Iron Deficiency and Panic Attacks

panic attackAs improbable as it may seem, the feelings of dread, abject fear, tightness in the chest and heart palpitations that accompany a typical panic attack could be the result of an iron deficiency.

Our bone marrow needs iron to create the substance hemoglobin, which makes red blood cells red and delivers oxygen from the lungs to every cell in the body, including brain cells. It’s no secret that an iron deficiency can cause cognitive impairment and neurodegeneration, and not just in infants and children; some of the resulting neurological syndromes are mistaken for psychiatric conditions. Also, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, “In some cases, low iron levels can lead to irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias.” And these can trigger a panic attack, especially if one believes that they might be having a heart attack.

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Positive Thinking And Its Effect On Your Health

positive-thinkingBy Greg Riley

The first situation to consider is the relationship between thoughts and conditions like depression and stress. A crucial question is whether the person’s thoughts are creating the physical depression or the physical depression is creating the negative thinking. When it comes to how you can use your mind to help, this can be accomplished consciously and subconsciously. When someone has a habit of imagining things turning out very badly, rational thinking can show show them that they often exaggerate. However, the unconscious mind is much more powerful in shaping our habitual behavior, oftentimes beyond our conscious control. Visualization and hypnosis can be very effective in modifying beliefs and, if you do this, the long-lasting effects can be more powerful than using logic only.
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Keeping it Simple

lotus flowerBy Awarenessinstitute

Over the past few months, the concepts of stripping back the superfluous, simplifying and pulling apart the true meaning of integrity have been strong personal themes. For many people, there’s a drive to again inspect old patterns that continue to run happily in the background despite years of self-examination. Perhaps under the direction of a new global energy, there’s a sense of being able to lovingly let go of those things that have served us all well on one level, yet have offered excuses to stay small on another.
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Grape Seed Oil for Better Skin

Grape-seed-oilGrape seed oil is great for skin, whether it’s used inside or out. On the inside, its nutrient content lowers blood pressure, prevents cellular oxidation, helps diabetes and fights inflammation in the body. On the outside, grape seed oil fades age spots, acne scars, helps relieve dermatitis, sunburn and improves the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks. Below, I have listed the four nutrients believed responsible for grape seed oil’s skin beautifying abilities and discuss the mechanics of each, including relevant research and anecdotal evidence, and describe how to use this 100% natural product to improve the look and feel of your own skin. Continue reading Grape Seed Oil for Better Skin

MORE Cold & Flu Remedies

herbal-decoctionThe viruses that cause cold and flu can strike anyone at any time of the year. In fact, germ and virus borne illnesses are more severe during the warm months, because germs and viruses multiply faster in warmth. If you are the typical DIY (do-it-yourself) holistic health and living type, like me, you’ve probably used nutrients, herbs and other natural remedies to treat various illnesses over the years. This post was written for folks like us! I have included my favorite and most effective herbal combinations to help you fight off cold and flu, at any time of the year. I even compiled a shortlist of my favorite, affordable, over-the-counter natural remedies. I’ve also included an effective how-to for treating mild sinusitis. Enjoy!
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The Benefits of Ayurvedic Medicine: Ashoka

Saraca Asoca flowers and leaves

Ashoka (saraca asoca/saraca indica) is the oldest known species of tree in India and is considered sacred in the Hindu faith; it’s name means “without sorrow” or “that which gives no grief” in Sanskrit. This evergreen is regarded as a universal panacea in Ayurvedic medicine, and with good reason. Ashoka is not only used as an individual Ayurvedic remedy, for a variety of ailments, but as part of synergistic blends and in pharmaceutical drug formulations as well. For the sake of brevity, I will only discuss the most documented health benefits associated with this legendary herb.

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7 Tips on How to Choose an Orthopedic Pillow

swedish-pillowBy Dan Delaney

A good night’s sleep is indeed very important for everyone to have. It can dictate to a large extent the way your next day will unfold. Whether you will be productive or not, energetic or fatigued, is primarily determined by the amount and quality of sleep that you get. This is why many people are now buying orthopedic pillows to help them get the kind of sleep that allows them to greet the following day with a smile. Of course, you’ll have to make sure that the orthopedic pillow you choose is perfect for your needs. Here are seven tips on how you can choose the perfect orthopedic pillow:

1. Choose a pillow according to your favorite sleeping position

There are orthopedic pillows especially designed for back sleepers, side sleepers, and stomach sleepers. You need to determine what position you sleep in for most of the night in order to choose the right orthopedic pillow. That is because each position requires a different type and level of support.

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