Ups and Downs Within CAD Industry – Has It Affected Business?

CAD – Computer Aided Drafting touched new level decades back when Auto-desk introduced CAD software. This software was easily accessible to an architect or engineer in the confinement of his site or office. Auto CAD became so popular that all engineering services was christened under “CAD Services”. However this industry has witnessed its share of ups and down.

Late 80’s and 90’s saw tremendous spurt of growth in this industry. CAD was being used in every aspect of engineering. Be it simple drafting, construction drawings, detailing, visualization CAD services are everywhere. Slowly and gradually, CAD started becoming common and need to speed up services started rising. Auto CAD had its own limitations like complex commands, lack of atomization with regards to changes etc. Construction industry was scaling new heights of growth, mechanical industry started witnessing new changes and entire new concept of visualization inked in which made further developments inevitable.

Introduction of visualization in form of 3D Images – Third dimension gave a realistic look to any building or component. 3D studio max brought in the first concept of modeling in 3D and then rendering subsequently followed. Scan-line render and special effects using photo-shop gave a good look to buildings, products and furniture. Ultimately, in early 2000 V-ray came into existence which gave a photo-realistic effect to entire buildings and site around it.

With all this development and growth, one aspect that was bothering the building construction industry was increasing cost and long construction schedules. Even after Auto-CAD coming into existence this concern did not seem to melt down. New software under the flag ship of Auto-desk was developed to end this concern. This software was created keeping in mind the construction standards, common building construction requirement and covered most of the aspects of building analysis and construction. Building information modeling subsequently came into existence. Core purpose to bring BIM was to reduce construction cost and optimize turnaround time. Revit software brought a revolution in the construction field. Its user friendly approach, interface and atomization feature eased the most complex issues. Errors that normally could be detected post construction is being spotted before construction and rectified. This has been instrumental in reducing the construction cost and time.

CAD services today are used in every engineering domain. They are broadly categorized into architectural CAD services, mechanical services, BIM services and structural services. CAD industry has seen its peaks and troughs than any industry across the globe. Recession hit several parts of the globe by 2008 year end and industry saw around 23 to 25% decline in business and employment opportunities in this industry. Every aspect like software sales, new construction projects or renovation plans saw a major downfall. Employment opportunities also took a down slide during this phase.

Lot of companies started paying more attention towards getting trained in new technologies, software and developing new business models. It looks like the situation is improving and CAD industry definitely will rise back and provide excellent job opportunities to all CAD professionals. Engineering industry is definitely regaining lost fortune and is recovering faster. Companies are already investing time and money in developing new technologies to recover the losses. This has helped companies recover their losses to greater extent.

Cancer Causing Lunch?

It is time to look at some facts. The latest edict handed down by The World Health Organization is causing a great lot of agitation and confusion. The general public tends to take what “World,” “National,” “Global,” and “US” organizations write and then disseminate (word for word) as gospel. When faced with information that potentially stands to change something as intimate as eating habits, some discernment is called for.

First let us determine what the WHO actually said. The organization DID NOT give us any dietary recommendations. The 22 scientists on the board looked at data from 800+ studies before concluding that they feel there is a link between eating red meat or processed meat (hot dogs, cold cuts) and some cancers. They then classified these meats as Class One human carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). It is noted that cigarettes and alcohol are in this same class.

It was found that there is a sugar molecule present in beef, lamb, bison, and pork that is not present in poultry, fish, fruits, and vegetables. It causes an immune response in humans as this sugar is not present in us either. The immune response is met with antibodies that the human host uses to fight foreign invaders causing inflammation. This inflammation, over time, is a known contributor to tumor growth. This translates in to the understanding that two pieces of bacon tomorrow at breakfast or a steak for dinner tonight are not likely to be the cause of your immediate demise. However, eating a breakfast with sausage, a BLT at lunch, and a bison steak for dinner every day of your life may have a negative impact on your health.

So how does one remain or get healthy? It has been long recommended that a daily diet consisting of vegetables/fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and tofu, fish, poultry, and eggs, a serving or two of dairy, and eaten sparingly, red and processed meat is a good one. Limiting salt, butter, refined grains, and sugary drinks is also recommended as wise choices. Exercise is now listed as a basic and fundamental part of a human’s daily diet. It is necessary to maintaining and regulating the body one is born into. The only foods considered to be unnecessary, and, therefore, to be avoided are those containing trans-fat from partially hydrogenated oils. This list of foods includes margarine, deep fried anything, shortening, microwave popcorn, frosting, and crackers.

In conclusion, a person can discern that eating a diet predominantly high in red and processed meats has been shown to cause an inflammatory response by the human body. Further, this inflammatory response, if chronic, has been shown to contribute to the growth of certain cancerous tumors. By limiting our intake of processed and red meats, avoiding partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat), and increasing the intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, seeds, nuts, and water one can eat lunch without worrying whether or not their food could be causing them to develop cancer.

Scientifically Tested Olive Leaf Herb Is Known To Kill Every Virus And Germ Known To Man

What is the worst case scenario for the bird flu or just how bad could it get? A question I have always wanted the answer to. Well history is always the best teacher and we have an excellent historical teacher from 1918. The answer there is the bird flu of 1918, and that teacher is foreboding. Called the aquatic bird flu that actually started in China (sound familiar) then somehow got into Kansas not Europe. Isn’t that interesting? It started among US Cavalry horses then moved to American troopers assigned to those mounts, stationed in Kansas. These Cavalry soldiers were shipped to the battle fields of Europe to take part in the fighting. Some of those soldiers arrived infected with the virus. This flu circulated throughout the densely packed cities of Europe then made its way back to America and did the same there. In a little over a years time it had run its course and 40 to 50 million people were dead.

In 1918 the big cities like London had a million people. Today our mega cities have 10 plus million people and a very fast transport system. Any new bird flu virus can travel in infected people across the world in a matter of days.

Why can’t modern medicine help us?

Until the bird flu virus of today mutates to its human infecting form, no scientific steps can be taken to create a serum. Only then can science develop the serum and begin to make large batches. This takes considerable amounts of time and fertile chicken eggs and there are not many around. Under optimal conditions modern science takes at least 6 months, minimum. Remember I just said above, it only takes days to move the virus across the world. So even with all the pharmaceutical companies around the world creating this serum only a small part of the world’s population would be protected. I hate to make this sound worse, but the virus can also mutate into other human infecting forms and other serums must be developed.

The Herbal Solution to a Bird Flu Epidemic

You can see how bad it can get and how little modern medicine can do. There has really been little progress since 1918. So what can be done to protect yourself and your family? Here is the answer that has been around for ages. Olive leaf tincture is the answer to bird flu and all other germs and virus infections. But do not take my word for it, here is some of the history of this very powerful herb and what modern science found when they looked at it.

History of Olive Leaf as Herbal Medicine

I personally believe that God was referring to the olive tree in Ezekiel 47:12, God spoke of a tree: “The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”

The ancient Egyptians may have been the first to put the olive leaf to practical use. They regarded it as a symbol of heavenly power, and in keeping with that belief, they extracted its oil and used it to mummify their kings. The Egyptians and later cultures also found, and there is documentation, that the olive leaf was a great herbal medicine for the relief of fevers (sounds like viral infections to me).

The knowledge of the medicinal properties of the tree (Olea europaea) date back to the early 1800’s where it was used in liquid form as a very effective treatment for malarial infections. According to the 1854 Pharmaceutical Journal of Provincial Transactions, pages 353 and 354(a), the doctors at that time stated that the properties of the tree, Olea europaea, deserved more extensive investigation.

In the early 1900’s, a bitter compound was found in the leaves of certain olive trees called “Oleuropein.” This compound was determined to be part of the olive tree’s powerful disease resistant structure. In 1962, European researchers recorded that oleuropein had the ability to lower blood pressure in animals, increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmias and prevent intestinal muscle spasms. A Dutch researcher found the chemical responsible for olive leafs healing power was elenolic acid which has strong antiviral, bacterial and antiparasitic properties.

Modern Medicine Finds That Olive Leaf is a Powerful Medicine

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, The Upjohn Companies’ test studies were published by The American Society for Microbiology in regards to a new multifunctional monoterpene which they had isolated from various parts of the olive tree. The compound was called calcium elenolate, a crystalline salt form of elenolic acid. When they tested this compound it was found to be virucidal against all viruses for which it was tested. The compound acted effectively at low concentrations without any harmful influence on host cell mechanisms. It was also found to be extremely safe and nontoxic, even at high doses. While it worked extremely well in-vitro, it was unsuccessful in-vitro. When injected into the blood stream, the compound bound quickly to the blood serum protein and rendered itself ineffective. They were unable to overcome this problem and terminated their research. During this same period, other companies had interest in the compound and performed various tests, but also lost interest. Then in 1990, interest was renewed and the process of bringing the remarkable product Olive Leaf Extract to market began.

A safety study on calcium elenolate was laboratory tested with animals and published by The Upjohn Company in 1970. The study concluded that even in doses several hundred times higher than recommended, no toxic or other adverse side effects appeared..

Recent Australian studies show that liquid olive leaf extract made from fresh olive leaves has up to 40 times more antioxidants than even the very best extra virgin olive oils. This same fresh Olive Leaf Extract also has 5 times more antioxidant power than Vitamin C, 28 times more antioxidant power than Noni juices and 6 times more than Goji juices.

The Power of Olive Leaves

Effective against fever and helpful for nervous tension; great immune booster and viral/bacterial killer. Researchers credit a number of unique properties possessed by the olive leaf compound for the broad killing power: an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses, an ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane, and the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication in the case of retroviruses. It is able to neutralize the production of reverse transcriptase and protease (an enzyme found in retroviruses that enable the virus to make DNA from viral RNA). These enzymes are essential for a retrovirus, such as HIV, to alter the RNA of a healthy cell. It can stimulate phagocytosis, an immune system response in which immune cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter.

Summary of conditions for which olive leaf extract acts as a microbial and anti-viral agent

AIDS Amoebiasis Anthrax Athlete’s Foot Bladder Infection Campylobacter Chicken Pox Chlamydia Cholera Common Cold Cold Sore (herpes simplex) Cryptosporidiosis Cytomegalovirus Diarrheal Disease Diphtheria Ear Infection Ebola Sudan Virus E. Coli Epstein-Barr Virus Flu (influenza) Gastric Ulcers (from H. Pylori) Genital Herpes/Warts Giardia Gonorrhea Group B Strep Hantavirus Hepatitis A, B, C Herpes Zoster (shingles) Lyme Disease Malaria Measles Meningitis (bacterial) Meningitis (viral) Mononucleosis Pinworms Pneumonia (bacterial) Pneumonia (viral) Polio Pork Tapeworm Rabies Rheumatic Fever Ringworm Retrovirus infection Roundworm Rotavirus Infection RSV Staphylococcal Food Poisoning Strep Throat Syphilis Tuberculosis Thrush Toxic Shock Syndrome Trichinosis Typhoid Fever Urinary Tract Infections Vaginal Yeast Infections

Die-Off Syndrome

There are no negative side effects with Olive leaf extract but it does have a healthy side effect called the Herxheimer or “Die-Off” effect. Here is what takes place during a die-off effect. In the body there are microbes or viruses that somehow manage to evade the body’s immune system. Upon exposure to olive leaf tincture these microbes and viruses are destroyed which is a good thing for the person. After the microbe virus death, their cell-wall proteins are absorbed through the weakened mucous membrane, which surrounds them. The body recognizes these as toxins and begins its natural processes to get rid of them. If present in too large of numbers for the eliminative system to handle, the individual may develop symptoms that include headaches, swelling in the mouth, throat, sinuses, and lymphatic’s, rashes, fatigue, diarrhea, muscle/joint achiness, or other flu-like symptoms. The severity will vary from person to person, depending on the extent of their condition, the state of their immune and eliminatory systems, and how much olive leaf extract is being consumed.

The die off effect is desirable as it indicates that the body is being cleared of these hazardous microbes and viruses. Anyone who experiences these unpleasant effects generally feels fabulously well afterwards many times better than ever before.

If you feel the effects and you would like to minimize them, there are some easy things you can do. Many physicians recommend that an individual consume plenty of water in between usages of the product. Water keeps the lymphatic system and the kidneys functioning properly and more capable of handling the excess toxins. Another way to reduce the effects is to cut back on the dose of tincture that you are taking or go off it completely for a day or two before slowly increasing the dose once again. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week to completely rid the body of the excess toxins.

Why Olive Leaf Tincture?

A good question, and the answer makes common sense. Tinctures are made from the ground herb combined with pure grain alcohol. The alcohol acts as a solvent extracting the active healing ingredients out of the herb. The alcohol is then pressed out of the herb, all the valuable active herbal ingredients are now in the alcohol, the herbal pulp is discarded. This process can be done with one or a combination of herbs. In an alcohol tincture form the herb(s) are easily assimilated by the body to immediately begin the healing process such as killing germs or viruses.


There is no official dose for taking olive leaf tincture even though it has been around for thousands of years of use and testing. The most popular amount for a maintenance dose is 2 droppers full twice daily on an empty stomach before meals. For conditions such as the common cold, flu, sinus infections, and basic respiratory tract infections, the dose is 2 droppers full every 2 hours. For acute infections such as sore throat, swollen glands, fever, etc., the recommendation is 3 droppers full every 2 hours.

Safety of Olive Leaf Tincture

From all indications over the thousands of years of use by professional and nonprofessional people; Olive leaf tincture appears to be an extremely safe supplement that can effectively aid the body in improving immune function and fighting infection by various microbes and viruses. To my knowledge and through my research I have not found one single negative case involving the use of olive leaf tincture.

Shelf Life

Alcohol acts as a preservative and if stored in a cool, dark place, tinctures can last indefinitely. I have herbal tinctures that have lasted 15 years and were just as strong as when I first used them. As I said above, avoid heat, sunlight, and exposure to air, and your tinctures will keep their “just picked” freshness for as long as you own them.


Don’t take olive leaf with antibiotics as they can be inactivated by olive leaf.

Don’t take olive leaf with Warfarin (Coumadin) this drug can cause internal bleeding.

Olive leaf naturally relaxes blood vessels and capillaries which could increase Coumadin’s side effect.


The main reference for the information in this article was taken from Doctor Jack Ritchason’s Book “Olive Leaf Extract” Woodland publishing, Pleasant Grove, Utah. 1999

Nature’s multi-functional force against infections and cardiovascular disease? by Amanda Jackson Ph.D.

Positive Health Publications LTD 1994-2002

Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, by James A. Duke, Pub. CRP Second Edition 2007

Ayurvedic Herbs and Their Uses in Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic Herbs Can Help with Many Health Issues

Ayurvedic herbs are a part of holistic and alternative treatments many use to cleanse the body from the inside out. Such herbs are natural herbs that can be used to treat the smallest inconvenience or help alleviate symptoms of larger health disorders. There are many types of these India’s medicinal herbs so it is useful to know what some of them are and what they specifically treat. You should note that some

Ayurvedic medicine are still labeled under dietary supplements but contain the ingredients used to treat the body for many millennia.

In cases such as asthma, cold and bronchial congestion, different ayurvedic herbs are prescribed. Use churnas – similar to curry – to sprinkle over your food. Different churnas balance different elements in the body. Ayurveda divides the body into 3 dosahas, or biological energies: Vata (air), Kapha (earth and water) and Pitta (fire). Vata churnas are warming, Pitta churnas are cooling and Kapha churnas are mildly hot and spicy.

Ayurvedic teas also work for individual balancing, but there are also Vata-Pitta-Kapha teas for all body types. Narayana oil is joint massage oil that alleviates discomfort from all types of conditions including arthritis, backache, fibromyalgia, gout, hip pain, muscle cramps, sciatica and sprains. Brahmi hair oil not only helps with dandruff, dry hair, itchy scalp and split ends, but also promotes mental health by improving emotional disturbances, concentration, mental imbalance, poor memory and senility.

For instance, Pushkaramula Rasayana can be used to deal with coughing, chest tightening and wheezing. Not only does this supplement reduce phlegm and sneezing, but it also supports better digestion and lymphatic cleansing. It is usually found in foods such ghee, honey and rice syrup base with some specific herbs and spices that are added to it. The botanical ingredients of Pushkaramula Rasayana include amalaki fruit, bhibitaki, elecampane root, haritaki fruit, kapikachu, licorice, mullein herb, pippali, shilajit and tulasi from standardized extracts and ajwan, black pepper, cardamom seed, clove, cubeb berry, ginger root, manna, myrrh, thyme and turmeric.

Mullein Rasayana also supports bronchi, immune system, mucus membrane and respiratory health. This supplement reduces sneezing, mucus buildup and cough while cleansing the bronchi and lymphatic system. This, too, comes in an edible form of 22 herbs and spices in ghee, honey and rice syrup base. The botanical ingredients include standardized extracts of amalaki fruit, ashwagandha root, bayberry, bhibitaki, boswellia serrata, licorice, mullein, shatavari, shilajit and tulasi and herbal powders like ajwan, black pepper, cardamom seed, cinnamon, clove, cubeb, fenugreek, ginger, Irish moss, myrrh and turmeric.

The cold and congestion supplement Pippali Rasayana is similar in that it promotes lung health as it detoxifies the lungs by liquefying phlegm to allow it to leave the respiratory tract. It reduces congestion, coughing and nausea and improves appetite, circulation, digestion and metabolism. The standardized extracts consist of bayberry, clove, elecampane, gotu kola, licorice root, pippali, sage herb and tulasi while the herbal powders consist of ajwan seed, bambomanna, cardamom, cinnamon bark, cubebs berry, ginger, peppermint and turmeric.

There are many other Ayurvedic products used to support all types of health concerns and afflictions. You may find herbal products for anti-stress, blood cleansing, blood pressure, brain motor functions, concentration, relaxation, digestive aid, endurance, heart support, immune system booster, and insomnia relief. Other herbal products help with joint support, kidney health, liver and spleen support, male enhancement, menstrual bleed ease, mental stimulation, metabolism, pancreas support, rheumatism, skin problems, throat health, ulcer healing, weight loss and women’s health issues.

You can look into these Ayurvedic remedies if you are considering an alternative to Western medicine or would like to know if herbs can truly improve these various health conditions.

As with any health issue, you should consult with your health-care provider before undertaking a new health regime. Used under the supervision of an Ayurvedic Doctor, Ayurvedic herbs may just be the solution to what ails you.

Types of Oreganol P73

For thousands of years, oregano has been valued because of its medicinal properties. It has been used to treat wounds, respiratory ailments, headaches and even seizures. It has also been used as a curative for animal bites and poisoning. This herb is also touted for its nutritional value. It is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and other minerals that are essential to our health. These are the properties of oregano that make Oreganol P73 an effective and safe medicinal alternative.

Oreganol P73 is a pure herbal extract made from a special kind of oregano. There are many varieties of oregano, but Oreganol P73 is produced from the best species of wild oregano (Origanum Vulgare) found in the Mediterranean. In addition, this type is different from your garden variety oregano and those spices sold at grocery stores and supermarkets. Although this specie can be grown anywhere, it is the clean mountain climate and soil composition of the Mediterranean that makes this herb stand out from the rest. It is free from pesticides and herbicides that are harmful to the human body, because it is not farm-grown but harvested in its wild habitat. This type of herbal extract is so valuable because it takes a thousand pounds of oregano to produce a pound of its oil. Even the extraction is done following the old ways, through cold pressing and distillation, free from chemical reagents that speed up the process of harvesting this medicinal herbal oil.

Oreganol P73 is praised for its anti-parasitic and antiviral properties and it is available in many forms for daily use and consumption. These are:

Oreganol P73 cream, which is a moisturizer, rejuvenating cream, antiseptic and a topical remedy for burns, insect bites, warts, minor wounds and abrasions, as well as other skin disorders.

Oreganol P73 oil, which is a concentrated extract. It can be used for oral consumption, by administering 1 to 2 drops under the tongue (sublingually) or incorporating a few drops in beverages such as juice. It helps in respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, aids in digestion, promotes good menstruation for women, as well as other benefits such as antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic. It can be applied topically as a soothing agent for arthritic, rheumatic and muscular pains.

Oreganol P73 nasal spray to relieve the signs and symptoms of colds and sinusitis.

Oreganol P73 juice which can be added to spicy foods.

Oreganol P73 dietary supplements in capsules or gelcaps to promote over-all health.

Oreganol P73 issafe to use since it is all-natural from the harvesting of the herb from which it is extracted up to its production. There are many testimonials about the benefits of Oreganol P73 and more and more people are adding to these success stories. But it is important to note that herbal preparations are not for everyone and that these products are not FDA approved or regulated, which means that they do not undergo the same regulations and testing that standard medications go through. Oreganol P73 is contraindicated for those who are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin since this extract also has blood-thinning properties. It may also cause an allergic reaction to people who are sensitive to thyme, marjoram, sage and other plants that belong to the Labiatae family.

If you are interested in trying out this product, you can check out various sites online that advertise and sell them. You can easily check out prices and cost of shipping, as well as read up on the history of Oreganol P73 and the praises of its use. Always consult your doctor before trying out any new product so that he or she can help you weigh the risks and benefits of using herbal remedies.

Learning English Impacts Sports – Importance of Learning English For Athletes

You are watching television. You see your favorite foreign boxer, Manny Pacquiao, who again just knocked out a titled contender. With a bloodied face and a dislocated nose, the opponent is still uncoordinated from the dizzying blows he received. You rise from your seat and shout in victory with your idolized athlete. And then, after the initial victory cries and congratulations, it is now time for the interview.

The interviewer asks, “So Manny, what can you tell us about your fight?”

Manny answers, “I umm.. ahh.. am happy about fight.”

Your favorite champion stutters and speaks in an English you cannot understand. You are disappointed and your confidence and awe for him is diminished. Indeed, in news, statistics, interviews and write-ups – the English language dominates the world of Sports.

Here are the reasons why learning English is important for the sports athlete:

  • As an athlete grows in achievements and fame, he is more exposed globally with fans that come from different countries and with different nationalities as well. With English as the most spoken language in the world, being able to express one’s self with an easy to understand English enables the athlete to communicate more effectively to fans. Moreover, he can reach more people, express his passion, and even educate listeners through his experiences.
  • Having a good grasp of English lets an athlete communicate better with his staff and coach. It is not uncommon for athletes who are non-native English speakers to have coaches and managerial or promotional staff who have English as their native language.
  • Learning English lets athletes have more opportunities to make money through advertisements. Most international companies like Nike use English as their medium for advertisements. It is common that they take in international sports athletes for their advertisements – sometimes requiring these non-native English speakers to utter a few lines to promote their products. Having a good grasp of English or at least an acceptable accent makes the athlete and the product he endorses more saleable. It will be difficult for people to buy sports drink from a sports figure who cannot even pronounce the product correctly.
  • It makes travelling and staying in other countries more enjoyable and comfortable. It is quite difficult and a bit of a drag to have a translator always following you around. You also do not get to talk to your promoters and business partners directly. It is possible that you may miss out on important details that your translator may fail to include in his translation.

Athletes must therefore not only excel in the sports they do – adding good English to their repertoire may not increase the level of their athletic performance. But, the English language will certainly add to their reputation, fame, salability to the public and the satisfaction of their fans who want to know them better. Learning English is easy and hiring a tutor is something a successful athlete can easily afford. For athletes who are just starting with their careers, learning through online English courses is an affordable option and can be of great help in the future.

I am sure your fans will be more than willing to buy “Red Bull,” and not really your “Red Burr.”

How about Manny Pacquiao? His English is improving now – he is aware that he needs to learn the English language, the current lingua franca of the world.

A 2 Carat Diamond Ring – Can You Really Buy One For Under $4000?

It may be possible to find a 2 carat diamond solitaire ring for under $4000, but not probable. At the moment there is a shortage of larger diamonds, and anything 1 carat and above commands a premium price. The lowest price currently available for a 2 carat diamond ring is about $8500 at a retail jewelry store.

If you have ever seen a 2 carat diamond on the hand of a woman, then you know why it is called a “statement diamond”. The size is extraordinary and when it refracts flashes of fire and white light it will turn heads among a crowd of people. A 2 carat diamond makes a statement of luxury about the woman who wears it. It also makes people wonder about the wealth and status of the man who acquired it for her.

Are there any legitimate great deals on 2 carat diamond rings?

Sometimes a diamond dealer who needs the cash will liquidate a parcel of diamonds at or below his cost. However if you find a cheap 2 carat diamond, you would be wise to do some thorough investigating before you buy it. For example, we know of one source on the internet who has a supply of about 20 rings that are 2.5 carat diamonds selling for $3575.

Here are the important questions that you should ask before buying a diamond ring of this size and price:

1. Is it a real, natural diamond?

Fortunately, the 2.5 carat diamond ring mentioned above is shown in a photo that is about 10x magnification. You can gain a lot of information just by looking at the magnified photo of this 2.5 carat diamond. The diamond is full of white dots that are natural crystal inclusions, which you will not find in a C-Z or any other type of fake diamond. At this magnification you would also be able to see evidence of diamond enhancement techniques: an obvious white line in the stone if it was laser-drilled, or odd-colored refractions if it was fracture filled. If a diamond of this size and price looked flawless in the photograph it would be cause for suspicion.

2. Has the diamond been certified by a recognized independent Gem Laboratory?

When you buy any diamond of 1 carat or larger, it should be accompanied with a certificate from a recognized independent Gem Lab. Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the the American Gem Society (AGS) will certify loose diamonds only, and they are very reliable labs. Other commonly recognized independent labs are International Gemological Institute (IGI), Independent Gemological Laboratories (IGL), and European Gemological Laboratory (EGL-USA). These labs will certify finished jewelry items such as diamond rings, and they list a retail replacement value for insurance purposes.

3. What is the Clarity grade of this diamond?

Using our illustration of the 2.5 carat diamond for $3575, you can see in the photo and on the certificate that the Clarity grade is I2-I3 (very low), so the great price makes sense. If it was listed as a VS Clarity diamond, the price would simply be too good to be true. The wholesale cost on a 2 carat VS Clarity diamond would be about $12,000.

The I2-I3 Clarity grade can be an acceptable trade-off for someone who wants to buy the largest diamond at the lowest cost. The trick is to find an I2-I3 Clarity diamond with the most “forgiving” type of flaws. Small white crystals and needles are the type of flaw that detract least from the beauty and brilliance of a low Clarity grade diamond. Black crystals and large dense cloudy areas are the type of flaws that make an I2-I3 Clarity diamond look very dull and ugly.

4. What is the Color grade of this diamond?

The GIA Color rating scale grades diamonds in descending order with the letters D through W. The difference between Color grades near the top of the GIA rating scale are very subtle. When a diamond is mounted in a ring and worn in typical lighting conditions, it is difficult for even an expert to tell the difference between an F (Colorless) and an H (Near-Colorless) grade. A J Color diamond will show a faint yellow cast, and any grade K or below will have an obvious yellow-grey appearance.

5. Can I return this ring if I don’t like it?

Wether you are buying at a retail store or on the internet, read the fine print. Make absolutely certain that you can return the ring for a full refund of your purchase price within 30 days. If you are bargain-hunting for a 2-carat diamond ring, make sure it carries a “no questions asked” refund policy. This means that you don’t have to prove the ring is defected and that you can get a full refund simply if you decide you don’t like the diamond. Then you should take the opportunity to live with your diamond ring for a few weeks. See what your diamond looks like in daylight and room light conditions, what your friends think, and even have an independent appraisal made of your diamond. If you decide you don’t like it, simply return it and get your money back.

The Psychology of Dreams

On why we have dreams and the functions of dreaming

The psychology of dreams has been explained either with the psychoanalytic interpretation of dreams or with the psycho-physiological process of dreaming. Thus there are two distinct schools in the psychology of dreams – one school of thought believes in the relation between REM sleep and dreaming, the role of dreams in learning and as a result of random neural firings further leading to random images that may not have any significance; and the other school of thought believes that dreams occur as a result of unconscious and repressed impulses and could be explained with psychoanalytic symbolism and in turn also explain psychic phenomenon or even lead to understanding the causes of mental illnesses.

According to Freud, ‘dreams are the royal road to the unconscious’, in the sense that they could be analyzed in a way that will reveal the hidden impulses in the unconscious. Dreams may thus reveal who we ‘really’ are, what we ‘really’ want and how we want to attain these desires. Yet many contemporary psychologists have moved away from this ‘semantic’ view of dreams that emphasize on repressed desires and ‘meanings’ of dreams, and have suggested that dreams occur simply due to random neural firings in the brain when the body is at rest and these random firings produce images in the brain.

There are several stages in sleep and the REM sleep is the final stage. Dreams are related to this REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep and we tend to have several dreams in one night although we forget almost all these images. We don’t act out these images because during the process of dreaming, the body undergoes temporary paralysis which is a protective or bodily defense mechanism against any external injury.

Dreams according to psychology is also a defense mechanism as all repressed desires which could have harmful effects on our psyche are released through the process of dreaming, so both physiologically and psychologically, dreams have defensive or protective functions helping in release of excessive stress, traumatic thoughts, repressed impulses as also protect the body from external injury. Dream recollection and control through the process of lucid dreaming and hypnosis as used more frequently by traditional psychotherapists are not too popular any more although these processes provide more insights into images in dreaming and how these could be evoked or elicited in psychotherapeutic sessions or could be remembered and interpreted to provide more access to the unconscious.

The physiology of REM stage of sleep may be able to provide answers as to why we dream of certain images yet this mechanism would be unable to explain exactly why these specific images occur. Some theories have suggested that certain repressed thoughts and desires or repeated occurrences could manifest in dreams through images. Sometimes trauma or any event with significant emotional value could lead to repetitive dreams with the same images. Considering existing literature, I suggest that dreams could have five principal functions – a clinical function of explaining mental illness, a cognitive function of aiding learning, an adaptive function of restoring body mechanisms, a cathartic function of releasing traumatic or repressed feelings and a defensive function of providing a protective shield to the mind and the body.

So dreams could actually be explained both from psychoanalytic and psycho-physiological perspectives. In fact we have to understand psychoanalysis and psycho-physiology and integrate findings about dreams from both these fields to reach a comprehensive understanding of these mental processes.

The five functions of dreams are given here and the basic thesis of a comprehensive dream theory should be based on all these five functions.

Clinical Function of Dreams – Some psychologists believe that dreams are closely related to mental illness and that many post traumatic dreams represent anxiety and prolonged or repetitive traumatic dreams could suggest initial symptoms of mental disorder or failed physiological functions in the body. In fact many mental illnesses could be traced back to certain dreams and we can even understand the roots or causes of mental illness by studying why certain dreams occur in certain people. The clinical value of dreams has been recognized in psychoanalysis although the full potential of this function has not been very clear in physiology. Further scientific research is required to understand the role of dreams in explaining, preventing or even curing mental or physical illnesses. Dreams could highlight issues of brain disorder, brain ailments and hormonal changes in the body and could have clinical value in identifying many diseases and abnormal conditions in the body.

Cognitive Function of Dreams – Dreams are useful in learning and scientific studies have proved that they play a cognitive role in children who have many more dreams and increased REM sleep than adults, thus children tend to learn while dreaming and dreaming and REM sleep could also have a positive effect on learning physical skills. This might explain how dreams could also provide insights into problems as solutions and many discoveries, inventions and novel ideas emerge in dreams. Dreams show various possibilities in our thought process and through permutations and combinations provide cognitive solutions to some of our life goals. Dreams could thus be very effective learning tools, help in self understanding and realization and improve and consolidate cognitive abilities.

Adaptive Function of Dreams – Dreams help us to adapt to our surroundings and although the evolutionary advantage of dreaming is not clear or has not been studied extensively, the fact that we continue to dream and even learn and defend ourselves through dreams makes dreaming an important part of our passive and active life. The adaptive function of dreams is however physiologically advantageous as it helps restore bodily mental and physical balance. Although this remains a controversial viewpoint, the complete psychological and physiological advantages of dreaming will have to be studied from an evolutionary perspective.

Cathartic Function of Dreams – Dreams are highly cathartic. They release stress, and through symbolic representation of images, purge out our fears, our impulses and urges and help us to confront our own mental lives. Dreams are more than the ‘royal road to the unconscious’, they are basic shields for our own defense and release. The thoughts and emotions that may be too dark, traumatic, shameful or dangerous for real life are manifested in dreams and help us to confront realities. Psychoanalytically dreams represent wish fulfillment and many images in dreams like elongated objects for example, are considered symbolic of sexual organs. It is however controversial whether all dreams are a type of wish fulfillment and some dreams could simply be a release of anxiety or completely the opposite of any wish fulfillment. If you repeatedly dream of your own injury or injury of close ones, you are simply releasing your unconscious anxiety through the dreams which in turn may help you to function better and be more cautious in reality.

Defensive Function of Dreams – This is related to the cathartic and adaptive functions of dreaming as when we release through catharsis, we also adapt to situations and this in turn provides a defense or protection for the mind and body to continue functioning without harm or hindrance. Although this concept is unpopular among many psychologists, dreams may have strong defensive functions. While we dream, the physiological changes in the body such as release of glycine, an amino acid highlight a defensive mechanism and both physical and mental irritations could be released through dreaming, providing in turn a shield for the body and mind. Dreams are thus not just the ‘royal road to the unconscious’, they are essential covers or shields to protect the mind or body against excess stress. Just like your boiling kettle has provisions to release excess steam, dreams too serve as a regulatory mechanism to release all excesses from the mind and body.

Dreams are finally mind’s excretions. The view that dreams have no evolutionary advantage and that they have no functions has been endorsed by many scientists, yet if we look deeper into the annals of psychology, the significance of dreams in explaining mental life cannot be overlooked. Only further research in physiology, imaging techniques and psychotherapy delving into the psychology of dreams would be able to tell us why we dream and whether dreams are rudimentary or regulatory.

Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease And GERD

IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) is becoming more common each year. It is estimated that 600,000 people within the US have this condition. It is commonly found in those over thirty, but occasionally children receive the same diagnosis. Because IBD affects the digestive tract, it can lead to other types of problems as well leaving some people having to deal with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and GERD at the same time. Although they effect different areas of the digestive tract with IBD effecting the intestines and GERD the stomach and esophagus, they can be related to one another.

Because IBD is not the same type of condition as acid reflux, many don’t make the connection. This disease affects the tissues of the intestines and can cause a host of troubling symptoms. A person with Inflammatory Bowel Disease might have problems with diarrhea, vomiting, bowel blockage, pain, bloating, and other related events. IBD is classed as an auto-immune condition, so it can be found in those who might have something like Lupus or CDS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). However, many with IBD also have problems with GERD.

It would stand to reason that one upset in the digestive system would mean the rest of the system might be out of whack too. Someone with unexplained GERD might find that this is not their main problem, but rather the symptom of a larger problem that might be diagnosed as IBD.

When problems with GERD that are related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease arise, one option is to try and treat the GERD, but the better approach would be treating the underlying issue. Medications can also help IBD, along with some lifestyle modifications that may prove beneficial. If the condition of IBD can be controlled to some extent, it is possible that the acid reflux related pain and discomfort would disappear without specific treatment for that problem.

When dealing with either of these two health issues one of the best forms of treatment is to amend your diet. Thankfully following a diet for IBD will help reduce and soothe GERD symptoms too with just a few exceptions to watch out for.

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Generally the low fat, high soluble diet that is recommended for IBD also reduces GERD. High fat foods are a trigger for both conditions so avoid these wherever possible.

Acidic foods such as citrus, tomatoes and vinegar are known triggers for reflux so they should be avoided. Coffee, as well as being acidic is also a powerful stimulant, creating a host of problems for both the upper and lower digestive system, so again best to avoid. If you’re looking for a replacement for coffee avoid green and black teas as they also contain caffeine and try herbal teas such as chamomile instead.

Chocolate is another favorite that is off the menu for both IBD and GERD as it is both high in fat and contains theobromine, a muscle relaxant, which relaxes the Lower Esophagal sphincter allow acid to reflux up and out of the stomach.

As a general rule eating smaller meals more often is helpful for both conditions as it doesn’t overload the digestive system, giving it time to process the food, nor does is leave long periods of time between eating.

When trying to treat GERD and IBD, it is important to keep a note of what treatments are working and what aren’t. If someone has symptoms of both Inflammatory Bowel Disease and GERD, they should chose a treatment plan that takes into account both conditions rather than trying to treat them singularly. Speak to your doctor if you think you are displaying signs of either of these conditions.

Chlamydia Symptoms in Men – Detection and Treatment

Chlamydia is a type of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) brought about by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is the most prevalent STD in the United States, infecting more than one million people, not counting those who are not aware that they have the disease. The total number of infected individuals is probably higher, since many people do not manifest the symptoms of the disease.


1. Chlamydia is relatively easy to treat. However, it is hard to diagnose especially in males. Around half of infected men do not show the symptoms of the disease and are not being regularly tested for Chlamydia. Moreover, 75 percent of women do not show symptoms that is why the disease is easily transmitted to unsuspecting partners. In rare cases, infected men can become sterile, as well as have other complications such as arthritis if Chlamydia is not diagnosed and given proper treatment.


2. Chlamydia symptoms in men, when detected or noticed, include a watery or whitish discharge from the penis and a painful, burning sensation when urinating. The tip of the penis may be sore and red. If the infection is acquired through anal sex, the rectum may bleed or emit a discharge, as well as feel a burning sensation. When acquired through oral sex, it can cause a red and sore throat. Symptoms may occur one to three weeks after catching the infection. Symptoms brought about by undiagnosed and untreated Chlamydia that has spread through the person’s body may include skin rash, arthritis, and eye infection and inflammation (conjunctivitis). Going to select STD clinics can help prevent the likelihood of passing the disease to others as well as getting early treatment for the disease.


3. Like prevention from any other STD, abstinence is still the most effective way to prevent it. Also, having sexual intercourse with only one partner who does not have Chlamydia is also a preventive measure. Condoms can aid in reducing the risk of infection, however, they are not 100 percent effective. During oral sex, use of dental dams would be a big help. These are small, plastic sheets which dentists use for tooth fillings. Using condoms during anal sex would also prevent infection. For people diagnosed with Chlamydia, single dose or using antibiotics for one week will cure the infection.


4. Untreated Chlamydia in men can lead to Reiter’s syndrome, which is a combination of disorders. The symptoms of this disease include arthritis which affects the hands, feet, and knees, and also causes conjunctivitis. Reiter’s also causes rash which look like small, hard bumps on the foot soles or palms, or small, pointed sores located on the penis. It can also bring about inflammation of the prostate gland and cardiovascular problems. Reiter’s syndrome occurs rarely and more men are affected than women.


5. Chlamydia can progress to chronic inflammation of the urethra and epididymis (epididimytis) in men. The epididymis is the tube within the scrotum near the testicles and is where the sperm mature and are stored before ejaculation. Epididymitis causes swelling and pain in the scrotum as well as fever. Infertility may result if left untreated. Chlamydia infection is the most common culprit that causes epididymitis in men under 35 years old.

Your Breathing Difficulty Could Be a Laughing Matter

Your breathing difficulty could be a laughing matter — at least indirectly. Do you often find it difficult to take a deep breath? Do you feel as though you cannot ‘catch’ your breath? It might feel like ‘air hunger’ or a sensation of not having enough air. These are common symptoms of a disorder called chronic hyperventilation, or hyperventilation syndrome. One of the things that laughing makes us do is hyperventilate. It is unlikely that laughing is the cause of your breathing troubles, but it might make your symptoms worse.

Chronic hyperventilation occurs when the amount you breathe is greater than what your body actually needs to meet its metabolic demands. No one is entirely certain why this occurs, but some people seem to have a predisposition to over-breathing. It usually starts (or becomes symptomatic) after a traumatic event or when life itself has been very stressful. One of the first signs is a breathing difficulty; like feeling unable to take a deep breath.

If this is a sensation you are familiar with and it is with you much of the time, you may have acquired a disordered breathing pattern. Instead of breathing quietly at rest using your diaphragm, which is the main muscle of restful breathing, people with chronic hyperventilation tend to use their upper chest to breathe. Normal restful breathing goes like this; breathe in and the tummy rises up (the diaphragm descends and this makes your tummy swell outwards); breathe out and the tummy relaxes back down. If you have the opposite breathing pattern; your tummy sucks in when you breathe in; or your tummy barely moves at all when you breathe in but your upper chest rises up, then you have a disordered breathing pattern. You will likely experience this as a breathing difficulty; specifically, a difficulty with breathing in.

You may notice this most when you are under pressure, worried or anxious. Because you tend to breathe with your upper chest, your neck and shoulder muscles are working all the time. They are being overworked because they are helping you breathe. Although one of the functions of your neck and shoulder muscles is to assist with respiration (breathing), they are really only designed to be recruited for this purpose under conditions of peak demand — in emergencies or when you are working so hard you need a lot of additional air. You may not look or feel like you are breathing heavily, unless you really focus on the parts of your body that move when you breathe.

Upper chest breathers also have a tendency not to empty their lungs properly on the out-breath. The lungs are supposed to retain some air in them after a breath out, but people who do not diaphragmatically breathe well, which includes people with asthma, tend to have more air left in the lungs after a breath out than is considered normal. The term for this is hyperinflation and it is often progressive which means the lungs have more and more air left in them with each consecutive out-breath.

If this is how you unknowingly breathe, day in and day out, what happens when you really do need to take a bigger breath? Because you already have tension in the upper chest and abdominal area, and your lungs are already partially filled, you experience this need to take a deeper breath as an inability to do so. It is a problem of body mechanics as well as physiology. If you try to pack more air into a balloon that is already filled with air, the balloon would feel this as tension and resistance. You are experiencing the same sensations the balloon would feel. “No more air please, I already have enough and my chest walls cannot accommodate any more.”

Chronic hyperventilation is not uncommon – it affects 6-10% of the population – but it is commonly misdiagnosed. This is because the symptoms are not well defined, they vary between people, and they are easily confused with other disorders. For example, common chronic hyperventilation symptoms like dizziness and chest pain can be mistaken for heart problems. If you have a breathing difficulty your doctor will want to rule out these other causes. If tests do not reveal any other cause for your distress then it is highly likely you have a breathing pattern disorder called hyperventilation syndrome.

Treatment for hyperventilation syndrome involves learning to breathe less and to relearn a healthy, diaphragmatic breathing pattern. This is not always easy because your brain has adapted to over-breathing and it will try to maintain the status quo – even when changing things is the better option. But with good coaching and regular practice you can overcome your body’s resistance and start to breathe freely again.

Type 2 Diabetes – Will a Low-Fat Diet Give More Fat Loss to Adolescents Than a Low-Carb Diet?

An epidemic of Type 2 diabetes, formerly known as mature onset diabetes, has developed in children and adolescents. Pediatric Type 2 diabetes follows the obesity epidemic in young people. A rigid low-fat diet is frequently prescribed for obese teens who often have difficulty following this type of eating plan.

According to the scientists at Monash University and the University of Queensland in Australia, either a low-carbohydrate diet plan or a low-fat eating plan is suitable for adolescents who need to lose weight. Their findings are reported on in the online journal PLOS ONE in March 2016. They randomly assigned 87 obese adolescents to either one of two structured diets or their usual eating habits.

The low-carbohydrate diet contained…

  • 35 percent of its calories in the form of carbohydrates,
  • 30 percent in protein, and
  • 35 percent in fat.

The low-fat diet consisted of...

  • 55 percent carbohydrate calories,
  • 20 percent protein, and
  • 25 percent fat.

After 12 weeks both prescribed diet plans brought about improvements in the participants. Body mass indexes were lower in both interventional groups compared with the panel of adolescents eating as usual. Both interventional groups showed the same improvements in their body mass index (BMI) and metabolism. The researchers decided a structured eating system with flexible but limited food choices could work well in either the low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet plans.

Vegetarian and vegan diets are the best eating plans for preventing or treating Type 2 diabetes in adults or children. Although fruits and grains are frequently high in carbs, many vegetables and nuts have low amounts. Among high-carbohydrate foods, those with high amounts of fiber slows down carbohydrate absorption, which makes them a better choice than “white carbs” or highly processed foods such as white bread. offers a low-carb recipe for kale salad with creamy lemon tahini dressing. It calls for…

  • kale or a blend of greens,
  • cucumber,
  • avocados diced,
  • tomatoes diced,
  • garbanzo beans (chickpeas),
  • hemp seeds or other seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin,
  • tahini,
  • lemon juiced
  • garlic cloves minced
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Mushrooms and spinach are two low-carb vegetables. has instructions on making a mushroom, spinach, and chickpea sauté. It calls for…

  • olive oil
  • white mushrooms,
  • crushed red pepper flakes,
  • dried basil,
  • paprika,
  • crushed garlic,
  • chickpeas/garbanzo beans,
  • water,
  • spinach or baby kale,
  • salt and black pepper to taste,
  • 2 tbsp roasted sunflower salted seeds

Many other low-carb vegan recipes can be found on the internet or in vegan cookbooks. Bon appétit.

Benefits of Engaging in Physical Education and Sport Activities

Engaging in natural health remedies such as physical education and sport activites are encouraged by health and nutrition experts today. The increasing number of health risks and conditions that are experienced by most people today, young or old, create concern about the impact of lifestyle and diet factors to increasing those risk factors. If you wanted to adapt a change in lifestyle, make sure to learn how you can incorporate those activities in your daily life and experience their benefits.

What is Physical Education?

Physical education is a form of instruction that focus on promoting activities that involve physical development and enhance an individual’s overall well being. This is one reason why physical education is an integral part in a school’s curriculum, especially for grade school to high school students. This is the time wherein the physical body is undergoing development and engaging in activities such as dance, sports, gymnastics, and calisthenics, among other PE classes are highly encouraged.

Aside from those physical activities, games can also become part of physical education and sport classes. The idea is to stimulate play behavior to develop physical fitness and skills. Although physical education has been largely associated with the modern society, it actually has a long history that dates back to the times of ancient Greece.

Teaching Physical Education

The ability for children to benefit from physical education and sport classes depend largely on the teaching methods employed. This is why PE teachers need a certain level of qualification before they are allowed to teach this subject. A baccalaureate degree is the most basic requirement for PE teachers and some could even have concentration studies in the area of human behavior and biology.

Aside from teaching physical education and sport in schools, there is also a large demand for PE instructors in other sectors. This is partly due to the recent surge in health and fitness awareness with the need to stay active being considered as one of the healthy yet natural alternatives to combating common diseases and health risks.

Sport Activities

Although sports is viewed today as a competitive activity, it can also be practiced for leisure and fitness purposes. There are various level of sports activities that one can engage in such as amateur, leisure, and professional sports.

Sports classes are also held in schools to encourage students to participate actively for physical stimulation. After all, sports is not only fun and competitive, but it also teaches one the importance of taking care of your body and well being in terms of physical self-discipline. There are several sports activities that one can choose from such that it is easier to commit yourself into this activity, depending on what you enjoy doing most. Some of the most popular sports today include basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, swimming, to name a few.


To encourage your kids to engage in physical education and sport activities, here are some of the rewards for doing so:

• Depending on the type of sport, it can encourage social behaviors and improve one’s ability to work with a team.

• It boosts your endurance and fitness level such that you stay healthier for longer.

• It teaches one self-discipline to adapt a healthy lifestyle and take good care of one’s body.

• It promotes physical development and acquire essential physical skills.

Oregano Oil for Eczema Control

Eczema is a skin disease characterized by reddish, itchy, dry and inflamed skin. This condition can be mild but sometimes it can cover the entire body. In serious cases, the skin becomes cracked and feels very itchy and painful. The most common types of eczema are diaper rash and the rash that is caused by contact with poison ivy.

This skin condition affects humans of all ages, not just children as is commonly assumed. If your family has a history of this disease, you may be prone as well. For babies under 4 months old, the skin inflammation is accompanied with oozing and crusting. With children more than 2 years old, the skin rash becomes dry and scaly.

One type of eczema is contact dermatitis which is caused by repeated contact with mild irritants like detergents. Another type, the allergic contact dermatitis results from contact with allergens such as nickel and poison ivy. Nickel is present in most common items we use such as eyeglass frames, bracelets, necklaces, buttons and coins. Other types of eczema such as atopic and seborrheic dermatitis are caused by many factors including stress, climate, inherited genes, yeast, poor health and over active immune system.

The typical treatments for eczema are topical and oral medications. They are used primarily to reduce the itching and inflammation of the skin. Topical creams are applied to rehydrate the skin. If the condition is acute, oral corticosteroids are given. However, all of these treatments are made of synthetic drugs and antibiotics which are known to produce negative side effects. Prolonged use is therefore not advised.

There is a better alternative for treating eczema and that is by using oregano oil. This essential oil is known to be an effective antimicrobial agent. Many studies and researches have confirmed that it can kill harmful germs including all types of bacteria, virus, fungi and parasites. It also has a very powerful chemical compound called carvacrol. Actually, 60% to 80% of oregano oil is composed of this substance.

There are scientists who have found that this particular chemical compound is very effective in controlling inflammation and pain. They have found that it can control the inflammation and pain of arthritis patients. Therefore, the inflammation of the skin associated with eczema can be controlled by oregano oil. Its pain relieving effect will also help to reduce the pain resulting from the cracked skin.

You can use oregano oil topically to control eczema. Mix two drops of this oil with 5 ml of virgin olive oil. Rub this mixture in the affected skin area two times a day. If your skin is irritated, stop this method and just take oregano oil internally. You need to take 2 to 4 drops of this oil every day. You can place them under your tongue or mix them with your favorite juice drink or a glass of water.

What Are Herpes Symptoms and How Are They Recognized?

Herpes symptoms are only noticeable when outbreaks occur. Otherwise, the virus lies in latency in the neck or lower spine, oftentimes never causing any symptoms at all. In fact, there is virtually no way to identify the presence of the virus until an outbreak occurs.

The location of the symptoms of herpes depends on the type of the virus – oral herpes symptoms appear in and around the mouth area, and the genital variety appear in and around the genital and anal areas of the body.

The severity of the outbreaks vary from case to case and can range from mild tingling and redness to clusters of painful blisters on the skin. This can be mistaken for other skin disorders, so it is important that those concerned about the origin of sores in the oral or genital areas be tested for the herpes virus.

Early symptoms of herpes can mimic those of the flu as the body gears up for fighting a flare-up of the disease. These can include fever and headache, and depression or irritability, and inflammation of the lymph nodes, particularly those located near the site of the pending outbreak.

An oral herpes blister is commonly referred to as a cold sore. The outbreak of such a sore begins with a tingling and mile redness of the skin that then develops into a blister that can be quite large and painful. These blisters are usually located very near the lips of the infected person, but herpes symptoms can also be present inside the mouth, particularly on the tongue.

Herpes-related sores do not look like pimples, but rather blisters that contain fluid. During the cycle of herpes symptoms, these blisters will burst and dry up as the infection comes to a close. It is important to note that the fluid contained in the sores is highly contagious, and when it is present in and around the sore, the infected person is most likely to transmit the disease.

Genital symptoms of herpes vary, and although some complications that arise can be very uncomfortable, the majority of people infected with the virus that causes genital herpes have no idea they are infected and will unknowingly spread the highly contagious virus to others. Symptoms that may appear early and serve as warning signs include burning or itching sensations in the genital area, pain or burning in the buttocks area.

More advanced symptoms of herpes in the genital area include blisters similar to those that appear in cases of oral herpes. Small blisters, either as individuals or in a group, will form on the skin on or near the genitals. The tops of the blisters will eventually come off and leave open wet sores. The open sores will later dry up as scabs develop during the healing process leaving no scarring. At this time, the lesions are no longer contagious.

The full cycle of herpes symptoms takes between two and four weeks to complete. The effects are worst for most people during the first outbreak, which usually occurs within a few weeks of the initial transmission of the disease. Subsequent outbreaks of can occur four or five times a year, and the frequency of occurrences should decrease in time, though the virus is always present in the bodies of those infected.

There are many treatment options exists to help people cope with symptoms of herpes. Antiviral medications can shorten the length of symptomatic outbreaks and can make outbreaks less frequent, and may be able to prevent outbreaks of herpes symptoms altogether. Natural treatments for herpes simplex include strengthening the body’s immune system, applying topical herbal formulas and supplementing the diet with nutrients such as lysine, polysaccharides, lactoferrin, and resveratol. These alternative therapies can be just as effective as prescription medications in suppressing the symptoms of herpes.