Monday, 23 March 2009

Your Cold Could Be Something More

by: ARA
(ARA) - Have you ever had a cold that just didn’t seem to want to go away? If your “cold” has lasted more than ten days, it could be something more -- you could have sinusitis. You may wish to check with your doctor to find out for sure. 

Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissues inside the sinus cavities in the forehead and behind the cheekbones. In recent years the number of sinusitis sufferers has increased dramatically. In fact, this condition afflicts an estimated 37 million Americans each year and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, costs the United States $5.8 billion annually, including medical expenses and lost productivity. 

It can be difficult to distinguish sinusitis from a cold or allergies, as all three of these conditions have similar symptoms. What many people don’t realize is that colds and allergies are two of the most common triggers for sinusitis. Other factors include flu, poor air quality and air travel. 

In addition to causing symptoms such as fever; nasal congestion; pain in the forehead, jaw and teeth; tenderness in the cheeks; extreme facial pain and fatigue, sinusitis can compromise the quality of life for severe sinusitis sufferers. However, after you see your doctor, there are some other simple steps you can take to feel better and not let sinusitis drag you down: 

* Breathe moist air by using a humidifier 

* Alternate hot and cold compresses 

* Use a nasal saline spray 

* Try over-the-counter treatments to reduce the symptoms. An effective choice is one that contains a decongestant, expectorant and pain reliever. 

Sinusitis is divided into two categories -- acute and chronic. Acute sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities caused by bacteria. Frequent sinusitis, or an infection lasting three months or more, is known as chronic sinusitis. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute; however, untreated chronic sinusitis can cause severe damage to the sinuses. Consumers are encouraged to contact their doctor if they have chronic sinus problems. 

You can also learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment of sinusitis through a new tool called the Nose And Sinus ALert (NASAL). NASAL is a Web site ( designed to deliver personal information about sinus risk conditions to sufferers around the country. 

“With cold and flu season in full swing, it is important for Americans to be prepared to recognize the symptoms of sinusitis that often accompany colds and flu and to know the treatment options available,” says Dr. Michael Setzen, a leading member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. “With a resource like NASAL, sinusitis sufferers now have a host of information about the condition right at their fingertips.” 

The site is supported by the makers of new Tylenol Sinus Severe Congestion, the first over-the-counter sinus medication to contain the pain-relieving power of Tylenol plus the two ingredients most commonly prescribed by doctors for the relief of symptoms of sinusitis. Along with acetaminophen, this product also contains guaifenesin, a powerful expectorant, and pseudoephedrine HCl, a commonly prescribed decongestant. The combination of the three ingredients clears congestion deep below nasal passages, reduces swelling of the nasal lining, and allows sinusitis sufferers to breathe freely without the pain and blockage so common with this condition. 

Courtesy of ARA Content 

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You are What you Feel

by: Mary Desaulniers
Copyright 2005 Mary Desaulniers

When Wordsworth described the Romantic mind as an ”Orphean lyre” played upon by the wind, he used an image that struck a chord in the Romantic Imagination, an image that unleashed a century of political, literary and social rebellion.

Why did the image of the lyre speak so dramatically to the people 300 years ago? Can we see in our current research on emotions and the body concrete evidence that what was once a poetic metaphor is an actual physiological truth?

By calling the mind a lyre played upon by the wind, Wordsworth made a bold departure from Descartes whose assertion,”I think, therefore I am” completely dismissed the importance of the body in the psychological and intellectual scheme of things. This Mind versus Body dualism haunted Western Imagination until the Romantics made an impassioned claim for the importance of breath, inspiration and feelings in language and poetry. “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings,” wrote Wordsworth. And in claiming a place for feelings, Wordsworth made an equally bold claim for the disconnected, the disenchanted and the disgruntled of his social universe; those exiles who inhabit his poetic landscape are reminders of what we have lost: connection with kin, the land and God. And by reclaiming them, he not only restored the importance of feelings, sound and movement to the “body” of poetry, he also called for a more egalitarian and compassionate “body politic” where everyone had a place in the social network of connections.

Thanks to the work of Dr. Candace Pert (Molecules of Emotion: The Science behind BodyMind 1997), we can see now how Wordsworth’s metaphor is played out in our real and actual bodies. Emotions and thoughts do not reside solely in the head; as a matter of fact, the body functions like a vast neural network of reactions to thoughts and feelings. Think of the body as a huge limbic Web where messages are transmitted and received back and forth in an unending chain of interactions.

And the central sources of this transmission are emotions—emotions that release specific neuropeptides that are attached to specific receptive cells (receptors) all over the body. The emotional circuitry of the brain is connected to every organ of the body, says Mona Lisa Schulz M.D. Ph.D in The New Feminine Brain 2005. This means that our emotions create definite and specific changes to the cells of the body. The circuitry works in an interactive manner: chronic moodiness can trigger chemical imbalances that cause depression which in turn increases the body’s chances of developing illness and pain. And illness or pain can also influence the dynamics of the cells to produce deeper and more intense depression. Physical symptoms can have their first cause in the emotional dynamics of the body.

Current research in cell biology suggests that each cell has the ability to change its constitution and program according to its response to the external environment. Like a lyre that is played upon by the wind, our cells are altered by the waves of feelings and emotions that move through our bodies, influencing our perceptions and experiences of the world.

Such a fluid and porous connection between mind and body suggests that the material nature of our body ( and indeed of the world) can be seriously questioned. To what extent are our bodies solid? To what extent can our own receptivity alter our experiences of the world? To what extent can we, by switching our perception and feelings, change the course of events in our lives? To what extent would this Brave New World of ours be a matter of survival—survival of the most malleable and most porous?

Perhaps a look at some of the documented physiological reactions to negative emotions can persuade us of the direction we need to take with our thoughts and feelings.

Negative emotions like fear, anger, sadness can bring about Fatigue, Apathy, Shortness of breath, Insomnia, Depression,Dysfunction of the immune system, Increased susceptibility to infections, Autoimmune disorders, Cancer.

Positive emotions like love and joy can bring about Increased body temperature, Feeling of strength in the body or Empowerment, Enhanced immune system, Change in appetite, Improved attention, learning and memory, Increased sense of well-being.

Anger, sadness, fear, hatred all release neuropeptides that disrupt the release of natural opiates like endorphins and serotonin in the body. These natural opiates increase our feelings of well-being. It is clear that the choice is ours: the choice not only to think positively but to choose actions that elicit positive responses in our cells. Our bodies are as fluid as Wordsworth’s lyre and it is incumbent upon us to move in the most effective direction the biochemical make-up of our cells by consciously selecting our emotional reactions to events.

If we are what we eat and what we do, we are even more intensely what we think and what we feel.

About the author:
A runner for 27 years, retired schoolteacher and writer, Mary is now doing what she has always done--being engaged in what she loves--running, weight training,writing,helping people reclaim their bodies by seeing that weight is just matter that needs to be processed. Nutrition, exercise, positive vision and purposeful engagement are the tools used to turn this matter into creative selves. You can subscribe to her free newsletter by contacting a body well-nourished is a mind well-served~

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Xylitol Glossary of Prevention and Benefits

by: Joe Miller
Xylitol, a relatively new, natural preventative is relatively unheard of by the public, yet it affects our lives on an everyday basis. In fact, we are more familiar with it than we know-at least our bodies are. Our bodies produce about 15 grams of xylitol on a daily basis, and yet most of us do not know how beneficial it is to our bodies. 
Only recently has Xylitol been used as the dominant ingredient in preventative solutions and medicines, but it is about time we understood what xylitol is and what it can do for us. In an effort to familiarize mothers; families; business men and women; and everyone with eyes, ears, mouth, and nose; with xylitol, I have formulated this article into a glossary of xylitol, its preventative power, and its other benefits. 

Xylitol Summary 
Xylitol looks and tastes exactly like sugar. It is a crystalline substance found not only in the human body but also in most fruits and vegetables. But it is totally sugar free. Its benefits are confirmed by doctors and dentists, and the FDA has placed it in its safest food additive rating. In addition, xylitol continues to receive endorsements from national and international dental and medical associations. 
Xylitol has been found so beneficial that it has been made the leading ingredient in chewing gum, nasal spray, and often as a sugar substitute or a sweetener. 

Preventative Power 
Because xylitol naturally keeps bacteria from settling on sensitive tissue in the ears, nose, mouth, and throat, it is ideal for prevention of common problems experienced by children and adults alike. 
Often bacteria really begins working in our mouths shortly after we eat, consuming sugars and producing acids which create dental caries and tooth decay, leaving a cavity close to the gums in the enamel of the tooth. 
Simply using chewing gum not only with xylitol, but with xylitol as the leading ingredient prevents bacteria from eating at the teeth, keeping your teeth safe between brushes and flosses. 
We may not know how much sugar is in everything we eat. Think about breakfast cereal, which is one of the most common breakfast foods for both children and adults. In the rare circumstance a cereal does not contain sugar, we may add it or have sugar in our coffee and tea instead. For the entire day that sugar in our mouths is preyed upon acid-producing bacteria. Even a xylitol natural sweetener will provide the preventative power your mouth needs throughout the day. 
Another common problem is caused by post nasal drip. The fluid that drains from the nose often builds in the sinuses or the throat, creating the perfect breeding ground for sinusitis or sinus infection. A simple sinus headache, created by sinus pressure, may be on of the first sinus infection symptoms you notice. The nasal congestions may build to the point of experiencing more than just pressure and headaches. Nasal problems may lead to sinus surgery. 
In addition to having a nasal problem or a sinus problem, an ear problem may also arise. The ear and the nose are connected by the Eustachian tube, which is also susceptible to fluid collection, especially with allergies or after bathing or swimming. Normally the fluid drains into the nose, but it sometimes gets caught and builds up, causing various forms of otitis media or ear infection. The adult ear infection and inner ear infection are other forms of otitis media and develop in similar ways. 
The infections cause swelling and a terrible ear ache may form as the first ear infection symptom. We may not realize how simple prevention really is. We are used to washing our hand before every meal and when ever they get dirty in order to avoid germs and bacteria. Since bacteria can settle in our ears, nose and throat at any time, the use of a xylitol nasal spray on a regular basis is just as important as washing our hands in order to prevent the afore-mentioned symptoms and infections, including an upper respiratory infection. 

Other Benefits 
Because xylitol is sugar free, and because of the way xylitol is absorbed so slowly by the body, and only partially used, it contains 40% fewer calories than other carbohydrates-perfect for those concerned about net carbs. 
Diabetics do not have to be deprived of sweeteners in their food. Sugar free sweetener helps to keep blood sugar low. In addition, xylitol helps influence low sugar alcohol levels. As you can see, xylitol is good for more than an earache. 
New benefits and clinical studies will continue to surface, and a xylitol education is an important part of prevention. After all, prevention is the best medicine. 

About the author:
Joe Miller is a specialist in online advertising. More information on xylitol, visit

World Warned To Prepare For Bird Flu

by: Dave Saunders
Confronting the possibility of a potentially devastating human bird flu pandemic, the United Nations system – from Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to the UN health and agricultural agencies – today laid out a blueprint for immediate preventive and mitigating action. 

“We may not know about the future course of H5N1, we do know this: once human-to-human transmission has been established, we would have only a matter of weeks to lock down the spread before it spins out of control. That is why the international community must take action now." Mr. Annan told the Time Global Health Summit, a three-day event in New York held to discuss key health issues. 

In light of these concerns, and likely rationing of available flu vaccines, it is advisable that people also look at other areas which complement good health. In the United States, the average American diet is high in sodium, fat, sugar, and preservatives and low in nutrition. These are typically not the ingredients associated with the support of a healthy immune system. It is the beneficial components of food which feed the cells of the body and support the normal function which allows each cell the potential to restore, protect and defend itself from the effects of injury and disease. A poorly nourished body is less able to carry out these activities as the basic building blocks for cell function are in limited supply. 

People should therefore seek to improve their dietary intake of beneficial sources of nutrition and limit their intake of the more commonly eaten foods which are known to be more harmful to the body than their unprocessed counterparts. Will the support of a healthy immune system ensure a perfect defense against invading flu virus particles? Certainly not. However, a healthy immune system may mean the difference between someone who contracts the flu and recovers quickly and someone who suffers greatly. 

The most important factor in the improvement of any person’s diet is to improve the quality and variety of food eaten. While dietary supplements may provide some excellent health benefits they are intended to supplement, not substitute, the benefits of a good diet. 

About the author:
Dave Saunders is a professional lecturer, and certified nutritional educator. He enjoys creating interconnections through his writings and lectures to help others create context and see new discoveries and technologies in more a practical light. You can find out more about nutrition at

Will This Year's Flu Paralyze The US And Canada?

by: Tom Rogers
According to the Associated Press on August 26th, the US 
and Canada may have to close schools, restrict travel and 
ration scarce medications if a powerful new flu strain 
spurs a worldwide outbreak, according to the federal 
planners for the next pandemic. It will take months to brew 
a new vaccine that works against the kind of super flu that 
causes a pandemic, although government preparations include 
research to speed the production. Federal plans have long 
been awaited by flu specialists, who say that it is just a 
matter of time before the next pandemic strikes and the 
nation is woefully unprepared for it! 

There have been three flu pandemics in the last century, 
with the worst in 1918, when more than a half a million 
Americans and 20 million people worldwide died. Pre-baby 
boomers most likely heard about it from their parents and 
boomers from their grandparents. 

The specialists say that the next one could be triggered 
by the recurring bird flu in Asia, if it indeed mutates in 
a way that lets it spread easily among humans. Bird flu has 
caused recurring outbreaks in recent years and has killed 
27 people already this year in Asia. Until now, human 
infections have been traced to direct contact with infected 
poultry or poultry waste, and millions of chickens and 
other fowl have been slaughtered in attempts to stem the 

In a recent report, Dutch researchers found that cats can 
not only catch the bird flu, but can also spread it to 
other felines. Dr. Klaus Stohr, the influenza chief of the 
World Health Organization, states that there is not enough 
evidence yet to prove that cats can spread the deadly virus 
to humans, but has urged scientists to examine household 
cats and other mammals whenever researchers investigate 
human bird-flu infections. The cat research is of 
considerable concern because it illustrates the virus 
continuing adaptations in mammals, said Dr. Nancy Cox of 
the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Dr. Cox adds we need to do a lot more in the veterinary 
arena in order to understand what other animals can be 
infected and can transmit the virus. Last winter Thai 
veterinarians reported that the bird flu had killed three 
house cats. That was a big surprise as domesticated cats 
have long been thought resistant to infection from 
influenza A-type viruses. 

As pointed out above, the US is woefully unprepared for it 
and public health experts worry that such a bug might come 
so fast that there will not be enough time to prepare 
adequate vaccine to keep the risk to a minimum. 

The above, now combined with the shortage of normal-strain 


About the author:

Tom Rogers is the founder of America's Discount Health Source and publisher of the monthly news letter "Healthy Highlites". Visit Tom

Why Put Old on Hold?

by: Barbara Morris
More than once it’s been suggested that my efforts to Put Old on Hold are frivolous, vain and ultimately futile. “Why spend all that money on vitamins, supplements and anti-aging therapies – everybody gets old sooner or later. Just let nature take its course” 

While it is undeniable that the aging process cannot be stopped, “getting old” – which means exhibiting traditional signs, symptoms and behaviors usually associated with advancing years is definitely controllable. 

Most anyone able to envision the benefits of a youthful healthy old age and have the will to make a commitment can do it. It takes having an understanding that old age is not a TV mini-series over in 5 nights, but a long running show that may last longer than expected. 

Not only is “old age” a long running show, it’s not prime time if there are daily re-runs of pain, depression and debilitation. 

Putting Old on Hold means being free of chronic pain, mental and physical deterioration. It means being able to enjoy at an advanced age an incredible level of wellness conventional wisdom says is only for the young. 

The deterioration and behaviors associated with or recognized as “old age” are not just the result of the aging process. Much of what is recognized as “old age” is learned behavior. 

In our society, we don’t just let old age happen. We help it along with a mix of tradition/custom; observation/emulation and expectation/exhortation. We learn how to “get old” from the influence of family members, other role models and social influences. We learn how to get old by observing and emulating behaviors, beliefs and attitudes of others because it’s accepted. We listen to the exhortations of well-meaning family, friends and peers. 

A diet quite different from the accepted, conventional “healthy diet” is the foundation of putting old on hold and it’s shored up by exercise and a mental attitude that marches to an unconventional drummer. In Put Old on Hold I discuss the significance and substance of a non-traditional diet, the value of exercise, and the ingredients and benefits of a carefully cultivated mental attitude that puts you in charge of your aging process. 

About the author:
Barbara Morris, R.Ph., is a 76-year-old working pharmacist and recognized expert on unique anti-aging strategies. Author of Put Old on Hold, her message is for Boomers who want to feel and function as a healthy 40 or 50 year old for 25 or more years. She calls it “Liberation Living” – a process she has discovered that bypasses infirmities and indignities of traditional old age.

Why Is Black Elderberry Such A Powerful Flu Fighter?

by: John Hart
According to the "Handbook of Medicinal Herbs," black elderberry leaves were touted by European herbalists to be pain relieving and to promote healing of injuries when applied as a poultice. 

Native American herbalists used the plant for infections, coughs, and skin conditions. 

Black elderberry is a plant that grows primarily in Europe and North America. It's a natural remedy with three flavonoids that have antiviral properties. Flavonoids are very effective against different strains of influenza virus. Black elderberry also has other compounds, called anthocyanins, which have an anti-inflammatory effect, thus reducing aches and pains. 

A popular brand is Sambucol. Sambucol has been shown to be effective in vitro against 10 strains of influenza virus. 

Studies have demonstrated that Sambucol formulations activate the healthy immune system by increasing inflammatory cytokine production, which mediates the viral load in the human system. 

On average, flu patients given Sambucol recovered in 3.1 days compared to 7.1 days for those given placebo, and there are no known side effects. 

A prominent Israeli virologist, and developer of the Sambucol extract, Dr. Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu said "Sambucol is one of our best treatments for the flu, especially when taken at first sign of symptoms. Flu viruses are covered by tiny protein spikes of hemagglutinin, which they use to attach to, and infect, healthy human cells," she says. "While working on my doctoral thesis we isolated key active substances within black elderberry that disarm hemagglutinin and thus stop the first step of viral invasion." 

Sambucol syrup seems very safe for children and adults as a treatment, not a preventative, against influenza. 

About the author:
Mr. Hart is the author of the popular ebook, "How to Protect Your Family Against the Coming Pandemic," and president of Oregon Digital, the worldwide distributor of NanoMasks and NanoFilters, the only filter mask guaranteed to kill Bird Flu, SARS, and other deadly pathogens on contact. Learn more at

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Whirlpool Baths The Way To Good Health

by: Mark Cooper
For hundreds of years, mankind has recognised the soothing, remedial effects of bathing. 
Several decades ago the medical profession acknowledged the benefits of hydrotherapy 
and began to prescribe the use of whirlpool baths as an effective treatment of many common physical ailments, a course of action that is now often used in clinics and hospitals around the world. 

Hydro massage relieves the effects of stress, balances your bodies negative reaction to tension, relaxes muscles, lowers your heart rate and helps blood pressure and circulation return to normal. 

Like a tightly compressed sponge, a tense muscle retains less fluid than one that is relaxed. This lessens the circulation of blood and increases the pressure placed on your heart. It can leave you feeling tired and aching, reducing your precious energy levels and making you feel irritable and lethargic. 

Whirlpool hydro massage eases tense muscles and increases circulation, allowing the bodies cells to receive much-needed oxygen and energy-producing nutrients. Metabolic waste products are removed and your blood count increases, resulting in even better oxygen distribution. 

Relaxing in a whirlpool bath will help dissolve the tensions that build up in every day life, 
your heart rate will settle, warm circulating water will help ease the nervous system and slow the natural rhythm of your body resulting in deeper breathing and a peaceful revitalising nights sleep. 

Remember that your body has to last the whole of your life, so relax, lie back and let the soothing sensation of whirlpool hydrotherapy help you to look after your most precious possession. 

About the author:
Mark Cooper works in the web promotion team at

What You Need to Know about Age-related Macular Degeneration

by: ARA
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that blurs the sharp, central vision you need for "straight-ahead" activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. AMD causes no pain. 

In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. 

What is wet AMD? 

Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels behind the retina start to grow under the macula. These new blood vessels tend to be very fragile and often leak blood and fluid. The blood and fluid raise the macula from its normal place at the back of the eye. With wet AMD, loss of central vision can occur quickly. An early symptom of wet AMD is that straight lines appear wavy. 

What is dry AMD? 

Dry AMD occurs when the light-sensitive cells in the macula slowly break down, gradually blurring central vision in the affected eye. As dry AMD gets worse, you may see a blurred spot in the center of your vision. Over time, as less of the macula functions, central vision in the affected eye can be lost gradually. The most common symptom of dry AMD is slightly blurred vision. You may have difficulty recognizing faces. You may need more light for reading and other tasks. 

Which is more common -- the dry form or the wet form? 

The dry form is much more common. More than 85 percent of all people with intermediate and advanced AMD combined have the dry form. How is dry AMD treated? 

Once dry AMD reaches the advanced stage, no form of treatment can prevent vision loss. However, treatment can delay and possibly prevent intermediate AMD from progressing to the advanced stage, in which vision loss occurs. The National Eye Institute's Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that taking a specific high-dose formulation of antioxidants and zinc significantly reduces the risk of advanced AMD and its associated vision loss. Slowing AMD's progression from the intermediate stage to the advanced stage will save the vision. 

How is wet AMD treated? 

There are two treatments for wet AMD: laser surgery and photodynamic therapy. Neither treatment is a cure for wet AMD. Each treatment may slow the rate of vision decline or stop further vision loss. The disease and loss of vision may progress despite treatment. 

What can I do if I already have lost some vision from AMD? 

If you have lost some sight from AMD, ask your eye care professional about low vision services and devices that may help you make the most of your remaining vision. Ask for a referral to a specialist in low vision. 

For more information, visit the NEI website at or write to AMD, 2020 Vision Place, Bethesda MD20892-2566. The National Eye Institute is part of the National Institutes of Health and is the Federal government's lead agency for vision research. 

Courtesy of ARA Content 

What Would You Think if I said that You could Overdose on Water?

by: Alfred Jones
You would probably think that I was writing a lot of old rubbish, but please stay with me, as I can assure you that it is very possible and there are many cases reported worldwide to back up my statement. 

A number of medical experts recommend that everyone should drink eight glasses of water per day, which is about two litres. This old chestnut has been pulled out of the fire, so many times over the years, that no one really knows where the recommendation came from in the first place, or what the benefits to your health would be, if you followed this regime. 

A survey that was sponsored by large companies that sell bottled water, state that everyone should consume between one and a half, to two litres per day, of Natural Mineral Water, of course, makes you think, when they paid for the survey. 

There is a lot of confusion about how much water should be taken daily, and when you look around, you will see numerous people carrying their water bottles of natural mineral water everywhere, probably more ladies than men. 

Excessive consumption of water can lead to a condition known as, Hyponatremia, which means “water intoxication”. 
People are encouraged to drink water for detoxing purposes, and yes, it does that very well, it can flush most of the toxins out of your body, this is one of the things that it is meant for, but, when you overdo it, the minerals and sodium levels in the blood can become too low, because they are also being flushed out of your system, this can lead to complications, coma and even death. 
This situation has often been seen in Athletes, especially runners when they collapse on the track, this is frequently caused by a low level of sodium in the athletes’ blood, and there are instances where it has had serious consequences. 

A young man of 23 years of age was rushed to hospital, after going in to a coma, he was diagnosed with Hyponatremia, his sodium levels was dangerously low, and his brain was starting to swell, of course there is not much room available for the brain to swell, because it is surrounded by the hard skull, this causes the brain to be compressed and it does not like this one little bit. 

Drinking too much water can flush out the essential nutrients and minerals and if you are drinking mineral water to excess, it can lead to high levels of calcium, magnesium or other minerals that is in the water. Some of these minerals are needed, but not in excess quantities. 

A large number of water drinkers think that Natural Mineral Water is better for you health than the ordinary water that is supplied by your local authority. 
I have written before about the dangerous concoction of chemicals that is put into the water supply, Fluoride, Chlorine and goodness knows what else, but please consider the following: Bottled water is frequently supplied in plastic bottles, this can give bacteria a very good environment for breeding, the water is sometimes taken from natural springs, no one knows what is in that water. You will think that this natural mineral water would be fresh, but, when you consider that it has been in the warehouse, before being shipped to the supermarket, some of these waters come from various overseas countries, so by the time you purchase the water off the supermarket shelf, it could be anywhere up to two years old. Does that make you think? 

My personal way of having water is by the use of a rainwater tank, the rain comes from the sky, falls on the roof picks up some dust and probably some bird droppings on the way to the tank. I therefore recommend that the tank is cleaned out on a timely basis, also that a quality filter is fitted in the supply line and that the water is boiled before drinking 
I use it for drinking water, tea, coffee and for cooking purposes only. 
Not all local authorities will allow you to have a rainwater tank, but if they do, I honestly feel that even though this is not perfect, it is the best quality water that you are going to get. In today’s environment. 

Look upon drinking water as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, rather than as something that you have to do every day. Some days you will drink more than on others, if its hot, you will want more, if its cold, you won’t be so keen and it will depend on just how thirsty you feel and how hard you are physically working. 

My old Grandmother always said to me. “Everything in moderation my boy” it is so true about drinking the essential water and almost everything else that you do in this life. 

My websites can supply you with all the essential sugars, minerals and vitamins with Glyconutritionals, or Goji (Wolfberry) Juice. 

About the author:
Article by Alfred Jones 
Glyconutritionals The Essential Sugars that Heal. 
Goji (Wolfberry) Juice, The Health Secret of the Himalayas

What is Acid Reflux Disease?

by: Jeff Lakie
Acid reflux disease, also known as Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a common ailment, affecting between 5%-7% of the population. In order to understand what GERD is it is important to be familiar with how the esophagus works. A long muscular tube, the esophagus carries food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach. The average adult esophagus is around ten to thirteen inches long and approximately an half an inch in diameter. GERD is caused by the backflow of acid from the stomach into the esophagus, usually because the lower esophageal sphincter does not close properly. When this happens over a long period of time, the lining of this tract becomes eroded, causing discomfort and pain. 

Symptoms of the disease are fairly straightforward and are very similar to the symptoms of heartburn. GERD often include a frequent burning sensation, right behind the breastbone, which sometimes worsens when lying down for extended periods of time. While most cases of heartburn turn out to be non-life threatening, it is important that you visit your doctor at the onset of symptoms. Unfortunately, the symptoms of both indigestion and GERD can also imitate those of heart disease, so it is very important that you seek medical attention to make sure that you get the correct diagnosis. 

There are a number of medical tests which your doctor can perform which will confirm the diagnosis of GERD. After your doctor or healthcare professional has taken your medical history, he or she will most likely conduct an test using an Endoscope, a long flexible imaging instrument. This will allow the doctor to visibly exam your esophagus. 
If you are diagnosed with Acid Reflux disease, there are a number of treatment options available to you, such as making changes to your diet, reducing stress, and taking over the counter antacids. Serious cases of GERD may require a prescription drug to reduce the acid being produced by your stomach, but lifestyle changes are often enough to control symptoms successfully. 

About the author:
Jeff Lakie is the owner of Occasional Heartburn 
a website dedicated to matching consumers with acid reflux help. 

What Causes Acid Reflux?

by: Seth Miller
Though the root causes are often unclear, perhaps the most prevalent acid reflux cause is a poor diet. Acid reflux occurs during digestion, when the stomach churns up acid or refluxes it into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest or throat. So if you eat too many highly acidic foods like tomato sauces and/or fatty, fried foods, the stomach has to process an overabundance of acid. Too much acid can push back through a valve between the stomach and the esophagus called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Acid reflux culprits include but are not limited to tomato based sauces, fried and fatty foods, chocolate, alcohol, citrus fruits, peppers, and caffeinated beverages. 

Along the same lines as diet, overeating also causes reflux. When you overeat, the stomach can’t keep up with the demand to process all the acids. So food gets backed up, and digestive acids infiltrate the esophageal valve to cause that unpleasant burning feeling centered in the chest. 

Also diet-related, another acid reflux cause is being overweight. There is a clear correlation between being overweight and a notable increase in the occurrence of acid reflux. Many believe this is because the extra weight puts more pressure on the stomach and esophagus. This pressure has been known to open the lower esophageal sphincter (esophagus valve), when the valve should be closed. This allows acid to escape into the esophagus. 

Other factors that create a predisposition for acid reflux include smoking, use of alcohol, food allergies, certain medications, and lying down after meals. As you can tell, most of these factors can be overcome by practicing some behavioral modifications. In fact, in many cases of recurrent acid reflux, lifestyle changes are all that is necessary in preventing heartburn from becoming a chronic disease. Remember to consult a physician before embarking on any treatment strategy. 

About the author:
Acid Reflux Info provides comprehensive information on the cause, symptoms, treatment, and diet associated with normal and infant acid reflux. Acid Reflux Info is the sister site ofPain Relief Web

What Cause Cold Sores?

by: Thomas Morva
Cold sores are caused by a virus, the herpes simplex virus or HSV. There are two kinds of herpes simplex virus, called type 1 and type 2. While both types can cause cold sores, type 1 is the variety usually responsible. Type 2 HSV is found in genital herpes and is much more rare than type 1 HSV. 

HSV-1 is the most common cause of cold sores. Most people are exposed to HSV-1 between the ages of three to five. There are many ways that a person can become infected by HSV-1, including among them coming into close contact with a person who has a cold sore, ingesting contaminated fluids that have been sneezed or coughed into the air, or by coming into contact with objects that a person with a cold sore touched or used. Although most people are first infected with the HSV-1 virus early in life, they do not get their first cold sore until after puberty. Once someone is infected with HSV-1, the virus remains with them for the rest of their lives. 

HSV-2 is much less common than HSV-1. It primarily causes genital herpes. HSV-2 usually only affect body parts that are below a person’s waist, but in rare cases, it can cause a person to get cold sores. 

Once a person is infected with HVS-1, a number of things can cause cold sores. A bad cold, a case of the flu, or any sort of disease that affects the immune system can lead to the appearance of cold sores. Extremely chapped or sunburned lips can increase the chance of a cold sore outbreak. Women who are pregnant or menstruating also have an increased risk of cold sores. 

But cold sores are not just caused by physical factors. Emotional stress or prolonged upset is another factor that can bring about a cold sore outbreak. Another factor that has been seen to increase the risk of an outbreak is physical stress or fatigue. All of these stress factors weaken the immune system, making it more difficult for the body to fight the outbreak. 

Many people experience cold sores only a few times in their life, while others have them much more regularly. There is no cure for cold sores. And with so many different causes that people have no control over, treatment and therapy by trained professionals are often the best ways to manage troublesome outbreaks. 

About the author:
Cold Sores Info provides detailed information about the cause of cold sores, as well as treatment, home remedies, curious, and answers to frequently-asked questions, such as “Are cold sores contagious?” Cold Sores Info is affiliated with Original Content

What are the three main symptoms to lung cancer?

The main three symptoms to lung cancer that should not be ignored are shortness of breath, pain when breathing or coughing, and existence of a persistent cough, especially if it is accompanied by expectoration of sputum streaked with blood. Additionally, loss of appetite, fatigue, unusual losses of weight are three symptoms, which are indicative of lung cancer. 

Because of the non-specific nature of symptoms of Mesothelioma, Mesothelioma tests are imperative to rule out incidence of the disease when lung cancer symptoms show up. Early detection of Mesothelioma cancer substantiated by clear information of patient’s exposure to asbestos can help define the course of treatment. 

Early Detection Of Mesothelioma Cancer In Long Term Health Prognosis 

The length of time between asbestos exposure and onset of lung cancer symptoms can be between 15-50 years. Therefore a complete medical history and information of possible asbestos exposure are critical in identifying patients who are prone for developing Mesothelioma lung cancer. 

During physical tests for Mesothelioma lung cancer, the doctor may check breath sounds to see whether there is any indication of fluid in the chest cavity. A variety of diagnostic procedures also help to determine whether a patient has Mesothelioma lung cancer. 

Results from imaging scans, tissue biopsies, pulmonary function tests, and other diagnostic techniques, combined with the findings from a careful medical history help to define the course of treatment in Mesothelioma lung cancer. 

There are less common but more uncomfortable symptoms of lung cancer, which are usually associated with advanced stages of the disease. Such lung cancer or Mesothelioma patients may exhibit symptoms like a hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, swelling of the face or in the neck, pain or discomfort under the ribs, and shortness of breath caused by fluid around the lungs. 

If you suspect that you or any of your family members have lung cancer symptoms– DO NOT DELAY – consult your physician right away. 

About the author:
Jon Butt publishes www.the-mesothelioma-guide.comWith the web being packed with mis-information www.the-mesothelioma-guide.comis a leading free resource of Mesothelioma support, advice and legal help along with alternative remedies, natural supplements and more. Helping both you and your loved ones 

What are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?

by: Rob Mellor

Mesothelioma is generally associated with a long latency period this means that the symptoms of this disease can take many years to manifest, making both diagnosis and effective treatment very difficult. And even when the symptoms do become evident, which can take several decades, the symptoms are so generalized and non-specific that they could be put down to any number of more common diseases. This makes it hard for even experienced doctors to make a quick and conclusive diagnosis with Mesothelioma patients. The symptoms of this disease can often be confused with pneumonia during its early stages. 

Some Common Symptoms 
Some of the most common symptoms of Mesothelioma of all three types are shortness of breath and chest pains. This may be accompanied by a persistent cough, and these entire symptoms stem from the build up of fluid between the lining of the lung and the chest cavity, known as pleural effusion. 

Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma 
In pleural effusion, an accumulation of fluid happens between the parietal pleura (the pleura covering the chest wall and diaphragm) and the visceral pleura (the pleura covering the lungs). Both of these membranes are covered with mesothelial cells which, under normal conditions, produce a small amount of fluid that acts as a lubricant between the chest wall and the lung. Any excess fluid is absorbed by blood and lymph vessels maintaining a balance. When too much fluid forms, the result is an effusion. 

This type of the disease starts in the chest cavity and can then spread to other parts of the body. Pleural Mesothelioma sufferers may also begin to display severe breathing difficulty, weight loss and fever as well as trouble swallowing and even swelling of the face and neck. Some patients may also develop a rasping voice and start coughing up blood. However, there are other patients that may not show any significant symptoms at all. 

Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma 
The symptoms for patients who suffer from peritoneal Mesothelioma (a rarer form of the disease) are slightly different. This type of the disease starts in the abdomen and can spread form there. Patients of peritoneal Mesothelioma can display abdominal pain and swelling, nausea, loss of appetite and vomiting. They can also suffer breathing problems, and chest pain in addition to these symptoms. These symptoms result from tumors that lean against the abdominal wall. Bowel obstruction, anemia, fever and problems with blood clotting may also affect peritoneal Mesothelioma patients. 

Symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma 
The rarest form of this disease is pericardial Mesothelioma, which starts in the cavity surrounding the heart. With pericardial Mesothelioma, the tumors grow in the tissues that surround the heart and can spread from there. Pericardial Mesothelioma sufferers may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, persistent coughing and palpitations. 

Don’t Loose Hope 
Most people who have worked with asbestos in the past do not begin to show symptoms of Mesothelioma until thirty to forty years later. By this time, the disease is already spreading and with the delay in diagnosis, makes it impossible to treat in many cases before it is too late. However, the cause, effects and symptoms of Mesothelioma are now becoming more widely known by professionals and lay people. This awareness, coupled with the current clinical trials that are being carried out by a variety of organizations gives patients the hope that an effective treatment will one day be available for all stages of the disease. 

About the author:
Rob Mellor owns the free to use www.mesotheliomasupportonline.comwebsite helping people find out more about mesothelioma. Please visit the site for more information onmesothelioma symptoms 

What Are The Four Stages of Mesothelioma Cancer?

by: David Arnold Livingston
One rare form of cancer is called Mesothelioma, a 
malignant tumor in the mesothelial tissues of the lungs 
and the abdomen, arising from the inhalation of asbestos. 
Its rarity is one of the reasons why a lot of people are 
not aware of this kind of fatal disease. In fact, many 
people die of Mesothelioma undiagnosed. Although there is 
now a growing awareness of the hazards of asbestos to 
health, still many have not heard of Mesothelioma and 
thus, have not understood its nature, cause, signs and 
treatment. Even some physicians find it hard to detect 
Mesothelioma because its symptoms are akin to other 
diseases like lung cancer and pneumonia. Furthermore, it 
takes decades for a patient who was exposed to asbestos to 
develop Mesothelioma — fifty years, at most. 

Being unaware of Mesothelioma poses higher risks since it 
deters diagnosis and treatment. A person undergoing 
treatment must know the different stages of the cancer or 
the extent of the disease. Chances of recovering from 
Mesothelioma and the kind of treatment depend on the stage 
of the illness. There are basically two staging systems 
used for Pleural Mesothelioma (lungs): TNM system and 
Brighan system. These staging systems are also used in 
other kinds of cancers; however, the first is commonly 
used. There is no established method in determining the 
stage of the Peritoneal Mesothelioma cancer (abdominal) so 
the TNM system is used. 

There are three variables in the TNM system: tumor, lymph 
nodes and metastasis. In the earliest stage of 
Mesothelioma, stage I, the malignant Mesothelioma cells 
start to grow and multiply only one layer of the pleura. 
The pleura is the membrane that encloses the lungs and 
lines the wall of the chest cavity. However, there are 
some instances wherein the pericardium (membrane that 
covers the heart) and diaphragm cover are already 
affected. In this case, the cancer patient is still in 
stage I Mesothelioma. 

In the second stage, the two layers of the pleura are 
already affected by Mesothelioma. Take note, however, that 
in this stage, only one side of the body is affected. 
Normally, the pleura produces only small amount of 
lubricating fluid that allows easy expanding and 
contracting of the lungs. The excess fluid is absorbed by 
the blood and the lymph vessels so there’s a balance 
between the amount of fluid produced and removed. During 
the second stage Mesothelioma, fluid starts to build up 
between the membrane of the lungs and the membrane of the 
chest wall, resulting to pleural effusion. The increase in 
the volume of fluid produced causes shortness of breath 
and chest pain. Other Mesothelioma cancer patients 
experience dry and persistent cough. Diagnosis of the 
pleural effusion is achieved through a chest x-ray. 

Stage III Mesothelioma means that the malignant cells have 
already spread to the chest wall, esophagus and the lymph 
nodes on one part of the chest. The patient may suffer 
severe pain near the parts affected. When not treated 
immediately or when the Mesothelioma patient doesn’t 
respond well to medication, the cancer may advance to the 
fourth stage. The fourth stage Mesothelioma is formidable 
since at this stage the Mesothelioma cells have penetrated 
into the bloodstream and other organs in the body like the 
liver, the bones and the brain. The lymph nodes on the 
other side of the chest may also be affected by 
Mesothelioma in stage IV. 

Brighan staging system, on the other hand, determines 
whether the Mesothelioma can be surgically removed or not 
and whether the lymph nodes are affected or not. In stage 
I Mesothelioma, the lymph nodes are not yet affected and 
the patient can still recover through surgery. In stage 
II, surgery can still be executed but some lymph nodes 
have already been infiltrated by the cancer cells. In 
stage III, the heart and chest wall are already affected; 
thus, surgery is no longer advisable. The lymph nodes in 
this stage, however, may or may not be affected. In the 
final stage, stage IV Mesothelioma, cancer cells have 
already gone to the bloodstream and other parts of the 
body like the heart, brain, bone and liver. In most cases, 
a patient who has reached stage IV Mesothelioma only has 
four to twenty-four months to live. 

About the author:
David Arnold Livingston is an advocate for Health 
and recommends, as a resource:Mesothelioma Asbestos Cancer

What are the common hair loss causes?

by: Richard Mitchell
One of the most worrying aspects of hair loss treatment is the tendency of so many people to seek solutions without first determining what has caused their loss in the first place. 

At best, sufferers may waste money on inappropriate 'wonder cures' or even legitimate treatments that unfortunately are not suitable for their particular needs. At worst, some people may be risking their health by self-prescribing powerful pharmaceutical drugs. I don't have a problem with hair loss sufferers saving money by purchasing cheap generic drugs on the internet, but I feel strongly that they should at least seek confirmation from their physician that a given drug matches their individual needs. 

Before examining the most common causes of premature hair loss we need to understand that some shedding of hair is perfectly normal. Hairs grow from follicles that are tiny organs in the skin designed to grow a single hair that follows this repetitive cycle: 

1. Lengthy growth period (Anagen Stage) - this phase usually lasts between two and seven years with an average growth rate of six inches (15cm) each year. 

2. Short transition period (Catagen Stage) - this period of transition lasts for roughly two to four weeks. During this phase the hair shaft becomes detached and moves upwards within the follicle. 

3. Resting period (Telogen Stage) - this phase lasts about three months allowing the hair to detach itself prior to falling out. 

At this point a new hair begins to grow thus repeating the normal cycle of hair growth. Unfortunately a number of factors can interfere with the natural hair growth process leading to forms of hair thinning or premature baldness. 

Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss, probably accounting for as much as 95% of pattern hair loss for both men and women. It is usually associated with aging and develops in predictable stages over varying periods of time. Each follicle follows a genetically programmed growth cycle with some follicles coded to remain active for a shorter time than others. This results in the development of the hereditary baldness patterns that are so familiar to us all. 

For this type of baldness to occur, the following factors must be present: 

1. A genetic predisposition for hair loss to occur (as explained above). 

2. The presence of male hormones. 

3. Aging - in other words, enough time for the first two factors to exert an influence. 

All men and women produce male hormones such as testosterone and DHT. These have a useful role to play in both sexes but obviously occur in widely differing concentrations. It is the higher levels of androgens found in males that explains why this form of hair loss affects men more than women. 

In brief, these hormones affect the hair growth cycle as follows: 

1. High levels of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme occur in some cells of the hair follicle and sebaceous glands. 

2. 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone into DHT. 

3. DHT causes the terminal hairs to miniaturize. 

4. This leaves short, soft, fluffy vellus hairs that provide inadequate scalp coverage. 

5. The growth phases gradually become shorter until these hairs are lost for good. 

Alopecia areata is thought to be an immune system disorder that causes follicles to stop producing hairs in patches on the head. In severe cases it can advance to the stage where all hair on the head is lost (alopecia totalis) or even a complete absence of body hair results (alopecia universalis). 

In most cases the hair will reappear on its own but until then, the condition can be very distressing to sufferers particularly as its cause can be difficult to determine. If you feel you may be suffering from this form of hair loss, seek the advice of your physician who will carry out a physical examination and conduct blood tests to help determine the cause. 

Telogen effluvium is characterized by a general thinning or shedding of hair over a period of months and is most commonly found in people who have recently experienced trauma. Common causes include childbirth, major surgery, severe illness, psychological stress and chemotherapy. The good news is that the abnormal growth behavior associated with telogen effluvium is temporary and reversible. 

There are numerous other less common hair loss causes that need to be discounted before a course of treatment is chosen. Traction alopecia is the loss of hair from constant pulling, usually as the result of hair styling. Broken hairs can result in thinning, often caused by excessive styling or exposure to chemicals and sun. Finally, severe illnesses or nutritional deficiencies can cause side effects that may include degrees of hair loss. 

I hope this brief article has gotten across the message that diagnosing the real causes of hair loss is not always a straightforward process. Once you and your physician have identified a cause, then you can work towards restoring your hair to its former glory. And the good news is, most forms of hair loss can be treated successfully. The next article in this series will look at some of the best hair loss treatments currently available. 

About the author:
Richard Mitchell is the creator of the website where you can find out more about all aspects of treating premature hair loss. 

Friday, 20 March 2009

Voice Care for Coaches

by: Catherine Franz

Coaches rely heavily on their voice to service clients. 
If you also give teleclasses or workshops, voice 
maintenance needs to be one of their top self-care 
priorities. This information also applies to singers, 
speakers, or sales professionals. 

During flu and cold season, vocal cords become highly 
sensitized and need as much care as a valuable 
instrument. Think of your voice, and we should, as an 
expensive, rare violin. If you were going to play the 
violin the next day -- same relation as having a 
speaking engagement or a full day of coaching -- you 
wouldn't expose that violin to a night in a smoke 
filled room, lay cigars or pour alcohol all over it and 
expect it not to suffer from the abuse the next day. 

Antibiotics don't help viral infections or laryngitis 
-- a common result from a viral infection caused from a 
cold or flu. Recently, I suffered got the flu and 
suffered from a severe case of laryngitis. I had to 
cancel a teleclass, lose a week of work, and almost a 
paid speaking engagement. The more I self-treated 
through media knowledge or recommendations, the worse 
the laryngitis got. 

It took over 20 days before I improved and then two 
weeks later, it returned. After great frustration, I 
finally visited my ear, nose, and throat specialist, 
only to learn that everything I was trying was actually 
contributing the extended suffering. Let me pass along 
some of my learning so you don't need to go through 
this. Like me, some of it will surprise you. 

Food and Beverages 

Warm or hot beverages work best. Cold beverages with 
ice produces the voice center to spasm generating 
coughing that results in laryngitis. Stick to drinking 
room temperature water. 

Black Currant Pastilles, which are glycerin-containing 
lozenges for adults, keeps the throat moist. Pastilles 
are perfect to take before, during, and after flying or 
traveling from one temperature extreme to another, say 
New York to Florida in winter. It is good to have 
these on hand since they are difficult to find. Many 
professional singers use Black Currant Pastilles 24 
hours before their performance. 

Avoid anything with mint or menthol. 

Throat Coat® Tea, designed specifically for voice 
professionals, is rated higher than Pastilles. The tea 
contains licorice root, which is widely used to enhance 
throat and upper respiratory tract health. Any 
beverage that affects your stomachs acid level, like 
caffeine, will also affect your vocal cords. Caffeine 
is a mild diuretic and dries the throat and vocal 
cords. Coffee, including decaf, due to its natural 
oils causes acidic results that cause vocal damage. 
This includes chocolate. If you suffer from acid 
reflux disease, you need to take extra care of your 
voice since it cause permanent damage. Sodas also 
cause acid reflux and damages vocal cords. 

With a cold or flu, we usually drink orange juice. 
This acidic beverage actually lengthens laryngitis. So 
does the amount of lemon you use in water. A tiny bit 
of lemon in warm water with a small amount of honey is 
a great elixir that actually smoothes the vocal cords. 

Dairy increases throat mucus for some people. If after 
you drink milk, you feel even a little mucus in your 
throat, you probably have a very mild milk allergy. 
This will affect your vocal health and can length 
laryngitis. Nuts have the same allergy affect. 

Common Causes of Voice Strain 

It’s common knowledge that shouting, screaming, and 
excessive talking strains voice cords. But, did you 
know that whispering, coughing, loud sneezing, crying, 
laughing, and throat clearing could do the same damage? 

Emotional or environmental stress also causes voice 
strain. Especially major changes like separation/ 
divorce, new job, kids going off to college, grieving, 
not enough sleep, moving, and even hormonal changes in 
adolescents or maturing adults. If you add any of 
these with the need for a quality voice, you will need 
to take extra care in order not to bruise or damage 
your throat center or vocal cords. 

Voice Maintenance 

When experiencing laryngitis, limit unnecessary 
talking, and pause frequently to swallow and remoisten 
your throat, even during speaking engagements. 
Relaxation techniques, like yoga always help, yet 
conscious aware of your posture and breathing during 
speaking can save or further bruise voice projection 
especially if your voice is weak from a cold. 

One of my favorite exercises that I do every morning or 
while driving to a speaking engagement is a vowel 
review. Stretch your neck comfortable upwards and 
recite the vowels -- a, e, i, o, u. Let your vowel 
trail off after each one especially the "u." If 
experiencing laryngitis avoid whispering. Whispering 
actually stresses vocal cords reducing recovery 
significantly. If you smoke or visit smoke-filled 
rooms, triple your maintenance plan, smoke is very 

If you lose your voice, you will require additional 
rest time over a 4-7 day period. This means limiting 
your voice to 15 minutes a day. Looking on the bright 
side, listening skills will definitely improve. Keep 
phone calls brief; avoid all non-speech voice use, 
including throat clearing, coughing, and sneezing or 
any odd sound effects. Snoring also doubles strain. 


Even though they give brief relief, throat sprays and 
medicated lozenges dry the throat and extend recovery. 
If used for an emergency, you must follow with extreme 

Herbs can also cause side effects. You will want to 
discuss their use with your doctor or herb 
practitioner. Herbs like barberry reduce inflammation 
and infection caused from respiratory infections, but 
can also cause an allergic reaction especially if 
already using another remedy. Herbs like eucalyptus, 
German chamomile, goldenrod, goldenseal, licorice, 
marshmallow, peppermint, saw palmetto, or slippery elm 
are remedies for vocal cord inflections. Adding garlic 
and ginger to your foods also reduce cold symptoms 
including sore throat and don't need professional 

Support Team 

If your voice is vital to your income, you will want to 
have an ear, nose, and throat physician familiar with 
your medical history and working with singers. With an 
ongoing relationship, it’s easier for them to provide 
advice when out of the area. 

Last year, while experiencing a mild case of 
laryngitis, I saw my doctor before I left for a 
speaking engagement but I didn't know to mentioned I 
was traveling to a high elevation. By the time I 
checked in at the hotel, I was in bad shape. An 
emergency call and I was armed with new instructions. 
The next morning I was fine. Did you know that most 
taxi companies will pick up and deliver called-in 
prescriptions usually at the same rate as a cab ride? 

(c) Copyright 2005, Catherine Franz. All rights 

About the author:
Catherine Franz, a eight-year Certified Professional 
Coach, Graduate of Coach University, Mastery 
University, editor of three ezines, columnist, author 
of thousands of articles website:

Vitamins, Minerals and Weight Loss

by: Eric Shannon
In the struggle to lose weight, often we neglect our daily intake of vitamins and minerals, as we are cutting down on our caloric intake. This is a definite dieting mistake, and can even contribute to weight loss failure. 

There are certain vitamins and mineral that are essential to the ways in which we convert food to energy, rather than into fat. Our bodies run much more efficiently when we are consuming the recommended daily levels of vitamins and minerals. 

The Vitamin B complex is an important part of dieting. These vitamins play an important role in metabolizing food, and thus contribute to physical energy, as well as the rate at which calories are burned. Vitamin B6 partners with zinc to influence the quality of the digestion of food. When food is properly digested, it is used more efficiently and less likely to end up as stored fat. Vitamin B2, B3 and B6 are associated with the function of the thyroid gland. Deficiencies can affect the way this gland works. A symptom of a disruption in thyroid function is a disruption of the body's metabolism, which helps to determine the rate at which calories are burned off. 

Zinc is one of many minerals that can affect the success of a diet. This mineral can affect the way that foods taste, and also has a role in appetite control. Zinc also partners with Vitamin A and Vitamin E to produce thyroid hormones. 

Another important aspect concerning dieting and nutrition has to do with the ways that nutrition affects mood. Dieting can be emotionally stressful, and deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals can contribute to depression. For many people with weight problems, food serves as a means of self-medicating during times of stress and depression. Therefore, allowing deficiencies of vitamins and minerals that can contribute to mood disorders or depression puts the weight loss efforts in grave danger of failure. 

It is nearly impossible to overstate the value of the Vitamin B complex in overall mental health and functioning. Deficiencies in the vitamins that make up the B complex can result in numerous mental symptoms, including confusion, anxiety, depression, dementia, paranoia, and can even contribute to the development of psychosis. Furthermore, deficiencies in the Vitamin B complex can bring about insomnia, which can make any one of those symptoms much worse. 

Vitamin C is another vitamin that is important to mood and the general feeling of well being. A little investigation will uncover several vitamins and minerals that serve to positively affect mood, especially through their role in the production of serotonin and dopamine, and the maintaining of chemical balance within the brain. Because all aspects of mood are related to the levels of various chemicals in the brain, which are in turn influenced by the nutrients we consume, avoiding deficiencies is particularly important during times in which we may be especially vulnerable to our moods or to stress. 

Nutrition is especially important to the success of any weight loss diet. Dietary supplements, taken according to accepted dosages, can be an excellent way to maintain nutrient levels while reducing caloric intake. 

About the author:
Nancy Dean is a freelance author and a full time health professional. She specializes in writing about nutrition and wellness, and frequently contributes to several websites, including

Vitamins, Minerals And Growth

by: Tim Henry
Each and every bodily process has its base in the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are consumed, and the process of growth is no exception. From the growth and development that takes place in the uterus to infants growing into children to children growing into adolescence and then adulthood, nutrition influences every level of growth. Improper nutrition not only can slow growth, but also can cause birth defects and malformed limbs, as well as a variety of other physical deformities. 

The vitamins that make up the Vitamin B complex are truly an amazing group. Necessary to many physical and mental structures and functions of the body, including cognitive and emotional functioning, the Vitamin B complex is also essential to the proper growth of children. In particular, Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, due to its cobalt content, is an important part of normal growth in children. It also serves to build genetic material and to maintain the central nervous system. Children need .9 micrograms to 2.4 micrograms, depending on size and age. Folic acid, or Vitamin B9, is also essential to growth, especially in the uterus. Sufficient folic acid taken during the earliest parts of pregnancy can prevent serious birth defects, specifically neural tube defects of the sort that result in spinal bifida. It also serves to create and form DNA. 

The mineral zinc is also essential to the normal growth of children, as is iodine, which is essential to the functioning of the thyroid, and thus influences body weight. In the developing nations, specifically where the soil that crops are grown in lack iodine and iodized salt is not common, retarded growth is all too common. Children, depending on age and size need 10mg to 15mg of zinc daily and 70 micrograms to 150 micrograms of iodine each day. 

The quality of the growth of bones rests firmly upon the levels of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K present in the body. These nutrients work together, each according to its specific capacities, complementing each other in the creation of the hard surfaces of the bones and teeth. Because the bones are constantly losing calcium, which needs to be continuously replaced, and the rapid growth that occurs from the development in the uterus right through adulthood, maintaining the levels of these nutrients is essential to normal growth. 

It can sometimes be difficult to get children and adolescents to consume all the nutrients that are so essential to their growth and health. Nutritional supplements can be a safe and reliable means of seeing that children and adolescents reach the standard recommended daily intake levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients each and every day. However, because taking too much of certain vitamins and minerals can cause serious health problems, it is advisable to have the child’s primary health care provider serve as an active participant in devising a nutritional supplement plan that is specific to your child’s dietary needs. Always keep dietary supplements well out of reach of children to avoid any potentially harmful accidents. 

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viral meningitis

by: John Smith
What is ? 

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges (the thin lining of tissue covering the brain and spinal cord) caused by an infection of the cerebrospinal fluid. Viral meningitis is relatively common, and is usually mild, and though it can occasionally be life-threatening, it should not be confused with the more severe bacterial meningitis. It is occasionally referred to as 'aseptic' meningitis, and can sometimes go undetected because its symptoms can mimic that of the 'flu. 
Some specific viruses are known to cause viral meningitis: specifically mosquito-borne viruses, common intestinal viruses (enteroviruses), and sometimes the herpes simplex virus. The method of transmission depends upon the virus responsible, but person-to-person contact and insect transmission are the usual forms. It tends to be more common in children under the age of five, though it does occur in adults. 

What are the symptoms of viral meningitis? 
• Headache 
• Sudden Fever and Chills 
• Severe neck stiffness 
• Tiredness 
• Rash 
• Sore throat 
• Vomiting 
• Sensitivity to light (photophobia) 
• Cognitive changes – infants and young children may appear fretful, or overly lethargic and difficult to rouse; adults may appear confused, drowsy or irritable. 

Treatment of Viral Meningitis 

There is no appropriate treatment for viral meningitis. Antibiotics are of no use against viral infections. Symptoms usually occur within ten days of infection, and resolve within another 7-10 days. During this period, patients are encouraged to keep high standards of personal hygiene, wash their hands frequently, and family members should avoid contact with the patient's bodily fluids. 

About the author:
John Smith is a writer at healthcaredir (, a news source for the latest in health and medicine. 

Understanding Ear Infection

by: Joe Miller
Ear Infection 

An ear infection is an infestation in the ear, caused by either bacteria or by virus. The adult ear infection and the inner ear infection are other names by which it is called. The scientific name is otitis media. 

Ear Infection Causes 

An ear infection may be caused by one or a combination of the following factors. Within the ear are tiny bones which help translate sound waves to the brain. The sound waves travel to these bones through the Eustachian tube, which in children is placed in more of a level position. When liquid is introduced to the ear through swimming or bathing, and if the liquid is not cleaned out by a swab, it may linger there and allow bacteria to fester. Though the Eustachian tube is more slanted in adults, similar infestation may occur if water is not cleared. 

Even without water, ear wax may build up, also leaving the ear open to bacterial infestation. Ear wax build up should be cleared regularly, especially because viruses may speed up the possibility of infection. 

Ear Infection Symptom 

There are many ear infection symptom to be aware of. Feeling pressure in the ear, or even an earache, is indicative of the general build up of fluid or pus in the infected area. The infection may cause dizziness, nausea, or a feeling of fatigue. 

Headaches, ringing, hearing loss, and ear drainage may also develop. Often, as symptoms grow more severe, blurry vision, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. These symptoms are more prevalent in children, who suffer an ear infection four times as often as adults do. 

Ear Infection Prevention 

Prevention is the best way to avoid an ear infection. Because the Eustachian tubes are connected to the sinuses, many nasal sprays have appeared on the market to help flush out the build up and bacteria in the Eustachian tubes as well as the nasal passages and the sinuses. 

Many of the nasal sprays and other medicines available include xylitol, which is a natural substance found in fruits and vegetables and used in our everyday metabolism. Xylitol is looks and tastes like sugar, though it contains fewer calories and zero net carbs. Xylitol is a natural bacteria repellant used to prevent more than just ear infection. 

In understanding ear infection and its symptoms, prevention becomes the natural step. Xylitol as a leading ingredient is proven to reduce ear infection risk. 

About the author:
Joe Miller is an author of informational articles and online advertisements on business, technology, and health. Information on Ear Infection is available at Xlear.comXylitol Glossary of Prevention and Benefits explains more of the benefits associated with the use of xylitol. 

Two Easy Ways to Protect against Flu

by: Jeremy Maddock
People across America are lining up for flu shots, buying cold and cough medications, and researching which antibiotics that might need this winter. Despite all this elaborate planning, there are surprisingly few people who remember two of the low tech staples that can be first line defenses against seasonal illness: exercise and Beta Glucan oat fiber (ß-glucan). 

Both moderate exercise and Beta Glucan have long been thought to increase immune system function, and thus protect against infection. A new research study explores the possibly benefits of combining the two. 

The study, using an example of induced respiratory infection in mice, looks at direct effects incurred by a short period of moderate physical activity, followed by consumption of Beta Glucan. 

After conducting a 21-day experiment, scientists concluded that both the Beta Glucan substance and moderate exercise significantly increased the chances of recovery in the infected mice. In this particular experiment, the effects of combining the two were not fully explored, but the scientists believe that there may be long term benefit involved in doing this. Further research will have to be done in order to completely realize the potential of combining them. 

One thing that was definitively confirmed by the study is that both methods are effective in enhancing the immune system and protecting against cough, cold, and flu. This means that getting a decent amount of exercise, even in the winter, is absolutely essential in the fight against seasonal illness. If you find yourself unable to maintain adequate physical activity levels, however, Beta Glucan is a great way to recover the lost benefit, and also help in the long-term development of a strong, healthy immune system. 

About the author:
Jeremy Maddock is the webmaster of your source for high quality information about a variety of health products, including Beta Glucan ( 

Turn Off the Fat Genes - A Book Review

by: David Snape
Once in a while a good title comes along and "Turn Off the Fat Genes" is one of those titles that just have to be written about. If you are not familiar with Dr. Neal Barnard's work, he has been writing about how to lose weight on a high carbohydrate diet for at least a decade now. 

I'm amazed, as you might be, that his work is not better known. There are a number of advantages to using a high carb diet and as many disadvantages to the low carb/ high protein diets. 

There is some great research in his books that document the ability to lose weight on a high carbohydrate diet, which may also be healthier in the long run than the ever-popular low carbohydrate diets. 

You might think it surprising, as I do, that more people are not using high carb diets to lose weight. You might also conclude that this is solely due to a lack of awareness on the part of the public. 

Turn of the Fat Genes, written by Dr. Neal Barnard features over 150 pages of menus and recipes. The recipe and menu section is very comprehensive and you can definitely find recipes that will delight you out of such a large compilation. 

Dr. Bernard discusses the concept that some of the genes that shape and influence us as human beings are themselves subject to influence. The genes that affect taste, appetite and metabolism are subject to the influence of the foods that we eat. 

Not only are they subject to influence, the proper use of foods can mean that you don't have to sacrifice and starve yourself of decent nutrition. You can modify your diet, eat perhaps even more frequently and still enjoy weight loss. Does that sound incredible? It is real. You might feel incredulous because the masses of people out there have been told that low carb is the way to go. 

I have been following some of the suggestions in one of Dr. Barnard's books and I can tell you that a high carb diet can help you lose weight. Using his suggestions, I can eat a lot of food frequently and I still seem to stay thin. 

To give you an idea of what kind of information "Turn Off the Fat Genes" can provide you with, here is a list of some of the Chapter titles: 

Taste Genes: Broccoli and Chocolate 

Appetite and the Leptin Gene 

The Fat-Building Gene 

Fat-Burning: Turning the Flame Higher 

How Genes Influence Your Exercise 

Children and the Fat Genes 

Food Choices for Optimal Weight Control 

Dr. Barnard writes, "Contrary to popular opinion, scientific research reveals that genes are not dictators; they are committees. They do not give orders. They make suggestions. Genes are not rogue tyrants exerting despotic control over your waistline. Rather, they work in groups, often with subtle effects, and you can nudge them in the direction you want them to go. You can counteract the fat genes and boost your thin genes." 

In ancient times, Hippocrates said, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food." Of course we aren't really talking about healing as much as we are discussing losing weight, but the principle applies. 

One thing I learned from another of Dr. Barnard's books is that carbohydrates don't make people fat. It is fat that makes people fat. And it makes sense. Carbohydrates pack around 4 calories per gram and fats have about 9 calories per gram. 

By the way, even though it is correct terminology, the fact is that the calories discussed here are actually 'thousands of calories'. In nutrition they decided to make a calorie equal to 1,000 real life calories as measured for energy. 

Anyway I don't want to confuse anyone, because the RDA is based on nutrition calories, also known as Calories, but no one capitalizes the C as should be done. You can just keep thinking of calories as calories and don't worry about the technicalities. 

Back to the story. Dr. Barnard's books on high carb diets are great reading and may inform you about healthier weight loss than you are currently use to. Did I mention the recipe list? 

This article is for information purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat or prevent any health condition. If you have or think you have a health condition or even just want to diet, please consult your physician. 

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David Snape is a health, fitness and wellness enthusiast. His website ishttp://tobeinformed.comDave also practices Falun Dafa : Subscribe to his email list: