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, August 17, 2009

Chiropractic And Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By Kevin Kean, D.C.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that has plagued people at an increasing rate in recent years. This increase is due to the fact that many jobs include computer work and spending hours at a desk or slumped forward. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused from very precise, intricate movements of the hands which causes the canal that runs through the wrist to get smaller and lead to pressure on the nerve and blood supply that runs through it.

As the pressure increases, the hand gets less and less nerve and blood supply. This causes the muscles of the hands to work inefficiently and leads to pain over time. Jobs that are commonly victims of this condition are computer operators, office administrators, and dentists or dental hygienists.

In order to improve this condition, we usually look to the location of the pain and conclude that the problem is coming from the wrist area. It has actually been shown through studies, though, that most of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome patients suffer from a condition that is called Double Crush Syndrome. Double Crush Syndrome is a Carpal Tunnel problem that is caused by loss of structure in the neck.

This change in structure causes irritation to the nerves traveling down the arms and supplying the muscles surrounding the tunnel that travels through the wrist. This irritation leads to inflammation that causes the canal to constrict and put pressure on the nerve and blood supply that runs through it.

Therefore, when assessing patients that suffer from pain in the hands and wrists we should evaluate the neck first. This evaluation can show us whether we can improve the function of the area of concern through conservative adjustments to the neck before attempting surgery to improve the condition. These adjustments to the neck will remove the nerve interference causing the lack of function in the muscles of the wrists and hands. Therefore, the inflammation will be reduced and the carpal tunnel will be able to open allowing for normal nerve and blood supply.

Chiropractic is a great option for people suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome before opting into a surgery. It is always best to try the conservative approach first to avoid any unnecessary procedures. If you suffer from hand pain, wrist pain, or pain down the arms, try Chiropractic first!

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Count Down to Beautiful Skin

By Samantha Thomas

By spending a few minutes every day you can have the beautiful skin you have always wanted by following some of the simple skin care advice in this article. While plastic surgery, liposuction and other invasive techniques have been incredibly popular in the past, mainly because they provide near instant results, that is no longer the case with modern beauty care. Of course the greatest benefit of today's beauty care products is they only cost a fraction of traditional cosmetic surgery but can really provide a much more natural look.

The days of cold creams and the like are over with modern formulations light years ahead of what they once were. The importance of our skin cannot be stressed enough and like other areas of our body, requires a little care and attention.

The first step in skin care is making sure your skin is clean as pollution like dust, bacteria and make-up all take their toll, so the skin must be clean. To do this requires a gentle cleanser which must be used with cotton wool pads moving the wetted pads in a circular motion around the face until all areas have been done then once you have washed with warm water, use a soft towel to dab your skin until it is dry.

To ensure your PH balance is not disrupted, you will need to use a tone after the cleanser has been applied. While the tone replaces the PH balance, moisturizing afterwards ensures the skin stays supple and can help reduce the signs of aging that come in the form of small wrinkles and lines. Moisturizing also has the added bonus of locking in the moisture that can be lost without its use, so do not skimp on this beauty care product.

Each week, at least once, and as part of your skin care regime you should exfoliate the skin to remove dead cells which will help provide a deeper cleanse. You must not forget however, that when you carry out this exfoliation you make sure that you continue with a complete cleanse and tone afterwards. This can also help in preparation for a spray tan.

For those people that suffer with puffy or baggy skin below the eyes, formulated beauty care product creams are able to help alleviate this problem making the skin much suppler and improving its elasticity. An underestimated but an essential commodity is water which can flush out toxins and which helps to hydrate the skin. We often forget how much we rely on but take our skin for granted but if it becomes damaged it can lead to all sorts of problems.

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Natural Sweeteners vs Artificial Sugar Substitutes

By Jamis Hartley

Hundreds of people are seeking out healthy alternatives to sugar. Some are looking to lose weight or just trying to keep their bodies running smooth. Others, unfortunately, are suffering from health conditions like diabetes and must find a different way to manage their diet. The good news is it can be done. The bad news is there are a lot of tricky products out there to watch out for.

There are a few options that very smart people have invented for sugar substitutes like saccharin and aspartame. Unfortunately, the way these products are processed and produced is turning out to be not such a healthy option. Fortunately, there are some all natural options too, like Erythritol and Xylitol. In general I like to go with the mother nature option over the well intentioned man.

There are several all natural sweeteners available on the market today. Those you'll maybe recognize are Xylitol, Stevia, Mannitol, Sorbitol, Erythritol and a few others. Currently, the most accepted as an overall best fit as a sugar substitute is Erythritol. Erythritol is made from natural sources of fruits and does not contain sugar, sucralose, aspartame or any other artificial sweeteners. Wouldn't you rather have the choice of natural sweeteners over artificial sweeteners?

Calorie free and 100% natural, Erythritol sweeteners are likely to be your safest bet. Other natural sweeteners have been known to cause gas and other stomach and intestinal discomfort. Because of the way your body digests Erythritol you are not going to have any side effects and Erythritol doesn't cause tooth decay. It's as safe as eating pears, grapes, melons, mushrooms and many other fruits and vegetables because that's where it comes from.

Natural sweeteners like Erythritol are great for diabetics and those with other medical conditions. Erythritol will not effect you blood sugar levels, does not hurt your teeth and has practically zero calories. It scores zero on the glycemic index, has no carbohydrates and has .2 calories per gram. Even better, you can cook with Erythritol where you can't with many other sugar substitutes. Erythritol is my preferred natural sweetener. Before you make it yours make sure you read around and try it for yourself.

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How to Appear Taller in Just 2-Minutes

By C. Ludlow

I'm really not exaggerating. You can appear 2-inches taller in just 2-minutes.

This is how I'm going to prove it to you. First things first. Go stand in front of a mirror. What do you see? Well, the first thing that you'll notice is that if you're like 99% of America, your head is jutting forward from spending your life in a box.

Why is it jutting forward? Well, modern life has dictated that you will spend a good portion of your time " sitting. Thats right. We sit in our cars. We sit at home. We sit at work. We sit when we eat. We sit all day long, for the most part.

Poor posture while sitting leads to host of problems. Most of them involve tightness on the front of the body. The hip flexors and muscles of the neck get especially tight. Sitting like this for too long will lead to long term problems like back pain and neck pain.

Youre probably leaning forward, shoulders hunched and your upper back is being stretched. Your hips are drawn up toward your chest. And your torso is sort of curved forward.

All of this sitting around makes people appear as if they have shrunk. I was talking with a client of mine some time ago and he mentioned that after visiting his doctor he was told that he was an inch shorter than he was 10-years ago. Why is this? Well, his posture deteriorated. He didn't shrink.

To grow taller in two minutes all you have to do is think S.B.D.

No, that doesnt stand for the Small Business Development-Center. SBD stands for shoulders- back-down. I want you to keep your shoulder blades pushed back toward each other and down toward your back pockets. Do this all the time. Youll notice that when you do this that your chest pops up. Also, when you SBD your head will pull back over your shoulders.

This is not about making you just appear taller. When you repeat the mantra, "shoulders, back and down" you will be more confident, energized and in all actuality, if you measure yourself before and after - you will be taller! That's all that there is to it! Congratulations!

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HGH Releasers: What Are They?

By Bethany Jordin

Decades back, most people were not knowledgeable about the significance of the human growth hormone, known in short as the HGH. When HGH supplements started to make their way into the market, HGH supplements became an instant hit because of what they promise, and sufficient evidence that proves their effectiveness.

Essentially, HGH supplements fast became known as a magical supplement that can help defy aging and keep one looking and feeling young. In fact, HGH supplements have been considered to be the key that unlocks that fountain of youth.

HGH supplements work primarily in two distinct ways. First, they stimulate the pituitary gland in the brain to release additional HGH. Second, they provide supplemental HGH to increase circulating levels of the hormone in the body. Supplements known as HGH releasers have the former effect.

An HGH releaser is a supplement whose main purpose is to reinforce and enhance the capacity of the brain to produce more HGH. Scientific studies have shown that the pituitary gland, which is the gland responsible for the secretion of HGH, can be stimulated to increase the production process through important nutrients and amino acids from important herbs.

The body's natural HGH is a complex hormone consisting of an incredible 191 distinct amino acids. The pituitary gland is the production and distribution center for all 191 of these amino acids into receptor cells and tissues all throughout the human body. This so-called master hormone is known to impact nearly all major bodily functions, including brain function and the maintenance of bone strength and density.

Once you reach the age of 30, you are ultimately HGH deficient, with your HGH production diminished to over 50%. You will not really know how important the impact of HGH is, until you see aging signs on your face, flab on your belly or you observe how quickly you contract diseases. This is when you start to think about HGH releasers, which can help you fight all these symptoms and more for a healthier you.

HGH releasers are widely believed to have the ability to slow down the body's natural aging process. Studies have shown how increased levels of HGH can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin tone, decrease fat, increase muscle and lean body mass, improve sexual drive and performance, restore energy and strength, and improve immune function, among many others. Essentially, HGH releasers contain a special blend of nutrients that can effectively rouse the brain and convince it to produce more HGH, which results to the aforementioned benefits.

Even though HGH releasers can be incredibly beneficial, don't overlook the fact that not all HGH releasers are created equal. While there are many highly reputable brands that use potent and effective ingredients, there are also supplements of inferior quality. Before making a decision on your purchase, take the time to research the components of the supplement you are considering and learn whether or not these ingredients have been shown to work effectively to stimulate the body to increase its own production of HGH.

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