Ten Homeopathic Remedies to Use during the Flu Sea

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Homeopathy has been very successful in treating the symptoms of flu and the Swine Flu pandemic of 2009 has been no exception. Homeopaths gather symptoms from a large population and discern what is called a “genus epidemicus”. The genus is the remedy, or group of remedies, with the symptoms of most people who have a particular flu. These remedies are therefore the most likely remedies to treat a particular flu strain.

The Swine Flu showed the typical symptoms of a regular flu with the exception of high fever and chills Shanghai escort. As for the genus epidemicus of this flu, there are a few variations of this flu, so a few remedies have been required. This is much the same as in the Flu Epidemic of 1918 when two remedies were used to great advantage and a near 100% survival rate. The remedies mostly used in that flu were Bryonia and Gelsemium.

Remedies that homeopaths have found useful in treating this 2009 flu season include:

1. Ferrum Phos is always a good remedy to use in the first stages of flu. Ferrum phos can be taken in the 30c potency. Even the 6x potency, sold as a tissue salt, can stop a flu in its tracks. Ferrum phos can be alternated with Natrum Sulf during the first days of the flu.

2.Dulcamara is useful at the onset of a high fever. The Dulcamara cough hurts from muscular soreness. This flu is frequently brought on by cold, damp weather.

3. Nux vomica treats a flu with chills and pains in bones and joints. The irritability and chills are very marked.

4. Gelsemium treats a low fever, and is also a good remedy if you have not been well since the flu. Gelsemium patients experience weakness with shivering.

5. Arsenicum treats a burning fever that is accompanied with chills, restlessness and anxiety. The person needing Arsenicum is usually thirsty but only drinks small quantities at a time. They can have burning pains.

6. Bryonia is good for type of flu when the person does not want to move. The mouth is dry but they are thirsty.

7. Rhus tox flu can be accompanied with aching bones, restlessness, and a red tipped tongue. This is another remedy that is useful when the flu is brought on by damp weather.

8. Belladonna treats a high fever that comes on suddenly. Other accompanying symptoms of Belladonna include heat and redness.

9. Eupatorium perfoliatum experiences severe bone pains with great thirst.

10. Baptisia is a good remedy for flu, especially if it’s centered in the gastro-intestinal track. This remedy can be helpful in the early stages of the flu. The person needing Baptisia can be weak, listless, and feel sore.

The above remedies cover the general conditions and treat the flu symptoms that most have experienced so far. Try these homeopathic remedies to help speed your recovery during the flu season of 2009.

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Cancer Screening Does It Really Save Lives 6888

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Anne is a good patient. She sees her doctor for regular checkups, has yearly mammograms, Pap tests, and colon cancer screenings, and she even paid for a full-body CT scan out of her own pocket. She figures she’s doing everything she can to make sure she doesn’t get cancer.

Truth is, Anne is doing nothing to prevent cancer. Although cancer screening is billed as a preventive service that saves lives, the best it can do is detect disease in its early stages, when it is supposedly easier to treat. Nevertheless, every year millions of Americans dutifully line up for their screenings, completely unaware that they may be doing more harm than good.

For more than 15 years, I’ve been warning patients about the downside of mammograms, PSA testing, and the overall concept of cancer screening. It hasn’t been a popular position. Today, however, there’s a small but growing band of researchers, clinicians, and expert panels who are speaking out against the unbridled use of these tests. One of them, H. Gilbert Welch, MD, a professor at Dartmouth Medical School, has laid out very persuasive arguments in an aptly titled book, Should I Be Tested for Cancer? Maybe Not and Here’s Why. In this straightforward and well-referenced book, Dr. Welch raises several concerns about cancer screening.

1. Few People Benefit From Screening
For starters, the majority of folks who are screened receive no benefit. That’s because, despite scary statistics, most people will not get cancer. Let’s look at breast cancer as an example.

According to government statistics, the absolute risk of a 60-year-old woman dying from breast cancer in the next 10 years is 9 in 1,000. If regular mammograms reduce this risk by one-third-a widely cited but by no means universally accepted claim-her odds fall to 6 in 1,000. Therefore, for every 1,000 women screened, three of them avoid death from breast cancer, six die regardless, and the rest? They can’t possibly benefit because they weren’t going to die from the disease in the first place.

If mammograms worked as touted, death from breast cancer would be rare, since three-quarters of American women 40 and older get regular screenings (a total of 33.5 million per year). The modest decline in the death rate from the mid-1970s, when mammography was introduced, through the present can be attributed to factors other than screening, such as changes in treatment and the dramatic decrease in the use of Premarin and other cancer-promoting hormone replacement drugs. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that mammograms do not substantially reduce risk of death from breast cancer Tianjin escorts girls.

2. The Most Deadly Cancers Are Missed
The flip side is that some people who are screened get cancer and die anyway. Test results aren’t always accurate. Sometimes cancer is there, but it’s missed (false negatives). In the case of mammograms, it could be a question of a poor-quality test or a radiologist who overlooked something. Even experienced radiologists don’t always interpret test results the same, and sometimes they just plain get it wrong.

The most likely reason that cancer is overlooked, however, is due to the nature of cancer itself. The deadliest cancers grow very rapidly. Screening can detect slow-growing cancers in their early stages, but you can see how aggressive cancers could be missed if you’re only looking for them once a year. Depending on the cancer’s growth cycle, it could crop up just months after screening and be far advanced by the time the next test rolls around.

3. The Pitfalls of False Positives
Far more common than false negatives are false positives-those cancer scares that occur when you’re told that your test is suspicious but, after further evaluation, turns out to be nothing. False positives lead to confirmatory testing such as ultrasound of the breast and prostate, CT scan of the lung, colonoscopy, and colposcopy of the cervix. These tests are at best inconvenient and at worst extremely unpleasant, as anyone who’s had a colonoscopy knows. They also often lead to biopsies, which are far more invasive and could possibly promote the spread of cancer.

Unfortunately, false positive rates are incredibly high. For mammography, it’s close to 10 percent. For every 100 women screened, 10 will require further workup. If you repeat this screening test every year for 10 years, your cumulative risk of having at least one false positive rises to 65 percent. This means that more than half of all women will get the terrifying news that their mammogram is abnormal-the first step on the slippery slope of intervention.

False positive rates are high for PSA as well, especially among older men. Some estimate that three-quarters of men who have a prostate biopsy based on an elevated PSA level do not have cancer. And lifetime false-positive risk for Pap smears is 75 percent.
Another consideration is the psychological trauma of cancer screening. Being told you might have cancer is a harrowing experience, and the lag time between retesting and getting a clean bill of health can be months.

4. Unnecessary Treatment
Even worse than the sound and fury created by false positives is unnecessary treatment. Yes, some lives are saved due to early detection and treatment. But not all cancers are the same. Some are deadly, treated or not; others are not fatal regardless of treatment. Dr. Welch calls the latter pseudodisease-small, slow-growing or nonprogressive cancers that you’d never know existed were it not for screening tests. Yet all too often, these innocuous tumors are attacked with a vengeance, often to the detriment of patients.

A prime example is prostate cancer. Since 1975, its incidence has more than doubled. But rather than having an epidemic of prostate cancer, what we have is an epidemic of detection. Although many more men are being diagnosed and treated, the death rate from prostate cancer has held steady at 3 percent.

It’s human nature, when given a diagnosis of cancer, to want to get rid of it. But prostate cancer treatment is not benign. Surgical complications include difficulty urinating (17 percent), urinary incontinence (28 percent), and inability to have an erection (more than 50 percent). Radiation damages the rectum and can cause diarrhea and bowel urgency. Side effects of androgen suppression range from sexual dysfunction to risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Much of this treatment is completely unwarranted. Remember, the majority of prostate cancer is pseudodisease. Most men die with it, not of it.

What Tests Should You Get?
So which tests should you get and when should you get them China massage? It depends on who you listen to. Unfortunately, there’s no clear consensus among expert panels and advocacy groups, so confusion reigns.

I hesitate to make blanket recommendations. However, before you have a test, I strongly encourage you to understand both the pros-the slim but potentially lifesaving possibility that early-stage, clinically significant cancer will be found and treated-and the cons-the high risk of false positives, additional testing, anxiety, and unnecessary treatment. That way, you’ll be better prepared to deal with the outcome, whatever it may be.

Think Twice
I understand that this is an emotionally charged issue. Cancer is scary and the treatments for it are as frightening as the disease itself. If you have symptoms of cancer, by all means see a doctor and discuss appropriate testing.

Otherwise, think twice. If your physician orders a cancer screening test, question its necessity. Doctors sometimes suggest these tests for all the wrong reasons: fears of malpractice, financial incentives, and even patient demand. Find out what course would be recommended if your results were positive. Then review the information in this article, read Dr. Welch’s book, and make your own educated decision.

Next time you hear that someone who died of cancer would have been saved if only he’d had regular testing, realize that’s nothing more than unsubstantiated opinion. And, whatever you do, don’t let anyone make you feel irresponsible if you elect not to undergo cancer screening.

References
*SEER. Cancer of the breast. National Cancer Institute. http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/ht… Accessed Sept. 2, 2008.
*US Preventive Services Task Force. Guide to Clinical Preventive Services. http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/cps3dix….. Accessed Aug 25, 2008.
*Welch HG. Should I Be Tested for Cancer? Berkeley, CA: University of California Press; 2004.

Reprinted from Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Health & Healing with permission from Healthy Directions, LLC. For information on subscribing to this newsletter, visit http://www.drwhitaker.com or call (800) 539-8219.

About Julian Whitaker, MD: America’s Wellness Doctor, Julian Whitaker, MD, is a pioneer in alternative medicine and founder of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, CA, the country’s largest alternative medicine clinic. Since 1979, Whitaker Wellness has helped more than 40,000 patients reverse serious health problems with lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, and other safe, nontoxic therapies.


Learn about the Physical Causes of Depression 6886

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Currently 3 million people are diagnosed with depression in the UK, which affects most people to varying degrees, during their lifetime. Depression can be a common phase people can go through after major life events. It can be incredibly strong or relatively mild. Either way, it is uncomfortable and a hindrance to living life to the fullest.

Events that can Lead to Depression Include:
– Loss of a job
– Loss of a loved one
– Contracting a chronic disease or illness
– After an accident
– Anything else experienced as traumatic by a person

Aside from mood, symptoms of depression can also include loss of sex drive, insomnia or excessive sleep, headaches and irritability. When depression continues for an extended period of time, it seems to have an inexplicable cause, or treatment by psychiatrists or psychologists seems to be ineffective. It is definitely worth looking at the nutritional imbalances below that are now increasingly being linked with depression. The mind and body are connected, and just as the mind and emotions can affect the physical health of the body, the imbalances in the physical body can also affect your mood, mind and emotions.

These Nutritional Imbalances May include:

-Essential fatty acid deficiency – Omega 3 fats have been found to regulate and improve the performance of neuro-transmitters in the brain, including serotonin. Neurotransmitters are used by the brain to send messages from one cell to another. Serotonin is a neuro-transmitter which makes people feel happy. Low amounts of omega 3 fats are associated with depression. Omega 3 has been found often to be deficient in the diet, due to modern day cooking methods and a change in food choices in the diet (i.e. there is less intake of oily fish, nuts and seeds).

-Under-active thyroid – An under-active thyroid is one of the most common causes of depression. Often, as a result of stress and poor nutrition, nutrients required by the thyroid gland to produce the hormone thyroxine become depleted. Thyroxine is a hormone which tells the brain and body cells to stay active. Nutrients including iodine, tyrosine and zinc and selenium are all important in supporting the thyroid gland Beijing escort.

-Amino acid deficiency – Amino acids such as phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan provide the basis for the body’s production of important neuro-transmitters in the body. These neuro-transmitters include serotonin, noradrenalin, adrenalin and dopamine. Adrenalin, noradrenalin and dopamine are associated with feeling motivated, happy and able to deal with stress. Stress and a poor diet can deplete the production of these neuro-transmitters in the body. Supplementing with tryptophan (or 5-hydroxy-tryptophan) keeps depression at bay.

-B vitamins, Vitamin C, magnesium, iron and zinc deficiency – Symptoms of depression have been linked to low levels of Vitamins B3, B6, B12, and C, Folic acid, magnesium, iron and zinc which are all needed to help the body change amino acids into neurotransmitters. Deficiencies in some of these vitamins also cause high homocysteine levels. High homocysteine causes inflammation in the brain and body, and has now been linked with depression together with other mental health problems.

-Blood sugar imbalance – A diet high in refined carbohydrates contributes to nutrient deficiency, which can lead to high homocysteine, and a low protein intake, resulting in deficiencies in neurotransmitters (as mentioned above), and blood sugar balance problems. According to Dr Joel Robertson, low serotonin has also been linked to a higher complex carbohydrate intake, and a fast drop in blood sugar; both of which are linked to a drop in tryptophan, (the precursor to serotonin).

-Food allergies and intolerances – There are a number of foods that are known to cause various mental health problems, including depression. The most common one is wheat, and others include: cow’s dairy, oranges, eggs, non-wheat grains, foods which contain yeast, shellfish, nuts, soya and the nightshade family. When the body reacts to an allergen, it creates an immune system response. This can result in raised histamine levels, which in turn have been linked to depression.

-Adrenal Exhaustion – The adrenals produce a number of hormones including DHEA, adrenalin and noradrenalin which are all motivational hormones. Stress can cause the adrenals to become depleted. Eating a healthy diet and taking specific supplements such DHEA has been found to improve symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

-Pyroluria – Pyroluria is linked to depression and other mental health issues, and results from a genetically increased need for zinc and Vitamin B6. Stress can also deplete zinc. A healthy diet and supplementation of relatively large amounts would be required: 50mg zinc and 500mg of Vitamin B6 daily. People with pyroluria produce too many chemicals called “pyrroles,” which deplete the body of essential nutrients.

-Heavy metals – Heavy metals from sources such as mercury, lead, copper and cadmium (even in relatively low levels), are toxic and have been associated with symptoms including anxiety, depression and fatigue. Increasing fiber, anti-oxidants and antagonistic minerals such as zinc and calcium can reduce metal toxicity.

-High histamine level – Some people are genetically programmed to overproduce histamine. Researchers at the Brain Bio Centre in Princeton, U.S. have found high histamine in a substantial number of patients with depression. They need extra anti-histamine nutrients including vitamin c, zinc, manganese and vitamin B6.

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FDA Says Alfalfa Sprouts are Source of Salmonella

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Alfalfa sprouts are extremely beneficial for our health but now it seems like they are causing trouble. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention announced on Sunday to avoid eating raw alfalfa sprouts, saying they may be contaminated and could cause salmonella. Salmonella can cause diarrhea, vomiting China Escorts, fever and cramps that can last up to seven days. It can be very dangerous in the elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems. Most people recover without needing special treatment, and if treatment is needed antibiotics are used to help combat salmonella.

The illnesses started around the middle of March. Cases are still being reported. Luckily no deaths have been reported to this date. The FDA says that the number of infected people may be higher than reported because many cases have not yet been confirmed by laboratory testing. FDA’s initial investigation results trace the contaminated sprouts to multiple sprout growers in multiple states.

The FDA says that the contamination appears to be in the seeds so just washing the sprouts will most likely not help. “Other types of sprouts have not been implicated at this time,” the agency told Reuters. “FDA will work with the alfalfa sprout industry to help identify which seeds and alfalfa sprouts are not connected with this contamination, so that this advisory can be changed as quickly as possible.” The FDA told Reuters that 31 Salmonella Saintpaul infections have been seen in Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah and West Virginia. “Some reported eating raw sprouts at restaurants; others reported purchasing the raw sprouts at the retail level,” the FDA said. “This outbreak appears to be an extension of an earlier outbreak in 2009. In February and March, an outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul infections occurred in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas and Minnesota,” The FDA added to Reuters Chinese escort services.

“Preventive controls are important in growing of all raw sprouts” the FDA says. FDA reminds sprout growers to be vigilant in their food safety practices and strongly encourages sprout growers to follow the guidance given by the agency.

Indian Curry Spices Explained 7130

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While some Indian spices are commonly found on the home spice rack, few understand just how potent these spices are in their freshest form. Understanding the health benefits of each ingredient is key to optimizing home cooked meals for the particular needs of the family Beijing escort. This article will summarize the medicinal properties of the top five spices used to prepare Indian Curry.

The Top 5 Indian Spices

* Caraway (seed)Carum carvi (Umbelliferae)

One of the oldest spices, and historically known as a cure-all, caraway contains the volatile oil limonene. Caraway boosts the immune system and soothes irritated skin. When combined with olive oil caraway relieves bronchitis, colds, toothache, eye infections, sore throat, and cancer. Caraway seeds freshen the breath, and caraway oil stimulates milk production in lactating mothers. Caraway has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

* Cardamom (pods)Elletaria cardamomum (Zingiberaceae)

Cardamom is called “the Queen of all spices” and contains the antioxidant cineole. Cardamom is another spice regarded as a cure-all. Cardamom detoxifies the liver, strengthens the immune system and calms the nerves Shanghai escort. Cardamom is used to fight kidney and stomach cancer, and also to treat digestive problems, asthma, and urinary tract infections. Cardamom seeds freshen the breath.

* CloveEugenia caryophyllus (Myrtaceae)

Clove contains the volatile oil eugenol, an antioxidant that is commonly used as a topical pain reliever for toothaches. Also used as a sore throat spray, to treat joint pain, and to reduce skin inflammation, clove even helps fight stomach cancer. Clove has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

* Fennel (seed)Foeniculum vulgare (Umbelliferae)

Fennel seeds contain several important antioxidants including anethole, kaempferol, quercetin, and rutin. Fennel also contains fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin C. Fennel strengthens the immune system, helps treat colon cancer, and reduces blood pressure. Fennel helps combat the toxic effect of food additives. Fennel has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-tumor properties.

* Turmeric (root)Curcuma longa (Zingiberaceae)

Turmeric, also known as curcumin contains curcuma, the pigment providing the bright yellow/orange color and antioxidant. A natural pain killer, turmeric detoxifies the liver, treats arthritis, reduces nervous tension and fights depression. Also used for psoriasis, turmeric boosts metabolic function and reduces body fat. Turmeric is used to treat leukemia, multiple sclerosis, melanoma and Alzheimer’s disease. When turmeric is combined with cauliflower it is believed to help prevent cancers of the pancreas, prostate, liver and lungs. Turmeric has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Preparation of Indian Curry

It is best to obtain spices in whole seed form and to grind them just prior to use. When purchasing Indian spices one must beware of cheap imported seeds (often contaminated with heavy metals). Also, spices should not be irradiated (whole seeds should sprout when soaked in water for two days).

Once the Indian spices are ground they are mixed into a blend called Garam Masala. Unlike Thai curry, Garam Masala does not keep long and should be prepared fresh before each meal.

For Indian cuisine, vegetables and meats are sauteed using generous amounts of curry spices and served with Basmati Rice (to which bay leaves or whole cloves are added before cooking). A leavened pita-style bread called Nan is normally served alongside Indian dishes. A simple homemade cheese called Paneer (milk mixed with vinegar or citric acid) is mixed with various vegetables such as spinach. Popular condiments include yogurt, hot sauce, and sweet chutney. Whole fennel seeds are often chewed after dinner to freshen breath.
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References

The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants – Dorling Kindersley and Andrew Chevallier

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Woman Hypnotized to Believe She Had Gastric Band S

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A woman lost 55 pounds after undergoing hypnosis to implant memories of a gastric band surgery in her head.

“I’ve tried every other diet and exercise plan the world has to offer,” said the woman, Marion Corns. “Now I am able to shed up to three pounds a week because I believe I’ve had a band fitted into my stomach. Bizarrely, I can remember every part of the ‘procedure’ – including being wheeled into theatre, the clink of the surgeon’s knife and even the smell of the anesthetic.”

Corns underwent the hypnotherapy at the Elite Clinic in Spain, which was recommended to her by a friend who had gone there to quit smoking. The therapy involved a number of sessions in which she was familiarized with the procedure of a gastric band surgery, including a real surgical gastric band and stomach model. She then underwent several sessions of hypnosis, in which every stage of the surgery was narrated to her. She was made to touch the gastric band, while a recording of surgical tools played in the background. The hypnotherapists also pumped smells into the room to simulate those found in the operating and recovery rooms of a hospital.

After her first hypnosis session, Corns began to lose weight, just as if she had undergone the real surgery.

“Now if I try and eat a large portion I feel a pulling sensation in my tummy as if my stomach is stretching,” she said. “I simply cannot eat large portions of food any more.”

Clinic owner Martin Shirran said that health insurance should cover the gastric band hypnotherapy as an alternative to true surgery and with fewer side effects.

Jacqui Lowdon of the British Dietary Association cautioned that such therapy is not without risks, however.

“If this works and people can achieve the same kind of weight loss without surgery, it is important they are getting the correct dietary advice as well,” she said. “It is also important to have a target weight and to know what your ideal weight is.”

PSA Screening Pointless for Most Men Over 75

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Regular prostate screening provides no benefit for the majority of men over the age of 75 and should be discontinued, according to a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and published in the Journal of Urology.

Because many prostate tumors are very slow growing, many men who develop prostate cancer late in life end up dying from other causes before the disease can significantly affect them. This was the rationale behind the 2008 call by prostate experts for an end to the regular screening of men over the age of 75.

“For the overwhelming majority of men over age 75, discontinuing PSA screening is probably a very safe thing to do,” researcher H Shanghai escort. Ballentine Carter said.

In the current study, researchers reviewed the data on 849 men over the age of 75 who were taking part in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging, conducted by the National Institutes of Health study on aging. They found that for the two-thirds of men with a prostate specific antigen (PSA) level lower than three nanograms per milliliter, there was no benefit in continuing PSA screening — not a single man in that group died of prostate cancer.

Elevated PSA levels are considered a reliable marker of an enlarged or cancerous prostate; levels also increase when prostate tumors spread Beijing escort. An elevated PSA level is usually cause for a doctor ordering a biopsy.

The researchers did find, however, that continued screening provided a benefit for the one-third of men over the age of 75 who had a PSA reading of three or higher.

“What we found was that at any age, men with a PSA greater than three, their risk of prostate cancer, and even an aggressive prostate cancer, during the remaining years of their life continues to increase,” Carter said.

“We need to identify where we should best focus our health care dollars by concentrating on patients who can actually benefit from PSA testing,” lead researcher Edward Schaeffer says. “These findings give a very strong suggestion of when we can start to counsel patients on when to stop testing.”