What sitting is doing to our health and how to fight it

Many people spend up to 50% of their time awake in a seated position, and this is really bad news because studies say that sitting for longer than 3 hours a day can shave life expectancy by as many as 2 years. Even if sedentary lifestyle doesn’t cut your lifespan, it can still punch a few dents in your medical record and increase risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes type 2, low bone density, and heart disease. The sheer amount of damage all that sitting is doing to our body is enough to send shivers down the spine – and here’s a short list of health problems linked to sedentary lifestyle, and a few easy ways to fight them.

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Sitting stiff is full of aches

They don’t say that sitting is the new smoking without a reason: strained back muscles are only the tip of the sedentary iceberg hazards. Here’s what sitting for hours does to your body.

Spine, back, and neck strain

Sitting puts more pressure on your spine, neck, and back than standing or walking, especially if you have a habit of slouching at your desk. According to certain studies, 40% of people suffering from chronic back pain spend most of their day sitting. Sitting causes spinal disks to lose their natural flexibility, which ups the risk of herniated disks and long-term spine damage.

Reduced muscle strength

Your body is designed for movement, and without regular stretching, walking, and engaging in physical activity, your leg, glute, and abdominal muscles will lose strength and elasticity and start to deteriorate. Sitting for hours on end also affects exchange of nutrients in muscle cells, and malnourished muscle tissue can hamper your mobility even further.

Lower bone density

Staying seated for hours is a shortcut to reduced bone mineral density and joint pains, which can contribute to early onset of age-related bone loss, arthritis, osteoporosis, and osteoporotic fractures. The risk goes up even more if sedentary lifestyle is coupled with improper diet, high intake of sugar, salt, and refined vegetable oils, and failure to follow a well-timed meal agenda.

Higher risk of heart disease

Sitting slows down blood flow, and sluggish circulation is a byword for metabolic rate drops and easier cholesterol buildup in blood vessels. A 2015 research showed that blood flow slowdown caused by excess sitting can result in elevated blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Increased risk of cancer

Sitting in a slouched position for hours compresses stomach and abdomen contents, which can cause sluggish digestion, camps, bloating, heartburn, constipation, and dysbiosis. But gut glitches don’t stop there: as the pace of transformative processes in the body drops, insulin production goes up, impacting cell growth and upping the risk of cancer development by over 30%.

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Avoid sitting all-day long

The fact that all-day sitting is a part of your job description doesn’t mean you need to renounce all hope of good health over a solid paycheck. There are many ways for you to keep your bones, muscles, and blood vessels strong even with 8+ hours of sitting a day in the mix.

Activate your seating

Dynamic sitting is an easy fix for most health concerns caused by sedentary lifestyle as it prompts the body to move even when seated. To ‘activate’ your sitting sessions, swap your sofa for a rocking chair and replace the office conference chair by its ergonomic counterpart.

Take up yoga or sports

After work hours are over, don’t just plop down in front of the TV and call it a day. Increasing active time by taking up yoga or sports can reduce risk of chronic diseases, prevent muscle and joint pains, and boost the metabolic rate, allowing the body to burn more calories even when inactive.

Built to sit and be fit

If you’re locked to the PC at the office, make sure that your chair and workstation are custom-arranged to minimize the negative effects of sitting. You can replace the chair by a stability ball to keep your muscles engaged, your core active, and your posture in place.

Rethink the desktop

Another simple trick to reduce risk of sitting-related health problems, the desktop should be organized in view of promoting a healthy posture. Height-adjustable sit-to-stand workstations are also a good idea as they encourage movement essential to seamless long-term health.

Loosen it up or lose it

If you can’t cut your seated sessions any shorter, you can at least loosen up after all-day sitting’s done. Neck manipulation, massage, and professional chiropractic services boost blood flow to the brain, alleviate chronic back and neck pain, and enhance natural spinal alignment and healthy posture.

Posted by Sophia Smith - July 22, 2016 at 12:19 pm

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Strangest Allergic Reactions

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Allergies are sometimes tough to live with. They vary from the mild ones – sneezing and runny nose, to others which can be quite severe and result in dizziness, stomach cramps and difficulties in breathing. They can also be caused by various things, either by some particles in the air or food, or through skin contact. Whatever the cause or result, the best thing is to have a medical kit at hand or visit your doctor.

Swollen Tongue

People who suffer from hay fever, have to worry about other things besides the allergens found in the air. Various vegetables and fruits contain the protein that is similar to that found in hay pollen. Such fruits and vegetables can trigger allergic reactions and result in itchiness, swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue and throat. When this condition occurs, your immune system recognizes that protein and identifies it to one found in the air pollen. Moreover, this allergic reaction can be quite dangerous if you are not well informed about which fruits and vegetables contain that protein, and can result in anaphylactic shock and even death.

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Red Bum Condition

The Baboon Syndrome is one strange, but common allergy among people. Usually, it is caused by being exposed to certain medications, metals and herbs or plants, and it results in a bright red rash on the bum. This uncomfortable, but not life threatening condition can appear on the genitals, perianal region or inner thighs and it is itchy and painful. It is usually caused by exposure to metals like mercury, nickel and gold, but it has been shown that even antibiotics and antibacterials taken orally, intravenously or applied on the skin can trigger this reaction.  

Dizziness Caused by Phone

Today, we are surrounded by technology and various devices, such as cell phones, flat screen TVs and mobile devices which expose us to the electromagnetic field (EMF) at the low frequency. However, even though the frequency is low, there have been cases of people who were sensitive to EMF. This condition is called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and people often feel dizzy, nauseated and have headaches and problems with sleep if they are exposed to electronic devices for some time. Whether EMS is an allergic reaction to electronic devices or not, people have divided opinions. Some believe such devices do cause pain and muscle twitching, while research has not yet shown any plausible results.

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Skin Reaction to Tattoos

Tattoos are beautiful, but the allergies may spoil all the fun. A few studies have reported that people who got permanent tattoos have developed some strange growths on their skin. In all of the studies it has turned out that people developed skin tumor. After analyzing a few cases, the researchers found that the red ink in tattoos triggers the growth of tumors, because the skin recognizes it as a foreign substance and the immune system reacts. Besides this severe condition, tattoos also may result in skin inflammations, dermatitis, granulomas and other allergic reactions. The best possible way to treat or prevent such allergic reactions is to avoid the red ink or undergo tattoo removal procedures and not risk having any problems.  

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Posted by Sophia Smith - June 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm

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How to Find the Perfect Family Doctor

Going to the doctor isn’t something most people look forward to. In fact, even a check-up can be a little bit nerve wracking for the average person. However, going to the doctor is what will keep you healthy, and when you are sick, you don’t have much of a choice if you want to get better in a timely fashion.ID-100413728

If you have children, it’s also your responsibility to make sure they get the medical care they need. With insurance much easier to come by today – at least for children – there’s no excuse for not visiting the doctor regularly. You do still need to find one that you like and trust with your child’s well-being though.

Keep reading to learn more about finding a primary care physician Spring TX residents trust. You’ve got more than a few choices, but once you find the right doctor for you and your family, you’ll be set for life.

Check Insurance

Most insurance providers these days make it easy to find out who you can visit in your network. For the most part, you’ll be able to figure this information about by checking the online site your insurance provider gives and entering your address and general area.

From there, you can find a list of names that you can contact. You can even have your insurance provider mail you a list of names with contact information if you prefer the paper version of their online database.

Make a Phone Call

A lot of people think the only way to find a doctor is to go visit them in person and have something like a check-up performed. While that certainly does work, and it will give you a good idea of what that particular doctor is like, you don’t have to go to all of that trouble just to have a conversation.

Call your potential doctor on the phone and have a conversation with him or her. You can tell a lot about your general rapport with a doctor just by speaking with them on the telephone.

Visit Your Doctor

Once you find somebody that seems like they could be a good fit for you and your family, schedule an appointment to meet them in person. A check-up or routine procedure is often an ideal choice.

If you have kids, make sure the kids come along to meet the doctor as well.


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Posted by - June 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm

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Use Peptides to Heal and Repair Injuries

Peptides are basically short chains of amino acid monomers linked by peptide bonds. When there are large number of amino acids in the chain (more than 10), then that chain is called polypeptide, and such large polypeptides are known as proteins. And it is well known that how much protein is important for our body; hence, peptide has the same importance in our body. One of the important qualities of peptide is its healing quality, i.e., peptides help in healing and repairing the injuries of our body. For more information about peptides you can visit www.peptideguide.com.group


Which peptides help in healing injuries?

There are various peptide derivatives which are beneficial to human health. Different peptides work for different purposes. So, some of the peptide derivatives that work for repairing and healing injuries are – Human Growth Hormone (HGH), Tb-500, BPC 157, Ipamorelin, etc. The peptides mainly heal muscle injuries, like breakage of tissues, sore shoulder, muscle sprain, etc.


How do peptides work?

Peptides work from deeper inside of the injuries so as to cure it properly. Mostly the peptide derivatives come in injectable form but some also come in oral forms. The injectable forms are more efficient and they function much better than the oral forms. You need to inject the peptide with anti-inflammatory and pain relieving qualities to get the best results. Functions of some of peptides –

  • HGH – It is mostly known for its use in muscle injuries, but it also helps in cases of tendon related injuries. It is also very popular for healing shoulder injuries. Basically, it speeds up recovery times.
  • Tb-500 – It is always used in conjunction with HGH, or any other peptide, or it can be used alone also. It is mostly used to heal tendon injuries in conjunction with Ipamorelin. Also, it is used for tennis-elbow, and other tendon related injuries.
  • BPC 157 – This has a huge impact in repairing torn tendons. Also, it is the one peptide which has no side effects and works very efficiently.
  • Ipamorelin – This one is used as Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide (GHRP). It basically helps in muscle growth and healing without many side effects.

Some important tips to keep in mind

Although, the peptide derivatives have many beneficial effects on your body, but still they have some side effects which may be hazardous to your health. Thus, before taking any peptide derivatives you must consult your physician or doctor for precautionary measurements. Also, you must not rely on the peptides completely as they can cause any harmful effects on prolonged use. For example, HGH can cause cancer if used at over dosage; also some other peptides may lead to overweight, and many other health related problems.

Thus, use peptides according to your need with all precautions and doctor’s advice. Always maintain the dosage limits to stay at proper health. And, to know more about the peptides and their usage in healing and repairing injuries visit the link – www.peptideguide.com.

Posted by - June 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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Children Wearing Lab Coats

ID-10036453You’ve probably seen adults wearing lab coats while they are working in a hospital or doctor’s office. Some wear them while they are in a lab or while teaching a chemistry or biology course in school. Children can also wear lab coats, but they often have fun designs on them, such as cartoon characters or animals. They cover most of the body to protect the clothing and the skin. Some children might wear kids lab coats for Halloween so that they can look like a doctor or nurse while others might wear one to school to give an example of what a parent does for a job.

One of the main reasons to wear a lab coat is protection. While children might not be using chemicals or items that are dangerous, they might want to protect their clothing when they are painting or helping cook in the kitchen. The coat will keep liquids from staining the clothes and make them feel like they are professional instead of simply playing or doing a chore for parents.

There are times when children might need to stay in the hospital because they are sick or they have had surgery. A lab coat can help prevent the spread of germs that could make children sicker. Adding a mask can further decrease the spread of germs that are sometimes found in hospitals and doctor’s offices. The coat can also be used if the child is visiting a friend or family member in the hospital, protecting against taking home germs and bacteria if the coat is thrown away before going home as some are disposable.

Older children might take classes in school that deal with some liquids that could damage the skin or clothing. A lab coat, goggles, gloves and a mask can help prevent these liquids from splashing on the skin or the clothing. Most lab coats are now made with materials, such as cotton, that won’t melt if they are on fire. This will help protect the child if they are in that kind of situation as some clothing will melt to the skin.


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Posted by - May 3, 2016 at 8:13 am

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6 Top Advantages of Plugging Invisible Hearing Aid For Your Hearing Problem

Does anyone in your home have problem in hearing the conversation or ask you to increase the volume of the television? Then you need to immediately contact an audiologist. These licensed audiologists will suggest the appropriate hearing aid. There are many manufacturers available in the market, which produce different types of hearing aids with different features and technology, and you need to choose the perfect one according to the severity of your problem.  As opposed to the traditional heavy hearing aids, the modern ones are sleek and trendy, and they do not mar your style, even if you wear them with the funkiest of clothes.

They can be customized as per your needs:

Invisible hearing aids are customized as per your ear canal and are deeply fit inside the canal so that it remains invisible, but boost the quality of sounds with its amazing features and functions. The best part of this kind of hearing aid is that, you can adjust the volume as per the sound levels in and around your vicinity with ease In fact, this invisible hearing aid is a breakthrough in the hearing technology. The demand and popularity of these kinds of hearing aids are increasing day by day in the market.

These aids are comfortable to wear:

Invisible hearing aids are highly comfortable, virtually invisible, and they allow you to reduce noise, adjust the volume, recognize the voice, and have intuitive sound processing. Ideally, many youngsters and children will feel embarrassed to wear the hearing aid, but the invisible hearing aid can be worn with high comfort and hear properly without being noticed by people.

Here are a few advantages of this invisible hearing aid

  • Unparalleled discretion: Ideally, people who are suffering with hearing problem will face a lot of problems in understanding the conversation of the people around them. Since the hearing aid remains invisible, and the color gets adjusted to your skin color and texture, you feel no irritation even when you sweat, or when you make movements of your facial parts. The invisible hearing aid that is available in the market focuses more on your disability than on its visibility.
  • Effective functionality: The noise reduction system and sound processing helps you to focus on the conversation keenly despite of other noises around you. This is highly comfortable to wear and do not make you feel that you are using a heavy device to hear the conversation.
  • Highly compatible: This kind of hearing aid is perfect to plug into the ear of people who have hearing problems. If you are having a meeting or would like to listen to your favorite music, all you need to do is to adjust the hearing aid as per the listening environment and enjoy the music or conversion like a normal person without any disability. These are versatile, and are available in numerous designs, sizes and colors.

  • Easy to connect: The wireless features in this device help you to connect to TV’s, music players, computer and mobile devices.
  • Customized as per your ear canal: These hearing aids are customized as per your canal, thus giving a snug fit without the problem of it getting slipped from your ears. This is ideal to plug-in by all the patients with hearing problem.
  • Highly comfortable: You do not feel any kind of irritation by wearing this device. You can plug this device into your ear canal for hours together with high comfort. In addition, this device comes in various shades.

These hearing aids are water-proof that you can wear them while swimming or taking a shower. So life becomes quite easy when instead of the dull hearing aids, you choose the new invisible hearing aids.

Posted by harrycaesar - April 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

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What Is Alcohol Neuropathy?

People may recognize the action of consuming an alcoholic beverage to “calm the nerves,” but people may not recognize the dangers of alcohol neuropathy. The generalized term, neuropathy is used to describe issues with the nerves. Alcohol neuropathy is more probable in those with alcoholism and can remain prevalent after an individual receives treatment for alcoholism.

Alcohol neuropathy occurs when a person drinks obsessively over a long period of time and the nerves become damaged. Once the nerves are damaged, they are then unable to transfer signals to other parts of the body.

The peripheral nervous system is the area mainly affected by alcohol neuropathy and controls the motor/sensory skills.  This nervous system consists of:

  • Nerves and ganglia
  • Other portions of the brain
  • The spinal cord

While the exact cause of alcohol neuropathy is unknown, there are two factors found to contribute to the development of it. The first factor is in the fact that alcohol poisons the nerves over time. The second factor contributing to the development of alcohol neuropathy is a vitamin and mineral deficiency from those who struggle with alcoholism.

Nearly half of all people who abuse alcohol heavily, end up with some form of neuropathy. It usually takes about 10 years of heavy alcohol abuse for an individual to develop alcohol neuropathy.  However, treatment options are available for those in need.

Identifying the symptoms

Along with being a constant and heavy drinker, there are other symptoms to identify if an individual has alcohol neuropathy. The symptoms include:

  • Numbness in the extremities
  • Abnormal sensations
  • Heat intolerance
  • Impotence (may occur)
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Muscle weakness
  • Cramping, aches and spasms

In more severe cases, the damage branches to the autonomic nerves, which control internal body functions such as urinating and bowel movements. In the severe cases, people may experience incontinence, urinary leakage, feeling like the bladder isn’t completely emptied and difficulty starting urination.

People may not realize what they are experiencing, the symptoms generally start out mild and worsen as the alcohol abuse continues. The symptoms can greatly effect one’s quality of life and cause permanent damage to the body. A diagnosis of alcohol neuropathy will involve a vitamin blood analysis, electromyography (EMG) or a thyroid function test. From the diagnosis and testing, a medical professional can develop a treatment.

Possible treatment options

While treatment for alcohol neuropathy exists, it is much more effective when the condition is caught early on. Treatment for alcohol neuropathy consists of preventing injuries, managing symptoms and maximizing abilities.

Physicians strive for non-narcotic treatments, but often prescribe the lowest dosage of narcotics possible to help control the pain; reducing the risk of dependency. People receiving treatment for alcohol neuropathy may also attend physical therapy, while using splints and compression stockings. For those with bladder problems, diuretic may be used. In the severe cases, catheterization may be needed. Vitamin and mineral supplements can be administered to correct any underlying nutritional deficiencies and prevent further degeneration.

Even though most of the symptoms are treatable, patients with alcohol neuropathy do not always respond well to treatment. For these people, the issues of alcohol neuropathy may plague them for the duration of his or her life.

Drug detox centers with a program for alcoholics can treat the alcoholism early on in order to prevent neuropathy. These centers equip the patient with the skills necessary to continue a sober life after the treatment program.

Posted by JamesJones - April 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm

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Five of the Hottest Products from Around the World

Any discussion of the top five foods is going to be hotly debated. When you talk spice, well hot food fanatics will always claim their favorite dish makes everyone else collapse in pain.

As it turns out, there are only a few substances that occur naturally in food that give off a sensation of heat, the grand-daddy of course being Caspaicin, the power behind hot peppers.

In most cases, these chemicals cause a reaction by acting on a receptor in the mouth called TRPV1, short for transient receptor potential vanilloid 1. That’s a mouthful in itself. The heat-bearing compounds in spicy food, like capsaicin, stimulate the TRPV1 receptors and send those waves of burn crashing through your nervous system.

One of the reason that spicy foods have such devout fans is that the reactions that happen after the TRPV1 receptors wake up, is that the body responds as if you’re pain because, well you are in pain. A natural pain-relief response is a release of endorphins. These proteins produce a number of effects, but chiefly, they relieve pain and give an overall feeling of well-being. For those acclimated to spicy food, it’s a feel-good post-meal added value.

So what foods will light up your TRPV1s and bring on that endorphin high. Here are five of them.

  1. Blair’s 16 Million Reserve – this is a 1 milliliter pharmaceutical vial that contains pure capsaicin crystals. It tops the Scoville scale, a measure of capsaicin-based hotness, at 16 million Scoville units, essentially 3,200 times hotter than a jalapano pepper. Chances are you will never get your hands on any, as only 999 of the vials were made. However, Blair’s Sauces and snacks has many high-octane capsaicin-based sauces and products containing extremely high Scoville ratings.
  2. CaJohns Get Bitten Black Mamba 6 Hot Sauce – drop about 10 million points on the Scoville scale and you get this hot sauce made from Chocolate habaneros and fortified with capsaicin extract. It’s only 1,200 times hotter that the reference jalapeno. To give you another frame of reference, pepper spray, used by law enforcement and for personal safety, is between 2 and 5 million Scoville units.
  3. Trinidad Scorpion chile – getting out of the man-made monsters of hot, it clocks 1,463,700 Scoville units and was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. Rumor has it that a sister strain is going to dethrone this natural wonder, but for the moment, it is the spiciest plant recognized.
  4. Peppercorns – another substance that excites the TRPV1 receptors is Piperine. It’s the potency found in black pepper, which is not related to chile peppers at all. Unlike capsaicin, piperine is slightly water-soluble, so in theory, a big glass of water might quench the peppercorn fire, while it only spreads the hot pepper flame. This is the chemical that gives fire ants their burn, too.
  5. Wasabi, horseradish and mustard – each of these foods is powered by allyl isothiocyanate and like peppercorns each has a bit of water solubility that capsaicin lacks. There’s no way to compare piperine and allyl isothiocyanate hotness using the Scoville scale, since it is a measure of capsaicin concentration.


Posted by Browse-read - March 31, 2016 at 2:46 pm

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Are you searching for a herb which can be used in treating cancer?

While the direct effects of herbs and spices against cancer are yet to be determined, their indirect effects are more visible. One of the many side-effects of fighting cancer is suffering from loss of taste of any food that’s consumed. This is why adding certain herbs to foods triggers taste buds and offers new taste sensations that help alleviate some of the trouble when consuming food. Fighting cancer is hard and frustrating, but the least we can do is ease the struggle by making the everyday meal tastier and feel better for it.

So, what herbs and spices can we use to help heighten the taste senses if someone is fighting cancer? Believe it or not, yes. Studies are still being performed, and some of them appear to be quite promising. Check out these herbs and their effects might actually take you by surprise.



A very popular addition to food, albeit one has to be aware that the odor it produces can be uncomfortable to some people even though it does reduce blood pressure and strengthens our immune system. Garlic’s odor and taste is produced by a high level of sulfur and allicin, a compound that’s released whenever the bulb is chopped or crushed. In regular use it reduces risk of stomach and breast cancer and it does that through specific mechanisms that promote detoxification and DNA repair of dead cells.



Best of the both worlds when it comes to water-mint and spearmint, peppermint is an old and accepted form of preventing and remedying illnesses including indigestion, cramps and yes, even cancer. Cancer means treatments and medicine, and this can upset the stomach since someone can only take that much therapies and pills until they have digestive problems. Boiling peppermint leaves in abundance in hot water until they are properly combined can do wonders for someone experiencing cancer-induced stomach issues.


Chili pepper

Peppers will help out those who had to go through cancer surgery; it’s an amazing pain relief in the form of capsaicin cream or pills and it should only be prescribed by a doctor in charge of the patient. Raw chilipepper may, like, peppermint, help with indigestion but should be used carefully; it’s hot, so only a small amount should be consumed to remedy the treatment and/or surgery.


Chamomile will help out during chemo therapy as it can cause unpleasant mouth sores which can be painful. Simply letting the tea cool off and rinsing a couple times a day will go a long way in making sure radiation therapy is at least more bearable. It has the same digestive benefits like peppers and peppermint; it helps indigestion and softens the muscle contractions of intestines.


Green Tea

Helpful in both prevention and slowing of the decease, green tea is rich in antioxidants and drinking it on a daily basis if there’s even a suspicion of cancer will go a long way in slowing it down or even stopping it in its tracks, just make sure not to overdo it because it can cause nausea if consumed too much.

As you can see, there are herbs and spices that we can procure in every-day life that can have beneficial effects for our loved ones suffering from one form of cancer to another. As with all deceases, it’s important to stay positive and think about the bright side, there’s always one thing or the other that makes the whole thing easier, and by using one or more of the herbs listed above, you might just turn the tide of your close ones to their favor.

Red Clover

Red clover is a source of nutrients such as magnesium, niacin, chromium, potassium and vitamin C and others that strengthen the immune system. When it comes to preventing endometrial and prostate cancer, red clover is known to have positive effects of estrogen chemicals it contains. We say “prevention” and we mean it; Red Clover tablets are effective in prevention of many forms of cancer, but not once cancer is in place, since it has adverse effects and may cause harm due to conflicting with regenerating cells and should not be taken as a remedy.

Posted by Fredrick Cameron - March 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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The Underlying Connection Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Childhood is generally a time of discovery, innocence and happiness. Despite these typical experiences, a growing individual’s life can be instantly shattered by a traumatic event and fall victim to lasting psychological damage. In some cases, survivors of trauma may turn to drug or alcohol use in order to cope with the pain.

The toll of trauma

Experiencing trauma at any age can cause complex consequences to a person’s thoughts, emotions and behaviors, but childhood is an especially sensitive period. When a child witnesses or is victimized by a traumatic event, the incident can have extensive and lifelong impacts on the developing brain. Potential effects can be emotional, relational or physical, including:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Feelings of helplessness, powerlessness and hopelessness
  • Sadness and grief
  • Feelings of self blame, guilt and shame
  • An inability to trust others
  • Lower self-esteem
  • An increased risk of chronic health conditions including fibromyalgia, diabetes, headaches, cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • A higher likelihood of co-occurring mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and self-harming behaviors

How trauma leads to addiction

Recent studies have shown that a neurological connection may exist between childhood trauma and substance abuse. The amygdala, the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex are all involved in the body’s response to trauma. These three areas of the brain control threat perception (amygdala), processing memories (hippocampus) and executive control (prefrontal cortex).

When these areas of the brain are overactive, such as following a traumatic experience, an individual can become extremely overwhelmed with everyday life and societal challenges. Furthermore, a person may desire to escape these negative feelings and begin self-medicating through drugs and alcohol as they grow older. 

Tips for handling trauma triggers

A trauma survivor may develop a number of triggers that can lead to abusive and addictive behaviors. In order to prevent this from happening, experts recommend the following strategies: 

  • Surround yourself with support when overwhelming memories begin entering your thoughts
  • Engage in exercise, volunteering and positive activities that release soothing endorphins and other mood lifting chemicals within the body
  • Work with a therapist to accept what elements of life you cannot control or predict
  • Learn how to systematically dial down the intensity of your emotions through breathing and other meditative exercises
  • Begin picking apart your negative feelings and actions. Trace these responses to the thoughts that cause them and address their irrationalities

In the case of dealing with trauma, both treatment and recovery are possible. When treating an addicted individual who is also a survivor of childhood trauma, it is very important to follow a holistic approach where the addiction and anxiety are confronted equally. While detoxification programs address more immediate concerns, these services are not be equipped to handle the lasting mental health needs that result from serious trauma.

On the other hand, specialized residential treatment centers can handle these psychological needs as well as the side effects of drug or alcohol withdrawal. Survivors and their support systems must look for behavioral health care providers that offer detox and continuing care services for managing trauma-related illnesses.

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