Depression In Women

Women are more prone to fall prey to depression than men and the reasons for depression among men and women can be quite different in nature. As men and women operate in very different social contexts it is very natural for them to develop different personality traits and emotional dispositions. Due to this reason their methods for coping with and responding to stress factors in their lives, can be very different. The depression signs in women are usually different from that of men’s.

During the present times women are increasingly stepping out of the house to work but the task of running the house and rearing the children is also largely handled by women.

Having to tackle with so many responsibilities has increased the stress levels among women. Additionally there are issues peculiar to women like maternity, gender roles, menopause, lack of family and social support systems, that the women have to deal with. Owing to so many high pressure zones around them women often times slip into depression.

Once depression takes over a woman you can see the signs clearly. She will lose interest in many activities that she earlier took pleasure in. More and more she will be overcome by feelings of worthlessness and guilt and give in to bouts of crying and self-pity. There may be a major change in the sleeping patterns- she may either sleep much more than before or keep awake entire nights. Similarly there may be changes in food patterns too. All these changes will eventually lead to a depletion of energy and the woman may complain of fatigue and loss of vitality. In extreme cases the woman may have feelings of ending her life.

The biological causes of depression in women very often can become serious. Pregnancy and infertility, pre-menstrual problems, pre and post-partum depression, all cause hormonal fluctuations in the female body giving rise to depression and these can very well be treated with medication.

The social causes of depression like gender inequality, balancing work and home, dissatisfaction in relationships, sexual abuse etc require an understanding partner, family, friends and colleagues, who can play a major role in helping a women in dealing with depression.

During depression a woman is very likely to give into analyzing the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of it. She may also talk continuously about it to friends and family but it had been noted that talking and analyzing does not improve but makes the depression worse.

Chocolate and Dogs Are a Dangerous Combination

Chocolate – For Humans, Not Dogs

Yummy, sweet, and absolutely delicious, chocolate stands as one of the best snacks in the world. It’s so versatile too in the different kinds of ways it can be incorporated into foods. You can dip strawberries into melted chocolate for a healthy, unhealthy combination, or perhaps bake yourself a moist chocolate cake, or maybe cook up a couple gooey chocolate chip cookies. Some of my favorite candy bars, Snickers and Twix, have something in common with one another; They are made with creamy chocolate!

Yes indeed, as amazing as this snack is, it still has a critical fault. What might that be? It’s easy to spot, really. The fault is white chocolate. Ha, I’m kidding! But seriously, while white chocolate is still a problem, I’m referring to a particular ingredient found inside of chocolate. It’s called theobromine, and theobromine is toxic for certain animals, one of those animals being a dog.

What makes it so deadly for our four-legged friend? It’s how the dogs digest it; they kind of have a difficult time doing so. A dog’s digestive system is not able to process the theobromine found in chocolate in a very efficient manner like us humans can. The half-life of theobromine in a dog is somewhere around 17.5 hours. Yikes, that’s awful!

Unfortunately, I don’t think you can buy theobromine-free chocolate for the simple reason that chocolate is made from cacao beans, a fruit that contains theobromine in it. There is no escaping the theobromine ingredient, sorry dogs.

There are two key factors when determining the lethality of chocolate. One of them is size, and the other is the type of chocolate. Let’s look at the size first:

Size or Weight

Size matters. Bigger dog breeds like German Shepherds, Bulldogs, or Dalmatians, can eat a far more considerable amount of chocolate than smaller dog breeds like Maltipoo, Chihuahuas, or Yorkshire Terriers, before experiencing chocolate poisoning. The reasoning is behind the weight. Just how much more chocolate can they eat, approximately? That depends on the type.

Chocolate Type

Time to do some math!

Dark Chocolate: A 5 pound Maltipoo puppy can consume 1 oz. of Dark Chocolate before reaching a toxic level. A 70 pound German Shepherd can consume 14 oz. of Dark Chocolate before reaching a toxic level. As you can see by the numbers, the difference in size is a huge factor, it enables a bigger dog to eat a greater amount. However, look what happens when we change the type of chocolate used.

Milk Chocolate: Milk chocolate contains less theobromine than most chocolates. The 5 pound Maltipoo or 70 pound German Shepherd can eat double, or even triple the amount of Milk Chocolate than Dark Chocolate, before receiving theobromine poisoning.

Why does that happen? It’s the fact that different types of chocolate are made with varying amounts of theobromine. Some chocolates are simply more potent than others because they consist of more theobromine. The examples above are merely two types of chocolate available to consumers, there are still other, even stronger types of chocolate found in stores.

Seeing the above math, you might ponder if only giving a dog a smaller amount of chocolate without approaching the danger zone might be safer, but the answer is still a big fat NO! Even smaller quantities of chocolate can result in stomach pains for the dog. Common side effects also include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and a whole bunch of stomach woes. Nobody wants to clean up that dirty mess, trust me! So for your dog’s well-being, and yours, and maybe your carpet flooring, avoid giving them a chocolatey snack, even when they beg for a nibble.

To keep your dog from ever chowing down on this dark treat, mull over on where you store your snack foods. I suggest high up in places they can’t reach, or safely tucked away inside of a drawer. Low down in cupboards is a big no no, because animals can have moments of brilliance. I have a few cats that can actually open my lower cupboard doors; they then go inside and fall asleep on top of any food in there. There are more comfortable places to rest than inside of a cupboard I tell them, but they are cats and do not listen to me! Anyways, keep your chocolate secure, high out of a dog’s reach, just not yours.

Chocolate Overload, What To Do

I warned you to hide that chocolate of yours, now look what’s happened! I’ve heard stories of dogs eating chocolate excessively, and the owners, instead of rushing their pet to the vet, decided to ride it out and see if the dog would recover. After the symptoms became too scary to keep waiting, only then did the owner decide to visit the veterinarian. Unfortunately, the dog arrived minutes too late, and passed away. How sad, if only the owner would have reacted sooner, there could have been a happy ending.

The moral of the story is, if suspecting that your dog has eaten a potentially fatal amount of chocolate, then don’t wait around! Action is required, the sooner the better. Immediately contact a veterinarian, and take them there quickly, every minute counts.

Something you might want to have in case of emergencies like the nightmarish situation above, is activated charcoal. It’s an antioxidant that can be used to treat poisoning such as this. It could buy your dog a bit of time before you rush them to the veterinarian’s office.

In Conclusion

Basically, chocolate is not a dog’s best friend. It can poison them even in smaller quantities, and should be avoided entirely. Next time you are snacking on a delicious chocolate bar, and your dog looks up at you whining for a bite, resist the urge to share, because it could mean the life of your pet! It also means you get an extra bite of chocolate. Mm!

Wikipedia helped with the chocolatey math!

Personality Insights for Growth and Development

People talk about personality a lot. We hear it in casual conversations: “What a personality!” “That person lacks personality.” What then does personality really mean?

Personality insights are best understood by getting a grasp of the terminologies used in the psychology. But to put it simply, personality is what makes people do what they do, the reasons and traits that define one’s actions. Personality is the core of who you are, the overall description of the characteristics that make you different from others. Personality leads you to act, feel, and think the way that you do. It is the reasoning behind your actions and choices.

In your daily interactions with the world around you, personality is like a “mask” that you wear. This “mask” it what makes people behave, feel, and think as they allow their inner being to interact with external forces such as life circumstances and relationships.

Personality Insights

Getting to know your own personality can be a tough thing to do. Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist who specialized in human personality, said that personality can be a matter of choice–an ideal personality can be achieved if a person aiming for that chooses to become like that. Therefore, if you want to achieve your dreams and become who you want to be, it is important for you to know and understand your own personality. See it as a journey that will need a lot of decision making and strategy. While it’s possible to go on a journey without the help of a compass, having a compass to tell you where you are makes things so much easier. By understanding your personality in greater depth, you will know what steps to take from where you’re at right now.

Another common belief about personality is that working with your inner being will slowly help us get to perfection in all aspects. Failures and shortcomings can be set aside by building a new and improved you. Many self-help specialists have used this principle to lead people toward overcoming their failures and imperfections, believing that the same thing can be applied to all kinds of people. For some people, this method may be effective. But it isn’t necessarily effective in all cases. The main reason behind getting a grasp of who you are is to build on your strengths-what you’re good at, and manage your weaknesses to improve as a person.

There are so many personality insights, but you will need the right tools to grow as a an individual and make better decisions in life to achieve your goals. Personality development programs can be of great help to you. By working out a plan based on your strengths and potential weaknesses, you get a better idea of what you want and how to get there. These plans can be developed on your own or with the help of a therapist. You can also participate in group discussions with your peers to get an idea of how other people are and how they actually perceive you. When you have a bird’s eye view of who you are as an individual-strengths, weaknesses, skills, and abilities–you get a better vision of where you’re headed. Use all the aspects of your personality to reach that goal. Your goals and dreams aren’t limited to your area of profession, but it can extend to other things that you consider valuable in your life such as your relationships, contribution to society, and personal beliefs.

Anemophobia & Ancraophobia – How to Conquer Fear of the Wind

Anemophobia – aka ancraophobia – is an irrational fear of the wind or of drafty, windy places

Regardless of the name used, this all too little-recognized fear can be really incapacitating for those who suffer from it.

Often this phobia simply becomes worse as time passes and, left untreated, it can significantly impact on the person’s quality of life.

Indeed, it can severely restrict so many of the normal activities that most people simply take for granted.

Not only can this phobia produce fear of the outdoors and of open windows, where wind and drafts might usually be expected to occur, but it can also produce really intense feelings of anxiety in apparently unrelated situations such as when passing a functioning hand dryer in a public toilet or when seated in an airplane with the overhead air vents blowing.

Though each person experiencing anemophobia does so in their own way, generally speaking the symptoms of this phobia are similar to those of other anxiety disorders.

These symptoms may include increased or irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing and shortness of breath, sweating or chills, dry mouth, queasy, nauseous sensations and almost overwhelming feelings of dread.

In people with severe anemophobia, anxiety can so easily turn into panic, thereby producing what is commonly referred to as a ‘full blown panic attack’.

But nobody was born with this fear. For it to be activated, it first has to be acquired.

In truth, fear of the wind can almost always be traced back to a negative experience in the person’s past – which may or may not be recalled by the conscious mind – and which has been ‘imprinted’ on the subconscious mind.

Most often, the anemophobic person has found themselves in a specific situation where the wind or a draft has been blowing and in which they felt intensely afraid.

This specific experience has then become twinned or linked with all wind or gusts of air in what is known as a generalized conditioned response.

All too often, the person experiencing this disorder knows very well that it is irrational, but this knowledge does very little to help.

The medical response is all too often to prescribe anti-anxiety medication or to recommend a course of cognitive behavioural therapy in an attempt to control the symptoms.

This however, is a bit like suggesting that someone learn to live with an elephant in the living room. How much better it would be to simply evict the elephant!

Because this fear emanates from the subconscious mind, it is there that we must look for its solution.

And this is where advanced transformational hypnotherapy can be of such tremendous help.

Through the medium of correctly applied modern advanced hypnotherapy, we can reach down into the subconscious and uncover the beliefs that are producing and sustaining this fear.

Once accomplished, those beliefs can be corrected and replaced with realistic ones, so that the person is freed to resume their life in a normal manner – free of the anxiety with which they have lived for so long.

There really is no need to continue suffering from this terrible fear.

If you – or someone near to you – is experiencing the terrible discomfort and anxiety of anemophobia, ancraophobia, fear of the wind or fear of drafts, do not give up hope. Help is available.

Seek out an experienced and fully qualified advanced transformational hypnotherapist who has experience in successfully treating this issue and free yourself from the anxiety and fear of anemophobia once and for all.

You’ll be really glad you did!

3 Secret Tips to Grow Chest Hair

Do you ever want to feel manly and strong? Have you ever wished that you body can look more mature and masculine? Do you want to impress girls with your muscles and features? If you do, then having hair on your chest will make you look manly and strong. In fact, in some countries, guys who have chest hair is a sign of a person who is strong mentally and physically. These guys have a higher chance of getting a lot of girls! So here are 3 secret tips to grow chest hair!

1.Eat more beef!

If you eat a lot of beef, you can increase the amount of hair in your chest. This is because beef contains a lot of protein which is important for hair growth. Hair is basically made out of protein. If you increase the amount of protein, you increase the amount of hair in your body.

2. Shave your chest everyday

Shaving your chest everyday helps to stimulate hair growth. Even if you don’t have any hair there at all, still shave your hair. The friction on your skin will help the follicles and roots of your hair to sprout out!

3. Massage olive oil vigorously

Massaging olive oil to your chest will help stimulate hair growth. This is because olive oil helps to open the pores in your skin when you massage olive oil vigorously into your skin and it also helps stimulate hair growth. In your body, your hair produces natural oils to keep your hair feeling and looking healthy. Olive oil performs in a similar way.

A Glossary of Archery Terms A to Z

Armguard: A leather pad worn on the inside of the forearm of the bow hand to protect the arm from the slap of the bow string.

Arrow Plate: An inlay just above the handle on the side of the bow where the arrow passes as it leaves the bow.

Ascharm’ A cabinet in which Bows, arrows, and archery tackle are stored.

Back: The surface of the bow farthest from the archer when the bow is held in the shooting position.

Backing: Various materials including: fibre glass, cellulose products, raw hide, etc. glued to the back of the bow to improve its cast.

Backed Boiv: A bow to which a backing has been glued.

Barb: A projection on a hunting head which prevents its easy withdrawal.

Barreled Arrow: An arrow whose shaft is tapered from the middle toward each end and having its greatest cross-sectional area in the middle of the shaft.

Boss or Bast: The twisted and coiled straw back of a target to which the face is attached.

Bow Stave: A billet of wood from which a bow is to be manufactured.

Bowyer: A maker of bows.

Brace: To string the bow.

Belly: The belly of the bow is the side that you see when you hold the bow in shooting position.

Bend: The act of bracing or placing the string in the bow nocks.

Bobtailed Arrow: An arrow that has its greatest cross section at the pyle and tapers toward the nock.

Bodkin: A three bladed broadhead arrow.

Broadhead: A flat triangular shaped hunting head made of steel.

Butt: A backstop to which faces are attached, such as bales of straw.

Carriage Bow: A bow that has its two limbs joined under the handle in a ferrule. It can be disjointed to permit easy transportation. (Takedown).

Cast: The inherent ability of a bow to propel an arrow.

Chested Arrow: An arrow that has its greatest cross-section toward the nock and tapers from this point toward both the nock and pyle.

Chrysal: A compression failure i.e., a fracture of the fibres usually appearing as a line across the belly of the bow.

Clout Target: The standard four foot target enlarged twelve times and laid out in a horizontal position on the ground.

Cock Feather: The feather on the arrow which is at right angles to the nock. Usually the odd colored feather.

Crest: Colored bands of varying width and spacing, painted on the arrow for identification purposes.

Crossbow: A short bow set crosswise on a stock, drawn by mechanical means, and discharging a dart by trigger release.

Cross Wind: A wind blowing across the target.

Curl: A swirl in the grain of a bow stave.

Down Wind: A wind blowing toward the target.

Draw: The act of pulling the bow string the full length of the arrow.

Drawing Fingers: The first three fingers of the hand used in pulling the string.

Drawing Weight: The force in pounds required to bring a bow to full draw.

Drift: The sidewise movement of the arrow as it travels toward the target due to a cross wind.

End: A unit number of arrows used in scoring. In target com¬petition six arrows constitute an end.

Eye-‘ The loop or loops in a bow string.

Field Captain: The official in charge of a tournament.

Finger Tips: Leather finger stalls used to protect the tips of the three shooting fingers.

Fistmele: The distance from the base of the clenched hand to the tip of the extended thumb. Used as a measure of the proper distance from the handle to the string when a flat

bow is braced or strung.

Fletch: Placing the feathers on an arrow.

Fletcher: A manufacturer of arrows. Arrow maker.

Fletching: The feathers which guide the arrow in flight.

Flight Arrow: A long, light arrow with very small fletching or vanes. Used in distance shooting.

Flirt: A jerky or jumping movement of an arrow from its theoretical flight line.

Follow the String: A bow that has taken a permanent set in the drawing direction.

Floo Floo: An arrow used in wing shooting. It is generally fletched with a complete spiral. The size of the fletching is such that the flight distance is short.

Footing: A hardwood splice at the pyle end of a wooden shafted arrow.

Gold: The bulls-eye in the regulation four foot circular target. A circle nine and three-fifths inches in diameter.

Grip: The part of the bow held in the shooting hand.

Hen Feathers: The two feathers, generally of the same color,which are not at a right angle to the arrow nock.

High Braced: When the fistmele distance exceeds seven inches.It is better to high brace a bow than to low brace one.

Hold: The pause at full draw position prior to release of the arrow.

Home: When the arrow is fully drawn with the pyle even with the back of the bow it is said to be “home”.

Horns: Tips of the bow made from animal horn in which the bow string nock is cut.

Jointed Bows: Same as a carriage bow.

Kick: A jar which is felt when a bow is shot. Generally due to unevenly tillered bow limbs.

Lady Paramount: A lady assistant to the field captain. In charge of the women’s shooting line or division in a tournament.

Laminated Bow: A bow that is built up in layers. It may consist of different kinds of wood, wood and metal, wood and

fibre glass, etc.

Limb: Half of the bow. From the handle or grip to the tip.Upper and lower limbs.

Loose: The act of shooting. Letting the drawn bow string slip

from the shooting fingers.

National Archery Association. (NAA): National Association of Target Archers.

National Field Archery Association. (NFAA): National Asso¬ciation of Field Archers.

Nocks: The grooves at the tips of the limbs of a bow into which the bow string is fitted, also the slot at the feathered end of an arrow.

Nocking Point: The point on the bow string where the arrow nock rests.

Overbowed: A bow with a drawing weight in excess of that which the archer can shoot properly.

Overdraw: To draw the bow beyond the arrow length for which the bow is designed.

Overstrung: When the fistmele is exceeded by the use of too short a bow string.

Pair: Two arrows and a spare, also three feathers.

Pennant: A small flag with the fly longer than the hoist. Placed at the line of targets on a staff to indicate the direction and velocity of the wind at the targets.

Petticoat: The border outside of the last or white ring of the target.It has no scoring value.

Pyle: The metal tip attached to the head of the arrow shaft,the point of the arrow. Anglo-Saxon (pil) meaning dart,also spelled pile.

Pin: A very small knot in bow woods, especially yew or osage.

Pinch: To crush the fibres of the bow by compression. See Chrysal.

Pinch: To squeeze the arrow between the drawing fingers.

Pin Hole: The center of the gold of the target, i.e., dead center.

Point Blank: The act of aiming directly at the target.

Point of Aim: An object at which an archer aims by sighting over the tip of the arrow.

Quiver: A container for arrows. Shape, size and materials vary.They may be carried at the waist, over the shoulder, on the bow, or on the bow arm.

Quiver, Ground: In the simplest form, a metal rod approximately 18 inches long, pointed at one end and a loop formed at right angles to the stem at the other end. Inserted

in the ground, arrows may be dropped through the loop and withdrawn one at a time.

Range: The terrain used in archery competitions. Also called a Field Course.

Recurved Bow: A bow that is bent back from a straight line at the ends of the limbs.

Reflexed Bow: Unstrung and held in a shooting position, the limbs of the bow curve away from the archer.

Release: Same as Loose.

Round: A fixed number of shots at a given distance or set of distances.

Rover: An archer who engages in field shooting. See Roving.

Roving: Shooting over fields and woodlands at natural targets.

Run: When a single one of the strands which make up a bow string frays, stretches, or breaks, the string is said to have a run.

Sap Wood: The wood immediately underneath the bark.

Self: Used in reference to a bow or an arrow made from a single piece of wood, i.e., self bow, self arrow.

Serving: The winding or wrapping around the bow string at the nocking points to protect the bow string from wear.

Shaft: The body or main section of the arrow. The term “feathered shaft” is frequently used in print to designate an arrow.

Shaftment: That section of the shaft to which the feathers are attached.

Shake: A longitudinal crack in a bow stave.

Shooting Glove: A three fingered glove used to protect the shooting fingers.

Shooting Tab: A flat piece of leather designed to be worn on the shooting fingers for protection.

Spiral: The curved position in which the feathers are attached to the arrow shaft.

Spine: The quality of resiliency in an arrow which permits it to bend as it passes the bow in flight and then recover its original shape.

Stacked Bow-‘ A bow with an oval cross section. One in which the thickness of the limbs is little greater than the width.

Steele: Same as shaft.

Tab: See shooting tab.

Tackle: The equipment of an archer: bow, arrows, quiver, tabs,strings, etc.

Takedown: See Carriage Bow.

Tiller: Shaping the bow to proper curvature. To tiller a bow.

Toxophilite: One fond of, or devoted to, archery. Derived from the Greek toxen meaning bow and philos meaning loving.

Turn: A term used to describe a bow that has a twist to right

or left of the string. Underboived: A bow having too little drawing weight for the

archer.

Unit: Fourteen targets of a field roving course.

Upshot: The last shot in an archery contest.

Vane: The web or flat expanded part of a feather. The flat extended plastic surfaces attached to a shaft to serve as fletching.

Wand: A wooden stick two inches wide, standing upright in the ground. Six feet in height. Used as a mark at which to shoot.

Weight: The weight in grains of an arrow. See also Drawing Weight.

Whip Ended: A bow which has limbs that are too weak at the tips.

Whipping: See Serving.

Anxiety Attack Treatment – How to Treat Anxiety

They come out of the blue and terrify the sufferer. But what are panic attacks? Basically, they are strong feelings of panic or anxiety that come over a person suddenly, like an attack. You might feel like you are dying, suffocating, drowning, or something similar. You may be hyperventilating,

Some might think they are going mad or they are having a heart attack. The symptoms of a panic attack are similar to the symptoms of a heart attack. The difference is, that while heart attacks may be very dangerous indeed, panic attacks are not. They are totally harmless, though they are very unpleasant. There are other differences, too.

If you think that you, or someone you know, is suffering from anxiety attacks or anxiety disorder, then you want to know something about anxiety attack treatment. It is not an imaginary disease, nor does it mean you are ‘crazy’ and need to be locked up.

The first thing you should do is talk to your family doctor and he or she will decide whether you have a medical problem that is causing these symptoms or whether it is anxiety attacks. There are some medical and psychological conditions that cause anxiety attacks as side-effects. What happens next depends on the severity of the attacks, but generally you would be referred to a specialist – a therapist or counselor.

If the condition is severe, you could be prescribed antidepressants. This is because depression is often thought to be the underlying cause of the anxiety attacks. None of these drugs can be used long term, they are prescribed to act as a kind of crutch to help the sufferer gain enough control to start with the therapy.

There are several types of therapy that are used in treating anxiety. They all try to find the root of the problem and then address it. They range from simple coping techniques to complete reprogramming.

When the anxiety attacks are relatively mild, treatment consists mostly of learning how to keep calm. There are techniques such as learning how to control your breathing, how to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, and meditating, for example, which you can use when you feel that an attack is starting. They will help to stop the attack or at least lessen its effects if you cannot stop it. A therapist or counselor will help you to learn these.

There are changes you can make to your lifestyle, too – for example, avoid food and drinks that contain a lot of caffeine, sugar and other stimulants. You should also cut down on alcohol and drugs, or cut them out completely. They don’t help you to avoid the attacks at all – in fact, they make things worse. Exercise is also recommended. This is because you breathe more deeply during exercise and the increased oxygen helps you to feel more positive and upbeat, while also helping you to stay calm. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean pumping iron for hours on end. A stroll in the park for about half an hour a day is enough to produce feelings of calmness and well-being that last long after the exercise session has ended.

Reiki Treatment for Diabetes

Is Reiki effective in assisting the treatment of Diabetes?

Yes.

Should Reiki be used to assist the treatment of Diabetes?

Only if the client has Type 2 Diabetes…

This may seem and odd statement to make because if Reiki has been shown to help treat Diabetes Type 1, then why not use it?

Diabetes Type 1 is a condition caused by the lack of insulin being produced by the patients pancreas. This is generally considered incurable and requires the patient to inject themselves each day with insulin to assist in the break-down of blood sugars. The patient has to monitor their blood sugar level quite closely to avoid peaks and troughs. We have all had sugar rushes at some point and they can be quite unpleasant. A Type 1 Diabetic is at risk of these all the time unless they manage their condition properly. A dip in blood sugar through eating too little or injecting insulin at the wrong time can be seriously dangerous, and in extreme cases lead to diabetic coma and possibly death.

Type 2 Diabetes is a slightly different ball game. There is little wrong with the pancreas however it is the rest of the body that has the problem. The cells become resistant to insulin absorption so blood sugar cannot be processed properly. In many cases this can be managed through diet alone. Blood sugar checking is not as vital; however it is still required on a regular basis even once diet is under control, just to make sure the occasional piece of chocolate or portion of apple pie doesn’t start to get too regular.

So why shouldn’t Reiki be used with Type 1 Diabetics?

Because it may work too well, and too quickly. The problem any health practitioner has is in knowing whether their client will follow their instructions once they leave. Every Diabetic knows they must check their blood sugars regularly but we are all human and we all forget important things now and then. If a Diabetic seeks Reiki treatment for their condition then the risks are that it may work, insulin production may be started again and they may forget to check their levels before their next injection. The issue here isn’t that Reiki is dangerous, but forgetting to check the blood sugar level is a lot more dangerous.

As stated above, if blood sugar levels drop too low then coma and death are serious risks. After their Reiki session, a Diabetic is at risk of their pancreas starting to produce insulin in a significant quantity and this could mean that, at some point, their next injection could overdose them. Blood sugar levels will plummet in this situation and the resulting coma could be fatal.

This article may sound like scare mongering but this situation has actually occurred on more than one occasion. For the patients sake it is best practice to refuse to treat clients suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. They may have a track record of religiously testing their blood but can you, as a Reiki Practitioner, really trust them to continue doing so? They are only human, and humans are fallible. No practitioner wants to hear of the demise of one of their clients because their treatment worked, so it is far better to be safe rather than sorry.

Interesting Chocolate Statistics

Just about everyone loves the sweet temptation of chocolate. Here are some intriguing statistics and facts:

1. The average American eats 10-12 pounds (4.5 kg) of chocolate a year. The average Swiss eats 21 pounds a year.

2. Chocolate is the food most commonly craved by women, but can contribute significantly to bulimia, obesity, and binge eating.

3. Several medical studies show that eating chocolate in moderation can actually prolong your life by reducing risk of blood clots and fighting bad cholesterol.

4. It is not physically addictive and does not cause acne, as shown in several medical studies.

5. Chocolate is not high in caffeine. A 1oz bar of milk chocolate contains only 5-6mg of caffeine. This is significantly less than in coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

6. Chocolates can absorb other flavors and scents, and should be kept away from other household chemicals.

7. It can be frozen for up to six months. It is best to seal it in a zip lock bag before freezing.

8. In general, the shelf life is a year. Chocolate that is refrigerated may not melt as readily. Thus it is best to store it in cool dry areas 55-60 degrees F.

9. U.S. manufacturers use 3.5 million pounds of whole milk every day to make chocolate.

10. The largest candy bar ever made weighed over 5,000 pounds and was made in Italy in 2000. The largest slab of fudge was over 2,000 pounds and was made in Canada.

11. Children are more likely to prefer chocolate when they reach 10-11 years old than when they are younger.

12. Chocolate is America’s favorite flavor, according to recent surveys with a little over 50% of adults preferring chocolate to other flavors.

Natural Cures for Insomnia Help: Find Insomnia Causes to End Sleeplessness

Tips to Cure Insomnia – Find the Cause

Many people having trouble sleeping are not getting the insomnia help they need and finding cures for insomnia or treatment options that work best for them. This is because they failed to understand specific root insomnia causes why they can’t sleep well at night.

There are many different reasons why people have trouble sleeping. There are also many cures for insomnia or treatment options, some natural and others, rely on sleep medications. Chances are once you know why you can’t sleep, and if your specific reason is not one of physiological, you will have many more insomnia treatment options.

Looking for tips to cure insomnia? Here is one. By finding out what the cause of your insomnia is, you can actually deal with the root cause and get rid of your insomnia once and for all, without having to worry about sticking with any insomnia for the rest of your life just to get a good night’s sleep.

Possible Causes – Why People Can’t Sleep Well

To get effective insomnia help, find the best insomnia treatment options and figure out what is causing your insomnia, you are going to need to learn about what the most common insomnia causes are. This is really the only way that you will be able to find the best insomnia cure and actually figure out the root cause of your sleeplessness to be able to find the most appropriate permanent solution.

There are lots of different possible causes of insomnia. The three most known major causes of insomnia are: psychological, physical and temporary events or factors. Stress is one of the number one causes of insomnia, and can leave a person feeling anxious and depressed.

Sound Approach – Effective Solution

To get all the insomnia help you need and for any insomnia treatment to be effective, it’s very crucial to start right with finding out what your specific insomnia causes are before you can decide on which cures for insomnia work best for you. Once you rule out the possibility of physiological causes, this ‘no sleep medications‘ approach to fight sleeplessness is possibly one of the best and safest tips to cure insomnia you can get.

Peanuts – More Than Just a Way to Pass the Time of Day

There was this alter ego of the Walt Disney Goofy (of Mickey Mouse fame) called Supergoof and he got his powers from the super goober patch in his backyard. Goobers and groundnuts are the other names for the more common peanuts. This otherwise super goofy character got his sinews and jet power from gobbling all those peanuts, sneaking out of his back door and emerging from the goober bushes transformed!

In the real world, Peanuts are a legume crop grown for its power packed edible seeds, grown in the sub-tropics and the tropics where the weather is warm and the soil well drained. India is the second largest producer of peanuts in the world.

The secret world of legumes

Though peanuts are commonly classified as nuts, they are actually legumes. Peanut pods develop underground and this has given rise to its scientific name Arachis hypogaea – hypogaea meaning underground. These legumes have nitrogen fixing properties. In their root nodules, they harbour symbiotic bacteria which make ammonia from nitrogen in the air. Ammonia is used by the peanut plant to make amino acids and nucleotides (protein). In turn the bacteria use sugars from the plant. However, peanuts are similar to tree nuts like almonds and walnuts in their nutritional profile.

A complete food for complete health care

Peanuts are rich in essential nutrients and are an excellent source of protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals:

Protein: A cup of peanuts contains 38 gms of protein which is a source of many of the amino acids required by the human body to perform hormonal and neurological functions.

Fats: Fats are essential for a balanced diet; it is a fallacy that a diet should be fat free. 78% of the calories in raw peanuts are from fat: but this is the good mono and poly unsaturated kind which actually lowers LDL cholesterol and the twin risks of diabetes and coronary disease.

Vitamins: Peanuts also contain niacin, folate, Vitamins E and B6, thiamine, riboflavin. These help protect levels of Vitamins A and C. They also keep the body in good ticking order by regulating appetite and healthy digestion and metabolism: all great for good skin. Folate is good for the developing foetus as it lowers the risk of birth defects, both spinal and neurological.

Minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, iron, potassium and calcium are essential for bone and tooth health, muscle contraction, blood clotting and general immunity. Peanuts are a rich source of them all.

Fibre: Peanuts contain insoluble dietary fibre which is considered necessary for weight loss and beneficial for controlling type 2 diabetes.

Peanut milk is being promoted in Africa to fight malnutrition: it is lactose free, extremely nutritive and affordable.

Benefit more than the human body

The nitrogen fixing property of this leguminous plant means that they improve soil fertility. As a consequence, the soil needs less nitrogen based fertilisers. Rotating crops involving peanut plants is sensible agricultural practice as a peanut crop leaves behind nitrogen enriched soil for a different crop to utilise.

Peanut oil is used in cooking and is a healthy alternative as it is unsaturated fat, resistant to rancidity. The residue protein- rich cake after oil manufacture is used as soil fertiliser and supplemental feed for livestock.

Industrial use of peanut oil may not be common knowledge. Nevertheless, it is used in paint, varnish, lubricants, insecticides and even nitroglycerin. Many cosmetics and soaps also use this oil or its derivatives.

Peanut shells, believe it or not, are used to manufacture hardboard, abrasives, fuel, cellulose and glue!

Can peanut butter be far behind?

This protein packed product should ideally have peanuts, salt and not much else, but it is usually sold sweetened. It is a good and easy way to supplement your protein in-take: a serving of 2 tablespoons is recommended. It is often the body builder’s good friend.

A word of care

We increasingly hear of peanut allergies. The symptoms range from mild allergic reactions like watery eyes and skin rashes to the life threatening anaphylactic shock. These allergies have been traced to family history and the consumption of soy products. But unless there is an actual diagnosis of an allergy, there is no need to avoid peanuts. The good news for allergy sufferers is that designer peanuts without the allergy causing protein trigger are on the block.

Peanuts are also susceptible to a type of fungal infection which produces a toxic compound called aflatoxin. Still, organic and modern methods of farming can go a long way in ensuring crop safety.

Common sense also dictates that no food supply is ever 100% safe. We live in a sea of toxins and have always stayed afloat. In fact there is a much greater possibility of getting e-coli infection from contaminated food than danger of exposure to aflatoxin.

Peanuts have a very high calorific content. The way to get a mouthful of the benefits would be to replace empty calories from snacks like chips and pastries with these tasty and health filled legumes.

Gastronomic paths

Raw peanuts are mostly used in cooking. Spicy peanut sauces are widely used in Southeast Asian cuisine including those of Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. In India, cooking, particularly in the Deccan plateau region involves multiple and extensive use of this nutritive legume: in masalas, chutneys and as additions to vegetable dishes.

Tender peanuts are delicious, boiled in their cases with a dash of salt. Roasting is another popular choice and actually improves the antioxidant properties.

There are many packaged brands in the market which offer peanuts batter fried or dusted with exotic flavours.

So, the next time you pick up a packet of peanuts, just remember that it is a super-goober, indeed!

Signs of a Heroin Addict

It’s easier for heroin addicts to detox in the earlier stages of their addiction when the physical withdrawals aren’t as bad and the addict is less set in their ways. Experts say lengthy treatment is often needed to treat other diseases as well as provide counseling to reverse criminal behavior. If you think someone you know is using heroin or opiates then check for the possible signs below.

Possible Signs of a Heroin Addict

– Pupils of the eyes are very small in reduced lighting conditions when pupils normally dilate

– Track marks – If a person is right handed, he normally uses his right hand to inject himself in the left arm and left handed person normally injects into the right arm. As the tracks become progressively more visible, addicts will often wear long sleeves to hide the marks.

– Collapsed veins – Injecting repeatedly into the same vein over and over again will cause the vein to collapse or “blow out”. After a period of time, all veins in the arms may be blown out. At that point, the addict usually turns to veins located behind the knee or on the back of the hands.

– Increase or decrease in appetite, changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain

– Change in overall attitude / personality with no other identifiable cause

– Changes in friends, new hang-outs, avoidance of old crowd, new friends are drug users

– Change in activities, loss of interest in things that were important before

– Drop in school or work performance, skips or is late to school or work

– Changes in habits at home, loss of interest in family and family activities

– Difficulty in paying attention, forgetfulness

– Lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, discipline

– Bored, “I don’t care” attitude

– Defensiveness, temper tantrums, resentful behavior (everything’s a hassle)

– Unexplained moodiness, irritability, or nervousness

– Violent temper or bizarre behavior

– Paranoia – heroin addiction often causes users to become suspiciousness just about everyone and everything

– Excessive need for privacy, keeps door locked or closed, won’t let people in

– Secretive or suspicious behavior

– Car accidents, fender benders, household accidents

– Chronic dishonesty

– Trouble with the police

– Unexplained need for money, can’t explain where money goes, stealing

– Change in personal grooming habits

Just because your teenager is having a temper tantrum or is lazy doesn’t mean they have to be doing heroin (There just being teenagers). This is just a list of possible signs to help identify heroin addicts.

A List of Toe Nail Fungus Home Remedies

If left untreated, toe nail fungi may spread to other parts of the body, as well as lead to other painful complications. One may be experiencing a lot of pain while walking, and in worse cases, surgical removal is needed. In order to avoid this, immediate treatment must be applied. There are a lot of toe nail fungus home remedies that one can apply in order to treat this. The most effective are the following:

1. Apple and Vinegar – Using water with natural apple cider vinegar and soaking one’s toenails on it is one good toe nail fungus home remedy. One has to do this everyday at least 15 to 20 minutes a day for positive results to be seen. This might take weeks or even months to see the results.

2. Mouthwash – Another toe nail fungus home remedy is soaking in Listerine mouthwash. Listerine is a great antiseptic that can cure and prevent the growth of toe nail fungi.

3. Oil – Tea tree oil is nature’s powerful fungicide that will help contain the toe nail fungi. To do this, one has to apply pure tea tree oil to the toe nail that is affected. Also, one has to do this everyday. Other possible combinations with tea tree oil are lavender oil and olive oil. Together these combinations can fight the infection more effectively and prevent skin irritation.

4. Creams – AHA cream, or Alpha Hydroxyl creams one of the toe nail fungus home remedies. This can help remove the scaly skin on one’s feet. These scales are more prone to toe nail fungi infection. Also, one has to do this ritual everyday, before bedtime is the most recommended time.

5. Herbs – A lot people have recommended oregano oil as another one of the effective toe nail fungus home remedies. This is mixed with olive oil and must be applied on the affected toenail for a maximum of 3 weeks only. Oregano oil has been proven as an effective, analgesic, fungicide, as well as antibiotic.

6. Epsom Salt Solution – An Epsom salt solution is one good treatment. One has to soak the infected toe/s in the solution everyday.

7. Vicks – Applying Vick vapor rub on the affected area is recommended by a lot people since this alleviates the infection as well as cures it. The same problem is that it will take some time but it really works in a lot of people already.

The common denominator of these toe nail fungus home remedies is that one needs to have a lot of patience since these treatments have to be religiously followed every day for a long duration of time. Another possible home remedy is using all natural medication such as Zetaclear which contains all of the above-mentioned key ingredients in curing toe nail fungi.

Whatever toe nail fungus home remedy you might opt to, you must also do preventive measures in order to prevent further damage. This includes wearing more comfortable footwear, avoiding going barefoot in moist public places, and not sharing towels other people. With these as well as a good home remedy practice, the toe nail fungi will be cured in no time.

Spirulina and Melatonin: Effective Ingredients for a Fit Body and Mind

Spirulina is a common form of food supplement which is rich in Vitamins. It is a naturally growing plant which is found in freshwater pools. The spirulina powder is known as a super food as this supplement provides the basic nutrients and helps in gaining energy. It is not consumed in its natural form but is dried first and powdered and then used. All the ingredients available in spirulina powder are desirable in order to optimize your body’s function. It is a health supplement which can give your good health and a fit body.

The powdered form contains different Vitamins such as includes thiamine or B1, riboflavin or B2, nicotinic acid or B3, pyridoxine or B6, folic acid or B9, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. The other major ingredients which are available in the spirulina are the minerals such as calcium, chromium, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, selenium, sodium, potassium, and zinc. All these minerals satisfy all your energy requirement and nutrient needs. For having the health benefits you must consume the pure form of spirulina powder, otherwise it becomes not so healthy. Usually, the powder available in the market contains artificial preservatives and additives to make them tastier. It is recommended not to buy such artificial supplements as it will adversely affect your body and may result into some serious health issues.

With a fit body we need a fit and active mind as well, for which a proper sleep is a must. Mostly people these days suffer from insomnia for which melatonin is a good option. But before you choose to take melatonin, it is recommended to consult with your doctor first. Get advice on the quantity you need to consume and what is the best time to take it. It is commonly observed that the consumption of these health supplements have some side effects, melatonin is no different. It has few side effects such as headache, dizziness, drowsiness and cramps at times. Use this supplement but under the supervision of a medical expert, else you can have serious health issues.

Hemorrhoid Flare Self-Care – Twelve Tips

Has hemorrhoidal pain, itching and burning got you sitting uneasy? Here are 12 tips sure to bring you fast, safe relief. Best of all, you can take care of the symptoms right in your own home.

  1. Hygiene Helps: To rinse away debris that can cause itching and pain, clean anus thoroughly with gentle soap and a stream of warm water.
  2. Put it On Ice: To ease painful swelling, apply an ice pack or cold gel pack directly to the anal area.
  3. Soak Your Sitz Bones: For long-lasting pain relief, sit with knees elevated in a tub with three or four inches of warm water. Doctors recommend sitting no longer than fifteen minutes at a time, but you can take the sitz bath several times per day. Most clinicians do not recommend adding any ingredients to the bath water. However, a hot Epsom salt bath, effective for relieving severe bruising and sprains, may have some benefit for hemorrhoids as well. Adding a quarter to half-cup of salt to the bath will not harm your hemorrhoids, and may give some relief.
  4. Tea Tree Decree: Vitamin E oil or even plain petrolatum mixed with a drop or two of tea tree oil relieves itching and burning hemorrhoids. Apply with a clean cotton applicator or gloved finger. Tea tree oil gives a pleasant sensation of warmth without burning or stinging. Its antiseptic properties can also help keep an irritated hemorrhoid cleaner and promote faster healing.
  5. Cushy Tushy: To minimize compression on hemorrhoidal veins while sitting, make a temporary doughnut cushion out of rolled-up towels or blankets.
  6. Going Commando: Ditch the underpants. Wear loose trousers to maximize comfort and circulation.
  7. Find Some Fiber: To relieve constipation that can aggravate hemorrhoids, take a stool softener containing psyllium husks or ground flaxseed. Start with one teaspoon nightly followed by a full glass of water. The water is important to prevent choking and/or further constipation from the fiber. With adequate water intake, the fiber will swell, making your next bowel movement larger but softer. No fiber stool softener in the house? Eat fruit with skin: pears, apples, grapes.
  8. Wash Down Some Water: To continue constipation-free and help heal your hemorrhoids, sip on clear fluids throughout the day.
  9. Just Say No: Avoid narcotics such as codeine, percocet, and oxycodone. Even though they relieve pain quite effectively, they are notorious for causing constipation. Taking narcotics for hemorrhoid pain will end up making your symptoms even more miserable. So if your doctor prescribes narcotics for hemorrhoid pain, be sure to ask his or her advice on what to drink or take to relieve the resulting constipation.
  10. Prudent Pain Palliation: Use plain ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) to relieve hemorrhoidal pain. Caution: ibuprofen thins the blood, which may lead to heavier blood on the toilet paper during bowel movements.
  11. Exertion Assertion: Avoid intense abdominal exercise during flare-ups. These also create abdominal pressure that often aggravates hemorrhoids. Ask a personal trainer or physician for alternative workouts to keep your abs firm. If you must lift anything heavy, ask for help. Remember: don’t hold your breath while lifting–exhale! Exhaling on the “lift” keeps you from creating excess pressure in your abdominal cavity that can make your hemorrhoids bulge and get worse.
  12. Shun the Runs: Avoid diarrhea during a hemorrhoid flare-up: don’t take laxatives or too much fiber supplement. Bananas, rice, tea and potatoes are all foods that help stop diarrhea.