Kankakee Illinois Hospital Stomping Grounds For Al Capone

Al Capone – also known as one of Chicago’s most notorious gangster chiefs – had a vast number of retreats and vacation spots where he could unplug from his extremely busy life of murder and mayhem and enjoy a little peaceful R & R. These include St. Paul MN, Hot Springs AR, as well as some lesser known hideouts where he could maintain his anonymity such as French Lick IN, Brookfield WI, Olean NY, Lansing MI, Dubuque IA, and Johnson City, TN. But one of Scarface Al’s all-time favorite stomping grounds were much closer to his home, in Kankakee, since Kankakee Illinois hospital was well known to Chicagoans looking for a good time. Kankakee County’s towns had the reputation in the 1920’s and 30’s as being wide open fun spots where anything went.

The Kankakee County motto was “Just an hour from Chicago, but a world apart.” According to Jorie Walters, a researcher at Kankakee County’s Museum, there is not much written documentation of Al Capone’s influence in the area, but everyone knows the real truth. Walters’ information was gathered from books, history columns in the Kankakee Daily Journal Newspaper, oral histories, and from old museum files. She says that some of the local dives which were owned or frequented by Scarface Al include Bradley Illinois’ Hawaii Motel; a safe house in L’Erable on the Iroquois River which was extremely well fortified against unexpected and unwanted visitors; Nel Clark’s, a brothel in Kankakee which is now called the City Tavern; The Sahara Restaurant on Kankakee’s Fifth Avenue; and the Radeke Brewery, also in Kankakee, which was secretly owned by Al Capone in the 1920’s and 30’s. Kankakee was also the hometown of Fred Burke’s moll. Burke was Capone’s leading enforcer who planned and executed the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in 1929 against Bugs Moran’s gang.

Another of Scarface Al’s favorite hangouts was the Miami Gardens near Peotone Illinois hospital, which was both a bar and brothel in Prohibition Days and is called Edwin’s bar now. Scarface Al had the reputation of being the foremost sampler of the wares he purveyed in his brothels. The Miami Gardens had high, ornate ceilings made of tin, and there was a secret garage with room for twenty automobiles in the basement of the building which is scarred with bullet holes in its walls. It is rumored that gangland executions were carried out in this hidden garage. Another favored hangout was Club 54 Restaurant near the Manteno Illinois hospital (just south of Manteno where Governor’s Highway meets 500E). This restaurant was actually a brothel.

UB04 Form – What is a UB04 Form, Where Do I Get One, and How Do I Fill it Out?

Do you need to get a UB04 form completed for an insurance company?  What is a UB04 form?  Where do you find one?  And how do you fill it out?  We run across these questions often in the world of medical billing.  Most medical health insurance claims are filed on CMS 1500 forms (sometimes called HCFA forms).  These are more common to most people.   Many billers don’t know when to use the CMS forms and when to use the UB 04 forms.

The UB04 claim form is used by facilities rather than physicians for their health insurance billing.  Hospitals, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, etc need to bill their services on the UB04 form in order to get paid.  Physician billing is done on the CMS 1500 claim forms. 

Every once in awhile we get a call from a person who is trying to get an insurance claim paid and they are told by the insurance company that they must file the claim on a UB04 claim form.  These people don’t have a clue what this form is or how to complete it.  They may have had to admit a loved one into a drug and alcohol rehab facility and now find that the facility doesn’t participate with their insurance plan.  These facilities often don’t file UB04 forms and can not help the family get reimbursed by the insurance company.

Many times the family has paid up front for the services of the facility and are now trying to get the insurance company to reimburse them.  The insurance policy may pay out of network but the claim must be filed correctly on a UB04 form.  Often times people are trying to collect many thousands of dollars on the claim.  Required fields on the UBO4 form include rev codes, value codes and type of bill.  What do you put in these fields?   These forms can be very confusing.  Where do you get the correct information to complete the forms?  And which fields are required on the form?  If the facility does not have a UB04 form to fill out, where do you get one? 

Unfortunately the answers are not easy.  The Rev codes represent the procedure codes.  The type of bill is a three digit number that represents the type of facility, the bill classification and the frequency of the bill.  The value codes are required fields only in certain situations.  It is very difficult to complete these forms correctly without previous experience or proper training.  Another catch is that the forms were changed in May 2007 to allow for use of the NPI number.  You must understand NPI numbers completely to determine where you should be entering an individual NPI number or a group NPI number.  And when you try to find UB04 forms for sale, you find they are available in boxes of 2500.

If you find yourself needing to file a claim on a UB04 form and don’t know what you are doing, make sure you look into it fully.  Claims are often denied time after time for information being incomplete or incorrect.  If your claim is for a lot of money, you may not want to wait months for payment.

Copyright November 2008 – Alice Scott

How Bluebonnet, Maxi Health, and Solgar Vitamins Work For You

Companies like bluebonnet vitamins and Solgar vitamins provide you with a series of different supplements and pills, promising to pump you up, make you feeling stronger, faster, younger, and healthier. Looking on a label that lists a thousand different letter-denominations for different kinds of vitamins, but do you really know what you’re putting into your body? And what exactly are these maxi health vitamins doing to help your health?

Here’s a look at some of the most commonly found generic vitamins found in supplements, and what they do to improve your health.

Vitamin A – An “essential” nutrient, which basically means that the human body is incapable of creating it on its own, vitamin A is required by the cells in the human eye. Poor night vision is typically a sign of Vitamin A deficiency, which can eventually lead to blindness. However, too much vitamin A during pregnancy will increase the risk of birth defects such as nervous system and heart abnormalities.

Vitamin B – Well, this one isn’t quite as simple. There are actually eight different kinds of “Vitamin B,” including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12, and all of them serve very different purposes. The first two help protect the body from poor nutrition and provide energy. Vitamin B3 reduces cholesterol, aids digestion, soothes arthritis, and even improves memory. Vitamin B5 assist bodily organs in executing their necessary functions. Vitamin B6 helps transform food into energy. Vitamin B7 regulates blood sugar while improving skin and hair health. Vitamin B9, more commonly known as folic acid, has been attributed to preventing lung, cervix, and colon cancer. Vitamin B12 has been accredited with reducing the risks of heart disease.

Vitamin C – This vitamin is water-soluble, which means any excess vitamin C left in the body will not be stored, so a constantly replenishment is vital. Often described as “ascorbic acid,” vitamin C is a key ingredient for skin and teeth, as well as a fundamental antioxidant used to prevent signs of aging.

Vitamin D – One of the few vitamins that can be absorbed simply by being out in the sun, Vitamin D improves the body’s immune function.

Vitamin E – This vitamin provides a series of different health advantages, including strengthening nerves, muscles, and the heart. Vitamin E has also been linked to improved blood circulation, as well as protection of the skin during the healing process by reducing scar tissue. Not only does this vitamin reduce the chance of melanoma, it reduces skin inflammation, shedding, irritations, and even wrinkles.

Fish Oil Vitamins – One of the most popular dietary supplements is also one of the most necessary. Filled with omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil is as beneficial to the brain as it is to the heart (And, hey, it’s pretty hard to exist without one of those).

Additionally, fish oil has been linked to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower risk of heart attacks, lower risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. Some studies have revealed fish oil boost IQ and memory, while preventing dementia and depression.

Baby Helmets for Treating Flat Head Syndrome

When your child is diagnosed with severe plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, or scaphocephaly, you may be left wondering about the treatment options available. In the most severe cases where physical therapy and repositioning have proven ineffective, orthotic helmets or bands are prescribed. In this article, we’ll review the different types of orthotic devices available, the average cost, and some issues that you may run into if you are considering this treatment, such as insurance.

If your doctor or physician has recommended the use of an orthotic device to remedy your child’s flat head, your options are numerous. Many smaller orthotic companies produce their own devices, although most in the United States now recommend that their patients use the STAR family of products, Boston Band, or the DOC band. These companies have become industry leaders due to their ability to provide customized products at low cost to a large number of patients across the US. They may work directly with your physician or through local clinics. In other countries, different manufacturer options are available.

Helmets and bands work along similar principles. Some individuals choose to distinguish between active and passive orthotic devices – although for many of the orthotic devices available today, the difference between the two is negligible. This is, in part, the result of most helmets and bands being considered passive devices or falling in a gray area between active and passive. The primary difference between the two, as currently viewed, is the snugness of fit. Active devices fit more tightly than their passive counterparts. Self-described active orthotics currently in use for the treatment of flat head syndrome include the STARband, STARlight band, STARband bi-valve, STARlight bi-valve, STARlight cap, DOC band, and the Hanger cranial band. Passive helmets and bands include the Clarren helmet and the Boston band.

Treatment with a helmet or band lasts an average of 2-4 months and the cost varies widely, from $2300-$4000 per helmet or band. Some children will require more than one orthotic device, depending on the severity of their condition and the type of orthotic helmet or band used to correct the deformity. Some designs are intended to accommodate for skull growth and can be adjusted as your baby ages, while others are expected to be replaced as the cranium changes and develops with age. If your baby gets a cranial helmet, they will need to visit the clinic frequently for adjustments, normally every one to two weeks.

Many parents are concerned, and rightly so, about the position which their insurance company takes regarding their child’s condition. Luckily, much of the necessary information is available on-line. In order to prepare yourself for an insurance claim, you can thoroughly research the ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes, HCPCS procedure codes, and billing practices of your insurance company regarding the treatment of baby flat head syndrome or positional plagiocephaly, brachycephaly and scaphocephaly. You may wish to consult carefully with your orthotic provider before proceeding with treatment in order to determine the amount you will have to cover out of pocket, and what their track record has been for collaboration with your insurance company. Some clinics only work with a limited number of insurance companies. Sometimes, the preference for one code over another or the use of an outdated code can cause huge insurance headaches or the denial of coverage that would normally have been provided, which is why it can really help to do your homework.

If you filed an insurance claim for your child’s helmet or band and have been denied coverage because it is considered a cosmetic problem, you can write an appeal letter. The status of plagiocephaly, brachycephaly and scaphocephaly as real medical conditions with long-term health ramifications is still underway. Many insurance companies have faced law suits in recent years, and are beginning to recognize the need to provide coverage for infants and children with these conditions. Look up examples on-line, and contact other parents via forums and support groups in order to bolster your appeal.

Once you have completed the appeal process, if your company still denies coverage, you can re-appeal, or look for other funding options. Additionally, there are some non-profit organizations and foundations dedicated to securing funding for children in need of treatment for flat head syndrome.

Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

The relationship between obesity and cardiovascular disease is like Siamese twins. Where one is, you will find the other. Statistics show that people who are obese have double the chances of suffering from cardiovascular disease then those who maintain a lower BMI (body mass index).

Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions in North America with one in six people being obese.

If you do not want to be the one in the six and suffer from all the associated health problems then it is time to take some steps to change your lifestyle.

Here are three suggestions to get you on the right track.

1. Make an appointment with your health care provider for a physical

This is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health. While you are discussing the results of the tests you need to ask them.

– What can I do to improve my health the fastest?

-Is there anything I should not do or something which could potentially be harmful to my longevity?

– What types of physical activity do you suggest I do to improve my health?

2. Change the way you eat.

If you are over weight and want to slim down then you will have to change the way you eat. To think that you can loose weight permanently by continuing to consume the same foods you do now is insane. There are many different systems available to you to provide help and support. Do not feel you are alone, there are one in six people who are not only over weight but obese.

If you want to remain anonymous then there are on-line programs which can help you stay on track and provide support without having to talk to anyone in person.

3. Begin an exercise program.

This is one of the things your health care provider can recommend for you. You should start slow if you have not exercised for some time. A good place to start is a walking program where you can get outside and start to move more. A walking program is great because the greatest improvement in your cardiovascular health due to exercise is from sedentary to moderately active.

Moderately active is doing some kind of physical activity for a total of 30 min. per day.

You do not have to:

– exercise for 30 min straight. Instead you can break it up into two 15 min sections or three 10 min sessions. It does not matter just as long as you are active for thirty min. a day.

– get you heart rate you into the "target Zone". The benefits stem from the activity not the intensity of that activity.

– get dressed up in self image destroying exercise wear (no spandex shorts needed).

The important thing is to start to move more then you already do.

These are three simple things you can do to begin to change your lifestyle for the better. They are not hard to do. Changing your habits for the better now will reap big dividends for you in the future in a healthy body, clearer mind and better self image.

Penis Health Do’s and Don’ts – TLC for the Penis

Surprisingly, given the important role played by the penis in a man’s life, few men are focused on giving it the care and attention it needs to stay healthy, supple, and responsive. But the penis is subject to plenty of harsh treatment, and neglecting adequate care can result in a number of unpleasant issues. Keeping the penis healthy requires a little more effort than an occasional shower and use of a condom – the following list of do’s and don’ts provide some tips for proper penis care.

DO: Keep it clean.

Washing every day with a mild, all-natural cleanser can help to rinse away dead skin cells and body oils that have accumulated. Since these materials tend to attract bacteria, men who do not pay enough attention to personal hygiene are at greater risk for infection, not to mention unpleasant odors that can be enough to put an end to a potential encounter.

DON’T: Forget the lube.

Dry masturbation can stress the delicate penile skin and cause microscopic tears in the skin’s surface. This can lead to soreness, itching, and dry, flaking skin and increases the risk for skin infections. Soaps, body lotions and shampoo are not the answer here, as these products often contain fragrances and other chemicals that tend to dry the skin and can cause problems such as contact dermatitis.

DO: Pay attention to changes in penis condition.

In a sense, the penis serves as a barometer of a man’s overall physical condition. A supple, clear-skinned, responsive penis is a good indication that all is well. On the other hand, frequent skin problems such as yeast infection may indicate an autoimmune disorder like type 2 diabetes, while erectile problems may be a sign of an underlying cardiovascular problem.

DON’T: Attempt to self-diagnose penis problems.

Deciding that a rash which has recently cropped up or an unusual series of bumps on the penis skin is “nothing” and will probably go away is rarely a good idea. For many men, talking to their doctor about penis health is embarrassing, but medical professionals have seen it all before and are ready to help. Catching potential problems in the early stages is essential to effective treatment, so getting professional help for penis problems is strongly urged.

DO: Use common sense when it comes to selecting a partner.

While there is something to be said for spontaneity, a one-night stand can lead to a lifetime of unpleasant consequences. The girl at the end of the bar may be dressed to kill and broadcasting that she is available, but the momentary excitement is unlikely to be worth it when it results in years of expensive medical treatments, as well as the embarrassment of having to explain a contagious condition to the next potential partner.

Before heading out for a good time, guys should make sure they are well-equipped for any occasion, and set personal rules and parameters ahead of time. Asking a friend to be the voice of reason when it comes to pairing off may also help to prevent long-term, life-altering consequences.

DON’T: Rely on a partner’s say-so when it comes to protection against disease.

For men in a committed relationship, trust is essential. However, in a heated moment between strangers, there is no need to rely on the other person’s say-so when it comes to avoiding disease. Whether out of embarrassment or carelessness, not everyone is willing to ‘fess up to a contagious condition. Instead of taking a chance, men should always keep a condom handy; if the other party is reluctant, it’s best to call things off and move on.

DO: Use a high-quality penis nutrient formula.

Like the rest of the body, the penis needs proper nutrition in order to function at its best. Applying a penis vitamin cream (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can help to ensure that the area has an ongoing supply of skin-rejuvenating, disease-fighting and sensation-enhancing nutrients to keep it looking and feeling healthy and sexy. To boost the absorption and moisturizing power of a penis health cream, the product should be applied daily, following a shower, when the skin is most receptive.

Traumatic Brain Injury – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury caused by an impact to the head from direct blows or sudden body movements. Diffuse axonal injury involves widespread injury to the brain instead of localized damage, and constitutes one of the most common types of TBI. This condition can result in severe physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional deficits.

The acute phase of TBI, when the patient is unconscious or critically ill, is best managed in intensive care. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can be initiated once this critical phase has passed, and the sooner treatment is started, the better will be the overall results. Treatment is aimed at healing the damaged nerve cells, improving neuromuscular coordination and treating the physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional difficulties that result from TBI.

Medicines like Maha-Vat-Vidhvans-Ras, Vat-Gajankush-Ras, Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani, Vish-Tinduk-Vati, Agnitundi-Vati, Kaishor-Guggulu, Trayo-Dashang-Guggulu, Abhrak-Bhasma, Trivang-Bhasma, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Kuchla (Strychnos nuxvomica), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Yashtimadhuk (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Naagbala (Grewia hirsuta) and Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) are used to normalize nerve and muscular function.

Medicines like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Jayphal (Myristica fragrance) and Sarpagandha (Raulwofia serpentina) are used to treat cognitive, behavioral and emotional problems. Medicines like Maharasnadi-Guggulu, Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) and Tagar (Valeriana valichii) are used to control pain and muscular spasm.

The entire body is massaged using medicated oils like Maha-Narayan-Oil, Chandan-Bala-Laxadi-Oil, Bala-Oil, and Saindhav-Oil. This is followed by medicated steam fomentation using Dashmool-Qadha or Nirgundi-Qadha. These procedures are believed to strengthen muscles and stimulate the nervous system. Modified massage procedures like “Pinda-Sweda” and “Pizichil” can also be used for specific situations. Some physicians advocate the use of medicated enemas called “Basti”, which are believed to regulate the “Vat” dosha and normalize nerve impulses.

It should be kept in mind that the response of patients to treatment can be highly unpredictable. Sometimes, patients with severe injury and an apparently major nervous system deficit make a dramatic and early recovery, whereas other patients who are comparatively not as handicapped take a longer time for improvement. Nevertheless, all patients do benefit from herbal medicines and Ayurvedic treatment procedures.

Ayurvedic herbal therapy can thus prove to be a valuable treatment modality in the management of TBI. Speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, and counseling needs to be given as required. Ayurvedic medicines can help shorten the duration of treatment and improve the extent of recovery in TBI.

Mapping The Face: The Ancient Art of Physiognomy

In acupuncture, facial diagnosis is a way of diagnosing dysfunction and illness by reading the features of the face. As an practitioner, I use this method often. The colors of your face, for example, tell me a lot about the state of your overall health and qi. Generally, the colors of the face are all I tend to focus on when working with patients. But the science of face-reading (called physiognomy) is far more in-depth than that. It has been around since 2500 B.C., and is considered by some to be the first diagnostic tool. Here are a few guidelines to physiognomy:

1. The eyebrows indicate the “aggressive” energy within the body. For this reason, people with thick eyebrows can be perceived as aggressive, or as chronically angry, or as a leader rather than a follower. Conversely, thin eyebrows can be seen as a feature of the passive follower. Long eyebrowed people have an easy time maintaining friendships, and those with short eyebrows are more independent.

2. Upturned eyes depict curiosity about life, or naivety, and downturned eyes correspond to sensitivity. Wide-set eyed people tend to look at the whole picture, while people with close-set eyes are more detail-oriented.

3. A large nose indicates an assertive individual with good leadership abilities, while the small-nosed tend to be more social. If your nose have large pores, that is a sign of an overindulgent, materialistic personality with a large appetite for the pleasures of life.

4. People with wide but thin lips feel more comfortable giving things than emotions. They are not overly emotional or touchy-feely. Wide, full-lipped people are huggers, people who feel very comfortable with public displays of affection. Small and thin lips are a sign of ongoing bitterness, and you commonly see this feature in older people who have been through a lot of struggles and strife. Those with small full lips either love or hate you. If you are their friend, they will hold you very close to their heart…but if you start off on their bad side, you will remain there forever!

5. There are five face shapes. Square-faced people are leaders and adventurers. Those with rectangular shapes are similar in personality to the square-faced, although they tend to plan a bit more and look before they leap. A round face depicts a gregarious, outgoing nature-someone who likes to be the center of attention. An oval-faced person is a diplomat, someone who is social but not necessarily comfortable being the center of attention. And a triangular-faced person is usually more mental in nature, and very focused, but not as social.

So today, take a look at the faces around you, and decide if this ancient hold still remains relevant today. You may be surprised at what you find.

Can My Herbal Supplements Harm Me?

Unknown to most people is the fact that everyday foods and Herbal supplements can and do interact with popular prescription medications. I became interested while talking to my Pharmacist that my son couldn’t take decongestant cold medications with his heart medication. Well, I knew about interactions between two drugs, but when the Pharmacist told me he couldn’t have grapefruit juice, I was stunned. Seems that grapefruit juice increases the blood concentrations of the drug. Basically that means that it greatly enhances the effects of the drug which could result in an overdose of the medication. This is everyday grapefruit juice! It got me wondering about other everyday foods and Herbs we take. Below are a few foods and Herbs that have an effect on your medications.

This list is a basic guide, and is by no means the meant to replace your Doctor or Pharmacist. Consult with them about any prescriptions you are taking and the foods and Herbs that will interact with them. Although I have taken this information from a handout from a local Hospital, Use this information at your own risk. Again, I am not a Doctor or Pharmacist, and I have had NO medical training, so please consult with yours for more information.

People usually ask if Herbal supplements change the way their prescription drugs work. The answer is YES! Some medications should never be taken with Herbal supplements. Some can cause unwanted side effects or cause the medication to stop working to their full effect.

Another misconception about supplements is that they are completely safe because they are natural. Yes, they may be from plants, but they are not natural to your body. Herbal supplements are not tested or inspected like prescription drugs are tested, so the supplements vary in quality and strength from pill to pill and bottle to bottle.

Just like supplements, foods can change the way your body responds to medications. One example is grapefruits and grapefruit juice. Many people aren’t aware that grapefruit juice can increase the drug levels of certain medications. An increase in the levels will also increase the side effects of the drug.

Things to Remember

1. Herbal supplements and foods can change the way your medications work.
2. Tell your caregiver what Herbal supplements you take and what foods you eat often.
3. Ask your Doctor or Pharmacist what Herbal supplements or foods will interact with your medications.
4. Always talk with your Doctor or Pharmacist FIRST before taking any Herbal supplements.

DISCLAIMER: The following charts are not all inclusive and do not contain every interaction of drugs with foods and herbs. It serves as a guide only. Consult with your Doctor, Pharmacist or a registered dietician if you have any questions.

Analgesics (Pain Relievers)

Aspirin
Celecoxib (Celebrex)
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
Naproxen

Food: Avoid alcohol. Avoid large amounts of orange juice and vitamin C.
Herbs:Avoid Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Evening Primrose, Feverfew, Flaxseed Oil, and Ginko as it increases the risk of bleeding.

Narcotics
Codeine (Tylenol #2, 3, 4)
Morphine (MS Contin)
Oxycodone (Oxycontin/Percocet)

Foods:Avoid alcohol.
Herbs:Do not take with Kava or Valerian as it may make you feel drowsy.

Antibiotics

Ciproflaxacin (cipro)
Levofloxacin (Levaquin)

Food: Take 2 Hrs before or 6 Hrs after antacids, dairy products amd multi-vitamins that contain calcium, iron, zinc, or magnesium. Avoid large amounts of caffeine.See Chart 3 below.
Herbs:

Methronidazole

Foods:Avoid alcohol during and 3 days after taking this medication to avoid nausea and vomiting.
Herbs:

Penicillin

Foods:Citrus fruits/juices and carbonated beverages will decrease desired effect.
Herbs:

Tetracycline

Foods:Take 2 Hrs before or 6 Hrs after antacids, dairy products amd multi-vitamins that contain calcium, iron, zinc, or magnesium.
Herbs:Dong Quai or St. John’s Wort increase the risk of sunburn.

Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)

Foods:May cause rash if taken with alcohol.
Herbs:Dong Quai or St. John’s Wort increase the risk of sunburn.

Anticoagulants (Blood Thinners)

Warfarin (Coumadin)

Food: Avoid alcohol. Avoid foods high in Vitamin K: beef liver, oils and green leafy vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, collards, spinach).
Herbs: Avoid Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Evening Primrose, Feverfew, Flaxseed Oil and Ginko as they increase the risk of bleeding. Do not take St. John’s Wort as it may decrease the desired effect.

Cholesterol Lowering Agents

Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
Pravastatin (Pravachol)
Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
Simvastatin (Zocor)

Food: Avoid alcohol. Do not take with grapefruit juice.
Herbs: St. John’s Wort may decrease desired effect.

Diabetes Medications

Glipizide (Glucotrol, Glucotrol XL)
Glyburide (Glynase, Micronase)
Metformin (Glucophage)

Food: Avoid alcohol.
Herbs: Do not take with Ephedra as it may increase blood sugar and decrease desired effect.

Erectile Dysfunction

Sildenafil (Viagra)
Tadalafil (Cialis)
Vardenafil (Levitra)

Food: Do not take with grapefruit juice.
Herbs: Do not take with Yohimbe as it may increase side effects.

Gastrointestinal Agents (Stomach Meds)

Prochlorperazine (Compazine)

Food: Do not take with alcohol.
Herbs: Do not take with Dong Quai, Kava, St. John’s Wort or Valerian as they may make you drowsey.

Cimetidine (Tagamet)

Foods: Avoid alcohol. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after antacids. Limit caffeine intake; see Chart 3.
Herbs: St John’s Wort may decrease desired effect.

Lansoprozole (Prevacid)
Omeprazole (Prilosec)
Pantoprazole (Protonix)
Rabeprazole (Aciphex)

Foods: Avoid alcohol as it may cause upset stomach.
Herbs: St. John’s Wort may decrease desired effect.

Heart and Blood Pressure Medications
*Note: The following herbs may cause an INCREASE in blood pressure and decrease desired effect of any blood pressure medications: Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Ephedra, Hawthorn, Quassia, Vervain and Yohimbe.

Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors-
Captopril (Capoten)
Linisopril (Prinivil, Zestril)

Food: Avoid salt substitutes that contain potassium and potassium rich foods; see Chart 1.
Herbs: See *Note above

Beta Blockers-
Atenolol (Tenormin)
Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol ZL)
Propranolol (Inderal)

Foods: Avoid alcohol.
Herbs: See *Note above.

Calcium Channel Blockers-
Diltiazem (Cardizem, Tiazac)
Verapamil (Calan, Verelan)

Foods: Do not take with grapefruit juice. A low sodium diet may be recommended.
Herbs: See *Note above.

Digoxin (Lanoxin)

Foods: Avoid antacids. Limit caffeine intake; see Chart 3 below.
Herbs: Avoid Ma Huang and St. John’s Wort as they may decrease desired effect.

Nitrates-
Isosorbide (isordil, Imdur)
Nitroglycerin Patch (Nitrol)

Foods: Avoid alcohol.
Herbs: See *Note above.

Diuretics (Water Pills)

Furosemide (Lasix)
Hydrochlorothiazide

Food: INCLUDE potassium rich foods in diet; see Chart 1 below.
Herbs: See *Note above under Heart and Blood Pressure Medications.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Estrogen (Premarin, Premphase, Prempro)

Food: Avoid alcohol.
Herbs: St John’s Wort may decrease desired effect. Do not take Black Cohosh Dong Quai, Red Clover or Saw Palmetto because of the possible side effects.

Mood Disorders

Aripiprazole (Abilify)
Clozapine (Clozaril)
Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
Risperidone (Risperdal)

Food: Avoid alcohol. Do not take grapefruit juice. Limit caffeine intake; see Chart 3.
Herbs: Do not take with Kava, St. John’s Wor or Valerian as they may make you feel drowsy.

Benzodiazepines-
Alprazolam (Zanax)
Clonazepam (Klonopin)
Diazepam (Valium)
Lorazepam (Ativan)

Foods: Avoid alcohol. Do not take grapefruit juice. Limit caffeine intake; see Chart 3 below.
Herbs: Do not take with Kava, St. John’s Wor or Valerian as they may make you feel drowsy.

Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)

Food: Avoid alcohol. Limit caffeine intake; see Chart 3 below.
Herbs: Avoid Green Tea.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI’s)-
Phenelzine (Nardil)
Tranylcypromine (Parnate)

Foods: Avoid alcohol. Avoid tyramine-rich foods see Chart 2 below.
Herbs: Do not take with Ephedra, Kava, Ginko, St. John’s Wort or Yohimbe as they may increase effect and cause a serious increase in blood pressure.

Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s)-
Citalopram (Celexa)
Escitalopram (Lexapro)
Fluoxetine (Prozac)
Paroxetine (Paxil)

Food: Avoid alcohol.
Herbs: Do not take with Ephedra, Kava, Melatonin, Valerian or Yohimbe as they may make you drowsy. Do not take with St. John’s Wort as it may increase effect of drug and risk of side effects.

Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA’s)-
Amitriptyline (Elavil)
Desipramine (Norpramin)
Nortriptyline (Pamelor)

Foods: Avoid alcohol. Do not take with grapefruit juice.
Herbs: Do not take with Kava, St. John’s Wort or Valerian as they may make you feel drowsy.

Oral Contraceptives (Birth Control)

Estradiol Cypionate
Ethinyl Estradiol
Mestranol

Food: Avoid smoking.
Herbs: Do not take with Chaste Tree Berry, Red Clover, Saw Palmetto or St. John’s Wort as they may decrease desired effect.

Osteoporosis

Alendronate (Fosomax)
Risendronate (Actonel)

Food: Take only with plain water. Do not take anything else within 30 minutes of taking these drugs as they may decrease desired effect.
Herbs:

Seizure Medications

Carbamazepine (Carbatrol, NOT Tegretol)
Divalproex (Depakote)
Oxcarbazepine (trileptal)
phenytoin (Dilantin)

Food: Avoid alcohol. Do not take with grapefruit juice.
Herbs: Evening Primrose increases risk for seizures. Do not take with Kava or Valerian as they may make you feel drowsy. St. John’s Wort may decrease desired effect.

Thyroid Medications

Levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid)
Thyroid (Armour Thyroid)

Food: Limit intake of Brussel Sprouts, cabbage, kale, greens, rutabaga, soybeans and turnips.
Herbs: Do not take with Lemon Balm.

Miscellaneous

Antihistamines-
Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Food: Do not take with alcohol.
Herbs: Do not take with Kava or Valerian as it may make you feel drowsy.

Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)

Foods: Do not take with grapefruit juice.
Herbs: Do not take with Echinacea or St. John’s Wort as they may decrease desired effect.

Prednisone
Methylprednisolone

Food: Avoid alcohol. Calcium supplements may be recommended to prevent Osteoporosis.Limit caffeine intake; see Chart 3 below.
Herbs: Avoid Echinacea or St. John’s Wort as they may decrease desired effect.

Theopylline (theo-Dur)

Foods: Avoid alcohol.Limit caffeine intake; see Chart 3 below.
Herbs: Do not take with Ephedra or Green Tea as it may increase effect of drug.

Foods:
Herbs:

Chart # 1

High potassium rich foods include the following:

Apricots, Artichokes, Asparagus, Avacado, Banana, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Celery,
Chocolate, Dates, Dried Beans, Dried Fruit, Figs, Greens, Honeydew, Milk, Orange Juice, Potato,

Pumpkin, Prune Juice, Raisins, Rhubarb, Spinach, Squash, Tomato, V-8 Juice

Chart # 2

High tyramine-content foods include the following:
Aged Cheese*, Aged Meat,Anchovies, Avacados, Bananas, Beer, Broad Beans, Caffeine

Chicken Liver, Chocolate, Cola Drinks, Canned Figs, Mushrooms, Raisins, Sausages, Sour Cream
Soy Sauce, Wine (Chianti, Sherry), Yeast, Yogurt

*Camembert, Chedder, Gruyer, processed American and Stilton

Chart # 3

High caffeine-content foods include the following:
Chocolate (milk and dark, Coffee (brewed, cappuccino, expresso)
Caffeinated water (Java, Kank, Aqua Blast), Ice Cream (coffee, chocolate)
Soft Drinks (Mountain Dew, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Root Beer, Sunkist Orange Soda)
Teas (green Tea, Ginseng, Snapple Iced Tea, Lipton)

Top Secrets to Stop the Ringing – 5 Common Drugs That Cause Tinnitus

Have you been living with the buzzing, whistling and humming sounds of tinnitus for years? Have you seen your doctor, only to be told that your tinnitus was caused by damage to the sensitive parts of the cochlea, and there is no cure, and only limited treatments available?

There may be reason for you to look at some other causes of your tinnitus – namely some common drugs that can cause tinnitus as a side effect.

About 50% of the American population is taking at least one prescription drug, many for common ailments such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression. As is usually the case, every drug has has some type of unintended consequence. That is, in addition to the drug performing as advertised in treating a particular ailment, that drug also causes other reactions in your body that are not desired, but tolerated in order to receive the positive benefits. Some of these medications are drugs that cause tinnitus.

I’ve researched 5 common drugs taken by large segments of society that can cause tinnitus as a side effect.

  • Imitrex Nasal Spray. Also known as Sumatriptan, Imitrex is a receptor subtype agonist, used in the treatment of migraine headaches. Simply put,Imitrex works by constricting blood vessels (vasoconstriction) to relieve that intense pain from a migraine headache. Imitrex may increase blood pressure – not good for tinnitus. Those with chronic vascular disease or heart conditions should be careful when using the drug. Of course, one of the side effects of Imitrex is tinnitus.
  • Levaquin. Levaquin is in a class of drugs called quinolones and is usually prescribed to treat serious cases of bacterial infections of the lungs, skin and urinary tract. One of the major side effects of Levaquin is the rupture and injury of tendons – mainly in the elderly. Phototoxicity (sunburns and blistering sunburns) are another serious side effect. Tinnitus is another, irritating consequence of this drug.
  • Lopressor. A beta blocker, used in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina (chest pain caused by blocked arteries in the heart) and heart attack. Lopressor is also used as a preventative for migraine headaches and the for treatment of anxiety. Tinnitus is a common side effect of this medicine.
  • Neurontin Capsules. Neurontin is an anti-epileptic medication that is also used to treat nerve pain from the herpes virus (shingles). Neurontin is a powerful drug that can have serious side effects relating to kidney, liver and heart disease. Count tinnitus as another possible negative for this drug.
  • Pepcid.(Famotidine) is a histamine-2 blocker that reduces the amount of acid in the stomach. Pepcid is used to prevent and treat ulcers of the stomach and intestines. Side effects of Pepcid may impair quick thinking and reaction time. Tinnitus is high on the list of possible side effects too.

Of course, this is just a short list of drugs that cause tinnitus – consult with your doctor if you feel that any drugs that you’re taking now are contributing to your tinnitus.

Cardinal Principles Of Homeopathy

Homoeopathy is a well established science and every science has certain fundamental and guiding principles, these fundamental principles are known as Cardinal Principles of Homoeopathy.

Dr. Hahnemann made his first attempt to formulate these principles in his article in 1805 titled ‘Medicine of Experience’. Then, later on for a few years upto 1810 he worked in perfecting these guidelines and published them in his manual ‘Organon of Medicine’.

The cardinal principles are 7 in number; they give Homeopathic system of medicine its scientific footing and establishment.

1. Similia Similibus curentur or like cures like: Homeopathy (Gr. homoeos = similar, pathos = suffering) is a scientific system of medicine based on the law of similars, ie similia similibus curentur or ‘symptom-similarity’.

Dr. Hahnemann derived this law after proving drugs on him and concluded that disease curing powers of a drug are the same as disease producing powers.

This law states that, medicine should have the potential to produce most similar symptoms of the disease to be cured in a healthy person. Dr. Hahnemann, by scientific thinking and keen sense of observation applied it to medicine and discovered Homoeopathy.

2. Law of simplex or single remedies: The law of simplex or single remedies is the 2nd cardinal principal of Homoeopathy. Dr. Hahnemann during his time proved crude substances known as ‘drugs’ on himself and he insists only one, single, medicine is to be prescribed to the patient at a time.

This is because only one medicine is the most similar, homoeopathic medicines are proved singly and materia medica comprises of single remedy provings; if multiple remedies are given at a single time, synergistic action is observed in patient making it difficult for further prescribing.

3. Law of minimum dose: This law states that the single remedy to be given should be given in the least potency and repetition. Minimum dose is that dose which is just required to evoke a reaction in the patient. It is that quantity which is just sufficient to produce a gentle remedial effect and medicinal relief.

The law of minimum dose has its own advantages, like it avoids undue medicinal aggravation, there’s no risk of unwanted side-effects, symptom-similarity is maintained and toxic effect on the patient is minimal. Recently, this concept of minimum dose has been proven and verified by Arndt-Schultz law.

4. Doctrine of Drug Proving: Dr. Hahnemann proved 99 drugs and recorded their provings in Materia Medica Pura (volumes 6). The first volume was published in 1811 and last expanded was published in 1827. It consists of provings or ‘symptoms’ written by Dr. Hahnemann in his own words, and they have been documented as they appeared during the day.

Drug proving is the systemic investigation of pathogenetic powers of a drug/medicine on healthy human beings of different ages, both sexes, under all climatic conditions, at all times in all medicinal potencies. The 6 volumes of Pura contain more than 3000 symptoms.

Dr. Hahnemann recommended drug proving on healthy human beings. This is because subjective or mental symptoms are known in the language of the patient, and symptoms of drug and disease are different. Thus, the materia medica of Homeopathy contains pure effects of medicine on the human beings.

5. Doctrine of Chronic Diseases: Dr. Hahnemann after practicing Homoeopathy for 12 years, observed that in spite of prescribing correct medicines to his patients; the patient complained of partial relief, no relief, mixed pattern of relief and recurrence of symptoms.

He further studied the trend of symptoms, diseases and established the Doctrine of Chronic Diseases and further postulated that ‘miasms’ or certain ‘polluting factors’ were responsible for causing them.

The three single miasms are Psora (the itch, real cause of all type of chronic diseases), Sycosis (the gonorrheal, venereal fig-wart disease characterized by warts) and Syphilis (venereal chancre disease, characterized by ulceration).

6. Doctrine of Vital Force: Homoeopathy advocates the presence of an invisible power ie vital force present in all human beings and when this force becomes disturbed or deranged due to various causative factors, man becomes sick or diseased. Thus, homoeopathy states the importance of mind + body + spirit (vital force) in medicine.

Vital force is unique to Homoeopathy and it has the following qualities, spiritual, autocratic, automatic, dynamic and unintelligent and it animates the human body in health and disease.

In healthy conditions, the vital force maintains and sustains all normal functioning in human being and medicines are said to act upon this vital force, thus deranging it from healthy to sick (disease) and from sick to healthy while on homoeopathic medicine.

7. Doctrine of Drug Dynamization: This theory is also known as doctrine of drug potentization. The potentization process is found only in homoeopathy and remedial properties which are latent, hidden in drug substances become awakened and are developed into activity. It is by this process that inert crude medicinal powers exert their cure on the deranged vital force.

Crude substances (drugs) are potentized by using 2 methods, namely trituration (for insoluble substances) and succussion (for soluble substances). The benefits of potentization are numerous:

(i) Potentization ensures deeper, broadened medicinal action

(ii) Latent powers of medicine are translated into beneficial curative powers

(iii) By potentization, medicines acquire dynamic power and restore the deranged vital force to normalcy

(iv) Inert, dull substances are rendered effective and converted into effective medicines

(v) Poisonous substances lose their toxicity

There are 3 scales of potentization namely, decimal scale, centesimal scale and 50 millesimal scale. Thus, Homoeopathy is a firm science based on fundamental principles.

Trimedisyn – A High-End Prenatal Vitamin

What is Trimedisyn?

Trimedisyn is proof that prenatal vitamins are not created equal. The world of prenatal vitamins is evolving, your Flinstone vitamin no longer cuts it, in fact it may be doing you and your baby more harm than you know. The importance of prenatal nutrition and supplementation is being stressed now more than ever before. The preterm birth rate in the United States has increased 36% in the last 35 years. Low birth weight babies are 40 times more likely to die during their first months of life. The ones that do survive are 2-3 times more likely to suffer from lifelong handicaps and disabilities. A quality prenatal vitamin like Trimedisyn can help prevent preterm labor, birth defects, toxemia, and other pregnancy related complications as well as improve the quality of your pregnancy and the life of your unborn baby.

Trimedisyn Ingredients

Essential Vitamins and Minerals

  • Vitamin A (5000iu)
  • Vitamin C (240mg)
  • Vitamin D3 (400iu)
  • Vitamin E (100iu)
  • Vitamin B1 (3.4mg)
  • Vitamin B2 (4mg)
  • Vitamin B3 (40mg)
  • Vitamin B6 (20mg)
  • Folic Acid (800mcg)
  • Vitamin B12 (18mcg)
  • Biotin (400mcg)
  • Pantothenic Acid (20mg)
  • Calcium (1300mg)
  • Iron (27mg)
  • Iodine (150mcg)
  • Magnesium (450 mg)
  • Zinc L-Optizinc (15mg)
  • Selenium (200mcg)
  • Copper (2mg)
  • Manganese (2mg)
  • Chromium ChromeMate (200mcg)
  • Potassium(10mg)
  • CoQ10 (200mg)
  • Marinol DHA Powder (50mg)
  • Ginger Root 10:1 (250mg)
  • Inositol (25mg)
  • Choline (25mg)

Probiotic Blend 1 Billion cfu

  • L.Casi
  • L.Plantatrum
  • L.Salivarius
  • L.Acidophillus
  • L.Rhamnosus
  • S.Thermophilus
  • B.Bifidum
  • B.Infantis
  • B.Longum
  • B.Breve

Trimedisyn Benefits

Trimedisyn has a long list of benefits. Let’s start with CoQ10, Co-Enzyme-Q10 has the ability to reduce the risk of Preeclampsia (or toxemia) by 10%. If you aren’t familiar with preeclampsia occurs when your blood pressure rises to the hypertensive range and amount of protein in the urine becomes too high, symptoms include swollen hands and feet. Preeclampsia is the leading cause of premature delivery and maternal and fetal death and illness. Approximately 76,000 die every year from preeclampsia. Ingredients like vitamin D will also greatly reduce the occurrence of toxemia. Very few prenatal vitamins contain CoQ10, make sure you choose a prenatal vitamin with an adequate amount of this enzyme.

Trimedisyn also contains an impress Probiotic Blend, most prenatal vitamins with a probiotic blend contain a very small amount of them, you will find most prenatal vitamins average about 25 million cfu’s, Trimedisyn has 40 times the amount in their 1 Billion cfu blend. Most people associate probiotics with a healthy digestive system, that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of these healthy bacterium. Probiotics are proven to reduce your baby’s risk of obesity later in life and it may also reduce the risk of gestational diabetes by 20%. Women who take probiotics tend to gain a normal amount of weight and have less belly fat, making it easier to regain your pre-pregnancy figure. L.Ramnosys has shown to reduce the incidence of childhood eczema by 50% among high-risk children. It may take months or even years to see these positive effects of probiotics, some you may notice immediately are improved digestive tract (IBS, diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach), fewer morning sickness symptoms (nausea and vomiting), stronger immune system. Probiotics are key to a healthy pregnancy and could greatly improve your health and your child’s health as well.

DHA is another ingredient that is only found in a select few prenatal vitamins. If the FDA were to regulate prenatal vitamins, I believe DHA would be one of those ingredients that would be required. DHA is critical for neural and retinal development. Babies with high levels of DHA have higher scores on neural and visual tests. DHA has been shown to increase motor skills and cognitive development. A prenatal vitamin with DHA is the best way to get DHA since it is highly advised that pregnant women abstain from fish during their pregnancy. Fish with the highest level of DHA also have high levels of Mercury, so make sure your prenatal vitamin contains at least 50 mg of DHA.

Other ingredients in Trimedisyn also play an important role in the health of you and your baby. Ingredients like Choline have brain-boosting qualities. Inositol and folic acid help reduce the risk of birth neural tube defects like spina bifida and anencephaly. Trimedisyn has 150% of the RDA of Iron in the form of Iron Ferrochel, which will not cause any additional nausea. Iron is critical for you and your baby, if you do not get the proper amount of iron you may become anemic. Iron, along with Selenium, may also help reduce the risk of asthma and eczema in early childhood. Expectant mothers will be thrilled to know that Trimedisyn may also help relieve and alleviate morning sickness symptoms like vomiting and nausea with the combination of Ginger, Vitamin B6 and the probiotic blend. These are just a few of the benefits of a high-end prenatal vitamin like Trimedisyn.

Your standard over-the-counter and even prescription strength prenatal vitamins are insignificant when compared to the strength of Trimedisyn. Don’t risk your health and the health of your baby. Ensure that the both you have a healthy, happy and bright future by getting proper prenatal care, eating a nutrient-rich diet and by taking a high-end prenatal vitamin like Trimedisyn.

How to Treat your Arthritis Naturally

How to Treat your Arthritis Naturally

Arthritis is pain in the fingers, knees, elbows, hips jaw-any place in

the body where there is a joint between bones. It can be very painful. This

because joints are surrounded by many nerves and the nerves are needed to make

the complicated joints work properly. There are many forms of arthritis like

Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid; to name just two, but we are not going into that

now. What we are looking at here is natural remedies.

A lot of arthritis sufferers very often turn to natural herbal remedies

and botanical methods to gain release from their symptoms. But do these

natural alternatives do what they promise? Can you find relief from herbal

supplements? There are many herbs and such like that has shown some promise in

helping treat the symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis and we will just look at a

few of them:.

Thunder god vine


A supplement that is derived from a perennial vine that is

native to Asia, also in areas of China, Korea, and Japan. The root is peeled

away to make this herbal supplement and is by tradition, been used to treat

autoimmune illnesses and inflammatory conditions. It has been find by research

that thunder god vine does indeed contain anti-inflammatory activity, and some

immune-boosting activity has also been discovered. One clinical trial carried

out at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that roughly

80 per cent of those patients who were given a high dose of the plant

supplement found that their Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms got better

considerably. However, researchers have found that this and other studies are

too small to prove the true efficacy of this plant-derived supplement.

Cherries

To take away the pain of gout, eat 6-8 cherries per day. They can be

tinned, frozen or fresh. This is a Japanese treatment, which they have used

for centuries. They also boil the cherries down into a syrup which makes a

strong sweet drink. The cherry is a very good source of magnesium (which is a

natural painkiller) and potassium. The potassium acts as a diuretic, reducing

inflammation by ridding tissue of fluid.

Dandelion leaves

One of the best remedies for treating arthritic conditions probably

grows right in your backyard: fresh young dandelion leaves. Because of the

high vitamin A and C content, when eaten raw in salads, these greens help the

body to repair damaged tissues and help the liver clear toxins out of the

blood. European herbalists have used these anti-pain dandelion recipes for

many years. Older leaves should be steam or sauté – like spinach, this is

because they are too tough to eat raw. You can also improve the taste by

cooking with garlic or add olive oil for a tasty dish. Dandelion can also be

made into a tea: Steep, just 1 teaspoon of dried leaves or 3 teaspoons of

fresh leaves in 1 cup of boiling water. Or make a coffee-like, but

bitter-tasting, beverage by boiling, and then straining, 4 ounces of fresh

root in 2 pints of water. Taken daily, this is a good guard against winter

colds.

Desert devil Devil’s-claw

An ominous-sounding cure – comes from the Kalahari Desert of South

Africa. For at least 250 years, the Hottentots, Bantus, and Bushmen (all

native tribes of this region) have treated arthritis pain with this large

claw-like fruit that can trap and injure livestock. The tribesmen’s favourite

method is to draw an extract from the root and brew it into a tea.

Alternatively, devil’s-claw can be dried, powdered, and taken in tablet form.

Recent French and German studies found that the pain-relief of devil’s-claw is

similar to that of cortisone. The root acts mainly as an anti-inflammatory, an

effect of harpagoside, its active ingredient. Preparations using the whole

plant work even better because it contains additional compounds, such as

flavonoids, that enhance the anti-inflammatory effect. Devil’s-claw is

available in many forms through most mailorder herb companies and health food

stores.

Molasses


The British, known for their fondness for sweets, swear by crude

blackstrap molasses dissolved in water. When taken every morning, they say

this preparation eases and even eliminates pain in the joints. This is some

feat in England! (Cold, damp climates usually aggravate a case of arthritis.)

The molasses is an excellent source of minerals, including iron, potassium,

and magnesium. It is also a concentrated sweet. So it is important to rinse

your mouth out or brush your teeth after using this treatment. Otherwise, you

may be trading one pain (arthritis) for another – a toothache!

Cooper bracelets

This does vindicate old wives. Until recently, Western doctors dismissed

as folklore the idea of wearing copper bracelets as a way of treating

arthritis. Indeed, there are many doctors who are still sceptical. Researchers

in Australia, however, have found that copper, when coupled with aspirin, is

more effective than aspirin alone in treating the pain of arthritis. Since

many substances are absorbed through the skin, there may be some truth in this

old wives’ tale. Cooper bracelets are available all over the net.

Ginger.

Ginger is very effective in the treatment of arthritis and a host of

other ailments. Recent medical research in Holland has indicated that this,

too, is much more than just myth. Eating ginger does, according to the Dutch

doctors, help alleviate arthritis pain. Use the ginger with anything…soups,

sauces, or salads.

Bee Stings


An arthritis therapy that may sound more like a punishment was used

2,000 years ago by Hippocrates – bee stings. Once considered to be the leading

cure for rheumatism, arthritis, and gout, bee stings were used for centuries

by ancient Europeans.Based on this traditional therapy, scientists in

Switzerland, France, Germany, and Great Britain devised a treatment that

employed a series of injections of the venom- using either a hypodermic needle

or a live bee! The bee venom, like many noxious substances, stimulates the

immune system to release inflammatory substances. This is known as the counter

irritation theory.

Saint Hildegard’s Ointment

Hildegard was a mystic from 12th century Germany whose wisdom still

holds true to day. She said ” Detoxify, purify, and regenerate the whole

organism.” Hildegard’s recipe for an arthritis ointment was to take 4 parts

vermouth, 2 parts deer fat, and 2 parts deer marrow, and mix it into a salve.

This ointment was massaged on the painful joints while the sufferer sat in

front of an elmwood fire. The warmth of the fire and the stimulation of blood

flow from the massage were really the important parts of the treatment. So if

you cannot get your hands on any deer fat. goose fat is a much better option

and is available all over the net. To get rid of the rheumatic toxins that

caused pain, Hildegard prescribed eating fragrant, raw quince. The fruit can

be cooked in water or wine, baked in a cake or pie, or made into jellies and

candy ( this is popular today during holiday seasons). Hildegard’s advice to

gout sufferers was to slowly chew (before breakfast) 1 to 3 teaspoons of

celery seed powder mixed with spices such as rue, cloves, and saxifrage. For a

better taste, the celery powder can be sprinkled on bread with quince jelly.

Celery is a diuretic, and the loss of excess fluid can reduce the inflammation

associated with the arthritis. Rue contains ruin, which can strengthen blood

vessels (preventing them from leaking fluid into tissue and thus preventing

inflammation).Warning: Don’t use rue during pregnancy. It can bring on

bleeding.

Aloe Vera


Aloe, by its self does not cure or heal anything; it is the

beneficial effects of over 200 different nutritional constituents and the way

they react to help reduce inflammation and pain which promote healing. Aloe

Vera gives a great boost to the immune system and energy levels. So, In other

words…..Aloe Vera provides the body with the right agents to take care of

itself and to restore and repair body functions and the body’s own healing

process.

Many people think that because they are taking an herbal supplement or

botanical-based drug therapy, there will be no side effects. The truth is that

herbal supplements can be quite powerful and can have strong side effects.

Many if not most of all conventional drug therapies are derived from plants

and herbs.

The bad news is that there is not enough sufficient research to

conclusively prove the efficacy of many of these herbal supplements and

botanical-based drugs. Before you try any herbal supplement, it is

important that you discuss its use with your doctor.

Stay Clean and Avoid Skin Funk

When it comes to wrestling and combat sports in general, there is always a risk of injury and infection. Getting infected with some sort of skin funk is a very real threat for wrestlers today. There are many reasons for this, but, a few of the bigger reasons are the close quarters and hot temperatures of the rooms that they wrestle in. Skin to skin touching is also a big reason for this.

For the most part there are a few things that you can do to ensure that you never get anything while you are competing or practicing. There will be times where you do everything right and still get something though. This might happen when you have an open wound. Whenever you have an open wound on your body, make sure that you do you best to cover it.

The very first thing that you can do to protect yourself is to make sure that you shower after practice or competing. It is important that you do this as quickly as you can after you are done. Make sure that you wash off your entire body and your hair. Washing as soon as you are done with practice is one of the best ways to avoid getting anything.

The next thing that you need to do is to make sure to clean your clothes after every practice. Wearing clothes that you wore the previous practice is not healthy for you or your teammates. Make sure to always wear clean clothes and to wash everything you practiced in before you use it again. If you never clean your clothes you are setting yourself up for catching something. Cleaning your cloths also means cleaning your head-gear, knee pads, and anything else that you might wear in practice.

There are also special products that you can get to help you stay clean in practice. One of the products that you can buy is KENSHIELD. KENSHIELD is a foam that you put on your skin before a practice. You put it on in the same manner that you put on sun block. When you put it on, it will form a barrier between your skin and anything else that might try to get on it.

By following these tips you will be able to avoid most if not all the kinds of skin funk that you can get when you compete.

Very Early Symptoms of Pregnancy – First 7 Signs of Pregnancy

Are there any very early symptoms of pregnancy? Are you feeling worried that you might be pregnant? The following article will explore 7 most common signs of pregnancy.

Tender Breasts: Tender breast is one of the most instant signals of being pregnant. The feeling is similar to soreness experienced before menstrual periods, but few women can feel their breast becoming heavier and fuller than usual. Nipples also start to get darker.

Increased Temperature: If you have been monitoring the basal body temperature to detect ovulation then there is an easy way to detect pregnancy. If the temperature stays increased for 15 days after ovulation then it means that you might be pregnant.

Positive Pregnancy Test: Some pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy even on the first day of missed period. There are others which only give a faint result even after 4 days of missing the period. Yes! At this time it is difficult to be patient.

Morning sickness: Few women start to feel queasy within 7 days of conception. Morning sickness is a vague term and is better termed all-day sickness as the feeling of vomiting and being nauseated can come at any time of the day.

Food Cravings and Aversions: This is another well-known and early sign of pregnancy. Even the thought of the certain food can make a pregnant woman nauseous. While some foods types are the only choices she can think of.

Tiredness: The first few weeks after conception give an extra ordinary feeling of being tired. Even the routine work seems like a Marathon race.

Mood Swings: No matter how peaceful sleep you had and how good the weather is, the hormones play havoc with mood. During the first trimester the increased hormonal level makes you irritable and feel like crying.