Self-Care Steps To Heal Back Pain Flare-Ups

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humanbodyHot and cold compresses, physical activity, exercise, and safe lifting techniques help men to heal and to prevent low back pain. For pain control, acetaminophen (Tylenol) may have limited benefit, but is still worth trying.

For many men, low back pain gets better over time, often within a few weeks. Pain control is important, especially early on. Although recent studies have questioned the effectiveness of acetaminophen (Tylenol) for back pain, this over-the-counter mainstay is still worth a try, reports the July 2015 Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

A review in the medical journal BMJ found little evidence that taking acetaminophen relieved pain or shortened the duration of back pain flare-ups. But not all back pain is the same, so acetaminophen could still be helpful for some men.

“Taking acetaminophen for three to five days is all you need to find out if it will work,” explains Dr. Jeffrey N. Katz, professor of medicine and surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and editor of Back Pain: Finding solutions for your aching back, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.

In addition to pain relievers, these other steps should be part of any recovery plan for low back pain:

* Ease pain with cold or heat. Both can reduce reliance on pain relievers.

* Stay as active as possible. Extended bed rest is not helpful; continuing to do usual daily activities, to the greatest extent that you can, speeds healing.

* Develop back-safe techniques. For example, lift heavy weights with the leg muscles, not the lower back.

Read the full-length article: “Best bets for back pain”

Also in the July 2015 Harvard Men’s Health Watch:

* How effective is the new DNA stool test for colon cancer?

* Not all processed foods are unhealthy

* Some men can safely delay treatment of low-risk prostate cancer

* Glaucoma: A common cause of preventable vision loss

The Harvard Men’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free). Contact us for a complimentary copy of the news letter.

6 Life – Transforming Lessons That Can Help You Heal From A Serious Condition

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By Bhava Ram

mansmileThe greatest adversity in your life is also your greatest gift. A 2013 study found that those who reported the highest levels of trauma and adversity also reported the highest levels of growth and self-development. (Here’s the link.) This was definitely true for me.

I wasn’t always a yoga master. In fact, I used to be a poster child for hopelessness.

By my 50th birthday, I had lost my career as an NBC war correspondent to illness and injury. After I broke my back, failed surgery left me crippled and condemned to life in a body brace. I became addicted to painkillers, antidepressants, uppers, and alcohol. I gained 100 pounds, and then was diagnosed with stage IV terminal throat cancer. I felt my life was over.

The turning point for me came when my two-year-old son, Morgan, begged me, “Get up, Daddy.” Those three words became my motivator and my healing mantra.

Here are six lessons I learned from the adversity I had to overcome.

Working harder to get ahead won’t help you reach your potential.
I used to think that working longer and harder in my profession as a journalist was the path to fulfillment. I was recognized with a prestigious journalistic award and had many meaningful experiences, but at the end of the day, I lost my health, my marriage, and nearly lost my future–some due to working so hard, others not. Identify your true potential as a person, not as a professional, and pursue that instead with the same level of zeal.

Having a clear mantra or intention will carry you through difficult times.
If you’re determined to make a major change in your lifestyle, you’ll have to approach the challenge relentlessly, passionately, and with unflagging motivation. The easiest way to do this is to find something that you desperately care about, something that when you think about it impels your forward with even more resolve. In my case, as mentioned, it was living for my son. Whenever I faltered, I repeated his three-word plea to me over and over. A mantra also helps you flick away distracting thoughts and impulses.

We all have the power to take control of our health, and the capacity to self-heal.
Doctors may tell you your situation is hopeless. Or they may tell you the alternative healing path you’ve chosen won’t work. Take charge of your own healing journey, with or without their help. The capacity of human beings to reinvent ourselves is infinite–limited mainly by our fears. You can support your body’s innate ability to self-heal through diet, detoxing, meditation, a spiritual discipline, the loving support of friends and family, movement, mind-body therapies, energy medicine, and excellent teachers. The doctors called my recovery “a miracle”; I call it enabling my body to reach its full potential.

healthywordsIf you want to completely transform your health, make it your number one priority.
I had the good fortune to be able to devote myself to self-healing 12 hours a day. With the help of loved ones, healing became my primary job. Not all people can quit their jobs while healing. But think of it this way. If you get so sick you can’t work, you’ll lose your job anyway. When faced with a life-or-death decision, choose the path that will help you live this rich, wonderful life a little longer. You can do it. Don’t let naysayers, low-value people and activities, or outside pressure discourage you from your mission to heal.

Find a healing discipline and dive into it with your fullest passion and focus.
There’s more than one way to heal one’s body. For me, it was yoga combined with Ayurvedic medicine, diet, and practices. Whatever discipline you choose, become the best student you’ve ever been. Do research, find teachers, take classes, go on retreats, enter a clinic, and engage in the discipline every day. For me, doing yoga 12 hours a day and changing what I put in my body was my “organic chemotherapy”–it altered my body chemistry, my state of mind, and made my body strong.

You can’t make much progress on your health quest until you clean up your act.
People who are very ill or seriously injured often feel that their suffering entitles them to indulgences like a sugary dessert, steak dinner, or cocktails at night. My body was so riddled with alcohol, prescription drugs, and unhealthy food that it took me days in a rehab facility to get these toxins out of my body. It took many more months of cleanses and a complete overhaul of my diet to reverser the effect of the poisons. Once I did, however, my body responded well to yoga and all the other healing modalities I was using.

– Brad Willis, a.k.a. Bhava Ram, is a former NBC News war correspondent who self-healed from a broken back, addition, failed surgery, and stage IV cancer using yoga. The founder of Deep Yoga, based in San Diego, he teaches workshops throughout the US and India. His new book is Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life (BenBella Books). See his recent TEDx talk based on the book, and learn more at

Bach Flowers And You: The Natural Way To Heal – Part 2

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By Kac Young Ph.D, DCH, N.D.

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

kacflowerHis first set of floral remedies were called the Twelve Healers. With the success he garnered in healing people from this first group, he expanded his research and created the 38 remedies and the bonus 39th, Rescue Remedy. Dr. Bach was a selfless man, in love with the idea of curing all illness through non-invasive techniques which brought out the highest of human qualities in each person. His lab was a place where “the lights never went out.”

Each flower used in the remedies possesses a specific vibration, that when transferred to water, can be used to shift a blocked mental state into one with positive qualities. Each essence fosters the top qualities of human existence. These positive vibrations help us overcome the harmful, limiting pulsations caused by a negative mental picture. In other words, thoughts create our reality and we can control our thoughts using the remedies as helpers and guides.

Often we are unaware of the mental state that is causing illness or imbalance. It’s invisible and imperceptible in many cases. In the back of my book I created an index of mental states and emotional response that will help you identify what remedy you need to alleviate the physical condition you wish to improve. All you have to do is follow your emotions, whatever they are, and they will lead you to the cause of your discomfort. By “diagnosing” the cause, you can apply the remedy and begin healing.

Our bodies are energetic centers of positive and negative charges. When the ions, hormones and systems of our physical selves are in harmony with each other, we experience health. When our parts are out of balance, we experience distress.

As babies our energy fields are neutral. As we progress in life, we pick up the mental and emotional fields that will govern how we think, feel and react in life. Just like baby bodies, energy starts out neutral. It either flows freely, like water through a garden hose, or it becomes kinked and restricted. The good news is that we have our hand on the spigot at all times. We control whether the current flows freely and nourishes our lives, or whether it is stopped-up and we become parched and dehydrated. We can use Bach’s Remedies to assist us balance our states and so we become the maestros of our music.

If you’ve ever wondered which remedy to take for what issue, you can either study for months to learn about each remedy, or you can use my new book. The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies, as a shortcut to the indication, analysis, understanding and application of the right remedy for your condition. I wrote it from years of personal experience with Bach Flower Remedies and to make it easy for people to tap into the extraordinary healing qualities of the remedies for themselves and their families. I now believe that healing at this essential vibrational level is more permanent than any other type.

Using the remedies will assist you in achieving your mental, physical and spiritual goals.

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Visit: for more info.

Bach Flowers And You: The Natural Way To Heal – Part 1

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By Kac Young Ph.D, DCH, N.D.

kacflowerBach Flowers (pronounced Batch) heal from the inside out. They work at the invisible level of energy and transform a negative condition into a positive one. If you’re an old-hand at Bach Flower Remedies you will understand this concept right away. If you’re new to the remedies, maybe the explanation ahead will help you.

Decades ago I became interested in the Bach Flower Remedies because I liked how I responded to Rescue Remedy – the Big Daddy of the remedy collection. Rescue Remedy was my go-to potion when I was under stress or facing a challenge. It worked so well for me, and changed my pent-up anxiety into such a calm front, that I bought a book so I could learn more.

I found the information in that book to be dense and intimidating. I bought another book thinking the new author would make learning easier. It didn’t happen. The more books I bought, the more confused I became. Ten books later, and a great deal of experience with the remedies, I decided to cut to the chase and write my own book. I honed down volumes of information onto one page to make the information not only easy to digest, but also easy to apply and use.

According to Dr. Bach, illness is an imbalance in the systems of the mind, body and soul. He believed that if you could change the mental state causing the illness, you would heal the person. He spent his life looking for compatible plants that held the vibration of qualities that would alleviate various conditions.

Dr. Bach was not an airy-fairy bark-eater who lived in the woods and only conversed with squirrels. He was a celebrated, leading-edge medical doctor who had been educated in London and who invented vaccines to cure bacterial infections which caused many illnesses. He related certain strains of bacteria to specific types of personalities and thus made the mind-body connection back in the 1920’s.

Bach grew up in Wales and his greatest joy came from his love of the countryside. He was curious and observed everything he came into contact with. His pulse raced when he was in natural surroundings and he loved how nature made him feel when he was engulfed by it. He learned huge life lessons from nature and was so inspired by what he observed that his entire career was dedicated to bringing harmony, balance and connection to each person suffering with illness so they might heal through their minds, hearts and bodies, simultaneously. He believed our mental states bring about our ills and, by changing those, perfect health would ensue.

Bach chose flowers as his messengers and through the essences he cultivated from the blossoms, he was able to transfer living, healing energy into each person as they consumed a potion of his remedies diluted in spring water.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Visit: for more info.