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Headaches are quite common. Everybody gets them, albeit some are more severe than others and some can indicate something more severe. Everyone has had them - sinus and allergy headaches, migraines, etc... This article will answer the questions of what causes them and how we should treat them.

Headaches Defined and Treatments that Actually Work

Headaches Defined and Treatments that Actually WorkCopyright 2006 David MaillieHeadaches are quite common. Everybody gets them, albeit some are more severe than others and some can indicate something more severe. Everyone has had them - sinus and allergy headaches, migraines, etc... This article will answer the questions of what causes them and how we should treat them.Tension and allergy related headaches. When you feel pressure in your sinus areas or if you feel pressure around the top part of your head this is what you are experiencing. They are usually a dull bothersome ache that feels like a weight hanging from that area. They also tend to slow your reactions and make you lethargic. They can last from a few hours to a few days.Allergy headaches are usually associated with sneezing, stuffy nose, and can drain from one side to the other. Treatment for these headaches is similar - acetaminophnen (ibuprofen) usually works to reduce the severity of this headache. Also, Claritin works well for alergy related symptoms. For more severe tension headaches doctors have been known to use oxygen machines and a few injectable drugs that give a more immediate effect.Migraines. These can be quite serious and are by far the most painful. They feel like a burst blood vessel or artery as they have a pulsing feel to them. They can be so painful that they can make you sick to your stomach (nausea), cause light sensativity and even virtigo. Migraines are quite prevalent and can also indicate something more severe like a brain tumor, a weakened blood vessel, abnormal changes in blood pressure and pH, etc... Repeated patterns of migraines or other headaches should be brought to the attention of your doctor for this reason. Your body many times will tell you when something is wrong and a abnormal or irregular headache or bodyache that has become chronic is a good indication that something may be off. It may be as simple as a hormonal imbalance, new stress, etc... Regardless, your doctor knows best and it should be brought to their attention. There are over the counter products that contain pain relievers and caffeine that may work. Doctors usually prescribe beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and other various narcotics.Cluster or frontal headaches. These tend to be due to stress and the work environment usually. Glare from your computer monitor, strain from wearing the wrong prescription or incorrect and outdated prescription corrective lenses. I can't stress this enough. Once a year, every year, go and get a routine eye exam. Your eyes will be healthier and you will be glad you did. These headaches tend to have a very sharp, stabbing pain. They tend to occur more often in males and are shortest in duration. Usually over the counter medicines are very helpful with these headaches. For more severe forms doctors will prescribe narcotics and similar.These are the main types of headaches and treatments for them. Many doctors have lately found mental relaxation techniques like Yoga to be quite helpful in reducing and preventing headaches. This article is for information purposes only. For correct dignosis and medical advice you should seek the appropriately trained physician as they can best test, evaluate and recommend a course of treatment for you. If you experience irregular, sharp and severe headaches that are new, get to a doctor or hospital right away as it could be an indication of or a precursor of a stroke, aneurysm, or other medical emergency.

The Wonders Of Medicines

The Wonders Of Medicines

There are probably more medicines than there are illnesses to be cured. We all know that medicines are developed to make us feel better when we are feeling sick. However, most people don't realize that all medicines have risks as well as benefits. Medicines may cause unwanted side effects or drug interactions with food or with other medicines you may be taking. Benefits of over-the-counter and prescription medicines must outweigh its known risk before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve its sale to the general public. The FDA can withdraw a medication from the market if found to cause harmful "side effects" . The benefits of medicines are the positive effects you get when you take them, such as lowering blood pressure, curing bacterial infection or relieving back pain. The risks of medicines are the chances that something unwanted or unexpected could happen to you when you use them. Some risks could be less serious, such as a headache, or more serious, such as liver damage. In order to reduce the risks, always follow the directions carefully when taking medicines. Medicines are chemical substances or compounds that are used for the treatment and prevention of diseases and its symptoms. Advances in medications have enabled doctors to a find cure to many diseases and save lives.Today's medicines come from varied sources. Some medicines have been developed from substances found in nature, such as plant extracts. But most medicines are produced and developed in laboratories using chemical mixtures, or by products of organisms, such as fungus. And a few medicines are even biologically engineered by inserting genes into bacteria that make them produce the desired substance.Medications come in different forms, such as tablets, pills, liquids, drops, creams, gels, ointments, inhalers, patches, injectables.Some medicines can cure an illness by killing or stopping the spread of invading germs, such as bacteria and viruses. Others are used for cancer treatments by killing cells as they divide to prevent them from multiplying. Some drugs simply replace missing substances or correct abnormally low levels of natural body chemicals such as certain hormones or vitamins. Medicines can also affect parts of the nervous system that control a particular body process.Antibiotic is a type of medicine to fight "bacterial infection" s like strep throat or an ear infection. These medicines help the body's immune system to fight off the infection by killing the bacteria or stopping their multiplication. Some medicines can only treat the symptoms but can't cure the illness that causes the symptoms. For example, taking a lozenge may soothe a sore throat, but it won't kill that nasty strep bacteria. There are medicines for pain relief to treat pulled muscles. They block the pathways that transmit pain signals from the injured or irritated body part to the brain to lessen the pain.Immunizations are medical treatments that keep people from getting sick through vaccines. They contain parts or products of infectious organisms or whole germs that have been modified or killed. Vaccine helps the body's immune system to fight off infection by that germ.Some people find it a hassle to take medicines. But these are the most effective treatments available for many illnesses. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication to avoid further aggravating your condition. Inform your health care provider about all of the medicines and supplements you are using to avoid possible "drug interactions" . It is important to mention if you are pregnant or nursing to avoid harmful effects to the unborn.

3 Principles For Overcoming Fitness Obstacles

3 Principles For Overcoming Fitness Obstacles

If youre like me, the quest to be in shape and manage weight feels overwhelming. And, as if the quest to be fit isnt hard enough, theres often other obstacles to overcome: health issues, time management, mustering up courage or energy. Even if youve been exercising for a long time, theres always new barriers to be broken. So, how to put all of this into perspective?According to Tom Turner, executive liaison for the Spina Bifida Association thats exactly it: Perspective. And also, according to him, theres no mountain too high to climb. Tom would know. Paralyzed from the waist down since birth hes now 35 and trains about three times a week. In fact, he tells me, he just couldnt get along without exercise.So in my quest for the last word on overcoming barriers in fitness, Tom sat down with me and together we came up with 3 basic principles that will help break-down fears and intimidations when striving to reach fitness goals. (After all, if he can exercise on a regular basis, shouldnt that be encouragement enough for anyone to give it a shot?)Principle #1 Move Into The Fear.Train you mind to believe no mountain is too high or any goal is too difficult to attain, Tom tells me. Basically, its all about meeting your fears and facing them head-on. In this principle, aim to recognize your fears, acknowledge them and then move through them. Ask yourself what is it that makes you uncomfortable? Have you let yourself get out of shape and are afraid youll never get back? Do you have an injury thats caused you to be afraid of your body? If you can visualize creatively, then you can put your fears in check. See your self as youd like to be. Remember: your body loves you and has the potential to heal itself to perfection. Your only job is to trust it and listen.Q: What is your body saying to you?Principle #2 Trust Your Intuition.It is important when overcoming obstacles and learning to break through barriers that you begin to listen to the still small voice of your body. In most cases, we all want the comfort of having someone telling us what we can and cannot do. However, our highest truth lies within us. This is not to say that the good opinion of others is not important, but ultimately the decision making comes from within.When facing a challenge or an obstacle look to how you feel. What are your instincts telling you? Often it is simply your instinct that will move you into a new mindset and raise your consciousness. I wasnt about to let the wheelchair stand in my way, Tom tells me. In fact, he says he had to merely change his perspective about it. He says he first had to learn about what his restrictions were then, create a boundary for himself. We all have boundaries, he tells me. "Regardless if a person can walk or not, obstacles are as unique as people themselves. Therefore, its first best to know your boundaries."Next, Tom tells me he aims to meet those boundaries. I first reach as high as I can within the confines of what I am able to do. Whether it be more sets, reps or greater endurance, I allow myself as much time as necessary to accomplish my small goals. It always surprises me, with small steps, how quickly I can reach a Big goal.Principle #3 Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.What then, about fear? I wanted to know. If we move into the fear and meet it eye to eye what if fear meets us there? So, I asked Tom: are you ever afraid? After 19 operations in my life, Ive really come to terms with fear, he says. It really comes down to our most primal fear; fear of death. Once you realize that death is all part of the divine plan, its liberating, you can let it go and, instead, choose how to live. So instead of being afraid of death I decided to choose how to live."So whats the take away message? Talking to Tom, Im reminded of the poem by Dylan Thomas who said: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night. It seems appropriate here. The bottom line: Staying afraid often keeps us from truly living. Tom reminds me that a positive attitude is key, "Life is all about attitude." He also says he could let fear beat him down, yet he doesnt. I wouldnt want to miss being part of tomorrow, he concludes. That said, what fears are getting in your way? Make today the right time to face them.In conclusion: Life Beyond The Boundaries.When youve faced your fears and pushed your boundaries to the edges, what then? I wanted to know. Tom smiles. Find a new mountain to climb, he says matter-of-factly. Its what makes life fun. I know I have considerations. I know that there will be days that Ill need to stay in bed and rest while my braces are getting tuned up. Its those times when I am with my thoughts that I decide what I am going to set my sights on.Authors Note: In my personal quest to live beyond the boundaries Ive chosen Tom as my role model (lucky for me, he's my brother). We so often look to the media for these sources and so often they are illusory. There are real people everywhere doing great things...look around you; angels are everywhere! Learn from them. Choose someone you look up to, admire or of whom you appreciate their values. Set goals, climb mountains! Set intention in motion and enjoy the healthy process.

What do Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron have in common?

What do Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron have in common?

They all quit smoking with hypnosis. We all know that celebrities love to follow a trend - and, with smoking way down on the list of things that you should do in life - more and more famous people are turning to hypnosis to break their bad habits.Let's face it - quitting smoking is hard, whether you're famous or not. It doesn't matter how bad you want to quit, sometimes actually being able to break the physical and mental addiction is something we just can't do on our own. But, the fact is that smoking could shorten your lifespan, it makes your life miserable and it eats up all your money.So, it's no surprise that celebrities like these four have given hypnosis a try. Sometimes, having someone else deal with an addiction for you is just a lot easier than having to do it yourself. Matt Damon, for example, is said to have "quit smoking" straight after just three sessions with his hypnotherapist. As he said afterwards: "It's amazing I didn't even want cigarettes any more." Ellen DeGeneres, on the other hand, was cured on her TV show by a guest hypnotherapist on the spur of the moment. She was so grateful to have found an instant cure that she told him:"You've helped me tremendously and probably saved my life, definitely changed my life." And, Drew Barrymore managed to kick a two to three pack a day habit that she had had since her teens with the help of hypnosis.So, why are the rich and famous turning to hypnosis to cure their bad habits? The fact is that it just plain works and, as word gets out how effective it can be, more and more smokers want to get help this way.If you want to quit smoking then hypnosis could be the ideal solution for you. Going down this route could see you quit smoking in an instant - unlike other methods such as nicotine patches or gum which could take months to wean you off and which could have nasty side effects. And, it's a whole lot easier than going cold-turkey.Hypnosis simply works to make you want to quit smoking on a subconscious level. You do have to WANT to quit for it to work but - if you do - then there's no reason why it won't work for you. And, you don't have to be rich and famous to be able to see the benefits here.The fact is that more and people who are desperate to quit smoking are turning to hypnotherapy as a solution. These people may have been trying to quit for years or may have just made the decision to try - it doesn't matter what stage you are at, hypnosis can help.It's now even possible to use hypnosis to quit smoking at home - for example, Valerie Dawson's 'Stop Smoking Fast And Easy Program' can help you quit in just one session (an amazing two sessions less than it took Matt Damon!). Don't believe it could happen to you? Then take a look at www.stopsmokingfastandeasy.com - and take a couple of minutes to listen to the free audio before you make your mind up. The program comes with a no risk 100% money-back guarantee - so, you have nothing to lose but your nicotine habit and everything to gain!

The Quest For The Fountain Of Youth

Aging is inevitable. But it seems age is always an issue most especially to women who would go to such length as exhausting all means to hide or delay the proof of age. Some people are gifted with firm, supple and naturally blushed skin that they can convincingly lie about their real age with less effort. However, some people are not as lucky and may suffer from dry skin, crow's feet and wrinkles that add more years to their appearance and look older than their actual age. The cosmetics industry is a multi-billion dollar business thanks to the men and women around the world who are continuously searching for the fountain of youth. And since the aging process is unavoidable, skin care treatments and anti-aging products will continue to sell like hot cakes.The Aging ProcessFor both men and women, the aging process transforms the skin in relation with hormonal activity, environment as well as one's personal hygiene and skin care habits. When people reach the age of puberty, hormonal changes occur as the body quickly and excessively produces testosterone which results to acne breakouts. Stress, certain diets and medications can also trigger hormonal disturbance which may cause skin irritations. Sun exposure, wind and climate may cause sun burn, dryness, even skin cancer. And poor hygiene will definitely encourage bacterial skin infection which could lead to more serious conditions.Skin care treatments can help prevent visible signs of aging, if not totally retaining the supple, toned and youthful skin texture. Men are just as prone to skin ailments and premature aging as women. And regardless of gender, there is so much more to "skin care treatment" s than just a desire to look youthful. Skin Care SolutionsHealthy skin begins from the inside and is projected outside. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can hold-off premature skin aging. A well-balanced diet filled with natural vitamins and minerals will promote healthy skin for a lifetime. Keep your body and your skin hydrated by avoiding smoking and drinking a lot of water or fruit juices. Doing some exercise can relieve stress, thus, helps fight aging. Cleansing with cool water and mild skin cleanser product twice daily can keep the pores clear of dirt and oil, allowing the skin to breathe. It can also minimize the appearance of unsightly blemishes. Be sure that your skin cleanser matches your skin type. For oily skin, use oil-free products. For sensitive skin, use hypoallergenic cleanser. Never use deodorant soap on your face as it may dry your skin out and cause it to become irritated. Applying moisturizers on your face twice daily can also help hydrate the skin. People in their forties should consider using an anti-aging or anti-wrinkle night cream to help preserve or restore smoothness and texture of the skin. It is important that men should use moisturizer particularly after shaving. Lubricating ther skin will help stave off wrinkles and discoloration. Aftershave should only be applied to the neck as it may irritate or burn the face, particularly if it contains alcohol. Body lotion, on the other hand, is advised for people of all ages.Sun protection is vital to prevent damage to your skin. No matter how young or old a person is, too much sun exposure may result in sunburn due to the UV rays emitted by the sun. Wearing sunblock or moisturizer of at least SPF 15 can reduce chances of developing wrinkles and age spots. The sun's radiation is at it's peak from 10 AM 4 PM even during cloudy weather. Spa TreatmentsNowadays, it is much easier to take care of one's skin than in the past due to the availability of new and improved skin care solutions and products out in the market as well as the proliferation of spa clinics everywhere you go. Media hype helps in conditioning the mind set about skin pampering outside of your homes. These spa treatments cater not only for women but even to men as well. It should not make the male population feel less of a man by indulging in a massage or facial treatment after work. Most men are very much into the trend nowadays more than you might think. There are treatments created with men in mind that will guarantee a refreshed, rejuvenated and healthy feeling afterward. Natural Skin CareMore often than not, we can find remedies to most skin care problems from nature itself. As the clich goes...the world's largest forests act as Mother Nature's pharmacies. They contain all the important "skin care solutions" we need to ward off disease, cure minor ailments and nourish our skin and bodies. Healthy LifestyleCaring for your whole body is the most effective way to achieve healthy skin. Relax and find ways to unwind at the end of each day to eliminate stress from your life. It is important to exercise regularly and make sure to eat a well-balanced diet. Avoid smoking and cut down on fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine. These simple guidelines can help you achieve healthy skin as well as your whole well-being for years to come.

Himalayan Goji Juice

There are seven steps of Goji juice manufacturing process. 1. SelectionVine-ripened, Himalayan-quality berries are meticulously harvested and classified according to Spectral Signature analysis.2. Goji Berry Purification and InspectionHimalayan goji berries are gently washed at a licensed, government-inspected juicing facility.3. Goji Juicing ProcessCold pressed, the Goji berries are juices to a puree through a micro-fine screen to take out seeds and stems.4. Goji Puree Analysis and TestingSubjected to complete nutrient and microbiology examination, the Goji puree is analyzed for absence of pesticide residues.5. Proprietary Chill-BlendingTo preserve the balance and content of the active polysaccharides, the puree is mixed with natural ingredients utilizing exclusive recipe and proprietary chill-blending methods.6. Cold-Fill Process of Himalayan Goji JuiceHimalayan Goji juice is cold-filled into expensive, plasticizer-free pharmaceutical bottles. This offers superior protection as compared to glass with no possibility of leaching.7. Goji Juice Final TestingFinished Himalayan Goji Juice is subjected to an exhaustive battery of tests, including polysaccharide analysis, full microbiological testing, and a final Spectral test.Goji juice when opened should not be left out for any more than a couple of hours, the same steps you would take for any food or beverage that must be refrigerated after opened. Goji juice is different because it has never any added sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors or flavors.Freshness preservation is required to keep Goji juice chill-blended product from spoiling. Less than one-tenth of 1% of naturally-derived sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate in Himalayan Goji Juice is used.Potassium sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid. Sorbic acid is a natural ingredient of many fruits and vegetables. Sodium benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid. Benzoic acid is a natural component of berries. Both ingredients are two of the safest preservatives that can be used in food products. They are so safe that they are even on the FDAs GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) list. The only way to totally avoid preservatives would be to hot-fill the Goji juicet in glass bottles. Hot filling would destroy our delicate active ingredientsthe bioactive polysaccharides.

Summary

Headaches are quite common. Everybody gets them, albeit some are more severe than others and some can indicate something more severe. Everyone has had them - sinus and allergy headaches, migraines, etc... This article will answer the questions of what causes them and how we should treat them.