What is Organic Art?

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                “There is Motive”

36×48 acrylic, ink, salt, canvas

By Deb Haugen

“The Organic Artist”

or·gan·ic  (ôr-g?n’?k)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms: organic matter.
  2. Simple, healthful, and close to nature: an organic lifestyle
  3. Resembling a living organism in organization or development; interconnected: society as an organic whole.
  4. Constituting an integral part of a whole; fundamental.
  5. Involving organisms or the products of their life processes.

The term “Organic” can be applied to a variety of subjects. I’m writing about “Organic Art“, and what that means to me, as people have tagged me….The Organic Artist. I have always been more comfortable outside, I just prefer nature to walls. As a child my Mom had to drag me inside every night. I lived just up the hill from a swamp, I know my fascination was born there in that magical swamp. I have very strong beliefs in helping our environment, and concerns for the future of our planet.
   

When you think of the term organic, you obviously first think of produce, that has been organically grown without chemicals. I think when referring to Art with the term Organic attached, we naturally will conjure up pictures in our minds of natural looking things,  a lush landscape, a gnarled tree, or a bunch of freshly picked flowers, maybe even a basket of produce.   

I first thought about the concept of “Organic Art” while walking the creek bed behind my home in Malibu, Ca. I wanted to capture on canvas the feel of  hiking the trails, or exploring the creek. I wanted to convey my response  to nature, something that had a truly innate natural look and feel to it. To take it a step further, I wanted to show the fundamentals of nature that we see daily, that are so strikingly familiar to us, and their relationship to time.  

I’m  intrigued by micro assemblages, tucked just below the surface, unusual hidden worlds complete in themselves. Macro and micro organic happenings are ongoing constantly, natural occurrences that also have to do with the passage of time. Time reveals itself through rotted wood, new growth, death, strata on the side of a mountain wall, all these things show the evolution of our Earth, organic markings of the passage of time.     Now, mix these  with feelings of emotion,  physical movement of an artist responding to nature, and you have what I call….Organic Art. It is an artists vision of nature, natures movement through time, and that particular artists feelings, and responses. I want the viewer to re-live an atmospheric memory in their relationship to nature and my artwork.

Organic art can also be termed “Organic” by the materials an artist is using. Artists use organic pigments, leaves, branches, berries, stones, etc. An assemblage of natural materials, a sculpture in  wood  or marble, stones stacked/placed  along side a river……..or even crop circles, they are all examples of what I would term Organic Art. 

 I find that creating abstract art with an “Organic” sensitivity in mind lends itself to speak of the emotions involved, rather than painting a pretty sunset that we all recognize to be a sunset. The realistic landscape artist discusses the beauty of a forest they are painting. I am focused on the emotions and feelings that my art conveys, atmospheric memories relived. Organic art reeks of a certain familiarity, something very fundamental, and essential in our daily lives. My paintings convey the organic complexities that surround us, sometimes about serenity, sometimes complex layering systems of decay  or destruction. All of life responds to the primitive, tangible, evolution of our planet, some just a little closer to the source. Organic art is rudimentary, it is essential, it’s primordial, supportive and vital. It might express itself in a piece of  raku fired ceramic, a collection of twigs, or paint on a canvas, twisted, layered, and textured. Organic art is all around us. Look at the car bumper rusted in a gorgeous swirl of burnt sienna, or the red paint peeling off the fence, they are all examples of a natural art being effected by time. Organic art is and always has been a part of our ever changing planet.

Stomach Cancer – Causes of Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer is more readily treated when caught early. Unfortunately, by the time stomach cancer causes symptoms, it’s often at an advanced stage and may have spread beyond the stomach. Yet there is encouraging news. You can reduce your risk of stomach cancer by making a few changes in your lifestyle. It is hard to diagnose stomach cancer in its early stages. Indigestion and stomach discomfort can be symptoms of early cancer, but other problems can cause the same symptoms. In advanced cases, there may be blood in your stool, vomiting, unexplained weight loss, jaundice or trouble swallowing.
Stomach cancer is more common in developing nations, while becoming less common in Western countries including Australia. At present, stomach cancer is still the fourth most common cause of death from cancer. There appear to be two types of gastric (stomach) cancer. Cancer of the stomach, or gastric cancer, is a disease in which stomach cells become malignant (cancerous) and grow out of control, forming a tumor. Almost all stomach cancers (95%) start in the glandular tissue that lines the stomach. The tumor may spread along the stomach wall or may grow directly through the wall and shed cells into the bloodstream or lymphatic system. Once beyond the stomach, cancer can spread to other organs.
Cells from malignant tumors can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. Cancer cells spread by breaking away from the original tumor and entering the bloodstream or the lymphatic system. The cells invade other organs and form new tumors that damage these organs. The spread of cancer is called metastasis. There are about 9,000 new cases of stomach cancer diagnosed every year and it’s more common in men, particularly in late middle age. Stomoch cancer is on the decrease and is now about half as common as it was 30 years ago.

Causes of Stomach Cancer

Tobacco and alcohol use. Tobacco use can irritate the stomach lining, which may help explain why smokers have twice the rate of stomach cancer that nonsmokers do. Alcohol has been associated with an increased risk of stomach cancer, but the link between the two isn’t clear.

Type A blood: Blood type groups refer to certain substances that are normally present on the surface of red blood cells and some other types of cells. These groups are important in matching blood for transfusions. For unknown reasons, people with type A blood have a higher risk of getting stomach cancer.

Cancer can either be malignant or benign. Benign cancer is curable, meaning that there is some medical way of being able to provide a curing solution to the cancer-hit part of the body. On the other hand, malignant cancer is a lot more serious since this means that cancer has developed into something complicated where medical resources have close to lesser chances of medicinal resolution.

People who have pernicious anaemia (an autoimmune condition where the lining of the stomach becomes thin, less acid is produced and anaemia develops due to lack of vitamin B12), atrophic gastritis, or a hereditary condition of growths in the stomach are at a higher risk of developing this type of cancer.

A diet high in salt and nitrates and low in vitamins A and C increases the risk for stomach cancer. Other dietary risk factors include food preparation (e.g., preserving food by smoking, salt-curing, pickling, or drying) and environment (e.g., lack of refrigeration, poor drinking water). A diet high in raw fruits and vegetables, citrus fruits, and fiber may lower the risk for stomach cancer.

Stomach polyps may become cancerous (malignant) and are thus removed. Adenocarcinoma of the stomach is particularly likely to develop if the polyps consist of glandular cells, if the polyps are larger than ¾ inch (2 centimeters), or if several polyps exist.
Exposure to certain dusts, molds, fumes, and other environmental agents at home or in the workplace has been linked to a higher than average risk of stomach cancer.Some experts believe that smoking might increase stomach cancer risk.

Natural Treatment of Pharyngitis – Acute Or Chronic

The natural treatment of pharyngitis, whether acute or chronic hinges on how healthy your immune system is.

Pharyngitis is the inflammation of the pharynx, resulting in a sore throat. Acute pharyngitis will run its course of a few days or a week. Chronic pharyngitis is the repeated inflammation of your pharynx and, although comes regularly, is often less severe than the acute form.

Other symptoms may accompany this, such as a lot of mucous production, swelling, pain and a mild fever.

Normally the treatment of pharyngitis consists of antibiotics. But there are always alternative ways to achieve anything. And the great news about the natural treatment of anything is that it only works by boosting your immune system.

A far cry from the immune suppressant effect of antibiotics.

The homeopathic medicine Mercurius is a common medicine in good home prescribing kits. It is often indicated in any throat, or gland swelling issues. But you need more than one strong keynote of the medicine matching your symptoms, for a positive outcome.

Other symptoms of Mercurius include:

  • a metallic taste in your mouth
  • in intolerance of extreme temperatures or weather
  • a worsening of symptoms at night
  • a slight swelling of your tongue indicated by the teeth marks around the edges
  • an excess of saliva which may be slimy
  • a slight tremour of your hands.
  • the frequent use of antibiotics for repeated infections of your throat, gums or ears

Mercurius can be used for any animal with pharyngitis, not just for humans. As long as at least three strong keynotes match the medicine to the patient's symptoms, great things should result.

Tonsil Stones Treatment – How to Cure Tonsil Stones?

Tonsil stones treatment is available to all who want to help their problem and can be capable of astounding results for most, if used in the correct way. With this ailment it's not like taking a tablet and you are cured, you must change your daily oral routine a little and regularly keep using the products in the recommended way if you want to see good results.

A tonsil stone can be an annoying nuisance and give the feeling of a foreign body stuck in the throat for some. The stones can vary in size from being very tiny right up to the size of a pea, but people who only produce small stones may not feel them at all. Some only feel their presence when they eventually work loose and are coughed up into the mouth.

The scientific name for this condition is tonsilloliths and if you do suffer with tonsil stones this can be an indication that you may also have bad breath. The same volatile sulfur compounds are found in both conditions and if you ever break open a tonsil stone you will know just how awful the smell can be. The only way to describe the stench from the stones is by comparing it to rotten eggs or vomit.

Some try to squeeze out the tonsillolith by pressing and scratching at the tonsils with their fingers. Others attempt the same procedure using an implement of some kind to push them out of the crypts within the tonsil. Please be aware that this can be a potentially hazardous and unhygienic method of removing the stones with the possibility of making them bleed and feel sore.

If you do insist on squeezing them out, it is possibly better to first make sure you have scrubbed your hands clean and then use a moistened cotton bud to gently squeeze the tonsil until the tonsillolith works its way free. Remember that pushing anything down your throat can make you gag and will not cure tonsil stones for good. In fact this will do nothing at all for any bad breath issues or horrible dry tastes you may have and is not a method I would personally endorse.

The best tonsil stones treatment in my opinion and one that I have personally used to great effect is a complete oral hygiene kit that works at eliminating the underlying problems to stop the tonsilloliths and bad breath for good. If used correctly it should stop tonsil stones from ever forming again, get rid of any bad breath issues and give you that constant fresh breath feeling.

Should Incense be Outlawed? Raises Cancer and Asthma Risks

n case you think that burning incense sticks or incense cones is harmless activity you may want to reconsider after you read the list of toxic stuff that comes from the burning tip of an incense stick:

Similar to second hand smoke, pollutants emitted from incense burning in a close area are clearly dangerous to your health. Particulate matters (PM), and some of volatile organic compounds, ketones, xylenes, and ambrette, aldehydes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, diethylphthalate (DEP) are toxic to the lung and produce allergies in the skin and eyes. It is relatively difficult to directly study the effect of incense smoke pollutants on health, several epidemiological studies have provided evidence that they do cause health problems and raise cancer concerns.

There are various forms of incenses, including incense sticks, joss sticks, incense cones, coils, powders, rope, rocks / charcoal, and smudge bundles. A typical composition of stick incense consists of 21% (by weight) of herbal and wood powder, 35% of fragrance material, 11% of adhesive powder, and 33% of bamboo stick. It will take from 50 to 90 minutes to burn a stick of incense. When incense is burning, it emits smoke (fumes) containing particulate matter (PM), gas products and other organic compounds. Once the incense coating section has burned completely, the burning extinguishes itself at the tip of the bare bamboo part of the stick. The gas products from burning incense include CO, CO2, NO2, SO2, and others. Incense burning also produces volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, toluene, and xylenes, as well as aldehydes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which mostly are absorbed on particle matter.

It is difficult to say which respiratory ailments are specifically the result of incense exposure since the data on this is limited. It is clear that the smoke produced does contain harmful compounds. Epidemiological studies have reported associations between air particulate matter (especially the fine particles) and several acute health effects, including mortality, hospital admissions,asthma symptoms, and lung dysfunction. The USEPA 2004 Air Quality Criteria for Particulate Matter conclusion states that Particles in the range 10 to 2.5 ?m were associated with respiratory morbidity. Smaller particles are even worse for the lungs because they get farther into the small airways and alveoli of the lungs where they may cause damage. The burning of incense could generate large quantities of Particulate Matter. On average, incense produces Particulate Matter greater than 45 mg/g burned, as compared to 10 mg/g burned for the cigarettes.

Other gases in incense are also not good for your respiratory health:

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It is poisonous and it is formed by partial combustion of organic compounds, such as incense, hydrocarbons, wood,cigarette, and fossil fuels. Carbon monoxide combines with hemoglobin more tightly than oxygen, by a factor of 200-300. Carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to transport oxygen. Inhaling Carbon monoxide in low concentrations will result in headaches, dizziness, weakness and nausea, while high concentrations can kill.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) — Health effects of exposures to sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide can include reduced work capacity, aggravation of existing cardiovascular diseases, effects on pulmonary function, respiratory illnesses, lung irritation, and alterations in the lung’s defense system.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that have low boiling points and therefore evaporate easily at room temperature. Common VOCs include benzene, toluene, xylenes, and isoprene. Acute symptoms of VOC exposures are: eye irritation/watering, nose irritation, throat irritation, headaches, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, and asthma exacerbation. Chronic symptoms of VOC exposure are: cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, central nervous system damage. Incense burning generates CO, isoprene and benzene.

Aldehydes and Ketones—-Most incense materials produce aldehydes and ketones during combustion. Burning incense is also known to generate aerosols and formaldehyde. Lin and Tang investigated the content of particulates in Chinese incense smoke and found that acrolein, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde were predominantly adsorbed on smaller particulates, especially those particulates with size of 3.3-4.7 microns and 2.1-3.3 microns. The small particles are the ones that get furthest into the lungs. Aldehydes are volatile organic compounds typically characterized by their irritating properties. In addition to irritating skin, eyes and the upper respiratory tract, aldehydes also affect nasal mucous membranes and oral passages, producing a burning sensation, bronchial constriction, choking, and coughing. Exposures to formaldehyde are of concern because formaldehyde is a potent sensory irritant and is classified as a probable human carcinogen. Epidemiological studies have correlated wood dust and formaldehyde with nasal cancer.
Diethylphthalate (DEP) –In India, diethylphthalate is used extensively in the incense stick industry as a binder of perfumes. It can be emitted into the air during incense burning. Eggert and Hansen reported that DEP emission from various incense could be as high as 16,365 mcg/m3. Diethylphthalate (DEP), is a phthalate compound used as a plasticizer and a detergent base, is a suspected carcinogen and probable hormone disrupting compound implicated in fertility problems and DNA damage in sperm. Diethylphthalate (DEP) alone leads to severe impairment of lipid metabolism coupled with toxic injury to the liver.
More of the details about incense are described in the article: http://healthblaster.com/2008/04/should-incense-be-oulawed-raises-cancer-and-asthma-risks/

Metabolic Liver Disease

The primary function of your liver in your body is to regulate your metabolism. Without the liver, you will not be able to metabolize your intake of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It accomplishes this function by working closely with your other systems such as you lymphatic system, circulatory system, as and endocrine system. In order for your liver to metabolize the fats, carbohydrates, and proteins in your body, it must be healthy and free of any diseases.

Bile Production

Your liver produces and secretes a product called bile. This is what makes it possible for your liver to metabolize your intake of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. This fluid is a very important presence in your body due to the fact that it aids in the elimination of contaminants in your body, such as drugs. The bile system is also responsible for re-circulating your red blood cells.

Failure to Produce Bile

It is possible for a type of liver disease to cause the liver to stop the secretion of bile. When this happens, the liver loses the capability to metabolize the fats, carbohydrate, and proteins.

The only way fats can be absorbed into your blood system is if bile is present. This is why it would be impossible for your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins without bile. These vitamins, such as vitamins A, K, D, and E, are essential for your liver to function properly. Without bile present in your system, your body will not be able to absorb and metabolize these vitamins.

Red Blood Cell System

Another important function the liver performs is that it cleanses your body from the damaged, or old, red blood cells. The liver will also store iron in your body, as well as breakdown hemoglobin. This is the reason why many people who suffer from liver disease may suffer from anemia. Along with the spleen, the liver stores blood. Therefore, in case of blood loss severe enough to threaten your life, the liver will expel its stored blood to replace the lost blood in your bloodstream.

Type 2 Diabetes – Magnesium and Diabetes

The mineral magnesium helps to stabilize your heart rhythm, helps reduce depression and pain, and helps in the formation of the thyroid hormone. It is a remarkable mineral needed for your good health, across the board. Actually a deficiency in magnesium can contribute to Type 2 diabetes and also create complications for your heart.

Research studies revealed: According to several research studies, taking in a healthy amount of dietary magnesium is likely to help prevent Type 2 diabetes… that’s what Chinese researchers found looking at scientific literature on the intake of magnesium and the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Their article, published in the journal Diabetes Care in September 2011, describes putting together published study results taken from literature through January 2011. Thirteen studies were put into the analysis. Over half a million participants and 24,516 people with diabetes were included in the 13 studies.

In overweight individuals, the risk of acquiring diabetes was 24 per cent lower for every 100 mg of magnesium taken in per day. It was therefore concluded there is definite evidence for taking in magnesium in food to help prevent Type 2 diabetes.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body. It is known to be necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions, and research on magnesium’s possible role in preventing heart disease and hypertension is underway.

In June 2011 the journal Atherosclerosis published a report on low blood magnesium levels and heart disease. Researchers at a German university clinic looked at magnesium levels along with heart attacks and death in the Study of Health in Pomerania. Over 4000 study participants were followed for an average of 10.1 years.

Four hundred and seventeen deaths occurred during the study:

  • participants with magnesium levels below normal had almost ten times the number of deaths from all causes, and
  • more than twice the number of deaths from heart disease as those with normal magnesium levels.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium in adults 19 and older is 400 to 420 mg per day for men and 300 to 320 mg per day for women.

Foods rich in magnesium include:

  • unrefined grains,
  • nuts, and
  • green leafy vegetables.

Green leafy vegetables are particularly good sources of magnesium because they contain high levels of chlorophyll. A cup of spinach provides about 40 per cent of the RDA of magnesium, while an ounce of almonds provides 20 per cent.

Foodnetwork.com suggests a recipe for spinach salad with orange and almonds. It also calls for:

  • sugar (substitute stevia),
  • white wine vinegar,
  • olive oil,
  • cayenne pepper,
  • celery,
  • onions, and
  • black pepper.

A cup of oranges provides 4 per cent of the RDA for magnesium, so having a big spinach, orange and almond salad for lunch should take care of your entire RDA of magnesium.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency often include:

  • agitation and anxiety,
  • restless legs syndrome,
  • low blood pressure,
  • sleep disorders, and difficulty falling or staying asleep,
  • abnormal heart rhythms, and
  • poor nail growth.

A study published in 2009 concluded in people with Type 2 diabetes, a deficiency of magnesium can be extremely harmful to kidney function. Supplementing with this mineral may also improve the activity of insulin in the Type 2 diabetic’s body.

Cooking Tips for Outdoor Chefs

Outdoor cooking isn’t for everyone. It takes a person who is willing to put his reputation as a grilling superstar on the line each time he lights a gas grill or tosses a match onto a flammable pile of charcoal. that the people he feeds will appreciate the food he has cooked. Each time he (or she) steps out of his home into his back yard, armed with copper brush, tongs and forks; he faces a challenge to beat his best individual performance on the backyard grill.

Most of the outdoor chefs I’ve run across are men. It seems that women had rather stay in the kitchen. I think it is just a ploy to get the men out of the house for a while. The ladies give them the idea that cooking on the grill is almost important as breathing, especially if it’s done by him! That will get the guy outside with his chest puffed up, carrying a can of charcoal starter and a match.

First rule! If you’re using charcoal and you’re using a liquid lighter, know what you are dousing on those briquettes! It is really not the volume of the whoooomp that determines whether your coals will burn consistently. Never use gasoline, lacquer thinner, lantern fluid or any of those things that will blow you out of your shoes. Stick with charcoal lighter.

One big tip! Never use kerosene to start your charcoal! No matter how long you let your charcoal burn, no matter how much more briquettes on the coals, your rib eyes will have that subtle aroma and taste of kerosene. Your grill will smell like a piece of construction equipment. It’s best to stay with prescribed fuels that don’t stink.

There are other methods to ignite your charcoal. Use the chimney type device where you put the charcoal in an inverted cone and push a couple of sheets of newspaper in the bottom. Put a match to the paper in the bottom and the draft of the “chimney” will make the coals burn. I have never been able to keep that apparatus around the house for more than a summer due to rust, being stepped on or having the neighbors’ borrow it.

There is also the electric heating iron category of charcoal starters. Just plug it into an outlet, let it get red hot and stick it under the charcoal. It doesn’t take long to get a pile of charcoal glowing and shimmering with heat. You don’t have to worry about the whooomp either! The heating iron works well but it’s just not the same as seeing flames shoot as high as your house. You only get that with a liquid lighter that you’re not supposed to use in the first place.

Let’s talk about charcoal grills versus gas grills. I use both in my back yard barbequing. Cooking with gas is almost like cooking on the gas stove in the kitchen. Boring! Maybe that’s why I prefer charcoal. It’s just manlier to battle the flames and rescue a steak just in the nick of time, from being overly cooked. That’s the way outdoor cooking is supposed to be; a man conquering the elements!

Really, cooking on a gas grill is a nice and comfortable way to grill steaks, chickens, burgers, chops and vegetables. One of the areas in which the gas grills are deficient is smoking meat. As far as I know, you just can’t do that with today’s grills. You have to have a smoker. I prefer charcoal smokers of course, but I’ve had excellent results with electric smokers also.

Smokers, both electric and charcoal, are set up pretty much in the same way. The ones that I use are tall round ones that have a trap door opening on the side so you can add charcoal or water in the water bowl. There are other kinds of course and you can find them at a hardware store or outdoor market place. The costs are going to range from roughly $75 to $500 depending on the one you choose. I think most of them are good, but you can usually get just as much satisfaction from a cheap one instead of the high priced smokers. Of course there is the prestige of getting one of those sleek, black ones with the chrome smoke pipes. Gives you sort of a chill just to think of owning one of those, doesn’t it?

Meat smoked on an electric grill is great if you have some wood smoke flavor to make it tasty. I know you can buy little cans of wood chips to add some character to your cooking. Simply pour a little water in the can, set the can on the lava rocks in the bottom of the smoker, and when starts to simmer, you have hickory, cherry or pecan steam permeating your Boston butt! This is the city folks’ way of making barbeque.

Another big tip! If you’ve left the electric smoker outside uncovered, check to make sure the lava rocks are dry. If it has rained since your last cookout, chances are that the bottom of the smoker is covered in water. If so, don’t plug in the heating iron! It’s not a wise move because you will blow the iron up! Drain the water out of the base first, let the lava rocks dry, then have a safe barbeque.

My personal favorite is the charcoal smoker. It’s really not hard to use, though a lot of people seem to think it’s some kind of a miracle that the meat I smoke tastes so good. Some even think there is a secret to my success when I cook a pork loin or Boston butts and wind up with some of the most delicious barbeque you have ever tasted. Some folks even think there is a secret ingredient that I haven’t shared with anyone!

I usually smoke three or four Boston butts at a time. It’s easy. First I load the coal pan with charcoal, and then use a charcoal lighter fluid to start the coals. You could use one of the instant light charcoals if you wish, but just make sure than when you add charcoal, you use the regular briquettes or your meat will taste funny.

After the coals are lit and the flames have died, fill up the metal water bowl with about a quart of water. This helps keep the meat moist. Next lay the meat on the two racks of the smoker. I salt and pepper the meat liberally, and then put the lid back on the smoker and I’m finished for about an hour.

For three Boston butts, I usually let them cook for about 12 hours, adding charcoal and hickory chunks to the hot coals about every hour and a half. Some chefs soak the hickory in water for thirty minutes or so before adding them to the coals. I prefer to lay the wood chunks on the live coals. The dry wood smoking and burning will give you a mild taste of hickory, not the smell and taste of a burning barn! When the meat reaches 180 degrees on the meat the thermometer, take it off and tear it apart with forks. This way separates the pork easily. You can add barbeque sauce at this time or serve it on the table.

There is one ingredient so unique, so necessary to cooking good barbeque. It’s PATIENCE! From the moment you light the fire until you take the meat off the grill, allow yourself allow yourself enough time to do the job properly. Most people don’t do that. We are a society of instant gratification. If we want something, we want it now! That just won’t work when you’re trying for the best tasting barbeque you can cook.

Obesity + Obesity = Unhealthy

Obesity has a lot of negative effects on an individual. For one, being obese causes a person to feel easily tired. Doing everyday body motions like walking, tying one's shoe lace and sitting down – as well as standing up – is very challenging if not difficult. One reason for this problem is that the joints of the body is exerting extra and double effort thereby producing unnecessary stress on the muscles and bones.

Imagine playing softball carrying a backpack filled with bowling balls. It is much harder to keep running with that extra weight on one's back. Also, problems related with breathing is just as common to people who are obese. Asthma is also a common occurrence for people suffering from obesity, sleep apnea is another, also surgery on the joints on the knee as well as hip problems is a common occurrence.

Believe it or not, people at a young age are just as prone to being obese as well as older people and adults. Illnesses that were once thought of to be exclusive only to adults like hypertension, disease of the liver, diabetes (type 2) is also found among the youth of today.

People who are old meanwhile have the predisposition to develop degenerative diseases like heart disease, problems in the bladder, heart failure or stroke. For women, some of the diseases that specifically target them are cancer of the breast and colon.

It has also been proven that people who are obese are more likely to suffer from depression. This is usually the case because when one is overweight, feelings of unworthiness, shame and low self-esteem are the likeliest to occur. Usually, as a way to alleviate their depression, they eat. But then when they eat too much, they are more likely to be just as obese or maintain their excessive weight. This cycle is quite vicious and it takes tremendous self-discipline to get out of this rut.

However, there are ways to battle obesity. The goal of someone who is suffering from obesity and who is trying to lose weight should not be to lose weight. The main objective should be: to eat healthy, to always think healthy and be healthy.

Practicing eating foods that are good for the health is the best way to start. Having a regular time for exercise is another. It does not have to be a rigorous program in the gym. One could easily start with walking at least thirty minutes a day, everyday.

Or it could just as easily be foregoing the usual conveniences one has been accustomed to doing. Taking the stairs, for instance, and not the elevator is a good way to exercise those knees, legs and joints.

Instead of driving, try to bike instead. Or if you really have to drive, try parking at a place that is a bit far from your area of ​​destination and, as much as possible, try to walk.

If you are stuck in the house a lot, make yourself – as well as your body – useful. Do those muscle-stretching and sweat-generating chores. Vacuum the floor, clean the pool,
wash that dingy car. Doing all these burns those unnecessary calories.

To sum it all up, obesity is a solvable problem. Being overweight is a temporary situation that long-term attitudes like discipline, self-control, focused attention and positive thinking can not solve.

Late Season Tips For Hunting Deer

One of the best time of the season to hunt for trophy deer is after the more "laid-back" hunters hang up their guns for the year. They have returned to their homes hiding from the extreme cold and found a place on the couch where they can focus on the sports shows on the television until the ground thaws.

This is also the best time of the season because it is following the rut, when bucks get back to their normal routine. This does not necessarily take a long time, maybe a week or two after the regular gun season. When the deer get back to what deer do; eat and bed down. Once the winter unleashes its fury and there is a definite cold in the air and snow on the ground. If you can get this right combination, you are set for a great late season in the deer woods.

This provides the hunter with the perfect storm and allows us the opportunity to discuss some late season tips for hunting deer. Success in the late season then becomes knowing three things; where do the deer eat, where do they bed and how do they get between both places. If the winter has thrown out its blanket of snow, finding these paths will be extremely easy. Gather as much information on this triad as possible. This is key for your late season success.

The smart hunter understands that deer generally bed in different places in the winter than during summer months. In the winter, deer use very heavy thickets to bed. These areas are often too difficult for a hunter to get through without completely letting the deer know you're there. Not to mention the fact that the area covered by a deer during the winter months is always multiplied 10 fold due to the fact that the food sources that were once plentiful and close by have been harvested, so greater distances are often necessary to garner the food they need.

It should be noted that even though the area covered by the deer in winter months increases, the deer remain very concise about the areas that they bed and eat in. They will travel in their smaller area until the food is consumed or destroyed by the winter weather, then they move on within the larger area to locate food and the process repeats.

Consider the available food sources. As most hunters know, deer do like acorns. In the late season though, these acorns have often times become food for worms, squirrels or other animals. If this is the case, this makes them less than appealing to the deer roaming the area in search of food.

Some food sources to consider in the late season include harvested agricultural fields, especially corn fields. Though modern harvesting equipment does a great job at collecting all the farmers crops, there is inevitably some left behind, such as downed corn stalks and the like. These areas can be a profitable area for deer activity.

If you are fortunate enough to hunt on agricultural land, farmers often plant winter rye in their field to help reduce the effects of erosion on their fields during the winter. If this is the case, deer often find winter rye an irresistible food. Setting up along these field can increase your chances some late season success.

So, once you have located these bedding and feeding areas, set your stand up along the paths leading to and from it. Doing a bit of late season scouting and homework on the deer in your area, will help you to use the triad of information outlined above.

Bronchitis Phlegm

Bronchitis phlegm is produced when one is infected with the disease. This disease is as a result of inflammation of the large bronchi. It is normally caused by viruses or bacteria pathogens. The symptoms are an expectorant cough, wheezing, fever, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath and sometimes chest pains. The phlegm produced builds up in the airway. This causes shortness of breath and wheezing.

Bronchitis infection starts with a dry cough. This then proceeds to become a productive cough. The cough is severe enough to wake you up at night. This is accompanied by the other symptoms.

Bronchitis phlegm usually carries the contagious pathogens. These are bacteria and viruses. These can be spread through the expectorant cough. When one coughs, these pathogens usually come out and are suspended in the air. These are passed to the people around.

The pathogens usually come out and are suspended in the air. These are passed to the people around. The pathogens can also be passed through clothing and body contact. Proper hygiene can help in preventing contagious diseases. Bronchitis phlegm can cause a lot of blockage in the airways. This can be very disturbing.

Bronchodilaters can be used to clear up the airways. These just gives temporary relief. Proper diagnosis and medication is necessary for the disease to be completely dealt with. If the bronchitis phlegm is caused by viruses, the symptoms can disappear after a few days.

Those caused by bacteria need to be treated using antibiotics. An expectorant cough syrup can also be used. This makes the bacteria to be expelled out of the bronchitis phlegm. Antihistamines should not be used when one has bronchitis. What they do is thicken the phlegm making it hard to be expelled out.

Is My Baby's Rash an Allergic Reaction?

Question:

My eight-month-old baby girl has had a rash, runny eyes' coughing, and frequent sneezing and has been regurgitating for three weeks. She eats normally and is not ill. The doctor suggested eliminating cow's milk for 14 days. I switched her to Soya formula and bought milk -free baby foods. For a week the rash cleared, the vomiting stopped and she seemed to enjoy soya. Then the rash started again and she now constantly scratches herself. She has also begun to vomit after meals. Could she be allergic to soya too?

Answer:

The symptoms suggest that your baby has an allergic reaction and I think this is due to the artificial ingredients in the prepared baby foods you buy for her. You do not say whether you breast-fed her, but every mother should feed their babies for six months until their immune systems have stabilized, then introduce freshly made, preferably organic solid foods. Remember drat even though the labels on the food you buy may say it is natural, preservatives have to be added to give its longer shelf life.

I suspect that she also has enlarged tonsils, which are leading to the vomiting. When you have frequent colds and coughs, as she has, there is postnasal drip in the back of the throat. This is often infected so the tonsils try to catch the bacterial from the infected mucus. As this happens, the tissue of the tonsils swells up. The enlarged tonsils act like probes that irritate the back of the throat, causing the vomiting reflex after eating as saliva is swallowed along with the food.

I have seen this in many children enlarged tonsils cause great discomfort. If there are no obvious symptoms, such as fever or sore throat doctors often do not bother about treatment. (Some advise surgery as a precaution against tonsillitis, which I do not agree with unless all natural methods fail.) Some times, as in Your case, doctors diagnose these symptoms as food intolerance or nervous vomiting. I remember a case when a child lost a lot of weight and was dehydrated from being sick I advised the mother to massage the throat area from outside with peppermint balm and use a homeopathic treatment, which cleared up the problem.

It's important that your baby gets home-made food.

* This is a good time to introduce fruit and vegetables, as the taste for them will remain for life. Start with small amounts of mashed bananas. Alternatively, you could bake an apple and mash up the fluffy insides or peel, slice and stew in a little water, You can also peel a seedless grape or two and mash them up.

* Make oatmeal porridge in goat's or soya milk. Start with a couple of tablespoonfuls, and increase as her appetite grows.

* Protein intake is also important as the intensive growth demands it. Start with soft boiled eggs- Boil a free-range organic egg for three minutes. When it is cool, scoop the egg into a cup. feed her with a small spoon. Try half an egg at first, then increase to a whole egg daily.

* Chicken broth is also good for lunch or dinner. Boil a baby chicken for 90 minutes, in enough water to cover and with a couple of bay leaves and a cinnamon stick. Sieve and keep the stock in the stock in the fridge. Take two cups of stock and boil one third of a cup of basmati rice with vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and leeks, until they are all well cooked. Blend this to make a nutritious puree, adding more stock if necessary. Gradually 'you can introduce minced organic red meat or chicken, or mashed fish and Potatoes.

* Give your baby water to drink and supplement with fresh goat's milk. You can also try soy and / or cow's milk again, introducing slowly to see if there is a reaction. Juice an apple or two and give her small amount of that diluted with water. Or juice a carrot with the apple and see if she likes that.

* You could also give her Multivitamins two to three drops daily for three months will boost immunity.

* I also advise you to see a homeopathic, who will treat your daughter's rash and tonsils.

Early allergies can be caused by birth injuries.

Forceps or ventouse delivery put strain on the cranium and tender neck. In India, newborn babies are massaged daily for about 40 days to correct the physical damage of labour. Touching is healing and you must not underestimate the power of that. Massage your baby with jojoba or sesame oil, particularly the neck area to ensure good blood flow to the pituitary gland.

Sore Penis Woes – How Much Masturbation Is Too Much?

Can too much masturbation hurt one’s sex life?

Most men have heard the myth that too much masturbation causes hairy palms, or even blindness – which would certainly be worrisome if that were true. Luckily, that statement holds about as much water as the idea that a woman can’t get pregnant while standing up, which is a sexual myth that is in fact false. Just for the record, a woman can become pregnant in any sexual position. Still, the idea of too much masturbation does leave many men wondering if they are doing physical harm to themselves or their relationship. This idea will be explored in detail below, along with a few penis care tips to deal with a sore penis and keep the manhood in its prime – regardless of how frequently it is called into action.

Penis side effects

While no major physical repercussions will likely happen from too much masturbation, it is possible to cause a minor injury during self-love. An excessively physical or rough hand job can damage the skin to the area, particularly if there is a lack of lubrication during the self-play. Too much force can cause bruising, chafing, redness, sore penis skin, and even tissue damage in some cases. And, ready for the most cringe-worthy part? A penis can be “broken.” Though technically not a break, as there is no bone in the penis tissue, an erect penis can be damaged by a blunt force in such a way that the inner tissues rupture. This injury can be extremely painful in itself, and once healed, the scar tissue remains may cause a shortening of the shaft on that side, which can ultimately lead to a curvature of the penis.

Known as Peyronie’s disease, it is not caused by too much masturbation but rather by unnecessary roughness. Typical penis injuries of this kind are caused by an unfortunate slip during sex, which causes the penis to hit the female pubic bone at just the wrong angle. However, it is possible that a man could cause the injury to himself, particularly if he is being, shall we say, creative, with his method of self-pleasure. So the moral of the story? Too much masturbation may lead to chafing and soreness, which is easily alleviated with a day of rest, but no matter how often one handles the equipment, it must always be handled with care.

Relationship Side Effects

In most mature, adult relationships, masturbation is not going to cause a problem. It is perfectly healthy for men and women alike to enjoy some alone time. However, in cases where a man is engaging in what his partner considers to be too much masturbation, she may feel rejected, unsexy or even come to believe that she is not good enough in bed for her partner.

If a man is repeatedly choosing masturbation instead of sexual relations with a willing partner, it may be time for him to face some hard questions. For example, he may ask himself some of the following: Is masturbation interfering with normal life? Is there some fear of sexual intimacy with a partner (i.e. from previous sexual trauma, sexual insecurity, performance anxiety, fear of dysfunction etc.)? Is there material being used that is offensive to the partner such as pornography? Are there issues of shame associated with sexual behavior? If any of these questions are hitting home, it may be time to speak with a therapist about these problems.

Caring for the Penis

Regardless of how much self-love a man engages in, it is important to keep the penis healthy enough for any and all sexual activity. Certain vitamins and minerals are particularly useful in keeping the penis vital and youthful, and can even heal damaged skin and blood vessels.

  • Shea butter is a natural moisturizer that helps keep the skin supple and smooth in all conditions.
  • Acetyl L Carnitine is neuroprotective and can help heal and protect the penis from sexual injuries – no matter how they occur.
  • L-Arginine keeps the blood vessels in the penis healthy allowing for maximum blood flow and a firm erection.

Using a penis vitamin formula combining all these ingredients (most professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can ensure the penis stays healthy for all types of sexual activity.

consumerinjurylawyers : Hip Replacements

Hip Replacement Recall:

DePuy, the manufacturer of ASR hip replacements, is just one of several orthopedic companies that currently have recalls on hip replacement devices.  Hip replacement therapies have been around for decades and in general, these replacement surgeries have had great success.  Newer technologies and surgical procedures have brought about even greater success in more recent times.  However, there have been reports that an unexpected number of hip replacement patients have experienced long-term pain and other severe side effects that necessitated a second hip replacement surgery.  Medically speaking, a second replacement surgery is referred to as revision surgery.     

Hip implants generally last for up to fifteen years, however, certain DePuy devices have reported failure within five years where patients required revision surgery.  The two systems reported to have problems are the ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing system.  Both of these systems have been recalled.  

Warning signs of hip replacement failure that have been reported by patients include long-term pain, continued inflammation and difficulty walking well after surgery.  These symptoms may indicate a loose implant within your bone, bone fracture or a dislocated implant.  In addition, metal debris can be generated within the ball and socket unit due to friction between these two parts.  This has been reported to cause inflammation around the joint and surrounding muscles.  In some cases bone necrosis and nerve damage have been reported.

How Do I Respond to this Hip Replacement Recall?

Given that DePuy doesn’t keep records on patients who have had implants, you will need to contact your orthopedic surgeon or hospital to determine what replacement system you received.  You should secure documentation on this.  The ASR hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Ace tabular System were placed on the market in July 2003.  If you had implant surgery before July, then your implant is not subject to a recall.

If you have an ASR hip replacement done after July 2003, you will need to contact your orthopedic surgeon and set up an appointment to see if your implant is working properly.  This recall means you will need to be monitored for some time to ensure your implant performs the way it should.  You should visit your doctor at least once a year for five years whether you experience problems or not.  Your healthcare provider will discuss this with you and set up an appropriate plan.

Depuy is offering a hip replacement settlement for their hip replacement recall.  Depuy claims that it is willing to cover costs of testing and treatment if you need medical attention including a second hip replacement surgery.  Before you take up Depuy’s offer for a hip replacement settlement, you should contact an attorney who is knowledgeable about the ASR hip replacement recall.  A hip replacement attorney can determine if you qualify for a hip replacement class action lawsuit and will protect your rights.

If you have experienced continued pain, inflammation, difficulty walking or any other ASR hip replacement side effect, you may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical costs. You may want to contact an ASR hip replacement attorney to inquire about a hip replacement class action lawsuit.

Psoriasis Cures and Treatments – Learn The Facts

Psoriasis Cures and Treatments there are a number around today that help, elevate and contain this disease. They include the following treatments and therapies – topical treatment, photo therapy, systemic therapy and biologics.

Firstly you doctor will have to properly diagnose the strain or type of psoriasis you may have. There are five types of Psoriasis:

. Inverse Psoriasis

. Plaque Psoriasis

. Guttate Psoriasis

. Pustular Psoriasis

. Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Once diagnosed your doctor will then suggest a treatment based on the following facts.

Is there a history of this disease in the family

To what extent have they got with this disease is it a mild form or chronic.

Lifestyle

Quality of life – is it exposed on the face or hands

Occupation

Other health problems that require medication (certain psoriasis medications might interact with other medications)

Geographic location (if at a distance from treatment centres, it could be difficult for the patient to receive certain therapies, such as photo therapy)

These are just some of the factors that have to be considered before a remedy is prescribed. With many treatments today they can work individually or in combination with other treatments. No one treatment works for one person but may not work for another. It is a case of trail and error in most cases. The list of treatments include topical treatment, photo therapy, systemic therapy, biologics.

Topical treatments are creams, ointments, sprays or gels to apply to the infected area. The medication is applied and absorbs itself through the skin to the effected area.

Photo therapy is the use of UVB rays to reduce and control the areas of infection. This is a highly successful way of containing and reducing the infected areas. Although not usually given out if a history of melanoma with the patient. These rays change the colour of the skin the same way as the sun does giving us sunburn.

Biologics is a new and exciting area of ​​development in the treatment of Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.