Monthly Archives: February 2016

Alternative Treatments for Epilepsy

About 1 in 100 people are affected by epilepsy which is quite a large chunk of the population.  Diagnosis in childhood is common although it can affect anyone of any age.  Over 65 year olds are often diagnosed with it too.  I’m not going to get into the types of epilepsy because it always comes down to one thing, all epilepsies induce seizures or fits.

One visible symptom

brain waves

There appears to be just the one visible symptom and that is recurring seizures which are caused by an excess of electrical activity in the neurons of the brain.   The brain is constantly alive with electrical activity.  The amount of stimulation and suppression necessary to balance a healthy brain is controlled by switches, turned on and off by neurotransmitters.  These neurotransmitters depend on certain nutrients for them to activate, including magnesium, calcium and zinc.  These nutrients play various roles in  supporting the response of the nerve cells to electrical stimulation. Continue reading Alternative Treatments for Epilepsy

Type A and B Personality Traits

Are you type A or B?

This is an article about type A and B personality traits and how being one or the other can affect your health! There are other personality types but I want to concentrate mainly on type A.

Let’s see if you’re type A

police arrest
Chicago Police Arrest.  I suspect all the people in this picture are pumping adrenaline! Cr: Grendel Khan

Do you have what you might call a strong personality?  Are you driven by ambition with plenty of get-up-and-go?  Do you get impatient and irritable if things don’t go your way?  Are you competitive with a Continue reading Type A and B Personality Traits

Why Do I Have Chest Pain?

Many people ask ‘why do I have chest pain?  There are numerous reasons why you may have pain in the chest area and it doesn’t always mean you have something wrong with your heart.

There are many incidences where people think that they may be having a heart attack and I will be going through two of them further in this post.  But first, I want to emphasise that if you are having any of the following symptoms, consult a doctor and/or call for an ambulance immediately:

Heart & Ribcage
Cr: Bruce Blaus
  • chest pain
  • pain in the upper back
  • pain in the stomach, arms,
    neck, jaw or even teeth
  • tightness in the chest
  • feeling light headed or dizzy
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling clammy and sweaty
  • feeling nauseous or vomiting
  • feeling really unwell.

Symptoms vary from one person to another and often differ between men and women. Continue reading Why Do I Have Chest Pain?

Can Stress Cause Heart Disease? Part 3

Part 3

This is the last part of “Can stress cause heart disease?” and we will cover how our energy is produced and why electrolyte imbalance compromises that production.  This imbalance then causing a general cardiovascular deterioration. Click if you missed Part 1 and Part 2

Energy productionHow we produce energy

Firstly I want to go through, as simply and succinctly as possible, how our bodies produce energy.  I’ve tried to avoid you ‘glazing over’ as I’ve  been guilty of being too technical according to some comments.  You can skip the explanation if you want to.  Suffice to say, Mg is vital for producing and storing energy.  Without it, energy production will stop.

Our bodies have around 37.2 trillion cells according to Dr Eva Bianconi and colleagues from the University of Bologna, Italy.¹  This cell count was estimated by counting the amount of cells in each part of an average sized body being: a 30 year old male, 70kg in weight, 1.7m in height and 1.85m² body surface.  They had to account for bone cells, fat tissue, articular cartilages, the bilary system, blood, vessels, skin, organs etc..  and then add it all up, quite a feat!  This, though, is probably the best estimate to date. Continue reading Can Stress Cause Heart Disease? Part 3

Can Stress Cause Heart Disease? – Part 2

Part 2

In Part 1 of ‘Can stress cause heart disease?’, I explained the diversity of stressors that the population, in this day and age, have to contend with.  This burden of anxiety, which is causing most of us to live with stress on a daily basis, is the start of the road to heart disease.

Comparing then to nowgrass fed cattle

Back in the early 20th century, we were getting plenty of Mg in our diet.  The soils were full of vitimins and minerals and as well as tasting great our food kept us replete with Mg and other nutrients.  Our crops were healthy and our livestock fed on the fresh, nutritious grasses and lived out in the fertile fields.  An estimated 400mg-500mg of Mg per day was the average intake for the majority of the population.  In the year 1900, heart disease was not the killer it is today and was way down the list of major causes of death. Continue reading Can Stress Cause Heart Disease? – Part 2