Health Issues – Where Will Your Stressful Life Take You

Today, most of us suffer from ailments like headache, indigestion, insomnia etc.
There are a lot of diseases like headache that are very common now a days.

These diseases may haunt you and you may not even know their root cause. Depression, generally causes headache, insomnia and other related diseases.

Your stressful life is so much liable for these diseases.
This stress is widely known as 'Silent Killer'. It kills everyone and shows no obvious symptoms. It leads to a lot of other diseases like high blood pressure, heart diseases and other critical diseases.

When your body becomes exhausted to a certain limit, it shows you some signs and alerts you that there is something wrong. For example if you do not like your work, you are most likely to have a headache in the morning.

This is a sign that you are taking stress and this stress results in headache. If stress is not treated properly, it becomes chronic and results in various other diseases.

The worst part is that you might think that you simply have a headache and remain unaware that your body is claiming relaxation. So, mean to say that in most of the cases, the symptoms are vague.

You, therefore, need to take some initiatives to maintain your health now and avoid a stressful life that can lead you to a disaster in the end.
The best way to deal with stress is, you can start taking some help.

Ideally, you can join some 'Art of Living' programs or some yoga classes. In my view, these programs give the best results in no time.

Saving for Retirement – The 180 Degree Life

Now before I start a discussion of leverage, I’m going to make an assumption (Yes, I know how dangerous that is but what the heck). I’m assuming that the information so far has made some sense to you on some level. I also assume that you accept that the fact that your financial life can be improved. I believe that you want to live more of the life that you desire. If I were a betting person, I’d bet that at the very thought of how an improved financial life would be for you, those age-old doubts, fears and phobias start to fill your mind; questions and statements like: “Can I really have more of what I desire? Can I take the vacations I want to take? Can I really live in the home of my dreams? Can I really get out of all of this debt I’m in? Who is this guy Harold L Lowe anyway to tell me I can have more? Maybe he was able to change his life, but he doesn’t know me. I’ve tried some things to improve my financial life before and none of them worked. I know myself, and I’m just not lucky like wealthy people.”

Sound familiar? Listen, at various periods of my life, I’ve asked those same questions (plus many more) and reached those same conclusion; and since I didn’t really believe I could have a better financial life, I eventually dismissed them and resigned myself to hoping things would change for me.

Even though my income increased to six figures during my career, my paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle did not change. Just a few months without those paychecks and I would have been in the throes of a financial nightmare like so many other people. I only became committed to change after I lost my six-figure income at age 62 with little possibility of landing another six-figure income job. Even then, I didn’t make the commitment right away. It took several months. I kept holding onto the hope of “getting lucky” somehow. I know first hand the inner struggles that come with consciously deciding to make changes in your life

Now here’s what is so interesting: within a few weeks after making the commitment to change, I stumbled upon (or was led to) the beginnings of a process for change that I will share with you later. This was not the entire process mind you, just the beginning. Here’s another interesting point. The stronger I sought to make my commitment, the more those pesky doubts, fears, and phobias flooded my mind. I needed something to help me stabilize my efforts. It came from a book by Robert Kyiosaki called “Retire Young, Retire Rich.” Young Kyiosaki was explaining to his Rich Dad what made rich people and non-rich (instead of poor) people so different and he said rich people and non-rich people “think differently”. His Rich Dad responded by saying: “No, they don’t think differently; they think the opposite!” That statement really resonated within me. Restated, it meant to me that rich people and non-rich people think 180 degrees in opposite directions!

Remember, you do not have to live on less in retirement. No matter where you are right now financially, you can build and enjoy a Million Dollar lifestyle retirement. Peace.

Erik Dalton Structural Integration Techniques

Why choose Dalton? In exploring the bodywork field, there are scores of teachers and practitioners who stake a claim on depth, in the literal sense of “deeper into the body”. Dalton’s method is termed Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT), which surely by its very name declares to be deeper than, say, Myofascial Whatever or Whoosis Neuro-Muscular. I suppose if you follow this controversy, you would be left with the chiropractors as the rulers of depth, because they deal consistently with the deepest level of tissues we spoke of above, the bones and the ligaments right around the bones. However, I am not going there. For one thing, my intuitive sense resists characterizing the chiropractors as a group – however sensitive and nuanced some individual practitioners of the method may be – as masters of depth healing. For another, I want to focus on the domain of soft-tissue manipulation.

In the realm of the current soft-tissue resurrection in hands-on healing, structural integration (Rolfing and its derivatives, the beneficiaries of Ida Rolf, Ph.D.) have been widely endorsed – correctly or not – as going the deepest into the body, among the many methods available. Sometimes this assessment is made in admiration, sometimes in condemnation – “Oh, yeah, Rolfing – isn’t that the technique where they tear the muscles off the bones and make you scream about your mother?” Dalton is one of those successors of Ida Rolf, who is making a distinct claim to tissue depth in his teaching, so let us hear his story briefly told, and see what it can enlighten us about depth healing in general.
From the start, let me be clear that I am not saying that Dalton’s MAT work is a knock-off of Rolfing. Each of the beneficiaries of Ida Rolf – even those who claim her mantle – have built upon her work and made innovations (and maybe even lost some of her broad perspective, though who will admit it?). In the case of Erik Dalton, though some of the technique and outlook may have evolved from his Rolfing training in 1983.  His additions and developments have come from his subsequent self-exploration after an injury, from osteopathy, and from the groundbreaking Czech soft-tissue researcher, Vladimir Janda, M.D.

What Dalton demonstrates to other structural integrators is the concept, as his ads proclaim, of “Don’t chase the pain!” MAT’s focuses on prevention – recognize the strain patterns, says Dalton, before they become pain patterns. Of course there are many other similarities in the emphasis on good body use, paying attention to the tissue and working with the Golgi tendon organ response, and obviously in the goal of total body alignment and ease. Where Dalton starts to carve his own trail is in bringing the soft-tissue worker closer to the individual joint facets in the spine. ?In the late 1980s, Dalton received two martial-arts injuries: one to his lower-back ligaments; another, far more serious, was a non-displaced fracture at C4-5 that occurred when he tried to resist a judo throw and landed on his head. Although after the injury he wore a halo to stabilize his neck, he had constant radiating pain down his right arm. As a Rolfing practitioner, he kept stripping and working the tissue around his own upper back and neck, which would bring temporary relief, but soon the drive-you-crazy pain was back, and Dalton was out searching for the miracle that would take it away more permanently.

Dalton’s miracle came, in fact, from his own hands. One morning, working his way through the paraspinal muscles, he happened upon bone-like knots in the soft tissue down near the level of the joint capsule, in the deepest layers of the multifidi and rotatores muscles, knots he had not run into before. “As an experiment,” writes Dalton in his manual, Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, “I slowly began to steadily apply pressure directly to one of the bony knots in the laminar groove about the C5-6 level. Immediately, it felt as though the vertebral segment was pushing back at me. My fingers resisted the bony recoil in the same way I had resisted during deep tendon work many times before. To my surprise, the bone responded in much the same manner as the tendons – it retreated. As the vertebra retreated, I slowly took up the slack and waited for the recoil against my fingers.”

Dalton continued to evaluate this deep probing process of resistance and then taking up the slack, adding a respiratory component, working with the breath until the knot had disappeared and the bone had settled. Dalton worked on a few more of these knots over the subsequent quarter of an hour, and then, sensing that his body had had enough, left it alone to settle. From that day on, his pain lessened and his function improved, though his journey to understand what had happened had just begun.

Eventually, with more work and more investigation, Dalton realized that the fibrotic lumps in the fourth layer of spinal musculature – the deepest layers of the transversospinalis – were a key to analyzing and treating underlying vertebral dysfunction. This makes the relationship between osseous manipulation – chiropractic and osteopathy – and the soft-tissue work of massage therapists and bodyworkers. Dalton’s work concentrates on the usual myofascial balance that structural integrators aim for, plus this near-bone musculo-ligamentous layer – a “bony intent” that sees bone as a soft tissue – the deepest layer, and a slow-changing layer, to be sure, but still a layer of connective tissue. This is, of course, the actual fact, but the artificial division between hard and soft tissues is one that has instructed most of our education, and led to some separation between those who work with one (chiropractors and osteopaths) and those who work with the other (massage therapists and bodyworkers). Dalton’s work, by progressing more deeply to the junction between the two, starts to bridge the gap.

Bridging the gap, without crossing it, as Dalton is quick to point out. “One of the things that separates the MAT method from other modalities”, he writes, “is the importance placed on restoration of function to joint capsules; particularly, restoration of joint play to the capsular articulations. Cleary, all our joints have a capsule of some kind, often consisting of fibrous, fatty, membranous or cartilaginous tissue”. Although massage therapy schools commonly teach treatments for joints such as the glenohumeral, temporomandibular, clavicular or the knees, MAT techniques “are aimed primarily at the articulations of the vertebral, rib and sacroiliac capsules”, Dalton says. “Even though capsular routines are a major part of our program, I want to stay away from comparing the MAT program to chiropractic”. Dalton devotes ample space in his manual to separating the two. “We strive to restore mobility to the soft tissues of the joint capsules. When applying pressure to the articular pillars of the cervical spine, our intent is to not only mobilize the joint capsule, but to help release 4th-layer muscles like the intertransversarii that often cause joint fixations”. “Therapists should not be digging on the intertransversarii because of the neural structures surrounding the transverse processes, but these highly important and frequently hypertonic muscles need to be worked, to help restore cervical function,” he continues. “Consequently, we use the bones as levers to release these hard-to-mobilize soft tissues. This is a separate concept from chiropractic, where their focus is on localizing down to the dysfunctional lesion and thrusting the joint into a non-physiologic range of motion to unlock facets often stuck from adhesions caused by repeated friction to the articular cartilages. The [American Massage Therapy Association’s] rules make it clear that massage therapists are not allowed to take the joint into a non-physiologic range of motion. I intentionally do not disobey this rule, and this is what keeps the Myoskeletal Techniques within the massage therapy scope of practice.”

While zeroing in on these specific and deep soft tissues, Dalton keeps a broad focus: “My intention is to assist today’s therapist in recognizing that most of these chronic pain problems are much more involved than trigger points [or] muscle toxicity. Concentrating on neck and back dysfunctions, I try to teach that it is a waste of time to view chronic pain as emanating from a single structure. So we use (Janda’s) muscle imbalance theories, ligament work and capsular release techniques to achieve that goal.” ??Dalton further distinguishes himself from both Rolfing and chiropractic in two ways. One is through his concentration on assessment of the muscle firing order in walking (as developed by Janda, though the treatment is specific to Dalton). He also differentiates his work through techniques for generating muscle tone via spindle-stimulating techniques (see Body Language, “C,” November/December 2000), and frictioning techniques specifically designed to stimulate fiber proliferation in lax ligaments and capsules. Notwithstanding the fact that the proximal and distal crossed syndromes of Janda – looking for the muscle patterns that predictably contain the strain patterns that lead to the pain patterns – are a very important element in soft-tissue work, they will be considered in a later column. Right now, we wanted to explore Erik Dalton’s unique contribution to depth.

Sporting You New Bikini

To plan for your beach party you would not only have to buy a new bikini but also remove the hair from the bikini line so that it doesn’t look odd when you sport your new bikini. Though there are several methods of doing this, using hair removal cream may be the best option because it is pain free and very simple to use.

You have limited options right now in front of you to get rid of your body hair at the bikini line quickly and easily. You would have to choose between waxing, shaving and using a hair removal cream. The other options just are not there yet.

The skin around the bikini line being extremely soft and sensitive shaving as a possibility may have to be ruled out. Saving makes the skin rough and result in cuts and infections too. The hair that grows back becomes rough and besides it starts it starts to itch.

Waxing as a procedure involves pulling the hair from its roots by force. When this is done, it is very painful and the skin surface also gets damaged. Therefore you may not be able to bear the pain especially in such a sensitive area around the bikini line.

Using a hair removal cream like Revitol would be the best choice for you. Using the cream takes only a few seconds to remove the hair with a soft wipe and there is no tearing of the skin or no pain at all. You skin remains soft and smooth as ever with no cuts and no razor marks or roughness.

It is only the Hair removal cream that does not have any painful method or other annoying effects that is present in other systems. This is definitely the best method of removing body hair for your body.

So do not forget to pack a hair removal cream tube in your toilet kit when you go on your holiday. Now you need to go looking for a beauty parlor and can say good by to other painful procedures for ever.

If you look at all the methods that are available for removal of body hair including shaving, waxing, electrolysis and laser treatment etc, using simple hair removal cream is definitely the safest method. This is perhaps the only method that does not involve any plucking, skin pulling or damage and leaves the sensitive skin with no damage.

What You Need to Know About Helping Senior Citizens

Introduction

The baby boomers is the population which haven taken birth after second world war till 1965 when there was a tremendous increase in birth rate due to the social and economic development in the USA. Now this population is going into the old age and thus bringing a burden to the nation as the country has to take care of not only the food and shelter but also the medical care. Rather medical care is in a way more important as they are prone to many diseases not only infectious because of their lowered immunity but also non -communicable ones such as Diabetes Mellitus, Myocardial Infarction, Stroke, etc. not to speak of those other mental disorders such as Depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.

Current problem

There is more than 35million population in USA that is more than 65 years as per the latest Census Bureau report. This is nearly 12 % of the whole population and this is supposed to more than double in the next 50 years or so requiring the nation provide for their well-being. At present, it is said, that the disabled and elderly account for only around 20% of Medicaid spending but they account for more than 75% of the Medicaid spending on the prescription medicines. There is yet another set of problems. There is a progressive decline in the renal function of the elderly. The enzymes needed to metabolize the drug are less and have they have sensitivity towards certain drugs. They also have lesser free fluid volume. These and many other factors make the elderly especially susceptible for drug toxicity. Also adverse drug reactions are much more common in the aged population than others.

Buying cheap drugs

There are certain federal and other non-governmental plans available that help the senior citizens to buy the drugs cheaper. These are:

1. Medicaid

When president Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid act in 1965 it marked a new era for the health care in USA. For a minimum amount, which is called a co-payment or some deductions, one can avail this facility. Nearly all states provide this facility to their population. You just have to fulfill certain their requirements.

2. Drug store discounts

Certain seniors are allowed a discount on their prescriptions, which can help them majorly.

3. Medicare drug discount cards

This is available for that elderly population who are not entitled for benefit under the Medicaid program.

4. Medicare prescription assistance programs

This type of program is available in nearly all states although they may differ in the eligibility requirements.

5. Online buying

People may buy the drugs online through the Internet but the only drawback is that they have to rely on the seller and in that process they may get duped by getting second grade items or by their money.

6. Buying from Canada

Some people prefer to buy their medicines from Canada, which has health policy a bit different from that of USA and hence provides a market for cheaper drugs. FDA does take it seriously if one buys them in small amounts.

7. Charities

There are certain charitable institutions, which help the elderly and the destitute in having their medicines, which at times they, give free of cost.

8. Others like state prescription fund, LCD, prescription drug credit program, subsidies, PAAD, PACENET,

Options available besides drugs

Besides the above options available for getting cheaper drugs there are other options like living in an extended health care facility or long term care facility or assisted living where people can not only live a normal healthy life but also get treatment if the need arise.

How to Cope With Panic Attack Condition

Panic attack having considered as a modern epidemic is caused by several modern environmental factors.

These factors are even one of those things that we have considered as part of our lifestyle, only to find out that they are actually causing harm to our system. These are the following: isolation, too much alcohol and caffeine intake, long working hours, lack of exercise and lack of rest. All of these and more are contributing to the spreading problem with anxiety or panic attack. Not to mention the variety of harmful chemicals and substances we get from air and water pollution. These substances may even have more direct and more harmful effects to us that are still unknown.

I have just presented some factors of acquiring panic attack but those are just factors. If we are to eradicate this problem from our system, we must dig deeper to the real cause of this matter. That cause is none other than a malfunctioning nervous system. Due to lack of needed nutrients and rest, it tends to function in an abnormal manner. It remains to be a blessing in disguise that despite the troublesome symptoms this condition is still easy to cure. How? Just take note of the two major points on the next two paragraphs.

One, consider having a real food Diet. What do I mean by this? As simple as, having extra care as to what kind of food you are eating. These are too easy to follow for they are already part of your daily life. Like the first which is about consuming more water. Pure water is an important yet seemingly missing ingredient of people’s lives nowadays. It is greatly advised that we must drink 1/2 our body weight in ounces a day. This is proven to have worked wonders. Second, whole and real foods should be a part of our diet: good protein, good fats, green vegetables and dark fruits. All of these foods hold phytonutrients that helps in healing our nervous system.

Second, prioritize healing your nervous system. Exercise directly burns panic attack, stress hormones and nervous energy out of our body. Imagine doing these exercises daily. Then, you are surely going to eliminate anxiety inside your body. We also have the eastern style therapies such as yoga, tai chi, and deep abdominal breathing. These may sound tricky but they are actually easy to learn. Moreover, they work immediately on the nerves. Last on the list is having a regular sleep routine. Sleep contributes greatly in repairing our body.

Are Eating Disorders Related to Bad Habits (part 1)?

Eating disorders are characterized by an abnormal obsession with food and weight. Eating disorders are much more noticed in women than in men due to the fact that men often don’t seek help.

We believe, that for most people, a link exists between habits formed long ago and eating disorders.

An eating disorder is a complex compulsion to eat in a way which disturbs physical, mental, and psychological health. The eating may be excessive (compulsive over-eating); to limited (restricting); may include normal eating punctuated with episodes of purging; may include cycles of binging and purging; or may encompass the ingesting of non-foods.

Being overweight is generally caused by the intake of more calories (by eating) than are expended by the body (by exercise and everyday living). Factors which may contribute to this imbalance include:

* Limited exercise and sedentary lifestyle * Overeating * Genetic predisposition * A high glycemic index diet (i.e. a diet that consists of meals that give high postprandial blood sugar) * Hormone imbalances (e.g. hypothyroidism) * Metabolic disorders, which could be caused by repeated attempts to lose weight by weight cycling * An eating disorder (such as binge eating disorder) * Stress * Insufficient sleep * Psychotropic medications * Smoking cessation

The amount of body fat is regulated to some extent subconsciously by the brain (by controlling caloric intake through appetite and food preferences). Although the exact mechanisms by which this occurs are not entirely known, one common theory suggests that each person may possess an inherent “set point” weight which the brain attempts to maintain, and that this set point may vary for each individual depending on a variety of factors including genetic predisposition, environment, and past experience. A habit link from the past can trigger this set point.

This leads to the conclusion that some individuals may be predisposed to naturally maintaining different body weights than others, and thus it may be easier for some people to avoid being overweight, while others may find it much more difficult. It also suggests, however, that an individual’s set point may be changeable with appropriate environment and conditioning.

Treatment

A large number of people undergo some form of treatment to attempt to reduce their weight, usually either in an attempt to improve their health, to improve their lifestyle, or for cosmetic reasons. The generally recommended treatment for being overweight is a modified or controlled diet in conjunction with increased exercise. For those who are obese rather than overweight, more intensive therapies such as drugs or surgery are sometimes used.

Studies suggest that reducing calorie intake by itself (dieting) may have short-term effects but does not lead to long-term weight loss, and can often result in gaining back all of the lost weight and more in the longer term. For this reason, it is generally recommended that weight-loss diets not be attempted on their own but instead in combination with increased exercise and long-term planning and weight management.

Moreover, for all individuals, repeatedly losing weight and then gaining it back (“yo-yo dieting”), is believed to do more harm than good and can be the cause of significant additional health problems.

Is there a underlining issue that may work better than dieting for eating disorders?

Definition: Habit – Noun – Singular

1. an action done on a regular basis.

Example: It’s become a habit of mine to have a cup of coffee after dinner.

Let’s take the above example. Many years ago, we started a habit of drinking coffee after dinner. It was a time to relax and talk about the day. Unfortunately, the coffee must have 2 teaspoons of sugar for our tastes. If we wanted 2 cups of coffee that became 4 teaspoons. Every night, day after day, week after week the sugar and calories added up.

Another example was our lunch time at work. The sub sandwich shops figured out years ago that to increase the revenue per customer, a combo meal made a great “up sell”. Unfortunately, the combo meal usually included a large selection of chips. High in fat and questionable nutrition value, chips have become a habit in our eating styles.

How many of you also stop at the local coffee store on the way into work for calorie loaded coffee and maybe a muffin to make you feel full going to work?

Each of these examples OVER TIME becomes a habit. The habit makes your brain crave the food/drink/mood when you stop or alter the routine. We now know that good habits can replace bad habits if the desire is truly there.

Our next article will talk about what steps you must take to change the habits creating a chaotic eating disorder.

copyright by Keith Crovatt

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Are You Hiring for Growth in 2015?

Every business wants to grow. Whether that means taking a business from the home office to a storefront or growing from $ 100 million in revenue to what Henry Kim reiter to as "unicorn club" status, growth is the goal. The success of a company's growth has less to do with product design and marketing campaigns and more to do with the people you hire.

Hiring for business growth is dependent upon your goals and your starting point.

The Early Days
In the early days of business growth, from the idea of ​​business development to the $ 20 million mark, you need a certain type of employee to help you grow. Your business needs enthusiastic go-getters who are willing to put in extra time and do a little bit of everything. These hires will believe in the company's goal and mission and be willing to work hard to help achieve initiatives. Often, these employees are younger or have less experience in the industry which means they may grow right along with the company.

The Middle Years
Your business is past the start-up phase, and you're working hard to reach $ 100 million revenue. Hiring at this stage is about turning the business into a well-oiled machine. This is the point where departments and department heads are born. Hiring is about finding the right executive to lead the varied teams – HR, marketing, IT, and finance. The people you hire will need to have experience in the position but also within the industry. Kim recommends recruiting from your successful competitors to find the best people.

The Pinnacle
Th "unicorn club," a business with $ 1 billion or more in revenue, is the rarest of all businesses, according to Kim, but a worthy goal for any business. Any company that makes it to the level that this goal is potentially achievable has already found and cultured the right go-getters in the beginning and the best executives during those middle years. Now, to climb the mountain, you'll have to find the right leader. This person will be someone who's helped other business reach the Unicorn Club. They'll have reach and credibility within the business world, a network of peers to pull from, and most importantly, the vision and enthusiasm for the company's goals.

Hiring for growth can not be done without an understanding of where the company is and where it wants to go in the future. Finding and hiring the right people to provide what you need will help propel your business to the next level. The hiring process can be made easier with the right tools for the job. Through all stages of the hiring process, the right applicable tracking system will help you stay organized and on track to hire the best people in the most efficient way.

Diabetes and Neuropathy

Generally, diabetic neuropathy doesn’t produce obvious symptoms in its beginning stages, that’s what makes it so dangerous. Once you begin to experience numbness, tingling or pain in your feet, it could very well be the beginning of neuropathy.

Other symptoms include:

* Numbness in any part of you arms, legs, or feet to include weak muscles in the feet and/or hands.
* Indigestion, diarrhea or constipation for no apparent reason
* Sexual dysfunction
* Problems urinating

The cause? High blood sugar levels are causing damage to nerve coverings and blood vessels that is essential to bringing essential oxygen to the nerves. Without adequate blood flow and oxygen, discomfort or even severe pain may result. This damage causes the nerves to send messages to the spinal cord and eventually to the brain, too slowly or at the wrong times, or simply send no message at all.

When neuropathy becomes more severe, chronic pain, loss of motion, and injuries occur that can lead to amputation. Progress is being made against the challenge of nerve damage caused by diabetic neuropathy.

A major study conducted by the NIH, “The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial” found  that people who kept their blood glucose levels close to normal can lower the
risk of nerve damage by as much as 60%. The process of testing glucose levels 4X a day; 4X metformine tablets (Type II) or 3X-4X daily injections of insulin (Type I); adjustments of both according to food intake and exercise; and monthly visits to a doctor and health-care team have proven effective toward blood glucose control.

Dr. Aaron Vinik, M.D., Ph.D., director of research at the Strelitz Diabetes Institutes states that “Blood glucose control is the single most important issue for people with diabetes, and with good education about diabetes and the use of new treatments as they become available, people with diabetes may be able to reduce their risk of nerve damage and even partially restore nerve function.”

Things you can do to help your situation:

* Keep you blood sugar level as close to normal as possible
* Limit how much alcohol you drink to no more than one a day
* Take good care of your feet and have them checked regularly
* Let you doctor know if you are having any problems with your feet, legs, stomach, bowels or bladder.
* Frequent sexual dysfunction, discuss with your doctor
* Feel dizzy when going from lying down to standing up, consult your doctor

If you have pain, pain relief from diabetic neuropathy complications can be dealt with through homeopathic, non-addictive drugs such as Menastil. Menastil is available from The Centre for Pain Relief in Burlington, NJ.

Neuropathy can not always be prevented but if you work closely with your doctor and medical team, you can lower the complication risk quite dramatically.

Then there is the issue of self-denial. When you have the above symptoms, and chose to ignore the signals to the point of not discussing any or all of them with your doctor, you are taking the risk of no return with your health. If Neuropathy becomes so severe, to where any or all of the majority of conditions discussed in the article come into play, you will enter into an arena of severe pain, possible amputation, and even death.

The most effective pain relief medications for diabetic neuropathy cause the nerve ends to relax and allow the blood and oxygen to flow back into the infected area to effectively cut-off the signals to the spinal cord and therefore to the brain resulting in pain relief. You still have the problem, you just do not feel it as much.

Non-narcotic, non-addictive, all natural ingredient pain relief medications for diabetic neuropathy are available from The Centre for Pain Relief. Check out their website to determine if Menastil can help you with your painful condition.

Clinical Peculiarities of the Chest of a Developing Child

Although the thoracic cavity houses two vital organs, the heart and lungs, the anatomic structures of the chest wall are important sources of the information concerning cardiac and pulmonary function, skeletal formation. The chest is inspected for size, shape, symmetry, movement and the presence of the bony landmarks formed by the ribs and sternum.

Important landmarks of the Chest

The doctor must become familiar with locating and properly numbering each rib, because they are geographic landmarks for palpating, percussing, and asucultatin underlying organs. Normally all the ribs can be counted by palpating inferiorly from the second rib. The tip of the eleventh rib can be felt laterally and the tip of the twelfth rib can be felt posteriorly. Other helpful landmarks include the nipples, which are usually located between the fourth and fifth ribs or at the fourth intercostal space and posteriorly, the tip of the scapula, which is located at the level of the eighth rib or intercostal space. In children with the thin chest walls, correctly locating the ribs is little difficult.

The thoracic cavity is also divided into segments by drawing imaginary lines on the chest and back: the anterior, lateral, and posterior divisions. The doctor should become familiar with each imaginary landmark, as well as with the rib number and corresponding intercostal space.

Chest size

The size of the chest is measured by placing the tape around the rib cage at the nipple line. For the greatest accuracy at least two measurements should be taken, one during inspiration and the other during expiration, and the average recorded. The chest size is important mainly in comparison to its relationship with the head circumference. Marked disproportions are always recorded, because most are caused by abnormal head growth, although some may be the result of altered chest shape, such as barrel chest or pigeon chest.

As the child grows, the chest normally increases in the transverse direction, causing the antero-posterior diameter to be less than the lateral diameter. In an older child the characteristic barrel shape of an infant’s chest is a significant sign of chronic obstructive lung disease, such as asthma or cystic fibrosis. Other variations in shape that are usually variants of the normal configuration are pigeon breast, or pectus carinatum, in which the sternum protrudes outward, increasing the anterior-posterior diameter, and funnel chest, or pectus excavatum. In which the lower portion of the sternum is depressed. A severe depression may impair cardiac function, but in general neither condition causes pathologic dysfunction. However, these conditions often cause parents and children concern regarding acceptable physical appearance.

The doctor also notes the angle made by the lower costal margin and the sternum, which ordinarily is about 45 degrees. A larger angle is characteristic of lung diseases that also cause a barrel shape of the chest. A smaller angle may be a sign of malnutrition. As the rib cage is inspected, the junction of the ribs to the costal cartilage (costochondral junction) and sternum is noted. Normally the points of attachment are fairly smooth. Swellings or bunt knobs along either side of the sternum are known as the rachitic rosary and may indicate vitamin D deficiency. Another variation in shape that may either be normal or may suggest rickets (vitamin D deficiency) is Harrison’s groove, which appears as a depression or horizontal groove where the diaphragm leaves the chest wall. Usually marked flaring of the rib cage below the groove is an abnormal finding.

Body symmetry

Body symmetry is always an important notation during inspection. Asymmetry in the chest may indicate serious underlying problems, such as cardiac enlargement (bulging on the left side of rib cage) or pulmonary dysfunction. However, asymmetry is most often a sign of scoliosis, lateral curvature of the spine. Asymmetry warrants further medical investigation.

Movement of the chest wall is noted. It should be symmetric bilaterally and coordinated with breathing. During inspiration the chest rises and expands, the diaphragm descends, and the costal angle increase. During expiration the chest falls and decreases in size, the diaphragm rises, and the costal angel narrows. In children under 6 or 7 years of age, respiratory movement is principally abdominal or diaphragmatic. In older children, particularly females, respirations are chiefly thoracic, in either type, the chest and abdomen should rise and fall together.

Any asymmetry of movement is an important pathologic sign and is reported. Decreased movement on one side of the chest may indicate pneumonia, pneumothorax, atelectasis, or an obstructive foreign body. Marked retraction of muscles either between the ribs (intercostals), above the sternum (suprasternal), or above the clavicles (supraclavicular) is always noted, because it is a sign of respiratory difficulty.

The newborns’ chest is almost circular because the antero-posterior and lateral diameters are equal. The ribs are very flexible and slight intercostals retractions are normally seen on inspiration. The xyphoid process is commonly visible as a small protrusion at the end of the sternum. The sternum is generally raised and slightly curved.

Childhood Obesity: The Psychological Repricussions

Everyone knows the physical ramifications of childhood obesity, but when it comes to the psychological aspects, psychiatric science is playing catch up a bit.

While it is well known that a child or adolescent who suffers from childhood obesity is picked on and isolated from peers, the exact consequences and the extent of emotional damage are just not being uncovered.

Scientists and researchers at the Department of Psychology, University of Ghent, Belgium explored the causal relationship between childhood obesity and psychosocial adjustment in combined clinical and non-clinical samples of 139 obese children and 150 non-obese children. The kid’s ages ranged from 9 to 12 years and matched for age, socioeconomic status, and gender.

Parents for the children were asked to fill out and complete a Child Behavior Checklist for a Perceived Competence Scale for Children.

Kids suffering from childhood obesity reported far more negative physical self-perceptions than their non-obese peers and they scored lower on general self-worth. According to their parents, the obese children of the clinical sample appeared to have more behavior problems.

The depths of childhood obesity go even deeper because children, who are obese and remain that way for some time, suffer from a host of psychological scars, culminating in self esteem issues so severe that they can become anti-social and reclusive.

Fact of the matter is, childhood obesity can have a lasting impact on the psyche of a child. This is primarily because our society places so much importance on physical attractiveness as it relates to thinness, and that, coupled with misinformation about some of the causes of childhood obesity, can cause distress for overweight kids.

Obese children often feel isolated and lonely and are often the butt of jokes and magnets for ridicule.
What is the remedy?

Education. People need to understand the root causes of childhood obesity, and realize that not all causes are due to “a lack of will power” as is perceived by most.
It is important that educators and parents become sensitive to the issues associated with childhood obesity. While kids will always establish something of a pecking order, adults must counter balance this by instilling confidence in overweight children, especially since child’s self-image is often affected by the perceptions of peers.

A mixture of public education with parental guidance will help a child who is overweight move past the painful periods between pre-adolescence and adult hood and could lead to the eradication of childhood obesity altogether.

Using Cold Flow Improvers to Help Your Business

If you run an international haulage firm, the dangers of operating vehicles in extremely cold temperatures will be a familiar problem. Diesel needs to be at a warm enough temperature to remain in liquid form, otherwise it could crystalise. This could cause damage the engine, stop the driver from being able to fill the vehicle up at a gas station or stop the lorry from working altogether.

The waxy crystals form when the temperatures drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, which means it can be a common problem in countries like Canada and Russia.

One way to avoid the crystallisation and its resulting problems is to use diesel additives, such as Cold Flow Improvers.

These are chemicals that work by reducing the shape and size of the crystals. In turn, this keeps the fuel in its liquid form and helps it to flow through and reach the engine filters. In doing so, this will ensure the vehicle can keep going.

It is not just international haulage firms that benefit, either. Cold Flow Improvers have been used in factory generators and other vehicles. In addition, chemical compound also ensures that diesel can be stored even in extremely cold conditions, so that it can be used whenever it is needed.

The benefits

– It ensures fuel stays in liquid form, meaning it will still pour in cold temperatures

– Drivers are safer because their vehicles are less likely to break down

– There’s less risk of needing to make expensive vehicle repairs

– Cold Flow Improvers are commonly cheaper than other diesel additives

– You can store fuel and know that it will be ready for use, no matter how cold

– Generators and other equipment that requires diesel can also run smoothly using them

Do you think Cold Flow Improvers could help your business? Maybe you want more information on alternative diesel additives. If so, maybe it is time to find out how you could benefit.

What Is Scabies Rash?

Scabies Rash

Scabies is a microscopic “bug” that goes under the surface of the skin causing a rash. Scabies Rash is an infestation of the skin with the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabei. Infestation is common, found worldwide, and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies rash spreads rapidly under crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people, such as in hospitals, institutions, child-care facilities, and nursing homes. The mites can live for up to 3 days outside of the human body. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to tell how you got infected, because symptoms can take up to 4 to 6 weeks to appear after initial exposure, and last for up to 2 to 3 weeks after treatment.

How soon after infestation will symptoms begin?

For a person who has never been infested with scabies rash, after infestation, symptoms may take 4-6 weeks to begin. For a person who has had scabies rash before, symptoms appear within several days. Mostly, people with weakened immune systems and the elderly are at risk for a more severe form of scabies rash, called Norwegian or crusted scabies. Scabies rash is spread more easily by persons who have Norwegian, or crusted scabies than by persons with other types of scabies rash.

When you were infected by Scabies Rash, you will:

  • Incredibly itchy, and the itching gets worse at night.
  • Pimple-like irritations, burrows or rash of the skin, especially the webbing between the fingers; the skin folds on the wrist, elbow, or knee; the penis, the breast, or shoulder blades.
  • Intense itching, especially at night and over most of the body.
  • Sores on the body caused by scratching. These sores can sometimes become infected with bacteria.

If you think you might be infected with scabies rash, try not to scratch. Scratching may cause sores, which can get infected by other bacteria and lead to further problems.

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7 Examples Why Boots Are Better Than Shoes

Boots are better than shoes for all sorts of reasons. They are more durable. They last longer. They protect your feet from potential dangers better than shoes do. The list goes on and on. However, real life anecdotes help drive home the idea better than just making a list. Here is a list of experiences that demonstrate the point.

1) When you drop an eighty-pound speaker cabinet on your foot, the steel toed work boots you are wearing protect your feet from being crushed. Meanwhile your friend who was only wearing a pair of Converse All Stars now has a smashed foot with lovely purple toenails.

2) While cruising on your motor scooter your only brake cable snaps and you are forced to press your thick Vibram lug sole work boots to the pavement in order to stop. In a similar incident your girlfriend wears shoes while riding her moped. Unable to get her machine to stop because her shoes were inadequate to the task at hand, she now sports a nice scar on her hip marking the spot where she became one with the asphalt.

3) Being a short female, less than five feet, in a bar sucks. Wearing a nice pair of women’s western boots can give you a solid two-inch lift and the stability that isn’t offered by a pair of stiletto heels. Plus when the drunken guy next to you tries to balance his beer on your head you have the option to kick him in the package without fear of the toe breakage that an open toed shoe would be vulnerable to.

4) Your friend falls off his skateboard and sends it careening your way. It hits you in the ankle. You end up with only a small bruise because you have a nice pair of Lacrosse work boots on that cover your ankle with thick leather. Thank goodness you didn’t wear tennis shoes because you’d probably have a fractured ankle.

5) Out on a summer picnic with your girlfriend you spy what looks like a rounded up pile of dog feces. Before you are able to react the dark brown-coiled object lunges at your feet and bangs its head against your boot. I further examination you find two tiny semi punctures with trailing scrap marks in the leather. Rattlesnakes can ruin picnics if you don’t watch where you are walking and wear leather boots.

6) It rains roughly three inches in less than an hour in your neighborhood. The city drains begin to back up from the deluge and become choked with debris. The streets are now flooded with two feet of standing water. Luckily you have a pair of Muck boots which you deploy thereby keeping your feet dry and protected against the floating trash within the water. You unclog the nearest drain, which stops the water from almost entering your home. Your neighbor wears a pair of Nike shoes and gets a nasty gash on top of his foot from a submerged spiked palm frond. You trudge onward protected by thick rubber boots.

7) You try to recapture your youth and buy a pair of Converse All Star tennis shoes. These shoes proceed to do everything in their power to murder your feet. Pain permeates your body with each step you take. You swear you don’t remember them hurting like this when you were in high school. You buy a pair of plain looking Tony Lama cowboy boots. You slip them on and they become the most comfortable footwear you have ever owned. You don’t take them off for two years. Your girlfriend is concerned. You get a new girlfriend and give the All Stars to the Salvation Army. Boots rule!

No matter if your experience is out of the ordinary or not, boots just do a better job of keeping your feet in good health. Don’t mess around with footwear and stay standing and walking by wearing good boots.