Tourette Syndrome – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. Symptoms include simple and complex types of tics, which usually first appear in childhood and gradually improve by early adulthood. This condition may have a progressive or disabling course in about 10% of those affected. TS is believed to be a hereditary disorder and may be associated with other conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The Ayurvedic treatment of TS is aimed at controlling the tics and preventing neurobehavioral complications. Medicines like Yograj-Guggulu, Maha-Rasnadi-Guggulu, Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras, Vat-Gajankush-Ras and Dashmoolarishta are used to control the involuntary movements. Herbal medicines which can be used in this condition include Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Tagar (Valeriana wallichii), Deodar (Cedrus deodara), Erandmool (Ricinus communis), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis), Shalparni (Desmodium gangeticum), Prushnaparni (Uraria picta), Agnimanth (Premna mucronata) and Shyonak (Oroxylum indicum).

People who do not respond to the above mentioned treatment can be given other medicines like Ekang-Veer-Ras, Tapyadi-Loh, Kaishor-Guggulu, Trayodashang-Guggulu, Vish-Tinduk-Vati and Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani. Sedative herbs like Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Khurasani ova (Hyoscyamus niger) and Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans) also help in giving relief from tics. Medicated oils like Mahanarayan oil, Mahamash oil, Chandan-Bala-Laxadi oil, Vishgarbha oil and Maha-Saindhavadi oil are applied locally. This is followed by localized steam fomentation of the affected parts using medicines like Nirgundi-Qadha and Dashmool-Qadha.

Since TS is often associated with other neurobehavioral problems, additional medicines need to be given to treat these conditions. These medicines include Brahmi-Vati, Saraswatarishta, Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Abhrak-Bhasma, Trivang-Bhasma and Suvarna-Bhasma.

Most people affected with TS can lead a normal life with proper medications. Treatment needs to be tailor-made for each individual person. Psychotherapy may also be useful for a few people affected with TS.

4 Steps to Replacing Garage Door Springs

Picture this if you will – it’s early in the AM hours you’re out cold. Suddenly, a loud crash wakes you from your deep sleep. You spring up and out of bed to find the source of the noise? Has the zombie apocalypse begun? Are Charlie Sheen and Emilo Estevez really delinquent garbage men? Or is Michael Bay and his ‘splosions in town filming Transformers 3?

None of the above. Perhaps you were just in a deep sleep. After looking through the house with a quick crusted eye once over, you decide to head back to the warm and cozy bed.

It isn’t until you’ve exhausted your snooze button that morning, now in mad rush to get yourself and children ready for work and school. Racing against the clock, you manage to get yourself and rat pack together as you scurry in a frenzy through the garage and into your car. But now your garage door doesn’t open. You feverishly push the remote button with your first reaction being that the batteries must be dead. That’s when all the pieces finally come together. The noise the woke you earlier that morning before the nagging electric buzzer on the clock radio. The noise you thought was part of your comatose state was actually a reality when you notice that the noise you heard was the snapping of your garage door spring.

Of all the days (chances are this was a Monday because everything that sucks usually happens on a Monday… not to mention that Mondays just suck in general), your garage door spring breaks and you find yourself and your kids trapped in the garage. Now the panic starts to set in as you wonder how you’ll ever be able to get them to school and yourself to work. Not mention that this dilemma has pretty much immobilized you, your means of transportation to get ANYWHERE is now trapped in. In that instant, you may feel like the world is crashing down on you, and just you alone. Before you beat yourself up and start to repeatedly question, “Why me?”, you should first know that garage door springs are one of the most called on repairs in the industry.

Garage door springs support the entire weight of the door. The springs are wound or stretched under pressure, tightening and loosening as you open and close the door. It’s the door springs and not just the door opener that supports and lifts 300 plus pounds of weight of the door.. Like anything else under pressure, eventually your springs WILL break. So in the event that you find yourself int his little predicament, what do you do?

Here’s my recommended “4- Step Process for Repairing Your Garage Door Springs:

Step 1 – Get Your Car Out of The Garage

You must be saying to yourself, “If I could get my car out of the garage, I wouldn’t have a problem”. If you’re saying this, you’re naturally speaking from frustration. The best way to get through a situation like this is to keep yourself level-headed and look for quick solutions that will allow you to continue your normal way of living without being interrupted by this common event. Just because your garage door springs have busted, doesn’t mean that you don’t have use of the garage door. It is still on track with its rollers and can be manually operated.

Pull the red emergency release cord located above the door to enable you to manually lift the door. Remember that the garage door is a heavy object, and even heavier without the support of the spring which would normally neutralize the weight. If it’s too heavy to lift yourself, have someone else help you. If you accidentally drop the door while you are manually lifting, DO NOT try and stop it with your foot. Dropping a 300 pound door on your foot or any other body part is bound to ruin your day.

Step 2 – Identify Your Spring

Identify which type of spring you have: Extension or Torsion. Torsion and Extension springs exert a force equal to the weight of your garage door. This counter balances the 200 to 300 pound door, rendering it weight neutral so it can easily be opened.

A Torsion spring runs across a bar at the top of the inside of the door. The spring is wound and under immense tension. It’s the tension of torsion spring that lifts the weight of the garage door.

Extension springs are found on either side of the door. These springs act like big steel rubber bands, stretching as the door is lowered.

Step 3 – Buy New Springs

Now that you know what type of spring you have, you need to purchase new ones. You’ll want to replace all of your garage door springs at the same time. Having undergone similar aging and weathering, one broken garage door spring is a sign that the second one is about to break soon. There’s no logical reason to fix one spring at a time and just wait for the other one to break, unless you enjoy the headaches and hassles.

Also, having one old spring and one new spring will throw off the balance of your garage door. You ‘ll also burn out the motor on your garage door opener and have even more problems. You can find and purchase new garage door springs at your local hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowes. Prices will vary depending on the type of spring size, quality, coating and cycles.

Size – You’ll need to measure your existing spring to know exactly what size replacement you’ll need. There are 4 accurate measures you’re going to need: (1) Wind Direction (2)Wire Size (3) Diameter – Torsion springs measure inside diameter and extension springs measure outside diameter (4) The Overall Length of the Spring.

Coating – Is it galvanized, powder coated or oil tempered? Which is going to resist rust the longest?

Step 4 – Installation

Installing your new garage door springs is not only a lengthy and complicated process, but potentially dangerous. You have got to remember that the garage door springs are wound up with more tension than Steve Carell as the 40-Year Old Virgin. The slightest mistake or mis-calibration could be a deadly one.

9 times out of 10, homeowners will find the task of repairing or replacing garage door springs too complicated, if not too dangerous. Most people don’t have the time or inclination to replace or repair the broken spring themselves. If that sounds like you, your best option would be to contact a professional technician. It will also save you the time in measuring and shopping for the right springs.

Hopefully, this information will not only help you and your family have a safe and happy summer, but will also keep you prepared and well-educated in the instance that this occurs any time of the year!

Drawing From Photos Without Using a Grid (or Any Other Visual Aide)

The ultimate ambition of any portrait artist should be to draw portraits by eye, without using any visual aides or shortcuts. There are a huge number of books on the subject and all of them suggest a slightly different approach. We all develop our own techniques but I set out some time ago to do an exhaustive study of all the various methods different artists use, to take the most practical advice from them all and to organize it into an orderly and structured system that one could use as a step-by-step formula for reliably capturing a person’s likeness.

A lot is made of the ‘standard proportions’ of the face of the man, woman, girl, and boy. These are a very helpful guide and should certainly be taken into consideration but are only useful to a point because of course what makes a portrait recognizable are the ways in which a person’s face is unique. To get the measure of these individual characteristics requires a system that records exactly what you see and also gives you several ways of checking and cross-referencing that information to make sure you have it absolutely right. The most reliable technique we have for accurately plotting the position of points relative to other points is ‘triangulation’, which was first employed by the ancient Egyptians for making maps and is still used today by the Global Positioning Systems that use satellites to give us our position on earth to within a few centimetres. Strangely it’s hardly mentioned anywhere in all the most widely read books on portrait-drawing. What a waste!

Let’s say you start your portrait by gauging the angle between the bottom of the ears. You would then draw a faint line on your paper at this angle. At this point you can place the bottom of the ears at any two positions on this line and doing so will determine the size of the portrait. Now let’s suppose that you want to find the position of the ‘point’ of the chin. You simply find the angle from one ear lobe to the point of the chin and mark that line faintly on your drawing. When you repeat this from the other ear lobe, the point at which it crosses the first line is the exact position of the point of the chin. Every time you add a new landmark to your drawing you increase your choice of reference points that are available from which to triangulate more.

This gives you a very reliable way to build up an accurate framework for your drawing, working just by eye. I find the most efficient approach is to use this technique to construct the contour. Once you have the contour/’arabesque’ accurately drawn you can effectively give an exact grid-reference to any point within it. Any position you need to place on your drawing can be precisely plotted vertically below a specific point on the contour, vertically above another spot on the contour, and level with a point on either side. Of course this sounds like a terribly clinical approach to take with a portrait but what you are doing is training your eye to see these relationships instinctively. You won’t actually formally go through this routine in such a cut-and-dried way more than a few times before you begin to loosen up and read the shapes much more fluently. What this system does is give you a very structured way to train yourself to read a face like a portrait artist.

3 Fruits to Cure Your Cancer – Alternative Cancer Treatment

The body needs enough nutrients so that you can function well; it must digest more vitamins and minerals that we can get from fresh fruit juices. More cancer-healed patients were believed to have recovered for this reason. Regarded as an alternative cancer treatment, I want to take down all the beliefs concerning this and what type of cancer does it heal?

First stop is Sour sop.

Sour sop also known as Guyabano in Spanish and Filipino and Graviola in Portuguese grows primarily on tropical countries. The flesh of the fruit is assumed to have high fiber, carbohydrates, Vitamins C, B1 and B2 plus potassium. Also, it is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Exactly what can you do with this fruit?

You can try to eat it raw the moment it ripens. You may also try to make sour sop flavored ice cream, sherbets, candies and tarts, shakes and various beverages. It is a little sour, maybe that’s why it is called sour sop. Nevertheless the sourness it gives brings plenty of benefits to your body and most especially it is also believed to have healed various kinds of cancer like colon cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer.

Second one is Pomegranate.

Pomegranate contains 40% of an adult’s daily Vitamin C requirement and it is often known as a fruit abundant in folic acid. It includes a cocktail of chemicals considered to minimize cancer cell damage and potentially kill off cancer cells. This is based on the research of the University of California.

What are the other benefits of this fruit?

Pomegranate can help fight heart disease and helps reduce bad cholesterol in your body. Antioxidants in a pomegranate juice can help lessen the development of fatty deposits on artery walls.

Lastly is Acai berry.

Acai is known as a tall palm tree that grows for about 15 to 25m tall. Acai produces remarkably nutritious edible berries that grow to about 1-2 cm in diameter. The Acai fruit is rich in Vitamin B, minerals, fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-9 or oleic acid.

Why is it that Acai berry is good for cancer?

Acai juice has been said to have very high amounts of antioxidants, even more than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and blue berry. Studies in the University of Texas have found that drinking the juice daily can help prevent the development and spread of cancer cells.

Acai Berry, Sour Sop, Pomegranate. Just some of the incredibly wonderful creations in the world that can help us better our well being. Isn’t it great that Mother Nature has given us her blessings in the form of fruits to help us overcome this disease called cancer? These three fruits, although associated greatly with preventing or helping alleviate the suffering of cancer patients in the world, can also help in other more ways than one with our health. Every year, scientists discover something new in nature to make our lives easier. I’m sure you’ve heard of medicinal herbs discovered left and right, from different exotic forests in the world that help with other diseases.

Cancer can be a very expensive disease nowadays. It requires plenty of challenging and expensive treatments to be healed. However, there are many resources that people have found which can help lessen or totally diminish the price tag on your cancer treatment. There are a lot of alternative cancer treatments offered all over, all you have to do is to seek your doctor’s assistance and with the help of the power of Internet, you’ll eventually find your way to a cancer free life.

Florida No Fault Auto Insurance – Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Required – Questions With Answers

What is PIP?
PIP is the common abbreviation for Personal Injury Protection. PIP is for benefits payable under the Florida auto insurance policy which is mandated by the Florida motor vehicle No Fault Auto Insurance law.

What is the name of the Florida law that requires PIP?
Florida Motor Vehicle No Fault Law is the name of the Florida statute that requires PIP coverage on all vehicles registered in the state of Florida.

Who is insured by PIP?
The named insured and all resident relatives are covered under the PIP coverage of your Florida auto insurance policy. Resident relatives are not required to be listed drivers on the policy for coverage to apply.

Which vehicles are covered by PIP?
All cars owned by you and listed on your Florida auto insurance policy is covered by the PIP portion of your policy. Also, any trailer designed for use with a private passenger vehicle and not used for business is considered a covered vehicle.

What does PIP cover?
Personal Injury Protection benefits include: Medical benefits, disability benefits, and death benefits.

What is the amounts payable when PIP coverage applies?
The amount of death benefit payable for an insured person is $5,000.
Medical benefits are payable at 80% of the amount incurred due to a covered injury. Disability benefits are payable at 60% of any lost wages incurred due to a covered injury. The total amount payable under PIP for any one accident is $10,000.

Is there a deductible under PIP coverage?
Florida Motor Vehicle Law allows a deductible of no more than $1,000 for PIP coverage. Choosing a deductible is optional and will lower the premium if you elect one. Also, work loss exclusion is allowed under the law and if elected your premium will be lower and you will not receive any benefit from lost wages due to a covered injury.

Is PIP an optional coverage?
PIP is not optional coverage for any vehicle registered in the state of Florida as mandated by the Florida Motor Vehicle No Fault Law.

Does someone else have to be at fault to collect payments under PIP?
No. Regardless of fault PIP coverage from your insurance policy provides benefits for a covered injury.

Do all insurance policies have PIP coverage?
Not all states require automobile insurance policies to have PIP coverage. All registered vehicles in Florida are required to carry PIP coverage. When Florida FR44 insurance for DUI drivers or Florida SR22 for other high risk drivers is required they are in addition to PIP.

When does coverage under PIP apply?
Coverage applies when the named insured or any resident relative is injured while occupying a motor vehicle. Also, coverage applies if an insured person is stuck by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian.

Do PIP benefits increase by the number of cars on my policy?
No. A premium is collected by your insurance company for each motor vehicle listed on the policy; however, this does not increase benefits.

If I have health insurance to cover my injuries does PIP still apply?
If an insured person sustains injury due to a covered event benefits are payable under PIP regardless of any health insurance the injured person carries.

Are an attorney and a law suit required to collect payments under PIP?
No. All top rated standard insurance companies will pay the PIP benefits to a covered person with out the need of an attorney or law suit.

What happens if I cancel my PIP policy and have a registered vehicle?
Your insurance company will notify the Florida Motor Vehicle Department of the cancelled policy. A notice will be sent to the registered vehicle owner inquiring about the status of any new policy which may have been purchased. Failure to respond to the notice or maintain required PIP coverage will result in the registered vehicle owner’s driver’s license being suspended.

I live in Florida part of the year do I still require PIP coverage?
Any vehicle registered in the state of Florida is required to carry PIP coverage even if that vehicle is not in use or is in another state part of the year.

Am I covered by my PIP if I’m driving outside the state of Florida?
A Florida resident who is covered under the PIP portion of a Florida auto insurance policy is covered while driving that vehicle outside the state of Florida.

What is extended or additional Personal Injury Protection Coverage?
This is optional coverage not mandated by Florida Motor Vehicle Law which is offered by some companies. For an additional premium your insurance company may increase the total amount payable under PIP over the $10,000 mandated by law. Your company may also increase the percentages payable under the medical and disability portion of the PIP benefits. Typically the increase for medical would be from the 80% required by law to 100% and the disability benefit from the required 60% of lost wages to 80% of lost wages.

What happens if PIP coverage applies from more than one policy?
If there is other applicable Personal Injury Protection for the same injury the most that is collected is the maximum $10,000 amount required by law. Each company’s policy will be responsible for their pro-rata share of benefits payable.

Does the insurance company decide which doctor or hospital I use?
No. Any doctor or hospital will be paid under the PIP benefit for medically necessary treatment due to a covered injury.

What exactly does resident relative mean?
Any relative by any degree of blood or marriage and usually resides at the home of the named insured. This includes a resident relative residing temporarily somewhere else, such as a student away at college.

What is excluded from benefits being paid under PIP?
If you own a car that is not insured under your auto insurance policy and are injured in that vehicle benefits will not apply. Any injury sustained by a person operating a covered auto without your express or implied permission. Any intentional bodily injury will not be covered. Any injury sustained in the commission of a felony will not be covered. A person other than you or a resident relative and has coverage under another Florida auto policy which has PIP benefits.

Is PIP insurance the same from one company to another?
Yes. Florida law prescribes all aspects of PIP insurance which companies and policyholders must adhere to. Mandated Florida FR44 insurance for DUI drivers and SR22 insurance for other high risk drivers are also the same from one company to another.

Broken Heart First Aid: Self-Help for Those First Few Weeks

The person you hoped to spend your life with has left you, for whatever reason, and your heart is broken. Initially, that pain and heart-ache is unbearable and you don’t know how you’re going to get through the next minute, let alone the next day.

Obviously, you need to go through a grieving process for the lost relationship, and that will take time. However, you can help yourself through the first acute stages of pain and distress with these simple, natural remedies and healing exercises.

Crystal Healing

Take a piece of Rose Quartz or Rhodochrosite crystal. Cleanse it in running water, and then keep the crystal with you at all times. You can also hold the crystal and focus on its energy while breathing slowly for a few minutes. Mentally make a connection with the crystal, and ask its energy to interact with your own. The energies of these crystals resonate with the heart centre, and the pink colour has the energy of love. It will help to heal and nurture the energy of your Heart Chakra.

Bach Flower Remedies

Get yourself the following Bach Flower Remedies (available from any health-food store): Rescue Remedy, White Chestnut and Sweet Chestnut. Rescue Remedy helps with the shock and trauma, White Chestnut helps quieten the thoughts that go round and round your head, and Sweet Chestnut helps alleviate extreme anguish.

Add four drops of each remedy to 10ml of brandy or vinegar (choose vinegar if you are taking other medications) and then make the mixture up to about 30ml with water. Take four drops of the mixture four times a day, or more frequently if you feel distressed. The remedy is perfectly safe and you can take as much as you wish without ill effects. It does not need to be refrigerated.

If you feel extremely distressed, take four drops of undiluted Rescue Remedy directly on your tongue. Repeat this every fifteen minutes until you feel calmer.

Coral Colour Therapy

The colour energy which will help you most is coral; coral is a mixture of pink and yellow. In colour psychology, pink is the colour of unconditional love, and yellow is joy. The resulting coral colour is very special in colour healing. Contained within coral we have self-love, self-acceptance and self-respect. This colour makes us feel good about ourselves. It honours our sensitivity. It nurtures us, and it allows us to blossom. Whenever you are feeling vulnerable, devastated, dejected or rejected, the energy of coral is like being given a big hug. Use as much of this colour as you can, as it will be hugely supportive to you at this time: wear coral clothes and jewellery, find some coral-coloured bubble-bath, wrap yourself in a coral blanket, if you don’t like the colour, you can wear coral underwear!

This healing exercise is also very supportive. Sit or lie quietly, and imagine that you are completely surrounded by a soft coral-coloured light. Visualise the colour soaking through your skin, sinking into your muscles, your bones, and your blood. Imagine that you are breathing the coral energy deep into your lungs. Let the energy soak into your heart. Imagine it getting stronger and stronger with every in-breath. Feel your heart pumping the colour around your body. When you feel that the coral energy has filled every single cell of your body, imagine the energy cleansing the pain and heart-ache from you, making your cells clean and renewed.

Using these simple healing techniques will take the edge off the anguish of those first few days and weeks. It will also clear the energy signature of shock and trauma from your cellular memory. This is particularly important if you want to avoid the trauma sabotaging your life and relationships in the future.

As the shock wears off, you will move into the next stage of processing the loss, and will begin to regain your well-being. Remember that whatever the reason for your relationship breakup, you are worth looking after, and are deserving of being loved for who you are.

Emotions and Babies – When and How Babies Display Their Emotions

Emotions are revealed through facial expressions and modulation of voice tones. During infancy stage, expression of emotions is done in a forceful way and it occurs without any external cause. They express it in the form of crying and shouting. During the first two months of infant stage, the baby shows only two emotions — pleasure and displeasure, caused by physical stimulation. The baby shows out these emotions through body movements like relaxing the body to show pleasure and tensing the body with waving arms and kicking legs while crying to show displeasure.

By the third month, physical stimulation combined with psychological stimulation allows the baby to express the emotion of pleasure with a smile when he comes in contact with a human face and expressing displeasure with facial expressions and crying. During childhood, expressions are no longer displayed forcefully but through more reasonable means. This is due to factors of language development and also development of social behavior, which enables the child to understand that it is not proper to show emotions at all times. The development of her mind puts a check on emotional outbursts. Some common emotions a child expresses are happiness, anger, sadness, fear, love, sympathy and empathy. Let us see how these emotions are expressed.

Happiness

Happiness is expressed by the baby with fully joyful smiles to start with, and later with lively or prolific laughter. The baby smiles and laughs on attaining new skills or on overcoming an obstacle to reach a goal. He also shows happiness at the affection and stimulation of the care-givers. During the early weeks baby smiles when full, to gentle touches and sounds. By the end of first month, he smiles at something, say a bright object that comes across his field of vision. Social interaction begins by 3 months when baby smiles on coming into contact with familiar people, Laughter begins around 3 to 4 months when the parent is playful with the baby.

Around 6 months, baby smiles and laughs more on contact with familiar people. Around 10 to 12 months, baby’s smile differs with context like a broad cheek raised smile in response to a parent’s greeting, a reserved smile to a friendly stranger and a mouth-open smile while engaged in stimulating play. The baby is socially well developed when he is 2 years old and his emotional expressions become intentional or purposeful. He is delighted to respond to an adult attending to him amidst his play with an interesting toy.

Anger

Anger is expressed by newborn babies when they are hungry, find any inconvenience in body condition like change in temperature and when they face over-stimulation or too little stimulation. The frequency and intensity of anger increases from 4 to 6 months into the second year. They express this emotion in specific situations like when an interesting object they are playing with is removed from them or when their goal is blocked by an obstacle or when the care-giver leaves the place for a brief time or when a toy he is playing with stops functioning. Anger is intense when the baby does not receive the expected warm behavior from the care-giver. Anger is expressed in the form of outburst of bad temper – the baby may hit, kick, cry and scream.

Sadness

Sadness is also expressed in the same situations as that which causes anger. But this emotion is expressed much less frequently than anger.

Fear

Infants around 6 to 12 months express this emotion. They express fear for an animal, when left alone, when they meet a stranger, go to strange places and when they hear a sudden loud noise. Fear is expressed by crying. Infants of this age-period show reluctance to play with a new toy due to fear. Those who have just started to crawl show greater fear. Rise in this kind of fear after six months comes as a hurdle in the way of exploratory behavior of crawling and walking babies. Most infants and toddlers, though do not express their fear when they get to interact with strangers. They are still cautious of strangers, though. The baby cries out of fear when picked up by an unfamiliar adult in a strange setting. This fear can be reduced by the way of approach of the stranger who picks up the baby. He has to approach slowly, presenting the baby with an attractive toy or playing an interesting game the baby is familiar with.

Love and Sympathy

These emotions are expressed by the baby mostly to the intimate care-giver, the mother of the baby. When the baby sees the mother in his room he gives out a broad friendly smile. When picked up he pats her face, puts his gentle tiny hand into her hair and clings close to her body. Sympathy is expressed by the baby through facial expressions which the baby learns from the mother’s reaction to a situation.

Empathy

Empathy is an emotion caused by observing and recognizing what is happening to others – feeling bad because someone else is feeling bad.

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Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

Erectile dysfunction is known in lay terminology as impotence and relates to the inability to achieve and maintain adequate penile erection which can suitably perform the function of penetration and ejaculation. Erectile dysfunction can be due to various causes, some of which can be functional and temporary, while others may be organic and of more serious nature.

Anxiety, apprehension, stress, fears, physical and emotional fatigue and side effects from medication can cause temporary erectile dysfunction. Rest, simple counseling, and explanation of the normal anatomy and physiology of penile erection usually suffice to adequately treat such causes. More serious and organic causes of erectile dysfunction include high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, heart disease, diabetes, metabolic and neurological disorders, hormonal problems, dysfunction due to trauma and accidents, physical causes like inadequate blood flow to the penis or venous leakage, and as a natural process of ageing. These causes need to be treated specifically so as to bring about an improvement in erectile dysfunction and possibly cure it.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment can be judiciously utilized to completely treat erectile dysfunction. For the simple and functional causes of erectile dysfunction, in addition to counseling, Ayurvedic herbal medicines can be utilized to remove anxiety, stress, fatigue, and help the genitourinary organs to perform at an optimum level. Ayurvedic medicines can provide temporary sexual stimulation to tide over the problem and help the affected individual to adjust to, and overcome the situation.

High blood pressure needs to be treated aggressively so that the blood pressure can be controlled and at the same time, its long term complications can be avoided or minimized. Herbal medicines are equally effective in treating high cholesterol levels and normalizing the fat metabolism of the body. Heart disease too requires to be treated aggressively so as to reduce morbidity and mortality and also help the individual resume normal sexual activity at the earliest. Diabetes mellitus and other metabolic disorders need to be given specific treatment and kept strictly under control. Hormonal disorders too need to be treated according to the known cause for the condition.

Neurological disorders can cause a dysfunction of the pelvic nerves and related organs and thereby cause impotence. Structural or congenital defects as well as trauma and vehicle accidents can cause a combination of physical and neurological dysfunction of the penis in which there is an inadequate blood flow, which prevents desired erection for the requisite time of sexual performance. Even with adequate blood flow to the penis, if the valves in the veins draining blood from the penis are incompetent, this again hampers sexual performance since adequate erection cannot be maintained. Neurological or sphincter dysfunction can also cause an incomplete ejaculation, absence of ejaculation of semen, or a retrograde ejaculation. A few individuals may have a complete ejaculation, but with no detectable or viable sperms. This can be due to azoospermia or a total lack of sperm production resulting from absence of seminiferous tubules, hormonal disorders, or a complete mechanical block.

Herbal medicines which have a specific strengthening and corrective action on the brain, the spinal cord, and peripheral nerves are required to treat neurological deficits in order to treat erectile dysfunction. Alternatively, medicines which have a specific action on the blood flow to the penis or on the valves of the draining veins are required to provide specific corrective action for maintaining adequate erection. Treatment may also be required to stimulate the production of sperms, and to normalize proper and timely ejaculation.

Depending upon the known cause for the condition, most individuals affected with erectile dysfunction require treatment for periods ranging from a few weeks to a few months. Ayurvedic herbal treatment has a significant role to play in the successful management and treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Cow Birthing – Preparing for Labor and Birth

Cow birthing–or “calving,” as it is primarily known as–can be an anxious and highly anticipated time for any farm or ranch, large or small, especially one where calving season is defined, or if you have a small herd of only one to five cows in your care. One thing that should be stressed when dealing with calving out cows is to be patient. Waiting for a cow or heifer to calve is just like watching for a pot of water to boil.

A cow or heifer’s gestation period–another word for length of pregnancy–is around 285 days long. During that time, from the point where the sperm from the bull penetrates and fuses with the ovum or egg of the cow, initiating cell division into a blastocyst then to an embryo which grows into a calf fetus, the living being inside the uterus of the cow is constantly growing and developing until it reaches a point where it cannot grow anymore because the uterus of the cow can only stretch so far. It is at that point where the labour of the cow begins. Little to many know that it is actually the offspring inside the mother’s womb that is responsible for the initiation of the onset of labour, not the mother herself. Stress signals from the calf travel through the umbilical cord to the placenta all the way to the cow’s brain and ovaries where different chemicals and hormones are released to ready for the birth of the calf, from the release of the cervical plug, to the initial uterine contractions to get the calf into the normal position for birthing. The first stages of calving occur in a cow hours before the actual event of calving takes place. This is where you need to keep an eye out for signs that calving is imminent.

What are the signs to look for in a cow or heifer about to calve?

Her udder may initially start filling out with colostrum–the first milk for a calf–but the teats themselves may not become engorged until birth is quite imminent. Her vulva will also be engorging with blood making it look a bit swollen, her sides will be sinking in in front of her thurls (this is the smooth part of the pelvis) and there may be some mucous coming out from her vulva. She’ll get fidgety and start looking for a place to calve. When her udder is full, she’s about 3-7 days from calving. However some cows or heifers won’t show any freshening until the day they are about to calve; still others may have a full bag for weeks before they drop a calf. When her sides sink in, she’s around 1-3 days from calving. When there is discharge from her vulva being the clear, non-sticky, stringy stuff, she’s usually less than a day away from calving. However if the discharge is more sticky and thick, this is just the mucus plug being removed, which occurs about a week or so before calving. When you see that water bag, which is a yellowish sac hanging down from her vulva, it’s pretty obvious she’s in labor and it’s just a matter of minutes before the feet and head of the calf begin to show.

The annoying thing about heifers is that you just never know when she’s going to “pop.” She could be showing all the signs that she’s any day from dropping a calf and not do anything for two or three solid weeks! Or it would be the exact opposite: she’ll show absolutely no signs but all of a sudden there’s a calf on the ground that she’s making it obvious it is hers. A lot of cows may be the same way, so it’s always best to be prepared for the unexpected.

How does a cow give birth anyway?

As mentioned above, the initial signs are her pacing around and being quite fidgety. A lot of cows will get themselves away from the herd and look for a private place to give birth in peace. She’ll be acting quite uncomfortable, laying down then getting up, then laying down again after a few minutes before getting up again. Suddenly she’ll just up and stop what she’s doing and look like she’s straining to urinate or defecate, but it’s most likely she’s feeling the uterine contractions coming on more stronger than ever. You will see a thick mucus discharge from her vulva, soon followed by the water sac. The uterine muscular contractions are responsible for the birthing process, as well as gravity itself. Muscular contractions come and go once every 5 to 10 seconds, especially when she’s in her second stage of labour–which involves pushing out the calf.

Soon after the water sac appears you should be able to see feet sticking out. The feet will have yellowish tips to them, which is totally normal for a birthing calf. They should have the bottoms pointing downwards, indicating that the calf is coming front first–which is the correct way for a calf to be born. You should also see that both feet are coming out; if there’s just one you might want to consider assisting the cow as soon as possible. Soon after the fore feet and the first part of the legs show, the nose, muzzle and head soon follow, followed by the shoulders. After the shoulders the rest pop out easily. However trouble can still arise at this point if the calf’s hips get locked in the cow’s pelvis. If the hips don’t get locked, before you know it you’ll have a new baby calf on the ground. Congratulations!!

What do I need to do to prepare for calving?

Now that you have some idea of how a cow gives birth, it’s time for you to know what should–and shouldn’t–be done in preparation before, during and after a cow calves.

It really all depends on what breed your cows are and what time of year they are calving. If you have cows calving during the winter months where snow and cold are a regular item, you will need to have some form of shelter in the form of a calving barn and a shed or two–more if you’ve got over 10 head of cows to calve out–to provide a place for the newborn calves to go to to keep warm. A thick bed of straw will also help immensely here as well. With that you will need to purchase enough straw bales to last you the calving season, if not the whole winter period. A calving barn is ideal because it not only takes the cows and to-be-born or just-born calves out of the cold, but you as well, especially if you have to assist a birthing cow.

If you are not calving in the middle of winter, but in more warmer months, you won’t need the straw, but you will need some shelter, natural or otherwise, for cows to hide in to give birth in privacy and peace, and to get out of the hot sun. Ideally a clean pasture for them to calve on should be considered as well, and subsequent pastures to rotate and separate the pregnant cows from the new mothers their babies, or to place the new pairs in a fresh pasture.

Keep your large-animal veterinarian’s phone number on speed-dial if you run into any problems that you cannot fix yourself. Keep a calving kit available for emergencies. Your veterinarian can give you a list of supplies to buy for your calving kit, but they should include the following:

  • Calving chains with handles
  • Obstetrical shoulder-length gloves
  • Disposable latex gloves that fits your hands
  • A bottle of oxytocin
  • A calf-puller, winch is best (use with caution though)
  • Birthing/Artificial insemination lubricant
  • Syringes of varying volume
  • Needles ranging from 14 to 18 gauge and length from 1 to 2 inches long.
  • Halter and lead-rope
  • 20-ft length of rope, be it a lariat or softer nylon/cotton rope

You will find that either a head-gate, a medina gate or a calving facility may help immensely if you have a cow that is having trouble giving birth. Note that this list is only for those cases where a cow is definitely having problems calving, not to be used on every cow all the time.

What should I do if my cow is giving birth?

The simple answer to this question is nothing. Let the cow do her thing and only interfere if she hasn’t progressed in her labouring efforts after a couple of hours. This is very important and a crucial thing if you have beef cows that are naturally inclined to calve out on their own without any human assistance. Not so much for many dairy cows, however if you have put the proper bull on her you shouldn’t have any problems either.

When you jump in to assist should be when she is trying to get the calf out of her and is not making any progress. If you have no idea what to do, phone your veterinarian as soon as possible. Don’t be ashamed of getting your vet out of bed, because the life and health of your animal is more important than your or your vet’s sleep!! Then the life-or-death decision can be made on how to get the calf out as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to preferably save both mom and baby.

Problems that arise from calving range from the head turned back, a leg turned back to a breach (tail-first) birth. The calf may be much too big to fit through the birth canal as well. If that happens, a surgical method called Cesarean section is performed to get the calf out quickly and save the cow (or heifer) as well.

If everything comes along normally, then there’s nothing to worry about. A lot of the time it’s just best to not interfere and let the cow do what she was made to do, from the onset of labour to the time she’s raising the calf.

Ginseng – Is It Really Beneficial or an Asian Myth?

For thousands of years, ginseng has been revered in the Orient as an almost magical natural supplement with amazing benefits for those who use it regularly. It is said that ginseng will boost the immune system, enhance vitality, increase physical endurance, increase mental alertness, and treat illnesses like colds, fevers, headaches, and vomiting. It is even believed to be an aphrodisiac.

Let’s face it, if ginseng actually had the properties to give all the benefits it is believed to give, people would be taking it with every meal. The fact is however, the benefits of ginseng fall a far sight short of its claims.

Commercially, ginseng is taken as tea, in capsules, in liquid form from viles, or even by eating the root itself. Usually it is taken in doses of around 5 grams at a time. Ginseng is most commonly grown in Asia, particularly in China, Korea, and Japan, although it can also be found in wooded areas from Quebec to Missouri.

Ginsenosides, which is the active substance in the root, has been shown to increase endurance and decrease fatigue in mice when given to them in large amounts. One study where large amounts were given to humans noted a small improvement in the endurance levels of those who took it. Also, “Chinese herbal medicine”, published by the US National Institute of Health, claims the use of ginseng can raise unusually low blood pressure and can help prevent shock after heart attacks.

However, there is no good scientific evidence to support any of the claims made of these alleged benefits of consuming this root. It is also very likely that when you buy ginseng at the store, it will have a low concentration of ginsenosides in it. This means that even if ginseng does have some marginal benefit to offer, you will probably not receive any of them.

The lancet, a British medical journal, published a study done in Sweden which showed that most commercially sold ginseng products contained only trace amounts of ginsenosides. These findings concluded that the amount of ginsenosides found in these products was too insignificant to be of any benefit. Some of the products, including two sold in the US (“Siberian Ginseng” and “Up Your Gas”), had almost none of this substance at all.

For the most part, taking small to moderate amounts of ginseng will not be harmful to you, but you have to ask yourself if dollar for dollar it is worth taking something which is of no real value or benefit to you. We all can fall victim to hype made about a product, especially one that has been around for thousands of years, but when there is no good, proven science to support that products claims, save your money for a more useful purpose.

What You Need to Know About a Motorcycle Jacket

We all dream of hitting the open road with the wind in our hair and the road ahead of us. This is just as natural of a feeling as apple pie. There is a little thought that needs to be considered when it comes to the issue of a motorcycle jacket for your purchase.

The motorcycle jacket is one of the key components that need to be considered when a person is first beginning to ride. While this is not as important as the helmet or the pants, there is still a lot of importance that needs to be addressed.

The motorcycle jacket is as American as the motorcycle itself. These jackets are able to say a lot about a person who is riding. They make a statement that is unique to each person individually. These can be a basic jacket for an occasional rider all the way to a more intense jacket that is more of a statement on a particular topic.

The jacket is so vital in the fact that many times a person is unable to make a decision on just one particular jacket. Many times a person will have multiple jackets in order to have different ones for different occasions.

The jacket in a summer months needs to be able to breath. It is a known fact that leather has hard time breathing and as a result, this will lead to many times a person sweating profusely while wearing a jacket. This is where the use of a cooler system is often times a wise choice for a person to use.

A jacket can be a life saver If you lay your bike down, this can keep you from experiencing the effects of road rash on your arms and back. If you have ever laid a bike down, then you are used to the feeling of road rash and how much it can hurt a person when they have it. This will be a piece of clothing that you will want to make sure that you consider carefully before you make a purchase decision.

A motorcycle jacket is as needed as the helmet, the type that you get and use will depend on the type of biker that you are and the road that you plan on raising up as as a result of heading off on your own adventure and making the most out of your time.

Eczema Home Treatment – Tips to Control Your Eczema

The itching, burning pain of eczema can rule your life making it nearly impossible to concentrate and be yourself in social situation. The dry rashes characteristic of this condition can do more than cause irritation but can affect your health and mental wellbeing also. To add to these woes many go to their doctor and get prescribed short term solutions that can be quite dangerous such as Corticosteroids which can have life threatening side effects on some people. Thankfully you can control this with an eczema home treatment by implementing a regime in your life to counter the symptoms and the core problems of eczema flare ups.

Some tips for your home treatment period are:

  • Cleansing If you suffer eczema you must keep your skin clean which means washing and cleansing it every day; especially the problematic areas. As a result of the condition eczema sufferers have skin that lacks the same protective chemicals that healthy skin has that keeps harmful substances out. This means that even light irritants such as dust can adversely affect you and cause flare ups. This means that when cleaning yourself and your house you must avoid these irritants and reduce them whenever possible. Make sure you change your sheets regularly and vacuum your carpets often to lower dust and particles and when cleaning make sure you do not get detergent and soap on you. When showering do not use normal soap as it is a major contributor to flare ups. Instead use a liquid soap free cleanser and make sure it is not perfumed nor has other additives, the less frills the better. Lastly when drying yourself use a clean towel pat yourself down do not rub the towel over your skin.
  • Avoid irritants As mention in the previous tip many substances can cause flare ups on your unprotected skin. By keeping a close eye on these substances you can avoid a lot of pain. Wool, nylon and polyester should be avoided as the fibers of those materials can aggravate your skin, materials like rubber and plastic should also not be worn without a cotton under layer to keep them away from your skin. Any liquids with powerful chemical properties like detergent, chlorine, soap and so on should also be avoided
  • Foods Food has come under close scrutiny by many scientists and doctors as being much more important to how our body protects itself and on how the nutrients in certain food can help or hinder a person depending on their condition. Eggs, peanuts, milk, soy beans, wheat and seafood have all been shown to be problematic to people with eczema to various degrees. Cutting these out of your diet or minimizing your intake can be beneficial in keeping flare ups under control.

Now you have a regime basis for your eczema home treatment you can look at products you can apply to your skin to help protect them directly and moisturize it at the same time. There are a wide variety of ointments, oils and gels that can help protect and soothe your skin such as aloe vera and vasoline for example but you must make sure they are unperformed and unaltered with harsh chemicals or you defeat the entire point. Each person is different and reacts differently and needs different amounts of these products but as long as you stick to your time and apply these you should be able to control your eczema with ease!

What Causes Your Vehicle’s Catalytic Converter to Fail?

The main function of your catalytic converter is to convert harmful gasses in your exhaust into safer elements before they are emitted by your vehicle. Most converters are made from thin and fragile ceramic, and their operation is delicate and relies on the proper functioning of many other engine and exhaust components. This means that issues with your converter will usually indicate further damage to your exhaust system or engine, which is actually a good thing for your vehicle’s health – since catalytic issues are very easy to spot in their early stages (relative to most engine and exhaust damage), it will allow you to get the rest of your engine fixed before the damage gets too serious.

Unburned fuel leeching into the exhaust system –

Your vehicle’s fuel needs to be fully burned in the combustion chamber before entering the exhaust system; otherwise the fuel can ignite when it reaches the converter and cause overheating and eventual melting. Leaking fuel into your exhaust can be caused by a number of engine issues, but most commonly you will be having problems with the fuel injector or check valve.

Malfunctioning oxygen sensor –

If your vehicle’s oxygen sensor isn’t functioning properly, it can lead to the exhaust gas being too thin or too thick. If it is too thin your catalytic converter won’t be able to convert the harmful gases to safer elements, leading to your vehicle failing an emissions inspection. If the exhaust gas is too rich it will cause the converter to overheat and melt.

Leaking oil or anti-freeze –

If any of your engine’s oil or anti-freeze enter the exhaust, it can block the air pathway by coating a thick layer of soot over the ceramic exterior of the catalytic converter. At first this will reduce the converter’s performance, but eventually the carbon soot will block the pores of the ceramic and block the release of exhaust. This causes heat to build up in your exhaust system, leading to extensive damage.

Damage from road debris –

Because your vehicle’s catalytic converter is relatively fragile, pebbles and other pieces of degree can strike the exterior and lead to fracturing. This is when you start to hear a rattling sound coming from your exhaust system (due to pieces of the converter’s casing breaking off inside the exhaust. Again, this will block the flow of the exhaust gasses and cause heat build-up in your engine, eventually causing a meltdown.

Remember that damage to the catalytic converter is usually tied into damage to other engine and exhaust components – it is highly recommended you take your car into a mechanic for a full inspection if you’re having any problems with exhaust heat or emission.

How to Varial Flip – Learn How to Varial Flip in 7 Easy Steps!

A varial flip or varial kickflip is a combination between a kickflip and a shuvit and is a smooth looking flip trick. Learning how to varial flip is not hard; some skaters even learn how to varial flip before learning kickflips! Before learning how to varial flip, make sure you can pop shuv it. Knowing how to kickflips can help too.

How to Varial Flip:

1. To set up for the varial flip, place you're the middle of your back foot on center the tail, with your toes hanging off a little. Place your front foot similar to the kickflip, with your toes slightly more angled.

2. Bend your knees as you prepare to pop up

3. Pop the tail and give a little backside shove. Do not scoop all the way as you would for the 360 ​​flip- just a gentle drag.

4. With your front foot, you want to kick it off to the corner, where the board starts to curve up. You want to flick you ankle as you would for the kickflip, but at the same time give a little "shove" to help it spin in the backside direction.

5. At the same time, jump up and lift your back foot and suck up your legs to give the board room to spin.

6. Once the board has spun 180 degrees and has flipped once, stomp on the bolts to stop it from spinning.

7. Once you have caught the board, you want to bend you knees to absorb the impact. Ride away smoothly.

How to Varial Flip Tips:

1. When you first learn varial flips, you'll notice that the board will tend to shoot out away from you. To make up for this, you might want to jump with it in order to stay over it as it spins.

That's it! With these trick tips and dedication, you'll be varial flipping in no time!

Pregnancy and Addiction

It is understandably difficult for people who have never struggled with addiction to feel shocked and appalled when a pregnant woman becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. However, few people realize that just as pregnancy couldn’t stop a serious disease such as cancer, it isn’t going to stop an addicted pregnant woman from using. Because addiction is a neurological disease, uncontrollable urges will be present regardless of any type of consequences or incentives to stop using. This is why people must get help for addiction- they simply can’t do it alone. And because the same is true of pregnant women who are addicted to drugs, ensuring that education about pregnancy and addiction is readily available is critical to helping expecting women to help themselves.

According to a study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Addiction more than 5% of all women who were pregnant in 1992 abused drugs. This totals an unbelievable 250,000 pregnant women. Figures like these are all the more alarming when you consider that the study utilized self-reported data that was very likely at least partially incorrect. These numbers tell us that there are a great deal of pregnant women placing themselves and their unborn babies in grave danger that goes much farther than just the actual physical consequences of drug use.

Women who use drugs while pregnant are categorically more at risk of being involved in dangerous, unhealthy or violent situations. This includes being more likely to experience occurrences of violent crimes such as rape, murder, robbery, and even suicide. Health risks among drug users are even more dangerous to unborn children; especially risk of infectious disease such as herpes, syphilis, HIV, Staph infections and other conditions that can have potentially fatal implications for a fetus- and the mother. When you combine these associative risks with the actual physical risks of using drugs while pregnant you create a serious likelihood of disastrous consequences. Specific consequences for the most commonly used drugs by pregnant women are:

Marijuana: The drug used the most by pregnant women, marijuana can result in pre-term labor, premature birth, low birth weight, small head circumference (a smaller head means a smaller brain) sleep disorders, state regulation disorders and appetite problems.

Heroin: Heroin use during pregnancy is especially dangerous. The risk of having a stillborn or premature birth is exceedingly high; equally as high as the likelihood of the baby being born addicted to heroin. Heroin has been shown to result in low birth weight, lung and pulmonary disorders, cardiac difficulties and other serious, long-term health issues.

Club Drugs: Because most of these drugs- such as meth or ecstasy- are relatively new, their effects on pregnant women have not been extensively studied. However, limited studies show that babies born to mothers who are addicted to club drugs are likely to substance-dependent as well. Club drugs can have severe effects on an infant, including seizures and continual, intense crying for long periods of time for apparently no reason.

Cocaine: This street drug is surprisingly popular among pregnant women who have substance abuse problems. Cocaine use during pregnancy can lead to premature birth, stillborn fetuses, severe substance dependence, cerebral palsy, miscarriages and mental retardation, among many other risks.

If you or someone you know has a drug problem and is pregnant, you need to get help right now. Addiction treatment is readily available and could easily mean the difference between life and death: for both the baby and the mother.