How to Survive Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) usually begins about two to ten days before a woman’s period and can make her feel uncomfortable in a variety of ways. The symptoms usually persist until the beginning of her period and sometimes throughout it. They include headaches, muscle aches and back pains, breast tenderness, exaggerated appetite and food cravings, severe mood swings, tearfulness, irritability, and difficulty falling and staying asleep. In some extreme cases, PMS may cause swelling of the face and hands, rashes and difficulty concentrating.

What Triggers the PMS

All the unpleasant symptoms of the PMS are the natural reaction of a woman’s body to hormonal changes. However, the severe indisposition can be triggered by several factors:

  • stress
  • lack of physical activity
  • hormonal dysfunctions
  • thyroid diseases
  • caffeine and alcohol abuse
  • smoking
  • unhealthy diet lacking vitamins and calcium

Preventing and Treating the PMS

PMS can be prevented and treated. Following is some advice for making PMS symptoms more tolerable:

  • Be one step ahead of the PMS – mark the upcoming period in the calendar and be psychologically prepared for the difficulties associated with it.
  • See a doctor in order to rule out the possibility of a hormonal dysfunction or thyroid-related disease. Discuss the options of medications that can be used for PMS.
  • Stay active – exercising is proven to help with the mood swings and relieve the stress.
  • Avoid alcohol, coffee, strong tea and smoking at least one week before the expected period.
  • Have sex – an orgasm and skin-to-skin contact are the oldest anti-depressants and stress-relievers that can be also extremely helpful in one’s fight with insomnia.

A Special PMS Diet

In order to fight the unpleasant experience of PMS, stick to a healthy low fat diet (those trying to lose weight can benefit from this even more). Make an attempt to limit sweets and avoid products rich in sodium as well as all bottled and canned foods. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables that contain a variety of vitamins as well as dairy products (an excellent source of calcium). Adding any kind of nuts to one’s diet is also a great idea – they are rich in energy, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Drink juices, herbal teas and lots of water.

There is an old Russian saying – “The Devil cannot possibly be as scary as he is described.” This can also be considered true about PMS. Although there is no doubt that a few days before her period, an average woman goes through a physical and emotional ordeal, in the overwhelming majority of cases, the symptoms of PMS can be successfully relieved.

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How is a Breast Lift Different from Breast Augmentation?

Breast lift surgery and breast augmentation are two diverse plastic surgery procedures. Many women tend to confuse between the two. Both procedures are meant to serve different purposes, even though the overall goal in both cases is common – to enhance the appearance of the patient.

Re-shaping with Breast lift

Breast lifts are meant to improve the shape and position of the breasts, and make them appear more youthful. Breast surgery in this case involves an incision to remove the excess skin that is hanging loose, and causing the breasts to droop or sag. Along with the skin excision, the position of the nipples is also usually changed to make the breasts appear firmer, younger and uplifted.

The most common method of breast mastopexy or breast lift involves making an anchor-shaped incision. This incision is made in the crease that forms beneath the breasts, and extends around the nipple areola complex. A skilled breast surgeon makes sure that the incision is made in such a way that the scar remains hidden been the breast crease as far as possible.

Breast Implants and the Cost of Surgery

Breast augmentation involves enlargement or enhancement of the breast size by inserting artificial breast implant in each breast. Silicone implants are popularly used, but saline implants are also opted by those who are looking for a cheaper cost of implant. Breast implants add volume to the breasts, and make them appear fuller, firmer and younger.

Breast augmentation surgery is considerably more expensive than a breast lift. The implant costs are high, and the procedure of breast augmentation is also more elaborate and complex as compared to breast lift. The recovery period in case of breast augmentation is also longer. The cost of surgery may also vary from one state to another and also one plastic surgeon to another.

Complementary Breast Surgeries

Breast lift and breast enlargement or breast implant surgeries are different from each other, but they also complement each other. In some cases, the cosmetic surgeon will recommend both procedures for the same patient where the patient not only has smaller sized breasts, but also suffers from sagging or loose skin around the breasts. In such cases, the best results can be achieved when both procedures are performed on the patient.

A note of caution: It is always advisable to choose a qualified, board certified and experienced plastic surgeon with a perfect safety record. At the same time, it is best to have the procedure in a certified facility for such surgeries to achieve safe and desired results.

How to Avoid Swine Flu

Swine Flu or the H1N1 virus is a fast spreading influenza that spreads from person-to-person through the cough or sneeze of infected people.

While swine flu is curable, a far better option is taking adequate steps to prevent its occurrence. Infants and young children, pregnant women, and people with weak immunity and other health disorders such as asthma and lung disease are more suspectible to Swine Flu and hence should take precautions.

How to Prevent Swine Flu Spread by Isolation

The basic precaution against swine flu is preventing the germs from spreading. The infected person need to cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and throw the tissue to the waste basket. This basic precaution blocks the major source of transmission of the swine flu germs.

Staying at home when sick, following public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures when the virus is rampant all contribute towards checking the spread of this virus.

How to Prevent Swine Flu Spread by Cleanness

At times the germs that emit from a sick persons cough or sneeze settles down in objects such as utensils, and transmitted when another person touches the object. Washing utensils with alcohol based cleaners, and hands thoroughly soap and water before eating are the basic precautions against swine flu. Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth even after washing is an added precaution against swine flu.

Other precautions against swine flu include

  • avoiding public facilities that are prone to have swine flu germs
  • avoiding crowds
  • thoroughly cleaning fruits and vegetables immediately before consumption

How to Prevent Swine Flu Spread by Boosting Immunity

People with weak immunity are more suspectible to the swine flu virus. The bodies immunity system weakens with less sleep, poor dietary habits and stress. Ways to boost immunity include:

  • sleeping eight hours a day
  • consumption of a nutritious diet rich in whole grains and vegetables
  • avoiding greasy and fatty foods
  • taking Vitamin C supplements
  • drinking up to ten glasses of water a day that would flush out toxic impurities and help develop mucus in the nostrils that would keep the germs out
  • leading an active lifestyle with plenty of exercises and workouts
  • The symptoms of swine flu bear resemblance to regular flu, and it is important not to mistake the fever as regular flu.

Finally, although swine flu is a serious disease, there is nothing to panic. Prompt and proper treatment can cure the disease, and statistics indicate that the death rate from swine flu is much less than the death rate from many other commonplace diseases. Vaccination is now available for H1N1, making this disease a far lesser threat in the coming years.

Lead Poisoning: Reducing Risk and Minimizing Exposure

The effects of lead are cumulative, and build up in the body over the course of a lifetime. It is vital to do everything possible to reduce or eliminate exposure to this toxic metal, as it is believed to be a main contributor to Alzheimer’s disease, fertility issues in both men and women, and ADD/ADHD.

Common Products Containing Lead

Approximately 40% of American households contain lead in some form or another – from lead paint, to lead pipes, to the water that travels through those lead pipes. In addition to household exposure to lead, there are literally millions of ways the average person is exposed to lead during his/her lifetime: Some products that may carry toxic levels of lead are:

  • coffee machines
  • the colored ink on plastic grocery bags
  • bathtubs
  • newspapers, books, and magazines
  • lunchboxes
  • vinyl baby bibs
  • Christmas lights
  • lipstick
  • tobacco
  • hair dye
  • wrapping paper
  • chocolate

Lead Content in Imported Products

While products made in America must adhere to strict regulations regarding lead content, it is important to remember that the average American may use very few products that are actually produced under those guidelines. Our supermarket aisles are flooded with inexpensive products made overseas, and some of these products are literally poisonous. When in doubt, steer clear of cheaply made products manufactured in countries that have less stringent lead laws.

Lead in the Home

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated, unequivocally, that there is simply no safe way for home owners to sand, scrape, or otherwise remove lead paint from their homes. If lead paint is suspected in the home, it is important to hire a professional when doing anything that may release lead into the environment. A professional will know how to seal the work area and dispose of all lead debris in a way that minimizes potential harm. In this age of do-it-yourself projects it may seem like a silly precaution to hire a professional to scrape old paint off the walls, but lead is one are where it simply does to pay to cut corners.

Natural Lead Detox

Fortunately there are some natural ways to remove lead from the body. Here are some great detoxifying agents that will provide great results in only a matter of weeks:

  • fresh cilantro
  • carlic
  • chlorella – a type of green algae
  • soaking feet in a clay bath
  • infrared saunas

When performing a lead detox, it is important to do so slowly, and over time. First and foremost, lead is a poison, and while it may be tempting to try and rid the body of this poison as quickly as possible, it is important not to overload the system by doing too much too soon.

Avoiding lead entirely may be all but impossible, but learning to recognize and sidestep the types of products that tend to be the most toxic is the first step in protecting ourselves from this deadly metal.

Hypnotic Trance States can Work for Everyone: Some Believe Hypnotherapy Works for Stress and Panic Attacks

The British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH) in the UK shows a detailed history of hypnosis, but also outlines the types of conditions, which can be helped. Hypnosis is generally considered to be a useful form of treatment especially during childbirth, stress, anxiety, weight loss, panic attacks and irrational fears. The BSCAH would consider that hypnosis essentially involves creating a state of mind in which normal thinking is suspended temporarily. In 1966 John Hartland wrote a book titled Medical and Dental Hypnosis and was directed specifically for the medical profession.

The History of Hypnosis

The Hypnotherapist Register of UK and Ireland talk about the use of trance states being traced back to before Christ in the temples of Babylonia (now Iraq), part of the ancient empire of Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia (known as the land between the rivers) was a cultural and scientific area with a highly developed civilization, where the people would instigate dreaming to find answers to problems.

The Science of Trance Hypnotic States

The modern day science of hypnosis established itself when the Austrian Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) discovered a technique, which often induced convulsions, but also a loss of mental and physical control in his patients, However according to David Simmons who writes for the BSCAH modern hypnosis was discovered and practiced in1600 and by the mid 19th century a number of doctors were experimenting with what was being termed as autosuggestion. One such psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) found hypnosis very useful with anxious, neurotic patients.

From Trance to Magic With Hypnosis

There is the more magical and natural style of hypnosis with a Milton H. Erickson (1902-80), a psychiatrist who later became a hypnotherapist. This brilliant man transformed how human reaction to stress and deep-rooted problems were addressed, by using a creative type of hypnosis others had never used. Milton H. Erickson is generally considered to be the most important hypnotherapist of modern time. His sensory perception on all levels of non-verbal communication became extremely acute; some would say magical! His heightened level of awareness helped him later when he invented non-conventional Ericksonian Hypnosis.

Indirect Verses Direct Hypnosis

The indirect approach known as Erickson hypnotherapy uses stories and metaphors, which tend to relax people into a sense of curiosity. The client slowly closes their eyes, mainly because he or she wants to absorb and listen to the story. According to The Hypnotherapy Association (UK) “Hypnosis is a natural state of heightened awareness, where you are able to open your mind to beneficial suggestions and where you can make use of your imagination to help make positive changes in your life.”

Professionalismas a Hypnotherapist

There are many ways in which to find a therapist. According to the BSCAH hypnosis is a procedure that can be used to facilitate therapy. However hypnosis is not a type of therapy, like psychotherapy or cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). According to many associations, one’s like BSCAH and others such as The Hypnotherapy Association conducts training in hypnotherapy. Associations differ the BSCAH states “Clinical hypnosis can only be used only by properly trained, registered and accredited health care professionals who have been trained in the clinical use of hypnosis and are working within the areas of their professional expertise.”

What It Means to be Rh Negative: Rare Blood and Pregnant Women

When a pregnant women is Rh-negative there can be complications that many women aren’t aware of. Many women are confused when they go in for a routine checkup in the first trimester to learn that they are Rh- negative.

What It Means To be Rh-Negative

An Rh-negative mother can make antibodies against Rh-positive blood cells, even against those of her own baby. When this happens it is Rh sensitization. These antibodies have the potential to cross the placenta and attack the babies’ red blood cells if some of the babies’ blood enters into the mother’s bloodstream. The mother’s immune system sees these cells as foreign and creates an immune response, which can cause anemia, congestive heart failure, hemolytic disease and even fetal death. This can all be preventable with a medicine called Rhogam.

RhogamRhogam is an injection that blocks the mother’s immune system from seeing the fetal cells. The mother then won’t make any antibodies against them. It is given to all Rh negative women whose babies might be Rh positive. The baby may be Rh-positive if the babies father is Rh-positive. If both parents are Rh-negative, they can only have Rh-negative offspring. Only a small percentage of the world’s population is Rh-negative.

When Rhogam is Given

The Rhogam injection is given at times during the pregnancy when there is a possibility of Rh-positive fetal blood getting into the mother’s bloodstream such as miscarriage, elective termination, when the mom is 26 weeks along, and after delivery. The babies’ blood type is taken at birth and if the baby is Rh-negative the Rhogam injection is not necessary.

Rh-sentization is Now RareBecause of the Rhogam injection, Rh-sentization is now quite rare. If it does occur it will be detected in routine pregnancy blood work. The first child is not usually affected. It is the pregnancies after that can become complicated if the baby is Rh-positive. Prior to 1968, before Rhogam was developed hemolytic disease was responsible for an average of 10,000 deaths annually in the U.S. For hundreds of years women with Rh-neative blood experienced losing baby after baby for no apparent reason. Many women gave birth to a healthy first child, only to experience following pregnancies that ended in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth to babies wit anemia, jaundice, or other serious health problems.

Modern Medicine MiracleMany women today need to be thankful for modern day medicine, without it we might not be so lucky to have healthy babies. Long ago it would have been dreary news for a mother to hear that they were Rh-negative but with modern day medicine it really doesn’t even have an affect on the mother or baby.

Don’t be afraid to consult or doctor and look into other resources for more information regarding rh negative blood.

World Wars and Biological Agents: Intentional Use of Biologic Agents in Warfare

Biowarfare in World War I

During World War I German forces in the United States secretly infected American livestock found for Europe with glanders and anthrax. Thousands of horses were killed, but American troops in Europe were largely unaffected. Chemical warfare was by far a larger concern than biological warfare during World War I: nitrogen mustard, phosgene and chlorine gas injured or killed hundreds of thousands of troops. In 1925, thirty-eight countries signed the Geneva Protocol prohibiting the use of biological and chemical weapons. Japan refused to sign the Geneva Protocol.

Interestingly, research and production of biological weapons was not prohibited by the Geneva Protocol.

Biowarfare in World War II

During World War II, Japan began experiments using biological agents on civilians and prisoners held in Manchuria. A bio-warfare unit, Unit 731, disguised as a water-purification plant was built outside of Harbin, Manchuria. A second unit, Unit 100, was built near Changchun. Anthrax, cholera, plague, typhoid and a number of other agents were used in field tests and resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people.

In one experiment, clay pots containing infected fleas and grain were dropped over areas in Manchuria and China. The grain attracted rats; the rats became infected from the fleas and dispersed to spread disease into the human population.

Unit 731

Plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis, was released by the Japanese at Chuhsien and later dropped from planes at Ninpo and Chinhua. Approximately 120 people were killed as a result of these attacks. However, in 1941 a serious plague epidemic began following release of Yersinia pestis in Suiyuan and Ninghsia provinces.

British Biowarfare Research

At the same time Allied forces were also experimenting with biological agents. The British experimented with anthrax on Gruinard Island off the coast of Scotland. A bomb was used to disseminate anthrax. Although the Island was thought to be far enough from shore for testing to be safe, an outbreak of anthrax occured in sheep and cattle on the coast of Scotland in 1943. The oubreak resulted in discontinuation of testing.

United States Biowarfare Research

The United States established a major biological weapon and defence research facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland and later developed smaller facilities in Dugway, Utah and Pine Bluff, Arkansas. A number of agents were investigated by the U.S., and in 1955, Pine Bluff began production of large quantities of Francisella tularensis, the causative agent of tularaemia.

Canada Biowarfare Research

Canada was also involved in research into the use of biological agents. Canada participated with the U.S. and Britain allowing field studies in remote areas of Canada.

Soviet Union Biowarfare Research

Meanwhile, the Soviet Union had been performing its own experiments with biological agents. Soviet research was directed toward plague, Marburg virus, smallpox and anthrax. The Soviets produced huge quantities of biological agents that could be loaded into missiles for deployment.