Speaking to a Diverse Audience

Any professional speaker will tell you that one of the most important rules of speaking is to know your audience. For most speakers, this means hours of preparation researching the company or organization to which they will present their material. Speakers know that by reading trade publications, in-house newsletters and promotional materials, they will learn the jargon that is the language of that company.

Real pros will also inquire about the audience members themselves. They will ascertain something about the corporate structure, the VIP’s, those employees who have won awards, etc. This gives a speaker an “insider’s edge” when he or she stands before what is otherwise a roomful of strangers. By the time the speaker takes the lectern, a great deal is known about the audience. However, there is one more piece of information that a speaker might not know but must take into consideration when preparing a talk: Are there any attendees with disabilities? Below are a few tips that will help you to make all of your talks more accessible and inclusive.

When planning the audience seating arrangements, ask if there is adequate access for wheelchair users. Provide an extra-wide aisle for wheelchairs to sit amongst the audience. Wheelchair users should not be forced to occupy the very back of the room, or the very front row, if they do not wish to.

If you are using written materials, make copies available in a twenty-four-point font size. This is a standard large print text size, and will enable most people with low vision to access your valuable talking points. If you are making a presentation using slides or video, make a point to read the text as you go, or provide a brief narrative of the content. This can be accomplished smoothly and with discretion, so as not to needlessly draw attention to any individual.

For attendees who are deaf or hearing impaired, allow for seats to be reserved up front if you are not using a microphone, or near speakers if using amplification. Ask your assistant, sergeant-at-arms or the facility set-up crew to help attendees identify these seats. Remember that if a sign-language interpreter will be needed, provide an extra seat.

If speaking at a function that does not involve a meal, try to arrange for some water and a snack, at least. If no food is available, provide some fruit, candy or even trail mix. This can help attendees get through a long program. Remember that audience members with diabetes or hypoglycemia require access to food. Besides, hungry attendees are inattentive attendees.

When incorporating humor in your presentations, think very carefully about the jokes you choose. If you obtain material from humor websites, use the humor from their “clean” section. When in doubt, don’t use it. If you want to make a joke about an executive or supervisor in the group, approach him or her privately and ask permission first. While this is a good trick to ingratiate you to the rank and file, it may backfire. You never want to risk ruining what may be a well-crafted image. Stay away from the big landmines. You know the ones – no jokes about race, religion or sexuality.

On the other hand, self-deprecating humor almost always works well. Don’t overdo it, though. You don’t want to come across as though you are a victim seeking sympathy. Sprinkle observational humor throughout your presentation, and restrict it to subjects, such as bizarre policies or ridiculous procedures, equipment snafus, or humorous storytelling, with a point as well as a punchline.

As our society becomes more diverse, so does our workplace and so must our speaking skills. Remember that it is unwise to make assumptions about any group. The specific nature of that diversity may not be apparent, but that does not mean a careless remark will not deeply affect or offend a member of the audience who may have friends or loved ones who are proud to belong to a group you just disparaged. No one will remember your silly jokes, but someone is likely to remember that you took the time to provide large print materials. Accommodating the needs of a diverse audience is an act of consideration and respect that can only enhance your professional reputation.

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Chair Massage for Nerve Entrapment Syndrome

Chair massage is helpful for a variety of conditions, including those caused by poor posture and repeated stress and strain.  These injuries are found within all facets of the working population, affecting office workers and physical laborers alike.  Painful ailments such as Nerve Entrapment Syndrome can interfere with normal work function. Treatments vary by severity, and include prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxers, steroids and surgery.  Offering a workplace massage can treat these issues without requiring recovery time or causing a rise in sick days.

Nerve Entrapment Syndrome (NES) is commonly referred to as a pinched nerve and can cause moderate to severe pain.  It is a condition caused by undue pressure on nerves and nerve roots by muscles, tendons, soft tissue, fascia or ligaments.  Pain can be localized to the affected area or outwardly radiating.  The area served by the impinged nerve can feel weakened, numb, and can experience a tingling or twitching sensation.  

The causes of NES include a primary injury to muscles and tendons such as whiplash and similar trauma caused by overstretching, with muscles becoming tightened and swollen, putting excess pressure on the nerves around them.  Another contributing factor is the over development of a certain muscle group working in conjunction with a weakened or underdeveloped muscle group.  This can lead to a postural disruption pattern, an example being the forward slumping of the shoulders, neck and head resulting from underdeveloped muscle groups in the front of the body working less efficiently than properly developed muscles of the back.  Over time, the stronger muscle groups become strained from overuse, causing tearing, which subsequently leads to the development of scar tissue and adhesions.  Scar tissue is denser and weaker than normal tissue, restricting muscle function and causing tension that “traps” nerves. 

Workplace chair massage techniques are helpful in releasing tension and breaking up scar tissue and adhesions that contribute to NES.  Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue Massage can be performed in tandem with Muscle Energy techniques to delicately lengthen muscle tissues while releasing tension and adhesions in the affected area.  Neuromuscular and Trigger Point Therapy remove myofascial trigger points, helping to release the trapped nerve.  Improved circulation and lymph drainage are benefits of chair massage therapy and are important in the reduction and healing of scar tissue.  Improved blood flow brings much-needed nutrients to the area, which supports the renewal of cells and tissue, while lymph drainage removes toxins.  A short workplace massage can have immediate and lasting results without causing a disruption in workflow.

How to Cure Stammering – What is the Root Cause?

Learning how to cure stammering was something that was top of my priority list not long ago. It was something I had suffered with since early childhood but I always assumed I would grow out of it; however as an adult I continued to suffer badly with speech. Read on to learn what I did to speak fluently and with confidence for the first time in my life and how you can do it too.

The main problem when learning how to cure stammering was actually coming to terms that there was no cure. After going back and forth to my doctor who kept making me do these silly speaking exercises that never really helped, I began to think that maybe I would be stuck with this condition for the rest of my life.

Growing up as a teenager with a stutter is probably one of the worst things a guy can go through, especially because other kids can be so cruel. I suffered badly with a confidence problem because of my stutter and this made it much harder to meet new people and make new friends. My social life was pretty poor, not to mention my lack of any type of success with girls! I mean what girl want’s to be with a shy, low confident stuttering guy anyway?

I knew that this was something I wanted to get rid of completely, not just learn to control, I wanted total fluency. I remember my doctor telling me to speak slower, so I did for a while. OK it may have helped a little bit but it made me sound like I was some sort of thick idiot! I didn’t want that, I wanted to speak normally like everybody else!

So I stopped going to see this doctor and instead went about trying to find out how to cure stammering my own way. After doing a lot of reading I realised that that the fact I was very shy and maybe even had a mild form of social anxiety didn’t help my problem. I discovered that I had to attack the root cause of my stutter.

In order to learn how to cure stammering I had to build up my broken confidence, and this is where it all begins. I met up with others stutterers and we discussed our problems together which really helped and we began to build our confidence with meeting new people and trying to be more open with people.

Stop Stuttering Tips and Advice – Introducing Yourself In Class or In Front Of A Group

The first day of class…

I HATED it.

I used to skip all my classes on the first day of school.

I still remember those incidents like it was yesterday.

First day of class and the teacher walks into class, gives us a short introduction and expects us to stand up and INTRODUCE ourselves ONE BY ONE.

…And that is when you realize that it is “THAT” time again which you’ll go for an emotional roller coaster full of STRESS, FEAR, DOUBT, FRUSTRATION, UNCERTAINTY and a bunch of NEGATIVE THOUGHTS.

You start to count desks to calculate how many classmates are ahead of you before it is YOUR TURN to introduce yourself… and worst of all, you see ALL your friends doing it like A PIECE OF CAKE while enjoying the process.

The first question you ask to yourself is;

“Why am I not able to do such an EASY task like saying MY OWN NAME and introducing myself in 2-3 sentences. WHY! WHY! WHY!”. It FRUSTRATES the hell out of us.

Our negative inner SELF TALK doesn’t stop there and keeps destroying us.

So why do we have problems in those kinds of situations? Why do we fear stuttering in front of others?

Being seen as inadequate and less than others maybe?

In the core of this behavior, there is…

The fear of BEING JUDGED!

We care too much about what others will THINK ABOUT US. Let me tell you a rule of mine when it comes to fear and limiting beliefs.

The only way to dissolve a fear is to FACE that fear, CHALLENGE your LIMITING BELIEFS surrounded by that specific fear and PROVE yourself over and over again that you can get positive real life results even if the fear is there.

That would lead you to start dissolving that fear and eventually get rid of it completely!

In general, this also applies to overcoming one’s stuttering challenge as well. But for the purpose of this article lets go through our specific example:

The fear is; introducing yourself in class.

Here is a step-by-step strategy which I call F.D.S(FEAR DISSOLUTION STRATEGY) that will provide you the solution for our specific case.

Step-1: Keep The Right Mindset

Accept that you have a speech challenge and you are working on it to dissolve your stuttering iceberg. This is a process which you’re improving every single day until you reach your ultimate goal and speak the way you want to speak in any situation under any circumstances.

Try to minimize your tendency to hold back and get lost in limiting beliefs. Your speech is NOT your identity, it is not who you are it is what you do.

Think about the same situation. However, this time imagine that all your classmates and teacher are 2 YEARS OLD and they can’t even think properly.

Would you stutter as much in that case?

I don’t think so. Why?

Because the main reason you stutter in that situation is seeking approval and your FEAR OF BEING JUDGED because of your speech.

You think you will NOT GET APPROVED and be LIKED if you stutter in front of those people.

But in the pretended case you would know that you are superior and you won’t be judged no matter what.

… and of course as a result, the fear and all the negative emotions and thinking which TRIGGER YOUR STUTTERING BEHAVIOR would not be there.

Step-2: Equip Yourself with Effective Tools and Techniques

Be calm, be sure of yourself and use your speaking tools and techniques unapologetically. These could be both mental and physical speaking techniques such as breathing, cycle of speaking, easy or assertive initiation, speaking from chest/head/abs, imagining the words are made of air or water, pausing right before your name, and a zillion more which is available for you.

Step-3: Face the Fear Over and Over Again

Getting only one positive result will not be enough to dissolve that piece of your stuttering iceberg. You simply need to face that fear enough times and get positive real life results until that fear eventually COMPLETELY DISSOLVES and disappears.

Facing a fear when you are equipped with tools, techniques and strategies works even if you don’t get the exact desired results in the initial stages. The more you avoid a fear and all the negative emotions it’ll bring to you, the worse it gets… and the more you face it the weaker the fear and the negative emotions get.

Step-4: Challenge Your Limiting Beliefs and Prove Yourself That You Can Do It

Never avoid this specific speaking situation. In fact CREATE yourself some other similar situations where you’ll be expected to introduce yourself.

Search the internet, find groups which get together periodically, and attend their group meetings. This way you’ll put yourself in that feared situation and introduce yourself in front of a group enough times to dissolve that specific piece of your stuttering iceberg.

I know that it might sound intimidating first, but I strongly believe that the REWARD will well WORTH IT!

One final note…

Cold Sore Symptoms – What Can I Expect With Cold Sores?

What are common cold sore symptoms? What are the different stages you will experience with cold sores or oral herpes outbreaks? Let me share with you now what cold sore symptoms to expect.

First – there is a unique set of cold sore symptoms that take place after initially contracting the herpes virus. These symptoms are frequently mistaken for a mild case of the flu.

These include sore throat, fever, headaches and tiredness. These cold sore symptoms usually last about two to three days.

Usually these first signs of infection do not include the traditional cold sores, fever blisters or oral herpes lesions.

After this initial response to the virus, future cold sore symptoms will always include the actual cold sores. And they will always occur at the same site near where initial infestation took place.

If you start getting cold sores at another site, even two inches away, it means a new infection spot was created. Spreading the virus with contaminated fingers usually causes this.

Here are the basic cold sore symptoms you should watch for.

1. THE BEGINNING.

The first indication of coming cold sores is very subtle indeed. The site of your outbreak will start to feel uncomfortable. You will notice an itching, tingling or burning. It may even feel like the start of a very sensitive pimple.

What you are feeling is the herpes virus moving to the surface along the nerve fibers and entering nerve cells on your lip or nose. Some form of stress triggers the activation of this virus, normally latent.

Applying ice or anything cold will give some relief at this point. If caught early enough, ice can stop further activity by the herpes simplex virus. Yes, you can stop cold sores this way.

2. HARD BUMPS AND SWOLLEN LIP.

At this stage, you will first notice some hard, painful little bumps. They often are mistaken for pimples. These will then lead to swelling of the area. The cells are enlarging as they become filled with new virus.

This infection will often cause headaches, fever and swollen lymph glands under the jaw on the same side of the face as the cold sores. Your body is in full battle mode at this time.

3. OPEN COLD SORES.

The cells burst open to release the new virus once they are full. All these exploded cells, close together, create the open wound typical of cold sores.

This is a very painful period. The herpes virus builds your cold sores (oral herpes, fever blisters) right on the end of your nerves. You have exposed nerves and they hurt plenty.

Your body creates a clear, thick fluid that it uses to flush away as many virus particles as possible. This fluid is teaming with live virus and is VERY contagious.

Do not get on your fingers. When working with the wound, wash your hands continually. Use throwaway tissues or cotton balls to apply treatment or cleanse the wound.

4. NOW THE HEALING BEGINS.

When the sore breaks open, this signals the end of the destruction phase and the beginning of the healing stage.

In a day or so, cold sores will scab over to protect the wound and begin the replacement of all the destroyed cells. The area is still sensitive to the touch.

A dry scab will crack open. This creates pain and delays healing. Oil the scab well with olive oil (extra virgin), oregano oil or garlic oil. These oils have virus-fighting abilities.

As the battle rages, you can still experience headaches, fever and still-swollen glands.

5. FINAL HEALING CAN TAKE A LONG TIME.

In about a week or so, the scab falls off revealing new skin underneath.

Quite likely you will notice redness to the new skin. This indicates that healing continues below the surface.

You will start feeling much better now, and the swollen lymph glands should be close to normal again.

Be very cautious here. Many people do not realize it but they are still very contagious as long as the redness and discomfort of the area remains. The herpes simplex virus is still lurking and can infect others.

This final healing stage seems to drag on forever. It is very frustrating. And cold sores can quickly re-occur if you are not careful.

Applying a warm compress now gives comfort and helps to shorten the healing process. My favorite trick is holding a warm tea bag to the sore.

The above are cold sore symptoms that most people experience. They should be pretty close to the cold sore symptoms that you can expect also.

Try some good cold sore treatment options. There are amazing methods now discovered and available for reducing – or preventing – many or all of these cold sore symptoms.

What Causes a Chronic Sinus Infection? Nurse’s Guide

If you’ve been suffering for several days or several weeks from some symptoms that you think are sinus infection symptoms or are not sure, you may be wondering if you have a chronic sinus infection. When the lining of the sinus cavities become inflamed, regardless of the cause the condition is called sinusitis. Sinusitis can include having an infection because if you have a sinus infection you also have sinusitis. If you have a one-time bout with a sinus infection it is usually called an acute infection. But if you have an infection that lingers on and on and just doesn’t seem to want to go away no matter what you do then you may have a chronic infection. Having regular sinus attacks that are acute can develop into a chronic sinusitis.

Your infection may be brought on by many different causes including exposure to dust, sawdust, household dust, mold or fungus, pollen, allergic exposure or anything that may cause your sinus cavities to swell up and therefore slow down or stop the flow of mucous from your sinuses. A sinus infection can often follow a cold or flu (influenza). But usually it’s brought on by the other factors I mentioned.

You can help yourself from getting chronic sinusitis attacks by trying to determine what is causing them. Are you constantly exposed to household dust or dust mites in your bedroom? You may be breathing in dust particles at night. Is your bedroom well ventilated? Make sure to air it out often, especially in the winter. The wintertime is when so many people complain about their sinuses and a house or apartment that is all closed up without any fresh air can be the culprit.

Other causes — if you’re a smoker you may expect to get chronic sinus infections from the constant attack of smoke particles on the sinus cavities. If you are exposed to saw dust in your workshop or to flour dust in the kitchen if you’re cooking or baking, then these may be common causes of sinusitis and chronic infections that you’ve overlooked. Are you exposed at work?

Take a good look at your environment and the air around you that you’re breathing every day and you may find the source of your infections. Know that antibiotics just don’t work for most sinus infections since most are caused by mold spores in the dust and will not be helped by antibiotics. Natural home treatment for an acute or chronic sinus infection is best. You can stop them from happening and help yourself when they do.

Sore Throat – Symptoms and Treatment

A sore throat is a disease primarily located in the area around the tonsils. It is also known as pharyngitis or tonsillitis.The pharynx is the part of the throat that lies between the mouth and the larynx or voice box. It is associated most commonly with the common cold or influenza. While most sore throats heal without complications, in some cases, they develop into a serious illness.

Sore throat refers to the inflammation of the pharynx or back of the throat. It occurs frequently when a person has a cold or an attack of influenza. 10% of sore throat may be due to strep throat infection. Strep throat is an infection of the pharynx, caused by group A streptococcus bacteria, whereas sore throat may be a viral or a bacterial infection. Strep throat is common among children and teenagers, between the ages of 5 to 15.

Sore throats have many different causes, and may or may not be accompanied by cold symptoms, fever,or swollen lymph glands. Proper treatment depends on understanding the cause of the sore throat.

Sore throats are normally caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. The most important difference between a virus and bacteria is that bacteria respond well to antibiotic treatment and viruses do not. A sore throat is commonly spread by: sharing drinks, kissing, coughing, nose blowing, and sneezing.

Symptoms

Symptoms of sore throat throughout the body include fever, headache, nausea, and malaise. These may be present with either a viral or bacterial infection. Symptoms specific to the throat include pain with swallowing for pharyngitis and a hoarse voice when laryngitis is present. Cold viruses tend to cause more coughing and runny nose than strep throat.

For the vast majority of sore throats, there are no treatments to cure the disease. These cases of sore throat are caused by viruses, against which there are few medications. Antibiotics may be prescribed for bacterial sore throats. But they will have no effect on viral sore throats.

Cinnamon is regarded as an effective remedy for a sore throat resulting from a cold. One teaspoon of coarsely powdered cinnamon, boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder, and two teaspoons of honey can be taken as a medicine in the treatment of this condition. Two or three drops of cinnamon oil, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, also give immense relief

Therefore, drinking enough fluids is very important. When it is hard to drink, it is important to decrease your body’s requirements for fluid through rest and lowering any fever that is present. Choose high-quality fluids such as soup broth (which replaces both salt and water losses) and sugar-containing solutions (they help the body absorb the fluids more rapidly). Avoid caffeine because it can cause water loss.

Complications

Complications such as rheumatic fever (inflammation of connective tissue and joint pain), scarlet fever (fever with body rash), tonsil abscess, and glomerulonephritis (kidney disease) can result from untreated streptococcal infection. Severe pharyngitis associated with Corynebacterium diphtheriae and infectious mononucleosis can obstruct the airway and cause lower respiratory problems (e.g., pneumonia).

Poodles – One of the World’s Smartest Breeds

Come with me as I take a look at the Wonderful World of Poodles.

History

Although the national breed of France, the Poodle actually originated in Germany where it was used as a water retriever. Many believe the name “Pudel” comes from the German word “pudel” which means “one who plays in water.”

In fact, the famous “Poodle Clip” was created by hunters to help the breed swim faster and more efficiently. The clip was not created as a decorative element. It was created to protect certain vital organs and joints of the breed in cold water.

The term “French Poodle” comes from France’s capitalization of the breed’s intelligence, trainability and eagerness to perform. The French turned poodles into popular circus performers where they gained notoriety and became Louis XVI and Queen Anne’s court favorites. They have long since been associated with royalty. Even America’s President, Grover Cleveland, owned a poodle.

The Standard Poodle, the largest of the three recognized varieties, is the oldest of the breed. All of the poodle’s ancestors were water dogs known for their swimming abilities.

Characteristics

The poodle is the only breed that comes in three AKC registered varieties. The three recognized types are the Standard Poodle, the Miniature Poodle and the Toy Poodle. The Standard is the tallest, measuring over 15 inches. The Miniature is 15 inches or under, but a minimum of 10 inches. The Toy is under 10 inches.

The breed comes in a variety of solid colors, including white, black, apricot and gray.

The Poodle is an exceptionally intelligent dog that excels in obedience training. Its intelligence and ability to learn makes it one of the most popular breeds in the world. It is considered one of the easiest breeds to train. Also, its hypoallergenic coat makes it a favorite amongst owners. It does not shed, but does require grooming on a regular basis. The breed adapts well to any living conditions, making it an ideal pet for apartments. However, it is an active dog and does require daily exercise.

The Poodle carries itself proudly and has a very distinct air of dignity. The word “elegant” is most often used to describe the breed. The Poodle is known to be shy, but sharp at the same time. Poodles are reserved with strangers and unless trained at an early age, can bark excessively.

The Standard Poodle (Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne)

The Standard Poodle is considered to be a large dog of high intelligence and trainability. Elegant, strong and good natured, it makes an excellent family dog. It has a thick, soft, curly coat that does not shed but requires daily grooming. The ears are wide and hang close to the head. The eyes are very dark and alert. The feet are compact and the breed has an effortless and delightful gait (like walking on air.)

The Standard Poodle is pleasant, happy and generally easy to maintain. It is a loyal companion but unlike the Miniature and Toy varieties of the breed, can be less sensitive to its surroundings and does not bond to one owner or one household as much. It is considered the calmer of the Poodle varieties. Standard Poodles are friendly and excellent with children and other dogs.

Height: 15 inches

Weight: 45-70 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

The Standard Poodle is inactive indoors and even a small yard is acceptable. However they do require daily walks. They are not overly demanding but their temperament is based on their living conditions.

This is a long lived breed but it is subject to certain genetic diseases like most dogs. Cataracts, skin conditions (from allergies to certain shampoos,) hip dysplasia, runny nose and ear infections are common. Also, the breed is subject to bloating, so only feed it two to three small meals a day instead of one or two large meals.

The Miniature Poodle (Caniche)

The Miniature Poodle is considered to be a medium dog of high intelligence and trainability. More cheerful and playful than the Standard variety of poodle, it has a thick, soft, curly coat that does not shed but requires daily grooming. The ears are wide and hang close to the head. The eyes are very dark and alert. The feet are compact and the breed has a spunky gait.

The Miniature Poodle is an amusing, often curious dog. It is a loyal companion that insists on being included in all of its owner’s activities. It can learn tricks effortlessly. It is considered less calm than the Standard Poodle, but not as feisty as the Toy Poodle. Most Miniature Poodles love children and other dogs but they will exhibit jealous tendencies and can display sharp reactions. They can be over playful and must be trained early on that there is a limit to play time. Overall, they are friendly and make excellent pets.

Height: 11-15 inches

Weight: 15-17 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

The Miniature Poodle is a good dog for apartment life. They are active indoors but do fine without a yard. However they do require daily walks. They are not overly demanding but their temperament is based on their living conditions.

This is a long lived breed but it is subject to certain genetic diseases like most dogs. Cataracts, skin conditions (from allergies to certain shampoos,) hip dysplasia, runny nose and ear infections are common. Also, the breed is subject to bloating, so only feed it two to three small meals a day instead of one or two large meals.

The Toy Poodle (Caniche, Chien Canne, Tea Cup)

The Toy Poodle is considered to be a small dog of high intelligence and trainability. More sensitive than the Standard and Toy varieties, it is also considered the smartest of the three. It has a thick, soft, curly coat that does not shed but requires daily grooming. The ears are small and long and hang close to the head. The eyes are very dark and alert. The feet are compact and the breed has a perfect gait.

The Toy Poodle is sensitive but extremely intelligent. They are very responsive and alert. They can be a delight, but also demanding. They do not like strangers and are reserved around children and other dogs. They are known to snap if they are teased, surprised or mishandled.

They generally bond with one owner for life and they are extremely loyal to that individual and will defend them at all cost, despite their size. However, a true “lap dog,” the Toy Poodle expects an equal amount of loyalty and love in return. They adapt better to one dog households and do not do well with small children. The Toy Poodle is considered the least calm of the three poodle varieties.

Height: up to 10 inches

Weight: 3-8 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

The Toy Poodle is a good dog for apartment life. They adapt very well to “city life.” They require little indoor or outdoor activities but nonetheless, should be socialized with a daily walk. They are demanding dogs and can bark excessively if left alone for long periods of time.

This is a long lived breed but it is subject to certain genetic diseases like most dogs. Cataracts, skin conditions (from allergies to certain shampoos,) hip dysplasia, runny nose and ear infections are common. Also, the breed is subject to bloating, so only feed it two to three small meals a day instead of one or two large meals.

Choosing Your Poodle

Never is it more essential to choose a responsible and well-respected breeder than when choosing a Poodle Puppy.

As you’ve already learned from reading this article, dogs come in many different colors, sizes and TEMPERAMENTS!

Poodles especially fall into this category. You can end up with a great pet or a nightmare. Fortunately, with a little bit of research and homework ahead of time, you’ll minimize the risk of a difficult pet and maximize your chances of a truly wonderful new companion.

I recommend everyone get the definitive guide to choosing a dog breed. This book will help you make the right choice. It was written by Marcel Cobs, very well respected in the industry. A dog is a companion for life. Making sure you choose the right breed should be step one. When you buy a car, you do not buy the very first car, on the very first lot, on the nearest street, do you? You do a little research. Choosing a dog is no different and this is the ONLY guide I have ever recommended.

How to Choose the Right Dog for You! By Marcel Cobs

A practical guide to guarantee you and your new best friend enjoy a great life together. If you have any interest at all in getting a dog… if you want to find out what type of dog you should get to fit you and your family… or you just want to figure out whether you should get a dog or not… then this book was written just for you. Comes with eBook and professional mp3 audio recordings included!

You can email me and I’ll provide you the link to get the book.

Once you’ve decided on the type of dog you are getting, I suggest you check your local shelter. There are thousands and thousands of dogs in need of good homes and yes, some are pure breed dogs. It’s a misconception that only “mutts” can be found in shelters (by the way….some of the best dogs I’ve owned or simply known, were mutts!)

The name of your local shelter can always be found in your Yellow Pages or online. Or you can simply go to The Humane Society of the United States website. Call your local shelter and ask them to notify you if a specific type or breed of dog comes in. Many are more than happy to keep you on a notify list, but some are not.

Second, I recommend you contact breed rescue organizations. You can Google breed rescue organizations by simply typing in the name of the breed and then the words “rescue organizations.” These organizations have dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to find homes for purebred dogs and yes, many times THEY DO have puppies.

Finally, if you have not found what you are looking for at a shelter or through a rescue organization, I recommend you find a reputable breeder in your area. How will you know if they are reputable? Do some research and do a little homework. Also, try to visit more than one. Don’t just buy the first puppy you see. Here are some helpful hints:

General

Check the Better Business Bureau. It’s amazing to me how many people forget to do this! It’s free and it takes about two seconds. Do it!

Health

1. Do the puppies look clean and do they appear healthy? – Puppies should be bright eyed, active, playful and have an outward appearance of good health (good skin and coat, no unusual odor, clean ears, etc.)

2. Have the puppies been checked for worms? – The puppy should have been examined for worms and the breeder should present you with proof that it has received at least one vaccination before it goes home with you.

3. Have the parents been x-rayed for hip dysplasia? – This is a genetic disorder that many dogs are prone to. The breeder should know all about hereditary diseases and should breed healthy dogs with good temperaments.

Early Socialization

1. Are the puppies friendly? Do they seem happy to be around you? – Puppies should be outgoing, begging to be picked up, competing for attention, and love being held and played with. A very timid puppy might tug at your heartstrings but chances are it’s not in good health.

2. Insist on seeing the mother. Is she friendly and attractive? – At 6 weeks old, the mother should no longer be overprotective of her puppies. Insist on seeing the father. How is he with visitors? DO NOT buy puppies whose parents do not have good temperaments.

3. How old are the puppies? – Puppies should not be removed from their litters before 6 weeks. They need to be around their littermates for at least 6 weeks. Seven or eight weeks are even better. However, there is a limit. A puppy that is kept with its littermates past the age of 10 weeks may have become too dependent on its mother.

4. Has the breeder begun to socialize the puppies? – You can tell if a breeder has given each puppy some individual attention, care, and training. Don’t be shy. Ask the breeder about this! Ask him, “what have you done to begin socializing this puppy?”

The Breeder

1. Is the breeder experienced with the breed? – The breeder should be able to answer any questions about the breed and agree to help you with any problems. After all, this is why you are buying from a breeder and not a pet shop.

2. Has the breeder gone over both the good and bad characteristics of the breed? – Every breed has good points and bad. No breed can be considered “perfect.” The breeder should be honest with you. Some of the best breeders I know refuse to sell certain breeds to families with small children or owners who live in apartments, etc. It seems harsh and unfair, but actually they are doing you and their puppies a favor. Don’t fall for the hard sell. There is no reason you should be pressured in any way. If you feel like you are going through a hard sell, walk away.

3. Has the breeder suggested further obedience training? – Many responsible breeders make this a requirement for the sale. All dogs need training. Don’t be put off by this. This means they have the best interest of the dog in mind.

4. Does the breeder offer any kind of “starter kit”? – The breeder should give you some materials to take home. The “kit” will probably include some dog food, instructions on the care and feeding of your pup, a list of necessary supplies to have at home, dog care books, and some information on Veterinarians and dog training schools.

5. How about the paperwork? Is it all in order? – You should receive a contract (signed by both you and the seller), and a pedigree. You should not have to pay extra for the pedigree.

Your Part In All This

1. Are you willing to make a long term commitment to this puppy? – When you purchase a puppy, you are making a very serious, long term commitment to the care, training and love of this dog. This animal will live for a dozen years or more and it is your responsibility to do everything possible to keep it well and happy for its entire life.

Hope you’ve enjoyed “Poodles: A Look At The World’s Smartest Dog Breed.”

Ellen Weber

Neurodegenerative Disorders – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Neurodegenerative disorders form a group of diseases in which there is a progressive loss of structure or function of neurons or nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in progressive degeneration and death of the nerve cells causing problems with movement (ataxia) or with mental functioning (dementia). These disorders are characterized by a standard pathological process involving inflammation; oxidative stress; abnormal depletion or insufficient synthesis of neurotransmitters; and genetic mutations, causing damage to protein synthesis and premature cell death. This results in aggregation or deposit of abnormal protein clumps in various parts of the brain and spinal cord, and characteristic symptoms which help in identifying specific diseases. More than 200 such diseases are listed in this group; the commonly known diseases include Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), Huntington’s disease (HD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Ataxias [including Spino-Cerebellar Ataxia (SCA)].

AD is characterized by cognitive impairment causing loss of memory; disturbance in reasoning, planning, language and perception; and behavioral changes. This disease causes deposits of fibril clumps of abnormal β amyloid protein known as senile plaques. This causes gross atrophy and degeneration of different parts of the brain including the temporal lobe, parietal lobe, parts of the frontal cortex, and the lingulate gyrus.

PD is a chronic and progressive movement disorder characterized by slow movement (bradykinesia), rigidity, resting tremor, and postural instability. There is an abnormal accumulation of protein known as Lewy bodies, causing death of dopamine generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain. Both AD and PD are usually associated with advanced age.

HD is an adult onset, autosomal dominant, inherited disorder characterized by involuntary movements, dementia, and behavioral changes. There is a loss of neurons in the basal ganglia and frontal and temporal cortex. The subthalamic nuclei send control signals to the globus pallidus which initiates and modulates motion. Weaker signals cause reduced initiation and modulation of movement resulting in the characteristic choreiform (repetitive, rapid and jerky) movements of HD.

ALS is a disease in which motor neurons are selectively targeted for degeneration. Motor neurons are nerve cells located in the brain, brainstem and spinal cord which serve as controlling units and communication links between the nervous system and voluntary muscles of the body. Motor neurons in the brain are known as upper motor neurons while those in the spinal cord are known as lower motor neurons. ALS is a rapidly progressive neurological disease affecting both the upper and lower motor neurons. There is a loss of voluntary control over arms, legs, and respiratory muscles. Muscle wasting, atrophy, and twitching (fasciculation) cause problems with movement, dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), dysarthria (difficulty in speech) and spasticity. Sensory function and cognition are usually well maintained. ALS pathology includes protein aggregates, mutation in the gene encoding the antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase 1 (SOD 1), and mutation in chromosome 9. The mutation first acts on the local astrocytes, which later causes a toxic effect on the entire motor neuron.

Ataxias are a group of neurological disorders in which there is degeneration and atrophy of the cerebellum, causing abnormal and uncoordinated movements, gait abnormalities, fine motor in-coordination, speech and swallowing difficulties, visual abnormalities, increased fatigue, and cognitive and mood problems. Ataxia types include episodic ataxia, idiopathic ataxia, ataxia telangiectasia, oculo-motor apraxia, vitamin E deficiency ataxia, and COQ10 deficiency ataxia. Freidrich’s ataxia is an autosomal recessive variety. SCA is an autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia. It has subtypes 1, 2 and 3; SCA 7 is a slightly different type where vision abnormalities precede the ataxia.

There is currently no cure for neurodegenerative disorders; conservative treatment is mainly symptomatic and supportive in nature. Vitamins and supplements are given to help reduce symptoms or slow down the rate of progression of the disease. Occupational therapy and physiotherapy are given to maintain muscle strength and tone. Medications are given to reduce anxiety, induce sleep, reduce pain and twitching, increase blood supply to the brain, and to help balance neurotransmitters.

In this scenario, Ayurvedic treatment has a special role to play in the comprehensive management and control of neurodegenerative diseases. Preclinical and clinical studies have conclusively shown that herbal medicines bring about autoimmune modulation and neuro-protection; reduce inflammation in nerve cells; reduce mitochondrial damage; and possess antioxidant properties.

Ayurvedic treatment is therefore very useful in improving general body immunity as well as specific immunity of the nervous system. Ayurvedic medicines strengthen the nervous system and bring about immunomodulation where there are definite signs of immune mediated damage. Herbal medicines reduce abnormal protein synthesis and aggregation, and help remove abnormal protein deposits. These medicines also help reduce nerve inflammation and help repair and reduce demyelination. Ayurvedic treatment helps improve muscle strength, tone, and neuromuscular coordination; helps rebuild damaged nerves and damaged and dysfunctional parts of the brain; modulates and halts programmed cell death of nerve cells; reduces and reverses mitochondrial dysfunction and genetic mutation; and also helps reduce damage due to the hereditary component of nerve degeneration.

Currently, scientific treatment of neurodegenerative disorders with Ayurvedic medicines is still in the infancy stage, with drug regimes being planned more on a clinical basis to treat functional impairment. This approach is reaping good dividends; affected individuals – with a previous lack of response to all medications – have started improving at a significant pace. Hopefully – in the near future – specifically targeted treatments will emerge, which will treat and reverse damage in specific parts of the nervous system. This will help expedite treatment results, and identify uniform treatment approaches, which in turn will help reduce the devastating effects these diseases have on affected individuals, and hopefully bring about a complete remission.

Why an Overweight Needs to Follow Weight Loss Tips

I think most of you will agree with me that the trend of people’s getting overweight is increasing day by day across the globe.  They are finding themselves overweight and in many cases Obese. The scenario is getting worse in Asian Region than the others.

Now the risk of being overweight increases the risk of developing diseases and many health problems like:

  • Metabolic disorder
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • End Organ Failure
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Certain Types of Cancer
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Pregnancy Complications   
  • Gallbladder Disease

Now let me discuss when you will consider a man overweight. You have to measure the weight in respect to height. If a person’s height is 4 feet and 6 inches, he should not be more than 50 Kg. If anyone is 5 feet and 6 inches, he should be less than 70 Kg. Similarly 6 feet 6 inches should be less than 100 Kg.

To stay healthy you should measure your waist so that you may not be flat-bottomed. If you are a woman your waist-measure should not be more than 35 inches. For a man it should be less than 40 inches.

But if you have already gone overweight you need be stressful about it as regular physical activities, exercises and weight loss meal plans can help you recover from this situation. Now take a look at bellow to know some weight loss tips.       

Some important ways to lose weight:

  • To lose your weight easily, increase your physical activities.
  • Take regular morning walk early in the morning.
  • Drink more water
  • Count your calories that must not cross 1600.
  • Take freehand exercise and yoga daily.

In your weight loss meal plan you need to increase the portion size and decree fat size. You should take nutritionally balanced food without incensing the calories that should be less than 1600 calories. You can indulge in meal replacement shakes. Here you need to make a meal plan distinguishing it in different segments according to you food habits like breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. Then you can replace or substitute one or two meals with meal replacement shakes.  

From the statistics, I have from various surveys, it is very clear that in India alone have more than 42 million people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes as a consequence of being overweight. To die down the problem several initiatives have been taken by many health originations. Time to time they have come forward with their health awareness programs to make people aware of weight loss tips, Type 2 diabetes meal plans and weight loss meal plans. They have prepared various nutritionally balanced foods for healthy weight loss.  They advise people how to prepare meal replacement shakes and other shake based diets for the quick recovery of the patients from their present states. SlimAsia is one of the most significant among these health originations.

SlimAsia, an International Team of Specialist Endocrinologists, Dieticians, Pharmacists and healthy meal designer, has landed on Indian soil to aid people slim down fast. To give seamless and close support to the people of this region, the team is opening its several branches in many Asian countries.   

Cataracts – Getting Aware About Cataract Symptoms

Cataracts are characterized by a clouding of your eye’s lens which is located at the back side of the iris and the pupil. As you age, cataract develops when strands of protein form on this lens which can interfere with the clarity of images that you see.

Cataract is one of the most common eye problems responsible for vision loss that affects people aged above forty. Your risk for getting cataracts increases as you get older. It is also one of the main causes for blindness globally.

Causes for cataracts can be attributed to frequent exposure to ultra violet rays, deficiency of vitamins, use of certain medications and eye trauma or eye diseases.

One of the ways you can take an active role in promoting your health is by knowing about cataract symptoms. Doing so will help create useful awareness and enable you to react positively in dealing with this eye condition.

What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

The symptoms for cataract are influenced by the location of cataract on the eye’s lens and the area it has covered, and whether it exists in one or both of your eyes.

It takes years for cataracts to develop, and this leads to gradual worsening of eyesight. Cataracts are painless and generally start in one eye but can affect both the eyes. Nonetheless, it is non-contagious and cannot spread from one inflicted eye to the other.

In the initial stages, cataracts form as a mild clouding on the lens which only has a slight effect on your vision. But as the cataract grows in size, it starts interfering with light that passes through the lens. Over a period of time, the cataract progresses and you may start noticing the following symptoms:

  • Clouded, blurry vision
  • Dim vision along with difficulty seeing at night
  • Double vision
  • Oversensitive to light or glare
  • Halos start to appear around lights
  • Frequent eyeglass or contact lens prescription changes
  • Colors appear pale, washed out or faded

Changes in vision are a common cataract problem and you may experience glare or halos from natural or artificial light sources. As a result driving on the road at night becomes a difficult ordeal as a result of glare from vehicle headlights.

Colors may appear less intense and you may have problems differentiating shapes against a background. Over time, you may have difficulties reading.

Moreover, these symptoms can occur due to health problems other than cataracts such as diabetes or other eye illnesses. If you suspect having any of the above signs and symptoms of cataracts development stated above, a visit to your optometrist can help settle your vision related doubts and queries.

Additionally, people aged seventy years or above are more prone to have cataracts that can affect and deteriorate their vision considerably. Patients with advanced cataracts have chalky or yellowish pupils (which are normally black) and the vision diminishes to an extent where the patient finds it very difficult to see objects, even in bright environments.

Cataract is an easily treatable eye condition and most people operated with cataract surgery have reported better vision. It is a safe and effective surgical procedure that replaces the cataract affected lens with an artificial lens.

Improve Your Eye Health With Natural Remedies

Eye diseases like cataract, glaucoma, detached retina or myopia all come from weakness and inflammation in the tissues that compose and surround the eye. Most doctors don’t really know what to say to you on how to improve your eye health. They don’t know how you can strengthen and protect your eyes from becoming disease or if you have an eye disease how to improve your condition.

In 1985, I developed detached retina in my right eye and my left eye had weakness.

The day I went to the eye specialist in Palo Alto to see why part of my vision was dark, I didn’t go home for 3 day. The very moment the doctor examine my eyes, he said “You need to go to the hospital right now and have surgery tonight.” Was I scared? Definitely!

Was the surgery a success? Yes it was. But not until I went through a 5 hour laser surgery procedure, had a needle pushed into my eye as I looked straight at it, and had an in house laser procedure of 50 pulses.

Months later I asked my eye doctor what I could do to improve my eye health and to keep them strong. There was silence and my question was never answered. He just didn’t know.

Since that time, I become a nutritionist and have learn many things about keeping eyes healthy and I plan to write an e-report so that I can pass that information on to many of you that want to avoid losing your good eye sight as you become older.

Right now I want to give you only one thing you can do for your eye health. I want to give you a formula on how you can make your own eye drops made out of MSM. As you recall in the last newsletter, I mentioned MSM eye drops that you can use it in your ears to keep them flexible. Well, MSM eye drops are the best drops you can use in your eyes to:

– strengthen them

– prevent glaucoma

– prevent cataract,

– keep them young

– dissolve mucus accumulation

– keep your eyes moist

– correct dryness

– relieve strain

– relieve red eye

– clear up pink eye

– clear up sties

– clears up eye infections

– tie up free damaging free radical

– tie up destructive proteins

The best part about MSM eye drops is that they are not addictive like many of the eye drops that you find at the drug store.

Look, can you ask any more of this eye drop solution? Yes you can. The second best part about MSM eye drops is that they are really cheap. You can buy it already make for around $5. Of course, you only get one ounce. The shipping cost more than the product.

Here’s what I buy when I make it myself:

– a 2 or 4 ounce brown eye dropper bottle

– torpedo MSM tablets of 1000 mg per tablet

– saline solution that I use for my contact lens and that’s it.

Here’s how to make it:

– Boil the eye dropper bottle with stem and rubber top for 10 minute

– After boiling, rinse out the inside of the bottle, stem, and rubber cap with distilled water.

– Fill the bottle with 80% saline solution.

– Add two to four MSM torpedoes making it 2000 to 4000 mg.

– Let the MSM dissolve and it’s ready for use.

Only one warning, just start with only two torpedoes. Then test it on your eye by dropping one drop into your eye. You will feel a little bit of a sting. Keep adding a torpedo until the sting is not too severe or to slight. I use 4 torpedoes since I am use to the sting. I also add a drop of 98% Aloe Vera gel, since aloe has an antibacterial property and it promotes cell regeneration. Of course, adding aloe makes it sting more but this will not damage your eye. Just go slow and add mall amount of aloe until you get the effect you can live with.

This is a real nice eye drop and excellent for your eye health. It is best to make it yourself, since it can be done when ever you need it. I use it all the time before I put my contacts lens, when I have my contacts on, and after I take them off. Have fun doing this and if you have children show them what you are doing.

Diabetic Diet Facts

Initially diabetes management and control may involve dietary changes alone. Diet is a vital component in your overall diabetes control program and to keep blood sugar levels under control, a diabetic diet strikes a balance among the carbohydrates, fats, and protein you eat, when you control your body functions through exercise and by using a diabetic diet, your pain and agony seems to diminish.

A diabetic diet must be a well-balanced meal plan tailored to your individual needs, tastes, activity level and life style, and its goal is to provide all the calories and nutrients the diabetic needs while keeping blood sugars as close to normal as possible. Diabetes is not a life sentence to a rigid and restrictive menu plan.

The diabetic diet basically involves limiting your carbohydrate intake in order to control your glucose levels. The recommended carbohydrate content of diabetic diet is 60%, fat content 30-35%. Another important characteristic of a diabetic diet is to eat regularly, at the same times each day, and to eat a consistent amount of calories each day; the diabetic diet is not only for diabetics: it is an excellent, balanced alternative for anyone.

Since the diabetic diet is one which is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, look for cookbooks that emphasize low-fat cooking, the diabetic diet is a bit stricter and calls for avoiding grains and fruit but you have about 30g of carbs daily. The ideal diabetic diet is also good for cholesterol with its emphasis on low fat, high complex carbohydrate and high fiber.

The most important aspect of the diabetic diet is meal planning, your meal plan should be adjusted to take into account carbs sugars and fat in the diabetic food, the general principle is to control body fat means less sensitivity to Insulin, which keeps the blood sugar level in check.

Carbohydrate Counting offers suggestions and tips about how to eat carbohydrates while maintaining your insulin needs and diabetes control, by following a consistent diet control, a diabetic patient ought to be able to maintain good health in general, but you should remember that an effective control of diabetes requires an integrated approach which also includes exercise, weight control and a good diabetic diet.

When you have diabetes, your medications are your best friends, as they will help you keep your condition under control, remember that one of the main goals for a diabetic diet is to lower your weight and maintain it, to put it in simplified words, diabetic diet is a balanced healthy diet plan which is vital for Diabetes treatment.

The diabetic diet is aimed at helping to control blood sugar levels, the less fluctuation, especially rapid release of glucose into the blood, the better, an adherence to a diabetic diet is an important aspect of controlling elevated blood sugar in patients with diabetes mellitus.

Dyslexia History – This All Started Much Earlier Than You Think

Dyslexia History starts before the term dyslexia was actually attached to a learning disability. It dates back to 1869 when Sir Francis Galton, a psychologist (and half cousin to Charles Darwin) began looking into the individual differences in children’s academic abilities.

Back in the time of Galton, neither Psychologists nor educators were investigating and making major contributions to the causes of childhood learning difficulties. They were thought to be caused by an underlying medical condition, so primarily it was the medical profession that took the dominant role in treating learning difficulties.

During Galton’s time (and for sometime thereafter) dyslexia, and other childhood learning difficulties that were similar, were often referred to as word blindness or strephosymbolia. Doctors and teachers alike did not understand the disorder. They often described children who had it as “feeble minded” or “partial imbeciles”. This was due to limited medical advances and not having the tests for dyslexia that are available today.

In 1878 Adolph Kussmaul, a German neurologist, began the first recorded investigation into people that suffered with reading difficulties. He was aiming at making a connection between adults with reading difficulties and neurological impairment. He found that many of his patients could not properly read and often would use words in a “wrong order”. He used the term word blindness to explain their difficulties.

Dyslexia history then moves on with an 1891 report in The Lancet medical journal by Dr. Dejerne. He was describing a brain injury one of his patients suffered after he was hit over the head by a crowbar. He wrote that the patient lost several language functions, including the ability to read. The result of this report was a general consensus that people with difficulty reading had most likely suffered brain damage or a brain injury.

By the 1930’s the term dyslexia began to appear more often in professional literature and then, in 1963, the Invalid Children’s Aid Association (ICAA) established the Word Blind Centre for Dyslexic Children in London. It allowed for specialized teaching for children that had been diagnosed with dyslexia. The Orton Dyslexia Society began in the US in 1967. The group’s main goal was raising public and political awareness and stressing the needs of dyslexic children.

It wasn’t until 1994 when the US Department of Education finally recognized dyslexia as a disorder or disability. Even when it was finally recognized, professionals would still use the term dyslexia in the same sentence as ‘specific learning difficulties’ showing that even the people that recognized it as a disability still held reservations about the designation.

In 1997 the Orton Dyslexia Society changed it’s name to the International Dyslexia Association due to the influence the association had beyond the borders of the USA.

Even with advances in medicine, it still took a while for the general teaching and medical fields to accept that learning difficulties were not necessarily brought on by a medical condition. In fact, it was not really until the 21st century that schools fully accepted the condition and began making accommodations for those that suffer from dyslexia. When you trace dyslexia history, it is easy to see that more attention and more research are still needed.

Do Contact Lenses Make Your Vision Worse?

Whether you are a new user of eyeglasses or have worn glasses your entire life, you may be considering switching to corrective contact lenses. Contact lenses offer comfort in many different ways, and also have an advantage from an aesthetic point of view. No matter what your motivation is, you may be considering contact lenses as an option if you have been diagnosed with or suffer from any of the following conditions:

o Myopia (nearsightedness)

o Hyperopia (farsightedness)

o Astigmatism (distorted vision)

o Presbyopia (need for bifocals)

If you are considering using corrective contact lenses, you should only do so under the strict supervision of a qualified eye care professional – preferably an ophthalmologist or a contact lens specialist. You should be prepared before going in to your eye care appointment by being aware of the different types of contact lenses that are available in the marketplace. This will help give you a head start in choosing the type of prescription contact lenses that are right for you. The types of contacts that are widely available include the following:

o Rigid Gas-permeable Contact Lenses (RGP’s)

o Soft Contact Lenses

o Extended Wear Contact Lenses

o Disposable Contact Lenses

Will my sight worsen if I start wearing prescription contact lenses?

Many people who are considering wearing corrective contact lenses to correct their vision issues are concerned about the possibility of harming their vision further simply by using contact lenses. They may have heard stories or rumors, or may even just have apprehensions about inserting a foreign object into their eye. First of all, contact lenses should be worn only when prescribed by an ophthalmologist, eye care professional or contact lens specialist. Corrective lenses should only be prescribed after a proper eye exam and diagnosis of one of the following: myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or presbyopia. Involving a professional from the very beginning will ensure that your eye care is appropriate, adequate and safe.

The Answer is NO!

According to the eye care experts, a corrective contact lens prescription will not make your vision problems worse. Many times when a person tries on contact lenses for the first time, there will be an adjustment period. At first the contact lenses may feel a bit uncomfortable and strange. If you are used to wearing regular eyeglasses, you may be taken aback by the fact that your peripheral vision is so much better with the contact lenses. In any case, whether you’re trying the contact lenses as your first option when diagnosed with vision problems or trying them after using glasses for any period of time, the visual improvement you will experience may be extraordinary. This amazing improvement may make vision without the contacts seem much worse than it actually is, especially the longer your eyes are allowed to grow accustomed to them.

This phenomenon can simply be attributed to the fact that the brain now has a reference point for comparing two images directly: the first one with corrective lenses and the latter one without. Prior to this it had nothing to which a real comparison could be made. Because of this, vision did not seem quite as unclear and blurred, when in fact it really was.

The bottom line is, with proper care and use; contact lenses should not affect your vision in a negative way. Using corrective contact lenses under the care of a contact lens specialist will ensure you are minimizing any chances of causing damage to your eyes.