Saturday, August 22, 2009


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"What is Neurotoxicity?

Neurotoxicity occurs when the exposure to natural or manmade toxic substances (neurotoxicants) alters the normal activity of the nervous system. This can eventually disrupt or even kill neurons, key cells that transmit and process signals in the brain and other parts of the nervous system. Neurotoxicity can result from exposure to substances used in chemotherapy, radiation treatment, drug therapies, and organ transplants, as well as exposure to heavy metals such as lead and mercury, certain foods and food additives, pesticides, industrial and/or cleaning solvents, cosmetics, and some naturally occurring substances. Symptoms may appear immediately after exposure or be delayed. They may include limb weakness or numbness; loss of memory, vision, and/or intellect; headache; cognitive and behavioral problems; and sexual dysfunction. Individuals with certain disorders may be especially vulnerable to neurotoxicants.

Is there any treatment?

Treatment involves eliminating or reducing exposure to the toxic substance, followed by symptomatic and supportive therapy.

What is the prognosis?

The prognosis depends upon the length and degree of exposure and the severity of neurological injury. In some instances, exposure to neurotoxicants can be fatal. In others, patients may survive but not fully recover. In other situations, many individuals recover completely after treatment.

What research is being done?

The NINDS supports research on disorders of the brain and nervous system such as neurotoxicity, aimed at learning more about these disorders and finding ways to prevent and treat them. Scientists are investigating the role occupational or environmental toxicants have on progressive neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and dementia. Also being studied are the mechanisms that trigger neuroimmune responses in the central nervous system and the possibility that some brain disorders in children may occur when environmental triggers interact with genes.

NIH Patient Recruitment for Neurotoxicity Clinical Trials
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Throughout the U.S. and Worldwide

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
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Tel: 919-541-3345

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NINDS health-related material is provided for information purposes only and does not necessarily represent endorsement by or an official position of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke or any other Federal agency. Advice on the treatment or care of an individual patient should be obtained through consultation with a physician who has examined that patient or is familiar with that patient's medical history. "

All NINDS-prepared information is in the public domain and may be freely copied. Credit to the NINDS or the NIH is appreciated.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Intimacy, intimacy, intimacy

If we are not invested in our partner on an emotional level, we are not making love. To make love is to be connected on these two levels – emotional and physical. Staying connected only on a single level is to just have sex. Sometimes couples do not even realize that this is causing a problem in their relationship. Partners just know that something does not feel right. A true partnership functions as a union. This means that when you partner is depressed, stressed and discontent with something in his or her life that you find the time to attend to his or her needs. You do not just go to bed, have sex and fall asleep and then wake up and go on with the next day. When your partner’s experiences become your own concern, you will know what a true partnership is. Only then, you will find true intimacy and a fulfilling relationship. Find time to help with chores around the house. Do not read your newspaper or watch TV during dinner. Do not answer phone calls during times when the two of you are spending quality time. Find time to compliment each other. Do not neglect your appearance just because you’ve already found someone to be with. Take risks and try out new things together. Start paying closer attention to your partner’s emotional state. Break the monotony of your relationship by breaking off from your usual routine. Do not plan on being physically intimate only on weekends when you’re off. Make your partner feel desired through the week. Sex does not per se equate intimacy. For example, you may want to take your partner out to dinner on Wednesday and perhaps on Friday share physical intimacy. Try to keep things like this in your relationship unpredictable. This will take the pressure from both of you. Your partner will feel attended to and you will have less pressure to perform. Do not set a routine because as you know routines become boring. Routines are also influenced by the events in our life and we do not always have control of the external situations in life.
Use the following activity to brain storm some ideas of how to enhance your intimacy.
1. How can I become more attentive to my partner on an emotional level?

2. What do I need to do to show my partner that I really care about their emotionality?
3. How can I show more emotional affection to my partner?

Excerpt from: Couple's Communiation Made Easy (audio book)

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Detoxify Your Colon Naturally

Life style, diet and environmental toxins can cause illness and age the body faster. Here are few things you can do to cleanse your colon.


Step 1 Limit your intake and exposure to environmental toxins and food additives. Try to buy organic, natural food. If you eat meat, be aware that animals are injected with pellets that release growth hormones over a period of time into their system and that processed meat is injected with carbon monoxide to keep its color looking "fresh". Wash all produce well and do not keep thinks in the refrigerator for an extensive period of time (label opened containers with the date you opened the seal on items such as pasta sauce, cream cheese, jams, butter, etc). Just because you do not see mold, it does not mean that the food is not being spoiled. Bottom line, try to eat fresh and healthy foods.

Step 2 You may want to start detoxifying with supplements. Some supplements for detoxification have blood purifying and antioxidant properties. Others, act as mild diuretics. Supplements can also cleanse the body off of parasites and worms. Amongst some of the herbs: are barberry, aloe vera, black walnut, wormwood, yellow dock, pau darco, uva ursi, yellow dock , etc. Other supplements include chlorophyll, garlic oil, golden seal, spirulina, bee pollen, and argeinine (amino acid) to name a few.

Step 3 Colonics and enemas, soaking in sea salt bath infused hot tub or sea weed bath is helpful to drain the body off of toxins as well as sauna therapy or just any other activity such as sun bathing that causes sweating may help over a period of time. Stay hydrated, avoid exposure to toxins in the environment as much as possible, do not smoke and do not use illegal drugs.