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This article explores the 4 major steps learned by Michael J. Homan in his search for relief from pinched nerves from degenerative disk disease. Mike discusses the importance of flexibility of the spine, and relieving pain with acupressure, and also strengthening the surrounding muscles in support of the spine and its health.

4 Steps To Relieve Back Pain

4 Steps To Relieve Back PainMichael J. Homan is a Reiki Master and studies natural healthing methods such as Acupressure, Electro-Acupuncture, Reflexology, Crystal Therapy, Chinese Magnetic Cupping, has his own e-Book called 4 Steps To A Pain-FREE Back!, and has a health related web site devoted to health issues and natural healing techniques. I have studied and taken courses in acupressure. Studied some on chiropractic. I also have looked into psychological issues to do with pain and medical problems. And I am also a Reiki Master.So now that you have a little about my background, and what fuels my writing... let's get to the real content.I am going to condense this article for convenience since it is a combination of four major studies in themselves, but you can get my e-book or read my full articles at my web site, which is healthgrowhealthier.com. I have found that 4 major things play an important part in your spines health.First, there is posture. I know this is not the first time you have heard this, but it needs to be said again and again. Posture should be noted in sitting, standing, and sleeping. Start taking note of your posture at all times. If it is not straight, then start working on fixing it.If you sleep in a position like I have in the past, with both hands under your pillow while you lay on your side, you can pinch a nerve in your neck if your shoulder of the arm that's up starts to relax and leans in toward your head or neck. It would be better to lay your arm of your upper hand down on your leg while one hand is under your pillow.And if you can, buy a few different thickness pillows for throughout the night. I do not know about you, but I can not have a high, fluffy pillow when I lay on my back. But a thin pillow gives me neck ache when I lay on my side. The second thing on our list is the flexibility of your back. What you want to do when you notice your back goes out a lot and you experience pinched nerves, is in getting your spine back into alignment and having it flexible.Of course if you feel a chiropractor is your best choice, by all means seek one. But think about your progress if you could align your own back when ever you needed to. It's not all that hard!If you are in pain at the present, put ice or heat on the spot until the pain seems to lessen. Do NOT, under any circumstances exercise while any of your nerves are inflamed or swollen!To get your back more flexible you might want to learn kundalini yoga. Not all yoga styles are like those you may have seen on television, where they twist themselves up. Kundalini yoga has very good and useful spinal exercises developed to help flexibility. Kundalini Yoga is also a spiritual tool to help before meditation as well.It is very important to strengthen your back and the surrounding muscles. This is the third step to a healthy back. Doing sit-ups is one such exercise, You do not have to do many sit-ups until you feel you can... step by step. Take all of these things slow and at the pace of your body. Your body will let you know what it is feeling. Pain is a warning sign.Just remember... taking pain pills is okay when you really need them. But also remember that they do not heal the problem, they only mask the warning sign, they simply stop the warning sign, but not the underlying problem.Health is more than just eating right. One has to consider mental health, environmental, and many other factors. It is not all that easy for a doctor to diagnose the complete problem and cure it, especially if it has roots in psychological issues and has gone a long time unchecked, and became a physical problem.The fourth and last step in back health is to start a daily stretching routine. You have seen cats and dogs stretch when they get up, try it for yourself!The key to back health is in keeping it actively flexible and strong, or well supported by the stomach and back muscles. You may have to find that happy medium in between like I have, being too much strength in one area will pull out another.Each person is uniquely different in many areas. So never think what worked for someone else is going to work for you. You may have to build on someone else's information and work it into your own, personal program.I recommend you learn a little about acupressure as well to maintain your pain when it flares up.I have found that I can manage pain by using acupressure, simply by putting pressure on certain areas of the body. But that is something I suggest you seek a professional for help, or look for someone who does acupuncture, or take a course in acupressure like I did.

Afraid of Anthrax? Strengthen Your Immune System

Afraid of Anthrax? Strengthen Your Immune System

Anthrax. Smallpox. Plague. Diseases that can kill. Diseases that are now in the hands of terrorists. What if these diseases were released in your hometown, or the place where you work? What could you do if vaccines and treatments were in short supply or unavailable? Is there anything you can do now to prepare yourself and improve your chances of survival?Herbalist Susun Weed recognizes the possibility of biological warfare and she is ready to cope with it. With her help, you too can be prepared with herbs and home remedies that you can use now to help avoid infection and to build a strong immune system. You can feel safer in these troubling times by learning about herbs that are effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and that can be used in conjunction with, or in place of (should there be a lack of) modern antibiotics. Anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) enter the body through breaks in the skin or through the nose and lungs. Early symptoms (which may take up to a week to occur) include reddish-black sores on the skin or in the lymph nodes around the lungs. Hemorrhagic fever and death follows. Treated early, anthrax succumbs to antibiotics and most people (75-80 percent) recover completely. Even without treatment, according to some sources, more than half of those infected survive. (Genetically-engineered varieties may kill up to 90 percent of untreated victims.) The inhaled variety is more lethal because the early symptoms of infection are easily ignored, delaying treatment past the point of most effect, and because pneumonia infections frequently complicate the recovery. Anthrax is not contagious; that is, it is not passed from person to person.The antibiotic Cipro is one of the treatments approved by the US government for those definitely exposed to anthrax, but neither it nor any other antibiotic can prevent infection. It is dangerous to take antibiotics "just in case" for then they may not work when actually needed. Instead, try these home remedies.Salt is lethal to bacteria. The simplest home remedy for those worried about exposure to anthrax is to rinse your nose with salt (any kind will do) mixed into water. Taste your mixture to be certain it is very salty. Getting this up your nose can be accomplished by putting your nose into the salt solution and snorting it in, or you may wish to buy a "neti pot," a device from India used to rinse the nasal passages. Afterwards, blow your nose and spit out any residue that runs into the mouth. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has been scientifically shown to kill all gram positive and gram negative bacteria. A small spray bottle of the tincture of the flowering tops can be used to spray the inside of the nose, killing any bacteria lurking there. Spraying tincture in your nose does sting a little and makes the eyes water, but don't dilute it - the alcohol is antibacterial too. Garlic has been used to prevent infection for thousands of years; and it still works! No need to upset your stomach (and loved ones) by eating it raw; cooked garlic retains its antibacterial powers, so long as you eat enough of it. During plague times, healers in some areas wore a "bird's beak:" a stiff cone was made of paper or bark, stuffed with garlic and spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg), and tied on over the nose to help prevent contagion. That's a little cumbersome for modern times, but inhaling the aroma of a cup of spicy tea (there are many blends available, or make your own) could help forestall anthrax.Medicinal mushrooms are not only immune system tonics, they possess antibacterial properties which make them ideal for preventing anthrax infection, according to expert Paul Stametes. A tincture or strong infusion of any shelf fungus with pores can be used, he says. If you prefer to buy your mushrooms, rather than hunt for them, look for reishii (Ganoderma lucidum) or shiitake (Lentinus edodes). Both are adaptogenic, revitalizing, regenerative, and able to directly suppress infection. Side effects, even from large doses, are rare. Essential oils are antibacterial, and some sources suggest rubbing them inside the nose or spraying the air with these extremely concentrated oils to counter anthrax infections. I don't. Essential oils are likely to cause a variety of side effects (such as damage to the mucus surfaces of the nose and lungs, and stress to the lymphatic system) that could, paradoxically, make infection more likely and more virulent.Cayenne and golden seal are antibacterial, but too strong to be used as preventatives. Snuffing hot pepper up your nose would kill anthrax, but at the risk of irritating your nose and respiratory passages, damaging their protective mucus surfaces, and stressing your immune system. I rarely use golden seal, not only because it can cause severe side effects, but also because it is approaching extinction in the wild. I prefer safer antibacterial herbs such as Echinacea, usnea, or poke root, which not only kill infection, but also help us keep our immune systems strong. That, of course, is the desired result from immunization: to strengthen the immune system and alert it to the possibility of anthrax infection. Anthrax vaccines currently available for animals are not suitable for humans, and one prepared for people is in short supply (and only 93 percent effective). To achieve full immunity, one must have immunization shots every two weeks for six weeks, then again at 6, 12, and 18 months. Given that, herbs seem a superb alternative: they have an extensive history of countering resistant bacteria and strengthening the body's natural defenses. Echinacea root is the all American immune system strengthener. It triggers production of white blood cells, interferon, leukocytes, T cells, and B lymphocytes, as well as directly inhibiting the growth of most bacteria and viruses. Peter Holmes, author of Energetics of Western Herbs, cites it as being effective against anthrax. Echinacea tincture is my first choice for countering infection. (Capsules and pills of Echinacea, if used for lengthy periods, may be counter-productive.) A dose of the tincture is one drop for every pound of body weight. I take this several times a week as a preventative, several times daily when there is active infection. If I were exposed to anthrax, I would take a dose every hour for at least ten days. Usnea, a common lichen, is especially rich in a powerful antibacterial bitter called usnic acid (also usinic acid). I use the tincture of Usnea barbata (a dose is 1-2 dropperfuls), but other lichens show similar immune-enhancing and tonifying properties. There are no side effects reported from use of even large amounts of usnea tincture.Poke root tincture (Phytolacca americana) kicks the immune system into gear incredibly fast. Ive seen chronic infection of many years standing resolve after only one dose, and acute infection subside in a matter of hours. Pokes effect seems to be focused on the lymphatic and glandular tissues of the throat and chest, making it the perfect counter to inhaled anthrax, which attacks the lymph nodes around the lungs. Poke is a specific against pneumonia and a protector of the lungs. It contains an antibacterial alkaloid and a special antiviral protein. It magnifies the effects of Echinacea and they work wonderfully well together.Poke root is powerful medicine - in fact a potential poison - and the dose is very small. One drop of poke tincture may be taken daily for no more than three months as a counter to possible infection. Those with a positive diagnosis could use a single drop as frequently as six times a day. Alkaloids in poke root tincture can accumulate in the kidneys, making extended use risky, though some people have taken doses of 15 drops a day for a year or more without apparent harm. Caution: You can feel spacey and out of your body when taking poke, especially at higher doses. The first few times, take it after dinner and stay home so you can judge your reaction. To be assured of a supply of poke tincture, you may need to make it yourself, as it is rarely found for sale. Poke is a common garden and roadside weed of northeastern North America, tall (5-7 feet) with conspicuous dark purple berries and magenta-hued stalks. Dig roots after hard frost, when tops are dead and yellowed, and tincture, fresh, for six weeks in 100 proof vodka. Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus) is widely considered the single most effective immune tonic and adaptogen in the herbal realm. Safe and inexpensive, it helps the immune system respond quickly to infection and mitigates the effects of stress. Astragalus root is also an excellent ally for building powerful immunity. Both, or either, may be taken daily for extended periods with no ill effects. I throw several pieces of these roots in every pot of soup I cook. Tincture is less effective as a tonic; and I avoid capsules completely.Ginseng root (Panax quinquefolius or Panax ginseng) is another exceptional ally for the immune system, especially when there is physical or emotional stress. In any form (tincture, tea, extract) it nourishes production of interferon, phagocytes, antibodies, and killer T-cells. So long as you need ginseng, theres no overdose; if you take it when you dont need it however, it may produce an unpleasant, jittery, speedy sensation.But herbs alone are not enough. What we think, and what we consume, are also important parts of building strong immunity. Candace Pert, visiting professor of neuroscience at Rutgers University, has proven that every cell of the body participates in the immune system through an integrated network of chemical, electrical, and hormonal signals. The immune system is a network, she says, which resonates with the vibrations that surround it. It is as affected by emotions as by bacteria, as impacted by thoughts as by drugs. Long-standing low-level depression, smoldering anger that is never expressed, bitterness and vengeance projected into the future are all known to depress immune functioning. Prayer, affirmations, positive thinking - no matter what you call it - talking lovingly to yourself builds powerful immunity. One of the fiercest old women I know, healer Margo Geiger, taught me to not only think good thoughts but also to unthink immune system stressing phrases like: This is killing me, or Im dying to ... (Lets live for it! shed say.) Specialized cells which eliminate bacterial and viral infections are made as needed by the immune system. Richly supply your immune system with nutrients, and it easily counters infection, building healthy white blood cells to kill anthrax and other germs. Starve your immune system and it will falter, leaving your lymph nodes and other tissues open to infection and destruction.My favorite foods for nourishing the immune system include beets, carrots, garlic, medicinal mushrooms, seaweeds, and dark leafy greens (including nettle infusion). For rapid results, try miso soup with seaweed and wild mushrooms. Try Immune A Go Go Soup from my book Breast Cancer? Breast Health! Carotenes strengthen and activate all parts of the immune system, especially the thymus (the "master gland of immunity"). A half-cup of dandelion greens, two cups of nettle infusion, a small baked sweet potato, or two large cooked carrots or beets is a "dose"; but ten times that much can be consumed safely. Repeated doses provide a cumulative effect starting about a week after you begin. Selenium is a trace mineral with special abilities for building a healthy immune system. Best sources are organic garlic, medicinal mushrooms, and astragalus.Zinc helps build energetic white blood cells (which eliminate bacterial infections). Best sources are Echinacea, nettles, and seaweed.The B vitamin complex, especially B6 (pyridoxine), is critical to immune system health. Best sources are potato skins, broccoli, prunes, and lentils.Virtually all drugs depress the immune system. This includes caffeine and nicotine, alcohol, prescribed drugs, "recreational" drugs, and vitamin/mineral supplements. For a healthy immune system, eat nourishing food and forgo the pills.Both light and dark are necessary for a strong immune system. For optimum immune system strength, sleep in a totally dark room at night, and spend at least 15 minutes a day outside without glasses or contacts. Full spectrum sunlight is needed to trigger the production of important immune system components.Exercise is an excellent way to tonify the immune system. A number of clinical trials have shown regular exercise to be strongly linked to heightened immunity. The emphasis is on regular. It is better to walk one mile four times a week for a month than to jog 16 miles once a month.In Summary: Strengthen your immune system with a good diet, adequate sleep, regular physical activity, emotional well-being, and a few of the recommended herbal allies of your choice. Always remember to use herbs and herbal preparations simply and safely. Avoid immune compromising substances such as coffee, tobacco and medications. With a strengthened immune system you will not only enjoy better health, but you will be less likely to be susceptible to infection and possible death from bacterial and/or viral invasions. Faith in your body's ability to protect itself will continue to bolster and reinforce the immune system as your mental well-being improves. Enjoy the upward spiral of health as you follow the path of the Wise Woman Way.


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How to introduce healthy food to your family

How to introduce healthy food to your family

How to Stay Healthy?A simple and very effective solution how to introduce healthy food to your familyIf 10 years ago somebody would have told me that fruits are very healthy....... Healthy for everyday's eating as an excellent source of vitamins.... And even necessary - eating fruits is A MUST as a natural medicine for human body.... I would have replied: "Yes, indeed! I know this very well! I love fruits and eat fruits every day!" But with age (as early as after 25 y.o.) I began to develop problems of health: BIG problems - that brought with them many troubles, sleepless nights and worrying headaches. As well as small problems that obviously decrease my work productivity, made me less outgoing and rip me off for many hours of enjoying the good state of physical health when everything was OK. In general, all these health problems took lots of my time and money... Until I realised the simply secret that......... Even during all my adult life, I never developed a well-deserved appreciation as well as correct attitude towards fruits and vegetables. I am not afraid to name the reason bluntly - usually it is a lack of knowledge and lack of understanding. Only then I understood that in reality I used to take fruits 'for granted'. That time the benefit of my 'eating fruits' was diminished to the very minimum as I eat only 1-2 fruits per day, usually after lunch or at breakfast time. If I happened to become hungry in between meals or on my way to work, home etc, I would rather prefer to have a light snack of a sandwich or a roll, but definitely not fruit. While it is the FRUITS that MUST be eaten on empty stomach - to derive more benefit as fruits are recommended to eaten separately without other food. If.... If earlier I would have been told that I don't use fruits for sustaining my good health, I would've replied angrily "No, what do you mean! Indeed I use fruits! But my life- style is very busy, lots of hard work, endless stresses and, on top of all, poor ecology. These all affect my health very negatively. And can fruits do anything about that????!"But now, looking to past, I must and I will admit: "Fruits and vegetables CAN dramatically change one's health. Especially if one knows HOW, WHEN AND WHAT TO USE for a particular health problem.....In conclusion, the major reason of Not going GREEN and therefore, not benefitting enough from the Natures generous treasures is still hidden in the LACK of correct presentation of this valuable information!Then even if parents dont value these blessings of mother-nature, then how can one blame children for refusing to eat these Natures treasures while even those who want to lead a healthy life style, dont have a full picture of WHAT vegetables and fruits can do to ones body and mind!Even if we have a basic picture such as: carrot is good for eye-sight, oranges to boost immune system, watermelon provides excellent cleansing effect, still, in order to convince not only somebody but even yourself, we have to get more useful information. And, usually, this info comes in a form of boring statistic facts or dull, grey nutrition tables.Stop! Please, stop for a moment! Dont you understand that even you and I, like any other adult of any age, wont pay sufficient (enough) attention to any information if it presented in a such mind-numbing (dreary, uninteresting) form. This is not the method to encourage, rather on the contrary, it is a highly effective and quicker way to make somebody bored!Nevertheless, then what to say about young children and their tiny inquisitive minds, whose learning skills performance is best when powered by bright, colourful associations and sharp fantasy-world imagination.No doubt, anyone will agree with me, no matter what age we are, we all would prefer to read text that are combined with attractive, eye-catching images! Thats why the skill of colour-science is an independent science. And so many interesting books, research papers, scientific proof and related articles are dedicated to colours physiological effect on peoples mind.Also, the second emphasis is on how the reading material is presented. Do not generalize, but personalize.It is no longer a secret that the best, TOP read articles (with highest popularity and read coefficient) in magazines, newspapers etc. are stories with a main character i.e. a narration, with main hero, with sequential unwinding of a story: with a beginning, intervening occurrences and culmination, even if this is just a short narration about an event or product. If any readable material is interlinked with an individual and his/her personal experiences, it is always easier to read, easier to accept and easier to remember. Thats why we always read testimonials, as they come from somebody and are put in simple words thats easy to digest.As for myself, until the age of 30 I never showed much interest towards vegetables and, I am ashamed to say, even some fruits. And it is not that I wasnt aware of healthy eating, of greens benefits indeed I heard and read now and then about it, but it didnt create that bright image in my memory that would lead me on and be my guiding star in my and my familys eating plan (schedule). Luckily enough, on my 30-th birthday I received not only best wishes and E-cards, but among numerous emails there was an unusual email from one of my friends. It contained a large juicy image of a pineapple, and a link with the unusual words Healthy Birthday! A gift for your that hidden in... pineapples!?? The link leads to an article, actually more correctly, to an entertaining story about pineapples.In a light form this story tells about a mother and her little son. And, at the same time, it is a very informative conception about benefits of pineapples (and fruits in general) that convey information to the HEART of the reader. This method not just narrates, it ensures that the one who reads (or listens to) will ABSORB, HEAR and REMEMBER the important information about this story!Simple words make their way to the readers mind and heart, creating in his/her conscious live images of a little sickly boy, his concerned mother and a deliciously juicy pineapple. The story also has a moral (and even business-minded) value as it concludes on a brief note that this little boy decided to help other people to stay healthy, and when he grew up, he became a medical scientist and businessman he started a unique fruit-vegetables shop in his small town.To continue my own path to Healthy FoodBeing inspired by this first touch of this new approach and introduction to fruits and vegetables to the Mind and Heart, I was very excited to read the next story from the same book. Then the following, then all other stories which were available to be read online on the website (stories from the new book that is available in bookstore at amazon: The Storytellers guide to health food). I can remember, the second story was about beetroot (again a very unique fairytale-like story about 3 sisters - beetroot of different types, but with lots of information, tips and even recipes). The third story was on watermelon. That particular story I happened to read in summer and this time I read it aloud to my friends because I wanted to check what their reactions would be. The effect can talk for itself my friends appreciation towards watermelon and, of course, later towards all fruits and vegetables increased immensely. Moreover, they enthusiastically copied the story and shared it with their family, loved ones and even with neighbors. No need to say that acquaintance with this brilliant ideas and innovative method exposed in these wonderful books of the project KindBook became a turning point not only in my life, but in life of my family and friends. Moreover, gradually and steadily it opened a new door in the lives of all those who are concerned about health and the value of "healthy food" .If you are about to make your first step in HEALING yourself and HEALING our planet: leave those boring %-tables for later! Firstly try to kindle in people a flame of interest in Natures gifts to humanity! Heal yourself, then Heal others. With this unique approach make them enthusiastic to increase their energy, productivity and health! And to teach our future generation how to be the best citizens of our Planet Earth: kind, healthy, successful!And, last but not least! Remember the GOLDEN RULE: the more goodness you bring into the lives of others, the more goodness will come back to you! Let me wish all of you what I wish for myself and my family - BEST HEALTH!~~~(With compliments from the thankful reader of the book that is available in bookstore at amazon: The Storytellers Guide to Healthy Food by A.Lopatina and M.Skrebtsova).

What You Need to Know About Mesothelioma

What You Need to Know About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is one of the rarest forms of cancer with only about 2,000 cases reported in the United States. Still, it is perhaps the most deadly. Those unfortunate enough to have been diagnosed with the disease generally live 4 to 9 months after diagnosis. There is, at this time, no cure for the disease---only treatment options that may extend the life and comfort of the victims of mesothelioma by a few short months.If youve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important that you seek out immediate medical and legal help. You may very well have a case against the industry that caused the illness. Those worker smost at risk of developing this deadly disease include, asbestos and talc miners, auto mechanics (working with breaks), those working with asbestos cement, demolition workers, shipyard and power plant workers. The only cause of mesothelioma is the inhalation of asbestos dust, so if you believe youre working around asbestos, it is important you take the proper precautions now! If you have not yet developed mesothelioma, there are precautions you can take to greatly reduce your chances of developing this terminal disease. Fortunately, with the advent of the worldwide web, there is an abundance of information available on this subject. I encourage the reader to seek out mor information on this dealy disease

I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too

Yes... I Cured My Arthritis You Can TooFrom the age of 11 to age 53 I avoided holding hands; they were painful to the touch, so puffed up, sore and hot!!! Raising four children, of course, I had to hold their hands. I tried so hard not to let them know how painful it was but, they knew I was in constant pain.I always felt bad for my husband because holding hands was something we missed. It was hard to knit or crochet, which I loved to do.Walking, bending or standing for any period of time was so painful for me. My children learned, as small children, to do what ever they could to help around the house.I went to over thirteen "Arthritis" specialists, which were of little or no help. I was prescribed many different drugs and went through all kinds of treatments for my arthritis.I was in so much pain that I tried anything and everything to find relief. I was so desperate to find something that would stop my pain that I:* Went to over 13 physicians, ("Arthritis Specialists")* I took Codeine, Darvon, Sprays and "Gold Treatments"* I was placed in traction with a large weight to stretch her body, was tied to the bed and couldn't move for a week!* I was put in an upper body cast for 3 months* I wore shoe lifts* And so much more!!!In 1980, the last year I suffered from Arthritis, I spent an average of $40.00 month on miscellaneous drugs, $30.00 for a monthly doctor appointment and $30.00 on pain killers. That's a total of $100.00 a month. I wish I could have spent that money on something I liked to do instead.All the drugs, all the doctors, all the treatments, all the money... ALL the FAILURES!!! Doctor after doctor told me that there was no cure for arthritis and that I should, "Take this medication, go home and learn to live with it". One doctor predicted that I would be in a wheel chair within 5 years. I was crushed... Being the eternal optimist, never gave up... I went on a crusade to find a way to stop my arthritis. And I did!!!I spent many years researching arthritis, and put together this incredible program, "I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too" , that shows you in easy to follow steps how you can do what I did at home, and without drugs. I know this may sound too good to be true. But I did it... I have gone through what you are going through right now. I have now been living Pain Free from Arthritis for 25 years.I am known on the World Wide Web (and elsewhere) as "The Arthritis Lady" and am now doing something I "like" to do. I spend most of my time answering thousands of emails and phone calls from people who suffer with arthritis. I answers questions and help solve their problems. Here are just a few things people have written me..."My wife has rheumatoid arthritis and she tried what you wrote in your book and she has been almost totally pain free for a month so far. Thanks for publishing your book.Roy - Goose Creek, S.C**********"I have purchased your book and it is a miracle from God. I really believe in it. It has opened my eyes toward the right foods we should eat to keep our bodies healthy and free from diseases.Evangeline - Culloden, GA**********"Thank the Lord and you. Your book is my companion in my quest for health. I can't praise it enough. You are a pioneer in the practice of prevention in Medicine.Mary B - Santa Cruz, CA**********My friend raved to me about how your book helped him. He had taken so much Cortisone until his doctor balked at giving it to him. My friend said he spends many painful, sleepless nights, and that his life was pure misery. Now, some five months later, he has no pain, and sleeps very well. He has lost some 40 pounds and feels 20 years younger.Lewis - Oklahoma City, Ok**********"My friend is over 80 years old. She was unable to do hand work and almost unable to walk. Now she is able to do both. Mrs. A. Jenkins - Morango, CA**********To whom it may concern,Margie Garrison's "I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too": is a note worthy milestone in the field of alternative treatment modalities.I agree with Margie that with proper nutrition, exercise and a positive mental attitude, not only is it possible to "cure" arthritis but also prevent it.Her book is simply and clearly written with a number of helpful illustrations.I have used it in my practice and highly recommend it. The pathway to health is up to each individual. By following Margie's techniques, you can be "Free" of arthritis.Sincerely,Learie N. Yuille, MDMetro Holistic Health CenterSouthfield, Mi 48075**********I am living proof that you don't have to take medication, go home and learn to live with arthritis. "I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too". Best of Health,Margie Garrison - "The Arthritis LadyI Cured My Arthritis You Can Too

Ayurveda approach to Genital Herpes

Ayurveda approach to Genital HerpesDosha theory which help in diagnosis of the diseasesAccording to ayurveda three doshas or three energetic forces control the activities of the body. These doshas are1.Vata 2.Pitta 3.KaphaVATA: The Vata dosha is the most important of the three doshas. It has been said in ayurveda classic books that pitta , Kapha and all other body tissues are considered lame without assistance of VATA . Vata dominates the lower part of the body, which is below umbilicus. The movements of body fluid, metabolism, elimination of waste products, semen ejaculation, pushing the fetus out of body, relaying stimulus to brain and response to organs and tissues, heart beat, respiration, body movements etc are assisted by VATA.Vata dominated regions are intestines, lumbar region, ears, bones and skin. Vata gets vitiated due to following reasons.1.Controlling natural urges like urination, defecation, hunger, thirst, etc.2.Late nights.3.Irregular food habits.4.Talking in a high pitch.5.Over physical and mental exertion.6.Consumption of spicy, dry, bitter foods.7.Exposure to severe dry and cold climate.The opposites of above-mentioned reason normalize the vitiated vata. PITTA: The pitta dosha assists the body fire or Agni, which plays a major role in bodys metabolic activities. The locations where pitta dominates are digestive system, skin, eyes, brain, and blood. Pitta maintains body temperature. The secretions like digestive juices pigments like melanin (bhrajaka pitta), hemoglobin (ranjaka pitta) are all types of pitta.Pitta is dominant in regions of Umbilicus, stomach, sweat, lymph, blood, eyes and skin.Vata gets vitiated due to following reasons.1.Excess consumption of spicy, sour, salty foods.2.Consuming alcohol in excess.3.Over exposure to hot sunny climate.4.Short temperedness.5.Using dried vegetables.6.Indigestion of food.The opposites of above-mentioned reason normalize the vitiated pitta.KAPHA: Kapha provides bulk to body, lubrications, moistness, fertility, stability, strength, and memory. Helps in binding process wherever necessary. This is heaviest of all doshas. Kapha dominated regions are chest, neck, head, stomach, body fat, nose and tongueKapha gets vitiated due to following reasons.1.Sleeping in daytime.2.Consuming sweets , chilled food, in excess.3.Consuming fish, sesame, sugarcane, milk and milk products.The opposites of above-mentioned reason normalize the vitiated kapha.When these doshas are in balanced condition the body remains healthy. If these doshas get imbalanced the body succumbs to diseases. Doshas get imbalanced frequently due to change in climate, seasons, lifestyles, diet etc. The treatment is to bring back the doshas to normalcy and expel the toxin or ama produced during the imbalanced condition.Causes of Genital HerpesHerpes is caused by a virus the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which belongs to the same family of viruses that cause chickenpox. There are two types of herpes simplex viruses1.Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) and mostly causes oral herpes2.Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2). And mostly causes genital herpesHowever, both type-1 and type-2 can occur in the genitals, oral area or both.Due to unhealthy life styles and diet the delicate balance between doshas get disturbed. This disturbs the body fire or Agni.(Agni is the body fire, which is responsible for transformation of one substance to another. It breaks down the food substances, eliminates toxins and wastes, maintains body temperature, and resists the invasion of microbes by maintaining strong body immunity. The body fire, which is assisted by balanced doshas, digests the food completely to form Pakwa Anna rasa (the liquid form of food which is completely digested by digestive enzymes), which is ready to get absorbed by body tissues. According to ayurveda Pakwa Anna Rasa nourishes the body and its components to keep the body devoid of diseases. But when body fire is impaired there will be an incomplete digestion of food forming Apakwa Rasa (indigested food). The indigested food fails to nourish the body components leading to lowered body resistance.)The disturbed Agni fails to digest the food and toxins get accumulated in body due to improper metabolism. Accumulation of toxins reduces the body immunity and paves the way for invasion by microbes.When a person who has low immunity comes in contact with HSV virus, he/she gets the genital or oral herpes.Unhealthy lifestyle 1.Over eating2.Sleeping in afternoons.3.Over physical exertion.4.Over mental exertion5.Consuming food frequently even when not hungry.6.Constant exposure to hot sunny climatesUnhealthy diet Excessive consumption of1. Salty, sour, hot, spicy food.2.Sour curds 3.Alcohol.4.Cheese5.Charred and overcooked food.6.Sesame, Bengal gram, horse gram, sesame oil, rice flour, garlic, fish.Opposite foods1.Curds, salt, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, sour fruits, meat, prawn, pork, should not be consumed with milk. The above-mentioned foods should not be consumed by mixing one item with another. 2.Sprouts, honey and milk should not be consumed with meat and fish.3.Fish & milk: fish &sugarcane juice; jaggery & pork; honey & pork; milk & mango; banana & milk; are opposite foods.The Transmission Of genital HerpesA person can get "genital herpes" in following conditions1.If he is sexual active and when he performs sex (oral or genital) with infected partners.2.A person who has oral herpes transmits herpes to genital organs of a partner during oral sex and a person who has genital herpes transmits this to his partner during coitus when they have a genital contact. 3.The disease gets transmitted when mucous membrane comes in contact with infected area.The disease gets transmitted mostly during active phase. But it may spread even during asymptomatic (when person is free of symptoms for a particular duration) phase. The virus needs a fluid media for its transportation. The body fluids like saliva, semen, vaginal tract secretions etc. Mucous membranes in mouth, vagina, urethra or open wounds facilitate the virus invasion due to their moistness.In Genital herpes there is an imbalance of all three doshas (VATA, PITTA, KAPHA), which in turn vitiate lasika (lymph), blood (rakta), muscle (mamsa) and skin (twacha).The imbalanced doshas vitiate skin and the immunity of skin cells is lowered. The virus attacks these weak cells and starts exhibiting symptoms on affected area. Local symptoms1.Pricking sensation 2.Edema 3.Pain 4.Feeling of constriction 5.A sensation of ant creeping 6.Many small eruptions gathering in a small area.7.These eruptions or blisters burst soon with exudates.8.These blisters will have different colors according to involvement of doshas. (Blackish red or blue in vata, red, yellow, copper colored in pitta, shades of white in kapha).The weakened body immune system tries to resist the virus invasion but fails to achieve the goal. In this futile attempt the following systemic symptoms are exhibited.Systemic symptoms1.Fever2.Weakness3.Indigestion4.Impaired bowels5.Increased frequency of urination.6.Body pain.7.Increased thirst.Imbalanced vata causes the symptoms like pain, swelling and body ache The imbalanced pitta and vitiated blood and skin cause1.Blisters,2.Change the color of skin,3.Cause burning sensation, and fever.The imbalanced kapha and vitiated lymph cause itching, tingling sensation.After the first attack the virus moves from skin through the nerve paths to base of the nerve and becomes inactive. Now the herpes infected person will be devoid of all symptoms. But the imbalance of doshas still persists.Reactivation of Virus to cause outbreaksAt unpredictable times, the virus becomes active. It multiplies and resurfaces on skin by traveling through the nerve path and exhibits the symptoms locally. The severity of symptoms of out break depends on the strength of body immunity. The pelvis or shroni, nerves and skin are dominated by vata. When vata gets vitiated due to precipitating factors, it reactivates the virus dormant in base of nerve end and the virus travel through nerve paths to reach the skin surface. Precipitating FactorsAs we know the outbreaks have few precipitating factors like 1.Excessive exposure to sun.2.Illness,3.Poor diet, 4.Emotional stress5.Physical stress,6.Friction, 7.Steroids8.Menstruation. 9.Emotional stress.10.Genital trauma and intercourse. 11.Repeated infections such as a cold or pneumonia.These factors increase vata and increased vata activates the virus, which is dormant.Low Immunity The systemically imbalanced doshas interfere with the body metabolism by vitiating the body fire (agni). This leads to indigestion and malassimilation of nutrients, which in turn causes poor immunity. Due to decreased immunity the body fails to offer resistance to outbreaks. Ayurveda Tips to avoid outbreaksAvoid1.Spicy, sour, fried and junk food, which aggravates vata.2.Precipitating factors.3.Sleeping in afternoon.4.Meat products over fried or deep fried in oil or fat.5. Charred and overcooked food.6. Consuming opposite food like fish and milk etc7. Physical exertion after a meal8. Taking bath immediately after exercise or heavy outdoor work.Include honey, pomegranate, and fruits of Emblica officinalis, legumes, dates and raisins in your diet.Practice Yoga and Meditation to control emotional disturbancesAyurveda References1. Sushruta Samhita2.Charaka Samhita3.Madhava nidana4.Ashtanga Sangraha5.Yoga Ratnakara

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This article explores the 4 major steps learned by Michael J. Homan in his search for relief from pinched nerves from degenerative disk disease. Mike discusses the importance of flexibility of the spine, and relieving pain with acupressure, and also strengthening the surrounding muscles in support of the spine and its health.