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Remedies for 8 Weird Physical Manifestations


By: Gemma Lagasca


body quirksAre you sometimes bothered by strange body quirks? Don’t ignore them. Your body is telling you that there’s something unhealthy about your lifestyle. Correct them at once to be comfortable and to avoid more serious conditions from developing.

  1. The uncontrollable hiccups.  Hiccups arise due to the contraction of the diaphragm. The common causes of hiccups are binge-eating, eating without proper chewing and accidental swallowing of air. This kind of strange condition will just disappear on its own. However, you can do little tricky things to draw away the hiccups – drink a glass of water, get a small plastic or paper bag and hold it nearer to your mouth and nose and then breathe for several counts. Try also to hold your breath as long as you can for few times.
  2. The “brain freeze”. Frozen foods like ice cream tend to be the culprit to experience an episode of brain freeze. “Brain freeze” or ice cream headaches takes place when you eat something cold that touches the sensitive nerve somewhere in your mouth. The nerves will trigger the blood vessels in the front area of your head to swell.  The quick swelling is the reason for the mythical term “brain freeze”. The solution for this odd body reaction is just to eat the frozen food slowly.

  3. Vertigo in action. Sometimes you feel like your house is moving for a short span of time or sometimes persists for over an hour.  You can’t distinguish if that is dizziness or vertigo. Vertigo takes place when there is nerve damage in the inner ear.  There is a feeling of ear discomfort and you will soon observe involuntary motions and eye movements.
  4. Mood killer Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. The sweating mostly appears on the soles, worse in palms, face and more in the armpits. Though this condition is uncomfortable, the affected people are mostly the healthy ones. Recommended remedies are Botox injection, antiperspirants with aluminum chloride or surgery.
  5. Raccoon eyes. The dark color that surrounds the eyes is caused by fatigue – aside from age factors. This is mainly due to lack of sleep – making the skin look pale thus emphasizing the dark circle around the eyes. In other condition, raccoon eyes can also happen because of allergies and faulty genetic traces.
  6. Numbing of arm or leg. This sensation is caused by pressure on nerves making them incapable to pass on messages to the brain. This is just temporary and a risk-free condition. The recommended solution is very simple – change your sleeping position. However, if the condition persists and you are already experiencing the tingling factor, it may be a symptom of a more serious condition that needs further evaluation.
  7. The ear popping. Ear popping usually happens while in the plane because of the pressure and altitude changes that rapidly affects the inner and outer ears. To aid the condition, close your mouth, hold your nose and make a gentle blow. Yawning is also helpful or you may chew a chewing gum while on board.
  8. Red nose like Rudolf? Red nose is a chronic skin condition also called Rosacea. It often appears on sensitive skin particularly on the face and nose area. This is mostly seen in men than women. It is a genetically acquired condition but it can be treated thru laser treatment and Dermabrasion.

Yes, we all have our own mannerisms but when it comes to symptoms of diseases – better be knowledgeable on how to deal with them.

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Prevent Stress by Changing the Way You React to Circumstances


By: Gynn Flores


StressStress is the number one cause of diseases nowadays. Many dreaded diseases are acquired because of this. It comes as a surprise that even if there is no trace of such disease in your family, one can be afflicted with it. Our bodies have the ability to cope with stress but there are limitations. You also need to help your natural defenses to fight it.

Identify the causes of stress. Do not just ignore and never be contented to live with it. These are some common causes:

  • Work related problems
  • Family issues and misunderstandings
  • Conflicts
  • Pressures
  • Financial difficulties
  • Sickness
  • Nervousness and fear
  • Failed or unhealthy relationships
  • Alcoholism

Develop a positive attitude in dealing with the many causes of stress. The following will be helpful:

  • Maintain an open communication with the people around you. Sometimes, problems are easily solved when you talk about them. There is no point keeping things to yourself and suffer unnecessarily.
  • Seek for the advice and opinions of elders and resource persons. They may have already encountered the same situation in the past and learning from them may solve the problem easily. Prolonging the agony can be avoided.
  • Live within your means. Splurging when you really cannot afford it can only make you incur debts which can lead to financial difficulties. When you are heavily indebted, you definitely have a stressful life. Live simply and avoid unnecessary expenses. As much as possible, save for the rainy days. Look for other options to earn if what you do now cannot substantially provide for your needs.

  • Know how to unwind and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Accumulating wealth is good but being greedy is another thing. Give yourself a break sometimes. Having coffee and lovely conversation with friends and loved ones is highly recommended.
  • Have a holiday if you can afford it. A different atmosphere can make you explore and relax your senses. If not, then just give yourself a free day and do things you love doing like a hobby or just watch your favorite TV show or a nice movie.
  • Know how to delegate. Doing everything all by yourself and not having enough time for all the tasks can deteriorate the quality of your work.
  • Exercise and eat healthy.  Nothing beats a sound mind and a healthy body.  It keeps you away from any diseases and makes you feel good. Take supplements as recommended by your doctor.

Being stress free can improve the quality of your life thus making yourself healthy in the process. Yes, working hard is mandatory in these trying times but you also need to enjoy and give yourself a break once in a while. Do not let the tolls of everyday life affect your relationship with your partner. If it affects your capacity to do things, seek help and know new ways modern science has to offer. It pays to be knowledgeable on what can be done to get rid of negative conditions.

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Turning Phobias into Challenges


By: Gemma Lagasca


PhobiaDid you ever realize that you have Phobia?

Phobia is a kind of anxiety disorder. A person with irrational fear on anyone or anything sometimes poses weird response—either funny or embarrassing or worst lead him or her in danger.

Here are 15 listed interesting unusual phobias for your curiosity.

    1. Nomophobia—is a term discovered in 2008 by British researchers to those who have anxiety in losing access to their mobile technology. Such individuals are too worried to run out of phone battery, constant checking of new text messages and emails. They can’t even sleep or go to the comfort room without having their phone beside them.
    2. Friggartriskaidekaphobia—is a fear of Friday the 13th beliefs. Most people understand that Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck. This superstitious belief was started in 1911 and begins inflicting people in 1953. The people relate the unlucky number 13 in the bible. They associated it to the number of people in the Last supper before Jesus was arrested by the Roman soldiers and crucified. The unlucky day, Friday was also referred to the disaster happened in 1800s and soon associated the superstition every Friday the 13th. Until now many people are suffering from this kind of fear.

  1. Arachibutyrohobia—being afraid of peanut butter to stick in the roof of mouth. Say sorry for peanut butter sandwich for snacks!
  2. Lachanophobia—people who have irrational fear in vegetables. They are most likely meat lovers and carbohydrate-enrich diets.
  3. Melophobia—is a fear of music. People who have this fear are definitely enjoying star gazing at night and chosen to be in a quiet and cozy place.
  4. Heliophobia—is a fear of sun exposure. People who are suffering from this phobia don’t mind summer time’s exciting activities.
  5. Oenophobia—fear of wines. Those people have no fascination with a glass of Merlot or Chardonnay.
  6. Dipsophobic—people who are scared of drinking alcohol. Good for them!
  7. Alliumphobia—they are people who have fear in garlic—weather it’s the smell or the taste are both related to it. It is the oddest kind of phobia you might ever been encountered.
  8. Somniphobia—this too dangerous for someone who has fear of sleeping. You need further medical attention to overcome this fear. Our body needs 8 hours sleep in a day to live normally.
  9. Anthophobia—fear of flowers. It’s exactly a weird thing for women. Maybe men are most likely having this fear—a bouquet of flowers is actually costly that’s why they tend to be afraid of it!
  10. Sophophobia—a fear of learning or studying. People with this kind of fear await a scary future.
  11. Chrometophobia—fear of money. This is the most amazing fear you may be encountered.
  12. Sanguivoriphobia—people who are scared of bloodsuckers or vampires. This Halloween season is the hardest season of the year for them.
  13. Medorthophobia—this fear affects men that being afraid of erection. Whoa! It sounds unusual!

Phobia is psychological in nature – so, a psychiatrist can definitely help! This is a challenge towards healing.

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Outcome of Viagra Abuse Inherited by Cialis


By: Elena Grace Flores


ED MedResearchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles noticed a substantial number of fatalities due to cardiovascular malfunctions with close association with Viagra use in year 2000. 522 deaths occurred within 5 hours of taking the minimal Viagra dosage of 50 mg. Common factors include the same age group below 65 years old, without history of cardiovascular conditions and no possible risk of heart ailments. Some deaths were traced from nitrates and amyl nitrate use together with Viagra.

These deaths were never acknowledged publicly and there was downplaying of the real side effects and damaging results from the association of these drugs with other elements in various prescribed or non-prescribed medications. The worst happened when Viagra was used by teenagers without ED as party drug. This was reported by the law enforcement officers from Athens, Georgia. There were also reports in 2002 from the study conducted by California Department of Health in San Francisco that bisexual and gay men Viagra users were four times higher than heterosexual men. The dangerous part was, they were fond of combining Ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and crystal methamphetamine with Viagra.

Finding the Right Approach

The FDA and the maker of Viagra, Pfizer already bombarded the public with too much information but the excitement of vicious men was leading others into the pit. Men on HIV medications have greater chances of being affected with ED. The right approach as always indicated by the manufacturers and government agencies is to consult a doctor and never self-medicate. They are the ones who know for sure that some protease inhibitors trigger tremendous blood level increase when associated with Viagra thus resulting to visual impairment, fainting, headache and priapism or painful and prolonged erection.

Irresponsible people who distributed these sexual boosters mainly Viagra plus Levitra and Cialis as power display during parties to people without caring about their medical history were the culprits. Takers never had an idea that it was fatal to combine these ED medications with their party drugs or even with what they were taking during those times. Naturally, the bad outcome of those incidents gave a bad name to not only Viagra and Levitra but also Cialis – that was released only in a much later date.

The Ultimate Truth

Cialis is one of the five oral drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat erectile dysfunction along with Levitra, Staxyn, Viagra and Stendra and all of these work by increasing the flow of blood into the penis so that when a male is sexually stimulated, he can get an erection. The good side of Cialis aside from having the FDA approval is that it takes effect faster (within 15 minutes) unlike Levitra and Viagra which takes effect in about 30 minutes. Also, Cialis effect lasts much longer (36 hours) that’s why it is called “The Weekend Pill”. Others only last for about 5 to 6 hours. On the not so good side, Cialis should not be taken if you have the following conditions:

  • If you have suffered from a heart attack, stroke or life threatening arrhythmia (irregular heart rate) within the last 6 months
  • If you have uncontrolled high or low blood pressure
  • If you experienced chest pain and dizziness while having sex

The side effects of Cialis and other approved ED drug remedies would be as follows:

  • Headache
  • Upset Stomach or Heartburn
  • Flushing (feeling warm)
  • Changes in vision (color, glare)
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Back Pain

Should the above symptoms persist for more than 4 hours, then you have to go to your doctor to check what is wrong. In addition treat it as an emergency if you suffer any of the following after taking Cialis:

  1. Rash
  2. Painful Erection
  3. Prolonged Erection (longer than 4 hours as this can damage the penis)
  4. Fainting
  5. Chest Pains
  6. Itching or burning while urinating

In addition, stop taking Cialis if you experience sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes. This might be a rare vision problem called NAION (Nonarteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy) where the blood flow is blocked to the optic nerve. People prone to NAION are the following:

  • Over 50 years old
  • Smokers
  • Have Heart Disease
  • Have Diabetes
  • Have High Blood Pressure
  • Have High Cholesterol Level
  • Have Certain Eye Problems

Furthermore, there are certain situations in which Cialis may not be safe to take. Before taking them, inform you doctor:

  • If you are allergic to any drugs including Viagra or other ED medications
  • If you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medications including herbal and dietary supplements
  • If you are scheduled for surgery, including dental surgery
  • If you take nitro-glycerine or a long-acting nitrate to treat chest pain as when combined with any ED medications can cause dangerously low blood pressure.
  • If you are taking alpha-blockers for blood pressure or prostate problems, dangerously low blood pressure can also be caused when combined with ED medications.
  • If you have kidney trouble or if on dialysis
  • If you have stomach ulcers
  • If you have a bleeding disorder such as haemophilia
  • If you have been told not to have sexual intercourse due to health reasons

As an additional precaution, always follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Inquire from your doctor if something is not clear to you. Take these drugs exactly as directed and take it whole, do not break it. You can take this pill with or without food. Taking it more or less than prescribed by your doctor will be risky. Do not take it more than once a day and if you have to take it daily, then take one almost the same time each day. These drugs should be kept in its original container and out of reach of children. Keep them away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away expired medication or if no longer preserved in good condition.

Cialis like any prescription drug should be taken with your doctor’s approval. The not so good side may outweigh the good side as enumerated above but the benefit you can get out of it really serves its purpose. The outcome could mean complete satisfaction for you and your partner plus an added confidence you will feel when engaging in intimate activities. As an added warning, be careful when ordering online, it should come from reputable companies so you can be sure you are getting the right drug and the right formulation as prescribed by your doctor.

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Heartburn Medicine without Prescription


By: Gemma Lagasca


HeartburnHeartburn is a symptom, not a condition or disease, and it can be caused by: Eating certain foods (chocolate, peppermint, fatty foods, and acid foods are common culprits). Having a hiatal hernia, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Medication side effects. The most common symptoms of heartburn include: A sour taste in the mouth that creeps up the throat.A feeling of burning in the chest.Pain in the throat or neck. Heartburn and Indigestion:

What’s the Difference? These digestive problems are often confused, but they’re not the same. You can have heartburn and indigestion together, and they may even feel similar, but they’re not interchangeable. Both heartburn and indigestion describe symptoms that occur after you eat, often from eating foods that tend to cause these symptoms and from the way that you eat — too much or too quickly.

Heartburn can be a symptom of indigestion, since indigestion is a collection of symptoms, but heartburn is also its own distinct symptom. Indigestion, on the other hand, isn’t related to stomach acid. Instead, it more often seems connected to emotional health and your state of mind — feeling stressed, nervous, or anxious seems to trigger bouts of indigestion, while feeling relaxed tends to prevent them. Indigestion — the medical term for which is dyspepsia — includes a number of symptoms and can often be a sign of some other health condition. There are a variety of heartburn drugs available over the counter to relieve symptoms. If these fail to relieve your symptoms, talk to your doctor about other available heartburn treatment options. He or she may want to evaluate you for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Non-prescription medications used to treat heartburn and other mild GERD symptoms include:

Antacids for Heartburn

Antacids neutralize stomach acid to help relieve heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, and stomach upset. They are also occasionally recommended to help relieve the pain of ulcers. Some antacids also contain simethicone, an ingredient that helps eliminate excess gas. Some antacids contain ingredients that can cause diarrhea, such as magnesium, or constipation, such as aluminum. Examples of antacids include:
• Alka-Seltzer – is an effervescent antacid and pain reliever
• Alka-2, Tums and Titralac – are Calcium carbonate antacids that can also be a supplemental source of calcium.

  • Alternagel and Amphojel – are aluminum hydroxide suspension – oral
  • Gaviscon – is an antacid treatment that contains alginic acid and sodium bicarbonate.
  • Gelusil – is an antacid and antigas in the form of tablets
  • Maalox –
  • Mylanta
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Rolaids
  • Surpass Gum

You should take antacids exactly as directed by your doctor, or according to the manufacturer’s directions. If you are using the tablets, chew them well before swallowing for faster relief. Serious side effects can occur with an overdose or overuse of antacids. Side effects include constipation, diarrhea, changes in the color of bowel movements, and stomach cramps.
Acid Reducers for Heartburn
There are two types of drugs that work to reduce the production of acid in the stomach: histamine antagonists (H2 antagonists or H2 blockers) and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Examples of H2 blockers available over the counter include:

  • Axid AR
  • Pepcid AC
  • Tagamet HB
  • Zantac 75

The FDA has approved the proton pump inhibitors Prevacid 24HR, Prilosec OTC, and Zegerid OTC for over-the-counter use to treat frequent heartburn (more than two episodes per week) for 14 days. All of these drugs are also available in prescription strength. Take these drugs according to the directions on the package or as advised by your doctor. If these medications don’t relieve your symptoms, or if your heartburn symptoms get worse or persist for longer then a couple of weeks, you should see your doctor.

Possible serious side effects that need to be reported to your doctor right away include confusion, chest tightness, bleeding, sore throat, fever, irregular heartbeat, weakness, and unusual fatigue. Other, less serious side effects include mild headache, dizziness, and diarrhea, which are usually temporary and will likely go away on their own. Combination Antacid/Acid Reducer for Heartburn. There is only one drug of this type, Pepcid Complete. It combines the acid-neutralizing capability of an antacid and the acid-reducing actions of an acid-blocker drug.

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