August 14

Cooling off in Sacred Arizona

Arizona has many beautiful sites to see, the Grand Canyon being perhaps the most famous of them. However, scattered throughout the state are a long list of enchanted canyons that beckon for roaming spirits looking to dive into the marvels of planet earth. For the adventurous souls seeking solitude and to commune with earth’s beauty I have a place I visit annually that I would like to share with you.

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness lies 70 miles to the North of Tucson AZ. It is a naturally air conditioned canyon with a cool water stream that flows year round. There is no better way to beat the 106 degree heat of an Arizona summer than to enter this majestic canyon.

To get there from Tucson (70 miles, 1.5 to 2 hours): Take US Highway 77 through Oracle Junction to the Aravaipa Road, 8 miles north of Mammoth. Turn right on Aravaipa Road and go 12 miles to the West trailhead along a paved and graded dirt road.

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You will need to acquire entry passes from the Bureau of Land Management to enter the canyon. They regulate the number of entries to 10 per day. Phone: (928) 348-4400. The canyon is 10 miles long.

After parking at the West end trail head you can sign a registry and begin your hike into the canyon. There is a slow decent down to the stream. The hike will be hot in summer and much needed relief comes when approaching the clear, cool shady stream. The further in you walk the higher the canyon walls. At points along the way, canyon walls shoot upwards of 400 feet above the creek. Wildlife is abundant in the canyon, great blue herons, javelina, humming birds, butterflies, bald eagles and much more. You will find pristine areas suitable for meditation and a swim. You will rarely encounter other parties.

This canyon was once a sacred hunting ground for the Apache Indians and their spirits linger, one can easily imagine. To protect the canyon, Congress created the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. Aravaipa Canyon’s outstanding scenery, wildlife, rich history, and opportunities for primitive recreation will remain free from the influence of man and are protected in this condition for future generations. Its 19,410 acres beckon adventurers who yearn for solitude and scenic splendor. Add this place to the top of your buck list for places to experience.

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What to bring: 72oz of water, a lunch, snacks, sunscreen, a wide brim hat, a simple first aide-kit, a towel and most importantly proper footwear as you will be hiking in the stream at times. Warning, do not wear flip flops or water shoes as sand from the flowing stream will make walking very uncomfortable. I recommend a hiking boot with ankle support. I always have custom insoles for added stability for hiking difficult terrain. The best quality and most effective custom insole is one that was fabricated from impressions of each of your feet. Finally, you will need to bring your camera to capture the memories of Mother Nature at her finest.

I like to hike in approx. 4-5 miles, find a sandy shaded beach area and rest, relax, revitalize, swim and eat before turning around and heading back out. This is a full day’s excursion into the heart of nature’s beauty.

Happy Trails

John R Allison

Adventurer Blogger

Marketing Exec at FootMindBody.com

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August 14

FDA Introduced new device to Prevent Headche and Migrain

Migrain and headche prevention device introduce by US Food and Drug Administration has given its first approval for the marketing . According to federal agency the device, which comes in the form of a headband that delivers a nerve-stimulating low electrical current, may bring relief to patients who cannot tolerate current migraine drugs.This is also the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation device specifically authorized for use prior to the onset of pain.

The Cefaly worn across forehead it is a device is a small, battery-powered plastic headband . The user attaches it with a self-adhesive electrode, just above the eyes. The device delivers a low electric current through the skin and may cause a tingling or massaging sensation. The current stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which has been associated with migraine headaches.
Food and Drug Administration fFDA) says device, which is manufactured by STX-Med in Herstal, Liege, Belgium, and available on prescription for patients aged 18 and over, should only be used once a day for 20 minutes.

According to the National Institutes of Health, migraine headaches affect about 10% of people worldwide and are more common in women than men. The debilitating pain, which can last from 4 up to 72 hours, is felt as intense throbbing in one part of the head and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.

Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, says:

“Cefaly provides an alternative to medication for migraine prevention. This may help patients who cannot tolerate current migraine medications for preventing migraines or treating attacks.”

The FDA reviewed a study conducted in Belgium involving 67 people of who were having at least two migraine attacks a month and who ceased taking migraine medication for the 3 months leading up to the start of the trial.

The FDA has given its first approval for the marketing of a headband device that delivers nerve-stimulating low electrical current to prevent migraine headaches.
The results showed that compared with patients using a dummy device, those using Cefaly reported significantly fewer days per month with migraine headaches and using less medication. However, Cefaly did not completely prevent migraine attacks and did not reduce their intensity when they occurred.

The FDA also reviewed a patient satisfaction survey of 2,313 Cefaly users in France and Belgium that found 53% were satisfied with the treatment and would buy it for further use.

No serious adverse effects were reported by users in either study. The most common complaints that arose in the user survey included not liking the sensation of the treatment, not wanting to continue using it, feeling sleepy during treatment and having a headache afterwards.

In December 2013, the FDA approved the first medical device for the treatment of migraine headaches preceded with aura. The Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator, which is also available on prescription only, is used after the pain of migraine preceded with aura has started

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August 14

Trappist Beers

Trappist beer is a specialty type of beer that is brewed only in Trappist Breweries. What makes these breweries so special is that they are located in monasteries. Only 10 monasteries in the world including six in the country of Belgium and two in the country of the Netherlands with one in the United States and one in Australia are currently brewing this type of beer.

The name Trappist is derived from the original Cictercian monastery which was located in La Trappe France. Over time congregations spread out from this area of France loosening some of their rules over the years. One of the main staple rules of a monasteries that it must be self-supporting and in some cases these breweries are a means for the monasteries to continuously support themselves.

With some of the earliest forms of these breweries dating back to 1685, the number of Varese has since grown but not to a extreme amount. With only 10 of these breweries available in the world the details of this style of beer is kept a closely guarded secret. In 1962 a Brewer in Ghent Belgium took a turn at attempting to create Trappist style beer but was later sued by monks who own the rights to the brewery.

Most authentic Trappist beers are ordained with a Trappist Association logo and there is even an official international Trappist Association of recognized breweries which specify a number of Brewers rules that each Trappist brewery must follow to keep its name.

Overall this style of beer is something quite different. Trappist beers are generally top fermented and bottle conditioned meaning that they have quite a lot of taste as well as potentially a higher alcohol content than what you might find from a local brewer. The beers are generally kept strong and use local ingredients which are all hand cultivated by the monks to produce a high-quality product.

If you are interested in trying something a little bit different, and would like to give Trappist beer a shot keep your eye out for some of the more popular names including; Dubbel, Tripel, and Orval to name a few.

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August 14

Stem Cell Transplant for Faster Regeneration

Who doesn’t want to be healed faster and get rid oneself of all the pain and the troubles in within a few days’ time? The longer a part of the body remains damaged the more difficult it gets. Thus every degenerated tissue must be revived at the earliest possible stage, before the condition worsens. Our biological system has been equipped to heal itself on its own. But in the cases where the damage is severe, medical help is required. The stem cells are known to regenerate or to heal the damaged portions of the body by replicating the healthy cells of that region or the organ and then by multiplying. These are undifferentiated cells that lie dormant until being probed by a degenerative or damaged tissue.

Stem Cells for healing different body parts

The stem cells are found almost all over the body like the liver, skin, skeletal muscles, blood vessels, bone marrow and mainly in the fat tissues. Thus in case of broken limbs, diabetic problems, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Aging problems, inflammatory etc stem cells can be used. The stem cells are also used in sports medicines, cosmetics etc.  The DaSilva Institute has come up with a new therapy that uses these stem cells to help heal different degenerated parts of the body faster which is known as the Autologous Stem Cell Therapy.

Unique way of treatment

This unique and innovative form of treatment is absolutely painless and doesn’t have any side effect. The unspecialized stem cells are derived from the other healthy part of the body and are injected into the damaged part which requires healing. It is a simple process that doesn’t involve complicated surgery or anesthesia and neither it is a very expensive process as well. It is just a matter of few hours, and is very effective and a genuine procedure. And since the stem cells are drawn from the patient only there is no question of rejection.

When the stem cells are transplanted to the area that requires restoration it immediately starts replicating and repair the damaged tissue. One would find a lot of information on the therapy at the institute’s website where Dr. DaSilva has even shared his knowledge and research outcome gluten. Gluten is a kind of protein that is present in a variety of foods that we take almost everyday like wheat, barley, oats etc. These types of proteins are not absorbed by our system and thus remain undigested and cause a number of problems.

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