Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Computer Eye Strain - The Great Computer Robbery!

By Evgania Mehler

Most of us do not want to change jobs but it means we have to sit and stare at a computer all day. Our eyes need a way to be protected from the computer glare. With just a few minutes of reading, you can find out how you can keep your job and protect your eyes from computer eye strain at the same time.

How many hours a day do you sit in front of the computer? For some people, it's their job and they spend 10 to 12 hours in front of the monitor and its glare. Constantly staring at a brightly lit monitor can permanently damage your eyes.

The position of the monitor screen is important. You should be looking at it straight on with your eyes cast slightly downward. The distance from you should be 1.5 to 2 feet.

Most of us lay our papers on the desk and our eyes go back and forth from the paper to the computer. Ideally, the papers should be even with the screen. There are document holders that either attach to the side of your monitor or are free standing that you can purchase for a modest price.

Your eyes won't complain, but they can be damaged by using the computer for many hours. Take frequent breaks and go do something else for a few minutes to release computer eye strain. Also, pretend you're bored with what you're doing and look away every so often. This lessons the strain on your eyes because they are focused on something else.

Are you so focused on the work at your computer that you're oblivious to what's going on around you? That's not healthy for you eyes. Give your eyes a break and look up and check things out now and then. Soothe your tired eyes by closing them for a few minutes periodically. So refresh your tired overworked eyes by looking up and focusing on something else, or close your eyes for a few minutes.

Read this article to find out more about releasing computer eye strain naturally.

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