Saturday, March 28, 2009

Help for Weather Related Headache

Widespread rain and pending storms commonly produce headaches, and can trigger migraines. Knowing if you are prone to weather related headaches is the first step for managing a painful headache associated with changes in the barometer.

Studies do support findings that many an emergency room visit is the result of a weather related headache. Many people can attest to the fact that headaches triggered by weather changes are very real.

A large study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, published in the March issue of Neurology, revealed that air temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, fine particulate matter, black carbon, and nitrogen and sulfur dioxides could predict the incidence of emergency room visits related to headache.

The first step is awareness that changes in the barometer triggers your headache. Keep a record of your headache patterns to share with your doctor, and develop a plan to avert headaches from weather changes with the right medication.

Ibuprofen is an excellent choice to quell a weather related headache, provided there are no contraindications. Keep some on hand, especially when you know the weather is about to change. It is best to take an over-the-counter headache remedy before a weather related headache strikes.

Muscle tension can also cause weather related headaches, from the mere fact that running errands, commuting to and from work, and staying indoors in the rain is stressful.

Exercise, combined with gentle stretching, and deep breathing can help relieve and prevent weather related headaches.

Again, speak with your doctor if you are not certain about the cause of your headache, but know that weather-related headaches and migraines are common.

Below is a helpful video that can help you manage migraines or headache related to changes in the weather and barometric pressure, using self-massage.

You can also consider a combination of white willow, boswellia, and lobelia from mother nature to ease pain and reduce stomach upset from aspirin or ibuprofen for weather related headache relief. ◦

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Drinking with Friends may Help the Heart

Scientists do not know exactly why drinking alcohol can help us live longer, and benefit heart health. A new study shows that drinking alcohol, combined with spending time with friends has even greater benefits toward good health.

The research showed that Japanese men with good social support who consumed light to moderate alcohol had less risk of dying from heart disease.

Until now no one has studied the role of drinking with friends and heart health. “Collectively, these socializing customs may help to create a stress-free space for those persons surrounded by dozens of stresses, especially in the workplace," says Takeshi Tanigawa, a professor in the department of public health at Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine.

Hiroyasu Iso, a professor of public health at Osaka University and corresponding author for the study says, "In Japan, drinking is divided into two main patterns. One pattern is drinking alone and/or with family at home during the evening. Another pattern – especially for middle-aged businessmen – is social drinking with co-workers, friends, and neighbors. Social drinking is common."

The study authors think drinking with friends lowers stress, boosting the known benefits of light to moderate alcohol consumption …”so drink with good friends for health," advises Tanigawa.

Past studies show that happiness and vivaciousness lead to a longer life. Combining the company of good friends with a few drinks makes sense for better health.

The authors enrolled 19,356 men 40 to 69 years of age in the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study for the study. They found that men who socialized and consumed light to moderate alcohol had less risk of heart disease and stroke compared to men who consumed alcohol but had less social support.

The study authors add that light to moderate drinking, combined with Karaoke adds benefit. Singing promotes deep breathing, and might even make us laugh more, also reducing stress and leading to better heart health.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Non Surgical Device Increases Penis Size in Study

A new study shows that is possible for men to increase penis size without the expense and complications of surgery. The study showed that the Andro-Penis Device increased penis size by thirty-two percent in men who wore the penile extender for six months.

According to the study results, published in the March issue of BJU International, men who wore the Andro-Penis Device for six months increased their penis size by thirty-two percent. Poll results showed the men were satisfied with the results.

Researchers from San Giovanni Battista Hospital at the University of Turin, Italy, suggest that the Andro-Penis Device may be a better option than surgery to for men who desire to extend penis length.

Consulting Urologist, Dr Paolo Gontero, says, “Twenty-one highly motivated patients, with an average age of 47, were enrolled and 16 completed the 12-month study. Having undergone psychosexual counselling, to make sure that the treatment would be beneficial, the men were asked to wear the Andro-Penis device for between four and six hours a day for six months.”

The non-surgical penis-lengthening device consists of a plastic ring, two traction rods and a silicon band used to hold the penis in place. The men were instructed to gradually increase penis traction over the six-month period. The researchers measured results at one, three and six months to determine how much length the Andro Penis Device added. The Andro Penis device increased penis length by thirty-two percent.

Men who used the Andro penis device also experienced better erections in addition to thirty-two percent increase in penis length. Erectile function scores improved up to thirty-six percent. Penis girth did not yield high satisfaction scores.

Four men dropped out of the study because of bruising, and inability to comply with the penis extending treatment protocol.

Dr. Gontero says, "A number of surgical procedures are available that aim to elongate the shaft of the penis or enlarge the penile girth. However these have a number of disadvantages, including a lack of standardisation, potential risk of complications and high patient dissatisfaction.” The rest of the men were very satisfied with the penis extending ability of the Andro Penis Device.

"Our study showed that the penile extender device produces an effective and durable lengthening of the penis, both in the flaccid and stretched state," says Dr Gontero.

The Andro Penis Device should be considered as a first-line treatment to extend penis length say the authors. The device is also effective for treating curvature of the penis. The Andro penis device is FDA approved as a medical device.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

How Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids prevent heart attack

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids from fish oil and plant sources contribute to health in several ways, helping to prevent heart attack, and treat existing heart disease. Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are beneficial for brain health, cardiovascular health, and can help other inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, in addition to preventing heart attack.

Omega 9 fatty acids come from vegetable oils; found in olive oil (extra virgin or virgin), olives, avocados, almonds, peanuts, sesame oil, pecans, pistachio nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts. The body produces Omega 9 fatty acids in limited amounts. Omega 9 fatty acids from plant sources can prevent heart attack by reducing the risk of atherosclerosis (fatty plaque in the blood vessels).

Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids from fish oil and plant sources can keep heart disease at bay, lowering triglyceride levels, and reducing inflammation in the lining of the blood vessels, in turn helping to prevent heart attack.

There is good evidence that Omega supplements should be taken after heart attack to reduce the chances of progressive heart disease. According to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, pharmacological omega-3 supplements can benefit patients when taken within three months of a myocardial infarction, or heart attack.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are known as PUFA’s (polyunsaturated fatty acids). Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids come from external sources – diet and supplements. The body cannot synthesize Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, essential for good heart health and for preventing heart attack.

To gain the health benefits of omega 3-6-9 fatty acids, increase your daily intake of fatty fish, walnuts, canola flaxseed , and soybean oil, olive oil and nut - or add Omega 3-6-9 supplements, to help prevent heart attack.

ALA, EPA and DHA are the three major types of Omega 3 fatty acids that come from food. ALA (Alpha linoleic acid) is converted to EPA and DHA, and is the most essential Omega 3 fatty acid needed for brain health and normal growth and development, and to prevent heart attack. ALA is a simple fatty acid.(1)

The American Heart Association recommends 1 gram of Omega 3 fatty acids daily for anyone with existing heart disease, either from dietary intake or from Omega supplements; guided by your physician.(2)

Preventing and treating heart attack with dietary sources of Omega fatty acids, or by taking supplements, can greatly reduce the chances of having a second heart attack.

After a heart attack, intake of Omega fatty acids should equal 7 grams per week. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends 1 gram of omega-3-acid ethyl ester supplementation daily for secondary prevention of heart attack. A focus on Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids should be continued for up to four years, and started within three months following a heart attack. (3)

Most of us do not consume enough Omega fatty acids. We are well below the recommended amount of intake of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, necessary to prevent heart disease and heart attack. (3)

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids reduce triglycerides levels by reducing production in the liver. Lower triglycerides helps to prevent heart attacks. Heart attacks happen when blood clots form in the blood vessel lining, then travel, blocking blood flow to the heart.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids work to prevent blood platelets from clumping together, forming clots that travel and cause heart attack.

Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids help prevent heart attack by promoting healthier blood vessels, decreasing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, and by keeping blood vessels relaxed. (5)

The evidence is there. We need a balance of Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids for good heart health. Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids can help prevent heart attack. Speak with your physician about Omega 3-6-9 supplements.

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