It is generally accepted that excessive stress is associated with a wide variety of health problems. The stress response is a normal physiological response to danger; it is part of our physiology because we need it to survive. Respiration and pulse rates increase, blood pressure increases and blood is pumped to the muscles; this coordinated effort enables us to fight or run away. After the threat has passed, we should return to a calmer resting state ~ until the next crisis arises. The problem most of us face is that our stress response is triggered too often and we are unable to return back to a calmer more balanced state of being. This stresses the adrenals, over-stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and disrupts the endocrine system. As stress is prolonged, this can impair detoxification, digestion and the immune system. Read the rest of this entry »
How is Autism diagnosed?
There are no medical tests that can definitively diagnose autism. Physicians and psychologists use a system of specific behavioral evaluations that can help determine if your child is at risk for developing the autism. If your baby shows any sign of the following, please ask your pediatrician for an evaluation: Read the rest of this entry »
Did you ever think about what really happens when we sleep? Although it may seem as if the body is silenced during that time, when we sleep our body heals and repairs itself for the next day. In essence, our time asleep is just as important as our time awake. Without a solid night of sleep, it is difficult for the body to function optimally. Such things as immune functions, concentration, coordination, judgment, and balance are all affected by the amount and quality of sleep that we get. Below are some tips on how to get a solid night of quality sleep. Read the rest of this entry »
Chronic inflammation is a hallmark of degenerative disease and unhealthy aging.
The initial inflammatory response is triggered by an infectious agent or tissue damage and beneficial because it allows the body to destroy, dilute or wall of the injurious agent and injured tissues. The cardinal signs of inflammation are pain, heat, redness, swelling and loss of function. In chronic inflammation, the inflammatory response is out of proportion to the threat is faced with or the response is directed at inappropriate targets. Some of the major chemical mediators involved in chronic inflammation are low-density lipoproteins (LDL), interleukin-6, TNF-alpha, C- reactive protein (CRP), homocysteine, and beta-amyloid protein. Read the rest of this entry »
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