Emphysema: The Smoker’s Disease

Emphysema: The Smokers DiseaseEmphysema is a respiratory disease that continues to get worse over time. It makes it hard to breathe and causes an individual to feel as if they are constantly short of breath.

The tiny air sacs and airways in the lungs lose their elastic qualities and this in turn makes it hard to completely exhale the air from the body.

Normal lungs work like a balloon and bring in vast amounts of fresh air and then release equal amounts of Co2. When emphysema is present some of this carbon dioxide is left in the lungs and each breath becomes more difficult. As this terrible medical condition becomes worse breathing starts to come at great effort and physical activities take a great amount of energy.

Emphysema usually develops over years and there are treatments that can slow it’s progress. Some symptoms that you should be on the lookout for include: consistent shortness of breath, headaches, constant coughing, fatigue, wheezing, difficulty concentrating, tightness in the chest, irritability and a distended chest.

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Children's Health, ADD/ADHD, Featured »

[27 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Your Child and ADDWhat is ADD?

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is a group of symptoms that affects concentration and a person’s ability to focus.

It can also cause mood swings, impulsiveness, behavioral and other social problems. Children with these problems have difficulty in completing their school work and are often in trouble with parents and teachers.

What are the causes of ADD?

There are many different causes and explanations for the symptoms of ADD including diet, allergies, food intolerances, anxiety, low muscle tone, anxiety, depression, family problems, poor discipline and even some forms of illness.

Unfortunately some doctors and therapists do not do a thorough assessment and simply prescribe potentially harmful psychiatric drugs without considering what the causes the problem might be.

BrightSpark ADD Remedy will help your child to:

  • Relax and calm down
  • Be less impulsive
  • Listen more carefully
  • Follow instructions
  • Concentrate better
  • Be less distractible
  • Achieve better results at school or work

Why should you use BrightSpark?

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Natural Remedies for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition where an individual finds it difficult to stay on task. Trouble staying on task and paying attention are just a few of the many issues that those suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have to deal with. Unfortunately, many of the individuals most recently diagnosed with ADHD are children. This has caused some concern among parents.

Although there are some individuals, even those in the medical field, who claim that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is over diagnosed, especially in children, there are many parents who are still interested in seeking relief for their children. After all, a child who finds it difficult to pay attention and stay on tasks can suffer in school. However, at the same time, the last thing that most parents want to do is encourage their children to take medications that may or may not provide relief. In fact, some claim that the medications for ADHD end up doing more harm than good. So what is a parent to do? Examine natural remedies.

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Health and Vitality »

[26 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Monitoring Diabetes on a Daily BasisDiabetes is manageable and a high quality of life can be maintained if you stay on top of your health.  Once you are diagnosed with the disease you should start following a Diabetic plan for optimum health immediately.

One of the most important things that Diabetics can do is follow a meal plan.  Do not leave eating up to chance.  You must have a plan everyday and know what you are eating before the time to eat arrives.  Not eating when you have Diabetes can lead to hypoglycemia or a Diabetic coma which can be fatal. Constructing a low carb menu and sticking to it will help you from having Diabetic episodes.

Your meal plan will be a combination of breads, meats, dairy products, fats, fruits and vegetables just like everyone else’s.  When dining with friends and family you can feel free to make the same foods for them that you are eating.  You won’t be having special foods or anything different from anyone else.

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Diet, Weight Loss, Health and Vitality »

[26 Dec 2009 | One Comment ]

Belly Fat Equals Health HazardMen usually don’t consider it a big deal to carry a few extra pounds on their frame. However, if those extra pounds are around the middle, then you could be sporting a problem bigger than your waistline. Excess belly fat can affect the health of the rest of your body.

What do you know about belly fat? Well, for men, extra abdominal fat occurs as you age. In women, during child-bearing years, fat accumulates in the hips, thighs and also in the abdomen. For them too, extra belly fat is a concern.

With men, belly fat is usually a result of lifestyle and age. As a person ages, they lose muscle unless something is done to preserve it. After the age of forty, muscle is lost at a faster rate. What replaces that muscle is usually fat. Our lives grow more sedentary and the pounds begin to pack on.

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Detox, Immunity, Infection, Featured »

[26 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Lemon juice cleanses are a great way to detox, meet daily nutritional requirements, improve circulation and get rid of harmful waste products. Mix lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for a lemon juice cleanse with instructions from a nutrition consultant and clinical herbalist in this free video on nutritional cleanses.

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Alternative Therapies »

[26 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Meridian Therapy ExplainedMeridian therapy is an alternative procedure for reducing stress and freeing your body from toxins. It is similar to acupressure in its applications. Meridian therapy releases blocked energy for total body health.

The name of the therapy refers to the lines of energy that run throughout the body. There are twelve meridian lines that run along the body, six on each side.

There are also two unpaired meridian lines: one along the front midline and one along the back midline of the body.

According to ancient Oriental teachings of healing, energy runs along these lines. This energy flow or ki (pronounced chee) is the life force of the body.

The flow of ki must run unobstructed in the body for optimal health. When the flow is interrupted, then the person gets sick in the body. This sickness can manifest itself as headaches, intestinal trouble, tiredness, depression or any number of conditions that people experience every day. According to meridian therapy, their ki is blocked along a meridian and must be unblocked to restore balance.

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Women's Health »

[25 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Fighting PMS with Herbs and PillsPainkillers are ever present in American supermarket aisles and when PMS begins to rear its ugly head, many a women heads straight for these painkillers. Of course, even an only cursory perusal of the list of ingredients as well as the side effects associated with these painkillers showcases that some risks are best not taken.

One painkiller, for example, is known to greatly increase the risk of liver problems, if the woman who ingests them also has a habit of ingesting alcohol. Although the complete extent of this risk is not fully known, the fact that alcohol is as common in American homes as painkillers should give pause to anyone who is considering fighting PMS with herbs and pills.

Moreover, the reliability of the painkillers specifically formulated for use with PMS symptoms leaves something to be desired, namely effectiveness. It appears that for women with multiple PMS symptoms there is a distinct tradeoff when using pain killers. While one might make one of the conditions – such as cramping – more manageable, it might worsen another one, usually bloating. Even women, who may not usually experience bloating, may actually do so for the first time after ingesting commercially available painkillers.

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Women's Health »

[25 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Menopause: How To Deal With Hot FlashesOf all the symptoms associated with menopause, hot flashes have to be considered among the most ill-desired symptom of all. While they are an absolute annoyance, it is the hormonal imbalance within that causes them to occur. Since there are no definitive conclusions as to why hot flashes occur, let’s try to determine how to deal with hot flashes.

According to a recent report on menopause, it was determined that “lifestyle and psychological factors can increase the number and severity of hot flashes that a woman experiences. In fact, women who tested at a high level of anxiety had nearly five times the number of hot flashes as those who tested low. Women who smoked experienced twice the amount. Being overweight led to an increase in annoying hot flashes, as well.”

Hot flashes sometimes start with perimenopause, or they may not start until after the last menstrual period has occurred. Usually, they last three to five years and are usually worse during the year following the last menstrual period. However, it has been noted that for some women, hot flashes can last indefinitely.

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Alternative Therapies, Reflexology »

[24 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Acupressure or Acupuncture Fingers or NeedlesAcupressure and acupuncture are not one in same techniques. They differ slightly because acupuncture makes use of thin needles in approaching health concerns while acupressure never breaks the skin. On the other hand, they do a have a few things in common. For instance, both are centered on touching meridians which carry energy or chi along those meridians right through an individuals’ body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clearly states that illness occurs due to the blockage of chi in any of fourteen different meridians. Acupressure and acupuncture both advocate the free flow of energy without obstructions. Both methods are used to treat arthritis, allergies, migraine headaches, depression, menstrual cramps, nausea and anxieties.

Because acupuncture uses very thin, long needles to puncture the skin it should be performed by an experienced practitioner who is skilled in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupressure is much less technical; it can therefore be learned from a book and may even be; in some instances, performed on oneself. Somewhat surprisingly, acupressure was practiced long before acupuncture became known.

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Women's Health »

[24 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Menopause and OsteoporosisOne of the conditions a woman must be concerned about is osteoporosis. This may usually occur right after menopause. However, there are steps you can take to alleviate it.

Osteoporosis is simply bone loss. It is inherent in aging for both men and women, although women are more susceptible to it. Because a woman’s bone density is less than that of a man, this allows more time for the bone to age. The loss of bone mass begins approximately at age 40. After menopause, there is an acceleration of five to seven years at which point it returns to its normal age-related rate.

The absence of estrogen has less to do with bone loss than aging. In fact, smoking, medications, and being underweight have a greater effect on bone loss. That’s why exercise is so important. It increases bone mass. While osteoporosis can lead to loss of height and tiny fractures, woman are also vulnerable to fractures of the hip. Therefore, it is important to take precautionary measures such as proper diet, exercise and vitamins to prevent the loss of bone mass. Further, your doctor may advise you to take a bone density test to determine just how much bone loss has occurred.

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Nutrition »

[23 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

by Warren Matthews of Xtend-Life

If It Sounds Too Good to be True...You may have come across promotions on the internet by companies giving away ‘free samples’ of their supplements.  All you have to do is pay for the shipping and handling.

I see them from time to time and usually have a look to see where the catch is.  More often than not you will find buried in the small print of the terms and conditions that you are committing to a regular monthly shipment of the product and that it is automatic UNLESS you specifically cancel it.

But, even that can  be problematic as many of these companies do not provide phone numbers, physical addresses or even email addresses.  The only point of contact is through a webform.  Often these companies are not even companies at all but individual marketers working from home without the infrastructure to support customer complaints etc.

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Health and Vitality »

[23 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Medical Treatments for Bad HabitsCan bad habits be cured through medical treatments? Some say yes; they have succeeded in overcoming their addictions through science. There are many medical treatments for smokers and others who want to block their cravings.

For smokers, there is a variety of nicotine replacement options. Nicotine patches are probably the most popular for bad smoking habits. They can be adhered to the skin and forgotten until the end of the day.

Or, if you are a person who suffers morning cravings, you can wear the patch all night. In any case, you do not have to be constantly thinking about your smoking.

Nicotine gum is also used by many people with these bad habits. It is handy for those who like to do something with their mouths. It cuts their urge to smoke at the same time. You just chew it for awhile, and then place it in between your cheek and gum. The nicotine will enter your bloodstream. Nicotine lozenges work much the same way.

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Color, Crystals »

[22 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Distance Crystal HealingDistance Crystal Healing (DCH) is one of the most effective healing treatments available on earth today. There is, however some very crucial information that you must know before you participate in Crystal Healing (CH). If done correctly, distance crystal healing, can change your life.

Crystal Healing

Any type of healing done with crystals can be very powerful and must be handled with respect and care. The very qualities of crystal, as an aid to alternative medicine, make crystal an ideal conduit for alternative therapies.

Crystal has been used for centuries as a proven scientific method for amplifying energy. Health and wellness can also be amplified in your energy field by safely utilizing the increased magnification of the healing treatment.

CH therapy is quite versatile and be done in many holistic health forms. For example some common alternative health methods that utilize crystals are: crystal healing music, reiki, stones, crystal wands, singing bowls, energy healing crystal, pranic healing, vibrational medicine, quantum distance healing, chakra balancing, meditation … and the list goes on and on. CH continues to be discovered for it’s many outstanding health benefits.

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Featured, Reflexology »

[22 Dec 2009 | One Comment ]

Oftentimes in acupressure, a fingertip moved in a circular motion can work just as well as a needle. Stimulate pressure points through acupressure with tips from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video on traditional Chinese medicine. Expert: Mark Brinson Bio: Mark Brinson owns Brinson Therapeutics. He specializes in pain, injury and human performance and is also an international seminar provider. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz…

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