Winning the War on Obesity

Obesity is the number one cause of disease and death in America. It is so out of control that it verges on upsetting both our personal and our financial health. Yet, Americans still continue to eat unhealthy foods. In fact, we are so focused on eating these foods, we've become "obesigenic." By that I mean, we've created an environment that promotes both the increased intake of non-healthy foods and couple that with physical inactivity. When you have two out of three Americans either overweight or obese (including many children) it's clear something must be done.

While poor eating habits, genetics, and physical activity are the key factors contributing to obesity in America, other factors also help create the problem. The need to "supersize" everything is one. For example, McDonald's recently introduced a new line of "super burgers" with more beef than ever. Sales of the new burgers are taking off. Other factors contributing to obesity in America are stress, low self-esteem, and more medicines. Americans often eat to boost their self-esteem or relieve stress. And we take dense amounts of medicines, which increase fluid intake / retention and add pounds.

Obesity Has A Ripple Effect

But what's really scary is that experts have now realized that obesity has a ripple effect on not only our health but also our lifestyles. Obesity contributions to major diseases like coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and liver and gall bladder problems. There is scientific evidence that it is correlated to some cancers (in particular, breast cancer and colon cancer). And it contributes to osteoarthritisa deterioration of the cartilage and the underlying bone within a jointas well as the early sunset of menses. These are all major medical problems for Americans.

In addition, obesity puts massive stress on our economy, something most Americans do not realize. Obesity does not just increase our personal out-of-pocket costs, it also affects the cost of our medical insurance system, Medicare, and Medicaid, among other healthcare areas. As of 1998, the most recent statistics available, medical expenses directly attributable to obesity totaled more than $ 78 billion, according to private insurance sources. This number includes both private and public expenditures. That's a financial burden that falls directly on each of us.

What's The Solution

What's the solution? The government recognized the problem in the 1990s and is meeting it head on. Some government agencies, like the Center for Disease Control, have stepped up their attacks on obesity. The CDC introduced a program in 1999 focused on improving nutrition and increasing physical activity as a major way to combat the problem of obesity in this country. This program educates people on why they should be eating healthy foods and has expanded through the country. Overall, the CDC is working with 23 state health departments on the obesity problem.

Private organizations have also joined the fray. The Food Studies Institute (FSI) is devoted to changing the health of children through proper nutrition and education. This effort is the life-long work of Dr. Antonia Demas, who groundbreaking curriculum, Food is Elementary, educates children about nutrition by providing a positive experience of food and food preparation that is fun, hands-on and sensory-based.

These organizations are having an impact. While more can be done in this area, for example, many schools have completely changed their menus. They are now offering more healthy food selections than they were just a few years ago. So are hospitals. You can get a good salad or more vegetables options at most hospitalsnot the case 10 years ago. And while it would be nice to see more public and private programs attack the problem of obesity in America, it's clear that both government agencies and private institutions are doing what they can.

Meeting Obesity's Challenge

But if we are going to meet the obesity challenge, we change our diets and our lifestyles. For one thing we must eat more fruits and vegetables. The keys to good health, they contain the essential vitamins, minerals, and fibers we need daily. Fruits and vegetables are also natural sources of energy. They give the body many of the nutrients it needs to get through the day. More importantly, fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of chronic disease including strokes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

But eating more fruits and vegetables is just one tactic in the war on obesity. We also must also make other changes as well, such as meat substitutes, including whole grains or beans to meet our daily protein needs. Whatever steps we take, one thing is certain: If we are going to win the war on obesity, we must radically change both our diets and our lifestyles. It's a war we can not afford to lose.

How to Get Rid of Cold Sores Fast and Prevent Recurrence

There are many factors which determine a person's susceptibility to cold sores. Some people are chronic sufferers. In such situations the virus causing cold sores or herpes simplex virus (type 1), as it is known, manifests itself on the surface of the skin. It replicates on the skin and creates an ugly scene on a person's face in the case of infections on the lips. After 'cure' it becomes dormant under the skin and appears to have disappeared forever only to reappear at some other time in the form of blisters. Such recurrences of are often contributed to by high levels of stress and lack of sufficient rest or sudden changes of lifestyle.

The immune system is adversely affected by stress. Under 'normal' circumstances, the body is able to deal with many virus attacks and ward them off, including the herpes simplex virus-1. However a person who overworks or does not have enough sleep is likely to be infected. Stress from work related problems or family or financial problems are another recipe for infection. People having such issues are prior to a number of stress related sicknesses. Proximity to people suffering from cold sores can trigger infection in people whose immunity levels are low.

Those suffering can get relief through medication. There are a number of prescription medines such as L-lysine and abreva that are available from the local chemist for treatment. The medicines and balms provide relief as the cold sores go through the period of healing. It is important at this time to ensure that a person has their "regular" intake of vitamin supplements. Natural vitamins are recommended. One should also avoid extreme weather. One should avoid exposure to too much sun light and also very cold weather. In cold weather, one should wear appropriate clothing. Sunscreen creams should be applied on the affected areas on the face when going out in the hot sun.

"Prevention is better than cure". In order to reduce the likelihood of infection or recurrence one should avoid:

1. Stress
2. Extreme weather
3. Exhaustion
4. Exposure to infected people (by being in close proximate to them)

One should also eat a balanced diet, avoid junk food and ensure that they take the recommended daily portion of natural vitamins and minerals. This is achieved by taking vitamin and mineral supplements. If one still gets infected, natural remedies are recommended. Natural remedies work with the body's system in a more natural way without side effects. Herbal solutions such as lemon balm (melissa officinalis) are highly recommended. Prescription drugs are effective but may cause other side effects. Some natural treatments shorten the recovery period. Some can reduce the recovery period to about three days or less.

How To Combat Allergy Season Effectively!

At the moment, allergies are rife! They are coming from every angle and direction possible. If you are an allergy sufferer like me, most of the time a small allergy turns into a horrible sinusitis infection that lasts for days and makes you feel like you are dying! (And I'm not even overreacting)

So after all my research of 'How to get rid of allergies' and 'I had an allergy, now I think it's flu' and 'I do not think my allergy is flu, but it is definitely some kind of infection', and lastly 'I definitely have sinusitis from my allergies,' I finally found some natural and helpful cures to combat the allergy season.

Firstly, try to avoid things that will likely make it worse, like air-conditioning, dust and animals. All of the above may make the infection to get worse because the immune system has become much weaker.

Secondly, dose up on all of the good stuff, like oranges or vitamin c tablets, anti-oxidant teas such as green tea or lemon in hot water, maybe even try a dose of quercetin or olive leaf extract. These will all help to build the immune system to fight off the infection. If your throat is sore I would eat raw honey as it is ultra soothing. If your ears are sore I would opt for something like Traumeel drops that will not only soothe the aches, but will help with the inflammation. Traumeel drops can be taken orally too!

Thirdly, rest! I know it is really hard to do so when you have a million and one things on your plate, but if you even have 5 – 10 minutes to spare in your day, just lay down and recoup.

Hopefully all of my tips will help you combat the infection and the allergies. But we still need to prevent it from happening again, so I advise that you do what is necessary to prevent them from coming back:

Take a dose of Vitamin C everyday.

Do not forget to take your daily vitamins!

Try not to go to places that will trigger your allergies (dusty sites, air-conditioned shopping malls, or outside the dogs and cats).

Eat healthy! The more fruit and veggies your body gets, the stronger your immune system will be.

Curing the problem of allergies is something I am convinced can be done all naturally. Until then, the solutions outlined above will help you on your way to at least remedying some of the health issues allergies can bring.

Drug-Free Anxiety Relief – The Most Powerful Method For Stopping Panic Attacks and General Anxiety

If you have ever experienced any of the following anxiety panic symptoms like stress in your chest and throat leading to shortness of breath, hot flushes followed by an overwhelming wave of anxiety, fear of job interviews, fears of meeting a date, getting stuck in traffic, on a bridge or flying, performance anxiety, dizziness leading to panic, then you need to discover the powerful drug-free method for stopping panic attacks and general anxiety.

A lot of people have been told by their doctors that they may have to depend on medicines and drugs through their lives if they will ever stand a chance of living a normal life again. Truth is, it should not be so!

There are drug-free anxiety relief approaches that have been used for years with remarkable success for eliminating panic attacks and general anxiety.

It is very important that you seek for help as soon as possible, since panic attacks and general anxiety tend to grow in their severity if not quickly attended to. If you wait too long, you may experience the debilitating effect of not being able to get out of your home to seek help.

Whenever you experience a sudden anxiety and panic attack, you must learn to feed your mind with enough positive self-talk. Talk to yourself positively by sitting or lying down and allowing the feelings subside. Engage in some positive self-talk to yourself that the sensations you feel will go away by itself once the "fight or flight" hormones decreases from your system.

Practice some relaxation techniques and also add a good dose of prayer to help deal with anxiety and panic attacks. You can train your mind to relax your body when you practice some of the relaxation techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Endometriosis As a Cause of Infertility

Endometriosis is one of the highest recorded conditions related to infertility. About 75% of total infertile cases are caused by biological make-up problems, including utero formation and pelvic conditions.

About 30% to 40% of the women suffering from Endrometriosis are also reported to be infertile. Though the relation of endometriosis and infertility is yet to be established, the presence of masses of tissues and scarrings in the pelvic and utero area brought on by the conditions is one of the many causes of infertility.

Endometriosis is defined as the condition wherein Endometrium tissue grows and lines not only the uterine linings, but also organs like intestines, pelvis, vaginal walls, fallopian tubes, etc. These deposits in unlikely areas cause menstruation to backflow onto the fallopian tubes and cause scarrings along the way. These abrasions have been pointed to play a role in infertility.

The endometrial tissues outside the uterus expand and thicken and are shed during the start of a menstrual cycle. When the blood pools in the abdominal cavity, it forms scar tissues that can block the fallopian tubes. As studies have it, the blockages in the fallopian tubes and vaginal canal will prevent the completion of the ovulation cycle and reduce the chances of carrying an embryo upon fertilization.

Additionally, the presence of endometriosis cause hormonal imbalance that directly disrupts ovulation and menstruation cycles. Thus, fertility is affected.

Endometriosis is further categorized into: Reproductive Area Endometriosis, Gastro-intestinal Endometriosis, Urinary Tract Endometriosis, Lung Endometriosis and Skin Endometriosis.

The reproductive area endometriosis involves the growth of tissues in ovaries, outside surface of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ligaments within the uterus and organs within the abdominal cavity.

Spotting the early signs of Reproductive Area Endometriosis

Knowing when the condition strikes takes a number of diagnoses before a conclusion can be arrived at. Spotting the signs of the condition may be difficult, as Endometriosis does not follow a specific pattern.

Some women who were found to have Endometriosis exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Painful menstrual cycle
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Lower back pains
  • Irregular Menstruation cycles, with heavy or excessive bleeding
  • Painful bowel movements and urination

Pelvic pain is the most common and the easiest symptom to spot, as it may be experienced constantly or intermittently throughout the menstrual cycle. As endometriosis is most common to occur in people with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, pelvic pain may occur after taking meals. The pelvic pain that is experienced during ovulations is rather acute, and is sometimes dismissed as a small twinge.

Experienced during the early hours before the ovulation process, the pain may last for days and well into the menstrual period. The pain is caused by the stretching of the ovaries during ovulation, with which endometrial tissues have grown on the surface of the ovary. The pain is often described to be pinching and stabbing pains in the ovaries and tubes that radiate throughout the pelvic, abdominal and thigh area.

Endometriosis in the main reproductive system is characterized by ectopic pregnancies, dysmenorrheal or painful abdominal cramps during menstrual periods, miscarriages and chronic pelvic pain. With alteration in the uterine shape and make-up, infertility is a most common result of endometriosis.

Treating Endometriosis: Treating Infertility

This condition is considered as a progressive disease that tends to worsen and recur even after several treatments. A Laparoscopy, an outpatient surgical procedure, is often recommended to patients who wish to confirm the diagnosis of the condition. This procedure is necessary to conclude the presence of endometriosis, as it cannot be diagnosed based on the symptoms alone. As such, there are also cases wherein the patient is asymptomatic, or does not exhibit any symptoms at all.

After the diagnosis, your physician will most likely recommend medications and surgery, depending upon the stage of endometriosis (minimal, mild, moderate or extensive). These stages are based on the amount of scarring tissue found. In severe cases, surgery is suggested so as to increase the chances of conception.

Once there is a lessening of the endometrial, the body’s hormonal levels will slowly stabilize and encourage regular ovulation and normal menstruation cycles.

Thomas Nagel And His Article On Death

Thomas Nagel begins his collection of essays with a most intriguing discussion about death. Death being one of the most obviously important subjects of contemplation, Nagel takes an interesting approach as he tries to define the truth as to whether death is, or is not, a harm for that individual. Nagel does a brilliant job in attacking this issue from all sides and viewpoints, and it only makes sense that he does it this way in order to make his own observations more credible.

He begins by looking at the very common views of death that are held by most people in the world, and tells us that he will talk of death as the “unequivocal and permanent end to our existence” and look directly at the nature of death itself (1). The first view that Nagel decides to discuss is the view that death is bad for us because it deprives us of more life. Most people are in the view that life is good; even though some experiences in life can be bad, and sometimes tragic, the nature of life itself is a very positive state. Nagel also adds that when the experiences of life are put aside, this state is still positive, and not simply “neutral” (2).

Nagel goes further to point out some important observations about the value of life. Mere “organic survival” cannot be said to be a component of value (2). Nagel gives the example of death and being in a coma before dying. Both of these situations would be equally bad situations. Another observation is that “like most goods” the value can become greater with time (2).

Looking now at what is bad about death instead of what is good about life, Nagel presents some obvious thoughts regarding this point. Life is good because we have the conscious ability to experience and appreciate all that life has to offer. So death is bad because it deprives us of these experiences, not because the actual state of death is bad for us.

The next point that Nagel makes is that there are certain indications that show how people do not object to death simply because it “involves long periods of nonexistence” (3). It is said that people would not look at the temporary “suspension” of life as a terrible misfortune, because the fact that it is temporary tells us that this will ultimately bring the state back to that of conscious life. Also, we do not look at the state being before we are born as a misfortune, or deprivation of life, because that life has not yet begun and, (as Nagel states later), he refutes the possible argument that the person could have been born earlier and had more life, with the fact that if that person was born substantially earlier, he would cease to be that person, but instead someone else entirely.

Nagel discusses next three problems. The first is a view that there are no evils that are not rooted in a person consciously “minding” those evils. Nagel puts this view in to easier terms by saying that this is the same as saying “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” (4). There are several examples that can illustrate this theory. People who think this way would say that it is not a harm for a person to be ridiculed behind his back, if he doesn’t know about it. If he doesn’t experience the evil, it is not bad for him. Nagel thinks this view is wrong. The natural discovery here is that it is bad to be betrayed, this is what makes the whole situation unfortunate; not because the discovery of this betrayal makes us unhappy.

The second problem is that which has to do with who the subject of harm caused by death is, and when exactly this occurs. Harm can be experienced by a person before death, nothing can be experienced after death, so when is death itself experienced as a harm? The third problem deals with posthumous and prenatal existence.

Contemplating the good or bad aspects of death, Nagel observes that we must look at the possible circumstances surrounding a death, and the pertinent history of the person who dies. This is important because we miss a lot that is important to the argument if what we take into consideration is exclusively the state of the person at the moment of death. Nagel gives an example of a very intelligent man sustaining an injury that causes him to regress to the mental capacity of an infant. His needs can be fulfilled like those of an infant and be kept happy as long as simple needs are met. His family and friends would look at this as a terrible misfortune, even though the man himself is not aware of his loss. This situation is unfortunate because of the deprivation of what might have been had he not been injured in this way. He could have gone on to accomplish great things for the world and his family, and live out his life through old age as an accomplished and acclaimed individual. This would have lead him to great happiness, but it can be observed that this same man in a state of mental capacity to match that of a child is also happy, but Nagel agrees that what happened to this man is a tragedy because of the terrible loss of the life the intelligent man could have led. This situation can relate to death in this way of thinking about deprivation. Death is bad because it robs you of what could have been.

After making these observations, Nagel states that “This case should convince us that it is arbitrary to restrict the goods and evils that can befall a man to non-relational properties ascribable to him at particular times” (6). There are endless circumstances and happenings going on that affect a person’s fortune or misfortune. Many of these never coincide directly to the person’s life. We must consider that there is no way to pinpoint the exact position of a misfortune in a person’s life, nor a way to define the origin. People have dreams and goals in life that may or may not be fulfilled. There is no way to find all of the circumstances and possibilities that go into whether or not these hopes and dreams are eventually fulfilled, but Nagel tells us that we must simply accept that “If death is an evil, it must be accounted for in these terms, and the impossibility of locating it within life should not trouble us” (7).

There are some who view the time before birth and the time after death as the same. We exist in neither, though Nagel argues that there is a difference. This whole essay has expressed exactly his view that though we do not exist in either case, death deprives us of time that we could have been living our lives.

Nagel makes an interesting observation about whether we can assign as a misfortune an event or aspect of life which is normal to all humans in general. We all know that we all will die and that the maximum amount of life is somewhere around 100 years. So is it still plausible to say this is a misfortune? He also gives the example of moles, which are blind. It is not a misfortune for a mole to be blind because they are all blind, and they will never know sight and be able to appreciate it. But Nagel also presents the example of a situation in which everyone goes through six months of pain and anguish before dying. Everyone knows that this is going to happen, but does that make the event any less of an event to dread and fear?

We are brought into this world and brought up with aspects of our lives that we appreciate. The deprivation of these things that we learn to appreciate is a misfortune, because we have learned to live with these privileges. It is unfathomable for a human being to grasp the concept of a finite life, in the truest meaning of understanding. We do not think of our lives right now as a set out plan or a finite sequence of events. We do not live day to day thinking of what we should do according to how much time we have left. Our lives are essentially an open-ended sequence of good and bad circumstances and possibilities. Death is the abrupt interruption of this sequence that we cannot help but be in the mindset will never end. This is how death is a deprivation, and ultimately, a bad thing for a person.

In conclusion, Nagel offers a good argument in his essay on death about death itself being a harm. Whether a person believes in the immortal life or not, it must still be considered that dying deprives you of the goods and experiences of life. This view seems unavoidable. A person who dies at age 92 has lived a full life to the best of his ability and has experienced more than someone who dies at age 32. The person dying at age 32 had many things that he wished to accomplish and experience in his life, and since the event of death has taken away all possibility of any of these goals coming to pass, and undermines all the work that he has put forth up to that point in pursuit of his goals, death is a terrible tragedy for him.

Work Cited

Nagel, Thomas. Mortal Questions. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1979.

The House On Cold Hill by Peter James – A Brilliant Haunted House Story

I want to tell you about a fantastic haunted house book I have just read. It’s called The House On Cold Hill by bestselling author Peter James, and it really is one of the most entertaining and gripping haunted house novels I have ever read in my life. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I would rank it right up there with the supernatural novels of my all time favourite horror author, James Herbert. It really is that good.

The House On Cold Hill tells the story of Ollie and Carol Harcourt and their 12-year-old daughter Jade, as they relocate from the heart of Brighton to live in a big old dilapidated mansion deep in the Sussex countryside. Although it’s a big step, Ollie is instantly filled with delight once he claps eyes on their grand new country home. Despite the big cost of moving house, he has always harboured a dream to live in the country, and so he looks upon Cold Hill as the ideal place for his animal-loving daughter, the perfect place to work on his web design business, and a fabulous long-term investment.

But they are only in Cold Hill for a few days before strange things start to happen, things which set the alarm bells ringing so much that they soon begin to wonder if they have taken the right step by uprooting out to this mansion. Jade’s friend is the first one to see the ghostly woman, standing right behind her as the pals communicate on Facetime. More eerie sightings soon follow, in addition to a string of unexplainable occurrences in the house.

As the hauntings become more and more ominous and threatening, and the house itself begins to turn on the Harcourts, the disturbed family uncover Cold Hill’s dark history… and the terrifying truth about what it could spell for them.

The House On Cold Hill is just brilliant, as it contains all the traditional hallmarks you come to expect of the perfect English ghost story: creepy atmosphere, supernatural occurrences, unexpected plot twists, tragic deaths, and plenty of ghosts to chill your spine (to the extent that I eventually found myself wondering who was a ghost and who wasn’t). I also love all the characters and the way they interact with each other. And the ending was just… well, I won’t spoil it for you by revealing what happens. You’ll have to buy the book and see for yourself.

Well done, Peter James, for writing such a thoroughly enjoyable, unputdownable and gripping haunted house story.

Understanding Diabetes Part 2

How do I know if I have diabetes?

The word diabetes mellitus comes from the Greek "to produce excess sweet urine." Obvious symptoms include:

o Passing urine frequently
o Excessive thirst
o Feeling tired all the time

Your doctor may also suspect a diagnosis of diabetes if you get recurrent infections, in particular fungal infections such as those caused by yeast, like thrush. Occidentally, diabetes may be picked up during routine health examinations, like insurance check ups, or even eye exams. If you are worried that you may have diabetes, speak to your doctor. The doctor can arrange for a blood test that requires you to fast overnight.

If, by some chance, your test comes back with borderline results, you will most likely go on to have another test called an oral glucose tolerance test. This involves fast for 12 hours, a blood sample is then taken. You will then be given a "sugar load," usually a defined amount of Lucozade. After 2 hours, another blood sample is taken. This test is considered as the gold standard of diabetic testing and gives more detailed results on how the body is handling glucose.

Diabetes and its consequences

Diabetes is more than just about your pancreas. The lack, or absence of insulin, causes high sugar levels, which results in damages to various organs over time. Diabetes should be thought of as a multi system disease. The raised glucose levels affect your blood vessels, and therefore, they have a knock on effect on your heart, brain, kidneys and eyes. The high sugar levels also cause damage to your nerves. This can affect everything from your sense of touch, your ability to maintain your blood pressure on changing post, to how your gut works.

Diabetes is a serious disease with deadly consequences. With type 1 diabetes the risk of death due to kidney disease is significantly increased as compared to the general population. In type 2 diabetes, the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke becomes ever more probable. The good news is that diabetes can be managed. The take home message is that if you have diabetes you need to master it, and ensure that you work with healthcare professionals to achieve the best control possible.

How is diabetes managed?

In general diabetic treatments can be broken down in to 3 main groups. These include:

o Lifestyle changes (diet, exercise and education)
o Tablets
o Insulin

In type 1 diabetic patients, the pancreas fails to produce insulin; therefore, insulin has to be injected. Normally the body produces insulin surges as blood sugar levels rise, so in type 1, patients will often inject insulin just prior to eating a meal. Insulin comes in both short acting and long acting versions. Short acting insulin's are usually taken just prior to meals, while long acting insulin helps to improve diabetic control by mimicking human background insulin secretion.

Those with type 2 diabetes usually produce some insulin, or their tissue cells are slowly resistant to their own insulin. In most cases, patients are first controlled using diet and lifestyle changes. Many, however, will go on to need tablets and eventually insulin as well.

Tablets in diabetes aim to achieve one of the following results:

o Increase tissue cell sensitivity to their own insulin
o Stimulation of the pancreas to produce more insulin

Further information

This two part series was written to help introduce diabetes and to give you an insight into the condition. If you have diabetes, or are carer for some one with diabetes, and would like more information, I recommend visiting the Diabetes UK website.

Guide To Allergy Symptom

In this brief article, we will define an allergy symptom and discuss some specific systems and what they mean to you as an allergy sufferer. An allergy symptom is any symptom associated with allergies such as running nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes, sneezing, itchy skin, and more. We will go into some detail about where a symptom comes from and why they appear as well as a brief discussion about how to cure those symptoms if time permits.

What are some of the symptoms?

Some of the most common allergy symptoms occur for the seasonal allergies such as hay fever and include the itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing aspects of allergenic symptoms. Other cases of allergies feature more serious symptoms that can be more harmful and troublesome such as absentmindedness, dizziness, trouble swallowing, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, skin rashes, vertigo, vomiting, and other serious cases of health issues that may spring from how the body deals with the allergen itself.

Airborne allergies are, however, the most common form of allergies and tend to feature the most common form of an allergy symptom as well. Most of these symptoms are related to the sinuses as the hay fever and other allergies like hay fever tend to affect those systems of the body. Sneezing, a clogged and runny nose, itchiness in the eyes and throat, coughing, postnasal drip, and swollen eyes (a symptom called "conjunctivitis") are all parts of the airborne allergy symptom repertoire.

Why do these symptoms occur?

Most times, the allergic reaction is coupled with

a portion of the allergen. In other words, if the allergen is known for entering the lungs it will likely attack portions of the body related to the lungs and to breathing. An airborne allergy, thus, will likely attach itself to the breathing apparatus and my cause coughing or the nose to run because of the way it affects the system directly. There are other reasons for this that scientists studying allergy immunology are aware of, but the basics of most allergies are that they are "system attackers" in general.

How are the symptoms cured?

An allergy symptom can be cured in a number of ways depending on the actual system it affects and how drastically the body is affected. Many people can simply take, for example, an antihistamine for a hay fever type allergy and go about their day while others simply will not respond to the antihistamine. It is essentially a matter of the biological makeup of the allergy sufferer in terms of how they react to certain medicines and how much medication is needed to cure the allergy symptom.

Who Else Wants to Treat Anxiety Naturally and Easily?

Do you suffer from fear and anxiety? What would it be like if you could treat anxiety naturally and easily without the use of medication? Well you can, and in this article I am going to tell you how.

The very best way to treat anxiety is naturally by using Panic Away and let me tell you why. Panic away is the most powerful method for eliminating panic attacks and general anxiety. I know this because I also once suffered from debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. That is until I discovered panic away; you see the truth is that you do not have to ever suffer from another panic or anxiety attack again.

When you purchase panic away you will learn one simple natural method that will eliminate 100% of all general anxiety and panic attacks. This simple technique is known as the one move technique and will immediately reduce your anxiety level down to zero.

This technique is based on advanced psychology and is simple enough for anyone to apply. Best of all this method does not rely on outdated techniques such as deep breathing, positive affirmations of distraction. Even better is the fact that this technique can be used anywhere – at home, at work or even out socializing with friends.

This technique is not based on NLP or hypnosis it is a cognitive technique developed from traditional psychology that anyone can apply regardless of their level of anxiety. The bottom line is that panic away will end your anxiety and panic attacks; if you are suffering from these problems then you absolutely owe it to yourself to give panic away a try. Do not suffer a moment longer than is necessary. You can find out more as well as discover more natural ways to help anxiety by following the links below.

5 Mistakes to Avoid For Your Optimal Growth

Everything occurring in your life is strictly the right timing for your optimal growth.

When things are running smoothly in your relationships, your career, your finances, your health, and your personal enjoyment time, it's quite easy to feel that you're in the right place at the right time; that life is good.

Then you hit a rough patch in one or a couple of areas in your life and, all of a sudden you feel like you are walking on jagged rocks, rather than water.

It's hard to imagine that these events are occurring at exactly the right time, let alone for your optimal growth and renewed spirit.

When things are going well you feel enthusiastic, optimistic, charged, and excited, like life is the greatest thing since sliced ​​bread, but when uneven stones are being walked upon, the feelings are quite the opposite. You may be doubful, fearful, stressed, depressed, and feel a lack of energy and enthusiasm.

The biggest stumbling stone is not the actual problem, but your beliefs and attitude towards the events and people you feel are creating them.

The first mistake we make is over-analyzing. We tend to over-think everything, especially when there is a problem. In doing so, we create a thinking frenzy creating more stress, more doubts, and more fears. Hmmm …. How is this benefiting your growth and renewal?

The fact of the matter is, it's not. The way to stop the madness is to ask, "How is this thinking benefiting me?" If your thoughts are not in alignment with your well being, then it's time to let them go. You can hear them out, but then readjust your attitude for possibilities, not more problems.

The second is making it catastrophic. Often when we are faced with what seem like negative occurrences we make them out to be worse than they really are. We jump right into the over-analyzing and then it becomes the worst thing imaginable. We can make mountains out of mole hills, if we let it.

The truth is people climb mountains every day, both the external and internal ones. It is possible for you to climb yours, you just have to believe it and take the necessary steps.

The third is doubt. If you do not avoid the first two mistakes, you are headed straight into second guessing. You doubt your decisions, your abilities, your strength, your courage, and sometimes even your very existence. You will find just about anything and everything to second guess yourself on, and the situation you are in. All those limiting beliefs are for your optimal growth. To realize that whatever you are doubting, the opposite also holds true.

The fourth is losing faith. We often get so involved with the perceived problem that we lose faith in the solutions, and where they originating from. These obstacles are a way of testing your faith and commitment to who you truly are.

This is not a time to lose conviction, but rather strengthen it from the source from which it emanates, whatever that might be for you.

The fifth is forgetting. You forget that you are in the right place at the right time. How do you know? You know because that is where you are. Whatever you chose to be there, or something happened and you ended up there.
Wherever you are, know that you are there for your optimal growth.

Can you see how one mistake can lead to the next?

If you can avoid the first mistake, and remember that everything happens precisely as it needs to, you will be well on your way to seeing it as a setback, not a stand still.

It may not always be obvious right away because something is happening, but have faith and know it is for your optimal expansion and evolution of your spirit.

Soon you will be walking on water, or at least along side of it.

When you change your thinking, you can change your life. Remember, when you Shine, the world shines brighter because of you!

Sleep Inducing Hormone Puts Breast Cancer Cells to Rest

The connection between a fatal car accident with a driver’s lack of sleep is reasonably simple to comprehend. However, have you ever thought that there may possibly be a connection between inadequate sleep and breast cancer? 101 women who were recently diagnosed with breast cancer participated in a study in 2012 that was trying to establish that a lack of sleep in such women patients triggered more aggressive tumours.

A research team from the Michigan State University (USA) published a report in Genes and Cancer that tried to portray the relationship between melatonin, a hormone involved in sleep-wake cycles with breast cancer stem cells along with trying to determine the promise of melatonin as a cancer curative.

In order to pursue their research under clinical environment, the scientists created breast cancer cells known as mammospheres. This three dimensional cell mix was produced bearing a resemblance to configuration that may be found in an actual tumour in the body that was perceived to be the trigger behind the uninhibited tumour progression and relapse. David Arnosti, a Michigan State University professor and co-author on the study, best explains the significance of using the mammosphere method by saying, “You can watch bears in the zoo, but you only understand bear behavior by seeing them in the wild. Similarly, understanding the expression of genes in their natural environment reveals how they interact in disease settings. That’s what is so special about this work.”

The research utilized cancer cells that were classified as estrogen receptor (ER) -positive. The first stage of the trial examined the influence of melatonin on estrogen’s capability to upsurge the progression and magnitude of the mammospheres. The second stage, the team decided to dig a little deeper and studied melatonin’s effect from a genes and proteins standpoint. Transitioning through the cell wall, estrogen which is a steroid hormone unites the receptor inside the cell that travels to the cell’s nucleus to that particular area of the DNA that can stimulate the genes. A protein known as OCT4 is produced by one of these activated genes. This plays a key function in a stem cell’s capacity to indeterminately make reproductions of itself and to sustain its unspecialized, stem cell state. The expansion of the ER-positive breast cancer cells are hence driven via estrogen initiated cellular route. When melatonin was added to the cells, the investigation brought forward that estrogen- and BPA- enthused combination of the estrogen receptor to the OCT4 gene in the mammospheres was repressed.

Collating these reflections, the research team put forward that by using the mammosphere technique, the growth in the breast cancer tumour could be suppressed by inhibiting genes responsible for driving the stem cell-like properties of the breast cancer stem cells. Melatonin, a key factor in the entire process is produced by the brain’s pineal gland which is only active at night which on release can induce sleep. If however, the patient is suffering from sleep disorders like insomnia, the possibility of melatonin levels as an effective method to block estrogen driven cancer growth is significantly lessened.

James Trosko, whose MSU lab perfected the mammosphere technique, sees these breast cancer results in a larger perspective. He says, “This work establishes the principal by which cancer stem cell growth may be regulated by natural hormones, and provides an important new technique to screen chemicals for cancer-promoting effects, as well as identify potential new drugs for use in the clinic.”

How To Get Rid Of Diabetes

Regardless of who you are; diabetes can affect anyone. I remember growing up and watching my aunt and mother take all kinds of medication because of this disease. This illness is thought to be passed down from generation to generation. If there has been a history of it in your family; you must be careful about your health because you are more prone to acquiring this condition. Whether you are taking the steps to prevent this condition or already have it; this article is going to provide you with the the information on how to get rid of diabetes or begin taking the steps to prevent it.

Unfortunately the bad thing about this illness is that it is not easy to detect its symptoms. Sometimes people who have it will show no symptoms at all, until the disease has reached malignant proportions. Many people have the belief that if you crave have a sweet tooth and you are craving sweets that is an indication that you may have the condition. In my opinion this is not the case. There are a lot of people who have a sweet tooth; they can not all have diabetes.

You will have to visit a physician to see if you are pre-diabetic; they will perform two standard tests. Based on the results of the test; they will be able to tell if you have pre-diabetes, type 2 or if you are free from the illness. Based on the results of the test then you will have to learn how to get rid of diabetes.

This condition usually occurs because a lack of insulin; which is a hormone that helps us derive energy from foods. Whether you eat a lot of food or are on a strict diet; if you body is low on insulin; the foods that you eat never add to your nutrition and you will not derive energy from them.

If you do have the illness there are some steps you can begin taking to help alleviate the pain and learn how to get rid of diabetes. You must learn the proper foods that are good for you; and avoid eating sweets as much as possible. Another important thing to do is begin cutting back on your carbohydrates. Exercise will also play an important part in your life as well.

Before you begin putting the above steps into effect in your life; you will want to visit your physician so they can tell you exactly what they want you to do. They may also prescribe some medication to help alleviate any pain that you are enduring. Whatever you do if you currently have this disease is to keep a positive mindset and believe that one day you will find a cure for it. Always be willing to try new methods to help you get better.

Just because you have this illness it does not mean it is the end of the world. If you are tired of enduring the pain; Will you take control of your health and follow this simple step-by-step strategy proven to dominate diabetes and take back your life? Visit our website below for the complete details that can change your life.

Dealing With Gluten Allergies

If you are suffering from gluten allergies, you will want some information about dealing with gluten allergies. First, you should know that gluten is found in oats, barley, rye and wheat. Many people have found that they are indeed allergic to the gluten in some foods rather than the food itself. If you have a gluten allergy, you may experience such symptoms as asthma, nausea and vomiting, swelling of the tongue and throat as well as stomach cramping, diarrhea, weight loss, hives and fatigue. Because it is difficult to determine the exact cause of a food allergy, skin tests are preformed to see if you are allergic to many different types of foods or ingredients in foods.

Dealing with gluten allergies means living without the foods you love or eating in moderation, this can only be recommended by a doctor. Since gluten is found in many foods, you will need to have help deciding the best course of action to eliminate symptoms and relieve that uncomfortable feeling. As you know, gluten is found in pizza dough, pastries and bread as well as other foods including ice cream and catsup. One way to deal with your allergy may be to use products with rice flour, potato flour or corn flour.

Someone having a gluten allergy will find it hard to eat at a restaurant without the chef can be asked as to the ingredients in foods you desire. If you go shopping, you will want to read labels to make sure the product does not contain gluten. In all, the best way to deal with a gluten allergy is you need to change your diet and learn how to accept different foods that contain none of the ingredients that cause an allergic reaction. Many people have expressed opinions about the breads. Breads made without gluten are poor tasting but corn bread has offered a great taste and it is something the entire family will like.

If you have other food allergies on top of a gluten allergy, you may find it a little more difficult to find foods you can eat. If you can not consume dairy products, then corn bread may not be something you could eat as it does contain skim milk. There are many concessions to be made when your have a food allergy and it just takes a little time to find the right foods that will satisfy you as well as keep you healthy.