Homeopathic Remedies For ADHD

ADHD!Homeopathic remedies for ADHD has been gaining popularity in recent years. Perhaps this shift to a more natural solution has to do with the possibility of both long and short-term addition, or maybe prescription medications failed to produce results (30% of the time), or perhaps the realization that prescription medications only mask ADHD symptoms such as inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity was a factor.

Homeopathic Remedies for ADHD – What Are They Anyway?

The science of homeopathy is known for safety and is the use of diluted natural ingredients to cure, manage, and heal a myriad of different conditions and diseases, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some homeopathic remedies for ADHD only contain a few well researched ingredients while others take a broader approach and may contain 20 or more well diluted ingredients. Each formulation has advantages and disadvantages based on the symptoms that are being treated.
Few would argue that more research needs to be conducted on homeopathic remedies for ADHD but the research studies we do have seems to support the idea that these intricate dilutions produce about the same success rate as the current batch of ADHD prescription medications. Additionally, one study found that 57 percent of test subjects showed improvement in ADHD symptoms even after the homeopathic remedies for ADHD had been discontinued. A very bold claim that cannot be matched by any current prescription medications. Continue Reading ...

COPD Types and Causes

You may have heard the term “COPD” on television or in ads. You may have noticed the commercials comparing breathing difficulty to the likes of an elephant sitting on your chest. If you struggle from shortness of breath your physician may have already mentioned COPD to you. But what exactly is it? And what does it mean?
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Chronic means long lasting and continual. Obstructive refers to an airway obstruction. Pulmonary is in regards to your lungs. There are approximately 50 million people worldwide currently diagnosed, and another estimated 50 million who have not received a formal diagnosis. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the world, leading to more deaths each year than Diabetes and Breast cancer combined.
There are two “types” of lung disease:  The first is called restrictive (hundreds of these that can effect your ability to breathe well) and the second is known as obstructive (There are only a handful of these). Three of the most common obstructive lung diseases are Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, and Emphysema. If you have received a diagnosis of COPD, you have a combination of at least two of these three diseases. This being the case, you can understand why people diagnosed with COPD suffer from different symptoms and receive different treatments.
One of the biggest issues and early warning signs of COPD, regardless of which components you may have, is shortness of breath (SOB). Shortness of breath has a variety of reasons and can be contributed to a number of causes. Your shortness of breath depends upon which components of the disease you have.
Asthma is a condition in which inflammation and/or excess mucous production are present due to irritants most commonly from your environment. This inflammation and mucous production cause a reduction in the diameter of the airways, making it harder to move air through. It is common for a high pitch sound, or a wheeze, to take place when an asthmatic exhales.
Bronchitis is another  common condition that affecting the airways. In bronchitis, there is heavy production of mucous, and most commonly a productive cough (coughing a lot of “stuff” up). Chronic bronchitis is diagnosed if you have experienced bronchitis for a period of time greater than two months, for more than two consecutive years. In other words, it is recurring and lasts a long time. Bronchitis can be caused by exposure to various pollutants,including cigarette smoke, dust, etc. It can also be caused by an infection, either viral or bacterial. You may or may not be put on antibiotics to treat your bronchitis.
Emphysema is a condition in which the damage to the air sacs in your lungs occurs. Usually, it is due to irritants such as smoke, dust, chemicals, etc. It causes the air sac to lose its elasticity, and there is a consequential reduction in surface area that in turn decreases the amount of exposure to the blood vessels the oxygen in your lungs needs to get to. It also causes what is called “air trapping.” This happens because the elasticity in the lungs doesn’t help the air sacs return to their normal size, and they remain a little inflated, like a stretched out balloon. There is also a genetic deficiency that can cause emphysema, and it is estimated that up to 50% of those diagnosed suffer from this Alpha1 Antitrypsin deficiency.
The combination of these diseases leads to a decrease in lung function. A lack of understanding and knowledge of symptoms lead to fewer physician visits, which causes under-diagnosis. Under-diagnosis leads to less aggressive treatment, which leads to a greater decrease in quality of life. This disease is best approached with an aggressive treatment plan including proper medication, lifestyle adjustments, and pulmonary rehabilitation. If you or a loved one suffers from shortness of breath, a recurring, increasing cough, or increasing fatigue, ask your doctor about COPD today.

Joint Supplements

Cardio and strength training can be hard on your joints. As you get older, the normal wear and tear on the joints compound the stiffness and pain you experience after a particularly strenuous activity. Even when you warm up, use proper form, cool down and stretch, you may need a little extra help to recover.
Taking joint supplements before and after exercise can help your body protect and repair these overworked areas. Here are some of the main ingredients found in joint supplements and how they help you recover:
* MSM- Methylsulfonylmethane is a commonly known ingredient in supplements. MSM feeds the ailing areas sulfur which helps them repair and diminishes the pain. Natural sources for MSM are vegetables, fruits, dairy, grains, and fish.
* Glucosamine and Chondroitin- These work best together and are another well-known treatment for joints. They help strengthen torn cartilage that normally cushions the area from friction. Glucosamine comes from shellfish shells, and chondroitin comes from shark or bovine cartilage. Typically, you will find pills containing MSM along with the glucosamine and chondroitin.
* Boswellia- From a tree in India, the resin is collected, and Boswellia is used for its anti-inflammatory properties.
* Magnesium- This is a naturally occurring mineral that is used in the production of ATP in the body. ATP is essential to growing tissue and bones which aids in the repair of damaged areas. There are a variety of natural sources for magnesium such as fish, beef, nuts and grains.
* Bromelain- This enzyme extracted from the pineapple is an anti-inflammatory. It inhibits the specific proteins that cause pain.
* Molybdenum- This is a trace mineral that enhances the body’s ability to use MSM. It comes from leafy greens, beans, and grains. Look for it on the label of products that contain MSM.
* Turmeric- This spicy root of the ginger family acts as an anti-inflammatory. Of course, never try to workout through the pain. Give your inflamed joints a break in conjunction with taking medications. Ice is also a great help for swollen and painful areas. When nothing seems to work, consider work-outs that are easy on the body and don’t put pressure on the inflamed areas. Swimming is a great alternative and using an elliptical machine is gentler than a treadmill.
If you are experiencing acute pain after strenuous exercise, you may need to see you physician or an orthopedist. There may be an issue that is beyond help with drugs. Discuss the ingredients in the joint supplements you are considering with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure there will be no drug interaction with your existing medications.
It doesn’t have to hurt when you work-out, and by aiding in the healing process, you can make the most of future work-outs.

Sciatica And Causes

The search for sciatic nerve remedy is not a new one, and will not end any time soon. Do you know why this is so?
Well, it is because many people suffer from sciatic nerve pain and seek sciatic nerve remedies daily to try to combat the ensuing pain.
While this is not news, you need to realize that many of the people who suffer, or who are currently suffering, from this pain, go for a myriad of sciatic nerve remedies without a thought for what caused them to experience the pain in the first place. That is what is the root cause of the condition?
Why is this important? Well, it is pointless to continue to engage in habits that cause you to constantly need sciatic nerve help because these habits will only ensure that you will continue to experience these sciatic nerve pains no matter which sciatic nerve remedy you go for.
In other words, if you can stop the “cause,” you will make the “effect” nonexistent. So, how can you stop the cause?
Well, you can do so by stopping the actions you take in your daily life that cause you to become susceptible to sciatic nerve pain.
Lets look at 5 of these behaviors and why you need to stop them today so then whatever sciatic nerve remedy you opt for will have a chance to be effective.
#1.    One of the most amazing things which people do constantly is to work for hours on end using furniture or equipment that is not designed ergonomically or that does not come with lumber supports.
Now, that is a plain crazy thing to do in this day and age. Particularly if you hold a job where you sit down for hours on end, think driving or information technology, then you NEED to have ergonomic equipment and furniture.
Guess what happens when you don’t? Well, you will develop sciatic nerve issues and if you go get a massage or surgery, and return to work under the same conditions, you will develop sciatica AGAIN! Cause and effect, period.
#2.    It is also a thing of wonder when I see people who walk, sit, stand, lie down or answer the phone without maintaining straight postures…
That is plain awful. Even if you learned it from birth and have perfected it, you need to unlearn it now that you are and adult and have discovered that it causes you too much grief.
When you stand, walk, sit, lie down or answer the phone, you need to ensure that your posture is erect (forget the military). What this does is that it removes pressure from your sciatic nerve which causes it to relax (the opposite is the case when you do not keep an upright posture).
#3.    You need to skip the junk food, it is called “junk” for a reason you know. Pack a lunch box if you must. Look like the office joker, but make sure you succeed at stopping the pain in your back because ultimately you are the only one feeling the pain.
Instead of junk food, eat a healthy balanced diet. I am referring to; fish, lean meat, vegetables, fiber, fruits, grains, nuts, garlic, magnesium, potassium, eggs, etcetera.
#4.    Don’t lift weights that are strenuous. You should stop applying pressure to your back. If your job requires that you do,make sure you are properly trained or quit.
#5.    When you do sleep, which you need to do regularly, ensure that it is on a firm surface. Throw out that fancy fluffy feather mattress thingy and get firm sensible ones.
Changing your lifestyle, so to speak, is just the beginning. It will ensure that the remedy you decide to use for your condition stands a chance to work.

Do You Have An Athlete’s Foot Infection?

If you have an irresistible urge to scratch between your toes, then you may be suffering from the fungal infection, Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot. It is an infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itching, typically of the web spaces between the toes and is often picked up in damp environments such as bathhouses and communal showers.
Here are some ways to treat your athlete’s foot without the need for prescriptive medication or visits to the doctor.

The Three Ways to Rid Yourself of Athlete’s Foot Are:

Over the Counter Medications
Natural Treatments
Potassium Permanganate

Over the Counter Medications

Many over-the-counter antifungals can be used and it is always best to talk to your pharmacist about the different kinds of treatment. What you are looking for our creams, sprays, and ointments that contain terbinafine, miconazole, tolnaftate or clotrimazole as their active ingredient. Of these Terbinafine is the most efficient on the dermatophytes group of fungi.
These ingredients make up the vast majority of products on the market today normally come as 1% in cream, powders or sprays and they can be used for athlete’s foot, Jock itch (Tinea cruris) and ring worm (Tinea corporis).
The topical creams can be applied directly between the web spaces after showering and drying properly between the toes. Creams are most effective on skin that has broken open due to the infection as it will soothe the itching. The cream should be applied to 3 times a day until all the medication has been used up.
Powders and sprays are excellent for treating footwear where the fungus can re-infect the foot. It is also very effective if you are unable to reach your feet and can just dust or spray the product, so it runs easily between the toes. Continue Reading ...