Training Our Military For Combat – Preventing Combat Stress and Reducing PTSD

Everyone seems concerned about what we can do for the service members returning from the war to help them reintegrate and cope with stress. New programs, increased emphasis on families and more open discussion about Combat/Operational Stress, ASD (Acute Stress Disorder), and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) have become the order of the day.

While I am pleased to see that there is concern, a recognized need, and action being taken to help our service members I feel that we are still missing the mark. When an individual enlists in the military we go to great ends to provide the very best possible training to teach these individuals how to be warriors and use the tools of war; hand to hand combat, close quarters combat, pistol and rifle marksmanship, and physical training to ensure that they have the stamina for the very demanding rigors of combat. Not only are they well trained, their job in peacetime is to hone those skills to a fine point and practice these skills so that they become second nature.

If we are truly committed to ensuring that our service members are prepared for war shouldn’t that also include mental and emotional preparation as well? Instead of dealing with Combat/Operational Stress and the other stress related disorders when our service members return why aren’t we training them from the start to recognize and deal with stress on a daily basis? Professional athletes utilize a training model that focuses 60% of their training on mental preparation which yields exceptional results, even in business this model has proven to be very successful.

What I propose is to train our service members upon entry to the service in stress management and give them the skills and opportunity to use and hone them as well as the other skills necessary to be a warrior. It only makes sense that someone trained in recognizing and dealing with stress will cope much better than someone who is untrained. If you look closely at the training our special forces receive you will notice that how well they can deal with stress in one of the primary focuses of their training and selection.

We can take this one step further by including the families of our service members in this process and help empower them to deal with the stressors of war, deployment and separation. It only stands to reason that if the families can cope better the there will be even less stress for the service member to deal with and increase their abilities even more.

Source by Dave Thomason

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How to Listen and Actually Hear Your Child

Many parents may not be as good as a listener as they thought. Just because a parent nods their head occasionally and responds with regular sounds acknowledging their toddler, does not mean they are really listening. A toddler needs a parent’s full attention in order to feel as if they are being heard. In many cases, disruptive behavior or temper tantrums are caused by a toddler feeling, as though they are not heard or understood.

A parent needs to learn how to be an active listener in order to understand their toddler fully. This means a parent must devote their full attention to a toddler when he/she is talking or trying to convey a story about an event that happened in their day. It is important to listen without interrupting. It can be difficult for a parent with a full, extensive vocabulary to listen to a toddler struggle to find the right words. A parent may try and fill in the blanks for the child. Please do not do this. The toddler needs to express their opinions and feelings in their own words.

Once the toddler has relayed their tale, summarize what you heard. The child will be able to tell you if you heard correctly, or if you missed an important detail. Do not be surprised if this takes a couple of times. The child will feel better once they have gotten their message across. As an active listener, remember to keep your opinions to yourself. It is okay to ask questions about the toddler’s feelings about a certain situation, without interjecting your own opinion. You will be doing your toddler a big favor by simply listening without prejudice.

Do you want to learn exactly how to eliminate your child’s out-of-control and defiant behavior without using Punishments, Time-Outs, Behavioral Plans, or Rewards?

Source by Jason K Johnson

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Neuritis (Neuralgia) – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Multiple Neuritis is a degeneration of peripheral nerves, and is also known as Peripheral Neuropathy or Polyneuritis. This is characterized by a slow onset of disturbed sensations, sensory loss, and weakness and shrinking of muscles in the hands and feet. There are various causes for this, including nutritional deficiencies, metabolic and inflammatory conditions and chronic intoxication due to alcohol, metals and drugs.

In Ayurveda, the above symptoms are believed to be due to disturbed “Vata” dosha. The disease process is believed to take place in two ways; one being a direct increase in the “Vata” dosha, usually due to quantitative decrease in the “Dhatus” or body tissues, and the other being a disorientation of the “Vata” dosha due to obstruction in the normal channel pathways. The first type of disease process is called as “Nir-upastambhit Vata-vyadhi” and the second type is termed as “Upastambhit Vata-vyadhi”. The two can be differentiated by a detailed medical history and a careful observation of the symptoms.

Treatment for the two types of diseases is totally different, in fact, quite contrasting. Nir-upastambhit vata is treated with Snehapaan (oral intake of oil or ghee), Abhyanga (oil massage), Shirobasti (medicated, prolonged lubrication therapy of the scalp), and Anuvasan Basti ( medicated, lubricating enema). Bala (Sida cordifolia) oil, Mahanarayan (containing mainly Asparagus racemosus) oil, and milk are some of the materials used for medicated enema. The medicines used orally are: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Masha (Phaseolus mungo), Kohla, Abhrak Bhasma, Raupya Bhasma, Suvarna Bhasma, Chandan-Bala-Laxadi Oil, Shatavari kalpa, Kushmand-avaleha, Mahayogaraj Guggulu and Vasant-kusumakar Rasa. Thus, the overall aim here is to build up and strengthen the body tissues.

On the other hand, treatment for the Upa-stambhit vata is aimed at reducing or eliminating the blockage in the normal channel-pathways of the vata dosha, cutting down overgrowth of the body tissues, and causing “Anulomana”, i.e., helping the vata dosha to circulate in a normal way. The medicines used orally are: Triphala Guggulu, Yogaraj Guggulu, Maharasnadi Qadha, Dashamool Qadha, Gandharva Haritaki, Lashunadi Vati, Mahavata Vidhvansa, Ekangaveer Rasa etc. Herbal medicines used are: Rasna(Pluchea lanceolata), Dashmool (Ten Roots), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Deodar (Cedrus deodara), Hinga (Ferula narthex), Bhallatak (Semicarpus anacardium), Triphala (Three fruits) and Trikatu (Three pungent herbs).

A suitable diet and appropriate lifestyle is recommended in both the disease processes, which will help in reducing symptoms and preventing further deterioration. Needless to say, the treatment has to be tailor-made for each patient according to the presenting symptoms. Significantly, a carefully selected treatment regime, if followed faithfully, gives astounding results, even with very chronic and debilitating disease.

Source by Abdulmubeen Mundewadi

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