Here's how to survive a heart attack (on yourself) when you're alone and isolated. You're out in the desert driving to Las Vegas in the dark. Suddenly you feel severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up into your jaw. You're nowhere near a hospital, and your cell phone doesn't work because there's no reception so far from 'civilization.' The symptoms with women sometimes could be different, such as a middle or upper back pain, jaw pain, or neck pain and an arm pain.
Maybe you've been trained in CPR, but the course never mentioned how to perform it on yourself. A lot of people are alone or isolated when they experience a heart attack or severe heart arrhythmia. How do you help yourself when your heart is beating improperly and you begin to feel faint? You have only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
Start coughing deeply and vigorously, repeating about every two seconds
To survive, what you want to do is to cough repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating.
The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital as soon as they are able to find help, if that's possible. You may be in a position where you'd have to drive to someplace where a store is open or where your phone finally works to call for an ambulance or other medical help. This method may work on someone with irregular heart beats or arrhythmia, but can it also dislodge a blood clot or a piece of broken-off plaque that's clogging up the most important arteries which might be causing the arrhythmia? If you're alone, what can you lose by coughing to try and save yourself until you get help?
Stopping a heart attack with your fingers used in traditional Chinese medicine
For centuries, Chinese traditional medicine using a map of acupressure/acupuncture point meridians of the body's electrical energy implied that a person trained in "Energy Sphere Points" can stop a heart attack in progress. And it proved to be accurate in the case noted on page 768 of the book, Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide (2nd Edition).
The article on page 768, "Stopping a Heart Attack with Your Hands," reports that if you see someone having a heart attack, place your right fingertips on the person's fifth thoracic vertebra (midway between the most prominent parts of the shoulder blades on the back) and, with your other hand, hold the little finger of the person's left hand.
Touching the 5th thoracic vertebra gently with your fingers, notes traditional Asian medicine's Ki-Iki-Jutsu
Online, check out the article, "Stop a Heart Attack with Your Hands!" The article notes, "Hold the entire left little finger of the person experiencing a heart attack with your left hand's fingers, and place your right hand fingerpads on their T5 (5th thoracic vertebra).
"If you don't know where T5 is, then place all fingerpads of your right hand between the middle of the shoulder blades on the person's spine (aligned vertically). You will be touching at least three or four vertebrae and one of them will be T5. It should stop the heart attack within two to four minutes. The person will usually start to feel relief upon contact."
The authors of the article report, "We have reports of mentally challenged children stopping heart attacks with this procedure." You could practice on healthy people you know well, the online article notes. But perhaps the knowledge can save someone.
Know your body's energy sphere points
The trick is to know whether the person really is having a heart attack. But in the book, Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide (2nd Edition), on page 768, according to Glenn King, Director of the King Institute for Better Health, in Dallas, Texas, there are particular locations on your body called "Energy Sphere Points."
What you have to do is press gently on them with your fingers. If you are pressing gently on the correct energy sphere points, the gentle action can stop a heart attack or other serious conditions. King is the foremost U.S. practitioner of a little-known Asian health practice called Ki-Iki-Jutsu, which means "breath of life."
You can find a quote on page 768 of the book which notes, "This prompt action has consistently stopped heart attacks in progress," King states in the book, Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide (2nd Edition). "On average, this process can shift a person from being on the verge of entering cardiac arrest into a state of no sign of heart arrhythmia, pain, or discoloration within 2-4 minutes," King reports, noting, according to the book, that these results have been confirmed by cardiologists.
Finger-delivered therapy to the body's energy sphere points
He describes the process in the book as "a finger-delivered form of therapy that allows the body, by its own tremendous power, to heal itself by unconstricting any stagnation or blockage of the natural energy circulatory patterns."
In traditional Chinese medicine, this type of "subtle bodily energy," is known as chi, qi or k. The energy points you can see as meridians on acupuncture and acupressure posters or maps and charts. That 'chi' energy flows along meridian pathways throughout the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine.
Chi (also spelled qi and ki) means energy. In traditional Chinese medicine, diseases and sicknesses may be caused by energy blockages. In the "first-aid" for heart attacks, the process is described as pressing meridians. According to the book, "By pressing certain pairs of points along the meridians, you can energetically, successfully treat seizures (as King experienced personally), heart attack, and other serious health conditions."
How traditional Chinese medicine looks at heart disease
For further information on traditional Chinese medicine and its use in the West in conventional medicine, check out "traditional Chinese medicine" as key words in any online search. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) looks at heart disease as a problem that comes from poor digestion, which in turn causes the plaque to build up inside the arteries.
As a result, the solution is to "strengthen the digestive functioning," according to the book. The goal in Chinese medicine is to get the blood circulating properly without being impeded by clogged arteries filled with plaque. Chinese medicine also uses herbal extracts to dilate the blocked vessels. Heart disease in Chinese medicine is seen as either a "weakness or a block in the body's energy system."
Some solutions used in China are acupuncture for heart pain that's not sudden and has been around chronically for many years, for example, or for some types of abnormal heart rates (not related to a heart attack) or other chronic problems the doctors determine. But for acute problems, in China, a Western-medicine trained physician takes over acute care where immediate treatment in a hospital is required to save someone's life.
Traditional Chinese medicine is used for chronic problems that people have over many years where they come to get help with lowering cholesterol levels or dissolving plaque and other issues to raise blood flow rates or relieve angina. Some patients whose angioplasty has filled up again with plaque come to doctors for help with blockage issues.
Herbs and acupuncture have been used to slowly reduce blockage that's not yet acute. For more information on Ki-Iki-Jutsu, check out, King Institute for Better Health. And for information on traditional Chinese medicine, see, the American Association of Oriental Medicine (acupuncture). A good site for preventive medicine is the American College of Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). For holistic medicine information, check, out the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA).
New formula predicts child's obesity odds
On another note, this one, childhood obesity prediction news, it's not only genes but environment, eating habits, and attitudes of parents help to predict whether a child will become obese. Check out the Yahoo news interview video, New formula predicts child's obesity odds | Watch the video - Yahoo.
Parents need to take responsibility to investigate the environmental causes of childhood obesity rather than only the genetic. Look at the parent's eating and smoking habits as well. If a child is in a high-risk group, the chances are high for childhood obesity. Those chances include being born as a heavyweight infant, having a high body mass index, and having parents who can't afford healthier foods and healthier ingredients to be substituted for cheaper starchy and fatty fillers. Education is key.
Start with personal responsibility. Prevention is the way to go. Get involved. The solution is to find out what your children may be eating at home and away from home.
Too many households serve snack food at the end of the day of the type that's not healthy. Start early. More fascinating health news includes the video and article, "Meet the brothers who are aging backward - YouTube. Also see the news article, "The Curious Case Of The Clarks: Real Life Benjamin Buttons Aging Backward.
Tai Chi to relieve panic attacks touted by psychiatrist
Dale J. Anderson, MD, is a prominent psychiatrist in St. Louis, Missouri and has been interviewed by local media on various topics. He is also an advanced Tai Chi practitioner. According to Dr, Anderson, Tai Chi/Qigong works faster than any medication can to relive a panic attack. View the video interview with Dr. Anderson on YouTube.
Board certified in Psychiatry, Dr. Anderson has been in private practice since 1985. He has taught principles of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment at Washington University Medical School (St. Louis, Missouri), and has served as Medical Director of the Phototherapy Program for Seasonal Depression at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. He has given numerous talks to physicians and general audiences, and has made appearances on local television, speaking on topics ranging from Winter Blues, "Batman and Grief Work" to "Depression and Heart Disease”, and Empowered Parenting.
Dr. Anderson has studied Chen Style Hun Yuan Tai Chi and Qigong for years. He practices almost daily for health. When he was younger, both of his knees experienced torn cartilage and resulting in several surgeries. From time to time, he has knee pain. He noticed that after one hour of Tai Chi/Qigong practice, his knee pain would abate. Sometimes his sore throat would go away after practice, so do other health issues, e.g. headache.
Even though Dr. Anderson has been extremely busy taking care of patients, he was very gracious to share his knowledge of how Tai Chi/Qigong can benefit people in a recently released Tai Chi 24 DVD. In the DVD, Dr. Anderson said that Tai Ch/Qigong is a very effective way to bridge the conventional way of combating stress-related illness, such as headache and muscle aches.
Tai Chi/Qigong is a set of meditative movements that can relax people’s mind and body. Dr. Anderson mentioned that some of his patients came into the office with panic attacks, he would lead them through a sequence of a Qigong exercise, called Kuan Ji Fa, and then the patient would be relived from the attack. He said it takes less than half of the time for any medication to take effect. You can see him demonstrate this simple Qigong regimen in the video on the left.
Besides treating stress, Dr. Anderson said that there is a growing body of evidence showing that Tai Chi/Qigong has great health benefits. He cited a recent study published in the journal Diabetes Care showing how it helps diabetic patients. He also mentioned that Tai Chi/Qigong helps to lower blood pressure. Tai Chi is also recommended as an adjunct method for cancer patient care. The Arthritis Association recommends Tai Chi as a form of exercise for Arthritis patients. Tai Chi is also great for improving balance. He also thinks that Qigong and Tai Chi have far more reaching benefits than what we know of at this point.
Tai Chi 24 is a collaborative effort by 20 Tai Chi/Qigong instructors in St. Louis. It was sponsored by the Missouri Botanical Garden’s 2012 Chinese Cultural Days. But all participating instructors along with the entire production crew volunteered their time and knowledge to complete this professionally made teaching DVD to promote Tai Chi and Qigong.
To make this DVD more valuable, the DVD includes a section of the medical benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong. Besides Dr. Dale Anderson, Dr. Shawn Tucker of physical therapy, Dr. Paul Lee of chiropractics and research scientist Dr. Gammon Earhart of Washington University also shared their knowledge on the subject.
If you are interested in this DVD, you can purchase it either at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Gift Shop or Dayou Online Books. All proceeds of the DVD sale will go to non-profit Chinese Culture Education Service to benefit future Chinese Cultural Days programs.