How Do You Prevent Strokes? Ways to Prevent Stroke Naturally

Concerned people are asking, "How do you prevent strokes?" There are ways to prevent strokes that are naturally safe and healthy for your body. I will give you some proven and workable tips to avoid stroke in your lifetime. As you may be aware, stroke is a debilitating and deadly condition caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain either from a blood vessel constriction or a clot.

You will experience this condition if you choose to follow a lifestyle that alter your metabolism and blood lipids, cause arterial stiffening and increase blood pressure. The good news is that you can prevent stokes naturally by systematically making lifestyle changes and the proper application of the diet solution strategies.

The truth is, this condition is a preventable lifestyle disease. So, how do you prevent strokes? Start with healthy and modifiable lifestyle changes which must include stopping cigarette smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and engaging in regular physical activities.

Storing excess fat in the body and around your waist area leads to being overweight or obese, which in turn leads to high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart attack, diabetes, stroke, heart failure, arteriosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases. One major cause of stroke is eating the wrong kinds of food. Food is good but excessively eating the wrong kinds of food is innocent to your health.

If you want to prevent strokes naturally, you must apply natural ways to reduce your blood pressure and improve blood lipids and cholesterol ratios. If you allow your blood pressure to increase without taking measures to lower it, this could lead to the hardening of the treaties which is a significant risk factor for a first stroke.

One other way to prevent strokes naturally involves eliminating processed foods and ensuring you engage in moderate daily exercises. These are known to lower blood pressure and transform blood metabolites that trigger the onset of ischemic attack.

Check your blood sugar to known if you are diabetes. This is very important if you are overweight or if a member of your family have diabetes. Some people do not care to know until it is too late. However, with the right diet, you can reduce your blood sugar to a safe and healthy level.

Learn to eat foods rich in folic acid (vitamin B9) and drink good quality green tea on a daily basis. Folic acid has been shown to reduce the blood levels of homocysteine ​​associated with the thickening of the carotid artery wall, while green tea contain catechins (an antioxidant) which helps to reduce blood pressure by naturally increasing the amount of nitric oxide in the blood.

Are Your Nursing Assistants in the Know About Tuberculosis?

Do your CNAs know that one third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis? While TB rates are down in the U.S., tuberculosis continues to be a serious problem. By sharing the following information and tips at your next CNA inservice meeting, you’ll arm your aides with the knowledge they need to continue the fight against TB.

What’s the Deal with Tuberculosis?

One hundred years ago TB was the number one cause of death in the United States. But, who cares? That was one hundred years ago! We’ve come a long way in controlling TB since then, right? Well, yes… and no.

Yes, we have tests to tell if people have TB and we have drugs to treat the disease. And, we’ve learned how to protect healthcare workers from being infected and how to keep other patients in a hospital safe from a patient with TB.

But, the bacteria that cause TB are not giving up! Still, nearly 14,000 new cases of TB are reported each year in the United States. The TB bacteria have learned how to outsmart our best drugs. And, they like to attack people who have weak immune systems-like people with AIDS.

These tiny bacteria cause a serious disease that usually attacks and damages the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body like the kidneys, the spine and the brain.

A third of the world’s population (about 2 billion people) are infected with TB bacteria. And, one out of every ten of those people will become sick with active TB.

So, it has never been more important to practice proper infection control measures against TB. In fact, our government has “declared war” against TB. The goal is to get rid of the TB bacteria in the United States by the year 2010! Reaching this goal will require your help-keep reading to find out how you can become part of the solution!

TB Terms You Should Know

EXPOSED: People are exposed to tuberculosis when they share the same air as a person who has infectious TB.

TB SKIN TEST: There is a skin test for TB infection in which a small amount of testing fluid is injected just under the skin on the lower part of the arm. After two or three days, a health care worker checks for a positive reaction at the injection site. You might hear this test called a “Mantoux” test or a “PPD” test.

LATENT TB INFECTION: People with latent TB infection have no symptoms, don’t feel sick, can’t spread TB to others, and usually have a positive skin test reaction. But they may develop TB disease later in life if they do not receive treatment for latent TB infection.

TB DISEASE: People who show signs of being sick from the tuberculosis bacteria are said to have TB disease. They have active or infectious tuberculosis disease-and can spread it to others. People with TB disease show signs of having TB when doctors check their chest x-rays and look at their sputum under a microscope.

MULTIDRUG-RESISTANT TB (MDR TB) – TB disease caused by bacteria resistant to more than one drug often used to treat TB.

QUARANTINE: Keeping people who have active TB disease in quarantine means that they are made to stay in a hospital or in their homes until they are no longer infectious.

DIRECTLY OBSERVED THERAPY (DOT): Because many people don’t take their anti-TB medications properly, Directly Observed Therapy was developed. This is the name for the TB treatment in which healthcare professionals or other individuals actually watch people taking their anti-TB medications.

Signs & Symptoms of TB

  • A productive cough lasting longer than two weeks
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fever and chills
  • Sweating at night
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Constant tiredness

How Is TB Spread?

  • The germs that cause TB are spread through the air.
  • TB can be spread from one person to another by coughing, laughing, sneezing, singing or even talking.
  • Tuberculosis is usually spread between family members, close friends, and people who spend time in crowded places together over long periods of time such as jails and homeless shelters.

The Tip Five Ways You Can Help Stop TB!

1. KNOW THE SIGNS OF TUBERCULOSIS.

Remember that the symptoms of active tuberculosis include a lasting cough, chest pain, fever, chills, night sweats, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Keep an eye on your clients for these signs, especially if they are over 65, are HIV+, have other chronic illnesses like diabetes or renal failure, or have been exposed to someone else with TB.

2. TELL YOUR SUPERVISOR IF ANY OF YOUR CLIENTS SHOW THE SIGNS OF TB.

It’s not up to you-or your supervisor-to diagnose tuberculosis. But you must report changes in your clients that might mean they have TB. And, the sooner, the better!

Your supervisor will make sure the client gets tested and that everyone who works with the client protects themselves from possible infection.

3. HELP YOUR CLIENTS WITH TB PRACTICE GOOD INFECTION CONTROL.

Ask your clients to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then, throw the tissue in the trash.

Air out their rooms if possible (unless they are in a special isolation room). TB spreads in small closed spaces where air can’t move. Open a window if it’s not too cold. Consider using a fan to blow the room air out the window.

Remind your clients about how important it is that they take their anti-TB medication. Don’t let them forget-especially when they start feeling better.

4. WEAR A PERSONAL RESPIRATOR MASK.

Whenever you work with clients who have active TB-or who might have it-you must wear a personal respirator mask. Remember that a paper mask will not do any good. (The TB bacteria are small enough to fit through the weave of a paper mask.)

Be sure you have been fitted for the right size mask, and that you put in on before you enter the client’s area. Wear it the entire time you are with the client and take it off only after you leave!

5. HAVE YOUR TB SKIN TEST AND/OR YOUR CHEST X-RAY ON SCHEDULE.

Don’t ignore these important tests. If you don’t know when you are due for another TB test, ask your supervisor. Then, make sure you get it on schedule-don’t wait for someone to remind you. Getting tested on time could make a difference to you, your clients, your coworkers and your family.

Cancer Remission: What Is It Exactly?

Many people seem to have a distorted and incorrect definition of the word “remission,” as it is used in relation to cancer patients. Most commonly people seem to believe that going into remission means that the patient is successfully treated and safe.

However, according to the American Cancer Society, cancer remission is a “period of time when the cancer is responding to treatment or is under control. In a complete cancer remission, all the signs and symptoms of the disease disappear…Complete cancer remissions may continue for several years and be considered cures.”

So, someone who goes into cancer remission is not showing signs or symptoms of the cancer. It doesn’t matter how many cancer cells are still going strong and growing in the body of the patient, for any time frame that it isn’t causing “signs and symptoms,” the patient is said to be in remission.

Oddly enough, there isn’t much discussion in the advertisements for traditional cancer treatments regarding the extension in the length of life for the patient. And there aren’t many discussions about the quality of life for the patient.

These two concepts are not factored in when talking about “cancer remission” in a patient.Typically speaking, cancer remission refers to shrinkage in the size of a tumor or to the change in some of the tumor markers. Tumor markers are substances, usually proteins, which are produced by the body in response to cancerous growth or tissues. However, a lot of the markers are also found in non-cancerous conditions so they aren’t really a good diagnostic tool for cancer.

Traditional cancer therapies are successful in shrinking tumors and reducing tumor markers. For this reason, cancer remission is used as the indication of “successful” cancer treatment.

Cancer remission doesn’t necessarily mean the patient doesn’t die. For example, a patient is said to have been successfully treated for cancer if the therapies put them into remission, even if they die from pneumonia. Despite the fact that the pneumonia was only fatal because of the cancer therapies, because cancer remission existed, it was successful treatment.

To most people, no treatment that still results in death should be considered successful. However, when it comes to cancer remission, that’s exactly what can happen when they pursue only traditional cancer treatment options.

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Become an Alchemist

The alchemist.

Alchemy is very real if only we choose to see it.

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noun alal-kÉ ™ -m ""

: a science that was used in the Middle Ages with the goal of changing ordinary metals into gold
: a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way

We have the ability to perform alchemy every day.Alchemy is very real. Maybe not in the sense of changing water to wine or copper to pure gold. However make no mistake, we have the ability to perform alchemy every day. If you think of it in terms of changing our surroundings or changing our minds and bodies, it becomes very real. How about when a child gets the Make a Wish Foundation dream, and that that which dreams of being every day before his time comes? You have in a very real sense changed his mental outlook, mental mapping, and life for good. I would argue in that sense, you are performing alchemy at some level. How about our ability to fight cancer? To use human ingenuity and develop chemicals or techniques that battle a horrible diagnosis.So how does this help us?

There will be days in your life where you will feel a little lost. You will feel the need to make a change, but you do not feel you can make the transformation. We all have those days. Fitness is no different. As a matter of fact, alchemy is easily applicable to fitness. By being consistent, mentally strong, and dedicated we can transform one form of our body to a completely new one. Too often in our society we let the words and passing opinions deter us from have the mindset that will allow us to reach new levels in our visions. New levels in our goals. What would it change for you to see yourself as an alchemist? How would that change your view of things if you knew you could transform things at will?

I personally believe in the ability to mentally put yourself in a position to make physical changes. I heard of one study in which a man with a split personality would actually physically change his eye color, depending on the personality he was currently in. Using the same train of thought but from a positive angle, it really makes you think about the possibility of pushing your own boundaries and capabilities in achieving your dreams. In a way that just because it's not the norm, and not everyone will agree, does not mean it is not effective and worth your time. I challenge you to look for examples of alchemy. I challenge you to reconsider the way you see the world, reconsider your ability to transform your mind, your body, and your goals. Alchemy is very real if only we choose to see it.

Live big, Dream bigger.

* Reference: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alchemy

Do You Suffer With Painful Joints From Osteoarthritis?

Do you ever experience joint pain and muscle stiffness? Or sometimes you have difficulty gripping items, walking properly, bending your knees, or moving your neck and lower back? Have you ever been diagnosed with "Arthritis", and then told to take a "magic pill" to help your joints, only to find little results? If it is indeed Arthritis, how do you determine which type, and what natural changes can you make to help improve how you feel? There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions, and each type has a variety of natural methods to help alleviate its secondary conditions, by addressing its root cause and primary condition. Let's touch on the most popular type, Osteoarthritis, listed below:

Osteoarthritis: The most common type of all arthritis, Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease, and affects 33 million Americans. It is purely structural in nature, and can affect any bone in the body, due to abnormal weight bearing. It usually affects a specific joint, and most often times is due to poor spinal or extremity alignment. Cartilage between the joints wears away over time, (much like brake pads in your car losing cushion over time and use), causing bony surfaces to rub on one another. It is most common in the neck, lower back, and weight bearing joints such as the hip, knee, and ankle. Also known as Degenerative Joint Disease, this is not genetic based. It is most likely caused by poor spinal structure, whiplash injuries, prolonged static positioning (sitting hunched over while doing computer work, driving, mobile phone use), obesity, and years after a traumatic sports injury. Its pain pattern is best characterized as a feeling of stiffness and localized pain, often accompanied with crepitus, a clicking or grating sound. Bone "spurring" or calcification can also form due to the imbalance of weight bearing on a joint (like driving a vehicle with a bent axle, causing its tire to spin abnormally, and its tread to wear unevenly).

Because Osteoarthritis is structurally based, its primary cause can be helped with spinal and extremity work by a Chiropractor who focuses on structural correction. This is done by gently adjusting the joint back in place. Postural and gait training, as well as restorative spinal corrective equipment can slowly change the spine from an abnormal structure to a more normal position. This in turn will help reduce further deterioration of joints, help the muscles become more balanced, and help rid of pain and stiffness. Once more mobility and less stiffness are achieved, it is important to maintain its integrity. Many people choose to be adjusted regularly to help prevent further deterioration. Much like servicing a heater or air conditioner to achieve optimal performance, spinal correction and integrity needs to be protected.

Along with spinal correction by a structural based chiropractor, stretching is very important. Stretching helps to less tightness in muscles that other places more stain on a joint. It also assists with oxygenation and blood flow to the supporting cartilage and associated soft tissue surrounding the joint.

What, no time to stretch? Try stretching 10 minutes every morning, or even better, while showering. Yoga and swimming in a warm pool are excellent for arthritic people, and are optimally beneficial when coupled with chiropractic spinal correction. Obesity can cause joint degeneration to occur quicker, due to excess weight on joints. Research shows that almost 44% of adults with arthritis report no leisure physical activity compared with 36% of adults without arthritis. And older adults diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis who perform moderate physical activity at minimum three times per week can reduce further the risk of arthritis disability by almost 50%. Even more disturbing is that over half of Americans ages 65 and older show evidence of joint degeneration on radiographs at at least one joint. It is predicted that 70 million Americans will develop Osteoarthritis within the next 15 years.

Nutritionally, anti-inflammatory foods are helpful, along with Omega-3 fish oils and Glucosamine. Foods such as pineapples, lemons, papayas, berries, and ginger root, turmeric, green and white teas, kelp, broccoli, yams, shiitake mushrooms, and extra virgin olive oil, are terrific natural inflammatories. Glucosamine can help aid in repair of cartilage, muscles and ligaments, by assisting in producing glycosaminoglycan, a necessary molecule used in the formation and repair of joint cartilage. Inquire with your doctor before considering.

There are several natural methods to address Osteoarthritis. Many intelligent people are seeking natural corrections to address the primary condition of Osteoarthritis, and not continue to "band-aid" its secondary conditions.

Hip Replacement Surgery

There is nothing particularly new about hip replacements. They have been going on for nearly half a century now. Should you be in the position of needing to consider one then you may find this article of significant help and interest.

We will discuss here what the reasons are behind having a hip replacement, what to expect at the time of the operation and how to get yourself right as fast as possible after the operation.

Sir John Charnley an eminent English surgeon is considered to be the pioneer of hip replacement surgery. His early work developing the basis of the artificial hips used today was being done in the 1960s.

Over the past decades advances in surgical techniques and materials have seen a diversity in types of hip replacement. There are however two basic types, previously cemented and neglected. Thie importance of this will be covered further on.

So When Should you consider Having a Hip Replacement?

It really is all to do with whether a hip replacement would improve the quality of your life. You may well need to discuss matters with your physician or surgeon in order to ascertain whether having a hip replacement wil help you.

Why Do People Need Hip Replacements?

The most common reason behind needing a hip replacement is arthritis of the hip, primarily osteo-arthritis. Over time the joint wears and is less able to perform its role.

Signs and Symptoms of Hip Degeneration

Sufferers of hip degeneration often walk with a noticeable limp, commonly leaving to the painful side as they take weight on the hip in question. Movements at the joint, particularly backwards (extension), sideways (abduction) and the rotary movements became painful and limited. Pain is often described as a deep ache which can be felt in the buttock, hip, thigh and knee.

Surgery

There are many variations in the actual surgery and different surgeons prefer different techniques. The basis of the surgery is the removal of the degenerate head of the femur and the to replace it with the prosthetic implant together with a new socket or acetabulum in the pelvis. This creates a totally new articular structure commonly called A TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT or THR.

What To Expect After Surgery

After your operation it is likely that you will have drains to remove any bleeding from the hip. You are also likely to have some form of analgesia and possibly blood thinning medication.

You will likely be encouraged by your physical therapist to do soime simple bed exercises to maintain good circulation and aid your recovery very soon after your operation.Within the first two days of surgery you will normally be assisted by your therapist to get out of bed and walk.Initially this is likely to be small distances but this will increase gradually over time. You will probably require crutches or even a frame initially but as you get more confident over the coming days and weeks you will be able to discard these on the advise of your therapist.

If you have an unforgettable hip you will be advised to probably use your crutches to reduce the amount of weight your hip has to take for the first six weeks. A cemented hip how is able to take your full body weight the first time you can get up so it will be up to you and your therapist how long you continue with walking aids for.

After surgery you will be encouraged to walk regularly and correctly. This has for a long time been considered the very best way of rehabilitating after a hip replacement. Specific exercise regimes are not usually advocated after a hip replacement.

It is important that you avoid certain positions and actions to avoid the possibility of a dislocation of your hip. Crossing your legs or excess bending at the hip is not advised. Both of these positions especially if they are done together and particularly so with weight on the leg are considered to be the positions most likely to result in a dislocation.

It is also possible that your operating leg will feel as if it is longer than the other one. This is not necessarily the case and this sensation will generally disappear over the coming months.

Patients are routinely advised to wear anti-embolism stockings for the first six weeks to reduce the possibility of an embolism. Although relatively rare they can be life threatening and feeling breathless or unwell may be a sign that you are suffering such form a condition. If this is the case medical attention should be taken as an emergency.

Other than this over the coming months you can look forward to gradually increasing your walking and functional activities, You can swim as soon as your scar has healed, walk, play golf, dance and be as active as you are capable. Aggressive sports of a high intensity and of a contact or jarring nature are not recommended however.

Do not forget it can be a good few months and even up to two years in cases especially if you have had an unforgettable hip before you reach your true potential again. So patience is a must.

Common Health Consequences Associated With End Stage Renal Disease

The kidney is an important anatomical structure that performs many tasks that help to sustain life. This fist-sized organ is located in the lower abdominal cavity just in front of the bottom set of ribs and is well-known for its role in filtering water and waste from the bloodstream. The critical nature of filtration is demonstrated by the fact that most people have two kidneys that are capable of enlarging to compensate for a decrease in functionality of either kidney. What many people fail to realize is that the kidneys also perform many other important tasks including blood pressure regulation and hormone secretion.

The signs and symptoms associated with the diverse responsibilities of the kidneys have become more concerned in recent years because of the spike in new end stage renal disease cases secondary to diabetes and high blood pressure. As demand for renal care continues, it is very important for medical personnel to educate the public on the health consequences of renal disease and the steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk of damaging the kidneys. An understanding of what the kidneys do along with the steps that can be taken to reverse the prevalence of renal failure is the first step in reversing the trend towards widespread chronic kidney disease.

Filtration of the bloodstream is easily the most important job that the kidneys perform. They accomplish this monumental task using a series of blood vessels, collecting tubes, and membranes that are permeable to small particles such as water and waste. As blood travels through the kidneys it passes by membranes that allow water and waste to pass through and accumulate it the collecting tubes while preventing important particles such as blood and proteins from leaving the blood vessels. The filtrate that is collected is then transported along a series of concentration gradients and transport channels that give the body the opportunity to absorb any elements that it can still use. The remaining filtrate is sent to the bladder where it is stored as urine until it can be excreted.

When the kidneys become damaged, they often lose the ability to remove potential harmful particles from the body. This allows water and waste to accumulate in the body and causes uncomfortable symptoms that often require dialysis treatment. An abnormally high level of water and waste in the body is referred to as uremia and is often associated with swelling of the face, hands, and feet; dry and itchy skin; unusual changes in urine production; an ammonia smell to the breath; a persistent metallic taste in the mouth; muscle cramps; fatigue; diarrhea; constipation; and many other problems. Those who are at risk of developing renal failure are encouraged to seek professional medical advice if they begin to experience any of these symptoms.

The secretion of erythropoietin (EPO) is another important role that the kidney has. EPO is a hormone that functions to communicate the need for additional red blood cells to the marrow found at the center of the bones. The kidneys usually know when to secret erythropoietin based on the level of oxygen in the blood. If the childrens have been damaged, they may not be capable of determining the appropriate level of EPO secret and often fail to inform the bone marrow about the need for more red blood cells. These results in a deficiency in oxygen carrying capacity and blood volume that is commonly referred to as anemia. In many cases, the left ventricle of the heart will enlarge in an attempt to compensate for oxygen deprivation in cells through the body. This condition is known as left ventricular hypertrophy and it causes heart failure in many renal failure patients.

Another important hormone secreted by the kidneys is called calcitriol. This hormone helps facilitate the absorption of calcium from digested food as it travels along the gastrointestinal tract. Another name for this hormone is active Vitamin D. A deficiency in calcitriol causes the parathyroid glands to secret abnormal levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) that functions to pull calcium from the bones and place it in the blood. Although this process restores proper levels of calcium in the bloodstream it also weakens the bones and causes many problems including calcium deposition in the blood vessels and heart. This can cause signs and symptoms such as muscle cramps, a predisposition to bone fractures, visual changes, and mental changes.

The diverse array of responsibilities that the kidneys have demonstrated the need for a lifestyle that supports renal health. The growing prevalence of chronic diseases in the United States demands that more effective public awareness campaigns be implemented. Those who work in the industry as technicians and nurseries are often able to have the greatest impact on people because they spend the most time with patients and are acutely aware of the damage that is caused by kidney disease. The basic concepts outlined above are important for the provision of high quality care and the delivery of effective public awareness campaigns.

Toy Ideas for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Special Needs

One of the more common problems with mainstream toys is that they are meant to be used with two hands- often times children with cerebral palsy will have limited use of one side of the body or the use of only one hand.

Toys should be fun and children should have a feeling of accomplishment or success when playing- not frustrated or reminded of what they cannot do.

Many of the commercial toys on the market can be adapted or used by children with cerebral palsy.

There are many toys that you can buy at any toy store or department store that are affordable and fun to use. Look for toys that can be used with one hand.

Musical instruments are great for this- a trumpet, harmonica, xylophone or maracas. These also develop a sense of cause and effect with young children and help controlled movement with older children.

Magnetic type toys are all the rage and a big hit with kids of all ages- there are tons of magnetic toys available in many forms- magnetic jig saw puzzles, magnetic construction toys and magnetic marbles.

A simple ball is a lot of fun and great for developing coordination- get a neat ball that glows in the dark, flashes lights or play music when you roll it.

Toys or play that involve the senses will help with sensory integration development.

Sand and water are great for this. You can also fill a empty dish pan with uncooked rice- a great makeshift sand box for a rainy day.

A tip to avoid sand box mess: put the sandbox on cement blocks- will be at waist level and kids won’t get sand in all their clothes.

Toys that help with coordination and controlled movement are also a good choice.

Bowls filled with beads, beans or jelly beans are good for sorting, counting and grouping. Excellent for controlled movement.

Building blocks- simple wooden blocks, large dominoes for stacking also help with controlled movement. Also try empty milk cartons for stacking.

Play-doh is always a favorite- make your own play-doh and use Kool-Aid to not only color it but give it a fruity scent. Your child will be developing sensory awareness and visual motor integration skills as he plays.

Keep a box around filled with wheeled toys. Toy trucks and cars of all sizes. These deal with non-verbal expression, problem solving and self-control.

Keep toys in site so your child can see what available- avoid opaque containers and lids. Baskets are great for this.

You can find many toys in local stores and make your own from even around your house without having to spend a lot of money on adaptive or special needs toys. Mainstream toys help with developmental skills such as cognitive awareness, controlled movement and coordination- and don’t forget they are fun!

Lucid Dreaming and Sleep Paralysis

Lucid dreams of course are dreams that seem very, very more realistic than ordinary dreams, and in which one is consciously aware that they are dreaming. The more experienced one becomes at lucid dreaming, the better they can control it. Experienced lucid dreamers can make their dreams extremely realistic. Once you are able to control your dreams, you can of course ask to be taken back to a past life (if you believe in them) or event, current event, or future event. You can use lucid dreaming to help overcome your fears. Allow yourself to face your fears in a lucid dream. It's all your choice. The limit goes beyond the sky, it even goes beyond dreams. Some people are natural lucid dreamers, and some have to learn how through practice. As a natural lucid dreamer myself, I can not guarantee that my technique will help everyone learn, but I can give you an idea about how it can be done.

Firstly, every night before you go to bed close your eyes and say out loud "I WILL REMEMBER MY DREAMS. SOON I WILL BE ABLE TO CONTROL THEM". Then when you wake up the next morning the very first thing you should do is write down in your diary every single thing you remember about your dreams .. If you can not remember anything, do not be discouraged, you will ever. Just remember a little bit at a time and after awhile you will start remembering more and more. You do not have to keep a dream diary forever, just until you start getting the hang of having lucid dreams. The more you can remember and analyze about your dreams, the better you can control them in the future.

One trick to do; and this is how I've had lucid dreams all my life, is wait until your day off when you can sleep in and do not have to do anything. Get a sleeping pattern down for 4 or 5 days and wake up the same time every morning. Then one morning, go to bed a couple hours later than usual, but set your alarm to wake you up at the same time as the prior mornings. It can just be for a few minutes and you can get a drink or watch tv or check email or something. Do this for about 15-20 minutes and then go back to bed and lie down on your back. MAKE SURE YOU STAY ON YOUR BACK! Start pretending that you're doing whatever it is you wish to lucid dream about, imagine you're with the people you want to be with. Try to make whatever you're imagining as clear as possible. Hear, feel, and even visualize that you're smelling something .. MAKE SURE YOU STAY ON YOUR BACK THE WHOLE TIME! Whenever you drift off to sleep hopefully you'll start dreaming about the things you were imagining about. When you're getting close to a lucid dream you'll start vibrating or pulsating a bit and you'll start hearing a buzzing noise.

Do not panic if you find that you're half asleep / half wake and can not move. It's a condition called sleep paralysis. If you panic it'll only make things worse and you'll start having a nightmare and you'll hallucinate that there's something (or someone) bad in the room with you. I do not know why this happens, but it can be scary if you do not stay calm. This is the down side to having strange dreaming experiences. I unfortunately first experienced this when I was only 6 or 7 years old. I "woke up" one night in my room and there was a man at the end of my bed pointing a gun at me. It was as clear and real as could be. Imagine a little girl "waking up" and seeing that. I wanted to run to my daddy but I could not move, thanks to the paralysis. Finally he "disappeared" and I woke up. My daddy of course told me it was just a dream and tried to make me feel better, but I spent years after wondering if it was a ghost I saw that night. It was not until I got a computer later in life and learned that it was a condition called "sleep paralysis".

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I experienced it several other times, but as I got older I learned how to either wake myself up from it, or turn it into a more pleasant lucid dream. I have always been fascinated by the Jack the Ripper murders, and I absolutely can not read anything about the subject when it's close to bed time. I have had a few sleep paralysis experiences where I found myself his victim, and he was on top of me killing me. I would keep going back and forth between laying on my back on the streets of London to my bed. Of course it still was not as frightening as the "ghost man" I experienced as a child. I did not start having the JTR experiences until later in life, when I had an idea that it was not real. Of course it does make me wonder if I had a past life as a prostitute in London, but I try not to think about it.

But anyway, do not be discouraged if anything like this ever happens to you. Try to remember that it's not real and concentrate on your breathing. Try to stay calm and close your eyes and think about happy things, there's a good chance that this paralysis incident will turn into a lucid dream. Remember to try staying on your back the whole time, and that the chance of having a lucid dream will increase on days you sleep in longer than usual.

Remember you can use lucid dreams for any purpose (s) you choose. Some people like to have fun with it. When you lucid dream, you are almost like a god and you have control over the dream world. Obviously the most common thing for lucid dreamers to do is to experience their sexual fantasies. Some people like to fly, some people like to pretend that they're a star on stage preforming in front of a large crowd. Sometimes it may not be until a middle of an ordinary dream when it becomes lucid. If it already a pleasant dream, you do not have to change it if you do not want to. You could keep on continuing with the same dream as an observer. Of course you can change things you do not like about it. It's all totally all up to you. Have fun!

Five Teas That May Help Give Your Brain And Memory A Boost

The modern world is an exciting place to be in and for many individuals, an optimally-functioning brain and a reliable memory are needed to fully harness one's abilities to be the best that one can be. Unfortunately, many adults suffer from memory lapses, deficiency in concentration, and accessibility to focus.

The brain is a highly complex organ that needs to be nourished and cared for so that it can function properly. However, the accumulation of toxins in the body from pollutants, drugs, and other sources restrain the proper circulation of blood and inhibit its flow to the brain.

Consequently, the brain receives progressively less of the vital nutrients and antioxidants needs to function properly. When the brain does not function and perform properly, memory loss and a whole host of problems result.

For centuries, some herbs and infusions have been generally recognized as possessing properties that may help support brain and memory functions. Here are 5 of them.

Ginkgo Biloba Tea

Ginkgo Biloba is an herb derived from the ginkgo tree that grows in the Zhejiang region of Eastern China. This tree has a history that dates back to over 200 million years and is in fact considered one of the oldest in the world. Ginkgo biloba tea is made by placing either cut or whole leaves of the ginkgo plant in a cup of newly-boiled water and allowed to steep for about 5 to 7 minutes.

The phytochemicals found in ginkgo biloba are said to help facilitate better flow of blood to the brain, so allowing for the improved use of oxygen, and better cell protection from free radicals.

In addition, some scientists have said that ginkgo biloba has been shown to increase the ability of the brain to use glucose and to improve short-term memory by increasing the speed of nerve impulses.

Persons taking MAOI for depression and those taking blood thinners should avoid drinking ginkgo biloba tea.

Gotu Kola Tea

Gotu Kola, also known as Indian Pennywort, is commonly used as a green leafy food item in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Thailand.

The gotu kola herb has a long history of supporting brain functions. It is believed to help improve neural activity, blood circulation, and membrane protection. It is also thought to help restore serotonin receptors. Gotu kola has also been used in early states of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Gotu Kola mainly consist of triterpenoid saponins and sapogenins.

Gotu kola is a mild adaptogen, is mildly antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic, anxiolytic, a cerebral tonic, a circulatory stimulant, a diuretic, nervine and vulnerary.

To prepare gotu kola tea, boil about 200 mg (about te teaspoon) of dried gotu kola herbs in about one cup of water for a few minutes. Then strain out the solid particles.

Brahmi Tea

Brahmi is a perennial creeping herb with small white flowers. Also known by its official name of bacopa monnieri and by its nickname of water hyssop, it is an aquatic plant that grows on marshlands and muddy shores. It is commonly found in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China and Vietnam.

Brahmi has been used for nearly 3,000 years as a tonic for improving memory and enhancing learning. Phytochemicals such as hersaponin, brahmine, herpestine and bacosides found in the brahmi herb apparently help contribute to improving people's ability to absorb and retain new information.

Other constituents of the brahmi herb like its sulfhydryl and polyphenol components have likewise been found to combat oxidative stress damage by scavenging and collecting reactive oxygen species, thus inhibiting certain chemical activities that contribute to reduced mental functions. This mechanism in turn has been used to explain the appropriate beneficial properties of this herb on sufferers of Alzheimer's Disease, amnesia and other degenerative ailments of the mind and the nerves.

Brahmi has also been used as a nerve tonic for anxiety or epilepsy, and a cardiac and respiratory aid for a long time.

Brahmi tea can be made by immersing te teaspoon of dried brahmi herbs into one cup of boiling water. Let soak and steep for about 5 minutes then drink.

Rosemary Tea

Rosemary is an evergreen shrub that grows in many locales. Officially known as rosmarinus officinalis, this is an aromatic and tangy herb that has long been used as flavoring for all kinds of foods and dishes. It has a pungent, woody and camphor-like scent. Medicinally, rosemary has been used to achieve a balancing, invigorating, antiseptic, revitalizing, warming and regenerating effect.

Rosemary has been observed to help stimulate the central nervous system, thus helping to strengthen mental clarity, concentration, awareness, and memory. A group of scientists has isolated a chemical found in rosemary herb called carnosic acid that may help fight off free radical damage in the brain. The researchers have said that the carnosic acid seems to activate a signaling pathway that may help isolate brain cells from damage from free radicals. Occasionally, they say that drugs and medications to help with neurological diseases may be developed using carnosic acid as the active ingredient.

Rosemary tea is typically made by placing some dried rosemary leaves in a cup of newly-boiled water and left to steep for about 5 minutes.

Sage Tea

Sage is a perennial shrub that can typically found in its natural growing areas of Europe and the Mediterranean. The plant consistors of square and finely hairy sterns that are woody at the base and has oblong leaves. It also has oval floral leaves that are blue, purple or white in color. This herb has a strong aroma and imparts a warming energy to those who make use of it. Sage is widely-used as a spice, an additive to savory dishes.

Sage has been found to help improve brain and other neurological functions. In-vitro research conducted on sage has revealed its ability to help prolong the activity of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine participates in transmitting signal in an area of ​​the brain called the basal forebrain. It appears that this area of ​​the central nervous system declines and degrades as people age, and this leads to memory loss and cognitive disadvantage. Active ingredients in the sage herb may thus help extend the life of the aphasoid neurotransmitter and consequentially may help impede the progress of mental degeneration.

A small serving of sage tea can be made by infusing about 20 grams of sage leaves in about 50 ml of newly-boiled water. Let it stand for about 4 to 5 minutes.

The brain is the repository of all knowledge, information and wisdom gleaned through one's life. For its part, the memory is the mechanism upon which these are drawn out and applied in day-to-day activities. As such, it is important that these tools remain in their optimal functioning state for as long as possible. The five herbal teas and infusions mentioned above are some of the implementations that nature has provided to potentially help individuals achieve that goal.

Find Out What The Herb Lobelia Can Do For You

Lobelia is more commonly known as the Indian Tobacco, Emetic Herb, Pike Weed, Gagroot, Vomitroot, etc. The parts we consume or apply through tincture and infusions are the leaves, tops and seeds. It is found throughout the United States.

Useful for

Lobelia has been known to control symptoms such as asthma, bronchitis, infantile convulsions, epilepsy, hemorrhagic diphtheria, acute heart attacks, heatstroke, hysteria, migraine, ovarian spasms, intestine spasms, spinal meningitis, tetanus, tonsillitis, whooping cough.

Internal Use

The action of Lobelia is upon the central nervous system. It is generally classed as a gastro-intestinal irritant because inadequately large doses it produces irritation. The action of small doses is upon the cardiac area, slowing heart action and is followed generally by a more or less accelerated pulse. The action of small, frequent doses is to stimulate; of large doses to first relax and is followed by stimulation to organic action. Small doses stimulate digestion, the secretions and poor circulation.

Loss of Appetite

In loss of appetite and slow digestion this agent is of great value. It is best given in small doses and may be combined with other indicated agents. It is decidedly valuable in the atonic types of indigestion and dyspepsia associated with sick headache due to gastric disturbances; in such cases it is best given in small, frequent doses.

Respiratory Disorders

In chronic respiratory disorders it increases or decrees the secretions according to the dosage. In dry, barking or hacking coughs where mucous rales are heard and there is difficulty in raising the sputum, Lobelia is most valuable, and is equally serviceable in chronic coughs if combined with other indicated agents. It is of great service in the coughs of measles where sluggish circulation is present and eruptions are slow to appear or fail to fully develop.

Measles & Influenza

In measles, Lobelia causes determination of the blood to the skin and promotes tardy eruptions and helps to reestablish when dangerous retrocession occurs for some reason. Lobelia is an invaluable agent in all stages of influence; is a vital stimulant; regulates imperfect circulation and controls cough and expectoration.

External Use

Lobelia is a valuable ingredient in all forms of poultices where relaxation is desired. Infusions or alcoholic extracts may be used or powdered Lobelia substituted. It well combines with flax-seed or slippery elm in the relief of insect bites, bruises and sprains and of various pains.

Powdered Lobelia is well combined with lard and applied warm in acute thoracic diseases or any form of soreness of the chest. Lobelia in any form may be effectively combined with other agents and used in the pains and inflammation present in pneumonia, broncho-pneumonia, bronchitis, tonsillitis, arthritis, inflammatory rheumatism and for all localized pains in the joints' and muscular structures.

Conclusion

Lobelia is one of Nature's few dual agents in the relief of human ailments. It is both a relaxant and a stimulant; depending altogether on how it is prescribed. So many claims have been made for this agent, and so many more could be honestly made for it where its virtues fully understood, that it has been most unfortunately called a quack remedy.

Unfortunately and most unjustly, Lobelia has been, and continues to be, labeled a poison. If this is to indicate that an unlimited amount may not be prescribed without harmful reactions then such labeling is justified, otherwise not. To find more useful articles on herbs , please visit Herbal-Nutrition-Supplements-Guide.com .

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Natural Cures for Diabetes Insipidus

A Guide to Diabetes Insipidus

Diabetes insipidus is referred as a condition where the kidneys fail to conserve water. It is a rare disorder that leads to frequent urination. For making up the lost water, a diabetic may feel the requirement of drinking large amounts of water and as a result urinate frequently, at night too. This may disrupt sleep and occasionally cause bed-wetting.

A child with this disorder is likely to be listless or irritable and may also have diarrhea, vomiting or fever. A mild form of diabetes insipidus is treated by drinking adequate water but in case of severe cases, if left untreated can endanger one’s health. This however is a rare condition. There are various natural remedies that can help you cure this problem. These days’ people are more in favor of using natural remedies to treat any kind of disease and diabetes insipidus is no different

The Top 7 Natural Cures for Diabetes Insipidus

1. A combination of turmeric powder, gooseberry powder and honey works wonders in treating diabetes insipidus. Juice made from gooseberries and turmeric can be consumed empty stomach. Alternatively, one can also consume grape juice daily. It is one of the most effective natural cures.

2. Mango leaves are one of the best natural cures for diabetes insipidus. For best results, those suffering from diabetes must boil few mango leaves and drink this water every morning on an empty stomach.

3. Rose Geranium: Rose Geranium helps to lower the level of blood sugar, lowers blood pressure as well as helps blood coagulation. This is one of the most beneficial herbs for diabetes. It works wonders for patients suffering from diabetes mellitus as often the sufferers have wounds that are opening on their feet along with skin ruptures.

4. Milk thistle is a very effective form especially amongst the diabetes herbal remedies. As per a research, it has been discovered that milk thistle contains antioxidant properties that contribute to the health of diabetics. It is one of the most recommended natural cures for diabetes insipidus.

5. Soak few black raisins in a bowl of water overnight. Strain this next morning and drink the clear liquid that is obtained. Taken on a regular basis, it helps to control blood sugar. It is one of the best natural cures for diabetes.

6. Chewing few leaves of Butea tree regularly helps to keep blood sugar in check.

7. Consuming jamuns, oranges and tomatoes diligently on a regular basis helps in bringing down the level of blood sugar.

Obesity and Diabetes Risk

Obesity remains a major burden for society, affecting both the young and old. It has been estimated that one in 5 adults are overweight and one in 15 adults are obese in the UK The sharp rise in overweight and obesity means that more and more people are also developing chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure heart disease and stroke and certain cancers. Diabetes is one of the four major chronic conditions.

Diabetes occurs when the special cells that secret insulin, called the beta cells, do not respond adequately to insulin. This is due to the fact that:

  • The body is unable to use the insulin that it makes because of a cell-receptor defect and therefore glucose can not be absorbed by the cells
  • The cells do not secret enough insulin
  • There is excess production of glucose from the liver

There are certain lifestyle changes that influence the sunset of diabetes:

  • Oveating
  • Overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Aging
  • Illness
  • And certain medicines

Diabetes can be difficult to manage and its complications are serious if not managed properly. It is not always diagnosed on time and more often when complications have already set in.

Complications of Diabetes

  • Kidney failure
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Blindness
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease

How can Diabetes be avoided?

  • Weight loss
  • Exercise
  • Eating healthy

Even a modest weight loss of 5-10kg of your body weight will have a positive effect on a persons' overall health. When weight is reduced by five to ten kilograms, it helps to improve back and joint pain, breathlessness and sleeping pattern. Weight loss will also help the persons' blood pressure to improve and other risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. Diabetics who are successful at losing weight will find that they might not need to go on medication in the long term.

Allergy Skin Rash and Foods – Children Rash Symptoms

The recent study by the Center for Disease Control highlights that there is an eighteen percent increase in food allergies for kids. Symptoms can be stomach upsets, allergy skin rash, breathing problems and headaches.

Some say that people are more conscious of what a food allergy is today and in the past it may have been that people thought their kids had colds or respiratory issues instead of allergic reactions. Nonetheless, three million kids in the US are said to have food allergies. In other studies, the largest offenders are dairy, peanut-based products and eggs. Peanut allergies can also cause severe reaction called anaphylaxis. When this happens the person will have their airways swell, reduced blood pressure and a severe reaction.

Children rash symptoms to foods can take the form of eczema, hives and redness around the mouth area. Kids can be very self-conscious about having a skin rash so help them to feel comfortable by using anti = itch creams and ointments to help the inflammation. Skin prick tests as well as patch tests by an allergist can help narrow down the allergic reactions.An allergist may also have you blood work to check out the IGM and IGE which are immunoglobulin antibodies.

In addition to the above foods, be aware of food dyes and if they are possible causes for your child's skin rash. Find out what he or she may be eating at school as kids pass candies around and often peanuts are hidden in protein bars and other common snack foods. If your child has an allergy skin rash to foods, urge him to not scratch it and use anti-itch creams as impetigo or other infections are common complications of children rash problems which make the healing as well as diagnose more difficult.

Remedies For Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungi are a pain in the foot, to say the least. In their wake, they leave your feet looking flaky and unattractive. To make matters worse, toenail fungus is terribly infectious, so if one nail gets infected, the infection easily spreads to other nails. That is why it is important to start remedies for toe nail fungus as early as possible.Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any one pill or ointment that beats the problem. Several treatments are available and the method of treatment depends on the degree of the infection. Severe conditions are treated with oral prescription medications. Different people respond to different kinds of medication, making it difficult to identify the most effective medicine, at the outside. However, oral medications tend to be expensive. Besides, they may cause harsh side effects in people who have certain medical conditions like heart or liver problem. In any case, in a vast majority of people, these strong medications simply do not work.

Some topical applications help improve the condition, but they may cause irritation and burning. Very advanced infection may culminate in the surgical removal of the concerned toenail. A number of home remedies have been used for the successful cure of the toenail fungus. These remedies are based on altering the living environment of the fungus and generally involve changing the pH of the nail and surrounding skin by immersing it in an acidic or alkaline solution. One such remedy is dipping the concerned nail in vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or alcohol. In some people, rubbing the nail and its surrounding area with tea tree oil produces desired results.

Before you use home remedies, you have to prepare your nail so that the remedy can reach the fungus. Clip the infected nail and file it to its barest minimum. Keep your nails dry throughout the day and allow your feet to breathe. Whether you use oral medications, a topical application, a home cure or a mixture of all these, remember that toe nail fungus is very chronic, meaning that it is difficult to get rid of it easily. The reason for this is because the fungus that causes the condition lives in warm and damp areas that are difficult to reach. For any remedy to start taking effect, it is necessary that you continue using the remedy every single day over a long period of time. Only persistent efforts can help you get rid of the unsightly toe nail fungus.