Category: Health

Over Fifty at Risk for Shingles

shingles-featuredDid you have Chicken Pox when you were young? Many of us did. It's been said that you only catch it once. Perhaps I was just lucky. I had it three times; although people will tell you that's impossible. From this it would seem I am a prime candidate for Shingles.

The shingles vaccine is recommended for anyone 50 years of age and older to keep the varicella-zoster virus from re-activating and causing shingles. You see, although it appears one recovers from chicken pox, it can lay dormant in your body for decades and launches itself as Shingles in your senior years. Shingles, typically affects people whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV infection, cancers, or treatment with immunosuppressive drugs.

Shingles causes a painful, blistering rash that usually appears on just one side of the body, most often on the torso or face. The picture to the left, is an example of how it appears were you first contract it. Although it's possible, the pain and numbness (associated with it) may occur in the location of the rash two to four days before the rash.

shingles-ebookRyan Notch has written a guide, Shingles -- A Quick Guide to Symptoms, Treatment and Pain Relief. He says, "Doctors now estimate that 50% of us who live to the age of 85 will catch it at some point. What was once only a disease for the elderly is now attacking all portions of the population. Especially those whose immune systems are compromised by stress or age. This book is the simplest and most comprehensive guide to recognizing the signs of shingles, and ways to deal with both the short term and long term pain. Presented in terms direct enough for the common reader, but smart enough to get you the information you need to beat this disease for good."

The book is being offered for free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. So click here and get it now so you can have it in your Library. There is a good chance you will need this information later.

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How to Grow Medical Marijuana

Marijuana-featuredThere isn't a person over fifty who doesn't know someone who has been affected by cancer. In another article on this site, Study Confirms Hemp Oil Cures Cancer, there is a link in the comments section to a pdf file  is over 800 pages long, filled with links to medical studies that show the proactive use of cannabis in various forms for medicinal purposes. Still there are many people who are unaware of the medical potential of cannabis and how cannabis can supplement our body’s own healing endocannabinoids.

In most countries growing Marijuana is illegal. There have been some changes in the United States recently where two states have legalized it, but over-all it is still illegal. In Canada they are making changes to the laws too. Although it is possible to get a doctor's certificate to use it, the laws are changing so that those who need to use it, have to buy it from a government regulated source and can no longer grow their own.

grow-med-ebookEvan Reed has published a book, Growing Medical Marijuana: A Patient's Guide To Growing Your Own Meds For Less Than $100. The book is only 51 pages long and doesn't contain a lot of filler. This book is a "how to" guide -- not full of theory and complex discussions about science. It is very much a beginners guide to cannabis cultivation. It shows you step-by-step how to do exactly that: Grow your own quality meds for $100 or less. Complete with system setup instructions, perpetual grow cycle directions, materials shopping lists, and diagrams and photos of setup and equipment, you have everything you need for growing medical marijuana on a budget.

Evan doesn't mince words. In the first section of the book he says about the legality of it, "If you choose to use the information contained herein for the cultivation of cannabis, you do so completely at your own risk, and acknowledge that the author and publisher had nothing to do with your decision to grow."

The Kindle version of his book is being offered for free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. If you miss this post and don't get this book now, you can still get it later, from the same link but the price is $2.99.

Note: I don't use Marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. But I advocate its legalization, so people who need it, can grow and use it to treat various medical conditions.

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Defeating Cancer by Connie Strasheim

defeat-cancer-featuredIn this long-awaited book, Defeat Cancer: 15 Doctors of Integrative & Naturopathic Medicine Tell You How, health care journalist Connie Strasheim has done all the work for you. She conducted intensive interviews with fifteen highly regarded doctors who specialize in cancer treatment, asking them thoughtful, important questions, and then spent months compiling their information into organized, user-friendly chapters that contain the core principles upon which they base their approach to healing cancer. The practitioners interviewed are medical, osteopathic and naturopathic doctors, trained in a variety of integrative approaches to cancer treatment.

All aspects of treatment are covered, from anti-neoplastic (anti-cancer) remedies and immune system support, to dietary and lifestyle choices that result in the best outcomes for patients. The book also offers unique insights into healing, such as the pros and cons of different treatments and how to intelligently use chemotherapy. It discusses patient and practitioner challenges to healing, factors that affect healing, treatment outcomes and how to effectively combine multiple medical strategies to obtain the best results. Finally, it offers helpful insights to the friends and families of those coping with cancer. Cancer treatment is complex and controversial, and this book puts the treatment information you need in the palm of your hand.

You can watch a video summary of the book below.

The book has 446 pages, but is being offered free today as an Amazon promotion. One of the reviewers said, "I have practiced medicine for 53 years, and a world without cancer is possible NOW. This book is a must-read and belongs in the hands of anyone who is affected by cancer." --Garry Gordon, MD, DO, MD(H), Leader, Kobayashi Cancer Study.

This book has 15 chapters, but here is what you will discover in the first three:

CHAPTER 1:  Stanislaw R. Burzynski, MD, PhD
Biography
What Cancer Is, What Causes It, and How to Treat It
The Role of Antineoplastons in Controlling Cancer Cells
How I Discovered Antineoplastons
Using Antineoplastons and Gene-Targeted Therapy to Treat Cancer
Treatment Process
Types of Antineoplastic and Gene-Targeted Medications
The Use of Antineoplastons for Other Diseases
Dietary and Supplement Recommendations
Preventing Cancer with Supplements
Detoxification
Treatment Outcomes
Training Other Doctors to Use Antineoplastons
Improving Cancer Care
The Problem with Conventional Oncology
When to Use Conventional Medicine to Treat Cancer
Side Effects of Gene-Targeted Therapies
Other Factors That Affect Patients' Healing
How Family and Friends Can Support Their Loved Ones with Cancer
Roadblocks to Healing
Insurance Coverage for Treatments
The Politics of Cancer Treatment in the United States and My
Battle with the FDA
The Future of Cancer Treatment
Last Words
Useful Websites
Contact Information for  Stanislaw Burzynski, MD, PhD

CHAPTER 2: Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD

Biography
What Cancer Is and What Causes It
Treatment Protocol
Diet
Nutrient Supplementation
Pancreatic Enzymes
Detoxification
Considerations in Treatment
Treatment Outcomes
Other Doctors Who Do Pancreatic Enzyme Therapy
The Role of Stress, the Mind and Spirituality in Healing
The Problem with Conventional Cancer Care
Why Oncologists Use Conventional Medicine,
Even When It Doesn't Work
The Politics of Cancer and How It Affects Treatment Options
My Greatest Challenge as a Practitioner
How Friends and Family Can Support Their Loved Ones with Cancer
Last Words
Contact Information for Nicholas Gonzalez

CHAPTER 3: Robert Zieve, MD

Biography
What Cancer Is and What Causes It
The Role of Emotions in Cancer Development and
Healing Emotional Trauma
Treatment Approach
IPT--Insulin Potentiation Therapy and Metronomic Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy Sensitivity and Other Types of Testing
Addressing Growth Factors in Cancer
Building Up the Body with Botanicals, Vitamins and
Other Nutrients
Improving Cellular Energy and Immune Function
Building a Treatment Protocol in Layers
The Multi-Faceted Benefits of Herbal Remedies for Treating Cancer
Detoxification
Dietary Recommendations
Treatment Outcomes
Patient/Practitioner Challenges to Healing
Risky Cancer Treatments and What Constitutes Good Science
Why Oncologists Aren't Open to "Alternative" Cancer Treatments
How Friends and Family Can Support Their Loved Ones
with Cancer
Who Heals From Cancer?
Last Words
Contact Information for Robert Zieve, MD

defeat-cancer-ebookThis would be a good book to get now. But keep in mind, the ideas discussed in here are simply to provide you with options, and different paths you could take if you had cancer. As one reviewer said, "With every chapter I finished I thougt: Yes, this is the approach I would go for. At the end I could not decide which would be best for me (in case cancer should ever hit me), but it is not the aim of this book to help you chose an option. It is supposed to give you a glimpse of what your possibilities are and then explore different options more extensively. I especially liked the mentioning of other websites where you can find additional information."

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Vitamin D: and people over fifty

vitd-featuredVitamin D is more important to those over fifty. As our bodies age, the more chance we take of our kidneys not converting it to its active form. A deficiency could mean you have increased your risk of cardiovascular disease, asthma, dementia, depression and cancer.  And of course, people who are bed-ridden don't have the chance to get outside so their bodies can't manufacture their daily requirement.

A book by Peter Kornfeld is being offered for free today as an Amazon promotion, titled Vitamin D Diet: Benefits of Vitamin D for Optimal Health. You will discover:

vitD-ebook• Which natural resource contains the best vitamin”D “ for you;
• Which artificial vitamin “D” is the best alternative to the natural source;
• Which diseases can be better managed with the help of vitamin “D”;
• How it does its job in your system;
• All you need to know about this vitamin during pregnancy;
• And much more…

Mr. Kornfeld says, "If you are serious about getting a better balanced diet with vitamin D3, you need this ultimate resource with answers to common questions before you decide to add vitamin D3 to your diet. You owe it to yourself and your good health to get the optimal benefits listed in this guide. You don’t know what you are missing unless you change now and help yourself by getting the knowledge that this book reveals."

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Over Fifty and Late Life Depression

black-dog-featuredIf you find yourself over fifty and alone -- welcome to the club! We certainly hope that the reason you're here is because you made it a lifestyle choice. Sadly, that may not be the reason why some of you are here. If you're new to this whole thing, some of you might be suffering from a little depression. This doesn't mean that it is necessarily a psychiatric disorder. It's quite natural to feel this way after certain life events have transpired.

You may be feeling tired, hopeless, over eating or under eating, and you might even contemplate suicide. But let me assure, the great gift of freedom does not come without a price. You have to pay for the trip first. You might pay more if it's a longer trip. But like any trip -- it will end, in most cases.

According to a study by Punjab Medical College it says that 26% of men will experience depression from relationship difficulties while 54% of women will. That's over half!!

Late life depression can occur in people over 50 to 60 years in age. And according to Wikipedia it says:

The exact changes in brain chemistry and function that cause either late life or earlier-onset depression are unknown. It is known, however, that brain changes can be triggered by the stresses of certain life events such as illness, childbirth, death of a loved one, life transitions (such as retirement), interpersonal conflicts, or social isolation.Risk factors for depression in elderly persons include a history of depression, chronic medical illness, female sex, being single or divorced, brain disease, alcohol abuse, use of certain medications, and stressful life events.

Worse yet, sometimes this can develop into Major depressive disorder (MDD) (also known as clinical depression, major depression, unipolar depression, unipolar disorder or recurrent depression. Sadly, there is no laboratory test for major depression, although physicians generally request tests for physical conditions that may cause similar symptoms. MDD is often referred to as "The Black Dog". It's thought this term was a metaphor for the depression suffered by Winston Churchill. It just won't leave you alone.

b-dog-ebookRobert G. Kramer has written a book, Taming the Black Dog of Depression, (A Guide for Those Who Are Suffering and Their Families). He ays, " My personal story will focus on depression, and I promise it will inspire you and guide you if you are currently depressed. It will provide hope if you feel hopeless because I have been there and I have felt the pain and despair."

One of his reviewers of the book is Dorothy Varchol, MSN, MA, RN-BC, who has been employed as a nurse educator and has spent over 40 years in the Mental Health field. She says, "He gives practical advice about recovery strategies that have helped him use medications effectively and cope with problems and symptoms. His book is a great resource for learning how one goes about getting his or her needs met in the Mental Health System."

Robert's book is free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion, so if you think you are a victim of your own Black Dog you might want to have a look at it. Click here to download it now.

I would also like to add, that a young friend of mine, Twyla Wilband, is a Community Correspondent for Partners for Mental Health, mental health advocate, and a person with living experience of mental illness. She is a Peer Support Specialist, who writes a weekly blog on the subject of mental illness titled, Inside the Looking Glass. If you are suffering from depression, you may find some help by reading about her experiences, and how she deals with it all.

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