Hawthorn contains cardiotonic amines, polyphenols, and is a source of Vitamins C, B, and many other nutrients that help in relaxing and dilating arteries, increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to and from the heart and maintaining healthy blood pressure resulting in lowered risk of stroke.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the goal of the month's activities is to reduce the impact and the incidence of strokes. According to the National Institutes of Health, each year more than 700,000 Americans have strokes. The incidence of this health risk affects finances, relationships, mental health and community support resources. Focus on avoiding strokes should be ongoing and not simply the target of activities one month of the year. In counseling clients to set goals for a healthier lifestyle, my recommendations to improve well-being will help in reducing the risk of stroke.

In her ground-breaking book, "PREVENT CANCER, Strokes, Heart Attacks, and other Deadly Killers!-- Dr. Nair Reveals Evidence Based Anti-Inflammatory Healing Remedies" Dr. Nair, MD, FAMS, MS(Epid), and CEO of Essence of Life™ discusses the hidden causes behind some of America's most deadly diseases and reveals natural, anti-inflammatory remedies that can help prevent and treat them. Written in clear, easy-to-understand language, the book explains:

When researchers asked more than a thousand people how they would react within the first three hours when presented with symptoms like weakness, numbness, difficulty speaking or difficulty seeing, (common symptoms of a stroke), only a third of the people under the age of 45 said they would seek medical treatment. A whopping 73% said they would wait and see if their symptoms improved.

While waiting for his scheduled quadruple fusion of the spine and triple laminectomy back surgery, Pax decided to give strength training a try for the first time in his life. He researched and then designed some special exercises and equipment that he hoped would strengthen his back and relieve his pain. It worked. He canceled the surgery and hasn't looked back. Side note: His exercises and patented equipment are now being successfully used in a medical back clinic with a 95% success rate.

There are two ways in which heat stroke happens. The first one is when the cooling mechanisms of a person are impaired and the other is when a person does strenuous activities in a very hot environment. Those who are at risk of developing sun stroke are infants, athletes, the elderly and those who work outdoors. The signs and symptoms of heat stroke include nausea and vomiting, fatigue and body weakness, headaches, dizziness and muscle cramps. There is also the absence of perspiration and extremely high body temperature, rapid pulse, flushed and red skin, difficulty of breathing, confusion, disorientation and seizures.