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Dr Watson laid aside his diary and read out aloud what he had written to himself to confirm that everything was as he had remembered of the case.
On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic. Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which presented more singular features than The Case of the Nun’s Disease.
That my dear Watson is the crux of the matter on which everything hangs. Without that explanation, our efforts will have been in vain. It is obviously the same question that those of your profession will have asked but have failed to find the answer. With that he sat silent for a few minutes with his finger-tips still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, and his gaze directed upward to the ceiling. Then he took down from the mantle piece the old and oily clay pipe, which was to him as a counsellor, and, having lit it once again, he leaned back in his chair, with the thick blue cloud-wreaths spinning up from him, and a look of infinite languor in his face. I imagined the chemicals that were pouring into his lungs, and the damage that it would be doing as he contemplated in silence the matter at hand.
I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend’s subtle powers of reasoning and extraordinary energy in action that I felt that it would only be a matter of time before he would have some solid grounds for the assured and easy demeanour with which he treated the singular mystery which he had been called upon to fathom.
So we sat, in silence, lost in our thoughts. Then all of a sudden he exclaimed, My dear fellow. says he, as we sat on either side of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generation, and leading to the most outr results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable. A big smile now crossed his face and he laughed.
Holmes! What is it that you have discovered that sheds light on this most perplexing and singular of mysteries for I am completely at a loss as to find a it’s solution?
Never mind, said Holmes, laughing; it is my business to know such things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others overlook. The solution here is so simple that words almost fail me. He looked across to me, his face beaming with delight and mysterious countenance. Tell me Watson, what did nuns do?
Now I was completely lost! Everyone knew what nuns did. I collected together my thoughts and answered, The life in the convent was almost identical those of the male gender who lived and worked in monstestories.
Can you be more explicit my friend, and tell me what occupations the nuns were involved in? .
Well Holmes, I ventured to add. Convents were basically self-sufficient in all they did. Besides spending time in prayer, the nuns worked in their garden growing vegetables, harvested what they grew, baked bread, did all the manual tasks associated in keeping the convent in good order. Much of what they did was very physical, and they all did this in the habit that they wore.
True, Watson, but this was no more that what the peasants did in Medieval times, and they wore long flowing garments much the same as the nun’s habit and correct me if I am wrong but there is little or no evidence that they suffered from the disease. Granted peasants breasts were not bound like those of nuns which may explain why they may have been protected from the disease due to the unrestricted movement of their breasts, and also that they suckled their young, but this explanation is inadequate in determining why nuns were more susceptible to the disease that other women.
They made candles which the sold or bartered, I hastened to add.
Holmes smiled at this and he did not need to say anything, for I knew what he was thinking. Candle making was not confined to nuns but was a common trade, and as far as I knew, women of that trade did not suffer from breast cancer or any other cancer for that matter.
Think Watson, think!
For once I found myself unable to come up with anything more than that I had already said. My dear friend, please put this bumbling fool out of his misery and tell me what it is that I have overlooked. says I. ==============
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Everyone’s talking about energy these days.
Worrying about not having enough.
Or it costs too much.
I’m talking about how cheap it is and how it flows. Constantly. In our bodies. Through our bodies. Easily if we’re lucky.
In Asian medicine it’s called Chi or Qi.
Do you have a Chi Machine?
I do. I bought it in 1999 and have used it almost every day since. It’s a lazy man’s (or woman’s) 20 minute meditation.
You lie on the floor on your back with your ankles on the machine and turn on the machine. It gently rotates your ankles. That’s all it does. When it stops you feel like a river is flowing through you because your breathing oxygenates every one of your cells.
It was invented by a Japanese doctor from observing the motion of goldfish.
I first learned about Chi when a Korean MD hired me to write an article to explain Eastern medical practice to Western patients. (I earned ten cents an hour on that task. I had to go all the way back to Plato just to get started.)
Writers tend to have tight shoulders. By 1999 my shoulders woke me up every night shouting at me. The Chi machine shut them up for four years. Then I slipped in some grease in a gas station and turned back to Western medicine. I now have two new shoulders.
If you’d like one to cry on, let me know. But, back to ENERGY. Thanks to quantum physics proving to us that our bodies do flow, constantly, Eastern and Western medicine are merging to our benefit.
In a recent Chicago Tribune article, Ronald Kotulak writes, Western medicine separated the mind from the body in the Middle ages when the famous French philosopher Rene Descarte agreed to accpet flesh and bone as the province of physicians, while the Catholci church claimed possession of the mind, insisting it was the creation of the soul.
But Descartes, whose works were placed on the Church’s Index of Prohibited Books in 1667, believed the two really interacted in the brain. Using the fledging powers of observation and deductive reasoning that he was then developing, Descartes could conclude that the mind is so intimately dependent upon the condition and relation of the organs of the body, that if any means can ever be found to render men wiser and more ingenious than hitherto, I believe that it is in medicine they must be sought for.
It’s taken a long time, but doctors and psychologists are now bringing the mind and the body back together amid new evidence that the mind can improve the healing process in ways that traditional medicine can’t.
Unlike earlier notions about the mind-body connection, which were often based on anecdotal stories or simply gut feelings, scientists now can document through powerful imaging technology what Descartes could only deduce, that our thoughts are capable of producing dramatic chemical and physical changes that directly affect our health.
Acupuncture and acupressure are Eastern medical practices to balance the energy flow. Some say that the cause of all negative emotion is a disruption of the body’s energy system. There’s a distinction between feelings and emotion. You can have a negative feeling but it passes by much like a smelly truck. If it lingers more than five minutes it becomes a negative emotion.
A process of acupressure is now used to get the energy flowing smoothly again. It follows the meridian outlined 5000 years ago in Eastern medicine. And, evidently, it works.
It won’t put gas in your car, but it will power your feet and heart.
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Active Ingredient: Centrizine
Common Brand Name(s): Zyrtec
Zyrtec is mainly used to treat symptoms of allergies like sneezing, runny nose, itching, tearing and redness of eyes and hives. Zyrtec works as an antihistamine by blocking actions of naturally occurring chemical histamine in the body.
What is Zyrtec used for?
Zyrtec is used as an antigistamine which blocks the actions of the naturally produced acids in the body. Zyrtec has comparatively lesser side effects than other antihistamines.
Zyrtec is mainly used to treat allergic ailments such as sneezing, runny nose, itching, tearing and redness of eyes, and hives.
Apart from the above uses, Zyrtec may be used for some other purposes.
How Do I Use Zyrtec?
You must follow doctors direction for use of Zyrtec. If you have any doubt about use of Zyrtec you must consult your doctor, nurse or a pharmacist. They will be able to guide you the correct way of using Zyrtec.
Take Zyrtec with adequate quantity of water.
You can take Zyrtec before meals.
You should chew the chewable tablets thoroughly, if taking chewable tablets.
If you are taking Zyrtec in liquid form, use measuring spoon, cup or dropper to ensure correct in take of medicine.
You can take Zyrtec with or without food.
How should I Store Zyrtec?
You can store Zyrtec at normal room temperature. However, you must ensure that the storing place is free from moisture and away from the heat.
What are the possible Side Effects?
There are no serious side effects of Zyrtec as such. However, if you experience any allergic reaction like breathing difficulty, closing of throat, swollen lips, tongue, face or hives, stop taking Zyrtec and visit your doctor for immediate medical attention.
If you experience other side effects which are less serious dont stop use of Zyrtec. However you must consult your doctor if you develop symptoms like drowsiness, dizziness, and headache or mouth dryness.
You may notice any other unusual side effects other than those enlisted here. In such case you must consult your doctor who will provide required medical treatment.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
You can take the missed dose immediately after you remember it. However you must keep in mind the time of your next dose. If there is sufficient time gap you can take the missed dose. If your next scheduled dose is nearing then skip the missed dose and take the regular scheduled dose in time. Never double your dose to make up for missed dose.
If you are using Zyrtec on as required basis, take the missed dose if it is need, but you must maintain the prescribed gap before you take next dose.
What should I do if I overdose?
If you suspect the overdose or develop unusual symptoms, you must consult your doctor for immediate medical attention. Exact symptoms of Zyrtec overdose are not known. However Drowsiness is considered as one of the symptoms.
Is Zyrtec Safe?
If you are suffering from liver disorders, you may not be able to use Zyrtec. Your doctor may make dose adjustment to suit you and closely monitor effects of the dose.
If you have allergic reaction to Zyrtec or medicines like Atarax and Vistaril, you must consult your doctor before taking Zyrtec.
There are no proven results available regarding effects of Zyrtec on the unborn baby. However, you must consult your doctor if you are pregnant.
There are no proven results to confirm that Zyrtec passes into breast milk and it may affect the nursing baby. You must consult your doctor before using Zyrtec, if you are breast feeding your baby.
Your doctor may prescribe you lower dose of Zyrtec if you are over 65 years of age. Aged people are likely to experience side effects of Zyrtec.
Zyrtec may cause drowsiness. If you experience this side effect, avoid driving, operating machinery and other hazardous activities.
If you are taking Zyrtec, avoid alcohol. Alcohol may increase drowsiness.
You must tell your doctor that you are taking Zyrtec, before your doctor prescribes you other medicines. Do not use other allergy medicines or cough; Cold medicine without consulting doctor, if you are taking Zyrtec.
Medicines like antidepressants, sedatives, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, muscle relaxants and other antihistamines increase drowsiness or dizziness when taken with Zyrtec. Consult your doctor on use of these medicines when you are taking Zyrtec.
How does Zyrtec interact with other medicines?
If you are taking any of the following medicines, you must inform your doctor regarding this before using Zyrtec. You may require dose adjustment and close monitoring, if you are taking these medicines.
Medicines for treating anxiety like diazepam, alprazolam, Iorazepam, Restoril, Librium etc.
Never take other allergy or antihistamine medicines without consulting your doctor.
Some other drugs, other than those listed above may have interaction with Zyrtec. You must consult your doctor even before using vitamins, minerals and herbal products.
What other information should I know?
You should continue use of Zyrtec as per your doctors advice till you get complete relief.
Chew the chewable tablet thoroughly and use measuring spoon, cup or dropper for taking Zyrtec in liquid form.
Take your Zyrtec on scheduled time and period as directed by your doctor.
You must consult your doctor if you experience any unusual occurrence of side effect.
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There are thousands upon thousands of headache pain treatment products on the market, and several factors to consider when purchasing one. Headache pain treatment products can be classified according to the two different types of medical systems: allopathic and complementary and alternative medicines (CAM).
Allopathic products are based on conventional medical practice and are usually what we are all familiar with. These range from over the counter aspirin and Tylenol to stronger, prescribed medications for head pain treatment.
Modern allopathic headache pain treatment products can be administered in a number of ways. For example, they can be ingested orally (the most common), they can be dissolved in the mouth, they can be administered through the nose, they can be injected below the skin, and they can even be taken is suppository form. It is important that when you are taking your headache medications to follow all of the guidelines laid down on the bottle and by your physician.
If you do not intend to consume allopathic headache pain treatment products, you may also consider treating your headaches naturally. Natural headache pain treatment products and practices give credence to more ancient and non-scientific methods of dealing with pain. They are based on CAM healing systems such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage therapy and homeopathy.
A good recommendation for relieving headache pain is to analyze your lifestyle and determine what triggers your headaches. Very often, headaches are triggered by stress. In this respect, there are many headache pain treatment products on the market for the reducing tension naturally and hence to help you with decreasing the frequency and severity of your headaches. For instance, if you find that massage helps to relax you, you may consider buying a massage therapy product such as a massage chair or a handheld massage device.
If your headache starts with tensions in the neck and happens after a nights sleep, poor sleeping habits, postures and patterns may be the trigger. Headache pain treatment products would include a well designed sleeping pillow or a good quality mattress meant to give your back and neck maximum support. In addition, regular sleeping hours help to prevent headaches from happening.
In general, there is still great debate about the validity of holistic approaches to medicine in our modern society. Sceptics complain that anyone not following strict science is subscribing to some quack philosophy that will get them nowhere. Despite this resistance, some doctors are actually beginning to study alternative methods and products as a real treatment for headache pain. Recent double blind studies have shown that natural headache treatments can do much to deal in headache pains. This is wonderful news for people with chronic headache pains and who wish to have options, other than allopathic medicine, for treatment.
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