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No Reset Button For Carpal Tunnel

Since it’s creation in the early 60’s, video games have been seen as a common hobby for both kids and adults alike. Often branded as a hobby for “nerds” or nonathletic individuals, video games have grown into something more than a standard at home activity.

Competitive gaming (Esports) once seen as an underground community, has grown to a now multi million dollar industry and even has articles in ESPN branding video games as a now, legitimate sport. Sponsors such as Redbull, Gatorade, and even the phone company HTC now offer contracts to competitive gamers making this once childhood fantasy, a reality. As a competitive gamer myself I’m happy that Esports has grown to such heights. Even I know however, these companies won’t just sponsor anyone.

I follow and play a game know as Super Smash Brothers Melee. Since it’s existence in 2001, this game’s competitive community is now bigger than ever. With it’s fast paced movement and style, people always ask the question. “How can a player move that quickly?” When tested, top professionals such as Adam “Armada” Lindgren and Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami can average up to 900 inputs per minute. What may look like common “button mashing” to the average viewer are actually precisely timed inputs to make the players character move so quickly and efficiently. Inputs are the amount of times a player taps a button to cause an action in the game. With each match lasting around three to four minutes and played in sets of 3 and 5, one can imagine the toll it can take on ones hands by moving so quickly. I mentioned earlier how the game has been played for over 15 years with new and old players still going strong. As for the older players however, the toll of using such quick reflexes for years, is finally catching up to them.

Hax$ first got onto the world’s radar in 2008 by placing 9th at his first major tournament. At just 14 years old, he proved to be a rising star placing within the top 8 at almost every tournament (Participants ranging from 300-1,000+). In January 2015 seven years after making his debut he was forced to take his first hiatus from the game due to a nagging hand injury. An injury that would later develop into Carpal Tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling, and other problems in your hands due to pressure within the nerves of your wrists. The name strives from the area that your tendons run through and connect to your wrists. There are many causes for it as it has links to arthritis, diabetes, and even pregnancy. Unfortunately for Hax$ he developed carpal tunnel due to the excessive and repetitive inputs from his fingers causing his carpal tunnel to swell up and make the tunnel tighter. Seeing it as just a nagging hand pain, Hax$ took a hiatus from the game to ice and rest his hands. Three months later he returned to the scene for no more than a handful of tournaments before he found the pain coming back. Concerned about the constant pain, Hax was then diagnosed with Carpal tunnel syndrome and spent over half a year icing his wrists, not touching the game at all, and even wearing a splint to help heal his tendons before they got worse and his nerves would develop long term damage. Finally after months of treatment Hax$ returned in April and got 3rd at his first National since his diagnosis proving he could still hang with the best. This also however may mark the end of the road for Hax$ as he announced that his hands were in so much pain during the tournament he has no choice but to get surgery. It was a success but we all question when and if he may return to full time competition again.

Hax$ isn’t the only one concerned with retirement from their profession. Players all around the Esports community have expressed concern about their own hand pains and there are even talks of having on sight doctors at tournaments. Much like the NFL’s concerns with concussion/brain damage from excessive head trauma, Esports competitors although just playing a game, are at more health risk than one might think. I fear the day I develop such injuries, but when and if I do, I’ll remember the story of Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami and the precautions I shall take.

It’s always good whether you’re a gamer or not, to ice, stretch, and flex your tendons throughout the day. A simple exercise you can do to strengthen your hand is to wrap a rubber band around your finger tips and stretch each finger 5-10 times. Take breaks often, and take time to flex and extend your wrists. Make sure your hands stay in a neutral position when typing on a computer, also keep your hands fresh and loose and this will definitely be better for you in the long run. So remember, video games are fun for everyone, just remember to give your hands a break, they deserve it more than you know.

~Bryan

The Triad: Allergies, Eczema and Asthma

Are all of these a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system, a digestive problem called Pixu or an inherited disease? The answer to all three is YES!!! The causes of allergies, eczema and asthma are many: cold, stress, menstrual periods, incorrect eating habits, food allergies, irritants in the air, such as pollens, animal dander, and dust to name a few.


Food allergies may develop when food is not digested properly and causes fermentation activated by yeast in the intestines. This process further increases the amount of yeast in the digestive tract. The increased level of yeast causes the increased permeability of the wall of the intestine (leaky gut syndrome). The yeast then enters the blood stream and settles in the different parts of the body, including the lungs, the vagina, the kidneys, and the brain, and other organs. This can create a yeast infection (candida), allergy, sinus infections, asthma, meningitis, chronic fatigue, etc.


I believe the best treatment is knowing your body and finding your weakness or your sensitivity. In Chinese Traditional Medicine, we believe that each individual body is different. One formula cannot fit everyone with the same illness, it must be individualized. When the condition is acute, the symptoms have to be controlled using formulae to cut the histamines, expand the bronchia and stop the coughing and wheezing so the patients can breathe well. Allergies, Eczema and Asthma are all a form of Respiratory System Disease.


There are standard formulas that are made into pill forms, a general formula for the less acute allergy conditions when seeing an herbalist isn’t an option. I recommend that we use a natural Herbal Digestive Aid such as Taifu Plus Pills. For allergies that relate to the respiratory system, UPR Pills or AE pills for clear skin and as an overall Antiallergenic.


For thousands and thousands of years, we have been gifted with the knowledge of healing and hearing and feeling our body. My father said that we must not loose the power to heal ourselves and the knowledge was given to me to pass on to you. We are only given one body and we must take great care of it. If our body is strong, illness will not invade. Trust yourself with this gift of life.

Love, Juli

How To Get Through Food Poisoning

It is pretty scary. One minute you could be enjoying your favorite food like juicy scallops, tuna drenched in mayonnaise, or a creamy potato salad. Then, oddly enough, you begin to feel that upset stomach creeping up on you. You get feverish, start to feel weak, uncomfortably and clammy, then all of a sudden you’re over a porcelain bowl, hurling up that once delicious dinner, and feeling absolutely sick. For anyone who has had food poisoning, this is no exaggeration (believe me I’ve been there). Food poisoning is a silent monster due to the fact that it hides in your food or water, containing all kinds of gross bacteria, nasty parasites, disgusting viruses, and toxins that can be odorless and invisible to the human eye.


Did you know that the CDC (Center of Disease Control) found that 1 out of 6 people get food poisoning each year in America? That’s like 48 million people getting sick from their food! Infectious germs can contaminate food at any point of processing or production. Contamination can also occur at home if food is incorrectly handled or cooked. So, when you buy food at the grocery store and bring it home, you’re often gambling on the fact that it’s safe to eat. It’s insane how many different diseases can cause food poisoning. Take a guess at how many different diseases can cause food poisoning. That’s right, 250! Some of the most common diseases that are caused by bacteria are: Salmonella, E. Coli, Listeria, Botulism, and Norovirus. Salmonella specifically sucks, because cookie dough rocks and it is just so tempting!


So, how do you know if you have food poisoning? Oh trust me, you’d know. The most common symptoms that occur while suffering through food poisoning are nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain/cramps, and fever. None of that sounds fun. Symptoms can start within hours after eating the contaminated food or they may begin days or even weeks later! The fact that food poisoning can linger in your system for that long is just horrifying, Sometimes if food poisoning is not treated immediately it could cause even worse symptoms – that’s right it could get worse. Imagine frequent episodes of vomiting, bloody vomit or stools, diarrhea for more than three days, extreme pain or severe abdominal cramping and a fever higher than 101.5 F. Never mind, don’t imagine that because that is really gnarly. But can you see how bad it can get?


Lets talk about treatments, as I mentioned before sometimes symptoms of food poisoning are immediate or can be dormant until it sneakily strikes a week later. So what can you do about it? Well luckily Hen Sen Herbs sells an all-natural supplement called Seirogan, which is touted to be effective! So, now you’re probably wondering, “Hmmm, okay, but, what is in it and what makes it so effective?”

Seirogan

The most active ingredient in Seirogan is Beechwood Creosote, which contains medicinal properties as an expectorant, antiseptic, astringent, and an anesthetic. This means that it specifically treats stomach-aches, diarrhea, food poisoning, vomiting, water contamination, soft stool, regulating stomach and intestine conditions, and pulpitis caused by tooth cavity aches. Sounds like just the thing when you are feeling miserable with an unruly stomach.


Let’s look at a bit of history to demonstrate its effectiveness. Believe it or not, this natural remedy dates back to 1902 when Mr. Saichi Nakajima obtained the license for drug sales for Chuyu-Seirogan from The Osaka Prefecture Government. Seirogan originated from Japan and during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 the Royal Japanese Army was the first to use Seirogan as a gastrointestinal medication due to the contaminated water and other diseases that come with war. For over 100 years, let me say that again, 100 YEARS, Seirogan has been a common gastrointestinal solution for many across Asia and now here. Pretty amazing huh?

So what did we learn? All in all food poisoning is highly unpleasant. Although food can easily be contaminated, it is essential to keep yourself safe from food poisoning.

Some precautions to take while eating or making food are:

1. Always wash your hands before cooking,
2. Wash your food,
3. Check labels for expiration dates,
4. Keep food in the fridge if it needs to stay cold, don’t eat food that smells, looks, or tastes bad (use your senses!),
5. Buy food locally, and be aware of any food warnings and recalls.

Food can be enjoyable, as long as you take the necessary precautions to keeping yourself healthy from food poisoning. Thanks for reading 🙂

– Shaila Suleman

Staying Well During The Autumn Season

Happy Autumn! We are definitely experiencing a change of weather and that means that as the season becomes cold and damp, it is the season of colds and influenza.

Let me share how to keep healthy during the cold months of the season: 

When heading into the great outdoors, dress for the weather with a hat, scarf and gloves to avoid windburn and prolonged exposure to cold air. Usually the change of temperature(chill) causes the production of white cells to slow down and when the body harbors virus, it causes infections like cold or influenza. At the onset, the phlegm is thin and white. After the immune system is mobilized, the white cell causes the phlegm to change into yellow color and the color of the fur of the tongue changes to white. In Traditional Chinese Herbalism, this is called Feng Tan, or the chill and virus is invading respiratory region. 

Drinking water is amazing in retaining body heat. Simply drink  6-8 cups of warm-hot water, the more you have in your system the better to keep warm and stay hydrated.

Protect your core: The average human core temperature is 98.6 degrees, hypothermia occurs when the body temperature dips below 95 degrees. The treatment of mild hypothermia involves: warm drinks, warm clothing and staying active. That said we still have to maintain a 10,000 steps a day in order to maintain good cardiovascular health.

Eating bland foods: phlegm is thought to have a similarity to grease or fat, therefore avoid fatty, oily, rich, spicy, alcoholic beverages and dairy. Eat foods that are easy to digest like Rice Congee.

Never underestimate the need for lots of rest and avoiding stress. Avoid situations that upset or inflame you. It creates liver-qi stagnation makes the body create fire evils or phlegm. Unnecessary stagnation to the breathing cavities. Breathe and relax.

We must remind ourselves of proper health care. Sometimes life and time is a huge challenge,  because we are always too busy. An illness is very gradual before it becomes dramatic. Take care of your body. 

Love, 

Juli

Recommended for cold and 

Influenza season:

Cold and fever regimen consists of UPR Pills for respiratory support, D12 to enhance the immune system, Gum Wall Tea and Lok Wo Cha with M7 pills reduce and clear phlegm.

How I Lost 5 Pounds in 24 Hours

Now that spring is here, I see articles talking about how to detox the body and cleanse the system. My friends are sharing on Facebook about the latest diet they’re trying to get in shape for swimsuit season come summer. So, I was really disappointed when I stepped on the scale and found that I had gained 5 pounds during a 5-day trip to visit family in California.

I wasn’t quite sure where all the weight had come from since I tried my best to eat well and avoided too many treats. The only thing different for me was our circumstances for using the bathroom. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time being comfortable pooping anywhere else but at home. And, I have to be literally physically relaxed to do it.

The Golden Gate Bridge from my trip to San Francisco.

The Golden Gate Bridge from my trip to San Francisco.

While on our trip, we were always busy, in a hurry and I was often very cold since I didn’t pack any long-sleeved shirts or many layers. And, while I tried my very best to eat well on the trip and avoided many treats, I didn’t eat as many vegetables as I do at home. So, my digestion was slower and I was feeling very sluggish by the end of the trip.

Once we got home, I finally felt the urge to poop. So, I wondered if I could correct it by getting my body what it needed to have good elimination. I started by drinking plenty of water, and eating lots of vegetables. I know this might sounds like a commercial, but honestly, I also took some of the Taifu Plus pills.

By the end of the day, I had lost 1 pound. The next day, I noticed my bloating seemed to calm down a bit. And, by the end of the day and after a few trips to the bathroom, I stepped on the scale to see 4 pounds gone!

As I was telling my husband about my sudden weight gain from our trip and then the sudden weight loss, he jokingly said, “So, you were full of poop!” It’s true.

What I learned from this is that my body needs consistent water and vegetable intake to have good elimination. It made me think about all of my friends who are trying new cleansing diets for a week to jump-start their swimsuit ready bodies.

Some of us need a bland diet and herbs to get started, and some of us just need to take good care of ourselves consistently no matter where we are or what time of the year it is.


Warmly,
Holli Margell, Editor

Kidney Exercise: how to reduce lower back pain

Lower back pain is often caused by a weakness in the Kidneys. By stimulating the adrenal glands and the Kidneys through this exercise, you will be strengthening, energizing and healing these vital organs, thus alleviating lower back pains.

Here is how:

1. Rub hands vigorously to generate heat and energy.
2. Bend your upper body slightly forward.
3. Place your hands on the lower back.
4. Feel and imagine the energy and the heat being transferred from your hand through the small of your back to the Kidneys.
5. Rub the area up and down and then in a circular motion.
6. Pummel the area gently for a few seconds.
7. Repeat the rubbing and pummeling action three times.
8. Do it often throughout the day.