Apr 182011

As the electronic cigarette trend continues to rise, the debate on just how similar e-cigarettes are to the real thing rages on. But perhaps more importantly, people should talk about how e-cigarettes can assist the chain smoker in quitting his beloved haze. If they’re actually so similar to real cigarettes, then they should be able to help, right?

The Nicotine Hit

Smoking isn’t addictive because of the tar or the formaldehyde or the cyanide content. The estimated 4,000 harmful contents of a cigarette and the negative effects that accompany their burning are merely side effects. What really hooks people is the nicotine content.

So it’s a good thing that e-cigarettes also have nicotine levels in their e-liquid mixtures. This means that depending on the nicotine dose per juice, a chain smoker can still get that satisfying nicotine hit he so craves from actual cigarettes, all without burning anything and causing those 4,000 chemicals to inflict any sort of harm to his well-being.

The Smoking Motions and Sensations

But beyond the nicotine, e-cigarettes aim to emulate the motions and sensations of actual cigarette smoking. The b attery powered sticks c

an light up at the end through an LED, and a fine vapor mist rises out of them like real smoke. Though again, no adverse effects are present. The light can’t burn anyone, and the smoke is odorless and easily dissipates without inconveniencing anyone. Best of all, e-cigarettes aren’ t banned where real cigare

ttes are.

In conclusion, if an e-cigarette can successfully imitate the motions, sensations, even the psychoactive and pharmacokinetic effects of nicotine, then it can very well be an immensely powerful tool in aiding smokers quit their fatal habit.

After all, they crave the nicotine, not the many varied health issues associated with smoking. And it gets better: there are e-liquid mixtures that have 0 mg nicotine levels. A smooth transition from heavy nicotine levels to eventually zero nicotine levels ” a full nicotine addiction rehabilitation regime ” is workable without actually quitting smoking thanks to e-cigarettes.

Apr 122011

Are you one of those people who have drinking problem?

It is sometimes hard to know if you are already on the first stage of alcohol abuse because there are no benchmarks or standard when it comes to this kind of problem. A drinking problem is not that simple to solve because it will require taking a look at yourself, honestly, and you have to be willing to accept and change your drinking habit to benefit from the recovery process.

At first, a person may not know that they even have a drinking problem. The usual excuse is that their drinking habit is just normal like everybody else and once in a while they drink a little too many.

A little too many doesn’t mean there is an alcohol abuse already, right?

As mentioned earlier, the first step to treat alcohol abuse is for the patient to accept that he or she has a drinking problem. In order to do that, the patient has to answer self assessment questions that would make him or her realize the level of drinking problem they have.

The following are the questions asked to the patient for self assessment. They are asked if they feel guilty or bad when they are drinking. If they have tried to limit their drinking and if they were successful each time they try. If they have any physical symptoms after quitting. If the family members or the spouse is constantly complaining about the drinking problem. Do they have any legal problems brought about by drinking. These are just some of the questions that will be used to make the patient realize that they already have an alcohol abuse problem.

If you have answered yes to all of these questions, then you may have to seek professional help in order to start the treatment process. This drinking problem can be treated and you should never lose hope because once you accept this problem and you are determined to change then you are on your first step to recovery.

Apr 102011

Vitamin B12 has been a major point of controversy among the medical community, and the vegan society as well, for decades.

This is a somewhat unique vitamin, as it is naturally produced, not by meat or poultry, but by a bacteria in the soil. This bacteria is responsible for a hundred percent of vitamin B12 in planet earth, and still, many people tend to give meat and it’s cousin products, the privilege of being the only source available for people interested in the benefits of vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 benefits are vast. This vitamin replicates our DNA, takes a vital part in formating red blood cells and growing tissues, and it also creates a fatty, protective substance around our nerve cells – Myelin.

Vitamin B12 also helps lowering the mother of all evil – Homo cysteine, an amino acid whose higher levels have been linked with a greater risk of experiencing a heart stroke, Alzheimer, cancer, and in fact, many of modern western’s world diseases. Vitamin B12 also acts as a natural energizer, and boosts up your metabolism high enough, so that you get more likely to get active and lose some calories, and that’s actually the source of the misconception of treating vitamin B12 shots as a weight loss solution.

Vitamin B12 injections are the most accepted treatment for people having one or more of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. These shots are quite painful, and if you ask me, I would take them only if you happen to have difficulties absorbing this vitamin, something that happens in the Intrinsic Factor of your body. This is usually the reason for a deficiency among people in their fiftieths. You can get the exact same benefits of vitamin B12 out of any other source, such as intra nasal sprays or jel, sub lingual tablets, or simply the best, regular vitamin B12 foods.

Mar 292011

It is sad but it is a reality that even little children are also affected by panic and anxiety attacks. It is indeed very pitiful to see little children suffering from this atrocious condition. It is a fact that most of the time the condition starts in the late teens but they can also happen as early as in childhood. Overcoming panic attacks is challenging for adults, and it is even made more difficult if a helpless child is dealing with it. A lot of parents are asking how to cure panic attacks in children. In this article we will give you easy steps of helping your child who is suffering from a panic or anxiety attack.

The AACAP which is a research center for children has a definition for panic attacks. For them panic attacks are episodes of discomfort and intense fear. This can last from a few minutes to a couple of hours.

It is very helpful for parents to observe what is happening around their children so they can pinpoint what is causing the attack.

Panic attacks in children can be caused by what is called general anxiety disorder. Children often feel a lot of anxiety about general things in life like school,

family, other children, and many more. Therapy and relaxation techniques are recommended by experts.

Separation is also something which can trigger anxiety in little children. Most little children do not want to be separated from their parents and when they go to school for the first time they experience this. You should do your best to make your child understand the reality of life. You really cannot be with them all the time or anytime they want them to be. They must also learn to be independent.

Some children often feel anxiety after a long vacation and they have to go back to school. Cognitive behavioral therapies are very helpful in these situations. You can give them positive reinforcement by giving them a reward when they go back to school.

Another course of anxiety can be changes in life so make sure that you are there for your child every time he or she experiences this.

Mar 212011

According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Lortabs are becoming one of the most commonly used and abused drugs. People seem to believe its safer because its a prescribed medication, but its not safe at all, especially if a person stops it suddenly.
Lortab (hydrocodoneAPAP), is a class III narcotic perscribed for pain. Its usually perscribed for short periods and physicians reduce it slowly to prevent side effects. Sudden cessation can cause Nausea, Vomiting, Chills, Seizures,
Heart Rhythm Changes, Bradycardia (slowed breathing), Unconciousness and even Death.

In Lortab Addiction, the person who is habituated to the drug usually will need to increase the dose.

The higher the dose,
the more lethal the sudden withdrawl from the drug will be.
The short term effects are much the same as any narcotic drug Sleepiness, Bradycardia , Blurred Vision, Impaired Motor Skills, but an overdose can be lethal as well. Breathing heart rate can slow to a point where the heart stops and death will will occur. The PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) warns of the potential for addiction to Lortabs and cautions against mixing other sedatives or alcohol with it, as they will both augment the effects.
Lortabs have other dangerous side effects as well because Acetomenaphen (Tylenol) is part of the mixture and can have grave effects on the liver if too much is taken, or when its used over long periods of time.
Lortab addiction is as serious as any other addiction and needs top be treated accordingly. The signs are often hard to discern, as the person becomes isolated and is actively tries to disguise the drug use.

Because Lortab is a narcotic,ttreatment centers offering addiction help are warrented.
Each individual is different and may respond to one form of treatment more quickly than another, but most Addiction Treatment Centers use a variety of approaches The best reason to seek professional care is for medical supervision. Withdrawl from any drug can cause any of the adverse symptoms mentioned above and even death.
There are specialists who know how to deal with addiction and its causes and others who are also suffering. They, too, can be helpful in time of crisis.

Mar 192011

Unfortunately, there has been little study done on Albuterol and pregnancy. It is difficult to gauge the risk to a fetus in a pregnant woman since conducting controlled studies on humans would be unethical.

Albuterol has been shown to cause birth defects in pregnant mice and rabbits. The defects included cleft palate, as well as skull deformations. It is for this reason that the Food and Drug Administration has classified Albuterol as a Pregnancy Category C drug. Pregnancy Category C drugs are drugs that show problems in pregnant animal studies, or for which no pregnancy studies at all have been done. Pregnancy Category C medications are to be prescribed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of your doctor based on whether he or she feels the risks of not taking the medication overwhelm the risks of taking it. While it is best to avoid anything that could harm your fetus, if you have acute asthma, Albuterol might be the difference between life and death.

Think about it this way if you can’t breathe, then neither can your baby. If you normally experience acute allergies symptoms, then during pregnancy you are likely to experience severe allergies.

It is also important to note that animals do not always react to drugs in quite the same way as humans. Occasionally the tolerance of humans against the side effect of drugs is significantly higher. Evidence has suggested that a higher heart rate and increased blood sugar level results in the fetus due to Albuterol use by the mother.

However, in the vast majority of cases, the baby appears to be born perfectly fine.

If you would like to decrease your reliance on an inhaler, you might want to consider nutrition as a path to lowering your allergic response. Intake of Omega-3 fats has been particularly linked to allergies. The vast majority of people are deficient in Omega-3 fats, especially with modern diets. To increase your Omega-3 intake, eat more fatty fish, and consider taking Fish Oil capsules. The benefits to your unborn child will be manifold especially as DHA Omega-3 has shown to be of crucial importance in the development of fetuses and infants, affecting everything from their development of asthma to their I.Q.

Mar 182011

Due to the existence of inversion tables in the market with different features, it is hard to choose from among them since all of the manufacturers are claiming the superior quality and durability of their product.

However, what makes them durable and the characteristics of its parts would provide great information on which one is the most convenient and durable to use. Surely it would be best to find a product produced using a high quality material that also comes with low price.

This is what Lifegear Gravity Boots assures its users.
With its innovative features, Lifegear inversion machines still stands out because there is very small difference between the models as there are only little features available with the newest model that is not present in this equipment. Aside from the durability of the product, it comes with a low price. Most consumers also prefer using this because it is smaller, lighter, and easy to use. It can also be assembled easily.

Like other kinds of inversion table, life gear inversion table can rotate up to 90 degree angle with simple arm movements. It is also designed in a way that the user achieves its full comfort through the use of padded and foamy backrest and ankle supports. The manufacturer also makes sure that the user won’t slide while exercising in an inverted position because of the supportive stabilizers. The most promising reward this inversion table ensures its customer is the relief of back pain which many individual who used the product agrees.

Unlike other inversion brands which are the more traditional form of inversion table, Lifegear Inversion table has more advanced and user-friendly feature that meets the needs of person using it. There are also few differences when it comes to price so it would be more practical to prefer a more upgraded version.

Mar 042011

Nowadays alcoholic drinks are often served in parties, social gatherings, celebration and other events.

Alcohol can change the mood of an event, and guests are usually happy drink alcoholic beverage. Aside from being served in celebrations, since alcohol can make a person euphoric, relax and feel numb it is sometimes used by people as an escape to reality and to forget about problems. Almost all of us are aware of the harmful effects of alcohol to our body but sometimes people find it hard to drink alcoholic beverage moderately.

Too much alcohol intake can cause alcohol poisoning or alcohol overdose, when this occurs it should not be ignored because it might cause serious health threat or even death. Alcohol overdose occur when the blood content of alcohol are very high due to large amount of alcohol intake. There are alcohol poisoning symptoms that should be observed because it needs immediate medical help. The symptoms are decreased number of breathing per minute, unconsciousness, and uncontrolled vomiting.

If and individual should not presume that a person suffering from alcohol poisoning can sleep off the condition. Alcohol is still release in the bloodstream and increase the alcohol level of the body even if the person is unconscious or had stop drinking.

Another prevalent result of alcohol abuse is alcohol addiction. Alcohol addiction happens when a person becomes dependent on alcohol substances.

Alcohol addicts usually drink alcoholic substances habitually and at a large amount. If alcohol addicts suddenly stop consuming alcohol substances they could experience alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be physical and psychological and in various degree depending on the person’s dependence on alcohol. If a person is suffering from alcohol problems it is advisable to seek help to avoid further harm a person’s health. For psychological support there are groups in which members can relate to each other and share experiences to help one another. Alcoholic drinks are known for its bad effects but there are actually good health benefits of alcohol consumption only if taken moderately.

Feb 222011

Meditation is one of the best answers to the question of how to change your life in 30 days or less.  Many make the decision to meditate and then seem to get stuck on the getting started part or the getting it right part. The thing for you to know about meditation is that there really is no right way and in fact there are many ways that may or may not work for you.  I have put together a short list of things to check out that may be your perfect route to get to where you want to go.

Body Meditation – this is simply a guided meditation for beginners where you are  moving your awareness through each part of your body and contracting and releasing each muscle group you are focused on with each breath.

Guided CD – This is great for someone with lots of mind chatter – which is…well, everyone. It really works well to give your mind something to focus on.

Brain Wave Technology – of which the type doesn’t matter. This is like a sound mediation and you can kick back, do nothing and just relax. This is meditation on auto.

Make Your Own Meditation Audio – Similar to a guided CD you can make a meditation for yourself and the best part is the unique way that your mind responds to your own voice.

Join Another Meditator – Meditators are not necessarily a proud bunch and if you ask someone if you can join them they will possibly say yes.  This will keep you accountable, as there will be someone with you through the process.

Join a Meditation Group – there are many, many meditation groups around. More then you might think just check Craigslist, your local bulletin boards and the flyers in health stores.

Get a Book – This is a great plan for those who are highly visual and really need to read what they should do and maybe see pictures.

If meditation is just slightly out of reach at this point then you can always try basic breathing techniques or some relaxation techniques for anxiety.  These both lead down the road to meditation but may not feel as intimidating if you are just getting started.

Jan 262011

A rehab center is often associated with drug abuse or behavioral and mental problems, thus it is, at times, regarded by some as a disgracing place.  What most people do not know is that this very institution is esteemed for the life-changing services it can offer.

Also called as residential treatment centers, rehab centers provide various structured programs and methods to their clients or residents depending on their cases as well as the degree of their problems.  Some of these centers allow their residents to move around freely while other centers limit their residents’ movements only to their rooms.

Kinds of Rehab Centers

One kind of rehab center focuses on children and adolescents who have addiction to drugs and alcohol, or who have mental and emotional disorders.  Residents here exhibit aggressive behavior and have family issues or physical abuse.  This clinically-focused facility primarily offers behavior management or intervention and highly effective for those with history of addictive behavior or criminal activity.

Drug rehab centers, on the other hand, are equipped with programs and staff that specialize in addiction medicine.  Since residential treatment centers cater to individual needs, clients may choose programs such as “inpatient, residential, outpatient or short-stay options” depending on their conditions.  In severe cases of addiction, inpatient program is provided to residents as it follows the rigorous standards of medical care.  Doctors and nurses monitor them 24/7 to make sure they withdraw from harmful substances.  Residents’ treatment period also vary depending on the severity or stage of there condition as well as on their progress.  Also, a drug rehab center also provides continuing care to ensure full recovery.

The same thing goes for an alcohol rehab center.  Both alcohol and drug abuse affect not just one person but an entire family.  Hence, family involvement or

family therapy is deemed necessary in every rehab center.

Tendency for Relapse

Issues of relapse come from the fact that sometimes abstaining from addictive substances or chemicals may cause someone to overindulge once exposed again in the same harmful environment after treatment.  Thus, there is another kind of rehab center that concentrates on relapse prevention.  Private rehab centers provide a high quality and strong after-care service to make certain that a person does not end up abusing drugs or alcohol again after treatment.  These centers aim to identify factors that can trigger relapse, to equip recovering residents with skills to cope and resist temptation, and to teach them a healthy lifestyle.

For some people, the decision to enter a rehab center is a difficult one to make.  For those who cannot decide, consider that if not treated, the cost of substance addiction and alcoholism is hundredfold more than the cost of the treatment.