Posted: under Healthy bones Osteoporosis Rheumatic.
Many yoga classes end with a full-body relaxation, sometimes with guided visualization. You can learn the details of how to do that in a class or another book, but here I do want to give you the basic position. It is a wonderful way to relax because it allows your spine to be in a neutral position, and frees it from the usual direction of gravitational pull. In this position you can also release tension in muscles in every area of the body. This makes it a good choice before and after any workout or for a 5-minute “time-out” in the middle of a day.Lie flat on the floor without a pillow. Extend your legs so they do not touch each other at any point, and place your arms slightly away from your body, resting your hands beside your hips, palms up. If this makes your lower back uncomfortable, bend one knee at a time and place your feet flat on the floor, slightly wider than hip distance apart, and lean your knees against each other. Stay for at least 5 minutes. Relax and feel your breath go in and out of all parts of your body. Focus on the breath and let the body reap the benefits—don’t focus on the body parts or try moving them, but follow the breath. This is an ideal time to practice the “relaxation response”, or any other meditative or visualization technique that calms and centers you.*128\228\2*
Jul 28 2011
Posted: under Anti Depressants-Sleeping Aid.
“Holly was a shy and attractive 16-year-old high school student, who was reluctant to discuss her appearance concerns because she was so embarrassed. With encouragement, she finally did. “I think my problems first began with shyness,” she said. “I felt very self-conscious and uncomfortable being around other people. But then, a few years ago, I started worrying about how I looked. First, it was my body shape. I thought my shoulders and hips were too broad and my waist was too small. Then I got a terrible haircut, and I started worrying about my hair—that it’s ugly and never looks right. It’s a real rat’s nest.”Holly thought about these perceived defects for several hours a day, and frequently checked them in mirrors and windows. “I get down on myself about it, because I shouldn’t be so concerned with my appearance,” she said. “It’s selfish and shallow.” Holly spent at least $40 a week on haircuts, permanents, and hair products—money she really couldn’t afford to spend. She wore loose-fitting clothes to cover her body. Although she loved to swim, she avoided it because she was so self-conscious about how she looked. “Because I look so bad, I feel I don’t fit in anywhere,” she said. “I’m avoiding my friends, and I hardly ever go to parties.”As these stories illustrate, BDD occurs in adolescents and even young children. Many adults with BDD have surprisingly vivid memories of their early symptoms. A woman whose symptoms began at age 4, for example, clearly remembered hating her “stubby” fingers and insisting on wearing mittens at her fourth birthday party. Another woman had clear memories of hiding behind her mother’s skirt at the playground and refusing to go to nursery school because she looked so ugly. And another told me, “At the age of five I looked in the a mirror and said, ‘I’m ugly.’ To hide my ugly face, I wore sunglasses to kindergarten.”We don’t really know how common BDD is in children and adolescents, because so little research has been done. A study of 208 adolescents in a psychiatric hospital inpatient unit found that 7% had definite or probable BDD. Another study found that 2.3% of 566 high school students had BDD. This latter percentage was obtained with an unvalidated self-report questionnaire rather than an in-person interview, so it’s unclear how accurate it is. However, most people with BDD—about 70%—develop it before age 18. So it’s important to be aware that BDD can occur in this age group. It’s also important to realize that not all appearance concerns in adolescents are normal or simply a passing “phase”—sometimes they’re BDD.*153\204\8*
Jul 13 2011
Posted: under Cardio & Blood- Сholesterol.
You are living at a time that emphasizes healthful life-styles more than ever. You can enjoy many social and health benefits by eating right, getting enough exercise, and taking care of your body. There has been substantial publicity and education regarding risk factors. Few people can claim that they have not heard reliable information about the health concerns related to smoking, high cholesterol, and lack of exercise. In fact, some risky behaviors, such as smoking, are now frowned on by many people and are no longer considered acceptable. There has never been more support available to help you change harmful habits.Understanding Your RiskSome risk factors, including high blood cholesterol levels, high blood sugar levels (diabetes), and high blood pressure, can be detected only with tests done during a medical checkup. You may wonder how often you should have a general medical evaluation. Most doctors agree that you should have a checkup every 3 to 5 years until age 40 if you are apparently healthy. During your 40s you should see your doctor four times, and during the decade of your 50s you should have five general examinations. After age 60, annual examinations are advisable.One of the main purposes of checkups is to identify risk factors or early evidence of disease of the heart and other organs so that they can be counteracted early. Of course, if your doctor finds a problem, you may need more frequent examinations.Some risk factors are obvious without a medical examination, including smoking, excess weight, and a sedentary life-style. You may find it easier to deal with these risk factors with help from your doctor.*225\252\8*
Jul 05 2011
Posted: under Pain Relief-Muscle Relaxers.
Patients and their surgeons may be so overwhelmed by the unremitting domination of serious pain that they seek a fundamental answer by surgery, aiming to cut completely the pathway that transmits the message or to destroy the hypothetical pain centre. If the ventral-lateral quadrant of the spinal cord is cut on one side, a clear analgesia appears on the opposite side of the body below the level of the cut. This loss of pain lasts for weeks and months but is replaced by even more unpleasant pains as nerve cells ahead of the cut build up their excitability. This operation is now rarely done except in some cases where cancer patients have only a short time to live. The very large improvement in the understanding of narcotic therapy for cancer pain means this has replaced the surgical attempt to cut the messages off from their destination.In intractable cases where pain fails to respond to narcotics, neurosurgeons have made lesions in many locations which were believed to be candidates for the ‘pain centre’ or for being major message-carrying bundles. The results are remarkably similar no matter where the lesion is made. Initially there is a gratifying relief from pain but, within days, weeks or months, pain returns, often with additional unpleasant characteristics. Another target of attack has been in parts of the brain classically assigned to ‘thinking’ in the old dualistic scheme. The result, as in the case of frontal lobotomy, is a patient who has considerable cognitive deficits, particularly in holding attention. These patients may appear somewhat better, even though they report that the pain is as bad as ever, because their attention, normally rivetted by their pain, drifts away onto other topics. Patients and relatives do not consider this relief worth the price.Legitimate research continues to locate cells in the brain that are firing off in abnormal patterns and creating false signals. Such cells exist in the spinal cord when motorcycle crashes rip the entering roots from the spinal cord, leaving a numb, paralyzed arm and ongoing pain generated by the spontaneous discharge of spinal-cord cells attempting to compensate for their loss of input. The problem with an operation to remove the spinal-cord cells is that, after a period of relief, cells further down the line react to the loss of input created by the surgery and take up the pain-producing activity.Other therapeutic methodsThere remain huge numbers of other methods, many of ancient origin, almost none of which have been subjected to rigorous trial and yet which retain enthusiastic advocates who proclaim their effectiveness.*57\219\2*
Jun 26 2011
Posted: under Gastrointestinal.
DiverticulitisWhen the muscles of the colon wall have to work overtime to deal with hard stools or lack of bulk in the diet, they become weakened and lose their elasticity. This causes pouches called Diverticula. The food trapped in these pockets makes wonderful breeding ground for bacteria. The result can be Diverticulitis, an infection where there is often a fever and acute abdominal pain. This condition needs medical help.Diverticula Disease/Irritable Bowel SyndromeWhere symptoms are not severe and are treated by the GP these two diagnoses are often interchangeable. Men are more likely to be told they have diverticula problems, women are more likely to be told they have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.Spring Cleaning the BowelWhen they become aware of the dangers of a dirty colon, some people become too enthusiastic and embark on drastic colon cleansing programmes which can result in poisons pouring into the bloodstream and although the final result is very beneficial the process can make the sufferer feel wretched. The experience of detoxification can entail:• migraine• blinding headaches• nausea• flu-like symptoms• aches and pains• fever• exhaustion• anxiety• panic attacks• irritability• weepiness• sometimes quite profound depression.This can be avoided by taking it slowly, flushing the poisons out a little at a time.*52\326\8*
Jun 19 2011
Posted: under Asthma.
The next step is a full physical examination to assess his asthma and to make sure that there is nothing else affecting the child. Many people believe that a doctor can tell all that is required of the child’s condition simply by taking his pulse, the respiration rate, or listening to his chest. In case of asthma, nothing could not be further from truth.The physical examination focuses on skin, eyes, ears, nose, throat, and chest. The doctor will look for signs of eczema or hives on the skin. Inflammation in the ears or eyes may be due to an underlying allergy. Dark circles under the eyes, or a swelling in the nose, are signs of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, both associated with asthma. The doctor would also examine the throat, the tonsils, the abdomen for spleen and the liver. Occasionally, what appears to be asthma turns out to be something else. One of the chief functions of the examination is to make sure that other conditions do not escape unnoticed.The chest examination is the most important part of the physical examination. Using a stethoscope, the doctor will try to detect wheezing sound, if any. The doctor would also attempt to determine whether the air movement in and out of the chest is unhindered, or whether there is any airway obstruction, and the effect it may be having on the child’s health. The doctor may even ask the child to do light exercise to make it easier to detect the wheezing sound. Chronic and severe asthma in children tends to cause some loss of normal growth and the child should be weighed and measured regularly, and at each physical examination, to monitor normal growth.*47\260\8*
Jun 08 2011
Posted: under Herbal.
Mr. R.Lai was quite capable and intelligent but he was always doubtful about his own decisions and was always running about seeking advice or confirmation of his views from others regarding his personal matters.Against the advice of his family doctor, and much against his own judgement he took a little brandy to get immediate relief from cold on the suggestion of a friend. The terrible pain resulting from his duodenal ulcer brought him to us. CHERRY PLUM for pain and CERATO for his foolish dependence on other’s decision was prescribed T.D.S for 1 week. After that only Cerato was continued T.D.S for 3 months.For clear conception of Decision taking Remedies remember1. CERATO does not trust his own judgement and therefore seeks other’s assistance to make decisions for him.2. SCLERANTHUS has a wavering mind. He cannot choose between 2 options. He delays his judgement but does not seek nor adopt anybody else’s decision in making a choice. Finally he makes his own decisions.3. CENTAURY is too weak-willed to take a decision for himself. He is a willing slave to any decisions made by others for him. He dare not say ‘no’ to anybody.4. WILD OAT is not certain of the profession which can give him satisfaction. Although he can adopt any profession and do it successfully, he fails to take a final decision about a satisfactory job.*67\308\8*
May 28 2011
Posted: under Women's Health.
Age, weight and maturity of the liver and kidneys are important factors in drug treatment of the young. Not only do babies and children need smaller doses than adults, but a medicine which may not cause any problems in an adult may adversely affect a young baby. Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant drug for drying up colds, may cause sleep disturbances and nightmares and young children seem quite sensitive to this effect. Antihistamines, also in cough and cold remedies, help the child to sleep, but they are long-acting and the effects continue the next day, interfering with muscle control, co-ordination and balance.A baby’s immune system is immature and therefore it takes tune to build up resistance to every sort of infection. Immunisation against serious diseases, starting at two months, prevents major illness, but otherwise the child develops immunity to common infections as contact occurs with other children in playgroups and school. Repeated infections, such as colds, coughs, diarrhoea and skin complaints, are quite normal in childhood: a six-year-old may well have had over 30 episodes of illness by this time. Antibiotics do not cure colds: the only reason why a doctor might prescribe an antibiotic is to combat a secondary bacterial infection of the ear, throat or chest. Simple remedies, such as simple linctus for coughs or paracetamol syrup for fever and pain relief, may be all that is needed.*45\112\4*
May 16 2011
Posted: under Skin Care.
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul and, while it’s an old cliche, this might explain why pretty much every patient is concerned with the appearance of his or her eyes. Even patients in their 20s will ask me if plastic surgery, such as an eye lift, is the answer to their particular problem. Before I answer this, I first hand them a mirror and ask them to point out what it is about their eyes that is bothering them. If the problem is excess skin above the eyelid or bags below the eyes then surgery can definitely help but so can Botox.See, when the muscles over the brows are injected with Botox that area immediately lifts, bringing with it any excess skin that is hanging over the eyes. Suddenly, the eyes seem bigger and more open and brighter, almost as if a light has just been turned on overhead. I refer to this phenomenon as a non-surgical brow lift. After the patient is handed back the mirror to observe the results on one side of the face, they happily exclaim that they had no idea that they could have such a result without surgery It’s not too far-fetched to predict that Botox could someday replace surgical brow lifts or even eye lifts – its hard to dispute such dramatic benefits reaped with such little pain and zero recovery time.Those new to Botox are fascinated by how a needle can reshape the brows, in the process opening up the eyes and subtracting years from their age. Keep in mind, though, that as thrilling as the brow lift effect can be, it’s a tricky area to treat correctly. There’s a fine line between rejuvenating the face and freezing it into submission and only an experienced doctor can avoid such an undesirable result. Only trust a physician who is reputed to know the difference.My approach is customised to each patient. I start by assessing not just the patient’s forehead lines but also his or her overall facial structure. Those elements give me just enough information to map out a plan. Let’s say that the patient’s forehead lines are very pronounced but her brow is naturally low. In that instance I wouldn’t attempt to completely erase every single line, since in the process I risk lowering the brow even further, leaving the patient with an eye area that looks closed. (Or simply, with less space to apply eye shadow.) It’s a delicate balance, since totally paralysing (and in the process, softening) the forehead muscles takes away the ability to elevate the brows. I feel it’s more important to have open eyes and a few lines on the forehead than a totally smooth brow and lowered brow.*50\82\8*
May 07 2011
Posted: under HIV.
Sympathy and worry Helplessness, dependency, and control Feelings about sex Relationships with your children Relationships with drug users Sympathy and Worry-By the imagination we place ourselves in [their] situations, we conceive ourselves enduring all the same torments, we enter as it were into [their] bodies, and become in some measure the same person with [them]. . . . [We] not only feel a sorrow of the same kind with that which they feel, but as if [we] had derived a part of it to [ourselves]; what [we] feel seems to alleviate the weight of what they feel. . . . The sweetness of [our] sympathy more than compensates the bitterness of that sorrow. People are built to feel connections to one another. The word sympathy comes from a Greek word that means “feeling with,” or more literally, “co-suffering.” When we see someone in pain, we feel pain too. It is as if, as Adam Smith said, we become in some measure the same person. When someone sympathizes with us, our pain is relieved. It is as if we could split the same packet of pain between us. For caregivers, feeling sympathy means being intensely involved with those being cared for. “I want to be a part of taking care of Dean,” Dean Lombard’s partner says. “If God wants him back to where he was, I want to be a part of that, of getting him to walk out the door.” For people with HIV infection, sympathy amounts to a cure. It provides comfort, sustenance, healing; it is an antidote to pain, loneliness, and loss. June Monroe’s son says, “My mother has the ability to keep me alive.” As in all human relations, what sometimes is an alliance is at other times a source of conflict. People with HIV infection sometimes feel their caretakers’ sympathy and involvement as a burden, a responsibility: “It gets to be hard,” Steven Charles said about all his worried relatives, “making myself comfortable and everyone else too.” And as in many conflicts, both sides are right.
Apr 26 2011