Fish Oil - Possible Benefits and Possible Consequences

June 9th, 2006

Fish Oil seems to be the new cod liver oil (which, incidentally, is type of Fish Oil) – a relative cure-all. But do you need to take it? Why should you take it? First and foremost, realize that for the most part it is better to get the nutrients that you need by eating a healthy and well-rounded diet. It is better to eat fish than to take a Fish Oil supplement.

Of course, this is not always completely reasonable – you may not want to eat fish every single day. Another thing to consider is the fact that some fish may contain mercury, and this is not good for humans, especially Pregnant women. Also, realize that fattier fishes like salmon have a higher percentage of Omega-3 Fatty Acids than other fish, like canned tuna.

That being said, let’s find out why other people take fish oil:

Fish Oil is full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Yes, the word “fatty” may throw you off, but Omega-3 Fatty Acids are actually very good for your heart. That is why many people take Fish Oil as a preventative measure against Heart Disease. People who have a history of heart attacks in their family are likely to want to take Fish Oil as a supplement.

In fact, Fish Oil is a great supplement for anyone who already has coronary artery disease (even those who have not yet had a heart attack).

People who have auto-immune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis should also consider taking a Fish Oil supplement on days that they do not eat fish. About 3 grams of omega-3s a day are recommended. Clinical studies suggest that Fish Oil can help with Joint Pain and swelling of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Omega-3s can suppress the immune response.

People who have high triglycerides may also benefit from Fish Oil, as well.

Other, possible benefits of Fish Oil Supplements (not all of these are accepted benefits by the medical society at large):

  • It can improve Lupus symptoms.
  • Fish Oil cuts the risk of sudden death.
  • Used during Pregnancy, it can prevent Diabetes.
  • It could reduce stroke.
  • Lowers the Bad Cholesterol (LDL) levels in the body.
  • Increases the good (HDL) cholesterol.
  • Again, you are much likely to get a dose of mercury from taking a Fish Oil supplement than from eating fish.
  • Helps in the treatment of Depression.
  • Can help Eczema.
  • It AIDS in infant brain and vision development.
  • Beneficial to dyspraxic children.
  • Helps prevent cancer.
  • Improves language and learning skills for Autistic children.
  • Some even say that it can reverse the brain damage caused by crystal meth.

Again, realize that not all of the above-mentioned possible benefits are necessarily true. More studies must be conducted.

There are, of course, negatives associated with Fish Oil. In other words, just because Fish Oil may seem like a panacea, it does not mean that you should take it. Most definitely consult with your physician before you take Fish Oil or any other supplement that you have questions about.

Some possible negatives of Fish Oil Supplements include:

  • People with Diabetes could experience an increase in glucose levels when they take large doses of Fish Oil (a large dose is generally 3 grams or more a day).
  • Large doses can also cause Nausea, belching (and a horrible taste in the mouth as well as Bad Breath), and diarrhea.
  • A very large dose could actually suppress the Immune System – people with weakened immune systems should consult a doctor before trying out Fish Oil.
  • Fish Oil causes a decreased ability for blood to clot – while this helps prevent heart attacks, it is a negative thing for people with bleeding disorders, Hypertension, etc.

I mentioned it before, and I will mention it again: be sure to consult your doctor before you take Fish Oil. It is readily available and relatively safe, but for some people, the possible consequences may outweigh the possible benefits.

About the author

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background includes teaching and gardening. For more of her articles on Supplements, please visit this site.

Chakra Correspondences

June 9th, 2006

-Root Chakra Base of spine; low abdominal area. Hematite - general healing & balancing, focuses energies Obsidian - general healing, removes blocks Cinnamon Oil

-Sacral Chakra About 2 inches below belly button. Carnelian - health, emotional balance, well being Peach or Pink Aventurine - balances mind, body & aura Orange Oil

-Solar Plexus Chakra About 2 inches below the sternum. Tiger Eye - prosperity, well being Yellow Jasper - circulation, digestion Lemon Oil

-Heart Chakra Chest at heart level. Rose Quartz - comfort for the soul, improves circulation Green Aventurine - gives courage, improves patience Rose Geranium Oil

-Throat Chakra Hollow area of throat, just above the rib cage. Blue Tiger Eye - heals the throat area, helps align the spinal column Blue Lace Agate - anchors spirit to body, assists with clear communication Ylang Ylang Oil

-Third Eye Chakra Top of nose area, between the natural eyes. Sodalite - increases self-awareness Lapis - stimulates emotional, mental & physical clarity & purity Camphor Oil

-Crown Chakra Top of head, center. Amethyst - brings spiritual clarity, emotional healing Snow (white) Quartz - brings pure white energy, helps overcome victim-hood (can be used where clear Quartz is used, equally effective but gentler) Lavender Oil Clear Quartz - can be used with any chakra. Amplifies energy of any other stone or healing modality. Clears and amplifies Focus.

Honey Scrub Recipe

June 9th, 2006

To make a good Exfoliating scrub, mix a tsp. of warm runny honey with 1 tbsp. milk. Add sugar until you get it to a grainy consistency.

Use immediately.

Herbal Pimple Lotion

June 9th, 2006

Simmer 25 grams Lavender flowers, the peel of half a lemon (no white pith) and 25 grams Thyme in 200 ml. distilled water. Add 10 drops each of Lavender oil and Tea Tree oil. Dab in spots as needed. It should keep a week in the fridge.

Managing and Preventing Motion Sickness

June 9th, 2006

Most of us look forward to a little time out from everyday life and work to recharge. To just Relax and enjoy life with family and friends - whether during the summer time, special holiday or vacation at any time of the year. Do you experience Nausea, dizziness, or vertigo in response to real or perceived movement?

Motion Sickness is one of the most frequent medical problems encountered by travelers and others alike. Anyone can get Motion Sickness and most people have experienced it at one time or another. Some individuals seem to be naturally prone to Motion Sickness since childhood. The condition is commonly associated with various modes of travel, such as by car, plane, or ship. However, Motion Sickness also can result from perceived movement.

Motion Sickness, and its derivatives, is the general overall feeling of illness that some people experience in response to certain kinds of movement. Motion Sickness happens when your brain receives conflicting information from different body systems that help you maintain your sense of balance and equilibrium. Your brain relies on information from multiple body systems to balance itself and establish equilibrium.

Your inner ears send signals to your brain telling you that you are moving while your eyes send signals telling you that you are standing still. When the body receives conflicting information from these systems, the brain struggles to make sense of it. The result is that you feel nauseated and dizzy and experience Motion Sickness.

Certain conditions that may increase your risk of experiencing Motion Sickness include:

  • Pregnancy and menstruation
  • illness or poor health
  • a hangover
  • being overly tired

Also, any medications that list Nausea or Vomiting as potential side effects, such as non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), estrogens, or antiobiotics, may make Motion Sickness symptoms more likely.

If travel or other activities make you feel dizzy, nauseous, or sick in other ways and you feel better once you stop moving or doing the activity, than you probably have Motion Sickness.

Evidence suggests that Motion Sickness affects as many as:

  • 33%-50% of passengers on a plane flight with heavy turbulence
  • 100% of cruise ship passengers in rough seas and rough conditions
  • Approximately 28% of passengers traveling by bus

AND….

Read on to learn about the symptoms, causes, prevention, treatment and management to stop motion and Travel Sickness in its tracks.

Symptoms Associated with Motion Sickness

The most commom symptoms of Motion Sickness include dizziness, Nausea, and Vomiting.

The symptoms of Motion Sickness may range from mild to completely incapacitating, depending on your susceptibility in experiencing the symptoms and the duration of the activity that is causing the symptoms.

Motion Sickness usually makes you feel dizzy and nauseous but you also can have other symptoms, such as Vomiting, Drowsiness, rapid Breathing, headache, pallor, sweating, lightheadedness, increased salivation, flushed skin, and even Depression.

People suffering from Motion Sickness also may experience:

  • fatigue
  • sleepiness
  • cold sweat
  • weakness
  • pale skin
  • headache
  • increased salivation
  • rapid Breathing
  • difficulty Concentrating
  • frequent yawning
  • buzzing sensation
  • Depression/apathy
  • sensations of body warmth
  • panic

Symptoms such as awareness of your upper abdomen, dizziness, headache, increased temperature, Nausea, pallor, sweat, and Vomiting can take the fun out of flying in an airplane, riding on a bus, riding in a car, riding on a roller coaster, sailing in a boat, and traveling by train.

Causes of Motion Sickness

Feeling Anxious - Do you ever feel Anxious or fearful before traveling?

Many people are afraid of feeling sick while traveling. Unfortunately, fear and/or Anxiety about movement can increase your risk of Motion Sickness and even make it worse. Preventive strategies may help you feel cool, calm, and collected in the face of fearsome triggers.

Environmental and Behavioral Factors - Which biological factors worsen your symptoms?

You need to recognize the environmental and behavior factors that contribute to your Motion Sickness symptoms. Knowing that bumpy movements, fast speeds, poor ventilation, sudden, jerky movements, and swerving, winding movements aggravate your symptoms is the first step in treating your condition.

Do your best to minimize environmental factors and avoid behaviors that contribute to Motion Sickness like long, rough, jerky and bumpy rides during travel; impaired visibility; poor ventilation; strong or unpleasant order; eating a large meal; eating dairy or spicy, greasy, or salty foods; drinking alcohol; smoking; reading; anticipating movement; and sitting in areas prone to greater movement during travel such as back of the plane, near the front of a boat, etc..

Types of activities that can cause you to experience symptoms of motion sickness:

  • Flying in an airplane
  • Riding on a bus
  • Riding in a car
  • Riding in an elevator
  • Riding on a roller coaster
  • Riding on “virtual reality” simulators
  • Sailing in a boat
  • Staying on a cruise ship
  • Surfing
  • Traveling by train
  • Watching movies

Biological factors than can worsen your symptoms of motion sickness:

  • Anxiety
  • An empty stomach
  • A long-term medical condition
  • A short-term illness
  • Medication
  • Menstrual cycle
  • My mind
  • Pregnancy

There are a variety of effective techniques for managing and preventing motion and Travel Sickness and making travel, or perceived movement, more comfortable and enjoyable for you and your family.

Strategies for Managing and Preventing Motion Sickness

Prevention is the best treatment for Motion Sickness. Dizziness, Nausea, Vomiting, and other symptoms associated with Motion Sickness are difficult to alleviate once they have set in.

A good rule is to try the simplest strategies first such as alternative treatments and self-help. There are a variety of behavioral interventions and alternative treatments to help you manage Motion Sickness.

Motion Sickness Prevention Self-Help Checklist

  1. Minimize Triggers Do your best to avoid or minimize factors that may aggravate your Motion Sickness symptoms. Seek out areas of lesser movement on a boat or plane, such as a cabin in the middle of a ship or a seat near the airplane wing. Use a headrest and face forward while traveling. Focus on far away stationary objects, such as the horizon. Seek out fresh air and avoid unpleasant odors.

  2. Eat and Drink Well Avoid greasy, salty, and spicy foods, as well as dairy, before travel or the activity that triggers your symptoms. Alcohol and smoking can make your symptoms worse. If you’re prone to fear and Anxiety, practice deep Breathing or other Relaxation exercises to help ward off your symptoms.

  3. Follow Any Medication Instructions Closely If you take an Alternative Remedy to prevent your symptoms, remember to take it approximately 1 hour before travel or exposure to some other trigger.

General advice for avoiding motion sickness:

  1. Eat a light meal no less than 3 hrs. before exposure
  2. Avoid dairy products and foods high in protein, calories, or sodium before exposure
  3. Avoid alcohol, smoking, and disagreeable odors
  4. Increase ventilation or exposure to cool, fresh air
  5. Avoid visual stimuli (eg, reading, watching videos)
  6. Focus on a stable horizon or external object
  7. Limit head movements (eg, press head into headrest)
  8. Stay in central location on boat or in airplane
  9. Sit in front seat of car or drive rather than be a passenger
  10. Lie in supine position

Common Treatments for Motion Sickness

  1. Acupressure bands place continuous pressure on the inside of your wrist preventing the symptoms of Motion Sickness.
  2. Herbal Supplements such as Ginger and Peppermint have been proven to be effective in alleviating and treating symptoms of Motion Sickness.
  3. Psychological and behavioral interventions that may help you beat Motion Sickness include cognitive behavioral therapy, progressive muscle Relaxation, diaphragmatic Breathing, and habituation.

Alternative Treatments

Research indicates that the following non-medication alternative therapies may be helpful in reducing Motion Sickness symptoms:

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinalis). Modern research confirms its effectiveness in relieving the symptoms of Nausea, Vomiting, Indigestion, flatulence and dizziness. Working mainly in the digestive tract, Zingiber boosts digestive fluids and neutralizes acids, making it an effective alternative to anti-Nausea medication, but without the usual unpleasant side effects. Compounds in Ginger help calm the stomach by relaxing the intestinal tract. Zingiber has strong Anti-Inflammatory and pain relieving properties and is also used to treat Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Found in Native RemediesCanTravel Motion Sickness remedy.

  • Acupressure. This gentle, needle-free alternative to acupuncture may reduce Nausea and Vomiting associated with Motion Sickness. Applying pressure approximately two finger-widths below the inside of the wrist has been suggested to provide relief. Several elastic wristbands are commercially available that stimulate these points when worn.

  • Peppermint and black horehound. Mint has been used for centuries to relieve Indigestion, Nausea and Heartburn. Modern research has demonstrated its effectiveness in soothing the symptoms of Diverticulosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other Digestive Disorders. Mentha piperita is widely cultivated for medicinal uses and also has Anti-Inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. It relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract and stimulates the flow of natural digestive juices and bile, thereby assisting healthy digestion. Mint is also an active ingredient in Native RemediesCanTravel Motion Sickness remedy.

Motion Sickness is an exceedingly common disorder. Appropriate management should be based on your personal characteristics and the type and length of the exposure and should include general preventive and management techniques. Education for you about the causes of Motion Sickness and how to prevent it can alleviate Anxiety and enhance your enjoyment of travel and recreation.

Do not let the discomfort of Motion Sickness disrupt your travel plans. Motion Sickness can be prevented and you and you family can enjoy your exciting travels in the best of health! Native Remedies offers many effective, safe and 100% Natural Remedies for Motion Sickness and all the associated conditions and symptoms that affect you; and they have NO SIDE EFFECTS and are NON-ADDICTIVE unlike prescription medications with dangerous side effects.

Sources: RealAge, Inc; MDtravelhealth; Medic8 Travel Guide; Paul M. Gahlinger, MD, PhD.

Hydrogen Peroxide Baths

June 9th, 2006

Our bodies Eliminate Toxins through four major organs: the colon (assisted by the liver), kidneys, lungs, and skin. Hydrogen peroxide baths help to cleanse and purify our skin. Hydrogen peroxide destroys toxins, organisms, and even pulls out the residues left by Soap. In other words, it makes one of our major eliminators of toxins-our skin-more effective.

Hydrogen peroxide does all this and is environmentally friendly too, leaving its only by-products: water and oxygen.

The first time you bathe with hydrogen peroxide, be sure to notice the residue left behind after the bath. You just might be amazed!

Supplies:

  • 2 quarts hydrogen peroxide
  • Bath tub

Directions:

Pour 1 quart hydrogen peroxide into a hot bath making sure to mix it well to avoid burning your skin. Be careful not to get any bath water in your eyes. Immerse yourself into the water and wait 5 minutes. If there is no reaction to your skin, add the second quart and stir well. Relax and soak for 20 to 25 minutes.

Caution:

If irritation occurs, rinse yourself off with clear water immediately. You may want to try again using 1 pint hydrogen peroxide. Women with vaginitis often experience temporary irritation and should begin with the lower dose. Always use caution when exiting a tub. Lightheadedness may occur.

Other Uses:

Hydrogen peroxide (3%) is excellent as a facial Toner and as a mouthwash.

If you suffer from Athlete’s foot, try a nightly foot soak in 3% hydrogen peroxide until the condition clears.

Olive Oil - Oil Profile

June 9th, 2006

Olive: Olea Europaea

Medicinal Parts: Leaves, bark, fruit.

Description: The olive tree is an evergreen native to the Mediterranean area but widely grown in tropical areas and warm climates.

Properties and Uses:

Leaves: antiseptic, astringent, febrifuge, and tranquilizer.

Oil: cholagogue, demulcent, emollient, Laxative. A decoction of the leaves or inner bark of the tree is effective against Fever; an infusion of the leaves has a tranquilizing effect helpful for Nervous Tension. Olive Oil taken internally increases the secretion of bile and acts as a Laxative by encouraging muscular contraction in the bowels. It is also soothing to mucous membrane and to dissolve cholesterol. Olive Oil is useful externally for burns, bruises, insect bites, sprains, and intense itching. With alcohol it makes a good hair tonic, and with oil of Rosemary a good treatment for Dandruff. One of its most common uses is as a base for liniments and ointments.

It is amazing how many applications there are for Olive Oil including; Skin Care, cosmetics, cooking and medicinal. Olive Oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet and is used more commonly than butter. The use of Olive Oil has been linked to reduced cholesterol and a protection against several types of cancer.

Extra virgin Olive Oil is particularly rich in the phenolic Antioxidants as well as squalene and oleic acid, and high consumption of the foregoing in the diet provides considerable protection against colon, breast and skin cancer, coronary Heart Disease and aging by inhibiting oxidative Stress. Research has shown that scavenging of the hydroxyl radical was significantly higher among extracts of Olive Oil. This effect was only minimal in seed oils. In addition to their direct antioxidant capacity, extracts of Olive Oil are also potent inhibitors of xanthine oxidase activity. A constant high Olive Oil intake in the diet, especially extra virgin Olive Oil, provides a constant supply of Antioxidants. This may reduce oxidative Stress through inhibition of lipid peroxidation, a factor that is currently linked to a host of diseases such as cancer and Heart Disease.

The same study also concluded that a diet high in Olive Oil may reduce blood pressure levels due to its polyphenol content. Polyphenols are potent Antioxidants that help the arteries to dilate thereby reducing blood pressure.

Introducing Olive Oil to your diet is an important step in your ongoing health. When selecting an Olive Oil, look for “extra virgin Olive Oil.” It is made from the first press of the olive and is the least processed. If you’re having difficulty figuring out how to incorporate Olive Oil in your diet, here are a few suggestions.

  • Anything you fry in vegetable oil can be fried in Olive Oil. Olive Oil works particularly well when stir-frying vegetables and adds a slightly nutty flavor to the dish.
  • Prepare a traditional Italian salad. Forego the bottled Italian dressings and give this recipe a try.

Ingredients:

  • Lettuce Greens (avoid iceberg lettuce, which has little or no nutritional value.)
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Green or Red Peppers
  • Olive Oil
  • Wine Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

In a bowl, combine lettuce, onion, tomato and peppers. Salt generously then add ground Black Pepper. Pour 2 tbsp. of Olive Oil over the lettuce (a bit more if you are making a large salad), then 4 to 5 shakes of vinegar. Mix well. If you prefer a sharper taste to your salad, add the vinegar before the Olive Oil. Yes, that actually makes a difference. If the salad seems a bit bland it is probably because you didn’t add enough salt and/or pepper.

Healing with Olive Oil: I wanted to include at least one home remedy for Olive Oil that has been used in my family for at least 6 generations and probably more, (6 generations is as far back as I can actually document.)

First however, let me add a cautionary note. You should never, ever administer a home remedy without first consulting your health care professional. This is particularly true when dealing with children. Just because you learned of a remedy online or in a book does not mean it will be effective or appropriate for your child.

A common childhood ailment is the ever-annoying earache. In some cases that annoying earache can become a serious medical condition escalating into recurring ear-infections that can require tubes in the ears and even reconstructive Surgery.

In our family earaches have always been treated with Olive Oil. Not only is this effective, but relief from the pain is virtually instantaneous. Warm up one teaspoon of Olive Oil. I’ve always done this by simply filling a metal spoon with Olive Oil and holding it over an open flame on the stove for a few seconds. (Okay, I guess I qualify as a bit primitive here.)

Big Caution: Check the temperature of the Olive Oil against the inside of your wrist, as you would milk from a baby bottle. The Olive Oil should feel warm, NOT HOT! Because the spoon itself will continue to heat the oil, I transfer the warmed oil to a plastic dispenser, an eyedropper works nicely for this.

Have the patient rest their head on a Pillow, with the problem ear facing up. Put 3 to 4 drops of the warmed oil into the ear canal and plug the ear with a tissue or bit of cotton. That’s it. The pain should go away immediately. If this remedy is ineffective, or continues for a prolonged period of time, you are likely dealing with an infection that will require antibiotics.

I’m passing along this family remedy not just because it works, but because of all the children it was used on, not one developed chronic ear infections. Now granted, this is a rather small sampling, but I find that significant. Over the years I’ve watched countless neighbors, friends, and in-laws struggle through repeated chronic infections that always seem to escalate first into to tubes in the ears and finally reconstructive Surgery. I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t a relationship between this home remedy and the lack of infections in my own children, not to mention the lack of infections in brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.

I believe the key here is early intervention. This home remedy allows you to act as soon as the symptoms are present rather than waiting for them to escalate. And after all, isn’t that why we use Herbs in the first place?

The Herb Book, by John Lust, Benedict Lust Publications, 1974

Lee, A.; Thurman D.I.; Chopra, C. Consumption of Tomato Products with Olive Oil but not Sunflower Oil increases the antioxidant Activity of Plasma. Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 20:1051-1055; 2000

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The History of Hoodia

June 9th, 2006

For the last 25,000 years, the indigenous people of the Kalahari desert region have been using Hoodia Gordonii as an Appetite Suppressant.

Its main function was to quell the thirst and hunger that would affect warriors during long hunting trips. These warriors even fed their dogs slices of the plant to keep them from having interest in their food supplies. To this day these African natives still chew the leaves of the plant to stave off starvation and exhaustion.

The plant was also of some assistance during periods of famine when groups of 100 or so people suddenly found themselves on the move without much food or water. Two to three slices of the plant of the day were enough to stave of starvation.

The plant itself is native to the Kalahari Desert and it was readily abundant in rocky and sandy areas in Botswana, Namibia, Angola and other areas of South Africa. As a matter of interest, the Hoodia plant looks like a cactus even though botanically it is not a cactus and often marketed as one.

Even today the plant is still used as an Appetite Suppressant during times of famine. The Anikhwe of northern Botswana feed children who are hungry pieces of Hoodia during times of famine to conserve food.

However many children have died from consuming Hoodia after three months of making this the main part of their diet. Keep this in mind in case you have any misconceptions about Hoodia being a long term substitute for food. Although Hoodia will decrease your appetite you must still eat food. This is where your nutrition will come from. Hoodia is safe as long as you do not make this your only food supply.

The taste of the plant is actually very acrid and can be compared to a very dry bitter cucumber. This is why it is sold in North American and European countries in capsule form rather than as a food substance in dried form. The liquid versons of Hoodia do have flavorings added to disguise the taste. Don’t shy away from liquid Hoodia products. Not only do they work faster than pills, they actually taste very good.

Hoodia’s Appetite Suppressant properties were only discovered about thirty years ago when certain species were included in a scientific research project established by the South African Council.

The council was looking for indigenous plants that could be a source of food. Among the plants screened were Hoodia and experiments on animals confirmed the plant’s ability to cause weight loss without side effects.

Shortly after this study it was licensed to the drug company Phytopharm that has spent over $20 million dollars to conduct clinical trials of the plant. The subjects given Hoodia ate a thousand calories less a day then the usual 2,600 calories a day for males and 1,900 calories for women.

The giant pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which had teamed up with Phytopharm, and funded much of the research abandoned the venture when making a pill out of the active ingredient seemed to costly to develop.

For now it is sold in weight loss formulations, usually accompanied by Green Tea extract to accelerate the weight loss results even more.

Hoodia Gordonii is very rare and is protected by national conservation laws in South Africa and Namibia. It can only be collected or grown with a permit. This is why it is so expensive to purchase pure Hoodia.

When comparing products, remember that if a product is much lower in price than others, it more then likely has been cut with Green Tea or caffeine. Always look just at the content of the Hoodia, not all the ingredients combined, then match products.

When comparing liquid Hoodia products, always look for a 20:1 ratio. This ratio will give you the most for your money. You will sometimes see a 10:1 ratio and although it sounds like it would be stronger, it in fact is not.

After researching health and weightloss products since the 70’s, Patricia will show you which Hoodia Product Patricia personally uses

Home Remedies for Itch, Indigestion and Insomnia

June 9th, 2006

Indigestion, Insomnia and itching are very common ailments in everyday life. So common in fact that we don’t even take them seriously and they tend to be left untreated. The problem is, when left untreated, they often blow up into something far more serious. So when one is feeling a little down and out due to these conditions and not up to getting dressed and going to the pharmacy to load up on medicine, there are a lot of home remedies that are easy and simple to make.

Itching

Itching can be caused by a lot of things. It may be due to Allergies from food or plants, insect bites, stings, or even poor hygiene. You can either scratch away and leave scratch marks and wounds on your skin or you can try this. An old and trusted home remedy is using a weak carbolic acid Lotion or mixing up a solution of bicarbonate of soda (commonly known as baking soda) and applying it over the itchy part.

Indigestion

Common home remedies for Indigestion are Peppermint and Ginger. These are also popular in treating other digestion problems. Apple and tea are also used, as are Epsom salts. Another effective way to relieve Indigestion is drinking the juice of a raw potato or an egg white. Cloves are also considered treatment for Indigestion. Other Herbs that help relieve the discomfort that comes with Indigestion are Meadowsweet and Lavender. In traditional medicine, the use of feverfew, Fennel and dill as cures for Indigestion is common, as well as Thyme and speedwell.

Insomnia

Insomnia, or the inability to Fall Asleep or stay asleep, is very common from working individuals with hectic schedules to people in their old age. It is a nagging problem and can cause severe health and work-related side effects. Sleeping pills can be very scary and dangerous to take. So before popping the pill, here are a few tricks you can try.

A good and well-known cure for Insomnia is very simple - honey. This can be taken in a lot of ways. One teaspoon of honey a night is actually enough to treat Insomnia but this can also be taken in a lot of ways too. You can take it with cider vinegar. A popular mix is adding honey to milk with a little Cinnamon or Nutmeg and drinking this before going to bed. A strange but effective treatment is eating onions during bedtime. This is known to induce sleep. Using either stewed Spanish onions or the garden variety of onions will do. Two or three of them are taken. If you cannot stomach this, turning them into onion soup or onion jelly is a recommended alternative. Onion soup is simple. Onion jelly on the other hand is made by shredding onions and simmering them in a little stock until tender. And then the onions are added into a pot of boiling water with a squeeze of lemon. These are all cooked together.

Other sleep-inducing Herbs were used in folk medicine. In the Middle Ages, Hops were commonly used. In the earlier days, poppy and Valerian were used, as well as woodruff and skullcap. Popular also were dill, Peppermint and Dandelion. Hawthorn and Rosemary induce sleep and are old folk treatments for Sleeplessness. Chamomile, Lavender and Lemon Balm are famous for their relaxing effect and were regular cures for Insomnia then and now.

About the author

Michael Russell

Your Independent Herbal guide.

Music Therapy: A Peaceful Revolution

June 9th, 2006

You’ll be in trouble with the law if you play your music too loudly in Rochester, New York. Anyone found violating local and state noise ordinances by means of overly loud “boom boxes,” stereos, motorcycles, automobiles or loud partying will be ticketed.

New York City has also begun to oppose the bombardment of noise. Its Department of Environmental Protection has a Quality of Life Hotline. 70% of the calls received concern noise. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has established a Council on the Environment. There is a citywide group (with a somewhat unfortunate acronym) called Friends Against Noisy New York. On April 25th, there were observances of International Noise Awareness Day. The mayor also established Operation Silent Night, a citywide quality of life initiative to combat loud and excessive noise in New York City.

It’s not that the state of New York is less tolerant than the rest of us. It’s that they’ve realized something a lot of communities don’t know yet.

We all know that we’re exposed to more excessive noise today than at any other time in history. Modern life can seem like an ongoing struggle to rise above the din. Home life fills our ears with barking dogs, air conditioning units, televisions, boom boxes and the kitchen vent-a-hood. When we leave the house or office, we yell to be heard over construction projects, car alarms, traffic and other people’s music. The list goes on and on. The US Census Bureau has reported that noise is Americans’ top complaint about their neighborhoods and their main reason for wanting to move.

What New Yorkers have found and the rest of us need to know is that noise pollution is more than just annoying; It can be dangerous. One Rochester police officer explains that when blasting music in neighborhoods goes unchecked, it indicates that respect is not required.

“This type of environment is friendly to other, more serious types of crimes,” he says. That’s why police officers and neighborhood residents have decided to crack down on excessive noise in their community. Police and concerned citizens have been walking the streets together, knocking on the doors of noisy neighbors and warning them about possible fines and legal action.

Noise is not only a health issue for communities, but also for individuals. Research has shown dramatic physiological effects from exposure to excessive noise. In addition to its damage to the ears, Dr. Luther Terry, former U.S. Surgeon General identifies a host of other negative health effects due to noise. A partial list includes cardiovascular constriction, elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, more labored Breathing, measurable changes in skin resistance and skeletal-Muscle Tension, Digestive System changes, glandular activity that alters the chemical content of blood and urine, vestibular effects, balance sense effect and changes in brain chemistry. It bears repeating that this is just a partial list. Terry details the negative effect of noise on fetal development, as well.

The Surgeon General echoes the voices of many health professionals. Researchers have found that after extended exposure to high noise such as aircraft flyovers or workplace noise, blood pressure rises as much as 30%. Increasing the negative impact is the fact that blood pressure stays at that elevated level for a significant period after the exposure ends. So if you’re close enough to a landing plane that your blood pressure rises, it stays up and affects your body long after the airplane noise is gone.

You don’t have to live near an airport to be affected by traffic. Even noise that we might consider moderate has its effect. A German study found that those living on busy streets were 20% more likely to have a heart attack than those living on a quiet one.

Studies have also linked learning problems to noise. It affects the ability of children to learn to speak, to read, and to acquire knowledge in schools. These effects have been documented near airports, train tracks and major roadways. The inability to hear and understand all that a teacher is saying can translate to poor grades and could even lead to a higher dropout rate in schools.

Moreover, noise pollution has impact on the behavior of both children and adults. One study looked at how passers-by responded to a person in need in the presence of noise. While a noisy lawn mower roared nearby, a woman with a broken arm dropped some books and tried to pick them up. No one stopped to help her. When the lawnmower was turned off and the scene repeated, several people stopped to help her retrieve her books.

With all that being said, it’s no wonder that Americans have more problems with sleeping, Concentrating and dealing with Stress in our noise-polluted environment. Fortunately, there is more to sound than the negative effects of noise. The opposite of noise is music. The ability of music to repair and encourage health and harmony is as powerful as noise’s ability to destroy them. So powerful, in fact, that there is an entire field called Music Therapy.

The full benefits of Music Therapy are still being studied, but we know of quite a few already. Studies in mental health, for example, have shown that Music Therapy is effective in relieving Anxiety and Stress, promoting Relaxation and treating Depression. Music Therapy allows people with emotional problems to explore feelings, make positive changes in mood, practice problem solving, and resolve conflicts. It has been used successfully by mental health institutions during group therapy sessions.

The healing effects of Music Therapy are not limited to mental health. They have been observed in hospitalized patients with burns, Heart Disease, Diabetes and cancer. As a complement to rehabilitation care, Music Therapy seems to strengthen communication and physical coordination skills, as it improves the physical and mental functioning of those with neurological disabilities or developmental disorders. Those with learning, speech and hearing problems may also find Music Therapy helpful.

Music Therapy reduces the need for medication during childbirth and complements the use of anesthesia during Surgery and dental work, especially when children undergo medical and surgical procedures. It is useful in newborn care of premature infants. Aside from these acute situations, Music Therapy helps ease Chronic Pain.

Music Therapy can also improve the quality of life of terminally ill patients and enhance the well-being of the elderly, including those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It has been used to complement the treatment of AIDS, stroke, Parkinson’s and cancer. At the same time, Music Therapy is useful in the support of the families and caregivers of such patients.

Most of the reviews published on the subject have been published by the American Music Therapy Association. The broad applications of this tool warrant more formal reviews. We still don’t know just how many conditions could be helped by Music Therapy. Still, changes are that you could enhance your mental and physical health with Music Therapy.

If you consult a music therapist for a particular condition, the therapist will first talk to you about your symptoms and needs. In addition, the therapist will assess your emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities and cognitive skills. Using this information, your therapist will design an appropriate treatment plan that would probably include playing and listening to music, analyzing lyrics, composing songs, improvising and/or using rhythmic movement.

During your regular sessions, the therapist may participate in these activities with you or simply guide you. You may also be encouraged to talk about the images or feelings that are evoked by the music. You and your therapist will select the music used for your therapy according to your needs and tastes. You can choose any kind of music, from classical or new age to jazz or rock. You do not need previous musical experience nor any musical ability to benefit from Music Therapy.

Some Music Therapy is conducted in a group setting. You might perform music with others who have the same condition as you, or you may just interact and Relax with others as music plays in the background. If you are in the hospital for Surgery or to give birth, your Music Therapy might simply entail listening to your favorite songs to help you Relax and reduce pain.

As you may have guessed by now, the presence of a professional is not always required in Music Therapy, though you may need help in getting started. Westerners are only beginning to use music as medicine, though it has long been used successfully in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. To encourage you to create your own Music Therapy sessions, I will share with you the basics of my own brand of Music Therapy. Take what you like and leave the rest.

When I practice Music Therapy, especially for Relaxation, the first thing I do is to find a calming environment, where I won’t be disturbed or interrupted. Next, I light Incense or a scented Candle, as I find that aromatherapy helps to calm my body.

Next, I choose the music, which becomes easier the more you learn about your body’s response to different kinds of music. I then sit on the floor, in an upright position with my legs crossed. I breathe deeply, inhaling and exhaling very slowly through my nose.

As the music plays, I listen intently to the instruments as if the players were right there in the room playing to me. Often I position myself directly in front of the speaker, so I can feel the vibrations as well as hear the music being played. Some people use headphones. This is fine, but I recommend you feel the sound coming into your body, and not just into your head.

Visualize the Sound Waves coming from the speakers and going through you. Not only should you position yourself physically to catch the sound energy in your body, but you should also Focus your mind. Focus on where you want the healing vibrations to go. Listen as you visualize the Sound Waves beaming through your body and replenishing your cells, tissues, and internal organs.

As you practice Music Therapy you will develop the method that works best for you. Once you know how your body responds to certain instruments, timbres, and musical styles, you can design sessions in the sequence you find most beneficial to you.

Ideally, you practice Music Therapy for at least 30 minutes to an hour per day, although even a 20-minute daily session would yield positive results. It can take 10 minutes just for your mind to unwind, so I recommend 30-40 minute sessions.

Those are the basics. As you can gather from all of the above, Music Therapy can be as involved or as simple as the situation warrants. The main thing is just to get started. In this world of noise pollution, practicing Music Therapy may well be the way to start your own peaceful revolution!

References:

American Academy of Audiology (Consumer guides) World Council on Hearing Health (In the news) Friends Against Noisy New York (2005 Newsletter) National Campaign for Hearing Health

About the author

Sam Pasco – is founder and director of http://www.InnerHealingMusic.com. He is also a Practitioner of Music Therapy, as well as a Composer and Performer who has performed at some of the largest health and wellness expos in the US. He frequently leads workshops on the vast benefits of music as therapy.



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