Understanding Hypertension

Hypertension is just another name for high blood pressure and some people, at first, do not understand what all the fuss is about. If you can have hypertension without any outward symptoms, what’s the big deal? The deal is actually quite big; hypertension is one of the leading causes of heart attacks and strokes and despite the fact that there are no symptoms of hypertension, there is much going on within the body which can prove fatal if left unchecked and unmanaged. At this point in time it is estimated that one out of every three Americans has hypertension and many do not know that they have it.

High blood pressure is something that can be managed if the individual makes an effort to control it early on. The implementation of a special diet as well as exercises can help to reduce blood pressure levels significantly. Specific causes for hypertension have yet to be identified. Some indications suggest that dietary habits have a lot to do with hypertension while other indications suggest that stress, environmental factors, and genetics may also play a role. The onset of high blood pressure might even be a combination of the above factors. Whatever the case may be, the origin doesn’t matter as much as the need to get blood pressure in check and regulated as soon as it is possible to do so.

For those individuals that consume more than 5.8 grams of salt every day, it is clearly time to cut back on salt intake. Too much salt consumption is one of the believed causes for hypertension. Researchers have found that reducing salt intake helps to alleviate a lot of problems with high blood pressure and with great success.

In roughly 30 percent of people involved in one particular study, both race and hereditary factors seemed to suggest an origin for hypertension. Those individuals that have relatives with the disorder are more prone to end up with hypertension later in their lives. In addition, African Americans are seemingly more prone to getting high blood pressure than those individuals with other ethnicities.

The use of certain medications in addition to environmental factors contribute to some of the documented cases of high blood pressure every year as well. There has been a noted increase in high blood pressure in women that use oral birth control pills, for example. Alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking also contribute to the onset of the disorder.

Some people are prescribed medication, which helps in managing high blood pressure issues. Other individuals prefer to implement all natural remedies when addressing high blood pressure issues. Such measures will include things like salt elimination, weight loss, exercise, smoking cessation, alcohol avoidance, and the increase of potassium and magnesium-containing food intake. Additional natural remedies include the consumption of Garlic, the use of the herb Hawthorn, the consumption of fish oil, and an increase in folic-acid intake as well as other vitamins. Finally, relaxing meditation and yoga exercises are taken up by some individuals with high blood pressure, which prove to offer tremendous success in blood pressure control.

New Natural Treatments For Obstructive Sleep Apnea

I’ve been suffering from obstructive sleep apnea for the past several years and never knew about it until the day my wife mentioned to the doctor that I make peculiar sounds and “do peculiar things” in my sleep. On hearing her detailed description my doctor made a cursory examination of my throat and said I might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

To confirm his opinion, he referred me to a throat specialist who after due examination of my throat, diagnosed me as suffering from obstructive apnea. I was suitably impressed until the doctor told me of the seriousness of the disease and said that the conventional treatment for my disease consisted of using a device known as the “continuous positive airway pressure”.

This is a device that pumps air into the throat via a mask placed over my nose. Frankly, obstructive sleep apnea or no obstructive sleep apnea, I didn’t like the idea of sleeping with a mask on my face for the rest of my life. When I told the doctor I wasn’t too fond of that solution, he mentioned an even less appealing solution – surgery.

I did some research of my own on obstructive sleep apnea and found that people suffering from snoring apnea have tried a variety of treatments including changes to lifestyle such as avoiding alcohol, using sedatives and muscle relaxants, losing weight, give up smoking etc.

The natural way to treat sleep apnea

I am overweight, drink moderate quantity of alcohol but thankfully, do not smoke. I therefore decided to reduce my weight and reduce my alcohol consumption to a bare minimum. Of course this is easier said than done but I can tell you it’s a darn sight easier than having to sleep strapped to devices or having devices inserted into my mouth.

A friend of mine, swore that the technique of yoga would help me get sound sleep. I decided to give it a try and joined a Yoga school in downtown Manhattan. Initially the going was pretty tough on all fronts. Altering my diet as required by the weight loss program meant eating ridiculously small quantities of food (and of the type I am not used to), drinking massive quantities of water, and exercising irrespective of whether I had the time or not. Thankfully, I had better success with the Yoga classes. Initially though I had some problem understanding the concept but once I did, the going was smooth.

The results

At the end of one month, I lost about a half a pound in weight, reduced my alcohol consumption to just three small glasses a day and could flawlessly execute most of the breathing exercises taught to me by the Yoga instructor. I was thrilled when my wife reported that I now make less sounds than before and that as a result, she herself, sleeps more soundly.

Obviously I still have some ways to go before I am completely cured of my apnea but I am delighted that my research and efforts are paying off. I look forward to the day (and hopefully it won’t be long in coming), when my wife reports that I have stopped making “funny sounds” and my doctor examines and confirms that I am completely cured of Obstructive sleep apnea.

Fibromyalgia Treatment – Neuro-Resetting Technique

In a recent patient study, the Neurological Release Technique is having tremendous success for patients suffering from Fibromyalgia. This treatment method uses a technique that releases the menengies of the spine and removes the interference between the brain and body. It allows the Autonomic Nervous System to regain its balance, so the parasympathetic nervous system can take over and repair and allow you to heal from the inside out.

Many studies have concluded that the cause from this disease starts all in the upper cervical spine and irritates the menengies/nervous system. This irritation is the cause of most of the patients pain and poor health. When the technique is performed correctly, it releases this irritation in the spine and most symptoms can leave the body and never return. These symptoms comprise of pain, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, nervousness, depression, anxiety, low back and leg pains, feet pain, arm and leg pain, and headaches/migraines.

This technique has been helping patients rid of there symptoms for many years. It has been found to be effective for all over body pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety, RLS, headaches/migraines, IBS, and so much more. If found positive for the test, patients can undergo an 8 week program that is one of a kind. The technique also has a follow up treatment program which prevents the patients from having any kind of flare-ups. The follow up treatments can be performed by a medical device and helps stabilize the spine overtime. If you are considering this program for yourself, please check with your physician before attending.

Sincerely,

Natural Antibiotics Versus Synthetic Antibiotics

We may start with descriptions, where both turn out to be substances that are known to help us combat bacteria which may try to harm us. The difference between the natural antibiotics and the synthetic antibiotics is, however, in the fact that the former are products of nature (directly harnessed from the fields, being typically plant parts), whereas the latter are products of laboratory-based chemical synthesis. To get a synthetic antibiotic, you need to know which chemical combinations have an antibiotic effect (that is, a bacteria-killing effect), obtain the ingredient chemicals and mix them in the right proportions to end up with the antibiotic. To get a natural antibiotic, on the other hand, you need to know which plants (and which specific parts of them) have an antibiotic effect, and then go out into the fields to obtain those said plant parts, use them in the right way, and benefit from the said antibiotic effect.

The difference between natural antibiotics and synthetic supplements is not just in terms of definitions, of course.

Natural antibiotics differ from synthetic supplements in terms of (typical) working speeds. We tend to see the synthetic antibiotics working faster than the natural supplements. But note has to be taken of the fact that we are talking of typical cases here: for there are natural antibiotics that are known to work faster than some synthetic supplements. All the same, the typically faster working speed associated with synthetic antibiotics is the main reason as to why the synthetic supplements are commonly used in medical emergencies: where a person is already afflicted of an illness emanating from the bacterial infection, and where speedy decimation of the bacteria is essential. What is notable here is that the efficiency of synthetic antibiotics tends to be their undoing too: as most of them end up inadvertently killing the useful symbiotic bacteria as well.

Natural supplements also differ from synthetic antibiotics in terms of safety profiles. The natural supplements are seen as being, on the whole and in many respects, safer than the synthetic antibiotics. Noteworthy here is the fact that use of supplements is not always on a transient basis (although that is ideally how it is supposed to be). Rather, there are people who find themselves with conditions that force them to use them on a long term or very frequent basis. Such people, if they were to use the synthetic antibiotics, would almost certainly end up with very nasty side effects of such long-term antibiotic use. But where the milder natural supplements are used, the long term outlook may be much better.

Natural antibiotics differ from synthetic supplements in terms of (typical) working mechanisms. We are looking at a situation where the typical synthetic antibiotic works by directly cutting down (killing) the harmful as well as, inevitably, some useful bacteria. This is against a situation where the typical natural antibiotic works by not simply killing the bacteria, but also enhancing the body’s natural capacity to fight off such bacterial infections in the future.

Brain GYM and Reading

My day began with taking a class on Brain Gym 101, led by Mari Miyoshi.

She is such a delight!

Brain Gym is this self-improvement technique discovered by Dr. Paul Dennison. It caught my attention because Dennison worked as a public school teacher and reading specialist in the 1960s, researching more effective ways to help children and adults with learning difficulties. As a result, he came up with this technique.

It consists of 26 movements and works towards balancing your brain.

One of my absolute favorites was the sequence called PACE.

It begins with taking a sip of water, which nourishes your nervous system.

Sipping Water stands for E (Energy) in PACE.

BRAIN BUTTONS stands for C (Clear) in PACE.

Rest one hand over your navel. With the thumb and fingers of the other hand, feel for the two hollow areas under the collarbone, about one inch out from the center of the chest. Rub these areas vigorously for 30 seconds. If you want to add an extra level of complexity, you can also look from left to right.

Why do we do it? This stimulates the carotid arteries which supply freshly oxygenated blood to the brain. They help re-establish directional messages from parts of the body to the brain, improving reading, writing, speaking and the ability to follow directions.

CROSS-CRAWL stands for A (Active) in PACE.

Standing up, “march” in place, alternately touching each hand to the opposite knee.

Continue during the course of four to eight complete, relaxed breaths.

Why do we do this? This exercise is wonderful for improving reading, listening, writing and memory. It co-ordinates the whole brain.

The last exercise in the sequence called Hook-Ups. It stands for P (Positive) in PACE.

Start by sitting in a chair, resting your left ankle on top of your right knee. Grasp your left ankle with your right hand and the ball of your right foot with your right hand. As you inhale, place your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, about one-quarter of an inch behind your front teeth. Relax your tongue as you exhale. Close your eyes and rest in this posture for four to eight complete breaths.

Now uncross your legs, placing your feet flat on the floor. Lightly steeple the fingertips of both hands

together, as if you were enclosing a ball.

Keep your eyes closed as you continue to lift your tongue on the inhalation and lower it on the exhalation, relaxing in this position during the course of four to eight complete breaths.

This exercise connects the two hemispheres of the brain and strengthens the body’s electrical energy, particularly in stressful environments such as offices. Reported benefits are increased vitality and improved self-esteem.

I plan to use this sequence to set the stage for learning and reading. It certainly had an energizing and soothing effect on my brain. I highly recommend the program!