Browsing Posts published in August, 2010

There are many warnings that are publicised by the government and media about the health costs associated with smoking. These warnings are effective to some degree however, there is no clear evidence if this kind of messaging works. One problem is that these warnings are seen nearly every day by smokers that they begin to lose their impact especially if they are communicating the same message.

Trying to quit smoking can be one of the toughest things to do especially if you have been smoking for a long time. Your dependency on nicotine can create intense cravings when the source of that nicotine is removed. Therefore you may need a number of strategies to strengthen your resolve or even help you with the decision to give up in the first place. One way is to work out how much smoking cigarettes is costing you. This is not in terms of the cost to your health but the cost to your pocket. For some people finding out how much they spend on trying to ruin their health is a great motivator to kick the habit once and for all.

Many people do not realise how much money they spend on cigarettes. When they do work it out they are shocked with how much they are wasting.

The idea is to work out how much you spend on cigarettes and relate that to what you could have bought such as something you have always wanted. Work out your monthly cost and multiply that by 12 months to arrive at an annual cost. You can even times the annual total by the number of years you have been smoking to give you an estimate of the total financial cost. You may find the final total is very sobering.

When you have worked out the weekly or monthly total relate that cost to an item that you would like to buy in the future such as a CD player or a pair of designer jeans.

When you are in the process of giving up then everyday that you do not smoke make a note of how much you have saved and put that towards the item that you want to buy. You can be creative with this method by setting yourself daily, weekly and monthly rewards to keep you motivated.

As the prices of cigarettes are getting more expensive it will not take to realise how much you can save by not buying cigarettes.

When one begins to look at various options pertaining to anxiety cures it can sometimes almost be confusing and daunting enough to trigger yet another anxiety or panic attack. This is definitely the case when one tries reading the insert inside the box of most medications prescribed to treat anxiety and panic.

We have all let the world around us become so complex and complicated that we have simply forgotten that sometimes things can be made a lot simpler than they first might seem. Maybe this is one of the reasons for the ever increasing numbers of anxiety and panic disorder sufferers the world over every year.

I believe in keeping things as simple as possible and this is especially true when it comes to anxiety cures or panic cures. We have been mentally programmed by advertising, the media and social circles to expect to need the help of the experts and professionals in order to be able to overcome our disorders.

This however need not always be the truth and is normally only a way to continue feeding the big money making machine of big business. Anxiety cures need not cost you lots of your hard earned money, rather they should be cost effective and be able to supply results in a very short period of time.

As far as anxiety cures go, what could be more effective than a short but powerful mental exercise which has been made so easy thanks to the aid of modern technology that anybody can literally use it and this mental exercise is called the Bagha.

This short mental exercise is designed so that the sufferer only need listen to it in order to achieve the same mental calmness and relaxation as a trained practitioner of meditation and then enables them to create an anchor point which they can use at any time when they feel the onset of another anxiety or panic attack.

The moment the anchor point is used, the sufferer will subconsciously be returned to this same relaxed and calm state of mind, thus removing the fuel which would have fed the development of another full blown attack.

The more you are able to overcome the individual attacks, the easier it becomes to overcome the anxiety or panic disorder as a whole. Now if that is not one of the most simple but effective panic or anxiety cures that there is, then I am not sure what is.

A diabetic diet plan must not necessarily be clean and clear of all delicious foods. Suffering from diabetes does not mean that you can no longer have the tasty foods. You must never consider that your diabetic diet plan has to be tasteless. There are many excellent diabetic recipes. These easy to cook dishes could bring variety to your menu and bring plenty of joy to the family.

Just dive in!

Salmon Snack

Ingredients

  • Salmon 6 oz
  • Green Pepper 1Tbsp
  • Sliced onion 1
  • Horseradish 1/4 tsp
  • French dressing 1Tbsp
  • Swiss cheese 3 oz
  • Tomato slices 6
  • Toast 3

Slice horseradish and salmon in small pieces. Mingle it with pepper and French dressing, divide it into 3 pieces. Spread the mixture on toast slices and add cheese, tomato slices and onion slices. Place it under the broiler till the cheese starts to bubble.
Green Pasta
Ingredients

  • Pasta 1 cup
  • Olive Oil 1tsp
  • Beans 1/2 cup
  • Broccoli 1/2 cup
  • Green Onion 1/2 cup

Cook pasta and put it aside for some time. Heat some olive oil in the pan and add beans, green onion and broccoli. Add some water and cook till vegetables are done. Mix vegetables and pasta. Put some cheese on it and wait till it melts.

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • Sugar 1 cup
  • Margarine 1/2 cup
  • Skimmed Milk 2 Tbsp
  • Egg whites 2
  • Bananas 3
  • All purpose flour 1 1/2 cup
  • Baking Powder 1/4 tsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda 1/2

Beat sugar substitute and margarine together. Add egg whites, banana and milk. Mix it well. Fold baking soda, salt and powder. Grease the bread loaf pan and pour this mixture into bread pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake it for 60 minutes.

Tomato Crostini

Ingredients

  • Tomatoes 4
  • Basil 1/4 cup
  • Olive oil 2 tsp
  • Garlic clove 1
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • Peasant bread 1/4 lb

Mix together basil, tomatoes, garlic, oil and pepper in a bowl. Cover it for 30 minutes. Serve it a room temperature with peasant bread.

Flavored Bran Yogurt
Mexican pharmacy no prescription
Ingredients

  • Banana/ Strawberry
  • Skimmed Milk 1 glass
  • Fat Free Yogurt 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extracts 1 tsp
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Bran flakes 1/4 cup

Take fresh fruit of your choice. Toss the fruit in the blender with skimmed milk and fat free yogurt, extract of vanilla, sugar and your favorite bran flakes. Blend all ingredients to get a smooth mix and pour in goblets. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon and enjoy it in breakfast.

There have been many different techniques offered up in the human challenge to quit smoking.

Amongst the litany of remedies and processes are the likes of: going cold turkey; using prescribed drugs; making use of Nicotine replacement products; cutting down gradually; and using any number of physical aids to replace the actions and feelings of connection with the cancer-causing stick.

One technique becoming more and more popular is that of hypnosis, or to give it its proper name: hypnotherapy.

Trained counsellors and experienced therapists have known for a long time now that all of our behaviours, addictions, likes and dislikes – all come from within, from the mind.

The strength and weakness of the mind is what allows us or encourages us to think and behave in certain ways. This leads to one person being extremely addicted to smoking, another who can take it or leave it, and a third who couldn’t imagine taking it up in the first place.

The power of hypnotherapy comes from placing the client in a very deep and relaxed state, where their very internal pathways of the mind can be tapped into and rewired. Our associations and links with behaviours such as smoking, can be questioned, analysed and completely overhauled. And it’s all within the overall control of the client themselves.

Many people have tried and failed to quit smoking with a huge array of synthetic and herbal concoctions, some with little or no success. Laser techniques and shock therapies have also been adopted by those who struggle more than most in giving up on their habit.

Hypnotherapy can offer a much safer, more relaxing, easier, softer and at times much more highly effective breakthrough in finally giving up the urge.

The negative effects of smoking are many: aging the skin through lack of oxygen; mouth cancer and gum disease; clogging of the arteries; heart attacks and strokes – the list is endless. Not only can stopping smoking aid the individual, it also assists all of society. There are many millions spent every year in the UK alone fighting the symptoms of smoking, and advertising and promoting the prevention of the problem.

For those already caught in the trap, soundbites and platitudes are too late in coming. They need help and most want help. After trying many techniques and sworn-by processes, they can feel close to giving up. Hypnotherapy can be the one untried thing that could finally support them to a longer term cessation of the addiction. The benefits are astounding and the results are remarkable.

Many women suffer from premenstrual syndrome and depression. Depression that stems from premenstrual syndrome is believed to be one of the most common types of depression among women according to mental health specialists in the United States. In its most severe form, the depression that women may experience that is directly related to the menstrual cycle is referred to as a medical condition that is called premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Many refer to this condition as PMDD for short. It is important to understand that fluctuations in the moods and even mild depression may be experienced by women before and/or during the menstrual cycle. However, when that depression starts to disrupt a person’s life, it is serious and should be treated as such.

Indicators of Premenstrual Syndrome Depression

There are several different signs and symptoms that could indicate that a woman is experiencing premenstrual syndrome depression. Medical professionals have established that the symptoms experienced by females facing this particular challenge may be both physiological and psychological.

This basically means that there could be both mental and physical indicators. Most women that experience depression associated with their menstrual cycle experience some degree of relief once the actual blood flow starts.

The following represents some indications that the condition may be a bit more severe than the typical depression that occurs with the monthly menstrual cycle:

• Many women may start to withdraw from their friends and relatives when experiencing this form of depression.

• The female may experience behavioral complications such as aggression.

• It is common for the female to feel extremely sad despite the fact that there is no logical reason for the mood that is being experienced.

• Drastic changes in the personality may be experienced. For example, the sufferer may appear or feel quite angry. It is common for irritability to occur as well.

• Many women suffer from complications remaining alert and being able to concentrate on tasks.

Anxiety is a common symptom among those that suffer from depression as a result of premenstrual syndrome.

Severe Complications

Many women that suffer from depression as a result of premenstrual syndrome will experience severe complications. There is a condition known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD that is considered to be a severe form of premenstrual syndrome, but it is a condition all in itself. It has been established that approximately eight percent of women in the United States suffer from this issue.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

• Many will experience behaviors that are considered to be negative in basis.

• Many women will experience different degrees of guilt and even feelings of hopelessness.

• The individual suffering from this form of depression may withdraw socially from their loved ones.

• Many may feel a total loss of control over their lives.

• Poor performance in the home, at work, and at school is typical among those experiencing this form of premenstrual syndrome depression.

If you or someone that you know is suffering from premenstrual syndrome and depression and it seems to be related to the menstrual cycle, it is important to seek medical attention. A doctor will be able to assist in the treatment of the illness.

What does acupuncture have to do with weight loss? In an acupuncture practice, questions like this one are common. You can substitute any number of health related issues for weight loss, as many people believe acupuncture is simply a pain relief technique and nothing more. I hope to give you a little insight as to an acupuncturist’s view of weight loss and more importantly, a perspective of overall health, which is the essence of a sane life.

First let us start with the basics, such as what exactly acupuncture is. Literally, the insertion of ultra fine needles into “points” on the body associated with the alleviation of a given discomfort. The needles are inserted.3.8 of an inch deep on average and are retained for 15 20 minutes per session. Now how does acupuncture work? From a scientific perspective, acupuncture works with the sympathetic nervous system and the circulatory system along with many other physiological systems to regulate the body in a given situation (see acupuncture NIH Consensus Statement, 1997 for more detailed scientific information). Common acupuncture points lie on one of 14 main vessels and those points on the same vessel are related to each other through a system of electromagnetic waves known traditionally as “Qi” (pronounced Chee).

So what does all this mean in relationship to weight loss? I tell my patients that there is no magic pill or needle to help them lose weight. The most important aspects in any weight loss program are one’s relationship to food and to themselves. In order for weight loss to be maintained, it must be based on life changes rather than changes over the next 3 months. Nutrition and exercise will always be a focus, without which there is no healthy loss of weight. That being said, regular acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas can be an extremely useful aid in the reduction of food based cravings, as well as a powerful spark to metabolism and digestion. From a physical perspective, acupuncture can provide relief from nagging injuries which prevent a person from engaging in regular exercise. Emotionally, acupuncture is widely used for stress reduction in the form of depression relief or ease of anxiety. This is an often overlooked aspect of weight loss, though a major factor in the loss of motivation to attempt an exercise program.

Spiritually, one must have enough love and respect for themselves in order to engage in change for the better. From an overall health perspective, we see that acupuncture will affect the entire person, physically, emotionally and spiritually in an effort to achieve wellness and open the door to personal growth and expansion (or in this case, personal reduction)!

5 Techniques to Live By
-Be Mindful of your eating habits: pay attention to what you eat and where it came from
Exercise for vigor! Your life will change with 30 minutes per day
-Have a practitioner or coach to help direct you. Maps are better when they have already been written
-Mindful meditation will allow you to stay focused on your goal
-Remember a mantra to make weight loss an exciting experience rather than a struggle
-Ask a licensed professional for herbal suggestions

When I decided that I had smoked long enough and it was time to quit, I set my long-term intention (see the first article in the series) as well as daily short-term goals.

If you have been using tobacco products for some time, you know how hard it is to quit. You throw away your cigarettes or other tobacco product, and start out determined to change your life. Not too far into the process, you find the desire to indulge increasing. You tell yourself, “no, I’m not going to smoke”. You try hard to keep your will power strong, but usually, in the end, you give in. It’s just too challenging and the rewards too nebulous for your will power to be successful.

I want to congratulate you for quitting for however short a time you were successful! And you were successful! Even if only for an hour, or for a day or even years. When you succumbed and picked the habit back up, it’s not because you failed. You picked it up again because you were trying to get your needs met. The trick here is to change the response to certain triggers in your environment or your mind that bring you back to smoking (or any other habit).

Following is the process I used to quit smoking. You can use this process for just about any habit you want to change, or any change you want to bring into your life. My long-term intention was to be smoke free.

Step 1: Set your intention.

The first thing I did was focus on all the things about smoking I didn’t like. I was tired of spending so much money on something that was smelly, dirty and unhealthy; I didn’t like smelling like an ashtray; my health was beginning to suffer; I was short of breath; and it was getting more expensive every day. Writing these down and getting really focused on what I didn’t want helped me shift into what I did want.

Connecting to what I did want and setting the time frame to accomplish it was the next step. I firmly put in mind the results I wanted to achieve and set my intention to be tobacco free within 6 months.

Next I set daily goals. I took it in small steps. I wrote down daily my intentions and goals in the form of affirmation and repeated them throughout the day.

There is something about putting pen to paper and getting our thoughts and feelings out that works deep down in our subconscious. It almost seems, at times, that the act of working things through in writing allows us to reprogram our subconscious, especially if we are doing it over and over. So, to set an intention, write out what the overall goal is you want to achieve, then look at how you can accomplish this goal on a daily basis.

Step 2: Affirm your intention at least twice a day.

I decided that there were three basic things I would do every day to make myself more conscious of smoking. First, I wouldn’t smoke in my car. Second, I wouldn’t smoke in my house. And third, whenever I thought I wanted a cigarette, I would put it off for at least 10 minutes, then half an hour, then an hour, and so on, while getting involved in something I enjoyed. Whenever we shift our focus of attention, our mind has to follow along. It can’t focus on more than one or two things at a time. By shifting from smoking to something I liked, I was able to put off smoking eventually for long periods of time. I just forgot to have that cigarette 10 minutes later.

As I became more consciously aware of my habit, I quit the automatic lighting up. The more clear I became about my goals, the longer I was able to go without smoking.

Every morning, I wrote out my affirmations and set my intentions for the day. I said them aloud several times to allow my mind to hear and see them. I used as many of my senses as I could. Soon I was comfortable not smoking in my car or my house. And there were times it was just too inconvenient to get up and go outside.

I had reminders on my fridge, bathroom mirror, the dashboard of my car. A reminder might be one of your intentions, or the final goal. Mine was, “I am smoke free.

Look for Part 3 of the series, How To Quit Smoking In Six Months.

A proper diet is important for children, especially for those who are suffering from autism.

It is very obvious that the parents want to give their autistic children the correct diet in perfect intervals. So the parents don’t want to disturb the care process, they need some special diet control. With help of this article autism child’s parents can able to get idea about diet consideration.

Specific Diet Consideration for Autism in Children: Considering Medications

Some pharmacologic treatments are recommended for children with autism. Some of these medications are like Risperidone which is a form of Haloperidol that are specific to their targets and are applicable for children with high temper and aggressive behavior.

Those having tendency of being hyperactive are advised to take these medicines. Few other medications like clomipramine (Anafranil), naltrexone (ReVia), clonidine (Catapres), are used as stimulators to reduce the agitation of self-injury, hyperactive and obsessive behaviors with definite and remarkable outcome. The use of these medicines and drugs definitely affects diet considerations for autism in children.

Central Nervous System (CNS) drugs cause side effects and some of them are caused by Haloperidol, Risperidone and Clomipramine which can affect diet considerations for autism in children. For those who feel dryness of the mouth, artificial saliva or synthetic saliva is recommended by increasing water intake.

Apart from that addition, it is recommended that the CNS drugs should be taken in after meals. It is also advisable to avoid them since they may cause abdominal pain. In case of constipation, indigestion, and diarrhea it is recommended to increase amount of water intake and include more fiber in the diet. It is strictly advised to avoid alcohol at all times since it negatively interacts with CNS drugs like Haloperidol, Risperidone and Clomipramine.

New Research Sheds Light on Special Diet Considerations for Autism in Children

According to surveys, the research on diet consideration for autism is one of the interesting and emerging fields in children with autism gastrointestinal (or gut) function in the pathophysiology of autism. The research suggests that the “hostile” microbiologic environment and functioning of the digestive tract contributed to autism.

There are few limitations and medications lack in identifying these below mentioned factors. These might be as a result of genetic change, environmental effect, even neuro developmental, behavioral factor or even immunological disorder. There is a huge need of experts who can work for the cause and develop some solution to the problem, combine the hypothesis and conclude with a concrete solution.

Back pain for some is irritating. For others it is very debilitating. While the immediate objective is to make it go away, in reality it never goes away. It just goes to sleep for a while, but definitely wakes back up. Back pain often recurs and this should catch our attention. While recurrences appear to be unrelated or separate episodes, this is not the case. Understanding why this happens can help people care for their more serious health problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and digestive disturbances.

When back pain returns, it is interesting to observe that often the pain lasts longer. Other changes follow suit because injuries create compensatory responses that the nervous system memorizes. The short answers is this: when the spine is injured and joints are fixated, this sends repetitive nerve signals that change blood pressure, breathing, causing dizziness, increased pain severity and organ dysfunction.

One of the most important examples I can give is how spinal changes can put significant stress on the nervous system contributing to prediabetes. Approximately 60% of Americans are overweight. According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.6 million people are newly diagnosed and 57 million are prediabetic. We have awareness of diet and exercise, but spinal care can make an even greater impact.

How do we go from back pain to diabetes? It starts with tissue damage caused by mechanical, chemical, or emotional stress. They are each different sources of stress, but the body responds the same way. The damage doesn’t cause immediate pain but it does make the nervous system respond in a hyperactive manner. When signals reach the brain, cortisol is secreted. This makes insulin less effective and blood sugar levels increase.

There is a chiropractic test that checks for a specific curvature in the upper spine. This finding can indicate the body is overwhelmed by stress and is unable to maintain healthy glucose levels. This test can also determine if spinal pain is reacting to digestive disturbances. Pain can go away very easily with various treatments and drugs, however, the subtle changes that remain in the body due to nervous system re-patterning are still affecting a person’s health.

When sickness seems to happen more often, or the body doesn’t heal as quickly, we need to think about the nervous system’s ability respond. We can manage our stress levels, but the body needs to be neurologically re-patterned so a prevention plan of diet and exercise can actual work.

This is where chiropractic adjustments play a role in maintaining health. The most profound measurement of body health is the level of an active enzyme indicating the body is combating oxidative stress and reversing DNA damage. A 2005 study showed people getting adjusted on a regular basis had significantly higher levels of this corrective enzyme.

Recurrent back pain can be an indicator that healing is impaired and influencing silent processes of aging such as prediabetes and DNA damage. Adding chiropractic to an individual’s life style plan can increase positive outcomes. If diet and exercise are not working, call a chiropractor.

Depression is the term commonly used to describe emotional changes or it is a mental illness related to body, thoughts, and minds. There are some warning signs of depression and tips that can be used to deal with someone who is depressed. The depression symptoms enlisted below.

Warning signs of depression

Warning signs of depression depends on the age and various other factors. The warning signs of depression for children, teenagers, and adults are different.

Low self esteem: A depressed person always feels that he/she is worthless and is obsessed with a guilt feeling. They mostly have an unclear outlook towards reality. They often criticize themselves and also think about committing suicide and ending this worthless life.

Alterations in energy levels: They also face alterations in energy levels such as sometimes they become inactive or frustrated and angry. They experience difficulty in making decisions, have faulty memory, and less concentration.

Psychotic symptoms: People with serious depression may sometimes have hallucinations or delusions. Such people should be hospitalized.

Changes in food habits and sleep: There are many changes in the food habits. They may lack appetite or sometimes have an increased feeling of hunger. There may be disturbances in the sleep patterns of such person as well. They may either tend to oversleep or sleep for a shorter duration.

Apart from these other warning signs include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Suicidal tendency
  • Lack of interest in social activities
  • Frequently feeling frustrated, angry, anxious, and worried

How to deal with Depression

The first and foremost thing required for helping someone who is fighting depression is to collect information about depression. It should include information such as what exactly is depression, its warning signs, and depression treatment

Once you have a brief idea about depression disability, only then you would be able to track the problem of your loved ones, depression causes, and the right treatment required for the depression. There are a large number reliable resources available such as the Internet, health magazines, and journals where you can find such information

Know the facts and misconceptions about depression and try to think about the affected person i.e. how the person feels in that situation. This would help you to know the problem in a better way and also help you to handle it properly

Avoid getting annoyed, frustrated, and upset on the depressed person. It would have a negative impact on him/her

Take proper care of yourself and discuss the situation. Vent your anger with a close relative or a friend

Give a patient hearing to the depressed person’s problems or emotional break outs. Share with them information and facts about depression and make them understand that they can come out of it. They may have a low self esteem about themselves. Explain to them that they are not weak or useless

They would normally do all their regular chores and activities. They might get angry and refuse to do certain other things. This doesn’t mean that the person doesn’t love you anymore. Don’t pressurize them to do anything they don’t want to do

Giving the right medicines and treatment is the most crucial task to be considered while dealing with a depressed person. Take out the fears of the depressed person about the treatment, make them aware that they are not mad, and the problem will be soon sought out

Help them to cope with depression and give them assurances in a suitable form they accept. Refer to online sites and collect information about the ways to cope up suicidal tendencies. Try to bring them out of these suicidal tendencies

Make them feel that you are not frustrated or angry with them. Give them unconditional love and a feeling of belongingness