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Tinnitus: Non-Stop Ringing In The Ears
  • Tinnitus, the ringing or noise in the ears is annoying, and most of us experience it temporarily when we hear a loud noise.
  • Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs also cause it to appear.
  • Chronic tinnitus, the one that lasts for more than six months, is a problem experienced by 50 to 60 million Americans.
  • Most cases are a personal noise experience, though other people can also hear the sound in some cases. Tinnitus is a diverse kind of problem and is more likely in older people.

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Tinnitus: Ringing in the ears and what to do about it - Harvard Health

health.harvard.edu

The problem of tinnitus happens when our ears hair cells get damaged due to ototoxic drugs or loud noise, and the brain circuits do not receive the expected signal, stimulating abnormal activity in the neurons.

People notice their tinnitus problem in places with low external noise. About 10 percent of tinnitus patients cannot bear the sound due to its volume and seek professional help. There is no cure for tinnitus, though some minimizing is possible.

  • Most people who have chronic tinnitus also have some degree of hearing loss.
  • The inner ear, and the middle ear can get damaged due to ageing, ear wax, heavy medication or extremely loud noise.
  • Most people with Tinnitus have the problem originating at the cochlear nerve level, making it ‘sensorineural’.
  • Stress and insomnia are other common side effects of Tinnitus.
  • Drugs like certain antibiotics, Aspirin, anticonvulsants, and antidepressants can spark or worsen the ringing in the ears.

It is a good idea to minimize being around constant loud noise or use earplugs/earmuffs. For those who are experiencing tinnitus, the following options are worth noting:

  1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): A way to change a person’s awareness and behaviour to make the ringing sound less annoying.
  2. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT): A similar therapy with advanced tools that are placed in the ear to mimic the ringing sounds.
  3. Masking: Hearing aid like devices that emit low-level white noise to mask the ringing sound.
The benefits of starting a stretching routine
  • Stress relief. Our muscles can tighten up in response to physical and emotional stress. Stretching can help relax tight muscles so we feel more relaxed ourselves. 
  • Increased flexibility. Most researchers agree that 10 to 20 seconds of stretching is enough to increase flexibility.
  • Better posture. Stretching can help encourage proper spinal alignment and reduce musculoskeletal pain, which will improve your posture. 

The benefits of stretching: why your body needs to move

nesslabs.com

Aim for 5 to 15 minutes of stretching per day. And if you want to make the most of your stretching routine, it is useful to study the basics.

You're not going to be perfectly flexible after one or two sessions. It takes weeks to months to get flexible, and you’ll have to maintain it.

  • Dynamic stretching. Active movements that help your muscles and ligaments stretch by actively tightening your muscles and moving your joints through their full range of motion. 
  • Static stretching. Passive maintenance of a muscle in a position to the end of its range of motion. The position should be maintained without pain for about 30 seconds. 
  • Ballistic stretching. Repeated bounces or pushes of a muscle past its natural range of motion by using force or momentum. 
  • A little bit everyday is better than a big effort once in a while.
  • It’s easy to overdo it. Make sure you don’t always stretch the same parts of your body.
  • Stick to simple, evidence-based exercises. If you feel pain, discuss it with a doctor.
"Teaching" Sleep

During WWII, the U.S. military realized that if fighter pilots didn't get sleep, their poor decisions had dire consequences. Their mishaps included errors that resulted in their being shot down--or shooting down guys on their own side.

Helping combat pilots get good rest fast became a priority. So the military brought in naval ensign Bud Winter to develop and test a scientifically designed method of "teaching" sleep. After just six weeks of practice, 96 percent of pilots could fall asleep within 120 seconds.

Want to Fall Asleep Faster? Military Pilots Use This Hack to Sleep Anywhere in 2 Minutes or Less

inc.com

  • Get into a comfortable position, wherever you are, like a bed, or a couch.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Relax your facial muscles, all of them, as it sends a signal to the brain that all is well. This makes your breathing slow and deep. 
  • Drop your shoulders, and let them completely loose. 
  • Feel your legs go limp, sinking and getting heavier, both of them, one by one.
  • Turn off your brain for 10 seconds, just like rebooting an iPhone.
  • Avoid thoughts at all costs. It is just 10 seconds, so anything from visualizing something or chanting will do. If you drift towards thoughts, you will start to activate your muscles automatically.
Dancing benefits
  • Studies have found that dancing can improve balance, gait, walking speed, and reaction time, as well as cognitive and fine motor performance.
  • Dancing may help people with Parkinson’s disease, which is characterized by rigid muscles, slowed movement, and impaired balance.
  • Dancing has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress and boost self-esteem, body image, coping ability, and overall sense of well-being.
  • Dancing is good for heart health and weight control.

The Many Health Benefits of Dancing

berkeleywellness.com

A compulsive behavior

It involves actions a person feels driven to do over and over again.

Compulsive actions may appear to be irrational or pointless, but the individuals may feel incapable of stopping themselves.

What Is Compulsive Behavior?

thoughtco.com

A compulsion is an overwhelming desire to do something. An addiction is a physical or chemical dependence on a substance or behaviour.

Two key differences between compulsion and addiction:

  • Pleasure. Compulsive behaviours rarely result in feelings of pleasure. People with addictions desire the substance or behaviour because they expect to enjoy it.
  • Awareness: People with compulsive disorders are typically aware of their behaviours and bothered by the lack of logical reason for doing them. People with addictions are unaware of or unconcerned about the negative consequences of their actions.
  • Habits are repeated actions that must be consciously initiated. Eventually, the process becomes subconscious and automatic: for example, when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Unhealthy habits can become a compulsion or even an addiction. For example, the good habit of regular exercising can become an unhealthy compulsion or addiction when done in excess.

The difference between a compulsive behaviour and a habit is the ability to choose to do them.

  • Compulsive overeating is the inability to control one's amount of nutritional intake, resulting in weight gain.
  • Compulsive shopping is done to the extent that it impairs the shoppers' lives, leaving them financially unstable.
  • Compulsive checking describes the constant checking of things like locks, switches, and appliances.
  • Hoarding is the excessive saving of items and the inability to throw away any of those items.
  • Compulsive gambling is the inability to stop. It results in serious personal, financial, and social problems.

When an otherwise harmless behaviour becomes so consuming that it negatively impacts oneself or others, it may be a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Most compulsive behaviours attributed to OCD are incredibly time-consuming, cause major distress, and impair work, relationships, or other essential functions. It can include behaviours such as eating, shopping, hoarding and animal hoarding, skin picking, and gambling.

Repressed vs Recovered Memories

Memories are the switch buttons of information related to our learning and experiences that can be preserved and restored in the brain of humans.

People having sharp memories have the storing ability to memorize their experiences but the topic of recovering the repressed memories is still contentious in psychology.

Is It Possible to Forget Something That Happened to You in the Past?

verywellmind.com

  • Forgetting about normal aspects is considered as a common event/ability. However, the extreme trauma is sometimes forgotten depending upon the extremity and seriousness of sufferings or due to the fear of futuristic results of a current situation, leading to the dissociative disorders.
  • The various dissociative disorders like a dissociative fugue, depersonalization disorder and dissociative identity disorder have a massive impact on the brain which disconnects the person with the thoughts, emotions, identity of oneself and the nearby surroundings.
  • The connection between these disorders with extreme trauma is still a part of the research for psychologists.

The brain is the holder of various information stored in it in different ways in its different parts. Some memories are stored forever and can be recalled anytime, whereas some are partially retrieved.

But the memories which are traumatic become repressed despite having huge information or a massive experience.

  • If the traumatic condition is extreme, then the memory may not be long term rather they can only be stored as sensations, emotions and reactions.
  • In the trauma which is moderate and bearable, the memories can be stored for the long term and are not much affected.
  • The process of “State-dependent” memory enhances and retrieves the forgotten memory at the current time due to the sensory triggers for a particular situation. Whereas sometimes the memory of the traumatic situations can return through sensations or flashbacks where the person feels to recall the past naturally comparing it to the present.

Some researchers believe that recovered memories may or may not be true.

In their observations, they found that the trauma survivors who have gone through the extreme emotions have truly recovered memories. While others reported having recovered false memories which are implanted by the therapists in sensitive patients by incorrectly infusing the seriousness of trauma in their mind.

A therapist has to be careful before suggesting any symptom for a root cause until the cause is reported or identified by the patient.

Antivitamins
  • As we are moving past the antibiotic era due to rapid bacterial resistance, we need a new class of drugs to treat bacterial infections.
  • Antivitamins aren’t as well known as antibiotics, but were identified way back in 1930 by Sir Edward Mellenby, and were called ‘toxamins’.
  • Antivitamins disrupt the vitamins in a cell from functioning.

Meet antivitamins. They may replace your antibiotics one day

bigthink.com

Antivitamins are produced naturally as a way for a bacterial cell to kill another bacterial cell. The complex and important procedure is done in a seemingly hidden and mysterious way, with just one atom interrupting a complex chain of protons.

New research indicates that there is no harm to humans, and antivitamins can be configured to target pathogens without any side effects.

'Clean eating' is the most widely followed diet

Clean eating can best be described as a holistic approach to finding foods that are fresher, less processed, and a higher quality. The broader idea comes from the belief that your health is the single most important investment you can make.

Observational studies have linked ultra-processed diets with poor health, weight gain, and early death. While there is no one right way, the clean eating approach prefer food in its natural state.

A dietitian's guide to 'clean eating': what it is and how to do it right

theguardian.com

Clean eating is about choosing whole foods and ingredients, products that are minimally processed, and as additive-free as possible. It is not a punishing mindset, but a prioritising one:

  • Whole foods and ingredients first.
  • Minimally processed foods made with whole and familiar ingredients.
  • Where possible, avoid synthetic chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives, as well as artificial sweeteners, flavours, and colours.

The practice also promotes home-cooking and developing a culture of food that leads to meals that taste great and are better for you.

  • It's not a hard science. It is a conceptual framework to help navigate the vast food choices available.
  • Exclusive and judgmental. It's not an all-or-nothing approach, nor a tool by which to measure someone's value.
  • Versus "dirty." Clean eating can only be contrasted with "messy," where western diets are complicated and confusing.
  • Inflexible. It is an inclusionary approach that you can adapt, whether you are vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, or simply choose not to eat certain foods.
  • Only about avoiding processed foods or chemicals. It is about moving toward quality and making the healthiest choice.
  • Whole foods come first. Wholefoods don't need labels with ingredients.
  • Cut or eliminate ultra-processed foods that contain synthetic chemicals, pesticides, and artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives.
  • Choose minimally processed foods. It is food where, if you wanted to, you could find all the ingredients and make it yourself.
  • Focus on healthy oils such as olives and avocados.
  • Where you can, choose organic and no added hormone milk, cheese, yoghurt, and butter.
  • Select meats, poultry, eggs, and seafood with no hormones administered or antibiotics added.
  • Take care when choosing plant-based proteins as an alternative to meat as they can be highly processed and contain fillers, preservatives, and artificial ingredients.
  • Declutter your countertops. Replace sugary or processed snacks for a bowl of fresh fruit.
  • Reorganise your fridge and pantry. Place unprocessed, whole foods in front, and make packaged foods less visible.
  • Stay positive. Don't beat yourself up for a food choice. Big changes take time.
Telehealth

Medical services are always going to be at high demand, no matter the area or the circumstances. One way to ensure that people have faster access to medical services, especially in times of crisis, is by using the telehealth, which can be defined as the remote access of health care services by means of telecommunications technology.

One of the health care services provided is the telemedicine or the fact of being able to have a virtual check with your doctor.

What is telehealth? How technology is improving the future of medicine

insider.com

Among the most known telehealth services:

  • patient portal: you have the possibility to keep track of your health record while being able to communicate securely with your
    doctor
  • virtual doctor appointments: extremely useful for persons who do not need an in-person physical examination
  • store and forward: this kind of service enables the electronic transmission of medical documents
  • remote patient monitoring: it allows your doctor to monitor your health from the comfort of your home by using wearable devices
  • mobile health: through mobile health applications, you can keep better track of your health.

Among the benefits of the telehealth:

  • better access to medical care: especially for individuals with mobility issues or living far from a doctor
  • improves care quality
  • reduces care cost: you do not need to travel anymore
  • increases patient's satisfaction: especially by saving time.

Telepharmacy refers to the delivery of pharmacy services to the comfort of your home.

Furthermore, there are medications that do not even need a prescription, making it even easier to order and get them by using telepharmacy.

The biggest limitation that telehealth implies refers to the fact that for certain conditions, it is absolutely necessary that the individuals go for a face-to-face check to the doctor.

However, if your care provider and insurer offer you the possibility of telehealth, it is worth taking a chance with it.

YouTube Yoga

The Youtube Star Adriene Mishler hosts a popular free yoga class on the social media network and has experienced an explosion in viewership since the lockdown.

The eight-year-old show now has 6.6 million subscribers and 543 million views. This jump in viewership is due to people being isolated at their homes globally, unable to move around as before.

'Yoga With Adriene' On Her Rising Popularity

vice.com

A lot of popular online channels on Yoga and Meditation aren’t directly mentioning or addressing the main news story of 2020, which is otherwise dominating the headlines for three months now and has drastically changed our lives.

This is due to the fact that most of us want to escape from this grim and dark reality and these shows are like an Oasis, their normalcy being part of the charm.

*Be a calm and gentle witness to the feelings you are nurturing. Yoga is not something you have to be good at to start practicing.

Even if you are not feeling flexible, just wear something comfortable and start doing Yoga.*

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