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Does Homeopathy Work?

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First let’s start by defining homeopathy. Essentially this form of medicinal treatment involves using extremely diluted substances to form a remedy. The intent behind these remedies is to illicit the body’s natural mechanism to heal itself. The real art of homeopathy comes in identifying the symptoms and then correctly pairing up the appropriate remedy.

The core concept behind homeopathy is the concept of treating a “like with a like” This concept has long been understood and practices to this day in modern medicine. For instance a traditional modern medicine treatment for certain cases of severe allergies is to introduce small amounts of pollen to the patient, and slowly over time to increase the levels of pollen. By using this technique the body naturally starts to grow a tolerance and thereby the severe allergy patient suffers no more. In the same vein of treatment via “like with a like” Doctor’s commonly prescribe a stimulant Ritalin for children with ADHD. A stimulant for a child that is hyperactive. Like with a like. The key difference in homeopathy and modern medicine is that the dosages are highly diluted to the point that the medicines are non-toxic.

Let us now look at the homeopathic approach to treatment. First the homeopath must identify the symptoms. For instance if a patient is suffering from sleep deprivation and agitation, the homeopath must then decide which remedy causes these symptoms. Coffee in high doses can cause both of these symptoms. In this case using small doses of caffeinated coffee is just what the homeopathic doctor orders.

The treatments known as remedies are created by pharmacists that practice homeopathy. By using dilution and succession, which is a vigorous form of shaking, the pharmacist separates the original material into tiny particulates which then bond with the water and alcohol. It is believed that this succession forms nanostructures, which are the active ingredient in the remedies.

Although modern science can not yet explain how homeopathy works there are empirical data to back up the efficacy. In one study a homeopath created a remedy using thyroxine, a hormone produced by the thyroid that is responsible for maintaining normal growth. With extremely diluted levels of thyroxine, tadpoles were administered the remedy. The metamorphosis process was dramatically slowed and the time it took the frogs to reach adulthood was recorded. This process was repeated and measured using the scientific method. Although the results can not be explained the efficacy is in black and white.

A German doctor Samuel Hahnemann is the father of homeopathy. He did not approve of many of the medical practices of the time, such as using poisons like arsenic and mercury. He found the practices of blood-letting and purging to be of little use as well. Additionally he notices that often time the cures were causing more harm than the disease. This led him to start experimenting with the dosages. He would dilute the medicines more and more. He found that the more diluted the medicine, the better the results and the side effects were fewer. He also drew the correlation that the most effective drugs of the time caused the same symptoms as the disease. From all of these studies he laid the groundwork for what is today modern homeopathy.

Addiction to workout programs like Crossfit and more

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Is this exercise addiction?

Ever had a buddy say, “I am addicted to working out?”.  Most likely you haven’t but there are hundreds of thousands people that cope with life’s stresses by taking it out on a healthier option.  Instead of screaming at their spouse or kids they decide it’s time to “go for a run”.

When they get a phone call about having to work the weekend they decide to go hit the Box for another Crossfit workout to let go of some steam. But when does it cross the line?

Usually it’s when a person exercises over 90 minutes per day, 7 days a week, and it starts taking over their life. You can also be on the lookout for some of these signs:

  • If a person exercises in spite of injury, weather, or other factors.
  • If they get irritable or depressed when they can’t exercise.
  • If they turn down social events with family or friends in order to get in a workout.
  • If they take multiple fitness classes and then workout again at home.
  • If the person keeps wanting “more”- always keeps training harder, running more miles, or spending more time in the gym. This symptom is especially telling, since the more exercise is practiced the longer it takes to achieve a “high” or sense of well-being after the activity.

So…. now you’ve figured out that you are one of these people that doesn’t know when to say when.  What do you do now?

  • Try stopping for a few days. This can be challenging at first, but if you avoid the gym for at least a week it will allow your body some time to rest. You realize that working out more than 6 days a week is bad for you right? Try doing some other fun things like reading, going for slow walks outdoors, and spending time with friends.
  • Work exercise slowly back into your to your routine. Set a limit for how much time you’re going to work out, or how many miles you’ll run, and stick to it. Better yet, exercise with a friend who might not be in as good a shape as you. She’ll let you know when she needs to stop!
  • Work in tandem with a personal trainer. They’ll help you set limits on how much exercise your body really needs.

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