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The Stress Syndrome

Adrenal Fatigue, which is caused by stress, is not yet recognized as a disease by traditional medicine. Adrenal fatigue is quite common and the usual symptoms are the need for caffeine to keep going, feeling tired for no reason & having trouble falling asleep.

According to Dr. Rostenberg in his article "Adrenal Fatigue - How to Beat & Treat The Effects of Stress", adrenal fatigue exists in the grey area between sickness and health. It impacts every one of us as we do our best to manage our lives in a high-stress, modern society.

If you have symptoms such as those listed above, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. There are simple saliva tests to determine if you have adrenal fatigue.

Please take the Adrenal Fatigue Quiz to determine how adrenal fatigue is affecting your life.

Is it All in Your Head or is it Adrenal Fatigue

I have many patients tell me they are tired for no reason, have difficulty falling asleep at night, are anxious, need caffeine to keep going and feel overwhelmed.

They have been told they are perfectly normal and healthy and yet they have real symptoms and don't feel well.

Could it be they are experiencing adrenal fatigue, a syndrome that the mainstream does not accept?

In her article, "Strategies to Relieve Adrenal Fatigue" , Judith Orloff MD says she has seen many patients with a collection of symptoms in a syndrome known as Adrenal Fatigue where the adrenal glands can’t keep up with outside stress so the hormones such as cortisol that normally keep you energized begin to get depleted.

Adrenal Fatigue symptoms are real. To find out if your symptoms are stress related and to take a complimentary quiz to discover how adrenal fatigue may be affecting your life, click below.

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Massage Therapy: A Part of Your Healthcare Regimen

A massage works in wonderful ways, easing stress and pain, calming the nervous system, increasing circulation, loosening tight muscles, stimulating internal organs, and enhancing skin. The multiplicity of physiological responses sends a simple, clear message to the mind: Massage feels good. Of course, you want to hold on to that just-had-a-massage feeling -- total body relaxation, muscles relaxed and at ease, and fluid movement restored -- for as long as possible.

But how long that bliss lasts depends on the state of your body. If you're suffering from chronic pain or recovering from injury, then it may take more sessions and perhaps different modalities before optimal health is restored.

If massage is part of your regular health regimen, then it's more likely the effects will endure. In other words, the effects of massage are cumulative, like any healthy habit.

Maintenance: Whether you get a massage weekly, monthly, or just every once in a while, the following habits can maximize and extend the afterglow of treatment.

Water - drink plenty of water after a massage.

Stretching - stretching between massages to maintain joint mobility, prevent muscles from tightening up again, and keeping the life energy flowing.

Body Awareness - after a massage, respect how your body feels. If your body seems to ask for rest, give in to that demand.

Diet - finally, since you've just rid the body of toxins, support the body's renewed state by adhering to a healthy diet.

Schedule your massage today!!

Susan Patton is a Certified Massage Therapist. She graduated from AKS Massage School in 2005. Her office is located in Dumfries, Virginia.

Find out more about Susan at Essential Wellness Massage.

Personal Training: Total health for optimal health and performance.

Chris Dabrowski, the founder and owner of T-Fitness, answers some common questions about personal training that you probably have been looking for.

Chris started working with strength and conditioning coaches in middle school because he played advanced and travel basketball. After high school he interned with strength coaches and obtained several national and international fitness certifications. He realized at a early age that helping others feel better about themselves and their physical state was the key to self improvement.

What are the benefits of having a personal trainer?

The biggest benefit in having a personal trainer is accountability. A Good Personal Trainer motivates you the minute you walk into the door, consequently, you're much more efficient during your workout session. They eliminate the guess work and design a program for maximum results based on your individual needs.

Who is the perfect candidate for personal training?

A motivated individual that wants to commit to making certain lifestyle changes and has a strong desired to be successful in reaching their goals.

What is the most common misconception about personal training that you would like to dispel?

There is not a one program fits all. You have have to account for muscle imbalances, PH balance, seated and standing blood pressure, and morning glucose. Each individual needs to be assessed before a trainer can work with them.

In closing

Chris said: Personal Training is a passion of mine. I love every minute in the gym and being in a position to see clients achieve their goals is all the motivation I need to strive for excellence in serving them. It’s the greatest satisfaction there is. I love it!

You can learn more about Chris at T-Fitness.

Challenge: Home Cooked Healthy Meals

How do you juggle work, kids, activities AND eat healthy come cooked meals?

It can be done with a little preparation, and creativity!

With this plan I am going to show you what to cook, give you the shopping list and then you can decide whether you want to take several hours on the weekend to prepare for the week or if you prefer spending an hour maximum 2 or 3 times per week preparing food.

Ready to get started??

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Energetic Healing Can Help with Stress

Energetic Healing can bring a lot of relief to the stress that we live with. Most stress is caused by the perpetual thinking of events that could possibly happen in the future, or events that have happened in the past.

According to Jake White, owner of Jake White Healing, during an energetic healing session we shed light on the causes of our stress and how it exists and feels in our bodies. When we are able to connect with the root causes of our stress, it allows us to release the tension that we carry with us in our lives. This naturally has an affect on our well being.

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Healthy Alternatives - Part 2

2. Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for pain relief, fever reduction,and for reducing swelling. Common over the counter brands include Advil, Aleve and Motrin.

Ibuprofen's main effect on your body is to reduce inflammation and pain however it can also have unwanted effects. It can cause stomach pain, gastrointestinal ulcers, bleeding, kidney injury, nausea, diarrhea, throat swelling, liver injury, prevent your body from rebuilding cartilage in your joints from every day wear and tear, and stop your body from healing an acute injury like a tendon injury or an ankle sprain.

So instead of reaching for that bottle of Advil,Motrin or Aleve why not try something that will give you relief without the side effects.

Try these healthy alternatives:

1) White Willow Bark - used for conditions that cause pain and inflammation such as joint pain, back pain, inflammation and arthritis. Willow bark works in a similar fashion as aspirin.

2) Boswellia - used for inflammation. Especially good in combination with willow bark for pain and inflammation.

3) Tumeric - also used for inflammation especially with arthritis but has a number of other health benefits such as liver detox, Alzheimer's disease prevention, cancer prevention and cholesterol reduction.

New Guidelines for Heart Disease

The new guidelines for heart disease were issued last week & though the new guidelines take other factors into consideration, the main focus remains on cholesterol.

Researchers have been studying inflammation and it's role in heart disease for more than a decade & suggesting tests like homocysteine, C reactive protein & Lipoprotein (a) to name a few.

Why are these tests still considered experimental or alternative when they are better predictors of heart disease than cholesterol.

The new guidelines for cholesterol will increase the number of people taking statins. Statins are known to cause muscle pain, memory loss, increase Hb A1C (elevated levels are associated with diabetes & insulin resistance) and cause demylenation of the myelin sheath (damage to the protective covering of the nerves & brain).

The new guidelines for cholesterol and statins are said to be based on solid evidence & the public should trust them.

I'm asking you to think. Learn more about the new guidelines. Learn more about inflammation & heart disease. Then decide what is right for you.

Below is a list of facts about cholesterol & statins courtesy of Dr Mark Hyman.

-If you lower bad cholesterol (LDL) but have a low HDL (good cholesterol) there is no benefit to statins.

-If you lower bad cholesterol (LDL) but don’t reduce inflammation (marked by a test called C-reactive protein), there is no benefit to statins.

-If you are a healthy woman with high cholesterol, there is no proof that taking statins reduces your risk of heart attack or death.

-If you are a man or a woman over 69 years old with high cholesterol, there is no proof that taking statins reduces your risk of heart attack or death.

-Aggressive cholesterol treatment with two medications (Zocor and Zetia) lowered cholesterol much more than one drug alone, but led to more plaque build up in the arties and no fewer heart attacks.

-75% of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol

-Older patients with lower cholesterol have higher risks of death than those with higher cholesterol.

-Countries with higher average cholesterol than Americans such as the Swiss or Spanish have less heart disease.

-Recent evidence shows that it is likely statins’ ability to lower inflammation is what accounts for the benefits of statins, not their ability to lower cholesterol.

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