Cholesterol Medicine – What Are The Risks Involved?

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The lifestyle that most of us living in the 21st century are used to brings with it certain problems. Health is one of the issues that bother everyone and one of the most common problems faced by the people around the world is that of excessive cholesterol levels. Although one can consume medicines to check the high levels of cholesterol, there is always the question about the drugs being safe or not. Thus, many people with high levels of cholesterol choose exercise as a way to combat cholesterol. For those who have to resort to medicines, natural medicines are a great option.

The most effective natural supplements that help reduce cholesterol are Guggulipid, green tea extracts and Poliocosanol. These are highly successful natural supplements because people around the world are consuming them and getting great results. The problem lies with the man – made drugs. Most of the factory made cholesterol drugs have adverse effect on the health of the users and create numerous problems.

A very effective man – made cholesterol medicine is Niacin. However, despite its success, it is known to have a few side effects. Many users of Niacin have faced this problem. The side effects are liver inflammation, indigestion, nausea and diarrhea.

Niacin can also cause dilating of blood vessels that result in hot flushing if consumed in large doses. Another man – made cholesterol reducing drug is Statin. But one of the major concerns of doctors around the world is that many patients tend to combine Statin and Niacin, hoping for magical decrease of cholesterol. However, instead of lowering the cholesterol levels, these two drugs can result in severe health problems if consumed in tandem. These two medicines that are meant to lower the cholesterol levels in the body can lead to massive health problems if consumed together. In fact, it can even be fatal if the doses are too high. Thus, never go for a man – made cholesterol supplement without the advice of your doctor.

Apart from the serious side effects of these drugs, normal side effects may include muscle cramps and aches. If you notice such side effects after consuming the drugs, quit the drug immediately and see a doctor as soon as possible.

One may argue that most medicines come with some side effect or another. However, it is best to start taking these medicines only of a certified doctors asks you to. In these cases, self medication is a very foolish thing to do. If you really want to do something about your cholesterol levels without posing a threat to your overall well being and health, the best way is to do a lot of exercise and maintain a proper diet. …

Top 10 Acupuncture Scholarships and Grants

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The following list includes the top 10 acupuncture scholarships and grants, which any current or prospective student of this healing art should consider:
The Academic Achievement Award Scholarship at the National College of Natural Medicine: New students at this school in Portland, Oregon can apply for scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 based on an application and essay.
American Specialty Health Scholarship: The nation’s leading complimentary health care benefits organization has designed a scholarship to help students further their studies for future alternative healing careers. Students in acupuncture, massage, chiropractics, dietetics and other alternative and holistic programs with at least a 3.0 GPA can receive $4,500 or $7,500.
Charlotte McGuire Scholarship Program: This program consists of two awards for holistic nursing students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and are members of the American Holistic Nursing Association.
The Dr. Michael and Marlene Nissenblatt Scholarship: First and second year post-graduate students in acupuncture, herbology, traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine who plan on bringing the human spirit and touch to their practice may apply for this scholarship.
The Dr. Pedro Rivera Scholarship: Holistic veterinary students who plan on practicing acupuncture can receive a financial award if their essays are chosen. The Dr. Richard Kearns Scholarship: A financial award from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association for holistic veterinary students based on responses to essay questions.
Herbal Time Scholarship: This $1,500 scholarship is awarded to bright and passionate MSTOM students from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine each year.
Jade Dragon Scholarship: One Pacific College of Oriental Medicine student with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA will receive $1,000 for this scholarship.
Nuherbs Scholarship: This is a $2,000 scholarship awarded to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine students by Nuherbs Co. in order to further the development of Chinese Medicine.
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Scholarships: This Los Angeles, California school that offers Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine provides several scholarship opportunities, including the $1,500 Yo San Scholarship for new students who already have a bachelor’s degree, and the Master Ni Scholarship based on leadership and scholastic achievement.…

Ayurvedic Herbs and Their Uses in Ayurvedic Medicine

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Ayurvedic Herbs Can Help with Many Health Issues

Ayurvedic herbs are a part of holistic and alternative treatments many use to cleanse the body from the inside out. Such herbs are natural herbs that can be used to treat the smallest inconvenience or help alleviate symptoms of larger health disorders. There are many types of these India’s medicinal herbs so it is useful to know what some of them are and what they specifically treat. You should note that some

Ayurvedic medicine are still labeled under dietary supplements but contain the ingredients used to treat the body for many millennia.

In cases such as asthma, cold and bronchial congestion, different ayurvedic herbs are prescribed. Use churnas – similar to curry – to sprinkle over your food. Different churnas balance different elements in the body. Ayurveda divides the body into 3 dosahas, or biological energies: Vata (air), Kapha (earth and water) and Pitta (fire). Vata churnas are warming, Pitta churnas are cooling and Kapha churnas are mildly hot and spicy.

Ayurvedic teas also work for individual balancing, but there are also Vata-Pitta-Kapha teas for all body types. Narayana oil is joint massage oil that alleviates discomfort from all types of conditions including arthritis, backache, fibromyalgia, gout, hip pain, muscle cramps, sciatica and sprains. Brahmi hair oil not only helps with dandruff, dry hair, itchy scalp and split ends, but also promotes mental health by improving emotional disturbances, concentration, mental imbalance, poor memory and senility.

For instance, Pushkaramula Rasayana can be used to deal with coughing, chest tightening and wheezing. Not only does this supplement reduce phlegm and sneezing, but it also supports better digestion and lymphatic cleansing. It is usually found in foods such ghee, honey and rice syrup base with some specific herbs and spices that are added to it. The botanical ingredients of Pushkaramula Rasayana include amalaki fruit, bhibitaki, elecampane root, haritaki fruit, kapikachu, licorice, mullein herb, pippali, shilajit and tulasi from standardized extracts and ajwan, black pepper, cardamom seed, clove, cubeb berry, ginger root, manna, myrrh, thyme and turmeric.

Mullein Rasayana also supports bronchi, immune system, mucus membrane and respiratory health. This supplement reduces sneezing, mucus buildup and cough while cleansing the bronchi and lymphatic system. This, too, comes in an edible form of 22 herbs and spices in ghee, honey and rice syrup base. The botanical ingredients include standardized extracts of amalaki fruit, ashwagandha root, bayberry, bhibitaki, boswellia serrata, licorice, mullein, shatavari, shilajit and tulasi and herbal powders like ajwan, black pepper, cardamom seed, cinnamon, clove, cubeb, fenugreek, ginger, Irish moss, myrrh and turmeric.

The cold and congestion supplement Pippali Rasayana is similar in that it promotes lung health as it detoxifies the lungs by liquefying phlegm to allow it to leave the respiratory tract. It reduces congestion, coughing and nausea and improves appetite, circulation, digestion and metabolism. The standardized extracts consist of bayberry, clove, elecampane, gotu kola, licorice root, pippali, sage herb and tulasi while the herbal powders consist of ajwan seed, bambomanna, cardamom, cinnamon bark, …

Alternative Medicine – Ayurvedic

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Alternative medicines come in many forms and Ayurvedic is one of them. Many people have not heard of this healing medium as it only came to the fore in 1980 although the practice of Ayurvedic healing is said to be over 5000 years old.

Ayurvedic means life and knowledge. This ancient alternative healing system has been practiced in India for many years although there is now a tendency towards western style medicine in the main cities. But most of the population live in rural areas where it is estimated that 70% still use this form of healing.

The basics of Ayurvedic are broke down into three main categories and those are diet, herbs, and yoga. Certain authorities have warned that some of the herbs used could be poisonous, and there are a host of people saying that this form of alternative medicine is a rip off, and that if anyone should want to go down this route of alternative medicine is that they should double check what they are taking. Not being a scientist or a botanist I feel as though I do not have that sort of expertise to comment any further about the herbs used.

But again with all forms of alternative medicine there will always be people that will say that the unusual does not work although a lot of the websites I visited said that it was good for arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. A good point to push forward here would be to mention the fact that one of the more popular food supplements on the market today is Micro Phytoplankton which is nothing but a single cell alga, and who would have said ten years ago that we would be taking this type of food supplement on a daily basis.

Like a lot of alternative medicine cures Ayurvedic medicine is diet based which seems to be the modern trend and when you read all the reports on how diet based cures are having success it’s no wonder that this type of alternative medicine is catching on.

Another thing I did notice about Ayurvedic medicine is that is based on a vegetarian diet which would be on the alkaline side rather than the acid contents of sugar based products and meat.

As for Rheumatoid arthritis that can leave people in such a bad way that they can become bed ridden and in so much pain I do believe from reading reports of them being cured through these diet related cures is a good thing. Perhaps modern medicine has a lot to learn although I do believe that some of the large drug companies have taken out patents on certain of the drugs that are used in Ayurvedic medicine, which to me tells me that there is something there otherwise they would not be taking such measures.…

The Positives and Negatives of Alternative Medicine

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Treatments of conditions through means not generally used in conventional medicine is called alternative medicine. It is usually not researched through controlled medical studies. There is much negative criticism regarding this form of treatment. Most of this criticism is unfounded. There are also positive aspects to non-traditional treatment options.

The main criticism regarding alternative treatments is that it has not been researched or studied. The dangers have not been discovered and there is no proof that the treatment will work. Some people who claim that the treatments have worked, have experienced a placebo effect. They have willed themselves healthy. Treatments that do not work could cause a delay in using conventional medicine to treat the condition. In diseases such as cancer, treating the cancer in a timely matter is very important in preventing its spread. Some alternative medicines are actually conventional medicine that any doctor can administer. Waiting to see someone that only administers non-traditional medicine instead of their normal doctor will create a delay in this treatment. Most alternative treatments are not regulated by the government. Anybody can administer these types of treatments. People who administer alternative medicine may even misdiagnose conditions.

Varying care and treatment options can be good for society. It gives patients more treatment options. This will allow them to search for a treatment that works for them. A form of alternative medicine may work better for them than conventional methods. When combined with conventional methods, alternative medicines have a greater chance of curing the condition. Many alternative treatments work great. There have been studies on some alternative treatments that have shown positive results. Message therapy has been shown to reduce stress and lower pain in patients. A patient has willed themselves healthy did it through alternative therapies.

Overall, unconventional medicine has had a positive reception in the medical community. Most people in the United States have tried an alternative treatment. It has become a popular form of treatment in the US. Many universities and colleges in the US have started teaching courses in alternative medicine. It is becoming more prominent in the medical community and more doctors are suggesting alternative treatments to patients.…

Diabetes: The Result of an Unhealthy Lifestyle

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Excessive glucose in the blood is a feature of Diabetes mellitus.  Type 2 Diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent Diabetes, is chronic and carries significant incidences of morbidity and mortality, with heavy quality of life questions and costly health care issues.  Nine out of ten new patients suffering with type 2 Diabetes contracted the condition through an unhealthy lifestyle.

A study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine over 10 years assessed the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, including factors such as exercise; body weight; diet, alcohol consumption and smoking: the more of these issues that are present, the more likely the person is to contract type 2 Diabetes.  Thankfully, improving a poor lifestyle can help in delaying or even reversing type 2 Diabetes.

Medical Director of the Aviisha Medical Wellness Institute says: “Many people are not aware of how their lifestyle can have a tremendous impact on their health – for better or worse. Type 2 diabetes is a perfect example of a serious disease that can be prevented, and even reversed, by basic lifestyle changes”.

Even more interesting, the study showed that people who paid attention to their lifestyle habits were at a lower risk of getting Diabetes, by:

·         Sustaining regular physical exercise

·         Adhering to a sensible diet consisting of high fiber; low fat and a low mean glycemic index

·         Not smoking, or if a former smoker, someone who smoked less than 5 years

·         Not consuming alcohol or at least in moderation

·         Keeping a healthy BMI of less than 25 and maintaining an average waist measurement of 88cm for women and 92cm for men.

Genetics are also important, although the more of the criteria for health that is adhered to, the more remote is the chance of developing type 2 Diabetes.  The regime is not difficult to stick to and mostly prescribes everything in moderation, including eating! 

If you suspect you might be suffering with the symptoms of type 2 Diabetes, they are:

·         Increased thirst and possibly dehydration

·         Increased appetite

·         Loss of weight

·         Nausea and vomiting

The symptoms are certainly unpleasant but even if you are not suffering from Diabetes, surely it makes sense to take steps to ensure you do not fall victim to this unpleasant disease by adopting a healthy lifestyle.  Prevention is better than cure!  …

What Are Allied Health Professionals?

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An anesthesiologist, a bioengineer, a nutritionist, a massage and occupational therapist all have something in common. While these professions are engaged within the vast realm of the medical field, they share the fact they serve as complementary practices to conventional medicine. Collectively, they are referred to as the allied health professions.

From the name itself, allied health professions are practices that have the main aim of helping out the health care system to ensure that medical services are given to the patients with utmost importance. Under the allied health field are categorical jobs like diagnostic tests, direct patient care and support services.

Allied health professionals are sought when a certain condition that has to be given treatment beyond the realm of specialization of yet another doctor. A great example of this is the physical therapy profession. Medical doctors suggest that a patient undergo physical therapy if after the surgery or treatment, there still is a need for rehabilitation. This is most common in cases of physical injuries or muscle damages.

Allied health professionals is what you call people engage in these practices. It is a holistic career as it does not simply focus on one discipline only. They also specialize in a field relative to medicine, except that the treatment courses they know and do are not the same as in the conventional approach. But the aim to be of help to further success of conventional medicine treatments still stands.

There are different types of allied health professionals. They are categorized based on the approach that they have specialized in. There are the podiatrists, who specialize in feet-related conditions. Dietitians are also considered as allied health professionals. They focus on nutrition as a way to prevent food-related diseases. Orthoptists and optometrists on the other hand are engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of problems in the eyes.

While allied health professionals may not be regarded as doctors in their own right, it is important that they are given enough emphasis by the clinics and hospitals they work with. This is so that they are able to practice whatever they have learned in school to the work toward a healthier society. They know just what you need as a patient and what the doctor would be doing. In a way, you become the liaison between the conventional medicine approach and the treatment needs of the body. To be an allied health professionals is not easy. It takes lots of courage and perseverance. …

Acupuncture Schools – What is the Job Outlook For Acupuncturists?

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If you're interested in the healing arts and have often thought about becoming an acupuncturist or specialist doing acupuncture for a living, or checking on the best acupuncture schools, here are some things you may want to know.

If you're not that familiar with acupuncture and just getting around to doing research, acupuncture is used for a number of health issues including pain, weight loss, addictions, infertility, stop smoking issues, face lifts, internal medicine, chronic disease, rehabilitation and prevention and even veterinary. Acupuncture is based on Oriental medical theory (Chinese acupuncture) and among other things requires the use of needles. As an acupuncturist you'd make a diagnosis based on an interview with the patient. You'd use this information to decide on what points to treat. Treating these points is supposed to increase the flow of energy, which is called Qi, (pronounced chee), throughout the body.

First of all the job outlook for acupuncturists has increased twofold over the past few years. More and more acupuncture is being considered as successful and many doctors are recommending acupuncture to their patients. This, of course, is a good sign and as time goes by there will be even more acceptance. Getting in on this ground level has to be good.

Another good sign is that insurance companies have been gradually adding acupuncture to their insurance plans. So it's a good time to think about acupuncture for a career. Generally licensed acupuncturists can operate their own clinics or practices. But some states do still require that an acupuncturist work under a doctor, usually an MD.

There about 41 states that recognize acupuncture and oriental medicine at this writing, including California, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts and Florida. Eight other states have introduced legislation and are waiting.

If you're wondering what you would make as an acupuncturist, a lot will depend on whether you're working under an MD or working in your own practice. Also on whether you're working for a salary or wage or are self-employed. The range can be broad.

Starting salary can be as little as $ 44,000 and can go up to $ 63,000 with just a year or less experience, depending on the state. If you have many years experience it can be much higher. If you're self-employed your profits could be much higher depending on your overhead.

At this writing there are more than 10,000 licensed acupuncturists in the US. Many colleges and schools offer acupuncture training. Accredited acupuncture schools are located throughout the United Sates.

If you're thinking about acupuncture for a career, it's a good choice. The health care market booms in good times and bad. There will always be a wealth of patients seeking help. Pick a good acupuncture school and get good training. You may want to consider working for someone else first to get your feet wet before you open your own clinic or practice. …

How to survive cancer by making simple lifestyle changes

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The human body has an incredible capacity to heal itself given the right conditions. With a healthy diet and some exercise which only you can provide, you can facilitate the healing and overcome any cancer. It is never too late.

If you or someone you care about is dealing with cancer it’s important to realize that cancer is a disease of the whole body, not just where the growth appeared. Cancer has appeared because of a condition within the body but by removing just the growths, as with our mainstream treatments that doesn’t removed the condition that caused the cancer to grow in the first place. That’s why it comes back again. You haven’t healed the body.

Doctors are taught that cancer is a foreign lump and if they can remove all of it they have successfully beaten the disease. Unfortunately this is not so. Our mainstream treatments often don’t work because they don’t address the cause or why the lump first appeared. The answer is, heal yourself and you do that by using our natural food as your medicine.

Cancer is simply a disease of a weak immune system because the immune system had been weakened by the way we now live with our processed food, our lack of exercise, which is very important and the use of too many toxic chemicals which we come in contact with everyday. Our immune system is our built in defence system which keeps us healthy and cancer free. Without an immune system we could not survive.

The common sense way to survive cancer is to change your diet to the foods that are known to have cancer fighting properties. Research over the last few years has found many of our natural foods can fight cancer. Some examples are;

  • Garlic and other members of the onion family.
  • Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables.
  • Tomatoes, which contain lycopene.
  • Red grapes that contain the phytochemical resveratrol.
  • Mushrooms, shitake variety helps the immune system.
  • Blueberries, they are high in antioxidants.
  • Nuts and seeds, especially brazils which contain selenium.
  • Salmon, contains omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Papaya and pineapple but it must be fresh.

A healthy diet is designed to improve nutrition rather than treat the disease; with improved nutrition the body will then treat the disease.

What is also important to survive cancer is to remove the foods that are known to cause the problem. Some examples are;

  • Processed food, because it has lost its nutritional value.
  • Meat; all alternative cancer diets are vegetarian based.
  • Sugar that is refined sugar feeds cancer cells.
  • Salt, known to contribute to cancer.
  • Sodium Nitrate, found in most processed meats.
  • Foods cooked by smoke and pickled food.
  • Barbecue food because of the high temperature used.
  • Alcohol also known to contribute to cancer.

Remember it’s the body that heals and that is through the immune system. While cancer maybe difficult to treat it is not a death sentence and you can prove that to yourself by making these lifestyle changes.…

Top 6 Detox Water Recipes

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Since the surge of obesity is on its peak these days, weight loss solutions and recipes are a dime a dozen! But not all are free of side effects. Well, I have already sung praises of water and how it is the best bet for people aiming to lose weight, but did you know that adding certain fruits / vegetables / other ingredients to water can boost its efficacy in preventing weight gain a great deal? Well it can, and I'll show you how and why.

If you are reading this, I am sure you have already done a lot of research on weight loss. And I am also sure you must, by now, have learned a thing or two about detoxification. For those who have not – while the word "detoxification" has a rather … scary, serious medical procedure-y feel to it, it is nothing more than the cleansing of the body. Simply put, detox water helps kick up the digestion and boosts the immune system, thus helping in weight loss. Moreover, it simply makes drinking a good amount of water easier and more fun!

So … yes, even though your research might have done you some good, what you may not have landed on is some delicious recipes of detox water to add a kick of flavor to your water!

Here is where you want to be!

  1. Watermelon detox water – Could it get any easier? Dice up a nice, cold watermelon, fill up a jug of water and add them to it. Drink it every day, as many times as you'd like. It makes for a tasty, refreshing drink that also boosts metabolism.
  2. Citrus boost detox water – This drink, that is loaded with the most sought after nutrients like Vitamin C, is made up of the ultimate refreshing trio – mint, cucumbers and lime. Slice these veggies and put them in your pitcher containing the water and keep it in the refrigerator. Let it sit there for a bit, and then drink up and feel the toxins leaving your body!
  3. Detox water with Chia Seeds – If you want to try something different and more filling, this is the drink for you. Chia seeds have the tendency to swell up when added to water thus creating a gel-like, heavy consistency. Providing you with the right amount of calcium and fiber, this detox drink also helps in curbing your appetite and losing weight.
  4. Weight loss combo detox water – This recipe is packed with the most effective and active weight loss agents – grapefruit, tangerine and cucumbers. This drink provides a full-fledged helping hand in facilitating in weight loss by providing flavor, minerals and of course, detoxification!
  5. Strawberry and Kiwi detox water – Infusing sliced fresh strawberries, kiwi and lemon in cold water is what makes this zesty detox water one of the top favorites. Sick of the old sour tasting, medicine-like weight loss drinks? Try this and you would never want to switch back to other