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HOW TO GET TO SLEEP IN LESS THAN 2 MINUTES

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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“A simple breathing breath technique that can switch off the stress response and settle us into sleep.”

Falling asleep is as simple as 4-7-8. Or something like that. But, tell that to someone who is exhausted and stressed and cannot sleep.

Being stressed and sleepless is becoming more and more common. A quarter of Australians report feeling moderately to severely stressed.

One survey found 51 per cent of those who suffer insomnia blame stress for their lack of sleep. A lack of sleep exacerbates stress, and so the merry dance continues.

Stress affects sleep because it switches on our body’s fight or flight response. Our heart starts racing, our blood pressure rises, our muscles tense and our breath quickens in anticipation.

The mechanism is healthy when we need a hit of energy to get us through real or perceived danger, such as a deadline, exam or shitty day.

It is less helpful when we are trying to wind down for the day.

However, a simple breathing technique can switch off the stress response and settle us into sleep. Harvard-educated doctor and best-selling author Dr Andrew Weil explains.

“Breathing strongly influences physiology and thought processes, including moods,” Weil says. “By simply focusing your attention on your breathing, and without doing anything to change it, you can move in the direction of relaxation.”

By souping-up the experience further benefits can be achieved.

The 4-7-8 breath technique is utilised by yoga and meditation teachers (there are various other pranayama or breath works used in yoga to charge the oxygen in our bodies and extend our breath beyond the 10 per cent of capacity we typically breathe to).

The technique is also championed by Dr Weil.

“This exercise is a natural tranquiliser for the nervous system,” Dr Weil says. “Unlike tranquilising drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently.”

Simply breathe in for four seconds, hold the breath for seven seconds and exhale completely to a count of eight. It only takes a few seconds and Weil suggests repeating the technique up to four times.

Some users have said the technique helps them fall asleep within one minute.

It can help users relax and fall asleep, but breathing deeply and the knock-on effect this has on our nervous system offers plenty of other benefits too.

“The ability to breathe so deeply and powerfully is not limited to a select few. This skill is inborn but often lies dormant,” Harvard medical school points out. “Reawakening it allows you to tap one of your body’s strongest self-healing mechanisms.”

It improves our immune system, blood pressure, overall physical health and even helps us burn fat more effectively.

And of equal importance, it is a completely free technique that we can all use to change our response to stress.

“Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you,” Dr Weil says. “Use it whenever anything upsetting happens – before you react.

“Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. This exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it.”

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Henry Sapiecha

SLEEP APNEA CURE USING A VACUUM CLEANER & HOW DOES IT EFFECT YOU & OTHER TREATMENTS

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

An article on how an Australian man using a vacuum cleaner solved an evolution blunder. Snoring may be a sign of other conditions

It began late in the 1970s. Colin Sullivan is a physician in the respiratory unit at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Australia. There, he treats patients who have breathing problems. The most common complaint, by far, is snoring. Sullivan knows better than most medicos in his field that snoring is at times a sign of a more serious disorder known as sleep apnea. The disorder had been just identified only about ten years earlier.

Patients with sleep apnea experience a wierd nightly sensation that brings the body disturbingly close to death. Initially, the throat closes randomly throughout the night, cutting off the body’s air supply. This puts in motion a cascade of increasingly bad side effects. Like in a domino effect, the lack of air causes the oxygen levels in the blood to plummet and the blood pressure to rise markedly. The lips and skin begin going blue. Air may not come into the lungs for a minute or so. Also for some patients, the heart stops beating for maybe 10 seconds at a time.

Before long, the brain gets the urgent message that the body is choking. The brain jolts awake, and the body instinctively gasps for air. Yet as soon as the airway is clear, the brain immediately falls back to sleep. That’s when the cycle begins once again. It is all so quick that it can happen more than 20 times an hour, throughout the entire night, without the sleeper remembering it at all the next day. Someone lying next to him or her, however, can hear & or see this process taking place: When the rhythmic pattern of a snorer’s breathing pauses and then becomes a hard ghhack-ghhack-ghhack, it’s propably the body frantically clearing its airway.
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Sleep apnea was initially discovered when a group of American physicians noticed that some obese patients complained of extreme fatigue and would drift asleep unintentionally. With a literary flourish, they named the condition Pickwickian syndrome after a character who falls asleep standing up in Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Doctors inadvertedly attributed the sleepiness to a combination of excess weight and abnormally high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood. It was only later that science understood sleep apnea to be a common breathing disorder caused by the combined position of the tongue and tissues of the throat. It was then given the name of apnea, derived from the Greek word for breathless.

Sleep apnea was on the frontier of sleep medial research in the late 1970s. Sullivan had recently returned from a fellowship in Toronto, where he spent three years analysing  the breathing patterns of dogs while they slept. British bulldogs, pugs, and other breeds with pushed-in faces are the only animals besides humans that experience the condition of sleep apnea. The years spent working with dogs gave Sullivan an idea. Once back in Sydney, he devised a mask that fit over a dog’s snout. The mask continuously pumped in air from the surrounding room, increasing the air pressure in the throat and preventing it from closing up. Experiments with dogs suggested that the steady flow of air dramatically improved sleep. All Sullivan needed was a human to give it a go

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In June of 1980, he found one. A man entered the hospital with such a severe case of sleep apnea that Sullivan recommended an immediate drastic tracheotomy. This procedure, which consisted of making a hole in the throat to allow a person to breathe without using the nose or mouth, was one of the few approved treatments for sleep apnea at the time. It required a permanent, coin-size opening in the neck, however, and was quite painful.

The patient refused the tracheotomy. But he was prepared to volunteer as a test patient for Sullivan’s air-pressure machine. Sullivan built a test model that day. He grabbed the motor out of a vacuum cleaner and attached it to a number of plastic tubes. He then took a diving mask and coated the edges with a silicone sealant that prevented air from leaking out of it. Soon, he had a workable system that allowed him to pump air through the mask under controlled pressure. Sullivan found an empty room hospital room and set up equipment to monitor the patient’s breathing and brain patterns, which would tell him what stage of sleep the man was in. The patient was hooked up to the monitors, put on the mask, and fell asleep within seconds.
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The man began experiencing sleep apnea within minutes. Sullivan then slowly started to increase the pressure in the air flowing through the mask and into the patient’s airway. Suddenly, the apnea ceased. The patient began breathing normally. As Sullivan watched in amazement, the patient instantly went into a deep REM sleep—a rare phenomenon suggesting that his brain had been starved of restorative sleep. Sullivan then slowly decreased the pressure of the air flowing through the mask. Apnea resulted once again. Sullivan rapidly went through several repetitive cycles of increasing and decreasing the pressure. Finding that with the machine’s controls alone, he could effectively turn the patient’s sleep apnea on and off at will

The machine performed  well. The next question was whether its benefits would last throughout the night. Sullivan left the settings on the machine at a level where the patient was totally free of sleep apnea. Then he waited. For about seven straight hours, the patient was in abnormally intense, deep sleep. When he woke up the next day, he told Sullivan that he felt awake and alert for the first time in years.

A study in 1994 found that about 10 percent of women and 25 percent of men have difficulties breathing whilst sleeping. These numbers climb as a person ages, so that as many as 1 out of 3 elderly men have at least a mild case of sleep apnea. All told, about 20 million Americans are believed to have the disorder.

Its cause could simply be the trade-off that the human body makes for having the ability to speak in a complex language. A short tour of fossils illustrates such a possibility. If you were to look at a Neanderthal’s mouth, you might deem that its descendants would have been the ones to survive over the long run, considering their jawbones were larger and stronger than our ours now. Plus, with extra room in their mouths, Neanderthals never experienced the pain of impacted wisdom teeth. Homo sapiens differed from Neanderthals by developing a flatter face, a smaller jawbone, and a tongue that descends deeper into the throat than in any other mammal. With this physical feature, humans were able to move beyond making simple grunts. Those first, complicated sounds uttered by Homo sapiens soon evolved into language

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However the positioning of the tongue in the Homo sapiens mouth complicates the acts of eating, drinking, and breathing. Food could literally go down the wrong pipe, a biological problem unique to modern humans. Darwin noted “the strange fact that every particle of food and drink we swallow has to pass over the orifice of the trachea with some risk of falling into the lungs.” The longer tissues of the soft palate at the back of the throat made it possible for the airway to become blocked after a routine exhalation, which could start the cycle of sleep apnea. In the mid-1990s, researchers in Japan found that slight changes in the size and position of the pharynx at the back of the throat drastically increased the likelihood that someone would develop a breathing disorder such as sleep apnea during sleep. The shape of a person’s neck and jaw may also be a factor. A large neck, tongue, or tonsils, or a narrow airway often signal that a person will develop sleep apnea because of the increased chance that breathing will become blocked during the night.

Yet the physicians who first recognized sleep apnea were half right when they assumed that the disorder was a side effect of obesity. Sleep apnea is a flaw that is part of the blueprint of the human body, and excess fat often teases it out. The chances of developing sleep apnea go up with weight because the tissues in the throat become enlarged, making it more likely that they will obstruct the airway during sleep. For some patients, losing weight alone canstop the slep apnea. Other changes in behavior—like reducing alcohol intake, cutting back on smoking, sleeping on one’s side instead of on the back, or doing exercises or playing musical instruments that build up the muscles in the throat—may be beneficial.
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Breathing masks like those manufactured by ResMed, the company Sullivan co-founded in 1989 after developing simpler prototypes of his machine, are the most common medical treatment for sleep apnea, but they aren’t for everyone. Some patients never adapt to the awkward sensation of sleeping with a mask on their face or never become comfortable with breathing in the cold air that is continuously pumped into their mouth throughout the night. In the long term, patients with mild sleep apnea wear the masks between 40 and 80 percent of the time, according to various studies. There is also a social stigma that complicates treatment. Some patients with sleep apnea decide not to use a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine because they are worried that it will make them less attractive to the person they are sharing a bed with & gives them the appearance of being on a life support system. In an online support group for patients with sleep apnea, a man wrote that he was “feeling like I am going to be Darth Vader if I have to wear one.” A woman wrote that her husband “fought it, cried, said he is defective, said he would prefer to put a gun to his head then wear one of those things.” Another wrote that “I’ve yelled that I feel like a freak to my husband way too many times this fall.”
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Oral dental devices are typically the next choice. These aren’t as effective as CPAP machines for severe sleep apnea, but they may be easier for some patients to use, especially those who have to travel frequently. One of the most popular looks like a sports mouthguard. It forces the lower jaw forward and slightly down to keep the airway open. Another device holds the tongue in place to prevent it from getting in the way. Surgery is the last option. One procedure, called an uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, consists of removing excess soft tissue from the back of the throat. Its long-term success rate is only about 50 percent, and it can lead to side effects such as difficulty in swallowing, an impaired sense of smell, and infection. It is also extremely painful. Few medications have been shown to help sleep apnea and may in fact make the problem worse. Sleeping pills and tranquilizers, for instance, can make the soft tissues in the throat sag and obstruct the airway more than they would otherwise.
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In 2000, four separate studies found conclusive evidence that sleep apnea was associated with increased rates of hypertension. Left untreated, patients with sleep apnea are at a greater risk of developing kidney disease or vision problems, or having a heart attack or stroke. Those studies helped convince some government insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the British National Health Service to pay for a portion of the cost of each ResMed device, which can be several-thousand dollars if a patient were to buy it out of pocket. Slumber labs across the country now conduct overnight tests in which patients who are suspected to have sleep apnea are hooked up to equipment that monitors their heart rhythums, breathing patterns, and brain activity, as well as the number of times they wake up throughout the night and how often they move their limbs.

As scientists began to understand sleep apnea in more detail, they started to see it as the foundation for serious illnesses affecting the mind. In one study, researchers at UCLA conducted brain scans of patients with extensive histories of sleep apnea and compared them with the scans of control subjects who had normal sleep patterns. The investigations focused their inquiry on the mammillary bodies, two structures on the underside of the brain so named because they resemble small breasts. Mammillary bodies are thought to be an important part of the memory and have long been associated with common cases of amnesia. This memory center of the brain was 20 percent smaller in patients with sleep apnea. Had a doctor looked at a patient’s brain scan alone, it would have suggested severe cognitive impairment: A similar shrinkage in the size of the mammillary bodies is found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease or those who experienced memory loss as a result of alcoholism. It was the first indication that sleep apnea leaves a permanent scar beyond the daily difficulties of focus and attention that come with sleepiness.
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A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association supported this conclusion. Kristine Yaffe, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco, led a study that recruited nearly 300 elderly women who were mentally and physically fit. The average age of the subjects in the study was a ripe 82. Each woman spent a night in a sleep lab, and Yaffe found that about 1 in every 3 met the standard for sleep apnea. Yaffe re-examined each woman five years later. The effects of age on the mind seemed to depend on the quality of sleep. Nearly half of the women with sleep apnea showed signs of mild cognitive impairment or dementia, compared with only a third of the women who slept normally. After controlling for factors such as age, race, and the use of medicines, Yaffe found that the women with sleep apnea were 85 percent more likely to show the first signs of memory loss. The frequent interruptions in sleep and the reduced oxygen availability to the brain may reduce the brain’s ability to form and protect long-term memory recall
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Sleep apnea and weight are not problems limited to the United States, a fact that hasn’t been lost on companies like ResMed. The spread of Western fast-food companies like McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Pizza Hut to emerging countries such as China and India may be the greatest growth engine for ResMed. Simply put, more fat in the bodies of the world’s population equals a larger number of sleep apnea cases, creating a larger customer base for ResMed’s products. “Genetically you’re still engineered for a low-calorie, low-fat diet,” Kieran Gallahue, CEO of ResMed at the time I visited the company’s headquarters in 2010, told me. “That’s what your body has been optimized for over centuries. Boom, you introduce burgers, fries and fast food fads, and your body is not going to handle it well. One of the outcomes is going to be a skyrocketing in the prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing.
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SNORING FIX DEVICE NOW AVAILABLE

Thursday, December 30th, 2010


Experimental shock therapy device offers hope for sleep apnea sufferers

Noisy snoring is not just a tiring irritation for partners but also can be a sign of sleep apnea. The National Institutes of Health reports that more than 12 million Americans suffer from the most common of the three varieties – obstructive sleep apnea, where the upper airway is repeatedly blocked during sleep. There are several treatment options already available and Minneapolis-based Inspire Medical Systems is about to add a shocking new addition to the treatment options on offer. The new system – which is about to enter clinical trials – electrically stimulates the nerve at the base of the tongue & keeps it from blocking the air’s journey to and from the lungs, and so offers the patient a good night’s sleep. Read More

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MAN EATEN ALIVE WHILE SLEEPING

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Disabled man eaten to death

by maggots

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A DISABLED Austrian man was eaten to death by maggots in his bed while his partner slept beside him.


The 61-year-old retiree died in an ambulance on his way to hospital in Vienna on Tuesday with the maggots having partly devoured his back.

Paramedics notified police after discovering the shocking state of hygiene in the man’s home, and his 34-year-old partner was questioned over his condition.

“The man had not wanted to be washed for a long time,” a police spokesman said.

According to police, the couple had been together for around a decade, and the victim’s partner had slept in the same bed right up until his death.

The dead man had been paralysed for several years following a stroke.

Some types of maggots found on corpses can be of great use to forensic scientists. By their stage of development, these maggots can be used to give an indication of the time elapsed since death, as well as the place the organism died. Some maggots are leaf miners. Maggots are bred commercially, as a popular bait in angling, and a food for carnivourous pets such as reptiles or birds. Some maggots which eat dead, but not living, flesh have been used medically, being introduced into wounds to clean them. Other maggots, such as the screwworm, eat live flesh. In the early days of medicine, maggot infestations of wounds (myiasis) were inevitable. The wounds that were infested tended to be less life-threatening than wounds without the infestation, so until the development of antibiotics it was common practice to leave the maggots. After antibiotics, the presence of maggots became viewed as unhygienic
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THE MOST ABUSED DRUG IN THE WORLD IS CAFFEINE ?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
Here's your (not so) totally useless fact of the day:

The most abused drug is not alcohol.

The most abused drug in the world is caffeine -

 found in sodas, coffee, tea,
cocoa, chocolate, candies, and many over-the-counter medicines.
According to the National INstitute on Drug Abuse, caffeine is
an addictive drug that creates physical dependence and causes
an increase in heart rate, body temperature,urine production,
and gastric juice secretion. Caffeine can also raise blood sugar
levels and cause tremors, loss of coordination, decreased appetite,
and postponement of fatigue, and it can interfere with the depth of
sleep and the amount of dream sleep.
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NATURAL CURE FOR HEARTBURN & ACID REFLUX

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Dear Heartburn and Acid Reflux Sufferer,

Does your throat feel hairy and your chest burning?

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If you’re tired of burning a hole through your esophagus, choking on stomach acid, propping your head up on thirteen pillows to sleep… all because of your painful heartburn and acid reflux, then this will be the most important message you ever read!

I was in your shoes, not too long ago. And I’ve found a cure that can help you, and I want you to know about it, because…

I NO LONGER SUFFER from

Acid Reflux, Heartburn, Hiatal

Hernia, Gastritis, Esophageal

Reflux, or Bile Reflux!

(Yes, I’ve suffered from them

all…)

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You see, in 1976, I almost died during stomach surgery for some bleeding ulcers. The doctors operated on my stomach, but while in surgery, they connected a bile duct to my stomach, instead of my small intestine… which caused bile to creep up into my esophagus.

After surgery, I couldn’t sleep on my right side without bile building up… and the only way I could get rid of it was by vomiting.

For almost a year, I had to vomit about three or four times every day. It was disgusting, and I knew I couldn’t go on like this forever – the acid was killing me!

I pretty much tried everything to overcome my reflux nightmare.

I tried using 13 pillows. Then I bought one of those “hospital beds” that adjust so your head is propped up all the time.

Then, a miracle happened.

One night, I really slept well. I didn’t have any reflux! But I couldn’t figure out… why???

So I back-tracked, and the only thing I could remember doing before going to bed was eating an apple! So, I started doing some experiments with different brands of apples… and discovered…

There was one specific brand of apple that helped me completely wipe out my reflux!

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I started taking apples with me everywhere I went. And I found out I didn’t need to eat an entire apple… just one slice would do the trick.

So, with the apple, I had a reflux remedy  but not a full-fledged cure (since I still needed to take apples with me everywhere I went).

At first, the report contained just my “apple remedy”… but now, after doing a lot more research, and getting a TON of feedback from other reflux sufferers,

I have released an entirely new & improved version of our report… that has more than just a remedy, but a cure!

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That’s right, our new report explains how you can cure acid reflux, heartburn, bile reflux, esophageal reflux, and even hiatal hernia, using one of three different safe, natural remedies that we have discovered.

These three natural remedies have been proven to work thousands of times by our customers… quickly (within minutes), safely (no side effects), and without drugs!

We have taken all of our research and put it into a report that you can order and read on your computer just minutes from right now…

I want to help you end the suffering, the painful burning feeling in your chest, just behind your breastbone after eating, the burning sensation in your throat. I want to help stop your chest pains, your difficulty swallowing, and your sleepless nights because I’ve been there before…

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And there’s really no good reason you should be taking drugs, when you can be cured using a natural remedy!

I want to help you end the suffering, the painful burning feeling in your chest, just behind your breastbone after eating, the burning sensation in your throat. I want to help stop your chest pains, your difficulty swallowing, and your sleepless nights because I’ve been there before…

Most doctors won’t tell you about these natural remedies…
Because they never learn about them in medical school!

You’re about to discover a safe & natural way to get long-lasting relief from your pain AND

Cure the cause of your disease.

Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux, and it’s caused by stomach acid backing up into your esophagus. The pain is often described as a burning sensation, rising from the stomach into the center of your chest.

Occasional heartburn doesn’t necessarily mean you suffer from Acid Reflux Disease. However, if you experience heartburn more than twice per week, and if your heartburn gets worse after you eat or when you lie down or bend over, you probably have a more serious condition than heartburn. You probably have Acid Reflux Disease.

Acid Reflux Disease (also called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD) occurs when the reflux of stomach acid is frequent enough that it causes continual problems in your daily life, and/or results in damage to your esophagus.

Acid Reflux Disease and Heartburn can be Cured Quickly — Without Drugs, Using a Safe & Natural Home Remedy, Explained Fully in the “Heartburn & Reflux Remedy Report”

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You see, at the top of your stomach is a muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which normally opens and closes allowing food to enter the stomach. It also prevents the acid in your stomach from backing up into your esophagus.

With GERD, the LES opens at inappropriate times, allowing acid from the stomach to leak into the esophagus, where it doesn’t belong.

Acid reflux disease can also lead to more serious medical conditions that require hospitalization and even surgery.

In some acid reflux patients, acid can be regurgitated into the lungs, causing a cough or wheezing.

Acid reflux in the throat can cause sore throat. If acid reaches the mouth, it can dissolve the enamel of the teeth.

Millions of people have the disease and suffer from the pain of heartburn every day.

Now You May Be Wondering…
Why You Shouldn’t Just Use Prescription Drugs?

WARNING: Many people who have Acid Reflux Disease take prescription drugs like Prilosec, Prevacid or Nexium. While these drugs may help treat symptoms in the short-term (4 to 8 weeks, maximum), long-term use can cause the body to produce an extra amount of the hormone called gastrin. Gastrin is the substance that tells your stomach to make more acid. There are gastrin receptors on the esophageal, pancreatic, and gastric cancer cells, and over-production of gastrin can cause these cancer cells to grow too large, thus greatly increasing the risk of getting cancer in these areas.

Another problem with prescription drugs is the fact that many people take more than one medication, and the effects of one drug can amplify or alter the effects of another.

This can lead to serious reactions or even death in some cases. These reactions can also occur with over-the-counter medications, too.

Prescription drugs also increase the risk of recreational drug use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that an estimated 4 million people use prescription drugs non-medically, which can lead to addictions. Also, overdosing, whether intentional or unintentional, can lead to severe body damage or death.

Prescription drugs can also build up toxins in your body, especially as you age – because your metabolism slows down, and your body is less able to process the medication.

Don’t you agree that you’d be better off using a natural home remedy, instead of prescription drugs?

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And What About Antacids?…

Antacids (such as Pepcid, Zantac, Tagamet, Rolaids, and Tums) only mask the underlying problem of your heartburn or acid reflux. Most antacids contain excessive amounts of minerals such as Sodium, Aluminum, Calcium, and Magnesium. Excessive mineral imbalances can be very harmful, leading to cancer, hypertension or even Alzheimer’s Disease.

So as you’ve learned, there are many serious reasons why you need to try a safe & natural home remedy, instead of prescription drugs or antacids!

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Sourced from a genuine serious sufferer of acid reflux.

Published by Henry Sapiecha 7th Sept 2009

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MORE SLEEP MAKES YOU LIVE LONGER and HEALTHIER

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Hit The Snooze Button To Live Longer
By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Smoko at 10? Make it 11. As if not having circles under your eyes wasn’t a compelling enough reason to get enough sleep, here’s another concept:

You’ll be less likely to age from diabetes, the makes-you-sick-and-tired disease that affects more than millions of people across the world. While more than 80 million of people in North America have the genes for type 2 diabetes, very few of us have to express them, if we do the right things.

When researchers let people sleep just 5.5 hours a night for two weeks, they saw that the sleep-deprived folks had started to develop diabetes; they had increased insulin resistance and reduced glucose tolerance.

What does that mean? Basically, your body has mailmen that take energy from food and place it inside the mailbox in your cells. But with diabetes or insulin resistance, those mailmen can’t get the mail inside. So glucose, like a posse of bored teenagers, hangs out in your bloodstream and causes all kinds of trouble. That’s dangerous to your arteries, your brain, your immune system and your kidneys.

Previous research saw the risk for developing diabetes go up with far less sleep, but these scientists decided to test a more realistic scenario of just 5.5 hours (sound familiar?).
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Too busy to get to bed earlier? No, you’re not; especially since your life depends on it! Try inching up your bedtime by 10 little minutes a night. By this time next week, you may have dropped your risk of aging from diabetes.

Published by Henry Sapiecha 27th August 2009

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