The CPAP Machine and My First Night

After my experience of wearing a CPAP machine in a sleep test, I was not looking forward to wearing it for the first time at home. During the sleep test, I felt all tied up; I could not get comfortable and did not sleep at all well. In fact, I was sure I had not slept enough for the scientists to offer a prescription for the machine. Sometime later, I found out that I had a better sleep than was the norm for these sleep tests. So, with some reservation, I began my first night with the machine.

The CPAP machine was bigger than I expected. I needed to set it up out of the way so that I would not trip over it if I rose from the bed during the night. Setting up the machine took some time. The humidifier needed to be filled with cool, boiled water and attached to the machine. Then the tubing, bringing the pressured air, had to be connected and then the face mask had to be connected to the tubing. Once this was done the machine could be switched on.

Now, I had to fit the chin strap over my head and under my chin. This keeps your mouth closed to maintain the pressure of the air going down into your lungs. Next I attached the mask and turned on the machine. A little screen lights up on the machine to indicate it has begun to work. The light on the screen soon turns off.

There is only one correct way for the mask to fit. In the dark, I could not see the markings on the mask to indicate the correct way. I tried it both ways until I felt the air pressure. Then I knew it was on correctly. (The pressure builds up over a specified time decided by your sleep physician).

At one time during the night the machine became noisy as air began to escape. This simply meant the mask has slipped from its correct position.

In the early days of using it, the area where the face mask sits can get itchy. My face did get itchy. However, there is a cream which I used that alleviated that problem.

During the night the chin strap slipped up over the mouth. So, when I awoke I pushed it back under my chin where it should always sit.

Most people will go to the toilet during the night as I did that first night. So I had to be careful not to get tangled up with the tubing which is well over one metre in length. What I did was to lay the tubing over my pillow away from the floor near where I got into bed.

I found myself burping a lot more than normal. As well, I woke up with a sickly feeling in my stomach. My mouth was dry, this first time. These are quite normal reactions and will disappear over time I was told. The sick feeling in the stomach may be relieved with charcoal tablets.

The end result of my first night was an A+ from the sleep physician. I had the best part of eight hours of sleep. Even though I was up and down a number of times during the night, the time spent on the machine was well above the norm. Each time I returned to sleep, quickly. Apparently, in the first months of the machine’s use, the sleep physicians are happy with four hours a night on the machine. The most important result was that my wife had a great sleep.

I had a great start to my journey with the CPAP machine. However,three months into using the machine I am experiencing up and downs with its use. That, too, is normal.

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Turmeric: The Yellow Golden Miracle Herb

“TURMERIC: The Golden Wonder Herb” a great book by Taryn Forrelli ND and “TURMERIC: The Ayurvedic Spice of Life” written by Prashanti de Jager MS, both books tell us in detail what a wonderful herb turmeric is. You may call it a spice too. It grows like ginger and potatoes under the ground. It is widely grown all over India. It looks like ginger, but smaller and thinner in size. It comes from the ginger family. It looks orange when freshly peeled, but is mostly dried and ground into powder. While grinding, we add a few drops of oil (making sure it doesn’t scatter). After drying, it looks yellow and this is the reason we call it yellow turmeric. I call it a miracle healer from the kitchen. It is also known as Curcuma Longa in Latin. This is the only one spice which has been most researched by several scientists for its medical properties and ancient remedies. Now findings tell us turmeric can heal any disease. This wonderful root helps to cleanse the body and as a preventive to stay healthy always. Fresh turmeric is also used as Pro-biotic.

Turmeric, in India, is a common spice and every family uses this beneficial herb in everyday cooking. Here in the US, most of the Indian community uses turmeric every day and it is always available in the kitchen. Our records in India say, this yellow golden turmeric has the highest level of anti-inflammatory agent and people have been using it over 6,000 years as a blood purifier, relief of aches and pain, skin diseases, cleansing urinal tract, cuts and open wounds, and common colds.

This has been one of the most ancient remedies like ginger and garlic. Even now in modern time, I believe that 70% people of India, who live in villages and small towns, still use turmeric for many ailments. I remember when we were little, my brother came home with some blood on his leg and foot. My mom scooped up some turmeric powder from the kitchen immediately, put it on the wound and pressed down with her thumb for a minute. Later when the blood stopped she put more turmeric, a piece of cotton and bandaged. This did the job!

There are several Ayurvedic doctors in India, who treat people with herbs, spices, yoga, Pranayama, and meditation in the villages as well as in the big cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. In fact, many Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities, high-level business people and dignitaries, now prefer to go to Nature Cure doctors for their mental and physical problems because they are sick and tired of present injurious drugs and doctors who have just one aim of minting money and have no relationship with the patients. In most of the villages, there are no medical professionals available, but there are Hakeem, who are popular for their Natural Healing methods and remedies. The public trusts them because they get people cured.

Turmeric root is so beneficial we can use it regularly as a preventative to help ourselves from the horrible disorders such as: influenza, colds, virus, allergies, arthritis pain, Alzheimer’s disease, heart problems, cancer, and urinal tract and detoxifying the body.

I buy a quarter pound of raw turmeric root and wash it thoroughly with a brush. Make a paste in the blender with 2 oz water, bottle and refrigerate it. I swallow half a teaspoon of this paste first thing in the morning and avoid getting sick. Let me tell you, winter is approaching and it brings allergies and many unpleasant problems with it and you do not want to suffer. It’s taste is neither bitter nor sour or tangy. It is not peppery hot. In fact, it is bland and a little pungent.

Turmeric: the wonderful herb is gaining popularity for it’s healing properties and anti-inflammatory benefits. We all are tired with fancy medicines and are looking for some alternatives. Turmeric is a fresh and natural herb with no chemicals and I protect myself from the cold winter season consuming half a spoon of yellow turmeric paste every morning. Try some!

How the Thyroid Gland Affects Our Health

Many women visit their health care providers feeling that something is wrong with their thyroid glands, only to be told either that “everything is fine” or that they need to take a “prescription thyroid hormone”. While either or both answers may be technically correct, they may be an unsatisfactory result for some patients.

If you are suffering from the apparent symptoms of thyroid ‘dis-ease’, there are options within your control to preserve your thyroid health and avoid irreversible thyroid problems. One of these is through eating foods that promote thyroid health.

How the Thyroid Gland Affects Our Health

The thyroid is a very important gland in our body. It plays a crucial role in every person’s metabolism, energy and weight. The thyroid gland also affects one’s ability to sleep well and many other important processes that take place inside our body.

Although men can also suffer from various thyroid problems research shows that women are more prone to thyroid problems than men. This is mostly because women go through a hormonal flux during events such as childbearing and perimenopause which make them vulnerable to thyroid health problems.

Gaining an awareness of how each food nutrient affects your thyroid health will allow an individual to make wiser food choices to alleviate and prevent thyroid problems.

Iodine

Topping the list of nutrients that promote thyroid health is iodine. A deficiency of the crucial trace element iodine can enormously affect the ability of the thyroid to perform its many functions. The thyroid hormones known as T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) are the only kinds of hormones that contain iodine.

Studies have shown that women who are of childbearing age or those who are 20 to 39 years of age were found to have the lowest urine iodine levels. An individual who is iodine-deficient will not be able to produce or assimilate the essential hormones needed for normal body health. Ultimately this will adversely affect all the other tissues in the body.

Selenium

Another way to ensure optimal thyroid health is to see to it that the body has enough selenium. Selenium is an indispensable element in regulating thyroid hormone synthesis. The body’s enzymes also need selenium to be able to preserve the integrity of the thyroid gland. It is also selenium that helps in the efficient recycling of iodine storage in the body.

Zinc

The Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study which revealed how crucial zinc is for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Experts found that without zinc, an individual’s thyroid gland will not be able to perform the needed transformation of T4 from being inactive, into T3 which is an active hormone.

In addition, the part of the brain called the hypothalamus requires a sufficient amount of zinc to enable proper signaling in the pituitary gland so that thyroid activation will also take place. Simply put, those who are zinc deficient are more likely to suffer from an underactive thyroid gland.

Just like every part of our body, our thyroid needs the help of many nutrients for it to function at its best. Iodine, selenium and zinc are the major essential nutrients required for optimum thyroid health.

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Santa’s In Trouble – A Satire

Jolly Ol’ St Nick is the picture of rounded goodness and that has some doctor’s worried.

“Mr Clause has been obese for some time now and it’s all belly fat. Recent studies have shown belly fat is the best indicator for potential heart problems.” Said Dr Mitsy Jingle, chief elf doctor to Santa. He also noted Santa has been overweight for nearly 200 years.

His rapidly accelerating weight gain is attributed to the rise in bakery products containing refined sugars and flours around the mid-1800s. Indeed, before this, Santa was the picture of health: slim, tall and walking or riding his reindeer wherever he went. He ate a diet rich in local, fresh foods and lots of vegetables.

After the mid-1800s, manufacturing of food products ushered in a golden age of food distribution. Unfortunately, we didn’t know about vitamins and minerals yet and how processing of food destroys most of them. Millions died of nutrient deficiency diseases before we realized what was happening.

Today, this brings about other health problems. The more recent tradition of leaving out cookies and milk for Santa is contributing to his obesity and declining health. Millions of cookies and thousands of gallons of milk are consumed in one night alone. Eating the vast amounts of sugar is a leading cause of type 2 diabetes.

Dr Jingle went on to say: “So far the magic of the north pole is keeping Mr Claus from having any serious health issues, but we fear if this continues, it’s only a matter of time before we have problems.”

Elvin Nutritionist Glida Twinkle makes a few suggestions to help keep Santa healthy this year:

Try a hot peppermint tea instead of milk this year. Peppermint keeps you warm in cold weather and can keep you awake. It’s also really tasty.

Keep giving carrots and oats to the reindeer. They are packed with heart healthy fibers and lots of Vitamin A. Vitamin A, especially the beta-carotene, will help the reindeer see better at night. It also works really good for people and elves, too, so eat lots of carrots.

Make 100% whole wheat cookies and fruit treats for Santa’s snacks. He misses these old-time treats and they are much healthier. Whole wheat has tons of fiber and fruits are always healthy. Try adding some walnuts, dark chocolate and cranberries to an old-fashioned molasses cookie as healthy alternative to the too sugary chocolate chip.

The 16th century version of Kris Kringle was the picture of health, tall, robust and strong. He was a leader and role model for children and generous as well. He handed out oranges and limes in the cold winter months. Let’s follow this Santa and be healthy, too!

Christina Major is the Naturopathic Doctor and Holistic Nutritionist of Crystal Holistic Health Consulting. Crystal Holistic Health helps people, especially women, who have Type II Diabetes, High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure lower their numbers, get off medication and increase their energy so they can save money, take back control of their lives and improve the health and happiness of their families.