Everyday Vitamins May Prevent Common Hearing Loss


Everyday Vitamins May Prevent Common Hearing LossHow about a “morning after” pill for loud concerts? Researchers recently identified supplements so helpful at preventing and healing noise-induced hearing loss that we may very well see pills and snack foods marketed with that premise in the not-too-distant future.

Long viewed as a hazard for people exposed to prolonged high-decibel sound (such as workers around jet engines or jackhammers, battlefield soldiers and rock stars), excess noise contributes to more than one-third of the 28 million Americans suffering from some degree of hearing loss.


I spoke with scientist Colleen Le Prell, PhD, associate professor, department of communicative disorders, University of Florida in Gainesville, to find out more about the research her team recently conducted, which showed that a simple blend of common nutrients may help reduce hearing loss.

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First Aid, Injuries, Bites, Oil Recipes »

[18 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

* 20 drops lavender essential oil
* 20 drops geranium essential oil
* 2 drops rose essential oil (expensive, so use tea tree if desired)
* 4 ounces aloe vera juice

Add the oils to the aloe in a spritzer bottle. Shake before using.

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Joints, Bones & Muscles »

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Treatment for osteoporosis actually begins in the teen years using an ounce of prevention. This is definitely one case where that ounce of prevention before the age of Tony is truly worth a pound of cure at 55 years. Although prevention is the safest option the Federal drug administration does have several medication options which are available for treatment which currently appear to have a low side effect threshold.

Many of us would like to be able to take a quick hello and how the problem fixed. But, if all that is done is to take a pill and the results will be much less than satisfactory. Treatment for a complex condition requires more than a pill and requires a bit of complexity. Aside from the medications that are approved for treatment of osteoporosis there are other measures which should be instituted to receive the full benefits.

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Beautiful Body, Scent Recipes »

[17 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments ]

Adapted from Perfumes, Splashes, and Colognes, by Nancy M. Booth (Storey Books, 1997). http://www.care2.com/

I couldn’t believe how easy it is to make this luxurious cream perfume. It is such a great gift idea, and so quick you can whip up a batch at the very last minute and still have it done in plenty of time!

We include two different formulas: one is bright and citrusy (according to a recent study I just saw discussed on the internet, wearing citrus scents makes you appear thinner to the opposite sex!) and one spicily reminiscent of the Three Kings’ gifts. Both are completely divine.


* 2 tablespoons grated beeswax
* 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
* 1-2 teaspoons pure essential oils

1. Melt beeswax in an enamel or glass pan over boiling water. Add sweet almond oil; combine. Be patient with this step; it’s important to blend them completely.

2. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before adding the oils of your choice (see formulas below).

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Herbs For Health »

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Many people nowadays are turning to “organics” and “naturals” otherwise known as herbals. The rising popularity of herbal supplements has created a new fad if not a new health lifestyle. But before you join the bandwagon, here are some things you need to know about this mean, “green” dietary supplementing machine.

What is the difference between a drug and a dietary supplement?

According to the definition set by food and drug administrations in different countries, drugs are chemicals that can prevent, prolong the life, treat other effects of a health condition, improve the quality of life, and/or cure ailments and diseases, or alter the function of any part or chemicals inside the body. These drugs have approved therapeutic claims. For example, paracetamol is a drug given to bring down the body temperature in fever. Ascorbic acid is indicated for the treatment of scurvy. Iron supplements are given to treat mild cases of anemia.

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Alternative Therapies, Beauty, Skin Care »

[16 Jan 2010 | One Comment ]

Epsom salts are often used to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, making it soft and invigorated. They also has been used by many to ease sore and stiff muscles.


* 1 cup Epsom salts
* Water
* Towel or sheet (optional)
* Shower


Pour one cup of Epsom salts into a small bowl, adding just enough water to make a paste. This is a messy job, so after you undress stand over a towel or sheet, or simply stand in the shower instead (without the water running). Smooth a thin layer of the paste onto your skin over your entire body. If you have a partner who can help, that’s great, but if not then cover as much of yourself as you can.

Wait until the mixture has dried; it forms a white film. Then shower or, better yet, soak in a warm bath and let the salt help ease your sore and tired muscles, too! Do not use soap to wash off the salt, as you may clog your pores.

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Digestive Conditions »

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You probably think that only adults that eat spicy foods suffer from acid reflux. While that is the case for many people, it is certainly not the rule. People of all ages can get acid reflux. It may not be chronic, but children and even infants can get it, too. It is never easy when your child or infant has acid reflux. It is very hard to tell in many cases. Your child may not be able to tell you exactly what is wrong, especially with young toddlers and babies.

Acid reflux is an uncomfortable condition. Your child may confuse the symptoms and discomfort with a stomach ache or an upset stomach. Your child may tell you that he or she has a sore throat or feels like he or she is going to throw up. Children are famous for having sick tummies so you may not even worry. However, if you find that your child complains day after day, at night or even after certain foods then you may need to take a closer look at what is really going on.

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Oil Recipes, Respiratory Conditions »

[15 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments ]

2 drops lavender
2 drops rosemary
2 drops eucalyptus

Add the essential oils to 2 teaspoons milk or cream. Pour into a warm (not hot) bath and soak for 10-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can mix the lavender and ecualyptus with 2 drops of tea tree oil and use in a cold air diffuser in your room while resting or sleeping.

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Featured, Health and Vitality »

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Graves diseaseGraves’ disease is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the thyroid gland resulting in an overproduction of thyroid hormones (thyrotoxicosis). The condition is named after Robert Graves, a 19th-century Irish physician who discovered and describes the condition.

Graves’ disease can have an effect on many different parts of the body such as the nervous system, eyes, skin, hair and nails, lungs, digestive system and reproductive system. This broad number of bodily systems affected by Graves’ disease points to the complex nature of the human body.

In Graves’ disease the gland in the knack is enlarged and hyperactive, producing excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. Graves’ disease is eight times more common in women and men and most frequently occurs between the age of 20 and 40. It does have a familial tendency, which means that it runs in families. The disease is characterized by a formation of autoantibodies that bind to receptors in the thyroid membrane and stimulate the gland.

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Herbs For Health, Heart, Blood, Circulatory »

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Taken internally by tincture or infusion

* garlic (clove)
* hawthorn (flowers, berries)
* linden (blossom)
* wood betony (leaves, flowers)

* yarrow (leaves, flowers)

Add 15 g. herb to 500 ml water for an infusion or take up to 2.5 ml tincture 3 times a day.

Eating a clove of garlic a day has a positive effect on blood pressure. If you cannot stomach the taste of chewing garlic, cut the clove into pill-sized pieces and swallow with water as you would a medication.

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Health and Vitality »

[14 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

When to drive after a TBIDriving is an important piece maintaining an independent lifestyle and integrating back into the community. We often take our ability to drive for granted and it’s easy to forget that driving is one of the most dangerous things we do in our every day lives. Once an individual has sustained a traumatic brain injury that skill can become even more dangerous.

A brain injury can affect the skills which are required for an individual to drive safely. The injured person, family members and health care professionals should all be included in the important decision of whether or not the individual is able to return to driving and when. Driving is the ultimate multitasking experience.

Drivers are expected to watch the road in front, the road behind, anticipate what other drivers will be doing, factor in the weather, the radio and the passengers all at the same time.

Brain injury can affect many of the physical, cognitive and behavioral skills that are needed in order for an individual to drive appropriately and safely. For example, an individual who has suffered from a brain injury may have difficulty coordinating speed, breaking and steering the vehicle all at the same time.

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Joints, Bones & Muscles »

[13 Jan 2010 | One Comment ]

What is osteoporosis?Osteoporosis is a chronic condition which affects all the bones in the body. In this condition bone mineral density is lower then what is normally expected and a micro-structure of the bone is disorder, meaning that the bone structure is weaker than normal.

Bones which have lost their mineral density are at much higher risk for fracture. And, although bone fractures are usually not life threatening, individuals who suffer a bone fracture as a result of osteoporosis have a 20% chance of mortality in the first year following the break.

The World Health Organization has defined osteoporosis as a bone mineral density 2.5 standard deviations below peak bone mass in a 20 year old of the same sex measured by DXA (a radiological procedure). The DXA is the gold standard in diagnosis of osteoporosis.

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Alternative Therapies »

[12 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

-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

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Health and Vitality »

[12 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

What is sarcoidosisAn inflammatory condition of the tissues, most noted for originating in the lymph nodes or the lungs, is known as the disease, sarcoidosis.

Sometimes this disease appears unexpectedly and then disappears. Sometimes a gradual onset of symptoms is noted that teeter back and forth in severity.

As the disease worsens, sarcoidosis can cause heavy particles to form in the tissues. These particles are known as granulomas. In most cases they do disappear, but at times, they do not. This invasion of the tissues from the granulomas leaves the tissues scarred and inflamed. The cause of sarcoidosis is not known.

The symptoms of sarcoidosis are a notable cough and difficulty breathing. A rash may also appear on the skin with recognizable red bumps. Inflammation of the eyes is another symptom caused by sarcoidosis. Additional symptoms of sarcoidosis include fatigue, nighttime sweating, fever, and/or weight loss.

Sarcoidosis knows no boundaries among its victims, affecting all races and both sexes equally. Due to the difficulty in determining sarcoidosis, as it mimics many other diseases, it is difficult to estimate how many people are affected with it. Sarcoidosis generally strikes the 20- to 40-year old age bracket.

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Alternative Therapies, Featured »

[11 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

What is Acupressure?Originating from China, acupressure is a combination of acupuncture and pressure. By applying pressure to the points used in acupuncture many symptoms of discomfort are relieved of pain. This pressure application is done with the use of the hands, the elbows, or other equipment.

The body has an energy current that travels inside the body along an invisible path, according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles. These pathways are known as meridians, which are thought to number 14, that interconnect our organs with other body parts. The pressure that is applied to our bodies during acupressure lie on those meridians. It is believed that the blockage of these meridians is what causes our ailments.

It is thought that when this pressure is applied to the points in question on the body natural pain relievers, endorphins, are released thereby relieving the pain.

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Digestive Conditions »

[10 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?Leaky gut syndrome in conjunction with autism is still being researched; a number of studies and research are under way to better understand how the syndrome starts, why it can be prevalent in autistic children, and how to treat it.

Simply, leaky guy syndrome is the inability of the intestinal wall to keep out large, unwanted molecules. This symptom of autism most often signifies that the intestinal wall has been altered to become permeable. Leaky gut syndrome in autistic children may occur because of increased sensitivity or allergies.

Leaky gut syndrome is problematic for one’s health because it allows molecules and substances (such as proteins) that are normally filtered out of the intestinal tract into the intestines. Because these molecules are not usually allowed inside the gut, the body misinterprets these non-harmful substances as a virus or infection and begins to produce antibodies to attack them.

In turn, this creates a process where one’s body recognizes certain foods, as well as any of the body’s regular molecules that are similar to these foods, as harmful, causing an auto-immune disease where the body attacks itself. These are merely two possible outcomes with leaky gut syndrome.

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