Asthma: Symptoms, Treatment and Management of Asthma

Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

Although asthma is a chronic obstructive condition, it is not considered as a part of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as this term refers specifically to combinations of bronchiectasis, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Unlike these diseases, the airway obstruction in asthma is usually reversible; however, if left untreated, asthma can result in chronic inflammation of the lungs and irreversible obstruction. In contrast to emphysema, asthma affects the bronchi, not the alveoli. Public attention in the developed world has increased recently because of its rapidly increasing prevalence, affecting up to one quarter of urban children.

There are more than 40 million people suffering form asthma in India, 300 million the world over, and one cause of death in 250 million people. And there is no age limit to the people who suffer form people, a kid as well as elderly person anyone can be infected by Asthma. Let us try and understand this disease a little better.

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Signs & Symptoms of Asthma

  • Breathlessness
  • Sweat all over body
  • Breath taking becomes difficult
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Chest pain

Causes of Asthma

  • Allergy
  • Hereditary or family history
  • Dust in congested places
  • Likely to occur in seasonal changes

Precautions to be taken for Asthma

  • Keep you surrounding clean
  • Take care while going to cold places during summer season or vice versa
  • Keep your clothing and bed clean.
  • Carry an inhaler always with you, no need to be shy

Managment of Asthma

  • Be educated about the disease, help asthma patient create a self management plan to avoid frequent visit to the physician
  • Inhalers are important to carry, there are few people who are embarrassed to carry inhalers at public places, get one thing inhalers can save you breath during attack

(the author writes for Health Veda)

By-Pass Marketing and Book Selling

According to a teleseminar, with featured speaker Jack Canfield, "Only one out of seven people in the United States go into book stores to buy a book."

To add to this statistical, an April 17, 2010 release from The Association of American Publishers states:

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has today released its annual estimate of total book sales in the United States [for 2009]. The report, which uses data from the Bureau of the Census as well as sales data from eighty-six publishers inclusive of all major book publishing media market holders, estimates that US publishers had net sales of $ 23.9 billion in 2009, down from $ 24.3 billion in 2008, representing a 1.8% decrease. In the last seven years the industry had a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.1%.

Although net sales were down 1.8%, American book publishers still had net sales of $ 23.9 billion. So, where are all these books being sold if not in book stores?

From the above mentioned teleseminar, I learned of the term "by-pass marketing." What exactly does it mean? And, since only one in seven people buy books through bookstores, exactly where are the rest of the books being sold?

By-pass marketing is selling in places you would not expect to see books for sale. Canfield mentioned events I never even thought of. Putting on my thinking cap, I thought of a couple more.

Some By-pass Venues for Selling Books:

Bakeries
Nail salons
Gas stations
Beauty salons
Spas
Cleaners
Tailors
Doctor offices
Chiropractic and Acupuncture offices
Radiology offices
Local restaurants

You get the idea; Sell ​​anywhere you can. Think of establishments in your area where you have to wait for services or that get a lot of traffic. Obviously, it will help if your book is something related to the establishment, but even if it's not, give it a try. Talk to management or the owner and offer a percentage of sales or a set amount per book. This is a win-win situation for you and the establishment. They have absolutely no investment of money, time, or effort, therefore no risk. Yet, they have the opportunity to make money. This should be a no-brainer on their part. All you need to do is ask.

Remember: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Stand Out With These Bold Nail Polish Colors

Bring bight summer colors wherever you go this fall with these bold nail polish ideas!

The way in which you color your nails allows you to express your feelings and inner self. Fortunately, there are many options to choose from so that you can always do just that! Bold colors are becoming popular as many celebrities set the trend for nail polishes with bright and vibrant tones.

1. Whatever Lola Wants from Deborah Lippmann

This glittering lilac is soft, sweet and playful with a high dose of energy. It is the favorite color of Kelly Ripa’s daughter and bears a beautiful spring touch. Let a little girlish color glitter on your nails, and just see if you can stop yourself from smiling at the sight of it!

2. Pool Party from Créme

This azure blue will bring a little fun to any party. Bright and bold, wear this color to give your nails a unique style. Your azure nails will remind you of beautiful stress-free summer days spent beside the pool. Crème offers bright and beautiful colors which can be easily applied so you can dress to impress at any party.

3. Bitter Buddhist by Smith & Cult

This opaque celadon green blends in with the atmosphere of fall, but is nevertheless vibrant and daring. The color will no doubt turn heads and make your hands the envy of passers-by. This is a nail polish to bring out your femme fatale side. Use it wisely!

4. Heroine by Jin Soon

Deep cherry red like a good bottle of French Claret wine, this color is delicate, feminine and intense. The nail polish uses natural ingredients that will protect your nails from chipping, and the formula helps the color look fresh for a long period of time. This nail polish is perfect for any event and high-class party. Apply the color, wear your best dress, and let your hands shine between the crystal champagne glasses. Perfect!

5. Le Vernis

The Vernis color pallet features classic colors and bold new ones that are perfect for any occasion. The color is bright and vivid thanks to an improved formula that uses bioceramics and ceramides. These natural ingredients keep your nails healthy and help the color last longer.

6. The New Orleans Nail Lacquer by O.P.I.

Inspired by the vivid New Orleans scene, this raspberry crème speaks to an adventurous French spirit and it is ready to energize your nails and your life. The color is vibrant and long lasting. Two coats of paint are enough to transform your nails from blah to wow!

7. La Laque Couture by YvesSaintLaurent

The new YSL nail lacquer combines the glamorous with the practical. The new and improved formula beautifies and strengthens nails, and the color pallet is vibrant, bold and daring. The Vert Dorient we have chosen is perfect for fall fashion, without being too conformist. These colors may seem tame, but take them out and watch them shine!

8. Fusion by Little Ondine

For nights when you want to let your hair down a little, put on your favorite red dress and apply this bright, vivid nail polish color. Passionate and wild, the new Fusion by Little Ondine will help you bring your best to the dance floor. The elegant polish is also suitable for any office meeting where you want to dress to impress. It is a bold color to brighten even the gloomiest of weather!

9. Pink Knickers by Butter

Bring out your playful side with this pink nail polish that will brighten your day. A formula which offers a 10-day wear, this lacquer is both strong and gentle on your nails. Add a touch of pink to your fall style and you will no doubt feel your energy soar. The color is bright, lasting, and above all, a bold choice for this fall and winter.

10. Plum Gorgeous by Little Ondine

A perfect color for fall, Plum Gorgeous by Little Ondinde combines the nuances of our favorite autumn fruit with the glitter of the stars. Glamorous and elegant, this nail polish color adds something magical to your style. It is a color for nights that you will never forget!

Your fall and winter style does not have to be monotonous like the weather. You can be dynamic, glamorous and elegant by wearing any one of these colors. These nail polishes combine the practical and the elegant and will help you look your best at home, work or on the dance floor. You can combine them with any outfit – from casual to elegant – and these colors will still shine. This fall, we are fighting back: spread some summer warmth and meet the gloom with a bright smile!

First Aid – Safely Transporting an Injured Dog

If a dog has been injured and needs to be moved to assure its and your safety you will need to follow a few pointers to safely remove it from danger. You will need to first assess the injured dog’s injuries to determine how to keep from causing further damage.

A lot of severe injuries occur by dogs getting hit by vehicles. You will need to try to take the dog away from traffic or if it is walking or running, you might need to try to slow or stop traffic to keep the dog from becoming reinjured by a vehicle. Also, keep in mind an injured animal may bite so take precautions to prevent injury to yourself or others. A towel loosely wrapped around the muzzle, or even a shoestring will help keep the mouth closed.

Spinal and Head Trauma

A dog with a possible spinal injury or head trauma will exhibit the following signs: unconsciousness, different sized pupils, shock, blood in the ear, nose, mouth, or anus, and/or paralysis. If you suspect these types of injuries you will need to find an object with a solid, flat surface (such as plywood, a sled, or a stiff piece of cardboard) that is large enough that the entire animal can comfortably fit.

Gently ease the dog onto the top surface, making sure he is lying on his side. Try not to twist the dog’s body or neck as you move him. If you are unable to find a solid surface you can use a towel or blanket. Gently ease the dog onto the material. In both cases, try to secure help to transport the animal onto the surface and into your vehicle.

Pelvic and Leg Injuries

An injured dog with a pelvic fracture or leg injury may show the following signs: limping, swelling, or extreme pain. To safety transport the animal to the veterinarian’s office you will want to prevent further limb injury.

If the dog can stand, but doesn’t bear weight on the limb you can try to create a simple splint to prevent further swelling or dislocation of any broken bones in the leg. If the dog allows, you can gently wrap the leg in a large, folded towel to prevent bumping of the leg as the dog walks to your car. A towel can be placed under the stomach, and then you can hold the two ends above the back to make a sling to assist the dog in walking.

A dog with a fractured pelvis or one which is unable to stand should be transported as with a spinal or head trauma. Be extremely careful when trying to ease your dog onto your transport device as he may be extremely painful and try to bite or escape due to pain.

Safety on the Ride to the Veterinarian

Your dog will need to be restrained in your vehicle once you are able to get him inside. Large dogs should have someone sit near them, to protect them from any sudden turns and to keep them still. Small dogs should be placed in a kennel which is securely fastened in your vehicle. Keeping the animal still at all times is paramount to prevent any further injury, and to keep both you and the dog safe.

Pain and Performance

Melzack defined the Neuromatrix of pain as "pain is a multidimensional experience produced by characteristic 'neurosignature' patterns of nerve impulses generated by a widely distributed neural network-the 'body-self neuromatrix'-in the brain." 3

Anyone still there? Wow, that does sound like something right out of the movie the matrix with big fancy words like "multidimensional" "neurosignature" "neural network" are we still talking about physiology today or in 2050? The above quote was actually from 2001, so coming up on seven years ago now, but you would be hard pressed to find a ton of acceptance to the theory (despite momentum for it gaining steam).

But how does this relate to me? I just want to perform at a higher level?

A brief tangent about pain –

The old school view of pain was that when you stuff that hot cream cheese puff from the Chin Young buffet in your cake hole, the signal travels from your tongue into the pain center in your brain. The hunt was on as scientist spent years trying to find this elusive, Bigfoot like creature in the brain. Let's try the cortex, maybe that is it? Nope. Thalamus? Not it again (10). On the search went, but to no avail (9). The thought was that once we find the pain center, we can cut it out, ablate it, drug it and bammmm-o, no more pain. While this fantasy sounds awesome, it is just that — a fantasy as physiology is not quite that simple. We now know that there is no pain center. Drat, so much for the trying the easy stuff first. We know that pain does live in the brain, but it is multidimensial (there is that word again); Most likely stored away in the nooks and crinkles just like a squirrel hiding nuts for the winter in your lawn.

Pain is produced when the brain perceives that danger to body tissues exists and that action is required as a survival response. Back to our friend at the buffet with the hot cheese puff in his mouth. What happens next? He either tries to dump the said cheese puff on to the plate in a very non conspicuous way (can you give me a "good luck buddy" shout), or add some cold water sometimes. Either way, it is highly unlikely he will sit there as it smolders into his tongue and pollutes the room with the smell of burning flesh. Pain is an action signal-do something!

The brain and the nervous system control ALL muscle movements. When pain occurs it inhibits the nervous system as a protective mechanism. Remember that the body only cares about survival and does not give a hairy rat's butt about performance. If I injure my elbow, my nervous system will start shut down the muscles around that joint as a protective mechanism to try to prevent further damage (ala arthrokinetic reflex).

The Neurosignature
Pain is a specific interpretation of the brain, or as Melzack calls it a "neurosignature" (no that is not how Neo from the matrix signs his name, that would be the neosignature). This neurosignature is dependent on many imputs (multidimensional). The main inputs into the brain are proprioceptive, visual, and vestibular. Remember that proprioception is the body's 3D map of itself and allows you (ok your friend) to touch their nose with their eyes closed when they get folded over by the Smokey along the road. Everyone is familiar with vision, as we are very visual creatures (some wouldgue males more so than females, but I will not go there). Vestibular returns to the function of the inner ear and balance. With every step we take (yes even with every breath you take for all you Police fans), the brain is receiving inputs from each of these systems and combinations them to form a neurosignature. I hear some academies in the back shouting "where is the data" so here you go.

Phantom Limb Pain
Many times those who have lost a limb, will complain of pain coming from their lost limb! At first blush, the thought "they must be insane" runs through my head, but several studies have shown this to be true in very sane people; And the pain is real (5). How can this happen? So the very same inputs that provide the brain with signals interpreted as pain, can run amok in the brain and actually produce pain! (4) So it is not just a one way system, as the brain it looks can produce pain that feels like It was coming from the lost limb-kind of like working for a double agent. Imagine you are a super top secret agent (inputs from the body) hired by Emilio the Shark (the brain) to get info on those sneaky Russians (lost limb). Yeah those Russians are sneaky, so watch out Pavel, but you then learn that Emilio the Shark has sold you out and is just creating information for the Russians! Dang it. So the brain appears to create pain from the lost limb.

The pain can many times be induced by a conflict between visual feedback and proprioceptive representations of the amputated limb (8). If this is true, it should be fixed by reversing this and presenting a "working limit" to the brain, right? By using a mirror box, you can create an image (from the good limit) to appear where the lost limit would normally be in space. This can "trick" the brain into believing there is a limb there, and many times the pain will diminish (1).

Placebo Effect
Everyone has heard of the place effect by now. While there are many different flavors of it, it is believed that the brain (and sometimes the spinal cord) play a key role! Obviously I know. Pain depends on both biological and psychological factors (2). Matre et al. (2) did an experiment where they heated up a small patch of skin on volunteers (always read the fine print) and the only difference was that one group was told that this special magnet (which was not even a magnet, just a lump of Iron to look like a magnet) would reduce the pain. Sure as heck, it did just as preceded with the placebo group reporting less pain! Other studies have shown similar results (6), and it is common place to include a placebo group in almost any experiment.

Seriously man, how does ANY of this help me?

Ok, so we know that changing the inputs to the brain via proprioception, visual, and even vestibular inputs can alter the perception of pain. Even the context of the event (placebo effect) can even alter it (7). So how goes this help you increase performance?

Pain and Performance
Pain becomes a huge priority in the body and if you are not sure, then ask anyone in pain! Remember that we are a survival based organism and while pain works great to keep us alive at certain times, if you are dealing with pain you will not have peak performance. Still do not believe me? Go out and run your fastest 100 meters. Now have Emilio the Shark kick you square in the nut sack and try it again. I can guarantee your second performance will not be as stellar.

Just as in the mirror box example, we can alter the brain's perception of pain through proprioceptive, visual, and vestibular input! Injury is a big event and it carries a pretty hefty neurosignature. I worked with a client that had sprained his left ankle very badly at a fun house and we used these principals. I first had him do a specific Z Health joint mobilityit (proprioceptive input), with his eyes up and to the right (visual input) and in his case also with his head rotated to the right and up (vestibular input); And within a few movements we were able to get his pain from a 6/7 on a 1-10 scale to less than a 1. We just save the brain the correct inputs to alter its perception of pain.

Amazing.

Conclusion (aka read this part for sure)

In conclusion, from out good buddy Melzack (who also had help from Patrick Wall) defined the Neuromatrix of pain as "pain is a multidimensional experience produced by characteristic 'neurosignature' patterns of nerve impulses generated by a widely distributed neural network-the 'body -self neuromatrix'-in the brain (3). " Definitely a mouth of futuristic Matrix-like words, but we know that pain lives in the brain and it can be modified by changing proprioceptive, visual, and vestibular inputs. Decreasing pain will have you on the fast track to improved performance!

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What You Should Know About Your Surgery

Who is not a bit scared or despite very concerned prior to having surgery? Even when the surgery is cosmetic or elective in nature, the threshold for anxiety is imposing. Having some control over the procedure will allay much of your anxiety and contribute to a smooth and enduring exit.

Look at the surgery as an adventure, into an unknown land that requires a guide to prevent you from getting lost and to insure that the expedition will be advantageous. So let us delve into some of the ways that you can facilitate a positive exit.

Choosing a surgeon is always the inaugural event which will make the experience less bumpy. Look for a physician who has the knowledge, experience and skill-set to perform the surgery that you are interested in. But as crucial to what you pick, this individual must be able to communicate the benefits, potential risks and expected outcome of the procedure and have a plan to make the event as stress-free as possible for you. Communication is paramount in all walks of life, but especially critical in order for you to trust that you will be well taken care of. Once you establish a mutual respect, trust that your surgeon will look after you and let go of your desire to direct the show.

Make a list of questions that you wish to be addressed during the initial meeting. Come prepared by researching your surgery in advance. For example, there are numerous websites on line that will greatly assist you in this quest. A word of caution regarding second hand information from friends, as their experience may be influenced by a host of factors which are unrelated to you.

Once you have chosen your surgeon, the date and the place your surgery will take place, your participation is even more integral to a successful outlet. Your state of mind influences how your body will deal with the physical part of the surgery. The immune system, which is the part of the body that fights to prevent infections and helps in the healing, is affected by your overall health and how positive you are. Take care of yourself physically and mentally-stay positive and optimistic. Surround yourself with similar minded individuals. The mind is an extraordinarily powerful weapon that will protect and assist you in the healing process.

Let's now discuss a few of the factors that you have a tremendous ability to affect.

Traveling far distances within a few days of surgery is not ideal. Prolonged sitting causes the blood to pool in your lower legs which may increase the risk of blood clots. Likewise, there are a host of herbs, vitamins, and medicines, such as birth control pills or blood thinners, which either increase or decrease your ability to control bleeding or clotting.

To be on the prudent side, you should discuss what medications, herbs and vitamins you take with your surgeon prior to surgery. However, in general over, the counter herbal products should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery and after surgery, as they may influence your body chemistry or affect how you tolerate anesthesia. Many of us take baby aspirin daily to assist with circulation. Discontinue the aspirin for two weeks on either side of the surgery, unless you are taking it under the supervision your physician. There are a number of other products: Motrin, Advil and Ibuprofen, vitamin E, fish oils, flax oils, cold remedies containing any of the above and alcohol that must be discontinued two weeks before and after surgery.

A word of caution is in order for those who partake of tobacco use. There are not many habits that are so destructive to the healing process than smoking. Numerous toxins, additives and nicotine bathe each cell of the body causing irreparable harm. The carbon monoxide that is inhaled affects the oxygen content of the blood, a vital component of healing, causing the areas operated upon to fall apart. Your lungs are compromised by the smoke increasing your risk of complications. You would not consider sucking on your car exhaust before or after surgery, so it is necessary to discontinue cigarettes weeks before and after surgery.

A few basics that will make the process smoother for you.

1. Stay away from crowds a few days before surgery to prevent your catching a cold.

2. The night prior to surgery eat a meal that is easy to digest, like pasta.

3. Stay away from salty foods for two weeks after surgery to decrease swelling.

4. Wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing to the surgical facility.

5. Get all of your prescriptions filled in advance of the surgery and learn what order and how often to use them.

6. Have a few bags of frozen peas or corn that you can transfer to baggies. Apply the peas / bags wrapped in a thin towel to the area that was operated upon for 10-15 minutes 4 times a day for a week to keep the swilling down.

7. If you have no pain after surgery, use Tylenol every 6-8 hours for the first two days to prevent discomfort. Or use the prescribed pain medicine given to you by your surgeon.

8. If possible, keep the area operated upon elevated. This will diminish swelling.

9. Minimize your activity for the first week to keep your blood pressure from rising.

10. Refrain from sports or heart rate elevation for a few weeks after surgery to allow for optimal healing.

11. Have low salt food at home for the week following surgery to minimize swelling.

12. Books on tape or movies you can enjoy at home will take away from your boredom.

13. Expect bruising, some bleeding and sometimes discomfort for the first weeks after surgery.

14. Be realistic; You will not be able to resume your normal daily routine for days to weeks afterwards. Plan for this.

15. Healing is controlled by your body. Having a positive outlook will assist your body in the mending process.

16. It helps to have your mind, body and your spirit balanced.

17. Your destiny is yours to take control of. By being informed and prepared for the surgery you will improve upon the outcome. No one can predict the ultimate result of surgery but you are positioned to significantly improve upon and influence your fate.

Important Facts About Osteopathic Hand Exercises

When osteopathy was first developed by Dr. Still in the mid-1800s, traditional allopathic medicine was still in its infancy. There were very few drugs available and the relationship of germs to disease was not yet established. In fact, the cellular structure of the body was not accepted and the nature of the immune system was not known. The development of osteopathy in this environment was a phenomenal medical breakthrough in the process of helping the body to heal itself.

While both chiropractic and osteopathy include techniques for correcting abnormal conditions of the musculoskeletal system, osteopaths go a step further. In addition to treating the joints, doctors of osteopathy also include the adjacent muscles and ligaments. Osteopathic doctors believe that their practice is more concerned with the total region of the spine rather than the neck region and rely more on the sense of touch than x-ray.

Because doctors of osteopathy also include manipulation of the fascia, or any fiber sleeve that divides and subdivides all parts of the body, they also treat pain and other symptoms that arise from organs or muscles that become injured whenever the fascia becomes trapped, bruised or overstretched. This is an incredible definition of injuries that often occur to the hands.

Carpal tunnel, tendinitis and arthritis of the hands all fall under the description given above. Osteopathic treatments can help reduce pain, swelling and improve mobility and range of motion in cases where individuals are more interested in helping the body to heal itself than they are in popping another pill or going into surgery. Treatment can require repeated sessions provides a doctor of osteopathy is usually moderately priced and will approach an illness or disease with an overall health focus on the body.

Hand therapy can include water exercises, teaching individuals healthy habits when using their hands, and developing exercise program to decrease stiffness in the muscular system as well as improve the strength.

Doctors of osteopathy are also qualified to treat tendinitis of the rotator cuff, biceps, elbow, hip, knee, shin as well as the wrist and hand. In treating tendinitis a doctor of osteopathy will utilize gentle hand motions to detect the restricted movement intention and identify the source of pain. They will take an overall medical history, perform a physical exam and possibly to x-rays before proposing a treatment program.

Since tendinitis often involves an area of the body used in a person’s occupation additional treatment can involve strengthening and stretching exercises, weight loss advice, recommendations to protect the tendon from overuse and stress, ultrasound treatments, immobilization, manipulation and in severe cases injections of corticosteroids or surgery to repair tendon damage.

Osteopathic Manipulation Techniques are noninvasive and help to manipulate and adjust the muscles, ligaments and bones. The goals of manipulation of the hands include stressing the muscles and supporting ligaments, relieving muscle spasms, promoting free movement and improving blood flow.

Carpal tunnel is another diagnosis that affects the hands and wrists which osteopathic physicians are able to assist in the treatment of. During carpal tunnel syndrome there is a compression of the median nerve that runs through the wrist and the severity of the symptoms can be determined by performing a nerve conduction tests. One of the more common complaints is numbness or tingling of the wrist and hands and often pain that radiates into the elbow or shoulder.

Interestingly, in 1998, researchers discovered a link between the diagnosis of hypothyroidism and carpal tunnel syndrome. They found that individuals who were treated effectively for their hypothyroidism had a significant improvement in their carpal tunnel syndrome.

While doctors of osteopathy are able to offer effective treatment for hand and wrist conditions there are restrictions to their abilities for treatments. For instance active infections, fractures, bone disease, cancer, gross structural deformities and severe or medical conditions such as abnormally high blood pressure or heart attack are conditions which require more allopathic traditional medical intervention in order to place the body in a position where it is able to accept a more natural approach.

Rhythms of Life

"There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life signs in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when Things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings looks like a distant dream "These rhythms in life are natural events. They are into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are." –Chogyam Trungpa

Seasonal Rhythms

The dynamics of your body extends in an expanding range and your physiology is linked to the world and universe at large. Your body changes with the seasons, with the weather, with the atmospheric conditions. Many people can tell in their bones when a change in weather is coming. Human bodies are in synch with the gravitational forces, planetary shifts, the cold and heat, light and dark, humidity and all the other variations that the seasons bring. They respond and shift their functioning according to these natural dynamics. Your body increases and decrees certain functions in response to surrounding effects.

Biological and Geophysical Rhythms and Frequencies

All living organizations are composites of different rhythms and frequencies.

The heart beats approximately once per second but this rate speeds up in the morning and slows down at night; The electrical activity of the human brain cycles in fractions of a second; Breathing occurs about sixteen times per minute; Many hormones are released in pulses lasting several hours.

Across all species the natural daily rhythmic cycles run in twenty to twenty-eight hours for a natural day. The most conspicuous cycles in plants and animals are these daily rhythms (Circadian). They inter mesh with other cycles that are longer or shorter than a day.

Biological activities and processes are tied to lunar cycling as in monthly processes such as menstruation and also to the earth's rotation around the sun as is seen in such annual activities as hibernation, migration, and reproduction.

The seven day week has no obvious geophysical correlate but research suggests that this cultural convention may reflect deep biological rhythms. Seven day rhythms are seen in many illnesses, for example the common cold, and beard growth in men follows a seven day cycle.

Annual seasonal rhythms are less noticeable in humans than in other animals but they do exist. Secretion of the male hormone testosterone surges in the fall, sperm concentration and activity is highest in the winter, and rates of conception peak in the winter. More babies are born in August and September than in other months. Babies born in summer and fall tend to weigh slowly more than babies born in other seasons and they have a greater likelihood of survival. Miscarriages are greater in the fall.

Deaths also have a seasonal pattern. Fatal heart attacks are more common in winter. This is true even in climates that are mild such as Hawaii and also in the southern hemisphere where seasons are reversed. Winter months are the time of lower resistance to infections and of higher cholesterol levels.

Disorders and Seasonal Rhythms

It has been found that people who suffer from depression have skewed body rhythms and cycles. These may include the rhythms of sleep, body temperature, and hormone release. Seasonal rhythms have also come under scrutiny. Suicides peak in the spring usually in May. Admissions to mental hospital for depression also soar in the spring. There is another smaller surgeon in suicides and hospital admissions in the fall. An external environmental factor – the length of daylight -is believed to an influencing factor.

The Body Has a Master Clock

In the 1960's researchers found the key generator of body rhythms. Injuring part of a tiny region at the center of the brain known as the hypothalamus caused the loss of many normal rhythms. The hypothalamus commands the sympathetic nervous system. It speeds up breathing and heart rate in moments of danger, regulates body temperature, stimulates appetite and reproduction and controls hormone secretion. Further research found that a critical area of ​​the hypothalamus, the suprachiasmatic nucleus -SCN- a tiny cluster of nerve cells that sits on top of the optic chasm, is the body's master clock. The SCN directs the body's various rhythms to work together. The SCN uses daylight signals picked up by the eyes to direct each body rhythm to do its part at the appropriate time, day after day.

Seasonal Changes

Regardless of location, in traditional cultures, there was an awareness that they were continuously affected by the changing seasons. You may live longer and be more healthy if you adapt your health care to the natural rhythms of the earth. Learning to live within the seasonal fluctuations is believed to bring health, harmony and strength to the body. It also provides a natural timetable and rhythm for a good service check and health care program for maintenance and upkeep to prevent accumulated stress from degenerating body responses.

Many people get the flu in the shift from summer to fall. In the peak of winter many suffer from depressed moods. Some people find that if they drink fruit juices or eat a lot of fruit in the winter they will feel cold and damp and get a cold. When it is difficult to adjust from one season to the next our bodies may react through lowered immune responses that leave us more vulnerable to later illness.

Sometimes the body is a bit out of step with all the changes from one season to another. That's why many people tend to get sick during those shifting times. Sometimes we fail to adapt our habits to be more compatible to our changing body functions in response to the seasonal changes. By being aware of some of these cyclical changes throughout the year we can support shifting body dynamics so as to assist the changes. We can also take advantage of these natural shifting points to expand those dynamics that are increasing / flowing and rest those that are decreasing / ebbing. Many traditional cultures have set up associations of food, drink, activities, energies, dress, organs of the body, and emotions that are related to and affected by the seasonal shifts.

Are You Connected With Your Natural Rhythms?

Your biological clock is set to cue you to certain kinds of activities during certain times of the day. Bodies have thousands of natural rhythms for every biological function. Your moods are regulated by your biological clock. Your brain energy is just like your other natural rhythms – high at certain times of the day and low at other times of the day. Your energy and vitality follow the same natural ebb and flow. When you try to push through those natural rhythms you lose the temporal harmony of your biological clock and desynchronization, malaise, dysfunction and poor performance set in. You will run but you will never be your best.

When all your biological patterns are ebbing and flowing according to their natural rhythms your body is synchronized and performs at its peak. You will have effortless energy and vitality when you live in accordance with your circadian, diurnal, and seasonal rhythms.

Are you aware of any energy cycles that you have? Do you pay attention to these cycles and adjust your activities as needed?

Are you able to go inward and rest when needed, or are you more likely to resist and keep going?

Are you aware of changes in alertness and your thinking abilities and do you use this awareness advantageously?

Do you have the energy and passion for projects that you want to do?

When you must perform at your best do you remain calm, focused and positively energized regardless of the situation?

Are you able to naturally meet the challenges of a situation? Or does it all seem to be too much for you and you just get by as best as you can?

Can you enter a state of calmness, alertness, focus and positive energy when you need to regardless of the situation?

If you are worried or feeling upset can you set these feelings and be fully engaged in what is happening for you in the moment?

Do you have the energy and motivation to be involved in interesting and challenging situations that call for you to be your best and operate creatively?

Copyright (c) 2008 Mary Ann Copson

What is This PCOS and is it Why Are You Not Getting Pregnant?

PCOS stands for Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome and is more common than you might think in childbearing women. It is actually a significant problem in infertility cases, affecting 1 in 15 women, and as high as 10% of females in some studies. PCOS and infertility have been a major focus for sometime now in the medical arena, to better determine how best to address symptoms and develop treatments.

To achieve reproduction, the hormonal balance must be correct in the woman's body and produce equally for ovulation. PCOS results from the imbalance of hormones that in turn affect other hormones in an ingoing cycle. A number of consequences result from this occurrence. For example, cysts form on the surface of now enlarged ovaries. This can create further hormonal production issues, but otherwise may not be harmful. It should be noted that PCOS is commonly handed down from either side of the family.

In addition, the body exclusively produces high levels of the male hormone, androgen, and this process can also lead to insulin resistance. Neither of these is positive. A female with androgen excess can develop excess hair growth on face and body, as well as acne. In normal menstruation, the egg holding follicles develop within the ovaries and at the proper time, release eggs, causing ovulation. Excess androgen can restrict this process.

Unfortunately, diabetes can result when blood sugar increases, due to the body not using the insulin well. So, as is evident here, PCOS causes the hormone imbalance, resulting in excess androgen, which can result extremely in diabetes, as well as infertility. Not a good thing, and as you can see a complicated process.

So how do you know if PCOS is causing your infertility? First realize that many women may be experiencing PCOS and not even know. The symptoms can vary in each case and usually develop slowly overtime. It may start at puberty after menstrual cycles begin. First signs may be the excess hair, but also unusual gain, high blood pressure, pelvic pain, poor sleep and even depression are common. Secondly, if you have been diagnosed with PCOS, it is almost a given that is the cause of your infertility and treatments will be designed accordingly.

Typically, with PCOS, the key concern is infertility, however all of the symptoms are generally treated according to appropriate procedures, addressing acne, hair growth, insulin levels and obesity. Although the exact cause of PCOS and the hormone problem is unknown, diagnosis is straightforward and treatment of the symptoms is usually successful.

Since there is no known cure for PCOS, the treatments have to be focused on the symptoms, which typically adjusts the hormones and alleviates most concerns. The hormone issue is addressed through drugs such as Metformin, which improves insulin absorption and helps adjust menstrual cycle and even restore fertility. Of course, focusing on normal health concerns such as smoking, eating healthy, exercise and weightl oss will help. In fact, sometimes weight control alone can improve hormonal balance and alleviate infertility.

To assist the process, fertility treatments are usually required and may include IVF, IVM, surgery and drugs. Maybe you will only require drugs such as Clomid, which are commonly administrated to enhance levels of estrogen and promote ovulation. Between 30-40% of PCOS women will conceive from such drug therapy. If not, in vitro fertilization (IVF) will probably be tried next, in which the mature eggs are harvested, fertilized and placed in the uterus. Another common procedure, is IVM, or in vitro maturation, where the harvested eggs are matured in the lab, then fertilized and implanted in the uterus. Surgery to remove the actual cysts on the ovaries may be used if these other treatments are unresponsive.

So yes, there is no question PCOS may be the key cause of your infertility. The important thing is to know it is easily diagnosed and highly treatable, as has been proven by literally thousands of couples. You too can join their ranks.

Resorting to Natural Uterine Fibroid Treatment Methods? Note 3 Dietary Changes As Part of Your Plan

To shrink fibroids it is essential to eliminate all the probable causes of fibroids. Any uterine fibroid treatment method must focus to remove each and every cause of fibroids to get rid of it permanently. Irrespective of the type of treatment for fibroids you choose it is necessary to make certain dietary and lifestyle changes for your overall plan to be successful.

Natural treatment for uterine fibroids use a combination of identifying environmental toxins, making dietary changes, detoxification, taking appropriate supplements and herbs, and using alternate measures like acupressure.

In this article I am going to describe 3 dietary changes which you must introduce in your routine immediately if you are keen to make a success of your natural uterine fibroid treatment plan

1. Drink plenty of water. Water is responsible to flush out harmful toxins from our body. Lack of water may make our organs prone to diseases due to a build up of toxins. Water is also helpful in avoiding constipation, which in itself can cause toxin build up in vital organs.

2. Eat organic food as far as possible-Ensuring that all foods you eat has been grown and sourced organically will help to ensure that you are minimizing the risk of consuming pesticides and toxins which are known to be contributors of fibroid growth.

3. Include plenty of fresh berries in your diet. Darker the color of fruits the better they are for uterine fibroid treatment. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are full of flavanoids and vitamin C, which can help lessen the pain from menstrual cramps.

These simple measures will help you to make a success of your overall plan of treatment for uterine fibroids. You must try it to believe it. 

An Example of Healing with HealerGeorge

Healing through a visualization meditation and hands-on-healing; A visual experience to understand the roll of the energy body, the aura, to help bring balance and healing to the physical body.

A young couple visited my Healing Center. The young man, Neil, was suffering from Hepatitis C, leaving him with a failing liver. The doctors only cave him six months to live. When the couple arrived Neil was looking stoney faced, as though he was carrying all the problems of his life and the world on his shoulders.

I thought the best way to proceed was to try to relieve some of the tension first before administrating him healing. I suggested that we do a visualization meditation, balancing his aura energy that surrounds the physical body.

We began the meditation and, as I usually do, I started by taking the attention inward. First by becoming aware of the feet on the ground, checking for tension in the muscles, then working through the rest of the body relieving tension and relaxing the muscles. I then made the couple aware of their breathing by noticing the life energy coming in with each inbreath and the stale energy leaving the body with each outbreath.

By this time the silence had descended on the room, leaving it filled with love and light. I brought their attention to this silence and described some of its magnetic qualities. I got them to try to find the boundaries of this silence. Was it only inside the body or did it extend beyond? I invited them to notice that despite this silence is silent, it seems to have liveliness to it, a kind of grain. We played about with this love and light that we all felt deep within our hearts. I then took their attention back to their feet and started to grow roots out of their feet to connect their energy field to the center of the earth. I opened each of the energy centers in the body – the seven chakras – washing the aura despite each colored light in turn.

By this time the energies were really starting to develop. I continued to describe my understanding of how the body worked. I got them to visualize the forever-magical life process. An egg or cell in the mother's womb being fertilized; The egg dividing again and again, producing many cells from within itself. As the number of cells increases, seeing them start to specialize in all the various components of the body. Some form the skin, some the bone, some the organs of the body. I then drew an analogy between a piece of paper with iron filings on it and the cells in the body. The iron filings are all random until a magnet is bought underneath. Then the life force of the magnet holds all the iron filings in place in a balanced and harmonious way. In the same way the life force in that growing baby holds and co-ordinates all the cells to grow in a balanced and harmonious way.

It is only the stress of living life that upsets the natural balance of the human system. In the case of Neil he seemed to be carrying more than his fair share of life's burdens with him. So I got him to forgive all those people that had wronged him in his life. I got him also to forgive himself for all the people he had wronged, and asked him to visualize all that stale energy leaving him, returning to the roots deep within the earth. Again we washed the aura with the light from the chakras, visualizing each energy body being repaired. In this visualization we also included his rents and tears; This light was mending all his wounds. The energy bodies being left in perfect balance and perfect harmony one inside the other. In this way forming the energy field that holds every cell in the body in perfect harmony and perfect balance, performing its natural duty in an effortless, natural way.

But the real magic of this visualization meditation came when I started to focus in on his physical problem of the liver.

As soon as I mentioned the word 'liver' there was such a presence in the room. Every cell of my body started to tingle and I felt that we had some very powerful healing helper come in from the spirit world to help in this process of healing Neil's liver. We started the healing in the meditation by thanking all the cells in Neil's body for all the hard work they had done over the years in keeping the body going and maintaining the peace and harmony that exists within him.

We focused down on the liver itself and thanked all the healthy cells for all the extra hard work they were doing to keep the liver functioning. You could almost hear the waves of appreciation received back from them for this loving thought. With the energy field repaired and the help of all the healthy cells in Neil's liver, I then asked for all the cells that were not healthy to leave and be replaced with healthy normal ones. I asked for some of the cells to be sent out as scouts to try to find spare material in the body to carry out the repairs needed.

I then started to close the chakras and continue balancing the energy fields in the body. I slowly got the couple to be aware of their surroundings again and gradually became fully conscious of their physical body and their surroundings. We then went on to do the physical hands-on healing and channel the universal energy in the normal way.

Motor Vehicle Accidents (Mvas)

Motor vehicular accidents are a leading cause of death and non-fatal trauma in the United States. Although statistics have improved with safer cars, more diverse law enforcement, and better roads; annual deaths in the US still exceed 41,000. There are over 1,711,000 crashes a year, and in any given year, every person in this country has a one in a thousand chance of being injured in a car. In children aged birth to 19 years old, MVA’s are the leading cause of death. Between the ages of 16 and 64, alcohol is a factor in I of 5 fatal crashes. A large number of people still don’t wear their seatbelts which would reduce the risk of death by two-thirds.

There are several variants of accidents which influence the type of injuries received. One is whether or not there is intrusion into the passenger compartment, say from another vehicle or a stationery object. If there is intrusion, there is a risk of general injuries, along with fractures of the arms and legs.  The SUV style is top-heavy and with an increased tendency to roll. If the driver or passengers are unrestrained, the chance of ejection with fatal consequences is greatly increased. Another factor in the severity of injuries is speed. The injury rate is exponentially increased by overtly exceeding the median speed of other vehicles traveling the same route. Of course, the rate and occurrence of certain injuries depend upon whether the vehicle is struck from the front, back or sides. Frontal impact increases the chance of injury to the face and chest. Being struck from the back or sides increases the chance of neck injury.

Let’s consider the most common injuries received in a MVA. Fractures of the arms and legs are very frequent especially with cabin intrusion. Head injuries are also a common consequence. These can include concussions from violent movements of the head or by striking the head on a solid part of the cabin. There can be clots of blood impinging on the brain, such as an epidural hematoma, from blows to the head. There can be complex facial fractures, including those which affect the upper airway. The Glasgow Coma Scale is a measure used in the emergency room to quantify the degree of head injury and to guide necessary diagnostic procedures. The scale goes up to a maximum of fifteen points; a score of nine or less indicates a significant head injury.

Perhaps the most feared consequence of an MVA is a neck injury. The scope of neck injuries can go all the way from whiplash to instant death by injury to the spinal cord. Whiplash is when the head is bent unusually far back, or hyper extended. This can cause stretching injury to the muscles, tendons and disk structures of the neck, and can also stretch nerves, which can give a myriad of neurological symptoms. A second type of injury is an actual fracture of the neck. The most common place is the fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae. This can cause complete loss of sensation and muscle use below the neck, so called quadriplegia. A neurosurgeon is always involved in the diagnosis and treatment of this type of injury. The quality of life consequences of this type of injury can be disastrous. Paramedics are taught to treat every neck pain as if it were a fracture in removing and transporting an accident victim with neck pain.

The next type of injury is blunt trauma to the chest. A significant number of these patients initially survive the accident, but go on to die of pulmonary complications within the first four weeks. These injuries can include multiple rib fractures with a flail chest (doesn’t move right with attempted breathing). There can be areas where lung ruptures allow air into the chest cavity which collapses the lung (pneumothorax). There can be blunt trauma to the lungs which causes the chest cavity to fill with blood (hemothorax). Then there can be blunt trauma to the heart area which can cause cardiac bruising or bleeding with rhythm abnormalities.

The next area of potential injury is the abdomen. A blow to the abdomen can lacerate solid organs such as the liver or spleen with bleeding into the abdominal cavity. There can be a rupture of the hollow organs such as the intestine with leakage of contents or bleeding into the cavity. Included in abdominal trauma would be pelvic fractures which can bleed severely and require abdominal surgery. The other injuries mentioned can also require emergency abdominal operations.

The spine can be fractured or otherwise injured at any level, and there can be loss of function in body areas supplied by the spinal cord at the point and to the extent that it is injured. The most common area for paraplegic injury (loss of leg function, bladder function, etc.) is the twelfth thoracic vertebral area, or T12. There are all sorts of variations in spinal cord injury with different manifestations, depending upon the level of the injury. Not only is their quality of life severely affected, these injured individuals don’t live as long as non-injured counterparts. A quadriplegic, on average, lives about seven years. A paraplegic often succumbs in his mid forties due to various complications.

This has been a brief discussion of MVA injuries. The psychological impact was not mentioned. Many of these people develop post traumatic stress disorder and become reclusive and unwilling to travel again. There is a tremendous incidence of depressive disorders in people with chronic pain from such trauma. These situations may require consultation from mental health and pain management clinics.

Alcoholism Physical Symptoms – What It Feels Like To Be An Alcoholic

What does it feel like to be an alcoholic? That is probably not a question that you ask yourself everyday and it is not something that is easily answered and it might not be a question you want a answer to. A major of us are completely unaware of what it physically feels like to be a alcoholic and I'm not talking about the mental aspect of it. Physically alcoholics deal with more problems than we could ever begin to image. Let's say you're a alcoholic, here is what you might be going through.

In the early stages of alcoholism, you may find yourself experiencing a lot of feeling of euphoria. You may find that alcohol gives you more self confidence and can put you in a better mood. This is usually the reason why some people begin drinking. Alcohol is what you could call "liquid courage". However after drinking for some time, you might find that your attention span has shortened and that your judgment might not be as good as they use to be.

As you move through the stages and become more and more dependent on alcohol you will start to crave more alcohol. You might become physically dependent on alcohol and may not be able to function without. As you continue to drink, you are throwing off your brain's chemistry. The alcohol acts as a sedative to your brain and to counteract that your brain works in overtime to produce stimulants to keep everything working. Due to this, you may find yourself losing consciousness.

Your liver will also suffer as you drink. You could experience liver infection which includes symptoms such as yellowing of the skin, or jaundice, fever, and abdominal pain. Drinking while having liver problems can lead to Cirrhosis of the liver which is when your good liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue.

Malnutrition is another symptom of alcoholism. Alcoholics do not eat well, and some even chose to drink their dinner. Some of the symptoms you could expect to experience if you suffer from malnutrition are dizziness, tiredness, and weight loss.

You may also experience high blood pressure and along with that comes dizziness, blurred vision and headaches. This is because excess alcohol take can raise the levels of triglycerides in your blood. This also raises your risk of a stroke or a heart attack.

Other symptoms you may experience are pancreitis, nerve damage, depression, erectile dysfunction in men and insomnia. This last symptom might surprise many of you. It is a common misconception that alcohol can put you to sleep. While it may help some people relax enough to fall sleep it has been shown that alcohol interferes with you getting a deep and restful REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

As you can see becoming addicted to alcohol brings more on than just a good buzz. Some of these symptoms if not treated can lead to permanent damage that sometimes might result in death.

Beyond All Bounds

What is it in a human that demands education beyond all bounds, beyond all other of nature’s creatures? Ridley’s Sea turtles hatch out of their eggs, buried in the warm sand where his mother had hatched out of her egg, and instantly know to make a break for the never-yet seen ocean, the ocean whose waves try to push them back to shore. No one instructs them. The Artic tern knows its migratory way from the North Pole to Antarctica and back. A humpback whale may be with her mother five years, up to ten years for a chimp, but we humans go beyond all bounds. 18 years at home, thirteen of them in school (15 if you count preschool), and then for many another four years in college. I don’t even want to go into graduate and post-doc calculations. Why do we need so much education? What do turtles have that we don’t? What puts us on a slower learning curve than a wide-ranging bird? And that’s just in earthly matters. Give man an eternal soul and there is all that spiritual education, education that dare never quit in a human’s life, to take into account. How come we are always in need of teachers, be they in the classroom or in the pulpit?

Today’s text gives us insight on this day we celebrate the teachers in our midst, install Mrs. Coil as a teacher for our Green Valley Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten and rejoice in the graduation of our toddlers from Cradle Roll–you guessed it, they are ready to start their life-long learning quest at the feet of teachers, in Sunday School and/or Preschool this year, the other teachers a little down the road. Today’s text shows us two kings, both new to power, young and untainted by experience and the baggage of favors given and favors owed. In both cases we see why all education is so important for people who, by nature, go

Beyond All Bounds.

1.Proud folly (1-20)

2.Spiritual rebellion (25-33).

3.Restraining grace (21-24).

Solomon had died. His son, Rehoboam, was to succeed him. In Israel, the people had the right to ratify the process. Their allegiance would carry a price.

“Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you (4).”

The people wanted tax relief and cutbacks in the involuntary labor owed the king. We Americans, faced with ever-increasing tax debt can understand that. The reservists going back to Iraq for their third tour of duty can identify with that.

Rehoboam takes three days to answer the people. He consults Solomon’s cabinet. The old advisors tell him to listen to the people. “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants (7).” A ruler is to serve, not to, well, not to lord it over people. If the people see Rehoboam as a servant with their needs and wants at heart, they would be loyal all their days. But Rehoboam consulted the young bucks, the gang he had grown up with, the ones who, thanks to Solomon’s wealth, had been born on third base with a spoon in their mouth and a limo driver waiting to pick them up from surfing at the beach. “Tell ’em they ain’t seen nuttin’ yet!” “Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, he followed the advice of the young men and answered the people harshly (113-14).”

After the ten tribes of Israel, the entire north, refuses to ratify Rehoboam as their king, Rehoboam is stupid enough to send the man in charge of forced labor, Adoniram, to muster the next month’s labor gangs. The Israelites pull him out of his fancy Rolls-Royce chariot and stone him to death. Rehoboam finally gets the hint, hops in his coupster chariot and a fast convoy of court nobles makes the break to Jerusalem. If only he had answered the people gently. But this is not the nature of a person. Proud folly is our lot.

“The sinful mind is hostile to God,” Paul says, “It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so (Romans 8.7).” It is impossible for people, walking by their own inner light, to make the right decisions. Look at Cain. The Lord told him, warned him, of the murder he was contemplating. “Sin is crouching at your door, but you must master it (Genesis 4.7).” Benefiting not a bit from this little father-son talk with God, Cain immediately goes out and slays his brother. Even when God confronts him, “Where is your brother Abel?” Cain proudly spits in God’s face–“I don’t know–am I my brother’s keeper?”

What made King Saul repeatedly pursue innocent David to take his life, even though Saul knew David was the Lord’s anointed, the next king of Israel? Wasn’t it proud folly that lurks in the human heart? This was the proud folly of Rehoboam and this is the proud folly of you and me. “Light has come into the world, but men love darkness instead of light, because their deeds are evil.

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed (John 3.19-20).” Too proud to believe in Jesus. That is what we were by nature. That is why we, young and old alike, need teachers who teach more than facts, teachers who by their words and actions can give our youth a moral compass. That takes a lot of years.

Another reason we need this life-long education is that we display spiritual rebellion against God beyond all bounds.

Jeroboam, upon hearing of the ratification ceremony for Rehoboam, had returned home. He was welcomed by his own and, as soon as Israel rebels against Rehoboam, they reconvene and choose Jeroboam as their new king of Israel, the northern Ten Tribes. Jeroboam has a clean slate to work with. No history of heavy taxation dogs his steps. He has the united support of his people and the assurance from the prophet, Ahijah, that the Lord supported him. What does he do? He rebels against God beyond all bounds. He forbids the people from worshipping God in Jerusalem. “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt, these two golden calves.” One he set up in Bethel, in the south, and the other in Dan, in the north. And this thing became a sin; the people went even as far as Dan to worship the one there (28-30).” And whoever could be a priest before, the Levites, they could no longer be priests in Israel, but every other Tom, Dick and Harry could! And as for the festivals, Jeroboam made up his own! It would be like the Chinese Communists taking over the United States and their puppet President would outlaw Christmas and Easter and instead, have national holidays for Mao-Tse-Tung’s birthday and one celebrating the national debt and sale of Treasury bonds!

Jeroboam had everything he needed, everything he could ever ask for. He only needed trust in the promises of God to know that his throne and dynasty was secure. But he listened to the voice of doubt and fear that the people would again give their allegiance to the house of David and, in the process, kill him.

Isn’t that what Adam and Eve did? Give up the words and promises of God and give in to the slanderous doubts of the devil as they rebelled against God by eating the forbidden fruit? Isn’t that what Judas did, going beyond all bounds by pretending to be Jesus’ friend as he gave him the kiss of betrayal as he rebelled against his Lord and Savior? And here’s the kicker. You cannot rebel against God a little. You can not be an occasional traitor to Jesus. By its very nature, rebellion pushes and pushes and pushes the rebel beyond all bounds.

Isn’t that what we have discovered? We can’t get a little drunk. We can’t be a little unfaithful. We can’t be living in sin a bit. To stand with Christ is to stand with him 100%. To rise up against Jesus is to rise up against him 100%.

But the little ones are immune from that, aren’t they? They are so young and innocent! And certainly we Christians who are called by Jesus are immune from that, aren’t we? After all, doesn’t the Bible say that we are sinless and holy in God’s sight? Who has been educating you all these years? What sermons have you been listening to? Whose kids have you been raising?

Haven’t we seen that look of defiance and that “dig your heels in” defense posture when the kid had to go somewhere he didn’t want to go–like bed or the dinner table? Haven’t we given God our full attention on Sunday mornings, just to studiously and deliberately put none of his words into action when the next Saturday night came around, or, even worse, reject his words counseling forgiveness and acceptance outright because, “life isn’t that way”?

Stiff-necked and rebellious is how God continually portrayed the houses of Israel and Judah. He could just as well have been talking about us. Where the sin of proud folly and spiritual rebellion went beyond all bounds, God’s restraining grace went even further.

We can find God’s acts of love in this sorry account of Israel and Judah’s first kings. Rehoboam, once he gets back to Jerusalem, wants to go to war against the rebellious north, to bring them back into the fold. He assembles an army of 180,000 men. That’s 42,000 more than we have in Iraq right now. A bloody civil war looms. The Lord graciously steps in.

“But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God: ‘Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah, to the whole house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, “This is what the Lord says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.”‘ So they obeyed the word of the Lord and went home again, as the Lord had ordered (22-24).”

If God wanted these people, including us, to go on our own way to death and certain eternal destruction, he would keep his mouth shut. But he doesn’t do that, does he? From the very beginning, with Adam and Eve, he promised a Savior and turned their hearts away from sin and grief to life and salvation. He appeared to Rehoboam’s grandfather, David, when he was neck deep in adultery, murder and perjury and brought him back. He appears to Rehoboam and turns his proud and bitter heart. Jesus appeared to Peter and told him to “Feed my lambs,” as he reinstated him as an apostle. And he opened his loving arms through the words of the sacrament of Baptism, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” when he made each one of us and each one of these cradle roll graduates, sinners then, now saints called by his grace through the washing of water and the Gospel in baptism.

Just as every day a teacher has his or her students in class, well, that’s a chance to teach them something new or review something important so they don’t forget! So every day our Lord Jesus, “Teacher” to those who saw him with their own eyes, every day our Teacher Jesus has with us on this earth is another chance to teach us something new from his Word or to review something so important we can never forget. Every day is a chance to strengthen faith, deepen love, increase our fervent hope of eternal life in heaven.

Rehoboam learned. He did not go to war and for the rest of the history of Israel and Judah there was a split. But it was from God and Rehoboam, as he had submitted his soul’s salvation to his Savior God, so he was wise enough to submit his political aspirations to God’s guidance. Adam and Eve learned. And King David learned. And Peter learned. And you and I learned. We learned to trust and love and cling to ever more this Savior who first gave us faith, hope and life

Beyond All Bounds.

1.Proud folly (1-20)

2.Spiritual rebellion (25-33).

3.Restraining grace (21-24).

Maybe that’s why we have such a long learning curve. There’s so much more for humans to learn. Those sea turtles and arctic terns, everything they have is hard-wired into them through instinct. The whale and the chimpanzee, well, let’s just say Calculus will never be on their agenda nor will pressing moral issues. But we have everything on earth and in heaven to learn. To make sure we give it a shot, God put a natural curiosity, a longing for love and acceptance, a search for the ultimate goodness and power in us. He has set eternity in our hearts. We will not rest until we find rest in the arms of the one they called “Teacher.”

Migraine can be severely debilitating but proper treatment and prevention may help

Who get migraine?

Physiologically, migraine headache is a neurological condition that is more commonly known to afflict women than men. Women experience migraines at least three times more often than men, probably because of hormonal changes. However, migraines can occur in children also, but they mostly appear in people in their twenties or thirties.

Studies have revealed that migraines could be inherited. For example, if one parent is afflicted with migraine, there is a 40% chance that the child will have migraine. If both parents have migraine, the probability increases to 75%.

Although, there is no specific migraine personality, most migraine sufferers have been found to be perfectionists, high-strung, conscientious, orderly, analytical and critical.

Symptoms and treatment of migraine

Symptoms of Migraine

Migraine pain generally differs from other types of headache; it has specific symptoms that may vary in intensity, character, frequency and duration. Migraine attacks can appear from a couple of times a year to almost every day. The two main types of migraine are:

  • Classical Migraine – migraine with aura
  • Common Migraine – migraine without no warning or aura

A few migraine patients may experience an aura, which is normally treated as a sign of the pain to come. The aura consists of bright spots or zigzag lines and blurred vision or temporary visual loss. In rare cases numbness or tingling of the face and lips can also be observed. However, these symptoms generally disappear within an hour and are then replaced by a headache. In some cases the aura may not be followed by headaches.

Common migraine headache mostly begin without warning and are most commonly experienced by children. Common symptoms of this migraine are associated with:

  • Intense head pain (the pain begins on one side of the head and spreads downward to the eye, face and even neck; the pain can also switch sides or affect both sides at once)
  • Relentless throbbing or pounding deep in the head
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Strong and painful reactions to light and loud noises
  • Activity associated pain (the simple act of moving may be difficult during the migraine attack)
  • Not being able to carry out day to day activities.
  • The need to lie down during attacks

People may sometimes experience all or some of the symptoms which are either moderate or severe. Migraine attacks may last from anywhere up to four hours to three days. This affliction has the potential to severely disrupt your work and family life as well as your social activities.

Migraine trigger

Migraine, it is believed, is triggered by changes in the neurotransmitters and blood vessels in the brain. However, certain factors have been identified that can trigger attacks in susceptible people. They are:

  • Stress (or sometimes the relief of stress)
  • Lack of food or infrequent meals
  • Certain foods products containing monosodium glutamate, caffeine, tyramine or alcohol
  • Overtiredness (both physical and mental)
  • Changing sleep patterns (e.g. weekend lie ins, sleeplessness or shift work)
  • Hormonal factors (e.g. monthly periods, contraceptive pill, HRT or menopause)
  • Extreme emotions (e.g. anger, grief etc.)
  • Physical activity
  • Environmental factors (e.g. loud noise, bright or flickering lights, strong perfumes, hot stuffy atmosphere, VDUs etc.)
  • Climatic conditions (e.g. strong winds, extreme heat or cold)

For most people, afflicted with migraines, it is usually not any one trigger but a combination of factors which collectively work against a person’s threshold and an attack is triggered.

Cefaly medical device for migraine

Cefaly is a medical device that relieves pain in people suffering from migraines and cluster/tension headaches as well as trigeminal neuralgia and frontal sinusitis. It has a full EEC medical certification. A patented system, it bears the ISO and CE medical mark.

The unit consists of a band that is worn around the front of the head and it then sends electrical impulses through an electrode patch placed in between the eyebrows. This device works on the trigeminal nerves at the front of the face. It works at three programme levels. They are:

  • Programme 1 – Is a treatment programme, based on TENS technology. It works on blocking the flow of pain at the entrance of the spinal cord.
  • Programme 2 – Is the preventive or endorphinic programme. It increases the endorphins (natural painkillers) in the central nervous system.
  • Programme 3 – Is the anti-stress and relaxation programme.

Numerous tests and clinical studies have been conducted that prove that Cefaly is effective, with almost 85% of its users being extremely satisfied with the results.