Archive for October, 2010

Type 2 Diabetics Can Beat Depression With Exercise

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Diabetes

An estimated 20 to 40 per cent of people with Type 2 diabetes also have some level of depression, approximately double the rate of depression in the general population. And unfortunately, hand in hand with the emotional pain, depression can worsen your blood sugar control and raise the risk of complications.

Although people experience depression difficulty, there are some common symptoms, including:

  • A loss of pleasure in doing the things you once enjoyed
  • Changes in your sleeping habits
  • Changes in your eating style
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Trouble concentrating

Type 2 diabetics often get a mild, unrecognized form of depression. Part of the problem is that high blood sugar levels cause disorder in the way that amino acids are absorbed into the brain, enabling the brain to absorb too much of some, and too little of others. A larger part of the problem is brain cells, which don’t need insulin to absorb sugar, get flooded with glucose. The answer, however, is oxygen.

One of the many ways exercise is good for Type 2 diabetics is that it increases the oxygen flow to their brain. The way the circulatory system works is, whenever you increase your blood flow in general, your body will make sure the brain gets extra oxygen first.

The extra oxygen in your brain does some astonishing things:

  • It activates antioxidant processes
  • It increases the activity of a very appropriately named protein called Noggin, which activates stem cells (your own stem cells) for brain repair
  • It influences the chemical balance related to mood, not only increasing the production of the pleasure chemical dopamine, but also increasing the numbers of receptors in the brain to respond to it

And in diabetics and non-diabetics alike, exercise can turn back the clock for brain function. Exercise can restore brain function when there has been mild memory loss.

What kind of exercise is best for your brain?

  1. It’s basic that your exercise not cause any new brain injury! Football (soccer) and race car driving probably do stimulate brain cell growth, but if you aren’t very adept at them already, perhaps you shouldn’t take them up after you become a diabetic.
  2. One way to stimulate your brain is by the most vigorous cardiovascular exercise you can perform safely. This is exercise of the huff and puff variety. Every time you exercise, you add to a cognitive reserve. Even when you can no longer exercise, this cognitive exercise can help you maintain mental function in old age.
  3. The best way to stimulate your brain, however, is by a combination of vigorous exercise and good blood sugar level control. Eliminating free radical stress on your brain by keeping your blood sugar levels within normal ranges and getting cardiovascular exercise on a regular basis, can beat the “blahs” and keep your mind sharp.

Low Back Pain – What You Need to Know

Friday, October 29th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Back pain

Have you got low back pain? It’s common. Don’t fear. Don’t be afraid. You can gain mastery of your low back.

The advice you’ll get from doctors, therapists, or chiropractors can be confusing or even misleading. They’re not deliberately trying to mislead you. They might just be thinking about back pain from a limited perspective.

Before you make a commitment to a treatment program, begin by understanding some of the key facts about your pain and the low back. There’s always a lot you can do for yourself to gain control over your situation. Even if you need the extra help of a chiropractor, physical therapist, or medical doctor, your treatment will be that much more effective if you’re also doing all you can to help yourself.

I spend a lot of time explaining low back reality to my patients. You can get a head start. Here are the some of the key ideas I wish all my patients understood:

  1. Pain is an experience that takes place in the brain, not in the muscles, joints, or discs. This doesn’t mean that pain is “all in your head“. Pain has a tangible basis in the signals that are coming in from your body. Change the signals, and the experience of pain will change. Or change the way the brain processes the signals, and the experience of pain will also change.
  2. The brain creates an interpretation of pain based on all the input coming from the body – all the muscles, joints, ligaments, organs, etc. What that means is that only rarely is there a single site in the body you can point to and say “Aha! There’s the cause of the pain.”
  3. Doctors often identify the intervertebral disc as the source of low back pain. This violates principle #2 in the paragraph above. But it’s not entirely crazy, either. Discs are subject to a lot of stress, and they’re rich with nerve endings – nerve endings that can send pain signals into the brain.
  4. Nearly everyone over 30 – those with low back pain and those without – has some wear and tear of the intervertebral discs. And if you have an MRI, you’ll see it. The radiologist might call it degenerated, herniated, or bulging, or use some other term.
  5. Since nearly everyone has some disc damage, the appearance of your discs on an MRI doesn’t correlate exactly with the amount of pain you’re in. It’s a very tricky diagnostic situation. You can have really bad discs but little pain, or only slightly damaged discs and a lot of pain. You can also have pain on the opposite side of your disc bugle, or at a spinal level above or below your worst disc. The MRI shows the architecture of the disc – it isn’t really diagnostic.
  6. That means that most people are wasting their time having an MRI.
  7. There’s a lot of scientific research about the use of spinal adjustments (also known as spinal manipulation) for low back pain. In many of the research studies, it turns out that adjustments are helpful, though in other studies, adjustments don’t show much benefit. It’s a very tricky area to research since there are so many variables – the types of low back pain patients being studied; the type of adjustments given, as well as their frequency and the overall duration of treatment; if other treatment is also provided; etc., etc., etc.
  8. There’s almost no evidence that adjustments (manipulation) causes harm in patients with low back problems.
  9. Surgery for low back pain, on the other hand, has been less rigorously studied than adjustments. And like the study of adjustments, this type of research is extremely tricky to do, and shows a variety of results.
  10. Here’s some bad news: back pain can become a long-term, recurring problem. That’s not always the case – many people have an episode or two of back pain, find a method to get relief, and then stay clear of pain for the long haul. But, too commonly, once you start having a low back problem, it can linger or return at a later point.
  11. Here’s why low back pain can become a long-term problem: When you have an attack of back pain, some damage is done to the structures of the low back. Even though the pain can temporarily go away, those structures haven’t truly been healed. Then your back doesn’t quite regain its previous ability to support your body weight day-in, day-out. It’s all too easy for the pain to come back.
  12. That’s why most experts agree that the exercise you do to take care of your own back is extremely important.
  13. Unfortunately, even though there’s wide agreement that exercise is important, there’s very little agreement about the “what, when, how, and how much” of an exercise program for low back pain.
  14. Sit-ups, curl-ups, or crunches can actually do more harm than good. These frequently-prescribed abdominal exercises are suggested because strong abdominal muscles support the low back. But when you do these exercises, most often you’re exercising the wrong groups of abdominal muscles anyway. Plus, you can be putting extra pressure on the discs and other low back structures.
  15. There’s a safer, faster way to develop core support instead: the plank pose. You’re stretched out long on the floor, with your weight resting on your elbows and your toes. Use your abdominals to keep your whole trunk in a straight line from feet to your head. (You may have to find a picture of this on the internet.) It’s harder than it seems. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat it once a day. When 15 seconds becomes easy, increase to 30 seconds per day.
  16. Don’t perform “pelvis tucking” exercises. Some examples of these exercises are: standing against a wall and flattening your back against the wall; or lying on your back and pressing the small of your back to the floor. Like sit-ups, curl-ups, or crunches, these exercises continue to be commonly prescribed for the health of the low back. They’re more likely to backfire. They put more pressure on your discs. And when you flatten your back, your spine can’t efficiently absorb vertical forces (like gravity.)
  17. A lumbosacral support belt can sometimes be helpful. This gadget cinches you in around the waist and takes the pressure off your low back. Try it – sometimes putting a support belt on relieves pain. For other people, it doesn’t alleviate pain, but it protects the back and prevents it from getting worse.
  18. A support belt can also be useful when performing challenging activities like lifting, bending, or riding in a car.
  19. Another type of mechanical stress on the low back occurs when you shift your weight side-to-side. This happens with each step when you walk. Or if you’re standing around and let your weight sag over to one side.
  20. That’s why strengthening your control of side-to-side weight-shift is an important part of protecting your low back.
  21. A good exercise to strengthen control of side-to-side weight shift:
  • Hold on to the back of a chair or a doorknob for balance.
  • Stand on your left leg and lift your right foot to the front, slightly off the floor.
  • While continuing to stand on your left leg, move the right foot slowly out to the side, then around to the back.
  • Reverse the action of the right foot, slowly moving it to the side and back to the front, and then lower it next to your left foot and stand on both feet evenly.
  • While you’re moving your right foot, pull in your stomach muscles and balance evenly over the left standing side, preventing your pelvis from sagging sideward or shifting to the front or rear.
  • Repeat the exercise on the opposite side.

Now that you’ve read this, take some time to pay attention to the pain that you’re experiencing. A lot of the pain solutions you’re looking for can be found just by paying attention to your own body and your own experience.

As you apply the knowledge contained int his article, you’ve already taken a huge first step toward mastering your low back pain.

Best wishes!

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Depression

The dark months can create challenges for getting enough sun and Vitamin D. Some issues associated with limited sunlight and Vitamin D deficiencies are associated with rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder, depression, fatigue and other disorders. That’s why full spectrum light and energizing your body for greater absorption of light is essential. Whether it’s winter or just feeling dark, this article will give you some natural modalities to absorb more light! Light is one of the major nutrients for the body-mind. It is a food for creating energy. When you increase the amount of light you absorb through your eyes, the body-mind moves into a higher state of coherence. Even visualizing a color feeds your body-mind system including your emotional and mental attitude.

Here are 12 easy, fund and natural ways to increase your energy and sense of well-being during the dark months.

  1. Use colors to brighten up. The use of pink, yellow, and reds stimulate the adrenal glands and produces dopamine. Wear these colors to give yourself a lift.
  2. Brighten your space with flowers and scents. Gazing at flowers has been proven to enhance your connection to enhance happiness. It is a wonderful way to bring the light processed through nature inside.
  3. Use natural scents to pamper your five senses. Natural aromas that remind of sweet foods set off endorphins that impact our sense of feeling good. Medical experiments have shown that vanilla fragrance reduces stress and anxiety and has an impact on the emotional brain. Rose and licorice scents help when you feel overwhelmed. Lemon is invigorating and refreshing. Lavender helps with insomnia and helps you relax. Incorporate cinnamon or vanilla in your cooking. The sweetness we associate with these smells bring in Earth Element (summer), and are mood-altering in all their associations with sweetness.
  4. Eat foods that support good moods. Include eating and drinking citris in the morning. The Vitamin C lowers the stress hormone, cortisol. Add lemon to your cup of green tea to increase the effects of the antioxidents. Mix red peppers into your salads.
    Eat violet foods. They contain Vitamin D. On the list are all kinds of berries including blueberries, elderberries, and blackberries. Eat eggplant and grapes. Eat whole foods around the color wheel for the full spectrum. Color Code by James Joseph, et al details how to eat a full-spectrum diet.
    Munch on some crunchy foods. This could be the reason why all the people I know LOVE to go to the movies on rainy days! You see the crunchiness of the chewing popcorn stimulates a nerve that signals the brain to release some mood-enhancing chemicals. The mouth has more nerve ending localized in one area of the body. Eat a whole apple or snack on sunflower seeds to energize your day.
  5. Create an indoor garden of herbs for cooking. Not only will smell and touch of these plants connect you to energizing fragrances, but will also create mood-enhancing serotonin* from touching the soil.
  6. Visualize yourself in a warm and sunny place. Imagining something is an internal process which connects you directly to the experience. Play some music that enhances the experience whether it is Caribbean, Hawaiian, or sounds of waves or nature. Visualization will create moving into relaxation on all levels.
  7. Keep moving. Life is energy is motion. Find a way to experience the freedom you do have during the summer months for movement in some way. Take a salsa class, go to an indoor pool, walk around the shopping mall with a friend. Meet a friend for a walk, good conversation and cup of tea. Setting up time for movement in the morning triggers an increase in metabolism that lasts into the day. Walking and stretching improves your mood by releasing endorphins, your body’s natural opiates.
  8. Listen to music that uplifts. You know the songs that make you want to move and get you singing along. Play Baroque music to support focus, learning and vitality. The interval of a fifth in Baroque harmonizes and energizes! The Brainwave Symphony is a wonderful option.*
  9. Spend time with people and pet having fun! Petting your pet can create soothing endorphin response. Make time to be with dear friends! Smiling supports your inmmune system. Work with the Inner Smile Meditation from the book, Free Your Breath, Free Your Live by Dennis Lewis. Think of reasons to smile. Use these memories when you need a pick me up of energy. A few moments go a long way to brighten your day!
  10. Get a full night of sleep. Just an extra hour of sleep per night helps protect your heart, and regulates your body’s need for homeostasis and stress relief.
  11. Get out into natural or full-spectrum light 5-15 minutes a day. There are a number of products online that make it possible to bring full-spectrum light indoors. Take off your glasses when possible in natural light to drink in those rays!
  12. It’s in your hands. Your hands are sub-chakras of the heart. Palming is an exercise that relieves stress in your eyes. Less stress= more light absorbed. It is also deeply relaxing mentally and emotionally. It is best to face natural light for this activity.

Here’s How

  • Rest you right hand over your right eye. Allow your fingers to rest over the fingers of your right hand diagonally across your forehead.
  • Cup your left palm over your left eye. Allow your fingers to rest over your forehead diagonally over your other hand.
  • No light should enter. Close your eyes. Relax deeply into the darkness.
  • Say out loud or to yourself, “Love,” “Gratitude,” “Faith,” “Thank you,” “Trust” or other positive words.
  • Open your eyes in the darkness. You can also take your palms away slightly.
  • Open your eyes in the space and take in color, and then replace your palms to relax.
    When you are ready, slowly take your palms away. Slowly open your eyes to take in the light and beauty of the world around you.

*Serotonin and Dopamine are neurotransmitters associated with supporting positive mood. Article compilation includes Resonance Repatterning modalities, material from The Role of Music in the 21st Century, Color Code, American Heart Associaton, Brainwave Symphony, and FreeYour Breath, Free Your Life.*

Detoxing You Quit Smoking

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Quit Smoking

Smoking causes building up of poisons within the body especially within the lungs, regardless of 2d hand smoke. Nonsmokers and children are susceptible and wouldn’t have a solution to inhale the toxins, people who smoke spherical them make that call for them. Each and every organ in our bodies is effected by means of the pollution which can be present in cigarettes. After I surrender smoking I took herbal herbs to cleanse and detox my body.

I glance younger feel higher out of place the cough and do not smell like stale cigarettes. Moreover I took allot of natural smartly being merchandise to offer my body excellent quality gasoline it needed to heal. I drank allot of water took Bee Pollen products and key minerals, fruits, vegetables, herb blends, inexperienced tremendous foods to fight fatigue and exercised to lend a hand throughout the cravings to smoke.

4000 chemical dealers and 60 cancer causing agents are in cigarette smoke. Not simply the smoke on the end of the cigarette, then again the smoke that is exhaled as well. You are striking your body vulnerable to getting: middle illness, stroke, lung cancer, respiratory illnesses, bladder cancer, power bronchitis, center problems and kidney, cervical, abdomen, pancreatic cancers on each puff you take off a cigarette . There’s a very efficient manner of residing your existence without nicotine; just by taking away the nicotine out of your gadget naturally. Detox and replenish your body from now not simply nicotine however the pollutants which might be in cigarettes as well. Have a healthy body and store allot of cash from now not buying cigarettes every day. Are living a existence irritability, inpatient, opposed, and anxiousness loose from nicotine withdrawal. Nicotine is the 1 addictive drug throughout the United States. Getting the nicotine is available in numerous forms, cigarettes, gum, chewing tobacco, patches, inhaler, pipe and snuff.

Nicotine is one amongst over 4000 chemical compounds found within the poisonous most cancers inflicting tobacco products introduced to the arduous working Americans today. Nicotine was as soon as offered to the general public throughout the early 1800 this can be a poison which kills in big doses.The everyday smoker takes in approximately 20 too forty MG a day. Nicotine is a chemical present in various species of tobacco plants. Nicotine increases the levels of dopamine throughout the thoughts causing you to feel pleasure. The cigarettes smoked lately include now not simply nicotine on the other hand hundreds of poisonous most cancers inflicting chemical compounds that holiday down an enzyme positioned within the brain referred to as Monoamineoxidase which regulates the extent of dopamine.The end result in the need to feel excitement so you provide your body a shot of nicotine by way of smoking a cigarette. Each and every puff you are taking increases the degrees of dopamine inside the thoughts making it difficult to surrender smoking. More than 450,000 U.S. Electorate are killed yearly by way of tobacco. More than another drug addiction, mental, mental, accident, car, combined. Nicotine reasons over one hundred twenty billion dollars in health care value in keeping with year.

Nicotine is a sedative and stimulant which may lead you to grow to be quite hyperglycemic. Nicotine addiction is similar to other drug addictions that result in a free up of dopamine inside the brain the place motivation and enjoyment are controlled. Nicotine in top doses are found in pesticides it might result in vomiting, tremors, convulsions, and death. Nicotine dependency starts after a couple of cigarettes inside of a couple of days. Nicotine addiction is a major and deadly addictive disorder harder to overcome than every other addictive drug; the hardest chemical too beat. Vitamins and nutrients that receive advantages the body are depleted by the use of smoking. So detox after quitting smoking and take control of your lifestyles,be wholesome be safe.

5 Simple Tips To Reduce Your Dentist’s Bill

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Dental care

Before you keep that appointment with your cosmetic dentist, you need to know a few very important things that would save you quite some on your bill. While it is true that any dentist would follow the general market trends while charging for their services, it is possible to enjoy considerable saving if you apply the tips given below.

1. Pay in cash and negotiate the bills – most medical practitioners would be happy to give you a discount when you are paying for the cosmetic procedure in cash. Negotiate before hand with the doctor and ensure that you are on the same page when you undergo the treatment.

2. Join a recommended group of medical practitioners – there are now mini-consortiums of doctors in various fields who offer membership to their patients and a hefty discount for the procedures they avail. This is something like an insurance payment; you pay a monthly or yearly fee for membership and when you need any medical treatment, the cost would be highly subsidized.

3. Insurance add-ons – there are many insurance policies that allow for add-on and riders regarding dental treatment. Take your insurance agent into confidence and let him/ her guide you to the best possible policy where dental treatment can be added at the least possible addition to the main premium. When you need to undergo the treatment such addition would come in very handy.

4. Medical vacationing – many people have discovered medical travel. In other words you plan a vacation to countries that offer high quality medical attention at lower costs such as in India, Malaysia, Singapore, etc. In this way, you enjoy your vacation and you also get your cosmetic dental intervention at a fraction of the cost.

5. Use latest technology – contrary to popular belief using latest technology does not increase the cost, but decreases it. There are many techniques today that have the time and effort required by less than half. Since they are fast and better, they do not require too much anesthetic either. This means you suffer least inconvenience, no pain and your bill is less than half.

All the above tips are superb. However, these will work best for you only when you understand and use them to the best of your advantage. Do not just rush in and apply these guidelines. Research on the Net, talk to various professionals, read feedback online and form a general idea of what is required for your specific dental intervention.

Once you have formed a good idea, look around your city and find a place that can offer you both quality and cost. Small towns usually offer superb prices, but if the doctor is not experienced the results might be compromised. Always ensure that you go to a highly experienced and qualified professional for compromising on this aspect would mean disaster in the long run.

Lastly, compare carefully the costs and do not hesitate to negotiate the price with the clinic or medical professional you choose. Sometimes, you can get some fabulous deals just for the asking.

The Truth About Asthma

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 No Commented
Under: Asthma

Bee Pollen & Royal Jelly has earned a reputation as being foods which are extremely dangerous to all asthmatics. Their reputation has some substance, however I think it has been blown way out of proportion.
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There is no doubt that these foods do present a serious risk to a small percentage of the population. Those who are allergic to bees, those who have a history of food hyper-sensitivity or those who have experienced anaphylactic reactions in the past should be very cautious when considering including Bee Pollen or Royal Jelly into the daily diet.

In terms of their nutritional value, they are unrivaled by pretty much every other food on the planet for its nutritional value. They contain almost every vitamin, mineral, amino acid and enzyme in existence. It is said that Bee Pollen is arguably the most complete foods that one can eat. You could pretty much sustain a healthy and long life eating nothing else.

I personally have been taking these foods for many years. I believe they are the best supplements that you can take. Unlike other supplements or multi-vitamins, Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly are 100% natural and not manufactured in a lab.

If you are worried about an adverse reaction to either Bee Pollen or Royal Jelly, my advice would be to see a doctor about having an allergy test done. Find out if you are allergic to bees or bee products. If you decide to include these supplements into your diet, start off with a small dose and note any side effects or reactions. Build up the dosage accordingly, once you have established that it is safe to do so.

Known side effects of both Bee Pollen & Royal Jelly include: Stomach pain, diarrhea, irritation of the mouth and throat, fatigue, asthmatic symptoms and in some rare extreme cases, life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

If you are not prone to food allergies and have no history of anaphylactic shock, I do recommend Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly. They are considered Super-foods by many nutritional experts and can actually help a majority of asthma sufferers by boosting the immune system considering asthma is an auto-immune condition.

Stopping a Panic Attack

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 No Commented
Under: Anxiety

Ever heard that stopping a panic attack was an impossible thing to do? Well, it is not wrong actually.

You must be wondering why and this is perfectly normal. Let’s try to be as simple as possible and avoid speaking in too many medical terms.

The simple reason why you can’t really stop a panic attack once it has started is because your mind has fabricated it and unless you stop it right before it kicks in, your panic attack will reach its peak within 10 minutes. They usually last for up to 30 minutes and include all sorts of physical and emotional symptoms as you most probably know it already.

The most annoying thing with this sort of problem is that they can occur anywhere and at anytime. The foundations of a panic attack are laid hours before it happens and this is why you are taken by surprise most of the time. And yes, it is a nasty surprise.

So, you must now be wondering what you have left to do then?

Does it mean that you will have to live with this plight for the rest of your life?

The answer is no, no and no! There are solutions depending on the actual severity of your panic attacks.

GAD or generalized anxiety disorders have each their particularities. Treatments for panic attacks are varied and they each have a role in helping you get your life back on track.

If you feel that the symptoms you experience each time you have a fit are becoming a real problem that even prevents you from leading a normal life then your doctor could prescribe you with anti-anxiety drugs such as Benzodiazepines for instance. They are fast acting and usually bring relief within thirty minutes to an hour. However, you have to be careful because you can become addicted and they don’t treat the condition but merely alleviate the symptoms.

Natural treatments including CBT also known as Cognitive Behavioural therapy are an excellent alternative to medication. They teach you how to recognize the first signs of an anxiety attack and therefore teach you how to control your emotions in order to prevent panic attacks from developing in the first place.

Finally, a cheaper alternative remains the very well researched self-help programmes available in books or online that teach you the best techniques such as breathing exercises, how to sleep better as well as the mechanism and the development of panic attacks so that you can get a good understanding of the condition you suffer from and treat it fast.

So, stopping a panic attack is not really possible because of the reasons mentioned above but preventing them is and prevention through whatever programme or technique suits you remains the best option.

Wishing you all the best in your search for peace of mind!

Fast Migraine Cure

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 No Commented
Under: Headaches

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 28 million individuals suffer migraine in the US alone. This is because of their lifestyles and bad habits in nutrition. Chronic migraine symptoms and causes must be determined to cure it properly. Here are the identifiable symptoms and causes of migraines and how to treat them.

Symptoms of migraine:

  • Moderate to severe throbbing pain in the head due to swelling of the blood vessels.
  • Pulsating pain on either side of the head
  • Unbearable headache causing you to stop your daily activities
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sleeping patterns are disrupted
  • Onset of stress and anxiety
  • Irritation to noise and strong odors

Causes of migraine:

  • Strong glare from light bulbs, fluorescent lights and electronic appliances like computer monitors.
  • Strong odors like perfumes, acid compounds and cleaning products.
  • Improper sleeping patterns
  • Stressful environment
  • Polluted environment (noise pollution)
  • Smoking ( 1st or 2nd hand smokers)
  • Hunger and “junk foods” ( improper diet)
  • Climate or weather changes
  • Improper medication


These are the chronic migraine symptoms and causes. Fortunately, there is chronic migraine treatment. Here are the remedies and treatments.

Proper nutrition – Foods included in the food pyramid are to be followed to make your immune system healthy. Avoid junk foods especially foods that contain nitrates and MSG (monosodium glutamate). These chemicals trigger migraine so it is best to avoid it.

Fruits and vegetables are perfect to detoxify your body resulting to good circulation of blood.

Proper sleep – Sleeping at least 8 hours a day to relax your body and mind is a good idea. But do not over-sleep because it may trigger migraine.

Find a quiet place – Finding a quiet place and a nice ambience will relax your brain and body. Take your time to take away your stress and just relax.

Exercise – Exercise is a good method to reduce the onset of migraine. It stimulates proper blood circulation in the head and body and it reduces the swelling of the blood vessels.

Hot and cold – An ice pack in the forehead and a nice hot water for the feet to soak is a fast way to reduce migraine. The cold pressure in the head reduces the blood vessels to swell and the hot water stimulates blood circulation.

Massage – A relaxing massage is a nice idea to take away the pain in your head. It promotes blood circulation and it significantly reduces stress including migraine.

Caffeine – Caffeine can stimulate the nerves. Consume a small amount (at least 1 cup a day) of coffee or tea to reduce migraine. Do not drink too much because it may aggravate the onset of migraine.

Yoga – Yoga is an effective way to relieve you from stress triggering migraine. Meditate using the techniques of Yoga to relax your mind and body. Make sure you implement this in a quiet and relaxing place.

Migraine can be prevented if you stay healthy and active. Eat nutritious food and be active with your friend, family and in your work. Be migraine free!

Chiropractic Adjustments

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Back pain

The statistics are staggering. Over the course of their lives, nearly 80% of people will suffer from some sort of back pain. In fact, it is the second most cited cause of people going to visit their doctors after the common cold, as well as being one of the primary reasons that people miss work. Pain and injury to the muscles, joints, and nerves of the back affects almost every single human being on the planet.

Traditional medicine, though, has little to say about treating back pain. Doctors often prescribe drugs to reduce inflammation and block the feeling of pain, but these treatments address only the symptoms causing the discomfort, rather than addressing what is creating the problem to begin with. Back surgery has proven to be relatively ineffective in treating patients and helping to reduce pain for the long term.

This is one reason so many people have begun to turn towards chiropractors and chiropractic adjustments in order to reduce their pain and begin to move freely again. Chiropractors see their patients as suffering from degenerative conditions in the spine that, over time, can lead to a loss of ability to move properly and cause severe and debilitating pain in various parts of the back.

The main cause of discomfort in the spine and related tissues that chiropractors work on is referred to as a subluxation. These can be understood as misaligned vertebrae in the spine. One vertebra may become slightly twisted or otherwise injured, which causes it to become out of alignment with the joints directly above and below it. Over time, this can lead to tissue damage and severe pain.

Chiropractic adjustments are designed to fix these subluxations and restore proper alignment to the spine. When this is done correctly, the cause of the pain and inflammation in the back is eliminated and the body can begin the healing process. This is one reason that people who undergo chiropractic adjustments can feel a complete reduction in pain after just a single treatment. The only cause was the subluxation, and it is now gone as a result of the adjustments.

Chiropractors also use a holistic approach to back health. While removing the cause of inflammation is the first step in healing the body, it is even more important to address the improper movement habits that led to the injury in the first place. This is why chiropractic doctors often prescribe various exercises and movement practices to patients to help them relearn how to lift, how to sit, and how to walk without further harm.

For many patients suffering from back pain, chiropractic adjustments have proven to deliver better results than standard medical care. Moreover, many patients have been more satisfied with the care given by their chiropractors than they have been with other types of doctors. This is probably a result of the chiropractic way of looking at back pain as a problem to be solved with better alignment and movement practices, rather than just pain-killing drugs or surgery.

Electronic Cigarette

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Quit Smoking

Many people are chattering about that electronic cigarette. The actual ecigarette has got come to be quite popular free from danger choice to the standard tobacco smoking.

The electronic cigarette, additionally called e-cigarette and also e-cig, is actually created with three important items, namely a chargeable battery power, heater thing or atomizer in addition to mouth piece and / or cartridge.

When a person takes a puff by using the actual ecigarette, a sensing unit capabilities an atomizer which will vaporizes a nicotine or even no nicotine answer that is breathed in through the user.

Lots of tobacco users are drawn to e cigarettes simply because that will provide them their particular nicotine requirements with out a hurtful side effects associated with traditional cigarette smoking. Considering the fact that various nicotine levels are out there for the buyer to choose via, it lets these people to control their own nicotine intake. The actual electronic cigarette will not produce a smoke. This just creates water watery vapor which is similar to smoke. That won’t include tar, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons along with other cancer causing agents traditional tobacco cigarettes possess.
This is the reason the ecigarette contains enticed a huge current market. If you are planning to select an electronic cigarette, listed below are a number of variables to contemplate. The real difference in between models and companies is placed in general excellent and trust and the more capabilities that might go well with your style and requirements.

Design Several manufacturers make diverse styles. Every design has a individuality. A lot of electronic cigarette styles seem like a normal cigarette. They typically have an elongated conduit shape that looks like the facing outward overall look of real cigarettes, cigars and pipes. The particular pencil-style is also extremely interesting mainly because it creates the particular electronic cigarette seem similar to a ballpoint pencil. Most electronic cigarette versions contain a LED light around the last part designed to glow red when you take a breath to reproduce a sensible smoking practical experience. Anyone may pick a design that will expresses your individuality. Anyone can decide on vibrant or spectacular designs. Select a thing in which you might be comfortable along with as well as pleased in regard to.

Electric batteries It truly is more suitable in which you choose an electronic cigarette starter kit this will come having two batteries. It is so you can have an extra battery you possibly can charge although by using a second one. There are also various types of battery chargers for example USB, wall outlet and also car chargers.

LED light color E-cigs usually function a LED light in the bottom level of your unit which lights up any time a user inhales. Distinct brands currently have different LED lights buyers can easily select from, for example blue, red, orange along with green. The red LED light may perhaps make it possible for you combination together with other cigarette smokers using traditional cigarettes. You gather less attention. However in case you might be confident together with getting attention, you’ll be able to go with a blue or green LED. You might get asked questions by curious viewers and people who smoke.
Flavors You will find there’s wide selection of flavor for sale for electronic cigarette buyers. Flavor types include things like regular tobacco, menthol, vanilla, apple, cherry, strawberry, caramel, chocolate, almond, peach, coffee and Java. Most are several things to consider while purchasing an electronic cigarette.

Face Beauty Tips

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Skin Care

The base is the most important factor to the meeting before applying lipstick or other cosmetics. If you want to watch a good basis for using mineral makeup, here are the steps you must follow.

First, get the biggest shadow of mineral foundation is there in the retailer. To do this, you must choose the color that matches the color of your skin. Just to give you an idea, some manufacturers classify their grades by just, fair / light, soft, soft / medium, medium light / medium, medium, medium and deep.

Once you bring it home, going to the toilet, then clean out your meeting using soap or facial cleanser. After washing, pat dry yourself with a soft towel.

Now comes the fun part. Open the database and mineral makeup before immersion using your finger or a brush, tap the side of the first container. Appropriate after diving into the brush, shake a bit and then press the side to remove excess powder. With a sufficient amount of powder into the brush, is when you buff mineral makeup into your skin. To do this, gently in circular motions up and down your meeting. Put a lot more attention under the eyes, because this place is often overlooked and when you’re done, apply other makeup so that you add the finishing touch to your face.

If you plan to use a little eye shadow, dip the brush into mineral makeup powder and sweep it over the eye of the lash to just under the brow.

You can also do the same if you put lipstick on plunging the lip brush into the powder to give a natural look when finished.

For those who are not happy right after using a blush on their faces, you can fix this by mixing it with a little powder mineral makeup or applying a second layer on top of the cheek where blush was applied.

Mineral makeup foundation application and use other things can be done in less than 5 minutes. You just need to practice a bit, especially if you often been traditional cosmetics.

The good thing about the Foundation mineral makeup is that you do not put too much on your face to achieve the desired effect. If hot, you do not have to worry that it will work because it is one of the features of this product.

This means that you only need to apply this once a day and if you’re too tired to remove this before going to bed, do not worry because you do not have to do before going to sleep.

When buying mineral makeup foundation of the retailer, look at the ingredients written on the label, its volume and price. If you believe that everyone uses the same materials and sells a little higher or lower than their counterparts, based on your purchase must be based on the net content, because that will tell how much powder is in each bottle.

The Warm Coat Approach to Psychiatry

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Mental health

Sometimes I envy scientists and physicians from 100 years ago who took credit for the easy discoveries, sometimes even attaching their names to them. The Bernoulli Principle, for example, describes how the pressure of an inviscid material decreases as the flow of the material increases, and why the disgusting shower drape in cheap motels is pulled toward the person in the shower. I’m sure that I noticed that effect when I was about six years old, and had it not been already figured out, I know I would have come up with it eventually! But the days of simply thinking real, real, hard and coming up with a ‘discovery’ are long gone.

Or are they? I have a good one, I think… and with the right presentation and help from readers I might become famous. Or not. Either way, it’s worth a shot… So I’d like to introduce Junig’s Warm Coat Theory of Psychotropic Prescribing. (I know-the title needs work.)

Back when I was an anesthesiologist, surgeons sometimes used the phrase ‘better is the enemy of good.’ The point was that in some surgeries the best approach was to remove the infected or diseased tissue, stop the bleeding, close up ASAP and get the patient back to the ICU. Spending another 4 hours picking at the tissue to make everything pretty risked a drop in the patient’s body temperature, a decrease in clotting and immune function, and an increased stress response, all in turn increasing the odds of a bad surgical outcome. I have to give credit where credit is due, and note that the warm coat theory is similar in some ways to the ‘enemy of good’ phrase that I have heard recited over the years. In fact, it is entirely possible that the unconscious parts of my mind stole the phrase and adapted it to psychiatry. If that is the case, I’m sorry for the actions of my unconscious-and I plead ignorance to the entire affair!

When prescribing medication for psychiatric conditions– for example ADD or anxiety– the patient might note positive effects initially but then at some point ask ‘maybe I’d do better with a higher dose-should we try a little more?’ With any medication for any condition, there is a balance between positive effects of the medication and risks or side effects from the medication. Serotonin medications work well for depression and anxiety, but as their doses are increased they will eventually cause sexual side effects. At still higher doses they may cause drowsiness or nausea. The positive effects of a medication go up with dose, but the side effects increase as well. The goal for the patient and physician is to find the proper balance is between positive effects and negative side effects. If the patient has no interest in sex (and doesn’t WANT an interest in sex), sexual side effects should not limit the dose. Nausea or sedation on the other hand may be barriers to dose increases. Different people have different concerns about risks and side effects, and different people have different needs for higher doses of medication. These differences, by the way, are why I maintain that psychiatrists should spend more time with patients than they do-but that’s another topic for another day.

When us Wisconsin folks go outside in January, we take a look at the Weather Channel and dress accordingly. But we don’t dress for 14 degrees F; we dress for ‘pretty darn cold.’ If I’m going to a Packer game, I’ll put on my long-johns (too much information?), jeans, and the snow-suit from Fleet Farm (that changed my life when I finally bought it, after suffering a few football seasons without it). I’ll also wear a stocking cap and maybe even a face mask, and of course a thick pair of gloves. At some point during the game, if the drunken guys squeezed in way-too-close on each side of me take off their shirts so their body heat radiates toward me and warms me up, I’ll take off my face mask and maybe my cap. By the end of the game I might even have my own shirt off if the sun is out. Of course the guys next to me might have enough of the game at some point and spend the rest of the game at the bar, just as the sun disappears behind a thick layer of clouds. Then I’ll put the heavy stuff back on, and maybe rub my hands together or do some jumping around to raise my body heat. If I get cold enough, I’ll go inside and warm up for a few possessions. The point is that I don’t bring along a spring jacket to change into when I’m warm, and I don’t bring extra coats for when I’m cold. Instead I change my activity, my location, or make minor adjustments to my wardrobe.

According to the warm coat approach, I suggest that patients think of their psychiatric medications in a way similar to how I think of dressing for a Packer game in January. At the time the person wonders about a higher dose, he/she is getting a good response from the medication, usually with a low amount of side effects. At this point, ‘better’ may be the enemy of ‘good.’ The person is essentially wearing a warm coat in January. There is no need to run home and pick up a few more coats; the better action is to change behavior to fine-tune the degree of symptom relief. If the target symptoms are attention problems and the current dose of stimulant has taken the person 85% of the way, the correct action is to adjust behavior. Find a quiet location for studying. Get enough sleep. Come up with reminders and plan ahead, to avoid time crunches that interfere with performance. These are better approaches than increasing the dose of stimulant, which might raise blood pressure or lead to addictive problems. If the target symptoms are anxiety-related, work on positive self-talk and try to gain insight into why the anxiety is there in the first place. Learn to relax using deep breaths or by taking a walk to get away from the stressful environment.

The medication should be like a warm coat in January; a way to make symptoms ‘good.’ Use behavioral or therapeutic interventions– approaches that don’t increase risks or side effects- to make things ‘better’.

If Junig’s Warm Coat Approach becomes big, some day you’ll be telling your grandchildren about the day you first read it, before anyone was talking about it. They’ll look up at you with big eyes and say ‘Wow!’

Or not. Either way, I for one think the idea has legs!

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