Why should you take first aid and CPR training? by guest blogger Daniel Clark

Why should you take first aid and CPR training?

Have you ever faced any situation where you see a person suffering from a sudden heart attack and you feel helpless as to what to do? Someone is losing his or her life in front of you and you are unable to provide any help. Thus, at such moments you feel that it is essential to be trained in handling first aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Many people take correct aid coaching and cardiac resuscitation coaching. However, it is not an easy task to do so. Cardiac resuscitation is for those who can handle emergencies without getting panicky. This training is for handling life and death situations in cases of emergencies.

Most first aid certification classes include CPR training and with wide use of computers, it is becoming easier to get certification online. The online training includes such CPR training for a victim who has suffered a heart attack. It is necessary, not only to learn how to give CPR, but also when to give it. You will gain the expertise after getting training and how and when to help them. The basic emergency procedures that you can learn during your first aid class will always be valuable. There are many institutes and organizations that provide first aid and CPR training. CPR training Knoxville by Prime Medical Training is also well known for giving such training sessions.

You do not need a medical background to take up first aid lessons or CPR lessons. These lessons are taken by those who have experience in teaching for first aid. The classes are intensive and informative. First aid certification, CPR certifications are valid only for 2 years. Continuous updating and training is essential in order to save lives. It is never too late or early to learn about first aid.

Benefits of getting CPR certification

If a person suffers from cardiac arrest, then your first instinct would be to call an ambulance. If ambulance takes time to come, what can you do? Well, if you have training in CPR, then you can give the victim mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or chest compressions and save life.

First aid training takes longer than CPR training because it has many types of medical emergencies. First aid emergencies may vary from dealing with simple cuts, fractures, nose bleeding, head injuries or insect bites.  For every emergency that you handle, a different treatment procedure is necessary. You cannot treat burn injury same way as that of fracture. Both procedures vary and thus first aid training takes longer than CPR training. There are many organizations which can give you first aid and CPR training. You can obtain these certifications from the fire department, Red Cross society, American heart association or any other private organizations. These organizations may charge a small amount if you wish to learn these courses and then you can enroll for free CPR online classes.

If you are well trained, then you can save someone’s precious life. It is never too late to learn first aid and CPR trainings. Many fields and organizations now require the proper training, including rescue or emergency response personnel. So, manage your panic by getting a certificate in first aid and CPR training.

Author Bio

Daniel does volunteer work and has taken CPR training from Prime Medical Training, Knoxville. In the above post he is mentioning the importance of taking first aid and CPR training to help in life saving situations.

How Cold Sore Happens And Tips To Prevent It by guest blogger Brendon Buthello

How Cold Sore Happens And Tips To Prevent It.

Small fluid filled lesions, that generally pop up on or around your lips leave a tingling and burning sensation. Then, it starts to appear as a blister. This is what we called "Cold Sore". It is even known as fever blisters.

Cold Sore commonly occurs on the lips, chin, cheeks, inside the nostrils or even on the roof of the mouth.

Main Culprit of Cold Sore.

Herpes Simplex Virus (Type-1) is responsible for such painful blisters. How it causes a cold sore? Check the whole process:

- The virus enters your body and lives in your nerve cell.

- Then, it senses the slightest change in your temperature, ph balance, stress level and your immune strength as well.

- The change will create a favorable condition for the virus to head towards the surface along your nerve fibers.

- Eventually, it creates a new virus on the surface through its replication procedure. This new virus produces the cold sore blisters.

How HSV-1 Gets Activated?

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It is possible that the HSV-1 virus enters the body, lies around the surface and does nothing. But, it gets activated due to a number of reasons and form into a painful blister. What are those reasons?

- Mental and physical stress

- Fever or illness

- Hormone imbalance

- Weak immune system

- Menstruation cycle

- Extreme sun exposure

The virus gets activated and you will feel itching sensation on the area where the cold sore is likely to get form. After two days of tingling sensation, the tiny blisters appear. These fluid-filled blisters break, weep, crust over and gradually disappears. Cold sore takes 7-8 days to completely heal.

How to Prevent it?

You cannot prevent the outbreak of a cold sore, but can only minimize the spread of such virus. Take the immediate precautions at a time when you notice the first symptom that is the tingling sensation on the affected area. Check what you need to take care, to minimize the activation of HSV-1.

1. Avoid the preferable environment for HSV-1 virus!

HSV-1 virus gets activated faster in a warm environment. If you feel like itching, then apply ice as this will prevent the cold sore to form.

The virus even prefers the acid environment and provokes the outbreak of a cold sore. Such an environment affects your pH balance, which should be 7.4 but it drops below 7 and this gives a favorable condition for the virus. How to maintain that pH balance? Check it below:

- Avoid eating acid foods such as tomatoes, citrus, carbonated soda or any foods that contain vinegar.

- Apply sun block before stepping out.

- Stress increases the acid level. Do meditation and manage your stress level.

2. Avoid high arginine food!

A protein called "Arginine" in our body, is a critical building block for creating the herpes virus. The virus needs plenty of arginine to get activated. If the virus gets to the surface and cannot find enough arginine, then it retreats. You need to stop the amount of arginine in your body cells.

How to reduce the Arginine?

Increase the amount of Lysine protein, as it replaces some of the arginine in the cells and prevent the virus. Eat high lysine food prior to or during the cold sore. Meat, cheese, milk, yogurt and other dairy products should be included in your diet. Avoid arginine food such as nuts, seeds, grains and chocolates.

3. What causes you a cold sore? Know your triggers and prevent it!

Cold Sore triggers may vary from person to person. What are your triggers? You can avoid those triggers, if you know it before.

Main trigger of such virus is the weaker immune system. How to strengthen the immune system?

a) Eat a balanced diet including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

b) Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly, drink enough water, limit alcohol consumption and get a plenty of sleep.

c) Do meditation and reduce your stress level.

Know your triggers well in advance and treat them. This will prevent the cold sore outbreak.

Don't allow the virus to form into a cold sore and prevent it as early as possible.

Author Bio:

Brendon Buthello writes article on preventive care for infectious diseases. In this article, he writes about how cold sore outbreak. You can also get detail and beneficial knowledge for cold sores cure and knowledge for preventive measure of cold sores.

Why Should You Visit a Skin Doctor? by guest blogger Daniel Clark

Why Should You Visit a Skin Doctor?

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating skin related diseases and problems. Putting your face in the hands of someone else needs a lot of faith in that person. Hence, it is important that you choose a good dermatologist for getting the best treatment for your skin related problems. A good dermatologist will give consistent results almost every time. Many dermatology clinics in London have good reputation, work with a variety of patients, and treat them by examining tissue samples and performing many chemical and biological analyses to confirm the disease. The skin is the largest organ in our body and also the one that is the most visible. Therefore, we have a tendency to naturally take excellent care of our skin to form a positive impression on people we have to meet. A decent skin doctor is able to assist you keep your skin in a very fine condition.

Skin is the largest organ of human body and comprises 16% of the total weight of body. Having healthy skin is a sign of having healthy body. Our skin is exposed to harsh conditions every day. Skin is exposed to dust, pollution and intense sunlight during summers and dry, cold conditions in winter. Apart from skin, our hair and nails are also affected. Thanks to dermatologists that we can maintain our skin properly. There are many reasons why you must visit a dermatologist, few of which are given below.

For Cosmetic dermatology

It deals with cosmetic surgeries like Botox, laser treatments, liposuction, face-lifts, fillers etc.

For Dermopathology

Dermopathologist is one who specializes in pathology of skin.

For Immunodermatology

It involves treatment of immune related diseases like systemic erythromatosus lupus, vulgaris and many more.

Mohs surgery

This dermatology branch is named after Dr. Frederic Mohs. It involves excision of skin cancers using tissue-sparing technique.

Pediatric dermatology

This field includes complex diseases of neonates and any other complications of children.

Apart from the above mentioned reasons, you can visit dermatologists for many other reasons given below.

Ø Cosmetic dermatology is a budding field. Many of the simply invasive procedures performed by a cosmetic surgeon can be performed by a dermatologist.

Ø Liposuction-suction: It is fat removal procedure usually performed on the abdomen, buttocks, neck, backs of the arms and other problem areas.

Ø Botox Injections: It is a solution primarily for crow's feet and forehead wrinkles

Ø Wrinkle Fillers: These include collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, and synthetic injections to even out fine lines or wrinkles

Ø Laser hair removal: This is widely used procedure, mostly requested by women for unnecessary hair on the face or other parts of the body.

Ø Hair transplantation: This is a treatment for balding and involves removing hair follicles from one part of the head and transplanting them to fill in bald spots.

Ø Laser removal procedure: Tattoo, blemishes and birthmark removal-all done with lasers.

Ø Eczema: It is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by itching, redness and silvery plaque formations.

Ø Acne: It is one of the most common problems and thus numerous treatments are available

Ø Hair loss: Both men and women may experience hair loss either suddenly and gradually over time, all cases should be evaluated and treated accordingly.

Author Bio

Daniel, the author of this post is a skin doctor in dermatology clinic in London. Apart from his profession, he likes to provide tips and techniques through his posts. Here he is giving information about why people visit dermatologists.

Cellulite Solutions- Detox with Diet & Herbs

Cellulite is a combination of fat, water and trapped wastes beneath the skin - usually on otherwise thin women. When circulation and elimination processes become impaired, connective tissue loses its strength. Unmetabolized fats and wastes become trapped in pockets just beneath the skin instead of being expelled through normal means. Over time, the waste materials harden and form the puckering skin effect we know as cellulite. Because it is unattached material, dieting and exercise alone can’t dislodge cellulite.

An effective program for cellulite release should be in four parts: 1) Stimulate elimination functions; 2) Increase circulation and metabolism; 3) Control excess fluid and waste retention; 4) Re-establish connective tissue elasticity.

Diet Therapy (follow the diet as closely as possible for best results)

1. Add daily flushers to free trapped toxins: pineapple (bromelain), apples and berries (pectin fiber) and citrus (vitamin C). Carrot/beet/cucumber juice cleans the liver so it can metabolize fats better. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water, juices and green tea every day. Graze: eat smaller, more frequent meals, instead of 2 to 3 large ones to keep fat burning.
2. Fruits and juices each morning. Two fresh or steamed vegetables at every other meal. A fresh salad and brown rice once a day. A liver cleanse works wonders.
The cellulite blacklist: • All fried, fatty dairy foods; • High caffeine, carbonated sodas, hard liquor; • Red meats; • Extra salty foods (use herbal seasoning instead).
3. Balance estrogen: add cruciferous veggies like broccoli to keep excess estrogen flushed. Have Omega-rich fish and seafood twice a week. Have 2 tbsp. chopped dried seaweeds 3 or 4 times a week in a soup, salad or rice; or 6 pcs. sushi daily.

Herbal Therapy (Choose 2-3 supplements)

1. Detox: • Crystal Star Cellulite Tone caps with Hot Seaweed Bath to support healthy circulation and elimination.
2. Help the liver detox: • Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; • Milk Thistle Seed or Artichoke leaf extract for liver congestion; • Anabol Naturals Amino Balance caps; • Milk Thistle-Yellow Dock extract.

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Bodywork:
• Use a dry skin brush or loofah to stimulate lymph glands. A seaweed bath afterward releases trapped toxins. A spa body wrap is a rapid fluid and inch-loss treatment. Get a lymphatic massage treatment at the spa to release even more trapped fats.
• 10-minute daily cellulite exercises work. They keep a slim subcutaneous fat layer, increase circulation, maintain underlying tissue integrity. Do them all each day for 10 minutes. 1) Standing arm swings 50 count both arms. 2) 100 tummy sucks. 3) 100 torso twists. 4) Wall pushups with each arm and both arms. 5) Standing leg circles, 50 each leg. 6) Weight lifting that focuses on the lower body helps develop the muscles in the hips and thighs. 7) Deep breathing moves out lymph congestion that shows as cellulite (one reason why yoga and pilates are so effective).

Women's Weight Loss Over 40: Herbal Solutions to Fight Middle-Aged Spread

Nearly everyone faces a disconcerting body thickening and slow rise in weight in their 40s, even people who have always been slim, who eat a healthy diet, and who exercise regularly. In fact, body fat typically doubles between the ages of 20 and 50. Sometimes diet and exercise really isn’t enough! What’s happening to our bodies?

For women, a major calorie-burning process grinds to a halt after menopause. The metabolic rise in the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle accounts for 15,000–20,000 calories per year. Those calories really start to add up when the menstrual cycle stops. Further, women tend to develop more abdominal fat as estrogen levels are reduced. For men, lower testosterone levels caused by andropause leads to a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in fat storage.  Research shows that with age, men burn less fat during exercise, so older men actually need to work out longer to lose weight!

Healthy lifestyle changes are critical to achieve long-term weight loss goals, but it often takes more at mid life. Whole herbs are an ideal choice for weight loss after 40. They are not habit forming like stimulant anti-obesity drugs, and they support natural weight loss processes, like thermogenesis.

Thermogenesis’ Role in Weight Loss Over 40

Thermogenesis is all about fat burning. About 75% of the calories you eat work to keep you alive and support your resting metabolic rate. The balance of calories are stored as white fat, or burned up by brown adipose tissue (brown fat), your body’s premier fat burning factory. The more active your brown fat is, the more efficient your thermogenesis is, and the easier it is to maintain an optimum weight. Differences in brown fat activity explain why some people can overeat and stay slim, while others put on the pounds even though their diet and exercise plan is sound.

Starting in our early 40s, a genetic timer begins to slow down the thermogenic mechanism. Instead of calories being burned off, more of them get stored as white fat, leading to weight gain, especially around the middle. In addition, some people are simply not born with enough brown fat. These people gain more weight at middle age because the little brown fat they do have is reduced even further. Nature in her wisdom provides a solution. You can reactivate your brown fat activity after 40, and using thermogenic herbs is a key.

Fat Burning Herbs: The Good & Bad News

Most of us have heard of the herb, ephedra as a thermogenic aid to stimulate weight loss. Unfortunately, misuse and abuse of ephedra in highly concentrated, chemical ephedrine products has led to cardiovascular side effects and health risks for consumers. Today, ephedra is banned from use in dietary supplements in the U.S. But, ephedra is not the only herb that stimulates brown fat activity. Green tea, mustard seed, cinnamon and ginger are a few other thermogenic herbs that you can use without the side effects or health risks.

As a traditional herbalist, I only formulate with whole herbs, because they are much less likely to produce side effects or interactions than standardized herbs or highly concentrated herbs. Further, whole herbs in combination offer the advantage of addressing multiple body systems and needs. For “after 40” weight loss concerns, I combine thermogenic whole herbs with herbs that control appetite and sugar cravings, and herbs that relieve bloating. Whole herbs support the whole person.

Losing weight at mid life does present new challenges, but once the body adjusts to its new hormone levels, weight gain stabilizes, and becomes more manageable. Whole herbs can help you get over an “after 40” weight loss plateau, and have the added benefits of improving body chemistry and reestablishing better metabolic rates.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

A Definitive Guide for the Sciatica Treatment by guest blogger Daniel Clark

Are you going through any kind of pain in the lower back and gluteal region? If yes, then you might be suffering from Sciatica problem. In Sciatica, the pain caused in the lower back and gluteal region radiates down through one or both legs that passes through the thigh, calf, ankle and foot. In fact, the genuine sciatica occurs when the pain travels below the knee.

Causes: The main cause of sciatica problem is due to the sciatica nerve compression. The most common disorders resulting in sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations or the misaligned vertebral bodies, tumors, the herniated or bulging discs or the slipped discs, pregnancy and childbirth as well as non-spinal disorders that include constipation, diabetes or just sitting on one’s back pocket wallet. Another common cause of sciatica is the Piriformis syndrome that is located in the lower part of the spine which connects to the thighbone while assisting in the hip rotation. Usually, the sciatic nerve runs beneath the Piriformis muscle that is susceptible to the injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis or by the difference in leg length. These situations could cause cramping as well as spasm in developing the Piriformis muscle while pinching the sciatic nerve while causing inflammation and pain.

Treatment: There are different types of treatment to get relieved from sciatica. Let us have a look at that:

l Drugs/Medications: The severity of the pain generally determines the treatment of sciatic pain. The doctors could prescribe certain medications or the spinal injections for treating sciatica. The most possible prescriptions could be:

·      Epidural Steroid Injections: The steroids that could reduce inflammation could help ease for the sciatic pain. With the help of an epidural steroid injection, one could get a corticosteroid medicine that is injected near the spinal nerve roots that reduces the pain for several months.

·      Over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs): These could help reduce the swelling while relieving the pain; the doctors could suggest plenty of options to counter NSAID by using ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). 

·      Prescription Medications: If one is suffering through chronic sciatica, the muscle relaxant sciatica treatment could help ease the muscle spasms. Other anti-depressant drugs can also be used among which some of them increase the body’s production of endorphins, a natural pain killer.

 

l Physical Therapy: The possible physical therapy treatments for sciatica are as follows:

·      Deep tissue massage: Through this technique, the chronic muscle tension is being targeted that results in pressing the sciatic nerve or its related nerve roots.

·      TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation): In this therapy, the machine stimulates the muscles through variable intensities of the electrical current. TENS ultimately helps in reducing muscle spasms while increasing the body’s production of endorphins. 

·      Hot and cold therapies: In heat therapy, the physical therapist looks for to get more blood to the targeted area as increased blood flow could bring more oxygen and nutrients to that area. On the contrary, the cold therapy slows down the circulation that helps in reducing inflammation, pain as well as muscle spasms. 

·      Ultrasound: The ultrasound sends the sound waves deep into the muscle tissues while creating a gentle heat that enhances the circulation and helps in speed healing.

l Surgical Treatment:

·      Disectomy or Microdisectomy: In this treatment, the surgeon removes all or part of a herniated disc that is pushing the sciatic nerve and causing the sciatica symptoms. 

·      Laminectomy or Laminotomy: In this treatment, the spinal cord and the part of the spine called the lamina is involved. The lamina is being removed from the body which is a bony plate that protects spinal canal. These procedures have tendency for creating extra space for the nerves by reducing the probability of the nerves to get compressed or pinched.

Other possible treatments of sciatica are through acupuncture, acupressure, biofeedback as well as yoga too. The chiropractic treatment can also be used while looking for best sciatica treatment. Thus, these were some of the causes and the related treatments of sciatica.

Daniel Clark is a medical expert and working in the medical field for several years as well as professional blogger too. He likes to share his recent researches on different medical conditions with his viewers. Here he is sharing different causes and treatments of sciatica.

What do we know about women’s heart disease risk?

Every year, over half a million American women die from cardiovascular disease, accounting for more than 54%, over half, of all female deaths!  42 million women in the US are living with heart disease now. Even more frightening, new studies reveal women receive less medical treatment despite having more cardiac symptoms and poorer health than men.

 Heart disease for women is often linked to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight issues or too little exercise. It is also clearly hormone-related. There is no time that a woman’s risk for heart disease is higher than menopause. Risk for heart disease rises as women approach menopause and continues to rise with age. Because of this, hundreds of thousands of new, prophylactic, hormone replacement therapy prescriptions were written this year by doctors trying to protect menopausal women from heart disease.

Yet, the use of hormone replacement therapy or ERT to protect against heart disease is highly debatable. There is also no conclusive evidence that estrogen protects against heart disease.

In fact, one review presented at the International Meeting on Atherosclerosis in Paris concludes that the heart protective benefits attributed to estrogen may result from population selection bias or even changes towards healthier lifestyles during the course of the studies.

In addition, new studies find hormone replacement therapy does not prevent heart attack or death for women who already have the disease.

I don’t think hormone replacement therapy, with its links to uterine and breast cancer, should even be considered as a long-term preventive for heart disease. I think there are better solutions for preventing heart disease naturally that don’t carry these risks.

If you’re thinking about beginning hormone replacement therapy to prevent heart disease, here are new facts you need to know.

•Many Hormone Replacement drugs actually suppress folic acid, contributing to high homocysteine levels, a known risk factor for heart disease.

•Tests with some estrogen contraceptive pills actually increase a woman’s risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and serious blood clotting problems.

 • Some reports suggest that SERMs  (selective estrogen receptor modulators) may protect against heart disease.  SERM drugs should not be taken by women with a history of congestive heart failure. SERMs may increase risk of serious blood clots in the legs, lungs or eyes, particularly if you’re sedentary for long periods of time.

 What Are The Biggest Heart Problems For Women?

 A heart attack is especially serious for a woman. Statistics show that a woman is 50% MORE likely to die from a heart attack than a man!  Women have heart attacks at older ages when they are in poorer health than men. In addition, female arteries are less able to compensate for the partial death of heart muscle caused by a heart attack, so a second heart attack is even more dangerous for women.  Heart attack symptoms are also different- Women are less likely to have intense chest pains during a heart attack. (This is why researchers believe they are more reluctant to seek treatment.) Heart attack symptoms women should watch for include shortness of breath, fatigue, even back pain.

Congestive Heart Failure is another big problem for menopausal women. Over two million women alive today have CHF. Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to efficiently pump blood. In people with CHF, risk for sudden cardiac death is 6-9 times higher than the general population! High iron stores after menopause may put a women at risk.  Symptoms to watch for include extreme fatigue and water retention (particularly bloated ankles).

What about High Blood Pressure in Women?

Many people mistakenly believe that high blood pressure, also called HBP or hypertension, is more common among men. The truth is HBP is an equal opportunity disease. Beginning at age 65, after the onset of menopause, women are actually more likely to have this disease than men.
While HBP isn't directly related to gender, certain woman's issues can increase your risk. Birth control pills may increase your risk as well as your family history stress and lifestyle.

 Can herbs help support your heart?

It is important to note that an herb is never one thing for one thing. Herbs are complex living foods working with multiple body systems as balancers and normalizers. They often work best in combination. Herbs work with other herbs with amazing synergy, aiding the healing process gently but effectively for the best results.  


Everything You Want To Know About Sebaceous Cysts by guest blogger Daniel Clark

What are sebaceous cysts?

A sebaceous cyst is a bump that develops under the human skin. They are also known as keratin cyst or epidermoid cyst. They develop and after few days vanish by themselves. Sebaceous cysts are caused due to blockage of sebaceous gland by a protein called keratin. Sebaceous cysts can sometimes have a pungent odor as they contain yellow clear oily liquid. They may occur all over our body, except soles of palm and feet. Sebaceous cysts mostly occur on head, back, breast and face. They vary in size and are mostly not harmful and are non cancerous. They appear as a result of swollen hair follicle. There are many methods of sebaceous cysts treatment. However, you must know what are the causes sebaceous cysts.

Causes of sebaceous cysts

Cysts are non cancerous swelling on the skin that are caused due to several abnormalities in the body. Some causes for sebaceous cysts are as follows:

Ø Blocked oil or sebaceous glands

Ø Excessive production of testosterone

Ø Swelling of hair follicles

Ø Increased production of sebum on skin surface

Ø Trauma to Skin

Ø Over exposure to the sun

Ø A person having history of acne is likely to develop sebaceous cysts.

Ø Repetitive waxing and shaving

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms when a person suffers from sebaceous cysts are as follows:

Ø Reddening of skin

Ø Sore skin

Ø The infected area gets warm

Ø Foul smelling material develops inside the cysts

Ø Bumps arise underneath the skin

Ø Cyst develops to nearly 2 inches in diameter

How to prevent sebaceous cyst?

Sebaceous cysts can be easily prevented by following these simple tips:

Ø You can use a topical cream to reduce the risk of infection.

Ø You can use some medicinal herbs to boost immune system

Ø Purify your blood by consuming herbs, dandelion, garlic etc.

Ø Take a diet that is rich in vitamins

Ø Drink plenty of water

Ø If cysts appear, do not scratch them. Let them drain naturally. Wash and clean the surrounding area with dettol or anti bacterial soap.

Ø If the cysts become painful, then you can visit a dermatologist.

Ø Consume more quantity of citrus fruits, anti oxidants, fruits and leafy vegetables.

Treatment

If the cysts do not rupture or you have excessive pain, then you can visit a dermatologist. Some of the treatments options are as given below

Incision and drainage

The doctor makes a minute cut in the cyst and then squeezes out the liquid contents from inside the cyst. This is a quick method to treat the cysts; however it might re appear after few days

Injection

It involves injecting cyst with a medicine that will reduce the swelling and inflammation.

Surgery

If the cyst gets enlarged, then it is better to surgically remove it. You may need to visit the doctor to remove your stitches. Minor surgery is more effective as it prevents risk of cyst re appearance. If the cyst is too much inflamed then doctor can delay the surgery.

Laser treatment

This method involves use of carbon dioxide laser to vaporize the cyst. It can lead to minimal scarring.

Author bio

Daniel is a well known dermatologist and has conducted many sebaceous gland cyst treatments. He likes to impart knowledge on various scientific topics. In the above post, he is giving information of causes and treatments of sebaceous cysts.

Herbs to Deep Clean Your Liver

Herbs, as healing foods, are ideal for liver cleansing. Many herbs have tonic, balancing qualities that make them ideal for use as needed or long term if necessary. Herbs are also rich in vital nutrients, and many boost bile production and lymphatic cleansing (tied into liver health ).

Did you know? Liver health is a key to lymphatic health. The liver produces the majority of lymph, and lymph is a major route for nutrients from the liver.

Note: Some types of liver issues, like hepatitis or cirrhosis require a diligent, long term approach. Medical measures may be necessary, but most physicians in the know today recognize the benefit of using self, gentle herbs like milk thistle seed extract to support healthy liver activity.

How can Herbs Deep Clean Your Liver?

A study in Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine shows that 25 otherwise healthy people who followed a liver cleanse for just 7 days showed 23% improvement in their liver’s detox capability

Milk thistle seed extract is found in clinical studies to help prevent liver damage from alcohol and to regenerate damaged liver tissue.

Dandelion rt. and leaf help cleanse and flush the liver, and are widely used with good results by herbalists for liver support.

Yellow dock and Oregon grape stimulate bile flow, clear blood toxins and restore immune defenses.

Liver cleansing herbs are especially good for people who want a quick cleanse to boost digestion and weight loss. Liver cleansing herbs can also be used for health maintenance, to keep the body working at its peak.

For a complete liver detoxification program, please see pg. 211-213 of Linda Page’s Healthy Healing 14th Edition: A Guide to Self-Healing For Everyone. Also see separate entries for cirrhosis and hepatitis in the index.







Natural Therapy for Parasites

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Nutritional therapy plan: A strong immune system is the best defense for parasites, many of which have become drug-resistant - low nutrition = low immunity. 1. Go on an apple and apple juice mono diet for 4 days. (1 day for a child). Take 8 garlic caps daily during the fast and chew fresh mango or papaya seeds mixed with honey. On the 3rd day, add papaya juice with 1 tbsp. wormwood tea, and 1 tbsp. molasses. On the 4th day, add 2 cups senna/peppermint tea with 1 tbsp. castor oil, and eat raw pumpkin seeds every 4 hours. Follow with a high resistance diet to prevent recurrence. Eat lots of onions and garlic. Avoid all sweets, dairy foods and junk foods. 3 tbsp. amaranth or rice each morning helps remove parasites. Eat a daily green salad. Drink only bottled water. Take Pure Planet Chlorella, 2 tsp. daily. Garlic enemas or a high colonic irrigation helps clean the colon fast and address fungal infections, or yeast overgrowth conditions.

Are you at risk for parasites? Nationwide research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control over the last 25 years reveals that one in every six people selected at random had one or more parasites. Most kissed and slept with their pets. Many frequently ate raw or smoked fish, or prosciutto or homemade sausages. (Note: Use toilet seat covers in public restrooms.)

Choose 2-3 herbal recommendations:

Parasite cleanse:Parasite Purge caps, or 8 • Cayenne/Garlic capsules, after every meal for 2 weeks, and 4 cups fennel tea daily. (Or take garlic oil capsules in the morning. Refrain from eating or drinking until bowels have moved. Repeat for 3 days.) Then keep intestines cleansed and flushed with •  Ayruvedic Triphala caps.

Anti-Bio caps 4 daily for lymph support; • Black walnut hulls or • Myrrh extract; • Una da gato caps 6 daily for a month

Bodywork: A purged stool test is helpful for diagnosing parasitic infections.

Deep Clean Your Liver

Healthy Healing Liver Detox

—For three days:

On rising: squeeze 1 lemon in a glass of water; or mix 2 tbsp. lemon juice in water and drink down. My choice: I add about 10-15 drops of herbal bitters like gentian and Oregon grape to the lemon water. It alkalizes the body, promoting an environment ideal for healing, and also reduces digestive problems.  
—Breakfast: have a glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice; or organic apple juice. Enjoy a bowl of miso soup with sea veggies sprinkled on top.
—Mid-morning: have a glass of vegetable juice; or mix a green superfood powder like spirulina, barley grass or chlorella into water or vegetable juice.    
—Lunch: have a glass of carrot juice; or a glass of organic apple juice.
—Mid-afternoon: have a cup of peppermint tea; pau d’arco tea; or roasted dandelion root tea.     
—Dinner: have a small dinner of brown rice and steamed organic veggies. Have a glass of mixed vegetable juice or carrot juice.     
—Before Bed: have another glass of lemon juice in water; or have pineapple/papaya juice with 1 tsp. royal jelly.

Note: Keeping fat intake low is crucial to liver regeneration and vitality. Beets, artichokes, radishes and dandelions are good liver foods because they promote the flow of bile, the major pathway for chemical release from the liver. A permanent diet for liver health should be lacto-vegetarian, low in fats, rich in vegetable proteins, with plenty of vitamin C foods for good iron absorption. A complete liver renewal program can take from 3 to 6 months… it’s worth it.

An herbal Liver Renew formula can accelerate your cleansing results and give the liver the extra TLC it needs. Liver cleansing herb formulas have been used successfully and safety for many many years.

Importance of Liver Cleansing

Your life depends on your liver. To a large extent, the health of your liver determines the health of your entire body. The liver is really a wonderful chemical plant that converts everything we eat, breathe and absorb through the skin into life-sustaining substances. The liver is a major blood reservoir, forming and storing red blood cells, and filtering toxins at a rate of a quart of blood per minute. It manufactures natural antihistamines to keep immune response high.

More than any other organ, the liver enables us to benefit from the food we eat. Without the liver, digestion would be impossible,the conversion of food into living energy nonexistent. The liver is the primary metabolic organ for proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It synthesizes and secretes bile, the substance that insures good food assimilation, and is critical to excreting toxic material from the gastrointestinal tract.  Blood flows directly from the intestinal tract to the liver, where it deals with food toxins before they are delivered into our blood. Blood keeps returning to the liver, processing toxins again and again through the lymph system until they are excreted by the bile or kidneys.

Liver congestion and exhaustion interfere with these vital functions. Unfortunately, since the common American diet is high in calories, fats, sugars and alcohol, with unknown amounts of toxins from preservatives, pesticides and nitrates, almost everybody has liver malfunction to some extent. Health problems occur after many years of abuse, when the liver is so exhausted it loses the ability to detoxify itself. Still, your liver has amazing rejuvenative powers, continuing to function when as many as 80% of its cells are damaged. More remarkable, the liver can regenerate its own damaged tissue, so that even in life-threatening situations, like cirrhosis, hepatitis, acute gallstone attacks, mononucleosis or pernicious anemia, the liver can regenerate, and major surgery or even death averted. You can help your liver take a “deep cleansing breath”… something I’ve found you can almost feel as its amazing powers of recovery begin to flow.

A liver detox is the first vital step for the body to begin to heal itself. Gland function and digestion improve right away. You will notice this — fewer cases of swollen glands during cold and flu season, and less lower back fatigue (adrenal swelling). Weight and cellulite control problems often resolve, especially if you’ve had unusual stomach distension, a clear sign of a swollen liver. Food cravings are often reduced. Women notice that PMS and other menstrual difficulties like endometriosis are far less severe because the liver metabolizes excess hormones.  Brown skin spots and spots before the eyes (signs that the liver is congested and eliminating poisons by other body avenues) may begin to fade.

January Herb of the Month- Milk Thistle Seed Extract

MILK THISTLE SEED EXTRACT: Silybum marianum (carduus marianus) - our Lady’s thistle

For over 2000 years milk thistle seed has been the herb of choice by both Ancient and modern herbalists for liver support and detoxification. It was used as both a food and a medicine by ancient people, although modern use is limited to the seeds. Milk thistle seed has excellent antioxidant properties, and is found to help the body produce SOD (superoxide dismutase). It combines well with burdock, dandelion and bupleurum for overall liver support.
Part used: seed. Effective forms: extract, capsules.
Therapeutic profile: a bitter, tonifying, detoxifying herb for the liver and gallbladder.
Primary uses: as a specific in a liver regeneration and suppor combination, particularly to increase the secretion and flow of bile from liver and gallbladder.
Secondary uses: as a liver protective when recovering from excess alcohol or dietary abuse, or from exposure to environmental pollutants that threaten liver health.

Better Cold Care and Immunity

Tips to better immune response and cold care:

  1. A daily walk revs up immune response and gives you some fresh air. It works wonders!

  2. Stimulate immunity with early morning sunlight every day. Avoid excessive sun. A sunburn depresses immunity.

  3. If you feel a cold coming on, take ascorbate vitamin C or Ester C, 1000mg every hour, preferably in powder form with juice, throughout the day. Take zinc lozenges as needed, or Propolis Throat spray.

  4. Wash hands and clean counter tops frequently to prevent virus spread.

  5. Don’t smoke or drink alcohol. Avoid sugary foods, fried foods, and dairy foods. They reduce immune response and increase production of thick mucous.

  6. Relaxation techniques are immune-enhancers. A positive mental attitude makes a big difference in how your body fights disease. Creative visualization establishes belief and optimism. Biofeedback or massage therapy reduce stress.

  7. Immune power builds the most during sleep. Use aromatherapy immune oils like lavender or rosemary oil before bed.

  8. Already sick? Drink plenty of liquids; 6-8 glasses daily of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, herb teas and water to help flush toxins through and out of your system.

Bodywork and Lifestyle for a Better Mood

Lifestyle watchwords: Combat depression in your daily life habits

•    Ask your doctor about hypnotherapy, biofeedback or acupuncture… relaxation techniques with success in overcoming chronic moodiness and mild depression.

Bodywork support:
•    Exercise anxiety away. It’s an anti-depressant nutrient in itself. Give your body plenty of oxygen. Deep brain breathing exercises are one of the best things I know for depression and fear. (Paul Bragg’s BRAIN BREATHING book for technique).
•    Depression increases risk of osteoporosis. Get some daily sunlight on the body for vitamin D, a natural serotonin boost.
•    Yoga stretches and regular massage help clear the mind.
•    Acupuncture banishes the blues in 90% of women by increasing their brain endorphins.
•    Aromatherapy helps: Try essential oils of jasmine, geranium, rosemary and basil.
Spiritual support:
•    Strengthening your spirituality in this time of need offers incredibly calming stability and allays fear when anxiety is at its depths.

Do you have S.A.D.? An excerpt from Healthy Healing 14th Edition

S.A.D. makes people sad. Wintertime means depression for 35 million Americans. S.A.D.  symptoms manifest after the autumn equinox as sunlight hours lessen. Unusual appetite and low energy aspects of S.A.D. show our ancient ties to seasonal rhythms as they affect our behavior. Over 80% of people affected are women (experts think women produce less serotonin, a mood enhancing brain chemical, than men). Work productivity noticeably declines; relationships suffer. S.A.D. disorder is latitudinal - in Mexico, Florida and Texas, only 1.4% of the population suffers from S.A.D. In Canada, over 17% of the population suffer from acute S.A.D. In the Northeast U.S., up to 50% of people have noticeable winter mood shifts.

Do you have winter S.A.D.?  • Do you: oversleep or struggle to get out of bed, even if you get enough sleep?  feel lethargic or have poor concentration during the day?  suffer from eyestrain or headaches?  feel overwhelmed by simple tasks?  have unusually strong cravings for sweets or carbs?  gain weight in the winter (up to 10-15 lbs.), even if your diet hasn’t really changed?  feel more anxious, or low-energy? Do short periods of sunlight lift your spirits?  Do you experience a “summer high” where you feel elated and full of energy? What causes S.A.D.? Not enough full spectrum light in winter months (the pineal gland doesn’t get enough light to stop secreting melatonin), hormone and body rhythm imbalance.

Diet Therapy

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1.  Conscious diet improvement is the key to reducing S.A.D. symptoms. A diet for hypoglycemia has been effective, low in fats and sugars. Make sure your diet is balanced, with natural foods, rich in complex carbohydrates, (to shift the distribution of amino acids in the blood). Add spirulina, with B-complex 100mg to balance sugar use.
2.    Include B-vitamin and mineral-rich foods, like brown rice and fresh vegetables. Whole grains, legumes and soy products help control sugar cravings. Take Nutritional Yeast as a source of B vitamins and chromium.
3.    Eat more vitamin D-rich foods: eggs, fish, seafoods and sea veggies (2 tbsp. chopped dry seaweeds or 6 pieces of sushi a week). Vegans may be at a higher risk since they don’t eat serotonin-enhancing foods like poultry, dairy foods and eggs.

Lifestyle measures:

•    Light therapy is a widely accepted treatment for S.A.D., more effective than antidepressant drugs. Try to get 20 to 30 minutes of early morning sunshine to balance your serotonin levels. Otherwise, be aware that indoor or fluorescent light is not effective. Only full-spectrum light shuts off melatonin secretion to reduce S.A.D. symptoms. Exposure for 2 to 3 hours of light therapy offers up to 60% reduction in symptoms in 1 week.
•    Though not approved by the FDA light boxes have shown definite effectiveness, if used from mid-fall until spring. Depression typically begins to lift a week after “photo-therapy” begins. Consider Environmental Lighting Concepts Ott-Lite.

Herb & Supplement Choices (choose 2-3)

1. Ease symptoms: • SAMe 400mg daily; • Depress-ex (Sunny Mood) caps  with • St. John’s wort extract and Lemon Balm tea through the winter.
2. Normalizers: • Relax Caps or • St. John’s wort extract. • Gotu kola helps restore nerves to overcome mental dullness.
3.   Vitamin D is a key: Take natural • vitamin D 400 to 1000IU daily all during the winter; or • Now Foods A & D 25,000/1,000IU.

Do you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

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Chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) is sometimes referred to as a condition without a cause. Today, we know the opposite is true. There are a wealth of causes. Experts say CFIDS is a result of mixed infections with a wide group of viruses involved… among the most common, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), herpes simplex viruses (genital, oral and herpes virus 6, which causes childhood roseola), and cytomegalovirus (CMV) are clearly implicated.

Environmental contaminants can contribute by lowering immune response, allowing CFIDS a path to develop through exhausted adrenal glands. Growing evidence points to high stress lifestyles, overwork and a degenerative imbalance in the endocrine/metabolic systems.

Latest estimates reveal that between 800,000 to 2 million Americans are struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome right now. Over 85% of CFS victims are women, usually between 30 and 50, most are outgoing, productive, independent, active, overachievers. Women under 45 are at the highest risk. Clearly it seems, today’s overworked, overstressed “superwomen” are paying the price of their hectic lifestyles in terms of health.  

Energy Renewing Diet for CFS

 1.  Keep the diet at least 50% fresh foods during intensive healing. Emphasize foods that build immunity. Include often: Defense foods: white and green tea, cruciferous vegetables; Antibody forming foods: shiitake mushrooms, onions and garlic; Oxygenating foods: wheat germ, spirulina, sea veggies; Mineral-rich, B-complex foods: seaweeds, brown rice, dark greens; High fiber foods: prunes and brans; Cultured foods: fermented soy foods like miso, raw sauerkraut; Protein foods: seafoods, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
2.   Avoid allergen-prone, body-stressing foods: junk and fast foods, caffeine, refined sugars, alcohol, dairy, gluten and chemicals.
3.    Immune defense cells are created in bone marrow. Take a dairy-free protein drink every morning to keep new cell development strong.
4.    Add green superfoods to your daily diet: barley grass, green kamut , spirulina, chlorella.
5.  Add 2 tbsp. sea veggies daily. They speed healing by combating hypothyroidism, improving gland and metabolism balance.

Lifestyle and Fitness Tips

Take a daily deep-breathing walk for oxygen uptake. Walk for a half hour to stimulate lymphatic system and cerebral circulation. Highly recommended: Yoga and swimming.

Get 20 minutes early morning sunlight on your body every day possible for vitamin D.

Relax. An optimistic mental attitude and frame of mind help release body stress, a big factor in immune response. Stimulating immune response itself has an anti-viral effect.

High Energy Diet

There’s no doubt about it - stress and fatigue are becoming more a part of our lives - eight out of ten Americans say they feel tired on a regular basis. Some of us feel tired most of the time. Many of us don’t have enough energy for our daily tasks. Almost all of us feel the need for a pick-me-up during a long day. Yet, turning to drugs or controlled substances for stimulation is asking for trouble. Overusing stimulants means dependency, irritability and lethargy, further reducing energy creating a downward spiral. Even traditional food stimulants like caffeine, sodas or sugar usually end up making us feel more nervous and more restless. Natural energizers have great advantages over chemically processed stimulants. They don’t exhaust the body, and are supporting rather than depleting. They can be strong or gentle as needed.

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Nutritional therapy plan:
1.    Your high energy diet should consist of 65-70% complex carbohydrates (fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes); 20-25% protein, (nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, soy, yogurt and kefir, seafoods and poultry); 10-15% fats (unrefined vegetable, nut and seed oils, avocado, eggs and seafood). Don’t skip meals.
2.    Keep your metabolism high, and your blood sugar levels up with healthy snack meals instead of 3 big meals a day.
3.    Reduce sugar, caffeine (drains adrenals), and fatty dairy foods (produce clogging mucous). Take this 24 hour sugar test to see if your energy increases: Swear off sweets for 24 hours (have a high fiber whole grain bar instead when you crave sugar). Most people notice an energy boost the next day - without the let down feeling after 2 o’clock.
4.    Take a protein drink every morning, like Whey or Hemp Protein. Add spirulina or bee pollen granule as a booster. Protein’s amino acids boost alertness.
5.    Keep your iron up - low iron, low energy. Oatmeal, walnuts, eggs, black bean soup, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds (good for B-vitamins, too).
6.    Drink plenty of healthy liquids. Dehydration’s first sign is fatigue.

About Breast Thermography

Is Thermography A Good Choice? 
FDA approved in 1982, thermography is a highly advanced health scanning technique that offers breast cancer screening without the drawbacks of mammogram radiation. Over 12,000 articles detail its use. Angiogenesis (new blood vessel growth produced by tumors) generates abnormal heat in the area of a tumor.

Thermography takes precise measurements of skin surface temperature to detect breast cancer, finding abnormalities in breast tissue. It can also reveal the state of body organs, determine if imbalances are present and what might be causing them. Experts say it could reveal an organ or system susceptible to tumors before there are even signs on an X-ray or CT scan.

Some doctors suggest using thermography in conjunction with traditional breast cancer mammograms. But, for women who don't do mammograms, thermography offers a non-invasive technique to get information on their breast health. To find a skilled thermography practitioner, visit http://www.iact-org.org/links.html on the web.

DISCLAIMER

The opinions in this newsletter are intended solely for informational and educational purposes and not as medical advice. The statements in this newsletter have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a medical professional if you have questions about your medical health.

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The Race to Fight Aging: Part 2. Insulin Resistance & Immune Breakdown

Having diabetes is a major factor in premature aging. Many experts now consider obesity and diabetes to be forms of accelerated aging.

Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in America. The rates of diabetes have doubled just in the last three decades! Today, 17 million people suffer from diabetes. Many more people have the disease, but don’t know it. Type 2 diabetes cases are even rising among young adults and children. In type 2 diabetes, the most common type, the pancreas is unable to use insulin properly (insulin resistance) or has too little insulin, the hormone that allows sugar to be stored or used for energy.

  Diabetes is really a vicious cycle where poor fat and sugar metabolism lead to obesity… which then leads to diabetes. The cycle keeps going. Diabetes makes you more hungry, so its symptoms are aggravated as well as brought on by eating too much fat and too many sugary foods.

Complications from diabetes are the fourth leading cause of death by disease in the world today. Heart disease, high blood pressure, retinopathy (loss of vision), nerve damage, kidney problems, arteriosclerosis, and circulatory problems are all major problems that face diabetics.

 But there is a lot of hope. While some cases need to be managed medically, many type 2 diabetics can balance their blood sugar simply by following a low glycemic, low fat diet and getting regular exercise.

What are diabetes risk factors?

People with a family history of the disease (particularly African Americans), who are overweight, or who get little or no exercise are at the highest risk. Clearly, a diet high in refined sugar and refined carbohydrates is another major factor.

Here are the latest statistics: Sugar has become an entire food group, counting for an astounding 20% of total daily calories for adult Americans! But a high sugar diet overworks, then damages the pancreas, so your body can’t produce or correctly use insulin. As refined carbohydrates and sugars cease to be metabolized, they accumulate in the body and are stored as fat. Excess body fat and lack of exercise then bring on insulin resistance.

Do you have high blood sugar warning signs? Common symptoms include:

—extreme thirst with frequent urination

—slow healing cuts and wounds; chronic infections

—recent weight loss or weight gain without diet changes

—severe, unexplained fatigue

—blurry vision

 If you have any of these warning symptoms, make sure to get medical advice. Diabetes can be serious! Testing your blood sugar when you get up in the morning can provide some helpful clues. Home blood glucose monitoring kits are available from most pharmacies.

How is type 1 diabetes different?  Type 1 diabetes is a juvenile, autoimmune condition where the body destroys its own insulin-producing cells. Today scientists are working with Islet-cell transplants as a possible cure with some success. Although diet therapy is helpful to manage reactions, type 1 diabetes is a chronic problem that is almost entirely dependent on insulin to sustain life.

What about metabolic syndrome or “Syndrome X”? Is it the future of Diabetes? 

  Metabolic syndrome is estimated to affect up to 95 million Americans - It is one of the most serious health threats in the modern world! It’s a complex condition, but the common denominator is insulin resistance; People with metabolic syndrome always have either pre-diabetes, or diabetes. In fact, in metabolic syndrome, blood sugar levels soar out of control, setting off a damaging free radical cascade, inflammation, accelerated aging and a variety of metabolic problems.

  Metabolic syndrome often goes undetected by doctors for years, because its complications are so varied. In women, gland problems like infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome and irregular menstruation often result.

 Insulin resistance damages the cardiovascular system and blood vessels. High blood pressure is a common result, so people with metabolic syndrome have very high risk of heart attack, stroke and coronary heart disease.

Excess insulin also provokes the liver to make more cholesterol, dump more fats into the bloodstream, and allow more fat storage, reasons why people with metabolic syndrome have such a hard time losing weight. Excess fat around your waist is a primary sign.

 Too much sugar circulates in the bloodstream, creating more AGE products (advanced glycosylation end products) associated with accelerated aging, brown spots, and kidney disease.

  The medical approach relies on using a different drug “patch” for each problem, so the person is juggling 4 or 5 different prescriptions, (and possibly adverse drug reactions and side effects). For example, statin drugs used to control high cholesterol are highly toxic to the liver. Using them long term can worsen complications like fatty liver disease and obesity.

What’s causing the Metabolic syndrome epidemic?

  Again, our lifestyle bears much of the responsibility. Like diabetes, the main triggers of Syndrome X are lack of exercise, and diet overloads of sugar, refined carbs, saturated and trans fats. Smoking, chronic stress and alcohol abuse accelerate the damage.

 Still, heredity can play a role. African American women, Hispanics, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders who have adopted a western lifestyle (and eating patterns) are the hardest hit by this syndrome, but the epidemic is actually growing in all of America’s middle aged baby boomer population.

Are you at risk for Syndrome X?   Three or more of these symptoms may be a sign.

            • Obesity, especially if you have an apple shaped body (excess weight around the middle) or a protruding stomach (a sign of liver enlargement).

            • Diabetes or pre-diabetes (Fasting blood glucose higher than 110).

            • Diagnosed high cholesterol, triglycerides Cholesterol deposits on the skin (xanthelasma).

            • Poor circulation or arteriosclerosis.  Blood pressure greater than 140/85 mmHg.

            • Poor immune response with frequent colds, flu or candida yeast infections. Retinal changes, cataracts.

            • Polycystic ovaries (signs include irregular menstruation, infertility, hirsutism, acne and obesity).

            A holistic approach is well suited to address Syndrome X and diabetes, helping to rebalance blood sugar levels, and to help normalize high blood pressure and cholesterol without serious side effects or drug toxicity.

Natural Therapies To Rebalance Body Systems

1. Start with diet improvements. Do not skip meals. Most diabetics should eat 6 mini-meals a day, especially if they’re on insulin therapy. Ask your physician.

• Focus on a largely plant-based, fresh foods diet for complex carbohydrates that don’t require much insulin for metabolism. Make sure you are getting high quality protein from fish, legumes, and green superfoods like barley grass and spirulina.  Add high fiber vegetables, and whole grains like oats and brown rice to stabilize sugar swings and support cardiovascular health.

• Keep fat intake low, no more than 15% of total calories, for heart health and weight management. Instead, boost essential fatty acids (EFA’s). EFA’s promote healthy metabolism and improve circulation.

Low essential fatty acid levels worsen metabolic syndrome by triggering inflammation. Eat seafood (especially wild salmon) 3 times a week for Omega 3 fatty acids. Sea veggies, olive oil, flax seed oil and dark greens like spinach are other good sources of EFA’s.  Consider EVENING PRIMROSE OIL 3000mg daily.

• Add more chromium-rich foods to your diet, like nutritional yeast, onions, garlic and wheat germ to normalize blood sugar levels. Supplemental chromium (500 to 1000 mcg. daily) is another good option to explore with your physician.

•Very important! Strive for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily. No program for diabetes or metabolic syndrome will work for long without regular exercise. 

Mushroom Wisdom offers high quality medicinal mushrooms for wellness

Mushroom Wisdom offers high quality medicinal mushrooms for wellness

2. Consider medicinal mushrooms and whole herbs for body balance. Note: If you’re on medication for diabetes, ask your doctor before using herbal formulas. Diabetics may need to reduce the dosage of their medication while using herbs.

• First, let’s talk about maitake mushroom. New research on a special extract from maitake mushroom, called SX fraction, shows it can enhance insulin sensitivity and improve blood glucose management.

 Diet improvements are absolutely necessary for managing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. A healthy, natural foods diet, in addition to reducing insulin requirements and balancing blood sugar, has the nice “side effects” of healthy weight loss and better heart protection.

Immune Breakdown- Can medicinal mushrooms safeguard your health?

Most Americans today don’t have good immune response to fight off illness. Pollution, drug overload and nutrient-poor diets compromise our immune health even in good weather. So we’re already pre-disposed to a life of frequent colds, flu, and sinus infections when bad weather or spring allergies roll in.

  Many people still believe they’re protected by having a flu shot, but think again. Flu shots are only effective for specific flu viruses...... you may be exposed to a different one, or even a brand new one (flu viruses mutate rapidly) and your shot won’t be effective. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2004 that the vaccine had little or no effectiveness against influenza or influenza-like diseases!

Meanwhile, with a death toll of 36,000 people annually in the US, the flu can be deadly, especially for the elderly.

People who HIV/AIDS, and children whose immune systems aren’t fully developed (especially babies born prematurely--- 500,000 babies in the U.S. each year) are also at very high risk for flu complications. 

 But drugs aren’t the answer for immune enhancement. Each one of us has a unique immune response system. It would be almost impossible to form a drug for each person.

Immune defense is automatic and subconscious. It works on its own to set up a healing environment for your body. It is this quality of being part of us, yet not under our conscious control, that is the great power of immune response. Our immune system shows us that there is so much more to healing than the latest wonder drug. We can really see that we are the ultimate healer of ourselves.

 The immune system is the most complex and delicately balanced infrastructure of your body, your own personal defense team that comes charging to the rescue at the first sign of a harmful invader—like a virus, fungus, pathogenic bacteria or parasite. The immune system is always vigilant, constantly searching for proteins, called antigens, that don’t belong in our bodies.

 It can deal with a wide range of them, even recognizing potential antigens, like drugs, pollens, insect venoms, malignant cells and chemicals in foods.

But today your immune system is challenged daily by at least 25,000 new chemicals that enter our environment every year - many of them from third world countries that don’t have safeguards in place. These chemicals affect our air, our water, our food supply, and our basic hormone balance.

Today immune compromised fatigue diseases like candida albicans, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s, and cancer are taking hold in almost epidemic proportions.

  I believe the only way to stay healthy during these high risk times is to prepare your body for the defenses it’s going to need. Even if you’ve improved your diet, take another look at it because a super nutritious diet is imperative as you grow older.

 And, the latest research validates ancient wisdom: Medicinal mushrooms and whole herbs offer powerful immune support and assist recovery for even serious illness.

1. Medicinal Mushrooms-  In Traditional Chinese medicine, many of the “superior” drugs- those that increase resistance to all disease agents- are derived from mushrooms.  Of course, the beauty of a medicinal food like mushrooms is that you can add them to your diet as well as take them supplementally. Mushrooms are double defense for your immune system!

Shiitake mushroom

 Shiitake mushrooms stimulate your immune system’s powerhouses, the macrophages and NK (natural killer) cells to act both quickly and aggressively against invading pathogens.

 Add shiitakes to your meals when you feel unusually tired or if you’re coming down with a cold. A little shiitake goes a long way. Simply soak them until they’re soft (or use them fresh), and slice them with kitchen scissors.  I like adding them to miso soup, brown rice or healthy stir fry recipes once or twice a week, especially during high risk seasons or after a lot of travel.

Reishi mushroom

Reishi mushrooms are adaptogenic. They have a balancing effect on the body- regardless of the illness. In China, Reishi has been prized for thousands of years as the “Elixir of Immortality.”

  While Reishi probably won’t make you immortal,  this powerful mushroom stimulates your immune system’s phagocytes, specialized “eater cells” that ingest harmful bacteria and boost the activity of your T-cells (“killer” cells).

Cordyceps

Cordyceps was first brought into the spotlight by Chinese athletes who used it and broke nine world records in 1993. Cordyceps (or caterpillar mushroom) is not technically a mushroom; it’s actually a fungi that colonizes inside a variety of insects. (FYI- you can view a video of cordyceps growing out of an insect host on boingboing.net ).  Cordyceps increases energy levels in health problems like CFS and fibromyalgia, where the body is deficient or run-down. It is a proven choice for people who feel too tired to exercise.

In my own personal experience, I have found cordyceps eases chest congestion and speeds healing from respiratory illnesses. Dosage: 600 mg of 12: 1 Extract.

Maitake mushroom

 Maitake mushrooms offer a significant immune boost for serious health concerns like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis, and, as we previously discussed, diabetes.

2. Protease Enzyme therapy

  Enzymes are at the forefront of my immune boosting program. Supplemental protease, the enzyme that digests protein, is  especially remarkable. Protease taken between meals will enter the blood stream and help the immune system digest the protein fragments and unwanted waste in the blood- including harmful bacteria and viruses. Protease can even break down abnormal tissue in the body. In my own experience, there are almost miraculous results from protease on dissolving scar tissue.... both externally and internally... and for helping shrink cysts and fibroids. For therapeutic benefits, take at least 370,000 HUT (Hemoglobin Unit Tyrosine base) daily.

3.  Whole herbs offer protection against illness as you age, and their activity is gentle and long lasting without the harsh side effects of antibiotic drugs. Here are 2 of my favorites:

   Astragalus is a “power root” for immunity. In China, it is considered the quintessential herb for building resistance to infection. Astragalus boosts natural killer activity and possesses anti-viral properties. In studies with people susceptible to frequent infections, astragalus improved natural resistance so patients got sick less frequently. It is especially beneficial to prevent respiratory illness.

 Most health food stores and Oriental markets sell the dried root in bulk. It looks like a tongue depressor and works well in a tonic, immune building soup with miso, other root vegetables and shiitake mushrooms.

It’s also available in capsules and tinctures. Combinations with other immune tonics like garlic or green tea are best, but as a single herb about 500-1000mg is effective. Note: Astragalus is not recommended for acute illness. It’s best used as a preventive or during the recuperation stage of an illness.

   Burdock is another miracle immune herb. Burdock’s not very well known in America, but it’s one of my all-time favorite defense herbs. Burdock provides remarkable support for your liver. Your liver is responsible for more than 1500 functions that directly maintain your immune system. It produces interferon, the body’s natural germ killer, which activates white blood cells that destroy and eliminate disease-causing toxins.

I like burdock best in an immune tea - simply simmer 1-2 tsp. of the dried root in a cup of water for 15 minutes. Take 2-3 times a week for protective results. Also, look for burdock under the name  “Gobo” in Japanese supermarkets. Like astragalus, burdock also works well in an immune recovery soup.

            Clearly, we are all trying to live longer and live better. But I believe the real secret to anti-aging, beauty and immune strength is found in your positive outlook and healthy lifestyle choices. Medicinal mushrooms and whole herbs are an ideal anti-aging choice for men and women. As nourishment, they offer the body nutrients it may not always receive, either because of poor diet, or environmental deficiencies in the soil, air and water. As therapy, they are essentially body balancers that work with the body functions, so that it can heal and regulate itself.