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The Diabetes Epidemic

Diabetes worldwide is becoming a major issue with large numbers of individuals being diagnosed yearly and many living in a pre-diabetic state. In the US alone 28.5 million people are living with diabetes, that is a shocking 8.3% of the Continue reading

population and in addition there are 1.9 million new cases diagnosed every year and at least 7 million un-diagnosed with another 79 million being pre-diabetic.

If you are living with diabetes then it is a never ending struggle to balance your blood sugar and diet. The money spent on doctor visits, needles and drugs is a staggering 245 Billion a year. The medications help deal with daily symptoms, but do nothing to get to the root of the problem. What happens if you should run out of your medication and unable to get more?

STOP DIABETES NOW

The reality is that insulin makes you totally dependent on the pharmaceutical companies and your doctors; it is not helping you to get better – only to adjust the dosage as needed.

Can Diabetes be prevented or cured? Find out more……

Are Mosquitoes Attracted To You?

dreamstime_xl_20614139(1).ss-mosquitoWhy do mosquitoes find some people more irresistible while others are being ignored? Could it be your blood type, your sweat, the color of your clothes or the foods you eat?

There are about 200 species of mosquitoes in North America, each with different requirements and biting habits to suck out your blood and to spread disease.

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Are your prone to more mosquito bites than your friends and family? It turns out that approximately 20% of the population are getting bitten more than the rest on a consistent basis. Research shows that there is a different factor of attraction in certain blood types, such as Type 0 seems to get bitten more often, while type A is bitten less often and Type B is somewhere in between.

Mosquitoes are also attracted to sweat and lactic acid, ammonia, carboxylic acid, and carbon dioxide. Bacteria and microbes found on your skin create your body odor and the more you emit, the more attractive you are to them. Larger people naturally emit more carbon dioxide than smaller people, which is one of the reasons adults seem to be bitten more often than children.

Most people turn to store bought insect repellents to keep mosquitoes away, but often these insect repellents contain a chemical called DEET, which should only be used with caution. Heavy exposure to DEET has been linked to memory loss, headaches, fatigue and is particularly toxic to children.

Fortunately, there are several natural remedies that can help in preventing mosquito stings and are easily available. A few drops of citronella, lemongrass and eucalyptus make a perfect remedy.

Preventing mosquito bites also eliminates the possibility of contracting several mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, encephalitis, Yellow fever and West Nile virus. Since there is no cure – prevention is the best defense. One of the best practices is to spend minimum time outdoors between dusk and dawn and to wear loose fitting clothing keeping skin exposure to a minimum and to eliminate any standing water around the house, since mosquitoes need water to breed.

Danger of Popping Pimples

dreamstime_m_64288114In a world where beauty and perfection is desired, we often cannot resist the urge to pop a pimple. These nasty zits usually appear without warning just in time before a party, an important function or a date. They can ruin that perfect look by Continue reading

their presence of an accumulation of oils, toxins and bacteria.

What are your options? Squeeze the pimple and risk infection and prolong the healing process or covering it with a layer of foundation and make-up products? The best option is to let it heal through its life span of 5 to 7 days if left alone.

But while worrying about beauty on the surface, the dangers of some practices and how they affect the area below the skin far outweigh the temporary appearance of the blemish. By picking and squeezing you may force the poisons and bacteria deeper into the body, below the skin where it can cause redness, inflammation, swelling and infection.

Popping pimples in the area known as “The Danger Triangle” of the face, which stretches from the bridge of the nose to the corners of the mouth and includes the upper lip, can result in vision loss, brain infections and paralysis.

So – hands off – let it heal on its own.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

dreamstime_m_35188315Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD primarily affects people during the fall and winter season. It is a form of depression, with periods of being sad, angry or irritable and may leave you feeling more tired than usual.

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equator can disturb your internal clock and you may feel the need to sleep more than usual.

Presumably, food was scarce during most of human prehistory, and a tendency toward low energy during the winter months would have been adapted by reducing the need for calorie intake. Hibernation is an extreme example, but even species that do not hibernate often exhibit changes in behavior during the winter months.

In the fall cravings for carbohydrates to prepare for the season ahead are common and weight gain is often experienced during these times of low energy and with less time spent outdoors it is getting progressively worse as the winter season continues.

Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related to light. Treatment with a light box (Bright Light Therapy) has been proven to be effective and should be started in the early fall and continued throughout the long winter months. Once the days get longer towards the spring and summer the symptoms usually fade away gradually and healthy eating and outdoor activities will prevent the weight gain to become permanent.

Treating the Whole Person

dreamstime_m_3428950It is often difficult to determine if a condition is physical or mental in origin. Many people will express psychological stress in physical ways, such as abdominal pain, headaches, migraines, nausea or pain in various areas of the body. Continue reading

Anxiety and depression with associated insomnia can have serious effect on the immune system and puts a person at greater risk of infections if not adequately addressed. A weakened immune system is then unable to fight off infections and diseases.

Stress, worry and fear can lead to a variety of health problems and just as mental and emotional issues can cause physical pain and suffering, the opposite is true. Disease, injuries and illness can lead to medication dependency and addiction with psychiatric side effects.

Psychological and social factors are just as important as biological symptoms and are interconnected and complex.  Even if we could determine whether the cause of a particular condition or disorder is mental/emotional or physical it is most beneficial to treat the whole person.

Menopause and Night Sweats

dreamstime_m_13766791Waking up during the night and experiencing excessive sweating is not uncommon. If the sleeping quarters are too warm and heavy covers and clothing are used in addition, overheating is easily explained.

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menopause, infections, medication and fevers.

Menopausal night sweats or hot flashes are due to changes in hormones, ending the female cycles of fertility. It may manifest in the form of feeling flushed or redness of the face, the neck, the ears, the chest, the extremities or all over the body.

Stress can be a factor and hot flashes can be associated with diet, lifestyle and physical activity. Eating hot, spicy foods or consuming alcohol may have a similar effect and sensitivities can develop at any point in a person’s life.

Mental Stamina

dreamstime_m_1254762During a life-time we face many challenges. How we react and meet these adversities may say a lot about our mental strength. How well we are able to deal with job loss, marriage break-up, financial set-backs and disappointments in general is a measure of emotional stability and stamina. Continue reading

Mentally strong people are able to see new opportunities instead of defeat, overcome adversities by making though decisions to achieve positive results

Mental endurance and strength is a matter of emotional intelligence and maturity and taking responsibility for situations and their actions.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to navigate through social complexities, it increases self awareness and prevents self sabotage of personal growth and future goals.

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Emotionally intelligent people place high value on their relationships, they treat everyone with respect, display a positive outlook and are willing to lend a helping hand.

They focus on solutions – not failure.

Micro-Organisms Were First

dreamstime_m_59819250Microbes were the first forms of life on Earth. They have adapted and survived many changes over billions of years. They are too small to be seen with the naked eyes and we find these micro-organisms everywhere – from the deepest sea to the highest mountains, from the hottest springs and deserts to the coldest regions of the North and South Pole. Continue reading

Microbes are essential to nature, they are in the soil and feed our plants and trees and provide nutrition for animals and life-stock to grow and thrive. They feed the Earth and remove waste materials to be decomposed and recycled into their elementary forms, they are the keepers of the planet.

Microbes are part of the human body and outnumber human cells 10 to one, that means for every human cell there are at least 10 micro-organisms present. Are these micro-organisms harmful? Having a healthy gut flora is essential to protect us from invaders and to maintain a healthy balance is protecting our immune system which mostly resides in the digestive tract.

A weakened immune system can allow harmful bacteria to establish a presence. One thing we have to acknowledge is that microbes are extremely intelligent and that they are capable to change and evolve and that they have become resistant to anti-biotics and our efforts to eliminate these life forms.

Harmful bacteria have resisted all human efforts and are causing deadly infections which our most potent drugs can not eliminate. The best defense is a strong immune system to resist infectious bacteria in the first place and to limit the use of anti-biotics.

In Case Of A Heart Attack – Insist On This

dreamstime_m_24400950If you end up in the emergency room with a heart attack, make sure you insist on a 2 cc injection of magnesium sulfate.

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a heart attack. The study published in one of the most prestigious medical journalsrevealed that after 4 weeks, the people who received the magnesium, only 7% died versus 19% who did not get the magnesium. That means magnesium cut the death rate a walloping 63%.

What was interesting is the fact that the study indicated that the people in the study were given far less than the 2 cc of magnesium recommended above.

Furthermore, the injection of magnesium decreased arrhythmias by 55%. Remember having a heart arrhythmia is one issue doctors are seriously concerned about following a heart attack.

In another study in the same medical journal approximately ten years later revealed that magnesium produced a 24% reduction in the number of deaths in one month after the heart attack.

Besides the proven benefits for victims of a heart attack, another study showedpeople who were given IV magnesium had a 76% reduction in death from a fatal blood clot.  And by the way this same study showed that aspirin made no difference.

It is in your best interest to insist that your doctor check your magnesium levels. However, don’t settle for the serum magnesium commonly ordered by most physicians. This test only evaluates the extracelluar magnesium which makes up only 1% of the magnesium in your body. You want your doctor to order the goal standard “intracellular magnesium test” which gives you the “real” picture of your level of magnesium in your body.

Your best protection is to keep your magnesium level high enough to possibly prevent having a heart attack in the first place. Considering that government studies show the average American diet only provides 40% of the magnesium that we need in a day, your best protection against a heart attack is to keep your magnesium level high enough. The best absorbed form of magnesium I’ve seen in 31 years is Magnesium Chloride Solution 200 mg/cc, and use half teaspoon once or twice a day.

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S

References:

Rasmussen HS, et al, Intravenous magnesium in acute myocardial infarction, Lancet, 234-5, Feb. 1, 1986

Woods KL, et al, Intravenous magnesium sulfate in suspected acute myocardial infarction: Results of the Second Leister Intravenous Magnesium Intervention Trial (LIMIT-2), Lancet, 339: 1553-8,1992

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Children’s Exposure to Bacteria

Children's Exposure to BacteriaIs the pursuit of a bacteria-free world making us sick? The rising incidence of asthma and allergies in the developed world could be tied to the relatively sterile environments our children live in compared to a generation ago. Children are not exposed to harmful bacteria and consequently are given antibiotics to kill bacteria, do not receive the germ Continue reading

exposure required to make antibodies. More specifically, they do not develop T-helper cells, which fight foreign cellular invaders and minimize allergies.

For several years scientists have been uncovering signs that illness can result when the immune system does not get enough practice fighting bacteria and viruses. Several epidemiological and experimental studies have put this hypothesis on firm ground. Although it had been thought that the immune system required periodic infections during childhood, researchers now argue that the main problem is that the children have become squeaky clean. They suspect that children need contact not with disease-causing microbes, but with bacteria in soil and untreated water, particularly with organisms called mycobacteria, to strengthen their immune system.

The continuing rise in allergies coincides with the acceptance and use of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, the ultimate in excessive cleaning. Antibacterial soaps are applied to the hands and bodies in the shower or during hand washing with warm water, allowing them to easily enter the body while pores are open. There is gathering evidence that these anti-bacterial ingredients are also carcinogenic. Washing hands the old fashioned way, with regular soap and water will send the bacteria down the drain and no harmful substances enter the body’s bloodstream. Read more….

Athlete’s Foot Prevention

athlete's footAthlete’s foot causes scaling, flaking, and itching of the affected area. Blisters and cracked skin may also occur, leading to exposed raw tissue, pain, swelling and inflammation. The infection can spread to other parts of the body, such as the groin, but is mostly manifested between the toes, with the space between the fourth and the fifth digits is most commonly afflicted. Continue reading

Athlete’s foot is a communicable disease caused by a parasitic fungus Trichophyton. As the fungus requires warmth and moisture to survive and grow, the primary method of  incubation and transmission is when people who regularly wear shoes go barefoot in a moist communal environment such as a changing room or shower, and then put on shoes.

Due to the much reduced ventilation of the skin in shoes and the tight space in which the toes are forced to be pressed together chances of infection are increased by not allowing moisture to escape. Fungus is only seen in a very small percentage of habitually (often) barefoot people, being barefoot allows full ventilation around the feet, causes them to remain dry and exposes them to sunlight, as well as developing stronger skin which will cause the fungus to be worn off before it can cause any infection.

When moving through an area that is likely to be infected it is important to remember that fungus requires for the foot to remain moist in order to grow. Since fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, keeping feet as dry as possible and avoiding sharing towels aid in  prevention. Always dry your feet thoroughly before putting on shoes and ensure that both the shoes and socks are clean and dry.

Since shoes are the primary mode of infection and incubation and since the fungus is almost non-existent in barefoot cultures the practice of keeping feet clean and dry is crucial in preventing re-infection.

 

Natural Probiotics and Super Foods

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The fermentation process was accomplished through lacto-fermentation, converting the sugars into lactic-acid and giving the fermented foods its characteristic sour taste. It is also a natural preservative and inhibits putrefying bacteria, preventing these foods from rotting. Vegetables and fruits are converted into lactic acid by its many lactic acid producing bacteria. These lactobacilli are ubiquitous and are present on the surface of all living things and especially plentiful on all leaves and plants growing near the ground.

This makes some vegetables such as cabbage, cucumbers and beets ideal for the many digestive issues. Sauerkraut (sour white cabbage) or cabbage juice has a long history of providing benefits for a variety of health conditions.

This superfood is made from finely shredded cabbage and salt which preserves the cabbage for the first few days while the probiotic bacteria begin to grow. These probiotic bacteria are extremely beneficial to human digestion and are the mechanism that turns cabbage into a super nutritious food. Naturally fermented sauerkraut does not contain vinegar, the sour taste comes from the process of fermentation.

The cabbage has to be raw – naturally fermented – to contain lactic acid and the living probiotic micro-organisms that are essential for the fermentations process. Fully cooked sauerkraut or cabbage does not have the same healing benefit since most of the micro-organisms have been killed due to the exposure to high heat

Tongue DiagnosisTongue diagnosis is an integral part of taking a medical history in Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine practitioners believe the appearance of your tongue can reveal a lot about your health. Different areas of the tongue are believed to reflect the state of the different organ systems. If there is an unusual color, coating, and/or shape in a certain area, Continue reading

special attention is paid to the corresponding organ system.

In Chinese medicine, disease is explained by an imbalance of yin and yang and heat and cold in the human body. Chinese medicine believes that chronic imbalances will have a definite impact on the color and shape of the tongue body and the color and thickness of the tongue coating.

A normal tongue is described as light red in color with a thin white coating. The tongue should not be too wet and not too dry. The tongue should be without cracks or movement. It should not be too long or too short nor too stiff or too flaccid.

Tongue body color reflects the health of the internal organs. When the tongue changes from the normal pale red to very pale, dark red, purple or blue it is a clear picture of pathological changes in the body. Changes in the shape of the tongue body will indicate the severity or duration of the condition. Tongue coating can change quickly and will be a clear indication whether or not the nature of the disease is one of excess or deficiency.

Tongue diagnosis is an important part of the Chinese medical assessment, but as with any assessment method, the doctor does not rely on tongue diagnosis alone, but uses it as part to provide a complete picture of a person’s health

When the wisdom of Chinese medicine meets the technological advances of western medicine, we will all benefit.

What is Consciousness?

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In behavioral psychology, which is based on materialistic science, the opinion is that the mechanism of the body determines even thoughts of the mind. This point may be considered from a purely logical angle of vision. There is what is called intelligence, which is an expression of the body, a creation of the brain, or a kind of phenomenon that is projected by the material forces, but how then can we explain the appreciation of beauty, or an adoption of ethical conduct.etc.

The morality of an individual cannot be said to be the morality of the flesh, the heart or any other part of the body. Quantum physics tell us that consciousness is the ground of all being. Matter, vital energy, mental meaning are all quantum possibilities of consciousness. If we could erase the mental concept that we are separate from one another, we could collectively benefit and rise into unity consciousness.

 

Physical Attractiveness Suggest Fertility and Health

Physical Attractiveness Suggests FertilityOften physical attractiveness is a combination of many factors, and include universal perceptions common to all human cultures, as well as aspects that are culturally and socially dependent, along with individual subjective preferences. There are many factors which influence one person’s attraction to another, with physical aspects being one of them. Continue reading

Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person’s physical traits are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful. The term often implies sexual attractiveness or desirability, but can also be distinct from the two; for example adults may regard children as attractive for various reasons.

Physical attractiveness is a characteristic that suggests fertility and health. These factors contribute to the probability of survival and reproduction for continuing life on Earth. Men, on average, tend to be attracted to women who are shorter than they are, have a youthful appearance, and exhibit features such as a symmetrical face, full breasts, full lips, and a low waist-hip ratio. Women, on average, tend to be attracted to men who are taller than they are, display a high degree of facial symmetry, masculine facial dimorphism, and who have broad shoulders, a relatively narrow waist, and a V-shaped torso.

In recent times, evolutionary psychologists have tried to answer why individuals who are more physically attractive should also on average be more intelligent, and have put forward the notion that both general intelligence and physical attractiveness may be indicators of underlying genetic fitness.

Time to Heal

Time to healCan it be true that time heals all wounds? Sounds simple, but does it work? Is it time or is it what you do with this time that heals?

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This damage can be caused by a variety of conditions and may involve a single experience or an ongoing series of events that completely overwhelm the individual’s ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved with that experience.

Reactions to and symptoms of trauma can be wide and varied and differ in severity from person to person. A traumatized individual may experience a range of symptoms, leading to feelings of despair, loss of self-esteem and depression.

Healing from emotional and psychological trauma takes time and some basic steps towards recovery include:

1)         It is important to stay connected with others and to maintain relationships with friends and family.

2)         Many times, getting the problem out in the open can make it manageable.

3)         Forgive those involved. Forgiving does not condone what someone else did, it simply releases you from the pain of their actions.

4)         Most importantly, make a place for that event in your life and then put it away.

5)         It’s important to remember that it did happen and it did affect you. At the same time, it is in the past, much like a chapter in a book you have read and choose not to read again.

If you find yourself wanting to but unable to follow these suggestions, you may want to get professional help putting the past behind you.

Acid / Base Metabolism

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to buffer acids but over time these systems become chronically over-burdened. Ultimately, acids are stored in the connective tissue where a change in pH has consequences on the functioning of nearly every system in the body.

The best way to support acid-base metabolism is to change the diet and lifestyle patterns which can result in chronic acidity. The body  must compensate by either producing more bicarbonate (alkaline), for example by releasing it from the bones, or by storing these accumulated acids in the extracellular tissue for future removal.

A constantly acidic urine is a reflection of an ongoing need to eliminate excess acid. In chronic acidosis due to diet and stress the net acid load constantly outweighs the ability of the body to replenish bicarbonate. When this happens, acids are stored to prevent blood pH from becoming out of range, first in the extracellular matrix and ultimately inside the cells. This acidic extracellular matrix can result in many different health issues including: chronic pain, fatigue, osteoporosis, allergies and cancer.

Fingernails – An Indicator of Health

fingernail-1Your fingernails can provide clues to your overall health — but do you know how to read the signs? Nail pitting are small depressions in the nails. Nail pitting is most common in people who have Continue reading

psoriasis — a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin. Nail pitting can also be related to connective tissue disorders and hair loss.

With yellow nail syndrome, nails thicken and new growth slows. This results in a yellowish discoloration of the nails. Nails affected by yellow nail syndrome might lack a cuticle and detach from the nail bed. It is often a sign of respiratory disease, but can also be related to the swelling of the hands. 

Nail clubbing occurs when the tips of the fingers enlarge and the nails curve around the fingertips, usually over the course of years. Nail clubbing is sometimes the result of low oxygen in the blood and could be a sign of various types of lung disease and with inflammatory bowel disease. 

Spoon nails are soft nails that look scooped out. The depression usually is large enough to hold a drop of liquid. This could be a sign of iron deficiency  or a liver condition known as hemochromatosis, in which your body absorbs too much iron from the food you eat. Spoon nails can also be associated with heart disease and hypothyroidism.

Terry’s nails is associated with the tip of each nail having a dark band. Sometimes this can be attributed to aging. In other cases, it can be a sign of a serious underlying condition, such as liver disease, congestive heart failure or diabetes.

Beau’s lines are indentations that run across the nails. The indentations can appear when growth at the area under the cuticle is interrupted by injury or severe illness. Conditions associated with Beau’s lines include diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, as well as illnesses associated with a high fever’s and can also be a sign of zinc deficiency.

Onycholysis is associated with the fingernails becoming loose and separating from the nail bed. Sometimes detached nails are associated with injury or infection. In other cases nail separation is a reaction to a particular drug or consumer product, such as nail hardeners or adhesives. Thyroid disease and psoriasis — a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin — also can cause nail separation.

The information on this website is not intended to replace a consultation with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice and was provided by www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com

 

 

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal TunnelCarpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in between the tendons and the forearm muscles. This compressed nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.

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There may be a sudden, sharp pain shooting through the wrist and up your arm. Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers. The fingers may feel useless and puffed up with little or no swelling present.

The symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night and a person with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to move their hand or wrist. As symptoms worsen the tingling may also be present during the day. A decrease in grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks.

The current recommendation by the medical community, if symptoms persist for more than 6 months is surgery which involves severing the band of tissue around the wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve.

Before submitting to surgery the treatment option is vitamin B-6 (75mg a day) and Zinc (50mg per day).

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Migraines vs. Headaches

HeadacheWhen people speak of headaches and migraines, they often fail to realize that the two actually represent two different conditions. Migraines represent a much more serious problem than your average tension headache. While regular headaches occur throughout most of the human population, those afflicted with migraines face a particularly painful problem. Continue reading

Migraines are the most debilitating type of headache and throbbing, pulsating pain may be felt around the temples, or behind one eye or ear and make it painful to move your head. Other symptoms may include vomiting, sensitivity to light or noise, nausea and numbness or tingling on one side. About one in seven migraine sufferers experience visual disturbances that include flashes of light, zigzag lines or blind spots on or before the onset.

The pain of a migraine may last anywhere between four hours to a full week, which can make everyday tasks impossible. For those afflicted, these migraine headaches often occur between two and four times per month and may be triggered by: stress, fatigue, skipping meals,
hormonal changes, glaring or flickering lights, loud noise, weather changes, overexertion, caffeine, chocolate, red wine, beer, nicotine, aged cheeses and flavor enhancers or preservatives.

A tension headache may be felt as tightness around the head like a band and may occur across the forehead, temples, back of the head and neck or at the base of the skull – a dull, achy, pressure‑like pain. Unlike a migraine, it’s a more diffuse and less intense pain felt on both sides.

Frequency and duration are extremely variable and may last from a few minutes to a few hours or be constant. Triggers include: muscular tension, stress, depression and anxiety and may include lack of sleep, missing meals, inactivity, poor posture, eyestrain, caffeine, alcohol and overuse of pain relievers.