Speaking Of The Truth: Reiki And Effective Communication

When examining the particulars connected to the fifth chakra, the throat, zone of communication and expression, imbalances or diseases that manifest can produce a myriad of symptoms: Sore throat, thyroid imbalance TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder of the jaw bones), weak voice, hearing loss, repeat colds, shyness, feeling dis-empowered, overly emotional, uncommunicative, egoic you speak…but others look as though you are an alien!

Some suggestions to help clear away the energetic traffic jam may include: Singing, Humming Chanting Screaming-Yes. A good scream can do wonders in terms of releasement. Trust me, I’ve done it a few times to shed what I needed to release,

For those who are familiar with The Law of Attraction, we can also apply this concept to imbalances in the throat chakra; what we send out is returned to us. The Universe is quite explicit in guiding us to live our truth. I recently read a quote that states “Living your truth is as much about knowing who you are as what you stand for”.

From a Reiki practitioner’s perspective, clients who seek out Reiki as a means of restoring balance to their physical vessel, typically express feelings of overwhelment, frustration or anger. In assessing and observing, we find it may be a reflection of feeling as though they aren’t being heard. Or, perhaps they are not speaking their truth.

While the practitioner focuses on all seven chakras (root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown), extra attention may be placed on the throat chakra to allow the congested energy to come towards the surface and melt or burn away, further completing the client’s healing process.

Channeling Universal Love & Healing Energy can assist in releasing congestion in our communication zone. A byproduct of this healing can surface as a cough, scratchy throat, excess phlegm, metallic or “funky” taste in the mouth. While they may seem annoying to the client, I reinforce that it’s a positive step in their healing journey. This allows life force energy to move in a more natural rhythm. It also allows the client to speak clearly, concisely and with defined intention.

I once worked with a client was an airline attendant. She was cute as a button. During our session, I observed congestion to her throat chakra. Through the discussion process, she shared that one of her co-workers had been making sarcastic comments towards her. Frustrated, she would stay silent and not engage in a banter of words. When she returned for a follow up session a few weeks later, I asked how things were going with this person. Her eyes widened and she explained that when she returned to work, the co worker made yet another sarcastic comment. My client firmly told her that her comments were unwarranted and basically put her in her place! From that moment forward, there was no more comments from the peanut gallery!

Now, while each case is unique, Reiki clearly was instrumental in this situation. My client was able to release the frustration, anger and self critical feelings regarding herself and her coworker in a healthy, positive way. Reiki allowed her to feel confident in communicating her thoughts and intentions.

Furthermore, we are seeing more people opening up to their Spiriutal gifts. In the early stages, uncertainty of how to step into their Light can cause im-balances to their throat chakra. Again, the bond between client and Reiki practitioner can provide loving assistance in working through these feelings.

At the end of the day, Spirit reminds us how much our truth shapes our experiences. A valuable lesson for everyone.

And So It Is…

In Bible versus Quran: God made Jacob’s hip disjointed

This is the third article of the series: “Is The Lord God Seen or Not in Bible versus Quran?”

The Bible says that many men have seen the Lord God like Abraham and Isaac, Jacob (who saw God face to face) etc…

Not only has that, but Jacob Wrestles with God and Jacob defeated GOD.

Yet the Bible declares that No one has ever seen God at any time.

Read the articles “The Lord God is seen in Bible versus Quran” (1) and (2).

The Noble Quran says that No one can see the Almighty Creator in the life of this world; yet, only the believers will see Him in the Hereafter.

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?? In the Bible: The Lord God is Seen (3)

Jacob has seen the Lord God face to face. Not only he has that, but Jacob Wrestles with God and Jacob defeated GOD.

The Bible says:

Jacob was left alone. And a man (the Lord God) wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.

When the man (the Lord God) saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.

Then he (the Lord God) said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.”

But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

And he (the Lord God) said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”

Then he (the Lord God) said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”

Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he (the Lord God) said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.

So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying,

“For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 

Upon reading the story of wrestling of God with Jacob, one may ask many questions as for example:

1) How can a man defeat the Lord, the Almighty Creator in a fight?

2) Why would GOD want to fight a human being anyway?

3) Why would not GOD want to Abraham instead of Jacob?

4) What kind of teaching is GOD trying to give us in Genesis 32:22-30? Is he trying to say that Israel is above the Lord God?

5) Why the Lord God said, “Let me go, for the day has broken? Is He photosensitive and could not work at day light?

6) While the Lord God was busy for all the night in wrestling with Jacob, who took care of the worlds, universes, stars and the other creatures?

7) Is God a man or an Angel? Upon telling the story of Wrestling of God versus Jacob, in which Jacob defeated God, the Bible substitutes the Lord God with “a man”.  The scholars, in their interpretation, claim that Jacob wrestled with an Angel!

8) Who wrestled with Jacob, Jehovah, El-elohe, El, God Father, the Lord Jesus or the Holy Spirit?  However, He is not Allah by any means!

9) Are we allowed to marry two wives like Jacob?

10) Are we allowed to do our best to struggle with the Lord God and try to defeat Him?

11) If God when He touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh; He disjointed his hip, why He could not defeat him?

12) Just before this wresting with God, Jacob prayed; to whom he was praying if he did not know the name of his Lord God?

13) What would be the case if God tried to wrestle with Esau or Josheb-Basshebeth who were stronger than Jacob?

14) Etc…

N.B.:

It is well known that Esau was physically stronger than Jacob.

Jacob believed that Esau is the lord and he is his servant!

Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to Esau and he instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my master (my lord) Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says…. (Read Genesis 32)   Jacob was greatly afraid of Esau.

The Question is: what if God Wrestled with Esau?

On the other man, the Bible talks about a man who may be the ever stronger man in the History of mankind. This man raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter. That man’s name is Josheb-Basshebeth (2 Samuel 23:8). 

Again, what if God Wrestled with Josheb-Basshebeth?

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? Jacob has seen the Lord God face to face. Not only he has that, but Jacob Wrestles with God and Jacob defeated GOD.

Genesis 32:22-30

New International Version

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.

23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.

24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.

25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.

26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

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? Yet, No one have ever seen the Lord God in the Bible!

Read Exodus 33:20, John 1:18 and 1 John 4:12 and read the articles “The Lord God is Seen in Bible versus Quran” (1) and (2).

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?? In the Quran: The Lord God is NOT Seen (3)

Verse 6:103

QARIB: no eye can see him, though he sees all eyes. He is the subtle, the aware.

SHAKIR: vision comprehends him not, and he comprehends (all) vision; and he is the knower of subtleties, the aware

PICKTHAL: vision comprehendeth him not, but he comprehendeth (all) vision. He is the subtile, the aware.

YUSUFALI: no vision can grasp him, but his grasp is over all vision: he is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things.

The meanings of the verse:

Vision cannot attain Him, that is, human eyes cannot see Him.

Vision cannot encompass Him; but He attains all vision, that is to say, He perceives them, whereas they cannot perceive Him; it is not possible in the case of anyone other than Him to attain all vision while vision cannot attain Him or encompass Him in knowledge.

In other words, Vision comprehends Him not in this world, nor do created beings see what He sees. Sights will not comprehend the modality of seeing Him in the Hereafter nor will created beings be able to see Him in this world.

Nevertheless, He comprehends all vision in this world and in the Hereafter: He sees that which human beings do not see and nothing escapes or is hidden from Him.

In addition, He is the Subtle in His actions whose knowledge surrounds His created beings; He is the Subtle in dealing with His servants.  He is the Aware of His created beings and their actions.

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Scientifically speaking, In the life of this world, man is not able to see many creatures; man can not see by his naked eye the too small creatures like the bacteria and the too huge creatures like the very far giant Stars. Our eyes are incapable to see such creatures and we have to use some instruments like the microscope and telescope to see the bacteria and the very far stars respectively.

Hence, why that our eyes cannot see many of the Lord God’s creatures and can see the Almighty Creator?

Nevertheless, how could the believers see the Lord in the Hereafter?

Allah will make man’ sight acute, very sharp, piercing and able to perceive what man used to reject and deny in the life of this world.

However, the believers are the only people allowed to see their Lord, the Almighty Creator.

On the other hand, the disbelievers will see the Eternal Fire, the Angels of chastisement etc.

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Conclusion: According to the teachings of the Noble Quran

1)     Anyone believes or says that the Almighty Creator is seen in the life of this world is categorized as a disbeliever, it is an unjustifiable sin.

2)     Anyone believes or says that the Almighty Creator that Jacob wrestled with the Almighty Creator is classified as a disbeliever, it is an inexcusable sin.

3)     Anyone believes or says that Jacob defeated the Almighty Creator is greatly insulting his LORD, it is an unforgivable sin.

4)     The bearer of anyone of the three above sins will dwell in the Eternal Fire.

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Back to my question to the smart and interested reader:

Are the Scholars truthful when they claim that the Quran quoted from the Bible?

The Importance Of Diabetic Nutrition

Maintaining good health involves eating and absorbing the right kind of foods. If you have been diagnosed as suffering from diabetes, it is essential that you develop an understanding as to what would be the correct diet. Diabetic nutrition is centered around controlling the amount of glucose or sugar in the blood. What we eat directly impacts blood-sugar levels, therefore the right choice of foods is fundamental to prevent a deterioration in health and quality of life.

There is not one exact diet that medical experts suggest a diabetes patient should follow, it depends on factors such as the extent of the condition, as well as the weight and age of the individual. Those people suffering from diabetes should be referred to a registered dietician who would be able to put together a specific guide for meals.

Diabetic nutrition also needs to take into consideration the individual’s eating habits and personal schedule. Guidelines for suitable control of diabetes will focus on eating at the same time each day of the week, this will help in keeping blood sugar levels stable and ensure that insulin does work in the right way.

It is important to frequently check blood sugar levels, especially when starting a new diet, only by doing so would a diabetic understand which foods and drinks do have a positive or negative impact on their blood sugar levels. The best diet would usually be one that is high in fiber and low in fat, sugar, and salt. Fiber can be sourced from certain vegetables and fruit, as well as wholemeal products such as brown rice and brown bread.

A balanced approach is the best option, it can be dangerous to cut out certain food groups altogether as this can then lead to other health problems. For this reason, it is advisable to consume a limited amount of fat, especially through the eating of chicken and nuts and seeds. Red meat should be reduced to a negligible amount. For most diabetics, alcohol should not be consumed as it can be high in sugar. Also, soda drinks, fruit juices, and sugary teas need to be kept to an absolute minimum.

A dietician may suggest following an exchange diet, this is a plan which involves swapping various foods around so as to give the individual some choice and variety. It can be difficult at first giving up various foods, but it should be made clear that diabetic nutrition diets do not have to be bland or unappealing, there are plenty of mouthwatering dishes that can still be taken.

How To Have Great Prostate Health

When you are young, you should have great prostate health. Even after the age of 50 you should also not be suffering from cancerous conditions because your body is designed to stop most cases of cancer before they even start i.e. mutated cells are killed by the immune system before even the smallest of tumours can form.

The above holds particularly true if you eat healthily and have healthy habits. Unfortunately it is hardly the case nowadays. Continued prostate health is not possible if you do not make certain necessary changes.

Firstly, your weight. It is important that you try to maintain your overall health and a sensible weight because obesity is one of the leading risk factors associated with bad prostate health and in particular prostate cancer. Obesity is often caused by a bad diet i.e. one containing large amounts of saturated fat and dairy products, in combination with a general lack of exercise.

Exercise strengthens the body and makes it harder for infections to take hold. Exercise does not have to involve an expensive gym; you can go for a jog or join in with an exercise video. Anything that increases your heart rate and burns excess fat will ultimately help to ensure continued prostate health.

Consuming a diet that comprises of plenty of fruit and fresh vegetables will help to keep the body’s immune system at its peak. Many of the produce contain antioxidants which are thought to get eliminate potentially harmful free radicals from the body.

You should also stop smoking. Your prostate health is likely to be affected if you smoking cigarettes or any nicotine containing product. Nicotine is a known carcinogenic i.e. cancer-causing chemical, and ingesting it on a daily basis can have severe effects on both your immune system and many of the systems that make up your body. While nicotine affects the respiratory system more than the rest of the body, prostate health can also suffer as a result of smoking.

You should also make an effort to learn the signs and symptoms commonly associated with bad prostate health such as urinary problems and penile dysfunction. By knowing what symptoms to look out for, you can be aware of any potential problems at their early stages. Getting yourself treated will be a much easier process.

Maintaining good prostate health is entirely up to you. Making a few small changes to your lifestyle can greatly reduce the chances of you developing a potentially lethal prostate condition. You should always go for regular medical check-ups, especially if you are over 50 years of age. Do not be embarrassed about seeking for medical help if you should experience symptoms of poor prostate health.

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) occurs when your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is out of alignment. The TMJ is the joint connecting your lower jaw to your skull. It is responsible for enabling the jaw to function properly.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has determined that 5-15% of Americans suffer from TMD. This disorder afflicts women more than men, and women ages 30-50 are most at risk.

Causes of TMD

Frequently, it is difficult to isolate the exact cause of TMD. However, some of the main causes include:

· Arthritis

· Grinding teeth at night

· Dislocation of disk between the jawbone and jaw socket

Symptoms of TMD

The symptoms of TMD are:

· Jaw pain

· Ear pain

· Problems chewing

· Facial pain

· Locking jaw

· Headaches

· Migraines

· Clicking and popping in your jaw

· Uneven bite

Treatment

If you suffer from TMD, you need to see a neuromuscular dentist. These dentists specialize in realigning your jaw to eliminate problems caused by TMD.

At your first visit, your neuromuscular dentist will go over your medical history with you. He will also examine your jaw, listening for clicking noises and checking for proper range of motion. He will examine your bite for the presence of any irregularities and check for wear and tear on your teeth indicative of grinding.

If it is determined that you suffer from TMD, you have several different treatment options. The following medications can be effective in relieving the pain and symptoms you are experiencing:

· NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) – these are generally not strong enough to completely relieve your pain issues

· Tricyclic antidepressants

· Muscle relaxants – can be very effective, but are highly addictive

· Cortico steroids

Your dentist can also provide you with a number of devices that will help correct the issues causing your TMD. You may need to wear a bite guard at night to prevent grinding your teeth. Orthotics are also very effective in treating TMD. They are worn over your teeth to correct your bite.

Stress can be a strong contributing factor to TMD. You are much more likely to grind your teeth at night when you are under a great deal of stress. Therefore, your dentist may recommend some of the following stress management techniques in conjunction with these other treatments:

· Deep breathing

· Muscle relaxation

· Meditation

· Yoga

If none of these methods successfully address your TMD problems, you may need surgery. However, this is generally considered a last resort. Most TMD cases can be corrected without surgery.

Swollen Penis Relief – Easy Steps to Soothe a Throbbing Member

Swollen penis? No need to panic; the vast majority of men who develop swelling in the glans or foreskin have nothing seriously wrong. A swollen, throbbing package is no picnic, though, and some emergency care can go a long way toward relieving penis pain and bringing down the swelling.

A healthy penis is a happy penis, so some of the more common causes of a swollen penis and a few no-nonsense tips for soothing it back to health are described below.

Step 1. Stop the action.

When penis swelling occurs, whether during masturbation or sex or sometime later, it is important to halt all activity until the source of the problem has been identified. Rough handling can easily cause swelling, so there is usually no cause for alarm unless accompanied by severe pain and/or bruising. In this case, immediate medical attention is required.

However, continuing to stroke or thrust when the penile skin is already swelling is only likely to make the problem worse, so it really is important to take a break and refrain from any further activity until the swelling subsides and things are back to normal.

Men who experience frequent problems with a swollen penis, especially directly following masturbation or sex, may consider using a personal lubricant to reduce the degree of friction to the skin. Swelling accompanied by a burning sensation, a whitish discharge, and/or the appearance of “cuts” on the skin’s surface may have a fungal infection and should be treated accordingly.

Step 2. Apply a cool compress.

To ease the pain and reduce the swelling, a cool compress can be applied to the affected area. Men who choose to use ice or a frozen gel pack for this should make sure to place a towel or soft cloth between the bare skin and the ice; otherwise, frostbite is a real possibility.

Step 3. Try anti-inflammatory medications.

For stubborn swelling and penis pain, an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication may help. Topical analgesics are NOT recommended for the penis, but oral medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be effective. These should not be taken by men who are on other medications or who have health conditions that are counter-indicated for NSAIDS without the advice of a doctor.

Step 4. Get help.

In the event that a sudden injury occurs, or the swelling is accompanied by sudden, severe pain, or if it does not subside within a few hours, it is important to get qualified medical assistance. While most penile injuries are not serious, leaving them untreated can result in complications or loss of function over the long term, so it is best not to adopt a “wait and see” approach if there is considerable pain involved.

Men who have erections that last for several hours that are not the result of sexual stimulation should also seek medical attention, as blood trapped in the penis can result in permanent damage.

Step 5. Soothing emollients for extended healing and long-term care.

Once the underlying issue is resolved and the penis is on the mend, guys can turn to a longer-term solution for supporting good penis health and reducing the risk of further illness or injury.

A healthy penis starts with smooth, well-nourished skin that can resist external invaders. Moisturizing and providing essential nutrients for skin growth and repair at the cellular level are a key part of this process. A quality penis health formula (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that contains natural emollients like vitamin E and shea butter, as well as vitamins A and C – both essential in the production of skin cells and connective tissue – is an easy way for men to ensure that the penis is getting the nutrition it needs to stay strong, heal fast, and develop a supple, resilient look and feel.

Hair Salon Check – Sanitation and Cleanliness

Whether you are a hair salon employee, a hair salon owner, or a regular hair salon client, sanitation and cleanliness of the hair salon should always be important to you. This is because bacteria, viruses and various other types of microscopic organisms could be breeding and thriving in the various implements, tools of the trade and in the premises of the hair salon itself without your being aware of it.

How simple is it to contract something when you visit a hair salon for a trim? The comb that is used to smoothen out tangles in your hair could have just been used on another customer who has lice, yet the hairstylist may not have had the comb washed and disinfected. The rollers that the staff may use to roll up your hair preparatory to setting so that you wind up with bouncy curls could have been used beforehand on someone with a catching scalp condition like psoriasis. And the towels they use to wrap your head after washing may have been used on another client – which is just plain disgusting.

So how do you go about inspecting the salon’s sanitation is a most secretive way can be? The following tips are helpful:

o 360 Fast glance around

You can double check the sanitation and cleanliness level of the hair salon you like to visit by just casually glancing around. And your first glance should be at the tray where they stack the tools of the trade (such as combs, brushes, scissors, rollers, and others). Do the combs and brushes seem to have other people’s hair still stuck in them? Are they kind of oily? You might venture out a hand and rub a finger along a comb – if it feels oily, well, that is scalp oil from someone else (or a lot of other people) that you are feeling. A good salon will always make it a point to wash and disinfect such implements before using them on new clients.

o Talk it over

Check out the towels. Are they stacked neatly on a shelf? You might want to make discreet inquiries like “so who washes your towels?” in a casual way. Towels used by one customer, even for just drying that client’s hair, should never be recycled for use on another customer without washing and drying first. Anyone who has learned gym jokes about fungus faces and other illnesses that come with sharing towels probably already knows that sharing towels is an excellent way to come down with something catching.

o Sneeze that hair out

You could also look at the hair accumulating on the floor – is it regularly swept up? Or do they let around five clients get haircuts first before they start sweeping the mess into a dustpan for disposal?

o Quality Check your hairstylist

Take a good look at your hairstylist too. Are his/her nails kept clean and tidy? Or are they long and kind of dirty? A hairstylist with dirty fingernails might have something catching living under those nails which could be passed on to you so if you spot that type of detail, say good bye politely and never return.

There are hair salons from hell and there are hair salons which are very diligent about practicing sound sanitation and cleanliness habits. Your best choice? The latter as your health depends on it.

Fda: Osteoporosis Medication Not Responsible For Thigh Fractures

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement stating they did not find a link between thigh fractures and oral bisphosphonates – a type of osteoporosis medication, despite lawsuits alleging otherwise.

After several reports surfaced showing an increased number of atypical subtrochanteric femur fractures in women prescribed oral bisphosphonates, the FDA began investigating the osteoporosis medication. The fractures occurred just below the hip joint in the femur – the largest bone in the human body – an unusual place for a break to occur, which prompted the investigation.

Bisphosphonates are a type of osteoporosis drug used to offset bone loss and prevent bone fractures in menopausal women. The following popular medications are oral bisphosphonates:

*Fosamax – Merck and Co Inc.
*Boniva – Roche Holding AG
*Reclast – Novartis AG
*Actonel – Warner Chilcott

The FDA requested information from the oral bisphosphonates manufacturers in June 2008, however, did not find an increased rick for women using the medications. Despite the clear connection between the two, the FDA is currently working with outside sources to further examine the issue.

Bisphosphonates have a controversial history. In 2008, the drugs were investigated after several reports linked them to an increased risk of cardiovascular complications, although the FDA has since issued a statement stating no overall heart risks exist.

Additionally, Fosamax, a popular bisphosphonate, has been linked osteonecrosis, or bone death of the jaw – a potentially life-threatening side effect. Osteonecrosis occurs when poor blood supply to the bone causes slow death of the bone tissue in the jaw. ONJ side effects include loosening of teeth, exposed bone and mouth swelling.

Merck is facing close to 900 Fosamax lawsuits from patients alleging permanent jaw damage. A federal judge refused to dismiss a Fosamax lawsuit in January 2010 that alleged the drug was responsible for sever jaw damage in an Indiana woman who took the medication for nearly eight years.

The manufacturer, Merck, has repeatedly denied any association between Fosamax and increased fracture risks or ONJ. Ron Rogers, Merck’s spokesman stated that “In clinical studies, Fosamax has not been associated with increased fracture risk at any skeletal site.” Until generic versions became available, Fosamax generated close to $3 billion in sales for the company.

Unless directed otherwise by their doctor, the FDA recommends that patients continue to take their prescribed medication. The FDA has advised healthcare professionals to be aware of the “possible risk” of atypical subtrochanteric femur fractures in patients taking oral bisphosphonates, although further action has not been decided at this time.

Ants – A Lesson in Teamwork

An individual ant is pretty dense and pretty dull. However, collectively ants can perform near-miracles. As a team ants can build their home, protect their colony and some can even farm other insects for food. That is pretty clever.

So how can a creature that has very little intelligence manage to play its part in the wider team and how can the combined result be so much more than the sum of its parts? The answer is specialisation and communication. Because an individual ant cannot be good at everything it instead is merely good at something.

By having a group of ants that have different skills, tasks can be divided up into bite-sized chunks. By having a good communications system the ants will know where and when to operate.

Depending on the ant variety – there are somewhere between 12 and 20 thousand varieties worldwide – ants can form blocks of marching troops as a way of going to war and attacking prey; leave trails of food for their fellow ants to follow and even leave a diversion trail if the original trail has been blocked.

Lemon Ants will kill plants with their stings in order to make space for their colony. In fact, when it comes to home-making, foraging or fighting, ants are collectively highly organised. There are even ants that capture and protect aphids in order to collect the honeydew that is secreted from their bodies. As well as farming other insects some ants will set up a farm for vegetation. Leafcutter ants collect leaves and cut them up in order to grow the fungus that they like to eat. They can even work out which leaves work best in the fungus production and thus collect the best material.

Ant specialisation includes using their bodies to form bridges for their fellow ants to walk over, using scent or pheremones or even the Earth’s magnetic field or the Sun to navigate. Ant colonies will typically evolve into groups-within-groups. Apart from the caste system they already start with where there are workers and queens, there are typically subdivisions of specialists such as foragers or home-carers or those who rear young or those who are dedicated to looking after the queen.

The analogy to the work-place is too tempting not to mention. A hierarchy is important. However ant colonies do not have a complicated command structure. Much more important is that each ant knows its role and, through devices such as pheromone secretion or touching antennae they are good at mass communication. Thus, rather than reporting upwards through the command chain and then awaiting commands coming the other way, ants communicate directly with each other, making the colony aware of dangers or of food or nesting opportunities.

If you have a large organisation to run or a large project to complete and this requires a lot of people, do not be too proud to consider the lessons that come from these small creatures. Ants are extremely successful, having a presence in almost every country in the world. They have an ability to adapt to their environment and react to circumstances. As long as each ant knows its job and is informed, it will play its part to the benefit of the whole colony.

This is something that has attracted the interest of many companies and even the military. It has been recognised that large groups with a flat command structure can work extremely efficiently and can adapt as they go simply by working and communicating together with little reference to the leaders and commanders. In fact it could be argued that an overpowering and clumsy command structure could hinder work.

I know personally of an organisation that swept away one tier of management – that amounted to over 100 people – and found they got things done more quickly and with improved quality as a result.

Ants are very good at defending themselves. You may think this is more appropriate to the military than to commercial organisations. However, companies can also suffer from commercial predators who will do all they can to achieve an advantage at their competitor’s expense. Ants are equipped with sharp cutting jaws. I am not suggesting the companies start eating their competitors or attack them with knives. However, with ants the theme is that attack is the best form of defence. Surely many companies that have found themselves in a price war have

found that an aggressive response is better than meek acceptance.

This ability for ants to defend themselves is great for ants. However, they can also sometimes be pests in our homes and offices. Have you ever returned from vacation to find your home infested with ants? There are many applications that attempt to outsmart ants. Some will tempt the forager ants with a sugary substance that contains a slow acting poison, others use brute force to attack the exoskeleton, the hard outer layer of their bodies.

Luckily ant invasions are quite rare as most of them are happy to forage outside and not in our homes and offices especially if we keep them clean and do not leave open food lying around. This is another lesson that ants have taught us.

Recomended Cerebral Palsy Nutrition And Medication For Seizures

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that’s caused because some pieces of the brain that control muscular movement are damaged. There is still no single treatment for this disorder but varied treatments are available to help raise the patient’s suffering.

No single doctor can help to treat a patient who has cerebral palsy.

A team of health care professionals involving a pediatrician, pediatric psychiatrist and a pediatric neurologist gives those suffering from Cerebral Palsy treatment. While a pediatric psychiatrist provides primary care for a child suffering from cerebral palsy, a psychiatrist provides primary care for adults suffering from cerebral palsy. Other specialised medical care professional who are also concerned in treating patients with cerebral palsy include an orthopedist, physical therapist, speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, social employee and a therapist.

The patients should be taught a sequence of exercises that would involve moving their limbs so that it will help prevent their muscles form becoming puny or rigid due to contracture. Physical therapy when used in fusion of special braces will help a child immensely and forestall contraction of spastic muscles that are stretched.

Treatment involves teaching children little exercises so they can about their work independently. Most of these are suitably designed for youngsters with cerebral palsy so they can do tiny chores like brushing their teeth, dressing, writing and using the loo with any help.

Speech treatment, psychotherapy and medicine for episodes are some of the other treatment that patients of cerebral palsy given. Speech therapy helps kids with Cerebral palsy as they have issues when pronouncing words. Speech treatment assists in both communication and swallowing.

Medicine is given to help prevent fits from occurring . Virtually all patients with cerebral palsy will be subject to episodes and to stop this medications are given. Patients are also prescribed muscle relaxants and other medicines to help in relieving their symptoms. Psychotherapy is used along with physical therapy so the patient learns to enhance both motor and muscular development. Plenty of kind words and praise will help to instill confidence in their kid suffering from cerebral palsy.

Positive beefing up is a vital tool that is used when treating kids with cerebral palsy as it inspires them to use their feeble limbs to stroll, overcome defects in speech helping to prevent negative behaviour like biting and hair pulling.

How to Recognize the Telltale Signs and Symptoms of IBS

Have you been experiencing abdominal cramps quite frequently? Well that could no longer be a case of occasional indigestion. That could already by a sign of irritable bowel syndrome. But being a syndrome as it is called, it means that it not only involves mere cramping of the abdomen, but it may consist of a group of symptoms which include any or all of the following: gas, bloating, irregular bowel movement, abdominal discomfort, constipation, diarrhea, or alternating diarrhea and constipation.

Common symptoms of IBS with constipation

When a person is constipated bowel movements are difficult to complete, Your stool could appear as small hard pellets which look more like what goats or rabbits would produce. Sometimes you feel like you have a distended stomach and you feel a sense that you haven’t emptied your bowel completely. Here’s the thing. If you suffer from constipation at least 3 days in a month, for more than three months, then it may be rational for your health care provider to diagnose your problem as irritable bowel syndrome.

People with IBS who suffer from constipation may be able to manage the symptoms through some dietary changes. And identifying the trigger foods could be crucial. Generally you need to stay away from carbonated beverages, alcohol, and coffee as well as refined foods like cookies, white rice, and chips. None of these will provide much relief in the bathroom. Instead, you want to look at eating more foods high in fiber. These include delicious apples, berrries and other fruits. Or carrots, green beans and other vegetables. Plus cereals, grains, nuts, peas, dried beans, and seeds. Drinking prune juice has also been found to help loosen the bowel. And most especially, make sure you’re drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday.

People with IBS who are experiencing constipation may also be treated by taking laxatives. But this would be something to look to as a last resort.

Common symptoms of IBS with diarrhea

We all know what diarrhea is. Who at some point of their life, hasn’t experienced having diarrhea like with the flu? And you know the feeling that you feel when you need to go to the bathroom urgently. Just imagine how draining that would be for someone with IBS who has to experience that several days a week, week after week.

But then again, with proper IBS diet, the symptom of diarrhea can too be somehow relieved. Trigger foods that you mostly have to avoid are greasy, fatty or fried foods, carbonated drinks, coffee, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and dairy products like ice cream, cheese, and milk.

You may be better off eating frequent smaller meals than fewer larger ones.

Along with eating smaller meals more frequently you may want to get more soluble fiber such as barley, lima beans, rye, and wheat into your diet.

Water should also be a major part of your diet as well.

Finally anti-diarrhea medications may also be given for relief of diarrhea.

Other IBS Symptoms

It is also possible that an IBS sufferers may experience alternating episodes of diarrhea and constipation. Another symptom of irritable bowel syndrome is abdominal pain or discomfort that happens for at least 12 weeks (doesn’t necessarily have to be consecutive) in the last 12 months. Additionally, the abdominal pain and discomfort must at least have two of the following features:

*when it is relieved by having a bowel movement.

*that when it starts, there is also a change in the frequency of bowel movement

*that when it starts, there is also a change in the appearance of the stool

Other symptoms of IBS that must also be present include feeling of urgency to have a bowel movement, presence of mucus in the stool, difficulty to pass stool, bloating or swelling of the abdomen, and gas or flatulence.

Signs that are not characteristics of IBS

Good as it is to know the signs of IBS, if you experience things like weight loss, bleeding, fever, and persistent severe pain, these are not symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Instead, they could be indicative of other gastro intestinal problems like inflammatory bowel disease or in rare cases some form of cancer.

Your IBS symptoms are often worsened by diet and stress. Therefore, it is important that people suffering from IBS must make a conscious effort in changing their diet and managing stress. However, if you haven’t been diagnosed with IBS yet you are experiencing these symptoms, immediately consult your doctor so you can be diagnosed properly. With their help you can minimize these unpleasant symptoms and lead a more or less normal life.

Alcoholic Dementia -Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Dementia is the loss of cognitive power of the body wherein a person loses memory or loses the sense of time or forgets people. It is a neurological disorder that usually onsets with age but there are some cases in which it occurs due to trauma to the brain. There are different forms of dementia the causes of which are varied. One among them is the alcoholic dementia or alcohol related dementia. It can be basically of two types: Alcoholic dementia –symptoms of which include inability to plan and usually appears like depression, caused by toxic effect of alcohol on the neurons or nerve cells over a long period of time. The other is the Wet Brain, also known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome – symptoms of which include loss of memory due to alcohol abuse for a long time, caused by thiamine or vitamin B1 deficiency in the body. The patient usually displays both types of symptoms. Alcoholic dementia usually occurs in older people aged above sixty five years. This is because the inception of dementia is sluggish and gradual. However it is possible to have the disease at a younger age also.

Alcoholic dementia symptoms are very much similar to that of other forms of dementia making it difficult to be identified at the onset. The symptoms are also similar to that of Alzheimer’s making it further difficult to be diagnosed. As alcohol abuse affects the neurological system of the body so a person suffering from alcohol generally have reduced or impaired motor controls. They are unable to coordinate the different body movements specially that of the hands and legs, thereby leading to shaking or disoriented movements. This hinders them from performing certain functions like getting dressed, performing things in an order etc. Slurring of the tongue is also witnessed in most cases. Alcohol addiction also starves the body of certain vital nutrients and vitamins. One such vitamin is the thiamine, the deficiency of which also leads to memory loss. The other alcoholic dementia symptom includes irritability, bad temper, melancholy or depression etc.

The effect of alcoholic dementia is more severe in man than in woman. But if treated at the right time can be reversed to a large extend. The treatment usually starts with complete refrainment from alcohol along with detoxification of the body .A nutritious and balanced diet is also the key to healing from this disease. Dietary supplements with the necessary vitamins especially thiamine or vitamin B1 in case of wet brain is also given. Along with these, love and care of the near and dear ones also acts as a great healer in this disease. Also from time to time certain tests are performed on the patient to check the patient’s ability to grasp new things and also to remember old ones. These tests are also done to find out whether the patient is suffering from alcohol dementia or wet brain because in the second case there is only short term loss of memory whereas the patient can perfectly remember his past.

Dealing With the 5 Stages of Data Loss Grief

To most people, the loss of important files, documents, music collection, photos, and whatever stuff is built up over time in one’s PC is a great challenge to overcome. In fact, according to an article in a popular tech magazine, a person who has just experienced data loss goes through five stages of grief.

If you haven’t tried losing computer data and files, count yourself as one of the lucky ones. But if you’ve ever mourned such loss, let’s see if you can identify with each of these 5 stages:

Denial. A computer user’s usual first reaction to a computer malfunction is to deny the gravity of the situation and rationalize. You would always think that whatever the issue is, this can be resolved with a few tweaks or a reboot. Not until later would you realize that you may have seen the last of your files.

Anger. When realization about the loss finally dawns (perhaps after having restarted the PC for the nth time to no avail), anger sets in. The anger could be directed at the computer company, the hard disk manufacturer, the anti-virus software, even the power provider. But most of the anger could be directed at oneself for not having put preventive measures in place like online backup solutions.

Bargaining. When the anger subsides, the data loss victim will then likely think of the most feasible data recovery options available. Will a replacement hard disk do? Is it even possible to transfer the data at all? If not, how much would it cost if a recovery expert were to do the retrieval? If you’re hoping that data recovery won’t cost as much these days, you’re in for a huge disappointment.

Depression. Losing files must feel really bad and with recovery prospects looking dim, the victim understandably goes through a period of depression. If data loss is worth crying over, then it is in this stage that you shed your tears or wallow in the throes of despair.

Acceptance. But when you’re done being depressed, you’ll soon come to terms with the fact that it’s time to pick up the pieces and do whatever you can to reconstruct or retrieve the lost data. While this was a definitely stressful period in your life, it’s also one that’s best put behind you.

If you ask me, having to go through all those stages of data loss grief is a waste of time and tears. To ensure that you won’t have to experience such loss, use an online backup service for all your important files, photos, music, and other data. They are secure, hassle-free, and affordable solutions to achieving peace of mind.

What Is Autosuggestion And Can It Help With Weight Loss?

Autosuggestion is not some new wave mumbo jumbo, it is a psychological technique that has been used for more than a century. Autosuggestion harnesses the power of your subconscious mind in order to influence your behaviour, but is it something that can benefit you?

There is an expression that says that you are what you think, we are all products of the sum of our thoughts. We are only limited by the ceiling we set in our own mind. The way you picture and see yourself (self-image) is crucial to your long term success and happiness. Your behaviour and the habits you form are in part down to your thought patterns.

What Is Autosuggestion?

Autosuggestion works on the concept that in order to change our behaviour, traits or habits, we must first change our thinking. Autosuggestion is often used in self improvement programs to help achieve a specific goal such as:

  • Losing Weight
  • Quitting Smoking
  • Increasing Confidence
  • Attracting Wealth
  • Enhancing Sporting Performance
  • Curing A Phobia

Autosuggestion involves filling your subconscious mind with positive instructions on a regular basis. Your subconscious mind constantly takes in information through your senses, but a lot of it is negative. Your conscious mind acts on the information that is taken in through your subconscious mind. One way this is achieved is by using affirmations, these are positive statements that you repeat on a regular basis each day, normally when you wake and prior to bed. These statements will relate to whatever you are trying to achieve. For autosuggestion to work, you must rid your mind of any negative thoughts as soon as they appear.

Use I Am Statements

Your suggestions should relate to an outcome or goal that you desire. Positive statements that start with the words I am can be very powerful indeed. This is because you are making a statement in the present which relates directly to you, for example if your goal is to lose weight then you could use the following statements:

I am getting slimmer every day.

I am going to lose 15 pounds.

I am eating a healthy diet every day.

I am getting fitter and stronger.

I am looking better than ever.

Can Autosuggestion Work For Me?

In the beginner, autosuggestion will feel very alien to you, and you may feel a little silly, but stick with it. You must also put some real conviction into your autosuggestion program and believe that it really is going to work for you. Practice autosuggestion every day and start seeing yourself how you want to be.

Autosuggestion And Weight Loss

Autosuggestion can help you lose weight, but you will also need a healthy diet and an exercise program. Start picturing yourself looking slim and healthy, intensely imagine how you will feel and what you will be wearing. Build up positive pictures in your mind, backed up with positive suggestions in the form of affirmations. It will help you to change your eating habits exercise habits.

Make your subconscious mind a place full of positivity and harness the power of autosuggestion.