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Thursday, September 27, 2007

health links and resources!-Part 2

1- Net Wellness

NetWellness is a non-profit consumer health web site that has been in operation for over ten years. It provides high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the:

*University of Cincinnati
*Case Western Reserve University
*The Ohio State University.

NetWellness is dedicated to improving the health of Ohioans and people worldwide through information that is scientifically sound, high quality, and unbiased. NetWellness is Quality!!

Site provides a very useful feature, "Ask an expert feature" nearly 300 health professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, dentists, genetics counselors, optometrists, athletic trainers, and social workers who answer all legitimate questions, usually within a few days.

2- Revolution Health:
Revolution Health # a free, comprehensive health and medical information site, specifically designed with the Family's Chief Medical Officer — women and other caregivers — in mind.

RevolutionHealth.com offers best-of-breed health information as well as more than 125 online tools aimed at helping individuals take control of their well-being. It has partnered with more than 50 companies and teamed with a number of leading health nonprofits and experts to make its innovative approach to health a reality.

Membership: A service primarily targeting businesses, Revolution Health Membership provides peace of mind through a series of telephone-based services that help people obtain answers to their health questions and provide assistance with settling health insurance claims, as well as scheduling appointments and much more.



3- National Human Services Assembly:
National Human Services Assembly is an association of the nation’s leading national non-profits in the fields of health, human and community development, and human services.

1. Provide collective leadership to shape national human development/health & human service strategies.
2. Serve as a catalyst for sharing of resources for the purposes of individual/professional development and organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
3. Increase awareness of the importance of and trust in the nonprofit health & human service sector.

4- IMC (International Medical Corps:
IMC is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, IMC is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in undeserved communities worldwide.

5- HON:
Health On the Net is one of most respected not-for-profit portals to medical information on the Internet. It is a Swiss foundation.
Established on March 20, 1996, has become one of the very first URLs to guide both lay users and medical professionals to reliable sources of healthcare information in cyberspace.

Mission: Their mission is to guide the growing community of health care consumers and providers on the World Wide Web to sound, reliable medical information and expertise. In this way, HON seeks to contribute to better, more accessible and cost-effective health care.
Benefits:
Ordinary citizens are pouring into the Internet in growing numbers to find answers to a vast array of health care questions. Many patients find help, encouragement and cost-effective counsellings from on-line support communities, thus overcoming isolation, improving their morale and, often, developing useful teleworking skills.

Medicine's move into the Web is unstoppable. As patients gain easy access to more and more medical information, they are seeking to become more involved in decisions about their health. This trend has started to alter traditional doctor-patient relationships. However good it is, online information cannot replace the vital personal relationship between patients and their doctors.

For part 1:
health links and resources!-Part 1

Weight loss can be maintained by avoiding fast foods.



It is a very common fact that habit of eating fast food can lead you to gain weight and if you are planning to shed it then you have to avoid it.
But for fast food lovers there is a way to enjoy their favourite food with some precautions. And away from home when you don't have any choice for healthy eating you can go for fast food restaurants but be choosy and keep in mind:

** Keep portion sizes small. If the fast-food restaurant offers several sandwich sizes, pick the smallest or order half a sandwich, if available. Bypass hamburgers with two or three beef patties, which can pack more than 1,000 calories and 70 grams of fat. Instead, choose a regular- or children's-sized hamburger, which has about 250 to 300 calories. Also, skip the large serving of french fries or onion rings and ask for a small serving instead. This switch alone saves about 300 calories. Or better yet, select a lower calorie option.

** Choose a healthier side dish. Take advantage of healthy side dishes offered at many fast-food restaurants. For example, instead of french fries choose a side salad with low-fat dressing or a baked potato. Or add a fruit bowl or a fruit and yogurt option to your meal. Other healthy choices include apple or orange slices, corn on the cob, steamed rice, or baked potato chips.

** Go for the greens. Choose a large entree salad with grilled chicken, shrimp or garden vegetables with fat-free or low-fat dressing on the side, rather than regular salad dressing, which can have 300 or more calories per packet. Watch out for high-calorie salads, such as those with deep-fried shells or those topped with breaded chicken or other fried toppings. Also, skip salad extras such as cheese, bacon bits, croutons and fried chips, which quickly increase your calorie count.

** Opt for grilled items. Fried and breaded foods, such as crispy chicken sandwiches and breaded fish fillets, are high in fat and calories. Select grilled or roasted lean meats — such as turkey or chicken breast, lean ham, or lean roast beef.

** Have it your way. Don't settle for what comes with your sandwich or meal. Ask for healthier options and substitutions. For example, ask for reduced-fat mayonnaise or mustard on your sandwich. Or at a fast-food Mexican restaurant, request salsa with your meal instead of shredded cheese and nacho cheese sauce. Try to avoid special dressings, tartar sauce, sour cream and other high-calorie condiments.

** Watch what you drink. Many beverages contain a large number of calories. For example, a large soda (32 ounces) has about 400 calories. Instead, order diet soda, water, unsweetened iced tea, sparkling water or mineral water. Also, skip the shakes and other ice-cream drinks, which can contain more than 1,000 calories and all of your saturated fat allotment for the day.

These 6 points are suggested from "Mayo Clinic Staff", which is a medical education and research foundation (MFMER). Mayo clinic is a non profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness. Mayo clinic team of 2,500 physicians and scientists deal in medicine - patient care, medical research and academic education.

Original Article and site link:Healthy diet

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3-Story of a woman who cured herself

4-Download free self help books

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

How to be happy?


It is very difficult to say how much time of our life we are really happy?-----

But is there any way that we can be happy always, whatever the situation may be?

I don't think that there is any solution, because happiness and sorrow are part of our life. And we cannot choose only to be happy. But we can learn to be happy from our insight.

I was really amazed to download this "Happy e-book", because author "Michael Anthony" has told his story explaining in a very easy way "How we can remain happy and Have Fun Changing the World". And it was also a surprise for me that he has offered this book FREE to download.

Most of the available free e-books don't provide you quality or valuable information, as there is some hidden business trick behind , to promote other products.

But "Happy E-Book" is quite different. It is a complete book in itself and if read in a relax mode and with intention that you want to learn from it, then you are making justice to this book.

The author "Michael Anthony" says:

"I'm giving it away for free as a gift to mankindMichael Anthony."
He says:
"True and lasting happiness always comes from within. This free happy e-book reveals simple, but profound insights that will help everyone that uses them to live a more fulfilled and happier life. If enough individuals use them, it will help change our world for the better.
Here is your golden opportunity to learn how you are designed to function at your best so you can be happier, healthier and more successful in everything you do.

I have shared these insights with elite athletes that used them to win Gold and Silver Medals in the Olympics."


Download link

Some words from Question and Answer section of the "How to be happy.org" site:

* The best way that I found to be successful, is to do what you love to do and help others. Success is not measured in monetary terms. Real success comes from the bliss you find within by always being truthful, positive and helping others.
* "A good man is a bad man's teacher, and a bad man is a good man's job." - Lao Tzu


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Monday, September 24, 2007

health links and resources!-Part 1

Here is a collection of health and wellness related links, and resources, which I could find useful. I have tried to avoid the sites with commercial purposes but sometimes I have enlisted them, as they also provide professional's tips. I hope this series would be helpful for all. And I appreciate if my readers could share in suggesting more resources in this regard.

1- A. R. E Clinic
Introduction: The A.R.E. Clinic is a nonprofit medical organization that researches, educates, and provides charitable services.

Source of A.R.E clinic's information: American psychic or seer known as Edgar Cayce
Edgar Cayce is commonly credited with being the "father of holistic medicine in America" for his early work in connecting the attitudes of the mind and the choices of the soul to the health of the physical body.

The intention of the A.R.E. Clinic: To use the full scope of the remedies and philosophy presented in the Cayce readings for the purpose of healing. Other forms of medicine that have a compatible philosophy are represented at our facility as well, such as naturopathy, acupuncture, and homeopathy.

How effective A.R.E clinic's research would be for common person, can be analyzed by reading their some of the articles which are experience based.

I quote one of the testimonials:

Castor Oil and Peanut Oil for Arthritis of the Knee!

After 25 years of knee pain & swelling, with surgery seeming to be the only option, I decided to try a Cayce remedy I had just learned of: castor oil. I applied nightly adding heat for 1 hr. After 5 applications my knee had seen dramatic shrinkage (about 35%). An additional 5 day application did little to further reduce swelling or decrease pain…so I switched to peanut oil which Cayce often recommended for bone issues.

"Again, within 5 days I saw miraculous results, my pain lessened & my flexibility increased remarkably. Six months later, I have not had recurancy. Arthritis free…Yippee!”

For more successful healing stories:
Testimonials

Site link: A. R. E Clinic

2-World Health organization:

Many of us know this name, but before browsing the site, I was aslo unaware that this site can be a source of many useful informations.

About WHO: WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

At the site when you click the link "Health topics" you are taken to a page with alphabetical list with names and to any topic there is another page with resources,links, sites etc.

Page about "programmes and projects"lists WHO programmes, partnerships and other projects in alphabetical order. For specific information about public health subjects (including diseases), refer to the health topics index.

There is a lot to get from the site.

Link: WHO

3-Medicine Net.com

Their motto is " We bring doctor's knowledge to you"

Established in 1996, MedicineNet.com is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via interactive web site.

MedicineNet.com is the Internet's comprehensive source for people who want to research a variety of medical and health subjects. Individuals can peruse the site at their own pace, searching for information that will enlighten their decision making processes or simply satisfy their curiosity. They can research ailments, treatments, and medications. Moreover, when the search for one answer raises even more questions, they can research those questions with the click of a mouse.

Readers receive high quality information specific to their circumstances. They can interact. They can ask different questions and take the conversation in the direction they choose. A visit to MedicineNet.com can't replace a one-on-one consultation. However, it can help make people better informed about the health and medical issues facing them. It is this knowledge that empowers them to make better decisions.

MedicineNet.com's Role as Educator:
"An integral role of the doctor caregiver is one of educator....teaching patients and family members about their bodies, health, and illness as well as complications, prognosis, and potential side effects of therapies is a characteristic of being a doctor... without question MedicineNet.com allows patients and families to acquire higher levels of knowledge about these health concerns, each at their own pace...this affords patient understanding, comfort about decision-making processes, and satisfaction about self-empowerment related to their own, friends' and family members' health."

For more information:
About

4- MayoClinic.com

Launched in 1995 and now visited by millions of people a month, this award-winning consumer Web site offers health information, self-improvement and disease management tools to empower people to manage their health.

Produced by a team of Web professionals and medical experts working side by side, MayoClinic.com gives users access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 3,000 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic. MayoClinic.com offers users intuitive, easy access tools such as "Symptom Checker" and "First-Aid Guide" for fast answers about health conditions ranging from common to complex; as well as more in-depth sections on over 25 common diseases and conditions, a wealth of healthy living articles, videos, animations and features such as "Ask a Specialist" and "Drug Watch."

Site link:
Mayo Clinic.com
Go for more resources:
health links and resources!-Part 2

Friday, September 21, 2007

Download free self help e-books

These self help books are free to download. I have collected these links from different sites. I love to read motivational and inspirational book which could help you in self development and speed up your self growth process. This collection of e-books is to get advantage of free offer from different sites. If you can get books at no charge, so why buy it?

Downloading instructions:
From number 1 to 4, you have to open the link and it would take you to the site, where download link is given. From 5 to the last number you just click the right mouse button, choose "save as" and pdf version of the e-book would start downloading.

1- The_Mind Switch_Method
Learn the amazing, PROVEN technique of how to take control of your life immediately, predict your own future by creating it, and guarantee positive progress in your life.
Link:
The MindSwitch Method

2-Brain_Stuffing
Brainstuffing is a collection of useful tips and articles to help organize our life, reduce stress, have a few laughs...and so much more like relationships, money, jobs.
download link

3- The_Longest_Road
This true story is a powerfully and evocatively written dark and suspenseful psychological drama. It is about a young woman, who after a troubled childhood, finds herself pregnant and alone. She devotes her life to caring for and raising her child. As her son grows, he becomes more and more abusive towards her and their conflicts escalate. Desperate to resolve their explosive relationship, she searches out his birth father, believing that that will heal her son's pain. In a shocking twist of events, both father and son turn against her and she is forced into psychiatric care. Torn between her love for her son and her own survival, she must find the courage to leave her son's life in order to save her own.

Download Link: The Longest Road

4- The_Way_to_Happiness
The Way to Happiness book is for anyone who wants to make the best choices and decisions possible in their lives, regardless of race, nationality or religion.
Link:
The way to happiness

5-Self-Development and the Way to Power: Download link

6-- Super Success Code
Download link

7-70 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

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8-Self-Improvement Mania!

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9-404 Self Improvement Tips

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10-Supreme Collection of Success Quotes

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11-The 3 Most Powerful Ways To Achieve Anything
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12-Guaranteed Success Thinking

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13-Memory - How to Attend and Never Forget
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14-Lessons from Miracle Doctors
A Step-by-step Guide to Optimum Health & Relief from Catastrophic Illness - by Jon Barron
There is a network of elite herbalists, holistic healers, and renegade medical doctors throughout the world, performing miracles on a daily basis. Thousands of people throughout the world have come to these "miracle doctors" terminally ill, and thousands have left healthy. Now, the secrets of these Miracle Doctors is revealed in Jon Barron's step-by-step guide to optimum health and relief from catastrophic illness.
Download link-PDF

15- The Cure for All Diseases
Dr Hulda Clark's belief is that all diseases have simple explanations and cures once their true cause is known. She explains the causes of both common and extraordinary diseases and gives specific instruction for their cure through natural remedies and an electrical device you can build at


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Story of a sick woman who cured herself-Free e-book

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Expand your mind by playing puzzles and brain teasers!



From my own experience I can say that if you want to be creative and intelligent, use your brain by keeping it busy to get more from it. I believe that the more you think about utilizing your brain more skillful you are.

From my teenage, I was fond of playing puzzle games, and scrabble was one of my favourite game at that time. It was only a hobby, but now I realize that it helped me in brushing up my English language.

I can still challenge my colleagues about vocabulary and spellings. This good command over spelling or vocabulary was due to my habit of playing "scrabble", and having a dictionary beside me all the time. Still now, sometimes I enjoy playing the word games at my computer.

Puzzles or brain exercises may look like childish plays but there is scientific prove that these activities enhance our brain.

To expand our mind we need to learn more, as learning is a way to make our brain work more and working of our brain keeps it healthy. Another way of to challenge our mind is by playing puzzles and brain teasers, which is a good pass time also.

Quote: “I have always treated and considered puzzles from an educational standpoint, for the reason that they constitute a species of mental gymnastics which sharpen the wits and train the mind to reason along straight lines. Puzzles are a school for cleverness and ingenuity.
Sam Loyd, one of the world’s great Puzzle Masters 1841-1911 “

Today I am here with review of a site providing you a lot of puzzles and exercises. Although site is a professional one, and they sell their products also. But still there is a lot of free stuff to look and use.

Smart Kit
About the site: Smart Kit brings you a fresh daily supply of captivating puzzles to exercise and train your brain.
The Smartkit site was founded and is updated by a fellowship-trained, Board Certified Neurologist (M.D.) who is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Only doing crossword puzzles is not enough to keep your brain sharp, but there are a wide variety of challenges and puzzles types, which can stimulate and exercise many areas of your brain.

This blog provides you many interesting and new puzzles. I liked browsing it due to all new stuff.

Link to the site:

Some more resources:

* CR Puzzles is a free online puzzle magazine (daily updated).

* Another site: Scientific Psychic is the web site dedicated to the exploration of language and the human mind with the objective of encouraging critical thinking and a healthy life style. The site owner Antonio Zamora has a blog, where health and mind related articles can be read.

scientific psychic Blog

* This site not only provides you puzzles but also links to other puzzle sites, wher you can decide which puzzle sites to search. A page of the site provides puzzles in education.

"Everyone knows that playing with and solving brainteaser puzzles is a wonderful way to promote creative thinking and exercise problem solving skills. When you are playing a manipulative, hand-held puzzle, you're doing your solving using hand-mind coordination, which is about as good as it gets for exercising your gray matter. In the broadest sense, of course puzzles are educational."

Link to the educational puzzle page: Puzzles in Education

* More sites about puzzles can be found at this page: Link list

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Amazing story of a sick woman who cured herself!

This is a true story of a woman who was sick for more than 5 years, daily migraines, chronic and debilitating muscle pain and fatigue, and a myriad of other symptoms left her wishing most days that she would die. But at last she decided to turn back from conventional medicines and adopted the natural healing system which could cure herself totally. This inspirational story is the proof that nature is very kind to us, and we have those all remedies and cures around us, which can keep us sickness free.

Shelly Keck-Borsits's nightmare began at the end of 1996, at the age of 25. Almost overnight her seemingly healthy body became ravaged with unexplainable pain. Over the next 5 1/2 years she would turn to several doctors and specialists for help in finding the cause of her chronic, and debilitating pain. X-rays, MRI's, CAT scans and blood tests showed there was nothing wrong. But there was something wrong.

Something was dreadfully wrong. Eventually Shelly was told by one doctor that he believed she had Fibromyalgia and told her to go to the internet to read up on the incurable disease he had diagnosed her with. While searching for information on Fibromyalgia she came across a woman's story that was so similar to her own it was if she had wrote the story herself. Besides their symptoms being identical, they also had one other thing in common. Before they had fallen ill they had both taken the same birth control injections. Shelly put her own story online to see if other women who were on these same birth control injections were suffering from this same mysterious illness. To her surprise, and horror, emails started flooding in from women all around the world. Women were begging her to put up web pages so they could tell their stories too. She started the not for profit web site Antique & Vintage Costume Jewelry. From that point on she continued to bounce from doctor to doctor to no avail. The prescription drugs and surgery she underwent did nothing for her but multiply her health problems. Instead of getting better, she was getting worse.

She turned her back on conventional medicine and started looking for alternative methods to cure her so-called 'incurable disease'. Placqued with daily migraines, sinus and yeast infections, severe and debilitating muscle tightness and pain, insomnia, bloating, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, and a long list of other equally severe symptoms, she knew she had to find a cure or else.

Her life was so riddled with pain that she didn't want to continue living in the condition she was in. She was merely existing, not living. Unfortunately her turn to the alternative field was, at first, as equally disappointing as was her results with conventional medicine. Eventually she got on the right path.

She learned the secret to the cause and cure of disease. Without drugs, without homeopathic remedies, without any potions or pills, she cured herself from the pain that had destroyed her body. Shelly is now sharing the information that saved her life with the rest of the world.
Shelly has put her information online and in greater detail in her book "Dying To Get Well": RX Drugs & Surgery FAILED! Raw Food, Juicing & Fasting CURED My Disease.

Her book also reveals:

How To CURE Your Disease.. not just MANAGE it
What Foods You Need To Eat To Help CURE Your Disease
What Foods You MUST Avoid To Reverse Your Disease
Why the TRUTH About Your Disease is covered up
Why The Doctors & Drug Companies Do NOT Want You To See This Info

This is a pdf version of 160 page book is selling at the price of Total $24.29.

But it is the courtesy of the author that she is giving up the soft copy free to download.

Download link: It can be found on her both sites. Just go through the pages of her sites and get the link to her pdf e-book.

Her sites:
1- Dying to get well

2- Raw and juicy This site would be a useful site for vegetarians. Because it is based on the Shelly's own experiences.

Note: Unfortunately both the sites are unavailable so you can now download the ebook from 'scribd' for free.

Download link: 'Dying to get well'

Monday, September 10, 2007

Don't ignore these 10 symptoms!


These 10 symptoms may not look very serious but can lead to seek medical care. And in some cases, immediate consultation to medical service is required, to save your life.

Don't ignore the following 10 signs and symptoms — some of which are not obviously alarming. But, trust that your body informs you of its needs. While some messages are more urgent than others, milder but persistent symptoms may also signal trouble.

1. Unexplained weight loss
If you find you're losing excessive weight without intending to do so, see your doctor. Unintentional excessive weight loss is considered to be a loss of more than:

5 percent of your weight within one month
10 percent of your weight within six to 12 months
An unexplained drop in weight could be caused by a number of conditions, such as an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), depression, liver disease, cancer or other noncancerous disorders, or disorders that interfere with how well your body absorbs nutrients (malabsorption disorders).

2. Persistent fever
If you have a normal immune system and you're not undergoing treatment, such as chemotherapy for cancer, a persistent low-grade fever — over 100.4 F — should be checked if it lasts for a week or more. If you have a fever with shaking chills, or a high fever — greater than 103 F — or if you're otherwise severely ill, see your doctor as soon as possible.

If you have an immune system problem or take immune-suppressing drugs, fever may not be a reliable warning sign and your primary doctor or oncologist can tell you what would signal a need for an evaluation.

Persistent fever can signal hidden infections, which could be anything from a urinary tract infection to tuberculosis. At other times, malignant conditions — such as lymphomas — cause prolonged or persistent fevers, as can some medications and conditions, and reactions to certain drugs.

Fever is common with treatable infections, such as urinary tract infections. But if a low-grade fever persists for more than two weeks, check with your doctor. Some underlying cancers can cause prolonged, persistent fever, as can tuberculosis and other disorders.

3. Shortness of breath
Feeling short of breath — beyond the typical stuffy nose or shortness of breath from exercise — could signal an underlying health problem. If you ever find that you're unable to get your breath or that you're gasping for air or wheezing, seek emergency medical care. Feeling breathless with or without exertion or when reclining also is a symptom that needs to be medically evaluated without delay.

Causes for breathlessness may include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma, heart problems, anxiety, panic attacks, pneumonia, a blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism), pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension.

4. Unexplained changes in bowel habits
See your doctor if you have any of the following:

Severe diarrhea lasting more than two days
Mild diarrhea lasting a week
Constipation that lasts for more than two weeks
Unexplained urges to have a bowel movement
Bloody diarrhea
Black or tarry-colored stools
Changes in bowel habits may signal a bacterial infection — such as campylobacter or salmonella — or a viral or parasitic infection. Among other possible causes are inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer.

5. Mental status changes
Immediate medical evaluation is warranted if any of the following occur:

Sudden or gradual confused thinking
Disorientation
Sudden aggressive behavior
Hallucinations in someone who has never had them
Changes in behavior or thinking may be due to infection, head injury, stroke, low blood sugar or even medications, especially ones you've recently started taking.

6. New or more severe headaches (especially if you're over age 50)
Seek prompt medical attention if you experience:

A sudden and severe headache, often called a thunderclap headache, because it comes on suddenly like a clap of thunder.
A headache accompanied by a fever, stiff neck, rash, mental confusion, seizures, vision changes, weakness, numbness, speaking difficulties, scalp tenderness or pain with chewing.
A headache that begins or worsens after a head injury.
These headache symptoms may be caused by stroke, blood vessel inflammation (arteritis), meningitis, brain tumor, aneurysm or bleeding on the brain after head trauma.

7. Short-term loss of vision, speaking or movement control
If you have these signs and symptoms, minutes count. These are signs and symptoms of a possible stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Seek immediate emergency medical care if you have any of the following:

Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of your body
Sudden dimness, blurring or loss of vision
Loss of speech, or trouble talking or understanding speech
A thunderclap headache
Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a fall
8. Flashes of light
The sudden sensation of flashing lights may signal the beginning of retinal detachment. Immediate medical care may be needed to save vision in the affected eye.

9. Feeling full after eating very little
Feeling full sooner than normal after eating and having persistent nausea and vomiting that last more than a week are warning signs that should be checked by your doctor. There are many possible causes, including pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer and ovarian cancer.

10. Hot, red or swollen joint
These warning signs may occur with a joint infection, which requires emergency care to save the joint and keep bacteria from spreading elsewhere. Other causes may include gout or certain types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis.

This article is research based work from "Mayo Clinic" a medical education and research foundation.
Original Article link:Symptoms

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Improve your brain health

We can improve our brain health. First let's have a look at some theories about use of brain to see that we can do better by proper use of our brain skills.

** We have shown that working memory can be improved by training” – Dr. Torkel Klingberg, Professor at Karolinska Institute, and Director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, part of the Stockholm Brain Institute

** “Learning is physical. Learning means the modification, growth, and pruning of our neurons, connections–called synapses– and neuronal networks, through experience...we are cultivating our own neuronal networks.”- Dr. James Zull, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at Case Western University.

** “Exercising our brains systematically ways is as important as exercising our bodies. In my experience, “Use it or lose it” should really be “Use it and get more of it”.- Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, neuropsychologist, clinical professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine, and disciple of the great neuropsychologist Alexander Luria.

** “Individuals who lead mentally stimulating lives, through education, occupation and leisure activities, have reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s symptoms. Studies suggest that they have 35-40% less risk of manifesting the disease”- Dr. Yaakov Stern, Division Leader of the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Sergievsky Center at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York.

** What research has shown is that cognition, or what we call thinking and performance, is really a set of skills that we can train systematically." - Dr. Daniel Gopher, Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Human Factors Engineering at Technion Institute of Science.

** There are four important pillars which can help in improving our brain health and as a result get most of our mind skills.

1- Physical Exercise
2- Mental Exercise
3- Good Nutrition
4- Stress Management

Physical Exercise
* Start by talking to your doctor, especially if you are not currently physically active, have special health concerns, or are making significant changes to your current program.
* Set a goal that you can achieve. Do something you enjoy for even just 15 minutes a day. You can always add more time and activities later.
Schedule exercise into your daily routine. It will be become a habit faster if you do.
* Do something cardiovascular, meaning something that gets your heart beating faster. This includes walking, running, skiing, swimming, biking, hiking, tennis, basketball, playing tag, ultimate Frisbee, and other similar sports/activities.

Mental Exercise

* Do a variety of things, including things you aren't good at (if you like to sing, try painting too)
* Work puzzles like crosswords and sudoku or play games like chess and bridge
* Try a computerized brain fitness program for a customized workout
* Learn something new every day.

Good Nutrition
* Eat a variety of foods of different colors without a lot of added ingredients or processes.
* Plan your meals around your vegetables, and then add fruit, protein, dairy, and/or grains
* Add some cold-water fish to your diet (tuna, salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines, and herring) which contain omega-3 fatty acids.
* Learn what a portion-size is, so you don't overeat
* Try to eat more foods low on the Glycemic Index
* Eat more vegetables, particularly leafy green ones.

Stress Management
* Get regular cardiovascular exercise
* Try to get enough sleep each night
* Keep connected with your friends and family
* Practice meditation, yoga, or some other calming activity as way to take a relaxing time-out (maybe a bath)
* Try training with a heart rate variability sensor, like the one in emWave (formerly known as Freeze-Framer)
* Set aside 5-10 minutes to just breathe deeply and recharge

Source Link: Easy steps to improve your brain health

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