Guide to Sinus Headache Relief

Paranasal sinuses or simply known as sinuses are those air-filled spaces in your forehead, cheekbones and bridge area of your nose. The word sinus is a Latin word, which means “pocket.” The sinuses produce a thin mucous that usually drains out down the nose. When it’s inflamed, the flow of mucus is hampered causing inflammation and headache. Some possible reasons for inflamed sinuses include infections, allergy reactions and tumors.

The role of sinuses is a hotly debated topic. However, we do know that sinuses prevent a direct impact in case something should hit your face, aids in voice resonance, protects your eyes from sudden change of temperature in the nasal cavities and protects sensitive structures such as the roots of your teeth. Other similar interesting theories include the role of sinuses to warm the air you breathe and decreasing the weight of the skulls, particularly the facial bones.

If the cause of your headache is due to inflamed sinuses, then what you need is a sinus headache relief. Generally, people who are suffering for recurring headaches are said to have a condition known as sinusitis. Sinus ostia are the small holes that join the sinuses. A simple allergic reaction or nasal lining swelling is enough to block them. For instance, if you have a common cold, the normal emptying of the mucous is no longer possible and hence sinusitis develops.

Sinus Headaches and Migraines

The differences between the two, at times, are hard to tell. Is it a headache caused by sinusitis or migraine? Here’s a quick way to differentiate the two.

In most cases, the pains associated with migraines are far more severe than sinus headaches. You may also experience vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to light with migraines. In addition, the headache is pulsating or throbbing accompanied with severe pain on one side of the head only. You will be incapacitated from your daily routines and physical activities such as exercise are next to impossible.

A constant pain in your forehead, bridge of the nose and cheekbones are the common symptoms of sinus headaches. Most of the time, you’ll experience nasal discharge, fullness in the ears and worst, facial swelling.

Should you consult your doctor or healthcare provider for a sinus headache relief?

Personally, the idea of consulting your doctor or a healthcare professional for a sinus headache relief is highly encouraged. Without proper examination, you can’t tell whether your sinuses are inflamed, or it’s already a migraine. Even physical examination won’t suffice, and you may be required to undergo CT scan or MRI.

ABA Therapy and Data Collection

For decades, ABA Therapy has been the most effective form of treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders. With many years of research having been conducted and showing time and again the effectiveness of the method, there is little doubt why it is the only treatment for Autism that most insurance companies will cover. One of the things that make ABA Training so effective is the rigorous data collection that occurs at every step along the way.

With ABA Therapy, data is collected after each section of teaching on a daily basis. This data is charted and typically graphed over a certain period of time. This helps parents, counselors, and teachers understand what areas of learning are progressing the most for a child as well as what areas need the most work. This helps clearly in designing an effective curriculum and can be the key to ensuring that a child learns everything they need to stay on par with their peers.

For home providers of ABA Therapy, data collection forms and graphs that are pre-made can be rather effective in helping parents form a curriculum that will be most effective. These graphs allow you to fill in the different things you are currently working on and help you to chart them in an easy to read and understand format that lets you see at a glance how progress is being made. By using these forms you can really see all of the remarkable progress that your child is making from the objective perspective of hard data.

Many data collection packages come with a number of different types of forms. From graphs and probe sheets to reinforcement lists, there are many forms that can really help you maintain accurate data. While important for all providers of ABA Therapy, they can be especially important for parents to help them to see progress and hang-ups as data and to separate the emotional aspect of parenthood from the teaching aspect in order to best help their child.

In all, data collection is a very important part of ABA Training. Key to developing a curriculum that regularly teaches and pushes a child to learn and stay ahead, data collection helps children to learn as much as they can as quickly as possible. This can make a significant difference when preparing a child to enter school with their peers. With proper data collection, you can develop a curriculum that truly works, and when everything runs optimally, you can often help your child to not only go to school with their peers but to excel when they are there.

Helping Babies Adjust to Hearing Aids

When a baby needs a hearing device, the adjustment period can be quite tricky for both parents and child. While the parents understand the importance of helping their baby adjust to hearing aids for ideal speech and language development, the baby simply understands that a foreign object is now in her ears, and she is not always as willing to wear the device as her parents would want. These tips will help make the transition easier for both parent and child.

First, as your baby adjusts to the new devices, give her some time. Do gradual increments of wearing time, and increase these slightly once she starts to tolerate them. If possible, have the wearing time be during times when you are providing her with direct interaction. If she is interacting with you, she will be more distracted and less prone to pulling out the hearing devices.

If you find that the aids keep falling out, even though your child is leaving them alone, you may need to get some hearing aid accessories to help them stay in. Make sure the tone hooks are designed for a child’s ears, not an adult. Consider using toupee tape to keep it in place. You can tape the aid behind your child’s ear. Be sure to watch for allergies or irritation from the tape. Eyeglass bands tied closely around the back of the head can also help keep the hearing aids in place.

If your baby keeps pulling the hearing aids out, do not get frustrated. This is normal behavior. Babies are constantly exploring their bodies, and pulling and tugging at various body parts. The aid is a foreign object, and thus it is prime for exploration. One way to discourage this behavior is to put a bonnet or cap on your baby that goes over the ears. As long as this does not interfere with the hearing aid or cause any whistling, it is a safe way to discourage playing with the devices.

As your baby gets older, you can use colorful ear molds to encourage your child to wear the device. Letting her pick a color she loves will make the hearing aid feel like a piece of jewelry and not an annoyance. Try to avoid making a power struggle out of hearing aid use, but instead stay in control over whether your child is going to wear the devices.

Remember, a hearing aid plays a vital role in your child’s verbal development, but it is not a natural part of her body. The best hearing aid advice you will receive as a parent of a hearing-challenged baby is to take things slowly and keep them positive. Eventually, your little one will be wearing the aids like a pro!

Anorexia and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

Abstract

It is well known that most anorexic girls have over-controlling parents who find it impossible to not be involved in every aspect of the girl’s life. However another aspect has recently come the attention of psychologists and that is the parent with Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP) in which one or more of the parents are keeping the child in a state of mental anguish so that the mental state of anorexia continues. This enables the parent to enjoy the drama of hospital life and expanding control to all aspects of medical treatment. It is the very drama of hospitals that is the excitement and fulfillment of the desire to be a hero.

Introduction:

Baron Munchausen was German soldier (1871) who as an officer in the Army regaled all who would listen to his fantastic stories of heroism and adventure. However all was make-believe but enabled him to garner so much attention that his otherwise dull life would offer. In psychological terms we have adapted the term to a syndrome in which one person deliberately exaggerates, fabricates and enhances the mental or physical state of someone in their care. In the case of anorexia this means continuing to create situations and behavior that cause the child/girl to continue in unhealthy thinking, emotion and behavior.

Anorexia Nervosa itself is recognized as a slimming disease in which the girl deliberately refuses nourishment and maintains levels of exercise in order to reduce her weight. This leads to a training of the stomach to accept less food than it requires keeping a healthy balance over height to weight ratios (BMI). In addition the girl acquires rituals (obsessive compulsive behavior) that enable her to reduce the anxiety of feeling over-weight when in fact she is wasting away (body morphism). This may include jerking movements, over-stretching and fast paced walking.

The title – by proxy – means that while the parent in everyday life has a routine, maybe even a dull existence they find that through their children they can create situations is which the child is kept in a sickly state needing hospitalization in order to enjoy the drama of watching the doctors try to save their child, often the over controlling in the family – then extends to the doctors – many of whom are over-whelmed by the parent who is acting as the hero trying to save their child. The Munchausen parent often has read many medical books and particularly about the topic that their child has developed. Therefore often telling the doctors how they should treat their child moment by moment. This causes much pressure and stress to the doctors who now fear law-suits and complaints by the parents who think they know better. Despite what you may see on television most doctors are employees just like any other and have the same fears of unemployment and loss of reputation.

Problems:

Once the Munchausen parent is in control of the doctors, child/girl, and any other professionals they then lose faith in the medical profession to help and so bitterly complain to the same doctors who earlier were considered the most caring considerate doctors – but once the doctors try to take back control – the parents start to look for so-called outside experts – a procession of doctors start visiting the child in hospital (often with no permission from the hospital authorities) brought in as visitors. These so-called famous experts – see the child and reconfirm she is ill – which no one disputed in the first place. However once these outside doctors realize they are being used they soon disappear back to where ever they came from. The parents then start hospital hopping – taking the child to different hospitals on a regular basis – each hospital is better than the last one – each set of doctors more caring – however in time this starts to falter and the new set of doctors realize the situation and wish to distance themselves from the parents.

Although in most cases it is one parent causing the situation the other spouse often is in a supporting role and weaker. They tend to back up the first parent – it is like when you are child and your mother cries, “listen to your father dear”. The second parents often have some psychological problems of their own that they model down to the children in the family. In child development, socialization takes place in the home often by modeling parental behavior – if you father does it will seem normal – therefore the child develops a similar internal belief system, for example if the one parents suffers from anxiety and uses rituals to reduce the emotions then we should not be surprised to see the child imitate that method for themselves.

Psychological Treatment

Although ideally family therapy would be a preferred route with at least two psychologists working together (one as observer) it is not often accepted by the parents as that would mean risking exposure of their motivation for their daughter’s illness. Often the parents will control the issues discussed and pre-brief the therapist as to what they should ask, the focus of attention being the child and making certain subjects taboo. This ensures they still continue to be in control of the situation and the therapist if untrained in clinical work will not understand, often end up confused as to how they became the tool of the parent. Unfortunately most counselors are not trained to deal with difficult cases – and may in fact do more harm than good in becoming manipulated by the parent without realizing it. They in fact may help to increase the anxiety and eating disorder in the child by not tackling the parental problems in the first place. Of course in all this there is a victim – the child – who with the right support and cognitive emotive approach could recover and lead a normal life. The parents while acting as heroes to save the day – in fact continue to evoke behavior in the child by over-control and high criticism. Separation of the child from the parents is the most desirable outcome but immensely difficult as they have created an over-dependency in the child who is confused over the inconsistency of her parents treatment, over-involvement with the doctors and insistence they it is all her own fault, until such a point that the child has lost all trust in the parents and doctors and that they are torn by dependency which is so painful.

Legal obligations:

This is a particular mine field most doctors do not like to tread. If you suspect that a parent is deliberately continuing the child’s suffering in order to enjoy the drama of the situation you are obliged to inform social services as to the situation. However in the case on Munchausen syndrome by proxy it is very difficult to prove in a court – the parent’s behavior judged by most lay people (juries) may be seen as over-protective caring but not as deliberate harm. The child cannot support your case as with most minors they have a dependency problem of not accepting the parents who say she loves you would then harm you on purpose. In Britain where physical harm was often taking place – secret cameras were installed by court order in suspected cases. Often the cameras caught MSP parents suffocating, braking arms and even beating children (babies in most cases) in order to continue the drama. These parents were obviously prosecuted on the evidence of the video shown in court. However in psychological harm it is much more difficult to prove your case. Verbal cruelty and control is not directly a criminal situation that can be witnessed, but only surmised by the anorexic child’s reports of parental coercion. Therefore it is rare or impossible to risk a doctor’s career in court by trying a case as an expert witness to something that may end up blowing back in your face as a counter-complaint of incompetence.

Alternative Strategies:

As soon as the doctors realize the child’s anorexia is in fact being deliberately continued by the parent who is MSP then they fall back on the – sorry we cannot help – sorry we cannot take responsibility – sorry we are not equipped for you daughters case. In other words – they pass the child on. Each hospital in turn realizes the situation within a few weeks and starts to discuss behind close doors discharging the child for lack of progress. However at some point the parents run out of options as now most of the hospitals know who they are. So even at registration – the names are already flagged for rejection. Although this sounds unethical the hospital has an obligation to protect its other patients and not have doctors distracted by over controlling parents who take up considerable time at the hospital – often staying overnight and all day – just to make sure – their child is getting constant attention. This is a dilemma for any hospital that has to offer a level of service that is constant over time and priority of patient care.

Summery:

For the treating psychologist this is a constant challenge. On one hand they have to take into account their ethical obligation to the child’s welfare, that what ever the parent’s problems the child is still in need of care. In order to do this trust with the child is uppermost in the psychologists mind. This may mean taking sides against the other doctors, parents and well-meaning outsiders. What the child needs is consistency of care – that at least one person is always there for them to listen, discuss and help. A child is not an adult patient and often looks to the psychologist for direction and advice. Coming into conflict with the over controlling parents is inevitable as they try to manipulate the psychologist to follow their agenda. The parents often quote – experts at you – telling you that they know best and that you are not doing what they expect of you. Treatment takes a long time – several weeks – many sessions – but the parents want instant results – and if you cannot provide them – you are not good enough and so they are hunting for the next famous expert to take your place. However even for the parents if you are a good therapist with experience the trust you gain with the child can overcome parental interference. The child will often insist on seeing you – as the only person they can really trust – the parents are furious at this outcome as this may mean the child getting more in control and not needing them so much.

Conclusion:

I would like to state there is an easy outcome to this type of case but there is not. It is one reason child separation from the parents is the ideal – get her alone for a while and build up her self confidence to the point she can resist her MSP parent from harming her psychologically. However in most cases this will never happen – so you have to have a high tolerance level for criticism, resistance to being controlled and insightful often novel ways of dealing with the anorexia and MSP at the same time. Your priority should always be the child. However let us not forget that you may have two parents suffering from a mental disorder all of their own – and should be encouraged to seek therapy for themselves. It is best for them to go to individual sessions and not as a family – as the dynamic is already toxic. If the parents can be treated for MSP and other complications the child may have the chance of a future.

The Health Benefits of Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements have been around forever, but only in recent years have they received the kind of attention they deserve. Although doctors have ignored the potential health benefits of herbs and natural remedies for quite some time, they are now starting to realize that they can in fact treat and often cure a variety of health conditions, even more effectively than prescription medications in some cases.

The first use of herbal preparations for medicinal purposes can be traced back thousands of years, with ancient peoples using the extracts of different plants to treat everything from stomach aches to depression to insomnia. Modern science has shown that many of these herbal dietary supplements can not only treat various health conditions, but also prevent illness and promote general health and wellbeing. There are herbal supplements that can lower cholesterol, boost memory and concentration, strengthen the cardiovascular system and increase energy and endurance.

Due to poor handling and manufacturing practices, much of the food we eat is depleted of its important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients before it even hits the store shelves. So, although you can get a majority of the nutrients your body needs from the foods you eat, chances are you are not getting it from your current diet.

That’s why herbal nutritional supplements are so valuable…they offer a safe and effective way to ensure that you get everything your body needs to perform at maximum efficiency and they can also help treat a variety of ailments at the same time.

It’s important to note that not all herbal supplements are created equal. Because government regulations are quite lax, there are a number of unscrupulous marketers out there selling subpar supplements that either don’t contain what they claim to or contain too much ingredient, which can be dangerous.

If you are looking for herbal dietary supplements, make sure you research the company thoroughly to ensure a safe product. Look for a certificate of analysis (COA) for each ingredient, and make sure the company adheres to strict GMP manufacturing processes. These are the same strict guidelines that the pharmaceutical companies have to follow.

Herbal nutritional supplements are available in many health stores as well as online, so there are a lot of options for you. Some herbal supplements are sold as separate products, but you can often reap more benefit from a comprehensive formula with several herbal extracts along with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, cofactors and other important nutrients.

Talk to your doctor or nutritionist and decide if herbal nutritional supplements are right for you. You might find that they are just what you are looking for!

Concierge Medicine – Is it For You?

The last time you called your doctor’s office, how long did you have to wait for a reply? How long do you usually have to wait to get an appointment or wait for a prescription to be called in? When you get to the office, how long do you spend in the waiting room and how much time does the doctor spend with you?

Did you get all your questions answered? How many seconds do you have in the beginning of your appointment to explain your symptoms before you are interrupted? Do the nurses and doctors seem to be more interested in their computers or their charts than they are to you?

If your experiences are like most people, your answers to these questions are not very flattering to the medical profession and to the health care system in general. Most doctors don’t really want their practices to be like this, but they don’t have much choice. They have to have a high volume of patients in order to make ends meet financially. The high volume makes the clinic a very busy place and most patients don’t feel like they get much attention.

In 1996 in Seattle, a doctor named Howard Moran thought there should be a better way to do this. He pioneered the concept of having a lower volume practice with highly attentive medical care provided as a service for patients in return for a retainer fee, much like many attorneys or accountants use. This fee may be in addition to, or in lieu of, the regular office fees that are billed to insurance companies. This concept allows the practice to remain financially solvent while providing better, more attentive medical service to its low volume of patients (usually keeping the patient count down to about one tenth of the number in a typical traditional primary care practice).

Unfortunately, health insurance companies currently don’t pay for this type of service, so that means the patients have to pay this out of pocket, but if the service is good, it may be worth it. Patients who join these practices are encouraged to keep their usual insurance which they will need for visits to other specialists, laboratory testing, radiological testing and/or hospital services if needed.

Many concierge practices offer same or next day appointments, no long waits for appointments or prescription refills, direct access to your personal physician day or night, house calls if necessary, continuing care if hospitalized, complete physical examinations, audiometry screening, cardiovascular and cancer risk screening, more attention to preventive care, unrushed appointments, all questions answered, family meetings if needed, coordination of care with specialists, provision of personal health records on CDs or flash drives, etc., etc.

Depending on the type and number of services that are provided, the flat retainer fee can vary widely from one area to the next ranging from $100 to $20,000/ year, most probably averaging around $1500-3000/year. There were only a few hundred of these physicians a few years ago, but there are over 5000 of them now all over the country. Many of them, but not all, are listed at the main website for the American Academy of Private Physicians – http://www.aapp.org/. Patients may be able to find a concierge physician in their area on this site.

There has been some controversy surrounding some of these practices because some authorities feel the growth of concierge medicine will lead to a 2-tiered medical system in this country – one for the wealthy and one for the not-so-wealthy. Also, with the current shortage of primary care physicians (PCPs), with increasing numbers of concierge practices, the number of PCPs available for traditional offices will be even smaller, and access to care for patients served by those practices will suffer. On the other hand, more medical students may become interested in primary care if opportunities in concierge medicine are available to them when they finish their residencies.

Some of these practices have come under fire from insurance companies who say that concierge physicians are basically providing an insurance plan for their patients without having an insurance license to do so. The practices must therefore be legally and financially structured in such a way that avoids this criticism.

Overall, the concept of concierge medicine provides a good alternative to the currently unsatisfying traditional model of medical practice. The fee may seem high to some, but in most instances, it probably isn’t much higher than the cost of the local cable or telephone bill, or about the same as what a family would spend eating out at a restaurant once a week. 

Pharmacy Technician Salary How To Improve Your Chances Of Earning A Good Salary

The reason is that, in this environment, you will be required to take on more responsibilities and therefore get paid better than your counterparts who work in other sectors.

Hospitals are always on the lookout for pharmacy technicians, particularly those who have a PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) qualification. The PTCB is the USA’s national controlling body for this profession. At present, hospitals are paying pharmacy technicians an hourly rate of 15.73 US dollars or an annual salary of 32,710 US dollars.

In contrast, technicians who work at health care stores are earning 27,590 US dollars per year. Those employed at grocery stores are earning 28,610$ annually, and those employed at general merchandise stores are earning 26,310$ a year. The average salary, nationally, for pharmacy tech’s is 28,940$, or 19.92$ an hour.

The advantages of working for hospitals can be discussed at length on various internet forums. This is a great way for newly graduated students to find out about employment opportunities. You can pose questions to experts, as well as other people with the same qualifications, and get useful advice.

When working for a hospital, you will need to be able to read patients’ charts regarding their medication. After this, the prescription can be prepared and given to the nursing staff for administration. Obviously, this will be carried out in accordance with the instructions by the attending doctor and pharmacist.

Therefore, if you are looking to earn the highest possible pharmacy tech yearly income, make efforts to seek employment at a hospital. Apart from earning more money, your chances of career advancement are also higher. In addition, the job will be more challenging and rewarding because you will learn new things.

Masturbation Clubs: An Erect Penis Adventure

A man with an erect penis and no partner nearby is very likely to end up engaging in a bit of masturbation, a thoroughly enjoyable activity that is usually quite satisfying. Yet sometimes a man may be a bit put off by the “solo-ness” of self-stimulation and may therefore enjoy exploring masturbation clubs as an option. The shared experience of masturbation clubs can be very stimulating. Of course, with one’s erect penis on display, a guy needs to practice good penis care to keep his organ looking its best. But what else does a man need to know about masturbation clubs?

Pick the right type.

The first thing a man needs to do is decide what type of masturbatory experience he is looking for. Does he want to recreate the “circle jerk” experiences of his youth and simply be around other men who are masturbating? Or is he more interested in a mixed experience, in which he can be aroused by the sight of women masturbating as well? This will determine if he chooses a males-only or mixed gender club.

Male-only masturbation clubs are typically called jack-off clubs; those which encourage participation from both genders are often known as jack-and-jill clubs. (There are, of course, female-only clubs, but men are by definition not welcome in those.)

It may seem that straight men would be interested only in mixed sex clubs, but that’s not necessarily the case. Some men may feel uncomfortable masturbating in front of women and may feel more at ease bonding through a masturbatory experience at a males-only club.

Follow the rules.

Straight men interested in a males-only situation but worried about activities beyond masturbation should know that clubs have rules. These rules usually define what activities are allowed and what are not. Each club will have its own set of standards, but the following are some found at most typical masturbation clubs.

– Masturbation only. Although a masturbation club is by definition an environment in which there is heated arousal and sexual excitement, most emphasize that the only form of sex allowed is masturbation. One may be tempted to engage in or ask for oral sex or vaginal or anal penetration, but in most clubs this is not allowed. (If a person wants to ask a willing partner to their own home for these activities, that is a different story.)

What about touching or being touched by another person? Some clubs are fine with it, some have a “hands only on yourself” policy. However, whatever the policy, it’s important that such activity occurs only between two willing participants. No person should be touched (or kissed, etc.) without his/her consent.

– Keeps your clothes off. Again, this policy can vary, but most clubs require participants to doff their clothing before entering the main action area. (Often shoes or socks are allowed.) This is so participants don’t feel self-conscious. A person may observe and not masturbate, but if doing so causes a person to feel self-conscious, he or she should move on.

– Keep it clean. Hygiene is important, so men are responsible for cleaning up any ejaculate they spray upon the premises.

– Consideration is key. Being naked in front of other people can be a huge thrill – or it can be a challenge. Be mindful that all different body types will be on display and avoid being rude or judgmental about those with body types not consistent with one’s taste. Also, be aware that privacy is often an issue. If a man sees someone he knows at a club, be aware that that other person may not want to be acknowledged.

Masturbation clubs allow an erect penis to engage in its favorite activity in a new setting. Men should make sure their equipment is at its healthiest by using a quality penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil). Make sure dry skin is not an issue by using a crème that includes both a natural hydrator (like vitamin E) and a high-end emollient (like Shea butter). And a crème with a powerful antioxidant like alpha lipoic acid can help to offset harmful oxidative processes that can leave the penis looking wrinkled and aged. If it’s going to be on display, make it something to see.

Yoga – 3 Types of Poses to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Yoga asanas are a great benefit in controlling high blood pressure. By practicing these asanas, you will not only lower your numbers but also reduce the effects of hypertension on the other organs in the body. Here are three types of asanas that work to reduce your blood pressure.

Forward Bends

Forward Bends will have the most substantial effect. These particular exercises have a calming effect on the brain by normalizing the blood circulation to your brain. This in turn helps reduce the stress from the sense orans.

With the brain, the sympathetic nervous system and the sense organs more relaxed, your cardiac output and pulse rate also slow down, stabilizing and thus lowering your blood pressure.

There are two asanas in particular, Uttanasana and Adhomukha Svanasana, which have beneficial effects on your nervous system. These positions are done with your head resting on props, allowing the blood to circulate more freely into the aortic arch and thereby lowering your pressure.

Sitting Asanas

Baddhakonasana and Virasana are two poses that will help alleviate the hard breathing associated with hypertension. With the tension eliminated from your ribs and the intercostal muscles, you will be breathing easier and your blood pressure will normalize.

Supine and Inversions

Supine poses such as Supta Baddhakonasana relax the abdominal region specifically and help calm the nerves in the entire body. The calming effect of relaxing the nerves helps reduce your hypertensive tendency.

Inversions asanas such as Viparita Karanti and Halasana work to revitalize the nerves controlling your lungs and diaphragm. Svanasana and Pranayama help control the automatic nervous system by cooling the senses and the mind, allowing high blood pressure to stabilize and gradually lower.

Eat Right to Lower Your Cholesterol

The results of LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein), HDL (High Density Lipoprotein), triglyceride and total cholesterol. By doing so, the doctor will be able to determine if the patient has health problems. If one or more of the mentioned are not on its normal level, the doctor will give the patient some advice on how to set the right level. A change of diet is the most common recommendation because persons food intake has great effects on the LDL, HDL, triglyceride and total cholesterol level.

LDL and HDL are more known as good and bad cholesterol while triglyceride is a type of fat in a persons bloodstream. High triglyceride level is one of the main causes of heart diseases.

The food that is consumed by a person can cause the level to go up or down (even if the person does not consume food at least few hours before checkup). The normal triglyceride level is between 10 and 250 milligrams per deciliter. Unfortunately, only a few people are within this level, lots of people except this level because of unhealthy diet. Those who have high levels of triglyceride also have high levels of cholesterol. Which is why, it is highly recommended that one must have a healthy diet.

One way of lowering the triglyceride level is by consuming foods that have low fat content. Eating whole grains or egg whites for breakfast is recommended. It is advisable that you must minimize your caffeine intake. You can also substitute your caffeine in tea with tea. It is highly recommended that you substitute regular milk with low fat or non fat milk. Fresh juice is much better. When it comes to chicken, you must prepare it without its skin. Chicken skins are rich in fat and contribute high triglyceride levels. It is best that you go for lean meat.

Bottled water is by far a lot healthier than a can of diet soda. Diet soda contains certain properties that are unhealthy. Especially those who want to lower their cholesterol take. It is best that you replace junk foods with fruits and vegetable strips.

Having light meals is the best way to lower your cholesterol level. Light dinner is very important because as soon as a person body rests, it will not be able burn as much fat. Having steamed fish or pasta for dinner is highly recommended.

It is important that one must observe a healthy eating habit especially if you are dining out. Remember, a slight disruption of ones healthy eating habit can cause consequences. Observing a healthy lifestyle enables you to be free from certain sickness caused by high triglyceride and cholesterol levels. In order to have a healthy life one must have determination.

What You Should Know About Blood Clots In Your Leg Before You Visit The Doctor

Chances are that when you see some of the notes your doctor may write about your latest visit, you may not be able to read his or her handwriting, but you’ll certainly understand little things like “blood clot in leg” or “blood clot lower extremity”. You’re not a doctor, but you know enough to understand that as soon as the notion of a blood clot is mentioned, things just got really serious.

It’s at this juncture you need to do a few things. First, you need to be calm about what this all means and determine whether your anxiety is based on knowledge, understanding, or fear from misinformation. If you’re like many of the patients doctors have these days, you’ve likely come up with your own diagnosis before you set foot in the office. In fact, medical experts have diligently tried to get the right information out into the ether because having the internet has made so many of us physicians in our own right.

Still, blood clots are worrisome, and given some of the numbers, especially those dealing with mortality, it makes sense that we might get a little panicked.

Before your next doctor’s visit, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to blood clots in your legs:

Understand The Risk Factors That Can Cause Clots – Knowing what can cause blood clots in your legs can help you make better choices. Some of the key risk factors include: obesity, immobility, and family history.

Symptoms Vary Depending On Where The Location of Clot – Though your focus is on your legs, clots travel, and treating them depends on where they travel. Eagerly detection is a key part of successful treatment.

Treatment Can Vary Depending on Your Health – Medical science is truly wonderful, but it can’t do it alone. You need to be a part of the process, and this means being health-minded and doing what you can to help lower the risk for blood clot formation.

Blood Clots Are Preventable – Medical experts find that most people are under the impression that blood clots, in general, are inevitable when they are, in fact, preventable. Patients need to be active participants & not subscribe to the idea that sometimes things happen.

Potentially Deadly – If there were ever a reason to try to know what you can about clots and what you can do to help prevent them, it’s that they can be fatal. This is why it’s so important to have a good relationship with your doctor and maintain regular visits so that if there is an issue, you can develop a customized treatment plan.

No one would hold it against you if while your doctor was giving you a synopsis of your latest visit, all you heard was “blood clot in leg”. For many, hearing this may be all they need to believe they are officially on the way out, so to speak. However, remember that your doctor is going to be especially crucial to your success facing any health issue that may arise. As such, do a little homework before your visit and in this way, you can avoid the feeling of having no control over your health by being an active participant in your treatment moving forward.

What is Blood Pressure All About?

In every warm blooded mammal, heart plays a crucial role. It takes in impure blood from the body through veins, purifies it and pumps it out through arteries. Of course, the fluid (blood is a fluid) meets resistance while flowing through arteries and veins, creating some friction and pressure. These are at the lowest at the point blood is stored in the ventricles, heart and maximum when it is collected at both the ends in arteries.

Through machines like sphygmomanometer, this difference of pressure with every heart-beat (there are 72 per minute in an average human) can be calculated. The two ends are called systole and diastole measuring high pressure and low pressure respectively. The pulse rate of a healthy adult will read 120 at systolic peak and 80 at diastolic bottom.

Different forms of blood pressure

If there is a rapid growth in this pressure, this means that the person may be under tremendous stress. His diet may also be faulty. Hormonal problems, insomnia, certain diseases relating to heart can also bring drastic changes in blood pressure. A person may have healthy systoles count but regressive diastole. Then he is supposed to suffer from low pressure. He will be prone to collapsing or feeling numb at odd intervals. The person may also suffer from profuse sweating.

If the systole is high and the diastole normal, the person is believed to suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure. He would then have no control over anger, added sugar or salt in his food would be harmful for his health and he may also have digestive problems. It also needs to be mentioned that a huge difference in the blood pressure range may reflect that blood is deficient of oxygen and iron. It is useful to check hemoglobin count periodically.

Three Stroke-Saving Putting Drills

Sinking more putts, as I’ve said in my golf tips, is the key to quickly lowering your golf handicap. You use your putter more than any other club in the bag. Think about it. Two-putting each hole during a round means you used your putter 36 times. That’s anywhere from 30 percent to 40 percent of most scores. Yet the average golfer spends far less time practicing his or her putting than working on his driving or chipping.

If that’s you, then you need to make the most of your time on the practice green. Develop a routine practicing your putting that makes use of every minute you’re on the green. Try sinking every putt you take, unless you’re practicing your lag putting. And include drills in your practice routine designed to improve your putting fundamentals. Below are three great putting drills I’ve used in my golf lessons over the years designed to hone your putting skills.

Steady Head Drill

Among the most common mistakes I see in my golf lessons is a player moving his or her head while putting. We all know we should keep our heads still during a putt. And many of us do. But some players still have a hard time doing it. They look up to see where the ball is going once they’ve hit the putt. That’s only natural. Moving your head hampers accuracy. To put well, you have to keep your head down and steady throughout the stroke. The Steady Head drill teaches you that.

Assume your normal putting stance, with your eyes fixed directly over the ball. Have your partner hold your head while you hit the putt, releasing it only after you’ve made contact with the ball. Keep looking at the spot where the ball was after you’ve made contact and count to three. Then look up to see where the ball went. Some teachers recommend staring at the spot where the ball was until you hear the ball fall in the cup. That works, too.

Eyes Closed Drill

Golf teachers often talk about “feel” in their golf instruction sessions. All great putters have great feel when it comes to putting. It’s among the most important attributes you can develop when it involves the flat stick Your goal, once you’ve determined your line and assessed your speed requirements, is to remember the feel of a good putting stroke when you hit the ball. Feel can only be developed through practice. This drill helps you develop more feel.

You’ll need a partner for this drill. After you’ve taken your putting stance and fixed your eyes directly over the ball, have your partner putt his hand between your eyes and the ball, blocking you vision. Now putt the ball. If you don’t have a partner, close your eyes just before hitting the ball.

This drill encourages you to really feel the movement of your arms. You may fined that the slower they move, the more consistent your putting. Plus. it’s a great exercise for learning distance control. Hit 10 putts with someone holding their hand in front of your face or with your eyes closed. See how many you can sink. Then try another spot on the green.

Ball Between The Knees Drill

Another common putting error I see in my golf lessons is a lack of stability. To putt well consistently, you must have great stability. Unfortunately, weekend golfers tend to move their lower bodies when they putt. That’s a fatal mistake, but one that an be corrected with the help of a big rubber ball.

Take your normal putting stance on the practice green. Then wedge a rubber ball between your legs. Now squeeze the ball slightly with your thighs. Keeping the ball tight between your legs creates a solid foundation for your putting. Now hit some putts. Hitting putts this way helps develop a real feel for stability, essential to achieving a consistent putting stroke.

Work on these three drills from a variety of spots on the practice drill. They encourage better putting by ingraining three key putting fundamentals. If you keep practicing them, you’ll eventually sink more putts per round, lowering your scores and golf handicap. You take more shots per round with your putter than any other club in your back. Make them all good ones.

The Candida Diet

The Candida Diet is a necessary evil, as many of my patients will agree. If you are a Candida sufferer, the diet is something that “you can’t live with yet you can’t live without.” The diet is feared, hated, despised, misunderstood, and often can make the difference between the success and failure in the elimination of the yeasty beast! The purpose of this article is not to explain what the Candida Diet is. This can actually be found on our website in the “patient only section,” or by simply searching the Candida Diet on the internet. The purpose here is to explain why it is important!

I will also explain how the diet is generally healthier than most diets that are being followed in the 21st century.

The Candida Diet is low in carbohydrates, low in sugar, and generally low in fermented foods like vinegar, alcoholic beverages, etc. Candida feeds on sugars. Sugars make it grow and strengthen its adherence to the intestinal lining. While on a Candida Diet, the total amount of carbohydrates for the day should not exceed 150 grams. At the Biamonte Center, we use 3 versions of the Candida Diet that range between 30-50 grams, 60-90 grams, and 100-150 grams of total carbohydrates for the day. Avoiding sugar and alcohol are the most important factors. These substances can cause the fastest and greatest increase in Candida growth. They are the most dangerous. Starches come next. Starches convert to sugars in your body. Candida can feed on healthy sugars just the same as it can on junk food. Many of your patients will notice that sweet fruits will flare their symptoms just as noticeably as junk foods! When eating starches (carbohydrates), choosing those foods that have a lower “glycemic index” rating is best. The glycemic index is a scale that rates how fast a food converts to sugar in you blood stream. Examples of the glycemic index can easily be found on the internet. Fermented foods like soy sauce, vinegar, etc. can be important to avoid, especially if the person has reactionary symptoms from the food. These foods often produce an allergic reaction in the Candida sufferer’s intestinal tract which can upset the good flora and the intestinal immune response. Foods from the fungus family like mushrooms, etc. can be allergens in the same manner as the fermented foods.

Foods high in yeast can have a similar effect to fermented foods and the foods from the fungal family. Foods that contain yeast do not contain Candida. They contain baker’s yeast. This is not Candida. These foods can aggravate Candida by causing allergic reactions, but they cannot cause Candida.

The Candida Diet, though apparently restrictive, is actually higher in nutrients than the diet of the average American. The Candida Diet in fact is very similar to “The South Beach Diet,” “The Zone,” and “The Hunter/Gatherer Diet” (also known as the “Paleolithic Diet”). There are races of people who are all slimmer, stronger, and faster than us. They all have straight teeth and perfect eyesight. Arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, schizophrenia, and cancer are absolute rarities to them. These people are the last 84 tribes of hunter-gatherers in the world. They share a secret that is over 2 million years old. Their secret is their diet- a diet that has changed little from that of the first humans 2 million years ago, and their predecessors, up to 7 million years ago. Theirs is the diet that man evolved on, the diet that is coded for in our genes. It has some major differences to the diet of “civilization.” You are in for a few big surprises.

The diet is usually referred to as the “Paleolithic Diet,” referring to the Paleolithic or Stone Age era. It is also referred to as the “Stone Age Diet,” “Cave Man Diet,” or the “Hunter/Gatherer Diet.” More romantic souls like to think of it as the diet that was eaten in the “Garden of Eden,” and they are correct in thinking so. For millions of years, humans and their relatives have eaten meat, fish, fowl, and the leaves, roots, and fruits of many plants. One big obstacle to getting more calories from the environment is the fact that many plants are inedible. Grains, beans, and potatoes are full of energy but are all inedible in the raw state, as they contain many toxins. There is no doubt about that- please don’t try to eat them raw. They can make you very sick.

Around 10,000 years ago, an enormous breakthrough was made- a breakthrough that was to change the course of history, and our diet, forever. This breakthrough was the discovery that cooking these foods made them edible- the heat destroyed enough toxins to render them edible. Grains include wheat, corn, barley, rice, sorghum, millet, and oats. Grain based foods also include products such as flour, bread, noodles and pasta. The cooking of grains, beans, and potatoes had an enormous effect on our food intake- perhaps doubling the number of calories that we could obtain from the plant foods in our environment.

Grains, beans, and potatoes (GBP) share the following important characteristics:

— They are all toxic when raw. There is no doubt about this; it is a fact that no competent source would dispute. They can be extremely dangerous and it is important never to eat them raw or undercooked. These toxins include enzyme blockers, lectins, and other types. I will talk about them in detail later as they are very important.

— Cooking destroys most but not all of the toxins. Insufficient cooking can lead to sickness such as acute gastroenteritis.

— They are all rich sources of carbohydrate, and once cooked, this is often rapidly digestible, giving a high glycemic index (sugar spike).

— They are extremely poor sources of vitamins (particularly vitamins A, B-group, folic acid, and C), minerals, antioxidants, and phytosterols.

Therefore diets high in grains, beans, and potatoes (GBP):

— contain toxins in small amounts

— have a high glycemic index (i.e. have a similar effect to raw sugar on blood glucose levels)

— are low in many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytosterols ( i.e. they are the original “empty calories”)

— have problems caused by the GBP displacing other foods

As grains, beans and potatoes form such a large proportion of the modern diet, you can now understand why it is so common for people to feel they need supplements or that they need to detoxify (i.e. that they have toxins in their system). Indeed both feelings are absolutely correct. The essentials of the Paleolithic Diet are:

— Eat none of the following: (Note the following is not the Candida Diet – this information is present in order to compare the Candida Diet to the Paleolithic Diet.)

— grains- including bread, pasta, noodles

— beans- including string beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, snow-peas, and peas

— potatoes

— dairy products

— sugar

Eat the following: (Note the following is not the Candida Diet- this information is present in order to compare the Candida Diet to the Paleolithic Diet.)

— meat, chicken, and fish

— eggs

— fruits

— vegetables (especially root vegetables, but definitely not including potatoes or sweet potatoes)

— nuts, e.g. walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia, almond- Do not eat peanuts (a bean) or cashews (a family of their own)

— berries- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.

Try to increase your intake of:

— root vegetables- carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas, Swedes

— organ meats- liver and kidneys (I accept that many people find these unpalatable and won’t eat them.)

This diet strongly resembles the typical Candida Diet, which in fact is higher in nutrient density than most diets that are followed by the average American.

From a layman’s point of view, we can say that we use the diet to starve Candida in order to kill it. From a more scientific point of view, sugars, when metabolized by Candida cells, help Candida to adhere to the intestinal lining in order to hold on and keep its grip on you! Therefore, the avoidance of sugars can weaken the grip that the Candida has on your intestinal lining.

Sugars also make up and comprise the outer most layers of the yeast cells. A flip to this statement is the sugar, “Mannose.” The sugar, Mannose, is currently being researched by this author, as it has shown the ability to block the adherence of Candida to the vaginal lining and perhaps the intestinal lining.

Candida above all is a yeast/fungus so it can be considered vegetation, like a mushroom. Like brewer’s yeast, it metabolizes sugars and converts them to toxic alcohols called aldehydes. Many of the symptoms of Candida are produced by this toxic alcohol, the toxic proteins called antigens, mycotoxins (fungal toxins), and the neurological toxins (neurotoxins) that the Candida produces. When Candida is fed sugars, it not only strengthens its grip on you but it produces more of these toxins. Starches and carbs are naturally broken down and converted to sugars by your own body. This is normal for your health. However, Candida will eat these sugars as well. Fermented foods contain predigested sugars and substances that react like an allergen with your Candida. So sugars, starches, alcohol, and fermented foods feed Candida and make it worse! They also make it harder for medicines to kill Candida.

Diet, however, rarely causes Candida. It is usually caused by antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills, and other drugs. However, a diet high in sugar, starch, and alcohol, consumed during a period of extreme stress, can bring Candida about as if one took these medications.

At the Biamonte Center, the Candida Diet is used to weaken the Candida by starving it. This makes it more susceptible to the anti-yeast/ anti- fungal substances that we use. The Candida Diet is not used to kill the Candida as its own weapon. Diet very rarely can eliminate Candida. Candida grows a root system into your blood vessels. Here it taps into you blood and feeds on blood glucose and other nutrients. There is always enough blood glucose to keep the Candida alive, despite being on a low carbohydrate diet or even if you fasted. Fasting cannot kill Candida! This is because even when you fast, your body must keep a normal level of glucose (blood sugar) circulating for your brain and muscles to work. However, the low carb diet weakens it, like a weed which has had little water for some time.

Even when it is barely alive, it can continue to survive. And if “watered and fed properly,” could grow again, returning to its former glory.

This is a very important concept to understand when we consider the importance and place the diet treatment holds in the elimination of Candida.

DIET RARELY ELIMINATES CANDIDA. ITS PURPOSE IS TO MAKE THE CANDIDA WEAKER SO THAT THE MEDICINES CAN TOTALLY DESTROY IT!

When you cheat on the diet, the Candida can temporarily increase. If one cheats for 1 day on the diet but continues the Candida rotation and phase 0, little will happen to set one back. Any increase in growth can be reduced within 1-2 days. The more one cheats, the more Candida grows. If one does the program but does not follow the diet, either no progress will be made or the person will continually feel ill from feeding the Candida, then making it grow, and then killing it and becoming toxic from the dead Candida wastes!

So when you cheat a day or so here and there on the diet, it does not defeat the entire program, providing that you stay on the anti-fungal rotation and Phase 0.

WHY IS GLUTEN AND MILK EXCLUDED IN CANDIDA DIETS?

Many of the Candida diets also suggest excluding Gluten and Casein (milk protein) from the diet. What isn’t explained is why. It is observed that most, but not all Candida patients worsen when eating these foods.

A possible theory as to why is that an underlying allergy to these foods causes damage to the intestinal condition, where damage to the intestinal villi occurs. These villi are finger- like hairs that absorb nutrients that pass through the intestines. This damage causes putrefaction and decay of food in the intestines due to malabsorption.

In that case, the Candida is provided with food so it can continue to proliferate. This can also suppress normal, healthy flora and the intestinal immune response. The underlying problem is gluten-induced intestinal damage, but because the Candida is easier to identify, the underlying pathology is missed. Candida could easily eat these foods and release allergens as a by product of its metabolism, which causes intestinal allergies and further degrades the intestinal flora.

WEIGHT GAIN AND CANDIDA

“It’s Not Your Fault”

If you have failed to lose weight despite following a diet exactly, it could be due to Candida. The late Dr. Robert Atkins, an international expert on the low carbohydrate diet, says in his books that Candida or low thyroid function can prevent weight loss despite a low carbohydrate diet. Candida adversely affects your metabolism and interferes with many hormones, nutrients, and the body’s ability to burn fat!

One of the major secondary problems associated with Candida Albicans is weight gain. A number of the problems associated with losing weight and staying with a diet are due to Candida Albicans. A person with Candida Albicans will often crave sugar and simple carbohydrates because this is the main source of nutrients for yeast. Mood swings and depression are often associated with the rapid change in blood sugar levels caused by the yeast.

Lower thyroid function, lower Dhea levels, Estrogen dominance, and elevated Cortisol levels are all typical in someone with chronic Candida. Each of these situations has been known to contribute to weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Focusing on removing Candida Albicans from the body rewards the dieter with a feeling of well being and weight loss that is steady, sustainable, and healthy. Very often a person trying to lose weight will not be able to do so because of a Candida infection.

A NEW MIRACLE FOOD TO STOP SUGAR AND CARBOHYDRATE CRAVINGS SO YOU CAN STAY ON THE DIET!

Hemp Hearts (Shelled Hemp Seed) is a natural food that is concentrated with all of the required proteins, essential fats, and many vitamins and enzymes, and contains only insignificant quantities of saturated fats and carbohydrates.

Because Hemp Hearts provides people with an excellent balance of proteins and essential fats, they will have less difficulty avoiding the sugar and starchy carbohydrates that cause obesity and many other late onset health problems. Individuals who use Hemp Hearts as described above–eating them in the morning for their nutritional essentials, to increase their energy and reduce their dependence on sugar and carbohydrates, and having all day to burn off the calories–these individuals always experience profound health benefits.

Except for those with diabetes and other conditions which may seem to require individuals to eat more frequently, most people eat at least four, but usually five, measuring tablespoons of Hemp Hearts early each morning, preferably on fruit and yogurt (vegetables for diabetics), but also sometimes on cereal. They frequently report that they are not yet hungry at lunch time, and often only slightly hungry at three or four o’clock in the afternoon. Those who are overweight can quite easily limit themselves to a large salad in the afternoon. Because those who eat Hemp Hearts in quantity every morning are nutritionally satisfied, they have less difficulty avoiding foods made with sugar, flour, potatoes, pasta, and rice, and they are less inclined to regain lost weight.

Mental Health, Social Stigma and the Well Mentally Ill

People with mental health issues are still stigmatized. The media portraits most people with mental illness as violent or flat out crazy. Yet, that is not an accurate portrait of a person with mental health concerns. First, if we were to remove all the mentally ill people from the population: violence would only decrease by 3% according to Dr. Phillip Resnick, MD psychiatrist (served as an expert on the Unabomber and other criminal cases).

Secondly our picture of mental illness is at the peak of symptoms. When most people think of mental illness they think of: 1) The person with anxiety who can not leave the house or attend social situations; 2) The person who is depressed who can not get out of bed, can not go to work or school and who is suicidal; 3) The person with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia who is floridly psychotic, hallucinates, hears voices and has delusions; 4) The veteran with PTSD who can not function in public, has an extreme response to a car backfiring and who can not sleep for days; Egypt 5) The person with any kind of mental illness who self-medicates with alcohol, street drugs and sometimes is homeless.

This portrait of mental illness would be like believing people who have cancer are all bald, weak, bedridden, vomiting, and ill. Yet people, who have had cancer treatment, hold jobs, are parents, are siblings, run races for the cure and get to celebrate another year of recovery.

The person with mental illness, who is in treatment generally looks and is very well! They too hold jobs, go to school, get married, parent, have goals and friendships. Frankly you run into people every day that are among the healthy, with mental illness. It could be your doctor, a salesperson, dentist, school teacher, banker, lawyer, engineer, carpenter, or banker, boss, coworker or friend. However, we rarely see the functioning mentally ill because of the stigma. They do not announce another year without psychosis, being afraid to leave their home, or not being bed hidden or suicidal. So, we have a skewed view of mental illness.

We do know that most mental illness, which really is a neurological brain function illness, is a combination of genetics and luck of the draw. Shake the family tree of someone with mental illness and you'll generally find a variety of family members with anxiety, depression, "strange behavior or eccentric behavior", hospitals, suicides, and addictions. caused by extreme neglect, abuse or trauma.

What does good treatment look like to produce the highest level of functioning? Let's look at the top 4 supports to insure the best outcome:

• A loving, supportive family who is supported themselves. Family members must go to their own counselor or to a support group. This is to help them get through the unfair of lost potential, fear and help them know how best to help and not enable.

• A great psychiatrist and continuous individual counseling for the patient. Medical management is essential and hospitalization needs to be available in the acute phase. Counseling is essential too. It's in the counseling session that the patient learns skills, is supported, problem solves, develops a relationship and learns about their illness.

• Medication compliance. Again because of stigma most first time – fourth time patients resist medication. When the patient's life falls apart, sometimes some times, they finally accept that medication is necessary for treatment. I know of one psychiatrist who medically supervises her patients' titration down from medication. When the psychosis or depression or anxiety returns, it's in a safe environment and the patients then can admit they have an illness.

• The patient's desire and hero's journey to get well. Mental Illness is a chronic, relapsing, and sometimes debilitating condition where residual problems occur with each episode. It is not easy to be well and hopeful when you've lived through such a soul robbing experience. Others can assist by simple kindness and acknowledging the sheer strength, stamina and courage it takes to get well and stay well.