Choosing Makeup For Black Skin

Finding makeup for black skin used to be a problem. There is a very wide range of makeup available in every department store you go into but it used to be very difficult to find makeup that was actually suitable for black skin. Certain cosmetic companies have now realized that women of color have needs too and also have money to spend and they have created products accordingly.

Choosing A Foundation

The type of foundation for black skin that you may need for the summer and winter will be different due the different weather conditions. This will affect your skin and of course everyone tans during the summer so your winter foundation will be too dark. The best solution is to use two foundation products and combine them.

Choosing A Blusher

The best types of blushers that suit darker skin are the bolder colors of red or burgundy. This needs to be applied lightly along the cheekbone in order to emphasize your bone structure. Try not to apply too much otherwise you will end up looking like a painted doll and that is not the look that we are after.

Choosing Color For Your Eyes

To emphasize your eyes I would always recommend that you use black eyeliner. This can be a pencil or liquid eyeliner, depending on your skill. If you have a very steady hand the liquid eyeliner will be great and give you a lovely thin line just above your eye lashes. An eye pencil is much easier to apply and I would recommend this for beginners.

Fantastic shades of eye shadows that compliment brown skin are burgundies and plums. Use a small brush and apply this very light on your eye socket just above your eye liner application.

Choosing A Lipstick

A great choice in lip color to flatter your blusher and eye shadow is plum or brown or a nice deep red. If you are going to use a lip liner always ensure that it is the same color as your lipstick. They should blend 100%.

So now that you have a few tips to help you to choose makeup that is suitable for women of color, get out there and start experimenting.

How to Reverse the Signs of Ageing in the Lower Face

The Signs of Ageing in the Lower Face and Anti-ageing Treatments.

A sagging jawline and the resultant jowls are a common signs of ageing in the lower face and this area is commonly overlooked by standard aesthetic practitioners.

Over 3000 years ago the Egyptians identified the aesthetic importance of the lower face and neck, Queen Nefertiti (1370 BC – 1330 BC) was considered for thousands of years to be the most beautiful women of her time. She was renowned and revered for her long elegant neck and her elegant facial features which tapered down to a well defined sharp jawline and chin.

As cosmetic practitioners it is essential to take into consideration the lower face when we are assessing the ways of maintaining beauty. The lower face is an even more important area when we consider what happens to this area as we age; most of the adult population during middle-age develop laxity of the tissues and skin around the jaw. Sagging and laxity of these tissues causes the face to appear to square off and flatten around the jaw line which then loses its sharpness.

The overhanging dependent skin and tissues droop below the jawline and are commonly known as the ‘jowls’.

Perhaps the reason why the treatment options of the lower face are overlooked are that many aesthetic practitioners in the UK are taught little more than where to put the needle and inject on their 1 day ‘Botox’ training course. These ‘one trick pony’ practitioners focus on Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) treatment in the three most common treatment areas (i.e. the frown, the forehead and around the eyes to treat crow’s feet), which are all in the upper face.

It is still common practice by plastic surgeons to treat the lower face with surgical procedures and ‘surgical’ face lifts are still performed to pull tissues back and up. However at times you have to question if at all a surgical procedure is necessary in the majority of clients.

The additional draw back of a surgical face lift is that it can distort your appearance and give you a pinched ‘caught in a wind tunnel’ look.

Non-Surgical Jaw Lift using Botox.

A treatment option to treat jowl formation is a non-surgical jaw lift; this treatment can now be combined with other treatments to augment its effect.

The Non-Surgical Jaw Lift in the right hands is simply a combination of 2 relatively straight forward lower face Botox techniques which relax the underlying facial muscles that pull down the skin and tissues of the lower face.

The platysma muscle is found superficially wrapping around the front of the neck and it depresses the skin and tissues of the lower face and jaw. The platysma is treated by a series of superficial Botox injections to prevent its depressor effect on the facial skin around the mouth and jaw.

In addition the depressor anguli oris is a small triangular muscle found on both sides of the mouth, when this muscle contracts it depresses the corner of the mouth and pulls down the tissue around this area.

In the hands of an experienced practitioner Botox treatment in the lower face is safe and can give excellent results. On a note of caution I would be very wary of a practitioner who does not fully understand the underlying anatomy or disregards the adjacent muscles in the face and larynx that that could be affected by poor injection placement.

Recent advancements have allowed us to combine lower face Botox treatments with other newer treatment options to give even more improved treatment options in the lower face.

My personal preference is to use medical micro-needling therapy to tighten the skin and dermal tissues around the jawline in addition to lower face Botox treatment.

Micro-needling therapy around the jaw.

Micro-needling in the lower face causes tightening of the lax dermal tissues around the jawline the treatment involves an initial application of a topical anaesthetic cream to enable the treatment to be carried out with almost no discomfort at all.

A small amount of redness is generally caused by micro-needling however this fades after a few hours and can be covered up easily with make-up.

A micro-needling procedure causes small micro-channels to be formed in the skin these heal and when they do so they contract and tighten the skin, this healing process also rejuvenates the skin by causing the skin to produce more collagen and other.

Unlike other skin tightening treatments micro-needling relies on the body’s own healing process to rejuvenate and tighten the skin, other skin tightening treatments such as lasers and radio frequency treatments cause contraction of the skin due to thermal damage.

Micro needling is relatively safe whereas the long term effects of lasers and especially microwave treatments are unknown.

Additionally after micro-needling the small channels created in the outer layer of the skin called the epidermis can now allow active cosmeceuticals to penetrate more effectively into the deeper dermal layers of the skin to additionally induce collagen formation and therefore strengthen lax skin.

Experience shows that Botox techniques used to relax the muscles of the lower face typically last for approximately three months; the micro-needling treatments are commonly repeated every 6 weeks after the initial treatment typically 3 micro-needling treatments are needed performed under topical anaesthetic with an appropriate micro-needling device.

A bust of Queen Nefertiti can be seen when you search for her on Wikipedia, this piece of art is over 3000 years old and is considered probably one of the most important pieces of art of its time but despite its age her beauty can be clearly seen.

How Much Do I Need to Spend on Volleyball Shoes?

If you take the time to shop around, you will save a lot of money on Volleyball Shoes. Unfortunately, a lot of people walk into a small sports store near their house, have a look at the limited range and then make a decision there and then. The problem with doing this is that you aren’t looking at a very good range, you are paying extra money for the employee’s wage and they might not know anything about Volleyball anyway. At least go to a store designed exactly for Volleyball, or do a bit of reading up online. There is plenty of information online about Volleyball Shoes.

Don’t be afraid to steer away from the main two Volleyball Shoe brands (Asics and Mizuno) because a lot of the smaller brands will do a set of shoes that are just as good, for a portion of the price. The best thing to do if you want to do this is to look online at the specific models that you are searching for. You will find a huge number of reviews on most shoes, which is very helpful.

If you really want to save some money when buying proper shoes for volleyball, get them online. This way, you are not paying for the 40 hour week that several people have to do, along with other business overheads. Find the shoe that you want and the right size, and then look for it online. If you can pick up a second hand set that have been worn once (or not at all) you will get them for much less than the price of retail, which is a real score.

Enjoy Health-Giving Juice Every Day

Juicing can be a wonderful way to make sure that you are getting all of the vitamins that you need from fruits and vegetables without actually having to eat them. Many people have trouble with the taste, but when it is in juice form they do not mind it so much. Here are some wonderful juicing tips to get you started.

Do not forget to remove hard pits from fruits like peaches and cherries before sending them down the juicer. These pits can destroy your juicers blades turning your happy purchase into a huge paperweight. Do not get into such a flow in your juicing that you forget to make the fruits safe for juicing.

Use cucumber as a great flavor disguiser when you are juicing greens. Cucumber is excellent at masking the strong flavors inherent in greens. A juice's health benefits are not going to do you much good if you can not stand to drink it. Cucumber also has the extra added benefit of being chockfull of important vitamins and nutrients itself.

Learn to love wheat grass if you can. Start your wheat grass relationship off very slowly as it is an extremely strong tasting plant. The nutrient benefits are out of this world but some people think the taste is as well. Use consistently flavored fruits and small amounts of wheatgrass and work your way up to larger amounts over time.

Wheat grass is only usable by us when it has been juiced. We physically can not process the fibers when it is in plant form. Learning to enjoy wheat grass will provide your body with benefits from nourishing your kidneys, providing vitalization to your skin and body, and removing toxic metals from your body's cells.

When you make apple juice, use the ripest and sweetest apples that you can. If the apples you use are cooked, it is okay if you remove the bruises. Apples, such as Gala, Rome, Red Delicious, and Rome, are sweet and make richer, more flavorful juices.

Buy a juicer made of high quality. This is important if you plan to use your juicer regularly. A good juicer will make as much juice as you want, be easy to maintain and clean, and last a long time. Do not try to skimp on price or you might end up buying more juicers than you want to; Bad juicers just do not stand the test of time.

Keep all the tools you use in juicing, like your cutting board, knives, measuring cups, juicer, etc. Together in their own place so you always know where they are. The one reason you will not continue juicing is because you're not keeping your things organized, leaving you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.

Take it one day at a time when you start juicing. Maybe today you really do not feel like putting a new item in your juice, and that's okay! There's always tomorrow, or even the next day. You must avoid apathy, though, as it may mean that you never try out new items, items that you might absolutely love!

If you do not want any pulp in the juice you create, you can use a coffee filter on the extrusion spout. Some juicers make very pulpy juice, and that may not be to your liking. Strain juices through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to get rid of the pulp.

When it comes to juicing, one thing that you want to keep in mind is that you will want to make sure that you purchase all of your fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets. Local farmers markets often will have a greater selection and lower prices than normal grocery stores.

When it comes to juicing, one thing that you want to keep in mind is the fact that you may desire to invest in an expensive set of knives. This can be very beneficial because with nicer tools, your juicing experience will become that much easier to do and you will find that you are much more efficient.

Incorporate spices into your juicing. There are a variety of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, ginger and others, that can boost the flavor output of your juices. If you have flavors you want to experiment with, look for recipes online or you can look for spices that work well with fruits or vegetables. Be sure to check their health and nutrition values.

As you get older, you may notice that you start to feel fatigued and sore. If so, you should consider adding more juice to your diet. Drinking fresh juice provides you with nutrients that help memory, relieve joint pain and provide many other benefits.

You know how important it is to eat at least the daily requirements of fruits and vegetables. For some people this in near impossible until they learn how to use a juicer. This article is an excellent tool to keep around anytime you are in need of juicing tips for yourself.

Brain Tumor Symptoms in Children

Children with brain tumors do exhibit a set of symptoms which are not different from adults with brain tumor symptoms. But then these symptoms are non-specific and anyone of the symptoms may indicate to other issues and not just brain tumors in children. Your physician will be the best person to diagnose the brain tumor in the child but just to know things in general, here are thethe symptoms of brain tumors in children:

Headaches. While a headache in a children is usually due to a much less severe disease, chronic headaches cannot be ignored. The headaches associated with brain tumors are more recurrent and increase in intensity over time. The child usually awakes in the middle of the sleep and the headache cannot be relieved by painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Just like in adult brain tumor symptoms, the headaches get worse during change of position like lying down, bending or sneezing. However, headache is a non-specific symptom and cannot be directly linked to brain tumor in children.

Seizures. Like headaches, seizures can be connected to another condition – not a brain tumor. However, 50 percent of people with brain tumors have seizures. Seizures can be very light and cause twitching more intense reactions, like loss of consciousness. If you suspect your child has a seizure attack, seek medical attention urgently. Also the child may tend to sleep more than necessary or suddenly does not have the urge to participate in a game due to fatigue. But then it is not that just brain tumors may a child tired, there can be many other reasons also, and you can pinpoint it on brain tumor.

Personality changes. Personality changes may also be linked to other things like an event that may have made the child sad or happy. But exaggeration of normal personality traits is also an indication of brain tumor in children. For instance, the child may be laughing at things Ishould not find funny or angry outbursts suddenly with / tantrums.

Cognitive impairment. If you notice your child suddenly has trouble recollecting things or cannot concentrate properly, you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. This symptom is sometimes more recognizable are the children who are school age. For instance, if it is a usual kids’ task than any kid can do, and your school going kid takes more time than needed and also has the other associated symptoms mentioned here, it can be a brain tumor symptom in the child, which can only be ascertained after checking with a doctor.

Changes in speech. A child with a brain tumor can say things that make little sense, despite the efforts to communicate with the right words.

Physical changes in the child: The child with a brain tumor may experience weakness on one side of the body. The walk can be off balance and there can be lack of coordination in the movement.

21 Ways To Recognise Lack of Respect in A Relationship

It is natural to feel offended by someone who is disrespectful. There are those who pretend that they are not disturbed and some really are not but they are in the minority. Those affected cover their hurt with self-righteous anger in order to justify lashing out at the culprit (most do not).

People generally do not face down these discourteous persons. It is as if they are afraid to own up to feeling disregarded and overlooked. They therefore guard and nurture the negative feelings engendered by these encounters in order to vent on someone close to them.

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. Dr Albert Schweitzer


From observation and experience, lack of respect results from either an absence of social education; people having a bad day and an innocent bystander becomes a casualty; or the deliberate and utter disregard of another person’s feelings which was developed in childhood.

This last point is particularly pervasive in dysfunctional families and people who migrate from such groups and form families of their own continue to perpetrate this behaviour. I grew up in such a family so I know about it first hand.


No matter how you look at it, disrespect is abnormal in any form. I have been guilty of this on occasion and no doubt you have as well. When you go off the rails as people do, you apologise immediately or when you have a firmer grip on your emotions. Anyone who feels they are too “big” to do so shows how small they really are.

I am not saying “be a goody two-shoes”; just act like a responsible adult and treat others the way you want to be treated.

I was full of self-righteous anger for decades from adolescence right into my early forties and I thought apologising belittled me. Happily, I passed that stage and now it is easy to recognise when I am wrong, no matter the circumstances and apologise. How about you?

I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. Jackie Robinson


Couples manifest their disrespect for each other in verbal and non-verbal ways and both are detrimental to the growth and longevity of their relationship. Believe it or not, it is their mutual self-denigration which brought them together. They call it love but Eckhart Tolle says it is their pain body that was mutually attracted to each other.

When you recognise and are attracted to the Presence in another, that is love.

A man who has no respect for women tends to be attracted to and partner with a woman who has a similar lack of respect for herself.

The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich

At the same time she despises the man (men) and the society in which she lives as it dictates that she has no needs and even if she does, they must be relegated to the back of the line until the man’s is satisfied. She is after all just a walking womb, as well as chief cook and bottle washer in the relationship!

Unfortunately, the opposite is also true i.e. women who are financially and thus, emotionally dominant in relationships. I have had the equally unpleasant experience of witnessing a female relative exhibiting the same negative qualities listed below. It is therefore not a rare occurrence!

Thus, 21 ways to recognise lack of respect in a relationship is not gender based.

  1. Your discussions are often at cross purposes which opens the way for misunderstandings and arguments.
  2. You are visibly impatient with reasons given for an incomplete activity.
  3. You ignore your partner’s/relative’s demand for attention/discussion.
  4. You are not clear when you want something done.
  5. You micro-manage activities.
  6. When you observe that a piece of work demanded is not the way you want it, you say nothing until the job is done.
  7. You talk down to your partner/relative when providing clarification.
  8. You are disdainful or grudgingly accepting of efforts made to please you.
  9. You make excuses for not fulfilling your stated responsibility.
  10. You blame others for your lack of follow-through.
  11. Individuals in this family group overeat to assuage their emotional cravings, or have another addiction for the same purpose.
  12. You think of your partner/relative as manual labour and yourself as the “brain”.
  13. You are the “heavyweight” in the family and your desires/demands rule.
  14. You control the finances in the relationship.
  15. You ignore the real financial needs of your partner.
  16. You dole out money at your convenience.
  17. You feel superior to your partner/relative but will defend them vigorously if anyone trespasses on your “turf”.
  18. You discuss your life plans with your partner/relative yet rarely ask for input.
  19. You project an air of benevolent indulgence when your partner/relative makes a verbal contribution of any kind.
  20. Your discussions usually concern everything other than your life together.
  21. Your partner seems to be an appendage in your life.

Make no mistake, all parties are aware of their dysfunctional relationship. They feed off each other’s negative qualities. They both want to have their cake and ice cream without making the slightest effort towards creating a caring, nurturing relationship.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. The Dalai Lama

The only way for these destructive cycles to be short-circuited is for each party to recognise that the problem lies with them, their upbringing and consequent beliefs. Admitting this is the first step to healing.

Meditation and therapy make a good mixture to assist them in coming to terms with who they are as individuals (of worth).

Self-love, compassion for one’s self is key here.

A Watchful Eye On Walking Pneumonia Symptoms

Walking pneumonia is a condition caused by mycoplasma bacterium. This condition is very easily spread in the air by coughing or sneezing and can affect any men or woman.

This form of pneumonia is a mild form, easily treated but at the same time dangerous if aggravated and left untreated because its symptoms are similar with those of flu and people may not recognize it and follow an inappropriate treatment. Before the discovery of antibiotics, this condition was deadly.

Any person can encounter this condition but a greater risk is presented by children under the age of 15. This affliction can easily spread through air and in crowded places like schools or army barracks it can affect many people.

The first symptom shown by this condition is a sore throat that worsens every day. This is followed by a cough. The walking pneumonia is a mild form of pneumonia that doesn’t require for the afflicted person to stay in bed so people can return to their daily duties. However, it is not recommended that infected people attend to crowded places because the infection can be spread to others. A person that suffers from walking pneumonia will have a general state of fatigue.

A great problem is represented by the similarity between the symptoms of this condition and those of a cold or flu. As in the case of cold, symptoms that may appear very soon after the coughing are mild fever and running nose. Coughing won’t be stopped by regular medication, even more; it will worsen until treated with antibiotics.

A few antibiotics will easily cure the walking pneumonia in only a matter of days, but until it is discovered, it is a tricky and miserable condition with symptoms similar to a cold. By knowing all the things told above about symptoms and facts, it should be easier to make the difference between a simple flu or a cold and a more complicated infection like a walking pneumonia. However, the best thing a person can do when he or she encounters the symptoms and suspects this disease, is to consult a doctor as soon as possible.

Tuberculosis in dogs

Tuberculosis – a contagious infectious disease caused by mycobacteria – Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The disease occurs in different ways, as may be affected various organs of the dog: lungs, intestines, lymph nodes, etc.

The microbe of tuberculosis due to a special protective shell is extremely resistant in the environment: for example, in the sputum, it is stored for 8-10 months in manure – up to 7 months in the kidney – more than two years. However, when boiled tuberculosis microbe dies after 3-5 minutes.

The source of infection dogs may be sick animals, and people with tuberculosis. In various studies there is evidence that, as a rule, the disease infects dogs living near the TB hospitals and dispensaries.

Infection of dogs usually occurs through the digestive system: through infected meat and milk, as well as through sputum of patients with tuberculosis, and food waste. It is also possible contact and the sexual route of infection.
Symptoms of the disease is not always typical and depend on the degree of damage of various organs and tissues. Main symptoms: volatility of appetite, depression, fatigue, ruffled fur, emaciation. The temperature is rising significantly – up to 39,8 °. In lesions of the respiratory system appear shortness of breath, cough, which gradually intensified in the lungs tapped wheezing.
If you are developing extensive tuberculous pleurisy, an animal torturing pain in the chest, most of the time sitting. Organ damage may develop hydrops. Lymph nodes enlarged, nodular.

Diagnosis by tuberculinization. Patients with dogs on the site intradermal tuberculin has been a sharp positive reaction: development of a painful reddish swelling, and the temperature rises by 2-3 °. Confirm the diagnosis allows bacteriological examination.
Prevention of tuberculosis
Dogs should not be given raw meat, do not let the dogs out for a walk in the vicinity of tuberculosis clinics and hospitals.
Dogs with TB treatment can not be. The only way out – this is, unfortunately, euthanasia.

Three Types of People Can Not Eat Garlic

Garlic is an essential condiment in our daily life. Some people even like to eat some raw garlic when they eat noodles. Garlic has a good effect of sterilization. Nevertheless, there are three types of people who should not eat garlic.

First, hepatopathy patients

Many people believe that garlic is an antibacterial and antiviral food, so they want to prevent hepatitis by eating garlic, and there are even some people who continue to eat garlic after getting hepatitis. This is very bad for them, because garlic nearly has no effect on hepatitis virus. On the contrary, some elements in garlic may cause stimulation on the stomach and intestines, which may inhibit the secretion of digestive juice in intestinal tract, and affect the digestion of food, thereby aggravating many symptoms for the hepatitis patients, such as nausea.

In addition, some volatile components in garlic can reduce the red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood, so it may lead to anemia, which is not conducive to the treatment of hepatitis.

Second, patients suffering from non-bacterial diarrhea

When people suffer from non-bacterial enteritis or diarrhea, they should not eat raw garlic. Because the inflammation in the intestinal mucosal tissue causes a lot of consequences on the intestinal wall, such as vasodilation, congestion, swelling and increased permeability. A large number of protein and electrolytes in the body tissue, such as potassium, sodium, calcium and chlorine, will enter into the enteric cavity. A great number of fluids will stimulate the intestinal tract, which will accelerate the peristalsis of the intestines, leading to abdominal pain, diarrhea and other symptoms.

In such a case, if they eat garlic, the spicy flavor of the garlic may stimulate the intestinal tract, which may cause intestinal mucosal hyperemia and edema aggravation, leading to deterioration of the diseases. If the diarrhea has occurred, people should be much more careful when eating garlic.

Third, patients with eye diseases

Doctors of traditional Chinese medicines believe that long-term consumption of large quantities of garlic would hurt the liver and damage eyes. Therefore, patients with eye diseases should try not to eat garlic. Especially for those with poor and weak physical condition, they should pay special attention to it. Or else, with a long time, some dangerous phenomena may appear, such as hypopsia, tinnitus, front heaviness, memory loss and so on. Some people who suffer from myopia or other eye diseases need to take traditional Chinese medicine. In such a case, they should pay special attention that not to eat garlic; otherwise it will directly affect the efficacy.

Cognitive Therapy’s Application to Pain Management

Those who work in the field of healthcare have known for some time that a connection exists between our underlying beliefs and thoughts and the functioning of our bodies. Dr. Herbert Benson, in his 1970’s landmark book, The Relaxation Response, articulated the concept that stressors can trigger a “fight or flight response”, an inner startle response that indicates we are about to experience an unpleasant event. Although there is a healthy fear that protects us from harms way, many times how one interprets stressful events and one’s ability to manage it, can affect the immune systems functional capacity. There is now sufficient research to validate Benson’s work, that relaxation techniques such a meditation, can have a direct link to minimizing the effect of a wide range of disorders such as high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, back problems, neurological pain, and headache problems. Relaxation strategies calm the sympathetic nervous system, making it easier for the body to heal.

In Barbara Levine’s book, Your Body Believes Every Word You Say, she explores how our thoughts and underlying beliefs about our physical maladies affect our auto-immune system which regulates our ability to ward off illness, manage pain, and promote healing. In other words, legitimate pain from various illnesses and somatic complaints can be intensified by the kind of messages we tell ourselves. Spontaneous self-defeating thoughts such as, “What’s the use, my body will always betray me and never get better.” can reinforce the pain cycle of making things worse. People with such chronic self-defeating reactions have been shown to create inner chemical changes and constricted blood flow which further erodes the individual’s ability to manage pain. How we respond to our bodily disorders, in terms of core beliefs and inner dialogue, may affect the outcome of our health.

Some time ago, I attended a presentation by psychiatrist M. Scott Peck. He talked with mental health providers about his struggles with neck pain, a problem that had plagued him for years. An operation resolved some of his pain, but he felt that there might be some negative underlying belief that was also contributing to the problem. He ultimately concluded that he was a conflict-avoider, lacking the ability to appropriately assert himself, refusing to “stick his neck out.”

Physical illnesses can be intensified by self-defeating underlying thinking that is a metaphor for the chronic condition experienced. For example, people with back pain may at times lack the “backbone” to express their thoughts and feelings courageously. Individuals with gastrointestinal problems may not be unable to “stomach” certain intolerable thoughts and feelings. People with headache syndromes may experience beliefs and thoughts about events that make them want to say, “Life is making my head hurt.” Eating disordered people may experience core assumptions such as, “I’m so angry that I could just vomit, or if I monitor my weight and eating habits, at least it’s one area in my life that I can control!” People with neurological pain such as inner ear disorders may exacerbate their pain by experiencing thoughts of panic such as, “Oh my God, here it comes again, that nasty, annoying pain. I’ll never get over this because the volume in my life is turned up too high.”

Anxiety, panic, and depression are typical characteristics associated with physical pain. The more effectively one manages these symptoms, the less troublesome the pain may be. Learning to cope with anticipatory anxiety by rationally responding (“Ok, I know that this pain can be troublesome, but when it comes I will do my deep breathing and manage just fine!”), or dealing with panic ( “When a wave of pain comes, I’ll just go with it. It’s not a big deal, my scary feeling are time-limited, they’ll be over soon”), and managing depression (“Just because I feel awful doesn’t mean I can’t do things to stay active and make me feel involved”) are important ways of adaptively responding to pain.

The following ideas are some guidelines for managing pain more effectively:

 Try to get you pain in perspective. Make a realistic appraisal. “In the scheme of things, how bad is my condition?”

 Don’t fight with your symptoms, it only makes them worse. The more you accept your symptoms, the more they are likely to diminish.

 Use various activities to refocus away from your pain. Dwelling on pain makes it more painful. Stretching, music, swimming, meditation, and other activities are important.

 Seek a multidisciplinary approach to your problem, if necessary. Get a team of healthcare specialists, including a quality physician, psychotherapist, physical therapist, message therapist or other providers of pain management.

 Develop a solid support system of family and friends. Also, there are many support groups in our community for people suffering from a variety of physical ailments.

 Remember, that the things we tell ourselves have an impact on our physical and emotional well-being.

What the Food Is Like On A Navy Ship

I was in the navy for 8 years, and I’ve had food from navy destroyers, aircraft carriers, submarine tenders, and shore duty galleys.

When a ship is in port, it always had plenty of fresh food on board. Right before a ship pulls out to sea, it is replenished with new food and drink.

If you going to be out to sea for a while, you will start to lose some of the things on board you take for granted. Fresh milk is usually one of the first things to go. They substitute it with powdered milk, and it does not even come close to real milk.

Don’t get me wrong, the food on the ship is actually pretty good, and you get plenty of it!

When you are in port, you have access to the freshest foods the navy has, just like your hometown grocery store pretty much.

When you wake up in the morning, you go down to the galley, and get in the chow line. There might be 10 guys in line by the time you get down to eat, and breakfast is usually served most of the morning, because not everyone can eat at the same time, and it would be over crowded then. On smaller ships, like destroyers and frigates, you usually would have 4 meals a day. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Mid Rats, a small meal that make around midnight for people that are still hungry, and want something to eat.

On the destroyer I was stationed on, we would also regularly have cook outs right on the fantail. We always had a 55 gallon drum that was cut in half, and someone from the Supply Department would be frying cheeseburgers, and that was always nice, even out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, we would be having a cook out.

For breakfast, you can usually order your eggs to order, there will be a cook or 2, that take requests for how you want your eggs made, they had a rule not over 5 eggs, I usually only had 2 most of the time, and I would tell them I want a ham & cheese omelet with 2 eggs, and then after I get my eggs, I move down the chow line, and get whatever else I want to go with that, bacon, sausage, just like a small buffet really.

Usually on Fridays, if we were in port, we would have steak and lobster tails on Fridays. I never even really had a lobster tail until I joined the navy. My dad never liked sea food when I was a kid, so we never had it in our house.

Lunch and dinner were usually like a buffet also, just about anything they had, was a line of good food, and you take what you want, and you can always get a new tray and go back in line again, if you are that hungry.

The aircraft carrier I was on, was actually way too big of a ship for me, and I was so glad I only had to stay on it for 2 weeks. There food was good also, and it had 2 galleys, so that one was always open, if the other closed for cleaning or whatever reason.

When you have roughly 5,000 people on board, you better have a place for them to eat all the time, just like a casino, if the ship had slot machines on it, it would be pretty close to the same atmosphere of a buffet.

When I was in transit somewhere out in the Indian Ocean, I had to go to Saudi Arabia to get on a flight to Italy, and a helicopter flew me and about 5 other enlisted guys out to this USNS ship, and we were supposed to just ride the ship for 2 days, until we got off the ship. They had an enlisted 1st class yeoman that had his own stateroom, which on a regular navy ship, just the officers get.

This was a USNS ship, which meant it had civilian workers, and the navy personnel was support for them. When we ate in their dinning room each day, a waiter would come to our table, and he would take your order. I thought to myself, you have to be kidding me, these guys are wearing civilian clothes, and a waiter is taking their order, and I can’t even believe this is real. They give you a choice of 2 selections, sort of like on an airplane, and they bring you ice cream as dessert, and I thought that was unreal.

Most of the civilians on that boat were not cool like the navy guys, probably because they thought the navy worked for them, which on that ship, they sure did, and I could think of several ways to save the navy a boat load of money!

Submarines get some of the best food in the fleet. They guys are under water sometimes for so long, and could you imagine if they did not have good food?

They have a drink they call bug juice, which is really Kool-aid or a fruit punch drink. You better get used to drinking bug juice, if you like something to drink with your meal, after the fresh milk runs out.

Here is one of the craziest things I’ve witnessed on the ship, and every ship does it! It is such a waste of good food, but I guess you can see how it does protect the states from pests and bugs, but does it really?

When ever you are going out to sea far, you usually stop by Hawaii to get new stores, as they call it, which means you are stocking up the ship with fresh food and meat and stuff like that.

As you travel the world, and then are returning, before you stop by Hawaii, you have to throw all the food that could have any chance of having any type of bug from another country in it, so we have a working party, of maybe 20 guys, and the job is to make a line from the food refrigerators, which a ship has several decks of them, all with elevators to make it all together, and we unload all the food, 50 pound bags of brand new onions, lots and lots of them, big boxes of lettuce, lots of boxes of it.

We throw just about everything this is left in the coolers overboard into the ocean, and all the guys just can’t believe we are throwing all this good food overboard, and we bet a lot of sharks are following the ship, and can you imagine how much food an aircraft carrier would throw over board. An aircraft carrier has a place on the back of the ship for throwing trash into the ocean, but only when you are out 50 miles or more to sea, so it does not wash up on the shore, and so many things are thrown in the ocean, besides food. You can sit and smoke a cigarette, and just watch all the people that have trash to throw in the ocean, pretty bizarre in a way, but you can’t have it pile up on the ship.

I would have to say overall, the food in the navy is good, maybe even great, I would of never thought it would be as nice and plentiful as it was, and some days after being out of the navy, I swear their spaghetti is still the best I ever had in my life!

The Truth About Treating Athletes' Achilles Tendonitis

Do I Have Achilles Tendonitis?

Swelling of the Achilles tendon is known as Achilles Tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is a significant tendon connecting two major calf muscles, gastrocnemius and soleus, to the back of the heel bone. Achilles Tendonitis is one of many physical activity-related injuries that results from repeated strain of any type (such as excessive exercising and jumping).

Signals of Tendonitis:

Discomfort anywhere along the back of the tendon Inflammation of the tendon Restricted ankle flexibility

Causes of Tendonitis:

Out of countless tendons dispersed throughout the human body, there are few specific tendons that have poor blood supply. These tendon areas where blood supply is reduced are termed as“watershed zones”. These watershed zones are provided with comparatively lesser volume of oxygen and nutrients, it makes these tendons vulnerable to tissue injury and poor healing response. Sometimes, the tendon does not have a easy path to glide across, which results in inflammation. Other common causes of tendonitis are repeated, minor impact on the affected area, or a sudden severe injury. As it turns out, persons aged between 40-60 years are known to be more susceptible to Achilles Tendonitis. Other known causes of Tendonitis are:

Incorrect posture at work or home Playing sports Body exertion or less recuperation time between physical activities Change of footwear or irregular floor surface Inadequate stretching or conditioning prior to exercise An atypical or dislocated bone or joint that stresses soft-tissue structures Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, thyroid disorders, or unusual medication reactions

Forms of Tendonitis:

Tendonitis can occur in almost any area of the body where a tendon connects a bone to a muscle. Some of the most typical types of Tendonitis are:

Wrist Tendonitis: One of the most common problems, wrist tendonitis occurs due to inflammation of the tendon sheath. Wrist Tendonitis typically causes soreness and swelling around the wrist. Wrist tendonitis rarely demands any surgery.

Achilles Tendonitis: Achilles tendonitis leads to irritation and irritation in the back of heel. If it is diagnosed without delay, one can avoid serious difficulties such as Achilles tendon rupture.

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis: Posterior tibial tendonitis usually affects individuals with signs on the inner side of the ankle. If Posterior Tibial Tendonitis is left unresolved, it may lead to a flat foot.

Patellar (Kneecap) Tendonitis: Patellar Tendonitis (also known as Jumper’s Knee) is caused by the swelling of the patellar tendon. Recuperation and anti-inflammatory medication are common treatment options for Patellar tendonitis.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis: Rotator cuff tendonitis is caused by the swelling of a particular area within the shoulder joint.

Top 7 ways for athletes to treat Achilles injuries:

Though tendonitis can be a severe problem, you can definitely treat and stop it from returning. Here are the top seven ways in which athletes can take care of tendonitis:

1. Emphasize Rest: The first and most important step to treat tendonitis is to avoid activities that can exacerbate it. Avoid working out for a few days. This will help considerably with the recuperation of the inflamed tendon. You may also try alternative exercise activities, such as swimming.

2. Administer an Ice Pack: One of the best treatments of tendonitis is to apply an ice-pack on the inflamed area. The cold temperature will control the inflammation and swelling of the impacted area. Using an ice-pack will help heal the tendon more quickly.

3. Anti-Inflammatory Medications: Tendonitis may be treated by taking non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, Celebrex. These medications will reduce the pain and swelling in the affected area.

4. Cortisone Injections: When tendonitis signs last for a long period of time,some may seek cortisone injections. Injected directly into the inflamed area, cortisone injections aid treating tendonitis that does not respond tomany medicaltherapies.

5. Wear a heel pad: By wearing heel pad, you can lift the heel and take some strain off the Achilles tendon. This is a provisional measure while the Achilles tendon is healing.

6. Running Shoes: Make sure you have the appropriate running shoes for your foot type and the sport in which you are participating.

7. Check with a sports injury professional: Take advice from someone whose profession deals with proper training, or sports injuries specifically, and is experienced with treatment and rehabilitation.

Pushing Manufacturing Boundaries to Sustain Growth

Liquidity and brand building are among the factors throttling the engines of recovery in the factory to the world.

China’s export production industry is showing steady signs of a rebound. But to ensure overseas sales remain on the upswing, companies have to overcome a few hurdles.

Maintaining sufficient capital is a major challenge especially among small and medium enterprises. This comes as a result of delayed payment of goods, and additional fees attached to settling anti-dumping and countervailing duties and meeting stricter standards such as FSC certification for wood.

Many SMEs resort to borrowing money to secure enough funds to fulfill their financial obligations until they get paid. But most commercial banks are wary of granting them loans since the majority are involved in highly labor-intensive industries and lack credit systems. They would have to spend five to eight times more in evaluating and managing the loan applications of SMEs than they would for larger businesses. Moreover, there are few financing guarantee companies relative to the number of factories petitioning for monetary assistance. As such, more than 95 percent of small and midsize operations lack adequate capital.

Fortunately, there are a growing number of small lending institutions willing to grant loans to SMEs, especially to the smaller ones. The Zhejiang Trade and Industry Bureau pegs the number of such businesses at 105 in the province alone. Together, these loan companies have been able to bestow 55.17 billion yuan ($8 billion) to tens of thousands of factories at an average annual interest rate of 13.8 percent in 2009.

Those that were able to receive financial assistance, meanwhile, acknowledge the benefits of having done so. Makers that would have defaulted on their buyers because of insufficient funds for material procurement were able to deliver orders on schedule as a result of the loan.

International brand building is another obstacle for export manufacturers, regardless of their size. Presently, only the really huge enterprises such as Midea, Gree and Haier have been able to export under OBM. Such businesses invested large sums of money to be able to generate enough brand awareness and acceptance in their export destinations. As a result, China suppliers now realize they need to work on positioning their products and company correctly for their target markets in addition to brand building.

Guangdong Weber Electric Appliances Co. Ltd, a big manufacturer of water heaters, is now focusing on cultivating developing countries for its OBM line. It has recently received an order from the Singapore Botanic Gardens for 1,024 Weber-branded electric water heaters. The transaction is for the high-end remote-controlled series XD45XB. The company has also formed a partnership with one of India’s largest home appliance importers and Chile’s biggest retailer to supply them with gas water heaters. Moldova, Botswana, Australia, the UK and Russia are export markets as well.

Even so, the majority of makers believe it will take a long time before they can export widely under OBM. The most crucial thing for many of them is to boost their ODM share of overseas shipments first.

Product upgrades

More importantly, suppliers are investing in measures to boost overall capability, which in turn will improve their competitiveness. While the majority of makers continue to focus on low-end and midrange products, a handful of large companies are developing upscale and high-tech models by improving QC, testing and R&D.

One of the largest massager makers in the country, Xiamen Comfort Science & Technology Group Co. Ltd, for example, claims all of its massagers meet CE, UL, ETL, REACH and RoHS requirements. This is deemed to be rare in the industry.

The supplier has an advanced testing facility with various types of equipment for carrying out salt spray, durability, EMS, intensity and life span tests.

Additionally, the company’s R&D team can launch more than 100 new designs every year.

Irico Group Electronics Co. Ltd, meanwhile, is setting up an OLED factory in Guangdong province’s Wusha Industrial Park in Shunde. Once operations commence, the plant is expected to have annual capacity reaching 12 million units. The facility will run following the 4th generation production line to keep up with the latest in OLED technology.

Irico has been cooperating with the Qinghua University for OLED and material development since 1997. It also works with Taiwan-based engineers for guidance on technology issues.

Publicly listed breathalyzer maker Henan Hanwei Electronics Co. Ltd develops sensors in-house and releases high-end units used by police. Such models are rarely manufactured in China.

Vanadium and Prostate Health

Vanadium is a micromineral. This means that vanadium is needed in minuscule amounts by the body for nutrition. The body stores vanadium mainly in fat and bone. Found in nature, raw vanadium is very colorful.Studies consistently show that vanadium combines with certain enzymes that are involved in the metabolism of blood sugar, lipids cholesterol and neurotransmission, as well as hormone production, bone and tooth development.

Supportive Health for Older Men – Compounds that contain vanadium show an ability to promote healthy cellular reproduction, particularly in the prostate gland.As we age, we become more resistant to insulin. The body is not able to efficiently metabolize glucose and dispose of it. Research shows that vanadium possesses an ability to mimic insulin, and help regulate healthy sugar levels in the body. Vanadium is often referred to as “insulin-mimetic” and is being studied for its promising treatment for Type 2 diabetes. The compound, vanadyl sulfate, is a popular product in the bodybuilding market because of its anabolic effect on muscle mass. This same property of vanadyl sulfate is used for antiaging purposing. Aging effects muscle mass and causes catabolic wasting.Other functions of vanadium may include:

  • Vanadium may inhibit cholesterol formation in the blood vessels, and thus may be useful in supporting cardiovascular health.
  • Vanadium is believed to accelerate chemical reactions in the body, and thus may be involved in the production of energy production.
  • Vanadium may help in the building of bones and teeth.
  • Vanadium is believed to play a role in growth and reproduction.

Tissue culture studies show that vanadium may retard the growth of human prostate cancer cells. Trials conducted by researchers at Parker Hughes Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota used 24 drugs that contained vanadium on 14 cancer cell lines and cancer cells taken from patients. All for 14 showed that the drugs containing vanadium were effective in the treatment of various types of cancer such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, brain tumors, leukemia, and lymphoma. This study was published in Clinical Cancer Research (May 2000), which is the official scientific journal of the American Association of Cancer Research. Further studies are underway. There is no description so far of vanadium deficiency in man. In animals, vanadium deficiency causes infertility, anemia, poor formation of bone, tooth and cartilage.

Natural Food Sources:

Some foods that are rich in vanadium include fish, whole grains, vegetable oils and nuts, root vegetables, parsley, radishes, dill, lettuce and strawberries. However the content of vanadium in the food is dependent on the soil in which these plants grow. Only if the soil contains vanadium, will the food grown in it contain vanadium. Super Beta Prostate supports prostate health and sex health. Vanadium is a vital ingredient for preserving normal prostate cell function. However, along with supplementation, a healthy diet and regular exercise should also be part of your regular fitness program.

Low Price Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy For Autism Patients

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or hbot, has delivered clear and positive results for many patients with brain injuries, internal wounds, cerebral palsy, and many other ailments. It has been proven that this method really works to heal brain conditions, whatever they may be. So there is no reason that the therapy would not work for a disorder like autism, which has stumped so many doctors before now.

Indeed, study results have shown that children who tried hyperbaric oxygen therapy using hyperbaric oxygen chambers improved dramatically over a period of even 11 daily treatments that lasted a half hour. The typical testing period was 40 initial treatments of 60 minutes. Afterward, children tended to have fewer outbursts and displays of rage, and those who were not able to communicate very well or thrive in a social environment became more skilled and comfortable.

Autism is a neuropsychological disorder that develops within a child’s first three years. It has a genetic basis, but the real causes of autism are still an unfortunate mystery. Its possible cures are also mysteries; experts have tried psychotropic medications, changing the patient’s diet, and many other different methods, but so far the treatment that has worked the best for the most people has been hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Hyperbaric chambers pressurize pure oxygen so that red blood cells and plasma carry more oxygen to the tissue in the body. This repairs damaged tissue, healing wounds and even restoring cells, for instance to the brain. Autism patients are especially helped by this aspect of the hyperbaric treatments.

Many doctors have not yet begun to specifically prescribe hyperbaric chambers or hbot, since the results because can be dramatically different for each patient. However, hyperbaric oxygen therapy are becoming more common as we see success stories emerge and patients who are willing to try hbot. It’s even easier to try hyperbarics recently; one doesn’t even need to go to a doctor’s office.

Hyperbaric chambers come in portable varieties that you can use in the comfort of your own home. Or, many doctors’ offices have chambers that will accommodate more than one person, so if the patient is nervous or claustrophobic, he or she can have company during the treatments.

Anyone can benefit from hbot. Those with insomnia, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, or memory loss can easily use hyperbaric treatments for a cure. If you are interested in researching hbot for your loved one with autism, please remember to contact your doctor before starting treatments.