How to Defeat Depression and Anxiety

To someone who has never had any experience dealing with depression and anxiety, it can be a very daunting task. There are two possible perspectives you could be coming from if you are trying to figure out how to defeat depression and anxiety. First, you could be the person suffering depression and anxiety or you could be a loved one of the person who is suffering. Either way, the situation can be effectively deal with.

The person suffering the symptoms

If you are the sufferer of depression and / or anxiety, it is of utmost importance you understand anxiety is not a problem of the mind. Many people who are experiencing these symptoms feel they are going insane. This could not be further from the truth because people with anxiety are most often very intelligent people. Their minds are functioning at 100%; their nervous systems are not operating correctly. Take any thought you may have about having any mental disorder and banish it from your life.

The first thing you should do is get a physical checkup. This is a very good move because people who suffer from anxiety often have panic attacks where they feel they are having heart problems, or many times they feel they are having a stroke. By getting a checkup a person experiencing anxiety can easily find out if he is having some serious physical problem.

A doctor can read tell, simply by listening to the heart if a patient is having a heart problem. Therefore, if the doctor issues a clean bill of health, the next time you have an anxiety attack you know it is only your nerves making you feel the symptoms and not a physical problem you are having.

When experiencing anxiety, many times you may have panic attacks. Panic attacks usually come on when an anonymous person tries to fight or run away from his extreme nervousness. Nervousness is a condition where adrenaline is flooding through the bloodstream. Adrenaline is one of the body's natural resources available to strengthen us when we are afraid of something. It soups-up our muscles to prepare us to fight with an enemy or run away from it.

When we are suffering an anxiety disorder, adrenaline pumps through our veins for absolutely no reason. When this happens, it brings about terrible physical feelings. These feelings are very scary and therefore we try to fight them or run away from them. When we do so, we simply pump more adrenaline through our system. In this way, we are producing a vicious cycle of fear-adrenaline-fear.

The way to defeat panic attacks is to stop the fear-adrenaline-fear cycle. And the only way we can do this is by refusing to become afraid of the physical manifestations brought on by the original dose of adrenaline that runs through our exotic bodies.

While healing, the doctor may prescribe a tranquilizer. Do not be afraid of this prescription. It is only going to be used temporarily while rivers become desensitized and we have learned to totally ignore any manifestations adrenaline gives us.

The support person

If you are a loved one of someone suffering from anxiety or depression, bare in mind it is a type of illness, which must run its course. Do not be afraid for your loved one, nothing terrible will happen as long as you're there to offer your support.

During this time, never tell a person to just snap out of it. They are trying with all their might to snap out of it and it is this very effort making the symptoms worse. Always understand there's nothing wrong with the person's thought processes and the whole problem with any anxious person is adrenaline is running rampant through the body.

All you can do is be there for support and let the person know you understand. Reinforce the fact there are millions of people suffering the same thing. Try to remind this person to trust the fact the body can and will heal itself. In the meanime emphasize adrenaline is causing all those strange and unpleasant feelings. Once one loses the fear of adrenaline's tricks, a healing mode will follow.

It has been proven that people who live with people who love them heal faster than people who are alone. Always be there for support, always be a friend and never try to hurry the healing process and the service you will be doing your loved one will be immeasurable.

Natural Insomnia Treatment That Works

Since time immemorial, people have been battling this debilitating disease that prompted many common individuals and scientists to develop a natural insomnia treatment. If you are an insomniac, then you know the hassle of not being able to sleep 24 hours at a time or more. Insomnia is thought about by several factors such as stress, medical condition, psychiatric problems, and many more. Luckily, there are natural treatments of insomnia you can follow to help you ease your problem a bit.

Especially all women, insomnia can be thought about by low levels of estrogen and low magnesium in the diet. If these two are significantly lacking, chances are you will suffer from sleepless nights. What you can do is have more fat in your diet and eat magnesium rich vegetables such as spinach and halibut. It's also good for you to lower your carbohydrates intake and increase your red meat and green leafy vegetable intake if you have insomnia.

If you have trouble sleeping, caffeine is absolutely banned for you. Caffeine has the same effect as cocaine or amphetamine although milder. It's a drug used to stimulate the heart and keep people awake and alert for hours at a time. Therefore, if you have a problem with sleeping, caffeine can aggravate it even more.

Another natural insomnia treatment you can try is yoga. As being mentioned above, insomnia can be thought about by stress and yoga is a very good stress reliever. However, consider only yoga poses that do not strain your muscles too much. There are yoga poses that are relaxing and promotes peace of mind and calmness. These poses, usually those that are done lying down, are the ones best to relieve stress so improvements insomnia.

The aged old treatment is to drink a warm glass of milk before you sleep. It's good to put a dollop of honey to your glass of warm milk to maximize its soothing and relaxing effect to the body. Milk is also high in calcium and magnesium, which, as being mentioned above, is needed to help you sleep well during the night.

Perhaps your insomnia is also caused by a screwed-up biological clock. This is true to people whose working hours are normally during the night so that their biological clock is fooled to think that the night is day and vise versa. The treatment for this is to wake up early in the morning to try to catch some sunlight for about thirty minutes and absolutely no light when you sleep during the night.

These are some of the most effective natural insomnia treatment methods.

To find out more natural insomnia treatment and sleep secrets , check out my health blog today.

Nail Fungus Cream

If you have a fungal finger- or toenail infection (onychomycosis), it might seem logical that you should just drop in at the nearest pharmacy and buy a tube of over the counter (OTC) nail fungus cream. After all, that approach usually works for other uncomplicated and superficial skin infections: an OTC antibiotic ointment or antiseptic liquid usually does the trick. With a fungal nail infection, however, it’s often not that simple.

Nail fungus cream is certainly available, and people have been buying it for years, but though it works quite well on fungal skin infections, it doesn’t have a great reputation for clearing up onychomycosis. Antifungal cream often doesn’t work for a very simple reason: when you smear it on your nail, you are not putting it directly on the fungus. The fungus is growing in the nailbed, protected from the treatment by a thick layer of fingernail or toenail. The medication is outside and the infection is inside.

In some circumstances, though, OTC nail fungus cream may clear up the problem, or at least help to do so. If you work at getting the cream to the site of the fungal growth, it may help. Do this by soaking the infected hand or foot to soften the thick nail. Then, use a file or emery board to gently file away some of the thickness and remove any loose disintegrating areas. This will not only physically remove some of the fungal growth, it will also remove some of the material that would otherwise separate the antifungal cream from the infected area. Apply the treatment to the softened, filed nail liberally and often. (Follow manufacturer’s directions and be sure not to miss any applications.)

Another way to boost the effectiveness of antifungal cream is to combine it with another remedy. There are oral prescription drugs that you can take, which attack the infection from within, rather than topically. See you doctor to find out whether one of these drugs would be appropriate for you. There are also natural remedies that use something taken by mouth or a combination of oral and topical agents. Though it may require a bit more work, a combination of nail fungus cream and something else may be the best approach to a hard-to-treat infection.

Facebook for Nail Technicians – How and Why

Many Nail Techs are using Facebook now as a part of their overall marketing strategy and are doing it quite effectively. There are still still many that are just not quite there yet in regards to using this social media platform correctly and for their best results.

I want to give you some do's and dont's and help you get the most out of this fantastic tool.

Facebook can be a real asset for your Nail Salon business. You can connect with your clients easily and for free, you can connect with new clients and you can also use it to advertise available booking times, weekly specials or new services. If you are new to Facebook as a marketing tool, here are some points to remember when setting up your Nail Salon business page:

  • The name is important and ideally should be the name of your salon! However, try not to make it too long (with added extras apart from the salon name) as it gets hard to remember.
  • When you are filling in your information section, write as much as you can about your salon, the services you provide, anything you specialize in and maybe even some words from happy clients?
  • Make the access to your salon information easy, for instance your contact details, appointment times, email and address are important elements
  • Include a tab for salon services / menu. Some people add this to the information area which is OK also but I think a whole tab (page) for the prices / services looks better
  • Include lots of photos of the work you do specifically the unique services you provide.
  • Have your salon logo on the page to match all of your other advertising material for eg if you have a website too. If you can not get the logo to fit in the banner / side area you will have to change the size either by doing that yourself or getting professional help with that. (Should not cost a lot and there are many services / companies that do Facebook branding now. Look around though as some are still a little over the top price wise)
  • As soon as you have 25 likes on your page, get your Vanity URL. This allows you to have an address for use on other marketing for instance your website and advertising materials such as fliers and business cards. An address with – facebook.com/your salon- name looks a lot better than the long one with numbers etc that you see before you get the url!

I would also like to give you some points here on what not to do / say and what would be advantageous to do / say !

DO

1. Interact with your clients and friends positively.

2. Advertise specials

3. Advertise vacant appointment times

4. Advertise new services / products to your nail salon

5. Show images of nail designs, nail art and results your clients have received at your nail salon

6. Survey / ask questions of your clients as to what they would like to see introduced to your nail salon or what they find the best thing is about the salon etc.

7. Show a human side and let your personality shine through to all who see. Your clients already know you to be the wonderful person you are but new clients need to see and feel that energy through the page.

8. Add some interest with advice on nailcare or tips on how to with the other services you provide.

DO NOT

1. Use your business page as a venting ground! If you want to complain about clients being late / not showing up / nastiness / gossip / hassles at home etc etc, please do it either on your personal page or private message another nail tech for support and understanding! I totally know how it feels by the end of some days after 10 – 12 hours in the salon! If you want to let some emotion loose, do yourself a huge favor and dont do it on your business page!

2. Discuss too much about personal life and people etc. Do discuss events that have been special and have been great at the weekend etc because that will make you more human and your clients will join in on the joy and positivity!

3. Set up the page and forget about it. You need to be on there for at least 30 minutes once or twice a week to comment and make posts. This is a way to connect with more people who are your ideal clients and for many, this is the way they will find out about you.

4. Get involved with any negativity or bad mouthing etc that other people may begin in a comment thread. If it is bad, delete the post. If you add fuel to the fire sometimes things get worse. If someone is adjusting you through your business page, call them or email them to sort it out.

Your Nail Salon business needs many different marketing strategies , many of which I cover in the Gloss System Home Study Course. This is just one of them and if used correctly can be a major contributor of new clients to your salon.

I hope this has given you some fresh ideas and if you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you!

Sciatic Pain Treatments

Sciatica is a term for pain radiating down the leg. It is a general term like “car.” It doesn’t tell us where the injury is located or how much the tissue is damaged. Sciatica can be caused by several different injuries and types of hurt tissue. How, when, and where the pain radiates down the leg gives us indications of the actual injury.

During the examination different tests will be utilized to differentiate between different injuries. Often an MRI does not need to be utilized if the orthopedic testing can give us the necessary answers about the injury.

Not all radiating low back pain is the same and should be treated differently. Each cause of sciatic back pain responds to different treatments. A proper examination and treatment can speed any recovery and quickly get you out of back pain.

Below are several examples of conditions that cause radiating low back pain.

PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME BACK PAIN VS. DISC HERNIATION

Piriformis syndrome is a commonly missed diagnosis and injury. The piriformis muscle is located under the gluteal muscles from the sacrum to the femur. When the large muscle is injured it spasms and can compress, or entrap, the sciatic nerve. Entrapment of the sciatic nerve can trigger severe pain radiating from the butt down to the foot, numbness, weakness, tingling, or a deep ache. Some people describe more burning or a constant ache in their gluteal and hamstring regions.

The pain and tingling symptoms can look very similar to a disc herniation. Both conditions have pain that is worse when getting up from a seated position, going up and down stairs or prolonged walking. Positions that relieve the sciatic pain are the same for both piriformis syndrome and disc herniations.

Proper examination and orthopedic testing differentiates disc herniations from piriformis syndrome. The exam is critical. We have commonly seen people who have been misdiagnosed with a disc herniation and have been treated with traditional disc treatments for weeks.

A disc herniation will increase the sciatic pain whenever tension is increased on the sciatic nerve, such as with straight leg raise test, Braggard’s test, or Slump test. The radiating pain should also increase with tests that increase in abdominal pressure, such as with sneezing (Valsalva’s test), Milgram’s, or Bechterew’s test. The above mention orthopedic tests increase the stretch or compression on the sciatic nerves and positive findings are indicative of herniated discs.

A differentiating test between Piriformis Syndrome and spinal disc herniations are that the radicular pain can be significantly increased or decreased by changing the hip angle. Moving the hip and leg changes the piriformis muscle spasm levels. By decreasing the piriformis pressure on the sciatic nerve the radicular pain subsides, and then increases with the opposite movement in Piriformis Syndrome. With lumbar disc herniations the sciatic pain will not change during the procedure.

The other big differentiating test is pushing on the piriformis muscle and gluteal area. If pressure on the muscle reproduces the radiating pain it indicates the problem is coming from that region. Likewise, releasing hand pressure will get rid of the pain. Palpation of the piriformis muscle will not affect the radiating pain from a lumbar disc herniation.

When a treatment protocol for piriformis syndrome is introduced the sciatic leg pain, numbness, and tingling is quickly improved. Chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, and laser treatments focus on decreasing the piriformis muscle spasms and sciatic nerve entrapment.

LUMBOSACRAL SPRAINS

Lumbosacral sprains can radiate pain from the low back down the leg. There are stabilizing ligaments that connect the lumbar spine to the pelvis. Injuries that stretch the ligaments can cause enough injury to produce the radiating sciatic pain.

Think of the ligaments as rope, it is meant to be keep something from being pulled apart. However, a large and sudden force can stretch and damage the rope fibers. Low force repetitive pulling over time can often stretch the rope fibers and cause damage. The “rope fibers” become frayed and need to repair. However, during the repair process they are constantly being pulled on with normal activity, further damaging the fibers and preventing healing. This is one reason why the pain can last for months, or become a chronic source of pain over years.

Common injury mechanisms include bending forward and twisting, especially when lifting. Repeated forward bending, twisting, sitting, or pulling can quickly injure the ligaments. People often describe a sharp stabbing low back pain than begins to radiate down the leg over a few days.

The pain is usually worse in the low back. It can be a constant dull ache with sharp stabbing pains with movement, getting up from seated positions, twisting, leaning forward, and extending backwards. The pain radiates down the low back into the gluteal, hamstrings, leg, and even the foot. Usually the sciatic pain stops at the knee, but the pain can travel past the knee in more severe injuries.

Treatment utilizes chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy stretching, exercises, traction, ice, electric, and laser to decrease the pain and inflammation. Therapy speeds the healing of the injured ligaments, reducing the sciatic pain, limitation, muscle spasms, and returning you to normal activities.

This is an injury that can easily become chronic. People describe this as a chronic source of pain. It used to be a mild ache with activity a few times a year. It then begins to occur more often and be more severe. Eventually people describe pain constantly occurring in the low back with any prolonged sitting, bending, or lifting activity. They then can experience several episodes of radiating sciatic pain per year. The sciatic pain usually only lasts for a few days or a week per episode, but is becoming more common and severe with time.

SARCROILIAC SPRAINS

Sacroiliac Sprains are a very common injury that causes radiating leg pain. The sacrum is the bone at the base of the spine, with an ilium bone on each side. The sacroiliac joint is slightly off center at the belt line. It feels like a “nub in your low back.”

The sacroiliac joint slides back forth as we walk or run. Sitting causes the joints to be flexed forward stretching the joint ligaments. Injuries often occur with chronic sitting, such as on long car rides or plane flights. The sacroiliac is being slightly stretched and strained for hours, which leads to the injury and back pain. Sacroiliac injuries also occur with bending and twisting activities. It is a common injury after moving furniture, working in the yard, or any heavy lifting activity.

When the ligaments that surround the sacroiliac joint are stretched it can produce a localized dull and sharp pain at “the nub.” The pain can also radiate from the joint into the gluts and hamstrings. The sciatic pain usually does not go past the knee, but it can radiate to the foot in more severe injuries.

Several orthopedic tests identify the sacroiliac pain. Usually people point directly to the sacroiliac joint and say right here! It always starts here. The pain travels down the leg from here with getting up from a seated position, bending, and lifting.

DECOMPRESSION MAKES A SACROILIAC SPRAIN WORSE

Spinal disc decompression treatments make this area worse because it stretches the injury the wrong direction. Treatment is about getting the pain and inflammation down first. Second stretch and increase flexibility of all the muscles above and below the pelvis. Next is to increase core and stabilizing strength. In more chronic sacroiliac sprains, the scar tissue should be broken down to speed the proper remodeling and repair of the ligaments.

SCAR TISSUE IN SACROILIAC SPRAINS

In some cases the sacroiliac joint develops scar tissue in the joint and surrounding muscle and tendon junctions. The scar tissue is a “bad patch” that keeps getting aggravated and triggering the pain. Treatments to reduce the scar tissue quickly reduce the duration of treatment and risk of returning severe pain.

MUSCLE TRIGGER POINT CAUSE SCIATIC PAIN

Muscle trigger points can refer pain down the leg. Trigger points are frequently associated with other low back injuries, which is why they are often missed. An injured muscle tightens up to protect itself. With bigger injuries the muscle begins to refer pain away from itself. Usually the pain radiates a few inches, such as around the neck and shoulders. In the low back, there are some common trigger points in the lower lumbar muscles, gluteal, and hip muscles that radiate pain toward the leg.

The radiating pain is reproduced with pushing on the injured muscle or stretching it. Releasing the pressure decreases the radiating pain. Muscle trigger point pain often increases the longer a person is using the muscle, such as walking or standing. It is relieved with rest, heat, and ice. The pain returns once the muscle is under stress or prolonged use.

We commonly treat trigger points involved with neck, shoulder, and headache pain that is worse with sitting, slouching, driving, computer work, or any position that requires the head to be forward. They are less common in the low back, but are still as severe and limiting.

We like finding trigger points because the pain quickly decreases with the right treatment. Physical therapy, heat, electric, ice, stretching, cold laser, and ultrasound do help. However, trigger points respond quicker to deeper muscle therapy such as massage therapy or Graston Technique.

GETTING RID OF SCIATIC PAIN IS ABOUT IDENTIFYING THE CORRECT INJURY

Proper diagnosis of sciatic back pain is critical. Applying the wrong treatments will either have little effect or be inefficient. Most sprains and strains can be significantly improved within two weeks. Treatment beyond that point depends on the history, severity, age, physical condition, and amount of effort put towards home therapy treatments.

Remove Brown Marks and Scars Naturally

Anyone with acne issues will tell you infected cystic acne is the most difficult form of acne to live with. An acne cyst is full of pus and can often swell to the size of a dime. They can be painful, swollen, and scarring is normal. Popping an acne cyst may cause a defect mark which will last much longer than if you had just not touched it. Keeping skin clear and free of acne cysts is a concern to every person.

Acne cysts are a common skin response to bacteria and microbes. Bacteria (propionibacterium acnes) find their way into pores and infect healthy cells living inside. The mixture of bacteria, dead cells, and oil becomes clogged in the pore and evolves into an acne cyst. Popping a lesion can lead to depressed acne scars and a loss of skin tissue. Homemade remedies for acne can be productive in eliminating the redness from acne but most will not help kill bacteria and pathogens.

The problem is that most natural acne products do not contain any anti bacterial characteristics and therefore strong antibiotics are prescribed. Do not give up all stock in natural acne products. Thanks to the finding of a biological skin care ingredient, you can naturally eliminate cystic acne and eliminate bacteria living on skin, resulting in a fresh, clean appearance.

Skin Remedies for Acne

Isotretinoin is a regularly prescribed treatment for acne cysts and severe acne lesions. Isotretinoin is prescribed only after all other acne treatments failed to provide results. What it does in a nutshell is cease the synthesis of sebum and other natural substances in the skin. It aims to oversee skin oil with the intention of eliminating the opportunities of the oils getting obstructed in the pores and causing cysts. Clearing acne lesions is not quite so easy.

Common side effects of isotretinoin include skin peeling, itching, nose bleeds, nausea, and thinning of hair. More infrequently side effects can include fatigue, menstrual problems, bowel problems, pancreatitis, and severe anxiety. This is harsh because many people just want to clear up their complexity and have acne free skin but end up with a worse affliction.

An acne cyst treatment with hydrogen peroxide is a common choice because of the antibacterial properties contained in the compound. An acne hydrogen peroxide cream will destroy bacteria and therefore help clear up skin conditions by making the skin an unsuitable place for dangerous bacteria.

The negative side is that hydrogen peroxide is a strong synthetic chemical. Concentrated levels are corrosive and if accidentally digested, can cause internal bleeding and lung problems. Lower concentrations in skin treatments can cause hyperpigmentation and a burning feeling. Since acne cysts are agonizing and inflamed, no one wants to experience an additional burning feeling while trying to cure the lesions. People desire natural acne remedies that help the skin in a mild manner.

How to Clear Acne

You can now eradicate bacteria and avoid cystic acne using an all natural acne cyst treatment. There is no serious chemical compound in the cream, only natural elements that incite skin renewal and biologically clear out acne breakouts and scars. The same ingredient can help you fill in sunken acne scars and eliminate brown acne marks.

When applied to fresh, clean skin consistently for a period of at least two months, the biological skin care element will fuse with your own cells and:

* make skin into a bacteria free environment. The ingredient rouses the constant development of natural antimicrobial peptides on your skin to keep pathogens at bay.

* corrode pore plugs and damaged tissues while triggering the production of new, healthy ones. This guarantees the natural flow of sebum oils to the skin surface.

* help flush the parts of the dissolved tissues back into the body in order to promote new cellular growth. This helps in the natural elimination of acne scars and skin blemishes by regenerating healthy cells in place of dead ones.

* fill in sunken acne scars by promoting the production of more collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. Collagen and elastin parts are sent into the area and the area is renewed with flawless components.

The Immune System

The key to a robust immune system lies in a healthy lifestyle, with nutritious food and a minimum of stress and pollution. Adequate depths of protein essential fatty acids vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals: copper, iron, magnesium, selenium, and zinc are vital to normal production of white blood cells and antibodies.

Immunity can be boosted by increasing intake of these and by immune-enhancing herbs such as garlic, Echinacea, licorice, and ginseng. Fever is a symptom of the body's fight against infection, helping to resolve it, and should not be suppressed. At the first sign, fast to boost the immune system and drink plenty to assist elimination. Take raw garlic in honey, peerless, or juice every 2-3 hours, mixed with licorice.

Take frequent hot herbal teas of lime flower, boneset, chamomile, elderflower, yarrow, and peppermint, singly or in combinations, to hasten elimination of heat and toxins. Hot drinks of lemon and honey, blackcurrant, or betroot juice increase resistance and provide extra vitamin C. Use essential oils of lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus in herbal baths, hand and foot baths and inhalations. When the immune system responds against non-infectious substances there is an allergic response as the body attempts to eliminate the allergens.

Treatment involves improving nutrition, temporarily avoiding the allergen, and balancing the digestive and immune systems. You may need to take, either as teas or tinctures, a combination of Echinacea, red clover, and borage with licorice 3 times daily over several months. You can add marshmallow or slippery elm to soothe the digestive tract, and dandelion root to support the liver and the digestive tract. Chamomile and yarrow tea is a natural antihistamine to take frequently with acute allergies. Nettles in teas or soup help calm the allergic response. Candida albicans or thrush flourishes when the immune system is weakened by infection, diabetes, long-term or repeated antibiotics, oral contraceptives, stereoids, and nutritional deficiencies specifically of iron and zinc.

Pregnant women are prone to vaginal thrush and may pass it on to the baby. It can also affect the digestive tract, causing general illness, and food and yeast allergies. You should take antifungal herbs pot marigold, chamomile, thyme, or golden seal regularly in teas or tinctures adding Echinacea to boost the immune system. Garlic and olive oil on salads or garlic peerless will help check the infection. For oral thrush, make a mouthwash of thyme and pot marigold tea allow cooling and adding 1 drop of thyme or oregano oil and using 2-3 times daily. For vaginal thrush use these teas or tinctures as a douche, or soak a tampon or pad to use for an hour twice daily. Bathing in chamomile tea or applying live plain yogurt to the area can bring great relief. Warnings do not use douches if you are pregnant.

Natural Anxiety Remedy – Benefits and Risks of Kava Kava

Although more and more people are turning to newer natural methods for treating anxiety, herbal remedies are still widely used by panic and anxiety sufferers. Here are some of the benefits and risks of using Kava Kava as a natural anxiety remedy.

What is Kava Kava?

Kava Kava is a member of the pepper family and grows as a tall shrub in the islands of the South Pacific. It is considered a sacred plant by many of the traditional Polynesian cultures and has been used in prayer and ritual as well as for a wide variety of ailments ranging from asthma and rheumatism to weary muscles and sleeplessness. The main active components (kavalactones) are found in the root of the plant. Kavalactones are thought to affect levels of neurotransmitters in the blood which can affect the body's fight-or-flight response. While Kava root was traditionally chewed or made into a beverage, it is now primarily taken as a natural anxiety remedy in capsule, tablet, beverage, tea and liquid extract forms.

Benefits

Kava Kava has become a popular natural anxiety remedy due to its ability to induce a state of relaxation without impairing mental functioning, memory or alertness. It also does not produce tolerance or dependence unlike many anxiety medicines such as Xanax and Valium. Clinical trials have shown Kava root to be as effective as many popular anxiety remedies. In addition, Kava root has been shown to improve mood, well-being, and drive and even improve mental functions.

Risks

Side effects reported include indigestion, mouth numbness, skin rash, headache, drowsiness and visual disturbances. Some reports have even linked Kava Kava use to liver toxicity including hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver failure. However, no clinical trials have found any evidence of liver toxicity suggesting that these instances were a result of preexisting liver disease, alcohol consumption, taking excess doses, or combining with other herbs and medicines to create a toxic effect. Kava root may lower blood pressure and injury blood clotting, so it should not be taken within two weeks of surgery or used by people with bleeding disorders. Because of its effect on neurotransmitters, Kava Kava should not have been taken with anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications without under the supervision of a physician.

9 Ways to a Better Heart

1. Get tested . Did you know there's a simple test you can have to estimate how likely you are to have a stroke or a heart attack? It's called the Highly Sensitive C-reactive Protein Test, otherwise known as HSCRP. This test has shown to be just as effective as a normal cholesterol test for the way it can give advance warning of the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke. It works by measuring a specific protein in the blood that can indicate inflated arteries in the heart, which can go on to cause heart attacks. It is thought 50% of all people who have heart attacks will have a normal cholesterol reading so the HSCRP test is said to be a much more accurate indicator. Make an appointment with your doctor and arrange to have one done.

2. Keep Fit . It is a well known fact that exercise is beneficial for your heart but did you know it's important to keep up a regular exercise routine? It does not take long to notice a difference to your fitness after exercising but these benefits will wear off quickly if you give up working out. In a study of those who exercise regularly and those who have stopped, doctors have found a much higher health rate in those who maintain their keep fit routine. If you do not take regular exercise then now is the time to start – it's never too late. Having an active healthy lifestyle is a simple step to a long and healthy life!

3. Take up weight training . Apart from increasing your muscles, lifting weights will strengthen them. The stronger you are the less tiring everyday things will become and the less stress you will put on your heart. Strong muscles will keep your heart working without strain and increase your chances of living longer.

4. Cut the dope . Did you know you're increasing your chances of having a heart attack by smoking weed? In fact for the first few hours after you've smoked a joint you're increasing your chances dramatically. Stamp it out now – your heart will thank you for it.

5. When using olive oil make sure it's the extra virgin type . It's much lower in cholesterol and fat, therefore a much healthier choice. It may be slightly more expensive but certainly it's worth it for a healthy heart?

6. Research your genetics . Chances are your doctor may know little about your genetic history so go visit a counselor and get it checked out. Your genetic make up is probably the most essential medical information you'll ever need to know. Find out any common family ailments or problems and take steps to rectify them before it's too late.

7. Get your doctor to arrange for you to have an ultrasound . Usually with heart problems, most people do not realize they're affected until it's too late. You can change all that by having a procedure carried out, called an electron beam cat scan or EBCT. It shows your doctor a 3D picture of your arms and heart and will show up any problems or blockages while they're still in the early stages. Steps can then be taken to repair any damage.

8. Statin medication . This type of drug works by reducing your cholesterol. Last year a study was carried out of patients suffering from coronary artery disease. 50% of the patients had angioplasty carried out and the others took medication, atorvastatin – a statin drug. The group taking the medication reported fewer occurrences of heart attacks during the next year and a half. It appears it's not enough just to unblock the arteries but with the aid of statin the blood vessels actually increase in size, allowing a better blood flow.

9. Ramipril . A drug used to treat hypertension which has been in use for over 30 years. Recent studies show it can help prevent strokes and heart attacks and can even reduce the need for a surgical bypass operation. In the study, which collected information on 10,000 patients, over three quarters of whom had coronary artery disease, Ramipril and Vitamin E were tested alongside placebos. No benefit was shown by those taking Vitamin E, but those who tested Ramipril had a 25% decrease in death rate.

Should Antiaging And Human Growth Hormone Be Used In Same Sentence?

Is the hype surrounding the antiaging human growth hormone out of control? It seems everywhere you turn today looking for an answer to stopping the aging process there seems to be a new finding promoting the benefits of HGH and it's effects on "Father Time."

So who do you believe? Well, the fact remains the selling of human growth hormone other than for specific related cases is still illegal but the marketing hype promoting their benefits continues at an ever growing rate.

What Is HGH?

A human growth hormone or HGH is not a steroid. Growth hormones are actually created by the body in your pituitary gland to stimulate growth in humans and animals, and are also known as somatropin or somatotropin.

The human growth hormone is an anabolic hormone and very simply builds it in mass. This is why stereoids which cause muscle growth are called anabolic steroids and could easily be confused with human growth hormones. A person's natural height increase is the best known effect of a growth hormone, but it is also known to generate other metabolic functions including bone strength and calcium regeneration and retention.

Human growth hormones also help to create a solid nitrogen balance in the body by increasing the body's synthesis of protein. Your body's ability to synthesize protein is essential to function properly and build much needed muscle.

HGH Facts

A number of side effects have been determined in studies conducted on the use of synthetic HGH treatment. Muscle pain, headaches, bloating, swelling in the arms, arthritis symptoms and high blood pressure are just a few. If you have been considering topping up your levels of HGH, then see a doctor before you do anything.

How Reliable Are HGH Studies

I'm a little confused about antiaging human growth hormone. The experts tell us why the general population should not be coaxed by all the marketing promoting their benefits while those promoting it as the "fountain of youth" swear "black and blue" it's the answer to halting the aging process. So who do you believe?

Let's examine the term human growth hormone. Truth is it's only available on prescription and is meant to treat people with deficiency in the growth area. AIDS and HIV Patients who suffer muscle waste are approved to receive HGH treatment along with children suffering from stunted growth.

Are There Benefits

Sure. While studies have been conducted on the effects of growth hormone there is still a lot of unanswered questions and mystery surrounding the real long term effects of GH. In fact, short term studies indicate an increase in both bone density and muscle mass, an improved outlook such as an improvement in mood as well as an increased capacity to maintain premium exercise levels. It's also found HGH injection treatment has a positive effect on the human heart. But, does it slow aging?

The jury is still out on this question. Until there is some common ground established by the scientific community and those marketing the benefits of HGH the arguments will continue to rage.

Questions About HGH And It's Future

If you have heard a lot about the human growth hormone debate and have been considering learning more about it's use, then the first stop you should make is to your local doctor's office. He / she can explain exactly why and when it should be used and whether your body actually needs more of it.

A further understanding of who HGH is used and approved for is certainly worthwhile. The bottom line is, until science produces absolute, unquestioned evidence human growth hormone treatment is a "brake" on the ravages of time, then tread warily.

Mammography: A Very Brief History

Breast cancer isn’t new, but the means we use to detect and study it are. Mammography, the science used to examine the breast, only began to develop its roots in the last century. Since then, the means and methods of detecting cancerous tumors have only kept changing.

It wasn’t until 1895 that x-rays were developed. In 1913, a German surgeon by the name of Alfred Salomon became the first person to try and visualize breast cancer through the use of radiology. Salomon used what was the era’s conventional x-ray machine to look over specimens from more than 3,000 mastectomies that he had performed. From this, he was able to get a better understanding of what was or wasn’t normal in breast tissue, thus establishing himself as the father of modern mammography. Salomon’s research, however, was only the beginning of the field’s development.

In 1930, Dr. Stafford L. Warren provided a breakthrough in the field. Stafford’s research supported the effectiveness of mammography as a diagnostic tool for breast cancer and further developed a stereoscopic technique for the field. Warren’s research further found that a side by side comparison of the left and right breasts could do even more to detect abnormalities, making diagnosing the disease even simpler. In 1949, Uruguayan doctor Raul Leborgne developed the compression method. A radiologist by trade, Leborgne invented a device that held the breast flat between a cone and pad while an x-ray was taken. This method allowed the x-ray to produce a better quality image overall, making the diagnosis process simpler and more accurate. Furthermore, Leborgne was the first to suggest looking for micro calcification in the breast, which refers to the appearance of small white dots that may be an early indicator of cancer developing.

The next big break in mammography came in the late 1950s, when Houston radiologist Robert Egan introduced the use of a fine-grained screen and industrial film to produce clearer images. With his team at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Egan examined images from the breasts of 1,000 women who weren’t displaying any obvious signs of cancer. Through closer examination, Egan and the other researchers found 238 cancerous masses among the results.

Mammograms became commonly accepted as a means of breast cancer detection in the 1960s, and a study conducted from 1963-1966 found that they were able to reduce deaths from breast cancer by a third. A high-definition screen developed in 1972 provided x-ray technicians with much sharper images. Twenty years later, Congress enacted the Mammography Quality Standards Act, ensuring that all women could access proper breast cancer care whenever necessary.

The field has continued to grow. As recently as last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that found 3D technology excelled at finding cancer over the traditional mammogram. It’s tough to say what the coming years will bring, but it’s almost a certainty there will be more to come.

10 Clarifications on Designer Dog Collars

Dogs are man’s best friend and everyone loves them as much as they love their family. There are various ways which classify dogs as family. They are clothed, pampered and are styled according to the preference of the owner.

One unique way to incorporate the owner’s style into the pet and give it impressive looks is through designer dog collars. In this article, describe some clarifications that elaborate the utility of such accessories.

Durability:

One significant aspect about these products is that the particular designers ensure durability. It is not that the collar will look great in the initial stages and later rust or deform. The production assures the high-quality material that will be durable for an elongated period of time and will sustain the impressive look.

Comfort:

This is one highly important aspect because collars are not supposed to cause irritation to the dog and it also should not result in scratches or rashes. Designer materials ensure safety to the dog as well as comfort. It will cause negative irritation and will keep the dog happily in place.

Handicraft:

It is important to avoid artificial means and only professional craftsmanship will ensure perfection in designing suitable collars. Handcrafted processes ensure perfection in stitches, material, and longevity.

Material:

Material specifications are important to note when it comes to the durability, comfort, and style of the collar. Luxurious materials result in comfort as well as durability. Apart from that, it also ensures the safety of the accessory and deems away any damage or breakage.

Looks and style:

Collars are available in a wide-expanse and this further offers distinctive looks. Luxury designs will put the dog in Imperial fashion as well.

Imperial outlook:

Designer styles specialize not only in a durable and perfectly crafted material but it also looks after the personalized looks of the pet. Studded jewelry, embedded gold/silver, and thick leather are examples of imperial fashion and these ideas work wonders when it comes to styling the pet.

Custom designs:

It is best preferred when the pet reflects the personality of the owner. Such items are available in custom designs that suit the preferences of the owner and can further be developed to create an impressive design that connects both the pet and the owner.

Embedded jewelry:

Elements like jewelry raise the standards of the accessory. Apart from an imperial outlook, it is simply catchy to the eyes. It will evidently create a unique style for the dog and distinguish it from normal pets.

Luxury designs:

Such designs are relevant not only in the context of longevity but extreme comfort as well. The pet will actually embrace the utility of the product and simultaneously will maintain a style that will distinguish it as special.

Additional Specifications:

Collars are recreated and reformed till certain uniqueness is developed. Be it a collar with embedded lights, glitters or gold, it inevitably will raise the impressive looks and will sustain the same for a durable period of time.

Conclusion:

By now it is clear how impressive and classic these accessories look on pets, and it creates a significant image which proves that dogs are a part of the family. They will always remain special for the owner. These ten clarifications specify the beneficial aspects of a collar and why one should go for such accessories for the comfort and safety of the dog.

What’s So Great About Meths (Methylated Spirit)?

Meths, Metho, Methylated Spirit or Denatured Alcohol, it’s all the same stuff and you may well have a bottle of it hiding in the shed at home (which is a good place for it because it’s flammable). Methylated Spirit is 90% Ethanol and 10% Methanol.

But what’s so special about it? Ethanol, made by fermenting sugar, is completely biodegradable and when burned produces only carbon dioxide and water, and is drinkable. Methanol, on the other hand is a toxic alcohol derived from wood products and is added to the Ethanol to make Metho. That of course makes it undrinkable, forcing drinkers to buy their alcohol via the normal route and thereby pay their taxes. Hmmn.

Throughout the years of Prohibition in the United States, tens of thousands suffered blindness, paralysis or death because of the Methanol added to Meths. Good enough reason not to drink the stuff? Apparently not; it’s proven necessary to add other substances to make it really unpalatable such as Spirit of Ipecac which causes vomiting (nice).

All very interesting, but none of it explains exactly why I spend my money on it. Ok, so what do you clean your toilet surfaces with? Does it have a colour to it? How about a perfume? No doubt it contains an antibacterial agent? How much do you spend on toilet cleaners every year? Did you know that the perfume and colour added to cleaning products can leave a residue that, once the anti-bacterial effect has worn off actually provides a great breeding ground for bacteria? In contrast, methylated spirit kills bacteria and evaporates very quickly leaving no residue. See where I’m getting to?

I dilute methylated spirit with 30% water to make a spray that thoroughly cleans and sterilizes the toilet, door handles, light switches etc, particularly when there’s sickness about. It’s also brilliant at cleaning glass, removing ink stains (apparently, haven’t tried it), making your mouth feel like it’s about to explode (mouthwash), cleaning computer screens and keyboards (yes, honestly), disinfecting the skin before an injection or operation (!), cleaning timber floors (yep), preserving biological specimens, treating cold sores and assisting in the production of biodiesel fuel.

But I only like it because it cleans my toilet thoroughly, saves me money (once diluted by 30% it’s about half the price of commercial cleaners) and leaves my windows looking good (but keep it away from heat and naked flames). Now, time for a nice glass of wine…

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar is a condition that stays with a person through their life; it can, however, be controlled. At one time bipolar was referred to as manic depression, now it is known as bipolar and there are a number of levels of this condition. The mood episode can be seen as a spectrum, at one end you have the high feelings and the other feelings low feelings. If you were looking at it on a scale with the high feelings at the top

/ Severe mania

Hypo mania

Normal balanced mood

Mild moderate depression

/ severe depression

Bipolar I- is manic or mixed episodes, they can last any amount of time ranging from one day upwards. The suffer will usually also experience periods of depression.

Bipolar II- episodes usually change between hypo-manic and depression, but the patient does not usually suffer from full manic or mixed episodes. Research has shown Bipolar II is more common in woman than men.

Rapid cycling-Some people suffer from this, patient may have four or more episodes of major depression, mania or mixed. Some sufferers can have more than one episode in a day or week, they will have at least four a year.

Cyclthymic disorder- is a very mild form of bipolar condition, symptoms may not meet the diagnostic requirements for the other types of bipolar.

Symptoms of bipolar disorder

People suffering from mania or manic episodes may have periods of feeling overjoyed, or feeling highly productive. The behavior they display can be talking very fast, flitting from one idea to another. A common symptom is looking for pleasurable activities such as impulsive gambling, taking part in sexual conduct, spending spaces or making impulsive business ideas.

The symptoms of a depressive episode are quite the opposite, patient can show a change in moods, feeling of emptiness or constant worry. It is quite common to have a reduced sex drive, feel tried and have trouble concentrating

When bipolar sufferers have mixed episodes, they may feel sad, depressed, but at the same time full of energy.

Causes of bipolar disorder

Doctors are still not sure what causes bipolar disorder, they do believe it could be a number of things that can contribute to the condition. Research has shown it could be genetic and run in families, or it can be a chemical imbalance in the brain. There are three chemicals called noradrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals are responsible for bodily and brain functions.

Bipolar Treatments

Bipolar is a condition that the patient may have to live with for the rest of their life, success of the treatment depends on a number of things. Medication is just one part, as alone this will not control the bipolar disorder. Having a good support network, a healthy lifestyle and psychotherapy are all important. Working along a therapist you can discuss what your triggers are, and how to control your emotions. Some of the more common triggers seem to be stress, substance abuse, changes in seasons and sleep deprivation. It is important for people with the bipolar condition to understand that they are not alone, at support groups so they can meet other sufferers and share their experiences.

Myths About Diabetes

An amazing amount of research has been done surrounding diabetes and its causes, and those results are released to the public with regularity. However, despite this, there are still many myths surrounding diabetes that should be cleared up.

The first myth is that diabetes is contagious. Diabetes is not contagious at all. It can, however, be inherited through blood lines. Developing something genetically is not the same thing as catching something that is contagious. You cannot “catch” diabetes from someone who has it.

The second-most popular myth is that people who have diabetes have to cut all sweets and sugar out of their diets. This isn’t so. People who have diabetes can eat sweets, but they must limit them — just as people who do not have diabetes should limit them in order to be healthy. Most diabetics who are overweight, however, often forego sugar as part of a weight loss plan — just like anyone else. It is also believed that people who are diabetic have to eat special “diabetic” foods. This isn’t true. They eat the same healthy foods that anyone else eats.

The causes of diabetes are also fodder for myths. It is not true that eating sugar leads to diabetes. Being overweight, or genetically disposed to diabetes, leads to diabetes. Other health problems can also contribute to the development of diabetes.

Another common myth is that people with diabetes are more susceptible to catching contagious illnesses, such as a cold or the flu. This isn’t true. They are no more susceptible to catching the cold or flu than anyone else.

If you have diabetes, and someone asks you about one of these myths, be sure to politely correct them. Dispelling these myths with just one person is a step toward educating everyone about diabetes. If you’ve believed any of these myths about diabetes, make it your business to get as much actual data as you can about the disease, so that you aren’t fooled by any other myths concerning diabetes.