To Go Or Not to Go Herbal, That Is the Question…

To Go or Not to Go Herbal, that is the Question…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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Urinary Tract Conditions »

[22 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects more women than it does men. The number of individuals who suffer from urinary incontinence has prompted manufacturers to develop products which help these individuals to remain socially active without fear of an odor. A urologist or primary care physician will differentiate between the four or five different types of urinary incontinence before they are able to make an effective recommendation for treatment protocols. Because this condition has a high success rate most individuals will find that with treatments they are either cured or their symptoms are improve significantly.

In some cases simple lifestyle or behavioral modifications will be enough to make significant changes. Some women find that certain foods or fluids will irritate their bladder and cause further difficulty with stress incontinence. At other times it may be necessary to only reduce fluids before bedtime.

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Detox, Immunity, Infection »

[22 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

There have been commercials on television recently showing what life is like for a child before they contract meningitis. Many people don’t even consider this to be a possibility and don’t realize the dangers of meningitis. What is it and what are the risks associated with it?

Meningitis, an infection of the fluid around the brain and in the spine, can be a very serious condition. At times it is deadly. Many people are still unaware of this condition and how dangerous it can be. The condition can develop rapidly, often within just a few hours of being around someone with meningitis, or it can take up to two days.

There are two forms of meningitis: bacterial and viral. Neither is a good condition to have, but bacterial meningitis can result in brain damage and even death. Many symptoms of meningitis are similar to other illnesses – nausea, headache, high fever, and vomiting – so a parent might mistake them for something else. However, add the symptoms of being very sensitive to light and having a stiff neck, and an immediate trip to the doctor is in order to get diagnosis and treatment.

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Herbal Recipes, Oil Recipes, Pain Management, Stress & Relaxation »

[22 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

Headache Tea

Pour 2 cups boiling water over 3 tablespoons dried primrose flowers and leaves. Let stand, covered, about 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink warm or hot. Use 1 heaping Tsp of dried chamomile flowers for each cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey.

Hangover Compress:

* 1 d. peppermint oil
* 1 d. rosewood oil
* 1 d. lavender oil:

on a cool, wet rag. Apply to temples for ten minutes.

Hangover Bath:

* 3 d. rosemary oil
* 3 d. rosewood oil.

Headache Inhalant:

* 1 d. rose oil
* 1 d. basil oil
* 1 d. orange oil
* 1 d. rosemary oil.

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Urinary Tract Conditions »

[21 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

The definition of urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine related to another physical stress or more underlying medical condition. For example, individuals who have benign prostatic hypertrophy can suffer from urinary incontinence which is related to the weakening of the bladder muscle and the constriction of the urethra.

Stress incontinence is another cause of urinary incontinence and is thought most common cause in women. The leakage of urine and is usually prompted by a physical movement or activity that puts additional pressure or stress on the bladder. These types of movements or activity can include lifting something heavy, coughing, sneezing or laughing. Stress incontinence is not related to psychological stress and has its roots in changes in the physical structure of the individual.

Women who are experiencing stress incontinence will notice your leaking when they cough, sneeze, laughs, stand up, with something heavy or are exercising. Your leakage may not happen every time you do one of these activities, but pressure increasing activity will only increase the risk of unintentional loss, especially when the bladder is full.

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Women's Health »

[21 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

Women experiencing menstrual cramps may be willing to try almost anything to avoid having cramps each month. Did you know you could treat menstrual cramps with nutrition? If you’re tired of having cramps every time you have your period, how can changing your diet hurt? Learn how diet affects the severity of your menstrual cramps.

* Eat a diet consisting of a variety of foods. Low fat, high fiber diets appear to combat the salty or sweet foods women typically crave during their menstrual cycle. Besides helping avoid cravings, you’ll also have more energy and a more stable mood.

* Ensure your body is getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need by taking a multivitamin each day. Minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium are particularly important before and during your monthly cycle.

* Eat more foods containing omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna, swordfish, and lake trout. You may also want to add walnuts, Brazil nuts, and olive oil. These foods help stabilize your mood and have an anti-inflammatory effect. They also reduce the effect of cramps because they block the production of prostaglandins.

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Pain Management »

[21 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

Chronic pain, and especially back pain, is the number one complaint that leads patients to the offices of osteopathic physicians. Unlike medical doctors who focus predominantly on the symptoms and treatment thereof, the doctor of osteopathy is likely to dig deeper to see if the root cause of the back pain can be discovered and treated. The treatment options do not usually depend heavily on pain medication but instead focus primarily on musculoskeletal manipulation of the patients body, thus seeking to induce self healing.

The ultimate goal is the eradication of the pain itself, but in so doing the recurrence of the pain is also stymied. Patients must understand that this form of treatment likely requires a number of treatments that translate into office visits, and therefore the patient must be willing to bear the financial burden of the copayments most likely associated with these doctors visits. Additionally, patients must be weaned away from the philosophy of doctor healings and instead recognize that they play a vital art in the healing of their own bodies.

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Urinary Tract Conditions »

[20 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

Overflow incontinence is a symptom which both men and women can experience as a result of other underlying medical conditions. Millions of women experience in voluntary loss of urine called urinary incontinence which can range from a few drops to a large amount. Women experience urinary incontinence twice as often as men but overflow incontinence is more common in men who also suffer from benign prosthetic hypertrophy.

Depending upon the underlying medical condition the symptom is caused by the inability of the bladder to completely empty each time an individual urinates. Small amounts of urine left inside the bladder leads to irritation of the bladder wall which can result in contractions of the bladder wall and urinary incontinence. While urinary incontinence is more prevalent in women overflowing continence is more prevalent in men.

Individuals who are suffering from overflowing continence feel as though the bladder is never empty and often have to get up during the night to urinate. At times they are on able to urinate even when they feel the urge to go. At other times your and will continue to dribble from the urethra even after they have stopped voiding.

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Exercise, Fitness »

[20 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

Just because the weather is turning colder, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your outside exercise routine. The temperatures may be lower, but following these cold weather running tips may make running during the winter months something you can continue to do and enjoy.

When you go out to run in cold weather, it’s important that you remain warm and dry. This means you’ll want to start with dry clothing in layers. The layers, made of different fabrics, will allow the sweat and moisture to be wicked away from the skin which will help keep you dryer and warmer.

Start with a thin synthetic material like polypropylene rather than wearing cotton, as cotton holds the moisture next to the skin. Polar fleece can be added next to help keep you warm with an additional insulation layer. Finally, use a breathable nylon material for the outer layer. This will protect you against wind and precipitation but will let out sweat and heat so you don’t become overheated.

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Beauty - Lips, Mouth, Oil Recipes »

[20 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

* 6 drops tea tree oil
* 6 drops myrrh oil
* 6 drops peppermint oil
* 2 T grain alcohol

Bring about 7 oz water to a boil. Add eo’s and alcohol and stir well then strain through coffee filter. Cool and bottle.

Use about 4 t and swish around in mouth for about 30 seconds. Don’t swallow.

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Urinary Tract Conditions »

[19 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

In the normal urinary tract system the bladder serves to store and eventually expel urine using a complex and exquisitely orchestrated system. The coordination of urination is regulated by both the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system. The term neurogenic bladder applies to a urinary tract system that malfunctions because of a neurologic problem that was initially an internal or external.

The symptoms of a neurogenic bladder will depend upon this site of the neurologic insults. In other words, if the neurological system was damaged centrally the symptoms will be different than those of an individual who suffered a peripheral neurologic damage.

The brain is the center of control for the entire urinary tract system. Inside the frontal lobe is located a center that sends signals to the detrusor muscle or that muscle which controls the release of urine from the body. Certain types of diseases in the brain, including stroke, cancer and even dementia, can result in the loss of voluntary control because of the damage to the neurological system in the brain. The signal that originates in the brain must pass through the brain stem and the spinal cord before reaching the bladder.

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Exercise, Fitness, Yoga »

[19 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

The history of yoga is long and steeped in tradition. Contrary to what some people may believe, yoga was not developed as the newest way to slim down so they could fit into a smaller pants size.

The history of yoga goes back 5,000 years. It originated in India, and the first time the word yoga was found in written form was in the Rig Vada, one of the sacred texts used by Vedic priests. Yoga is a means of achieving spiritual enlightenment.

Originally, yoga techniques were passed down from teacher to student through word of mouth. These techniques had never been written down until the Indian sage Patanjali wrote down a systematic method of yoga in the Yoga Sutras. Patanjali is considered to be the father of yoga.

According to Patanjali, there are eight limbs of yoga, which lead to the ultimate goal of enlightenment.

Yama – abstaining from violence, stealing, lust, greed

Niyam – developing devotion, purity, studiousness, contentment, discipline

Pranayama – controlling the breath

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Mind and Spirit »

[19 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

PDD-NOS is a diagnosis given when a child does not meet all the criteria for Autism, but they show several of the signs. PDD-NOS or Persuasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified is diagnosed with several different types of assessments. We will look at these different types of assessments needed for PDD-NOS.

Medical Assessment

The medical assessment will examine the child completely to rule out any health conditions that could be causing the symptoms the child is experiencing. Some health conditions can cause similar symptoms as those in Persuasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

Educational Assessment

The child will be tested in several different educational areas. They will be assessed on what skills they have appropriate for their age. They will be assessed on daily living skills. These skills include dressing, bathing, eating, etc. These skills can be assessed by testing, or interviewing the parents, and teachers.

Interviews with Child’s Parents, Teachers

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Featured, Urinary Tract Conditions »

[18 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

Learning About Male IncontinenceThere is actually one problem far greater in the severity that men would rather not admit to other than not being able to get an erection. For many men that is urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is the accidental release of urine and is actually a symptom of an underlying medical condition and not a disease in and of itself.

The urinary tract system is made up of four major organs. The first is the kidneys where the urine and is produced and stored for a short period of time. When it’s time urine travels through the ureters into the bladder where the body stores the urine until it’s ready to be expelled. At this time a complex orchestration of neurotransmitters and muscular contractions begin so that the urine can travel through the urethra and out of the body.

Urinary incontinence can happen at different ages and for different reasons. Men have a much lower risk of developing urinary incontinence but a much higher risk of developing overflow incontinence. In either case it is important to address the underlying medical condition in order to affect a successful treatment protocol.

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First Aid, Injuries, Bites, Oil Recipes »

[18 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

Aloe Burn Spray* 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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Featured, Joints, Bones & Muscles »

[18 Jan 2010 | No Comment ]

How physicians treat osteoporosisTreatment 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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