Lime Juice and 8 Other Natural Ways to Quit Smoking

Compelling reasons to stop smoking far outnumber effective ways to do so. Even with recent revelations that tobacco is contaminated with the highly carcinogenic radioisotope polonium-210, the addictive hold it maintains on millions of smokers worldwide who already know it causes premature death and cancer is far more powerful than Continue reading

Lime Juice and 8 Other Natural Ways to Quit Smoking

Compelling reasons to stop smoking far outnumber effective ways to do so. Even with recent revelations that tobacco is contaminated with the highly carcinogenic radioisotope polonium-210, the addictive hold it maintains on millions of smokers worldwide who already know it causes premature death and cancer is far more powerful than the desire for self-preservation, Continue reading

DNA Science and What Russian Researchers Have Surprisingly Discovered…

Russian Scientists Reprogram Human DNA Using Words and Frequencies DNA science has finally explained previously mysterious phenomena such as clairvoyance … intuition … hands-free healing … “supernatural” light and auras … and more.

The discoveries are to the credit of Russian researchers, who ventured into DNA territory Western researchers have failed to consider. Western scientists have limited their studies to the 10% of our DNA responsible for building proteins. That means they have dismissed Continue reading

6 Ways to Help You Quit Smoking

In terms of health advice, nothing is better at minimizing your risk of health problems than to quit smoking. It is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the world. In a piece of health news, researchers found that smokers are at additional risk from breathing environmental tobacco smoke. In other words, second-hand smoke. This study flows into six tips on how to quit for good. Continue reading

CAM Treatments for Hot Flashes

Herbal Treatments

Herbal medicine is based on the use of plants as remedies for a wide range of conditions. Herbal supplements (containing either one or several herbs or mixed with other ingredients) are available from health food stores, alternative healthcare professionals, pharmacies, herbalists and the Internet. As such, the range of potency, ingredients, quality and price can vary greatly.

In the US, there is very little regulation on alternative medications, making it difficult to be able to quantify through research that a particular herb or compound has a positive (or negative) treatment effect. The lack of standardization and regulation makes it difficult to determine just how much of an herb or supplement is contained in a product, or if there are additional unlisted ingredients. Another misconception is that any herb or supplement  Continue reading

Relieving Pediatric Respiratory Disease Symptoms By Hypnosis

SYRACUSE – Hypnosis has potential therapeutic value in children with respiratory disorders for alleviating symptoms such as habit cough or unexplained sensations of difficulty breathing and for lessening a child’s discomfort during medical procedures. Proper utilization of hypnosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment and its ability to use the mind-body connection to bring about physiological changes are explored in a provocative paper in Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The paper is available free online.

Ran D. Anbar, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, NY, recommends hypnosis as a treatment option when a child’s respiratory symptoms appear to have a psychological component. In his paper, “Adding Hypnosis to the Therapeutic Toolbox of Pediatric Respiratory Care,” Dr. Anbar points to symptoms such as difficulty taking a breath, a disruptive cough, hyperventilation, noise on inspiration such as a gasp or squeak, and difficulty swallowing despite normal lung function as possible indications for the use of hypnosis to supplement medical therapy. Symptoms that are absent during sleep, can be associated with a particular activity or location, or are linked to or triggered by an emotional response may be particularly responsive to hypnosis.

Published data support the benefit of hypnosis in children with respiratory disorders with a large mind-body component such as vocal cord dysfunction and habit cough. Hypnosis can also help lessen sensations of difficulty breathing and anxiety in other respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis and asthma. Hypnosis is also a valuable tool for easing a child’s anxiety and helping patients control their response to discomfort.

Dr. Anbar cautions that hypnosis should not be attempted or considered for use by someone who is not a health care provider and has not received appropriate training in the technique.

Dr. Anbar has added hypnosis to our therapeutic toolbox. When breathing problems have a large mind-body component, resolution with hypnosis can dramatically reduce the need for expensive testing and medications,” says Harold Farber, MD, MSPH, Editor of Pediatric Asthma, Allergy Immunology, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pulmonology, at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

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