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1. From the very moment she announces her pregnancy, she’ll be the center of attention — not you. Get used to it.

2. When the baby comes, they’ll both be the center of attention — not you. Aren’t you glad you had nine months to practice going unnoticed?

3. Your house is too small, it was always too small, and to suggest otherwise simply proves that your brain is too small.

4. Are you about to make your mom and dad grandparents for the first time? Get ready for some ambivalence. There’s no such thing as a young grandparent; give them some time to deal with the shock.

5. She will want to use a birthing center. She will want a midwife. She will want a doctor. She will not want an epidural. She will scream for an epidural. Cesareans will sound great; they will sound awful. Agree with her always.

6. Lamaze is to childbirth what yoga is to football. Sort of. Just do it.

7. Her sense of smell will be so acute, you’ll be tempted to airlift her to join a search-and-rescue team.

8. You’re not really the coach. They’ll tell you that you are, but there will come a time when it’s time to shut your mouth and let her finish out the last two minutes of the game. Then you’ll step in and cut the net.

9. You will be short on cash. You will not buy clothes for yourself for a year. You will consider canceling cable. You will never own a flat-screen TV. But there will always be money for a crib, three car seats, two strollers and more plastic things in Day-Glo colors than you can throw a rattle at.

10. Buy new tires now.

11. During the first week home from the hospital, you will learn to love lasagna.

12. Yes, you’re holding the baby wrong. Do it her way.

13. By the time you change your third diaper, it will seem like the most normal thing in the world.

14. You won’t faint. No one does.

15. Be careful about the word we. For instance, never say, “We didn’t mind amniocentesis at all.”

16. There will come a day when you’ll be your child’s hero. Enjoy it — it won’t last.

17. Contractions are funny things (not ha-ha funny, either). Chances are they won’t match the chart you get at Lamaze. When she says it’s time to call the doctor and go to the hospital, it’s time to call the doctor and go to the hospital.

18. When your mother pulls you aside and tells you that breastfeeding will ruin her breasts, that babies only need to eat every four hours and that if you pick him up every time he cries he’ll never be independent enough to go to summer camp, don’t believe her.

19. During the second week home from the hospital, you will learn to love lasagna.

20. You’ll be surprised and amazed how well you can function on so little sleep.

21. Your child will like her best for a long time. You’ll get your turn — it just comes much later.

22. Tell everybody about the birth. It’s one of the few times people will be genuinely happy about your good fortune.

23. No one knows why babies use so many clothes, especially since they don’t get out much. It’s one of life’s little mysteries.

24. It’s perfectly normal to stare at a sleeping baby for two hours. It’s even normal to videotape a sleeping baby for two hours.

25. Whatever bad phase your kid is going through, you’ll find a solution. However, by the time you do that, he or she will be on to a new, even more confusing phase.

26. Things you thought would make you sick but won’t: baby poop, baby pee, baby puke — and having all of them on your shirt.

27. During the third month home — yep. Lasagna.

28. Pregnant sex is a wonderful thing.

29. While we’re on the subject of sex, it’s called “making love” and will be for at least a year.

30. Take a flask to the hospital.

31. She’ll have the appetite of a truck driver—and for good reason: she’s feeding your child! Save the commentary.

32. Try not to talk incessantly about your baby at work. There’ll be plenty of time for that when you get home.

33. If she wants drugs during childbirth, go get the doctor. Don’t ask, “Are you sure?”

34. The delivery room is the only place where screaming and pushing can actually strengthen your relationship.

35. Sometime after the birth, you and your wife will go on a “date.” Midway through, you both will start missing the baby.

36. You’ll get more advice from your childless friends. Parents will usually shrug and say, “It’ll pass.”

37. Now you know why your friends with newborns never let you visit, except to bring food.

38. A nanny is not a lactation consultant is not a day nurse is not a midwife is not a La Leche League leader is not a gynecologist is not a pediatrician. Learn the taxonomy.

39. After a slew of family visits, you will learn to appreciate “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

40. You don’t really have to be in the delivery room.

41. You won’t be able to trade in the less useful gifts for takeout.

42. Breast milk is to your baby like the yellow sun is to Superman. Lay off the bottles in the fridge.

43. A gym membership is not a push present. Save it for yourself.

44. She is Sybil. You must be Leo Buscaglia, Tony Robbins, Billy Graham and Phil Jackson all rolled into one. Hormones can make her feel like she has multiple personalities. Get to know each one, and roll with it. This is temporary.

45. It’s great to be pregnant — for the first two weeks. After amnio, genetic testing and lectures on breech births, you’ll be filled with a mix of anxiety and elation for the rest of your life. Give your parents a hug.

46. Now you know why all those dads at the mall walk around in those doofy cotton sweats.

47. The Baby Bjí¶rn, My Brest Friend, Boppy. None of them comes in basic black.

48. Within six months, you’ll resume some semblance of a sex life.

49. Your baby will like Gerber’s better than anything you make from scratch.

50. Of course it changes everything. That’s the whole point, isn’t it?

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Success of gastric bypass surgery in type 2 diabetes linked to gut microorganisms

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Researchers have explained the mechanisms behind the success of gastric bypass surgery and why it can lead toremission of type 2 diabetes.

Gastric bypass surgery entails shrinking the size of the stomach so that food can bypass part of the small intestine. Because it can help regulate blood sugar levels, it is a technique – albeit an extreme one – that can help reverse type 2 diabetes.

In a new study, conducted at Nanjing University, China, researchers found that the beneficial effects of bypass surgery cannot just be explained by weight loss.

After performing duodenum-jejunum gastric bypass (DJB) surgery on mouse models of type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted that surgery improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity.

These beneficial changes to the metabolism occurred alongside changes in gut microorganisms, and lead investigator Xiang Gao, PhD suggests that the gut microbiota could play a potential role in type 2 diabetesremission.

“Our research showed that duodenum-jejunum gastric bypass (DJB) surgery may be applied to cure diabetes of both genetic (mutation) and environmental (diet-induced) origin,” said Gao.

“We found that DJB surgery induced gut microbiota alterations, which may be the key reason for diabetes remission after bariatric surgery. Our data indicate that suppressed inflammation is the result, not the cause, of diabetes reversal in these genetically modified mice.”

The mice that Gao’s team experimented on had a genetic mutation in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which led to type 2 diabetes. BDNF is a key regulator in brain function and hormone balance.

Surgery led to improved glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity and less fat accumulation in the liver and white adipose tissue, but the researchers found that gastric bypass surgery did not change expression of BDNF directly.

“Our findings suggest that BDNF deficiency-induced diabetes can be reversed by DJB surgery in mice, which has potential for the treatment of diabetes in humans,” said Gao.

“More mechanistic studies of gut microbiota alterations after bypass surgery are needed to explain how different families of microbiota may regulate nutrient metabolism in the host,” Gao concluded.

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Embracing the Enigma of Auditory Processing Disorder

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The term “auditory processing disorder” (APD) often evokes controversy, confusion, and consternation. Go to a conference or workshop on APD and you’re likely to hear: How can we diagnose it? What should we call it? Is it even in the auditory system? What can we do about it? Should audiologists manage it? Does it even exist?

We think that APD is real, and that audiologists are well-equipped to play a chief role in its diagnosis and management. But the never-ending controversy suggests that the current approach to APD diagnosis and treatment isn’t working. Instead of using a test-based orsite-of-lesion-based framework, we want to propose a functionalframework for evaluating APD. Our goal in this framework is to provide flexibility for the clinician’s judgment in the best tests, and, eventually, to map functional listening difficulties onto treatment strategies. This framework approaches each case of APD like a puzzle. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to puzzles; rather, we need a general set of strategies and heuristics.

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First, we need a working definition of APD. We consider APD to be difficulties in everyday listening that often manifest as trouble hearing in noise, following oral directions, and/or paying attention that cannot be remediated by restoring audibility.

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Next, we think that a good APD assessment has to address three questions:

1. Are sounds getting in?

2. How accurately are those sounds being processed?

3. How well can an individual make meaning from those sounds?

An advantage to this framework is that it does not restrict an evaluation to a specific test battery or patient population. Tests can be selected based on a patient’s age, the clinician’s expertise, and the patient’s presenting complaints. Another advantage of this framework is that it includes individuals with hearing loss among those who may have APD. We realize this is unconventional—typically, APD refers to patients with normal hearing thresholds. But consider, for example, an older adult who is struggling to understand speech in noisy environments. We know that auditory processing declines before presbycusis emerges. An older adult may come to the clinic and be a good candidate for amplification, but we should not assume that will be sufficient to address listening difficulties.

Questions 1 and 3 are relatively straightforward to evaluate. Audiometry tells us if sounds are getting in, and behavioral tests tell us how well an individual makes meaning from auditory input.

Question 2 can be a bit more challenging, however. One approach is the frequency-following response (FFR; also known as the auditory brainstem response to complex sounds, cABR). The FFR is a measure of sound-evoked synchronous brain activity that shows the integrity with which sound features are processed in the brain (Kraus.Trends Cogn Sci 2015;19[11]:642 http://bit.ly/29nCeb9). Many of our columns highlight how different FFR ingredients map onto different sound ingredients. The FFR is as complex as the sound that evokes it, meaning when it is elicited to a speech sound we can unpack the biological processing of any acoustic feature that conveys meaning in speech. Importantly, the FFR provides fine-grained insight into individual differences in sound processing.

How can you get started with FFRs? The good news is that they are collected very similarly to ABRs—three electrodes are placed on the scalp and an earphone is inserted into the right ear. A basic FFR protocol uses a brief /da/ sound as the stimulus and collects two runs of 3,000 trials in alternating polarities. The advantages of using this stimulus include the speed of the protocol (10 minutes of data collection once the electrodes are on), high test-retest reliability, and published norms from birth to age 72 years (Skoe. Cereb Cortex 2015;[6]:1415. http://bit.ly/29nqJRa). Free software is available to automatically analyze several response ingredients (www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu/).

One of the advantages of the FFR is that a single test offers a wealth of information about an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in auditory processing. Although there are many aspects of the response that can be analyzed, a simple protocol involves three domains:

(1) Response timing—how quickly is the speech sound processed? The response to the /d/ includes six stereotyped response peaks, whose latencies can be evaluated and compared to norms. These peaks correspond to processing the onset of sound, the perceptually-vulnerable transition from a “d” to an “a,” and the offset of sound. Importantly, these peaks operate somewhat independently—just because an onset response is late does not mean a transition response will be late too. Response timing tracks with language and phonological skills, and is boosted by auditory training (Russo. Behav Brain Res 2005;156[1]:95 http://bit.ly/29npbGJ; Banai. Cereb Cortex2009;19[11]:2699; Anderson. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA2013;110[11]:4357).

(2) Fundamental frequency (F0)—how robust is the response to the F0? The F0 is a vital cue for real-world listening – it facilitates auditory object identification, grouping, and tracking. It also contributes to pitch perception and talker identification. Across the lifespan, the strength of F0 processing tracks listening-in-noise skills (Anderson. Hear Res2010;270[1]:151 http://bit.ly/29nrFVF; Anderson. Hear Res2013;300:18 http://bit.ly/29nCSp6). F0 processing is boosted by explicit listening-in-noise training (Song. Cereb Cortex 2012;[5]:1180).

(3) Response consistency—how consistent is the response across trials? The two runs of 3,000 trials are correlated, to give a number between 0 (completely inconsistent) to 1 (completely consistent). This provides a good measure of the general health of a patient’s auditory processing, and is related to language and attention skills (Hornickel & Kraus. J Neurosci 2013;33[8]: 3500 http://bit.ly/29nrWrs). Response consistency is improved following the use of assistive listening devices such as classroom FM systems (Hornickel. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2012;109[41]:1673 http://bit.ly/29nrQQJ).

In summary, APD is complex, but this complexity should be embraced. A comprehensive, functional approach to its evaluation can facilitate a better understanding of an individual’s profile and guide strategies for intervention. The FFR provides a fast and objective biological approach to evaluating how well sounds are processed by the brain, and along with converging evidence, can assist in evaluating an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in auditory processing.

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Arthritis Drug May Double As Vitiligo Treatment: Why Some Drugs Can Treat Multiple Conditions

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Vitiligo is a condition that causes individuals to lose skin pigment in blotches. A recent study, however, has revealed that a common medication for rheumatoid arthritis is successful in restoring skin color to a person suffering from vitiligo. But this is not the first time a common medication has proven useful in treating another seemingly unrelated health condition, and the reason for this lies not in the drug but rather the fundamental way in which it affects the body.


Although vitiligo is neither painful nor life-threatening, it can often cause serious distress to those it afflicts. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for vitiligo and treatment options meant to control the condition often don’t work. In a recent study, researchers from Yale University investigated how an existing class of FDA-approved drugs known as Janus kinase inhibitors are a possible treatment for the skin condition. According to the press release, JAK inhibitors are approved for treating rheumatoid arthritis but have also demonstrated effectiveness in treating hair loss caused by alopecia areata. Based on these results, the team’s lead researchers, Drs. Brett King and Brittany Craiglow, believed the drug might have similar effects on patients with vitiligo.

For their study, the researchers administered the drug to a 53-year-old female patient with prominent vitiligo for over a year. Results became obvious a mere two months into the study as the patient began to noticeably regain pigment on her face, arms, and hands. Within five months, nearly all the white spots caused by vitiligo were gone. The team believes these results are promising in the use of JAK inhibitors as an effective treatment for vitiligo.

After five months of treatment, the patient’s hands show significant repigmentation. Dr. Brett King

“While it’s one case, we anticipated the successful treatment of this patient based on our current understanding of the disease and how the drug works,” King said. “It’s a first, and it could revolutionize treatment of an awful disease. This may be a huge step forward in the treatment of patients with this condition.”

This phenomenon of a medication effectively treating a completely non-related condition is actually an extremely common occurrence in medicine. Just this year alone we’ve seenantidepressants treat Ebola, Viagra prevent the transmission of malaria, and perhaps the most famous dual use drug is erectile dysfunction medicines, which were originally created as a way to lower blood pressure.

Although some may view drugs as magical pills that directly relieve our ailments, in reality their behavior is much more abstract. By simple definition, drugs are chemicals that change the way a person’s body works. For some drugs, it’s this change that enables them to relieve symptoms of multiple diseases. For example, the JAK inhibitors work by binding to and thus inhibiting Janus kinase enzymes. This inhibition causes the body to change how it behaves and reduce its immune response. This reaction is important for those living with autoimmune conditions, where the immune system overreacts and destroys not only foreign bodies but also its own healthy cells.


While so far the arthritis drug’s effects on vitiligo have only been observed in one patient, the team plans on continuing their investigation and conducting more clinical trials to prove whether or not they can recreate the results.

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Las 12 cosas que no me dijeron al diagnosticarme fibromialgia

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Hola mis cenicient@s,

Hoy quería publicar uno de esos artículos que tanto os gusta y me pedís. Y bueno hablaré sobre “Las 12 cosas que no me dijeron al diagnosticarme fibromialgia”. Más que nada el artículo va sobre todo, a las personas recién diagnosticadas de fibromialgia, no para deprimirlas ni mucho menos, pero sí como consejos para que no se mareen con informaciones de internet de curas milagrosas ni estudios erróneos.

Decidí escribir este artículo porque sé que mi yo pasado, cuando me diagnosticaron de fibromialgia y andaba perdida porque a penas sabia que me iba a deparar esta enfermedad, le gustaría que mi yo actual le explicara lo que tanto en ese momento le gustaría saber.

-Tendrás dolores cada día. Aunque estos dolores varíen dependiendo de cómo amanezcas, siempre tendrás algún dolor que otro.

-Vivirás en una montaña rusa del dolor. Así lo llaman los médicos, una montaña rusa del dolor. Habrán días que te levantaras como si una paliza te hubieran dado y otros días que podrás hacer una “vida normal” dentro de tus limitaciones.

-Ningún medicamento por muy fuerte que sea te quitará el dolor. Los medicamentos actuales para la fibromialgia como ya comenté en el pasado artículo, pueden atontarnos para que no nos enteremos del dolor o desinflamarnos alguna inflamación que tengamos, pero el escozor y demás, sobre todo en los brotes, seguirán ahí.

-Actualmente no existe ninguna cura milagrosa. Se han hecho varios estudios pero cada uno con resultados distintos donde el origen de la fibromialgia cada vez es más confuso. Debido a que no se está encontrando la verdadera causa, no hay un medicamento específico. A demás que está dicho por muchos expertos que la fibromialgia no tiene una cura milagrosa, a pesar de muchos tratamientos que ayudan a una mejoría.

-La fibromialgia siempre va en aumento. Si, así es. Por mucho que cuando te diagnostican fibromialgia te venden el cuento de que si pones de tu parte tu fibromialgia  mejorará, no es así. Yo por ejemplo puse mucho de mi parte y con 19 años que tengo teóricamente tendría que mejorar antes y así no a sido. Llevo ya unos cuatro años con fibromialgia y empecé con un nivel muy leve y en apenas tres años me dijeron que padecía de una fibromialgia severa. Vale que, si es cierto que en personas jóvenes la fibromialgia es mucho más agresiva. Poniendo de tu parte lo único que hace es que no crezca tan rápido.

-Tu vida nunca volverá a ser como la que era antes. Sí, esa persona tan jovial, dicharachera, con tantas ganas de vivir. Lamentablemente ahora en tu vida entrarán dolores que nunca habías imaginado. Sabrás donde está cada órgano en cuanto antes no sabías ni que tenías. Tendrás que poner limitaciones en todas las actividades. Y tener en cuenta todas lascucharas de energía que tienes al día. En cuanto antes rebosabas energía. Seguirás teniendo ganas de vivir pero estas aun con más ganas que antes, ya que tu vida es muy difícil y diferente ahora. De medico en medico y sin apenas ni poder trabajar ni estudiar.

-Perderás muchas facultades. Como ya os contétenemos unos 300 síntomas en la fibromialgia y cada vez irán apareciendo a medida que tu fibromialgia aumente. En estos 300 están incluidas la falta de equilibrio, entorpedecimiento al hablar y muchas facultades que antes las dominabas perfectamente. Yo antes era bailarina y el equilibrio lo tenía perfecto, ahora parezco un pato mareado caminando.

-Perderás hasta incluso alguna amistad por el camino. Muchas personas no entienden nuestra enfermedad y no entienden el que a lo mejor un día canceles los planes que tenías para ese día, ya que te tocó un día malo. Yo por ejemplo he perdido muchas amistades porque se pensaban que pasaba de ellos al cancelar planes o básicamente porque si iba a una discoteca no podía estar ni una hora. Lo bueno de esto es que solo los amigos de verdad serán los que queden a tu lado. Así que los que se vayan quedando por el camino, aunque té de pena perderlos, no merecieron la pena, no estuvieron en tus peores momentos.

-Veremos la vida pasar desde un sofá. Así lo veo yo, mientras otros disfrutan de sus maravillosas vidas, de sus maravillosos trabajos, o de su brillante carrera, yo me veo en un sofá sin apenas poder pestañear, sin casi poder hacer las tareas de casa y viendo los días pasar uno detrás de otro.

-Vuestros familiares y personas cercanas muchas veces dudarán de los dolores. Y es normal, dile a cualquier persona que te duelen las terminaciones nerviosas, que te arde el cuerpo, que de repente te da ciática o que tienes dolores, en cuanto por fuera se nos ve normal.  Esta enfermedad por una de las cosas que se caracteriza es por una gran incomprensión hasta por parte médica. Así que para los recién llegados a este mundo, sobretodo tener muchísima paciencia, aunque muchas veces aguantéis comentarios estúpidos por parte de vuestros familiares y demás, paciencia.

-En muchas ocasiones te dará hasta vergüenza el decir que tienes fibromialgia por miedo al rechazo. Como bien acabo de decir, esta enfermedad se caracteriza por la gran incomprensión y te encontrarás muchísimos rechazos en este difícil camino y te acabará dando hasta vergüenza el decir que padeces esta dura enfermedad.  Lo único que te puedo aconsejar es que cuando surja el contárselo a alguien, primero mira si te vas a sentir cómoda contándoselo, si merece la pena y si te va a producir mal el contárselo. Con esta enfermedad tienes que aprender a ser un poco egoísta aunque cueste. Tienes que mirar por ti y por tu salud, debido que al mínimo nervio o mínima situación mala te va a producir dolores. Pero eso sí nunca dudes en cuando ya te den igual esos comentarios que te puedan hacer, la fibromialgia forma parte de ti y no nos tendría que dar vergüenza decir “Hola soy Marta y tengo fibromialgia”, así que mi consejo en este apartado sería aprende a hacerte fuerte, que te dé igual lo que los demás piensen, puedes perder a personas de alrededor, pero conciénciate y ves con la cabeza alta, eres un/a guerrer@ de esta enfermedad y es una batalla muy dura, que muchas personas de nuestro alrededor estarán orgullosos de nuestra fuerza de voluntad y de todo lo que llegamos a aguantar.

-Encontrarás personas increíbles por todo este camino que padecen lo mismo que tú y en muchas ocasiones serán los únicos que te comprenderán. Así es, hay muchos  grupos de fibromialgia tanto por facebook como en muchas otras redes sociales, que entre todos nosotros nos brindamos apoyo, ya que somos los únicos que sabemos como es este dolor y como son estos síntomas, y acabarán siendo muchos, grandes amigos tuyos. Yo cuando entré en un grupo de facebook nada más enterarme que padecía esta enfermedad, hicimos un grupo de whatsapp unas pocas y se han convertido en mi apoyo diario, compartimos los mejores y sobre todo los peores momentos, son mi muleta cuando me encuentro débil y una de mis fuerzas para seguir adelante, incluso algunas las considero segundas madres. Pero de este tema ya os hablaré más adelante en un artículo más extenso y os las presentaré.

Bueno estas son una de las cosas que se me han ocurrido dentro  del tema del artículo. Casi nadie a escrito de este tema y me parecía bien hacer un artículo explicando lo que se nos debería decir cuando nos diagnostican esta enfermedad, pero claro, estas cosas solo la experiencia nos las brinda.

Si queréis aportar más ideas para hacer una segunda parte de este artículo ya sabéis que tanto por comentarios (debajo del artículo) o mediante mensajes en la página de facebook del blog me podéis aportar más, o incluso sugerirme artículos como ya muchos hacéis.

Una vez más, gracias por leerme, espero que os haya gustado este artículo ycomentarme vuestras opiniones. No os olvidéis de suscribiros (arriba a mano derecha) si queréis seguir viendo artículos míos y noticias nuevas. También hay un Facebook del blog en el cual constantemente voy colgando los artículos y os lo pongo abajo el enlace para que lo encontréis más fácilmente.

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Homemade Muscle Rub Recipe With Turmeric, Coconut Oil And Cayenne Pepper For Quick Relief

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Numerous people suffer from muscle pain or soreness at some point in their lives.

These issues are so common, that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that“pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.”

Muscle pain can occur if you practice yoga, or slept in a strange position the previous night, or if you have spent too much time sitting. However, it may also result from an infection or illness. These are some of the most common reasons for pain in the muscles:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle cramps
  • Lyme disease
  • Medications, especially statins, taken to control cholesterol levels
  • Sprains and strains
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Hypothyroidism

This article reveals the recipe for a muscle rub that can effectively treat sore muscles, and relieve pain. Moreover, it will also help you relax your body. Its ingredients are all natural, and provide various benefits:

Ginger and Turmeric

Ginger and turmeric have potent anti-inflammatory properties and are commonly used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger efficiently relieves pain, including stomachaches, chest pain, and lower back pain.

Its consumption reduces the pain in the case of osteoarthritis as well. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents in the world, and it soothes inflammation and chronic pain.

Coconut Oil

This superfood offers a wide range of health benefits, and it provides great pain relief. It also relieves arthritis, colds, stomach pains, sore bones, and joints. It contains strong anti-inflammatory compounds which treat various diseases and help in the case of arthritis. Furthermore, it stimulates blood flow to the affected or sore muscles and joints and supports their healing.

Cayenne Pepper

Being a strong stimulant, it stimulates the blood flow and thus relieves pain. Likewise, hot peppers have an ingredient, capsaicin, which blocks pain, as it persuades the brain that the area which has been treated is in fact not, not sore, and thus blinds the nerves.

Then, the brain produces substance P which soothes the pain. Capsaicin in cayenne pepper also reduces back pain, muscle pain, and pain due to arthritis.

Considering the ingredients of this extraordinary muscle rub, you can freely forget about the commercial muscle creams, and start using this natural, but extremely efficient recipe.

Homemade Muscle Rub

You will need only 20 minutes to prepare this amazing muscle rub.


  • 2 teaspoons ginger or turmeric powder (Note that turmeric may lead to a temporary discoloration of the skin)
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 cup grated beeswax


Put a saucepan with 2 inches of water over medium-low heat. Except for the essential oils, pour the other oils into a glass jar, and place the jar in the saucepan, in order to melt the ingredients.

Then, add the turmeric/ginger and the cayenne pepper. Stir and then remove from heat, and leave it to cool a bit. Next, add the essential oils. Pour the prepared mixture into suitable containers, or metal tins.

As soon as you try this natural remedy, you will experience almost instant relief, and you will no longer need any of the over-the-counter muscle pain products.

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Trigeminal neuralgia spotlighted as Bollywood star shares diagnosis

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(CBS) What’s trigeminal neuralgia? That’s what fans of Salman Khan are asking, now that the Bollywood bad boy actor has revealed that he suffers from the painful nerve condition.

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“The pain is a bit too much now,” Khan wrote in the Hindustan Times, adding that the pain first started in 2007. “So I’m going now to the U.S. to get it fixed.”

Trigeminal neuralgia, a.k.a. tic douloureaux or the “suicide disease,” is chronic pain that results when a blood vessel presses against the trigeminal nerve, one of the largest nerves in the head. It causes intense burning or shock-like pain in the face. The discomfort can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes, and it can be triggered by shaving, washing the face, tooth-brushing, eating, drinking, talking – just about anything that causes vibration within the cheek.

It can be so intense as to be physically and mentally incapacitating.

“If you Google this thing, you’ll find out that the amount of pain it causes results in maximum amount of suicides,” Khan wrote. “But I don’t get any such feelings. I’ve started enjoying it now. But it’s getting too much. If there was a choice to give this pain to my worst enemy, I would not give it. They wouldn’t be able to take it.”

Khan didn’t say which surgical procedure for trigeminal neuralgia that he’s planning to undergo. There are several such procedures, including rhizotomy, in which certain nerve fibers are destroyed. Trigeminal neuralgia can also be treated by anticonvulsant medications and so-called tricyclic antidepressants.

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This Vitamin Deficiency causes Migraines and Headaches

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Having a migraine is a horrible experience. Having regular migraines is something you would not wish on your worst enemy. Therefore, when it comes to finding a reason that migraines occur, it makes sense you would make the effort to avoid that issue arising.

It has been discovered that deficiencies in the B vitamins can mean a higher occurrence rate of migraines. Therefore, for those afflicted regularly with migraines and headaches, it may be a good idea to invest in a Vitamin B supplement.

Studies show that the supplementation of not only Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6, as well as Folic Acid, may lead to a decrease in not only how often you get migraines but also in how severe they are when they do hit.

A study of 52 people who regularly get migraines showed that individuals who were given vitamin supplements saw a reduction in migraines by about half. Meanwhile, those who were given a placebo did not see a decrease at all.

Migraines affect approximately 15-percent of people, with women almost twice as likely to be afflicted with migraines compared to men.

Migraines not only occur with pain in the head. Episodes also include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to both light and sound and can include anxiety, flashes of light, blind spots and the sensation of tingling in the arms and legs.

For those who regularly suffer from these symptoms, the simple addition of a vitamin supplement and folic acid to their regimen would be a welcome task to attempt. It would be easy to accomplish in order to avoid the debilitating effects of a migraine for the future.

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21 Truths People With Muscular Dystrophy Wish Others Understood

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There are many different forms of muscular dystrophy (MD), an umbrella term for a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of muscles in the body. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common form of the disease, and it primarily affects boys. Becker muscular dystophy is also common but far less severe than Duchenne. Some forms of MD appear in infancy or childhood, while others may not show up until middle age or later, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

While treatments have helped increase life expectancy for those with MD, no cure currently exists. Due to its various forms, there’s a lot of confusion around what MD is — and what life with it entails.

So The Mighty teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to ask their Facebook communitywhat they wished others knew about the disease. Here’s what they had to say:

1. “It is not MS!” —Melanie Carson

2. “It’s not just my legs that are affected; it’s my entire body.” —Leah Marie Spencer

3. “Muscular dystrophy has no effect on intelligence. Having a physical disability does not mean I am mentally lacking, and I should never be treated as such.” —Kelli Bosarge

Muscular dystrophy has no effect on intelligence Kelli Bosarge

4. “I can fight with it, but I can’t beat it.” —Bhupender Sharma

5. “Muscular dystrophy is not contagious.” —Tammy Gregory

Muscular dystrophy is not contagious Tammy Gregory

6. “It not only affects the person with it; it affects the family.” —Robert Avalle

7. “Don’t stare! Ask questions if you are curious.” —Kate Dharma

Don’t stare! Ask questions if you are curious Kate Dharma

8. “It presents differently in every patient.” —Jamie Russell Peterson

9. “Working out isn’t going to make us build muscles and get strong again.” —Ria Spencer

Working out isn't going to make us build muscles and get strong again Ria Spencer

10. “I’m in a chair, but I can understand and hear you.” —Melanie Spall

11. “There’s no cure.” —Jacque Robertson

12. “It can creep into any family.” —Briana Stiner

It can creep into any family Briana Stiner

13. “Everything is harder.” —Krystal Torri

14. “It took my son’s life.” —Susan Barlow

It took my son's life Susan Barlow

15. “Because it isn’t a ‘popular’ disease, some forms especially, there isn’t nearly enough funding for research.” —Autumn Sullivan

16. “I’m not lazy. It’s a progressive disease. What I may have done last year with relative ease I may struggle with now.” —Aaron Robert Drawbridge

What I may have done last year with relative ease I may struggle with now Aaron Robert Drawbridge

17. “I’m not concerned about what the community knows. It’s the medical community that’s clueless. We need a network of doctors dedicated to MD!” —Sonya Magoon

18. “Don’t roll your eyes when it takes me longer to pay, get my ID out at the airport or use the ATM. Don’t assume I am drunk when I fall down… I am doing my best to be independent and to maintain the strength I have, but it take me longer to do things.” —Christine Pidgeon Anderson

Don't assume I am drunk when I fall down Christine Pidgeon Anderson

19. “Not only is it physically disabling, but the emotional toll it’s taken on me is just as bad. I can no longer do the things I once did for myself and it’s very frustrating and depressing.” —Tracy Barhite

20. “Not everyone with muscular dystrophy [uses] a wheelchair. Some of us look completely healthy until we get to a staircase, have to pick up something beyond our energy level or walk a long distance.” —Tammy Lefkowitz

21. “It’s not the end of the world for some of us.” —Kristin Dutt

It's not the end of the world for some of us Kristin Dutt

In addition to the many forms of muscular dystrophy, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is dedicated to finding treatments and cures for more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that cause progressive muscle weakness, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).source

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Why do narcissists need to think we’re bad?

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Narcissists have the uncanny ability to make those closest to them feel defective and bad.  When in a close relationship with one, you will often feel like you have let him or her down in some huge way, “causing” him to feel extremely angry or extremely hurt or both.  The partner or child of the narcissist always ends up feeling as if he or she has somehow failed him – a belief the narcissist thrives on.  The personality disordered individual is masterful at placing blame on her target, using a variety of techniques, particularly implication.  Some forms of implication include pouting, brooding, and the silent treatment.

Don’t forget, the narcissist’s favorite weapon is the silent treatment.  The silent treatment provides a variety of purposes for the narcissist:

  • It controls the communication and thus, the relationship.
  • It prevents him from having to deal with anything.
  • It places the narcissist in the superior position, deeming the recipient of the silent treatment as deserving of punishment (which he so eagerly dispenses.)
  • It hurts its targets and since narcissists have no empathy, they could not care less about hurting others, and may even feel powerful and strong knowing they have such an impact on them.

Why do so many of us put up with this constant attack on our self-esteem?  Not only do we put up with it, but we analyze what we could do different or better in order to ensure a positive outcome after our next encounter.  In many ways, they are more significant to us than we are to ourselves.  And truthfully, we really should be pondering what we’re going to do about our own mental health, rather than constantly analyzing them.

That being said, I am now going to analyze them.  I am a big believer in schema therapy and modes.  To understand more about schema therapy read some of Jeffrey Young’s works.  The material I am presenting comes from his book entitled, Schema Therapy – A Practitioner’s Guide.  According to Young, the narcissist presents three common schema modes; these are:  (1) the lonely child; (2) the self-aggrandizer; and (3) the detached self-soother.  I will further define these terms at the end of this article.

Schema modes are types of “personas,” or facets of the self comprised of strong emotional and rigid coping states and reactions caused when specific “soft spots” in our psyche are triggered.  Have you ever had your “buttons pushed?”  If so, you have experienced yourself being in a schema mode.  People shift from one schema mode to another, displaying different coping styles, each based on the current set of emotional circumstances.  For the purpose of this article, we will be focusing on specific maladaptive schema modes commonly experienced by narcissists.

Of particular note for this blog is the lonely child mode, which is triggered by the emotional deprivation schema and the defectiveness schema – common schemas experienced by narcissists. The emotional deprivation schema is a deeply held belief/conviction that a person will not be loved. In fact, this emotional deprivation schema ensures that the narcissist will remain being both unable to love and incapable of feeling love. When the emotional deprivation schema and/or the defectiveness schema are triggered in the narcissist, he goes into the lonely child mode.  To cope with the threat of the underlying emotions, the narcissist will compensate in a variety of ways.  I am sure you are familiar with the over compensatory mode of “self-aggrandizer” and I’m also sure that you’ve dealt with the “detached self-soother” mode as well.  Their names are self-explanatory.

What the non-narcissist partner or child fails to understand is that the narcissist needs them to be bad.  Because narcissists have developed these underlying beliefs or schemas of emotional deprivation or defectiveness, they will demand much from, and give little to, the people closest to them.  Because of the deeply entrenched schema of emotional deprivation, the narcissist’s emotional needs are never met.   This dilemma will cause him to exaggerate how much he is neglected and misunderstood – by you.  While I set out to explain why this is so, I see that I am only explaining THAT it is so.  Suffice it to say that it is akin to a self-fulfilling prophecy of remaining emotionally deprived and defective. In place of true connection, the narcissist settles for the compensatory strategy of power and control.

You, being a relatively reasonable human being, will use your humanity and empathy to try and soothe the other person’s distress – all to no avail.  In fact, because sometimes you get glimpses of pleasing the narcissist with your efforts, you will be reinforced to keep trying even harder to win the narcissist’s approval.  But, instead, you end up being criticized and ignored. The narcissist does not appreciate your efforts in the least. In fact, he or she will point out what you failed to do right.  For instance, if you clean the house, cook a special dinner for him, dress nicely, and greet him at the door with a bouquet of flowers, he will find fault in some way, by either ignoring your efforts, pouting in front of the TV for some unknown reason, or will pick on you for not cooking a good enough meal, etc. You will be unappreciated and will most likely feel crushed.  And like most empaths or regular people, you will end up blaming yourself and trying harder still.  Your entire relationship will be defined by three important experiences:

  • Dumbing down your expectations in the relationship to the point of accepting mere “crumbs,” such as being grateful for a time when your partner is simply not yelling at you or ignoring you
  • Taking on 100% of the responsibility for the well-being of the relationship
  • Being preoccupied with the relationship to the detriment of your mental well-being

The best suggestions I can give for people who cope with the crazy making behavior of a personality disordered person is the following:

  1. Do not personalize other people’s “stuff.”
  2. Recite “mantras” that are self-affirming.
  3. Understand that this individual needs you to be bad and learn to not need his opinion to change; that is, learn acceptance.
  4. Practice self-approval; do not place your sense of worth in the hands of a personality disordered person; this is not wise.
  5. Rather than focusing on the relationship with this person, go live your life.
  6. Tell yourself: “Observe, don’t absorb,” when in the presence of this individual.

There are many more things you can do to help yourself when in a relationship with a difficult personality; the main thing to remember is to always take care of yourself and focus on your own lifeDon’t engage in the dramaMove on.  Allow yourself the freedom to be yourself and enjoy life.

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Defectiveness Schema:  The feeling that one is bad, unwanted, inferior, or unimportant.

Detached Self-Soother Mode:  This mode can be triggered by feelings of inferiority, or may just involve a desire to detach; in this mode a person “turns off” his feelings by comforting himself and detaching emotionally from others; this mode usually involves addictions and emotional disengagement.

Early Maladaptive Schema:  A broad pervasive theme or pattern comprised of memories, emotions, cognitions, and bodily sensations regarding oneself and one’s relationships with others; developed during childhood and elaborated throughout one’s lifetime; are dysfunctional.

Emotional Deprivation Schema: The belief that one’s desire for a normal degree of emotional support will not be met.  The three major forms of emotional deprivation are needs for nurturance, empathy, and protection.

Lonely Child Mode:  This is a mode or persona that is triggered by feelings of emotional deprivation and defectiveness schemas.

Schema Modes:  Personas which are developed to cope with the underlying maladaptive schemas triggered in interpersonal relationships.  Modes are transitional and rigid – that is, you cannot change them.

Schema:  A pattern imposed on reality or experience to help individuals explain it.

Self-Aggrandizer Mode:  This is a mode that transfers feelings of inferiority by overcompensating and becoming superior, entitled, and arrogant.

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