Neurofeedback to Treat a Seizure Disorder

When you think of epilepsy, you can not help but think about the seizure disorder that invariably goes along with it. An epileptic seizure diagnosis can disrupt your life by forcing you to give up driving a car or swimming alone, as well as always being worried about when the next one will strike. If there was a therapy or medication that could cut back on the number of them you experience or completely eliminate them altogether, would you take the opportunity? If you said yes, then consider neurobiofeedback therapy.

Neurofeedback is thought of as biofeedback for the brain. If you have a seizure disorder associated with epilepsy, then you may have already heard of biofeedback, which can help you prepare for them by teaching the brain to recognize when one is coming. This therapy can train your brain in a different way by actually changing the way it works through rewarding it when it functions in the correct way. This is done through the use of electrical impulses that generate inside your brain. The impulses run through a machine that audibly or visibly responds to the signals it sends.

With regard to classification of seizures, there is great evidence available that suggests the brain can be trained to prevent most epileptic or focal (simple or complex) ones from ever occurring. A study conducted in 2001 showed that 82% of patients with epilepsy who were treated with neurotherapy significantly improved without the use of any type of medication. Most of these patients showed a large reduction in its activity, and in many cases this change was for the long term.

Another group of scientists conducted a different type of study involving the use of neurofeedback therapy. In this study, they used this therapy to actually induce epileptic seizures by training the brain to follow patterns that cause them. This experiment was also very successful, because demonstrating that neurofeedback therapy can train the brain to function within almost any pattern or wavelength that is chosen.

If you feel that neurofeedback therapy might be the epilepsy treatment that you are looking for, then you should look for a neurotherapist in your area. He or she will conduct what's called a quantitative EEG assessment before you actually begin the treatment. Although a QEEG test is not necessarily used for many disorders that are treatable with this type of therapy, in the case of epilepsy it can provide the therapist with very helpful information about how the brain is functioning.

Neurofeedback therapy is painless and non-invasive and is usually without side effects, including the mildly annoying feeling of being sleepy after a session. With lots of evidence in its favor, this therapy shows an unusual promise for those suffering with a seizure disorder due to epilepsy. This non-invasive treatment method could very well prove to be the treatment option that finally allows those who suffer from recurrent seizures to get their lives back.

The Healthiest People in the World – What Are the Benefits of Natural Foods?

Let us take a trip to a land where six mountain ranges meet in awesome silence. It is just 18 miles from Russia's southern border at the northern tip of Pakistan; this land, a forbidden Shangri-la is snug between rocky ramparts and peaks that reach close to 20,000 feet up into the sky. This exciting land is known is Hunza – just one mile wide and about 60 miles long. Yet here you will find the much deserved after Fountain of Youth.

No, it is not a bubbling spring as Ponce de Leon thought it would be. Rather, this "fountain" consist of natural foods. But the methods may fulfill the dreams of a legendary Fountain of Youth. In Hunza, a few accessible cities of land have been able to sustain its tiny population of 25,000 for nearly 2,000 years – completely free from disease!

Here is what natural health foods and natural living have done for these people:

1. Men live to be over 90. Many men become fathers when they are well up in their 60's and even 70's.

2. Some of the Hunzukuts are about 120 years of age and look no more than 60 or 70. They are not only in advanced years but are able to do the work of a youngster! For example, one Hunza mail of 73 was reported to be carrying load of 65 pounds or more on his back while traversing tortuous mountain trails for a three-day journey. His secret — natural health foods.

3. The Hunzukuts have never suffered from such diseases as mumps, measles, chicken pox. They know nothing about high blood pressure, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, apoplexy, cancer, and impaired hearing or eyesight.

4. Oldsters up to 80 have perfect vision!

5. They enjoy peace of mind, knowing nothing of hatred, greed, envy, jealousy, or crime. Juvenile delinquency has never been heard of. Their water is pure and brimming with minerals. It has long been noted that minerals nourish one's personality and can even prevent mental derangement. My previous book on minerals has the complete story.

Stroke Treatment Using the Feldenkrais Method

Stroke is quite common worldwide, and is currently the third leading cause of death in the US If you or a loved one has had a stroke, there may be permanent loss of function on one or both sides of the body. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of your brain is disturbed or reduced, robbing brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. A stroke can occur because of a clot or actual bleeding inside the brain. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. As a result, the affected area of ​​the brain is unable to function, causing symptoms like the inability to move an extremity, laborated speech, and / or a headache. Treatment for a stroke is both immediate and ongoing. Immediate treatment often involves going to the hospital for testing and observation. Immediate treatment may also involve medications, physical therapy, and acute nursing care. Ongoing treatment is usually referred to as stroke rehabilitation. Stroke rehabilitation takes place in the hospital at first. And after a while, you can be transferred to outpatient care when you are functionally better.

Because the effects of a stroke feel permanent, it is hard to imagine that help for a stroke is possible. A Feldenkrais approach to stroke treatment takes the following neuroanatomy into consideration:

  • Areas of the brain responsible for specific functions are vastly underused.
  • The body has a way to communicate right and left (corpus collosum) the functional efforts of the unaffected side. This allows the affected side to have a "model" of function from which to learn.
  • New neural connections around areas of damaged brain can be formed, a process called neuroplasticity.
  • These new connections respond to stimuli in much the same way as the old connections, restoring lost function.

If physical therapy has not worked to your satisfaction, the Feldenkrais Method can be used to treat all problems for which surgery is not necessary. Feldenkrais uses simple, gentle movements to reorganize posture, flexibility, strength and coordination. Based on the neurological processes by which we learn movement skills, it is a novel approach to stroke therapy , harnessing the power of the brain to help the body function more efficiently. More efficient use of self creates environments within which chronic problems can improve. Limbs can move more freely, sitting and breathing improve, and everyday activities becomes possible again. Let Feldenkrais show you how to improve your ability to function after a stroke, and get more out of life.

Alopecia Areata Treatment Options

Alopecia Areata is a highly unpredictable, autoimmune skin disease that may lead to the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. This disease affects males and females of all ages and races, but it often begins in childhood. This disease affects approximately 2 percent of the population, or about 4.5 million people in the United States alone.

The exact cause of Alopecia Areata is unknown. It is thought that a combination of genes predisposes certain people to this disease, and some trigger-or possibly the confluence of several things-sets the disease off. The immune system then mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which shrink in size, arresting visible hair production.

Those that have been diagnosed and are looking for Alopecia Areata treatment options are often very emotional about their situation. They may become depressed and have trouble interacting with others out of fear of rejection. It is very important that they get the support that they need to make it through this very tough disease.

Current Alopecia Areata treatment options often include the use of topical sensitizers such as diphencyprone or squaric acid dibutyl ester, and topical medications like minoxidil or anthralin. Corticosteroids may also be applied topically or taken in pill form or injected. And some physicians utilize ultraviolet light and alternative therapies.

Currently there is no Alopecia Areata treatment that ensures a successful exit. Although some of the treatments listed above have been proven to hinder the spread of alopecia areata, the search for a cure is ongoing.

There are alternatives available.

Signs and Symptoms of Ear Infections

Ear infections, also known as otitis media, are an inflammation of the middle ear. The inflammation often begins as a result of the same infection that causes colds, sore throats and respiratory infections. The infection may be either bacterial or viral.

Middle ear infections are particularly common in the first 2 years of a child's life. Young children are most at risk because the tube that connects the middle ear and throat (Eustachian tube) are tiny. As a result germs from the throat and nose can travel to the ear. If the Eustachian tube becomes blocked the fluid that builds up in the middle ear can not drain effectively into the throat.

Before the onset of the ear infection the child typically had had a cold. Frequently the cold does develop with yellow or green mucous from their upper respiratory infection. The child may then present with some of the following symptoms

  • Unusual irritability or fussiness
  • Tantrums
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Waking frequently at night
  • Waking crying or with screams of pain
  • Pulling on one or both ears
  • Putting their finger in their ears
  • Fever
  • Perforation of the ear drum resulting in drainage of fluid, pus and / or blood
  • Offensive smell from the ear (after peroration of ear drum)
  • Clumsiness / loss of balance
  • Difficulty listening soft sounds

Treatment of Ear Infections Previously the use of antibiotics was frequently prescribed for the treatment of infections. However in most cases this is not required. Recent research has shown that in many cases the infection clears up in the same time with or without antibiotics.

However if your child is very unwell or very young antibiotics may be required to treat the ear infection and it is advised the child be seen by a doctor. If your child is experiencing pain the use of paracetamol may provide relief.

Grommets If a child has recurrent middle ear infections or 'glue-ear' your Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist may recommend grommets are inserted into the eardrum. These tubes help fluid drain from the middle ear.

If your child has had recurrent ear infections it is important that their hearing is monitored. If you notice that your child is not responding to noises in their environment (eg turning the TV up) or is not responding to their name it may indicate they have a hearing injury. This can be done through a referral to an audiologist for a hearing assessment.

Hyperacusis: A Hearing Impairment

Most people know of only one type of hearing impairment – deafness. Hearing no sound at all can be very difficult but looking at the opposite side of it, hearing too much may also prove to be as hard. Hyperacusis is defined as the intolerance to normal and everyday sounds.

To give you a concrete illustration of hyperacusis, take for example a glass being put down on top of a desk. To ordinary people, the sound produced by such an act is very noticeable. For someone who is suffering from hyperacusis, such sound may be described as loud, even disturbing.

Symptoms of hyperacusis include pain or pressure in the inner ear. Because of the added noise that they hear, individuals with this ailment may find it difficult to adapt to the flow of everyday life and may be deemed as socially unfit.

When someone suffers from hyperacusis it would be likely that he or she would soon develop tinnitus. Tinnitus is an odd sensation in your ear that is coupled with a ringing or whistling sound. Phonophobia is also a disorder that is associated with this condition. This is characterized with the fear of exposure to sounds that may do damage to their hearing. In such situations, a person with hyperacusis may be under a lot of stress. This would be evident in how one performances in the workplace, at home and in social gatherings. Lack of sleep is also attributed with such stress.

Hyperacusis is said to be caused by a malfunction in the sound regulatory system of the brain. It can also be a result of a serious head injury, over fatigue or epilepsy. Disease such as Bell's Palsy and Lyme disease is also related with such hearing impairment. Intake of synthetic drugs could also have some negative effects that can cause hyperacusis.

One popular treatment for hyperacusis is sound desensitization. In this procedure, a patient is exposed to pink noise (a term referred to a random noise with equal amount of energy in one octave) at a volume lower than one's discomfort level. He would be subject to such process for about two hours everyday. Results will not be achieved in a snap of a finger, but with enough support from family and friends, one should be in the path of full recovery in about six months.

The Things I Hate About Jesus – Part 2

All my life, I've heard Christians repeating the phrases, "No other name
but the Name of Jesus "or" In the Name of Jesus. "I've used those
phrases a few million times myself. Then, one day, a woman handed me
a brochure stating that we Christians were all destined for Hell because,
after all, the name in which we had misplaced our trust was NOT "Jesus"
but "Yeshua!"

I argued, "What if I'm from Mexico and I can not easily or accurately
pronounce the "Y" sound and wind up saying "JAY-shua." Am I doomed
to Hell, or does God give Hispanics points for trying? "While she
pondered the thought, I continued, "What if I'm a deaf mute and can not
say anything at all? Does God grade on a curve? "She had no answers,
just a puzzled expression.

Earlier this week, when I ministered by phone to people from a Muslim
country, whenever I used the name of Jesus, each time, the interpreter
was translating it as something else. Did it "count"?

When it comes to the things I hate about Jesus, His Name ranks right
near the top. No, it's not the letters or the sounds they, make when we
put them together; it's the religious bondage that has occurred BECAUSE
of that Name. The main perpetrators? English-speakers, of course.

For starters, the name of the babe born in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph
about 2000 years ago was not pronounced "JEE-zus." (Did you hear those
bubbles burst?) Most scholars agree that the common language of the
entire region was Aramaic and that Jesus probably SPOKE Aramaic and
was most likely NAMED in Aramaic. The modern transliteration of His
Aramaic name into English has been written in many forms, including Yeshu ',
Eesho 'or Eshoo. There were, and still are, many different, and often
contradictory, dialects of Aramaic, making it impossible to know for certain
how His Name was actually pronounced way back when.

His Name in Hebrew is commonly transliterated into English as Yeshua,
which is a Hebrew contracting for the name Yehoshua meaning "Yah is
salvation "or" Yah saves. "Many Biblical references, such as Young's
Analytical Concordance, have concluded that His Name was Yeshua.

Although the spelling "Iesus" or "Iesvs" was used in the King James version
of the New Testament from 1611 to 1628, by the year 1629 the King James
version began to adopt the spelling "Jesus." Gradually, during the 17th
century, the name shifted from "Iesus" to the pronunciation "Jesus" that we
are still using today. Think about that … 2,000 years of Christianity and we've been
only been referring to Christ as "Jesus" for less than 400 years!

When Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life," do we honestly think
He was referring to Himself – the flesh and blood human man named, Jesus?
When someone wants to talk to me, Michael Tummillo, they can use any
number of methods, WAYS, if you will. There's the phone, email, US Mail,
or they can knock on the door of my home, NONE of which are actually me;
rather, they are each a way TO me. Likewise, Jesus – who actually referred
to Himself as "the Door" – was the WAY to the Father; an entrance.

Am I saying there are many ways to God? Perish the idea! But if we think
that one man going by one particular name was our in-road to Heaven simply
because He bore that name, and that we are saved or even empowered in
spiritual warfare simply because we USE that Name, we are ALL sadly
mistaken. In fact, the name "Jesus" back then was about as common as the
name "Bob" is today.

THE RICHNESS OF A COMMON RITUAL

Most Christians will close a prayer with the phrase "In Jesus' Name, amen."
When we do this, what are we saying?

Prayer "in Jesus' Name" is taught in John 14: 13-14, "And I will do whatever
you ask in My Name [though it was pronounced] so that the Son may bring
glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in My Name [whatever it
was], and I will do it. "Many Christians mistakenly believe that by saying" In
Jesus' Name "at the end of a prayer results in God always granting what is
asked for. This is essentially reveating the words "in Jesus' Name" like Ali Baba
using the magic words, "Open sesame!"

Biblical scholars point out that the expression "in the name of" originally meant
"in the spirit of" or "in the manner of." In other words, simply saying "in Jesus'
Name, "does not mean that a particular prayer really IS in Jesus' Name.
someone's name means that we are saying, or agreeing with, the kinds of things
that person would say or do or those that He taught.

For instance, a prayer that is in keeping with Jesus' teaching might begin by
acknowledging the bright of the poor. Jesus singled out the sick, the hungry,
the hospitalized, and told His disciples that they would always find Him amongst what
He described as "the least of these members of My family."

A prayer in Jesus' Name might also include a prayer of blessing for that is in
keeping with his teaching to love our enemies and to bless those who curse us.

Praying in Jesus' Name means, basically, praying what Jesus taught us to pray
by His example. "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we
ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears
us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him "(1 John 5: 14-15).
Essentially, praying in Jesus' Name is praying for things that will honor and glorify
the King and advance the Kingdom.

Saying "In Jesus' Name" is meaningless. Genuinely praying in Jesus' Name – from
the same Spirit of Jesus that resides within YOU – is what is important, not
attaching certain words to the end of a prayer. It is not the words that matter, but
the purpose behind the prayer. Praying for things that are in agreement with God's
will is the essence of praying in Jesus' Name.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

A friend of mine was doing missionary work in Africa many years ago. His team
encountered an elderly woman sitting in the desert upon a rock. When they asked
what she was doing, she told them she had been talking to the Great Spirit and He
told her white men were coming to tell her His Name. My friend, through a translator,
told her His Name was "Jesus." She returned to the tribe and they had a great
celebration.

What if my friend had told her that God's Name was "Howard" (as in "Howard be
thy name? ") Seriously, would it have mattered at all to Father God what they were
calling Him?

Now, let's pretend you're a young lady in Baghdad. You love God with all your heart
and are told, all your life, that His name is "Allah." Armed with that knowledge, you
worship Him the best and only way you know how until the day you die. The same
applies to any scenario for any people group anywhere in the face of the Earth …
does it not?

Therefore, I guess I'll go on calling Him "Jesus" – the man who was filled with the
Holy Spirit when He descended UPON Jesus like a dove, that same Spirit that Raised
Him from the dead and now dwells within us, the Anointed One (Cristos, or Christ)
who, as the Anointed Head, still leads and directs His Body by means of Hs Spirit
which He gave to His followers.

Are YOU one of His disciples? Are you a follower of what's His Name?

Stuttering Anguish

Not many disorders can be as annoying as stuttering, rather known as a specific case of speech disorder. This speech disorder cannot be termed as a disability but it is simply a case of non-fluent speaking where people suffering from it tend to stammer while pronouncing certain words or syllables. In most cases, stutterers stumble while pronouncing difficult words or elongate the vowels. Though stuttering can be mentioned as a simple case of speech disorder, the trauma undergone by the stutterers is not something which is easy to get over. Also not knowing the cause of the problem and not having a prescribed cure for it doesn’t help the cause of stutterers much.

The problems faced by stutterers in their day to day life are innumerable. The first problem faced by the stutterers is within them. Stutterers find that they are not able to communicate as fast as their minds think and this leads them to feel the frustration and anger over themselves. Though they want to get over their disorder and get on with life, it becomes impossible for them to do so with their recurring stuttering problem.

But the major problem faced by stutterers is in the form of their society and the environment they live in. The society doesn’t understand the difficulties faced by stutterers and considers them only as a piece of joke. The society doesn’t realize the psychological and emotional suffering undergone by the stutterers. In most places, a stutterer is just made fun of, ridiculed or imitated and it is expected of the stutterer to take all of that in a sense of jest. The anguish of the stutterers is not understood by many and not many know that the ridiculing and teasing can completely change the personality of the stutterer.

Most stutterers tend to keep to themselves or develop a reserved nature to avoid communication with others. Some other stutterers develop a short temper which makes them unfriendly and are even more teased in their surroundings. The society must try and identify with the anguish of the stutterers and help them in every way possible to help them overcome the problem. There can be enormous hidden potential in a stutterer which may not have come out due to the taunting he/she had experienced in earlier years. With the right amount of encouragement and support, stutterers will be able to get rid of their problem and get along well in the society.

A Proven Way to Prevent a Sore Throat From Progressing to a Cold

Before I start sharing with you the proven way to prevent a sore throat from progressing to a cold, do you know experiencing periodic cold or flu can actually be helpful to your health? It may sound ridiculous but it is true, as told by my friend, who is a doctor by profession.

He stated that during our cold or flu period, our bodes are actually in the healing process of getting rid of those weakest cells which can help us to stay more healthier in the long run.

Here is how you can better prepare in preventing a cold from developing.

Gargle with warm salt water the moment you start experiencing that sore, tickling feeling in your throat. Try to tap your throat (Adam's apple region) with your fingers while you gargle so as to encourage the warm salt water to trickle deeply into your throat.

You probably may not be aware of, your tonsils and adenoids serve as a first line of defense against any airborne microorganisms and substances. It is a significant parts of your immune system located near the entrance of your breathing passages. Colds and flu viruses usually get eaten by your tonsils and adenoids before spreading through your body, and by gargling warm salt water it can effectively removed the viruses.

If you ever experience chronic swapping tonsils and adenoids at your throat region and is thinking of removing them, please reconsider seriously. It is highly not recommended. Try alternatives ways liked;

– Adopting a minimal processed diet, rich in fresh plant foods,
– Reduced your sugar intake especially cannoned drinks
– Get plenty of rest, exercise and exposed yourself outdoor more often.

You may ask gargling cold salt water works as well?

Either warm or cold salt water will help to remove those harmful viruses from your tonsils and adenoids, but if possible, try warm salt water as it promises to be more effective.

These are just simple and easy ways you can try out without any hassle before you consult your doctor.

Thanks for reading.

Penis Size Concerns: How to Avoid Penile Atrophy

For most men, worries about shrinkage are limited to those moments when his penis encounters cold water or chilly air – and in that case, every man is quite accustomed to his penis size diminishing as much as possible as his body tries to protect itself. However, there is another penis size issue that many men worry about, and that is penile atrophy. In some cases, a man will notice this happening gradually as he go about his daily penis care regimen. But what does it mean? Is it permanent? What can he do about it? Here are the answers.

What is penile atrophy?

Penile atrophy is just what it sounds like – a shrinking in penis size. It usually happens very gradually, over the course of several years. But one day, a man might look down to realize that his penis looks a bit different. At this point, many guys will break out the handy measuring tape and discover that yes, their penis is actually a bit shorter than it once was. Needless to say, this is often when a quiet kind of panic ensures.

What causes penile atrophy?

Penile atrophy can be caused by many things, including the simple aging process. As the body gets older, everything changes – and that includes the function and appearance of the penis. But here’s what’s behind the issue.

1. Lower testosterone levels. As a man ages, his levels of testosterone naturally drop. Along with that natural drop comes several physical changes, including issues with sexual function and desire. However, some men have also noticed that the lower their testosterone stays over time, the smaller their penis size becomes. In fact, a man might experience the loss of a full inch between his 30s and 60s.

2. Issues with connective tissue. As a person ages, the wrinkles start rolling in. That happens thanks to the breakdown of connecting tissue in the body. The penis isn’t immune to this, and though it might be tough to see the wrinkles most of the time, the result isn’t so much in the appearance as it is in the penis size. In addition to loss of size, a man might also experience a loss of function, as the penis no longer properly fills with blood when he becomes excited.

3. Gaining a bit of weight. Fatty deposits in the body happen to the best of men, and unfortunately, many of those have a direct impact on the penis. In addition to abdominal fat making the penis appear smaller – even if it really hasn’t changed – fatty deposits in the blood vessels of the body can compromise the blood flow and lead to circulatory problems. This translates into problems with sexual function, such as erectile dysfunction. Besides that, the lack of blood flow means the body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs everywhere it needs them. This sort of ‘malnutrition’ can lead to penile atrophy.

What can be done about it?

For many men, penile atrophy is an inevitable situation. The question isn’t what can be done to stop it, but rather, what can be done to slow it down. The answer to that is pretty simple: A man must exercise regularly, eat properly and take care of his overall health. The more he can fight the signs and issues of aging, the more likely he will continue to have a vital and healthy sex life through his elder years.

In addition to this, a man should take care to give the penis all the help it can possibly get. That’s why an excellent penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is a good idea. Formulated with alpha lipoic acid to fight the free radicals that hasten signs of aging, L-carnitine to keep the nerves healthy and vitamin A to fight against aging, a good penis health crème will make sure a man’s penis stays as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

How Well Does Medical Marijuana Work For Glaucoma?

Glaucoma affects more than 60 million people worldwide and the second leading cause of blindness behind cataracts. Both marijuana and THC have been shown to lower intra-ocular pressure, which is a key contributor to glaucoma. One of the most well known uses for medical marijuana is

The most common form of glaucoma is called primary open angle glaucoma and represents a slowly progressive disorder that destroys cells in the retina and also degrades the optic nerve. A person’s visual field gets constricted and eventually disappears. The patient goes blind.

Three factors have been identified which create risk factors for glaucoma. The first two are out of a person’s control = Age and Race. The third, increased intra-ocular pressure, is the one that’s potentially controllable.

Intra-ocular pressure normally results from the eye shape being maintained by fluid in the eye called aqueous humor. The fluid flows between the front of the eye and the back of the cornea. If a person has increased intraocular pressure, the flow of fluid from the front of the eye is restricted, and the pressure rises. It is this fluid that is suspected to provide nutrients to the optic nerve.

Reducing intra-ocular pressure to normal does not guarantee glaucoma prevention, but since it’s the only controllable risk factor, it is the one that is worked on with medications.

The two ways that medications work on reducing intraocular pressure are as follows:

1) Reducing the production of aqueous fluid 2) Making it easier for the fluid to flow out of the front eye

There are also a few surgical options which attempt to achieve the same objective.

Several studies have shown the effects of marijuana and THC on reducing intraocular pressure. Whether the THC is smoked, inhaled, or eaten, intraocular pressure is reduced. Applying cannabinoids directly to the eye did not work however.

Research has not shown us exactly how cannabinoids reduce IOP. They work at reducing IOP for about 4 hours. That means having to take it 4 to 8 times per day, whereas, there are other medications only necessary twice per day.

The side effects of marijuana intake, such as the psychoactive effects, may be difficult for the elderly to tolerate. Marijuana may cause the heart to “race” and make patients anxious. The IOP in patients with glaucoma needs to be controlled continuously since it’s a progressive disease.

With the onset of the latest medications that are effective for controlling the IOP in glaucoma, marijuana is no longer a first line treatment for controlling it. It is less effective and potentially more problematic than the latest medications. If, however, a patient needs a second or third line choice, marijuana may fit the need nicely.

Nearsightedness Explained – Everything You Need To Know About Myopia

Myopia or nearsightedness is a condition when a person can not see far away objects clearly, while closer objects are usually seen with much better clarity. This happens due to the abnormal elongation of an eyeball which results in light rays from distant objects focusing in front of retina and projecting blurry image on it. This is one of the most common eye problems in the world as almost one-third of the world's population is affected by myopia.

A myopic person usually finds it very difficult to see distant objects like traffic signs or other objects like blackboards or display boards which may cause symptoms like headache, eyestrain and fatigue. A degree of myopia can range from mild cases when affected people usually see everything, but are unable to read distant signs to more severe cases when person is unable to recognize people and generally function properly without corrective glasses or lenses.

There are many different causes of nearsightedness. The majority of medical professionals consider myopia to be hereditary, while the excessive eye strain, resulting from focusing the vision on closer objects for longer periods of time, is considered to be only a factor that can worsen the condition. Some professionals believe that the eye strain can be in fact the cause of myopia. This condition is more commonly found in school children, college and university students (intellectual people) who have to spend a lot of time reading books or working on the computers.

The condition usually starts developing slowly during puberty and adolescence. Due to the slow development, many people may overlook the fact that they suffer from myopia in its early phases and believe their vision is perfect, until they start experiencing problems. That is why regular eye exams should be taken from time to time.

Unfortunately myopia is a progressive condition which worsens over time, but usually stabilizes in early adulthood and remains more or less the same through the entire life. There is very little scientific evidence that suggests wearing corrective lenses has any effect on slowing down the progress of myopia.

Myopia is most commonly corrected by wearing eye glasses or contact lenses with divergent properties (so-called minus lenses). Minus lenses have the ability to focus light rays from distant objects on the retina in the myopic eye. There are also more permanent ways of correcting myopia like refractive surgery which consist of laser eye surgery (LASIK, LASEK, PRK, etc.) or surgical implantation of corrective lenses. Refractive surgery significantly increases the quality of life for nearsighted people and reduces their dependence on glasses and contacts, but is not without risks.

There are also eye exercises that can reduce the eye strain and probably slow down the progress of myopia. In some cases they can even reverse the progress of myopia and improve the eyesight, but there is little evidence to support that claim. However it does not hurt to try them out and they are for sure much better and more natural alternative to surgery.

Iron Overload Can Impact Penis Function

When penis health is good, penis function is more likely to be good as well. But sometimes there are conditions which indirectly affect penis function. One such example may occur when a man suffers from iron overload, that is, an excess amount of iron in his system.

Iron is basically good

Now, as any boy who is told to eat his spinach or take his vitamins knows, the body needs iron. In most cases, iron is a good thing. This mineral is an essential component of hemoglobin, which takes iron out of the lungs and transports it around the body to the tissues which need it to thrive and work properly. It also plays a role in growth and development, as well as in cellular function.

Sometimes a person has too little iron and can develop anemia, a situation in which not enough oxygen is transported around the body. This leaves a person feeling tired and fatigued and can have long term health consequences.

But in some cases, a person may actually get too much iron. When this happens, there is more iron than the body can properly process. If it is not removed it will travel around the body until it comes to rest in various tissues and organs, such as the heart, brain, liver, pancreas, pituitary gland, etc. This can have a negative effect on the organ; if the iron overload is too severe, it can impair the proper functioning of the organ and in some cases can destroy it.

Penis function

And how does iron overload affect penis function? The main problems are when the heart and/or pituitary gland gets iron overloaded.

Clearly, anything that affects the heart is bad news and cardiac issues can impact a man’s total health. In terms of penis health, impaired cardiac function can affect a man’s stamina so that he may have a more difficult time “keeping going” while having sex. It can also affect the heart’s ability to pump blood at an appropriate level to build and then maintain an erection, leading to erectile dysfunction. Finally, a slower blood rate also means a decrease in oxygen being delivered, which weakens penile tissue.

The pituitary gland is important in penis health because it produces a wide variety of hormones – many of which affect the penis. If the pituitary is impaired, a man’s libido may suffer, his ability to achieve erections may diminish, and in some cases, he may experience shrinkage of the testes.

Causes

Iron overload can sometimes be caused by simply having too much iron in the diet; however, usually there is an outside factor at work. These include hereditary conditions such as hereditary hemochromatosis or thalassemia. Diseases requiring frequent blood transfusions, such as leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, lymphoma, or sickle cell disease, and again including thalassemia, also can result in iron overload.

Typically, iron overload is treated either by phlebotomy or chelation. With phlebotomy, a unit of blood is removed from the body, with the process repeated every few weeks as necessary until iron levels are normal. Chelation involves administering a drug on a daily basis over an extended period of time; the drug will “bind” with the iron and remove it gradually.

Penis function impacted by iron overload will more easily recover if penis health is not otherwise affected, so guys should regularly apply a superior penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Take trouble to select a crème that contains a wide range of necessary vitamins, especially vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. In addition, a penis should be rewarded with a crème containing L-arginine. This ingredient helps to boost the body’s production of nitric oxide; this in turn helps penile blood vessels to expand more readily when there is increased blood flow.

Nursing Rabbits: How To Care For A Sick Rabbit

A sick rabbit should only be nursed at home by veterinary instruction ie if your rabbit is sick, always see a vet first and foremost. There are several circumstances in which your vet may ask you to nurse your rabbit at home rather than keeping it at the vet's surgery. For example, if your rabbit has had an operation, most commonly neutering or spaying, or is suffering from a long term illness such as Pasteurella or E.Cuniculi.

Environment

Sick rabbits should always be kept in a warm, draughts free environment. If you have an outdoor rabbit, you will need to bring it indoors so you can keep it warm and supervise it properly. Set up an indoor cage with some blankets and a litter tray in it and make sure there is always clean, fresh water available.

For house rabbits (no cage), you can let them go to their usual den or sleeping area but make sure it is comfortable, clean and they have fresh water close by.

Medication

Rabbit medicines commonly given at home such as Metacam, Baytril, Panacur and Fibreplex are administrated orally so it is important that you know how to syringe feed your rabbit (see below).

Syringe feeding

Whatever illness your rabbit has, the most common output is that your rabbit is unwilling to eat. Rabbits have very sensitive digestive systems and any kind of pain is likely to affect their eating habits first. It is very important to keep their digestive system moving to avoid the risk of gut stasis and rabbits who are not eating need to be syringe fed every couple of hours.

Recovery Food or Critical Care is available from vets, some pet stores and online retailers. It comes in saaches and needs to be mixed with a little water to form a paste. This is then fed to the rabbit with a small syringe (again, available from vets or retailers); about 2 to 3 syringe-fulls every 2 hours.

Settle your rabbit on a non-slippery surface on a table – it sometimes helps to wrap them in a blanket. Place the rabbit facing away from you with its bottom against your tummy. Hold the rabbit's head gently but firmly with one hand while you insert the syringe into its mouth. If the rabbit clenches its teeth, move the syringe round until you find the gap at the side of its mouth and wiggle it in gently. Depress the syringe slowly – this is critical so the rabbit has time to swallow as otherwise there is a risk the rabbit will inhale the food and choke. Hold the rabbit until you are sure the food has been swallowed as many rabbits hold it in their mouth then spit it out. If the rabbit spits any food out onto its chest, wipe it away – for rabbits with large dewlaps it helps to tuck a napkin or tissue over the dewlap.

Syringe feeding can be tricky and takes practice so it is advisable to ask your veterinary nurse to demonstrate first and to have two people present the first time you try it.

Cleaning / bathing

Rabbits are normally very clean and groom themselves from head to toe several times a day. A sick rabbit, however, may be unable or unwilling to do this and this can lead to skin problems if the rabbit is not kept clean. Full rabbit baths should be avoided whenever possible but if your rabbit has poo stuck around its bottom you can give it a bottom bath. Put a few inches of warm water in a sink and gently lower your rabbit's bottom into it. Loosen the poo from its fur with gentle rubbing – you can use a pet or baby shampoo if necessary. Dry the rabbit thoroughly with a towel and put it by a radiator or other warm place until its fur is completely dry.

If your rabbit's chin (dewlap) is dirty from dribbled food wipe this clean with a soft damp cloth, otherwise the skin can become irritated and sore.

Nursing a rabbit at home is time consuming and can be stressful, particularly syringe feeding, but the rabbit will generally do better in its own environment away from the stresses of a vet surgery. However, it can be difficult – particularly with more obstacle rabbits – so if you are in any doubt about whether you can manage it ask your vet to care for the rabbit instead.

Copyright 2011 Hannah Davis / Bunnyhugga. All Rights Reserved.

The Value of Certification in Wound Care

The incidence of nonhealing wounds is on the rise, due to longer survival rates for patients with conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. This situation has led to the need for specialists in wound management. To meet this growing need, several organizations have emerged that provide certification in wound care to nurses, doctors, physical therapists, and other specialty groups. There are many advantages to certification for healthcare professionals, administrators, and consumers alike.

Advantages for the Practitioner

As a certified wound care specialist, providers demonstrate to themselves and others their interest and knowledge in a specialized area of ​​patient care. Professionals who have achieved such specialization report a sense of personal satisfaction, pride, and confidence in their ability to manage complicated wounds. In addition, professionals also earn the respect of their employers, colleges and patients.

Becoming wound care certified may also provide the professional with some degree of legal protection, reducing the risk of litigation in an environment where nonhealing wounds can lead to serious disability and pain for the patient.

A specialist who is wounded care certified may also enjoy certain advantages in the workplace, such as the opportunity for advancement and an increased alert potential. Employers will often recognize the fact that certification requires strict and rigorous continuing education and practice requirements. Above all, becoming wounded care certified will bring greater job satisfaction.

Advantages for the Administrator

In this day and age of competition and increased consumer awareness, supporting healthcare professionals to achieve wound care certification offers several advantages.

Many employers in home health care agencies, hospitals, and wounded care centers are now requiring their practitioners to achieve wound care certification. Ensuring that employees become certified partnerships a competitive advantage.

Patient outcomes can be improved by using certified wound care specialists, as these professionals are able to recognize symptoms and complications before they arise, which can improve legal liability issues, leading to fewer malpractice claims.

Investing in wound care certification can improve staff retention, as committing to hiring certified wound care specialists who can make a healthcare organization unique from competitors. Supporting professionals to become wounded care certified shows that they are valued as professionals and leads to increased job satisfaction and staff retention. Most importantly, consumers will receive the highest quality care from professionals who are the most knowledgeable in wound management.

Advantages for the Consumer

Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable in regards to their own care, and are also more cognizant that they have choices in healthcare. Certified wound care specialists are current on best-practice standards, and are able to provide teaching and management techniques to their clients. Today's consumers are taking more interest in learning about their own healthcare needs. Certified wound care specialists have completed many hours of classroom and clinical experience and are in a unique position to be able to provide in-depth teaching and expertise to their clients.

The Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu once said, "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step". Taking the Online Wound Management Training course can be the first step in a more rewarding and enriching career, providing the opportunity to achieve wound care certification. Register now and begin your journey!