I Remember Terrence Johnson

There have been many events that have occurred throughout the 20th Century. Many that has happened before my lifetime, of course, and many during. The one that pops in my head at the moment is the disheartening life of Terrence Johnson. I believe this one sticks to me at the moment because it was so close to home. We followed it from the beginning to the end. We know and understand many of the situations that we as young black males have had and continue to have when dealing with officials. And, in many ways, it has effected our thoughts and perceptions when it comes to dealing with law enforcement.

In 1997, Terrence Johnson was surrounded by police officers after robbing a NationsBank in Aberdeen, Maryland, put a gun to his head and took his own life. I was driving on my way home from work when the news flashed across the radio. The moment I heard it, a sensation of stillness came over me. Instantly, my mind began to flash back 19 years when the news first spread throughout the neighborhood, “that dude from Bladensburg name Terrence Johnson” killed two police officers. Like the blinking of a slide projector, my mind began to jump through the different pictures that were shown on TV of Terrence being led by police officers. Back then, it didn’t occur to me just how young he looked. But then again, I was two years younger. However, during those first couple of years, I got older and watched as he got older.

Continuing down the road, my mind took me to the time I watched him being interviews on WHMM Channel 32 just nine years ago. That’s when reality finally set in. “He’s dead!”

From that moment on, I couldn’t help but shed tears. But my tears weren’t just tears of grief. They were hammered with spurts of anger. “But at whom?” That was the question. I wasn’t sure if I was angry with him for taking that detour, or angry at society for paving that road.

The one thing that I am sure of is that this situation hits so close to home it terrifies me. To me, Terrence Johnson symbolizes a life in a time — a time that I can personally identify with. You see, when I looked at Terrence Johnson, I saw myself. Not only myself, but also a whole lot of people I know and grew up with. And, I am truly aware that it could have been me or any other kid I knew held in that police station that night.

That’s why I feel that those of us who really defended him were sincere. Deep inside, we wanted to see that something positive could blossom out of something so negative. So, when they finally released him, we became contented – and watched. Even when we didn’t realize that we were still watching, we watched. I feel this because every time his name was mentioned, heads turned. They still turn. But, what is it that we really see? I, myself, see a life that ended the way it began.

I’m led to a scripture that says, “we reap what we sow.” In this, I don’t mean Terrence. I mean society. What we are seeing, in my opinion, is the fruit of racism. Obviously that’s how it all began in the first place. What I see is a while officer handling a situation based on his views of a young black boy in the metropolitan area. That’s why there are so many of us asking questions such as: “Why would he do a thing like that?” or “Why didn’t he just go to someone if he was having problems?” or “Did he really shoot himself or was he set up?” It’s because we refuse to accept the label society has planted on him as a “cold-blooded killer.”

Therefore, in defense of the name Terrence Johnson, I would like to lead you through a story, while asking you just one question. Every time this question is asked, I would like for you to write down your answer. In doing this, I want to embrace a scenario from the move, “A Time To Kill.”

Picture this. You are fifteen years old. It’s nighttime. You and your brother are pulled over by three police cars and aggressively taken into the police station. You have not been charged with anything although you are told that your brother is suspected of breaking and entering. In the police station, you find yourself treated different from the others there and you’re sure it’s because you are black. The aggressive treatment continues as you are questioned by one of the officers.

How do you feel?

Let’s say this officer begins to grow more and more agitated because he doesn’t feel that you are answering his questions in a timely manner. In the midst of his agitation, he kicks your chair from under you, causing you to fall to the floor (by the way, you are handcuffed). Again, he gets agitated and kicks it again.

How do you feel?

At this point, you’re hurt. You shout to the officer that he can’t do this to you, and in response, he ‘backhands’ you for “getting smart-mouthed.”

How do you feel?

You begin to cry, because deep down inside you know that there isn’t too much that you can do about it. In defeated anger, you decide to try and pick up the chair to throw, but are attacked by three other officers and thrown up against the wall. Then, one of the officers says, “Take his handcuffs off. I’m gonna kick his black ass!”

How do you feel?

They take the handcuffs off of you and shove you into an empty room, where the threatening officer comes in and begins beating on you. You feel blood beginning to drip from your head. How do you feel?

You try to fight back by biting him in the chest, but he’s bigger and stronger that you. He then knees you in the chest causing you to fall backwards.

How do you feel?

As you fall backwards, your hand grips hold of his gun and it rips from the holster.

How do you feel?

You get up off of the ground and realize the gun is in your hand. The officer realizes also, and begins charging toward you for having the gun.

How do you feel?

You panic. Anxiety has grown to enormous proportions. You start to run out, but are thoroughly beaten by several other police officers. Although you’re fifteen years old, you’re on your way to be tried as an adult for the murders of two police officers.

How do you feel?

Time has gone by, but the horror of that night sill lingers on. It’s everywhere, especially in the media. You’ve aged a little. You’re now 17. So far, you’ve been transferred in and out of court, fighting a bail bond of one million dollars, called a liar regarding your side of the story, transferred from jail to jail, placed in adult prisons and treated as the lowest scum of the earth. Contrary to your beliefs, your name has been through the media as a “cold-blooded cop killer.” Schools have denied you of attending any classes. You’ve been continuously threatened and beaten. Your family and friends have been receiving numerous death threats. And, in conclusion, you’re found guilty of manslaughter and sent to prison for 25 years.

How do you feel?

Okay. Many years have passed. You’re now 31 years old. You can faintly remember what life was like before that dark night in the police station, such as: spending time with a girlfriend, hanging out at drive-in movies and going to Busch Gardens with your friends. But the moments that stick in your mind most are learning how to survive inside of the prison walls, getting jumped and robbed by fellow prisoners, getting beat up by the prison guards in front of your mother, constant counseling sessions trying to convince you that you’re a “cold-blooded cop killer,” and spending days in the hole where you were allowed nothing but a toilet and the skin on your back.

However, some light has shined on you during that time and along with the unhappiness, hopeful moments have come your way. There have been people supporting you. You have been able to receive your GED, AA Degree and BS Degree in Business Management with a 3.6 average. You’ve obtained vocational skills in carpentry, ceramics and office automation. You’ve even been able to get married.

Finally, it has happened. After 17 years of total adversity, and although opposed by strong disapproval from the same police department that placed you here, you are released. You are free to begin the life you had long dreamed.

How do you feel?

Your second chance in life has started out great! People from everywhere recognize you and express their support for you. Lawyers and businessmen seem to have placed you under their wings. You’re about to pursue law school. You’ve been given money and a place to stay for a while free of charge. People constantly want to support you. You get the opportunity to help participate in the Million Man March. You’ve even been addressed regarding a book and movie deal about your life.

How do you feel?

Okay. Two years have passed since you’ve been released. It isn’t as bad as a few years before, but it isn’t the same as when you first got out. In trying to attend law school at Howard University, you’ve found that you weren’t wanted there. So, instead, you registered at UDC. You still have supporters, but you also have those who say, “Just watch him! He’ll prove the criminal he really is!” You’re paying rent now, and it has become a pressure. Marriage isn’t quite what you hoped it would be, and finally there’s divorce. You’ve been threatened with eviction. Your father’s sick and your mother isn’t doing well. There’s a familiar sense of despair beginning to lurk back in. Although you haven’t felt it in a few of years, you know the feeling when it hits you. Oh-oh! Wait! There’s a financial dilemma at the school. Due to city cutbacks, the grants given to you for classes have been withdrawn. You have to withdraw from school.

How do you feel?

Take a moment to look at your life. Does the bad out weigh the good? There are a lot of people out there watching for many different reasons. What do you have to show for it? What have you really accomplished that matters at this point? What’s ahead for you? How many people are depending on you? And, how are you going to pay those DAMN BILLS!? That’s the problem. All you need is the money to get out of this slump and things will get back to running again. But, that’s a lot of money we’re talking about. Don’t forget about tuition. Don’t forget to pay that rent or else. Let’s not forget that you have a new baby boy to take care of. Dad’s test results for prostate cancer will be back soon. You need a lot of money – now! “A man ain’t a man unless he takes care of his own.” I’ve got an idea. Let’s check out the happenings around the way. Hook up with some of the homies and make some quick cash – get right back on my feet. But, it’s got to be something swift – something that’s going to last for a while. At least until this book or movie deal comes through.

Okay. Your brother and you agree to pull off a heist. A bank job. You’ve been locked up. You know the stories of how it’s supposed to be done. It’s an ‘in and out’ thing. Slip in there. Take the money and ‘presto’, slip right back out. Nobody will get hurt. Remember, you don’t want to hurt nobody. It’s not about that. And, you damn sure don’t want to end back up in prison. Anything but that! You and your brother go out of the area to do it. You and your brother rob the bank. However, in trying to slip back out, you find that it’s not quite as simple as you thought. The police stop you. Now, this scene here looks very familiar. You know exactly where this scene leads. Face it. You blew it again. You’ve tried it the right way and it didn’t work. You’ve tried it the wrong way and it didn’t work. What do you see? It just won’t work! You just can’t win! Forget it!

How do you feel?

Terrence once said that he hadn’t been happy in so long, he didn’t know what it felt like. He also said that managing a prison life required a certain mindset – one that he really didn’t have. I’m not saying that I agree with my brother’s decisions – but I understand!

Symptoms of Dust Mites, Allergies, and the Adverse Health Effects of DMA’s

Do You, or Your Family Members, Suffer from One or More of These Symptoms?

Recent clinical studies indicate that the symptoms listed below prominently appear directly after awakening from an expected good night’s sleep, in you’re supposedly, comfortable and cozy bed! Dust mites have been known to be associated with allergies since the 1960’s and have in recent years become a “focal point” due to their involvement with respiratory ailments. The dust mite by itself is not harmful to humans…

BUT dust mites produce a very potent allergen called “guanine” which is harmful to EVERYONE’S health, to varying degrees. Dust mites live, thrive, and breed, in the micro-habitat (visualize a little eco-system) that we create while sleeping in our beds. They also thrive wherever we spend our leisure time, such as lying on our upholstered sofas or sitting on our upholstered chairs watching television, doing homework, or entertaining. Dust mites do not bite or sting but constant contact with the allergens they produce can trigger respiratory and dermatological complaints in humans. There are other species of dust mites such as the itch mite, as well as predatory mites that share the same dusty environment.

Just some of the symptoms of dust mite allergens (DMA’s) include:

  • itchy skin (little bumps and rashes),
  • stuffy nasal cavities,
  • sneezing,
  • puffy, swollen or discolored eyelids,
  • irritated, watery, and reddish eyes,
  • wheezing
  • “tight” chest,
  • head or sinus aches,
  • a raspy voice,
  • dry, unproductive cough,
  • feelings of lethargy (no “get up and go”),
  • mental fatigue,
  • depression

The above symptoms are just the mild, temporary ill-health effects (temporary, if you want to call the first few hours, of each morning of your life…temporary!) associated with household dust, the #1 dominant home indoor air pollutants. But, the long-term ill-health effects are truly much worse and can result in permanent, life-long illnesses such as:

  • asthma,
  • bronchitis,
  • perennial rhinitis (hay fever),
  • eczema,
  • dermatitis,
  • sinus infections

and other serious health issues, affecting millions of people. House dust contains a mixture of approximately 28 allergenic components. Typically, dust mite allergens account for the majority of the harmful components of dust, more than any other single particulate.

Due to their microscopic size, (the fecal pellets are about 20 microns in size and the ever disintegrating exoskeletons are even much smaller) dust mite allergens can become airborne simply by walking across a room, opening a door, “fluffing” a pillow as you attempt to fall asleep, or rolling over in bed (an act that occurs on average 50 to 60 times per night), and of course, during such activities as bed making. These are just a few of the activities that cause dust mites and their associated allergens to become and remain airborne for up to two hours at a time before settling throughout the entire house. A single dust mite, due to its heavier weight, can remain airborne for fifteen minutes. This negates the effectiveness of costly dust mite-proof mattress covers and bedding which attempts to solve the problem by simply “covering up” or placing a “band-aid” over the problem as the dust and allergens that are not inhaled, simply continue to “float about” the indoor air and accumulate on your bedding, as well as everywhere else.

While airborne, the allergens are easily inhaled and become attached to the living cells that line the “walls” of your lungs. Once attached, they suffocate and kill your healthy lung cells causing permanent damage. Dust mites practice coprophagia, meaning, in lean times they will use their own fecal pellets as a food source. Dust mite fecal pellets, which contain “guanine” and their digestive enzymes, are a major cause of allergies across the world. The powerful enzymes in the fecal pellets break down hard-to-digest food for later nourishment. It is these enzymes that cause and trigger allergies in humans by breaking down delicate living tissue including healthy lung cells.

Dust mites are living, thriving, and breeding by the millions, in your mattresses, pillows, upholstered furniture, draperies, fluffy stuffed toys, and to a lesser extent (only because, hopefully, it is frequently vacuumed) carpeting. Pillows, alone, may gain 15-25% in weight over a two year span, from the accumulation of dust mite allergens and a host of other contaminants.

Children, especially those who breathe rapidly such as newborns and those up to 5 years of age, are particularly susceptible to the health hazards from inhaling the allergens (especially the potent allergen “guanine”) found in the fecal matter, secretions, shed (molted) skins, and the exoskeletons of dead dust mites. The elderly, chronically ill persons, and persons with a weak immune system (even if just temporary) are also very susceptible to ill-health effects of dust mite allergens and poor indoor air quality.

Dust mites are nocturnal, dislike strong light and will take refuge in the seams, ledges, cording and framework of furniture when exposed to light. A single dust mite can produce up to 20 to 30 fecal pellets per day (therefore, an average-sized colony of 2 million dust mites living within a mattress will produce 40 to 60 million fecal pellets per day). A single dust mite produces approximately 2000 to 3000 fecal pellets during its active lifetime of up to 3 or 4 months (that equates to a total of 4 trillion fecal pellets, in your mattress, produced by a single generation of an average-sized dust mite colony). Your unhygienic mattress, where you spend 1/3 of your life, is the nastiest, grungiest, item in your home and contains huge amounts of dead skin, dust mites, dust mite allergens, molds, mildew, pollens (transported inside from outdoors), spores, pet dander, bacteria and viruses.

Have you noticed how many corporations are touting their products for addressing the problem caused by dust mites? However, the solutions they offer are simply more “band-aids” to the problem and do not confront the problem (source) “head-on”, the micro-habitats found in mattresses, pillows, and the “soft furnishings” in our homes. Should you choose to go the dust mite-proof mattress pad route, ask the salesperson what they sell to “protect” you from the dust mites in your upholstered sofa and chairs?

Mattress covers, pharmcotherapy (medications), and immunotherapy (skin prick tests, more testing and more meds) have been the usual methods of addressing the symptomatic problems and each of these methods generate huge sums of income. However, this is akin to placing a “band-aid” over a festering wound and then selling you more “band-aids”. Perhaps the huge multi-billion dollar revenues generated by the aforementioned industries, is the reason why American’s have not been properly informed and educated. But now, and unfortunately due to the annual increases in asthma, asthma deaths (especially among children), allergenic rhinitis, and other respiratory illnesses, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has initiated a public awareness campaign through public service announcements (PSA’s) and their new website (www.noattacks.org) beginning in January 2007.

Should you or any of your family members exhibit any of the aforementioned symptoms, please seek the advice of your family physician, especially if the symptoms are evident among children.

For additional information please review the EzineArticle, “Asthma, “Hidden” Asthma and Allergies” at the following link:http://ezinearticles.com/?Asthma,-Hidden-Asthma,-And-Allergies-&id=430592

Jewelry Care: Caring for, Cleaning, and Storing Your Precious Jewelry

Your jewelry is precious. Whether it holds monetary or sentimental value, or both, your jewelry is special. So how do you keep your jewelry looking it’s best? Most people believe that a certain amount of wear and tear is to be expected. Not so. There are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your precious jewelry is in as perfect condition as the day you bought it.

When not to wear your jewelry:

One of the best ways to keep your jewelry looking good is knowing when not to wear it. Many people never take their jewelry off, for sentimental reasons. But the fact is that there are many routine activities that may damage, or even destroy, your precious jewelry. Examples of these activities include:

Gardening: Aside from getting your jewelry dirty, gardening is one of the easiest ways to chip or lose precious stones, as well as scratch gold or platinum jewelry. Remember that gold is an extremely soft metal, and platinum, while about twice as strong as gold, is still easily scratched.

Household cleaning: You should never wear your jewelry while doing household cleaning! Many common cleaning solutions contain chemicals that may damage or discolor precious gems or metals. Also, while doing housework, you are bound to rub your jewelry against abrasive materials. When it comes to gold even dust can be abrasive enough to do damage.

Swimming: The chlorine in swimming pools can do extensive damage to your jewelry. Chlorine can pit and discolor gold, as well as take the polish off of precious gems. Chlorine will also do damage to settings, causing gems to come loose, and greatly increasing the risk of losing them.

Sleeping: Yes sleeping! While sleeping you will unconsciously brush your jewelry against the sheets. The dust on your sheets, or the sheets themselves, acts as a fine abrasive, which, over time, will wear down the settings of your rings. If you must wear you ring to bed, you should turn the ring so that the gem is facing the palm of your hand. This way it is less likely to come in contact with abrasive materials.

You should also avoid extreme temperature changes. For example: If you are wearing a diamond ring in a hot tub (which you should not do in the first place) and you then decide to jump into a cold pool, your diamond may very well crack, or even shatter!

When deciding whether or not to wear your jewelry you should just use common sense. If you think that you might be doing something rough, or if you think you might come into contact with chemicals or abrasives, it’s best to simply not wear your jewelry. Better safe than sorry.

Cleaning your jewelry:

Cleaning your jewelry is really pretty simple. The best way to clean your jewelry is by soaking it in warm water with a mild liquid detergent or soap. After letting your jewelry soak for three or four minutes rinse it off under running water (make sure the drain is closed), and then pat it dry with a soft lint free cloth or paper towel. You should clean your jewelry often to avoid having to take it to a jeweler for costly and harmful cleaning methods.

There are many home remedies and old wives tales dealing with how to clean jewelry. Most of these not only do not work, but also can be extremely harmful to your jewelry. Some examples of these include:

Toothpaste: One of the most common home remedies for cleaning jewelry is using toothpaste. You should absolutely never use toothpaste to clean your jewelry! Toothpaste is abrasive. While this is a good thing for cleaning plaque off your teeth, it will scratch gold and softer gems.

Boiling water: Many people believe that boiling jewelry in water is a good way to clean it. In fact boiling is one of the easiest ways to destroy fine jewelry. Boiling your jewelry can crack or discolor gemstones, even diamonds.

Ammonia: Ammonia is okay to use on diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, but will damage other gemstones. Ammonia should only be used on unfilled diamonds. Fracture filled diamonds should never be cleaned in acidic solutions or ammonia.

Professional polishing solutions: Professional polishing solutions have a mild abrasive in them. This abrasive will make your gold jewelry shine, but it will also scratch the gold.

Cleaning your jewelry often will make it sparkle and shine. Diamonds especially should be cleaned regularly, as they naturally attract grease. A clean flawed diamond can look ten times better than a dirty flawless one.

Storing your jewelry:

Proper storage is the most important factor in keeping your jewelry in good condition. Remember that gold and platinum are soft materials, and that diamonds are one of the hardest substances known to man. If you store your jewelry together your diamonds, rubies, and sapphires will scratch your precious metals, as well as chip other, softer gems, such as emeralds. You should always store your jewelry pieces separately. Many people like to store their jewelry in lock boxes, or at home, in the freezer. These are both poor choices for jewelry storage. The dry atmosphere of a lock box can damage your jewelry, while the extreme cold of a freezer can crack or shatter precious gemstones. The best place to store your precious jewelry is in a jewelry box with many separate compartments. Most jewelry boxes are lined with soft, un-abrasive materials, which will not scratch your jewelry. A good jewelry box will come with many compartments, which not only showcase your jewelry beautifully, but also protect your jewelry from scratching and chipping. Jewelry boxes are also beautiful in and of themselves. A quality jewelry box is usually handmade of beautiful hard wood, and cunningly contrived to showcase your jewelry in a stunning fashion. When storing your jewelry there is no substitute for a quality jewelry box. Here is a go page to view different styles available in a jewelry box.

Where is the best place to purchase a jewelry box:

To get an idea of the different styles and prices that are available in a jewelry box it is more convenient to view them online before shopping around at local retail stores.

Retail stores and jewelers will sometimes carry a small selection of jewelry boxes, but you are more apt to find a greater selection online. Just type “jewelry box” into an Internet search engine like Google or Yahoo and you will find several reliable websites that specialize in jewelry boxes.

The cost of a jewelry box is dependent upon many variables. In solid hardwood, a jewelry box should cost about $100 to $300 depending on size, but fancy jewelry boxes can cost much more.

Let your jewelry shine:

Would you like your jewelry to look more stunning than ever? Would you like your jewelry to gain compliments every time you wear it? Caring for your jewelry is well worth your time. Not only will proper care and storage extend the life of your jewelry, it will also make your jewelry sparkle and shine like never before.

What to Look For in a Knee Scooter Or Knee Walker

So you’ve been told you will need to stay off your foot or ankle for an extended period of time. This could be due to surgery, injury or a wound. If you’ve used crutches you know how difficult they can be to use and the limitations they put on your lifestyle. Don’t be condemned to crutches. You have choices. Perhaps your healthcare provider suggested a knee scooter or a knee walker. You’ve searched the Internet and are left with even more questions.

This article will outline what a knee scooter is, features to consider with the device and services to consider with the supplier.

What is a Knee Scooter

A Knee Scooter is a wheeled cart-like device that completely unloads (takes weight off) the user’s lower limb as they bear weight on their knee. It is also commonly referred to as a knee walker.

Features to Consider:

While all knee scooters are similar in basic function there are important design features that directly impact safety, comfort and mobility.

  • Does it turn? The original model required the user to lift the front to pivot left or right. Not only did this take strength, but balance which can often be compromised due to medications (i.e. painkillers). Newer models turn like a bicycle to improve safety and ease of use. This feature is so vital that some insurance companies will not reimburse for non-steerable (non-turning) models and many suppliers no longer offer them. Beware of models that use caster like wheels similar to those found on a shopping cart (www.rolleraid.com) as these can unexpectedly move sideways (laterally away from you), causing your legs to split apart and maybe even fall.
  • How big are the wheels? The bigger the wheels, the easier it will be to move through carpet or over uneven surfaces like cracks in the sidewalks or thresholds of a doorway. Small wheels will stop abruptly when they encounter a crack or obstacle. Some insurance companies will not cover units with wheels smaller than five inches in diameter. Large or fat off road tires are available but are rarely necessary as they are intended for rough terrain or for soft sand. The ideal standard is the eight-inch wheels.
  • How stable is the unit? Safety is paramount in any unit. Stability comes from both the width of the unit and the offset of the knee platform. The higher-end models allow the knee platform to be easily offset towards your good leg. Not only does this allow more of the unit to support your injured leg, it also keeps your pushing leg from kicking the knee scooter (an annoying, painful and potential danger). Width can be judged by the separation of the front wheels, although wider is not always better. You will find units so wide they won’t fit through a doorway (Kneal) or so narrow as to be unstable (Invacare).
  • How adjustable and comfortable are the knee pads? Your needs can change as your cast or dressing is adjusted, so it is important to look for a unit with two adjustable pads. The ability to adjust the location of the pad can greatly affect your comfort. Avoid units that only offer a single fixed pad (Kneal or Wiel).
  • Does it fold down for easy storage? Most units will fold for easy storage and transportation. They can be put in the back seat of a car, a trunk or even in the first class closet on an airplane. Beware the very large units (Kneal) that are too big for most cars and any plane.
  • Do I need tools to assemble? Make sure that the knee scooter can be adjusted without tools. Amazingly enough, some models (Invacare) and especially older units require wrenches (not included) to adjust for your height and size.
  • What accessories are included? Think of what you might need: a purse, phone, book, lunch, laundry, etc. Some knee scooters offer small black bags while others provide large removable baskets. Both could be helpful to free your hands while moving, but the removable basket has proven to be more useful and versatile.

Services to Consider

Now that you know what to look for in the product, consider the supplier as both price and service can vary greatly.

  • Rent or buy – If you only need the unit a short time, renting might be an option. Rental prices range from $35 to $80 a week and $100 to $300 a month. Deposits can be very costly, up to the full purchase price of the knee scooter. Look for suppliers that don’t charge a deposit. Some suppliers will allow you to apply rental charges to the purchase should you need it longer than you first thought. Purchase price of a new unit ranges from $400 to $800. If purchasing makes sense, you might consider a used or refurbished unit. Make sure it is safe and meets all the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Insurance – Insurance companies generically refer to knee scooters as Crutch Alternatives under HCPCs Code E0118. They may cover them for patients who must keep weight off of their healing foot or ankle AND are unable to use crutches due to balance issues, upper body limitation or other issues. While some suppliers will bill your insurance company, many will provide you with a blank Letter of Medical Necessity for your doctor to complete. This will help you in submitting for consideration of reimbursement. Even if the knee scooter is not a paid benefit, it may count towards your deductible or be able to be charged to your healthcare spending account
  • Delivery and Return – You could try to find a local supplier with knee scooters in stock. Styles, price, quality and service vary greatly. Availability is limited and you could be placed on a waiting list. Even after you find a supplier it could require three visits to their location during their business hours to order, pick up and return the unit. Some stores will deliver to your home or hospital for a fee. An increasingly attractive option is ordering online and having the knee scooter shipped directly to your home, office or hospital room. Look for suppliers that offer free shipping. Once back on both feet, units can be easily returned via UPS or USPS mail. Having your knee scooter shipped directly to you is especially convenient if you are already injured, can’t drive, live in a rural location, have a busy schedule or other limitations.
  • Satisfaction Guarantee – Make sure you can return any knee scooter you rent or buy if it doesn’t fit your needs. Be cautious of suppliers that don’t even allow you to try it outside or offer less than a three day trial period.
  • Customer Service – When using your knee scooter and you have a question or a need (which you will), who will you call? Working with an expert that specializes in crutch alternatives should ensure a better experience offering knowledgeable staff available to answer questions and share tips. You may be alone with a “big box” supplier that has everything from beds to bedpans, with business hours that don’t coincide with your needs.

In summary, look for these for an ideal recovery:

  • Price
  • 8″ wheels
  • No deposit
  • Offset knee platform
  • Free, convenient shipping
  • Two adjustable knee pads
  • Rental fees apply to purchase
  • Folds for transportation and storage
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • No tools needed adjustment
  • Customer service
  • Large removable basket
  • Crutch Alternative Specialist
  • Returns

Recovering from surgery or injury can be a trying time and full of unexpected challenges. Choosing a knee scooter that helps you stay off your foot or ankle may help you heal more quickly, more completely and more correctly. Choosing the knee scooter that best fits your individual needs from the supplier that serves you best will allow you to maintain your active life, your lifestyle and your livelihood.

The Power of Anchoring in Happiness to Overcome Fear

After having completed a week of studying the chapter called “Self-Confidence” in Napoleon Hill’s 1925 edition of The Law of Success, I wanted to present a powerful tool for overcoming fear that was popularized in the latter part of the 20th Century. This tool is one anyone who can touch their body in any way can use. If you make diligent use of this simple little technique you will be able to overcome your fear of success or of failure. The result being that you will be able to achieve your goals.

First Step Is Complex Visualization

I’m sure you have heard of the importance of visualizing your goal to fix them firmly in your mind. Because the of the word “visualization,” people think they only need to form an image. Most don’t realize that fixing your goal firmly in mind also requires the incorporation of all your senses. For instance, if your goal is to have a loving relationship, form a scene in your mind of what that loving relationship would not only look like, but also the sounds, tastes, smells and touches involved. The most powerful addition to your image is your own personal feelings. Be sure and feel the emotions of love, acceptance, joy, desire in this relationship you want.

If your visualization is about money, form an image of all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, emotions and physical sensations of what having money is to you. If being wealthy involves good food and drink, smell the aromas, taste the savory or sweetness of what you put in your mouth, hear the background sounds of wherever you want to be enjoying this meal, feel the texture of the money in your hand, see your bank statement, experience the feelings of security that come with your money.

Second Step is Color

As you can tell, forming your visualization can take some time and, if done with full activation of all your senses, can be rather complex. You gather your total experience and link it to a color. What color represents for you the scene you so completely formed? If you are color blind and can only see shades of grey, choose a part of your image, say a wine glass, tree or twenty dollar bill that can bring to mind the entire scene. See this color or image overlay the deep sensory image you have developed.

Third Step is Anchoring in the Scene

You want a very quick action that anchors in your complex visualization. Your body is an information transmitter. Put information in your body and it will hold it there for you. This is a type of cellular memory. Make use of this power of your body by anchoring in your complex and complete sensory scene you developed. Touch your body while the scene in your mind is at its height with the color or single image you have selected to represent the whole. Bringing your thumb and forefinger together of one hand is what most people use. If you experience paralysis that prevents you from moving your fingers, press your lips together firmly, move your tongue in a particular way or even squeeze your eyes shut. Once you combine the physical anchor with the color or symbolic representation and anchor this into your body with some sort of physical touch, you have what you need to eliminate fear.

Forth Step Is Using the Positive to Extinguish the Fear

Now you are set for a very simple process that, when used regularly, will assist you in get rid of your fear. Note I wrote “simple.” I did not say this is easy. The simple process takes dedication and commitment.

Be sure you are not touching you body using your physical anchor. Now bring to mind your fear. Experience your feelings of fear. Now use your physical anchor, such as bringing your thumb and forefinger together. See the color or symbol you developed to represent your complex scene. Get in touch with all the sensory information of the scene that is positive for you. When the fear is gone, or at a very low level, release your physical anchor and repeat the process.

You can do this if you will make the time and effort to do so.

Foods That Heal – 7 Top Uses of Healing With Turmeric

We can use Turmeric, which is a common spice found in Asian Kitchens, to heal many common ailments. Listed below are 7 uses of turmeric.

1. Fever, Sinusitis, Cold– Take a steam inhalation with about 1/2 tsp of turmeric 3- 4 times in a day. This reduces body ache, fever. It also helps in opening up the sinuses and is very effective in a head cold. It is important to not expose oneself to air conditioner, fan or cool breeze at least for half an hour after you have taken the steam inhalation.

2. Cough and Phlegm– Drinking hot water with Turmeric 2 times a day helps in the fast healing of coughs, especially with phlegm. Some people advocate drinking hot milk with a pinch of turmeric. However, I have found the milk worsens the phlegm. So it is better to drink it in hot water.

3. Sore Throat– Hot water Gargling with a pinch of turmeric, salt and 2 drops of ghee (clarified butter) soothes sore throat and can bring about rapid healing. You can repeat this 3- 4 times in a day.

4. Open Cuts and Wounds– As soon as you have some kind of injury, sprinkle turmeric over it. It has antiseptic qualities and hastens the healing of wounds. You can also use it for healing of burns. It will not leave behind any scar tissue or unsightly marks after healing.

5. Constipation– Drink hot water with a pinch of turmeric, salt and ghee (clarified butter) just before you go to bed and early in the morning on an empty stomach. This will help in lubricating your intestines and also in cleansing it. Do not be sceptical of the simplicity here. It can cure the most stubborn constipation.

6. Beauty- A paste of turmeric, sandalwood and water can be used all over the body and face. You can use the raw turmeric here and grind it to make the paste. This leaves a glow on the skin. A paste using Ambehalad, a variety of turmeric, is very effective in healing acne, pimples etc. A pinch of turmeric added to any cream or facepacks also gives excellent results. It can also be applied to any unsightly scars, spots and marks on the face and body.

7. Natural Steroid– Turmeric has been found to be a natural steroid. What this means is that it has all the benefits of steroids without any of the side effect. Ingesting turmeric regularly in some form or the other can enhance your immunity and give energy and vitality throughout the day.

Turmeric is truly an amazing healing aid.

How to Successfully Escape Having Diabetes

Before panic gets in the way, people who are prone to diabetes should familiarize themselves with the disease. This is to avert depressing opinion entering their heads and so they can think visibly what to do. Having extensive information in relation to the state cannot only aid people to think clearly but can also supply them with what possibilities at hand.

If you suppose that you have greater probability of having diabetes, it is best to understand what it is, what are its kinds, the signs and symptoms to look for, how can it be diagnosed, and the therapies on hand for you. Knowing all these can assist you manage up with the disease and can additionally help you effectively handle or elude it.

Veering away from diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic health problem, which tends to be more complex and more rigorous as time goes by. This is why it is very vital not only to persons who are prone to it but to everybody to take note of the things that can help them veer away from the condition.

Just like in any state or illness, veering away from diabetes involves the development of healthful lifestyle. Professionals say that those persons who have decided to practice healthy routine have lower risks of getting the ailment even if they are prone to it. All they need to do is to make changes in their lifestyle including:

1. Diet plan. As the adage goes, “what you eat is what you are.” If you consume healthful foods and have correctly balanced foods, then you are healthier than folks who don’t do it. Experts warn persons who are prone to diabetes that if they do not want to develop this disease they ought to consume lots of fruits and veggies above all those that are non-starchy ones like green beans, broccoli, carrots, or spinach. If you are at risk for diabetes, you should eat whole grain foods such as brown rice plus whole-wheat pasta not processed grain products should be your main choice. Also take additional foods that has fish, lean meats, calorie-free drinks, and the like.

2. Heaviness issues. A person’s weight is also a considerable issue for people who are prone to diabetes. Experts say that folks who are flabby have greater risk for suffering from the disease because they know how to develop high resistance against insulin. If they don’t have adequate supply of insulin because of too much weight-responsible for making cells resistant to glucose-they can eventually develop diabetes.

3. Frequent training. A lot of specialists believe that persons who have normal set of training and workout have smaller chance of developing diabetes this is because it keeps a person fit and away from being obese. People who are at risk with diabetes should take into consideration implementing between themselves a routine that includes recurring keep fit at least once a week. It does not have to be a normal set that could be tedious or would take so much of your time such as saunter, jogging, swimming, cycling, doing household chores, or hobbies that require plenty of physical movements such as gardening.

4. Get rid of vices. Smoking and drinking alcohol are also among the factors that increase the risk of developing diabetes. This is essential particularly to those who have high risk for type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes because the toxins that enter the body make it harder for immune system to cope up.

Abdominal Fat – Why it is a Health Hazard

You have probably heard people referred to as apples or pears based on where they store their fat; pears have larger, jigglier hips and thighs while apples have rounder, firmer midsections with thinner legs. There are health issues associated with apple physiques. But on the plus side, belly fat is fairly easy to lose.

There are a few ways to determine your shape. You probably already know where you carry most of your weight, but if not take a look in the mirror. Another way is to measure your waist. Use a soft, non-stretchy tape measure to determine your waist measurement at your narrowest point. Do not suck in, do not pull the tape measure so that skin or fat hangs over it, and if you do not have a visibly smaller area go around your belly button. (Don’t lift up and go under your belly.) Women with a waist circumference greater than 35 inches and men with waists greater than 40 inches should lose some weight.

Going one step further, you can calculate your waist to hip ratio. Measure your hips at their widest part, generally near the pubic bone and your lower buttocks. Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement. For women this number should be less than 0.85 and less than 0.90 for men.

We all have two types of fat, although we tend to think predominantly just about subcutaneous (sub Q) fat. Sub Q fat is the jiggly, lumpy looking fat that lies just under the skin. Visceral fat is the unseen fat, the fat we can’t grab. It lies deep in the belly surrounding our organs.

Having an apple shape, or carrying more belly fat, puts you at a higher risk for cellular inflammation (thought to be at the root of heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune disorders), high blood pressure, heart disease, hardening of the arteries, migraines, diabetes, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and gallbladder problems.

Visceral fat differs from sub Q fat by being metabolically active. It produces hormones that make it harder for your body to use insulin and it can produce estrogen (even after menopause). These excess hormones disrupt the body’s normal balance.

How we deposit fat is determined by heredity, stress, and menopause. People under stress tend to gain weight. Their stress causes neurochemical changes including the release of cortisol, which is believed to cause fat storage in the belly. Another result of the chemical reactions of stress is that fat cells grow and multiply.

Menopause triggers you to store fat differently; fat deposits shift to your mid-section and away from arms, legs, and hips. In menopause your waist can grow even without you gaining weight.

The good news about belly fat is that it is generally easier to lose than sub Q fat. Reducing calories can trigger weight loss. Some studies show that substituting whole grains for refined grains changes the glucose/insulin response which makes it easier to mobilize and lose fat.

Spot exercises, like crunches, will not decrease your belly fat. However, once you have lost some fat (especially sub Q) you will look trimmer if you tone your abdominal muscles. Tip: crunches are not the best exercise for toning your abs. Bicycle crunches and many pilates moves work your muscles from more than one angle yielding better results.

Check your waist measurement. Pears tend to have less disease risk associated with their fat, but it is generally harder to lose weight from your hips and thighs. During menopause your fat may shift causing you to become an apple. Apple figures, despite their higher disease risk, have an easier time losing their belly fat; they can try cutting calories, exercising, and adding whole grains.

What To Do If You Have Perioral Dermatitis

COMBATING PERIORAL DERMATITIS

I suffered from a skin problem for a couple of years before finding out that it had a name. I’d get these ugly bumps around my mouth, under my nose and at the outer corners of my eyes. I’d put hydrocortisone on the irritation and it would go away briefly, then reappear a day or two later. Eventually it got to the point where I was using hydrocortisone cream almost daily.

It wasn’t until I began reading a book by a dermatologist named Dr. Jessica Wu called FEED YOUR FACE that I realized this condition had the name perioral dermatitis. In the book, she describes this condition and it matched my symptoms exactly.

To my horror, one of the causes of perioral dermatitis is the one thing that seemed to combat it: hydrocortisone cream! Ugh. I did some research and found that using hydrocortisone cream on the face is not recommended for a couple of reasons. One– it thins the skin. Another reason, is that it can cause perioral dermatitis, which is a chronic condition.â�¨Unfortunately, if you keep using hydrocortisone cream, it will become a terrible cycle and the rash will reappear, again and again, becoming worse over time.

This was particularly distressing to learn, because the hydrocortisone cream seemed to be the only thing I could find that would help calm my skin so I could look normal.

Even MORE horrifying in my opinion is that according to Dr. Wu another cause of perioral dermatitis is the DEMODEX MITE. Apparently, this mite lives on our skin-even healthy skin, but with perioral dermatitis it’s worse. According to PubMed one study found that the mites occurred in greater numbers in skin that had been exposed to topical steroids (hydrocortisone). Eek! If thinning skin and a rash wasn’t enough to get me off the stuff, the idea of skin mites certainly was. I have not put hydrocortisone cream on my face since, and I don’t plan to. Ever.

Years ago, a well-intentioned doctor, an internist, recommended that I use hydrocortisone on my acne. This doctor was not a dermatologist, however, so she apparently wasn’t aware that hydrocortisone thins the skin, and can cause the proliferation of skin mites. In that doctor’s defense, though, even my dermatologist has recommended hydrocortisone, in rare occasions, on the face. There’s a laser procedure that removes red spots on the skin and when I’ve had this procedure, my dermatologist has given me a small sample of hydrocortisone to soothe the redness. She did not tell me to use it on pimples, and she never recommended using it for extended periods of time, nor did she warn me of the potential risks of extended use, though.

I did use it for long periods of time, because the internist had recommended it and I erroneously assumed it was safe.

When I stopped using the hydrocortisone, the condition became overwhelming and unbearable. I looked so bad I didn’t want anyone to see me.

I went to my dermatologist and told her what I’d learned in Dr Wu’s book. She looked at my face and said that I did, indeed, have perioral dermatitis and that it was a chronic condition. She told me that the medicines she’d prescribe would probably work, but that they wouldn’t “cure” the condition; it would likely flare up periodically. Great.

She prescribed Minocyline, an oral antibiotic, and Protopic a topical antibiotic. Protopic is very expensive. My insurance didn’t cover it and it cost over $100 per tube.

I filled both prescriptions, but worried about the side effects and decided not to use them right away. Instead, I kept them as a last resort and did some internet scouring to find a few “natural” alternatives. I prefer not to take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary, because they kill the good bacteria that keep candida (yeast) in check. If you’ve ever had a yeast infection you certainly never want one again.

So, I tried just about everything suggested in the articles and on the forums dedicated to perioral dermatitis. Some of the recommendations were: stop using toothpaste with Floride, stop using anything with Sodium Laurel Sulphate, stop eating sugar and other high glycemic foods, and take omega 3s.

So, I brushed my teeth with baking soda. I washed my hair with vinegar and baking soda, because most shampoos have SLS and I used “natural” soap. I was already eating a low-glycemic diet, but I stopped allowing myself the occasional bit of raw honey or coconut sugar.

I also tried some non-toxic topical remedies I read about, including aloe vera gel directly from the plant, and apple cider vinegar applied to the rash. I also drank a bit of the vinegar in water a few times a day, which was also suggested.

The results were only so-so. The ACV applied directly onto the rash did help, but not reliably. Sometimes the rash would respond well and disappear after using it, and sometimes it wouldn’t’.

After three weeks of resisting the medications from the dermatologist, I finally did go ahead and try the Minocycline and Protopic. I ate lots of plain yogurt to avert a yeast infection. The Minocycline knocked the rash out within a few days and my skin looked amazing.

The Protopic also seemed to be effective, but did not like it at all. It’s oily and I found it messy. Also, it created a burning sensation on my skin. There was no actual burn. It was just an uncomfortable sensation that occurred after using the product. This burning would persist after the mediation had been removed, and was exacerbated by sunlight.

So, the bad news is that I did need the internal antibiotic. The good news is that in two years I have not had to repeat the antibiotic. The condition has flared up again, however, never as severely as was when I stopped using hydrocortisone to treat it.

I find that when I begin to get a few bumps from perioral dermatitis I can combat it if I drink ALOE VERA JUICE, which kills bad bacteria in the digestive system. I recommend pure aloe vera juice, the kind without added sugar. You don’t need that much, about 4 oz added to a glass of water (6 to 8 ounces) every other day seems to keep it in check for me. The juice does not taste very good, I’m sorry to say, but the results are good. If you have acne as well as perioral dermatitis you may find that the juice helps with pimples also. You can buy the aloe vera juice in a jug at Trader Joe’s. They also sell jugs of it at Wallmart, in the pharmacy section.

Another thing that seems to help keep the condition in check is a tiny amount of 5% benzoyl peroxide applied to the rash. In the past, I’ve avoided benzoyl peroxide and favored tea tree oil for acne, but I don’t find the tea tree oil as effective on perioral dermatitis. Dr. Wu cautions that acne medications exacerbate perioral dermatitis, but this has not been my experience with the benzoyl peroxide. It’s is a topical antibiotic and dermatologists are going to prescribe some kind of topical antibiotic for the condition, but it will likely be stronger and more expensive than benzoyl peroxide. If you’re reading this prior to visiting a doctor, you might try the aloe juice and a little benzoyl peroxide to see if that helps you first. For me, smallest amount, of benzoyl peroxide spread thinly on the rash works very well. And if I drink a bit of aloe juice every other day, I seem to avoid flare ups altogether.

I should also mention that I’m able to use toothpaste, shampoo and regular soap, without a problem. I’m not convinced that floride or SLS are causes of perioral dermatitis. They may, but it isn’t known for sure what actually causes the condition. It is, however, known that hydrocortisone makes it worse.

If you’ve got this condition I sincerely hope my recommendations are helpful. I know how miserable it is to have a rash on your face that doesn’t seem to get better. While I’m not an advocate of medicine, especially antibiotics, having gone through this, I do recommend that if your flare up is unmanageable, and your doctor prescribes it, take it and knock it out. Then maintain your clear skin as I’ve suggested. Hopefully, you won’t need to take the antibiotic again.

The Best Way To Deal With a Painful Pimple Inside Your Nose

If your skin is already prone to acne breakouts, at some time or another, you are going to get a pimple inside your nose. By this, I mean a pimple actually on the membrane of the inside of a nostril which is both uncomfortable and tricky to deal with. Sometimes pimples or sore places inside the nose can be caused by nose picking, especially amongst children who often have dirty hands and fingernails harbouring bacteria which then get transferred to the sensitive membrane of the nostril.

If you are a man who has to deal with hairs inside the nostrils as part of your personal grooming routine, plucking the hair or nicking the delicate inner membrane with the nose hair trimmers can easily start up an infection.

The inside of the nose is one of the most sensitive areas on our bodies and is full of very small blood vessels. Any infection which results in a swelling such as a pimple can quite literally make your eyes water! The swelling can cause the nostril to become blocked and may become so big that it is noticeable on the outside of the nose.

The best way to deal with a pimple in your nose:- Add a teaspoon of salt to a small container and pour in a small quantity of boiling water to dissolve it. When this has cooled, dip in a Q Tip (cotton bud) and squeeze out any surplus salt solution by pressing the bud against the inside rim of the container. Use the bud to gently clean the sore pimple and the surrounding area. If needed, repeat this operation with a clean cotton bud – you must not reuse the same one.

After this, use another clean, dry cotton bud to gently wipe the sore place dry before using another cotton bud to apply an antibiotic ointment directly onto the spot. Make certain that you are not allergic to the type of antibiotic in the cream you choose. As an alternative to antibiotic ointment, natural tea tree oil makes a great substitute as it is an antiseptic but you must be careful to use a very tiny amount because it will probably sting! Repeat the treatment morning and night or as per the instructions on the ointment pack.

The instructions given above should help you remedy a pimple in the nose quite quickly and if no improvement is seen you should get medical advice. Avoid future pimples by being very careful not to do anything that would irritate or scratch the delicate membrane inside the nose. If removing nose hair is part of your personal grooming routine, take extra care to avoid a recurrence of a nose pimple.

Healthy Diet for Hemorrhoids Prevention

Following a healthy diet for hemorrhoids prevention is not only great for colon and digestive health, but astounding for one’s entire body inside and out. People that eat a healthy diet feel fantastic inside while their outer appearance looks radiant. It will improve your overall quality of life.

Unhealthy fatty junk food and processed foods that lack nutritional value play a major role in poor colon and digestive health. Eating a high-fight and cholesterol diet could be setting you up for hemorrhoids to appear in or around the rectum and anus. This is condition people want to avoid.

Hemorrhoids develop as inflamed growths caused by a swollen vein or group of swollen veins located in and around the anal cavity.

The symptoms are extremely unpleasant to live with. Hemorrhoids cause a terrible stinging itch that has been described by some hemorrhoid sufferers as constant.

Scratching irritates hemorrhoids more, but if you have ever dealt with chronic itch you can understand why people scratch and scratch. It is a desperate attempt at gaining a very momentary feeling of relief.

I have been there when I had an external hemorrhoid once and later in life psoriasis had me scratching until I bled on occasion. Not a very delightful situation for any person to be in.

If hemorrhoid itch wasn’t enough agony for a person to endure add in chronic burning pain where walking, sitting or using the restroom can bring tears to your eyes.

Hemorrhoids are horrible and make what used to be simple everyday functions a painful exercise. Hemorrhoid patients hate the idea of having to move around because it is so difficult when you have severe inflammation of the rectum or around the anus opening.

A healthy diet for hemorrhoids prevention will cut the risk of the developing this health condition that affects millions of people a year. It also an extremely affordable diet that will save you money while improving your overall health.

Healthy Diet for Hemorrhoids Prevention

Drink at least 8 glasses (8 oz) of water a day.

Avoid processed food and unhealthy snacks.

Take a daily fiber supplement and multivitamin daily.

Eat fresh fruit and vegetables.

Take Fargelin Plum Flower Pills to improve colon health (check with your doctor before using).

Eat plenty of foods made from whole grains and bran.

Add a delicious variety of beans, lentils and brown rice as side dishes to baked or grilled skinless chicken or fish.

Cut way back on red meat and when you do eat it choose extra lean cuts or extra lean ground beef.

Snack on your favorite raw unsalted nuts and seeds.

Using a natural colon cleanse maintains regular healthy bowel movements (check with your doctor before using).

This is simple for anyone to do and will help prevent hemorrhoids from developing due to irregularity and chronic constipation. I’ve been eating like this for 6 months now and feel more energetic. My bowel movements are like clockwork.

A major cause of my hemorrhoids was constantly struggling and straining to pass a bowel movement. The increased pressure to the veins located inside of the rectum and around the anus is forced to expand unnaturally leading to painful anal area inflammation.

My past diet was a Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino®, raspberry scone or butter croissant to go for breakfast on the way to the office. Lunch was fast food or one of the casual dining chains located around the office. I would drink Diet Coke throughout the work day instead of water.

When I got home our dinners were based on a kid friendly menu. We ate plenty of macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, fish sticks, fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, hot dogs, pizza, and breaded chicken patties. It became our normal diet routine while watching television.

I feel that you need to eat foods that are not the healthiest choices from time to time. I have a decadent dinner once a month to feed a food craving for tasty edibles like extra cheese Chicago style deep dish pizza, fettuccini alfredo, cobb salad with blue cheese dressing, chile rellenos, corned beef on rye with Russian dressing and a tasty desert.

The rest of the month I stick to eating healthy and keep exercising on a regular schedule. I’ve had hemorrhoids once in my life and never want to go through that dreadful experience again. It had such a negative impact on my way of life that I ended being depressed as well as being in constant pain and discomfort.

Taking care of your digestive and colon health starts with a healthy hemorrhoids prevention diet like this one that cuts the risk of ever having to experience painful anal itch. It’s not going to be easy to change your eating habits overnight, in time it will become easier and easier to eat healthy.

An Itchy Penis? Could Be Folliculitis

It never fails that a guy will suddenly develop an incredibly itchy penis at the most inopportune time – when trying to impress a woman, in the middle of a crucial sales pitch, you name it. The causes of an itchy penis are many, but one that is often overlooked is called folliculitis. Even people who take pains to ensure proper penis health may become a scratch-crazy victim of this common condition.

What is it?

The name folliculitis makes this condition sound much scarier and more serious than it is. Don’t worry, men: folliculitis is just an infection of the hair follicles. It happens when bacteria or a fungus gets into the follicle and sets up house. Although this article is looking at folliculitis on the penis and in the crotch, it can occur anywhere on the body.

Folliculitis isn’t dangerous, and it’s quite treatable, but it can be annoying and inconveniencing. It can create a red rash or a “bumpiness” to the skin. The condition is rarely painful, but it can be extremely itchy, in some cases making a guy want to scratch his manhood like there’s no tomorrow.

Where does it come from?

As mentioned, the cause of folliculitis is bacteria or a fungus. Both of these tend to breed in an environment that is hot and moist. The pubic area fits that description to a “t.”

That said, there are some “risk factors” that make people more likely to develop folliculitis. These include:

– Overusing the hot tub. Folliculitis is sometimes called “hot tub rash” because it develops more readily when the skin is exposed to hot water for an extended period of time. It’s not unusual for the infection to appear within 72 hours of spending too much time in the Jacuzzi.

– Other skin conditions. When a person has acne or dermatitis, it increases the chances that hair follicles will become infected.

– Going too tight on the tighty-whiteys. When people wear clothing that is too tight – underwear, skinny jeans, etc. – the heat rises in the crotch. When the heat is trapped for too long, it increases the likelihood of folliculitis sneaking in.

– Overweight. Men who need to shed some extra pounds are more likely to develop a follicle infection – most likely because the added padding tends to increase heat and sweat, which infection craves.

– Shaving too close. Manscaping is bigger than ever and many men enjoy shaving their pubes to better present their manly packaging. Sometimes, however, shaving too close can create irritation that leads to infection. The irritation is increased when newly-shaved skin rubs up against fabrics, especially those that are a bit rough.

What to do

Often, folliculitis will resolve of its own accord. It can be helped along by gently washing the area with an antibacterial soap once or twice a day. (Be sure to dry thoroughly by gently patting the skin with a towel – not be vigorously rubbing it back and forth.) An over-the-counter antibiotic ointment may also be applied.

It’s also a good idea to avoid further irritation of the area. Wearing loose clothing of soft material can help. If a man shaves his crotch, he should avoid doing this until the condition clears up.

If the folliculitis is persistent, a doctor may need to prescribe stronger oral antibiotics.

While folliculitis is present, an itchy penis is bound to be an issue. To help relieve the need to scratch, a man should apply a first class penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) to the penis. It’s essential that the crème helps to hydrate the skin, which will in turn lessen the need to itch. For this reason, select a crème that includes a combination of a high end emollient like Shea butter and a natural hydrating element like vitamin E. Since heat and moisture tend to go hand-in-hand with folliculitis, it’s a good idea to ensure that the crème also contains vitamin A. Heat and moisture tends to produce penis odor, and vitamin A has properties which help to fight excessive “man smell.”

Why Choose a Cowhide Rug for Your Lifestyle?

Need a nice quality stylish rug for your lifestyle, but tired of your rugs wearing out or even unraveling on the ends when you run the vacuum over it, long before they have paid for themselves? Then it’s time for to look at purchasing a cow hide rug for your home or office.

Never let yourself be miss led when thinking about a cowhide rug. Most people fall victim to the thinking that a cow hide rug belongs in homes in Texas or on a ranch. Well times are a changing, and that’s not the case anymore.

Many people assume that all cowhide rugs are the same. As a result, they purchase low priced rugs that crack and shed within a few years. Cowhide is a very tough and resilient product. When properly taken care of they will last a lifetime. Hard to tear or puncture, and will never come unraveled on the ends. The natural oils on a cowhide help resist stains and dirt, which is a plus in a home with animals or little ones.

A cowhide rug is also hypo allergenic, so if you have a loved one that suffers from allergies this rug will not cause issues or flare ups. Making a cowhide rug an easy choice from other synthetic rugs.

With modern technology making a cowhide into something that will fit any lifestyle in any town or city, has become easy.

Natural cowhides are all different in themselves. Coming from the hide of a cow, no two are alike. So even if you stay up with the trend of a cowhide rug in your home, it will not be just like your neighbors!

The styles to choose from are endless. Even exotic options are out there. Now a days you can choose from zebra print, tiger print, leopard and the list goes on and on. With quality and care a cowhide can be dyed into just about any pattern.

If you prefer the look of a nice even rug, cowhides can fill that role also. Many places offer round or oval cow hide rugs, with designs on them. It is becoming ever more popular to cut separate pieces of cowhide to mix and match, then sowing the pieces together to make a design. Results have been stunning and still high quality.

Cowhides are also not just for the floor anymore. They have become favorites as wall hangings. Whether they are hung alone on the wall or used as a back drop for pictures, they can take a dole boring wall, into the focal point of the room. They are very versatile and becoming very popular in all walks of life.

Bulimia Side Effects – The Effects of Bulimia on Your Health – Nurse’s Guide

Between six and ten million adolescent and teenage girls and women have eating disorders. More than one million males have an eating disorder and the numbers are rising. Eating disorder treatment doctors and centers have become increasingly common.

The three most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. They are all thought to be due to a coping mechanism. These disorders all involve an obsession with food and/or with weight. Guilt and anxiety about eating can cause adverse effects on an eating disorder patient’s health, both physical and psychological.

Over other eating disorders, bulimia nervosa is known to cause fewer bad health effects than anorexia nervosa. This is because the effects of binge eating and purging are less serious than the medical complications of starvation and malnutrition that effect anorexics.

However the effects of bulimia nervosa can be quite serious. Bulimia can be fatal. The dangerous use of laxatives and the abuse of ipecac syrup and the serious effects of binge eating, can result in health conditions that require serious eating disorder treatment.

Vomiting risks and dangers in bulimia nervosa: Vomiting over and over can result in metabolic alkalosis, which is an imbalance in the acid/base balance of the body. These effects can range from slowed breathing (and can include apnea, which means you stop breathing during sleep) to irritability of your heartbeat or an irregular heartbeat. You can get convulsions and go into a coma.

There are some obvious effects that repeated vomiting has on the teeth. The acid in your stomach acid can gradually erode your dental enamel. It can discolor your teeth and cause a lot of dental cavities. While dental enamel erodes over time your teeth can become more sensitive to hot and/or cold foods, beverages and other liquids.

Because of the frequent vomiting you can also aspirate fluid into your lungs. This can cause serious damage to your lung tissue. This vomited material can cause pneumonia and respiratory distress.

Adverse effects of ipecac syrup: Many bulimics induce vomiting with ipecac syrup. The adverse side effects from using ipecac syrup over and over can be serious. Ipecac misuse and abuse can cause muscle weakness and an abnormal, and potentially dangerous, rapid heart rate. Ipecac abuse can cause cardiomyopathy, which is a condition in which the heart muscle can no longer pump enough blood. This has killed many bulimics.

Dangers of laxative use: Laxatives are often used and abused by bulimics. Laxatives are used to quickly get rid of food ingested while they are binge eating. Many bulimics have developed laxative dependency. The side effects of laxative misuse include constipation, dehydration and painful, bleeding hemorrhoids.

Using laxatives for a long time can affect the normal functioning of the bowel and colon. Getting the bowel function back to normal can take many weeks after the laxatives are discontinued. In some bulimics with heavy use, it may require surgery to gain back their bowel function.

Electrolyte imbalances and laxatives: Laxatives can cause hypokalemia, which is a low potassium level in the blood. This can lead to an electrolyte imbalance.

Using laxatives, diuretics, and other binging/purging techniques keep the body from its proper level of electrolyte minerals.

Electrolytes are important for getting the right electric signals in the heart. This is one of the most serious risks of electrolyte imbalance in bulimia. This heart arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat is a significant danger. Heart problems are the leading cause of death in bulimia nervosa.

Risk and other side effects of bulimia binge eating: Binge eating can cause the lining of the esophagus or stomach to tear or rupture from the pressure of eating/vomiting.

Other adverse effects of binge eating include ulcers, and acid reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.

These are a few of the most serious bulimia side effects or bulimia adverse effects. If you think you have bulimia nervosa or know that you do, seeking bulimia treatment or eating disorder treatment as soon as possible will help stop the bad health effects of bulimia nervosa. You can do it! Many before you have done it including well-known celebrities like Jane Fonda. Why not start on the path right now to getting help!

What Are the Side Effects of a Depression Treatment Drug and How Do I Deal With It?

Zoloft is a prescribed drug that is used to cure extreme cases of depression which has severe symptoms like loss in interest, no hope in life, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances and so on. If Zoloft is not taken with care and precaution there is a very high chance of damaging your physical and emotional well being. Therefore, when taking in medication, do be careful and only consume the required amount.

Like all other prescribed drugs, this one comes with its share of side effects to. As it is a strong drug, the effects are a lot more severe than headaches and slight temperatures. The Zoloft side effects have been divided into two categories.

Common effects:

  • Minor weight reduction
  • Vision problems, sleepiness, tremors, anxiety
  • Decrease sex drive, ejaculation problems
  • Abdominal pains, dizziness, fatigue, increased sweating, insomnia, nausea
  • Constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, muscle aches

Less common side effects:

  • Hypomania
  • Heighten depression and can lead to suicide
  • Internal bleeding

With all these symptoms and possibilities, there are many ways to deal with these side effects. As the most common problems are indigestion and such, it can be treated by altering your diet. Avoid food which would irritate your digestions, consult a dietician and find out what you should eat. Aside from that, drinking plenty of fluids especially water can help in constipation and also decrease any tremors and tingling sensations.

Furthermore, before consuming Zoloft, check your family history and see if there are any traces of bipolar, seizures, kidney, thyroid or liver diseases. If yes, then Zoloft should be completely avoided. Also, to stay clear of the side effects from occurring, try to not take in Zoloft frequently. Instead allow yourself to work around it instead of being dependent on it, sooner or later; it could cause more serious damage.