The Emotional Impact of Diabetes

Unless someone is diabetic, or very close to someone who is, they do not realize how life changing this disease can be. I believe one of the reasons this is, is because so many people are diagnosed with diabetes; that somewhere down the line, the seriousness of the disease, in people's minds, have diminished.

Diabetes is a very serious and scary chronic illness. It is totally life changing for those diagnosed. Eating becomes literally a matter of life and death. And the way a person is use to eating is usually changed drastically.

The emotional stress one goes through seems to get ignored and lost in the endless information and directions of how to now live your life. This is not just merely staying alive – it's trying to stay alive without ending up blind, on kidney dialysis, with severe nerve damage, or amputation, just to name a few.

My life was drastically affected by diabetes twelve years ago when my son, who is now 23, was just eleven years old, and diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

He has always been hyperactive, so even when he was sick, he was active. I started to notice he was looking a little pale and losing weight, even though he ate constantly. I made him a doctor appointment for the next opening, which was not until a month away. All of a sudden he started wetting the bed. The urine had a very strong odor. He also started complaining of headaches. At first I thought the complaints, was just an excuse for the eleven-year-old to stay out of school. But when they became so severe, I knew they were real. The second day his headaches were so severe, he stayed home from school. He presented no other symptoms, but he slept all day long. This was enough to definitely make me realize something was extremely wrong. I got out my diagnosis health encyclopedia books and after a few hours, I came down to two diagnosis, kidney trouble or diabetes, (this was before I became a nurse, so I was going only by his symptoms and the words on the page) . It was about 6:30 at night, when I told my husband something was terribly wrong and I was taking our son to the emergency room.

When we arrived at the emergency room, my son had a hard time keeping his eyes opened. We were finally called to the back, where they started running several tests. Sure enough he was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. His blood sugar was well over 600. Normal blood sugar levels range from 90-110. The reason he was sleeping so much was because he was trying to slip into a diabetic coma. The doctor said that if I did not bring him in when I did, he would have went into a coma that night. They admitted him to ICU and kept a vigil on him for three days as insulin was delivered through IV. That was the day our lives changed forever; especially my eleven-year-old son's.

It was over-whelming. Three main meals a day and three snacks a day; mandatory, with a minimum of two shots daily for the rest of his life. To say we were under stress, would be putting it mildly. My son put on a brave face, but about the fourth day after he was diagnosed, I had a heart to heart with him. The poor baby thought he had brought the diabetes on himself and was being punished for something he said. Meanwhile, my nine-year-old at home was going through her own personal hell. After speaking to her, I found out she was scared to death that he was going to die, and that she was next. This came from two children whose parents did talk to them and tried to explain everything to the best of their ability.

Our lives became rigid, at first – as we tried to cope with the changes. My son, Eddie, could not just run off and play at his friend's house whenever he wanted, or was allowed. He had to make sure he was home to take his shots on time, to eat the regular meals and the snacks in-between. He was a hard player, he had to learn that if he did not eat like he was supposed to, whether he was hungry or not, he would end up getting shaky. If he did not get something in him quickly to raise his blood sugar, he may slip so low that an ambulance would have to be called to save his life, if I was not there with an emergency glucagon (intra-muscular sugar water) shot – as he would get extremely lethargic and not be able to communicate, or to understand what was going on around him.

All these changes he was going through, made him feel like he was different than the other children. He was afraid to spend a night for quite some time after being diagnosed; because if his sugar went up too high at night, it could cause him to wet the bed. Something that an eleven-year-old would be horrified to do in front of his friends. We also had to make sure if he did go spend the night with a friend, that they had plenty of food. (Though, his back pack would be packed with extra food for snacks, it could not contain the main meals.) We also had to let the parents know he was diabetic, where they could keep an extra eye out. This would sometimes turn into a nightmare, as Eddie did not want to go around announcing he was diabetic. He also did not like being treated differently if a mother was handing out sugared drinks or sugared snacks to the other kids.

As a mother, seeing him go through all of this, tore my heart out. When I did let him leave, I had to worry not only what every mother worries about when her children go off by themselves, but I had to worry if his sugar dropped too low, would he be able to make it home {b} in time {/ b} to get something to eat? Even though he carried emergency glucose pills for low sugar, it does not work all the time. (Depending on how low his sugar is and if he is able to chew, and has enough sense to take them.) When your sugar drops extremely low, you are not aware of what you're doing. Many people have been suspected of being high on drugs, when it is their sugar causing the strange behaviour. It's a very scary thing to see, even more so do go through. I also had to worry if he would go off and drink sugar drinks and go to the store and get candy. This was not a simple concern, this could actually kill or disable him. When your sugar gets too high, you are damaging your organs – and if you start spilling ketones, it becomes a very dangerous situation. It causes ketoacidosis which causes nausea, sometimes severe with projectile vomiting, stomach pains, confusion and drowsiness; because their body is over-worked and worn out. It's literally starving to death. They are also in danger of slipping into a diabetic coma. High sugar often does develop into Diabetic ketoacidosis – (DKA) which is a life-threatening blood chemical (electrolyte) imbalance that develops in a person with diabetes when the cells do not get the sugar (glucose) they need for energy. As a result, the body breaks down fat instead of glucose and produces and releases substances called ketones into the bloodstream. Severe diabetic ketoacidosis can cause difficulty breathing, brain swelling (cerebral edema), coma, or death. This is also the time when diabetes is doing the most harm to all the organs – which can lead to heart failure, kidney failure, blindness, neuropathy – and the list goes on.

Eddie, who is now 23, has kept his sugar under good control, (not tight, sadly – but good) where he has not had to be hospitalized too often. He mainly has to go into the hospital when he gets a bad illness, such as the flu or stomach virus. When a diabetic's body is stressed with illnesses, it causes the blood sugar to go erratic. High blood sugars read off the chart, even when they have not been able to eat – then their blood sugar may suddenly drop to a dangerous low. It also makes it more difficult to control because they are not able to eat, or maybe even drink. For diabetics, this is not an option. They are hospitalized where they can receive IV fluids, and keep a close check on their blood sugar readings. Which sometimes means being pricked in the fingers up to 8 times a day, for several days in a row.

Diabetes causes such a wide array of secondary illnesses. Including stunting growth in a growing child. Eddie lost a whole year of growing. When he was 13, he had the bones of an 11 1/2 yr. old. He was put on intra-muscular testosterone shots at home. Which he took a lot better than most adults would, every night for six months.

It hurts me now, as it has since the day he was diagnosed, to know that he may soon be experiencing some very bad health problems because of the diabetes. Problems start to arise mostly after being diabetic for five years. We are living on borrowed time with decent health – as he now has had diabetes for twelve years. When he says his chest hurts him, I do not think, "Oh no, he may be getting bronchitis." I think, "Oh Lord, please let it be something as simple as bronchitis." When he tells me his feet hurt and his whole body aches – I know it may be a sign of neuropathy. At 23 he experiences pains and aches no young adult should have to face. But I praise God for each day that goes by where he is still able to work and live life as close to a young adult as he possibly can. God has spared us from him having any serious conditions. I know that may change any day, but I can relish in each day it does not.

Then there are the emotional changes diabetes puts them through. The anger, restlessness, nervousness, impatience – imagine it, and it is effected. It plays roulette with their hormones, causing their emotions and temperament to go into extreme modes. Sadly, this seems to be most of the time. All this happens in all diabetics, but I am concentrating on Type 1, Juvenile Diabetes. Type 1, Juvenile on-set, varies from Type 2, adult on-set, because with type 1, your pancreas does not produce any insulin at all. With Type 2, it produces insulin, but not sufficient enough, or at a normal rate.

These emotional issues are just as important to deal with as the physical disease itself. The emotional needs must be addressed. Not only the needs of the person diagnosed, but the whole family, and if it's a child, this includes the parents and siblings.

If you are living with diabetes, please make sure you get the emotional help you so need and deserve. It's absolutely a necessity. You may have to live with diabetes, but make sure you have it under control, and that it does not control you. After all, it's a matter of life and death – both physical and emotional.

What Is Epilepsy Disease?

Epilepsy is a condition which affects the communication between the nerve cells of the nervous system when there is a sudden overactive electrical discharge in the brain. Now let's discuss in detail what is epilepsy disease?

It's often an overwhelming experience when we get to see a person having hit by an epileptic seizure. Such people often seem lost in their own world, may lose consciousness, may sense a decline in body control or experience irrational fear or panic. These people often feel stressed, exhausted, and weak and confused after the seizure passes by.

Before we proceed any further, it should be kept in mind that if someone's having fits that does not mean they are epileptic. Such seizures can occur under life-threatening situations such as dehydration or extreme stress. Epilepsy hits people usually in their younger years. As for others it strikes at a later age. Epilepsy in children has been found to have become less frequent as they grow up. Sometimes it completely vanishes from the system.

There are no exact known causes of epilepsy. One thing is assured that it's a non-communicable disease. It rarely gets passed down in the genetic material. However, the close relative of an epileptic patient faces a higher risk of developing epilepsy than a person with no family history of epileptic seizures.

Experts say that following things can surely make a person vulnerable to develop this condition:

Any pre-natal illness that affected the fetus's brain

Complications during a child's birth

Infections like meningitis or encephalitis that directly affect the brain

Brain injury due to accidents

Brain tumors, strokes, drug abuse, etc.

To tackle the epilepsy disease, it's better to consult neurologists. If a person thinks one has had a seizure, it's important for the doctor to remain informed. The doctor will most likely consider carrying out physical examination (which includes the patient's medical history, family medical history, medications both earlier and current, allergies or any other issues that trouble the patient) and other special tests like electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure the brain's electrical activity and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to take the brain scans.

If epilepsy is detected then the neurologist will recommend a suitable treatment for that patient specifically. Treatment may involve both medication and other types of treatments. Doctors can implant an instrument called vagus nerve stimulator, in some cases. The aim of this instrument is to seizures by sending signals through the vagus nerve in the neck. A ketogenic diet can also be prescribed to supplement those patients who do not show improvement simply based on treatment.

It sounds scary but epileptic people can and do lead normal lives. What needs to be done is following the treatment by the book, being alert, getting adequate sleep, eating right and exercising to keep stress levels under control.

Diabetes Mellitus Risk Factor – Stroke

Stroke happens due to insufficient blood flow to the brain. It is considered as a very serious emergency case that should seek for immediate help. There are two types of stroke. The first type is clot stroke due to a blockage of blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain. The second type is bleeding stroke (also called hemorraghic stroke) caused by a rupture of a brain aneurysm or leak of tiny weakened or inflamed blood vessel in the brain.

About 75% of stroke cases are clot stroke. The blockage is caused by either a thrombus or an embolus. A thrombus is a static clot in the blood vessel; while if the clot loosens and moves through the blood stream, it is called an embolus. An embolus may fix itself in another smaller vessel causing the obstruction.

Clot stroke may be preceded by a condition called by transient ischemic attacks or TIA. This a kind of mild stroke indicated by sudden physical weakness, inability to talk, double vision and dizziness. In TIA the recovery of blood circulation is quite fast hence serious neurological damage can be avoided. The survival rate of clot stroke is generally high.

In the bleeding type, as blood flows into the brain it increases the pressure in the brain that may directly kill brain cells. The increased tension may also block blood circulation and destroy brain cells. This condition is reflected as severe headache which is sometimes followed by unconsciousness. Unlike the clot stroke, mortality of massive bleeding is around 80% of the cases.

Cause

The cause of a clot stroke is related to cardiovascular diseases such as. atherosclerosis or heart attack. Atherosclerosis is responsible in the formation of a thrombus or embolus that causes the obstruction. After a heart attack the blood flow becomes slower. This creates the possibility to form blood clots.

A bleeding stroke may result from a brain aneurysm rupture. It can also be caused by a weakening blood vessel due to consistent strain of high blood pressure. A rare condition is the leaking of arterio-venous malformation, a congenital disease in the brain.

Signs and Symptoms

Stroke symptoms include sudden loss of vision, strength, sensation and coordination, and the ability to speak or to understand speech. Impairment may occur to one side of the body, like lack of sensation at one side of the face or one-eye blindness. The patient may also experience a sudden loss of balance followed by nausea and vomiting, hiccup or trouble when swallowing. If the patient shows sudden and severe headache followed by unconsciousness it is the symptoms of bleeding stroke.

Risk factors

Factors that are considered as condition or illness that can lead to stroke are; age over 60’s, gender, high blood pressure, high cholesterol especially low density lipoproteins (LDL), diabetes, obesity, smoking, drug abuse, use of birth control pills and stress.

Diagnosis and Treatment

A neurologist should confirm all the stroke symptoms that appear. In addition, the neurologist should conduct a thorough and quick exam to identify the type of stroke, the location of the lesion and the extent of the affected brain area to be able to provide the right treatment.

A standard exam to assist the diagnosis should be conducted such as blood vessels examination in the eye, looking for possible unusual noise in the heart and carotid artery of the neck. It also includes measurement of blood pressure and pulse rate, and some neurological tests to assess sensation and reflexes. A critical test for stroke includes a CT (computed tomography) scan and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan.

Stroke patients are best treated in a hospital to provide the necessary treatment to avoid further brain damage. In clot stroke the conventional medicine is an anti-coagulant like heparin. While in bleeding stroke a surgical operation may be necessary to drain the accumulating blood and clip the ruptured vessel.

After passing the critical condition, the patient should stay in the hospital until the condition is stable. When released from the hospital the patient should be guided by a recovery program to prevent future strokes. The program may include diet and lifestyle changes, drug treatment, and paralysis rehabilitation. A neurologist may also consider a surgical operation there is an indication of critical brain artery narrowing.

Prevention of future stroke

Patients with bleeding stroke should keep their blood pressure at a low level. In clot stroke, anti coagulant like aspirin should be taken. Aspirin is strongly prohibited for patient with bleeding stroke. Be sure to see your doctor regularly and follow his instruction and guidance. Try to run a healthy lifestyle which includes low fat, salt and cholesterol food, exercise regularly, control weight, monitor blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

On the Alert

You should call you doctor if you or someone else is experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Sudden loss of vision, strength, sensation and coordination, ability to speak or understand speech.
  • Impairment may occur to one side of the body, like lack of sensation at one side of the face or one-eye blindness.
  • Sudden loss of balance followed by nausea and vomiting, hiccup or trouble when swallowing.
  • Sudden and severe headache followed by unconsciousness which is the symptoms of bleeding stroke

If the symptoms passed quickly, you may experience TIA or transient ischemic attack in the brain. Do not neglect it, report to your doctor to seek immediate medical intervention.

Formula For Fantastic Secret Hypnosis – Binds and Double Binds

Stealth tactics also known as secret hypnosis deals with distracting critical factor or overwhelming it to the point that the suggestion goes in undetected.

Binds and Double Binds is the final stealth tactic that you are going to learn now. This is based on Double Bind Theory of Schizophrenia, propounded by Gregory Bateson, a famous Anthropologist in the 1970's.

Bateson investigated the cause of Schizophrenia in our society and came up with the Double Bind theory of Schizophrenia which concludes that schizophrenia was a way that children developed to cope when presented impossible decision by their parents.

For example, if a parent beats their child and explains it by saying the violence is just a way I show that I love you, the child is presented with an impossible choice that of a desire to be loved versus the desire to avoid violence.

Now the question is how will this schizophrenia helps you in hypnosis. Then the answer is, secret hypnosis, through creation of binds and double binds.

In Binds, you will make your listener feel empowered by the fact that there is a choice and still be acquiring the information or lack of resistance you initially wanted.

In Double bind you will use the word "or" to create the actual double bind. Let me explain it through an example. Suppose you are a jewelry sales person and you say to a customer, 'Would you like your diamond set in gold OR silver?'. This is creating a Double bind where in you are giving your customer an option but you are still implying that the customer will be buying the diamond.

Remember Binds are very common and at times it is not negative to fall into one where as Double bind is an illustration of choice, usually the word 'or' to separate them.

Using Double binds hypnotically, also called as Conscious-Unconscious Double binds where in you will allow some aspects of the subject's behavior to be controlled consciously and others unconsciously. As a hypnotist you will have to work on both conscious and unconscious minds on a regular and consistent basis.

Though no one knows how the human mind works, as a hypnotist you should have an understanding of the conscious and unconscious mind. It can be understood as, Consciousness is the type of awareness you can focus on and responsible for making choices and plans.

Unconscious mind however is responsible for a huge amount of tasks. It holds all our memories, experiences, insights, habits and wisdom that we have built up over the span of our lives.

Hence to become expert in hypnosis you should know how to use Binds and Double binds of secret hypnosis to have a smooth interaction and to insert undetected and agreeable suggestions into the mind of your clients.

Quick Ejaculation Problem – What Are The Causes?

Around 25% men suffer from quick ejaculation problem also known as premature ejaculation, rapid ejaculation or early climax. The characteristic of this condition is an individual's lack of control over ejaculation. It can cause distress in the person who suffers from it and also dissatisfaction for his partner and can lead to problems in the relationship if it is not dealt with sooner or later. While the exact cause of the quick ejaculation problem is not easy to pinpoint, there are several factors that are believed to contribute to this condition.

Psychological Issues

One of the main factors that contribute to quick ejaculation problem is psychological issues. If a person is suffering from stress at work, worry about his finances, depression due to a relationship not going well or just a general lack of confidence, it can influence his emotional state and this in turn can have an effect on his sexual performance.

Physical or Mental Illness

Another common cause of the quick ejaculation problem is a physical or mental illness. The problem can arise either due to an infection in the body such as in the prostrate or due to an illness or injury that affects the neurological functions of the person. In some cases, medication taken to combat another illness can cause premature ejaculation. For example, many cold medications that have pseudoephedrine are believed to cause premature ejaculation. Persons suffering from certain mental illnesses such as the bipolar disorder may also suffer from premature ejaculation at times.

Relationship Problems

Besides the physical, mental and psychological causes of the quick ejaculation problem, the condition could result from a problem in the relationship between the person and his partner. If communication has broken down between the couple, either due to conflicts or emotional hurt caused by one or the other's actions, this might result in a barrier to emotional intimacy and sexual intimacy might also be affected. This may result in manifestation in the form of premature ejaculation.

Don’t Just Take A Pain-Killer And Carry On – Listen To Your Body

Almost everyone gets a headache from time to time and an occasional mild headache is no real cause for concern. However if your headaches start to occur more frequently it is a warning sign that you need to make some changes in your life.

Probably these are things you really already know, such as you should get more sleep, exercise more, make more time for relaxation, modify your diet, drink more fluids and so on. Perhaps your posture is a problem or a stuffy office environment.

However, if you are like most people, you ignore this warning. Instead you just put up with the pain until it goes away and then continue on with your life as before. But if you don’t do anything to correct the factors that are provoking your headaches, they will eventually return.

What would you do if the pain starts to get much worse than before? Most people would take some sort of over-the counter (OTC) painkiller and again ignore the warning signs. However this is a bit like turning up the car radio so you can’t hear the strange noise in the engine – it is likely to lead to problems further down the track.

It is easy to become trapped in a vicious cycle of ever worsening headache attacks and increasing reliance on painkillers to get through your week.

If this cycle continues for long enough you may end up with “rebound / medication overuse headache”. You are much more at risk of this happening if you tend to take a pain-killer when you don’t have a headache “in case” you get one.

Rebound / medication overuse headache is a well-known effect of regular long-term use of all the common OTC and prescription pain-killers for headache pain. The trouble is that, to you, it won’t look like it is the pain-killers that are actually causing your pain. It will just seem like your headaches are happening much more often than they used to.

Perhaps you now start to avoid various activities in case they provoke an attack. Unfortunately this fear and anxiety can make headache attacks more likely and the pain a lot worse, so it tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If you have always suffered from severe episodes of migraine you need to be especially careful to avoid the medication overuse trap.

You also need to be aware of the very real possibility of side effects. All medications, including OTC medications, have side effects and these become more likely with prolonged use or high dosages. Just because you can purchase a medication without a prescription doesn’t make it harmless.

Serious side effects of long-term use of OTC and prescription pain-killers include gastrointestinal tract bleeding and ulcers, and irreversible damage to the liver and kidneys which in some instances can be fatal. These side effects can sometimes occur even if the recommended dose is not exceeded.

So don’t ignore the warning signs that your body is providing you. The worst thing you can do is hope that your pain goes away or even worse become reliant on pain-killers for relief. The only way to overcome your headache and migraine pain is correct the factors that provoke your pain.

Hair Growth Remedies

If you are a man losing your hair, the most likely cause is Androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness and there effective remedies to deal with this. If you are a woman, the cause of your hair loss could be one of several, so the remedy will depend somewhat on what the condition is deemed to be.

In male pattern baldness there seems to be an inherited predisposition for hair follicles to be especially sensitive to the deleterious effect of DHT, a male hormone produced in the body from testosterone. As we age, levels of DHT tend to rise, and, as they do DHT upsets the normal function of hair follicles, causing them to shrink and become less productive. Hairs that are produced are typically thinner, and eventually hair production may cease altogether.

One of the main remedies for this situation concentrates on reducing levels of DHT in the body by preventing conversion of testosterone to DHT. The most widely used drug for this is finasteride (Prepucia), which is taken as a pill just once a day. In up to 50% of men who take it a reduction of hair loss is seen, and a significant number go on to grow new hair as follicles recover.

An alternative remedy is the use of minoxidil (Rogaine), which is applied directly to the scalp as a solution, gel, or foam. Best results are obtained by leaving it in contact with the scalp for a couple of hours. Minoxidil has been shown to help promote new hair growth in many men although it is not known exactly how it does this. It is most likely a result of increased scalp blood flow and hence increased supplies of hair nutrients. Both this and the previous remedy have to be given time in order to see results. New hair will not grow back over night, but rather will take some months.

Women also can suffer from male pattern baldness as they have male hormones too. The condition tends to follow a different pattern in women, leading to more generalised and diffuse hair loss. Unfortunately finasteride cannot be used in women as it may give rise to birth defects, but there are other anti-androgens that can be given. Treatment with minoxidil is possible for women, and, in addition, there is a wide range of products that can be applied to the scalp to help hair growth. These may contain phyto-oestrogens which are naturally occurring DHT blockers, and in addition a number of nutrients and vitamins such as amino acids and Biotin (Vitamin H). There is some doubt as to how well these nutrients are absorbed however.

Other causes of hair loss in women are:

  • Alopecia areata, which is thought to be an auto-immune disease and causes patches of baldness. The remedy for this is mainly to cover bald patches by cosmetic means whilst waiting for hair to regrow, which it often does. Sometimes steroids are used to treat the condition, either by injection into the scalp or by topical application, ion an attempt to suppress the immune reaction.
  • Telogen effluvium is a condition where large numbers of hairs are interrupted in their life cycle by emotional shock or trauma. The hairs are prematurely aged and then fall out before they can be replaced by new hair growth. Fortunately this is usually only temporary and hair often regrows eventually. Treatment is by reassurance and cosmetic means.
  • Trichotilliomania or compulsive hair pulling, is a problem much more common in women, and due to underlying emotional problems. Treatment requires the resolution of the psychological problems before satisfactory regrowth of hair can be established.

In conclusion, hair loss problems are common but remedies are available to meet most eventualities with a good deal of success.

How to Beat Hair Loss in Women

Even though men and women both suffer from hair loss, women seem to take it harder, as so much of a woman's self worth and self confidence is founded in her hair. There are however ways that women can fight this. They just need to know how to beat hair loss in women. This can be done by learning about their risk factors, keeping themselves healthy and seeking help at the first signs of hair loss.

Knowing your risk factors for loss of hair is the first step to knowing how to beat loss of hair in women. There are many different causes loss of hair in women. This can come from medical problems such as autoimmune disorders, thyroid problems and various other problems. It can also come from certain medications, especially medications that alter a woman's hormones. It can even be genetic. Knowing if you have anything that will put you at risk for loss of hair is key. Your doctor should be able to advise you on any conditions you have that can cause hair loss. They can even test your DNA to see if you carry the gene that will lead to genetic hair loss. This may be beneficial if you have a family history of hair loss.

Keeping healthy is another thing to keep in mind for how to beat loss of hair in women. Your hair has a lot to d with the overall health of your body. For this reason it is crucial to keeping or regaining your hair. Exercise can help release feel good hormones that can help with stress. Eating a well balanced diet with a multivitamin supplement for healthy hair is also a good idea. This will ensure that your hair has all the necessary nutrients to produce new hair and keep the hair you have on your head.

At the first sign loss of hair you should make an appointment to see your dermatologist. Keep in mind though that the average person loses between fifty and one hundred hairs a day, so do not be concerned if your loss of hair happens to this extent. It is just part of the normal hair growth process. However, if it seems to be excessive, you should make sure that you have your doctor take a look at it. Beginning treatment while the hair loss is still in the early stages is the one way to get the best results from your hair loss treatment. Your doctor can recommend the best course of action for your type of hair loss.

Learning how to beat hair loss in women can be a little extensive, as you will want to learn about all the different causes and how they pertain to you and what you should look for. But in the end, when you get to keep your full head of hair it will be worth it. Just remembering to keep your body healthy and keeping an eye on your hair and the thickness will make all the difference when it comes to keeping your hair.

Psoriasis – Can it Provide Slower Body Aging?

Psoriasis is a cosmetically devastating disorder which usually manifests on the skin, but sometimes also affects the nails and the joints. In the rarest cases psoriasis may even affect the mucous membranes.

Red lesions covered with abundant silvery scales may appear at any time in a genetically predisposed person, triggered by some unfavorable factor, such as a skin trauma, stress, bad diet, an infection (strep throat, the flu, tooth infection, cholecystitis, sinusitis , otitis, chlamydial infection etc.), and alcohol abuse or even relocating to a place with an unusual climate.

There is not much that we can do for the psoriasis prevention. Of course eliminating the stress and other possible psoriasis triggers will help to a certain extent, but psoriasis may sometimes appear even without any obvious reason.

Do the people with psoriasis and the people genetically predisposed to psoriasis; with the so-called latent psoriasis (without noticeable psoriasis manifestations) possess any benefits when compared to the people without psoriasis?

Even in the absence of any external psoriasis manifestation, ie the people with the so-called concealed psoriasis, all people with psoriasis have certain deviations in their blood serum, when compared to the other people.

As I myself have psoriasis for 14 years, I have decided to research whether there may be anything beneficial in these deviations, which I myself possess.

The most notable difference, revealed with a blood analysis, is the 30% higher level of the uric acid in the people with psoriasis when compared to the people without psoriasis.

Uric acid can be found in the blood, brain, sweat, and urine of any human being, but only 5-8% of the total Earth population has a higher level of uric acid in their bodies.

Uric acid is a very powerful natural antioxidant found in humans and animals, similar to caffeine found in some plants, such as coffee, tea and cocoa plants.

Studies on broiler chicks showed that the uric acid may protect birds against the cell damages inflicted by the oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is body cell damage – a result of the cell oxidation by oxygen, which occurs in various normal chemical reactions taking place in the presence of oxygen in our bodies.

For example the leukocytes – white cells of the immune system, which help the body fight bacteria and infection and which participate in various chemical reactions involving the Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), were noted to have lower levels of their oxidative activity in the broiler chicks fed with the purine supplements when compared to the control chicks. And the purine supplements notably increase the uric acid levels in the body.

This shows that higher uric acid concentrations can protect birds from oxidative stress in the body cells, and thus to ensure a slower body tissue aging.

Does uric acid ensure a slower body tissue aging also in the people with psoriasis when compared to the people without psoriasis?

It is merely my hypothesis, but it is an intriguing and exciting hypothesis, grounded by various studies on the uric acid which I have analyzed.

Dog Breeding – History

Studies reveal humans enjoyed taking dogs as pets even in prehistoric times. For thousands of years man has enjoyed a good relationship with certain types of dog. Dogs which proved useful were fed and taken care of. Over time dogs became domesticated until they reached the point where they were able to serve a variety of purposes. There are now different groups of dogs including hunting dogs, sight hounds, and guardian or livestock dogs. To maintain certain characteristics people deliberately mated different breeds.

Years ago purebred dogs were purely for the rich and famous. Today purebred dogs are more affordable because of the huge amount of competition in the dog breeding industry. Some breeders concentrate on purebreds, while others prefer to focus their attention on mixed breed or cross breed dogs. Different forms of breeding exist, and these include out-crossing, inbreeding and line breeding.

The dogs should be registered at kennel clubs. Stud owners should also be registered to enable you to receive the necessary documents. The American Kennel Club, or AKC as it is known, is quite popular in the US and it maintains a large database of dogs, including information about their lineage, achievements, and working qualities. These dogs are also associated with the kennel clubs in the US.

Purebreds are recorded separately in the registry. Dog breeders are actively encouraged to check the registry to learn more about particular dog breeds. The breeder can use the records to analyze pedigrees, traits, and other important information. The registration process will differ according to the state you live in, the registries, and the kennel clubs. A certain breed will have standards which the breeder will need to adhere to. The breeder should follow all the rules to ensure the health of the dogs.

The dogs will be required to undergo eye examinations, hip certifications, and joint x-rays. Your dog will have to undergo variety of tests and tasks before obtaining its certification. An expert will have to evaluate your dog's working qualities and other factors before certification can be granted.

New breeders are often nicknamed 'backyard breeders.' These mass producing businesses are called puppy mills, or puppy farms. Animal activists dislike all forms of dog breeding. As a breeder it is your responsibility to behave in an ethical manner. Animal activists claim that inbreeding increases the chances of dogs inheriting genetic disorders. They feel the world is becoming overpopulated with pets, and they also protest against the annual killing of pets in animal shelters.

Dog breeders are well aware of the fact that dogs possess inheritable characteristics in the same way that humans do. It is therefore important to ensure that only the good characteristics are passed on to pups. Common hereditary problems include hip dysplasia, heart conditions, eye problems, bone or joint conditions, and deafness.

Breed clubs and dog registries conduct extensive studies into these inherited conditions so that breeders can have enough information to help prevent them. The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation of Animals) collates useful information for dog breeders.

Dog breeding enjoys a long and rich history. People have chosen dogs as their pets for thousands of years, so it's no wonder dogs are able to enjoy such a close relationship with their human companions. Do you want to become a dog breeder? Make a decision now.

Mobile Phones – From Analog to Digital

When the first mobile phones came out of the market, many people were amazed by the advancement in its technology. Indeed, it was simply amazing for a very small piece of communication equipment to be able to send and transmit messages in voice. It was more clearly advantageous than a two way radio that were the fad during those days in which you can only call your base stations and other radio handset users linked to your channel. Most of those people who uses two way radios were hobbyist or employees of a company with a base to contact field employees to monitor their whereabouts. The advantage of a mobile phone compared to these two-way radios was the longer reaching power of a cell phone, whereas a two-way radio is limited in its range of operation.

At this stage, however, mobile phones although utilizing already the cell technology through channel reuse, was still considered as in its infant stage as the carrier it utilizes is the analog technology. But first, so that you may understand better the workings of a mobile phone, let me explain about the term channel reuse. You see, radio signals operate on a particular frequency. These radio signals, in order to be free of interference, should operate on a different frequency. Like if a certain radio frequency is on 120 MHz, another radio frequency should be in another frequency to avoid mixing signals with the radio signal that is already operating in the 120 MHz frequency. But in the case of mobile phones, many of these units operate in the same frequency, through the principle of channel reuse, thereby making the mobile phones used by many people. Channel reuse was made possible by providing limited power to every mobile phone unit and providing many cell sites or towers. Thus a mobile phone can relay and receive signal only to the nearest cell site or tower nearest to it and not affect another cell tower on another location, making it possible for other cell phones on the same channel to send and receive signals on other cell sites or towers without interference.

Now that you have a good idea how cell phone operates, let us go back to the first carrier used by mobile phones which is the Analog system of carrying radio signals. This kind of radio signals carriers are the up and down frequencies of radio transmissions that were used in all forms of radio messages before the advent of digital technology. A very good example of these signals can be seen on hospital operating rooms that are usually in TV and movies depicting the near death of an individual as shown by the up and down movement of a moving light on a monitor graph. The up and down light that you see moving is an analog signal frequency, depicting the sound of a patient’s heartbeat.

When digital signals became available to be used in radio communications, it was found out that the system of channel reuse employed on mobile phones is more adapted to using the digital system of carrying signals as digital are not susceptible to interference unlike analog. Thus, telecommunication companies soon begun to reconstruct their signaling system to adapt to the digital system of signal delivery in mobile phones.

It was at this stage that a communication company in England was able to develop a system of digital communication known as the Short Messaging Service or SMS for use on cell phones using the digital system of signal delivery. By the way, SMS can only be made possible with a digital carrier but never possible in the old system that was the analog carrier. The development of the SMS or text massaging capability of mobile phones was actually designed for use by the deaf and mute segment of the community. But now we know what happened to this kind of communication intended for the deaf and mute.

Speech Therapy Worksheets

Speech therapy worksheets can be an extremely useful tool to help facilitate parents of children who are either suffering from a speech impediment or whose expressive language is lagging behind where they ought to be with respect to their peers.

It is not enough to simply send your child to see a licensed speech pathologist once or twice a week. Parents also play an extremely vital role in helping their developmentally challenged children overcome their speech delay. By devoting just a little bit of time each and every single day with your child, you can make a difference in helping to accelerate the process of bringing your child up to speed in terms of his or her language development.

And that is where speech therapy worksheets can come in handy. Parents will need some kind of “syllabus” to follow. They will need some kind of guidebook that will help them formulate lesson plans and coordinate games and activities for their child. Plus they will need a way to track, monitor, and gauge their child’s progress in terms of speech development.

Tracking your progress is one way to measure the success of any speech therapy program be they in an office with a professional or at home between parent and child. This way you can ensure that you are covering all necessary bases to ensure your child is receiving the proper focus and attention he or she requires. Speech therapy worksheets designed for home use by parents are the way to go.

One of the questions that is often raised, when it comes to speech therapy worksheets and other at-home “do it yourself” speech therapy curricula is whether or not the use of these types of worksheets and syllabi can be used as a substitute for the need for having your child undergo toddler speech therapy from a licensed pediatric speech pathologist?

And the answer to that should be the use of speech therapy worksheets and other related materials should only be used as a supplement to receiving professional therapy. In other words, the use of these worksheets should be proctored by a licensed speech pathologist. They should be used as your child’s “homework” assignments to be completed in between your weekly speech therapy sessions.

While it may be possible for you to do a lot of the work on your own, in a “do it yourself” fashion, it is always wise to have your efforts overseen by a professional who can guide you and steer your efforts in the right direction, and who can monitor and evaluate your child’s progress at regular, routine intervals.

While your child’s speech therapist will be able to provide you with all of the worksheets that he or she wants you to utilize, you will also find that there are numerous speech therapy worksheets online that are available to download for free from various websites.

If your child’s speech therapist provides you with his or her own worksheets, it is best to use them. If you wish to use worksheets that you have found online on some third-party website, then it would be best if you clear that with the therapist first, as you do not want to confuse your child, in case the approaches to therapy differ between what you find online versus what your child’s therapist has recommended for you.

Again, it cannot be emphasized enough, that if you have the means to have your child be seen by a licensed speech pathologist on a regular basis, you should consult with him or her in tandem with using any type of speech therapy worksheets to help you conduct your own at-home sessions.

Analyze Yourself – 3 Steps to Finding Your Season in the Advanced 12 Season Color Analysis System

There are really only 3 steps in analyzing yourself in the advanced 12 season color analysis system. The 3rd step is optional; it is mainly for if you want to cross check your analysis or if you get stuck in determining your Secondary characteristic.

In front of a large mirror, with good lighting, study yourself from shoulders up. Leave your hair down unless your hair color is very different from its natural coloring. Wear little to no makeup.

1. Determine your Dominant characteristic.

The dominant characteristic is the trait that is most obvious when you look at yourself. Look for one of these 6 traits:

1. Deep: Strong, rich, dark coloring. Dark hair and eyes. Skin may or may not be dark.

2. Light: Very light and delicate. Light eyes and hair. Usually a natural blonde at some point in their lives.

3. Warm: Yellow based colors; no blue undertones. Red hair and green or blue eyes are common. But other warm hair colors are found, too.

4. Cool: Blue based colors; no yellow or golden undertones. You will often see a pink or rosy glow to their cheeks. Eyes are most often blue, but grey is common too.

5. Clear: Bright, clear colors; nothing muted or dusty. Eyes are often clear and sparkly.

6. Muted: Soft, dusty colors; nothing bright and overpowering. There is little contrast between the eyes, skin and hair. Hair color will often be described as “mousy”.

2. Determine Secondary characteristic

Once you have determined your dominant characteristic, next decide if warmer or the cooler colors look best. If “Warm” or “Cool” is already your dominant characteristic, decide whether clear or muted colors look best. For example: if you decided that your dominant trait is “Warm”, decide whether you look best in warm muted colors, which would make you a Warm Autumn, or warm clear colors, which would make you a Warm Spring. After finishing these two steps, you will be one of 12 seasons:

Deep, Cool Colors = Deep Winter

Deep, warm colors = Deep Autumn.

Light, warm colors = Light Spring

Light, Cool colors = Light Summer

Clear, cool colors = Clear Winter

Clear, warm colors = Clear Spring

Soft, warm colors = Soft Autumn

Soft, cool colors = Soft Summer

Warm, clear colors = Warm Spring

Warm, muted colors = Warm Autumn

Cool, muted colors = Cool Summer

Cool, clear colors = Cool Winter

3. Test Drape Key Colors

If you have determined your dominant trait and are still a little unsure whether you lean toward cool colors or warm colors, then test these colors against your face with a swatch, a scarf or sweater. While most seasons share colors from their “sister season” (the two seasons that share one dominant characteristic), there will be certain colors which will look best for one season over the other. Below are some of those colors for each dominant group:

DEEP AUTUMN vs. DEEP WINTER

Salmon Pink vs. Fuchsia

Light Peach vs. Icy Pink

Terracotta vs. Burgundy

LIGHT SPRING vs. LIGHT SUMMER

Bright Coral vs. Deep Rose

Camel vs. Cocoa

Light moss vs. Aqua green

WARM SPRING vs. WARM AUTUMN

Light Mango vs. Pumpkin

Medium Blue vs. Jade

Clear Red vs. Rust

COOL SUMMER vs. COOL WINTER

Soft White vs. Pure white

Lavender vs. Royal Purple

Raspberry vs. True Red

SOFT SUMMER vs. SOFT AUTUMN

Blue Green vs. Olive Green

Soft Fuchsia vs. Salmon Pink

Burgundy vs. Mahogany

CLEAR SPRING vs. CLEAR WINTER

Warm Pink vs. Magenta

True Green vs. Pine Green

True Blue vs. Royal Blue

Last step: Have Fun with your Colors!

The Various Stages of Games for Children With Autism

Children suffering from autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, enjoy playing games like any other kid. It’s only that they find some games difficult or play in a repetitive way. For instance, an autistic child may rather like to fixate on watching the wheels of a toy car spinning, or may finish a puzzle in the same way all the time. Autism spectrum disorder affects the development of communication and social skills. As a result, simple skills needed for games-like the ability to emulate simple actions, share objects with others, explore the environment and respond to behaviors-often takes a hit.

But individual with autism spectrum disorder can develop special skills for playing games. Following are the stages through which they usually pass.

Exploratory

At this stage, autistic children usually explore the toys and objects rather than play with them. They may cuddle with a teddy bear, or put a block in their mouth, or inspect a doll’s hand. Autistic children, like others, begin to learn about their world through various colors, shapes, textures and sizes.

Causal

This is when the autistic child plays with toys that require action for producing the desired result, like pressing a button to play some music, or winding up the jack-in-the-box. Praising your autistic child when he completes the correct action will encourage them to repeat it. Even if they fail, encourage them to do it correctly the next time.

Functional

At this stage the usual activities include pushing the toy car, bringing the toy phone close to the ear, or throwing a ball. Of course the child will need assistance because the response time for children with autism is usually slower than their non-autistic peers.

Constructive

This stage involves working towards a goal, like finishing a jigsaw, making towers from blocks or simply drawing a picture. Children with ASD may be slow carrying out certain tasks but can outperform others in some. They often excel in drawing. Encourage your child to play constructively by showing pictures or through practical demonstration.

Physical

Physical play involves running around and several other games that familiarize children with people and their immediate surroundings. Observation of this stage has paved the path for the development of various games for children with autism. Mobile apps in particular help improve fine motor skills, leading to quick physical response to environmental stimuli.

Pretend play

The importance of pretend play is almost impossible to undermine in the context of games for individual with autism. Activities include dressing like superheroes, feeding a teddy, pretending to drive a car and so on and so forth. Pretend play develops skills required to build social, communication and language skills. This type of play could be an unfamiliar territory for individual with autism, but with support and necessary intervention, many are known to overcome their difficulties.

Social play

As the name suggests, social play involves playing with others or in a team. It’s particularly challenging for children with ASD. Other children may be reluctant to include an autistic child in their group. Parents of non-autistic children need to make their kids understand that a child with ASD is like any other kid. They just need more support and acceptance.

Cat Caught King’s Tongue: A Review of The King’s Speech (2010)

When God couldn’t save the king, the queen turned to someone who could.

At the 83rd Academy Awards, The King’s Speech won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler). The film had received twelve Oscar nominations, more than any other film. Besides the four categories it won, the film received nominations for Best Cinematography (Danny Cohen) and two for the supporting actors (Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush), as well as two for its mise-en-scène: Art Direction and Costumes.

I am not sure how strongly the story of a stammering, early twentieth century Duke of York will appeal to audiences in Dhaka, but The King’s Speech is a must-see for our local moviemakers. Natoks and non-FDC cinema in Bangladesh are usually similar dialogue-driven dramas. Therefore, a comparative analysis with The King’s Speech is pertinent. This film has won the top award at the Producers’ Guild and the Directors’ Guild of America, the People’s choice at the Toronto Film Festival, seven Golden Globes and has been nominated for twelve Oscars. Moreover, according to market data providers, Rentrak, it has grossed near about 100 million dollars and counting, in the US and through international markets.

Of course, the scale of this production is incomparable with the size of Bangladeshi productions, but the subject matter The King’s Speech handles is of the nature that Bangladeshi filmmakers feel comfortable dealing in. Presupposing that the wily, know-it-all Bengali filmmaker receives this film positively, there may be many lessons to be learned from The King’s Speech. The question I want to pose to them before I go ahead and review the film: Does the success of a drama depend on the bare rudiments? A formidable screenplay, some stellar acting, a picky director and, and: a knowledgeable team? Or, is there some mantra behind it?

The story of the The King’s Speech is as thorough a look into the world of a stammerer as ever seen. The three character plot may seem rather linear, but it is perforated with subtext. Director Tom Cooper does a good job of executing the tension that writer David Seidler writes into the relationship between his Royal Highness, or Bertie, (Colin Firth) and his Australian speech therapist, Lionel Louge (Geoffery Rush). My one complaint about the script: the viewer has to suffer through too many of Bertie’s excruciatingly agonizing failed orations. To call for empathy is alright, but the repeated pain inflicted on the audience needed to be curtailed.

In his screenplay, writer David Seidler in effect, creates three worlds-the early twentieth century time period; the protocol encrusted world of the Royalty and Lionel’s world- where he is king and the Crown becomes a commoner. There is a reason behind his impudence: he supports that his unorthodox and controversial methods will work on the Duke, only if they behave as equals. The discomfort that this situation creates for the Duke, opens up a novel avenue for both textual and subtextual investigations on sociability in the monarchy. Also, as the relationship between patient and “doctor” grows, a unique friendship is explored.

Geoffery Rush, Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter’s acting does justice to the script. Variety Magazine’s Peter Debruge claims, in his September 4, 2010 article, that the big scenes are indisputably the monarch’s. Yet, the therapist’s stubbornness in choosing his way over the king’s, has more onscreen visibility than the monarch’s royal perseverance to deliver and finish a speech. The Duke of York does have the more emotional scenes, but, the memorable character sketch and performance is the therapist’s. Geoffery Rush gets to play a delightfully independent persona and everything Rush does onscreen enriches the story. His every gesture, every deliberation brings us closer to this period piece.

We are reminded very early into the film that Lionel the therapist is a failed actor. This bit of information foreshadows the later revelation that he is also an actor, somewhat, in real life: he is not a certified practitioner. This foreshadowing illuminates Lionel’s inner conflict and gives the goings-on of his mind as much importance as the conflicts in the title character’s mind.

The props and sets have a distinct charateristic of their own. Every wall is rich and textured, every room borrows heavily from a particular palette and every character and every staging uses spaces to make them look like lived-in places. Tom Cooper and the director of photography, Danny Cohen, exploit the locations to a point of flaunting their baroque beauty. Actors are shown with ample headroom, they are often short-sided and the close-ups are shot with wide lenses giving the viewer a much wider, almost askew, angle of view behind the actor.

Danny Cohen, in his interview with ARRI News, says they decided to shoot in this manner in order to not lose context, to increase the period piece’s authenticity and to increase the story’s impact. Cooper and Cohen went with two ARRI Lite cameras, the ARRI Master Prime lens kit and to get the cold look they wanted: Fuji Eterna Vivid 500T film stock.