Adrenal Fatigue And How To Beat It.

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Your adrenal glands are two tiny pyramid-shaped pieces of tissue situated right above each kidney. Their job is to produce and release, when appropriate, certain regulatory hormones and chemical messengers.

Adrenaline is manufactured in the interior of the adrenal gland, called the adrenal medulla. Cortisol, the other chemical from the adrenal gland, is made in the exterior portion of the gland, called the adrenal cortex. The cortex also secretes androgens, estrogens, and ...

adrenal fatigue

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Your adrenal glands are two tiny pyramid-shaped pieces of tissue situated right above each kidney. Their job is to produce and release, when appropriate, certain regulatory hormones and chemical messengers.

Adrenaline is manufactured in the interior of the adrenal gland, called the adrenal medulla. Cortisol, the other chemical from the adrenal gland, is made in the exterior portion of the gland, called the adrenal cortex. The cortex also secretes androgens, estrogens, and progestins. Cortisol, commonly called hydrocortisone, is the most abundant -- and one of the most important -- of many adrenal cortex hormones. Cortisol helps you handle longer-term stress situations.

In addition to helping you handle stress, these two primary adrenal hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, along with others similarly produced, help control body fluid balance, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other central metabolic functions.

In the heightened nervous state of adrenal burnout, the body overproduces adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones. Constant stress and poor nutrition can weaken the adrenal glands. Eventually, this causes the adrenal glands, the front line in the stress reaction, to show wear and tear and become depleted. This frequently leads to impairment in the thyroid gland, which can cause a further decline in energy level and mood and is one of the reasons why many people have thyroid glands that don’t work well.

When stress continues over prolonged periods of time, the adrenal glands can deplete the body's hormonal and energy reserves, and the glands may either shrink in size or hypertrophy (enlarge). The overproduction of adrenal hormones caused by prolonged stress can weaken the immune system and inhibit the production of white blood cells that protect the body against foreign invaders (in particular lymphocytes and lymph node function).

Adrenal dysfunction can disrupt the body's blood sugar metabolism, causing weakness, fatigue, and a feeling of being run down. It can also interfere with normal sleep rhythms and produce a wakeful, unrelaxing sleep state, making a person feel worn out even after a full night's sleep.

Common Causes of Adrenal Stress

• Anger
• Fear / Worry /Anxiety
• Depression
• Guilt
• Overwork/ physical or mental strain
• Excessive exercise
• Sleep deprivation
• Light-cycle disruption
• Going to sleep late
• Surgery
• Trauma/injury
• Chronic inflammation
• Chronic infection
• Chronic pain
• Temperature extremes
• Toxic exposure
• Malabsorption
• Maldigestion
• Chronic illness
• Chronic-severe allergies
• Hypogycemia
• Nutritional deficiencies

Testing for Adrenal Health

In order to determine the health of your adrenal glands you need to have a simple blood, urine, or saliva test such as the Adrenal Stress Index performed through your practitioner. Cortisol levels can be checked by blood in the morning or throughout the day by a saliva test. DHEA, and Epinephrine, are some other indicators of adrenal function.The information provided by testing can help to determine the most appropriate type of treatment.

Associated Symptoms and Consequences of Impaired Adrenal Functioning

• Low body temperature
• Weakness
• Unexplained hair loss
• Nervousness
• Difficulty building muscle
• Irritability
• Mental depression
• Difficulty gaining weight
• Apprehension
• Hypoglycemia
• Inability to concentrate
• Excessive hunger
• Tendency towards inflammation
• Moments of confusion
• Indigestion
• Poor memory
• Feelings of frustration
• Alternating diarrhea and constipation
• Osteoporosis
• auto-immune diseases/hepatitis
• Lightheadedness
• Palpitations [heart fluttering]
• Dizziness that occurs upon standing
• Poor resistance to infections
• Low blood pressure
• Insomnia
• Food and/or inhalant allergies
• Craving for sweets
• Dry and thin skin
• Headaches
• Scanty perspiration
• Alcohol intolerance


Lifestyle changes such as:

Eating steadily, all day long. Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body. When you're hungry, your blood sugar drops, stressing your adrenal glands and triggering your sympathetic nervous system. That causes light-headedness, cravings, anxiety and fatigue. Another drawback to skipping meals: The resulting low blood sugar can affect your ability to think clearly and shorten your attention span.

Skipping breakfast is particularly bad, as it is a sure fire way to gain, not lose, weight. If you start each morning with a good breakfast and "graze" healthfully every two to four hours, your blood sugar will remain steady throughout the day. You'll feel more rested and energetic.

Eat protein with every meal. Eat Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice. Avoid sugar, junk food, white pasta, white rice, white bread.

Absolutely NO Caffeine. Coffee/Sodas over stimulates your adrenals and they deplete important B vitamins.
Coffee does not give you energy; coffee gives you the illusion of energy. Coffee actually drains the body of energy and makes you more tired, because of vitamin and adrenal depletion.

Exercise to relax. Walking, Yoga, deep breathing, meditation, or stretching. No vigorous or aerobic exercise, which depletes the adrenals.

Avoid alcohol, processed foods, and tobacco. Nicotine in tobacco initially raises cortisol levels, but chronic use results in low DHEA, testosterone, and progesterone levels.

Reduce stress; learn relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation.

Helpful Supplements
The use of small amounts of natural adrenal hormone (hydrocortisone) to bring slightly low adrenal function up to its proper normal daily range is often helpful.
Take a daily multivitamin to provide nutritional support to the adrenal gland.
Vitamin C 1,000-3,000 mg a day
L-Theanine 100-400 mg a day
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 300 mg a day
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), no more than 1000 mg of glycyrrhizin

Adrenal Fatigue and How to Beat It

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Article describes adrenal fatigue, reviews it's causes, diagnostic testing, treatment, and helpful lifestyle changes. Discusses the impact impaired adrenal functioning can have on health and well-being.

Adrenal Fatigue,Adrenal Stress

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Your adrenal glands are two tiny pyramid-shaped pieces of tissue situated right above each kidney. Their job is to produce and release, when appropriate, certain regulatory hormones and chemical messengers.

Adrenaline is manufactured in the interior of the adrenal gland, called the adrenal medulla. Cortisol, the other chemical from the adrenal gland, is made in the exterior portion of the gland, called the adrenal cortex. The cortex also secretes androgens, estrogens, and progestins. Cortisol, commonly called hydrocortisone, is the most abundant -- and one of the most important -- of many adrenal cortex hormones. Cortisol helps you handle longer-term stress situations.

In addition to helping you handle stress, these two primary adrenal hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, along with others similarly produced, help
control body fluid balance, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other central metabolic functions.

In the heightened nervous state of adrenal burnout, the body overproduces adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones. Constant stress and poor nutrition can weaken the adrenal glands. Eventually, this causes the adrenal glands, the front line in the stress reaction, to show wear and tear and become depleted. This frequently leads to impairment in the thyroid gland, which can cause a further decline in energy level and mood and is one of the reasons why many people have thyroid glands that don’t work well.

When stress continues over prolonged periods of time, the adrenal glands can deplete the body's hormonal and energy reserves, and the glands may either shrink in size or hypertrophy (enlarge). The overproduction of adrenal hormones caused by prolonged stress can weaken the immune system and inhibit the production of white blood cells that protect the body against foreign invaders (in particular lymphocytes and lymph node function).

Adrenal dysfunction can disrupt the body's blood sugar metabolism, causing weakness, fatigue, and a feeling of being run down. It can also interfere with normal sleep rhythms and produce a wakeful, unrelaxing sleep state, making a person feel worn out even after a full night's sleep.

Common Causes of Adrenal Stress

Fear / Worry /Anxiety
Overwork/ physical or mental strain
Excessive exercise
Sleep deprivation
Light-cycle disruption
Going to sleep late
Chronic inflammation
Chronic infection
Chronic pain
Temperature extremes
Toxic exposure
Chronic illness
Chronic-severe allergies
Nutritional deficiencies

Testing for Adrenal Health
In order to determine the health of your adrenal glands you need to have a simple blood, urine, or saliva test such as the Adrenal Stress Index performed by your practitioner. Cortisol levels can be checked throughout the day by saliva or in the am by blood. DHEA, and Epinephrine, are some other indicators of adrenal function. The information provided by testing can help to determine the most appropriate type of treatment.

Associated Symptoms and Consequences of Impaired Adrenal Functioning

Low body temperature
Unexplained hair loss
Nervousness/Panic Attacks
Difficulty building muscle
Mental depression
Difficulty gaining weight
Inability to concentrate
Excessive hunger
Tendency towards inflammation
Moments of confusion
Poor memory
Feelings of frustration
Alternating diarrhea and constipation
Auto-immune diseases/hepatitis
Palpitations [heart fluttering]
Dizziness that occurs upon standing
Poor resistance to infections
Low blood pressure
Food and/or inhalant allergies
Craving for sweets
Dry and thin skin
Scanty perspiration
Alcohol intolerance


Lifestyle changes such as:
Eating steadily, all day long. Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body. When you're hungry, your blood sugar drops, stressing your adrenal glands and triggering your sympathetic nervous system. That causes light-headedness, cravings, anxiety and fatigue. Another drawback to skipping meals: The resulting low blood sugar can affect your ability to think clearly and shorten your attention span.

Skipping breakfast is particularly bad, as it is a sure fire way to gain, not lose, weight. If you start each morning with a good breakfast and "graze" healthfully every two to four hours, your blood sugar will remain steady throughout the day. You'll feel more rested and energetic. Eat protein with every meal. Eat Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice. Avoid sugar, junk food, white pasta, white rice, white bread.

Absolutely NO Caffeine. Coffee/Sodas over stimulates your adrenals and they deplete important B vitamins.
Coffee does not give you energy; coffee gives you the illusion of energy. Coffee actually drains the body of energy and makes you more tired, because of vitamin and adrenal depletion. 

Exercise to relax. Walking, Yoga, deep breathing, meditation, or stretching. No vigorous or aerobic exercise, which depletes the adrenals.

Avoid alcohol, processed foods, and tobacco.  Nicotine in tobacco initially raises cortisol levels, but chronic use results in low DHEA, testosterone, and progesterone levels.

Reduce stress; learn relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation.

Helpful Supplements
The use of small amounts of natural adrenal hormone (hydrocortisone) to bring slightly low adrenal function up to its proper normal daily range is often helpful.
Take a daily multivitamin to provide nutritional support to the adrenal gland.
Vitamin C 1,000-3,000 mg a day
L-Theanine 100-400 mg a day
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 300 mg a day 
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), no more than 1000 mg of glycyrrhizin

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

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Adrenal Fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands - 2 small glands that sit on top of your kidneys - become overworked and depleted. Your adrenal glands are responsible for handling the stresses of your daily life, whether that be physical stress, emotional stress, or psychological stress.

When your adrenal glands become overworked, they cannot keep up with the stresses of your everyday life. You then start to manifest the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

Note that just bec...


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Adrenal Fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands - 2 small glands that sit on top of your kidneys - become overworked and depleted. Your adrenal glands are responsible for handling the stresses of your daily life, whether that be physical stress, emotional stress, or psychological stress.

When your adrenal glands become overworked, they cannot keep up with the stresses of your everyday life. You then start to manifest the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

Note that just because you have one or two of the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency does not mean that you have adrenal fatigue. However if you find you have the majority of these symptoms then you may want to investigate further.

You'll want to learn some of the common causes of adrenal fatigue to see if you can identify with any of these causes in your own life. You'll also want to see your doctor for a full medical workup and diagnosis of adrenal fatigue.

Here are the key symptoms of adrenal fatigue:

You're Tired For No Explainable Reason

People with adrenal fatigue experience extreme physical exhaustion and they don't have an explanation as to why (such as a strenuous workout). This isn't just everyday tiredness it is extreme exhaustion.

You Gain Weight Easily - Especially Around the Middle

People with adrenal fatigue often notice they gain weight very easily. They especially notice the extra weight around the middle - and it's very hard to lose it.

You Have Difficulty Rising In The Morning

Those with adrenal fatigue often find they feel tired when getting up in the morning - even with a full night's sleep. They often need stimulants like caffeine and sugar to 'get going' both in the morning and throughout the day.

You're More Susceptible To Flus and Colds

If you have adrenal fatigue, you may notice that you seem to be catching every flu and cold that comes within 10 feet of you. You'll also notice that it seems harder for your body to bounce back from illness.

You Often Feel Overwhelmed and Run Down

People with adrenal insufficiency often feel run down and overwhelmed with the tasks they have to accomplish. They may feel as if they can't keep up and do it all. (This can lead to other symptoms like depression and social withdrawal)

You May Crave Salty or Sweet Snacks

This may include high protein snacks like meat or cheese. Some people with adrenal fatigue can have an increased craving for salt. You might also notice an intense craving for sweets and fast carbs like donuts, chocolate bars, pastries, ice cream etc.

You Feel Better In A Less Stressful Environment

Many people with adrenal insufficiency feel better when on vacation. Their symptoms may even clear up entirely but then return when they go back to their normal lives.

You Are Troubled By 'Brain Fog' or Inability to Concentrate

This may include things like the inability to remember certain details, appointments, etc. This may also include a feeling of confusion or difficulty concentrating.

Increased PMS For Women

Women with adrenal disorder may find their periods become heavier and/or irregular. They may also notice increased PMS mood swings and/or food cravings.

Those are several key symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Other symptoms include:

Lightheadedness/Low Blood Pressure

Tendency to Tremble When Under Pressure

Reduced Sex Drive

Heart Palpitations

Nervousness/Raw Nerves

Poor Digestion

Feel Most Energetic in the Evening

Extremely Senstive To Cold

If you can identify with the majority of these adrenal fatigue symptoms you may want to read about the causes of adrenal fatigue to see if you can identify with any of them in your own personal life. You'll also want to see your doctor for more tests and a complete diagnosis.

Adrenal fatigue can be overcome and you can feel better. Listen to your body, cut back on stress and treat yourself well.


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title:Adults Don't Get Acne! Do They?
author:Dave Robinson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Skin problems not only effect those in their teens, adult acne is also a very common occurrence, in today's society. Adult women are more apt to suffer from acne than men. Adult men are at higher risk in terms of permanent scaring, caused by acne problems. Contrary to what most people think, adult acne is NOT caused by improper hygiene.
In truth, acne is caused by a number of different things. Oily skin, hair ducts that do not close as they should and infection are three key factors which lead to skin problems. These factors remain the same, in both adults and teens. (How's that for thinking you wouldn't get acne, because you are an adult.)
Pimples occur when dead skin, small deposits of fatty tissue and keratin get clogged in a hair duct. When the duct is open, this clogging produces a "blackhead". When the duct is closed, it is referred to as a "whitehead". Because a whitehead is closed, in most cases, it will eventually rupture. This bursting causes the redness and infection of adult acne.
There are many myths associated with adult acne. Dermatologists tell us that acne is not caused by eating chocolate, fish or oily foods. Stress, in itself, does not cause acne. However, there are certain stress-relieving drugs that have been known to cause skin conditions.
Acne does not clear up faster if you wash your face several times a day or sit out in the sun. Acne is not caused by dirt. Washing your face many times a day can actually do more harm than good. Sitting in the sun only darkens your skin and can cause scaring.
Remember, if you are battling a skin condition, you are not alone. There are numerous ways to treat the problem. You do not have to live with adult acne forever!
title:Adult Acne Solved!
author:Kirsten Hawkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne has always been a dreaded occurrence in our life. Most of us have carried this burden in our teenage years and after almost seven teenage years we think we are finally home free. Then one morning in your twenty sixth, twenty seventh or even twenty eighth year of your existence you wake up with a huge zit on you face. And even worst, sometimes it is not just one but two or even three or even four! And they just keep on sprouting like weeds in an inhibited garden! So you wonder, I’m already an adult so why, why, WHY?
Adult acne is more common than we thought. Almost five percent of adults have adult acne mostly in their twenties, thirties and even forties and beyond. Adult acne can be found in the face and sometimes even on the neck and on the chest and back area. There are many reasons for the occurrence of these devils incarnates and we will enumerate them here plus ways on how to outsmart them.
Adult Acne Source Number 1: those pesky hormones
And we all thought we are done with having problems caused by them! Apparently, they still have a last attack. Experts still can’t pinpoint the main reason why our oil glands are more prone to breakouts because of hormonal shifts in this age line. Unfortunately, these up and down hormonal shifts are the main culprit in adult acne. But fortunately, there’s an easy cure for these shifts and that is the common birth control pill. But take note that this is not applicable to you if you are pregnant. For stubborn and hard to kill zits, you may also use medication that has the ingredient retinoids that can help unclog those pores. If still doesn’t work then it’s high time to up your ammunition. Use antibiotics (may be topical or even oral) to reduce the swelling.
Adult Acne Source Number 2: stress
Stress is also a major source of adult acne. But we can’t help it, can we? Our world is full of stress inducing situation and things that it is already a part of our daily lives. We have bills to pay, kids to feed and a house to clean. So much stress we endure in a day that it results to the dreaded adult acne. This happens because stress triggers the body to secrete cortisol that results in the secretion of more hormones thus resulting to zits. So what do we do when the bump pops? Relax! Do some de-stressing. Go on a vacation or just spend a day doing nothing. Eat right, sleep right and do your exercise routine regularly. If your darn acne are still there after doing these things for a month or two then it is high time to see your dermatologist for some treatment and prescription.
Adult Acne Source Number 3: Daily Grooming Products
It is a fact that as we grow older we tend to become more vain especially in our twenties to thirties when we are still finding our ideal mate. We tend to use a lot of products to make ourselves more attractive to the opposite sex. Unfortunately, this only results to adult acne as these products tend to block pores which can result to zits erupting like crazy in our pretty little faces. How ironic, isn’t it? We bought and used these products to make ourselves more pretty only to have these little craters embed in our face. So what to do? Simplify! You don’t need all these products to make yourself pretty. Just use basics like moisturizer, cleanser and sun block. Purchase cosmetics that are noncomedogenic and make sure that they are oil free especially your moisturizer. And always remember your acne 101: do not touch your face or rest your pretty little chin in your grubby little hands!
title:Adult Acne Treatment – Simple Solutions
author:Kay Smith
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you one of the millions of adults who have acne? Many adults are dealing with acne, the first signs of wrinkles and grey hair all at the same time – talk about physical and emotional tolls. Life just seems too unfair at times. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions for treating acne. Really. You don’t have to live with it.
To properly treat acne, one must first understand what causes it. When hair follicles and sebaceous glands become inflamed acne follows soon after. Sebum is an oily substance made by the sebaceous glands. Bacterial growth and inflammation result when too much sebum is produced. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the four basic mechanisms contributing to acne are hormones, increased sebum production, changes inside hair follicles, and bacteria.
These simple solutions require persistence and consistency.
First things first, talk to a Dermatologist. A Dermatologist can provide you with the best solutions for you based on your medical history, age, skin type etc. Depending on the severity of your acne and your individual circumstances, your Dermatologist may want to prescribe an antibiotic, a vitamin A derivative like Isotretinoin, or one of the other acne drugs now available.
Use non-comedogenic products. Non-comedogenic basically means - not likely to block the pores of the skin, or cause blackheads or acne. There are many non-comedogenic products available today, including, makeup, foundation, moisturizers, sunscreen, lip stick, etc. If it’s something that you apply to your skin you should be able to find a non-comedogenic version. In fact, you can also find non-comedogenic and medicated makeup with acne fighting ingredients like, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur. These products shouldn’t clog your pores and should help treat acne.
Proper skin care is also very important. Gently washing with a facial cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur will also kill the bacteria that causes acne. Proactiv Solution is one such product that is used my millions of people – with great results. Whatever product you decide to use, do not scrub your face as this can irritate your skin and make your acne worse.
Even though there is no cure for acne, there are several effective methods available today to treat it. By discussing your acne with a Dermatologist you can determine the best course of action for you. In the mean time, keep your chin up – there are treatments available that will help you with your acne situation. Imagine waking up one morning and noticing how clear your face is becoming. It really is a great feeling!
title:Adult Acne: It’s a Lot More Common Than You Think
author:Patricia Tyler
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

While it is true that acne most commonly appears during the teenage years, it is just as true that a large percentage of individuals suffer from adult acne. In fact, figures show that as much as 25 percent of men and 50 percent of women in their twenties up to their fifties still experience pimple flare-ups. Adult acne can have just as much negative psychological effects as adolescent acne – perhaps even more so. The stress of having a career or raising a family is bad enough. Having to deal with an unsightly skin problem at the same time would be even worse.
Adult acne can be caused by several things, one of which is mental stress. The body can react to stress by increasing the secretions of the skin’s sebaceous glands or by releasing more hormones from the adrenal glands. Oils from the sebaceous glands can block pores, while a greater amount of hormones in the body can cause hormonal imbalance – both of which can give rise to acne flare-ups or exacerbate an existing acne condition.
It is not surprising that women suffer from adult acne more than men do, since women are more prone to hormonal imbalance. It is known that changes in hormone levels can occur during menstruation and pregnancy. But men, too, are subject to hormonal changes, though not to the extreme level that most women undergo. In any case, hormones play a great role in the occurrence of acne in adults.
Lifestyle and environmental factors also contribute significantly to the emergence of adult acne. A diet that is poor in the necessary vitamins and minerals can wreak havoc on how the body’s organs functions. The skin, being the largest organ in the body, needs nutrients in order to work effectively. If the skin is unable to metabolize or secrete the waste products that it needs to because of poor nutrition, acne can result. Habits such as smoking and drinking can also affect the skin’s condition and its resistance to diseases like adult acne.
What is the best way to deal with adult acne? Like many other ailments, prevention is the key. Make sure that a proper diet is being followed; get enough rest; try to find ways to alleviate stress; maintain proper hygiene to prevent dust from accumulating and blocking the pores. Washing the face once or twice a day and using hypoallergenic or noncomedogenic cosmetics and other personal care products can go a long way towards preventing adult acne.
Treatment options abound for persons with adult acne, however mild or severe their condition may be. Dermatologists may recommend anti-acne medications to be taken in conjunction with other skin care products. More severe cases – such as those involving infection – can be treated with antibiotics to prevent complications. Very severe cases of adult acne have several therapeutic regimes, such as microdermabrasion and laser surgery. A person suffering from adult acne, whatever the level of severity, should consult a dermatologist or other qualified professionals to get the treatment option that is the most suitable for him or her.
title:Adult ADHD Entrepreneurs: Sneaky Little Killers
author:Tellman Knudson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Being an entrepreneur and having adult ADHD symptoms means one thing: you've got to be ten times more vigilant about not getting distracted...
Because the challenge with working on your own--especially if you have adult ADHD symptoms--is overcoming distractions. It's the little stuff, those sneaky little killers, that will destroy you!
What do I mean by "sneaky little killers?"
Let’s say you’re working on one project for the day. Let’s say your project is a simple project like putting up a webpage, just as an example.  How can you get something like that done without getting distracted?
When you have to:
feed the dog,
do the dishes,
go to the post office,
answer your messages,
file some paperwork,
get some lunch,
dryclean your suit...
If you have adult ADHD symptoms, you know how deadly these things can be.
And if you have adult ADHD and you're an entrepreneur, like me, it's these sneaky little things that will prevent you from ever getting to your really important work, ever achieving the Big Picture...
Either that, or you:
forget to eat,
don't answer your messages,
throw your paperwork away...
Sound familiar? If you have adult ADHD symptoms, it will! What can you do?
There is a simple technique that's worked for both myself and my clients like a charm, and you can make it work for you. Especially if you have adult ADHD symptoms, this can be absolutely essential.
It’s called outsourcing, and you can do this at home or at work (if home is work, so much the better).
How? Here's two examples that anyone, even with severe adult ADHD symptoms can use, both at home and work:
Technique #1: Outsourcing at Home:
"Outsource the Dishes."
Actually, this applies to any housework including cooking that you don't have to do yourself. By the way, outsourcing can mean to other people in your family, too. That’s okay.  You have to do things a little differently if you have adult ADHD symptoms.  Outsourcing means paying someone else to do the things that get you distracted.
Maybe you’re talking about your kids. You say, “Hey, how much would I need to pay you a week in order to take care of the dishes every night?” Or, walk the dog, go to the post office, etc.
These are things you can also ask a partner or roommate to do, too. Think about what your time is really worth, then imagine what you could get done if you didn't have to think about these sneaky little killers anymore. Be creative about it! Who can help you, and benefit as well?
Technique #2: Outsourcing at Work:
"Outsource the Paperwork."
I’ll give you an example for this one.  My friend is building a home, and that means getting new mortgages, filling out applications, getting all the necessary information to go on a loan application of multiple pages. It takes time and it’s a huge distraction.  So, he paid his bookkeeper to do it and really, it has changed his life.
Is that really his bookkeeper’s job?  Is that what he hired his bookkeeper originally to do? No, its not. But he found someone who would happily deal with the paperwork. This is a good example of being creative (which is actually a very common trait in people with adult ADHD symptoms). 
--So there are two concrete ways entrepreneurs with adult ADHD can make their lives less cluttered and distracting.
Even if you don't have ADHD symptoms, this is very helpful; but I've found for those dealing with adult ADHD it's an absolute lifesaver.
But, what if you can't pay for outsourcing?
What if you're an entrepreneur with adult ADHD symptoms but you don’t have a lot of finances to pour into this technique? Not everyone has the immediate resources to pay to get things outsourced, but you still have to contend with your ADHD symptoms...
What happens then?
It is very possible for people with adult ADHD to do outsourcing without a penny, and in fact it's one of my favorite ways to do it. My article "Adult ADHD Entrepreneurs: 3 Magic Outsourcing Tips" talks about this in detail and you can find it through my resource box below.
title:Adult ADHD Symptoms: Is This You?
author:Tellman Knudson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

A bit like the elephant on the dinner table that families don't talk about, adult ADHD is something that people often know is there but don't necessarily talk about.
But at some point they say "Okay, this exists. This is a problem.  I don't know if this has been a problem that has been genetic, or what, but what I do want to know is the answers to some of these questions about why I'm struggling with these ADHD symptoms."
Recently, ADHD Secrets did a worldwide survey in which they asked 30,000 people who have ADHD symptoms or think they have adult ADHD, what their ADHD symptoms are and what kinds of problems this causes in their lives, both at home and at work.
One respondent wrote in that because of adult ADHD, it had taken him literally over an hour to write an email that was one sentence long.
Can you imagine?
One hour to write one sentence, just because his ADHD symptoms made him unable to deflect daily distractions.
But if you or someone you know has adult ADHD symptoms, you probably have a similar story yourself--reasons why you didn't complete that paper for school, for example, or can't get your bills paid on time...
But is it really adult ADHD that is causing your problems?
I'm not going to tell anyone that they have adult ADHD. I have absolutely no interest in doing that...
I have had ADHD symptoms since I was born. So, on top of my experience helping people with my Hyperfocus program, what makes me qualified is I know adult ADHD from the inside.
I've had ADHD symptoms all my life, I have what for convenience I will call adult ADHD--whether or not I believe it is a "disorder" or a natural brain state category or what. What I am interested in is helping people overcome their adult ADHD symptoms and go on to be confident, fully successful and functional adults.
If you have a problem with focus, if you procrastinate, if you find yourself getting distracted, then you're exhibiting some of these adult ADHD symptoms and that's exactly what the techniques I have developed are designed to overcome... 
But at the moment, maybe you are thinking, OK, so if I do have ADHD symptoms, or think I really have full-blown adult ADHD, what is something I can do about my ADHD symptoms right away, today, not tomorrow, but immediately?
Well... I am going to give you a quick way to get started changing things today, actually USING your ADHD symptoms. Here we go...
The number one thing if you are saying "Do I have adult ADHD? Don't I have adult ADHD?" Throw that out the window. Technique number one is to say, "What are my strengths? What am I really, really good at?" Write that down on a piece of paper. ok...
Here is the second question you are going to write down: "What are my weaknesses?"
Here's the trick. This is where adult ADHD symptoms which some people might be embarrassed or ashamed of become your single biggest asset.
Let me explain.
Look at the difference between someone who is "easily distractible" and someone who is extraordinarily good at "multi-tasking."
What's the difference?
One's a skill, one's a disability, but it's the same skill set. Think: what skill sets have you developed already, because of your ADHD symptoms? 
You can transform those ADHD symptoms into your own ability to accomplish whatever it is you wish to accomplish, whether it's financial freedom, getting straight A's in school, maintaining a relationship, holding a job, whatever it is...
People with adult ADHD often have amazing drive to succeed. And once they learn how to make their ADHD Symptoms into strengths, they are unstoppable!
Once you realize that your ADHD symptoms can be your advantage, you have made the most important decision right there: to stop seeing yourself as a victim of adult ADHD symptoms, and see yourself as a person with amazing potential for success in anything you do. All you have to do is reach out and grasp this knowledge, and you've taken the first step, you're on your way.
Adult Bedwetting – Exercise May Help The Problem

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There’s a range of things that may help adult bedwetting, and they aren’t all drugs

adult bedwetting, adult bed wetting, adult enuresis

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Adult bedwetting is as embarrassing to adults as it is to teenagers. No one wants to admit that he/she has a bedwetting problem, but doctors see adults on a daily basis that suffer from enuresis. This is the name given to bed wetting in anyone over the age of five because by that time most children have learned to recognize the signs that they need to get out of bed to use the bathroom. Even at that age, they become very upset by bedwetting, so you can only imagine how anyone with an adult bedwetting problem must feel.

Whether adult bedwetting occurs suddenly or develops gradually, it is something that needs to be checked out by a doctor. It could be a symptom of a disease such as diabetes, a sleep disorder, an infection in the urinary system or even an allergy. Once the doctor runs the necessary tests, he/she may send you to a urologist as a precautionary measure. During this time, you can wear bedwetting diapers to keep dry during the night, especially while you are waiting for the medication to take effect. Adult bed wetting also responds well to enuresis alarms to wake you up in time to go to the bathroom.

Adult bedwetting is often result of aging and the loss of muscle tone in the walls of the bladder. There are exercises you can do to reduce the occurrences of adult enuresis. These include doing such things as squeezing the bladder several times a day. This process helps to strengthen the bladder muscles because you pretend that you are trying to stop urinating. It also works during the day when you go to the bathroom so that you are actually stopping the flow. This is one method of exercise that adults suffering from nocturnal enuresis have found effective.

If your adult bedwetting occurs occasionally, you should start a diary recording the events surrounding the bed wetting episodes. This should include such things as how much you had to drink before you went to bed and what foods you ate. Drinking too much alcohol is often responsible for adult bed wetting because it puts you into a deep sleep. Since alcohol impairs brain function, the connection between the brain and the bladder is severed so bed wetting is more likely.

One factor to look at as a cause of adult bedwetting is the psychological factor. Stress and trauma can bring on bedwetting in an adult who did not even wet the bed as a child. This is where keeping a diary of events leading up to the adult enuresis episodes can help you determine what is causing them. Once you realize a pattern in stressful events and adult bedwetting, then you can take steps to avoid certain things that bring it on.

title:Advanced Health Care Directive - 10 Most Commonly Asked Questions
author:Barbara C. Phillips
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Today, more than ever, you need a Living Will. Discover the 10 most common questions you need answered so you too can have peace of mind.
1. What is an advanced health care directive?
Advanced health care directives are written instructions that communicate your wishes regarding care and treatment should you no longer be able to make your own health care decisions.
2. What are the components?
An Advanced Health Care Directive includes:

A Living Will which outlines your medical and treatment choices
Health Care Power of Attorney – the person you appoint to make medical and treatment decisions when you are no longer able to do so yourself.

3. How are they used?
If you are no longer able to make choices regarding your health care, these documents will communicate to your physicians what treatments you want or don’ t want such as artificial administration of food and fluids, or even the use of CPR or a breathing machine.
4. When do they become effective?
These forms are only effective when you cannot communicate your desires yourself. It may be used in situations where you are terminally ill and will die soon. In that case, life-sustaining procedures that only prolong the dying process will be withheld as you have indicated. Another time they will come into play is if you suffer from an event or illness that leaves you permanently in a coma. Because situations are varied, it becomes important to be as clear as you can, and make sure your POA understands your desires.
5. What happens if I don’t have one?
Ever state has a hierarchy that is followed that describes who is your next of kin and who will make decisions for you. For instance, if you are a minor child, it will be your parents. If you are an adult with a legal spouse, that person becomes your decision maker.  It becomes complicated when family members/significant others disagree about what your desires are. This is why these forms are so important.
6. Can I change my mind?
You can change your mind about what you have written and who you choose as your decision maker at any time by destroying the old forms and making a new one. Make sure the new forms are given out to those that need them such as your decision make, family/significant others, health care provider, hospital, etc.
7. If I have a living will, does that mean I won’t get treatment?
This is a common misconception, and the answers is no. These forms do not mean NO CARE. You should always get the care and comfort that you require.
8. Where do I get these forms?
Often times, your health care provider or hospital will have them. However, it’s best if you do them before you ever see these providers. You can obtain them from your attorney, or there are several online sources where you can get state specific documents for free.
9. Do I need to see a lawyer?
No. You can fill these forms out yourself following the form directions.. That said, if you situation is sticky, it would not hurt to get professional legal advice. In most states the forms do not have to be notarized. Make sure you get the required witnesses to sign these forms. They cannot be relatives or employees of your health care provider, hospital, clinic, etc.
10. Where can I find more information?
Online, www.LawHelp.org provides free information for most states. Most state departments of health or your state legal association will be able to point you in the proper direction.
title:Advanced Nutritional Products - What Are They?
author:David Buster
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Advanced nutritional products are substances that have been shown by clinical studies to provide important health benefits. Advanced nutritional products that support the health of the heart, eyes, brain, immune system, joints and so on are being proven by studies on an ongoing basis. We are living longer, and we want those extra years to be active ones full of optimism, energy and health.
The foundation for good health is a lifestyle that includes a sensible diet with nutritional supplements, sufficient quality sleep, reasonable exercise and weight management. Taking high-quality, anti-aging advanced nutritional products helps fill in the dietary gaps that everyone will have. The essential nutrients that your body needs are extensive and complex. Vitamins and minerals are just the beginning. Other nutrients that provide significant anti-aging benefits are the key to improved energy, better health and freedom from disease.
Here are examples of advanced nutritional products:
• Resveratrol - this phytonutrient is an antioxidant found in the skins of red grapes, in red wine, red grape juice and mulberries. Studies suggest that it is an effective antioxidant that reduces mortality in cardiovascular diseases and cancer, that it inhibits the replication of herpes simplex virus, may be beneficial in atherosclerosis, may be helpful in lowering cholesterol levels, increasing HDL cholesterol levels, preventing damage to blood vessels and as alleviation of menopausal symptoms.
• Quercetin - is a bioflavanoid and one of the advanced nutritional products that supports the immune system, connective tissue and blood vessels.
• Alpha Lipoic Acid - this antioxidant (ALA) enhances effects of other antioxidants to fight free radicals in the body and enhance recovery. May enhance insulin sensitivity, improving the body's ability to add lean mass and reduce fat. May be beneficial in persons suffering from type II diabetes and hyperglycemia.
• Acetyl-L-Carnitine - occurs naturally in the body and is one of the advanced nutritional products. It is used for prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, age-related memory deficits, senile depression, Down syndrome, alcoholism-related cognitive deficits and after-stroke treatment as it increases cerebral blood flow.
• L-Carnosine - may play a role in preventing atherosclerosis, joint inflammation, formation of cataracts, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.
• Policosanol - comes from sugar cane and has been studied and published in over 80 clinical studies, more studies than for most prescription drugs. Policosanol significantly lowers total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol without the side affects associated with the statin drugs.
• Lutein - is found in leafy dark green vegetables. Studies suggest it may offer protection against cancer and degeneration of the eyes and skin by sunlight.
• Zeaxanthin - increasing dietary intake of the advanced nutritional products lutein and zeaxanthin may reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
• DIM 3,3' - diindolylmethane is found in the cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli. Diindolylmethane may be used for preventing breast and uterine cancer, preventing benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and for premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
• Turmeric - is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herb used for bronchitis, colds, chest infections, leprosy, fever, kidney inflammation and cystitis.
And there are more! Is it possible that advanced nutritional products can slow the aging process? Absolutely! Numerous clinical studies have shown and are still discovering the health benefits of many of these nutrients. Slowing the aging process includes providing your body ALL the nutrients it requires. You can try to design your own supplement plan and take many different supplements individually. However, designing your own supplement program is not the best way since this means taking many different substances and will not provide the best results.
When trying to design your own supplement plan, it's easy to end up with a dozen or more individual substances to take daily, which is both a hassle and expensive. Besides, if certain substances are out of balance, it's possible they can combine to produce other unwanted compounds that can be harmful. There is one manufacturer that combines the advanced nutritional products in one broad high-quality supplement. Nutrient quantities are combined according to the latest research and the individual ingredients are even linked to the relevant clinical studies.
Learn as much as you can about what finding the best advanced nutritional products really means. Your health, energy and wellness is the issue. Before spending your money, be informed about the anti-aging products you'll be taking every day.
Copyright 2005 InfoSearch Publishing
Advanced Options for Today's Braces

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Information about the strides in dental science and the new options for orthodontics it creates.

dental, braces, dentists

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Orthodontic technologies have greatly improved the effectiveness, comfort, and aesthetic appeal of wearing braces for today's patients. Many people who were once concerned about having to wear large metal brackets and thick bands on their teeth for years are now enjoying healthy new smiles thanks to shorter, more discreet orthodontic care.

New Choices for Traditional Braces

With traditional braces, brackets are glued to each tooth and held together by a metal loop that goes around the entire row of teeth. Modern advances have eliminated the thick steel bands and heavy brackets of the past. Today, stronger glues mean smaller, more tightly bonded brackets. Thick bands have been replaced by thin wires that are not only are harder to see, but also more effective at adjusting teeth.

These smaller, stronger components translate into fewer adjustment appointments, and ultimately a shorter treatment length. On top of that, they also improve oral health. Thick brackets and bands were difficult to clean around, and many patients suffered from tooth discoloration as a result. Over time, the exposed enamel around each bracket darkened from inadequate brushing, while the color underneath each bracket was protected; when the brackets were removed, lighter spots could be seen in the centers of many teeth. Thankfully, today's braces rarely cause such a problem, provided patients brush regularly.

Consumer demand has also led to many cosmetic choices being made available to orthodontic patients. While stainless steel brackets are still most common, they can also be fashioned from ceramics or plastics, making them blend in more with the teeth. (Plastic brackets are discouraged for longer treatment schedules, as they tend to discolor over time.) Brackets, wires, and elastics are all available in a rainbow of colors. Clear components are also available, which make braces even harder to detect.

Invisible Braces

The latest news in orthodontics that has many people excited is the development of "invisible" braces. Instead of using brackets and wires, the orthodontist instead develops snugly-fitting molds of the top and bottom rows of teeth. While in place, these molds apply firm but gentle pressure to misaligned teeth, encouraging them to move and straighten over time.

Computer technology helps the orthodontist to map out a progressive plan to properly align the teeth, broken down into multiple steps. At each step, the current mold is replaced with a new one that provides slightly more pressure than the last. Over time, the series successfully leads to straightened rows of teeth, without any need to undergo invasive braces installation and removal.

Generally, each mold is worn for two weeks. They must be worn all day and all night, but can be removed for eating and cleaning. This prevents the tooth discoloration that often accompanies traditional braces. Most patients experience slight discomfort on the first day of a new mold, but this disappears quickly as their teeth adjust to their new positions.

Invisible braces cost more than traditional braces, but for some, they are well-worth the extra investment. Not only are they easily hidden (unless someone is standing right in front of you), but they can also be removed on rare occasions, such as wedding photos, where someone would otherwise be uncomfortable being seen in braces.

Invisible braces cannot be used to treat every case. Even if they can be tried, traditional braces still may provide a higher degree of success. Only an orthodontist can tell for certain whether or not someone makes a good candidate for invisible braces.

title:Advances in Prosthetic Devices Offer Increased Freedom for Amputees
author:Aldene Fredenburg
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Strong but lightweight materials and advances in technology have translated into more comfort and higher function for amputees.
In the past artificial limbs were made of wood and existed without moving joints, so that above the joint amputations in particular severely limited the mobility of the individual. In addition, the heavy wooden construction made the use of a prosthesis difficult and uncomfortable. Now, modern lightweight materials increase the comfort level of prosthetic use enormously, and new technology allows much more freedom of movement, even with above the joint amputations.
Prosthetic devices with moveable joints have gone through a number of transformations. Developing from a fairly clumsy mechanical joint to ones with robotic capability, joints have gone from operating using the musculature of the affected limb to being able to directly access electrical impulses from the body of the amputee, or from a computer within the artificial limb itself. In addition, robotic devices using built-in computer technology allow for much more subtle limb movements, allowing for more natural capability.
This new technology has translated into an immense sense of freedom for the amputee. People wearing these modern limbs are running marathons, participating in downhill ski competitions, and engaging in all sorts of sports and other recreational activities that were barred to them in the past. Perhaps even more importantly, they are more easily able to function in the everyday world, meeting work requirements along with their non-disabled coworkers, and keeping up with family and friends in their free time.
An Increase in Self-Esteem
When a previously able-bodied person is suddenly faced with amputation of one or more limbs, whether because of an accident, war injury, complications of diabetes, or cancer, the trauma of the situation is a blow to the individual's core identity. One's body image is shattered, and a host of fears set in: fear of losing mobility, becoming dependent on others for their basic care, of facing a lifetime of severely limited opportunities.
Being fitted with a modern, functional artificial limb and then learning to use it can seem like a kind of miracle. As people become more proficient and realize the possibilities opening up to them, their self-esteem soars, and they can begin to look forward to a productive, happy and option-filled life.
The Future of Prosthetics
The technology continues to improve in this important area of medicine. Currently, scientific researchers are perfecting a computerized robotic limb which can be directed by neuronal impulses in the brain - in other words by an individual's thoughts. As the science of prosthetics progresses, it promises to further enhance the lives of those maimed by amputation.
Adventures with Hypnosis

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Hypnosis anecdotes and experiences of an orthomolecular psychologist.  Some myths are refuted.  Relaxation hypnosis used in behavior modification.

hypnosis,subliminal,Age regression,hypnotic phenomena

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In 1949, I had a real problem with a dental phobia.  Four dentists had turned me down as a patient.  I had two abscessed teeth and a mouthful of other cavities.  My dental phobia was so bad that it had forced me to go to a hospital some years earlier in order to have three abscessed teeth removed while I was unconscious. 

I went to a dental convention where I found the recommended dentist who did hypnosis.  He couldn't work on my teeth, but he said he thought he could help me.  So, at the lunch break, I went to his room with several other dentists, and he hypnotized me with a “standard” induction technique.  Then, he taught me a psychological trick of relaxation.  If I raised my left hand whenever I felt my right hand becoming a fist, indicating tension, the dentist would stop, and I would relax my right hand, and lower my left hand.)  I didn't believe it would work, but I made an appointment with the last dentist who had turned me down and had recommended hypnosis.

For the first few minutes, I kept raising my left hand, and he stopped immediately.  After that, I didn't need to raise my left hand much at all, and he worked fast.

He pulled the two bad teeth, and drilled and filled a dozen more in one single hour and half session.  I had Novocain for the bad ones, and didn't need it for the others.  Both the dentist and I were amazed at this, and he asked if I were really twins

To me, a 22-year-old engineering student, this was a genuine “miracle”, and I started to learn all I could about this miracle cure.  I read everything I could find, from the 1700's literature about Mesmer, Coue, etc, up to Erickson, Barber, etc.

I became an electronic engineer, and pursued this as my major career, but my avocation continued to be hypnosis, and by extension, psychology.  (Much of behavior psychology is similar to hypnosis).   I used it professionally, taught it in a major university to doctors, and continued to learn about it.  I performed some “shows”, and considered a career as a stage hypnotist, but was more interested in using it for helping people, as it had helped me. 

In 1979, I left electronic engineering, and turned to psychology.  I went back and obtained a Doctorate in Psychology based on my education, life experience, and my doctoral dissertation.  I became a successful Behaviorist Psychologist for years in private practice in Florida.  I gradually converted to an Orthomolecular practice when I found that these types of therapies worked better than any “talk therapy”, although talk therapy is sometimes useful as well.   
Hypnotic Relaxation

During this many years of study, and later career as a psychologist, I realized that what that original dentist who hypnotized me had actually done.  With hypnosis, he had simply given me a “new” conscious tool of relaxation.  Using this simple tool, I could actually change something in my unconscious called a “phobia”.  It wasn't really a miracle, though I had thought so at the time.  Adding this knowledge to my knowledge of Pavlovian “conditioning responses”, I came up with what I called the Bate Relaxation Technique. 

This is very simple, yet it can be very powerful - much more powerful than most realize because of its simplicity.  It starts with a general hypnotic induction technique of relaxing the body muscles, starting with the toes and going up to the scalp and face.  Then, in a state of muscle relaxation, ask the subject to visualize a very beautiful relaxing scene he/she is in.  Describe the scene.  Ask them to concentrate on how beautiful and very relaxing it is.

Then, ask the subject to memorize the feelings of relaxation and concentration they are feeling at that time.  Have them put these feelings into their memory like a photograph.  Then, give them a post-hypnotic suggestion that they can now recall those feeling any time they simply count to three.  End the session, and have the subject stand up, take a deep breath and simply count to three. 

It's simply amazing how the shoulders often slump 2-3 inches or some other muscles that the subject usually tenses from stress relax.  I describe the “strange” feeling as sort of a “blah” feeling.  (As subjects stand up from the session, their “normal” pattern of muscle stress takes effect, and the “instant” relaxation is definitely experienced.)

I then tell the subject that they now have the pattern, but it up to them to use it often, several times a day, even if not needed, for the next week or so.  This will set this pattern into their unconscious as a “conditioned response”.  (Remember Pavlov's dog?)  Now, they have the same tool I got from the original dentist, but it is much more enhanced and valuable.  It instantly relieves stress of any kind.
Driving a car a long distance is very stressful.  My wife and I recently drove over 20 hours straight thru, with me driving about 14 of those hours.  At 78 years old, that's not “usual”.  The secret - we both simply count to three every so often and are able to relax behind the wheel.  Muscle tension is very tiring, and few are able to relax this muscle tension behind the wheel.

This relaxation technique is very useful in many ways in helping to solve psychological problems of phobias, compulsions, and even some serious physical problems.  I was able to solve dozens of Asthma problems in all persons between 7 and 15 years old, and was often successful with older persons as well.  (Kids in this age range are very suggestible; some adults are too cynical.)

The system is simple, but effective.  First, teach the relaxation.  Then, have the patient emulate a really bad asthma attack.  “Come on, get really bad, your throat is closing more and more.”  It's getting worse and worse.”   When the patient really starts to become in distress, say, “Now, count to three”.  As he gets to three, he relaxes, and says, “Now, it's gone, and you are in control”. 
Many years ago, I did this routine on the 14-year-old son of lifelong friends.  When I was visiting them a few years ago, I walked into the store of the son, and he recognized me immediately.  I was surprised as it had been over 20 years since he had seen me.  He said, “Do you think I could ever forget the man who cured my Asthma?”
It was another great day for my ego.

There's nothing magical or even mysterious about it.  All you are doing is teaching a new “trick” to the unconscious mind.  This “trick” of instant relaxation is learned as a conditioned response by repetition and use.  It becomes a tool for the conscious mind to use in all types of situations to reduce stress.  As everybody knows, stress ages us, diminishes the immune system, and helps to kill us. 

The various forms of yoga and other meditation techniques are similar, yet different.  They relieve stress of course, but are of little use in immediate stressful situations.  This relaxation is immediate.

This also can be used for self-hypnosis, positive statements and visualizations.

I also used it for patients that wanted to stop smoking as a “substitute” for that instant craving that comes to an addicted smoker. 

One idea makes a lot of people “afraid” of hypnosis.  The idea that another person has “control” over them, and can make them do literally anything.  Every experiment ever conducted has shown that this is simply not true.  Hypnosis cannot force a person to do anything that is against his/her moral code.  The unconscious mind is very protective, and is what we are working with either with hypnosis or subliminal training. 

There is some possibility of “indirect” misuse of hypnosis.  I once witnessed a hypnotist demonstrating this.  He had a very attractive woman who was very hypnotizable (instantly into somnambulism by snapping his fingers).  He hypnotized her, and told her to take off her clothes.  She awoke instantly and was embarrassed, but had no conscious memory of why. 

He then hypnotized her again, and this time, told her that she was at home in her bathroom with the door closed, and she was going to take a bath.  She calmly started to take off her clothes.  He stopped her before she got too far, but she was obviously going to completely strip. 

It was interesting how he stopped her.  He told her that someone had come into her home, and was near the bathroom door.  She said, “Don't come in.  I'm not dressed”. 

He then had her get dressed, and woke her.  She had no memory of the incident.

 When I was a young man, I had a girlfriend who I had sex with once or twice.   And she had been hypnotized several times as well.  One night I wanted sex, but she didn't.  I used the cue that hypnotized her, but to no avail.  She refused, even hypnotized.  So, the idea that someone can make you do something you do not want to do is false.  I can testify to that personally.  Our unconscious mind is very protective of us in all ways, even though some ways may be wrong. 

Of course, if you work with either hypnosis or subliminal training, or virtually any type of serious psychology you have to be aware of the unconscious mind, as that entity is always what you are trying to influence. 

Hypnotic Age Regression

This is a very useful tool for a psychologist, or, for that matter, any doctor of any stripe.  Under even “light” hypnosis, it can be used to “pull” details from the life of the patient that he/she has forgotten consciously.  (The unconscious memory has everything in it.) 

There are several “tricks of the trade” involved.  After my Relaxation Technique, I used a “deepening” technique that went something like this,  “Now, I want you to imagine and visualize yourself going down an escalator as I count to ten.  One, imagine yourself stepping on and feeling the steps form under your feet.  Two, as you move down, relax even more.  Three, as you go down further, concentrate more and more.  Four, and as you relax more, you can concentrate more.  Five, this positive circle of concentration and relaxation continues as you move down.”

Continue with similar repetitions thru nine, and then, “Ten, step off the escalator into a room.  This room is yours alone.  It is only in your mind, and no one else can ever get into it.  You can make it anything you want.  In this room, you can do anything or visualize anything that will help you to be a better person.  In this room you can remember anything you want.”

Next, I would start the questioning.  For example, a man came to me to try to find a lost valuable diamond engagement ring.  He and his fiancé had broken up, and she had returned the ring to him.  He remembered taking the ring, but when he got home, he couldn't find it at all.   I did the above technique, and then started.

I said. “I want to you to go back in time to the moment when she handed you the ring.  Where were you and she at that time?”

He replied, “We were in her living room.”

“Alright, see yourself taking the ring.  What did you do with it?”

He said, “I'm putting it into my small watch pocket of my jeans.”

“OK, now you are leaving her.  What happened next?”

“I'm getting into my car, and driving home”

“Good, what happens next?”

“I'm going into my bedroom, and changing clothes.”


“I have to go to a baseball presentation dinner.”

“OK, what did you do with your jeans?”

“Oh NO!  I had put them in the washer!”

That was the story.  He went home and found the ring stuck in the washer.  (The usual story of such is that it gets caught in the “U” drain under a sink.)  This illustrates the value of “age regression” as a memory aid.

Of course, it's also useful to uncover the beginnings of phobias and compulsions.  A woman came to me with a cat phobia and asthma.  I did the usual as above, and with a couple of other useful techniques found the problem.  One “trick” is to say, “OK, now you are going back in time.  It is your 15th birthday.  You are awake in that morning.  Do you have asthma?”

She replied, “yes.”  (She had earlier said on intake questioning that her asthma had started very early.  I start well past that so as to get the patient used to going back.)

“Ok, now you are ten years old, just waking up on your birthday.  Do you have asthma now?”  Same answer.
“OK, you are now five years old, on your birthday.  Do you have asthma now?”  Same answer

 I worked back thru 4 and 3 and 2, 1, and started back in months.  I got to the ninth month, and she didn't have asthma.  Still she had no memory of anything that was related.  So, I went to her tenth month, and went backwards, day to day with the same question.  I got to the day when she did have asthma.  Now I asked her, “What happened to you during the last day that caused you to have asthma?  I am going to count to three, and when I get to three, you will remember everything.  One, you're starting to remember.  Two, memory is coming back.  Three, you now remember everything.”

She then related, “I was lying on my back in a crib, and the cat jumped into the crib, and lay across my mouth.  I couldn't breathe, or call out, and I was scared.  I don't know what happened, but I think I hit the cat, and she went off me.”

It was two birds with one stone.  Cat phobia, and asthma caused at that point.  Asthma is often a “protective” device used to keep oxygen in the body.  Most can easily breath in but have real problems breathing out.  This was her case. 

Then, we get to the really interesting part.  Age regression to past lives.  As an agnostic, I don't really know if the many stories I have heard from many persons are true, or something from the universal mind or what?

Probably the single most impressive story is from the man who came to me with two lifelong phobias that he had had since earliest memory.  He was deathly afraid of fire and water.  He thought that these phobias might be from past lives, and asked me to try to find out. 

He was easily hypnotizable, and with little urging went back thru birth to the previous life.  He had been a circus clown, and been burned to death in a circus fire.  It was then simple to go back to a previous life to that.  It seems that he had stolen a horse, and was caught.  The vigilantes didn't have a tree, so they hanged him from a bridge.  The rope broke, and he drowned.  Of course, it took much more time to go thru, and some suggestions from me.  He was cured according to a phone call a week later.

I've had several such interesting cases.  Another was fascinating to me.  Under hypnosis, a man kept saying, “All I can see is a bird”.  I kept after him about this bird for 10 or more minutes, but he couldn't see much more than this bird.  Finally, he said, “It's a black bird, and it's on my shield”. 

I pressed him harder about his shield, and did he have a sword and a horse.  He suddenly screamed, “There's blood all around me, and all over me and my horse.  I'm killing people all around with my sword, and they're trying to kill me!  ” 

I questioned him closely, and it became evident that the date was 1066 at the battle of Hastings as the Normans conquered England.

Is the story true?  I cannot say with any certainty, but it was impressive.

When I gave seminars and talks on hypnosis, I usually finished with doing my Relaxation Technique, and my deepening.  Then, I would say, “In your room, sitting comfortably, I want you to let your mind go out of your body.  Let it go out into space, and as you see earth behind you as that familiar blue and white marble, see space as almost velvety, with stars and planets being very clear and steady.  It's really beautiful out here in space.  Now, you are coming to a white cloud that is getting bigger and bigger, and you are now entering it.  On the other side, there is another blue marble world.  As you approach, it looks like Earth, but as you get really close, you see no huge cities, but beautiful parks and lovely buildings that seem to be a part of the landscape.  As you come to it, and walk about, you notice that the people are all friendly, and the animals are all friendly, and the gardens and parks all around are simply the loveliest you have ever seen.  You are filled with the same sort of happiness that it seems everybody there has.  You are at peace with yourself and that place.”

“Now, it's time to leave, and we are going back into space again.  Ahead of us is that same white cloud, and this time, as we enter it, we make a left turn, and we are now going back in time.  The year is 1700 on Earth, and as we come back to Earth in that time, we are going to each go into a body in that time and place.        I want you to look at your feet, and your clothes, and your surroundings, and have a sense of who you are in that body.  Now, it's time to return.  We are leaving this time and place, and going back thru that white cloud, and back to that blue marble of earth, and back to that comfortable seat, and into your own body again.  As I count to three backwards, you are gong to awaken, not drowsy or sleepy or affected by my voice at all, and you will remember everything you experienced.”

Then, I count, “Three, two, one, awake fully awake.  Now, how many persons really experienced that beautiful planet?” 

About a third or more really did visualize it clearly.  (A few were somewhat angry with me for not leaving them longer!)  Then I asked, “Now, how many persons experienced themselves in 1700?”  Surprisingly, about one third had very good and clear visualizations.  One woman was indignant “I had bare feet, and scratched legs, and I was a serving woman”.  She had a very high opinion of herself in this life obviously.  Needless to say, these stories were very interesting, and varied.  One woman impressed me with, “I was in a dark place waiting to be born.”

Of course, such stories do not prove anything.  They could be products of imagination, or simply scraps of something from the unconscious or universal mind.  However, or whatever they are, taken in bulk from honest persons with no known vested interest, they do prove something beyond our conscious knowledge. 
An “Impossible” Story

Here's a true story that is unbelievable to many people.  In reading about hypnosis, I came across an article where a professional hypnotist had claimed that he had been able to increase a woman's breast size using hypnosis.  I dismissed that claim until in 1978; I read an article by Dr Ted X. Barber in the Journal of Clinical Hypnosis about hypnotic phenomena.  This article discussed many different hypnotic phenomena, including several experiments at several different colleges that had all done a similar experiment.  As I recall (at this much later date), each college used 8-12 women, all of whom were somewhat flat chested, and all wanted larger breasts.

All were carefully measured, above and below the actual breasts, and across them at the nipples.  Once a week for 12 weeks, they were hypnotized as a group, and told to visualize things like, “See yourself in a mirror naked with larger breasts.  Admire your larger breasts.  See how good they look, and how good you feel with them.  Now, see yourself dressed in a very becoming dress, and how well it looks on you with your new breasts.  It increases your self-confidence as well. “ 

These comments were repeated several times.  As I recall, the average for all of the various experiments was that 80% actually increased their breast size, and the average increase was 2.1 inches.

Let's take another deeper look at this.  The average success rate for losing weight by hypnosis is considered to be less than 65%.  In other less reported breast size experiments, DECREASING breast size in women with overly large breasts, the success rate was negligible. 

In addition, this suggestion is specific - add body cells to a certain part of the body only!  We have no knowledge if actual mammary cells were added, or only fat cells, but still!!! 

I've won two bets from other psychologists that this story was published in a reputable scientific journal.  I made a hypnosis tape specifically for “breast enlargement”, and heard for a few of the women who purchased it that it did indeed work for them.  Unfortunately, few people report either success or failure.

Why doesn't hypnosis work better on the “lesser task” of losing weight, or losing breast weight?  The explanation is difficult, but in my experience the social “advantage” to women of large breasts inhibits the unconscious from losing this “advantage”.   Some women are “punishing” their selves (or their husbands) by being fat.  (Sort of “love me for me, not for my body”).  Motives of the unconscious mind are often murky and difficult for our conscious minds to understand.  The computer analogy of “garbage in - garbage out” applies here.

Harmful Unconscious Ideas

The unconscious mind can be a force for good or bad.  It apparently doesn't discriminate - again like a computer.  If a virus gets in, it can distort many other programs in different ways.

Let's examine a very illustrative case.  A woman brought in her 8 year old boy for hypnosis for bedwetting.  I did the usual direct suggestion, and told her to keep him off all milk products for at least a week. 

Two days later, she and her son were back.  No success.  This time, I did age regression hypnosis.  He went back (with a little urging) to when he was 4.  He was in bed almost asleep when he heard someone trying to get in his window.  He was so scared that he wet himself, and cried out.  The burglar (real or imagined) left.  The unconscious “logic” to this boy - urination protects from intruders in night.  It wasn't difficult to remove this logic (computer virus), and his mother said that he hadn't wet again a few months later.

The great master of hypnotic therapy, Milton Erickson, once had an almost comic situation that he solved in a unique way.  It seems that a recently married couple came to him because each was a bed wetter.  On their honeymoon, the bed was wet each morning, and each thought the other was very thoughtful in not mentioning it.  After a few days, they each confessed and came to Erickson.

He made them agree to do exactly what he said, and then told them to kneel on the bed when they were ready for sleep and each had to urinate, and then sleep in it.  They came back several days later, and they had kept their word.  He then told them, “Since you did as I told you, tonight you can go to bed normally without the urination, and come back tomorrow”.  The next day, they said the bed was dry in the morning, so he “allowed” them another dry night.  Then another, and then he declared them “cured”.

These two stories illustrate the immense power of the unconscious for both good and bad.  One of the major jobs of the unconscious mind is to “protect” the physical body (home of the unconscious mind) from harm.  If a threat is perceived whether real or imaginary, it goes into action, even if the action may be harmful to itself.

Phil Bate PhD - Retired Orthomolecular Psychologist
Inventor and Patent Pending Holder for
Brain Wave Amplitude Changing via Auditory Training

Adverse Reaction Of Epidural Steroid Injections

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Are you often troubled by your backache? It is one of the common problems among people. There are several reasons responsible for your backache. Nowadays, there are a number of treatments available for your backache.

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Epidural steroid injections are one of the most effective treatments of your backache. Researchers have tested that epidural steroid injections provide more relief as compared to pills ingested orally.

Epidural steroid injections are long lasting steroid injections that consist of a mixture of local anesthetic and the steroid medication, which is delivered in the epidural space surrounded by the spinal cord and the nerves coming out of it. Epidural steroid injections lessen the tenderness of nerves, which in turn reduce soreness, tingling & numbness and other signs caused by nerve inflammation or swelling.

Epidural steroid injections can provide both diagnostic and therapeutic benefits. The majority of patients take a few days to respond to epidural steroid injections because of the delayed effects of the corticosteroid.

The injecting procedure is safe, but there are always some types of hazards, fallouts, and complications associated with novel treatments. There is also adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections. The most common adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections includes temporary pain, spinal puncture with headaches, infection, bleeding inside the Epidural, nerve damage, etc.

The other adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections are linked to the side effects of cortisone such as increasing weight, rising blood sugar levels, water retention, suppression of body’s own natural production of cortisone etc. Sometimes the adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections cannot be seen at once, they arise after sometime.

Adverse Reaction Of Epidural Steroid Injections Is Severe, But Rare!

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Your epidural space is the area which surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves coming out of it. It is the area associated with severe back pains and inflammation. Your epidural steroid injections are long lasting steroid (CORTISONE) injections for your Epidural space to help you relieve your severe back pains, inflammation and/or swelling of nerves in the Epidural space, and to reduce pain, tingling & numbness and other symptoms caused by nerve inflammation / irritation or swelling.

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Your epidural space is the area which surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves coming out of it. It is the area associated with severe back pains and inflammation. Your epidural steroid injections are long lasting steroid (CORTISONE) injections for your Epidural space to help you relieve your severe back pains, inflammation and/or swelling of nerves in the Epidural space, and to reduce pain, tingling & numbness and other symptoms caused by nerve inflammation / irritation or swelling.

However, there are risks, side effects, complications, and adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections. 1% to 2% of all injections may have minor side effects that may include minor infections, but 0.1% to 0.01% of injections may have adverse reaction.

Some of the side effects of epidural steroid injections may include a transient decrease in immunity, Cataracts, transient flushing, increased appetite, weight gain, high blood sugar (mainly in diabetics), water retention, suppression of body’s own natural production of cortisone, etc.

The adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections may include severe infections. An adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections may include bleeding inside the Epidural space with nerve damage. This adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections is rare, but it is more common for patients with underlying bleeding disorders.

Dural puncture may be adverse reaction of 0.5% of injections. This adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections may cause a post-dural puncture headache (also called a spinal headache) that usually gets better within a few days. Although rare, a blood patch may be necessary to alleviate the headache.

Stomach ulcers may also be adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections, and severe arthritis of the hips (avascular necrosis) may also an adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections. 

However, to prevent the adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections, epidural steroid injections should not be given to given to the people having local or systemic bacterial infections, pregnant women, or the people having bleeding problems. Epidural steroid injections should also not be given to the people having pain from tumor or infection. Epidural steroid injections should not be given to the allergic people, or the patients on blood thinning medications, such as Coumadin, Plavix, and Ticlid. MRI scan should be done prior to the injection to rule out the adverse reaction of epidural steroid injections.

title:Advertising Your Holistic Business
author:Jenifer Shapiro
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The most basic answer is the same answer as to the question, how does advertising work?  Advertising works through repetition, and Holistic Hometown offers you that repetition.
What all successful companies know is that advertising it a process.  It’s been stated in marketing files for over 50 years that potential clients, unless they are in need of your services when they initially see your ad, take 5-7 repetitions to recall who you are.
What does that mean?  Well, if you are only advertising in one source, it could mean you are wasting your time and money.
What’s the best way to begin an advertising campaign when the goal is visibility?  Find sources that attract your target market AND that you can afford over the longer term (1-3 years) for ongoing products/services and find targets with high repetition for shorter term (1+ months) for events and shorter-term needs.
For example, if I am marketing an event and have 2 months to market it, I will use the internet, e-mail marketing, and an ad in a monthly magazine to get the word out quickly.  I may even take out two ads if it is a large event.  If I am, instead, marketing a product or service which will take ongoing clients, I’ll use the same vehicles, smaller ads, and have them in the magazine ongoing for a year or more.
People often ask me if that isn’t expensive.  I tell them there are two reasons many businesses fail:  they don’t spend enough on advertising, and they done spend their advertising dollars in the most effective ways.  Think about it, if you spend a lot on advertising AND you receive a lot of customers from it, the advertising ends up not being very expensive after all.  In the same way, a cheap advertising option is actually expensive if you don’t get more customers from it.
One thing is for sure, I ALWAYS use the internet for advertising because of it’s high repetition and low cost (when done right).  When someone comes to my site once, they almost always come back to check something again.  Right there, there were 2 repetitions.
With Holistic Hometown, there is even more opportunity for repetitions because WE MARKET YOU through the web, direct mail, e-mail marketing, telemarketing, and more so that you get the most repetitions for the least amount of money.
A great additional opportunity with Holistic Hometown and internet marketing is that you can change your information anytime at no extra cost.  Therefore, if you decide to add an additional service, you just update your listing or ad.  It’s a good thing to highlight new offerings for a few months for highest visibility.
One thing I’ll ad here is that it is very important that your ads are QUALITY ads.  Remember that people see your ads before they meet you.  That means often their opinion of you is created from the ad.  A less than attractive or unprofessional ad is not the first lead you want with a prospective client.  Take your time, get the resources to do it right the first time, and you will reap the benefits of your time, money and energy.
Blessings on your entrepreneurial endeavor!  Check back in our Member Articles Area under Holistic Business Articles for more on how to create and maintain a successful holistic business!
Advice for a Better Health

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Empower Yourself. There is no greater feeling of power than that which is endowed by knowledge. Identify the areas you would like to empower yourself and take a go at it. Is it Art? History? Politics? Economics? Science? Technology? What stops you from picking up books, surfing the Internet or even just asking questions?

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If you want to feel good, real good, here’s what you should do.

1. Walk Tall. The most significant effort you can make to boost your morale is to let the world see a new, confident You. And the first step towards that is to walk talk and confident, strutting through life as if  you know exactly where you’re headed.

2. Empower Yourself. There is no greater feeling of power than that which is endowed by knowledge. Identify the areas you would like to empower yourself and take a go at it. Is it Art? History? Politics? Economics? Science? Technology? What stops you from picking up books, surfing the Internet or even just asking questions?

3. Energize Yourself. When you breathe in, imagine you are breathing in all the goodness of the world, allowing your system to be nourished and refreshed by it. Having thus cleansed your system, when you breathe out, your emotional toxins are dispelled. Enjoy the new sense of power you feel!

Breathe in and say, “I’m powerful,” breathe out and say, “I’m beautiful.” Repeat this a number of times and you will feel a new rush of blood through your body.

4. Feel Good About Yourself. Learn to love yourself and the life you lead. Yes, it could be better and you can make it so. But if you don’t like how things are going, that is no reason to waste what you already have in hand in the hope of what you can make of it. Remember, a bird in hand is worth two in the bush! There will always be those extra kilos to shed, those qualities you wish your partner had, that car you wish to buy, or the house you wish to own

5. Get Fit. Being fit and healthy is the greatest energy and confidence booster you can give yourself. Instead of blaming yourself for not eating right and for binging on the wrong things, cultivate some positive addictions. Try going for a daily dose of exercise: be it a walk, a workout at the gym or just floor exercises at home.

6. Eat Judiciously. Rather than feeling dejected at the weight you keep putting on because of a junk food eating habit, develop the habit of eating healthy foods to keep yourself fit and slim. It is said that you can actually eat to remain slim by eating right. Experts opine that the process of chewing and digesting foods such as celery, mushrooms, broccoli and tomatoes, when not fried, actually makes you expend more calories than you take by eating them.

7. Remain Calm. This is indeed a rare quality and if you were to successfully cultivate it more than half of your life’s worries would be over. Stress and tension are the cause of more diseases than we know of. Fatigue and irritability are also caused by stress.

title:Advice for Healthy Living in 2006
author:Anna Fleet
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

With the New Year now upon us, it's important to give pause and consider making some positive changes regarding the state of your health.  As they say, there’s no time like the present.  People the world over often make resolutions to do something to better themselves in the coming year.  In 2006, consider doing something that will benefit your overall health.  The following suggestions may just help to ensure that you’re able to make New Year’s resolutions for many years to come.
Get a Check-up - An excellent place to start when considering lifestyle changes is with an honest assessment of your health.  At this stage, it wouldn't hurt to consult with your physician.  Why not make an appointment for your annual physical exam?  This way, you can begin the year with an accurate assessment of your physical state.  Your doctor will be able to focus your attention on areas that are of immediate health concern.  This is especially important if you’re a smoker, if you’re overweight, or if you have any significant health issues that might prevent you from performing simple daily tasks.
Drink More Water - Make another profound difference to your health by consuming more water.  Many people make the mistake of assuming that they’ve received enough water from the various pop, coffee and other beverages they’ve consumed in a day.  This is not entirely accurate.  Ideally, one should consume upwards of eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day.  Water helps the body metabolize stored fats.  It can also help your body cleanse itself of free radicals, which have been linked to cancer and other such ailments.
Get Moving - Exercise is yet another effective way to maintain optimal health.  That’s not to say that one has to become entirely committed to working out each and every day, but it’s in every individual’s best interest to perform some form of activity 3 times per week.  Physical exercise can be performed in a wide variety of ways to keep it fun and interesting.  For instance, the simple act of walking is a highly effective form of exercise.  It’s one that can be completed without supervision, without props, and without any previous experience working out.  Joining a gym has a number of direct benefits as well.  Not only will you have access to some excellent equipment, but you will also benefit greatly from the fitness knowledge that most personal trainers possess.
Pay Attention to Nutrition - Diet also plays a significant role is one's overall health.  Everyone should be familiar with the dietary guidelines established by the leading health agencies and authorities.  The "food pyramid" is by far the most popular set of published nutritional guidelines.  The food pyramid advises people to include all of the major food groups - grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat (or protein) - in their diets.  Keep in mind that the food pyramid is merely a nutritional guideline.  The dietary needs of each individual will vary drastically, and what’s ideal for one person isn’t necessarily ideal for the next. 
By following these few simple suggestions, you can take control of your health and your life in 2006.  Good luck!
Advice for men who want to look ripped

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To look cut, with great muscle definition, many people have the misconception that you need to hit the gym.

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To look cut, with great muscle definition, many people have the misconception that you need to hit the gym. That's the general belief: lift less weight and do more reps for definition. For bulk, lift heavier weight and do fewer reps.

The idea that less weight tones muscles is wrong. Less weight and more reps builds endurance. For explosive power, do fewer reps with heavier weight. Just remember that to really increase strength the general consensus is that you have to work with at least 60% of your maximum lift (the heaviest weight at which you can complete a singe repetition). Definition is not an issue when deciding how many reps to do and how much weight to lift.

In reality, there is no such thing as lifting for definition. Muscular definition is one thing: muscle mass minus body fat. You cannot lift to make your muscles more defined. To look ripped, you have to shed some fat.

It starts with your diet. You have to eat right. There are many ways to eat right. One thing that works well for almost everyone is to cut out milk and milk by-products (creamers for coffee) from the diet. Also, don't eat any complex carbohydrates after lunch. A perfect dinner might be salad and tuna fish.

In addition to lifting weights, do cardio often. Many people are afraid that they will lose muscle by doing cardio. In reality, doing cardio (in addition to eating well) is the only way to get cut because you have to lose that body fat. The more cut you are, the more jacked you look.

In conclusion, lift weights, eat well, do cardio, and look ripped.

Advice on buying mobility scooters

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Mobility scooters advice and information.

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A mobility scooter is a convenient and simple way to improve the independence of those who would otherwise find it difficult to keep mobile.

Mobility scooters are fast becoming an essential aid for day to day mobility for the elderly. There are in the region of 250,000 scooters on the pavements and roads at the present moment in time.

They come is various styles, sizes and budgets to suit all potential users. However, buying a mobility scooter should not be rushed into. There are several things to consider.
Below is a list of such factors:
Three or four wheel
4mph or 8mph
Transportable or not
Maximum weight capacity
Maximum range that can be travelled per battery charge
Ease of operation

There are a number of benefits associated with owning a mobility scooter, two examples are:

• Greater independence and returning to normal activities such as shopping.
• Greater ability to move around the house.

Buying you first mobility scooter is a means to improving you quality of life, and can be considered to be an excellent investment.

As technology improves scooters are becoming cheaper to manufacturer and making them more affordable, enabling more people to benefit from the advantages they bring.

Before buying it is important to give careful consideration to the purpose of the scooter in term of what is it to be used for? Consider the terrain upon which it is to be used, and distance that is to be covered. Also consider your budget, and stick within price range you can comfortably afford. Do not be tempted by sales people to spend more than you want. Also consider buying second hand to reduce the amount you need to spend.

Advice on mobility scooters

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Tips and advice on electric mobility scooters.

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For those with poor mobility electric scooters or mobility scooters are an ideal solution to improve their mobility and independence. Scooters are usually battery powered with the ability to carry one person.

Mobility scooters come is a wide range of styles to accommodate different user’s needs.  Mobility scooters can have either three or four wheels, and have two main speed setting; 4mph or 8mph. As the scooters run on battery power there is no pollution produced. The batteries are rechargeable. The distance which a scooter can cover on one charge will depend from scooter to scooter, and the terrain on which the mobility scooter is used. Operating a scooter is fairly simple, with accelerating and braking functions and a tiller style steering.

Types of Electric Scooters

There are several different types of Electric Scooters or Mobility. The main ones are a follows:

Transportable Mobility Scooters -  These scooter are designed to dismantle and mantle simply and quickly.  The scooter will dismantle into section making it light to lift and fit into most car boots.

3 Wheeled Electric Scooters or Mobility Scooters - The three wheeled mobility scooters are full size and offer good manoeuvrability and are suitable for both indoor as well as outdoor use.

4 Four-Wheeled Electric Scooters or Mobility Scooters - Four wheel scooters offer greater stability than 3 wheel scooters. These types of scooters are mainly used for outdoor use. These scooters have bigger tyres with wider base and can go as fast as 8 mph.

Advantages of Electric Scooters or Mobility Scooters

The main advantages are as follows:

1. The Electric Scooters are powered by battery therefore no physical exertion is required.
2.  People with low mobility can gain greater independence.
3.  No assistance to drive these scooters is required as it is very easy operating these scooters

Advice to Parents on Childhood Measles - Part II

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In part II of this article measles symptoms are described in the order in which they would be expected to appear, and advice given on when to call a doctor.

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Copyright 2006 Peter Nisbet

In Part 1 I explained how a lack of knowledge about measles symptoms and resistance to MMR has resulted in some parents starting up ‘measles parties’ to ensure that their children caught measles early and so gain immunity that way.  This is mistaken in my view and many people are unaware that measles is still a major killer.  In part II I will explain to parents what the measles symptoms are, in what order they should appear and when to call a doctor.

As a parent you should learn how to recognise measles symptoms.  If your child has had the disease, or is immunized, you probably don’t need to know this, but if not you could save a life by being aware of the most important measles symptoms and when to get medical help.  Back in the 1950s and 60s they all knew measles symptoms  when they saw the,  but not now, so let’s try to spot the them in the rough order in which they normally appear.  It’s not easy since many childhood infections have similar symptoms.  However, they all have at least one which is particular to that disease.

Measles symptoms:

Measles frequently start with symptoms similar to those of a cold or the flu.

1.  First a runny nose and a ‘sniffle’, followed by a sore throat..  A typical ‘barking’ cough can then develop.  So far, you would not think ‘measles’  The eyes will puff up, may become watery and get red and sore looking.  If you know of a possible measles contact you can now get suspicious.

2.  A slight increase in temperature will develop, and will increase to around 39 Celsius (102F).   The child may shy away from the light  or close her eyes when a light is switched on. At this point you may want to call a doctor.  If so, you will catch the disease early, but the symptoms are not yet definitely indicative of measles.  Most parents will still regard these symptoms as a’ bit of a cold’ or a ‘touch of the flu’.

3.  You may not notice this, but about 2 to 3 days after the first symptoms appear,  your child will get small spots on the inside of the cheek, round about the molars, called Koplik’s Spots. These look like small red bumps with tiny grains of sand or salt in the middle.  These may last less than a day and sometimes even appear within the first 36 hours.  If you are with it and aware, you will see this, and you should call your doctor at this stage.  This the definitive measles symptom.  No other infection shows Koplik's spots.  These spots disappear as the main rash appears. They are photographed on my website.

5.  The temperature will probably have reduced a bit by now to 37 – 38C (just at or below 100F).  You think perhaps she is getting better.

6.  The main rash starts to appear about 1 or 2 days after the Koplik’s spots.  It forms small spots which join together to form blotches.  Definitely doctor time!  There is a picture of a measles rash on my website.

7.  The rash appears on the forehead around the hairline first,  then to the neck, body, arms and legs.  By this time you will have called a doctor and your child is diagnosed with measles unless you have an inexperienced doctor, when samples may be taken to identify the virus.

8.  The temperature increases again to over 40C or higher (105F). No need for samples now - if the Koplik's spots were missed, this is definitely measles, but by now it is dying out.

9.  The rash lasts about 4 days then starts to disappear from the head down.  The whole process, from start of symptoms to disappearance of the rash, takes about 10 days on average.  The rash itself last about 6 days.

A person with measles is infectious from 4 days before the rash appears to about 4 days after it has appeared, so it can be passed around before any measles symptoms show.

Those most at risk are:

Young children under one year old. Malnourished people. Children who have depressed immune systems, such as those on some cancer treatments or are infected with HIV or AIDS. Children suffering from a Vitamin A deficiency. Pregnant women:  the infection can cause miscarriage or premature delivery.

It is said that a doctor’s surgery can be a dangerous place.  Measles is extremely contagious, and around 90% of close proximity contacts will catch the disease.  If any of the above high risk patients are present in the surgery waiting room when you take your child suspected of having measles, you may be placing them at special risk.

Doctors may not like this, but for this reason alone I suggest that you call a doctor rather than take a child suspected of having measles to the surgery.  This is another argument against those who would rather have their child catch measles at a measles party than be given a vaccination to prevent them from contracting it.

Aerobic Activity

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Do you know the difference between aerobic and anaerobic activity? It's important that we stay fit, and strenthening our cardio system is a key point. Increased Aerobic activity is what it takes.

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The term aerobic means "with oxygen." During an aerobic activity , the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart, lungs and blood vessels, responds to physical activity by increasing the oxygen that is available to the body's working muscles. Aerobic activity involves an exercise routine that uses large muscle groups, is maintained for a long periods and is rhythmic in nature. Regular aerobic activity improves your fitness as your heart becomes stronger and begins to work better. The result is that the heart can pump more blood (thus increasing oxygen delivery to the tissues) with each heartbeat. As your aerobic fitness increases, you can work out longer with greater intensity and recover quicker at the end of the session. Aerobic activity is often coined either High Impact or Low Impact. High-impact aerobic activity includes actions that take both feet off the floor, thus causing more jarring of the joints when the body weight hits the floor again. An example of Low Impact is walking while High Impact is jogging or jumping up and down.

It is important to start at a low intensity and increase this over the following few weeks as the exercise feels easier. For example, 20 minutes of walking, jogging or a combination of walking/jogging may be sufficient to leave you rather breathless and fairly tired at the start of your program, but as the weeks go by, you may need to increase the pace or introduce jogging up some shallow hills to achieve a further increase in fitness. Remind that the heart works better when it is strong. Because the heart is a muscle, it can be made stronger with regular physical activity or aerobic activity. Explain that there are two types of exercise: aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic activities use the arm and leg muscles and give the heart (and lungs) a continuous workout. Anaerobic activities build and tone muscles but are not as beneficial to the heart and lungs as aerobic activities.

Some of the best forms of aerobic activity are the traditional sports. If you get together and play basketball twice a week with friends, this alone might be enough to keep you fit and healthy. The important thing is to get some kind of aerobic activity, and to make it something that you enjoy enough to keep with it. Some people should consult their doctor before they start a vigorous aerobic activity program. The best advice I have is to join a gym for a month. This will let you try out lots of different aerobic exercises and find out which ones you like.

Aerobic Benefits and History

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The word ‘aerobic’ means “with oxygen”. Researchers consistently recommend that regular physical activity with healthy eating habits is the most efficient way to keep yourself fit and control your body weight. Aerobic activity helps you to control or reduce your weight by using excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat. Everything you do uses the calories including sleeping, digesting food and breathing. Any physical activity to what you normally do will use extra calories. So doing

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Aerobic Benefit:
The word ‘aerobic’ means “with oxygen”. Researchers consistently recommend that regular physical activity with healthy eating habits is the most efficient way to keep yourself fit and control your body weight. Aerobic activity helps you to control or reduce your weight by using excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat. Everything you do uses the calories including sleeping, digesting food and breathing. Any physical activity to what you normally do will use extra calories. So doing regular aerobic exercise gives you a sense of positive attitude that helps to counteract stress. Aerobic activity increases the body’s production of endorphins.

Benefits of aerobics:
* The heart works more efficient and becomes more stronger.
* It helps to control your weight.
* Reduces the risk in developing diabetes, obesity and any heart disease.
* There is an increase in good cholesterol and decrease in bad cholesterol.
* It increases endorphins.
* Increases the body’s ability to take in oxygen and makes you breathe faster.
* It helps to reduce and control the body fat.
* Improves the body muscle strength and flexibility.
* Improves the quality of sleep that freshens you early next morning.
* Helps to avoid chronic diseases like heart disease and hypertension.
* Aerobics increases the resistance fatigue and gives you more energy.
* Improves your mood and reduces depression, stress and anxiety.
* It avoids overheating.
* Aerobics pumps the blood faster and more forcefully.
* Helps in prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
* Builds the muscular strength and makes your body more flexible.
* Helps to reduce blood pressure.
* Prevents from certain types of cancer also.
In short aerobics burns your fat. Aerobics makes you live longer and live healthier and happier.
It builds up a positive attitude in you and changes your perception of looking towards life.

Regular aerobic exercises will force the heart to gradually enlarge and it is important to always target your heart rate.

Here safety is first:
Vigorous aerobic routine can cause sprains and injuries. So never neglect the pain and immediately consult your doctor. If you have any medical concerns the consult your doctor and then start the routine. If a problem like dizziness, vomiting, back pain or any other arises consult your doctor and then continue the aerobic activity.
Aerobic history: “Origin of the way ending in a fit and healthy world”

Aerobics is nothing but a system of exercises to help prevent coronary artery diseases which was first put forwarded by a physician called Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper in San Antonio air force hospital in Texas. Shortly after the publishing of cooper’s book about the exercise system, Aerobics in 1968, a person known as Jackie Sorenson developed a series of dance routines known as the aerobic dance to considerably improve the cardiovascular fitness. In this way aerobic dance and other form of exercises gain existence and made its way cautiously among the masses all over United States and many other counties and that too in a very short span of around two decades. The number of aerobics participant in the US alone raises from an estimated 6 million in 1978 to 19 million in 1987. Thus from the above lines one can easily see the tremendous popularity of aerobics among the people around the world.

Something about sportaerobics

Howard and Karen Schwartz are the two persons who developed a very new and competitive sport known as sportaerobics in the year 1983. Their group organization called the sport fitness international holds the credit of organizing the first national aerobic championship in the year 1984. Sportaerobics at the beginning, started featuring competition in four categories namely individual male and female, mixed pairs and trio which have the facility to include any of the three athletes. In the year 2002 the competition was upgraded to a group of six athletes.  The judgment of the competitors is done on a one minute, forty-five seconds routine done to music. Judges choose two criteria namely the artistic merit and the technical merit with an overall 10 pints each. In 1996 sportaerobics is formally adopted as a Gymnastique discipline.

Growth of aerobics since the early years 

Aerobics since the day of its introduction is growing at a tedious pace. All sorts of people are finding aerobics to be convenient and helpful in maintaining a fit and healthy body structure. Today the present scenario is such that every person in between a heavy work schedule makes out atleast half an hour to work out either in the gym or in the home. Every one today stress on the need to stay healthy and hence aerobics and all its form of exercises are rapidly gaining popularity.

title:Aerobic Cross Training for Weight Loss
author:Keith Londrie
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Do you sometimes get bored with your aerobic exercise? Do You sometimes feel like you're not getting the results you should from your aerobic exercise? If so, then aerobic cross-training is for you.
Aerobic cross-training refers to using two to three different types of aerobic exercise during an exercise session. For example, if you plan to exercise for 60 minutes, you might start with 20 minutes of walking or jogging, followed by 20 minutes of biking, and finish with 20 minutes of rowing.
Now, please don't get the impression that you have to be in great shape to do this or that it has to be 60 minutes long. You can start with something as simple as a ten minute walk followed by ten minutes with an exercise video. This is cross-training too. You can gradually build up from there.
Here are some of the exercises you can use in your cross-training program; walking, jogging, biking, rowing, stair climbing, swimming, exercise videos, etc. Any combination of aerobic exercises will do. You simply go from one to the next with very little time between them.
Aerobic cross-training is beneficial to you in several ways:
1. It provides variety which eliminates the monotony often associated with doing the same exercise for a long period of time.
2. If your exercise sessions are less monotonous and more enjoyable, you are much more likely to exercise more often and for longer periods of time.
3. You are less prone to over-use injuries that sometimes occur from doing the same exercise movements over and over again.
4. You tone more muscles because you are using more muscles. For example, walking tones mostly the lower body muscles and rowing tones upper body muscles also. Even exercises like walking and biking that both tone lower body muscles, tone them at different angles and each tones some small muscles that the other doesn't.
5. Aerobic conditioning is very specific to the muscles being worked. For example, you can walk ten miles a day and still be somewhat breathless after climbing stairs because you haven't trained the muscles for that specific movement. Aerobic cross-training allows you to develop more comprehensive aerobic training.
6. Aerobic cross-training is effective for weight loss because your are toning and training the fat-burning systems of more of your muscles. It turns more of your muscles into 24-hour fat-burning machines! You are also more likely to exercise on a regular basis and for longer periods of time. this also promotes weight loss and fitness.
For more information on cross trainning, keith Londrie II has put up a web site for further information. Please visit http://cardioaerobics.info/ for more information NOW.
Keith E. Londrie II
infoserve @ mchsi.com
Aerobic Training: How Doing It Properly Can Improve Health

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This article talks about the importance of aerobic training to improved overall health.  Countless individuals nowadays turn to various supplements and other medications to improve their health. Because of this, the benefits of aerobic exercise have been overlooked. Health experts however advise individuals to partake in proper aerobic training to improve their health.

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A lot of people nowadays are using various medications and going on crash diets to lose some unwanted pounds and improve their health. Because of this phenomenon, the benefits of aerobic exercises have been overlooked. Two of the more famous forms of aerobic exercise are running and jogging. Doing these activities lead to improved physical appearance, healthier heart, and elevated moods. 

The primary benefit of this kind of exercise is a healthy heart. The human body responds to the increased need for oxygen that comes with running or jogging. As aerobic exercise takes place, the circulatory system responds by pushing itself harder which prompts the heart to beat faster. Just like other muscles in the body that receives a healthy dose of workout, the heart becomes stronger with regular aerobic training. A stronger heart pumps blood more efficiently and improve blood flow to many parts if the body. Because of a healthy heart, climbing stairs can be a breeze and walking or running long distances may less difficult. One's body therefore becomes more efficient in handling everyday tasks that can be encountered.

Like other physical activities, regular aerobic training can give a healthier looking body to  individuals who engage in them. For people who workout regularly, the muscles become more toned and lean because fat is burned off. In addition to these physical improvements, greater muscle density contributes to bone strength and reduce the risk of breaking bones as one gets older.

Medical studies also add that moderate or intense physical activities may prompt the body to produce substances called endorphins. These substances are produced by the brain that may elevate one's mood and eliminate feelings of stress and anxiety. This effect is called by many health experts as the “runner's high.”

However, individuals who want to engage in aerobic training should consult health professionals or train with a professional instructor. Because improper or too much training may do more harm than good. Extreme exercise may increase the production of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These hormones aid the body in switching to a more efficient fat-burning metabolism to preserve glycogen in the muscles and aid blood vessels in the delivery of oxygen to the muscles. However, stress overload can occur if an individuals does not dial down the intensity even for short periods. This may cause an increase in white blood cells that eliminate bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells. When the intense exercise is finished, the number of immune cells may decrease. It is theorized that any viruses or bacteria present in this stage may multiply and cause infection which may weaken the immune system.

Aerobic training and other physical activities should be done properly to avoid ill-effects that improper or over-training may bring. Individuals who want to engage in such activities can begin aerobic training by walking or jogging five minutes in the morning and another five minutes the evening. The next they they can add a few minutes to each aerobic session. Soon, they could be walking briskly or jogging for 30 minutes a day and reap the benefits of regular aerobic exercise.

title:Aetna Health Insurance For Your Protection!
author:Mike Yeager
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Aetna health insurance has long been a highly recognized insurance company.  Millions of people have put their trust in Aetna health insurance over the years.  Aetna individual health insurance has been a top choice of employers who want to obtain sufficient coverage for their employees.  Medical costs these days are spiraling higher than ever before.
Aetna has risen to the occasion and created some effective new plans to meet today’s Aetna individual health insurance needs.   For instance, the Aetna Health Fund is in gaining popularity.  The employer puts an amount of money in a fund and the employee spends from it until it is gone.  After that the employee pays out of pocket for medical expenses, up to a certain amount.  Any amount that is left over at the end of the year can be rolled over to the next year.  This is just an example of the innovative new ways Aetna individual health insurance can be suited to your needs.
Preventive care is a high priority with Aetna health insurance. Regular check-ups can determine health problems early on before they become life threatening. While this may be common sense, that’s not necessarily the case with all insurance companies. Your health is in good hands with health insurance Aetna.
title:Affordable Healthcare: Unaffordable Healthcare Insurance
author:David Picella
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

If you think you have healthcare insurance, here are a few simple questions you might ask yourself: Have you met your deductible? If so, what were your out of pocket costs for the year? How much did you and your employer pay for your healthcare insurance last year and what did you get for it? And where is your money going? According to the California Health Care Foundation[1] 45 million Americans are “uninsured.” While this number may seem alarming, consider the fact that 100% of American’s are essentially uninsured on the 1st day of January, every year, and they remain so until they have met their deductibles—something that insurance companies are increasingly making an impossible thing to do. You owe it to yourself to find out the actual costs of healthcare in order to make intelligent decisions about what you CAN afford. Here are some more statistics that you might find alarming:
1. In 2004, the average healthcare premium employers were charged for a family of four averaged $9,950[2].
2. By 2006, it is predicted that the average annual family insurance premium will reach $14,500[3].
3. National surveys indicate that the primary reason for being uninsured is for the simple reason that insurance is not affordable[4].
4. There are more Americans (50%) who are now worried that they cannot afford their healthcare insurance than there are (42%) who report being worried about not being able to afford their healthcare[5].
How do bills get paid?
Don’t be fooled by the difference between billing and reimbursement. Your insurance company will readily send you a copy of the amount that was billed for your latest healthcare encounter. What was actually paid—if anything—however, is actually another story and it would behoove you to find this out for yourself. Let me give you an example.
On October 6, 2003, the hospital sent a bill to my insurance carrier (Blue Cross of California) in the amount of $11,569.20 for “Inpatient Services” related to an uncomplicated c-section and a 2-day stay. My insurance carrier “discounted” the bill by $9,869.20 to $1,700.00. This is the “fair and reasonable” amount they “pay” for this service. But wait, who paid? I did! This claim put me over my deductible for the year by whopping $7.70. The amount applied to a member’s deductible is always the amount billed minus the “patient savings” minus any insurance reimbursement and amounts “not allowed.”
Mark my word, essentially, you will require major surgery or you will have a significant accident that results in enormous bills before you will meet your deductible—if you are still even able to meet this amount at all. And until you exceed this amount, you are a cash paying patient. Make no mistake about it.
See for yourself. In my case, the amount applied to the deductible for the above transaction was: $11,569.20 - $9,869.20 - $11.00 = $1,689.00.
If you are still a non-believer, I can show you the bill on April 4, 2003 for $766 where I paid $266 and only $84.26 was applied to the deductible. I have many more examples and I’m sure that if you pay attention, you will find plenty of your own.
But can you really afford to pay cash for healthcare?
Absolutely! What you can’t afford, is healthcare insurance. If you have a family, you already know that this is true. If you are single—maybe, but why throw your money down the toilet when you can get so much more for your hard earned cash!? I have a wife and 4 kids. To pay $6,000.00 in premiums and miscellaneous fees this year is simply unacceptable. I’m joining the ranks of the uninsured and I have a good job! I just called Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital to get an update on the cost of a c-section. Low and behold, the cash price for a c-section is $3,000.00. You can call yourself.
But what if you get injured and have massive bills? You have too much to loose.
Of course you do. Hopefully, however, you are not ignorant enough to believe that your healthcare insurance company is going to bail you out under these circumstances. If for some God forsaken reason you are hit by a truck and spend 2 months in the hospital accumulating millions of dollars in bills, I am afraid that you will still be in a pickle because your insurance carrier is sure to sue the trucker’s insurance carrier etc. for the next 10 years while the collectors come after you for unpaid bills.
You owe it to yourself to get smart and stop giving your hard earned cash to this scandalous industry. Please feel free to comment on this story for a lively discussion!
1. California Health Care Foundation, Health Care Costs 101 -- 2005. Mar 2, 2005.
2. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Employee Health Benefits: 2004 Annual Survey. Sept 9, 2004.
3. Simmons, H.E. and M.A. Goldberg, Charting the Cost of Inaction. National Coalition on Health Care, May, 2003.
4. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Care Worries in Context with Other Worries. Oct 4, 2004.
5. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, The Uninsured: A Primer, Key Facts About Americans without Health Insurance. Nov 10, 2004.
Copyright 2006 Majella.us
Afraid of needles? Think again

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Acupuncture has become an increasingly popular alternative therapy for a wide variety of ills and can even treat some causes of infertility. This article traces down the origin of acupuncture and some facts on its popularity. Acupuncture is one alternative medication that has helped a lot of people in more ways than they can ever think of.

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Almost everyone of us have been pricked by this tiny metallic thing called needles. These are the ones used by our grandmothers for stitching or sewing. But more often than not, this pointed little thing is usually used in hospitals for almost everything, like getting blood samples, injecting liquid medications, and so on. It is that thing that most of us are so afraid to even look at. Although, a lot of people fear them, needles for some are beneficial, especially when used right.
A lot of people have tried this ancient medication using hair like thin needles, and research have shown that it's popularity is continually increasing. Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural therapy that is used to heal illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. Tiny, hair-thin needles are inserted into specific points in the body, where they are gently stimulated to trigger the body's natural healing response.
The use of acupuncture can be traced back as far as the Stone Age in China. It was during the time when stone knives and pointed rocks were used to relieve pain and diseases. These instruments were known by the ancients as "bian." In the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD) an Analytical Dictionary of Characters "Shuo Wen Jie Zi" describes the character "bian", meaning “a stone to treat disease.” Later these stones were replaced by needles made of bamboo and slivers of animal bone. During the Shang Dynasty, bronze casting techniques made metal needles possible, which conducted electricity (and qi) which led to the mapping of the meridian system or “channels” of energy within the body.
According to traditional acupuncture theory, there are twelve energy channels called “meridians” running vertically along the length of the human body, each one linking to a specific organ. The theory believes that illnesses are caused by obstructed energy flow at certain points along the meridians and acupuncture therapy stimulates meridian flow. It harmonizes the body's energy to influence the health of both body and mind.
Acupuncture gained popularity and recognition in the United States when media followed President Richard Nixon visit to China in 1974. Representatives of major US news networks witnessed and reported on several demonstrations of serious surgeries being performed with acupuncture as the only anesthetic. While these demonstrations didn't teach the American public how Acupuncture works, it did make the term a household word and drove millions of people into clinics for treatments when conventional medicine failed.
Acupuncture has become an increasingly popular alternative therapy for a wide variety of ills in the United States and other Western nations in the last 25 years. Acupuncture is practiced legally in most European countries and in the majority of states in the U.S. Countries such as Japan and China, which make up about a fifth of the world's population, established acupuncture as a primary form of health care for thousands of years. Acupuncturists in these countries were comparable to that of the physician. Today, acupuncture treatment remains an integral component of the health care system of these two countries, offered with a combination of  Western medicine.
Acupuncture can relieve a person from illnesses and discomforts such as headaches, neck pains, allergies, arthritis, digestive problems, painful menstruation and can even treat some causes of infertility. It is said that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium on women, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.
Function-related infertility is very often related to stress. This may be the reason that infertility seems to be extremely common in women who work in stressful office environments. Acupuncture is very beneficial for decreasing excess tension in the body by balancing the autonomic nervous system. There are some evidences that acupuncture increases the production of endorphins, or brain chemicals that make you feel good and help reduce stress.
Although there are minimal risks when using acupuncture for fertility treatment, there is a risk of miscarriage if incorrect acupuncture points are used when a woman is pregnant. This is one reason why those wishing to include acupuncture in their treatment regimen should only be treated by a certified acupuncturist who specializes in treating fertility disorders. In most states in the U.S., acupuncture is a licensed profession. You can visit www.nccaom.org to find a licensed and Board certified acupuncturist in your area. For couples who has fertility problems, going to an acupuncturist will definitely save them more money, since acupuncture is less expensive than intrauterine insemination which can cost hundreds of dollars and a single cycle of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) can cost $10,000-$20,000.
Acupuncture has made wonders for a thousand years now and this phenomenon is still evident even in the modern world where technology seems to never stop exploring and inventing cures for illnesses. Acupuncture is one alternative medication that has helped a lot of people in more ways than they can ever think of. Now, are you still afraid of needles?

African American Hair Texture: Taking Care of Our Gift

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A critical element of hair care - regardless of your hair's texture - is using the proper comb/brush. Here's why....

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African American hair comes in an almost infinite variety of textures, from curly to woolly, from kinky to wavy, from natural and thick to straight and sleek. But whatever its texture, Black African American hair is a gift that reflects both our beauty and our ancestry. Unfortunately, though, it's often next to impossible to feel good about our hair. Why? Because it feels like we're constantly at war with it.

The Basics

At some point in her life (or many times throughout her life!) virtually every woman wrestles with the question of natural versus relaxed/permed. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, but whatever the choice, it's crucial to take care of your locks.

Good hair care starts from the inside out. That means eating a balanced diet to give your body all the nutrients it needs in order to grow the healthiest hair possible. It also means drinking plenty of water, to give your hair (and skin) much-needed moisture.

The Comb/Brush

The next critical element of hair care - regardless of your hair's texture - is using the proper comb/brush. The truth is, the vast majority of combs and brushes are made for non-African American hair. The ideal tool for our hair is a combination comb/brush that is designed so that the teeth easily slide under our coiled hair texture. It's like a detangler that works by rolling out the hair instead of pulling it out. In the process, it naturally conditions and relaxes hair, making it soft and easy to style or braid. This kind of comb/brush also keeps our hair healthy and helps prevent breakage.

Next Steps

In addition to having the proper comb/brush, there are several other things you can do to help prevent breakage. First, use heat sparingly, especially if your hair is permed. Second, don't wash your hair too often - every seven to ten days is ideal. When you do wash it, use a leave-in conditioner. In between, rinse your hair once or twice a week (and especially after a workout), and use a conditioner every day. And, don't neglect your monthly deep conditioning treatment.

Embrace Your Texture

The hairstyles you choose will change over the course of your lifetime, but the best hair care advice is to embrace your natural texture and work with it. Hair that is naturally curly will act very differently than hair that is naturally woolly. Similarly, super-kinky hair will respond in a different way to treatments than naturally wavy hair.

When you work with the texture you have, you can still have a variety of style choices available to you. But the key is that you won't be constantly fighting nature; instead, you'll be working with the African American texture you were born with and maximizing its beauty. In the process, you'll have less breakage and healthier hair. The result? You'll feel more beautiful and project that self-confidence to the world. What could be better?

Agel OHM: Getting Your Energy Levels Back Up Safely!

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Life just seems to zoom past us at record speeds sometimes, and trying to keep up…or rather – catch up – can very often become a daunting task.

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Life just seems to zoom past us at record speeds sometimes, and trying to keep up…or rather – catch up – can very often become a daunting task.  It just doesn’t seem fair that we live in a world where we can’t add minutes to our days, but we have to add activities to our days that need to be done.  Trying to find our way around this problem can leave us drained of nearly any excess energy to get through the rest of our busy lives. 

When you need a boost of energy, there’s a good chance that you’re probably barking up the wrong tree – trying to get this boost from sources that just don’t work as promised.  This is because many of these sources of energy, especially the newest rage of “energy in a can” drinks, or “energy pills” contain many dangerous chemical stimulants or herbs proven to be harmful.  They may leave us with a very short burst of energy, but one that brings with it plenty of unwanted side effects such as jitters, nervousness, and even heart palpitations. 

Not only that but we often end up with a crash session afterwards that leaves us feeling like we’ve been on the losing end of a battle with a train.

Agel Enterprises has taken notice of this new dangerous trend and therefore designed a product just for the health conscious person who wants a burst of energy that not only gives you that initial burst to supercharge your day, but doesn’t leave you with the end of the road burnout from unnecessary ingredients such as an abundance of sugar and caffeine. 

Agel’s OHM is a different animal altogether.  OHM is a convenient and surprisingly tasty energy boost that comes not in pill, canned drink, or even powder form, but an all natural proprietary gelceutical that is easy to take on the go, allowing you to simply squeeze the contents of its simple and convenient single use packet into your mouth.  This is not only great for the ease of use factor, but just as well for the fact that your body’s much more able to absorb the active nutrients of the product faster and more efficiently.

The active ingredients that actually give your body the natural energy boost are a combination of vitamins, minerals, and natural and safe herbs that are able to give you an energy boost that you can sustain throughout the day.  With a series of B complex vitamins, this gel formula acts as a coenzyme to smooth the process of your body’s own metabolic process that’s necessary to convert carbohydrates into energy. 

Agel OHM also contains Panax Ginseng, which is a potent antioxidant that assists the body to more easily deal with stress.  This type of Ginseng has also been shown to be beneficial to your motor performance, and cognitive skills.  In a nutshell, you’ll feel as if you’ve been given the nutrients to endure a much better quality of life.

To ensure that newfound quality of life, the ingredient Schizandra, an herb grown in China and Korea is added to Agel OHM as well.  This is an herb that’s been used throughout the ages, as well as the present to help improve strength, endurance, and stamina. It also provides the extra benefit of improved concentration along with alertness, without the nervous jittery side effects.

You soon could be filling a new sense of focus and motivation that you haven’t felt in quite sometime, if ever.  And just for that added boost of energy and focus, OHM includes Rhodiola Rosea which is used to also help increase your endurance as well as assist in providing mental performance, and ease the symptoms of fatigue that you normally feel during the day.

In a nutshell, if you’re like nearly every other human living on the planet today, you lead a busy lifestyle that keeps you on the run – whether from your job, school, being a parent, or just life in general – you need Agel OHM to get you through your day safely, so that you also can maintain a sense of energy and focus!

Age, Sexual Health, Virginity, And Deviant Behavior

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While age has always been associated with the various physical factors of sex, other biological factors may also have an effect on other sexual health traits. For example, men and women who lose their virginity at a later age are statistically more likely to develop psychological conditions related to sex than others who had sex at an age considered to be the “average” time for gaining the first sexual experience.

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More than ever, researchers now consider a person’s age as a significant factor in sexual health. Age has always been a factor, but only because age factors into things like endurance and, theoretically, experience in sexual activities. However, recently concluded studies are starting to show that age may have a more direct impact on a person's sexual health, particularly if more outside factors are brought into consideration. According to the study, people who lose their virginity at a younger or older age than average (which can be rather subjective, depending on certain community factors) can develop physical and psychological “quirks” related to sex.

One of the first things researchers noted was just how little significant impact abstinence-only education had on the statistics. According to the raw statistical data, people who lost their virginity at a younger age were at a significantly higher risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease later on in life than average. It also appeared to increase the chances of a person developing other sexual health risk factors, such as engaging in intercourse with multiple partners and developing a history of alcohol-influenced sexual contact. Knowledge of contraception methods other than abstinence had an impact in reducing the STD risks, but abstinence-only education didn't show any significant effects and, as implied by some of the data, may actually increase the risks.

Problems with sexual health functions were found to increase for both “early” and “late” people, according to the study's findings. The results showed that one of the more common problems that cropped up in men was an inability to maintain an erection and premature ejaculations. According to the data, while most men are liable to experience these problems for some time, it is a more prominent and persistent condition for those who lost their virginity earlier or later than the generally accepted average age. Some of the data also indicated that women who engaged in sexual contact earlier or later in life may also have difficulty reaching a state of arousal and experiencing orgasms.

It was noted that young men who started having sex at a later date developed more sexual deviancies and dysfunctions than their counterparts who started earlier. Most of the deviancies can probably be considered mundane, depending on the socio-cultural context they are viewed in, but the dysfunctions have a tendency to be both psychological in nature. This includes conditions where certain environmental “criteria” have to be met before the person can enter a physical state of sexual arousal.

The researchers have admitted that it is currently unclear exactly what the connections are between some deviant sexual behaviors and the age one loses one's virginity. The findings suggest a complex picture in terms of sexual health and the psychological implications of it, though a cause-and-effect scenario is difficult to discern from the current data. On some aspects, the data has been found to support abstinence-only education, like what is imposed in some public schools. However, other data also indicates that the lack of support and acknowledgment of abstinence-only education can also lead to problems later on, in terms of sexual behavior and practices. At the moment, the researchers have not made any official statements on which side of the argument they favor.

title:Aging Gracefully with the Aid of Various Nutrients
author:Charlene J. Nuble
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

During the past thirty years there has been a steadily growing amount of scientific evidence linking vitamins and minerals to having a direct effect in protecting one’s self from aging. Apart from the usual health benefits that we can receive from having adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in our body, it’s also a highly appealing note to include that being healthy inside will actually reflect on how we look like on the outside. This is why a great change in one’s lifestyle is highly encouraged, a healthy way of living can still be achieved given that you have the patience and enough self-discipline to actually control yourself from wolfing down hamburgers and steaks as well as chugging bottles of soda each and every day.
And the health benefits don’t just stop there, along with the youthful appearance, a healthy lifestyle can actually result to a wonderful effect on your immune system, strengthening it and eventually making you more active and less likely to catch any illness. There are a number of nutrients that have shown to be necessary in improving how our immune system functions. Antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, beta carotene and selenium have been shown to boost resistance. The minerals zinc and magnesium are also important for immune function. To ensure a good bill of health, it is important that you have to make sure that you’re getting the right amount of these antioxidants each and every day, from a variety of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet to nutrition supplements, it really is quite easy to be healthy. However, antioxidants such as zinc and magnesium can be found in dairy products and seafood.
Certain vitamins and minerals have been shown to aid in the prevention of some degenerative diseases and illnesses and peculiarities that are brought about by aging. Antioxidants can actually help lower the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration which are conditions associated with aging. Experts actually suggest that antioxidants can help slow the aging process by reducing the daily cell damage done by environmental pollution and time. Vitamin E has been linked with a lower risk of heart disease. Niacin a B vitamin can help in reducing the level of cholesterol in the body. While some other nutrients that are helpful in protecting against age related disorders are selenium, cartenoids, flavinoids and some Amino acids.
Proper nutrition via the diet can actually be quite a feat for some who have never diet in their entire lives, as hard as it may seem to be at first, a well-balanced diet is definitely achievable. Even though people often work longer and harder while parents tend to both work hard in order to provide for their family, it is not an excuse for people to be neglecting their health by filling their bodies with all sorts of junk Another difficulty comes in being surrounded by a lot of processed food that don’t really pack in the nutritional value that a person needs to stay healthy. This problem goes as far as the lack of minerals from the soil, which in turn causes our food to be a lot less healthy that it should be. Even vegetables nowadays cannot be relied on to fill in the necessary nutritional requirements that one needs in order to be healthy. 
This is the reason why nutritional supplements greatly abound in check out counters and drugstores nowadays. Not only are they affordable but they can also prove to be a good source of the added vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that a person needs in order to stay healthy and fit. Consult a licensed dietician or your family physician to be able to choose the right kind of nutritional supplement for you.
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Agoraphobia: Get Out of the Market and Conquer Your Fear

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A kind of phobia that can be seriously disabling to an individual is called agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is a condition which develops when a person begins to avoid spaces or situations associated with anxiety. Though researchers are still looking for answers that causes someone to have agoraphobia, there are risk factors involved which is mentioned in this article that may cause agoraphobia.

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We all experience fear once at least once in our lives. When we were kids, we were very frightened to go to school on the very first day knowing that the people there would be total strangers.   We were also terrified by the thought of having to go to the dentist.  Some had lesser degree of fear such as dreading the thought of having to speak before a crowd or reciting in front of the class. Some manage to overcome those fears, but there are others who are still weighed down by their fears and anxiety. 

Fear plays a very important part in our daily life, and in human society as a whole. Fear comes in many shapes and forms, but it could be described as an unpleasant feeling of perceived risk or danger, real or not. It functions to make us alert and ready for action while expecting specific problems.  We feel fearful when we believe we do not have the ability to cope with something. This fear may be grounded in reality, as when we fear being knocked down by a car when trying to cross a busy road. Or the fear may be irrational as when we fear a tiny harmless spider. Many of our fears are a mix of reality and misinterpretation of our ability to cope. When there is a large degree of of misinterpretation it is likely that it is a phobia rather than a fear.

Phobias involve the experience of persistent fear that is excessive and unreasonable. It is the most common mental disorder and research shows that more than 12 percent of the American population will  develop a phobia. Phobias are among several anxiety disorders, which also include panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Phobias are cued when a person approaches a particular situation or object, or even anticipates the approach of it. The individual experiencing a phobia understands the fear they will experience as a result of that situation will be unreasonable and excessive.

Phobias come in many different forms, some of the examples of phobias are: arachnophobia; the fear of spiders, acrophobia; the fear of heights. aviophobia; the fear of flying, felinophobia; the fear of cats, apiphobia; the fear of bees, and the list goes on. Some phobias are well-recognized, others are unheard of.

But one kind of phobia that can be seriously disabling to an individual is called agoraphobia. The term agoraphobia is translated from Greek as “fear of the marketplace.” Its literal definition suggests a fear of “open spaces,” but the term agoraphobia has been widely misunderstood and misleading. Agoraphobics are not necessarily afraid of open spaces. Rather, they are afraid of having panicky feelings, wherever these fearful feelings may occur. For many, they happen at home, in houses of worship, or in crowded supermarkets, places that are certainly not “open.”

Agoraphobia is a condition which develops when a person begins to avoid spaces or situations associated with anxiety. Typical “phobic situations” might include driving, shopping, crowded places, traveling, standing in line, being alone, meetings and social gatherings. Agoraphobia arises from an internal anxiety condition that has become so intense that the suffering individual fears going anywhere or doing anything where these feelings of panic have repeatedly occurred before. Once the panic attacks have started, these episodes become the ongoing stress, even when other more obvious pressures have diminished. It sets up a “feedback condition” which generally leads to increased numbers of panic attacks.

Typically, people with agoraphobia restrict themselves to their “comfort zone” that may include only their home or the immediate neighborhood. Any movement beyond the edges of this zone creates a rise in anxiety. Sometimes, a person with agoraphobia is unable to leave home alone, but can travel if accompanied by a particular family member or friend. Even when they restrict themselves to “safe” situations, most people with agoraphobia continue to have panic attacks at least a few times a month. Researchers are still trying to understand what causes someone to have agoraphobia. As with most mental illnesses, agoraphobia is probably caused by a complex mix of biology and genetics, life's experiences, temperament and traits. But researchers do know several risk factors involved that make a person more likely to get agoraphobia. These factors include:

·     Having panic disorder
·     Experiencing stressful life events
·     Having a tendency to be nervous or anxious
·     Alcohol and substance use disorders
·     Female gender

Agoraphobia usually starts during late adolescence or early adulthood, but younger children and older adults also can develop it. Research also shows that more women are diagnosed with agoraphobia than men.  As with many other mental disorders, agoraphobia treatment typically includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy.  Depression treatments and anti-anxiety medications are commonly used to treat agoraphobia and panic symptoms. Among antidepressants, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) fluoxetine (Prozac, Prozac Weekly), paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR) and sertraline (Zoloft) are approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat panic disorder and also may help agoraphobia. Other types of antidepressants, such as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) also are sometimes used to treat agoraphobia. But TCAs and MAOIs tend to have more side effects and more serious side effects than do SSRIs.  Anti-anxiety medications, also called benzodiazepines, can also help control symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, and are often used in agoraphobia treatment. These may include alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), to name a few. Treatment of agoraphobia is often successful, and you can overcome agoraphobia and learn to keep it under control.

A phobia can make one's life miserable, cause embarrassment, and undermine self confidence and self esteem. However, you do not have to learn to live with a phobia, there are positive and pro-active manner which will help you conquer and get out of the marketplace of fear.

Aicardi Syndrome

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It is a disorder that is categorized by the partial or complete malfunction of the corpus callosum, a brain structure linking two hemispheres inside it. Aicardi syndrome often causes childhood seizure (intantile spasms), eye abnormality or lesions of the retina, and metal retardation. Aicardi Syndrome is also linked to microcephaly, a brain defect; microgyria, where bumps inside the brain tend to be narrow; or porecenphalic cysts, a brain condition causing fluids to fill the ...

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It is a disorder that is categorized by the partial or complete malfunction of the corpus callosum, a brain structure linking two hemispheres inside it. Aicardi syndrome often causes childhood seizure (intantile spasms), eye abnormality or lesions of the retina, and metal retardation. Aicardi Syndrome is also linked to microcephaly, a brain defect; microgyria, where bumps inside the brain tend to be narrow; or porecenphalic cysts, a brain condition causing fluids to fill the gaps in the brain. Further studies also indicate that a few abnormalities may include a cleft lip and vertebral body malfunction.

It is children, between three to five months, who are most often branded with Aicardi Syndrome. These children are results of normal births, but have developed the abnormality as soon as they experience brain spasms. Infantile spasms at this age causes neural synapses to close, thereby inhibiting the babies’ brain development. Hence, most cases have moderate to very severe degrees of retardation. An infant afflicted with the syndrome may also experience delays in development. They could also have difficulty when it comes to respiratory infections like pneumonia and this could consequently cause their expiration.

The neurological disorder was first diagnosed more than thirty years ago, when French doctor, Dr. Jean Dennis Aicardi, identified eight children who continually experience infantile spasms. The doctor believed the syndrome was caused by a deficiency in the female chromosome (X). Hence, the disorder only affects majority of female infants, although there is one reported case of a baby boy diagnosed with the syndrome. Currently, there are about 500 reported cases worldwide, with only one case of siblings afflicted with the condition. Therefore it is believed that the disorder is a new mutation and not all of the family members may carry the defective gene

There is currently no cure for Aicardi Syndrome. A symptomatic treatment may be recommended to manage the seizures, usually in the form of anti-seizure medicines. A few intervention programs to manage mental retardation are also administered. Physical and occupational therapy may also be recommended to aid the child in her development. The life expectancy for an infant afflicted with Aicardi syndrome is dependent on how severe the condition is.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke (NINDS) is currently doing an extensive research on Aircardi Syndrome. The objective is to determine and further understand the genetics involved to be able to find better treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure for this disorder.

title:Air Conditioners
author:Peter Jay
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

It’s that time of year again.  Things are starting to heat up, the snow is melting and it’s time to start looking for a new air conditioner or swamp cooler.  Along with the warm weather comes the allergy inducing pollens and debry in the air.  If you have allergies, you may want to invest in an air conditioner with air purifying and air cleaning features.  If you live in a dry climate, you may want a humidifier.  Some air conditioner systems may include all of the above features, and more.  This article will tell you what to look for in an air conditioner and help you decide what type of air conditioner system will be right for you this summer.
There are many types of air conditioners, and many variables that can affect which air conditioner you purchase.  If you are looking at the long term and live in a climate with both extreme summers and winters, you may want a system that is both an air conditioner and a heater.  If you would like to cool or heat only certain areas of your house, or particular rooms, to conserve energy, or just for convenience, a portable air conditioner may suit your needs.  A portable air conditioner can also be taken on trips to relatives, to the cabin by the lake, on a boat, or a number of other places.
A dry climate can irritate your skin causing it to become too dry and begin to crack.  For those who have a hard time coping with a dry climate you may want to look at air conditioners that includes a humidifier feature.  You can create your own refuge from the heat and dryness of the environment that surrounds you.  On the other hand, you may live in an overly humid climate, in which case you may consider purchasing a dehumidifier to get that sticky wet feeling off of your body that those who have lived in humid climates understand.
If you have allergies, you may want an air purifier feature attached with your air conditioner.  When looking for air purifiers, be sure to find out if it is a HEPA, a brand well known for removing toxins and allergens from the air through their powerful HEPA air filters. HEPA and activated carbon technology can remove the smallest airborne particles and eliminate noxious gases, chemicals, and odors. Separate air cleaner filters eliminate virtually all irritants, including infectious microorganisms.  Check the description of your air purifier before you purchase it, to see how powerful and effective it is, for example, for how many square feed it is guaranteed to purify the air.  Some air purifiers are good for purifying the air in a single room, while others may purify your whole house.
Evaporative coolers and swamp coolers or air conditioners work by soaking water through foam like filters.  As the water evaporates, the air flowing through the filters cools significantly.  The evaporating water takes the heat from the pads.  A fan inside the unit sucks the air through, speeding up the evaporative process and blowing the cool air into your home or office.  The pads can catch much of the bad air and keep it from entering your home or office as well.
Be sure to research your air conditioners, swamp coolers, humidifiers, and evaporative coolers as this warm season begins, so that you can find one that is most suitable to your needs.  There are many types of air conditioners with a variety of features that may or may not be best for you.
title:Air Duct Filters And Fighting Allergies
author:Duane Johnson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Allergies are an unpleasant fact of life for many today. The symtoms are all too common including, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, breathing difficulties, skin inflammations, and more. A true allergy sufferer knows how difficult it is to deal with these symptoms on a daily basis.
If your allergy is to airborne elements, you are really at the mercy of changing winds, weather, and seasons too when you are outdoors. There isn't much that can be done to control the outside environment, but there is plenty that you can do to try to control the allergens in the air when you are indoors.
There are several tools at the allergy sufferer's disposal to help, but some of the most effective are air purifiers that can help scrub the air of allergic compounds and remove the allergy causing contaminants.
Air duct filters are another valuable weapon in the arsenal for cleaning the air you breathe. Either used by themselves or in tandem with other air cleaners such as air purifiers, they can help rid the air of the following:
Dust, pollen, allergens
Pet dander, dust mites
Harmful bacteria, viruses
Pet odor removal: dog, cat, etc.
Mold / mildew removal
Cigar / cigarette smoke
Air duct filters are very easy to install and yet very effective in what they do. They are designed for use in any HVAC venitilating system to provide central air purification for your home, business or commercial building. They are perfect for small and large ventilating systems in homes or businesses, and industrial use in ventilating systems including; industrial odor removal, gaseous fume removal and biological decontamination.
As with other air purification products, air duct cleaners are usually specified to clean the air within a certain area or space. Their results are best achieved when used within the specifications set for each filter.
Air duct filters are another way that allergy sufferers can begin to take back their life and break free from from allergy symptoms.
title:Air Moisture And Your Health
author:Duane Johnson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Having clean air to breathe is not just a luxury and many people are learning about the various ways to improve air quality when they are indoors. One of the methods to help improve air quality is the use of humifiers and dehumidifiers to control the moisture in the air. Air moisture may not be something that you thought a lot about, but it could be a large contributing factor to the negative symptoms that you experience at times.
That means then that air moisture can be a very important factor in comfort when you are indoors and can also significantly contribute to your overall health as well. Consider the following health issues and how it relates to air moisture:
Many allergy sufferers have a severe allergic reaction to mold in the are or on surfaces and fabrics around them. This mold issue is usually directly tied to the amount of moisture that is present in the air in that space. By reducing the air moisture content the mold allergy can often be brought under manageable control. High humidity at high temperatures can also sometimes lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke in extreme cases. And dust mites that often trigger allergy attacks begin to die off when the humidity level drops below 50%.
On the flip side, when the air is too dry people can be uncomfortable and can suffer from dry mucus membranes which can lead to nosebleeds and infections. Low humidity can also aggravate the symptoms of asthma at times.
A good way to track air moisture indoors is to get a digital hygrometer to actually monitor the humidity in the air. It's a simple gadget to read and the information it produces can be invaluable.
You see most people feel comfortable at 45-50% humidity between 68-72 degrees. That is considered the optimal comfort zone. Some variance on either side of the optimum zone is fine, but wide fluctuations can be hard on your health. If the humidity level falls below 30% you should turn on an air humidifier to help put moisture back. If the moisture level consistently rises above 60% in your home, you should employ a dehumidifier or air conditioner to reduce the moisture level.
By following the guidelines listed here you can help increase your indoors comfort level and improve your health easily and quickly.
title:Air Pollution Hikes Stroke Risk
author:Rita Jenkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The type of stroke that results when a blood clot travels to the brain -- called an ischemic stroke -- is more likely to occur on days when the air contains a larger concentration of particulate matter, according to a study published online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) examined air quality on a total of 37,000 days in nine cities. Risk of hospitalization for ischemic stroke was 1 percent higher on days with relatively high levels of air pollution, compared with low-air pollution days, reports lead author Gregory Wellenius, ScD, postdoctoral fellow in cardiology at BIDMC.
Third Cause of Death in US
"Although these effects sound relatively small," says Wellenius, "given the large number of people exposed to air pollution and the large number of people at risk for stroke ... the actual number of strokes could be significant."
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US, affecting more than 700,000 individuals each year.
A "consistent increased risk" for cardiac health problems associated with exposure to ambient air particles was established in earlier research by Wellenius and coauthors Murray Mittleman, MD, DrPH, of BIDMC's Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit and Joel Schwartz, PhD, of HSPH.
"Air pollution has been shown to trigger heart attacks and to aggravate the conditions of patients with congestive heart failure," says Mittleman, who is also an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
"These new findings, demonstrating that incidence of clot-based strokes also increase, [are] in keeping with our earlier data showing a relationship between air pollution and heart and lung disorders," he notes.
The researchers also looked at the incidence of hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by bleeding in the brain, during the same "high pollution" days, notes Wellenius, but found no association between the two.
Reducing Exposure May Lower Risk
The air pollution in question -- particulate matter smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter -- includes particles from car and truck exhaust, power plants and refineries. The measurements were provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency from nine US cities: Birmingham, Ala., Chicago, New Haven, Conn., Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Seattle.
The authors analyzed hospital admissions among a group of Medicare patients with an average age of 79. Seventy-five percent of the patients were white, and 61 percent were female. Their findings showed that during the course of their study, there were 155,503 hospital admissions for ischemic stroke.
The final analysis demonstrated a 1.03 percent rise in ischemic stroke on the days with the highest pollution measures.
"We don't know exactly what mechanisms are involved that trigger these cardiac events," says Wellenius. "However, we do know that particulates in the air promote inflammation, which is a significant risk factor for cardiac events; that exposure to particulates can lead to changes in heart rate and blood pressure; and that pollution can cause changes in coaguable states (related to blood clotting abilities)."
The authors say that future research will focus on finding out which pollutants are most toxic, as well as which patients are at greatest risk for health problems stemming from air pollution.
"Taken together with previous work, these latest results support the idea that reducing exposure to particulate matter may reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks," they conclude.
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title:Air Purifiers
author:Ric Wiley
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Breathing is something that is vital to life. It is something we all do and need to do constantly to enable us to live. If you are not doing it now then I’m sorry but you cannot continue to read this, as you are dead.
This article is not about breathing though; it is about what we breathe. Well, that is obvious, air. Yep, but let us, for a minute, think about what may be in the air we breathe.
Apart from the components of air such as oxygen, which is the bit we need, the air you breathe is full of other particles and you need to think about an air purifier to filter these potentially harmful particles out of the air or in other words purify the air. I am sure you have seen sunlight coming through you windows and when you are at a certain angle you have seen dust particles floating in the air. You breathe these in unless you can use an air purifier to remove them or hopefully most of them. Its not only dust though, people and animals drop flakes of dead skin which is why you need an air purifier. Tobacco smoke produces particles of smoke, which is why you need an air purifier, and vehicles also produce particles of smoke from their engines, which is why you need an air purifier.
So what do air purifiers do? Quite simply they filter the air that you breathe near to them. They help to purify the air and remove airborne particles. There are many different types of air purifiers and these can be systems designed to purify all the air in your entire house down to small systems which work in a single room. They filter out all sorts of things such as smoke, dust and particles of dust and dead skin from your pets. Just remember though, they cannot filter out all particles but they can purify the air fairly well.
There is another type of air purifier, the HEPA type which can filter out particles down to 3 microns in size and can catch 99.9% of these particles. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance purifiers.
There are also ozone air purifiers but some people have suggested that these may not be good for you. I do not have the answer to this but until I am convinced of their usefulness, I will stick to an HEPA filter.
Before you buy your air purifier you need to make sure it suits your needs so make sure you carry out internet research and check manufacturers brochures. Whatever you decide though, there is nothing to beat having a look at one and seeing it operating before you buy. Remember, there is nothing worse than buying an air purifier only to find out it is so noisy that you cannot be in the same room when your air purifier is operating.
Air Purifiers Aid In A Healthy Lifestyle

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Whether you are healthy, sick, young, or old, everyone can benefit from an air purifier. Allergies, asthma, respiratory problems, and the spread of viruses and illnesses can all be related to indoor pollution. Investing in a good quality air purifier can protect you and your family by greatly reducing your risk of sickness related to indoor pollution. Every home contains these environmental toxins, even ones that are often cleaned thoroughly. It is proven that the air inside ...

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Whether you are healthy, sick, young, or old, everyone can benefit from an air purifier. Allergies, asthma, respiratory problems, and the spread of viruses and illnesses can all be related to indoor pollution. Investing in a good quality air purifier can protect you and your family by greatly reducing your risk of sickness related to indoor pollution. Every home contains these environmental toxins, even ones that are often cleaned thoroughly. It is proven that the air inside our homes can be more harmful than the air outside because air in the home recirculates and never has the opportunity to be filtered.

Allergens inside the home like pollen, mold, and pet dander can be very irritating to people who are prone to allergies. Asthma, an inflammatory disease of the lungs, can cause symptoms like coughing, runny nose, red eye, digestive problems, fatigue, dizziness, and congestion. Air purifiers can provide a huge relief for these symptoms, by greatly reducing the amount of the allergens in the air. This also can cut down the cost of expensive medications that are often used to treat these illnesses.

Air purifiers can also reduce the spread of illnesses and viruses like the common cold or the flu. They are very beneficial to people with low immune systems, like the elderly, and families with children because they lower the spread of illness. By filtering the air, air purifiers stop these illnesses from spreading throughout the house reducing the risk of contamination to other people in the home. Elderly people and people with low immune systems often do not have the means to fight off infection and illness so they are particularly vernable to such contamination. Children in school and daycare are exposed to sicknesses at school that are easily brought home and spread to the family.

There are many toxins in the home including pollen, mold, animal dander, smoke, bacteria, and germs. The air in your home will be much cleaner if you decide to invest in an air purifier because they filter or ionize the air greatly reducing indoor toxins. Air Ionizers and Hepa Filters are the most commonly used air purifiers. Air Ionizers distribute negative ions throughout the air causing the toxins to bond and fall out of the air. HEPA filters draw the air in using a fan, where it filters the air, and redistributes it back throughout the house.

In our society today there is more pollution now than there ever was before, especially in the home. Owning an air purifier is the best way for you to protect yourself and your family from such toxins. Air purifiers are essential for the home because they greatly reduce the amount of pollution in your home lowering your chance of developing sickness due to indoor toxins. Air purifiers are one of the best things you can invest in for your home and your health today more than ever.

title:Air Purifiers And Air Filters Can Help The Health Of Allergy and Asthma Sufferers
author:S.A. Smith
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Indoor air pollution in the form of dander, dust and pollen particulate  matter can be a real irritant for suffers of asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions.  In addition to removal of all direct irritant  sources and minimizing the irritant containment materials in your house, you should also consider the indoor ventilation and filtration system  of home.
Environmental control is the key to reducing exposure to indoor and  outdoor allergens.  Keeping a clean house free of dust, dander, smoke,  pollen, and other airborne particulate matters will help to reduce the  irritation and effect on family members with respiratory difficulties.   Air cleaners, filters and hepa filters can play a role in helping to  control or reduce the exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens.
Several health authorities have recognized that certain types of air  filtration systems can be beneficial in reducing the amount of airborne  particulates in a room.  The American lung association recommends using  a hepa air filter purifier for the bedrooms of asthma suffers. The Mayo clinic recommends an air particle filter for household  ventilation systems.  Ionic filters and hepa filters have been endorsed  or recognized by the Asthma and allergy foundation of America (AAFA) and the British Allergy Foundation seal of approval.
Selecting the wrong type of filtration system could exacerbate the  problem by agitating and circulating the existing particulate matter  throughout your house, so it is important to do your research thoroughly. Ionic air filters do not create high airflow patterns to clean the air and simply rely on negative ion attraction to collect the airborne  particulate matter.  They have demonstrates to have decent capture rate  of airborne allergens and irritants like pollen, dander, tobacco smoke  and dust and can help improve the quality of your indoor air environment. You can read more the ionic air filtration process at: http://www.air-purifiers-review.com/ionic-air-cleaner.htm.
Air filtration systems should not be considered as a solution for any  respiratory condition, nor as a reason to ignore sound medical advice  and guidance about the removal of irritant sources and allergen habitats from your household.  They are also not a substitute for thorough and  regular cleaning of your household environment.  Selecting the right air purifier system can help complement and enhance your efforts to  reducing airborne particulate matters, as well as maintain a healthier  indoor breathing environment. 
Air Purifiers Offer a Safer Home Environment

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Most Experts agree that air purifiers wont instantly cure the symptoms of allergies, but the good news is they will significantly reduce the levels of toxant pollutants in the home. The EPA reveals in an extensive report that air purifiers do indeed reduce the everyday common air pollutants found inside our houses. These pollutants are often associated with dust, smoke and other small particle types. Air purifiers may be well worth the investment for people suffering from respiratory ailments.

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Most Experts agree that air purifiers wont instantly cure the symptoms of allergies, but the good news is they will significantly reduce the levels of toxant pollutants in the home.  The EPA reveals in an extensive report that air purifiers do indeed reduce the everyday common air pollutants found inside our houses.  These pollutants are often associated with dust, smoke and other small particle types.  Air purifiers may be well worth the investment for people suffering from respiratory ailments.

Air purifiers can cut down on irritants in the air

It is quite possible invisible irritants inside the home may be causing any number of health problems.  Most of us can only relate air pollution with overcrowded highways and factories with smoke pluming from tall towers.  But the air you breathe inside your home may be much dirtier than the air found in the so-called great outdoors.  According to the EPA, indoor air may be up to five times dirtier than the "fresh" air found outside.  Any number of miniscule things may be found in the air of a typical home from dust to cigarette smoke.  These irritants can contribute to certain health problems such as a sore throat, stuffy nose, asthma and even stroke and heart disease.  An air purifier in the home can help alleviate some of these irritants. .

Air pollutants found in the home

In addition to cigarette smoke and house dust, there are many other irritants to be found in the home and it may seem like an impossible endeavor to remove them all but it can be done.  Pet dander, dust mites, pest excrement, such as from cockroaches, all contributes to air pollution in the home.  Mold in the bathroom and basement and nitrogen dioxide from gas stoves can also cause air problems. These irritants may cause itchy eyes, throat and nose. They may also be responsible for headaches, dizziness and fatigue.  An air purifier is one strategy for getting rid of these toxants while aiding the entire family to be healthier and feel better.

Strategies for getting rid of air pollutants in the home
Smoke  - Simply ask people to smoke outside.  They are used to it and don‘t mind.  Also, use an air purifier for the home.
Roach residue  - Call the exterminator.
Dust and dander - Keep pets out of the bedroom and off of the bed. Vacuum and dust once or twice weekly. Use antiallergenic carpet cleaners since they also kill dust mites. Use hypoallergenic pillows and a mattress made with natural fabrics and synthetic fillers.  Zip both up in hypoallergenic covers to discourage pests from turning your bedroom into dust mite city. . Also, wash the mattress pads, sheets and comforters weekly in very hot water.
Nitrogen dioxide  - To cut down on the irritants that wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and gas appliances emit, crack a window or run the kitchen exhaust fan.  Consider using only electric in your home.
Mold and Fungi  - Keep mold at bay by washing bathroom surfaces and shower curtains weekly with 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.  Spread shower curtain out to dry and put towels in the washer immediately.

Dangerous levels of pollutants can build up if the house is poorly ventilated.  Try cracking a window in the morning or evening and using a well maintained air conditioner. Don’t forget to change the filters on the heating system regularly.
What size of air purifier is best?

You will place the air purifier in the room that you spend the most time in which is usually the bedroom where you sleep.  After you measure the room, check the clean air delivery rate seal on the back of the box.  This will define the number of cubic feet of air pulled through the device per minute.

HEPA filters as air purifiers

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air.  These filters pull air through a thick fabric and traps unwanted particles.  As air purifiers, HEPA filters are 99.97 % effective according to the EPA.  Whole house HEPA filters are available but the EPA recommends using a stand alone unit. They are certainly less expensive and believed to not be any better than the stand alone units.  In addition, you can also purchase a HEPA filter for your vacuum cleaner.

What type of air purifier should you buy?

There are quite a few types of air purifiers on the market to select from and it can be quite confusing.  It good to compare the different types of air purifiers after determining your objective and budget.

Electronic air cleaners -  The American Lung Association recommends the models that electronically charge particles in the air and draw them to a metal plate or filter within the unit.  Choose full-size whole-room air filters. Tabletop models will not have enough power.
Hybrid filters -   A combination of the HEPA and electronic air purifier.
Gas phase filters -  They remove gases, vapors, and odors from the air but not particle pollutants such as dust.  These are often found in certain workplace settings where chemicals are found.
Ozone generator -  Their use is greatly discouraged by the EPA and the American Lung Association; ozone is a known lung irritant that can cause permanent damage.
Plants -  The EPA doesn't recommend houseplants as air purifiers. Wet soil can pollute the air by adding mold to the atmosphere,
Air sprays -  There's no evidence that air purifying sprays do anything to reduce common pollutants. They may cause more irritation to your respiratory system. This includes candles, sprays and potpourri for sensitive individuals.

Whether an air purifier is being considered for the sick room or as a holistic preventative approach toward good health, almost all physicians agree that air purifiers do improve the quality of air within the home.  The American Heart Association offers a free guide for freshening the air you breathe in your home that may also be helpful.

title:Air Purifiers: An Investigation of the Types and Their Benefits
author:Mike Spencer
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Considering the amount of irritants that are present in the air today, those who suffer from allergies and other breathing disorders are challenged to find effective ways to clean the air that they breathe within their home environment.
Not so many years ago, this simply meant making sure that the house was dusted regularly and that pets were bathed and brushed – outdoors – as often as possible, in order to cut down on the most common allergy inducing factors. Today, there’s far more at stake, when we consider the types of contaminants that are present in our environment as a result of pollution. Bigger challenges, then, require better tools for providing a solution – enter, the air purifier.
The cleaning of the air within your home can be accomplished in a variety of different ways. A simple, straightforward air cleaner is designed to reduce the dust build-up within the home, offering the benefits of cleaner air and less need to perform common household chores, such as dusting. These are electronic in nature and use a basic filtering system that’s designed to draw in, clean and re-circulate the air.
Air purifiers are a bit more complex, in that they are specifically designed to eliminate pollutants such as pollen and other airborne irritants, in addition to the dust that the air cleaner removes from the environment.
These purifiers are available in a number of sizes, including the portable version. In this case, the air is drawn to the bottom of the cleaner and is then pushed upward through an aluminum mesh filter. This is where the pollutants are trapped before the air is moved on to the next phase of the process.
An electronic cleaning cell (two-stage) is the next stop for the airflow, which ionizes dust particles that are invisible to the naked eye and cleans them from the air. From there, the air is diverted to an activated charcoal filter which deodorizes any odors that may remain before the air is re-circulated.
An electronic air purifier should be placed in an area where the highest amount of family traffic takes place, though it can be installed in any room of the home. Complete with a two-speed fan that can typically clean an area of up to 300 cubic feet when on the highest setting, this type of air purifier would be ideal for a room that measured 20’ x 30’.
As economical as it is useful, an electronic air purifier doesn’t require any special wiring, and uses less electricity than that of a 100-watt light bulb.
The electric air cleaner is utilized by placing it in the central duct system, and cleans the air through the process of electrostatic precipitation. Basically, this just means that when the furnace blows smoke and other contaminants into the air, they are forced into a filter, then a charging station that provides charges from tungsten wires.
From there, any remaining particles are forced into a collection area, where they’re trapped and washed away by the cleaning process. Charcoal filters are in position to eliminate any leftover odors from the air, which is then forced out into the home for re-circulation.
Depending upon the design of your home, your economic constraints and the level of allergies that your family members possess, there’s a system that will work for you. Once the air in your home is properly cleaned and purified, you’ll all be breathing much easier.
Copyright 2005 Mike Spencer
title:Air Purifiers, Are They Worth The Money?
author:Dominic Ferrara
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When you suffer from allergies or asthma, you may think it may be a good idea to purchase an air filtration system for your house. But one legitimate question would be: is it worth paying the money? Experts say that it can ease your symptoms, but that is true only if you make other changes in your environment, too.
These changes concern avoiding the carpeting, finding another place for your pets and using air conditioning during the warmer months in order to get rid of the pollens or allergens. You should as well clean the air filters, the air conditioner filters, and the duct filters every season. Another possibility is not to open your windows and to avoid staying a lot outdoors, during the period when your allergies are acute.
If you have tried all these and didn’t find adequate relief, then it may be better for you to think about using an air filter. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the American Lung Association recommends air filtration for those who suffer from allergies and asthma, but not as a solution per-se. Controlling the pollution and ventilation that can cause allergies is more important; there are arguments on whether filters can give relief from asthma in a house that is clean and well ventilated. Air cleaners may be helpful in some situations and may help reducing allergy or asthma symptoms, but that air cleaning is not the one to reduce consistently the symptoms.
title:Air Purifiers – Will They Be Able To Help You?
author:William Bell
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

The market for air purifiers has become big business these days. More and more people are buying them, or those reading this report are probably in the process of selecting an air purifier for the home. It is without doubt that we are living in a world where air pollution is becoming more of a problem. For some it can be worse than others, having a huge impact on their quality of life. We have written this report to look at some of the issues surrounding air purifiers in order to keep you better informed.
What does an air purifier do?
Allergens that exist in the air come in many forms. They may be dust particles, pollen, from pets or hazardous gases and smoke particles. These can cause misery for some people, which is where the need for an air purifier comes in. Air purifiers come in many different designs, but all work on the basis that they will remove high percentages of these allergens from the air. Air purifiers might use ionic filters, charcoal adsorbents or mechanical filters. Many people who suffer from such conditions as asthma, emphysema, allergies, chronic bronchitis, or any one of the many other respiratory illnesses, will probably tell you that they have benefited greatly by installing an air purifier in their home.
Do they work?
There is much controversy surrounding the effectiveness of air purifiers. To date there has only been limited testing into the benefits. Users will claim great results, but some experts have raised concerns of possible placebo affect due to claims that many air purifiers are ineffective at removing pollen, pet dander and some pollutants. It is also an area where the amount of money you spend could have big affects. The cheapest air purifiers on the market may be pretty much useless. The main controversy at the moment surrounds the ionic air purifiers, which people doubt the effectiveness of creating negative ions. Also these types of air purifiers omit ozone, a harmful pollutant.
What do I need to look out for?
When purchasing an air purifier you should look for one that uses HEPA filters. The HEPA filters have to meet stringent requirements and must be able to filter a minimum 99.97% of pollutants from the air. You should watch out for anything that describes itself as being “HEPA-like” or “HEPA-type” as it his highly unlikely that these would be genuine HEPA filters. Also look for the CADR of the particular air purifier you are looking at. This stands for Clean Air Delivery Rating and is a good indicator of how effective one air purifier will be compared to another.
Is there anything else I can do?
It is probably a good idea that you consult your doctor. They should be able to give you sound advice on whether your particular condition is likely to be improved by purchasing an air purifier. It might be an idea to invest in some good filters for any air vents that you have in your home, and spend some time making sure cracks in old door frames or windows are sealed properly. Many people also find positive results just through dusting and hovering more often, and getting rid of old mattresses and covering the new ones with covers that protect against dust mites.
As we said previously, many people find they really do benefit from having an air purifier so it is worth taking your time to look around and find out what all the options are.
Air Purifier Comparisons – Weeding Out the Bad

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Air purifier comparisons aren’t easy, but there are some to avoid.

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Conducting an air purifier comparison can be a daunting task – there are so many different manufacturers’ products available on the market, using a wide variety of differing technologies. How is the ordinary person to know which one is best for them? Choosing the right air purifier for you comes largely down to the particular needs of your household, but whether you have asthma or chemical sensitivity, here is a quick air purifier comparison to help illustrate the purifiers you shouldn’t buy.

There are a variety of different technologies utilized in the air purification systems available today, and while some of these receive more publicity than others, an air purifier comparison quickly shows us that some systems simply don’t live up to the hype. Most of us have heard, for example, a whole lot about the Sharper Image air purifier, or we may have picked up something about ozone air purifiers. Just remember – just because a system generates a lot of attention doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for the right reasons.

Air purifier comparisons consistently turn up negative evidence on a few of the technologies employed in the air purification systems you will see in stores. Ion air purifiers, for example, while popular with many consumers, are seen by experts to be fairly ineffective. This type of unit, like the Sharper Image air purifier, rely largely on hype to get you to spend your money, so be careful before you buy to perform your own air purifier comparison, to ensure that the information offered by the marketers is reliable.

An internet air purifier comparison will quickly show that another technology, ozone, is deemed by many experts to not only be ineffective, but can actually be dangerous to your health. There are many useful studies available online on this topic, so be sure to utilize these when making your personal air purifier comparison.

Your air purifier comparison should always consider the needs of you and your family, but remember, regardless of your particular requirements, an ozone or an ion air purifier are probably not the best or safest choice.

Air purifier comparisons aren’t easy, but there are some to avoid.

title:Air Quality We Breathe At Home Or In The Workplace
author:Peter McGarry
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

How would you rate the quality of air in your workplace? More importantly what factors are you considering when rating it?
Your home or work environment may be causing you additional health risks without you realizing it. On average, Canadians spend about 80-90 percent of their time indoors, thus the quality of indoor air is very important. Ask yourself a few questions:
Does fresh, outside air flow into the room or office you are usually in?
Is the room humid?
Are there any gas-fired appliances?
Is your furniture composed of particle board or wood laminents?
These questions need to be addressed when determining the quality of air in our home or workplace. Here are the reasons why.
Does fresh, outside air flow into the room or office you are usually in? Better insulation can save on heating costs, but it limits the amount of fresh air that enters and leaves your house or office.As a lot of water vapour is produced from normal human activities, fresh air is necessary to get rid of this extra humidity.
Is the room humid?
Humid or damp conditions in your home can encourage the growth of mould and dust mites. Mould can develop from too much humidity, building leaks, refrigerator drip pans, bathroom surfaces and flooding. Mouldy smells from carpet, wood and gypsum board are a sign that they harbour fungi. Stale water in humidifiers and air conditioners can lead to the growth of bacteria and fungi.
Are there any gas-fired appliances?
Typically, oven and pilot light emissions are not vented and can contribute significantly to indoor levels of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde. Of emerging interest as a potential source of indoor air pollution is the wood burning stove. Since combustion is much less complete with wood than with oil and gas furnaces, pollution emissions can be greater. Though by-products should be vented to the outside, leaks and improper operation of these appliances can cause emissions to the indoors. Kerosene heaters are becoming increasingly popular for space heating. Since these systems are often unvented, the potential for high level contamination exists.
Is your furniture composed of particle board or laminated wood?
Formaldehyde is released from laminated wood and particleboard in which formaldehyde-containing resins have been used. Urea formaldehyde foam insulation is a significant source of formaldehyde and possibly other gaseous products. Insulating materials such as fibreglass can release particulate matter to indoor air.
Health Risks
Illnesses caused by poor air quality range from skin irritation to sneezing and asthma. In some cases, toxins from fungi can cause illness. Toxins in dust can produce fever and flu-like symptoms, especially if the environment is damp. Viruses can also be found in indoor air, but they do not usually lead to illness. A virus does not survive long in air, and getting sick usually results from contact with infected people.
Peter McGarry
For additional free information on health issues regarding air, water, fitness, nutrition and sleep, please visit www.magneticrevolution.com. This site is a guide to improving your quality of life.

Alarming Smoking Facts... Adding To Paper Work?

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Smoking facts read like fiction! Deaths due to smoking contribute a great deal to population control, even though this is a negative way to control population! You can read the warning printed on the cigarette packs: “Smoking is injurious to health.”

If we take an all-world picture, the statistics of deaths due to smoking looks like fantasy. But, who will give up smoking on the basis of statistics? They all know it. They desperately want to give up smoking, both from the h...

smoking facts, quitting smoking, stopping smoking,

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Smoking facts read like fiction! Deaths due to smoking contribute a great deal to population control, even though this is a negative way to control population! You can read the warning printed on the cigarette packs: “Smoking is injurious to health.”

If we take an all-world picture, the statistics of deaths due to smoking looks like fantasy. But, who will give up smoking on the basis of statistics? They all know it. They desperately want to give up smoking, both from the health point of view and the financial point of view!

The topmost among the New Year Resolutions, is to give up smoking! Every year, for the last several years! Hope you have understood!

Why it is so difficult to give up smoking? Ask nicotine!

Smoking is an addiction. Since tobacco smoke contains this poisonous element, a near-impossible addictive substance to give up, the smoker's plight is not condemnable, but pitiable!

But what is the fault of indirect smokers— the passive smokers? The smokers are providing free passports to them as well. And it is indeed a pity that this white-color crime goes unpunished!

Think of the family! There is every chance of children taking to the smoking habit, if the father is smoking. What a way to preserve unity in the family!

And what about women smoking, indeed pregnant women? Knowing well that it would badly affect the health of the baby that would be born! What a height of unconcern?

Therefore, tendering any amount of statistics, whether 4,000,000 die every year in the USA or 14,000,000 (this is a hypothetical figure) all over the world due to smoking is going to move which heart? Which Government? Can the UNO do something to stop this undeclared war?

The efforts to control smoking are all paper projects! Paper tigers! Can something tangible be done to save the situation? Perhaps no, with the present set of rules to protect the smokers and the strong lobby of tobacco manufacturers!

Albuterol Is The Best For Breathing Troubles

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Albuterol is a short-acting ß2-adrenergic receptor agonist, which comes under the class of medications known as bronchodilators. It is used to relieve bronchospasm in conditions including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Albuterol is marketed under different trade names such as Airomir, Asthalin, Asthavent, Asmol, Buventol, ProAir, Proventil, Salamol, Sultanol, Ventolin, and Volmax.


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Albuterol is a short-acting ß2-adrenergic receptor agonist, which comes under the class of medications known as bronchodilators. It is used to relieve bronchospasm in conditions including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Albuterol is marketed under different trade names such as Airomir, Asthalin, Asthavent, Asmol, Buventol, ProAir, Proventil, Salamol, Sultanol, Ventolin, and Volmax.

The asthma sufferers use Albuterol inhalation aerosol in order to stop breathing troubles during exercise. Albuterol works by relaxing and opening air ducts to the lungs to make inhalation process easier. Albuterol can also be taken orally and in an intravenous manner.
Under the brand name ‘Ventolin,’ Albuterol became available in UK in 1969 and in US in 1980.

Especially, Albuterol is suggested in conditions including severe asthma, to relief symptom during asthma maintenance therapy, protection against exercise-induced asthma and hyperkalaemia. It can be aerosolized with a nebulizer for patients with Cystic Fibrosis, together with ipratropium bromide and pulmozyme. As a ß2-agonist, Albuterol is also useful in obstetrics. Injectable Albuterol can be used as a tocolytic to loosen up the uterine smooth muscle to delay untimely labor pain.

However, you may experience some of side effects linked with Albuterol use. Some of the major side effects of Albuterol include tremor, palpitations and headache, tachycardia, muscle cramps, agitation, hypokalemia, hyperactivity in children, insomnia, nervousness, headache, nausea, cough, throat irritation, chest pain, body swelling, increased difficulty breathing and hoarseness. You must consult your doctor, if you find any of these side effects while taking Albuterol.

It is not difficult to purchase Albuterol, as it is available both offline as well as online. However, you may have quite a different experience buying Albuterol online, but it save your time and money. Today, the majority of people prefer to purchase medicinal drugs online for either the reasons of cost economies, privacy, or both. Often, it can be bought at deep discounts. But before dealing with any online medications supplier, it’s rather important to consider the reliability of the supplier.

Albuterol – A Short-Acting ß2-Adrenergic Receptor

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Albuterol is used to stop and treat wheezing (inhalation difficulty and chest stiffness) caused due to lung diseases including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many people use Albuterol inhalation aerosol in order to avoid breathing troubles during exercise.


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Albuterol is used to stop and treat wheezing (inhalation difficulty and chest stiffness) caused due to lung diseases including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many people use Albuterol inhalation aerosol in order to avoid breathing troubles during exercise.

Albuterol falls under the drug category called ‘bronchodilators’, which works by loosening up and opening airways to the lungs to make breathing process more comfortable. The various drug manufacturers promote Albuterol under different brands such as Asthavent, Asmol, Proventil, Salamol, Buventol, Sultanol, Ventolin, Volmax, Asthalin and ProAir. Albuterol became available in UK in 1969 and in US in 1980, under the trade name ‘Ventolin,’

To provide direct effect on bronchial muscle, Albuterol is normally given thru the inhaled route with the help of a metered dose inhaler (MDI), nebuliser or other proprietary delivery devices. Albuterol can also be given orally or in an intravenous manner. As a ß2-agonist, Albuterol is also helpful in obstetrics.

Albuterol is specifically recommended in situations like acute asthma, protection against exercise-induced asthma, alleviating symptoms during asthma maintenance therapy, other conditions with two-sided airways obstruction (including COPD) and hyperkalaemia. For patients with Cystic Fibrosis, Albuterol can be aerosolized with a nebulizer together with ipratropium bromide and pulmozyme.

The common fallouts that a person may experience while using Albuterol include palpitations, tachycardia, tremor, muscle cramps, headache, giddiness, agitation, hypokalemia, hyperactivity in children, nervousness, heart burning, sleeping troubles, anxiety, nausea, cough, throat irritation, chest pain, body swelling, increased difficulty while breathing and hoarseness. It’s better to consult doctor, if any of these side effects occur while taking Albuterol.

Albuterol can be used with care in patients with coronary heart problem or with cardiac rhythm disturbances. Using Albuterol along with other stimulant medicines is warned because of their joint effects on the blood pressure, heart rate and the potential for causing chest pain. Always use the prescribed dosages of Albuterol because excessive use of inhaled Albuterol can have unfavorable effects on the heart. Remember that Albuterol inhalations should be taken with proper technique otherwise it may cause serious problem.


 Alcohol has no food value and is exceedingly limited in its action as a remedial agent. Dr. Henry Monroe says, "every kind of substance employed by man as food consists of sugar, starch, oil and glutinous matter mingled together in various proportions. These are designed for the support of the animal frame. The glutinous principles of food fibrine, albumen and casein are employed to build up the structure while the oil, starch and sugar are chiefly used to generate heat in the body".

Now it is clear that if alcohol is a food, it will be found to contain one or more of these substances. There must be in it either the nitrogenous elements found chiefly in meats, eggs, milk, vegetables and seeds, out of which animal tissue is built and waste repaired or the carbonaceous elements found in fat, starch and sugar, in the consumption of which heat and force are evolved.

"The distinctness of these groups of foods," says Dr. Hunt, "and their relations to the tissue-producing and heat-evolving capacities of man, are so definite and so confirmed by experiments on animals and by manifold tests of scientific, physiological and clinical experience, that no attempt to discard the classification has prevailed. To draw so straight a line of demarcation as to limit the one entirely to tissue or cell production and the other to heat and force production through ordinary combustion and to deny any power of interchangeability under special demands or amid defective supply of one variety is, indeed, untenable. This does not in the least invalidate the fact that we are able to use these as ascertained landmarks".

How these substances when taken into the body, are assimilated and how they generate force, are well known to the chemist and physiologist, who is able, in the light of well-ascertained laws, to determine whether alcohol does or does not possess a food value. For years, the ablest men in the medical profession have given this subject the most careful study, and have subjected alcohol to every known test and experiment, and the result is that it has been, by common consent, excluded from the class of tissue-building foods. "We have never," says Dr. Hunt, "seen but a single suggestion that it could so act, and this a promiscuous guess. One writer (Hammond) thinks it possible that it may 'somehow' enter into combination with the products of decay in tissues, and 'under certain circumstances might yield their nitrogen to the construction of new tissues.' No parallel in organic chemistry, nor any evidence in animal chemistry, can be found to surround this guess with the areola of a possible hypothesis".

Dr. Richardson says: "Alcohol contains no nitrogen; it has none of the qualities of structure-building foods; it is incapable of being transformed into any of them; it is, therefore, not a food in any sense of its being a constructive agent in building up the body." Dr. W.B. Carpenter says: "Alcohol cannot supply anything which is essential to the true nutrition of the tissues." Dr. Liebig says: "Beer, wine, spirits, etc., furnish no element capable of entering into the composition of the blood, muscular fibre, or any part which is the seat of the principle of life." Dr. Hammond, in his Tribune Lectures, in which he advocates the use of alcohol in certain cases, says: "It is not demonstrable that alcohol undergoes conversion into tissue." Cameron, in his Manuel of Hygiene, says: "There is nothing in alcohol with which any part of the body can be nourished." Dr. E. Smith, F.R.S., says: "Alcohol is not a true food. It interferes with alimentation." Dr. T.K. Chambers says: "It is clear that we must cease to regard alcohol, as in any sense, a food".

"Not detecting in this substance," says Dr. Hunt, "any tissue-making ingredients, nor in its breaking up any combinations, such as we are able to trace in the cell foods, nor any evidence either in the experience of physiologists or the trials of alimentarians, it is not wonderful that in it we should find neither the expectancy nor the realization of constructive power."

Not finding in alcohol anything out of which the body can be built up or its waste supplied, it is next to be examined as to its heat-producing quality.

Production of heat.

"The first usual test for a force-producing food," says Dr. Hunt, "and that to which other foods of that class respond, is the production of heat in the combination of oxygen therewith. This heat means vital force, and is, in no small degree, a measure of the comparative value of the so-called respiratory foods. If we examine the fats, the starches and the sugars, we can trace and estimate the processes by which they evolve heat and are changed into vital force, and can weigh the capacities of different foods. We find that the consumption of carbon by union with oxygen is the law, that heat is the product, and that the legitimate result is force, while the result of the union of the hydrogen of the foods with oxygen is water. If alcohol comes at all under this class of foods, we rightly expect to find some of the evidences which attach to the hydrocarbons."

What, then, is the result of experiments in this direction? They have been conducted through long periods and with the greatest care, by men of the highest attainments in chemistry and physiology, and the result is given in these few words, by Dr. H.R. Wood, Jr., in his Materia Medica. "No one has been able to detect in the blood any of the ordinary results of its oxidation." That is, no one has been able to find that alcohol has undergone combustion, like fat, or starch, or sugar, and so given heat to the body. 

Alcohol and reduction of temperature.

instead of increasing it; and it has even been used in fevers as an anti-pyretic. So uniform has been the testimony of physicians in Europe and America as to the cooling effects of alcohol, that Dr. Wood says, in his Materia Medica, "that it does not seem worth while to occupy space with a discussion of the subject." Liebermeister, one of the most learned contributors to Zeimssen's Cyclopaedia of the Practice of Medicine, 1875, says: "I long since convinced myself, by direct experiments, that alcohol, even in comparatively large doses, does not elevate the temperature of the body in either well or sick people." So well had this become known to Arctic voyagers, that, even before physiologists had demonstrated the fact that alcohol reduced, instead of increasing, the temperature of the body, they had learned that spirits lessened their power to withstand extreme cold. "In the Northern regions," says Edward Smith, "it was proved that the entire exclusion of spirits was necessary, in order to retain heat under these unfavorable conditions."

Alcohol does not make you strong.

If alcohol does not contain tissue-building material, nor give heat to the body, it cannot possibly add to its strength. "Every kind of power an animal can generate," says Dr. G. Budd, F.R.S., "the mechanical power of the muscles, the chemical (or digestive) power of the stomach, the intellectual power of the brain accumulates through the nutrition of the organ on which it depends." Dr. F.R. Lees, of Edinburgh, after discussing the question, and educing evidence, remarks: "From the very nature of things, it will now be seen how impossible it is that alcohol can be strengthening food of either kind. Since it cannot become a part of the body, it cannot consequently contribute to its cohesive, organic strength, or fixed power; and, since it comes out of the body just as it went in, it cannot, by its decomposition, generate heat force."

Sir Benjamin Brodie says: "Stimulants do not create nervous power; they merely enable you, as it were, to  use up  that which is left, and then they leave you more in need of rest than before."

Baron Liebig, so far back as 1843, in his "Animal Chemistry," pointed out the fallacy of alcohol generating power. He says: "The circulation will appear accelerated at the expense of the force available for voluntary motion, but without the production of a greater amount of mechanical force." In his later "Letters," he again says: "Wine is quite superfluous to man, it is constantly followed by the expenditure of power" whereas, the real function of food is to give power. He adds: "These drinks promote the change of matter in the body, and are, consequently, attended by an inward loss of power, which ceases to be productive, because it is not employed in overcoming outward difficulties i.e., in working." In other words, this great chemist asserts that alcohol abstracts the power of the system from doing useful work in the field or workshop, in order to cleanse the house from the defilement of alcohol itself.

The late Dr. W. Brinton, Physician to St. Thomas', in his great work on Dietetics, says: "Careful observation leaves little doubt that a moderate dose of beer or wine would, in most cases, at once diminish the maximum weight which a healthy person could lift. Mental acuteness, accuracy of perception and delicacy of the senses are all so far opposed by alcohol, as that the maximum efforts of each are incompatible with the ingestion of any moderate quantity of fermented liquid. A single glass will often suffice to take the edge off both mind and body, and to reduce their capacity to something below their perfection of work."

Dr. F.R. Lees, F.S.A., writing on the subject of alcohol as a food, makes the following quotation from an essay on "Stimulating Drinks," published by Dr. H.R. Madden, as long ago as 1847: "Alcohol is not the natural stimulus to any of our organs, and hence, functions performed in consequence of its application, tend to debilitate the organ acted upon.

Alcohol is incapable of being assimilated or converted into any organic proximate principle, and hence, cannot be considered nutritious.

The strength experienced after the use of alcohol is not new strength added to the system, but is manifested by calling into exercise the nervous energy pre-existing.

The ultimate exhausting effects of alcohol, owing to its stimulant properties, produce an unnatural susceptibility to morbid action in all the organs, and this, with the plethora superinduced, becomes a fertile source of disease.

A person who habitually exerts himself to such an extent as to require the daily use of stimulants to ward off exhaustion, may be compared to a machine working under high pressure. He will become much more obnoxious to the causes of disease, and will certainly break down sooner than he would have done under more favorable circumstances.

The more frequently alcohol is had recourse to for the purpose of overcoming feelings of debility, the more it will be required, and by constant repetition a period is at length reached when it cannot be foregone, unless reaction is simultaneously brought about by a temporary total change of the habits of life.

Driven to the wall.

Not finding that alcohol possesses any direct alimentary value, the medical advocates of its use have been driven to the assumption that it is a kind of secondary food, in that it has the power to delay the metamorphosis of tissue. "By the metamorphosis of tissue is meant," says Dr. Hunt, "that change which is constantly going on in the system which involves a constant disintegration of material; a breaking up and avoiding of that which is no longer aliment, making room for that new supply which is to sustain life." Another medical writer, in referring to this metamorphosis, says: "The importance of this process to the maintenance of life is readily shown by the injurious effects which follow upon its disturbance. If the discharge of the excrementitious substances be in any way impeded or suspended, these substances accumulate either in the blood or tissues, or both. In consequence of this retention and accumulation they become poisonous, and rapidly produce a derangement of the vital functions. Their influence is principally exerted upon the nervous system, through which they produce most frequent irritability, disturbance of the special senses, delirium, insensibility, coma, and finally, death."

"This description," remarks Dr. Hunt, "seems almost intended for alcohol." He then says: "To claim alcohol as a food because it delays the metamorphosis of tissue, is to claim that it in some way suspends the normal conduct of the laws of assimilation and nutrition, of waste and repair. A leading advocate of alcohol (Hammond) thus illustrates it: 'Alcohol retards the destruction of the tissues. By this destruction, force is generated, muscles contract, thoughts are developed, organs secrete and excrete.' In other words, alcohol interferes with all these. No wonder the author 'is not clear' how it does this, and we are not clear how such delayed metamorphosis recuperates. 

Not an originator of vital force.

which is not known to have any of the usual power of foods, and use it on the double assumption that it delays metamorphosis of tissue, and that such delay is conservative of health, is to pass outside of the bounds of science into the land of remote possibilities, and confer the title of adjuster upon an agent whose agency is itself doubtful. 

Having failed to identify alcohol as a nitrogenous or non-nitrogenous food, not having found it amenable to any of the evidences by which the food-force of aliments is generally measured, it will not do for us to talk of benefit by delay of regressive metamorphosis unless such process is accompanied with something evidential of the fact something scientifically descriptive of its mode of accomplishment in the case at hand, and unless it is shown to be practically desirable for alimentation.

There can be no doubt that alcohol does cause  defects  in the processes of elimination which are natural to the healthy body and which even in disease are often conservative of health.
Alcoholic Drinks and Health Issues

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Alcohol is a depressant that can act as a sedative drug and may slow down the nervous system. In small doses, alcohol can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Alcohol however may do more harm than good if overused. Extremely high doses of alcohol at one time can cause alcohol poisoning which can lead to coma or death.

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Alcohol is an important component of many element of several societies for many years. Many believe that alcoholic drinks have flourished gatherings, parties, and other social celebrations. A number of individuals believe that alcoholic drinks should be served in social gatherings to give enthusiasm to certain events. Alcohol is produced when vegetables, fruits, or grains are fermented. Fermentation is a process which uses yeast or bacteria to change sugars in these items into alcohol. This substance is also used as cleaners and antiseptics.
Alcohol is a depressant that can act as a sedative drug and may slow down the nervous system. In small doses, alcohol can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Alcohol however may do more harm than good if overused. People who overuse alcohol may feel confused and disoriented. Too much alcohol in body may affect the brain and lead to poor coordination, faulty judgment, slowed reflexes, distorted vision, memory lapses, blackouts. Alcohol can damage many organs in the body, it is absorbed directly in the bloodstream and raises the risk of acquiring life-threatening ailments like cancer. Extremely high doses of alcohol at one time can cause alcohol poisoning which can lead to coma or death.

Despite the adverse effects of alcohol, many individuals still engage in drinking this beverage for many reasons. Many teens and young people use alcohol because of curiosity, relax, fit in a crowd, and feel older. One of the reasons why many people are engaged in alcohol is the fact that from a very young age, children are exposed to advertising messages of alcohol. A number of advertisements of alcohol show people drinking alcohol enjoying life. While in reality, it is the exact opposite. Because alcohol damages the nervous system, drinking alcohol can may people do embarrassing things and look stupid acts like peeing on themselves or throwing up. Drinking alcohol may lead also develop bad breath and hangovers.

In addition to the health hazards of alcohol, studies show that almost many deaths among teens are alcohol-related. The use of greatly alcohol increases the possibility of teens and many individuals of being involved in car accidents, suicide or homicide. 
Studies show that in every thirty minutes, someone dies from an alcohol related car accident. Driving while under the influence of alcohol can cause many health problems and affect body reactions while driving. People who are drunk may experience decreased amount of performance and judgment while driving. Drunk drivers are not the only ones who are in danger, these drivers may distribute danger to passengers, pedestrians, and other road users.

Alcohol disorders amplify suicide and risk, at least one-third if individuals who have committed suicide are alcohol dependent. In addition, suicide among alcoholics also seem to increase with age. A study released by Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research conclude that middle-aged and older alcoholics have higher risk to commit suicide than young adults who are alcoholics.
Consuming inappropriate amounts of alcohol puts individuals at risk for several health issues like cancer like cancer and diabetes. Alcohol may reduce the body's absorption of necessary nutrients. Many alcoholics do not partake in healthy diets, therefore further harming the body. The health effects of alcohol should not be taken for granted but should act as a reminder to drink alcoholic drinks in moderation.

title:Alcoholism and Family History
author:Steve Joseph
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

For those of us with a parent, grandparent or close family member who has struggled with alcoholism, we often ponder what this means for us.

Are we destined to travel the same path and endure the same fate?
Are we predisposed to addictive behavior?
Does a family history of alcoholism translate into higher risks for us?
Can anything be done to reduce the risks?

These questions can be quite frightening, especially for people who already have a first hand knowledge and experience with the destructive face of alcohol. But like any issue, the best way to handle it is with a solution oriented approach.

First of all, scientific studies have been done to examine the relationship between alcoholism and genetics. The results of these studies indicate that genetics does play a role in alcohol abuse. According to one study, children of alcoholics are about four times more likely to develop alcohol problems that the general population. Furthermore, these same children are at significantly greater risk of behavioral and emotional problems. However it is important that we bear in mind that these figures only indicate a relative increase in risk, and make no attempt to predict the outcome of individuals. Well over one half of all children of alcohol addicts never develop alcoholic behavior reports http://www.quitingalcohol.com . This highlights the fact that while family history is a major factor for consideration, there are other factors that can increase and moreover, decrease the risk of alcoholism.

Just because one or even both of an individuals parents have a history of alcoholism, or perhaps the individual has grown up in a troubled household, does not guarantee any outcome. Many people with a history of alcoholism and troubled childhoods never develop alcoholic tendencies. Being aware of risk factors though, is a practical way of identifying potential problems before they eventuate and should be encouraged. For anyone who is concerned or worried by a the existence of a pattern of alcoholic behavior, here are some practical tips for you:

-Avoid underage drinking. Aside from being illegal, drinking at a young age often fosters unhealthy forms of drinking such as binge drinking.

-Drink moderately as an adult. Alcohol should always be used n moderation and if there is any doubt, stop all together. This will answer any lingering doubts about your drinking habits.

-Talk to your doctor about your consumption of alcohol and family history. This is a good way to get an independent assessment of your relationship with alcohol.
title:Alcoholism as a Disease, Not a Weakness
author:David Chandler
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Alcoholism is a disease in which drinkers have lost the ability to control their drinking, leading to physical and mental harm and loss of ability to behave in a socially acceptable manner. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, pathological condition that affects the nervous and digestive system, caused by the inability to stop drinking despite adverse consequences such as loss of job, family, and health. The disease is potentially fatal, however the most disturbing and debilitating part of alcoholism is the loss of self-respect, the possible job loss, and the toll it takes on the alcoholics family. There is also indication that there may be a genetic component with alcoholism.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence defines alcoholism as characterized by “impaired control over dinking…and distortions in thinking, most notably denial.” This means that for many alcoholics, they are unable to make a decision to stop drinking without the help of others.
Symptoms of the disease include but are not limited to sneaking drinks, lying about the amount consumed, irritability when alcohol is not available, mood swings, loss of appetite, a puffiness of the face, job loss and a high number of traffic tickets.
Family members need to develop an awareness of the disease and talk with the alcoholic. Most alcoholics are in denial and talking to the person about their disease can be very difficult. Choose a time when the person is sober. In addition, talking to the person after an alcoholic problem as occurred, such as a family argument, or a drunken driving ticket, for example, may be a good time to talk. Unfortunately waiting for a problem to occur from alcoholic behaviors can have serious consequences.
Family members coping with an alcoholic or addict can cause a great deal of stress in the family life. Therefore, there are support groups for Al-Alteen for children and teenagers. Al-Anon is for the spouse or loved one that has to cope with an alcoholic. These groups teach family members on how to cope with the alcoholic and process their emotions.
There are studies that want you to believe that alcoholism is not a disease. They are wrong. Alcoholism is a disease and while there is no cure, it is treatable. If it were not a disease, insurance companies would not pay for treatment.
Alcoholism Disease And Alcoholism Physical Symptoms

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Alcoholism disease and alcoholism physical symptoms should be understood if there's concern about alcohol abuse. Alcoholism disease can be defined as a drug addiction where alcohol consumption is at a level that interferes with the person's physical and mental health and negatively impacts family, social or work responsibilities.

Because alcohol consumption can involve many organs in the body, long-term heavy drinking puts a person at risk for developing serious health con...

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Alcoholism disease and alcoholism physical symptoms should be understood if there's concern about alcohol abuse. Alcoholism disease can be defined as a drug addiction where alcohol consumption is at a level that interferes with the person's physical and mental health and negatively impacts family, social or work responsibilities.

Because alcohol consumption can involve many organs in the body, long-term heavy drinking puts a person at risk for developing serious health conditions and illnesses. While each of the health conditions listed below can exist for reasons unrelated to alcoholism disease, certain conditions and alcoholism physical symptoms may be indications that alcohol abuse exists and is affecting the health of the person.

Here are examples of health conditions and related alcoholism physical symptoms that may indicate alcoholism disease:

• Liver Inflammation - alcoholism physical symptoms for liver inflammation include abnormal yellowing of the skin, eyeballs and urine, fever and abdominal pain. Since alcohol destroys liver cells and the ability of the liver to regenerate new cells, long term abuse of alcohol can lead to cirrhosis of the liver.

• Cirrhosis of the Liver - symptoms of cirrhosis or scarring of the liver tissue can be tiredness or even exhaustion, nausea, loss of sex drive and appetite loss leading to weight loss.

• Malnutrition - a common alcoholism physical symptom is malnutrition. While the symptoms will vary with the specific malnutrition-related disorder, general symptoms include dizziness, tireness, unexplained weight loss and reduced immune system function.

• High Blood Pressure - high blood pressure symptoms include dizziness, headache, blurred vision and nausea. And the American Heart Association advises that excessive alcohol consumption can raise levels of triglycerides in the blood and related increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

• Pancreaitis - long term heavy drinking can result in the development of inflammation of the pancreas which is called 'pancreatitis'. The pancreas are needed for food digestion, and pancreaitis symptoms include severe abdominal pain and weight loss.

• Erectile Dysfunction - alcoholism disease will likely affect a man in the bedroom. Heavy drinking can cause sexual dysfunction, meaning the man may have difficulty getting an erection. And the likelihood of alcohol-related erectile dysfunction occurring increases as a man gets older.

• Insomnia - the connection between sleep problems and disturbances and alcohol abuse has been proven by numerous studies. Alcohol in the body can interfere with getting to sleep and with enjoying deep, restful sleep. In fact, insomnia may continue for weeks or months after alcohol abstinance.

Additional long term alcoholism disease health effects include damage to the brain, nerve damage, bleeding in the esophagus and depression. Alcohol consumption can increase the breast cancer risk in women undergoing hormone replacement therapy, according to the National Cancer Institute. Alcoholic beverages are considered cancer-causing by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Important note - all of the conditions listed above may be due to reasons other than alcoholism disease and must not be considered conditions that should be self-diagnosed. Most of these conditions can be life-threatening and should only be diagnosed by qualified health care professionals.

Besides alcoholism physical symptoms, learn more about the alcoholism warning signs, alcoholism stages and proven resources available online that can help. It is never too late to begin recovery from alcoholism disease and alcohol addiction.

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Alcoholism Intervention - 7 Typical Alcohol Abuse Intervention Steps

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Alcoholism intervention or alcohol abuse intervention is the process whereby persons who care about the health and well-being of an addicted person come together to share their concerns about the addicted person's behavior. A small percentage of people are able to recover from addiction on their own without the help of an alcoholism intervention. However, most addicted people need assistance.

Addiction can be defined as a compulsive need for and use of a substance that is ...

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Alcoholism intervention or alcohol abuse intervention is the process whereby persons who care about the health and well-being of an addicted person come together to share their concerns about the addicted person's behavior. A small percentage of people are able to recover from addiction on their own without the help of an alcoholism intervention. However, most addicted people need assistance.

Addiction can be defined as a compulsive need for and use of a substance that is psychologically or physically habit-forming and negatively affects the addict's health and life. If the addicted person has become dependent on the substance, physiological symptoms will likely be experienced upon withdrawal.

When dealing with addicts, one must remember that the addicted person's brain has been altered by the substance's use, regardless of the substance or behavior involved. Many people have spoken to their loved one about his or her addiction but without success. An alcoholism intervention involving a knowledgable outside professional can be helpful when attempting to have your loved one recognize their addiction and obtain help in stopping it.

Here are typical alcoholism intervention steps that may be used to help move your family out of crisis mode and address the addiction of the person you care about:

1. Contact the Alcoholism Intervention Facility - during this phase, you will have researched the possible alcohol abuse intervention facilities. Once you've selected the treatment center, you'll contact them to discuss your situation. The treatment facility staff will assess your specific needs and will determine if intervention is appropriate.

2. Investigate Treatment Options - based on the specifics of your alcoholism intervention needs, the alcohol abuse intervention treatment options will be outlined for you. This can consist of inpatient or outpatient options, medical issues, insurance coverage, admission details and who from the treatment facility staff will be overseeing the alcoholism intervention process.

3. Outline Action Plan - your interventionist specialist will guide you through the steps of setting up the structured, professionally supervised alcoholism intervention.

4. Pre-Intervention Meeting - this meeting may take place at your home or workplace, depending on the situation, and will likely involve the other caring persons who will be part of the alcoholism intervention. During this pre-intervention meeting, the interventionist may discuss the disease of addiction and how it impacts the lives of family, friends, co-workers and others. How the alcohol abuse intervention will be conducted will be covered and the roles of loved ones during the intervention will be discussed. What the treatment will consist of as well as what the post-intervention process will involve will likely be outlined and questions will be answered.

5. Intervention Meeting - the alcoholism intervention may take one or two hours and will be a structured process consisting of family members, close friends, co-workers and so on who are coming together for the purpose of sharing their concerns about the addicted person's behavior and getting them to accept help for their addiction.

6. Treatment - if the addicted person accepts help for their addiction, he or she may go immediately for admission to the treatment facility if inpatient services are the plan. If outpatient services will be used, the addicted person will be taken immediately to the treatment facility so that the individual can be assessed and treatment begun.

7. Post Intervention Consulting and Services - following treatment, the post intervention becomes the focus. Continued support for the addicted person greatly increases the chances that the person will remain clean and sober. There may be weekly sessions to learn how to identify and manage stress in ones life and to incorporate relapse prevention techniques. This post intervention time is vital as the addicted person will be making the transition from treatment to becoming a person that's more independent, healthier and productive with a life of sobriety.

Alcoholism intervention may be the best way to make help available to those who are struggling with addiction. With alcohol abuse intervention, treatment and support, many persons are able to remain sober and rebuild their lives. If you are concerned about the addiction of a loved one, doing nothing may be the worst thing to do.

Alcoholism disease has profound consequences on the health of the addicted person and adversely affects their lives as well of the lives of those around them. A question you may want to ask yourself is - how much worse does the addiction have to become before you are willing to take action? Consider using a structured alcoholism intervention with the experience and assistance of qualified professionals to help the loved one face and conquer their addiction. It is never too late to begin recovery from alcohol addiction. Help is available, and the sooner one begins the recovery process, the better.

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title:Alcoholism Signs And Symptoms You Should Know
author:Olinda Rola
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Alcoholism signs and symptoms are clues that alcohol may be a problem. If left untreated, alcoholism signs and symptoms and alcoholism can affect the quality of life of the person as well as those around them. Alcoholism is a disease where alcohol consumption (beer, wine, or hard liquor) is at a level that interferes with the person's physical and mental health, and negatively impacts family, social or work responsibilities.

Alcoholism symptoms can be recognized relatively early in the disease's progression, but if not dealt with, alcoholism can be fatal. Here are alcoholism signs and symptoms that indicate alcohol may be a problem:

• Becoming Angry When Confronted About Drinking
• Daily or Frequent Alcohol Consumption Needed to Function
• Drinking Alone
• Finding Excuses to Drink
• Food Intake Neglect
• Hiding Alcohol Related Behavior
• Inability to Stop or Reduce Alcohol Consumption
• Memory Loss, Blackouts
• Morning Shakes
• Nausea, Vomiting
• Physical Appearance Neglect
• Violent Episodes Occur When Drinking

When considering alcoholism signs and symptoms, alcoholism can be broadly divided into two categories - alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Alcohol abusers may drink heavily at various times, but they have not yet become alcohol dependent. Alcoholism signs and symptoms for alcohol abusers can be problems that happen while being intoxicated such as drinking and driving, violent episodes, or missing appointments, work or school.

Alcohol dependence can develop over the years and follows a generally predictable pattern. A tolerance of alcohol develops first, which means a person needs to consume greater quantities of alcohol before the same effects are noticed. Over time, the person may lose control over their drinking and may not be able to stop even if they want to. And if alcohol consumption is reduced or stopped, withdrawal symptoms can be experienced which can range from annoying to life-threatening.

If the alcoholic continues drinking, he or she may become obsessed with drinking to the exclusion of almost everything else. Many of the above alcoholism signs and symptoms may be noticed. The most severe kind of drinking is called 'binge drinking', periods of time with continuous heavy alcohol consumption.

If alcoholism continues to progress, the mental and physical health of the alcoholic can seriously deteriorate. Many of the body's organs can become damaged which lowers resistance to disease and infections. Relationships at home or socially may become damaged, and there can be financial and legal problems due to the alcoholic's inability to stop drinking.

If the alcoholic continues to drink, alcohol can ultimately cause their death one way or another. Accidents and related injuries, suicide, drownings and falling asleep in bed while smoking and intoxicated and burning to death are examples of the consequences of alcoholism. Health-wise, damage to the body's organs and systems due to long-term excessive drinking means the person will likely suffer from a number of diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, malnutrition and cancer.

Are there different stages of alcoholism? Yes, most definitely. If the alcoholism signs and symptoms indicate that alcohol consumption is becoming or is already a problem, there are resources available to help with alcoholism and the serious consequences of this disease.

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Alcoholism, Addictions and Friends of Bill:  Post Holiday

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The Story Of Bill W, founder of AA, reaching out to those suffering.

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Regardless of whether one believes alcoholism and addictions are diseases or not (It is a shame we are still having this argument in the 21st century),  they are real problems for millions of people and millions upon millions of families around the world all through the year.  But holiday seasons and other  times of personal tragedy and importance such as the death of a loved one, a divorce date, etc seem to spur the dependence as well as the craving for self medication and chemically induced euphoria.

Having battled alcoholism and addictions most of my adult life (since Viet Nam), the care of those who have bottomed out and reached out are near and dear to my heart.  Bill W, the founder of AA (alcoholics anonymous), understood that.  Both of us, like millions of others the world over, have started over more than once, and along the way we have learned the painful truth of the Biblical teaching that no  man lives unto himself.

Friends of Bill W know that they cannot make it alone.  Just like the group conscience keeps a church, a club, a school, indeed a society going, growing and maturing it keeps the Friends of Bill W on the path to a successful and rewarding life.

The good thing is that everyday we live to see a new sunrise, we have the opportunity to start a new life and to help another enjoy a fresh beginning.  That does not mean that all our baggage miraculously disappears.  It does mean God has granted us new grace and mercy with which to handle our demons.

It means that those who are walking the walk have a special responsibility to be there for those who still suffer...not that we don't.  But, we who have been lucky enough and blessed enough to grasp the deliverance of a power greater than ourselves must take that healing way of life to suffering mankind.  After all, we can only truly keep that which we freely give away.

And, especially during this time of year there appears to be plenty of opportunity to reach out to and help our fellowman.  During the end of the calendar year holidays more and more people fall off the wagon and need help getting back up.  After all, we understand better than most that any excuse will do and that it matters little (if at all) how many times one falls, but how many times one can get back on his feet.

So as we start a new year, any new year, we often find that the numbers in our recovery communities seem to have decreased. Actually what has happened is that the numbers needing our guidance have increased ... significantly.  Perhaps the bodies showing up for mutual support have declined, but that simply means the need for outreach has increased.

While others are making new years resolutions to lose weight, get a better job, go back to school, stop smoking or whatever; we should be making resolutions to make greater efforts to be there for those who still suffer, to reach out to those in pain, to find that member of our body who disappeared a week or two ago and then to be about that business today not tomorrow.  Someone you love does not have a tomorrow short of your intervention.

Perhaps just showing them the Life Story of Bill W will do the job.  It will certainly reinforce your convictions and strengthen your commitment to make it to, make it through, and enjoy sobriety this time ... one day at a time.

You can watch the Life Story of  Bill W or download it to your computer to show at your group meetings or to help with intervention at http://remotehelpdesk1.com

title:Alcoholism - A Major Disease?
author:Dominic Ferrara
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Alcoholism can be given a lot of definitions and all of them stress the fact that there is a terrible disease that involves addiction to spirits. Apart from the physical dependence on alcohol, there are other psychological, genetic and social factors that may play a role in the development of alcoholism. Many social, economic and public health problems are determined by this very serious disease.
When alcoholism is concerned, symptoms include craving for alcohol, incapacity to have control over the use of alcohol, a greater tolerance to its effects, and withdrawal symptoms during the periods of abstinence. One should as well know that many alcoholics deny having a problem. In many cases intervention is necessary in order to persuade them to start treatment. Treatment in cases of alcoholism usually includes detoxification, counseling and psychotherapy, as well as treatment of associated medical problems, and different programmes for recovery and support.
Alcoholism involves physical and psychological addiction to the alcohol, and it often gets to a chronic, progressive form. There are situations in which it can become fatal, when alcohol consumption begins to interfere with your health, your social life or your occupational functioning. Alcoholics often continue to consume alcohol in huge quantities despite the multiple negative consequences of the disease. Nowadays, alcoholism is the most serious form of alcohol abuse. Alcoholism can be also defined in terms like "having a problem with drinking". If one has a problem with drinking, that can result in health or social problems (drunk driving, for instance), but that doesn’t make one yet dependent on alcohol and it doesn’t mean one has fully lost control over using spirits - as in the case of alcoholism.
Alcohol - Is there a comparison with hard drugs?

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Alcohol is addictive. You will find many people who will argue with this statement, but alcohol fits all the definitions of a harmful and addictive drug.
Given the toxic nature of alcohol, if the substance was discovered today, it would never be licensed as a drug or food.

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Alcohol is addictive. You will find many people who will argue with this statement, but alcohol fits all the definitions of a harmful and addictive drug;

1. You need to take more and more of it to get the same effect
2. Your body becomes physically dependent on alcohol.
3. People die from alcohol abuse

An alcoholic is someone who has become physically dependent on alcohol. Alcoholism is permanent, it can not be cured. An ex-alcoholic is simply one who has not had alcohol for a long time. If the "ex"-alcoholic has one drink they are hooked again and have to go through the whole drying out process again.

Alcoholism treatment centers allow the alcoholic to live in a supportive and alcohol free environment while giving up the drug. Psychological advice is available and group therapy sessions help many recovering alcoholics.

Alcoholics Anonymous are one group that holds support meetings for alcoholics. AA has groups in most towns and cities in most countries and many recovering alcoholics find the group sessions to be an essential part of STAYING a recovered alcoholic.

Given the toxic nature of alcohol, if the substance was discovered today, it would never be licensed as a drug or food. It is only the entrenched nature of the alcohol industry and the fact that so many jobs depend on it that make it politically unacceptable to ban alcohol. Does this sound similar to the excuses made by opium producing countries? Would there be pressure to legalize the opium if it was grown in USA, because of the jobs dependant on the crop?

Perhaps western governments need to grasp the nettle of alcohol before prosecuting the war on drugs abroad. Alcohol kills many more people on a daily basis than die of drug related crime or addiction.

Drug trafficking causes crime, as addicts try to get money to pay for their supply – Political issue

Alcohol abuse causes deaths of innocents by drunk drivers. Isn’t this a political issue, too?

Alcohol Addiction and Cirrhosis of the Liver

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Article discusses alcohol addiction and cirrhosis of the liver.

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Alcohol addiction is a crippling and debilitating disease that takes its toll both mentally and physically on individuals who suffer from it.  Alcohol addiction, in addition to having a myriad of other negative effects, also increases the risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver. 

The liver, the largest organ in the body, is essential for proper health and bodily functions. It removes and neutralizes poisons found in the blood, produces immune agents to help control infection, and keep s the blood free of germs and bacteria. In addition, the liver also makes proteins that regulate blood clotting and produce bile to help absorb both fat soluble volumes and additional fats.  Cirrhosis is the build up of scar tissue in place of normal healthy tissue, causing the flow of blood through the organ to slow or stop and impairing overall liver function. Cirrhosis is the twelfth leading cause of death by disease in the United States, and kills approximately 26,000 people every year.

Cirrhosis is often synonymous with chronic alcoholism, and alcohol addiction is one of the major causes of this disease, which typically develops after a decade or more of heavy drinking. The amount varies from person to person, but it has been shown that alcohol injures the liver by blocking its normal metabolism.  Cirrhosis affects the body in many ways, including edema and ascites, which occur when the liver loses its ability to make the protein albumin. As a result, water accumulates both in the legs (edema) and in the abdomen. (ascites)

Bruising and bleeding can also occur as a result of the liver being unable to continue regular production of the proteins needed for blood clotting. Jaundice, also, is a common side effect and occurs when the liver is not able to absorb enough bilirubin.  Another more serious side effect of cirrhosis brought on by alcohol addiction is the presence of toxins in the blood or brain, since a damaged liver is unable to remove these substances. Toxins can dull mental functioning and cause pronounced personality changes, and lead to coma and even death.

Alcohol addiction is a serious problem but luckily, one that is also highly treatable with proper therapy and with the assistance of dedicated and trained professionals in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation setting.  While Cirrhosis does have many causes, it cannot be ignored that the primary cause of this disease is in direct correlation to alcoholism. Treating alcohol addiction, then, does more than just help the addict to control their current problem; it also, if done correctly, can aid in the prevention of future problems, conditions, and diseases.

Alcohol And Drug Abuse In Mental Health

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Alcohol abuse is overrated, while drug abuse is underrated. The DSM manual suggests that substance abuse there are differences in the definition of drug and alcohol use. To confuse matters worse the law has its own version of who is an alcoholic or drug addict. Some of the symptoms that help professionals determine if alcohol and drugs are a problem include, excessive drinking/drugging, problems with the law, withdrawal symptoms, shaking of the hands, and so forth.

If a p...


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Alcohol abuse is overrated, while drug abuse is underrated. The DSM manual suggests that substance abuse there are differences in the definition of drug and alcohol use. To confuse matters worse the law has its own version of who is an alcoholic or drug addict. Some of the symptoms that help professionals determine if alcohol and drugs are a problem include, excessive drinking/drugging, problems with the law, withdrawal symptoms, shaking of the hands, and so forth.

If a person drinks everyday of the week and relies on alcohol, then you are probably dealing with an alcoholic. There are philosophers who claim if a person needs a drink at breakfast, that he or she is an alcohol. Some philosophers claim that if you drink more than six-pack weeks then you are an alcoholic.

The fact is, most of the people nagging or evaluating alcohol and drugs has a problem them self or has gotten help someone in their lifetime to treat their own problems. Therefore, as you can see addictions, dependant alcoholics, and other types of alcoholics and drug addicts may alter. First all, any chemical that causes harm is a potential danger to your being.

In other words if you start out drinking when you are fourteen and continue through your lifetime without alcohol causing you trouble, or else landing you a spot in jail, then you are probably not an alcoholic according to few. The fact is the ones that are drinking and driving and getting caught are alcoholics according to the system although the level of alcohol in the blood plays a role in the determination.

The truth is the law sometimes over dramatizes and the system is out to make all the money they can, so we all might be alcoholics by the time they are done with us. Alcoholism and drug addictions are complex, in the sense there are too many misconstrued inputs and often the label is placed on individuals according to culture and history. If you parents drank alcohol then the system sometimes will claim you as an alcoholic.

The fact is, Jesus drink wine in moderation, so drinking in moderation is not a bad thing. The problem becomes a problem when the person has difficulty putting down the bottle and/or increases their intake as well as combining drugs with the alcohol to get an affect they was had. If someone will steal or lie to get alcohol or drugs then you know they have a real problem.

However, most alcoholics and drug addicts have bigger problems than addictions and this is often ignored. For example, people with mental illnesses often resort to alcohol and/or drugs to find relief of their symptoms. Now if a professional is treating this person for his or her diagnose and progress is moving along the person often feels healthy and the alcohol and drugs are out the door.

In my studies and opinions, I disagree with alcoholism and drug addictions if the person is able to stop once the mental illness is treated. This means that the person was suffering and the substances was a mechanism to help them cope.

On the other hand, if the person is treated for mental illnesses and his or her drug and alcohol habits continue, then I think you had better get out the chair and start talking ‘one day at a time.’ Alcohol was once known as the “Devils Drink.” The White men are the originator of the source, and since its beginning it has caused serious complications, including death, abuse, and other related crimes.

Drugs are optional since the system often makes them available by teaching individuals what the drugs contain. The root of all-evil is money, and if a person sees that he or she can gain, they may take advantage, but fall into a snare in between. The system is overwrought, since they put alcoholics and drugs addicts in jail and not seeking help for them.

The solution to humankind’s problem is helping and not hurting or promoting. If we can’t get along now, what makes you think you are going to heaven?

Alcohol and Drug Treatment

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Do you like an occasional beer, or maybe a sip of wine? It's no big deal in moderation. We all love to kick back with a fine wine or frosty brew. However, too many individuals take this perk to a whole new level. How much alcohol is too much?

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You find it everywhere, very often it's even a sign of "coolness" or a sign of quality life style. But you know...

Do you like an occasional beer, or maybe a sip of wine? It's no big deal in moderation. We all love to kick back with a fine wine or frosty brew. However, too many individuals take this perk to a whole new level. How much alcohol is too much? Well, if you don't know, then you might want to do a reality check. Don't make the mistake of becoming complacent with your social life. Too many college kids do this with drinking and partying. Suddenly they're downing a case a night just to stay satisfied. It's time to be aware, people. You have to control how much you drink and how often. If you don't, then you just may end up in an alcohol and drug treatment program. Sound good? I doubt it.

It's frightening how many people end up in such programs.

Back in high school I watched a number of kids drink like it was no big thing. Where were they getting all those booze? I mean come on; someone had to be supplying it to them. They were clearly underage at the time. Regardless of their source, they were chugging like there was no tomorrow. Some teens just think this is the only way to have fun. It works as an escapism I guess. It's their vehicle to a less stressful realm. Unfortunately it's not healthy. People need to focus their energy on more legal and safer routes to a good time. No one wants to end up in an alcohol and drug treatment program. Speaking of alcohol and drug treatment programs, a close friend of mine was in one. I met him about seven years back, while working at a video store. It took me a while to realize that he was only 20 years old. This shocked me when I found out because he was always carrying cases of beer in his car. He told me once that he drinks around 20 beers each night. I thought to myself, "God, this kid's an alcoholic, and he's not even old enough to buy it." That's nuts! However, there are many people out there in the same condition. Eventually he acquired the assistance of an alcohol and drug treatment program. These days he is alcohol free.

Do you or someone you love need the assistance of an alcohol and drug treatment program? If so, you can hop online now and find the answers you're looking for. There are alcohol and drug treatment centers in your area. Get that much-needed help today. This is your future we're talking about here.

You can beat alcoholism!

Alcohol and Pregnancy: Not As Bad As Assumed?

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Medical science has always been keen to warn pregnant women to avoid drinking, because it may cause growth defects on the fetus. However, a recent British study has challenged that claim by reevaluating the previously conducted studies and making investigations of their own. For the time being, the results areinconclusive one way or another, but more research is to follow.

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Wine, drinking, and alcohol have always been associated with a variety of negative effects, particularly on pregnant women and the fetuses they carry. The consumption of alcohol during pregnancy has been linked to a number of unwanted side effects, including stunted cell growth and impaired nervous system development. The damage done by drinking during pregnancy can also sometimes lead to neurological disorders later on in life, though only under certain circumstances. However, recent medical studies have discovered that a little drinking during pregnancy may not pose such a high risk as it has been thought to be, provided the amounts are carefully monitored and are not in excess.

Now, numerous studies have pointed out that drinking while pregnant is a negative factor. These same studies have shown that women who had drinking binges while expecting have children who develop a variety of problems later in life, both in physical wellness and mental health. However, it is worth noting that the studies have not exactly determined what in alcohol causes these problems, or if alcohol indulgence causes these issues at all. In recent studies, evidence has come to light that alcohol may not be as large a factor for causing ill effects during pregnancy as initially believed. There is some debate on whether or not it is as damaging as initially believed, but most do not doubt that it would have a few side effects.

Recently, the University of Oxford conducted studies into the issue under the leadership of Dr. Ron Gray. The researchers began by reviewing the results and conditions of 14 previous studies to try and eliminate any factors other than the biological and chemical that might have contributed to the results. According to the team's preliminary findings, previous studies limited their definitions of what it means to “binge drink” and did not seem to take certain factors into account. Factors such as frequency were paid attention to by some, while others ignored it in favor of amount of alcohol ingested.

Currently, no studies have revealed a link between occasional drinking binges and effects such as stillbirths, miscarriages, and fetal alcohol syndrome. Other problems include poor IQ scores and social development skills, suffering academic performance, and learning disabilities. The word “occasional” is considered to be the critical term in the study's definition. There is no doubt that regular binging on alcohol is going to guarantee some sort of damage to the fetus, but there is no evidence what imbibing smaller amounts with less frequency can do. Some parties have taken issue with the study's definition of binge drinking, which only includes women who drink throughout the pregnancy period. This puts their assumption that “occasional drinking doesn't cause much damage” into a questionable light.

For the time being, most doctors are still likely to advise women to stay away from drinking. While there may be no damage done in a drink or two, there is still no direct information on just how much alcohol it would take to cause damage. The amount of time in between drinks is also unknown, which adds another complication. It may be that occasional drinking can do no damage, while regular intake (even of smaller amounts) can cause long-term defects. Or it is possible that quantity of alcohol imbibed, regardless of what intervals are in between binges. At the moment, researchers are taking the stand that further study is needed to fully understand all possible angles of this situation.

title:Alcohol and the Aging Senior
author:Mary Desaulniers
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It is New Year’s Eve. You have one drink, then another, then a third. You used to be able to chug down 6 drinks without consequences. But lately, you’ve noticed that things are a bit different. Before dinner is over, you are wobbly; your speech slurs. Before the night is over, you are spread out on the floor.
You’ve only had 3 drinks. What happened?
Research shows alcohol has a much stronger effect in the senior population than in younger people. As you age, you absorb alcohol more readily. So what used to be standard twentysomething fare is way too much for you now.
There are reasons for this change.
1.Your body’s ratio of water to fat decreases as you age; so there’s less water to dilute the alcohol.
2.Your aging body does not metabolize alcohol as easily as it did in your youth; your body produces less liver enzymes that help break down alcohol.
3.If you are on prescription or over-the-counter medication, alcohol can compound the risk of collapse and falls; in fact, alcohol can produce an impaired effect with about half of the 100 drugs used frequently by seniors.
4.The aging body has more body fat which does not absorb alcohol.
Changes in body chemistry that accompany the aging process can certainly be seen as one factor to explain the prevalence of alcoholism in seniors. The AMA estimates that about 3 million Americans over the age of 60 have a drinking problem. At least 10 percent of patients who go to an emergency room with alcohol related problems are over 60 years of age. As much as 20 percent of elderly patients( 55 and older) in emergency rooms exhibit symptoms of alcoholism. And in many nursing homes, the problem of drinking is even more acute--as high as 49 percent in some studies.
In fact, researchers feel that these statistics are much lower than what they are in reality. Because alcohol problems in the senior population are usually mistaken for other conditions associated with the aging process, very often, alcohol abuse and alcoholism in the senior population may go undiagnosed and untreated.
Yet studies have also shown that moderate drinking confers benefits to the aging population. Alcohol consumed in moderate amounts can raise HDL levels of the so –called “good” cholesterol; it can also prevent blood clots, heart attacks and ischemic strokes. Studies have demonstrated that men who drink one alcoholic beverage a day have a significantly lower risk of death compared with those who rarely or never drink. A French study completed in 2002 also shows that moderate drinking can lower the incidence of dementia in the aging population.
Despite these benefits, the dangers of alcohol are considerable. The incidents of driving problems are high in the elderly population. Any potential benefit of alcohol is more than cancelled by the dangers in alcohol –related diseases such as addictive alcoholism, cirrhosis of the liver, high blood pressure and depression. Alcohol has also been shown to produce deficits in intellectual and behavior functioning. It may accelerate normal aging or cause premature aging of the brain. Magnetic Resonance Imaging techniques have shown more extensive brain tissue loss in subjects with alcoholism than in those without alcoholism. And research also shows that shrinkage of the frontal lobe increases with the consumption of alcohol.
So what can seniors do to understand their own threshold of alcohol consumption?
Here are a few guidelines:
1 .If you don’t drink, don’t start. The risks far outweigh the benefits.
2 .If you do drink, limit yourself to one drink a day ( 4-5 drinks over the course of a week).
3. Do not engage in binge drinking which can bring about irregular heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, increased risk for heart disease and strokes.
4. If you are on medication, do not drink at all. Even over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin or tylenol, when taken with alcohol, can damage stomach lining and cause liver problems. Alcohol, taken with antihistamines, is known to increase drowsiness and can lead to impaired driving or accidents.
5. If you feel you have a drinking problem, consult your physician and be proactive about getting treatment options. Call your local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous or Rational Recovery for help.
Copyright 2006 Mary Desaulniers
title:Alcohol as a Key Ingredient to a Healthy Diet
author:Dr. John Rumberger
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Evidence suggesting that alcohol is "cardio-protective" first appeared in the literature about 30 years ago. The Framingham Heart Study [the longest running population study of heart disease which began in 1948] provided the first solid evidence of this association. The relationship has now been confirmed by dozens of large population ["epidemiological"] studies. However, physicians have been reluctant to recommend alcohol consumption to patients because of the well-known health consequences of excessive drinking [hypertension, liver disease, increased rates of cancer, violent or accidental death] and the horrors that are associated with "drinking and driving".
Moderation is the key. Many large studies have found that men and women who consume light to moderate amounts of alcohol per day live longer than those who abstain completely. The Physicians' Health Study involved long term follow-up of 89,300 men. The study found that men who drank five or six alcoholic drinks per week had a 20% lower risk of all-cause mortality than those who drank no alcohol. On the other hand, the same study showed that men who had more than two alcoholic drinks per day had a higher risk of death than nondrinkers. That means that, when drinking moderately, it appears to be quite beneficial; however, higher alcohol intake increases the risks of cancer and motor vehicle accidents so much as to overwhelm any cardiovascular benefits.
How does alcohol protect the heart? A large portion of the benefit may be attributable to increased levels of HDL ["good] cholesterol. Alcohol also has "antiplatelet" effects [making these natural blood elements less sticky and then less likely to clog arteries during plaque rupture] in much the same way as aspirin.
Moderate alcohol consumption may also help improve insulin resistance, which is just about one step below true diabetes and recognized as another independent predictor for cardiac risk. The Physicians' Health Study also showed that in subjects who consumed alcohol daily, the risk for heart disease was reduced by 60% in diabetic patients, compared to a 40% decrease in persons who did not have diabetes. Moderate alcohol intake also decreases blood values for CRP [C-reactive protein], a metabolic marker for inflammation (elevated when you are in an increased state of oxidative stress).
The jury is still out as to whether or not wine provides a better protective effect compared to other forms of alcohol. Red wine is rich in flavonoids, which slow down oxidation of LDL ["bad"] cholesterol [which is one of the last steps before it is deposited in your artery wall]. One recent study suggested that light drinkers who avoided wine reduce their risk of all-cause mortality by 10%, while light drinkers who preferred wine had more than a 30% decrease in this risk. However, other studies have found that all forms of alcohol [beer, whiskey, etc.] were equally protective.
It is important to emphasize that alcohol [of ANY kind!] should be limited to one drink daily for women and at most two drinks daily for men [this is based merely on general body size and nothing else]. One drink is defined as 1.5 oz of distilled spirits (such as whisky, gin, and vodka), 5 oz of wine, or 12 oz of beer. Patients who have liver disease, who have a personal or family history of alcohol abuse, or who cannot limit their intake in a responsible manner should NOT start! However, since "all things in moderation" is a good adage for much of life, others can enjoy a daily alcoholic drink as part of a generally healthy diet.
Disclaimer: If you are under 18, pregnant, nursing or have health problems, consult your physician before starting any weight loss plan. The information here is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your physician before beginning any course of treatment.

Dr. John Rumberger is the Author of The WAY Diet, The complete lifestyle plan to live longer, reduce stress, and lose weight the healthy way. To purchase The Way Diet simply go to http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?path=ASIN/0974993387&link_code=as2&camp=1789&tag=icobweb-20&creative=9325 or go to Empty Canoe Publishing http://www.emptycanoe.com and order your copy of The Way.
title:Alcohol Detoxification
author:Sandra Kim Leong
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If you love someone who is an alcoholic, or you are struggling with your own alcohol problem, you may be interested in the process of alcohol detoxification. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from uncomfortable to life threatening, depending on the severity of the addiction, and detoxification can help with this process.
Alcohol detoxification is simply eliminating alcohol from the body and providing medical assistance for the symptoms of withdrawal that accompany this process. Medical professionals will generally prescribe a limited course of treatment with one of several drugs developed for this purpose. The most common is called Chlordiazepoxide. While I do not like the use of drugs in most cases, I do concede that in certain instances, such as this, they can be extremely helpful and effective in helping someone to recover from a harmful addiction.
The treatment will usually last about a week. The dosage is highest on the first day, with declining amounts on the following days. This allows the highest dosage to be used at the time when the effects of withdrawal are strongest. Close supervision by a medical professional is usually required, and the patient must agree to discontinue all alcohol use during the treatment time.
Without treatment, an alcoholic who suddenly discontinues the use of alcohol can experience mild symptoms like sweating, cravings for alcohol and trembling. More severe withdrawal symptoms can include delirium tremens, hallucinations and even convulsions in a small percentage of patients. The detoxification drugs help the body eliminate alcohol and limit these uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous symptoms.
With the use of drugs like Chlordiazepoxide, withdrawal is less dangerous and more comfortable than it would be without medicine. Most users still experience some trouble sleeping, nervousness and irritability, though.
Detoxification only addresses the physical issues of alcoholism, though, and many professional endorse a combined therapy that includes counseling or a 12 step program to follow the detoxification process. Most contend that the cravings for alcohol, both physical and psychological, will remain long after it is out of the system. Counseling and continued treatment is required to help the patient change their attitudes and resist returning to alcohol use.
In addition to counseling and support, there are several drugs that may be prescribed to help avoid a relapse and make recovery easier. Acamprosate helps reduce cravings and another drug, Disulfiram, will make the user sick if they ingest alcohol.
There is no shame in asking for assistance with an alcohol problem. Most family doctors and counselors can prescribe the detoxification treatment or make the appropriate referrals. Take advantage of the assistance available; recovering from alcoholism is an often difficult road.
Using the help available can be the difference between recovery and relapse, so ask your healthcare professional about detoxification programs today.
title:Alcohol Detox Even If You Are Just A Social Drinker
author:Sandra Kim Leong
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Your body may be sending you signals that you need to take a break from alcohol. It may be time to detox alcohol from your body if you are feeling run down and tired, having digestive problems or experiencing achy muscles. If you drink and party regularly and have any of these symptoms, a simple alcohol detox may be for you.
With repeated or long term use, alcohol can cause liver and kidney problems, addiction and weight gain. While drinking and partying often seem harmless, ingesting alcohol on a regular basis can lead to the build up of toxins and sugars and eventually to alcoholism, or addiction to alcohol. Overuse and dependence on alcohol can have serious health risks as well.
However, most of us don’t have a serious problem, and use alcohol socially. Even so, what can we do to limit the long term effects of alcohol usage?
In its simplest form, an alcohol detoxification program simply involves abstaining from alcohol for a period of time and allowing the body to eliminate all traces of the substance from the tissues and blood stream. Most healthcare professionals recommend at least one to four weeks of no alcohol. However, if you are a heavy drinker or suspect that you may be an alcoholic, cutting back or switching from hard liquor to wine for the first few days or a week may be easier for you to handle. Many people who have developed a dependence on alcohol will experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms like sweating, trembling and an almost overwhelming craving for alcohol.
Allowing your body a “vacation” from drinking may eventually lead to healthier habits, as you experience increased energy and vitality after your body begins to recover. During this period, take the chance to also do a colon, liver and kidney cleanse. Many report an increase in energy, sexual drive and function and a decrease of appetite after the detox period.
Allow your body to recover and rest. Take a break from alcohol for a month and you may be surprised at how great you feel!
title:Alcohol Drug Abuse Treatment Reaching Out For Help
author:Jeff Lakie
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There was a time when alcohol and drug abuse were thought to be problems of down and outs, no-hopers who had nothing in their lives, and people who would never amount to anything. Thankfully, an increasing awareness about these issues and the sharing of their stories by some brave individuals have led us to become less judgmental of those who find compelled to see alcohol drug abuse treatment. Because these addictions say nothing about the person we are - unfortunately, almost anyone can fall prey to these problems. And seeking help should not be something that is avoided due to social stigma, regardless of whether it is real or imagined, because standing up and asking for alcohol drug abuse treatment is one of the bravest acts of hope and self belief there is.
In our modern world it is sometimes all too easy to expect to feel good in an instant. Many of us have fallen into the trap of the while-you-wait culture that urges us to escape negative feelings through indulging an any number of quick fix feel good pseudo-solutions rather than facing up to our demons and waging honest war with them. While feeling good is something well worth aspiring to, obscuring our negative feelings and pretending we feel good is not. These negative feelings will always find us eventually; no matter how long we manage to stall them by masking our pain with quick adrenaline rushes.
Though so many of us choose drugs or alcohol as our escapism of choice, there remains for many addicts an underlying guilt, a shame that the harder, but more rewarding path, was not taken. Quick fixes feel good, but there is a far more enduring happiness and satisfaction that arises from working through your problems. Many addicts fear asking for help because they believe they don't deserve it - the poor self-esteem they masked by choosing addiction has been eroded further by that same choice. Reaching out for help in the form of alcohol drug abuse treatment is a hugely self-affirming step, and it is an act of bravery and hope that indicates enormous personal strength. Seeking treatment is never a failure, but rather is the first in a long line of victories.
Alcohol Rehab When It's Necessary

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Alcohol rehab has been made public through such organizations as AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as other famous institutions that treat alcohol related issues. Alcohol rehab is important because it can bring back a promising life that is on the brink of disaster. When alcohol consumption becomes an issue, rehab may be the only option. Families have been destroyed, lives torn apart, and some people have lost everything over becoming addicted to alcohol.. Rehab can be the on...

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Alcohol rehab has been made public through such organizations as AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as other famous institutions that treat alcohol related issues. Alcohol rehab is important because it can bring back a promising life that is on the brink of disaster. When alcohol consumption becomes an issue, rehab may be the only option. Families have been destroyed, lives torn apart, and some people have lost everything over becoming addicted to alcohol.. Rehab can be the only option for some people. Their surroundings and friends can at times be environments that make drinking impossible to stop. For these people rehab may be the only option to quit drinking alcohol.

Alcohol rehab, although a Hollywood cliché, is actually an honorable action that anyone who sufferers from addition to alcohol can take. Rehab is a place that one can go to find a solution to a problem with alcohol that they can’t find on their own. Rehab helps educate and bring paradigm shifts to the person who may have never seen alcohol in a healthy light. The ultimate goal is to find what drives the person inside to drink alcohol in quantities that are unhealthy.

Alcohol rehab is an option that should not be left as a last resort. Checking into rehab at the onset of alcoholism may prevent serious civil consequences, such as loss of job, divorce, or tearing a family apart. Alcohol rehab has saved many lives in more ways than one. A life can be saved through a simple and effective alcohol rehab program. Education and environment can be achieved with the right alcohol rehab program. If you feel that someone you love may be at risk and may be able to benefit from alcohol rehab, don’t hesitate to look into what alcohol rehab programs are available in your area.

Alcohol Treatment - Save Your Life

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Alcoholism is not a problem that is exclusive to adults. Many teenagers find themselves addicted to alcohol even though the legal drinking age is twenty-one. The pressure to fit in with others and the pressure to be popular among peers may play a significant role in drug and alcohol abuse among this population. Eventually, many of these teens need to seek some sort of alcohol treatment to deal with the problem.

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Alcoholism is not a problem that is exclusive to adults. Many teenagers find themselves addicted to alcohol even though the legal drinking age is twenty-one. The pressure to fit in with others and the pressure to be popular among peers may play a significant role in drug and alcohol abuse among this population. Eventually, many of these teens need to seek some sort of alcohol treatment to deal with the problem.

A significant number of adolescents between the ages of twelve and twenty are affected by alcohol abuse. When children this young begin abusing the substance there is a greater risk of developing a serious dependency that requires some sort of intervention and alcohol treatment to break the destructive pattern.

The problem can have serious ramifications on the adolescent’s development and future endeavors. The teen may find him self unable to function at school and he may have difficulty succeeding in his academic studies. It is crucial to diagnose and find alcohol treatment as soon as a problem is recognized.

Since the reasons behind substance abuse in teens are different than it is in adults, it is necessary to approach the adolescent differently. The reasons stem from different causes in teens than adults. Adults usually are trying to escape problems or relieve stress and anxiety. Teens are usually driven to drink through peer pressure. Alcohol treatment for teens is different than it is for adults because of the differing causes and developmental stages.

Alcohol treatment for teenagers should be age-appropriate and it should involve other family members as well. The family history of possible substance abuse may play a significant role in the cause of the abuse. The teen needs to consider his family history with the condition and the family needs to work together to achieve success.

Sometime alcohol treatment for teens requires a stay at a rehabilitation facility. This is required for the most severe cases. The success of the program hinges on the individual’s commitment to his own recovery. Professionals work with the teen around the clock to help him through the crisis.

Self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Alateen are very viable options for a teenager who needs alcohol treatment. The self-help groups are valuable because it gives the teens an opportunity to look up to positive role models and it serves as a kind-of support community. Hopefully, with early intervention, the teens can find a new outlook on their problems.

Alcohol Treatment Centers in Philadelphia

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Recognizing the signs of alcoholism is the first step to towards getting treatment for the addiction.  Many times it is a loved one or family member that first notices the signs, such as coming home late groggy or tipsy

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If has been said many times by many experts that the problem of alcoholism or alcohol as well as drug addiction is more frequent in big cites than smaller towns or villages. Research reports provide different conclusions, although many of them support this view. Philadelphia is like any other major city in the world when it comes to alcoholism abuse and addiction.  Many citizens, almost 1 out of every 3, have some sort of alcohol related addiction that can range to mild to constant abuse of the substance.  However, thanks to a comprehensive program in Philadelphia for alcohol addiction treatment a number of alcohol treatment centers is available ranging from treatment options for adolescents all the way through treatment centers designed for business executives. 

Recognizing the signs of alcoholism is the first step to towards getting treatment for the addiction.  Many times it is a loved one or family member that first notices the signs, such as coming home late groggy or tipsy.  Sometimes the first signs of such addiction can be seen in the workplace where employee productivity may suddenly take a fall or the employee begins to come in late or have a high rate of absenteeism.  Often, the person needing treatment doesn't even realize they have an addiction to alcohol.  They see it as an "occasional drink" when it reality they are spending large amounts of time and money at bars and other establishments consuming large amounts of alcohol and other spirits.

Recognizing is the first step, and treatment is the second.  If you are a loved one have a problem with alcohol seek out treatment before it seriously impacts your life.  Check with your employer for treatment options (many have anonymous treatment programs) or contact the local health organizations which have a number of free treatment programs that can help get you on the road to recovery and a better life.

Alcohol Treatment Therapy in California

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Alcoholism known no age or class boundaries; everyone from children to senior citizens from all walks of life can be affected. In California as well as any other place on the earth..

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California is often thought of as the leader in innovation solutions to both modern and historically problems.  When it comes to treatment for alcoholism this tradition continues.  They are in the forefront of developing cutting edge alcohol treatment therapy programs that are being adopted around the world to help curb addiction.

Alcoholism known no age or class boundaries; everyone from children to senior citizens from all walks of life can be affected.  Through innovative substance abuse programs such as specialized camps, licensed therapists and peer support groups many people are finding getting treatment for their addiction is easier and more supporting than ever before.  Many people do not seek treatment for alcohol abuse because of concerns over the perception associated with attending many of the traditional abuse programs offered around the country.  With these new addiction treatment programs it is now being looked up by many as the "right thing to do" and a "sign of strength" to be enrolled in such a support group.

One of the more innovative programs introduced within the last few years is camps and treatment ranches where those seeking treatment go to be around licensed professionals who can help people identify their addiction and find ways to solve it.  The programs combine traditional alcohol abuse treatment with relaxation and group-building exercises such as horseback riding, hiking and in some cases relieving the stress associated with breaking the addiction by taking that stress and turn it into good by building houses for low-income households.

Alcoholism affects everyone in some way or another - either directly or indirectly by being a family member, co-worker or spouse of the person with the addiction.  With new programs and positive reinforcement more people are beginning to seek treatment to help build a better future.

Alcohol: Health Benefit or Health Risk?

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We've all heard the news about the potential heart-health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. It's no wonder such stories grab headlines. They're the nutritional equivalent of the classic media formula of "man bites dog." As for the rest of us, we celebrate by raising a glass to our health.

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We've all heard the news about the potential heart-health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. It's no wonder such stories grab headlines. They're the nutritional equivalent of the classic media formula of "man bites dog." As for the rest of us, we celebrate by raising a glass to our health.

But whenever I hear one of these reports, I wonder whether it actually ends up doing more harm than good. Most fail to mention the health risks of excessive alcohol consumption, which will do a body far more damage than moderate consumption will do it good. And they leave the impression that health benefits apply to men and women alike. Not so.

Most of the research regarding alcohol's effects in raising good cholesterol, or HDL, levels looks at men and post-menopausal women. Very little, if any, evidence suggests that alcohol consumption in younger women is beneficial. Even worse, other studies associate younger women's alcohol consumption with increased disease risk.

Up to 4 percent of breast cancers can be attributed to alcohol. According to a recent study in the British Journal of Cancer, every drink increases a woman's chances of developing breast cancer. In a recent summary of 63 published studies, 65 percent of the studies found an association between alcohol consumption and increased breast cancer risk.

It's tempting to dismiss these health risks by pointing to more obvious ones, like excess weight and inactivity. In fact, 54.3 percent of women age 20 to 39 are obese or overweight. But if you're one of them and you're trying to lose weight and increase fitness, drinking alcohol will hardly help you achieve your goals.

Add that much-ballyhooed glass of red wine a day without making any other changes in your diet or exercise, and you'll gain nearly 15 pounds per year. In four years, you'll be 60 pounds heavier, which won't do much to help your heart.

Counting calories from alcohol can be doubly difficult. Not only are these calories less satisfying than those from food, these days they're likely to come in super-sized martini glasses the size of swimming pools. Alcohol sabotages your diet in other ways as well. Lowered inhibitions can lead to overeating, while even one drink can dampen your metabolism for up to 24 hours.

Bottom line: Be honest with yourself. Don't use health claims about spirits as an excuse to justify excessive drinking which endangers your life, liver, looks and limbs. Keep in mind that plenty of other, better ways to improve heart health are out there. Start by getting and staying fit. Exercise at least five times each week. And eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whose antioxidants may reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing the oxidation of cholesterol in your arteries.

Most of all, remember that less is more. And get all the facts before you go looking for your health at the bottom of a glass of booze.

Jennifer Grossman is the director of the Dole Nutrition Institute.  - NU

Alcohol: Why Cleansing The Body With Isagenix Is Important

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How many times have you gone out to dinner and drank a little too much? Unfortunately, this happens to the best of us. Many of us may only have this happen a couple of times a year, however, many individuals may do this once a week or more. They’re not drinking everyday and they don’t go too far overboard with alcohol and they don’t consider themselves to have a problem with alcohol.

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Copyright 2006 Stacey Zimmerman

How many times have you gone out to dinner and drank a little too much?  Unfortunately, this happens to the best of us.  Many of us may only have this happen a couple of times a year, however, many individuals may do this once a week or more.  They’re not drinking everyday and they don’t go too far overboard with alcohol and they don’t consider themselves to have a problem with alcohol.  However, alcohol does in fact harm the body regardless of how many times each month you drink.  The more you drink, the more you damage the organs in your body.  Even if you don’t drink that much, cleansing the body of toxins should be done on a regular basis.

The fact is if you drink alcohol, the cells in your body are trying to fight off the toxins from the alcohol.  Often, after only drinking session, the liver cells can become swollen from an overload of fat globules and water.  This “fatty liver”, as it is called, can also be the result of other things, such as diabetes, obesity, and there are certain drugs that will induce this condition.  If you do have a fatty liver caused by alcohol consumption, it is reversible when you discontinue using alcohol.   While there  are generally no physical signs that one has a fatty liver, it can be diagnosed with blood tests.  Cleansing the body of toxins will help your liver to function more efficiently and help you to reverse the fatty liver condition.

Your kidneys can also not function properly when you consume alcohol.  The kidneys help to regulate the fluids and the electrolytes in your body and help filter out waste that is in your body.  As alcohol induces urination within a short time, the body may become dehydrated and the kidney’s will not be able to perform their functions properly in regulating the electrolytes.  While the kidneys are not “directly” damaged by a moderate amount of alcohol once in awhile, it will stop them from functioning properly while drinking.  Heavy drinking can lead to kidney failure.  Cleansing the body will help your kidneys to be able to properly filter out the waste that has accumulated in your body from drinking alcohol.

Cleansing the body will also help you to increase the functioning of your intestines.  Alcohol, even a moderate mount, can prevent the intestines from absorbing and breaking down nutrients.  As the intestines eliminate waste from the body and absorb necessary nutrients, it is very important that your intestines are doing their job efficiently and effectively.

The fact is while moderate drinking does not necessarily “damage” any of your organs, it can prevent them from functioning properly.  Cleansing the body should be a regular part of your life if you consume any alcohol, even a moderate amount.  When cleansing the body, you can start with the colon and move on to a kidney cleanse and liver cleanse.  By cleansing the body, you will make sure your body is functioning at top performance.

You owe it to yourself to learn more about this exciting and new common sense approach to healthy weight loss. If you are tired of all the bologna flying around these days on weight loss and diets and have tried many things without much or any success, I invite you to visit my website for more information on this awesome concept that is literally transforming thousands of lives. I wish you all the best of success and health in your life.

Stace Zimmerman

title:Alcohol : How Badly Can It Affect CFS Sufferers?
author:Claire Williams
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

The wonders of alcohol.
The achilles heel for many people.  The 'norm' for some others.  And poison if you have CFS/PVFS/M.E....
I remember when I first got Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome/CFS back in 1995, I thought that having a drink or two wouldn't affect me any differently to my PRE-CFS days.
Unfortunately I didn't realise what I was doing to myself.I didn't know how badly alcohol can affect the severity of CFS...
Nowadays I don't touch alcohol at all, and haven't done so for a few years now. I'd rather see at least a few hours in the day instead of being bedridden for weeks on end because of one alcoholic drink!
Because when you have CFS/M.E., you might as well be pouring arsenic down your throat...
------SIDE NOTE-------
Okay - so that comparison might be a little 'dramatic', but you get what I mean right?
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You see when you have CFS/M.E., you are likely to develop **alcohol intolerance**...
The smallest alcoholic drink - even a tiny bit, can send you into a relapse - as I learnt the hard way many years ago.
Having an alcoholic drink now and again was enough to tip the severity of my CFS over the edge and put me in bed indefinitely.
When a **normal** person gets drunk they may feel a bit bad for a day or so, after which, they're back to 'normal', bouncing back and raring to go.
But when a person with M.E./CFS gets drunk - or even has just one drink, they're likely to feel like 'death warmed up' for what seems like an eternity!!!
Personally, I don't actually like alcohol much so I don't miss it. But even if I did, I have realised that alcohol no longer makes me feel the way it used to before I had CFS...
Drinking alcohol now feels like I'm feeding myself poison, and my body reacts accordingly - i.e. a relapse - and I suffer the consequences for a long, long time afterwards.
Unfortunately, us CFS sufferers are just not strong enough to resist the poisons of alcohol. So it's unfortunately a case of accepting it, or getting much, much worse.
As Dr Shepherd writes in his book 'Living With M.E.':
"Some people who previously enjoyed and tolerated regular consumption of alcohol without any adverse effects, now find that even small amounts make them extremely unwell."
-- p214, Dr Shepherd, 'Living With M.E.' --
So if you have M.E./CFS, it is likely that you may have developed an intolerance to alcohol.
And that's not forgetting that alcohol also affects the effects of antidepressants (often prescribed to CFS sufferers to treat their fatigue and to help sufferers sleep)!  So if you're taking antidepressants, it's definitely something to bear in mind.
Having CFS/FM can be a very lonely and devastating experience and depression can be a very real and serious symptom for many CFS/FM sufferers. 
So the last thing you need is to take substances that make you feel worse. 
And guess what?
Yep, you've guess it, alcohol is also a depressant.  So it's not a great thing to drink if you're depressed!  And according to Dr Shepherd, many sufferers sadly do turn to alcohol... 
But alcohol is no answer. 
Apart from probably making you feel depressed, you could also develop an alcohol dependency! 
What's more, if you **are** alcohol intolerant, then it would make it much harder for yourself to recover from M.E./CFS (pretty much impossible even), while you keep putting alcohol in your body.
And here's some more 'food for thought'...
When you think about how badly a CFS sufferer can be affected by **one** alcoholic drink, then how badly could alcohol be affecting you if you're drinking more???
So there you go - a whole list of reasons why you might think twice about drinking anything remotely alcoholic while you have CFS/M.E.
While you may no longer be alcohol intolerant once you have recovered from CFS/M.E., it may well be a major culprit for preventing you from **recovering** from your CFS/M.E while you still have it.
I didn't know about the possible effects of alcohol when I first had CFS/M.E...
... and I suffered the consequences.  My M.E./CFS got worse.  A lot worse.  And I was only having a couple of drinks now and again!
So I hope this article arms you with enough info for you to make an educated decision about alcohol either way.
You never know - it may well make the difference...
Align Your Body with a Chiropractic Treatment

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If you suffer from joint paint, a chiropractor treatment may be able to help.

chiropractic,chiropractor,joint pain,spine

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What is Chiropractics?

Chiropractics is a medical system based on the theory that disease and disorders are caused by misaligned bones, especially in the spine, that obstructs proper nerve functions.  Chiropractors manually manipulate the joints of the body and realign the spinal column. 

Chiropractors are people who diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.  The philosophy of chiropractic medicine believes that skeletal imbalance and joint malfunction, particularly in the area of the spine, can cause pain and other problems.  Chiropractors rely on palpitation, pressure, and manual manipulation of the joints and muscles to cure these problems.

Subluxation and chiropractic manipulation

Chiropractors use the term subluxation to depict the altered position of the vertebra and subsequent functional loss, thus determines the location for the manipulative treatment.

Chiropractic kinesiology

Chiropractors often use chiropractic kinesiology to treat structural imbalances and muscle and joint problems.  Chiropractic kinesiology is a specific form of diagnosis using functional neurological muscle testing (FNMT) as a primary feedback mechanism to help determine the cause of an individual's chief complaint and to help evaluate our structural, nutritional and mental aspects of health.

Chiropractic treatment is suitable for everyone, including newborn babies, the elderly, pregnant women, and sports enthusiasts.  Your chiropractor will help you to maintain your health, and keep your body aligned as it should, and by offering exercise and lifestyle advice for you to follow in the future.

Not all insurance covers chiropractic care.  You will need to check with your health care provider.  Most chiropractic offices will call and check on your coverage, but it is best to call your health provider prior to your visit.

Chiropractic treatment can be ongoing.  You may achieve a degree of comfort after your treatments, but misalignment of joints can sometimes be reoccurring.

title:Alkalize Your Way to Better Health
author:Bill Marshall
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Today we're shifting our focus from wealth to health.  First of all, I am not an expert.  If you have a health condition, you should go see your doctor.  What I'm going to discuss in this post is something I was first exposed to at a Tony Robbins seminar.
First let me set the stage.  It was day for of the Tony Robbins "Unleash the Power  Within" seminar in Pasadena, CA.  I had been to the seminar before, so I knew what to expect.  Or so I thought...
The way the previous seminar had been run, Tony was out of the building--gone--bye-bye.  The topic was on Living Health, a subject that Tony Robbins is very passionate about.  The story we had been told is that the last time he spoke about it live, he went for 18 hours!  Now those of you who have been to one of his seminars knows that this is entirely possible.  In fact, the previous days certainly seemed close to that.
Anyway, the seminar started exactly the same way as before.  Shortly after it started, I was about to leave. Then they appeared to have video problems.  One of Tony's associates came back on stage and apologized.  It looked like they had a legitimate disaster on their hands.  Then he asked if there was anyone in the audience who was familiar enough with the material to complete the seminar.  Suddenly a familiar voice came over the speakers--it was Tony, live and in person.
The whole thing was a set up.  And they had kept it secret during the entire previous 3 days.  In fact, the audience that day was a fraction of the audience the days before.
Tony explained that it had been many years since he had taught the seminar live and that there were some new exciting distinctions he was going to share with us that day.  There were some things in the previous seminar he now thought were not quite right based on his new knowledge.
Of course, like everyone else in the audience, as soon as he walked on the stage I was riveted.  No way I was going to leave now. 
What Tony shared for the rest of the day definitely caused a major shift in my thinking about health.  Without getting into too many details, he talked about his studies with Robert O. Young and one of the primary (if not they primary) cause of bad health:  acidosis.  This is the condition of the body being too acid.  I have never heard this discussed before.
Tony has a set of recordings of his seminar available called Living Health.  I purchased those (actually repurchased those) sometime after the seminar.  I may be wrong, but I think the CDs of the second set I purchased were recorded at the seminar I attended.  You can learn more about this if you get the Living Health program or purchase Robert O. Young's book, "The pH Miracle."
Just to be clear, I don't get any kind of money for endorsing Tony's seminar.  I just mention it because it has formed the basis of many of the Power Affirmations I created for the recordings on health.
How do you know if your body is too acid?  The safest assumption is just to assume that it is.  If you get some yellow litmus paper (just search the internet), you can take a small strip and put it under your tongue.  If it's a light shade of yellow, guess what, you're acidic.  If it turns blue, most likely you are alkaline.
First of all you need to understand the pH (potential for hydrogen) scale.  It is a logarithmic scale from 1-14 that measures the acidity or alkalinity of a chemical (hint:  your body is a chemical factory).  A pH of 7 is neutral (the normal pH of pure water).
The fact that it is a logarithmic scale is important.  For example, a pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 7.  But a pH of 5 is a 100 times more acidic.
The human blood has a natural pH of about 7.4.  The human body cannot survive if the pH of their human blood drops to 7 or rises to 7.8!  So the body has natural buffers it uses to keep the blood within these narrow limits.  Hint: your bones (including your teeth) are mostly calcium--an alkaline substance.  So if your body gets too acidic, it leaches the calcium from your bones creating tooth decay and bone loss.  Increased storage of fat and water retention is also a way your body protects itself.  To get to your ideal weight--alkalize.
Now the real trick is how do you change your body from acid to slightly alkaline and keep it there.  It is a fact of chemistry that it takes a lot of alkalinity to neutralize even a little bit of acid.  For example, to change a gallon of water with a pH of 5 to 7 would take 20 gallons of water with a pH of 7.5! 
Here's some simple math:  your body is 80% water.  Water weighs 8.34 pounds per gallon.  To find out about how many gallons of water are in your body at any one time, multiply your body weight by 80% and divide by 8.34.  Let's say you weigh about 170 lbs.  170 x 80%=136 lbs.  136/8.34 is about 16 gallons of water. 
Obviously, the human body is much more complicated than this.  But what this indicates is just how diligent we need to be to alkalize our body. 
I believe that the trick is to drink alkaline drinks and eliminate acidic drinks.  From what I've studied, the closer your drinks are to a pH of about 9 the better.
One of the most shocking things I learned at Tony's seminar is that fresh orange juice and carrot juice are actually acidic, and so can cause the body to become too acid if taken to excess.  Same with eating too much fruit.  That was a significant shift from his earlier program.  Note:  I still like fruit and think it can be beneficial, but only in moderation.
The foods that really shine are the live, leafy greens--what a surprise!  He showed some photos that showed the amount of energy in the food (I forget the name of the process) and it was amazing the amount of energy radiating from fresh wheat grass--like a lightening storm!
I think that eating the leafy greens and drinking their fresh juices is one way to increase your alkalinity, but I've come across some other products that work well for me (no, I'm not promoting some MLM--most of these can be purchased over the internet or at your local health food store).  In order to test the alkalinity of some products, I'm relying on the litmus paper I mentioned earlier.
So here are some of my findings based on my simple testing:

Soda--very acidic!  Put the litmus paper in it and it turns bright yellow.  I have read that soda has a pH of 3!  Do the math and that is about 10,000 times more acidic than plain water!  Not figuratively, but literally (10 to the 4th power)!
The enzyme products by Infinity2 (http://www.infinity2.com).  These all tested alkaline.  The paper turned bright blue!  Note:  this is an MLM and their products, while excellent are expensive.  I'm not signing anyone up, so let's not even go there.  What I am telling you is that their products appear to be outstanding and based on before and after blood tests (which you can see on their site), they help the body stay alkaline.
Coral Calcium.  It depends on the formula.  I tested a formula purchased at the health food store and it didn't appear to change the litmus strip.  I tried Coral Calcium Supreme marketed by Bob Barefoot and Ken Trudeau and the strip turned blue.
Regular bottled water.  No change in the color of the strip.
Evian Water.  The strip turned to medium shade of blue--slightly alkaline.
Essentia Water.  The strip turned to a very light shade of blue--Evian was darker; however, they guarantee a pH of around 9.5!  This may be the fastest way to alkalize your body!  And the easiest way to stay in balance.  They state on their website that it is the nature of this type of water that you can only accurately test the pH with scientific equipment rather than litmus paper.  The water is reasonably priced and probably available in most health food stores.  I highly recommend that you include their water in your diet.  You can read more about them at their website at http://www.essentiawater.com.
Atkins Advantage shake mix.  Generally, I'm not fond of diet drinks, but I thought I'd test it to see what it looked like.  To my surprise, it tested alkaline!  I don't know about the other health qualities, but it seems to pass the alkaline test.
Slimfast Optima drinks.  Similar to the Atkins powder above, but a little less.
EAS Myoplex bars.  This was another surprise.  I tried one of their cookies and cream bars and took a litmus test right after--dark blue.  So again, it passes an initial test for being alkaline.

So what conclusions have I reached:

To be healthy, I have to concentrate on foods that are live and alkaline.

Adequate water is critical to good health.  But, all waters are not the same.  While any bottled water is better than no water, whenever available, Essentia and Evian are the best I've tested (see the important note below about Penta Water added after I originally wrote this article! ).

Live enzymes are critical to maintaining sound health.  Most of the foods we eat, even live foods like salads, don't have as many enzymes as we really need.  A supplement is likely necessary.
Some brands of Coral Calcium can be very effective in staying alkaline.
In a pinch, there are some mass market convenience foods that can satisfy your hunger, that are reasonably priced, and alkaline.  Again, not my first choice, but certainly better than reaching for that soda or candy bar!
Live in outstanding health!

Important Note:  I wrote this article before testing Penta Water.  I'm adding this extra bonus material because I think it will help you.  I'm glad that the internet allows me to edit articles I've already written as I learn new things.
New Bottled Water Recommendation
Earlier this month in my article about alkalizing and energizing your body for better health, I wrote about Essentia Water.  I want to let everyone know about another product that I have recently tried that I think is superb:  Penta Water.  I will warn you in advance that this bottled water is very expensive related to other waters.  In California, it sells for $1.65 for a half-liter.  But I will also tell you that after drinking it consistently for about a week, it is probably far and away the best water I have ever had.
While it tested neutral for alkalinity, based on the research I found at the Penta website (www.pentawater.com), the special qualities of the water actually create a very high alkalizing effect on the body.  Without going into all of the details, not only do they purify the water to a high degree, they also use physics to change the structure of the water so that it creates smaller water clusters at the molecular level.  There are other things they do (without adding anything to the water) that appear to have a very beneficial effect.  I suggest that you visit their website and read the research for yourself.  While it is a bit on the glitzy side, based on my personal experience, I don't think they are overselling their product.
The real proof to me was after I tested my own alkalinity after a few days on the product.  Without making any other changes to my diet, the litmus strip came out a very dark blue.  It seems clear to me that this is primarily due to drinking a large amount of Penta (about 3 liters or more per day).
The bottom line:  if you can afford to drink it regularly (start using those affirmations so you can!), I recommend Penta over any other bottled water currently on the market.
All-Natural Antidepressants

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People have likely been fighting depression for as long as civilization has been around, though only recently has there been pharmaceutical ways to fight it. However, there are also a number of herbs and plants that can be used to help fight depression.Gingko-buloba,Valerian,and St.John's Wort can all be used as a natural antidepressant, in lieu of modern medication.

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Though no records of such cases exist (this could be due to any number of reasons), it is possible that mankind has suffered

from the problem that is depression for as long as there has been civilization to depress people. There have been herbal

treatments for almost every condition known to man, with some of them actually being found to have a decent scientific basis

for the lore. While recognizing depression as a problem and not merely sadness is a relatively modern phenomenon, that does

not mean that the herbal lore of the ancients should be disregarded. As amazing as it might sound, it is possible to find a

natural antidepressant in today's market.

The most commonly suggested natural antidepressant would be St. John's Wort, which has also been suggested as an herbal

remedy for everything from constipation to muscle pain. According to medical science, the leaves contain a number of natural

antidepressants or chemicals that often appear as base ingredients in a wide range of common depression medication.

Typically, using this can have noticeable positive effects on mild depression in about two weeks. However, for more severe

cases, the usual time frame is closer to around six months of regular use. St. John's Wort should be taken with food, but

taking it with alcohol should be avoided to minimize the chances of developing side effects. Note that this has been known to

interact with other medications, so a pharmacist might also be consulted for more information.

Gingko-biloba has also been cited as a potential natural antidepressant, though there hasn't been too much testing on this

possibility. This particular substance has a number of components that boost the blood circulation to the brain. Since

depression can be caused by a lack of proper blood flow to the brain, the use of gingko-biloba can be helpful in this regard.

However, it should be noted that not all cases of depression are caused by a lack of proper blood circulation to the brain.

In other words, this may not be the best treatment for every depressed individual, depending solely on what caused the

depression in the first place. Gingko-biloba, according to some recent findings, can be successful in treating depression in

cases where standard medication fails.

Valerian, which has long been known as an herb that can combat anxiety attacks, has also been linked to depression. Since

anxiety and depression tend to be encountered in the same patients, Valerian has sometimes been used as a means of treating

both conditions with just one herb. Valerian has also been used to treat insomnia, which is similar to anxiety in that both

are medical conditions that are often closely linked to depression. Valerian works by releasing a number of compounds into

the body that boost production of gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is an inhibitory chemical used by the central nervous


Gotu kola, an ayurvedic herb, has also been used as a natural antidepressant. Among practitioners of ayurvedic medicine, in

is known as brahmi. The dried stems, flowers, and leaves of this particular plant contain a host of components that can be

useful for treating depression and anxiety, including asiatic acid and madecassic acid. It has also been known to help people

improve their moods, as well as having benefits for memory and concentration.

Allergic Reactions To Latex Gloves

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The natural rubber latex is a milky fluid which is derived from the rubber tree known as hevea brasiliensis. The gloves made from this natural rubber latex are known as Latex Gloves. These latex gloves can cause allergic reactions due to the proteins released by the latex.

Health Problems Caused by wearing Latex Gloves

For the past few years it can be observed that there is an increasing incidence of allergic reactions among the latex gloves users. According to current ...

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The natural rubber latex is a milky fluid which is derived from the rubber tree known as hevea brasiliensis. The gloves made from this natural rubber latex are known as Latex Gloves. These latex gloves can cause allergic reactions due to the proteins released by the latex.

Health Problems Caused by wearing Latex Gloves

For the past few years it can be observed that there is an increasing incidence of allergic reactions among the latex gloves users. According to current estimation up to 17% of health care workers, who are regular users of latex gloves, have developed an allergy to them. The more time the health care workers spend in contact with latex the more they are likely to become allergic patient. The three main types of health problems which can be caused by wearing regular natural rubber latex gloves are 1) irritant dermatitis, 2) allergic contact dermatitis and 3) immediate latex allergy.

1) Irritant Dermatitis: The Irritant dermatitis is the most common disease that is associated with wearing of latex gloves. It is mainly caused by repeated washing of hands and especially wearing of powdered gloves. Dry, itchy, irritated areas on the skin are the main symptoms of this disease. The Irritant dermatitis is not actually a true allergic reaction. The irritation may be caused both because of the powder in the gloves which acts as an irritant and because of the skin which stays moist for many hours during the day as we wear them. Washing of hands may also cause an irritation because of the strong scrubbing agents, soaps and detergents.

2) Allergic Contact Dermatitis: In case of allergic contact dermatitis which is also known as chemical sensitivity dermatitis the hands, wrists and even forearms develop a red, itchy rash, blisters, sores and cracks. This disease is an allergic reaction of the skin which is caused by the chemicals inside the latex gloves. The chemicals which are mainly responsible for the disease are the residues which were not completely removed during manufacturing process. The more one is exposed to these harmful chemicals the more he is likely to react with them.

3) Immediate Latex Allergy: The most common symptoms of this disease are skin redness, rash, hives and eczema. Sometimes more severe symptoms can be life-threatening such as respiratory symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, red itchy eyes, swollen face, scratchy throat, asthma and anaphylaxis. One is more likely to develop an immediate latex allergy as long as he is exposed to the proteins released by the latex gloves.

title:Allergic Rhinitis
author:John Smith
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Rhinitis is what is described as a condition that can cause swelling, reddening, and irritation of the nose and eyes. This condition can be caused by allergens in the air particularly dust particles, dander from animals, or even pollen due to certain plants if people are allergic to them. You can also have Rhinitis and not be allergic to anything at all it can be caused from blockages in the nasal passageway due to injury or from birth.
You will know when you have Allergic Rhinitis when your eyes begin to water and itch, your nose begins to run and itch, you might start coughing or sneezing, and it will all be accompanied by nasal congestion, or, a stuffy nose.
If any of these symptoms last more than two weeks, you need call a doctor.
There are a few ways you can treat this, there are nasal sprays, anti-histamines, decongestants and allergy shots. You can also try taking a wet rag, placing it over your face and breathe in and out through the damp cloth or a humidifier.
To treat Allergic Rhinitis altogether though, it would probably be best to avoid situations that promote allergies. Most of the problem is pollen, dust and animal dander. Sometimes cigarette smoke can even be a factor if you are not used to being around it.  The best way to prevent Rhinitis from occurring is if it is spring or summer; try to stay inside—especially if someone has just mowed a lawn. If it is because of pets, keep them outdoors, or if they are inside animals make sure they are bathed and brushed often. Don’t let the animals on furniture. If it is because of smoke, it is best that you wash everything including yourself after you’ve been around it. Stay away from places where there is heavy dust. Look into purchasing an air filter of some sort.
Allergic Rhinitis might not sound like that big of a deal, but if it is present long enough in someone it can lead to a sinus infection which affects not only your eyes and nose, but your ears throat and head as well. If this happens in younger children, it can lead to having to remove the tonsils, it can affect their speech, and hearing, causes them to snore, have insufficient oxygen levels. True, these are the worst possible scenarios—but it is what can happen if Rhinitis is neglected.
It is also encouraged to drink lots and lots of water, and get plenty of rest. Resting is a time for your body to fight off any sicknesses it might have, and lack of rest will weaken your body’s immune system, letting whatever viruses take over.
title:Allergies Can Now Be Diagnosed With A Simple Blood Test
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-Do you think you have allergies? Do you have dark circles under your eyes, itchy rashes, or feel like you have a cold? If you do, you are not alone. More than 9 million Canadians suffer from some form of allergy.
Allergic reactions can mimic cold and flu symptoms so it is easy for people to mistake one condition for the other. To determine if you have allergies your doctor will often use skin tests or a new blood test called UniCAP" allergy test.
What is the Difference Between a Skin Test and the New Blood Test?
For a skin test, the doctor uses a needle to prick the skin through a drop of a solution of each suspected allergen. If a raised welt (weal or hive) appears occurs then this indicates sensitivity to that allergen.
However, the skin test is not appropriate if you have an allergic skin disease and is not as effective in infants and in older people. The results may also be affected by medication.
In contrast, the UniCAP" allergy blood test is simple. It requires about small sample of blood (about one teaspoon). The test is performed in the lab by a medical technologist. The test can identify allergies to more than 500 different allergens and is not affected by medications.
"The new blood test offers Canadians an easy and less painful alternative to identifying allergic symptoms, " says Dr. Brian Sheridan, Vice President of Medical Affairs for MDS Laboratory Services. "MDS technologists are specifically trained to perform thousands of different types of laboratory tests including the serum test for allergies. This test is 90% accurate and seems to be particularly useful in identifying food allergens."
If you think you may allergies, talk to your doctor. For more information visit www.mdscollaborate.com.
title:Allergy Control: Reducing Airborne Allergens in your Home
author:Jonathan Chase
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Those who are plagued by allergies are always struggling to diminish those irritants that cause watery eyes, runny noses and rashes that sometimes translate into full-blown hives. These and other symptoms can be brought about by a number of contaminants that infiltrate the very air that people breathe within their own homes. If you’re among those who are constantly being attacked by airborne allergens, there are some positive steps that you can take in order to reduce or eliminate the elements that are the catalysts to allergy attacks.
Dust mites are the cause of many allergic reactions, and must be eliminated from their most common breeding areas in order to find relief. Since they tend to live in warm and humid places, items such as beds, carpets and upholstered furniture are prime breeding grounds for those miniscule insects. Living on the skin cells that people and their pets shed, they deposit their waste in all of the areas that they gather, wreaking havoc with allergies.
In order to control dust mites and eliminate the allergies that they trigger, wash bedclothes each week and dry on high heat; use anti-allergen casings for mattresses and bedclothes; clean furniture and carpets with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner; dehumidify the air; filter the air with a HEPA air purifier; perform regular housecleaning at least once a week, using equipment that traps dust; and keep only hypo-allergenic toys in the house that can be washed in hot water, rather than the more commonly used stuffed animals.
With over 35 million people who suffer from pollen-induced allergies, it’s critical that steps are taken to remove the allergens that can trigger adverse reactions, such as sneezing, wheezing, rashes and watery eyes or nose. Large quantities of pollen can enter your home by traveling in through open doors or windows, on clothing and hair – and on the family pet.
As much as we seem to love dry, breezy days, those are the weather conditions that are just right for pollen to circulate. Avoid being outdoors when possible or, at least, be sure to exercise indoors, if you would normally do so outside. When driving, be sure to keep the windows raised and employ the air conditioning. In addition, you should also keep your windows at home closed and use air conditioning or window screens with filters; remember to remove shoes before entering the house; wash your hair each night; avoid hanging laundry outdoors; engage someone else to mow the lawn; and use HEPA filters on heating and air conditioning units.
Those who own pets often have allergic reactions to their dander and need to take precautions in order to eliminate airborne allergens. Keep the pet outdoors as often as is reasonable and wipe down the surfaces of the home’s interior; vacuum frequently using a HEPA vacuum; wash your pet weekly with dander-reducing shampoo and use anti-dander spray; wash your hands after handling your pet; wear a dust mask while cleaning; and use vent filters on air conditioners and heaters.
While it may seem like a great deal of work in order to eliminate these airborne allergens from your home, the amount of work will be significantly reduced if you perform these cleaning rituals regularly.
title:Allergy Equals Addiction
author:Jane Thurnell-Read
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Craving particular foods can be a sign of a need for a nutrient that is in the food that is craved. The body is demanding food that contains a particular nutrient. This can be very straight-forward. For example, I spent three months in Sri Lanka, and my diet was very short of zinc. The moment I walked back into my house I reached for the jar of sunflower seeds (an excellent source of zinc) and started stuffing them down myself. Over the next few days I ate a huge amount of sunflower seeds. Initially I really craved them, but after a few days the obsession disappeared. It was only with hindsight that I realised why I had done that.
When gas/petrol contained lead, I had several clients who ate a lot of apples, but testing using kinesiology showed they were not allergic to them. It took me a while to realise why. Most of them were allergic to gas/petrol, which probably meant they were less able to deal with the lead in it than someone who was not allergic to petrol. Apples contain pectin, which is an excellent chelator of lead, (i.e. it can remove lead from the body), so it seemed that these people were instinctively reaching for the pectin to counteract the lead in the gas/petrol.
However, cravings are more likely to indicate an allergy problem. Allergy often seems to equal addiction and the reason for this is not totally clear. It has been suggested that this may be because some protein fragments formed when food is broken down are similar to endorphins, which the body produces naturally to counteract pain and produce euphoria. Then the allergy sufferer’s body becomes adapted to that level of endorphin activity and so craves the allergen in order to maintain the endorphin levels.
One indication of a possible allergy problem is waking with a ‘hangover’ when alcohol has not been consumed the night before. This very often points to one or more food allergies. The person eats the food during the day and satisfies the craving, but during the night withdrawal symptoms begin, and classically the person wakes with a ‘hangover’. Eating the allergen switches off the withdrawal symptoms and allows the person to feel better. In fact some people will not make it through the night without having a snack of their allergen in the early hours to keep their withdrawal symptoms at bay. They are often totally surprised when told that they are reacting to the very food they like and experience as making them feel better.
Because of the addictive nature of allergies some people may have difficulty losing weight. There are two possible scenarios.
Firstly they could be allergic to some high calorie food and find it extremely difficult to moderate their consumption because they are addicted to it. The second possibility is that the person experiences withdrawal symptoms, but for some reason does not seem to connect the withdrawal symptoms with a particular food. In this case they keep on eating different foods without feeling satisfied. They only stop when they consume the allergen, but the turning off of the craving only usually lasts for a short time. Overall calorie consumption can be very high in these people even if the allergen is lettuce.In any event allergy-induced addictions can lead to bingeing and an inability to control food intake.
Because of this allergy-driven addiction problem, some people will like smells that most people do not, e.g. creosote and petrol/gas. Almost invariably the person is allergic to this, and is getting their ‘fix’. Teenagers who sniff glue may be allergic to it, and while counselling may be necessary, correcting this allergy will almost certainly help enormously.
A child with a lot of food sensitivities will often be a fussy eater. The parent will frequently say: ‘My child would be happy if he/she could live on X.’ The child is probably allergic to X, whatever that is. Frequently they become irritable and bad-tempered if they have to go without their favourite food for even a short period of time. Breast fed babies with allergies are usually either difficult feeders or need to be constantly fed both day and night and may be difficult to wean.
Some years ago I had a funny example of the allergic addiction phenomenon. I went to visit a friend, who had a cat. When I went into the kitchen I saw cat food scattered over quite an area around the cat’s food bowl. My friend explained that her cat was a very untidy eater, and she had not had time to clear it up before my visit. I knew that in general cats were tidy eaters, so I wondered if the cat was desperately searching through its dinner for the particular food it craved. I did some testing and found several allergies. I corrected the problems, and after that the cat became a tidy eater like all the other cats I know.
Allergy Management

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A common problem for an increasing number of people, allergies are not curable but can be managed effectively to ensure better living.

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These days of increasing pollution levels mean that more and more people are becoming victims of a variety of allergens, which are the various substances that cause an allergic reaction. These can be anything from a certain type of food coloring to pet dander or even a certain chemical that is present in seafood. There are also more and more children being born with allergies, so there is an all-over rise in the incidence of allergies. Given the impact that allergies can have on a person’s life, there are a variety of devices available that can help to decrease the advent of certain allergens in a specific environment. This has helped make the lives of many people who have severe allergies a lot easier and raised their quality of life.

There are, however, no methods of curing allergies and therefore the best measure that can be taken is to create an environment where the occurrence of the allergens is greatly reduced. The severity of the allergy also has a bearing on what measures must be taken to ensure that there are no allergens present in a given environment. For example, if the allergen is contained in food then especially stringent measures must be taken to ensure that none is mixed with other food, since the worst type of allergy reactions tend to be when somebody swallows something that contains the allergen.

The worst allergic reaction is when a person goes into anaphylactic shock, which can lead to death if not treated in time. Even if the allergy is not as severe as that, there is still the everyday discomfort that will lower the quality of life for anyone who has to live with this. The type and severity of the allergy will be the determining steps when deciding what steps need to be taken to ensure that person suffering from the allergy is kept out of harms way. The simplest step is to avoid the source of the allergens, but in some cases this may well be impossible.

One of the most common allergies is stated as being allergic to “dust”, this is however a misconception. There are very few people who are actually allergic to dust, but there are a very large portion of people who are allergic to dust mites and their excretions. These dust mites are commonly found in household dust, pet dander and feathers. There are very few people that can create an environment that is completely free of these allergens without going to massive expense. There are however products available that can decrease the amount of these allergens in the immediate environment, particularly in the bed room.

There are products available that can decrease the occurrence of allergens that commonly occur in the home. These can help to return the standard of living for those with mild allergies to that of those who do not suffer from allergies. These products can also help those who suffer from severe allergies, but are unlikely to completely eliminate the source of the allergy, depending on what exactly the source is. The biggest aid to those with severe allergies is a constant supply of anti-histamines. The products will help to stop the further aggravation of the allergic reactions.

title:Allergy Season Alert: How To Avoid Seasonal Allergy Triggers
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-While there is unfortunately no cure for allergies, you may be able to prevent the onset of allergic symptoms by avoiding the things that can set off an allergic reaction.
Seasonal allergy "triggers" include pollen and sometimes mold spores. Airborne pollen, which is responsible for seasonal allergy symptoms in the millions of Canadians who suffer from "hay fever", is very hard to avoid. That's because pollen from many sources is prominent at various times of the year.
Pollen levels rise during the spring as trees and flowers begin to bloom causing sneezing, runny nose, itchy watery eyes and nasal congestion. It is so light that it turns up miles from where it originated, including high in the atmosphere and far out to sea.
Mold spores take to the air both indoors and outdoors, wherever mold may be growing. Rotting vegetation may be the source, or mold can develop in damp, dark places, such as attics, basements, garbage containers, or refrigerators. In Canada, outdoor molds send their spores airborne after the spring thaw and through October.
Here are some helpful tips on avoiding these allergy triggers from the experts at Claritin:

Stay inside when the pollen count is high (especially between 5 AM and 10 AM, when it is typically at its highest), and keep windows and doors closed.
Rely on air conditioners for clean air, and change the filter regularly.
Outside the home, seek out air-conditioned environments for your leisure activities when condition are ripe for high pollen count (low humidity, windy days).
If you enjoy gardening or doing yard work consider using a filter mask.
When traveling by car, keep the windows closed and use the air conditioner. It's important to have the air conditioner checked and cleaned.
Keep your home as allergy free as possible so it provides a haven in which to recover.
If you already have pets wash them regularly and never allow them in the bedroom.
To get a better idea of what the pollen levels will be when planning outdoor activities, check the Claritin Pollen Forecast every 28 minutes past the hour on the Weather Network.

For more information on how to control allergies this season call 1-800-665-1507 or visit www.claritin.ca.
Allergy Season Brings Trouble for Many

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Allergy triggers, like oak, ash, alder, elm, poplar, sycamore, grasses, molds, mulberry, and ragweed, can cause anything from sneezing to watery eyes to fever.

Allergy Season Brings Trouble for Many

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Allergy season is here, and that spells trouble for millions of Americans.

Allergy triggers, like oak, ash, alder, elm, poplar, sycamore, grasses, molds, mulberry, and ragweed, can cause anything from sneezing to watery eyes to fever.

Experts estimate that 20 percent of Americans suffer from allergies. And that number is even higher in certain regions of the country. For example, almost half of the population in the Southwest fights the allergy battle every year.

To help keep allergens out of the air in their homes, many people use special filters as part of their air conditioning system. But what about the millions of allergy sufferers using evaporative coolers instead of air conditioners?

Evaporative coolers, also referred to as "swamp coolers," bring in outside air to cool the home, but most units have no built-in air filtration.

Coolers generally consist of a fan and damp pads. Units cool outside air by about 20 degrees by drawing the air through the wet pads and blowing it into the house. As opposed to air conditioners, which make circulating air drier, coolers slightly increase the humidity of the air.

Now, cooler owners can filter the air coming into their homes. CoolPad Plus is an evaporative cooler pad that provides both high-efficiency cooling and allergy relief. Coolpad Plus has a special layer of polyester to provide increased air filtration of pollen, mold spores, dust and ragweed. It is designed to help relieve allergy symptoms and also to keep the cooler and home cleaner.

Coolpad Plus removes up to 89 percent of pollen, dust and airborne particles. Eight out of 10 people say CoolPad Plus out- performs their previous cooler pad, and it lasts twice as long as competing brands to cool all season long. Rigid pad construction prevents sagging and hot air leaks. CoolPad Plus also contains a special wetting agent for faster cooling and has more than 190,000 water absorbing baffles per pad for better comfort.

Allergy Season: It's Nothing To Sneeze At

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Almost 40 million Americans face seasonal allergies, which usually begin in the spirng and can last through the first frost. The first step in treatment is to reduce exposure to specific allergens. If that's not possible, managing symptoms through medication is often next.

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Almost 40 million Americans face seasonal allergies, which usually begin in the spring and can last through the first frost. They're often triggered by pollens, molds or other airborne allergens. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Americans spend as much as $4.5 billion annually on medications and doctor visits to treat their allergies.

The first step in treatment is to reduce exposure to specific allergens. If that's not possible, managing symptoms through medication is often next.

Here are some tips to help control your allergies:

Know Your Triggers: To avoid an allergen, you need to know what it is. Physicians can determine what you're allergic to by reviewing your personal and medical history or doing a physical exam. In some cases a skin, patch or blood test may be used to confirm suspected allergens.

Create a Sneeze-free Environment: A few changes at home can make a difference. Use an air conditioner whenever possible, make your home "dust mite" unfriendly by vacuuming often, use hypoallergenic products and check pollen counts before going out. If they're high, stay inside.

Find the Right Remedy: Antihistamines reduce symptoms and work best if taken before exposure to allergens. Decongestants should only be used for a short time as they can worsen the condition. Nasal sprays, known as inhaled steroids, are another option.

Know the OTC Options: Doctors may recommend over-the-counter medications as a first-line treatment. Those that include diphenhydramine have been an allergy staple for years but can cause drowsiness. Newer non-sedating antihistamines, such as Claritin, are now available without a prescription. OTCs are usually far less expensive than prescription drugs and are now covered under pretax health care accounts, such as FSAs and HSAs.

Consider Generics: They can be as effective as brand-name medications and cost 30 to 80 percent less. Popular allergy medications Allegra and Flonase are now available as generics-fexofenadine and fluticasone. According to a recent Medco analysis, 80 percent of all Allegra prescriptions were filled with a generic at retail pharmacies within 30 days of its introduction.

Discuss the options with your doctor. With the right knowledge and treatments, you can spend more time outside and less time concerned about watery eyes, a runny nose and the cost of medication.

title:Allergy Treatment Guide
author:Kelly Gillis
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Allergy can be described as a malfunction of the immune system, an exaggerated response to certain substances. Allergies come in all different shapes and sizes, some as benign, but bothersome as the sneezing, wheezing, coughing and watery eyes brought on by pollens, and some whoppers that can actually bring on anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock and death such a bee stings.
Allergic symptoms can be brought on by many different things. Some environmental allergens are seasonal pollen such as ragweed, mold, dust, dander from household pets. Others can be brought on by foods, such as nuts or shellfish, and some by medications (prescription or over-the-counter).
If you have a family history of allergy you will have a greater risk of acquiring one yourself. The first and foremost way to avoid an allergy is of course to avoid the cause of the allergy. Sometimes avoidance isn't enough and medications are needed.
If you are interested in treating the symptoms of an occasional allergy (such as seasonal pollen) an over-the-counter antihistamine and an over-the-counter nasal spray are generally the combination suggested by most doctors. These will give you temporary relief for 12-24 hours, depending on the ones you choose. Please check for side-effects carefully. These drugs stimulate the nervous system and can cause insomnia, palpitations, nervousness and irritability. If you have a condition such as high blood pressure check with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication.
For some who don't obtain relief from other medications, or who have more numerous or serious allergies, allergy shots are recommended. After a consultation and a skin patch test a vaccine is custom made for the patient. The allergy vaccine will actually contain a small amount of the allergens that tested positive. These shots are given frequently at the start of treatment, generally 1-2 times a week for 6 months, then once a month. Maintenance shots are given for 3-5 years then stopped altogether. Your doctor will decide your schedule. Not everyone is a candidate for allergy shots. Your doctor will review your medical history with you to see if you can safely receive them.
Some seek a gentler and more natural way to allergy relief with the use of vitamins, supplements and herbs. Believers see this natural path to allergy treatment as actually strengthening the body. Vitamins C, B5 A, B12, E and Omega 3 can be taken to help reduce allergy symptoms. Honey can be used to prevent hay fever. Some say washabi taken every day prevents hay fever. Please remember that herbs can have interactions with over-the-counter medications and prescription medications and check with your doctor before starting any course of therapy for your allergy.
title:Alleviate Back Pain for Restful Sleep
author:Chris Robertson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Although the common wisdom is that we spend a third of our lives sleeping, many of us don't get the quantity or the quality of sleep we need. Our hectic lifestyles and the 24-7-365 availability of distractions such as cable television and the Internet can cause us to cut back on the seven to nine hours of sleep that experts recommend we get each night. But even if we shoot for an adequate quantity of sleep, back pain and other problems can prevent us from getting the quality of sleep we need.
When lower back pain, neck pain, snoring, or a sleep disorder prevents us from getting the sleep we need, we accumulate what experts term a "sleep debt." One or two nights of restless or inadequate sleep won't harm us, but a pattern of sleep disruptions can have serious repercussions on our health, ranging from mental fuzziness and mood swings to cessations of breathing and even death. According to the National Sleep Foundation, "Sleep deprivation has been linked to health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure, negative mood and behavior, decreased productivity, and safety issues in the home, on the job, and on the road."
When back pain or neck pain causes sleep disruptions, it may be time to invest in a new mattress. Mattresses that use natural fibers, such as cotton, tend to harden over time, while box springs can begin to sag. A mattress that has outlived its usefulness forces you to sleep in positions that cause or exacerbate lower back pain and neck pain. While a new mattress set is an investment, it is one that will repay you a hundredfold in the form of mental alertness and physical energy that comes from getting restful sleep.
Sleep culprits like neck pain and snoring can often be alleviated with a new pillow. Special posture pillows are available that provide back and neck support, and that can raise your head enough to reduce snoring. A sleep posture pillow may take a period of adjustment, since your body will need to get used to a new position, but the positive effects should kick in within two to three weeks.
Keep in mind that severe snoring can sometimes be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where the tissues at the back of the throat block the airway. This causes the person with sleep apnea to stop breathing for a moment and then awaken. Sleep apnea can cause dozens of awakenings each hour, and can be a life-threatening condition. The bed partner of a person with sleep apnea is often the first to know something is wrong, since he or she can hear the person snoring and hear pauses in breathing, usually followed by a snort or a loud snore.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, it's important to have the condition properly diagnosed through a sleep study conducted overnight in a sleep lab. Treatment is most often the use of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine that pushes air through the throat and into the lungs during sleep. Like a sleep posture pillow, a CPAP machine takes some getting used to. But it's a minor adjustment compared with the benefits of restful sleep.
title:All About Acid Reflux
author:Robert Thatcher
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Acid reflux is scientifically known as GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). It is a disease characterized by the abnormal reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus resulting to chronic symptoms or mucosal damage.
Acid reflux is often caused by temporary or permanent alterations in the lining that separates the esophagus and the stomach. Ineffectiveness of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) or a temporary LES relaxation connected with a hiatal hernia are just some of the common causes of acid reflux. The process can also lead to a backflow of gastric juices to the pharynx or mouth.
Among adults, the most common symptom of acid reflux is heartburn which is caused by the presence of acid in the esophagus. Heartburn is characterized by a painful burning sensation behind the sternum or breastbone. Another symptom or manifestation of acid reflux is esophagitis which is characterized by an inflammation of the lining of the esophagus which is also known as the mucosal lining. Esophagitis also causes swallowing difficulties and chronic pains in the chest area.
Sometimes, individuals suffering from acid reflux may also experience coughing, persistent pain in the ears, hoarseness or a change in the voice and even sinusitis. If acid reflux gets complicated it may lead to formation of a stricture or ulcers in the esophagus. It may also lead to a condition called Barrett’s esophagus and in worst cases, to cancer of the esophagus.
It doesn’t mean however that a person who regularly suffers from heartburn is suffering from acid reflux. By all means, the heartburn may be from other causes. But if a person suffers from heartburn for more than once a week, then he or she is at a risk of acquiring acid reflux. Persons with hiatal hernia are also at a greater risk of developing acid reflux than those who are not.
The pain felt by persons suffering from heartburn is caused by the reflux of acid contents from the stomach to the esophagus. A pain in the chest area coming upwards the mouth.
Persons suffering from acid reflux may also experience tasting something sour or salty behind her throat. This is cause by regurgitation. This sour and salty taste may persist even without heartburn,
Other less common symptoms of acid reflux include difficulty swallowing, chest pain, halitosis or bad breath, repeated throat clearing and water brash or hyeprsecretion of saliva.
The symptoms of acid reflux in children are also the same as that on adults. Acid reflux in children may manifest in frequent spitting, throwing up repeatedly, coughing and other respiratory problems. Children suffering from acid reflux may also experience weight loss, frequent crying, loss of appetite and bad breath. Parents must remember though that children may show one or many symptoms. There is not one symptom that is always present in children with acid reflux.
The cause of acid reflux in children, especially in babies is their immature digestive system. This is why infants stop having acid reflux when they reach the first year of age. However, some children do not outgrow acid reflux. Some continue to suffer from the disease up to the teen years.
The best thing to do for parents of children suffering from acid reflux is to take the children to the doctor as soon as possible to avoid any complications.
title:All About Acne, its Symtoms & Types
author:Balaji .B
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

What is Acne?
Acne is a chronic disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Some of the characteristics of acne include black heads, pimples, cysts, infected abscesses, and rarely scarring. Acne usually occurs during adolescence in both men and women. To be more specific, acne starts during puberty and tends to get worse for people with oily skin.
Types of acne
Acne starts in a similar way for all but can take different forms and can react in a unique way according to the body conditions of the individual. A basic lesion called the comedo is the begining of acne. The comedo is an enlarged hair follicle plugged with oil and bacteria residing under the surface of your skin, that waits for the right conditions to grow into an inflamed lesion.  Two main types of acne include non-inflammatory acne and inflammatory acne.
Non-inflammatory acne
Closed comedo:
If the plugged follicle stays below the surface of the skin, the lesion is called a closed comedo. This usually appears on the skin as small, whitish bumps. This condition is otherwise called as whitehead.
Open comedo :
If the plug enlarges and pushes through the surface of the skin, the lesion is called an open comedo. The dark appearance of the plug is not due to dirt, but due to the buildup of melanin, the pigmentation element of the skin. This condition is otherwise called as blackhead.
Inflammatory acne
This appears on the skin as a small, firm pink bump. The papules are tender in nature and are often considered an intermediary step between non-inflammatory and clearly inflammatory lesions.
These are small round lesions that are inflamed and contain visible pus, which appear red at the base with a yellowish or whitish center. Pustules do not contain a large amount of bacteria. The inflammation is caused by chemical irritation from sebum components such as fatty free acids.
These are large pus-filled lesions that are usually present deep within the skin. The cysts are very painful lesions, as they are inflamed. Cysts form as a result of the contents of a comedo spilling over the surrounding skin and due to the response of the local immune system in producing pus. The cysts often leave deep scars.
Acne conglobata:
This is a rare but serious form of inflammatory acne that develops primarily on the back, buttocks, and chest. In addition, to the presence of pustules and cysts, there may be severe bacterial infection.
The common symptoms of acne include persistent, recurrent red spots or swellings on the skin known as pimples. Some of the other symptoms include dark spots with open pores at the center, which are known as blackheads, bulged spots under the skin without openings, which are known as whiteheads, and red swellings or lumps filled with pus, which are known as pustules. Inflamed fluid-filled lumps under the skin known as cysts are also a symptom of acne. These cysts can become as large as an inch across.
All About Breast Enlargement Supplements

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Enhancing a woman’s breast size currently ranks on top of most women’s goals, although most would not initially agree or tell someone else that they feel insecure with their current breast sizes, and desire to have bigger, fuller ones through either surgical or medicinal means.

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Enhancing a woman’s breast size currently ranks on top of most women’s goals, although most would not initially agree or tell someone else that they feel insecure with their current breast sizes, and desire to have bigger, fuller ones through either surgical or medicinal means.

Currently, a lot of internet companies and pharmaceutical firms advertise breast enhancement pills. Most of them claim that by taking their ‘natural’ product you can increase your breast size by one to two inches, by either 2 to 3 cup sizes, and some even guarantee a fuller bust in just 90 days.

At present, there are a lot of bust enhancement pills which reportedly contain herbal additives, such as chemicals called phyto-estrogens. The firms selling these pills claim that these chemicals effectively accelerate the estrogen receptors in the breast tissue and permanently augment breast size. Phyto-estrogens are chemicals found in plant foods, and these work similarly in tune with the female sex hormone estrogen.

Breast enhancement pills are advertised to effectively work by ‘tricking’ your breasts into believing that you are pregnant. This method means that the pills stimulate the production of estrogen in your body in the same way that estrogen is formed during pregnancy. The idea is that the pills work in such a way that your breasts will enlarge in the same way as they would if you were pregnant.

Breast enhancement pills, which are advertised in a lot of websites, often claim that they work by balancing the female hormones. According to doctors, each woman has a genetically determined size; however, during puberty they claim that there are many factors that can prevent a woman from reaching her total potential by throwing off her hormone levels.

These factors include bad dieting habits, shortage of minerals and vitamins, high levels of stress, lack of exercise, and over exercise during puberty. Enhancement pills that contain a blend of herbs often claim to reactivate the estrogen receptor sites in order to achieve the same hormone levels that were reached during puberty so that new breast tissue is produced. The hormonal imbalances that occur during puberty can also occur as a woman ages, which may cause sagging and shrinking. Breast Supplement pills currently in markets often claim to prevent these imbalances.

According to physicians, the size and shape of a women's breast is verified by hormones. The most central hormone in this process is he one called estrogen. Usually during puberty when breasts begin to develop, estrogen and other hormones are released in the proper amounts which cause breasts to grow to what is considered the average cup size of "C".

In most cases, genetics and body chemistry step in and hormones are not released in the proper amounts resulting in breast tissue that does not fully develop. Poor nutrition can also contribute to inadequate regulation of the body's hormones.

Herbal breast enlargement pills contain a host of ingredients that are reputed to help regulate female hormones. They also include ingredients that aid in digestion and skin health in order to ensure that the estrogen regulating botanicals can function as efficiently as possible. The effects of this would mean that these botanicals can also help lessen symptoms brought on by the menstrual cycle, such as abdominal cramps.

All about Generic Cialis and Viagra online discount stores.

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We've all seen them: ad after ad featuring cheap Generic Cialis online discount sales. If you are like many shoppers, you might meet such advertisements with a bit of skepticism.

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If you have asked any of these or any other questions about buying generic Cialis, then you have come to the right place. This shopping guide has been prepared especially for you. We have compiled a massive database filled with articles, columns, tips and advice to help you with buying from generic Cialis online discount stores and generic Viagra discount stores.

An informed consumer is a happy consumer. The shopping guide at which you now find yourself is dedicated to providing you the best in information so that when you finally go to make a purchase, you know what you are doing and are buying the best product at the best price. After all it is your money, and you are the one who is going to be using the product, you should make sure that you are getting what you want and what you deserve. And we are here to help.

All About Online Ordering

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This article discusses the different processes and factors involved in ordering or purchasing commodities online. It also provides some tips on choosing the right sites from where to buy. Finally, it mentions the advantages of buying online rather than from actual shops or establishments.

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One of the reasons why most people are hesitant to buy or purchase anything online is because they are afraid they might come across a scam. Another reason may be because they are not familiar with how buying online is done. Like most problems, each of them has a solution. It is actually quiet easy to avoid being fooled over the internet and be familiar with the process of online purchasing only if a person knows what to look out for and what to follow. Contained in this article are the following information needed by those people who would like to have even just a few guidelines on ordering or purchasing online. It also includes some specific examples and details on the benefits of it.

Basically, most sites already provide the directions on how orders can be made from them. There are buttons either labeled as either "Buy Now", "Order Now", "Submit Now", which will automatically lead to other steps of the process. Sometimes, there are diagrams or even written instructions that details the entire process of ordering. It is actually that easy to orders sometimes. However, there are still some sites that are cluttered, confusing, and difficult to understand especially to those people who do not use the internet frequently. In such cases, there are just a few pointers that need to be kept in mind.

If there are no buttons that will automatically lead to the order forms or whatever step following the initial procedure, there is usually a tab for the page where buying can be made or accomplished. These pages are sometimes labeled as "Shops" where a complete listing or display of the products are posted. After those pages are found, it is already quiet easy to figure out the next thing to do. As an example, one famous online drugstore makes use of the "Buy Now" buttons which will lead next to the Medical Order Form. This form may be made up of several parts such as a personal account information, shipping or contact information, and a medical questionnaire. After these forms are accomplished, some customer agreements have to be read and agreed to before the button "Submit" can be clicked. After this, all a person needs to do is wait for the updates regarding his or her order.

One of the trickiest parts that need to be properly monitored is when payments are made online. This usually involves providing one's credit card information to those who manage the site. In order to determine that these pages are really exclusively managed by the site administrators or owners, one can look at the site addresses indicated on search bars. Addresses that have "https" on them rather than just a mere "http" are said to actually be the secure sites. Thus, it is safe to provide the credit card information to these sites because other people cannot access them. The only remaining information that should be determined is whether the site being accessed is one that is reliable or that which can be trusted.

Since most sites nowadays are monitored to be ones that are reliable, chances of being tricked is quiet slim. Aside from disadvantages or difficulties such as those already mentioned, ordering online has actually a lot of benefits. First, it is actually more convenient since several tasks can be accomplished easily at a lesser amount time spent. It is also less costly considering that transportation expenses are already not an issue. The hassles of waiting in lines and possibly bearing with some annoying people or other situations will also be avoided. Eventually, most businesses will already opt for purchases from their companies to be made online. Thus, it is better if one has some knowledge already of this process before that happens.

title:All About Plantar Warts
author:Michael Sanford
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Some of us still believe with the old folk tale, that you will get some warts when you touched a toad. Don’t you know that when you take a public shower or simply when you just walk around bare footed will possibly increase the plantar warts in your feet? When your feet perspire and the moisture is trapped, the plantar warts spread out in the area of the foot, in which they increase in size and have their babies. These could be some of the possible reasons why some of us have plantar warts.
Well, some of us are not aware of these plantar warts. Plantar warts are just the common skin infection on the bottom side of our foot. Most teenagers have warts and these plantar warts are cause by the virus that usually enters the body through a break in the skin. The virus of the plantar warts often grows in warm, moist environments. It could be difficult for you to determine the plantar warts from the calluses, in which plantar warts can erupt anywhere on a particular foot. Anyhow, the plantar warts have tiny black dots on the surface layer, where these are the ends of the capillary blood vessels. While the calluses have no blood vessels and usually resemble a yellow candle, wax and are located only over the weight bearing areas of the foot which are perpetually irritated. Since plantar warts are soft tissue condition of the foot, they can too be painful. Since the virus can interfere the skin through those small and invisible cuts and scuff, the warts can appear anywhere on the skin, but those who are on the sole are only suitably called as plantar warts.
The plantar warts appear to be hard, flat, with its rough surface, and well-defined boundaries. They warts are commonly raised and fleshier every time they appear on the top of the foot or on the toes. The color of the plantar warts sometimes varies. They are often gray or brown, with a center that appears as one or more pinpoints of black. Some people used to walk barefoot on dirty surfaces or littered ground, which they don’t even think that those viruses are waylaying. If the plantar warts are not treated well, the warts can possibly spread out to an inch or more in circumference and can multiply into clusters of several warts, often called the mosaic warts. Plantar warts are a kind of infectious lesions, where it can be spread through scratching, touching, or even by having contact with skin shed from another wart. The bleeding of the warts may cause another plot to create other warts. 
Even though warts are harmless, they too are painful. However, the first thing that you should do if they are painful is to seek treatment. You should consult for the best physician that carefully will trim the warts, and will apply a chemically treated dressing. Usually, the physician gives the patient of the plantar warts some information for him to follow for a self-care. The salicylic acid patches are required to be applied on a daily basis, and having proper foot hygiene includes the regular use of the burnish stone so to free your feet from the plantar warts. Nevertheless, sometimes, it may take a few weeks for the entire plantar warts to disappear. There are some instances that the plantar warts are develop on the weight bearing of the foot, particularly on the ball of the foot, or the heel, which sometimes causes to be the source of a sharp and burning pain. The pain usually occurs when the weight is brought directly on the wart. If possible, the treatment is required to be repeated regularly until the plantar warts are impaired. Though plantar warts disappear after a short time, they can recur too in the same location, frequently.
Everyone must take some prevention to avoid having the warts on our body, or having the plantar warts on our feet. You should prevent walking barefooted, but except on sandy beaches. It is required to change your shoes or your socks everyday, and must keep your feet clean and dry always. Checking the feet of your children habitually is one way of practicing their personal hygiene too. If possible, you should avoid having a direct contact with warts, or from other persons who have warts on the body, so to assure of having a hygienic body. Growths on, or some changes in your skin should not be ignored. Have some time to visit your podiatric physician. 
title:All About Plastic Surgery
author:Jeff Lakie
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The plastic surgery has become a multi-million dollar one, as both men and women employ more and more extreme tools in order to reach the ever more ubiquitous image of perfection that torments us. It sometimes seems as though the tiny people of Hollywood have been constructed entirely out of plastic in a conspiracy to make the rest of us feel like ogres. And in a world where beauty is a highly rated currency, it is little wonder that many of us succumb.
And while plastic surgery is not a bad thing in and of itself, it is still an invasive procedure as dangerous as any other type of surgery, and should not be undertaken lightly. But if the growing number of people who choose surgery every year is anything to go by, then surgery is becoming the quick fix of the masses.
But if anything needs fixing, surely it is a society where people undergo risky surgery in order to feel okay about themselves. We pride ourselves on the advancements we make as a society every moment, and while attractiveness has historically always been of value, is it not now time that we rebel against the status of beauty as the primary currency in our society? But beauty is more powerful that ever, and combined with our enormous technological knowledge, we are at a point when we have the tools to look almost exactly as we wish.
Perhaps the world of 'The Stepford Wives' is really not so very far away. As people make appointments daily for surgery that will make them look like someone else, we are at risk of losing our individuality to a cult that simply wants us all the same. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it seems that as time progresses, we are all beginning to see through one blighted eye. What will we do once we are all finally beautiful? Perhaps then we will begin to look a little deeper. Or perhaps we our notion of beauty will change, as it has done countless time through history, and we will all be left to start from scratch again
title:All About Supplements
author:Jane Kriese
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Here you are in the health food store, the shelves are full of different brands of vitamins and minerals and you don't know what to choose. Have you noticed that I always mention liquid herbal supplements? Do you want to know why?
Here's the reason and that is; I want you and your body to experience, “The Extract Difference”. Extracts are more powerful!
Your body assimilates liquid extracts faster than pills in as little as 1 to 4 minutes. Capsules or tablets (pills) can take from 20 to 30 minutes just to break down, before the body can assimilate them. It takes 20 capsules to equal a daily dose of one and a half teaspoons of our herbal extract.
With Master Formulae there is a marked difference in these products. The difference is primarily in herb concentration, alcohol content and method of preparation. All of our products are manufactured to the best of our ability to the Good Manufacturing practice guidelines set forth & monitored by Health Protection Canada
Extracts; an extract is made when the medicinal properties of the herbs are extracted using water with a special low heat saturation process. Extracts are low in alcohol (6%) and need to be refrigerated after opening.
Glycerine extracts, are alcohol free
Tinctures; (t) Tinctures are made with a cold extraction process using alcohol, vinegar and water. The alcohol content is between 40-60%. Tinctures do not need refrigeration after opening and they have an indefinite shelf life.
Tincture/Extracts are a double extraction. The herb is processed as a tincture, then as an extract and then concentrated. Alcohol content is between 25-30%. Tincture/Extracts do not need refrigeration after opening.
Tonics are an herbal extract with natural fruit juices added, as well as honey or glycerine. The tonics taste great. After opening tonics must be stored in the fridge.
Now that you know the reason for a liquid supplement, you can also be confident in the quality control at Master Formulae. Their products are certified organically grown where possible and guaranteed free of all chemical preservatives. They are manufactured in a certified organic processing facility.
I am thrilled to bring this quality to you. With the use of these quality products and a healthy life style, you too can have a healthy vibrant body.
© Jane Kriese

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All About Thermogenic Fat Burners

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The term commonly used with fat burning supplements is often thermogenics, which as the name suggests, has to do with temperature. These supplements have been shown to help increase the body's temperature enabling the body's ability to burn calories as heat; to be used as energy, thereby preventing them from being stored a fat.

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The term commonly used with fat burning supplements is often thermogenics, which as the name suggests, has to do with temperature. These supplements have been shown to help increase the body's temperature enabling the body's ability to burn calories as heat; to be used as energy, thereby preventing them from being stored a fat.

Effective thermogenic supplements are those that contain key ingredients that create a fat burning 'thermogenic' environment by working together and in synergy. Some of these ingredients also aid in reducing appetite and spiking an increase in short-term energy. Such common ingredients are:

Alpha Lipoic Acid
• Prevents cellular damage (from free radicals), reduces oxidative stress, lowers blood sugar
• Increases energy levels
• Powerful insulin potentiator

Banana leaf extract
• Balances blood sugar levels
• Transports blood sugar into the cells and aids in controlling carbohydrate cravings

• Raises the body's metabolic rate

Citrus Aurantium
• A highly effective calorie and fat burner
• Helps to burn fat, and does not affect the central nervous system
• Increases energy levels

CLA - Conjugated Linoleic Acid
• An important fatty acid that has been shown to reduce the body's ability to store fat and increase the body's use of fat for energy.

Coleus Forskohlii
• Accelerates the breakdown of existing fat stores
• Promotes healthy cardiovascular function, lowers elevated blood pressure
• Increases levels of cellular messenger cAMP(cyclicadenosine monophosphatpe) that in turn accelerates the breakdown of existing fat stores

Garcinia Cambogia
• Promotes weight loss and suppresses appetite
• Increases fat oxidation and mobilization
• Promotes glycogen synthesis
• Increases energy levels

Guarana Extract
• When combined with other ingredients it helps to boost their effect
• Has been used for centuries to reduce fatigue and to increase energy levels

Guggul Extract
• Improves thyroid functioning
• Increases fat metabolism

Green Tea Extract
• When combined with the other ingredients it helps to boost their effect to burn fat
• Has been used for centuries to reduce fatigue and to increase energy levels lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels

• The Hoodia molecule, christened P57, fools your brain into believing you are full making it easier to lose that excess weight.
• Pure Hoodia has no known side-effects, it is stimulant free, will not give you the shakes, make your heart race or raise your body temperature.

Konjac root
• is high in fiber, essential for cleaning the digestive system.
• it expands to about 50 times its original volume when used with a large glass of water.

Mucana Puriens
• Improves cognitive function, alleviating depression and improving a sense of well being
• Helps to naturally boost healthy amounts of growth hormone, which promotes lean muscle growth, and in turn a faster metabolism

• Extends the half-life of all the other fat burning ingredients, thereby supporting and extending a longer fat burning timeframe

Potassium Pyruvate
• Increases resting metabolic rate
• Facilitates the transport of blood sugar into muscle tissue to increase available energy

• Improves weight loss
• Lowers cholesterol
• Increases energy and boosts mood

White Willow Bark
• The bark of the white willow tree is a source of salicin and other salicylates - compounds
• When combined with the other ingredients it helps to boost their effect to burn fat

All About The Chinese Diet Green Tea: Good For Diet?

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Did you know that during the Boston Tea Party, the tea that was dumped into the harbor was mostly Chinese green tea? Well, this delightful beverage has been around for thousands of years and has been part of the Chinese diet since the ancient times. Today, it is highly appreciated for its advantages. As numerous studies have found out, the Chinese diet green tea has a significant number of health benefits.

Origin and Background

As noted, Chinese green tea has been aroun...


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Did you know that during the Boston Tea Party, the tea that was dumped into the harbor was mostly Chinese green tea? Well, this delightful beverage has been around for thousands of years and has been part of the Chinese diet since the ancient times. Today, it is highly appreciated for its advantages. As numerous studies have found out, the Chinese diet green tea has a significant number of health benefits.

Origin and Background

As noted, Chinese green tea has been around for thousands of year, approximately 4,000 years. Legend has it that this delightful brew was discovered accidentally by a Chinese emperor. It comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, as traditional black tea and oolong tea.  And, for centuries, Chinese medicine has used it to treat headaches, digestive problems, lack of energy, and immune enhancement.

The Chinese diet green tea is actually produced by steaming the fresh tea leaves at high temperatures, leaving a significant part of the nutritional enzyme content intact. Unlike the black and oolong tea, the green tea is never fermented. Instead, its leaves bypass the fermenting process and steamed, baked or pan heated. The leaves are rolled and those tightly rolled leaves have long been considered as a sign of quality.

Chinese Diet Green Tea for Weight Loss

One particular claim that linked the Chinese green tea to diet is its being a miracle tea for weight loss. Well, there is no such thing as a “miracle” weight loss food or drug though, but several indications were revealed that Chinese green tea brings a number of benefits to those trying to lose weight.

It was revealed that green tea extracts are capable of reducing fat digestion by inhibiting digestive enzymes. Other studies have shown that green tea has thermogenic properties, which are probably brought on by the interaction between its caffeine content and catechin polyphenols. As you may know, thermogenesis is the process of the body burning fuel without making chemical energy.

Experts have said that of combined with the other weight loss supplements or techniques, the Chinese green tea could be an excellent addition to your diet.

Other Benefits

There are also other benefits connected with the intake of Chinese diet green tea. One of those is the claim that the polyphenols found in green tea have been shown to inhibit growth of cancer cells. The polyphenols appear to block the formation of cancer-causing compounds, and it is believed that the Chinese diet green tea has the greatest benefit on cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.

The Chinese diet green tea polyphenols are also powerful anti-oxidants. They are even more powerful than vitamin C and vitamin E, and more powerful than that found in many fruits and vegetables. The green tea itself contains vitamin C.

Further researches even found out that the compounds in green tea stimulate immune system cells. In recent years, research has shown that green tea may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It is even good for the teeth as it contain fluoride that helps fight tooth decay.

Having said all these, I think that now is the right time to brew up a bit of Chinese diet green teas for a beneficial break in your day.

All about the generic cialis and viagra alternative.

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With cost of pharmaceuticals continuing to soar, many people around the world find themselves looking for more affordable alternatives. It should come as no surprise then that many people find themselves looking for a cheap and effective Generic Cialis alternative.

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With cost of pharmaceuticals continuing to soar, many people around the world find themselves looking for more affordable alternatives. It should come as no surprise then that many people find themselves looking for a cheap and effective Generic Cialis alternative. The question arises, however: just how cheap and effective is the generic Cialis alternative ? And are there alternatives to this alternative? What is the best product for me, combining high quality but low cost?

As consumers ourselves we know all about how important it is to find the answers to these and many more questions. That is why we have taken it upon ourselves to create this web site, chock full of all the information you could ever ask for about the world of generic ED pills. From basic scientific data of the chemical makeup of these pills to research and studies done on their effectiveness and cost, all the information you have ever wanted to know about the Generic Viagra alternative can be found right here, right now.

It has often been said that knowledge is power, and we want you to be as powerful as possible when it comes to generic alternatives. Look no further, everything you have ever wanted to know about generic Cialis and more is located right on this web site.

All About the Generic Cialis and Viagra Drug.

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Just how safe is the Generic Cialis drug? What can it do for me, how does it work, what side effects and after effects does it have? We all have medical questions, especially when it comes to the treatment of erectile dysfunction (more commonly referred to as ED).

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Just how safe is the Generic Cialis drug? What can it do for me, how does it work, what side effects and after effects does it have? We all have medical questions, especially when it comes to the treatment of erectile dysfunction (more commonly referred to as ED). Unfortunately we aren't always sure of where we can get the answers. That is why we have created this web site: to provide full and detailed medical information surrounding generic ED pill products.

On the pages of our web site you will find information covering just about every generic ED pill imaginable, including the Generic Viagra drug. We have done all the research and put together a team of experts to make the facts available and easily understandable so that you can know everything you need to know about generic ED products and how they effect your health.
ED medications are a wonderful thing, but like with any other medication there could be potentially dangerous side effects. You need to know the facts about these medications as well as your own current state of health in order to truly understand just how these products will effect you. Everything you need to know is available right here.

title:All About the Penis
author:Oneil Wilson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Can you really imagine humans evolving from dead bodies?  Of course not, unless we are magical creatures who can be reborn from ashes or dust.
Reproduction is important to keep species alive.  Plants, animals, microorganism and humans rely on reproduction to perpetuate their species.   Without reproduction, humans would have been extinct millions of years ago.  For this alone, we owe so much to our reproductive system.
The penis is the part of a male's body which varies the most from one person to another. Many boys worry that there is something wrong with them because they saw another boy's penis and it was a bit different to their own.
For the males, their penis is the most often used part of their genitalia.  It is usually called the man’s best friend. And there is a reason enough for that.
There is no other male genital organ that gets the same “publicity” as the penis.  Ever wonder why it is the organ that has so many names?  Man, and of course woman, is fascinated with this particular organ.  Thus, the term “phallus worship” was created.
However, many people out there are still unenlightened about how this particular member of the male genitalia works.  This article hopes to shed some light for those who are not scientifically familiar with their member.
The term “male genitalia” is usually used as a combined name for the penis and the testicles.
The penis is a tube-shaped appendage through which you pass urine and semen, and it has two general areas: the shaft, which is made of spongy tissue that fills with blood when you get an erection; and the glans, the penis' sensitive tip which is covered by foreskin in uncircumcised men.
The penis has three main functions: (1) for urination; (2) for sexuality and pleasure; (3) for reproduction and procreation. 
Circumcision, the removal of foreskin from the glans used to be a very popular practice during the biblical times and the 1800s.  Nowadays, it is usually done because of family traditions.
There was an increase in the rate of circumcision in the 1800's supposedly to try to stop masturbation.  Which is of course, back then, is regarded as even more sinful than sex.
Health experts, medical practitioners and even their own parents advise young people to take good care of their member.  An unhealthy and unhygienic member may entail a serious health condition like Balanoposthitis, Balanitis xerotica obliterans, and Erythroplasia of Queyrat.
All About Whey Protein Concentrate

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You are standing in your local health food store; glasses perched on your nose, trying to read the tiny print on all of those containers of protein supplement powders. You keep seeing the words 'whey protein concentrate' and 'whey protein isolate.' You are getting a headache. Is it the whey protein isolate that you need, or the whey protein concentrate, and what about the powders that seems to have both?

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You are standing in your local health food store; glasses perched on your nose, trying to read the tiny print on all of those containers of protein supplement powders. You keep seeing the words 'whey protein concentrate' and 'whey protein isolate.' You are getting a headache. Is it the whey protein isolate that you need, or the whey protein concentrate, and what about the powders that seems to have both?

First, let's note the difference between whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Whey protein isolate is the purest form of whey protein. It also has the least amount of fat and lactose. Whey protein concentrate, of course, is the exact opposite. It has less actual whey protein, and more fat and lactose.

You will immediately reach for the whey protein isolate powder…if you can find one among these hundreds of powders. You will also immediately notice a great price difference. Before you pay that higher price though, there are some things to consider.

You naturally assume that the whey protein isolate is better than the whey protein concentrate, because it is purer. Theoretically, this is correct. But you also need to hear some first person accounts on the results of the two different whey protein products.

Believe it or not, most bodybuilders will go with a protein supplement powder that has a combination of whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate. Most will choose the one that has a higher level of whey protein concentrate than the whey protein isolate.

If whey protein isolate is better, however, why would they do this? They choose this type of product because they have tried the pure whey protein isolate products, and paid that extra money for the pure product, only to find that the results were about the same. Now, note that the results are not the same if you use a whey protein concentrate that does not also contain whey protein isolate. But if there is a combination of whey protein concentrate with the whey protein isolate, you will still get good results, and you can pocket that extra money.

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All a dancer needs to know about patellofemoral knee pain.

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: Pain under the kneecap is a common issue in the dance population. It may often be caused by a rolling-in of the feet or the knees. This pain is associated with rubbing of the under-surface of the knee cap on the underlying bone, and may be caused by poor muscle activation and control around the hip, knee or ankle. This article includes a test for VMO activation and offers some advice to improve the muscle activation around you knee. Please note that any ongoing pain should be assessed and trea

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Weak knees and pain underneath the knee cap is common in dancers. This kind of pain can often occur when the students are doing more jumping, or extended rehearsals, such as prior to a show or an exam. Pain underneath the knee cap is usually a 'tracking' issue, in that the knee cap is not sliding in the groove of your thigh bone the way it should.

There are several possible reasons for this. One is the classic rolling in of the feet and knees, which we are all aware of. If the dancer is sure that she is not rolling, and still has pain, there could be a problem with one of the Quadriceps muscles on the front of the thigh. 'Quad' means four, and there are four muscles that make up most of the bulk of the thigh. There is one in particular that is very important, Vastus Medialis Oblique - abbreviated as VMO.

 This muscle is on the inner part of the quads group, and is the only part that can pull the knee cap slightly in. All of the others pull it out a little. If this muscle is not working, the knee cap can get pulled off to one side, and the under surface can rub a little too much against the thigh bone when you are jumping or bending the knees.

So how can you tell if it is working properly?

· Sit on the floor with the legs extended. If you can’t sit comfortably like this, then sit on a chair with the feet on the floor.

· Put your finger tips on your leg 5cm (2 inches) up from your knee cap and in towards the inside thigh a little (3cm, or just over an inch).

· Slowly straighten you knee completely, and see if you can feel the muscle tighten under your fingers

· Test both legs to see if there is a difference, especially if you have one knee that is sorer than the other.

This muscle can stop working when there is pain in the knee, even if you have just bumped it, so if you find that one is a bit lazy, it is time to start working on it. Often it just takes a little concentration and mind power to get it to switch back on again, but this can make a huge difference to your pain. More advanced exercises should be used once activation of the VMO is achieved and should be guided by a qualified medical professional.

All Bones About It: New Treatment For GVHD

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Bone marrow transplants have been part of the milieu of potential treatments for cancer for decades, but that does not mean that there are no side effects. Graft-versus-host disease is among the most common and most damaging problems that the transplant can cause, particularly because the medication that treats it can cause side effects that require further medication.

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Bone marrow transplant surgery is often seen as one of the brightest lights in the dark cloud of cancer care. The procedure has been one of the most effective counter-measures to the spread of cancer throughout a body, and has the distinction of being one of the less time-consuming approaches to cancer treatment. However, recent studies and discoveries have shown that bone marrow transplant surgery may is not as rosy and shiny as once thought, with news of side effects and possible complications emerging from the woodwork. For one thing, the transplanted cells can occasionally attack the new host body, causing damage to cell structure, the skin, and internal organs.

This particular effect, known as Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GVHD), has been known to strike several transplant patients every year. The frequency and the severity of the problem have given it the distinction of being the premier problem faced by people who undergo bone marrow transplant surgery. This occurs when the transplanted bone marrow carries active immune cells with it. These cells the proceed to attack the host body, believing it to be a foreign entity. There are procedures in place to help prevent the problem, but as with all surgical procedures involving transplants, the possibility of contamination is always present and can only be minimized.

The best known way to help alleviate the problems caused by this would be the use of a steroid known as prednisone, usually lasting for several weeks. The medication is designed specifically to suppress the immune cells and reduce the inflammation and damage that they can cause, usually just long enough for the cells to acclimate to the host body. The steroid is known to be effective in alleviating the problems caused by GVHD, but there are other factors to be considered. Long-term use of the drug has a list of known psychoactive effects, such as violent mood swings. There are also more severe side effects, such as possible muscle and bone deterioration, which can be fatal in certain situations. In such cases, doctors are often forced to prescribe other steroids to alleviate the effects of predsinone.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently passed a motion to prevent a drug called orBec from being released to the market. According to the manufacturers of the drug, it was designed as an alternative to predsinone, being that it could alleviate the problems caused by GVHD but did not have the same level of toxicity. However, the FDA apparently found something objectionable about the drug and decided to keep it from entering the market in lieu of further testing. The drug was redesigned from a steroid often used by asthma patients, allowing for alleviation of symptoms without suppressing the body's immune system. However, the FDA has ruled that further testing needs to be conducted to determine whether or not there are any harmful side effects.

For the time being, there are several hospitals that have signed up to test the medication on their patients. Doctors are also reportedly quite eager to get their hands on the experimental drug, if only because it could ease the burdens of their patients. The constant prescribing of steroids due to GVHD can easily open up a new range of complications that the use of orBec might help avoid.

All Calories Are Not Created Equal

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Eat less fat. Eat more fat. Carbs are bad. Carbs are good.

Nutrition advice changes so often, no wonder so many people are confused.

But when it comes it calories, the advice to consume fewer of them seems set in stone. After all, "a calorie is a calorie"-Right?


For years, we've been told that if we "eat less and exercise more," we'll lose weight. That recommendation is based on the belief that we need burn more calories than we take in. But this doesn't te...

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Eat less fat. Eat more fat. Carbs are bad. Carbs are good.

Nutrition advice changes so often, no wonder so many people are confused.

But when it comes it calories, the advice to consume fewer of them seems set in stone. After all, "a calorie is a calorie"-Right?


For years, we've been told that if we "eat less and exercise more," we'll lose weight. That recommendation is based on the belief that we need burn more calories than we take in. But this doesn't tell the whole story.

As it turns out, it isn't the amount of calories you consume that really affects your weight and your health. It's the type of calorie.

It's true-the calories you eat are actually absorbed at different rates. And the different amounts of fiber, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and nutrients in these calories can have very different effects on your metabolism. There's no difference between a thousand calories of kidney beans and a thousand calories of a low-fat muffin-until they're metabolized.

As you can see, food isn't just a source of energy-it's a source of operating instructions for your body.

Calories 101

So what is a calorie anyway? Simply put, a calorie is just a unit of energy. When we eat food, chemical processes that make up our metabolism break this food down and turn it into energy. Burning this energy lets us do what we need and want to do-from breathing to running a marathon.

It's like your car: You have to put fuel in it to make it run. For people, food is our fuel. Calories are what help us "run."

The Dieting Myth

Just like high quality fuel is better for your car than the cheap stuff, some calories are better for our metabolism than others. That idea flies in the face of conventional diet wisdom, but it's true-and science backs it up.

For example, recent studies show that high-carb diets can boost insulin and blood sugar levels. The result? Weight gain (not to mention high cholesterol and triglycerides). On the other hand, people who eat a healthy low-carb diet that's rich in vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lean animal protein-but consume more calories than low-fat dieters-actually lose more weight!

As you can see, the kinds of calories you consume can have a big impact on weight gain, because different foods are metabolized in different ways. Food "talks" to your genes, giving your metabolism specific instructions-whether to lose weight or gain weight, speed up or slow down the aging process, increase or decrease your cholesterol level, and produce molecules that increase or decrease your appetite.

No wonder you can feel like you're doing everything right and still not lose weight!

The Whole Truth

If you want to lose weight and be healthy, you have to send your body the right messages. That means living in harmony with your genes.

This means different things for different people. Depending on our genes, some of us may need more carbs, protein, or fat than others.

But there's one basic principle that works of everyone: Base your diet on whole, unprocessed foods. Foods that are in their natural state talk to your genes the most effectively-and were designed by nature to keep you at a healthy weight.

title:All Natural Acne Treatments
author:MD Stacener
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

At some point in your life you will probably suffer from acne.  Almost everyone does.  There has been a great deal of news about acne treatments recently with many claiming a combination of an acne prevention diet and some of the all natural acne treatments to be the answer.  So you might want to try that route.
Acne is a disorder of the sebaceous gland. This is the gland in the skin that secretes an oily substance to the face, neck, and back mostly.  If the sebaceous gland becomes clogged with this oily substance you get a zit or a pimple.  And sometimes you get a lot of them. 
There are many different forms of acne but acne vulgaris is the most common form in adolescents and young adults.  The treatments are basically the same no matter what type of acne you have.
The actual cause of acne is still not really understood.  Some believe it lies in genetics.  Others believe it is a combination of factors such as androgens, allergies, stress, or the use of certain mediations.  Natural practitioners tend to believe it is a result of nutritional deficiencies, and toxins in the body that can cause the liver to dysfunction.
The skin is the largest organ in our body and it eliminates toxic body waste through the pores when we sweat.  If the body has more toxins than the liver or kidneys can discharge the skin takes over.  Many doctors actually refer to the skin as the third kidney.  When toxins discharge through the skin they can cause a disruption in the healthy skin and wella you have pimples.
Here are some simple tips to try to help reduce and eliminate your acne.  Remember it can take up to 4 weeks to see a difference.
1.  Always drink plenty  - 8 glasses minimum and more is better.  Water helps the body flush it self better and more efficiently.
2.  Apply white vinegar to the face, neck, and back.  Let is sit for 5 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
3.  Use lemon as an exfoliate treatment to remove dead skin cells that clog the pours.  Apply the lemon to the infected areas.  Let dry for 10 minutes then rinse off with cool water.  You might feel a bit of a burning sensation when you apply it.  If you can’t take it then dilute the lemon a little bit.
4.  Eat a well balanced diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables.  Avoid unhealthy foods such as greasy or fast foods whenever possible.
5.  Take a good quality muli vitamin daily.  As well add zinc supplements to your daily intake.  Zinc has shown remarkable results in clearing acne.
6.  Use Grape seed extract or Echinacea to help boost your immune system to better fight acne causing bacteria.
7.  Use Dandelion or Burdock to detoxify your liver and kidneys. 
8.  Try a homeopathic remedy or an Ayurvedic treatment.  Natural medicine is known to have tome remarkable results.  That’s because they think outside the box.  Rather than treating the symptom which in this case is the zit, they treat the whole you and look for the underlying cause.
Acne can be annoying at best and devastating at worst.  There is no reason to have to live with acne these days, no matter how bad it is.  There are many treatment options available and if over the counter isn’t working then seek the assistance of your doctor or dermatologist.  Don’t suffer any longer!

All Natural Sleep Aid Supplements Reviewed: How Well DoThey Work?

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Find insomnia facts and statistics, understanding of causes and symptoms of this serious sleep disorder, and trends in diagnosis and treatment. Bid adieu to sleeplessness and welcome the pure delight of sound, restful sleep. We hope to hear you say "Goodnight, Insomnia!"

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Sleep Aids Reviewed- In-depth Reviews of Sleeping Pills / Sleep Aid supplements

Looking for the right sleep aid to overcome your insomnia? You’ve come to the right place. Featured here are in-depth reviews of hundreds of sleep aid medications and sleep supplements to help you find the right product for you specific sleep problem.

We’ve identified an extensive range of sleeping pills available in the market from numerous manufacturers with different medications suitable for different people. We are quite confident that you will find a medication that suits your particular condition.

To make it easy for you to choose the sleep aid, we’ve ensured that review of each medication/supplement covers details of the ingredients of the product, an assessment of the product’s composition, the benefits and effects (including negative or side effects), information about any clinical research to justify the claims of the sleep aid manufacturer and equally importantly, price. After all, we want to be sure you are not losing sleep over the money you spend on your sleeping pills! Moreover, wherever possible, we have also tried to present you with you comments from consumers of these sleeping pills elsewhere on their own experiences in overcoming their sleep problems with specific medications.

How to choose a sleeping pill / sleep supplement?

That’s what we hope the reviews below will help you do! Each of the products below have proven to counter sleep disorders; many of them are good enough to tackle chronic insomnia.

Before you order a particular sleep aid, consider the following key aspects:

What is your specific problem and how serious and persistent is it? For example, are you suffering from chronic insomnia or a temporary sleep disorder?
Do you have any known allergies to the ingredients of the drug?
What does the drug actually do to your body ie. how does it work?
Is the sleep drug suited to any specific conditions that you may be undergoing, say for example, pregnancy or nursing?
Is the sleep aid compatible with any other medications you may be taking?
What is the recommended dosage and duration you will be required to take the capsules? Note that both dosage and duration have an impact on cost and as well the possibility of other side effects.
Is the manufacturer reliable and proven? After all, you don’t want to lose any more sleep than you already are!

Last but not the least, how hard is it going to hit the wallet? You obviously don’t want to risk it with cheap sleeping pills that may well be spurious, but at the same time you want to ensure that the pills are truly delivering the quantity and quality of sleep that your body and mind require, without any side effects.

So, here’s wishing that your sleep problems are overcome with any of the sleep aids mentioned below. Read the reviews carefully, consider the above criteria and go ahead and purchase the right product that best addresses your sleep needs!

title:All Natural Weight Loss Supplement - Hoodia Gordonii
author:Paul Callis
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

In my time I have been an international competitive swimmer, ranked number 1 in the UK, in the top 20 worldwide, represented England, and won medals at World level. Having been in the environment of top class athletes, and everyday healthy people, I have become very knowledgeable in the area of nutrition and fitness. Still maintaining regular fitness and excellent nutritional levels, I regularly converse with many people of all types of fitness levels. The majority, at fitness centers, are obese and vastly over weight, constantly looking for ways to lose weight.
Spending years training in public, and seeing bodily changes on a day to day basis, I have become very familiar with Hoodia Gordonii, and have seen rapid improvements, that have in turn had life changing effects on people, and all for the better.
You may be wondering what Hoodia Gordonii is, and may have heard from the newspapers and television.
It is grown in the Kalahari Desert region of South Africa, Hoodia Gordonii is an all-natural appetite suppressant, derived from a cactus-like plant with prickly spikes. Scientists have been researching the Hoodia plant for almost a decade, and have found it to be completely free of harmful side effects.
The active ingredient in Hoodia Gordonii, the molecule known as P57, imitates the effects that glucose has on your brain, signaling that you are full. Your brain has what is called a Hypothalamus. This part of your brain controls your appetite. When you eat, the glucose levels in your body rise. As these levels go up, the hypothalamus sends off a signal to your cells to stop eating. This is when you start to feel full. Hoodia Gordonii's molecule, P57, tells your brain the same exact thing, even if you haven't eaten a bite. By mimicking the effects of glucose on your brain, the hypothalamus starts to send messages to your cells which in turn, make you feel full.
All You Need To Know About Vitamin A

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Quality vitamin nutrition is essential in maintaining proper health and preventing disease. Vitamins control specific body processes such as cell renewal, immune function, and bone strengthening. Although food can provide much of our nutritional needs, regular meals contain only part of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of most vitamins. Vitamin supplements are a great way to obtain quality vitamin nutrition while maintaining a balanced diet.


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Vitamin A is fat-soluble. It requires fats as well as minerals to be properly absorbed by your digestive tract.
It can be stored in your body and need not be replenished every day.
It occurs in two forms—preformed vitamin A, called retinol (found only
in foods of animal origin), and provitamin A, known as carotene (provided by foods of both plant and animal origin).

Vitamin A is measured in USP Units (United States Pharmacopeia), IU
(International Units), and RE (Retinol Equivalents). (See section 168.)
1,000 RE (or 5,000 IU) is the recommended daily dosage for adult males to prevent deficiency. For females it’s 800 RE (4,000 IU). During pregnancy the new RDIs/RDAs do not recommend an increase, but for nursing mothers an
additional 500 RE is suggested for the first six months and an additional 400 RE for the second six months.

There is no formal RDI/RDA for beta-carotene, because it is not (yet) offi-
cially recognized as an essential nutrient. But anywhere from 10,000–15,000
IUs of beta-carotene are needed to meet the RDI/RDA for vitamin A.


Counteract night blindness, weak eyesight, and aid in the treatment of
many eye disorders. (It permits formation of visual purple in the eye.)
Build resistance to respiratory infections.
Aid in the proper function of the immune system.
Shorten the duration of diseases.
Keep the outer layers of your tissues and organs healthy.
Help in the removal of age spots.
Promote growth, strong bones, healthy skin, hair, teeth, and gums.
Help treat acne, superficial wrinkles, impetigo, boils, carbuncles, and open ulcers when applied externally.
Aid in the treatment of emphysema and hyperthyroidism.

Xerophthalmia, night blindness.
Deficiency often occurs as a result of chronic fat malabsorption. It’s most commonly found in children under five years, usually because of insufficient dietary intake.


Fish liver oil, liver, carrots, dark green and yellow vegetables, eggs, milk and dairy products, margarine, and yellow fruits. (Note: The color intensity of a fruit or vegetable is not necessarily a reliable indicator of its beta-carotene content.)


Usually available in two forms, one derived from natural fish liver oil
and the other water dispersible. Water-dispersible supplements are
either acetate or palmitate and recommended for anyone intolerant to
oil, particularly acne sufferers. 5,000 to 10,000 IU are the most common
daily doses.
Vitamin A acid (retin A), which has often been used in the treatment of
acne, and is now being marketed as a treatment for eradicating superficial
wrinkles, is available only by prescription in the United States.

title:All You Wanted To Know About Menopause and Its Prevention
author:Venkata Ramana
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Menopause occurs when a women stops ovulating and her periods ceases. Most women reach menopause between 45 and 55 years, with an average age around 50. But about 1% reaches it before 40, which is known as premature menopause or premature ovarian failure.
For women in their teens and 20’s the loss of their fertility is devastating. They will also experience a long period of postmenopausal life, and hormonal replacement therapy may be advised.
Ø Menstrual cycle changes Ø Changes in the bleeding pattern Ø Hot flushes Ø Sweats Ø Urinary problems such as incontinence or increased frequency of urination. Ø Dry vagina Ø Mood changes Ø Weight changes etc
Are some of the basic symptoms.
We can prevent early Menopause, by preventing unwanted surgeries, of the uterus or the ovaries unless there is strong indication for their removal. Such Surgeries can lead to autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disorders. Conserving even a single ovary can help in preventing the onset menopause.
Urban women have access to information or counseling, but unfortunately the women in rural areas of Asia have no such knowledge. The good news for those who would like to rule out doubts about the onset of menopause will soon be available in the form of LH Kits ( Leutinizing hormone ) to check their ovulation especially used with infertility patients. While stress cannot be over emphasized, it has a role in temporary or prolonged cessation of periods.
Generally early menopause too is treated in a similar way as menopause itself, through HRT ( Hormone Replacement Therapy ), life style modification,calcium and good nutrition.
HRT – It must be borne in mind that an extensive study shows that HRT is not a protection against heart diseases as was believed before and infact not quite the “happy pill” – that women had thought is given up to the age of menopause.
Aloe-Vera - an effective medicine?

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Aloe vera is a very useful plant. It is very often used as a medicine to treat skin conditions such as burns and eczema,t

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Aloe vera is a very useful plant. It is very often used as a medicine to treat skin conditions such as burns and eczema, where it can help to stop the pain and reduce swelling. It is also very pleasant and soothing in its smell, which is likely why you will have heard of it: it is very often used in soaps, shampoos, and similar products.

This is not the only way to buy aloe vera, however. It is also available in capsule and gel form, as well as in juices and drinks, creams and lotions.

However, scientists are not altogether in agreement on the effectiveness of aloe vera as a medicine. It is difficult to research the effects of aloe vera properly, because it is such a complicated herb. Aloe vera contains 75 different nutrients, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, sugars and acids. Supposedly, it can help with muscle growth, be anti-bacterial, aid digestion, heal wounds, and much more – but then alternative medicine always tends to claim too much when it comes to its remedies. It is widely believed that aloe vera is effective against the common cold, although no medicine has ever been proved to cure it.

You should also be aware that aloe vera, although it is a traditional remedy, can have side effects. Reported side effects include liver dysfunction, burning sensations, allergic reactions, nausea, strangely-coloured urine, and dermatitis, although all of them are rare. Some studies have shown that, while the aloe vera does relieve pain, wounds treated with aloe vera can take longer to heal than usual, making it an undesirable treatment in many situations.

There are also many conditions you can have which mean that you shouldn’t take aloe vera. If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, allergic to garlic or onions, or have kidney or heart disease, you should avoid aloe vera. It should never be given to children or animals, as it can be poisonous to them.

Aloe and Blood Sugar

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How Aloe can help stabilize blood sugar levels

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Inside of every ones blood there are sugar levels that need to be at certain amounts each day and all day. When the amount of blood sugar is low in some one they can experience irritability, weakness, fatigue, head aches, shakes, jitters, and uncontrollable hunger.

When blood sugar levels get too high our body makes insulin. Blood sugar is not something you can play around with, it can affect your entire body, and if it gets low enough you could have a real problem on your hands.

Aloe has been used in studies of blood sugar and has yet again come out with good responses. Studies have been run and research has been done, aloe vera can help with blood sugar levels.

Today over half of our population is over weight. There are also more cases of diabetics. These two problems are caused by blood sugar levels, and are also some of our most dangerous problems. When blood sugar levels are balanced, we have more energy to exercise.

We also find that we don’t feel as sluggish and lazy feeling when our blood sugar levels are up. Keeping a balanced blood sugar level is important for our health, and aloe is capable of doing so. The minerals and trace elements in aloe are being used more and more for problems in the body.

Aloe contains the right minerals, trace elements, and vitamins to help control blood sugar levels. What one study did, was when a diabetic took their medicine, they also took a spoon full of aloe juice with it, while this diabetic did this, another one took nothing but his medicine.

The diabetic who had taken the spoon full of aloe juice had a balanced blood sugar level, while the person who took nothing but the medicine experienced lower blood sugar.

Some Information on Aloe Vera

Aloe has a long history as a remedy for many different ailments. Commonly known as Aloe Vera, the plant can be separated into two basic products: gel and latex. Aloe Vera gel is the leaf pulp or juice, a thin clear jelly-like substance obtained from the leaf that makes up the inner portion of the leaves.

The gel contains carbohydrate polymers, plus various other organic and inorganic compounds. Aloe latex, commonly referred to as "aloe juice," is a yellow extract from the pericyclic tubules just beneath the outer skin of the leaves. For use as a laxative, the juice is often dried to produce aloe granules that are dark brown from exposure to the air.

The separation process is not always complete, so aloe latex can be found in some aloe gels. It is better to make the gel as pure as possible, because aloe latex contains some things that are used for strong laxatives.

The processed Aloe is difficult to keep stable, a problem that can cause differences in potency. The best source of aloe gel would be right from a broken leaf of the plant.

Aloe gel has been used for treatment of wounds, minor burns, and skin irritations. Most consumers are familiar with aloe's use in skin-care products, but aloe can also be used as a drink.

Aloe products for internal use have been used for constipation, coughs, wounds, ulcers, diabetes, cancer, headaches, arthritis, and many other conditions. Aloe has been used for all different types of things through out the years, and is now sold openly on the market. People who buy Aloe normally know exactly what they are going to use it for, and some just buy it to be safe.

Aloe is now one of the few plants that can cure so many different ailments that can be found on the surface of the earth.

Aloe Vera

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An article about Aloe Vera featuring information about the origin and characteristics of Aloe Vera as well as information about how Aloe Vera is best used in beauty and health products.

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The Aloe vera plant is an African succulent that is popular in folk remedies. Today, you can find Aloe vera outside Africa since it is a popular garden plant, especially in dry areas where gardens must be created with the climate in mind. Aloe vera is also commercially cultivated all over the world to be used in folk medicines. Outside Africa, you will find the largest Aloe vera farms in the Mediterranean region, the United States, the Caribbean and Japan. An Aloe vera plant will also do well indoors, but keep in mind that it can grow very large and need re-potting.

Just like all the other succulent plants, the Aloe vera can store large amounts of water. This is an adaptation to a life in regions susceptible to droughts. Wild Aloe vera is commonly found in regions that experience large temperature differences between day and night. When the dew falls, the Aloe vera can absorb the moist and use it to survive. The Aloe vera will store water in its large fleshy leaves. Inside an Aloe vera leaf, you will find a clear jellylike liquid. This liquid forms the base of the Aloe vera juice that is so popular in folk medicine. If you grow your own Aloe vera plant, you can use the gel directly instead of converting it into Aloe vera juice. The gel is for instance used on minor injuries and burns since many people find it soothing and pain relieving. It also has antibacterial properties.

Aloe vera can also be used internally, but the scientific studies regarding its affects on the human body is still limited and internal Aloe vera treatments should therefore always be embarked on with caution. Discussing the treatment with a licenses medical professional is recommended. Internal Aloe vera treatment is popular among patients suffering from heartburn, ulcers, diverticular disorders and other digestive problems. It is suspected that the antibacterial property of the Aloe vera is the cause of the relief reported by many patients. 

In commercially available Aloe vera remedies, it is usually Aloe vera juice that forms the active ingredient. If you by low-quality Aloe vera remedies, they might not have been made from pure Aloe vera juice. If other parts of the plant enter the remedy, the treatment can act as a strong laxative. This effect is cause by the so called Aloe vera latex that is located in special cells, the so called pericyclic tubules, which are found along the inner skin of the Aloe vera leaf. Proper processing methods are necessary to ensure that no latex enter the Aloe vera juice. If you experience unwanted laxative effects or cramps when using medications containing Aloe vera, you should refrain from using it and try to find a better manufacturer that can provide you with high-quality Aloe vera products. 

Never use Aloe vera internally if you are currently using oral corticosteroids, since Aloe vera will interact with this medication. Beclomethasone, Prednisone and Methylprednisolone are three common examples of oral corticosteroids. The combination can cause potassium deficiency and poisoning.

Psyllium will also be affected by the active compounds in Aloe vera, and combining the two remedies are therefore unadvisable. If you still choose to do so, you should make sure that you never ingest them simultaneously. Allow at least two hours to pass before you take the second drug.

Aloe Vera and Its Natural Skin Care and Health Benefits

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Learn about natural aloe vera products and how they can enhance your skin care and health...

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Aloe vera plants, particularly aloe barbadensis miller plants, have been used for centuries to help burns, cuts, and other skin ailments. Perhaps your grandparents always had one of these unique, cactus-like plants nearby, just in case of an emergency. If someone got a cut or burn, they would break an aloe leaf apart to extract gel from inside the leaf. The aloe gel inside the leaf is used as a natural healing salve.

With the onset of commercialism and the recent boom in all-natural products, aloe has become the ingredient of choice in many skin care and health products. Commercial aloe products include everything from creams to lotions to nutritional supplements in pill or drink form. The products often combine aloe gel with other ingredients to enhance the gel's natural healing components. For example, an aloe-based Hawaiian product, called AhVahleen, combines aloe with some natural extracts taken from organic honey and a Hawaiian Kalo herbal plant.

Natural Aloe-Based Solutions for Skin Care and Health

Aloe gel, especially when combined with other natural ingredients, can greatly enhance the skin and its ability to replenish skin cells. As skin cells die, new skin cells must replace the old to promote healthy skin. This also slows the aging process and helps keep the skin moist and beautiful. Aloe creams and gels on the market can help enhance this process. There are also creams and gels to help with itching, burns, cuts, psoriasis, shingles, and other skin conditions.

Aloe vera gel is also known to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, which allow skin ailments to heal while reducing risk of infection. Some aloe-based products are said to help soothe and dry up chicken pox as well. Aloe gel can work as a natural anesthesia to reduce or alleviate pain caused by burns, cuts, and skin rashes. For severe sunburn and/or sun poison, aloe vera gel can cool the burning skin and speed up the healing process.

How to Buy Natural Aloe Products

Besides growing your own aloe vera plants, the next best thing is to buy natural aloe-based products. But before buying, be sure the products are all natural with few or no added ingredients that could decrease the aloe's beneficial properties. Read the ingredients on each product and learn why the ingredients were added. You'll find some products, such as AhVahleen, to have added natural ingredients to enhance the product's skin care and health properties. These products often provide more benefits than even the actual aloe plant alone.

Shop online to find aloe-based products that are unique to your skin care and health needs. If you have psoriasis, for instance, look for creams, gels, or lotions to soothe this condition in particular. If you work in the sun or are outdoors a great deal, look for aloe products that can protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. If you have multiple needs for aloe, find a natural aloe product that offers many benefits in one. Start enjoying natural skin care and health today with the wonderful natural solution of aloe vera!

title:Aloe Vera - No Wonder They Call It The 'Miracle Plant'
author:Kay Blackiston
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Aloe Vera is a member of the Lily family. It is a succulent that looks a lot like a cactus and is known by various names such as the burnt plant, the miracle plant, the natural healer and the medicine plant. Although there are more than two hundred species of Aloe Vera, only a few have medicinal properties, and of these Aloe Vera Barbadensis is the most beneficial.
The Aloe Vera plant reaches maturity at about four years of age. The outer leaf is smooth and rubbery and inside is the gel and sap which is harvested, preserved and bottled to give either a juice or when combined with other ingredients creams, lotions and gels. About 96% of the plant is water. The rest is made up of minerals such as magnesium, zinc, copper, chromium and the antioxidant selenium, vitamins including the antioxidants C, E and beta carotene, 20 of the 22 amino acids required by the body including 7 of the 8 that cannot be manufactured by the body, sugars, enzymes and fatty acids. The combination of these elements has a more powerful effect together than they would individually. This is because each enhances the effect of the other, an occurrence that is known as synergism.
Aloe Vera works in two different areas; by promoting healing or preventing injury to the epithelial tissues (the skin, the lining of the gut, the bronchial tubes, etc) and by balancing the immune system when its antioxidants fight the free radicals produced by our metabolism and pollutants in the environment.
When taken internally, Aloe Vera is soothing to digestive tract irritations, such as colitis and peptic ulcers. The anti-inflammatory fatty acids are also helpful for the stomach, small intestine and colon. It alkalises the digestive juices preventing overacidity – a common cause of indigestion. Amongst many other ailments that have been helped by Aloe Vera are diverticulitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation and haemorrhoids. Conditions that are improved by balancing the immune system are arthritis, asthma, ME (post viral fatigue syndrome) and LE (lupus).
When applied to the skin Aloe Vera improves a large variety of skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis, ulcers, burns, stings, acne, bites, scrapes, abrasions, scalp care, sore muscles, cold sores, bruises, sprains and frostbite to name but a few!
More recent studies show Aloe Vera can help prolong survival time and stimulate the immune system of cancer patients. This is partly by fighting free radicals with its antioxidant properties and also by stimulating the white blood cells causing the release of immune-activating and anticancer substances such as interferons, interleukins and tumour necrosis factor. These properties of Aloe Vera have also made it an effective part of a nutrition support program for HIV patients; leading to fewer occurrences of infections such as thrush, fatigue and diarrhoea and an increase in the number of white blood cells meaning a boost to their immune system.
title:Alpha Lipoic Acid guide
author:John Gibb
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The human body is a vast and amazing phenomenon. Science vastly improves our understanding of the realm of human biology at an ever increasing rate. One such recent advancement has been the studies and understanding of the chemical alpha lipoic acid. ALA is an anti oxidant supplement that was first looked at in the 1950’s, but it wasn’t until 1988 that it was recognized as an anti oxidant. It has been studied around the world and it is hoped that ALA can treat and prevent many age related deceases.
“Heart decease, stroke, cataracts, and diabetes oh my,” may have been what Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion would have been singing had they had been transversing through the forest of aging in the Wizard of Oz. Natural aliments such as these are common amongst many people, even those who have lived healthy lifestyles their entire lives. With alpha lipoic acid, these symptoms of aging may be treatable.
ALA is naturally occurs in the body in small doses, and is used at the cellular level to play a vital role in creating energy. If one consumes additional ALA in supplement form, it then is used by cells as an anti oxidant and can help eliminate many free radicals from the body.
ALA could definitely be a wonder drug, but at this point not as many studies have been performed to be considered conclusive, but it still may be beneficial to begin using it today to help eliminate those pesky aging free radicals in the body.
Alternatives to Cold Turkey Methods of Quitting Smoking

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This article talks about the dangers of smoking, and how people become addicted to cigarettes. It relates possible situations wherein people smoke cigarettes in everyday events. Quitting can be hard for smokers, especially if its done right away, for they experience withdrawal symptoms that could affect their behavior. By self help and support from the family, smokers can quit easily.

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Everyone is well aware of the dangers that smoking can bring. It is highly addictive since it contains nicotine, which is very addictive. Like heroine or any other recreational drugs, both the body and mind can quickly become used to the nicotine in cigarettes --- a substance that eventually becomes necessary to ingest to make a smoker feel good.  A lot of people smoke regularly, for a variety of reasons. Peer pressure, curiosity, and family members who smoke can expose a young adult to cigarettes and smoking. Little do they know about the harsh effects that smoking can bring to a person's health, especially to the lungs.

Statistics have shown that nine out of ten tobacco users started smoking before the age of eighteen. Most adults who started smoking during their teen years would never expect to become addicted. This fact is not known by all smokers or for people who would want to try smoking. Naturally, if a person starts smoking, their lifestyle slowly changes, bringing in smoking as one of their pastimes.

People who smoke cigarettes or any other forms of tobacco does not consciously think about its consequences. They light a cigarette when waking up just to have the nicotine rush.  This nicotine-induced rush helps them get rid of drowsiness. This can be habit forming, especially for those people who cannot wake up as fast as others. Smokers also light up a cigarette after eating, since this can eliminate any hunger pangs that they may have or crave. It stops the feeling of hunger, and eventually makes the person feel full. Other people smoke when they are bored. This usually happens when they wait for someone, or when they are on breaks at work or in school, or just to pass the time away. Either way, smoking can change one's lifestyle, but unfortunately for the worse.

For people with family members who smoke, it is best that the family members themselves provide the assistance needed to help the smoker quit this farmful habit. Of course, it would not be an easy task at all. Nicotine is addictive, and people who smoke really crave for that nicotine rush, even if they know its bad for them. One should not make a person quit smoking just like that, for it brings withdrawal symptoms. Uneasiness, restlessness, irritability, and aggressiveness often comes when cigarettes are not around. Tagged as “cold turkey”, these people who quickly quit smoking can really behave differently from how they used to when they were still smoking.

In order to help loved ones who smoke, people should talk to their loved ones about the dangers and consequences that smoking can bring. It is important that the person who smoke would want to stop smoking, so that quitting can be a lot easier. Try and purchase self-help books that teach quitting techniques that do not involve “cold turkey” methods. They have guidelines and ways to avoid smoking including such alternatives as eating carrots, and any other nibblets when they feel the need to smoke. Think of having a smoke-free home rule where no one is allowed to smoke inside the house. This can help the smoker slowly realize that smoking is just a waste of time and effort, and that there are other things to do besides smoking. Getting them to attend therapy sessions could also help. But at the end of the day, only the smoker can decide to stop smoking since it is the smoker's will to quit and concern for his health that will lead to such a life-saving decision.

title:Alternative Acne Treatments – A Brief Users Guide For Parents, Teens And The Rest Of Us.
author:Mark MacKay
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Everyday numerous acne suffers turn to alternative methods to treat their acne. The two main reasons for the growing popularity of such treatments are; people looking for medication with less harmful side effects then tradition acne treatments. Secondly are the people who have been unsuccessful with the various over the counter and prescription options. Generally alternative treatments are not regulated by the FDA and hence you will not receive much guidance from medical doctors on their use. Word of month and the alternative medical community is the main source of information on such options.
For teenage girls and women herbs that balance hormone levels such as chaste berry, black cohosh, dong quai, evening primrose, wild yam, and red clover are quite commonly tried. Herbalists believe that these herbs balance the female sex hormone estrogen and will counterbalance the hormone androgen. Since androgen is believed to trigger excess sebrum production, which can cause hair follicles to clog and acne to form, acne could be prevented or reduced.
Herbs that are thought to help reduce inflammation and infection can be used for both male and female acne suffers. Echinacea, licorice, dandelion root, and burdock are all thought to contain properties that help with the above by killing bacteria. The herbs salvia and red peony are also used sometimes to help acne suffers improve their skins ability to heal.
Vitamin B5 also known as pantothenic acid is a commonly used vitamin to treat acne. It become widely popular after Dr. Leung a Hong Kong acne expert published a paper on its effectiveness. His paper was based on the theory that acne sufferers are deficient in vitamin B. The result is excess sebum production, the root cause of clogged hair follicles leading to acne. Dr Leung also tested his theory through a clinical trial where 100 acne suffers were given 10g of B5 daily, after six months Dr. Leung’s test group had a ninety percent success rate.
Topical treatments such as tea tree oil and seaweed, which are both believed to have powerful antibacterial properties are also widely regarded as being effective on acne inflammations. Tea tree oil comes from the ti tree in Australia and seaweed from the oceans.
A common belief is that controlling stress reduces the severity of acne. So anything you can do to alleviate stress will help. Many acne suffers turn to exercise for stress relief, yoga being very popular. Aromatherapy can also be used in stress relief, along with acupuncture, and meditation.
While the predominate reason many people turn to alternative acne treatments is to reduce the harmful side effects of tradition medicines the reverse may actually be true. Caution should be used before trying any alternative treatments. They may have adverse side effects not common known due to the lack of regulations on most alternative treatments.
title:Alternative Approaches to Pain Relief
author:Peter Donald
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Pain.  The great leveler.  The rich feel it.  So do the poor, the happy, the sad, tall, and short.  And, of course, article writers, too.  It’s therefore not surprising to note that since the dawn of time, humans have attempted to discover ways to reduce pain. In some respect, our ability to experience pain, and seek ways to solve it, connects us more than anything else.  But what exactly is pain and how do we deal with it?
Pain is a message sent by the body to the brain, signaling the presence of disease, injury or strain. Without pain, you would be unaware of many problems - from torn ligaments to appendicitis. Pain is simply, Mother Nature's way of telling you something is wrong.
Many of us kill the messenger with narcotics, anti-depressants and tranquilizers that take care of the symptoms, but not the cause of the pain. This kind of treatment cannot only mask symptoms of serious disease, but can also create a cycle of chronic pain.
Not all pain though, serves a useful function. While acute pain, as described above can alert us to a serious problem, chronic pain can linger long after an ailment or injury has healed in the body. Examples of chronic pain include backache, migraines and arthritis. In these cases, pain management, as opposed to a cure, may become the goal of treatment.
The psychological effects that accompany recovery from a disease or injury heighten chronic pain. A loss of confidence is often triggered by prolonged periods of rest and inactivity that cause a loss of physical strength, endurance and flexibility. If the injury has prevented you from performing your usual duties, you may succumb to frustration and depression. Impatience is chronic pain's best friend as many individuals overexert themselves before they have completely healed, thus triggering more pain.
Various treatments can help alleviate chronic pain. Some treatments do so on a purely physical level by interfering with signals from the nerves to the brain or desensitizing the nerves. The following sections are meant to introduce you to some of the ways of dealing with pain without relying on non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, narcotics, tranquilizers or anti-depressants.
For many people, particularly those in the western world, pain relief solutions such as acupuncture, and herbal medicine are novel concepts.  However, the rest of the world is probably wondering what the fuss is about, because these traditional approaches to pain relief have been around for thousands of years; Traditional Chinese Medicine, which relies on various techniques and herbs in order to balance the body’s internal energy, is over 5,000 years old.
Acupuncture:  the ancient Chinese Practice of acupuncture is based on the belief that health is determined by the level of chi (vital life energy) that is in t he body. This energy is thought to move through the body through pathways called meridians, which connect to specific organs in the body. Acupuncturists insert needles into points on the body that connect to these channels to release blocked "chi" that might be the cause of pain. During acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist inserts thin needles for anywhere from a few minutes to a half an hour into specific points on the body. This practice is thought to stimulate endorphins, the body's natural painkillers and is useful for the treatment of a variety of disorders including backache, sinus pain, jaw pain, spinal disorders, withdrawal and mental disorders.
Herbs:  another important part of traditional Chinese medicine is herbal medicine. Herbs have been used for centuries for their pain relieving qualities. Here are some herbs that are recommended for common disorders:
Cramps & Spasms: angelica, cramp bar, kava, rosemary, valerian root.
Nerve Pain: capsaicin, chamomile, gotu kola, licorice, white willow.
Back Pain: hops, wood betony, passionflower.
Migraine: feverfew, linden, skullcap.
Headaches: peppermint, spearmint.
Joint pain: ginger, sea cucumber.
Meditation: meditation, which has also been practiced for thousands of years, is a conscious attempt to calm the mind so that it is not cluttered with thoughts and anxieties that might be contributing to an unnecessary belief in the existence of pain. There are hundreds of different meditation techniques, but mostly they all into three categories: concentrative, mindful and transcendental meditation. During concentrative meditation, focusing on a single sound, object or one's breath, produces tranquil mind that facilitates the production of pain-relieving endorphins. During mindful meditations, the mind is encouraged to become aware of, but not reactive to thoughts, feelings and sensations in order to achieve a tranquil state of mind.
Nutrition: eating a well balanced diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables is thought to be the best way raise your pain threshold or resistance to pain. A deficiency in any of the main vitamins (A, B, C, D or E) can cause chronic pain. Vitamin E is used to treat joint pain. A deficiency in calcium, iron, magnesium and other minerals may also lower your pain threshold. A calcium magnesium supplement taken in a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium is thought to relieve joint pain and headaches. Manganese is a vitamin that is sometimes used for chronic headaches and neuralgia. A deficiency of the B vitamins is also thought to cause nervousness, headaches and chronic pain.
Aromatherapy: sniffing or applying essential oils is thought to change an individual's brain chemistry so that pleasurable neuro-transmitters called endorphins are released to relieve pain. Geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, peppermint, rose, rosemary and thyme are oils commonly used for this purpose.
Guided Imagery: research has indicated that bodily functions that were previously thought to be beyond conscious control, such as chronic pain, can be controlled thorough the use of visualization. Guided imagery encourages the sufferer to think in pictures that eliminate negative thoughts thus raising levels of pleasurable brain chemicals, such as serotonin, decreasing anxiety and increasing the effectiveness of the immune system. Through guided imagery, the mind conjures up mental scenes in order to better direct the body's energy. For instance, if an individual is suffering from a stabbing pain, he or she might want to imagine a knife being removed from the spot and a subsequent glowing feeling of relief. Guided imagery has been used successfully to manage the pain of headaches, sinus problems, arthritis and cancer.
Biofeedback combines a variety of relaxation methods, such as guided imagery and meditation with the use of instruments that monitor the individual's responses to the therapy. After many treatments, biofeedback is thought to train the individual to consciously regulate autonomic functions such as heart rate, blood pressure and other processes that are commonly believed to be out of our control. During a session, electrodes connected to a monitoring unit are taped to the skin. The monitor measures skin temperature, pulse, blood pressure, muscle tension and brain activity to determine the success of the relaxation technique. Eventually, over time, biofeedback can train an individual to control the pain of such disorders as TMJ, headaches and migraines.
It is difficult to imagine a world without pain; where would our poetry come from?  What would divas sing about? Given that pain is probably always going to be a part of our world, it is of critical importance that we understand the various methods that exist to manage that pain.  For some of us, that remedy may lie in the traditional realm, while for others it will be through prescription drugs or some other alternative.  Regardless of what remedy you choose, make sure you inform yourself of the various pain treatment options open to you, and by doing so, you may just reduce the amount of suffering in your life.  And isn’t that, in some respect, the goal that we all strive towards?
It is important to note that the above suggestions do not represent cures for conditions, but more represent strategies and opportunities to manage your chronic pain. It is also recommended that you consult with your health practitioner before embarking on any new pain management program.
title:Alternative Healing with Cold Lasers
author:Kalon Prensky
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Have you heard the buzz about using cold lasers for healing countless ailments? Cold lasers are being used by Doctors, Dentists, Acupuncturists, DO’s, Oral Surgeons, Veterinarians, Chiropractors and the list goes on. Treatment with cold laser therapy is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing segments of alternative medicine.
The first cold lasers were used over 30 years ago. In Europe, Asia and Canada cold lasers have been used routinely for about 20 years and yet in America they are relatively new to mainstream medicine. Why is this? Just 3 short years ago the United States FDA started to give clearance to cold lasers for use in specific areas. For example the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), neck and shoulder pain, and other pain treatment applications.
Additional names that are often used interchangeably with cold laser are: low level laser (LLT), photobiostimulation laser, photobiomodulation laser , biostimulating laser, bioregulating laser, soliton laser and soft laser. Until a consensus is reached, the two most important names to remember are cold laser and low level laser, which is often used interchangeably with low level laser therapy (LLLT).
Why is it called a cold laser? A laser that utilizes a diode that is 500 mW or less is called a cold laser because it does not produce enough thermal  output to heat the tissue being treated. A variety of cold lasers are available on the market with different power outputs and different wavelengths. Common diode power outputs include: 5 mW, 30  mW, 50 mW, 100 mW, 200 mW and 500 mW. The higher the power output, generally the shorter the treatment. For a good selection of cold lasers offering a variety of power outputs visit http://quantum-healing-lasers.com and also check out the section on frequently asked questions.
Is there a difference between a laser and an LED? Yes, it is an important difference, which comes down to coherence and depth of penetration. A cold laser uses coherent, polarized light that is highly focused and columnated, allowing it to travel in a straight line for long distances or to penetrate into the deeper layers of the body. The light from LED’s is monochromatic, non coherent light, which is useful for treatment of superficial tissues such as wounds and skin conditions. In comparative studies, lasers have been shown to be more effective and faster working. Some of the most effective and versatile lasers on the market utilize both laser and LED light output.
Is cold laser therapy scientifically well documented? LLLT will naturally not work on anything, however due to the fact that it treats at a cellular level, it is successful at treating an astounding level of conditions. Some research has failed to demonstrate effect in several indications, however proper treatment is dependant upon numerous factors including dosage, diagnosis, frequency of treatment and treatment technique. More than 2500 research reports are published and more than 100 double-blind positive studies confirm the clinical effect of cold laser therapy. Over 90% of the 370 studies revealed in the limited LLLT dental literature alone verify the clinical value of cold laser therapy.

Alternative Medicines Complement Conventional Medicines

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Here are some helpful tips for finding the alternative medicines that are right for you...

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There are many choices when looking for alternative medicines. Today, more people are turning to these alternatives for their treatments than ever before. These types of medicines provide a different approach than conventional medicine in health care systems and practices.

What is Alternative Medicine?

Some examples of alternative medicine are chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, homeopathy, osteopathy, and naturopathy. Although you may be unfamiliar with these treatments, there are people all over the world successfully using them.

In several ways, alternative medicine offers a different outlook on healthcare than conventional medicine. The usual treatments are surgery, chemotherapy, antibiotics and other types of drugs; however, there is growing evidence and awareness that alternative treatments can be less costly, less invasive, and sometimes safer than well-known conventional treatments.

A Higher Stand of Health

The goal of alternative medicine is a higher standard of health, not just the absence of disease.  For many years, individuals were given a clean bill of health without considering their emotional, spiritual or social needs. Alternative medicine considers the health and well being of the person by evaluating the physical, emotional and psychological makeup and needs. The patient is examined as a person and not just a number or case. Patients are encouraged to participate in decisions instead of being a passive subject.

Healing the Body

Conventional medicine has typically treated and removed symptoms as quickly as possible. Sometimes the results are dramatic and immediate with traditional surgeries and medicines. Sometimes, however, this creates other physical problems. The alternative is to help the body heal itself.

By using less dramatic treatment, the body is given a chance to work through its own healing therapy. Instead of synthetic medicines, the use of whole foods, herbs, homeopathic and nutritional supplements are utilized. The results may take longer but in the end the body will be healthier. True healing can occur in this way, increasing the chances that the symptoms will not return.

Finding an Alternative Professional

If you are planning to consult an alternative professional for a specific need, it is recommended that you consult with a medical doctor or osteopathic physician to get a diagnosis. They go through extensive training in diagnosing illnesses and diseases. This step could lead you to the correct treatment and avoid confusion. After you have had your exam and diagnosis, ask for the recommended treatment. Then look for an alternative treatment that may be easier on your body and possibly more effective.

There are different ways to find a practitioner. One of the most helpful is to get referrals from family and friends, your doctor, or other health care providers. Also use the resources at the library, the Internet, and medical information organizations. When you have a list of referrals, begin to gather information on the professionals. Ask for literature, find out how long they have been practicing, and what practices they use. Check to see if your insurance policy will cover their fees and what will be expected from you.

Having a Consultation

Be prepared when you consult with the professional. Describe your symptoms or condition clearly. Be sure to include a complete medical history. Explain what you have learned about alternative treatments.

Listen carefully to the suggested treatment and ask questions to make sure you understand. Ask what the benefits will be from this therapy.  Find out how long the treatment will take and if you should expect side effects.

Making a Choice

Did he answer your questions and make you comfortable? Is the treatment acceptable to you? Now you can decide if this practitioner is right for you.

Before you choose alternative medicines, take the steps necessary to ensure you are treating the problem, not just the symptoms. You'll soon discover the long-term benefits of alternative medicines.

title:Alternative Medicines That Work For Me
author:Steve Gillman
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There is a lot of hype about alternative medicines, and some of them are certainly without much value. Of course there is a lot of hype about regular medicines, many of which do as much harm as good. The fact that natural remedies and treatments rarely hurt people as much as prescription drugs is one reason to at least try them. Here are a few that I can vouch for from experience.
Tea Tree Oil
I had a lump on the side of my nose, growing slowly, bleeding at times. I had it for years, and the one time I asked a doctor about it, he wasn't sure if it was actually cancerous. I read somewhere that tee tree oil might work. I bought a bottle at a health-food store for $6. I applied a drop to the lump each day, and in less than six weeks, the lump was gone completely.
Coincidence? After having the growth for years? I don't think so. In fact I had another growth years later on my neck, and for several years, I couldn't remember what I had used the first time. When I found a clue in some old notes, I used tea tree oil on that growth, which was even larger than the first one. It was gone in about six weeks.
St. John's Wort
When hiking in Canada, I cut my foot. The gash was deep. I found St. John's Wort (Hypericum perfolatum), which has been proven to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. I mashed up a few leaves and bandaged them to the cut, replacing them occasionally. I have honestly never seen a cut heal faster.
St. John's Wort is one of the better known alternative medicines now. It is used as an anti-depressant, with numerous studies showing it's effectiveness. It is also used by some as a temporary mood-elevator. This effect isn't proven yet, but whenever I've had tea made from the plant, it tasted awful and left me happy for two hours. Anecdotal and subjective evidence (I'm not even entirely convinced), but interesting.
Valerian Root
When my wife has cramps and pain, nothing works better than a cup of tea made from valerian root. You can get the tea in many stores now. I wouldn't try driving after having valerian root. This is a powerful relaxant.
In fact, valerian root is too strong for some people. A gentler herb that will relax you is chamomile. You can find this as tea too. It makes a great drink with honey, just before you are ready to go to bed.
There are so many alternatives out there. I have stopped a headache just by chewing on willow twigs. I have stopped diarrhea with oak bark (careful - this can hard on the liver in large doses). I have watched a friend's poison ivy rash disappear overnight with the application of jewelweed juice.
I am sure that I have tried just as many alternatives that didn't work, too, but you know what? Put all the ineffective ones together and the cost probably doesn't add up to the cost of one visit to a doctor. As for the effective ones, well, no doctor yet has introduced me to one of them. You have to do your own research on alternative medicines.
Alternative Methods For Dealing With Sinusitis

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Sinusitis is such a prevalent problem that some people are turning to alternative medications to treat the problem. The medical philosophies of India and China are particularly popular because of their approaches to medical problems.


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Sinusitis is one of the most annoying nasal ailments known to man.  Aside from the headache, eyestrain, and stuffy nose that comes with sinusitis, one also has to bear with the difficulty of breathing.  To get rid of this nasal problem, people often turn to a wide variety of medications available in the market.

After having tried in vain to get sinus relief from Western medicine, some people have began to develop a “taste” for alternatives. Aside from looking for a cure from traditional Chinese medicine, others have looked to growing all-natural medicines movement as a source of lasting, effective treatment for sinusitis. The herbal lore and medical traditions of China have fascinated Western medicine-trained doctors and resulted in the conduct of in-depth research.

The Indian healing system ayurveda is also gaining some recognition in the West as an alternative form of medicine.  Ayurvedic theory views all human ailments as rooted in an imbalance in the body and that the proper cure is attained by restoring that balance. The main difference from traditional Western medicine is that rather than simply matching a patient's problem with the appropriate medication, ayurveda experts first determine the cause of the problem and work from there. As such, if ten people come to the same ayurveda healer for their sinusitis problem, he might need to prescribe ten different methods, depending on what he perceives to have caused the imbalance in each particular patient. A massage using herbal oils can be given for someone if the healer thinks the root of the problem lies in some chemical impurity, with the oils formulated specifically for the impurity in question. Meanwhile, if the healer thinks that the root of the imbalance lies in stress, a meditation regimen might be advised.

In traditional Chinese medicine, sinusitis is like any other medical ailment. In other words, it is a disruption of the natural elemental harmony of the body, similar to how Feng Shui sees how placing water in the wrong place would disrupt the harmony of within a house or building. Going with this philosophy, Chinese healers discovered that certain herbal formulas, when mixed together in the proper proportions, can slowly realign a person's elemental harmony and, as a result, remove the sinusitis. Cang er san is a typical herbal formula that most traditional Chinese doctors will work with when dealing with sinusitis. Typically, the proportions are altered slightly, depending on the discretion of the doctor preparing the mix. Once the sinusitis has cleared up, traditional Chinese doctors can also provide some herbs to help secure the re-harmonized body using dang shen or huang qi.

Another alternative medication for sinusitis comes in the form of the art of acupuncture. Acupuncture is more than just sticking needles in random locations. Acupuncture follows the ancient Chinese concept of the “chi,” which is the living energy that flows within and through all life, similar to the concept of “The Force.” There are certain parts of the body that act as focal points of the chi, with sicknesses emerging when the flow of the chi is blocked, delayed, or somehow stunted. According to some older texts, if the chi focuses or centers in one part of the body for too long, it can also cause an imbalance, though the consequences may prove more severe. The point of acupuncture is to stimulate these “wells of chi” to resume regular flow, eventually clearing up the problem by restoring the proper ebb and flow of the body's internal energy. In most cases, acupuncture is accompanied by traditional herbal medications to supplement the “restoration of the body's natural harmony.”

Alternative Methods to Quit Smoking

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The article talks about the different methods that can be used in helping individuals who want to quit smoking. Though there are many over-the-counter medications that are designed to help smokers, these products may also bring side effects and interact with other drugs. Because of this reason many individuals are trying alternative methods to help them live a nicotine-free life.

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It is estimated that 70 percent of smokers want to quit, it's no wonder that there are many quit smoking products and programs out that are designed for these individuals. These are scientifically-proven quit smoking programs that have gotten the nod of many health professionals. However, using these products may not be that effective and may bring side-effects. For this reason, many alternative therapies are out to help many individuals in their desire to be nicotine-free. These alternative methods are considered by many as safe and effective way of quitting smoking.


Medical studies show that acupuncture may increase the levels of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are opiate-like substances in the body that are known elevate the mood and bring moments of relaxation. These factors may lower the cravings for that stick or pack of cigarette. Many health professionals recommend at least four sessions of acupuncture during the first month of quitting.

Herbal remedies

There are no herbs that contain nicotine. However, there are herbs like chamomile that has a calming effect that may help one's transition to life as a non-smoker. The calming effect of this herb may help one cope with stressful situations that may lead one to light a cigarette. However, individuals who want to try this herb should seek the approval of a health professional because it might produce an allergic reaction and interact with other drugs.


Smokers have natural cigarette triggers. Factors like driving, eating, watching TV, and stress may entice individuals to smoke. With subconscious reminders about the positive effects of quitting smoking, hypnosis may help reduce nicotine cravings and improve one's ability to quit smoking. In addition to these health benefits hypnosis therapy uses no drugs and can be completed completely and there is no long-term cause.

Exercise and nutrition

Regular exercise may improve blood flow and help individuals deal with tensions and stress in life without cigarettes. Studies show that moderate exercise like 30 minutes of jogging and brisk walking may bring many health benefits. Exercise and other physical activities may also promote the production of endorphins. In addition to exercise, eating regular meals and cutting down fat in one's diet may aid in the management of blood sugar changes associated in quitting smoking.


Having a massage may promote better moods and less anxiety which may lead to fewer and less nicotine cravings. A University of Miami Touch Research Institute suggested that a two-minute hand or ear massage may curb nicotine cravings and, therefore, cut daily cigarette intake.

There are many scientifically proven quit smoking products and alternative methods that are available. These products, however, cannot do all the work, the best and effective to quit smoking involves determination, discipline, and commitment to stop the habit permanently. Using these products and engaging in alternative methods can help smokers cut the habit by making them more comfortable and complacent to adjust to life without cigarettes. However, before taking over-the-counter or herbal products and engaging in many alternative methods to quit smoking, individuals are advised to seek the approval health professionals. They may explain various alternative methods and clarify side effects and drug interactions that may take place while under medication. With the right tools and attitude, quitting smoking can be easier than others think.

Alternative Remedies To Back Pain That Work

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Come to think of it, a lot of people suffer from back pain these days without finding any cure with orthodox medicine, maybe because of incorrect diagnosis or ineffectiveness of the prescribed drug or drugs, so the pain becomes a part of most people’s lives.

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Come to think of it, a lot of people suffer from back pain these days without finding any cure with orthodox medicine, maybe because of incorrect diagnosis or ineffectiveness of the prescribed drug or drugs, so the pain becomes a part of most people’s lives.

However, for  a lot other people who have not been able  to obtain a exact diagnosis of their back pain problems, seeking alternative means of obtaining relief has become their immediate concern. It is becoming a big problem finding solution to back pain with orthodox medicine, back pain treatments are no long yielding the results that are expected. So the none-medical alternatives are coming to the rescue as follows:

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an alternative treatment for back pain that has been in existence for sometime now. Rooted in ancient civilizations of Asia, acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific parts of the body for the purpose of taking away the pain. Acupuncture has been proved to work for chronic pain. It has provided short term relief from back pain for a great deal of people.

Massage therapy: The art of massage has been used for years as a tool of relief and relaxation. An experienced masseuse can massage the points of pain in your back, especially if it is caused by a strained muscle. People have been known to attain a state of painlessness after undergoing a well executed massage therapy. Some people argue that acupuncture or pressure point massage may be more effective than Swedish massage.

Physical therapy and exercise: Under the keen eye of a licensed physical therapist, you can stretch and exercise your back pain away. Exercise and physical therapy as a whole has been known to work well with chronic back pain sufferers than with acute back pain sufferers. Most back pain sufferers have also found relief from the education of the psychosocial factors of back pain.

You can end your suffering from back pain by finding a cure with alternative medicine because of incorrect diagnosis or ineffectiveness of the prescribed orthodox drug or drugs, so that the pain does not become a part of your life.

title:Alternative Therapies – What, Why and How Of It
author:R.G. Srinivasan
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Alternative Therapies and alternative medicine has been gaining ground along with conventional treatments. Alternative therapies have been practiced for thousand of years especially in the east commonly known as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Modern medicine has replaced such therapies due to its ability to quickly suppress the symptoms and treat the specific physical condition with pharmacological and surgical methods evolved after much research.
However the modern medicine too has severe side effects due to its toxicity and chemical interference in cellular functioning. This has resulted in alternative therapies and alternative medicines gaining ground. The inability of the medical science to quickly tackle the outbreak of immunity related disorders and disease like Aids and SARS have rekindled the interest in alternative therapies.
Alternative therapy and medicine has also gained respectability as more and more clinical trials and research is establishing the efficacy of its treatments.
Alternative therapies have very simple principles.
The body can heal itself. You only need to facilitate the self-healing process.
Prevention is the key to healthy living. The alternative medicinal system stresses on prevention of disease through a change in diet, use of proven herbs and lifestyle changes which while preventing the disease also helps in dealing with the basic cause of any disease.
Each system of alternative medicine has their own complex method of diagnoses and treatment; broadly they focus on balancing the energies in the body as well as the emotional aspects of disease. Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as homeopathy works on the principle of assisting the body to heal itself.
All treatments in alternative therapy use medicines which are directly derived from botanical sources - ingredients in plants. They are generally safe in moderate doses if they are prepared with pure essence of such botanicals and unadulterated with any form of chemicals.
Selecting the right herbal products
There are plenty of spurious products in the market with tall claims. Buy only from the best source after verifying the background and credibility of the company.
Don’t go by claims of miraculous cures. You need to understand how each product works and go by the research available on the herbs along with the traditional history of healing.
Buy the herbal or food supplements only after verifying whether company is meeting with the quality standards and test certifications. Check whether the ingredients on the label are as per the claims on the advertisements.
Plenty of information is available from the website of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or NCCAM website for complementary and Alternative medicine.
A final word of caution while using alternative medicines and therapies, whatever the claims made or facts about the medicinal and curative properties do not stop your regular treatment recommended by a doctor.
It is best to use these products as a preventive and for good health. Do not use the products for symptomatic relief but for therapeutic use.
Use the alternative medicine as complementary or as an adjuvant therapy to your regular medicine. Use of herbal remedies as a preventive or as food and health supplements is the best way to go as you do not run the risk of interference with your regular treatment of any disease or disorder.

Alternative Ways To Fight Stress

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There are a lot of effective ways to fight stress. However, in recent years, some of these methods no longer produce the desired effect expected by some people. In those cases, alternative ways to relieve stress must be identified ad applied.

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Stress relief is something that everybody needs to get regularly, no matter how much they complain that they don't have the time. Especially if they complain that they don't have the time! There are a thousand and one ways to get stress relief, with some of them being considered to be “tried and true” methods. However, there are some problems with these old methods, particularly because the old methods may or may not work that well with people who have “new” mindsets. While making someone listen to Mozart may not be a cause for complaint, it may not work that well in relieving his stress either, particularly if classical music isn't really suited to his tastes. For people with that sort of personality, perhaps the best stress relief is one that might be considered a little...unconventional.

There are, of course, “conventional” stress relief techniques. These are the ones that people have used for centuries on end, and will likely outlast even the societal factors causing the stress and anxiety in the first place. These methods include the aforementioned music, though some more modern genres are better at causing stress and anxiety, rather than relieving them. Another typically suggested one would be exercise, which not only serves as good stress relief, but also has a few other benefits on a person's physical well-being. Some types of tea, with jasmine, oolong, and green tea being most commonly mentioned, are also said to be a good way of achieving stress relief, as they calm both the mind and body. However, as previously stated, these may not work on some people. So, what are the unconventional methods of stress relief?

Well, chief among them is physical violence. Sometimes, the best way to let go of all your stress and anxiety is to hit something --- and hitting it over and over again, if necessary. This does not mean that you should go around hitting people at the slightest sign of frustration. This is often suggested as a means of finding release from one's negative emotions, letting go of the stress they cause at the same time. Since it would be unwise and potentially problematic to lash out against people, it is best to lash out against objects such as pillows, stress balls, and the occasional lump of clay. Items such as these can take a tremendous amount of punishment, allowing someone with a lot of stress and anxiety to work through his problems physically, without risking harm to himself or anyone else.

Another alternative comes from the advent of modern Internet technology and trends: blogging. Blogging, which is basically a journal or diary that is available on the Internet for the general public to read, can really help someone with stress relief in the workplace. It allows a degree of anonymity that can't be found anywhere else, giving the person the freedom to write whatever comes to mind, even if what comes to mind happens to be criticisms of management's latest blunder or your direct supervisor's tendency to show off his incompetence. An added benefit is that the blogger can look back into his past entries and hopefully be able to do a little self-analysis at a later date.

The final unconventional method of stress relief is derived from the German word schadenfreude, which means “happiness at the misery of others.” The final oddball stress relief method is to watch reality TV. It doesn't particularly matter what show you watch, as long as someone's being made miserable or there's some serious drama going on. How many of us have had a horrible day, only to feel just a bit better after watching Simon Cowell rip into some aspiring recording artist on “American Idol”? Watching that poor contestant get his hopes and dreams dashed, in a sadistic manner, uplifts your own mood and makes your day just a little bit better. Some people listen to the police frequency of the radio for the same reason. Hearing about other people's dismal lives makes their own lives seem better by comparison.

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Menstrual pain relief,as the name implies, is caused by menstrual pain, which is a monthly occurrence for most women. While this is a natural process of the body,that does not mean that the medical community has not found ways to help women relieve the pain.There are both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical ways to go about the problem.

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For ages, people have sometimes held on to the “common wisdom” that women can take more pain than men. One of the foremost reasons for this statement is the phenomenon of childbirth. While science is still trying to figure out which gender really can handle more pain than the other, it is known that women's bodies put the average female through more pain than than male bodies do. The fact that this pain occurs regularly is yet another annoying little detail. Menstrual pain relief, like most forms of pain, can be treated by medication, however.

Menstrual pain relief is ultimately caused by the existence of menstrual cramps, which can usually play the part of unwanted accompaniment to a woman's menstrual cycle. The areas that feel this pain tend to be the lower abdomen or lower back, though the thighs can also feel the effects. There are also other effects that may accompany the pain, such as headaches, dizziness, constipation, and nausea. While not all women feel pain related to their menstrual cycle, and thus not need menstrual pain relief, it is considered a part of how the body works. Therefore, most women are liable to feel the effects of it at one point or another.

Among the more common ways of achieving menstrual pain relief is the application of heat. Things such as hot compresses and the like have often been applied to the pain-afflicted areas to help reduce the effects. While this does not work at all times, a sufficient amount of heat can often be just as helpful as pain killer medication. Some doctors do not advise using just heat alone to counter the problem, but are not likely to object to using it as some sort of supplemental form of relief. Some women also combine pain with various positions that relieve pressure on the lower back, such as lying on the side or with legs lifted. Other women also use sex to help relieve the pain, though this does not work very often.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also be used for menstrual pain relief in the event that non-pharmaceutical methods fail or prove to be inadequate. Most of these medications are available over-the-counter, so it is usually easy to acquire them. It is recommended that women take the medication on the day the pain begins, though taking them a day before it starts can also be done. If you are unsure of how to go about using these medications, or you are unsure how to use them in relation to your situation, then it is best that you consult a medical professional about the matter.
Hormones can also be used to relieve the pain, particularly those that can be found in birth control medication. These pills release synthetic hormones, such as estrogen and oestrogen, into the body. These have been known to help reduce menstrual cramps and relieve pain. However, it is recommended that any woman who is considering this option should at least try the other methods first. In the event that the others fail, consult your doctor to find out any  possible side effects or complications that might arise, as well as how to prevent them.

title:Alzheimer Disease and Antioxidants
author:Aaron Cummings
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

At the present time, one out of ten adults have some form of Alzheimer disease. According to Dr. Greengard, Director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research at the Rockefeller University, that number is expected to strike up to three times as many in the coming decades. Alzheimer's is considered a disease of the elderly and with the average lifespan of the US population rising to 74, a solution to the medical problem is being sought.
For Scientists the largest concern is what causes Alzheimer's and how can it be eradicated. For possible victims and their families it is how do we prevent the dreaded affliction or stop it in its tracks once it is diagnosed.
Scientists are in agreement and have narrowed down the contributing factor causing Alzheimer's disease. Most researchers agree that Beta-amyloid is one of the agents thought to cause damage to the brain in Alzheimer's disease. The research is attempting to find a deterrent and is recognizing antioxidants to be significant in protecting at risk patients.
According to the Harvard Medical Center, continuing research and studies are being conducted with some positive results. Even though some studies by the French point to wine as a protectant, the results are considerably controversial. The component in the wine that was indicated to be responsible for the protectant agent is still somewhat ambiguous.
Recent studies, including the study on wine, point to antioxidants for Alzheimer and Dementia risk reduction.
In an Italian study conducted by A. Russo, et.al., it was found that black grape skin extract protected cells in a test tube from oxidative damage and DNA fragmentation when exposed to beta-amyloid. An even more recent study by E. Savaskan, et.al, examined the red wine ingredient resveratrol, and found it to be neuroprotective against beta-amyloid oxidative stress, again supporting an antioxidant mechanism.
What these studies point to is, red wine may have an effect that could provide some protection against Alzheimer's disease, but indication says it is the antioxidant factor that is the hero. This is consistent with the fact that other antioxidants, most notably vitamin E, are being studied with great interest as potential protective agents against Alzheimer's disease. According to Dr. Steve Seiner, of Harvard Medical School, "While the results of these studies do not necessarily suggest that people should drink wine in order to lower their risk of Alzheimer's disease, they do support the potential role of antioxidant treatment in preventing or delaying Alzheimer's disease.
In another study by Robert P. Friedland, MD chief of the neurogeriatrics laboratory at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, "If antioxidants prove to protect against Alzheimer's disease, it is probably because they reduce what is called 'oxidative stress' in cells." He went on to say that his team believes free radicals are the culprit of oxidative stress in cells caused by the inappropriate consumption of some foods such as those in high fat content. In this study Friedland is recommending a "to-do" list for those who want to improve their chances of maintaining a healthy brain. He suggests:

Eat a diet high in antioxidants
Eat fish
Take vitamin E
Take B vitamins
Take folic acid
Be mentally and physically active throughout life
Avoid head injuries

When addressing the reduction of free radicals it is essential to recognize the importance of Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC's) as the most powerful antioxidant known in scientific studies. OPC's are products commonly derived from a combination of grape seed extract, red wine extract and/or pine bark extract. They are very powerful bioflavanoids used as a natural food supplement ready to be absorbed into the body and begin to attack the free radicals.
OPC's are safe and have been used for over 20 years throughout Europe. Extensive studies and laboratory testing reveal no evidence for human toxicity, allergic reactions, birth defects, or carcinogenicity. OPC's work synergistically with other antioxidant vitamins, regenerating the antioxidant properties of vitamin C and vitamin E.
However, Bill Thies, PhD, vice president of medical and scientific affairs for the Alzheimer's Association says although Friedmand's recommendations are probably useful and that he agrees with all of them, he wants to "be very clear that the association is not making any recommendations about ways to prevent Alzheimer's. Thies is, however, involved in reading and learning about all studies concerning Alzheimer's Disease.
A study conducted in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Dr. Monique Breteler with the Eras UM Medical Center, found the antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E appear to be equally protective as a reducing factor in the fight against Alzheimer's. Her results of the 5,000 volunteers over the past 14 years, confirmed some earlier studies that point to antioxidants as a way to lower risk of dementia. She also said the protective effect of antioxidants was "more pronounced among smokers and among those who are carriers of the Alzheimer's gene."
It was also pointed out that diets rich in antioxidants are helpful, but in order to consume the necessary requirements, a person would have to triple, or more, their current consumption, which Breteler says, is most unlikely. Recommendations for proper amounts of ingestion are through antioxidant supplements including OPC's, vitamin E and vitamin C.

title:Alzheimer's Disease - A Carer's Guide
author:Tony Luck
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

There are various definitions of Alzheimer ’s disease including:
- “The slow onset of memory loss leading to a gradual progression to a loss of judgement and changes in behaviour and temperament.”
- “A living death”
- “The global impairment of higher functions, including memory, the capacity to solve problems of day to day living, the performance of learned percepto-motor skills (for example tasks like washing, dressing and eating), and the control of emotional reactions in the absence of gross clouding of consciousness.”
Memory Loss
Memory loss occurs in all cases of Alzheimer’s disease. The most recent memories are the first to be affected, the things we’ve done in the last few hours or days. Later, as the disease progresses, the past memory also deteriorates.
The fact that memory loss is such an important feature of Alzheimer’s, the testing of a person’s memory is an easy and cheap method of diagnosing the condition. Questions asked should be extremely basic, for example:
- What day is it today?
- How old are you?
- Where are we now?
- What year is it?
- What month?
- Count backwards from 20 to 1.
These questions will test a person’s short term memory, and also orientation; disorientation being another problem experienced by Alzheimer's suffers.
Disorientation, or not knowing who or where you are, is closely connected to memory loss. Typically, an Alzheimer’s sufferer will forget birthdays, become unsure of what day it is, and even forgets their own name. You can understand why Alzheimer’s has been called ‘a living death’.
Because it is the short-term memory that goes first, suffers who go out alone have often returned to a house they lived in years ago, thinking they have come home.
Disorientation inside the home can become a problem too but not until the disease is in its later stages. It is important that nothing is moved or changed in the home to preserve continuity. If their environment and routine remains unchanged, an Alzheimer’s sufferer will remain more content and confident; change the environment however and their confusion and disorientation becomes readily apparent. This is why treatment at home rather than in hospital is preferred and transfer to hospital should be a last resort.
Personality Change
One of the cruellest aspects of Alzheimer’s disease is the change in personality many people experience. Often, the general behaviour and personality of Alzheimers suffers in the later stages will be in complete contrast to their usual behaviour they exhibited in earlier life.
Mood swings, from being ecstatically happy to extremely sad, verbal and sometimes physical aggression, and extreme anxiety and nervousness often affect the Alzheimers sufferer and, of course, the carer who can help best by offering continuous reassurance and patience.
Personal Hygiene
Personal hygiene often becomes a major issue with the sufferer forgetting to wash and bathe. Body odour, and stained and soiled clothing and hands can be a cause of great stress and result in a cruel loss of dignity.
During the early stages understanding simple speech remains unaffected, but finding the correct words can be a problem and the Alzheimers sufferer will often leave sentences unfinished. The taking of messages particularly over the telephone can be difficult and this is often one of the first signs of dementia.
As the disease worsens communication will become more difficult as comprehension skills decrease. Eventually their whole speech can become gibberish until eventually the Alzheimer sufferer will cease to talk altogether and will withdraw into his or her small world.
Although the amount of sleep required by an Alzheimers sufferer is unlikely to change, their sleep cycle may do. So, instead of wanting to sleep at night and be awake during the day, this could become reversed. This isn’t a problem of itself except for the carer who will have his or her nights disrupted.
The carer is advised to keep the patient active and awake during the day as much as possible, even though it is tempting to seize an opportunity to do some chores and enjoy some peace and quiet should the sufferer fall asleep. A warm drink at bedtime may help, although any problems with incontinence should be considered. Ensure there are no other reasons for the restless nights, such as joint pain or night cramps. In the event the latter are a problem, administer mild painkillers. In the worst case scenario, many people use a night sitting service to ensure the sufferer is closely supervised while the carer gets a few nights of undisturbed sleep.
Eating and drinking can be a problem with Alzheimer suffers. More accurately the lack of food and drink and the resulting malnutrition is the problem.
A sufferer may develop an irrational fear of the food you are providing, or they may simply forget or refuse to eat. Two likely causes of the latter are ill-fitting dentures, especially if the sufferer has lost weight; and constipation. A well balanced diet with plenty of roughage and a high fluid intake will help prevent constipation.
General Advice For Carers
It is difficult to judge who has the worse time, the Alzheimers sufferer or the carer. In the early stages of the disease it is probably the sufferer, in the latter stages it is undoubtedly the carer.
Help minimise disorientation by not moving anything in the home. To do so will make their confusion worse.
Admit an Alzheimers suffer to hospital as a last resort. Once you do so disorientation and confusion will increase markedly.
Do not let a sufferer out alone, they may have difficulty finding the way back home.
Do all you can to help the sufferer maintain dignity.
A warm drink or a tot of their favourite alcoholic drink may aid sleep at night. Try to keep the patient active and awake during the day.
Keep a cold drink nearby to remind the sufferer to take fluids.
Keep disruption to routine to a minimum to prolong the Alzheimers sufferer’s independence as long as possible.
Closely supervise medication. It is very easy for the Alzheimers sufferer to forget they have taken their medication, and take it repeatedly.
Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and incurable, although there are drugs that can slow the progression. It is one of the saddest diseases in that it is difficult to care for or regularly visit someone who no longer knows your name or recognises you.

title:Alzheimer’s Patients And Verbal Abuse: How To Deal With It
author:William Hammond, J.D.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Abuse of any kind is difficult to deal with. Types of verbal abuse can include the following:

Does your loved one ignore your feelings?
Is he disrespectful?
Does he withhold approval, appreciation or affection?
Does he walk away without answering you?
Does he criticize you, call you names or yell at you?
Does he humiliate you in public or in the privacy of your home?
Does he tell you that you are too sensitive?
Does he destroy furniture or punch holes in the walls?

These are some of the signs, but there are many more that may be observed. Abuse is difficult to deal with if the abuser has Alzheimer’s disease since the abuser can’t really control it.
If a person with Alzheimer’s becomes verbally abusive, it may be because he is suffering from depression or aggressive behavior caused by the disease. In this case you might want to involve your doctor and let him know the situation. He may be able to prescribe an anti-depressive medication or simply change the current medication. You may want to take a break from your loved one, as sometimes caring all the time for the same person can be exhausting. Or you can try to place your loved one in an adult day care, or hire some professional help. Make sure that substitute caregivers are knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s disease and know how to handle patients with dementia.
One way to deal with the situation before it becomes a big problem is to try humor. You cannot control how your loved one is acting but you can decrease the feelings of frustration by controlling how you respond. Try to validate your loved one’s feelings; it will definitely help him. Many times, people with Alzheimer’s are so frustrated that they act it out through verbal abuse and aggression. Put yourself in his place. It is very frustrating!
The most important thing you have to remember is not to talk “down” to your loved one because he is still a person with an entire life history of success and independence. If you see that what you are trying to do or say to him is not working, just let it go for a while, step out of the room and come back later. Let your loved one calm down and relax. You may want to try music. Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients often find music relaxing.
Finally, if you still feel overwhelmed, join a support group that specifically deals with verbal abuse and learn how to cope with it. Many times other people in the group will have experienced the same ordeal with their loved ones. Group members may be able to counsel you on how they coped or dealt with this kind of behavior.
This group will also help you to deal with your emotions and frustrations. They will tell you how to control them, and once you are able to deal with your own feelings, then you will be more effective coping with your loved one’s behavior.
title:Alzheimer’s: Prevent it now!
author:Lambert Klein
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Do you think you can avoid Alzheimer’s?
Many people think mental health is more important than physical health. We desire to keep our brains sharp and focus while remaining relax, calm and comfortable with our emotions.
If you are living healthy by getting exercise, eating foods with proper nutrition and drinking good quality water, then you already have a good start on preventing Alzheimer’s.
Other things to consider are making new friends, joining a club or organization or perhaps a gym. Socialization is an important step to our mental and emotional health.
You should think about these things now not later when the damage is beginning to take its toll. Preventative measures are usually the best approach to staying healthy. This also applies to preventing Alzheimer's.
Nutrition and vitamins such as vitamin C and E may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's by absorbing free radicals. A study from John Hopkins shows that people taking both vitamin C and E were 64% less likely to develop Alzheimer's.
You can do something to prevent Alzheimer’s by following a healthy lifestyle.
Find a new hobby, interest or challenge your brain with puzzles or learning something new. If you enjoy walking take alternative routes to stimulate your senses.
Exercise is important for you overall health. This can also help to prevent mental problems. Exercising will keep you fit and help to nourish your body with oxygen.
Green tea, berries, and nuts are excellent brain food. Eating healthy foods that are rich in protein, antioxidants, calcium and B vitamins will go a long way in preventing Alzheimer’s.
You will want to eliminate aluminum and mercury as much as possible. Be careful about the pots you cook in, your deodorant and drinking water. Also be aware that flu shots and other vaccinations could contain mercury or other poisons.
Don’t forget about mercury fillings. Do you really want poisonous mercury in your head?
Here are some nutrients that may help keep Alzheimer’s at bay:
• Grape Seed Oil
• Folic Acid
• B1, B6, B12
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E (better from whole food sources)
• Zinc
• Lecithin
• Garlic
• Co Q10
• Ginkgo
• High Quality Fish Oil
• Sunlight
• Curcumin
• Silica
Levels of Choline decline as we age. Choline is a nutrient the brain uses to produce acetylcholine, which helps our memory. Choline is found in fish and eggs.
Blueberries may be one of the most important foods to combat mental decline as is fish oil with omega3 and DHA. Lowering simple carbohydrates could benefit you as well.
Although there are a few nutrients that specifically may help with Alzheimer’s, we should consider that a general healthy lifestyle is the basics of preventing health problems.
Get outside in the sunlight when you can. Earlier is better than later. Go for a walk or do some yard work. Maybe you enjoy horseshoes?
Start now by exercising, eating healthy and challenging your mind with puzzles or a new hobby. Take a night course. Learn something new. You will benefit with the new knowledge you have acquired and keeping your mind sharp.
One final note: There have been some reported cases of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s where in fact they merely had a B12 deficiency!
Copyright 2005 Think Healthy

title:Amantadine- Parkinsons and Beyond
author:Saira Simmons
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Though Amantadine is prescribed for the treatment of influenza-A and symptoms of Parkinson's disease, it has been found useful in treating other complications as well. Amantadine (a generic drug, also available under brand name Symmetrel) has surpassed the expectations of medical fraternity.

Developed as a prescribed drug for the treatment of influenza-A in adults, Amantadine is also proving its weight in gold in treating other disorders as well. Amantadine is an anti-viral drug that can inhibit the replication of viruses in cells. It was approved by the FDA in 1966. The symptoms of Parkinson's disease have long been treated by Amantadine. Of late, it has also been found useful in treating disorders like –

Bed-wetting (in children)
Some types of seizures
Drug-induced tremors, also known as Parkinsonism
Traumatic head injury
Some viral diseases (other than influenza)
Problems due to brain injuries
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Fatigue related to MS
Cocaine withdrawal

According to unconfirmed reports, recently, amantadine was also used in China poultry farming in an effort to protect the birds against avian flu. The FDA has approved amantadine only for use in humans. Chickens in China have received an estimated 2.6 billion doses of amantadine. Avian flu strains in China and southeast Asia are resistant to amantadine, but strains circulating elsewhere seem to be sensitive. Amantadine might appear to be a wonder drug but is still not without its side effects.

Common adverse reactions include - dizziness, constipation, a purple or blue network pattern on the skin, difficulty urinating, insomnia, nervousness, nausea, vomiting, headache, irritability, upset stomach (should be taken with food or milk), blurred vision, swelling of the ankles and depression. If you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, discuss the potential risks of this or any medication with your doctor. Use caution if over 60 years of age. The dosage should be adjusted accordingly. .

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title:Amazingly Simple Skin Care Tips For People With Acne
author:Dave Robinson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you searching for the best skin care method to correct an acne problem? There are, in fact, several "anti-acne" steps you can follow when caring for your skin. Most acne reducing skin care tips are inexpensive and based on common sense.
When washing your skin, do so gently. Limit these cleanings to once in the morning and once at night. (It is also wise to wash after exercise, as well.) Do NOT use strong soap or a rough scrubbing cloth, when caring for your skin. Doing so will only make your acne problem worse.
Dermatologists suggest that you should avoid the use astringents unless your skin is extremely oily. If you feel an astringent is a necessary part of your skin care regiment, use ONLY on oily areas. If you have a problem with oily hair, it is helpful to wash it daily.
It is strongly recommended that those with acne avoid frequent exposure to the sun and visits to a tanning salon. It may seem as though these two activities are helpful when practicing proper skin care, but that is untrue. The results of each are temporary. Sunburn or tanned skin only help to hide an acne problem.
Do NOT squeeze or "pop" skin blemishes. This can cause permanent scaring and the appearance of dark splotches, on the skin. (Not something you want have for the rest of your life.)
Men who have acne should use care when shaving. Either an electric or safety razor can be used. Those who choose a safety razor should always use a sharp blade and soften their beard with soap and water, before applying shaving cream.
It won't happen overnight, but as long as you are consistent, you will start to see an improvement. If you have acne, proper skin care is the first step to controlling the problem.
title:Amazing Water
author:HSF Energy
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Before the floods of Noah, before epidemics, before disease and before a shortened life span, there was pure, energized water. Different from the water we drink now, free of chlorine, additives, chemicals for purification and toxins, from factories. This water was full of life giving energy, vitalized water.
Some 30 years ago, a French researcher determined a means of measuring the energy of earth and water, and called it Bovis scale. Starting at zero and growing to infinity, the level for neutrality is based at 6,500 Bovis units. Anything below that number is considered depleting or negative. The life force index for most current water resources, including rivers, lakes, oceans and fresh water supplies is below 4,900 Bovis Units. Tap water comes out at 2,500 Units. This may account for illness, disease and a diminished life span, as cancer has been read at 4,700 Bovis Units, while most other states of depletion or illness range from 5,700 to a low of 3,600 Bovis Units.
The earth's strata (horizontal section) has given us a clue about what may have happened thousands of years ago. Reportedly, Scientific research has concluded that around the time of Noah's flood, a radiation cloud from a Super Nova engulfed the earth for over 2 years. Before this cloud, water registered in excess of 6,500 units and afterwards, much lower. The result being a non-vitalizing water supply which contributed to the current state of disease. Bible stories mention many long living individuals before Noah, but few, if any, after the flood, which coincidentally occurred around the same time frame as the radiation cloud.
Several years ago Manfred Bauer, a German Engineer, searched for both a cause and a cure for his own cancer. The cause was unexplainable, until he met a German Naturopath (one who uses natural means for healing without drugs), who explained that negative water lines below his home might have contributed to his diseased state. He was skeptical, but was determined to do everything possible to beat his cancer.
Manfred's research led him to previous German discoveries surrounding the energy of water and various vitalization processes. He then developed his own water vitalization procedure, over a 2 year period of time. Six years later, he remains cancer free. Despite maintaining the secret of his discovery, Manfred willingly shares the results with those interested in listening. And, the results have been rather astounding. His company makes only two claims: water from his devices (mugs, cups, food containers, refrigerator products, whole house systems and pool or spa revitalizers), taste better and people who drink the water feel more energy and vitality. Regardless of the limited claims being made, potential is limitless.
Imagine taking in water that actually provides the body with an innate ability to begin its own healing. In a time where skepticism abounds and scientific research or triple blind studies are the normal water vitalization process such as this will be questioned, and with good reason. On the other hand, an old adage, the proof is in the pudding, may also be appropriate, as we are each unique and our reaction to products is also unique. The only way to determine if this energized water is effective is to try it. That's the easy part as it is inexpensive and maintenance free. Even the FDA has taken a look at the product line and concluded that there are no chemicals or additives being used and they had any concerns about safety or side effects.
Through personal observation, a polycarbonate, energy water mug, eliminated the yellow and the chlorine taste of chlorinated water. Just from drinking vitalized water for a few weeks, headaches dissipated within minutes, energy improved, sleep was deeper, mental clarity increased, bowel function improved and a sense of emotional well being increased.
Natalie felt a distinct change in energy for the better and felt clear headed for the first time in months.
Sue was so energized that she needed less sleep.
Mark saw his liver function improve dramatically and an ability to get more accomplished was impressive.
Bill said his tooth pain was virtually eliminated in minutes.
Few, if any, have tried the water and not seen some results. We live on a water planet and most everything connected with the earth has a high concentration of water. Our physical body consists of over 70 percent water. And if that water happens to deplete our systems of energy, we become susceptible to disease, ailments, germs and viruses. On the other hand, if we increase the energy of water to 10,000 - 12,000 Bovis Units, we increase our ability to eliminate, reduce and prevent illness.
Manfred saw this potential when he developed his energized water products, which allow water to energize other water. One of the wonderful aspects of these products is their unlimited shelf life. They don't need to be constantly replaced. We have been blessed to live in an age where supplements and new techniques have provided a means for improved health while maintaining our lives for longer and longer periods.
Antioxidants such as CO Q 10, Grape Seed Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, N Acetyl Cysteines, IP6, SAMe, MGN3, MSM and Green tea have proven to be breakthrough products for improving and strengthening the immune system. But there isn't one of these or any other supplement that doesn't require continuous replenishment. This isn't to say that we don't need supplements, minerals and vitamins, because we do. But, we probably wouldn't need as much as we would with an energetically improved system.
Essential Energy Water may be at the forefront of changing the way we view health and healing. And, it may actually be the true Fountain of Youth. But let's leave that for you to decide.
Essential Energy Water can by found at www.hsfenergy.com.
Americans Urged to Identify Their Cholesterol Goal, Get Health 'Makeover'

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From fixing leaking roofs to repainting peeling walls, many people take on renovation jobs themselves to enhance their homes. But when it comes to enhancing their health, many Americans simply aren't tackling the job.

Americans Urged to Identify Their Cholesterol Goal, Get Health 'Makeover'

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From fixing leaking roofs to repainting peeling walls, many people take on renovation jobs themselves to enhance their homes. But when it comes to enhancing their health, many Americans simply aren't tackling the job.

Nearly 38 million Americans have high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol - a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke -but a new national survey shows that many people don't have the right "know-how" to best manage their cholesterol and lower their LDL levels.

To raise awareness about the dangers of high cholesterol and the importance of setting a specific, target goal number, WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the Association of Black Cardiologists Inc. have joined together with AstraZeneca to launch the GOAL Standard, a new nationwide consumer education campaign.

Paul DiMeo, designer and carpenter from ABC's hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," has joined the GOAL Standard team to help empower and motivate people - including those already being treated with cholesterol-lowering statin medications - to be "heart handy" and work with their health care providers to identify a target cholesterol goal, and make a plan to successfully reach and maintain that goal.

"A cholesterol-lowering program is a lot like a home makeover project; you have to determine a goal, draw up blueprints to reach that goal and work according to plan, tracking your progress along the way," says DiMeo, who embarked on his own health makeover after being diagnosed with high cholesterol. "My doctor and I made sure I had all the tools I needed to reach my target goal -; and now I've made a lifelong commitment to maintain it."

When treating patients with elevated cholesterol, doctors often consult target LDL number guidelines identified by The National Cholesterol Education Program. Yet a new survey shows that the majority (60 percent) of U.S. adults who are being treated with cholesterol-lowering statin medications do not know their target cholesterol goal. Further, 69 percent of these same statin users who are discussing cholesterol goals with their health care provider and do not know their cholesterol goal, are not communicating with their doctor about ways to lower their cholesterol and 31 percent are not talking with their doctor about ways to maintain their cholesterol goal.

Two out of five adults (40 percent) - and approximately two out of five patients using statin medications (38 percent) - say they wish their health care professionals would spend more time discussing cholesterol with them.

"The survey suggests that patients are confused about how to best manage this potentially deadly condition, and need to talk openly with their doctors about treatment options and target goals," says Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and member of WomenHeart's Scientific Advisory Board. "It is critical that all patients with high cholesterol, including those using statin medications, also follow personalized plans focused on healthy living to lower their LDL and reach their goal."

American Heart Association Recommendations

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The American Heart Association recommends that you eat a variety of foods from the different food groups. In order for women to lose one to two pounds a week, they should consume between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. Men should consume between 1500 and 1800 calories a day if they want to lose one to two pounds a week. Let’s examine the different food groups the American Heart Association suggests you consume.

Meat, Poultry, Fish - You should consume no more than 6 ounces ...


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The American Heart Association recommends that you eat a variety of foods from the different food groups. In order for women to lose one to two pounds a week, they should consume between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. Men should consume between 1500 and 1800 calories a day if they want to lose one to two pounds a week. Let’s examine the different food groups the American Heart Association suggests you consume.

Meat, Poultry, Fish - You should consume no more than 6 ounces of meat, poultry, and fish per day. Lean cuts of poultry and fish have fewer calories than fatty red meat, but you can find lean cuts of red meat in your supermarket.

Breads, Cereals, Starches - This food group includes bread, cereal, pasta, rice, and starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn. You can have six servings from this food group a day. A serving size is 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of cereal, and 1cup of rice, pasta, or ¼ to ½ cup of starchy veggies. So, if you eat Remember here, that whole grain is best. When you can, choose whole-grain bread, brown rice, and whole-wheat pasta instead of their white counterparts that have been stripped of nutrients and fiber.

Vegetables and Fruits - Fruits and vegetables are essential parts of your diet because they contain a variety of vitamins and nutrients. You can have five or more servings a day of fruits and vegetables. A serving size is ½ cup to 1 cup of cooked and raw vegetables, ½ cup of fruit juice, or one medium piece of fruit. Aim to choose a variety of colors in your diet because they have different vitamins and minerals. Let’s examine the colors you should include in your diet every day.

Red - Red fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that help keep your heart and urinary tract healthy. They also help with your memory and lower your risk of some cancers. When it comes to red, choose from apples, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, red peppers, and radishes, to name a few.

Yellow/Orange - Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that keep your heart, vision, and immune system healthy. Some yellow and orange fruits and veggies include apricots, lemons, peaches, cantaloupe, yellow squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

Green - Green fruits and vegetables help lower your risk of some cancers and keep your bones and teeth strong. Choose foods like green grapes, broccoli, avocados, spinach, green apples, and limes.

Blue/Purple - Blue and purple fruits and vegetables lower the risk of some cancers and keep your urinary tract healthy. They also help maintain your memory function. Some delicious blue and purple foods are blackberries, blueberries, raisins, plums, eggplant, and purple cabbage.

White - White foods promote your heart health, and if you already have healthy cholesterol, they’ll help maintain those levels. Bananas, pears, cauliflower, mushrooms, and garlic are tasty options you can fit into your meal plan.

Milk Products - If you love dairy products, the good news is that you can still eat them and lose weight. However, choose low-fat or fat-free products. They contain the same vitamins and minerals, taste good, and lower your cholesterol all at the same time. Adults aged 19-50 should have three servings of milk products per day. A serving of dairy is 1 cup of fat-free or low-fat milk, 1 cup of fat-free or low-fat yogurt, 1 ounce of low-fat cheese (stay away from fat-free cheeses—they have too much sodium) or a ½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese.

Fats - You should have no more than five servings of fats a day in the form of oil, nuts, seeds, olives, avocado, and mayonnaise. Fat servings include one teaspoon of oil, three teaspoons of nuts or seeds, 5-10 olives, 1/8 of an avocado and two teaspoons of mayonnaise. If you love the taste of butter on your vegetables, use a fat-free imitation butter spray. It really doesn’t taste that much different.

title:America Health Watch
author:Daryl Dudley
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

America loves fast food. Last year, consumers spent billions of dollars on the hamburger industry alone. Corporate giants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King all boast of multi-million dollar incomes each year.
Because their foods are delicious! Americans everywhere love the rich flavors of gigantic Big Macs and king-sized Whoppers. Our mouths water and noses flare at the enticing smell of a Bacon Double Burger Classic- a popular burger layered with melted cheese and tender bacon strips. Add a large batch of hot, sizzling French fries, and you have a combo meal worth billions of dollars to the American public. Indeed many of us love fast food!
But what has our country gained from its huge appetite for greasy foods? I can think of three problems-three problems that have stood coldly on America’s doorstep. These problems have destroyed the lives of millions of Americans over the past decade. They are: 1) Obesity 2) High Blood Pressure and 3) Heart Disease. Strangely enough, American consumers will continue to satisfy their appetites for greasy chicken dinners, colossal burgers, salty French fries, and dozens of other fast foods. But the biggest threat is that these three health problems, if left unchecked, will bring more pain, more suffering, and higher death rates to the American population.
Obesity: Numerous studies have pointed to what causes obesity (condition of being overweight). Two major causes are: 1) over eating of high-fat foods, and 2) lack of exercise. With our country’s yearly spending on fast food, it is no surprise that more than 60% of Americans aged 20 years and older are overweight. Obesity has also been found to cause diabetes. Though the condition has been proven a hereditary disease, physicians agree that diabetes is often triggered by the patient’s choice of foods. In 2002, treatment of diabetes totaled 23.2 billion U.S. dollars. But being overweight can cause more health problems than just diabetes. Obesity is also a leading cause of high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure (HBP): Over the years, tests have shown that most diets high in salt lead to cases of high blood pressure. At the turn of this century,this condition was listed as the main cause of death in 227,000 cases. Extra salt on our fries may seem tempting. But a less tempting thought is that high blood pressure contributes to 75% of all strokes and heart attacks. The danger with this condition is that many Americans are unaware that they have high blood pressure. Still, HBP is lethally harmful to anyone who has it. If left untreated, the condition may lead to heart disease.
Heart Disease: This disease is currently the single leading cause of death in America. Years of study have shown obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels as causes of heart disease. Freshly fried chicken, large hamburger meals, hot bags of salted fries-all of these menu items pull at the wallets and purses of American consumers. But what does it cost to satisfy our appetites again and again? In 2001 heart disease was responsible for over half a million deaths in the U.S. It accounted for over 17.6 billion U.S. dollars-in medical treatment- in 2002.
Is the cost really worth it?
As a nation, we are just now beginning to realize the long term effects of an unbalanced diet. This is, however, a good step towards improving America’s overall health condition. We can not afford to lose millions of lives from diseases that can be controlled, or even avoided.
There are many alternatives to eating fast food. For example, delicious fruits such as apples, oranges, pears, grapes, and grapefruits, are all low in  cholesterol and high in nutritional value. They also help the body fight cancer. Meats such as grilled shrimp, baked chicken, and broiled fish are low in cholesterol but high in proteins and other useful nutrients for the body. Finally, garden peas, collard greens, lima beans, and baked potatoes, are all excellent substitutes for a greasy bag of salted fries. You can find additional information on foods and food servings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information can be found at your local library, bookstores, online, and a variety of other sources.
Indeed America has many opportunities to grow as a healthy nation. It is time to address the health problems that lie at our country's doorstep. It is our time-America's time to eat smart.
America’s Sleep Epidemic: Some Helpful Tips

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Some helpful sleep tips for those who wish to improve the quality of their lives.

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If you feel tired while reading this short article, it is already happening to you...

An estimated 100+ million Americans have occasional sleep problems, of which 40 million have so-called "sleep disorders", and over 75% of the population is walking around deprived of sleep on a daily basis. Studies show it only is getting worse with each passing decade, and there are no signs of the situation becoming any better. In fact, over the past 5 years alone there has been a startling 33% increase in those of us reporting trouble sleeping! Can you imagine what statistics in another decade will be like? Unfortunately, it does not look like we are heading in the right direction. (You can read more statistics at the following URL: http://www.sleepfoundation.org/.)

In our busy, fast-paced society, it seems we are constantly moving, thinking, and trying to get "more" done. The first thing many of us think of doing when we do have so-called "free time" is to catch up on a little TV or do some activity that we have "not had the time to do", aside from catching up on our sleep. And greater quality and quantity sleep is exactly what most of us really need.

Sleep studies clearly show that not receiving the quality and quantity sleep affects our lives in negative ways, sometimes greatly. It can change the way we see and experience our lives and the world around us in dramatic ways.

Some of the following can help us identify when we might not be achieving enough quality sleep each night:

    * Feelings of tiredness at some point throughout the day
    * Falling asleep within a few minutes when going to bed
    * Decreases in levels of intolerance and increased levels of hostility
    * Reduced ability to concentrate
    * Slowed reflexes
    * Impaired judgment
    * Apathy
    * Unusual weight gain or loss
    * Change in body temperatures that lead to feelings of chilliness
    * Unusual levels of anxiety
    * Falling asleep when inappropriate
    * Reduced creativity
    * Reduced ability to think logically or handle complex tasks
    * Increased levels of self-consciousness with increased levels of anxiety

If you find any of these attributes apply to you, you might want to sleep a little longer or sounder each night.

Amazingly, one of the quickest ways to improve the quality of our lives and waking hours, as the statistics show, is to simply get a better night's sleep. It is such a simple answer to such a complex problem.

If you are having troubles falling asleep, there are things you can do that can help you very quickly. Yes, the following might seem obvious to many folks, but sometimes we miss the obvious. So, let's cover some quick and easy ones first.

Two Things to Avoid: Caffeine and Nicotine

Reduce the levels of caffeine used throughout the day. Studies show that people who have insomnia already have a higher metabolic rate (typically 9%) than those who are sleeping normally. It would take about 4 cups of coffee to raise a normal sleepers metabolism to the same rate. From this metabolic indicator, although the person with insomnia does not feel wide awake and shows all the signs of not achieving enough sleep, we can see that a person who intakes caffeine actually on average is highly physiologically aroused. After all, caffeine is a stimulant!

The short of it...reduce the levels of caffeine intake throughout the day. Obviously, we are not going to say quit totally, even though it can help. Of course, the last thing you want to do is drink the caffeine within a few hours (three or more) before attempting to go to sleep.

List of items, both food and beverages, that may contain caffeine:

    * Coffee - Brewed (drip or percolated), Instant, Many so-called "decaffeinated" coffees
    * Tea - Brewed (drip or percolated), Instant, Many so-called "decaffeinated" coffees
    * Cocoa
    * Chocolate (Light, Dark, Baker's, etc.): Beverage or Food.  This includes hot chocolate milk.
    * Most Sodas: Including "Diet" and "Clear" Sodas - Coke, Diet Coke, Mr. PIBB, RC Cola, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi, Canada Dry, and many others

Next, nicotine intake can have a dramatic affect on our ability to get a good night's rest. Just like caffeine, nicotine is a stimulant. Smoking is the primary way of ingesting nicotine. Smoking can raise blood pressure, stimulate brainwave activity, and increase heart rate.

Studies have shown that smokers actually have greater difficulties falling asleep and wake more times during the night. It is possible the later is a symptom of withdrawal. And, when people have quit smoking after regularly smoking from 1 to 3 packs of cigarettes a day over at least a two year period of time, studies have clearly found it is easier to fall asleep and sleep more soundly with less awakenings at night.

Obviously people are not going to just quit smoking, as most who have the habit realize how addictive it really can be. So, maybe lessen your smoking intake and only do it a certain points during the day. Try not to have any cigarettes close to bedtime and try, like the case with caffeine, to limit your usage to several hours before bedtime, which can help greatly. If you want to quickly work toward getting a better night's sleep and you smoke cigarettes, then to quit smoking is one of the quickest ways to help achieve your goal.

Bedroom Sleep Tips!

There are many more things we can do, to achieve a better night's sleep, including taking a look at different aspects of our bedroom or sleep environments. Many of the following list will be subjective, so you will want to find out by focusing on a few and making small changes through time to what personally works for you.

    * Bed Sheets: comfort... silk may be romantic, but not always practical. Your sheets should "breathe" well.
    * Room Temperature: not too hot and not too cold. Some people find it easier to keep the room cold and wrap up warmly in their bed sheets. If your feet are cold... easy enough... wear socks.
    * Noise or Sound: the less the better, although some people might consider an underlying, constant sound to help with sleep.
    * Humidity: If you find your throat is scratchy/sore, your skin feels dry, or you have congested sinus passages, it might be because your room is too dry. If you feel warm, sweaty, and moist, you might want to see if there is too much humidity in the room.
    * Lighting: the darker the better.
    * Drafts: some people like a draft, while it bothers others. Keep an eye on this one for sore through or tight chest while sleeping. It might mean you have a draft in the room. If you can, open a window and let in some fresh air, as air can become stale while stagnant.
    * Cleanliness: Ok, simple... keep it clean. This can keep the air fresh and help with sleep.
    * Bed Equals Sleep: Use and associate your bed with sleeping only and not other activities. Read or do you "home" work somewhere else... not in bed. Associating the bed with something like work or even TV can keep us up at night. Associating it with relaxing activities, sleep or even sex, can help us fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly at night.
    * Clocks: the click-click-click of mechanical clocks, the brightness from digital clocks, or just having a clock in front of us can be a distraction. For some, the constant sound of clicking might actually be good for sleep.
    * Pillows and Mattresses: Take your time and find what will work for you. The new memory foam pillows, although sometimes seemingly expensive can be worth every penny. Make sure they are high quality products, high-density (approx. 5lbs. per cubic foot) memory foam, as there are a lot of cheap, lightweight memory foam pillows on the market today. With your mattress, take your time and make sure you can test run a bed at home, so you can take it back if yours does not work for you.
    * Biggest sleep tip of all: Take your time and BE PATIENT with yourself. See what works best for you. It's worth the effort. Simply reading each of the above can help make you conscious of ways you might not have noticed in the past, and this will lead to improve your own life, by achieving a better night's sleep. Take your time and be patient.

These are just a few things about our sleep context that can help us achieve a better night's sleep and improve the quality of our lives.

As the statistics clearly show, most of us are walking around half awake every day, which means in all probability we are not living a higher quality of life we could be and other areas of our lives can suffer. Both psychical and psychological problems can arise by not achieving enough quality sleep.

Take the above tips and run with them. Take your time, be patient, and find what has helped others and how you can help yourself improve the quality of your life through a better night's sleep. It's time stop the growth and reverse America's easily unnoticed sleep epidemic.

If you have any questions or comments, you are more than welcome to stop by my website: http://www.stasispillow.com where you can contact me, read a lot more about the topic of sleep, and even take a sleep IQ test and develop your sleep knowledge. Hope some of these tips help! They can really improve the quality of your life. I am proud to say they have helped improve my life and many others. Sleep well!

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title:Ameriplan Consumer Protection Starts With Phone
author:Tim Merrell, the Dental Guy
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

As more and more big companies, school districts and other municipals are forced to cut healthcare and retirement benefits, it will be up to the consumer to find cost cutting measures. This is one of the reasons that Consumer Driven Healthcare like Ameriplan is experiencing a huge growth market.
If your car has a problem, you call different auto repair shops and compare prices regarding the problem. However, many people don’t call about their dental costs, or doctor’s expenses, because they assume all healthcare prices are set by some standard. Not True! Doctors set their own prices. However, Ameriplan, a company in business since 1992, is helping consumers obtain cost savings on health and dental procedures.
Most insurance dental plans have a cap of $1000.00 per year, and today, that won’t even cover a root canal. Outlined in this updated 2005 document, at http://www.cda.org/cda_member/pubs/update0205/qa.htm you can see where traditional dental insurance is lacking. This problem with current dental insurance is another reason people turn to AmeriplanUSA. Ameriplan has no waiting periods.
Dentists and doctors do not publish their prices, and they charge a higher rate for those with no coverage. If you don't believe me, pick up the best selling book called The New Health Insurance Solution. In this book the best selling author, Paul Zane Pilzer, writes on page 8, that doctors typically charge from 150 to 500 percent more for uninsured clients. Ameriplan is not insurance, but it does give you the purchasing power of discounted rates offered to insured clients, but at a much lower monthly rate than traditional insurance.
We as consumers need to push for legislation to make price comparisons easier for the consumer. Just calling and asking “How much is an office visit” may not get you the correct answer, because as in the Dental Code examples below, these two items are both office visits. To compare actual prices, one needs to use the Dental Procedure Codes. That’s why we need legislation. These codes are not available to the general public.
D0150 Comprehensive oral Evaluation
D0140 Limited Oral Evaluation
After days of research and my wife, Gina’s web know how, I found common dental procedure codes. We listed them at http://www.lowcostrootcanal.com and you can use them to compare your dental costs today.

title:Ammonia Advanced
author:Brett Fogle
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

"Ammonia is introduced by the fish waste and decomposing organic debris, is the most toxic nitrogen compound. It is present in two forms in the pond - free and ionized. Free ammonia is the most toxic and will cause death in very low concentrations. Problems associated with non-lethal elevated levels of ammonia include gill disease, dropsy and finrot. The higher the pH and the temperature, and the lower the salinity or hardness, the greater the ratio of free ammonia to the ionized form. Thus, the higher the pH and or the temperature, the more toxic the ammonia. Test kits measure the total ammonia (free plus ionized). With a properly functioning biological filter, the ammonia level is usually zero in the pond and should be under .1ppm (mg/l). Nitrosomonas bacteria in the filter oxidize ammonia into nitrite, our next compound. If the level of ammonia is elevated, you should immediately add ammonia remover such as Tetra Aquasafe, Kordon AmQuel or make partial water changes. You should also add nitrifying bacteria to your filter and stop feeding your fish until the situation is corrected. "
Amnesia's Role During Hypnotherapy: Why Amnesia is a Part of Hypnosis

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This article outlines the importance of amnesia during hypnotherapy.

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Copyright 2006 Steve G. Jones

There are different types of amnesia but each involves memory loss. When someone has had a painful past experience part of the post traumatic consequences often include amnesia.  Amnesia can also be induced by drugs or caused by physical trauma or disease to the brain. So how does amnesia - a seemingly undesirable state of being - fit into the process of hypnosis?

There are different schools of thought on whether or not inducing amnesia should be a part of hypnotherapy.  Hypnosis techniques, which rely heavily on the power of suggestion as a way to encourage new behaviors or break old habits, seldom use amnesia as part of the therapy.  The use of amnesia in hypnosis does actually rely on suggestive powers. In this case the suggestion is that the person undergoing hypnosis forgets - at least temporarily.

The human mind is naturally quite forgetful.  We get millions of different messages each day, yet only remember what we consciously choose to remember.  A good example of the truthfulness of this has been the subject of many experiments in how observant people generally are.  In these experiments a person enters a room and causes a disruption drawing attention to himself.  When all of the people in the room are asked to describe the person the results are widely varied, even though the people observed him for a few minutes.  Hypnosis relies on the mind's ability to quickly forget that which it doesn't even know it has experienced.

In a typical hypnosis session one of the final steps is referred to as the amnesia phase.  It is designed to scramble the memory. Lasting only a mere minute, it helps the person undergoing hypnosis to avoid over analyzing the suggestions or scripts introduced to them during the session.   The amnesia induced during hypnosis is short-lived. The purpose of this is that the information obtained during hypnosis is something you want to remember - subconsciously at first, and then eventually as part of conscious decision making. The reason for forgetting temporarily is to avoid that immediate analysis.  Post hypnotic amnesia is also sometimes referred to as function amnesia because of this fact.

While the brain is naturally forgetful to some degree, it is also naturally analytical.  When too much analysis occurs too soon following hypnosis, it can be mentally stressful to the person who just when through the hypnosis. This can negatively affect the impact of the script and the ability to make the desired changes.

Allowing yourself to be hypnotized also involves a willingness to forget.  To prepare for hypnosis make sure you:

1. Have an open mind

2. Are willing to listen to the suggestive powers

3. Come prepared to relax completely

4. Understand you may not immediately remember all that was said during a session, but that the message you need has been delivered

5. Avoid trying to remember and analyze all that you've heard

Understanding that amnesia is an important and effective part of the whole process of hypnosis will help you get more from each session.  Come prepared with an open mind and enjoy the experience. You don't have to remember it all for it to make real changes in your life.

title:Amphetamine and Stroke Recovery
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-Animals that have suffered a stroke recover faster and to a greater extent when they are treated with amphetamine, but it's unclear whether the drug will have the same effect in humans. Dr. Sandra Black and her team at the Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre are conducting tests to determine whether patients treated with amphetamine recover better from paralysis, sensory loss, language deficits and other effects of stroke. The researchers will use magnetic resonance imaging to detect how the brain recovers from stroke and how amphetamine affects this recovery. This research could lead to new stroke treatments.
Dr. Black's research is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR is Canada's preeminent health research catalyst and is funded by the government of Canada. An exciting new concept, CIHR is modernizing and transforming the health research enterprise in Canada.
To learn more about CIHR please visit: www.cihr.ca, e-mail: info@cihr.ca or write to: CIHR, 410 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa ON K1A 0W9.
title:Anabolic Hormones - A Two-Edged Sword
author:Dr Randy Wysong
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When I was a young boy, emerging muscles were the coolest thing.  If a vein popped out a little, that was even more awesome. There were no fitness centers or body building gyms to amount to anything back then (Stone Age).  If you aspired to brawn, Charles Atlas paraphernalia advertised in comic books was guaranteed to help you turn the cards on the guy who kicked sand in your face on the beach last summer.
Back then, muscles seemed more legitimate if you earned them from work on the farm or from other labor.  Muscles from exercise were thought of as sort of “artificial”. So I did lots of farm work and construction in the summers. But leaving nothing to chance, I also cheated by building my own weight set with a pipe that I would insert into the holes of cement blocks.
My dad was of the school that I had better be careful or I could get all “muscle bound” if I exercised too much. I guess he must have worried as he saw me in the back yard hoisting my pipe with blocks dangling from each end. But I loved the exercise and reveled in the pumped feeling in my biceps.
Sorry to sound so narcissistic.  But it’s the way all of us “guys” thought.   We would even compare bumps on the school bus every morning and banter about who could do the most push-ups.  This is not to say muscles and fitness are still not important to me, but now I focus primarily on exercise that will help me stay healthy, in shape and trained for the competitive sports I play.
I bring this up not to brag or appall you, but as a backdrop for the current situation in the sport and bodybuilding worlds.   Now that society is off the farm, exercise has become a perfectly legitimate way to replace the physical activity lost with modern living.   The use of hormones to force the body to grow in a way it would never do naturally, however, is a perversion of what should be clean and healthy personal development.  Anabolic hormones totally miss the point of it all.  The freaky bodies that can result are aberrations, yet magazines are filled with their photo spreads as if drug induced bodies are icons we should emulate and aspire to. 
Aside from the fact that only people with natural bodies and developed talents should compete in sports (otherwise drugs are competing, not athletes), the real tragedy is the toll on health any hormone can take.  Of all the drugs I used in medical practice, hormones scared me the most.  They could create dramatic and immediate results (and that is their allure), but hormone treatment continued for any length of time always seemed to come back to harm the patient and haunt me.
An example in humans is the use of testosterone patches in women to increase libido.  Take them very long and although your passion may be triggered, your voice will deepen and a beard will start to grow (not so good for the libido of the husband).  Corticosteroids for allergies can result in extremely serious adrenal gland diseases, immune suppression and vulnerability to infection.  In veterinary medicine the same things can happen.  One situation I am reminded of that occurred many years ago was related to hormones given to dogs for birth control.  Years after discontinuing the drugs, treated dogs would present to veterinarians with life threatening illness, extreme thirst and white blood cell counts off the charts.  When their enlarged abdomens were surgically explored, a gigantic uterus would be found filled with pus – quarts of it!  All this just because a little ole hormone was given years ago without a hint of an immediate ill effect.
You see, the body is extremely wise.   It is not fooled or endlessly forgiving.  If you break your arm and put it in a sling, the muscles don’t grow bigger, they atrophy.   Why?  Because the body is also efficient.  Why grow muscles or even maintain them if they are not needed?  When the sling is removed, the arm will have lost much of its strength.  The body shuttled its resources into building bigger muscles in the arm that had to do double duty.   It’s a very pragmatic thing.  The body doesn’t pay attention to your agenda; it just does what it must to stay alive, make do and meet stress.
The same thing would happen to both arms – to your whole body – if you had servants do everything for you as you reclined in an easy-chair.   Then, if all of a sudden you had to get out of the chair and run a mile or lift 200 pounds to survive, you wouldn’t make it.   Your wasted and weak body could not rise to the challenge.
Hormones are like a metabolic sling placed on the hormone producing glands—testicles, ovaries, adrenal, thyroid, pituitary, etc.   They replace the hormones that the glands normally produce.  When this happens there is a negative feed-back:  the more hormones from the outside that are introduced into the body, the less the glands do what they no longer need to – synthesize hormones.  So the metabolic “muscles” (glands) that create hormones atrophy.  If all of a sudden the outside source of hormones is withdrawn, your weak and withered organs may then not have the strength to take up the task again and supply hormones.  Since about every function in the body is hormone-influenced, and every hormone interacts with every other hormone in some way, catastrophe results. Is it any wonder that modern anabolic body builders are also racked with heart disease, cancer, immune disorders, digestive failure and metabolic disorders in their (early) later years?  The use of anabolic hormones is most certainly a case of desire being a ruinous tenant of its landlord, the body.
Consider this also with regard to anabolics.  A normal body weight of 170 lbs. can be changed to 250 lbs. of solid muscle.  To get there, massive amounts of food have to be consumed. Yet digestive “muscle” is not being built to keep pace, So the digestive tract and associated organs (liver, pancreas, gall bladder) suited for maintaining a 170 lb. body is forced to digest and assimilate extremely large amounts of food?  The result is digestive exhaustion and resultant damage that can last a lifetime.  Most of us suffer some digestive problems and intolerances as we age due in large part to eating abuses when we were young.  Note the number of television commercials hawking stomach remedies.  Body builders force feeding can exaggerate this damage leaving a ruined digestive system tolerant of little more than Maalox..
A huge number of high school kids are trying to “get big” with steroids.  What an incredibly dangerous proposition for them.  Parents, be aware that this is not innocuous.  If the plea is that a little won’t hurt, particularly if they are “cycled” properly, don’t buy it.  If the argument is that taking them is the only way to excel in a sport, then change sports.  Insist.
For you adults who are toying with the idea of taking hormones for one reason or another, think long and hard.  Read the contraindications and cautions on the drug insert sheets.  Take heed.  Find other ways to stimulate your body’s own natural ability to enhance or improve itself through exercise, lifestyle and nutrition.  Don’t put your organs in slings and then expect long-term benefit.
The piper will always be paid.
Anabolic Steroid

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Anabolic steroid is natural or synthetic endocrine, which regulates the body functions. Anabolic Steroid is also called ‘Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid.’ Anabolic steroid helps to build muscles and body mass.

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Anabolic steroid is natural or synthetic endocrine, which regulates the body functions. Anabolic Steroid is also called ‘Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid.’ Anabolic steroid helps to build muscles and body mass.

Anabolic steroid was discovered in 1930. Since then, anabolic steroid drugs have been used for several medical purposes comprising bone growth stimulation, appetency, puberty, and muscle development. The most far-flung use of anabolic steroid is for chronic wasting conditions including AIDS and cancer.

Presently, anabolic steroid drugs are one of the most controversial drugs. These drugs are often used as performance & stamina enhancing drugs. There are a number of side effects and serious consequences linked with the abuse and overuse of anabolic steroid drugs. Some of the anabolic steroid side effects include giddiness, early hair loss, mood swings (anger, depression and aggression), delusion, feelings of fear and suspicion, sleeping problems, vomiting and nausea, trembling, joints pain, yellow fever, high blood pressure, problems in urinary system, heart problems, stroke, liver damage and many others.

The anabolic steroid drugs affect males and females in different ways. The major “anabolic steroid side effects” in males include increased breast or nipple size, enlarged prostate gland, powerlessness and reduced sperm count. The major “anabolic steroid side effects” in females include excessive hair growth on body and face, decreased breast size, deepened voice and menstrual problems.

These anabolic steroid side effects have made the drugs category, which is usable only by prescription, in order to deal the conditions, which occurs when human body produces lesser testosterone quantities such as delayed puberty and impotence. According to a 1988 US federal law, the use and distribution of anabolic steroid drugs is illegal. These drugs were put under the category of controlled substances in 1991. 

The anabolic steroid drugs have an anticoagulant effect. Used with extreme care in combination with other drugs, these drugs have the same effect, including warfarin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and aspirin. Simultaneous use of anabolic steroid drugs and corticosteroids may increase the risk of foot and ankle swelling. The combination is very likely to cause acne. The anabolic steroid drugs may also help lowering blood glucose levels. These drugs should be used with extreme care in patients taking insulin or other antidiabetic drugs.

Anabolic Steroids

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Anabolic steroids are natural and synthetic steroid hormones, which enhance the cell growth and division, resulting in the growth of many types of the tissues, particularly the muscle and bone.

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Anabolic steroids are natural and synthetic steroid hormones, which enhance the cell growth and division, resulting in the growth of many types of the tissues, particularly the muscle and bone. Anabolic Steroids are also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids.

Anabolic Steroids, also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids, are the synthetic derivatives of the naturally occurring male anabolic hormone testosterone. Different anabolic steroids have different combinations of the androgenic and anabolic properties. ‘Anabolism’ is the metabolic process of building the larger molecules from the smaller ones. The words anabolic and androgenic are originated from the Greek – anabolic, means ‘to build’ and androgenic, meaning ‘masculinizing’.

Anabolic steroids were first discovered in the early 1930s. These have been used for the various medical purposes including the stimulation of the bone growth, muscle growth, appetite and puberty.

Anabolic steroids are widely used for the chronic wasting conditions such as AIDS and cancer. These can generate certain physiological effects including the increase in the protein synthesis, muscle mass, appetite, strength, and bone growth. In spite of their positive side, when these are taken in excessive amounts, these result in many side effects such as high cholesterol level – rise in LDL, fall in HDL levels, increased blood pressure, hepatotoxicity and alterations in the left ventricle morphology.

Testosterone and di-hydrotestosterone are the physiological effects of the anabolic steroids. If it is taken during the time of pregnancy, then it can affect the development of the fetus. The maintenance of the muscle and bone mass in the adulthood including the stimulation of the puberty growth spurts, including the hair growth, sebaceous gland oil production, and sexuality, are also affected by the intake of excessive amounts.

Anabolic steroids are androgenic and generate the androgenic effects in the human body. Androgens stimulate the myogenesis that is the muscular tissue’s formation. The androgens also cause the hypertrophy of the both types of the muscle fibers. Various types of the anabolic steroids bind to the androgen receptor for varying degree depending on their chemical structure.

Anabolic Steroids Aren’t Scoundrels!

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Anabolic steroids are not scoundrels; your wrong usages make them. Anabolic steroids are beneficial medications whenever you use them rightly, at right time, and for right purposes

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Anabolic steroids are not scoundrels; your wrong usages make them. Anabolic steroids are beneficial medications whenever you use them rightly, at right time, and for right purposes.

Anabolic steroids help you recovering and gaining weight after a severe illness, injury, or continuing infection. They are beneficial when you fail to gain or maintain normal weight because of unexplained medical reasons. The doctors can recommend using anabolic steroids as part of an effective diet and exercise regimen to build and maintain your weight.

Several studies have revealed that anabolic steroids help treating several types of anemia, breast cancer, and treat hereditary angioedema, which causes swelling of the face, arms, legs, throat, windpipe, bowels, or sexual organs. Anabolic steroids have been given to people with chronic wasting conditions such as cancer and AIDS.

Anabolic steroids help covering up your declining testosterone production in old age. Testosterone help in increasing the number of you RBC, improving calcium deposition in the bones, muscle enlargement, increasing body hair, thickening of vocal chords, and growth and development of the prostate gland. Anabolic steroids help increasing the anabolic properties (tissue building) of the androgens and minimize the androgenic (sex-linked) properties.

Anabolic steroids help increasing the body's ability to use protein to build muscles. They help sending the amino acids back to the muscles. Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins help muscles to grow; that’s why anabolic steroids are often used by bodybuilders.

Like testosterone, anabolic steroids help building up muscles and discourage fat buildup. They block the binding of cortisol to its receptor sites, which prevents muscle breakdown and enhances recovery. They may block the effects of hormones such as cortisol involved in tissue breakdown during and after exercise; cortisol causes protein breakdown and is secreted during exercise to enhance the use of proteins for fuel and to suppress inflammation that accompanies tissue injury.

However, anabolic steroids are ofttimes used as performance enhancing drugs by bodybuilders and sports persons. This is the wrong use of steroids, which has side effects and serious consequences. Some of the common side effects of anabolic steroid include cancer, liver tumors, kidney tumors, jaundice, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol) & decreases in HDL (good cholesterol), severe acne, trembling, etc.

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Anabolic Steroids Are Friendly, Let Them Remain Friendly!

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Anabolic steroids are your friendly medicines, but you often don’t let them stay friendly. Often you make wrong use of anabolic steroids and they become your foes.

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Anabolic steroids are your friendly medicines, but you often don’t let them stay friendly. Often you make wrong use of anabolic steroids and they become your foes.

Chemically & pharmacologically, anabolic steroids are associated with testosterone, which is best known natural anabolic steroid, as well as the best known natural androgen. Testosterone is produced in the testes in males, and in the ovaries in females. In both men and women, testosterone plays key role in your sexual development and physical maturation.

Anabolic steroids are the drugs the help treating numerous body disorders associated with low production of testosterone in body. They help to live healthy life during later years of life when testosterone production declines in body.

“Anabolic” means muscle-building. Anabolic steroids help increasing tissue mass; they help building body muscles. Often these steroids are used by body builders to build masculine bodies. Several sports persons use anabolic steroids to enhance their performance levels. Anabolic steroids commonly used by bodybuilders, sports persons, and athletes in case of injuries. The use of anabolic steroids in sports is unethical and banned. Steroid abuse has serious side effects & consequences.

Some of the common side effects of anabolic steroids include cancer, jaundice, severe acne, trembling, coronary failure, nervousness, irritability, mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, and depression. In females, anabolic steroids can cause menstrual abnormalities, deepening of voice, shrinkage of breasts, male-pattern baldness, and increase in sex drive, acne, body hair, and clitoris size.

However, anabolic steroids do not cause adverse side effects when taken in right quantity at old age. If taken rightly at right age with right advice, anabolic steroids are nice vitalizers in the later years of life. They are beneficial in treating a number of body disorders. They help fast recovery of body injuries. Over 100 varieties of anabolic steroids have been developed uptill now, but only a limited few have been approved for human or veterinary use.

Anabolic steroids are available in the oral and injectable forms. The common street (slang) names for anabolic steroids include arnolds, gym candy, pumpers, roids, stackers, weight trainers, and juice.

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Anabolic Steroids Are Good or Bad?

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The debate on anabolic steroids continues. The anabolic steroids are one of the most debatable drugs of the recent times. “Are anabolic steroids good or bad?” is one of the most debated questions, often debated hotly in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, and various countries of the world,


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The debate on anabolic steroids continues. The anabolic steroids are one of the most debatable drugs of the recent times. “Are anabolic steroids good or bad?” is one of the most debated questions, often debated hotly in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, and various countries of the world, 
Anabolic steroids are pharmaceutical chemicals resembling naturally occurring hormone, testosterone. Testosterone is the male sex hormone, which has many anabolic and androgenic effects. Responsible for androgenic or masculinizing features during puberty, testosterone causes development of sex organs, voice deepening, hair growth, and sperm production. It has anabolic, or muscle building, effects during adolescence.
Anabolic steroids are the drugs with a number of good and bad characteristics. The good characteristics of anabolic steroids are associated with the legal and medical use of anabolic steroids, but the bad characteristics are associated with steroid abuse or wrong use of steroids.
Legally - Medically, anabolic steroids are often part of a regimen to help restoring vitality in aging men and women. Anabolic steroids are also used to treat the patients of diseases, such as Breast Cancer, Osteoporosis, Hereditary Angioedaema, Inflammation, Anemia, Thrombosis, and Endometriosis. Other good characteristics of anabolic steroids are that – anabolic steroids especially help in the treatment of AIDS wasting syndrome; anabolic steroids are helpful in muscle rebuilding; anabolic steroids help fighting HIV infections and hormonal deficiencies in men; and they help reducing joint pain in women due to osteoporosis in the joints like knees, elbows, hips and more.
Dr. Alan Mintz, the founder of the Las Vegas-based Cenegenics Medical Institute, says that anabolic steroids give power to have a healthy life in the later years of life. There's a tremendous benefit, if anabolic steroids are used in the right and proper way. However, anabolic steroids abuse or overuse can lead to serious health problems.
Anabolic steroids are one of the most abused drugs. Often, widely used (abused) as performance enhancing drugs by bodybuilders and sports persons, anabolic steroids have many side effects and serious consequences, which are bad characteristics of anabolic steroids. Some of the common side effects of anabolic steroid include cancer, liver tumors, kidney tumors, jaundice, high blood pressure, coronary failure - increase in LDL (bad cholesterol) & decreases in HDL (good cholesterol), severe acne, trembling, nervousness, irritability, mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, and depression, etc. The visible bad characteristics of anabolic steroids in females include menstrual abnormalities, deepening of voice, breasts shrinkage, male-pattern baldness, and increase in sex drive, acne, body hair, and clitoris size.
Commenting on the good and bad features of anabolic steroids, Dr. John Baxter, the former president of the Endocrine Society & the professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, says, “The concern I have is that hysteria over the use of anabolic steroids will cause people to lose sight of the potential good side of these hormones. It's really going to scare people away from their legitimate medical use.”

Anabolic Steroids Are More Sinned Against Than Sinning

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Anabolic Steroids are human in nature characteristically offering mix of good and bad qualities. They surely deserve kudos for their good qualities, but they are often cursed because of their bad character. On the point of their bad features, the very existence of anabolic steroids is objected, which is not utterly right. Anabolic Steroids are more sinned against than sinning.

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Anabolic Steroids are human in nature characteristically offering mix of good and bad qualities. They surely deserve kudos for their good qualities, but they are often cursed because of their bad character. On the point of their bad features, the very existence of anabolic steroids is objected, which is not utterly right. Anabolic Steroids are more sinned against than sinning.

Actually, anabolic steroids create problems when they are used illegitimately and unmedicatively; they have several side effects and serious consequences. Anabolic steroids invite the wrath of society when youngsters bring them to nonmedicinal use for several reasons. Often knowingly or unknowingly, young sports persons, bodybuilders, and athletes use these performance enhancing drugs and make the entire class of steroids suffer the fury and detestation of communities.

 But, are anabolic steroids really responsible for the trouble? No!!! It’s not the steroids or anabolic steroids that should be objected rather illegitimate availability of anabolic steroids should be objected.

The good qualities of anabolic steroids can’t be blindly ignored. Often, doctors use anabolic steroids to treat the patients of diseases, such as Breast Cancer, Osteoporosis, Hereditary Angioedaema, Inflammation, Anemia, Thrombosis, and Endometriosis. Anabolic steroids are proven helping in treating several other conditions. They especially help in the treatment of AIDS wasting syndrome; they are helpful in muscle rebuilding; they help fighting HIV infections and hormonal deficiencies in men; and they help reducing joint pain in women due to osteoporosis in the joints like knees, elbows, hips and more. So, the actual problem is not with anabolic steroids rather it is in the steroid abuse and illegal availability of steroids.

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The people who buy anabolic steroids online for genuine & medicinal use must make sure that they buy anabolic steroids online from genuine sites. There are some notorious sites selling fake steroids online that are really dangerous for health. Thus, it’s really important that you buy genuine steroids to use them rightly, for right purposes. So, buy anabolic steroids online from genuine sites and for genuine use!

Anabolic Steroids Are Muscle Building Steroids

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Anabolic means muscle-building, androgenic means masculine growth, and Steroids refer to the class of drugs. It means that anabolic steroids are androgenic steroids. They are often referred to as AAS (androgenic anabolic steroids) in the medical terms. AA Steroids play catalystic role in anabolism, which is the metabolic process that builds larger molecules from smaller ones.

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Anabolic means muscle-building, androgenic means masculine growth, and Steroids refer to the class of drugs. It means that anabolic steroids are androgenic steroids. They are often referred to as AAS (androgenic anabolic steroids) in the medical terms. AA Steroids play catalystic role in anabolism, which is the metabolic process that builds larger molecules from smaller ones.

Anabolic steroids are sometimes also known as muscle building steroids in general terms. The anabolic muscle building steroids belong to the class of synthetic derivatives of testosterone that helps promoting muscle and bone growth. These muscle building steroids promote cell growth and cell division that result in growth of tissues, muscles, and bones   

There are a number of androgenic anabolic muscle building steroids available on the market. Some of the androgenic anabolic muscle building steroids include Anadrol ® (oxymetholone), Dianabol (methandrostenolone), Testosterone, Anadur (nandrolone hexylphenylpropionate), Anavar (oxandrolone), Andriol (testosterone undecanoate), AndroGel® (testosterone), Cheque Drops (mibolerone), and Danocrine (danozol). 

The muscle building steroids are legally available under prescriptions. Medically, androgenic anabolic muscle building steroids are often used to treat conditions, such as delayed puberty and some types of impotence, which occur due to abnormally low amounts of testosterone production in the body. The muscle building steroids are also used to treat uncontrolled weight loss in wasting diseases, such as AIDS and other diseases that result in loss of lean muscle mass.
The muscle building steroids are usually used by bodybuilders, weightlifters, and athletes to enhance their muscle mass, strength, and stamina, but such use of anabolic muscle building steroids for competitive purposes is legally banned. This is steroid abuse that may lead to elevated cholesterol levels, liver disease, blood clots leading to heart attack or stroke, increased aggressiveness and irritability, permanent stunting of growth in adolescents, etc.

According to a 1988 federal law, the distribution & use of androgenic anabolic muscle building steroids for nontherapeutic purposes is illegal. The androgenic anabolic muscle building steroids are controlled drugs in the United States, Canada, Britain, and many other countries of the world.

Anabolic Steroids Help The People Suffering From HIV/AIDS

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You are well aware of the specter of HIV/AIDS hovering all over the world. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) reports on HIV/AIDS, disclosed in January 2006, have articulated that AIDS has estimated killed more than 25 million people since it was first recognized on June 5, 1981, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history.

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You are well aware of the specter of HIV/AIDS hovering all over the world. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) reports on HIV/AIDS, disclosed in January 2006, have articulated that AIDS has estimated killed more than 25 million people since it was first recognized on June 5, 1981, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history.
Certainly, AIDS is now a pandemic, with an estimated 38.6 million people living with the disease worldwide. AIDS caused an estimated 2.4–3.3 million deaths, of which more than 570,000 were children in 2005. There are over 1 million people living with HIV or AIDS in the United States.
HIV/AIDS is chronic wasting disease. The suffering from HIV/AIDS can experience chronic wasting syndrome – a significant and unintentional weight loss. Often, physicians use anabolic steroids to help the people with chronic wasting syndrome - HIV/AIDS. There are a number of benefits of anabolic steroids when they are given to the HIV/AIDS patients.
The people suffering from chronic wasting syndrome (HIV/AIDS) experience substantial loss of body weight including both muscle and fat. Anabolic steroids do the job needed to counteract the effects of wasting. One of the natural effects of anabolic steroids on the HIV/AIDS patients is promotion of their cell growth and tissues. Anabolic steroids help to increase lean body mass, increase appetite, and increase strength of the HIV/AIDS patients. Thus, if used properly, anabolic steroids can help increase the re-growth of muscle tissues, and overall increase in lean body mass.
HIV/AIDS related chronic wasting may also cause Lipodystrophy, which is not necessarily weight loss disorder, rather it is a redistribution of fat in the body. Often fat is lost from the face, arms and legs, and it gets accumulated the back of the neck and around the abdomen. It can also lead to diabetes, hypertriglyceridemia and liver problems. However, anabolic steroids do not directly help treating lipodystrophy; they do help to reduce the fatty deposits caused by lipodystrophy.
Oxandrolone is one of the anabolic steroids that have been approved by the FDA to help counteract AIDS-related chronic wasting. Currently, it may not be a mainstream treatment because studies have revealed that the most effective dosages for AIDS-related chronic wasting are higher than the FDA approved dosages, but the drug started showing great benefits to its users

Anabolic Steroids Help Triggering Growth

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Anabolic steroids are defined as a group of synthetic derivatives of testosterone that promote muscle and bone growth. Anabolic steroids are androgenic steroids.

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Anabolic steroids are defined as a group of synthetic derivatives of testosterone that promote muscle and bone growth. Anabolic steroids are androgenic steroids. These are the group of natural and synthetic steroid hormones that helps to promote cell growth and division, resulting in growth of several types of tissues, especially muscle and bone.

Anabolic refers to muscle-building, androgenic refers to masculine growth, and Steroids refers to the class of drugs. Thus, androgenic anabolic steroids are man-made substances or drugs associated with the male sex hormones. Androgenic anabolic steroids are often referred to as AAS (androgenic anabolic steroids) in the medical terms.

There are a number of androgenic anabolic steroids available on the market. Some of androgenic anabolic steroids include Anadrol ® (oxymetholone), Dianabol (methandrostenolone), Testosterone, Anadur (nandrolone hexylphenylpropionate), Anavar (oxandrolone), Andriol (testosterone undecanoate), AndroGel® (testosterone), Cheque Drops (mibolerone), and Danocrine (danozol). 

Androgenic anabolic steroids have anabolic properties and play great role in anabolism, which is the metabolic process that builds larger molecules from smaller ones. There are varying combinations of androgenic and anabolic properties in different androgenic anabolic steroids.

Androgenic anabolic steroids are the drugs that are available legally only by prescription. These steroids are often used in treating conditions that occur due to abnormally low amounts of testosterone production in the body; some of the conditions include delayed puberty and some types of impotence. These steroids are also used treat uncontrolled weight loss in wasting diseases, such as AIDS and other diseases that result in loss of lean muscle mass.

Androgenic anabolic steroids are often used by bodybuilders and athletes to enhance their muscle mass, strength, and stamina. Such usage of anabolic steroids for competitive purposes is legally banned. This abuse of anabolic steroids may lead to elevated cholesterol levels, liver disease, blood clots leading to heart attack or stroke, increased aggressiveness and irritability, and, in adolescents, permanent stunting of growth.

Anabolic steroids were first discovered in the early 1930s. The distribution of anabolic steroids for nontherapeutic uses was illegalized under a 1988 federal law. Anabolic steroids joined the class of abused drugs as controlled substances in 1991. However, a precursor hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) that can help producing testosterone in the body is available as a dietary supplement without a prescription.

Anabolic Steroids In Basketball

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The recent studies, surveys, and anecdotal evidences reveal that the rate of nonmedical use of anabolic steroids has been surging. The use of anabolic steroids in sports is not new thing. These performance enhancing drugs have intruded in all major sports, such as basket ball, baseball, football, etc.

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The recent studies, surveys, and anecdotal evidences reveal that the rate of nonmedical use of anabolic steroids has been surging. The use of anabolic steroids in sports is not new thing. These performance enhancing drugs have intruded in all major sports, such as basket ball, baseball, football, etc.

The NBA (National Basketball Association – the USA's premier professional men's basketball league) adopted the first drug program in 1983. The program at the outset was mainly focused on drugs of abuse, particularly cocaine and heroin. The Veteran players who tested positive for these substances were immediately dismissed from the NBA for a minimum of two years.

There were a number of surveys indicating the use of anabolic steroids in Basketball. According to a survey in 1988, 1 percent of women in track and field and basketball reported taking steroids. The report of a 1989 survey on steroids conducted by Michael Gray, sponsored by the National Youth Sports Research and Development Center KY, revealed that basketball was the most common sport among the participants; 78% for boys and 65% for girls in basketball were reported using anabolic steroids.

The situation of increasing use of anabolic steroids in Basketball compelled the NBA to modify its drug policy in 1999. The NBA’s list of banned substances was expanded to include anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. The testing was expanded to cover veterans as well as rookie players, and penalties for violators were increased.

The testing of NBA players for anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs started with the 1999-2000 season. The players were tested once during training camp, rookies were tested three additional times during the course of the regular season. The testing was conducted on a random basis – i.e., without prior notice to the player. The players who tested positive under the 1999 program were required to be suspended for 5 games (first offense), 10 games (second offense), and 25 games (subsequent offenses).

The list of banned substances was further expanded, when androstenedione and DHEA were added to the NBA’s banned list by the Prohibited Substances Committee in November 2000. The Prohibited Substances Committee added six more substances, such as ephedra and related products, to the list in September 2003; the FDA banned ephedra and related products in February 2004. The Prohibited Substances Committee banned Gestrinone and THG in December 2003. The NBA has conducted over 4,200 tests for anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs since the steroids were added to the list of banned substances.

Anabolic Steroids, Ok In Moderation?

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Wow! Can you believe all of the news about anabolic steroids right now? It is really causing a stir but not necessarily for the right reasons. Let's take a few moments to consider what makes the prevalent use of these performance enhancers besides the fact that people are "cheating."

First let's discuss whether this is really cheating or at least try to gain perspective on this. To do this we have to know what we are talking about. Anabolic means to build up (rather than c...

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Wow! Can you believe all of the news about anabolic steroids right now? It is really causing a stir but not necessarily for the right reasons. Let's take a few moments to consider what makes the prevalent use of these performance enhancers besides the fact that people are "cheating."

First let's discuss whether this is really cheating or at least try to gain perspective on this. To do this we have to know what we are talking about. Anabolic means to build up (rather than catabolic which means to tear apart or break down). Steroid is just a type of molecule that is found in the body and because of its makeup serves as a hormone and regulates the synthesis of DNA by entering the nucleus and attaching itself to different parts of the machinery that produces the DNA. So these anabolic steroids are simply substances that go to muscle, among other tissue, and build it up.

Basically they are just adding to an already natural process that goes on in all of our bodies. Those people who naturally have higher levels of these hormones are going to have naturally bigger muscles and also greater potential if they work them. So the question then is, is it really ability that goes into being extra strong or is it a crap shoot. I for one choose the latter and for this reason don't think that it is cheating so much as potentiating the actual ability that someone has in a sport. There are two big reasons for my thinking. First you still have to work hard to have big muscles while taking steroids. Second you still have to be good at swinging a bat and choosing the right pitch to be good at hitting. In both cases you are just using a "tool" to maximize your potential, much like sunglasses help you to see a fly ball better in the out field but it doesn't catch the ball for you.

You might be surprised then to hear me say that I don't think that anabolic steroids should be legal. You have to hear my reason though--not because I think it is cheating but instead I think it is not good for the health of the player. You see muscles that make you stronger aren't the only thing that these substances affect. They affect your heart putting you at increased risk of sudden death. They also make your muscles too big for your body to support meaning greater chance of tendon, ligament, and bone injury. There are many other things that are affected in a negative way as well that make these things totally not worth it.

Anabolic Steroids – Good, Bad, and Ugly!

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You are not wrong, if you dub anabolic steroids “good, bad, and ugly”. Anabolic steroids certainly are mix of good, bad, and ugly features.

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You are not wrong, if you dub anabolic steroids “good, bad, and ugly”. Anabolic steroids certainly are mix of good, bad, and ugly features. They have good points, which often are eclipsed by bad and ugly traits. Let’s evaluate the good, bad, and ugly characteristics of anabolic steroids. 

Anabolic steroids are the synthetic derivatives of testosterone – a potent androgenic hormone produced chiefly by the testes and responsible for the development of male secondary sex characteristics. Often, these steroids are medically prescribed as part of a regimen to help restoring strength in aging men and women.
Anabolic Steroids are also extensively used in treating various medical conditions, such as, hypogonadism, delayed puberty, and some types of impotence. They are also used against several chronic wasting diseases, such as AIDS and Cancer.

Dr. Alan Mintz, the founder of the Las Vegas-based Cenegenics Medical Institute, opines that anabolic steroids are wonderful medicines, which give power to the aging people to help them live healthy life in later years. The doctor believes that anabolic steroids have great benefit, if they are taken or used in right way.   
However, anabolic steroids are often used as performance enhancing drugs in various sports fields. They are commonly used by pro bodybuilders, weightlifters, and other jocks. Anabolic steroids are also used by young boys and girls for various cosmetic purposes.

Dr. Alan Mintz however opines that hormonal overload in a healthy body can lead to serious health and ethical issues. He believes that 20-25 years old young people do not anabolic steroids. The drugs are good, if the people using them are not able to produce testosterone naturally in their bodies. However, there are several side effects and health problems that these drugs can cause, if they are abused. Some of the side effects include – premature balding or hair loss, dizziness, mood swings (anger, depression and aggression), hallucinations, extreme feelings of mistrust or fear, sleeping problems, vomiting and nausea, trembling, high blood pressure, aching joints, jaundice, liver damage, urinary problems, shortening of the final adult height, increased risk of developing heart disease, and strokes.

But, studies have proved that steroids taken in low doses do not cause health problems. Steroids are good, but they become bad and ugly, if they are abused or overused.

“The concern I have is that hysteria over steroids use will cause people to lose sight of the potential good side of these hormones. It's really going to scare people away from their legitimate medical use,” says Dr. John Baxter, the former president of the Endocrine Society & the professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco.

Anabolic Steroids – Precautions and Useful Tips

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Anabolic Steroids, as the name suggests are a type of steroid hormones. Their major use is artificial muscle growth, commonly used to enhance various physical capabilities. Anabolic steroids work by increasing protein synthesis in the muscular cells thereby increasing anabolism of muscles. These steroids are derived from the male hormone, testosterone. Therefore, they are also effective in maintaining and developing male sexual qualities.

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Anabolic Steroids, as the name suggests are a type of steroid hormones. Their major use is artificial muscle growth, commonly used to enhance various physical capabilities. Anabolic steroids work by increasing protein synthesis in the muscular cells thereby increasing anabolism of muscles. These steroids are derived from the male hormone, testosterone. Therefore, they are also effective in maintaining and developing male sexual qualities.

Discovery and usage

Anabolic steroids were discovered during the early 20th century. Firstly, they were used for purely medical purposes which included stimulation of growth within the body. Mainly targeted were bones, sexual properties and muscular functions. Later, these substances were found to be highly effective in the treatment of cancer and even AIDS.

Side effects

Although very useful from a medical point of view, these steroids produce severe side effects when used without proper medical guidance or in improper doses. The most common side effects are unnatural increase in blood pressure, acne, increase in cholesterol levels, early heart attacks and severe damage to the liver.


With the buzz rapidly increasing around anabolic steroids and their effectiveness, they began making their way into the sports industry. Various competitive athletes began using these steroids excessively to enhance their athletic abilities. This excessive usage was mainly due to the fact that the athletes, as well as the general public, were mostly ignorant about their side effects. This led to a lot of controversy and finally, major sports bodies including the Olympics, NBA, FIFA etc. decided to ban their usage.

Presently, anabolic steroids are viewed as controlled substances in many countries including the US, UK and Canada and each nation has strict laws to regulate their distribution and usage. Because of this, demand for these substances has risen remarkably in illegal and black markets, and these steroids are now subject to extensive cross-border smuggling through organized crime.

Many activist organizations, with the help of various international governments are working to increase awareness about the risks of excessive steroid usage.

Anabolic Steroids 

Anabolic Steroids, also known as androgenic or AAS are a distinctive class of steroid hormones. This is because they function in both growth enhancement and maintenance of sexual characteristics. The anabolic growth functions are carried out through manipulation of protein synthesis in muscle cells. This increases anabolism and thereby boosts body size and strength. Androgenic functions are related to sexual properties, with testosterone being the most common natural androgen. All anabolic steroids are derivatives of testosterone. Hence, they are known to stimulate the sex organs, increasing growth of the penis and the clitoris in men and women respectively.

Medical Usage

Anabolic steroids, when discovered were highly regarded for their medical advantages. Doctors found them very useful in the treatment of various diseases. The most common uses are:
Treatment of low-levels of testosterone. Anabolic steroids increase these levels and work to boost libido. Sometimes, these steroids are also administered to induce puberty in boys who face unnatural delays.
Stimulation of bone growth. Although anabolic steroids have been used to treat bone growth for a very long time, their side effects have made medical professionals prefer other forms of treatment.
Stimulation of appetite.
Enhancement muscle growth. Anabolic steroids are effective growth-stimulation agents and are found useful when administered to patients subject to chronic wasting conditions (including cancer and AIDS)

Abuse and side-effects

Due to the obvious strength and muscle enhancement qualities of anabolic steroids, many sportspeople began taking excessive doses of these substances to boost their athletic abilities. However, they failed to realize the damaging side effects of these drugs. These side effects include elevated cholesterol and blood pressure, severe damage to the liver and various cardiovascular complications.

This resulted in the imminent ban of the usage of these substances is competitive sports by major bodies such as the Olympics, FIFA etc. Even the major world countries like the USA and the UK have many restrictions posed on the possession and distribution of these drugs.

Anabolic Steroid Is MVP Of Growth & Maturity

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Anabolic steroid is natural or synthetic endocrine, which regulates the body functions. Anabolic Steroid is also called ‘Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid.’ Anabolic steroid helps to build muscles and body mass.

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Anabolic steroid is natural or synthetic endocrine, which regulates the body functions. Anabolic Steroid is also called ‘Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid.’ Anabolic steroid helps to build muscles and body mass.

Anabolic steroid was discovered in 1930. Since then, anabolic steroid drugs have been used for several medical purposes comprising bone growth stimulation, appetency, puberty, and muscle development. The most far-flung use of anabolic steroid is for chronic wasting conditions including AIDS and cancer.

Presently, anabolic steroid drugs are one of the most controversial drugs. These drugs are often used as performance & stamina enhancing drugs. There are a number of side effects and serious consequences linked with the abuse and overuse of anabolic steroid drugs. Some of the anabolic steroid side effects include giddiness, early hair loss, mood swings (anger, depression and aggression), delusion, feelings of fear and suspicion, sleeping problems, vomiting and nausea, trembling, joints pain, yellow fever, high blood pressure, problems in urinary system, heart problems, stroke, liver damage and many others.

The anabolic steroid drugs affect males and females in different ways. The major “anabolic steroid side effects” in males include increased breast or nipple size, enlarged prostate gland, powerlessness and reduced sperm count. The major “anabolic steroid side effects” in females include excessive hair growth on body and face, decreased breast size, deepened voice and menstrual problems.

These anabolic steroid side effects have made the drugs category, which is usable only by prescription, in order to deal the conditions, which occurs when human body produces lesser testosterone quantities such as delayed puberty and impotence. According to a 1988 US federal law, the use and distribution of anabolic steroid drugs is illegal. These drugs were put under the category of controlled substances in 1991. 

The anabolic steroid drugs have an anticoagulant effect. Used with extreme care in combination with other drugs, these drugs have the same effect, including warfarin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and aspirin. Simultaneous use of anabolic steroid drugs and corticosteroids may increase the risk of foot and ankle swelling. The combination is very likely to cause acne. The anabolic steroid drugs may also help lowering blood glucose levels. These drugs should be used with extreme care in patients taking insulin or other antidiabetic drugs.

Anabolic & Androgenic Effects Of Steroids

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There are over hundreds of different steroids, which have been identified in plants, animals, and fungi, but this article is about the effects of steroids that limited few are approved for human use. Some limited few steroids are also approved for the veterinary use.

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There are over hundreds of different steroids, which have been identified in plants, animals, and fungi, but this article is about the effects of steroids that limited few are approved for human use. Some limited few steroids are also approved for the veterinary use.

Steroids are available as anabolic-androgenic steroid drugs, anti-estrogen drugs, and growth hormone and peptide drugs. These drugs are powerful performance-enhancing drugs. There is a wide range of available steroids, such as Anadrol ® (oxymetholone), Dianabol (methandrostenolone), Testosterone, Stenox, Clomid (clomiphene citrate), Viagra (sildenafil citrate), Cialis (tadalifil citrate), Evista (raloxifene), etc.

There are many effects of steroids. The positive effects of steroids are visible when they are used for several medical purposes including stimulation of bone growth, appetite, puberty, and muscle growth. The effects of steroids (anabolic) impressive when they are used for the treatment of several chronic wasting conditions, such as cancer and AIDS. There are anabolic effects of steroids in protein synthesis, muscle mass, strength, appetite and bone growth.

The anabolic effects of steroids are superb when they are used in treating conditions, such as delayed puberty and some types of impotence, which are resulted due to abnormally low amounts of testosterone production in the body.

However, side effects of steroids have made them controversial drugs, but the side effects of steroids are linked with steroid abuse. There are a number of side effects of steroids, if they are over-used wrongly for wrong purposes. Some of the side effects of steroids include elevated cholesterol (increase in LDL, decreased HDL levels), acne, elevated blood pressure, hepatotoxicity, and alterations in left ventricle morphology.

These side effects of steroids have made these drugs stand among the abused drugs. Listed as Schedule III in the Controlled Substances Act, steroids are controlled drugs in United States. Canada and Britain also have laws controlling the use and distribution of steroids.

Anadrol-Oxymetholone – The Strongest Oral On The Market

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Anadrol-Oxymetholone is the most powerful oral steroid available. Initially, Anadrol-Oxymetholone was developed in 1960 by the international pharmaceutical company ‘Syntex.’At first, Anadrol-Oxymetholone was originated as a compound to aid people with anemia, and has since been used effectively to help people suffering from several other diseases where weight loss is a worry. Therefore, it is clearly an effectual factor for encouraging weight gain, increasing appetite, attaining strength, and raising Red Blood Cell (RBC) count.


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Anadrol-Oxymetholone is the most powerful oral steroid available. Initially, Anadrol-Oxymetholone was developed in 1960 by the international pharmaceutical company ‘Syntex.’At first, Anadrol-Oxymetholone was originated as a compound to aid people with anemia, and has since been used effectively to help people suffering from several other diseases where weight loss is a worry. Therefore, it is clearly an effectual factor for encouraging weight gain, increasing appetite, attaining strength, and raising Red Blood Cell (RBC) count.

Anadrol-Oxymetholone is toxic to the liver, and it also aromatizes rather easily. Anadrol-Oxymetholone produces gynecomastia in users not all probably about 50%. An anti-estrogen should be recommended to neutralize the aromatization. The most common anti-estrogen suggested is Nolvadex. Anadrol-Oxymetholone is a 17 alpha-alkylated compound. It is an oral drug with a dosage of 50mg per tablet. It is also known as the most substantial oral on the market.

It produces both high androgenic as well as anabolic outcomes. Strength and weight gains are very significant. A steroid beginner experimenting with Anadrol-Oxymetholone is expected to gain 20 to 30 pounds of massive bulk in a 2 month period. Anadrol-Oxymetholone promotes extensive gains in body strength by meliorating protein synthesis. That’s why bodybuilders and athletes, musclemen, and jocks use Anadrol-Oxymetholone illegally.

There are many side effects associated with Anadrol-Oxymetholone including acne, hair loss, abdominal pains, headaches, gynecomastia, hypertension, heavy water retention, decreasing strength, nausea, bloating, deepening of the voice, growth of facial hair, and clitoral hypertrophy. Loss of body weight and potency generally occurs after the cycle. Anadrol also closes natural testosterone fabrication. The bodybuilding community is regarded it as the most efficacious oral steroid in building strength and size.

Because of its 17a-alkylated arrangement, Anadrol-Oxymetholone is awfully hepatotoxic. Its continued usage can cause a variety of grave problems, which include hepatitis, liver cancer and cirrhosis. The normal quantity of Anadrol-Oxymetholone ranges between 1 to 2 pills daily up to 4 tablets a day. On bulking cycle, Anadrol-Oxymetholone is used with sustanon and deca-durabolin. Jocks often stack Anadrol-Oxymetholone with other steroids in order to gain more benefits.

Anadrol-Oxymetholone – The Strongest Oral Steroid

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Anadrol-Oxymetholone is a synthetic steroid hormone originated by Syntex in 1960. Primarily, Anadrol-Oxymetholone is used for the treatment of osteoporosis and anemia, in addition to energizing muscle growth in malnourished or underdeveloped patients. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug has approved Anadrol-Oxymetholone for human use.


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Anadrol-Oxymetholone is a synthetic steroid hormone originated by Syntex in 1960. Primarily, Anadrol-Oxymetholone is used for the treatment of osteoporosis and anemia, in addition to energizing muscle growth in malnourished or underdeveloped patients. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug has approved Anadrol-Oxymetholone for human use.

Afterwards non-steroidal drugs known as ‘Epogen’ were originated and proved to be more effectual in treating anaemia and osteoporosis without any side-effect. In spite of this, Anadrol-Oxymetholone remained available in the market, and finally established a new use in treating HIV wasting syndrome. While corrected as a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act, Anadrol-Oxymetholone has been available thru prescription. Anadrol-Oxymetholone produces both androgenic as well as anabolic effects.

Anadrol-Oxymetholone is the strongest oral steroid available on the market. Anadrol-Oxymetholone is the strongest androgenic steroid available, which is very effectual in promoting extensive gains in body strength by meliorating protein synthesis. Due to this reason, it is often used unlawfully by musclemen and jocks. Anadrol-Oxymetholone has a very high affinity for water and fat retention. Lots of athletes make use of Anadrol-Oxymetholone to protect joints under heavy loads.

Anadrol-Oxymetholone raises the quantity of red blood cells (RBC), letting the muscles to soak up more oxygen. As a result, the muscles acquire higher stamina and performance level. The common side effects of Anadrol-Oxymetholone are liver problems, acne, hair loss, abdominal pains, headaches, gynecomastia, hypertension, heavy water retention, weight loss, decreasing strength, nausea, bloating, deepening of the voice, growth of facial hair and clitoral hypertrophy. Eventually, there is also a major risk of the appearance of estrogenic effects for e.g. gynaecomastia. Due to its 17a-alkylated arrangement, Anadrol-Oxymetholone is extremely hepatotoxic. Its permanent usage can cause various serious ailments including hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. It also blocks natural testosterone production.

The normal dosage is 1-2 tablets with maximum of 4 tablets a day. In order to get additional benefits from Anadrol-Oxymetholone, jocks normally stack Anadrol-oxymetholone with other anabolic steroids. Lots of users will combine it with drugs such as nandrolone, boldenone and testosterone to promote their gains.

Anadrol Helps To Boost Up The Production Of Red Blood Cells!

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Anadrol is the drug that is basically used for treating the disease called anemia, which is caused by the deficiency of the red blood cells. The drug is a powerful anemia treatment because it helps to boost up the production of red blood cells. The drug is entirely different from the other drugs of its class.


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Anadrol is the drug that is basically used for treating the disease called anemia, which is caused by the deficiency of the red blood cells. The drug is a powerful anemia treatment because it helps to boost up the production of red blood cells. The drug is entirely different from the other drugs of its class.

Chemically, Anadrol is Oxymetholone, which is a synthetic anabolic steroid. Anadrol was first developed by Syntex in 1960. The drug comes in the form of tablets, and it is not injected.

Anadrol can be easily use it with the medicine, which is prescribes by your doctor. The drug doesn’t interfere with any other function of your body system. The drug is also used in curing chronic wasting disease, such as AIDS. It is the strongest androgen of all its counterparts. It also helps in improving protein synthesis. That’s why it is used by many athletes and bodybuilders, as it helps them to quickly bulk up their body masses.

Anadrol is not only used for treating anemia, but it is also used for weight loss. The drug however has a number of side effects. It often causes side effects when it is abused or used excessively. If ignored, the side effects of the drug may turn out to be serious or sometimes even fatal. Some of the side effects associated with Anadrol include bloating, headache, high blood pressure, dizziness, weight gain, liver cell tumors, blood lipid changes, and Edema.

However, it is rather interesting to note that the anabolic steroid Anadrol has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America. The drug however is not recommended for use in females. The dose recommended for men is 100mgs/day. The drug is mainly produced by Syntex Co. Ltd.

Anadrol Oxymetholone is widely available online. It can be easily purchased from any of the reliable drug stores online. There are numerous web shops selling Anadrol Oxymetholone online, but the drug should be purchased from a licensed and a reputed steroid shop online. You can buy Anadrol Oxymetholone right from your home using the power of internet.

Anadrol – An Anemia Curing Drug

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Anadrol is the drug that is often used treating the disease anemia. Anemia is caused due to the deficiency of the red blood cells. Anadrol helps in enhancing the production and urinary excretion of erythropoietin (EPO) that is efficient in the production of new red blood cells. Anadrol usually comes in tablet form, and is taken orally. Anadrol tablets are called Anadrol-50, which are used for anemia in the medical field. Generally, one tablet a day is recommended as an ideal dose for a patient suffering from anemia.


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Anadrol is the drug that is often used treating the disease anemia. Anemia is caused due to the deficiency of the red blood cells. Anadrol helps in enhancing the production and urinary excretion of erythropoietin (EPO) that is efficient in the production of new red blood cells. Anadrol usually comes in tablet form, and is taken orally. Anadrol tablets are called Anadrol-50, which are used for anemia in the medical field. Generally, one tablet a day is recommended as an ideal dose for a patient suffering from anemia.

Anadrol is chemically known as Oxymetholone. It is a synthetic anabolic steroid developed by Syntex in 1960. Unlike its several other counterparts in the anabolic steroid industry, Anadrol is not injected. The best benefit of Anadrol is that it works together with other treatment drugs that are often used to treat anemia. However, the drug should be taken with the precautions and proper guidance from expert physicians. If used carelessly, the drug can cause serious problems.

Anadrol should not be used by the patients who are suffering from carcinoma of the prostate or breast, which is seen in the males. It should not be used by the females who are suffering from hypercalcemia with carcinoma of the breast. It should also not be used by the women who are or wishing to be pregnant, the people suffering with nephrosis or the nephritic phase of nephritis, and the people with hypersensitivity to the drug or with severe hepatic dysfunction.

Some side effects of Anadrol are seen in the first stages of its use. These side effects include – Peliosis hepatis, it is a condition where persons taking the androgenic anabolic steroid therapy face liver related disfunctioning, which can even lead to liver damage. Liver cell tumors have also been reported in some cases, Blood lipid changes also occur, and Edema is another problem related with this drug.

So, next time you plan to use Anadrol for the treatment of anemia, consult your doctor first. Please note that Anadrol is the only oral anabolic steroid which has been approved by the FDA in the United States, but this drug is available only thru a prescription by an experienced doctor.

Anadrol – A Synthetic Anabolic Steroid

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Anadrol or Oxymetholone has powerful properties of a synthetic anabolic steroid. The chemical formula for Anadrol is C21H32O3 and its molecular mass is 332.48 g/mol. It has an active life of up to 16 hours.


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Anadrol or Oxymetholone has powerful properties of a synthetic anabolic steroid. The chemical formula for Anadrol is C21H32O3 and its molecular mass is 332.48 g/mol. It has an active life of up to 16 hours.

Anadrol was initially developed for the treatment of osteoporosis and anemia by Syntex Company in 1960, but later the drug was reported stimulating muscle growth in underdeveloped patients, and it was also found to be effective in treating the HIV wasting syndrome.

Anadrol is the strongest androgen of all its counterparts. It is highly effective in promoting extensive gains in body mass. It is also found helping in improving protein synthesis.  And for this reason only, the drug is widely used by athletes and bodybuilders all over the world. One more thing that makes the drug desired by athletes is that it can be used as a method of protection for the joints under heavy loads by the weightlifters. It is because it has the ability of high water retention, and thus lubricates the joints and helps to protect them from injury. Bodybuilders can’t stay away from this drug as it holds the tag of the greatest weight gainer. Anadrol actually helps to increase the weight of body by 20 pounds, in 2 weeks.

Where Anadrol has so many benefits, it has some side effects also. The side effects associated with Anadrol include –acne, nausea, bloating, masculinising effects, such as deepening of the voice, growth of facial hair, and headache. The drug has a hepatotoxic effect and the serious ailments include – hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Thus, it’s dangerous to take high and long term doses of this drug.

However, it is interesting to note that Anadrol is the drug approved the U.S. FDA, but it is allowed for use under prescription of a doctor. It is also classified as the Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Although, non-steroidal drugs like Epogen were developed afterwards to treat anemia, Anadrol still remains one of the favorite and widely used drugs. The drug can be easily purchased online. There are a number of drug stores selling Anadrol online.

Analyzing the effects of generic cialis.

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A little information is a good thing and we offer a whole lot of a good thing. Our site is dedicated to offering you complete, easy to read, information on the effects of Generic Cialis.

Generic Viagra, Generic Cialis, Cialis, Viagra

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Anatomy of an Anxiety Attack

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This article is about anxiety attacks and how it can affect the lives of people. This article also cites the use of various drugs to help in the treatment and management of anxiety.

Anxiety attacks, coping with anxiety

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Anxiety attacks are normal body reactions – coping mechanisms – against different stressors and distressing predicaments. In other words, these are chemical, physical and emotional reactions that are elicit by fear, apprehension, or shock.  These reactions also cause a  “fight or flight” response. Based on scientific studies, people automatically react to stress or stress-inducing activities by either making a confrontational stance or making a decision to avoid the stress. 

Pressure can come from an emotional problem in a relationship at home, demanding tasks and deadlines at the office,  the dread of a forthcoming test, or the clamor for a game-winning performance in a championship game.  All these can product constant anguish and even anxiety attacks if a person is not able to cope effectively with the stress.  A person that is undergoing an anxiety attack often experiences a feeling of numbness or tingling, shortness of breath, dizziness, heightened palpitations, chronic sweating, chills, hot flushes, and  nausea.

Extreme levels of anxiety can produce serious ill effects on one's physical and mental health.  Anxieties can actually a hinder or adversely affect a person's the day-to-day activities.  Aside from the possibility of leaving a person emotionally depressed and physically weak, anxiety can also cause a person lose the ability to make a rational decision.  It is not uncommon to hear of cases of people with severe anxiety who have lost their jobs and failed in their relationships.  For these people who have become victims of anxiety attacks, life has become a mere matter of survival --- bereft of happiness, fulfillment, and health. 

Some people can cope with depression and anxiety.  But for a significant number of people who do not have the ability to cope with stress and anxiety, the only means to regain their life is to undergo therapy and, if necessary, take anxiety medications.  These anxiety medications, if accompanied by therapy conducted by professionals, offer relief and possibly permanent protection from the debilitating effects of stress and severe emotional distress.   Anxiety medications often vary in the dosage and desired effects.  However, what is common among these anti-anxiety medications is the ability of these drugs to  suppress unnecessary chemical and emotional surges.  Controlling these chemical and emotional surges allow a person with anxiety to regain a sense of peace and tranquility.

Anxiety medications, also known as anxiolytics, are prescribed to treat the different  symptoms of anxiety. For example, Bensodiazepines are prescribed to treat the short-term and disabling effects of anxiety.  These drugs are take effect in a person's central nervous system, which is the reason why a certain degree of sedation occurs in a patient using the medication.
Non-bensodiazepines, however, are used to control the serotonin level in the body. Serotonin is essential to the body for regulating anger, temperature, mood, sleep, vomiting, sexuality, and appetite. Though they are proven to be less effective than bensodiazepines, the serotonin-regulating effect of this type of anti-anxiety drug also helps a person to achieve a relaxed state.

While these medications offer relief, people must still practice a little caution before taking these anti-anxiety drugs.  These drugs cannot totally remove all symptoms of anxiety.  Of course, these medications cannot resolve an emotional or psychological problem that is actually the origin or source of a person's anxiety attacks.

Anavar-Oxandrolone – Mild Anabolic With Low Androgenic Activity

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The drug maker Searle created ‘Anavar-Oxandrolone’ in 1964. It was developed as an exceptionally mild anabolic, which could even be securely used as a growth stimulant in children. Anavar-Oxandrolone does not aromatize, and thus the anabolic effect of the compound can really encourage linear growth. Women normally tolerate this drug easily at lower quantities. Formerly, Anavar-Oxandrolone was suggested for treating osteoporosis.


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The drug maker Searle created ‘Anavar-Oxandrolone’ in 1964. It was developed as an exceptionally mild anabolic, which could even be securely used as a growth stimulant in children. Anavar-Oxandrolone does not aromatize, and thus the anabolic effect of the compound can really encourage linear growth. Women normally tolerate this drug easily at lower quantities. Formerly, Anavar-Oxandrolone was suggested for treating osteoporosis.

As the beliefs encompassing steroids started out changing in the 1980’s, prescriptions for Anavar-Oxandrolone got down. Dawdling sales perhaps led Searle to stop producing the drug in 1989, and it disappeared from U.S. pharmacies until recently. Anavar-Oxandrolone pills are again available within the United States by BTG, accepting the novel trademark ‘Oxandrin’. BTG purchased rights to the drug from Searle and it is now fabricated for the new reason of treating HIV/AIDS related wasting syndrome.

Its reduced androgenic activity is because of the fact that it is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derivative. It works advantageously for promoting force and duality muscle mass gains. Among muscle-builders it is frequently used during precontest preparation when water retention is a concern. Anavar-Oxandrolone has no effect upon the person’s natural hormonal production. Anavar-Oxandrolone has the profound quality of significantly stimulating synthesis of phosphocreatine in muscle fiber which in turn meliorates ATP fabrication and restoration.

The common fallouts linked with Anavar-Oxandrolone are liver toxicity similar, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, acne, deep voice, clitorial hypertrophy or increased growth of body hair. Anavar-Oxandrolone should not be taken for several consecutive months as it is 17-alpha alkylated and thus injurious to liver. The women who react sensitively to the consumption of anabolic steroids achieve good results when blending Oxandrolone/Primobolan pills and/or Clenbuterol, without suffering from the normal virilization symptoms.

Anavar-Oxandrolone is very popular, and put into many cycles where the user can afford it. It is also popular in stacks with drugs such as testosterone in addition to high anabolic/moderate androgenic steroids such as Equipoise or Nandrolones. For the precontest jock, Anavar-Oxandrolone is frequently used along with Masteron or Trenbolone, and Testosterone Propionate plus injectable Winstrol. Women often attain incredible results from 5-10mgs/day of oxandrolone alone.

Ancient and New Ways of Getting Rid of Back Pain

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Back pain is a common problem in modern society. There are several ways to deal with the problem, including the use of pain relievers in tablet or pill form;  and the use of  alternative pain control methods such as Chinese acupuncture.

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It isn't exactly a rare scenario. A man, typically middle-aged, is seen busily working on something inside the house on a Saturday morning.  The suddenly, he bends to pick up a tool from the floor. Earlier, he broke into a sweat while carrying sacks of cement and bricks that he'll use to re-do the driveway. As he rises, he immediately senses the sharp pain on his waist and lower back. Not as young as he used to be, he ends up almost immobile from the waist down after hurting his back while doing something as ordinary as picking up an object from the floor.  This scene is so common that it is even used as a common device in t.v. situation comedies and cartoons.  But in real life, over stretching and lifting of heavy objects have been the reason for the need to buy all sorts of pain medications.

However, it isn't simply manual labor or household mishaps that prompt someone to urgently need back pain relief.  The reality is that there are several situations and occupations that have a higher tendency to cause undue stress on the back muscles, which would then necessitate the use of back pain relief treatments. Another possibility would be the natural “wear and tear” associated with aging.  As we get older, our  muscles slowly become thinner and our bones begin to brittle.

Back pain relief is hardly something that can be considered a specialized field, as most medications that relieve back pain are also used to relieve pain in other parts of the body. In particular, low-potency pain killers and muscle relaxants that target the entire central nervous system are among the most common ways to get back pain relief.

Aside from the Western medicine-style of prescribing pain killers, alternative methods of pain alleviation are now available. Once such alternative is called Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese art of sticking or puncturing the skin with needles for the purpose of restoring health or treating disease and pain. It has been used by the Chinese people as a back pain relief method since the 1340s, predating many Western medical practices on pain alleviation.  According to acupuncture theory, illnesses are caused by an imbalance in a person's yin and yang.  Through acupuncture, the flow of internal energy or “chi” is regulated, allowing the critical balance of yin and yang to be restored. Regulation of the “chi” also includes the normalization of blood flow and other body fluids.  Western medicine has yet to acknowledge acupuncture as a valid scientific treatment.  However, recent research involving the use of neuro-imaging technology revealed that acupuncture does influence brain activities.

Aside from the use of needles, other pain killers and muscle relaxants have also been used for many years.  Some pain relief medications come in cream and ointment form. Pain-relieving ointments and creams are easily absorbed through the skin above the painful body part.  There are also tablets and pills for pain relief that are now readily available in the market.

Whether one chooses Western medical pain alleviation methods such as the use of a pain killer; or if you prefer alternative techniques like Chinese acupuncture --- various ways and means to eliminate back pain will continue to be in high demand.  As long as humans remain mortal, back pain --- and back pain relief
products will form part of our every day life.

title:Andropause and Testosterone
author:Cathy Taylor
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Andropause occurs as a result of plummeting levels of testosterone, the dominant male hormone. This hormonal function starts to decline gradually as men age. Just like menopause, when decreasing levels of estrogen (the most dominant female hormone) play havoc on the female body – it can apply to men as well. Because of this condition, symptoms such as the loss of libido, impotence, and depression may present themselves.
Let’s shy away from Andropause for a second and focus on testosterone. What comes to your mind when you think of the word: testosterone? Body builders hugging their 10 lb jars of whey protein before a pose down? Mark McGwire and the bottle of andro found stored in his locker? Pumped-up, muscle-packed men strutting the boardwalk in Venice Beach?
Testosterone is much more than defining the idea of an alpha male. This hormone regulates numerous processes in the male body besides sex-related functions and muscle building. Blood sugar controlled to normal levels, the regulation of cholesterol, oxygen uptake, enhances the immune system, and helps to create healthy, strong bones.  All of these are all attributed to the work of this one hormone.
Metabolic processes are also speeded up, like cell production and cell growth. In addition, Testosterone appears to help in mental concentration, improves mood and is reported to prevent depression and even Alzheimer’s disease.  Testosterone isn’t simply an ingredient found in steroids that pack muscle mass. It is an integral part of the human body that helps shape, build, and maintain bodily processes.
Andropause is responsible for plummeting testosterone levels. Before learning more about testosterone, let’s examine how Andropausal men’s bodies work and result in this decline. Testosterone is developed in the brain. The pituitary glands in the brain produce a hormone called luteinizing hormone responsible for giving one special order to the testicles: produce testosterone! Remember, the brain does not produce ¨T.¨
It regulates the glands which produce the hormones that send receptor messages directly to the testes. The combination of failing testes and the inability of the pituitary gland to send messages to the testes is the reason for testosterone decline. If the pituitary gland is not secreting enough of the luteinizing hormone, the testes will not function. On average, 5 grams of testosterone are made daily. The secretion of this hormone is prominent during certain times of the day, most notably in the morning and sundown. Semen is also affected – less is produced as we age.
¨T¨ hormones work by connecting themselves to proteins in the blood. These proteins follow through the bloodstream and reach the vital areas of the body where the hormone works. A small amount of testosterone does not attach themselves to any protein – these are called free testosterone. This free hormone is the most impactful hormone in your system. When Andropause comes to fruition, more testosterone attach themselves to proteins, leaving less of the free testosterone available. As you can see, proteins can have a reverse effect on us as well! It is a paradox – a hormone working too hard does more damage than good!
As men grow older, androgen levels start to decline. Remember guys, estrogen is to women as androgen is to men. Androgens are produced in the adrenal gland (located above the kidneys) and in the testicles. These hormones are responsible for producing sperm, promoting sex drive, aiding with erectile function, and helping determine the gender of an unborn child. If you are a bodybuilding enthusiast, please note that lack of androgen will affect your muscle build, causing decreased muscle mass and loss of strength.
No amount of whey protein, creatine, or glutamine can remedy this problem. Instead of building six-pack abs, you will have increased body fat in the areas you need it least. Squats (total body building exercise) and deadlifts (compound exercise that works the back) are nearly impossible to perform, as Andropause can cause osteoporosis (loss of bone tissue) and back pain. This should not deter you from having a daily exercise regimen, however.  Exercise has been scientifically proven to lessen the effects of testosterone loss and your routine should be altered to accommodate this as you age.
There are also alternatives such as testerone cream that can help you regain your sex drive and stamina.  With the right nutrition, including diet and exercise, Andropause can be a comfortable passage.
title:And The Healthy Diet For This Week Is?
author:Dave Odell
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Before we go any further the word diet does not necessarily mean an act of losing weight but a style of eating. If you follow a healthy diet you will lose weight naturally and you will get into a lifestyle that will keep you weight stable.
Every week a “new healthy diet” comes out by some expert and it often appears that there are as many "healthy diets" as there are experts. Taking the cynical viewpoint these experts have only hit the world with a new regime to sell their latest book, DVD or new line of health food products. OK, everybody has different dietary needs due to their body type, metabolism, and genetic makeup but there are some basic guidelines that can be followed to keep to a healthy diet.
One of the first steps to a healthy diet is to rid your body of all the rubbish that is already there. These are the toxins that have built up over time. Well one way of doing this is to go down to your local pharmacy and get a pre-packaged detox kit and follow that for a specified length of time. Or you could buy antioxidants in supplement form. These are both workable quick fixes but you really need to make you diet a lifestyle.
Antioxidants are abundant in fruit and vegetables and generally, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables contain the highest levels of antioxidants: for example, yellow, orange, and dark green vegetables and citrus fruits. Now the Catch-22 in this is that you are better to be eating organic produce so that you are not introducing more toxins into the body as you neutralise the ones that are already there.
Research has shown that children who regularly eat organic foods have lower levels of toxic chemicals in their bodies than those who only eat conventional foods.
Fruits and vegetables are also high in other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C is abundant in strawberries and oranges and this helps to support the immune system. Carrots and sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which is important for vision and high levels of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K can be found in green leafed vegetables to support the health of our bones and teeth, among other things.
Some helpful guidelines to follow: Eat two to four pieces of fresh fruit daily, and fill half your plate with vegetables at any given meal.
A healthy diet program requires planning and lots of knowledge, both in the supermarket and at the meal table but the results are more than worth it!
I have given you some of the facts concerning a healthy diet but something that you do not see in many of these weekly diet regimes is a realistic approach, we are not all at home all the time, we are sitting in traffic or having meals in the canteen where you cannot dictate what is on the menu.
Here are some healthy eating habits to think about and to bring into your new healthy eating lifestyle.
Eat a good breakfast. When there isn't time to sit down and enjoy your morning meal, and oats are a good choice there, grab some fruit and some juice. 
If you only viable option is to eat fast foods, choose a pizza with half the cheese, a regular roast beef sandwich, baked potato, or green salad with reduced calorie dressing.  Do not opt for things like fries, fried chicken or fish and remember to use low calorie dressing and not the regular variety.
Always have healthy snacks close by to fend off sudden hunger attacks. These could be fresh or dried fruit, nuts, rice cakes, whole wheat crackers or raw vegetables with low fat yogurt or dip.
Eat calcium rich food by including ample amounts of low fat yogurt, low fat cheese, milk and green leafy vegetables in your diet.
If you need to lose weight, do it sensibly.  Remember we are going for lifestyle changes not a quick fix starvation diet. The only safe way to lose weight, feel good while doing it, and keep it off is to eat a balanced diet.
Reduce you sugar intake, use it sparingly and consider sweetening coffee, tea, cereal and fruit with sweeteners instead. Though sugar provides calories it supplies few other nutrients and it contributes significantly to tooth decay. 
Salad bars sound healthy but they can also be harmful. By all means go for the leafy greens, raw vegetable and fresh fruit as they are beneficial.  But the creamy dressing, bacon bits, and mayonnaise based salads are not and the calories and fat they contain may equal or even exceed those of a burger and fries.
Reduce or cut alcohol out completely, remember that alcohol supplies calories but has no nutritional value.  A small beer, a glass of wine, or a shot of spirits contains about 100 calories. Adding this to the associated problems that are linked with drinking alcohol the benefits can be two-fold.
Drink lots of water.  Your body needs at least two or three pints a day, and if you exercise vigorously, this could be more.  Try to keep a water bottle handy.
And War Vets Still Suffer After All

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Memory problems, chronic fatigue, depression, stress and other mysterious ailments and mental disorders are some of the issues that afflicted thousands of war veterans. One significant problem that is common among war veterans is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This disorder was given a serious though recently. However, support is available for military personnel experiencing PTSD.

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Sleep my sons, your duty done...for freedom's light has come.
Sleep in the silent depths of the sea or in your bed of hollowed sod.
Until you hear at dawn the low clear reveille of God.

The poem is inscribed on the monument to the Pacific War Dead, in Corregidor, Philippines. The huge dome-shaped Pacific War Memorial in Corregidor resembles a vintage World War II parachute, from the parallel lines running down the dome’s side to a hole right at its center. The memorial shrine was funded by the Americans and it is positioned in such a way that on May 6 of every year, the high noon sun that shines directly through the hole falls right straight in the middle of a round marble altar dedicated to fallen soldiers in the last war.

Corregidor comes from the Spanish word “corregir,” meaning to correct. One story states that due to the Spanish system wherein all ships entering Manila Bay were required to stop and have their documents checked and corrected, the island was called “Isla del Corregidor” (Island of the Correction). Another version claims that the island was used a penitentiary or correctional institution by the Spanish and came to be called “El Corregidor.”

In early and pre-hispanic times, it was likely populated by fishermen and no doubt provided a base for pirates who could easily launch an attack against any vessel entering Manila Bay. During the Spanish era, this tadpole-shaped island was a signal station where bonfires were lit to alert Manila of a homecoming galleons. Later on, Spaniards built a lighthouse on the island.

The big guns of Corregidor in 1941 were used in support of Filipino and American defenders of Bataan until the island itself was invaded by Japanese Forces. The restless pounding by Japanese guns including intermittent bombings reduced its defenses and compelled its surrender. On January 22, 1945, Corregidor was once again caught in the fury of war as the Americans retook the island after a bloody battle.

After more than 50 years, Filipinos, as well as American war veterans, still remember their history by heart about the fall of Corregidor to the Japanese.

However, not only did the Fall of Corregidor left a mark on the war veterans, wars also left them many serious problems and illnesses. Memory problems, chronic fatigue, depression, stress and other mysterious ailments and mental disorders are some of the issues that afflicted thousands of war veterans.

One significant problem that is common among war veterans is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During World War I, PTSD was called “shell shock,” and on World War II, it was referred to as “combat fatigue.”  After the Vietnam War, it was often mistakenly called the Post Vietnam Syndrome. Indeed, the understanding and effective treatment of PTSD were actually described in the psychiatric literature well before the Vietnam War. A psychiatrist from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Eric Lindemann at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, was the first to report on the systematic management of PTSD. He did this work after the Coconut Grove fire and tragedy in the 1940s.

A significant number of soldiers suffer lingering distress from the trauma they endured while overseas. And the trauma can stay with them for the rest of their lives, preventing them from sleeping normally, facing large crowds, focus or commit in a relationship, or even looking at a simple garbage bag without worrying that a bomb might be hidden inside.

PTSD can be seen as an overwhelming of the body's normal psychological defenses against stress. Thus, after the trauma, there is an abnormal function (dysfunction) of the normal defense systems, which results in certain symptoms. The symptoms are produced in three different ways: (1) re-experiencing the trauma, (2) persistent avoidance and (3) increased arousal.

Fortunately today, unlike 50 years ago, support is available for military personnel experiencing PTSD. Acting on lessons learned from World War II and other conflicts, the military and other government agencies of countries such as the United States have focused on early intervention of PTSD among active-duty soldiers. They offer counseling to prepare service members for overseas duty and send teams of chaplains and other mental health personnel into the field. 

It is indeed comforting to know that the various methods of treatment for PTSD are highly effective. Moreover, there are trained clinicians experienced at handling the difficult problems of posttraumatic stress. But, of course, we hope that we will never have to experience a repeat of the appalling tragedy of non-sense fightings such as what transpired at the Fall of Corregidor.

And Yet More Benefits For Wine Drinkers

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The positive effects of drinking wine are well-documented, though recent studies are showing that there may be more benefits than initially believed. A Spanish research team recently discovered that drinking red wine regularly may reduce the chances of blood vessels becoming inflamed, apart from other benefits.

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It is a proven fact that wine has beneficial side effects on the heart, having some role in preventing heart disease. There have also been recent discoveries that indicate that drinking wine during pregnancy might not be as damaging to a growing fetus as previously believed. Some studies have also found that drinking wine in moderation also helped alleviate the damage caused by higher cholesterol levels. However, a newer study has also found that there may be even more side effects to wine drinking, particularly for women. A recent study conducted in Spain has found that wine can help lower the inflammation of blood vessels in women.

A Spanish research team, headed by Dr. Emilio Sacanella, reported his findings to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study found that wine was capable of lowering levels of the various chemicals that cause the inflammation of blood vessels and arteries, which then have the effect of lowering the risk of heart disease. This is apart from the already-documented effects that red wine has. The study found that both white and red wine had this effect, though most tests reflected that red wine had a much more appreciable effect than white in the same period, given the same amounts.

A variety of studies have already found that heart disease risks are lowered by regularly drinking certain amounts of wine. The length and amount of wine varies, with some taking place over an extended period while others were more focused on the immediate effects. The Spanish research team conducted their study over a period of four weeks, with each test subject taking four glasses of wine per day. The results were observed and recorded over that period, though there was no indication of any effort being made to eliminate lifestyle factors. There were no test subjects taking heart medication during or prior to the test period, however.

However, Sacanella was quick to add that just because they had better heart health, it does not mean wine was the only factor in the results. The researchers have not yet eliminated other potential factors. Among these factors are exercise, diet, and habits. According to the study, any of them could have had as much of an effect on the results as the wine theoretically could have. Further study has been proposed to eliminate all possible factors to determine what, specifically, caused the benefits to occur.

Should wine prove to be the key to the results, there are already some theories as to how it came about. One of them involves the number of polyphenols in wine, which are known to have effects similar to the ones that have been observed by various studies. Theoretically, that would also explain why red wine has a more appreciable and noticeable effect than white, due to the higher polyphenol count and concentration in red wine as opposed to white. However, this is merely speculation at this point and researchers agree that further conjecture is not going to be of much use until it can be determined whether or not the decreased inflammation was caused by the wine, or by other factors.

title:Anger and Anatomy
author:Shannon Munford
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

They say that youth is wasted on the young. I’m only 34 years old so depending on the crowd I’m in I still consider my self to be pretty young. One of the traits of the young and strong is that they rarely think about their health. That’s why they can drink to excess, take up arms in the sexual revolution, sky dive, bungee jump and never think “Hey this may kill me!”  Don’t get me wrong I like a little adventure and I try to keep in shape, I work out, try and eat right but that’s just so I can continue to see my shoes below my stomach. The truth is I don’t really think about my mortality much. Heart Disease, Cancer, Chronic Pain are not things that stay on my mind.
The reality is everything you do today will determine the type of life you live tomorrow. This is true when it comes to anger and what it can do to your body. I’m not a doctor and I honestly can’t stand the sight of blood. If my wife cuts her finger washing dishes you will find me running in terror into the other room. Medical terminology puts me to sleep and I don’t know an artery from an adrenal gland but I have to admit and you probably do too that there is a direct link between our emotions and our bodies.
Just think about it. What happens when we are sad? We cry. When we are nervous? We sweat. Our emotions can cause actual physical changes from headaches and tight muscles to ulcers and acne. Our emotions are even responsible for the stimulation and activation of our reproductive systems.
Anger is an emotion than can work havoc on our physical bodies. According to Dr. Don Colbert, the author of “Deadly Emotions” anger and hostility can cause an individual to release the hormone adrenaline and norepinephrine into their blood stream. Norepinephine, try saying that, 3 times fast. Norepinephine,  norepinephine, norepinephine, oh well lets move on. Both hormones raise blood pressure, increase the heart rate and elevate the cholesterol level in the body. Our breathing becomes shallow, we may sweat, and you may see a vein pop out in the middle of our foreheads.  If these conditions continue over an expanded periods of time individuals could be at risk of heart attack or stroke.   
We also find that the sudden rush of adrenaline into or blood stream can cause or bodies to perform extraordinary acts of strength. That reminds me of another television series. Do you remember the original Incredible Hulk, The one with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno? Whenever I watch poor, skinny Bill Bixby try to lift the burning car off of his dying wife I sadly ask myself, “ How come his adrenaline doesn’t kick now?” In fact it was experimenting with adrenaline and radiation that got him in trouble. It was that adrenaline/radiation cocktail that turned him into and out of control raging green Hulk. Adrenaline has the same affect on us too. No, it won’t turn you green but it may cause you to exhibit some fairly dangerous behavior. 
Roger a former client of mine seemed to be a really nice guy. He smiled a lot, had a decent job and appeared to be overall pretty pleasant. As he recounted the story of how he was ordered into my class it was apparent that a rush of adrenaline fueled by anger and fear was responsible for his otherwise out of character behavior.
Roger was on vacation in Lake Havasu, California. At 45 he just wanted to enjoy a nice quiet weekend on the Lake with his family. As he docked his boat that day he was a little tired and a lot sunburned. Roger noticed his nephew, a persistent hothead in an argument with another vacationer. As the argument escalated into a physical altercation, Roger rushed to the aid of his nephew in an attempt to break up the fight. He suddenly found himself in the fight and in self-defense Roger landed a right hook on the jaw of his nephews opponent. Roger witnessed him falling to the ground and noticed a hurried blur running towards him from behind. Without thinking, Roger through up his hands and backslapped the approaching individual. When Roger was able to calm down and turn around he discovered that he had struck the victims girlfriend smack in the mouth. She lay about 30 feet from the spot where she was hit. A quiet vacation on the lake had quickly turned into a night in jail and a charge of woman beating.
The physical and psychological affects of anger can propel even the most docile individuals into an aggressive attack. It is to late to take and anger management class when you are provoked. You must understand yourself and how you react to various triggers in life before a confrontation arises.         
title:Anger and Health
author:Steven Stosny
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

The effects of anger on health have more to do with duration than frequency and intensity. The normal experience of overt anger lasts only a few minutes. But the subtle forms of anger, such as resentment, impatience, irritability, grouchiness, etc., can go on for hours and days at a time. Consistent, prolonged levels of anger give a person a five times greater chance of dying before age 50. Anger elevates blood pressure, increases threat of stroke, heart disease, cancer, depression, anxiety disorders, and, in general, depresses the immune system (angry people have lots of little aches and pains or get a lot of colds and bouts of flu or headaches or upset stomachs). To make matters worse, angry people tend to seek relief from the ill-moods caused by anger through other health-endangering habits, such as smoking and drinking, or through compulsive behavior such as workaholism and perfectionism.
Laboratory experiments have shown that even subtle forms of anger impair problem-solving abilities and general performance competence. In addition to increasing error rates, anger narrows and makes rigid mental focus, tending to obscure alternative perspectives. The angry person has one "right way" of doing things, which, if selected in anger, is seldom the best way. There is nothing you can do angry (resentful, irritable, grouchy, impatient, chilly) that you can’t do better not angry.
Because it acts on the entire central nervous system as an amphetamine, anger always produces a physiological "crash," often experienced as depression when the issues causing the anger remain unresolved. Think about it. The last time you got really angry, you got really depressed afterwards. The angrier you get, the more depressed you get. And that is merely the physiological response, even if you keep from doing something while angry that you're ashamed of, like hurting the feelings of someone you love.
What is an Anger Problem?
A dangerous myth about an "anger-problem" restricts its definition to aggression, abuse, hurting people, or destroying property. But this describes only one of a great many forms of anger. You have an anger problem if some subtle form of anger - that you may not even be aware of - makes you do what is not in your best interest or keeps you from performing at your highest potential. This could mean something subtle, like putting a chilly wall between you and others or a continual impatience or low frustration tolerance that interferes with problem solving and performance competence.
Whatever the form of anger, in persistence you run the risk of becoming a reactaholic, with your thoughts, feelings, and behavior totally controlled by whoever or whatever you’re reacting to. The more reactive you are, the more powerless you feel; anger is ultimately a cry of powerlessness.
Self-Compassion and Compassion for Others
Mastery of the three steps of self-compassion and compassion for others makes us virtually immune to the ill-effects of anger. The first step of self-compassion is seeing beneath the symptom or defense (anger, anxiety, manipulation, obnoxious behavior) to the cause, which is some form of core hurt (feeling unimportant, disregarded, accused, devalued, guilty, untrustworthy, rejected, powerless, unlovable). Second, the core hurt must be validated (this is how I feel at this moment), and, third, changed (this behavior or event or disappointment or mistake does not mean that I’m unimportant, not valuable or lovable.) Compassion for others is recognizing that their symptoms, defenses, and obnoxious behavior come from a core hurt, validating it, and supporting them while they change it. Compassion does not excuse obnoxious behavior. Rather, it keeps us from attacking the already wounded person, which allows focus on changing the undesired behavior.
Anger Regulation versus Anger Management
Regulation of anger means healing the hurt that causes it by internally restoring the core personal value that seems diminished by the behavior of another. In contrast, anger management requires enduring the hurt that causes the anger but redirecting its effects to avoid aggression and trouble. Anger regulation employs the principles of emotional intelligence: awareness of internal experience, the ability to control the meaning of one’s emotional experience, and empathy for the emotional experience of others. An excellent regulation technique, called HEALSTM, obviates the powerlessness of anger by providing the sense of internal power, well-being, self-compassion, and compassion for others necessary for optimal health and problem-solving. HEALSTM is a technology that, with practice, automatically invokes a response of self-compassion and compassion for others whenever anger and other symptoms and defenses are stimulated, keeping the focus on solutions to the problem, rather !
than attacking the person. More than 90% effective in lowering anger to problem-solving and performance-efficient levels, HEALSTM can be learned in three or less sessions of training.
Anger at Your Children: Who Has the Power?
Every parent since the beginning of time has been painfully aware that children can do a great many things to irritate, frustrate, and otherwise turn the pleasant feelings of their caretakers into moods from hell. Those same creatures who look like little darlings when they sleep can almost at their whim produce headaches, upset stomachs, jangled nerves, strained muscles, aching bones, and overloaded emotional and sensory circuits.
But there’s one thing that even the most exuberant or obstinate of children cannot do: They can’t make us angry. They cannot force us to give up internal regulation of our emotional experience. To understand this scientific fact that seems to fly in the face of common sense, consider the psychobiological function of anger.
Why Anger is a Problem in Families
An automatic response triggered whenever we feel threatened, anger is the most powerful of all emotional experience. The only emotion that activates every muscle group and organ of the body, anger exists to mobilize the instinctual fight or flight response meant to protect us from predators. Of course, our children are not predators. For the vast majority of problems in family life, anger constitutes overkill and under-think. Applying this survival-level fight or flight response to everyday problems of family living is like using a rock to turn off a lamp or a tank to repair a computer.
Is anyone really stupid enough to turn off a lamp with a rock? When angry, everybody is that stupid. The problem has nothing to do with intelligence, it has to do with how hurt we are. Anger is always a reaction to hurt. It can be physical pain, which is why, when you bang your thumb with a hammer while trying to hang a picture, you don’t pray.
Far more often, though, anger is a reaction to psychological hurt or threat of hurt, in the form of a diminished sense of self. Vulnerability to psychological hurt depends entirely on how you feel about yourself. When your sense of self is weak or disorganized, anything can make you irritable or angry. When it’s solid and well-integrated, the insults and frustrations of life just roll off your back.
For instance, if you’ve had a bad day, if you’re feeling guilty, a little bit like a failure, or just disregarded, devalued, or irritable, you might come home to find your kid’s shoes in the middle of the floor and respond with: "That lazy, selfish, inconsiderate, little brat!" Yet you can come home after a great day of feeling fine about yourself, see the same shoes in the middle of the floor and think, "Oh, that’s just Jimmy or Sally," and not think twice about it.
The difference in your reaction to the child’s behavior lies entirely within you and depends completely on how you feel about yourself. In the first case the child’s behavior seems to diminish your sense of self: "If he cared about me, he wouldn’t do this; if my own kid doesn’t care about me, I must not be worth caring about." The anger is to punish the child for your diminished sense of self. In the second instance, the child’s behavior does not diminish your sense of personal importance, value, power, and lovability. So there is no need for anger. You don’t need a tank to solve the problem of the shoes in the middle of the floor. Rather, the problem to be solved is how to teach the child to be more considerate in his behavior; you won’t do that by humiliating him because you feel humiliated. His reaction to humiliation will be the same as yours: an inability see the other person’s perspective, an overwhelming urge to blame, and an impulse for revenge or punishment.
Modeling Anger Regulation for Children
Although their intellectual maturity is far less advanced than that of their parents, children experience anger for the same reasons as adults, mostly to defend the sense of self from pain and temporary diminishment. At the moment of anger, both children and adults feel bad about themselves. Making angry people feel worse about themselves will only make things worse. Rather, children must learn from their parents that the sense of self is internal and can be regulated only within themselves. They must restore their own sense of core value while respecting the rights of other people, which means regulating the impulse for revenge through validation of the hurt causing the urge for revenge, and through understanding the perspective of the person at whom the anger is directed. They will only learn to do this by watching their parents do it.
Self-Compassion and Compassion for Others
Mastery of the three steps of self-compassion and compassion for others makes us virtually immune to the ill-effects of anger. The first step of self-compassion is seeing beneath the symptom or defense (anger, anxiety, manipulation, obnoxious behavior) to the cause, which is some form of core hurt (feeling unimportant, disregarded, accused, devalued, guilty, untrustworthy, rejected, powerless, unlovable). Second, the core hurt must be validated (this is how I feel at this moment), and, third, changed (this behavior or event or disappointment or mistake does not mean that I’m unimportant, not valuable or lovable.) Compassion for others is recognizing that their symptoms, defenses, and obnoxious behavior come from a core hurt, validating it, and supporting them while they change it. Compassion does not excuse obnoxious behavior. Rather, it keeps us from attacking the already wounded person, which allows focus on changing the undesired behavior.
Anger Regulation
Here are a few of the common activators of anger, which we call core hurts: feeling disregarded, unimportant, accused, guilty, untrustworthy, devalued, rejected, powerless, unworthy of love. Once activated, core hurts put the sense of self at stake in solving the problem, which greatly distorts thinking, blows the problem out of proportion, and increases the emotional intensity of the response. Of course the child is responsible only for his/her behavior, not your sense of self.
To regulate anger, we must reduce the sensitivity of these activators. We must learn to view anger as a signal, not to assign blame to our children for tripping the activator, but to look within the self to reset the activated core hurt, i.e., to restore Core Value, a sense of personal adequacy and worthiness. With the sense of self no longer at stake, the problem, no longer a source of self-diminishment, can be solved for what it is: a call for more attention/effort, an inconvenience, disappointment, or mistake.
Emotional regulation skills can be learned fairly quickly in three concentrated learning sessions, with consistent practice between sessions. But whether learned through training or through personal experience that internally regulates anger activators, successful parenting, personal happiness, optimal work efficiency, physical and psychological health, and the capacity to sustain viable attachment relationships demands self-regulation of the impulse to anger and resentment.
Animal Doctors:  An Alternative Way To Get Stress And Anxiety Relief

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This article features how anxiety and stress can relieved with the presence of our household pets. This also features different animals that are scientifically proven to help reduce anxiety levels.

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A day's work ends not at “quitting time.” After a hard day's work, one cannot just rush home and immediately sit back on the sofa with feet raised. After long hours of paper sorting, tedious analysis and hours more of report writing, the average worker cannot simply relax knowing that there are are still more things to done in the house.  Eight hours at the office is followed by more domestic tasks such as cleaning the living room, washing the dishes, or doing the laundry.  Being at home is just like doing another work shift, but this time, without the need to wear that tie or long-heeled pair of Prada. 

There is, however, a great consolation to doing housework. Unlike being in the office, doing more work at home allows one to enjoy the benefits of being in the company of loved ones. As a bonus, a pet lover can also enjoy being with a congenial companion that helps one get over all the stress and anxiety at the office.  Having a pet, like having a family, can be a real stress-buster.

Medical studies show that petting an animal can act as anxiety relief.   Having a pet helps lower blood pressure and soothes the emotions after a hectic day.  The company of pets gives a person a state of serenity and relaxation.  Endorphins, the human hormone that kills pain, are easier released when a person enjoys the company of a pet animal.   Other research clearly prove that petting a dog can help reduce stress and anxiety.  The act of petting is not only comforting to the dog but for the owner as well. 

Studies also say that dolphin vocalizations, or the sound being produced by these continental shelf dwellers, act as anxiety relief which can also lower blood pressures and induce calm thoughts.  These specialized dolphin organs located below their blow-holes can treat mild depression, psychological problems, and developmental disabilities. These carnivorous mammals that actually feed on squid and fish are not your usual household pets.  Still, they are used to conduct studies on animal-assisted therapy for human beings.  Dolphin vocalizations are now being fused to classical music to produce mind-relaxing audio in CD and DVD forms.

Bird songs are also natural anxiety relief as those sounds bring incomparable sense of calm to the listener. Listening to the chirping birds can also relieve one's mind from stress and anxiety.  Psychiatrists and  behavioral experts point out that petting such animals or listening to their natural sounds can be an effective way to promote emotional health and physical rejuvenation.

However, there are still some quarters that criticize the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy. They say that therapy using animals are not as effective as taking anxiety medications. They contend that “there is still no compelling scientific evidence that proves that animal-assisted therapy is a legitimate therapy or just an answer to a fleeting mood.”

Science may not yet hold concrete proof of the benefits of animal-assisted therapy.  But it is important to know that millions have already benefited emotionally and physically by having a pet as a companion.  Still, no matter how tedious and tiring your office day was, having a relaxed moment with your family and pets should be considered as an alternative “therapeutic” method to promote one's health.

Ankle Sprain and Pain

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Article discussing the common condition known as ankle sprain with overview of what treatment is undertaken to get it corrected.

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It is very common to find the ankle joint afflicted by injuries and the most common form is sprain. Anatomically, various ligaments that are stretched or torn surround the ankle joint when it is forced to land in varied unnatural positions. This is of common occurrence during exercises, playing certain sports or accidentally.

The usual presentation could be an individual landing his foot forcefully on an uneven surface or the foot is turned inwards suddenly with force. This force in-turn stresses the ligaments that normally help stabilize the outer part of the joint. There might be a history of sudden snap/pop when this type of injury happens.

The ankle sprain ranges in severity from grade-I to grade-III, depending on the extent of injury to the ligament. An examination of the ankle reveals swelling and discoloration due to the accumulation of blood and fluid. The X-ray is an integral part of diagnosis as it rules out the possibility of fracture. An MRI examination provides a conclusive picture of injuries to various ligaments.

Prolonged immobilization in cases of ankle sprain is a common treatment error. Early mobilization stimulates collagen bundle orientation thereby promoting healing and regaining the range of motion.

Improper rehabilitation may result in instability vis-à-vis a balance deficit that increases the risk of re-injury. Returning to activity without proper healing or inadequate rehabilitation can also lead to instability. Patients can be declared fit to return to normal activity only after taking into consideration the following points:

1. When there is a full range of motion of the ankle.
2. Ability to walk without a limp.
3. 80-90 per cent strength when compared to normal ankle.
4. Pain-free hopping possible on the affected limb.

The patients not treated adequately experience a feeling of “giving away” of the ankle. On an uneven surface, while climbing stairs, such individuals are good candidates for recurrent ankle sprain.

Treatment at the initial stage aims at reducing post-injury swelling, bleeding and pain especially during the first 24 hours. Hot fomentation should be avoided as it increases swelling. Avoid Aspirin intake (as it prolongs the blood clotting time thereby increasing bleeding).

Give rest to the affected joint. Keep the leg and foot elevated by placing a pillow. This will reduce pain and swelling. Give ice treatment for 15-20 minutes every one or two hours.

PROTECTION OF THE ANKLE during the initial healing phase is extremely important. Taping, ankle stir-up, brace/crepe bandage and in severe cases leg cast is applied. In some cases crutches are used until pain-free weight bearing is achieved.

Once pain-free motion is attained, strengthening exercises are advised with a stretch band. Sitting on the floor/ chair, looping band over the foot with the heel on the floor ankle is moved outwards/ inward, upward and downward.

Heel/toe raises: Standing on a step with heels slightly off the step, slowly rise up on toes and then slowly bring the heel down. When this is easily done, exercise only the injured ankle in a pain-free motion.

Balance exercises: While standing, raise one foot off the floor and balance on the other foot for a count of 15. Increase the count gradually to 30. Start this exercise with your eyes open, and later on close the eyes also.

Return to activity is advised when the distance travelled by patient is no longer limited by pain then patient can progress to 50 per cent walking and 50 per cent jogging.

Chronic ankle laxity treatment becomes more tedious as it requires proper rehabilitation exercises over a period of time in order to improve the range of motion, to enhance strength and bring stability. If ankle pain is managed properly and well in time the incidence of chronic pain can be effectively reduced.

title:Ankylosing Spondylitis: The Basics
author:Steve Joseph
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Ankylosing Spondylitis (pronounced ankle-low-sing spond-ill-eye-tiss) is a chronic form of arthritis that is capable of seriously limiting range and movement. It can occur in other areas of the body, although it is most commonly associated with the spine. It usually presents symptoms such as pain and discomfort in the spine, (or other affected areas) and creates a degree of stiffness that results in a loss of range and movement. In the longer term, the condition causes the development of a bent posture and can even be responsible for fusing vertebrae together causing severe limitation in mobility and thus loss of independence. The hallmark of ankylosing spondylitis is inflammation, pain and stiffness in the joints of the lower back and pelvis.
The same inflammation that ankylosing spondylitis so often causes in the spine, is capable of extending to other tendons and ligaments in other areas of the body, such as the heels, shins, thighs, hips, shoulder blades and ribs. More advice on symptoms is available at http://www.ankylosinginfo.com . Once again mobility can easily be compromised by the disease so people suffering from ankylosing spondylitis are often urged to do a range of exercises aimed at maintaining range and movement.
The disease varies greatly in both the speed of decline and ultimate extent of inflammation and thus limitation of movement. This means that it is exceedingly difficult to project an outcome for an individual with ankylosing spondylitis.
At the less serious end of the spectrum, ankylosing spondylitis is characterized by periods of back pain and stiffness, with a tendency to be worse in the mornings or after a prolonged period of rest. In more severe cases, http://www.spondylitisinfo.com says that spinal stiffness becomes a serious issue and is accompanied by pain and inflammation.
A major characteristic of ankylosing spondylitis is a waxing and waning of symptoms. Periods of intense irritation, followed by relative disappearance is not uncommon. This makes accurate recording of symptoms a worthwile practice in order to establish an overall trend-line of the disease.
Ankylosing spondylitis like many forms of arthritis manifests itself in many levels of severity. Many doctors put a strong emphasis on prevention through regular exercise and movement. For those who suffer the disease, it is best to keep and open mind and be prepared for fluctuations in symptoms.
Anna Nicole Smith: Accidental Overdose?

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Celebrities are prone to drug overdose due to the stress and pressure their career and lifestyle bring.  Drug overdose can either be accidental or intentional.  Those who do it on purpose may be suffering from underlying mental health conditions, as well as emotional problems such as depression and anxiety disorder.

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There's just no argument about it.  Drug overdose can either be accidental or intentional.  It happens when an individual takes more than the usual medically recommended dose. However, some people may be more sensitive to certain medications that their metabolism cannot stand the potency of the drug resulting in adverse effects such as overdose.
It can happen to people of any age. Accidental overdose is most common in very young children (from crawling age to about 5 years) while intentional overdose involves mostly adolescents and adults in order to harm themselves.  Those who do it on purpose may be suffering from underlying mental health conditions, as well as emotional problems such as depression and anxiety disorder.
Celebrities are prone to drug overdose due to the stress and pressure their career and lifestyle bring.  Take the case of River Phoenix who collapsed and died of a drug overdose on the pavement outside of a rock club during Halloween night in 1993 at age 23.  Don Simpson, who was one of Hollywood's most successful producers of the 80's & 90's with hits like Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Flashdance, The Rock, died of a drug overdose Jan 1996. Actor John Belushi of Animal House & The Blues Brothers died of a drug overdose at 33 years old.  And just recently, reality t.v. star and heiress Anna Nicole Smith.
She was hotness personified. She did not only grace the cover of Playboy but even bagged that coveted title of  “Playmate of the Year” in 1993.  The bunny mag made her into an overnight sensation that sent men everywhere to keep asking for more.  And that included Paul Marciano, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of one of today's most recognized and influential brand names in the fashion industry, Guess?, who gave Anna her ticket to the glamorous life of modelling, and eventually, showbiz. 
Anna Nicole Smith, who was born Vicki Lynn Hogan on November 28, 1967, in Houston, Texas rose to fame and headed in the same direction as the screen goddess legend, Marilyn Monroe.  And just like her idol, Anna Nicole experienced celebrity status as well as a life of tribulations.  At the age of 17, Anna (then Vicki) married Billy Smith who sired her a son they called Daniel.  The relationship was short-lived so Anna began working as a topless dancer in one of the clubs in Houston to be able to raise her son and to pay the bills.  She was discovered by a photographer and made her realized that she could use her body to fulfill her dreams. 
Unfortunately, after a series of controversies such as marrying a very senior citizen, 80-year old oil tycoon Howard Marshall II, bitter court battles between her secretary, son-in-law, an ex-lover, and a slimming product, Anna Nicole Smith was found unconscious in her Florida hotel room on Feb 8, 2007, and was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital.
The headline reads: “An accidental overdose of prescription drugs killed former reality TV star and Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith”.  According to Seminole tribal police Chief Charlie Tiger, the case was already closed.  “We are convinced, based on extensive review of the evidence, that this case is an accidental overdose with no other criminal element present," said Tiger at a news conference announcing Smith's autopsy results.
Howard K. Stern, Smith's lawyer and rumored lover, sent a statement calling the death a tragic accident.  Read by his own attorney, Lilly Ann Sanchez, "At no time was there any indication of wrongdoing, whatsoever," she said. "It's horrible, it's painful, it's tragic, but it is an accident."  Media reports implicating Stern in the overdose accident of Smith was considered “outrageous speculations” by Sanchez.  She said that Stern did not feel vindicated for he lost the most important person in his life, emphasizing that he loved Anna completely.
Several prescription medications were discovered inside the hotel room and were all under the name of both Smith and Stern.  Joshua Perper, Broward County medical examiner, said prescription and over-the-counter drugs were found in Smith's system, including three antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs.  Toxicology testing also revealed the presence of human growth hormone and chloral hydrate, a depressant to induce sleep. 
According to Perper, the drugs in Smith's system acted on the respiration and circulation systems and basically shut them down.  Contrary to speculations, he did not believe that Smith tried to kill herself due to the large amount of chloral hydrate remaining in the bottle, and the normal levels of the other medications in her system.
Autopsy results showed evidence that Smith had an abscess in her left buttock that had been perforated by a needle, probably caused by the injections of either the growth hormone or vitamin B-12.   Such perforation allowed the bacteria entry into Smith's blood causing a high fever in the days prior to her death. She was being treated with Tamiflu and Cipro, an antiviral medication and the other an antibiotic.  Perper theorized that this would have not happened had Anna Nicole sought treatment for the fever and infection at a hospital where she wouldn't have had the opportunity to take the chloral hydrate. 
The remains of Anna Nicole Smith was buried in the Bahamas last March 2, 2007 next to the grave of her son, Daniel, who died in September, shortly after the birth of her daughter, Dannielynn. It is interesting to know that his son's death was also ruled as an accidental overdose of three antidepressant medications: methadone, Lexapro and Zoloft.

title:An Acne Herbal Hand and Footbath
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

In a book I read by William L. Fischer called Hidden Secrets of Super Perfect Health at Any Age, Book II, 1986, I learn how to do herbal footbaths.
In chapter 10, The F-M Circulizer System, Fischer discusses the use of an herbal footbath. After reading this chapter, I realized how herbs in a footbath could improve your skin and help you eliminate acne.
This book was written in 1986 and Fischer claims herbal footbaths have been in use overseas since 1946!
Now, you can do either a footbath or a hand bath.  Once you prepare a container with hot water you can put your feet or hands into it and get the same results.
If you already have foot spa, thank your mother, sister, or whoever bought it because you’re in for a treat.  If you don’t, with $20 or $30 you can get one just like I did.
When you use a heated footbath, veins in your feet start to expand. Over a period of 15-20 minute, the warm water affects your entire vascular (blood) system and you get improved blood circulation.
By adding an herbal infusion into the hot water in the footbath, minerals and other phytochemicals from the herbs enter the soles of your feet and into your blood stream.
This means that you can introduce herbal phytochemicals into your blood stream using the footbath. During your footbath, these herbal chemicals quickly circulated throughout your body and get to work neutralizing acid, killing bacteria, and improving your skin circulation.
Here is an herbal combination you can use.  This herbal combination was taken and modified slightly from a book written by Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D., called The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine, 1986.  Mowrey says,
“This (herbal) blend attacks external skin disorders from within, purifying the blood, carrying away waste, reinforcing the blood’s ability to ward off infectious agents.”
The herbal combination to use is,
*  Dandelion root – purifies blood and improves liver function
*  Yellow dock root – purifies blood, helps liver, is anti-bacterial
*  Saraparilla root – has antibiotic action, promotes waste elimination through urine and sweating
*  Echinacea – increases immunity and promotes skin healing
*  Licorice – protects the liver so that it can detoxify the blood better
*  Kelp – provide minerals and vitamins and binds heavy metal that are bad for health
*  Chaparral – is anti-microbial making effective against acne.
*  Fresh Garlic – cut up a few cubes of garlic and place them into the hot water.   Garlic is has antibacterial properties.
Buy one ounce of each herb and mix them.
Here’s how to do the herbal footbath,
*  Place 2-3 tablespoons of herbal mix into 1 ½ cups of water
*  Boil the water with herbs – use only a glass, porcelain, or stainless steel container
*  After water starts to boil, pull the container off the stove
*  Let tea sit for 15-30 minutes.  The longer the tea sits the stronger the tea and its effects
*  Prepare your foot spa with water
*  Strain the tea to remove leaves and roots
*  Poor tea and cut garlic into the foot spa
*  Place your feet or hands in the hot water for 15 – 30 minutes.
I have been using a foot spa for many different conditions for my family and myself.  I really like using the footbath.  It is a convenient way to by pass your digestive system and get more nutrients into your body
title:An ADD Case Study: What Does it Mean to "Fail"?
author:Jennifer Koretsky
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Josh is a client of mine who is a junior in college.  He's very smart.  He's amazingly smart.  Talk to Josh for an hour and you'll know how smart he is.  But if you don't know Josh and you look at his grades from previous semesters, you would probably guess that he wasn't smart at all. 
Josh gets frustrated in school.  He works hard, but often finds that the pressure of test taking overwhelms him, and his grades suffer for it.
Recently, Josh had a midterm in his Economics class.  He knew it would be tough.  He hates this class, but it's required for his Business major.  He had one test in the class already, which he did not pass.  For the midterm, there were 3 books to review, and pages upon pages of notes to memorize.  But he was determined to get an A.  Three weeks prior to the test, he began setting aside review time.  He highlighted the books, and took notes on them.  He rewrote his notes to memorize them.  And he even formed a study group with some of his classmates.
The morning of the test, Josh felt good.  He had plenty of rest the night before, he ate a good breakfast, and he was ready to ace his Economics test.  He got to the classroom, ready to go, and when the test was handed out and he flipped through it, he froze.  The test was four pages long, with short answer questions, math problems, and an essay.  Even though he had studied so hard, Josh started to doubt himself.  He did his best to push past the anxiety and overwhelm and finish the test.  Then he went back to his dorm room and slept.  He was physically and emotionally spent.
A week went by before Josh got his test back.  It was a B.  He had studied so hard, he knew the material, and yet all he got was a B.  He was crushed.  "I did the best I could, I worked so hard to overcome this test-taking fear, and I failed."
"What exactly did you fail at?" I asked.
"I got a B," he replied.  "I put so much work into that test that I should have got an A."
For Josh, it was very easy to look at the situation and see failure.  He wanted an A.  He wanted to prove to himself, his parents, and his professor that he could ace this test.  And Josh was so busy holding himself up to unrealistic expectations, that he completely missed his successes:

He stuck to the structure that we created for him.
He developed excellent study habits to prepare for the test.
He got a B!  He answered approximately 80% of the questions correctly, when just a month ago he wasn't passing the class.

I pointed this out to Josh and, although he listened, he only half-heartedly agreed. 
Then, two days ago, I got this email from Josh:
"Dear Jen,
I got my philosophy test back today and guess what, I got an A-!  I thought about what you said and realized that I have been doing really good studying this semester and I am doing better than I ever have.  My dad is so excited about my B and A-.  Thanks for pointing it out because sometimes its hard to see the good stuff."
I agree.  Sometimes it is hard to see the good stuff - whether you're a student, an artist, an office worker, a business owner, or a parent.  When that happens, look harder.  Even if you "fail," you'll still learn something about yourself or the situation you're in.  And if you're learning, then you're really not failing, are you...?
This story was shared with Josh's permission.
title:An ADD Case Study: When the Pace Picks Up, Learn to Slow Down
author:ADD Management Coach Jennifer Koretsky
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

The fall season signals a shift in most people's minds.  The summer is coming to a close, and it's back to school, work, and the other things that we haven't put as much effort into since Memorial Day.  Many ADDers welcome this shift, as boredom sets in around August and we long for something bigger to keep us occupied.  But while the opportunity to dive into new projects and situations is exciting, it can also become quickly overwhelming.
One way to avoid becoming overwhelmed by all the extra activities that September brings is by remembering to schedule in personal "down time."  This means taking a chunk of time for yourself each and every day to relax, unwind, and plan. 
"Anna" is a client of mine who has given me permission to share her story.  I've been coaching Anna for a while, and we just resumed our work together after a month off.  Anna owns a business selling her own artwork.  She also has a husband, two kids, a dog, a cat, and a parrot.  Her business, like many, is slow in the summer months, which works out well for her because she can spend extra time with her kids.  Just two weeks ago, though, she started to see more orders coming in from her website for custom-made designs, and she panicked.
"All of a sudden, I realized that I had just one week to take my kids school clothes shopping AND school supply shopping, get Butter [the dog] to the vet because he can't seem to stop scratching his ear, meet with the new web designer and get him the materials he's going to need, and find the time to make and ship two products which I wasn't expecting orders for.  This is in addition to all the OTHER stuff I have to do, like grocery shop, cook, clean up, and spend time with my family.
So what did I do?  I freaked out.  Instead of getting to work, I sat on the couch and watched talk shows."
Although the details and tasks will be different for everyone, this is a familiar tale for ADDers.  Life seems to be rolling along fine and then, out of nowhere, the to-do list seems too big to handle.  Overwhelm sets in, and it's easy to shut down under the weight of the pressure.
Anna and I discussed this challenge, and the fact that she's dealt with it before.  In fact, every year at this time, she finds herself even more overwhelmed than usual.  When I reminded her of this, she responded with amazement.  "You know, you're right!  And when this happened last year, what helped was taking time out for myself."
It did help.  I remember talking with Anna and encouraging her to slow down and take care of herself.  She protested, like many ADDers do, "How can I possibly slow down when I have so much to do?"
But the truth of the matter is that slowing down helps an ADDer get centered, de-stress, and gain control.  So Anna and I worked out some ways that she could slow down, and make life about more than her to-do list, even though there was a lot to be done.  We decided she would:
Go to the gym in the morning, because she likes to work out and she finds it helps keep her stress levels down
Find a babysitter and go on a "date" with her husband one night a week, because she likes to spend quality time with her husband
Take 15 minutes every evening before bed to plan out the tasks that she can reasonably accomplish the next day, because she likes to feel in control of her time
"It really helped," Anna said as she remembered her life at this time last year.  "I was having fun so I wasn't so stressed all the time, and so all the things I had to do seemed more manageable.  And once I established a planning routine, I didn't feel frustrated or surprised by new things when they came up."
Anna decided that she needed to implement this "slow-down" time once again.  It's only been a day, but she went back to the gym, scheduled lunch and a movie with her husband for Sunday, the kids have their school supplies, and Butter's itchy ear has been treated!
When I asked permission to share her story, Anna offered this tip: "Tell your readers that planning is the thing that really makes all the difference!  Sometimes I need to slow down in order to speed up."
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An Adult Bedwetting Message Board – Find Out How Others Are Coping

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There are all sorts of ways for adults with bedwetting problems to get together online, and discuss the problem.

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An adult bedwetting message board and chat line is an easy way for adults coping with enuresis to get helpful ideas from others in the same situation. There are many sites on the Internet that deal specifically with adult bed wetting issues. These sites often have medical doctors who reply to patients’ questions and offer helpful advice. Here adults can read the messages from other males and females and may get the answers they need without having to send any message. An adult bedwetting message board is anonymous, so none of your friends will know about your problem.

You can simply do an online search for “Adult Bedwetting Message” and the results will show you many message boards set up for this purpose. Here you will find messages about all kinds of bedwetting issues and read the advice that the doctors and other adults offer. Maybe one or more of the experiences may be identical or similar to your situation. This will not only help you find a solution, but will also give you relief in knowing that there are other adults with bed wetting problems.

There are also different products you can use to keep you dry at night, such as disposable bedwetting diapers and liners, but you need to buy the ones that are right for you. For example, adult male bedwetting requires different products than for female bedwetting simply because of the differences in the male and female bodies. An adult bed wetting message board is also a way of finding out about the different products and how most adults feel about using them. When you want to post a message on an adult bedwetting message board, you will probably have to register. However, you can feel secure in knowing that your information will never be made public.

The Urology Forum is a good example of an adult bedwetting message board that is monitored by a doctor. Using an adult bed wetting message board should never take the place of consulting with a doctor about your bed wetting problem. Whether it is something that occurred all of a sudden or developed over time, it could be symptomatic of a more serious problem and you need to have the necessary medical tests to get the proper treatment. It could also be a symptom of a condition that is easy to treat and you could be suffering through bed wetting episodes needlessly. Adult male bedwetting is often a source of embarrassment to men and they have a hard time dealing with it. It usually takes a lot for them to speak to a doctor about bedwetting and for these people a message board can be really helpful.

An adult bedwetting message board is not just about bedwetting. Here you can find answers to questions about all kinds of bladder and kidney related problems. Adult male bedwetting, painful urination and other topics are open for discussion. The answer you want may be waiting for the click of the mouse when you start using an adult bedwetting message board. You might also be able to help others and reassure them that they are not alone.

An African Bush Doctor's Prescription For Better Health

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Bush Medicine is traditional herbal medicine- the oldest system of healing in the world. Bush medicine started in Africa about 30,000 years ago. In the African-Caribbean culture plants are referred to as “Bush” such as “fever bush” or “toothache bush and are revered for their healing and spiritual properties”. Every culture in world practiced and still practices bush medicine to treat the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual problems of the people. Today 70% of the world...

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Bush Medicine is traditional herbal medicine- the oldest system of healing in the world. Bush medicine started in Africa about 30,000 years ago. In the African-Caribbean culture plants are referred to as “Bush” such as “fever bush” or “toothache bush and are revered for their healing and spiritual properties”. Every culture in world practiced and still practices bush medicine to treat the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual problems of the people. Today 70% of the world’s population still uses traditional herbal medicine (bush medicine) as it’s primary source of health care.

For the past 75 years medical doctors and drug companies have tried to discredit traditional herbal medicine while at the same time sending ethnobotanists all around the world to acquire the knowledge of local plants from bush doctors in order to make new pharmaceutical drugs. Often once a drug company has appropriated local plant knowledge- usually without compensating the locals in any way, they patent the plants and pressure the governments into banning the local population from having access to the plants they have depended on for millennia. Fortunately there is now a worldwide effort underway to protect local plant knowledge from unethical exploitation. People are returning to their traditional herbalists because of the failure of pharmaceutical drugs to treat chronic health problems safely and effectively.

I am from a long-line of African bush doctors. My family has practiced traditional herbal medicine for many generations. My grandmother was a prominent bush doctor in Trinidad, the country of my birth. The African-Caribbean culture is a largely intact culture where we have retained much of the knowledge of our bush doctors. Here are some simple tips for improving your health from me, Christopher Scipio- your friendly neighbourhood bush doctor.

1. Eat less. Unless you are very physically active you are probably eating a third more calories than you need. Excessive caloric intake is one of the biggest factors in reducing life expectancy.

2. Don’t eat alone. People eat too quickly, chew their food less, and tend to consume less nutritional meals when they are eating alone. Having company provides many health benefits and is much better for your mental and emotional well-being.

2A. Pay attention to your eating environment. Loud noises, lack of a comfortable sitting position, too many distractions and a less than peaceful environment can all contribute to digestive problems and may cascade into other health issues. Eating in a relaxed quiet environment with good company is a great habit to get into.

3. Along the theme of eating less- use smaller plates and cutlery and consider using chop sticks or your fingers to eat with. The oversized cutlery just promotes the wolfing down of food. I love using chopsticks for lots of different kinds of meals and there is much sensual pleasure with eating with your fingers the way we Africans do.

4. Reduce your carbs, especially bread and pasta. Obesity and many of the health problems that go with it like diabetes were virtually unknown until we started consuming such large quantities of bread, pasta and baked goods. I recommend not eating bread or pasta more than 3-4 times per week and substituting beans and dishes like hummous as a replacement.

5. Get and use a juicer. The juice you buy in a store is dead. Many juice enzymes die within an hour of extraction. Most juices have been pasteurized to further deplete their nutritional value. Making your own juice is a joy. I like starting the day with a blend of carrot, apple, Hawaiian ginger and beet juice, but there are so many juices to discover. I recommend the book on healing juices by Heinermann.

6, Cook your own food. It is more than worth the time. I know you are busy but you can work cooking into any schedule. Consider getting a slow cooker. Consider cooking large batches on your days off and keeping them ready in the freezer. Cooking your own food is the only way of knowing what actually is put into your food, plus it sends the right message to your body that you care.

6A. Don’t assume restaurant food is healthy. Many restaurants are fond of using iceberg lettuce which is very cheap and is usually grown in high-tech hydroponic factories but has virtually no nutritional value and don’t even ask about the chemicals used to keep lettuce looking “fresh”. Most restaurants don’t use organic ingredients and many restaurants use microwaves to heat their meals. Just take a tour of the kitchen of your favourite restaurants and you may be horrified.

7. Bless your food and remember where it comes from. This modern life is a very disconnected from reality kind of life. Often there is little though given to where food comes from, how it was harvested and processed and by whom? Do you know where you food came from? If not you better bless it and bless it well before you take it and all the vibes that go along with it into your sensitive body.

8. Balance yourself daily with yoga, tai-chi or Qi- gong. 20 minutes a day in your own home of one of these practices and I’ll personally guarantee your health will improve no matter how healthy you were before-hand. You can go to classes as well but what I recommend is that you empower yourself by learning how to do simple routines at home so you are not dependant on a class.

9 Get and give a massage at least once per month. Weekly is even better. Give and receive this vital practice as often as possible. Even a mediocre massage is better than none at all so recruit your partner or a friend if you cannot access a professional and don’t be reluctant to lay your hands on others as well.

10. Love More. Love is the ultimate healing. Love your partner, love children, love your neighbours, love your community, love the environment, love your God, love your life, love yourself.

11. Don’t forget to laugh. Laughter is great medicine. Give yourself permission to be silly, don’t be so serious and you’ll have a longer and happy life.

12. Just say no to drugs. Ronald and Nancy Regan were worried about recreational drugs and I agree that recreational drugs are harmful to your health but the drugs that I see devastating the community’s health the most are coffee, alcohol and cigarettes- in that order. Don’t believe the self-serving propaganda from the Starbucks lobby about the possible benefits of drinking coffee. There are no net benefits to drinking coffee and it is particularly devastating to women’s health as is heavy alcohol consumption and cigarettes.

13. Eat like an adult not a child. You a big boy/girl now so eat like one. Don’t be a slave to cravings and food addictions. Eat for nutritional value and not strictly for taste or as an emotional panacea. On my hot list of non-nutritional foods are chocolate, ice cream, sodas, white bread, white rice, and white pasta.

14. Eat soft foods. Eat wet foods. Softer foods are much easier for your body to digest and are much more likely to have a high water content. Wet foods are also easier to digest and help provide the water you need. Your body is mostly water, the earth is mostly water, so try to limit dry, hard, dead foods like crackers, bread, and cereals and embrace soft wet foods like soups, purees (I love hummous and baba ganoush), fruit, steamed vegetables, smoothies, organic plain yoghurt, etc.

The human body is a wondrous miracle of engineering and grace. Treat your body well and it will reward you with many years of health and happiness. Neglect or abuse your body at your own peril.

Christopher Scipio
African Bush Doctor

title:An Air Purifier for a Breathe of Fresh Air
author:Jay Stockman
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

One of the most important elements for the survival of human beings is air. Air is a vital component of a very complex set of respiratory functions.  This air must be free of contaminants that could cause a potential health risk.  Air that contains particles of dust mites, pet dander, pollen and mold spores can cause asthma, allergies and respiratory illnesses. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor air is 70 times more contaminated than outside air.  Airborne chemicals from flooring, insulation, paints, cleaning products and other building materials give off dangerous chemical fumes. As a result, homes and offices could potentially increase the likelihood of an allergy or respiratory problems.  In order to alleviate these risk factors, it is necessary to utilize a high efficiency air purifier.  A high efficiency air purifier circulates air through filters that trap toxins, and allergens, and removes them from inside air.
An air purifier works by drawing in dirty air through an inlet vent. Air then passes through a prefilter which traps large particles, then passes through a carbon filter which captures particles and reduces gases and odors.  The air then passes through a filter made of tightly woven fibers to capture the smaller particles. This filter is known as a HEPA filter, which is an acronym for high efficiency particulate absorbing.  These filters can absorb particles as small as 0.3 micrometers. Some units have electronic ionizers which further capture smaller particles, and particles that have escaped the previous other filters.  A fan then recirculates the filtered air back into the room.
Health hazards from polluted indoor air at home or at the work place have increased the incidence of respiratory illnesses.  The use of an air purifier could play a significant role in reducing these risks for healthy individuals, as well as individuals with existing conditions. Purifiers minimize contaminants in the air effectively, before they can cause harm to human tissue.  It is important to note that air purifiers are only a part of a bigger solution, keeping a clean living and working environment is absolutely essential.
An Air Purifier May Keep the Allergies Away

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Air purifiers convert dirty air into fresh and clean air, and also free the air from pollutants and contaminants. They are very beneficial for people suffering from allergies and can help alleviate asthma. Allergy inducing particles within the air may come as dust, pollen, pet dander or mold spores.

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Air purifiers convert dirty air into fresh and clean air, and also free the air from pollutants and contaminants. They are very beneficial for people suffering from allergies and can help alleviate asthma. Allergy inducing particles within the air may come as dust, pollen, pet dander or mold spores.

There are numerous air purifier brands and manufacturers worldwide. It becomes too tough for a customer to pick the air purifier of one’s choice from the huge range available.

The best idea is to do some research online. Thanks to the online reviewers, there are some good air purifier comparisons and reviews on the Internet.

A decent air purifier review will honestly depict the pros and cons of a specific air purifier. Therefore, going through numerous air purifier reviews will help you make a good decision before buying an air purifier.

There are a large number of air purifiers including Oreck Super Air 8, Sharper Image Ionic Breeze GP, Friedrich C-90A, Sharper Image Ionic Breeze Quadra, Blueair 601, Bionaire BAP1300 Quietech HEPA, Honeywell HEPA 50250, Hunter Quietflo 30400, Vornado AQ535, Hunter HEPAtech 30375 etc.

Oreck Super Air 8 is a good quiet machine, quite effective at clearing the air of a number of pollutants, allergens, and irritants. It’s efficient, covers a large area and quite inexpensive having a strong warranty.

Sharper Image Ionic Breeze GP is a good home air purifier having a germicidal UV lamp. Ultraviolet radiation is capable of combating many pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. It’s quiet and quite effective in air purification, with a 5-year warranty. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America awarded it with a Consumer Product seal as its "proven to reduce airborne allergens and irritants including dust mite allergen, pet dander and cigarette smoke".

Friedrich C-90A is good, efficient but a little noisy and bit costly also. Sharper Image Ionic Breeze Quadra is also good at removing pollutants and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America also awarded it with a Consumer Product seal.

Blueair 601 using activated carbon technology is particularly effective in removing odors and gases. It’s considerably cheap with 10 Year Overall Warranty.

Bionaire BAP1300 Quietech HEPA is a powerful air purifier, a bit noisy and requires a regular filter change. It has a 5-year warranty.

Honeywell HEPA 50250 is good and effective in small rooms. Its price line is good with a 5-year warranty. Hunter HEPAtech 30375 is a good device having an ionizer that can be controlled independently.

Recently, there has been a controversy that ionizing air purifiers produce ozone (O3 poisonous allotrope of oxygen) that can worsen asthma and decrease lung function. Some critics feel that air purifiers are over hyped devices that can’t completely clean the air and protect against secondhand smoke.

An Analysis Of Trauma

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Over the past few decades, the concept of what is and is not traumatizing has been overhauled and altered. The definition has expanded from the original roots and a better understanding of what does and does not constitute a traumatic experience is now broader and more defined than before.

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The common image for trauma and traumatic experiences usually encompasses the negative extremes of life. Rape, childhood abuse, war, mass destruction, and natural disasters are all seen as the causes of trauma. They are valid causes, to be sure, but they are not the only reasons. Certainly, they are the ones that have cast the greatest shadow over the collective popular consciousness, with things like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) becoming more and more common knowledge. The images of Vietnam war veterans still unable to adjust to civilian life after so much time also take home with them things from the event as a grim reminder. However, people are still unaware of another piece in the puzzle. One that has potentially deeper consequences for the traumatized than PTSD.

Originally, the sorts of things covered by trauma were limited in scope. Originally, it only covered men who had survived the horrors of war and had their mental health permanently scarred by it. In some circles, this was referred to as “shell shock,” after the artillery shells that were frequently used to bombard infantry positions. Later on, it became one of the cornerstone examples of PTSD. In the 60s, the definition of emotional and psychological trauma was expanded to include women who had been battered, abused, or raped. This aspect came to also include children, who were just as likely to receive abuse and ill treatment as women were, and were often less likely to struggle effectively. In the 90s, the decade when so much research into neurology and the brain happened, the term “psychological trauma” came to cover an even wider range.

Research indicates that trauma may manifest in a person even if that person hasn't endured extreme circumstances. Even something as relatively mundane as being rejected by someone or being involved in a car accident can be traumatizing to the right psychological framework. Previously, people could only be recognized as traumatized if there was physical harm involved, or a great risk of physical harm. Under the current definition, physical harm need not be present and, in a number of documented cases, the chances of being physically affected by the traumatizing event are statistically minimal.

It has been found that the events themselves are not the critical points, but how the individual perceives the events. This would explain why not all war veterans suffered from PTSD and why only a small percentage came back with irreparable harm done to their psyches. Studies have also learned that traumatic experiences tend to have certain factors in common between them. Chief among these factors is the unexpected nature of the event. Another factor is the lack of preparation for dealing with the event, which is to be expected due to the unpredictable nature of it. Finally, there should be a sense of loss of control over what happens.

Some people have stated that it is difficult to discern stress from emotional or psychological trauma. The symptoms are highly similar, even to trained experts in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. The best way to differentiate between the two would be to observe the details of the outcome. Most people who are merely stressed are able to talk about the problem and recover from triggers faster, while the traumatized cannot.

An Anti-Ageing Secret You Won’t Find In 99% Of Women’s Magazines

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The article focuses on the core ingredient that many black women use to help them remain virtually wrinkle free even into their 60s and 70s. It explains the origins, description and benefits of Raw Shea Butter. Addtionally, it highlights how effective it is when used in conjucntion with a good skin care regime not only with black skin but with women and men of all races and skin types.

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Copyright 2006 Owen Sampson

Have you ever wondered why the average black women of even 60 and over have few if any wrinkles on their face at all?

Well, whilst there are natural oils that are found within black skin, there is still the essential requirement of a dedicated skin care regime.

Integral to that regime for many black women and increasingly men also, is the core ingredient Raw Shea Butter.

Raw Shea Butter is something that has long been used in West Africa for skin care. The fatty acids contained inside help keep skin smooth and rejuvenated. Traditionally it was used to treat skin and scalp conditions, but now it is often found in skin treatments to ward off wrinkles and fine lines.

To make Raw Shea Butter, the nuts from the Shea Karite tree are needed. They get cracked, grilled, pounded then boiled in water for hours. The extracted Raw Shea Butter is then scooped from the water and set aside to cool. Alone and separated from the water, the Raw Shea Butter will keep for about two years.

Within the Raw Shea Butter, there are several compounds responsible for the benefits. Fatty oils help maintain the skin’s moisture and elasticity. Cinnamic acid works to protect your skin from UV rays. Raw Shea Butter also helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks, making it extremely useful for women who are pregnant or have children. With Raw Shea Butter being very neutral in composition, it very rarely causes an allergic reaction.

Raw Shea Butter can be used with great effect in many forms. Soaps made from it are excellent choices to use on skin affected by eczema and dermatitis. It also puts more vitamin A and E into the skin which keeps it moisturized and soft. Lotions are another common way to get Raw Shea Butter. The benefits of a lotion are similar to soaps but are a lot more noticeable and concentrated. This makes it ideal for use in the winter months, when it’s drier.

For skincare, Raw Shea Butter is one of the best anti-aging compounds nature or science can provide. With benefits ranging from retaining skin moisture to protecting against UV rays, there are few things that can match what it does. When looking for your next facial care product, keep Raw Shea Butter in mind.

The true secret is to use a product that contains the highest grade of Raw Shea Butter available and not just any product that displays Raw Shea Butter on the label.

High grade Raw Shea butter is equally effective on women of all colors, white, black and Asian as it meets the standard you should be looking for in order to obtain, maintain and retain your best skin ever.

An Antiaging Product Supplement

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In today’s world you can find an antiaging product supplement, which can be very helpful in maintaining health and preventing disease.

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In today’s world you can find an antiaging product supplement, which can be very helpful in maintaining health and preventing disease. Supplementing your food with vitamins, herbs, and minerals will increase your life span. An antiaging product supplement can prevent cells from deteriorating which when they do deteriorate, it triggers the aging process where eyesight, reflexes, agility, and digestion can all be affected. Body pain and joint pain is a common factor in the deterioration of cells as well.

As a person in the process of aging, the body lacks many vital macro and micro nutrients.  Due to the deficiency of vitamin and minerals a person might have, digestive and abdominal problems can occur and may be misdiagnosed as a serious illness. Using an antiaging product supplement can take care of unnecessary doctor visits. It’s important to remember that using an antiaging product supplement will not win the battle of lost nutrients alone, taking vitamins and ensuring healthy habits have to come into play if you want to see the best results.

There are certain important antiaging product supplements available such as HGH. Also known as the Human growth hormone, it helps in maintaining the immune system and youthful muscle power, as well as strength and vigor. Growth hormone levels deplete remarkably with the advancement of the age, so the regular injection of growth hormone can be given to aging men and women to help restore and sustain their youthfulness.

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a steroid hormone, which is produced in the adrenal gland. It is present in the bloodstream and upper levels in brain tissue, and gradually the DHEA reduces in a person resulting in a loss of stamina and in many cases, sexual vitality. Loss of muscle tissue as well as weight gain are other factors in losing DHEA. Because of this, supplemental DHEA can help bring these losses back to life.

These are just some examples of what using an antiaging product supplement can do for you. The possibilities are endless as people discover antiaging benefits in all sorts of things including herbs and prayer. It all comes down to the beliefs of someone, and their drive to look and feel younger. One of the most important things for a person to do when trying to gain effects from an antiaging product supplement is to couple their supplement with plenty of rest, exercise, and a healthy diet. Doing this not only prolongs your life in itself, but it enhances the benefits you discover with using supplements.

title:An Apple a Day, Does Keep the Doctor Away
author:Dr. John Rumberger
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Increasing the fiber in your diet has been shown to: reduce your cholesterol, reduce your hunger, lower your fat absorption, reduce surges in insulin levels, help with weight loss, lower the risk of colon cancer, and lower your risk of heart disease. WOW! Sounds like a miracle cure - where can I get this stuff? The answer: At your grocery store.
Old Ben Franklin, citing in Poor Richard's Almanac 250 years ago stated "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Well he was right. Not only because the apple contains vitamins and minerals, but also because it is a major source of fiber. Maybe three apples a day keeps three doctors away!
What is fiber? Well, it is basically indigestible complex carbo-hydrates that come from plant foods. What your Grandma called "roughage" is called fiber by scientists. When you look at some food labels, fiber is often listed under carbohydrates - but it is not a single food or substance and by itself has no calories because your body cannot absorb it.
There are actually two types of fiber and they have different health benefits. The two types are "water soluble" and "water insoluble". Soluble fibers include the skins of fruits such as apples, oranges (not the orange peel, but the white material after you peel it), pears, peaches and grapes; the skins of vegetables, seeds; oat bran, dried beans, oatmeal, barley, rye, and prunes. Insoluble fibers include the meat of fruits and vegetables, dried beans, wheat bran, seeds, popcorn, brown rice, and whole grain products such as breads, cereals, and pasta.
Bran of course does bulk up the diet and results in larger, softer stools. But it actually does more than prevent constipation - there are clear data showing that fiber also reduces the risk of colon cancers. The "stickiest" kinds of fiber are the gums and pectins (soluble fiber) and they help keep cholesterol under control by removing bile acids that digest fat. Bile acids, which promote better digestion, unfortunately also contribute much to the "reabsorption" from the bowel wall of our bodies own "home-made" cholesterol. Every gram of fiber intake per day reduces your total blood cholesterol by approximately one point. The same class of fibers may help regulate blood sugar as well. This latter feat is accomplished by coating the bowel's lining and delaying stomach emptying. As a result, fiber can slow sugar absorption after a meal and may reduce the amount of insulin needed to keep blood sugar at the right levels. Reducing the over-production of insulin is a major factor in reducing obesity.
Insulin "resistance" (abnormally high insulin levels) is common in very obese patients and may be a factor in "obesity begets obesity". Fiber is also a weight watchers dream since fibers called cellulose and hemicelluloses take up space in the stomach, making us feel full; thus lowering total caloric intake at meal time. Popular agents such as Metamucil are actually an important part of many weight reduction diets as they slow down absorption of sugars taken in as part of most meals - promoting further weight loss.
The average American gets only 14 grams of fiber per day in their diet. Most scientists agree that the optimal amount is closer to 35 grams per day. Increasing the consumption of "complex" carbo-hydrates is the best way to increase fiber intake. Fiber supplements are also available at the grocery. However, be aware that a large increase in your fiber intake over a short period of time may result in bloating, diarrhea, gas and general discomfort. It is important then to increase the fiber amount in your diet gradually over a period of time (up to three weeks) to allow your "gut" to acclimated and avoid abdominal side-effects.
Disclaimer: If you are under 18, pregnant, nursing or have health problems, consult your physician before starting any weight loss plan. The information here is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your physician before beginning any course of treatment.

Dr. John Rumberger is the Author of The WAY Diet, The complete lifestyle plan to live longer, reduce stress, and lose weight the healthy way. To purchase The Way Diet simply go to http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?path=ASIN/0974993387&link_code=as2&camp=1789&tag=icobweb-20&creative=9325 or go to Empty Canoe Publishing http://www.emptycanoe.com and order your copy of The Way.
An Eagle’s Eye View Of Chicken Allergy

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Lisa was at a birthday party of one of her dear officemates. She has not been fond of attending parties at her age, which is 23. As a child, she was not really into attending parties even of her friends, neighbors and relatives.

No, don’t get it wrong. It is not that Lisa is virtually and practically not sociable. She is very friendly and very outgoing. Lisa admits that she has been afraid of attending parties, especially children’s parties when she was still a kid.


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Lisa was at a birthday party of one of her dear officemates. She has not been fond of attending parties at her age, which is 23. As a child, she was not really into attending parties even of her friends, neighbors and relatives.

No, don’t get it wrong. It is not that Lisa is virtually and practically not sociable. She is very friendly and very outgoing. Lisa admits that she has been afraid of attending parties, especially children’s parties when she was still a kid.

Lisa has a deep dark secret. Don’t get it wrong again. This girl is not a character to judge. Lisa has chicken allergy. It means she can never take in chicken meat because adverse reactions occur in her body whenever she does that.

So that explains why she was not fond of parties, especially when she was just a kid. Most children parties cater or serve fast foods and one of the most popular food served is chicken meat.

It is because more people prefer chicken meat than any other because it is considered to have less fat.. Besides, it is one of the more flexible edible meat around.

Chicken allergy

If you have the symptoms that would be described later, then, you are positive to have chicken allergy. Take note that allergy to chicken is somehow similar to allergy to other meat.

Just like there are people allergic to pork and beef, there are also people allergic to chicken meat. Some people, however, are allergic to chicken but are not allergic to chicken eggs. There are those, on the other hand, that are allergic to both.

In the United States, statistics have it that about 0.6% to 5% of overall reported food allergies annually are chicken meat allergy.

Manifestations of chicken meat allergy

Among the most common and prevalent manifestation or symptom of chicken allergy are frequent infections like ear infections and bladder infections; asthma attack; bed-wetting; eczema; skin rashes; acne; unusual fatigue; insomnia; migraine; depression and chronic disturbance in the gastrointestinal system.

Some people with chicken allergy even develop sinusitis which is somehow unusual if they don’t really have the history. Hives and joint pains are also prevalent to them.

Symptoms of chicken meat allergy occur or show up after several minutes of in take. To some people, the reaction could surface in as fast as at least ten minutes, while in others it can be as slow and prolonged to take up to 24 to 48 hours.

Treatment and prevention of chicken allergy

Chicken meat contains allergens or allergy-producing substances that are called purines. These substances are mainly cited for the onset of several other diseases like gout. Gouts are characterized by the formation or onset of kidney stones.

Purines in chicken meat may lead to excessive uric acid accumulation in the body that can possibly lead to what is called kidney stones.

Thus, if chicken allergy symptoms show up, it is important to immediately consult or seek your doctor’s help. That would prevent further ailments or disease from coming out.

The doctor will have to prescribe several medications to treat or help curtail chicken allergy.

The best prevention would be to avoid eating chicken meat. Allergies to substances, you should remember, is not curable but only treatable.

There are a lot of other meat that could taste better than chicken meat, right?

An Easy Way To Soothe Stress

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Getting into a deep state of relaxation induces calmness to soothe your body, your mind and your emotions.

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Hey,listen up. It’s time to relax, chill out, and release those pent-up physical, mental and emotional tensions. When dealing with everyday stress and the probability of stress build-up, NOW is always the right time to be proactive; to beat stress before it beats you.

Think of stress as a silent enemy. It can sneak up on you at any time and get you down before you even realize what’s happening. More often than not stress is accompanied by it’s close companion: higher levels of anxiety.

So, what do you do?

You take action, that’s what. Your very first line of defence is to establish a habit of performing a regular relaxation routine. Getting into a deep state of relaxation induces calmness to soothe your body, your mind and your emotions.

And what is a state of calmness?

It’s the exact opposite of stress and anxiety. As a matter of fact, you could call it the antidote to stress and anxiety.

Start using this antidote. Take time out at least twice every day to do the relaxation routine outlined below. Regard this as your quality time; a time for you and you alone. Start thinking calm, feeling calm, and being calm.

Relaxation Routine

1. Lie down, or sit in a comfortable armchair or recliner.

2. Take a deep breath and hold it for about five seconds. Release that breath slowly, and imagine all feelings of stress and tension leaving your body as you release the air. When the air has left your lungs, hold your breath once again for about five seconds before breathing in. As you breathe in imagine your body and mind filling with calmness.

3. Repeat this cycle of breathing a number of times until your breathing falls in a nice long, slow gentle rhythm. Allow a comfortable pause at the end of each inhalation and exhalation.

4. As you maintain the relaxing rhythm of your breathing, bring your attention to the top of your head. Imagine that all the tiny muscles in your scalp are being soothed and massaged by warm invisible hands.

5. Feel the warm hands massaging around your ears and down along the back of your neck to the tops of your shoulders.

6. Now bring your attention to your forehead. Feel those invisible fingers smoothing away any wrinkles that may be in your forehead.

7. Next, focus on your eyes. Imagine the warm fingers gentle massaging all around your eyes. Feel the relaxing warmth from the fingers spreading throughout your eyes; feel your eyes relaxing and letting go of all tensions.

8. Think of the soothing hands massaging the rest of your face. Notice how your lower jaw relaxes and notice how this cosy, warm feeling of relaxation spreads into your tongue.

9. Check your breathing once again to make sure it’s rhythm is long and slow.

10. Now bring your attention to the invisible hands and imagine them massaging and loosening your shoulders and shoulder blades. Imagine what it would be like if waves of relaxation were flowing down along your arms and into your fingertips.

11. Those massaging hands now work on your back. They soothe and loosen the muscles on either side of your spine, and then stroke smoothly down along the vertebrae.

12. Imagine what it would be like to feel a state of deep relaxation seeping downwards into your legs and feet. Imagine how all the muscles in your legs and feet would go loose and limp.

13. Allow feelings of deep relaxation and calmness to immerse your body and your mind.

14. Feel yourself drifting deeper and deeper into pleasurable feelings of calmness and tranquillity.

title:An Effective Acne Skin Care Regime
author:Mike Spencer
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions today. It affects or has affected nearly everyone at one time or another. Acne skin care is the most important tool in reducing or eliminating outbreaks. Many different things contribute to healthy skin.
Acne occurs when oil and dead skin cells clog pores, or follicles. Acne primarily affects teens, although adults are affected also. Puberty causes an increase in oil production which increases the risk of having an acne outbreak.
What are some of the ways we can instil acne skin care?
The easiest acne skin care regime is to wash your face twice daily with warm water and mild soap. Using your bare hands to wash your face is gentler and kinder to your skin. Acne skin care dictates that you are very gentle with your skin-no scrubbing vigorously, using harsh soap, or alcohol based skin products. These only serve to irritate the skin and may make acne much worse.
Acne skin care revolves around oil control where it can be controlled. Wash your face frequently to remove oil and dirt when you are sweating or working around an oily area. Exposure to grease, pore-clogging cosmetics or hair products can worsen acne. If you are prone to oily hair, wash your hair daily to reduce the oil. Concentrate on using oil-free makeup and moisturizers.
Acne skin care demands that you be gentle to your skin. Picking or squeezing pimples can cause more inflammation and help to push bacteria deeper into your skin. Friction, such as athletic gear, bike helmets, backpacks, or tight collars, can make you sweat which can cause clogged pores and therefore, acne.
The Don't's of acne skin care are:
Don't touch your skin unless absolutely necessary!
Don't rest your chin in hands!
Don't pick at your face!
Don't smoosh your face into your pillow and keep pillowcase clean!
Don't let hair products get on skin!
Don't rest cellphone against your face!
The Do's of acne skin care are:
Do treat your face gently and kindly.
Do wash your face with your bare hands.
Do wash face two times daily with warm water and mild soap.
Do use oil-free makeup.
If your acne is very severe or does not respond to the pampering acne skin care regime, then you may need to contact your physician for more aggressive treatment options.
An Electric Adjustable Bed = A Good Nights Sleep

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Besides the evident advantages associated with electric adjustable beds in easing the discomfort felt by individuals with varying degrees of physical disability and pain, an electric adjustable bed is great for anyone, at any age, at any time.

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I would really like to know if there is anybody in the civilized part of our planet that does not know that an electric adjustable bed is the best thing for an aching sore back. No, I did not think so. There are a multitude of articles available on this site as well as throughout cyberspace that espouse the truly delightful pleasures of laying down and sleeping in comfort on an adjustable bed, electric or otherwise.

From my own research into the labyrinth that is the electric adjustable bed market, I have been struck firmly by the fact that it is primarily targeted at the more elderly among us as well as individuals with some form of physical disability. After all, hospital adjustable beds are the norm for a very good reason. I cannot imagine any Hospital functioning efficiently without the flexibility and practicality of adjustable beds. Regardless of the evident advantages associated with electric adjustable beds in easing the discomfort felt by individuals with varying degrees of physical disability and pain, an electric adjustable bed is great for anyone, at any age, at any time.

In retrospect, when I look back at my life, I wish I had an electric adjustable bed when I got married. I am not sure they even made them that far back, but the possibilities would have been interesting to say the least. After all, electric adjustable beds are not just for sleeping. You can adjust the position to watch television more comfortably. You can eat breakfast in bed without spilling your coffee or orange juice all over yourself. You can adjust your position to read in bed and write that report that was due yesterday. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination….Oh! You mean you thought I was going to talk about sex in my new electric adjustable bed…. Don’t be silly…adjustable-bed-center.com is a family rated website, but whatever you do in your own bedroom is nobody’s business but your own.

The buying habits of most adults follow a certain time-honored pattern; Buy the best, fastest car you can afford. Buy the biggest, best television you can afford. Buy the biggest, best house you can afford--best appliances—best living room--best dining room--best this and best that. Does anyone buy the best bed they can afford to spend at least one third of their life. I do not think so. Perhaps I am over exaggerating but from my own personal experience, everyone I know has followed the same pattern described above. There always seems to be enough money for when we are awake but it is always too expensive when we have to go to sleep.

One thing that you do not have to pay extra for and is a standard feature of any electric adjustable bed is a great nights sleep. Whether you are young or old, a good nights sleep is priceless. Since the average person spends at least one third of their existence in bed sleeping, or tossing and turning, trying to adjust their body to that perfect position in order to sleep, a good electric adjustable bed is absolutely vital. How do you feel in the morning after a night of tossing and turning in bed?

In closing, whether you buy an electric adjustable bed before you get that sore aching back or after, the advantages far outweigh the actual cost. I do not want to rehash the well-documented advantages either real or slightly overblown of buying an electric adjustable bed. Now that you are here on my site, you can research to your hearts delight until you are totally satisfied that it is the right investment in both yourself and your well-being. Good luck with the rest of your life, and have good nights sleep.

An Enlarged Prostate - A Normal Part Of The Aging Process

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The prostate gland goes through two main stages of growth during a man's life. The first sees fairly rapid growth during the early years of puberty with the prostate roughly doubling in size. The second stage of growth starts in a man's mid-twenties and this is a much slower phase of growth which then continues throughout life.

For the vast majority of men this second phase of growth does not cause any problems at all until they are well into their sixties or seventies whe...

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The prostate gland goes through two main stages of growth during a man's life. The first sees fairly rapid growth during the early years of puberty with the prostate roughly doubling in size. The second stage of growth starts in a man's mid-twenties and this is a much slower phase of growth which then continues throughout life.

For the vast majority of men this second phase of growth does not cause any problems at all until they are well into their sixties or seventies when the symptoms caused by the now enlarged prostate will begin to appear and a visit to the doctor will reveal the presence of nothing more than a simple enlarged prostate. In medical terms, your doctor will say that you are suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH.

The prostate sits just below the bladder and partially surrounds the urethra – the tube which carries urine from the bladder. As the prostate gland grows, the tissue surrounding it restricts its expansion and causes the prostate to close around the urethra, thus restricting the flow through the urethra. At the same time, the bladder wall thickens and the bladder starts contracting even when it contains relatively small amounts of urine. In the end, the bladder weakens and loses its ability to contract and thus to empty itself, so that urine remains trapped in the bladder.

The precise symptoms experienced as a result of an enlarged prostate will clearly vary from person to person but, as a general rule, the first signs will be a change in your pattern of urination or a difficulty in urinating.

You may find, for example, that you start to experience a weak flow of urine or that the flow appears hesitant, tending to stop and start. You may also find that you are unable to hold on and calls to the bathroom become urgent. Trips to the bathroom may also become more frequent, especially during the night, and you may also notice a tendency to leak or dribble urine.

In some cases you may be completely unaware of any problem until you suddenly find that you cannot urinate at all. In this case, referred to as acute urinary retention, the underlying problem is often triggered by common medicines which contain a decongestant and which are used in cold and allergy treatments. Acute urinary retention can also be brought on by alcohol, cold or a long period of immobility.

In the majority of cases these symptoms result simply from an enlarged prostate and this will be confirmed by a visit to your doctor who can often treat the condition fairly easily. It is, however, important that you do indeed visit your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms as, in a small number of cases, they may be indicative or a more serious underlying problem, such as prostate cancer.

A visit to the doctor is also essential as, although many cases of BPH may be treated quite easily, the condition can lead to an infection of the urinary tract, damage to the bladder and/or kidneys, stones in the bladder and incontinence.

An early visit to the doctor can have the problems associated with an enlarged prostate cleared up quickly and considerably reduce the risk of developing complications.

An evening of fun and frolic….

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When a person is at work, they are filled with worries, deadlines and tension, and all they want is to get out of their office and head home or have some fun.

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When a person is at work, they are filled with worries, deadlines and tension, and all they want is to get out of their office and head home or have some fun. This could be in the form of going out for a movie, or to a pub with friends or maybe a long drive. It all depends on the person and the kind of activity that helps him unwind and relax. There are some men who like the company of beautiful women and since there are many agencies that provide these kinds of women, they would like to avail their services and enjoy their evenings. Montreal Escorts is one such company through which men can order for a female escort for the evening thereby satisfying their deep desires. The kind of activities they indulge in is left to their discretion and the rates charged are mostly on an hourly basis.

An escort is a person who will be your companion for the duration you require and provide services that go beyond just spending time with you. They are also used for sexual purposes by most men and escorting is a term used to make it seem very business like. In most countries there are escort services provided, and some have transsexuals as well as there are customers who specifically ask for them. No questions are asked regarding the agenda for the evening or about the background of the customer except that they are required to pay the stipulate amount on time. And if delayed will get charged for every additional hour. All the female escorts are beautiful, have an hour glass figure and would have tried their hand in modeling or aspired for a career in the movies. The girls could be college pass outs, married women or those who have gone through a tough life and now looking for something better. Fate would have brought them to Montréal Escorts company, and since they have no issues about what is expected of them and money is also good, some carry on till they can’t anymore.

Ever since internet was introduced to the world, every service is available on the web world and people can use the same to either purchase a product or gather information. Similarly, Montréal Escorts too has a website through which one can obtain details regarding the kind of women available, and the rates for the same. This way they can place their order and be absolutely discreet about it. Around the world, there are plenty of single and married men who look forward to a female escort. These men might taken the girls out for a party or have fun on their own in a hotel or resort. The same applies to women around the world who enjoy the company of a male escort. Montréal Escorts aims at providing their customers with top quality services and have within their folds women of all ages, and nationalities catering to every whim and fancy of their customer.

title:An Insight Into PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
author:Ruth Bird
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

I was cruising the "net" just recently, when I came across "PCOS". I had never heard of this but I found it very interesting because for years I have suffered with blood sugar problems. So as soon as I come across an article that relates to blood sugar, I research it further. This is very interesting because so many women suffer with this condition. And, like many blood sugar conditions, it also can go undiagnosed.
What you’re about to read will give you a greater understanding of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and how to reverse its underlying condition, Insulin Resistance. This information is not about fad diets, magic pills or fantasy claims to transform the way you look and feel overnight. It is about accurate scientific information that can help you to effectively change the way your body responds to food and help reverse your PCOS. 
INSULIN RESISTANCE IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF PCOS http://syndromex.stanford.edu/InsulinResistance.htm The above is a link to more detailed information from the stanford.edu website. Are you one of the millions of women with PCOS who have failed to reverse the symptoms of this condition no matter what you’ve tried? It may not be due to lack of willpower. Instead, you could be Insulin Resistant, the root cause of PCOS.
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University and other research centers have clearly identified the existence and effects of Insulin Resistance, a biochemical condition that causes excessive weight gain and PCOS, which is also known as polycystic ovaries. If you are among the 65% of the overweight population with Insulin Resistance, your ability to reverse your PCOS and lose weight may not have been within your control - until now.
This breakthrough in understanding the body’s biochemistry remains relatively unknown, even though Insulin Resistance has reached epidemic proportions. Your doctor may not have explained the crucial link between Insulin Resistance and PCOS. You need to understand this link in order to reverse your condition.
The Insulite PCOS System is the first scientifically-designed method that restores your body’s ability to conquer PCOS by reversing Insulin Resistance. You can also read more here: http://www.pcosupport.org/living/nutrition/insulinre.php PCOS AND INSULIN RESISTANCE PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a hormonal imbalance linked to the way the body processes insulin after it has been produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar (glucose).
The underlying cause of PCOS, Insulin Resistance, has many factors that contribute to its presence in the body. In essence, our environment and lifestyles have evolved too rapidly for our bodies to keep pace. We are still genetically “wired” to thrive on the entrenched habits of our ancestors, who consumed different, nutrient-rich foods, a diet low in carbohydrates and who sustained greater levels of movement and exercise. Some people may also have a genetic predisposition to Insulin Resistance, while others develop the condition through high stress and unhealthy lifestyles. Also check Dr. Barry Sears Books on Hormonal Balance. INSULIN RESISTANCE NEGATIVELY AFFECTS GLUCOSE AND INSULIN LEVELS SYMPTOMS OF PCOS Doctors very often misdiagnose PCOS. This became an issue of critical concern after a study in 2000 found that women suffering from PCOS have a higher risk of coronary heart disease.
Researchers found a link between PCOS and other metabolic conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and high levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol, all of which are risk factors for coronary heart disease.
Studies have also shown an increased link between PCOS and atherosclerosis, which occurs when fatty deposits called plague cling to the interior walls of the arteries, leading to blockages that can cause heart attacks or stroke. Not only do PCOS sufferers have higher rates of plaque buildup but those over 45 have thicker deposits of plaque.
Another report indicated that up to 40% of women with PCOS have either impaired glucose tolerance or Type II Diabetes by the age of 40. Many conditions can be managed by ourselves. It is well worth it to check the information available on the internet.
Please take note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
An Introduction To Bach Flower Essences - The Twelve Healers

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What are Bach Flower Essences?

Pioneered by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930's, a flower essence is a liquid preparation imprinted with the etheric pattern of a particular flower. Like a homeopathic remedy, the liquid - usually spring water with a little brandy added for preservation - contains little or no detectable chemical substance of the flower from which it was made. Instead, the liquid maintains the vibrational pattern of the flower. Well, what does this mean, exactly?

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What are Bach Flower Essences?

Pioneered by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930's, a flower essence is a liquid preparation imprinted with the etheric pattern of a particular flower. Like a homeopathic remedy, the liquid - usually spring water with a little brandy added for preservation - contains little or no detectable chemical substance of the flower from which it was made. Instead, the liquid maintains the vibrational pattern of the flower. Well, what does this mean, exactly?

To understand flower essences (also called 'flower remedies'), you can imagine that all things are made up of vibrating energies - modern physics and eastern mystics both confirm this - that there are no finite particles, but instead repeating, dynamic energy patterns. Material objects are made up of huge amounts of energy really, as Einstein had shown with E=mc2, where the amount of energy (E) is equal to the mass (m) of an object times the speed of light (c - a very big number) squared. Now picture a beautiful red rose - bright, colorful, vibrant - the Rose has a particular energetic pattern, one that is repeated in every other red Rose (though not exactly, but very close). There are energy frequencies that are particular to the red Rose that are different from all other flowers. The vibrations that make up a Rose are faster than many other flowers (Rose is considered a very high-vibration flower), and these vibrations are woven together in a particular way. Now imagine any other flower - a Geranium for example - it's vibrational patterns are different from the red Rose - slightly slower perhaps, and woven together in a different way. It is these vibrational patterns of each flower that give them their particular characteristics - color, shape, smell, texture, and the like.

Now, somewhat like a sound from one source can make a material across the room vibrate with sound energy (as your eardrum may vibrate from the plucking of a guitar), flowers can cause water to vibrate with a different sort of energy. It's not so much a sound, or even light (though this is closer), but 'etheric' energy - the very essence of the flower has a vibration that is imprinted upon the water in which it is placed. The water, being made up of vibrational energy itself, retains some of the vibration of the flower that was soaked in it. This etheric imprint is stored in the water, and can actually be transferred from the water at a later time to other objects (or beings) also made of vibrational energy.

So, what does all this mean to us?! Well, Dr. Edward Bach held the notion that the source illness or disease was emotional in nature. And when one ponders what emotions really are, one can conclude that each emotion is a particular energetic state of being. All emotions seem to have a particular energy - love, despair, anger, fear, appreciation - one can consider each of these a different energetic pattern. Dr. Bach considered negative energetic states, negative emotions, to be the source of disease in the body, a theory supported by much of the world's healers. Dr. Bach also thought that these energetic states can be transformed, and that one of the transformational methods he discovered was the use of the vibrational patters of flowers - it was then that Flower Essence Therapy was born.

Through years of research and study, Dr. Bach developed a system of therapy using the vibrational patterns of flowers, imprinted into spring water, to transform the emotional vibrational patters of human beings. He showed through numerous case studies that flower essences, properly selected and applied, can be effective in treating the negative energies which underlie most disease states. Further, one need not have an illness or disease to realize the benefits of flower essences - flowers can be used to assist in transformation of any negative emotional state, be it temporary and transitive, or a more ingrained long-term pattern. (Flower essences do not transform positive states into negative ones, as flowers are not thought to contain negative energies themselves).

Dr. Bach's 12-7-19 Categorization Method

Dr. Bach categorized the original 38 flower essences he discovered into 3 categories to assist in their application. The categories are the '12 Healers' which reflect and transform our essential nature, the '7 Helpers' to assist with chronic conditions, and the 'Second 19' that relate to more immediate traumas or difficulties. Here we will consider the Twelve Healers and describe the properties of each essence. The Seven Helpers and the Second Nineteen will be considered in Parts II and III of this article.

The Twelve Healers were designated by Dr. Bach as the flower essences that help the individual transform the source of discord at the very core of their being. These twelve essences are meant to address the twelve archetypal groups of humanity; the twelve primary personalities as Dr. Bach saw them. Some have gone so far as to relate these to the twelve signs of the Zodiac (a reasonable relationship it seems), though it is unclear as to whether this relationship was drawn by Dr. Bach himself.

These twelve essences are an excellent starting point for any journey into flower essence healing, as it is often times our root 'disharmony' or karmic imbalance that is the source of much or perhaps all 'dis-ease' in our lives.

The Twelve Healers:

Impatiens - As the name of the flower implies, this essence addresses a tendency toward impatience; these individuals have difficulty with the flow of time. Their minds are often far ahead of the present moment, and with this they will deny themselves full immersion in the beauty around them. The individual needing Impatiens may be truly lonely, always being ahead of those subtle human exchanges which bring the richness to our collective human experience. Many find Impatiens to be a relatively 'fast acting' flower essence, feeling more at ease within minutes of essence use.

Gentian - Those in need of Gentian flower essence are too easily discouraged when setbacks occur. They may live with an omnipresent feeling that things are not going well, and may doubt the possibility of their own healing. Gentian can bring about a more positive outlook - perhaps with the feeling that one is 'good enough'. When things do not go exactly as planned, instead of being overwhelmed and disheartened, one can see the lessons in the circumstance, perhaps rebounding with more wisdom and strength than before.

Mimulus - This essence is the core remedy for known fears in everyday life. Those needing this essence can be hypersensitive to common events which will elicit an out-of-proportion fear response. The fear may be found in the physical body centered in the solar plexus, which may churn with anxiety. Mimulus flower essence helps bring courage to these individuals, bringing the strength of the higher Self to the personality so that they may find joy and exuberance in their lives.

Clematis - The Clematis flower essence type is a dreamy one; there is insufficient interest in the immediate moment of daily life. The individual may have a strong inner life - the abilities to dream, visualize and imagine are well developed, but the manifestation into the physical world is not strong. Clematis can help bring a warmth to the bodily incarnation, such that the individual can channel their great gifts into the here and now.

Agrimony - The Agimony flower essence type tends to hide more deeply rooted pain or ailments behind a cheerful façade, both inwardly and outwardly. They may make light of their own suffering, or try to ignore it all together, when really there are patterns and feelings which need to be addressed for personal growth and healing. These individuals may have been raised in strict environments, which may not have allowed the expression of such troubles. Agrimony flower essence can help them find inner peace, by allowing the connection to true inner conditions, acceptance of these conditions, and subsequent transformation.

Chicory - Filled with self-pity, and the 'nobody appreciates me' attitude, the Chicory flower essence type squanders their light by demanding it from others. A guise of seemingly loving behavior can be used to manipulate others into feeding somewhat selfish needs. The Chicory essence is considered important for clearing loving energy pathways so they may be directed outward and given freely. May be particularly helpful with children who have a pattern of negative behavior for demanding attention.

Vervain - The lesson of Vervain flower essence is one of balance. The individual in need of Vervain may be extreme, over-bearing, and very strong - perhaps inflexible - in their ways. Though their energies are high, the single-minded efforts of the Vervain type can result in stress, when given situations where flexibility is required. This is where the mind-body connection can be lost; the mind can be so strongly committed to a particular action, it may no longer consider the long-term effects to the physical being. Vervain flower essence brings grounding and earthly balance, allowing these strong-willed individuals the flexibility necessary to manifest their great intentions and efforts.

Centaury - The flower essence for those who cannot say no. The Chicory essence type finds their reason for being in the service and acceptance of others. The result is no true value of self, and the spreading thin of personal energies. There is the recurrent theme of personal boundaries being overstepped, because the will to create and enforce those boundaries is weak. Chicory flower essence strengthens the value of one's self, supporting the notion that one's life in and of itself is of importance. The idea that one must truly be honoring and respectful to one's self first, before others can be served, is reinforced - It is then that personal healing can finally be initiated as a powerful force.

Scleranthus - The personality in need of Scleranthus flower essence is marked by indecision, confusion and hesitation, often wavering between two choices. This inability to decide the best course of actions for one's self can be physically and emotionally draining - this mental energy is used repeatedly examining a situation rather than manifesting the best choice. The world can be a difficult place for such individuals, as there are limitless possibilities in which to get lost, never really making headway. Scleranthus will help these individuals define themselves and their world, summoning the strength to form an inner resolve. This allows a great release of energy to be happy and manifest one's chosen work.

Water Violet - This important flower essence is about the opening of the heart. Those in need of this essence may be functioning quite effectively in society and within their familial relationships, however, the deepest parts of these bonds are avoided. Whether due to childhood experiences, karma brought to this life from the past, or other situations, the individual has constructed a barrier preventing full integration with the human family. The true warmth of love and companionship should be utilized to further one's growth - Water Violet flower essence supports this transformation.

Rock Rose - This is the flower essence for great fear. Unlike Mimulus, which is indicated more for a fear which manifests as being 'timid', Rock Rose addresses terror. It is often indicated in traumatic events (as a component of Rescue Remedy) or for specific instances where a reaction of overwhelming fear is inhibiting further growth or healing. If one has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness, for example, and one is overcome with the fear of death, this fear will inhibit any healing process that may take place. Rock Rose brings courage to those most in need.

Cerato - Cerato flower essence types do not trust their own hearts, minds or instincts; instead they seek the advice of others, and rely on this advice to direct their lives. This almost certainly creates an imbalance, for it is only by honestly listening to our own inner voice that we may walk the path to true physical and emotional wellness. While seeking advice is certainly important in most of life's circumstances, the Cerato type uses this advice as a crutch. Cerato flower essence will encourage one to listen to one's own inner wisdom and facilitate spiritual growth in this respect.

This concludes the summary of the 'Twelve Healers' - the flower essences Dr. Edward Bach considered key to transforming root personality imbalances. As a physician, Dr. Bach believed that one or more of these imbalances was to be found associated with the illness of each patient, and that if these imbalances were addressed, the conditions necessary for healing may successfully arise. Of course one does not necessarily need to be outwardly manifesting a state of dis-ease to find benefit in these flower essences; through bringing balance to any person, they may further their personal development and heighten their life's experience.

title:An Introduction to Detox Diets
author:Ryan S. Bombard
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Detoxifying the body has become an apparent key preventetive measure to all kind's of health problems. Since most of us are busy, and unable or unwilling to maintain a strict diet in order to completely eliminate all the toxins from our bodie. We have chemicals building up in our bodiess day after day. Since these chemicals are not harmful in small amounts, only in larger accumulated amounts, we don't notice side effects until we are much older. A proper, even if occasional, detox diet is necessary to relieve our bodies of harmful toxins and chemicals, and maintain a healthy, normal, and long-lived life.
The main idea of a detox diet is to eliminate nearly all foods and restrict the body to only water and veggetables for a few days, usually around 5 or 6 days is adequate. Most detox diets then allow for a slow re-introduction of other foods, gradually. The diets generally restrict foods from your diet that are said to have harmful toxins. Along with this a detox diet should then flush the existing toxins out of the body. A detox diet essentially gives the liver and other organ's a chance to catch up and remove all the toxins. This is done through our sweat, feces, and urine. Our bodies simply cannot cope with the normal day to day ingestion of chemicals. Most these chemicals come from foods, as mentioned before, but also have a wide variety of other sources. Although we do not know what foods are the cause of it all, we do know that pesticides, heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, and the chemicals in ciggerttes and the air we breath, all enter our bodys via our lungs or stomach and can cause an excessive build up. These chemicals in small amounts are harmless, its the day after day ingestion and build up of them which can lead to degenerative diseases.
One common detox diet is the combination of nothing but fruits and water for a given period. The promotion of chemicals being matabilized by our bodies can be helped with certain vitamins, herbs and supplements. Some supplements will help the mobilization of toxin's in our fat and other toxin deposit's located throughout the body. Since our bodies rid themselves of chemicals through sweat, sauna therapies can also provide a great benefit. There are many other diet's and detox therapies, these are just a few common methods. Regular body detoxification is a good preventative action and promotes a healthier present and future!
title:An Introduction to Gambling Treatments
author:Ryan S. Bombard
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Gambling is a form of entertainment for many people, but in some cases gambling can become an addiction leading to financial problems, relationship stress, and even attempted suicide. It is estimated that 6 percent of north america's population will have a gambling problem sometime in there life. Gambling addiction is a serious problem. Pathological addictions to gambling are more common in men then women or specific ethnic groups. Gambling can create a rush when you lose and win, and sometimes the user is unable to control their impulses to gamble. This is when it becomes a problem. There are different degrees of gambling addiction. All of which are treated differently, depending on the specific needs of the addict.
Signs of gambling addictions include, but are not limited to: Constantly thinking/talking about and, or, preparing for gambling sessions, gambling during work or when you are expected at home, getting into debt from gambling and lying to borrow money. Using illegal means to finance gambling and neglecting family or other personal responsibilities. Feeling a need to gamble to relieve stress and or 'escape reality'. Of course, there are also many more signs that could point towards a problem gamble, though gambling addiction is usually blatently obvious.
Treatment programs can range, and are specifically designed according to the addicts needs. Usually the most sucessful therapies combine both professional counselling and user support groups. Medication can be used to combat mood swings, depression and anxiety that addict' may experience during withdrawl. Pyscho and cognitive behaviour therapy is also used, to replace the negative effects of gambling with positive ones, in turn promoting a healthy and positive attitude towards gambling. Group therapy is also good place for user support and feed back.
title:An Introduction to Irritable Bowel Syndrome
author:Sophie Lee
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common condition, but in some ways it is still a mystery. There are many different theories about what causes the syndrome, and different doctors will give you different reasons for your illness – anything from stress to bad bacteria to food intolerance. And once you have been diagnosed, there is no set form of treatment – instead, sufferers tend to try two or three supplements or therapies to find a combination that works for them.
IBS is clearly a complicated issue, so here is a basic overview of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this disorder.
The symptoms
Although the symptoms of IBS vary from person to person, there are several symptoms which are typical of the illness. The most common symptom is either recurring diarrhea or recurring constipation (although some patients also have alternating diarrhea and constipation).
Additional symptoms can include stomach pain (sometimes relieved by a bowel movement), bloating, nausea and a lot of gas. These symptoms generally go away for a short time before returning again, as IBS can work in cycles. Sufferers may experience a few weeks or even a few months of good health before the symptoms come back.
Sufferers sometimes find that their symptoms begin after a bout of food poisoning or an operation. Others date their symptoms back to a very stressful period in their lives, and some patients can see no clear reason for why their symptoms began.
The diagnosis
There is no set test for IBS, and it is often called a diagnosis of ‘exclusion’. This means that a doctor may rule out other bowel and stomach complaints such as celiac disease or inflammatory bowel disease before giving you a diagnosis of IBS.
Sometimes patients are given a colonoscopy, where a tiny camera is inserted into the intestines to look for abnormalities. In an IBS sufferer the colonoscopy won’t detect any physical signs of disease – IBS is often called a ‘functional’ disorder, because it seems to be caused by an alteration in the way the body functions rather than an identifiable cause such as inflammation.
However, this does not mean it is any less real than, say, inflammatory bowel disease, it just means that doctors haven’t come up with a proper test for it yet!
It is very important that you receive a diagnosis of IBS from a medical professional rather than self-diagnosing, as bowel symptoms can be present in many other health conditions.
The treatment
The first stage of treatment may involve any medications your doctor has given you to try. This could be an anti-spasmodic, which will relax the muscles in the gut walls, or perhaps a low dose of an anti-depressant, which can help to reduce the pain.
You may also be given one of the new drugs specifically developed for IBS – Lotronex for diarrhea sufferers and Zelnorm for constipation sufferers.
If the drugs do not help you then you could try using a fiber supplement such as Citrucel to add bulk to your stool – this can be helpful for both diarrhea and constipation. Also, there are other supplements such as Caltrate Plus which may be useful (Caltrate Plus contains calcium carbonate which can reduce diarrhea).
It may also be worth looking at your diet. A nutritionist can advise on ways to identify any particular food ‘triggers’ which may be setting off your symptoms, and also on whether you might have a food intolerance to something like gluten or lactose.
Finally, there are several alternative therapies which can be effective for IBS. Hypnotherapy has proved very effective, and a special form called gut-directed hypnotherapy has been developed just for digestive problems. Acupuncture may also be worth looking into.
title:An Introduction To Online Mexican Pharmacy
author:Mathew Bill
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you frustrated with the high prices of prescription drugs? Take a look at a Mexican Pharmacy. Not only can you save a lot of money but you can also be sure that you are getting quality medicines and online customer service that provides you all the necessary information on drugs. Whether you are looking for prescription medication or herbal products Mexican Pharmacy is your souce for your purchasing medicines.These are all claims that are associated with Mexican pharmacies catering today. But there are some risks involve in it too, which cannot be totally ignored. Awareness is one sure step towards better informed consumer for health care products.
Expired Drugs:
All drugs and medcations are reviewed but make sure to ask about your Mexican pharmacy’s licensing requirements, if there are any, before filling any prescriptions to alleviate the concern of getting expired drugs.
Generic Medications:
Keeping in view the ever increasing prices of prescription drugs these days Mexican Pharmacy also offers generic medications which are virtually the same as their brand name counterpart. But its advisible to check with your doctors for precribed generic medicine instead of taking one informed by the pharmacy.
Shipping Time
Free delivery on your doorstep and complete discretion over shopping are some of the added benefits you get while purchasing from Mexican Pharmacy. Instead the actual delivery time can vary from seven days to six weeks. Undue wasteage of time for a much needed medicine.
Language Problem
Many medicines available from a Mexican Pharmacy is labeled in Spanish, or in broken English. Hence important information is lost, so make sure to ask first how your pills will be labeled before you purchase anything.
Remember, when you are surfing the net for medications you might be misguided. So this article although alarming is only intended for consumer information to help you make the correct decision and choose the best Mexican Pharmacy to cater to your needs.
Copyright © Mathew Bell 2005
An Isagenics Body Cleansing System Will Help You Get Healthy

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When you stop and think about the old saying, “You are what you eat,” it stands true. Certain foods that you eat have a way of staying with you, longer than you’d prefer. How many times have you gone out to dinner and come home to indigestion and heartburn? Or how many times has the food you’ve eaten caused you to be irregular?

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When you stop and think about the old saying, “You are what you eat,” it stands true.  Certain foods that you eat have a way of staying with you, longer than you’d prefer.  How many times have you gone out to dinner and come home to indigestion and heartburn?  Or how many times has the food you’ve eaten caused you to be irregular?  The chances are it happens on a regular basis.  However, by adapting a Isogenix body cleansing system as part of your life, you will feel healthier, have more energy, and reduce any digestive problems you may have been experiencing.

Unfortunately, there are numerous toxins that break through and get caught up in our systems.  While our bodies can do miraculous things, unfortunately, they are not able to cleanse themselves completely of the toxic waste that builds up.  When these wastes do not get eliminated, they cause damage to the cells in our body, which  in turn, do not allow the organs in are body to work properly.  A Isogenics body cleansing system will help your body’s elimination system to function in a more efficient manner, allowing it to rid your body of more waste.  As you get older, your body’s ability to effectively cleanse itself slows down and a body cleansing system is important to maintain your health.

When starting your Isogenix body cleansing system, you’ll want to begin with your colon.  The colon, unfortunately, does not always fully eliminate the waste.  This can cause problems with the digestive system such as diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, heartburn, gas, and even bad breath.  If the colon becomes clogged, you may feel these symptoms, as well as feeling a lack of energy and possibly headaches.  These toxins come from the air you breathe, as well as the foods you eat.  Processed foods and those with artificial flavors, as well as those grown with the assistance of pesticides and fertilizers can also leave behind toxins in your body.

Your isagenix body cleansing system should also include the cleansing of other organs, such as your kidneys and liver.  However, one of the most important organs in your body is often left out of the body cleansing system that most people set up for themselves.  This organ is the skin.  The skin is the body’s first defense against germs and bacteria.  The skin also eliminates toxin waste through the sweat glands.  If your skin is not fully functioning, it can cause health problems, as well.  To cleanse your skin, you should be eating foods rich in antioxidants, as well as using cleansing products that contain antioxidants.

The most important thing that you can do when setting up a body cleansing program for yourself is to manage your diet to help your body to properly function in between Isagenics cleansings.  Drinking plenty of water, eating healthy foods and those that are low in both fat and additives, as well as eating foods high in antioxidants will help you to keep your body functioning at top level.  A body cleansing system will help you to not only feel healthier, but look healthier.

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title:An Ounce Of Preparation Is Worth A Pound Of Cure
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-Doesn't it always seem that you are out of bandages just when you need one the most - your new shoes have created massive blisters on your feet or you have just nicked yourself in the kitchen. With a bit of planning and well thought-out purchases, you can keep your medicine cabinet stocked with the necessary essentials and be prepared for all common medical situations.
Things your bathroom cabinet should never be without:

Bandages and gauze to keep wounds covered and clean
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Antiseptic wash for cleaning and disinfecting scrapes, cuts and burns
Decongestant and serum for cold and cough
Antihistamine for relief from allergies
Pain, inflammation and fever relievers
Anti-nausea tablets and bismuth subsalicylate for diarrhea
An eyewash to flush harmful substances from the eyes
A thermometer to monitor body temperature for fever
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title:An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure
author:News Canada
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(NC)-When her twin daughters Lauren and Candace were born, Nicole Nayman wanted to give them the best start in life. Life revolved around caring for her girls and Nicole was eager to provide a healthy and stimulating environment. Maintaining their health was a major focus of her efforts. But the family was soon devastated when at nineteen months of age, Lauren developed symptoms of fever, vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite.
Within days, she was in Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children undergoing a spinal tap to determine the cause of her illness. When the tests came back positive for meningitis caused by a pneumococcal bacterium, the doctors couldn't tell Nicole if Lauren would live or die. Everyone who had come in contact with Lauren was immediately put on antibiotics and Nicole was told that there was a good chance that Lauren would suffer brain damage or lose her hearing.
While Lauren was able to overcome the infection, she was left with profound hearing loss in both ears. Pneumococcal disease would permanently affect not only Lauren's life, but her sister Candace's life and their parents' lives forever.
Forever Changed
Along with relearning how to walk - a skill that she had lost as a result of the meningitis, Lauren had to undergo a surgical procedure to receive a cochlear implant to help her to hear again. This procedure required her to be put under a general anesthetic, the effects of which were very difficult for Nicole and Gary to watch their child endure.
What followed was years of speech therapy to help Lauren get used to her implant and to help her understand what the sounds that she was hearing meant.
Her mother says that as a result of her hearing impairment due to pneumococcal meningitis, everything has changed. Whatever Lauren does requires modification to some degree since she is often limited by her hearing loss. This is the most difficult thing for Nicole to watch and she says she will "never forget the day that this all happened."
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An Overview of Various Uses of Psychoactive Medications

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This articles talks about psychoactive medication and how it affects the human body. This article explains the six different classes of this kind of medication and their respective medical and non-medical uses.  The article also delves into the lesser known use of psychoactive drugs in religious or tribal ceremonies.

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Being a curious human being, one might seem to want or experience another  state of consciousness. We all know that this can be done by children through spinning, sliding, and swinging, all as form of play. It is in a person's instinct to have the urge to alter one's consciousness, much like quenching one's thirst, hunger, and sexual desires. Today, so many people experiment with mind-altering substances or  psychoactive medications, which are chemical substances that basically acts on a person's central nervous system and alters the brains' functions. The use of these drugs cause short-term changes in mood, perception, behavior, and consciousness.

These medications are divided into five types that correspond to five different uses of the drug.  Psychoactive medication includes the use of general anesthetics. Now this is a class of psychoactive medication that is used on patients who need help in minimizing pain and other hurtful sensations. Most of these anesthetics cause the patient to become unconsciousness, thereby allowing doctors to proceed with surgery or other medical procedures without inflicting physical pain or causing emotional trauma. Another type of this class of medication comes in the form of painkillers. Since psychoactive medication are often prescribed to manage pain, certain neurochemicals can be chemically influenced to manage or reduce a patient's uncomfortable pain. This class also includes narcotics like codeine and morphine, and also aspirin and paracetamol. Psychiatric medications are for the treatment of mental health problems, specifically mental and emotional disorders. Medications for psychiatric treatment have six classifications, namely: antidepressants (treatment for depression, anxiety, dysthymia, eating disorders, etc.); stimulants (used to treat ADD, narcolepsy and for suppression of appetite); anti psychotics (for the treatment of psychosis such as schizophrenia and mania); mood stabilizers (for treating bipolar disorders and shizoaffective disorder); anxiolytics (for anxiety disorder treatments); and depressants (used for hypnotics, sedatives, and anesthetics).

Looking at another approach for the use of these psychoactive medication would be through the use of recreational drugs. Since this particular kind of medication can alter a person's mood and perception, some can be abused, including those with accepted use in medicine and psychiatry. Frequently used drugs for recreation (or more appropriately, used illegally) include stimulants, hallucinogens, hypnotics, and analgesics. All these can elevate sensations transmitted via a person's central nervous system.  These drugs are abused for their euphoric and performance-enhancing effects. People who abuse these drugs experience perceptual changes, cognitive distortions, and inebriation. Examples of such commonly abused mind-altering products include caffeine, alcohol, LSD, cocaine, and heroine.

Another reason for the use of these medication involves the conduct of certain rituals and spiritual activities. Specified psychoactives, mainly hallucinogens, have been used for religious purposes since time immemorial. Native Americans have used peyote, a mescaline-rich cacti, as a symbolic and material object for religious ceremonies. Another substance used for ritual purposes is the muscimol-containing amanita mushroom, which was widely used by prehistoric tribes in Europe. Various other hallucinogens like jimsonweed, psilocybin mushrooms, and cannabis have also been used in different religious ceremonies for ages. Within the period of 1960-1970, new religious movements have began the use of LSD and other hallucinogens as sacraments. Of course, legality is always on the surface, and that the use of the hallucinogens for religious activities should be strictly regulated.