Hemorrhoid Treatment Tips

Many people suffer from hemorrhoids everyday! Hemorrhoids are very painful and will cause individuals much discomfort. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. In this article, I will tell you a little bit more about hemorrhoids and the symptoms.

Hemorrhoid treatment can be very time consuming and expensive. There are many over-the-counter creams and so forth that can be used to reduce swelling and / or pain. For other more serious cases, a surgeon may have to do heat treatments on an individual. However, there are less expensive and more natural ways to get rid of hemorrhoids.

There are plenty of "home remedies" that are said to prevent hemorrhoids. These include: avoiding training during bowel movements, drinking plenty of liquids (at least 8 glasses per day) and eating a high fiber diet of fruits, vegetables and grains. However, hemorrhoids still sometimes will appear.

Although it is rare, significant bleeding may also occur, which could lead to what is called iron deficiency anemia. As mentioned earlier, there are many creams sold to reduce swelling and / or pain, but that does not make them disappear. In cases of blood clots, people have to have them surgically removed. This will take weeks of recovery time!

In conclusion, hemorrhoids can cause you much pain and discomfort. People spend a bunch of money trying to reduce the pain and swelling. I strongly recommend using an all natural way of eliminating hemorrhoids. Do not just cover up the pain and swapping, eliminate them all together!

How to Get the Most Out of Your Abs Workouts

Abs workouts are not easy. So when you do them, you want them to be effective. To get the most out of your abs workouts, you want to combine this effort with diet and cardiovascular exercise. By doing this, you are riding your body of the fat that will hide your abdominal muscles. You also want to be effective when you are doing your ab workout routine.

Abs workouts will do great things for your abdominal muscles, but you want to get rid of the fat that hides them so you can show off the results. If you're going to get six pack abs, you want them to be seen!

Dieting For Flat Abs

Dieting does not have to be hard. Be sure to start with a healthy breakfast. If you are pressed for time in the mornings, you can have grab and go food. Fruit, yogurts, and cereal bars will do just fine. If you skip breakfast, your body goes into starvation mode. So when you eat lunch, it holds on to all of those calories longer. Not to mention you are now setting yourself up to overeat at lunch. Eating breakfast and making healthy choices throughout the day-low calorie and high protein-will help show off the results of those abdominal workouts and melt off that belly fat.

In addition, be sure to drink lots of water. While working out, whether you're doing cardio or abs workouts, you want to be sure to stay hydrated. If you do not put back what you put out, you will not feel very well. So remember, drinks lots of water before, during, and after exercise. You'll feel better and get the other benefits that come with drinking water. Cleared skin, less toxins in your body, less bloating, and just an overall feeling of well being are just a few of the benefits.

How Can I Remove That Excess Stomach Fat?

Cardio exercise helps remove fat from all over your body and will also work your core. Cardio exercise can be done in several ways. Running, biking, swimming, and even jumping rope can be great forms of cardio. Incorporating cardio while doing abdominal workouts will get you the best results. Be sure to stretch before and after each and every workout so you do not hurt yourself.

Belly fat is stubborn and hard to get rid of, but if you do quality cardio with you ab workout routine, you can watch it melt off. Doing this will put you on the path to get six pack abs.

Do Your Ab Workout Routine Right

All abs workouts need to be done right. If you do them wrong you might as well not do them at all. Even the best ab work out will not show results if you slack through it. To be effective when working out your abs, keep these things in mind.

Keep your stomach in. Imagine that you are pulling your naval toward your spine. By keeping your muscles tense, you are forcing them to do their job. When your muscles are contracted they become more defined when you are doing the workout. So keep your core stable while working out. You also want to breathe during your abs workouts. Inhale at the start of the motion and exhale when you begin to release. Do not hold your breath during these movements.

Also, do your abs workouts every other day. You want to give yours abs time to recover so that the muscle can build. You can work another muscle group during the days you give your abs a break if you still want to build muscle.

High Blood Pressure Risk – How to Know If You May Develop This Deadly Silent Killer

The subject of high blood pressure is important to all of us, due to the long term health complications if left uncontrolled. The risk of developing high blood pressure increases as we grow older; therefore, it is important to know the risk factors to prevent long term health complications. If left uncontrolled your chances increase for suffering a stroke, developing heart disease, kidney disease and eye disease.

At the present time the desirable pressure is 120/70 for most people.

It is not unusual for all of us to have periods of elevated pressure. Situations in which we are extremely stressed and exercising ourselves can cause an elevation in pressure. If we all had our pressure monitored 24 hours per day there would likely be periods that it was above normal. The main concern is when our pressure remains elevated all the time. The medical term for chronic elevations in pressure is hypertension.

There are controllable and uncontrollable risk factors for developing hypertension.

The following are controllable risk factors:

1. Overweight- anyone that has a body mass index higher than recommended is at risk of developing hypertension. It is important that you know your body mass index.

2. Sedentary Lifestyle- the less active you are the more likely you are to become overweight. When you are overweight your heart has to work harder, and your chances of developing hardening of the arteries increases. Hardening of the arteries causes them to become stiffer and less able to relax for appropriate pressure control.

3. Smoking- the nicotine in tobacco causes your heart rate to increase and the blood vessels to constrict, which may elevate your pressure.

4. Alcohol Consumption- excessive alcohol intake can raise the blood pressure and your intake should only be in moderation.

5. Sodium Intake- sodium causes the body to retain fluid. The increase in fluid retention can raise your pressure. It is important to watch your salt or sodium intake if you are at risk of developing hypertension.

6. Lack Of Exercise- this is similar to having a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise is shown to lower blood pressure, improve your body weight, lower your risk of heart disease and hardening of the arteries.

7. Stressful Lifestyle- stress increases your bodies release of epinephrine. Epinephrine causes constriction of the blood vessels which raises your blood pressure. Some stress can be useful; however, long term stress can lead to serious health complications.

The above risk factors can usually be controlled by taking the appropriate steps to living a healthy lifestyle.

The following are uncontrollable risk factors:

1. Inherited- the risk of developing hypertension can be transferred from generation to generation. If your parents experienced hypertension your chances of developing it are increased.

2. Aging- difficulty with high blood pressure tends to occur after age 35 unless you have one of the secondary causes.

3. Male Versus Female- males are more prone to developing hypertension at a youngger age in comparison to women. Women are more prone to developing it after they are postmenopausal.

4. Racial Factors- the black population is at greater risk of developing hypertension. Their problems with hypertension also tend to be more severe than the caucasian population.

Knowledge of your risk factors for developing high blood pressure is the key to preventing or treating high blood pressure. It is important to discuss your blood pressure with your doctor. If you have high blood pressure the two of you can develop a strategy for improving your blood pressure and lower your risk of long term complications.

Where Did the Shy Girl Go? Overcoming Social Anxiety

What purpose do synchronicities serve?

Synchronicities are a clear sense that the universe is speaking to us. The more we step into our KNOWINGNESS the more we will notice synchronicities. We are in constant contact with the intelligence of the universe, we are co-creating our reality, and synchronicities are a symptom or a result of recognizing this. As I remember who I truly am, I can begin to recognize synchronicities as nods from my creator. They are me remembering that I am one with all.

One of my hardest life lessons was one that I could not see, feel or witness until I was light years away from it.

Recently I was talking to my daughter who had been struggling with her day to day life. Her husband had been traveling a lot during the month of February which she believed was causing her to feel a sense of isolation. Being the only caretaker for 2 young children 24/7 can be hard and a tad isolating. This conversation reminded me that my understanding of this isolation was way too familiar. I was trying to relay to her the errors I felt I had made when faced with a similar scenario, which per usual, brought me to a story. (I always have a story). I was explaining to her that somewhere during the many years that her father traveled, during which time I was the sole parent for weeks on end, I had lost my self. I had lost my identity as a woman, a wife and a social being. I became very shy in social settings; I no longer understood the regulations or joy of social inter actions. The crazy part is that I was F*I*N*E at work, able to interact with others in a powerful way, but outside of work and/or my family unit, I was literally terrified of social interactions. Today, as I remember the oppressive feelings of my isolation it seems so foreign. But during that time it was as real to me as the dark of night.

So I told her a story about what I feel was a pivotal moment for me. Her father and I had decided to go out to dinner at a Costa Rican restaurant in Chicago. He had recently heard about it and had asked me if I would like to go. This was VERY unusual for us. Long before this we had stopped going on dates and we never went to the “City” together. By this time in my life, my social anxiety was over the top. It had nothing to do with the people out there in the world it had everything to do with the demons in my head. The voices would tell me that I was too fat, too ugly, too old, too stupid, not wearing the right clothes and on and on. I struggled to even hear myself think a different thought. That night, after what had ended up being an enjoyable dinner he suggested that we walk down the street to a local corner bar. Again this was EXTREMELY unusual for us. Our relationship had failed long before and we had just been moving through the motions out of dedication to our small family. This fact had me on tilt that night but hopeful about our outing. As we walked towards the bar I could feel my anxiety building. I just didn’t know how I was going to enter into that noisy, packed bar. It was one of those places that have open street windows to make it seem Al Fresco during nice weather. It was a beautiful spring evening and the windows were open and the laughter and noise from the people could be heard a few blocks away. When we got there we squeezed through the people and made our way to the bar. The feeling of panic within me was overwhelming to say the least. I had never shared with my husband my increasing inability to be in social settings but on that night I couldn’t hold back another second. I lost my outwardly cool and began to cry. You see NO one knew what had been going on in my head. NO one had any idea that I had been suffering with these paralyzing feelings of inadequacy. My outward appearance to all had been one of strength and power. Now I was crying and begging to leave that bar and go home. My then husband was angry, hurt and completely disillusioned by my behavior. I had no words to try to help him see what had just happened. I knew I had lost myself somewhere along the way and that no matter how mad he was or how much I wanted to be the old me, I just didn’t know how.

Why did I tell my daughter that story? I think I was telling her, because I wanted her to know that talking about the feelings of isolation is so very important. That continuing to do the things that she loves when her husband is in town is so very important, to remember to find joy, laughter and bliss with her husband and kids is so very important, but to also find it with others and most importantly is to find joy within. And to never ever forget who you truly are.

Synchronicity: Just 2 days after telling my daughter that story, that restaurant was named again in a completely unrelated manner. I was sitting with a colleague and out of the blue she mentions a Costa Rican restaurant in Chicago that her sister goes to. The same restaurant from my story! I had never returned to that restaurant, I had not thought about that restaurant in years and now within a few days it is the forefront of my life experiences. I understood this coincidence as a nod from the universe that it was time to write another article. Someone else needed to hear my story.

It is my deepest hope that this article lands on the eyes and ears of someone who is suffering today, someone who feels lost, separated and isolated. Not knowing where to turn. I promise you that there is hope, there is a way out of the darkness, there is a world full of inviting experiences and joy, just waiting for you and most importantly it is just one thought away. During my meditation today I heard these words like I have never heard them before.

“In this new experience we go on forever, there is no friction to impede our glorious extension and we go on forever with God, our love extends forever… -Gary Renard, An Original Form of True Prayer (5 minute meditation).

In my new experience I have let go of the impeding friction of self doubt and self condemnation to embrace my glorious extension to God and Love.

The person who broke down in tears at the corner bar no longer exists. She is long gone. Where did she go? How did I overcome the debilitating mental and physical phenomenon of Social Anxiety? I did by remembering who I truly am. I pushed my self-limiting, self-imposed boundaries; I did things that terrified me and then laughed like a school girl after I did them, even if it was a disaster. I found programs and seminars that supported my growth, I did things that were really scary like learn to ride a motor cycle and take dance classes where I had to touch strangers. Then finally I let go of the last strands of the ropes which had tied me down when I discovered the frequencies of Reconnective Healing. The demons that had plagued my every thought have been quieted and slowly replaced with the knowing of my perfection and magnificence. I now stand boldly from the mountain top and yell to the world that I know, that I know, that I KNOW, that I am a spark of God, created in “IT”s likeness, a being of perfection and magnificence clothed in the beauty of LOVE. I Am That, I Am.

A Look At The Characteristics of Spiders

Spiders are generally feared by people, something that is common for many of us, when we see any kind of insect, not just this one. Knowing about something we fear helps liberate us though, so take a look at the information we have on spiders below.

Most arachnids share certain characteristics including a body divided into two parts, the cephalothorax or prosoma and the abdomen or opisthosoma; no antennae; chelicerae; a unique pair of appendages in the front of their bodies called pedipalps involved in feeding and / or mating; four pairs of walking legs; external digestion; indirect sperm transfer; elaborate courtship behaviors; a strict predatory lifestyle.

However, not all arachnids share all these characteristics. For example, the cephalothorax and abdomen of opilionids and acarines have become fused giving them the appearance of having only a single body part rather than the two characteristic of the other arachnid groups. Some species in these two orders also differ in having direct sperm transfer.

Some opilionids can digest solid particulate food and, therefore, do not rely solely on predigested, or externally digested, material. Opilionids and acarines also differ in that none group is a strict predator. Opilionids are, for the most part, scavengers, whereas acarines can be predators, ectoparasites, or plant feeders.

Silk Production

Silk is characteristic of all spiders. Spider silk emerges from structures at the posterior end of the spider's abdomen called spinnerets. The proteinaceous material is produced in silk glands in the abdomen. As the silk protein is exuded through the tiny opening of the silk spigot on the surface of the spinneret, most of the water is re-absorbed.

The protein configuration completes its transformation from liquid to solid as the droplet of silk is stretched or put under tension. This can occur as the spider pulls the silk out of the spinnerets with a rear leg, or as the spider attaches the droplet to the substrate and walks away – these movements create enough tension to change the protein structure from liquid to solid.

Most spiders have three pairs of spinnerets – the anterior, the median, and the posterior pairs. However, it is thought that ancestral spiders had four pairs: an anterior lateral pair, an anterior median pair, a median pair, and a posterior pair.

Spiders in the suborder Mesothelae still have four pairs of spinnerets, but one pair (the anterior median) is nonfunctional and residual.

The anterior median pair has been lost and a rudimentary, non-functional structure called the colulus remains, positioned between the anterior lateral pair of spinnerets. Other species of araneomorphs, called cribellate spiders, have a fattened spinning plate, called the cribellum, positioned between the anterior lateral pair of spinnerets.

It is thought that the cribellum and the colulus are homologous structures and both are thought to be evolutionary derivatives of the anterior median pair of spinnerets. The cribellum is also thought to be an ancestral, or plesiomorphic, characteristic among the araneomorph spiders. The cribellum is covered with hundreds to thousands of individual silk spigots. In some cribellate species, the cribellum is divided into two small plates; in others, it is a single continuous plate.

Cribellate spiders also have a specialized comb, called a calamistrum, on the metatarsal segment of the last leg. The calamistrum is used to comb the cribellate silk out of the cribellum. Both cribellate and ecribellate spiders are found in the Haplogynae and in the Entelegynae. Therefore, it is currently thought that the cribellum is a polyphysical characteristic.

What Exhibits Iatrogenic Origin to Cause Endometriosis?

As we mentioned in previous articles during the last stage of the menstrual cycle normally a layer of endometriosis lining in the inside of the uterus is expelled, known as menstruation blood but instead some of the endometriosis tissues grow somewhere in the body causing endometriosis.
Endometriosis also responds to hormonal signals of the menstrual menstrual cycle, building up tissue, breaking it, and eliminating it through menstrual period. In this article, we will discuss what exhibits iatrogenic malfunction to cause endometriosis.

I. Definition

Iatrogenic origin suggests that endometrial cells may adhere to the lining of the abdominal cavity or an organ within the cavity by some form of medical intervention.

II. Iatrogenic Origin and endometriosis

1. Birth control pills

Women take birth control pills to prevent pregnancy. Unfortunately, pregnancy may occur without being noticed causing hormonal imbalance that interferes with the normal growth of the fetus in the uterus resulting in some abnormal development of cells. Some cells in the peritoneum develop into endometrial cell within the abdomen causing endometriosis at purity. Also birth control pills, including contributing to thinning of the endometrial lining, it also causes the blood vessel to dilate, increasing the risk of retrograde menstruation and endometrial implants leading to endometriosis after the pill has stopped. Study shows that infertility medication causes 57% of women to develop endometriosis.

2. Anti infection medication

Certain anti infection medicines block the prostaglandins hormone that helps our body to respond to inflammation when the body's tissue is damaged. They also suppress our body's immune system to prevent organ rejection after transplant may increasing the risk of endometriosis.

8 Types of Lymphoma – All Inclusive

Lymphoma is cancer that begins in the lymphatic system. There are 8 types of lymphoma, but lymphoma is not discussed in terms of 8. There are the two major types of lymphoma and over 30 subtypes. More are discovered every year.

Lymphoma is classified as either Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin. The difference is in one specific cell type that is found in Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Hodgkin's lymphoma is named after Thomas Hodgkin who discovered it in the 1830's. This is more rare than non-Hodgkin's. Researchers believe Hodgkin's lymphoma is closely associated with the Epstein-Barr virus. This is dormant in most people but can become active and infect a person.
The chances of getting Hodgkin's lymphoma after the Epstein-Barr virus has attacked are greater. Hodgkin's lymphoma usually begins in one lymph node and spreads to other lymph nodes and tissues. People between the ages of 15 and 35 and those who are over 55 are at an increased risk for this type of cancer.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma begins when there are abnormal cells in the lymphatic system that divide without control or older cells in the body do not die a normal cellular death. Unlike Hodgkin's lymphoma, this type can spread through the body without order. It can affect the organs such as the bone marrow, spleen and liver. The stages of classification are based on where the cancer is spreading in the body.

If a patient has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, it means they have one of thirty
subtypes. These are categorized as:

Aggressive or non-aggressive. This reflects to how fast the cancer is multiplying and growing.

Affecting the B-cells or T-cells in the immune system.

The exact subtype must be found in order for the doctor to prescribe the best treatment. Each different type responds differently to specific chemotherapies.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma does not have an age group favorite, but there are some factors that can increase the risk of certain individuals getting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. These are immune deficiencies caused by AIDS, Epstein-Barr and Hepatitis C.

As with every other cancer, the earlier the cancer is found, the better chance a person has of surviving.

Get a Description of Hemorrhoid Symptoms

Well to begin, I guess it would only make sense to describe what a hemorrhoid is and provide a description of hemorrhoid symptoms. Hemorrhoids are not as serious as it may sound, considering it is treated as soon as possible. If they are left or ignored for too long then things escalate and the seemingly harmless illness progresses into a far worse thing. Hemorrhoids tend to initially begin when an individual lacks the required amount of fiber intake. As we know, fiber helps facilitate stool, leading to fewer incidences of constipation. Constipation is what worsens the hemorrhoid because it significantly exposes the anus, causing the blood vessels around the anus to tear.

In order to know the description of hemorrhoid symptoms, you would also need to have a brief background concerning the two types of hemorrhoids; internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids are when the blood vessels protruding are located in the inner lining of the rectum, whereas external hemorrhoids are visible and can also be felt.

1) Description of hemorrhoid symptoms (Internal)

-Rectal bleeding is a common occurrence (due to the torn blood vessels)

-Bright red blood in the toilet bowl after bowel movement

-Itching of the hemorrhoid area

2) Description of hemorrhoid symptoms (External)

-Thrombosed (when the blood gathers under the skin, forming a hard, painful lump

-Streaks of blood on the toilet paper after bowel movement (usually darker than internal hemorrhoid)

-Rectal pain is a common occurrence

Those are the basic descriptions of hemorrhoid symptoms, so if you begin to experience any one of these, it is advisable that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Foods to Keep Away From Your Dog

As dog lovers, we want to spoil our furry members of the family all the time. Especially when it comes to sharing the things we love with them. Unfortunately, not everything that is good for us is good for our pets too. Listed below is a series of foods to keep away from your dogs.

1. Chocolate (& Caffeine) – Now even if you have never had a dog of your own you probably know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. What you might not know is that this also extends to coffee and caffeine. All of these items come from cacao seeds, which contain methylxanthines. This has been known to cause numerous ill effects in dogs and even death. They should be kept far away from your pets.

2. Grapes and Raisins – This one might not be as widely known, and that might be a result of the reason behind it being somewhat unknown as well, but grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. It is best to avoid giving either of these to your dog at all.

3. Salt – When ingested in large amounts, salt can cause pets to have excessive thirst and urination. This can lead to severe dehydration and even sodium ion poisoning, so it’s best to limit the salty snacks you give your dogs. Some common salty snacks to watch out for can include pretzels, chips, popcorn etc.

4. Bread – This common table food can cause bloating and twisting in your dogs stomach. This extends to all forms of bread, from sliced to baked. Also, when eating raw dough, the ethanol produced from the yeast can cause your dog to become drunk. Obviously, you do not want that so you are going to want to keep all forms of bread away from your pups.

5. Bones – Dogs are famously known for their love of bones, however, giving your dogs bones from the table can be very harmful to them. Certain bones like chicken and ribs are prone to breaking off easily. This can do damage to your dogs throat going down and even choke them. The bones can also splinter off at any point going down, potentially damaging their insides and their stomachs. It is best to only give your dogs bones that were made especially for chewing on, like the kind you can find at your local pet store.

How to Cure Canker Sores Quickly With Green Tea

Home remedies for sores

Do you have an infected mouth and do not know how to cure canker sores? Green tea can help you treat them and get rid of them. In this article you will learn how you can do it in a simple and practical way. Do not stop reading!

What are canker sores, or postemillas?

Canker sores are ulcers that can form anywhere in the mouth. Generally, they are usually small in size, but they are quite painful and annoying. If you ask yourself, why did they come out? The answer is that they can be caused by stress, an unbalanced diet, hormonal changes, low defenses, deficiency of some nutrient or due to an allergy to some food.

If you are a fan of tea, you should already know that it is a highly curative drink, since it has exceptional properties and medicinal benefits. For this reason, it is used as a natural remedy to treat numerous conditions and health problems.

One of the latest developments in the science of tea, is that through new research it was known that its consumption and topical application, can be very useful to treat different oral diseases, especially canker sores.

How to treat canker sores? Fortunately, tea can help you heal canker sores quickly. Find out in the following paragraphs.

What is good for canker sores

As I mentioned in previous paragraphs, green tea has great healing properties, where its great antimicrobial and analgesic power stands out. For this reason, green tea is considered one of the best home remedies for postemillas and wounds in the mouth.

Deflates the affected area. Green tea is rich in antioxidant compounds, which act as anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents.

Eliminates bacteria Its bacterial properties not only help you eliminate canker sores, but also prevent them from coming back in a short time.

Protects from cancerous tumors of the mouth. In a study conducted at the University of Texas, it was found that the consumption of tea extract can slow the growth of precancerous lesions in the mouth, avoiding oral cancer.

All good, but how to cure a canker sore with green tea?

Remedy for green tea canker sores

Of the home remedies for sores, without a doubt green tea is one of the most potent and effective. How to use green tea to cure sores in the mouth and tongue? Follow the following instructions.

Topical use

Prepare a tea on a regular basis.

Remove the bag and let it cool or place it in the refrigerator for a few minutes until you can apply it to your mouth.

Take the cold green tea bag and pass it over the canker sores gently.

Let it rest for 10 minutes.

Repeat this treatment two or three times a day to cure sores on the tongue completely.

Oral use

To get its antibacterial benefits, drink a cup of green tea after lunch or dinner and swish with a mouthwash.

Other therapeutic benefits of tea

Just as green tea is one of the most powerful remedies for canker sores, it can also help you treat and prevent other diseases. To get a clear idea of the great benefits of green tea for health, I recommend you take a look at the following suggestions.

Prevents diseases of the mouth and eyes. You will discover different ways to benefit from the healing properties of this variety of Camellia Sinensis, through its external use.

Soothes the skin with psoriasis. You will discover that some components of tea have the ability to regulate the growth of cells, preventing them from becoming too thick and from origin to this skin disease.

It improves acne. You will know that the galate epigallocatechins that green tea has are responsible for this benefit. Since there is scientific evidence that these antioxidant compounds are capable of reducing the sebaceous production of the skin. You will discover how and how much tea you should consume daily to achieve the healing of this condition.

Soothes the skin with rosacea. One of the most important properties of this healthy drink is its high content of antioxidants, capable of rejuvenating skin cells. The extract of Tai Ping Hou Kui Tea contains these virtues and is for this reason that it can help you treat the skin with rosacea. Here you will know how to consume it and apply it to obtain this benefit.

Getting Your Interior Design and Decorating Started Right

Principles Are Principles Forever

Interior design and decorating is one of the oldest of all the arts . Properly understood, it can be very exciting and rewarding to engage in. All you have to do is apply the correct and appropriate formulas, then adapt them to your budget.

It is very important and necessary to find out what you really need and want. Follow a few age-old foundational principles in order to acquire the success that you're driving for. A few easily understood principles will enable you to work out combinations and arrangements that will be appropriate and therefore satisfying to you, no matter what type of room you are planning.

Make It Easy On Yourself

When designing or decorating a room or a whole house, you can help yourself a great deal if you make a careful analysis of yourself and your family before you begin. Take time to consider, reflect, and examine specifics of what you like, what you want, what you do, what you hope to do someday, etc.

Write everything down on paper. Be guided by this analysis in your choice of furniture, arrangements, color schemes, and accessories. Describe in words not only what you want it to look like, but what you want it to feel like as well. For me, a "look" without the appropriate feeling and ambiance is nothing.

Make The Right Decisions The First Time

The best way to do it right, once, the first time, is to have a plan. We begin our plan by making a diagram or sketch of the space, including the windows, doors, and archways, paying careful attention that it's all drawn to scale. It is critical that your room has a floor plan drawn to scale. Usually this means that 1/4 inch will equal 1 foot. If you want it larger, then draw it so 1/2 inch equals 1 foot. This means that 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch will represent an actual 12 inches or 1 foot of real space. You must do the same thing with your furniture, plants, and sculptures – anything that takes up square space space on your floor. If you choose to skip past this initial step, you'll definitely have a wrong perception of reality! Once all of your pieces are sketched to scale, carefully cut each one out, making sure each one is clearly labeled.

You must do everything to scale with your sketches. These paper depictions enable you to move representations of your furniture and other items around effortlessly within your environment on top of the floor plan. As you do so, keep in mind where and how the traffic will flow through the space, accommodating for this functional necessity. With patience and some time, you'll reveal various solutions that will come to your mind that you would never have thought of otherwise. Pre-planning allows you to have much more fun and freedom of expression.

Doing floor plans is the professional way to start. Amateurs skip this. Even if they call themselves decorators or designers, this is one of many fundamental reasons that they are amateurs. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail … whether you know it or not.

Eliminating "Paralysis of Analysis"

The preliminary analysis of your home interior design and decorating problems should include answers to several definite questions. Think of this as the Sherlock Holmes phase. You want to ask yourself the right questions, to get the right answers. That way, you can get the right results. Your answers to the right questions will have a determination impact on the various phases of your plan. Thinking things through will save you time, money, and energy, as well as preventing possible and probable shortcomings with your results.

Some Words of Caution

Do not decorate or design in haste, and then later repent at leisure! Even if you have the money to carry out your whole design and decorating program, do not be rushed into buying anything which will compromise the effect you want.

Do not be discouraged if you have to operate on a budget. Decide what you can comfortably spend in the beginning, and put most of it into basic pieces that will be a permanent investment in your satisfaction and comfort. Then, spread the rest of it out over "pickshifts" which will do until they can be replaced. These pieces will be temporary until you can afford something better. Sometimes they turn out to be so charming and so useful that you will not want to give them up. You can allocate them to other areas of your environment.

As you work your plan, you may find that parts of it need altering as you go because you've found that they can be improved. However, make sure the contemplated improvements fit into the original plan or concept. Remember, it's not only about the look. It's the look and the feel, or ambiance, that you are after.

Do not be tempted for the sake of a bargain, or any other reason, to spend time or money on a single piece or article which will not add to the effectiveness of your preconceived design or decorative scheme, as you have outlined it from the beginning. Also, remember: Proper, prior planning prevents poor performance!

It's vital that you realize that you can spend a great deal of money or a comparatively smaller, realistic sum, and get very pleased results if you have a plan and knowledge.

An Important Closing Comment

Once you work things out on paper, be sure that you have included your floor plans and the written documentation of both your questions and your answers. The rest of the steps must continue to translate that information into action. Always look at the colors and designs in the environment where they are going to be used, and under the lighting conditions there, both natural and artificial. Color is how you light it! Therefore, never guess how textures, colors, designs, or fabrics, etc., will go with each other. Always make your final decisions within the final environment they will be staying in.

What Women Need To Know About Sleep Disorders

Women and sleep problems

There is sufficient research to show that women are more prone to sleep related disorders than men. One of the main reasons for this is the hormonal make-up of a lady. When there is a spike or a drop in hormone levels, especially during the menstrual cycle, pre or post pregnancy and at the time of menopause, women are found to report more sleep related issues than men. In fact, women are 1.4 times more likely to complain of insomnia than men would. Also, sometimes, the problem women have is excessive sleeping and sleepiness.

There is no racial basis on which sleep disorders affect women, but their side effects are plenty. There is an increased chance of stroke as well as cardiac trouble in women. Hypertension and obesity are also possible. Since sleep controls most of our bodily functions, there is every chance of lack of sleep being harmful to our health.

Research has shown that younger women tend to sleep better compared to older women. In some cases, it is seen that women in their reproductive years continue to have sleep related issues. There are quite a few factors that influence sleep patterns in a woman. Some of them are:

Factors that influence sleep patterns in women

Hormonal changes – Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle also cause insomnia or even daytime sleepiness. Besides having direct or indirect effects on sleep, they can also affect moods and emotions. This is commonly known as premenstrual stress, and almost 80% of women report having it.

Pregnancy – Pregnancy can also affect sleep patterns. Usually, it is noticed that in the first trimester, women need more sleep and more so during the day time. During the second trimester, these changes and sleep patterns are more comfortable. Most of the third trimester women suffer from lack of sleep due to discomfort, acidity, a constant need to urinate, heartburn and fetal movements at odd times. Even pain in the lower back tends to keep women up. Sometimes, there is swelling in the nasal passage resulting in sleep apnea or snoring.

Menstruation and menopause related causes: Menopause and women aging can result in both physical and hormonal changes, and this can cause sleep related trouble. There is a tension to remain wake at night and be restless during the day. Menopaal women also suffer from hot flashes and night sweats, and this is an indication of lower estrogen levels. Deep sleep remains elusive at this time, and being awake at night a constant.

Insomnia Among Women

Insomnia is the most widely reported sleep disorder in women followed by fluctuating sleep patterns, stress, daytime sleepiness and the inability to wake up on time. Psychological stress can be one of the triggers as well. This is especially seen in working mothers who tend to ignore fatigue and other such symptoms that can lead to sleep related trouble in the long run. Insomnia in women can include the inability to fall sleep, get deep sleep or rising too soon. Many also find it difficult to go back to sleep once wake.

Some of the other sleep related disorders specific to women are

Menopausal women tend to suffer from sleep-disordered breathing. This results in loud snoring and interrupted deep sleep. Most women are unable to go back to sleep and are often tired in the daytime. This is a time when sleep apnea sets in for women beyond 50 years of age.

Women can also suffer from restless leg syndrome (RLS) or the periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). Both can be very disturbing to sound sleep. The real causes for these conditions are not really known. RLS tends to set in just before a person goes to sleep and is a constant strain on the calves. This strain can be relieved by movement, something that happens rather involuntarily at times. PLMD results in periodic movements of the leg that tend to awaken someone. It is also a cause of insomnia. It has an opposite effect at times where it causes excessive sleep. Both of these conditions are commonly seen in senior citizens.

Excessive sleepiness in the daytime is known as narcolepsy. It is characterized by sleep attacks and what is known as cataplexy. A sleep attack is where there is an uncontrollable urge to go to sleep whereas cataplexy is characterized by a sudden loss of muscle tone before which a person will have an unwarranted emotional episode. Sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations also occur on occasion.

Women today tend to deal with multiple bars at a given time – professional, wife, mother, caregiver and more. Often with reduced times for themselves and extreme levels of stress, sleep deprivation is a natural result. Erratic work and lifestyles tend to lead to sleeping trouble as well, which is further accented when faced with hormonal imbalance.

Many women find it comforting to take in some caffeine or nicotine closer to bed time. However, these are stimulants and often do not help to induce sound sleep. The same goes with vices like alcohol that can lead to fragmented sleep and nightmares. It is often seen that sleep disorders are common among older women.

Being overweight puts a woman at risk for sleep disorders. Following are the threeorders common to women who are overweight. In many cases, the symptoms tend to overlap.

Sleep Risk Factors From Being Overweight

Inability to fall sleep: Often this is seen in younger women who are overweight, and it is directly related to an unhealthy lifestyle and a very stressed existence.

Inability to remain sleep: Constantly being roused from sleep for a range of reasons also occurs among those who are overweight. Other health related reasons may be the last trimester of pregnancy, chronic arthritis and the possible intake of pain medication.

Constant daytime sleepiness: Most menopausal women suffer from excessive sleepiness in the day time. Sometimes nasal passes tend to get blocked, and these results in loud snoring that further acts as a deterrent to good sleep.

When it comes to women and sleep problems, there are a range of reasons why women suffer. In many cases, it is the natural order of things based on the hormonal condition of the woman. Recognizing the symptoms and obtaining prompt help from a specialist can reduce the symptoms.

Why Study Math? Linear Equations and Slope-Intercept Form

Linear equations or functions are some of the more basic ones studied in algebra and basic mathematics. The import of these functions is that they model many real world phenomena and a key component of them, the slope, is a springboard concept for the realm of the calculus. That’s right: the basic idea of rise over run, or slope, within these equations, leads to all kinds of interesting mathematics.

A linear equation, or function, is simply one of the form Ax + By = C. The x and y are variables and the a,b, and c represent numbers like 1, 2, or 3. Usually the early letters in the alphabet represent numbers, or fixed, quantities and the latter letters in the alphabet stand for variables, or changing quantities. We use the words equation or function interchangeably, although there is a slight difference in meaning. At any rate, the expression Ax + By = C is known as a linear equation in standard form. When we move these expressions around and solve for y, we can write this equation as y = -A/Bx + C. When we substitute m for -A/B and b for C, we obtain y = mx + b. This latter representation is known as slope-intercept form.

The simplicity and utility of this form makes it special in its own right. You see, when a linear equation is written in this form, not only do we have all the information about the line that we need, but also, we can quickly and accurately sketch the graph. Slope-intercept form, as the name implies, gives us the slope, or inclination, of the line, and the y-intercept, or point at which the graph crosses the y-axis.

For example, in the equation y = 2x + 5, we immediately see that the slope, m, is 2, and the y-intercept is 5. What this means graphically is that the line rises 2 units for every 1 unit that it runs; this information comes from the slope of 2, which can be written as 2/1. From the y-intercept of 5, we have a starting point on the graph. We locate the y-intercept at (0,5) on the Cartesian coordinate plane, or graph. Since two points determine a line, we go from (0,5) up 2 units and then to the right 1 unit. Thus we have our line. To make our line somewhat longer so that we can draw its picture more easily, we might want to continue from the second point and go 2 more units up and 1 unit over. We can do this as many times as necessary to produce the picture of our line.

Linear functions model many real world phenomena. A simple example would be the following: Suppose you are a waitress at the local diner. You earn a fixed $20 per 8-hour shift and the rest of your income comes in the form of tips. After working at this job for six months, you have figured that your average tip income is $10 per hour. Your income can be modeled by the linear equation y = 10x + 20, where x represents hours and y represents income. Thus for the 8-hour day, you can expect to earn y = 10(8) + 20 or $100. You can also graph this equation on a coordinate grid using the slope of 10 and y-intercept of 20. You can then observe at any point in your day where your income stands.

Simple models like these show us how mathematics is used in the world around us. Having read and digested the contents of this article, try to come up with your own example of a linear equation or model. Who knows? You just might start liking math more than ever before.

Chicken Pox Symptoms – There Are Up To 26 Symptoms Of The Chicken Pox You Need To Know About

When you're suffering from the chicken pox virus, there are several symptoms that occur as your body's response to this virus. The intensity of these chicken pox symptoms are usually determined by how strong your immune system is. Many children have not developed a strong immune system, so they're more likely to experience more chicken pox symptoms than teens or adults. Make sure you take note of any of the chicken pox symptoms you may be aware below in yourself or your family member.

This list below are all the most common symptoms that can occur:

  • Skin Irritations (blisters filled with fluid, rashes, red spots)
  • Fever / Chills / Sweats
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue / Malaise
  • Throat Irritation (sore throat)
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Cough
  • Nasal Discharge
  • Impaired Breathing
  • Diarrhea / Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Muscle Pain (or backache)
  • Urinary Difficulties
  • Eye Irritations
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Itchiness
  • Weight Loss / Gain
  • Inflamed Lymph Nods
  • Irritability
  • Joint Pain
  • Lesions
  • Infection
  • Delirium
  • Sudden Onset

Once someone is exposed to the virus, it takes 2-3 weeks before the chicken pox symptoms to occur. This condition usually occurs during childhood, but adults who contract this virus are usually very ill. This skin disease is an extremely contagious disease that infects approximately 3 million people in the United States each year. More than 90% of the cases occur in children less than 12 years old.

This skin condition, while most believe to be mild, is not meant to be taken lightly. Each year in the United States, 4,000 to 9,000 people are hospitalized with this skin condition, and up to 100 persons die. There are options such as the vaccine, however, studies show it is only 70% effective and contains harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to long-term health.

There are safe, natural and effective ways for treating the above chicken pox symptoms as quickly as possible. While there are vaccines and medications available, they may not be concucive to your long-term health and well-being. The most efective way to treat these symptoms are through natural, home-made remedies that will help heal the body and get rid of the chicken pox symptoms that come along with the virus, such as itching and the red blisters.

Failure to treat these symptoms may risk in them getting worse, or more suffering than necessary. Not only that, but often scars can appear if left untreated or if these symptoms are not treated properly. Be sure to do your research and find the best solutions for your families health.

How to Control Soreness After a Scuba Dive

How many times have you came home from a scuba diving trip and felt really sore for a couple days. The reason for this might be several things. You might be getting older, you might not be participating in diving on a regular basis, or you might not be getting the proper exercises. If you do not want to get into bodybuilding to build muscles, you might think of just keeping yourself limbered up to feel good. Here are some stretching routines I use daily.

(1) Shoulder Stretch: Grasp the ends of a towel and stand erect with your arms straight and the towel resting across your upper thighs. Slowly move your hands upward and to the rear, "dislocating" your shoulders and allowing the towel to come to rest across the backs of your thighs. Return to the starting position and repeat the movement 5-8 times. (1) Jogging in Place or Skipping Rope: You can do either of these forms of aerobic exercise for 3-5 minutes, starting with a slow cadence and working up to a reliably quick pace for the last minute or so, but do not over do it at first.

(2) Alternate Toe Touches: Place your feet a bit wider than shoulder width and extend your arms straight out to the sides and parallel to the floor.Bend forward and twist to your left so you can touch your left foot with your right hand. Return to the starting position and repeat the movement to the other side. Alternate sides until you have done 12-15 reps to each side.

(3) Push-Ups: Support your weight on straight arms with your body straight. Lower your body down until your chest touches the floor by bending your arms. Push yourself back to straight arms length. Repeat the movement until you have done as many as you can, and again do not over do it at first, try to work up to at least 25 or more.

(4) Hamstring Stretch: Stand erect with your arms down at your sides and your feet about six inches apart. Bend forward at the waist, reaching down to grasp your angles with your hands. Pull your torso toward your legs until you feel a painful sensation in the back of your thighs (Hamstrings). Back off an inch or so on the stretch and hold this position for 20-40 seconds.

(5) Head Circles: Stand erect with your feet set shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips. Relax your neck and drop your head forward to your chest. Move your head to the right in a circle to the side, back, left side, and again to the front. Continue this circular movement for 3-5 repetitions. Reverse and do the same number of reps in the opposite direction.

(6) Calf Stretch: Stand about two feet away from a wall facing toward the wall. Place your feet about shoulder-width apart, keep your torso and legs in one straight line, and reach forward to place your hands on the wall at shoulder-height and shoulder-width apart. Try to move your heels toward the floor to stretch your calves. If you can comfortably place your shoes on the floor in this position, you should move your feet about 6-8 inches more away from the wall. Hold this stretched position for 30-60 seconds.

You can do these stretch movements everyday, or when you can work them in your weekly schedule. After staying with these routines for a few weeks, you'll notice the difference the next time you dive.