Texting and Driving Do Not Mix!

For all age groups, the increasingly leading cause of car accidents is driving while texting. The advancement in communications has come with a oversized price in terms of increased risk of being in an accident. Although mobile phones are now a common sight as we drive to our destinations, must we suffer the consequences of this new technology?

As most drivers know, keeping your eyes on the road is a basic rule of driving. Ignore this one rule for a fraction of a second and you could find yourself on the verge of a car accident almost instantaneously. That new text or calendar reminder isn’t as important as the safety of you and other drivers. The attention being given to the phone should instead be on the road 100% of the time.

This advice falls on some deaf ears however, because some drivers insist that they can somehow text messages without looking at their mobile phones. Although you might not be looking at your cell phone to text, some part of your brain is still involved in thinking about your messages, pressing keys, and even those funny little smiley faces.

The most offending age population that use mobile phones the most while driving is not surprisingly teenagers. This certainly isn’t a shocking statistic, since they are also the group that most easily adapts to new technology. Older drivers are most likely to refrain from using a mobile handset and talking while driving. Younger drivers just don’t have the driving experience to tell them that what they are doing is highly risky and dangerous. Although they know right from wrong and have no doubt been lectured to about texting and driving, many will still read a text message the instant their phone beeps.

Experts suggest that the parents should be “enforcers” of mobile phone use with their young and as such, are expected to instill proper road discipline to their children. Lecturing and simply speaking to your teen may not be enough though, so think about instituting consequences for breaking the “no texting while driving” rule. Extra chores, loss of phone use, loss of driving privileges even allowance deductions are all possible consequences. Children need to be taught the right thing, and if an adult does not follow the no-texting-while-driving rule, then their children will not be taught the simple and important rule either.

If you text while driving, you are 23 times more prone to car accidents than people who wait until they are at their destination to text. Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted a study to determine how long do drivers look or peak into their mobile phones while driving. The study concluded that drivers glance at their mobile phones very often while driving, as much as every 4 to 5 seconds. Obviously, this is more than ample time for an accident to take place. In fact, a crash can happen in only a second or two. There are multiple studies that show much the same data and arrive at the very same conclusions. And, as with other driving distractions such as reading a book and driving, this one is easy to fix. Setting the phone to silent and then checking messages only after you arrive at your destination safely is a great idea to stay safe. For those drivers who cannot resist checking the mobile phone even while on mute, putting the phone in the trunk of the car is a sure way to eliminate the temptation.

Mobile Texting & Our Laws

Only a handful of states have laws in force to restrict the use of cell phones while driving; but others have acted fast to mandate the use of a hands-free device when you want to speak and drive at the same time. Legally, most states have simply not caught up to the necessity of cell phone driving legislation, but there are bills pending before various legislatures and more are expected to pass in the next several years.

Many people remember the beginnings of the “Don’t Drink and Drive” movement in the 1980’s. Just 30 years ago, it was alright to have your last drink just moments before getting behind the wheel of a car to leave a party. Drinking and driving was one thing that people did not want to be associated with because it was now illegal and unacceptable. Driving while texting can have the same effect on you as drinking and driving; all it takes is more people to recognize just how dangerous it really is.

Even new technology that claims to make life easier has flaws, and you need to look at the advantages and disadvantages of its practical use.

Overcome Stuttering

In a society that is depending more and more on the need to say things and say things quick, the stutterer is being left far behind. Time is becoming more and more of an issue and managing your time is an important skill, especially in the corporate world. How is a person who is suffering from a speech impediment like stuttering going to be able to compete or get ahead in such a fast-paced, fast-talking world? Many people, from young children on up to adults, suffer from stuttering, and it affects them more than you might realize.

If you are among the stuttering sufferers in the world today, relax. I mean that literally. Relaxing and relieving stress is the first way to begin taking control of your stuttering issue. Along with that, let's talk about other ways that you can be overcoming stuttering and be among the top contenders in this competitive society of ours. If you can learn some ways of overcoming stuttering, you can formulate a game plan to conquer it.

Belt it out. What I mean by that is sing. That's right … sing. By learning how to articulate your words in a sing-song fashion, you can overcome your stuttering problem. Remember Mickey Gillie, the country singer? Sang great tunes, but stuttered like crazy during interviews. Many people claim not to be able to do this because of shyness. I say nonsense. If you have to, practice singing in front of a mirror all by yourself for a while, until you get used to this technique. Then move to practicing in front of a view close friends and family.

Breathing is another exercise that is very useful when overcoming stuttering. It works great for singers and public speakers, and can help the stutterer as well. With this technique, you want to speak as you are breathing outward. Talk on the exhale. So, start by taking a deep breath. Then, as the bad air is expelled, so are the words you want to speak. You see, one thing stutters do is try to rush their words out as quickly as possible, either out of nervousness or stress or anxiety.

Doing so, they trip over their tongues. We all do, imagine how hard it would be for a stutter sufferer. So, deep breaths, then even speaking as you exhale, nice and easy and stress-free. By doing things this way, you will help your condition greatly, because one of the root causes of stuttering is stress. Breathing exercises are a great stress reliever. A perfect combination.

Just as when we all learned to speak in general as toddlers, stutterers can learn to overcome stuttering in a similar way, through repetition of the sounds and words that are complicated. Do so in a stress-free environment first, then, as your confidence grows, share with others your ability to not stutter.

Generation Gap Amongst Parents and Children

Generation gap is common amongst most of the parents and their children in the family. This often results in poor or lack of communication between the parent and the child. Children often feel that their parents do not understand them and hence do get agitated and show aggressive behavior.

The fact of the matter is that parents are the best friends that children can have. They are next only to god in the eyes of children. Who does the child have other than the parents. They look up to parents as their biggest security factor in their life.

The most precious thing for every child is to be loved and supported without judgment. Parents do this for the child and stand by them irrespective of any shortcomings or mistakes. Children confide in parents with the belief and confidence that they will not be reprimanded or punished. This emotional security is very important for every child.

When teenagers exhibit aggressive behavior, there is always an underlying need and asking for attention from parents. They are unable to communicate their feelings and need and often-such attempts end up in miscommunication and lead to verbal battles.

Growing up pains and adjusting to the outside world often is the underlying cause of the emotional vulnerability in children. They often project stronger front on the outside while being over sensitive on the inside.

One way to keep growing children away from troubles is to make the home environment so lively and open that they should prefer to spend time at home rather than outside. To be able to do this one must engage in conversation with them and spend quality time with them.

When children are growing up, their mind is full of confusion, conflict, doubts, anxiety etc. If parents are able to get the child to express all this openly through effective communication with him or her, the child gets a channel to be able to express their case and would be more receptive to advise from parents. Parents in such case should let the child know that it is common for every one to go through growing pangs when they are growing and that this is a normal phenomenon.

The responsibility of creating and opening up the communication channel with the child rests upon parents. Unless and until they create the right environment at home and get their child to express himself, they cannot really help the child but be mute spectators and watch. The parent has to extend the hand of support and only when the child feels safe will he reach out to hold parents hand.

The Constitution Vs The Declaration of Independence

In exploring the workings of governments; the bureaucracies that define how they interact with the citizenry, and how the citizenry are manipulated for political and economic purposes; I have learned that there is a great deal of confusion in the average citizen concerning the formation of governments and the power available to preserve those governments.

A good example is the lack of understanding of our own historical foundations. Europeans discovered the Americas and associated islands over 250 years before some of the British colonies seceded from the British Empire, and established their own governments. For over two and one half centuries the laws of Britain along with the colonial laws, approved by Britain, provided to the citizenry their social, economic, and political structure. With the increasing development of the colonial economies and the abundance of resources for manufactures and trade, England continually taxed the Colonies of their productive labor and resource wealth. Economic disparity with England, reinforced by the social and political disparities between England and the Colonies, was the motivation for colonial self-determination and desire for complete control and ownership of the wealth generated by the Colonies.

Thus was born the Declaration of Independence; a very strange document, whose validity cannot be argued in any court, since it predates any court that its formulators would recognize as a valid court. The authority claimed by those who wrote this document is placed by them above all other. However, the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution with its Bill of Rights, are in such great conflict with each other, that they mutually exclude the authority of the other to be the vehicle by which society may establish, promote and preserve its government; to enforce the authority of one is to negate the authority of the other. It is impossible to believe that both of these documents are valid in their exclusive philosophies.

From the Declaration of Independence:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,…} {…That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.}…..{ We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions do, in the Name, and by authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

This sounds like pretty strong stuff. Why would the Colonies, which were being treated like Third World countries, want to justify their intentions and subsequent actions? Principally because the validity of any government formed to control the myriad duties of government, must follow from some authority. When the British, and other peoples, were colonizing the world, they governed by the authority of their King or queen and their Parliament. They enforced their authority with their army and navy. The American colonists needed some equal or greater authority to justify their illegal insurrection, and proceeded to claim that authority from the Creator. The Declaration informs us that the elected representatives of some of the colonists had received authority from some of their constituents to dump the British government and to form an independent government for each Colony. Since you had to be white, male, and a property owner, just to be a constituent, it is unlikely that any natural law or divine authority could be forthcoming from such a limited group.

The authors of the Declaration have informed us that the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” entitle self-determination; that people are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; and that these authors appealed to the Supreme Judge of the world to claim validity for their actions; and that they prayed for the protection of divine Providence for their undertakings. These authors were in fact claiming divine authority for their intentions. The common citizen of the time had no authority to give. Over two hundred years later it is still not clear if this authority from the Creator is a one shot deal, or if any group of people willing to exercise self-determination may also use this exquisite authority.

Oddly enough, the United States Supreme Court could not rule on the legality of anyone forming a government in a similar manner. To rule in favor of such an action would be to interfere with a foreign power. To rule against such an action would be to negate its own existence, and thereby render all of its decisions null and void. The Supreme Court is limited to only verifying whether or not a legal argument brought before it is constitutional within the framework of the United States Constitution. No constitution has the authority to void or nullify the formation of other constitutions. The Supreme Court cannot rule on the validity of the United States Constitution itself, and is thereby unable to legally rule on the validity of any other constitutions. The legality of insurrections and revolutions must always be determined by a different court than we can peacefully convene on Earth; namely, the court of war.

After gaining the necessary authority to justify their actions, the colonists then proceeded to raise an Army and a Navy, which after a long and difficult war, were able to demonstrate to the British Army and Navy that they no longer had any power to enforce British political and economic authority in the American Colonies.

So what did these free, independent, and self-determining Colonies do to further this God-given opportunity for any peoples to claim the right of self-determination? They formed a Confederation, elected a Congress that could appoint military men, and gave to them the necessary authority to unite the Colonial Armies and Navies into one force. After the war they formed a new Continental Congress, which established a Constitution founded on the authority of the confederated congress and its Army and Navy. They proceeded to enact statutes that forbade divine right as a justification for establishing government, as being invalid and illegal. They now had the authority of their own Army and Navy to support any body of law that they would choose to establish. They proceeded to invalidate the Declaration of Independence and their previous twelve years of labor and sacrifice.

Although we attach a great deal of significance to our Declaration of Independence, we must understand that this Declaration, and all declarations, are irrelevant to any other groups exercising political authority. They only serve as red flags waved in the face of institutional authority. Everyone that declared their independence from England in 1776 was promoting and partaking in an insurrection against established and lawful authority. This type of action can only result in civil war. Both sides call themselves patriots. But the established society calls the revolutionists rebels, while the revolutionists call the ruling government despots and demagogues.

Our history has two examples of insurrection and civil war. The rebels of 1776 succeeded in declaring their independence by raising an army sufficient to establish the authority that arises from superior arms. Superior arms, however, defeated the Confederate States of America in 1865, and therefore their declaration of independence has failed to establish a date from which to record the birth of a new nation.

Declarations of independence and constitutions are words on paper; they carry absolutely no authority. From their very beginning and throughout their existence their authority arises either from voluntary assent of the citizenry, or force of arms to compel dissenters to act in accordance with existing law. A nation is made whole everyday, by assent or by force.

The following are excerpts from the U.S. Constitution, which will demonstrate the conflict between the Declaration and the Constitution.

Article 1, Section 8:

The Congress shall have power…} {…To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

Article 1, Section 9:

The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

Article 3, Section 1:

No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility

No State shall, without the consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and control of the Congress.

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

Article 3, Section 3:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on Confession in open Court.

Article 4, Section 3:

New States may be admitted by the congress into this Union; but no new state shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by junction of two or more States or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as the Congress.

The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or their Property belonging to the United States and nothing in this Constitution shall be construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States or of any particular State.

Article 4, Section 4:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

Article 5:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures or two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or be Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress.

These are the several areas of Constitutional law that are in direct conflict with the guarantees of the Declaration. In Article 1, Section 8, the national government is given the right to establish and call forth the militia (armed forces) “. . . to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections . . .” Such laws are extremely contrary to all peoples declared right to abolish the government over themselves, and their declared right to establish new laws of their own choosing. The United States was born out of the moral illegality of the British using military forces to enforce unpopular laws. How quickly the founding fathers forgot that governments do not have the right to militarily oppress any citizens of any country, including their own. Nor have any governments the right to militarily suppress any people’s efforts to separate themselves from old government, and establish new government for their own benefit and happiness; might does not make right.

In Article 1, Section 9, we see that the Constitution gives the authority to the government to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus and to imprison persons whom the government considers to be in rebellion. But rebellion is a declared right, guaranteed by the Declaration and “Nature’s God,” which people may invoke in order to pursue the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To pass a law against rebellion, is to admit that unpopular governments have a right to suppress those they govern; or that a government representing a majority has the right to oppress and suppress minorities, enslaving them to the will of others. Popular governments, serving all the people, have no need to fear rebellion, and therefore no need of any laws against it. Rebellion was the indispensable midwife in this nation’s birth. The conflict between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution cannot be greater than that associated with the right of rebellion. The people will fashion the mode of government by which they will assent to act toward each other.

In Article 1, Section 10, the Constitution expressly forbids the various states from exercising the rights that the Declaration declared they should retain, that all peoples have the right to unite in the manner they choose and to exercise all the rights of an independent nation.

In Article 3, Section 3, the Constitution gives the government the right to accuse its citizens of the act of treason, if they commit acts of friendship towards nations defined by Congress to be enemies. The Declaration of Independence guarantees that any group of people have the right to be independent and self-determining, and to ” . . .have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances . . .” In other words the Declaration makes treason an impossible act to commit when establishing a new society.

In Article 4, Section 3, The Constitution gives the government the right to admit new states to the Union, but prohibits any state from dividing, on its own, into more states. It also gives the government the right to colonize and claim jurisdiction to lands outside of its first boundary. This is not only contrary to the expressed themes of the Declaration; it is also contrary to the spirit of the Declaration. This section of the Constitution gives the United States the right to colonize wilderness territory, a right that the American Colonies rebelled against when England claimed it.

In Article 4, Section 4, all states are guaranteed a republican form of government and protection against foreign and domestic violence. Again, this is contrary to the Declaration’s guarantee of the right to self-determination for all people. Included in the right of self-determination is the right of minorities to resort to violence when the republican form of government is oppressive or unresponsive to the needs of those minorities. The Revolutionary War was fought because of the ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence, opening the door for that kind of action forever more.

In Article 5, the Constitution allows for amendments to be added to the Constitution, providing three-fourths of the states ratify them. Even this article is contrary to the spirit of the Declaration, because it allows majorities to oppress minorities. The colonists exclaimed loudly against taxation without representation. If representatives had been sent to the English Parliament on behalf of the colonists, the majority in Parliament would have overruled their petitions and levied the taxes anyway. Most colonists were looked on as second-class British subjects, just as the colonists looked on Blacks and Indians as second-class citizens. The right of majorities to oppress by amendment or to refuse to liberate by amendment, may be republican, but is certainly immoral. It is contrary to the Declaration’s guaranteed right to separation and independence for minorities, especially when petitions for redress go unanswered.

One must understand that the Constitution did not follow from the Declaration of Independence, but rather the Constitution followed from the Articles of Confederation. The Confederation formed out of the necessity of war that the Colonies form a government to raise an army and navy capable of fighting the British. This does not elevate the Constitution to a position of authority over activities that preceded and promoted its formation. Thomas Paine, in his book Rights of Man, tells us that constitutions are formed and agreed too, so that governments can be formed to enact laws to control commerce and social activities. Governments do not precede constitutions in a democratic environment. And constitutions do not precede the independence of people who wish to govern themselves. In all cases, any people forming a government must declare their independence from any other government, giving precedence of power for the creation of government to that Declaration. A declaration of independence is the freedom to act within the fundamental principal of government, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; to establish the wisdom we wish to embody in a constitution; and to form a government to apply that wisdom to control our socio-economic interactions.

The fundamental purpose of a declaration of independence is to promote the establishment of government. It does not exclude any type of government. The Constitution, on the other hand, does forbid all activities associated with the idea of establishing government, separate from and equal to the United States Government. The United States Government would make war on anyone participating in the establishing of independent government, as history has shown. We can only conclude that the mutual exclusivity of these Documents lies fully with the Constitution. There is no justification whatsoever for this oppressive language in the Constitution. Government should respond to the will of the people. If there is conflict of will, then there must be arbitration and compromise, or there must be separation and the establishment of independent government.

Every society, every organization, every congregation, has a constitution that expresses and explains the rules and bylaws that establish the manner in which each group is to govern itself. Various and sundry constitutions are both desirable and necessary to fulfill the needs of human societies. The flaw in our National Constitution is that those who are elected to the public trust, by a majority, are given the power to attack, incarcerate, and punish people over whom they have absolutely no authority, morally or by precedent. In fact, the Declaration of Independence is precedent that no such authority can exist, but to the pain and suffering of Creation.

The inclusion into the Constitution of language that allows authoritarian interference by majorities into the political and social actions of minorities is turning out to be one of the undoings of American society. Majorities have for 200 years used that authority (many times very oppressively) to keep minorities from seceding, from forming labor unions, from voting, etc.

Because we live in communities, and because our communities are often founded on moral and ethical principles of behavior, stemming from various religious heritages, we must accept, even pursue political autonomy for the community, keeping our great social alliance for economic and security purposes only.

The Constitution is not a perfect instrument of government; while continual changes in our social philosophies render it less perfect; but it was mistakenly crafted to be very difficult to change. Who, that are alive today, have elected a representative to a Constitutional Convention? Whose representative has voted to uphold each part of the Constitution, or has voted to replace parts with new articles that have more correspondence with today’s social problems and obligations? Your representative took an oath to uphold a manner of maintaining government and is thus limited to forming laws that cannot be in conflict with the Constitution. Any law that is deemed by the courts to be in conflict is void and un-enforceable.

England is said to not have a constitution, because every law passed by Parliament displaces or voids older laws that are in conflict with the new law. In England the will of the people today, as expressed through their representatives today, is the law, and cannot be superseded by the past. In the United States, the Constitution cannot be changed unless 75% of the various state legislatures agree to the proposed changes. A new law, not in conflict with the Constitution, only needs a simple majority to become law. A new law, desired by the people but in conflict with a Constitution embodied and empowered by men long since dead, must be set aside, until and unless that Constitution is amended to remove any conflicts with such a law. The dead have power that the living should envy.

Americans are fond of their democratic heritage, often referring to majority rule as the foundation of our social laws. But 74% of the living, desiring a change in the way society will form laws and hold itself accountable, are not enough to overcome the desires of 26% who would benefit more by leaving the Constitution as structured by the dead. This is not majority rule, unless one considers the dead more wise than the living, and better able to formulate the manner of making laws, as well as the breadth and depth of laws.

Those who say that we must make it very hard to amend the Constitution are suggesting that we do not have government by the people, and for the people. They suggest that factions run our government and that some prosper more, at the expense of others. They would have us believe that operating on a basis like England, where every new law would automatically become part of the Constitution, would make it easier for some faction to take complete control of the country and take away the rights of others. However, in such an instance the majority could quickly regain their sovereignty and just powers by changing the law. America is controlled politically and economically by a faction that uses the near impossibility of changing the Constitution as a political shield for their economic power. The difficulty in changing the Constitution is a curse, not a blessing. And if social oppression continues, the Constitution will be replaced via many declarations of independence.

We must be allowed to have governments that promote and protect our moral philosophies. Treaties such as the Constitution serve to establish commerce and communication externally, where different political structures interface. But internally our Constitution is allowing the guise of individual opportunity to control commerce for the benefit of business, and morality to be diluted.

If the Constitution is alive, then it must function for all of the people. If it cannot function for all of the people, then it must be altered to do so or be replaced with new constitutions for the benefit and protection of the communities who have it in their interest to be self-determining. Self-determination has gone too far in defining individual rights, and not nearly far enough in defining community rights.

The Constitution’s originators assumed that the individual would always support the community he or she belonged to, or move to one that they could support. So the language of the Constitution is made to favor the individual. But in today’s world, individuals out of sync with their community do not move to more harmonious situations. Instead they enlist the aid of the courts and the language of the Constitution to pursue not only an individual, but also a non-communal philosophy. They force acceptance of their behavior onto a community that does not desire their presence. To be truly individual is to be singularly self-determining, to be a nation unto oneself. This is only a worthy goal of anarchists, and should not be a political or judicial goal of our government.

The prisons that hold those deemed to have transgressed some social law are not the place to measure society’s ability to establish and maintain harmony. More and more prisons demonstrate a failed social government. These prisons are microcosms of the great prison that society is to itself. While the majority of citizens have become economic prisoners of a political elite. Who today does not feel imprisoned by the threat of violence against their person and property, at home and in public? The number of prisoners incarcerated is a signpost of the economic despair and social corruption increasing in our society. We segregate them in the hope of purifying that which decays, because it is imperfect by design, and kept imperfect by a political-industrial conspiracy of greed and profit in place of social fairness.

Below are some excerpts from Tom Paine’s book “Rights of Man.” They are forever timely.

“Reason and Ignorance, the opposite to each other, influence the great bulk of mankind. If either of these can be rendered sufficiently extensive in a country, the machinery of Government goes easily on. Reason obeys itself; and Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”

“Whether the forms and maxims of Governments which are still in practice were adapted to the condition of the world at the period they were established is not in this case the question. The older they are the less correspondence can they have with the present state of things.

Time, and change of circumstances and opinions, have the same progressive effect in rendering modes of Government obsolete as they have upon customs and manners. Agriculture, commerce, manufactures, and the tranquil arts, by which the prosperity of Nations is best promoted, require a different system of Government, and a different species of knowledge to direct its operations, than what might have been required in the former condition of the world.

From what we now see, nothing of reform in the political world ought to be held improbable. It is an age of Revolutions, in which everything may be looked for.”

“It is for the good of Nations and not for the emolument or aggrandizement of particular individuals, that Government ought to be established, and that mankind are at the expense of supporting it. The defects of every Government and Constitution, both as to principle and form, must on a parity of reasoning, be as open to discussion as the defects of a law, and it is a duty which every man owes to society to point them out. When those defects, and the means of remedying them, are generally seen by a Nation, that Nation will reform its Government or its Constitution in the one case, as the Government repealed or reformed the law in the other. The operation of Government is restricted to the making and the administering of laws; but it is to a Nation (the citizens) that the right of forming or reforming, generating or regenerating, Constitutions and Governments belong; and consequently those subjects, as subjects of investigations, are always before a country as a matter of right, and cannot, without invading the general rights of that country, be made subjects for prosecution.”

© April 2009

Craig D. Hanks

Developmental Problems and How a Visiting Physical Therapist Can Help

Developmental disabilities are diverse chronic conditions that are caused by to mental and/or physical impairments. People with developmental disabilities encounter problems with major life skills such as language, mobility, learning, self-help, and independent living. Developmental disabilities begin anytime from birth up to 22 years of age and usually last throughout a person’s lifespan.

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a new study published in Pediatrics “Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in U.S. Children, 1997-2008” reports an increase in problems in children in the last 11 years. The number of any developmental disability increased from 13.87% to 17.1% in that period. That means that there are about 1.8 million more children with developmental disabilities recently compared to a previous decade.

There was another scary number stated in the research: prevalence of autism increased 289.5%. In addition, data from this study showed that boys had twice the prevalence of any developmental disability than girls, and more specifically had higher prevalence of ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, stuttering/stammering and other developmental disabilities.

Developmental disabilities start with developmental delays in early childhood. Pediatricians can usually point out that they suspect something and would like the child to be screened or evaluated for developmental delays. However, only 15% pediatricians called Developmental Specialists have an expertise in normal and abnormal child development.

Sometimes, pediatricians will tell parents not to worry because every child is different and develops at his/her own pace. It is true that every child is unique but developmental milestones are the same for everyone. There are no exact ages for reaching milestones. Instead, there are time windows for them. The milestones must be reached within the set time frames, in the set order, and without skipping any milestones.

If the delay is suspected, a developmental evaluation is recommended. For physical delays, a physical therapist can evaluate the child and conclude whether intervention is necessary. Some children will qualify for the government-sponsored programs. A study published in Pediatrics “Prevalence of developmental delays and participation in early intervention services for young children” concludes that “… the prevalence of developmental delays that make children eligible for Part C services is much higher than previously thought”. The study states that the majority of children who are eligible for the government-sponsored services are not receiving services for their developmental problems. Some problems receiving the services can be attributed to inconvenience of finding a pediatric therapist and scheduling appointment in the time convenient for the child and his parents/caregivers.

This is where private home pediatric physical therapists come into play. They can come to the child’s home to provide services at convenient times, with minimal or no waiting times, and in most cases, they will accept the child’s insurance so that parents will not have to have out of pocket costs. The visits will look nothing like a medical office visit. The child will be involved in a fun play while working on his/her developmental skills.

The home pediatric physical therapist will use special toys, music, therapeutic balls, etc., to encourage the child to move around his/her environment in a safe manner. Therapy will be provided to help the child reach all developmental milestones on time, so that future developmental problems are eliminated or significantly diminished. The main goal of therapy will be stepping ahead towards independent leaving.

Additional Information Regarding Speech and Language Issues

What Are the Signs of a Speech, Receptive or Expressive Language Delay?

Difficulty processing or following directions. Sometimes parents might think of this as a behavioral issue. Children might not fully participate in the classroom since they might be uncertain of the direction or what is expected of them. Some children might only follow simple directions and have difficulty with longer ones. Children might point or gesture to make their needs known to someone.

Verbal expression may only occur with a few words. Some children have behavioral issues due to frustration when not being able to communicate effectively. Uses mostly vowel sounds to communicate. Will substitute easier sounds for more difficult ones such as “lelleo” for yellow.

Other Signs:

-Limited recognizable vocabulary at 2 years of age

-Limited understanding by 3 years of age

-Little understandable speech by 3 years of age

-Frequently uses incorrect grammar after 5 years of age

-Not producing most speech sounds by 5 years of age

What Parents Can Do To Strengthen and Build A Child’s Speech and Language Skills

Modeling language is an easy and outstanding approach for facilitating speech and language with children. It is reasonable for children to make errors while they are learning their speech and language skills. During the developing years, a child might say, “I raned after the doggie.” Or “I like dat one”. To offer a natural learning opportunity simply model the correct form naturally in the conversation. “You ran after the doggie? That’s nice” or “You would like that one? okay.” In both examples, modeling the correct from made the correction by not pointing out that an error was made that can frustrate children as they are experiment with their new speech and language. Numerous studies demonstrate that modeling the correct form of language is an effective method for fostering speech and language development.

Offer choices to provide opportunities to use language and experiment with vocabulary. For example: “Would you like orange juice or grape juice?” “Do you want to go to the store with daddy or help mommy make dinner? With this approach, children are placed in a position to have to give a verbal response. As a added benefit to this approach, when children make choices they feel empowered which fosters their self-esteem and minimizes behavior.

“Give me more language.” When a child has emerging speech and language and is beginning to speak in sentences, encourage your child to speak in full thoughts and complete sentences whenever it is naturally appropriate. When your child is giving you information prompt them by stating, “Give me more words” when their thought is only a phrase or lacks detail. For example, If your child reported, “We played,” ask them to use more words to tell you about it by saying, “tell me more”. In another example, when your child is doing a task, ask them what they are doing. Say, “Mathew, what are you doing?” He responds, “cutting.” You say “use your words and tell me in a full thought”. Mathew replies, “I am cutting my banana.”

Keep talking natural and fun. There are many ways to expose children to speech and language through everyday activities. Have fun and enjoy your child’s speech and language development. If you feel it is appropriate to obtain speech therapy services, please feel free to contact us.

What Is a Djinn or Jinn?

Djinns or Jinns are supernatural creatures that can shape-shift and provide humans with what seems like magical abilities. They also can take form as another living person, or animal such as dogs and camels. Rarely do they take form as a smaller animals since death of the animal would lead to their own peril. Depending on their age, reputation, and talent they can help with:

*  Manifestation of your wishes

*  Revenge/Retribution

*  Harm others without being seen

*  Cause arguments between spouses

*  They can bring luck to a certain extent

*  Some can aide in the banishing of another Djinn

*  Move of objects

*  Magical abilities

A prophet by the name of Sulaiman (PBUH) once ordered a djinn to bring him Queen Sheba’s throne, and it stated it can do it before he stands. Djinns can travel to the lowest levels of heaven, even though it is dangerous for them to gather information spoken among angels. In the old days the heavens were not guarded, so many fortune teller would use their djinn to gather info this way, but of course the djinn added his own lies to the conversation. But after the coming of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the heavens are now guarded and a djinn would be struck by meteorites/ flying stars if they tried to eavesdrop from the heavens.

“And we have guarded it (the Heavens) from every accursed devil, except one who is able to snatch a hearing and he is pursued by a brightly burning flame”. Qur’an 15:18

A Djinn is not a game. Everyone wants one, everyone thinks they will be able to accomplish this or that, but in fact they are wrong. What you know of the Djinn is what you read on the internet, or were told by some eBay seller, and that information is FALSE. It is an gimmick for you to buy. Ever wonder if their claim were so true, then why are they not the billionaires, and have immense power, as they claim you would, if you bought there one of a kind Djinn?

Half of the things people want a Djinn to do, it won’t. Because if it was all that easy, then the real conjurers around the world, would be some of the most powerful people on this earth. have castles, power, money (etc). Yet most live in old villages, and small houses, charging people for their work. NO? Go travel, and see how correct I’m.

Can a Djinn make you wealthy and powerful? Sure. But there is more to it, then just having a Djinn. Many unlawful and Haram things.

Commercial Driver's License Basic Skills Test

The basic skills test tells how well you can maneuver your commercial vehicle. The basic skills test consists of several maneuvers including straight line backing, off set backing left, off set backing right, parallel parking conventional, parallel parking driver's side, and alley docking. The instructor will randomly choose which exercises you have to complete. The straight line backing is mandatory for all applicants. Then the applicant will have to perform either the off set backing left or the off set backing right. Then the applicant will have to perform one of the following three parallel parking conventional, parallel parking driver's side, or alley docking.

If you are getting a class b license and plan to drive a straight truck or bus the basic skills test is fairly easy. You just have to account for the added vehicle length. If you are getting a class a license and plan to drive a combination vehicle the basic skills test can be difficult. When maneuvering a combination vehicle you have to account for the added length and the reversed steering when backing.

When backing a combination vehicle to turn the trailer to the left you have to turn the steering wheel to the right. If you want the trailer to go to the right you must turn the wheel to the left. It takes some work to get used to, but if you pause for a second and think it out in your head you will be fine. After a few hours of practice it will become second nature. The biggest problem that plagues new drivers is over correction when backing. Make subtle steering movements. For example, when you are straight backing and your trailer starts moving to the right make a minor input and turn the wheel to the right to get your trailer going left.

Ventosa Massage Cupping Therapy

My wife frequently has tired and sore upper back muscles. Sometimes, she even finds it difficult to move her head and upper body. Ventosa Massage Cupping Therapy has helped her a lot. This technique “sucks” out what we call “lamig” in the Philippines during the treatment. You will observe the lump inside the glass on your back gradually shrink towards the end of the session. To see is to believe!

Ventosa Massage Cupping Therapy is performed by placing glass on specific accupoints on your back. A technique is used to create a vacuum inside the glass placed on your back which lifts the skin. The practitioner then moves the cup toward the outside parts of the body sucking the air away.

At Chris and Chat Spa, we ask our patients to lie on their back for this therapy. We only use cups made of strong glass to ensure our client’s safety. To create a vacuum, a flame from a burning cotton ball is placed in an upside-down cup. When the oxygen in the cup burns out, the cup is placed directly on the skin where it is held in place by a strong suction. This draws the skin up inside the cup. Don’t worry, this will not burn your skin. The flame is just needed to create vacuum for the suction effect.

The skin inside the cup reddens due to the strong cupping which indicates that circulation has been brought to the surface. There is a deep warmth and tingling sensation after the treatment. Ventosa Cupping is generally a painless procedure. The redness should disappear in a day or two.

It’s interesting to note that this technique is known to open the “Meridians” of the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the flow of “qi” travels throughout the body in channels called Meridians. These are the conduits through which energy flows to every part of the body. Illness results when the qi is blocked at certain points or is not flowing properly throughout the body.

Ventosa Cupping opens these Meridians in the body. The stagnated and out of balanced qi can be restored by exerting suction and pressure resulting in invigorating energy flowing throughout the body. Cupping can also be used when qi needs to be drawn to the surface of the body from deep within to nourish muscles and the skin.

To maximize the benefits of a true therapeutic massage, we recommend undergoing Deep Tissue Massage after a Ventosa Cupping Massage.

The Benefits of a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is essential because it's difficult to feel good without eating nutritious food. If you are not healthy what do you really have in life?

People usually will not follow a healthy diet because they either do not value their health or they are uneducated about what "real" food actually is.

When you consider the benefits of a healthy diet you may be surprised to learn that an estimated 61% percent of the population of the United States is over weight. What's more, there are an estimated 50% of adults that have so many pounds of weight on their bodies that they are considered obese.

This has gotten out of hand. People need to start to look at their lifestyles and make some serious changes. Be true to yourself and ask:

Do I look good?
Do I feel my best?

Is not there something you can do, starting right now, to change your health and your diet?

A Healthy Diet Is not Found At The Drive Thru Window

Giving up on fast food intake is essential to a healthy diet. Processed and fast food is literally "expanding the waist lines of people all over the world," most noticeably in the United States. This unhealthy food is filled with fat, sugar, preservatives and harmful chemicals that cause massive weight gain.

A healthy diet of "real" food is organic or natural food that is free of chemicals, preservatives, or additives. A healthy diet is full of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and meat (optional) that is freshly bought or prepared. A healthy diet should become a very important value to you if you want to consistently get the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Keep in mind that following a healthy diet does not have to taste bad either. There are plenty of helpful organic cook books out there to help you make the same foods you have always loved.

If you want to feel the benefits of a healthy diet replace as much of your processed food as you can with the "real" food listed above. Your body will thank you for it.

After three weeks of following a healthy diet you should see an increase in energy levels, feel better, lose weight, have less stress and anxiety, be motivated, have a healthier complexion, and be committed to following a healthy diet for the rest of your life.

I feel that today more than ever before people are abusing their bodies by not following a healthy diet. Obesity, disease and illness have become ever increasing problems.

People need to wake up, get motivated, and start following a healthy diet today. Good luck on your journey towards health and wellness!

Rapid Weight Loss – The Safe Way!

The safe way to rapid weight loss is something that's been lost in all the marketing and advertising of dangerous diet pills and expensive surgical procedures. It's crazy because the secret to losing weight quickly, and in a healthy way, is practiced daily by millions of Asian women around the world … and you can learn from their methods to achieve the same skinny body!

Rapid Weight Loss – The Safe Way

Right from the start I want to urge you to resist a few things that will absolutely cause you more pain and suffering later.

Diet pills, eating plans that have you skip meals or consume nothing but liquids, or thoughts of getting a lap band or other surgery are NOT the answer to permanent weight loss.

Resist these temptations and let me show you another way to eat large meals that fill you up and still let you experience rapid weight loss without dangerous chemicals or expensive alternatives.

1. Develop a shopping list and stick to a time-based schedule – One of the best things Asian women do to keep them eating right even when the temptation of high calorie trips to restaurants tempts them is through consistent shopping on a pre-set routine .

Establish a day and time that you will commit to shopping for yourself or your family each week and make sure you do it. Write a list beforehand of the foods you're going to buy and when you get in the store keep yourself from adding anything not on the list.

The reason this simple method works is because you're never out of food at home, which leads to our defenses being lowered and frequent trips to fast food places as an excuse. By having healthy food at home you'll much more effectively resist hopping in the car for a quick high-calorie food run, and your own practical sense of value will make you feel guilty just for thinking about it when you know you have food at home!

2. Watch the alcohol, soda, and fruit drinks – We have an epidemic in America right now of the "healthy" fruit or sports drink. These drinks are marketed to athletes, people on the go, and are described as providing us with vitamins and minerals our bodies need.

The truth is that 90% of these so-called health drinks are loaded with sugar, caffeine, and god knows what else, and they are a principal reason for why we're gaining so much weight on a yearly basis!

Cut down on the booze when you're out, as we tend to drink more in social settings. At home, limit yourself to a drink or two every few days, say twice a week. We do not want you eliminating your favorite things, that's not what Asian women do. Rapid weight loss can only occur if we're not building up cravings and temptation for things that we're denying ourselves that ultimately cause binges and huge calorie explosions.

The Secret Way to True Weight Loss

You're not going to discover true permanent weight loss from just a quick article online. In order to really learn how Asian women are able to get back to a size-2 even after just giving birth takes a detailed look at their secret techniques and methods.

Chicken First Aid – Bleeding – Blood Feathers

When a chicken moults their old feather falls out and a new one starts to grow to replace it. A new feather growth is known as a blood or pin feather. It starts off a looking a bit like a porcupine quill and can stay like that for 5-7 days before the shaft starts to flake off and the feather starts to open and grow. Once the feather has fully matured (which can take a couple of weeks) the blood inside the shaft recedes and the feather becomes a normal feather which is hollow inside. During the initial growth process though, the shaft of the feather is basically an open blood vessel to provide the needed nutrition directly to the feather so it can grow. The problem with this is that if the feather gets split or broken off completely, that blood vessel is still left open, and because it does cannot compress and close itself like skin would the hole remains it’s full size – and that can make it much harder for the opening to clot and the bleeding stop.

WHEN THE FEATHER HAS A VERTICAL SPLIT

If it is a vertical split then often the split can be sealed up so that the feather can continue to grow and hopefully after a week or so you will still end up with a beautiful feather. This scenario is preferential to having to lose the feather completely and then start the whole process of growing from a pin/blood feather again.

What you will need :

A piece of gauze

Surgical glue (even Krazy glue would be OK because it doesn’t need to be sterile).

– An extra pair of hands may also be helpful!

Surgical glue and/or Krazy glue does not work well when it’s wet, which includes blood, so the first thing you need to do is hold your feather and then use your gauze to wipe away the blood. Then apply your surgical or crazy glue along the split. Use two or three applications for extra security (let the first application dry, and then apply some more glue, let it dry again and then apply the glue again). Each application will probably take about 30 seconds to dry.

Try not to stick all the other feathers and yourself to your chicken!

WHEN THE FEATHER IS BROKEN OFF COMPLETELY

What you will need :

Forceps

– again, an extra pair of hands may also be helpful!

(if you cannot get the bleeding to stop)

A piece of gauze

Surgical glue

Stop watch / clock

Sometimes the feather may have been broken off completely so that you are left with part of the shaft. Because the shaft is holding the vein open it will be hard to stop the bleeding as it is, and so you will need to remove the shaft of the feather completely using your forceps.

With one hand hold the skin firmly where the feather comes out of it to prevent tearing the skin. Then with the other take your forceps and take hold of the feather shaft along it’s length so you have as much surface area of it as you can in the forceps, and are as close as you can get to the skin without pinching it. Clamp down and then pull straight out (don’t wiggle or angle the forceps). You should now be left with the follicle which is the soft tissue part of the vein – it will still be bleeding but because it is no longer being held open by the shaft it can collapse. You will need pressure to stop the bleeding, so hold the follicle for one minute (this is best timed). Then let go and watch it – often, if you pluck the feather shaft and hold the follicle for a minute the bleeding will have stopped and that is all you have to do. If it is still bleeding hold it again for another minute, and then watch it again. If after five times of holding it for a minute it still has not stopped then you will need to seal the follicle.

To seal the follicle you will need to use surgical glue (because it is inside the follicle it has to be sterile). Hold the follicle shut, wipe away any blood with the gauze, and seal with the surgical glue. As the follicle exfoliates the surgical glue will just fall out and so in a couple of weeks it will be gone.

© Copyright 2008 – Gina Read

Hospital Physician Alignments Are Tenuous

Hospitals, particularly those heading ACO development efforts, are quick to say things like "One day, all physicians will be employed by hospitals." Though there is clearly some wisdom under that statement, it's also a remarkable leap of faith.

Three things are clear in this era of healthcare reform: (1) healthcare will be provided to more, but with less; (2) there will be a growing move over time to pass financial risk to providers; and (3) those businesses in a position to control both costs and quality (and some say patient satisfaction) are in a position to both survive and even do better than ever.

This leaves the door wide open as to the form of the business that can succeed. Is it a single specialty mega practice? Is it a multi specialty medical practice? How about a hospital?

It's definitely possible for a hospital to lead the charge, but there are key challenges with that proposition, like:

– Hospitals are not exactly known for being low cost providers

– They are not popular places in terms of wellness or prevention

– They tend to be edifice-centric instead of market centric

– They have not demonstrated a talent for constructing enjoyable and financially aligned collaborations with physicians

The key word here, in terms of physician / hospital relationships, especially into the future, is "aligned." Any physician / hospital endeavor has to ensure that both parties are on the same page.

Hospitals that become low cost providers have something to offer to "partnered" physicians, shared cost savings. By definition, wellness and prevention will have to play a role over time in order for physician / hospital collaborations to bear fruit (eg "shared cost savings"). Being focused only on filling beds in a hospital is a sure way for a hospital / physician collaboration to lose. Physicians focus on covering a geographic area. Hospitals need to understand and support that, or they both stand to lose. At the end of the day, if physicians and hospitals can not construct and achieve viable financial models that align them and reward them financially, the only thing hospitals will have achieved is lots of employees and lots of overhead.

Physicians looking at a hospital collaboration have to make sure it makes good sense! They have to be willing to explore tough issues like-

– What long range plan does the hospital have? Do they even have one?

– Does it seem designed to better manage costs and quality?

– Is there a role for the doctor to help the hospital achieve that and share in the financial benefits of it?

– Does the hospital understand and accept what made the physician's practice successful and will they agree to continue to support it, even if the physician becomes employed?

Key indicators that a hospital may not be on the same page as a physician "partner" include:

– A lack of transparency (eg they will not show you their data)

– "Loyalty" requirements that will actually hurt the physician practice (eg only being on staff at the employer / hospital or only covering their ER)

– No primary care physicians employed

– No financial models in place that help BOTH the hospital and physician for achieving established goals

Hospitals have a very tough challenge as healthcare delivery evolves to provide more with less. As the highest cost provider in the healthcare chain, they are probably the most vulnerable and have the most to lose. They could be a good partner, but physicians have to be very diligent in examining opportunities to join them.

Choosing Doctor for a Family Practice

For you and your loved ones it is an extremely important decision when you are choosing a doctor. Family practice doctors can be the health care provider for your family for years to come. A family health professional can deliver babies, give immunizations, clear up teen’s acne and order x-rays on broken bones. Having a general practitioner can be advantageous because your family and this health care provider will really get to know each other. It is multi-generational long term relationship instead of one with a specialist who only gets to know you on one level. For example, a pediatrician will only know you as Junior’s mother. A dermatologist will only know you through acne or Botox injections. The GP will know you on these levels and many more. You are a parent, child, sister, healthy person and sick person, depending on the day you visit and the nature of the appointment. Who you select as the family’s primary health care provider is important indeed. Here are some things to think about:

Philosophical Beliefs

Before selecting a practitioner, it’s important for an individual to take a look at their own beliefs about medicine. Are you a person who is open to alternative approaches such as acupuncture, massage or nutrition changes in order to contribute to well being or energy movement? Or are you a person who believes in prescription drugs to cure almost every ill known to mankind? You will want to select a doc who has aligning philosophies.

Insurance Coverage Acceptance

What type of health insurance does your clan have, if any? Make certain that the physician you are considering takes your healthcare plan and is open to many others. Don’t forget that many patients have changes in their plans and coverage over time. It’s helpful to have a practitioner who is flexible in those coverages that he or she will accept.

Bedside Manner and Communication Style

Not only is an MD’s skill level important, but their personality is, as well. A doc should treat his patients with respect and compassion. There should be a “click” in the relationship where you actually like each other.

Location and Hours

Where is the doctor’s office located? It should be close to your home to allow for convenience and easy accessibility, especially in cases of an emergency or serious sudden illness. Make certain that the available appointment hours will align with your schedule, as well. A practice that’s only open on a couple days a week will make it hard to get in for an appointment.

Word-Of-Mouth Referrals

It is helpful to ask friends, neighbors and co-workers who they would recommend for a physician. Ask them about the doc’s strengths and weaknesses.

Online Ratings

Looking online for medical ratings of doctors is another way to obtain information about possible candidates for your family practitioner.

When a patient finds a Dr. or family practice professional that the whole gang likes including kids and spouse, it can be a wonderful thing. This relationship can add to their well being for years to come.

Improve Your Hearing Naturally With Secret Hormone

This Secret Supplement Improves Your Hearing Naturally

Aldosterone is an adrenal steroid hormone from the mineralocorticoid family that is essential to your life. This is because it regulates kidney function and makes sure the amounts of electrolytes (potassium, sodium, chloride and bicarbonate) in your body are in balance. This type of hormone is secreted naturally by your adrenal cortex and simultaneously regulates your electrolyte levels by helping to maintain blood pressure and bodily fluids, or it can be fatal.

An insufficiency of this hormone has also been shown to negatively affect your hearing ability. Brought back to the right balance, it can also improve your hearing naturally. But that’s not the secret supplement. That comes later.

Hormones are some of the most powerful substances known to man

If your aldosterone levels are out of balance, a variety of symptoms can result. Low levels of aldosterone have been indicated in diseases such as Addison’s, Diabetes, AIED (autoimmune inner ear disease), or people with Meniere’s and High Blood Pressure just to name a few.

Researchers have clearly discovered a direct link between the levels of aldosterone we have in our bodies and our ability to hear normally. A direct link! However, before I bog you down with research about what it is or what it can do for you, or even what country you can find it in, first a little history.

Ancient Chinese Wisdom Supports Aldosterone Research

The hormone aldosterone has been around for thousands of years. You can find references throughout history where women shared this little anti-aging secret. However, it was first recorded in ancient China as a hormone replacement therapy. Apparently the older female nobility at the time would use the dried urine from young women to counteract their difficulties with menopause. The understanding for this type of therapy was that the waste products contained the metabolic waste, was progesterone, testosterone and estrogen.

According to naturopathic physician Dr. Eric Chan: “There is a theory in traditional Chinese medicine that the kidneys open up to the ears, and thus symptoms such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo, and hearing loss may indicate insufficiency in kidney system regulation. In Chinese medicine, the patient’s kidney system corresponds to both the kidney organ itself, and the hormones secreted by the adrenal glands. Adrenal, means beside kidney.”

Without Hormone Replacement Therapy, Addison’s Sufferers Die

If you have an insufficient amount of aldosterone production in your adrenal glands, it can cause a disorder called Addison’s disease. Without hormone replacement therapy, Addison’s patients would die from heart failure due to sodium-potassium imbalance, low blood volume and low blood pressure.

Conversely, if you have an excess of aldosterone production, that can lead to hypertension, or high blood pressure that results from an increase in sodium retention and an increased blood volume. Curiously, an unusual compound in licorice called glycyrrhizinic acid can also produce the same effects as the excess of aldosterone.

Careful, Too Much Or Too Little, Could Be Lethal.

Bio identical hormones were first available as early as the nineteen thirties. Except that the way to administer them intramuscularly was painful. Since pharmaceutical companies couldn’t patent natural bio identical substances and the method of getting the hormones painlessly into the body wasn’t available yet. Science came up with something else by the 1940s called CEE’s.

By the forties researchers had developed a synthetic hormone from equine urine called Conjugated Equine Estrogen’s or Cee’s. This is the first time where they prescribed progestins and estrogens that are not part of the human body. Thus began the first hormone/estrogen replacement therapy or ERT.

The product ‘Pre-mar-in’ that is used today means: Pregnant Mare Urine

As a result of mass marketing, estrogen-only replacement therapy (ERT) stayed popular until the mid 1970s, when ERT was associated with endometrial cancer.

It wasn’t until the scientists uncovered that women whose ovaries produced the proper amount of progesterone and estrogen didn’t have any significance of cancer whatsoever.

Women whose HRT included a synthetic form of progesterone called progestin, had the hearing loss that was usual for women up to a decade older, and showed problems both in the inner ear, and in the portions of the brain used for hearing.

In the nineteen eighties a synthetic non-human form of progesterone called progestin was developed to balance the non-bioidentical estrogens in commercially available HRT preparations. In the late 1980s, the micronization of bio identical steroids allowed for absorbing progesterone orally. That means that the solids were micronised into smaller particles so they could be ingested.

Smaller than a micrometer in fact. All the way to nanometer size. That’s what lets us use trans dermal patches for estradiol, estriol and testosterone in exact therapeutic amounts.

Women who use this therapy today have the same hearing later in life as a person who is 10 years older than they are.

This new micronized ‘human’ progesterone first started to became available in Europe in the late 1980s and up in Canada by 1995, by which time it was approved by the U.S. FDA in 1998. It had been available from U.S. compounding pharmacists for years, if you can find one, and the active component is bio identical to endogenous progesterone.

By using non-bioidentical hormones, women trade off perimenopausal symptoms for unwanted side effects and incomplete symptom relief.

When you use synthetic progestins, they tend to increase the bad LDL and decrease the good HDL in cholesterol. They also decrease sex hormone binding globulins. This decrease in globulins can result in an increase in sex hormone levels and potentially increased androgenicity or male characteristics. Deficiencies in any of the nutrients, minerals, vitamins, hormones or antioxidants will create a host of other imbalances, dysfunctions in the rest of your body also.

While on the subject of hormones, women who take hormone replacement therapy experience a hearing loss of 10 to 30 percent more than those who do not. However, all is not lost. Today through a physician in Tahoma Washington by name of Dr. Wright. He has identified that a Bio identical hormone called aldosterone, that can actually restore your hearing.

Women Taking Hormone Therapy Stand A Greater Chance Of Hearing Loss

Dr. Wright commented on one of his studies saying: “Age-related hearing loss may be retrievable, “By supplementing three patients with the bio identical hormone aldosterone, all of the men who were either losing their hearing or who had lost a lot of their hearing were able to restore much of what had been lost.”

Dr: Wright commented on the research of Dennis Trune, Ph.D., of Oregon Health Sciences University where he pioneered research showing that the naturally occurring adrenal steroid hormone aldosterone can often reverse hearing loss in animals.

Dr. Wright went on to say that based on Dr. Trune’s work, “I’ve had aldosterone levels tested in many individuals with hearing loss (most of them “older”), and a significant number turned out to have low or “low normal” measurements.

Aldosterone Is One Of Our Many Hormones In Decline As We Age

But after taking bio identical aldosterone in “physiologic”, or balanced quantities. Amounts that would naturally be present in adult human bodies, more than half of these individuals have regained a significant proportion of their “lost” hearing.”

He continues to say that he was: “surprised by two aspects of bio identical aldosterone treatment for hearing loss. First, when it works, it works relatively rapidly, restoring a significant degree of hearing within the first two months. In fact, a few of the people I’ve worked with have literally heard improvement within just two to three weeks.”

A 50 Decibel Increase In Your Hearing Should Be Hailed As A Miracle.

In one case, an 87-year-old man who was diagnosed with hearing loss in 1994 was found to have low aldosterone levels. After six weeks of taking aldosterone, the man visited his audiologist and found that his hearing had increased 30-50 decibels in one ear, and 20-30 in the other. His ability to discriminate words from a noisy background also increased significantly.

None of the people that worked with Dr. Wright have had any adverse effects from aldosterone therapy. This is probably because the use of Bio identical, physiologic based doses of aldosterone, restores levels to those normally found in the body anyway.

Twenty Years Of Research And No side Effects To Using Aldosterone

Dr. Wright goes on give a strong warning about using Aldosterone. He say’s that: “Unless you are an M.D., D.O., or N.D. who can prescribe bio identical aldosterone and order lab tests for sodium and potassium (sodium and potassium regulation are two of aldosterone’s major responsibilities), please don’t take aldosterone, bio identical or not, if your measured levels are perfectly normal!”

For additional details about the research behind this treatment and safety concerns, see the May 2006 issue of Nutrition & Healing.

Aldosterone is not advisable if you already have high blood pressure.

Other studies have clearly shown that a combination of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as magnesium, can protect your hearing. In one animal study, a high-dose combination of these vitamins were given to animals an hour before exposure to a loud noise, and then taken once a day for five days after. Even after a prolonged exposure to sounds that were as loud as a jet taking off at close range, surprisingly, the animals were protected from permanent noise induced hearing loss.

Blood pressure medication actually inhibits aldosterone production.

According to Dr. Jim Howenstine, MD. “Deficiencies of vitamin D can cause hearing loss that sometimes reverses with supplementation of 3000 to 4000 I.U. of vitamin D daily. Gingko Biloba and vinpocetine are other nutrients that may offer some relief from hearing loss by increasing blood flow.”

The Research Shows Hands Down That Supplements Work!

Aldosterone may play a preventive role in age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis. In 2005, a group of researchers reported a clear correlation between the low blood levels of aldosterone and hearing loss in the elderly.

In a controlled study, 47 healthy men and women, between 58 and 84 years old were given several types of hearing tests. They all had their aldosterone blood levels measured. Individuals that had severe hearing loss had approximately half as much aldosterone in their bodies as those with normal hearing. This is a highly significant difference. The researchers all concluded that the “aldosterone hormone may have a protective effect on hearing in old age.”

Of All The Bio Available Hormones, Only This One’s Barred By FDA

Bio identical Aldosterone is difficult to find in the US. The FDA has outlawed the use of bio identical aldosterone, even though it is a natural molecule found in everyone’s body. This is very unusual because the FDA usually allows other natural hormones to be sold in their bio identical form. Even compounding pharmacies that make Aldosterone compounds are hard to find.

This wouldn’t be the first time the FDA banned a natural substance

to protect the profits of a pharmaceutical company!

One possible reason for this is that there is a synthetic analog or similar compound of aldosterone on the market today. The present drug is called fludrocortisone. It is made by Barr Industries under the brand called Florinef. Because fludrocortisone is a synthetic, it is treated by the body as an invasive molecule, that induces many of the similar side effects that occur when taking prednisone. Sadly, to date it has not been tested for SSHL (sudden sensorineural hearing loss) commonly called presbycusis.

The Term Used To Describe Age Related Hearing Loss Is, Presbycusis

One approach is to take your findings about Aldosterone and Dr. Wright’s work to your general Practitioner and show them his protocol or idea. There are Dr.’s in your area that deal specifically with hormone replacement therapies. Show them Dr. Wright’s protocol and many will let you try it after signing a release. Or just to get a prescription to obtain it from a Canadian pharmacy instead?

Canada Will Supply Aldosterone For You. Eh!

Alternatively, Aldosterone can be obtained from two Canadian compounding pharmacies with a US doctor’s prescription. Kripps Pharmacy since 1947 is one. Canada Global Drugs is the other. They are then shipped directly from Canada.

At this point I have given a clear explanation of what Aldosterone is, what it does and does not do. I’ve detailed the history and the prolific studies up the yin yang proving it’s efficacy. I’ve given you personal anecdotes and warnings. I’ve even commented on the FDA’s politics of Aldosterone and even offered suggestions about where to buy it from another country. So what does all this add up to?

All This Has Lead Up To This One Statement: “Do It Yourself!”

That’s right! Do it yourself. That’s what this whole article is about! There are a number of foods, vitamins, minerals and supplements, that when consumed are called Aldosterone precursors. This means that they pre set the body up to make more Aldosterone for you naturally. that show how taking these supplements will definitely increase your hearing ability.

As Your Skin Ages, It Can No Longer Synthesize Vitamin D From The Sun

Here are some steps that could help stop the progression of age related hearing loss. If you are starting to lose your hearing, you have one of two options. You can lose more of your hearing and wind up buying a hearing aid. Or you can get your aldosterone levels checked and start supplementing with potassium, getting sodium in it’s proper balance is really important, and taking other nutrients if necessary. That’s all it takes to transform your life and your hearing.

If you do decide to go the aldosterone method, I recommend following these steps:

  • Even before you visit a doctor you can increase your potassium.

Beside the nutrients suggested for restoring hearing in our free e-book, try upping the amount of natural and supplemented potassium in your body. Lots of leafy greens. Lots and lots.

As we age, our bodies convert less of their essential nutrients from food.

Potassium is also abundant in fruits and green vegetables. You can increase your intake of vegetables with homemade vegetable juices. Juicing makes the potassium from food more available. Put a little less emphasis on eating fruits because of their higher sugar and calorie content. For this reason take some potassium supplements as well. It is still safe to take a potassium supplement of 500-600 milligrams a day.

  • Cut your sodium intake a little. Perhaps just stop adding salt to your food. But don’t go completely “low sodium”. Not without working with a physician who is skilled and knowledgeable in the area of natural medicine. Warning: stopping salt altogether can severely imbalance your sodium uptake. So reduce it, don’t abolish it. Several solid studies have documented higher cardiovascular mortality associated with low sodium diets. Be careful!

To stop for a moment here and say that the balance you are looking for between sodium and potassium in your bodies should be the opposite of what it is. Breaking news here! Generally in this culture today, instead of twice as much potassium than sodium, we all have twice an much sodium as potassium. My wife is a Certified Nutritionist and goes on at length about this in her writings.

  • After that check with a physician to have your aldosterone levels measured. Preference is given to the 24 hour urine collection method. This one not only measures aldosterone but also estrogens, testosterone,

DHEA, and a host of other naturally occurring steroids. All of which are helpful for older individuals. But an aldosterone only blood test is acceptable, even though it is somewhat less accurate.

Recently quoted in Suzanne Somer’s book, “Breakthrough,” Dr. Wright says, “I definitely recommend the twenty-four-hour urine test and never, ever believe the doctor who says, well, the normal range on serum aldosterone is 5 to 30 and yours is 6, so you must be okay. No… It’s just like with other bio-identical hormones, we want to put you in the optimal ranges which would be closer to 30.” Dr. Wright is currently giving seminars to help other anti-aging physicians on the benefits of aldosterone and hearing loss.

  • If your test results show a level of aldosterone below the average and you’re losing your hearing, your physician can prescribe Bio identical aldosterone for you. They need to be be sure to monitor your electrolytes (potassium, sodium, chloride and bicarbonate) at regular intervals. They also need to monitor your aldosterone to make sure it stays within the normal psychologic or natural range. Since it’s naturally present in our bodies anyway, Bio identical aldosterone generally is safe, although not perfectly safe.
  • Bio identical aldosterone generally is safe, although not perfectly safe.

Even if your hearing is normal. If you’re 55 or older and one or both of your parents suffers from hearing loss as they have gotten got older, it can’t hurt to increase your potassium intake. Then have your aldosterone levels checked with your other hormones. You might stop the most common kind of hearing loss called age related hearing loss or presbycusis, before it has a chance to show up.

If you choose to take the natural method of increasing your aldosterone levels in your body organically. Take all the necessary foods, vitamins and minerals along with a health dose of exercise and start noticing the difference in how your body can improve your hearing naturally.

When Your Body Circulates Better. Well, You Circulate Everything Better.

Whatever course you wish to take, do it well. If it’s a dietary change. Keep to the new one steadfastly for a period of time, for it to work for you. Three months at least. If it’s a supplement regimen, do it faithfully for the same period of time, before you make up your mind about how it works or not.

Except I’m not going to stop here. If you are really serious about getting your hearing back, look beyond supplements and vitamins and try checking out a liver cleanse. When you circulate better, well, you circulate better. A big part of hearing loss depends on improved circulation. How about trying better on for a change. A liver cleanse using olive oil and epsom salts is a great eye opener to the first time holistic health care seeker. It feels great. It makes your eye’s smile.

When’s The Last Time You Did Something To Make Your Eye’s Twinkle?

But don’t stop there. There are these great new understandings about what makes us live longer and die sooner today, called telomeres. They look like the trunks of two letter “Y”s placed together. Like a dog’s bone. Science and the G- nome has opened up our DNA helix and the mitochondria, an appendage that carries our personality in it. We only have up to go from here. Isn’t that awesome?

Go find some of those life lengthening Telomere’s to ingest and get on the “let’s just not age bandwagon.” There’s a supplement out there right now that can start making the difference you may be looking for right now.

You don’t have to be a noble person from China to have the best in life. Just learn a little to keep your main hormones balanced and in good shape and there isn’t any reason you shouldn’t live a longer life and be able to improve your hearing naturally. Thanks!

Good health is the reflection of a good Spirit.

It’s time to shine.