Title:
De-Stress Yourself With Oxygen, Water And Sunlight!

Word Count:
710

Summary:
Oxygen, water and sunlight are the most basic life giving elements on this earth. Without them we have no existence here, but our current lifestyles being so hectic, we seem to take it all for granted and not much thought goes into the fact that we need these elements daily to survive properly.

Our bodies are 70% water and we extract water from what we eat and drink. No doubt you’ve heard that you should drink eight glasses of water per day. This is true although some peop...


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motivational poster,motivational print,teacher motivational poster


Article Body:
Oxygen, water and sunlight are the most basic life giving elements on this earth. Without them we have no existence here, but our current lifestyles being so hectic, we seem to take it all for granted and not much thought goes into the fact that we need these elements daily to survive properly.

Our bodies are 70% water and we extract water from what we eat and drink. No doubt you’ve heard that you should drink eight glasses of water per day. This is true although some people may need even more than that. Water is what hydrates you. Drinks like coffee, sodas and alcohol will dehydrate you. Not to say that you should never drink them, but if you do, then drink extra water to make up for it.

How do you know if you are dehydrated? Here are some tips:

1) If you push your finger down on your skin and it does not pop back up immediately but feels a bit mushy and comes back slower, then you are dehydrated.

2) If your urine is dark yellow and has an odor, then you are dehydrated. Urine should be fairly clear and odor free. Note: there are foods such as asparagus or b-vitamins that will give your urine a dark color but that is natural and nothing to worry about.

3) If you are fatigued, your skin is flushed or your lips or mouth is dry then you may be dehydrated.

Sunlight is another element that we need to survive. We get lots of warnings that we need to protect ourselves from the sun and to use sunscreen and stay indoors as much as possible. There is some merit to that, but we get vitamin D directly from the sun and you only need about 15 to 20 minutes to get that. Plus if you are like me, a few days of non-stop rain can be very depressing. As soon as the sun comes up, my spirits rise dramatically. Enjoying the sunshine can give you that boost, lift your spirits and make you feel better. Relaxing in the sun, a great way to de-stress.

Oxygen! Getting enough is vital, but alas, we have become shallow breathers and many more of us than you realize don’t get enough oxygen. How, you say?

Well, just look at the couch potato watching TV all day, or people that have machines that do most of the work for us. How often have you seen lawn maintenance personnel sitting on a lawn mower cutting the grass? We used to get out and push. It was a huff and puff job but you certainly would be breathing hard afterwards.

Kids used to walk to school, now they take buses or get driven to school. How many of us sit in an office all day working at our computers. Then we go out for a sit down lunch, work some more and get home and relax in front of the TV for the rest of the night trying to unwind from the mental stress of the day. Sleep and do the same routine the next day and the next day and so on. When Do We Really Move Our Bodies?

There are a certain percentage of people that will go to the gym regularly or do cardio workouts and then you have people who dance etc. For those of you already doing that, my hats off to you.

We need oxygen for all the cells in our bodies to be healthy. The best way to do that is to move our bodies around and breath deeply. Most exercise classes will get you there. It does not matter if you do weights, yoga, running or walking. Get yourself moving and breathing.

You can also do breathing exercises while sitting or lying down. Get yourself comfortable and slowly breath in through your nose and then slowly release from your mouth. Do this several times. Take a break for a few minutes and do it again several more times. I did this while I was on an airplane and was amazed at how much better I felt. I’ve done this ever since. It works great!

In short, drink water, breath deeply and get some sun (in moderation)! You’ll feel better!


Title:
De-Stress Yourself With Water, Oxygen And Sunlight!

Word Count:
751

Summary:
Oxygen, water and sunlight are the most basic life giving elements on this earth. Without them we have no existence here, but our current lifestyles being so hectic, we seem to take it all for granted and not much thought goes into the fact that we need these elements daily to survive properly.


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Article Body:
Oxygen, water and sunlight are the most basic life giving elements on this earth. Without them we have no existence here, but our current lifestyles being so hectic, we seem to take it all for granted and not much thought goes into the fact that we need these elements daily to survive properly.

Our bodies are 70% water and we extract water from what we eat and drink. No doubt you’ve heard that you should drink eight glasses of water per day. This is true although some people may need even more than that. Water is what hydrates you. Drinks like coffee, sodas and alcohol will dehydrate you. Not to say that you should never drink them, but if you do, then drink extra water to make up for it.

How do you know if you are dehydrated? Here are some tips:

1) If you push your finger down on your skin and it does not pop back up immediately but feels a bit mushy and comes back slower, then you are dehydrated.

2) If your urine is dark yellow and has an odor, then you are dehydrated. Urine should be fairly clear and odor free. Note: there are foods such as asparagus or b-vitamins that will give your urine a dark color but that is natural and nothing to worry about.

3) If you are fatigued, your skin is flushed or your lips or mouth is dry then you may be dehydrated.

Sunlight is another element that we need to survive. We get lots of warnings that we need to protect ourselves from the sun and to use sunscreen and stay indoors as much as possible. There is some merit to that, but we get vitamin D directly from the sun and you only need about 15 to 20 minutes to get that. Plus if you are like me, a few days of non-stop rain can be very depressing. As soon as the sun comes up, my spirits rise dramatically. Enjoying the sunshine can give you that boost, lift your spirits and make you feel better. Relaxing in the sun, a great way to de-stress.

Oxygen! Getting enough is vital, but alas, we have become shallow breathers and many more of us than you realize don’t get enough oxygen. How, you say?

Well, just look at the couch potato watching TV all day, or people that have machines that do most of the work for us. How often have you seen lawn maintenance personnel sitting on a lawn mower cutting the grass? We used to get out and push. It was a huff and puff job but you certainly would be breathing hard afterwards.

Kids used to walk to school, now they take buses or get driven to school. How many of us sit in an office all day working at our computers. Then we go out for a sit down lunch, work some more and get home and relax in front of the TV for the rest of the night trying to unwind from the mental stress of the day. Sleep and do the same routine the next day and the next day and so on. When Do We Really Move Our Bodies?

There are a certain percentage of people that will go to the gym regularly or do cardio workouts and then you have people who dance etc. For those of you already doing that, my hats off to you.

We need oxygen for all the cells in our bodies to be healthy. The best way to do that is to move our bodies around and breath deeply. Most exercise classes will get you there. It does not matter if you do weights, yoga, running or walking. Get yourself moving and breathing.

You can also do breathing exercises while sitting or lying down. Get yourself comfortable and slowly breath in through your nose and then slowly release from your mouth. Do this several times. Take a break for a few minutes and do it again several more times. I did this while I was on an airplane and was amazed at how much better I felt. I’ve done this ever since. It works great!

In short, drink water, breath deeply and get some sun (in moderation)! You’ll feel better!

If you can’t seem to get yourself motivated to do this then try putting up some motivational posters to get you going. Put them in places where you will see them often to remind you. It works for me!


Title:
Denial: The Fabric of Civilization Itself?

Word Count:
590

Summary:
Denial has been a part of the human psyche and social contract for as long as people have figured out they need each other around.However,recent research is starting to show that denial may be significantly more integral to the very nature of society and social relationships that what one might expect.


Keywords:
mental health, emotional health, relationship


Article Body:
All civilization, an anonymous pessimist once said, is founded on denial, denial, denial. Freud once theorized that people enter a state of denial in defense of their mental health, attempting to avoid things in reality that might damage the fragility of the inner ego. Others theorize that denial is a defense mechanism, allowing a person to avoid having to face some unwanted facet of reality or of their own personalities. Regardless of which theory is correct, it is beyond doubt that everyone is in denial about something and that this denial might actually be an integral component of maintaining stable mental health. However, recent evidence is starting to reveal what some have suspected all along: denial touches on emotional health and relationships too, and not necessarily in a destructive manner either.

According to Michael McCullough, a psychologist and author of the upcoming book “Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct,” denial is all part of the social game humans play. The ability to actively and subconsciously ignore the little deceptions and flaws inherent in ourselves and other humans is apparently a core component of our being able to maintain cordial social relationships with other people. Apparently, if people did not go into “denial mode” when faced with something about another person that they are uncomfortable with or don't like, people would effectively and quickly terminate all social contact with that person. The fact that people also appear psychologically wired to do this to themselves and others at all times on a subconscious level serves to enforce just how critical denial is to the mental, emotional, and social framework that people form around themselves.

Denial also seems to play an interesting role in a person's moral compass. A recent study was conducted to see just how much dishonesty a person could commit without feeling dishonest about it. A simple test was given out to students, with some test subjects receiving answer sheets that had the answers partially marked out. The study revealed that the students were generally unaware of how dishonest they actually were, with most of them feeling that they weren't dishonest at all. There were a few, however, that did feel as if they cheated, but only to a certain point. The conclusion that the research them came to was that, for as long as people can find a way to deny that anything wrong is being done or going on, then they can mentally pretend that nothing happened.

However, there is also another level of the denial game that people are playing, which is the semi-conscious acknowledgment of it. Essentially, this part can be summed up in the words “I saw that, but I'll let it slide this time.” There are, of course, a variety of possible reasons for someone to do this. For the most part, this ties down to an attempt to preserve a current relationship by avoiding confrontation or conflict, particularly if the relationship in question is already on thin ice.

This, like the earlier form, stems from a psychological need to maintain cordial connections with the people around you. Some evolutionary psychologists link this to early human interactions, where people found ways not to hold other people accountable for being unable to render aid. There is a limit to this sort of thinking, of course, but for as long as the mind can conjure reasonable doubt, then people will conjure reasonable doubt. So, in the end, the aforementioned pessimist may actually be right. All civilization may well be built on denial, denial, denial.


Title:
Dental - From Problems To Business

Word Count:
400

Summary:
It’s perhaps the irony that the same teeth which give us good smile also pain us endlessly; especially so when dental care has become almost unaffordable if not for the insurance. The dental care business in USA counts to a few hundred billion dollars with dental/oral care product manufacturers sitting on the top of the ladder followed by insurers, equipment manufacturers and dentists and other care providers.

The rudimentary problems with teeth like smell, plaque, pitting...


Keywords:
Dental,dental health,oral care,dental oral,dentists


Article Body:
It’s perhaps the irony that the same teeth which give us good smile also pain us endlessly; especially so when dental care has become almost unaffordable if not for the insurance. The dental care business in USA counts to a few hundred billion dollars with dental/oral care product manufacturers sitting on the top of the ladder followed by insurers, equipment manufacturers and dentists and other care providers.

The rudimentary problems with teeth like smell, plaque, pitting and decay can be prevented by regular cares like flossing, brushing, visits to your family dentists, minimum of twice a year, preferably 4 to 5 visits. The more complex problems like periodontal disease arising due to diabetes take a holistic approach than just dental care. By regularly checking your oral hygiene, you could save unnecessary costs and undue pain in the long run.

Savings Plans
In the first rung are the savings plans. These schemes have dentists and care givers enrolled with them from across the nation. Anyone wanting to avail discount services from these professionals can get registered with such plans for a small fee of $10 a month for an individual. Group registrations are cheaper at $20-25 per month. This is a huge business considering the number of associated dentists.

Fees
Dentists are the frontline of this industry. Different packages such as cosmetic dentistry to various treatments generate huge sums for the industry as a whole. General consultation necessary for planning the treatment outlay cost over $65, while periodic examination costs $25. Figures for Crown and metal, or root canal treatment will cost anywhere from $ 450 - $600 and the costliest of them all is the orthodontic treatment which ranges between $2900- 3500.

Insurance
Insurance is a high growth sector in medical insurance. Although the industry turnover is not quantified specific to dental insurances, one can easily imagine it to be an astronomic figure. It begins with the preferred dentist program which costs $15-20 per month. Students’ insurance instituted usually by colleges, and group dental plans for employees ensure bulk revenue regularly for the industry.

Product Manufacturers
At the top end are manufacturers. The matter that high cost dental treatments are triggered by them does not fall into the scope of this article. But remember, not a single day passes by without hundreds of billions of people brushing teeth at least once daily. The monthly cost of replenishing of your tooth paste and brushes is perhaps enough for feeding half of Africa.


Title:
Dental Anxiety: A Self-fulfilling Prophecy

Word Count:
533

Summary:
Many people have dental anxiety and would rather endure the excruciating pain of a toothache than pay their dentists a visit. The fear comes from the anticipation of the pain rather than the pain itself. However, modern dentistry has recognized this problem that they continue to develop new techniques to alleviate it.


Keywords:
treatment, fear, phobia, anxiety


Article Body:
There are people who would rather endure the excruciating pain of a toothache than pay their dentists a visit. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, about 25 million Americans refuse to get dental treatment due to fear.  Millions of people prefer to live with their dental problems to avoid the procedures to fix them. Odontophobia is an irrational fear of dental surgery.  Most people experience dental phobia due to the anticipation of the pain rather than the pain itself. 
Based on studies, the most known cause of dental anxiety is the memory of an unpleasant experience, such as a cut lip, that occurred in the dentist's chair. Children who were held down in a chair against their will, or whose protests of pain were ignored by their dentists, may also remember the feeling of helplessness and panic as adults.
There are two factors inherent to dentistry concerning dental phobia: the intrusive nature of the work and the patient's loss of control. According to Dr. Matthew Messina, a spokesman for the American Dental Association, in order for him to treat his patients, he needs to get into their personal space. “I have to be closer to you than almost any other physician gets -- at least while the patient is awake,” said Messina.
Since patients appear to be helpless while someone does unsettling things in their mouth, not only is the whole thing uncomfortable, but the ability to communicate verbally is lost. During the procedure, a patient is usually trapped in a chair with his jaws open, looking at the ceiling without being able to see what the dentist is doing -- making it easier to envision a dreaded event.
Dental anxiety may have a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more you try to avoid seeing your dentist, the worse the condition becomes. And when you finally have no choice but to go, the condition already requires more invasive procedures and potentially more pain. However, modern dentistry has recognized this problem with dental anxiety that they continue to develop new techniques to alleviate it. Techniques like simple relaxation and the use of sedatives are being endorsed by the American Dental Association.
Patients who are afraid of injections can now feel comfortable with smaller gauge needles and better techniques. While a wisdom tooth extraction and periodontal surgery can be so painful, technological breakthroughs make filling small cavities and routine extractions almost pain-free, with only minor discomfort after the anesthesia wears off.
According to Dr. Howard Weiner, a professor of behavioral science and dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, another effective way to control anxiety is to establish trust with your patients. Weiner has studied dental anxiety for 20 years.
When a dentist seems to be rushing and doesn't take time to listen to a patient's concerns.  Patients become anxious regarding the risks of different treatments, such as the effectivity of anesthesia, the safety from the dental instruments being used, the fear of AIDS, among other worries. These stressful aspects of the experience may cause the patient to panic, said Weiner. 
Over the years, patients fears have changed and evolved. But modern dentistry continue to develop various ways to handle these fears in a more creative and comfortable manner.


Title:
Dental care is easier than you think

Word Count:
452

Summary:
Seeing our dentist too often is something that most people cannot cope with but the reality is that dentists play such an important role in maintaining dental care and hygiene


Keywords:
dental care, veneers, tooth whitening


Article Body:
Society today provides more and more temptations to damage the health of one's teeth. Smoking and drinking could have adverse negative affects to that wonderful smile.

Seeing our dentist too often is something that most people cannot cope with but the reality is that dentists play such an important role in maintaining dental care and hygiene.

And even our kids are more exposed to sweets and other sticky stuff that can cause dental problems, dental hygiene should be given the highest importance by everyone.

There is one thing that holds true no matter the country you live in; a fear of dentists, no matter their type, is deep within the majority of us, and there seems to be very little we can do about it. The mere thought of a masked individual sticking their hands in our mouths, with or without the high-pitched, spinning sound of a drill, is enough to make even the most courageous among us as squeamish as a baby.
So the attempt to search for a cosmetic dentist, even with the striking outcome we know awaits us, can be more dreary than looking for any other type of doctor. Even people are traveling to places like Hungary and the USA for cosmetic dental surgery.
Most of us have some crooked teeth, a little discoloration, a chip or two, maybe a gap or even a missing tooth. Basically, 90% or more of us could really use a complete dental makeover and it is so expensive and so outrageous a concept that it really never crosses our mind as it is disregarded as an impossibility. That is now changing as dental porcelain veneers are quickly becoming cheaper and a great, quick alternative with massive life altering results.

Dental veneers and laminates can turn a smile with teeth that are chipped and gapped into a beautiful flawless smile by resurfacing teeth with a thin ceramic coating that also fills in the chips and gaps. As this industry grows the prices for dental treatments are coming down in price, fuelling the demand even more.

Teeth whitening is another dental treatment that people try to avoid the dentist, this treatment that has been developed to remove yellowish stains and enhance the original color of the teeth. It is very embarrassing to see a person smiling with yellow stained teeth .You may also feel discomforted while smiling to a person who has stained yellow tooth. Dental defects are not hazardous but it needs to be treated at right time so that it can be given proper treatment.


The author runs a website at http://www.toothwhiteningpro.co.uk
blog : http://www.toothwhiteningpro.co.uk/blog

Dental care


Title:
DENTAL CARE – Who’s Afraid To Go?

Word Count:
575

Summary:
When is a good time to introduce your child to a dentist?  I would strongly suggest that you introduce your children to a dentist before they had any problems with their teeth.  You want them to start out with a positive experience – thus, lessening the possibility of any dentist phobias.  Go ahead and laugh – I’m one of those people who developed an early fear of dentists.


Keywords:
dental care, cavities, root canals, dental health care


Article Body:
When is a good time to introduce your child to a dentist?  I would strongly suggest that you introduce your children to a dentist before they had any problems with their teeth.  You want them to start out with a positive experience – thus, lessening the possibility of any dentist phobias.  Go ahead and laugh – I’m one of those people who developed an early fear of dentists.


My First Experience

I was very young, and one of my baby teeth became abscessed – not a pleasant feeling.  Anyway, it was my father’s duty to take me to the dentist.  In the dentist office, I was told to swish some strong, green liquid in my mouth and spit it out.  I was to do that until all the liquid in the glass was gone – then go back to the dentist chair and sit down.

I, being the obedient child, did as I was told.  I swished and spit, and once done, climbed into the dentist chair.  I did not have a clue of what was going to happen next, until of course, the dentist told me to open my mouth and began to pull my tooth out.  Low and behold, the green liquid I had swished in my mouth was the antiseptic!  Well, surprise, surprise – it didn’t work!

With my father holding me down in the chair, I felt every pain, heard every grinding sound – and the experience remained alive and strong in my memory—a memory that followed me throughout my childhood and into adulthood.

After that experience, my love for the dentist and the very sound of a drill would put me into a panic.  No matter how I rationalized it, no matter how much I told myself how stupid I was for feeling the fear – it would not go away.


My Experience As An Adult

It took me a long time to overcome my fear of dentists.  I finally found a dentist who I could talk too, and say, “Hey, this is the experience I had – this is the fear I have – can I trust you not to hurt me.”  Well, my dentist understood my fears – and I’m happy to say that I felt that if he could calm my fears I could trust him with my young boys.


When To Take Your Children To The Dentist?

When do you take your children to the dentist?  Before they have any cavities or any other ugly problems. Take your children to the dentist to have their teeth cleaned and looked at – let the comfort level build between your child and your dentist.  So when there are any problems with their teeth – they know the dentist won’t hurt them.

That is what I did for my children.  I set them up with my dentist before they had any problems.  I did not want them to have the same fears that I had.  And it seemed to have worked.

If you don’t have dental insurance, look into discount dental insurance, such as DentalPlans – you can choose a plan that meets your budget – and in most cases the cleanings are free.  You can take a look at Dental Plans at http://www.myaffiliateplace.biz/Affiliate_mydentalwebsite.htm.  And if you have dental insurance, and you have children, give them a positive experience to remember – it will make the next visit to the dentist an everyday occurrence, instead of a stressful visit to hell.


title:Dental Hygiene, an Ancient Practice - The History of the Toothbrush
author:Rebecca Blain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_687.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

One of the most asked questions by adults and children is the origin of the toothbrush. There are several schools of thought on when the real toothbrush was created, but you need to look far into the past for the first evidences of oral hygiene.
The Chinese were believed to create the first real toothbrush, or a device that was used to clean teeth, but it was much different than the ones that we are used to today. These first toothbrushes, crafted in the 1400s, did not use nylon for bristles, or plastic for the handles. They were crafted from bamboo, one of the most common plants from that area. The bamboo formed the handle for people to hold on to. Attached to this handle was a set of bristles, which were crafted from the tough hair of the Siberian wild boar. The hairs used came from the back of the neck of this animal. This is the toothbrush associated with having been the ancestor of the one that we use today.
However, there is evidence that there was another form of the toothbrush dating up to 3000 years before the birth of Christ. Due to this, the history of the toothbrush proves that this device is one of the oldest still used by man, only truly outdated by the wheel. This form of the toothbrush was found within pyramids of the Egyptians. These toothbrushes were crafted from a stick. Unlike the Chinese version of the toothbrush, the end of the stick was flayed so that the fibers of the wood were more soft. This stick was then rubbed against the teeth to serve as a form of oral hygiene. This form of the toothbrush did not become far spread as the Chinese version.
The Chinese version of the toothbrush spread to Europe, where the Siberian wild boar took the brunt of the growing popularity of the invention. The only downside to the hairs of the Siberian wild boar was the fact that it was very rough on the gums. On account of this, some people began to use the hairs found on the backs of horses to craft the bristles on their brushes, as this was much easier on their gums and teeth. Despite the added softness of the horse hair bristles, the boar hairs were more commonly used, as horses were too valuable to Europeans during this period of time.
The boar hair toothbrush continued to be used until the early 1900s.  In 1937, nylon was created in the Du Pont laboratories  by Wallace H. Carothers. This invention forever changed the history of the toothbrush, as well as every other device that required a fibrous material, including ropes. In 1938, Nylon became the sign of modernization, from the creation of nylon stockings to Dr. West's first nylon toothbrush. This brush was called Dr. West's Miracle Toothbrush. Even with this breakthrough in the toothbrush, it wasn't until World War II that Americans began to take oral hygiene more seriously. This was a direct result of the war. This influence spurred on the development of better toothbrushes.
Toothpaste & Whiteners
Another aspect of toothbrush history that should be taken into account is toothpaste and other whiteners. These are usually used with the toothbrush in order to make certain that the teeth and breath were acceptable. The concept of toothpaste and mouth washes is pretty old - almost as old as the Egyptians toothbrush. The earliest known toothpaste was created by the Egyptians. It was said to contain a drachma of rock salt, two drachmas of mint, one drachma of dried iris flowers and 20 grains of pepper. This was then crushed and mixed together to form a powder. When mixed with saliva and applied to the teeth, it would help whiten and clean your teeth. When experimented with by an Australian dentist, the mixture worked far better than anything else created until the twenty first century. The only downside was the fact that it caused his gums to bleed.
In the 18th Century, the next recorded version of toothpaste occurred. This mixture called for dragon's blood, cinnamon and burn alum. This mixture tends to be more of an amusement for many scientists, as there is no proof that "dragon's" existed. What may have really been considered to be dragon's blood is unknown.
The 19th Century saw a lot of innovations to toothpaste, although many of them would be repulsive compared to what we are used to today. Charcoal, for example, was used to clean teeth. Most of the toothpastes of this time were powders that became a paste when introduced to saliva. A lot of these different toothpastes were designed to both clean teeth and give the user better breath. This is where the modern idea for toothpaste came of, and one of the turn points in the history of toothpaste. The combination of these pastes and the toothbrush worked to ensure that there was a higher chance of cleaner and healthier teeth and gums.
It wasn't until the 1900s that toothpastes evolved to be more modern. Colgate, and many other toothpaste companies, worked to design toothpastes that tasted good while providing the means to clean teeth while not causing gums to bleed. Many ingredients are now used in toothpastes, with Fluoride being one of the most common. There are a wide variety of "herbal" toothpastes as well, which do not contain this component. Each of these types are designed to fit the needs and wants of every type of person out there. This high level of choice is the primary evolution of toothpastes. While only a few were available as early as the Egyptian days, now there is something for everyone.
The combination of the toothpaste and modern toothbrush gives everyone the oral hygiene and dental health that they need to be able to have the sparkling teeth that is desired by so many. This combination also helps prevent the loss of your teeth later in life, so that dentures are not required as early. The history of the toothbrush and toothpaste shouldn't be looked down upon, as the options used back then were no where near as pleasant as the types available today.
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Title:
Dental Hygiene – If I Had Known Then What I Know Now….

Word Count:
289

Summary:
Hello all you wonderful people out there. Have you ever thought, “If I had known then what I know now….” or “If I had my life to live over again I would change…...”?

Actually there is not too much I, personally would have done differently. But there is definitely one health related subject I would like to have known more about and adhered to: early childhood hygiene practices.

I had problems with my teeth from the minute go. I had to have fillings, root canal work, toot...


Keywords:
dental hygiene, dental hygiene week for kids, early childhood hygiene practices


Article Body:
Hello all you wonderful people out there. Have you ever thought, “If I had known then what I know now….” or “If I had my life to live over again I would change…...”?

Actually there is not too much I, personally would have done differently. But there is definitely one health related subject I would like to have known more about and adhered to: early childhood hygiene practices.

I had problems with my teeth from the minute go. I had to have fillings, root canal work, tooth extractions. You name it, I had it. Even eating all those taffy apples and other candy (especially at Halloween) would have been alright if only I had known about and practiced proper (and I mean proper) gum and health hygiene. Call it hindsight.

Ironically, at this stage in my life I frantically take care of the few teeth I can still call my own. I brush my teeth (and gums) as soon as I get up in the morning and after every meal. I use mouthwash regularly. I go for biannual dental checkups. I make it a point to get to a dentist as soon as I suspect the slightest dental problem.

In our day and age anything can happen. My next statement may sound a little bizarre - like something out of science fiction - but so did reaching the moon fifty years ago. I visualize people in this lifetime cutting a third set of teeth. Wouldn’t that be something! So let’s not waste time. Let’s brush up on gum and mouth hygiene practices. Let’s promote dental hygiene whether through annual dental hygiene week for kids or dental hygiene shirts or whatever.

And don’t forget folks– keep smiling!


Title:
Dental Implants Information

Word Count:
254

Summary:
Dental implants are ideal to replace broken or damaged teeth.  Be advised that these dental implants can be a costly procedure as well as lengthy procedure.


Keywords:
dental implants, dental implants cost, dental implant procedures


Article Body:
Dental implants are ideal to replace broken or damaged teeth.  Be advised that these dental implants can be a costly procedure as well as lengthy procedure.

Typically, dental implants have a starting cost around $1000 dollars for each tooth.  If you have dentures, bridges, broken or damaged teeth dental implants could be a great investment for your smile.  This procedure has very low failure rates.  If a failure was to occur, chances are that there was an undetected bacterial infection during the install of the implant.

Timeframes needed to complete the dental implant procedure have a few contributing factors.  One such factor is state of the jawbone.  If the doctor needs more jawbone to work with, bone grafting may be required.  This process must be completed and healed before the dental implant can be installed.

Osseointegration is a process where a titanium post is screwed into the jawbone.  This must be left for 3-6 months so that the bone can fuse around it. A plate style implant may be used between the gum and the jawbone if the bone integrity is not ideal.

Once the healing has completed, the doctor will make a cast of the mouth.  Then a ceramic tooth will be made to match the existing shape and color of the teeth.

It is always advisable to consult your dentist regarding dental implants.  In some cases, they may be able to offer you a finance plan to have the procedure done.  Be sure to ask any and all questions about dental implants with your.


Title:
Dental Infection, Focal Infection, Death and Dentistry

Word Count:
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Summary:
A statement I made earlier in this book, Root Canal Cover-Up exposed! Many Illnesses Result, is most likely causing some of my dental colleagues to bitterly resent the charge that our profession has unknowingly been responsible for the deaths of many of our patients.


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Copyright 2006 SSLI Health Group

A statement I made earlier in this book, Root Canal Cover-Up exposed! Many Illnesses Result, is most likely causing some of my dental colleagues to bitterly resent the charge that our profession has unknowingly been responsible for the deaths of many of our patients.

How could I make such a statement when not a single one of all my dentist friends and acquaintances has knowingly lost a patient? Ours has generally been considered a safe profession to practice, certainly not one which involves fatality.

For dentist, physicians or patients who think I am merely being a sensationalist, this chapter, which reviews the book  Death and Dentistry by Martin H. Fischer, M.D., may help put this whole subject in its true perspective.

Dr. Fischer's book states the microorganisms from teeth and tonsils metastasize to other organs and tissues, similar to the phenomenon which occurs in cancer and results in similar disagreeable circumstances.

Dr. Fischer, a professor of physiology, reminds us the heart disease problems of endocarditis, pericarditis and myocarditis were found to be caused by streptococci and diplococci bacteria, and that these bacteria are also found in chronic appendicitis and bleeding ulcer cases, plus gall bladder and liver diseases. We all know of people who die of these afflictions despite antibiotics. A good many of them have immune systems which have been overtaxed for long periods of time by hidden focal infections and their toxins. Such people more readily develop pneumonia or some other affliction which eventually causes their deaths.

Dr. Fischer reported how Dr. E.C. Rosenow (not Milton Rosenau, a Price Research Institute advisor) isolated streptococcus bacteria from a human infected appendix and injected these bacteria into animals, 80 percent of which developed appendicitis.  The same Dr. Rosenow reported in the AMA Journal how  he had produced     stomach and duodental ulcers in 18 rabbits, six dogs and monkey by inoculating these animals with bacteria from the tonsils and the tissues of patients with rheumatism.

Dr. Rosenow stated most doctors think ulcers in the stomach are due to the patient's swallowing bacteria from infected tonsils or teeth, but the contents their mode of spread is through the bloodstream.

Dr. Fischer's book is full of studies similar to those I have mentioned in this chapter which confirm Price's discoveries.

Like the investigators of this subject named in Dr. Fischer's     book, other outstanding leaders in this field of research are: Frank Billings, Milton Rosenow, Ludvig Hektoen, D.J. Davis, Edwin Lecount, Leila Jackson, Ernest E. Irons, Rollin T. Woodyatt, George and Gladys Dick, N.W. Jones, Russell Haden, Herman C. Burnpus, Jr., Henry A. Cotton, Bernard Langdon Wyatt, And Weston Price.

Each person listed above significantly contributed to the setting up of a new paradigm, a new basic principle in clinical bacteriology and pathology.

All of the claims that degenerative diseases are the result of poor inheritance; too much or too little protein, vitamins or minerals; too much beer, wine or whiskey; and the overuse of sugar, sweets and caffeine products, while partially the case, must not deter serious consideration of those 24 million root canal treatments performed last year, not to mention the billion or so which exist in mouths of people throughout America and the rest of the world.


Title:
Dental Plans For Great Dental Care

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440

Summary:
People often do not pay as much attention to their dental health as they do to other illnesses, often with serious consequences. To keep dental diseases at bay and to meet the rising costs of dental treatment it is important that you choose a good dental plan. Having a dental plan should encourage you to take more preventive care of your teeth to avoid the more serious dental problems.

With medical insurance services, the cost of a particular medical treatment or health ch...


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People often do not pay as much attention to their dental health as they do to other illnesses, often with serious consequences. To keep dental diseases at bay and to meet the rising costs of dental treatment it is important that you choose a good dental plan. Having a dental plan should encourage you to take more preventive care of your teeth to avoid the more serious dental problems.

With medical insurance services, the cost of a particular medical treatment or health check is reimbursed directly by the insurance company to the medical service provider. With dental insurance plans, the company is responsible for reimbursing the dentist. Dental plans can however vary in type and feature. Dentists participating in discount dental plans take lower fees than those covered by regular dental plans, with discounts varying between 20% and 60%.

All dental plans charge a membership fee, with the amount varying from one plan to the other. Dental plans are offered to either individuals or to the whole family, with family dental plans usually offering bigger discounts than individual dental plans. You should compare the rates charged under the different plans before selecting the most appropriate one for you.

It is important also to know the type of dental services covered by your dental plan. Routine dental check ups and dental treatments such as oral examination, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, teeth filling and teeth extraction are generally covered by most dental plans. However, dental plans do not always cover major dental care treatments such as oral surgery, dental implants, restorative care, braces, root canal treatments etc. In case of such costly dental procedures you unfortunately have to foot the bill yourself. Often there are a number of alternative treatments available for certain dental problems. Under such circumstances dental plans allow reimbursement for the cost of the basic dental treatment, and further costs in excess of the basic treatment cost has to be covered by the patient.

Dental health plans may or may not allow you to choose your own dentist, but it is common practice for patients to generally receive dental care from dentists mentioned in the plan. Before choosing a plan make sure that the participating dentists practice in your area. Choose a plan that is accepted nationwide and not restricted to your state. Check whether you are allowed to visit the dentist unscheduled, or at scheduled hours only.

You also need to decide whether you want an annual plan or a monthly plan. Annual dental plans are more cost beneficial than monthly plans. So get regular check ups with your dentist to reap the maximum benefits out of your dental plan.


Title:
Dental Plans: How To Choose The Best Dental Insurance For You

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496

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Find out how to choose the best dental plan or insurance for you...


Keywords:
dental plan, dental insurance


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You understand that you need dental insurance. After all, it is an essential part of life, no different than any other medical coverage. And, despite the fact that you hate going to the dentist, you know that, one day, you may need more than a simple check-up. If an extensive amount of work is done, you need to find yourself covered. So, you need the right plan to suit your lifestyle. Often, businesses will cover dental insurance and offer plans to their employees. This is how the majority pays for their dental work so,
below, we will explain the must common plans used to give you an idea of where to start:

One: direct reimbursement plan. The most favored plan, this lets employees be reimbursed for any money they spend on dental care. If you have anything from a check-up to an operation, you will pay for it, and then your employers will give the money back. This makes it a simple process, hence its popularity.  Not all companies can afford to do this, however. Small businesses may not be able to match larger bills.

Two: indemnity plan. Smaller businesses are more likely to use this plan. With it, they will pay one hundred percent of cleanings amount, eighty percent for basic work like getting  a cap and fifty percent for surgical procedures. The employee will then pay the rest. While some find this an unfair plan, smaller companies can not afford to pay one percent of every visit. They just do not have the funding.Still, unless a major procedure is being done, the employee will have to pay very little.

Three: managed care plan.This is often the most common, though not always the most favored plan. For businesses with little money to spend on dental insurance, this plan will suffice. Employees pay a co-payment. This, in turn, helps pay for procedures. The more involved the procedure, the higher the co-payment. This allows employers to pay for only some of the bill. Of course, this plan is not popular with most employees as they may end up paying the majority, but it must be understood that, for smaller businesses, dental insurance is more luxury than necessity.

These three plans are the most common found in the work place, and you will--in all likelihood--deal with them. If you have the fortune to work in a larger business, expect the first plan and, therefore, the best plan. Smaller companies will rely more on the other two. While all plans provide coverage, direct reimbursement provides the best and most wide-spread. Of course, because of this, it takes a company with a solid financial ground, Employers lose money with it. Your smaller businesses cannot afford to do that; they need every cent to pay the bills.

Do learn all you can about your company's care plan, however. Never simply sign anything without understanding what it offers and entails. Learn all you can about benefits and stipulations.


Title:
Dental Plans – Good Business Sense

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414

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The many Simpsons fans among us will remember with great poignancy the episode in which Homer becomes a bigwig in the Nuclear power plant’s union


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dental plans


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The many Simpsons fans among us will remember with great poignancy the episode in which Homer becomes a bigwig in the Nuclear power plant’s union. Just like almost every other episode of the classic show, there are a multitude of brilliant moments that can be carried forward into every day life, creating great annoyance among our friends as we quote the cartoon characters ad nauseam. But there is a particular moment that holds sway over those of us with oral issues – the instant in which Homer, confused as he usually is, tries to remember why he shouldn’t make a deal with the devil, or in this case, his boss. With thoughts of his daughter’s urgent need for orthodontal work lying just beyond his reach, the words ‘dental plan!’ repeat over and over in his mind.

As usual, animated shows have insightfully pointed a spotlight on an area of our lives that requires serious attention. There is little doubt that a healthy smile is an important part of general health, contributing as it does to both our physiological and psychological wellbeing – experts have noted a correlation between instances of what might seem like the fairly innocuous gum disease with occurrences of far more life threatening heart attacks – and yet businesses across America are coming short in their employee care by neglecting to look after this important aspect of employee health.

Needing to find ways to cut back on costs, corporate America is increasingly slicing dental plans from its list of priorities. And while there is little doubt that companies need to remain as lean as they can during tough times, employees are, without question, one of the most valuable resources that any business possesses. Study after study has proven that a happy worker is a productive worker, and an employee without something as apparently insignificant as a dental plan is not being treated with the respect that would optimize his or her output. This is particularly true of workers with young children or teenagers, who are particularly likely to require dental intervention.

The simple truth is that employers must find other ways to reduce costs – taking any action that ultimately results in lowered staff morale is not the answer. While a dental plan might not seem a powerful tool in a company’s arsenal against failure, the employees that avail of such a plan most certainly are. Providing employees with a good dental plan is undoubtedly a significant step towards corporate success.


Title:
Dental Plan – Looking After Your Financial Health Too!

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422

Summary:
As the cost of living seems to go up almost every time you turn around, finding ways to save becomes more and more important


Keywords:
dental plans


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As the cost of living seems to go up almost every time you turn around, finding ways to save becomes more and more important. And yet, despite the almost instinctual urge to budget where possible, it remains enormously important that we don’t ditch the things we really can’t afford to be without, in some effort to save a quick buck now. Sometimes investing in the right things now can save a lot of money and heartache later, and a good dental plan is one thing you can’t afford to be without. But if you are counting the cash, how do you keep your find a plan that will keep your oral health covered without ruining your financial wellbeing?

Most people already appreciate the importance of general health insurance, but dental cover is just as crucial. Oral health has been shown to have implication on other aspects of physical wellbeing, but that aside, dental problems can cause a great deal of pain and emotional distress. Finding yourself with an oral injury or infection is bad enough at the best of times, but the situation can become far more complicated when financial concerns are added to the mix. Mitigate this added stress by keeping your family covered in advance with a good dental plan.

Some types of general health insurance do include dental coverage, but often this is rather basic – check your policy to find out exactly what is covered. A group dental plan, such as those offered by employers, usually offer a good deal, but once again, it is wise to check what procedures are covered by the plan. Some plans restrict your choice of dentist, which might not be suitable if your own dentist is familiar with your family’s oral history. Other restrictions include the possibility of offering preventative care only – something that is of little use in the event of a dental emergency. Be sure to find out whether any co-payment is demanded, and whether you can expect to receive full or partial reimbursement of dental fees. This information gives you a more comprehensive picture of your financial situation, allowing you deal with dental issues with fewer financial concerns to bog you down.

And always remember that despite the type of dental plan you have, prevention is always far better than cure. While accidents will always happen, ensure that your whole family takes proper care of their teeth. Good oral hygiene not only contributes toward their general health, but it helps keep your wallet feeling good too!


Title:
Dentist scare the hide off of you?

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500

Summary:
In today's modern era there is absolutely no need to be scared of your dentist. Think about it for a minute! The happier you are to visit him the more he gets paid.


Keywords:
dentist,dentists,teeth,oral hygene,tooth decay,tooth ache,


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If the thought of visiting your dentist scares you rigid then you definitely must read on. You see if you think about it logically it is in your dentists best interest to make your dental experience as easy going and calming as possible. You see he knows only to well that if he gives you pain he will not gain. To put it bluntly the better your experience the more likely you are to make a return visit.

Do not for a minute think that your dentist is a money grabbing tyrant who's main goal in life is to get his hands on your hard earned cash. Most dentists will be financially secure and very happy practising a career which is rewarding both financially and from the job satisfaction angle.

Ok so you might have memories of a nasty experience when you were a kid. Well get real, Memories from our childhood are often far removed from the actual reality of what really went on in the past. The terrible pain you thought you endured was more than likely a fraction of what your memory tells you.

The science of dentistry itself has advanced to such a degree that really there is no need for pain other than that given by the dreaded needle.. Well did you know that even that task can be carried out with the minimal of pain. Your modern caring dentist now has it in his power to numb your gums with the aid of a pain killing compress. A small amount of a pain killing drug is applied to a small cotton bud, This is then placed on your gums and the end result is you won't even feel that dreaded needle.

It is ironic to think that the key to the least amount of dental pain is in fact to ensure that you take the time to make an appointment and visit your dentist at regular intervals. Most dentists pride themselves in their prevention and decay stopping techniques.

For those of you who do in fact have to visit your dentist for a long overdue appointment, Don't worry,Don't panic and simply make sure your dentist is totally aware that you are terrified out of your wits as he prods and examines your mouth. The thing is that it has been found that an amazing eighty percent of folk visiting the dentist are actually not bothered by this experience at all, Our dentists say that because of this they tend to get into such a routine that sometimes the thought of a person being scared has not even entered their mind.

If you are among the small percentage of folk who are indeed petrified of dental visits then it is vital that you tell your dentist exactly how you feel. Once he knows this you can be assured that every effort will be made to ensure your visit is as stress free and most importantly,

As pain free as possible.


title:Depressed? It’s Gotta All Be Our Parents’ Fault!
author:Gene Simmons
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A newspaper article from the Associated Press a while back reports that scientists say they’ve found a gene (CHRM2) that’s linked to alcoholism and depression. An expert from another organization says that if these preliminary findings hold true that it will provide another “potential target for developing new drugs to treat depression and alcoholism”.
Well, I’m excited now… Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there are many, many people who came into this earthly existence so hard-wired with these tendencies that the proper drug or combination of drugs would be extremely beneficial. And common sense along with some basic observations over the years has shown that folks from alcoholic families tend to be alcoholic just as people from depressed families tend themselves to be depressed. Some of the reason of course, is genetics. We take the cards we’re dealt and play them out the best we can.
However, you can about bet a nickel or two that not all of the 7.9 million alcoholic American adults nor the 18.8 million suffers from depression (stats from the article) will be able to honestly lay the blame for their affliction on their genetics. We all know that environmental influences - family and everything else we’ve ever experienced - play just as large a role in determining our lifestyles, thought patterns and belief systems. Permanently overcoming these types of influences though, generally requires behavioral modification, not just physiological intervention.
Unfortunately, over the past few years, the treatment of disorders such as “depression” has followed closely in the footsteps of weight loss. We humans have naturally tried to take the easiest possible path – the one which requires the least effort on our part. Take a pill, wear a gadget, and “poof” we’re happy as skunks sucking eggs and skinny as a fence pole to boot.
We all should know that this isn’t necessarily the way life really works. Sometimes we just gotta bust our behinds to change things around. Even some of the things that have been influenced by genetics can be successfully combated to a great extent through modifications of our thought patterns – and subsequently of course, our behavior.
A parting thought then I’ll climb down off my soapbox. (That danged cardboard and Elmer’s glue never has held up for very long anyway.) If you are one of world’s adults who are burdened with alcoholism (or other addictions) or severe depression, please get professional help now. Connect with someone or a group of people who can help you learn why you are the way you are today. There are reasons that are specific to your personal situation that you need to know about so you can make the changes it takes to start to step away from your problem. And don’t be surprised if some of these changes involve some potentially major modifications in your thought processes. It’s just a logical part of the healing and personal betterment process. So just go for it! Now! There’s a wonderful happy world waiting for you!
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Title:
Depression-Free Lifestyle

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760

Summary:
Why do we feel depressed? How does depression work? we need to identify on what grounds this depression works and if ever how we can overcome this.


Keywords:
fluoxetine, depression, buy fluoxetine


Article Body:
Depression as a condition is not the same as the feeling of being depressed from time to time due to certain circumstances. However, some people may already have a mental illness without recognizing it or even if they do, they may still remain in denial. Depression is said to be caused by various factors such as genetics, chemical imbalances in the brain, and stressful events or situations in life. Depression is also a condition that lasts for a long time which primarily differentiates it from occasional feelings of being depressed. It is also an illness, a mental one that needs professional help and should not be attempted to be handled alone without the advice of experts. Depression is a very sensitive condition and any wrong or inappropriate treatment or management applied may immediately worsen the condition or complicate the situation even more. This is the same reason why people who are not diagnosed properly or who do not recognize having this condition are terribly in danger. 

There are certain activities and food or supplements, however, that can be done and taken to generally improve any person's mood or state of mind. Basically, changes in mood are governed by the activities of certain chemicals in the brain. Chemicals that are mostly associated with depression are serotonin and norepinephrine. When these chemicals are minimally transmitted or absorbed during certain processes in the brain, a person usually feels negative feelings like sadness or stress. When a person's brain frequently experiences this or when the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine are extremely lacking, this then results to the famous condition of depression. Certain activities can be done as well as food or supplements that can be consumed to increase the availability, transmission, or absorption of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain which consequently will cause improvement in a person's mood. The activities mentioned earlier that aims to improve a person’s mood or state of mind are based on this principle of countering the lack of chemicals and their activities in the brain.

Sleep Modulation – Sleep deprivation is said to be associated with some cases of depression. However, oversleeping is also said to cause low levels of mood. It is, therefore, important to get just the right amount of sleep every time. This way, the right kind of mood is also generated. Knowing the right amount of sleep needed to have the right kind of mood is through observing the changes in one's mood relative the length of hours asleep. In addition, it is said that waking up early is also important because the ultraviolet light of the sun at those hours cause positive effects to the chemistry within the brain.

Exercise and Sun Exposure – It is already well-recognized that exercise produces good outcomes for a person's physical health. Little is known, however, of the positive effects of exercise to one's mental health. According to some studies, exercise increases the amount of serotonin produced in the brain. The more serotonin, the better the mood a person has. Also, some research results indicate that lack of sun exposure does not only cause physical illnesses but also low emotional levels. This is the reason why during winter, when the sun exposure is very minimal, people usually feel fatigue, irritable, and sleepy. Activities that include greater sun exposure, therefore, causes positive effects to one's mental health.

Food Intake and Supplementation – Nutrients needed by one's body is contained in different kinds of food. This is the reason why since childhood, people are taught to eat food that are rich in nutrients like vegetables. For a more concentrated amount of nutrients, one can make use of supplements. There are various kinds of supplements already available nowadays in the market. The important information to remember, however, knows what kind of nutrient that is most needed by the body and what nutrients are directly related to mood enhancement. According to several studies, increasing the amount of vitamins E, B6, B12, and C, folic acid, and magnesium can help improve the state of mind of people with depression. Substances such as St. John's Wort and Ginkgo are also observed to have mood enhancing properties. 

Certain situations, however, cannot be managed simply by the techniques stated above. In those cases, use of medications is already inevitable. Well-known treatments for depression are Fluoxetine and Prozac which are only used upon the orders or prescriptions of doctors. Without proper prescription, this can be highly addictive and dangerous to any person. It is, therefore, never advisable to do any kind or form of self-medication and regulation.


Title:
Depression 411

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572

Summary:
On negative thoughts; definition and symptoms of depression; effect of depression in persons thoughts; causes of depression; treatment of depression.


Keywords:
mental health, depression


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Negative thoughts regarding relationships, career, health, and personal issues are considered harmful for our mental health. Thinking of bad situations beforehand is also regarded as unnecessary, since the person's way of thinking affects his or her outlook in life. These trail of thoughts can cause a pessimistic way of thinking that could seriously affect a person's otherwise healthy way of living.

By consistently thinking and feeling down, a person might be already experiencing depression. A person dealing with this condition may also feel irritable for no apparent cause, together with lack of energy and concentration. Depression is not a one time event. If a person has experienced depression at some time in his/her life, the chances of a recurrence are high. Some people exhibit depression in various ways. Symptoms of such can be the following: consistent feelings of sadness, tension, and irritability; change in appetite with considerable gain or loss of weight; restlessness; change in sleeping patterns; decrease in pleasure of doing usual hobbies and interests; lack of decision making skills; feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and hopelessness; and thoughts of suicide and death.

People suffering from this kind of feeling may not seek help from other people, even from their own family members. Depression is believed to be an illness in a person's mental health, and treating this would be very critical since this could affect not just the sufferer, but everyone and everything in their life. Other people dealing with depression sometimes attempt to harm themselves convinced that these negative feelings will never end. This is why everyone should be aware of the symptoms of depression and know that it is a treatable illness.

Depression results from a number of factors, depending on the person and his surroundings. Family history plays a vital role in having this mental health issue. Another factor triggering it can be   trauma and stressful situations. Death, financial problems, relationship breakups, and changes in your life (be it a new job, school graduation, or getting married) can contribute to feeling depressed. Some people also possess the trait of pessimism, where they usually have a negative outlook on life or having low self esteem. Physical health conditions also cause depression. Serious illnesses including cancer, HIV, or heart disease can trigger depressive thoughts since these health conditions make the person weak and stressed out. By feeling depressed, these medical conditions might make things even worse than it already is. Other psychological disorders including anxiety, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and particularly substance abuse can easily make a person feel depressed.

Being depressed can really make the person feel bad, inside and out. But by taking the first step, which is to get proper treatment, depression can deliberately be healed. There are several medications specifically designed for the treatment of depression (also known as anti- depressants). Another way to take away feelings of depression is through psychotherapy. By expressing feelings and sharing it with a therapist, depression can be eased. Types of psychotherapy includes the cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps in identifying thought and behavior patterns related to feeling depressed. Interpersonal therapy, on the other hand, deals with the connection of depression and troubled relationships. A longer therapy process would be the psycho-dynamic therapy, which links depression to certain events and conflicts that a person has experienced especially during childhood. Group therapy is more on interaction with other depressed people, sharing rough experiences with the therapist and offers counseling as well.


title:Depression after a heart attack
author:Nicholas Webb
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1683.shtml
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There are several factors can lead to depression after heart attack.  The stress of being in the hospital, the fear of another heart attack, time away from work can all contribute to feeling depressed, helpless, down and despondent.
Do many people suffer depression after heart attack?
Not surprisingly, the answer to this question is yes. Recent studies show that as many as 65% of people who have a heart attack report feeling depressed, down and despondent. A general state of despair. Moreover, women, people who have been depressed before, and people who feel alone and without social or emotional support are at a higher risk for feeling depressed after a heart attack. Two new Canadian studies have shown that More than twice as many women than men tend to fall into chronic depression after suffering a heart attack and are more likely to lead lives of poorer quality following their treatments.
Being depressed can also make it harder for you to recover. However, depression can be treated.
Being told by doctors that you should take up exercise, adopt a new diet, stop smoking, etc. etc. etc. can certainly make you feel helpless, in fact, you will probably have good days and bad days following your release from hospital. However, most people start to feel better as time passes. People that are quickly able to get back to their usual routines normally notice a drop in anxiety faster than those that don’t.
So what exactly is depression?
Depression, be it after a heart attack or not, is a medical illness, like diabetes or high blood pressure and not just somebody going crazy. This is important both for the sufferer and family members to understand. The symptoms of depression may include some or all of the following:

Feeling sad or crying often
Losing interest in daily activities that used to be fun
Changes in appetite and weight
Sleeping too much or having trouble sleeping
Feeling agitated, cranky or sluggish
Loss of energy
Feeling very guilty or worthless
Problems concentrating or making decisions
Thoughts of death or suicide 

Can heart disease trigger depression or depression trigger heart disease?
Either of the above may be true, one thing seems clear. The two are often found hand in hand, therefore controlling one may help control the other.
According to The American Academy of Family Physicians research has shown that people who are depressed and have pre-existing cardiovascular disease have a 3.5 times greater risk of dying of a heart attack than patients with heart disease who are not depressed. In a recent study, depression was shown to be associated with an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease in men and women. Depression was shown to increase mortality related to coronary heart disease in men but had no effect on mortality in women.
How can the risk of relapse be avoided?
The risk of relapses, be it of heart disease or depression, can be greatly reduced by living a healthy lifestyle, and your doctor will instruct you on this. However, some important lifestyle modifications are avoiding alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking, start a regular exercise program, eating a balanced diet, manage stress, join a club, meet new people or take courses in things that interest you, get enough rest and sleep
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Title:
Depression and Dry Mouth Connection

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536

Summary:
This article talks about how old people get illnesses that easily. A common condition among older people would be having dry mouth or Xerostomia. This article discusses its definition, how it is experienced, its causes and factors, and possible relief from said condition.


Keywords:
dry mouth, side effect, depression, diet


Article Body:
There can be a lot of health complications that may arise as people get older. This fact is considered as a part of a person's natural aging process because a person's body tends to get weak as one grows older. Body organs and a person's body systems (digestive, nervous, circulatory, etc.) are more prone to illnesses, simply because of the length of time a person lives. At this stage, people should be extra careful on their diet, more aware on their everyday medications, and on their way of living.

Specifically, a common problem among older adults would be experiencing lack of saliva, or dry mouth. Xerostomia, in medical terms, refers to a decrease in the amount of saliva in a person's mouth. Often ignored, this condition affects the mouth itself by not moistening the mouth as we all normally do. This health condition prevents saliva from continually secreting into our mouth, therefore making it hard to swallow and digest, speak, chew, kiss, make love, even sing. Saliva protects and nourishes a person's teeth, lips, mouth, and esophagus. Lacking saliva would do damage to these parts, and without adequate saliva to lubricate one's mouth, wash away food, and neutralize acids produced by plaque, extensive decay can arise. Dry mouth is encountered mostly by older people and mostly women.

Several factors are involved when a person has dry mouth. Certain prescription medications produces dry mouth as a side effect, such as for high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, weight loss, allergies, pain, muscle relaxants, urinary incontinence drugs, medications for Parkinson's disease, and antihistamines. Actually, over a thousand medications can cause dry mouth, and the more drugs a person takes, the more chances of having this kind of condition. Decreased saliva or dry mouth is also associated with a number of psycho logic and medical conditions. A noticeable disease that causes oral dryness would be having Sjogren's Syndrome, a condition that is characterized by generalized dryness of the salivary and other similar glands. Other diseases that may result in dryness would be AIDS, dehydration, diabetes, and bone marrow transplants. Another cause for dry mouth would be through therapeutic irradiation. This treatment for certain cancers (head and neck) can include radiation that can damage the salivary glands, and eventually decreasing the production of saliva. Depression also contributes to having a dry mouth. People who are clinically depressed or those who become overly anxious have lower percentage of salivary flow. Other more natural causes would be aging (as mentioned earlier) and the decrease in a person's ability to chew.

If dryness is from the intake of certain medications, it would be good to seek advice from the doctor who can possibly change your medication and reduce the dryness. A more simpler solution would be keeping the mouth moist. A person can do this by sipping water or any other sugar-free juices frequently. A person can also stimulate the flow of one's saliva by eating foods which require mastication, chewing sugarless gum, by using diabetic-type candies, or by sucking on a cherry, olive pit, or the rind of a lemon or lime. Dry mouth should be given attention, and a consultation with a physician is advised when one feels dryness in the mouth.


title:Depression and EPA fish oil. Does it really work?
author:David McEvoy
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It is now no secret that people all over the western world are turning to high grade ethyl EPA omega 3 fish oil to treat a number of conditions, but can it really work against a problem that knows no boundaries of age, race or gender. It is a condition that affects millions of people at some time in there lives, it’s called depression.
Depression
So can high grade ethyl EPA fish oil help with depression and low moods, lets take a look at the evidence.  In one study involving 20 people with recurrent depression, researchers studied the effects of the specific omega 3 fatty acid known as pure EPA.
Patients involved in this study randomly received either the ethyl EPA fish oil capsule or a sugar pill in addition to the anti depressant medication they were taking. After only four weeks, six out of ten patients receiving EPA had significantly reduced symptoms of depression.
The leading researcher in this study Boris Nements said “ the effect of the fatty acid EPA was significant from week two of treatment” he also noted that “ the symptoms of depressed mood, guilt feelings, worthlessness and insomnia had all improved by week three.”
This particular study was carried out at the University of the Negev in Israel    and was published in the American journal of psychiatry 2002.
Another very high profile study using the essential fatty acid pure EPA was carried out in Scotland by doctors Peet and horribin. This study involved seventy patients who were suffering from depression that was persisting despite ongoing treatment with standard antidepressant drugs.
The study lasted twelve weeks, and the background anti depressant drugs the patients were receiving was not altered during the trial. The results showed that the patients taking EPA showed significant improvement after only four weeks in all symptoms of depression, when compared to the group who were administered a dummy pill.
This study was published in the Archives of general Psychiatry.
Pure Ethyl EPA
Omega 3 fish oil is high in two key compounds DHA and EPA. In both studies mentioned above they used ultra pure ethyl EPA that contained zero DHA. The reason for this was that they found that the purer the compound of EPA then the more effective it seemed to be.
The brain has much more DHA than EPA but the studies found that EPA is much more important when it comes to responses to nerve stimulation. It appeared that the DHA maybe more important for structure and the EPA for function.
Blood samples taken from  people in the USA, Europe, Australia and Japan  showed that depressed people have especially low levels of EPA, when compared to blood samples of  people who were not suffering from low moods or depression.
The lead researches from the study in Scotland both concluded that EPA is the most important essential fatty acid in the treatment of depression.
These findings are backed up with two randomised controlled trials from Sheffield and Baylor universities involving DHA only, which showed no improvements in the symptoms of depression. In fact the results were significant and showed the DHA controlled groups to be slightly worse than the placebo controlled groups.
Conclusion
People all over the western world are successfully using pure ethyl EPA without the DHA to treat depression and related disorders.
Copyright 2005 David McEvoy

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title:Depression and Experts
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This article is about depression from an unusual perspective. It is about the powerlessness and hopelessness of modern 
psychological science and research. The importance of an holistic approach to mental and physical health will be explained.

Do you know, what really startled me since I was a child?

It is actually very simple but profound at the same time. I could see that there were problems in the adults' lifes. That was one thing. The other was that they never seemed to really get beyond them. My first assumption about grown ups was that they are really 
smart people. I mean, they were grown up and I was a kid. You admire them. Anytime they want they can turn on the TV or take the 
car for a ride, just for fun. They can go to sleep whenever they want or they can stay awake till the morning dawn. They are gods...

My father used to comment on the radio news. From what I could hear I realized that adult people are not what they seem to be. 
They lacked knowledge, although they heavily pretended to have some. Adults build huge hospitals, but the number of diseased 
people is increasing. They do a lot of research, but things get worse. They are holding big conferences, but there is no solution to poverty, hunger and pollution. The destruction of the planet continues, unhampered. They scientifically study the human mind for 
years, but still they are fighting over minor issues and killing each other. Depression is rampant.

The experts are wearing white coats of authority and they look really impressive. But the picture is deceiving. They are as helpless as the rest. They have been told that depression is caused by some material disfunction in the body. They wouldn't admit it, but this theory is the cause of their own latent or acute depression.

There is one important saying: "Doctor, heal thyself". So, obviously, an expert treating depression in a person should be free of that mental condition himself. But is this really the case? Are our experts examples in their own lives? Have they achieved the 
peace of mind and the happiness that we are looking for?

To be quite frank: Our mental health experts are haunted by depression themselves.

Of course, their job is demanding and it is hard to stay untouched from all these unfortunate human destinies. But that is no 
excuse. For a health practitioner it is of prime necessity to become a strong, positive and loving personality. It is not enough to just 
"know" one's field of "expertise". Life operates on rules that cannot be managed properly just by some theoretical knowledge. A 
doctor abusing nicotine and alcohol is as unbelievable as a psychologist suffering from a minority complex, being arrogant and 
insensitive.

People tell me about their experience with mental and physical health practitioners. They feel ignored, misunderstood and treated 
like an innate object. That's how modern science looks at it's objects: things, which have to be manipulated into proper function. 
People feel that the experts lack self esteem and hide behind academic degrees and honors. They rightly perceive all this as 
symptoms of personal weakness. How to develop real trust in such a person?

The formal training in any given area was much less in former times. But that does not mean that we have become advanced. 
Modern education has created highly trained specialists in their respective fields, but being too much focused on a tiny segment of 
reality they seem to have lost the whole big picture. At the same time they have lost themselves.

A person is not just ears or heart or mind. A person is an individual being. And what does that mean? A person cannot be divided. A person is one. Treating a depressed person without this consideration will only lead to frustration and more depression.

Depression spreads like wildfire. People seem to get lost in the rat race and the competition. Survival of the fittest. They drown in 
the struggle for existence. The one and only thing a depressed person needs is unalloyed love and compassion. No one will learn 
this at university. The students will learn about material processes in the body, in the brain. But they will learn little or nothing about the person possessing the body or brain. In this way they will not learn anything about themselves, too. They will look at 
depression with the arrogance and helplessness of a lost soul. How should they be able to help?

A psychologist, a coach, a trainer, a priest, a doctor: they all have to understand what life really is. They have to thoroughly 
understand themselves first. They have to get rid of their own depression and hopelessness deeply buried in themselves. They 
actually have to become free and independent loving persons. That is the real challenge: How to transform oneself into a great 
personality. Theoretical knowledge alone is useless.
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Depression and Food Binging in the Family

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This article focuses on eating disorders of women and how they are closely related to family problems, negative emotions, and depression. A lot of young girls experience this and is more prone to such eating disorders. With self help and counseling, any girl can control their way of eating in to a much more healthier way.


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bulimia, well being, depression, relationships, counseling, diet, weight loss programs


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Young women who grow up surrounded by family problems and any form of abuse are at high risk of getting eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. Unless they get help and support in dealing with their emotional reactions to their problems. According to research studies, family conflict together with other problems, as well as emotional and/or physical abuse, with neglect during childhood, can set the stage for potential eating disorders. For many young girls and ladies, their response to family problems during childhood years, not the family problems themselves, seems to have a strong connection to the development of eating disorders. If a girl has been experiencing family problems that lead to physical and/or emotional abuse and neglect, she would grow up without any emotional support coming from them, a factor that is so important for a young woman's well-being.

In order to escape her negative emotions, a girl may focus intensely on her physical appearance. Thus, by eating in small proportions or by hardly eating at all, a girl can create a distraction for herself --- which then serves as a means of avoiding negative emotions. Somehow, she feels the need to narrow down her focus to something that's concrete. Another factor that leads to eating disorders like bulimia would be depression. Some girls can experience depression in school, where bullying is at its peak, and when everybody should look better than others. At this point, girls can see and feel depressed whenever they see popular girls with slim waists, and from there they could think of losing weight by means of purging, vomiting, and the like. Other girls get depressed when it comes to relationships, specifically romantic relationships. Of course, girls have the tendency to get jealous whenever her boyfriend looks at another attractive girl. This is normal, but for girls who have low self-esteem, this is pure punishment. They will eventually have thoughts that they are not as good-looking as the other girl, maybe because of her weight. This can possibly get the girl into hazardous eating habits, which can lead to having anorexia or bulimia.

If this is the case, any girl who suffers from any family problems or is dealing with depression should get professional help immediately. A lot of counseling sessions are available for those girls dealing with eating disorders, and this could benefit them by giving them advise on how to handle their emotions and feelings, together with support and help in fighting their eating disorder. Such sessions can open their minds and think of what is healthy and right, and can boost their confidence as well as their self esteem in order to build their true personality. Of course, girls should also be open to healthy diet options so that they can help themselves in getting back to shape in a healthier way. Try to see what options might be available diet-wise, since there are a lot of weight loss programs that cater to different people, depending on what they usually eat everyday. Girls should exercise regularly, like taking brisk walks in the morning or even going to the gym. This can help in maintaining a healthy body and mind, as well as helping oneself from the dangers of eating disorders.


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Depression And Pregnancy: A Mother And Child's Life Compromised

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Pregnancy can be a special moment for expectant mothers and couples. But, it can also be a time for depression among pregnant women. Depression among pregnant women has a lot of causes. This article tries to identify them and provide some factors to help them cope depression during this momentous but also a difficult time in a woman's life.


Keywords:
depression, stress, relationship


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Pregnancy is a wondrous moment. It is the time when women are excited to be called “moms.” It is a great opportunity to learn about child's growth and development. But sometimes it can be the other way around. Pregnancy is not always such a happy experience for some. Pregnancy can also be a time for worry. It can also be a moment of confusion.

A woman's decision to begin a pregnancy carries with it the acceptance of the lifelong responsibility to be a parent. Ideally, effective parenting begins even before the moment of conception, when the woman confirms her desire to have a child and is physically and mentally prepared for the challenges of pregnancy, birth, and parenting.

However, most women go through a lot of changes during pregnancy that sometimes, it is causing them stress as well as numerous emotional and physical changes. As a result, many pregnant women develop depression during their pregnancies.

Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder, so it's a commonly encountered pre-existing condition during pregnancy. Depression has both physiological as well a sociological causes. It is actually caused by a number of different factors. But, it is most likely to be linked to a change in the levels of chemicals in the brain. These chemicals govern our moods, and when they become disrupted, it can lead to depression.

During pregnancy, the rapid change in a woman's body’s hormones can trigger a change in the levels of these chemicals, resulting in depression. Interestingly though, women have it twice as often as men, and among women, there is an increased tendency toward it during the reproductive years.

It has been proven that the rapid rise in hormone levels during pregnancy is actually a very common trigger for depression. At least 20% of pregnant women experience some depressive symptoms during their pregnancies, while 10% of pregnant women develop full-blown clinical depression. Depression during pregnancy is actually much more common then many people realize. At one time, health care professionals thought that pregnant women couldn’t suffer from depression because of their pregnancy hormones. It was believed that these hormones protected against mood disorders like depression.

Any pregnant woman can develop depression at some point throughout her pregnancy. There are several causes of it during pregnancy, some of which are the following:

· having a personal or family history of depression
· relationship or marital conflict
· age at time of pregnancy
· unplanned pregnancy
· living alone
· limited social support
· previous miscarriage
· pregnancy confusions and complications
· history of emotional, physical or sexual abuse

Because depression can often drain a woman's desire and energy, pregnant women with the disorder may not seek appropriate prenatal care. Depression during pregnancy may also increase the likelihood that  a pregnant woman will abuse alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs during pregnancy. When it is most severe, clinically diagnosed depression can be a psychiatric emergency. Because a woman is in a very difficult period of adjustment and less likely to climb out of her despair, hopelessness, and suffering, she poses a danger to herself and her new baby.


Pregnancy is a particularly active field for depression to either start anew or worsen if already a problem.  The extra physical, financial, marital, and sexual stresses come whether one is ready or not. On top of that, any new feelings of poor self-image can reinforce depression's already negative self-image problems.

Preparing for a new baby is a lot of hard work, but a woman's health should come first. A pregnant woman should resist the urge to get everything done, she should limit her activities and do things that will help her relax. Talking about things that concern a pregnant woman is also very important during these difficult times. A pregnant woman should ask for support, which most often than not, she will get.  Remember that taking care oneself is an essential part of taking care of the unborn child.


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Depression and The Dagger

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Depression may not be the leading cause of suicide in the world, but statistics are starting to show that it plays a larger role than initially believed. There are some findings that suggest that while depression may not be a major factor in the development of suicidal thought, it does make environmental factors more likely to trigger such.


Keywords:
depression, mental health, side effects


Article Body:
epression is on the rise. This statement is backed up by statistical fact and, frankly, most people are not willing to really put the effort needed to contest it. However, with the rise of depression comes the rise of the potentialconsequences. For the business world, the main consequence would be the sudden and slow rise in the demand anti-depressants, especially as more and more people are going to be needing them. The other problems that tag along with the condition, such as insomnia, can also make any attempts to interact with the world and hope for recovery significantly more difficult. However, on a more personal scale, depression can also become one of the things that pushes someone to commit suicide.

Suicidal thoughts and the Thanatos complex are not dependent on someone having depression. According to some statistics, most cases of suicide stem more from fear or personal disappointment than anything else. Other possible causes can also be considered, such as fanaticism and a general but overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. Even if someone isn't depressed, that person may still entertain suicidal thoughts and eventually come to a drastic decision. In the same vein, just being depressed is not always enough to push someone to take his own life. There are several factors to be considered in the volatile psychological mix that suicide creates, but that does not mean depression should be ignored or simply pushed aside because it is not “the big evil” of the scenario.

The mental health effects of depression are not to be underestimated. Some studies have shown that a large amount of suicide cases in the past have experienced clinical depression, or appear to have done so. People who become depressed may not always be on record because they decided to attempt to endure the problem, rather than seek professional help. However, closer inspection of the memories of friends and family normally reveals that the person suffered from the condition at an earlier point in their lives, even if they did not make others aware of it. While it is unknown if depression can recur, there are a few that believe that the damage done does not fade away with time and may, in fact, be triggered by other factors at a later date. Of course, this is merely speculation and conjecture because it is rare to find a way to get an accurate look into how a case of suicide felt during his last days.

Another aspect to be noted is that the condition can easily become a catalyst for a person's psychology to become even more damaged. The potential side effects of leaving depression untreated can cover a wide array of psychiatric and psychological disorders. This, combined with the emotional vulnerability that often accompanies the mood of the depressed, can make even the slightest bit of ego-jabbing very dangerous. High-pressure situations can also aggravate a person's state of mind even further, particularly if the person's psychological problems are closely tied with his ability to perform under duress. In these cases, the person's psychological state is already a volatile mix and, conceivably, triggering a reaction out of any of the “components” can result in suicidal thought, though outward violence is just as probab


title:Depression In Teenagers & Children
author:Carolyn Magura
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DEPRESSION in Teenagers and Children
A while ago I did a blog about Adult depression. While doing the research on Adult depression, I learned quite a bit of information about depression in general, in addition to what I already knew because I suffer from this condition myself. What I didn't know, however, is just how prevelant this condition is in the population at large, and in children and teens in specific. One source said that depression is close to the top psychological condition in the western world (more about what this means in a later blog; it'll take a whold blog to talk about what this means).
This article will cover the following: teenager and children depression statistics; teenager and children - specific depression symptoms (for "general" symptoms, check out the Adult blog), and, what you, as the parent and/or gaurdian, can do if you recognize the symptoms in one of yours. (Remember, the following information comes from many Internet sources.)
TEENAGER AND CHILDREN DEPRESSION STATISTICS
As many as 8.3% of teenagers in the U.S. suffer from depression.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in teenagers.
As many as one in every 33 children and approximately one in 8 adolescents may have depression. (Center for Mental Health Services, 1996; these data have increased over the past 9 years).
Treatment of major depression is as effective for children as it is for adults. (Dr. Graham Emslie, American Medical Association, Archives of General Psychiatry, November 15, 1997).
Twenty years ago depression in children was almost unknown. Now the fastest rate of increase in depression is among young people. (I don't know about you, but this statistic scares me the most!)
The statistics on teen depression are sobering. Studies indicate that one in five (1 in 5) children have some sort of mental, behavioral, or emotional problem, and that one in ten (1 in 10) may have a serious emotional problem.
What is even more chilling is that of all these children and teens struggling with emotional and behavioral problems, a mere 30% receive any sort of intervention or treatment. The other 70% simply struggle through the pain of mental illness or emotional turmoil, doing their best to make it to adulthood. Many theorize that this is why the suicide rate in teens is so high. Suicide is the third (3rd) leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. Even more troubling, it is the sixth (6th) leading cause of death among children ages 5-14.
The consequences of untreated depression can be:
increased incidence of depression in adulthood;
involvement in the criminal justice system;
or in some cases, suicide.
WHAT ARE THE TEEN/CHILDREN DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS?
As we see above, treatment (i.e., counseling, therapy, or even medical intervention, if needed) for depression is as effective for teens/children as it is for Adults. Let me state that again; research from a variety of sources indicates that appropriate treatment for depression in a teen and/or a child is as effective as it is for Adults. So, what, as a parent or gurdian, should we look for? What are the symptoms of real depression, and not just a "bad mood"?
"Real Depression" - the type that needs immediate and appropriate attention - in teenagers and in children is defined as: when the feelings of depression persist and interfere with the teen's/child's ability to function in his/her normal daily activities. This doesn't mean that one should ignore a teen's/child's bad mood if it lasts for a few days or a few weeks. What it does mean is that, at a minimum, you, the parent/guardian must know enough about your teen's/child's normal daily activities so that you can know when there are changes. OK, what covers "normal daily activities" for a teen/child? (And, in this, we are sticking to American generic teens/children, because that's what I am most famaliar with. If anyone can add to this list, please do so.)
As you read through this list, remember that your teen/child has to have "a siginficant" number of these symptoms; they have to be ongoing, out of character; and impair the teen's/child's normal daily activities (sound familiar?)
1) Snapping at people for no apparent reason - being irritable at everyone.
2) Physically or verbally aggressive at everyone.
3) Abandoning favorite hobbies or sports or other routine, daily activities.
4) Increased passive TV watching (where the teen/child has that "thousand yard stare" and is not interacting with the programs).
5) Increased risk-taking; e.g., dangerous driving; climbing too high in a tree and jumping, breaking something; other repeated unusually dangerous activities.
6) Misuse of drugs and alcohol. Particularly teens, who use drugs and alcohol to "escape". (1)
7) Changes in school behaviors (including training courses and work settings) for teens; changes in interpersonal behaviors and activities in a pre-school setting (i.e., used to like to color and play with clay; now just sits in a corner, holding a stuffed toy and sucking a thumb).
8) Frequent absences from school; poorer grades than formerly attained; increase in skipping classes; etc. For a child, reversion in activities (i.e., used to color within the lines, now just scribbling on paper; intentionally breaking things, etc.)
9) Complains of being bored (teen); a child whose attention waivers when it didn't before. A child who, during a group reading, who used to sit and listen, now gets up and wanders around.
10) Becomes disruptive in class (both teens and children).
11) Finds it harder to stay on task. Loses concentration easily; is mentally confused. Finds decisions difficult to make. In a child this might look like the following: unable to match blocks by color when s/he could before; unable to choose between playing ball and jumping rope when the child ALWAYS choose playing ball before. You can think of your own examples, I'm sure.
12) Cannot remember commitments - doesn't keep appointments (teen). As a child, forgets to bring papers home when s/he ALWAYS used to do so; forgets home address/telephone number when s/he has known them for months/years; etc.
13) Has difficulty staying still or conversely, is lethargic (sluggish). This would apply to both a teen and a child. You can picture, in your mind, the teen or child in constant motion; twitching, shaking a foot, or both feet; handling things; etc. OR, the teen or child who sits or lays with that thousand yard stare again. AND, again, this is unusual behavior for your teen or child.
14) Changes in relationships with family and friends. Usually, this change manifests itself in hostility, or in passivity. Arguing when s/he didn't before; or, using the "whatever" answer, when s/he used to talk to you. (Again, don't single this one symptom out; it must be one of many symptoms that your teen or child has.)
15) Stops going out with friends; shows no interest in group outings.
16) Increase or decrease in sexual activity (hopefully, an OLDER TEEN).
17) May start associating with a different peer group (that "bad influence" group as a teen; the "rowdy" kids as a child).
18) Loses interest in activities which once were fun.
19) More conflicts with parents and siblings than usual.
20) Changes in eating and sleeping habits.
21) Expresses inappropriate guilt, feelings of not being good enough, worthlessness, failure. (I can see this in a teen; not sure how this would look in a child. If you can, please let us know.)
22) Expresses hopelessness and having nothing to look forward to.
23) Speaks in a monotonous or monosyllabic manner.
24) Has a preoccupation with self; is withdrawn.
25) Cries easily, looks sad, feels alone or isolated.
26) Has fears about having to be perfect.
27) Fearful of doing something bad. This, in a child, could manifest itself as bedwetting after YEARS of not bedwetting; fear of darkness or "things that go bump in the night" after YEARS of no fear, etc.
28) Incidents of self-injury. Ideas of killing self. (I have no idea of how this would look for a child, and hope never to have such an idea!)
WHAT A PARENT/GUARDIAN CAN DO
The two most important things a parent can do for your child/teen is to first, KNOW YOUR TEEN/CHILD'S ROUTINE, AND NORMAL DAILY ACTIVITIES so that you can identify any changes; and, LISTEN:
1) listen when your children talk;
2) listen to their music;
3) spend more time with them and be involved in their activities;
4) take them to movies and concerts, and discuss them afterward;
5) know their friends, and listen to them, as well;
6) do not lecture or offer unsolicited advice, or ultimatums; and,
7) do not try to talk them out of their feelings; instead, ask them if they can describe their feelings.
It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway, learn the above symptoms and know your teen/child. Here are some more things that you, the parent or guardian can do.
8) If a child, go to their day care periodically, and lern their routine; ask the teachers to alert you if their routine changes.
9) If a teen, go to ALL of your teen's teacher conferences to learn the patterns of the normal school day, and ask to be alerted immediately to changes.
10) For both teens and children, know their friends; see if your home can become the "gathering place"; get to know the parents of your child's or teen's friends and agree to let each other know if you see any changes in behavior.
11) In all cases, keep a diary of any changes that you see, so that you will be able to discuss the situation with great clarity and specificity with professionals, should the need arise.
12) Respond with love, kindness, and support if you think that your child/teen is experiencing problems that can lead to depression.
13) Let your child or teen know that you are there, whenever she or he needs you, and do so often and in age-specific (as Dr. Phil would say) ways.
14) Keep trying, but gently, if your teen shuts you out (depressed teenagers do not want to feel patronized or crowded).
15) Do not criticize or pass judgment, once the child or teen begins to talk (the important thing is that he or she is talking and communicating feelings). REMEMBER, NEVER CRITICIZE FEELINGS; everyone has the right to their feelings, even if you think that they are "wrong". Let them be voiced; if inapproptiate, seek professional assistance.
16) Encourage activity and praise efforts.
17) Seek help from a doctor or mental health professional, if the teen's or child's depressed feeling doesn't pass with time (be prepared to list behaviors, note how long and how often they have been occurring, and how severe they seem - hence, the diary mentioned above).
18) Do not wait and hope that symptoms will go away on their own. Better to seek assistance and be told that your teen/child is fine than to let your teen/child become one of the 70% who never receive help.
19) When depression is severe – if teens or children are thinking about hurting themselves or about suicide – seek professional help as soon as possible.
20) Parents of depressed adolescents may themselves need support. Seek out groups of parents who have experience with teen depression
Footnote (1): What some of my friends and I did with alcohol when we had teenagers; we kept a "mark" (usually hidden so the teens couldn't see it on the bottle) that changed each time we used the bottle. In this way, we could know immediately if the teens were drinking, and could deal with the situation.
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title:Depression Is An Equal Opportunity Condition
author:Belver Ladson
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Depression is a serious medical condition that can affect anyone.  Men, women and children are all susceptible to this disease which can have devastating effects on someone's daily life.  Depression can come on suddenly, for no reason, or it might follow a traumatic experience such as a death or some other traumatic experience.
Symptoms of depression can interfere with a person's ability to work, sleep, study and enjoy life in a fruitful way.  If you find that these symptoms persist for more than a few weeks you should discuss it with your doctor. The  symptoms to look for include: sadness, irritability, no interest in hobbies and activities which once were loved, hopelessness, problems sleeping, fatigue, thoughts of suicide or death, feelings of guilt  and significant weight change. 
Once these symptoms start affecting the way you live your life, it's time to seek help.  M.I., who has had depression on and off for many years says, "I never really knew what was wrong with me.   I would have these bouts with trying to cope with life, but all I would end up doing is staying sad and crying all the time. I couldn't see any way out of what I was dealing with in my life, but I'm glad I hung in there.   Being able to find out what was wrong with me and knowing that I could get treatment for it changed my life."
Depression an also affect the physical health of a person, which is a symptom that is often overlooked.  I. A., a depression sufferer shares, "I would get these pains in my arms, shoulder and hands.  My doctor told me that he couldn't find anything wrong. Nothing wrong with my bones or my joints, but the pains never seemed to go away.   Now I know it was related to the depression."
No one knows what exactly causes depression, but some believe it might be caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain, and in that instance you and your doctor might decide that you need to take antidepressants.  One form of depression called "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD) uses light therapy as treatment since it's thought that a lack of sunlight during certain times of the year could be a cause. 
If you  think depression might be entering your life, don't wait to get help.  There is nothing wrong with asking questions and trying to get help.  Many people are too afraid or feel guilty about  asking for help for depression.  A lot of the world still thinks that depression is "just the blues" or just a person feeling down.  Depression is a very real medical condition that is just as valid as having a broken bone that would need to be treated. 
"A reluctance to get help can lead to years of disability and not having a good and happy life," says B.D., "I could have gotten help a long time ago, but I waited for about ten years before taking action.  I thought I should have been a person strong enough to beat depression on my own.  I sure wish I had made the move toward help instead of waiting."
Remember, depression is a treatable condition that can get better.  You need to take the steps to get the help you need.
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Depression Leads To Weight Loss-Gain

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Depression is said to be is one of the severe most condition of life to survive with. Persons suffering from depression experiences gain in weight, which is an extra tension. Sudden change in weight can be a symptom of depression, as well as a side effect of other medication. Several people experiences certain change in their body weight. Without significant details of your diet, work out habits, and previous medical history, it is hard to decide exactly what effect cortical levels will have on your body weight. Cortical is a hormone secreted by the body that regulates blood pressure and metabolism. It also plays a vital role in the stress response, and has become known as the stress hormone. When a person experiences stress, the body is in such a state of aggressiveness in most of the cases.


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depression, medication, aggressiveness, diet plan


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Depression is said to be is one of the severe most condition of life to survive with. Persons suffering from depression experiences gain in weight, which is an extra tension. Sudden change in weight can be a symptom of depression, as well as a side effect of other medication. Several people experiences certain change in their body weight. Without significant details of your diet, work out habits, and previous medical history, it is hard to decide exactly what effect cortical levels will have on your body weight. Cortical is a hormone secreted by the body that regulates blood pressure and metabolism. It also plays a vital role in the stress response, and has become known as the stress hormone. When a person experiences stress, the body is in such a state of aggressiveness in most of the cases.

Serotonin is the brain element which helps us stay joyful and happy. Eating carbohydrates helps to develop serotonin levels and may explain why we sometimes desire these foods. So if you experience depression, do not pursue a controlled or low-curb eating plan. Fine carbohydrates include foods like oats, whole wheat bread, pasta, basmati or wholegrain rice, and beans/legumes. Small quantity of selenium is also helpful in the treatment of depression. Selenium can be obtain by eating foods such as total wheat bread, bran, brazil nuts, tuna, onions, tomatoes and broccoli. Include some of these foods on a regular basis it will be more beneficial. Individuals should include adequate salads and vegetables in the diet plan. They should also include fish with their meals in a week twice with the main course of diet.

Fatty acids and antioxidants present in these foods are very helpful to protect brain cells from getting into depression and aging as well. There are several programs that helps one to lose weight that one has gained due to depression. These programs not only make the individual to lose weight but also provide lots of support for getting out of depression state. A daily routine helps to maintain stable metabolism and blood-sugar levels, which in turn improves mood, and should therefore help to improve some symptoms of depression. Exercise may be advantageous than drugs in treating mild to moderate depression. If it is not possible to exercise of 1 hour that just start with 15-20 min daily. A quick walk, cycling or swimming are superb way to begin. As it is said that start with a single step to achieve the highest goal.
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Depression Linked With Hyperparathyroidism

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Whether young or old, no one is spared from going down the abyss of depression. Not even research scientist Marlene Belfort who described the experience as being in psychic hell, was able to eat or sleep during the experiment. It was found that psychosis was the scariest aspect of Belfort's depression.


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depression


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It doesn't matter who you are, what you do, what you believe in. Whether young or old, no one is spared from going down the abyss of depression. Not even research scientist Marlene Belfort. Her vivid recounts of bouts with depression and the discovery of its possible link with hyperparathyroidism is written in an article published by the New York Times.
Belfort was 46 when she felt nervous and depressed, exactly the same age when her father had committed suicide. While her married life seemed fine, with a supportive husband, three healthy sons and a good career to get by, anxiety prompted her to seek the help of a psychiatrist. She was found to be suffering from dysthymia, or simply called burnout. While no medications were prescribed, she was told that she had to deal with her repressed feelings as the child of a suicide. Psychotherapy was offered as a promising option.
According to Belfort, in science and in psychotherapy, one approaches a problem from different angles through observation, hypothesis, discarding theories and drawing conclusions. When the evidence from various directions converges on a point, that point becomes a discovery, a new “truth.”
Four years of therapy seemed alright until Belfort suddenly began to feel profoundly depressed and returned to therapy three years later. She was advised to take antidepressants. And though she had never taken anything more than aspirin, not even for childbirth, she conceded to the use of antidepressants in various combinations and at increasing doses as depression deepened.
She described the experience as being in “psychic hell”, a place where she was unable to eat or sleep. During this time, an odd e-mail message arrived from her friend and colleague, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who questioned her contributions to a collaborative discovery that had won for her recognition. She reacted irrationally and began to assume that all her scientific work was fraudulent and that her friend had found her out.
Psychosis was the scariest aspect of Belfort's depression. She didn't realize that the true intentions of her colleague was to check the facts for he had nominated her to an esteemed scientific academy. Her paranoia deepened, her depression worsened, and was eventually admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
While inside, she was stripped of everything that could inflict harm on herself: sharp objects, vitamins (drugs and food supplements were prohibited), and her valued right to independence. Yet in the midst of fear and deprivations, the hospital staff cared for her like a child.
She experienced having been repeatedly strapped to a table and zapped for shocked therapy. But almost immediately, she began to recover from the incapacitating despair that had shut down her life. 
Psychopharmacology and talk therapy kept her from re-hospitalization. “The episodes put me back in touch with my father’s death, and although suicide seemed like an alternative to my hopelessness, it was not an option. I had too much to live for,” recounted Belfort.
The turning point in her life came when her psychiatrist had been struck by the sudden onset of a first major depression in midlife. “He insisted on a blood workup. The results showed an endocrine condition called hyperparathyroidism, which causes elevated levels of blood calcium and parathyroid hormone. He pointed out a potential link to depression, prompting me to check the data,” wrote Belfort.
“When I did, sure enough, I grasped that there might indeed be a significant connection. Four years after my hospitalization for depression, I had surgery to control the parathyroid problem, followed by a second operation two years later. Plotting the data, I realized that when my calcium and hormone levels returned to normal, so did the moods. That was three years ago.”
She wondered whether her father also suffered from hyperparathyroidism. She also wondered whether doctors will routinely explore a physical basis for the sudden, unexplained onset of emotional pain.


title:Depression Series (Part 2): My Antidepressant Doesn’t Work. What Can My Psychiatrist Do?
author:Michael G. Rayel, MD
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_394.shtml
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Maria has been increasingly depressed for the past few years. She has tried at least four newer antidepressants but so far, she doesn’t seem to respond. Unable to work, she’s now feeling helpless and hopeless. Likewise, her family is discouraged. Frustrated and baffled by Maria’s lack of progress, the family doctor refers her to a psychiatrist.
What can the psychiatrist do to help Maria?
The psychiatrist has several options in dealing with a treatment-resistant or refractory depression. First, Maria’s psychiatrist can optimize the dose of her antidepressant. Maria has been taking low doses of antidepressants. In spite of her lack of response, the medication dosage has not been increased. To obtain a clinical response, her psychiatrist should increase the dose every two to three weeks. The antidepressant can be adjusted up to the maximum allowable dose if no or only partial response is observed.
Second, her psychiatrist can choose to augment the effect of her antidepressant with another medication such as lithium, triiodothyronine (T3), or buspirone. Among augmenters, lithium and triiodothyronine have the best support from the literature. Despite lithium’s efficacy, some doctors avoid this drug because it requires regular blood monitoring and has unfavorable side effect profile such as acne, tremors, and thyroid and renal dysfunction.
Recently, studies have shown atypical neuroleptics such as olanzapine and risperidone to be good augmenters. In my opinion, further studies are necessary to establish these two drugs as standard augmenter. Indeed, research studies and clinical experience have found augmentation strategy to be effective.
Third, combination strategy is worthwhile to try. Maria’s psychiatrist can add another antidepressant to boost the effect of her current antidepressant. For instance, trazodone can be added to an SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor e.g. citalopram). Literature suggests that combining two drugs with different mechanisms of action and drugs that involve several brain chemicals has resulted in clinical improvement. In this scenario, one antidepressant plus another antidepressant is equal to three, or four or even ten, not two.
Fourth, the psychiatrist can switch from one antidepressant to another. Previous studies have shown that when making a switch, a drug should be replaced by a drug from a different class e.g. from SSRI to SNRI (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor e.g. venlafaxine), or from TCA (tricyclic agent e.g. nortriptyline) to SSRI. But recent studies show that switching drugs within the same class (e.g. SSRI to another SSRI) is just as effective.
Fifth, Maria’s psychiatrist can also treat other ongoing symptoms or drug-related problems that further complicate her depression. If she is anxious and agitated, then her psychiatrist should prescribe antianxiety drug (e.g. lorazepam) or if Maria is psychotic then adding an antipsychotic drug should help. Moreover, medication side effects (such as insomnia, dryness of mouth, constipation, etc.) that negatively affect Maria’s compliance to the drug should be addressed promptly.
Lastly, if despite above measures Maria doesn’t respond to antidepressants, then electroconvulsive therapy should be entertained. Of course, this procedure should be done with her consent.
In summary, Maria’s psychiatrist can optimize the dose, augment or combine treatment, switch the medication, treat side effects and ongoing symptoms, or use electroconvulsive therapy for treatment-resistant or refractory depression.
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title:Depression Series: Why Don’t I Respond to Medications? (Part 1)
author:Michael G. Rayel, MD
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_383.shtml
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Maria has been feeling depressed for at least two and a half years. About three years ago, her husband of 20 years left her for another woman. Devastated, she became despondent and tearful almost daily.
Eventually, her depression got worse associated with inability to function. Her appetite, energy, concentration, and sleep became impaired. She also felt hopeless and suicidal. Her psychiatrist put her on a starting dose of antidepressant. She responded initially but after a few days, she felt just like before taking the medication.
For the past two years, Maria has tried four types of antidepressants. She has taken the usual adult doses of these drugs. Although she somewhat improves, she has virtually remained the same — depressed and disabled.
Maria seems to be taking the medications regularly. But why is she not responding to her antidepressants?
Maria is just one of the many depressed individuals who don’t feel “normal” despite treatment. Depression is a treatable disease but how come some people don’t do well on medications?
There are many reasons why depressed patients like Maria don’t improve on antidepressants.
First, is the diagnosis correct?
Depression can be caused by many clinical entities. Sometimes, knowing the right diagnosis is a challenge. Medical disorders, medications such as beta-blockers and benzodiazepines (e.g. clonazepam), and various psychiatric disorders can cause depression and they all require different treatment. If your doctor fails to identify and treat the true cause of your depression, you will remain depressed despite the use of antidepressant.
Second, are there co-morbid disorders?
Depression can exist along with other psychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorder, alcohol or drug problems, personality disorder, dementia, and psychosis. Depression will persist if these co-morbid disorders are not treated. For instance, depressive disorder with psychosis cannot be adequately treated just with antidepressant alone. You need an antipsychotic drug added to an antidepressant to treat the illness.
Third, is there an ongoing neurological or medical disorder that precipitates, aggravates, or complicates depression?
Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, vitamin B-12 deficiency, pancreatic cancer, brain tumor, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke can all cause depression. If any of these disorders are present, antidepressants are less likely to help. The goal in these situations is to treat the underlying medical condition. A 65 year-old lady came to see me complaining of severe depression. On evaluation, she disclosed that she had been on three types of antidepressants for the past four years with minimal response. I checked her recent laboratory results which showed an abnormal thyroid! No wonder, she was not responding to the medication.
Fourth, are there ongoing psychosocial issues?
Financial problems, family conflict, work-related stress can all precipitate and complicate depression. Despite adequate medication treatment, some individuals will remain depressed especially if such problems are not addressed by the therapist or psychiatrist. Is there any way you can reduce the stressors? Please do so the earliest you can.
The treatment of depression is frequently straightforward. Occasionally however, various factors complicate it. For antidepressant to be effective, a psychiatrist should ensure that the diagnosis is correct, that co-morbid psychiatric disorders and medical problems are treated, and that psychosocial issues are adequately addressed.
Maria’s doctor should explore further the real problem and provide the most appropriate intervention.
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title:Depression Treatments And Symptoms Of Anxiety Depression
author:Michael Rad
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4942.shtml
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More than 17 million American people are affected by anxiety depression symptoms, so that the specialists have been calling this illness as psychiatric flu.
When the young people are concerned, the psychiatric factors are the ones that influence the anxiety depression symptoms. People have to be thought by the specialist how to deal with the stress factors and also they need to know how to improve their own capacity of handling these stressing factors. Almost the majority of the anxiety depression symptoms are very respondent to different treatments, especially to medication. As a modality of reducing stress, anyone can cut some hours from the work schedule program and a refusal of some social obligations. As for the more improved stress confrontation capacity, the patient is supposed to do a lot of relaxing exercises, more adequate sleeping hours and a healthy diet.
Finding an effective antidepressant drug is not an easy task, as every individual has one particular set of characteristics and therefore it is not possible a priori to establish which antidepressant will be that effective one. Beyond to depression medication, other treatments like psychotherapy, integrated therapy and depression medication, electro convulsion therapy and the therapy with light are today available. Each one of these approaches has detailed prescription lists. As an example, the depression medication treatment and that psychotherapy one have a rate success from 60 to 80%. This integrated modality has one of its particular indications in the advanced shapes of depression. Some patients show the persistence of residual symptoms between an episode and the other and in the shapes in which depression medication or psychotherapy alone is not effective.
There is a large number of anti depression drugs that can help remedy the harmful effects of the depressive symptoms but some of them have more side effects than others and this is the reason why they get dangerous. Considering from the price point of view, there are cheaper and more expensive anti depression drugs that can be used for treating this disease, but they may have severe side effects, such as: wither mouth, urine abstain, sedation and a lot of sexual problems. Talking about sexual mal functions, some drugs, which were recently discovered, characterize an important development regarding the sexual abnormality. Each medication used for treating the disease in question has a skimpy different profile of side effects, so it may be possible for one to try several solution treatments in order for the doctor to discover the most appropriate one.
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title:Depression Would Be Second Largest Illness By 2010!
author:Jasdeep
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1118.shtml
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World Health Organization states one out of four worldwide suffer from various forms of mental, behavioral and neurological disorders. Are you one of them?
It has also been estimated that depression would be the second largest illness by 2010 keeping in mind its pace by which it is affecting people world over. Here is some statistics for you: Experts in the field of mental health claim that more than half a billion people worldwide suffer from psychiatric disorders, which include abuse owing to drugs and alcohol, epilepsy, dementia, schizophrenia and stress related disorders. To break up, we have around 400 million people suffering from anxiety disorders, 340 million from mood disorders, 250 million cases of personality disorders, 100 million cases of alcohol dependence and 45 million cases of schizophrenia Rest, calculation is left for you.
The definition of health as been stated by World Health Organizationincludes physical, social, emotional and logical well being. Out of these four parameters, three are related to mental health. So, now you know how important is mental health for you and we tend to ignore it the most.
Most of us believe, especially who are suffering from mental illness, that Depression and other mental disorders are not curable. Again the specialists, doctors and psychiatric in this field totally feel the opposite. Not just its their profession but it has been proved too. With proper aid, guidance and medicines treatment of mental health is very much possible.
Studies at Harvard has proved that women are more vulnerable to depression than men. For every men suffering with depression, there are two women and one out of eight women have an episode of major depression in her life. Major factors responsible for this result are difference in genes, stress,pregnancy, acknowledgement of symptoms, premenstrual disturbances. Heredity accounts for up to 50 percent of the risk of depression. Well that was really an eye-opener!
Depression is basically psychological disorder involving your body, mood, feelings, and even thoughts. Depression causes the change in the way you think, feel about yourself or about other things, behavior, and your well-being. Depression, if left as it is, can last for months or even years.
Know the symptoms and treatment of depression at http://www.weightloss-health.com/symptoms_depression.htm.
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Title:
Depression: A Mental Trauma

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571

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The article is about the perils of uncontrolled depression and its symptoms as well as possible treatment options.


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Antidepressant, Most effective antidepressant


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Judy who recently got a divorce and left to take care of two kids ages 7 and 10 is on the verge of breaking down. She is oftem overwhelmed at how her marriage failed and how her husband of 14 years could treat her as if they never loved each other.  She always depended on her husband for just about everythin... fixing broken things in the house, paying the bills, for buying a new house for the kids to live in... sorting out their debts....and even for just picking the right dress for the occasion.

But suddenly...she was alone. Alone in every aspect of decision making. Alone in paying the bills, looking after the well-being of her children, while trying to earn a living as a customer service representative in a well-known retail store. She goes home so tired, she is mentally and physically drained from taking calls and assisting angry customers.  Upon reaching her home, she is still expected to do the cooking and satisfy her kids' demands for attention.

One day, she just sat in front of the t.v set...staring at the screen without really watching the show. She felt very sad at how her life turned out.  Instead of seeking help and companionship, she avoided her own family and whoever was left of her few friends. After the break up of her marriage, she everything as black and bleak.  A dark cloud hung over her.  She slowly lost interest in going to work.  Soon, she found herself locked up at home. She was in the pit of despair.

She was scared of being a single parent.  Judy found herself in the middle of depression. It is condition that afflicts millions of people around the world.

Depression is a common condition in fast, high pressure societies. Studies shows that women are likely to be more depressed than men in the United States. Depression is a prolonged deep sadness and the symptoms are the following:

l    Drastic change in appearance and appetite either weigh gain or weigh loss
l    Emptiness and pessimism
l    Feeling overly tired or lethargic
l    Thoughts of suicide
l    Restlessness and/or Irritability
l    Difficulty in concentrating
l    Being so forgetful
l    Feelings of guilt
l    Loss of interest in usual hobbies
The degree of depression depends on how person goes under the degree of mental trauma. As we get older we may gradually experience some loses in the previous years like relatives, spouses and friends due to death or illness. Our body simply cannot take so much stresses but in most recent years a lot doctors are giving antidepressant prescriptions like Prozac, Wellburin etc...as a new generation type of cure and a host of the most effective antidepressants out there in the market but taking medications along is not a 100% guaranteed.

A depressed person would likely get over it if there is an caring friend or a close relative that can be supportive.  True enough, a depression makes the person go to extreme mood swings  but giving enough patience to that person goes a long, long way as simply as doing things together and making that person feel belongs. Showing that person the positive and other good things in life. It might be tiring from the start and if are there for the long haul make sure that person is getting the professional help he or she can get to overcome this depression.


title:Depression: Escape Your Mental Prison
author:Jesse S. Somer
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1365.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Depression: The way out could be in changing the way you perceive the world around you.
There is an illness all around me in modern society that seems to be spreading like the Black Plague once did in Europe so long ago. It's called depression, have you heard of it? Has it affected you? The more I look, the more I see it in so many people in my life, including myself. Depression sucks. It's a real drag, and I mean real drag. It is different from the feelings of unhappiness that all humans have to deal with in their lives. It is being in a solitary prison where you are the only one who can see the walls; you are the jailor, the guard, and the prisoner all rolled into one. Sounds like fun huh? Well, we better become more aware of it because there are certain aspects of contemporary life that are causing more and more souls to lock themselves up, some believing that they have no hope of ever finding the key out.
If you look up depression on the Internet through a Google search query you will find a lot of different ways and means to manage or treat the problem. There are Eastern and Western approaches, psychological and spiritual; today there are 15,400,000 links about the subject. It seems to be on everybody's mind and yet we don't give it the general social awareness that we do for other illnesses. This is probably because there are so many stigmas around faults with the human mind. Broken bones and cancer we can understand or at least think we do; but we touch on a soft spot when we find a problem with that infinitely complex, helpful, magical device we call the brain.
Recently I went to a public talk by a world famous Psychologist named Dorothy Rowe who was selling her new book, 'Depression: The way out of your prison". I'm not going to tell you that she has all the answers, but I did like the different approach that she took to the illness. She's not against modern medication, but she feels that it can be only part of the solution. Of course there are types of intense clinical depression that need certain chemicals to rebalance the brain to a 'normal' working order, but for all depression she feels that the focus could be shifted from a management to a prevention paradigm.
Dr Rowe focuses on the assertion that depression comes when one's structure of interpreting the world around you has been affected by some deeply negative occurrences (usually in one's youth). Her theory suggests that if a certain event happens to one hundred people, they will all probably interpret the experience in an individual, different way; the perceived 'reality' having been a resulting construct from one's life experiences. For example: Let's say you get fired from your job. Just about everyone is going to feel a general unhappiness and grieve over the subsequent period. However, many people have built positive, optimistic ways of seeing life and will just go on and feel as though the layoff was another necessary step or a momentary setback on the way to their life's goals and dreams. "Whatever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger." is a common sentiment from this type of personality.
However, a person who is prone to perceiving the world around them as threatening and dangerous (maybe their parents never gave them positive affirmations as a child, or even put them down emotionally) may believe that the loss of this job is a relative 'destruction' of their world, their safety, their confidence. This is where the illness of depression can dig its sharp teeth in. This is a pretty mellow analogy; in reality some people have gone through hellish childhoods filled with abuse, neglect and addiction. When this type of person then has to deal with the loss of a loved one or relationship break-up, you can imagine that they would be much more prone to perceiving the experience as deeply negative. Dr. Rowe believes that these constructed structures of perceiving what happens to you can be altered, thus giving rise to a new way of seeing reality. The main idea is based around the idea that we must learn to change the ways in which we see ourselves.
If we can learn to accept ourselves with all our faults and imperfections, and realize that if we are doing our best to be a loving and giving person everyday, then we can see ourselves as being worthy, and that all is well. Then if someone else treats us badly, ignores us, or says we aren't good enough, we can know and acknowledge that they are the person with the problem and that we don't necessarily need their affirmation or acceptance. We can then wait for positive people to come into our lives, as like attracts like. Soon enough we will find that there is a group of people that will stand by our side and support us when things get bad because we do the same for ourselves and for them.
One of the most powerful insights I had from this experience was the sheer number of people in the room for Dr. Rowe's speech. Each and every one had been or known someone close who had been depressed at one time in their life, thinking that they were completely alone in the world. When you see a big group of people together whom have all felt alone, you might just see into the true paradox of reality? If everyone who got depressed realized that it is a common occurrence, and connected to others in similar cases, it definitely could be a step towards healing. Could the Internet take a leading role in this process?
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Title:
Depression: Flesh and Blood Or Thoughts and Emotions?

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575

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There is currently an argument concerning the nature of depression. Some believe it to be a psychological condition, while others perceive the root of the problem as being biochemical. There is still research being conducted, but for now, the answer eludes medical science.


Keywords:
depression, anxiety disorders, performance anxiety, social anxiety


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Is depression caused by external factors, or by our own mind and body?

The answer may not be as simple as some would like to believe.  The commonly held view is that depression is caused by negative events or circumstances that result in fear, sadness, apprehension, and worry.  External factors such as gloomy weather, the six o'clock news, and even how one views society at large --- are also considered major sources of depression.

Another school of thought in this issue about depression is rooted in biology and biochemistry. Going by this theory, depression is supposedly caused by chemical imbalances which, in turn, affect a person's psychological and emotional equilibrium. The discipline of psychology, however, takes a different tack by claiming that the chemical changes are effects of the psychological condition, not the other way around.

There are reports and studies that show depression as being linked to a variety of chemical changes in the brain. Changes in the brain's chemical receptors have been mentioned as possible causes of depression. The same has been said of damage to the nerves and biochemical transmitters that do the gritty work of the central nervous system. Serotonin is usually mentioned, though other neural receptors have also been named by a variety of studies into the topic. Noradrenaline and dopamine levels have also been mentioned by some studies as being linked to depression. It is these drugs that most antidepressant medications are designed to target. The basic idea is that low levels of the aforementioned chemicals causes depression, so higher levels should be uplifting. While most cases of depression are treated successfully in this manner, there are still some issues to be resolved. The low levels may be indicative of another problem, rather than being the root of the problem itself.

Psychology may be a major factor in depression, if not the root cause. Studies show that people who have suffered emotional or psychological trauma are more likely to develop depression later on in life. This is particularly true if the trauma occurred during the person's formative years, or was caused by a trusted figure in their life. Pessimism can also make it easier for a person to slide into depression, but most do not see it as a major factor. Anxiety disorders may also lead to depression, according to some studies. This stems from the negative self-perception that can be caused by anxiety disorders that cripple a person's ability to fulfill his perceived duties. These can include social anxiety and performance anxiety, among other types of anxiety disorders. As the negative self-perception sinks in, it begins to alter the person's view of reality. Eventually, as depression sets in, everything appears bleak and hopeless.

For the time being, it is difficult to be sure whether depression is a mental condition or a biological one. There is ample evidence to show that there are factors on both sides of the argument. However, there is a lack of evidence to point to either side of the coin being the definitive answer. More research into the matter is going to be needed, especially since there are some unanswered questions about depression. For example, the fact that depression seems to manifest frequently in families suggest some sort of genetic connection. Also, if the state of mind does have an effect on depression, then would there be a statistical correlation between nihilism and depression? Clearly, there is still much to be discovered about this condition.


Title:
Depression: The Downward Spiral

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An in-depth look on what causes depression and suicidal tendencies


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antidepressant prescriptions most effective antidepressant


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We all heard about the “Blue Mood” or comments like “Oh she's got the blues today.”  But what does that  exactly mean? Actually, the term “blues” is another word used to describe a person who has depression. Being depressed is a normal human response to a sad, unfortunate, or tragic incident.  Depression can be the result of having unrealistic expectations like for instance a person aiming for this particular position ends up being by-passed because he doesn't fit the qualifications. He may feel so down and angry about not getting the position even if deep in his heart, he knows that he is not really right for the job. People get depressed about different things at varying degrees.  But one thing is for sure, depression affects people from all walks of life.

Discouragement and adversities can surely make one feel like being in the bottom of the heap, so to speak. Take the case of a certain Mr. Miller. He was a man I met while traveling to Houston, Texas.  We were seated next to each other in a bus and I could not help notice that he was teary-eyed. It was quite unusual but I felt instant concern for this old man.  I boldly asked him if he was alright and asked whether I could be of any help?  He looked at me and then I saw saddest pair of eyes I have ever seen in my whole life.  Like water overflowing out of a dam, he poured out his life story. He told me that he was once a wealthy man but due to his gambling addiction and some bad business decisions, he eventually found himself bankrupt and saddled with debt.  In short—he lost everything including his family.  To make things worse, he discovered that his wife was having an affair, and that his one and only son was hooked on drugs, which explains why the boy was usually out of the house.

Business failure...financial ruin....marital strife....family troubles...all these can cause a person to fall into despair.   Rejection, too, is one of the main reasons why many become desperately lonely and troubled.   The Internet Age has brought many technological innovations that have made everyday life more convenient.  For instance, global communication and social networking is now so easy with the use of a computer with an Internet connection. People who are always rejected or have few friends can always use the Internet to meet new people and have their social needs met.  In some cases, solitary people with depression use the Internet as a means to “survive” in a vast, lonely world.

Among teenagers, rejection is a very serious issue.  The lack of self-identity and peer pressure have left many with a feeling of rejection.  Those who did not take the road to conformity are called by many names:  “geek”, “nerd”, “weirdo”, and a long list of other derogatory names.  Having many friends or being accepted is one of the simplest yet most important issues in the life of a teenager.  Just a simple look like a raised eyebrow, a sneer, or just the tone of the voice may be enough for a sensitive soul to feel rejected. 

Indeed, depression affects our activities, our thoughts and relationships. It is usually triggered by sudden, stressful events such as losing a job, financial loss, a marriage break-up, or the death of a loved. According to Norman Wright's book,  Real Solutions for Overcoming Discouragement, Rejection and the Blues, “....depression can be caused by physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual problems, or by a combination of these. It can be caused by our self-defeating thinking or by separation from God. Yet it can also result from a shortage of malfunctioning of essential neurotransmitters in the brain.”

Depression, like any other human illness, must be treated and given appropriate attention.   To know whether you or people around you are suffering from the “blues”, just try to look for these signs:

Symptoms of Depression:

1. Mood swings that  last more that a few days
2. A sudden weigh loss or gain
3. Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much)
4. Loss of interest in all activities
5. Restlessness
6. Easily Distracted
7. Unusual talkativeness
8. Inability to concentrate or make simple decisions
9. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal thoughts

If you suspect your friend or relative is showing suicidal tendencies or if you hear morbid talk about death and dying...be alarmed!  Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death among men living in the United States, although acts of suicide is more common among women.

Surely, moral support and encouragement is very important. Providing a depressed person a reliable support system composed of family, friends and other close members of the community. Finding a qualified health care professional who can give antidepressant prescriptions or the most effective antidepressant may also be considered. Together with proper counseling, family support, encouragement from friends, and medications --- a person's efforts to regain self-confidence and self-esteem may be rewarded in due time.


title:Depression - Symptoms, Causes and Treatment options
author:Knut Holt
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The main symptom of depression is sadness or low mood level, but many other mental and physical symptoms also occur. Here are symptoms, causes and treatment options explained.
Depression is a complex of psychological and physical symptoms. Low mood level or sadness is often the most prominent symptom. The common property of these symptoms is a decreased activity level in parts of the brain.
THE SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
Depression may give one or more of these symptoms:
-Low mood level or sadness.
-Lack of joy or interest in activities that were joyful before.
-Pessimism.
-Feel of guilt of something without any substantial reason to feel so.
-Inferiority thoughts.
-Irritability.
-Slowness in the thought process.
-Slowness in interpreting sensorial stimuli.
-Slowness of digestion or other internal physical processes, and symptoms caused by this slowness, for example inflated stomach, constipation or difficulties by urination.
-Slow physical reactions.
Depression can be a mild disease that only causes some annoyance in the daily life, but can also get very serious and make a person totally unable to work and unable to participate in social life. By depression of some severity, there is also a greater risk of suicide.
Depression can occur in all age classes. In teenagers lack of interest in school work, withdrawal from social life and difficult mood can be signs of depression.
THE PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGES THAT PRODUCE THE SYMPTOMS
By depression there is a decreased amount of neurotransmitters in parts of the central nervous system, mainly deficiency of serotonin, but also to some extend of noradrenalin, acetylcholine, dopamine or gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA), or the nerve cells do not react properly by stimulation from neurotransmitters. A neurotransmitter is a signal substance that transmits the nerve signal through the junctions between two nerve cells.
Serotonin and noradrenalin cause nerve cells to send impulses along to other nerve cells, and thus increase the activity in the brain. Deficiency of these substances causes slowness in parts of the brain, and that again causes the depressive symptoms.
The role of GABA is the opposite, namely to slow down some nerve impulses, mainly those causing anxiety and panic response.   Lack of GABA causes higher anxiety and easier panic response. Yet, lack of this transmitter also seems to cause depressive symptoms. This is because a too high activity in some brain processes may slow down other processes.
There are many causes and subtypes of depression with different physiological mechanisms involved.
TYPES OF DEPRESSION
Depression is often divided into subtypes according to exhibited symptoms.
1. Mono-polar depression and dysthymic disorder 
By mono-polar depression there are pure depressive symptoms.  Mild cases of mono-polar disorder that do not affect a persons ability to work and to participate in social activities are often called dysthymic disorder.
2. Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disease) and cyclothymic disorder
In this condition there are periods with symptoms of depression - the depressive phase, alternating with periods of elevated mood level with increased mental and physical activity - the manic phase. In the manic phase, the affected person also sleeps poorly and has concentration difficulties.  A mild form of this disease is called cyclothymic disorder.
3. Manic disorder
This condition is characterized by abnormally elevated mood, by unrealistic optimism, by lack of sleep and by hyperactive behaviour. Many psychiatrists think that this disorder is simply the same disease as bipolar disorder where the depressive face has not yet occurred.
4. Depression with mainly physical symptoms
Sometimes the physical symptoms of depression are alone or dominant, as for example: Digestive problems, constipation, difficulties with urination, slow response to sensorial stimuli or slow physical reactions.
CAUSES OF DEPRESSION
Two or more factors can have an effect simultaneously to cause depression. Depression can be an independent disease, or a part of other disease. Depression is also divided into different subtypes according to cause.
1. Reactive depression
This disease is simply a result from psychological stress, physical struggle or mental straining without proper rest or sleep over a long time period. The straining will simply wear out the nervous system or deplete the organism from nutrient necessary for the nervous system to work properly.
2. Endogenous depression
When there has not been any period of stress, straining or lack of rest that can explain the condition, the condition is often called endogenous depression. Inheritance is thought to be a part of the cause.
3. Depression by physical disease
Depression or depressive symptoms may be a symptom of physical disease. This is perhaps the most common cause of depression.
Diseases often associated with depression are: Heart disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, hypertension or Cushing's syndrome.
Mononucleosis or flu may trigger depression that continues after the infection has gone.
By lack of thyroid hormones, hypothyroidism, the metabolism in the whole body is slowed down, including the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. Therefore depression is an important symptom of hypothyroidism.
4. Depressive symptoms as a consequence of unsound lifestyle
A general unsound lifestyle with too less exercise, too much of stimulants like alcohol, coffee or tea, too less of important nutrient and too much of sugar and fat may give depressive symptoms, as well as physical problems.
5. Postnatal depression
Women will often have a period of depression after pregnancy and berth of the baby Pregnancy and berth is physically and mentally exhausting, and may drain the body for nutrient. This in turn can cause depressive symptoms.
6. Seasonal affective disorder
Depression can occur in cold and dark periods of the year and go away in warm and light periods. Light stimulates brain activity, and lack of light is a causative factor.
TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION
Serious or prolonged depression is often treated with anti-depressive medication. Medicines used against depression generally increase the level of neurotransmitters like serotonin in the central nervous system, or they mimic the neurotransmitters.
The medications mostly used today increase the serotonin concentration by decreasing the removal of serotonin from the space around nerve cells. Examples of this medication type are: Fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), escitalopram (Lexapro, Celexa), sentraline (zoloft).
By bipolar disorder in the manic face, heavy tranquilizers (neuroleptica) are used to stop the manic symptoms.  By bipolar disorder, lithium salts are sometimes used to stabilize the condition, and prevent new outbreak of depressive or manic faces.
Psychotherapy is sometimes used by depression, usually in combination with medication.
Sometimes serious depression is treated by applying electric shock through the head, electroconvulsive therapy. The shock induces epileptic eruption of nerve signals through the brain and this gives cramps throughout the body. The cramps are alleviated or stopped by applying anaesthesia before the electroshock. This form of treatment is controversial, since it can cause memory loss and is suspected of causing brain damage. The possibility of brain damage is however denied by most psychiatrists.
By seasonal depression, light therapy maybe useful.
Adjustment of lifestyle should always be considered by depression or depressive symptoms. Lifestyle measures can sometimes be enough to cure depressive symptoms before a serious depression develop. Lifestyle adjustments can be:
- To slow down a stressful life with too much work or activities.
- Enough rest and sleep.
- A good diet with enough of necessary nutrients.
- Some physical exercise.
- Meditation.
- Supplement of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, lecithin, amino acids and essential fatty acids.
- Stimulants like coffee or tea may help against depressive feelings in moderate amount. However, if you are a heavy user of these stimulants, you should cut down on your consumption.
There exist nutritional products in the marked to help against depressive symptoms. These contain ingredients that the brain uses as building blocks for neurotransmitters, for example amino acids and lecithin. They also often contain vitamins and minerals that the brain uses as tools to produce neurotransmitters, especially vitamin B6.
Supplements may further contain herbal extracts that trigger higher brain activity much like anti-depressive medications, but may have fewer side effects.

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Dermatitis & Eczema

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This article explains the causes and treatments of dermatitis and eczema.


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Clear Skin Remedies

Maybe the first question you asked yourself after the doctor diagnosed your condition was, "Why me ? Why do I have to suffer the redness and irritation of dermatitis ? Why do I have to suffer the itching and dryness of eczema ?"Your doctor is perhaps best qualified to answer that question, difficult as it can be, but it may help to know that you're not alone. Millions of other people suffer from some form of dermatitus every year.

The following tips are designed to help those with diagnosed conditions of eczema or dermatitis control the itching and dryness that accompany these afflictions :-

Beware Of Dry Air

Dermatitis is aggravated by dehumidified air, especially during winter months when forced-air heat circulates in the home. Since dry air tends to aggravate the itching of eczema or dermatitis, keeping indoor air moist should be a primary concern of sufferers and their families. You can counter dry air with a good humidifier, but you really need a big unit to do any good. If you sleep next to it however, that's ok. Put it next to your bed.

Like It Lukewarm.

While some experts feel excessive bathing can aggravate the condition, others feel that regular baths reduce the chances of infection and help soften the skin. Taking these different opinions into account, the safest thing to do is to bathe regularly but use lukewarm water. Not too hot, yet not too cold.

Go For Grease.

Regular soap need not be avoided in your bath as long as a moisturiser is applied after its use to keep the skin from drying out. A number of after-bath emollients (greases) are available over the counter. If your skin still seems dry after using one of these products, move up to heavier creams or ointments.

Take An Oatmeal Bath.

For an additional soothing treat, add colloidal (fine powder) oatmeal to the bath water. You can even use oatmeal as a soap substitute. For the bath, pour colloidal oatmeal (from your pharmacy) into a bath of lukewarm water. For use as a soap substitute, wrap the oatmeal in handkerchief, tie it with a rubber band, dunk it in the water, wring it out, and use as you would a normal washcloth.

Take Comfort In Cotton.

Cotton clothing worn next to the skin is much better than either wool or polyester. Avoid synthetics or itchy fabrics, as well as tight or badly fitting clothes. In addition to looking tacky, such clothing can trigger itching.

Compress To Soothe.

Cold wet dressings can help soothe and relieve the itching associated with contact dermatitis. Try cold milk instead of water, it seems to be a lot more soothing.

Cool With Calamine.

Calamine lotion is good for many types of rashes that ooze and may need to be dried out. Also, calamine lotion with menthol or phenol added to it can be purchased over the counter from the pharmacy. This seems to help itching better than calamine lotion alone.

Beware Of Body Lotions.

Sometimes baby lotions aren't the best thing for childhood eczema. They have a high water content, and that can further dry and irritate the skin as evaporation takes place. Use creams or ointments instead.

Wash Once, Rinse Twice.

When it comes to doing the laundry for people with eczema or dermatitis, make sure the detergent is washed out thoroughly. Don't use too much detergent, and always rinse the clothes at least twice.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope it has been helpful. Author - John Moore - Please use my link. http://www.acne-information-guide.com


title:Dermatologists Offer Advice to Parents on How to Talk to Teens About Acne
author:ARA Content
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(ARA) - Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, involving 85 percent of the population at some point in their lives. Approximately 20 million teenagers have acne.
"Acne can be especially emotionally devastating for teens because they are extremely conscious of their appearance and their image," says Hilary Baldwin, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at the State University of New York at Brooklyn. "Several studies have shown that acne sufferers can experience everything from decreased self-esteem and problems with body image to depression and anger."
Dermatologists encourage parents to seek medical treatment for teenagers with acne and warn against taking a "wait and see" approach. "Many parents are often stuck in the mindset of past generations that nothing can really be done about acne," says Sandra Swanson, a Charlotte, N.C. dermatologist. "They still believe in those old wives' tales that chocolate, pizza, french fries, and their child's hygiene habits are to blame, and that pimples can be healed or prevented by simple lifestyle changes."
Avoiding treatment, however, can make acne worse and may increase the chance for permanent scars. "The ultimate goal of acne therapy is to help clear up the pimples you have and to prevent the occurrence of future breakouts," says Larry Green, assistant professor of dermatology at George Washington University School of Medicine. "In general, if your child is not responding to home remedies and over-the-counter treatments after one month, it's a good idea to see a dermatologist. Dermatologists have a greater chance for long-term success if treatment is started sooner rather than later."
On www.caringforyourskin.com, dermatologists from around the country offer advice to parents on how and when to talk to teens about acne and acne treatment, and share some of the common mistakes they see parents make during their child's treatment.
Perhaps the most common mistake parents make occurs during the first visit to the dermatologist's office. Too often, parents monopolize the conversation with the doctor and do not give their child a chance to verbalize his/her feelings. "For those parents, I let them know in no uncertain terms that this is not their condition, but rather the child's condition and I need to hear from him/her," says Omaha, Neb. dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, M.D. "I think it is imperative that parents be there at the first visit and always be available to discuss issues such as medication, but direct communication between doctor and patient is critical to successful treatment."
"As far as supporting their child's acne treatment is concerned, most parents do really well," says Katie Rodan, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif. "I like to have parents in the room because I want their input regarding oral vs. topical medications and other issues that arise where I may need their consent. I also like parents to know the treatment regimen because they can help their kids find a workable routine and can give 'soft' reminders to use the medications."
"Parents play an integral role during treatment," says Montclair, N.J. dermatologist Jeanine Downie, M.D. "They need to be supportive and encouraging, but must resist the impulse to nag or criticize, as it could have a counter-effect (i.e., the child may elect to rebel by not complying with the doctor's instructions)." Dr. Downie generally provides her teen patients with written instructions they can put in visible places (such as a bathroom mirror) to serve as gentle reminders. "This gives them a sense of ownership to the treatment plan."
For more advice on "Talking to Your Teen About Acne," and other skincare topics, visit www.caringforyourskin.com.
Tips for teens are available on www.pimpleportal.com. The site offers information about the causes of acne, how it can be controlled, dispels common myths about the condition, and offers information about a variety of over-the-counter and prescription treatments. Visitors can also ask a panel of dermatologists questions about acne, makeup, and subjects ranging from skin to nails to hair.
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title:Dermatologist: The Most Qualified Physician for Skin Problems
author:Michael Sanford
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The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body. It reflects the health of the body and acts as a barrier against injury and bacteria. Sadly, at one time or another, nearly everyone has some type of skin disease that only a skin doctor can absolutely give the scientific explanation for those skin problems. Dermatologist is a medical doctor specializing on the study of the skin, diseases of the skin and the relationship of cutaneous lesions to systemic disease. Dermatologist is a medical doctor trained to usually combine several activities like seeing patients in public hospitals and/or in private practices, acting as consultants to other specialists, teaching and delving into clinical or basic research.
The dermatologist must have expertise in basic sciences including pathology, biochemistry, physics, physiology, microbiology and endocrinology. Because skin diseases are often associated with internal conditions, dermatologist must also be familiar with all the other medical specialties because of their consultant work. Dermatologist likewise perform skin surgery in several situations like preventing or providing early control of disease such as skin cancer; improve skin’s appearance by removing growths, discolorations or damage caused by ageing; and to establish a definite diagnosis.
There are several responsibilities that dermatologist has including examining patients, performing biopsies and other diagnostic techniques of dermatology, interpreting test results and evaluating examination findings before prescribing treatments, including x-ray therapy, physical therapy and medication. Dermatological services are as well managed by dermatologist like formulating plans and procedures for dermatological services, scheduling operation of diagnostic and treatment facilities, and assigning nurses, physical therapists, x-ray therapists and other medical technicians. The dermatologist advises on the types and quantity of dermatological supplies and equipment, coordinate dermatological services with other medical activities.
There are however several types of health care providers who can take care of your skin conditions aside from dermatologist. The first thing that you need to know about picking a skin specialist is the probability that you are really badly in need to see a specialist as sometimes your condition may not need the specialist. Therefore, it is important that you know when you really need to see a dermatologist. Some conditions are exclusively treated by a dermatologist especially with severe forms of common diseases such as acne, rosacea and atopic dermatitis. Most skin cancers are treated by dermatologist, sometimes in conjunction with a surgeon. There is also the dermatologist who utilizes various specialized laboratory procedures to diagnose disorders characterized by defective responses of the body’s immune system.
Getting a referral from your physician is a great help and of high importance in finding the right dermatologist who will be working with you. It is important that you are assured that the dermatologist has the right credentials for the medical procedure(s) that your skin demands. You may have to do some preliminary check that will enable you to be prepared and educated prior to your consultation. Such steps are critical as it will help you achieve a successful outcome. You have to have a give-and-take dialogue assuring that you and your dermatologist have the same vision of what you want the end result to be as well as your expectations are realistic. The communication between you and the skin doctor is of most importance as you are considering things about your skin or associated problems.
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title:Dermatology Association Calls for Tighter Regulations on Indoor Tanning
author:Diana Clarke
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For most teens, getting a tan during spring break or in preparation for the prom is as common as these rites of passage themselves. Although teens hear dermatologists’ warnings that tanning is the most avoidable risk factor in the prevention of skin cancer, studies find they forgo this advice in favor of the bronzed look.
Speaking at the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month news conference, dermatologist James M. Spencer, M.D., vice chairman, department of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, addressed the incidence of teens and tanning and how the AAD is trying to combat it.
Alarming Trends This year, more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States – exceeding the incidence of all other cancers combined. It is estimated that there will be about 95,880 new cases of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) in 2004, which represents a 4 percent increase in new cases of melanoma from 2003.
“While many health issues are complex and involve multiple factors, in the case of skin cancer we know that ultraviolet light is the culprit and avoiding excessive exposure is the solution,” said Dr. Spencer. “Yet despite this knowledge, the number of skin cancers continues to rise each year. Even more disheartening is the fact that teens continue to tan despite the known health risks.”
A national study of 6,903 non-Hispanic white adolescents – between the ages of 13 and 19 – found that indoor tanning is not only prevalent, but influenced by factors such as demographics, the use of controlled substances (e.g., alcohol, tobacco and marijuana), appearance-related factors (e.g., dieting), and psychosocial factors (e.g., cognitive ability). The study, “Use of Indoor Tanning Facilities by White Adolescents in the United States,” was published in the September 2003 issue of Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine.
Overall, when taking the national population into consideration, the number of young women who reported using a tanning booth at least once far outweighed the number of young men who engaged in this activity (36.8 percent vs. 11.2 percent, respectively). The number of young women who reported using tanning booths also increased with age. The study found that 47 percent of young women aged 18 to 19 years old reported using a tanning booth three or more times, compared with 11.2 percent of 13- to 14-year-old girls.
Geographic region greatly influenced the likelihood of using an indoor tanning facility, with adolescents in the Midwest and South being two to three times more likely to use tanning booths than the rest of the country. In addition, teens that attended a rural high school were more likely to report using an indoor tanning facility than their counterparts at urban high schools.
“This study confirms that despite the risk, indoor tanning seems to be increasingly popular with young people – and particularly young women,” said Dr. Spencer. “It’s unfortunate that the pressure these teens face to conform to cosmetic ideals presented in popular culture and advertising is so powerful, even with all we know about the dangers of tanning.”
Dermatologists Take Action
Indoor tanning is a booming business in the United States, generating estimated revenues in excess of $5 billion dollars a year. Most salons use bulbs in their tanning beds that emit a significant amount of UVB and UVA radiation – both of which are associated with the development of skin cancer and premature aging. In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services has added UV radiation from the sun or artificial light sources such as tanning beds and sun lamps to the government’s list of known carcinogens.
The manufacturers of indoor tanning equipment are regulated at the federal level. Once manufacturers sell the equipment to a tanning salon, it is generally up to the states to regulate their operations. While 29 states regulate tanning salon operators, the legislation varies in severity and there is limited enforcement. While some states go so far as to prohibit access to tanning booths by minors without parental consent, some require salon owners to post warning signs in a visible location in the salon, and others may only establish educational and training standards for tanning salon operators.
“Even in those states that have some elementary safety regulations, it is not clear who would enforce them,” explained Dr. Spencer. “That means children and teens have open access to equipment that appears to be utilized in an often careless fashion. We applaud states like Texas, California and Tennessee that have worked feverishly to enact tough legislation restricting the use of indoor tanning facilities, especially among minors. But more states need to take their lead and enforce regulations that limit access to this dangerous activity.”
The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) recently issued a new position statement on indoor tanning, encouraging states to aggressively pursue legislation that protects children and urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action that will ban the sale and use of tanning equipment for non-medical purposes. Specifically, the AADA supports the following requirements for indoor tanning facilities:
No minor should be permitted to use tanning devices. A Surgeon General’s warning should be placed on all tanning devices.
No person or facility should advertise the use of any Ultraviolet A or Ultraviolet B tanning device using wording such as “safe,” “safe tanning,” “no harmful rays,” “no adverse effect,” or similar wording or concepts.
“Throughout most of the country, none of the basic safety measures that we are proposing are required,” explained Dr. Spencer. “Research has shown that indoor tanning is dangerous, and there should be laws to protect children from engaging in this activity as there are from other unhealthy behaviors such as drinking or smoking. We urge all states to take immediate action to prohibit indoor tanning for minors.”
In addition to the AADA’s call for tighter regulations, the AAD is targeting teens with print and broadcast public service announcements (PSAs) on the dangers of tanning that are scheduled to be released nationwide to the media this summer.
“We conducted focus group testing with teens across the country and found that while teens know that overexposure to the sun can cause skin cancer and premature aging, they are reluctant to change their behavior because they feel more attractive with a tan,” said Dr. Spencer. “For our new PSA campaign, we used this research to develop the messages and images that almost force teens to stop and re-examine their behavior. If we’re successful in getting even one teen to change his or her behavior, that’s one life we eventually might save.”
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Title:
Der tibetanische Pilz

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In unserer heutigen Gesellschaft glauben nur noch wenige Menschen an natürliche Heilkunde und Hausrezepte. Auch ich war immer skeptisch gegenüber irgendwelche Dieten und Oma Rezepte. Warum sollte ich bei Schlaflosigkeit ein Salbei Bonbon lutschen und bei Schluckauf ein Glas mit Salzwasser trinken. Die "ein Tag nichts Essen" Diet habe ich noch nie durchstehen können und schon gar nicht die "eine Woche nur Fleisch essen" Diet. Skeptisch versuche ich jedoch immer wieder neue Trends aus und versuchen immer wieder das richtige für mich zu finden. Erfolglos, bis vor zwei Monate.


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Vor zwei Monate traf ich eine Arbeitkollegin, die mir zum ersten Mal den tibetanische Pilz ansprach und mir von ihm erzählte. Sie schaffte es mir ihn anzudrehen und schon wieder versuchte ich eine neue Heilkunde skeptisch. Heute muss ich aber zugeben, dass ich mich zum ersten Mal gesund und gut nach solch einer Selbsttherapie fühle.

Der tibetanische Pilz ist ein kleiner weiser Blumenkohl ähnliches Pilz, dass jedoch nicht als Pilz wiederzuerkennen ist. Der tibetanische Pilz ist ursprünglich wie sein Name es einem schon verrät aus dem Tibet und ist in den Himalaya zu Hause. Der Pilz wurde von tibetanischen Mönchen Jahrzehnte lang gezüchtet und gebraucht. Der Pilz gilt unter den Mönchen als Heilpflanze. Der tibetanische Pilz fand seien Weg nach Europa durch einen polnischen Professor aus der Klinik Universität Gleiwitz. Der besagt Professor, befand sich in Indien 5 Jahre und erkrankte dort an Leberkrebs, worauf er von heimische Mönche behandelt wurde. Die Mönche ließen ihn jeden Tag von der Milch des Pilzes trinken. Als dieser Indien verlies und zurück nach Polen kam, konnte man keinen Leberkrebs mehr finden. Bei seiner Rückreise brachte er ein Stück des Pilzes mit, züchtete ihn bei sich weiter und verteilte.

Durch das Benutzen und Verteilen des Pilzes sollte sich der Pilz auch in Europa gedeihen.

Warum Menschen den Pilz benutzten? Nach sagen und Erfahrungsberichte, soll der Pilz mehrere positive Eigenschaften in den Körper auslösen. Zu einem reguliert er abwechselnd die Abwehstoffe im Organismus, er heilt Herzkrankheiten, Herzkranzgefäße und zerleg Cholesterin in den Adern. Man sagt ihm die Heilung von Galle und die Säuberung von den Gallenwegen zu, anscheinend soll er ebenfalls Gallensteine zerlegen. Der tibetanische Pilz soll die Bauchspeicheldrüse, die Leber, die Milz, Magen und Darmwege heilen. Er soll Geschwüre verschwinden lassen. Er reguliert den Blutdruck und heilt kranken Nieren und kontrolliert die Harnwege.

Zudem benutzen ihn hauptsächlich die Menschen, da er Metastasen abhält und dessen Neuentwicklung bremst. Zusätzlich schwören viele Menschen auf das Verhindern des schnellen Alterns, er verarbeitet Stress und Müdigkeit, soll positive den Körper wiedererwecken.

Die Anwendung des tibetanischen Pilz ist zudem einfach und simpel.

Den Pilz beim erhalten auswaschen und in einem Glas reinlegen. Das Glas mit Milch eingießen bis der Pilz in der Milch eingesunken ist. Den Pilz nun 24 Stunden in Raumtemperatur gedeihen lassen. Also am Besten einfach in der Küche stehen lassen. Nach 24 Stunden die Milch aussieben und trinken. Den Pilz und das Glas nun wieder auswaschen und die Prozedur wiederholen. Dies nun 20 Tage durchziehen und dann 10 Tage ruhen, wobei man den Pilz weiterhin mit Milch und Waschen pflegen sollte. Man sollte den Pilz auf gar keinen Fall in Berührung mit Metall geben, also weder Metall Löffel oder Metall Sieb benutzen.

Ich selber war erstaunt und skeptisch über diesen tibetanischen Pilz, also musste ich ihn gleich mal ausprobieren. Die erste Tage musste ich mich zwingen ihn zu trinken. Der Geschmack ist nicht schlecht aber, halt kein Genuss. Die ersten Tage hat mein Magen gebrannt und ich musste öfters zur Toilette. Ich spürte dass etwas in meinem Magen passierte. Doch nach wenigen Tagen fühlte ich mich irgendwie erleichtert, ja sogar wohl. Nach 17 Tage war mein Pilz in der Milch gewachsen und ich konnte ihn teilen und an meiner Schwester weitergeben, die nun selber jeden Tag den tibetanischen Pilz trinkt.





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Vor zwei Monate traf ich eine Arbeitkollegin, die mir zum ersten Mal den tibetanische Pilz ansprach und mir von ihm erzählte. Sie schaffte es mir ihn anzudrehen und schon wieder versuchte ich eine neue Heilkunde skeptisch. Heute muss ich aber zugeben, dass ich mich zum ersten Mal gesund und gut nach solch einer Selbsttherapie fühle.

Der tibetanische Pilz ist ein kleiner weiser Blumenkohl ähnliches Pilz, dass jedoch nicht als Pilz wiederzuerkennen ist. Der tibetanische Pilz ist ursprünglich wie sein Name es einem schon verrät aus dem Tibet und ist in den Himalaya zu Hause. Der Pilz wurde von tibetanischen Mönchen Jahrzehnte lang gezüchtet und gebraucht. Der Pilz gilt unter den Mönchen als Heilpflanze. Der tibetanische Pilz fand seien Weg nach Europa durch einen polnischen Professor aus der Klinik Universität Gleiwitz. Der besagt Professor, befand sich in Indien 5 Jahre und erkrankte dort an Leberkrebs, worauf er von heimische Mönche behandelt wurde. Die Mönche ließen ihn jeden Tag von der Milch des Pilzes trinken. Als dieser Indien verlies und zurück nach Polen kam, konnte man keinen Leberkrebs mehr finden. Bei seiner Rückreise brachte er ein Stück des Pilzes mit, züchtete ihn bei sich weiter und verteilte.

Durch das Benutzen und Verteilen des Pilzes sollte sich der Pilz auch in Europa gedeihen.

Warum Menschen den Pilz benutzten? Nach sagen und Erfahrungsberichte, soll der Pilz mehrere positive Eigenschaften in den Körper auslösen. Zu einem reguliert er abwechselnd die Abwehstoffe im Organismus, er heilt Herzkrankheiten, Herzkranzgefäße und zerleg Cholesterin in den Adern. Man sagt ihm die Heilung von Galle und die Säuberung von den Gallenwegen zu, anscheinend soll er ebenfalls Gallensteine zerlegen. Der tibetanische Pilz soll die Bauchspeicheldrüse, die Leber, die Milz, Magen und Darmwege heilen. Er soll Geschwüre verschwinden lassen. Er reguliert den Blutdruck und heilt kranken Nieren und kontrolliert die Harnwege.

Zudem benutzen ihn hauptsächlich die Menschen, da er Metastasen abhält und dessen Neuentwicklung bremst. Zusätzlich schwören viele Menschen auf das Verhindern des schnellen Alterns, er verarbeitet Stress und Müdigkeit, soll positive den Körper wiedererwecken.

Die Anwendung des tibetanischen Pilz ist zudem einfach und simpel.

Den Pilz beim erhalten auswaschen und in einem Glas reinlegen. Das Glas mit Milch eingießen bis der Pilz in der Milch eingesunken ist. Den Pilz nun 24 Stunden in Raumtemperatur gedeihen lassen. Also am Besten einfach in der Küche stehen lassen. Nach 24 Stunden die Milch aussieben und trinken. Den Pilz und das Glas nun wieder auswaschen und die Prozedur wiederholen. Dies nun 20 Tage durchziehen und dann 10 Tage ruhen, wobei man den Pilz weiterhin mit Milch und Waschen pflegen sollte. Man sollte den Pilz auf gar keinen Fall in Berührung mit Metall geben, also weder Metall Löffel oder Metall Sieb benutzen.

Ich selber war erstaunt und skeptisch über diesen tibetanischen Pilz, also musste ich ihn gleich mal ausprobieren. Die erste Tage musste ich mich zwingen ihn zu trinken. Der Geschmack ist nicht schlecht aber, halt kein Genuss. Die ersten Tage hat mein Magen gebrannt und ich musste öfters zur Toilette. Ich spürte dass etwas in meinem Magen passierte. Doch nach wenigen Tagen fühlte ich mich irgendwie erleichtert, ja sogar wohl. Nach 17 Tage war mein Pilz in der Milch gewachsen und ich konnte ihn teilen und an meiner Schwester weitergeben, die nun selber jeden Tag den tibetanischen Pilz trinkt.


Title:
Desert Hands

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479

Summary:
A set of great-looking hands is crucial in portraying a good impression. There is no point in having a great complexion, wearing designer clothing and when you hold out your hand for that very first handshake, what the other party sees is only a picture of poor personal grooming.


Keywords:
chapped hands, dry skin, eczema


Article Body:
All of us rely immensely on our hands. While they may be one of the most visible parts of our body, they tend to be subjected to plenty of abuse. From water, cleaning agents to polluted environments and overuse, our hands encounter all these everyday hazards. As such it is hardly surprising that the skin on our hands tend to lose the suppleness and glow way before the rest of our body shows any signs of ageing.


Too much water and chemicals is an ideal combination of rough and chapped hands. Chapped hands are the result of the skin on your hands becoming too dry and losing its intrinsic. Sometimes these symptoms are  accompanied by excruciating pain.


And as we age, skin loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming more porous and losing its natural elasticity. With chapped hands, the biggest problem is that the chapping further reduces your skin's moisture retention capacity. So it is a Catch-22 situation that can be quite a painful experience for the sufferer, not to mention making for unsightly hands.


Hence, it is always important to protect your hands whenever you have to do any sort of cleaning.


A good pair of gloves can do wonders but do make sure you dry your hands thoroughly after rinsing, as improper drying is one of the main causes of chapped hands. Practicing proper care can keep chapped hands at bay.
Caring For Chapped Hands


Since moisture retention is the biggest problem for chapped hands, the solution is to seal moisture into the skin. Applying moisturizer does hydrate the skin cells and alleviate dryness, but you have another problem retaining the moisture.


You may want to try recommended moisturizing treatments, such as the Balneum range of products that can restore the skin's elasticity and facilitates the healing process to retain moisture. Religious application of such healing balms will soon give you soft, smooth, and silky skin.


Here are some quick treatments for chapped-hands:
·Aloe Vera is a great solution. Break open a piece of the plant and rub the gel over your hands before sleeping. You'll wake up to great hands.
·Adding a little almond oil to the dishwater will soften your hands while you do the dishes.
·A solution made of sea salt and lemon brushes onto your hands twice a week with an old toothbrush will slough off dead skin cells, soften hands and remove discoloration.
·A concoction of honey and olive oil will do wonders for chapped hands. Rub clean hands with a coarse washcloth, apply the mixture and place hands in a pair of cotton gloves for 30 minutes.
·Soak your hands in a warm cup of milk for five minutes to strengthen nails and hydrate skin. Milk is loaded with lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxyl acid that gently exfoliates dead skin and will give your hand a gentle glow.


title:Destressing Your Life!
author:Jane Kriese
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1014.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

Do you have stress in your life?......
I know you answered yes, we all have stress in our lives.
What is stress? It is a reaction to a physical, mental, or emotional stimulus that upsets the body's natural balance. Stress is unavoidable, it can be positive or negative, it can be physical or psychological.
Stress can cause fatigue, chronic head aches, irritability, changes in appetite, memory loss, low self esteem, withdrawal, tooth-grinding,  cold hands, high blood pressure, shallow breathing, nervous twitches, lowered sex drive, insomnia, gastro-intestinal disorders  and many more lifestyle diseases.
It is estimated that stress contributes to as much as 80% of all major illnesses.
Do you know that in order to have a vibrant healthy body you need to de-stress your life!
Some of the following are suggestions that have worked for many people.

Identify the stresses
Take a five minute break; sit back and take 100 slow deep breaths
Keep a gratitude journal, count your blessings (accent the positive)
Start an exercise program
Turn off the T.V. and play soothing music
Give yourself a day off, on that day pamper yourself ,sleep in, turn off the phones,  watch a good movie, connect with a friend, give yourself a face message, have a relaxing bath, buy yourself flowers, go for a walk.
Give yourself permission to worry, but only once a day for 30 minutes
Eat a healthy diet, drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, eat 8 to 10 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables each day, avoid artificial sweeteners, carbonated drinks, fried food, junk food  and sugar.
Avoid alcohol, tobacco and mood altering drugs
Get 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night
Listen to your inner voice. Is it talking negative?
Avoid or eliminate as many hassles from your life as possible
Learn to laugh
Live in the present, enjoy each day
Research the herb “Valerian”. This herb is used to sooth, relax and heal the nerves. You might find this helpful while you make changes in your life style.
Seek professional help if these changes haven't improved your life

If you are looking for more information visit www.stressdoctor.com
This web site is hosted by Dr. Hans Selye the author of the book “Stress Remedies For Living In A Fogged Up World”
The web site is a wealth of information outlining effective methods of dealing with physical, emotional, and situational disorders produced by stress.
I know you have probably heard this before, but you can make small changes in your life. Some of the changes I listed on de-stressing your life will make a huge difference in your physical and emotional health.
Only you can change your life style, cut the stress in your life and have a vibrant healthy body.
© Jane Kriese janes-store@telus.net

Would you like to have a Healthy Vibrant Body? To learn more, sign up for Jane Kriese's Herbs For Health Newsletter at www.herbsforhealthstore.biz
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Title:
Details About Vitamins Supplements

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355

Summary:
There is a need to integrate the use of vitamin supplements into our daily way of life. Most doctors say that effect of taking vitamin supplements can only be felt after three weeks. Outside vitamins tend to suppress the in-built compounds inside the body. Therefore, it would be prudent and wise to take vitamins for three weeks and then stop taking vitamins for another three weeks so that the body gets time to adapt to any exogenous supplement.


Keywords:
best,way,to,take,vitamin,supplements,liquid,nutritional,vitamin,diet,supplements,supplement,gbg


Article Body:
Oil vs. Dry or Water-Soluble

The oil-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, E, and K, are available and advisable in “dry” or water-soluble form for people who tend to get upset stomachs from oil, for acne sufferers or anyone with a skin condition where oil ingestion is not advised, and for dieters who have cut most of the fat from their meals.(Fat-soluble vitamins need fat for proper assimilation. If you’re on a low-fat diet and taking A, D, E, or supplements, I suggest you use the dry form.)

Synthetic vs. Natural and Inorganic vs. Organic

Synthetic vitamins might be less likely to upset your budget but not your stomach.

When I’masked if there’s a difference between synthetic and natural vitamins, I usually say only one—and that’s to you. Though synthetic vitamins and minerals have produced satisfactory results, the benefits from natural vitamins, on a variety of levels, surpass them. Chemical analysis of both might appear the
same, but there’s more to natural vitamins because there’s more to those substances in nature.

Synthetic vitamin C is just that, ascorbic acid and nothing more. Natural
C from rose hips contains bioflavonoids, the entire C complex, which make
the C much more effective.

Natural vitamin E, which can include all the tocopherols, not just alpha, is more potent and better absorbed than its synthetic double.

According to Dr. Theron G. Randolph, noted allergist: A synthetically derived substance may cause a reaction in a chemically susceptible person
when the same material of natural origin is tolerated, despite the two substances having identical chemical structures.

On the other hand, people who are allergic to pollen could experience an
undesirable reaction to a natural vitamin C that had possible pollen impurities.

Nonetheless, as many who have tried both can attest, there are fewer gas-
trointestinal upsets with natural supplements, and far fewer toxic reactions when taken in higher than recommended dosage.

The difference between inorganic and organic is not the same as the one
between synthetic and natural, though that is the common misconception. All
vitamins are organic. They are substances containing carbon.


Title:
Determine The Causes Of Heart Disease

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636

Summary:
Determining the causes of heart disease helps prevent and may even stop the development of heart disease.

Our heart is one of the most important organs that needs a lot of extreme care. Unfortunately, more and more people suffer from such disease. At present, heart disease is very common and worse; it is one of the leading causes of death anywhere in the world.


Keywords:
heart disease,heart,disease


Article Body:
Determining the causes of heart disease helps prevent and may even stop the development of heart disease.

Our heart is one of the most important organs that needs a lot of extreme care. Unfortunately, more and more people suffer from such disease. At present, heart disease is very common and worse; it is one of the leading causes of death anywhere in the world. This condition exempts no one; even a new born baby can have a certain type of such disease. How much more the older people who don't watch what they eat and don't even care to exercise.

Heart disease, like any other medical condition, has causes. Identifying the causes will greatly help in preventing the progression of any heart condition and in giving the right treatment. The causes of a heart disease maybe very common, but the consequences and impact of the same are fearfully bad for your health. The causes may include high blood cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and over weight, smoking, heredity, alcohol, birth control pills, sex hormones, and more.

High blood cholesterol plays a gigantic role in most types of heart disease. Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is carried in our blood and is also found in all our body cells, which causes the disease. If this fatty substance may stick in our arteries and builds up to form a plaque, it will then result to the narrowing of arteries. The narrowing of our arteries interrupts the blood flow, causing less supply of oxygen and other nutrients to our hearts and other parts of the body. If worse comes to worst when the arteries are blocked because of the fatty substance build up, a heart attack occurs.

Heart problem is one of the causes of death among the people with diabetes. If a person is found out to have diabetes, he or she should be under a doctor's care to monitor blood sugar levels, and therefore reduce the risk of heart disease.

Obesity and over; weight are among the causes of heart disease. If you are overweight, it is likely that you have high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure resulting to a high risk. Obesity increases the chances of developing heart condition. To know if you are obese, the doctors are measuring obesity in terms of body mass index (BMI), which is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared, [ BMI= W (kg) / H (m²) ]. You are considered over weight if the result is over 25; obese if over 30 is the result. In addition, people who are obese and over weight are usually physically inactive. They don't entertain the idea of a regular exercise, and if they do, just the thought tires them already (just like me!).

Smoking is one of the causes. It greatly increases your risk of heart disease and peripheral vascular disease, disease in the blood vessels that supply blood to your arms and legs. Many people die each year because of illnesses brought about by smoking and some of these deaths are due to the effects of smoking on the heart and blood vessels.

A heart disease can be hereditary. A heart condition has a possibility to be passed from one generation to another.

Studies shows that people who drink moderate alcohol has a lower risk compared to nondrinkers. A moderate intake of alcohol averages to one or two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. More than moderate intake of alcohol, on the other hand, is one of the causes.

It's never too late to take care of your health and your heart. Do the things which are good for your health and heart, and avoid those that aren't. Nobody knows yourself better that you! Start caring for your health and stop the causes of heart disease.


title:Determine Your Stage and Plot Your Weight Loss Course
author:Lynn Bode
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_313.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

We all know that losing weight and improving your overall fitness are things that don’t happen overnight. But, did you know in order to be truly successful that important steps need to be taken before you even start a diet or exercise program? The first thing you should do is identify where you fall on the behavioral change spectrum. There are five distinct stages of behavioral change. Do you know what stage you currently fall under?
Knowing what stage you are at will help you to create a road map to the subsequent stages and ultimately help you to be successful in your fitness goals. Below are the five major phases.

Precontemplation: This is the point where you don’t feel that any change in your lifestyle is necessary. You may be thinking that exercising just takes too much time or that fast food is just too convenient to even consider giving up. Starting a fitness or diet program during this stage would probably result in failure. The best thing you can do during this phase is educate yourself further about health, diseases and risks.
Contemplation: During this stage you may start thinking that a change is necessary. So, you think that maybe cutting back to eating fast food only three times a week is not so bad and you might be able to at least take a walk once in awhile. This is a good time to learn more about the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise.
Preparation: At this point you are getting more serious about taking action. You’ve penciled in a walk with your friend for next week and are planning to go grocery shopping to cook a home meal. You may want to research exercise equipment, gyms, personal trainers, and diet programs to learn more about what you can do (with the help of professionals and/or equipment) to get in better shape.
Action: Here’s where you actually take the first step. The first step may be as simple as taking a daily walk, reducing your fast food visits to twice a month or just cutting back on daily sodas. Or, you may go as far as hiring a personal trainer or joining a gym. During this stage it is very important to learn coping mechanisms that will help you avoid re-lapse into your old ways. One way to avoid being a part of the high exercise dropout statistics is starting slowly into a new program and making permanent lifestyle changes versus temporary ones.
Maintenance: This is, of course, the phase that everyone should strive to be at. This means that you have been doing a regular fitness program consistently for quite some time and that you continue your new lifestyle. It’s important throughout this stage (which should last a lifetime) that you include a variety of workouts that change frequently. You should also seek social support of friends and family.

So, now can you identify what stage you are at? You may find that you are in the precontemplation stage for nutritional habits but that you are in the preparation stage for exercises. That’s okay. It’s not critical for you to force both areas into the same stage. You can work on changing your nutritional and exercise habits separately.
The key to success is first identifying your stage and then taking steps to advance to the next level (unless, of course, you are already at the Maintenance stage). Use the suggestions mentioned above in each stage to help you move to the next phase.
For example, if you are in the precontemplation stage, then research and read as much as you can on the subject of health risks and how they relate to an individual’s lifestyle. From there you will probably want to learn more about the consequences and benefits of specific lifestyles. Education is a powerful thing. The more you fully understand and can relate directly to the causes and effects of your action, the more inclined you will be to change.
It’s also important to tune-in to your fears, past struggles and expectations. Making nutritional and exercise changes is not easy and should be approached slowly. Remember to make small changes. Don’t try to go from a completely sedentary lifestyle to an hour of continual exercise in just one day. Build up slowly starting with even just 10 minutes. And lastly, be sure to inform your family and friends of your plans and enlist their support. Support is extremely important for your success.
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title:Determining the Best Wheelchair Power for you
author:Ruby Lorena
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1521.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Do you need a wheelchair, but you are not sure what type is ideal for your body? Or you might be having doubts on buying manually operated wheelchairs. This page can help you decide.
Like the automobile, the wheelchair was developed to meet the different needs of different users. Modern wheelchairs have different styles and models. Each has different purpose and permits a lot of adjustments. Wheelchairs were changed according to foot support positioning, arm support adjustment, joystick positioning and upholstery placement. These are called powered wheelchairs or power wheelchairs.
Wheelchairs are divided into two main categories: scooters and powered wheelchairs. The two differ on the way they are steered. A conventional powered wheelchair has an electronic control, such as a joystick, that causes different amounts of power to go to each of the rear wheels to control both speed and direction. A scooter only has handlebars at the end of a tiller that is attached to the front wheel which is used to mechanically turn the wheelchair. Scooters require more arm movement and hand function than powered wheelchairs.
You can identify scooters by its seat that is mounted on a pedestal attached to the floor of the scooter. It usually has three or four wheels. Most four-wheeled scooters have front wheels that are connected together. So when the tiller is turn left and right, the front wheels turn left and right together. The tiller controls the movement, but it is the lever attached to the handlebars that controls the speed.
Powered wheelchairs have three different drive wheel types. The front-wheel drive chairs are built with large front drive wheels and casters in the rear. The mid-wheel drive chairs have larger wheels on the rear and casters on the front. The rear-wheel drive chairs are designed in such a way that the main drive wheel is centered under the user’s center of mass. Others are called specially powered wheelchairs, such as stair climbing powered wheelchair that are designed for off-road use.
A powered wheelchair has base that contains the motor, battery and wheels. The seating system is mounted on top of the base. Wheelchair of this sort usually has four wheels and is controlled by input switches.
There are also wheelchairs that can be folded and are specially designed for use in traveling. Traveling with wheelchair requires a personal vehicle that is modified to contain the wheelchair. These wheelchairs have batteries that are housed in separate boxes that are easy to remove.
If you are still not satisfied with power mobility that your powered wheelchair offers, there are other options available. There are add-on power systems which convert manual wheelchair frame into a power mobility device, and power-assist wheels that are considered transitional products between manual mobility and power mobility.
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title:Detoxification and Your Skin
author:Lori Stryker
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1905.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Learn to help your body glow from the inside out. Nourish it with foods that are pure and natural. Remove harmful substances from your diet and you will notice a difference in the way you look and feel.
What is detoxification?
Detoxification is the process of removing toxins or poisons. We all know that toxins are harmful and cause damage, potentially even death if taken in certain levels. Living cells, whether in plants or in the body, are constantly in the process of bringing nutrients and fresh substrates in while eliminating by-products and waste that is not useful to the organism. Therefore, detoxification is a natural, ongoing process in our bodies.
Keeping your body healthy requires maintaining all of its systems in good working order. Minimizing the amount of toxins you take into your system is one way that we can detoxify our bodies. Benefits of detoxification may include increased energy and improved health, better breath, reduced allergies, and potentially fewer aches and pains.
Wastes leave the body in the form of gases, solids, and liquids. Carbon dioxide is the gas that we exhale. We excrete other waste from the body after it accumulates in the bladder and in the bowels.
Other organs that play a major role in detoxification include the:

skin
liver
kidneys
lungs

Blood also plays a critical role in the detoxification process. It carries dissolved gases like carbon dioxide to the lungs, and then it is traded for oxygen through respiration. Both the liver and kidneys help to detoxify the blood by removing wastes and sending them to the urine. In the form of stool, unused solids are carried away.
Benefits for your skin via detoxification
Your skin is a barrier but it is not impermeable. Just as products that you use on your skin are able to enter your body through this physical barrier, toxins are also able to leave your body through the skin. Free radicals and UV light in the environment also damage the skin which over time cause it to show signs of premature aging.
How can detoxification help your skin? By minimizing the number of chemicals in your body, you help you body to function more efficiently. Eating well is one way to maintain healthy skin with a smooth texture, elasticity, and a proper level of moisturization. Skin complexions troubled by acne and imperfections can also benefit from the inside out with detoxification methods. For example, vitamin A reduces the amount of sebum produced by the skin cells and therefore pores are less likely to become blocked.
Ways to detoxify your body
Some of the best ways to detoxify include:

eating a balanced diet
juicing organic fruits and vegetables
exercising regularly
exfoliation
using organic products for personal hygiene

Before trying any detox method always be sure to check with your doctor. People with serious medical conditions should also consult a doctor as these methods are not recommended. Pregnant women should not try these methods.
Eating a balanced diet
Nutrients in foods contain many elements that can help your body and especially your skin to remain in good condition. When your body is ‘happy’ and ‘efficient’, through detoxification, it will show on the outside.
Your skin needs:

essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) found in oily fish and flax seeds
antioxidants vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene to retaliate against the damaging effects of UV light and free-radicals
minerals zinc and selenium to build tissues and heal wounds. Find these minerals in foods like seafood, nuts, grains, and vegetables
vitamin B6 to balance hormone levels, particularly for women that have pre-menstrual break-outs
vitamin A to help reduce sebum levels on the skin
potassium to help maintain elasticity, water to maintain hydration and flush toxins from the body
water to maintain hydration and flush toxins from the body

Juicing organic fruits and vegetables
Have you ever tried freshly squeezed juice? It is delicious and nutritious. You get a truckload of vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. The enzymes contained in vegetables and fruits help to digest your food so try drinking these natural cocktails with meals.
One important thing to remember is that you should always start with organic fruits or vegetables. Because most fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides, using non-organic products means that you will be ingesting harmful pesticides too. Keep these toxic chemicals away from your cells in order to maintain their proper functioning.
Exercising regularly
Oxygen is vital to life. Incorporating exercise into your lifestyle brings this element into your body and skin. Studies at the University of Wisconsin have shown that oxygen reduces the effects of free radical damage and premature aging.
Sweating encourages the release of toxins from the skin. Working up a good sweat during your exercise program will help in the detoxification process. You could also try saunas and steambaths to encourage the excretion of toxins.
If you are not currently exercising choose something that you enjoy doing. Walking is a great way to increase your heart rate and pump oxygen through your lungs. Other ideas include yoga, swimming, cycling, and running. Whatever you do, choose an activity that you will be motivated to do on a regular basis.
Exfoliation
Shedding skin cells is a continual process. Dead skin cells sit on the uppermost level of the epidermis and they make the skin look dull and less healthy. Our clothes play a big part in helping to remove cells on a daily basis. By sloughing off dead skin cells from time to time, you can stimulate the skin renewal process. Try any of the following methods once a week to naturally exfoliate your skin:

briskly towel off after a shower
use an organic scrub during your shower
use a washcloth during your shower
use a loofah (Important: keep it dry when it’s not in use to minimize bacterial count)

Using organic products for personal hygiene
Decreasing the number of synthetic chemicals entering your body through your food and personal products is yet another way to help detoxify. Modern research at the Herb Research Foundation found that the skin absorbs up to 60% of the chemicals in products that it comes into contact with directly into the bloodstream. This means that chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens, are entering your body and potentially causing unnecessary harm.
The next time you need to stock up on personal hygiene products, look for alternatives to the chemically items offered in most stores. Using organic products decreases the number of preservatives and chemical additives your skin comes into contact with and therefore, that may enter your body.
References:

www.meriam-webster.com, accessed October 26, 2004.
www.detox.org/skin.aspl, accessed October 26, 2004
www.saga.co.uk/health_news/article/D2164785-92E3-11D6-B8AC-00508BAEC55C.asp?bhcp=1, accessed Oct. 26, 2004.
Farley, Josephine. Organic beauty: look and feel gorgeous the natural way. Dorling Kindersley, London, 2001, page 66.

By OMC author http://www.organicmakeup.ca

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Title:
Detoxification For Health!

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352

Summary:
How do I choose a detox method?

If you are trying a detox for the first time, it is best to take a gentle, gradual approach. The detox diet plan is a basic detox diet that many people recommend.

Detox diets can target the different organ systems involved in detoxification: the skin, liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and lymph system. A natural health care practitioner can design a program that suits your needs by targeting specific organ systems. For example, a person with a...


Keywords:
herbal detox,detox,toxins,detox diet,detoxing,hormones,toxic,diabetes,genetic disease,malignant,merc


Article Body:
How do I choose a detox method?

If you are trying a detox for the first time, it is best to take a gentle, gradual approach. The detox diet plan is a basic detox diet that many people recommend.

Detox diets can target the different organ systems involved in detoxification: the skin, liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and lymph system. A natural health care practitioner can design a program that suits your needs by targeting specific organ systems. For example, a person with a skin condition may benefit from a program that addresses the liver, intestines, and skin.

Other forms of detox include juice fasts, macrobiotic diet, colon cleanse, and liver flush. If you can't go without meat, at least avoid red meat, and consider steering clear of dairy and wheat for maximum benefits.

If you are a heavy smoker or take drugs regularly, it will be a huge shock to the system to give up at the same time as detoxing. Take one step at a time - giving up your particular vice will be a detox in itself.

Headaches?

Food additives, sugar, alcohol, caffeine withdrawal, constipation, hormonal imbalance and exposure to irritants such as pollution, perfume or after-shaves are all causes of headaches that can often be relieved by detoxification.

Sauna

Saunas enhance circulation and oxygenate the tissues. They open the nasal passages and assist the sinuses to drain. A major eliminative organ, most people's skin is very inactive. Many do not sweat. This may be due to synthetic or tight clothing that does not breathe. Sedentary living and sun damage also inactivate the skin. Hundreds of chemicals affect the skin from lotions, soaps, and creams to deodorants. Others are cleaning solvents, detergent residues and chemicals from bathing water.

There are tons of detox diets out there. Typically they involve 1 or 2 days on a completely liquid diet and another 4 or 5 days adding brown rice, fruit, and steamed vegetables (all organic) to the diet. After a week of eating only these foods, you gradually reintroduce other foods - except for red meat, wheat, sugar, eggs, and all prepackaged or junk foods - into your diet.


Title:
Detoxification: 8 Starter Tips

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322

Summary:
Before you plunge right into just any cleansing technique, here are some general tips that you must first consider.


Keywords:
detox, detoxify your body, detoxification, detoxify


Article Body:
You have been experiencing frequent headaches, weight gain, constipation and skin problems, amongst a whole host of health problems.  And you are pretty convinced that some of these problems are due to a diet of high in saturated fats, environmental pollution and a stressful lifestyle.

These factors have inadvertently contributed to a toxin build-up in your body and you would like to cleanse your body through a detox program.

But before you plunge right into just any cleansing technique, here are some general tips that you must first consider:

1. Start with a cleansing technique that is not too drastic or extreme for your present condition.

2. On the other hand, do not choose a technique that is too mild and would therefore be ineffective.  You can always start with a gentle cleansing program but build it up gradually.
 
3. If you are a female, do not  detoxify when you are pregnant or having your period.

4. Always budget enough time for the cleansing process to take place.  For instance, in a bowel cleanse, you may have to allow about 4 hours for purging to take place.

5.  Do not rush into a cleansing technique.  As in the above example, during the 4 hours, plan to take things slowly.  No heavy tasks! Be near a toilet if necessary.

6. Before starting on cleansing, make sure you go through all instructions and have all the foods necessary for your detoxification.  You don't want to have to rush out to the supermarket in the middle of a cleanse.

7. Work closely with a trained health practitioner, giving him or her full details of the health problems that you are facing.

8. Very importantly, decide with your health practitioner the order in which you should cleanse your body.  Cleansing of the different parts of the body can include colon cleansing, liver cleansing, kidney cleansing, lung cleansing and skin cleansing.  The right order will result in a more effective and complete detoxification for your body.


Title:
Detoxify Your Body and Treat Your Ailments

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282

Summary:
If you are like most of us, you’re tired, maybe overweight, caffeine addicted and stressed out. You just don’t feel your best.  You may even have more serious health problems like irritable bowel system or high blood pressure.  Want a natural alternative to more over-the-counter and prescription drugs?  Try detoxifying your body.


Keywords:
detox, detoxify your body, detoxification


Article Body:
If you are like most of us, you’re tired, maybe overweight, caffeine addicted and stressed out. You just don’t feel your best.  You may even have more serious health problems like irritable bowel system or high blood pressure.  Want a natural alternative to more over-the-counter and prescription drugs?  Try detoxifying your body.

An internal body cleansing can have many great benefits.  Cleansing your body of toxic buildup can provide relief from fatigue, tension, headaches, constipation, skin problems and acne and PMS, just to name a few.  By assisting your body in this natural process, you’ll be strengthening your organs and boosting your immune system.

Substances that are potentially toxic to our bodies are everywhere.  Pollution, petroleum based products, pesticides and other compounds are harmful to our bodies.  Our organs, including the colon and liver, are responsible for removing the toxins and waste materials from our bodies.  But when these organs aren’t functioning up to standard we become tired, break out and have digestive problems.  More serious illnesses may result. 

In your body, enzymes attach themselves to certain toxic substances.  The resulting material is processed in the liver and colon to be eliminated.  Unfortunately, sometimes the liver and colon cannot process all of the waste that is present, either because they are just overwhelmed, or there is a lack of required nutrients.  The toxic compounds can’t be processed, so they build up to unhealthy levels. 

Detoxification provides the liver, colon and other organs with the enzymes, nutrients and support that they need to eliminate the waste build-up and to function efficiently again.

Don’t procrastinate any longer.  Detoxify your body and reap the benefits of a clean engine!


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Detoxify Your Body In 30 Minutes With A Bath

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Dealing with all of the environmental toxins today, can be quite aload on the body. A simple way to help combat these toxins is to take a detoxification bath. In spas today, the use of water therapy is very popular. Bathing in waters containg various healing ingrediants can help to release toxins, promote energy, circulation and well being.

This bath can be done in your very own bathtub and does not require special equipment. Hot water helps draw toxins out of the body to ...


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Dealing with all of the environmental toxins today, can be quite aload on the body. A simple way to help combat these toxins is to take a detoxification bath. In spas today, the use of water therapy is very popular. Bathing in waters containg various healing ingrediants can help to release toxins, promote energy, circulation and well being.

This bath can be done in your very own bathtub and does not require special equipment. Hot water helps draw toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface. When the water cools, it pulls toxins from the skin. The ocean, mineral, hot springs and herbal baths have been used for centuries world wide, for their therapeutic effects.

This is the simple recipe that I regularly use to help combat toxins and detoxify my body:

1 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup Baking Soda
About 1/2 cup Powdered Ginger

Pour Epsom salt or Baking Soada, and ginger into a warm bath and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. After soaking, scrub the skin gently with a natural fiber like a cotton washcloth or a loofah sponge for 5 minutes. Do not remain in the tub for more than 30 minutes. Note the "murky"appearance of the water, this is due to the toxins released in your bath water. Wrap yourself in a large towel or bathrobe and then cover up with a warm blanket. You will sweat for about an hour. The next morning you will feel fantastic!

You can take a detoxification bath often, or at least once a month.In addition to detoxifying the body, this bath is also helps relieve pain.


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Detoxify Your Body: Colon Cleansing Explained

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Living in an unavoidably toxin-filled world can have some very negative affects on our health. But since the only real option to avoid that is to enclose ourselves inside a germ-free bubble, you might be interested to know that there is another alternative way to protect yourself and at the same time, also reverse many of the detrimental influences created in your body by the atmosphere we live in.


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Living in an unavoidably toxin-filled world can have some very negative affects on our health. But since the only real option to avoid that is to enclose ourselves inside a germ-free bubble, you might be interested to know that there is another alternative way to protect yourself and at the same time, also reverse many of the detrimental influences created in your body by the atmosphere we live in.

Colon Cleansing is a healthy and helpful way to rid yourself of the poisons we accumulate in our bodies on a daily basis. Breathing in toxins is not the only way this happens either. Fast food and generally unhealthy eating habits in addition to lack of exercise are also major contributors to certain types of stomach, colon and other health-related problems. With the rise in Colon Cancer and its status as the number one cause of cancer deaths in the United States, Colon Cleansings or Colonic Irrigation as it is also called, is a very popular means of not only helping to ease and prevent that disease, but also has lots of other health benefits.

Take a look at this checklist and see if you suffer from any of these symptoms. If so, a colon cleansing might be a great, natural way to help relieve your discomfort.

* Constipation
* Irritable Bowl Syndrome
* Diarrhea
* Gas or Bloating
* Menstruation Problems
* Overworked Liver and Hemorrhoids
* Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Distressed or Blemished Skin
* Allergies or Sinus Problems
* Muscle Aches, Low Back or Joint Pain
* Insomnia
* Energy Loss
* Problems with Nutrient Absorption

So what exactly is a Colon Cleansing you ask? A colon cleansing session consists of a speculum being inserted into the rectum with two other tubes – one pushing clean, filtered water into your system thereby flushing out all of the toxins out through second tube. The appointment usually lasts about 45 minutes and costs vary depending on where you live.

Many people swear to the fact that after years of self-medication and doctor’s visits, a colon cleansing is what finally cured them of many of the distresses listed above. This method of cleaning the interior of the body has actually been around for thousands of years, recorded as far back Egyptian times. It may be something you should consider if you have been suffering and getting no relief from the more ‘scientific’ methods you’ve utilized, or are just into finding a natural way to live a healthier life.


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Detoxify Your Way To Health And Beauty

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How many times have your brain felt so sluggish that you can't even think clearly? How many times have you felt so tired that even climbing a single flight of stairs takes a lot from you? Or how about those times when you felt so unpretty that even your best outfit can't lift your mood? You've tried every known trick to stay fit and scoured every shelf in the health and beauty aisle for that wonder product that could revive you but still to no avail. Why not try looking at ho...


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How many times have your brain felt so sluggish that you can't even think clearly? How many times have you felt so tired that even climbing a single flight of stairs takes a lot from you? Or how about those times when you felt so unpretty that even your best outfit can't lift your mood? You've tried every known trick to stay fit and scoured every shelf in the health and beauty aisle for that wonder product that could revive you but still to no avail. Why not try looking at home and the produce section of your grocery? What am I talking about? I'm talking about detox.

Detoxification is not merely sweating buckets on the gym or starving yourself with a water diet. It is a wholistic approach to health and beauty. It encompasses everything from diet, fitness, and your sense of well-being. Try it for a weekend and start the new week with a renewed and more revived you. Detoxifying your way to health and beauty is possible with a few things which you could conveniently find in your home. With a loofah or brush, scented candles, aromatic oils, herbal tea, and a free, me-time weekend, you're all set to rejuvenate and renew yourself.

Start on a Friday by eating light (think salads and fruits) and drink lots of water the whole day. At night, slowly dry-massage yourself with a loofah or brush with slow and long strokes. Move in one direction: upward and towards your groin. Refresh yourself with tea or water then soak in a bath of warm water and drops of aromatic bath oil. Light some scented candles while gradually adding cool water within a half hour until your bath becomes slightly cold. This is the beginning of your new health and beauty routine. This process is done for the stimulation of the blood vessels. Dry yourself and dress warmly for bed.

Begin the next day by drinking hot lemon water. Go for a walk while breathing deeply. Give yourself a steam bath or go swimming. You could also ask your partner or therapist for a massage. Again, end your health and beauty detox regimen with a dry-massage brush and bath. Spend your Sunday, doing the whole process but add another activity. Make a list of people or things, such as your work, that are toxic to you (read: bad vibes). Assess how you should deal with them to lessen their toxic effect. After this, pamper yourself or do meditation exercises.

Be reminded though that you may experience excessive sweating, slight headaches, and skin rashes. These are signs that your body is releasing toxins and that they are temporary. Detoxifying is effective, safe, and inexpensive enough to be part of your weekly health and beauty routine. Just remember to avoid this during your period, pregnancy, and sickness. Lastly, talk to your doctor if you encounter any problem while detoxifying.


title:Detoxing The Natural Way
author:Steve Joseph
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4125.shtml
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Why detox you ask? Well for thousands of years man has known that detoxifying the body is a useful means of restoring both mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing. The original way to detox the body was to simply go without food. In Western culture, most are familiar with the biblical recount of Jesus spending forty days and nights in the desert fasting. This theme of fasting for mental and spiritual clarity is quite pronounced throughout the bible, but in more recent times the principle has been adapted and refined. In fact many now argue that due to the environmental conditions that humans now exist in, the old ways simply aren't enough.
Today we have a range of produts, diets and information available to assist us with removing the toxins from our body. More information about detox diets is available at http://www.detox247.com/ . Some detox programs still rely on simply water and fasting, while others outline specific diets which tend to be mostly raw food. Basically the aim of any detox program is not for the food, or lack there of to do the work, but to engineer an environment for the body to undertake its natural processes of healing. When we detox, what we are trying to do is stop cramming toxins into our body, which in turn allows the body to start booting out the accumulated junk. Think of it as a spring clean for the body.
Often people end up with side-effects from a detox program, thus highlighting the importance of medical consultation an supervision when undergoing a diet change. Sometimes these side-effects are enough to put people off a detox program, but often the worse the reaction, the more pertinent the detox is for the body. The important thing to remember is that not all things that are good for the body are going to feel nice. Sometimes it has to hurt if it is to heal! Most people that complete a detox program will tell you that a little gas and a few headaches is a small price to pay for the increase in health and wellbeing that many receive.
For more information on how to detox, visit http://www.detox247.com/

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Detox Diets – The Next Diet Fad

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If you have been on the diet front lately, you have probably heard of detox diets. Basically, detox diets are the next big player in the fad diet game. Like Atkins, Southbeach, even the cabbage diet, different detox diets are popping up all over the internet and in bookstores. What exactly are detox diets, do they work, and are detox diets safe?

The premise behind detox diets is that your body is full of toxins, many of which come from the foods you eat. A basic detox diet...


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If you have been on the diet front lately, you have probably heard of detox diets. Basically, detox diets are the next big player in the fad diet game. Like Atkins, Southbeach, even the cabbage diet, different detox diets are popping up all over the internet and in bookstores. What exactly are detox diets, do they work, and are detox diets safe?

The premise behind detox diets is that your body is full of toxins, many of which come from the foods you eat. A basic detox diet will have you fast for a certain period of time, which means you will not eat at all. You will then only eat specific foods that are believed to be toxin free, completely refraining from other foods, such as sugar, red meat, wheat, and eggs. Most detox diets also call for a cleansing process during which colonics, or enemas, are used or herbal colon cleansers.

It is important to understand that detox diets are not really designed for weight loss; instead they are to cleanse your body of harmful toxins. The goal should not be to lose weight. Secondly, there is a great deal of controversy over these diets and whether they are safe.

For the most part, the diets are meant to be relatively short term, or at least the most stringent part is. You will only be required to fast and undergo body cleansing for a few days. Anything longer will definitely cause health problems. Fasting for any length of time will cause nutritional deficiencies, fatigue, dehydration, and possibly eating disorders. Likewise, the colon cleansers that are used to rid the body of waste are basically laxatives that can also cause dehydration and nutritional deficiencies if used in excess. So it would seem that you are doing something very dangerous, but because you only do it for a short time, they try to pick out the potential beneficial aspects of it.

While healthy people may be able to go on a detox diet, not have any complications, and potentially even benefit from it, a person that is not at their best should see a doctor before taking part in it. Likewise, children and teenagers should not go on a detox diet because their bodies still need a certain number of calories and fat grams to maintain healthy growth and optimal development. If there is any question, see you doctor before starting any diet plan.


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Detox Diet: 8 Benefits to Juice Fasting

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There are many benefits to juicing, especially if you prepare them yourself.


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There are many benefits to juicing, especially if you prepare them yourself:

1. If drank fresh, the juice is full of live enzymes, which is helpful the body.

2. Unlike coming out from a packet, the juice is fresh and not pasteurized. Pasteurization many have its conveniences but it has resulted in nutritionally dead foods. During pasteurization, high heat is used and this destroys the vital nutrients within the juice.

3. You consume more vegetables by drinking than by eating. As you probably have experienced, it’s not always possible to eat as many vegetables as you would like. Drinking fresh vegetable juice helps take care of this problem.

4. Digestion and assimilation of the vegetable nutrients is much easier. Your body is in fact, like a juicer. When you eat a celery, your body will digest the celery by extracting the juice to get the nutrition. The fiber is eliminated via the colon and bowel movements. However, if you juice, you have already extracted the juice for the body thus making it easier for your assimilation. Nevertheless, it’s still important to eat whole vegetables and fruits because you need some amount of fiber as well.

5. Fasting gives your digestive system a rest. Since fresh fruit and vegetable juices require little digestion, and are quickly assimilated into your body.  Most of the 10% of bodily energy normally involved in your assimilation, digestion, and elimination is freed up. The end result? You feel a sense of renewed energy after the fast.

6. A fast helps to also break down toxic materials - fat, abnormal cells and tumors–and releases diseased tissues and their cellular products into the circulation for elimination.

7. In addition, new cell growth during fasting is stimulated and accelerated as the required proteins are re-synthesized from decomposed cells (during autolysis). Your serum albumin reading, that is blood-protein level, remains constant and normal throughout your fast, as your body very smartly uses protein and other stored nutrients where needed.

8. Juice fasting is a much gentler process of detoxification as compared to water fasting. For a juice fast, a broad variety of fruits and vegetables should be used in combination and that is necessary to enhance health during the fast. In this manner, the body still gets its daily calories from the easily-digested juices as compared to the more extreme water fast. Thus, the release of toxins from the fat cells in a juice fast is much more gentle and gradual.


title:Detox Diet: A Basic Understanding
author:Sandra Kim Leong
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3702.shtml
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Detoxification occurs in our bodies daily. Our internal organs, the colon, liver and intestines, help our bodies eliminate toxic and harmful matter from our bloodstreams and tissues. Often, our systems become overloaded with waste. Today’s over processed foods and environmental pollutants can easily overwhelm our delicate systems and cause toxic matter to build up in our bodies.
Detox diets are designed to help your body rid itself of the toxic matter buildup and lose weight. If you feel sluggish, have frequent colds, digestive problems or just aren’t feeling your best, you may have a toxicity issue. A detox diet will help you clean the harmful matter from your body and lose weight.
A detox diet will help your body by increasing stamina and energy, making the digestive process easier, increasing mental clarity and decreasing allergies. Most detox diets don’t involve weird or unhealthy foods, simply fresh and whole foods like fruits and vegetables. Eat plenty of fresh fruit, except grapefruit. Enzymes in grapefruit interfere with the proper functioning of enzymes in the liver, so they should not be used during detox diets.
Fresh vegetables are also great on the detox diet. The best vegetables for detoxing are broccoli, garlic, artichokes, beets, cauliflower and red and green vegetables. Avoid corn products, as corn often contains allergens. Rice is also acceptable on a detox diet, and beans, nuts and seeds are great as well.
Drink plenty of water, about 6 to 8 glasses a day to aid the body in flushing out toxins. A hydrated body helps your body organs to function in an optimal fashion.
A simple detox diet plan may just involve staying off meat for a couple of days. For a more detailed plan, consult a professional on what to eat for each meal during the detox period.
Using a detox diet plan can help maximize your health, reduce your weight, and help you feel more energetic and rested. Try a detox diet for a few days. You’ll be surprised how much lighter you’ll feel.
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title:Detox Diet: Juice Fasting Recipes
author:Sandra Kim Leong
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4065.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Juice fasting is gaining popularity as a great way to detoxify. Many people are interested in getting toxins out of their system so they can live a healthier life. When toxins accumulate in the body, they feel sluggish and also have a poor immune system. Juice fasting, as a cleansing method, can help to people to achieve better health and more energy. It is quite easy to do as fruits are readily obtainable and all that is required additionally is a juicer.

For a beginner to juice fasting, it is important to start out slow and to try it out for one day. By juice fasting, you are limiting your intake to juices only. Fruit juice is high in sugar, so if you are a diabetic or otherwise in need of monitoring your sugar intake you should be cautious of trying a juice fast with fruit juices. Anyone just starting out with fasting should always speak with their doctor first. Also, do not juice fast for prolonged periods like more than 3 days, not unless your doctor agrees that it is safe for you to do so.

The following are sample recipes that can help give you an idea of combinations of fruits and vegetables to use together:

Recipe 1: Vegetable Juice Combo
2 Swiss chard leaves
1/2 beetroot
2 or 3 sprigs of watercress
3 carrots
1 celery stalk
Wash with filtered or distilled water, cut and put in juicer.

Recipe 2: Carrot-Apple Juice
2-3 Green Apples
1 carrot
Fresh basil leaves
Wash with filtered or distilled water, cut and put in juicer.

Recipe 3: Carrot-Vegetable Juice
A handful of dandelion leaves
1 kale leaf
4 carrots
Fresh mint, basil or coriander leaves
Wash with filtered or distilled water, cut and put in juicer.

Recipe 4: Peach Juice
2 or 3 peaches
Wash with filtered or distilled water, cut and put in juicer.

There are many different types of juice fasts. Some diets call for fruit juices while others used less sugary vegetable juices. You can always come up with your own unique combination of fruit and vegetable juice diet recipes.
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Title:
Detox Products And Diets Are Here To Save The Day

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More often than we want to, instances happen wherein problems of almost every kind simultaneously pour in; piles of workload to finish in a short span of time, rare illness or death in the family, inadequate money to pay for bills, and the like can occur all at the same time. In times like these, you just want to hide under your sheets and pray that the gods transport you in a utopian dream and be back only until everything is settled. Since teleportation to paradise is highl...


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More often than we want to, instances happen wherein problems of almost every kind simultaneously pour in; piles of workload to finish in a short span of time, rare illness or death in the family, inadequate money to pay for bills, and the like can occur all at the same time. In times like these, you just want to hide under your sheets and pray that the gods transport you in a utopian dream and be back only until everything is settled. Since teleportation to paradise is highly improbable, you really have no choice but to face the reality (no matter how distasteful it may be). But, after the storms have passed, you're too stressed beyond imagination. On top of everything, you notice how your skin looks incredibly dull and lifeless and how your energy level and immune system has dropped. What should a sensible person do? Well, for one, you should boost your youthful glow once again by using certain detox products aimed at improving your damaged skin. Following a detox diet, on the other hand, can help you in regaining lost vital nutrients.

Did you know that detox products are no longer seen as paraphernalia for vanity's sake but are for legitimate needs? Since it is a need, you should not feel guilty for purchasing stuff that can revive your energy and make you feel well. Detox kits, which are available in wide array of varieties, are made of select herbs and other organic ingredients with cleansing and purifying properties. If you are a habitual drinker, you should definitely try detoxification diets or products specifically aimed at eliminating traces of alcohol in your system. But you should also make sure to avoid, as much as possible, drinking alcohol after your detox program. Detoxification diets and products are available not only to cleanse our systems, but also to teach us a thing or two about self-discipline.

A particular nutritionist, who has an article published in the internet, said you should not wait until your body sends telltale signs (such as problems pertaining to digestion) before doing something about it. Excessive amounts of alcohol in the body, if not thoroughly eliminated, can cause serious dysfunction of your internal organs, especially the liver and colon. Detox diet programs for alcohol drinkers include staying away from liquors for a certain period of time. Aside from following a specific diet, you can try taking detox products in order to cleanse your system even if you are not a habitual drinker. Nutritionists want you to remember that there are several causes of impurities aside from alcohol and cigarettes. Everyday, people encounter all kinds of pollutants that bring harm to their bodies. That is precisely why you need to undergo detoxification no matter how 'healthy' you think you are.


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Detox To Clear Body Waste!

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Detox, short for detoxification, in general is the removal of toxic substances from the body. It is one of the functions of the liver and kidneys, but can also be achieved artificially by techniques such as dialysis and chelation therapy.

Diets are very important and are usually the basis for any detox program, whether it is herbs, cleansing or other detox programs. Detox diets will generally eliminate trigger foods, which may cause many problems with digestion and elimina...


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Detox, short for detoxification, in general is the removal of toxic substances from the body. It is one of the functions of the liver and kidneys, but can also be achieved artificially by techniques such as dialysis and chelation therapy.

Diets are very important and are usually the basis for any detox program, whether it is herbs, cleansing or other detox programs. Detox diets will generally eliminate trigger foods, which may cause many problems with digestion and elimination. Foods like wheat and dairy are often the cause of allergies. Sugar is eliminated because of its empty calories and tendency to produce hypoglycemia. Meats are eliminated because they may contain hormones, antibiotics and are difficult to digest. Caffeine is wise to avoid, since it has many ill effects on the body's digestion. Refined, processed and junk foods are also out for any detox program to work.

Refined white sugar

A lot has been written about the detrimental effects of refined white sugar on the body. It is really very bad for you. Inform yourself because a lot of products contain a lot of refined white sugar. Cola for instance, but also ketchup contains a lot. Try to cut down on it by using brown sugars, like cane sugar.

Sugar has a stimulating effect. If you consume a product full of sugar you get a kick out of it, that's why products that contain a lot of sugar are so attractive.

One form of the detoxification diet is one made up exclusively of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, either raw or cooked, and whole grains, both cooked and sprouted; however, no breads or baked goods, animal foods and dairy products or alcohol are used. This diet keeps fiber and water intake up and helps colon detoxification. Most people can handle this well and make the shift from their regular diet with a few days transition.

The lymphatic system is used to bring nourishment to cells and to remove wastes. The lymph nodes, located in the lymph vessels, break down toxins. The breakdown of toxins is especially important during infections and other acute illnesses. Deep breathing and movement help keep the lymph moving through the lymph vessels.


title:Detox To Lose Weight
author:Sandra Kim Leong
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Detoxification programs have been promoted as the remedy to today’s unhealthy lifestyles for years. Proponents of detoxification note that a good detox can help increase energy, slow the aging process, aid the digestive system and help relieve the symptoms of diabetes and asthma. One of the greatest benefits of a good detoxification program is weight loss.
Our bodies are equipped with several systems to help it naturally detox. However, today’s stressful lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits often overburden our natural systems. As our body struggles to keep up with the toxic matter flowing through our systems it often falls behind. Toxic waste begins to back up and the balance of our body is disrupted.
A good detox will help restore the body’s balance, eliminate the waste building up and make our systems run much more efficiently. During autopsies, coroners often find colons that are more than 75% clogged with waste matter. This causes the systems that clean our blood and intestinal tracts to back up. Nutrients can’t be absorbed as efficiently and we gain weight, become tired and irritable. Health issues often follow.
Cleaning the colon and the liver often completely relieves these clogs and allows our bodies to return to optimum functioning. Nutrients are used efficiently and many find that the detox program has such great results that they simply don’t crave sugar and fried foods after the detoxification. Many report feeling so good after detoxifying that they are motivated to eat more carefully.
With the toxins being flushed out of the body, many report a dramatic increase in energy level, encouraging many to exercise and further assist their detox in reducing weight.
Researchers have found that as the level of toxins in the body rises, more fat is manufactured to protect the body. Weight gain is a natural by-product of toxin buildup. Removing the toxins from the body allows the body to release the excess fat, resulting in a natural weight loss.
There are many detoxification programs on the market. Choose a gentle, well researched program that includes a parasite remover as well. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at your increased energy and amount of weight loss!
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Title:
Detox Via Sauna?

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How do I get started?

It's important to see your primary care provider for a thorough assessment to ensure that your symptoms are not caused by a medical condition that requires treatment. Even serious diseases, such as cancer, can present with seemingly minor symptoms such as fatigue and back pain. Or, they may only be detected by laboratory tests.

There's no golden rule about what diet to follow or for how long, but the general theory is to temporarily (no more than o...


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How do I get started?

It's important to see your primary care provider for a thorough assessment to ensure that your symptoms are not caused by a medical condition that requires treatment. Even serious diseases, such as cancer, can present with seemingly minor symptoms such as fatigue and back pain. Or, they may only be detected by laboratory tests.

There's no golden rule about what diet to follow or for how long, but the general theory is to temporarily (no more than one month) alter your diet in order to strengthen the organs and release stored toxins. This will involve cutting out alcohol and caffeine, two of the biggest culprits, as well as preparing your meals from natural foods free of additives, preservatives, saturated fats and sugar.

Overweight?

If you're overweight, you have more toxins in your body than a thin person because the body stores excess toxins in fat cells. But don't despair– one of the great additional benefits of detoxing is losing weight!

Sauna Benefits

Heating of the tissues also enhances metabolic processes. Greater cellular energy production facilitates healing. Viruses, tumors and toxin-laden cells are weaker than normal cells. They tolerate heat poorly. Raising the body temperature causes infections to heal more quickly. Hyperthermia, or fever therapy, helps combat infections and even cancer. Our bodies develop fever when ill to enhance metabolism and help kill germs.

The people who support detox diets say that because of emotional stress or dehydration, toxins don't leave our bodies properly during the elimination of waste. Instead, they believe toxins hang around in our digestive, lymph, and gastrointestinal systems as well as in our skin and hair. According to proponents of detox diets, these toxins can cause all kinds of problems, like tiredness, headaches, nausea, and acne.

We urge you to find out more about Herbal Detox and how it can benefit you today!


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Developing effective abdominal control and core strength in dancers.

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The deep abdominal and back muscles are critical for a dancer to maintain good posture and strength throughout class and performance. Lisa Howell, dance physiotherapist, outlines the need for activation of the Transverse Abdominis, Pelvic Floor and Multifidus muscles and offers a guide to initiating and training these muscles.


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Abdominals, Core-strength, Dance, Ballet, Lisa Howell, Dancer, Stability, Transversus Abdominis, Multifidus, Pelvic Floor, The Corset, Deep Abdominals, Deep Back Muscles


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The abdominal muscles are critical for a dancer to maintain good posture and strength throughout class and performance. Many people focus on doing loads and loads of sit-ups in order to strengthen their abdominals. Having strength through the outer ‘6 pack’ muscles (Rectus Abdominis) is important in a dance however, the deeper layers of your abdomen are far more important in controlling the stability of the spine and preventing injury.
You actually have 4 layers of abdominals and the ‘6 pack’ configuration down the front of the body is just the outer layer. Alongside these you have two layers of Obliques which help you flex and rotate your trunk and under this you have a very important layer called your Transversus Abdominis. The fibers of this layer run almost horizontal and instead of moving the spine in any direction they contract and stabilize your abdominal organs and your lower back. This is very important to get control of and will help in your turns, arabesque and your balance in general. Dancers are required to take their spines through extraordinary ranges of motion. Establishing effective control of each vertebra is essential to avoiding injury.
Many people try too hard when trying to activate these muscles when in fact the simplest activation is usually enough. To help to find these muscles, feel like you are trying to resist urinating. This may sound funny but it helps engage the deep pelvic floor muscles and the deep abdominals. While maintaining this, see if you can feel like you are pulling the skin of the lowest part of the tummy away from your leotard or belt. This should be a small contraction and should be about 10% of your maximal contraction. See if you can maintain some tension in this area as you continue to breathe gently.
Remember, the spine should not move while you are doing these exercises. The spine must be maintained in neutral when you are learning these exercises; however once you have mastered effective control, movement should be introduced.  Many girls focus on flattening their spine when they switch on their tummy muscles. This is actually not good for the back, and can make it more unstable. There are tiny muscles that help stabilize each of the spinal joints that should activate with the deep pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles. You must keep a tiny curve in your low back to maintain activation of these muscles while you gently contract the tummy muscles.
The combined system of stabilizing muscles is often called “the corset” as it is a natural version of the stiff 18th century boned corsets that women used to wear. It is the most effective way to narrow your waist, and provide protection for the intervertebral discs in your spine. Try turning on these muscles in sitting, standing, lying on your back or side, and while walking. The more you can use them throughout the day the stronger they will be!
This does take practice however it is important to maintain the strength and control of your entire body and your abdominals in general. You will have a much healthier spine for the rest of your life if you find these muscles when you are young!


title:Developing Routines, Creating Rituals
author:Beth Yim
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1426.shtml
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Routines and rituals are important for the well-being and health of every member of a family, especially in light of the high demands placed on both parents. According to a compilation of 50 years of research on families, routines are a method of organizing family life, sharing burdens and reducing stress. The review of the research in the American Psychological Association's (APA) Journal of Family Psychology, found that families with strong routines correlated with marital satisfaction, adolescents' sense of personal identity, children's health, academic achievement and stronger family relationships.
Psychologist Barbara H. Fiese, Ph.D., states that "Routines involve instrumental communication conveying information that 'this is what needs to be done' and involve a momentary time commitment so that once the act is completed, there is little, if any, afterthought."
The key here is the “little, if any, afterthought!” I love to cook, and preparing my family a meal every evening is not difficult. However, not everyone enjoys food preparation or putting the energy into thinking about preparing food. To change cooking from drudgery to an exciting experience routines that require as little thinking energy as possible are needed.
Creating Rituals
Ensuring everyone sits down together for at least five dinners a night is a routine that can provide incredible benefits. Kids can share the events of their day, discussions on current issues can expand everyone’s thoughts and the enjoyment of sharing good food together can create harmony and balance. Once a routine becomes a consistent event it has the potential to develop into a ritual and according to Fiesse, “Rituals, … involve symbolic communication and convey 'this is who we are' as a group and provide continuity in meaning across generations. Also, there is often an emotional imprint where once the act is completed, the individual may replay it in memory to recapture some of the positive experience.”
Once dinnertime becomes an enjoyable routine the ritual of eating together changes from a chore to an enjoyable experience for everyone, including the cook.
My family has several strategies for encouraging a routine and ritual around dinnertime. Our favourite is the long standing rummy or hearts game. Whenever we eat dinner together we play at least 8 hands, keeping score and adding it to the previous nights wins. We are hoping to go for a Guinness Book of World Records, longest continual game of rummy or hearts! Other activities for enhancing everyone’s enjoyment of dinnertime are as follows:
For younger children:

Get the younger children involved in the meal by having them decorate napkin rings. Use empty toilet paper rolls, cut in half and have your child colour or paint them. If they are old enough have them write the individuals names on them.
Right after dinner, before homework or chores, have an older sibling or adult read a short story. It’s great motivation for your child to finish dinner!
Have every family member bring a joke to share during dinner.

For older children and teens:

Have each child share a new word. Initially, everyone has to guess at its meaning and this can be quite humourous. The child then shares the definition and everyone uses it in a sentence.
Create your own “Jeopardy!” game. Everyone comes to the table with a answer and people guess the question. For example; “This city is the name of a queen and a city.” The answer would be; “What is Victoria?” Games like Brain Quest have questions already prepared if you find it challenging coming up with answers and just want to ask straight questions.
Have a crazy dinner night once a month. Invite grandparents or family friends. Everyone dresses up and dinner is all mixed up. Dessert first, purple pasta, flowers sprinkled on the spaghetti sauce, etc.
On a more academic note have each child or adult bring a current issue to dinner and open a discussion about it. Ask questions and encourage creative thinking.
Play games during dinner. We set a ‘Lazy Susan’ in the center of the table and twirl it so each person can see the game board properly. Examples of games that stimulate thinking try, Scrabble, Oxford Dilemna, Tribond, Cribbage, Quiddler or Trivial Pursuit.

Creating routines around dinnertime, routines that become rituals, is a way of keeping the family connected. It creates harmony, and balance and encourages openness among family members. With harmony comes a willingness and enjoyment of the whole process of creating healthy meals and the role of cook becomes a significant and integral part of the rituals at dinnertime. For more information on menu planning please visit my website www.thehealingkitchen.ca.

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Title:
Developing strength and improving the height of leg in a developpé.

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Many dancers have amazing flexibility when stretching, but find it hard to use this when dancing, especially with a developpé. This article outlines a simple floor exercise aimed at increasing the height of you leg as well as building the strength to hold it in these positions.


Keywords:
 Strength, developpé, exercises, Dance, Ballet, Lisa Howell, arabesque,


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So many girls have good flexibility when stretching, but find it hard to use this when dancing, especially with a developpé. If you simply practise the step over and over, often the result is bulky thighs, with not a lot of increase in range. This will happen if you are trying to use the front of the leg to lift, rather than controlling the leg from the hip. Many girls try to improve the height of the leg by training with weights. This is not recommended, as the dancer simply learns to use the muscles that are already working more, rather than discovering the true turnout muscles, and the smaller muscles required to stabilize the leg en l’air.
Here is a simple exercise to increase the range of your developpé devant.
· To work out all the true muscles needed to work the leg devant, lie on your back, with your legs out straight and your hands on your hips.
· Slowly pull the foot up into a retire position (feel your inner thighs working!).
· Make sure that the hips stay square, and don’t hitch or twist!
· Slowly unfold the leg as for a developpé devant working on controlling the turnout from the hip, and lengthening the leg.
· You will not be able to cheat by tucking the pelvis in this position, but the leg will feel a lot lighter, so you can focus on correct placement!
· Slowly lower the leg, making sure you use your abdominals so that your back doesn’t arch!
· If you can control the leg and pelvis well with a developpé to 90 degrees without moving the hips, you will be able to achieve a much greater height of leg when you let the pelvis become involved (it has to begin to shift a little above this). However, if you are hitching and struggling to get to 90 degrees, you will find it very hard to improve beyond this point unless you really focus on your stability.
You can also do this for a developpé a la seconde (lying on your side), but make sure that your hips start and end nice and square. You do need to rotate the pelvis slightly towards the end of the movement, but this should be gradual, and only as much as you really need!
If you practise developpé in this position, your muscles will learn how to control the leg much easier, and you will find that your range improves quite quickly. Then, when you practise in standing, everything feels a lot more familiar.


title:Develop Fantastic Health And Well Being Fast!
author:Tim Webb
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3954.shtml
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Many people want a miracle method of obtaining good health and peace of mind. However, there isn't one!
Having said that there are protocols that if followed on a daily basis will give you the best possible chance of having and keeping robust health in all seasons.
1. Physical Movement
Get that body moving!
This is SO important. It can help rid the body of unwanted pounds, boost self-esteem, prolong life, and provide greater energy in daily activities.
Use methods and movements that are holistic in nature, emphasising internal and external health, and that promote energy as opposed to sapping it!
Activities such as Yoga and some of the most recent exercise classes (that focus on martial arts movements for example) are great ways to to use your body in a total manner.
Try to avoid isolating each muscle group while training.
Use your body as a unit and feel your energy soar!
2. A Little Each Day
Try and do SOMETHING each day.
No, I'm not talking about intense sessions each day. Instead stagger intensity levels throughout the week.
It is amazing how many people do NOT do this and simply ruin their bodies!
Some days you might do a little light stretching and meditation, while on another you might perform vigorous deep breathing exercises and a gym session.
The point is this. The body was made to be used and moved. Keep the below quote in mind.
"It is better to wear out than rust out"
3. Mix It Up
Don't eat the same things each day.
Keep your diet full of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables, lean protein sources, and plenty of carbohydrates if you are exercising regularly.
Do NOT fall into the trap of the fad diets that are prevalent nowadays.
To exclude, for however long, whole (and massively important) parts of a well rounded diet is ludicrous and dangerous.
Try and eat every two to three hours (and eat within the first hour after exercise) and you will be feeling awesome!
4. Positive Thoughts
Try this little test.
Monitor how many times in just three hours you are thinking in a negative fashion. Try this today.
I expect the number of times is higher than it should be.
Yes, it takes effort to be positive! The mind will often take the easy (and non productive) route of spiralling into negativity and procrastination.
It requires effort but is the hallmark of successful people. Take time for yourself each day and be goal focused and forcefully positive!
Even if done for just five minutes each day this will make you a happier, more fullfilled, person.
OK. There they are. Common sense points that can change you for the better fast if applied.
Start applying today!
(c) Tim Webb 2006
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Title:
Develop Your Physical Potential To The Maximum

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424

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The body is a mass of muscles and bones waiting to be honed into perfection. It is like a mass of rock or timber waiting to be chiseled into a masterpiece, or like a pile of construction materials waiting to be built into a skyscraper.

The body has latent but explosive potentials waiting to be unleashed. If carved out, trimmed, molded, and polished, this potential can bend tough steel to submission and lift heavy iron to its proper place.

Yet, the body initially comes ...


Keywords:
muscle toning,fitness training,bodybuilding,fitness exercise


Article Body:
The body is a mass of muscles and bones waiting to be honed into perfection. It is like a mass of rock or timber waiting to be chiseled into a masterpiece, or like a pile of construction materials waiting to be built into a skyscraper.

The body has latent but explosive potentials waiting to be unleashed. If carved out, trimmed, molded, and polished, this potential can bend tough steel to submission and lift heavy iron to its proper place.

Yet, the body initially comes out in its raw form - untapped. Like raw natural resources that are rich though unrefined, the body has to be developed through a process. It must be rid of useless “alloys” (or flabby flesh coverings) to acquire the essential ones (the muscles). The body must be developed into its full potential.

As raw material is nothing if it remains untapped or hidden underground, so is the body’s potential if it remains dormant. The Mona Lisa is a priceless artwork. It originally came from a raw material. The paints used were originally from raw elements of the earth. Had those materials not been made into a conglomeration of canvass and paint mixtures, their potential to produce a world class masterpiece would not have been possible. They would have been useless.

Rocks remain to be mere debris if not sculpted out to be art compositions. Timber will only be good firewood if untouched by the chisel strokes of a carver. Cement, sand, gravel, and steel bars will remain being a construction site if not used for their true intent and design.

In the same way, the body will lose its function if it remains to be a mere untapped potential, undeveloped and left for waste. It will hasten its degeneration if its real design and purpose continues to be ignored.

Muscles and bones are in our bodies for a purpose. They were not put there to remain at rest or to be idle. As things gather dust, moist, and web when ignored for a long time, so do the muscles and bones quickly gather aches, failures, and breakdowns when undeveloped.

Ultimate care for your muscles and bones involves exercising and building them up. Challenge and exert them to full power. Stretch, squeeze, and expand your muscles until they become well sculpted and rock-hard. This will in turn affect your ligaments to put your bones to greater works. You will be like metal hammered into form through flaming hot fire. Then your body will come out of the furnace shining like gold.


title:Diabetes: 5 Ways Hypnosis Can Help.
author:Devin Hastings
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2768.shtml
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Diabetes is now classified as a worldwide epidemic.  Blindness, kidney disease, impotence and many other illnesses are often the direct result of out-of-control or undiagnosed diabetes. 
Fortunately, there are several ways hypnosis can help.  See which one of the following statements applies to you or someone you know.  (1) As a person with diabetes, do you ever feel stressed? (2) Are you the parent of a child with diabetes? (3) Do you wish that you, your child or spouse were more motivated to exercise? (4) Wouldn’t it be great if it were easier to make better food choices? (5) Is your diabetes causing embarrassing, personal problems?
Now, since a hypnotist is by definition, a stress management consultant and a motivational coach, all of the above challenges can be powerfully addressed by using hypnosis but please note the following: a hypnotist is only part of your diabetes support team.  Always be sure to have your doctor’s approval before beginning any hypnosis program that can have any influence on your medical condition. 
The primary method by which hypnosis helps a person with diabetes is by reducing harmful stress.  There are two fundamental ways in which stress negatively affects a person with diabetes:  (1) Stress robs a person of necessary personal power that is crucial in giving a person the emotional ability to make choices that benefit their health and well being.  (2) As a diabetic’s stress levels increase, so does their blood sugar.  This is due to the ‘fight-or-flight’ response that people experience as a result of negative stress.  When a person enters this state of mind, their body releases chemicals known as ‘insulin-antagonists’.  These chemicals temporarily block the action of insulin while simultaneously causing the release of stored sugar in the liver and muscles. 
With the above understanding about the two ways that stress affects a person with diabetes, let’s see how that information, specifically point one (as point two is self-explanatory), then applies to the five problems listed in the second paragraph. 
Regarding statement one it is obvious to anyone with diabetes that having that disease is very stressful.  This harmful state of emotional affairs then makes it more difficult for a diabetic to follow their doctor’s recommendations.   Also, when a person is in emotional pain, they usually reach for whatever makes them immediately feel better.  This can be any addiction, though it is usually food and typically too much and not the kind that is good for a person with diabetes.
Looking at statement two, it can be noted that stress packs a powerful double punch for parents of children with diabetes.  This is because first, the parent is stressed out caring for an ill child and second, the child has overwhelming stress because they are not as equipped as an adult to deal with the enormous responsibility of successfully managing their disease.   The parent must also then have to deal with their child’s stress.   This double-whammy makes it very difficult to achieve the kind of precise care that is needed for good child diabetes management. 
In statement three, the fundamental issue is exercise.  Since 95% of all persons with diabetes have Type 2 and since 90% of all those persons are obese, the implications for enhanced exercise motivation are all too clear.  For example, it is well documented that many Type 2 diabetics have had complete symptom remission after achieving a significant reduction in weight typically due to exercise and diet improvement.  Additionally, exercise greatly contributes to one’s sense of well being and this therefore becomes a positive motivational cycle.
Statement four addresses a concern that many people have, not just those with diabetes.  “I wish I could just eat better!” is a familiar refrain.  Again, as a hypnotist helps a person to reduce their feelings of stress, they can then help that person to strengthen their inner commitment to making better food choices.  Please note that even a small reduction in a diabetic’s long term blood sugar tremendously reduces their chances of having serious complications later on. 
Statement five refers to conditions that are difficult for most people to talk about.  For brevity’s sake this discussion is limited to one very common embarrassing problem: impotence.  Nearly 60% of all males with diabetes experience impotence.   There are two concerns here:  (1) There is a good chance that these people and their partners are feeling  a great deal of unnecessary and harmful stress.  (2) A male diabetic may choose to take a medication for impotence when that medication is inappropriate and quite possibly harmful.  This concern is also relevant to those millions of men with undiagnosed diabetes. 
In conclusion, a hypnotist can be an important part of a diabetic’s health care team because a person can be responsibly coached by a properly trained hypnotist to more effectively deal with the above mentioned issues.
Devin Hastings
"Speak gently to yourself because your deep mind is always listening."
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title:Diabetes: African Americans Deadly Foe
author:Drahcir Semaj
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_419.shtml
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Diabetes is having a devastating effect on the African American community. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in African Americans and their death rates are twenty seven percent higher than whites.
Over 2.8 million African Americans have diabetes and one third of them don’t know they have the disease. In addition, twenty five percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 – 74 have diabetes and one in four African American women, over the age of 55, have been diagnosed with the disease
The cause of diabetes is a mystery, but researchers believe that both genetics and environmental factors play roles in who will develop the disease.
Heredity
Researchers believe that African Americans and African Immigrants are predisposed to developing diabetes. Research suggests that African Americans and recent African immigrants have inherited a "thrifty gene" from their African ancestors.
This gene may have enabled Africans to use food energy more efficiently during cycles of feast and famine. Now, with fewer cycles of feast and famine, this gene may make weight control more difficult for African Americans and African Immigrants.
This genetic predisposition, coupled with impaired glucose tolerance, is often associated with the genetic tendency toward high blood pressure. People with impaired glucose tolerance have higher than normal blood glucose levels and are at a higher risk for developing diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes, commonly know as “sugar diabetes”, is a condition that occurs when the body is unable to properly produce or use insulin. Insulin is needed by the body to process sugar, starches and other foods into energy. Diabetes is a chronic condition for which there is no known cure; diabetes is a serious disease and should not be ignored.
Diabetics often suffer from low glucose levels (sugar) in their blood. Low blood sugar levels can make you disorientated, dizzy, sweaty, hungry, have headaches, have sudden mood swings, have difficulty paying attention, or have tingling sensations around the mouth.
Types of Diabetes
Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person's blood glucose levels is higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type II diabetes. Pre-diabetes can cause damage to the heart and circulatory system, but pre-diabetes can often be controlled by controlling blood glucose levels. By controlling pre-diabetes you can often prevent or delay the onset of Type II diabetes.
Type I or juvenile-onset diabetes usually strikes people under the age of 20, but can strike at any age. Five to ten percent of African Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes are diagnosed with this type of the disease. Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body produces little or no insulin and this type of diabetes must be treated with daily insulin injections.
Type II or adult onset diabetes is responsible for ninety to ninety-five percent of diagnosed diabetes cases in African Americans. Type II results from a condition where the body fails to properly use insulin. According to the American Diabetes Association, “Type II is usually found in people over 45, who have diabetes in their family, who are overweight, who don't exercise and who have cholesterol problems.” In the early stages it can often be controlled with lifestyle changes, but in the later stages diabetic pills or insulin injections are often needed.
Pregnancy related diabetes or gestational diabetes can occur in pregnant women. Gestational diabetes is often associated with high glucose blood levels or hyperglycemia. Gestational diabetes affects about four percent of all pregnant women. The disease usually goes away after delivery, but women who suffer from gestational diabetes are at a higher risk for developing diabetes later in life.
Symptoms of Diabetes
The most common symptoms of diabetes include:
excessive urination including frequent trips to the bathroom
increased thirst
increased appetite
blurred vision
unusual weight loss
increased fatigue
irritability
Complications from Diabetes
Diabetes can lead to many disabling and life threatening complications. Strokes, blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and amputations are common complications that effect African Americans who have diabetes
Kidney Disease
“Diabetes is the second leading cause of end stage kidney disease in African Americans, accounting for about thirty percent of the new cases each year,” says the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Up to twenty-one percent of people who develop diabetes will develop kidney disease.
Amputations
Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the United States. More than sixty percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in America occur among people with diabetes and African Americans are almost three times more likely to have a lower limb amputated due to diabetes than whites. According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 82,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed among people with diabetes in 2001.
Blindness
African Americans are twice as likely to suffer from diabetes related blindness. Diabetics can develop a condition called “Diabetic Retinopathy”, a disease affecting the blood vessels of the eye, which can lead to impaired vision and blindness. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people from 20 – 74 years of age and up to 24,000 people loose their sight each year because of diabetes.
Heart Disease
People with diabetes are up to four times more likely to develop heart disease as people who don’t have diabetes. Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is more common in diabetics and can lead to increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, and poor circulation throughout the body.
Diabetes Risk Factors
You have a greater risk for developing diabetes if you have any of the following:
Obesity
Family history of diabetes
Pre-diabetes
Low physical activity
Age greater than 45 years
High blood pressure
High blood levels of triglycerides
HDL cholesterol of less than 35
Previous diabetes during pregnancy or baby weighing more than 9 pounds
Diabetes has had a devastating effect on the African American community; it is the fifth leading cause of death and second leading cause of end stage kidney disease in African Americans.
African Americans suffer from complications from diabetes at a much higher rate than the rest of the population. African Americans are three times more likely to have a lower limb amputated because of diabetes and twice as likely to suffer from diabetes related blindness.
If you have any of the diabetes risk factors you should contact your physician and have a blood glucose test. Also discuss with your physician lifestyle changes you can take to lower your chances of developing diabetes.
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title:Diabetes: Calling For Double Trouble!
author:Jasdeep Singh
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1474.shtml
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Diabetes!!!
Open your eyes to the catastrophic effects of Diabetes. The mere thought of Diabetes brings so many questions and fears into our mind .Few people realize that thorough understanding and knowledge about diabetes can help tremendously in effective long term management. Diabetes is actually deficiency of Insulin(A Hormone secreted by small gland called Pancreas) which converts sugar into energy) or the low ability of the body to use insulin. Thus glucose levels in blood tend to remain persistently raised. Diabetes is responsible for development of various complications later in life. Diabetes welcomes Heart Diseases too like heart attacks and strokes (Double Trouble). Alone in US, more than 16 million people are suffering from Diabetes. People who are suffering from Diabetes are at more risk to Heart problems and Kidney Failures. Diabetes and its side effect occur among people of all ages.
What actually happens?
With the lack of Insulin in the body, glucose and fats are not converted into energy and they remain as it is the Bloodstream and with time contribute to Health diseases.
You can be Diabetes victim due to following reasons

Obesity definitely leads to Diabetes .
Individuals with impaired glucose tolerance or have high fat content in their blood
It can get transferred to you through your parents or ancestors.
Women who deliver babies weighing more than 9 pounds are susceptible to Diabetes.
Certain ethnic groups are more prone to Diabetes. Eg Mexican, Puerto Rican Americans and Cuban Americans can easily develop Diabetes.

Signs of Diabetes!!

Weakness and Fatigue
Frequent Thirst and urination
Quick loss of weight
Feeling hungry .
Blurring of vision.
frequent infections
numbness in limbs.

Learn prevention of diabetes , special tips for fighting diabetes and various complications because of diabetes at http://www.weightloss-health.com/Diabetes2.htm
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title:Diabetes, Depression, Sleep and Hypnosis--A Surprising Connection
author:C. Devin Hastings
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2761.shtml
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"You cannot always control circumstances, but you can control your own thoughts."
Discussed in this article:
1) The Sleep-Diabetes Connection.
2) Sleep and Depression--A Brief Overview
3) How A Hypnotist Can Help. 
The Sleep-Diabetes Connection
"Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future; practice these acts. As to diseases, make a habit of two things—to help, or at least to do no harm." (1)
Unfortunately sometimes a solution to one problem creates another. This means that, in some cases, to help is to inadvertently invite harm. Doctors are faced with this dilemma everyday.
For example, if a diabetic patient is depressed then, anti-depressants may be one solution. The challenge is that anti-depressants and many other medications can cause insomnia. (2)
This brings us to this article's main point: The 'Hidden Condition' that frustrates doctors and hurt diabetics---Sleep disorders. 
Sleep disorders have been linked to exacerbating or even precipitating diabetes as well as depression.
Allow me to explain more fully: It is known that poor sleep robs people of their health in general. But, for diabetics, it can actually cause a worsening of their condition.  In the 2001 annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association, a study was presented that warned that a chronic lack of sleep may cause far more serious problems than a tendency to get sleepy behind the wheel.
The study found that people who do not get enough sleep on a regular basis tend to become less sensitive to insulin over time.  This can raise the risk of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. In fact, according to Bryce A. Mander, the study co-author, it turns out that chronic sleep deprivation--6.5 hours or less of sleep a night--has the same effect on insulin resistance (3) as aging.
Furthermore, according to the study director, Dr. Eve Van Cauter of the University of Chicago, healthy adults who averaged 316 minutes of sleep a night--about 5.2 hours--over 8 consecutive nights secreted 50% more insulin (4) than their more rested counterparts who averaged 477 minutes of sleep a night, or about 8 hours. As a result, "short sleepers" were 40% less sensitive to insulin.
What is fascinating is that the poor sleep/excess insulin (hyper-insulinemia) connection has not received the attention it deserves.  Even the Mayo Clinic is apparently unaware of this connection.  Please review the following definition of hyper-insulinemia given by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER):
"The term hyper-insulinemia means abnormally high levels of insulin in your blood. It's not a disease.
Instead, it may indicate an underlying problem that's causing your pancreas to make and release too much insulin. Insulin helps regulate blood sugar.
Causes of hyperinsulinemia include:
 Insulin resistance. This occurs when your body doesn't use insulin properly. Risk factors include a family history of insulin resistance, lack of activity, obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome.
 A tumor of the pancreas (insulinoma), which secretes excess insulin.
Hyper-insulinemia doesn't cause signs or symptoms.  But if it leads to abnormally low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), signs and symptoms may include sweating, weakness, slurred speech, confusion and seizures.
 Hyper-insulinemia is often associated with type 2 diabetes"   By Mayo Clinic staff ---December 10, 2003"   (http://www.mayoclinic.com/invoke.cfm?id=HQ00896)
Here is the challenge with the preceding information: It seems that it may not be fully accurate.  This idea is put forth because the preceding Mayo definition states that:
(a) Hyper-insulinemia is not a disease and that
(b) Hyper-insulinemia has no signs. 
Addressing the first point that hyper-insulinemia is not a disease:
Hyper-insulinemia is a now well recognized to be a predictor of diabetes.  Also important to note is that excess insulin can cause or significantly contribute to the onset of heart disease and premature aging as well as diabetes. 
Also bear in mind that insulin is a storage hormone produced by the body to lower blood sugar by sending it into the cells. Over time, excess blood sugar and insulin stresses the system and the cells become less responsive. This condition is known as insulin resistance.
Also note that in his best-selling book Protein Power, Dr. Michael Eades wrote:
"When insulin levels become too high... metabolic havoc ensues with elevated blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, diabetes, and obesity all trailing in its wake. These disorders are merely symptoms of a single more basic disturbance in metabolism, excess insulin and insulin resistance."
It is also understood that excess insulin promotes smooth-muscle growth in blood vessel walls, which contributes to the formation of plaques. Artery walls become thickened and stiff, causing blood pressure to rise.
So, to classify hyper-insulinemia as a non-disease seems a bit short sighted when, if it was treated with more concern and urgency as a disease, then perhaps other disease states could be avoided. 
Now, let's look at the second point that hyper-insulinemia has no signs.  Wouldn't it make sense to think that perhaps it has symptoms and signs not yet recognized or associated?  In my opinion, this condition does have plenty of symptoms: Low blood sugar reactions (moodiness, irritability, sweating, confusion, etc..), weight gain, elevated triglyceride and cholesterol levels. 
And there are probably a host of other signs and symptoms that accompany excess insulin levels.  The question to ask is Who is looking for them?  The answer?  Not too many people.  Hence, no generally agreed upon signs or symptoms. 
If nothing else, the preceding should challenge those who can, to seek to eliminate or validate the idea that hyper-insulinemia is indeed a health crisis of a significant degree and, that it's treatment could have untold benefits.
Sleep and Depression--A Brief Overview
Poor sleep and depression form a very vicious circle. 
It is well noted that poor sleep contributes to depression.  During a webcast on August 21, 2003, James C. O'Brien, M.D., FCCP, ABSM stated that:
"During REM-stage sleep is where we learn situations and incorporate situations and deal with emotions that, unless we deal with it properly, will affect us in terms of our daytime functioning on a mental, emotional level."
The point is that feelings of depression that can be caused just by poor sleep, can adversely affect a person's ability to take proper care of their health.  Hence, good sleep is especially important for diabetics because sadness or depression induced by poor sleep can have deleterious consequences never mind the actual physical problems noted earlier.
Health care workers should also note that according to the National Sleep Foundation 2002 Annual Sleep Survey, almost 74% of Americans do not get enough sleep each night.  The survey also found that those with sleep problems are twice as likely to feel stressed and tired. 
The preceding facts are pointed out to alert those who treat diabetics that:
(a) There is a very good chance that their diabetic patients are suffering from a sleep disorder and
(b) A sleep disorder can frustrate their attempts to treat their patients for diabetes.
Something else that may interest those who treat diabetics is that sleep apnea treatment can lower glucose levels in diabetics. (5)
How A Hypnotist Can Help
All the preceding information and discussion takes us to our next point.  Now that it is recognized that good sleep is utterly essential as an adjunct treatment for diabetes and pre-diabetes, doesn't it make sense that a non-medicated approach to good sleep for these conditions would be reasonable as an important, first effort treatment?
I state 'first effort' because the dictum, "First do no harm" would seem to indicate that drug therapy should be a second treatment approach because some drug medications can sometimes cause other problems.
So what is a safer, first approach treatment for good sleep?  Hypnosis. 
William S. Kroger, M.D., states in his book Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis that "Hypnosis effects improvement in acute cases of insomnia.  Often a single session is effective in restoring the sleep cycle, particularly if auto-hypnosis has been taught on the initial visit."
Karen Olness, M.D. and Daniel P. Kohen, M.D. in their book Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy With Children, note the following:
"Hurwitz, Mahowald, Schenck, Schulter, and Bundlie (1991) described the successful use of hypnosis in 27 adult patients with sleep terror disorders.  Seventy-four percent reported much or very much improvement with the use and practice of self-hypnosis."
Bear in mind that if you go to see a hypnotist for a diagnosed sleep disorder (or any other diagnosed medical condition) the hypnotist must have your doctor's consent before treating you.  In this referral, it must be clear that you have been cleared of any disorder that a hypnotist cannot or should not treat that may be causing your sleep problems.
As a final note: A hypnotist truly can make an enormous difference in a person's quality of life and health simply by helping them to sleep better.  If you have not been sleeping well and, it seems to be worsening other conditions than, at the very least try a hypnosis for better sleep CD.  The are hundreds available on the internet.
Warm Regards,
C. Devin Hastings
"Speak well to yourself because your deep mind is always listening."
REFERENCES:
(1) Hippocrates in his Epidemics, Bk. I, Sect. XI.
(2) National Sleep Foundation Sleeptionary  TM About Insomnia.
URL:  http://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleeptionary/index.php?secid=&id=19
(3) Insulin resistance is a major factor in most cases of diabetes.  Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body cannot properly utilize normal amounts of insulin.
(4) The more insulin a person's pancreas has to produce, the more likely it is that eventually the beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreas, will break down.
(5) Archives of Internal Medicine--February 28th, 2205
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title:Diabetes: Find a Cause. Don't Fight the Symptoms
author:Adam Newhouse
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Everything under the sun has its causes.  Our lives are nothing but cycles of never-ending causes reaching out for yet another and another cause.  Viewed from that perspective, everything is a cause for something else.  Nothing is neutral.
We often pay more attention to some causes and less to others, especially in connection with causes that give us pain or pleasure.  The more desirable or undesirable causes in the long causative chains are often called symptoms of a given condition, with the implicit understanding that they merely reflect other and more deeply seated underlying causes.  For, in the context of things, every symptom is always associated with long chains of prior causes.
Dealing with diseases, we are often tempted to eliminate symptoms of the disease first.  To get rid of symptoms, we can either (1) remove (or transmute) their causes (which will break or transform the causative chain), or (2) remove the symptoms, while leaving their causes undisturbed.  In the second case, however, the chances are that the symptoms will soon come back in one form or another.
Likewise, when dealing with desirable things, such as external signs or symptoms of wealth (such as nice clothes or fancy cars) we can either (1) build the foundation of wealth that will give rise to such symptoms, or (2) attempt to pursue the symptoms first without much thought of sustaining them by such foundation.  We can also identify the (desirable) symptoms of good health to realize that we cannot acquire them directly, without building a strong underlying foundation first.
The experience teaches that a mere elimination of symptoms is short-lived, as the underlying causes will soon give birth to new symptoms.  Similarly, going after desirable symptoms without first building the underlying foundation will not sustain such symptoms for a long time.  Based on experience, we are often reminded to postpone gratification of our enjoyment, until such underlying foundation (the underlying cause) has been well established.  This would seem to be the only way to gain more lasting health.
Strangely, when it really matters, we tend to ignore the laws of cause and effect while running our lives.  Take wars, for instance.  We talk a lot about war atrocities, quickly passing around blame among warring nations, their governments, soldiers or politicians.  We even go so far as making it illegal to wage wars, as we naively did it in the 1920's.  But the wars seem to persist for they are nothing but symptoms of underlying conditions.  We should be looking for the cause of wars rather than attempting to ban war, which is a symptom.  Instead of asking who "started" and engaged in a war, why not ask what induced it?  With that approach we might succeed in identifying the underlying causes and gain insights on how to prevent new wars and how to resolve undergoing military conflicts.
Here is the difference between the two approaches: considering merely the symptoms appears childish and shortsighted.  It is like a teenager going after the most fashionable and expensive sneakers to demonstrate how popular or secure he is.  Or like a petty thief who commits theft to become rich quickly.  Or, like a "doctor" who, upon seeing a symptom of a disease, recommends surgery to remove it.  The approach is sophomoric and puerile.  If we go after and try to remove the undesirable symptoms only, we can be sure that the symptoms will return again and again, sometimes in different, more degenerated forms.
Penetrating into causes of things, on the other hand, elevates our inquiry to the level of a true science.  It is through this kind of inquiry that we can classify and then predict causes and effects of things.  In the case of genuine medicine, we focus our inquiry on the causes of health and illness.  When done properly, we should be able to classify, predict and heal all diseases.
All of this may seem fair enough.  Why is it then that we have been missing on the identification of true causes of diseases (diabetes being just one of many) for so long?  It is because we look at the world from a dualistic point of view.  By adopting such an outlook, we see diabetes as something separate from us, as a problem to be solved or gotten rid of, or waged war against.  We see it as "something" out there and separate that somehow happened to the poor "us."  Can't we yet see the problem?
Luckily for us, nature provides us with many clues to solve any riddle or heal any disease.  All we need to do is look carefully at the cycle of changes always happening naturally around us.  Let us look at the night as it slumbers its way into the new day, or the day, as it runs its course to always make it for its rendezvous with the night.  Not much duality there: the day and the night reflecting each other in perfect unity!
Continuing our study, we will soon notice that the pattern of changes repeats over and over in nature.  We call the principles of such repeated change "Yin and Yang," where the forces of Yin tend to expand only to be confined by the restricting forces of Yang, which then gives way to the expansion of Yin, and on and on, forever.  Yet, there is no war, always unity.
Upon more observation of the world of Yin and Yang, we will have a better and deeper understanding of the causes of all things.  We will then be able to understand the causes of every disease.  We will be healed!
Copyright 2005 Adam Newhouse

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title:Diabetes & The Foot
author:Nicola Cupples
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People with Diabetes are at high risk from various health problems such as:

Heart Disease
Strokes
Eye Disease - Possible Blindness
Nerve Damage - Neuropathy
Amputation of foot or leg
Kidney Problems
Gum Disease
Loss of teeth

Another health problem associated with diabetes involves the feet, as Diabetes is one of the major causes for lower limb amputation in the year 2004.
Amputation is obviously the last resort concerning problems of the feet, but it is surprising how a small cut or abrasion can lead to such dramatic results in diabetic patients.
Why is the Foot at Risk?
Persistent high blood glucose levels can eventually damage the body's nerves, causing a loss of sensation (neuropathy). Nerve damage can also cause pain in the legs, arms and hands creating problems in people's everyday lives. Your GP or Podiatrist should check your feet on a yearly basis, which should include a sensory exam to check for loss of feeling.
Small cuts or abrasions on the neuropathic foot can go unnoticed if daily foot checks are not performed. The cut can easily become infected, which in turn leads to an infected ulceration and could eventually result in the loss of the lower limb. Therefore the importance of daily foot checks, foot care & Diabetes in general cannot be underestimated.
High Risk Factors Leading to Diabetic Foot Ulcers
A small percentage of diabetic patients develop foot ulcerations, some of which may lead on to amputation. The foot is at a higher risk of ulceration if the individual suffers from conditions such as vascular disease or neuropathy. However there are many other factors that can increase risk of ulcers such as: -

Cold feet or absent foot pulses
History of Foot Problems
Foot Deformities
Limited mobility
Poor circulation
Inappropriate shoes
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels

A painless abrasion or corn can steadily progress to a distressing foot ulcer, and if left untreated skin deterioration may occur.

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