Bruxism is the medical name for habitually clenching and grinding the teeth together. Most of the time an individual is not even aware that they are grinding their teeth together and it takes someone pointing it out before they do something about it. It is also common for it to only occur while sleeping. In this case, it is called Sleep Bruxism.
Nobody is immune to having Bruxism. It happens in both children and adults. Bruxism is not a major medical concern like cancer but it can cause major damage to your teeth and mouth.
Teeth can become ground down and the enamel broken. Eventually, they can break and the end result is pain, earaches, mouth abrasions and problems with the jaw.
The exact cause of Bruxism has not yet been determined. Scientists have been able to pinpoint a variety of characteristics that people who suffer with Bruxism often have in common: Anger, diet, Anxiety, posture, aggressive or competitive personality or people with teeth that are not aligned correctly.
There are many options for treating Bruxism. The top three goals of any treatment plan should be: Stop the pain, not allow the teeth to become permanently damaged and to change the habits of clenching and grinding the teeth.
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Prenatal vitamins are a special blend of vitamins and minerals developed specifically for women who are pregnant to protect the health of the mother and child.
These specially formulated vitamins are designed to make up for any nutritional deficiencies in the mother’s diet-and who doesn’t have deficiencies?
The supplements usually contain numerous vitamins and minerals in a proprietary blend by the manufacturer but they always contain folic acid, iron and calcium. Folic acid is especially important to reduce the risk of your child’s developing a serious birth defects of the spinal cord and brain called a neural tube defect.
The most common type of neural tube defects is spina bifida, which is when a baby is born in the spine has not fully closed. During the birth process the exposed nerves or damaged in the child is left with some degree of paralysis and sometimes mental retardation.
Neural tube defects usually develop in the first 28 days after the child has been conceived, which is also be for many women even realize they are pregnant. And because half of all pregnancies are unplanned the FDA now requires that all flour products manufactured and sold in the United States are fortified with extra folic acid. These foods include breads, buttons, bagels and cereals. Natural sources of folic acid include green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans and citrus fruits.
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Halitosis is another word for bad breath. Bad odor can come from our mouth when we eat certain foods or when bacterial growth has increased in our mouth causing bad breath or when we have poor dental hygiene. Bacteria plus a warm, moist mouth are idea-growing conditions for halitosis. Morning breath and dry mouth are two other types of bad breath. Dry mouth causes dead cells to adhere to the tongue and sides of the cheeks causing bacteria to collect on the tongue and cheeks. It is the bacteria that cause the foul smell known as bad breath.
There are other causes of bad breath including poor dental hygiene, infections of the mouth such as periodontal disease, respiratory infections such as sinus infections, lung infections, and throat infections. Foods such as those made with garlic, onions and spicy foods can also cause bad breath. Drinking coffee or smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco are all habits that can contribute to bad breath.
Systemic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, kidney and liver disease, lung diseases, sinus disease, and reflux diseases are just a few of the systemic diseases that can cause bad breath.
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by Warren Matthews of Xtend-Life
That’s what the US National Eye Institute says after completing a study on the subject.
They also confirm that the most important part of the Omega 3 fatty acids is the DHA component which is what we have been suggesting for many years now.
It is for this reason that people should understand the ‘normal’ 18/12 fish oil is just not potent enough…and of course the non fish based Omega 3 fatty acids are even less effective as they do not contain any EPA let alone the much more complex DHA.
They found in the study that the Omega 3 helped the eyes by acting as an anti-inflammatory. No surprise there either. We have always maintained that it is the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3 fish oil that provides the benefits…not only for eyes but for the heart and general health.
I can say in all honesty if you want the best possible Omega 3 DHA fish oil not only for your eyes but also for your general health that you will get the best results from our Xtend-Life product. It has some unique features that are not present in any other fish oil, particuarly with regard to its anti-inflammatory properties. If you go to our web page and download the Buyers Guide to Omega 3 which you will find by clicking products and then Omega 3 DHA fish oil then you will understand what I am talking about.
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As blood circulates through the body it exerts a certain amount of force on the walls of the veins and arteries. This is known as the blood pressure. A ratio is used to specify ones blood pressure, for example 120/80 mmHg. The first number (120) describes the blood pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts. This is your systolic pressure. The second number (80) is the diastolic pressure which occurs when the heart relaxes.
A healthy person’s blood pressure stays close to 120/80 mmHg while they are resting. During the day this reading will fluctuate based on their level of activity, emotions, diet, temperature and changes that prescription medication brings about.
Having your blood pressure checked is really quick and painless. Your doctor usually checks it everytime you see them. Your local pharmacy likely has a machine that you can use by dropping a few coins in it. There are also a variety of models that you can purchase and use in the convenience of your own home.
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Thyroid hormone is used either to replicate the function of a thyroid that is not functioning properly or to prevent further growth of thyroid tissue. These therapies are called replacement therapy and suppression therapy respectively.
Thyroid treatment for hormone replacement is required in cases where the thyroid does not produce enough hormones for healthy functioning of the body organs. This condition is known as hypothyroidism. In such cases the goal of thyroid medications is to replace hormones and this can be in shape of either synthetic hormone pills or natural hormones.
Replacement therapy is entirely different from taking medication and proper care has to be taken with regard to the dosage. Any increase in thyroid hormone can cause an excess supply resulting in hyperthyroidism, which in turn brings its own set of symptoms and problems.
Alternative thyroid treatments for hormone replacement include hormones derived from pigs and natural products. There is an ongoing debate between the proponents of conventional therapies and those fighting the case for natural therapies with regard to all treatments, and hypothyroidism is no exception. Whereas conventional medicine refutes the efficacy of such hormone pills prescribed as part of natural thyroid medication,the naturopaths highlight the strong and dangerous side effects of synthetic medications.
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A fracture is the medical term used to describe a bone that is broken or has a crack in it. Most of the time a fracture occurs when there is some sort of physical trauma to the body. A car accident or bicycle wreck are examples of things that might lead to a bone fracture. Unfortunately, there are a handful of medical conditions that cause the bones to weaken and become less resilient to a fracture. Osteoporosis and bone cancer are two of the most common medical conditions that affect the bones.
If you think that you may have fractured a bone then you should head to the doctor or emergency room. They will give you an X-ray and if the bone turns out to be fractured you will receive a splint, sling or crutches to help protect the fracture from becoming worse. If the fracture is serious you might have to go into surgery to realign and join the bones together. Your body will do most of the work because broken bones heal themselves over time. Sometimes they take months to heal all the way but you will just have to be patient, if this is the case.
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As with any information presented on this page, please use all proper precautions in using these powerful aromatic essences, and consult a medical practitioner when in doubt. We are in no way responsible for misuse of the information presented herein.
Tea Tree (melaleuca alternifolia)
Most frequently recommended for the treatment of athletes foot, candida, in fact any sort of fungus. Tea tree oil is an effective all round anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal oil. Many authorities recommend using Tea Tree neat (undiluted) but much recent evidence shows that it is actually more effective in a 2% dilution. I personally consider it much too harsh to use undiluted on the skin.
Tea Tree is the usually suggested aromatherapy remedy for Ringworm. If I were trying to treat this fungal infection I’d go with a weak (ie 12 drops/ounce of carrier) dilution of Tea Tree in Jojoba Oil.
Myrrh Essential Oil Commiphora myrrha
Specifically often recommended in a blend to treat “Jock Strap Itch.” I have found it effective blended with tea tree and worked into Bentonite Clay, used as a body powder. Please don’t use Corn Starch in this “do it yourself” dusting powder as it tends to feed the fungus and makes things worse, not better.
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Premenstrual syndrome or PMS is one of those diagnoses which most women understand respond exceptionally well to alternative methods of control or natural remedies. Premenstrual syndrome is really a combination of physical, psychological and emotional symptoms, numbering over 150, which affects approximately 40 million women.
At the present time researchers believe that premenstrual syndrome may be a results of sensitivity to hormonal fluctuations which occur each month during the menstrual cycle as well as a decreased ability to utilize serotonin, a neurotransmitter found in the brain which is responsible for mood, anxiety and weight gain.
In several studies done within the past 10 years researchers have found that calcium levels in women who have premenstrual syndrome are lower than in women who don’t and that calcium supplementation can reduce the severity of the symptoms. In one study researchers found that 300 mg of calcium carbonate four times a day throughout the month significantly reduced depression, mood swings, food cravings and bloating.
Another a naturally occurring mineral, magnesium, has shown good preliminary results for premenstrual syndrome. In one study 32 women use 360 mg of magnesium three times a day from Day 15 to the beginning of their menstrual period. These supplements were found to significantly improve there are emotional changes. In another study researchers found that magnesium significantly reduced weight gain, swelling and bloating, and breast tenderness.
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Men are likely to face a typical problem with their prostate, a small male gland located between the bowel and the bladder, once they are above the age of forty. A major problem arises when this gland enlarges and pressurizes the urethra through which the urine is passed.
The dribbling, incontinence, burning sensation and the necessity to get up in the night frequently for urinating associated with the condition can cause extreme irritation and annoyance.
The prostate produces specific proteins and a blood test for PSA (prostate specific antigen) that shows high levels, indicates an enlargement. It is necessary to establish whether the enlarged prostate is cancerous or benign in nature. An enlarged prostate can also be felt easily during a physical or ultrasonic rectal examination.
The exact cause of prostate cancer is not known but genetic predispositions and a fat rich diet are suspected to be the cause behind it. However, it is known that the male hormone testosterone stimulates the growth of the prostate and the cancer cells that it might be containing.
On diagnosis prostate cancer is classified into stages depending upon the extent of the spread. Initially it metastasizes to lymph glands and later to the other parts of the body, especially to bones, lungs, liver or bladder.
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