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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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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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Top 5 Considerations when Setting Up a Coffee Shop


By: Gemma Lagasca


Coffee ShopWorking people are haggling with time to finish the task for the day – and that’s the normal scene during weekdays for most of us. Having a cup of brewed coffee is a helpful way to fuel-up your mind and body. It’s interesting to see those people who love to stay hours in a coffee shop. How relaxing indeed to stay in a cozy place with soft jazz music playing at the background – while the aromatic scent of fresh coffee is on the air. You can seat-back and relax on a comfortable couch with your laptop on the table. Aside from catching up with work, is a suitable place to bond with friends too online. Just activate the connection over the net and login to your favorite social media or take time in answering your emails without looking so stressful.

After a while, the coffee shop assistant calls your name to inform you that your hot latte is ready. Known coffee shops owners know the secret techniques on how to encourage people to drink coffee from their shops instead of making it at home? In fact, we can easily buy coffee beans and other flavorings from the supermarket if we want to. We can even use a specialized coffee maker to create our own version of brewed coffee. Why is it that nothing can beat a coffee shop when it comes to coffee drinking? Here’s why:

  • It’s the taste. Everybody can make coffee at home but an established coffee shop has its own signature flavor that is tested with time. They have created personalized servings using special coffee beans, chocolates, whip cream, creamers, sugar and toppings to improve their products better. Additionally, every shop has its own style of coffee cups, cutlery and table settings to compliment the tasty coffee.
  • Complete coffee-making facility from grinder to brewer. Coffee beans that are brewed right after grinding are the best. It’s not just practical to buy these facilities for home use because they are very costly and maintenance costs can also add up to the burden.
  • The shop’s ambiance is enhanced with its interior designs and lighting. The glass walls also will allow a coffee drinker to watch people passing by. The landscape, ornamental plants, sounds and tricks from a water fountain are enticing view while mesmerizing over coffee. The relaxing atmosphere is just so irresistible that the soft couch is like calling a tired body to lay on it. The color combinations are welcoming and the art works hanged on the walls are classical and inspiring.

  • The relaxing sound is holistic. Although you can easily turn-on an iPod at home to listen to your favorite music, it is different to hear the well selected coffee shop music that is so soothing. Maybe the right volume and frequency flowing freely are also additional factors why it’s so therapeutic to just hang around in those places.
  • A social but discreet place to meet or make friends. Going out with friends is indeed a part of social life. Bonding can also be done at home if you are willing to invite your friends and entertain them. But it’s very different when you dress up and be seen outside of your premises. You can just enjoy the company with the coffee without worrying on washing the mugs or used utensils.  It’s nice to get-off from those clutters sometimes.

Going out once in a while is priceless. It helps you renew your minds from the daily grind in life at least temporarily. People just don’t go to coffee shops for coffee – also the nice things that come with it which is vital in renewing your energy for the challenges ahead of you. These things are essential considerations when deciding to open a coffee shop for business.

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Habits that Hamper Concentration


By: Gemma Lagasca


ConcentrationDo you always have a problem focusing on your work or studies? According to Lucy Jo, PhD who is a respected Psychologist, there are ways to manage concentration culprits. The biggest distraction why people are becoming less attentive to their daily responsibilities is because of getting hooked to network sites. The activities in the cloud are quick, fuss-free and enjoyable yet they kill attention and time in performing the necessary tasks at hand. And also, losing concentration can have psychological impacts. Here are some advices on how to deal with concentration killers to retain a sound mind:

  1. Mobile gadgets: I think there are only few people who can ignore a cell phone’s ringtone. Once the phone rings, it will already kill your concentration and immediately interrupt your task at hand. To avoid affecting your daily task, try to set a caller ID to identify if it is an emergency call but if you suspect that the call is not urgent let the voicemail handle it. If you are attending an important meeting, put your mobile phone in to silent mode to avoid getting distracted. You may also set a specific time to read all the voice mails and messages received during your free time.
  2. Social Media: They are comfortable means for reaching out to friends and families living in any part of the universe. You can get through your favorite social media anytime and many times for as long as you want. However, social media is number one on the major concentration distractions’ list. To avoid this in your system, stay away from logging in while at work. If you want to get updates, set a schedule or make it during a quick break. This way, your focus on work will not interrupt your concentration. If for some reasons, you can’t resist logging in – then it’s about time to disconnect your internet access until you’re off from work.
  3. Pesky Feelings: Oh! This is quite hard because the problem is within you. Too much worries and concerns will totally devastate your concentration. It’s hard to set your mind and body to start your new task for the day. In fact, you sometimes carry the emotions from yesterday’s event and add them to the current dissatisfaction or disagreement with your boss or partner. However, these disturbing thoughts can be fixed within 3 minutes of meditation. Set yourself for a while to sort out what’s buzzing around your mind. After that, write down your task and highlight the most important chore that you need to complete within a specific time frame. This way, you can push yourself to focus and draw away pesky feelings while at work. You will be surprised with the outcome after you have successfully accomplished your main job.

  4. Boredom or Getting Burn Out: Let’s admit the fact that there are different kinds of tasks every day. Sometimes we get bored of our regular tasks although we have no choice but to accomplish them. As a result, it will take a little harder for our attention to focus. Additionally, the internet is enticing while your friends are online chatting. But, to avoid getting mixed up, hang on for a while and make a deal with yourself. If you prolong this kind of double or multi-tasking, you are only prolonging your agony. If you look forward to enjoy a coffee break, commit yourself – sit down and enjoy the whole process. You can turn on your iPod to listen to your music collections while sipping your coffee. This is not only relaxing but also very inspiring to do.

In conclusion, when you feel that depression is striking your concentration, this is a serious matter. According to the National Institute of Mental Health – being sad, hopeless and quiet are the symptoms of depression and a person detected with these signs needs medical attention as quickly as possible.

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Hydrogen Sulphide: Hazardous or the next Anti-aging Regimen?


By: Gemma Lagasca


SulphurWhat is Hydrogen Sulphide?

Hydrogen Sulphide is a chemical formula in the form of gas. It exists naturally and artificially through the process of laboratory chemistry. The formula for this compound is H2S—it means it consists of 2(+) hydrogen ions (H) and 1(-) sulphur ion (S). This chemical compound is often called “sewer gas” due to its distinguishing stink that is comparable to sewage or manure smell. Traditionally, this kind of element is considered hazardous and known as killer gas. Nevertheless, in today’s modern outlook and fast-phased technological development, the perception changed.

Hydrogen Sulphide has been a useful compound commercially and has several modern applications. Scientists primarily use this chemical in generating pure sulphur that is essential for chemical experimentation and laboratory chemistry. It is also beneficial in manufacturing metal sulphides and alkali metal sulphides.
Hydrogen Sulphide: To stave-off aging?

Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) is now showing its full potential medically. According to the latest journal of Molecular and Cellular Biology, China’s group of researchers have seen and explored the compound’s ability to rejuvenate human’s aging stage. The researches cited that they have seen essential endogenous signalling molecules in H2S and its significance in humans’ nervous system and cardiovascular system. They confer that the evidences that they gathered are promising in staving-off aging – by forbidding the free-radical reaction and by activating SIRT1—or an enzyme that interacts with the genes. Klotho is an enzyme in humans encoded by the KL gene – as they both contribute in regulating a human’s lifespan and interrupt the aging activity.

Hydrogen Sulphide functions as anti-oxidant. This element can be found naturally in the human body and trigger several essential physiological reactions. According to Zhi-Sheng Jiang, the author of the said study from the University of South China; Hunan “H2S has the ability to maintain the arteries’ cleanliness and prohibit free-radicals as you age. Therefore if the body relaxes the vascular endothelium and makes muscle cells smooth, the result is the slowing down the stages of ageing. Associated diseases are also prevented during the process. Jiang and his team used mice for their experimentation. They discovered that mice are lacking of CSE—the gene for an enzyme producing H2S. They concluded that mice manifest premature arteriosclerosis and fast aging. According to that discovery, they got the idea that Klotho is the free hydrogen sulphide that could be the source of the anti-aging element once activated as natural endogenous anti-oxidant.

H2S in kidneys can get through Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibiting activity or acts as ACE inhibitor. The Ace inhibitor has something to do with a certain medicine that will tone down high blood pressure. It was concluded that the lack of H2S can lead to cardiovascular illnesses.

Based on the animal experimentation, the researchers reported that the decline of H2S in the system could be the source of some neurological issues. The endogenous Hydrogen sulphide was found to be a beneficial source to fight against Parkinson’s disease and works well with Alzheimer’s patient. In fact, H2S may also defend the body against cancers.

Jiang concluded that all the needed data are available to enhance their study but strongly endorsed that H2S could be the next potential anti-aging regimen that can also prevent age-associated diseases. In fact, the researchers asserted that they may develop an H2S product which will serve as anti-aging supplement in the future.

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