Posts Tagged ‘Headaches’

Eye-Relaxing Breathing Technique

September 25th, 2009 1 comment

Title: Breathing
by William H. Bates, M.D.

MANY patients with imperfect sight are benefited by breathing. One of the best methods is to separate the teeth while keeping the lips closed, breathe deeply as though one were yawning. When done properly one can feel the air cold as it passes through the nose and down the throat. This method of breathing secures a great amount of relaxation of the nose, throat, the body generally including the eyes and ears.

A man aged sixty-five, had imperfect sight for distance and was unable to read fine print without the aid of strong glasses. After practicing deep breathing in the manner described he became able at once to, read diamond type quite perfectly, as close as six inches from the eyes. The benefit was temporary but by repetition the improvement became more permanent.

At one time I experimented with a number of patients, first having them hold their breath and test their vision, which was usually lower when they did not breathe. They became able to demonstrate that holding their breath was a strain and caused imperfect sight, double vision, dizziness and fatigue, while the deep breathing at once gave them relief.

There is a wrong way of breathing in which when the air is drawn into the lungs the nostrils contract. This is quite conspicuous among many cases of tuberculosis.

Some teachers of physical culture in their classes while encouraging deep breathing close their nostrils when drawing in a long breath. This is wrong because it produces a strain and imperfect sight. By consciously doing the wrong thing, breathing with a strain one becomes better able to practice the right way and obtain relaxation and better sight.

The habit of practicing frequently deep breathing one obtains a more permanent relaxation of the eyes with more constant good vision.

Reading: Relearning to See, Improve Your Eyesight — Naturally!

September 23rd, 2009 No comments

9781556433412After quickly reading Improve Your Vision Without Glasses Or Contact Lenses I quickly got a hold of a book called “Relearning to See: Improve Your Eyesight — Naturally!“. I’ve finished 5 chapters already and am very pleased. The book by Thomas Quackenbush is based on the Bates Method of natural vision improvement. This book does NOT have eye exercises what it has are ‘habits’. Apparently myopic individuals (including myself) strain our eyes with bad habits. I can relate to a lot of what I’ve read so far in this book on how I and people like me see the world around us.

Quackenbush did his homework in putting this book together; there is a lot of information on Bates research and how Bates came to his conclusions on restoring vision naturally. I have the Bates book and read some of it (I’m reading both Bates’ and Quackenbush’s books right now). Quackenbush often quotes Bates, from the Better Eyesight Magazine and the Perfect Sight Without Glasses book. Quackenbush then in his own words clarifies and modernizes Bates words.

The habits in this book were totally new to me, just as was the Bates method. Even though I read the 5 chapters today and last night, I can see how these habits do in fact work. My vision today on the commute to and from work was exceptionally sharper and I feel like I live in a 3D world that feels more 3D than it did before. Amazing.

Placebo effect? I will continue to read the book and do my best to follow the habits. If (or when) I see vision improvement I will let you know.

I hung my Snellen eye chart on the wall today. My vision today with my contact lenses on is 20/20 (wearing -6 contacts). Without contacts it is worse than 20/200.

Book Review: Improve Your Vision Without Glasses Or Contact Lenses

September 22nd, 2009 2 comments

AVIimprove-visionBook Review:

Recently, I finished reading a book titled “Improve Your Vision Without Glasses Or Contact Lenses” by the American Vision Institute (AVI).  As a newbie to the concept of Vision Therapy and ‘naturally’ improving eye power, I found “Improve Your Vision Without Glasses Or Contact Lenses” a good starting point, but you should not make this book your last to read on the subject. The book is very short and easy to read, making it very practical. The book emphasizes exercising the eye muscles and offers hope to many.

This book may have done more than offer hope, apparently it actually helped people improve their vision! By reading the comments and ratings on I found that 42 users gave this book 4 or 5 stars, many of them reporting vision improvement! (I listed some of these comments below).

The 42 positive reviews gave me enough reason to give this book a try. Even if half the 42 positive ratings did not actually have improved vision, even if 21 individuals no improvement, in reality even if only 3 individuals where able to enhance their vision by following some visual exercises, that in itself warrants more investigation and experimentation.

I have been using ‘corrective’ eye glasses and contact lenses ever since I was 11 years old. Back then I barely needed my spectacles, now I cannot even see my wife’s face without them, and I am 30 years old (as of the date of this article).

I caution you from relying on this book as the only source of information on natural vision enhancement because it overlooks the Bates method which has been proven to improve eye sight.  There are so many websites, books and products on this topic. Only a few are worth your time and money.

My next book will be the original Bates Method book to which I will write about later.

Official Product Description:

For the 110 million Americans who suffer some type of vision problem, the American Vision Institute offers a clinically proven program of 20 exercises and maintenance techniques guaranteed to improve vision in as little as 30 days. This complete course in vision therapy helps increase focusing power, decrease eye strain, and prevent further deterioration of vision.

Six users gave the book one star, in other words a negative rating. Most the negative comments where what you would expect in a negative comment for a book that is against the mainstream of thought, basically “if it sounds too good it is probably too good to be true” comments.

One good thing that came out of these negative comments was to introduce me to the Bates Method, and let me know (even before reading the book) how this book followed a different approach to vision enhancement that was NOT the Bates Method.

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Migraine Glossary

July 2nd, 2009 No comments

When you research migraines you will be exposed to new words. These terms are used to describe migraine, migraine management, migraine symptoms and suspected culprits behind migraines.

This article is here to serve as a glossary of migraine-related words as defined in the migraine arena. If you know of words that could be listed here please let me know.

Migraine Glossary of Terms:

an imaging technique that provides a picture, called an angiogram, of blood vessels.

a symptom of classic migraine headache in which the patient sees flashing lights or zigzag lines, or may temporarily lose vision.

basilar artery migraine
migraine, occurring primarily in young women and often associated with the menstrual cycle, that involves a disturbance of a major brain artery. Symptoms include vertigo, double vision, and poor muscular coordination.

benign exertional headache
headache brought on by running, lifting, coughing, sneezing, or bending.

a technique in which patients are trained to gain some voluntary control over certain physiological conditions, such as blood pressure and muscle tension, to promote relaxation. Thermal biofeedback helps patients consciously raise hand temperature, which can sometimes reduce the number and intensity of migraines.

cluster headaches
intensely painful headaches — occurring suddenly and lasting between 30 and 45 minutes — named for their repeated occurrence in groups or clusters. They begin as minor pain around one eye and eventually spread to that side of the face.

computed tomography (CT)
an imaging technique that uses X-rays and computer analysis to provide a picture of body tissues and structures.

a drug that is given by injection to treat cluster headaches. It is a form of the antimigraine drug ergotamine tartrate

electroencephalogram (EEG)
a technique for recording electrical activity in the brain.

electromyography (EMG)
a special recording technique that detects electric activity in muscle. Patients are sometimes offered a type of biofeedback called EMG training, in which they learn to control muscle tension in the face, neck, and shoulders.

naturally occurring painkilling chemicals. Some scientists theorize that people who suffer from severe headache have lower levels of endorphins than people who are generally pain free.

ergotamine tartrate
a drug that is used to control the painful dilation stage of migraine.

hemiplegic migraine
a type of migraine causing temporary paralysis on one side of the body (hemiplegia).

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About My Migraines

June 23rd, 2009 No comments

I’ve talked about migraines here before. Here’s a little about my experience with them. I believe I started to have migraines back in 2006. At first I didn’t know they were migraines, I was confused why I kept getting ill and why I had headaches. Then came the auras which made things clear, yes I had migraines, and not so clear because these auras left me almost blind.

By 2007, I was getting one every week. Initially most occurred on the weekend or early in the week.

They were accompanied by the spots of light that usually grew larger, these are the auras, if you don’t know what they’re called. I simply referred to them as bright light spots, or a single bright light spot, that sometimes had other colors mixed in, sometimes had a blank/dark spot as well. The auras often reminded me of staring straight into a flash light.

They would grow and sometimes cover enough of an area in my field of vision that I had to find a place to sit and wait it out because my vision was impaired t a degree that I couldn’t see and operate (walk, meet people or drive) safely.

Naturally other symptoms showed up. Usually after I saw the auras, and even when the auras were long gone, I would deteriorate in terms of weakness and headache intensity until by night time I find myself throwing up and feeling like I am so sick and weak that I could die.

This all became too common, too frequent. I was ‘falling apart’.

As a result of my migraines, I grew to recognize them in their early stages and to catch these early symptoms and listen to my body and start to take action steps to stop the oncoming migraine in its tracks.

After other health issues ocurred, I made a commitment towards my health, and followed through. This lead to less migrains and to my ability to stop them before they get really bad. Sometimes I forget my commitment, and that’s when I get a migraine.

I guess, now, migraines are my body’s way of reminding me to take care of my mental, emotional and physical wellness and health.

The Elusive MSG – How To Identify MSG In Food

May 21st, 2009 2 comments

MSG is harmful to many; countless people get migraine headaches after consuming MSGs, including  myself. These people are more aware of the ingredients in their food. We read food ingredient labels carefully to make sure our food doesn’t contain MSGs. We also avoid Chinese food, fast food burgers, and Lipton soups, etc..

Did you know that “MSG” is only one term used to refer to Monosodium Glutamate and that other words and numbers are used?

When you read the ingredients, if you are looking for MSGs, you should know all the terms used to identify MSG.

MSG can be referred to as:

  • sodium glutamate (sodium salt of the non-essential amino glutamic acid)
  • HS code 29224220
  • E621
  • Ajinomoto
  • Vetsin,
  • Accent

Are there other words used to indicate the presense of MSG in food that I missed?

The Bone and Joint Decade Task Force On Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders

May 14th, 2009 No comments

The results of the six-year study of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders has recently been published online in the peer-reviewed journal Spine.

Below you will see captions from the study findings document.

The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders is composed of a group of international researchers and scientist-clinicians who have spent the past seven years undertaking a comprehensive and structured review of the current research on neck pain.  The Scientific Secretariat of the Task Force is composed of 13 members and has been supported by an international Advisory Committee of 17 members.  The Task Force and Advisory Committee members represent 14 disciplines ranging from neurology and rheumatology to epidemiology, chiropractic and physical therapy from across nine countries.

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Studying Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

March 18th, 2009 No comments

Lack of Sleep Induced My Headaches

November 5th, 2008 No comments

Last weekend I experienced 2 days of continuous headaches, it was a mixture of migraines and other headaches. I’ve been reflecting on what I ate and what I did — or didn’t do. I found Three factors that I am certain contributed to my headaches.

First: Lack of Sleep / Bad night of sleep

Second: Diet (ate food out that was not organic, old, salty, possibly has MSG’s & Did not drink enough water).

Third: Lack of physical and spiritual fitness.

Common sense factors, right? Absolutely, I know. But aren’t most things in life common sense and we still miss them? Regardless, we need to find proof via controlled research and experiments before we can call common sense practices ‘proven and tested’.

In this article I will discuss these factors briefly and will make a point to talk a little more about sleep and how it causes headaches.

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Tingling Goosebumps Equals Life Energy

September 22nd, 2008 105 comments

What is that tingling, electric, goosebumps-y sensation that some experience?

In this blog entry I talk about my experience with this sensation. This is not a new sensation but I recently experienced it in abundance.

Throughout my life I had felt tingling waves that went inside of my body and spread on the surface of my skin while meditating or praying, especially when in deep relaxation or concentration. When this sensation is on the surface it is accompanied by goose bumps that swarm the skin and traverse the body in waves. When inside the body, this sensation is like a cloud of charged tingling particles. I found it possible to direct this cloud of sensation with concentration. Does this sound familiar?

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Falling Apart

September 22nd, 2008 No comments

As I mentioned earlier, I visited the Dr’s office last week. This came after I was advised to do so, and after I was told that I was “falling apart”. I was falling apart physically, and it could not have been more obvious. I knew it but I was living in denial.

I’ve had constant migraine headaches for over a year, neck and upper back muscle spasms, frequent fatigue, and a downwards trend in my general health. Life has handed me quite a few stresses (for someone at my age) that I won’t delve into here. These stresses were compounded by my workaholic behavior and my personal negligence of my health. I blatantly pushed myself harder and harder, never running out of energy, never taking care of the vehicle I exist in, that is my body.

Every machine needs maintenance, from cars to computers. At the most basic level my body is an intricate machine, a machine that humanity doesn’t fully understand yet.

Luckily, I know that our bodies have the ability and flexibility to repair themselves, if we take the needed corrective actions.

The doctor ordered some blood tests, I then had an EKG done and my heart was given a clean bill of health. I was referred to a physical therapist. I had a very informative, eye opening, discussion with the physical therapist; I was pleased to find about the holistic approach that the physical therapy clinic adopted. I was unaccustomed to hearing about ‘mind and body’ and the ‘power of the mind over the body’ from a medical establishment. It turns out that western medicine is finally embracing the holistic medicine approach. This was a pleasant surprise.

An Old Flame of Intrigue:

This discussion did more than give me pointers and an outline of my future therapy sessions, it strengthened a flame of intrigue within me that had dimmed (but never extinguished) over the past ten years or so. Fast forward a few days to this moment, and now is a reality. In this blog, I plan on sharing with you what this flame brings to light (excuse the pun), and the progress of my physical therapy, all the corrective actions, and the outcome. This blog exists for me to share with you what I know about wholeness, and about physical, mental, cognitive, subconscious, and spiritual wellness.

Like I mentioned I’ve always had an interest in the above, ever since I was a child; this interest is that flame that is getting brighter now. This blog will help me find the discipline to pursue this interest and share it with you.

Migraines and Neck Pain:

The physical therapist explained that my neck and upper back muscle pains were in fact a side-effect (the result) of my migraines. Contrary to my -and common- belief, my headaches were not the result of my stiff neck, it was the other way around.

It follows that treating the muscles in my neck may provide temporary relief, but as long as I have these migraines I will continue to feel these nagging back muscle pains.

In future blog entires I will discuss what I’m learning from the physical therapy sessions along with my own experiences.

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