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Living Better with Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. People usually have joint pain and stiffness. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, it does not affect skin tissue, the lungs, eyes, or blood vessels.

Dealing With High Blood Cholesterol

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Anyone can develop high blood cholesterol. In fact, about 13 percent of American adults has the condition, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease. You can have high blood cholesterol and not even know it, because it can occur without any symptoms. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) here

Understanding and Preventing Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States, after skin cancer. The number of new cases and deaths from lung cancer is highest in black men.

It's Your Divorced Parents' Fault That You Smoke?

It's Your Divorced Parents' Fault That You Smoke!

If your parents divorced before you turned 18, and today you are a smoker, it may be their fault! What??? A study done at the University of Toronto showed that "men who experienced parental divorce before they turned 18 had 48-per-cent higher odds of ever smoking..."

Is Your Job Giving You a Heart Attack?

Is Your Job Giving You a Heart Attack?

We all know that stress is bad, that working 18-hour-days is not healthy, and that working at a job you hate can lead to depression. But did you know that job burnout may be increasing your risk for a heart attack and Type 2 diabetes?

Shaking Out Clues to Autoimmune Disease

Shaking Out Clues to Autoimmune Disease

Researchers gained new insight into how an immune cell involved in several autoimmune disorders is regulated. Among their discoveries was a potential link with salt consumption....

Common Genetic Factors Found in 5 Mental Disorders

Major Mental Disorders

Major mental disorders traditionally thought to be distinct share certain genetic glitches, according to a new study. The finding may point to better ways to diagnose and treat these conditions....

What You Should Know About IBS and Complementary Health Practices

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As many as one in five Americans have symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a chronic disorder that interferes with the normal functions of the colon and is characterized by symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea

How to Eliminate the Causes, Triggers, and Contributors to Bipolar Disorder

How to Eliminate the Causes, Triggers, and Contributors to Bipolar DisorderBipolar disorder is a complex condition. No single factor is respon­sible for creating it, and no single therapeutic measure can reverse it. This means that you must discover what factors are involved in your case and take steps to ameliorate them. The following are steps you can take to eliminate the causes, triggers, and contributors to your bipolar disorder.

A Big Killer: Cancer Feeds on Sugar

A Big Killer: Sugar Feeds Cancer

While we often hear that cancer may be linked to smoking, asbestos, pollution, pesticides, sun exposure, or red meat, one of the best-kept secrets is that sugar fuels the growth of cancer. Don’t believe me? Consider a few studies...

Can "...itis" Diseases Be Healed?

Can "...itis" Diseases  Be Healed?

Inflammation is the number-one reason that an individual consults any health care practitioner. Arthritis, gastritis, colitis, dermatitis, nephritis, neuritis, and cystitis are just some of the common inflammatory conditions that bring people to their doctors...

Minimizing Allergies: Measures To Take After The Baby's Birth

Minimizing Allergies: Measures To Take After The Baby's Birth

If breast-feeding is not possible, for whatever reason, you should not feel guilty about the situation. Fortunately, there are alternatives that carry less risk of allergy than standard infant formulas. When it comes to introducing new foods, those with low allergenic potential should be given at first...

Got A Fever? Remedies to Stimulate the Body’s Immune System

Got A Fever? Remedies to Stimulate the Body’s Immune System

The body is therefore not always up to the task of properly protecting itself. It is sometimes necessary, depending on the case, to strengthen and stimulate, or reawaken, the body’s defense mechanisms. There are a host of various remedies that make this stimulation of the immune system possible...

Aging, Alzheimer’s, and the Brain

Aging, Alzheimer’s, and the Brain

No one wants to suffer pain or illness, but losing mental capacity is also near the top of most people’s lists of things they’d like to avoid as they age. And many fear their brains will lose hold because of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s hard to avoid hearing about Alzheimer’s...

Neck Pain Nemesis: Six Travel Precautions to Avoid a Pain in the Neck

Neck Pain Nemesis: Six Travel Precautions to Avoid A Pain in the Neck

The neck is the forgotten area of the spine, especially during travel. And although many people have accepted neck soreness as normal, it’s not. If you ignore the pain, you may be setting yourself up for headaches, radiating pain, disc pain, shoulder tightness and arthritis.

The Gifts That Cancer Diagnosis May Bring

The Gifts That Cancer Diagnosis May Bring

"The truth is, we don’t know that the cancer just might come bearing gifts ... and that this last year of her life might very well be the best..." Life changes after diagnosis...

Natural Therapies for a Dog with Arthritis

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Natural therapies all have their place in the treatment of pets with arthritis. Often one of them can serve as the sole therapy. When needed, lower doses of conventional medications can be combined with natural remedies to help pets on extremely painful days.

About Allergies and Manic Depressive or Bipolar Disorder

About Allergies and Manic Depressive or Bipolar DisorderFor some people, it is sufficient to clear the five basic groups, but most people with severe conditions such as bipolar disorder have more extensive allergies. The larger basic collection of allergens includes magnesium, essential fatty acid oils, amino acids, grain mix (including gluten), yeast mix (including acidophilus), artificial...

Addiction Treatment: One Step on the Road to Recovery

Addiction Treatment: One Step on the Road to RecoveryExhaustion was the catalyst that took me to a recovery program. I was just so tired — tired of being sad and lonely, tired of fighting everything and everyone, and tired of living with my strange thoughts that would surely lead me to insanity. Do your days feel like an exercise in frustration and misery? Do you wake up with a feeling of...

Accept Pain or Get Relief?

Accept Pain or Get Relief? article by Chönyi Taylor

When the pain is too much to handle, then some relief gives us space to rest and recuperate. But if we choose to numb our pain all the time, we can end up in a closed and lonely world. If we choose to face our pain, then we have the opportunity to understand its source and that helps us to...

Great American SmokeOut

Great American SmokeOut

November 21st, 2013 is the Great American SmokeOut day. The SmokeOut is always the third Thursday of November, one week before Thanksgiving.

What are the Causes of Acne?

What are the Causes of Acne?

What are the causes of acne? There are many theories and myths about the causes of acne -- some are based on facts and some on hearsay. However there are several specific things to avoid (no, it's not chocolate)...

Cancer Meditation & Cancer Medication: A Powerful Combination

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Each cell has its own biological clock that controls its individual rate of repair, replication, and death. Cancer cells are part of your body. At one time, they functioned perfectly well. For mostly unknown causes, a cell of any tissue type may...

How Acupuncture Can Help Those Who Suffer from Hay Fever and Asthma

Few would deny that acupuncture is an effective system of altering bodily responses—its dramatic effects in producing local deadening of the nerves, so that surgeons can operate on a fully conscious patient, are convincing evidence that this is a powerful form of treatment. Whether acupuncture effectively treats all the ailments for which it is offered is another matter.

Natural Remedies for Hay Fever

Conventional medicine has some powerful weapons against hay fever but many people still turn to other forms of treatment. This chapter looks at all those that we have come across and tries to assess whether or not they may help you.

Restoring Your Eyesight to 20/20 Naturally

Restoring Your Eyesight to 20/20 Naturally

Experts have been studying the eye from many different angles for over a couple of centuries, yet the researchers seem no closer to understanding how vision really works than when the quest first started. At least nineteen theories have been postulated about the cause of myopia. Opinions also vary widely on how to treat myopia...

How to Care for the Skin

People with acne may try to stop outbreaks and oil production by scrubbing their skin and using strong detergent soaps. However, scrubbing will not improve acne; in fact, it can make the problem worse. Most doctors recommend that people with acne gently wash their skin with a mild cleanser, once in the morning and once in the evening. It is important that patients thoroughly rinse their skin after washing it.

If Your Smoker Tries to Quit...and Fails

Try not to worry too much if your smoker tries to quit and fails. A study by the University of Ottawa found that most smokers try to quit five times before they finally succeed. If your smoker doesn't quit this time, he or she will quit next time. If not next time, then the time after that. Your smoker will succeed. If you can honestly enjoy your smoker's predicament, laugh about it, and make light of it, your smoker is more likely to do the same...

Immune to Tetanus

Two out of three senior citizens may lack adequate immunity to tetanus, a life-threatening central nervous system ailment contracted when bacteria invade an open wound, usually a deep puncture or cut made by a nail or a knife, University of Florida researchers report.

Menopause Organizations

Menopause Organizations. Various organizations supply information and other assistance to women experiencing or approaching menopause. Phone numbers and addresses sometimes change. If any of these are out of date, please let us know.

Menopause Terms Glossary

Menopause Glossary. A definition of various terms associated with pre-menopause, menopause, or the menopausal age group.

Menopause and Mental Health

A popular myth pictures the menopausal woman shifting from raging, angry moods into depressive, doleful slumps with no apparent reason or warning. However, a study by psychologists at the University of Pittsburgh suggests that menopause does not cause unpredictable mood swings, depression, or even stress in most women. In fact, it may even improve mental health for some. This gives further support to the idea that menopause is not necessarily a negative experience.

Keeping Healthy throughout Menopause

Good nutrition and regular physical exercise are thought to improve overall health. Some doctors feel these factors can also affect menopause. Although these areas have not been well studied in women, anecdotal evidence is strongly in favor of eating well and exercising to help lower risks for CVD and osteoporosis.

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes, or flushes, are the most common symptom of menopause, affecting more than 60 percent of menopausal women in the U.S. A hot flash is a sudden sensation of intense heat in the upper part or all of the body.

Arthritis Diet Eating the Right Foods

Dietary practices have a major impact on arthritis. In fact, if you eat the typical American diet, it could be making your arthritis worse. The right foods can keep you free of stiff joints, swelling, and fatigue. Changing the way you eat will change the way you feel. Among the offenders are...

Balancing Female Hormones - Naturally

Women's lives are deeply affected by the ebb and flow of our hormones. Our female hormones make possible our greatest gifts for only we can bring forth life. But hormonal lack or imbalance can also be our most consistent enemy, causing the all too common miseries of PMS and menopause. Most women are still unaware of the fact that...

Breast Cancer Deception: From Profits and Pesticide to Medicine and Mammograms

Prior to fifty years ago the incidence of Breast Cancer for a woman's lifetime risk was one in twenty. Now it has skyrocketed to more than one in eight. Clearly the so-called war on cancer has not even made a dent in the breast cancer epidemic as the rates continue to climb at the rate of one per cent per year.

Breast Cancer Deception (Part 2)

Fifty years ago the incidence of Breast Cancer for a woman's lifetime risk was one in twenty. Now it has skyrocketed to one in eight. Clearly the so-called war on cancer has not even made a dent in the breast cancer epidemic as the rates continue to climb at the rate of one per cent per year.

Causes of Cancer

Food can make or break our health and, increasingly, factors related to food -- its quality, its nutritional constituents, even how it is grown and processed -- are considered a primary agent for contributing to the initiation and promotion of cancer. According to the National Academy of Sciences, 60% of all cancers in women and 40% of all cancers in men may be due to dietary and nutritional factors...

The Candida Question

Candida albicans is a yeast thought to be responsible for little more than irritating skin rashes or infections of the mouth or vagina. Yet, it also results in poor digestion, food intolerance, bloating, and altered bowel habits. An overgrowth of candida can inhibit the absorption of essential nutrients, creating vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Premenstrual Cramps

Cramping starts when the adrenal gland has been drained of its cortisone reserve. Progesterone is a precursor of cortisone, which is made by the adrenal glands. Cramping at the onset of a period can be painful and disruptive, but progesterone helps alleviate the discomfort by assisting the adrenal glands to create...

Causes of Disease

According to Chinese pathology, there are three principal causes of the disharmony that brings about disease: external factors, emotions, and irregularities in day-to-day living. The importance of a balanced state extends to the emotions and mind as well as the body. Any imbalance is seen as a potential...

Causes of Migraine Headaches

Doctors now believe there has to be a combination of triggers present for an attack to start. If you can identify and remove one or more of your personal trigger factors, you may be able to stop having migraine attacks for good. Most people think migraines are caused by chocolate, cheese, stress, anxiety....

Immune System Rebound for Some Children with AIDS

by Victoria White. Young children infected with aids have one substantial advantage over those who are older: a much greater capacity for immune system restoration when treated with a potent new class of aids drugs, according to a new University of Florida study.

Are You in Pain?

Being in pain, hour after hour, day after day, rips away your strength, your hope, your personality, and even your love. Your pain can probably be cured. Your own body has a healing force that will enable you to rise above your pain, and feel whole and happy once again.

Chronic Pain Syndrome

Being in pain, hour after hour, day after day, rips away your strength, your hope, your personality, and even your love. Your pain can probably be cured. Your own body has a healing force that will enable you to rise above your pain, and feel whole and happy once again.

Depression or Love and a Heroin Fix

by Peter Ralston. We see depression being accompanied by various sub-qualities such as anger, hurt, helplessness, fear, grief, or sadness, but the root of the depression is the same. It appears that depression occurs when we are drawn to...

Controlling Asthma Requires Constant Vigilance

Modern medicine can control most cases of asthma, but so many children don't take their prescriptions as directed that health-care professionals and parents must constantly be alert for failure to follow doctor's orders, a University of Florida physician warns.

Remedies for Alzheimers

Herbal Remedies for Alzheimer's - Kelp, Butcher's Broom, Ginkgo Biloba. Three herbs that can have beneficial effects on this disease.

Herbs For Relieving Cancer

This herb gets its name from bur, for its tenacious burrs, and dock old English for plant. Many scientists are skeptical about Burdock and its uses. However, as a healing herb it has a potential for treating cancer. Early Chinese physicians, as well as Ayurvedic healers, used Burdock as...

Become AWARE of Pain

Become AWARE of Pain by Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., ABPP

by Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., ABPP. All of us who have chronic pain know that it tends to change our personality. Over time, the continued struggle with pain tends to zap your energy and strength. Life is harder and more stressful when persistent pain is a central part of it. Fortunately, now there are...

Am I Crazy or Menopausal

My first thoughts were that I was going crazy. I was sure of it. After all, what else could possibly be causing the sudden and unexpected onset of memory lapses, anxiety, depression, night sweats, and phobia attacks that had completely turned my life upside down? My initial visits with my internist had turned up nothing, further convincing me that I was losing my mind...

12 Steps to Recovery

In America, our only "down" time seems to be the daily drive to and from work, which, if it happens to be on Florida's I-95, tends to exacerbate stress and anxiety rather than temper it. By the time most of us are home from a typical day's work...

Nearsighted Personality

From interviews of tens of thousands of nearsighted patients, I've been able to catalog patterns of personalities and their potential behaviors that can present clues to direct you into a deeper self-understanding, helping you to know who you are behind the illusionary perceptions and beliefs of your present way of seeing.

Diet Nutrition Cancer

by W. John Diamond, M.D. and W. Lee Cowden, M.D.

The leading nutritional problem in the United States today is the eating of too many empty-calorie foods, says Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., a biochemist and nutrition expert. This contributes to nutrient deficiencies that can rob the body of its natural resistance to disease while weakening overall physiological performance.

Healing Cancer on My Own

In February of 1975, when I was 29 years old, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. As I thought about what my doctor said, I became convinced that the line of treatment he outlined was all wrong for me. It seemed painful, complicated, and disharmonious with nature.

Eye Body Connection

Vision problems are very frequently accompanied by specific patterns of muscle tension and weakness. As with other types of physical problems, it is very difficult to say with accuracy, This tension created that problem or That problem may have caused this tension...

Fertility & Subfertility

Subfertility is a relatively common problem but, because it is one that strikes deep into the psyche of couples who experience it, it is often concealed, so that it is far more common than is generally realized. It is estimated that as many as one in six couples have difficulty in conceiving the number of children they want when they want them.

Fibromyalgia Pain

Americans who suffer from fibromyalgia live with a two-edged sword: excruciating pain, accompanied by the doubts of many who dismiss it as a made-up illness invented by a troubled mind. But researchers at the University of Florida and elsewhere are beginning to piece together clues that reveal the physical...

Gene Therapy to Treat Obesity

University of Florida scientists have successfully used gene therapy to control appetite and weight in obese animal models. "This would be the couch potato's dream: You can eat what you want but stay lean," said Sergei Zolotukhin, a research associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology in...

Healing Quadriplegia A Miraculous True Story

Over the next 2 months I remained hospitalized. I began talking to God (praying) and listening to God (meditating). This became my full-time occupation. I was given this earthly analogy: it is easier for God to heal quadriplegia than it is for a person to scatter the dust of a puff-ball mushroom with a single gentle breath.

A Personal Experience: Do It Yourself Childbirth (Part II)

by Laura Kaplan Shanley. The word alone makes most people cringe. Instantly, one imagines a frightened, tearful woman lying in a hospital bed surrounded by masked men and women and perhaps a family member.

Diabetes screening for genetic susceptibility to diabetes

Most cases of insulin-dependent diabetes are discovered only when symptoms of diabetes appear. But through a sophisticated diabetes screening program at the University of Florida, a Gainesville family knows their 20-month-old daughter is all but certain to develop diabetes.

Is Suicide the Answer?

I'm 32 years old, and I spent years of my life wanting to die. I'm not here to tell you what the textbooks and the professionals tell those of us who have been suicidal. Nor am I here to talk you out of anything you might be thinking of doing. That's really up to you...

Tension and Headaches

Approximately 90 percent of headaches are tension headaches. Tension headaches can be caused by almost any type of stress: too much or too little exertion, too much or too little excitement, too hot or too cold temperatures, too much or too little sleep, too erect or too limp posture, too much or too little food, and so on.

Last Day at the Radiation Clinic

As I stood in the bathroom one morning, my mother's voice told me rather rudely to "check my breast." I always did what my mother told me, even if she had gone to God over ten years before. I wasn't about to argue with anyone that had the power to reach down to me from so far away. She was right. I listened and I am alive.

But Why Do I Have ADD?

Many people with ADD or ADHD are very intelligent, always thinking of new possibilities and ways to make things better. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Winston Churchill are classic examples. The inability to get along in school is not necessarily the sign of a failure for life.

High Blood Pressure

by Maureen Keane.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very difficult health disorder condition for a number of reasons. It is very common, affecting an estimated 24 percent of all American adults, about 43 million people. Among older adults the percentage is even higher. It is a leading cause of strokes, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure.

Cancer Prevention and Sunlight

In some respects cancer is to industrialized countries today what tuberculosis was to the 18th and 19th century: a major cause of death and misery which defeats the best efforts of conventional medicine. Then, as now, all of the emphasis was on removing the manifestation of the disease and not on enhancing the patient's ability to overcome it.

High Blood Pressure (2)

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very difficult health disorder condition for a number of reasons. It is very common, affecting an estimated 24 percent of all American adults, about 43 million people. Among older adults the percentage is even higher. It is a leading cause of strokes, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure.

Insomnia: To Sleep or To Lie Awake?

Falling asleep can be so easy, and yet at times it can be so difficult. When insomniacs meet with narcoleptics (people who have an uncontrollable tendency to fall asleep throughout the day), each is inevitably jealous of the other's condition.

Irregular Heartbeats

by Christine Penko

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, had stabilized his potentially fatal irregular heartbeat for the first time.

How The Brain Can Stop Pain

Being in pain, hour after hour, day after day, rips away your strength, your hope, your personality, and even your love. Your pain can probably be cured. Your own body has a healing force that will enable you to rise above your pain, and feel whole and happy once again.

How Pain Works

Being in pain, hour after hour, day after day, rips away your strength, your hope, your personality, and even your love. Your pain can probably be cured. Your own body has a healing force that will enable you to rise above your pain, and feel whole and happy once again.

Schizophrenia

Scientists have tried through the years to attribute schizophrenia to one brain abnormality or another, but solid proof has been lacking. Now University of Florida researchers have found that subtle differences in 10 brain structures can provide a strong indicator of whether someone has the disorder.

Prostate Health: What Not To Let Your Doctor Do

When your doctor gives you a diagnosis of prostate cancer, he or she is also likely to tell you that you must have treatment immediately or you will die. Each specialist urges you to opt for their approach (surgery, or radiation, or hormone therapy), insisting that it's absolutely the best thing to do, and that you should do it right now.

Strategies to Help Alleviate and Heal Your Sinusitis

Inflammation in the sinuses, called sinusitis, creates head pain, facial tenderness, eyeball aching, and even a sensation that feels like the teeth are long. These symptoms make sinusitis sound like a type of torture, as any sufferer will confirm.

What Is The Dark Side of Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)

There has been much ado in the press about the wonders of the drug tamoxifen (Novadex) for the treatment and possible prevention of breast cancer. But as is the case with all pharmaceutical drugs, there are serious dangers. It has potential lethal side-effects.

Beware Tamoxifen

There has been much ado in the press about the wonders of the drug tamoxifen (Novadex) for the treatment and possible prevention of breast cancer. But as is the case with all pharmaceutical drugs, there are serious dangers. It has potential lethal side-effects.

Diaphragmatic Hernia

The method doctors traditionally use to treat diaphragmatic hernia, a life-threatening birth defect, can actually worsen the lung condition and should be abandoned in favor of a "revolutionary" treatment strategy that dramatically increases the survival chances of affected newborns,

One Minute Treatment for Acne

Although acne is an all-too-common problem for teenagers, adults experience it as well. Skin symptoms are most likely internal problems that are manifesting on the skin. The skin is considered the third kidney ? it is another organ of elimination that the body deploys to externalize oils and other matter not excreted from the body in the urine or stool. Thus treating skin problems is an inside job.

Are You Looking... or Seeing?

A great deal of research has been done in an effort to understand the structures and processes that are necessary for vision. What is obvious is that each eye feeds specific information through the visual pathways to the two sides of the brain.

One Minute Strategies for Arthritis

There are dozens of kinds of arthritis: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, systemic lupus, and bursitis, to name just a few. Each type of arthritis has numerous influences that increase or decrease the chances of getting it.

Getting Rid of Constipation

Although constipation itself is not an illness, it is a symptom of something wrong. Is your diet adequate? Is there too much stress in your life? Were you exposed to certain toxic substances? Is it a side effect from a medication?

Getting Rid of PMS - Premenstrual Syndrome

Approximately 50 percent of all women experience a variety of symptoms from the biological warfare occurring in their body, including cramps, breast swelling and tenderness, water retention, moodiness, irritability, headaches, backaches, insomnia, fatigue, constipation, complexion problems, and food cravings.

Viagra and Heart Disease

University of Florida cardiologists say there is no solid scientific evidence that patients with cardiovascular disease face a higher risk of death when they take Viagra. Viagra, the tradename for the drug sildenafil citrate, is used to treat erectile dysfunction, which affects an estimated 150 million men worldwide. Many of...

Electromagnetic Fields (2)

by Herbert Ross, Keri Brenner & Burton Goldberg.

Electromagnetic fields are a type of low-level radiation generated by computer terminals, microwave ovens, and other electronic devices. While the intensity of these fields is small, studies continue to show that they may be a factor in a number of chronic illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, and sleep...

Learning from Pain and Pleasure

by J. Donald Walters. The pain one experiences if one goes against Nature, and the pleasure if one cooperates with it, is one way all creatures are guided -- not always infallibly, but in a general sense correctly. A child learns, if it touches a hot stove, not to repeat the experiment. Sensitivity to extreme heat is given us for our protection, not for our misery. All living creatures learn, quickly or slowly according to their intelligence, what 'works' for them and what doesn't.

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