Dr. Jason Gittman Joins US Tele-Medicine

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Doctor Jason Gittman to the staff of US Tele-Medicine. Doctor Gittman is a Board certified specialist in Pulmonary Diseases and a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners.  He is also an experienced Primary physician and a published author.

TeleMedicine_Logo_JPG_lgDoctor Gittman received his MD from the New Jersey Medical School in 1975 .He also has a Degree in Psychology from New York University achieved in 1971. Doctor Gittman’s thirty four years of medical practice centers primarily in Arizona.  Doctor Gittman is in practice in Phoenix and serves as the Medical Director of the Physicians’ Medical Legal Consultants.

US Tele-Medicine is a leading national Family and General Practice group  performing the true functions of a Family physician. Our programs ease patient overflow and reduce costs for hospitals, HMO’s, specialty physician groups, self-insured companies and governments.  Our medical services are now available in California, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, New York, Maine, Arizona and Massachusetts.

US Tele-Medicine is specifically designed to provide chronic care management needs and medical care requirements, for issues such as CHF, diabetes, allergies, anxiety, obesity, blood pressure, body pain and many other conditions.

Dr. Gittman will concentrate his efforts in the diverse Arizona communities, who easily identify with Dr. Gittman’s local expertise and experience.  Dr. Gittman will provide his skilled and acclaimed pulmonary and Family care,  to all US Tele-Medicine e-patients wanting or requiring such treatments.

We provide effective medical care supported by a variety of easy-to-use wireless devices, placed in a e-patient’s home, office, or used on the go. These devices gather and monitor vital data and that information is sent immediately to our Doctors.  So using real time diagnostic markers allows us to supply superb chronic care management.

Telemedicine condenses and strengthens the interaction between patient and doctor, irrespective of how many miles away the patient might be, and that leads to better health and wellness.

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US Tele-Medicine Appoints Zoraida Salonga, MD

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Doctor Zoraida Salonga to the staff of US Tele-Medicine.

Doctor Salonga brings over 30 years experience as both a psychiatrist and internist.  She is also a certified Hospital Administrator and and was Chief of Clinics at the Grace General Hospital in Rizal, Philippines.

Doctor Salonga recieved her MD from the University of the Philippines in 1971, followed by a Masters in Psychology from Cal State in 1987.  Dr. Salonga has been in private practice in the Philippines since 1976 and in Los Angeles from 1983.   She acts as a California State Independent Psychiatric Examiner and now brings her skills and talents to the world of telehealth.
US Tele-Medicine is a leading national Family and General Practice group  performing the true functions of a Family physician. Our programs ease patient overflow and reduce costs for hospitals, HMO’s, specialty physician groups, self-insured companies and governments.  Our medical services are now available in California, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, New York, Maine, Arizona and Massachusetts.

US Tele-Medicine is specifically designed to provide chronic care management needs and medical care requirements, for issues such as CHF, diabetes, allergies, anxiety, obesity, blood pressure, body pain and many other conditions.

Dr. Salonga will concentrate her efforts in the Philippino communities of the USA, who easily identify with Dr. Salonga’s expertise and experience.  Dr. Salonga will provide her skilled and acclaimed psychiatric care,  to all US Tele-Medicine e-patients wanting or requiring such treatments.

We provide effective medical care supported by a variety of easy-to-use wireless devices, placed in a e-patient’s home, office, or used on the go. These devices gather and monitor vital data and that information is sent immediately to our Doctors.  So using real time diagnostic markers allows us to supply superb chronic care management.

Telemedicine condenses and strengthens the interaction between patient and doctor, irrespective of how many miles away the patient might be, and that leads to better health and wellness.

8 Foods You Should Never Buy Again Because of Cost and Health

Processed foods are just unhealthy and should be avoided when possible.  Also, with the rising costs of groceries, we’d all love to save a few bucks at the checkout line. Now you can easily slash your bill with some clever shopping moves and DIY recipes. Manufacturers would like to make you think you’re getting a good deal in exchange for convenience, but it’s really just eating away at your food budget. Don’t be fooled any longer. Cross these items off your list for good!

1. Bottled water.
Bottled water is a bad investment for so many reasons. It’s expensive compared to what’s coming out of the tap, its cost to the environment is high (it takes a lot of fossil fuel to produce and ship all those bottles), and it’s not even better for your health than the stuff running down your drain!

Even taking into account the cost of filters, water from home is still much cheaper than bottled water, which can run up to $1 to $3 a pop.

If you have well water and it really does not taste good (even with help from a filter), or if you have a baby at home who is bottle-fed and needs to drink safe water, buy jugs of distilled or “nursery” water at big discount stores. They usually cost between 79 cents and 99 cents for 1 gallon (as opposed to $1.50 for 8 ounces of “designer” water). And you can reuse the jugs to store homemade iced tea, flavored waters, or, when their tops are cut off, all sorts of household odds and ends.

2. “Gourmet” frozen vegetables.
Sure, you can buy an 8-ounce packet of peas in an herbed butter sauce, but why do so when you can make your own? Just cook the peas, add a pat of butter and sprinkle on some herbs that you already have on hand. The same thing goes for carrots with dill sauce and other gourmet veggies.

3. Premium frozen fruit bars.
At nearly $2 per bar, frozen “all fruit” or “fruit and juice” bars may not be rich in calories, but they are certainly rich in price. Make your own at home — and get the flavors you want. The only equipment you need is a blender, a plastic reusable ice-pop mold (on sale at discount stores for about 99 cents each), or small paper cups and pop sticks or wooden skewers.

To make four pops, just throw 2 cups cut-up fruit, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice into a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. You might wish to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water so the final mix is a thick slush. Pour into 4-ounce pop molds or paper cups, insert sticks, and freeze until solid.

4. Boxed rice “entree” or side-dish mixes.
These consist basically of rice, salt, and spices — yet they’re priced way beyond the ingredients sold individually. Yes, there are a few flavorings included, but they’re probably ones you have in your pantry already. Buy a bag of rice, measure out what you need, add your own herbs and other seasonings, and cook the rice according to package directions.

5. Energy or protein bars.
These calorie-laden bars are usually stacked at the checkout counter because they depend on impulse buyers who grab them, thinking they are more wholesome than a candy bar. Unfortunately, they can have very high fat and sugar contents and are often as caloric as a regular candy bar. They’re also two to three times more expensive than a candy bar at $2 to $3 a bar. If you need a boost, a vitamin-rich piece of fruit, a yogurt, or a small handful of nuts is more satiating and less expensive!

6. Spice mixes.
Spice mixes like grill seasoning and rib rubs might seem like a good buy because they contain a lot of spices that you would have to buy individually. Well, check the label; we predict the first ingredient you will see on the package is salt, followed by the vague “herbs and spices.” Look in your own pantry, and you’ll probably be surprised to discover just how many herbs you already have on hand. Many cookbooks today include spice mix recipes, particularly grilling cookbooks. But the great thing about spice mixes is that you can improvise as much as you want. Make your own custom combos and save a fortune.

7. Powdered iced tea mixes or prepared flavored iced tea.
Powdered and gourmet iced teas are really a rip-off! It’s much cheaper to make your own iced tea from actual (inexpensive) tea bags and keep a jug in the fridge. Plus, many mixes and preparations are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and other sugars, along with artificial flavors. So make your own, and get creative! To make 32 ounces of iced tea, it usually takes 8 bags of black tea or 10 bags of herbal, green, or white tea. Most tea-bag boxes have recipes, so just follow along. If you like your tea sweet but want to keep calories down, skip the sugar and add fruit juice instead.

8. Microwave sandwiches.
When you buy a pre-made sandwich, you’re really just paying for its elaborate packaging — plus a whole lot of salt, fat, and unnecessary additives. For the average cost of one of these babies ($2.50 to $3.00 per sandwich), you could make a bigger, better, and more nutritious version yourself.

Fat Could Help You Lose Weight

It might turn out to be the ultimate irony in our constant battle with the bulge that the best weapon against fat could be fat.

Scientists know that a type of adipose tissue called brown fat tends to burn calories rather than store them. Most adults have far more white fat than brown fat, since it’s more important to store calories for future use than to use them up. But when it comes to weight loss, the energy-burning power of brown fat could actually prove useful. And based on continuing research in mice, it appears that researchers have found some promising ways to exploit its fast-acting features

This week, in a study published in the journal Science, a group of European scientists, led by Stephan Herzig at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, report that they have discovered a way to make regular white fat act more like the calorie-hungry brown fat and melt away pounds in overweight animals.

The researchers focused on an enzyme known as cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), which is involved in a variety of physiologic functions, from regulating blood pressure to controlling inflammation and contracting muscles. (The class of painkillers known as COX-2 inhibitors, like Celebrex, takes advantage of COX-2’s role in inflammation by clamping down on the enzyme’s activity.) (See 10 notable new diet books.)

In mice, boosting the function of COX-2 caused the animals’ white fat to act like brown fat, and led to a 20% drop in their weight. “There has been a lot of excitement around brown fat, but … there wasn’t any clear indication that turning up brown fat would make animals lose weight,” says Chad Cowan, a professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard Medical School who studies fat cell development. “What this paper does is make a good link to something that might be clinically beneficial.”

In other words, it is the first study to show that manipulating brown fat could make animals thinner, and that gets researchers like Cowan excited about the potential role it may play in regulating weight in humans. Until recently, brown fat has been isolated only in rodents and in newborn human babies; because its primary function is to generate heat, babies need it at birth to help simulate the warmth of the womb, but as they grow and begin regulating their own body temperature, they shed their brown-fat stores. Last year, scientists identified the first evidence of a brown-fat depot in the adults, in the neck, which they hope can be activated to help burn fat.

But what Herzig’s team describes is a more efficient way of accessing brown fat – by getting white fat, which is more plentiful in adults – to use up more calories. However, his group showed that it wasn’t simply an increase in COX-2 activity that triggered this transformation, and weight loss, but a boost in the enzyme’s function in the context of a colder environment.

That caveat is important because the COX-2 enzyme is present in a wide range of body tissues, and revving up its activity may lead to some serious side effects such as clotting problems, increased sensitivity to pain and even muscle abnormalities. Herzig found that manipulating the COX-2 pathway switched white fat to brown fat in the mice only when he simulated cold temperatures through metabolic tweaks – dilating small blood vessels and increasing the pumping of the heart – and made the rodents act as if they were shivering.

Based on his findings, Herzig believes that brown fat may originate from a mother cell of adipose tissue that by default tends to make white fat. But under certain conditions, such as those mimicking a cold environment, these progenitor cells can be induced to make more brown fat. (Two studies last year, including the one describing brown-fat stores in human adults, found that brown-fat cells become more active in the cold.) And while it’s not clear how much brown fat would be needed to have an effect on body weight, he suspects that it wouldn’t take much. “Based on estimates on animal models, 50 grams of brown fat might be sufficient to increase overall energy consumption in human beings by 20%,” he says. “So you would need to activate a relatively little amount of brown fat to substantially impact overall energy metabolism.”

That doesn’t mean that popping a COX-2 pill will become the next weight-loss treatment du jour. Nor does it mean that COX-2 inhibitors, which repress COX-2 activity, will necessarily lead to weight gain. So far, it appears that activating brown fat requires some very specific triggers, and these results are only the first step in teasing out what those conditions are. But, as Cowan notes, “It’s certainly exciting that there may be a way to manipulate white adipose tissue to make it something that is more metabolically active and more brown fat–like.”

When it comes to a potentially new treatment for obesity, what better strategy than to utilize something we already have in abundance?

Vitamin E Effective For “Silent” Liver Disease

Vitamin E has been shown effective in treating nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an obesity-associated chronic liver disease that can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death. NASH also is related to or a part of type 2 diabetes, lipid disorders and cardiovascular disease.

The often asymptomatic condition affects 2 to 5 percent of Americans, although an additional 10 to 20 percent of the population has fat in their liver, but no inflammation or liver damage, a condition called “fatty liver” that is a precursor to NASH. There is no established treatment.

The government-funded multicenter study was organized by the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and is the largest ever placebo-controlled randomized trial of treatment for NASH. Results are published in the April 28 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Beginning in the late 1990s, study of vitamin E for NASH was pioneered in pilot trials by Dr. Joel Lavine, now a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Researchers followed patients at nine centers, including the University of California, San Diego, where Dr. Lavine was previously on faculty.

“There is an increasing prevalence of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in this country, something that is directly related to the obesity epidemic,” says Dr. Lavine, co-chair of the Network’s steering committee and a co-author of the study. “The good news is that this study showed that cheap and readily available vitamin E can help many of those with the condition. We also looked at the drug pioglitazone, which showed some benefits, although not as dramatic as with vitamin E.”

Dr. Lavine cautions that there are risks with any therapy, even vitamin E, and all treatment should be done under medical supervision. “Individuals who are overweight or have a family history of liver disease should ask their doctor to be tested for the condition. In addition, physicians should be aware that liver enzyme levels considered normal are actually elevated. Healthy levels are <30 U/L for a man and <20 for a woman.”

In the Pioglitazone or Vitamin E for NASH Study (PIVENS), investigators randomly assigned 247 nondiabetic adults with biopsy-confirmed NASH to receive vitamin E, pioglitazone or placebo. Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant while pioglitazone improves the sensitivity of cells to insulin, a hormone that controls both sugar and fat metabolism.

After 96 weeks of treatment, vitamin E improved all features of NASH with the exception of the amount of scar tissue in the liver; 43 percent of those treated with vitamin E met the primary endpoint of the trial, which was a composite of the scores for several features of NASH indicative of disease activity, compared with only 19 percent of those who received a placebo. Pioglitazone also improved many features of NASH and met the primary endpoint in 34 percent of individuals who received it but fell short of statistical significance. Pioglitazone treatment led to an average weight gain of 10 pounds over the 96-week duration of this study. Liver enzyme tests, which are commonly used to assess liver injury, also improved in those who received either pioglitazone or vitamin E. However, upon stopping the medications, the liver enzymes worsened again suggesting the need for long-term treatment.

Introducing – Tongkat Ali – The Modern Day Herbal Medicine

According to scientific studies, Tongkat Ali adds muscle to the body especially to men. The Sports Medicine of the British Journal stated that a study has been done using a double-blind placebo experiment, with using Tongkat Ali extract it added 5% to the group that took it while nothing happened to those who weren’t given the extract. 5% in 5 weeks is a big change that you will notice as a whole.

Similar to each alternative medicines and therapies, there are statements that are false and true concerning the legality has this increasingly better-known substitute cure.  Frequently, this substitute medicine is prepared from using products that are all natural, which are also non-habitual and produce side effects that are minimal.

There are rumors that say that when you use Tongkat ali extract there’s an improvement in ones performance sexually, the general health improves, it improves the circulation of blood and boost libido. The fact is it has been centuries since the Indonesians and Malaysians have been getting benefits from in using this medicinal herbal root powder. The powder is usually combined with tea or coffee to cover up the acidic taste. Having this extract produced is a new development. Its measures are proficient, but this extract is a medicine that is quite strong and you just need to take a small dose.

It’s not true that Tongkat Ali shouldn’t be taken with other herbs.  According to Chinese doctors wants this taken with other herbal cures. They have stated that it would be further effectual in using Tongkat Ali with other herbal remedy.

With the use of Tongkat ali consistently those who takes it could have an increase from 30% up to 50% in their testosterone levels. Many of the users in effect increase their stage as high as 100%.

The method that creates the Tongkat ali extract is somewhat competent in the herbs capability to take superiority on the estrogens and androgens that informs the body to end the testosterone production. This standard aids in creating further testosterone levels. With the further increase in the testosterone level, the testicles and penis will build up in size. Conversely, Tongkat ali is as well being used with other accompanying herbs to give a extensive choice of medicinal healing all throughout Southeast Asia.

Parents of Autistic Children Turning to Alternative Treatments

About one in five children with autism uses alternative treatments to help with the neurodevelopmental disorder, most often a special diet, a new study finds.

Of 1,212 children with an autism spectrum disorder included in the study, about 17 percent were on special diets. More than half of those were on a gluten-free, casein-free diet, which eliminates wheat and dairy products. Other common dietary changes included avoiding processed sugars and taking probiotics, microorganisms found in foods such as yogurt and supplements that may help maintain gut bacterial flora.

“People turn to complementary and alternative treatments anytime they perceive conventional medical treatments as either not doing the job or being too expensive, or that the complementary and alternative treatments are more natural,” said Dr. Daniel Coury, medical director of the Autism Treatment Network and a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State University. “We see the same sorts of reasons among children on the spectrum.”

The study was to be presented Sunday at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Other alternative treatments parents reported trying for their kids ran the gamut from hyperbaric oxygen, which involves pressurized chambers with oxygen-rich air that usually are used to treat divers with the bends, to chelation therapy, a treatment that removes heavy metals from the body. That treatment stemmed from fears that mercury causes autism, Coury said.

Despite significant publicity about the methods, less than 1 percent of parents had tried them, the study found. And that’s a good thing, Coury said, because there’s no evidence that either works and some evidence that they might be dangerous.

Parents might be turning to special diets because of reports that autistic children are more prone to gastrointestinal (GI) problems. Though earlier studies have had mixed results about the prevalence of GI issues, a second study also slated for presentation at the meeting found that parents reported GI symptoms in nearly half of the children.

For that study, families of 1,185 children enrolled in the Autism Treatment Network filled out questionnaires about GI symptoms, behavior, sleep and quality of life.

About 45 percent reported their children had GI symptoms, such as abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea. The problems were more common as children got older, affecting about 9 percent of children younger than 5 and 51 percent of children 7 and older.

Their symptoms were bad enough to affect the quality of their lives, with about 70 percent of children with GI symptoms having sleep problems, compared with 30 percent who didn’t have GI issues, the study found.

Kids with GI issues also have more behavioral issues, possibly because of their lack of sleep, suggests a third study from the meeting, which included 1,056 children in the Autism Treatment Network. It found an association between sleep problems and behavioral issues that included emotional problems and anxiety.

Autism is a complex disorder, and parents are driven by the desire to help their children, said Dr. Paul Law, director of the Interactive Autism Network at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. He said he’s seen hundreds of alternative treatments tried by parents: supplements and vitamins, acupuncture, acupressure, bathing in distilled water and various types of animal therapy, among them. One mother, Law said, had tried 68 different methods.

Though it’s not hard to find testimonials about the effectiveness of one treatment or another, medical evidence that they work is scanty, and the placebo effect can be powerful, Law said.

“There is an adage in medicine that the more you don’t know about how to treat something, the more treatments there are,” Law said, noting that medications can treat some of the symptoms of autism, but no medication treats the autism itself.

Coury agreed. “For the majority of these treatments, there is no good research to support their effectiveness,” he said.

Treatments that have been shown to work include behavioral interventions and medications that can help curb aggressive and other behavioral issues, Law said.

About 27 percent of children with an autism spectrum disorder are taking at least one medication to manage their behavior, according to a fourth study from the meeting. It found that the most common reasons for medication use were hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors, irritability and problems with attention.

Of the children taking medications, nearly half were taking two or more medications.

Medication use became more common as children got older, the study found. About 60 percent of children aged 11 and older took medication, compared with 44 percent of children aged 6 to 10, 11 percent of children aged 3 to 5 and 4 percent of kids younger than 3.

The most common medications were stimulants to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and risperidone (Risperdal), approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat irritability, aggression, temper tantrums and self-injurious behavior.

About one in 110 U.S. children has autism, which is characterized by difficulties with social, language and communications skills and restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests.

The Autism Treatment Network, run by Autism Speaks, a New York-based research and advocacy organization, includes 14 treatment and research centers in the United States and Canada for children with autism who are 2 to 18 years old.

Alternative Medicine for Treating Cancer

Cancer is the name given to any illness resulting from one of our body’s own cells growing out of control. There are many processes that control a cell’s growth and division, each of which can go wrong. Several of these control mechanisms need to be damaged before a cell becomes cancerous. There are more than 200 different types of cancers, which are categorized in to carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma and leukemia based on the cells from which they arise.

The principles involved in treating cancer are either directly destroying the cancer tissues or indirectly destroying them by depriving them of blood supply and/or their nutrition. But the irony is that whatever conventional treatment is used to destroy cancer cells do affect to some extent the normal cells also. They may damage the skin, liver, intestine the bone marrow and other rapidly multiplying cells. Sometimes the effect of the treatment is more devastating than the disease itself.

Role of Alternative Medicine in treating cancer

A larger study of Alternative medicine use in patients with different types of cancer was published in the July 2000 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. It was found that nearly 70% of the patients used at least one form alternative medicine along with the conventional treatment. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) are sponsoring a number of clinical trials at medical centers to evaluate alternative medical therapies for cancer.

Alternative medicine includes therapies like herbal remedies, vitamins, special diets, and acupuncture among others.

Acupuncture: effective in the management of chemotherapy associated nausea and vomiting and in controlling pain associated with surgery. Now used in a trial to reduce the symptoms of colorectal cancer

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-Shark cartilage: Being tried in non-small cell lung cancer. it prevents new blood vessels growth

-Hyperbaric oxygen: In patients who had larynx removed for larynx cancer

-Massage therapy: for cancer related fatigue

-Pancreatic enzyme therapy along with specialized diet for the treatment of pancreatic cancer

-Mistletoe extract: for the treatment of solid tumors

-Wheatgrass therapy

-Macrobiotics: The macrobiotic diet is strictly vegetarian and requires you to consume about half of your daily calories from whole grains, about a quarter of your calories from vegetables, and the rest of your calories from beans, seaweed and soups

-Bioelectric therapies

-Moerman’s Anti-Cancer diet

-Hoxsey herbal therapy

-Essiac herbal therapy: Essiac is a herbal tea mixture that relieves pain and reduces the size of tumors. It contains four herbs- burdock, rhubarb, sheep sorrel and slippery elm

-Pau D’Arco herbal therapy

-Chaparral herbal therapy

-Laetrile (amygdalin): a chemical found in lima beans, raw nuts and the pits of many fruits. Amygdalin produces cyanide, which proponents claim kills cancer

-Alkaline diet: such as fruits and vegetables and restricting acidic foods

-Antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables

-Vitamins A, C and E: These are very good anti oxidants

-Detox therapies including Gonzales nutritional metabolic therapy, colon therapy, and Gerson therapy

The most successful practitioners integrate various components of the alternative cancer treatments for a better outcome.

Using Alternative Medicine to Alleviate Thyroid Headache Pain

Health Implications

Headache pain is a common part of our daily lives and often is simply attributed to stress or other acute health conditions. For those with a thyroid disorder, the onset of chronic headache pain is part of the side

effects of hypothyroidism, and often can be challenging to treat. If you are looking for ways to alleviate your chronic headache pain, without impacting your thyroid treatment, you may want to consider using alternative medicine options.

Thyroid disorders, such as hypothyroidism, can cause chronic headache pain to develop – including the risk for developing migraine headache pain. In most cases, these head pain complications are attributed to the fluctuation in metabolism, digestion, and the fluctuation in hormone management. It is important, therefore, to not disrupt your thyroid treatment and to find ways in which to naturally cure, and prevent, your chronic headache pain from continuing.

Natural solutions for headache pain can be quite varied. Many thyroid disorder sufferers are turning to acupuncture as a viable way to not only treat headache pain but to also prevent headache pain from developing. With acupuncture treatment that is regular, typically once per week, many thyroid disorder patients are reporting improvement in their headache pain as demonstrated by reduced frequency.

Should acupuncture not be an alternative medicine approach you wish to consider for your headache pain, then you may want to talk to your doctor about the use of natural vitamins and other supplements. It is important not to initiate the taking of vitamins and supplements for your headache pain until your doctor has approved the use as some medications, vitamins, and supplements can adversely interact with your thyroid hormone replacement medications. Vitamins and supplements typically used to naturally alleviate headache pain include magnesium and Feverfew.

More Hospitals Offer Reiki

More doctors are now prescribing Reiki and more hospitals are offering it as complementary alternative medicine.

Celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz is the co-founder of the Complementary Care Centre at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He is also the host of his own show, aptly named The Dr. Oz Show.

In one of his shows, Dr. Oz focused on alternative medicine. He featured a Reiki therapist and provided the audience with a short demonstration of healing through Reiki. At the end of the show, he gave his audience three recommendations, the first of which was, “Try Reiki.”

Since the late 1990s, Dr. Oz had been a staunch proponent of Reiki and the only doctor who publicly explored Reiki. Much has changed since. Today, more and more doctors are recommending Reiki.

More Doctors Recommend Reiki

In an article entitled “Reiki: Hype or Help” which appeared in “Discovery Health,” Therese Droste writes about Neursosurgeon Clinton Miller, a former skeptic turned believer. After experiencing a Reiki session, Miller said, “I went from high personal excitation to feeling like I was floating in the ether.” Like Dr. Oz, Miller now prescribes Reiki for his patients.

Then there is cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, who is also the head of the New England Heart Center in Manchester. Sinatra recommends Reiki to patients when he thinks that an energy blockage is preventing a patient from healing.

Says Droste in her article: “Many healthcare professionals and others are beginning to incorporate Reiki in their treatment of illnesses ranging from asthma to cancer to depression. Reiki sessions are being used for pain management, to accelerate recovery from surgery and reduce medication side effects.”

Such acceptance from the medical profession is supported by personal experience, feedback from patients and more importantly, by various research studies.

Pre and Post Surgery Reiki

In April 1999, the Journal of Nursing Care Quality published an article by Patricia and Kristan Alandydy on the effects of Reiki on surgical patients. Eight hundred and seventy patients confined at the Columbia/HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, New Hampshire were asked to participate. All the participants were given 15 minutes pre- and post-surgery Reiki treatments. As a result of the Reiki treatments, there was less use of pain medications, shorter length of hospital confinement and increased patient satisfaction.

The effects of Reiki on Alzheimer’s disease have also been explored. An empirical study was conducted, which aimed at exploring the efficacy of Reiki in improving memory and behavior deficiencies in patients with mild cognitive impairment or mild Alzheimer’s disease. This quasi-experimental study showed that “Reiki treatments show promise for improving certain behavior and memory problems in patients with mild cognitive impairment or mild Alzheimer’s disease.”

A paper presented by Mary Ann La Torre, Wardell DW, Engebretson J., at Universtity of Texas Houston Health Science Center in Houston, Texas explored the biological effects of Reiki. The aim of the study was “to test a framework of relaxation or stress reduction as a mechanism of touch therapy (TT).” The study was conducted in 1996 and 23 healthy subjects were asked to participate. It was intended to be a close examination of select physiological and biochemical effects after 30 minutes of Reiki, which was considered a form of touch therapy.

The biological markers that were related to stress-reduction response included: state of anxiety, salivary IgA and cortisol levels, blood pressure, galvanic skin response (GSR), muscle tension and skin temperature. Biological marker levels were measured before and after the 30-minute Reiki sessions. Test results showed that anxiety was significantly reduced. Skin temperature increased and electromygraph decreased during the treatment, although the before and after changes were not significant. It was concluded that the “findings suggest both biochemical and physiological changes in the direction of relaxation.”

Reiki as Biofield Therapy

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), Reiki falls under the category of Energy Medicine. It is considered part of a number of healing modalities categorized as “Biofield Therapies which are intended to affect energy fields that purportedly surround and penetrate the human body.”

Reiki is now proving to be very useful in hospices, nursing homes and hospitals. The number of hospitals offering Reiki is increasing. It is now offered in several other hospitals such as Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Hawaii, Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington University Hospital, Tucson Medical Center in Arizona, California Pacific Medical Center, Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire, Marin General Hospital in California, University of Michigan Hospital, Foote Hospital in Michigan.

Indeed, Reiki has come a long way since the time it was first introduced in Japan by Mikao Usui -a Japanese spiritual seeker who called it a “natural method of healing.”

Which Ear Wax Removal Product To Buy

If there is a common ailment that many people have, the market becomes flooded with products that you can use to treat yourself. Many times these products are junk and the only way you can find out what truly works is through trial and error or talking to someone that has already done the trial and error.

If you suffer with excessive ear wax and ear wax buildup you will be aware of the fact that there are many ear wax removal products on the market today. There is actually a very wide variety of ear wax removal product available. Some are all natural, while others use chemicals. I am sure you have heard of ear candling and then there are those kits that you can buy to help you get rid of wax buildup in your ears. There is even effective home remedies that will show you how to remove this wax from your ears. Fighting earwax buildup is serious business.

The body produces earwax for a reason and due to this the body also has a mechanism in place whereby the earwax is removed from the body to make space from new fresh ear wax to take its place. But sometimes our bodies need this additional help in order to clear our ear canal of excessive wax. Some people have excessive earwax production, other peoples earwax is of a different consistency which makes it hard to remove, more often than not people try to remove ear wax but they end up pushing the ear wax further in the ear canal and causing a buildup. That buildup gets harder and thicker over time, and it can cause a loss of hearing, slight pain and even ringing in your ear.

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Cognition Improved By Mindfulness Meditation

Some of us need regular amounts of coffee or other chemical enhancers to make us cognitively sharper. A newly published study suggests perhaps a brief bit of meditation would prepare us just as well.

While past research using neuroimaging technology has shown that meditation techniques can promote significant changes in brain areas associated with concentration, it has always been assumed that extensive training was required to achieve this effect. Though many people would like to boost their cognitive abilities, the monk-like discipline required seems like a daunting time commitment and financial cost for this benefit.

Surprisingly, the benefits may be achievable even without all the work. Though it sounds almost like an advertisement for a “miracle” weight-loss product, new research now suggests that the mind may be easier to cognitively train than we previously believed. Psychologists studying the effects of a meditation technique known as “mindfulness ” found that meditation-trained participants showed a significant improvement in their critical cognitive skills (and performed significantly higher in cognitive tests than a control group) after only four days of training for only 20 minutes each day.

“In the behavioral test results, what we are seeing is something that is somewhat comparable to results that have been documented after far more extensive training,” said Fadel Zeidan, a post-doctoral researcher at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and a former doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where the research was conducted.

“Simply stated, the profound improvements that we found after just 4 days of meditation training are really surprising,” Zeidan noted. “It goes to show that the mind is, in fact, easily changeable and highly influenced, especially by meditation.”

The study appears in the April 2 issue of Consciousness and Cognition. Zeidan’s co-authors are Susan K. Johnson, Zhanna David and Paula Goolkasian from the Department of Psychology at UNC Charlotte, and Bruce J. Diamond from William Patterson University. The research was also part of Zeidan’s doctoral dissertation. The research will also be presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s annual meeting in Montreal, April 17-20.

The experiment involved 63 student volunteers, 49 of whom completed the experiment. Participants were randomly assigned in approximately equivalent numbers to one of two groups, one of which received the meditation training while the other group listened for equivalent periods of time to a book (J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit) being read aloud.

Prior to and following the meditation and reading sessions, the participants were subjected to a broad battery of behavioral tests assessing mood, memory, visual attention, attention processing, and vigilance.

Both groups performed equally on all measures at the beginning of the experiment. Both groups also improved following the meditation and reading experiences in measures of mood, but only the group that received the meditation training improved significantly in the cognitive measures. The meditation group scored consistently higher averages than the reading/listening group on all the cognitive tests and as much as ten times better on one challenging test that involved sustaining the ability to focus, while holding other information in mind.

“The meditation group did especially better on all the cognitive tests that were timed,” Zeidan noted. “In tasks where participants had to process information under time constraints causing stress, the group briefly trained in mindfulness performed significantly better.”

Particularly of note were the differing results on a “computer adaptive n-back task,” where participants would have to correctly remember if a stimulus had been shown two steps earlier in a sequence. If the participant got the answer right, the computer would react by increasing the speed of the subsequent stimulus, further increasing the difficulty of the task. The meditation-trained group averaged aproximately10 consecutive correct answers, while the listening group averaged approximately one.

“Findings like these suggest that meditation’s benefits may not require extensive training to be realized, and that meditation’s first benefits may be associated with increasing the ability to sustain attention,” Zeidan said.

“Further study is warranted,” he stressed, noting that brain imaging studies would be helpful in confirming the brain changes that the behavioral tests seem to indicate, “but this seems to be strong evidence for the idea that we may be able to modify our own minds to improve our cognitive processing – most importantly in the ability to sustain attention and vigilance – within a week’s time.”

The meditation training involved in the study was an abbreviated “mindfulness” training regime modeled on basic “Shamatha skills” from a Buddhist meditation tradition, conducted by a trained facilitator. As described in the paper, “participants were instructed to relax, with their eyes closed, and to simply focus on the flow of their breath occurring at the tip of their nose. If a random thought arose, they were told to passively notice and acknowledge the thought and to simply let ‘it’ go, by bringing the attention back to the sensations of the breath.” Subsequent training built on this basic model, teaching physical awareness, focus, and mindfulness with regard to distraction.

Zeidan likens the brief training the participants received to a kind of mental calisthenics that prepared their minds for cognitive activity.

“The simple process of focusing on the breath in a relaxed manner, in a way that teaches you to regulate your emotions by raising one’s awareness of mental processes as they’re happening is like working out a bicep, but you are doing it to your brain. Mindfulness meditation teaches you to release sensory events that would easily distract, whether it is your own thoughts or an external noise, in an emotion-regulating fashion. This can lead to better, more efficient performance on the intended task.”

“This kind of training seems to prepare the mind for activity, but it’s not necessarily permanent,” Zeidan cautions. “This doesn’t mean that you meditate for four days and you’re done – you need to keep practicing.”

Starving Yogi Astounds Indian Scientists

Starving Yogi Astounds Indian Scientists

MUMBAI – An 83-year-old Indian holy man who says he has spent seven decades without food or water has astounded a team of military doctors who studied him during a two-week observation period.

Prahlad Jani spent a fortnight in a hospital in the western India state of Gujarat under constant surveillance from a team of 30 medics equipped with cameras and closed circuit television.

During the period, he neither ate nor drank and did not go to the toilet.

“We still do not know how he survives,” neurologist Sudhir Shah told reporters after the end of the experiment. “It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is.”

The long-haired and bearded yogi was sealed in a hospital in the city of Ahmedabad in a study initiated by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the state defence and military research institute.

The DRDO hopes that the findings, set to be released in greater detail in several months, could help soldiers survive without food and drink, assist astronauts or even save the lives of people trapped in natural disasters.

“(Jani’s) only contact with any kind of fluid was during gargling and bathing periodically during the period,” G. Ilavazahagan, director of India’s Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), said in a statement.

Jani has since returned to his village near Ambaji in northern Gujarat where he will resume his routine of yoga and meditation. He says that he was blessed by a goddess at a young age, which gave him special powers.

During the 15-day observation, which ended on Thursday, the doctors took scans of Jani’s organs, brain, and blood vessels, as well as doing tests on his heart, lungs and memory capacity.

“The reports were all in the pre-determined safety range through the observation period,” Shah told reporters at a press conference last week.

Other results from DNA analysis, molecular biological studies and tests on his hormones, enzymes, energy metabolism and genes will take months to come through.

“If Jani does not derive energy from food and water, he must be doing that from energy sources around him, sunlight being one,” said Shah.

“As medical practitioners we cannot shut our eyes to possibilities, to a source of energy other than calories.”