Why your Detox is Making you Sick: Must-Read Article Reveals Dangers of Aggressive Detoxing

detoxI can’t tell you how many people have told me that a “detox” protocol made them feel extremely ill. They take detox supplements, pills or tinctures, and within a few hours they suffer dizziness, diarrhea, chills, outbreaks or even vomiting. These symptoms range from mild to severe, depending on the person and what they’ve taken. Such is the legacy of what I’m calling Continue reading

Big Pharma Invents yet Another Disease to Sell Deadly Drugs: ‘Shift Work Disorder’

shiftNow Used to Push Medication that May Kill You

Ever heard of “shift work disorder?” It’s a new disease being played up by the pharmaceutical industry to sell drugs so dangerous that even the home page of the drug website admits the drug may kill you. Continue reading

Herb Marjoram Shows Promise in Breast Cancer Treatment

marjoramIs the cure for breast cancer hiding in your spice rack?

You use it for cooking… and as a garnish…and now, a tasty herb that’s hiding in your spice rack right now could one day soon unlock a powerful new cure for deadly breast cancer.

A new study out of Continue reading

How to Prevent Accidental Poisoning At Home

Poison control centers report that more than half of the incidents they handle each year involve children under the age of six. The majority of these poisoning injuries result from the inadvertent ingestion of common household substances. Learning to reduce the likelihood of a poisoning incident in your home is an essential part of safe parenting and childcare provision, simply because even the most Continue reading

A Specific Yoga Can Help Treat Neck Pain

It’s been widely accepted that yoga can help with lower back pain. But, a new study from Immanuel Hospital in Berlin has indicated that yoga can also help reduce chronic neck pain as well.

There are several different causes of chronic neck pain, including many different structural dysfunctions in the neck, and the results Continue reading

Dementia Protection without the Side Effects

I’d never fault anyone for doing everything they thought necessary to ward off dementia. If you’ve ever watched a loved one struggle with this debilitating condition, you know what a heartbreak it can be.

But, if like me, you believe that the first rule of medicine should still be, “Do no harm,” Continue reading

What Might be Causing Your Dizziness

dizzyDizziness is one of those symptoms that are so common that the underlying explanations are vast. The key to figuring it out — other than seeing a doctor — is understanding the symptoms. If you are dizzy and nothing else, it is likely a minor, temporary problem. Continue reading

This Rice Could Combat Cholesterol

Red yeast rice is a part of Chinese cuisine (food coloring for Peking duck) as well as a medicinal agent. It is prepared by using a type of yeast, “Manascus purpureus,” fermented with rice, which was first recorded as being used during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It also carries some excellent possibilities for lowering cholesterol.

There are many chemicals in red yeast rice, including starch, sterols, isoflavones, monounsaturated fatty acids, and monacolins. Monacolin K is actually a statin; specifically, lovastatin, a commonly prescribed cholesterol- lowering drug. Continue reading

The Acid That Battles Diabetes Side Effects

About one in five patients with diabetes suffers from diabetic neuropathy — so it is very common. It’s the result of nerve damage by compromised small blood vessels surrounding the nerve. It occurs most frequently in diabetic patients with prolonged high blood sugar levels.

Patients with diabetic neuropathy may experience these symptoms: stabbing pains; burning sensation, especially in the evening; muscle twitching; impaired speech; difficulty swallowing; muscle weakness; dizziness; blurred vision; drooping eyelid; chronic diarrhea; reduced sensation anywhere in the body; and, most commonly, numbness and tingling sensation in the extremities.

In general,  Continue reading

Philips Unveils New Eco-Friendly Incandescent Bulb

Touted by environmentalists as a more efficient and longer-lasting alternative to the incandescent bulbs, GEs compact fluorescent light bulbs save you money and energy. They last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, and offer a choice of soft white or color options.

Consumers got on the bandwagon and bought them in droves, many lighting their entire household with these CFL’s. But are they safe? Not according to recent reports. Waste industry officials and some environmental scientists warn that the bulbs pose a threat to health and the environment. This is of pressing concern as the federal government has slotted incandescent bulbs to be phased out in 2012, to be replaced by these CFLs. Continue reading

Home Remedies Series – Dizziness

Dizziness is commonly described as a feeling of light-headedness, unsteadiness and the feeling that you are about to faint. Dizziness is also commonly associated with the feeling that you or your surroundings seem to rotate endlessly. Such type of dizziness is medically referred to as ‘vertigo’. Dizziness essentially shakes the balance of the individual. The sense of balance depends on a variety of information processed by the brain after receiving inputs from eyes, inner ears and the nervous system.

Loss of balance or feeling dizzy is experienced in the event of signals sent to the brain not being processed due to contradiction in messages or mal- function in sensory systems. Dizziness is among the most common complaints after backache to be experienced by a large majority of people especially older adults. There are various causes that lead to dizziness. Dizziness can be a single short experience or lead to occasional or frequent spells. Though it is not a serious disorder it is important to diagnose the cause and eliminate the reason.

Symptoms of Dizziness

The common symptoms experienced during a spell of dizziness

– Loss of balance

– Light headedness

– Feeling of fainting

– Weakness

– Feeling of continuous rotation of self or surroundings

– Blurring of vision as head spins

– Nausea

Causes of Dizziness

The key causes that lead to dizziness

– Sudden drop in blood pressure or dehydration may inhibit blood to the brain causing lightheadedness.

– Dizziness may be accompanied by various disorders such as: allergies, hypoglycemia, common cold, fever, diarrhea, vomiting or flu.

– Loss of balance or spinning sensation may be related to a malfunction in at least two of three main organs that contribute to our sense of balance: inner ears, eyes or the nervous system.

– Serious disorders that may cause dizziness are: stroke, heart attack, severe drop in blood pressure.

Common home remedies to treat dizziness

– Enhance maintaining balance by learning exercises from a trained physiotherapist

– Reduce stress

– Practice Aerobic exercises

– Develop a regular sleep pattern

– Treat the disorder which is causing dizziness

Diet for Dizziness

People prone to dizziness are advised to avoid foods/ drinks such as

– Iced Tea

– Pina Coladas

– Diet Drinks/ Artificial Sweetener

– Caffeine

– Alcohol

– Tobacco

– Eating sweet and salty foods together

It is important to drink ample water, a minimum of 8-12 glasses of water to ensure blood pressure doesn’t drop due to exercise, high stress activities or due to a hot climate.

Other suggestions and Tips

– It is advisable to sit immediately when you feel dizzy to avoid any possible injuries

– Avoid taking on high stress or concentration requiring activities such as driving a car or operating machinery if you experience frequent dizziness spells

– Rise slowly from bed or spend a few minutes in bed before waking up this helps normalize blood pressure

– Dizziness could be an outcome of side effects caused by intake of certain drugs such as antihistamines and blood pressure medications. Check with the doctor before continuing the dosage

Home Remedies Series – Vertigo

Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo is usually a result of disorder in the vestibular system. The vestibular system comprises of the inner ear, the vestibular nerve, the brainstem, and cerebellum. It coordinates sensory stimuli and movement while providing the brain with a visual focus of the surroundings as the body is in movement. When this information is garbled or disrupted, it results in vertigo. Conditions that lead to the onset of vertigo include:

Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV) is an inner ear condition and one of the most common causes of vertigo. It leads to short spells of dizziness which are a result of sudden and jerky head movements.

Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that has a negative impact on balance. It could be a result of a spreading middle ear infection, head trauma or syphilis. Episodes may include ringing ears and poor balance and coordination.

Labyrinthitis occurs when there is swelling in the inner ear. It leads to severe episodes of vertigo, which are usually accompanied by ringing ears, nausea, poor hearing, and other symptoms. In some such cases the episodes can last for up to a week.

Vertigo could be a symptom of multiple sclerosis or a result of head/neck trauma.

Home Remedies for Vertigo

There are a number of simple vertigo home remedies out there. They are known to limit discomfort and as a result ease symptoms.

Soak a spoon of gooseberry powder and a spoon of coriander seeds in a cup of water and leave overnight. The next morning strain the solution, add some sugar and drink.

In a glass of water add some black pepper, lemon juice and salt. Drinking this solution eases dizziness.

Diet for Vertigo

Individuals experiencing vertigo can make slight changes in their diet plan to help ease the symptoms. This includes limiting intake of foods groups like caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods. Also drink lots of water as dehydration can set off a spell of dizziness.

Other Suggestions for Vertigo

Balance exercises help deal with vertigo. When you feel dizzy, a simple exercise that will help the spell pass is to sit still and focus in an invisible point across the room. Limit sudden movements like jerking out of bed, instead get off it slowly and steadily, allowing your brain to process the movement. Breathing exercises and alternative therapies like yoga also help deal with vertigo.

Elderly Women Sleep Better Than They Think, Men Nap Worse

ROTTERDAM  – Elderly women sleep better than elderly men even though women consistently report that their sleep is shorter and poorer, says a new study.

The study, published in the journal Sleep, found that women reported less and poorer sleep than men on all of the subjective measures, including a 13.2 minute shorter total sleep time (TST), 10.1 minute longer sleep onset latency (SOL), and a 4.2 percent lower sleep efficiency. When sleep was measured objectively, however, women slept 16 minutes longer than men, had a 1.2 percent higher sleep efficiency, and had less fragmented sleep.

Multivariate regression analysis showed that these discrepancies were partly explained by determinants of sleep duration such as sleep medication use and alcohol consumption.

Principal investigator Henning Tiemeier, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, said he was surprised that women slept longer and better, and reported their sleep duration more accurately, than men.

“The difference between subjective and objective sleep quality arise not because women are more likely to be complainers, but because men strongly overestimate their sleep duration,” said Tiemeier.

The study involved 956 participants between the ages of 59 and 79 years; 52.3 percent were women. Information was obtained from the Rotterdam Study, a population-based cohort study aimed at assessing the occurrence of and risk factors for chronic diseases in the elderly.

Santa Should Get Off His Sleigh, Give Up Brandy and Walk

SYDNEY – Santa should get off his sleigh and walk, because he’s a health hazard, says a public health expert.

Writing in the Christmas issue published on bmj.com, Dr Nathan Grills, from Monash University in Australia, says Santa promotes obesity, drink-driving, speeding and a general unhealthy lifestyle.

He argues “Santa only needs to affect health by 0.1 percent to damage millions of lives.”

To reach his conclusion about the jolly gent’s potential negative impact on public health, Grills reviewed literature and web-based material.

Grills found that “Santa sells, and sometimes he sells harmful products” and this happens on a global scale.

“Like Coca-Cola, Santa has become a major export item to the developing world”, says the author.

Father Christmas also potentially promotes drink-driving, argues Grills.

The paper also states that Santa has the real potential to spread infectious disease. If Santa sneezes or coughs around 10 times a day, all the children who sit on his lap may end up with swine flu as well as their Christmas present, argues Grills.

Grills suggested that Santa should get a new image- a slimmed down version on a treadmill.

Home Remedies Series – Dizziness

The common symptoms experienced during a spell of dizziness

– Loss of balance

– Light headedness

– Feeling of fainting

– Weakness

– Feeling of continuous rotation of self or surroundings

– Blurring of vision as head spins

– Nausea

Causes of Dizziness

– Sudden drop in blood pressure or dehydration may inhibit blood to the brain causing lightheadedness.

– Dizziness may be accompanied by various disorders such as: allergies, hypoglycemia, common cold, fever, diarrhea, vomiting or flu.

– Loss of balance or spinning sensation may be related to a malfunction in at least two of three main organs that contribute to our sense of balance: inner ears, eyes or the nervous system.

– Serious disorders that may cause dizziness are: stroke, heart attack, severe drop in blood pressure.

Remedies for Dizziness

– Enhance maintaining balance by learning exercises from a trained physiotherapist

– Reduce stress

– Practice Aerobic exercises

– Develop a regular sleep pattern

– Treat the disorder which is causing dizziness

Diet for Dizziness

People prone to dizziness are advised to avoid foods/ drinks such as

– Iced Tea

Pina Coladas

– Diet Drinks/ Artificial Sweetener

– Caffeine

– Alcohol

– Tobacco

– Eating sweet and salty foods together

It is important to drink ample water, a minimum of 8-12 glasses of water to ensure blood pressure doesn’t drop due to exercise, high stress activities or due to a hot climate.

Suggestion for Dizziness

– It is advisable to sit immediately when you feel dizzy to avoid any possible injuries

– Avoid taking on high stress or concentration requiring activities such as driving a car or operating machinery if you experience frequent dizziness spells

– Rise slowly from bed or spend a few minutes in bed before waking up this helps normalize blood pressure

– Dizziness could be an outcome of side effects caused by intake of certain drugs such as antihistamines and blood pressure medications. Check with the doctor before continuing the dosage.