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Therapy And Treatment No Longer Tabu

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A keystone of one of television's most popular series is the practice of therapy in HBO's The Sopranos. The Sopranos manages to address the biases and benefits of therapy and treatment while also combining clear-cut, unavoidable realities as to its effectiveness and the reasons why it seems to be everywhere.

Just like on the show, therapy has long been thought of as untrustworthy, the refuge of the weak, practiced by money grabbing pseudo doctors who offer little more than an extensive and hard to comprehend vocabulary. As society finds that it is spending less and less time on the struggle for the basics necessary to life, however, the more therapy has become a part of our social fabric.

Therapy is mow common practice for the individual as well as within relationships. The Sopranos is not the only show to find a huge market among those interested in the practice of therapy, as anyone who has seen the latest daytime television ratings can attest to. The Dr. Phil show has made a huge cultural impact on nothing more than one man's practice of therapeutical processes.

One of the main strengths of therapy is the fact that no matter how small the problem seems, it always helps to talk about it. It is true that disturbed individuals commonly benefit and are required to receive therapy and treatment, and in part this is the cause for much of the reason for the cultural vilification of the process. More and more people, however, are beginning to realize that going to therapy doesn't mean they have the makings of a sociopath or a horrible marriage. It just gives them a chance to discuss area in their lives that they might be struggling with, and a qualified therapist is equipped to point the discussions in the right direction and offer solutions to immediate as well as potential problems.

As with any treatment, therapy needs to be approached with caution. Therapists who are not properly qualified can do much more damage to a person than they had before going in. Always take care to confirm a therapist's credentials and record before signing up for sessions.

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5 Tips To Dealing With Dry Skin

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Dry skin is a problem that not only occurs during the cold winter months, but also during summer as well. The increased humidity indoors in the winter and outdoors in the summer add to the problem that affects many sufferers around the world.

Symptoms of dry skin include redness and a tight feeling when you attempt to bend your fingers or even in the slightest movement of your hand. In the case of extreme dry skin, cracking and bleeding may occur. This is the most unpleasant part of dry skin as it can be very embarrassing and, as expected, very painful. While it often seems that there is no way to end this discomfort, there are several tips to help individuals who suffer from dry skin.

Dry Skin Tip # 1

Use a soap that has moisturizing lotion. This will be gentler on your skin and will add moisture back where it has been otherwise removed. If possible, avoid harsh soaps that dry out the skin or strip it of it's natural moisture.

Dry Skin Tip # 2

While it is important to maintain proper hygiene, overly washing your hands or showering multiple times each day may promote dry skin. After washing, it is equally important to dry your skin thoroughly to prevent it from chapping.

Dry Skin Tip # 3

One of the most effective dry skin treatment products is Pacquin Plus Dry Skin Cream, which is sold in 8oz. bottles. This thick white lotion provides instant relief for dry skin and can be applied to not only the hands, but the entire body as well.

Dry Skin Tip # 4

Use a quality exfoliation product to remove dry and/or dead skin cells. By removing the old cells, you will expose the healthy cells and may be better able to fight against nature's harmful effects.

Dry Skin Tip # 5

If problem worsens or persists, consult a dermatologist. In some instances, over-the-counter products may not be able to treat severe cases of dry skin. A dermatologist has the ability to recommend stronger treatment products, which may be needed in some instances.

This article is to be used for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as professional medical advice. The information contained herein should not be used in place of, or in conjunction with, a doctor's recommendation . Any individual who develops severe dry skin or that which does not respond to over-the-counter treatment, should consult a licensed dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Carrier Oils In Aromatherapy

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Essential oils in aromatherapy are highly concentrated and potent. Essential oils have adverse effect on skin if used undiluted. Though there are some essential oil exceptions that can be used directly on the skin. It is ideal to dilute essential oils with carrier oils.

Carrier oils are of a vegetable origin possessing highly therapeutic properties. Extracted from nuts and seeds by cold pressing as this process does not destroy the essential fatty acids & vitamins content.

Carrier oils provide much needed lubrication allowing hands to move freely over the skin, helping with the absorption of essential oils into the body. Carrier oils are light, non sticky and effectively penetrate the skin. They should be 100% pure, unrefined and cold pressed.

1 drop of essential oil = 1 tsp of carrier oil for 1% dilution. 2 drops essential oil to 1 tsp of carrier oil = 2% dilution and so on.

Commonly used carrier oils

- Apricot Kernel Oil - light, easily absorbed and moisturizes both the body and face well. Contains vitamin E. Extracted from the kernel of apricot fruit, it is pale yellow in colour. Vitamins A & B help in healing and rejuvenating skin cells. Good for all skin types especially for sensitive, inflamed and dry skin. Excellent oil for facial, leaving the face soft and supple.

- Avocado Oil - Rich in lecithin, vitamins, A, D, & E. Easily penetrates the skin, acts as sunscreen and helps in cell regeneration. Mix zinc oxide in half bottle of avocado oil and apply on skin that is exposed to the sun. Delays anti aging as it is rich in essential fatty acids. For intensive facial treatment for mature skin, refined Avocado oil is preferred as it lacks odor.

- Grape seed Oil - Odorless unlike most oils, it is light and good for skin not absorbing other oils. No greasy feeling after application. Slightly astringent, it tightens, tones the skin and alleviates acne. An ideal carrier for body massage.

- Jojoba Oil - One of the best oils for hair and skin. Penetrates the skin quickly, excellent for skin nourishment. Heals inflamed skin, psoriasis, eczema, or any sort of dermatitis. Controls acne, oily skin or scalp as excess sebum dissolves in jojoba. Good for all skin types, but clogs pores sometimes. Good base oil for treating rheumatism and arthritis. Promotes healthy, glowing complexion.

- Rosehip Oil - Called the queen of carrier oil. Good oil for cosmetic, cell regeneration prevents premature skin aging and softens wrinkles. Good for eczema, psoriasis, PMS and menopause. When combined with calendula oil, it treats stretch marks, burns or scars. Cold pressed from the seeds of rose hips, it pale yellow light texture. Wonderful carrier oil for skin care.

- Sweet Almond Oil - Popular carrier oil in body massage. Lubricates and moisturizes the skin. Good for all skin types, especially eczema. Quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving your skin to feel soft and non greasy. Provides relief from itching, soreness, dryness, inflammation. Rich in proteins and vitamin D.

- Calendula Oil - infusion of marigold flowers, renowned for its soothing properties. Balances excessively oily skin, can be used alone or blended with almond or grape seed oil for body massage.

- Evening primrose oil - Perfect skincare oil for moisturizing, softening and soothing to dry and irritated skin.

- Wheat germ oil - highly nourishing oil with vitamin E. Perfect oil for dry, mature and lifeless skin.

- Sunflower oil - Used for facial treatments and body massage. Has good softening and moisturizing properties.

- St. John Wort oil - Infusions from the Hypericum bush; it is excellent for all types of sensitive, red and sore skin.

- Coconut Oil - Perfect moisturizer for body and hands. Light, easily absorbable into the skin giving smooth satin effect. Moisturizes and conditions brittle, dull or dry hair.

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Can Rat Poison Cure Heart Attacks

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Warfarin was used in the 1950s as an anticoagulant for victims of heart attacks and strokes, but gained fame when it was used to treat President Dwight D. Eisenhower after his 1956 coronary. Ironically, Warfarin is also used as Rat Poison!

Therapeutic doses of warfarin are minuscule: 2mg to 10mg for a 100kg person. The actual dosage depends upon an individual's diet and metabolism, as well as body weight. In fact, body weight is not a major factor. A 150kg person may require 2mg while a 75kg person may require 10mg for the same therapeutic effect.

There are very few good alternatives to sodium warfarin treatment. In some cases, a doctor may prescribe low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH). I do not know the issues about long-term effectiveness of LMWH, but the fact that it requires two injections per day, subcutaneous, at fairly precise 12-hour intervals, precludes its use for most people. I've done it in the short-term (post-surgical recovery while the warfarin is ramping up). I wouldn't want to have to do it every day.

The complementary problem for people on warfarin therapy is that it is necessary to keep a balanced intake of Vitamin K. Many foods are high in Vitamin K, including shrimp and spinach, and an unbalanced intake of Vitamin K will cause the prothrombin times to vary wildly. This is not to say that foods containing Vitamin K must be avoided; merely that the intake should be reasonably constant, so the warfarin dosage can be adjusted to compensate for it.

Coagulant drugs or Vitamin K1 have been suggested as possible antidotes for pets accidentially exposed to anticoagulant poisons. In addition, since some of these poisons act by inhibiting liver enzymes, a blood transfusion (with the products of the correct enzymes present) can save a person who inadvertently takes them, an advantage over some older poisons.

For example, an occasional spinach salad is not considered dangerous, but a spinach salad every night for two weeks would not be a good idea, particularly if there was a prothrombin-clotting-time test taken just at the end of those two weeks. Besides the risk that the sustained Vitamin K intake would cause (due to lowered clotting time), an adjustment made to the dosage followed by a discontinuance of the intake would result in a significantly raised clotting time. So the key is to maintain a reasonably constant Vitamin K intake.

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What About Your Prescribed Medication

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There are some medications that are physically needed for an actual life threatening health condition, yet there are some medications where we really have to ask our selves: Do we need to take this? What do we really need it for? Can we live without it?

How many times have we received prescription after prescription? How many times have we been told that this medication will solve all of our problems? How many times have the "professionals" told us that there are side effects, so they strongly recommended taking another type of medication to counter the side effects of the first one? How many commercials have we seen on the television advertising medication that is the way to happiness? Such as, "Ask your family doctor how you can get started on making your life better."

In such a fast paced world, we are all looking for a quick and easy solution to suppress the pain, guilt, remorse, shame and hatred that we are feeling, and ultimately, our real inability to confront our lives and take responsibility. The pharmaceutical companies, psychiatrists, and doctors love this fast paced world. They make billions on our inabilities to confront our lives. They are providing us with a quick solution: a way to escape, a way to accept our so-called "diagnosis". The truth is that we have accepted a highly and dangerous form of addiction:

"I need these pills to get through the day."

"This is because of my diagnosis, I can't stop taking these."

"I am always stressed at work."

"I can't sleep at night."

"I am depressed all the time".

Society has embraced prescription medication without realizing the highly addictive nature of some of these drugs.

We have family members taking literally a spoon full of prescription medication, and spending thousands of dollars a month just to function on a daily basis. Yet when someone mentions the word addiction, we shutter at the thought of being an "addict." How can we be an addict when it is prescribed? Little do we know that the same pills that are given to you can be easily bought on the street. So what's the difference? Valium, Lithium, Zanax, Effexor, Celexa, Paxil, Seroquil, Ritalin, Oxicotton, Percocets, Diladid, Morphene, Methadone... how are these drugs different from street drugs? An addict is an addict and a drug is a drug, we use prescription drugs to get off of street drugs, we end up substituting one drug for another drug to fuel our addiction.

We all have our reasons for taking prescription medication. Take a look in the mirror and if your not happy with what you see, do something about it. Remember, more medication is not going to solve the problem. Know what you are taking: research it; look at how you react to it; and really ask yourself if you can still live your life without it. Drugs are all around us, sold everywhere, and a drug pusher comes in many different forms. Mental disorders and addictions are more common then ever, and we use drugs to escape both. Be aware of the drugs prescribed, know what you are taking, and ask your doctor if this is really necessary. Be your own adviser, keep your counsel and make your own decisions.

Taking some of these medications for long periods of time can be very dangerous to come off of "cold turkey", please contact your family doctor to see how you can come off of them safely, and make a change in your life.

Nick Hayes

Intake Counselor at

Narconon Trois-Rivieres

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Antioxidants Are Found In Broccoli Sprouts

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A high dose of antioxidants has extremely beneficial effects on the body. Its almost impossible to get too much. First of all, the antioxidants in broccoli sprouts are great for stopping both aging and cell decay, thus resulting in a healthier body. They can even help reduce your risk of cancer.

There are few things as packed with antioxidants as broccoli sprouts, and so many people have jumped on to the current health craze by eating them. It's not just broccoli sprouts; from Green tea to Vitamin C, antioxidants are the biggest thing in health nowadays. And its no wonder.

Sprouts are a risky proposition for many people. If they are commercially grown, they can carry food-borne diseases which are especially likely to effect the old and very young, as well as people with compromised immune systems. Fortunately, if you grow your broccoli sprouts at home, you can ensure that they are not over-saturated and that you use safe fertilizers which will not infect you with e. coli.

One of the healthiest way to consume these little dynamos is buy growing broccoli sprouts at home on your own. Although you can get the same helpful antioxidants in full grown broccoli, broccoli sprouts have the advantage that they contain 50 times the quantity of mature plants. Another advantage of growing broccoli sprouts as opposed to buying them is safety.

And you don't have to eat them plain, as if they were medicine, either. broccoli sprouts are great on salads, over rice, marinated and served with chicken, and in many other culinary combinations. They can be used anywhere that bean sprouts might be called for. Of course, some people simply don't like the taste of broccoli sprouts.

For them, there is broccoli sprout extract. Even if you do think that they taste good, this extract might be the logical choice for you. If you don't have that much room to grow plants, broccoli sprout extract has the advantage of being able to pack a tremendous dose into small, affordable pills.

Of course, before you go out and buy a whole pallet of broccoli sprouts, keep in mind that this is only one way in which you can get antioxidants to help your body and decrease your chance of cancer. Not only do tea, and multivitamins contain them, but so do most green leafy vegetables, although not at quite the dose at which they are contained in broccoli sprouts.

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Effective Help For Those Who Snore

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Do you snore? If not, perhaps someone that you know suffers from this nighttime nuisance. Sleepless nights, personality changes, irritability and difficulty concentrating are only a few of the effects that are felt by individuals who snore. There is good news, however. There are a number of ways that you can effectively help to rid your nights of snoring.

If you snore and typically sleep on your back, try sleeping on your side instead. Researchers believe that individuals who sleep on their back are more likely to suffer from their air passages being restricted when the muscles relax in the back of the throat and restrict the airway. Side sleepers are less likely to suffer from this problem and are, therefore, less likely to snore.

Anti-snoring devices are also commonly used to help an individual stop snoring. The Sleep Genie, for example, is one such product and is even doctor recommended. It is manufactured using a nylon and lycra blend, which adds to it's comfort, along with a sleek design that does not hinder the wearer's movement. Individuals who never want to snore again are finding great success in making that possible with the Sleep Genie. While supporting the jaw, this anti-snoring product prevents the wearer from snoring by securing the mouth closed.

Many people may not realize this but, if you have allergies you may also snore. When airways become restricted, or breathing becomes difficult, snoring is often the result. Airways, both throat and nasal, are often restricted with allergy sufferers. Breathing steam from hot running water and ridding your home of airborne allergies are among the remedies that can help you to sleep better and snore no more.

If you are overweight, or have been diagnosed with obesity, you are more likely to snore. In fact, obesity is one of the leading causes of snoring. A healthy weight loss program, which consists of both diet and exercise, may help to eliminate your snoring problem and promote a healthier overall lifestyle.

This article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used as, or in place of, professional medical advice. Before beginning any treatment for snoring, please consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and remedy.

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Piles A Source For Bleeding Stools

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Piles are also known as hemorrhoids. These hemorrhoids are mostly swollen blood vessels which are found in or outside your posterior. These are caused mainly due to permanently widened or twisted veins known as varicose veins. These veins can be found anywhere in the body, but it is the leg where it is mostly found.

There are two types of hemorrhoids one which is found inside the anus known as internal hemorrhoid and the other found around the anus known as external hemorrhoid. These are common with all age groups including teens. Pregnant women are the ones who get affected by this, in particular.

The size of pile can be as small as a pea or as big as a grape. It is usually pink in color and sometimes you also come across blue color. One can suffer from internal and external pile at the same time, giving you a very hard time in your life.

Some of the common and known reason for having piles is due to extending the time period to use the toilet. This puts strain on your bowels which in long run turns out to be a very sad affair for you. Being pregnant also leads to piles due to increasing pressure of the fetus in the abdomen and hormonal changes.

Constipation and chronic diarrhea are also causes of piles. Having a family history of piles can be one of the other reasons. Sitting on cold and hard surfaces for a prolonged period of time and even standing can result in piles formation. Overweight and people doing heavy lifting also can suffer from this disease.

Some of the common symptoms for piles are

-Bleeding from the anus

-A constant pain and itchiness in your posterior

-Discomfort while passing stools

-Blood in your stools

There can be severe complication if proper care is not taken once you have been detected for piles. There are chances of infection which may lead to an abscess, formed around the rectum and anus. This kind of abscess causes lot of pain and swelling.

There are some common home based remedies which can be used for treatment of piles

-Ice packs on the rear end, but do not use the ice directly on the skin

-Warm baths

-Proper diet for a smooth and easy way out for the stool

-Thoroughly wash 3 to 4 figs and soak it overnight and have it first thing in the morning empty stomach. Again soak 3 to 4 figs in the morning to have it in the evening, continue this for 1 month

-A mixture of 1 tsp fresh mint juice, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp of honey. Drink this mixture three times a day for a painless relief.

-Mash and boil 1 ripe banana in 1 cup of milk and drink this at least 2-3 times a day

-Consumption of buttermilk after your meal is very useful

-Radish juice every morning and evening is also very good

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How To Prevent Allergy When Using Hair Dye

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When his hair stylist switched to an indigenous hair dye he developed severe itching, erythema, crusting, and pustules on the surrounding skin. Now, what could have possibly went wrong?

Gago-Dominguez, a researcher, explained that small amounts of arylamines are absorbed through the skin during the use of hair dye. Don't dye your hair without having as much of your skin covered as possible. One needs to be careful while applying black hair dye, as it is difficult to remove from any surface including skin and fabric. Lawsone dye infuses skin, hair, and porous surfaces but does not permanently or chemically alter them. Para-phenylenediamine, a key ingredient of many hair dyes, is known to trigger allergic skin rashes in some people. When you use hair dye, you absorb small amounts of chemicals called arylamines through your skin. It "dyes your skin more than your hair," one well known researcher said.

What is PPD in Hair Dye?

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a chemical substance that is widely used as a permanent hair dye. PPD hair dyes usually come packaged as 2 bottles, one containing the PPD dye preparation and the other containing the developer or oxidizer. The use of PPD as a hair dye is popular because it is a permanent dye that gives a natural look.

Why is it that many hand painting using Henna (herbal dye) develop skin rashes? After all, Henna dye used for hand painting is 100% herbal and does not contain PPD!

That's because almost all henna-tattoo artists are mixing in black hair dye that contains paraphenylenediamine - 'PPD' for short. This mixing of chemical makes the hand dye more permanent, as the palm sweats a lot, the tattoo artist is ensuring that the ink remains for a longer period of time. If you develop skin rash after using a dark dye, you'll be allergic to all dark hair dyes - anything that contains the PPD compound.

Currently there are no permanent oxidation type hair dyes that can be safely used by PPD allergic individuals. If you have an allergy to PPD and have your hair dyed, you should avoid the use of all oxidation type hair dyes. PPD is an occupational allergen among hairdressers; there is limited cross-reactivity with azo clothing dyes and back rubber. Those who are allergic to PPD hair dyes must avoid all synthetic chemical hair dyes.

Manic Panic hair dye works best on hair pre-lightened to a very light blonde. The idea being that it would look like she was a blonde who occasionally dyed her hair black. Apparently, the darker shades of hair dye contain significantly more chemicals than the blonde shades. The first step is to use the cheap blonde dye to bleach your hair. After an hour, rinse the blonde dye out of your hair.

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