I urged my daughter to see a chiropractor when I visited her this past summer. I live in New York while she is in California, so we only see each other a couple of times a year. We talk at least a couple of times a week though, and she had told me she had been feeling tired lately. Hearing it and seeing it are two different things though, which is why I took it upon myself to look at some Sacramento chiropractors when I was out there. I knew she had never been to one before, but I have.
I knew all the great benefits of seeing a chiropractor, and I had a feeling that she would feel better after seeing one too. She did not have any other symptoms, and she had just had a really good checkup at the doctor’s office not long before I went out there. It was her annual visit, so she had blood work done as well, and everything came back within the right levels. After having experienced adjustments myself, I just had the feeling that it was all she needed to make her feel a lot better. Continue reading “My Daughter Just Needed Chiropractic Adjustments”
When I had a pretty nasty fall about two years ago, my doctor ordered different kinds of tests to make sure there was no internal injuries. He could not find anything to explain the pain that seemed to linger on for the longest time, so he finally sent me to physical therapy. I stayed there for six weeks, faithfully following all of the instructions for both there and when at home, but the pain didn’t change. I was so limited in what I could do, but that changed when I started seeing a San Jose chiropractor about four months ago.
I had never considered this option mostly because my doctor had never suggested it or even mentioned it as an option. I was reading some information in his office during a regular checkup, and it was about chiropractic care. Continue reading “I Missed My Old Life”
It is real easy for someone who does not have small breasts to tell someone to accept and embrace her body. Having an A cup does not really do much to promote a feminine look, and it is quite hard on the self confidence as well. I know some women enjoy having bodies with small breasts, like runners. I am not a runner though, and I wanted to have bigger breasts. That is why I started looking into breast enhancement options. I knew the obvious one was to have cosmetic surgery done, but I was not willing to have surgery to have bigger breasts.
I had just retired and I was glad that I did. I had put in a lot of hard work over the years, but my body didn’t seem to be faring so well physically anymore. If there came a time that I would need to travel, I knew that my aches and pains may keep me from being active and helpful for work.. But searching out some help from a Sacramento chiropractic business helped me to feel like my old self again. It was not something that I expected and I did not know it was possible. They did some wonderful work on me over time.
I knew that stress was not good for a person, but I honestly did not understand the relationship between stress and disease until my doctor talked to me in depth about it. I have a very stressful job, and I have a pretty stressful home life as well. It is something I had been dealing with for nearly my entire life, and I actually thought I was doing a good job of handling the stress that I seemed to be constantly be under. When my doctor told me that my lab works showed certain things were not in the right range, he explained in detail how stress can play a very crucial role in the numbers I was seeing.
I know that I run off a lot of nervous energy because of the different things that occur in my daily life, but I had no idea that staying in that state of anxiety, even a mild state, could be so detrimental to my health. Continue reading “Heart Disease and Stress Are Related”
You probably have heard of the wow factor. I use it when attracting buyers to the homes I sell. Each property has something that a buyer is interested in. You just need to put the right buyer with the right properties. Well, let me tell you how I went from showing the wow factor of a place and ended up doing something that caused an ow factor that had me visiting a chiropractor in Peoria AZ to get back to working without pain.
I do not have a physically demanding job, so I exercise by running and lifting weights. I can take flights of stairs in houses without a problem. However, slipping on something and doing a herky-jerky dance to remain upright and not fall down the stairs can really wrench even a back that is muscular and fit. I was hurrying up the stairs to show a potential buyer what the view looked like from the second floor landing when my foot slipped on construction dust that was on the bare stairs. The renovations were in progress with the seller putting down new floors. Continue reading “Getting the Ow out of My Back So I Could Get Back to the Wow of Work”
Candida is naturally occurring yeast in the body generally found in the mouth, throat, intestines and genitourinary tract. When friendly bacteria and properly functioning immune system are not present, balance of the system may be lost and Candida overgrowth may occur, but you can help yourself by paying closer attention to your diet.
Someone with an overgrowth of yeast can experience any number of unpleasant symptoms such as a yeast infection, fatigue, rash, depression and anxiety. The symptoms of Candida overgrowth are frequently treated with anti-fungal remedies. Even with these remedies, however, if your diet is not changed to create an environment within the body to prohibit the overgrowth of Candida, relief is sure to be temporary, and problem symptoms will return.
Once you have established that you have a yeast infection, by reviewing symptoms and confirming the presence of causative background factors, there are a variety of dietary changes that you can make to improve your health. Refined sugar should be eliminated from your diet entirely as it encourages the growth of yeast. Sources of this sugar include honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses, and the familiar white granular sugar. Be sure to read all labels carefully because these sugars are used in many products you may normally buy off the grocery store shelves. Don’t eat fruit – or drink fruit juices – as they contain natural sugars that promote the growth of yeast. Don’t drink beer, wine or liquor as the alcohol also provides sugar, and many of these products are fermented with yeast. http://www.candidarelief.com/candidayeast/
Bagels, muffins, pastries, breads and crackers should also be eliminated from the diet as they contain yeast and sugar. Anything with vinegar – which is made with yeast culture – should be avoided as well. This would include salad dressings, olives, pickles, mayonnaise, steak sauce, barbeque sauce, soy sauce and mustard. Again, it’s important to read all the labels on grocery items. Mushrooms should be avoided as should peanuts and peanut butter, cheeses, and meats that are dried, smoked or pickled. Beverages that should be avoided are fermented drinks such as root beer and cider, black tea, and coffee, including decaffeinated.
Increasing your intake of raw garlic and soluble fiber will help your body to fight the yeast infection. A supplemental dose of acidophilus will help to make your intestinal track more acidic which helps to kill off the Candida. Other recommended supplements include volatile oils, such as peppermint oil or oregano oil – these should only be taken in capsule form as the straight liquid may be toxic. Get plenty of sleep and keep your stress to a minimum as well.
Early in the diet many people notice a worsening of their symptoms. When the Candida is killed it releases proteins and toxins. This process is known as die-off and is temporary. With strict adherence to the diet, the patient will usually begin to notice improvements in two to four weeks.
Keeping your immune system, “friendly” bacteria, and Candida in proper balance can be a lot of work; but it’s a small price to pay to reclaim your good health and transform your life.
Do you feel tired and un-refreshed on waking in the morning?
Do you stay that way throughout the day?
Do you have difficulty concentrating during the day?
The World Health Organization says that one-third of the world’s population experience insomnia at some stage in their lives, with approximately five per cent needing medical treatment!
To avoid medical intervention, try these natural techniques and remedies, and help put your insomnia to rest.
Relax before going to bed. Do some deep breathing, listen to soft music. According to Dr. Timothy Sharp from Sydney University, avoiding caffeine, alcohol and nicotine will also help.
2. Bedtime routine
Develop a bedtime routine so your body knows it’s time to go to sleep. By winding down your physical activities and following a set routine prior to bed, your body will start to associate some of these actions with going to sleep. Start with a cup of hot milk. Milk contains a protein called tryptophan, which helps to promote sleep. This can be substituted with chamomile tea, which is known to calm the nerves. Follow this with a hot bath or shower, the heat will help to lower your internal body temperature, again telling your body to go to sleep.
3. Your bedroom is for sleeping only
Make your bedroom your sleep-room. Turn the lights off as soon as you get into bed. Don’t read, eat or watch television in your bedroom, or do any activity that is not sleep related. Make sure the room is dark and cozy; include extra pillows on the bed and even some teddy bears. Make your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary, a room that you will instantly feel secure and comfortable in, and best of all, a room that you will crave to sleep in.
4. Calm down and clear your mind
Clear your mind of the day’s activities or things that are due to be done tomorrow. Write a ‘to do’ list for the following day. Organize uniforms, lunches, etc … the night before. Make arrangements earlier than usual so you don’t worry.
5. Give time back to yourself
Instead of trying to cram as much as you can into the day then find you haven’t left much time to sleep, try to find short cuts or solutions to give a little time back to yourself. Make a double casserole and freeze half for another night. Spot clean the house as you go. Have more barbecues, using paper plates (less washing-up). Offer to pay the kids, or the neighbour’s kids, to do some extra chores.
6. A balanced diet helps to make a balanced mind
If you’re lacking in essential vitamins and minerals your body cannot operate at its best. Throw out the junk food and fizzy drinks, and make a new start to good physical and mental health. Add in some regular exercise and watch your body respond with some improved sleep.
7. Don’t lie in bed if you can’t sleep
If you don’t feel sleepy enough to drift off, your mind will probably anguish over the fact that you can’t get to sleep. This will only make it harder to get to sleep each time you experience this. Get out of bed and go into a different room. Do something to distract yourself until you do start to feel sleepy and then try to sleep again later.
8. Medications may interfere with your sleep
It has been shown that some of the medications below may cause sleep problems. Check with your doctor if you are experiencing insomnia and are also taking any of these medications – amphetamines (diet pills), antidepressants, beta blockers (heart and blood pressure), cimetidine (ulcers), clonidine (blood pressure), cortisone, diuretics (fluid), levodopa (parkinsons), methyldopa (blood pressure) and ventolin (asthma).
9. Above all: de-stress
Sharp says that stress is the worst cause of insomnia. Use some of the techniques above and try to remove as much stress out of your life as possible, and finally put your insomnia to rest.
Tip number 10: Have the right bed and mattress for a healthy sleep.
All men have to face sooner or later and women too, usually later – hair loss. So, why does it occur and what can you do about it. If you look of the structure of your hair, you’ll find at the very bottom of the hair shaft, the follicle, a bulb called the papilla.
The papilla is what creates and controls the formation of your hair and is the area that is filled with blood, which brings to the hair the nutrients it needs to grow.
It is through your genetics that hormonal messages are sent to the follicle cells and papilla on what type of hair you will have and when it will fall out.
These hormones are called androgens – testosterone is one of them. When testosterone reaches the papilla, it combines with an enzyme – 5-alpha reductase – which then changes to dihydrotestosterone, DHT.
It is DHT that causes hair loss by restricting the flow of blood into the papilla. Since women have more estrogen then men, they have less hair loss. It turns out that estrogen blocks the effects of DHT. But once women go through menopause, some of them produce less estrogen and they start to experience hair loss.
Despite your genetic tendency towards hair loss at a particular time in your life, it is possible to interrupt this process and reduce the speed at which you loose hair. If you do nothing to stop your hair loss, you will lose plenty, if not all.
Here are some common sense things to do to protect your hair:
When you have stressful times in your life, you can experience rapid hair loss. Knowing this, you can bring the level of stress back to normal and start a program to regain your hair. You’re hair is not damaged and follicles are still open and your can recover your hair. If you keep stress levels up and do nothing to nourish your hair, you will lose much of your hair sooner than normal.
Hair will stop growing when you don’t have the right nutrients in your blood. When your body is ill, terribly stressed, or nutrients are desperately need somewhere else in the body, the last place these nutrients will go is to your hair papilla. During these times, take a supplement that supplies the hair nutrients that you need.
Always wait for your hair to dry before combing it. At this time your hair is soft and can be easily damaged.
Excessive shampooing, with cheap shampoos, can dry out your hair. You can also damage your hair by vigorous shampooing, poor scalp massage, or rough towel hair drying.
Sunlight and chlorine can weaken your hair, so after swimming quickly wash your hair. In the sun, wear a hat or cap to avoid sun damage. In the shower, put a filter to get rid of the chlorine.
In all of the conditions listed above on how you lose hair, DHT included, or damage your hair, here’s what it boils down to:
When you subject you hair to conditions that damage your hair, sebum – oil that lubricates your hair shaft – starts to build up in your follicles. As time passes, your follicles become blocked creating further damage to your hair and reducing your changes of these follicles growing hair.
This is why you have hair loss as you age or even at a young age.
Is the world a complete blur for you without your glasses or contact lenses? And when you do get your glasses on, do you resent the lack of freedom in all your movements? Perhaps it’s time you went in for corrective eye surgery.
Most corrective eye surgery is technically known as refractive eye surgery, an elective procedure intended to correct common eye disorders, or refractive errors, such as myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism (distorted vision).
Where does laser eye surgery come in?
Laser refractive surgery is rapidly becoming the most technologically advanced and popular method available today to correct refractive errors, primarily because it provides near-total precision and predictability. However, there are still a relatively small number of ophthalmologists in the US who are trained in laser refractive surgery and in the calibration and operation of the laser.
The excimer laser, which is used in this type of surgery, received FDA approval in 1995 for correcting mild to moderate nearsightedness. At present, the excimer laser is approved for use in procedures called photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK).
Performed with local anesthetic eye drops, PRK is a refractive surgery that reshapes the cornea by removing tiny amounts of tissue from the outer surface with a computer-controlled ultraviolet beam of light. The beam is so precise that it can notch a strand of human hair without breaking it. The procedure is the commonest form of laser eye surgery, takes only a few minutes, and you can get back to normal life in a couple of days.
Is Laser Surgery for You?
Millions of patients have experienced total freedom from any kind of eyewear after laser surgery, but there are cons too, as with every surgical procedure. It is best to find out whether you are eligible for laser eye surgery. Here’s a checklist so you don’t end up with worse eyesight than you had before you went in:
– People who are slow healers or have ongoing medical conditions like glaucoma or diabetes are not good candidates for laser surgery
– Those with uncontrolled vascular disease, autoimmune disease, or people with certain eye diseases involving the cornea or retina are also poor candidates, so make sure you have a long chat with your doctor before you opt for surgery
– Pregnant women should avoid refractive surgery of any kind because the refraction of the eye may change during pregnancy
Facts you should know
– You needn’t worry if your pain threshold is low, since there is hardly any discomfort during surgery. Once the anesthetic wears off, the degree of pain varies from individual to individual, but any irritation is minor and usually vanishes within hours
– Worried about when you can return to work? Usually in one to three days post-surgery, but a better idea is to wait until you feel up to it
– Convalescence is minimal, and usually you can be driven home about 30 minutes after surgery. Typically, your eyesight improves within 3 to 5 days
– According to numerous surveys in the U.S. and worldwide, the effects of surgery appear permanent. As people age, however, their vision deteriorates naturally, so re-treatment may be necessary
– Laser surgery does not really restrict your activities, except you should not rub your eyes after surgery. Other than that, you can do whatever work you feel up to provided you follow doctor’s orders
The risk factor
In one word, minimal, but there have been a handful of cases where complications resulting from laser eye surgery have resulted in corneal transplants. So here goes:
– There is about a 0.1 percent chance of the cornea becoming infected after PRK, which usually means added discomfort and a delay in healing, but no long-term effects within a period of four years
– It is as yet not possible to definitely predict how your eye will respond to laser surgery. As a result, you may still need lenses after surgery for good vision. In some cases, a second procedure can improve the initial result
– Some patients find that their best vision with corrective lenses is worse than it was before the surgery. This is a result of either irregular tissue removal or development of corneal haze
– However, corneal haze is part of the normal healing process after PRK. In most cases, it has little or no effect on the final vision. However, some cases of excessive haze interfere with vision. As with under-correction, this can often be corrected by additional laser treatment.
– In some patients the effect of surgery gradually fades over several months. In such cases, a re-treatment is once again usually sufficient
– Some patients experience the halo effect, an optical effect noticed in dim light. As the pupil enlarges, a second faded image is produced by the untreated peripheral cornea. This can interfere with night driving. However, recorded cases are extremely rare.
As of now, a number of other lasers for eye surgery are being tested to determine their safety and efficacy. Such tests may allow for clinical studies involving the excimer laser and the correction of farsightedness, provided the FDA grants approval, which is something a potential patient should always check.