Video: Physical Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Physical symptoms that arise due to hypothyroidism usually include weight gain, dry hair, constipation, overwhelming fatigue and dry skin. Learn about hypothyroidism as a result of a thyroid that has stopped functioning with help from a physician in this free video on hypothyroidism. Expert: David Cathcart Bio: Dr. David Cathcart has been a physician at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo. for over 20 years. He operates the occupational medicine clinic. Filmmaker: Johnny Cathcart…

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Women's Health »

[2 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

Although there has not been established an exact cause or causes of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), it has been linked to the luteal phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle. We do know that PMS appears to be more common among identical twin girls, and those women with a family history of PMS or those who suffer from depression or are bipolar.

It may be that genetic factors play a role in who develops PMS. Some scientists say that the central-nervous-system neurotransmitter interactions with the monthly hormones put out by the reproductive system may also play a role in PMS, particularly PMS is thought to be linked to the activity of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter within the brain. Studies show that up to 40% of women who have PMS, also have a significant decline in the circulating serum levels of beta-endorphin. Beta-endorphin is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter.

Once a female is diagnosed with PMS a treatment plan can be developed. There are many treatments that have been deemed to be effective for the relief of PMS symptoms. Treatment is usually a combination of dietary changes, SSRIs, Hormone intervention, and supportive therapy.

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Digestive Conditions »

[2 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

As if acid reflux wasn’t bad enough, now you tell me there could be complications from acid reflux, say it isn’t so! Yes, there are complications individuals can suffer when they have acid reflux, especially if they have untreated acid reflux.

If you have frequent or persistent heartburn or indigestion, chest pain or you bring up stomach contents including acid up your throat or into your mouth you may have undiagnosed acid reflux. If you notice these symptoms see your doctor. Undiagnosed acid reflux can lead to untreated acid reflux which can aggravate or create complications from acid reflux including erosive esophagitis which is severe inflammation of the esophagus, severe narrowing of the esophagus also called stricture of the esophagus, Barrett’s esophagus and acid can also cause irritation and problems with your teeth, throat, and the airways leading to your lungs.

The elderly are at a higher risk for complications from acid reflux than younger individuals. Individuals who have initial severe symptoms, which prompted them to see a doctor, are at risk for complications, and those who have persistent symptoms despite taking medications are also at risk for complications for acid reflux. Individuals who have muscular abnormalities are also at risk for acid reflux complications.

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Aromatherapy »

[1 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

Essential oils are wonderful. They are natural, easy to use and can really spice up your life! In fact, people have been using essential oils for centurieslong before you could walk into a pharmacy to purchase expensive medications. People from all over the world have discovered wonderful uses for these great essential oils. If you have never tried essential oils before, then it is time you learn what you can do with them.

You may think that essential oils are only for people that use them in spiritual ceremonies, or for people who shun traditional medical care. This is not true. Essential oils can do so much more for you that they are certainly worth a try. Here is a look at three great uses for essential oils.

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ADD/ADHD »

[1 Jan 2010 | 5 Comments ]

The Kid Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook, Updated and Revised: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten Free, Casein Free Diet
“Pam and Dana know what works for kids…This book is a fantastic resource for the diets that make a difference. Follow their advice!!” –Jenny McCarthy, author of Louder Than Words and Mother Warriors

The best “kid-friendly” recipes and guide to the gluten-free, milk-free diet for ADHD and autism just got better. In addition to updates on new research and findings, readers will find recommendations from the authors for packing school lunches and snack… More >>

The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook, Updated and Revised: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

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Alternative Therapies »

[1 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

The Theory behind Massage TherapyMassage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation on living animals. Besides therapy can be used on humans, dogs, horses and cats. The goal is to provide physical, functional and some psychological improvement in the function of the animal.

The word massage calms from the French language and means “friction of kneading”. Any Arabic language it means “to touch, feel or handle” and it’s the Hebrew meaning “to annoint with oil”.

The use of massage has been found in the writings of many ancient civilizations. There are biblical references as well as references in Chinese medicine books. During the early Roman Empire there were some illnesses that were treated by massage.

In more modern times and practice of massage has absorbed many Western ideas into its traditional framework. It became more popular in the United States in the middle 1800s. Over time the popularity of the practice of massage has ebbed and waned. It began to grow in influence once again during the 1970s, most notably among athletes who use a technique to improve performance.

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Skin Care, Ailments »

[1 Jan 2010 | 4 Comments ]

Healing Eczema: Nutrition, Detoxification, Anti Stress Coping Skills And External Practices To Heal Eczema
Written from the feedback of thousands of eczema sufferers worldwide by a 20-year naturopathic dermatology eczema researcher and former eczema sufferer, this book is essential for both physicians and patients…. More >>

Healing Eczema: Nutrition, Detoxification, Anti-Stress Coping Skills And External Practices To Heal Eczema

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Beautiful Body, Featured, Herbal Recipes »

[31 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments ]

Special Natural Bath RecipesOn occasion it is beneficial to take time to relax in a soothing special bath and smooth the skin.

Depending on what you put into the water, a bath can be:

a. Nourishing
b. Stimulating
c. Toning
d. Soothing
e. Relaxing

Easy additions to the bath water are as follows:

a. 1 cup of vinegar: Soften water / soothe dry and itching skin
b. 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal: Soothe / soften skin
c. 1 cup of powdered milk: Nourish skin / combat dryness
d. 1 large spoon of honey: Relieve tiredness / sleeplessness
e. Orange or Lemon peel: For a pleasant odour
f. 2 tablespoons of laundry starch: Tighten / smooth skin
g. 2 handfuls of Epsom salts: Combat tiredness

Herbal Bath Treatments

Herbal baths have traditionally been incorporated into a beauty treatment regime. The more popular herbs for the bath include the following:

* Chamomile flowers, Elder flowers, Thyme – Softening / soothing skin
* Mint, Rosemary – Stimulating circulation
* Blackberry leaves – Clearing the skin
* Comfrey – Chapped, sore, spotty skin
* Lavender – For the pleasant odour/relaxing

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Oil Recipes, Stress & Relaxation »

[30 Dec 2009 | One Comment ]

* Rosemary 3 drops
* Lemon 4 drops
* Lavender 3 drops
* Chamomile 2 drops

Blend together and use 4 drops in the bath.

From “The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy” by Valerie Ann Worwood

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Anxiety and Depression, Featured »

[30 Dec 2009 | 7 Comments ]

Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and ProvidersSurviving Manic Depression is the most comprehensive, up-to-date book on the disorder that affects more than two million people in the United States alone. Based on the latest research, it provides detailed coverage of every aspect of the disorder.

All aspects of the disease are addressed: symptoms, with many direct descriptions from patients themselves, risk factors, onset and cause, medications (including drugs still in the testing stage), causes, psychotherapy, a… More >>

Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers

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Digestive Conditions »

[30 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments ]

Over the Counter Medication for Mild Acid RefluxAfter you eat a spicy or greasy meal, you may immediately regret your decision. If you are like 25 million other Americans, you suffer from acid reflux and meals such as this can give you all sorts of trouble.

Acid reflux is almost always a result of the foods you eat and how you eat them. Lots of people get this problem right after eating and certain foods will trigger the symptoms.

Most people know that they can reach into their medicine cabinet and grab a remedy. Of course, there are plenty of natural remedies as well. Certain herbs and foods will quell the problem. However, some cases of acid reflux will need something stronger. There are plenty of over the counter medications and even prescriptions that can help you in a more severe bout. Here is a look at some of the medications you will see at your local pharmacy.

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Joints, Bones & Muscles »

[30 Dec 2009 | One Comment ]

Healthy Bones & Joints: A Natural Approach to Treating Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Tendonitis, Myalgia & BursitisFrom a clinician with 22 years experience and a fellow of Britain’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists, come four new guides to total herbal health.

Each volume is a thorough exploration and study of the uses of herbs as preventatives and treatment. … More >>

Healthy Bones & Joints: A Natural Approach to Treating Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Tendonitis, Myalgia & Bursitis

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Health and Vitality »

[29 Dec 2009 | 5 Comments ]

The Hypothyroid Sourcebook

Hypothyroidism is one of the most common forms of thyroid disease. Myriad symptoms are attributed to this disease, including extreme fatigue, depression, headaches, chest pain, constipation, muscle spasms, weight gain, and more.

Written by an acclaimed health author afflicted with hypothyroidism, The Hypothyroid Sourcebook offers in-depth explanations of the thyroid and the disease. The book discusses the pros and cons of possible treatments and provides an extensiv… More >>

The Hypothyroid Sourcebook

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Pain Management »

[29 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Osteopathy Successfully Treats Muscle PainSports aficionados know that muscle pain is par for the course. No matter how serious you are about your warm up, and how much care you take to cool down before completely stopping your exercise regimen, the fact that muscle pain is a companion of the professional and amateur athlete is a given.

Gym bags filled with pain relievers, muscle relaxants, creams, ointments, and other treatments attest to the need for help in this department.

At the root, muscle pain may be linked to movements that were out of the ordinary and overtaxed a muscle. Concurrently, the overuse of a particular muscle during an activity might result in muscle pain but also injuries.

Accidents, such as a misstep that throws off the entire body, will also result in muscle pain and sometimes even worse. With more and more professional sports organization keeping a very close eye on the substances their athletes are ingesting and applying to their bodies, you will not find many who are willing to just try any kind of pain reliever.

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Featured, Skin Care, Ailments »

[29 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments ]

Recognizing and Understanding Genital HerpesHow can you tell someone has genital herpes? Do you look at the person? Ask yourself and look straight in the eye? Do not ask about their sex life? Well, my answer is no, maybe and perhaps.

It May be a good idea to ask someone if they are conscious of having genital herpes. The more sexual partners a person has had in their lives, the more they are likely to be infected with herpes. But these methods are totally inadequate. Did you know that the majority of people who have genital or oral herpes are not aware of it?

So how do you explain that? Simple, many oral or genital herpes only people infected have no symptoms of herpes, others have symptoms that are mild enough to confuse them with a rash or a mosquito bite or whatever this is causing May, redness, swelling, itching, burning and blisters, May and some not even know what the symptoms are herpes.

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Nervous System »

[29 Dec 2009 | No Comment ]

Learning About NeurosarcoidosisSarcoidosis is an inflammation of the tissues of the body that usually affects the lungs, but can affect other areas of the body as well.

Neurosarcoidosis takes place when there is a complication with the condition sarcoidosis. This condition can affect the nervous system. With this complication of sarcoidosis one will have a facial weakness.

This happens because the cranial nerve VII is involved. This condition can also further complicate the body and will often strike the nerves in the eye, the nerves that are responsible for your taste, your ability to smell, and your hearing.

Furthermore, the hypothalamus, a part of the brain can also become involved. This part of the brain controls some of your body’s functions, for instance, your response to stress, your body temperature, and/or your sleep.

Other symptoms of neurosarcoidosis are a loss of your senses, and/or weakening of the muscles. This is due to the involvement of the peripheral nerves. Some that develop neurosarcoidosis may experience becoming permanently disabled or even death. The most common person that is stricken is a person who is black and in the 25- to 50-year-old age group.

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