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Heart Attack Symptoms You Are Most Likely to Ignore

January 24, 2012 Leave a comment

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Sleep Paralysis : Causes , Symptoms & Cure

January 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Have you ever felt like you were awake but unable to move? You might have even felt afraid but could not call for help? This condition is called sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis may leave you feeling frightened, especially if you also see or hear things that aren’t really there. Sleep paralysis may happen only once, or you may have it frequently — even several times a night.

The good news: sleep paralysis is not considered a dangerous health problem. Read on to find out more about sleep paralysis, its possible causes, and its treatment.

 Is Sleep Paralysis a Symptom of a Serious Problem?

Sleep researchers conclude that, in most cases, sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep. Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems.

Over the centuries, symptoms of sleep paralysis have been described in many ways and often attributed to an “evil” presence: unseen night demons in ancient times, the old hag in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and alien abductors. Almost every culture throughout history has had stories of shadowy evil creatures that terrify helpless humans at night. People have long sought explanations for this mysterious sleep-time paralysis and the accompanying feelings of terror.

What Is Sleep Paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis may accompany other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is an overpowering need to sleep caused by a problem with the brain’s ability to regulate sleep.

When Does Sleep Paralysis Usually Occur?

Sleep paralysis usually occurs at one of two times. If it occurs while you are

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falling asleep, it’s called hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis. If it happens as you are waking up, it’s called hypnopompic or postdormital sleep paralysis.

What Happens With Hypnagogic Sleep Paralysis?

As you fall asleep, your body slowly relaxes. Usually you become less aware, so you do not notice the change. However, if you remain or become aware while falling asleep, you may notice that you cannot move or speak.

What Happens With Hypnopompic Sleep Paralysis?

During sleep, your body alternates between REM (rapid eye movement) and

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NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. One cycle of REM and NREM sleep lasts about 90 minutes. NREM sleep occurs first and takes up to 75% of your overall sleep time. During NREM sleep, your body relaxes and restores itself. At the end of NREM, your sleep shifts to REM. Your eyes move quickly and dreams occur, but the rest of your body remains very relaxed. Your muscles are “turned off” during REM sleep. If you become aware before the REM cycle has finished, you may notice that you cannot move or speak.

Who Develops Sleep Paralysis?

Up to as many as four out of every 10 people may have sleep paralysis. This common condition is often first noticed in the teen years. But men and women of any age can have it. Sleep paralysis may run in families. Other factors that may be linked to sleep paralysis include:

  • a lack of sleep
  • a sleep schedule that changes
  • mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder
  • sleeping on the back
  • other sleep problems such as narcolepsy or nighttime leg cramps
  • use of certain medications
  • substance abuse

How Is Sleep Paralysis Diagnosed?

If you find yourself unable to move or speak for a few seconds or minutes when falling asleep or waking up, then it is likely you have isolated recurrent sleep paralysis. Often there is no need to treat this condition. However, check with your doctor if you have any of these concerns:

  • you feel anxious about your symptoms
  • your symptoms leave you very tired during the day
  • your symptoms keep you up during the night

Your doctor may want to gather more information about your sleep health by doing any of these things:

  • ask you to describe your symptoms and keep a sleep diary for a few weeks
  • discuss your health history, including any known sleep disorders or any family history of sleep disorders
  • refer you to a sleep specialist for further evaluation
  • conduct overnight sleep studies or daytime nap studies to make sure you do not have another sleep disorder

How Is Sleep Paralysis Treated?

Most people need no treatment for sleep paralysis. Treating any underlying conditions such as narcolepsy may help if you are anxious or unable to sleep well. These treatments may include the following:

  • improving sleep habits — such as making sure you get six to eight hours of sleep each night
  • using antidepressant medication to help regulate sleep cycles
  • treating any mental health problems that may contribute to sleep paralysis
  • treating any other sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy or leg cramps

What Can I Do About Sleep Paralysis?

There’s no need to fear nighttime demons or alien abductors. If you have occasional sleep paralysis, you can take steps at home to control this disorder. Start by making sure you get enough sleep. Do what you can to relieve stress in your life — especially just before bedtime. Try new sleeping positions if you sleep on your back. And be sure to see your doctor if sleep paralysis routinely prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep.

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The Benefits of Beta Carotene

January 17, 2012 1 comment

Ten carotenes, colored molecules synthesized only in plants, show vitamin A activity. In other words, they function like vitamin A. However, only the alpha- and Beta-Carotenes and cryptoxanthin are important to man, and Beta-

Beta Carotene sources : carrots and vegetables

Carotene is the most active. Beta-Carotene and other carotenoids that can be converted by the body into retinol are referred to as provitamin A carotenoids. Hundreds of different carotenoids are synthesized by plants, but only about 10 % of them are provitamin A carotenoids.

Beta-Carotene also helps prevent night blindness and other eye problems, skin disorders, enhance immunity, protects against toxins and cancer formations, colds, flu, and infections. It is an antioxidant and protector of the cells while slowing the aging process. Sources of Beta-Carotene can be found in a good liquid multivitamin.

Recent reports show natural Beta-Carotene aids in cancer prevention. It is important in the formation of bones and teeth. No vitamin overdose can occur with natural Beta-Carotene. About two decades ago, it was reported that beta carotene offered a notable measure of photoprotection to individuals with porphyria. (Beta-Carotene helps to protect the eye and vision). 

Increased consumption of fruits (apricots have more beta carotene than carrots) and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of cancer. Liquid supplementation with Beta-Carotene may have a similar benefit. 

It might just be other compounds in the vegetables such as lutein and lycopene3 that offered the protection. Beta carotene is remarkably safe and free of side effects. Beta carotene is closely related to vitamin A, but there is a big difference. Large doses of vitamin A definitely can cause health problems. If one chooses to take supplemental beta carotene, it is hard to achieve the blood levels that have proven helpful in porphyria by diet alone. Beta carotene comes in a 30mg pill. Some must take ten or more per day to see benefit. This would be like eating about 2 lbs. of carrots every day.4

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might want to consider it in summer, if your skin is quite fair, if sun exposure is unavoidable, and/or if your disease is severe. Although available without a prescription, it would be important to discuss the matter with your doctor, who likely would monitor blood levels periodically. Interest in systemic photoprotection continues to develop. Last year, a substance called PL was found to triple tolerance to UV light in healthy volunteers.5 

Beta-Carotene is an antioxidant and boosts the immune system. As with many supplements, Beta-Carotene is not the same in its natural and synthetic states. Natural Beta-Carotene consists of two molecule types; synthetic Beta-Carotene contains only one of these. While many of the benefits of Beta-Carotene can be found in both forms, some have argued some properties, such as its antioxidant effect is only found in its natural form but there I not scientific proof of the claim. Beta carotene deficiencies often occur in people who do not eat leafy green vegetables. When supplements are used, vitamin E supplements are also necessary, as Beta-Carotene appears to reduce blood levels of vitamin E.

Beta-Carotene is often low during the more advanced stages of HIV. Supplementation of 300,000 IU daily may help increase the number of CD4+ cells found, CD4+ cells are a type of white blood cells that are low in AIDS patients.
Low Beta-Carotene levels are often associated with the development of lupus. Taking a liquid supplement may help ease some of the arthritic problems associated with this condition. Eating foods with beta carotene also lowers the risk of macular degeneration. 

Vitamin A is a major source of beta carotene and has also been shown to reduce the risk of cataracts. The most common Beta-Carotene supplement intake is probably 25,000 IU (15 mg) per day, though some people take as much as 100,000 IU (60 mg) per day. Beta-Carotene appears to have potential in the prevention and treatment of cancers, including lung cancer, and oral cancer. Other members of the antioxidant carotene family include cryptoxanthin, alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, and lycopene, but most of them do not convert to significant amounts of vitamin A.

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Network Marketing Tips: Claude Diamond on sales

January 15, 2012 1 comment
 I saw this interesting video on sales by Claude Diamond.This isn’t your average  “you can do it” video. This is a down-to-earth, practical guide on sales. I am sure you will learn a lot from it.Enjoy!

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Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease

January 15, 2012 1 comment

Kidney :

Kidney disease can be caused by a number of conditions, though in many cases, no cause can be determined. By getting an early diagnosis and learning how to manage your condition, you and your doctor might help delay or even prevent the onset of kidney disease.

The leading causes of chronic kidney disease include:

  • Diabetes mellitus, which damages small blood vessels in your body and makes it difficult for the kidneys to function properly
  • High blood pressure (hypertension), if left untreated, can exert added force and cause damage or scarring to the glomeruli that filter waste from your blood
  • Glomerulonephritis, a type of inflammatory kidney disease that causes your kidneys to leak protein and/or red blood cells into your urine
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PCKD), a hereditary disorder caused by clusters of fluid-filled cysts that develop in your kidneys and other organs
  • Renovascular disease, which involves decreased blood flow to the kidneys due to fatty deposits in the arteries
  • Chronic pyelonephritis, a chronic kidney infection often caused by repeated episodes of urinary tract infections
  • Systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic immune reaction where your body mistakenly attacks your own kidney tissue
  • Kidney stones, crystallized minerals and other substances that can form on the inner surface of the kidneys and over time become small, hard masses
  • Obstructive nephropathy, a blockage and backup of urine causing damage to the kidneys
  • Analgesic nephropathy and drugs, when some over-the-counter medications are taken in large quantities and cause kidney damage

Most of these conditions occur over a long period of time and can cause damage to both kidneys. Be aware that even if further deterioration can be stopped, the damage already done is usually permanent. Your doctor can work with you to find the best treatment options for your needs.

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Flatulence Symptoms Causes & Remedy

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Flatulence is the emission of a mixture of gases called ‘flatus’ present in the intestine. This gas is produced by symbiotic bacteria and yeasts found in the gastrointestinal tract. Flatus is usually released under pressure through the anus which creates sound and is often accompanied by a foul odor. Flatulence, many a times causes discomfort and pain due to bloating, not to mention social embarrassment. Read more about Flatulence causes, symptoms and treatment on our blog.

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Whether you like it or not flatulence is a condition that all of us experience at some point of time or the other. Flatulence can be a major source of embarrassment when it happens in social settings making for some really awkward situations. Flatulence is basically a digestive condition that occurs as a result of an excessive buildup of stomach and intestinal gas. Such an excessive buildup of gas causes a great deal of discomfort and a feeling of fullness and bloating, along with possible abdominal pain. The pressure that results from such a buildup of gas is naturally relieved through the passage of gas from the rectum –flatulence, or through the mouth with belching or burping. Severe flatulence and bloating after eating is therefore likely to have causes that can be easily addressed. Flatulence is a completely natural phenomenon for all of us, but it can become problematic when excessive. This is therefore likely to be most of problem for individuals who suffer from digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance, as well as for individuals with unhealthy eating habits or irregular bowel movements.

On an average it is believed that most humans pass gas at least fourteen times

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in a day, producing around one to three pints of gas daily. Flatulence itself is not a cause for worry at all. It does not pose any health risk at all, but it certainly poses a high risk of social embarrassment which is why flatulence treatment and natural remedies for flatulence are so sought after. Excessive passage of gas or flatulence is often reason enough to seek medical treatment. It should be pointed out that in most cases of excessive flatulence it is important to identify possible underlying causes and treat them to eliminate the problem. As excessive flatulence causes would stem from digestive problems that are in most cases mild or easily treatable you could simply use diet modifications as the most powerful flatulence remedy to control the problem. Lifestyle changes may also be necessary and if the problem persists it could be because of a medical condition that requires additional medical treatment.

Gas accumulation of buildup in the digestive system occurs in two ways. When

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we swallow any food or even water or our own saliva for that matter, we also ingest some amount of air. This mostly includes oxygen and nitrogen. This does contribute to a gradual buildup of gas. In addition to this gas is also released as part of the digestive process when food is broken down in the digestive system. Some of the gases released could include hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane.

If you’re troubled by the problem of flatulence just keep in mind that this is a natural biological process, just like breathing for that matter and it affects absolutely everyone. Both men and women experience flatulence, but men tend experience flatulence a little more often than women. Age also holds no bars and the aged, children, toddlers and adults alike all experience flatulence. Flatulence may in fact more often than not go unnoticed as you may not even realize that you have passed gas because of the small quantities released and at most times the gas passed is odorless. Foul smelling flatulence in babies, children and adults alike are caused by the presence of trace elements of sulfur. This only tends to occur however if food has not been digested thoroughly and begins to decompose. Anyone suffering from constipation is therefore also likely to pass extremely foul smelling odor.

Excessive flatulence odor and excessive gas can be controlled through dietary and lifestyle changes. It is important that you minimize your intake of, or avoid consuming foods that cause flatulence for any flatulence relief. Lifestyle habits such as meal timings, regular sleep timings and most importantly regular bowel movements are also important. Some amount of physical activity is essential for the efficient functioning of your digestive system. Also make it a point to avoid controlling or delaying bowel movements. Treatment with such simple measures can help to control flatulence odor or excessive flatulence. In almost all cases of excessive flatulence the problem can be controlled with such home treatments. In cases of severe flatulence where such methods fail to reduce flatulence it would be advisable to seek a medical diagnosis as there could be some other underlying condition that contributes to the problem.

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Garden egg: Chewing thoroughly gives maximum benefits

January 8, 2012 1 comment

The garden egg plant with its bitter taste and spongy texture could really make an amazing pot of stew with a nice aroma. When eaten with boiled yam or rice, it becomes a delicacy you don’t want to miss at the slightest opportunity.

The garden egg, also known as eggplant is a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, copper and thiamin (vitamin B1). It is also a good source of vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and niacin. Eggplant also contains phytonutrients such as nasunin and chlorogenic acid.

The garden egg plant can be regarded as a brain food because it houses the anthocyanin phytonutrient found in its skin, Nasunin, a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage.

Studies have shown that nasunin protects the fats in brain cell membranes. Nasunin is not only a potent free-radical scavenger, but is also an iron chelator.

Iron is an essential nutrient, necessary for oxygen transport, normal immune function and collagen synthesis, but when it becomes too much in the blood stream, it becomes a major concern, Excess iron increases free radical production and is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.

Menstruating women, who lose iron every month in their menstrual flow, are unlikely to be at risk, but in postmenopausal women and men, iron, which is not easily excreted, can accumulate.

By chelating iron, nasunin lessens free radical formation with numerous beneficial results, including protecting blood cholesterol from peroxidation; preventing cellular damage that can promote cancer; and lessening free radical damage in joints, which is a primary factor in rheumatoid arthritis.

The predominant phenolic compound found in garden eggs is chlorogenic acid, which is one of the most potent free radical scavengers found in plant tissues.

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body. It also performs anti- LDL(bad cholesterol) activities by increasing the levels of HDL( good cholesterol) in the body and at the same time has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.

Consuming high amounts of garden eggs have been found to be beneficial for people with glaucoma because it lowers the eye pressure,

Eggplant contains measurable amounts of oxalates which are naturally-occurring substances found in plants, animals, and human beings. When oxalates become too concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallize and cause health problems.

For this reason, individuals with already existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problems may want to avoid eating eggplant.

Though laboratory studies have shown that oxalates may also interfere with absorption of calcium from the body, recent research has concluded that the ability of oxalates to lower calcium absorption is relatively small and definitely does not outweigh the ability of oxalate-containing foods to contribute calcium to the meal plan.

Chewing thoroughly while eating, can enable you get significant benefits, including absorption of calcium, from calcium-rich foods plant foods that also contain oxalic acid. So, eating garden eggs does not stop you from meeting your calcium requirements.

Low in calories and high in fibe, the eggplant is good for carbohydrate counters and dieters can actually snack on garden eggs in-between meals.

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