Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love.”

George Carlin

““Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”?”.”


““Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.”

George Gordon Byron

““Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” ”

Thomas Jefferson

““If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny.””

Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

““After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.” ”

Fernando Lachica - The Game of Life

“"You love is the medicine for my injured soul."


"“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”

Erin Hunter, Rising Storm

““A medicine cat has no time for doubt. Put your energy into today and stop worrying about the past.” ”

Tamora Pierce, Tris's Book

““Frostpine made a face. Lifting the cup, he dumped its contents down his throat. “Auugghh!” he yelled, his voice stronger than it had been since his return from the harbor. "Are you trying to kill me, woman?"”

Anton Chekhov

"“Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other” "


““Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.” ”

Atul Gawande, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

““We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line.”

Brad Pitt

““Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have.”


““Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.” ”

Paul Farmer

““It is very expensive to give bad medical care to poor people in a rich country.” ”

Mario Puzo, The Godfather

““It was a lie but he believed in telling lies to people. Truth telling and medicine just didn't go together except in dire emergencies, if then.” ”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

““Doctors most commonly get mixed up between absence of evidence and evidence of abense””

Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

““The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again.””

Diana Gabaldon

““One dictum I had learned on the battlefields of France in a far distant war: You cannot save the world, but you might save the man in front of you, if you work fast enough.”.”


““The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it” ”

Kevin Alan Lee, The Split Mind: Schizophrenia from an Insider's Point of View

““In my opinion, our health care system has failed when a doctor fails to treat an illness that is treatable.””

Ben Goldacre, Bad Science

““You are a placebo responder. Your body plays tricks on your mind. You cannot be trusted.” .”

Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal

“To watch the dawn emerge from the night undoubtedly gives a heavenly feeling! The fresh sun rays entwine with the dark horizon and peep out of the creek with tranquil grin.”

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

“The varicolored cloud dust that the sun has stirred up in the sky was settling by slow degrees.”

Coloured Money - Mervyn Peake, Collected Poems

“I am too rich already, for my eyes mint gold."

Robert Kaplan

“In autumn velvety shawls of maroon and sienna drape hillsides that fold down upon willow-braided streams.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The town itself is disagreeable; but then, all around, you find an inexpressible beauty of nature.”

Nicholas Sparks

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that's what you've given me. That's what I'd hoped to give you forever”

Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“Every great love starts with a great story...”

Jarod Kintz, It Occurred to Me

“If loving someone is putting them in a straitjacket and kicking them down a flight of stairs, then yes, I have loved a few people.”

Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor

“My soul will find yours.”

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What to Do for Heartburn #MedicalHealthWorldwide

Source: Peter Sykes @Guidance On Heartburn and Go Articles

What to Do for Heartburn #MedicalHealthWorldwide

The Causes plus 3 Tips for Sufferers

What to do for heartburn will depend on the cause of your problem. For this reason, we see so many different remedies. Some are herbal, some are on prescription and others are obtainable over the counter.

Below is a brief explanation of the causes of heartburn, followed by three useful tips for sufferers, plus a bonus tip!

Heartburn sufferers experience a 'burning' sensation in the chest or throat brought about by an upward movement (reflux) of stomach contents coming into contact with the lining of the esophagus. (the tube which connects the stomach to the throat) The medical condition is therefore known as Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease. (GERD) Two medical conditions co-exist and are the causes of heartburn:

A Retrograde Flow of Stomach Contents into the Esophagus

Here the reflux itself does not necessarily lead to GERD symptoms. It can even occur in healthy individuals.

Malfunction of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES)

The lower esophageal sphincter acts as a valve between the esophagus and the stomach. In this second condition, the LES does not close perfectly and stomach contents move up into the esophagus. This condition is experienced as a persistent heartburn and will usually occur at least twice in one week!

Here are the tips:

Tip 1: Avoid Certain Foods And Watch Your Meal Size

High-fat foods (and in some instances, spicy and fried foods) take much longer to digest and are not so easily eliminated from the body. This increases the chances that acid will move upwards into the esophagus (acid reflux) and cause heartburn. This does not apply to omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish and fish oil. In fact these acids act as very powerful anti-inflammatory agents!

Chocolate is a food that can produce heartburn, taken either in solid form or as a beverage. It contains large amounts of caffeine and fat which may increase acidity. It is generally accepted that dark chocolate is less likely to cause the condition providing it is eaten in small quantities.

Mints such as peppermint and spearmint can enhance acid reflux symptoms, so it is best to avoid foods that contain strong mints. (including mint-based herbal teas)

Overeating is one of the causes of heartburn. If you are unable to identify a particular food as being responsible, then meal size could well be the problem. When the stomach is full to capacity, acid content has a tendency to move upwards into the lower regions of the esophagus or even the throat. This can then cause a 'burning' sensation. Many people experience heartburn after a large meal.

Tip 2: Avoid Certain Beverages

How do we know what to do for heartburn if our eating habits do not appear to be causing the problem? Let us take a look at the beverages we consume.

Coffee and other drinks containing caffeine can lead to increased acidity.

Alcohol can irritate the stomach. It has a tendency to relax and therefore open the lower esophageal sphincter muscle, allowing acid to reflux into the esophagus.

Drinking milk and milk-based products is practised very often as a home-based remedy for curing heartburn. Unfortunately, the calcium in milk makes the stomach produce more acid and whilst it can produce some short-term relief, milk consumption, particularly before retiring at night, can produce adverse effects in the long term!

Tip 3: Avoid Specifically Acidic Foods

Specifically acidic foods such as lemons, oranges, tomatoes and also vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach and onions, promote the opening of the lower esophageal sphincter and therefore increase acid reflux.

Bonus Tip: Use A Holistic Approach To Cure Heartburn

For many people, taking prescription drugs can be ineffective, expensive and possibly dangerous! It is known, for example, that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) damage the lining of the stomach, so you may need to take medication to coat the stomach lining before taking one of these drugs.

Surgery is offered in very extreme cases of gastro esophageal reflux disease, but needs to be considered very carefully because it can compound some underlying conditions, for example stricture of the esophagus and motility disorders involving the movement of fluid.

Holistic therapy points to acid reflux disease being a warning sign for major internal imbalance that needs to be properly addressed. Alternate approaches such as homeopathic remedies, herbal remedies and lifestyle changes as part of a complete holistic course of treatment, are now seen by many as by far the best way of treating and curing acid reflux disease.