Revitalize Your Small Business By Avoiding The ‘Maturity’ Trap

If you listen to business commentators on TV, you’ll often hear them mentioning a

“mature” business or product as if it were the kiss of death. It is! When your business is mature, it can stop growing and begin a downward spiral.

How do you avoid this descent to oblivion?

You look for ways in which you can keep your business moving and growing.

Check for these signs that your business is maturing:

* You’ve stopped investing in the business. When you start a new business, you plough

many of the profits right back into the business for advertising and marketing, to hire staff, buy new technology and equipment and you focus on research and development. When these processes slow or stop, it’s a sign your business is mature.

* A lack of enthusiasm. In the early days of your business, not only did it consume all

your waking hours and thoughts, you also couldn’t wait to try new things. Now, you

just want to get through the day.

* You don’t see any opportunities to grow your business – in fact you’re not even looking for them. You’re happy with the way things are, or you’ve told yourself that you should be happy.

Set New Goals For Your Business

One way to reinvigorate your business is to set new goals for your business.

How much growth do you want to achieve in your business this year? What kind of growth should it be? Many small business people never think in terms of goals and growth for their business, but growth is VITAL. Not only should you define your goals, you should also make them goals which will be somewhat difficult to reach.

One of the reasons small businesses don’t think of growth is a lack of experience and

research. They spend so much time working in the nitty gritty of the day to day events in the business that they don’t have time to explore new ideas and opportunities.

Find Someone To Help Your Business To Grow

Just reading an article or even a good book may not be enough to get you – and keep you – on the road to success. We tend to function best when we have others to challenge us, push us beyond our comfort zone, and provide the support we need to achieve more than we believe we can.

Just as athletes have coaches, you could benefit from a coach for your business. Talking with someone who isn’t involved in your business helps you to see the business from a new perspective, and helps you to create plans from this perspective.

A business coach can not only help you to reinvigorate your business, but the benefits

will flow over into the rest of your life too.

Your coach should get you excited and help you to see your business in a new way. A good coach will help you get beyond frustration, get focused and create SMART goals.

These tips will work not only to get you past the maturity trap but they can help a newer business avoid it as well.

To your success!

The Simoncini Effect and Cancer – Baking Soda – Unlikely Cancer Cure

Despite the fact that allopathic medicine is poisoning and killing millions of people around the world every year, the wisdom and power of the alternative medical community is being deliberately hidden by the mainstream medical authorities and the massive pharmaceutical companies that stand behind them. Simple and powerful substances that can and do cure cancer and many other diseases are carefully kept out of the public eye. Physicians who dare use these substances risk ridicule, banishment, and sometimes even criminal charges.

A CHEAP, EASY CURE?

One simple and unlikely substance that seems to have proven itself to be a potent weapon against cancer and many other diseases, is sodium bicarbonate – Baking soda. The only problem with it is, it’s cheap! No profit in it for any pharmaceutical company. So its use against cancer is normally limited to its inclusion with the drugs administered in conventional chemotherapy. Without it, the patient would die. No one ever asked if removing the chemo chemicals and just using the Baking Soda would cure the cancer.

A DOCTOR WHO BELIEVES IN IT

Until one doctor did! Dr Tullio Simoncini asked that question. And attempted to prove that the logic was correct. Dr Simoncini, a board certified oncologist placed his career on the line by abandoning all conventional cancer therapies and electing instead, to administer sodium bicarbonate. The successes he reported were nothing short of phenomenal!

Doctor Simoncini claimed a cure rate of 90% of breast and bladder cancers in an unbelievable 6 days of treatment! Dr Simoncini has claimed similar successes against stomach (the procedure here is so simple you could conceivably do it yourself), orolarynx (again a very simple treatment), liver, intestine, spleen, pancreas, brain, lung, bladder, prostate, skin, psoriasis, and other cancers. The International Medical Veritas Association has fully endorsed his treatment protocols.

OPPONENTS LAUNCH THEIR ATTACK

The conventional cancer clique, sensing the threat to their enormous profit center, were swift to react. They attacked with virulent ferocity. Seizing on the death of a patient in his care, without regard for the actual cause of death, they unrelentingly pursued him until they managed to get him barred from the practice of medicine.

ALTERNATIVE PHYSICIANS UNCONVINCED

Alternative physicians engaged in treating cancer are very cautious in their evaluations of Dr Simoncini’s theories. Dr Simoncini contends that cancer is a fungus, and therefore the acidic fungi comprising the tumor can be destroyed in the presence of a strong alkaline substance. Most alternative physicians regard the tumor as merely a byproduct of cancer and tend to ignore it, preferring to focus on getting at the cancer cells themselves.

CONFUSION REIGNS

So what are our choices? Current conventional cancer treatments are flawed, futile, and expensive. It makes no sense to use a known carcinogen (chemo chemicals) to cure cancer. Radiation causes cancer and surgery releases cancer cells into the bloodstream. But these treatments are all highly profitable; much more than the twelve cents worth of baking soda it takes to destroy a tumor. And at worst, it could be no better than the conventional methods now in use. The jury is out on this.

NO STUDIES AND FLAWED STUDIES

The mainstream medical community continues to deny the validity of Dr Simoncini’s protocol on the flimsy grounds that he has never conducted any ‘studies” of his theories. At the same time, half hearted “studies” have been conducted on mice with an eye to disproving Dr Simoncini. It’s easy to skew a study in any direction you want it to go. The pharmaceutical industry does it all the time. But no studies have ever been conducted on humans even though it would be incredibly simple and safe to do so. Why not? What are they afraid of?

History of Chinese Dwarf Hamsters

Chinese Dwarf Hamsters (or simply Chinese Hamsters) are natives of Southern China and Mongolia. They belong, unlike the other dwarf hamsters, to the genus Cricetulus. Their full scientific name is Cricetulus barabensis griseus.

In comparison with the other dwarf hamster species, these animals have bodies that are long and narrow. People who see them for the first time often think that they are a rat or a mouse rather than a hamster. Not only is their face long like a mouse, but they also have a long tail – well, long as compared to other hamster tails.

They are also different than the other dwarf hamsters in that Chinese dwarf hamsters are pretty good climbers. Their feet are able to grip much better than those of the other dwarfs, and they can wrap themselves tightly around vertical poles – such as your finger.

The total length of their body, including their head, is 4 in (10 cm), which makes them one of the longer dwarf hamster species. Their tails are about 1 inch to 1 5/16 inches long (25-34 mm); and they weigh between 1 3/8 and 1 5/8 ounces (39-46 g). They live for between one and a half and three years, which is pretty typical of dwarf hamsters.

Whereas some of the other dwarf species have multiple coat colors and patterns, the Chinese dwarf hamster so far has one different color variation. The standard color is called agouti, meaning that the hairs change colors from black at the base of the hair to brown at the tip of the hair. The pattern that is called dominant spot is mostly white, though can have dark spots on its flanks. Both animals have a dark streak that extends from their shoulders to their tails.

Chinese hamsters were used in scientific laboratories before they became pets. They were first used in 1919, and have been used to study pneumonia, influenza, diphtheria, and rabies. For a long time, the hamsters would not reproduce in captivity. In fact, it was this problem that led scientists to look for another type of hamster to use. This search resulted in the capture of the Syrian hamster.

These little critters – yes, Chinese hamsters – have caused men to go to jail. In 1948, right before the communist takeover of China, Dr. Hu of the Peking Union Medical college gave some specimens to Dr. Robert Watson to take to the Harvard Medical school. The animals were literally smuggled into the United States, and both scientists were accused of war crimes by the Chinese government, who thought that the hamsters were part of a biological weapons program. Dr. Hu, in fact, was imprisoned.

Later, in 1957, an ovary was isolated from a Chinese hamster, and the cells were reproduced. Since then, these cells have been reproduced over and over. And the CHO – Chinese Hamster Ovary cells have been used to create an incredible number of drugs, treating everything from infertility to hemophilia to cancer.

So while you play with your pet, realize that his or her ancestors have played an unprecedented role in advancing medicine.

How Different Collar Styles on Leather Jackets Can Change Your Looks

For changing your look, you may not need an extreme makeover. Just a slight tweak in your everyday clothes could do wonders. Wardrobe should always be picked carefully, as it tells a lot about your personality. The same person may look a lot different in clothes that suit him and just any normal outfit. Sometimes even a small change can make a big difference. When it comes to jackets, you can make a lot of variations. For some people, jackets add up a lot in their look. There are different kinds of jackets, the most popular being leather jackets.

There are different colors to choose from, different types of leather, different ways for the jacket to fasten and the list just goes on. If there is one item that may look small but have a huge impact on your look, it is the collar.

There are a lot of collar styles in jackets. Collars have been an important part of shirts and jackets since the middle ages. The difference is only of style. Collars of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are obsolete now. Nowadays, jackets with collars worn even a few decades earlier seem to give an unusual look. Due to the ever increasing demand and vividness in fashion, there are a number of collar styles available in the market.

Jackets that come with double collars are loaded with attitude. They are really warm and fight off the cold and merciless winters. In some jackets, the collar is removable.For keeping you even warmer, there are double fur collars. They have fur on the outer collar and leather on the inner one. The leather collar isn’t much visible behind the fur collar. These jackets are meant for cold climates, snowfalls and the like. They come in both original fur and black colors.

If you are looking for something that you can wear the entire year, then stand collars are for you. As their name signifies, these collars stand straight just like high necks. The zipper ends either below the collar or goes all the way to the very end. Drape collars are also a growing trend these days. These collars stand straight up at the back of the neck and have a double folding on the chest. This gives a smooth softening look. There are also snap collars, which are found mostly in motorcycle jackets. Some even have nickel silver buttons on top and hidden zippers for a clean look.

Whichever style you go for, be sure to check the rest of the leather jacket as well. It should always be of the required quality. The collar style may not do much if the jacket had some minor or major defects. You can look up different collar styles from the internet and visualize (or better yet, Photoshop) yourself as how you would look with the new collar. Moreover, you should have your needs carved out beforehand, so you get a jacket that serves your ultimate purpose of fashion, warmth or maybe both.

The Irish in The Lancashire Cotton Mills

If your Irish ancestors sailed to England in the mid nineteenth century to escape the ravages and aftermath of the famine, there is a strong possibility that they would have arrived at the port of Liverpool. Many of these immigrants stayed in Lancashire and found work in the cotton mills.

By 1830, there were nearly six hundred cotton mills in Lancashire employing a total of over 110,000 people. The towns and cities housing the mills were home to the largest concentration of Irish people to be found in England in the mid 19th century.

Some of the Irish population had settled here in the early 1800s, but the main influx arrived in the 1840s and 1850s as a direct result of the potato famine. They formed their own communities, united by their culture and Roman Catholicism. They suffered racial abuse, fuelled by the growing influence exerted by the Protestant anti- Catholic Orange Order. English people saw the Irish as the cause of their region’s poverty. This strong anti-Irish feeling led to riots in Oldham in 1861, with similar riots in Stockport, to the south of Manchester.

The impoverished migrants formed a large part of the workforce in the mills. For example, in Preston, a quarter of the Irish men accounted for in the 1871 census were employed in the mills, as were a high proportion of the women and children. Desperately poor, with ragged clothing and living in hovels, they were forced to accept the low wages and terrible working conditions in order to feed their large families.

By the middle of the century, when cotton was being mass-produced mechanically, the mill machinery was powered by coal, which was transported down the canals. Although coal was a cheap way to fuel the machinery, it polluted the atmosphere. As a result, the mill towns of Lancashire were very unhealthy places to live and work. A cloud of smoke from the tall chimneys of the factories permanently shrouded Manchester and respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma were very common. In the factories themselves, the atmosphere was thick with cotton lint and dust and headaches and sickness were common.

The American Civil War interrupted the successful level of productivity of the cotton mills in the mid nineteenth century, when the Unionists from the Northern states blockaded the cotton from the Confederate Southern States. The depression that this caused in the early 1860s became known as the Cotton Famine and caused the downfall of some of the mills. The Lancashire cotton mill workers supported the Northern States, despite the possible effect this could have on their jobs and were praised by future president, Abraham Lincoln, who referred to their support as, “an act of sublime Christian heroism”.

One mill that survived the depression was the Redhill Street mill in Manchester, built in 1818. With its eight storeys, it was the tallest iron framed building in the world at the time and employed, ” some 1500 hundred workers, labouring 69 hours a week, with a wage of 11 shillings”, according to a contemporary writer. Over eleven hundred of these workers were women and children.

One of the largest mills was on Cambridge Street. The mill was driven by a beam engine and boasted its own gas lighting system, with the gas supplied through storage tanks kept in the basement. Cambridge Street employed six hundred workers in its loom shed and over three times this number to carry out the spinning and weaving.

In most of the cotton factories, a third of the workers were children, some as young as six years old. They were cheap to employ as they were paid just over two shillings a week. The adult workers were paid up to ten times this amount so it was economically sensible to employ as many children as possible.

The youngest children were employed as scavengers. They would crawl under the moving machinery to retrieve the pieces of loose cotton. Life expectancy was short, with many of the children dying in accidents with the machinery. Many of the survivors were permanently crippled from the long hours spent crouching. They worked an average of fourteen hours a day and were fed on oatmeal.

There were many different occupations within the cotton mills. As well as the more common occupations of spinner, weaver, carder and so on, you may encounter a variety of less obvious terms as you track down your ancestors in the Lancashire census returns of the nineteenth century.

The most usual occupations for the smaller children were scavenger, as described above, and piecer, or piecener. The latter was a term used to describe a child who watched for broken threads and deftly joined them together again.

A slubber was a term for a worker in the cotton spinning industry; beetlers and flax dressers prepared the flax prior to spinning. The main spinning machine was the Mule, invented by Samuel Compton. Hence you may come across a mule spinner or spinster among your ancestors. Someone described as a cloth picker, linter, or lugger worked as a cloth finisher.

Stokers, or stoakers, fuelled the boilers with the coal that produced the steam power to work the machines. The processes carried out on the fuel-driven machines were watched carefully by workers referred to as self-acting minders.

Lowpaid supervisors called tacklers, overseers or overlookers carried out the discipline and checking of the workforce. A cotton master also had a supervisory role. Other occupations included cotton room hand and twister. Tenters, also known as tenter hookers, hung out the cotton cloth for drying on a made by a tenter frame maker.

Finally, as well as being the home of the cotton mills themselves, many of the machinery parts for the mills were also produced in factories in the same area. In the mid-nineteenth century, Brownsfield Mill, for example, in the Ancoats district of Manchester, supplied surrounding towns with mill machinery, spindles, and so on, as well as producing parts for related trades such as dyeing and bleaching.

5 Ways To Have Stronger More Physically Fit Children – They Will be Happier and Healthier

As many of you know, my book “The Barbarian’s Guide to Success” talks about not only making more money, but it also talks about having a successful family. Part of a successful family, is having successful children.

I was talking to a Phys. Ed. coach in a public school the other day. He was telling me some amazing things about the children he coaches. Apparently most of the children are in horrible shape. He was telling me that he has children twist their ankles when running on the track on a regular basis. Most have problems with any physical activity.

I heard a story on the news a few months ago that said the Army had to change its workout program in basic training because new recruits were getting stress fractures from the exercise. Now folks, all they do in calisthenics. Push ups and sit ups and jumping jacks. Stress fractures from that!

When I was a child we had to run laps regularly. We played hard, and were embarrassed to ask to go to the nurse. If one of us had to go to the nurse from running on the track we would have never lived it down.

My point is not that children should make fun of each other, but that many of our children are wimps.

I read an article a few years ago about how attitudes toward child rearing are changing. According to the article, fathers traditionally encouraged children to do things that were physical and mothers, traditionally, wanted to protect children from the potential harm that comes with such activity. I know this is not 100% true, as my mother encouraged me to play sports if I wanted to, but the article did say in general. According to the article, fathers are not encouraging their children as much. They are trying to protect the children more, much like what mother traditionally do. The result, kids that do very little or no exercising. Children that complain at the mildest ache or pain. In short, out of shape wimps. I did not believe it, but it seems to be coming true.

Now I know that you don’t want your child to be a wimp, so here are a few things to help get them in batter shape:

1.Throw out the video games and turn the “boob tube” off. To many kids are spending to much time in front of the TV.

2.Cook meals and keep tabs on what your child eats. I know it is hard sometimes, but if you don’t keep track they will be eating nothing but honey buns and Ho-Ho’s. BTW Boston Market’s non-fried chicken is as bad or worse than other restaurants. Eating out should be a treat not the norm. Cook a meal and sit down as a family and eat. Your children will be healthier, both physically and mentally.

3. Along the lines of number 2, pack a lunch. School lunches are the worst and most children eat out of a vending machine at school. Take a few minutes and pack a lunch, its worth it. They’ll do better in school and be healthier and happier.

4.Teach your younger children to ride their bike and make your older ones play some sports. The older kids don’t have to be sports stars, but make them play tennis or swim or SOMETHING.

5. Kick the kids out of the house. Make them go out and play. To many children spend to much time indoors. Too much sun is harmful, but too little is as well, Savvy?!?

So make the kids get stronger. Make them run and play. Forget the video games. If they want to shoot something they can do it with cap guns. (Don’t tell me about the teen shooting stories on the news. Every single one of my friends and I played with cap guns and none of us killed someone. The problem with those kids ain’t toy guns, it is something way more serious.)

At the end of the day, make them move. They need it.

And with that I will say

Get the Barbarian Mind Set and keep it. Stay trú to yourself and your family, the rest will take care of itself.

Daily Routine of a Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy is one of the most variable practices in medicine and as such, the daily routine of the therapist is changed dependent on the patient’s condition. To better understand the typical routine it is important to understand the role of a physiotherapist which can be defined as follows –

To administer treatments to patients suffering from a range of physical ailments and disorders that impairs the ease of everyday life. Physiotherapy can be used to combat the effects of many conditions including –

· Cystic Fibrosis

· Multiple sclerosis

· Back problems including Sciatica and scoliosis

· Arthritic conditions

· Muscular tears and injuries

The treatments enacted help the patient move better and feel less pain from their inflictions and is often vital as part of a process of rehabilitation. Physical therapy has also become very popular as a tool in maintaining the fitness level and muscular condition of athletes.

Typical Tasks

As mentioned previously this discipline is varied depending on the patient and condition; however there are key processes that are involved with the role including –

Assessment – Upon receiving a patient the therapist will be required to assess their abilities and limitations. Once these are highlighted the therapist will plan out a course of treatments and exercises to rectify the condition.

Administering treatments– A physical therapists main role is to use a number of techniques to improve the muscles that are affected by the patient’s condition. The key to these treatments is the manipulation of the muscles through massages, stretches, movement exercises and breathing techniques.

Rehabilitation -Those suffering from severe injuries or recovering from serious operations will often need to undergo a course of rehabilitation to aid their recovery. A therapist is vital in rehabilitation and carries out tasks such as teaching people to walk again.

Equipment allocation– Due to recent technological advancements in the field professionals have begun to use many aids to help hasten their patients recovery. Therapists now make use of Hydrotherapy, treadmills, temperature controlled devices and electrotherapy to help improve patients movement.

Education– A large proportion of the role now involves liaising with the patient and their family/support group and explaining the techniques that they can carry out on their own to improve the condition. It is also common for physiotherapists to hold community classes espousing the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise.

Administration– A vital part of any therapist’s job is to maintain succinct records on their patient’s progression. They will also be required to meet with other significant professionals of the patient’s treatment team to ascertain the best course for further treatments.

Why Is Thiamin So Important?

What Is Thiamin?

Known as Vitamin B1, thiamin was the very first B-Vitamin discovered. As an integral part of the B-complex spectrum of vitamins, thiamin is primarily involved in energy metabolism – turning foods into a useable energy source for the body, known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). All of the B-vitamins work together to produce ATP, and each different vitamin is also involved in more specific aspects of the human body. Thiamin helps support healthy nerves and a healthy heart, is involved in positively influencing mood, and is also now considered useful for soothing heartburn.

How does Thiamin Work?

Besides playing an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein, thiamin is also necessary to maintaining heart health. The human heart pumps blood in and out of its chambers numerous times a day, feeding blood through vessels to the various parts of the human body – it is the hardest working organ in the human body. Regular daily intake of Thiamin is essential to people suffering from congestive heart failure (CHF) because it has been shown to improve the heart’s “pumping power.” Thiamin has been found in very low levels in those people with CHF. Long term use of diuretic drugs, which are often prescribed to CHF patients, deplete the body’s storage of Thiamin. One study of CHF patients on diuretics showed that taking at least 200 mg. of Thiamin each day for 6 weeks improved the heart’s pumping power by 22%.

Not only does Thiamin help support a healthy working heart, it also helps promote healthy nerve function throughout the body. Although there are a number of diseases that affect nerve health, diabetics especially suffer from nerve damage, if the disease is uncontrolled, resulting in a numbing of the extremities, usually detected first as a tingling in the hands and/or feet. Thiamin may be used to support overall nerve health, ultimately minimizing numbness and tingling and helping to protect against this condition.

Often recommended by health professionals for mood disorders, the intake of Thiamin to boost mood is valuable, even when the vitamin is not deficient in the body. One study of a group of college-age women who were not deficient in Thiamin reported improved mood, energy and alertness after just 2 months of taking 50 mg. of Thiamin a day. And yet another study showed that taking 10 mg. of thiamin each day for 3 months improved energy levels in the elderly, along with lowered blood pressure, healthy weight loss and an improved quality of sleep. Recent reports claim that Thiamin may be helpful in treating the memory-loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, although this has not yet been fully proven.

Like all of the B-complex Vitamins, the body requires a steady dose of Thiamin each day to function at optimal levels because it is water-soluble. Deficiency can have a negative effect on mood, including increased irritability and depression, as well as result in increased muscle fatigue. Severe deficiency results in a condition known as beriberi, resulting in nerve damage, muscle loss, loss of mental abilities, paralysis and eventually death. Since Thiamin is a water-soluble vitamin, any excess that is taken in and not used by the body, will simply be excreted in the urine, so toxicity is not a concern.

Thiamin is commonly added back to milled foods marketed (as “enriching”) to prevent deficiency. Thiamin is found specifically in enriched grain products, dried bean, nuts & seeds, lean pork and whole grains. It is important to be aware that drinking diuretics, such as coffee, tea, or soda, can deplete Thiamin levels so it is important to drink those in moderation, or be sure to take extra Thiamin.

Did You Know a Sinus Infection Can Be Life Threatening?

Everyone at one time or another has a sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, or knows someone that has a sinus infection. There are two types of sinus infections; acute and chronic.

Usually an acute sinusitis is caused by the harmless bacteria that live in most peoples upper respiratory tracts. If you catch a cold and get the sniffles and then you nose clogs up and your face hurts, then most likely the cold has gone into a sinusitis. It can last up to two weeks and responds quite nicely to medical therapy.

You may not know that the chronic form of sinusitis is the most common form. Hard to believe but estimates show that almost 40 million people will suffer with chronic sinus infection this year and it will last each of them up to 3 months and even when they think it is gone it might flare back up and last another 3 months.

Of course for both acute and chronic sinusitis the symptoms are the same:

  • Facial pain
  • Teeth hurt
  • Bad breath
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Erythema
  • Hard to breath through your nose
  • Fever
  • Tenderness and pain in the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead
  • Sore throat

It is important at this point to talk about the complications of sinusitis. First off if you get a bad sinus infection you should see your doctor. He is the only one that can really tell you if everything is alright and to help you get better. The days of staying home and self medicating should be over when it comes to this illness. If left undiagnosed and untreated sinus infections can create severe medical problems and even death.

Complications

Pott’s Puffy Tumor– If you have fever, headache and soft tissue swelling over the frontal sinus you just may have this disease. Pott’s puffy tumor is a serious complication of bacterial frontal sinusitis and consists of a subperiosteal abscess and Osteomylitis of the frontal bone and can lead to death

Ethmoid sinusitis-Ethmoid sinuses are between the eye sockets and above the nose and drain into the nose. Symptoms of Ethmoiditis are: Pain inside of the eye, pain down one side of the nose, headache by eye or temple, fever, drooping eyelid, loss of eye movement, bad breath, and changes in vision, fixed or dilated pupils

Brain Infection-A sinus infection can become so bad that the infection leaks through the barrier into the brain. If you notice personality changes or altered awareness, then see a doctor immediately, because a brain infection that started out as a sinus infection is one thing that can lead to coma or death.

If you have any concerns or worries when you get a sinus infection then see your doctor. He will then have the time to diagnose the problem and get you started on the right treatment. Given that there is always the outside chance of something going badly without having treatment, what do you have to lose?

Nursing Considerations Of Diabetic Nephropathy

Monitor your patient’s blood glucose levels frequently. As her kidney function deteriorates, she may need less insulin or oral hypoglycemic drugs. That’s because one-third of insulin is metabolized and excreted by the kidneys, and as her kidney function deteriorates, insulin is available in the bloodstream for a longer time. Monitor her for signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as diaphoresis, nausea, or vomiting. If she shows signs of hypoglycemia, the physician may reduce her insulin dosage. Or, if your patient takes an oral antidiabetic drug, the physician may prescribe glipizide, which has a shorter half-life than other drugs and is metabolized by the liver to inactive metabolites for excretion by the kidneys.

If your patient has hypertension, assess her for factors, such as obesity or alcohol consumption, that may contribute to hypertension. Also, review her current drug use. Many drugs can increase blood pressure, including corticosteroids, NSAIDs, nasal decongestants, appetite suppressants, and tricyclic antidepressants. During physical examinations, monitor your patient’s blood pressure and compare the readings to those in her medical record.

Assess your patient for signs and symptoms of UTI. Frequent infections can speed the progression of nephropathy. If diabetic neuropathy affects her bladder, she may not be able to empty it completely. This may result in urinary stasis, which can increase the risk of infection. To help prevent UTIs, encourage your patient to empty her bladder at least every 2 hours.

Determine whether your patient is taking any nephrotoxic drugs. If she is, inform her physician. If she must undergo a procedure that requires the use of radiographic dye, administer mannitol as prescribed to induce osmotic diuresis and minimize the dye’s nephrotoxic effects. Also, make sure your patient drinks all prescribed fluids after the procedure to dilute her urine, which may decrease the chance of nephrotoxicity from the dye.

If your patient is receiving hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, help her adhere to the pre­scribed diet and fluid restrictions. If she must follow a low-protein diet, advise her to minimize her intake of eggs, meat, and milk products and to eat more starchy food, fats, fruits, and vegetables. If she has difficulty consuming sufficient calories to maintain her weight, suggest that she use a high-calorie nutritional supplement. Keep in mind, however, that peritoneal dialysis can increase calorie absorption from the dialysate as it sits in the peritoneum. If this causes your patient to gain excess weight, urge her to reduce her total calorie intake but not her protein intake. Monitor your patient’s fluid and electrolyte status by checking her weight every day.

During each dialysis treatment, assess your patient’s arteriovenous CAY or peritoneal access site for signs and symptoms of infection, such as redness, tenderness, or purulent drainage. Also, assess circulation at the AV shunt or fistula by checking for a palpable thrill; auscultating for a bruit, which should be present; and feeling for warmth over the access site. Don’t take a blood pressure reading in the arm that has the AV access site because you may occlude it.

Remember that treatment options for end­stage renal disease may involve difficult choices for your patient and her family. Provide your patient with the information she’ll need to make an informed choice. Keep in mind, however, that her ability to concentrate and think clearly may be affected by uremia. Therefore, if appropriate, delay important decisions about treatment options until after a dialysis treatment.

Provide support and encourage your patient to talk about her feelings and concerns. People respond in various ways when they hear the diagnosis of kidney disease. Your patient may develop depression, anxiety, or stress. So include meetings with a mental health professional, such as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist or psychologist, as part of your treatment plan. If appropriate, refer your patient and her family to support groups.

If your patient is waiting for a kidney transplant, keep in mind that finding a suitable organ donor takes a long time and places a significant strain on the patient and her family. After yourpatient undergoes the transplant, her physician will prescribe immunosuppressant drugs. The patient will need to take them for the rest of her life, and they can have serious adverse effects, such as increased risk of infection, weight gain, hallucinations, and increased kidney damage.

The physician will probably adjust your patient’s insulin dosage after a kidney transplant because of improved kidney function. And your patient will be taking drugs, such as glucocortiosteroids and cyclosporine, that will increase her blood glucose levels.

The Bad Side of Inversion Therapy

People probably always think of back inversion table when they have back pain because this equipment is capable of relieving back and neck pain. It does give benefits, but as all things have advantages and disadvantages, a back inversion table is not good for some people.

Inversion tables are widely used in inversion therapies. This kind of therapy was first used over 2000 years ago and still popular until now. Inversion tables take a part in its popularity because nowadays, this equipment helps anyone to treat themselves at their own home.

The therapy gives several benefits, such as improving blood circulation, relieving spinal pressure, and increasing flexibility. To get all the advantages, what someone should do is attaching his or her body to the table and hung upside down. This therapy is considered good to improve health, but for people with certain illnesses, it can cause negative side effects.

Inversion therapy can increase eye and blood pressure, so that is why it is not recommended for some people with several conditions, such as pregnancy, heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, hernia, spinal injury, osteoporosis, ear infection, obesity, and stroke.

People with obesity often exceed the weight capacity of the tables, while actually each table has its own recommended maximum weight. During the session, those with middle ear infections can experience discomfort and disorientation. It can also cause pressure on the optic nerves because the flow of fluids that circulate in the eyes is blocked. Of course, it is not good for someone with glaucoma. Another bad effect is it may separate retina from the optic nerve, which is called retinal detachment.

After knowing those effects, it does not mean that healthy people can use the inversion table freely without considering some factors. If you are a beginner, it is good to start with a very slight angle. In this case, you can put your feet 12 inches or less above the head.

It will be good if you have somebody to assist you during the therapy. For the very first time, you may feel dizziness, and that is why you need an assistant that will watch over you. The most important thing above all is you should have a talk with a doctor before you begin the therapy or even before you decide to go stores to purchase the equipment. The doctor will tell you whether you are allowed to use it or not in order to prevent bad things happen to you. Health is considered the most precious thing in life. Staying healthy is not a difficult task if you know what to do and what is best for your body.

Rash After Sun Exposure – Effects on the Skin From Reactions to Sunshine and Heat

If you get a rash after sun exposure, you usually have what it known as prickly heat. Excessive sweating and trapped moisture can result in skin bumps.

Heat related illnesses occur when the body has lost the ability to control the temperature. The person’s normal ability to cool itself by manufacturing sweat has shut down. When this has occurred, it’s important to drop the temperature rapidly or they might experience permanent damage.

Sweating isn’t a good enough tactic once that has occurred to bring the body back to a normal temperature. The brain or other vital organs might become damaged if the body temperature reaches high enough levels. Several things can contribute to such an event. Generally, they’re related to how the body cools itself in extremely hot weather. When you have high humidity, sweat can’t evaporate as well. This inhibits the body’s capacity to release heat quick enough.

Though anyone can get prickly heat, you can see it with the elderly, children under four and for those with obesity issues who are heavy. If you have a fever, or are dehydrated you need to not ignore the situation. Those with heart disease are predisposed towards it. Strangely enough, those who are mentally ill are prone to experience it. Other causes include poor circulation, sunburn, certain prescription drugs and alcohol use. Experiencing a rash after sun exposure is generally not a dangerous thing, unless you’re experiencing heat stroke.

If someone experiences a rash after sun exposure, you should loosen their clothing, particularly unbuttoning their collar and rolling up their sleeves. Cool water can be applied on the head.. One of the fastest ways that you can bring down such a condition is cooling the head. Have them drink cool water rather than cold ice water.

If the surface of their skin has tiny pinprick bumps on it which are all over an area of their body such as their neck or their face, then that’s called miliaria. The cause is when the sweat gets trapped under the skin. This trapped sweat causes inflammation and it will itch quite a bit. It’s commonly seen with babies, but can also occur in adults. If it’s hot and humid and they look like goosebumps, it can be miliaria. Our military troops also can be subject to this because of being at times in extremely hot humid conditions.

When you are dealing with mild forms of heat rash you can wash the affected area with a gentle handsoap such as Jergins, Ivory or Dove. Then rinse the area with water, gently dabbing it dry with a paper towel or wash cloth. Do this several times a day. Corn starch can also be useful for the skin.

Have them immediately take cool showers and get them into a cool area that’s air conditioned (70 – 72 degrees) if you can right after noticing the situation. During the summer months, if someone is prone to prickly heat encourage them to go to malls and indoor movie theaters rather than spend hours outside at the beach.

What Is Basal Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer?

A basal cell carcinoma skin cancer is the result of sun damage to the skin. The cancer tends to enlarge in a slow and steady pattern. It has the capability to spread to the tissue nearby. However, it cannot spread to the distant part of the body.

The best and the only way to detect this cancer is to go for a biopsy. The procedure involves removal of a small piece of the skin and letting a pathologist analyze it under the microscope in a medical laboratory.

The process does not work towards removing the cancer. It only takes off at the top just like the tip of an ice berg. Sometimes, the skin works towards healing once the biopsy is done as it starts growing over the cancer.

Now, this does not indicate that the cancer is gone. It just means that the cancer is covered with a layer of skin. In case, the cancer is not eliminated completely, it can get deep in to the skin and results in greater harm.

Basal cell carcinoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer existing in the world. This cancer can be quite destructive and even disfiguring. It consists of the risk of developing serious skin problems.

People with family history of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer are more vulnerable to developing this disease. Also people who have exposed themselves to sunlight or exposed to carcinogenic chemicals such as arsenic are at greater risk of developing this disease.

The treatment of this dangerous disease is either via surgery, topical chemotherapy, cryosurgery, or photodynamic therapy. The disease is not life threatening. However, if left untreated, the disease can disfigure the skin, results in bleeding and even result in local destruction in areas such as eye, ear, nose and lip.

There are several types of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer as mentioned below:

a) Nodular

This appears as flesh colored papule with telangiectasis. In case, it becomes ulcerates, it

results in ‘rodent ulcer’. It is an ulcerating nodule with a pearly border.

b) Cystic

This is a rare type of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer and very difficult to distinguish from the nodular type. It has a cavity in the centre with fluid.

c) Pigmented

This is another variant of the nodular type of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer. This should not confuse with melanoma.

d) Sclerosing

It is a scar like lesion.

e) Superficial

This type of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer appears as a red scaling patch.

Basal cell carcinoma skin cancer may look different from normal skin. It may also appear as skin bump or a growth that looks pearly, waxy, white, light pink, flesh colored, brown or even flat.

Here are some symptoms of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer:

o A skin sore that may bleed easily

o A sore that does not heal properly

o Sore with crusting or oozing spots

o Sore just like a scar without an injured area.

o Irregular blood vessels around the spot

– Rush to a skin doctor as soon as you observe some of the above symptoms.

Psoriasis – Can It Protect Against Cancer?

Psoriasis is a chronic recurring disease, which usually manifests on the skin but may also affect the nails, the joints (5-30% of people with psoriasis) and the mucous membranes (1-2% of people with psoriasis).

The causes of psoriasis are yet unknown, but various studies suggest that psoriasis is transferred genetically. Relatives with psoriasis are found in about 50% of the people with psoriasis. Scientists have even managed to find some genes, which seem to be responsible for the course of psoriasis and even for the development of psoriatic arthritis.

One of the main psoriasis mechanisms is the abnormally fast production of the new skin cells by the body. The dead cells then build up and create plaques composed of thick layers of dead skin.

A person with psoriasis may never develop any actual psoriasis manifestations. Psoriasis may stay in the latent stage unless it is triggered by stress, skin trauma, an infectious disease, a sudden diet change, a sudden climate change, prolonged hypothermia and other factors.

Analysis of the blood and the skin of the people with psoriasis reveal certain deviations when compared to the people without psoriasis.

One of the most notable deviations is a high level of uric acid, which is elevated by a whole 20-30% in the blood of the people with psoriasis.

According to Professor, Dr. Lubert Stryer, uric acid levels with centuries have become higher in humans as an evolutionary replacement of Vitamin C functions in order to protect humans against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is body cell damage – a result of the cell oxidation by oxygen in various chemical reactions taking place in the presence of oxygen in our bodies.

Dr. Lubert Stryer is a neurobiology professor from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Stryer has various noble honors, such as 2006 National Medal of Science, the American Chemical Society Award in Biological Chemistry, the Molecular Bioanalytics Award of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and others.

Research shows that Lower primates (lemurs etc.) have lower uric acid levels in their blood serum when compared to the higher primates (monkeys and humans) and other long-lived mammals.

Lower primates are known to have lower life spans and higher cancer rates when compared to the higher primates.

Does that mean that the uric acid protects the higher primates from the oxidative stress resulting in cancers?

Does that mean that the people with psoriasis are protected from the oxidative stress and from the cancer even better than the rest of the people?

We don’t know that for sure, but that seems to be an intriguing and an exciting hypothesis.

People with psoriasis may possess various other benefits when compared to the people without psoriasis, all resulting from the high levels of the uric acid in the blood of the people with psoriasis. These benefits may include: high protection from the degenerative Central Nervous System disorders, such as Multiple sclerosis and Schizophrenia, extended lifespan and higher levels of intellectual activity.

10 Reasons Why Sandals Are Just Better Than Shoes Any Day

1. Sandals are downright fashionable. With styles that cover practically every possible reason and season, sandals never go out of style. In fact, many popular designs and styles of sandals remain lasting fashion statements year after year.

2. With sandals, foot freedom reins. Just ask any college student why they love their flip-flops. Ask a beach-goer how come they’re not wearing tennis shoes. Sandals deliver an enticing balance of being almost barefoot but still having shoes on the feet. It’s a lifestyle really.

3. They deliver comfort like no other. There is just something great about the way sandals tend to break in and conform to the foot – almost like they’re an extension of the feet themselves. Shoes haven’t quite found a way to enter this territory yet.

4. Sandals have health benefits. Many podiatrists actually recommend the wearing of supportive sandals for the healthful benefits they provide for feet. Some sandals work in the same way as custom orthodontics do to really help promote foot correct posture.

5. Forget about the fungus. It’s true; sandal wearers get the added foot health benefit of having cool, dry feet. This means there’s no place to harbor fungus, preventing a fungal foot infection before it can ever begin to take hold.

6. Sandals are usually more affordable. Okay, this one is for the practical-minded, but when it comes down to it, sandals are generally less costly than other types of shoes. It might have something to do with the fact that less material used equals less expense or it could just all be wishful thinking.

7. Try to beat the versatility of the sandal. Poolside, at the beach, backyard, or nowhere even close – just slip ’em on and slip ’em off. It’s hard to beat the versatility provided by the always fashionable footwear.

8. Promote balance with sandals. It is really no surprise that sandals have been chosen to help increase and promote balance. Practitioners of yoga have even adapted sandals with individual straps between each toe to encourage an increased sense of balance in the art of yoga.

9. They’re the original footwear from history. Sandals are time tested, having stood the test of time longer than any other form of footwear. The tennis shoe has been around for decades, the boot for centuries, but the sandal has been in use for millenniums. That must speak for something.

10. Sandals show expression. Sure, all kinds of shoes can be fashion-forward. However, no other form of footwear is as conducive to showing off a fun and funky sense of style and spirit like the sandal.