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Dont Let Worry Destroy Your Health

Worrying never gets good results. It is not good for our emotions, our health, our creative ability or for fulfilling our life. Still we worry that if we dont stress out and worry like everyone else, how will others judge us? Will we be perceived as crazy, not normal, not right or as having low morality?

Why does most of the world live life this way? It is almost inconceivable to think that you can stop worrying. But, we can!

Relaxation expert Sarah McCrum, of the Academy of Potential Education said recently that “we can learn the art of natural relaxation relaxing our thoughts and our body and simply doing nothing other than breathing and smiling. We can then use our relaxation skills and choose not to worry when we dont want to, and honestly, you never really want to worry. It will take time because we cant shut worrying off after all those years of indulging in it. But we can become better at cutting it off and not spiraling into a black hole.” Often, we worry because it is the norm and we dont realize that we have a choice.

We do have a choice if you are aware of it. It is your choice to make! Nobody can make you worry and nobody can stop you from not worrying.

Worry is actually pretty old fashioned. It belongs to our past and it is rapidly going out of style. Its not a creative lifestyle. Its not the lifestyle of the future. Just because most of the whole world worries, it doesnt mean that you have to! As human knowledge develops, human awareness and consciousness expands, and worrying will gradually disappear.

What is replacing worry now is relaxation a deep trust in life itself. Your creative ability, your happiness, your health and your consciousness will grow the more you improve your ability to be relaxed. Your actions, your work, your responses to the world around you change when you know how to relax.

Often, when we are doing an activity we are either thinking about what we are doing or thinking about something completely different. We might even start to worry. We are too often in a state of unconscious tension, and are simply not physically and emotionally at peace. As a result, we block energy from entering and flowing through our body. And then our meridians arent open and relaxed, so we get tired and find it difficult to experience joy.

When we learn how to relax and flow with life, we start to appreciate the world in a completely different way. When we are open, happy and experiencing natural relaxation, we can receive a higher source of life energy – quality energy that is light and vibrant, making us more positive and glowing.

Through proper relaxation training, we can learn how to not worry. We can learn how to breathe again like when we were a baby – relaxed and surrendered to life. We dont have to “do anything” but rather, just “be.” Soon we learn that worry doesnt stem from external factors, but rather comes from inside ourselves. Then the more we become aware of it the more we can do to release that tension that we call worry.

To prevent worry from destroying your health and happiness, research a little and find a relaxation program with skilled experts to help you realize that there is a reason for everything, a cause and a remedy for everything. Every situation has a solution and we just have to find it. While we are searching we feel good and not so helpless, so we just keep on searching and we dont give up. The more knowledge we have, the more peace we have. We see possibilities, so we have a future. In this way, worry gradually and surely comes to its end.

Don’t Let Grapefruit Juice Squeeze the Juice Out of You!

Viagra. Cialis. Levitra. These brand names for prescription oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors have become increasingly popular with men who suffer from impotence or erectile dysfunction, a condition marked by the ability to achieve and/or maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. These drugs help the penile muscles to relax, thus allowing it to engorge and stay firm for a longer period of time. So with sexual stimulation, impotent patients can achieve erections. However, these so-called wonder drugs are not without side effects. Among the most commonly reported side effects are headache, muscle pains, vision disturbances, change in heartbeat (fast or slow), indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and flushing of the skin especially on the face and upper body.

While most patients are aware that taking nitrate-based drugs or alpha-blockers in combination with PDE5 inhibitors can be fatal, what most are unaware of is that these drugs also interact with certain foods. These drug interactions can be detrimental to the effects of the drug and can possibly cause serious damage to the patient. They can also aggravate the side effects of a drug they interact with. The most alarming part is that the most innocuous food items can be the cause of these drug interactions.

Take grapefruit juice, for example. It has been lauded in the medical community as a nutraceutical, or food that supposedly has health and medicinal benefits such as disease prevention. Some studies have concluded that the juice of a grapefruit contains chemicals that can reduce the risk of cancer and of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis has been linked to some cases of sexual impotence, and there are many impotent men who drink grapefruit juice for preventive and/or therapeutic purposes in conjunction with one of the PDE5 drugs. What they don’t realize is that the effects of the medication are limited by the juice, and even make the side effects worse. Researchers believe this is because compounds in grapefruit juice called furanocoumarins block the enzymes that normally break down these drugs in the body, and this can last for up to 24 hours after ingestion.

This drug interaction was actually discovered accidentally by researchers when they used grapefruit juice to mask the taste of alcohol for their study, which was to see how an oral calcium-channel blocker called Plendil (felodipine) reacts to alcohol. They were surprised to find that in that particular trial, both the effects and side effects of the drug were amplified by the grapefruit juice because of the increased blood levels of felodipine. With further research, they were able to discover that the culprit was the juice itself and that it not only interacts with that specific drug but also with medications such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.

By amplifying the blood levels of these PDE5 drugs into toxic levels, grapefruit juice can impair the normal function or cause damage to vital organs. Because of the prolonged effect of the juice on the body, many doctors are now telling their patients to stop drinking it altogether if they are taking these medications daily. Be sure to ask your doctor for more information about drug interactions, because that information may actually save your life.

Don’t Get Stuck Paying Your Own Healthcare Costs!

If you have just graduated from college and want health insurance, consider these options. If you are employed by a large enough business, you are probably eligible for company provided coverage. If you are younger than 26, you can still be covered by your parents, or you can research personal health insurance policies.

If you have vision problems now, or if members of your family do and you think you will in the future, vision insurance is something you will want to purchase. The insurance covers all or most of your check-ups plus contacts or glasses. Vision insurance is not something that you have to have, so it may cost you more to get the coverage.

Health insurance can be extremely expensive or even out of reach if you contract life-threatening condition. Consider a vegetarian diet as a preventative measure. Research has consistently shown that many years of improper diet accumulates into chronic conditions. Once you have a chronic disease, it can be very difficult and costly to treat. By becoming a vegetarian, you can avoid many chronic diseases. Insurers are beginning to understand this. This is a great diet because it saves your life while reducing your healthcare costs.

Remember that each state regulates the private insurance companies under its own jurisdiction, so interstate commerce laws prevent private insurance from being sold to you in one state if you live in another. This means that if you go to a hospital that is out of your state, your policy may not cover it. Insurance companies can be strange like that, so you need to know all the ins and outs of your policy.

Find out if your doctors participate in the health insurance plan you are considering. If your favorite doctor is not within a prospective carrier’s network, it may be wise to seek alternative insurance providers.

It’s important to take into consideration whether or not you can keep your current doctors if you change your health insurance provider. Doing so causes extra costs if your doctor is not part of the network.

Find out about healthcare savings accounts, and determine if they would work for you. Money that you put into an HSA is taken out before taxes and can reduce the cost of your medical expenses. Prescriptions, as well as other medical-related expenses, can be paid for through these accounts. It is important to know what you can and cannot use your account for.

It doesn’t matter the type of insurance coverage you currently have, but you will save money if you choose generic drugs. Most drugs have generic counterparts which are much cheaper than the name brand. In addition, generic drugs are chemically the same as the name brand.

See if your employer has a wellness program for their employees. A lot of employers offer incentives to any employee who has their health and lifestyle assessed. Signing up for physical fitness programs can help you save money on your insurance premiums and even lower your company’s payments for insurance.

You need good health insurance if you are planning on starting a family anytime soon. Don’t leave this to chance; some insurance doesn’t cover pregnancy, complications from pregnancy or labor.

Review your insurance plan annually to see which prescriptions are covered. This changes every year, so you should ensure you look over the list yourself when you re-enroll, so that you won’t be shocked when you refill your prescription.

You can make a more informed decision on the right health insurance for you or your loved ones when you conduct the proper research. Health insurance is a topic that should not be put to the side. Obtaining the right health insurance is crucial. Determining which health insurance policy to obtain is one of the most important decisions you have to make.

Does Oily Fish Reduce The Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Dementia?

People who eat a diet high in oily fish might significantly reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in later life according to research by Tufts University and published in the journal Archives of Neurology.

The diets of approximately 900 older men and women were analyzed over a period of 9 years and blood samples were taken from the participants. It was found that those who had the highest levels of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) in their blood reduced their risk of developing dementia by around 47% and Alzheimer’s by 39% as compared to those who had low levels of DHA. The study also identified that the levels of DHA in the blood can be influenced by the liver’s ability to convert ALA or alpha-linolenic acid, into DHA but that the most significant influence on the amount of DHA in the blood was actually the amount of fish consumed. Those who had the lowest risk consumed 2 or more portions of oily fish a week. It is important to note that this study doesn’t prove that eating fish prevents dementia, but the suggestion is that eating fish does seem to reduce the risk.

The link between Omega 3 fatty acids and the brain is well known and research continues to highlight the myriad of ways that these fatty acids impact on brain health in general. One research team from Aberdeen and Edinburgh University in Scotland looked at the Omega 3 intake of around 300 people aged 64 and tested the levels of fatty acids in their blood. They found that those who had supplemented with Omega 3 showed better cognitive processing in mental speed tests and the results were directly related to the level of Omega 3 in their blood. They suggested that Omega 3 might be able to slow down the ageing of the brain itself. If this is the case then Omega 3 fatty acids might have some therapeutic benefit on people who are already suffering from dementia.

Indeed, one study in Sweden looked at the effect that Omega 3 fatty acids had on people who already had Alzheimer’s disease. They gave 89 patients a supplement containing DHA and EPA for 6 months and another 85 patients were given a placebo. There was a cross over point at 6 months where the placebo group also began to receive Omega 3. The interesting result from this study was that 32 patients who had mild symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease showed less of a decline whilst taking the supplements suggesting that the fatty acids might slow down the progress of the disease in the early stages.

The fatty acid connection what do we know?

DHA, along with Eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA are Omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as Salmon, Tuna, Herring, Mackerel and Anchovies. ALA on the other hand is a plant based Omega 3 fatty acid and research has shown that the ability to convert ALA into EPA and DHA is extremely limited in humans and can be even lower than 5%. This means that the only way to get enough EPA and DHA is to eat oily fish or to supplement with fish oil.

The brain is a fatty organ that depends largely on DHA for healthy structure and development. People with Alzheimer’s and dementia have been found to have low concentrations of it and the natural assumption would be that increasing the amount of DHA in the diet might have some preventative benefits. However, if there is enough EPA in the diet then the body can produce as much DHA as required so EPA is arguably the most important of the Omega 3 fatty acids. EPA is believed to be the fatty acid mostly responsible for the general functioning of the brain on a day to day basis, and as well as having anti-inflammatory properties, appears to improve the connections in the neural networks in the brain. EPA is also thought to inhibit the activity of the enzyme phospholipase A2 and over-activity of this enzyme has been linked to neurotoxicity and death of brain cells, a feature of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.


It is too early to say conclusively whether eating more fish or supplementing with fish oil can actually help to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease or whether it might slow down degeneration and ageing of the brain but the indications are that it certainly has some influence on brain health, which isn’t surprising given that the brain is composed mostly of fat and relies on the omega 3 fatty acids to develop and function properly.

What is known is that fish oil does offer protection against a number of health conditions, including heart disease, circulation problems and even depression so at the very least, supplementing with concentrated fish oil is a convenient way for anyone to boost their physical and mental health in general.

Do You Have Health Anxiety – What You Should Know

For a person with an anxiety disorder, the world can be a really scary place. But when that generalized fear turns into health anxiety it makes each passing day a difficult series of disturbing thoughts.

Just like any other form of anxiety, health anxiety is an irrational fear that something more sinister is wrong with the sufferer. It really doesn’t matter if the person is otherwise healthy and fit, the constant thoughts of diseases and sickness cause a lot of unnecessary stress.

Imagine that you were minding your own business in your life, when all of the sudden you started to get sick. Maybe you come down with a mild flu, or a sore throat. This is completely normal for all of us, because to become ill is to be human.

Well, for a person with health anxiety that type of thing is enough to cause massive anxiety and even panic attacks. Because a person with health anxiety will try to catastrophize every symptom something routine like a sore throat can be much worse in their mind.

How do I know if I have health anxiety?

If you tend to believe that any and every form of sickness is going to be the death of you, then it is very possible that you have an anxiety related to health issues. In addition, if you spend much of your time worrying about diseases and illnesses that you think you have and how bad they are making you feel, this is standard for health anxiety as well.

What should I do?

First, you need a proper diagnosis from a doctor to determine if you have an anxiety disorder or an actual health issue that needs attention. Once this is determined, then you can begin to look at the root cause of these obsessive thoughts that are controlling your life.

Accept the diagnosis:

When you receive word that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder and nothing else, it will be really important for you to accept this as true fact.

It is difficult to live with these types of disorders, but with your “all clear” diagnosis it should be your first priority to try to tame those thoughts that are causing you such grief.

Is there a cure?

Absolutely! Your mind is simply playing tricks on you which causes you to have these unwanted thoughts. There is simply a loop in your mind, called the anxiety cycle that makes you think inappropriate thoughts, worry about those thoughts and have more thoughts.

You have to believe that you are going to be alright. You do not have anything wrong with you at all, and one day all of these obtrusive thoughts related to your health issues will be a thing of the past.

People with phobias or anxiety really get the brunt of what life throws at all of us it seems. There is no rhyme or reason for why anxiety sufferers worry so much about things that they have no control over, but the good news is that it can be treated and life can go on as normal once again.

Do as I say, not as I do

Remember when leaders would actually lead? When leaders led by example? When a leader would say “follow me” and then actually lead the way into the unknown; assuming all the risks being asked of everyone else? When it was anathema to ask a person to do what you yourself wouldn’t do?

There are still instances where we witness this kind of leadership. The U.S. Military practically oozes it. One of the more popular (and literal) slogans of the U.S. Marine Corps is “First to Fight”; they mean it…and they live it.

U.S. Army Rangers say “Rangers Lead the Way”; they mean it …and they live it. Navy Seals say “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday”…and I believe them.

Isn’t it strange that kind of leadership exists in our military but is completely absent in our elected officials? Our elected officials certainly have no shortage of challenges available to demonstrate this kind of leadership…of course, without all that risk of being killed.

Take the matter of health care for example. Forget for the moment what your personal opinion happens to be regarding the soundness of a national health care plan, and instead focus on how our elected officials work themselves into the very plan they would impose on the rest of us.

As a quick primer; The Affordable Health Choices Act, drafted by Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff…with a little help from the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee…is the legislation that the President is urging swift approval of. It would, in effect, create an HMO style health benefit plan administered by the government.

There is however, a curious item written into this legislation. Surprisingly (or perhaps not) the legislation specifically exempts federal employees and members of Congress from the plan. This little tidbit was covered in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. So in essence, we get one government plan for all of “us”…and a different (meaning better) plan for our “leaders”.

Again, it really doesn’t matter whether you agree or not that there should be a national health care plan. But it absolutely does matter if the people we elect have the audacity to make laws that ensure that they are better provided for than you.

I have been told that there was a time when public service was a noble thing. When elected officials actually took up the banner of the people; and worked diligently to serve them. I have also been told that dinosaurs once roamed the earth.

Sadly, I haven’t actually witnessed either of these events…and only the dinosaurs left any evidence of their existence.

I am willing to bet that I see a real Jurassic Park (with living dinosaurs), well before I see any elected official take up a principled position on any matter, if doing so carries with it any risk (no matter how small) of losing a re-election bid.

So here’s the only slogan that I could think of that our elected officials can say with meaning; and actually live up to: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Discover How Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Your Health

Did you know that each year hundreds of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Many of these individuals and others who suffer from various lung diseases will be required to receive oxygen therapy. Numerous studies have determined that adults with chronic lung disorders who receive oxygen therapy not only live longer, they also have an improved quality of life.

Lack of adequate oxygen, often referred to as oxygen deficiency, can lead to a number of serious health problems. Untreated oxygen deficiency can reduce lung function to the extent that long-term oxygen therapy is required to continue normal bodily function. Oxygen deficiency has been linked to every major illness category including heart disease, respiratory disease and cancer. All heart attacks are brought about by the failure of the heart muscle’s inability to receive adequate supplies of oxygen. Inadequate oxygen levels in the body weakens the immune system which can lead to viral infections, damaged cells, inflamed joints and circulatory problems.

Warning Signs of Possible Oxygen Deficiency:

* Shortness of breath

* Fatigue

* Dizziness

* Depression

* Memory loss

* Circulation problems

* Irritability

* Irrational behavior

* Poor digestion

* Muscle aches and pains

If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms, you should see your physician immediately. A doctor’s prescription is required to receive oxygen therapy. If oxygen therapy is prescribed, you will discover a number of substantial health benefits. Besides reducing the amount of strain on the heart that can lead to heart failure, receiving oxygen allows the bodies other major organs to function properly. Oxygen therapy reduces sleep disruption caused by inadequate oxygen, increasing energy levels and giving you an overall feeling of well being.

Additional Oxygen Therapy Benefits:

* Provides headache relief

* Increases mental clarity

* Decreases shortness of breath

* Allows for increased physical activity

* Relieves nausea

There are 3 methods for receiving oxygen therapy: compressed oxygen cylinders, liquid oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators. Many oxygen therapy patients are discovering that today’s vastly improved portable oxygen concentrators are the way to go. Not only do portable oxygen concentrators provide increased mobility, they are also energy efficient and easy to maintain. There is no refilling or deliveries to schedule with oxygen concentrators. If your doctor has prescribed oxygen therapy, let innovative portable oxygen concentrators like the SeQual Eclipse and Inogen One allow you to lead a full and active life.

Diffuse Posterior Disc Bulging – What it is & What You Can Do for Relief!

diffuse posterior disc bulging develops when one of the spinal discs is injured, usually from some form of traumatic injury. The discs of the spine are located between each set of spinal vertebrae (bones of the back), and their purpose is twofold. First of all, they act as ligaments, which hold the bones together. Secondly, they act as cushions or shock absorbers, preventing the bones from touching.

A spinal disc is made up of a strong outer layer (called the annulus fibrosus) and a jelly-like center (called the nucleus pulposus). I like to compare them to jelly doughnuts, because of their structure ‘ this also makes it easier to understand what happens when diffuse posterior disc bulging develops.

A bulging disc will occur when the outer layer tears, and the jelly center starts to push through this weak area. In other words, the jelly starts to push out of the doughnut.

What’s interesting about the spinal discs is that they do not have the ability to feel pain. So, the question becomes ‘ why is this condition so painful and debilitating?

Well, the true cause of the pain you experience with diffuse posterior disc bulging is from the nerves of the spine. The nerves of the spine control everything in the body, and they exit the spine directly behind each spinal disc.

When a disc bulges, it usually applies pressure directly on at least one of the nerves of the spine, which is very painful. The pain, however, is usually the least of your worries with a bulging disc.

Because the nerves of the spine control everything in the body, there tend to be other complications that occur in the body. For example, if an individual has a bulging disc in the neck, they may also feel arm pain, weakness or numbness, headaches, vision problems, chest pains, etc. All because the nerves of the neck control all of these other parts of the body.

It’s the same in the low back ‘ an individual with diffuse posterior disc bulging in the low back will also tend to experience leg pain, weakness or numbness, bowel and bladder problems, problems walking, etc.

So, what can you do about this condition? Most doctors will recommend medications, pain injections (such as cortisone or epidurals), physical therapy, and surgery (as a last resort).

The success rates of these treatments are not excellent, primarily because their purpose is not to heal the disc ‘ it is to numb the agravated nerve.

Although that sounds good at first, if the disc doesn’t heal completely, the pain will inevitably return, becoming more and more stubborn with each episode of pain.

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Different Food Preparation Methods Helpful to Make Healthy and Tasty Food

Everyone be aware with the fact that one should eat healthy to have an excellent health. However, with our hectic schedules, we may have a propensity to avoid our body requires which subsequently lead to several diseases that a few are chronic such as heart problems, diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure. The risk is even bigger for those who have a family history of these illnesses. As the saying goes, avoidance is better than treat.

There are many Strange Food Facts which are helpful to make a healthy body. Start to change your routine to a healthier new you. Several people have this reflection that by removing the “bad” meal and only eating the “good” meal is the final answer towards leading a vigorous lifestyle.

This is a myth that all kinds of foods are actually crucial and essential to our body, provided if you eat them in the proper amount and cook them using the appropriate food preparation methods such as broiling, steaming, grilling and poaching which are healthier. Even so, if deep frying is really needed in your food making program, always use vegetable oil, sunflower oil, canola oil or olive oil and once fried, drain on the paper or towel to remove the extra oil.

Vegetables and fruits are recommended to be bought in the food markets or during seasonal time and not using supermarkets. Usually vegetables and fruits mislay its freshness when come to supermarkets since they pass through in long distances. Kale, sprouts, spinach, broccolis and red bell peppers are among high resources of antioxidant and vitamins. For fruits; pomegranates, aecia, prunes, raisins and berries are antioxidant fruits. Spices and herbs have great dietary contents.

Thymes and oregano have big antioxidant, cinnamon mixed food preparation methods, aids reduce cholesterol level while ginger assists reduce arthritis ache. Herbs and spices can be chosen either fresh or dried, but of course the great is to plant your own and utilize them whenever it is required. Almost all Asian food items use spices and herbs as they are easily acquired in the Asian countries. You can see many Strange Food Facts in the Asian countries.

Diet For Diabetes – What Is A Good Diabetic Diet Plan

Proper diet is very important for people suffering from diabetes. It is recommended that the diet of diabetes patient should be high in fiber and low in fat. Diabetes diet is not a special food that is packaged by a pharmaceutical company and can be purchased off the shelf. Neither is it a complicated dieting plan. It is just a healthy eating habit which emphasizes on fruits, vegetable and whole grains.

Healthy people who want to lead a healthy lifestyle can also practice diabetes diet. History Of Diabetes Diet During the early days before the discovery of insulin, doctors would recommend diabetes patient to consume a low-calorie diet. It is more to prevent ketoacidosis, which is caused by high concentrations of ketone bodies. This was due to the breakdown of amino acids and deamination of amino acids by our body. The low-calorie diet didn’t actually cure diabetes but it did prolong the life of the patient quite a bit. Establish A Good Eating Habit You should establish a regular eating habit for your meals and snacks. As far as possible, avoid ad hoc eating habit because it is difficult to control what goes into your stomach. Always eat the healthiest food in the right amount. Excessive amounts are also not good for the body. If you are taking diabetes medication or insulin, your eating habits will have to be stricter. Eat only the right amount of servings from each food group. You could talk to your doctor if you have difficulty with your diabetes diet. He will probably recommend a dietitian who can tailor your diabetes diet to your lifestyle. Carbohydrates In Your Diabetes Diet The American Diabetes Association recommends that carbohydrates should form 60% to 70% of the total caloric intake. This is somewhat controversial because some studies have suggested a low carbohydrate diet. It is best to work out your diabetes diet with your dietitian. Try to plan your diabetes diet to have the same amount of carbohydrate at each mealtime to maintain an ideal blood sugar level right through the day. Exchange List In Diabetes Diet The “exchange scheme” was introduced in the 1950 by the American Diabetes Association. The purpose or intent is to allow patients to swap or exchange food of the same caloric value with another of similar value. For example, you may eat more cake and reduce on the potatoes at dinner time. The exchange list is not so popular with current dietitians. They are more likely to introduce diabetes diet that includes a wide range of fruit, vegetables and one that has a high fibre content and low in sugar and saturated fat. Conclusion To minimize the risk of diabetes complication, we must practice a healthy eating habit. This is the most logical way to maintain an ideal blood sugar level. Your diabetes diet need not be bland and boring. You could include your favorite food by balancing it with other healthy nutritious items. Be creative at your meal plan and at the same time mindful of the effects it brings to your diabetes diet. About the author: If you need information on Diabetes,

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