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by Jon Rhodes
Warts are a common and unsightly skin problem. While they are usually painless they can cause you a great deal of embarrassment. They look and feel like a solid blister and can be contagious. A wart is generally a small, rough tumor. Warts are common, and are caused by a viral infection, specifically by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are contagious when in contact with the skin of another. It is also possible to get warts from sharing towels or from contact with other objects. They typically disappear after a few months but can last for years and can recur.
Here are a few traditional home remedies to help you battle against warts.
1) One of the simplest ways to remove the wart is to apply the juice of onion onto the wart on a very regular basis.
2)Grind some cumin seeds and make a poultice of them. Apply this poultice to the wart, and tie it in place with the help of a cloth. This is very good for the warts that are bleeding.
3) You could regularly apply tea tree oil. Many people swear that this is a very effective way of removing warts.
4) Take a pinch of baking soda and moisten it with a few of drops of castor oil. Dab this paste onto the wart and leave it overnight. If you do this continuously for a few days the warts should disappear in a week or so.
5) Take a single clove of garlic and cut it into two halves. Place the garlic slice on the mole, so that the cut portion is in contact with the mole. Leave it overnight, tied with a cloth bandage. The sulfur-rich juices of the garlic will work on the wart. Within two or three days the mole should disappear.
6) Roast some peel of the pomegranate fruit. Mix an equal amount by weight of limejuice in it. Make a paste of the mixture. You can apply this paste on your skin problems such as warts, moles, blackheads, pimples, etc. You will definitely find good benefits. This is another good Home Remedy for Warts.
7) Take a fresh grapefruit and squeeze it to get its juice. Apply this juice to the warts several times a day.
8) Apply the juice of a fresh pineapple onto the warts. The warts will disappear within a few days of continuous application. You can apply the juice in the night and leave it on the skin while you sleep and wash it off in the morning. Alternatively you can tie a pineapple slice on the skin instead of applying the pineapple juice.
9) Probably the most effective �home remedy� is to holistically look after your health. Increase your water intake, eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, and get more exercise. This will give your body the best possible chance of fighting warts, or indeed anything else, for itself.
Hopefully some of these methods will greatly help you. Over the counter lotions and skin medications are often slow and ineffective. Medical interventions, such as freezing, acid, or laser can be painful. However hypnosis is effective in curing warts by controlling the blood flow, thereby not allowing them the environment they need to thrive. Hypnosis has a much higher success rate of removal and a much lower chance of warts returning, and is very painless and safe.
Jon Rhodes is a well respected clinical hypnotherapist from the UK. As well as running a private �mobile practice�, he also helps patients across the world with his online hypnotherapy site. Click here to visit his hypnosis site. If none of these natural remedies work for you, or you wish to try something quicker and easier, then click here for more information on wart removal hypnosis
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
1. What is it and where does it come from?
Out of the many protein sources out there, whey protein is the ultimate. It comes from milk. During the process of turning milk into cheese, whey protein is separated out. Protein can be found in a variety of foods--mainly meats, such as fish, beef, and chicken.
Dairy products as well as eggs, cottage cheese, soy and vegetable protein also contain good amounts of protein. Nevertheless, none of these sources compares in quality or ease of use like whey protein. Whey protein has the highest value in providing branched-chain amino
acids, which result in building and retaining muscle tissue.
2. What does it do and what scientific studies give evidence to
Whey protein (the highest quality and best form of protein) is incredible. It provides the body with the necessary building blocks to produce amino acids that are used for building muscle tissue. Studies (1). have been conducted that compare whey protein to other sources. They have found that whey protein contains the perfect combination of overall amino acid makeup... and in just the right concentrations for optimal performance in the body. Both hormonal and cellular responses seem to be greatly enhanced with supplementation
of whey protein, too! Not to mention the benefits whey protein has on the body's immune system according to documented scientific research (2).
Whey protein also plays a role as an antioxidant and an immune system builder. Most importantly, consistent whey protein intake coupled with exercise will result in consistent muscle building.
3. Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?
Whey protein is very, very important for bodybuilders and those on a diet. Since athletes and bodybuilders work out often, protein levels become depleted. By being a direct precursor to building muscle and essential amino acids, such as glutamine (a muscle enhancer,
endurance builder, and muscle deterioration reducer), the content from high quality whey protein can help one's muscles recover and grow faster by bring up the levels of protein. With dieting and those wishing to lose extra fat, whey protein can be very useful because a
good intake of protein balances blood sugar levels, while carbohydrates cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate. When the blood sugar levels stay balanced, one is not as prone to excessive eating and has more energy and greater fat loss.
Whey protein allows a person to control his or her diet effectively. Most people who want
to change their body for the better could benefit from whey protein supplementation; however, since protein is naturally found in many food items deficiency is usually not a problem.
4. How much should be taken? Are there any side effects?
Training athletes often consume 25 grams of whey protein per day. Bodybuilders who want serious gains (and are burning serious calories), generally consume 150 grams per day. Extremely high doses of whey protein is not recommended, as this will cause the body's
liver to be overloaded and you won't get the same benefits as with a consistent lower amount taken three to five times per day.
(1).December 2001 - Consuming Protein Supplements Can Help Deter the
Effects of Overtraining
Protein intake of approx. 0.88 grams per pound of body weight resulted in increased prevention of overtraining. This study was conducted at Ball State University on 17 weight-trained men. They were put on a four week "overtraining" program were they did 8-12 rep
maxes for three sets, eight exercises for the first two weeks, then five sets, five exercises for 3-5 rep maxes for the next two weeks.
The men were chosen to receive either an amino acid supplement or a placebo for the duration of the four weeks (0.88 grams/lb body weight/day). Those that were given the amino acids had measureable positive changes in total testosterone, the ratio of testosterone to
the protein that transports it, and hemoglobin compared to those given a placebo. This proves that adequate protein consumption is the key to making gains! Be sure to get enough (approx. 1gram per lb. of body weight).
(2). December 2001 - Protein Taken With Carbs is Better than Protein
Alone for Building Muscle
This study, conducted at University of Texas Medical Branch, measured the amount of uptake of the amino acid L-phenylalanine into healthy leg muscle tissue in one of three protein shakes. The shakes were consumed one and two hours after intense leg training and provided about 6 grams of protein, 34 grams of carbs, or both per shake for a 150 bodybuilder. The L-phenylalanine uptake in the protein and carb shake was measured as being three times higher than the carb shake and roughly twice as great as the amino shake! So, there you have it! As you know, the postworkout shake is the most critical meal for your
increased anabolism. Make sure you're getting some carbs in your postworkout shake for best results.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
The Winter Solstice marks the first day of Winter, in the northern hemisphere.
The term "the darkest before the dawn" has its roots in both ancient religion and modern science. Throughout history, people have observed seasonal milestones, creating spiritual and cultural traditions to celebrate the rebirth of sunlight after the darkest period of the year.
Sol + stice derived from an ancient Latin word meaning "sun" + "to stand still."
For centuries, ancient winter solstice celebrations, such as rituals of light and fire have helped temper winter's ominous gloom recognizing that brighter days are just ahead.
The Chinese celebrate the Dong Zhi Festival. Celebrated on the longest night of the year, Dong Zhi is the day when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest. The coming of winter is celebrated by families and is traditionally the time when farmers and fishermen gather food in preparation for the coming cold season. It is also a time for family reunions. Centered around the Chinese principle of yin and yang, which represent balance and harmony in life, the yin qualities of darkness and cold are at their most powerful at this time, but it is also the turning point, giving way to the light and warmth of yang. For this reason, the Dong Zhi Festival is a time for optimism.
Makar Sankranti is a huge festival celebrated in India around the time of the winter solstice embracing the sun's ascendence, marked by gift giving and special prayers.
The Jewish culture celebrates Hanukkah the "festival of lights" is seen by many to be a clear metaphor for the hopeful lengthening of days brought on by the winter solstice.
When Christianity was introduced to the Roman Empire in the early 4th Century, Constantine and the church, in its wisdom, allowed the Saturnalia tradition to continue. Saturnalia, with its roots found in the winter solstice celebration, was dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture in Roman times. It was Constantine who dedicated a day to the birth of Christ, or Christ Mass, better known today as Christmas.
In the West, the ancient Germanic Yule festival of winter feasting that occurs around Christmas, as well as the tradition of the Yule log whose embers it was believed helped frighten away evil spirits.
A Ritual of Light
On the longest, darkest day of the year, a ritual of light is an ever present
reminder of the conflict, struggle and duality (yin/yang) of our lives. Using
candles as therapy has been around for thousands of years, and has been
practiced by nearly every religion. Candle therapy can be used to unite the
powers of mind, body, and spirit. From ancient times to the present, Candles
have lit our way through every transition! From celebrations and ceremonies to
proclamations and processions! The candle's flame has always been a metaphor for
the soul! It possesses a tranquil and almost hypnotic atmosphere to those who
allow its power to take them to a very special place.
A candle acts as a "self object". A self object is an object that is a
reflection of our self, a reflection upon which we can act. The candle reflects
the spiritual and ethical changes we would like to bring about in ourselves. It
burns as a reminder and symbol of our desires. Sometimes we have to hand our
dreams over to a force more powerful than we are.
Working With Candle Energy
When working with candles, you can be as simplistic or as complicated as you
would like to make it. I suggest that you always charge your candle before
Sit in a quiet place hold the candle in your hands at heart level and visualize
the area in your life you want charged (changed). This will personalize your
connections with the candle and allow the needed energy to come to you in a more
direct way. Begin by using a positive affirmation based on your specific
You get as much out of a candle (or anything) as you put into it. You must
create your own reality through the use of your energy, emotions and
visualizations. What you wish to create may come immediately or it may take some
time. Experience shows that results are only realized at the appropriate time
(the Universal time, not your own)! This allows us a great lesson.
1. Any time you light a candle, always state your true intention and end with a
2. Burn a candle based on the color you need.
3. Use the seven colors of the Chakra and light these candles to release the
color into the room. The rainbow colors have an amazing healing power when lit
4. Burn a candle for meditation. Sit in front of the candle and concentrate on
5. Burn a candle that is made from herbs and essential oils. The power of herbs
and scent are blended with the power of light to manifest a positive action.
6. Burn a candle to bring about clear change and affirmative thought. Transform
your intentions into reality.
7. Different geometric shapes will alter and enhance the effects of color and
scent. It involves understanding what particular geometric patterns can do by
using that particular layout around an individual to heal. Meditating within the
center of these configurations (a circle, square, triangle, for example) can
heighten the entire experience! Place candles in one of these sacred shapes.
Place them on a table or alter to burn or place them on the floor or in your
meditation space and sit inside the configuration. meditate on or within the
Candles can create any mood based on color and good intention. Utilize the power
of light and wax OR create your own special winter solstice ritual to usher in
the change of the season and reflect what this means to you.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Fibroids are nodules of fibrous tissue that can grown anywhere on the body. Uterine fibroids are the most common noncancerous tumors of the female reproductive organs. According to the location of the fibroid in the uterus, they can be divided into three types.
Fibroids can grow underneath the uterine lining (submucosal), within the uterus walls (intramural) or can be found on the outer walls of the uterus (subserosal).
The cause of their growth is unknown. With many of my female patients who have fibroids, it tends to be seen throughout their family history. Often times, their mothers, sisters, aunts or grandmothers have suffered from them as well.
Next to heredity , other causes have been thought to be stress related, improper diet, excessive weight gain and imbalances in hormone levels.
Hormonally, estrogen seems to be part of the problem . When estrogen levels are high during a women�s period, this estrogen surge seems to stimulate tumor growth. Therefore, fibroids often grow larger during the menstrual cycle as the uterus engorges with blood, then shrinks after the cycle. They also tend to grow larger during pregnancy and shrink after menopause due to the lack of estrogen.
Symptoms can range between no symptoms at all or a women can experience heavy bleeding, abdominal masses, abdominal pain, pressure against the bladder, bowels or pelvic floor, vaginal discharge, infertility, miscarriage or anemia.
Western medicine looks at several ways to treat fibroids, depending on their size and depending on how much pain or havoc they are causing the body. Western treatments include pharmacological inhibition of estrogen secretion, Progestin supplementation, prostaglandin synthetase inhibitors, a myomectomy, or hysterectomy.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we treat fibroids differently, based on the site of the fibroid. Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been found to be more effective than Western medicine (in most cases) as it works to bring the body back into hormonal balance, naturally .
When fibroids are less than 5cm, the success rate with acupuncture and herbs is higer. Although, clinically, I have had success with fibroids that are larger than 5cm and have been able to shrink these fibroids with a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine, diet as well as, lifestyle changes.
Acupuncture treatments are based on the clinical diagnosis of stagnation and/or dampness. Combinations of local and distal acupuncture points are used in order to move energy and blood.
Channels that are focused on include the Conception channel, the Spleen, Stomach, Liver and Kidney channels.
Herbal medicine has long been the apothecary of the world. Folklore and ancient recipes have been past down for centuries. Nowadays, research studies are being done on some of these herbs, herbal combinations and formulas. Formulas most effective for abdominal masses include:
-Chai Hu Shu Gan San with Xie Fu Zuo Yu Tang for Qi and Phlegm Stagnation.
-Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan with Xiao Liu Fang for Blood Stasis.
-Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan for Phlegm Damp.
These formulas have shown to be even more effective when combined with a diet low in fat that minimizes coffee, black tea, chocolate, alcohol and soy based products. The proper formula for you, should be determined by a licensed acupuncturist and/or herbalist only.
The Western Herbal Materia Medica has shown that some herbs are effective for balancing hormone levels. Chaste tree berry has been shown to promote progesterone production by increasing luteinizing hormone.
Linoleic acid, found in omega-6 fatty acid form and linolenic acid, found omega-3 fatty acid form are both essential oils found in fish oil. These two essential oils can reduce estrogen production and are beneficial for women with fibroids. Take 2,000 mg in divided doses (1,000 mg am/pm).
Nutritional considerations are a diet low in fat that minimizes coffee, black tea, chocolate and alcohol.
Limit the amounts of red meat and pork eaten.
Avoid high fat and fried foods. Some women have found that their fibroids decrease when taking up a vegetarian diet.
Changes in lifestyle can also play apart in reducing fibroids.
Increase or add exercise to your life.
Meditation, visualization and simple breathing techniques are all very helpful in relieving stress in our lives.
�Holding on� to certain beliefs in our lives, may be an improper way of thinking.
Metaphysical expert, Louse Hay suggests that a probable cause of fibroids and cysts is �nursing a hurt from a partner or a blow to the feminine ego�.
Certainly, these are all options to consider.
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-Chevallier, Andrew, The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, 1996, Dorlilng Kindersley Limited
-Gaeddert, Andrew, Chinese Herbs In The Western Clinic, Get Well Foundation 1994
-Hay, Louise, You Can Heal Your Life, Hay House Inc. 1984
-Mehl-Madrona, L. Complementary medicine treatment of uterine fibroids
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by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) is an endocrine disorder that is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age and is a leading cause of infertility. It occurs among all races and nationalities. The primary features are lack of regular ovulation and irregular or absent periods. There is also an excessive amounts or effects of androgenic hormones. The symptoms and severity of the syndrome vary greatly between women. While the causes are unknown, insulin resistance (often secondary to obesity) is heavily correlated with PCOS.
Other symptoms may include acne, weights gain (but not always) or have trouble losing weight, male pattern baldness or thinning hair on the scalp, hair growth on the face, back, or chest or sometimes, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). About half of women with PCOS have high insulin and blood sugar levels called insulin resistance. When the body doesn't use insulin well, blood sugar builds to high levels. If not treated, this can lead to diabetes. High cholesterol levels are also common with PCOS.
In PCOS, there are multiple cysts in the ovaries, which are actually small, undeveloped follicles that have had their growth stunted. The cysts, as well as the connective tissue around them produce male hormones called androgens. Androgens are then released into the blood stream and alter the feedback within the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (HPO axis). The amount of estrogen then increases in relation to progesterone causing an increase in testosterone and Luteinizing hormone (LH).
The two most important key factors that any woman could do to lower her risk of PCOS is to eat heart-healthy, low glycemic foods, along with regular exercise.
Foods to Avoid:
-Cut out all forms of refined sugar
-Cut out all refined (simple) carbohydrates. Follow the Full Spectrum Diet. This says to cut out all white foods, which include all white bread, rice, pasta, low fiber foods, most breakfast cereals and rice cakes.
-Reduce animal products and fats
-Avoid all soda, fruit juice and sugary drinks
-Avoid milk and dairy products
-Avoid alcohol and caffeine
-Avoid fertility diets that suggest you eat large amounts of yams. This is not appropriate for PCOS
-Reduce the intake of oily, fried, and sugary foods, fried snacks and fast foods
-Do not miss meals; and do not starve in terms of total quantity of food
Foods You Should Eat:
-Eat adequate amounts of protein
-Eat as much fresh vegetables as you can
-Eat foods, which nourish the liver such as dark green vegetables, lemons, carrots and beets
-Eat fruit light in sugar and sweetness such as berries
-Eat complex carbohydrates (lower glycemic carbohydrates), which tend to have more fiber such as bran cereal, brown rice, whole wheat, whole-grains and nuts and grains like quinoa, whole oats, and bulgur.
These foods help women with PCOS to maintain steady blood sugar and insulin levels and may assist in weight loss. A diet composed of mainly low-GI foods will also help to combat the effects of insulin resistance.
Supplements and Herbs
-Chlorophyl helps reduce symptoms of hypoglycemia without raising blood glucose levels
-Include supplements that help improve insulin resistance such as B vitamins, magnesium, alpha lipoic acid and chromium. Chromium increases the sensitivity of insulin receptors. Recommended dosage is 300 micrograms/day.
-Essential fatty acids, including flax oil, evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis), and black currant oil, act as anti-inflammatory and hormonal regulators.
-Supplementation with antioxidants, including zinc, and vitamins A, E, and C, is also recommended.
-Western herbal medicine uses phytoestrogen and phytoprogesteronic herbs, such as blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) and false unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum), as well as liver herbs, like dandelion (Taraxacum mongolicum), to work toward hormonal balance.
-Acupuncture works on the body's energy flow according to the meridian system. Chinese herbs, such as gui zhi fu ling wan, can be effective.
-In naturopathic medicine, treatment focuses on helping the liver function more optimally in the hormonal balancing process.
-Exercise is the second most important key to PCOS. Exercise helps the body's cells use glucose as energy, reducing blood glucose levels. A structured exercise plan can help the body use insulin more efficiently and gradually reduce insulin levels. Regular exercise also improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, increases levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), your good cholesterol and helps with weight loss.
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