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What Are Nightshade Plants?

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The mere words Nightshade Plant draws up images of mysterious workings within the dark of night, the creation of magic potions or poisonous concoctions, images of witches and of medicine men silently creating their wares.

Well the images and ideals surrounding Nightshade Plants may not be that far off from the truth. Many of these sprouts, herbs, and vegetables contain ingredients that are used within modern and herbal medicines.

Although these plants and their chemical components are generally used to promote good health some of their properties can indeed be toxic when consumed in large quantities or when given to people who have a food sensitivity or autoimmune disorder.

Nightshade plants are more common than one might first presume. Many people do not realize that some of the foods growing in their garden fall under this category and may not be all that healthy for some members of their family to consume.

Nightshades are plants which have developed a means of self defense against pre…

Raynaud's Disease Syndrome?

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Raynaud's is not visible on an x-ray and often its symptoms are attributed by family, friends, and perhaps even the person suffering from it as simply the effects of being cold.

Raynaud's Syndrome is a disorder where the small blood vessels (capillaries) narrow to restrict the blood flow to involved areas. 

Its symptoms generally affect the body's extremities such as a persons hands and feet but the lungs can also experience an involvement of symptoms. During an attack the extremities involved will appear white, blue, or reddish in color. Although the length of time that these attacks can last will vary with each individual the disease itself is generally quite mild.

Raynaud's disease is usually treated as one of the quieter illnesses out there but for those who suffer from a severe form of this syndrome it can be devastating. Risk of infection or death of body tissue due to a lack of blood flow can be the consequences of a severe bout of its symptoms.

In rare instanc…

Brainfog: Cognitive Dysfunction

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Brain fog does exist and for those who suffer from its symptoms it can be a very frustrating syndrome to deal with. 

Cognitive dysfunction, as this phenomenon is more professionally termed, is a state of mental fuzziness or confusion that is generally caused by an underlying health issue.

Similar to the mental confusion that a normal person might suffer if they were extremely fatigued or ill with a very bad head cold, brain fog is no laughing matter. In fact it can be extremely disabling.

Brain fog feels similar to the symptoms of a bad head cold and the causes of this syndrome are many. It may develop because an underlying illness such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, or Thyroidism is present. It may also occur if you suffer from heavy metal poisoning, extreme fatigue, brain injury, tumor, or menopausal symptoms.

Although a person may not always discover the cause of their brain fog they certainly know all too well the many symptoms and hardships which this syndrome can cause.

So what is this …

Swallowing Difficulty

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Fatigue, muscle damage, muscle weakness, muscle spasms, a blockage in the throat area, or other factors can make choking on food, liquids, or saliva a very serious issue for some individuals.

Although dysphagia is a common complaint of the aged; illness, an accident, chronic acid reflux, or a chronic disability can bring on swallowing difficulties at any age.

I don't eat oranges anymore because I am afraid that I will choke as I attempt to swallow their stringy pulp. Swallowing is difficult for me so there are many foods which I no longer attempt to eat.

I keep a glass beside my dinner plate and I take a sip after each bite to help to push the food down as I eat. Choking is one of my largest fears and I am not alone.

My swallowing difficulty began when I was twenty-six years old. I was diagnosed with a rare muscular illness classed under the term "Myositis". The disease comes with severe fatigue, muscle weakness, and muscle wasting. These are the key factors which cause many…

Natural Ways to Treat Depression

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It is something that can happen to anyone at any stage of life. A traumatic event, a physical change in the body, or simply an inability to deal with the many stresses of life can bring on a bout of depression. 

Some individuals may have a lower ability to tolerate stress and this also may predispose them to depression. It can come on suddenly or it can develop gradually over many years. Because there are so very many reasons for a person to be depressed it is a very individual illness and what works to help one person heal may not work for another.

The good news is that there are a number of proven natural therapies which can greatly help to relieve the symptoms for many and these treatments are quite safe to implement into your treatment program. There are many effective means to fight depression and it is just a matter of finding the method which works best for you.

As with all illness it is often a combination of prescription, diet, and lifestyle change which is most effective in tre…
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