Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Living – What Can Blood Test Results Tell You?

As you get older, you will find your doctor routinely sending you to have blood test assessments to check your…

  • blood sugar,
  • HDL and LDL cholesterol, and
  • triglyceride levels

as part of the “growing older” process. These are tests everyone will have to take care of at one time or another. As you get the results of these tests, it is essential you know there are particular areas your doctor will not mention. Being aware of this can help give you a better picture of your overall health…

1. The Good News. First, if you are called back by your doctor after having a blood test do not expect to get much in the way of good news. Blood tests typically report problems – places where your blood is standing out from the standard deviations that have become the norm.

As such, if you do not hear a “bad” report on what is worrying you, take that as your cue, it is good news. For instance, if you are worried about a heart attack but your doctor does not make mention of your cholesterol levels, then you are not as badly off as you thought and your cholesterol may be in an okay place.

2. Normal Can Vary. Another point to keep in mind about blood tests is standard can vary between men and women. What is “normal” for one person may not necessarily be normal for another: men and women often see marked differences in their blood test results.

It pays to see the same doctor on every visit. If the doctor is aware of your case history, they can better decipher which results are abnormal and which ones are in a healthy range.

3. There Is Such A Thing As False Positives. Another aspect to keep in mind is false-positives do occur. If you have a test confirming your worst case scenario, you may want to have a repeat test to be sure.

Usually, the testing is accurate, but there is a slim chance this is not the case. The incidence of false positives occurs in tests that measure antibodies when a person has an immune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple myeloma. Since these conditions produce antibodies as well, it is more likely to sway the case into being negative.

4. Test Values Can Be Different From One Lab To Another. One last area to be aware of is testing values are not always consistent from one lab to another. Lab technicians will compare your test results with what is considered normal for their laboratory.

If that laboratory is different from the one you used previously, for instance, this may result in a change in your results without there being a “real” change. It is a smart move to have your blood testing carried out in a regular lab and stick with that lab to save yourself the headache of analyzing minute changes in your results.

Keep these points in mind next time you have a blood test and remember blood tests are measurements used for gauging your health, but your doctor should also be looking at the “big picture.” While blood tests are diagnostic, they should not be diagnostic without awareness.

Treating Acne – Benzoyl Peroxide

Almost all of the topical treatments for acne available over the counter today contain a substance called benzoyl peroxide. This chemical is very commonly used. It's not a guaranteed cure but it is an effective treatment.

Topical treatment is the first line of defense if you have mild or moderate acne. Using a topical treatment is effective in many cases. Plus, treating acne with topical treatments is quite safe and has few side effects.

Do not use anything with benzoyl peroxide on broken skin. You should also be aware that the chemical can cause dryness or flaking in some people, be irritating, or even cause a skin rash. Be sure to use it carefully if you have dry or sensitive skin.

Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria. This is how it is effective against acne; it kills the bacteria that cause most breakouts. Generally, any topical acne treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide can be considered to be safe and likely to be effective. It is highly unlikely it will do actual damage to your skin even if you do react to it with irritation.

Allergy is another matter. If you are one of the rare people who experience burning, swelling, or itching from a topical treatment, check with your doctor immediately.

When you are treating your skin with a topical preparation that contains benzoyl peroxide, it is important that you not use other topical skin preparations. If you do, it can reduce the effectiveness of your acne treatment.

Generally, topical treatments with a concentration of at least 2.5% benzyoyl peroxide are effective for most people. Mild to moderate acne responses well to benzoyl peroxide and people of all ages can use it so long as they are not allergic.

Some people are not able to conquer acne with topical treatments. These people may wish to try the Zeno acne clearing device. This is a hand-held unit that emits a non-reducing heat that kills bacteria and clears away pimples. Often the Zeno is effective in a matter of mere hours, which makes it the fastest way to get rid of acne around.

Food Storage Tips for Preventing a Food-Borne Illness

Respect bacteria that live on your food

Why some foods require careful handling. Animal-sourced products (dairy, meats) and many liquids, baked goods, and other items at room temperature are great surfaces for growing bacteria, viruses, and parasites. With no extreme heat or cold to slow down cellular division, these micro-organisms thrive, and some are harmful for humans.

Sources of a food-borne illness. Food poisoning is any food-bourne illness, caused by harmful microbial contaminants in raw foods and their juices. You may not have symptoms, but many people experience vomiting, abdominal cramps, or nausea within hours or days after ingesting the same contaminated food. Most people recover completely, but in some cases effects linger or lead to further illness. Individuals with a weakened immune system – such as diabetics, older adults, and children under 5 are at increased risk. Use care when preparing and storing foods for yourself and others.

Examples of risks related to the immune system. For diabetics, any unexpected illness may disrupt blood glucose levels. Try to prevent unnecessary influences when possible. Same goes for older adults – quality of food is paramount. Regardless of age and health status, stale and improperly-stored food is simply less tasty and may pose health risks.

Simple habits to improve health

Minimize risks while shopping. To preserve the best flavour and safety while shopping, pick up refrigerated and frozen items last, and put them away first when you get home. Keep cold items separated from warmer items in your cart. Avoid bruised fruits and vegetables. Bacteria thrive on moist nutrient-rich surfaces.

Focus on date and temperature. Discard any perishable food that is past the “Best By” date marked on its package. Ensure your fridge temperature is 4 °C (40 °F) or below, and freezer is -18 °C (0 °F) or colder. While you’re at the fridge, ensure vulnerable moist and meaty/dairy foods don’t contaminate other fridge contents by storing each item in a container. Clean containers with hot soapy water before re-use.

Taste and nutritional quality changes over time. As food at room temperature is consumed for energy by micro-organisms, the remaining food product is changed. It may be left brittle and moist. This process of consumption and waste production often causes a change in taste and smell.

Concern yourself with safety over appearance. Smells, bruising, and taste are not reliable signs of food safety. Adhere to recommended storage methods and times posted by reputable health agencies, and don’t rely on colloquial rules of thumb not based on food facts. Store vulnerable items in the back of the fridge where it’s coldest, not in the door, and place items that may drip (such as meats and sliced fruit) at the bottom, where contaminated liquids can’t drip onto other food.

Be aware of different viewpoints. Outside the U.S. and Canada, milk is pasteurized with a higher-temperature process, so milk lasts longer, and without refrigeration. Milk storage times are much shorter in the U.S. and Canada.

Here are a few important tips to handle foods safely:

  • Meats: maximum two hours out of the fridge, including time coming home from the store and cooling off after cooking
  • Milk: return to fridge quickly after use; discard served contents (don’t pour warm material from a serving container back into the original, colder container); store in coolest part of fridge (ie. not the door) between 0 and 4 °C
  • Cooking: find correct cooking temperatures for different types of meats and recipes in a quality cookbook, and wash hands 20 seconds with warm soapy water after handling meats, eggs, and any uncooked mixes that contain them
  • Surfaces: clean counters and cutting boards with sanitizing kitchen cleaner before and after contact with food; use one cutting board and knife for produce, and another for meats
  • Handy information: Consult the Government of Canada’s handy chart of recommended storage times; it will encourage you to understand the need for safe food handling, and lists storage recommendations for many items
  • Example: the current recommended safe storage time for raw beef and pork in the fridge is 2-4 days, and for opened milk is 3 days

Keep learning and enjoy the rewards of safe and healthy food habits!

Globus Hystericus (Lump in the Throat) – 7 Easy Steps To Counter Them Quickly and Effectively

Do you have a continual or intermittent ‘lump in your throat”sensations? This condition is also known as Globus Hystericus in medical term. In this article I will explain what it is. I will also teach you some simple method to ‘possibly’ eliminate the lump in the throat sensations that can be very annoying.

Globus Hystericus always shows itself as a feeling of tightness in the throat, often, but not always, causing a feeling as if you have something stuck in your throat.This feeling if not being understood properly can lead the sufferer to experience panic attack.

Most individual will experience ‘lump in the throat’ when facing something that is sad or happy, such as during a birthday party and sad movies or maybe when something very upsetting take place. This is the result of the ‘flight or fight’ response and completely very normal. This anxiety reactions is created to help us in times when real threat is present.

But more often than not it can also appear during times of stress and sadness. In any case if you experience Globus Hystericus consistently, even when no real danger is present, it could mean that you are suffering from inappropriate anxiety levels. In other words you could be having an anxiety disorder condition.

What happened during Globus Hystericus is, your throat muscle begins to tightened around the throat area. That is all. You must understand this fact attentively so that you can handle the condition properly to avoid anxiety attack from happening. Your throat is NOT closing or that you will be prevented from breathing or eating. It is simply a symptom of anxiety. It is harmless and curable through anxiety elimination program.

If you need a ‘quick fix’ that can assist you in handling Globus Hystericus, I have listed this 7 steps to help you to ease the lump in the throat sensations quickly;

  1. Try to sit in a quiet place. Get a warm face-cloth and hold it against your throat and neck for a minute.
  2. Put the face cloth away and stand upright with your back leaning against a wall. Tilt your head back as far as you can but make sure you are comfortable doing it. Now you should feel a stretch in your throat. Hold at this position for five seconds.
  3. Slowly bend your head to the left and then to the right, still maintaining the stretch in your throat. Take 5 seconds to do one complete left to right roll. Do this exercise 10 times.
  4. Place your hand on your throat at the position where it meets your chest. Try to locate the two ‘stringy’ muscles which run down each side of your adam’s apple and disappear behind your chest bones. After that use one or two hands to firmly massage any tension on those muscles. Do this for 2 minutes.
  5. If you find any more stiff muscles in the neck, either side of the windpipe, just give them a massage to ease the tension.
  6. Now go back to doing the head rolls for a further 5 repetitions and relax.
  7. Allow your muscles to relax by sitting still for a few minutes. Slowly get up and walk around.

This exercises may not have an immediate effect, but if you are able to do it regularly throughout the day, it can give a dramatic effect.

Going Bananas to Reduce Heart Disease and Boost Energy

After reading this article, you'll be for sure GOING BANANAS!

Banana is the most valuable food crop, rank fourth worldwide behind rice, wheat and potatoes. It is harvested annually around the world about 80 million metric tons. Most of us view bananas as additional something to slice up and toss on top of their cereals, but actually it has more benefits than any other fruits.

Other than tasty and rich in fiber, banana is very popular healthy snack for fitness minded and athletes as it is sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free fruits that contains high-grade protein with three of the essential amino acids, high level of sucrose, glucose, fructose and potassium to boost energy. It is one of the few fruits which contain both easily digested complex and simple carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates give you endurance energy and simple carbohydrates give you quick energy.

Eating just two bananas may provide enough energy for an intense 90 minute workout.

Banana contains five times the vitamin A and iron, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus and four times protein than found in apples.

Adding bananas to your diet is not only great for boosting energy but also reduce or prevent substantial number of illnesses such as:

  1. Anemia – Contains high iron that helps stimulate the production of hemoglobin.
  2. Alzheimer – Phenolic phytochemicals of the banana may protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity and may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders.
  3. Baby Food & Growing kids – Bananas are the best solid food to introduce to infants. A mashed ripe banana is an extremely simple and healthy baby food. Healthful way to help supply the energy needs of growing, active children.
  4. Blood Pressure – contains low in salt and yet high in potassium, a mineral known an essential mineral known for maintaining normal blood pressure, heart function and reduce stroke.
  5. Bone health – High potassium gives benefits to muscles and helps promote bone health.
  6. Brain Power Enhancement – Research shown that the potassium in bananas help in learning and brain stressing projects by making one more alert and focus.
  7. Constipation – High in fiber that restore normal bowel by allowing better absorption of water in the large intestine area.
  8. Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Contain natural mood enhancer tryptophan that used by the body to produce serotonin which control moods, make you relax and feeling happier.
  9. Digestion – Riper bananas help tie diarrhea. It is a very good source of fructooligosaccharide that nourishes the friendly probiotic bacteria in the colon which help improve our ability to absorb nutrients such as calcium.
  10. Eye health – It may be even better than carrots. Three or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), which is the primary cause of vision loss in older adults.
  11. Hangover – A banana milkshake mixed with honey may calm the stomach and builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk sooth and re-hydrate the body.
  12. Heart Burn – Acts as antacid and soothing heart burn.
  13. Heart disease – High fiber foods help prevent heart disease.
  14. Morning sickness – Calms the stomach and increases blood sugar levels.
  15. Mosquito bites – Rub the infected area using the inside of the banana peel to reduce the swilling and irritation of an insect bite.
  16. Nerves – High in Vitamin B that calms the nervous system.
  17. Overweight – Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to food carvings such as chocolate and chips. To avoid panic-induced food cravings, we control our blood sugar levels by snacking banana which is high in carbohydrates every two hours to keep the carving away.
  18. PMS – Contain vitamin B6 that regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
  19. Stress – Potassium is a vital mineral helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we get stress, our metabolic rate increases its reducing potassium levels.
  20. Strokes – According to the research in "The New England Journal of Medicine" going bananas regularly may reduce the risk of death from strokes by 40%.
  21. Quit Smoking – The B6, B12, as well as the potassium and magnesium in banana help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
  22. Temperature control – Banana is a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Tropics, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
  23. Ulcers – Acts as antacid, neutralizing stomach acid, reduce irritation by coating the lining of the stomach and help eliminate bacteria that have been pinpointed as a primary cause of stomach ulcers.
  24. Warts – Natural alternatives to kill off a wart, using banana peel.
    Bonus:

Shoe Polish – want a quick shine shoes? Take the inside of the banana peel, and rub directly on the shoe. Finish with dry cloth.

Now you know all its benefits … Banana is an amazing fruit! It tastes great, compact, healthy, easy to carry, and easy to use. So why not going bananas? Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!

    Recipe:

Low-Cal Banana Milk Shake

1 banana
3/4 cup water
4 ice cubes
1/4 cup dried milk, nonfat
Combine all ingredients in electric blender. Cover and blend on high speed until thick and smooth. Drink milkshake one or two hour prior to your workout or yoga session.

Diabetes – The Chronic Killer

Diabetes mellitus or DM is a disease affecting multi-organ systems due to the abnormal insulin production, improper insulin use or even both. It is a very serious health problem throughout the world effecting thousands of people.A survey conducted in United States showed that almost 6.2% of the population sufferers from this disease. It is a matter of great issue that almost one-third of the population is unaware of the disease.

Incidence

Diabetes is actually the fifth leading cause of deaths in the country of United States. And the real insight is expected to have a steady increase in the coming years. Diabetes has a very important role in leading to heart disease, adult blindness, stroke, non traumatic amputation of lower limb etc. it is found that diabetic people do have a risk of nearly two fold to develop coronary artery disease and that too with more than 65% suffering from high blood pressure.

Diabetes – a short review

Diabetes mellitus are of mainly three types, they include type 1 diabetes mellitus, type ii diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes and also secondary diabetes. Gestational diabetes as its name refer to deals with the diabetic episode during pregnancy or during the gestational period. It will subside once after delivery. Secondary diabetes is another form of diabetes where diabetes will occur secondary to other diseases, for instance chronic hypertension.

Type I diabetes mellitus or juvenile diabetes

It is known as juvenile diabetes since it is more common among the juveniles or young people below 30 years of age. It is insulin dependent diabetes with a peak incidence during the age group of 11 to 13. Type I diabetes is caused due to the progressive destruction of pancreatic beta cells that occurs by the auto immune mechanism. Clinical symptoms include increased frequency in urination or polyuria, excessive thirst or polydipsia, increased hunger or polyphagia, weight loss, fatigue etc are seen. Ketoacidosis is a very serious complication seen in children due to diabetes and is often life threatening and may lead to metabolic acidosis.

Type II diabetes mellitus

Over 90% of diabetes mellitus is type ii diabetes.here the pancreas continues to produce insulin, but this amount of insulin is either poorly used for tissues or is either equivalent for bodily needs. There are mainly three abnormalities or factors leading to type ii diabetes mellitus. One of them is insulin resistance, where insulin receptors are either minimal in number or will remain unresponsive. Another factor is the poor ability of pancreas to produce insulin. The final factor comes with appropriate glucose production by the liver.

Risks related to diabetes

When we analyze the analyze risk group for developing diabetes mellitus, a condition that requires primary importance is impaired glucose tolerance or IGT. It is a disease condition caused by the mild alteration of beta cell function. Here the blood glucose level is usually high but not to a level to be called as a case of diabetes. But most people with impaired tolerance for glucose have a high risk for developing type ii diabetes within the next 10 years.

Another important risk related to diabetes is insulin resistance syndrome, also known by the name syndrome x, it is in fact a cluster of abnormalities which will act in a synergistic manner so a stop increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is typically charactractised by increase insulin levels, high amount of triglycerides, hypotension.

Once identified, then complete cure of the disease is not so easy although proper measures can help you to control diabetes in a very effective way. Although there are many environmental as well as genetic factors involved in causing diabetes, exercises. Balanced diet, adequate rest and sleep and a stress less life could help you to keep away from diabetes or to stop diabetes.

There are a lot of management measures for diabetes control. It chiefly includes nutritional therapy, exercise therapy, oral anti-glycemic agents, insulin treatment etc. therefore a collaborative management is usually preferred for treating diabetes mellitus. Nutritional therapy is one of the main management for diabetes mellitus.

Diabetic diet

Diabetic diet management is one of the main components of the collaborative management. Some of the general guidelines for diabetic diet include the following.

  • Fiber rich diet: Always include the fiber rich food in the diet as it could increase the bulk of your stomach and can add on to your satisfaction.
  • Restrict sodium intake up to even 2400mg / dl.
  • Include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet.
  • There is an alternate mode of planning the diabetic diet which is considered as one of the convenient method. This often referred as plate method. The most important advantage of this method is that here the patient itself could visualize the amount of starch, vegetables, and whatever food filled in the nine inch plate.
  • For lunch and the dinner, half of the plate is to be filled with non starchy vegetables, one fourth with starch and another one fourth with any non vegetarian items up to 2-4 oz. A single glass of milk with low fat and a small piece of fresh fruits could complete the meals.
  • When we look on to the breakfast, the plate has to be filled with starch around half and another one forth with optional proteins.
  • This plate method is found to be very useful as it could owe about 1200-1400 cal / day, which adds on to an appropriate balanced diet plan.

Nutritional therapy can do much to control diabetes. But there is a small variation in the diet plans of patient s with type I diabetes and type ii diabetes. When we consider total calories, type I diabetic people needs increased calorie intake because it is commonly occurring in young people and therefor for the proper maintenance and restoration of tissues, diet with good calorific value is important. While in the case of type ii people, this is often restricted for obese or overweight people.

Effect of diet is very much crucible in type I diabetes as not only food control but also insulin therapy is also a must in type I diabetes. Uniform timing for meals is considered very strict in the case of type I diabetes mellitus because of the multi doses of insulin's but this is just desirable for type II diabetes mellitus. If needed, intermittent snack can be taken for diabetic patients with type I form, although it is not much recommended for type II diabetes. Usually the frequent snack is not recommended for type diabetic people.

It should very seriously note that diet teaching should not only focus on the patients but also to his family and caregivers. It is most suitable to give adequate teaching to the person who is cooking and serving. But still, the ultimate responsibility to maintain their blood glucose fall on to the patients. Try to avoid alcohol also since it could again worsen your body and health by causing hyper glyceridemia. Besides all these, regular exercises, strict drug regimen, periodic screening etc. should be done to control diabetes and its effects. Diabetes if monitored and maintained in a very appropriate way, it could be effectively controlled.

Safe Way to Remove Pubic Hair

There are many people out there that are looking for information on how to remove pubic hair. There are many different methods that can used in order to get this done. This article discusses some of the different ways to get rid of pubic hair.

The first one is probably the most obvious one. Shaving is one way to remove pubic hair. While this is a cheap way to get it done, there are many reasons why this is not the best option. One being razor burn. We have all experienced razor burn and it is not pleasant when it is experienced on the pubic region. Another reason is because many people just are not alright with shaving that area of ​​their body. Putting that area of ​​your body in danger of cuts is a risk that many people are not willing to take. Also, when the pubic hair is shaved, it grows back very quickly, so shaving the pubic region is something that will need to be done on a regular basis for anyone that takes this route. There are steps that you can take to me this slightly less painful. One thing that can be done is to shorten the hair with scissors before actually getting out the razor. If you take a razor and put it to the hair without trimming it, that can be a very painful process. Another thing that can help is if you use moisturizer after the shaving is complete. This can help soothe the painful burning feeling and avoid a painful rash.

Another way to get rid of body hair is by waxing. While waxing can be very painful, there are several reasons as to why it is a better option than shaving. When you wax your pubic region, it keeps the hair away longer than shaving. It is more expensive than shaving, which is an important factor for many people.

These are two of the most popular ways to get rid of pubic hair. Depending on your budget or what you feel most comfortable with, either of these methods can be very successful for someone looking to remove hair from their body. Once someone shaves a few times, it becomes more routine, which makes it a much simpler task. The pain of waxing can become more and more mild to someone that has waxed the area a few times. Either way can be an attractive option for someone looking to remove their pubic hair.

Reversing the Metabolic Syndrome

What is the Metabolic Syndrome?

The metabolic syndrome is a collection of high-risk symptoms including elevated lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides), hypertension and a proinflammatory state. Having the metabolic syndrome places the individual at high-risk for heart disease and diabetes. Men are more prone to developing the metabolic syndrome due to their natural tendency to deposit excess fat as VAT. Postmenopausal women are also at risk due to lower estrogen to androgen ratios. The shift from a pear shape to an apple shape displays this hormonal shift. In fact, the apple shape is primarily caused by VAT as opposed to subcutaneous (fat under the skin) fat.

The American Heart Association has established standards for diagnosing the metabolic syndrome. The patient must have 3 of the following conditions:

  1. Waist circumference greater than 40 inches for men, 35 inches for women.
  2. Triglycerides greater than 150 mg / dL.
  3. HDL Cholesterol less than 40 mg / d for men, less than 50 mg / dl for women.
  4. Blood pressure greater than 130/85 mm Hg.
  5. Fasting glucose greater than 100 mg / dL.

What causes the Metabolic Syndrome?

The metabolic syndrome appears to be caused by insulin resistance and the associated accumulation of visceral adipose tissue (VAT), also called intra-abdominal fat. VAT releases inflammatory adipocytokines, which contribute to the proinflammatory state. Fatty liver is also strongly correlated with VAT, and is a likely cause of the elevated lipids.

VAT accumulation correlates with fasting insulin, total whole-body glucose disposition, glucose oxidation and nonoxidative whole-body glucose disposal. Also, factors associated with insulin resistance are also correlated with VAT accumulation, including triglycerides, hepatic lipase and HL / LPL ratio. Likewise, factors inversely associated with insulin resistance are also inversely correlated with VAT accumulation including HDL.

How can the Metabolic Syndrome be reversed?

Improving insulin sensitivity is of primary importance. This requires an improved diet along with exercise.

  1. Lose weight. Weight loss greatly improves insulin sensitivity.
  2. Upgrade your fat intake. Saturated fat significantly worsens insulin resistance, while monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (specifically omega-3) improve it.
  3. Exercise. Even something as simple as daily walking reduces visceral adipose tissue areas and improvements insulin resistance.
  4. Minimize stress. Cortisol appears to be involved in VAT accumulation and insulin resistance.
  5. Eat more fiber. Fiber improves insulin sensitivity and is associated with lower amounts of VAT. Pectin appears to be an especially effective fiber for reducing VAT.
  6. Take supplements. Pantethine, taurine, calcium and tea all improve insulin sensitivity and reduce VAT.

Do Tall Men Have Bigger (Longer) Penises Than Shorter Men? – Penis Size Mysteries Explained

Some people believe you that you can judge a man’s penis size by his height, hand size, and foot size. That is, the theory that the bigger the hands and feet of a man are, and the taller a man is, is directly linked to the size of his penis; in that the penis will be larger with men who have large hands, large feet, and increased body length. In fact, some women literally swear by such methods and use it as a metric to “measure up” a potential man.

While in some cases a man with exceptionally big hands might have a larger penis, this is more chance than based on genetic data. The same goes for foot size. Thanks to a scientific study which examined the correlation between foot size and penis size, we can determine whether or not a taller man will likely have a longer penis.

A British scientific study (performed by the British Urological Society), in 2002, was carried out to get to the root of such beliefs. In this comparative study of men, they found that there was no link between the size of a man’s feet and the size of his penis. In other words, if a man had huge feet, this did not indicate he would have a large penis. Nor did it show that if a man had smaller feet, that he had a smaller penis.

Under most genetic conditions, foot size is relative to height. Which is to say that the body does its best to create a human frame that will be biomechanically stable. This means, again, under normal genetic influences without any external/internal factors that might alter foot or height, that a man who is tall will typically have larger feet than a man who is shorter.

The reason for this is that the feet are the very foundation (platform) that is utilized to anchor and stabilize the body in an axial plane when a person is in the erect (standing) posture. If the feet are not large enough to counter-balance and stabilize the gravitational influences through the axial plane, the person will have to exert tremendous unconscious muscular contraction to keep the body from falling over. This will overtax the muscular system and expend (and waste) too much energy.

This is why taller people typical have larger feet. It is Mother Nature’s way of balancing out the taller frame to ensure that it (the frame of the body) has a large enough foundation (the feet) to allow a human to stand without having to continually contract muscles to keep the body from falling over.

Now, since we know that there is no relationship between the size of a man’s feet and the size of a man’s penis, we can apply this fact to realize that there is no biological relationship between a taller man having a taller penis versus a smaller man having a smaller penis.

Because the penis is not part of the mechanics of posture to ensure that a man has the most efficient design for stability (when standing, walking, running, etc.) there would be no biological reason for a man’s penis to have any relation to muscular and skeletal size, design, or strength.

So, unfortunately for women and tall men, and fortunately for shorter men, a man’s penis size cannot be gauged by examining his height. However, for women, it is fun to imagine what size of a penis a man may actually have while he is clothed. It’s part of the fun, mystery, and potential surprise that awaits a woman who finally gets to unwrap her man for the first time.

Panic Attacks and Panic Attack Symptoms Can be Eased with Hypnosis

Panic attacks are usually brief, although the sufferer may feel that they last forever. From an emotional perspective, panic attack symptoms may include feelings of intense fear, an overwhelming sense of doom, being out of control, or a sense of unreality. The sufferer’s thoughts may race and jump about, without any logic or consistency.

Physical panic attack symptoms may include some or all of the following sensations:

Racing or pounding heart; palpitations

Difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest

Shallow, rapid breathing

A choking feeling

Severe trembling or shaking

A rapid pulse rate

Sweating

A brief body temperature rise

Chest pain

Dizziness or light-headedness

Nausea

Fear of losing control

Tingling or numbness in the extremities

A feeling of not being physically anchored.

A panic attack may leave the person feeling utterly exhausted afterward. This may be caused by the flood of adrenaline and other stress hormones released when the panic attack starts. These “fight or flight” hormones cause an enormous output of the body’s energy resources. When the attack is over, exhaustion ensues as the body tries to recover.

Many people who experience panic attack symptoms initially think they are having a heart attack. They may run to an emergency room or call an ambulance, only to be told no physical ailments have caused the intense feelings, sensations and other symptoms. Over time, the sufferer may feel as if he or she is losing his or her mind.

It is hard to overestimate the debilitating and widespread effects of these attacks. People who suffer from panic attacks often live in fear of the next attack, especially since they can be unpredictable. The attacks seem random and unwarranted and the sufferer worries they may have an attack when they are out among other people, or while driving or in other worrisome situations. Panic attack victims sometimes become reclusive or agoraphobic (afraid to leave their home); they may lose important relationships and friends. These types of coping skills arise because of the randomness of the panic attacks. The person having the panic attacks withdraws from social interaction because they fear being around other people when the panic attack starts. The fear of losing control in public and of not being able to stop the attack adds to the negative impact the panic attacks have on the person’s life.

Thus, we have the vicious circle aspect of panic attacks: the fear of panic attacks leads to anxiety about the possibility of a panic attack occurring randomly, which can lead to a full-blown panic attack. Often patients cannot lead normal lives and end up on disability, unable to maintain a job. The panic attacks and panic attack symptoms literally control their lives.

How can hypnosis help with panic attacks and panic attack symptoms? The key reason hypnosis can help with panic attacks is that fears, anxieties, and, in fact, all emotions, originate in the subconscious. The subconscious also controls involuntary physical functions, such as heart beat, respiration, etc. Hypnosis works in the realm of the subconscious. Therefore, the good news is that the subconscious mind can be retrained to reinterpret both fear responses and panic-inducing situations. There is a good chance that the person can use his mind to eventually free himself from panic attacks completely.

A hypnotherapist will usually take multiple approaches to working with a panic attack sufferer.* For example, the person may be taught physical and mental relaxation techniques (important for calming the racing heart and other physical panic attack symptoms), self-hypnosis, visualization, and guided imagery to use when he or she feels a panic attack approaching. The panic attack sufferer may be taught how to reinterpret sensations and feelings so that the early stages of the panic attack do not escalate and become “full-blown.”

Deep, focused breathing techniques may be taught by the hypnotherapist. Breathing techniques are a deceptively simple way to help panic attacks. Not only does focused deep breathing help distract the person’s mind from the fear, but it also has a powerful subconscious effect. We usually think of breathing as a totally automatic process. But when we bring our attention to our breathing, we can easily change the pace and depth of our breathing. This sends the subconscious a reassuring and powerful message: “You are in control. You can control this panic attack.” Further, deep breathing can help reverse the effects of shallow, rapid, panicked breathing. It can increase oxygen flow to the brain, which can help restore calm, logical thought processes.

Hypnosis techniques may also focus on reassuring the subconscious mind that it is safe to release the fear and/or anxiety. Panic attacks may arise from a part of the subconscious that believes it is keeping the person “safe” by sending them the message to panic. In other words, some part of the subconscious may think it senses danger or it may simply want the person to be alert to danger. So it sends messages to the person’s conscious mind regarding extreme fear, doom, etc. to insure that the person is “paying attention.” This part of the subconscious needs to feel reassured that the person has other ways of remaining safe, cautious, etc. Then it can be persuaded to release the fear response. To accomplish this goal, the hypnotherapist may use complementary therapies such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), which is a form of “waking hypnosis” or “conversational hypnosis.”

Sometimes, a small amount of emotional relief can by given to the panic attack sufferer by simply explaining that his panic attack symptoms are not “crazy,” “insane,” or “irrational.” Instead, the symptoms seem “rational” from the perspective of that part of his subconscious that wants him to be alert to danger and ultimately safe. Once the person understands the problem at a deeper level he or she may begin to feel that he or she is not “going crazy.” This is one small step in the journey back to emotional wellness.

It should be emphasized that it may take multiple hypnosis sessions for the panic attack sufferer to feel some relief. Over time, he or she will begin to feel more in control and empowered to stop a panic attack and its accompanying symptoms before they become overwhelming and/or debilitating. Eventually, he or she may be able to completely eliminate panic attacks.

*Hypnosis is not a substitute for medical, pharmaceutical or mental health treatment of panic attacks. Rather, hypnosis provides a wonderful complement to standard “talk therapy” (psychotherapy, etc.) and medical/psychiatric approaches to panic attacks. Hypnosis works with doctors and mental health practitioners, not against them. Do not discontinue medical, pharmaceutical and/or mental health treatment for your panic attacks when you begin hypnotherapy.

4 Types Of Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid, located right below the Adam’s apple in the neck, is a butterfly-shaped gland that is a prestige part of the complex network of glands named as endocrine system. While the endocrine system is accountable for synchronizing multiple body’s activities, the sole function of the thyroid gland is to release the thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones regulate the complete metabolism process of the body, and hence a disturbance in it can give birth to numerous severe ailments.

If you intend to know the common disorders that are caused due to improper functioning of the thyroid gland then this article is definitely for you.

Hashimoto’s disease

Commonly known as hypothyroidism, it is a chronic ailment that can occur at any age. The ailment onsets when the immune system of the body destroys the thyroid gland, and hence, its ability to release thyroid hormone is completely tampered. People with mild case of hypothyroidism may not show obvious symptoms, but those with severe temperament may end exhibiting symptoms such as:

  • Constipation
  • Dry skin, thin hair
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Puffy, pale face
  • Weight gain
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Unbalanced mensuration cycle (in females)
  • Enlarged thyroid (goiter)

Grave’s Disease

Named after the doctor, who first revealed it, it is a common form of overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism. It is an autoimmune disorder that strikes when the immune system of the body attacks the thyroid gland, and hence, results in overproduction of thyroid hormone. With high level of thyroid within the blood stream, the body may show symptoms such as:

  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Intolerance to heat
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Bulging eyes and improper vision
  • Frequent bowl movements or even diarrhea
  • Hand tremors
  • Irregular heartbeat

Goiter

A noncancerous result of the thyroid gland, goiter is common worldwide and is considered mainly an outcome of iodine deficiency within the body. Goiter can affect at any age, but is common in people above 40. Medical history, pregnancy, radiation exposure, and usage of certain medication are the major risk factors of this illness. Mild goiter cases may not reveal any symptoms, while complex goiter cases may show up with following symptoms:

  • Tightness/swelling in the neck
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Difficulty in breathing and/or swallowing food

Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid disorder can also lead to another acute ailment known as Thyroid Nodules. The nodules are the growth form in or on in the thyroid gland. The primary cause for this illness is however not known, but it is witnessed that it can be cancerous in nature in small fraction of cases. The risks associated with thyroid nodules may increase with age. Thyroid nodules does not unveil any symptoms, but if they grow large enough then they can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Tremors
  • Clammy skin
  • Increased appetite
  • High pulse rate
  • Nervousness
  • Weight loss
  • Swelling in neck
  • Problem in swallowing and breathing
  • High level of pain

Each thyroid disorder is different, and hence, the treatment options for each also differs. To make sure that you do not meet any major side effect, it is essential to visit a specialist, go for proper diagnosis and stick to the treatment.

Penis Pumps – How to Use Them Safely and Effectively

Penis pumps are devices used to increase the size of the penis. A typical penis pump consists of a cylinder that fits over the penis and has a motorized or manual pump that creates suction. This apparatus helps in creating a partial vacuum around your penis and enhancing the flow of blood into it. This process results into an engorged and significantly larger penis.

Instructions

  1. Vacuum pumps are a variant of the conventional penis pump but come with a translucent cylinder. Generally used in the treatment of impotence, vacuum pumps generally adhere to higher quality standards than ordinary penis enlargement pumps.
  2. The increase in the vacuum is accompanied by a difference in the pump pressure as well as the internal blood pressure of the penis. Too much pressure, however, is likely to cause vascular damage rather than an enlarged penis.
  3. You will have to add flexible cock rings (also known as compression rings) to the open end of the cylinder. This enables you to get an appreciation by pumping the rings into the base of your penis before the vacuum is released. This results blood from flowing out of your penis and allows the erection to be maintained even if there are vascular problems or disorders in the nervous system.
  4. The erection created with the help of a penis pump can be retained for a long time but users are advised to remove the cock rings after about 30 minutes for safety reasons.
  5. Manually operated penis enlargement pumps are recommended to be used with a gentle pumping motion and interrupted by pauses at regular intervals. It is essential to remember that penal pumps do help in enlarging your pen so that you get harder and long lasting erections. However, these devices are only used for temporary sexual gratification and can not and do not increase penis size permanently.
  6. Penis enlarger pumps work most effectively when used in a tub filled with warm water. Immerse your penis in warm water in order to relax the penile tissues and then apply some lubricant to your penis and groin. Once you achieve partial erection, fill the tube with warm water and enter it. The use of any kind of electric pump is strictly prohibited when you are using a penis pump inside a tub of warm water. Also, make sure your pump is waterproof.

Tips & Warnings

  • The penal pump needs to be used carefully in order to prevent penile injury. Pumping too hard or too much can cause your blood vessels to burst and come out in blisters. The abuse or over-use of penis pumps can sometimes cause testicular pain and injury.
  • Stop using the pump immediately if you experience pain or any unusual symptoms.
  • There is a chance that the cylinder's rim might cut into your skin and damage the ligaments that surround your penis. It is essential to read the instructions carefully and avoid impatient or over-enthusiastic pumping.
  • Do not try to substitute penis pumps with vacuum cleaners since the vacuum cleaner produces too much suction and are unsuitable for the purpose of penis enlargement.

Discover the Best Skin Care Products For Healthy Glowing Skin

If you are like me, you probably have spent a lot of money buying beauty skin care products which does not improve my skin appearance at all. In fact, I have spend so much money on these worthless products that could be better spent elsewhere.

Fortunately for me, these are now a thing of the past. That is because I have finally discovered which ones worked best for me. Now I wish to share with you some tips if you are facing the same problems as me.

First, let me share with you what beauty products or ingredients you must absolutely avoid. Believe me, the ingredients contained in some products can cause more damages to your skin than you think. So don’t ever buy any of the products simply because they are cheap or running a promotion at that time. Pick the product only if you know it works for you.

Ingredients to Avoid

Acrylamide

Although studies are still ongoing whether acrylamide causes breast tumors, government authorities have already started to warn people to steer clear of this substance whether in food or products. So if I were you, I wouldn’t risk taking a chance on this type of ingredient.

Mineral oil

Now you may think that oil is good for you. After all, isn’t oil supposed to keep our skin well moisture? The truth is, it does a good job of moisturizing your skin but it will also clog your skin pores. Which means you may possibly suffer from breakouts such as acne inflammation and other skin disorders.

Parabens

Many products contain parabens. It helps to prolong products shelf life, and that is the reason why cosmetics manufacturers use them. But such preservatives can cause allergic reaction and it is best you avoid products that have these artificial substances in them.

Now, let me tell you exactly the ingredients you should look out for.

Suggested Ingredients

Cynergy TK

This is a very powerful ingredient that has made my complexion smoother and younger than before. It contains keratin which is a protein tissue that can strengthen your skin structure. Clinical studies have shown skin proliferation reaches as high as 160% in less than 20 days. This actually means that your epidermis cells refreshes at a faster rate than before, producing brand new layers of dermis faster and more frequently. Imagine having a fresh set of skin without chemical peels or surgery, powerful isn’t it?

Phytessence Wakame

This is another effective ingredient that I want to introduce to you. Found only in the Japanese sea, Wakame can keep our complexion healthy and youthful by increasing the bond strength between collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are two proteins in our body which are responsible for maintaining a high level of skin health for us. With wakame, you can be certain that you are using a natural ingredient that works. If you use collectively with Cynergy TK, it can provides extra smoothness and makes your skin glow like never before.

So, now that you are more familiar and knowledgeable about skin care ingredients, make sure you pick beauty skin care products are right for you. Following my advice, I am sure you will definitely experience the kind of skin success that I am having now.

An Introduction to Medulloblastoma

Medulloblastoma is a type of brain tumor that is often found in patients that have brain cancer – particularly children. This type of tumor grows quite rapidly in the lowest rear region of the brain. Medical professionals refer to this area as the cerebellum. In many instances, it is also referred to as the posterior fossa.

Medulloblastoma tumors that are found in this particular area are further classified into a group of tumors that is referred to as “Infratentorial”. There is a very thick membrane in the brain that is called the tentorium. This actually separates the cerebral based hemispheres from the cerebellum.

The term “Infratentorial” means that the actual tumor is situated just below the tentorium. In this medical guide, you will learn about the brain cancer tumors referred to as Medulloblastoma.

Symptoms

As stated previously, Medulloblastoma tumors are most common among children. These tumors result in many uncomfortable symptoms. In the beginning stages of the development of this form of tumor, a child may appear as if they have caught a type of influenza.

The child may appear or complain of being extremely tired. In some instances, they may lose their appetite and not have a desire to eat. Behavioral changes – such as marked irritability are also quite common among children that have a Medulloblastoma tumor. If infants develop this type of tumor, irritability is also common.

However, many adults and others that care for the infant are likely to discover that the head size increases. Teenagers and even adults that develop this type of tumor will most likely suffer from pain in the head, and vomiting – especially when they get out of bed for the day.

As the tumor of this type of brain cancer starts to grow, there are many other symptoms that may develop. Many of these symptoms depend on the exact location of the tumor on the brain. It is important to know and understand that the cerebellum is typically responsible for balance and other types of movement. As a result, symptoms that occur in the later stages of development are as follows:

• Many have issues with coordination.

• It may be difficult for the sufferer to move as easily and in the same ways as they did prior to the development of the Medulloblastoma.

• Dizziness is frequently experienced.

• Moderate to extremely severe headaches due to pressure on the brain may be experienced.

• Many will find that they experience complications associated with the vision. The two most common issues are blurry vision and double vision.

• Many may experience stiffness in the neck and the upper back region.

Treatment

If the patient that is suffering from brain cancer is suffering from a Medulloblastoma, there are several different treatment options available. The first and most common treatment is an attempt to surgically remove the tumor – or as much as is possible.

Immediately following this type of surgery, the doctor will likely recommend radiation treatment that is craniospinal based and possibly even chemotherapy. In many instances, both radiation and chemotherapy are recommended. If brain cancer comes as a result of a Medulloblastoma, it is important to work closely with a doctor so that the obstacle may be overcome.

Symptoms of Diabetes – Natural Treatment, a Simple and Effective Method

Diabetes is a complex metabolic disorder characterized by the presence of high blood sugar levels. Diabetes occurs both in adults and children and can result in multiple organ failure, if left untreated. On an average, 5% of world population is suffering with the signs of diabetes and several others are at the verge of acquiring the disease. In this regard, it is important to find effective treatment methods that can aid in reversing diabetes and its related symptoms. An interesting option is a symptoms of diabetes natural treatment.

Depending on the origin, diabetes can be broadly reclassified into three categories that include Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes. There is one more rare form that appears in children and is known as juvenile diabetes. In all these forms, symptoms and signs of diabetes are almost common. These include urge to urinate frequently, excessive thirst, tendency to consume too much food, unexplained weight loss, fatigue and blurred vision.

Interestingly, a symptoms of diabetes natural treatment is useful in reversing diabetes of any form. Below are mentioned some commonly used natural remedies for treatment:

  • Pranic Healing – This is one of the most mystic forms of treatment where the natural healing process present inherently inside the body is activated. In this form of treatment method, human body is considered as an energy storing device. In short, human body derives energy from the nature and stores it at certain focal points, also known as chakras. Whenever any ailment occurs, one of these chakras is unable to store or dispense energy. Treatment is done to revoke the mechanism.
  • Yogasanas – This is one of the most ancient forms of symptoms diabetes natural treatment that is indirectly based on pranic healing. In this method too, body's internal protective and repair mechanism is activated using some properly structured breathing and stretching exercises, also called as asanas.
  • Balanced Diet Patterns – Symptoms diabetes 2 natural treatment also involves changes in diet patterns where care must be taken with respect to the type of foods being consumed and the time at which they are consumed. In diabetes, one must consume diet rich in protein and other nutrients, low in carbohydrates and less fat. Also, eat in small portions and distribute it through the day rather than consuming the entire amount at one time.
  • Foods that Halal – Recent research reports have provided enough evidence about certain vegetables, fruits and herbs that can help in reversing diabetes and regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Some examples include vegetables such as bitter gourd, cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, carrot and beet, fruits such as oranges, apples, and banana, spices such as fenugreek, turmeric and cinnamon and herbs such as ginseng, ginko biloba and aloe vera . Even products from trees such as amla and neem are also an important symptoms diabetes natural treatment.

Apart from these, other alternative natural treatment options include magnet therapy and acupressure. Another important fact one must never forget is that it is important to make changes in the lifestyle for any treatment to be effective. Here, follow a proper physical exercise regime. Also, remember to consult your physician frequently and monitor your blood glucose levels.

Type 1 – Characterized by the inability of the pancreas to secret insulin, this is one of the most serious health complications occurring in humans. Beta cells present inside the pancreas are responsible for the secret of insulin into the blood. Whenever the pancreas is attacked by virus or when the body secretes own antibodies against the pancreas, these beta cells get destroyed, thereby resulting in insufficient of insulin in the blood.

Type 2 – Cells on their surface have insulin receptors through which insulin attaches to the cells and signals glucose absorption. When these receptors get destroyed, cells no longer respond to insulin, thereby result in increased glucose concentration in the blood. This condition is known as type 2 diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes – This form of diabetes is similar to type 2 condition in several ways. The only difference is that signs of diabetes appear during the late stages of pregnancy in women.

Rare Form – Another form of diabetes that appears commonly in children is juvenile diabetes, a congenital disorder that occurs due to mutations and genetic irregularities.

By keeping this information in mind, you should have a great understanding of how natural treatments can be used to help prevent and treat the symptoms of this terrible disease.