What You Need to Know About Your L4-L5 Spinal Segment

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Lower back pain? You may have heard your practitioner mention something about your L4-L5 spinal segment. The lower back (lumbar spine) is a fairly complex structure. It consists of 5 vertebrates, the lowest is the L4-L5. This section of the spine is responsible for supporting the upper body and allowing fluid movement in multiple directions….

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What You Need to Know About Your L4-L5 Spinal Segment

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Pain Management

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Lower back pain? You may have heard your practitioner mention something about your L4-L5 spinal segment. The lower back (lumbar spine) is a fairly complex structure. It consists of 5 vertebrates, the lowest is the L4-L5. This section of the spine is responsible for supporting the upper body and allowing fluid movement in multiple directions….

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This Woman’s Blistering Burn Shows Why You Should Never Make a Margarita in the Sun

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Pain Management

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Nothing celebrates summer more than a day at the pool with freshly blended margaritas. That’s what Courtney Fallon and her family planned for the Memorial Day weekend, oblivious to the painful condition Courtney was about to receive. The family spent the first day of their vacation relaxing by the pool. Courtney volunteered to mix everyone’s…

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What Are Cervicogenic Headaches? (And Why You Should Know.)

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Pain Management

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A cervicogenic headache (also referred to as CGH) is a headache classified by a dull pain that starts from the neck and radiates across the back of the head up towards the temples. The pain may even spread across the forehead and around the eyes or ears [1]. Unlike migraines, a CGH isn’t a throbbing…

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Cannabis-lookalike found in Ontario contains carfentanil

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Canadian health officials issued a public alert concerning a drug that looks dangerously similar to cannabis. However, this drug contains opioids [1]. The Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy stated in a press release that the drug substance has been discovered in Ontario, Canada. It is reported to look like cannabis, but a test found that…

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A New Blood Test May Be Able to Diagnose Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is a misunderstood medical condition. For quite some time a legitimate question was whether this syndrome was even real. Our medical community has no clear understanding of the processes that lead to this syndrome. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a long-term condition which causes pain throughout the body. While a concrete understanding of this disease…

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Why You Should Massage Your Feet Before Bed

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Even just thinking about getting a massage creates both relaxing and feel-good thoughts. Whether you prefer a whole-body massage or a session that focuses on your upper back and shoulders. Massage has many therapeutic effects and benefits, supporting your overall health and well-being. Studies show that there’s one message you should opt-in for more. It…

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What I Did To Become 2 Years Migraine Free

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Pain Management

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During the darkest days of chronic migraine, I became lost in a world of depression and found myself bombarded by one negative thought after another. How on earth was I ever going to escape this pain I remember thinking over and over? In those dark times, I never could have dreamt that one day I…

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Bathing in Cannabis with CBD Bath Bombs! Great for Fibromyalgia and Improving Sleep

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Pain Management

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Fibromyalgia can present differently in different people, but most who suffer from the condition experience chronic muscle pain, trigger points (tender points), and chronic fatigue. Many can also suffer from symptoms like insomnia, headaches, digestive problems, and anxiety. (1) Since there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, healthcare providers focus on helping people manage their…

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Reasons Why Your Legs Cramp Up At Night and How to Fix It

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Pain Management

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Waking up to sudden, painful muscle spasms in your leg isn’t only uncomfortable, the effects of interrupted sleep can often lead to feeling more stressed, having less energy, and not being at your best in general. Explore the most common causes of nocturnal leg cramps (sudden painful muscle cramps that occur while sleeping or during…

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Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy the Key to Treating Fibromyalgia?

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Pain Management

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Fibromyalgia is a tricky condition to diagnose and an even trickier one to treat. The painful condition that affects women more often than men isn’t even widely recognized throughout the medical community, making the hunt for treatments a slow going process. But a team of researchers point to one potential treatment as a viable option…

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Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy the Key to Treating Fibromyalgia?

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Pain Management

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Fibromyalgia is a tricky condition to diagnose and an even trickier one to treat. The painful condition that affects women more often than men isn’t even widely recognized throughout the medical community, making the hunt for treatments a slow going process. But a team of researchers point to one potential treatment as a viable option…

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Take Magnesium To Relieve These 6 Health Conditions

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, Men’s Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, Pain Relief, Women’s Health

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Magnesium is one of the most important mineral elements needed by the body. It’s believed to play the role of a supporting factor in more than 300 biochemical processes that the body undergoes. Magnesium can be obtained naturally from many foods we consume, or taken as a dietary supplement in form of tablets and syrups….

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Meet the Cambridge scientist on verge of curing Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, affecting 2.3 million people in our world. MS is as an immune-mediated disease, where the immune system attacks the protective myelin sheath which covers nerve fibers, causing communication issues between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause…

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Hydrogen Peroxide Can Help Clear Ear Wax, but what about Ear Infections?

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Hydrogen peroxide is a common disinfectant in the household first-aid kits. It’s widely used in homes to clean floors, toilets, sinks, wash-hand basins and door handles. Mild, 3% concentrations of it can be used to clean cuts and wounds. Due to its powerful antimicrobial properties, hydrogen peroxide is used as a bleaching agent. It’s also…

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An Effective 12 Minute Yoga session to help improve bone density and manage osteoporosis

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Pretty much everyone and their grandma know what yoga is these days. People rave about yoga’s benefits, including improved flexibility and reduced stress. Some people even lose weight, improve their heart health, and become mindful eaters by practicing yoga [1]! In fact, there’s another advantage of this form of exercise that people often overlook: strong…

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Scientists Explain 6 Things That Cause Swollen Legs (And How to Fix It)

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Having swollen feet and legs is the worst! You feel puffy, and it’s hard to feel comfortable in your skin. If you’re worried about your health, naturally it’s always advisable to meet with a trained medical professional to treat the cause. Here we have just a few tips that might alleviate your symptoms quickly and…

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Homemade Turmeric & Ginger Iced Tea for Your Heart, Brain, and Cells

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Love iced tea and want to do something great for your health? You can support your heart, brain and each cell in your body with this delicious and refreshing beverage. This is a fantastic way to ensure that your body is getting enough liquids and helps to battle dehydration. If you allow yourself to become dehydrated, which…

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This 6-Ingredient Elixir Can Kill Infections in the Body and Destroy Viruses

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As the temperature drops, the rate of colds and flu skyrockets. You will most likely be a victim of an attack by these pesky germs this cold season. Rather than instantly reaching for store bought cough syrup (make your own instead!), over-the-counter cold pills, or prescription antibiotics, how about downing something a little closer to…

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This 6-Ingredient Elixir Can Kill Infections in the Body and Destroy Viruses

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Drinks, eat, Heal, Learn, Make, Pain Management

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As the temperature drops, the rate of colds and flu skyrockets. You will most likely be a victim of an attack by these pesky germs this cold season. Rather than instantly reaching for store bought cough syrup (make your own instead!), over-the-counter cold pills, or prescription antibiotics, how about downing something a little closer to…

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Implants ‘Made of Your Own Cells’ Could End Back Pain

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, News + Discoveries, Pain Management

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Back and neck pain are often the result of the progressive damage of the discs that separate the spinal vertebrae. Thanks to new multidisciplinary research, we may soon have a better solution to this problem: bioengineered discs grown out of a person’s own cells. Intervertebral disc degeneration is a common problem that affects a large segment of…

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These 10 Essential Oils Can Kill Persistent Lyme Disease

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Research just published in the journal Antibiotics shows that a range of essential oils can effectively kill persistent forms of Lyme disease. Some essential oils have strong antibacterial properties. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), which is transmitted to humans by ticks. In the United States, Lyme disease is the most prevalent…

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The 14 Best Foods to Increase Blood Flow and Circulation

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Men’s Health, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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Poor circulation is a common problem caused by a number of conditions. Peripheral artery disease (PAD), diabetes, obesity, smoking and Raynaud’s disease are some of the many causes of poor circulation (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Reduced blood flow can cause unpleasant symptoms, such as pain, muscle cramps, numbness, digestive issues and coldness in the hands or feet. In…

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13 Easy Stretches to Fix Your Tight Shoulders

Pierre Van ZylFitness + Yoga, Heal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Move, Pain Management, Pain Relief

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Are you looking for stretches to relieve tight shoulders? Whether your shoulder tightness is from sitting at a desk all day, working out intensely, or from your daily activities (like too much texting), these easy moves will loosen up tight shoulders. Even if you don’t have a full-time desk job, chances are you spend the…

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How to Do Squats: 8 Reasons to Do Squat Exercises

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If you’re looking for a powerful way to boost your overall fitness and get some serious results — fast — from your workout routine, look no further than performing squatting exercises. This is one exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s routine, as it’s relatively simple to perform, requires no equipment, and can be done just about…

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Plantar Warts: Why You Should Never Shower Barefoot in Gym Showers

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Do you remember having to wear those silly looking water shoes growing up? Parents or grandparents would always warn that it was because community splash pads or public pools are filled with germs. Well, today we’re adding another place to that list. In April 2017, an anonymous listener from Texas contacted “The Rod Ryan Showâ€�…

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Lady Gaga Shines a Light on Fibromyalgia: “Chronic Pain Is No Joke”

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How has fibromyalgia affected one of the best-selling musical artists of the 21st century? In “Gaga: Five Foot Two,â€� a documentary released on Netflix this month, Lady Gaga describes the pain that’s characterized her life with fibromyalgia for the past half-decade. “I have chased this pain for five years,â€� Gaga said. “I can still be me, and…

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Brain Inflammation May Hold Key for Fibromyalgia Sufferers, Study Says

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that is associated with widespread chronic pain and tender points all over the body. The pain can be in a specific area or move to different areas throughout the body. It also occurs in people of all ages, including children. Pain can range from mild to severe to debilitating, in addition…

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The Link Between Childhood ADHD and Sleep Disorders That Can’t Be Ignored

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, parenting

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On October 24, 2018, Melody Yazdani, mother of 8-year-old Kian, posted a Facebook status that has caused ripples all over the internet. It was around a year in the making and came after a health scare her son endured because of something seemingly harmless – breathing through your mouth. Since he was born, Kian fulfilled…

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Basal Cell Carcinoma: How Carrie Doles’ Tanning Bed Habit Caused Skin Cancer

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Winter is coming… For some people, that means hopping on a plane or cruise and chasing the sun! Others will take a faster route and opt for their local tanning salon to get their dose of artificial sunshine. You might want to think twice, however, after hearing this story from a 34-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago,…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

Pierre Van ZylCancer, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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How the Bacteria in Our Gut Influences Our Minds

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We know the basic steps to keeping a young, healthy brain: eat healthy, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep. Our brain health may also be influenced by an unexpected source — our second brain. Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain,â€� which contains bacteria that could help mold our brain…

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The Exact Probiotic Strains You Should Take for Anxiety, Constipation, Eczema, Weight Loss, and 4 More

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In recent years, probiotics have become increasingly popular. While once an unknown ingredient for improving your health, probiotics can now be found everywhere from your favourite yogurt to a pack of gum. One of the key reasons foods and supplements containing a variety of probiotic strains has become so popular is that the health benefits…

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6 Simple Stretches to Eliminate Foot and Leg Pain for Good

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Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and one of the most common foot conditions. It is a painful inflammatory and degenerative condition of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that connects the base of the heel bone to the toes, and whose function is to help support the arch…

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10 Natural Remedies to Soothe Chronic Pain in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Back

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I’ve had two major surgeries (knee and breast cancer), two wisdom teeth extracted, and one broken rib (mountain biking), so I’ve been given my share of prescription opioids to help with pain management. I don’t like how I feel on opioids, so I always take one dose after surgery, then drop the remainder off at…

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Can Heavy Backpacks Cause Chronic Back Pain?

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Back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization. The unfortunate truth is, adults aren’t the only ones affected. Children and adolescents also commonly suffer from back pain (some estimates are up to 1 in 3!) Can Heavy Backpacks Cause Chronic Back Pain? The Spine Health…

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List: Worst Laundry Detergent Brands Linked to Allergies, Cancer, and More

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Laundry detergent can be a lot like a rich, decadent dessert. You can smell it from down the street and it’s baked to absolute perfection. But, deep down inside, you know that those refined ingredients and cups of sugar can have both short-and-long-term effects on your health. In the same way, just because laundry detergent…

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Paraphenylenediamine: 7-Year-Old Girl Suffers Chemical Burns from Black Henna

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Unwanted skin infections, metal toxicity, and even cancer… Those are just some of the reasons we remain wary of tattoos and their health risks. One thing we can go easier on is temporary tattoos. Kids love them, they’re risk-free, and only last a few days – at least that’s what 7-year-old Madison Gulliver’s father thought….

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Gua Sha: Surprising Health Benefits of The “Red Dragon” Massage

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Vacations are meant to be a time for relaxation, which is exactly what South Australian couple Matthew and Candise Raison were looking for on their sixth day in Bali. Too fatigued to leave their hotel after almost a week filled with adventures, the Raisons ordered in – a massage, that is. The masseur massaged Candise…

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