Care And Treatment Of Diabetes

There are three different types of diabetes and each requires different treatment. Diabetes is not curable, it is a life long disease that can however be kept under control with proper care. Type 1 diabetes care – this type of diabetes is also known as insulin dependent diabetes; it often starts in childhood or before the age of 20. This type of diabetes occurs when one's immune system gradually attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.

These are the typical symptoms of Type 1 diabetes:
frequent urination
excessive thirst
unexplained weight loss
unexplained hunger
blurred vision
numbness of lower limbs or tangling sensation
tiredness and fatigue
dry itchy skin
sores that are slow to heal
nausea, vomiting and stomach aches

People with Type 1 diabetes must use insulin daily failing which, can lead to glucose fluctuation in the blood stream and that can turn into an emergency situation at times. Proper monitoring of the blood sugar levels can alleviate the fear of having to be faced with such an emergency. The control of the sugar level can now be done right in your home with a specialized easy to use machine.

Type 2 diabetes care – in this case of diabetes the body fails to use properly insulin which is needed to take and use sugar from the blood cells, thus, causing high blood sugar.

Treating type 2 diabetes often needs planning your meals carefully in order not to raise blood sugar in the blood; when this step is not enough you will need to take specific medicines to bring down the blood sugar.
In due time diabetes can cause severe side effects such as:

kidney failure – which can be rented only by kidney transplant
Heart attack
Amputation of limbs
Blindness

The main way to take control of your diabetes is to educate yourself and learn how to efficiently keep down the blood sugar levels in your body. This requires perseverance on one's part especially if you are taking care of a minor. Constant checking of your blood sugar level, often 4-5 times a day will help you take charge and do not have to deal with an emergency situation.

Anxiety Panic Attacks Caused by Malfunction in the Inner Ear – Motion and Visual Related Phobias!

The inner-ear processes all motion-related information. If it is impaired, you may be hypersensitive to horizontal motion, vertical motion, clockwise motion, counterclockwise motion, or any combination of the above.

Depending on what types of motion you are sensitive to, and your degree of sensitivity to each, the movement of a boat, plane, car, elevator, escalator, or even a rocking chair can provoke any or all of the following symptoms:

o Anxiety, and related symptoms

o Dizziness

o Light-headedness

o Nausea

o Vomiting

o Retching

If your anxiety is severe or uncontrollable, phobias may result.

Motion-Related Phobias: An Example

Chris has a motion-related fear of flying. Notice how his fear is specifically related to horizontal motion sensitivity:

“I’ve only been on an airplane once. That was enough. It was during takeoff. The plane started picking up speed, and suddenly I was pinned to the back of my seat. I couldn’t move. I could barely breathe. My stomach was inside out. It was as if I had lost control of my body… like I was having some kind of seizure. As soon as the plane stabilized I felt a little better, so I started drinking. I don’t remember much after that.”

An inner-ear dysfunction can also result in motion insensitivity. Individuals with this problem need to be in motion and become anxious when they are stuck, trapped, tied down, or unable to move literally or symbolically. This motion-related claustrophobic anxiety can result in a wide variety of phobias.

Some individuals have the worst of both worlds. They are hypersensitive to some forms of motion and hyposensitive to others. These individuals often suffer from numerous motion-related phobias.

VISUAL PHOBIAS

The inner-ear system processes all visual information. If this system is impaired, you may be hypersensitive to bright lights, fluorescent lights-even certain colors. Any or all of these may provoke anxiety.

A wide variety of visual distractions can also provoke anxiety, including: flickering lights, blurred images, the dark, and various hypnotic patterns as tiled floors, moving cars, oncoming headlights, crowds, wallpaper patterns, food displays, etc.

If visually triggered anxiety is severe or uncontrollable, various phobias may develop, including: fear of the dark, fear of bright lights, fear of crowds, fear of supermarkets, fear of driving, etc.

A Visual Tracking Problem:

Sensitivity to visual distractions is often the result of a tracking problem. The inner-ear system guides the movement of our eyes, enabling us to track the movement of visual information in our environment. If this tracking process is impaired, the eyes may be incapable of keeping pace with this visual information and anxiety may surface.

Gloria’s fear of driving stems from a visual tracking problem. Note how she describes her fear:

“Driving has always terrified me. Even if I’m being driven somewhere, I can’t look at the road all of the time I get overloaded. I thought that if I could learn to drive I wouldn’t be so frightened, so I signed up for a driver’s education course. I quit as soon as we started driving on big streets. I just couldn’t handle it. There were too many things to watch for, cars in front, cars behind, cars on your sides, lights, signs. And everything seemed to be coming at me so fast. I had no time to react. I froze in total panic. The instructor started to scream at me. Then the car behind us hit us. That was the end of my driving career.”

A COMBINATION EFFECT

Many visual phobias are partially determined by underlying balance and/or compass and/or motion-related problems.

When our senses of balance, direction, and/or motion stability are impaired, we often become more dependent on visual information to compensate, and think of how getting a visual fix on land suppresses motion sickness.

If the brain is not receiving this necessary visual information, balance, compass, and motion-related problems are aggravated. This triggers anxiety. Although the anxiety is provoked by visual distractions, it really stems from other, inner-ear problems.

The interaction of visual and balance problems can be clearly seen in Charlotte’s description of a frightening panic attack:

“We had gone to see a Broadway show and my husband didn’t tell me that he had gotten balcony seats. There was a mirrored ball that hung in the middle of the ceiling. Flickering lights would bounce off the ball and spin around the theater while the skaters skated in a circle. I was looking down from the balcony, and the place suddenly started to spin. I panicked. I literally had to crawl out, pretty much on my hands and knees, to get out of the balcony seat. I got so dizzy… just from watching the skaters going in a circle and the lights and the ball spinning.”

The vast majority of phobias can be traced to a physiological problem: a malfunction within the inner-ear system! The inner-ear system plays an important role in modulating and controlling anxiety. In my blog, please click on the link below, I have further discussed these problems.

Growth Stages for Dogs and Puppies

There are very predictable stages that puppies go through as they mature. While each breed is slightly different the general timeline will be the same for all breeds of dogs. By knowing what to expect at different ages and stages you can be prepared as the owner to plan for training and socialization activities.

Dogs, just like humans, will mature at different rates. Some breeds are less boisterous and playful even as puppies and other breeds keep their puppy-like behavior far into adulthood. The following timelines are general to dogs; research your breed for specific information.

Day 1 – the puppy is born. It will be very active after the mother has cleaned it. The puppy will make lots of noise and will be very wiggly, although their eyes will be completely closed and their ears will be very close to their heads and seem almost underdeveloped. The mother dog will lick the puppies on their stomachs to stimulate them to urinate and defecate.

Day 3 – the ears will begin to appear bigger and will be held farther away from the head. The puppies will continue to make a lot of noise, particularly if they are away from the litter or the mother. Puppies should be handled minimally at this time but consistent human interaction and hearing people around is a great start to socialization.

Week 1 – by the end of the first week the puppies will be more mobile and will crawl around on their bellies and have a good sense of direction when moving towards the mother dog. The mother will leave the puppies briefly several times a day and the puppies will be OK with this. Handle the puppies daily for short periods, never completely removing them from the puppy area.

Week 2 – by the end of the second week the puppies should be walking with a fair amount of stability. The sharp puppy claws may need to be blunted to avoid injure to the littermates. The puppy's eyes will start to open slightly and they will begin to smell towards the end of the second week. They are starting to notice noises and when people arrive. Handle the puppies daily and for longer periods.

Week 3 – puppies will be able to handle some soft, moist puppy food. They still do not have teeth so kibble is not acceptable. They have limited sight but good sense of hearing and smell. They are constantly on the move in the litter area and begin to play and socialize with each other.

Week 4 – puppy teeth are in and the litter can start on soft foods on a more continuous basis, and by the end of the month they should be able to start on dry food Puppies will start learning socialization and appropriate chewing and biting from both the mother and litters.
Week 7 – ready to be out and about. Puppies love to run, have a good sense of mobility, scent, taste and sight. They are very active and will recognize humans by both sight and scent.

Week 8 – puppies can now be removed from the mother. They are able to eat and digest dry food and are independent in their actions.

Some breeders prefer to keep their puppies an additional 4 weeks and do not sell them until they have been completely socialized with the litter. Many breeds do better when kept with their litters for longer periods of time. Breeds that are prior to separation anxiety and shyness often are breeds that benefit from being left with the breeder for the additional period of time.

I Never Want to Have a Pet Die Too Soon, Like Cher Did

In memory of my sweet little Cher – This is for you. I am sorry I did not know then what I've learned now. I'm forever grieving for you.

The first time I saw Cher it was love at first sight and I knew she was meant to come home with me. I already had two Sheltie dogs and was not looking for another one but this tiny puppy stole my heart instantly. She was my little soft touch Sheltie. She had a gentle soul and the sweetest expression of all the Shelties I've known.

I felt blessed to have three wonderful dogs sharing my life. As the years passed things changed. The dogs and I moved from Texas to Minnesota, I got married and a new baby joined our pack. The dogs adjusted and thrived with their new life.

Tara was 6-years-old when her uterus ruptured and she spent a week in the hospital. No one thought she would survive but she did. While she was in the hospital Cher was spayed to save her the risks Tara had suffered. This was the only health problem any of the dogs had for many years.

Cher started sneezing a little and I noticed a small bump on her nose. I took her in for a check-up thinking it was just a dental problem. The vet said that's what it looked like but they would check it out when she was under for a dental cleaning. Two hours later I got the call that changed my mind set about pet care forever. She had cancer and it was inoperable because of where the tumor was. I was told to take her home and love her for maybe 3 months.

I was devastated because January 21st, three weeks earlier my big Sheltie, Max had suffered a stroke and died 20 days after his 15th birthday. I was still grieving for Max so the thought of losing Cher so soon was more than I could take. I spent the following weeks lavishing attention on her. We took her and our older sheltie Tara camping every weekend. I spend many nights sleeping on the floor beside Cher. Except for the sneezing and her nose starting to bleed a little she still seemed like a healthy happy dog.

Cher started acting like a sick dog on her last camping trip with us early August. For the first time in her life she would not eat. She was always our little chubby girl so when she turned down food I knew her time to join Max was near. This camping trip broke my heart. I would take the two girls for walks and end up having to carry Cher back to camp. I knew her body was shutting down. We came home from camping Sunday night and I knew I only had a few hours left with my sweet little girl.

I spend all day Monday sitting with her, petting her, talking to her, telling her what a good dog she was and how much I loved her. I slept on her bed with her that night.

She woke up at 5am Tuesday wanting to go outside. A few minutes after taking her out she had a seizure. I had never witnessed anything like this my reaction probably did not help her. I carried her back in the house and held her until the seizure passed. She seemed well after 30 minutes but I knew it was time to help her.

It took everything in me to make the call to her doctor. We arrived at the animal hospital at 7 am. I spent another 20 minutes with her telling her she was a good dog, I loved her and she would see Max soon. I did not want to let her go but could not have her suffer. I held her as the doctor cave her the shot. She died instantly and that's when it really sunk in that my girl had been taken from me because of cancer.

She joined Max at the rainbow bridge 20 days before her 13th birthday. She was the baby of my three Sheltie dogs and should have been the last to die. Before the cancer she had never been sick or had any health problems.

Five days later I picked up her ashes. My family and I talked about having a service to celebrate both Max and Cher's life and bury the ashes under the Lilacs where they loved digging holes. We never did this. I could not let the ashes go yet. I've decided to wait until Tara joins her brother and sister and take some of their ashes back to Texas where they lived over half their lives.

During the next few months I became frantic about learning more about cancer in pets. I read dozens of books about natural pet care and soon realized I might have killed my dog. The food she ate probably caused the cancer and I had put over 100 pounds of chemical preservatives in her body over her lifetime. I'll never forgive myself for this. At the time I did not know the difference in pet food. I did not buy the cheapest so I thought I was doing the best I could. I mistakenly took advice from veterinarians and listened to the pet food giants, like Purina. Now I've done my due diligence about pet food but it was too late for Cher.

My old girl Tara did eat the same food as Cher and luckily she is a healthy 17-year-old dog. I do not know why some dogs get cancer and not others. I do know my pets will not be harmed from low quality food every again. I never want to feel guilty or second – guess myself when a pet dies too soon. I know there are lots of other things pets die from but cancer related to the food I give them is not going to happen again.

For the health of your pets I ask you to learn what's in pet food and switch if you have too. It does not make sense to be loyal to the companies that do not have our pet's health and well-being top on their priorities.

Sorry pet food giants, but I will not give my money to any company that uses by-products, chemicals, artificial anything in pet food.

I do not have artificial pets so I will not feed them artificial food.
My pets are not disposable; they are living bees that depend of me for every breath they take.

In memory of my sweet little Cher – This is for you. I am sorry I did not know then what I've learned now. I'm forever grieving for you and hope you and Max are having tons of doggy fun at the rainbow bridge. Tara is getting old now but I hope you do not see her for a while longer.

I love you Cher and Max.

Cayenne Pepper Tea For Your Colds This Season

Winter is just around the corner and with that comes cold & flu season. For some of us, it's already begun. If you get tired of the stuffy nose and the sore throat, consider sipping on some cayenne pepper tea for a bit of relief.

This may sound like an odd idea. Would not it be way too hot? Well, it certainly can be, especially if you are not used to eating spicy foods. But by using just a little bit of cayenne, you can build up a tolerance to the heat and then get all the advantages this pepper has to offer at this time of year. Heck, you might even start to enjoy the taste of a little hot tea.

Most recipes I've seen for cayenne pepper tea recommend using a teaspoon of cayenne powder in an eight ounce glass. This is going to be way too hot for you if you are not a regular consumer of peppers and other foods with heat though, so I think you should start with a much smaller amount. For the Master Cleanse recipe, it is recommended to use about an 1 / 8th teaspoon of cayenne, so I think that amount is a good place to start with. Really, just a pinch will do the trick.

Put on the kettle like you usually do for making tea, and then add your pinch of cayenne to your tea cup. Once the water has boiled, pour it on and stir. If you want to add some additional flavor, some lemon zest or even a slice of lemon would be just great.

Lemon also has some helpful properties. Vitamin C is great for boosting your immunity. Some tea lovers also like to add a bit of honey to sweeten the tea, sooth the throat and the sugar in the honey will also help mitigate some of that heat. Just be sure not to add milk as dairy usually makes your mucus situation worse.

Let your tea cool for a bit so you do not scald your throat and then sip it at your leisure. You can try drinking the tea for one or two cups per day for the next few days and it should help you loosen up some of that mucus and get you back onto the road to feeling great again.

I find that the cayenne pepper tea really helps to clear that stuff up feeling in my head and in my chest. After a few good honks into a tissue, I can usually rest a bit easier without feeling like I'm breathing through a wad of cotton.

Anxiety Sleep Disorder Advice And Treatment

Sleep disorders are usually caused by anxiety and emotional distress. The factors that may cause any anxiety sleep disorder could be phobias, compulsions and fears that frequently occupy the person's mind. Constant worried of certain aspects of life can cause anxiety sleep disorder which in turn affects your overall health.

People need to sleep in order to recharge the energy they have used up during their waking hours. Having anxiety sleep disorder disturbs the usual sleeping pattern of individuals and causes lapses in judgment and concentration which can be fatal in some cases. The lack of sleep often goes against our desire to do things which brings to mind the saying that the mind is willing but the body can not.

These types of sleeping disorders are usually caused by too much worrying and thinking about things. Some practitioners often suffer from anxiety during sleeping because their subconscious has been preoccupied by their worries that it manifests itself in their sleep as nightmares and other disorders.

Treating Anxiety Sleep Disorder

The more common remedy for anxiety sleep disorder is to clear your mind during the time that you prepare for sleep. Trying not to think of worries and problems may be easier said than done and will need some effort on your part. Getting rid of the worry and the problem is also a good way to get rid of the anxiety sleep disorder that may be plaguing you.

Some doctors recommend medication to treat the anxiety sleep disorder but it is better to try and resolve this without them initially. Being dependent on medication and drugs is not a good thing since some of the sleeping aids medications are addictive and may be fatal when the wrong dosage is used.

Hypnotherapy or other alternative means of treating the anxiety sleep disorder may be useful and safer for your body since these do not employ drugs or other medicines that could be detrimental to our health. Other alternative methods are aromatherapy such as chamomile, lavender and valerian. These can be in the form of teas, essential oil massages and others. Massages can really help the body relax and get much needed sleep.

Acupuncture can also help to alleviate anxiety sleep disorder along with meditation. Exercise can also help to get rid of sleep disorders because it promotes proper blood circulation and helps to use up excess energy which may cause sleeplessness. Using up our excess energy is a good form of keeping fit and trim.

Deadly Diabetes Part I

Intro

Over 7 percent of the US population has diabetes. Diabetes is rapidly becoming an epidemic due to a burgeoning population with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. In 2005 there were about 31 million people ages 20 or older with diabetes. In this same year there were 1.5 million new cases of diabetes in the age group of 20 years and older.

Kidney Disease

Diabetes is still the number cause of end stage kidney disease. In 2002 over 150,000 people were living on dialysis or with a kidney transplant due to diabetes. In this same year nearly 45,000 persons began treatment for end stage kidney disease due to dialysis. Treatment for end stage kidney disease can reach a staggering figure of over $ 100,000 per patient.

Eye Disease

Diabetes can damage the back of the eye (the retina) and its blood vessels. You can have rapid growth of blood vessels which may burst and lead to bleeding. Cataracts are more common in diabetics. Diabetes causes most of the new cases of blindness in persons ages 20-74.

The Gut

Diabetes can cause a gut disease called gastroparesis where food moves slowly in the gut and can result in bloating, loss of appetite, belly pain, nausea, or even vomiting. If food stays in the gut too long, it can harden into little clumps called bezoars. Bezoars may lead to more belly pain, bloating, infections or even blockages involving the gut. The high sugars of diabetes can cause nerve damage in the gut to cause gastroparesis.
Other Nerve Damage

Besides nerve damage involving the gut, diabetes can cause nerve damage to the hands and feet which may decrease your ability to sense pain, temperature, touch, and vibration. Carpal tunnel disease may also develop.

Amputation (loss of a limb)

Over 50 percent of all amputations not due to trauma are caused by diabetes. This is due to vascular (blood vessel) disease especially due to cholesterol build up in the blood vessels. The amputations are also due to the loss of sensation. Individuals may wound a limb and not know it due to this loss of sensation. Wounds worsen and became infected (may include the bone) to the point where an amputation is necessary. Infection of the bone is called osteomyelitis.

How Can Diabetics Avoid Deadly Complications?

Keep blood pressure less than 130/80. Up to 75 percent of diabetics may have high blood pressure. Make sure your sugar control number (hemoglobin A1C or Glycohemoglobin) is less than 7 percent, preferably as near to 6.5 percent as possible. See your eye doctor at least once per year. Check the top and the bottom of your feet every week. Loss of hair on the legs, cool or bluish legs with shiny skin may signal blood vessel disease. Your doctor needs to evaluate your feet as well. If blood vessel disease is suspected, ask for a blood flow study of your legs. Smoking is even deadlier for a diabetic. It's like pouring gasoline on fire. Avoid alcohol which may worsen blood pressure and blood sugars. To evaluate your kidney function, ask your health care provider to check your blood creatinine level, a special kidney function test called a GFR, and a urine protein screen.

Teenage Obesity

The incidence of teenage obsity has increased dramatically, despite the fact that we live in a culture where thin is beautiful. In our present society, thin is the only acceptable way to be, yet over half of the population of countries like the United States and the United Kingdom are overweight, and indeed around 20% of that group fall into the obese category.

With so much emphasis on appearance, it is hardly surprising that young people, especially young women are self-conscious about their looks. Celebrities are in the news all the time and many magazines take great delight in pointing out their physical "flaws", particularly when it comes to weight.

This creates a huge problem for teenagers, especially girls, who are expected to have the perfect figure, yet are constantly exposed to junk food, advertised in the same publications which are criticizing stars for having put on a few pounds. Of course, being constantly bombarded with these messages is difficult for everyone who struggles with their weight, but for young people who are still growing and at the same time trying to establish their identify as adults, it can be overpowering.

Young people need to be aware of the fact that they are worth individuals, irrespective of their weight or looks. They also need to learn about healthy eating, which will help them to avoid the extremes of over-strict dieting and obesity. A lack of self-esteem and fear of putting on weight can lead to eating disorders and so young people should be encouraged to have a healthy attitude towards their bodies and food.

If you have teenage children and are concerned about their weight, it is important to set a good example, by teaching them to cook healthy yet tasty meals – and eating properly yourself. You should also refrain from criticizing their appearance and encourage them to develop their strengths and do the things they enjoy in life.
Teenage obesity often leads to adult obesity, so do not think they'll grow out of it.

© Waller Jamison 2007

Skin Bleaching Pills – Why Skin Whitening Creams Are Better Than Bleaching Pills

Skin bleaching pills claims to lighten your appearance by inhibiting the production of Melanin in your body. Especially due to excess exposure to sun, pregnancy, stress and smoking causes darkening of skin. There are other membrane complications such as hyper pigmentation, age spots, liver spots etc. which can be cured by consuming these pills.

But the question is how safe are these pills? Creams are always preferred over pills for lightening of skin because of its effectiveness. Pills are not recommended because they cause side effects unlike nature-based creams. If we look at the recent past, most people are trying various techniques such as laser surgeries, botox etc. for enhancing their skin tone which can be extremely harmful for your body in the long run. One should always resort to natural techniques for attaining fine covering.

Importance of Skin Bleaching Products

* There are many skin whitening products in the market like pills, cream, soaps, lotions but it is extremely important to know the ingredients of these products for better results. One of the most effective and dangerous constituents of whitening cream is hydroquinone which should be completely avoided. This constituent can cause leukemia, liver damage and thyroid problems. FDA allows only 2 % hydroquinone to human body. There are other harmful substances such as mercury and steroids, which are mostly found in fade creams. One should be careful before purchasing any whitening product. It is advisable to check the ingredients first before making a choice.

* The process of membrane whitening can vary from person to person. We have seen the human skin color ranges from black to colorless and the best part is everybody is using whiteners. You should know your skin type before buying a bleaching cream because the performance of these creams may differ according to membrane types. You can also consult a beautician before buying these creams.

* Meladerm is one of the most effective skin whitening cream, which comes from the house of Civant Skin Care. This product claims to diminish dark spots and discolorations in two weeks. The best part about this product is that it doesn’t contain Hydroquinone. This cream is completely nature based and promises to eliminate many membrane complications such as Melasma, birthmarks, age spots, liver spots, sun tans, uneven skin tones, hyper pigmentation etc. with ease.

Prevent Yeast Infections by Avoiding the Following Ten Foods

Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of Candida, which usually grows within the body, and when the amounts become too high, it leads to unexplaining and uncomfortable symptoms that present in a number of locations including the mouth, penis and the vagina.

People who acquire warning signs of this infection need to take measures to make sure that the infection is cleared up as soon as is feasible to prevent ongoing irritation, and some of these preventative measures include avoiding certain kinds of foods and making sure that your daily diet is as natural and sugar-free as is possible. Ingredients that cause an overgrowth of Candida, such as fruits, may be good for our wellbeing, so it's essential to find options to these foods to avoid Candida and maintain a healthy diet. The following are the top 10 foods that you need to avoid eating to stop yeast infections from developing within the body:

Sweets and Artificial Sweeteners

Candida fungus thrills on sugars, so when you consume an excess of sweets or sweeteners, you may be putting yourself at risk of developing a yeast infection. Avoid eating sweets and sweeteners to assist clear up a yeast infection or prevent it from developing in the first place. If you find yourself consistently desiring trips, determine whether you are following an appropriate diet, as depriving yourself during the day may possibly increase your cravings.

Processed Meats

Processed meats are full of yeast-fueling chemicals, including sulphates and sugars, so they bought to be avoided as much as possible. In fact, it might be best to avoid all junk foods completely, as they are harmful and contribute to the formation of yeast infections. Meats which have been pre-packed or smoked should also be avoided.

Baked Items

Baked products have a lot of sugar, from white bread to donuts, but this is not the only reason they must be avoided; they include yeast too, so this means they are yeast infection-friendly.

Wheat or grain

Products that contain wheat or grain, such as bread and cereals, should be avoided because they consist of gluten. Pasta, for example spaghetti and gnocci should likewise be avoided as they contain sugars, gluten, carbs and wheat.

Certain kinds of Nuts

There are specific kinds of nuts that should be avoided, such as pistachios and peanuts due to their greater mold contents.

Alcohol

There's a big variety of reasons why you bought to stay away from alcohol and yeast infections can now be included in this list. Alcohol contains a lot of the ingredients that feed yeast infections, including yeast, carbs and glucose.

Coffee

It is the caffeine inside coffee that creates candidiasis and that is what you should stay away from. Teas that contain caffeine should also be avoided. This does not mean that you can drink decaf coffee, as this item contains unhealthy substances that just might bring about a yeast infection.

Condiments, Sauces and Soups

Condiments contain high levels of sugar, and that is the same with sauces and particular soups. Simple soups may be ateen if you do not purchase them in a can.

Dairy products

Cheeses and other dairy foods, such as whole milk and butter, contain high amounts of mold and so they should be avoided for that reason.

Dried Fruits

Various dried fruit contain sugar, which means you need to eliminate them from your diet or simply choose carefully when buying these products to make sure that the sugar levels are low. Fresh fruits and fruit juice are also very high in sugars, therefore your intake of fresh fruits bought to be just enough to get your healthy portion of this important food group. Granny Smith apples are the few fruits which are recommended when you are trying to avoid a yeast infection.

Thorough Preventive Measures

Simply changing your eating habits may not be enough to stop a yeast infection, however it will certainly play a role in the prevention of one. If you would like to prevent a yeast infection from taking place, you have got to follow a complete plan which includes every area of ​​your lifestyle, from safe sex methods to exercising regularly. All these measures will make certain that the odds of getting a yeast infection are relatively low.

If you continue to develop yeast infections, you need to book an appointment with your doctor to make sure it is your eating habits and not another issue that is causing the problem.

Gluten Allergy Symptoms and Prevention For Men and Women

Millions of People around the world suffer from food allergy. Science has yet to discover the specific cause of this type of allergic reaction and why some people becomes allergic to particular types of food. However, one thing is for sure, visible symptoms can be seen when the person is exposed to food allergens.

One known type is Gluten allergy which starts at a very young age. Professionals have yet to conclude the specific reasons why an individual develops this type of food allergy. And there are no available medicines available to alleviate this allergy (medications available can only help less the pain from the small intestine and not stop the allergic reaction) except that the person who has it should avoid foods that contain gluten.

Celiac disease is often associated with Gluten allergy and specifically pertains to the health condition wherein the immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine when the patient is exposed to gluten. This condition may catapult to more serious complications in the future including cancer, bone disease and even anemia; if left untreated.

Visible signs can be witnessed on the person who suffers from this type of food allergy. The lining in the small intestine is important for absorption of nutrients in the body so young patients may show loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea. On the other hand, adult patients may suffer similar conditions like constipation, diarrhea and loss of weight. Some individuals may also show signs of depression, extreme fatigue and bone pain.

Allergens that cause this food allergy can be traced from wheat products including bread, pastries, pasta, cereals, soups, sauces and other baked goods. The best thing to do as mentioned was to avoid those type of food groups that contain gluten or sometimes eat food substitutes like drinking wine instead of beer or using gluten-free products found in various grocery stores.

Preventing food allergy is not an easy task. Individuals who suffer from this health condition should monitor their diet regularly – which could be a pain most of the times. In other words, self-discipline is the key to win against gluten allergy and coeliac disease.

But of course, the patient has to be vigilant on the type of food / alternative he or she eats. To do so, regular check-up is also necessary in order to ensure that the patient is healthy and eating the right kinds of food.

Dysthymia Depression Treatments

As a form of depression Dysthymia can be classified as mild / moderate depression. It, like other forms of depression is treatable. Dysthymia Depression treatments are the same as other forms. The difference would be the intensity of the treatments that are given. Milder cases may not need as intestinal treatment as more severe cases.

Description

Dysthymia is a form of depression marked with symptoms similar to other forms of depression. They include sleep problems, notable physical and mental fatigue, and appetite changes. It is a less serious form of depression that is ending, the patient can still fairly normally but is in continuous sadness. It can exist at the same time as Major Depression. You can go from a minor sadness to a major depressive episode and back to mild sadness. This is called Double Depression.

Treatments

Dysthymia does not require intestinal treatments such as Electroconvulsive Therapy (shock treatments) or Deep Brain Stimulation that requires two surgeries. There are a few options for Dysthymia Depression Treatments.

Psychotherapy also known as talk therapy or counseling is suggested. You are led through your life, your relationships, and your own emotions to learn how they may be affecting your present mood and state of mind.

Anti-depressant medications are prescribed by your regular doctor or a psychiatrist. There are classes of these drugs and each class works slightly differently than the others. The chemicals in the brain are altered to be balanced and provide a more even mind set and mood. The side effects of anti-depressants are very serious some being near fatal if not caught.

Herbal treatments for Depression are not really new; herbs were used by people in ancient times and by Shaman in tribal rituals and in healing. There are herbs that affect mood and these are mixed in a formula with other nutritional substitutes such as vitamins and minerals.

Herbal supplements are made under some strictest standards for the manufacturing of nutritional supplements. Each ingredient's metabolic pathways are examined at the molecular level. They must be made to pharmaceutical grade standards and the interaction of the ingredients is also tested. This insures that you have one of the safest, most potent, and most efficacious supplement possible. It lets the consumer know that they are getting what is on the label.

Conclusion

Dysthymia being one of the milder forms of depression does not typically require intensive or invasive treatments. Psychotherapy, antidepressants, or herbal may be all that's needed. Sometimes Psychotherapy is coupled with anti-depressants or with Herbal treatments. You and your doctor will decide on the treatment protocol that is most appropriate for you. If you are considering using herbal supplements check with your doctor first if you are taking prescriptions for other conditions. Herbs may have a negative effect on how your prescription works.

Do You Suffer Panic Disorder?

This is the experience of a former sufferer and what she did to break free from panic disorder. Her reasons for doing this stems from her desire to help others. She knows the pain and suffering that you are going through after year of suffering from panic attacks and anxiety disorder symptoms.

"I felt like I was standing in the middle of a freeway with cars attacking me from either side". That's how 27 year old Susan felt whenever she was about to suffer panic attack symptoms while trying to leave her home. Susan suffered from one of the most common of all disorder phobias, agoraphobia. Anxiety welcomed on by not having a connection with a safe person or place.

For Susan these were the symptoms of a full blown phobia. She now can go out of the house because she overcame her phobia. Now she's out visiting people, trying to help those still stuck inside.

Just the thought of leaving her home would bring on a panic attack. "One moment you feel fine, the next moment you feel as though you are going to die," she says. "Physically my heart would start pounding, I would get a sickening feeling in my stomach and a sensation that I was about to faint."

Let's make it quite clear that you are not in any physical danger, when you are having an attack. You may not think this because your body is reacting as though it is about to explored If you can control your thoughts enough – by telling yourself what is happening is not natural – you will help to break the stress you are going through

Many people offering you help with your phobia will tell you this. You need to be in control of your thoughts

When you are having a panic attack this is the key. If you can put aside the fear of the outcome of the attack you can concentrate on what starts the panic attacks and how to stop them.

By identifying what causes the physical response to an attack will greatly help you to understand what causes them.

"You need to recognize the panic attack symptoms," says Susan "If a panic attack comes on, be aware of what it is. at the time. "" Recognition is the key. "

Panic attacks are unexpected occurrences of acute fear that develops without any obvious explanation or origin causing certain reactions. It frequently boils down to fear of losing control and the humiliation of what would happen.

Here are some of the warning signs: agitation, irritability, lack of focus, tension, headaches, tightening of the chest, sleeping problems and physical fatigue

"Panic attack sufferers are usually hard on them-selves, but you should not be, you can overcome your panic disorder" says Susan. "You need to be aware of your symptoms and causes and how to overcome them."

You probably know that the only person that can cure your phobia is you, but you do not know where to start. You need some help in finding the answer to your panic disorder.

Is Your Lifestyle Causing Stress and Anxiety?

Although there are many types of anxiety, the majority of us at one time or another suffer from general anxiety which makes us feel anxious and worried about what's on our mind. Although it's considered normal to feel anxious or worried at times, general anxiety is characterized by excessive or unrealistic anxiety and worry about life or circumstances

Understand that this is not a fleeting concern are a thought process that's recognized in passing, but is persistent and ongoing. Many of the symptoms can also be related to the panic attacks as they are as much physical in nature is mental. While the symptoms are not as pronounced as those of a panic disorder, they can include muscle tension, sweating, stomach and intestinal pain, headaches and muscle tension. These symptoms are due to your body are working to prepare itself to deal with the perceived danger or situation that's causing the anxiety.

The cause of anxiety disorder or excessive is really unknown. Specific medical conditions and dealing with serious medical issues have been identified by some professional sources is one cause of anxiety. This should be asked however, given that a reasonable person facing a serious medical condition or even someone dealing with that condition would naturally show concern and worry.

There are many people that believe that worrying about things that you can do about about is not only unproductive but can be a trigger for anxiety. This is not really accurate as even though you can not directly control the cause, it can still impact you. A good example of this is the ongoing stress in many work environments today.

In earlier years, people in the workplace had to deal with office politics and satisficing the customer. Today however, the pace of technology has made many jobs obsolete or placed the unreasonable demands on employees. Add to this, the ongoing loss of middle-class jobs to offshore outsourcing companies, huge increases in taxes and Social Security that all but eliminates savings for many, and you have the perfect storm for many people to be anxiety ridden. Add to this the high cost of living that keeps many only a few paychecks from being homeless and anxiety can same very appropriate.

It's simplistic to assume that someone coping with stress and anxiety in that sort of situation is worrying excessively. Although very few can directly change many aspects in this example, this may also tend to lock them into an anxiety ridden cycle.

If you believe you're suffering from ongoing or constant worry caused by your life situation, you may want to consider rethinking your career and life with a view to simplify it. While the goal may originally have been the big house in the suburbs, two cars and a demanding career, the cost to obtain and keep that dream may be the ongoing worry and stress of anxiety disorder.

Beat Insomnia – Sleep Tips From the Experts

We've all experienced the occasional sleepless night. And it's misleading: watching the hour hand drag around the clock, turning yourself into a pretzel looking for one position you can hold long enough to doze off, dreading having to get up and drag yourself through the next day.

But for too many of us, this becomes an every night experience. Insomnia is a torture that gives us aches and pains, foggy thinking and a cranky, depressed disposition. Before you ask the pharmacist what to take, consider some simple home remedies that even sleep experts recommend?

Sleep doctors agree that there are simple things you can do to end the misery of little sleep or poor sleep. Here is a Baker's Dozen that just might change your restless nights to sweet dreams.

  1. Stay on schedule. Even if you are a free spirit, your body is designed to work best if you go to bed and get up at the same times each day. Yes, even on the weekend.
  2. Let the Sun shine in. Your brain needs to know that it's daytime. Try to get at least 30 minutes of natural light every day. This could combine really well with tip number three.
  3. Work it out. Exercise every day. Your body is a machine that is designed to work. When it idles for too long things go haywire. So get up and move those muscles. Just make sure you finish the workout 5 or 6 hours before bedtime. Getting your blood moving revs you up.
  4. Create a good sleep environment. Turn off things that make noise and light. Invest in a comfortable bed. Turn thermostat down; cooler temperatures can help you sleep better.
  5. Nap if you need to. However, make it short; twenty minutes or less will rev you up. Longer naps leave you feeling sluggish. And take that nap in the early afternoon (think siesta!) Napping after 3 pm is a no-no.
  6. Eat light at night. A large meal can interfere with your sleep. It also tends to make you thirsty, which makes you drink more liquids, which will cause your bladder to wake you up in the small hours.
  7. Do not do drugs. If you find your prescribed medication is making it hard to sleep, talk to your doctor about an alternative. Some over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies can also keep you awake.
  8. Nix the nicotine and caffeine. They are stimulants that can take eight hours to wear off. Let's see, eight hours … that would be about how long you've been tossing and turning every night.
  9. Say no to the nightcap. It seems like a glass of wine is a good way to relax, but the sleep researchers say it can keep you from getting into the sleep sleep stages and it can cause you to wake up after the alcohol wears off.
  10. Hydrotherapy. A hot bath relaxes your muscles and afterwards your falling body temperature helps you feel sleepy.
  11. Take time to unwind. A few minutes of reading or listening to soft music helps your mind to back off the day and settle down for rest.
  12. Do not lie in bed awake. If you are wide wake after 20 minutes, get out of bed and do something relaxing (try tips ten and eleven) until you feel sleepy. Lying there being irritated or anxious about the sleep you are missing makes falling asleep even harder.

Finally – if a week or two of following these tips does not help, it's time to see your doctor. A short course of medication can get you back on schedule, or your doctor may refer you to specialists that employ other therapies.