Allergic Reaction Prevention

To prevent developing an allergic reaction, here are some tips to consider.

You or your child may need to see a doctor if one or both of you has experienced a severe allergic reaction. The doctor may prescribe an allergy kit for both of you. You need to have this kit near you at all times and make sure you and your child know how to use it.

You can avail of outside help by wearing a medical identification tag camera if you suffer from an allergic reaction. This will alert people to your allergies.

You need to tell your doctor if you are allergic to a certain drug to avoid him prescribing it to you.

Stay as far away as possible from insects you know can cause you severe allergic reactions. You can receive allergy shots to lessen the seriousness of an insect sting or bite.

If you want to prevent year-round or seasonal allergy reactions then:

Minimize your outdoor exposure to allergens. If you suffer from seasonal allergy:

Try spending a vacation in a location with none or little mold or pollen during the height of the mold or pollen season.

Regular exercise can help unblock a stuffy nose. Indoor exercise is much better than outdoor exercise since it limits your exposure to mold and pollen.

Limit indoor allergens by having double- or triple-paned windows or by properly insulating your home to minimize allergens.

Avail of an air purifier or air conditioner with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.

Keep the level of moisture in your home around 50% by using a dehumidifier on humid days and nights.

Vacuum and dust regularly (once or twice a week). Attach a HEPA filter to your vacuum cleaner to suck in pollen and dust-mite particles.

Avoid heavy drapes, upholstered furniture and carpet that collect dust.

Vacuum at least once a week the backs of furniture, closet, ceiling and walls and if you can damp mop your floor once daily. All of these can rid of dust in your home.

Utilize vinegar, club soda, mineral oil or baking soda to clean your home instead of using strong cleaning solutions that can cause allergic reactions.

Rid of insects especially cockroaches and bedbugs that can trigger allergic asthma by availing of pest control service.

Steer clear from fumes of kerosene heaters, smoke from wood-burning stoves and tobacco smoke.

Fix all leaking basements or roofs that can be breeding ground for mold.

Avoid pet dander and pet saliva as these can be potential allergens for you or for others. Gerbils, mice and even cats spread dried saliva that can irritate some people.

If possible, make your bedroom or even your house off-limits to the pet to prevent any allergic reactions episodes.

Bathe your pet at least once a week.

You can request a member of your family who does not suffer from allergies to clean the litter box of the pet.

If possible, locate your caged pet like a guinea pig, gerbil or mouse in a shed, garage or in any convenient place outside your home.

If you still experience serious allergy symptoms caused by the pet’s dander or saliva, consider giving your pet away to a new owner.

Make sure that the staff in your child’s school is aware of your child’s allergies. It is very important for the school to know this so that it can help your child especially if he suffers from a very severe and potentially life-threatening reaction.


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Causes of Anxiety

No one knows what the real cause of anxiety is but medical researchers have determined that there are three major factors that contribute to anxiety: chemical imbalance in the brain, genetics and life experiences.

With the creation of much better technologies for medical research medical scientists and researchers are gaining more knowledge as to the things that develop anxiety disorders. These enhanced technologies help experts gain more knowledge of anxiety disorders including the biological and psychological effects as well as the development of this disorder.

Chemical Imbalance in the Brain

Patients suffering from signs of anxiety disorder overwhelmingly are given prescription drugs that modify the chemicals of the brain. Experts then theorize that since medications address the brain chemistry of anxiety disorder patients, chemical imbalance in the brain then is the reason why some people suffer from anxiety.

The chemicals in the brain referred above are called neurotransmitters. These are the ones sending messages to the brain. They also are the ones controlling the functions of feeling and thought and because of the imbalances in them, these feelings and thoughts become dysfunctional. Two neurotransmitters called dopamine and serotonin are the chemicals primarily affected and their imbalance can cause feelings of anxiety or depression of the individual.


A lot of people suffering from anxiety disorders have a family history of this disorder. Children born of parents or relatives who suffer from anxiety disorder are at high risk of acquiring this problem later on in their life.

Life Experiences

Medical and psychological researchers theorize that there is a direct connection between a life lived under poverty, violence or abuse and anxiety disorders. These three major experiences are often the background for a great number of patients with chronic anxiety disorder. If anxiety stems from life experiences, then scientists believe that anxiety can be overcome by unlearning these experiences.

Drug Use

Drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine and even caffeine can alter the chemical balance in the brain and can cause anxiety. A lot of cocaine users have said that cocaine generates a feeling of terror and panic which can even persist years after the user had stopped taking the drug. Stimulants and medications can cause anxiety too since their side effects can include anxiety attacks. A withholding or suppressing of emotions such as anger or even an extreme longing for approval can trigger anxiety attacks.

Anxiety also can come from life changes like loss of a loved one, a new job, a new school or pregnancy.

Lack of control over life events

People suffering from signs of anxiety think that their life seems to be beyond their control. They say this because they may have insurmountable debts to pay, or have a really hard time with subjects at school or are unable to cope with problems at work or even the nature of their work itself. Some experience severe anxiety from a stressful experience or situation.


Numerous researches done regarding stress have categorically shown that too much stress hormones in the body causes either depression or anxiety in a person.



Drug Addiction – Treatments and Drugs

Treatments for drug addiction can include self-support groups, counseling and outpatient and inpatient treatment. The kind of detoxification program one takes depends on the degree of a person’s addiction.

Self-support groups – Self-help groups emphasize the necessity of group meetings, counseling and medications to help prevent the patient from relapsing into drug abuse. The physician or counselor may provide the patient with a support group or he can find one himself in or near his area using the library, internet, phonebook or through referrals.

Counseling – This can be done with the patient himself or with his family. The counselor, psychiatrist or psychologist will be the one heading the session and will utilize specific behavior therapies to help the patient better manage his addiction or rid himself of his drug cravings.  The mental health specialist will talk to the patient regarding certain things about his life such as his friends, family, legal problems or job. Family support is good to encourage the patient to open more to the specialist.

Treatment programs – These programs entail information and treatment times that emphasize the warding off relapse and in getting sober. These programs can entail family, group or individual involvement and are offered in many ways like inpatient, outpatient or even residential programs.

Withdrawal therapy – This therapy aims to stop your addiction as quickly but as safely as possible.  It often is done by using other more harmless drugs such as methadone as a substitute to the drug that the patient is taking in order to mitigate his withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal therapy can entail different approaches depending on the drug the patient is addicted to.

If a patient is addicted to a depressant, the withdrawal signs can consist of elevated temperature, heart rate and blood pressure as well as hallucinations, seizures and tremors. The therapy is meant to slowly taper off the quantity of drug used and compensating it with another drug that suppresses the nerves during the withdrawal phase.

If the patient is addicted to stimulants, the withdrawal signs may be extreme cravings, anxiety, weakness, paranoia, depression and even suicidal ideations and psychosis. The therapy is done by the giving of emotional encouragement from the specialist, doctor, friends and family. For the alleviation of depression or psychosis the doctor may prescribe certain medications to the patient.

If opioids are what the patient is addicted to the withdrawal effects can include cravings, anxiety, yawning, sweating and running nose.  Opioid addiction can also cause more severe effects like diarrhea, vomiting, muscle and bone pain, tremors, stomach cramps, high blood pressure, rapid breathing and pulse, dilated pupils, depression and insomnia. To counter these effects, methadone or buprenorphine therapy is given.


This is a therapy that monitors certain physiological functions of the body like muscle tightness, skin sensitivity and temperature, heart rate and blood pressure and provide the patient the means to control them. This therapy helps patients undergoing methadone therapy to substantially relieve anxiety and stress. It is also a good therapy against opiate addiction withdrawal symptoms.

Cognitive Therapy

This therapy modifies the perception of the patient towards himself as well as his addiction in addition to changing his habits to more healthy ones. This therapy helps people probe their own thoughts that help them create their behaviors and feelings – modifying the way patients think can help them modify their actions as this therapy theorizes.

Meditation and Self-Esteem Building

Healthy affirmations and meditation can assist addicts into ceasing their addiction. Meditation and self-esteem building therapies help build the confidence of the patient and make him modify the way he thinks of himself. Through these two therapies the patient can discover new values and consciousness that help him appreciate himself more and give him peace of mind.

Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements or herbal medications are potent neutralizers for withdrawal symptoms making therapy for recovering addicts much easier. Studies have shown that recovering addicts who took certain supplements suffered less drug cravings than those who were not given supplements. Those who received supplements also suffered less sleeping disorders, depression and anxiety compared to those not given any supplements. The supplements given included D-phenylalanine, tyrosine, L-glutamine, linoleic acid, lysinate, magnesium, calcium, amino acids, vit B6 and multivitamins.

Motivation Therapy

Motivation therapy encompasses varied techniques like motivational, spiritual and behavioral strategies among others. This therapy targets social rehabilitation and teaches life skills and risk behavior to make the withdrawal and cessation from drugs completely successful.  It improves self-confidence in a person and introduces new and much better lifestyles and a more productive life.


Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for over 4,000 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed 40 health conditions that acupuncture can treat. The list includes acupuncture’s potency in helping treat drug addiction. This therapy uses ultra thin non-hollow needles inserted at various points in the body to treat a wide range of conditions. One particular type of acupuncture very effective in controlling cravings for drugs is ear acupuncture or auriculotherapy. Acupuncture is now widely used in a lot of rehab and detoxification centers in the United States. It used to be as a complimentary treatment for methadone therapy. Nowadays, more acupuncture is used than methadone treatment considering that acupuncture does not have any side effects to the body.


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Tarzana, CA 91356
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Causes of Sciatica

The six common problems in the lower back causing sciatica include:

Lumbar herniated disc

A disc gets herniated when the nucleus pulposus (the inner soft core of the disc) protrudes out through the annulus or the fibrous outer core. This then causes the irritation of the adjacent nerve root. A herniated disc is also known as a protruding disc, bulging disc, ruptured disc, pinched nerve or a slipped disc. The most common symptom of a lumbar herniated disc is sciatica.

Degenerative disc disease

Typically aging is the natural cause of disc degeneration and some old people experience sciatica when one or more discs that have degenerated begin to irritate a nerve root of the sciatic nerve. When the doctor sees that the inflammatory agents in the interior of the disc become exposed and start to affect the nerve roots and the surrounding areas and when a weakened disc causes too much micro-motion at that spinal level, he can then diagnose the patient as suffering from degenerative disc disease.

Isthmic spondylolisthesis

Isthmic spondylolisthesis happens when a person suffers a small stress fracture that causes one vertebral body to slip forward on another. A combination of a vertebral component slipping forward, the fracture, and the disc space collapse can all result in a pinched nerve and sciatica.

Lumbar spinal stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis can result in sciatica because of the constricting of the spinal canal. This condition is associated with the aging process and typically affects people 60 years old and above. Lumbar spinal stenosis happens due to one or more of the following conditions: a ruptured disc pressuring the nerve roots, an overgrowth of soft tissue and enlarged facet joints, all potentially causing sciatica pain.

Piriformis syndrome

Sometimes the piriformis muscle located in the buttocks may pressure a sciatic nerve causing sciatica.  Piriformis syndrome entails that the piroformis muscle for some reason or another pinches or irritates a nerve root of the sciatic nerve causing a type of pain that is similar to sciatica. Although not considered real sciatica, the pain in the leg can be as severe as sciatica pain as it is the result of an irritated nerve.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

The sacroiliac joint which is at the bottom of the spine can potentially irritate the L5 nerve (located on top of the sacroiliac joint) thereby causing sciatica-like pain. The pain in the leg can be as painful as sciatica since it is caused by an irritated nerve.

More Causes of Sciatica

Besides the aforementioned common lower back problems causing sciatica and sciatica-type pains, there are other issues that can lead to sciatica. These include:

  • Infection – Though rare, an infection in the lower back can still cause nerve root irritation leading to sciatica
  • Spinal tumor – During rare moments, a spinal tumor can encroach on a nerve root in the lower back causing symptoms of sciatica
  • Muscle strain – Occasionally, a muscle strain can cause inflammation that affects a nerve root leading to sciatica.
  • Scar tissue – An internal scar tissue can develop near the sciatic nerve and lean on it which can cause sciatic pain.
  • Pregnancy – Major body changes occurring during pregnancy like the gaining of weight can cause the body’s center of gravity to change which can cause tissues and body parts to put pressure on the sciatic nerve causing sciatica. Also pregnancy brings about hormonal changes that can also result in sciatica during pregnancy.


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Complications of Drug Addiction

Being a drug addict can lead to a lot of problems in all aspects of life. It affects his family, his relationship, his work or school, his friends, and his physical, emotional and psychological health as well as lead to legal and financial problems. Here are just some of the ramifications of drug addiction:

Health – Being addicted to a certain drug, illegal or prescribed can have negative consequences to your health. Drug addiction can lead to health problems like tuberculosis, AIDS or HIV, influenza, coma, cardiac arrest, depression, anxiety, insomnia and death to mention just a few.

Accidents – Drug addicts are a danger to themselves and to anyone else especially when they’re driving. They tend to stumble and fall when they walk.

Suicide – Some people who want to stop taking drugs or feel so depressed even when they are taking stimulants or “uppers” and may think that the only way to stop their problem is by overdosing themselves to death with drugs.

Relationship problems – Drug addiction abets family and relationship breakups, estrangement with children, other family members and even friends.

Social stigma – Addicts are tended to be shunned by society in general because of the many negative connotations that come with drug addiction. People tend to view drug addicts as prone to stealing and doing undesirable things like prostituting themselves just to feed their addiction.

Child abuse or neglect – Drug addict parents tend to neglect their responsibilities as parents and will not give the time and concern they should give their children as parents.

Poverty – Because a major part of their income is in buying drugs, drug addicts often have no money or are unemployed because of their poor work performance and their overall undesirability. Because they are not trusted and thought of as likely to steal, they might even be shunned by friends or family members from living in their home.

Legal problems – Drug addicts are likely to be incarcerated because of drug use and possession.

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Causes of High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the reading of how much blood pushes against the walls of the blood vessels. The arteries are the blood vessels that are responsible for conveying blood, pumped by the heart, throughout the body. When you have hypertension or high blood pressure, the heart needs to pump harder to because of several factors causing cardiovascular difficulties. High blood pressure can cause complications like atherosclerosis which is the hardening of the arteries and heart failure.

The Causes of High Blood Pressure

No one knows for sure what exactly causes high blood pressure in a person although doctors have determined are number of conditions and factors that may cause its development. These conditions and factors can consist of:

  • Thyroid and adrenal problems
  • Chronic kidney problems
  • Family history of hypertension
  • Genetics
  • Old age
  • Stress
  • Excess drinking of alcohol (2 or more drinks a day)
  • High salt content in your diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity or excess weight
  • Smoking

Essential Hypertension

Essential hypertension means that the root cause of one’s high blood pressure cannot be established and that almost all (about 95%) of high blood pressure cases that are heard by doctors in the U.S. are of this type of hypertension.

Essential hypertension can be caused by a person’s lifestyle and the foods that he eats. The correlation between high blood pressure and high salt consumption is glaringly exemplified by these examples: People living in northern Japan consume the highest amounts of salt anywhere in the world and they also exhibit the highest occurrence of essential hypertension while people who don’t use salt in their foods never exhibit any signs of essential hypertension.

Most people need minimal amount of salt in their body and using salt more than their body needs enhances their blood pressure. Other elements that will make one risk getting essential hypertension include insufficient amounts of magnesium, calcium and potassium in the body, chronic alcoholism, lack of physical activity, stress, diabetes and obesity.

Secondary Hypertension

If a definite cause for your hypertension has been found, then your condition can be referred to as secondary hypertension.  Kidney disease is the number one cause for secondary hypertension. High blood pressure may likewise be due to tumors or other factors that cause the adrenal glands (located above the kidneys) to dysfunction, producing large amounts of hormones that increases blood pressure.

Certain medications especially birth control pills that contain estrogen as well as pregnancy can elevate blood pressure.

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Complications of Depression

Listed below are some of the complications associated with clinical depression.

Suicidality – When left untreated, some severely depressed people may feel worthless, helpless and hopeless.  When these linger on, thoughts about death eventually occur since with the feelings of hopelessness and despair they experience everyday, the idea of dying is a much better option. The progression of the illness worsens if no help comes and suicidal behavior and thoughts eventually follow.

Homicidal Behavior – This type of behavior is more of an exception rather than a rule among severely depressed people although it does really happen to some. Homicidal behavior in depressed people is highly plausible since depression can result in bad judgment that makes these people vulnerable to inflict harm on others.

Psychosis – Impairment in thinking and perception can be the result of clinical depression. It is not rare to hear of some depressed people who are afflicted with delusions and auditory hallucinations. A lot of these hallucinations are often about inappropriate commands which instruct the person to do dark actions like harming others or even oneself. Delusions can be as bizarre as thinking of himself as the King of the World or the Chosen Savior or one of paranoia.

Functional Impairment – The common symptoms of depressed people are the loss of interest and their lack of energy to do their regular activities. They stay in bed all day, always wanting to be left alone. They hardly work on their daily chores. They suffer from job loss and financial problems more often than not.

Relationship Problems – This is a logical consequence of their anti-social behavior and thought problems.  Not all members of a depressed person’s family may fully appreciate what the depressed person is going through and this leads to arguments, name-calling and fights with parents, siblings, children or even spouses.  The more estranged the person becomes from relatives, friends and family the worse his anti-social behavior becomes.  It is incredulous to know that there are a lot of unsupportive children, parents and spouses in this world who are incapable of reaching out to a depressed relative.

Clinical depression is a really serious illness since it can lead to death. Ignoring it makes the illness worse and not addressing it is a very grave mistake.