Don’t Let a Stress Fracture Finish Your Marathon

It’s a sunny afternoon, and Kendra is out for a run. Not a long run, just a few miles at a moderate pace. She has been training religiously after work on the River Walk. The serenity of the sound of her stride on the boardwalk, the wind off the river. is the perfect way to melt away the stress of work and think about her upcoming marathon. Kendra visualized the finish line, picturing clocking in just ahead of her goal time, getting that medal, and all of her hard work paid off. Suddenly her fantasies are cut short by a vague ache in her left foot. It seems in perfect cadence with the sound of that foot hitting the boardwalk. She wonders what happened. It doesn’t seem that bad though, so she completes her run.

The next day, she gets out of the shower and notices that her left foot looks a little swollen. There is a hint of color on the top of her foot, not quite a bruise. She starts to worry. Later that day she has another run planned. But by the end of the day, she finds herself taking her left shoe off at her desk. She wonders why it aches whenever she walks down the hall. That evening, after work she heads out for a run, but the aching turns into a throbbing pain only a mile into the run. She turns around and runs back to the car, wondering if she will have to cancel the hotel room and try to get a partial refund for the entry fee.

This is the classic story of a stress fracture. They happen with all kinds of athletes ranging from pathologically over-trained gymnasts to casual runners. The reason is simple. The amount of stress applied exceeds the body’s ability to withstand the load. And something has to give.

Physics geeks know all about Wolf’s Law. This law states that when the load applied to a particular bone increases, the external cortical (load-bearing) portion of the bone becomes thicker and stronger as a result. In short, the bone will remodel itself over time, becoming stronger and better able to resist that sort of stress. This increases the bone’s capacity to withstand longer and longer runs throughout a period of distance run training. It is also the rationale behind weight-training, and other exercise programs to fight the gradual bone-loss associated with osteoporosis. This of course is a good thing. However, it is possible for this to backfire. And when it does, a stress fracture will result.

When someone comes in to my office with a stress fracture, they usually have some vague pain in the top of the mid-foot, but can’t seem to pinpoint the discomfort. They have some swelling, but not a great deal. They seem to remember some bruising, but only when prodded. They usually don’t connect the bruising with the onset of pain. They do always seem to discern that running makes it significantly worse. Interestingly, they have also continued to run on it anyway.

Some are smarter than others, and some are tougher than others. I see the full range. The sensible ones come in after only a few aching runs, and having noted some swelling that seems to get worse walking around at work. Some people run until they can barely walk. I had one of theses hobble in after running on it for eight weeks. It was a mess. After some creative surgery and a bone stimulator he is almost back in action, yet the season is all but over. However, it does not have to be that way.

Stress fractures are prevented, first and foremost, by sensible training. Your bones must have the right combination of load (gradually increasing long runs), rest (including light days and adequate sleep), and good nutrition in order for Wolf’s Law to prevail. Otherwise your body cannot increase the strength of the bones fast enough to stave off the tiny little crack in the bone that is a stress fracture.

When a stress fracture first occurs, (like in Kendra’s case) the crack is not even visible on X-Ray. It can take 4-10 weeks for it to actually show up. If however you continue to run, all of that pounding causes the tiny little crack to become a big crack and then fracture all the way through. This leads to two pieces of bone that may or may not want to get together again. This is clearly visible on X-Ray, but not good. This can lead to surgery (which by the way, is lots of fun for me, but not so much for the patient).

Characteristics that are proven risk factors for stress fractures include high arches, being of female gender, having a wider pelvis, and a limb length discrepancy (meaning one leg is longer than the other). You can increase this risk by running only one side of the road with a steep shoulder (like consistently running against traffic), wearing an inappropriate type of running shoes (not enough cushion/too much motion control), and running on hard surfaces. Runners who might get stress fractures are more likely to encounter problems who are more prone to shin splints, ignore their rest days and have a tendancy to run hard on light days, and add lots of hill training.

Personally, I believe that a Type-A personality combined with blind determination and a penchant for goal attainment is also a solid risk factor; however, this has never been tested in a randomized controlled clinical trial. The reality is that all distance runners have some measure of these traits or they wouldn’t think it is a good idea (much less fun) to train for a marathon. But that is why we follow a plan…with planned rest days…to protect ourselves from the innate desire to train more, run longer and “ensure success through greater effort.”

If you think you might have a stress fracture (pain worse with running, goes away with rest, maybe some swelling and/or bruising) get checked out. It is easy to fix when it first starts without too much lost training. If however you ignore that aching, sometimes throbbing, pain with each stride, you may find yourself in Kendra’s position: thinking of canceled hotel rooms and partial refunds. Instead, play it safe so you can be back on the road, dreaming of the finish chute, friends and family screaming encouragement, a new shiny medal hanging around your neck.

Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis describes the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back (or the lumbar segment of the vertebral column). Someone can develop lumbar spinal stenosis for a variety of reasons, the most common are a previous back injury or just a result from the natural process of aging.

Regardless of the reasons of why lumbar spinal stenosis develops, the symptoms are caused by an abnormal protrusion of muscle tissue or bone, which compress the nerve roots in the lower back. In more severe cases of lumbar spinal stenosis, the spinal cord itself is compressed causing extreme pain and possible paralysis.

There are many common symptoms of lumbar spinal canal stenosis. These symptoms include numbness, cramping, pain or weakness in one or both feet, the legs or the buttocks. Usually, these symptoms will become more pronounced with walking, standing straight or leaning backward. These symptoms will become less noticeable may become less noticeable when sitting down or leaning forward.

Stiffness or tightness in the muscles of the legs can be another symptom. Muscle stiffness is often present in lumbar spinal stenosis patients due to the constant irritation of the nerves that lead to the legs. This irritation causes the nerves to fire constantly, which can cause the leg muscles to spasm and stiffen.

The loss of bladder and bowel control and the incomplete emptying of the bladder is another set of symptoms due to the partial or near-total disruption of the nerves in and around the lower back that are responsible for the regulation of bladder and bowel function. In the most severe cases of lumbar spinal stenosis, nerve function can be lost to the extent that control of the bladder and rectal muscles may be completely compromised.

Obviously, lumbar spinal stenosis will result in back pain. However, the pain may range from almost unnoticeable to a constant, severe pain. When the pain is present, it will feel as if it is radiating from the patient’s lower back into the hips and legs. The patient will usually be able to point to specific region on the lower back where their pain seems to be the most severe.

After considering the patient’s medical history and the patient’s description of symptoms, a spinal doctor will usually order diagnostic testing. Confirming that a patient is suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis usually will require imaging tests, such as Computed Tomography (CT) scans or x-rays of the lumbar region. MRI technologies have been invaluable in cases of spinal stenosis due to their high sensitivity in detecting small changes in the anatomy of the lower back.

Lumbar spinal canal stenosis often is the result of other injuries to the lower back as well as changes in anatomy and function of the spine taking place as part of the natural process of growing old. A complete and conclusive diagnosis should be entrusted to your doctor.

11 Ways To Be A Good Role Model When Teaching Educational Technology

It's often said that pupils learn the most from what their teachers do, rather than what they say. Here are eleven good practices you need to adopt if you want your kids to lean good habits rather than bad.

Ensure that computers and software are set up and working properly before the lesson.

Observe health and safety regulations and common-sense rules, such as not eating or drinking at the computer.

Observe the correct procedures for using the equipment, such as by shutting down properly rather than simply switching the computer off.

Save your files in folders on the hard disk or on the network with meaningful names, not Doc1, Doc2, or Joan1, Joan2 etc – in fact, you should have a system for naming your files.

Organise your computer workspace well.

Save your work frequently.

Use the correct terminology, and not confuse "memory", say, with "hard disk space".

Back up your work regularly.

Use ICT to produce signs for displays.

Use computers for administrative tasks, such as producing lists of pupils, producing quality worksheets, communicating with other schools, exchanging data with examination boards and so on.

Use ICT overtly for real tasks, such as giving each pupil a sticky label with his / her name and class on, obviously mail-merged.

As you can see, none of this is rocket science – or even complicated. Makes a big difference, though, especially when carried out day in and day out, week in, week out.

How To Treat A Broken Collar Bone

A collarbone is part of skeletal system and is anatomically called a clavicle. You can recognize this bone immediately by sight as it is the bone that attaches the shoulder to your sternal bone. This connection of the collarbone and the breastplate is made possible by the acromion. Our collarbone can be easily recognized by the mere touch because it is very prominent and can be felt easily.

The purpose of the collarbone is mainly to support and align your shoulder alongside with the ribcage. This part of our body is very prone to many injuries because it is attached to the body parts that are more often than not are used in the activities of our daily living. The most common problem on our clavicle is getting broken. Many factors can result to the damaging of our collarbone. To enumerate some; falls, vehicular and sport accidents are the most common cause of clavicle damage. You can easily identify that the clavicle is damaged. Since it is prominent and is outlined by the skin, tenderness and bruising can be normally experienced. In addition, snapping sound can be heard, it is as if the sound of a bone being cracked. It is also very painful and is not easily relieved.

An x-ray will confirm if a person does have a broken clavicle. Once a result has been released the doctor will determine the extent of the damage and will create an appropriate treatment. Clavicle fractures do not necessarily need surgical intervention not unless the damage is very extensive. Most likely, to treat a broken collarbone is just simply making it rest and allow the bones to restore. The doctor will usually use a sling or a bandage to help immobilize the affected area. Slings are favored by most of the people who have had collarbone fractures because it is more comfortable compared to the figure of eight bandaging style. The more it is immobilized, the faster it will heal. It is also suggested to put on ice packs over the affected area to minimize the pain and it is also reinforced by analgesics as prescribed by the doctor. It takes time to let the bones heal and restored to its normal function. Time frame of healing also varies depending on the age of the person who had the damage. The younger you are, the faster your collarbone damage will heal. You can tell that your clavicle is healed when you can feel a slight protrusion from where your bones have been broken. Aside from that slight physical discomfort, you can use your clavicle once again. Do not overuse it and minimize in engaging physical activities to avoid another accident that may not only break your collarbone but can also contribute to further serious injury.

Wheelchair Safety in Preschool Classrooms

There are many reasons why a preschooler may be in a wheelchair or motability scooters.  Muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and paralysis are just some such reasons.  Teaching staff not only need to be sensitive to the many conditions that may be the reason why a child is in a wheelchair but they also need to be trained in wheelchair use and safety.

 Arranging the Room

 The child in the wheelchair or motability scooters still needs to access all areas of the classroom, so careful consideration needs to be given to the layout of the classroom so that the wheelchair bound child can easily make use of the tables, play areas and toilet without hindrance.  It is very important that enough space is created for easy manoeuvrability of the motability scooters but also equally important is ensuring that the walkways remain uncluttered and you will achieve this only by training the other children to consider the wheelchair at all times.

 Manual Wheelchairs

 When a child is in a manual wheelchair or motability scooters, staff must be aware of the importance or ensuring that the wheel locks are engaged to prevent the wheelchair from moving unintentionally.  This simple step will prevent the motability scooters from bumping into anyone or anything and ensures that the chair doesn’t roll away from the activity.  You may also find it prudent to teach the other children how to engage the wheel locks but you must ensure that the children must always have adult supervision.

 Electric Wheelchairs

 Different safety measures need to be employed for children in motability scooters, the speed should always be set to slow as this will allow the child to move around the classroom safely with little risk to them injuring themselves or someone else.  For the safety of everyone on the classroom it is imperative that the child is trained on how to manoeuvre the chair slowly around the room, however, it is crucial to remember that the child must always be supervised by an adult as accidents can and do happen.

 Movement and Lifting

 Training needs to be given to all staff on how to move the child in and out of the chair.  Some children will have been taught how to do this for themselves, however even these children will often require assistance form an adult but is important to only give assistance when asked as it is important to the child to gain a level of independence.  Be absolutely sure that the wheel locks are engaged before the child moves out of or in to the chair.


 When wheelchair bound children are being transported to a preschool program by bus or van it is necessary the driver has been trained thoroughly on how to adequately move and secure the wheelchair.  It is important that formal training is provided and that the driver has been tested on their competency of securing children in wheelchairs. It is also very useful to ensure that the driver has been trained in the basic functionality of the motability scooters including locking the wheels and basic manoeuvrability.

Step by Step Foreskin Restoration Guide Using T-Tape Method – For Those New To Foreskin Restoration


A BEGINNERS Introduction & Pointers to the T-Tape Restoration Method – For Men Curious About NON-Surgical Foreskin Restoration


Foreskin restoration can be achieved by most any circumcised man. The ability to go through a full, successful foreskin restoration, has very minor bearing on how you were circumcised (i.e. how tightly, unevenly, minor problems resulting from the circumcision, etc.) With that being said, there are some medical issues that may preclude you from being successful with restoring – or even preclude you from restoring altogether.

Unfortunately many neo-natal circumcisions (the most common time to circumcise in the US, Australia, Canada, among few others) are “sloppy”, done “lazily”, by inexperienced young doctors, or are simply “botched”. Men who suffered improper and poorly done circumcisions may experience some difficulty restoring, and should therefore consult a doctor whom they trust prior to beginning a restoration regimen.

Non-Surgical Foreskin Restoration – which is the only method of restoration ForeskinRestorationChat (FRC) chooses to deals with (due to often radically poor surgical results – and usually creating a completely un-natural foreskin), will require a tremendous emotional commitment on your part. If you are married or partnered, it requires a commitment of support for you from them as well. So, after you have decided you want to restore, it is critical to speak with your significant other. At FRC, we rarely hear of partners and wives who do not support their partner’s decision and process of restoration. Expect hesitation from your partner, initially anyway. This is the point that you must explain that the decision to restore is not about them, it’s about you and how you feel about yourself either (or both) physically/sexually, and emotionally.

It is not recommended to show a partner newly introduced to Foreskin Restoration photos of restoration devices, photos of restored penises, or any photos relating to restoring for that matter. The goal here is to educate and appeal to your partner’s intellect so that they can become more comfortable with this intensely intimate process.

Some thoughts you may bring up to tell your partner:

– If you were circumcised as a baby, perhaps you feel that a choice about your sexualidentity was taken from you. You had no say, and want to heal negative feelings by restoring your foreskin.

– Many men who restore report that they are doing so as a result of progressively reduced penile sensitivity and sexual pleasure -particularly as a man gets older. You can explain to you partner that most restored men report between a 2 and 3-fold increase in sexual sensitivity and pleasure (some report even much more heightened increases).

As your partner begins noticing differences and more skin on your penis, I would then recommend bringing them to some websites to give them the low-down on the whole process and community that has developed among circumcised men who are restored or restoring.


Be very careful about the sites that you visit with your partner. Why? Many sites out there on the internet market themselves as “foreskin restoration sites” when in fact they deal primarily with circumcision (normally these types of sites are run by radically and politically motivated anti-circumcision groups). Solution? Visit sites you decide that provide neutral information.

The goal here is to restore your foreskin, not to educate and scare yourself and your partner with anti/pro-circumcision rhetoric. Many sites provide you with MINIMAL foreskin restoration information, in an attempt to inundate you with MUCH MORE of their political agendas. Use your judgement here. FRC has two or three excellent articles on the site, one “Why would a circumcised man want to restore their foreskin?” and “What is Foreskin Restoration” (the latter can be found at as well as on the main page of FRC). These articles are good shorts to print off and show your partner, as they deal with reasons circumcised men often choose to restore their foreskin.

Incidentally, it is expected that more than 100,000 men are restoring now, or have finished restoring. NORM (National Organization of Restoring Men – a non-profit organization) hit 50,000+ members several years ago. So your partner should be made aware that you are certainly not the only man on the planet who wants to do this.

Showing your partner photos of restored foreskins/penises, should be broached delicately. Until your partner starts noticing changes in your penis during sex, or even just visually, it might be too much of a shock to show them galleries of restorers’ photos. Particularly if your partner has never experienced or seen an uncircumcised penis. Let them slowly get used to your slowly skin-covering penis first.


1) Many men take weeks to adjust to the sensations and discomfort from the surgical grade medical tape and tension on their penis used to stimulate the growth of new skin cells.

2) T-Taping takes a moderate amount of practice to get right. You will invariably cause minor sores on the shaft of your penis as you learn through trial and error how the tape is most comfortably applied to your penile skin. With a little practice, you’ll begin being able to make and apply your t-tapes in under 2-minutes. In “PART II” of this series of articles on Foreskin Restoration, you will learn the DOs and DON’Ts of applying your T-Tapes to your penis to minimize any chance of causing irritation or sore spots on the skin. You will also learn how to make T-Tapes in less than 30-seconds.

3) T-Taping is widely held to be the fastest and most widely used method of restoring your foreskin. If applied properly, as you will learn in the second part of this article, T-Taping is also one of the few methods that can guarantee you get perfectly even tension on both your outer (shaft) skin, and inner (pink, mucosal skin – usually located above a circumcised man’s circumcision scar). This is an optimal state of tension to achieve. Many men using the T-Taping method report between 1.5″ – 2.5″ of new skin growth in 12-months. This type of speedy skin growth requires emotional fortitude, wearing your t-tape and tension strap as often as you can, at least 6 days a week. Your mileage in growth will of course vary. You may develop 0.5″ of skin per year, or even 3″ per year.

It’s important not to place too unrealistic of a goal on your monthly (or annual) progress. Skin can, does, and will grow. Again – consistency in applying tension is key. NOTE: The most current information indicates that cyclical tension on the penile skin (say 12hrs a day, followed by an 8hr or so ‘rest’ period to allow skin cell growth.) is best for faster growth progress as opposed to those who say near 24/7 tension is best. Skin cells will only grow when they have a chance to perform ‘mitosis’ which can only happen when tension is *removed* from the skin so it is at rest.

Now that you have a basic understanding of what the T-Taping Method is, some basic skin cell growth theory, and you’d like to go ahead and start restoring using the T-Tape method, gather up the following materials so you’re ready to start when Part II of this article is released.


– A roll of 3M MicroPore Paper Surgical Tape (2″ – 3″ wide tape)

– Scissors

– Good quality wax paper (Avery Label backings are great as well)

– Ruler (preferably the soft paper ones, or sewing kit measuring tapes)

– Clean, flat, dry, disinfected surface (counter-top, kitchen table, etc.)

– Pair of suspenders for pants (cut one suspender off, leaving only ONE strap remaining)

– Mini sewing kit (a simple $2 kit will be much more than adequate)

– Extra, Extra soft, non-bleached, ultra-absorbent tissue paper

When you acquire all the above materials, you’ll be all ready to get started!

If you simply can’t wait for the second Part of this article, you may visit FRC and from the main page click on the “T-Tape Picture Book”. FRC:

Weight Loss – Ending Your Diet Mentality Means Greater Success With Losing Weight

Are you overweight, or do you feel you have weight to lose? Do you have Type 2 diabetes? If you have answered yes to these questions, there is a good chance you are a victim of the “diet mentality.” The diet mentality is one that may seem fruitful in theory but is ineffective in practice. It is certainly a sound idea to plan your diet and nutrition around your health goals, which may involve your weight or blood sugar level. But there is one ingredient integral to the success of any diet, which is inherently lacking in most.

This ingredient is the ultimate purpose of the weight loss plan. Is the weight loss plan being used as a means of producing quick change, or introducing lasting habits? Those who have internalized the diet mentality mostly lean towards the former. For a case in point, consider the surge of people undertaking a new food plan at the turn of the New Year. New Year resolutions are notorious for their ambition. Unfortunately, they tend to be resolutions that are usually broken as a mechanism for quick change is one lacking a sustainable basis.

Before we go any further, allow us to clarify there is nothing wrong with looking to improve your health by dieting. Changing your food choices in an attempt to lose weight or lower your blood sugar is a worthy goal deserving recognition. But you must be very careful – don’t fall victim to the “diet mentality” and its many drawbacks.

Ending this thinking may be easier said than done. It is human nature to look for shortcuts in an attempt to save time and effort. It is genuinely difficult to make a lasting change when it is natural to overlook long-term benefits for the short-term ones. But if you are to ultimately succeed, this is precisely what you must do: look at the long-term benefits.

Ending or avoiding the diet mentality is in your best interest. Those who still have it will benefit from trying something new. Instead of planning the next few weeks or months around a particular goal, it is better to imagine where you would like to be and doing what it takes to get there, regardless of how much time is needed.

To clarify, here is an example. Let’s say you would like to lower your blood sugar to a healthier range and lose 20 pounds. Determine what you need to do to get there regarding diet and lifestyle, and don’t set an end date to reach your goal. Focus strictly on the process – ensure each day you are acting according to your plan. Measure your progress every so often but don’t worry about how quickly you are moving forward. Small steps may be slower than leaps, but you are much less likely to stumble.

Start thinking long-term. The “diet mentality” excites and motivates but is also full of broken promises. When it comes to dieting, a commitment to making lasting change is what it takes to succeed.

Hoodia Gordonii – Best Way to Fight Obesity

Are you currently suffering from weight problem? Are you suffering from other illnesses due to your weight problem?

Yes, obesity is one of the problems that lots of people are suffering and it is quite a frightening problem since it can bring other illnesses to one who is suffering from obesity. It can really ruin one's life since it can even lead to death if it's not treated. Do not let obesity ruin your life, you have to fight back.

Have you tried exercising but nothing happens? Have your tried taking prescribed medications but all you got are side effects? Yes, it is scary for some to take prescribed medications since they are afraid of the side effects, so there are some dieters out there who lose hopes because of this. But the truth is you do not have to lose hope, since there is other way to lose weight effectively and naturally. If you are afraid with side effects, you can take hoodia gordonii. It is one of the most popular diet pills in the world today.

Hoodia gordonii is a plant from Kalahari Desert of South Africa, it is usually mistaken as cactus but it is a succulent plant. This plant has been in existence for centuries, as a matter of fact, tribesmen has made this plant as part of their daily lives since they eat it to suppress their hunger and thirst when out for long hunting. They remove the skin and eat it in order to starve off their appetites. For these people, hoodia gordonii is truly an effective herbal remedy since they did not only use it in suppressing appetites but also in treating minor diseases and infection.

Knowing this fact, scientists took time in conducting tests in order to found out if this plant was non-toxin and safe to use. With their search, they found out that it has an active molecule that can trick the brain in telling you are full so you tend to eat less. The active molecule was named p57 by the scientists since it was their 57th project that time.

When hoodia gordonii was first introduced in the market few years ago it has made a big blast to consumers, there are lots of dieters who bought it and until know they believe in the effectiveness of this diet pill. Actually, more and more dieters prefer to use it with than any other diet pills out there, since hoodia does not have any side effects unlike others.

Due to this big blast and high demand, there are manufacturers who created fake products in order to supply with the demand but these are really dangerous to your health since you will never know what it can bring to your body, so you have to be careful in getting one, you need to make sure to get the real product.

Check out the CITES certification when buying hoodai gordonii, this can prove it is really from South Africa. You have to go with a reliable company to assure that you will be getting the real product.

Eliza Maledevic Ayson

Hiatal Hernia – a More Dangerous and Hard to Detect Form of the Common Illness

Hiatal hernia is not as widespread as inguinal hernia which is the most encountered form but it is the second most common type of hernia so you should know what it is and how it manifests in order to know if you are suffering from it and what to do in this case.

Most hernias occur in the abdominal area. Hiatal hernia appears in the upper parts of the abdomen, at the diaphragm. A simple definition of hernia is that it is a disease that appears when a certain part of the body loses its resistance, because it gets old in most cases, and another part of the body that is in contact with the first one slips through a small hole that appears in the first part. Depending on the body parts involved in this hernia can be divided into more types.

Hiatal hernia involves the diaphragm, which is the first ‘organ’ from the situation above, the one that gets weakened, and the stomach, its upper side in most cases is the second one. The stomach is supposed to stay under the diaphragm (the muscular membrane that separates the abdomen from the lungs), but the diaphragm has a small hole in it through which the esophagus passes. The area around the hole weakens and a part of the stomach passes through it and slides inside the chest cavity. There are two forms of hiatal hernia, sliding hiatal hernia, when the stomach slides through the opening in the diaphragm between the stomach and esophagus as mentioned above, which is the most common form, and rolling hiatal hernia, less encountered, when the stomach slides along the esophagus not between it and the stomach.

Unlike other forms of hernia you can’t feel the bulge that appears because the stomach slides inside the body, so in order to detect it you need to pay close attention if any of its symptoms show up, which is not that easy because in most cases it shows no easy-to-see symptoms! It usually causes heartburn, a warm feeling in the chest, because of the acid in the stomach that re-fluxes backwards in the esophagus. Most people feel symptoms after eating and lying down, they start feeling bad, especially if they eat hot spicy foods.

If you experience any of the mentioned above try paying a visit to your doctor and ask for a control. These symptoms also appear because of indigestion so don’t get alarmed until you receive diagnostic. It’s important to detect hiatal hernia early because if it’s left untreated it may lead to severe complications that include heart-attack! So periodically visit your doc and pay attention to the symptoms to avoid complications, but don’t panic as soon as you get a little heartburn because there’s a long way from that to a heart-attack.

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Tips For Choosing The Best Fishing Net

A Fishing Net maybe defined as a type of net that is used to hold or trap fish. These are always made of meshes created by knotting together thin threads. There are several types of nets out there from tiny hand nets and cast nets to massive trawl and drift nets.

For the benefit of those for whom fishing is a personal hobby, passion and leisure sport, we shall discuss hand fishing nets or landing nets in this article:

A landing net is a type of fishing net that is held open by a hoop and usually hangs at the end of a long stiff handle. This is generally used by anglers to scoop up hooked fish near the surface. Landing nets are also extremely useful when netting captured fish and putting them into the boat. There are certain factors one should keep in mind when choosing a fishing net of the landing net variety. These are the material of the net, the type of handle and hoop. Here is a brief look at how the material of your landing net can affect your fishing experience:

The mesh of landing nets is usually made of three basic materials. These are Nylon, Nylon-coated and Rubber.

Nylon mesh fishing nets are usually the less expensive ones and its no small wonder then that their negative effects far outweigh the savings on price. One of the biggest drawbacks of Nylon nets is that they are known to tangle hooks easily. So in the event that your hook gets caught up n the material, you should brace yourself for many minutes of struggle to untangle and release the hook. Also, due to the abrasive surface of nylon nets, you risk damaging the delicate and valuable slime cover of the fish and cause its death by possible wound infection.

A nylon-coated fishing net is one where the nylon mesh is either dipped into or sprayed with a poly-chemical that makes it smoother and softer. Such nets are far gentler on fish and are also long-lasting as the coating protects the nylon against gradual damage caused due to the continuous exposure to sun and water. Such landing nets also don’t tangle up with hooks easily unlike ordinary nylon nets.

The final type of mesh material for hand fishing nets or landing nets in the market is the rubber version. Such meshes don’t harm the fish’s protective slime covering and are just about knotless for ease of use as well. Rubber is fast gaining popularity among fishing net manufacturers due to its versatility, durability and strength. The only downfall to rubber mesh fishing nets is that the material tends to break down over considerable long term use. However, this is not a major problem by any means since such nets easily last 10 years or more depending on type of usage.

Apart from the abovementioned materials, it’s equally important to buy a fishing net that is black in color, since a black net will automatically camouflage itself underwater, thereby effectively reducing the chances of spooking the fish when it’s being scooped out. Happy shopping!

Herbal Erection – What Are the Best Natural Herbs for Harder Erections?

What are the best herbs to get you a hard erection? In this article we will look at a number of herbs which id you take them, can give you a hard erection just like man made drugs but the good news is they are safe and natural and have no side effects. Let's look at how to get an herbal erection in more detail.

The penis needs to swell with an increased volume of blood to make it hard and for this you need strong blood circulation to the pelvic region and you also need to produce high levels of nitric oxide which is the key to getting more blood into the penis to form an erection.

Nitric oxide controls the flow of blood into the penis and it does this by relaxing and expanding the blood vessels when you become sexually aroused. When the blood vessels relax in response to nitric oxide being secreted, they expand and an increased flow of blood, can then enter the penis and harden it.

The best herbs to increase nitric oxide are – Ginseng, Horny Goat Weed and Cnidium and they can be found in all the best herbal sex pills for men.

You also need a strong flow of blood to the pelvic region, when you become sexually aroused and both Ginseng and Cnidium, are excellent general blood circulation herbs. Other herbs that keep the blood flowing to the penis during sexual arousal are Ginkgo Biloba and Niacin which also keep the blood vessels healthy and free of obstructions such as furring which can impede blood flow.

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Lower Back Pain Causes, Symptoms, Treatments and Exercises

One of the very common medical problems is low back pain. Lower back pain is pain felt and travels in the ribs particularly in the back or in the upper part of legs. This pain starts suddenly and could be the follow up of strain or an injury. Sometimes the pain may not have anatomical cause. Sit up or turn over posture may be difficult and the worse could be bending or sitting. Even a sneeze or a cough can be painful.

Back pain normally gets resolved within weeks but the pain undergone by the patients is unbearable. Conservational treatments are normally taken for lower back pain since it is temporary and slowly resolve with time.

For a speedy recovery, proper treatment has to be started only after knowing the exact cause for its occurrence. The main reason for lower back pain can be Lumbar muscle strain and ruptured disc or herniated disc. Disc damage in the inter vertebral column leads to Discogenic lower back pain and this could be diagnosed using discogram. But this in no way relates to herniated disc where the back gets pressed to the nerve. Aging population come across Spinal stenosis as the spinal canal is thinned. This may happen due to arthritis or any other specific conditions. Any joint ache is termed arthritis and particularly on the spine creates lower back pain.

Spinal stenosis causes back pain in the aging population. As we age, the spinal canal can become constricted, due in part to arthritis and other conditions. If the spinal canal becomes too tight, back pain can be the result. Spondylolisthesis occurs due to the instability of adjacent vertebras which start to slip. This results in unstable spine and ends in lower back pain. Osteoporosis Leads to many orthopedic complications and is mostly referred as the compression fractures of vertebral column. This weakens the bones and hence the possibilities of getting fractures are more .If back pain continues for 6 weeks or less it’s referred as acute. If this continues for less than 12 weeks it is described as sub-acute. It’s termed as chronic if it persists for more than 3 months.

Diagnosis is helped by blood tests and scan but not to a greater extent and X rays are not advised due to high radiation. Muscle strain heals quickly as the blood supply is good and carries the needed nutrients with proteins for healing. Bed rest is advised for severe pain but not for two days or more. Hot or cold application eases the pain to a certain extent. People who are active with good physique can avoid low backache, as there will be regular stretch of muscles. The supporting muscles of the spine are extensors, which include back and gluteal muscles, Flexors, which comprise abdominal and iliopsoas muscles and the last one is the side muscles also called as rotators. It’s also referred as Obliques .Not all these muscles are used in day-to-day life and they get weakened with age.

Lower backache exercise program should combine stretching and strengthening exercises with aerobics. Common symptoms of lower back pain for people less than 60 year old will be pain in legs or numbness and pain during movement and sitting. Older people will have symptoms like increase of back pain during the morning g and evening periods with stiffness in the back and. pain is also felt downwards in the legs. Psychological reasons play main role on pain levels and so person’s attitude and situation plays an active role.

Neurological symptoms like weakening, feeling of numbness or tingling sometimes accompany pain. Immediate attention is needed if there is a dysfunction in bladder or in the bowel and weakness or numbness in the groin.

Precautions like avoidance of stress and maintaining proper weight with regular exercise help in eliminating the problems of lower back pain.

Disgruntled Employees – Warning Signs and Protection Strategies

The actions of angry employees are more than just news stories.

From stealing sensitive information and compromising data to vandalizing the workplace and, at worst, committing violent acts, having angry employees are a reality that small business owners face every day.

One way to protect your business from the actions of disgruntled workers is to know the signs that could indicate potential trouble.

The 6 Signs of Dissatisfied Employees

  1. Chronic absenteeism
  2. Raising the voice frequently
  3. Depression
  4. Unusual impatience
  5. Increased irritability
  6. Memory or concentration problems

Identifying the signs of unhappy employees is just one part of a strategy to protect yourself, your staff, and your customers.

Of course you want to protect the staff and others from potential physical harm, but having a strategy for dealing with dissatisfied employees will also help boost staff morale, eliminating one of the reasons for employee turnover. Here's how to get started:

Do not ignore unusual or inappropriate behavior by an employee. Take action by speaking with your employee to learn what might be troubling him or her. If you do not feel comfortable meeting with the employee alone, have another manager in the room with you or ask security to be nearby; in another office perhaps if it helps you to feel more comfortable.

When meeting with the staff member, be empathetic when listening to your employee's concerns, but also be firm and clear that certain behaviors will not be tolerated in the workplace.

In very extreme cases where an employee is clearly violent or threatening, do not second guess and put your safety or the safety of others at risk. Contact security or the police if appropriate.

Other best practices in support of a secure workplace include:

Reviewing the physical integrity of the workplace.

  • Ensure doors, windows, and other entry / exit points are secured and the locks work.
  • Encourage employees to report broken locks on doors and windows.
  • Check that entry / exit points can not be easily propped open or otherwise tampered with.
  • Adopt security measures that guarantee the personal safety of all staff inside and outside the premises.

Provide necessary safeguards for valuable objects, belongings , and information.

  • Make sure the workplace has adequate lighting inside and outside.
  • Ensure that common trouble spots, such as reception areas, restrooms, garages, and elevators, are secure.
  • Protect sensitive and confidential information to prevent security breaches from unhappy employees inside or outside the workplace.

Adopt a formal document destruction policy.

Reduce your workplace's vulnerability to disruption and violence by formalizing a comprehensive violence prevention program. Your policy for dealing with angry employees should include:

Taking steps to ensure your company's violence policy is supported by the entire organization, from the interns to the C-suite. In addition, include the policy in your company's employee handbook.

Do not wait until an angry employee disrupts your business or harms a colleague.

Know the signs of dissatisfied employees and have the strategies in place to ensure the physical integrity of your workplace and the security of your employees. You owe it to yourself and to your staff.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Blow-drying You Hair

Blow-drying your hair is not necessary but it sure does make styling your hair a lot easier. Another advantage of using the blow dryer is that it is so much faster than air-drying. This gives you more time to attend to other important things.

Another benefit of using the device is that you can achieve more hair volume if you have a fine hair with its proper use. It also allows you to have the hairstyle you want without stepping out of your home. It saves you time and money to go to a salon and you are sure that your hair will remains manageable throughout the day.

In hair styling, blow-drying is an essential step. Before using a curling iron or a hair straightener, the hair has to be thoroughly dry. If not, it will burn the hair and the steam produced will burn the scalp and other parts of the skin.

Proper usage of the dryer will also help tame those dry and thick curls. Of course, the user has to be extra careful with it. Even the heat of professional hair dryers can be very damaging for curly hairs. Proper facilitation of the device with the aid of appropriate comb is necessary or else, it will end up a nightmare.

Although the use of blow dryers has several advantages, there are also disadvantages. Since you are not paying anyone to do it for you, you have to be patient to do it yourself. This can be tiring but once you get the hang of doing it, it will be a whole lot easier.

If you are thinking of using the blow dryer daily, you have to learn to take care of your hair according to your hair type. Blow-drying your hair will strip it off its natural oil. That makes it necessary to pick a good hair dryer that is hair friendly. Ceramic and ionic hair dryers are both popular choices.

You also have to invest in good hair protective products. They come in all sorts of forms. There are creams, mousse, spray, and gel. Name your choice. The important thing is that you choose a product designed for your hair. Know when to apply and how to apply them as well. The shampoo for example is good for daily use for those who have very oily hair. Dry hair on the other hand requires two to three times a week of shampooing.

Blow-drying your hair has many benefits. It gives you the freedom to style your hair without going to the salon. It also makes your hair manageable throughout the day; but if you plan to blow-dry your hair daily, pick the best among the professional hair dryers in the market. Choose the one that will not damage your hair. Remember, heat can get your hair into so much trouble. In addition, since you will be taking charge of your hair every day, you have to learn how to care of it. Invest in good protective hair products to avoid the heat from frying your hair.