We all have our favorite music we like to listen to.

The beat of the music relaxes us, inspires us, and gets us ready to take on the day.
But one beat we should listen to and love, more than any other, is our heartbeat.
The beating of our hearts helps to keep us living by sending the blood where it needs to go, supplies much needed oxygen to our tissue, and removes carbon dioxide along with other wastes.
We have all heard of the many fatal conditions associated with hearts not beating properly, but not all of us know the nature of irregular heartbeats.
In this article, we will unlock some of the causes of irregular heartbeats, the health risks, and what can be done about them.


An irregular heartbeat is called an Arrhythmia.
Arrhythmia can come from our hearts beating too fast, too slow, too early, or just plain not beating the way that they should.
These arrhythmias primarily occur when the electrical signals that tell our hearts to beat a certain way get corrupted.
Think of it like a loose wire in a light fixture. The light from the bulb may flicker, or worse yet, not shine at all.
While a lot of these arrhythmias are not harmful, there are some that are.
Some are even fatal.
Now that we know a little about irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias, what could cause them?
Keep reading to find out.


With such a necessity as the heartbeat, it is important to note that there are a lot of different situations that can cause our hearts not to beat properly.
Below are some of the more common causes of arrhythmias.
 Alcohol and drug abuse (both illegal and prescription)
 Drinking too much caffeine
 Mental and emotional stress
 Smoking
 High blood pressure
 Diabetes
 Heart attacks and heart failure
And these are just some of them.
Consult with a doctor or go online for more information about what can cause arrhythmias.
Next, we will go into the typical symptoms of two types of arrhythmias.
One where the heart beats too fast (called tachycardia) and the other where the heart beats too slow (called bradycardia).


 Chest pains
 Feelings of weakness
 Feeling lightheaded
 Fainting spells or dizziness
 Trouble breathing


The symptoms of bradycardia are the same as tachycardia with a few additions
 Trouble concentrating or confusion
 Sweating
Now that we know what to look for, what are some of the ways we can prevent arrhythmias from happening to us?
 Relaxation- calm the inner beast before he bites back.
 Stop drugs, alcohol, and smoking- this should be a no-brainer
 Caffeine free- reduce intake of caffeine
 Keep hydrated- water is good for all of us
 Electrify it- keep electrolytes regulated by eating foods high in potassium, calcium, and/or magnesium

 Get in shape- keep the blood flowing by having a regular exercise routine but do not overdo it
What about if we have a severe case of arrhythmia? Are there treatments for them?
If the symptoms of the arrhythmia are so severe that medical attention is necessary, our doctors may do the following.


First, our doctors would have to determine the cause of the bradycardia
If no outside cause can be found, a pacemaker may need to be installed.


 Medications- While this will not stop the problem, it will reduce its frequency
Surgically, there are several procedures our doctors have at their disposal. Here are three of them.
 Maze Procedure- Where he doctor makes incisions in the heart that heal into scars which forms blocks that guide the electrical impulses
 ICD- This is where a device is placed below the left collarbone that stimulates our hearts to beat properly if it should beat too fast
 Coronary bypass surgery- Where our doctors use the veins and arteries from other parts of our bodies to compensate for the areas that have become too narrow for blood to flow through properly.
This concludes the article on irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias. I hope you have gained a deeper understanding of heartbeats and what we can do to keep the heart beating the way it should.
Stay tuned for the next article where we will delve into care for your eyes.




Call it what you will but it is an ever-present, unwelcomed part of the human experience.
We are constantly surrounded by things that stress us out.
Family, friends, job (or lack thereof), nosy neighbors, in-laws, you name it, stress is everywhere.
What we may not be aware of though, is that stress can kill us.
With everything stressing us out, how can we “unwind” or “de-stress” ourselves without resorting to medication (nowadays there is a pill for almost anything and sometimes the cure is worse than the disease)?
In this article, we will uncover several different ways we can “chill out”. No expensive doctor or pharmacy trip required.



Stress can cause an overload of nervous energy. Why not us that energy and lose a few pounds in the process? By taking a leisurely walk or a refreshing jog, we can help your mind let go of whatever it found to be so stressful. And it is healthy for our bodies as well. Talk about a win-win.


Meditation is another natural way to de-stress. By finding a quiet place to sit or lie down, close our eyes, and forget the world around us, if only for the moment, can really mean the difference between doing something rash, or looking at it with a clearer head.


By lying down, either on our beds or on the floor, we can stretch our muscles and relax them to get rid of the pains associated with stress. We can either start with our toes and work our way up or start with massaging the temples and work our way down.


This is especially true in my case. By writing down what we are feeling, or perhaps writing a story, we unconsciously let go of the thing that stresses us and concentrate on our writing. To those in the Psychology field, this might be considered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. See? Writing can be therapeutic.


We can get stressed out by having a lot of things to do and not feeling like we have the time to do them. By properly managing our time, we can help get rid of stress by assigning the things we have to get done and sticking to it. Just let us make sure to make time to unwind also.


There are certain fragrances that can help with getting rid of our stresses. Lavender is one of the best aromas for relaxing the mind and body.


Much like fragrances, herbal teas are also a great way we can get rid of stress. Not only so certain herbal teas help with stress reduction, but they also can help us sleep easier. Chamomile Tea is a great example of how herbal teas can help get rid the stresses of our day.


How many times have we seen on TV where someone returns home after a hard day’s work and is greeted by their loving pet? By spending time with our pets, we take the attention off the day and put it where it belongs…with our pets.

Well, that concludes this article. I hope we can all gain some way to get rid of stress naturally without spending a fortune on medications or doctors telling us something we already know.



Christian Mike Simmons

Coughing has become as natural as breathing nowadays.
You cough when your throat is dry, smoke too much, or even when you have a cold.
But when can a cough be more than just a nuisance that can easily be explained away?
In this article you will discover six different hidden dangers that may help warn you if your cough is something else entirely.



You have a cough that has been persistent for over three weeks.

Suddenly, you begin to cough up blood, you notice that the coughing has become painful, wears you down, and you have no appetite.

Then you decide to go to the doctor to find out what is the matter. Upon an x-ray, the doctor discovers that you have a tumor in your bronchial tube. The doctor then comes to you with a sad look on his face and informs you that you have Lung Cancer.


You have a cough that produces a thick mucus and causes you to wheeze uncontrollably. You also find yourself battling constipation and fatigue.

So you see a doctor about this problem You explain to the doctor that you have a family history of cystic fibrosis and after examining you, the doctor confirms your suspicions. Now, it is your turn with Cystic Fibrosis.


Though you may not have a history of cystic fibrosis, you still have a severe cough that produces mucus and you notice you are running a fever.

This cough, fever, and mucus problem causes you to go to your doctor.

After a few breathing tests, your doctor finds out that your lungs are not inflating/deflating properly or worse yet, an area of your lungs have collapsed. He then tells you that you have Atelectasis.


You have had a dry, hacking cough for a while now and you noticed that this cough is especially aggravating when you are lying down. You also notice that you feel dizzy, tired, and bloated.

You dismiss it and continue on.

Weeks pass by and you notice that your cough is not getting any better so you go to your doctor and tell him your symptoms.

The doctor later determines that your heart is not pumping properly and you are gathering blood in your lungs. The doctor then turns to you and diagnoses you with Congestive Heart Failure.


You have a dry cough that is so severe, that you actually struggle to breathe. You constantly rub your red, irritated eyes and notice that you feel tired and suffer from night sweats.

You immediately rush to your doctor and after a long period of observation and tests, your doctor informs you that your oxygen levels have dropped and that you have scarred tissue on your lungs. It is now you hear that you have Sarcoidosis.


Your cough that you had for a while produced sputum and you can see little bubbles and you struggle just to breathe. You also notice that you are sweating more than usual and you feel tired more.

You go to your doctor and he tells you that you have fluid build-up in the air sacs in your lungs. After the doctor runs a few tests, he comes back and diagnoses you with Pulmonary Edema.





With our depreciating economy, freelancers of all types are on the rise.

Everything from freelance writers to freelance bakers, people are finding it easier and later more profitable, to open their own business rather than begging for a start in someone else’s business.

Are you tired of working for “the man” making pennies while the bills are costing you dollars?

Would you like to make a side income, or better yet, a business of your very own?

Would you like to know the secret of such a venture?

In this article, you will discover what I like to call the “Four Pillars of Success”.

1. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT TO DO?: The first important decision you will have to make is what type of business you want run. A writing business? A bakery? A chauffeurs business? Knowing what it is you want to contribute will narrow the endless list of possiblites.

2. WHAT WILL YOU BE READING?: It is important that before you take on any business that you learn all you can about the business you plan on doing. Arm yourself with the knowledge and skills it takes to build the business or side business of your dreams.

For Freelance Writers, I highly suggest the following blogs:





3. TO WHOM WILL YOU BE PROSPECTING?: Once you know what you want to do for a business, the next thing to know is who would buy what it is that you want to offer?

To search for your “ideal client or customer” consider using:

a. GOOGLE– Quite possibly the greatest search tool for freelancers of all types.

b. LINKEDIN– To keep things on a professional basis, you may want to try LinkedIn. Unlike Facebook, you won’t have to worry about enduring such posts as who did what to whom. LinkedIn is a professional site for professionals.

4. HOW WILL YOU MARKET/ADVERTISE?: The final part of the “Four Pillars of Success” is knowing how will you get the word out and let people know you exist.

You can be the best at what you do but if no one knows you can do it, how can you expect them to hire you to do it?

a. Do you have a new article/blog post/story that you completed? Have you created a tasty new treat? Did you compose something that would make even Mozart green with envy? Take it to all your social media accounts. LinkedIn, Twitter, and yes even Facebook. The larger the reach, the more people will see your accomplishments.

Any business that you choose to go out on your own with, it is important that you think about these things.

It is better to look into a pool to make sure there is water in it than it is to just jump right in.

I hope you found this article informative.

For those interested in my writings can view them on these two blogs





I don’t know about you, but if I wake up with a dry mouth, it ruins the start of my day.

Dry mouth is the worst.

Why? Because if I start with dry mouth, chances are that the dreaded dry mouth will come back during the day.

How can we stop this without medicine or an expensive trip to the dentist?

In this article, we will delve deep into the dry mouth and beat it naturally.

What is the big deal about dry mouth anyway?

Dry mouth renders your mouth defenseless against gingivitis, tooth decay, and other infections of the mouth. This could lead to other problems because as we all know, GUM DISEASE LEADS TO HEART DISEASE.

What is dry mouth?

Dry mouth is the result of the impairment of the saliva-producing parts of the mouth known as the salivary glands.

What can cause this impairment?

There are several known causes of dry mouth.

  1. Medications: Some of the medications we take can have dry mouth as a side effect. Both prescription medication and over-the-counter medications that treat everything from acne to psychotic disorders can cause dry mouth.


  1. Disease or Infectious side effects: Dry mouth can be a side effect of certain medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and AIDS.


  1. Certain medical treatments: Radiation from chemotherapy is just one way that the treatment of your ailment can damage the salivary glands thus giving you the dreaded dry mouth.


  1. Injuries involving the head and neck: An Undue shock to the head and neck area like from a concussion or an accident, can directly affect the salivary glands in your mouth making way for dry mouth.


  1. Deserting water: I am NOT a water drinker. I love my sweet tea too much to deal with water. However, just because a drink has water in it, doesn’t make it water. The only liquid that can hydrate the body is water. Make friends with it and close this door to dry mouth.


  1. Involuntary dehydration: Sometimes, your body can actually dehydrate itself. Fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, and even excessive sweating can cause dry mouth. Think about it. All that liquid has to come from somewhere.


  1. Your life: Not only am I not a water drinker, but I am also a smoker (and proud of it). Your lifestyle can also have an effect on your dry mouth. Whether you are a smoker like me, or maybe you chew tobacco (disgusting), it can aggravate the salivary glands and corrupt their ability to keep your mouth hydrated.


What are the symptoms that you should look out for with dry mouth?

Below is a list of common symptoms associated with dry mouth

  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat
  • Dry nostrils and\or throat
  • Bad breath
  • Dry and raw tongue
  • Constantly feeling thirsty
  • Difficulty speaking or swallowing
  • Burning feeling on the tongue
  • Lip damage (cracked lips, sores and split skin in the corners of your mouth)



Yes. You read correctly. There are natural (not medicinal) ways you can treat your annoying dry mouth. Are you curious about what they are? Read on.

  1. Cayenne Pepper: When dry mouth comes and hits you in the…well, mouth, take some cayenne pepper and rub it on your tongue and gums. This will encourage your mouth to water up quickly.


  1. Lemons and Lemon Juice: These little yellow rescuers quickly come to your rescue by not only encouraging your mouth to produce saliva but also act as a defense against bad breath and a number of oral issues. Drink lemon juice (add honey for those who don’t take it straight) or suck on a lemon wedge. Watch your dry mouth disappear.


  1. Hydration: This should go without saying. A hydrated mouth cannot be dry.


  1. Grapeseed Oil: Want to eliminate or even prevent your dry mouth? Keep this on your tongue and gums.


  1. Humidify your place: If the air in your place is too dry, your mouth will be too. Get a humidifier and kiss your dry mouth goodbye.


  1. Sugar-free your sweet tooth: Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candy can stimulate the production of saliva and therefore eliminating dry mouth.


  1. Breathe differently: Mouth-breathers beware. An open mouth is a dry one. Try breathing more through your nose.


  1. Say no to tobacco: One of the ways you can eliminate dry mouth is by staying away from smoking and chewing tobacco.


  1. Take a break from caffeine: Caffeine not only dehydrates the body, but it also dehydrates the mouth. So, if you do not want dry mouth, avoid, or cut back on caffeine.


  1. Lose the Booze: Alcohol robs the body of moisture quicker than almost anything else on the planet! Say no to alcohol and your dry mouth may not come visit you.


  • Dry mouth is irritating as well as a sign of serious health issues.
  • The different causes of dry mouth.
  • Common symptoms of dry mouth.
  • There are several different ways we can naturally eliminate dry mouth.


If we stay hydrated, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, humidify our homes, and other ways listed in this article, the dry mouth will no longer be a threat to your oral health.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this article. Please leave me a comment below and as always:



The older you get, the more you hear about high blood pressure and how it can ruin your life. Doctors and commercials on television both pointing you to medications dedicated to helping you with that endeavor.

But what if you did not want to go on medication for the rest of your life? Is there another way?

In this article, we will go through eight natural ways to effectively lower your blood pressure.

And you do not need a doctor’s permission for any of them.

  1. Salt is not your friend: My mother loves salt. She would pour a pile of it on her plate and use it as a dipping sauce. Disgusting. Some of you may find salt just as appealing. However, by reducing your intake of salt, your body will release some of the extra water its been holding on to because of the salt. This reduces the stress placed on the heart.


MORAL: Salt no more.


  1. Caffeine is not your friend: The more caffeine you ingest, the stiffer your large arteries become according to some studies. This stiffness promotes high blood pressure.


MORAL: If you have to have a coffee in the morning (like I do), make it a Decaf.


  1. Snoring is more than just a nuisance: If you snore, it could be a good indicator of Obstructive Sleep Apnea which is linked to high blood pressure as well as an elevated aldosterone hormone level.


MORAL: Get your sleep checked.


  1. Excessive Alcohol is not your friend: According to doctors, drinking more than two drinks of alcohol a day for men and one for women can raise your blood pressure.


MORAL: Choose not to Booze.


  1. Too much of a good (or bad depending on your perspective) is not a good thing: Working overtime excessively reduces your body’s chances to relax. It should be no mystery this is a great window for high blood pressure to sneak in on you.


MORAL: Work when you must, but always find time to rest.


  1. Fitness IS your friend: The key to a happy heart, as well as your blood pressure, is exercise. Take a 30-minute walk around your town and take in the sights. Take those yoga or swimming lessons that you always wanted.


MORAL: Exercise makes the body stay young.


  1. Tune out high blood pressure: According to a recent study from the University of Florence, music that is soothing can help your body relax and in turn lower your blood pressure.


MORAL: Find time for your favorite furniture, plug in some headphones, and unplug that high blood pressure.


  1. Potatoes anyone?: That’s right. You heard it here. Potatoes in your diet can actually reduce your blood pressure. Does ANY kind of potato do that? NOPE. Sorry French fry lovers. The only potatoes that will help you in reducing your high blood pressure are baked, grilled, boiled, or plain.


MORAL: Potatoes, used the right way, can help you with your high blood pressure.

This finishes the eight natural ways you can lower your blood pressure. I hope you enjoyed it. Please leave a comment below.







Welcome back to another installment on the STORMS IN THE BRAIN series. Today we will talk about THE EERIE EPILEPSY.

Today, we will be discussing EPILEPSY as determined by its major component. The seizure.

But first, let us discuss what EPILEPSY is.

EPILEPSY is a central nervous condition that brings with it abnormal brain activity that includes the following:

  • Seizures
  • Loss of awareness or consciousness
  • Temporary confusion
  • Unusual sensations and behaviors
  • Feelings of anxiety, déjà vu, and fear

No one is immune to EPILEPSY. It can happen to anyone at any time.

The seizures that normally accompany epilepsy have a wide range of symptoms. One could simply stare blankly while in a seizure, while others twitch violently.

It is important to note here that just because you experience a seizure that happens once and not again, does not mean that you have EPILEPSY. The generally accepted requirement for the diagnosis of EPILEPSY is having more than one unprovoked seizure.

The seizures that govern EPILEPSY are classified into two different categories. Focal and Generalized Seizures

  • Focal Seizures: This type of classification of epileptic seizures is caused when the abnormal activity in the brain only happens in one area of your brain.

Focal Seizures can be further broken down into two categories.

  1. With awareness difficulties: If a person has EPILEPSY with an impaired sense of awareness, he or she may stare blankly and not respond to stimuli the way he or she would normally. In addition, he or she may do things repetitively like walking in circles.
  2. Without awareness difficulties: The person that has an epileptic seizure and can maintain his awareness, may have changes in mood or the way he or she hears, tastes, smells or sees things. In addition to these sensory difficulties, the person may also experience unexplained and sudden tingling, dizziness, or even see flashing lights.

Another important note: symptoms of Focal Seizures that are listed above also mimic other neurological disorders. A seasoned and trained medical professional will be able to determine whether or not the person experiencing these symptoms has EPILEPSY.

  • Generalized Seizures: For this classification, the epileptic seizure involves all areas of the brain.

Generalized Seizures have six different categories that it can be broken down into.

  1. Tonic Seizures: This seizure is responsible for the stiffening up of your muscles that are in your back, arms, and legs. If you are standing when this happens, you may fall.
  2. Atonic Seizures: With this type, you experience a total loss of muscle control. You will also fall with this type of seizure if it catches you standing.
  3. Absence Seizures: Mainly considered to be in children, this type of Generalized Seizure causes the child to stare blankly, smack their lips, blink their eyes, and other subtle body movements while in the seizure. It is even been discovered that with this type of seizure, a brief loss of awareness may occur.
  4. Clonic Seizures: The jerking of muscles, commonly in the face, neck, and arms are what gives Clonic Seizures their distinction.
  5. Myoclonic Seizures: This seizure causes short spans of twitches or jerks in the muscles found in the arms and legs.
  6. Tonic-Clonic Seizures: Watch out for this one. This type of seizure is the most severe. Commonly called the grand mal seizure, the Tonic-Clonic Seizure can cause a person to experience a stiffened, shaking body, loss of bladder control, biting of the tongue, and even an abrupt loss of consciousness.

As with any medical ailment, you should consider seeking medical help immediately should you experience any of the above issues. However, if you experience any of the below symptoms, you should also seek immediate medical help

  • A seizure that leaves you with an injury or lasting for more than five minutes
  • If you have a seizure, and another one follows almost immediately
  • First-time seizures

While EPILEPSY to date has to identifiable cause, we know that about half if the sufferers can have the factors traced back to six different types.

  • Brain Conditions: Things like tumors and strokes can cause EPILEPSY due to the damage to the brain that they cause.
  • Prenatal Injury: While a baby resides in the womb, it is defenseless against trauma. If the mother of the child becomes infected, has a poor diet, mineral and nutrition deficiency, or even oxygen troubles, these may cause the child to have EPILEPSY.
  • Genetics: Studies have shown that certain parts of the brain, as well as certain types of seizures associated with EPILEPSY, have a connection with family history.
  • Developmental Issues: Autism and neurofibromatosis, in addition to other developmental disorders, have been associated with EPILEPSY.
  • Viral attacks: Certain infectious diseases such as meningitis and viral encephalitis have been known to cause EPILEPSY.

Now, let’s look at the risk factors associated with EPILEPSY:

  • Familial tendencies: As previously stated, certain conditions exist that link family history with EPILEPSY.
  • Age: EPILEPSY is not discriminate. It doesn’t matter your age, EPILEPSY can creep up on you at any time.
  • Stroke of bad luck: Strokes are caused by the brain being deprived of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to function. This gives EPILEPSY an opportunity to creep up on you.
  • Dementia: The risk of EPILEPSY is greater with patients suffering from Dementia.

Have you ever wondered what complications that EPILEPSY can cause? Then look no further.

  • In your mind: People suffering from EPILEPSY are at increased risk of psychological issues ranging anywhere from anxiety to depression.
  • Inability dealing with heavy machinery: EPILEPSY causes you to lose sight of your surroundings. If you are driving or operating any kind of heavy equipment, you could end up in a serious accident.
  • Water woes: Epileptic seizures can occur at any time, if you are swimming, you could drown.
  • Vertigo: Seizures, while you are standing, can cause you to lose your balance and you could break a bone or crack your skull.
  • Two for the price of one: EPILEPSY in the mother during pregnancy poses a serious danger to both mother and child. If you are epileptic and plan on becoming pregnant, PLEASE consult with a doctor first.
  • Unexpected and unwanted visit: People suffering from EPILEPSY run a small risk of Sudden Unexpected Death. Even though it is a small risk, I implore you to take this seriously and have a talk with your doctor.


  • EPILEPSY is a serious and sometimes fatal condition that can affect more than just the infected.
  • EPILEPSY may not have a clearly identifiable cause, but several factors show a link to it.
  • EPILEPSY causes more than just seizures.

AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? Below is a list of what we can do to reduce the possibility of having an epileptic seizure.

  • Rest: Every night you need to make sure you get plenty of sleep.
  • Just Say No: Avoid drugs and alcohol at all costs.
  • Relax: Get to know stress reducing and relaxation techniques. Find some that work for you.
  • Meds: Take all of your medications as prescribed.
  • Lights are not toys: Avoid bright and flashing lights as they could instigate an epileptic seizure.
  • Diet properly: Eat sensibly. What you put into your body can affect what comes out of it.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this article, if you would, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.




Today on STORMS IN THE BRAIN, we will be exploring the EXACTING ENCEPHALITIS.

What is Encephalitis?

Encephalitis is another brain disease caused by the inflammation of the brain. It is predominately a viral disease. Like Meningitis, Encephalitis symptoms may mimic a bad case of the flu.

What are these symptoms?

In mild cases, you can expect:

  • Aches in your muscles and joints
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Fever

In the more severe cases, be on the lookout for:

  • Problems with your speech and hearing
  • Movement issues
  • Stiffness in a particular part of your face or body
  • Disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness


In babies, the symptoms may vary:

  • Difficulty feeding
  • Irritability
  • Throwing up
  • Stiffness in their bodies
  • A soft spot on their heads that protrude

If you notice these symptoms, especially in babies, seek medical help immediately.

What causes Encephalitis?

While in most cases, Encephalitis is viral, no one can accurately pinpoint the actual cause of this disease. What is known is that there are two different types of Encephalitis.

  • Primary Encephalitis: This is caused by a direct attack on the brain itself by a viral agent. The viral agent could spread or stay still. In fact, the viral agent could lay silently in the brain in a dormant state.
  • Secondary Encephalitis: This occurs when you get an infection in another part of the body and your immune system begins to attack the healthy cells instead of only the infected cells.

What are the viral agents that cause Encephalitis?

  • Childhood infections: The viruses that cause diseases like the mumps and measles can escalate and cause secondary Encephalitis.
  • Ticks and Mosquitos: Viruses such as the Powassan, which is carried by ticks, and West Nile Virus, which is caused by mosquitos, can spiral into Encephalitis.
  • Herpes: Cold sores, genital herpes, chickenpox, shingles and fever blisters, all carry viruses that could turn into Encephalitis.
  • Rabies: Commonly associated with being bitten by a rabid animal, this virus can cause an accelerated from of Encephalitis.
  • Enteroviruses: These viruses promote flu-like symptoms.

What are the risk factors associated with Encephalitis?

No one is exempt from getting Encephalitis. We are all included as candidates if we meet any of these criteria.

  • Seasons Change: Summertime is a perfect time for a mosquito and tick invasion.
  • Where You Live: In speaking about mosquitos and ticks, they love certain areas in the United States.
  • Systems Are Down: Your immune system, if found in a weakened state, can be a breeding ground for Encephalitis.
  • How Old Are You?: Certain cases of Encephalitis are more prevalent and more severe depending on the age of the infected person.

What are the severe complications can you expect from Encephalitis?

Depending on the severity of the Encephalitis, the list below can be long-term, or even PERMANENT.

  • Problems with your memory
  • Changes in your personality
  • Issues with your hearing, speech, and sight
  • Difficulties with muscle movement
  • Constant feeling of being tired
  • Paralysis

How can you determine the severity of the complications you have due to Encephalitis?

The following criteria is a great “measuring stick” when trying to figure out the severity of the complications you can get from Encephalitis.

  • Your age
  • The time between it took you to seek treatment after contracting Encephalitis.
  • How severe the Encephalitis was at the moment you got it.
  • The cause of your particular case of Encephalitis

What are the ways that you can prevent yourself from getting Encephalitis?

You can help yourself everyday against being Encephalitis’s next victim. Like my previous article THE MANGLING MENINGITIS, you can:

  • Mind your hygiene: Wash your hands often
  • Your eats are yours: Never share anything that goes into your mouth.
  • Shoot it down: Make sure you and your children have all their vaccinations.

But what about mosquitos and ticks?

In order to protect yourself and your children from the threat of viruses that cause Encephalitis that mosquitos and ticks carry, follow the following procedure.

  • Dress to repel: If you wear clothing that covers your arms and legs, mosquitos and ticks cannot get to you.
  • A spray a day…: Using repellent that contains permethrin will not only repel mosquitos and ticks, but kill them as well.
  • Keep away: Great advice. If you do not want to get bit, stay away from places they are known to be.
  • Useless water: Get rid of all water that is simply sitting in an area. Mosquitos love still water.
  • Look for the signs: If you look outside and notice sick or dying birds and animals, report it immediately to your local health department.

This wraps up another episode of STORMS IN THE BRAIN. Be on the lookout for our next segment where we look into EERIE EPILEPSY.

Please comment below and as always:



meningitis pic

Welcome to my newest series STORMS IN THE BRAIN.

In this series, I will discuss the different diseases that the brain can have, the risk factors, what can be done for them, and, if possible, what can be done to prevent them.

Our first “Storm” in the brain is the MANGLING MENINGITIS.

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis occurs when the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord become inflamed.

When this inflammation starts to swell, it can lead to headaches, fever, and even a stiffness in your neck.

What are the symptoms?

In the early stages of Meningitis, the symptoms may imitate those of the flu. These symptoms can take anywhere from a couple of hours or a couple of days to appear.

Symptoms include:

  • Seizures
  • Unexplained severe headache accompanied by throwing up
  • Stiffness of the neck
  • Lack of appetite
  • High fever that appears suddenly
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty sleeping

Symptoms vary somewhat for babies:

  • Poor feeding
  • Irritability
  • Colic
  • Sluggishness
  • Bodily stiffness
  • A small protrusion on the top of the baby’s head


What causes Meningitis?

There are three main causes of Meningitis: viral, bacterial, and fungal.

Viral Meningitis:

When this form of Meningitis hits, it is usually mild and temporary.

In the United States, these bacteria invade under the cover of enteroviruses that one gets from the late summer to early fall time.

In addition to these enteroviruses, herpes, West Nile Virus, mumps, and other viruses can also cause Meningitis.

Bacterial Meningitis:

When bacteria travel inside the bloodstream and drop themselves off at the brain and spinal cord, Bacterial Meningitis occurs.

However, that is not the only cause of Bacterial Meningitis.

The bacteria responsible for causing Bacterial Meningitis can make a direct attack against the central nervous system under the cover of an ear or sinus infection or even a skull fracture. Such an invasion of the central nervous system by these bacteria has even been known to happen after some surgeries (though quite rarely).

What are the bacterial invaders that cause Bacterial Meningitis?

Listeria Monocytogenes: This type of bacteria hides in unpasteurized food such as cheese and lunchmeats. Pregnant women, babies, and the elderly become the prime candidate for this type due to their weakened immune system. Pregnant women beware. This bacterial invader may be fatal to the unborn child especially if it attacks in the later terms of pregnancy. A vaccine is available to prevent this invader from causing problems.

Neisseria Meningitidis: A very popular bacteria among teenagers and young adults, these bacteria can quickly start an epidemic in military bases, boarding schools, and even college dorms. One of the main results of this bacterium is an upper respiratory infection. Like the previous bacteria, a vaccine is available to prevent this issue.

Maemophilus influenzae: Children, look out. Not too long ago, this bacterium was one of the leading causes of Bacterial Meningitis in children. However, now with the advance of medicine, a vaccine has evened the score.

Streptococcus pneumoniae: Now we arrive at the most common form of Bacterial Meningitis. This bacterium causes ear and sinus infections along with pneumonia. Luckily, a vaccine can help you prevent all that.

Now, unto the last common form of Meningitis:


Fungal Meningitis:

When one thinks about Meningitis, one does not normally think of a fungal cause. That is because of the rarity that this type of Meningitis occurs.

Though rarely seen, Fungal Meningitis attacks people who possess an immune deficiency and is fatal if the person infected does not use an antifungal medication.

Are there other causes of Meningitis?

Other than the ones listed above, Meningitis can also come from chemical reactions, allergies to medications, and certain forms of cancer.

Who makes a good candidate for contracting Meningitis?

  • Pregnant Women: These women are at a high risk of the listeria bacteria that may lead to Meningitis and can cause premature delivery, miscarriage, and even cause a baby to be stillborn
  • Vaccination Avoidance: Those who do not take all the recommended vaccinations, either child or adult, run the risk of contracting Meningitis.
  • Large settings: As mentioned above, military bases, boarding schools, and even college dorms are a great risk for Meningitis.
  • Immune deficiency: Also mentioned above, those with a weakened immune system are more susceptible to Meningitis.
  • Age: Viral Meningitis is common for babies while Bacterial Meningitis is common for those over 20

What complications can one expect from Meningitis?

As with any serious disease, the longer anyone has it, the more severe the disease becomes. Below is a list of some of the complications that arise with the onslaught of Meningitis.

  • Seizures
  • Loss of hearing
  • Loss of memory
  • Shock
  • Kidney failure
  • Death



Can Meningitis be prevented?

Even though medicine has advanced considerably over the years, Meningitis, as with other diseases, cannot be 100% prevented (e.g. problems with surgery, injury, or medications). However, there are steps we can take to make sure we are not vulnerable to this disease.

  • Adequate personal hygiene: Wash hands (and body) often, do not share drinks, food, utensils, toothbrushes or anything dealing with the mouth and lips.
  • Cover yourself: This is especially true when someone coughs or sneezes.
  • Raw Deal: Cook all foods and make sure the cheese you eat and the milk you drink or cook with is pasteurized.
  • Vaccinate: make sure your children get ALL the necessary vaccinations.

Well, that about wraps it up here. I hope you enjoy this and look forward next time for another Storm in the Brain where we will cover the EXACTING ENCEPHALITIS.

Please comment below.

And as always:





Blood clots.

A serious health risk.

Today we will be going over this threat and what we can do about them.

How does the blood clotting process go?

  • Little chunks of matter from in the blood when your blood vessels become These chunks are called platelets.


  • These platelets rush to the aid of the damaged vessel, bandage it up, and in turn, prevent too much blood leaving the vessel.


  • Once these platelets save the injured vessel, they emit proteins that attract other platelets. With the extra platelets, the cluster forms a kind of catcher’s mitt.


  • Other proteins in your body notice this platelet conspiracy and make sure that the cluster doesn’t get out of hand.


  • Once the damaged vessel has healed, the proteins dissolve and the cluster is no more.


What causes the clots to form?

  • Believe it or not, blood is actually quite intelligent. As the blood flows through the arteries, they sense damage wherever the damage may lie.


  • Plaque in your arteries can come open and cause the blood to clot as well. In fact, most of the heart attacks that come about are caused when plaque in the arteries burst.


  • Another way these blood clots can form is from the lazy When blood does not flow properly, it can lazily build up in a type of pool. This pool encourages all the platelets swimming in it to come together. This brings a host of medical issues. If the gathering happens near the heart, a heart attack can happen. If it happens in an artery near the brain, a Thrombotic Stroke may occur.



What are the symptoms to look out for if I suspect I have a blood clot?


  • unexplained swelling
  • discoloration on your skin
  • pain and tenderness
  • a sudden warming sensation


Can we stop this clotting?


There are medications we can take that stop the clotting process.

Below is a list of medicines of “platelet party poopers””

  • Low-dose Aspirin
  • Plavix
  • Brilinta
  • Effient
  • Ticlid

These medicines stop the platelets from calling other platelets to hang out with them.

To stop the blood from clotting, you can take blood thinners. Below is a list of some blood thinners you can take.

  • Equius
  • Pradaxa
  • Xarelto


There is also another drug that can help and it has a very long, technical, medical name. It’s called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA.

This drug calls upon and instructs a protein to break down the clot.

Are there any medical issues that can cause the blood to clot?

Glad you asked.

When you do not have the proper amount of proteins in your body that stop clots from forming, it leaves you defenseless against them.

Now that we know about these clots, what can we do to prevent them being a hazard to our health?

Stop the Clot:

  • Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar: Keep on top of them. Keep them under control. Keep checking them.
  • Smoking, Drinking, Drug Use: Stop them all.
  • Exercise: A lazy body runs with lazy blood and lazy blood breeds clots like still water breeds mosquitos


As with any medical issue, forewarned is forearmed.

If you suspect you may have a blood clot, or if you experience any of these symptoms, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY.

As always: Take care of your body and it will take care of you.