Natural Hormone Balance With Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Our bodies’ hormones exist in a delicate balance with one another, and correcting imbalances can be a tricky thing to achieve. In order to understand what exactly we are dealing with, let’s take a closer look at our endocrine system, the bodies’ messaging system. Then we will further examine how Chinese Medicine can help to balance the female hormones in order to address a variety of common women’s health disorders.

The Endocrine System Creates and Distributes Messages

Our Endocrine systems are a fascinating and complex thing to look at. What is the function of this system? The endocrine system is comprised of a series of glands whose job is to produce and distribute hormones. Hormones are one of of our bodies primary messaging systems, and they coordinate our body’s physiological activities, much like a symphony conductor coordinates all the musical instruments to create a harmonic performance.

Our key players are the Hypothalamus and the Pituitary gland. This pair of glands regulates the other glands of the body including the adrenals, thyroid, and sex organs. The Hypothalamus and Pituitary team up with several different key glandular players to form multi-functional “Axis'” that work to regulate very important processes of the body. Here are the three major axis’ and their functions:

Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Gonad-Think ‘Reproduction’

Regulates male and female reproductive systems. Problems with this axis include infertility, menstrual irregularities, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, sexual dysfunction and menopausal problems.

Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid-Think ‘Metabolism’

Regulates metabolism and energy production and usage. Fatigue, weight gain, emotional disorders, anxiety, and insomnia and heart palpitations indicate problems here.

Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal-Think ‘Stress & Digest’

Regulates a wide variety of activities including stress response, digestive function, immunity, emotions and energy. Problems with this axis may present as fatigue, IBS or other organ functional disorders, insomnia, emotional disturbances, and alcoholism.

TCM View of Hormonal Effects

Chinese Medicine developed a different twist on the perspective of hormones and where they come from. The endocrine system is the basic equivalent of the Kidney system in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is responsible for maintaining functions related to genital, urinary, endocrine, bone, blood and central nervous system. The Kidney is our most basic energy source and is primarily responsible for reproduction, growth and development of the body.

How Can Chinese Medicine Help With Women’s Hormonal Balance?

Chinese medicine excels at balancing the hormones of the women’s body and is an effective treatment for regulating menstrual disorders, treating menopausal symptoms, and addressing infertility. It is also great for addressing mood swings, stress, low libido and poor energy.

Treatment begins with a full heath intake in which we formulate a Chinese medical diagnosis and then go from there. Every woman’s body is different and will be treated in an individualized method, unlike Western medicine where a specific health disorder is treated the same with each patient. For example, an irregular menstrual cycle could stem from several different patterns depending on your body and what is going on with you. I will identify your unique pattern and treat you in a …

The Vision Improvement Benefits Of Eyebright

One of the ways that you can improve your vision is to ensure that your eyes are fed the right nutrition. One important aspect of the nutritional care of your eyes consists of herbs that are useful in improving your eyesight and treating various eye problems. Eyebright is an example of a vision herb used to improve vision health. Eyebright is a popular herbal remedy used to treat a variety of eye ailments. Eyebright is a member of the figwort family. Eyebright can be used for medicinal purposes associated with treating eye conditions. The ingredients in eyebright include Vitamins B, C, E, Beta -Carotene and antioxidants such as Flavonoids to name a few. Therefore, here are some of the eye health benefits of eyebright along with other applications for certain aspects of general health care as well:

Eye Health Benefits: This herb has medicinal purposes in relieving eye ailments such as eye inflammation, Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), pink eye, cataracts and strained eyes as well. Its medicinal healing properties also extend to treating health conditions such as Bronchitis, colds and allergies. These treatments for eye ailments are prepared as natural herbal home remedies involving the use of Eyebright herbs with natural concoctions to make eyebright tea.

A study conducted by the University of Maryland has uncovered medicinal purposes of eyebright due to its nutritional content. These healing benefits include antibacterial and fluid-drying properties that makes it useful in the treatment of pink eye. Another study conducted by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine also revealed that test subjects who took 1-5 drops daily of Euphrasia eye drops consisting of eyebright, actually saw their pink eye symptoms completely eliminated.

May Help With Memory: This herb consists of antioxidants such as Beta- Carotene and Flavonoids which are not only useful in protecting and improving eyesight but they are also helpful in improving mental skills and cognitive abilities. They are also useful in improving your memory.

Helps Relieve Skin Problems: Eyebright has healing properties that are useful in treating skin problems such as acne and irritated skin. Such treatments also include natural home remedies. These involve applying eyebright poultice and cold eyebright tea onto the affected areas.

Herbal remedies consisting of eyebright are an essential aspect of eye care and vision improvement. When it comes to taking care of your eyes these herbal remedies include a wide array of healing properties that relate to the treatment of pink eye, eye irritation and eye inflammations. These are made with special herbal concoctions to make eyebright tea that are useful in protecting and maintaining eye health.…

Interview With J Matthew Neal, Author of "Specific Gravity"

Dr. J. Matthew Neal was born in Muncie, Indiana, where he has resided much of his life. Although he has been a medical writer for many years, “Specific Gravity” is his first novel. As a physician and residency program director, he has found plenty of inspiration in the medical field for his fiction.

Tyler: Welcome, Matt. Thank you for joining me today. To begin, I understand “Specific Gravity” is a thriller with Dr. Alexander (Alex) Darkkin as its main character. Will you tell us a little bit about Alex and why you think readers will find him to be an attractive character?

Matt: Alex is a complicated guy with lots of problems, and at first probably won’t seem likeable to readers at all. He’s a brilliant cancer specialist who has also created his own medical software company. He’s good-looking, smart, and has money-but is also an obnoxious, womanizing alcoholic who is unhappy with his superficial life and self-destructing relationships. He’s tried therapy, AA, and religion, none of which seem to be working.

But he has a deeper side that he doesn’t yet realize, and much of the story revolves around his self-reflection and realization that he can do much to help those other than himself. He just needs a special person to show him the way.

Tyler: Is Alex haunted by demons that led him to womanizing and alcoholism? Would you tell us a little bit about his past before the book begins?

Matt: Alex felt he didn’t have a very good paternal role model; his father Conrad was an alcoholic who cheated on Alex’s mother on numerous occasions. His sister left town after high school and developed a relationship with a normal, “surrogate” family (the Mendozas); meanwhile Alex stayed fairly close to home, and lives in Nashville. He never saw his parents in a loving marriage, and as a result, finds it difficult to engage in lengthy relationships. Despite seeming arrogant, he actually suffers from low self-esteem and depression, and this has resulted in dependence on alcohol and frequent one-night stands.

Tyler: What is the situation Alex finds himself in that is the focus of the novel?

Matt:Alex, hoping that a change of location will do him some good, relocates to San Diego for six months to fill in for his sister Wendy’s friend who is taking a sabbatical. After his arrival, he curiously inspects the files of a patient who recently died-billionaire pharmaceutical CEO John Markham. His software background leads him to discover that Markham’s medical records may have been altered, and he comes up with a theory that Markham may in fact have been murdered. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to convince the police or anyone else, and realizes he can’t do it alone. He then reluctantly seeks the aid of Wendy’s best friend, Bonnie Mendoza.

Tyler: Tell us a little bit about Bonnie and her involvement in the story.

Matt: The arrogant Alex finally meets his match in deaf forensic scientist Bonnie Mendoza-a mathematical and lexical genius …

Life Threatening Phobias

Most people have some type of fear, but there are some whose fears turn into phobias. A phobia is an intense fear of something that isn’t life threatening, but the mind inter-operates it as life threatening. Some of these fears are not very rational, but for someone who has a phobia, it can be hard to think about their fear or anxiety rationally. This can make some phobias be potentially life threatening.

One dangerous phobia is pharmacophobia, or the fear of medication. This can mean that even though a person has a fatal disease or injury and needs to take medicine to save their life; their phobia prevents them from taking it. Some people develop this for several different reasons, either they had a negative experience with medication in the past, such as coming off of pharmaceutical medicine, or they may be afraid of choking, side effects they may have, or they simply feel it does more harm than good. If you suffer from this particular phobia, you should speak open and honestly to your doctor about it. Your doctor should be able to help you find a way through it or how to deal with it.

Cibophobia is a fear of foods that can become an obsession for the person who is suffering from this condition. A lot of times it is mistaken with different eating disorders that are actually a psychological issue with how certain foods affect the human body, but in the case of cibophobia the person is actually afraid of food itself. In some cases, the person refuses to eat a variety of different things which can lead to different health issues due to a change in diet. For more severe cases, the person may choose to go hungry than eat something in particular and can have a very dangerous result. People who suffer from this should talk to a mental health professional who can try different methods such as hypnosis, medications and other types of therapy in order to help alleviate the patient of this fear.

People who are afraid of needles normally suffer from trypanophobia. This means that the person is deathly afraid of hypodermic needles, or any medical procedures that involve needles such as injections, shots or vaccinations. This, like pharmacophobia, can be very dangerous if the person needs a life saving drug or procedure that involves a needle. This may also go hand in hand with iatrophobia, the fear of doctors, or any other phobia that involves hospitals, doctors, or dentists. There are a lot of people who suffer from this, but they have found ways around it or treatment. Instead of getting a shot, people may be able to use a medicated spray or jet injection as well as other methods for medications. If you have this and want to work through it, you can see a mental health professional to try and work through your fear.

There are a lot of different types of phobias that may not be as …

High School Wrestling: John Jesse’s Wisdom on Strength and Conditioning

In 1974, a book entitled Wrestling Physical Conditioning Encyclopedia was published. This book was written by a man named John Jesse.

Conditioning coach Vernon Gambetta writes, "You are probably asking who is John Jesse? John Jesse was an expert on strength training, injury prevention and rehabilitation from Southern California."

I never knew of this book’s existence until recently even though it’s obviously been around a long time. I came across it while surfing the internet and researching wrestling conditioning.

I borrowed a copy from the public library and found it really fascinating. John Jesse’s book doesn’t seem that outdated even though it was published 38 years ago. He really knew a lot about strength and conditioning.

So, what did he know?

Year-Round Training

Jesse emphasizes the importance of continuity in training. Continuous year-round physical training is imperative if a wrestler wishes to be successful. When discussing the importance of continuity he points out that, “Repeated efforts are required for the formation of conditioned-reflexes in the nervous system required for the development of great skill.”

A wrestler needs to train continuously the entire calendar year. However, Jesse recognizes the importance of breaking down the yearly training into cycles. Jesse divides the year-round training into four cycles.

The Four Cycles

  • Transition (Active Rest) Cycle – a period of one month immediately following the competitive season
  • Basic (Foundation) Cycle – a period of five months divided into three stages
  • Principal (Specific Preparation) Cycle – a period of two months
  • Competitive – generally a period of four months

Jesse advises to take one week totally off immediately following the season and then begin the transition cycle. However, you are not to engage in any wrestling or skills work during the transition cycle. During that cycle one should abstain from any wrestling, but you need to begin training for strength, endurance, and flexibly again. If you take too long of a break the physical attributes you’ve gained will begin to dissipate.

I’m sure that most of you have learned about the concept of periodization. Well, as you can see, that’s exactly what John Jesse is writing about.

In this current age, periodization is still used. Periodization is basically just planning your training. Dr. Fred Hatfield (a.k.a. Dr. Squat) is a big advocate of periodization. In an article entitled The Simplicity of Periodicity he writes of the “tremendous value of short-term periodization in your training.”

Moreover, he adds, “As your competition draws nearer and nearer, your training objectives change, and therefore your training methods change commensurably.”

Sports scientist Tudor Bompa has said, “We either have periodization or chaos.”

John Jesse writes something very similar in his book. He states, “Without a long-range training plan the athlete’s training can easily degenerate into chaos.”

Jesse knew what he was talking about.

Do you think champion wrestlers only work out during wrestling season? Do you think they train in some haphazard fashion? No! They train year-round with a well developed plan in mind just like John Jesse advocated and …

Extra Virgin Olive Oil And Your Vision Health

Certain healthy changes to our diet can go a long way in improving our vision health. One aspect of improving our eyesight is ensuring that we use healthy oils that benefit our general health. For example, we can replace unhealthy oils we use for cooking such as vegetable oils with healthy Extra Virgin Olive Oil. When it comes to choosing healthy oil for cooking numerous studies confirm that Extra Virgin Olive Oil has multiple health benefits. It reduces inflammation and also promotes better heart health. Additionally, it helps to maintain good cholesterol levels. But did you know that this healthy oil is also good for your eyes as well? Therefore, when you are making additions to your diet to improve your eye health include this food on your salads, your fish and your favorite cheese omelette. Here are some of the general and eye health benefits of Olive oil:

Better Heart Health: According to the FDA including just 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil a day may reduce your risks for heart disease due to the fact that it consists of a healthy fat called Monounsaturated Fatty acids. Olive Oil can improve the health of the lining of the arteries in the elderly making it a good addition to your diet for maintaining better heart health.

Better Eye Health: Olive Oil is good for the eyes due to the fact that it is low in saturated fat and contains the vision nutrients Lutein and Zeaxanthin vital for improving vision health. Furthermore, due to the fact that it consists of healthy monounsaturated fats, these fats are useful in increasing the absorption of carotenoids contained in this Oil so that the body can efficiently make use of it for improving vision health.

Decreases Blood Pressure: A study showed that people who replaced other fats in their diet with Extra virgin Olive Oil were actually able to reduce the dosage of their blood pressure medication that they were taking to maintain better heart health. This study was published by the Journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

Reduces Diabetes: Studies show that a diet rich in plant – based Mediterranean foods such as olive oils are associated with a reduction in blood sugar levels. This reduces spikes in insulin levels in the body thereby reducing the risks for eye diseases such as Diabetic retinopathy.

When it comes to maintaining healthy eyesight one of the steps that you can take in order to accomplish this goal is to add Olive Oil to your cooking. Whether or not you are making a delicious cheese omelette or cooking fish or salmon, choose Olive oil over vegetable oils or canola oils. Making this change to your diet will not only improve your heart health but it will improve your vision health as well.…

Medical Coding Jobs From Home

Working from home and being paid well for it is a goal of many individuals. While searching out ways to accomplish this goal many have stumbled upon a niche field in medical administration called “medical coding”.

Medical coding positions are present in hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies, home health agencies, and just about anywhere medical services are being provided and billed for. In addition to traditional hourly employment in this field there are also a number of opportunities to do this type of work from the comfort of your own home.

A standard, hourly, medical coding job is what is usually advertised in the classifieds and help wanted ads. These positions usually require individuals to be present at a specific location, punch a time clock, etc. Employees are usually paid at an hourly rate and receive benefits such as paid vacation, health insurance, and paid holidays.

In contrast, most work from home medical coding jobs are contract positions. This means that a larger company who has multiple clients farm out the work into smaller portions on an individual basis. Individual medical coders who are awarded a portion of this work are called independent contractors and are considered self employed.

Most often an independent contractor will agree to receive a specified amount of work each week, code it within a specific time frame, maintain a certain accuracy standard, and in return are usually paid on a “per. chart coded” basis. While such positions usually do not include benefits such as paid vacation, medical insurance, and paid holidays it does offer an extremely flexible schedule and the ability to work from home, which saves on travel, attire, and other related expenses.

An independent contractor can expect companies that award coding contracts to provide the work and coding software while they will be responsible for providing the computer hardware, internet connection, and medical coding books. Independent contractors are also responsible for withholding their own taxes since their payments are made on their gross earnings. At year end individuals will receive a 10-99 instead of a W-2 and will need to file schedule 1040. This can also be a benefit since work related expenses such as coding books, internet, computer, etc. can be considered a tax deduction.

Most independent contraction positions are available for a specific specialty, such as pediatrics, emergency medicine, or dermatology. These positions normally require that contractors hold either a CPC or CCS coding credential and have a minimum of three years of coding within their specialty.

Each coding specialty has its own bar rate and standard pay rate. These are important to know when discussing a contract. For example, when coding emergency medicine the standard bar rate 25 charts an hour and the average pay rate is between.65 and.75 cents per. chart for professional coding. Based on these numbers and an average work week of 40 hours (for full time) or 20 hours (for part time) an independent contractor can choose the number of charts to contract for each week …

Top Ten Autumn Foods

The surroundings is getting colder, and you are able to see pale, dry leaves covering up the gardens and roads – autumn has come and with it the whole atmosphere has turned a little depressing. On the other hand, autumn also offers a treat for your taste buds as a huge selection of seasonal vegetables and fruits fill up the stores. What’s more, a little bit of food indulgence is just what you need to beat the autumn doldrums and pep up your spirits.

Treat yourself to the deep, dark colored juicy fruits and vegetables rich in nutrients and phytochemicals that will not just delight your senses but will also build your health and prepare you for winter.

Here’s a list of some of the best Autumn Comfort Foods –

* Apples – Apples contain flavonoids, which are probably the most powerful antioxidants available in food form. From reducing the risk of health diseases to preventing cancer, apples have many health benefits. There are two reasons why they’re great choice, specially in the autumn season – first they have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties that will fight off the common allergies and infections that crop up in the autumn season; and secondly, they are excellent for your skin and can help your feel and look younger. Have them with your breakfast, or as a mid-day snack, and you can actually keep the doctor away!

* Cranberries – Cranberries are delicious, juicy and absolutely healthy fruit widely available in the autumn season. They’re low in calories and are packed with Anthocyanins, heart-healthy antioxidants. Cranberries also play an essential role in treating gum diseases, mouth ad stomach ulcers, urinary tract infections and many forms of cancer. You can find fresh cranberries from September to December, but most of it’s used for cranberry juices and sauce.

* Pumpkin – Pumpkins are surely another important autumn comfort food, for they’re loaded with beta-carotene, antioxidants, Folate and Vitamin C. Even the seeds are loaded with nutrition and are a rich source of Zinc and Omega 3 fatty acids. The air gets quite dry in autumn, which can affect your skin and make it look chapped and dull. Making pumpkin a part of your diet, can keep your skin supple, moisturized and infection free.

* Garlic – Garlic definitely is nature’s own medicine. It contains Allicin, a chemical that is highly effective against fungi, viruses and bacteria. Internal consumption of garlic can reduce the LDL cholesterol levels in the blood and prevent cancer. As for the autumn blues, consuming garlic can drastically improve your mood too.

* Ginger – Ginger has a lot of inherent heat, which is what helps it be a perfect autumn comfort food. Whether you prefer ginger tea, or ginger pickle or just plain julienned ginger with honey, the advantages of this root are many. It can heal cough, cold and throat congestion, provide relief from digestive problems and soothe your stomach, fight nausea and even work miracles in driving away the …

Penis Health Benefits of Vitamin E – The Secret to a Smooth Shaft

Sexual health is an important part of a man’s overall health and wellness, and a healthy penis is obviously a key player in this respect. Everyone knows that to keep the body healthy, it is important to work out, eat right, take vitamins, get plenty of rest, avoid smoking, manage stress and limit alcohol intake – but few men take the time to give their penis a little extra TLC. Proper penis health care should be integrated into the daily routine of every man; the use of a penis vitamin creme containing Vitamin E is one way to improve the skin quality and health of the penis.

What are the Health Benefits of Vitamin E?

Vitamin E has many health boosting properties, one of which being its antioxidant function – antioxidants fight free radicals in the body which can cause cancer, as well as signs of premature aging. Vitamin E also reduces cholesterol in the body by stopping cholesterol from being changed to plaque. Plaque is responsible for narrowing the blood vessels and damaging cardiovascular health, which can lead to coronary artery disease. Vitamin E also reduces joint inflammation caused by arthritis, boosts immune functioning, and works with other essential nutrients to regulate hormones in the body. Vitamin E is an especially important nutrient for skin care, as it helps retain moisture, prevents skin dryness and can help protect the skin from UV rays.

What are the Penis Benefits of Vitamin E?

Vitamin E carries with it several penis-specific benefits. Vitamin E can improve the quality and appearance of the penis skin as it penetrates the skin cells, soothing irritation while moisturizing, smoothing and revitalizing the skin on contact. Vitamin E is also beneficial for men suffering from Peyronie’s disease – a condition in which the penis painfully curves due to scar tissue – vitamin E can help improve existing symptoms of Peryonie’s disease and may have preventative properties to keep the penis tissue healthy and straight. It can also prevent shortening of the penis tissue caused by Peyronie’s. Vitamin E increases blood flow throughout the body, all the way to those tiny blood vessels that make up the penis, this speeds healing and helps maintain the health of the penis tissue.

Sources of Vitamin E

There are many food sources that contain Vitamin E. The Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine recommend adults intake 15 mg of Vitamin E daily. To ensure the daily dose is met, load up on the following foods:

  • Wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil and palm oil
  • Nuts, almonds, hazelnuts
  • Spinach, collard greens, dandelion greens
  • Avocados, asparagus, broccoli, beets, turnips, tomatoes, sweet potatoes pumpkin
  • Mangoes, papayas, kiwi

For individuals who aren’t the biggest fans of fruits and veggies, vitamin E can be found in over the counter daily multivitamins, or as a vitamin E only supplement.

Maintaining Penis Health

While vitamin E can be taken in pill form to reach the recommended daily intake, to achieve the best result for …

How to Register a Professional Corporation ("PA") In Florida

If you are operating, or plan to operate, a professional service in Florida, then you should consider doing so as a professional corporation. This entity is a type of corporation which is organized to render a specifically designated professional service. Examples of services rendered by a professional corporation, just to name a few, are certified public accountants, chiropractors, doctors of medicine, architects, attorneys and life insurance agents. These types of professional services, as noted above, can operate through the vehicle of a professional corporation in Florida. You should note that a professional corporation is also referred to as a “P.A.” or professional association.

To form a professional corporation in Florida, you must take the following steps:

– The first step is to prepare articles of incorporation and file the articles with the State of Florida. The articles of incorporation must state the name of the entity, address of the corporation, the name and address of the registered agent, and must state the specific purpose for which the corporation is organized (e.g., chiropractic medicine, Certified Public Accountant, etc.). Please note, the name of the professional corporation must contain the words “chartered” or the words “professional association”, or the abbreviation “P.A.” Once the articles are prepared, you must file this document with the Florida Division of Corporations along with the state filing fee of $70.00.

– Once the articles of incorporation are filed, you should then obtain a tax identification number for your entity through the Internal Revenue Service. You can apply for a tax ID either online at http://www.irs.gov or call the IRS. Their contact information can be found on the IRS website.

– Next, you should elect “S” corporation status for your entity. To do so, you must complete and submit Form 2553 to the IRS. You can obtain Form 2553 on the IRS website or seek the help of an accountant to assist you with such election.…