What Is Chelation Therapy?

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Chelation therapy is a method of medicine that is used to remove excess heavy metals from your bloodstream. This mainly refers to the excess mercury that can often exist inside your blood, which can cause harm to your cells, and therefore your body.

Chelation (pronounced kee-lay-shun) therapy is accomplished by intravenously introducing a chelating agent, Ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), which is a synthetic amino acid. EDTA grabs onto the heavy metals and harmful minerals in the blood and allows them to be released in your urine. Sometimes another agent is used intravenously for extreme mercury detoxification, called DMPS. There are also oral chelating agents that are taken in pill form, and is an FDA-approved drug used for the treatment of lead poisoning. It is used to remove mercury from the body, combining with the metals in the bloodstream, then the metals and the drug are removed from the body by your kidneys and excreted through your urine.

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The Evils of Caffeine

evil-coffeeBy Nikoletta Ven

Charles Czeisler, a neuroscientist and sleep expert from Harvard Medical School explains: “When the nature of work changed from a schedule built around the sun to an indoor job timed by a clock, humans had to adapt. The widespread use of caffeinated food and drink – in combination with the invention of electric light – allowed people to cope with a work schedule set by the clock, not by daylight or the natural sleep cycle.” In addition, scientific studies have shown that the power boost of caffeine is connected with its interference with adenosine – a chemical in our bodies, which has hypnotic effect and works as a natural sleeping pill. Caffeine actually ceases adenosine and in this way our alertness gets increased and our sleep habits are disrupted. As we all know, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and we pay for this extra wakefulness.

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The Best Foods for a Good Night’s Sleep

SleepingManBy Dr. Isaac Eliaz

What you eat can drastically affect how you sleep, so in order to get a good night’s rest, it is essential to choose foods that calm your mind and body rather than those that stimulate you. Certain types of foods will naturally promote rest and relaxation, particularly those that contain tryptophan – the amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter that slows nerve activity within your brain.
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Detox Teas: Are They Helpful For Detoxification?

detoxteaBy Katie Adams

With more and more people putting more concern on their health and wellness, detoxification products such as detox teas are becoming all the more popular.

Why Detoxify? The human body is created with its own detoxification system, which includes the skin, liver, kidney and the colon. The liver and the kidney filter out the toxins in the body which goes out through the urinary system, the digestive system or as sweat through the skin. The body’s waste management system works well under normal circumstances, but given today’s fast paced lifestyle and extensive exposure to waste and toxins, the body can only deal with so much. This brings us to the need to detoxify, or cleanse the body and get rid of toxins and waste.

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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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