Diabetic Flip-Flop

Diabetic flip-flop may sound to some people like an oxymoron.  After all, diabetics are generally supposed to wear supportive, closed-toes shoes that protect and cushion the feet.  Flip-flops are about as unsupportive and “unsafe” a shoe as you can find.

While a flip-flop still might not be the best shoe for a diabetic, the company Vasyli has come out with a version of the product, which is about as diabetic-friendly as you can get.  People who just can’t bear to think of stuffing their feet into closed-toed shoes at the beach or as they walk around the garden, may want to consider this version of the summertime classic.

The Women’s Vasyli Orthaheel Wave Sandals come in blue is designed with a contoured foot bed designed to reduce excessive pronation.  In more simple terms, the foot bed is made so that it matches the natural curves of your foot and it prevents your foot from turning in too much each time you take a step (a phenomenon known as excessive pronation that can lead to a host of other foot and ankle problems).  The Women’s Vasyli Orthaheel Wave Sandal provides you with a subtle heel and thick layer of orthopedic padding.  The outsole is heavy-duty rubber and designed to be slip resistant.  In addition to describing the shoe as a good choice for diabetics, Vasyli recommends its orthopedic flip flops for people suffering from Achilles tendon pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and heel spurs.  The flip-flops may also be a welcome choice for pregnant women.

As an alternative to the flip-flop, it may be worth hunting around for an orthopedic sandal that closes with a strap across the foot (rather than a thong).  Not only are these shoes more secure on your feet (and generally provide slightly more protection from scrapes and bruises), they also prevent unhealthy walking habits that can lead to long-term foot, ankle and knee problems.  Because the feet are not securely anchored in flip-flops, the toes tend to grip the foot bed in an effort to increase stability and prevent the foot from slipping out of the shoe.  This “gripping” of the toes leads to an unnatural and unhealthy gait.  The occasional use of flip-flops should not lead to any permanent damage, but those people who find themselves wearing flip-flops 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year may want to reconsider their footwear habits.  If you decide to look for an orthopedic sandal rather than a flip-flop, make sure the shoe fastens securely with Velcro or with a buckle and that it has a contoured, supportive foot bed and slip-resistant sole.

3 Unusual Ways To Ease Cold Symptoms

You can’t work out if you’re sick. Trying to do squats with a runny nose is distracting. Trying to run with a congested head is annoying and painful. And trying to do yoga with a fever isn’t the “heat” that the latest trends contemplate!

This season, the colds that are going around (at least in this area) seem to hang around a little longer and have symptoms that are not severe enough to take off work, but are just severe enough to be distracting for the entire day. The congestion keeps your sinuses blocked and your head aching for several weeks, the cough simply lingers on day after day, and your eyes feel tired all the time.

So what can you do about it? There is no cure for the cold. You can load yourself up with medications, but most of these have side effects that may actually be more interfering with your daily life than the cold symptoms! For me – since I rarely take over-the-counter medications and haven’t had a prescription medicine in a long long time – even the “non-drowsy” medications make me a little dopey.

Here are 3 methods that I have found to ease cold symptoms, that are not medicine. These also work somewhat for allergies. Flu is very serious and needs a visit to the doctor. Of course, this article is not written by a doctor, and some of my thoughts about the mechanisms described may be totally off base.

1. Zinc tablets. These are tiny tablets, about half the size of my little finger fingernail. Zinc is also added to cough drops, in lesser amounts. The directions say to take one tablet per hour, letting it dissolve slowly in your mouth. This is my miracle solution for the cold! If the symptoms are severe enough, I can actually feel the symptoms being relieved as the zinc dissolves. The key is to take one per hour, every hour, until the symptoms disappear, not simply until they “get better.” The tablets are small enough that they don’t interfere with your ability to talk and are not noticeable, the way cough drops are.

2. Antiseptic mouthwash. The cough virus enters your body through your mouth and your nose. Using an antiseptic mouthwash cleans out your mouth and throat. It also keeps your palate and throat moisturized, which seems to lessen the ability of the cold virus to land on an exposed surface and begin multiplying.

3. Moisturizer around your eyes. I found this out accidentally, after my wife saw a “makeover” show that emphasized “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!” for men. To accommodate her, I tried putting some non-goofy-smelling lotion around my eyes. Almost immediately, the tiredness that my eyes had been feeling was relieved, and the congestion in my nose cleared up noticeably. The more I used it, the better these symptoms became. I think that keeping the area around the eyes moisturized prevents the cold virus from latching onto dry spots around your eye and irritating your membranes, which triggers an allergic reaction, one consequence of which is congestion. However, make sure the lotion is not strong smelling and does not have strong fumes, or you will end up irritating your eyes in a different way.

This article has suggested 3 unusual methods to ease cold or allergy symptoms, that do not involve either over-the-counter or prescription medications. Getting rid of the symptoms will allow you get back to your regular routine – including your fitness routine – as quickly as possible, which will keep you healthy and strengthen you the next time a cold virus decides to drop in and annoy you!

Factors involved in Obesity

Factors affecting the proportion of body fat include genetics, level of energy balance, composition of diet, level of physical activity, environmental & societal influences, endocrinal factors, psychological factors, medication and smoking.

A person is more likely to develop obesity if one or both parents are obese. If both parents are of a normal weight only 7% of children will be obese. If one parent is obese, the incidence of obesity in children is 40% and it rises to 80% if both parents are obese. Genetics also affect hormones involved in fat regulation. Leptin is a hormone produced in fat cells which controls weight by signaling the brain to eat less when body fat stores are too high. If for some reason the body cannot produce enough leptin or leptin cannot signal the brain to eat less, this control is lost and obesity occurs. Lipo protein lipase (LPL) is an enzyme which promotes fat storage. Obese also have high LPL activity in their fat cells than lean people.

Dietary habits
Dietary habits particularly the level of fat and energy intake is strongly associated with excess body weight. Excess dietary fat is readily stored in fat depots of the body. Excess carbohydrates can also be converted to fat. Overeating, irregular eating habits, nibbling in between meals, eating at night due to insomnia contribute to high energy intake and thus obesity. Alcohol intake provides empty calories and contributes to increase in central obesity. Consumption of fast foods that are high in fat and refined carbohydrates and low in fiber often used as regular additions to the diet also contribute to increased energy intake.

Level of physical activity
Increased mechanization, improved transport and working facilities reduce physical activity and promote sedentary lifestyle and weight gain.

Environmental and societal influences

Social pressures and official commitments of eating out and attending parties is a common cause of excessive intake of food and energy.

Endocrinal factors
Certain genetic disorders as well as some hormonal problems such as hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, Cushing’s syndrome can cause weight gain. The female sex hormones also play a role, as obesity may occur after pregnancy, after removal of ovaries or uterus or at menopause.

Psychological factors
There may be a physical connection between depression and obesity. For an individual who is lonely, discontented or depressed eating can be a solace. Obese people seem to be affected more by taste and appearance of food rather than hunger and satiety. Tension, anxiety, fear may further make a person resort to food for emotional satisfaction.

Drugs such as steriods, most oral hypoglycemics, anti-epileptics, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, oral contraceptive pills and some antidepressants may also cause weight gain.

Smoking cessation
Smoking causes a marked increase in metabolic rate and tends to reduce food intake. Smokers frequently gain weight when they give up this habit.

Stress and weight gain

When faced with a stressful situation, our brain signals an acute immediate response causing the adrenal glands to release a hormone called cortisol and release of a chemical in the brain called neuropeptide Y, along with norepinephrine. When cortisol levels increase in response to stress, blood sugar levels rise as proteins are converted to glucose to serve as additional fuel. The unused glucose ends up being stored as fat once the stress is over, resulting in weight gain. Exposure to cortisol over long term can lead to weight gain, as your appetite and insulin levels are continuously increased. Neuropeptide Y is a powerful appetite-stimulating chemical which especially increases the desire for carbohydrate-rich foods. Yoga and other relaxation techniques are beneficial to combat stress. You need to become aware of situations that make you feel extra strain at home or at work and try to find ways to deal with this. Make sure that you have some time for yourself each day. You could gofor a walk, get a relaxation massage, do meditation or breathing exercises.

Did you know that people who get inadequte amounts of sleep are likely to gain weight?

With sleep deprivation, there is a reduction in metabolism and an increase in appetite. Inadequate sleep lowers levels of leptin, the hormone that causes you to feel full, while increasing levels of gherlin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry. Sleep deprivation also influences your food choices, making you crave high carbohydrate/high sugar foods. Sleep loss and stress decreases insulin sensitivity, putting the sleep deprived at higher risk for developing type II diabetes.

There are certain significant periods of life when an individual may be more vulnerable to the development of obesity. These are :

Status of maternal nutrition during pregnancy affects the development of size, shape & body composition of the fetus along with the metabolic competence to handle macro-nutrients. Close relationships exist between patterns of intra-uterine growth and the risk of abdominal fatness, obesity and their co-morbidities later in life.

Irregular meals, changed food habits, periods of inactivity alongwith physiological changes promote increased fat deposition especially in females.


If females excess weight gain may occur during pregnancy or following it.

Women tend to gain weight during this period due to reduced physical activity, declining muscle tone, increased caloric intake and other effects of aging. Postmenopausal women have reduced lipolysis, the process by which stored fat is released from fat cells.

Maternal nutrition during pregnancy is an important determinant of the birth weight of the infant. Epidemiological studies have indicated that the origin of major degenerative diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease in adults, which have not emerged as major public health problems in India accounting for considerable morbidity and mortality, may in fact be traced to intra-uterine growth retardation (IUGR) arising from poor maternal nutrition during pregnancy (Low birth weights : Significance and implication)

It becomes imperative to focus on the nutritional status of “Future Mother” at the prenatal stage than to make the future child face multiple health problems in later life. This can be a purposeful strategy to look forward to a more healthful nation by avoiding the unhealthy future human resource to some extent.

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Preventing obesity in children

Positive changes families can make to promote healthy eating & exercise habits and ideal weight in children.

Our body needs a regular, well balanced supply of nutrients to be healthy and fit. Proper nutrition in childhood can inculcate and lay the foundation for lifelong eating habits that contribute to the child’s overall well being and help them to grow up to their optimum potential without being overweight. By providing the child with a balanced diet as per the recommended dietary allowances for different age groups, we can give them a firm foundation for years to come and reduce the risk of nutrition-related diseases in the forthcoming years.

Parents should foster healthy eating and activity habits, be a good role model, offer a nutritious selection of food and involve children in making smart food and physical activity choices. Make the new health behavior easy for them by placing a bowl of washed fruit, such as grapes or apples, on the table which they can pick as snack when hungry. Create opportunities for your family to spend time together doing something active. Plan fun and active things for your family to do together, such as play in the park, walk through the zoo, tour some local sites, hike or swim.

Osteonecrosis of the Femur – Hip Resurfacing Surgery, Alternatives to Hip Replacement

Osteonecrosis is a condition due arising from a diminution of blood supply to bone. It affects most importantly the upper end of the femur. If left untreated it progresses to bony collapse and arthritis. The causes are many like alcohol abuse, steroid intake, Caisson's disease, Gaucher's disease.

The patient can experience sudden pain in the hips which radiates to the knee and can be confused for knee pain. Gait is painful. In early cases, x- rays are negative and MR scans are diagnostic. Treatment in the early stages is controversial and there are no clear guidelines.

Prolonged bed rest and crutch walking have not been shown to relieve pain or halt progression of the disease.

Treatment in late cases

Core decompression does ameliorate symptoms. It is minimally invasive and does not involve a replacement. If it fails then a replacement is possible at a later date.

Treatment in late cases with advanced destruction

Treatment is by a total hip replacement if bony destruction is extensive. A partial or total surface hip replacement is done if destruction is confined to the surface cartilage alone. Since it occurs in young individuals, a Surface Hip replacement is a better option as it conserves bony stock and a total hip replacement can still be done at a later date. Resurfacing of the hip is restricted to those cases of osteo necrosis where the amount of destruction is less than 30 percent of the head.

Where it exceeds thirty percent, a new type of hip prosthesis called the Proxima hip is available in Chennai.

This Proxima hip is an uncemented metal on metal large diameter bearing. It has been performed for avascular necrosis and other conditions like ankylosing spondylitis, post traumatic arthritis following acetabular fracture.

Vascularised fiblar graft is done with the help of a microvascular surgeon.

Yeast Infection and Skin Rash

You may have a yeast infection, if you have a rash that is on your skin, usually around the genitals, under folds of skin, or in the mouth. They can be in other areas of the body as well. There are also several other medical conditions this could be, so this is not always indicative of a yeast infection, so to be positive, a trip to the doctor may be necessary to rule out any other medical conditions. When ph levels in the vagina are not as they should be, this cause an overgrowth of yeast that already grows in the body naturally, which in turn causes a yeast infection, along with the itching and irritation that goes with it. A vaginal yeast infection is the second most common reason for these symptoms.

The use of dentures can cause older people to develop an oral yeast infection, and babies can get a yeast infection in their mouths as well as on their bottoms due to diaper rash. There are medications that are made specifically to combat yeast infections on the skin, as well as other parts of the body. A yeast infection can affect anyone at any age, however. They can be under the breasts, the skin folds, under the nail bed, and also on the lower abdomen, as well.

When you have the proper anti fungal treatment, the rash will usually go away pretty quickly. These can be obtained over the counter at a pharmacy, or from a doctor, and usually the problem goes away. Some people have yeast infections that continue to come back, and if this happens, then a doctor should be consulted to make certain that there is no other reason for this to be occurring.

Women can have many reasons for getting a yeast infection: taking an oral contraceptive pill regularly, pregnancy, and menstruation, as well as other reasons. For both women and men alike, they can get yeast infections because of improper hygiene, eating too much bread and sugar, wearing clothing that is too tight, washing the genital area too much, or with products that have irritants like perfumes in them, and also having sex with someone that already has a yeast infection.

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Creative Tips on Living With a Disability

I have lived with cerebral palsy all 53 years of my life. It has made me very tenacious in everything I set out to do. Disability tends to make people more creative, because our bodies are different, so we need to customize many things. It's not a bad thing to have a disability, it's just what is.

I hate the word "normal" how can a word that has such a wide range, have such an impact? What IS meant by normal anyway? In high school, students have such peer pressure to be like everybody else. Who wants to be normal anyway? Who wants to look like everybody else? I like to say: Normal is a setting on a clothes washer. Those of us who have disabilities do things differently from the norm. We may also look different. Try to understand that we are people first, and accepting ourselves as we are, will help others accept us.

As an adult with cerebral palsy, there are things I do that make my life easier. For instance since I take a bunch of different medicine as well as vitamins and other supplements, I devised a way to take my pills, that solves two issues. I put peanut butter on my finger to stick a pill on, thus avoiding the slippery issue of my fingers no longer working like they used to. Then I put the pill in my mouth, and it makes it easier for me to swallow the pills without it going under my tongue, or into the cheek area. And I do that until I take all that are in my pill boxes that my assistants fill every week. I've found, through trial and error, that regular creamy peanut butter has the best consistency. Organic peanut butter is too oily and sloppy. Some brands of Hummus work, especially the dry mix that you add water to. So does frosting – but if it's too sweet it can bother your throat. One guy I know discovered mashed potatoes worked for him. Like many Irishmen, he eats potatoes at every meal. When I was a young kid my mom used to put my valium in a piece of Wonder bread and I would swallow it with a bite of bread. Later we tried jam, but like frosting, it bothered my throat.

Let your children be children. In the sixties, my mom had me in tutoring programs four days a week. There was also speech therapy that did me very little good. I hated it all! To this day, the overarching memory I have of my childhood is a blur of me and mom in the car. One summer I was planning to take piano lessons, and my Occupational Therapist told my mom it would be a waste of my time and her money. But mom simply said, "If she wants to do it, she can. My piano teacher had taught blind students to play by putting their hands over her hands and letting them feel what it was like. One fall, my occupational therapist found she had to eat her words. I came in, eager to show her that I could now move my fingers independently, due to having two months of piano lessons over the summer. That was a valuable lesson to me; I learned that so-called experts or professionals do not always know the answers! it was something I enjoyed. I took lessons in high school too. Even though we were not very good piano players, my mother and I took lessons just because we enjoyed it. Many years later on the internet list for people with CP, we got to chatting about music and singing. Since music can help with having more of a social life, in addition to being fun, many of us had played an instrument or sung in a choir. My speech actually got better after I began chanting in college. My breath control got stronger, I sat straighter, and I could usually get two lines of every four lines in a stanza in the morning chant that lasted an hour. So, do not let anybody tell you or your child they can not.

As a mater of fact, my parents never let me say "I can not …" this was mostly a good thing, though at times it was exasperating trying to please my mother who sought perfection at every level from both me and my sister. I got sick of trying so hard, mostly with my speech. But in those days, there were no home computers, (my dad had one at work and it took up entire rooms!) No talking devices, no laptops. So, balance is key. You want your child to grow up to be independent, but do not harp on her at every step.

More tips later!

Which Plant Based Foods Are The Best For Building Muscle Mass?

Bodybuilding does not entirely depend on the exercise program. You should also focus on taking the right diet that enables you to build muscle. Plant based foods play an important part in building muscles as they provide the much needed nutrition. Planning a diet that helps in the building of muscle is not hard. The food that you should rely on should have a good amount of quality protein. This is in form of food and also shakes.

You should also consume a proper carbohydrate amount. This helps in making the body to have energy that is crucial when engaging in exercises.

The best Protein diet for Muscle building

All kinds of protein provide the required nutrition to aloe muscle growth. Just like with other foods, there are proteins which are better. Casein and soy are great sources of protein and they can be found in form of powder supplements. They are good when you are mixing healthy drinks or shakes. They are beneficial in building muscle. Soy is a plant based type of protein.

This makes it to be affordable. It has low fat, lactose and cholesterol. You can use soy as the main ingredient for the protein shake. The concern that people have about soy protein is that it has phytoestrogens. This is an agent which may counteract with effects of testosterone in muscle building. Whey is another protein that helps in the building of muscles as they absorb it easily.

It is a mild protein that can complement the plant based soy. Due to the fast absorption of whey, it helps in building more muscles within a short period. This is why it is important in protein synthesis. Apart from facilitating growth of the muscle tissues, whey helps in faster recovery of muscles.

Although casein is not among the plant based foods, it complements whey. Casein is a main component in milk. It is a protein that is slow digesting as it forms a compound that is gel like in digestive system. The slow absorption is effective in reducing the protein breakdown. Animal products are good sources of protein and these are the ones that many people rely on.

They can help in muscle growth but most of these products have plenty of fats unlike the plant based foods. You should be careful when you are choosing the foods that you consume in order to get protein. The best way of building muscle is by eating food that has high protein content. This helps in optimizing the growth of muscles.

The Best Muscle building Diet Drinks

Apart from getting protein from foods, you can also get it from protein shakes. Shakes are a superior diet in helping to build muscle. Shakes are simple to create and can be used by the body builders who have many commitments and they lack time to prepare plant based foods that have high protein content. The appropriate time to consume the protein shakes is during the morning hours before a work out.

How to Prevent Cold Sores, Cold Sores Prevention

The herpes simplex type 1 virus, which is the main cause of cold sores, may be acquired by from an infected individual through saliva and most often through kissing. Once an individual has the virus, it may not develop directly into skin blisters but remain inactive in the nerves. In fact, some people with the herpes simplex type 1 virus do not experience cold sores. Others do not only experience this skin condition once but can also have recurring sores in a year or even in months. Although the virus may be inactive, it can lead to outbreak of these blisters when it is triggered by some risk factors.

You should avoid contact with people who already have sores. Don’t even dare to touch the affected area. If you happen to touch fever blisters otherwise known as cold sores, then wash your hands immediately so that it doesn’t spread to your face.

If you aren’t sick and if you don’t have hormone changes a lot, then you could get a cold blister from getting hurt. Any type of trauma or injury to the skin that is around your lips can cause blisters. Injury also means dry lips or cracked lips. It can also be caused from the injury your skin received from cosmetic surgery, chemical peels or laser therapy.

Cold sores, otherwise known as fever blisters, are not a disease. They are the outward sign, or symptom, of someone that is carrying the herpes simplex virus. It’s interesting to note that almost 80% of the population, according to some estimates, is carrying the herpes simplex virus but very few of those people will ever experience a cold sore. For the rest of us the disease lies dormant throughout our lives. So now that you know what causes them, how can you prevent cold sores?

HSV or herpes simplex virus is the inner source of the cold sore. This virus is spread through direct contact with the skin and mucous membranes. When a person has a visible cold sore, the virus is in its most contagious state. The most common way to spread the virus is by kissing another person who has it. Sharing items like utensils, toothbrushes, razors, towels, and napkins.

There are several ways in which you can prevent cold sores. The first would be to avoid being kissed by someone who already has the infection. Sharing of things like utensils, facial towels, lip balm is not recommended as you can very easily pick the virus from them. Make sure that you wash or disinfect your hands after touching the infected area.

Well, it is an infection on the side of the lip which looks like a small scabby blister that usually grows itself on the outer edge of your lip. There are other references on how people call a cold sore. Another name that is used when referring to a cold sore is the name “fever blisters”. Fever blisters are very uncomfortable infections that one receives on the side of their lips. They normally occur in a sort of purple reddish color.

SCI Attorneys – How They Mitigate Victims' Pain and Injury

Spinal cord injury is one of the most severe injuries a person may suffer as a result of a major accident. In California alone, thousands fall victims to spinal cord injury caused by accidents involving vehicles, during activities like sports or work, and from defective or weak structures in a property.

A spinal cord injury range is generally determined by which vertebrae of the spinal cord have been injured. The term paraplegia is used to describe when a person has lost feeling and is not able to move the lower parts of the body. Tetraplegia, previously called quadriplegia, pertains to loss of movement and sensory detection in both the upper and lower parts of the body.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association compiled the data which show the breakdown of causes of spinal cord injuries. Here is the list:

o 44% – motor vehicle accidents

o 24% – violent acts

o 22% – falls

o 8% – sports

o 2% – other causes

Spinal injury attorneys represent victims who suffer spinal cord injuries from the following incidents:

o motor vehicle accidents involving automobiles, motorcycles, SUVs or pickup trucks

o truck accidents involving semi trailer tractor combinations, delivery vans, or rental trucks

o sports injuries suffered while diving, swimming, skiing, boating or playing team sports such as football, rugby or hockey

o recreational vehicle accidents ATVs, snow mobiles, jet skis, or other personal watercraft

o dangerous property conditions, including fall from heights

o other accidents caused by negligence

How Lawyers Help Spinal Cord Injury Victims

Spinal cord injury (SCI) attorneys are familiar with the complex issues associated with spinal cord, disc injuries and nerve damage. They understand the pain and suffering that spinal cord injury victims have to undergo.

To complement the rehabilitation efforts of medical and health providers, spinal cord injury attorneys offer advice on special care and treatment, long-term care and other economic needs, as well as compassionate counsel and support to victims. Aside from medical and legal issues, spinal cord injury lawyers also deal with matters such as the necessity or appropriateness of certain treatment, who will pay for the care, and the consequences and needs of the injured person and the family.

The spinal cord injury attorney helps doctors identify and document the injury in its early stage to determine the need for treatment and to know the economic consequences of the injury. They also attend to the needs of the victims' families.

Evaluation and collection of evidence can be best managed by a spinal cord injury attorney. His skills and experience in assessing the cause of accident will help determine whether the injured person and the family are eligible for disability benefits, medicare benefits, etc. At the most, spinal cord injury attorneys help victims and their families cope with the grief and trauma of the accident. Spinal cord injury attorneys help soften the impact of the accident on the victim and their families.

To improve your chances in obtaining recovery from spinal cord injuries, the assistance of a personal injury attorney who specializes in spinal cord injuries is essential.

Someone is on a Negligently acted the if or Carelessly, causing your spinal cord injury, seek the Assistance of our reputable California spinal cord injury attorneys . Qualified Reviews Our personal injury advocates will guarantee full and dependable services to get a positive result on your case.

Not Sure How to Choose a Reliable Web Host?

How can you determine whether a web host is really good or just “so-so”? Do disk storage features and bandwidth still carry weight in this day and age? What type of hosting service should you choose? Read on to get answers to some of these questions:

Recognize Your Hosting Needs

First of all, you should know what you need to look for in a web host that is right for you. Before going any further, place everything aside (together with this guide) and think about your needs.

  • What type of website do you want to create?
  • Are you interested in something common like, for instance, a WordPress blog?
  • Do you require Windows applications?
  • Do you need a special version of software for your website (i.e. PHP)?
  • What traffic volume do you expect, big or small?

Some basic questions you need to answer on your own are as follows:

Picture in your mind the way you want your website to look. Think about what could happen within the next 12 months.

Uptime Scores/Server Reliability

It is crucial to have a web host that operates 24/7. In addition, the chosen service should work on a powerful server with stable network connections. The ideal uptime score is 99.5% and anything lower than 99% should not be accepted.

There are several, different ways to get info on a web host uptime. Also, you can use server monitor tools to track these metrics. Most of these tools are available for a free trial and are user-friendly.

Hosting Signup vs. Renewal Cost Prices

Shared hosting and other hosting deals usually sell very cheap when you signup, but are more expensive when you renew. This is an industry standard. You cannot avoid these expensive renewal costs except perhaps if you want to move from one web host to another every year or so.

Generally, shared hosting that costs lower than $10 per month is reasonable, however, you may find it hard to tolerate. Therefore, if you do not want unpleasant surprises, check the TOS to make sure you agree to the renewal prices before signing up.

Refund Policy

  • If you want to cancel your host during the trial period, will you get a full refund from the company?
  • What is the refund policy after the trial period?
  • Are there any cancellation fees?

Before you sign up, ask some basic questions.

It is crucial to know that your web host deals with customer refunds. This way, you do not have to spend too much in case any problems arise.

Some web hosts charge exorbitant fees whenever users cancel their account within the trail period. As an advice, stay away from such hosting providers at any cost. In contrast, there are hosting companies that offer money back guarantees at any given time, wherein you can receive a pro-rated refund when your trial period has ended.

Shingles Pain – Some Flippy Ideas

Here is an idea about shingles pain relief. I did not think of this. Neuroscientists have been working with it for a while. In my thinking, I am focusing on PHN or post herpetic neuralgia, however. PHN is the pain that does not go away after the shingles rash has resolved. About 12% to 15% of patients get PHN after shingles. Over 1 million people, mostly over age 60 get PHN each year. For some the pain is severe, and sometimes lasts months or over a year.

Here is the idea. I recently read an article about itching after shingles by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker. His is a long article, but if I can put the gist of it together, he is reporting about changing views of perception and pain. In this newer view, perception is more a construction in the brain, than it is simple reception of impulses. Some research seems to show that about 80% of what we see and otherwise perceive is a mind map rather than straight impulses from the world.

A good example is the case of phantom pain in amputees missing limbs. Amputees experience complex phantom sensations from limbs that are not present. They can feel as if water is dripping down the missing limb, it is hot, cold, or in some odd position. Clearly the missing limb does not sense anything, and cutting the stump shorter has not relieved the sensations either. So the problem is not coming from damaged and frayed nerves at the end of the stump. It is coming from the brain itself.

Enter the mirror box. It has been found that using a mirror box with an amputee's functional arm and its reflection can "fool" the patient into thinking that he has both of his limbs again, and miraculously cause the phantom sensations to stop. The brain constructions that have been forming missing limb sensations get reset. In fact, some amputees report that the phantom limb shrinks back into the stump and stays there.

So how about using mirrors at right angles to each other to allow a person with PHN to view his body. Set up the mirror box so that the healthy, non painful side is duplicated in the mirror box so that it appears like a whole body. He would have to hold still for it to work. Shingles, conveniently, only occurs on one side of the body or the other. This might trick the brain into reconsidering its guessing game about reality, and stop the phantom or neuropathic pain.

Like I said, I did not originate this line of thinking, but applying it to PHN may be something new to look at. Shingles pain and PHN in particular are very challenging to treat. What if something as simple as a mirror box could bring relief. See why I called it a flippy idea.

The connection between alcohol and yeast infection

Candida sufferers can definitely benefit from the knowledge that alcoholic beverages won’t do you any favors in terms of fighting or preventing yeast infections. Alcohol like wine and beer contain vast amounts of yeast and sugar and following a yeast free diet can help with your yeast infection problems.

Refraining from consuming beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages can definitely help you in your quest to eradicate your body of pesky candida albicans. While this bacteria might be present in your body anyway, feeding yourself certain foods can help the bacteria grow and reproduce at astronomical levels. Because this bacterium feasts and thrives on sugar and other yeasts, consuming beer, wine and spirits is definitely a big no-no.

Don’t feed candida bacteria what they want.

While some people look to prescription medications for a candida cure, more people than ever are realizing that closely monitoring how your body reacts to various foods and beverages is one of the top ways to battle this problem. Yeast infections are very common in women and even in men and because of today’s diet and lifestyle, more people than ever deal with chronic yeast infections that cause many problems above and beyond vaginal discharge and rashes. Many other symptoms continuously present themselves in people that represent excessive yeast accumulation in their bodies.

Bread, beer, wine, mushrooms, refined sugars and other foods that contain yeast or fungus can be enjoyed by people who aren’t susceptible to yeast infections but if you’re suffering from candida or are very prone to candida, you could find that refraining is going to help you overcome this problem and minimize your risk of getting it on a regular basis and therefore reducing the need for prescription medication that only temporarily solves this repetitive problem.

If you take proactive measures to control yeast levels in your body by taking probiotics and generally following a candida diet, you could partake in the occasional beverage of the alcoholic variety but when you’re trying to control an ongoing problem it may be necessary to look at your diet carefully and closely and only add restricted foods and drinks one at a time back into your diet in order to see how much of a yeast producing culprit they are for you.

Outdoor Backpack Buying Tips

Buying an outdoor backpack can be a challenging task. There are various sizes, colors, shapes and of course brands and qualities. So how do you determine which outdoor backpack is best suited for your needs? This article will help you with that by giving you some tips what to look for when you want to purchase one.

The first thing you should look at is where you are going to use the backpack for. Outdoor backpacks come in so many specialized designs, there are hiking backpacks, fishing backpacks, backpacks for water sports and so on. These different backpacks all have their own functionality but you may not need all of those extras. If for example you need an outdoor backpack for a day trip, you do not need one that can carry a tent or a sleeping bag and also probably do not need a lot of storage space so a smaller day pack would be fine. When on the other hand you need a backpack to go on a weekend hiking trip, you Will need the space to carry all the necessary items along. If your outdoor activities bring you close to water like kayaking or rafting, it's wise to look at a more waterproof outdoor backpack. So determine the usage of the backpack as well as the environment you are going to use it in.

Also look at how many times a year you will use the backpack. If it's for a one time event, a lower quality backpack might be fine, but when you use it more often you're going to have a lot more fun buying a good quality backpack. This will cost you more but certainly is worth the money.

It is very important that you buy a backpack that fits you well. There is nothing more frustrating then being on an outdoor trip and having back pain or a sore shoulder because your backpack is not the right size or adjusted to your body. So it's better to look for an outdoor backpack that has adjustable straps that you can adjust to your length and body measurements. Look for the backpacks that have a waist band. The waist band will take the weight of your back and let you carry it on your hips. Make sure you adjust the waist band tightly around your hips and after that adjust your shoulder straps. Again, a correctly adjusted outdoor backpack can save you a lot of back pain.

Backpacks also come with a lot of different compartments. If you go on a longer hiking trip you may want to have a compartment for a handheld gps, or for your cell phone that is easily accessible. If you carry your tent and sleeping bag along you may want to look at easy storage compartments that are accessible through zippers on top and bottom of your backpack. This comes in handy when you need an item that is stored on the bottom of your backpack so you do not need to empty the whole backpack to get to it, but simply open the bottom zippers. When you are hiking in a more challenging dry, hot environment you may want to look for an outdoor backpack that has a hydration pack included. This is a build in water tank that enables you to drink out of a attached water tube without using your hands or holding a water bottle. Also a good backpack for mountain biking or other sports activities.

When you buy your outdoor backpack it's important that you take your time. If you buy a good quality backpack it will last a very long time and it will be your closest buddy on your outdoor trip. Good luck in your search and have a great outdoor adventure!

Mouthwash For Tonsil Stones

It is a known fact that diseases are caused due to the presence of bacteria which are known for producing sulfur. This in turn results in the development of halitosis or bad breath in disease sufferers. When alcohol based mouthwashes are used they tend to make the mouth dry and increase risk of forming even more bacteria inside the mouth region. But it should be kept in mind that not all mouthwashes have an alcohol base. There are various types of products which are very reliable than the commercially available alcohol based ones.

The reason for the ineffectiveness of alcohol based mouthwashes is due to the bacterial production on a continuous basis. Hence before getting a mouthwash it is better to consult the doctor or dentist to know which type of mouthwashes would be suitable to get rid of halitosis and in turn get rid of diseases. It might not be wise to spend more amounts on mouthwashes which do not work effectively. But mouthwashes play a great role in preventing the formation of diseases. Mouthwashes or saline water rinses can be part of the daily oral hygiene routine that can flush out any bacteria or virus present in the tonsils and in turn prevents the formation of diseases.

Oxygenating mouthwashes are considered to be best solution to get rid of bad breath and diseases. The main job of the oxygenating mouthwashes is to remove the bacteria if any present in the tongue or mouth that they prevent them from building up to form diseases at a later stage. Apart from taking off bacteria from mouth, oxygenating mouthwashes also removes dead cells if any present in the mouth. Scraping the tongue using tongue cleaner should not be avoided as it is a very good technique to dislodge dead cells and bacteria. There should be no white matter over the tongue then only it means that the tongue is cleanly scraped off.

When buying mouthwashes one should read the label carefully to note down the ingredients. If the word alcohol base is printed on the label, such mouthwashes need to be avoided instead the label should read as oxygenated mouthwashes. Even though all sorts of precautions and various products like mouthwashes are used to get rid of bad breath and diseases there should also be curbing of certain food stuffs that might encourage formation and multiplication of bacteria like the dairy products. Beverages containing alcohol too should be avoided as they too can encourage bacterial growth in the mouth.

Home Remedies for Curing Tonsil Stones

Tonsillectomy not only can lead to various health problems later but also does not come at a cheaper price. The surgery can also hinder day to day activities for some time. Hence, it is avoided most often. In fact, there are natural and scientifically proven ways to get rid of tonsil stones so they never return. It’s absolutely not necessary to go for a long, drawn out surgery or wasting your money on expensive nasal sprays and tablets.

Shaken Baby Is A Bitter Chocolate

 Shaken Baby Syndrome:

            It is a form of child abuse that occurs when an abuser violently shakes an infant or small child, creating a whiplash-type motion that causes acceleration-deceleration injuries. SBS, a major cause of death in infants, is often fatal and can cause severe brain damage, resulting in lifelong disability. Estimated death rates among infants with SBS range from 15 to 38. It refers to brain injury that happens to the child. It occurs when someone shakes a baby or slams or throws a baby against an object. A child could be shaken by the arms, legs, chest, or shoulders.

Some experts use the term shaken-impact syndrome, because injury from throwing a child against a surface can equal that of shaking. It can also be used the term “abusive head trauma” or “intentional head injury.”

This is a severe form of head injury caused by violently shaking an infant. It usually occurs in children younger than 2 years old, but may be seen in children up to the age of 5. The violent shaking may result in severe injuries to the infant including permanent brain damage or death. Shaken Baby Syndrome mainly occurs from shaking or hitting the head of an infant or small child. SBS occurs when an abuser violently shakes an infant to create whiplash that causes blindness, seizures, learning, physical disabilities and death. SBS usually goes together with smacking of the infant against a hard object, and in several cases, it is known as the shaken impact syndrome.

A baby’s head is large and heavy in proportion to their body. For this reason, when a baby is dropped or thrown, he will tend to land on his head. There is space between the brain and skull to allow for growth and development. The baby’s neck muscles and ligaments are weak and underdeveloped. All of these factors make infants highly vulnerable to whiplash forces.

When an infant or young toddler is shaken, the soft, pliable skull is not yet strong enough to absorb much of the force. The forces are thus transmitted to the brain, which then rebounds against the skull causing bruising of the brain (cerebral contusion), swelling, pressure, and bleeding (intracerebral hemorrhage).

The large veins along the outside of the brain are also vulnerable to tear with these injuries which can lead to further bleeding, swelling, and increased pressure (subdural hematoma). This can easily cause permanent, severe brain damage or death.

 Causes of SBS

SBS/AHT is a used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child. Any of these injuries can lead to severe disability or death. For such cases seeking medical attention is must immediately


Symptoms vary among kids based on their age .Shaking may produce no visible symptoms in the baby even when extensive damage has occurred within the brain. Internal (inside) bleeding within the skull may cause the brain to swell. If the swollen brain pushes against the skull, damage to nerves and other parts of the brain may occur. Such damage can cause serious problems including blindness, hearing loss, paralysis, speech impairment, mental retardation, learning disabilities, and death.

Common Symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome:

* Lethargy / decreased muscle tone

* Extreme irritability

* Decreased appetite, poor feeding or vomiting for no apparent reason

* Grab-type bruises on arms or chest are rare

* No smiling or vocalization

* Poor sucking or swallowing

* Rigidity or posturing

* Difficulty breathing

* Seizures

* Head or forehead appears larger than usual or soft-spot on head appears to be bulging

* Inability to lift head

* Inability of eyes to focus or track movement or unequal size of pupils

SBS is accompanied by a variety of signs, which range from mild to severe and nonspecific to obviously head trauma-related. The characteristic injuries associated with SBS include retinal hemorrhages, multiple fractures of the long bones, and subdural hematomas (bleeding in the brain). These signs have evolved through the years as the accepted and recognized signs of child abuse and the shaken baby syndrome. Medical professionals strongly suspect shaking as the cause of injuries when a baby or small child presents with retinal hemorrhage, fractures, soft tissue injuries or subdural hematoma that cannot be explained by accidental trauma or other medical conditions. Other effects of SBS are diffuse axonal injury, oxygen deprivation and swelling of the brain, which can raise intracranial pressure and damage delicate brain tissue. Victims of SBS may display irritability, failure to thrive, alterations in eating patterns, lethargy, vomiting, seizures, bulging or tense fontanels, increased size of the head, altered respirations, and dilated pupils.

Fractures of the vertebrae and ribs may also be associated with SBS

* Change in behavior, irritability

* Lethargy, sleepiness, or loss of consciousness

* Pale or bluish skin

* Vomiting

* Convulsions (seizures)

* Poor eating

* Not breathing (apnea)


There are usually no witnesses to the shaking. The baby may seem to be normal for a period of time after shaking. Babies who act abnormally may be diagnosed with some other medical disorder. Some changes in behavior that may suggest SBS include vomiting, seizures, or loss of consciousness. A baby may also have difficulty breathing, sucking, swallowing, or making sounds. Shaken baby syndrome is often difficult to diagnose.

Additional clues about SBS sometimes come from interviews with the baby’s parents. The parents may offer other reasons for the baby’s unusual behavior. The explanations offered may not seem reasonable to a doctor. Diagnosis may do on child’s medical history or with physical exam and blood tests. Imaging tests such as X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI can look for bleeding problems or other injury.

Immediate Consequences:

* Breathing may stop or be compromised

* Extreme irritability

* Seizures

* Limp arms and legs or rigidity/posturing

* Decreased level of consciousness

* Vomiting; poor feeding

* Inability to suck or swallow

* Heart may stop

* Death

Long-Term Consequences:

* Learning disabilities

* Physical disabilities

* Visual disabilities or blindness

* Hearing impairment

* Speech disabilities

* Cerebral Palsy

* Seizures

* Behavior disorders

* Cognitive impairment

* Death


To prevent shaken baby syndrome is by only creating awareness and educating

* Never shake a baby or child, whether in play or in anger.

* Do not hold baby during an argument.

* Utilize the resources such as a local crisis hotline or child abuse hotline.

* Try to calm down the tension or anger

Role of Social Worker in SBS

Prevention is similar to the prevention of child abuse in general and in giving counseling to the care taker. New parents, babysitters, and other caregivers can be making aware about the dangers of shaking infants.

It is important to get help if something doesn’t seem right with baby. Shaken baby syndrome may cause only mild symptoms at first, but any head injury in a young child can be dangerous. A child who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or has seizures needs hospital care right away. Caregivers need strategies to cope with their own frustrations and tension which should not cause any injuries physically or psychologically to the babies.

* Counseling to avoid SBS

* Learn the essentials to maintain a healthy baby

* Teaching Safety and care for baby

* Affordable child-care options

* Care and treatment

* Professional Training

Providing scientific information regarding SBS to the care givers of the child and by creating awareness and information to parents, baby sitters and care givers about the effects of shaking the baby hall extended to mass media level too.


* American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Shaken baby syndrome:

* Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, American Academy of Pediatrics (2001). Shaken baby syndrome: Rotational cranial injuries-Technical report. Pediatrics, 108(1): 206–210

* David TJ (1999). “Shaken baby (shaken impact) syndrome: non-accidental head injury in infancy” (PDF). J R Soc Med 92 (11): 556–61. PMID 10703491

* National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (7 September 2006). “Child Maltreatment: Fact Sheet”. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Retrieved on 2006-10-09

* Swenson MS, Levitt C. Shaken baby syndrome: Diagnosis and prevention. Minnesota Med 1997;80:41–44.

* Showers J. “Don’t shake the baby”: The effectiveness of a prevention program. Child Abuse Negl 1992;16:11–18.

* The Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Multidisciplinary Approach by Stephen Lazoritz, Vincent J. Palusci Published by Haworth Press, 2002

* The Arc (2004). Shaken Baby Syndrome. Silver Spring, MD: The Arc. Available online: http://www.thearc.org/faqs/shakenbabysyndrome.doc.

KeyWords: SBS – shaken Baby Syndrome, AHT- A head Trauma, symptoms and SocialWorkers.