How to Cure Any Phobia Without Prescription Drugs or Therapy

A phobia is an intense fear that causes you to avoid the feared thing or endure it with unbearable mental pain. Additionally, a phobia is an irrational fear, in that most people either don’t fear the same thing that you do or fear it to a much lesser degree. Some examples of common phobias are the fear of public speaking, dating the opposite sex, heights, spiders, closed spaces, crossing bridges or tunnels, going to the dentist, swimming in the ocean, flying in planes, and being in a crowd of people.

Classical Conditioning

One of the most powerful techniques used for curing phobias is called classical conditioning. Simply put, classical conditioning involves pairing a particular feeling with a particular event over and over again until the feeling and event become automatically associated with each other.

Let me give you an example. Let’s say that whenever you give a public speech, you feel intense fear. However, you wish to feel intense calm, whenever you give a public speech. How do you accomplish this?

First Step: First you must find something that makes you feel intensely calm – something like two or three shots of whiskey.

Second Step: Then whenever you give a public speech, you drink two or three shots of whiskey just before going onstage. You will undoubtedly feel calm during your public speech.

Third Step: After giving many public speeches under the influence of whiskey, you will automatically associate giving public speeches with feeling calm. Once this happens, you will be able to calmly give public speeches – without drinking whiskey beforehand! Mission accomplished, your phobia is cured!

Sedatives

You say, “Wait a minute! If my supervisor catches me drinking alcohol on the job, I’m history!” Good point. In many workplaces, drinking alcohol is taboo and those found committing the taboo may suffer serious consequences. Luckily, there are other sedatives that are more socially acceptable.

Some examples of socially acceptable sedatives are Remeron, Xanax, Thorazine, Risperdal, Benadryl, Lunesta, and Rozerem. All of these sedatives need to be prescribed by a physician, except for Benadryl. And taking any one of these sedatives is more discreet than drinking alcohol, since it doesn’t leave your breath smelling and your eyes red.

Okay, so which sedative should you choose? Upon researching each sedative, you see that each of them works differently, producing different types of sedation. You end up choosing Benadryl, since it is the easiest to obtain (no physician’s prescription needed) and it sedates effectively.

Benadryl (Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride)

Benadryl (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) is an antihistamine that is used to relieve allergy symptoms. It is also used as a sleep aid, due to its sedative effects. Benadryl sedates by blocking histamine from its receptor sites. Histamine is a neurotransmitter that promotes alertness, arousal, and allergy symptoms. By blocking histamine, the opposite occurs.

Another way Benadryl sedates is that it inhibits the re-uptake of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that calms the brain. Neurons release serotonin to send calming signals throughout the brain, but then the …

Sensitive Teeth Demystified – How to Cure Sensitive Teeth Permanently

Very few know how to cure sensitive teeth permanently because they do not understand the real cause for sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth are the signal of something more serious; it is a first sign of dental disease.

Sensitive teeth are a condition that causes a pain when a person is exposed to hot, cold or acid foods or drinks. Majority of adults have experiences sensitive teeth, with different intensity that can disappear or remain, creating more confusion why we have it in the first place.

Suffering form sensitive teeth is unnecessary and could be avoided. There some widely spread methods how to subdue the pain which treat symptoms and can temporarily fix the problem. The permanent solution to sensitive teeth can be achieved only if we understand the real causes for sensitive teeth.

Among temporary fixes to alleviate tooth sensitivity are special tooth pastes, mouth washes and gels and sealants to harden enamel which will wear out over the time.This method is not effective at all since it does not provide permanent solution as it does not tackle the main cause for sensitive teeth.

If tooth sensitivity is not related to dental problems such as tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn filling or exposed tooth roots and gum disease, than it is the beginning of the process of dental disease, tooth decay. In most cases, worn tooth enamel which is a direct result of tooth demineralization is a reason for sensitive teeth.

One can experience sensitivity in most of teeth at the same time or in one tooth in particular although both of two ailments are the result of the demineralization process. Experiencing the sensitivity in one particular tooth could be more serious, because it is alert to what is coming next; tooth pain signalling that tooth decay process is under the way. This situation should be corrected immediately because any delay could lead to cavity and eventually loss of tooth.

Once the process of demineralization of teeth is started, the excess acid in the diet will only aggravate the problem. One should avoid all acid foods especially acid drinks temporarily until the process of remineralization of teeth is completed and maintained on a normal level so that teeth are hard and strong again, especially enamel.

If demineralization of teeth is a main cause for sensitive teeth, why does it happen and what cause a loss of minerals in the teeth? The answer is in the consumption of process food which is low in nutrients for the maintenance of healthy teeth and in high consumption of sugar. According to dentist and researcher Melvin E. Page too much sugar causes tooth decay because it depletes nutrients from the body and not because of bacteria produced by sugar in our mouth.

If teeth are deprived of nutrients for log periods of time what happens? They get sick, decayed and they start dying, right?

How to cure sensitive teeth permanently?

We can accomplish that by improving our nutrition by consuming rich whole foods …

Tomato – The God Food for Nutrition and Human Health

A recent study conducted at Ohio State University in the US reported that the dietary carotenoids, that gives tomatoes their colour, will protect the skin from ultraviolet (UV) light damage. With the number of people being diagnosed with skin cancer increases with each passing year, it’s a good news that the daily consumption of tomato may cut the chances of skin cancer.

This small, round, sweet, juicy, delicious red fruit is one of the largest consuming vegetables in the world, not only because of its culinary purpose but also due to its numerous health benefits and nutrition. Tomato for skin cancer was just the latest example for its infinite fitness blessings.

From the time immemorial, there exists a long love affair between man and tomato due to its capacity for better acclimatization to various environment. Today, it comes in a vast array of varieties differing in colour, size, shape and taste. Now tomato has emerged as one of the most desired vegetables in the world due to its unique taste and nutritional qualities. More than 100 new tomato varieties are being made available in the world market with each passing year.

The health benefits of tomatoes gave it the title “God food” and forms an integral part of cuisines all over the world. Tomato is also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and copper. Organic compounds like lycopene also attribute to the health benefits. The criteria for selection of tomato varies with country and the culture. Asian markets for tomatoes are particular about lighter colours while in European markets, small shapes of tomatoes are preferred.

So how the “God food” dominate the seed market? A report by Market Intelligence, a market research firm, states, ‘The Tomato Seed Market revenue covers a whopping 829.8 Million USD of the 7.8 Billion USD revenue of Vegetable Seed Market’. The numerical figure clearly depicts the dominance of seed market by tomatoes.

Tomato is the most widely grown and consumed vegetable globally. China is the largest producer of tomatoes followed by India, United States, Turkey and Egypt. The food processing market occupies 30% of the destination market for tomato while 70% of it is consumed as fresh produce.

Nowadays, the main focus of leading seed companies all over the globe is to improve the yield, adaptability to various climatic conditions and developing varieties with disease and pest tolerance. High emphasis has been laid to developing disease resistance tomatoes because tomato is attacked by more than 200 diseases and pests. Some of the important diseases of tomatoes are bacterial wilt, Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV), Groundnut Bud Necrosis Virus (GBNV), etc. Breeders from companies are also working on developing flavours for the final taste of tomatoes. The growth of tomato seed is heavily credited to the use of hybrid seeds and usage of high-value experimental varieties in developed economies. Although the investment in this industry is high, the return on investment is dramatically encouraging farmers globally to adopt hybrid tomato seeds for its …

Diabeticine and Diamaxol: New Diabetes Medicine and the FDA

Diabeticine, however, claimed to target the root of diabetes. Diabeticine claimed that it was a hypoglycemic agent. The FDA looked at Diabeticine’s advertising campaign and declared that it was a drug, not a supplement. This seems to be fair reasoning on the part of the FDA. (The name, Diabeticine, also implies that it is a medicine).

There appears to be mixed feelings about Diabeticine (now Diamaxol). Some people praise it for lowering their blood sugar, without them having to change their diet or exercise. Others claim that taking a pill is not the solution to managing diabetes and that lifestyle changes are the only truly healthy way to maintain the sought blood sugar levels. Those who laud the drug sometimes claim that they have tried diet, exercise, and even other diabetes medicines, but that they were not effective.

Online testimonials generally support Diabeticine, though there are also some testimonials that claim Diamaxol and Diabeticine do not work. A major complaint is that Diabeticine and Diamaxol are too expensive. There are generic options with the same ingredients.

Diamaxol is licensed as a supplement by the FDA. As such, it cannot claim to cure diseases. Diamaxol still claims to lower blood sugar, just like Diabeticine. Diamaxol has a 30 day 50 point lower guarantee, as well as a long term one year claim.

Diamaxol has the same ingredients as Diabeticine, and it claims to be all-natural. A partial list of the ingredients, according to the manufacturer includes Bitter Melon, Licorice extract, Cinnamon herb powder, Yarrow, Cayenne, Juniper Berries, Huckleberry, and Vanadyl Sulfate.

The bottom line is that the helpful effects of Diamaxol are as yet unproven. Though the manufacturer claims to have clinical proof, many sceptics dismiss this as marketing. Because the FDA has approved Diamaxol as a supplement, at least we know that it can’t hurt. If you have tried all of your other options, consider this one, but only after talking with your health care team.…

The Health Benefits of Drinking Water Boiled With Fenugreek Seeds

Most Indians have close encounters of the culinary kind with Fenugreek or methi seeds very early in life. These seeds are remarkably bitter and have a marvellous aroma when roasted or fried in a little oil.

How did we start using these seeds, bitter as they are?

Fenugreek down history lane

Apparently, in the 1st century AD, the Romans flavoured wine with fenugreek. The use of fenugreek /methi in India is probably older than history itself; the leaves and the seeds of the herb are well entrenched in Indian cuisines from all parts of the country.

In West Bengal, for instance, methi seeds are used as ‘paanch phoron,’ one of five spices that are used to temper dishes. In fact, the aroma of these little mustard-coloured cuboids makes them a popular choice for the tempering of dals and chutneys. Methi seeds are also used whole or powdered in sambar powder in South India, and pickles in all parts of India.

Modern miracle seed

Fenugreek seeds were always around in Indian kitchens and traditional medicine cabinets. But in recent times, there has been a steady stream of information about the health benefits of fenugreek seeds as many people have ‘adopted’ this seed and reaped health benefits.

The most popular way of consuming fenugreek seeds is to boil them in water. This softens the seeds and releases their nutrients. It also reduces their extreme bitterness so that they are easier to chew and swallow. This requires a little getting used, of course, but the benefits far outstrip the initial distaste.

Fenugreek in water

Soaking fenugreek in water is recommended because it has water soluble minerals and fibre.

There are two ways to make methi/fenugreek water:

Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in 2 glasses, about 400ml, of water overnight.

Put 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in a flask at bedtime. Add 2 glasses of boiling water into the flask. Screw on the lid. Let the seeds soak the whole night. Drink the water first thing in the morning. Chew up the seeds and swallow.

The second method is convenient and healthier. Of course, the seeds are bitter, but you will get used to it. After all, coffee and tea are bitter too; yet we drink them with devotion!

Health benefits of drinking ‘fenugreek water’:

Very beneficial to people with diabetes: Fenugreek encourages the slower absorption of sugars and also stimulates insulin. Diabetics and people on the borderline of diabetes will reap many benefits in drinking warm fenugreek water. Fenugreek seeds can also be powdered and added to dishes like idlis and dosas.

Aids digestion: Fenugreek seeds have mucilage, and the soaking process makes them mucilaginous. They coat and soothe the stomach and intestines. This property also makes fenugreek seeds a good choice for helping patients with acid reflux.

The water soluble fibre in fenugreek helps to relieve constipation.

Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, fenugreek seeds and water have been successfully incorporated into diets to treat ulcerative colitis.

Advantageous to kidney health: Fenugreek …

Uncircumcised Men Face Penis Health Risk Factors

Until the late 20th century, circumcision of male infants at birth was considered routine and necessary. However, medical research over the last few decades supported the idea that circumcision constituted an unnecessary surgical procedure. Some critics even argue that circumcision amounts to mutilation and takes away the individual’s right to choose.

On the other hand, more recent studies have found that circumcision does, in fact, provide multiple health benefits over the lifetime of a male. A recent news article entitled “Fewer Circumcisions Could Cost the US Billions” (The News, 23 August 2012) reports on a study conducted at Johns Hopkins University which revealed that men with an intact foreskin are likely to spend an average of $313 per year beyond what their circumcised counterparts pay due to increased health problems.

This is not to say that men who are uncircumcised should begin planning for surgery any time soon. Many of the risks associated with an uncircumcised penis can be alleviated through proper penis care, including good hygiene, treatment with penis-specific vitamins and minerals, and avoiding unprotected sex.

Health benefits of circumcision

Circumcision is practiced in most parts of the world and involves ablating (cutting away) the protective sheath of skin that covers the glans of the penis. While this was traditionally done for religious reasons, research has shown that men who are circumcised are less prone to infection, sexually transmitted diseases, and aids. On the other hand, circumcision is not without its drawbacks, as it can cause reduced penile sensitivity later in life.

Risk factors related to intact foreskin

For many men’s health experts, the recent conclusion seems to be that circumcision is preferred. An intact foreskin has been linked to numerous health problems, as described below:

· InfectionWhile the foreskin tends to protect the glans (head) of the penis from chafing and provides a degree of natural lubrication, it is also the perfect breeding ground for fungal and bacterial infections. Men who are not circumcised are more likely to develop balanitis, an inflammatory condition which presents as swelling, redness, rash, itching and discharge. An uncircumcised penis is also more prone to fungal infections such as jock itch.

· Phimosis – A common complaint among uncircumcised men is the inability to retract the foreskin fully during an erection. This condition can be quite painful and prevent men from enjoying intercourse. It can even lead to impotence in cases where anxiety over the associated pain can prevent an erection from occurring.

· Hypersensitivity – Men who have an intact foreskin often report having an oversensitive penis. This problem is typically related to phimosis, as the foreskin cannot be retracted fully and the glans is not accustomed to direct contact. An oversensitive penis can prevent men from enjoying sexual intercourse or even masturbation.

Protecting the uncircumcised penis

· Fight off infections – Avoiding infections is often a matter of personal hygiene and penis care. Washing the area under the foreskin daily and treating it with a vitamin crème …

Health Risks of PVC Roofing Membrane

Many building owners and manufacturers have asked me why I don’t offer PVC membrane to my flat roof customers. I simply feel that PVC is too great of a risk to take.

What is PVC?

PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride, is made from the polymerization of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), a toxic, carcinogenic gas. It is a durable, economical material with many uses. 75% of all PVC consumption in North America is attributed to plastic pipes. PVC is also used as a membrane to cover flat roofs, and appears to the average person to look exactly like TPO membrane.

What are the risks associated with PVC?

Research shows that dioxin, which is the most potent carcinogen known to science, along with vinyl chloride and certain acids, are created and released during the production of PVC. These chemicals can cause severe health problems such as:

  • cancer
  • neurological damage
  • immune system damage
  • respiratory problems
  • liver and kidney failure
  • birth defects
  • asthma

These are problems that the public and roofing contractors have a right to know about.

My story

About 12 years ago, PVC was the primary material we used in our flat roofing division here at Brady Roofing. After we began installing PVC, I started to experience health problems. I have been healthy my entire life, so when these issues came on so suddenly, it made me wonder about the safety of PVC membrane. This led me to do some serious research on the material. I found that manufacturers actually know that PVC membrane is very toxic, but they were hiding these facts from me during our conversations.

My personal health problems included severe respiratory issues and neurological damage. The neurological issues are actually getting worse, despite the fact that I no longer install PVC. I don’t want to go into my own health problems too deeply, but just to illustrate, my left lower body is experiencing a slow atrophy of the muscles due to neurological damage. My left calf is currently 1.25 inches smaller in circumference than my right. While I have no proof, I strongly believe it is caused from breathing the toxins found in PVC membrane. I have no genetic predisposition for such neurological issues.

Is this research relevant?

I approached our PVC manufacturer about the issue. They simply told me that there was no research to support my claims. In fact, there is a great deal of research done on the toxicity of PVC. The manufacturers can claim they are not relevant because these studies are done on the production of PVC rather than the installation risks. However, when you install PVC, you use hot air up to 1300 degrees F to melt the membrane and seal it. As the membrane melts, it can feel like you are breathing ammonia. The air can burn your sinuses, showing the presence of harmful chemicals being released, just as they are during production. Manufacturers will not provide this information to contractors and consumers.

Their argument is that the roofs are installed in …

Fatty Liver Treatment – 5 Fat Reducing Remedies For Your Liver

Fatty liver treatment is a topic of much debate. It’s commonly accepted that there is no “cure” for fatty liver, but the best way to treat the disease is still open to opinion.

Various treatments and remedies continue to be tested, and some are showing positive results. Until science proves otherwise, fatty liver disease (FLD) will continue to be a rather asymptomatic disease in its early stages that can turn lethal in the form of cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure if not kept in check.

Here are 5 fat reducing remedies commonly used to treat excess fat in the liver.

Epsom Salts

Epsom salts are sometimes recommended as a type of “liver flush” aimed at removing fats and toxins from liver tissues. Epsom salts work by solidifying cholesterol into small stones that are then excreted. This treatment can be done at home although some patients experience discomfort during excretion and occasionally feel sick afterward.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a herb containing silymarin which is a liver-friendly compound with excellent antioxidant properties. Milk thistle treatment aims at protecting the liver from damage and toxins and also assists in regenerating damaged hepatocytes (liver cells). It keeps the liver healthy so the liver can better deal with conditions like fatty liver and cirrhosis.

Vitamin E and Vitamin C

The third liver remedy is vitamin E and vitamin C supplements. Much like silymarin in milk thistle, these serve as antioxidants to protect the liver from damage and deterioration.

Prescription Drugs

A wide variety of drugs have been prescribed as ways to treat fatty liver. They generally aim at combating problems resulting from a damaged liver. These include drugs like:

  • Orlistat
  • Metformin
  • Rosiglitazone
  • Pioglitazone
  • Gemfibrozil
  • Atorvastatin
  • Pravastatin

Diet And Exercise

By far the most common and widely accepted treatment for reducing fat in the liver is proper diet and exercise. This remedy also still has the most positive results for improving and sometimes even reversing the condition.

Controlling excess fat in the liver through this method focuses on a combination of removing fatty foods from the diet and following an exercise program for gradual weight reduction. This method improves overall health and not just the health of your liver.…

Natural Health Care Products And Their Advantages

Natural health care is not a new concept, but has existed since the time immemorial. A number of countries like China and India have contributed towards the practices of using natural products for prevention and treatment of different health conditions. Synthetic and chemical based health care products were introduced much later and unfortunately, they over shadowed the benefits of natural products.

Synthetic products gained popularity for offering instant relief for many health conditions. However, the some serious draw backs of these products started surfacing soon. Extreme exposure of the body to the chemicals introduces their side effects and dependence. The patients using them fail to build natural defense against health issues, enforcing them to use these medications forever. Here is how natural health products prove advantageous.

The common understanding of the people makes them consider only herbs and plant based products as natural health care products. Though these are most popular ones, there are many other categories as well. Vitamins and minerals based supplements should also be counted among these products. Essential fatty acids and probiotics are other good examples. In fact, the products used in homeopathy and traditional therapies too are included in this group.

These products have started making an increasing presence all over the world, including countries like the UK, USA and Canada. The governments in the countries like Canada have set up regulations for these products, making them even more noticeable. Natural health care products are manufactured in many regions of the world and supplied to various markets. According to the popular regulations, these products are usually available for over-the-counter sale and can be purchased without doctors’ prescriptions. However, it is recommended to consult a natural doctor or specialist before using them.

The most noteworthy advantage of natural health care products is that they don’t cause serious side effects. Because of their origin from natural sources like plants, these products are safe for all age groups. The second advantage is that their long term usage does not make the patients dependent on them. In fact, their usage can be stopped at the point when they succeed to strengthen the body’s defense mechanisms.

Another significant fact about these products is that they are free from laboratory prepared chemicals. This means that using them does not introduce the threats like skin irritations, allergies and entry of chemicals into the blood stream. There are no artificial colors or aromas added to these products which make them even more useful.

Health care products prepared from natural ingredients don’t contain artificial preservatives like parabens that are present in chemical-based products. Only natural preservatives are used to increase the shelf life of these products. They are also known for rendering long-lasting results in many types of health conditions. Last, but not the least, these products are nature and environment friendly as their manufacturing doesn’t involve harmful chemicals or practices.…

10 Strategies For Lifetime Wellness

Learn 10 strategies to help you achieve lifetime wellness and maximize your quality of life. Strategies include exercise, nutrition, breathing techniques, lifetime learning and more…

1. Regular Chiropractic Care

First and foremost, we must ask the question, “Why do people get sick?” We now know that the majority of health problems are caused by stress: physical, chemical and emotional. Examples of physical stress include accidents, falls, inactivity, and sitting for too long. Chemical stressors include smoking, alcohol, processed and preservative filled foods, drugs (including pharmaceuticals) and environmental toxins. It is well accepted that the most prevalent and detrimental type of stress is emotional. Emotional stress can have many sources and is different for everyone, but the most common sources include relationship issues, financial concerns, low self-esteem and social pressures. The good news is that we were born with a nervous system that is capable of adapting to stress, so we don’t get sick every time we have a stressful experience. Because of the stressful world we have created for ourselves, I don’t think it is realistic to completely eliminate negative stress from our lives completely, but a healthy lifestyle that includes practicing the 10 Strategies for Lifetime Wellness will certainly reduce the total amount of negative stress you experience and help to ensure that your nervous system continues to function as designed and manage the negative stressors it encounters. At the same time, regular chiropractic care keeps your nervous system healthy and better able to adapt the negative stressors you can’t control.

2. Drink Lots of Clean Water

Your body is 80% water and without it we could not live more than a few days. Only nerve function and oxygen are more important for life than water. It is crucial for circulating nutrients around the body, internal cellular health, regulating body temperature, and joint lubrication. Daily water requirements can be calculated by dividing your body weight in pounds by two. That number is the number of ounces of water you should consume daily. Add 2 glasses of water per day for each cup of coffee, tea, pop or serving of alcohol you consume. The type of water you consume is also very important. Tap water, despite the regulations that supposedly keep it pure, is filled with harmful toxins including: prescription drugs, rocket fuel, heavy metals, chlorine and fluoride. Currently, the best way to ensure that you are getting pure, healthy water is to use a reverse osmosis filter in your home.

3. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is one of your most precious resources. Just like exercise, the health benefits you receive every night from sleep depend on how long you sleep and the quality of it. Getting enough quality sleep is essential to ensure that your body has enough energy to meet the physical, mental, and emotional demands of life. Sleep deprivation is such a chronic condition that most don’t even realize they are suffering from it. Sleep deficit can have serious and far reaching effects on your health including: …