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The Law Of Attraction In Action – The Path of Desperation Vs Letting Go To Achieve Your Life Goals

We’ve all had those times in life where we wanted something so badly, that we could taste it, feel it, or hear it. You know what I’m talking about. It could be the girl of your dreams, the car of your dreams or just that dream job you’ve always wanted. One thing is for sure, we all have been there.

When it comes to wanting things really badly, the word that comes to my head is ‘desperation’.

From my experience, nothing drives a goal further away from you as desperation.

It’s kind of funny though that some schools of thoughts equate being desperate about a goal, or wanting it so badly, is showing the universe or God how serious you are about that goal or objective.

Oh really?

I personally think not. It is my experience that wanting something so badly, or being desperate about it only leads to one making the wrong decisions. You aren’t making decisions from the flow, or from joy or gratitude. No Way! When you are in a state of desperation, you are almost on the verge of feeling hopeless, or giving up completely (in a negative sense).

Here’s my friend’s account of his experiences after leaving university and in desperate need of money and support, and how he overcomes the challenges using the power of letting go:

” I was so desperate for money once, I almost got myself into a money laundering ring. The circumstances were interesting as I look back in retrospect. It’s almost as if some force was driving me to make the wrong decisions through financial desperation. Let me go further into details.

My girlfriend of four years at the time had broken up with me, saying that she needed ‘space’ at first, giving no obvious reason. When I look back, that was meant to protect me from the fact that she had met someone else who suited her material needs at the time. Note that we were both university students at the time.

So one month turned into three months, and then she begun to drop tidbits about the fact that she had started dating again, by hinting to me that I should start seeing other people. I told her no worries, as I’m in the process of seeking employment, so I’ll put that on the back burner.

I was a fairly decent lad at the time, not worrying much about money, and material things. My main concerns were keeping my mind, body and spirit active and positively engaged in beneficial pursuits.

What turned me to the ‘dark side’ was the call I received that fateful day from my then girlfriend who only wanted ‘space’. She called me explaining that she’ll be sending me some pictures of here with a new hairdo. I was like cool, because she knew I liked her haircuts short. So she sent me the pictures via email, and I saw her in this car; it was a really sexy drop top beetle. I thought it was one of her girlfriends, so I was like “you look sexy in that car. Which girlfriend of yours got this beauty from her rich dad” I said jokingly. Then she dropped the bomb on me. She told me “This is the car of a guy I’m currently seeing. He’s owns a successful business and he’s in his thirties”. My jaw dropped.

Keep in mind that we’re both students. Whatever monies I made in my side jobs, I shared with this girl, because I loved her. I was a few months away from graduating, and was actively job hunting.

When she told me those words, I felt as if I was stabbed in the back. What added salt to the injury was that she considered him a ‘good man’ and that I should be happy for her, with her newfound ‘friend’. I was angry, I started shouting over the phone, and then I hung up.

Thus began level one of desperation and depression. I couldn’t sleep for two nights as my blood was boiling. So I came to terms with the fact that she moved on. The only weird thing though is that she wanted to keep in touch with me, which I was totally against. I was OK with it for a few months, then around December, things took another turn for the worst.

I received an innocent text at first stating ” Hi, what are you up to this Christmas holiday?” I was like “nothing, just chilling. What about you?” Boy, did I open a world of emotional hurt for myself by asking that innocent question. She proceeded to tell me how she will be going to her new boyfriend’s parent’s home in the countryside for the Christmas vacation so that he can introduce her to his family.

Note that we were together for four years, while it was only four months she met this guy.”

Enter desperation level two.

Desperation level two is interesting, in that it is wanting fast money, coupled with the desire for revenge and greed.

“So here I was, desperate for cash, and also wanting revenge, to prove that I can get the money also, because, as my ex girlfriend had shown, material wealth was her weakness, and I was on the scarcity end of the wealth scale.

Now I was on a mission to make quick money in as little time possible and to prove to prove to my ex that I could be materially successful also. Terrible combination! Had I accepted the fact that my ego was bruised and I was emotionally scarred, I would have gotten over it quicker. But, apparently, life had other plans for me.”

Letting go of wanting to control the outcome of a situation can be the hardest thing to do, but with persistence, you will be successful.

“I started hanging out with the wrong crowds, engaging in shady financial activity, and considering money laundering. I just wanted to have it all, the money, the cars the women. The promise of huge amounts of money in your bank account for just being a middle man, is very enticing, especially if you are a broke student who has just finished university, and in need of employment to pay your bills.

It was only after my second thwarted shady financial transaction that I realized it just wasn’t meant to be and I should walk away.

I’ve heard stories about divine intervention, but I never experienced such until one day I felt extremely low, having no money, with a wounded ego and heart.

I was crossing the road feeling low, when suddenly the words rang clear in my head: “you are not a loser. You were meant to succeed. All is not lost”. It felt like the scene in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, where Frodo collapses after the fight with Gollum for the ring, outside Shelob’s lair. Frodo collapses, only to be given a hand up by the lady Galadriel of the Wood Elves, whispering words of encouragement to him.

There was more to it, but I was so inspired, that I took another turn in my life for the better.

I ended all communication with my then ex girlfriend who seemed to be getting some sort of twisted pleasure rubbing in my face all the things that her new boyfriend did for her, which I couldn’t because of the cost involved. In the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus Christ said “Forgive Your enemies 77 x 7” and “turn the other cheek”. I do that, but I take it a step further, I forgive, but instead of forgetting, I remember, I keep a mental note and chuck it to experience.

I started accepting my financial and relationship situations, and let go wanting to control the outcomes of my life with regards to the goals I set to achieve. I began investing in self help courses, such as the Sedona Method, started meditation, and emotional freedom technique (EFT) tapping.

They really helped, and I continue to practice them to this day.

Going back to my story, after I began the process of acceptance and letting go, I started going out and dating again, and had relationships with three other beautiful young women. I must stress that this wouldn’t have been the case had I been desperate for a relationship. It’s funny because, the opposite was true. I was not looking for a relationship at all. I was just out for fun.

With regards to my physical, I began exercising more, and was in a better place of physical health. I received frequent compliments on my physique, and how good I looked. Here again, I demonstrate that I wasn’t looking to be some sexy stud. I was just exercising because it made me feel more alive, and the gym was a perfect escape for me from my dead end job, and my crappy living conditions.

Now with regards to the financial aspects of my life, the situation was a bit ticklish; I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. What I mean is that I found it hard not to want more money when money was exactly the thing needed to pay my rent, transportation costs and buy food. So that was really a dilemma for me. I struggled with it for awhile, then I gave up on it, never quite letting go of my wanting to control my financial future.

Understand that wanting to control, and actually having control are two different things.

I struggled financially for 3 more months until I decided to head back to my parents’ home from the city. My focus was on complete rehabilitation then. But an interesting thing happened: while back home, I received two job offers. Here again, I want to emphasize that I did not want a job at the time. I gave myself six months to regroup myself, and the job offer landed when I didn’t consider getting one.”

Thus ends my friend’s story. I gleaned so much knowledge from that account, and I hope you the reader, gleans some valuable insight.

Hence my point that wanting something desperately, as compared to wanting it, then letting go of that wanting, seems, in my experience, to push the object of your desire further away from you.

What is it that you currently desire desperately, that the thought of letting go will seem irresponsible? Is it a better career? Is it more money to clear your overwhelming debt? Is it a partner you crave to feel less lonely?

Whatever it is, think ahead 5 years into the future. Picture yourself having achieve that goal. Now, imagine that you are that future self. What would you tell your struggling self in this moment? Would you tell yourself to continue being desperate and needy, and anxious about your goal, or desire? Or, would you, as your future self, tell your struggling self to just relax and take life one day at a time, because eventually you will achieve your goal?

The thing about goals is that sometimes we worry too much, or let anxiety or peer pressure get the better of us. The goal might not manifest when we want it to, but it will manifest. One has to be patient first with oneself, then the universe.

Letting go of one’s expectations is the key. This is not to be confused with not taking action. You take the right action, such as set up your dream board, do you daily visualization, say your affirmations, meditate, pray, whatever it takes to keep you in that positive frame of mind. But, you must also let go of the attachment to the expected outcome, because other miracles might manifest on your journey to achieving your goal, which you might not notice since you are so obsessed with that particular goal, and your limited perception of its outcome.

So, take a deep breath, relax, and practice letting go of your expectations so that you will accelerate the manifestation of your goal or vision, or something even better.

There are many courses out there that facilitate in the acceptance and letting go processes. Some of the daily techniques I use are from the Sedona Method and the Silva Life System.

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How to Eliminate Bad Vaginal Odor Naturally and Fast Without Antibiotics

When you have bad vaginal odor, you really cannot focus on anything else. Your body is producing this awful scent and it is driving you crazy. You just want this problem to go away so you can finally get some well needed relief. You just want your body to go back to the way it was before so you can return to your normal life and never worry about this odor again.

A lot of women will spend the money and take the time to go to a doctor in order to get a prescription. Although this is a good idea, it can actually be pretty stressful. You know that your only problem is the odor and you just want a solution for that. You don’t want to have to go through all sorts of tests with your doctor because they are being extra thorough. You just want your medication so you can go home. You don’t want to have to go through all of this extra stress and embarrassment.

Luckily, you can eliminate bad vaginal odor naturally and fast and without antibiotics. This might sound impossible but with a lot of natural treatments that we have access to, it is the best option. The best parts about using natural treatments are that they are cheap and they are also extremely effective.

A great way to get rid of this odor naturally is to insert a small piece of parsley into the vagina. Parsley works as a natural refresher and will help to clear up the infection fast. You will notice a huge difference in just a matter of minutes. Parsley works to neutralize the odor in our mouths when we have bad breath and it can do the same kind of work for the odor in your vagina.

If you aren’t to keen on inserting things inside of your body, then there are safer measures that you can take and still get some great results. For example, you need to increase the amount of vitamin C that you are ingesting because you got this infection due to your immune system being low. In order to increase your immune system’s fighting power, you need to have more vitamin C in your diet. This helps to protect your body from infection and flu’s all year round and helps to keep you healthy.

Relying on antibiotics doesn’t always have to be your solution. You can treat your infection naturally and you can start to cure the odor today.

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Chris Howard Review – Who He is and What He Does

About Chris Howard

As an entrepreneur, performance consultant, author, and Master Trainer and Practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Chris Howard is devoted to bringing out the best in people, and helping them achieve massive results in their lives. Chris has always had the desire to get inside the heads of the worlds great leaders in the hope of understanding what it is that has allowed them to achieve their success in life. Using NLP as a basis, Chris has gone on to develop cutting edge, next generation tools for personal and professional development.

When he is not teaching or writing, Chris enjoys competitive martial arts. He holds the rank of black belt and has worked with many of the living legends including Grand Master Helio Gracie, Ultimate Fighting Champion Royce Gracie and Master Owen Watson.

About the companies

The Christopher Howard Companies were established in 2002, to give individuals and organizations those particular skills, attitudes and mind sets to turn their boldest visions and intentions into realities and results. Participants not only undergo a profound change on both a conscious and unconscious level, they also take with them specific techniques to apply in their daily lives to remain focused and motivated through the accomplishment of their intended goals.

About the clients

Chris’ clients include politicians, Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, and thousands of people from all walks of life. Chris has operations  in the United States, Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and further expansion is scheduled for Europe, South-East Asia and South America. Because of his successes and his unique approach, Chris has been featured on a number of different radio and television shows.

About the products and trainings

The Chris Howard Companies offer a variety of live trainings and seminars that are staged in various locations around the world. There are also a number of books, CD, and DVD sets available online. In addition, the Chris Howard’s Mentors Circle was launched in 2006. This is a forum where training graduates can continue their personal and professional development. They also offer an affiliate program.

Chris is the best selling author of “Turning Passions into Profits: Three Steps to Wealth and Power”. He also has another book in the pipeline entitled “The New Entrepreneurial Mind”.

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The Dangers of Having a Gallstone Or Liver Flush For People With GERD (Acid Reflux)

According to naturopathic medicine, having a gallstone or liver flush in many ways helps people relieve a number of their problems including back, shoulder, and leg pains, and even some digestive disorders, because of the nature of its cleansing effect — flushing out toxins and all those accumulated and unhealthy fat that’s stored in your gallbladder. Traditional doctors may have a differing opinion about this, but the results do not lie.

It works.

Unless you have GERD or Acid Reflux.

Technically, GERD is a digestive disorder, and I would not go into its definition here, as you may already know what it is, particularly if you have been dealing with it for a long period of time, and have already browsed the internet for in-depth information on acid reflux. The point of this article is to stress that you can do a gallstone or liver flush, in the context of two things:

You do NOT have GERD (Acid Reflux), or…

You are CURED from your GERD (Acid Reflux) and are confident that your stomach can handle it.

The common “ingredients” involved with a gallstone or liver flush are olive oil, lemon or grapefruit, and epsom salt. For a normal person, these can be tolerable. But if you are suffering with acid reflux, this adds to the problem, for the following reasons:

1. Olive oil is fat. Taking a half cup of it (which is usually the recommendation for a successful flush) would put strain on your liver and might lead to an excess of bile being secreted to digest the oil. However, there is greater chance that you might develop bile reflux as well. Not a good thing, based on my experience as revealed in my endoscopy test.

2. Lemon or grapefruit are supposed to be mixed with the olive oil before taking it. Although lemon and grape are alkaline rich foods, for some people it tends to increase the acidity of one’s stomach. Why this happens I have yet to find out. One type of fruit may not have the same compatibility with different individuals. Personally, I stick to apples, bananas, and watermelon, as recommended by my nutritionist.

3. Epsom salt, if taken without taking the necessary precautions, can be harmful more than helpful. This too can cause more acidic problems if you are not careful. The funny thing about what you have just read is that both my traditional doctor and my naturopathic doctor agreed on this. Finally, a point where they can both meet! On a much serious note, this is something that you should consider if you want to naturally cure your GERD or acid reflux.

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NLP Jargon – What Is Uptime?

I’m starting a new line of articles: NLP Jargon. These articles will help you figure out the myriad of terms used by NLP gurus in seminars and in the seminal books of the field.

Our NLP term for today is uptime. I first came across that word when I read Frogs Into Princes for the first time. Grinder and Bandler used it to describe a state of heightened sensory acuity. Let’s explore its meaning in a bit more depth.

You’ll find the term “uptime” used mostly in books about therapy and training. “Uptime” simply means that all of your sensory channels are focused on external stimuli. In simpler terms, you’re paying attention to your surroundings. When you’re in uptime, you pay little attention to internal dialogue, internal visualizations, or internal feelings. You focus on objects around you, micro-movements in people’s facial expressions, sounds in the environment, the temperature of the sun on your skin or the feeling of the wind in your hair.

When you’re in uptime, you perceive the world around you in much greater accuracy and you absorb patterns with much greater facility. Babies live mostly in uptime. When you engage in NLP Modeling, you enter uptime to unconsciously absorb the patterns of excellence you wish to model.

So as you finish reading this article now, you can begin to notice the all the sounds that surround you and the feeling of your weight on the chair. Allow your eyes to unglue from your monitor and begin to wonder how much more you can notice today…

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Vertigo Dizziness Caused By Sinus Pressure Alone

Vertigo is NO fun at all. It’s like being on a nightmarish ride you didn’t ask to go on, and one you can’t get off of.

Sinusitis is usually blamed for vertigo, but inflammation of the para nasal sinuses, due to infection, allergy or a result of autoimmune diseases is NOT the only cause.

Most of the cases of sinusitis are caused, due to viral infection and take about 10 days to heal completely. Depending on the duration, sinusitis can either be acute, sub-acute or chronic.

The interconnected cavities or small air pockets in the facial structure are known as sinuses. These air pockets are found around the nose, the forehead and cheeks.

There are four pairs of sinuses, and are lined inside the cavities and have a protective mucous membrane. So much of the information about vertigo is linked to a sinus “infection.”

Light-Headness and Sinus Pressure Vertigo

Allergies are the most common cause of sinusitis, which further leads to pressure build up and dizziness. The human body consists of many complex systems. It’s the interactions between different systems, that help us to maintain our sense of balance.

The eyes capture different images, they are exposed to, while the inner ear takes care of monitoring our directions and movements. It’s the joints and muscle sensors that gauge the parts of the body which are in motion.

The central nervous system acts like a supervisor, and makes all the other systems work. When any one of the systems face a problem, it can cause vertigo.

Usually, when a person suffers from a sinus infection, it leads to sinus pressure build up in the inner ear, or congestion in the inner ear, causing normal air flow to be disrupted.

This causes the connection to the brain to be disrupted as well. The pressure builds up in the back of the eyes, the roof of the mouth and the inner ear.

Since there’s pressure on the inner ear, the brain processes are not able to ensure normal balance. The person loses equilibrium and becomes off-balance, causing dizziness.

Sinus infection and vertigo go together.

In a respiratory tract infection, if the bacteria or viruses attach themselves to the mucus lining of the sinuses, it may spread to the ear tube and cause an ear infection.

How to Relieve Sinus Pressure and Vertigo:

One remedy for sinus pressure relief is to warm a soft cloth on a hot griddle and apply it to the ear.

A hot shower will also help in draining the mucus, that’s blocking the sinuses and relieve ear pressure. Try to avoid being in a room with cool air.

Taking steam is one of the simplest and the easiest way to relieve sinus. Adding eucalyptus oil or menthol oil will help in getting rid of sinus infection rather faster. One can take steam two to three times in a day for faster relief.

My favorite method helps in clearing up nasal congestion. Saline water has to be passed through the nasal openings for the same. I use a Neti-Pot.

Eating spicy food is known to relieve sinus pressure. Once a person eats spicy food, clogged sinuses will open up and mucus will drain out. Adding ginger, garlic, dried lemon etc. in your diet will also work towards relieving sinus pressure.

When you’re suffering from sinuses, one of the home remedies is to increase the intake of fluids. This helps in diluting mucus and eases pressure on the inner ear.

Having the right sleeping position will not only help in relieving sinus pressure, but will also help in avoiding vertigo. Sleep with your head on an elevation.

If you normally sleep with your head on a pillow, you may want to make use of two pillows.

If you have been suffering from these problems for some time, then you may not want to talk to your health care professional immediately.

Although there is a close relation between sinusitis and vertigo, there are other reasons, which may also cause dizziness. You may want to talk to your health care professional and rule out any other cause of the problem.

According to the University of Michigan Health System, “Sinusitis is a common condition that affects millions of people across the world. Estimated to be as many as 35 million Americans suffer from this disease at that it accounts for at least $2.4 billion in direct medical costs alone.”

Sinus problems can cause a number of symptoms and adverse affects on the body like head pain, a persistent cough and vertigo.

The sinuses purpose is to catch any unwanted airborne particles from entering the lungs. The sinuses are very temporal and can be irritated by change in humidity, allergies or the common cold.

This is what I experience. The change in humidity… specifically a lowering in humidity. Dry air is NOT My friend!

When the sinus cavity is inflamed, it swells to its maximum capacity, preventing normal air flow and abnormal amounts of pressure to build up in and around the sinuses.

This is what has caused my equilibrium to become off-balance, causing vertigo.

To properly treat vertigo caused by sinus pressure, a person first must deal with the sinus issue. If the sinuses are infected, you need to kill the infection.

If the sinuses are simply irritated, an over-the-counter decongestant will help calm the swelling and irritation. Vertigo is no fun, but won’t last if you keep the sinus swelling down.

My recommendation for “drainage of the sinuses or no drainage,” is still to use the Neti-Pot and decongestant, to keep the swelling down.

You may still have some vertigo, but it will go away in 3-5 days if your sinuses are better.

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Alpha Male Characteristics – NLP Secrets

What is it about the term ‘Alpha Male’ that grabs people’s imagination? Those two words ooze a sense of dominance, power and authority. To some, learning alpha male characteristics is to learn underhand techniques to get your way to the top of the food chain. To some, being an alpha male symbolises aggressiveness. Sure, there are certain ‘covert’ tactics you can use, but first I want to talk about how exhibiting alpha male characteristics will actually improve your life in many, many more ways than just being able to hit on women.

According to our old friend Wikipedia – “the alpha male is the individual in the community to whom the others follow and defer”. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing wrong (or aggressive) with wanting to be the kind of person that people look up to and respect! Imagine how improved your life would be if YOU are always the person that people come to, whether it’s for a hot night on the town, giving advice at work, or within your local community.

Imagine how different your life would be at work or at college if everyone notices when you walk in, and gives you a smile, says “Hi” and is genuinely pleased to see you? Some people can do this naturally, and it’s the kind of thing that most people dream of, but resign themselves to thinking that they’ll never have what it takes.


Anyone – and I mean ANYONE – can learn the characteristics of an alpha male and make changes that will give you this kind of authority. You may have heard about NLP. Not to worry if you haven’t, but there is a tool in NLP called ‘modelling’. Nothing to do with being a model! I talked earlier about how certain people have natural skills in this area – well, modelling is a techniques where we analyse the exhibited behaviours of these people, and then break down the behaviours into actions we can learn to do, which in turn will give the impression to others that we are indeed that type of person.

Make sense? Let me give you an example. We’ll take a person who is not particularly confident at public speaking (most people probably!) All we need to do is to learn certain key actions and behaviours we must exhibit during our speaking and it will ‘give the impression’ to others that we are super confident! At first it will feel awkward, but after time and practice it will become more and more natural, which is turn will make it easier to do. After a while it will become second nature.

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How Long Will It Take to Heal Acid Reflux?

It is important to treat your acid reflux before it causes any serious complications. However, the type of treatment and how long will it take to heal acid reflux varies from person to person. Meaning you need to find the right treatment option that will work for you.

Everyone responds differently to treatment based on how severe their GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) condition is, and how their body reacts to treatment. So, what works for one individual may not for another. Likewise, how long will it take to heal acid reflux depends on how well a person responds to treatment and the severity of GERD. Therefore, for many acid reflux sufferers, discovering the treatment best suited to their specific needs is often a process of elimination, and may result in a combination of treatments.

There are many different types of treatment options. The following is a breakdown of the most common methods:

Lifestyle change – This is the most recommended treatment when it comes to healing acid reflux because it is simply a matter of changing habits to prevent acid reflux such as avoiding foods that trigger acid reflux, improving eating habits, maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise, reducing stress, avoid eating before bed, etc.

Traditional medicine – There are three main medication types used to treat and prevent acid reflux and they include:

1. Antacids (I.E. Tums, Gaviscon, etc.) – they work by neutralizing stomach acid and can be beneficial for those who suffer from occasional heartburn.

2. H2 -receptor antagonists (I.E. Zantac, Pepcid, etc.) – neutralize acid by preventing stomach cells from producing acid and is stronger than an antacid. Tends to benefit GERD sufferers who do not suffer from additional complications such as ulcers and Barrett’s esophagus.

3. Proton Pump Inhibitors (I.E. Prilosec, Nexium, etc.) – Highly effective at stopping the production of acid, and also helps to heal an inflamed esophagus. They are ideal for GERD sufferers who have complications.

It’s difficult to determine how long will it take to heal acid reflux when it comes to traditional medicine, because many of these medications are not meant to be taken for long-term treatment.

Alternative medicine – There are various alternative medicines, but three commonly used to treat GERD are:

1. Traditional Chinese Medicine. This primarily includes the ancient practices of acupressure and acupuncture. Both techniques involve manipulating specific acupoints in the body as prescribed by ancient Chinese medicine. By applying pressure or inserting needles in to the specific acupoints that are connected to the symptoms one is experiencing, it is believed that the meridian system that exists within the body known as Yin, Yang and Qi can be brought into alignment and allow the body to heal itself. The techniques are virtually the same, except that acupuncture uses thin needles, while fingers, knuckles and elbows are used to apply pressure to acupoints in acupressure.

2. Homeopathy. This alternative therapy works to treat an individual based on their mental, physical, and personal characteristics. A GERD sufferer will be treated based on their specific symptoms, not their condition. Therefore, no two GERD sufferers will be prescribed the same course of treatment. Homeopathic remedies are made from natural plant, animal and mineral substances.

3. Herbal remedies. This is an alternative treatment that uses various plant and plant parts for medicinal purposes. Popular herbal remedies for GERD include, but are not limited to:

– Chamomile

– Clove

– Ginger root

– Licorice

– Turmeric

Herbs are commonly ingested in the form of tea but can be sold fresh, dried, or in powder, tablet, and pill form. They can usually be found in health food stores or sold from an herbalist.

When pursuing alternative treatment it is imperative that you find a qualified and experienced professional for the specific treatment you are seeking. Furthermore, if you are wondering how long will it take to heal acid reflux with an alternative remedy, it depends on the specific symptoms you are experiencing.

Remember, you must be patient when healing acid reflux, as it takes time, often months before there is any real improvement. Furthermore, healing is all about preventing the recurrence of acid reflux. There is no treatment that cures GERD indefinitely; acid reflux can continue to occur if you do not maintain your methods of prevention.

Finally, regardless of the treatment method you use, you should first consult your doctor to receive professional advice on how long will it take to heal acid reflux, and also so he/she can monitor your progress or provide you with new treatment ideas if you have trouble finding treatment that works.

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How to Ease Kidney Stent Related Pain

Undergoing a kidney stent placement becomes a necessity till the time the renal blockage is healed in a patient. While the stent helps in reliving the obstruction and aiding in urine flow it can also cause painful symptoms in the users. Though the degree of pain experienced by people can vary from a mild one to excruciatingly agonizing episodes based on their individual conditions, there are some basic steps that all of us using a kidney stent can take to help ease the pain and keep it to a minimum.

Relieving Kidney Stent Pain

Easing Stress – Decreasing the level and intensity of physical activity can really help in minimizing stent related pain. Most patients experience pain when they are doing a lot of strenuous manual activity like playing sports or lifting heavy objects. It is therefore advisable to completely avoid any extreme and laborious activity till the stent is removed. In case you experience pain when you are moving around, taking a break and lying or sitting down for a while will help in relieving pain symptoms considerably.

Heat Therapy – Most people who use a kidney stent have ascertained that taking a warm bath, using a hot water bottle or massaging the lower abdominal area with thermal oils helps in easing stent related pain.

Pyridium Pills – Pyridium is a dye which is similar to indigo and has a numbing and cathartic effect when introduced into the urinary tract in the form of a pill. You can ask your doctor for the proper dosage of pyridium tablets suitable for your pain which is especially effective in relieving the burning sensation during urination.

Anti Incontinence Pill – Experiencing urinary incontinence as well as frequent urination is one of the common symptoms of using a kidney stent. Both of these side effects can result in the occurrence of more pain to the patient. For this reason, anti incontinence pills like Detrol LA are helpful in decreasing bladder spasms as well as alleviating painful symptoms especially in women.

Painkillers – If your pain becomes so unbearable that it starts interfering with your normal activities and sleep patterns you must consult your doctor immediately and get some painkillers for immediate relief. While using painkillers remember that they can play havoc with your immune system in excessive dosage, therefore ensure that you never surpass your daily prescribed limit.

Extra Precautions – When a kidney stent is placed into the body of a patient, it is placed in the ureter so that it allows urine to drain from the kidney into the urinary bladder. In order to aid proper repositioning in case of stent dislodging as well as aid smooth stent removal the lower end of the stent is suspended by a thread which can be a cause of pain to some users and especially amongst women when tugged accidentally. It is therefore important to take due precautions and be extra careful not to pull at the thread which can result in shifting it as well as causing intense pain and discomfort.

Whether you have just undergone a ureteral stent placement or have been using one for quite some time now, following the above guidelines will surely help you to ease as well as mitigate pain symptoms resulting from the use of a kidney stent.

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All Natural Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

Erectile Dysfunction is a sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. According to Dr. Oz, it is estimated that by the time a man is 40, 20% will have suffered from erectile dysfunction. Each year that percentage is increasing. What causes men to suffer with this ailment can vary. The general cause of Erectile Dysfunction can be divided into 2 types:

  • Psychological causes
  • Physical causes

Psychological causes

For some men, Erectile Dysfunction can develop with age and the onset of stress and depression. Emotions can strongly affect sexual performance including being nervous or self conscious about having sex. Having an open communication with your sexual partner can alleviate a lot of the stress and possibly the Erectile Dysfunction itself. In some cases, professional psychological help may need to be sought out in order to get to the root of the problem that is causing the ED. Seeking the help of a sex therapist can also be an effective treatment. With a sex therapist, it is recommended that your sexual partner come along for at least the initial visit, to help discuss any communication problems you may be experiencing.

Physical causes

Some of the most common physical causes of Erectile Dysfunction are high blood pressure, clogged blood vessels, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, low testosterone levels, Peyronie’s disease, the use of tobacco, substance abuse including alcoholism, previous pelvic surgeries and certain prescribed medications. Of course there could be other physical causes of ED not on the list, that your doctor can detect. There are several different treatments for physically caused Erectile Dysfunction, some of which can be extremely costly. The two most popular treatments are surgery and natural supplements.

Surgical treatments

Surgical treatments for Erectile Dysfunction can involve direct injections to the penis, penile prosthesis and vascular surgery. These surgeries can be extremely invasive, costly and even dangerous. The surgical procedures are not guaranteed to cure ED and can leave devastating results. Possible surgical treatment should be thoroughly discussed with your doctor. Because of the risks involved, surgery should always be left as a last resort, only after other options for treatment have been exhausted.

Natural Supplements

Alternative treatments such as, taking natural supplements, has been a popular choice in treating Erectile Dysfuntion. In fact, the use of natural herbs is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. Natural herbs and supplements are known for improving and increasing the flow of blood to the penis. Here are some of the most effective natural ingredients used for treating Erectile Dysfunction:

Pomegranate 70% ellagic

Ellagic acid, a phenolic acid is found in berries, pomegranate, grapes, and nuts. Ellagic acid has shown to be a positive attribute in the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction. It does so by increasing nitric oxide (NO) supply that has a definite role in maintaining the blood flow (and hence erection) of your penis. Studies have also shown that ellagic acid acts as a strong sexual stimulant and aphrodisiac that eventually leads to longer excitement time and greater erection capabilities.

Muira Puama

Muira Puama or potency wood is one of the most active botanical with a long history of traditional use as an energy tonic, general health improver and remedy for impotence & sexual insufficiency. It is known in some circles as “the Viagra of the Amazon”. According to a study published in the American Journal of Natural Medicine, out of 262 men who took Muira Puama, 62% reported an increased sex drive and harder erections.

Epimedium Sagittatum (horny goat weed)

Used by practitioners for over 2,000 years, horny goat weed is a leafy plant which has long been used to restore sexual performance and boost erectile function. It also improves sperm production and has a moderate androgen-like influence on the testes, prostate gland, and anal muscles, thereby influencing sexual desire and activity.

Tongkat Ali (Asian Viagra)

Tongkat Ali is a tree that has been used for many years by men to increase sexual desire, libido, and sexual performance and to treat Erectile Dysfunction. It works by increasing levels of the hormone testosterone. Testosterone is primarily responsible for the growth and development of male reproductive organs, including the penis, testicles, scrotum, prostate, and seminal vesicles. It comes in different dosage ratios. For example, 1:20 means 20 grams of root is used to produce 1 gram of extract and is the recommended minimal dose to enhance sexual function and treat male impotency.

Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM)

MSM, the beauty mineral, is necessary for collagen synthesis in tissues (including those of penis). Chemically, MSM is an organic form of sulphur, an abundant mineral in the body. Present naturally in meat, milk, fish, vegetables and fruit, it is easily lost in processing. It is, therefore, important to use a natural health supplement that contains sufficient quantities of MSM.

MSM also keeps cells from becoming rigid and rough. MSM is also believed to relieve stress, asthma, arthritis, inflammation, constipation, candida, detoxify the body and, most importantly, increase blood circulation through the penis that improves overall health look and health of the penis and even beautifies it.


L-Methionine is an essential amino acid (protein) that helps against premature ejaculation. This essential amino acid has some role in the growth and development of normal penis. Essential amino acids are those that must be acquired through diet or supplements because the body cannot produce them. L-methionine is also believed to be essential for heart and brain function. The highest amounts of methionine per 200-calorie serving primarily are found in fish, meat and other animal products, but some vegetables are good sources as well. However, it is difficult to include the “recommended daily dose” of L-methionine by eating all of such food sources on regular basis. Nutritionists, therefore, recommend consuming some good natural supplement on daily basis that contains just the right amount of L-Methionine.


Maca is a root or vegetable that is widely known to act as libido-booster and sex enhancer. Unlike other herbs, it does not directly affect the sex hormones. Instead it has been proposed that it provides optimum levels of nutrients utilized by the body’s endocrine system. In a study that involved 4-month treatment with maca in nine adult men, increased seminal volume, sperm count, and sperm motility were observed.

Omega 3 Fatty Acid

Smooth and consistent blood supply to the penis is a must for erection, growth and better sex performance. To really get your blood going, natural circulation-enhancing nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids are best. Omega-3 also makes your nervous system function better and as sex is really about circuitry, it also improves your sex life.


Flaxseed, also called linseed, contains a rich supply of lignans in its hull. Lignans are phytoestrogens that are helpful in maintaining a healthy ratio of testosterone. Optimal testosterone levels are crucial to a raised sex drive for both women and men. Besides enhancing sex drive, these nutty-flavored seeds contain essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, which are the major building blocks of all sex hormones.


Cordyceps sinensis is a type of fungus that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Cordyceps sinensis is a powerful aphrodisiac. Recent studies performed in both China and Japan demonstrated a 64 percent success rate among men suffering from impotence. Scientists have isolated two chemical constituents in cordyceps, (deoxyadenosine) and cordycepic acid (mannitol), which are thought to be the active compounds that increase sex drive.

All of these ingredients are safe and natural alternatives to surgical procedures. The use of natural supplements has proven to be a successful treatment for Erectile Dysfunction. One natural supplement that includes each of these proven ingredients is MaleExtra. Regardless of what treatment plan you choose, there is help for Erectile Dysfunction.

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