Is Wonder Woman Just Her Breasts?

Sometimes I wonder; How hard it must be to be a beautiful woman.

No matter who you are or where you are, a beautiful woman can just stop you in your tracks. Even for a moment. That happened to me this weekend.

I went to my (Dance) Church as usual this Sunday and our door attendant was a no-show. So I sat in. I'm glad I did.

As I'm standing there doing my doorman duties, a dark-haired woman walked up with her friends. My mouth dropped open. For a split second I seriously though it was Lynda Carter, TV's Wonder Woman from the 1970's come to pay us a visit.

But it was not. The woman, we'll call her "R", was Lynda Carter's splitting image! Hair, face, seriously! Lynda's eyes are blue, "R's" are green. "R" is of slower build but still shapely. Lynda as we know; Is an Amazon.

After I was done with the door duties I joined them on the dance floor. She was having fun but was too inhibited. As beautiful woman often are. Too busy busy about how she looks to really enjoy herself.

After the class was over I made her acquaintance. She told me that not only was she aware of her startling resemblance to Lynda Carter, not only had she and Carter met once at a party, but that she had actually auditioned for the new Wonder Woman re-make. They told her her breasts were not big enough. Really?

So they have been trying to make a live-action Wonder Woman movie for what, 10 years now? Then they made that ridiculous TV re-make which never saw the light of day. One of the main reasons none got anywhere is because no one can forget Lynda Carter's perfection as Wonder Woman in the 1970's.

And now here's a woman who is a literal echo of Lynda Carter and they tell her her breasts are not big enough !?

I remember reading a TV Guide review of Wonder Woman in the 1970's as it was due to be taken for low ratings. Quote: "The only two things holding up this show are the two things holding up the costume!" UN-quote.

So really, is Wonder Woman only her breasts? And by extension, is any woman only her breasts?

I remember when I was living in San Francisco, and as I walked down market street I saw two posters. One of an African Woman, beautiful, serene, bare-breasted. It was an ad for an African band that had come to town. Further down I passed the porno store. A woman was in a poster in the window, white, in a white leather jumpsuit (striking a Wonder Woman pose no-less) and the jumpsuit had cut outs and her breasts were exposed. I was repulsed.

Then I had to ask myself; Why these two different reactions to two different set of breasts? The first just made the woman's breasts seem natural, a part of her and a part of nature. The next, had the woman's breasts aimed at me like weapons. Highly sexualized and I can not even say they were natural.

Since then I've seen women breasts feed their babies (beautiful), and women without bras.

So no; I do not think women are just their breasts. Full disclosure; As a Gay man women's breasts are not exactly my staple food. But what I have also noticed are the differences in the way Gay men and women and straight women view Wonder Woman.

I've read article after article written by Gay's & Lesbians and Feminist on what Wonder Woman means to them. An Icon, an inspiration, a dream, a goal, a sister, a friend, and even a lover.

Straight men, by in large, no-so-much. It's all about the Ta-ta's. "Lynda Carter was my boyhood fantasy!" I've heard it a hundred times.

I think even La Carter herself would state that she's far more than just her breasts. That anyone woman is more than just her breasts.

I could be wrong, but I'm thinking Lynda, "R", and all of the other beautiful women in the world would like you to hear that.

What is it they all ways say? "HELLO! I'M UP HERE!"

Kill Obesity before Obesity Kills You

While heart disease ranks as the number one cause of death for men and women, because it is linked to so many other causes of death, perhaps obesity should really claim that title. Whether it is heart disease, diabetes, smoking related deaths, or even cancer, obesity is at least a causal factor that can make each one of these ailments much much worse.

The fact is obesity has now become an epidemic. More than 40 MILLION Americans are considered obese. This statistic is staggering and in my opinion, pathetic. In 1982, less than 4% of children were considered obese, but today, that number is a mind blowing 30%! People are dying from heart disease in record numbers and the number of individuals who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (which is DIRECTLY related to being overweight) is on a sharp incline. Add to that the numbers of individuals who are diabetic and who have not been diagnosed yet, and you can see we have a huge problem on our hands. The sad fact is, there is perhaps no other malady that a person can suffer that is more curable than obesity, and the cures are more than obvious, and in fact, are free.

If you are overweight, you simply must do something about it NOW before it gets out of hand. The first step you need to take is to visit your doctor. If you do have some type of disease or ailment, it is best to be diagnosed as soon as possible so treatment can occur. In addition, you will want to get your heart checked to see if you are healthy enough to begin a fitness regimen.

Once you have visited your doctor, it is time to get moving. Exercise is movement, so I don’t care if all you do is walk, but you must do something, and do it every day. Sixty minutes of rigorous exercise per day is recommended. Sure, we all have time to play on the computer or watch the Simpson, I am sure that ANYONE can make time for a daily exercise routine if it means saving their life. If you don’t know how or what to do, hire a fitness trainer to help get you on the right track. They can help get you started on a regular exercise program of fat loss and weight training to help get your weight under control.

The next step is the foods you eat. In order to kill obesity, you have to take control of what you put in your mouth. Natural foods, not processed ones, are the key to success here. If it didn’t exist 3000 years ago, don’t put it in your mouth. In addition, focus on fruits and vegetables not meats and fats. Eating less can be tough, but it is the key to a long and health life.

These admonitions should be made clear to everyone in the entire world. Prevention is the key to so many diseases, not to mention what a healthy world would do to our cost of healthcare. If you are overweight, take action now, and kill obesity before it kills you.

Some Major Health Problems Which All Should Be Aware Off

In planning campaign, the entire field of action, appraises its strong points and its weaknesses and then concentrates his efforts where the dangers seem greatest and the possibilities of success brightest. Let’s examine these and then direct our attention to those conditions which offer the greatest hope of improvement.


“Influenza” and “grippe” are terms used to designate acute infections of the respiratory tract in which constitutional symptoms are more pronounced than in the common cold. Although coryza frequently accompanies influenza and grippe, the latter conditions are characterized more particularly by headache, sudden onset, backache, fever, chills, prostration, sore throat, and cough. The fatality rate from influenza is low, most patients recovering in three to four days, but cough and weakness may persist for some time.

Just what is the relationship or the difference between grippe and influenza is not clear. The symptoms and physical findings are similar. In general, however, the term “grippe” is usually used to designate the relatively mild infections which occur with greater or less frequency almost every winter, while the term “influenza” is used for the more severe infections which occasionally occur in epidemic form.

Influenza, or grippe, is an acute infectious disease. At different times various germs have been considered its cause. Recent work of Andrewes, Laidlaw and Smith in England and Francis in this country has proved the cause to be a filterable virus. These workers, using filtered nasal secretions from patients with influenza, have succeeded in infecting ferrets, mice, and human volunteers. This is very important, but of even more immediate practical value is the vaccine which Francis has developed for the prevention of influenza. In general it seems to reduce the occurrence of influenza among vaccinated persons to about one-third the rate among the un-vaccinated. Unfortunately, however, the general usefulness of this vaccine is limited by the appearance of new strains of the virus against which the vaccine is ineffective.

Lacking a completely effective preventive vaccine, we must also utilize general measures to combat this disease. The virus of influenza is highly ineffective and is transmitted from person to person by means of discharges from the nose and mouth.

Measures to reduce contact with infected persons should be observed, despite the fact that they are not completely effective.

The great danger from influenza is not the disease itself but the pneumonia which so frequently complicates it. This may develop in spite of all precautions, but it is most frequent among persons who remain up and about while ill. Consequently, the most valuable advice which can be given to patients with influenza is “go to bed when you have any fever and remain there until thoroughly recovered.” Other measures are helpful but should be prescribed by a physician in accordance with the needs of the individual patients.


Pneumonia can hardly be considered a single disease, for it may be caused by various germs and it acts differently at different periods of life. Although always serious, pneumonia is rarely fatal to persons in the prime of life. In infancy and old age pneumonia is largely a terminal process; that is, it is the actual method by which death comes to a large number of individuals previously weakened by infectious disease, by injury, or by the lowered vitality characteristic of extreme youth or extreme age.

Pneumonia is an inflammatory process of the lungs which causes a portion of one or both lungs to be filled solidly with serum, red blood cells and leucocytes. The cause of pneumonia is a germ most commonly the pneumococcus, the streptococcus, or a virus, although the tubercle bacillus, the staphylococcus, etc., may occasionally be responsible.

Pneumonia caused by the streptococcus is usually secondary to some other disease, such as measles, whooping cough, or influenza, and produce small areas of inflammation scattered throughout the lungs. These areas of infection begin around small branches of the bronchi and are frequently spoken of as bronchopneumonia. The prevention of such pneumonia depends primarily upon the prevention or, failing that, the early and adequate care of the primary disease. The experience showed that the pneumonia rate with influenza was much higher among soldiers in field than among those who were promptly hospitalized. Children with measles or whooping cough should be carefully protected from all contact with persons who have colds and from conditions which will tend to lower their resistance. There is no specific serum treatment for streptococci pneumonia, but the new antibiotic drugs give excellent results in most cases. All pneumonia patients should have adequate medical and nursing care.

Pneumonia caused by the pneumococcus, of which there are a considerable number of different types, frequently involve one or two lobes of the lungs at a time and so are called “lobar pneumonia.” Bronco Pneumonia, however, also may be caused by the pneumococcus. This pneumococcic pneumonia is considered as primary pneumonia, although patients usually report having had a cold before the onset of the pneumonia. It seems that, even with virulent pneumococci present in the nose and throat, some temporary lowering of the resistance from fatigue, alcohol, chilling, malnutrition, or a cold is frequently necessary for an actual pneumonia to develop.

Pneumococci are disseminated with the nose and throat discharges of patients and of healthy carriers. In fact, during seasons of pneumonia prevalence there are many more healthy persons carrying pneumococci in their noses and throats than there are actual cases of the disease.

One attack of pneumonia does not confer a permanent immunity against subsequent attacks. On the contrary, there seems to be an increased susceptibility to the disease after one attack. Vaccines have been tried at various times for the prevention of pneumonia, but no definite value for them has as yet been established.

In the treatment of certain types of pneumococcic pneumonia, definite progress was made through the development of a specific serum treatment. If given early in the disease, this serum reduces the death rates of the particular type of pneumonia for which it is applicable by 20 to 30 per cent. Still better, however, are the results obtained with the sulfonamides, penicillin, and aureomycin. In large groups of patients these new drugs have reduced the fatality rate from pneumonia by as much as 80 to 90 per cent.

For the prevention of pneumonia one can suggest only general measures for the avoidance of anything which tends to reduce vitality, such as dissipation, loss of sleep, fatigue, overwork, worry, poor or insufficient food, alcohol, colds, and excesses of all kinds. More care than is usual should be given to acute minor respiratory infections such as colds, influenza, bronchitis and sore throats. Persons with these infections should be isolated in bed during the acute stage and stay there at least as long as there is fever. Pneumonia should be considered a communicable disease and patients with pneumonia should be isolated in order to reduce the spread of infection to others.


Cancer as a cause of death has a natural tendency to increase as more people reach the cancer age, but so rapidly have cancer deaths mounted that it seems that there may be an absolute as well as a relative increase in its rate. This increase, however, may be checked to a certain extent as more and more people present themselves for medical care at the first onset of symptoms such as the following which are, or could be, due to cancer:

1. A sore that does not heal normally, particularly about the tongue, mouth, or lips.

2. A lump or thickening, especially in the breast, lips, or tongue.

3. Bloody discharge from the nipple or abnormal bleeding from any of the body Openings.

4. Progressive change in the size or color of a mole or wart.

5. Persistent indigestion.

6. Persistent hoarseness, unexplained cough, or difficulty in swallowing.

7. Any pronounced change in usual bowel habits.

Improvements in cancer treatment are giving encouraging results. Surgery and in carefully selected cases, x-ray and radium are proving increasingly effective. Reliable clinics report that 20 to 30 per cent of the cancer cases which they treat are living and will after five years or more. In no disease is early diagnosis more vital to successful treatment.

Heart Disease

A few years ago heart disease assumed first place as a cause of death for people of all ages, and in spite of better diagnosis and treatment it is still on the increase. This is discouraging but not quite as hopeless as it might appear on first thought. Approximately 35 per cent of heart disease is due to infections involving the heart muscles and valves, 45 per cent to degenerative processes, 10 per cent to syphilis, and 10 per cent to a variety of other causes.

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic fever, or so-called “inflammatory rheumatism,” is an infectious disease of the body as a whole but with a tendency to affect most severely the joints and the heart. Rheumatic fever contracted in childhood is responsible for 25 per cent of deaths from heart disease up to the age of fifty years. It occurs only in humans, with first attacks most common in children between five and ten years of age. It is more frequent in cooler climates and in urban communities, more in whites than in Negroes, slightly more in females than in males. There seems also to be a definite familial susceptibility to rheumatic fever and a significant relationship between its occurrence and malnutrition and poor living conditions.

Surveys indicate that approximately 1 to 5 per cent of school children have rheumatic fever at some time or another and approximately 60 per cent of children infected give evidence of heart involvement, permanent damage being most frequent to the valves. Repeated attacks occur in about half of these who have had first attacks and about one-fourth of the patients, particularly girls, develop chorea, so-called “St. Vitus’s dance,” as a complication.

The cause of rheumatic fever is a type of streptococcus. The initial attack frequently is preceded by a cold, scarlet fever, tonsillitis, or some other acute respiratory infection. Transmission is from person to person either directly or indirectly by means of hands, drinking glasses, etc. Individual susceptibility varies greatly. The majority of persons are resistant to rheumatic fever even though they get throat infections with the strain of streptococcus that cause this disease.

Efforts to control this serious and widespread disease must depend, until our knowledge of its cause is more exact, upon general measures such as isolation, the adequate care of patients during the acute stages of the disease, a properly safeguarded and regulated convalescence, attention to problems of poor housing and malnutrition, and the discovery early in life of children whose hearts have been damaged. This means the widespread careful examination of school children. Existing damage to the heart cannot be repaired but the functional condition of the heart can be determined and the children’s future lives planned with intelligent consideration of the physical limits which their damaged hearts impose.

Valvular heart disease, other than rheumatic, usually occurs as a complication of some infection such as scarlet fever, tonsillitis, pneumonia, or abscesses at the roots of teeth. This type of heart disease can be reduced; in fact, it is being materially reduced by the prevention and better care of these infections.

Degenerative Heart Disease

Less encouraging is the outlook for the heart disease which, like apoplexy and certain types of kidney trouble, is an end result of the stress, strain, and degenerative processes which have been slowly undermining the circulatory system. Over many years our most useful measure in the treatment of these diseases has been rest-rest from the stress and strain of worry, of overeating, of physical activity rest which the individual failed to provide until his body’s reserves were exhausted. The hope for a reduction of these degenerative processes is not entirely a forlorn one, since the American people seem to be taking a more sane and intelligent attitude toward living. Many are beginning to ask themselves whether the mad race for material success and “keeping up with the Joneses” is worth the price. As more and more decide that it is not, they will get more joy out of living and will postpone senescence with its disintegration of vital tissues.

Acute Respiratory Infections

The acute respiratory infections are major causes of illness at all ages but take an exceptionally heavy toll of life in infancy, Pneumonia and colds have been considered. Influenza is still unsolved. Each of these diseases is especially serious in infants and presents problems of control distinct for this age period, Exposure to respiratory infections transmitted from one person to another through the air or by means of the bands can hardly be avoided by older children and adults, but not so with infants. Infections must be carried to them. This is usually done by well-meaning parents, brothers, sisters, or other relatives. If possible, persons with “colds” should not be permitted to go into the rooms of infants, nor should they prepare or handle their food or drink. The danger of infection can be reduced also by thorough washing of the hands with soap and hot water before touching the child or its food and, if one has a cold, by covering the nose and mouth with a piece of gauze, linen, or muslin.

Diarrhea and Enteritis

This so-called “summer complaint” of children, although greatly reduced in recent years, still remains a prominent cause of death of children under ten years of age. Food and drink are responsible for most of these infections. Hence, adequate care in the selection and preparation of foods and better sanitation in their handling are all that is necessary to eliminate them. If parents will only make use of available information concerning the preparation and care of infant foods, many children’s lives can be saved.


Measles, although frequently considered trivial, is a serious disease in infancy. In fact, the possibility of death from measles is seventeen times as great if contracted by a child less than one year of age as by a child of six. This difference points the way towards, which efforts to combat measles may be directed. Complete prevention of a disease which, own in its early stages, is highly communicable, is impossible unless a specific immunizing agent against it can be developed. But postponement of the disease until school age when it is relatively without danger should be attempted and in many cases can be achieved.

The cause of measles is a tiny germ spread by discharges from the nose and throat. Early symptoms resemble an ordinary cold. It is in this stage that measles is most highly contagious. Hence, measures for the protection of infants against acute respiratory infections in general will also reduce their exposure to measles.

In addition to such general procedures there is available a specific preventive measure which can be utilized by physicians for the protection of children known to have been exposed to measles. This is the injection of blood serum, whole blood, gamma globulin, or placental extract from one who has had measles some time in the past. Blood from one of the parents may be used for this purpose.

The principle involved is to give the infant some of the protective substances which have been present in the blood of persons who have recovered from measles. If such injections are given within five days after exposure, the disease is usually prevented; if given from the fifth to the eighth day, a mild form of measles may develop but complications are rare. Injections given after the eighth day following exposure usually have little or no effect upon the course of the disease.

If a child gets a mild attack of measles after such injections, a permanent immunity will result. On the other hand, complete protection is temporary, although usually long enough to safeguard a child during a current epidemic. The following year the child will again be susceptible, but each year that an attack of measles can be postponed means a material reduction in the danger to the child.

Whooping Cough

Whooping cough, which caused the death of almost as many American children as diphtheria, measles, and scarlet fever combined, is the most distressing as well as one of the most serious of the diseases which occur in infancy. It is caused by a known germ which is present in the secretions from the nose and throat.

The early symptoms and in some cases the only symptoms, are those of a common cold. Hence, infants can be protected against infection only if they are safeguarded against exposure to colds or acute respiratory infections. Although vaccination against whooping cough was tried for some years with questionable success, recent studies with new vaccine are giving very encouraging results. Many of the vaccinated children are completely protected and the majority of those who do contract Whooping cough after vaccination have it in a much milder form than un-vaccinated children. In addition, a hyper immune serum is proving valuable both for treatment and for temporary protection. These immunizations seem to other new hope of protecting our children against one of the most dread diseases of infancy.

Antimicrobial in Textile Industry

As far as health-related professions are concerned, protection from pathogens is a growing concern, and textiles with antimicrobial properties are becoming more desirable. Fungi or similar other insects are responsible for lethal infections and allergic reactions. Despite the production of antimicrobial textile products; Three inherent problems remain:

* Demonstration of efficiency,

* Claiming efficiency in a manner that does not invite legal challenge and,

* Maintain efficiency over the lifetime of the textile and through generations of microbial challenges.

These problems may be restated as how to test and present the results of the testing, how to make the effect durable, and how to avoid microbial resistance to the treatment. These problems combine so that in spite of the obvious commercial and advertising potential, effective, durable, inexpensive, and safe biocidal textiles are not readily available in the market. It is of note that one promising compound which has been appearing commercially in a variety of products has just encountered its first resistant organism
Antimicrobial Technologies in Textiles:

Whether the performance or technical fabric is extremely used outdoors, indoors or on the body challenges such as microbial control, moisture management, odor control, elasticity, and even softness are prevalent. These challenges offer new opportunities to wisely seek technologies to address those needs regardless of whether you are looking for a single or combination of features.

This discussion will address the considerations important in choosing the right finishes for your customers performance needs, ie durability, ease of application, safety, and ultimate end-use performance requirements. Consumers needs drive the product value chain and features of value to make the margin difference for marketplace success.

The inherent properties of the textile fibers provide room for the growth of micro-organizations. Beside, the structure of the substrates and the chemical processes may indicate the growth of microbes. Humid and warm environment still aggravate the problem. Infestation by microbes cause cross infection by pathogens and development odor where the fabric is worn next to skin. In addition, the staining and loss of the performance properties of textile substrates are the results of microbial attack. Basically, with a view to protect the wearer and the textile substrate itself antimicrobial finish is applied to textile materials.

Historical Account:

During World War II, when cotton fabrics were used extensively for tentage, tarpaulins and truck covers, these fabrics needed to be protected from rotting caused by microbial attack. This was particularly a problem in the South Pacific campaigns, where much of the fighting took place under jungle like conditions. During the early 1940s, the US army Quartermaster Crops collected and compiled data on fungi, yeast and algae isolated from textiles in tropical and subtropical areas through the world. Cotton duck, webbing and other military fabrics were treated with mixtures of chlorinated waxes, copper and antimony salts that stiffened the fabrics andave them a peculiar food. At the time, potential polluting effects of the application of these substances and toxicity-related issue were not a major consideration. After World War II, and as late as the mid-to-late 1950.s fungicides used on cotton fabrics were compounds such as 8-hydroxygiunoline salts, copper napthhenate, copper ammonium fluoride and chlorinated phenals.

What Are Microbes?

Microbes are the tiniest creatures not seen by the naked eye. They include a variety of micro-organisms like Bacteria, Fungi, Algae and viruses. Bacteria are uni-cellular organisms which grow very rapidly under warmth and moisture. Further, sub divisions in the bacteria family are Gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus), Gram negative (E-Coli), spore bearing or non spore bearing type. Some specific types of bacteria are pathogenic and cause cross infection. Fungi, molds or mildew are complex organizations with slow growth rate. They stain the fabric and deteriorate the performance properties of the fabrics. Fungi are active at a pH level of 6.5. Algae are typical micro organisms which are either fungal or bacterial. Algae require continuous sources of water and sun light to grow and develop darker stains on the fabrics

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Pityriasis Rosea Treatment Tips

Pityriasis rosea is a harmless, common skin problem that causes a rash. It appears as a rash that can last from several weeks to several months. The way the rash looks may differ from person to person. It most often develops in the spring and the fall, and seems to favor adolescents and young adults. Pityriasis rosea is uncommon in those over 60 years old. It may last months longer when it occurs in this age group. A single scaling patch often appears one to twenty days before the general rash. It is an oval plaque 2-5 cm in diameter, with a scale trailing just inside the edge of the lesion. The herald patch is often mistaken as ringworm. It can also be confused with psoriasis. It is most common in females and those between the ages of 8 and 35. Symptoms only recur in 3% of the affected.

Pityriasis rosea occurs most commonly in the fall and spring. It is believed to be caused by a virus. Pityriasis rosea may have prodromal symptoms (eg, malaise, nausea, anorexia, fever, joint pain, lymph node swelling, headache) that may precede the appearance of the herald patch. About half the people who develop pityriasis rosea have signs or symptoms of an upper respiratory infection such as a stuffy nose, sore throat, cough or congestion just before the herald patch appears.
Treatment usually focuses on controlling itching. Antihistamines, taken by mouth, may be used to reduce itching. Aveeno oatmeal baths, anti-itch medicated lotions and steroid creams may be prescribed to combat the rash. Lukewarm, rather than hot, baths may be suggested.

Gentle bathing, mild lubricants or creams, or mild hydrocortisone creams may be used to soothe inflammation. Ultraviolet light treatments given under the supervision of a dermatologist may be helpful. Oral anti-inflammatory medications such as prednisone may be necessary to promote healing. For mild cases, no treatment is required as this disease is not a dangerous skin condition. Calamine lotion may help the mild itch. Sometimes, if the itch is troublesome, a mild steroid cream may help.
Avoid taking hot showers or baths. Keep the water as cool as you can tolerate. Wear cotton or silk clothing. Avoid wearing wool and acrylic fabrics next to your skin. Use as little soap as possible. Use gentle soaps, such as Basis, Cetaphil, Dove, or Oil of Olay. Avoid deodorant soaps when you have a rash.

Pityriasis Rosea Treatment and Prevention Tips

1. Keep the itchy area cool and moist.

2. Avoid taking hot showers or baths. Keep the water as cool as you can tolerate.

3. Try an oatmeal bath, such as Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal bath, to help relieve itching.

4. Apply a moisturizer or calamine lotion to the skin while it is damp.

5. Wear cotton or silk clothing. Avoid wearing wool and acrylic fabrics next to your skin.

6. Use as little soap as possible. Use gentle soaps, such as Basis, and Dove.

What To Do When You Have a Food Allergy Problem

"All food is good." But all food may not be good for all people.

Obviously, we need food everyday to give our bodies the nutrients it requires for us to function properly.

Unfortunately, sometimes food can make us ill; Not because of food poisoning but as mentioned above not all people can eat all food.

There are cases where people are allergic to certain kinds of food. In order to properly manage it, you must be aware of the food that causes an allergic reaction. In other words, avoid food that contains certain kinds of allergens that causes your body to react.

Manage Your Diet

It is of utmost importance to watch what you eat if you are allergic to certain kinds of food. An allergy attack is no pleasant experience and could require hospitalization. For example, some allergic reactions can cause swelling in the air passes restricting oxygen that may result in suffocation.

Common Allergy Foods

So what are some foods that commonly result in allergies that the body could react to. Fish, peanuts, shellfish, milk, wheat and soy are among the most common. However, you may find that all of these give you no problem. So you must find out which one (s) do bring on an allergic reaction.

Check with your doctor or allergist if you feel you have an unknown food allergy. Physicians can give you a series of tests that will identify the food that may be giving you problems.

How to Avoid Allergic Reactions

Obviously, avoid the food that is causing allergic reactions once it has been properly identified. This simply means that you should never eat food that you are allergic to and never cook food with an ingredient that contains the food allergens.

When Dining Out

If you are out dining in a restaurant, you should inform the waiter or waitress about your food allergy. Make sure that they know which food allergen you have; Inform them not to include it or cook it with your food order.

These are some of the common food allergens that you should know about in order to properly manage and minimize the risk of future allergy attacks.

If you apply all these tips, then avoiding a food allergy will seem like a breeze.

Apartments are Good for Your Health

Work-rate, health and even personal relationships may be affected if you stay in hotel accommodation for longer than 4 nights on business. Natalie Wakefield of The Apartment Service states her case.

Business Travelers will spend significantly more to secure a seat in the First Class cabin of an aircraft and the reasons are beyond question: they can catch up on work or stretch out and relax – and besides, have not you heard of Economy Class Syndrome? Yet when they arrive at their destination, they will often stay for several nights, weeks or even months confined within the same four walls. "Let's call it Hotel Accommodation Syndrome."

When work takes you away from home for even longer periods – training courses, temporary or occasional permanent relocation – the situation becomes almost grave. Individuals need a lot more than simply a pillow on which to lay their tired heads, though every little helps. They need to spread out, relax, just like in the aircraft. And with the restaurant and Room Service menus exhausted, they pine for the taste of home. Arguably worse still, work begins to suffer. More time and effort is spent escaping from the hotel room than on work, which has become disjointed and disorganized. Irritability sets in and relationships at work and at home both suffer.

The problem with hotels is that they are for sleeping in. The business traveler, especially with family, needs somewhere to sit and relax, make a snack or a meal, have a meeting or spread out the paperwork. Serviced apartments will always offer much better value-for-money compared with a hotel, if public areas are less important to the guest. It is upon this cost-saving, that this very model is based. And what is good for the individual is good for the company.

Today, Executive Roomspace (ERS), a market leader in short term serviced apartments, ensures that business travelers can confidently book an apartment. Specializing in places of 1-month plus where even greater savings are possible. ERS offer properties throughout Greater London, including, Canary Wharf, Clerkenwell, Fleet Street, Kingston, Marylebone, South Kensington, The City, Twickenham, Victoria and Wimbledon as well as through the Home Counties, the M4 Corridor to Swindon and Bristol beyond.

By the very nature of the beast, the flexibility required to offer something different for every client makes it difficult to meet demands for a standardized and consistent product. At Executive Roomspace (ERS) they believe they have found the solution. Charles McCrow comments "ERS promises consistent standards together with a pledge that, a client express dissatisfaction with the accommodation within 48 hours of arrival, alternative accommodation or a full refund will be offered – this offers complete peace of mind to both booker and agent" .

The same value extends across the board and broadly speaking equates to a 30% saving on rates in hotels of a comparable standard. Branded apartment accommodation typically targets the mid-market, short to medium stay clients. The accommodation you can expect is functional with achievable rates of around £ 65 per person per night with possible discounts for weekly or monthly stays in a one-bedroom apartment, although lower rates are possible in a studio. At the upper end of the market, the rates will approximately double.

One of the major factors affecting savings in apartment accommodation is that the charges are per room and not per person. The apartment is already reasonably priced. Add to this the economies when you stay with a family of four or on business with a college in a two-bedroom apartment and the savings increase still further. To achieve maximum savings for your specific requirements, it is advisable to contact one of the booking agencies providing expert advice in this area, as the benefits of their advice will outweigh anyceived savings of choosing an apartment and negotiating direct.

The serviced apartment market has emerged as a most cost-effective alternative to hotel accommodation and, at times the only option to consider. High in comfort, low in cost with complete consistency. Three C's that provide a good benchmark for anyone needing to stay, for whatever length of time, away from home, providing Vitamin C really is good for your health.

For further press information, please contact Natalie Wakefield, Marketing Executive at Executive Roomspace, 01934 519 518 or e-mail:




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Look Inside to Discover How to Get Rid of Cold Sores With Proven Cold Sores Treatments!

Just loosen up and take your time to read this article, I am sure it will help you. Do you stay up late at night with anxiety about your cold sore? Do you take prescription drugs with little or no ease? Is your skin always dry, itching, and peeling from the side effects of chemicals and drugs?

Today, it is estimated that nine out of every ten men, women and children over seven are infected with the virus that causes these unsightly blisters. Cold sore is a disease caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type I (HSV-1). It starts to appear as blisters roughly the mouth, nose and chin and sometimes it even appear on fingers, eyelids and genitals.

If you suffer from cold sore every year or many times during the year, then you should know how irritating it is. To end your dilemma you need to learn cold sores treatments to get rid of cold sore for good. You will learn the one thing you must keep off to prevent permanent harm to yourself or somebody else when treating a cold sore. There are some cold sores treatments you can use to make the cold sores you have go away faster.

Warm drinks like tea or coffee will work well for old sores. Orange juice will make you feel better as it will cut down your pain. Use ice to cold sores. It will make a better solution. It will help in not reaching to other people. Most people consider that the quickest cold sores treatments to get rid of cold sores are with hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer helps to defeat germs and bacteria instantly. You can make use of this.

Lysine is a popular natural remedy for the herpes virus. It works quite well at a dosage of 1000 to 3000 mg. per day during the event. Those who get frequent blisters often do well taking a daily maintenance dosage of 500 mg. If you can get by without the maintenance dosage you might be better off. Studies have shown that the body may develop a tolerance to lysine.

Give a visit to a doctor if you have often suffering from the cold sore.

Herpes simplex virus does not like cold. Performing rapidly with the ice is an easy and proven way many cold sore victims use to prevent cold sores and fever blisters.

Siberian Husky Health Problems

There isn’t any dog breed that is completely free from inheritable genetic defects, but the Siberian Husky has the fewest health problems of all breeds. The Husky enjoys generally good health and temperament, but there are still health problems that you should look out for.

The good news is that the Siberian Husky Club of America or SHCA has kept an eye on potential genetic problems and taken positive action for the general health and well being of the breed. Since 1965 this organization has been tasked with being aware of genetic problems and alert breeders before the defects can spread. Because of the SHCA the two greatest areas of concern that have been found for the Siberian Husky is canine hip dysplasia and inheritable eye disease. However, with proper care and monitoring you can attempt to avoid these conditions in your dog and help them to live a long, healthy life.

Hip dysplasia is a condition where the head of the thighbone or hip joint doesn’t fit into the joint socket properly. When a puppy is born the condition isn’t typically present, most of the time it only develops within a dog’s first two years of life. The affected hip will suffer from inflammation, pain and arthritis as the condition progresses. Strenuous exercise such as sitting up, lying down or climbing stairs can make the condition worse. Males and females are equally affected by the condition and either a single hip or both can be affected. It is an inherited health condition, which means hip dysplasia is passed on from the parent dogs.

The Siberian Husky is one of the least affected dog breeds despite the high occurrence of hip dysplasia in dogs. The condition affects about one hundred fourteen dog breeds and the Siberian Husky is ranked one hundred eleventh for risk. This condition can easily be avoided in the breed by buying from breeders who can provide proof that both parents have passed the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals standards for breeding.

There are many eye defects that affect dogs, but only three of them are considered a concern in the few Siberian Husky health problems today. Hereditary or juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy are the three eye conditions of the Siberian Husky that you should be aware of. Any eye color can have an eye condition and each disorder affects a different portion of the eye. Even though eye problems don’t occur often in the Siberian Husky they are serious and should never be overlooked or underestimated. The Siberian Husky can develop hereditary or juvenile cataracts as early as three months of age.

If there is a mild case there will be a decrease in eyesight, but severe cases can cause complete blindness. Corneal dystrophy is a condition that affects the outer transparent portion of the eyeball. This condition is more common in females and is typically found in young adult dogs. This condition has no current treatment, but is seldom affects vision. A more serious condition is progressive retinal atrophy, which can cause a devastating loss of vision in dogs as early as five months of age and is most common in males.

Tap Away Your Fears

In my workshops we use energy techniques that involve tapping with your fingers on the ends of the energy meridians on your face, upper body, and hands. I would like to tell you why we do.

For more than forty years I had a fear of heights that kept me from hiking in the mountains with my husband Jim and our kids, made me very nervous about flying, and super cautious when climbing stairs. My family loves to be at the tallest place, looking out at whatever they can see from there. Although I tried many times to join them in climbing the forest tower stairs or surveying Disney World from the highest places they could find, the shaking knees, upset stomach, rapid heartbeat and shortness of breathe kept me from doing so.

Ten years or so ago I attended a conference in Keystone, Colorado. The day before the conference I had my worst experience ever with my fear of heights. We went to Seven Falls outside of Colorado Springs. I love waterfalls and wanted desperately to climb the open wooden stairs to the top to see all the falls. I got up about 30 steps and had so much fear that I wasn’t ever sure I would make it back down. I had visions of them having to get a crane to lift me off the side of the mountain. And although it was very embarrassing I went down on my seat like little kids do.

I was sure I would never make it to the top of any mountain. The next day at the conference Jack Canfield (of author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books) introduced the 300 or so participants to what he called the 5 Minute Phobia Cure. He asked us to think about a phobic experience that we had had and he had us tap on our face and hand as we named and imaged our fear. It seemed like a very strange thing to do, but I tried it. We had rated our fears on a 1-10 scale before the exercise- mine was a 10 as I recalled the experience at Seven Falls. After we had tapped for a minute or so we rated our fears again. To my amazement it seemed as though it had gone away totally. I couldn’t believe it. When the session ended an hour or so later I exclaimed to my husband, who had not attended the session, “Take me someplace high!”

He looked at me as though I had flipped out, and after I told him about the “Phobia cure” he was sure of it. But he did as I asked and he watched in amazement as I leaned over the railing and looked down the mountains from the highest place we could find. And it was true! The fear was totally gone. And to this day it has not returned. My nervousness with flying is also gone – I even go up with Jim in his little Ultralight airplane. Since that time I have helped many others get over their fear of heights and flying, and even test anxiety. This process is called Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT.

A couple of months ago we went back to Colorado and back to Seven Springs. I climbed to the top without any hesitation. It felt so good to be free of the fears. Although you can learn to do the tapping and tap on your own, for many issues there seems to be even greater benefit in tapping with a group or a skilled therapist. I tap for all kinds of things, and some disappear immediately while others require repeated tapping sessions. It feels so good to be free of fears and phobias.

A Guide to the Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Itchy Scalp

Possible and common causes of Itchy Scalp  Contact dermatitis is one of the common causes of scalp problems. The use of soaps, shampoos or hair products containing alcohol often causes itchy scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis another common cause of itchy scalp is known as cradle cap in infants and dandruff in adults. It often leads to dry scalp problems. Cradle cap affects many babies during the first three months of life. Dandruff is much common in adolescents.   Psoriasis a common skin condition is a cause of red rashes on the scalp. The affected skin usually thickens with a layer of silvery scaling. It is common to 4% of the total population. It also affects the skin of the elbows, the knees and genitals. Head louse is a significant cause of itchy scalp problems in children. It spreads from one to another through close contact. Lice cause an itching sensation at the back of the head and behind the ears.  Sunburn, poor hair care, hair dye allergy, reaction to hair products, tinea, eczema and lupus are some of the scalp problems that can bother you always.  

Symptoms of Itchy Scalp Problems Psoriasis of the scalp manifests some symptoms like shedding of dead cells as dandruff. White flakes are larger and more distinct when the scalp is affected with psoriasis. Plaques with itching or scratching sensation behind the ears or at the back of the head are common symptoms of psoriasis on the neck.   Inflammation is the most common symptom of psoriasis when it affects the earlobes with itchy scalp. The skin on the back of the earlobe becomes delicate. There are also some symptoms of scalp problems caused by psoriasis at the hair parting line and on the hairline. Inflammation of the hair follicles is much common. Symptoms of scalp problems when caused by lice include itchy scalp with red bite marks.               Treatment for Dry and Itchy Scalp Problems Using herbal oils is a natural treatment for itchy scalp. Natural treatment with herbal remedies alters the pictures of scalp problems by providing nourishment to the affected scalp. Here are some natural and herbal oils for the effective treatment of itchy scalp.     

Neem – The oil made from the extract of neem leaves is the most effective and efficient of natural oils for itchy scalp. Neem is an excellent insecticide and fungicide. It removes the symptoms of scalp problems at a blow. It not only soothes the scalp but also promotes hair growth.     Zinc Pyrithione – It is rich in anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Such scalp disorders as dandruff, psoriasis, seborrheic, dermatitis and eczema are treated with this natural product.    Tea Tree – Tea tree herbal oil provides a natural treatment for itchy scalp caused by lice, sebaceous and dandruff. It enlivens the scalp cells and nourishes hair follicles to work against itchy scalp.   Basil – It is meant for itchy scalp with oily hair. It also promotes hair growth.   Clary sage – All sorts of hair dandruffs are treated with this natural oil. 

Chamomile – It makes the hair shine in addition to removing itchy scalp.   Lemon – It is good for oily hair. It is a natural scalp treatment against lice, sebaceous glands and dandruff.   Lavender – It removes itchiness a symptom of itchy scalp that is caused by dandruff and lice.   Jojoba – It works as a natural scalp moisturizer. It helps keep sebum in balance.   Rose – The oil made from the extract of rose is soothing in case of scalp problems.   Other natural oils with a content rich in herbal properties are Myrrh, Peppermint, Patchouli, Rosemary and Ylang-ylang.

Besides aforementioned natural oils, many non-toxic shampoos are there. Non-toxic shampoos are low in chemicals but high in nourishing properties. Frequent application of these herbal shampoos nourishes the scalp and condition the hair to keep away scalp problems. You can also use the “Soothing Scalp Remedy” liquid, which is enriched with the natural extracts of lavender, rosemary, jojoba oil, neem oil and tea tree oil. This is a perfect natural treatment for itchy scalp problems.  Diagnostic Tests for Itchy scalp   In severe cases of scalp problems, diagnostic tests become necessary. Diagnostic tests are a medical inspection to determine the severity of itchy scalp and the treatment it requires. Go through a skin examination that carefully checks if eggs of Pediculus humanus Capitus or head lice are glued to the hair shafts. Itchy skin rash has some characteristics like macular, pustular, popular, bullous, vesicular and scaly. A notice of these characteristics through a diagnostic test helps you find out the cause of scalp problems. A popular or macular rash suggests exfoliative dermatitis and eczema, a pustular rash denotes to fungal skin infection or staphylococcus, a bullous or vesicular rash suggests dermatitis herpetiformis and chicken pox and a scaly rash denotes to psoriasis, dandruff, seborrhoiec dermatitis and pityriasis capitis. 

Itchy scalp is a common skin infection. It is an infection of the scalp. Scalp problems may be itchy and dry. They are not a matter of concern, if they are properly taken care of with some herbal oil or medicinal ointment. If left untreated, scalp problems may grow severe. To do away with them is in your hand. Some precautionary measures like cleaning the hair properly, rubbing the scalp gently, using a soft shampoo and avoiding using chemically rich hair products can help you keep away itchy scalp problems.

5 Steps to Overcome Divorce and Separation Anxiety

Fear of an uncertain future can stop us from doing great things, and it can keep us holding onto things and habits that are hurting us. Listed below are 5 steps to deal with separation and divorce anxiety.

I think it is fair to say, that the majority of us from time to time wonder what the future will be like. Whether we will be happy, have enough money and be healthy etc. But when you are contemplating, going through or coming out of divorce anxiety over the future can be overwhelming and unbearable at times.

Currently I am working with clients online in Surrey, London, New York, Mumbai, Melbourne, Phoenix, Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as in person coaching with Dubai residents. Despite the differences in culture, religion, and location, fear of an uncertain future, separation and divorce anxiety is widespread.

For some, future fears are about their children. Whether their children will cope with or forgive them for the divorce.

Others question whether they will adjust to living alone, have enough money, or meet someone special, that they can share and enjoy life with.

Some are concerned about how family, friends, colleagues, business partners etc. will react to the news and whether their relationship with them will change.

Then there are those who are still in grief, dealing with the loss and questioning whether the pain, stress, frustration, guilt, sadness or resentment will ever pass.

The common theme between them is the desire to know if they will be happy again. Some anxiety over an uncertain future is natural. But constantly thinking about it is draining and damaging. I regularly support my clients to stop wasting time worrying about the future or replaying the past and work through the 5 powerful steps I am sharing with you today. If any of this is resonating with you, take comfort that it is both normal and natural to have concerns and try out my suggestions below.

Judy I am working with, is currently going through a divorce. She is unsure if she should move or stay in London. If she moves, she might be happier but then she might not. She questions if being a single parent makes her much less desirable to men. If it does might she be better off staying in a big city, where she at least has the option to meet new people. Compared to a small town where she might be the only single parent and her daughter might be the only pupil without two parents. But then if she stays in London she might not be able to get her daughter into a good school and she might not survive financially in the city.

As you can see her concerns are all based on “might’s” this might or might not happen.

Left alone with her thoughts she felt exhausted, anxious and overwhelmed. I helped her recognize that she doesn’t have to make all the decisions now and that one by one over the 6 month program we can address concerns when they comes up. It is about embracing the uncertain future and I have 5 Steps to support you to do that.

But before we go into embracing the uncertain future, letting go of relationship baggage is an essential first step. Only once you free yourself from past bitterness, anger, sadness etc., can true peace of mind and happiness be achieved. Judy like many others I work with still had unresolved frustration, disappointment and guilt with the way her marriage ended.

On bad days she used to wonder if she was a terrible mum and person for walking out on her husband. Should she have put up with her husband’s drinking, partying and general disinterest in them for the sake of her daughter? These thoughts used to consume her. The stress, anxiety and overwhelm she felt was taking a toll on her health, she found sleeping difficult and felt constantly on edge. Coaching and healing to let go of the past enabled her to move forward. Then we could work on dealing with future uncertainty, enabling her to feel stronger, happier and more confident in herself.

5 Steps to Embracing the Uncertain Future

1. Let go of expectations

When you expect things you set yourself up for disappointment. You can take actions to influence your future, but you cannot control outcomes or others. If you expect the worst, then you can get trapped into a negative closed minded outlook, that will prevent you from seeing and seizing opportunities. In the example above Judy expects if she moves to a smaller town, she won’t ever meet anyone new and that she will be the only single parent. Clearly this is not helpful.

If you expect the best, and things don’t go exactly the way you wanted you have to deal with this disappointment.

When dating again letting go of expectations is crucial, and is something I support those that request that support to do.

Instead of expecting the future to give or not give you something specific, focus on what you’ll do to create what you want to experience.

2. Create options for different possible outcomes

The hardest part of dealing with uncertainty, at least for me, is the inability to plan and feel in control. This is how many of my client’s feel, until they know what the outcome of their divorce will be, their financial situation or even how they will feel living alone they can’t plan. They can’t plan what they will do, where they will go and what action they can take until they have more clarity on things. But they can create and plan for possible outcomes.

When I work with someone we make option lists for their possible outcomes. For example what they would do if their marriage ended, they get more or less money then expected, they hated living in the city alone, they had joint custody of the children. To achieve peace of mind, it can be useful to list plans for different outcomes. You don’t have to go into much detail if you don’t want to, but making rough plans can be reassuring and lessen anxiety overwhelm. Many also share that after we talked it through, it no longer played on their mind. So get with a friend, family member or coach and talk through your options and outcomes.

3. Get confident in your ability to handle any situation

Start by reminding yourself of difficult times in your life you survived and got through it. A difficult childhood, bullying, a previous break up, difficult work situation or perhaps another major loss, the chances are at the time it seemed unbearable but looking back you coped and got through it.

Another method I do all the time and has been shown to help with managing anxiety is to ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” and then whatever that worst is, ask yourself, “What could I do to cope if the worse did happen? Or “How would I handle it?”

4. Become an observer and advisor

Farhan, (currently in my 6 month program) shared a special insight with me last month, and it led me to write this article. He said “Nicola it is not the unknown that bothers me, everything in life is unknown, we all know that. But what bothers me most, is that since we separated I find myself getting lost in a repetitive cycle of thoughts. Thoughts about what may and may not happen in the future and that’s what I want to stop, to be able to just deal with it when it comes and not think about it now, like I used to be able to do”

So I asked him to share every single thought. Then asked him what advice he would give a friend, family member or colleague who had that thought. He laughed and said “I would tell them not to be so ridiculous and I would tell them it is pointless and a waste of time thinking that way.” We laughed more as he continued to address each thought he had. He gained perspective by becoming an observer and advisor to himself. He now uses this to prevent getting wrapped up in his own thoughts and I shared it with others in my programs, they also found it beneficial.

To follow this tip, I suggest you write down, share (and where possible find humor in any escalating thoughts) Ask yourself. “If a friend or family member were facing this situation or having these thoughts what advice would I give them?”

5. Manage and reduce stress effectively

All of my programs focus on strategies to reduce stress and tension. Built up stress and anxiety affects breathing rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, muscle tension and every organ in our bodies.

Finding a way to reduce stress, as well as let go of stress we hold in our bodies is essential to maintaining a healthy life. When we go through a painful break up and divorce, this is particularly true. Different strategies work for different people.

It could be a relaxing bath or massage, physical exercise, deep breathing, comedy and laughing, meditation. I use to think I can’t do meditation. Until I met a wonderful lady on a course and she said you can meditate listening to music. I googled it (I like to research everything first these days) and yes it is just as effective meditating with some background music according to experts. So now I do this, Kirtana is my favorite music to mediate with at the moment, its beautiful. But according to research it can be any music you like.

Another thing that helps me de-stress is cooking. I love creating and trying new dishes, as I manage to switch off from everything else. Years ago I used to buy into the lame excuse “it is pointless cooking for one.” But it’s great fun teaching yourself and making tons of mistakes along the way. Plus you can freeze almost anything and cooking and giving food to others is really rewarding. Whether it’s the security guard in a building, assistant in your local shop, work colleagues or inviting people over I bet there will be people grateful for it.

So find a healthy way of de-stressing, that works for you and do it regularly.

Lastly words from a special prayer, that many (myself included) regardless of religious or cultural background and beliefs find helpful in difficult times.:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.

Top 10 Tips to Cure Insomnia Naturally

Living in a digital era is certainly a blessing as we are gifted with a multitude of sources of learning, progress and entertainment which are at our finger tips. Nevertheless, these numerous facilities come with a hidden price tag.

The over-use of all kinds of electronic gadgets might cause a lot of stress including isolation and depression that could lead to several types of psychiatric problems such as insomnia, schizophrenia, mania and so on.

The most important and the root cause of all kinds of psychiatric problems is the patient’s inability to fall asleep naturally.

W.C. Fields quotes “The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.” So to get to the secrets of sleeping naturally, I personally would suggest you to exercise discipline in every facet of your lifestyle by following the below tips and guidelines conscientiously:

  1. Exercise an hour every day. The exercises could be even in the form of playing games. Alternatively, you could brisk walk early morning to breathe in the fresh air. This will invigorate your mind and body. If you are unable to move out of the house, you may even run on a tread mill, with a bit of open ventilation, as the second best option.
  2. Practice Yoga an hour or half a day. Yoga is a great form of exercise that tunes you into a state of pure consciousness, maximum creativity and bliss. The process of doing yoga is by itself a blissful process. It not only regulates and focusses on one’s breathing pattern but relieves stress through stretching, movement of the muscles, organs and even induces deep relaxation. The deep relaxation through deep breathing generates alpha waves that induce one to fall asleep naturally.

  3. Nourish your body with healthy food and drink a lot of water. Drink at least 5 liters of water. Drink more water first half of the day and less the rest of the day. As our brain is composed of 78% water content, drinking plenty of water must be made into a habit. Eat lots of fruits and healthy food every two hours in a moderate quantity that would hydrate and nourish your body as suggested by Rujuta Diwekar in Don’t Lose Your Mind But Lose Your Weight.

  4. Don’t use your computer at least 3 hours before sleep as it disturbs your sleep pattern. Don’t be on the phone or use any electronic gadgets prior to sleeping. Say a big no to technology three hours before sleep.

  5. Avoid tea or coffee as much as possible or have them much before sunset. If you really need to drink tea or coffee, opt it only once a day.

  6. Enhance the quality of your life by bonding with your friends and relatives as often as you can. This alone can do miracles to cure your insomnia. The more you socialize the better you feel, and socialization alone can cure you from tossing and turning sleepless all nights. So one of the primary cures to insomnia is socializing a lot.

  7. Be an optimistic person and bid adieu to your bad memories and hurt feelings. Read the book The Power of Now by Echart Tolle wherein Echart clearly states both the past and the future are just an illusion and true power lies in being and living in the present.

  8. Have a beautiful and huge vision clearly imprinted in your mind and move slowly one step at a time. Just remind yourself what Rabindrath Tagore says, ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’.

  9. Inculcate and create great habits in your life by replacing the bad ones for which I urge you to read The Power Habit by Charles Duhigg. This, one book, alone could help you discipline your life.

  10. Connect to nature. Love plants and animals a lot. Spend more time watering the garden and sowing flower seeds or vegetable seeds. Then see those seeds grow into a fruitful plant and bloom into flowers. This can enliven your lost spirit and get back to focus in your life. Even if you are in an apartment, try keeping plants on your balcony and watch them grow every day. In case you are an animal lover, keep pets like cats, dogs, rabbits etc. or have a nice aquarium at home. Their spirits will invigorate yours too to a great deal and forget your worries and stress for good.

As every problem has a solution, similarly insomnia too can be cured naturally if you inculcate the power habits through sheer focus and discipline that will systematically change your lifestyle and help live a great healthy life by sleeping naturally.

Histoplasmosis -definition, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Histoplasmosis – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Histoplasmosis , also called as Darling’s disease , is a disease caused when airborne spores of the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum are inhaled into the lungs.This infectious disease primarily affects the lungs & sometimes can spread to other parts of the body. This kind of the disease is known as disseminated histoplasmosis, and it can be critical if untreated.
Histoplasma capsulatum is a microscopic dimorhous fungus that grow stronger in moderate temperatures and moist environments and appears as yeast at body temperature in mammals. Histoplasma capsulatum is commonly found throughout the world in river valleys and soil where chickens, pigeons, starlings, blackbirds, and bat droppings accumulate, is released into the air when soil is disturbed by plowing fields, sweeping chicken coops, or digging holes.
The soil in indigenous region gives an acidic damp environment with high organic content that is good for mycelial production. Highly contaminated soil is found near areas inherent by bats and birds. Birds cannot be infected by the fungus because of their high body temperatures, but they do carry it on their feathers.But bats can become infected because they have a lower body temperature than birds, and they spread the fungus through droppings.
Histoplasmosis is produced by a microscopic dimorhous fungus Histoplasma capsulatum . The fungus produces spores that can be inhaled when they get into the air. Spores are hardy forms of the fungus that can live in the environment for a long time. The spores are extremely light and can be float into the air when dirt or other polluted material is disturbed .There are large number of cases appears in farmers, landscapers, construction workers & the people who are living near construction sites and spelunkers.
Histoplasmosis is generally not harmful in primary stages & so mild that it produces no apparent sign & symptoms. Any sign that might appear are generally just like to those from a common cold.If any individual had histoplasmosis symptoms, he /she might dismiss them as those from a flu or cold , since the body’s immune system generally overcomes the infection in some days without treatment.
The symptoms histoplasmosis appears within 3 to 17 days after exposure ,the calculated average is 10 days. Most infected persons have no symptoms in there primary stage. When symptoms occur, they vary widely, depending on the condition of the disease. The condition of the disease depends on the number of fungus spores inhaled, reactions may range from a brief period of discomfort feeling to serious illness.
Histoplasmosis can affect generally any region of the body such as eyes, liver, bone marrow, skin, adrenal glands & intestinal tract.The condition of the disease show which organs are affected. Individuals with this kind of the disease may have anemia, pneumonia, pericarditis, meningitis, adrenal insufficiency, mouth ulcers, tongue or intestinal tract.Histoplasmosis, in even mild conditions can later produce a critical eye disease known as ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (OHS), a leading cause of vision loss.
Symptoms of histoplasmosis may include:

  • Discomfort feeling.
  • Bloody spitting.
  • Weakness.
  • Headache.
  • Muscles pain.
  • Joint pain.
  • Fever .
  • Chills
  • Inflammation of the sac around the heart.
  • Gastrointestinal tract.
  • Chest pain.
  • Dry or nonproductive cough.
  • Breathing uneasiness.
  • Weight loss.
  • Mouth sores.
  • Bulging of liver and spleen.
  • Skin rashes.
  • Vision loss.
  • Tuberculosis.

Treatment of histoplasmosis depends on the complexity of the disease. Anti fungal treatments are taken to cure the complex cases of acute histoplasmosis and all cases of chronic and disseminated disorders. Mild disease generally cure without treatment & may require only symptomatic measures.
Efficacious treatments are available in the market for even the most complex forms of histoplasmosis. Amphotericin B or itraconazole may be used to treat the disease histoplasmosis. Patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) may need treatment with an anti fungal medication for there long life to prevent further attacks of histoplasmosis.

How To Prepare For Singing Auditions

Many singers are often confused when it comes to 'correct etiquette' at an audition. The problem is though, this so-called 'correct etiquette' can and does vary from audition to audition, depending on who's judging.

So, here are some general pointers on how you can best prepare yourself for an audition, place yourself in the best possible 'light' for your sentences and get the most out of your audit experience.

* Choose appropriate repertoire. For example, if you're auditioning for 'Idol', prepare a contemporary song. Going in with an Operational aria, will indeed show them that you know how to sing, but will also show them you are not confident enough with contemporary repertoire. 'Idol' is a contemporary music competition, so present with contemporary music. If you're auditioning for 'Chicago', do not rock up ready to sing a Nickle-back song. It just will not work! Bottom line, audition in the style of the 'role' you are trying to obtain.

* Be Prepared. Whatever you are singing make sure you are fully prepared! If you are not, that door is wide open for incidents such as forgetting your words or feeling overly appreciating towards your ability to pull off the exam successfully and professionally. Know your stuff backwards, upside-down and inside-out. Never take shortcuts because the pro's will know.

* Choose appropriate clothing. If you want to be taken seriously, do not wear a Chicken suit! If it's a 'show', wear something 'presentably casual' and take a change of clothes that you can dance in, act in and possibly do some floor work in. I'd suggest a simple (but clean) tracksuit or dance wear.

* Make sure you're well rested. Get an early night, the evening before your audition. Try not to over-do things in the week leading up to your performance so that your body is healthy, alert and has the stamina to get you through what can sometimes be an extremely long day. During the audit process, particularly if you get call-backs, make sure you eat well, remain hydrated and get plenty of rest. At the same time, you need to allow space in your schedule for rehearsing any parts, songs or excerpts the 'judges' may have given you.

* Make sure you're hydrated. This does not mean drink a gallon of water on the day of your audition, but rather, make sure you are well hydrated always! It takes more than a few hours for the body to come out of a dehydrated state, if you have not been drinking enough water for the previous few days.

* Warm up before you arrive and arrive early to the audition venue so that you can warm up again. It does not take your voice long to cool down and return to it's pre-singing slumber, so keep the voice awake by having a couple of warm-ups at different times of the day and also right before you go into the audition room.

* Do not be intimidated by other singers. It's common and natural to want to compare your level of skill with the singers around you while you learn to sing. However, this can lead to a false sense of failure – or security, even before you get a chance to sing for the sentences. Everyone's voice is unique. Just because someone may be a better singer than you, it does not mean that they are what the judges are looking for. Your voice may very well be prefect for the role you're auditioning for. Do not make assumptions. Just focus on your performance and deliver it to the best of your ability.

* Think positively. Right before a performance, you could very well find that the little voice inside your head is getting more agitated and concerned about whether you are ready, or good enough, or worthy or whatever. Maybe you could take a set of affirmations with you on the day, to remind you of what you're REALLY capable of. That will teach that little voice in your head a thing or two about who's boss!

Anyway, what's the worst that could happen? You might trip onstage … You might forget your words … You might … something else. The fact is, you might not! What's the use in worrying about the 'what if's'? If you do happen to fall over on stage, have a giggle. It's not the end of the world. You should know that every person in the room will have had a similar experience sometimes during their life. People admire that can have a laugh, get up and get on with the job. You'll be an inspiration and be applauded by your judges if you can just keep going. As they say "The show must go on"!

* Be easy to work with. Everybody reacts differently under pressure. I'm sure you've seen a few singers on idol get a little hot-headed when the sentences tell them "No thanks. Not today." Because their nerves are shot to pieces and they are feeling exposed and sometimes even intimidated by the 'caliber' of the panel, some people react very defensively when constructively criticized or rejected. Your judges will remember you for that and they are the audience, in this case, who dictate your success. If you're defensive in your audition, will you be defensive in public when you're being watched by millions of people? Trust me, your sentences wont take the risk.

While you learn how to sing be gracious and grateful for the experience and be sure to tell your judges that when you thank them.

Be open also, to suggestions and be willing to 'give it a go' if the sentences ask you to try something different, remembering to execute it with confidence and pleasure.

* Accept constructive criticism. If the criticism is not constructive, do not get offended. Be professional and pleasant. This is extremely valuable information, coming directly from the mouth's of those who know what the industry is looking for and how it works.

* Prepare a Resume or Biography and expect to have a brief interview. Again, conduct yourself appropriately, be honest, open and confident. However, be sure not to confuse confidence with 'cockiness'. Professionals are turned off by Diva's or people who think they know more than the pro's – especially when it's clear that they do not! … Otherwise, you're be auditioning them!

* Do not apologize for your vocal skill level or illness, unless you have a severe illness – in which case, you should question whether or not you should participate. Remember, you are where you're at, and you're aiming for higher heights. Even if you're at a professional level but lacking confidence, always use the skills you have to the best of your ability. No-one can fault you for that, and if you show your judges that you're serious about what you're aiming for, they'll give you their full support. Apologies are nothing more than excuses people use in the hopes that the sentences will overlook any flaws you may present with. Unfortunately, this only alerts the judges to them, and they may even wonder if you'll give excuses for not performing well or not being prepared enough for the role, if they give you one. In performance, you are representing the people who employ you. They must be able to trust that you will perform well every time – no excuses.

* Smile. A genuine smile can brighten anyone's day. This is the first thing your face should display when you meet your sentences. It says "I'm friendly and polite and I'm open to you". It also shows that, even though you might be feeling incredibly nervous, you can 'act out' a convincing smile to hide that fact. Remember, acting is an integral part of performing.

* Make eye contact. As they say, "The eye's are the window to the soul". If you're not afraid to look at people directly in the eye, you're displaying that not only do you have nothing to hide but you have confidence in yourself to a point where you're not afraid for the REAL you, to be ' Seen '. It also shows respect towards those speaking to you, and notifies them that you are switched on and listening.

* Move! Nerves can take over at times and leave you standing in the middle of the stage like a Deer in the headlights! Do not let your nerves get in the way of your practiced choreography. Make sure your knee's not locked and keep checking in with your face and body to see if it is holding any extra tension. If you find yourself so distracted by your environment that you forget where you're supposed to be or what you're supposed to be doing; Improvise! Be sure not to over-act it though, and maintain a sense of ease and natural flow to your movements.

* If you're singing a Capella, use a tuning fork or ask to use the piano for your pitch or ask someone else for note. This is quite acceptable.

* Ask for feedback, especially if it does not come automatically. As I said earlier, if you get an opportunity to gain some knowledge from industry professionals, take it with open arms. It will help prepare you for your next audition, whether it be with the same 'company' or another. The more you refine each detail of your performance, the closer you will get to nailing the role.

* Thank your sentences. This goes without saying. Thank them for their time, the opportunity and any feedback you get from them. It's a common court and will be appreciated

So there you have it, an action plan for your next audition. You can also use these exact tips for performance in general.

So, what are you waiting for? Go get ready!