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Monday, November 4, 2013

Signs and Symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder

Imagine having to live your life constantly looking over your shoulder, convinced that someone is out to get you. You feel that someone is always watching you. You have an inability to trust anyone including yourself and you expect the worst at all times. This is what the lives are like for those who suffer from Paranoid Personality Disorder. Paranoid Personality Disorder is characterized by disruptive patterns of thought, behavior and functioning.


Signs and symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder are suspicion, concern with hidden motives, expects to be exploited by others, inability to collaborate, social isolation, poor self image, detachment, hostility and poor sense of humor. A person with Paranoid Personality Disorder is argumentative and hostile. They will complain constantly and persistently hold grudges. They are difficult to get a long with and have problems with close relationships. The symptoms are similar to those of Schizophrenia.


Paranoid Personality Disorder is more common in men than women. The cause is still currently unknown, but a possible cause or factor in Paranoid Personality Disorder is negative childhood experiences. The disorder typically will decrease in intensity with age.


It's amazing where the paranoid mind can take you.” ~Bill Ayers

SOURCES:

Kendra Cherry, Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms and Treatment, About.com


John Grohol, Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms, PsychCentral

The Benefits of Rose Water

Rose Water has been used for generations and is one of the oldest skin care and grooming products. It was first used by the Peresians around the 10th Century. It has many skin-enhancing benefits because it has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Rose Water is also rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, D, E and B3. This can help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue.

Rose Water can be used as a moisturizer for dry skin, the anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness from irritated and over-heated skin, it cleanses and aids in removing oil and dirt from clogged pores, prevents acne and pimples, it’s a natural astringent and toner, it works as a hair conditioner and promotes hair growth and it reduces dark circles under the eyes.

Rose Water is best known for its skin care benefits, but it also has many other health benefits and has been used in cooking, especially in Middle Eastern Recipes. Other health benefits include reducing the risk of bladder infections and heart disease, it eases digestive problems, reduces nervous tension and reduces eye irritation. Rose Water produces an allover calming effect.

Rose Water is made by steeping rose petals in distilled water. An easy recipe can be found here. It takes a lot of rose petals to make Rose Water, but the benefits are abundant.



SOURCES:

Aida Duncan, How Can Rose Water Help My Skin?, Discovery Fit and Health

Bushra S. Khan, Benefits of Rose Water, The Times of India
Jen Adkins, Rose Water: Recipe and Skin Benefits, About.com

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Health Benefits of Valerian Root

Valerian Root or is well known for its horrible smell, but research has shown that it has many health benefits.  Although many of the studies have been inconsistent, many still believe in its effectiveness. 

Valerian Root has been used for liver problems, digestive ailments, urinary tract disorders, nausea, headaches, arthritis, smoking cessation, muscle spasms and insomnia. It is traditionally been used for sleeplessness, epilepsy, nervousness, hysteria and also as a diuretic.

Valerian Root helps to relax the central nervous system, promote feelings of calm, decrease levels of anxiety and stress and it enhances sleep. It is most effective in treating irritability, depression, fear, anxiety, nervous exhaustion, hysteria, delusions and nervous tension.

Common names are Valerian, Tobacco Root, Garden Heliotrope and All-Heal. Valerian is a Latin word that means "to be strong or health". It is native to Europe, South Africa and parts of Asia. It was later introduced to North America. Valerian herbal products are made from the roots and stems of the Valerian plant or Valeriana officinalis. The dried roots are prepared as teas or put into capsules or tablets.

Valerian Root does not cause the grogginess like over-the-counter sleeping pills. It also does not have the side-effects and risk of dependency like many other medications. If you can get past the smell, Valerian Root can provide many health benefits.

Sources:

Arlin Cuncic, Overview of Valerian Root, About.com


Cathy Wong, Valerian, About.com

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Health Benefits of Bachelor's Button



Bachelor's Button is a daisy like plant that produces small flowers that are shaped like buttons and look like miniature carnations. They are usually blue, but some plants produce pink, purple or white blossoms. It is a perennial member of the aster family. Bachelor’s Button are treated like weeds in some areas because of their ability to self-seed. 

Bachelor's Button is also known as feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium featherfew, flirtwort, altamisa, featherfort, febrifuge plant, midsummer daisy, nosebleed, Santa Maria, wild chamomile and wild quinine. More common names are Basket Flower, Blue Bonnet, Blue Bottle, Blue Bow, Blue Cap, Cornflower, Boutonniere Flower and Hurt Sickle. 

Bachelor's Button has been used for over 2000 years for medicinal purposes. The uses of Bachelor's Button can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks who used it for headaches, joint pain, stomach aches and fever. It can also be used for migraines, as a slight sedative, dizziness, arthritis, colds, fevers, cramps, worms, menstrual cycle regulation, as an antiseptic, psoriasis, toothaches, insect bites, labor pain, infertility, asthma, allergies, tinnitus, nausea and vomiting. A tea made of the leaves or flowers can be used for colic, colitis, indigestion, colds, arthritis, osteoporosis, bursitis, alcoholism, flatulence, menstrual cramps and tendonitis. The dried leaves of Bachelor's Button are used to make supplements that include capsules, tablets and liquid extracts. Sometimes the leaves are eaten fresh.

Bachelor's Button has side effects that include canker sores, swelling and irritation of the lips and tongue and loss of taste, nausea, digestive problems and bloating. There is also a possibility of allergic reaction. Bachelor's Button has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety effectiveness or purity.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Alcoholism and Diabetes: The Conclusion



Two of my previous posts have included the research I have done in order to find the link between Alcoholism and Diabetes. Although I am yet to completely confirm if one actually can cause the other I am concluding my research with this post. I have found enough information to satisfy my wonder for now.
I have found that Native Americans are particularly vulnerable to adult-onset diabetes early on in their drinking careers. I have not been able to find a definite answer as to why, so if anyone can better inform me on this it would be appreciated.
 
Diabetes is often found in a grandparent within an alcoholic family. Again, I was unable to find out why.
Diabetes and Alcoholism are both related to problems in blood sugar regulation. I found this interesting. This proves that Alcoholism is a physical disease, which is sometimes hard for people to understand. This shows the relationship between the two, but it still wasn’t what I was looking for.

An elevated insulin response to carbohydrates exists in both pre-diabetics and alcoholics. This is really interesting, but it still just shows the relationship that the two diseases have, unless I’m missing something somewhere. Anyone have any ideas?

As I may have stated in my previous posts 75% to 95% of alcoholics are hypoglycemic, which means they have low blood sugar. This doesn’t mean that they are diabetics. This also doesn’t mean that all people who are hypoglycemic are or will become an alcoholic or diabetic. Dr. Douglas M. Baird stated that he has never seen an alcoholic who wasn’t hypoglycemic. He also stated that this isn’t something that just happens but that it is actually the same problem. 

Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous first established the link between alcoholism and hypoglycemia. He also established the need for biochemical treatment using Niacin and B Vitamins. This information, for whatever reason, was never incorporated into the present AA practice.
Scientific research demonstrates that the physiological effects of sugar, caffeine and tobacco are the major causes of alcoholic relapse. This doesn’t really have much to do with my initial research, but I found it very interesting and so I thought I would throw it in.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Alcoholism and Type II Diabetes Part 2

Studies have shown that low blood sugar can induce the craving for alcohol. The studies also show that a craving for sweets may be an early indication of alcoholism. I had no idea that a sugar addiction could actually predict an alcohol addiction. Reducing the intake of sugar and maintaining a stable blood sugar level can lower the cravings for alcohol. It is important to also reduce caffeine intake because it hinders the ability to stabilize blood sugar levels.

I also found out that nutrition therapy can aid in the recovery from alcoholism. Two study groups were developed. One study group was given traditional therapy while the other group was given traditional therapy and nutrition therapy. The second group had a greater number of participants to stop drinking than the first.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Alcoholism and Type II Diabetes Part 1

My sister is an Alcoholic and a Type II Diabetic and so was her father. This has often lead me to wonder if the two are related in some way. I’ve done a lot of research in an attempt to confirm my suspicions and although I haven’t found exactly what I was looking for I did find out some interesting things.

Between 75% and 95% of Alcoholics are hypoglycemic. This is interesting, but I’m still wondering if any percentage of these people were hypoglycemic before they were Alcoholics. I can understand why a person who be hypoglycemic after becoming an Alcoholic. I really want to find out if having Diabetes can increase the risk for Alcoholism.

Alcoholism is a physical disease like Diabetes. Alcohol is treated as an emotional problem but the base of it is physical. As with any illness, there are mental, emotional and spiritual components. For instance, I have chronic pain and while the pain is physical, it has caused me to suffer from depression and anxiety. The same is true with Alcoholism. Many people, my husband included, don’t understand Alcoholism and don’t view it as a physical disease. They view it as a lack of will power and overall selfishness. 

Part 2 will cover the relationship between sugar addiction and alcohol addiction.