has been around for many years. It contains an active ingredient called cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid has a different effect on the body. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabinol) are the two main cannabinoids used in medicine. THC being more of a psychotrophic drug and CBC more a fibrocystic drug.

What is it used for?
Marijuana has been abused for many years just like any other drug since the major stigma that comes with the just the word itself. So how dare I say marijuana and a healthy you all in the same sentence! However, it is used to treat a number of different medical conditions such as:

  1. Alzheimer's Disease
  2. Appetite Loss
  3. Cancer
  4. Crohn's Disease
  5. Eating Disorders (anorexia)
  6. Glaucoma
  7. Mental Health conditions (Schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD)
  8. Multiple Sclerosis
  9. Muscles spasms
  10. Nausea
  11. Pain
  12. Wasting Syndrome (cachexia)
  13. It has also provided to help control seizures in children.

If marijuana was stopping your child from have 20 seizures a day that no other medicine would do, would you deny then the treatment? My question is, "Then why are we so up in arms over marijuana?"

How Does It Work?
Cannabinoids are similar to the natural chemicals that the body makes which are involved in the appetite, memory, movement, and pain processes of the body. It can be ingested many other ways than just tokin 'it up! There are actually medicinal methods.

My Opinion
It seems to me that it is much healthier to use a medicine that is a natural chemical very similar to what our body is already making to treat what ails us than to subject our bodies to man-made synthetic medicine that only causes more side effects that have to be treated with more man-made synthetic medicine. I'm just sayin '…

What do you think? Marijuana and a healthy you: does it work?

Keeping your New Years Health & Fitness Resolutions in 2007

Yes, it is that time again when most of us decide to make some changes in life. These are usually related to our health. Stop smoking, start training, lose some body fat, start eating healthy and so forth. According to a study conducted by GNC, 55% promised to eat healthy, 50% resolved to exercise more, and 38% wanted to lose weight.

This is the probably the worst time to make changes in your life. For one, it is highly ineffective and from previous experience, there are very few of us who actually stick to them! Only 20% of us actually stick to our new promises we make to ourselves. Most new years resolutions are the same every year, and, tend to fade away come February.

Do not let the statistics determine your success. Here we will offer you some inside tips to help you become that 20% and ensure you resolutions remain in tact and become achievements. Never again will you need to make these New Year resolutions.

Develop a Support System

Tell your friends and family about your gaols and how you will achieve them. Better still, set some mutual goals with your friends and work together. Ask them to follow up with you on your progress from time to time to ensure you are on top of things.

Make your Resolutions Attainable

Do not try to conquer Rome in a day. All goals must be realistic and achievable. Give yourself the best chance possible at achieving them. Do not plan to run a Marathon by March. Aim to participate in a 10km walk or a fun run for charity. There are plenty of small events in Bangkok that you can choose from.

Make a Plan

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Just as a business is only as successful as its business plan, your lifestyle works on the same principles. Write down specific dates to achieve your goals.

Break it Down

If your goal is to lose say 5kgs, the write out step by step, just how you will achieve this. If you have tried to achieve this before, also write down the obstacles you experienced that preceded you from achieving them. Then set out to minimize them. If work is one reason why you can get to the gym, then go for a walk at lunch time or speak with your superiors or HR department to introduce workplace health and fitness initiatives.


We all know diets do not work. Changing your eating habits does not determine dieting. Eat sensibly. Eat 4-5 smaller meals pre day. Include plenty of vegetables, protein and minimise carbohydrates. Do not eliminate them,

Reward Yourself

Reward yourself with gifts, holidays and weekends away, a spa package, massage or go shopping. Refrain from using food as a reward. You can also set yourself financial rewards. Set aside a certain amount of money each day or week for getting to the gym x times or eating your five planned meals for the day.

Keep a Journal

Write down everything you eat and what time you eat it. Record your exercise duration and if possible your total energy expenditure (calories). When things are not going to plan, you can look through your journal and make adjustments accordingly.

Get professional Assistance

Employ the services of a professional. Find a personal trainer or fitness coach who can devise the most appropriate exercise and nutrition program that you enjoy and can stick with. They will help you stay on track and help you work through the tough times.

Make sure your New Years Resolutions for 2006 are not on your list for 2007!

Depression in Teens: They Do not Want to Be Things

Depression in teens is on the rise, and looks set to continue increasing. According to Mental Health America, the rate of suicide among teenagers and young people has almost tripled since 1960. Girls, aged 12 to 17, experiencing major depressive episodes are also now included within this number.

Mental health is becoming an issue for adults too. The consumption of psychotropic drugs is sky-rocketing.

Do we need better drugs?

Do we need to make drugs part of our daily diet?

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley, in his famous book 'Brave New World', foresaw this happening. He depicted a society where drugs are used to create meaningless lives for all of Earth's residents.

His Brave New World is a world where human dignity is lost. Any attempt to use the pecicular powers of human nature is regarded with suspicion, and any subconscious suffering derived from this loss of humanity is disguised by the use of drugs.

Aldous Huxley had quite a talent at foreseeing the future, and his Brave New World is exactly where we are heading. Many teens do not want to be part of such an inhuman way of living, and with good reason. The solution is not suicide, however, but rather it's about bringing an awareness to all, and rebuilding a more human society.

A more human society

A more human society is one which respects human nature, and here is where our difficulties begin.

What is in favor of human nature, and what is acting against it?

This is hard to say because ideas of human nature have been created through human history in order to justify forms of social organization. We could begin our personal investigation into human nature in many ways. My preferred method, however, is self-observation.

Although we can imagine many other ways to perform such an investigation, personally, I learned to be suspicious of any definition of human nature proposed by people who:

* Want you to accept their definition without allowing you to check its validity by yourself

* Have an egotistical stake in having you believe in this definition

* Are in position of power, and could lose it if you do not believe in their way of thinking

Unfortunately, we have to be very determined in our search if we want to find any unbiased source relating human nature. A lot of biased sources will put themselves in the way, and the good ones are difficult to find.

My vision of the true human nature

I'm going to offer a glimpse to my vision of true human nature. I have been developing it over the last few years, convinced that real change will only happen when each and every one of us starts to see the truth about human nature on their own, rather than relying on existing learned definitions.

Paradoxically, children are among the best teachers of human nature, because they are unbiased.

Depression in teens is, in my opinion, as a result of the conflict between the human nature of adolescents, which is still unbiased, and the external pressure applied on them to be molded by the sick and artificial form of human nature society proposals.

Modern man is a thing

One aspect of modern man is that he is more of a thing than a true human being. He sells himself. He makes himself attractive in the same way apples may be polished to attract consumers. He studies for years, learns languages, and polishes his manners all to increase his value, so he can sell himself at a higher price, like the apples.

His value is determined by the market. If the market prefers extroverted people, he will make himself an extrovert. If introverts are reappraised, he will make himself introverted. If the market wants happy people, then he will smile even if he feels anguish.

Huge attention is given to figure out what sells on the market, and the apple, sorry, the human being is polished accordingly. Any change in the market, and your value can evaporate overnight. This is a source of insecurity and anxiety.

Depressed teens do not want to be things

What has all of this got to do with depression in teens?

Depressed teens unconsciously refuse to see themselves as objects to be consumed. If they could freely express this refusal, they would tell us: "What is the point in living if I have to become an object to be consumed?"

I suggest we should allow them to express consciously this refusal, and learn from them how to make our society more human.

What Works When Treating Childhood Anxiety – Common Mistakes to Avoid

Is anxiety robbing your child of their childhood? Studies are showing that one in ten children are suffering from some level of anxiety. That means that ten percent of children are not living the life they deserve. Ten percent of children are experiencing the same fears and self-doubts that we normally associate with overwrought adults. Ten percent of children that are more prone to experimenting with drugs and alcohol because of a simple little mix-up in their mental outlook.

If left untreated anxiety can grow in your child and leave them paralleled with self-doubt and fear. Anxiety creates neural pathways in the brain that are reinforced daily and can become harder and harder to change. In children, an exotic behavior can be retrained much simpler than in an adult. When was the last time you learned a new trick? I'll bet your child learned more than you can count just in the last year!

If you're like most parents you've thought about the different methods to treat anxiety, and maybe you've even tried a few. Therapy can be expensive, and for the most part it's useless in the fight against anxiety. Drugs can lessen some of the symptoms, but at what cost? With medications you are simply covering up the problem and most likely creating new ones in the process. Some may even have tried new age treatments like hypnosis; hypnosis is unproven and could result in modifications to your child's behavior that you did not want or expect.

To treat child anxiety you need to go to the source. The "mental mistakes" in the neural pathways that can be retrained at home using a few simple, yet vital, steps at home.

The Stages of Sleep Deprivation, & How it Affects Your Life

In this article, we are going to look at the stages of sleep deprivation, and the effects it can have.

Studies have shown that the early stages of sleep deprivation (that being the first two or three days that you go without sleep) are associated with the feeling of being tired, having sore eyes, slower response times, feeling irritable, and possibly feeling unusual physical sensations. Things like tingling, numbness or the feeling that you are floating. The longer you go without sleep, the worse these feelings will become.

In the middle stages of sleep deprivation (which is day 3 to day 5), the insomniac may experience illusions and “microsleep”, which is naps that last for just a few seconds. After you have gone four or five days without sleep, your grip on reality might loosen. You may hallucinate, be paranoid, and act in a psychotic manner. Also, going without sleep lessens your immune system, so your chances of getting sick increase.

The question is, why are you sleep deprived? Are you a college student who is staying up all night studying? Or do you have serious sleep troubles? In other words, do you try to get sleep but seem to have no luck? If so, you are suffering from insomnia, and you need to examine why this is happening. Sometimes it can have to do with your lifestyle, like staying out late and night and drinking alcohol, while in other instances it is some other physical problem, such as the pain from arthritis.

Ankylosing Spondylitis – The Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of this disease is through an x-ray of the spine and pelvis, although there is an antigen, HLA-B27, as warning of the possible presence of disease development. In Spain, about 50,000 people with the disease for which there is still no definitive cure.

Among the treatments available, all aimed at relieving symptoms produced include anti-inflammatory, analgesics, sulfasalazine or methotrexate. In severe cases, when joints are severely damaged, you get to use surgery. In this regard devote his presentation Norberto Gomez Rodriguez, who will discuss “non-conventional treatments and Spondylitis. The posture correction and rehabilitation are vital to this relative vacuum therapy and alternative techniques such as hydrotherapy, gain strength and have been reaffirmed by patients who have undergone them. But counseling also plays a key role in the daily life of these patients and the intervention of the psychologist is highly useful.

In the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis play a key role gymnastics and physical therapy to maintain joint mobility and prevent gradual deforming of the spine even though the exercise may be somewhat painful for the patient concerned. Especially recommended are extension exercises such as Yoga or Pilates. The classical medicine uses different drugs to combat disease. Since 2003 there is in Europe the drug Enbrel (Amgen, Etanercept, Infliximab), a preparation of the family of TNF-alpha blockers (TNF = tumor necrosis factor) that reduces inflammatory processes.

With this medicine, very expensive now, have obtained very good results, although there are still no long term studies. Before his appearance were used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as indomethacin, sulfasalazine or methotrexate for reducing pain and control the processes inflammatory. There are also studies that mention the treatment with pamidronate, thalidomide and the radio radioactive isotope 224. In very advanced cases there is also a surgical solution, in which the vertebrae are fractured and rigidity acquired vueltasa hold in proper position with metal plates.

This complicated operations and no little risk, but can significantly improve the quality of life for treatment of ankylosing paciente. El and in particular ankylosing spondylitis has changed radically in recent years following the introduction of blockers of Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-*). Both infliximab and etanercept and adalimumab significantly reduced inflammatory activity and induce changes in the histopathology of the synovium, the pattern of cytokines in peripheral blood and synovial fluid and magnetic porresonancia imagery and ultrasound.

Currently the possibility that the effect of these molecules not only reduces the relief of symptoms and signs, but also alter the natural history of these diseases. The purpose of this review is to present the evidence which exists for the use of biological agents in ankylosing spondylitis, the form of assessment of their effectiveness, the most important results in the short and long term and leading-edge treatment recommendations. It is rare to develop an early diagnosis because patients are slow to see a doctor to interpret that back pain is here to stay.