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The top ten worst questions commonly asked from someone with a chronic illness

So here it goes 🙂


1)Have you tried holistic options? (many. I’ll bring it back up with my doctor on my next visit, thanks.)
2) Could it be your stress? (My opinion is, it is my illness. I’ll bring it up with my doctor though, thanks.)
3) Could it have to do with the altitude? (I’ll bring it up with my doctor…thanks.)
4) I read in {insert any generic magazine here} about a new medication. Have you heard about it? (I was on it when it came out 17 years ago. but I’ll bring it up with my doctor. thank you.)
5) Have you thought about being in a trial study? (I’ll ask my doctor. thanks?)
6) WOW. If I were you, I don’t know what I would do. I might just kill myself. (Thanks?)
7) Have they found what is causing the problem? (no. my doctor is an idiot. I’ll remind him, thanks!)
8) Have you tried hypnosis? (I’m still sick, but when the phone rings I bark like a dog.)
9) Have you googled your illness? (….no! thanks!)
10) Have you ever thought you were getting sick because the aliens or magicians have been bugging people for years and in some cases, making people really sick.

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Well these are a few out of many absurd suggestion and questions that  the people suffering from chronic illnesses have to come across but instead of taking them negatively my stance is that people give all of these suggestions only because they care. I don’t feel that complaining about people making these suggestions is appropriate or nice.

While i KNOW it’s not easy f to deal with an illness, it’s not easy for your loved ones either. However harsh this sounds, the reality is, it’s NOT all about you. They’re just trying to help. Be grateful you have such caring people in your life who are trying to help you, and not counting down the days until the illness wins.

 
 

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Male menopause! Really???

Women may not be the only ones who suffer the effects of changing hormones.

Some doctors are noticing that their male patients are reporting some of the same symptoms that women experience in per menopause and menopause.

 The medical community is currently debating whether or not men really do go through a well-defined menopause.

 Doctors say that male patients receiving hormone therapy with testosterone have reported relief of some of the symptoms associated

 What Is Male Menopause?

Because men do not go through a well-defined period referred to as menopause, some doctors refer to this problem as androgen (testosterone) decline in the aging male, or what some people call low testosterone. Men do experience a decline in the production of the male hormone testosterone with aging, but this also occurs with conditions such as diabetes. Along with the decline in testosterone, some men experience symptoms that include fatigue, weakness, depression, and sexual problems. The relationship of these symptoms to decreased testosterone levels is still controversial.

 

Unlike menopause in women, when hormone production stops completely, testosterone decline in men is a slower process. The testes, unlike the ovaries, do not run out of the substance it needs to make testosterone. A healthy male may be able to make sperm well into his eighties or longer.

 

However, as a result of disease, subtle changes in the function of the testes may occur as early as 45 to 50 years of age, and more dramatically after the age of 70 in some men.

 

How Is Male Menopause Diagnosed?

To make the diagnosis of male menopause, the doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about symptoms. He or she may order other diagnostic tests to rule out any medical problems that may be contributing to the condition. The doctor will then order a series of blood tests, which may include measuring testosterone level.

Can Male Menopause Be Treated?

If testosterone levels are low, testosterone replacement therapy may help relieve such symptoms as loss of interest in sex (decreased libido), depression, and fatigue. But, as with hormone replacement therapy in women, testosterone replacement therapy has potential risks and side effects. Replacing testosterone may worsen prostate cancer, for example.

According to LiveScience:

More men are arriving in doctors’ offices complaining of sexual dysfunction, weight gain, fatigue, depression and other unpleasant, but potentially vague, symptoms. In some of these men, a blood test reveals low testosterone levels. And there has been a corresponding uptick in testosterone prescriptions, one approach to treating low male hormone levels and so called male menopause!

(If you or a loved one is considering androgen replacement therapy, talk to a doctor to learn more. Your doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes, such as a new diet or exercise program, or other medications, such as an antidepressant, to help with some of the symptoms of male menopause)

The next post will be about so talked about female menopause and how to overcome it!

Remember one thing menopause whether male or female, which happens through chemical imbalance in the body; can also be treated in the same way; that is through our own body’s produced chemicals.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Allergies

 

A lot many of us have allergies but a very few are aware of them, and what causes them.

Recently a loved one had a very severe allergy and did not even know in her 30 some years life that she was allergic to that specific thing.

Allergy Blood testing is a simple procedure and all who think they are allergic to something should take it!

The Test

How is it used?

The allergen-specific IgE antibody test is a blood test used to screen for an allergy to a specific substance or substances if a person presents with acute or chronic allergy-like symptoms. This is especially true if symptoms are recurrent and appear to be tied to triggers, such as exposures to particular foods or environments, and if other family members are known to have allergies.

A variety of different types of allergy tests may be performed by exposing a person to different substances under careful medical supervision .The usefulness of these tests, however, can be affected by skin conditions, such as significant dermatitis or eczema, and by medications, such as histamines and some anti-depressant. With some tests there is also the potential for severe reactions, including a severe reaction that may be life-threatening. In these cases, the allergen-specific IgE antibody test may be ordered as an alternative, as it is performed on a blood sample and does not have an effect on the person being tested.

The allergen-specific IgE antibody test may also be done to monitor immunotherapy (desensitization) or to see if a child has outgrown an allergy. It can only be used in a general way, however, as the level of IgE present does not correlate to the severity of an allergic reaction, and someone who has outgrown an allergy may have a positive IgE for many years afterward.

When is it ordered?

One or more allergen-specific IgE antibody tests are usually ordered when a person has signs or symptoms that suggest an allergy to one or more substances. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Hives
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Red itchy eyes
  • Coughing, nasal congestion, sneezing
  • Asthma
  • Itching and tingling in the mouth
  • Abdominal pain, or vomiting and diarrhea

A test may also be ordered occasionally to help evaluate the effectiveness of immunotherapy or to determine whether a person has outgrown an allergy.

What does the test result mean?

Negative results indicate that a person probably does not have a “true allergy,” an IgE-mediated response to that specific allergen,

Elevated results usually indicate an allergy, but even if the specific IgE test is positive, a person may or may not ever have an actual physical allergic reaction when exposed to that substance.

So do consult a doctor immediately after a test and being a naturopath I would suggest, take1 tspn of honey with luke warm water thrice a day.

Healthy living 🙂

Sadaf

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in healing, health

 

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Nine commandments to follow in life all the time:

                            Let’s Communicate with God

1. Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout. 

2. So a Car’s WINDSHIELD is so large & the Rear view Mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.

3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write. 

4. All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either. 

5. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end! 

6.  When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities. 

7. A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!” 

8. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you. 

9. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE. 

             My Friends IDEAS leads to VISION… that to a MISSION and that to SUCCESS! 

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in a new day, healing, naturopathy, nostalgia, Wisdom

 

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Fast Forward a Smile! ( my new upcoming happy book)

( My book is not designed to provide psychological advice or to substitute for professional counsel. Its purpose is to increase your happiness by making you aware of the Consequences of all your thoughts and actions).

 
This is a prologue to my book:
 
When you  read this book, you may have several questions running through your head about me.
 
  • Why did I write How to be Happy and Have Fun Changing the World?
  • Will this book be able to deliver the goods or am I just a dreamer?
  • If the insights revealed in this book can make you happy or happier and help improve the world, why would I give something so valuable away for free?

I wrote this book for several reasons. The first one is because I love sharing the insights contained in this book with others and it makes me very happy.

The second one is because I wanted to reach a mass audience by addressing a subject that would appeal to most, if not all, of the people living in our country.

After all who doesn’t desire to be happy or happier and make our world a better place for themselves, their children and their children’s children?

The third reason is because I needed a feedback mechanism that you can easily relate to and cannot deny.

Everyone knows whether they are happy or unhappy. You can decide for yourself what gives you true and lasting happiness. You will be able to judge for yourself if what I share with you makes total sense.

The most important reason is that this book allows me to introduce you to eight words that will help you increase your self-awareness and happiness.

These eight words will help you make better choices that will change you and the world for the better, in the process. If you want to be happier and remain happy, this book will show you the way.

These words are:

“I am always truthful, positive and helping others.” 

(These words have become my motto and of the 869 children I do volunteer work with in St Mary’s High School, Bedian Road Lahore)

Try repeating them to yourself for thirty days and implementing them in your life and you will feel a remarkable uplift and serenity.

If you can honestly say that you’re totally happy with all aspects of your life, are you happy with what is going on in the world?

Unless you never follow the local news and world affairs, or live in a cave in the Himalayas, you’re probably not happy about something or at least would like to improve it if you knew an effective way to bring about positive change. I would like you to reflect on this poem:

“The Joy of Life”

This is the true joy of life.

The being used for a purpose; recognized by yourself ; as a mighty one.

The being a force of nature instead of a feverish and selfish clod of ailments and grieving senses complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and that as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work, the more I live.

I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me.

It is a sort of splendid torch that I have got to hold up for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

 -George Bernard Shaw

THOUGHTS:

As previously discussed, your positive and negative thoughts cause your brain to secrete chemicals. These chemicals, in turn, affect all your natural abilities and functions. Your thoughts have two components: facts and emotions. Every stimulus you receive through your nervous system is nothing more than a fact. However, you attach emotions to these facts.

It is imperative for you to realize that negative emotions cause adverse chemical secretions and hinder your natural abilities. Increase your awareness of the profound influence negative emotions have on your brain’s chemistry, performance and happiness. Become more objective and restructure any negative emotional attachment you have to certain facts.

Facts are merely facts. However, you can choose your emotional response to them.

 DIET/NUTRITION:

Everything you eat and drink is a chemical, which affects your performance and how you feel. If you doubt this, observe how a person’s behavior changes when they drink some alcohol. Better yet, ask them how they feel the next day if they drank too much.

Since there are many good books available on nutrition, I will just briefly touch on this subject. In the early cave dwelling days there were no factories and no processed foods. Humans are designed to live on natural foods with the proper amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat.

Eat wisely and in moderation. Also, do not become neurotic about what you eat. Your emotional state is far more important than what you eat, even though what you eat is important.

EXERCISE:

Most individuals are out of shape. How about you?

In the early days of time, humans engaged in many forms of physical activity just to survive. Your body is designed to function properly with physical exertion so it can remove toxins and secrete beneficial chemicals. If you do not believe this, exercise the next time you are depressed. Notice how much better you feel after exercising.

For your body and mind to function at their best, it is important to exercise to make up for the lack of physical activity resulting from today’s modern conveniences.

Is 20 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week too great a price to pay for a healthy body and an alert mental state?

REST:

Sufficient rest is necessary for the body to eliminate toxins and rejuvenate itself.

Have you ever noticed that you sleep more when depressed than when you are excited and happy to be alive?

While you sleep, your brain is busy processing all the information it received during the day so that it can make spontaneous decisions when you’re awake.

ENVIRONMENT:

When I refer to environment, I’m not just talking about the air you breathe and your physical surroundings. I am more concerned with the people around you. The electromagnetic fields they generate, as well as their thoughts and actions, can adversely affect you.

I strongly recommend associating only with positive people, or keep to yourself. The only time you should associate with negative people is when you are trying to help them. Your stronger electromagnetic field and positive thoughts and actions will have a positive effect on them.

Researchers have found that emotions, positive and negative alike, are nearly as contagious as colds and flu. You can catch feelings of elation, euphoria, sadness and more from friends, family, colleagues, even strangers.

Mood “infection” happens in milliseconds, says Elaine Hatfield, a psychology professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and a coauthor of Emotional Contagion (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

When interacting with a negative person, take extra steps to remain positive. Otherwise, you may be influenced by his or her negativity.

 PHYSIOLOGY: Your body reflects your emotional state. When you are positive and confident, you stand erect with your chest out and a smile on your face. If you just won Rs.10,000,000 in a prize bond, imagine how you would feel and how your physiology would respond ?

You would feel on top of the world. Everyone watching you will see it by the way you carry yourself.

Imagine how you would feel and look if you lost your winning prize bond. If this depressed you, your eyes would be down and your shoulders slumped. Some individuals would probably feel like killing themselves for losing their winning bond.

Your physiology works both ways. Your body reflects your feelings.

However, how you carry your body affects your feelings. One of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your chemistry is to change your physiology. By taking slow deep breaths, standing tall and sticking your chest out, you automatically increase your chemistry and immediately feel better. Raise your eyes to the sky and smile right now. Do you feel a change in your energy and alertness? If you always carry yourself like a winner, you will feel like a winner.

Your thoughts, diet/nutrition, exercise, rest, environment and physiology have a positive or negative impact on your brain’s chemistry that affects how well you perform and feel. To become happier and more successful, part of the process is to consciously work on increasing the chemistry of your cranial fluid so your brain can perform more efficiently and at higher levels.

” If you give sincere happiness to others only than will you receive true happiness.”

It Is all about attitude!

 
 

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