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15 IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS

06 Oct

Elderberry

An old folk remedy, extract from these dark berries appears to block flu viruses in test tube studies. And a few small studies done in people show it may help you recover more quickly from flu. But scientists caution that further study is needed. The fruit itself is rich in antioxidants and may also have the ability to fight inflammation.

Button Mushrooms

Don’t dismiss the lowly mushroom as nutrient poor: It has the mineral selenium and antioxidants. Low levels of selenium have been linked to increased risk of developing more severe flu. And the B vitamins riboflavin and niacin, found in these mushrooms, play a role in a healthy immune system. Animal studies have also shown mushrooms to have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-tumor effects.

Acai Berry

Hawked as a “super food” along with produce like blueberries, the little acai berry’s dark color signals that it is high in antioxidants called anthocyanins. While the acai is not scientifically linked to specific disease- or illness-fighting ability, antioxidants may help your body fight aging and disease. Acai berries can be found most often in juice or smoothie form, or dried and mixed with granola.

Oysters

Aphrodisiac? Immune boosters? Maybe both, thanks to the mineral zinc that’s found in oysters. Low zinc levels have been associated with male infertility.  And zinc appears to have some antiviral effect, although researchers can’t explain why. However, they do know it is important to several immune system tasks including healing wounds.

Watermelon

Hydrating and refreshing, ripe watermelon also has plenty of a powerful antioxidant, glutathione. Known to help strengthen the immune system so it can fight infection, glutathione is found in the red pulpy flesh near the rind.

Cabbage

This is another source of immune-strengthening glutathione. And cabbage is easy and inexpensive to find during the winter months when it’s in season. Try adding cabbages of any variety (white, red, Chinese) to soups and stews to sneak in extra antioxidants and boost your meal’s nutritional value.

Almonds

A handful of almonds may shore up your immune system from the effects of stress. A recommended 1/4 cup serving carries nearly 50% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin E, which helps boost the immune system. And they have riboflavin and niacin, B vitamins that may help you bounce back from the effects of stress.

Grapefruit

Grapefruits have a good amount of vitamin C. But science has yet to prove that you can easily get enough vitamin C through foods alone, without supplementation, to help treat cold and flu. However, grapefruit is packed with flavonoids — natural chemical compounds that have been found to increase immune system activation.  Dislike grapefruits? Try oranges or tangerines.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is the part of a wheat seed that feeds a baby wheat plant, so it is full of nutrients. It has zinc, antioxidants, and B vitamins among other vital vitamins and minerals. Wheat germ also offers a good mix of fiber, protein, and some good fat. Substitute wheat germ for part of the regular flour called for in baked goods and other recipes.

Low-Fat Yogurt

A daily cup may reduce your chances of getting a cold.  Look for labels listing “live and active cultures.” Some researchers believe they may stimulate your immune system to fight disease. Also look for vitamin D. Recent studies have found a link between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of cold and flu.

Garlic

Garlic offers several antioxidants that battle immune system invaders. Among garlic’s targets are H. pylori, the bacteria associated with some ulcers and stomach cancer. Cooking tip: Peel, chop and let sit 15 to 20 minutes before cooking to activate immune-boosting enzymes.

Spinach

Known as a “super food,” spinach is nutrient-rich.  It has folate, which helps your body produce new cells and repair DNA. And it boasts fiber, antioxidants, such as vitamin C, and more. Eat spinach raw or lightly cooked to get the most benefit.

Tea

Green or black? Both are loaded with disease-fighting polyphenols and flavonoids. These antioxidants seek out cell-damaging free radicals and destroy them. Caffeinated and decaf work equally well.

Sweet Potato

Like carrots, sweet potatoes have the antioxidant beta-carotene, which mops up damaging free radicals. Sweet potatoes also boast vitamin A, which is linked to slowing the aging process and may reduce the risk of some cancers.

Broccoli

Easy to find at the grocery store and incorporate into meals, broccoli is an immune-boosting basic. One study reported a chemical in broccoli helped stimulate the immune systems of mice. Plus, it’s full of nutrients that protect your body from damage.  It has vitamins A, vitamin C, and glutathione.  Add some low-fat cheese to round out a side dish with immune-enhancing B vitamins and vitamin D.

 

What Is a Migraine?

25 Sep

A migraine is a headache with throbbing pain that is usually worse on one side of the head. The pain is often severe enough to hamper daily activities and may last from four hours to three days if untreated. More than one in 10 Americans, including one in 6 women, have migraines, but many have been told mistakenly that they have a sinus or tension headache. Foods, stress, and hormones can be migraine triggers.

Migraine Symptoms

Throbbing pain typically occurs on one side near the temples, forehead, and eyes. Migraines can make you very sensitive to light, sound, or mild exertion, such as climbing the stairs. Many people have nausea, vomiting, or vision problems. The pain can be disabling, forcing people to miss work or other activities.

Migraine With Aura

About 20% of people who suffer from migraines will have an aura about 20 minutes to an hour before the pain. They may see flashing lights, wavy lines, or dots, or they may have blurry vision or blind spots. These are called “classic migraines

Migraine Warning Signs

Some people may have a change in mood before a migraine begins. They may become more excitable or irritable or depressed. Others may detect a sensation, such as a funny smell or taste. They may feel more fatigued, yawn frequently, or experience muscle tension. About 1 in 4 people experience this prodrome phase, which can occur as early as 24 hours before any head pain.

What Causes a Migraine?

The exact cause of migraines is still not well understood, but the problem is considered to be neurological (related to the nervous system). It is believed that brain chemicals, blood vessels, and nerves of the brain are involved.

Trigger: Flashing Lights

Migraines may be set off by some specific cause, such as flickering lights. This could be a reflection from snow or water or from fluorescent bulbs or television or movie screens. Wearing polarizing sunglasses outside and using daylight spectrum fluorescent bulbs inside may help.

Trigger: Anxiety and Stress

Emotional stress is a common trigger of migraines. While it’s impossible to completely avoid stress, relaxation exercises can help you cope. Inhale and exhale slowly, letting the air fill you and then deflate like a balloon. Some people find that thinking of a peaceful scene or listening to favorite music can help.

Trigger: Lack of Food or Sleep

It’s important for people prone to migraines to have a regular pattern of meals and sleep. Low blood sugar from skipping meals can trigger a migraine. Eating too much sugar also can cause a spike, then a “crash” in blood sugar. Drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydration and sleep at least 6 to 8 hours a night.

Trigger: Hormonal Changes

For many women, migraines are tied to their menstrual cycle, occurring either a few days before or during their period, when estrogen levels drop. Some women may benefit from anti-inflammatory medication before their headaches begin, or hormonal birth control such as pills, patches, or rings. Others may have no benefit or worse migraines with hormonal birth control.

Trigger: Headache Foods

Migraine sufferers often report that certain foods trigger their headaches. Common culprits include MSG, red wine, cheese, chocolate, soy sauce, and processed meats. However, scientific studies haven’t confirmed any particular food as a migraine trigger.

Trigger: Tyramine

Aged, fermented, and stored foods have higher levels of tyramine, a substance created from the breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine. Tyramine may cause blood vessels to constrict then expand, and it may be a trigger for some migraines. Some headache experts advise limiting fermented or aged foods, such as cheese, soy sauce, pickles, and pepperoni.

Caffeine: Help or Hindrance?

When combined with some pain medications, caffeine can help provide relief. Most migraine sufferers can drink a cup or two a day of coffee without any problems. However, too much caffeine can lead to headaches when the stimulant effect wears off.

Tracking Personal Triggers

Find out what triggers your migraines by keeping a headache diary. Each time you suffer from a migraine, make a note about the warning signs (the “prodrome”), triggers, and severity. If you can discover some of your personal triggers, you may be able to avoid future headaches.

Who Gets Migraines?

Women are three times more likely to have migraines than men. If you have a close relative with migraines, you are much more likely to have migraines, too. Experts believe migraines may be related to mutations in genes that affect certain areas of the brain. Migraine is also more common among people who have epilepsy, depression, asthma, anxiety, stroke, and some other neurologic and hereditary disorders.

Migraines in Children

About 5% of the children with headache problems suffer from migraines. Both boys and girls can get migraines, but after puberty they are more common among girls. Children may have symptoms other than headache, including stomach pain (abdominal migraine) or forceful and frequent vomiting (cyclic vomiting). If young children become wobbly on their feet, pale, and fussy, or have involuntary eye movements or vomiting, they may have a form of migraine called benign paroxysmal vertigo.

Diagnosing Migraine

Migraines are diagnosed primarily from symptoms, but your doctor may want to do a brain scan to rule out other causes of your headache, such as a brain tumor or bleeding in the brain. A CT scan uses special X-rays to create cross-sectional images of the brain. An MRI uses radio frequency pulses and a magnetic field to create images of the brain.

Treatment: Preventive Medicines

If your migraines are frequent or very severe, you may need to take a medicine every day to prevent attacks.

Alternative Therapy: Biofeedback

Biofeedback and relaxation training can give you relief that is similar to the help you get from medications. Biofeedback uses a monitor to train you to recognize the onset of muscle tension and changes in body temperature that are signals of stress.

Alternative Therapy: Homeopathy

 

Homeopathic Medicines Boost the Immune System

13 Sep

Changed lifestyles have been instrumental in affecting the immune system in a highly negative way. The immune system is a complex arrangement that involves the liver, spleen, thymus, the lymphatic system and bone marrow, which work in tandem to maintain resistance to disease. This immunity is partly inherited. It also depends upon the lifestyle that individuals choose to adopt. The hurry with which we want to treat minor ailments is probably the main reason behind frequent attacks of common cold and flu or an increased susceptibility to disease. Instead of waiting for the body to heal itself or looking for an antibiotic alternative like an herbal antibiotic , the tendency is to rush to conventional antibiotics for quick relief. In most of the cases, immune system health is compromised due to an excessive use of antibiotics. Moreover, an antibiotic ceases to be effective if it is taken without a proper diagnosis or prescribed without determining the specific bacteria that has caused the disease. Ginger and other dried herbs for immune system steeped in boiling water, for example, will relieve symptoms of a sore throat, common cold while boosting the immune system health.

Homeopathy provides another natural alternative to avoid indiscriminate use of antibiotics. Homeopathy believes that the same substance that causes a disease will cure it in its diluted form. For example, coffee leads to sleeplessness but an extremely diluted remedy prepared from coffee itself will ultimately cure it. Some of the basic principles of homoeopathy include:* The foremost priority should be to boost the immune system so that the body can heal by itself.* Symptoms are manifestations of the body’s attempt to treat itself.* Only natural substances and herbs should be used to prepare a homeopathic remedy.* The focus of treatment should be on treating an individual as a whole, rather than providing temporary and quick relief.

Homeopathic remedies stimulate the immune system to assist the body in repairing any imbalances that may have occurred. The immune system has to be in perfect condition to perform its functions. A hyperactive immune system will cause autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis where the body starts attacking its own cells. A deficient immune system, on the other hand, leads to deficiency diseases like common cold and flu, often extending to more serious conditions.In homeopathy, an appropriate remedy is selected on the basis of the constitution of each individual after considering physical, mental and emotional symptoms.

The homeopathic Materia Medica contains a detailed description of each remedy meant for possible characteristics that can be expected to be present in individuals. Nux vomica is a constitutional remedy for energetic and ambitious people. Sulphur, on the other hand, is meant for energetic but less practical individuals. A Pulsatilla patient is one who is shy, kind and gentle and always ready to be led rather than lead. Arsenicm album is indicated in an ambitious but tense person who is always worried about health.Homeopathic remedies are easy to take, non-habit forming, gentle, good value for money and at the same time focus on strengthening the immune system to increase the body’s capability of self-healing.

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Acne

04 Sep

Definition:
Acne or pimples is a common skin condition frequently seen in young individuals during teenage and youth years. This occurs mainly due to the action of hormones on the oil glands in the skin. The draining ducts of the oil glands get blocked and hence they are not able to drain the oil secretion. The oil and cells inside the blocked gland form a perfect environment for the growth of Propionibacterium acnes (the organism responsible for acne). Thus, it results in the formation of pimples or acne.

Acne usually occurs on the face, chest, back, shoulders and neck. It is one of the most common skin conditions. Although acne is not a serious threat to the health, yet it can lead to scarring and disfigurement of the face that can have a significant impact on the patient.

Acne may present itself in various forms and these are as follows:

Characteristics :

  • Whiteheads and blackheads (Comedones): White or black tiny bumps on the skin which are nothing but the enlarged and plugged hair follicles
  • Papules: Inflamed lesions that usually appear as small, pink bumps on the skin and can be tender to the touch
  • Pustules (pimples): Pus-filled lesions that may be red at the base
  • Nodules: Large, painful, solid lesions that are lodged deep within the skin
  • lesions that can cause scarring

Following are the commonly recognized types of Acne:

  • Acne vulgaris
  • Acne rosacea
  • Acne conglobata
  • Acne cosmetica
  • Acne fulminans
  • Acne medicamentosa
  • Acne keloidalis nuchae

Causes of Acne:
One of the most important causes is the increase in the male hormones (androgens) that occurs in boys as well as girls during puberty. These hormones cause an increased production of sebum (oil) and hence result in acne.
Hormonal changes related to pregnancy or such changes caused by starting or stopping birth control pills can also cause acne. Another factor is heredity or genetics; there is evidence to support the fact that the tendency to develop acne can be inherited from parents. Apart from this certain drugs, including androgens and lithium, are also known to cause acne. Greasy cosmetics may cause further plugging of the follicles in the skin and hence can precipitate the onset of acne.
Majority of people who develop acne are between the ages of 12 and 25. For most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their thirties; however, some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem.

Homeopathic treatment:
Homeopathic treatment for Acne is strongly suggested. It helps in the following ways:

  • Controls the tendency to have acne (often genetic, in severe cases)
  • Addresses underlying hormonal disturbance which gives one a proneness to have acne
  • Reduces excessive  oiliness of skin
  • Reduces acne directly
  • Controls infection
  • Controls scar formation
  • Reduces hyperpignementation following acne
  • Controls tendency to scar formation following acne

GALLERY –

HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT –

Sulphur

Is perhaps the remedy most often indicated in this affection, especially if chronic. The skin is rough and hard and the acne is associated with comedones and constipation; great aggravation from water is the characteristic leading to Sulphur in skin affections. Face is Pale, sickly color. Heat and spotted redness of face. Black pores. Itching intensely in evening and from warmth. The acne punctata is the variety corresponding most nearly to Sulphur. Simple forms yield to Belladonna or Pulsatilla. Acne rosacea yields to Arsenicum iodatum or Sulphur iodide.

Sanguinaria

It is another useful remedy in acne, especially in women with scanty menses and irregular circulation of blood. Other remedies for acne dependent on sexual disturbances of women are Calcarea carbonica and Aurum muriaticum natronatrum.

Kali bromatum

Acne on the face, neck and shoulders. We frequently find acne in Epileptics who have been maltreated by bromides. This remedy is especially adapted to the acne simplex and the acne indurata, especially in hyperaesthetic, nervous females. Face flushed. Acne of face, pustules. General failure of mental power, loss of memory, melancholia, anesthesia of the mucous membranes. Suicidal mania with tremulousness. Itching of skin worse on chest, shoulders, and face. Anesthesia of skin. This remedy may be given if Asterias Rubens fails. Dr. J.H.Clarke says, “I know of no remedy of such universal usefulness in cases of simple acne as Kali bromatum 30,” and the late Dr.A.M. Cushing recommended Arsenicum bromatum 4x as very efficacious.Thuja is one of our best remedies for acne facialis. Calcarea picrata is also a useful remedy for acne; clinically it has been found one of the good remedies. Calcarea sulphurica is indicated where the pimples suppurate.

Antimonium crudum

Small red pimples on face, acne in drunkards with gastric derangements, thirst and white-coated tongue. Face with sad expression Fat, fretful, cross and peevish; cries if looked at, touched or washed. Ecstatic, dreamy, sentimental. Pustules.

Note – No medicines should be taken without prior permission of Doctor

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Fissure in ano

01 Sep

Symptoms

1. Pain while passing stools : The lower anal canal is exquisitely sensitive area of skin and can produce fairly significant signals of pain if damaged. Sharp agonizing knife-like pain starts when the individual passes stool. The pain is severe and persists for an hour or so. It ceases suddenly. The sufferer is comfortable until the next action of bowel. The individual tends to be constipated rather than go through painful ordeal. If a fissure becomes chronic (long-standing) and deep, another kind of pain can develop. It is a dull ache in the anus and pelvis that starts a few minutes after the bowel movement and can persist for hours after passing stools. This chronic fissure pain is due to spasm of the internal sphincter muscle (one of the small muscles in the anus) and can be quite debilitating.

2. Severe spasm of the anal sphincter (as a protective reflex)

3.Blood streaked stool (typically on the side of the hard stool) : It is important to note that the bleeding associated with a fissure-in-ano is bright red and associated with some pain or tenderness in the anus. Dark bleeding of greater amount without any anal tenderness or pain should never be ignored and should be brought to the notice of doctor.

4. Discharge, swelling, and itching occur especially with chronic fissures

Interestingly, homeopathy has many medicines to relieve the discomfort. Rightly chosen homeopathic medicine covers various aspects of fissure.

Types of Fissure-in-ano

Fissure-in-ano may present as acute fissure of recent origin (less than 6 weeks of duration). At this stage fissures are superficial. Some of them may deepen to reach underlying layers and present as chronic fissure of a long duration (more than 6 weeks of duration) or recurring fissures.

Fissure-in-ano is largely considered as a medico surgical disorder. However, looking at it in the light of homeopathic medicine, it is medically correctible conditions. Fortunately, in most cases, surgery can be avoided with homeopathy treatment.

Homeopathic Treatment –

Causticum

Adapted to persons with dark hair and rigid fibre; weakly, psoric, with excessively yellow, sallow complexion; subject to affections of respiratory and urinary tracts.

Constipation : passes stool easier when standing . Constriction, after coition. Diarrhoea, from cold air on abdomen.  Pain Worse on walking, Pressive pain in rectum, Pulsation in perineum, frequent, ineffectual desire; stool passes better between person is standing; impeded by haemorrhoids; tough and shining, like grease; in children with nocturnal enuresis.

Sulphur

For lean, stoop-shouldered persons who walk and sit stooping; walk stooping like old men. Standing is the worst position for Sulphur patients; they cannot stand; every standing position is uncomfortable.

Constipation : stools hard, knotty, dry, as if burnt (Bry.); large, painful,  child is afraid to have the stool on account of pain,  or pain compels child to desist on first effort; alternating with diarrhoea. The discharge both of urine and faeces is painful to parts over which it passes; passes large quantities of colorless urine; parts around anus red, excoriated; all the orifices of the body are very red; all discharges acrid, excoriating wherever they touch.

Thuja

Adapted to hydrogenoid constitution of Grauvogl, which is related to sycosis as effect is to cause.

Constipation : violent pains in rectum compel cessation of effort; stool recedes, after being partly expelled, Piles swollen, pain most severe when sitting. Anus fissured, painful to touch, surrounded with flat warts, or moist mucous condylomata.

Graphites

Suited to women, inclined to obesity, who suffer from habitual constipation; with a history of delayed menstruation.

Constipation : Chronic constipation; stool difficult, large, hard, knotty, with lumps united by mucous threads; too large, smarting sore pain in anus after stool.

Ratanhia

Constipation : stool hard with great straining; protrusion of haemorrhoids followed by long-lasting aching and burning in anus; bowels inactive; pain after stool as if splinters of glass were sticking in anus and rectum. Excruciating pains after stool; burning after soft stool

Nitric Acid

Pains: sticking, pricking as from splinters; suddenly appearing and disappearing, Fissures in rectum; tearing, spasmodic pains during stools; lancinating, even after soft stools, Affects especially the mucous outlets of the body where skin and mucous membrane join; mouth, nose, rectum, anus, urethra, vagina.

 
 

What high blood pressure does to your body ?

31 Aug

Blood pressure is the force of blood that travels through your arteries. If pressure is too high, it can damage your blood vessels and organs in your body. The higher your blood pressure is, and the longer it stays untreated, the greater your risk for serious medical problems, including:

  • Heart failure. High blood pressure puts extra demand on the heart. Over time, the heart grows bigger to make up for the extra work and it eventually weakens. Heart failure occurs when the weakened heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.High blood pressure is the biggest predictor of heart failure. One study found that 90 percent of people with heart failure had high blood pressure.
  • Heart attack. High blood pressure can damage the arteries that carry blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. If these vessels become narrowed and damaged, a blood clot can form and lead to a heart attack.
  • Stroke. The biggest risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage arteries that supply blood to the brain. A clot can form and block the artery and prevent blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke. High blood pressure can also cause arteries in the brain to burst. This also results in another type of stroke called hemorrhagic or bleeding stroke.
  • Kidney damage. High blood pressure can damage the arteries that supply the kidneys. This leads to kidney damage and kidney failure. This is especially dangerous because kidney damage raises blood pressure even more.
  • Vision problems. High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels that supply the eye. The blood vessels can burst or bleed, causing blurry vision and blindness.
  • Memory loss. High blood pressure can restrict blood flow to the brain. If too little blood reaches the brain, the brain cannot work well. One study found that this may lead to memory loss.
 
 

What is swine flu (novel H1N1 influenza A swine flu)?

31 Aug

Swine flu (swine influenza) is a respiratory disease caused by viruses (influenza viruses) that infect the respiratory tract of pigs and result in nasal secretions, a barking-like cough, decreased appetite, and listless behavior.

Swine flu produces most of the same symptoms in pigs as human flu produces in people. Swine flu can last about one to two weeks in pigs that survive. Swine influenza virus was first isolated from pigs in 1930 in the U.S. and has been recognized by pork producers and veterinarians to cause infections in pigs worldwide. In a number of instances, people have developed the swine flu infection when they are closely associated with pigs (for example, farmers, pork processors), and likewise, pig populations have occasionally been infected with the human flu infection.

In most instances, the cross-species infections (swine virus to man; human flu virus to pigs) have remained in local areas and have not caused national or worldwide infections in either pigs or humans. Unfortunately, this cross-species situation with influenza viruses has had the potential to change. Investigators think the 2009 swine flu strain, first seen in Mexico, should be termed novel H1N1 flu since it is mainly found infecting people and exhibits two main surface antigens, H1 (hemagglutinin type 1) and N1 (neuraminidase type1). Recent investigations show the eight RNA strands from novel H1N1 flu have one strand derived from human flu strains, two from avian (bird) strains, and five from swine strains.

 

02 Aug

What is Homeopathy?


Introduction
Homeopathic medicine is a system of medicine invented by Samuel Hahnemann in the mid-18th century. It is based on the Law of Similars, Like Cures Like, and is practiced internationally. Hahnemann named the science he developed homeopathy, from the Greek words “homoios,” meaning similar, and “pathos,” meaning suffering.

History
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) was a German medical doctor, disenfranchised with the treatments prevalent in his day. He wrote emphatically about the treatments, such as bloodletting, and the use of arsenic, mercury, and other toxic metals. He also wrote extensively on many topics, such as the misuse of coffee, and the need for hygiene. Many of his medical ideas were well accepted in his time. Goethe himself is quoted as saying he was following the directives of “the good doctor Hahnemann.”

Rather than use the conventional methods of his time, Hahnemann refused to practice medicine. He supported his wife and eleven children by translating medical texts. He was skilled in 13 languages, including Greek, Roman, and Aramaic, and translated numerous ancient medical works.

When he finally discovered homeopathy, he began to practice, and continued to practice until late into his 88th year, only weeks before his death.

Like Cures Like
In the course of his translation work, Hahnemann happened upon the key to healing that he had been searching for. While translating Cullen’s Materia Medica, Hahnemann read about the use of the herb cinchona, quinine, in treating malaria. Hahnemann noticed the affects of the herb were similar to that produced by the disease malaria and proceeded to experiment on himself. He took a large dose of cinchona and developed symptoms similar to those of malaria. Because the herb could create the disease symptoms in healthy people, he hypothesized that the herb was curative to the disease in sick people. This was the basis of curing like diseases with like medicines. Hahnemann used the Latin phrase “Similia similibus curentur” (Let like be cured by like).

Like cures like can be pictured like this…
Coffee acts first a stimulant, then a depressant. Coffee, homeopathically prepared, can be used to cure the abuse of coffee. The same example can be used for bee stings, for which homeopathy uses a medicine made from bees. This remedy is not only used for bee stings. This remedy from bees, Apis mellifica, is also used for other pathologies that involve swelling similar to that of a bee sting. Hahnemann’s work was first published in 1811 in a book called Organon of the Medical Art.

“The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gently and permanent restoration of health; that is, the lifting and annihilation of the disease in its entire extent in the shortest, most reliable, and least disadvantageous way, according to clearly realizable principles.”
Organon of the Medical Art (Hahnemann, O’Reilly ed.)

Minimum Doses
Hahnemann discovered, through experimentation, that he could use very small doses. He developed a system of succussion and dilution, which potentized substances so he could use smaller and smaller amounts of medicine to exact a cure.

Homeopathic Medicines
Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, minerals, and animal sources. They are produced by homeopathic pharmacies. In the Unites States, this process is protected by the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. The pharmacopoeia is the official manufacturing authority recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Research
Recent research has provided us with further insights into the function and cures available with homeopathy. Articles published in medical journals demonstrate homeopathy’s effectiveness in treating fibromyalgia, asthma, diarrhea, otitis media, diabetes retinitis, and many other conditions. Articles have appeared in many medical journals, including Lancet, American Journal of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Homeopathy Around the World
Homeopathy is practiced extensively in many countries around the world, including England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and South Africa. In France, over 40% of the population has used homeopathic medicines, and 40% of French doctors have prescribed homeopathy to their patients. In the Netherlands, this number is over 45%. A survey in the British Medical Journal (June 7, 1986), stated that 42% of British physicians survey refer patients to homeopathic physicians, and, as stated in an article in the New York Times, visits to British homeopaths is growing at a rate of 39% a year.

In closing this discussion on what is homeopathy, let me quote the great American homeopath, J.T. Kent. “Then as to the question, what is homeopathy? I must answer, no man knows. God only knows the length and breadth of the intricate unfathomable mystery. The knowable part of this science, if I may use the word, consists in observing the sick-making phenomena of drugs and the phenomena of sickness, gathering and grouping the similars, selecting with the likeness in view and waiting for results.”

Homeopathy has a glorious past and a glorious future. Modern technology will be able to further demonstrate the effects and benefits of homeopathic medicine. As Hahnemann himself dedicated his work, I also encourage you, “Aude sapere.” Dare to know.

 
 

Coenzyme Q10 deficiency

24 Jul
Uses based on scientific evidence Grade *
Coenzyme Q10 deficiency

Coenzyme Q10 is normally produced by the human body, although deficiency may occur in patients with impaired CoQ10 biosynthesis due to severe metabolic or mitochondrial disorders, not enough dietary CoQ10 intake, or too much CoQ10 use by the body. Depending on the cause of CoQ10 deficiency, supplementation or increased dietary intake of CoQ10 and the vitamins and minerals needed to produce CoQ10 may be effective.

A
High blood pressure (hypertension)

Preliminary research suggests that CoQ10 causes small decreases in blood pressure (systolic and possibly diastolic). Low blood levels of CoQ10 have been found in people with hypertension, although it is not clear if CoQ10 “deficiency” is a cause of high blood pressure. Well-designed long-term research is needed to strengthen this recommendation.

B
Age-related macular degeneration

Early study shows that acetyl-L-carnitine, n-3 fatty acids, and Coenzyme Q10 (Phototrop®) may help age-related macular degeneration. More research is needed using Coenzyme Q10 alone before a recommendation can be made.

C
Alzheimer’s disease

Promising preliminary evidence suggests that CoQ10 supplements may slow down, but not cure, dementia in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Additional well-designed studies are needed to confirm these results before a firm recommendation can be made.

C
Angina (chest pain from clogged heart arteries)

Preliminary small human studies suggest that CoQ10 may reduce angina and improve exercise tolerance in people with clogged heart arteries. Better studies are needed before a firm recommendation can be made.

C
Anthracycline chemotherapy heart toxicity

Anthracycline chemotherapy drugs, such as doxorubicin (Adriamycin®), are commonly used to treat cancers such as breast cancer or lymphoma. Heart damage (cardiomyopathy) is a major concern with the use of anthracyclines, and CoQ10 has been suggested to protect the heart. However, studies in this area are small and not high quality and the effects of CoQ10 remain unclear.

C
Asthma

CoQ10 may benefit asthma patients when added to other therapies. Further research is needed. Asthma should be treated by a qualified healthcare provider.

C
Breast cancer

Supplementation with CoQ10 has not been proven to reduce cancer and has not been compared to other forms of treatment for breast cancer.

C
Cancer

Further research is needed to determine if CoQ10 may help cancer when used with other therapies. Cancer should be treated by a qualified healthcare provider.

C
Cardiomyopathy (dilated, hypertrophic)

There is conflicting evidence from research on the use of CoQ10 in patients with dilated or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Better research is needed in this area before a recommendation can be made.

C
Chronic fatigue syndrome

Early study shows that CoQ10 may improve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. High quality research is needed in this area before a decision can be made.

C
Cocaine dependence

A combination of Coenzyme Q10 and L-carnitine has been studied to reduce cocaine usage, but early study is inconclusive.

C
Coronary heart disease

There is not enough scientific evidence to recommend for or against the use of CoQ10 in patients with coronary heart disease.

C
Exercise performance

Results are variable, with some research suggesting benefits, and other studies showing no effects. Most trials have not been well designed. Better research is necessary before a firm conclusion can be drawn.

C
Friedreich’s ataxia

Preliminary research reports promising evidence for the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia. Further evidence is necessary before a firm conclusion can be drawn.

C
Gum disease (periodontitis)

Preliminary human studies suggest possible benefits of CoQ10 taken by mouth or placed on the skin or gums in the treatment of periodontitis. Better research is needed before a strong conclusion can be drawn.

C
Heart attack (acute myocardial infarction)

There is preliminary human study of CoQ10 given to patients within three days after a heart attack. Better research is needed before a firm conclusion can be drawn.

C
Heart conditions (mitral valve prolapse in children)

There is early data to support the use of CoQ10 in children with mitral valve prolapse. Well-designed clinical trials are needed before a recommendation can be made.

C
Heart failure

The evidence for CoQ10 in the treatment of heart failure is controversial and remains unclear. Different levels of disease severity have been studied (New York Heart Association classes I through IV). Better research is needed in this area studying the effects on quality of life, hospitalization, and death rates before a recommendation can be made.

C
Heart protection during surgery

Several studies suggest that the function of the heart may be improved after major heart surgeries such as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or valve replacement when CoQ10 is given to patients before or during surgery. Better studies are necessary before a recommendation can be made.

C
HIV/AIDS

There is limited evidence that natural levels of CoQ10 in the body may be reduced in people with HIV/AIDS. There is a lack of reliable scientific research showing that CoQ10 supplements have any effect on this disease.

C
Hypertriglyceridemia

Early study of CoQ10 for high triglyceride levels in the blood is unclear.

C
Increasing sperm count (idiopathic spermatozoa)

There is early evidence that supports the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of increasing sperm count and motility. Better studies are needed before a strong recommendation can be made.

C
Kidney failure

There is initial data to support the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of kidney (renal) failure. More research is needed before a recommendation can be made.

C
Lipid lowering (adjunct to statin therapy)

Coenzyme Q10 may reduce some adverse effects associated with statin therapy for high cholesterol, including reduced heart function. More study is needed before a recommendation can be made.

C
Migraine

There is fair evidence to support the use of CoQ10 treatment in migraine prevention or treatment. However, more well-designed studies are needed to confirm these findings.

C
Mitochondrial diseases and Kearns-Sayre syndrome

CoQ10 is often recommended for patients with mitochondrial diseases, including myopathies, encephalomyopathies, and Kearns-Sayre syndrome. CoQ10 may help improve function in children with maternally-inherited diabetes and deafness. Better studies are needed before a strong recommendation can be made.

C
Muscular dystrophies

Preliminary studies in patients with muscular dystrophy taking CoQ10 supplements describe improvements in exercise capacity, heart function, and overall quality of life. Additional research is needed in this area.

C
Myelodysplastic syndrome

Further research is needed before a recommendation can be made. Early study results are unclear.

C
Parkinson’s disease

There is promising human evidence for the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Better-designed trials are needed to confirm these results.

C
Post-surgical recovery (adjuvant)

In patients with stage I and II melanoma with surgically removed lesions, CoQ10 may decrease the rate of recurrence. Although these results are promising, more study is needed in this area to confirm these conclusions.

C
Prostate cancer

One study using a combination that included CoQ10 did not find a significant effect on PSA levels in patients with prostate cancer. Although PSA levels may be an indicator of cancer, it is unclear whether CoQ10 would have any effect on cancer treatment of prevention. More study is needed.

C
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

More research is needed in patients with tinnitus with low levels of CoQ10 before a strong recommendation can be made.

C
Diabetes

Preliminary evidence suggests that CoQ10 does not affect blood sugar levels in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and it does not alter the need for diabetes medications.

D
Huntington’s disease

There is negative evidence from studies that used CoQ10 in the treatment of Huntington’s disease.

D
 
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Lifestyle Statistics – Happiness level

07 Jul

Very happy people (most recent) by country

Rank

Countries

Amount

# 1

Venezuela:

55%

# 2

Nigeria:

45%

= 3

Ireland:

42%

= 3

Iceland:

42%

= 5

Netherlands:

40%

= 5

Philippines:

40%

= 7

United States:

39%

= 7

Turkey:

39%

= 7

Australia:

39%

= 10

Switzerland:

38%

= 10

United Kingdom:

38%

# 12

Belgium:

37%

= 13

Sweden:

36%

= 13

Denmark:

36%

= 15

Canada:

32%

= 15

Dominican Republic:

32%

# 17

Mexico:

31%

= 18

Austria:

30%

= 18

Chile:

30%

# 20

Norway:

29%

# 21

Argentina:

27%

# 22

Ghana:

26%

# 23

China:

25%

= 24

France:

23%

= 24

Japan:

23%

= 24

India:

23%

# 27

Brazil:

22%

# 28

Uruguay:

21%

= 29

Spain:

20%

= 29

Finland:

20%

# 31

Bangladesh:

18%

# 32

Poland:

14%

= 33

Portugal:

13%

= 33

Italy:

13%

= 35

Georgia:

11%

= 35

Azerbaijan:

11%

= 35

Hungary:

11%

= 35

Slovenia:

11%

# 39

Croatia:

8%

# 40

Bulgaria:

7%

= 41

Romania:

6%

= 41

Armenia:

6%

= 41

Russia:

6%

= 44

Ukraine:

5%

= 44

Belarus:

5%

= 46

Moldova:

4%

= 46

Lithuania:

4%

= 46

Estonia:

4%

= 46

Slovakia:

4%

# 50

Latvia:

3%

Weighted average:

22.9%

Rank

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Amount http://images.nationmaster.com/images/down.gif

# 1

Venezuela:

55%

# 2

Nigeria:

45%

= 3

Ireland:

42%

= 3

Iceland:

42%

= 5

Netherlands:

40%

= 5

Philippines:

40%

= 7

United States:

39%

= 7

Turkey:

39%

= 7

Australia:

39%

= 10

Switzerland:

38%

= 10

United Kingdom:

38%

# 12

Belgium:

37%

= 13

Sweden:

36%

= 13

Denmark:

36%

= 15

Canada:

32%

= 15

Dominican Republic:

32%

# 17

Mexico:

31%

= 18

Austria:

30%

= 18

Chile:

30%

# 20

Norway:

29%

# 21

Argentina:

27%

# 22

Ghana:

26%

# 23

China:

25%

= 24

France:

23%

= 24

Japan:

23%

= 24

India:

23%

# 27

Brazil:

22%

# 28

Uruguay:

21%

= 29

Spain:

20%

= 29

Finland:

20%

# 31

Bangladesh:

18%

# 32

Poland:

14%

= 33

Portugal:

13%

= 33

Italy:

13%

= 35

Georgia:

11%

= 35

Azerbaijan:

11%

= 35

Hungary:

11%

= 35

Slovenia:

11%

# 39

Croatia:

8%

# 40

Bulgaria:

7%

= 41

Romania:

6%

= 41

Armenia:

6%

= 41

Russia:

6%

= 44

Ukraine:

5%

= 44

Belarus:

5%

= 46

Moldova:

4%

= 46

Lithuania:

4%

= 46

Estonia:

4%

= 46

Slovakia:

4%

# 50

Latvia:

3%

Weighted average:

22.9%