Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's Been Longer Than I Thought....

I knew it had been a couple months since I had posted last, but I had no idea it had been since July!!!!  Good night how the time sure does fly....even when you really aren't having all that much fun. =)

Let me share a bit about what has been going on with me since my last post. 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Compound being developed to treat the core symptoms of autism

Cellceutix Autism Research Demonstrates Increase In Serotonin Levels In Three Areas Of The Brain

Main Category: Autism
Also Included In: Neurology / Neuroscience
Article Date: 24 Jun 2010 - 4:00 PDT

Cellceutix Corporation (OTCBB: CTIX) is pleased to announce that they have completed another study in the research of KM-391, their novel compound being developed to treat the core symptoms of Autism. Cellceutix is pioneering research in autism treatments and has been making solid progress with pre-clinical research as announced in previous press releases.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Air Force colonel claims lack of oversight in reserve health care

by David Ham

13NEWS /

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 11:41 AM
Updated Thursday, May 13 at 12:19 PM 

HAMPTON -- An Air Force reservist is pleading to Congress for help.
Col. Doug Strand injured his leg in a motorcycle accident two years ago while reporting for duty at Langley Air Force Base. Now he suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a painful nerve disorder.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Feldenkrais clinic is alternative-health hideaway

Villager photos by Tequila Minsky

The article’s author getting a Functional Integration lesson from Feldenkrais practitioner Marilyn Bakun at the Union Square Feldenkrais center.

By Kathryn Adisman 

You’re greeted by…silence. The only sound — breathing. Both clients lie on tables.

John, a practitioner, sits on a stool and angles a board to the sole of Meche’s foot, lightly grazing each toe. 

Friday, May 7, 2010

Genetic Research Sheds Light on Chronic Pain

THURSDAY, May 6 -- Chronic pain, which often occurs without an apparent cause, may be the result of accidental reprogramming of more than 2,000 genes in the peripheral nervous system, new research suggests.

The finding may someday lead to new drugs that treat pain by correcting the activity of specific genes, a method called transcription therapy, the researchers said.

In the study, published online in the

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Oldest Yoga Teacher In The World

I found this absolutely incredible, inspirational, encouraging, and wonderful. Now it's your turn to watch this video and I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

How I Differ From You - Awareness

How I Differ From You - Awareness
For anyone who suffers, or know someone who suffers, from Fibromyalgia:

1. My pain - My pain is not your pain. It is not caused by inflammation. Taking your arthritis medication will not help me. I can not work my pain out or shake it off. It is not even a pain that stays put. Today it is in my shoulder, but tomorrow it may be in my foot or gone. My pain is believed to be caused by improper signals sent to the brain , possibly due to sleep disorders. It is not well understood , but it is real.

2. My fatigue - I am not merely tired . I am often in a severe state of exhaustion . I may want to participate in physical activities , but I can' t. Please do not take this personally . If you saw me shopping in the mall yesterday, but I can' t help you with yard work today , it isn' t because I don' t want to. I am, most likely, paying the price for stressing my muscles beyond their capability .

3. My forgetfulness - Those of us who suffer from it call it fibro fog. I may not remember your name, but I do remember you. I may not remember what I promised to do for you, even though you told me just seconds ago. My problem has nothing to do with my age but may be related to sleep deprivation. I do not have a selective memory. On some days, I just don' t have any short - term memory at all.

4. My clumsiness - If I step on your toes or run into you five times in a crowd , I am not purposely targeting you. I do not have the muscle control for that. If you are behind me on the stairs, please be patient. These days, I take life and stair wells one step at a time.

5. My sensitivities - I just can' t stand it! "It" could be any number of things: bright sunlight, loud or high-pitched noises, odors . FMS has been called the "aggravating everything disorder."  So don' t make me open the drapes or listen to your child scream. I really can' t stand it.

6. My intolerance - I can' t stand heat, either. Or humidity. If I am a man, I sweat . . . profusely. If I am a lady, I perspire. Both are equally embarrassing, so please don' t feel compelled to point this short coming out to me. I know. And don' t be surprised if I shake uncontrollably when it's cold. I don' t tolerate cold, either. My internal thermostat is broken, and nobody knows how to fix it.

7. My depression - Yes, there are days when I would rather stay in bed or in the house or die. I have lost count of how many of Dr. Kevorkian' s patients suffered from FMS as well as other related illnesses. Severe, unrelenting pain can cause depression . Your sincere concern and understanding can pull me back from the brink . Your snide remarks can tip me over the edge.

8. My stress - My body does not handle stress well. If I have to give up my job, work part time, or handle my responsibilities from home, I'm not lazy. Every day stresses make my symptoms worse and can incapacitate me completely .

9. My weight - I may be fat or I may be skinny. Either way, it is not by choice. My body is not your body. My appetite is broken, and nobody can tell me how to fix it.

10. My need for therapy - If I get a massage every week, don' t envy me. My massage is not your massage. Consider how a massage would feel if that charley horse you had in your leg last week was all over your body. Massaging it out was very painful, but it had to be done. My body is knot-filled. If I can stand the pain, regular massage can help, at least temporarily.

11. My good days - If you see me smiling and functioning normally, don' t assume I am well or that I have been cured . I suffer from a chronic pain and fatigue illness with no cure. I can have my good days or weeks or even months. In fact, the good days are what keep me going .

12. My uniqueness - Even those who suffer from FMS are not alike . That means I may not have all of the problems mentioned above . I do have pain above and below the waist and on both sides of my body which has lasted for a very long time. I may have migraines or hip pain or shoulder pain or knee pain, but I do not have exactly the same pain as anyone else.

I hope that this helps you understand me, but if you still doubt my pain, your local bookstore, library and the internet have many good books and articles on fibromyalgia.

Author's note: This letter is based on communications with people throughout the world, males and females, who suffer from fibromyalgia. It does not represent any one of the over 10, 000, 000 people with FMS, but it can help the healthy person understand how devastating this illness can be. 

Please do not take these people and their pain lightly.  
You wouldn't want to spend even a day in their shoes . ..or their bodies!

 Do You??

~Author unknown

Friday, March 19, 2010

God Has A Purpose!

Do you ever wonder why you are facing all the heart aches, challenges and difficulties in your life? 

Watch this Butterfly movie! It has a SIGNIFICANT message for you. 

Nothing in life is a coincidence. God has a purpose.

Friday, March 12, 2010

8 Embarrassing Sleep Secrets

By Jennifer Soong
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

If you're confiding in a friend about sleep problems, the conversation might turn to topics like not getting enough rest or tossing and turning at night. But what about things your body does during sleep - like drooling, snoring, bed-wetting, or passing gas - that you might be embarrassed to talk about by the light of day?

For example, take Kindra Hall, vice president of sales at a network marketing firm in Phoenix. She admits that drooling excessively while sleeping is a major source of embarrassment, especially when she's been caught in the act. Soaked bed pillows and stained throw pillows are constant reminders of her humiliating habit.

"I'm very conscious about saliva control," Hall tells WebMD via email, "but as soon as my eyes are closed and I enter dreamland, all bets are off."

You might not even be aware of your sleeping habits -- until your bed partner clues you in. Sometimes, these behaviors are a part of the natural sleep process. Other times, what you might consider a nuisance -- like snoring -- could be a sign of an underlying sleep problem.

"It's important for people to realize what is a normal phenomenon versus something that needs further evaluation," says William Kohler, MD, medical director of Florida Sleep Institute in Spring Hill, Fla.

Here is the lowdown on your nighttime habits - why they happen and when they could be a sign of something more serious.

Habit #1: Snoring

An estimated 37 million American adults snore on a regular basis, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Snoring is caused by airway narrowing and tissue vibrations in the nasal passages and throat. Snoring can be associated with colds and allergies, but can also be a sign of a more serious problem, like obstructive sleep apnea.

"It's not really the loudness that's concerning, it's whether the obstruction that's causing snoring is also causing respiratory impairment at night," Kohler says.

The verdict: Snoring is a common problem, but if you suspect that it's disrupting your sleep, you should get a medical evaluation.

Habit #2: Drooling

Drooling in your sleep can be a normal phenomenon or it can occur in medical conditions that increase salivation, Kohler says. If you drool regularly, you may want to find out if you are at risk for a blocked airway at night or sleep apnea.  

The verdict: Drooling can be normal, but it can also be associated with other medical conditions.

Habit #3: Sleepwalking

"The odd things that happen in the night that get people's attention tend to be things that are scary or potentially dangerous, like complicated episodes of sleepwalking," says Helene Emsellem, MD, medical director of the Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders in Chevy Chase, Md.

"We should be paralyzed while we're in the dream phase of sleep. If there's a failure of the normal paralysis that protects us from acting out our dreams, then we can potentially be dangerous and inadvertently hurt ourselves or a bed partner," Emsellem says.

In extreme cases, someone might go into the kitchen, turn on the stove, and forget to turn it off without any memory of the incident.

The verdict: If you're acting out complex behaviors during sleep, it's time to see a doctor to figure out what's going on.

Habit #4: Talking in Your Sleep

Talking in your sleep, whether it sounds like a conversation or just mumbling, is usually harmless by itself. But screaming and yelling with intense fear are associated with night terrors, which are more common in children than adults. They occur during REM sleep, so you will not remember it in the morning. 

The verdict: Don't lose sleep over talking in your sleep.

Habit #5: Bed-wetting

"Bed-wetting is embarrassing and distressing, but a once-in-a-blue-moon episode is not particularly concerning, especially if you're dreaming about going to the bathroom", Emsellem says.

"However, repeated bedwetting could indicate a problem, such as nocturnal seizures. Bowel movements during sleep are unusual", Emsellem says, "so one instance should merit a visit to the doctor.

The verdict: You can write off one bedwetting episode, but you should see a doctor if you have repeat performances.

Habit #6: Nocturnal Orgasms

"Nocturnal orgasms, sometimes referred to as wet dreams, can occur on a regular basis for men and women, typically during REM sleep. That's a normal phenomenon that occurs throughout our life." Kohler says. 

The Verdict: Completely natural.

Habit #7: Flatulence

Passing gas can occur during sleep, but most people aren't aware of it. "It depends a lot on the GI tract and what you're eating," Kohler says. "There's nothing pathologic, but it can be embarrassing if your partner tells you about it." The verdict: Examine your diet if you're gassing up the entire room.

Habit #8: Twitching

"When you're nodding off, you may experience a release phenomenon known as a hypnic jerk. Your body may twitch, or you may experience a visual or audio component like seeing flashing lights or hearing a popping sound." 

The verdict: Hypnic jerks are generally benign.

Time to Seek Help?

"For so many years, we've ignored sleep as being an important part of health," Kohler says. "We talk about nutrition, weight gain, weight loss, and exercise. Sleep is extremely important to our functioning. We need to be aware that both quality and quantity is important."
"People also need to be aware of what they're doing while they're sleeping. So stick to this basic rule of thumb: If you're having a persistent problem that is disturbing to you or your bed partner, get it checked out."


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Quick! Somebody Needs Help

As a wife, mother, daughter, cook, chauffeur, and dynamic all-around woman, you are everyone’s go-to gal. Whenever the fridge is empty, the laundry room is full, or someone (including the dog) gets sick, it’s you who’s expected to step up, take charge, and fix it. Sure, you can handle the day-to-day. But for those times when things go dangerously awry, here’s how to really be clutch.

Splint a broken arm. The next time a little one (or Dad) falls off the play set, and you suspect he’s broken his arm, make an impromptu cast from a newspaper or magazine. Thick issues work best. (The September edition of Vogue, for instance, could splint a rhino leg.) Gently place his wrist palm down on top of it. Next, roll the magazine into a U-shaped cradle and secure with tape, bandage, or strips of cloth. Then get to the hospital.

Save a severed finger. If someone lops off the tip of their finger or toe with a kitchen knife or lawn mower, find the detached digit but don’t—repeat don’t—put it directly on ice. That could freeze and damage the tissue. Instead, wrap it in a clean, wet cloth, secure it in a plastic bag, and keep it in an ice-filled cooler until you reach the emergency room.

Restart a stalled heart. If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Then while you’re waiting, try this: 1) Have them chew an 81mg aspirin; it’s a blood thinner; 2) Consider rubbing a pain cream like Bengay on their torso; preliminary research suggests its active ingredient (capsaicin) can stimulate nerves into quelling the attack. Of course, if the person is unresponsive, start CPR right away and continue until help arrives.

Give yourself (or Scruffy) the Heimlich. You probably know how to save another person from choking, but do you know how to save yourself—or a pet? If a piece of prime rib is caught in your esophagus, stand up, make a fist with one hand, and place the thumb side just above your navel. Using your other hand for extra force, press inward and upward with a quick, sharp thrust. If that doesn’t work, throw your weight forward over the back of a chair so the edge of the chair is driven into your abdomen. To save Scruffy from the same fate, use the same hand position as for yourself (below his rib cage). Apply firm, quick pressure on the abdomen until the Barbie head or whatever the heck he swallowed pops out. Accept his thankful licks.

Escape from quicksand. Should your trip into the bush to retrieve the team’s soccer ball drop you into a roiling bog, do this: Stretch out on your back, spread your arms wide, and move your legs in a circular motion until they come free. Then slowly do the backstroke out. Hey, don’t laugh, you never know where your Wonder Woman duties will take you!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Nurse anesthetists dispute Senate bill

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Change the World

This is a very unique video, please watch it all the way through....
You will understand it better once it is completed!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Abused Kids More Prone to Migraines in Adulthood

HealthDay News

Updated: 7:51 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010
Posted: 4:07 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

Children who were physically or emotionally abused or neglected are more likely to develop migraines and other chronic pain conditions as adults, a new study finds.

According to the researchers, their study and others have found stress caused by abuse can alter children's brains, making them more likely to develop chronic pain from such conditions as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis and arthritis. 

"Stressful events in childhood, such as abuse, can alter the body's stress response permanently and predispose to a wide variety of medical and psychiatric conditions in adulthood," said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Gretchen E. Tietjen, professor and chairwoman of neurology and director of the Headache Treatment and Research Program at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio.

It is not uncommon, she said, for people who've been abused to have a variety of debilitating conditions, including migraine. 

"The linking of these comorbidities may be through abuse-mediated brain changes occurring early in life," Tietjen said. "Understanding the physiology of abuse's effects on the brain over the life span may lead to prevention or more effective treatment of migraine and associated conditions."

She was quick to note, however, that not all abused children develop migraines and not everyone who suffers from migraines or any other chronic painful condition was abused.

But those with a history of abuse "are more likely to have the worst cases of migraine," she said. "They are the ones most likely to have a lot of the other pain conditions."
The findings are reported in the January issue of Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain.

For the study, Tietjen's group collected data on 1,348 people with migraines who were seen at 11 outpatient headache centers. About 58 percent reported being physically, sexually or emotionally abused or physically or emotionally neglected during childhood. Also, 61 percent reported having at least one painful condition other than migraine.
Those who had been abused or neglected as children were significantly more likely to suffer from other chronic pain conditions than were people who had not been abused as children, the researchers found.

"Childhood abuse, especially emotional abuse and neglect, is very common in the population of persons seeking help for headache," Tietjen said. "Childhood abuse is linked to high frequency of headache in adults, and to headache-related disability. Persons with migraine who have been abused are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and from chronic stress-related pain conditions."

The researchers noted that different types of abuse appeared to result in different conditions. For example, physical abuse was linked with arthritis, whereas emotional abuse was associated with irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and arthritis, Tietjen said. 

Physical neglect was linked to an increased likelihood of irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, interstitial cystitis and arthritis.

Women who suffered physical abuse or neglect as children were also more likely to have endometriosis and uterine fibroids. Emotional abuse was linked to both conditions as well, but emotional neglect was associated with uterine fibroids alone, the study found.

Dr. Walter Lambert, an associate professor and medical director of the child protection team at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that "adverse childhood events have significant long-term health risks in adulthood."

"It does not surprise me that people who reported emotional abuses would have more chronic headaches and migraines," he added.

Lambert also agreed that stress in childhood can change pathways in the brain, with neglect being the worst. Children can take only so much stress before it begins to affect their growing brain, he explained.

"As human beings," Lambert said, "we need nurturing -- both physical nurturing and emotional nurturing -- to flourish." Society needs to find ways to promote nurturing and stable environments for children to prevent maltreatment, he added.

Childhood abuse is a common problem, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the United States, more than 3 million reports of abuse or neglect are investigated each year. Of these, more than 700,000 children are classified as victims of neglect or abuse.