Top 10 Essential Oils For Skin Care

APRICOTYour skin faces a lot of threats, from scarring to simple aging. When combined, these threats can cause lasting damage. While some people view this damage as a badge of honor telling the world that you survived numerous ordeals, most people want Continue reading

7 Herbal Teas That Enhance Immunity, Boost Brain Function, Combat Exhaustion & More

herbalHerbal tea is really just an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark, extracted in hot water. In drinking a well-steeped herbal tea, we get all the plant’s benefits in an easily digestible form. Drinking herbal tea can also be a great source of vitamins and minerals. Herbal tea relieving insomnia, calming an upset stomach, to fighting viruses and infections, and more, herbal teas have so many powerful health benefits.

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Home Remedies Series – Cataracts

Early cataract formation can be reversed or halted. Therefore the quicker cataracts can be identified and treated the better. Once cataracts are too far advanced for nutritional intervention, surgery is a must. Unfortunately, well-formed cataracts or excessive damage to the lens is near impossible to reverse.

If a cataract is diagnosed in the early stages, you should work with an eye doctor who is willing to design a nutritional and lifestyle program that will reverse the problem, if your eye doctor is not interested in nutritional intervention, find a doctor who is.

Avoid smoking and wear protective sunglasses or eyewear when exposed to UV light or the sun. Avoid fried food and a diet heavy in saturated fats.

Cure Cataracts with Diet

  1. It is important that take spirulina and eat a diet rich in antioxidants from fruit and vegetables.
  2. Berries, carrots, capsicum, citrus fruits, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, corn, kale, and all red and yellow pigment fruits, vegetables and legumes have colorful pigments that contain antioxidants which are critical to protecting and restoring vision.
  3. Diabetics should avoid sugar in all its forms as well as dairy products because they contain lactose (a type of sugar known as galactose and glucose).

Cure Cataracts with Supplements

For early stage cataracts the following supplements are recommended:

  • Antioxidants such as Evening Primrose Seed husk, Green tea, Grape Seed, Pine Bark, Beta Carotene, Vitamins E, A and C,
  • Minerals such as (Zinc, Selenium, Manganese)
  • Melatonin is a prescriptive synthetic hormone of the pineal gland that has been shown to inhibit formation of cataracts, act as an antioxidant and also help insomnia by regulating the sleep-wake cycle.

Cure Cataracts with Herbs

  • Bilberry, Ginkgo and both have special compounds that protect the eye lens and eye capillaries, and reduce cataract formation.
  • Bilberry extract and Ginkgo

How We Navigate Through Undesired Objects to Reach What We Want

TORONTO – Ever wondered how we always manage to make our way through various things to reach that jelly at the back of the refrigerator? Well, researchers at The University of Western Ontario have now unlocked the mystery of how our brain allows us to avoid such undesired objects.

Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience Mel Goodale, lead author Chris Striemer and colleagues in Western’s Department of Psychology led the study.

“We automatically choose a path for our hand that avoids hitting any obstacles that may be in the way. Every day, we perform hundreds of actions of this sort without giving a moment’s thought as to how we accomplish these deceptively simple tasks,” said Goodale.

For the study, the researchers asked a patient who had become completely blind on his left side following a stroke to the main visual area of the brain to avoid obstacles as he reached out to touch a target in his right – or ‘good’ – visual field.

He could avoid the obstacles as any normal-sighted individual would, but surprisingly, when the experiment was repeated on his blind side, he was still able to avoid them – even though he never reported having seen them.

“The patient’s behaviour shows he is sensitive to the location of obstacles he is completely unaware of,” said Striemer.

“The patient seemed to be as surprised as we were that he could respond to these ‘unseen’ obstacles,” added Goodale.

The findings provide compelling evidence for the idea that obstacle avoidance depends on ancient visual pathways in the brain that appear to bypass the main visual areas that allow us to perceive the world.

Thus, even when the part of the brain that gives us our visual experience is damaged, other parts of the brain still maintain a limited ability to use visual information from the eyes to control skilled movements of the limbs.

Additional experiments have shown that these primitive visual pathways work only in real-time and do not have access to memories, even of the short-term variety.

To explain it, the researchers provided an obstacle in the patient’s blind field but delayed his reach by two seconds, and found that he no longer showed any sensitivity to the object’s location.

The study’s results have important implications for our understanding of what gets lost and what gets spared following damage to the brain’s main visual pathways, and point the way for new approaches to rehabilitation.

The study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Two Out of Every Three Blind in India are Women

NEW DELHI – Nearly two million people are blind in India but what is startling is that around 66 percent of them are women, government authorities and experts said Thursday, observed as the World Sight Day (WSD).

This year, the focus was on gender and eye care. G.V.S Murthy, a professor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said that out of every three blind in the country, two are women and there is need to bring a gender equity while providing eye care.

He said there was a general assumption that what worked for men worked for women, but this was not true. There were several obstacles beginning from illiteracy, difference in roles and responsibility in decision making, and poverty which resulted in health care for men as a priority.

“There is gender disparity in health services at secondary and tertiary levels where most of the ophthalmologists were men. There is a need to look at empowering women, increasing their physical mobility and economic security,” Murthy said.

Speaking on the occasion, Shalini Prasad, joint secretary in the central health ministry, rued: “Women do not have access because of their gender. We tend to forget that women and girl child cannot reach health facilities due to a number of barriers. To make gender equality a reality, there is a need to make health care accessible.”

Experts said that as more old women are blind, perhaps more financial aid could be given to them. Women to women approach which has more empathy could be one of the steps that could bridge the gender inequality, they said.

G.N. Rao, who heads the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, said: “As an advocacy tool, the World Sight Day has served its purpose successfully as blindness now is considered as a priority issue in all the health organisations around the world”.

He also endorsed the work of government and private organisations on their initiative called Vision 2020: the Right to Sight.

As a beginning, five pilot projects in poor socio-economic strata of society could be started to demonstrate gender equity, which then could be replicated, he suggested.

As many as two million people in India are corneally blind. Every year, 30,000 more are added to this figure. Half of the people suffering from this can get their sight restored through corneal graft surgery. However, against the annual demand for 100,000 corneas, only 16,000 are available.

Presenting – Claustrophobia

Presenting – Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder in which someone has an intense and irrational fear of confined or enclosed spaces. A person who suffers from claustrophobia may break into a panic when inside a lift (elevator), a bus, an aeroplane, a room with lots of people or any confined space.

What are the symptoms?

These symptoms may be relevant to many types of phobias (irrational fears):

— Sweating
— Accelerated heart rate
— Hyperventilation, or ‘over-breathing’
— Shaking
— Light-headedness
— Nausea
— Fainting
— Fear of actual harm or illness.

A person with claustrophobia may:

— When entering a room, start checking for where the exits are. Position himself/herself near the exits. Feel very uneasy when all the doors are shut.

— Avoid driving or entering a car during times of day when traffic is most likely to be congested.

— Opt for using the stairs rather than the lift (elevator). The reason being fear, rather than the extra exercise.

— Stand near the door at a crowded party – even if it is a large and spacious room.

— Panic when a door is closed and he/she is inside (more severe).

Shame Is Essential, But You Can Get Out Of It

TORONTO – Shame is a debilitating emotion, but there is hope for those trapped in it, says a Canadian researcher.

In her study reported this week, researcher Jessica Van Vliet of the University of Alberta in Edmonton says it is difficult to find someone who has never felt shame in their life.

But “the problem is when people get paralyzed with shame and withdraw from others. Not only can this create mental-health problems for people, but also they no longer contribute as fully to society”, the researcher said.

She said people who feel debilitated by shame tend to internalize and over-personalize the situation. They also seem resigned to being unable to change their feelings or their fate.

“When people experience shame, they may say to themselves ‘I am to blame, it is all my fault, all of me is bad, and there’s nothing I can do to change the situation,” said Van Vliet.

“They identify so much with shame that it takes over their entire view of themselves. That leads to an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness.” The first step to overcoming these feelings, she said, is to step back from the problem and view the picture in a different light.

When sufferers can identify external factors that contributed to their actions or situation (for example, discrimination or peer pressure) and differentiate between being a bad person versus doing something bad, they can begin to break the grip of hopelessness that plagues them, Van Vliet said.

“When people move from a sense of uncontrollability to the belief that maybe there’s something they can do about their situation, such as apologizing or making amends for their actions, it starts increasing a sense of hope for the future,” she said.

The second step to overcoming shame, she said, is to make connections – with family or friends or a higher power or humanity at large. “Connecting to others helps to increase self-acceptance, and with self-acceptance can come a greater acceptance of other people as well.

“People start to realize that it is not just them. Other people do things that are as bad or even worse sometimes so they’re not the worst person on the planet. They start to say to themselves: ‘This is human, I am human, others are human’.”

The researcher said: “Shame can prompt us to make changes that will help protect our relationships and also preserve the fabric of society. It is important to emphasize that shame is essential and has value.” The study has been published in the British Psychological Society journal Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice.