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How Should Veterans Deal With Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Being a veteran can be very tough, and it can leave unseen marks on anyone who goes through such experience. Many veterans suffer from symptoms of PTSD once they return from the military, and this could seriously impact their lives. If you or someone you know has been a veteran and you have constant feelings of disconnection, numbness or panic, then it’s important to know how to cope with them. You are not the only one experiencing this, as there are many other veterans who are striving to live a normal life. The following paragraphs can teach you how to deal with every symptom that tries you after such a traumatic experience. Causes Veterans often experience PTSD due to some events that happened while they were in the military. Basically, it’s known as combat stress, and it happens after you are going through life-threatening events, something that is very possible...
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Me wearing my MCS carbon filter mask with friends
In 2000 I went through the horrible experience, as you no doubt have, of developing multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). It was a familiar story recounted by other 'MCSers' in which I first became sensitive to my family's deodorants and perfumes, I was just 21 at the time and still living at home. After that it was laundry detergent, fabric softener and my dad's cigarette smoke that lingered on his clothes. From that point on, over a period of around three months, I became sensitive to just about everything; all of the chemical products in the house, the gas hob / stove and central heating boiler fumes. I couldn't even escape to the outdoors as I eventually became sensitive to vehicle exhaust fumes and the scents worn by passers by. If you're reading this I have no doubt you can relate! This is not a blog about my struggles and suffering...
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Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) DVD Program
The Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ (DNRS™) is a therapy program initially aimed at sufferers of environmental and invisible illnesses such as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia, of which Founder Annie Hopper was one, but which has also been found to be helpful to those with a wide variety of conditions. The aim of the program is to "rewire" the limbic system of the brain to get to the root of illness, rather than simply chasing symptoms as medications and other interventions usually do. The basis of this approach is neuroplasticity therapy, since as stated on the System's website (retrainingthebrain.com) it has been found that "the disorganization of neural networks that occur during trauma can cause deep protective mechanisms within the limbic system of the brain to fire more rapidly and inappropriately." The result of the above is a heightened chronic stress response that may affect many systems of the brain and body,...
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Gupta Program for Health & Happiness
For a decade or more now a number of therapies variously referred to as brain retraining programs, limbic system therapy or limbic system techniques, have become very popular in the treatment of environmental illness and invisible illnesses from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Yet often little is explained on program websites about what exactly is involved.     Thankfully, in the case of the Gupta Program (formerly known as The Amygdala Retraining Programme) a number of members here at The Environmental Illness Resource (EiR) who have been helped, or even recovered, by using Ashok Gupta's techniques have been kind enough to share point by point descriptions of the program in our forums.  The program comes in the form of a DVD series available for shipping worldwide, although Ashok also conducts seminars and personal one-on-one sessions to help patients through the program.  In our forums you will find accounts...
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Health Impact of Noise at Work

Workplace-related hearing loss is one of the most common industrial health issues. Workers can be exposed to dangerously high noise levels in environments such as construction sites, foundries or textile mills. The most publicized effect of noise at work is the loss of hearing, a medical problem observed among coppersmiths as early as 1731. Short-term exposure to excessive noise can cause temporary hearing loss, with the duration from a few seconds to a few days, while longer exposure can cause permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss that occurs over time is not always easy to identify, with workers themselves not realizing their hearing is becoming impaired. Apart from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), work-related noise has other negative health effects.  Noise-induced hearing loss As the most common occupational disease in the developed world, NIHL accounts for about one-third of all work-related diseases, even ahead of skin and respiratory problems. It’s usually caused...
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Cannabidiol Oil for Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic ailment which directly affects the brain activity. In this disorder, a person gets attacks where brain cells start working hyper-actively. When a person gets an attack of epilepsy, then it can be mentally as well as physically harmful. CBD Oil is considered one of the best oils to control the effects of epilepsy seizures. Let’s find out how CBD oil works for epilepsy and what are its benefits? CBD oil is considered as wondrous oil because of its medicinal properties. This oil contains 0.3% of THC which balances the endocannabinoid system of the body. Using CBD oil regularly stabilises the cannabinoids which reduce the time and effects of seizures. Benefits of CBD oil for Epilepsy ·         Develop Alertness ·         Increases Appetite ·         Controls mood swings and relaxes the mind ·         Promotes sound sleep ·         Improves Social Interaction   Epilepsy is a life-threatening and dangerous disease which...
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Little-Known Tips for Sleeping With Chronic Pain

Little-Known Tips for Sleeping With Chronic Pain
Good sleep is absolutely necessary for proper functioning during the day. Moreover, lack of sleep will not only make you feel tired, but moody as well. Also, this can be linked to weight gain as well. Now, if you suffer from chronic pain, it’s time to try out some little-known tips, as lack of sleep can actually worsen your chronic pain, which is not the cycle you want to be stuck in. Don’t force yourself to sleep In case you don’t feel sleepy once it’s bedtime, there’s no reason to stress over it or force yourself to sleep. If anything, doing this will only make you more anxious and aggravated, and then you definitely won’t be able to fall asleep. So, when something like this happens, simply try to engage in a soothing activity such as reading a book or something else that you find relaxing. Do this until you...
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What makes FUT a most popular hair transplant method in the United States of America?

The FUT or Follicular Unit Transplant is a hair restoration technique that has gained a tremendous the United States of America. The FUT hair restoration treatment is a one-day procedure and is known for its efficacy to promote a maximum coverage to the affected area. It involves removal of healthy hair follicles from the safe donor area in the sides or back of the head and then implanting them into a bald patch or at the recipient site on the scalp. In this article, we are compiling a complete information about the hair restoration in usa by using Follicular Unit Transplant technique. In recent times, the FUT treatments have widely gained a wide recognition due to the non-scarring in the safe donor area. In this treatment, a thin and long strip of tissue containing hair follicles in extracted from the safe donor area. The strip of skin is then sent...
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Ways to Easily Boost Your Metabolism

Metabolism is the term that is used to describe the set of chemical processes that happen in your body to keep it alive and functioning. Nevertheless, this term is often used to refer to metabolic rate, a term that describes the amount of calories you burn. Basically, the higher your metabolic rate is, the more calories you will burn. It’s worth mentioning that having a high metabolism will make you more energized and boost your mood. Because of this, it’s a good idea to do everything that you can to increase your metabolism. Thankfully, there are some great and easy ways to do this. Do Some Weight Lifting By experiencing muscle loss, your metabolism will start slowing down. This is why it’s a good idea to do weight lifting a few times each week. Keep in mind that you will start losing muscle mass each year as you get older....
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How Your Mental Health Impacts Your Overall Health

People often try to make a distinction between the mind and the body. But even though some think of them as separate entities, they actually go hand in hand. Poor physical health can increase your risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, if you’re suffering from mental health problems, you’re more likely to experience issues with your physical health. The one thing that’s we know for sure about mental health is that it can affect anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re from a long and supportive family with a lot of money and you have a job, you can still experience issues with your mental health. Unfortunately, a lot of people choose to ignore their mental health problems. However, if you do this, your condition will only get worse. That’s why it’s important to completely understand what you’re suffering from and know what to do to get better. The Most...
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Mar
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Is Cannabis Better For Chronic Pain Than Opioids?

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Chronic pain can be a condition which can be devastating for many. Many people are constantly suffering from chronic pain which is leaving them in an oppressive condition and affecting many parts of their lives. Chronic pain has the potential to impact the health of the individual along with his or her mood and create several other programs. Medications are certainly available to deal with chronic pain. However, the medications are generally not effective in relieving the pain efficiently. The problem worsens when it becomes evident that the medications prescribed are also addictive along with being toxic. America is dealing with an opioid epidemic which has claimed 28,000 lives in 2014 alone. This is perhaps one of the reasons why a large number of Americans estimated to be around 20% and suffering from chronic pain are choosing cannabis as an alternative.   Quite a few people believe that cannabis is...
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Dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Helpful Guide

Traumatic experiences and events often leave a lasting impression. Nowhere is this more true than in the case of army veterans who have seen the battlefield first hand and often have difficulties coming back from those experiences. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental health disorder that some people develop after experiencing a traumatic or tragic event. The severity of the trauma experienced which caused sufferers to be emotionally unsteady is the lead cause for the disorder’s development. Most people associate the disorder with wars and violent crimes (such as rape or attempted murder) - supported by the fact that the biggest number of male sufferers are former soldiers. Historical Overview The negative effects of military combat on the mental health of individuals fighting front line are in no way news. The US Department of Veteran Affairs offers thorough history of PTSD. The medical field’s attempt...
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Why Paying for Cancer Treatment is as Painful as the Treatment Itself

Cancer strikes to anyone regardless of the age, popularity, religion, ethnicity, and culture, lifestyle, or financial situation. It’s an illness that doesn’t discriminate. Even the wealthiest ones like Steve Jobs wasn’t spared from this sickness. It only shows that cancer doesn’t care if you’re a rich or poor. And this is the odd part, what’s more than being broke and then gets diagnosed with this disease. Yes, there are health insurances available but this may not be enough to pay for your treatment. Moreover, since health insurances are usually provided at work, you may not be in the position to take long absences from work to focus on fighting your disease. Your money may not be sufficient to try hospitals who specializes in cancer treatments especially on what stricken you. Even with an insurance, it's not 100% guaranteed that it won’t drain your bank account. A cancer diagnosis carries with...
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7 Surprising Things at Your Work That Might Cause Allergies

7 Surprising Things at Your Work That Might Cause Allergies You’ve probably got all of your allergens under control at home, because you know anything and everything that goes on in your living quarters. If you’re beginning to notice your allergies picking up at work, the culprit could be something lurking in the building that you may not have known about.     1. Old Carpet   Just vacuuming isn’t enough, especially if your office has old carpeting. Trace amounts of pet hair your coworkers have tracked in over the years, combined with dust and dust mites lurking deep in the carpet, can trigger allergies in people who aren’t even especially sensitive – it’s the slow buildup that leads to high levels over time that creates a problem before anyone can see it coming.   2. Neglected Air Filters   Air filters are really easy to forget about, particularly because...
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Nov
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Aging Parent with Dementia - How to Provide Proper Care

Coping with aging parents can be challenging, particularly if your parent is suffering with dementia. Both you and they will be upset by a diagnosis and will need to develop strategies for coping with their changing behaviour.   Here are a few tips on how to provide proper care for your aging parent with dementia:   Make Practical Changes A parent with dementia may struggle to do things that they did previously. You can help them to adapt to their new ability level. Leave notes and prompts around the house to make daily tasks that bit easier. Make changes around the home to improve safety. When it comes to completing tasks, break them down into more manageable steps. And perhaps focus on the process rather than the completion of a task. This makes things less distressing for your parent when things don’t go to plan.   Adapt Your Speech Communication...
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Nov
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Just saying Hi

I just wanted to say "Hi" to all the users of Ei-Resource. My name is Sarah, and I am deeply interested in all aspects of health, fitness and medicine. Above all however, I have been struggling with a chronic Sciatica for many years now. Here to find some people to share my ideas with and to learn something new. Thank you! Sarah.  ...
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Baby Proofing 101: Tips on How to Keep Your Child Safe from SIDS

SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. It is also known as crib death because the babies often die in their cribs. Researchers have discovered some factors that might put babies at extra risk. They've also identified measures you can take to help protect your child from SIDS. Parents commonly fear endlessly about how to protect their children from stranger kidnapping and violence, but many overlook one of the biggest threats to their children's safety and welfare — their own home. Yes, your children have the highest risk of being injured at home because that's where they spend most of their time. As a matter of fact, accidental injury is the leading cause of death in children up to 14 years old and more than a third of these injuries happen at home.   Thus, childproofing...
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Oct
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Why Alzheimer Patients Need a Memory Box

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder that prevents the proper storing process of new information in the brain resulting in patient’s loss of memories and cognition decline. It is a type of dementia where the brain is progressively losing its natural structure to due to the continuous death of brain cells that leads to function loss. This disease usually starts out to be mild and then gets gradually worse. There is no happy ending with this disease. You just have to fight for quality of life and controlling symptoms.   Taking care or dealing with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease is a very challenging one. Imagine your loved one who was so sweet and very affectionate towards you just yesterday and the next morning, he/she doesn’t know who you are and what you were. However, if you love someone with this disease, you know that the position can also bring joy...
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How to Stay Safe and Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

  Traveling is one of the best things you can do. Giving you a chance to travel, see, and experience things, and letting yourself venture into the great penetralia of the earth! Now, doesn’t it sound like a good idea? But you should always set your mind that it is not only about doing the undone things, it is also making sure that you stay safe while traveling.   Traveling can be thrilling and daunting at the same time. Since it is all about getting out of one’s comfort zone, you’ll be doing things you never thought you will be able to. To have a successful trip, your safety must be your priority. It is important to keep yourself safe and healthy while traveling. And since it is not avoidable to try the local’s food, well just make sure that won’t trigger something in your stomach. Prevention is always better...
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Sep
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Silent Symptoms: Simplifying Self Care for Chronic Immune Disease Sufferers

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For those coping with chronic neuroimmune disease, everyday tasks can be much more difficult and exhausting. Not only do these diseases cause painful, irritating symptoms, but having to explain and excuse them can take an emotional toll. If you’re someone who is dealing with a chronic immune deficiency or disease, making sure that you’re prepared to deal with flare-ups and awkward situations is a critical part of living your life. While it’s not always convenient, taking little steps to prepare for flare ups can soothe your symptoms, social life, and any anxiety that comes with coping.   Building a Toolkit   Immune diseases can manifest themselves in a broad variety of ways, and symptoms look different for every person. If you’ve been living with a disease for a longer period of time, you’re probably aware of the triggers that can cause issues for you, and knowing is half the battle....
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