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4 Vitamins for PMDD and Herbal Supplements

There are a number of ways that you can help to combat the symptoms of PMDD to reduce the mood changes and physical pains. One of these ways is to include some vitamins for PMDD that help your body combat these issues without the dangerous side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. While there are a wide range of vitamins and herbal supplements that can help, below are three that have been shown to make major impacts on PMDD symptoms fast.

Magnesium – Taking between 250 and 350 milligrams of magnesium daily can greatly reduce the symptoms of PMDD. This can help to boost your mood, improve the quality of your sleep, reduce cramping and pain, and can even reduce stress levels!

Vitamin B-6 – B-6 can help reduce many symptoms of PMDD as well. You will find that a B-complex supplement or 100 mg B-6 supplement can go a long way towards alleviating dysphoria as well as other common issues with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, such as water retention and cramping.

Vitamin E – Taking a Vitamin E supplement each day can prove to be quite beneficial. This vitamin has strong antioxidant properties, which help it to alleviate many physical symptoms. Many people also find that Vitamin E can help greatly reduce anxiety cause or exacerbated by PMDD.

Valerian Root – While this is quite a pungent smelling herb, it has been shown to be very effective at controlling PMDD symptoms. Valerian is shown to have remarkable properties in terms of helping to eliminate stress and anxiety, reducing mood swings and helping many people to get a better night’s rest.

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Video Game Induced Depersonalization

There is a strong correlation between feelings of anxiety, panic, depersonalization/derealization, and the constant use of video games. This is a deduction based upon thorough and extensive research and study.

The facts are there and continue to prove themselves out. Doctors now believe that electromagnetic fields (EMF’s) result in anxiety, depersonalization, derealization, depression, panic attacks, irritability and a long list of physically related illnesses.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF’s) are found in fluorescent lighting known as Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL’s) and they have a strong effect on emotions. These same EMF’s cause adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline and cortisol, two anxiety and depersonalization related hormones which wreak havoc on every part of the central nervous system. Exposure to EMF’s also create a decrease in brain hormones such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, which are closely linked to anxiety, depersonalization and depression when lowered. Those with even slight anxiety have often experienced panic attacks after entering stores lit by fluorescent lighting.

Video gaming is a two-fold exposure, leading to feelings of anxiety, depersonalization and derealization. There is a strong visual cue when exposed to computers for extended periods of time. This visual trigger or cue is caused by the same reaction one may experience when under fluorescent lighting. A computer or TV screen generally refreshes at 60 hertz (in which the screen is redrawn or refreshed 60 times per second). This creates a flicker affect, which is a visual cue and may trigger adrenaline and cortisol, resulting in intensified feelings of anxiety and or depersonalization/derealization. Prolonged use of video gaming is enough to bring forth this reaction. The individual is exposed to both EMF’s along with a strong visual trigger due to refresh flicker. The physical feelings are intensified by the stress and pressure associated with constant competitive gaming.

Another side of the problem arises when the individual spends a great deal of time living virtually rather than breaking the habit by entering life through daily routine and schedule, nutrition and activity. This prolongs the depersonalization even further.

It is important to recognize all sides of this situation and remedy it by following a very simple yet specific path to recovery.

1- EMF (electromagnetic fields) are found in computers, fluorescent lighting, cellular phones, appliances and power lines. If one is in close contact with any of these field producing electronics, for an extended period of time, they need to reconsider their habits.

2- Video Game Addiction is a real problem that must be addressed, especially if one experiences feelings of anxiety, depersonalization, derealization and panic. The mind becomes stuck in the trap of this addiction and symptoms frustrate and irritate. Fear exacerbates symptoms and one must unlearn these behaviors.

3- Depersonalization is a strong symptom of anxiety and is aided by very specific cognitive behavior skills, nutrition and a change in habits. It requires a precise system of recovery which must be strictly adhered to for best results.

4- The use of medications often exacerbate symptoms of depersonalization and anxiety. One is dealing with habits and behavior rather than physical illness.

Knowledge truly is power. Understanding is the first step in recovery. The only requirement is one’s willingness to look at the triggers of depersonalization and the readiness to follow a specific process, leading to full and permanent recovery.

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Sarcoidosis – The Best Natural Remedies For Sarcoidosis and Other ILD’s

Natural Remedies & Sarcoidosis Treatment:

After several years of medical treatment for lymphatic Sarcoidosis my husband & I found 3 natural remedies for Sarcoidosis that have kept him in remission for two years. The main factors to take into account with Sarcoidosis and many other autoimmune diseases are immune system imbalance & inflammation. Oxidative stress was found to be the underlying cause of Sarcoidosis and other ILD’s in 26 different published medical studies; so let’s look at some ways to reverse oxidative stress, lower inflammation and balance the immune system with regenerative nutrition instead of pharmaceutical drugs & get your body on the path to healing!

3 Natural Remedies For Sarcoidosis Treatment:

1. Broad Spectrum Antioxidants: eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Raw fruits and vegetables are very high in antioxidants which fight oxidation. They are excellent natural remedies for Sarcoidosis providing live enzymes which balance your digestive system (where 70-80% of your immune system is), lower inflammation & boost the immune system.

Some of the most powerful natural remedies for Sarcoidosis are quercetin (found in apples & onions), resveratrol (found in the skin of red wine grapes, peanuts & Japanese Knotweed) & tumeric (a spice used for cooking). Jack started taking one supplement with all of these and about 40 more powerful natural ingredients to reverse his symptoms of Sarcoidosis.

Sarcoidosis is the formulation of granulomas, non-cancerous tumors of mutated cells that can form in any system in the body. These mutated cells become deformed & start stealing electrons from healthy cells. This chain reaction is not broken until an antioxidant comes along and gives our cell an electron to stop the process and start repair.

2. Knock Out Inflammation: Mother Nature’s Best Anti-inflammatory is a natural nutrient found in brown seaweed, called Fucoidan. This nutrient is an absolutely amazing polysaccharide. In clinical trials it boosted the immune system by as much as 400% in only 12 days. This one nutrient was vital to my husband’s recovery. Within 3 weeks his pain, vertigo and inflammation was noticeably less. I have several clients using this natural remedy for sarcoidosis, so far they report less pain (a couple even NO pain), less inflammation, ease in breathing, no cramping, more energy, less coughing, no more chronic bronchitis.

3. Boost Your Immune System: Fucoidan, as I said above, is the very best immune booster. When is comes to fighting Sarcoidosis you need to remember that this is an autoimmune disease. Treating the symptoms will never cure the disease. So balancing, boosting & building the immune system will reverse many, if not all of the symptoms of Sarcoidosis. There are many natural remedies for Sarcoidosis treatment but another one that also helps naturally boost the immune system is star anise. Tamiflu is derived from Star Anise (it was so powerful the pharmaceutical companies synthesized it into a drug they could prescribe and make a fortune).

When the immune system starts attacking itself there is something majorly wrong and most of the time 1 autoimmune disease will lead to several others. Many people with Sarcoid also have diabetes, arthritis, lupus, CFS, etc. etc. We must treat the root cause instead of give it a name and write a lifetime prescription.

With autoimmune diseases our own immune system has turned on us – thus, we must regulate, repair & regenerate a healthy immune system that repairs damage rather than causes it. Millions of deformed cells will cause tumors or clusters of mutated and inflamed cells, thus Sarcoidosis. To find out more and get testimonials from clients about the most efficacious supplements and natural remedies for Sarcoidosis contact me or go to Sarcoidosis Treatment. My husband has been in remission for 24 months. Hear his story as well as many others & learn more about healing Sarcoidosis naturally.

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Stress and Internal Conflict: Heal Yourself With Forgiveness

All stress, regardless of the source, will undermine our wellbeing if left unchecked. The accumulated stress can eventually lead to conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, stroke, ME/chronic fatigue and depression, to name but a few. So, any steps we can take to reduce our stress will be beneficial.

What many people do not realise, is that much of their stress comes from conflicts within their minds. Think of your mind as an iceberg. The part of it above the water is your conscious mind. This is where you hold your ideals and principles, where you make your everyday decisions and hold your religious and political beliefs. This is the part of your mind that you are aware of. The larger portion under the surface is the hidden world of your subconscious mind. The subconscious is the land of dreams. It has its own agenda which is often in direct conflict with what you want consciously. Each and every conflict results in stress, and every source of stress undermines your strength.

The Poison of Unforgiveness

One major source of such conflict is unforgiveness. Often, we say that we have forgiven someone, but that is only believed by your conscious mind. More often than not, your subconscious mind is refusing to forgive and has even vowed to hate the perpetrator forever!

So, what effect does this have? It’s very simple. Every time your conscious mind and subconscious mind disagree on an issue, there is conflict. Think of it like computer software with a bug in it. It is impossible for the conflict to be resolved, because part of you will never be happy with the outcome.

For example, consciously you might think, “I forgive my sister for breaking my doll.” Meanwhile, your subconscious has filed, “I vow to hate my sister forever for destroying my doll.” It is impossible to resolve both these programmes at the same time. You either forgive someone, or you don’t. You cannot do both. The mental programme therefore runs in a continuous, never-ending loop, which uses up a huge amount of energy and produces mental and emotional stress. In the case of this example, the conflict may have been running for thirty, forty or fifty years! Even if you aren’t thinking about the incident, on a deeper level, your mind is still struggling with the conflict. Imagine how many conflicts like this you are holding within your brain right now. These internal conflicts produces stress, and lots of it!

Forgiveness Exercise

When you want to forgive someone do the following exercise. The wording is designed to act in a specific way, so make sure you follow the steps carefully.

  1. Close your eyes, bring to mind the person and incident you want to forgive.
  2. Now, focus on your heart energy. As you breathe, feel that energy getting stronger and mentally let it expand out of your body, connecting with the energy of the Universe.
  3. Ask the Universe to show you the highest perspective of the incident. Wait and let the response come from the Universe – this will feel like a warm energy moving through your heart and body.
  4. Now, ask the Universe to explain to your cells that you have learnt all you needed from that unforgiveness. Wait and let the response come from the Universe again.
  5. Then, ask the Universe to teach your cells what it feels like for it to be possible to forgive this person. Again visualise or feel the energy responding to your request.
  6. Now, ask the Universe to show you how much forgiving will benefit you and your life. Let the healing flow through you.
  7. Finally, ask the Universe to teach you what it feels like to have forgiven them completely. Once again, allow the energy of the Universe to flow through your body, healing anything that is necessary. Make sure that all the energy has stopped moving before you open your eyes.

This sequence of healing energies and understandings will soften the old blocked unforgiveness, and enable it to disperse. Once the unforgiveness is gone, the mental conflict will dissolve and that stress will be released permanently.

Everything you can do to free yourself from accumulated stress will be good for you. I recommend that look back through your life and do some tidying up. Whenever you think about an incident which upset you or made you angry in your past, focus on it for a few seconds and see if you feel the old emotion surfacing again. If you do, then you need to forgive. Simply take yourself through the forgiveness exercise to shift the negative energy.

It is also really helpful if you take the Bach Flower Remedies of Holly and Willow. These clear deep-seated anger and bitterness which you have probably been storing for years, and cleanse the unforgiveness from your cellular memory.

It really is true that forgiveness is a blessing for both parties. Not only does it show love by releasing the perceived wrongs of the past, but it also increases the wellbeing of the person who forgives. Even if it seems hard to do, it is worth the effort.

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A Possible Lupus Cure That Begins With Healthy Digestion

Even today, many lupus sufferers are told by medical experts ‘diet doesn’t matter’. They are also told there is ‘no cure for lupus’.

In addressing the issue of diet, if what you eat matters when you are healthy, then what you eat when you’re ill is not only important it’s essential. So much so that it can make, or break your health and quality of life.

Another falsehood is that lupus can’t be healed. Being someone who has healed lupus I beg to differ, and I’m not the only one who is now lupus-free. At minimum, symptoms of lupus can be greatly reduced with a significant return to a better quality of life if the appropriate steps are taken. That starts with your diet.

It’s said by many in the scientific community that at least 80 percent of your immune system is affected by your digestive tract. Therefore, it’s the first line of defence you must work with to get your lupus symptoms under control.

A powerful way to support your digestion is to ensure your body has the ability to absorb, therefore utilize the nutrients from your food. Two sources that support this are digestive enzymes, and probiotics.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are living microorganisms that work to support the microflora in your GI (gastrointestinal) tract. The word probiotics in Greek means ‘for life’.

One of its main functions is to support digestion and processing waste. (Now consider the term ‘antibiotics’ and it’s function). Probiotics are also commonly used to help prevent diarrhea by replacing the lost healthy bacteria, often caused by antibiotic use. They nourish, rebuild and provide a protective barrier of the intestinal lining and restore good bacteria to the bowel.

What are digestive enzymes?

Enzymes are energized protein molecules necessary for all life. They turn the food we eat into the energy we use in our body.

Digestive enzymes interact and work synergistically with vitamins, minerals, water and other nutrients to perform vital roles and do not change or get consumed in the process. They are responsible for running every function of the body such as digestion, cell/tissue/organ repair, maintaining the bones, skin, muscles, and nerves, plus energy production, and brain stimulation. Without these our body would not be able to sustain life.

Where Does the Body Get Enzymes?

Enzymes are secreted in the gastrointestinal tract and found in raw foods.

Eating a diet rich in raw foods helps the digestive process and therefore reduces the body’s need to secrete its own. If your body has to rely on its own enzymes when consuming cooked and processed foods, more stress is placed on your body and pancreas. Therefore, less energy is available for other important processes such as rebuilding and replacing damaged cells and tissues, which can reduce the immune systems effectiveness.

“The medical profession tells us that all disease is due to a lack or imbalance of enzymes. Our very lives are dependent upon them!”

Dr. DicQie Fuller

The Consequences of Incomplete Digestion

When food molecules are not digested properly and broken down to their smallest form, the body may view them as a foreign substance to the body and attack, causing inflammatory conditions and immune sensitivity. This is similar to the autoimmune response in lupus, which can result in symptoms such as arthritis, not to mention food allergies, digestive issues, fatigue, muscle pain, heart disease, asthma and migraines.

Studies have shown that for a number of chronic illnesses, such as lupus, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, skin disease, immune deficiencies, cancer (and more) decreased enzyme levels have been found.

Benefits of supplementing your body with digestive enzymes and probiotics are many, they include:

  • Increase nutrient absorption
  • Promote vitamin synthesis
  • Inhibit disease causing organisms
  • Improve digestion
  • Prevent stomach upset and reduce constipation
  • Improve allergy resistance
  • Help carry away toxins
  • Assimilate fats
  • Purify the blood
  • Increase white blood cell activity
  • Support the endocrine system (hormones in the body)
  • Balance cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Eliminate yeast
  • Increase energy levels
  • Help clean and dislodge accumulated decay of the colon
  • Help kill viruses and parasites
  • Help free up energy from digestion for other essential healing functions

Healing Lupus with Healthy Digestion

Many alternative health care practitioners believe all health issues are related in some way to the process of digestion. In addition to eating easy to digest foods, you may benefit from supplementing your diet with digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Everything in your body is dependent on nutrition, and its proper absorption. It does no good to select highly nutritious foods if their nutrients are not being fully absorbed. If you are experiencing digestive issues, it is a good idea to see a health specialist as well.

With plenty of healthy enzymes that assure greater levels of digestion and absorption of your food you will see a difference in your health. The potential for a lupus cure through diet should not be overlooked, and it is my hope that doctors will take up the care of their patients with natural modalities for lupus and other disease treatment in the future.

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The Lucinda Bassett Attacking Anxiety and Depression System

The Lucinda Bassett program includes:

o 16 Audio Cassettes or CDs

o 3 Coaching Videos or DVDs

o A 250-Page, 15 Chapter Guidebook

o 16 Handy Reference Cards

Although I tend to prefer downloadable items (I don’t like to wait) the Lucinda Basset program is worth the wait. The package definitely delivers value; it is professionally put together and is quite impressive.

Ok, there’s some slick packaging… what’s it got under the hood?

The Attacking Anxiety and Depression program was developed by Lucinda Bassett and Phillip Fisher, M.D. from over 17-years of Midwest Center therapy groups.

The program is based on cognitive-behavioral modification. In a nutshell, it is intended to teach you to recognize the thoughts, behaviors, and reactions CAUSING your distress and then show you how to change these negative, anxiety-producing habits.

A lot of what has made this program so popular and effective is the way it is structured and presented.

The methodology of using an audio/video teaching format allows you to listen to the material over and over, at your own pace. The ultimate goal of the program is to teach you to rely on your own skills through the recovery.

The Lucinda Basset workbook, CDs and DVDs show you how your current thinking and reacting are causing your stress, anxiety and depression and then it shows you a different way to look at life and how to react to the stressors in your life.

The program is very deliberate, step-by-step, week-by-week, showing you how to begin dismantling your old destructive patterns and replacing them with more healthy, compassionate habits.

Attacking Anxiety and Depression is Clinically validated and used in hospitals, clinics, universities, by a network of psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and by the number one ranked HMO in the country, Group Health.

Either Lucinda Bassett is just an incredible marketer or she actually has something “real” going… she has the second longest running infomercial of all time and has been featured on Oprah, Regis, Montel Williams, Maury Povich, The View with Barbara Walters, Reverend Schuller’s Hour of Power and has been published in Prevention, Family Circle, Longevity, The Journal of Clinical Psychology, and more.

You can try the program by Lucinda Bassett free for 30 days

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Cure Constipation With Cayenne Pepper and Other Home Remedies

Constipation is a wretched condition and a common complaint for many people. Constipation occurs when bowel movements are small, hard, and difficult to pass. You may have few bowel movements or always experience a feeling of never finishing the movement. There are numerous causes of constipation including anxiety, stress, dehydration, nutrition, injury and some medications can cause constipation.

There are several natural ways to help those who suffer from constipation. A balanced diet including plenty of fruit and vegetables is advisable. Green leafy vegetables such as lettuce and parsley are especially good for helping to prevent constipation.

One home remedy which is particularly recommended is the use of cayenne pepper either as a seasoning on your food or you can take Cayenne capsules which are available in most grocery stores and pharmacies. Cayenne pepper is what is called a stimulating herb’ – a natural blood thinner and can help improve circulation. The main medicinal attributes of cayenne are derived from a chemical called capsaicin. As well as adding heat to the pepper, capsaicin acts to reduce blood platelet stickiness and relieve pain.

When ingested, cayenne soothes the digestive tract and increases the flow of stomach secretions and saliva. These secretions carry substances that help digest food. Cayenne tablets or capsules can be taken at each meal after you finish eating. Capsaicin is known to help improve the digestive tract and the circulatory system, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and speeds healing. Today, cultures which consume large amounts of Cayenne pepper experience a much lower rate of cardiovascular disease. Cayenne has been employed as medicine for centuries. It is universally considered helpful for various conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, including stomach aches, cramping pains, constipation and gas.

You may experience a burning in the upper part of your stomach after taking a cayenne capsule. This sensation will go away as your body becomes used to the pepper. Adding cayenne pepper to soups, salads, and other foods you like will also be of benefit. When your constipation has been alleviated, cayenne will also help your bowel movements remain regular.

There are numerous other terrific and simple home remedies to ease constipation. For example, try eating a banana each day. This can help with constipation as well as help keep potassium levels even. An apple a day keeps the doctor away is something our grandmothers told us as children. Did you know it can also help keep constipation away? Well, it can!

Vegetables are fundamental ingredients necessary for regulating your digestive processes and avoiding constipation pain. Parsley, lettuce, and cabbage when included in a salad are a wonderful side dish with the added bonus of helping to keep your digestive tract in tip-top shape. Red beets and the liquid from boiled potatoes are also recommended. Tomatoes and tomato juice are believed to relieve many constipation problems.

There are several natural remedies that don’t include vegetables or fruit. You can eat one half cup of sunflower seeds every day or try drinking two cups of warm water on an empty stomach each morning. Half a teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of olive oil can be added to that warm water for a little extra help.

Blanched thyme leaves in a cup of water with a bit of honey can help if you drink it each morning, and if you like honey, eat a little every day! Sounds like a sweet way to ease constipation. Eating whole wheat breads, bran, and even oatmeal each day will also help your problem.

In addition to these simple remedies from the kitchen, natural therapies such as aromatherapy and herbs can also help provide constipation relief. Try one or more of the following recipes to help encourage your digestive tract to become more regular and efficient.

Constipation Massage Oil

* 6 d. Rosemary oil

* 6 d. Thyme oil: in 1 oz. olive or Almond oil.

Massage on abdomen in a clockwise circular motion.

Constipation Relief Oil

Massage in a clockwise direction over the lower abdomen three times a day with the following:

* Rosemary 15 drops

* Lemon 10 drops

* Peppermint 5 drops

Dilute mixture in 2 tablespoons Massage Oil

Digest-Eze Herbal Tea

* 1 cup water

* 1 tablespoon freshly chopped Basil leaf

Put Herbs and water in a pot with the lid on. Bring to a boil and then immediately turn off the heat. Let the Basil steep for fifteen minutes and then strain it out. Drink one to two cups a day.

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Stuttering and Lazy Tongue Improved With Stress Management Hypnosis Techniques

Symptoms of stuttering and lazy tongue or twisted tongue can greatly be improved with basic stress management technique and hypnosis.

The phrase “lazy tongue,” which I coined, basically speaks for itself. When the affected person attempts to speak, it seems that the tongue is lazy, twisted and simply doesn’t move fast enough to enunciate what is spoken. The result is slurred speech and or stuttering. It often feels as though the twisted tongue is enlarged and because of this feeling it is often easy to bite the tongue or the side of the mouth–rather painful.

Typically stuttering is not necessarily associated with a lazy tongue, but more often simply stuttering is associated with excessive tension in the mouth. Whereas one can begin suffering from lazy tongue at any age, stuttering is often left over from child hood.

The issues surrounding both lazy tongue and stuttering are similar. Stuttering is often associated with a less than healthy self image resulting from a conditioning experience of an embarrassing nature as a youngster, or having an overbearing and critical parent. Lazy tongue, on the other hand, is usually the result of a major stressor such as loss of a marriage, death of a loved one, loss of a job…

With both stuttering and lazy tongue, there is a situation of low self esteem. However, a boost in self esteem (although helpful) usually will not solve either problem without stress management intervention.

For example, Carl was 19 years of age and away at college. Stuttering since elementary school he successfully stopped all stuttering within three weeks of stress management training. He returned home over semester break and promised his father to clean the garage one Saturday.

Carl became distracted and never got around to fulfilling his promise. His dad came home from work later on Saturday, noticed the garage wasn’t cleaned, and called Carl a “stupid shit,” for not cleaning the garage. Carl’s stuttering returned instantly.

This is a case of having an overbearing, over critical parent who in combination with the son’s sensitive nature, contributed to his son’s stuttering which often makes overcoming stuttering a two part program.

1. Using basic stress management skills involving deep rhythmic breathing, and muscle tensing relaxation exercises for the various muscles of the jaw, mouth, and tongue.

The deep breathing into the diaphragm is for composure. The muscle exercises are to stretch the jaw in various directions, stretch the tongue and press it against various locations in the mouth. It also involves tensing the facial muscles. Each time the muscles are tensed, they are tensed to the point of extreme discomfort–almost to the point of fatigue. Then the tension is then released and self mental programming is done as to which feelings are preferred and which are disliked.

2. Self hypnotic affirmations are used to change the perspective so as to build confidence and create building self esteem. Focus is on dealing with the emotions of rejection, disappointment, and frustration. Through hypnosis the individual moves to embrace the emotion and then move beyond it to somehow benefit from the experience.

An enlightened approach to stuttering and lazy tongue involves more than one approach. Whereas many programs only focus on the mechanical, you wonder why the obvious self esteem issues are left out or only dealt with in passing. It’s clearly a mistake to ignore either the stress management or the self esteem issues. Doing the physical exercises and dealing with the mental issues of building self esteem produces real results.

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How Can I Tell I Have Gallstones In My Liver?

During my research with thousands of patients suffering from almost every kind of illness, including terminal diseases, I found that each person had large numbers of gallstones in the liver and, in many cases, also in the gallbladder. When people eliminated these stones through the liver flush (liver cleanse) and introduced simple health-forming habits and supportive measures, they recovered from diseases that defied both conventional and alternative methods of treatment.

What follows is a description of some of the more common signs indicating the presence of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. If you have any of them, you will most likely derive great benefits from cleansing your liver and gallbladder. In my practice, I have found these indications to be highly accurate. In case you are not sure whether you have stones, it may be useful to cleanse the liver anyway; it can improve your health significantly, regardless. There is an old saying: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” The only way to discover for yourself whether you have gallstones is to do the liver flush. You will find that when you remove all the stones that may be present, the symptoms of disease will gradually disappear, and health will return to normal.

Signs and Marks

The Skin

The major function of the skin is to continuously adjust our internal body to the ever-changing external environment, which includes temperature, humidity, dryness and light. In addition, skin covers the body to protect us against injury, microbes and other harmful agents. Apart from having to deal with these external influences, the skin also monitors and adapts according to internal changes taking place within the body. Accordingly, the skin reflects the condition of the organs and body fluids, including the blood and lymph. Any long-term abnormal functioning of the body will inevitably show up in the skin as skin blemishes, discoloration or changed condition, such as dryness, oiliness, wrinkles, lines, and so forth. Almost all skin disorders have their root in an imbalanced liver condition. Gallstones lead to circulatory disorders, which reduce the nutrient supply to, and waste removal from, the skin and prevent healthy development and normal turnover cycles of skin cells.

The following marks are particularly indicative of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder.

Black spots and small or large brown patches that are the color of freckles or moles: They usually appear on the right or left side of the forehead, between the eyebrows or under the eyes. They may also show up just above the right shoulder or between the shoulder blades. Most prominent are the so-called liver spots on the back of the hands and forearms, often seen among middle-aged and elderly people. If gallstones, which are spontaneously excreted by the gallbladder, get caught in the colon, such spots may also appear in the area where the thumb and index finger meet. These liver spots usually start fading after the majority of stones are removed from the liver and gallbladder. Most people assume that the liver spots are due to sun damage and “normal” aging. This is a myth. Liver spots, as the name suggests, come from the liver. Sun exposure merely brings to the surface of the skin any existing acidic waste deposits.

Vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows: There may be one deep line or two, sometimes three lines in this region. These lines or wrinkles, which are not a part of natural aging, indicate an accumulation of many gallstones in the liver. They show that the liver is enlarged and has hardened. The deeper and longer the wrinkles are, the more the deterioration of liver function has progressed. A line near the right eyebrow also indicates congestion in the spleen. Furthermore, the vertical lines represent a great deal of repressed frustration and anger. Anger arises when gallstones prevent proper bile flow. A bilious nature is one that keeps toxins trapped-toxins that the liver tries to eliminate via bile. Similarly, anger can trigger gallstone formation. If white or yellow patches accompany the wrinkles, a cyst or tumor may be developing in the liver. Pimples or growth of hair between eyebrows, with or without wrinkles, indicate that the liver, gallbladder and spleen are affected.

Horizontal wrinkles across the bridge of the nose: These are a sign of pancreatic disorders due to gallstones in the liver. If a line is deep and pronounced, there may be pancreatitisor diabetes.

Green or dark color of the temple area at the sides of the head: This shows that the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen are underactive because of deposits of gallstones in both the liver and gallbladder. This may be accompanied by a green or blue color on either side of the bridge of the nose, which indicates impaired spleen functions. A horizontal line across the bridge of the nose implies weakness of the pancreas.

Oily skin in the area of the forehead: This reflects poor liver performance due to gallstones. The same applies to excessive perspiration in this part of the head. A yellow color of the facial skin indicates disorders of the bile functions of the liver and gallbladder, and a weakness of the pancreas, kidneys and excretory organs.

Hair loss in the central region of the head: This indicates that the liver, heart, small intestines, pancreas and reproductive organs are becoming increasingly congested and aggravated. There is a tendency to develop cardiovascular disease, chronic digestive problems, and the formation of cysts and tumors. Early graying of hair shows that liver and gallbladder functions are underactive.

The Nose

Hardening and thickening at the tip of the nose: This indicates chronic liver weakness, resulting in hardening of the arteries and the accumulation of fat around the heart, liver, spleen, kidneys and prostate glands. If the enlargement is excessive and blood vessels are visible, a heart attack or stroke may be imminent.

The nose is constantly red: This shows an abnormal condition of the heart, with a tendency toward high blood pressure (hypertension). A purple nose indicates low blood pressure. Both conditions are due to imbalanced liver, digestive and kidney functions.

Cleft nose or indentation of the tip of the nose: This mark indicates irregular heartbeat and heart murmur. If one half of the cleft nose is larger than the other, this shows that one side of the heart is abnormally enlarged. Arrhythmia and panic attacks may accompany this condition. There may be severe lymphatic congestion caused by digestive disorders such as constipation, colitis, stomach ulcer, and so on. Liver functions are subdued because of large amounts of gallstones cutting off the blood supply to the liver cells. Bile secretions are insufficient. (Note: I have personally seen clefts in the nose disappear after liver flushing.)

The nose is bending toward the left: Unless caused by an accident, this asymmetric shape of the nose implies that the organs on the right side of the body are underactive. These include the liver, gallbladder, right kidney, ascending colon, right ovary or testicle, and right side of the brain. The main cause of this condition is an accumulation of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder (the nose is likely to return to center once the stones are removed).

The Eyes

Skin color under the eyes is yellowish: This indicates that the liver and gallbladder are overactive. A dark, even black color in the same area results when the kidneys, bladder and reproductive organs are overtaxed because of a prolonged disorder of the digestive system. A grayish, pale color occurs if the kidneys and, occasionally, the lungs are malfunctioning due to improper lymph drainage from these organs. Also, the endocrine system may be affected.

Water-containing bags under the lower eyelids: These are formed as a result of congestion in the digestive and excretory organs, which results in inadequate lymph drainage from the head area. If these eye bags are chronic and contain fat, this points toward the presence of inflammation, cysts and, possibly, tumors in the bladder, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and prostate.

A white cloud covers the pupil of the eye: The cloud consists mostly of mucus and degenerate protein particles. It indicates the development of cataracts brought about by long-standing poor liver and digestive performance.

Constant redness in the white of the eye: This condition is caused by the protrusion of capillaries, indicating disorders in the circulatory and respiratory functions. White or yellow mucus patches in the white of the eye show that the body is accumulating abnormal amounts of fatty substances because the liver and gallbladder have amassed large quantities of gallstones. When this occurs, the body has a tendency to develop cysts as well as both benign and malignant tumors.

A thick white line covers parts of the periphery of the iris, particularly the lower parts: This indicates the accumulation of large amounts of cholesterol in the blood circulatory system. The lymphatic system also has major congestion and fat retention. (Note: If you wish to understand the connection of the eyes and iris with the various parts of the body, I recommend that you study the science of iridology, or eye interpretation.)

The eyes have lost their natural luster and shine: This signals that both the liver and kidneys are congested and unable to filter the blood properly. “Dirty” blood, loaded with toxins or waste products, is heavier and more sluggish than clean blood. The thickened blood slows circulation and reduces oxygen and nutrient supply to the cells and organs, including the eyes. If this condition persists, the cells will deteriorate and inevitably age or die off. The eye and brain cells are especially affected because the blood has to flow against gravity to reach them. Most vision problems are the direct or indirect result of reduced blood-cleansing capacity by the liver and kidneys. Clean and nutrient-rich blood from a healthy, efficient liver can flow easily and nourish the eye tissues better, thereby improving most eye problems.

The Tongue, Mouth, Lips and Teeth

The tongue is coated yellow or white, especially in the back part: This indicates an imbalance in the secretion of bile, which is the major cause of digestive trouble. Toxic residues of undigested and fermented or putrefied food linger in the intestinal tract. This blocks lymph flow in the thoracic duct and prevents toxins and microbes in the throat and mouth area from being removed.

Teeth impressions on the sides of the tongue, often accompanied by white mucus discharge: This indicates weak digestion and inadequate absorption of nutrients from the small intestine.

Pimples on the tongue: They are indicative of poor digestion and the presence of fermenting and putrefying food in both the small and large intestines.

Cracks on the tongue: These are signs of long-term intestinal trouble. When food is not being mixed with a sufficient amount of bile, it remains partially undigested. Undigested foods are subjected to bacterial putrefaction and, in turn, become a source of toxicity. Constant exposure of the intestinal wall to the toxins that these bacteria produce irritates and injures it. The resulting lesions, scars and hardening of the intestinal walls are then reflected by the cracks on the tongue. There may be little or no mucus discharge on the tongue.

Repeated mucus discharge into the throat and mouth: Bile may regurgitate into the stomach, thereby irritating its protective lining and causing excessive mucus production. Some of the bile and mucus may reach the mouth area. This can create a bad (bitter) taste in the mouth and give rise to frequent attempts at clearing the throat, which sometimes involve coughing. Mucus discharge without this bitter taste results when food is not digested properly, and toxins are generated. The mucus helps to trap and neutralize some of these toxins, but as a side effect, it causes congestion.

Bad breath and frequent burping: Both signs point toward the presence of undigested, fermenting or putrefying food in the GI tract. Bacteria acting on the waste material produce gases, which can be very toxic at times, hence the bad odor emanating from the breath.

Crust formations at the corners of the mouth: This indicates the presence of duodenal ulcers, caused by regurgitation of bile into the stomach, or by other reasons discussed earlier. Ulcers in various parts of the mouth or on the tongue show that inflammation or ulceration is occurring in the corresponding parts of the GI tract. For example, a mouth ulcer on the outside parts of your lower lip points to the presence of ulcer lesions in the large intestine. Herpes (‘cold sores’) on the lip corresponds to more severe inflammation and ulceration of the intestinal wall.

Dark spots or patches on the lips: These marks occur when obstructions in the liver, gallbladder and kidneys have resulted in slowness and stagnation of blood circulation and lymph drainage throughout the body. There may be advanced, abnormal constriction of blood capillaries. If the color of the lips is reddish (dark) or purple, this indicates that heart, lung, and respiratory functions are subdued.

Swollen or expanded lips: This condition indicates intestinal disorders. If the lower lip is swollen, the colon suffers constipation, diarrhea, or both, alternating between them. Toxic gases are formed from improperly digested foods, which give rise to bloating and abdominal discomfort. A swollen or enlarged upper lip indicates stomach problems, including indigestion, frequently accompanied by ‘heartburn’. An abnormal, tightly closed mouth shows that a person suffers from disorders of the liver, gallbladder and, possibly, the kidneys. If the lower lip is dry, peels and splits easily, there may either be chronic constipation or diarrhea, with large amounts of toxic acids prevalent in the colon. This condition is accompanied by advanced dehydration of the colon cells.

Swollen, sensitive or bleeding gums: Any these symptoms occurs when lymph drainage from the mouth area is inefficient as a result of intestinal lymph congestion. The blood has an overload of acid compounds. Inflammation deep in the throat, with or without swelling of the tonsils, is also caused by lymphatic blockage. Tonsillitis, which often occurs among children, is a sign of constant retention of toxins contained in the lymph fluids and back-flushing of waste from the GI tract into the tonsils.

Tooth problems are generally caused by nutritional imbalance: Poor digestion and overconsumption of refined, processed and highly acid-forming foods, such as sugar, chocolate, meat, cheese, coffee, soda, and so forth, deplete the body of minerals and vitamins. Adults usually have 32 teeth. Each tooth corresponds to a vertebra of the spine, and each vertebra is connected to a major organ or gland. If any of the four canines are decaying, for example, it indicates the presence of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. A yellow color of the teeth, and of the canines in particular, indicates the presence of toxins in the organs located in the mid-abdominal region-that is, the liver, gallbladder, stomach, pancreas and spleen. Bacteria are not the cause of tooth decay. They only attack tooth tissue that already has an unbalanced acid-alkaline ratio. Proper saliva secretions also play a major role in the protection of the teeth. Truly healthy teeth last a lifetime and are maintained by a healthy digestive system.

Hands, Nails and Feet

White, fatty skin on the fingertips is a sign of dysfunctional digestive and lymphatic systems. In addition, the liver and kidneys may be forming cysts and tumors. An excessive discharge of fats may occur, seen as oiliness on the skin.

Dark red fingernails point toward a high content of cholesterol, fatty acids and minerals in the blood. The liver, gallbladder and spleen are congested and underactive, and all excretory functions are overburdened with waste products. Whitish nails indicate the accumulation of fat and mucus in and around the heart, liver, pancreas, prostate or ovaries. This condition is accompanied by poor blood circulation and low hemoglobin levels (anemia).

Vertical ridges in the fingernails generally indicate poor absorption of food and the disruption of important digestive, liver and kidney functions. There may be general fatigue. Strong vertical ridges on the thumbnails, possibly with split ends, show that a person’s testicles and prostate, or ovaries, are not functioning properly. This is caused by the ineffectiveness of the digestive and circulatory systems.

Horizontal indentations in the nails show unusual or drastic changes in dietary habits. The changes can be either beneficial or harmful.

White dots on the nails appear when the body eliminates large amounts of calcium and/or zinc in response to excessive consumption of sugar or sugar-containing foods and beverages. Sugar has highly acid-forming properties and leaches out these minerals from the bones and teeth.

A hard protrusion at the ball of the foot shows progressive hardening of the organs located in the middle of the body, including the liver, stomach, pancreas and spleen. It points to the accumulation of numerous gallstones in the liver and gallbladder.

A yellow color of the feet indicates the accumulation of many gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. If the color of any part of the feet is green, then spleen and lymph functions are severely disrupted. This may lead to cysts and to benign and malignant tumors.

Hardness at the tip of the fourth toe or a callus in the area under the fourth toe shows that gallbladder functions are stagnant. General rigidity, a bent condition and pain in the fourth toe imply a long history of gallstones in the gallbladder and liver.

Curving of the first toe specifically if the large toe curves inward toward the second toe, shows that liver functions are subdued due to the presence of gallstones in the liver bile ducts. At the same time, spleen and lymphatic functions are overactive because of the accumulation of toxic residues from inadequately digested foods, metabolic waste and cellular debris.

White color and rugged surfaces on the fourth and fifth toenails indicates poor performance of the liver and gallbladder, as well as of the kidneys and urinary bladder.

The Constitution of Fecal Matter

The stool or fecal matter emits a sharp, sour, or penetrative odor indicates that food is not being digested properly. Fermented and putrefied food, and the presence of large quantities of ‘unfriendly’ bacteria in the feces, give rise to an abnormal odor and sticky texture. Normal stool is coated with a thin mucus lining, which prevents the anus from being soiled.

Dry and hard stools are an indication of constipation, and so are sticky stools. Diarrhea is yet another sign of weak performance of the digestive system and the liver, in particular.

Pale or clay-colored feces is still another indication of poor liver performance (bile gives the stool its natural brown color). If the stool floats, large amounts of undigested fats are contained in it, making it lighter than water.


There may be many more signs and symptoms indicating the presence of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder than those listed above. Pain in the right shoulder, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, numbness in the legs and sciatica, for example, may have no obvious relation to gallstones in the liver. Yet when the gallstones are removed, these conditions usually disappear. The body is a network of information, and every part influences and communicates with every other part. Seemingly insignificant marks or signs on the skin, in the eyes or on a toe may be the harbingers of serious health issues. When you recognize them and flush your liver and gallbladder, in concert with adopting a healthy regimen of diet and lifestyle, you will find that the signs of wellness and vitality begin to reappear. To prevent illness and make permanent health a practical reality in your life, it is important to understand what actually causes gallstones in the first place.

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Herbs And Stress Relief – 5 Common Herbs To Help With Your Stress

The use of herbs for stress is getting much more common. Herbal treatments have become readily obtainable, from special teas to pills and capsules. Dealing with anxiety can be a very difficult task and there are many distinct approaches on exactly how to conquer stress.

A lot of people are looking to natural stress and anxiety remedies instead of the traditional medicine for a wide range of stress associated signs or symptoms. When it comes to reducing the side effects of stress on the body, herbs tend to be the ideal solution as they assist to decrease stress associated build ups of harmful toxins, to calm an over active mind and to help break down adrenaline as well as reinforce the heart and breathing system. All of which are under attack through continuing stress and anxiety.

Here I have chosen 5 common herbs for stress that can help reduce your levels: Siberian Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, Valerian Root and Chamomile.

These therapeutic herbs have been used for nearly 5,000 years. The Ancient Romans, Greeks, Egyptians and especially the Chinese have all used them for their healing properties. Today taking natural herbs for stress is an easy and often inexpensive way to overcome stress.

Siberian Ginseng is an especially useful herb in the treatment of stress. It can increase energy levels and diminish irritability. It can combat mental and physical fatigue, relieve depression and anxiety and increase resistance to stress by strengthening the nervous system.

Ashwagandha is a famed Indian herb used against stress for thousands of years. It is an adaptive herb that improves our ability to adapt to change and to productively react to external and internal stress factors. It is particularly useful if you suffer from fatigue. It increases energy levels and works as an anti-inflammatory. The anti-inflamatory properties of Ashwagandha are very important in times of stress, as excess stress can cause systemic inflammation.

Another of the important herbs for stress is Rhodiola Rosea. It also helps fight tiredness, which in turn improves memory and concentration. It also stimulates the immune system which helps fight off illness and disease.

One of the most common symptoms of stress is insomnia. Most of us prefer not to take prescription drugs for this, due to their sometimes adverse effects. Valerian Root can be of great benefit in the relief of insomnia. It soothes the nerves and has a sedating effect if used at bedtime.

And lastly, a common herb that can reduce your stress is Chamomile. This is one of the most popular herbs for stress due to it’s relaxing qualities. Taken as a cup of herbal tea, it is one of the most widely and easily used remedies to relieve anxiety. It is also sedating and promotes a good nights sleep.

The benefits of using natural herbal remedies to reduce your stress are numerous. They are generally safe, gentle, readily available and inexpensive. Most herbs for stress can be found in many different forms such as teas, tablets, capsules or liquids. They can all be found in your local health food store, supermarket or even online. But as with all remedies the best person to take advice from should be a health care professional, especially if you already have a pre-existing condition or are taking prescription drugs.

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