People have many misconceptions about anorexia. Due to poor understanding of the phenomenon or due to various popular myths surrounding eating disorders, most people assimilate denatured ideas regarding anorexia and the persons it affects. Probably the most common misconception describes anorexia as an incurable, terrifying disease. Although anorexia can cause both physical and psychological harm, this type of eating disorder can be successfully treated and its undesirable effects can be overcome in time. In fact, through the means of an appropriate therapeutic program, the great majority of patients diagnosed with anorexia can be completely recovered from the disorder in a relatively short period of time. Statistics indicate that more than 80 percent of people that have been confronted with anorexia at a certain point of their lives have been completely recovered with the means of psychological counseling and the help and encouragement of their families. Furthermore, most of the people affected by anorexia in the past have been able to achieve emotional balance, regaining full control over their lives. However, the truth is that anorexia needs to be timely discovered and prompt intervention is required when dealing with this type of disorder, as the affected persons can inflict themselves a lot of physical and emotional damage. Another popular myth surrounding this type of eating disorder suggests the idea that anorexics do not eat. This idea is completely exaggerated and unfunded! Although anorexics are very restrictive with food and they indeed keep drastic diets, they are human beings after all and therefore they need to eat! In order to achieve their goal of having a slim body, anorexics usually avoid foods that are rich in calories and therefore they commonly follow vegetarian diets. Every once in a while, anorexics may also engage in binge-purge behaviors, eating exaggerated amounts of food at once, only to dispose of it right after, by vomiting or by using laxatives and diuretics. However, this behavior is more common among bulimics. People also commonly confuse anorexia with bulimia. Although anorexia may resemble bulimia and people generally experience difficulties in separating between them, each of these two common types of eating disorders has various distinctive features. However, people with eating disorders can have oscillatory behaviors and anorexics can easily become bulimics, or vice versa. First of all, from a physical point of view, the main difference between anorexics and bulimics is body weight. While most anorexics are underweight, bulimics often have an average or, above average body weight. Therefore, unlike the case of anorexics, it is even more difficult to identify a person who suffers from bulimia.From a behavioral point of view, the main difference between anorexics and bulimics involves their eating habits. While anorexics commonly keep drastic diets and restrict their intake of calories, bulimics predominantly engage in binge-purge acts. From a psychological perspective, the main difference between anorexics and bulimics is that people with anorexia have a stronger will and ambition than bulimics. While both these categories have a low self esteem and a distorted self-image, bulimics are often more likely to suffer from depression. Their contradictory, ambivalent behaviors that fluctuate between binging and purging food render them very vulnerable to developing feelings of guilt and confusion.
Everyone experiences anxiety, even children. In fact, being unable to do so can be the sign of quite a serious problem. In our hazardous world, anxiety is a strategy that the body uses to help the mind recognize and keep well out of the way of danger. As with most mental illnesses, it's not the presence of anxiety alone that creates problems. It is more about how severe it is and how much it gets in the way of life. Most people feel anxious at some time in their lives. However, about five per cent of people experience severe anxiety but rarely seek professional help. Anxiety is a mixture of physical and mental symptoms. They are part of what psychologists call the fight or flight response. When the body is under threat, it automatically prepares either to defend itself or run. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can become a disabling disorder. Effective treatments for anxiety disorders are available, and research is yielding new and improved therapies that can help most people cope with anxiety disorders lead productive and fulfilling lives. However, studies have shown that having a healthy diet may reduce signs and symptoms of anxiety. Although food can't cure an anxiety disorder, consider some changes to your diet: Avoid or limit caffeine intake as much as possible. Caffeine is present in many soft drinks, not just tea and coffee and it can set up its own vicious cycle. It can speed up heart rate and disrupts sleep which are signs of anxiety. Trying to overcome tiredness by drinking more caffeine only makes the long-term problems worse. Avoid too much alcohol. Similarly, alcohol can worsen the symptoms of anxiety and disrupt sleep. Many people reach for a drink to calm their nerves, but the consequences of overindulgence can outweigh the benefits of initial relaxation. For some, a hangover, insomnia and dehydration make one feel worse than before one had a drink, and the depressants in alcohol can make you feel sluggish and anxious. Alcohol, like a simple sugar, is rapidly absorbed by the body. Like other sugars, alcohol increases hypoglycemia symptoms; excessive use can increase anxiety and mood swings. Eat complex carbohydrates. During anxious times, turn to comforting carbs. These foods act as a mild tranquilizer by increasing the amount of serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter, in the brain. Complex carbs, such as potatoes, wholewheat bread and pasta, take longer to digest than sugary simple carbs like white bread, so one can stay fuller longer and blood sugar is likely to stay steady, eliminating stress and anxiety. Carbohydrate-rich meals and snacks are thought to increase the amount of serotonin in the brain, which has a calming effect. Be sure to drink eight or more glasses of water a day. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches and stress. One should be well hydrated and drinking lots of water a day can decrease symptoms of anxiety. Take multivitamins and mineral supplement. B vitamins, whose role is to unlock the energy in food, are crucial, particularly B-6, which helps manufacture serotonin in the brain. Choose a daily supplement that supplies 100 per cent of the daily recommendation of all vitamins and minerals. Although tension and daily stresses are unavoidable, one can relieve tension and manage stress and anxiety better by what a person do and don't eat.
Research shows that women are three times more likely to suffer from migraine than men. Migraine is also more common among American women than type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, or asthma. More than 80% of people with migraines (called migraineurs) have other members in the family who have them too. Migraine headaches are the second most common type of primary headache and they can have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light.Almost one-fourth of women in their reproductive years experience migraines because during these years, women are building both their families and their careers --- factors that make them more prone to stress and fatigue. Research also indicates that migraine is an important issue in women's health. But, fortunately, women can prevent migraines. All they need to do is seek the solution from Mother Nature.There are so many different methods to get migraine headache pain relief. Over-the-counter "headache pain relief" medications are easily accessible. However, they don't cure headaches and are not without side effects. Over time, any medication can lose its effectiveness if taken too frequently.However, would it be better off if migraine headache sufferers could stop using over the counter pain relievers and find some other method to control their headache pain? Natural alternatives to headache pain relief are just as effective if a person knows the cause of their headache.Some natural migraine pain relief herbal remedies are known to prevent or ease a migraine headache. Dried herbs can be used to make teas or tinctures. Herbal extracts are potent and need to be diluted before use. Capsules come in many herbal combinations and are readily available at most natural or health food stores. Essential oils such as Chamomile, Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender are used to treat symptoms of headaches. Other natural herbal remedies for migraine pain relief includes:Feverfew Feverfew contains substances that inhibit the release of mood hormones in the brain. For best results, use fresh feverfew. When this is not available, consume as tea or in capsule form.Bay There have been some doctors who recommend taking feverfew with bay to prevent a migraine headache. You can often find a combination of these herbs in most health food stores.Ginger Ginger has long been known to relieve and prevent headaches. It is an anti-inflammatory and has substances that help reduce pain. Peppermint Taken internally or used externally, peppermint can help to relieve a migraine headache. To take internally, drink peppermint tea. To use externally, mix several drops of peppermint oil with lotion or body oil and massage onto the temples.In order to prevent a migraine, you need to identify what causes it. Many foods can trigger an attack. These include cheese, chocolate, wheat, and caffeine. If you indulge in one of these foods and experience a migraine attack 24 hours later, the food is most likely a migraine trigger. Other triggers include stress, changes in sleeping patterns, hormonal imbalances, and changes in altitude.Natural migraine pain relief remedies can help reduce the length and severity of a migraine headache. Not all natural migraine cures work for everyone, so try various remedies until you find the ones that work best for you. Finally, learn to control the triggers to avoid getting a migraine.
Los Angeles, Ca.---Two well known U.S. Refractive Surgeons have teamed up to launch Focus On Independence in which eye surgeons provide free LASIK or vision correction surgery for quadriplegics. Robert K. Maloney of Los Angeles and Daniel Durrie of Kansas City have enlisted up to 40 surgeons around the country in the program which is intended for patients over the age of 18 who have suffered spinal cord injury and have lost the use of their hands and/or arms, making it difficult or impossible to take off their glasses or contacts without assistance.For the quadriplegic patient, glasses can be a constant source of aggravation, said Dr. Maloney. The Focus on Independence program is designed to make the day-to-day life easier for the person.While glasses are inconvenient for most people, they can be particularly limiting for quadriplegics. A bump while moving the wheelchair, a cat jumping up in your lap dislodge your glasses, or if they just slide down your nose it takes someone else to put them back on the quadriplegic.Not having to wear glasses means thats one less thing someone else has to do for me, said Marta Johansen of Encino, California, who broke her neck in auto accident over twenty years ago in Maryland. She underwent LASIK surgery at Maloney Vision Institute in Los Angeles in May.LASIK surgeons from around the country are donating their time and services in this program. If a refractive surgeon wants to participate in the Focus on Independence Program they can call the Maloney Vision Institute.Our goal is to have an experienced LASIK surgeon within 100 miles of any spinal cord injury patient in the U.S. to provide this service, said Dr. Maloney. The Focus on Independence Program is beginning to gain momentum, thanks to several news articles and television stories that have occurred in recent months. If a quadriplegic believes that he or she may qualify for the program, they should email or phone Maloney Vision Institute for an over-the-phone evaluation of their case. It is important to get the word out to spinal cord injury patients in the U.S. that this service exists. Surgeons who are in the program report a great sense of satisfaction about being able to help these folks put some independence back in their lives, said Dr. Maloney.For more information, call the Maloney Vision Institute 1-877-EYESIGHT or visit online at http://www.maloneyvision.com
Do you struggle with the height of the bath sides and have problems with getting in and out of your bath? You may need to look at walk in baths.Walk in baths may help you regain your independence in your home. They enable you to walk into the bath and sit down instead of climbing over the sides which may cause you discomfort or pain. Some baths will have an inbuilt seat for you to rest on giving you extra comfort. There are a varity of shapes and sizes when you come to look at the baths which should suit your bathroom and your needs.With traditional baths you can fill up and drain without being sat in the bath but the walk in baths you have to be sat inside when you wish to run your bath or empty when you have finished. It will be important for you to look at fill capability and drain down time as you may find yourself sat cold waiting for either the bath to fill or empty.Then there is the door which again you have some options. Would you prefer the door to open inside the bath giving you extra room in your bathroom and the water will drain and dry inside the bath instead of the door opening out into the bathroom and dripping on the carpet. Also with the door opening out into the bathroom you will need to make sure you have the extra space to ensure you exit and enter the bath safely.Like traditional baths you can also get a shower fitting which can be used with a screen or curtain.With any large purchase that will be assisting you with your everday life you need to research the market to ensure you choose the right bath for you and your home.