7 Things A Brain Tumor Taught Me

As a coach, I have had all sorts of training over the years, some very good and some only mediocre. The very best lessons I learned, however, came in 2008 when I was diagnosed with a rare, non-cancerous brain  tumor . Although the  tumor  was benign, the doctors assured me that if it did not come out, it would eventually kill me. Well, that got my attention! About 8 weeks after diagnosis, I had brain surgery.

It was a learning year for me. I had quite a few complications following surgery, and I found myself in the unique position of having to coach myself through some very challenging times. Following surgery, I was deaf in one ear, half of my face was paralyzed, and my balance was terrible. So, what did I learn?

1. I learned that sometimes you need to ask for help. Sounds simple, but it is something many of my clients have difficulty doing. And, people do not know what you need unless you tell them.

2. Set small goals. My balance nerve was removed during surgery, so walking was a bit challenging for me in the early days. I started by walking down the driveway, then ventured a half-block down the street. Now, I can do just about anything.

3. Do not let yourself off the hook. One side of my face was totally immobile at first and I was so self-conscious about going out in public. My inclination was to hide in the house until I looked normal again. I forced myself to go to meetings and do the simple little things in life, like going to the store. And, each time, it felt like a small victory, and encouraged me to tackle the next challenge.

4. Go naked. No, I do not mean take your clothes off! What I mean is that it is okay to let people know you are not perfect. I am deaf in my right ear now and sometimes I do not hear people on my right in meetings. So, I just tell them in advance âEUR” it takes the pressure off and no one thinks less of me.

5. Practice patience. There is a fine line between being patient, and letting your self off the hook. My husband has a saying that good food takes time. Actually, most worthwhile things take time. Being patient with yourself, and those around you, is a skill worth learning.

6. Celebrate the victories, big and small. When I saw that first little muscle twitch on my cheek, it was like winning an Olympic Medal. I told everyone. And, you know what? People were incredibly supportive and so enthusiastic!

7. Know when you need to take a time-out. Ever have a client who pushed so hard that they ended up losing ground? I learned about this first hand and what I learned is that you have to be smart about how you use your energy. Sometimes a short rest allows you to run further.

So, in a strange way, there have been some upsides to having a brain  tumor . I am still learning.

Pneumonia Helps With Self-Esteem

It came as quite a shock to me to find that I could hardly walk because I was so breathless. Three days before I had run about seven and a half miles with a rucksack on my back and had no difficulty at all. Now I was almost helpless.

The following day, I was in hospital. I had never been in hospital as an in-patient before and I could barely believe that they wanted me to stay overnight – worse than that – they wanted me to stay for two nights. How was I going to manage with no access to the internet or to my e-mail? I know that some people will think such sentiment is laughable, but e-mail and the internet are a significant part of my life and part of the way I make a living. I use a computer every day of my life and I run a weekly newsletter, which is going to be late. All my accounts are accessed via the internet and while in hospital I had no way to earn any money. What was I going to do?

I am still in hospital as I write this, not after two days, but after two weeks of being completely disconnected from my life. It seems that somehow I had got an infection in my left lung, otherwise known as  pneumonia . Four days ago, I had an operation to remove fluid from my chest cavity and to take a biopsy to determine the exact cause. I have a chest drain and despite some very powerful antibiotics, the infection is still hanging around, which means that the drain stays in and I still can’t go home.

Trust me, such a sudden change in my health had a big effect upon my self-esteem. Despite the fact that I write a regular self-esteem newsletter, it still took me a couple of days to convince myself that my heath or lack of it, my abilities or disabilities had no connection to my value as a person. Despite knowing that, I had never had my belief tested like this before and the change was so sudden and dramatic, I was left totally confused. But I did work through it and I am much stronger for that. Taking a firm approach, is much better than concentrating on my problem. If I concentrate upon the problem, I will tend to feel helpless and powerless. Concentration on where I want to be instead, is much more powerful and makes me feel better. I can even appreciate this illness for the things that it has taught me.

But what about the operation? I teach people how to be relaxed when a stressful event is coming up in their lives. Do I know my stuff well enough to keep myself relaxed? I am always telling people that getting stressed out achieves no useful outcome. All it does is make you stressed, which is bad for you and makes you feel bad. Apart from that it achieves nothing. It seems to me that it is a waste of energy and if I am going to use up a lot of energy, I would rather use it on something more productive. So, having set that standard, could I achieve it. The answer is ‘yes’.

As there was nothing I could do to help the operation – apart from relaxing – there seemed little point in doing anything else. I tell people that there are only two kinds of things that you can worry about; those over which you have control and those over which you have no control. For those things over which you have control, the answer is simple; change it so that there is nothing to worry about. For those things over which you have no control, there is nothing you can do, so there is no point in worrying about it – it achieves nothing.

Going to the operating theatre is the second kind; I have no control over the procedure, which means there is nothing I can do and so worrying about it will achieve nothing at all. Therefore, I simply relaxed and put everything into the hands of the surgeon and his team.

When they took me down to the operating theatre, they told me that my blood pressure was a bit low (although my memory from this time is a bit vague) and I told them that perhaps I was too relaxed. They injected the anaesthetic into my arm and shortly after that, I lost consciousness. The next thing I remember was someone telling me I was in the recovery room. It was all over and so I could relax. I did too. They became very concerned about me because my heart rate and blood pressure were so low, yet I was not concerned in the least; I was chilled out. It was over five hours before I woke up enough to hold a conversation and even then they continued to monitor me overnight.

So how is my self-esteem now? Very good. All of my friends and family supported me in every way they could. If I had any doubt about what people thought of me, it was resolved while I was in hospital. I am very grateful to them all. The hospital staff were excellent and I am grateful to them as well. Internally I know that – regardless of what they all say – my intrinsic value is just as high as it always was. Remember that self-esteem is a value that you put upon yourself. If you think that you have little value to others, your self-esteem is low. Learn to appreciate others and as you do, you will start to appreciate yourself. You are no better or worse than anyone else, yet you are unique and you have a unique and very valuable function here on earth; whether you know it or not. Do whatever makes you happy, because your purpose is to be happy. As Nike say, “Just do it”.

Astrological Sun Signs for the Bio-Chemical Cell Salts Part I

Astrologgy + Chemistry = Health

Part i


The Ram

March 21 to April 21

The optic thalmus is the third eye connecting the pineal gland and the pituitary body. It means “light of the chamber!” The head is the true ruler of man, not the heart.

Kali Phosphate is the birth salt for those born between March 21 and April 21.

Aries people are brain workers, earnest, executive and determined. They make great soldiers. They rapidly use up the brain visualizer, Kali Phos.

Kali Phos is the greatest healing agent known to man, because it is the chemical base of the material expression and understanding.

Aries people are armed and prepared when in trouble or danger they keep their head.


The Winged Bull

(April 21 to May 21)

Man was forever. The truth of man never had a beginning. The scientists of the Taurian Age (over 4000 years ago) carved the wings on the zodiacal sign of Taurus.

Taurians can descend deep into materialism or use their wings to soar high at the heavens.

Air is the raw material of our blood. Our blood is our elixir of Life.

Sulphate of Sodium, Nat sulph chemically corresponds to the physical and mental characteristics of Taurians.

Taurus is represented by the cerebellum, the lower brain.

A deficiency in Nat Sulph is always manifested by pains in the back of the head, spine and liver. Nat Sulph eliminates excess water in the body. The more surplus water there is to be thrown out of the blood, the more Sodium Sulphate is required. Chills and fevers are Nature’s method of getting rid of surplus water. Nat Sulph is the remedy.


The Twins

(May 21 to June 21)

Gemini natives express themselves with the cell salt Kali Mur. (Potassium Chloride) is the mineral worker of blood that forms fibrin and diffuses it throughout the tissues of the body. This is the birth salt of the Gemini native.. When Kali Mur is deficient, the blood fibrin thickens causing what is known as   pleurisy , pneumonia, catarrh, etc. Use Kali Mur. Gemini means the “twins!” And Gemini is the sign which governs the United States.


The Crab

(June 21 to July 22)

This is the “mother” sign of the zodiac. Cancer has the tenacity to hold on to ones home, like a crab who takes it’s home with it. The Cancer cell salt is Calcium Flourica. When this cell salt is deficient in the blood, physical and mental dis-ease is the result. Calcium Fluoride forms elastic fiber. Varicose veins and kindred ailments are due to lack of Calcium Fluoride.

Cancer people are more liable to symptoms indicating a lack of this cell salt. When we learn the cause of the disease, we will prevent disease. When a man’s body is made chemically perfect, the operations of the mind will express health.


The Lion

(July 22 to August 23)

The Sun overflows with divine energy. All the blood in the body passes through the heart. The impulsive traits of Leo are symbolized in the pulse, which is a reflex of “heart throbs!”

Phosphate of Magnesia is the remedy for all spasmodic impulsive symptoms.

Mag Phos restores normal conditions.

Lack of muscular force or nerve vigor indicates a deficiency of Mag Phos.

Leo is ruled by the Sun, and they are natural Sun worshipers.

Leo people consume their birth salts more rapidly than any other salt. Suffice it to say Mag Phos is for Leos!


The Virgin

(August 23 to September 23)

Virgin means “pure.” Kali Sulphate is the cell salt for Virgo.

Virgo is represented by the solar plexus and the bowels.

Virgo’s are discriminating, analytical and critical.

A deficiency in Kali Sulph cause the oil in the skin tissue to thicken and clog, meaning the skin can not breath. This turns heat and secretions but upon the inner organs, lungs and membranes of the nasal passages.

Kali Sulph is found in the scalp and hair. A deficiency causes dandruff and falling out of hair.

Virgo’s need Kali Sulph. Use your particular cell-salt for your astrological sun sign daily to maintain health.

Autumn Skin – Skin Care Solutions For Keratosis Pilaris

Season change is not the only thing happening as autumn approaches: our skin changes too. As the climate is slowly getting colder, windier and wetter, we change the way we dress because our body needs protection for these weather conditions. Our skin experiences the same, which is why we need a little extra to nourish and protect skin that is affected by Keratosis Pilaris (KP).

The air becomes drier and cooler during autumn. This type of weather makes our skin less able to retain moisture. The most common symptoms we experience during this season are that your skin becomes drier making it look and feel dull.

For people that are affected by dry skin conditions, flare-ups are more common during the cold seasons, which is why it is important to take extra care. The good news is that you can do something to keep your skin beautiful and glowing. The best way of doing this is to make minor adjustments to your beauty regime.

Protection for Keratosis Pilaris

We know that Keratosis Pilaris doesn’t cause serious health implications but it is also a known ailment because it’s difficult to treat. Like any dry skin condition, the key is to keep your skin moisturized to improve the appearance of your skin.

Autumn KP Skin Care Tips

*Boost your water intake during autumn. This will help your skin to keep it hydrated.

*Change to a richer moisturizer. This will give the skin more time to absorb the cream for protection.

*Use a sun block. It is very important to use a sunscreen SPF 15 during the cold seasons. This will prevent sun damage.

*Exfoliate with a loofah. Exfoliating in the shower can help to dissolve keratin plugs in your skin.

Double Double Boil and Trouble – How to Cure Your Boils Naturally

Boils are not a pleasant topic, but it is something that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. This article will show how you can cure your boils naturally by using inexpensive natural remedies.

What is a boil? Another name used to describe a boil is a skin abscess, but basically it’s just an infection deep in the skin. I like to describe a boil as being a really big zit because that’s what it looks like. Below are several different types of boils:

Cystic acne – An abscess that forms when the oil ducts become infected or clogged. This type of boil is found mostly on the face and primarily effects teenagers.

Furuncle or carbuncle – An abscess of the skin caused by Staphylococcus aureus. This type of boil may cause a fever or chills.

Pilonidal cyst – This abscess is usually found in the crease of the buttocks. People who sit a lot or travel over long distances, like a truck driver, are more prone to getting this kind of boil.

Hidradenitis suppurativa – This is when you have multiple boils that form in the arm pits and groin area and are associated with the sweat glands.

Why do we get boils? The most common cause is believed to be clogged sweat glands or hair follicles that become infected. It is also possible for a scratch or any other break in the skin to become infected and turn into a boil. Believe it or not, an ingrown hair can cause a boil. People with compromised or suppressed immune systems are more likely to get boils. That includes people with diabetes. Medications can also suppress the immune system — especially cortisone, prednisone, prednisolone and medications used by cancer patients.

How to cure boils naturally? If you have been searching the Internet for information on how to cure boils, you probably found that most Websites recommend that you go to your doctor and be put on antibiotics. I think that’s a bit radical when most boils can be effectively cured at home. If, however, after you have tried to cure the boil yourself, but it doesn’t work, then go to your doctor immediately. Below are four natural cures you can try:

Turmeric – Turmeric taken internally can help dissolve and heal boils in as little as three days. It has anti-inflammatory and blood purifying effects on the body. Just take one teaspoon of turmeric powder in warm water three times a day or buy turmeric in capsule form and take about 450 mg each day. You can also make a paste out of the turmeric powder and place it directly on the boil and cover it with gauze. Be careful as turmeric can stain your skin and your clothes. The stain on your skin will go away in about two weeks.

Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that is able to help in the healing of all kinds of skin problems. All you have to do is apply one drop of tea tree oil directly on the boil everyday after bathing until it’s gone.

Castor Oil – Put some Castor oil on a cotton ball and place it on the boil. You will need to secure it with gauze or a band-aid. Castor oil will draw the poison right out of the boil and can heal it in as little as two days.

There are other remedies that I did not mention as I felt the three above were the best. Some other remedies are iodine, a paste made out of baking soda or you can take an epson salts bath.

How To Do Weighted Chin Ups

Doing weighted chin ups is usually done in one of three ways. The first involves using the lower body to apply weight while pulling the body up to the bar. The second utilizes a dip belt and the third suspends a dumbbell in between the ankles while hoisting the body.

Normally, one would keep the body straight and rigid during chin ups. This is a requirement for people who are just starting to do the exercise and people who do not have enough muscular strength. The reason behind the restriction is that when the lower body is bent upwards, the tension in the region of the buttocks and knees can increase the weight of the body beyond safe limits for the strength of the person training himself.

The usual way to use the body to perform weighted chin ups is to bend the knees prior to hoisting the body up the bar. This builds tension in the arm and shoulders and provides protection against spraining and dislocation. Then as the body moves upwards, the buttocks are also bent by swinging the upper legs forward until they are parallel to the ground. When the body is lowered, the buttocks slowly unbend by bringing the upper legs straight down. The knees, however are kept bent throughout the session.

A dip belt is a wide band of leather or some other durable material. At both of its ends, a chain is usually attached. On that chain it is possible to add or remove weights and adjust the downward force during chin ups. The band of the belt is wrapped over the buttock region of the body and fastened loosely in front to keep the belt from falling off. The chain and suspended weights are allowed to hang down in front.

At the start of the routine, the lower legs are bent backward while the upper leg remains vertically oriented. The lower legs are kept in that position as the body is pulled up and brought down until the exercise is done.

When doing weighted chin ups in this way, it is better for the person training to have an assistant. The role of his helper will be to place the barbell shaft in between his ankles prior to lift off. There should also be some allowance below to keep the barbell from going horizontal when the body goes down. The routing is done in the usual way chin ups are performed, with the body held straight and still as it goes up towards and down from the bar.

Exercise buffs have come up with many variations on the basic weighted chin up techniques. Some people wrap heavy chains on their body. Others suspend the dip belt on their shoulders rather than on their hips. People who feel the need to develop the muscles of the abdomen suspend weights on their thighs and bend the upper legs forward for support. An amusing and fun way to do weighted chin ups is to seat a smaller person on the upper legs which are bent slightly forward while doing the exercise. The feet have to be crossed to prevent the passenger from falling through the legs of the person training.

Profitable Work As a Teacher in Australia

One of the most dynamic aspects of life Down Under is higher education in Australia. The current government has placed education as one of the top priority aspects of the economy to pump prime the business life in Australia. Even if the country has put in place one of the most stringent immigration processes in the world, the current demand for skilled workers for the economy makes Australia one of the most inviting countries in the world.

The education system in Australia is one of the industries that have a dearth of skilled experts. In fact, many higher education institutions have reached out to foreign skilled workers to fill the vacancies in many schools throughout the country. The high demand has even been highlighted in a post online succinctly describing the process as “this is where there is a specific opportunity for those with a teaching background and teaching experience to make a new life in Australia.”

The Australian economy has been able to weather the storm of the worldwide recession mainly due to the conservative fiscal policies instituted by the Australian Federal Government. This has helped prop up the economy with little dislocation in the landscape. In fact, there has been an influx of immigrants to fill the in demand positions all throughout the economic landscape in the vast Australian terrain. Even Australians who have immigrated elsewhere have began to return home seeing the burgeoning economy and stable political structure that Australia has exhibited in the past decades.

As previously discussed, higher education in Australia provides much of the fresh influx of skilled workers for the Australian economy. The peculiarity of the Australian system though is the diversity of the skills available to be learned in the educational system. An individual student has an option of either enrolling in the many world class universities in the country or in the technical schools called TAFEs that are spread all throughout the continent. These vocational technical schools inculcate necessitated skills and expertise for individuals that make up a greater portion of the Australian workforce. The opening up of these educational opportunities to both local and foreign students has allowed the economy to continue on its rapid growth as there are new and skilled workers ready and available to fill the demand for labor in the businesses and industries throughout Australia.

In order to keep abreast with the galloping economy, teaching is one of the most in demand and high paying jobs in Australia. Even at the point of application for a visa, teachers are given much priority and their applications are fast tracked. In order for an individual to be gainfully employed in a higher education institution in Australia, an individual must have the education, experience and expertise to handle teaching in Australia. The forecast, as reported in a post that “Australia has become something of a magnet for teachers looking to move to a new land and so long as the demand for teachers remains high it is likely we will see the teaching profession remain on the skilled workers list for the foreseeable future.”

First Aid for Bleeding

When someone experiences a cut or any form of bleeding you might start to panic and worsen the situation if you don’t know what to do. Every second counts in a situation where blood loss is rapid. Here are simple steps to take to see to the safety of the victim by acting diligently.

What to do:

1. Control the loss of blood from the circulation – the loss of more than 2 pints, especially in a short time, can have serious effects.

2. For external bleeding, apply pressure over or round the wound. For a nosebleed, pinch the nostrils.

3. For internal bleeding, keep the victim quiet and still while someone else calls a doctor or an ambulance. Do not give the victim anything to eat or drink. Even if he asks for it.

Minor bleeding usually stops in its own accord, but it can be controlled by pressure from a pad or dressing, or even the bare fingers. If the bleeding is severe, make the victim lie still while an ambulance is called. If the wound is in an arm or leg and no fracture is suspected, raise the limb above the level of the rest of the body. Apply dry dressings to the wound. If they become soaked with blood, do not remove them but press more on top.

Internal bleeding

This may be revealed by paleness, breathlessness or restlessness. Blood may be coughed up, vomited or passed in the stools or urine. Internal bleeding can be treated only by a doctor.

Bleeding in the tissues causes bruising, such as that which sometimes accompanies a closed fracture.

If the victim is vomiting, lay him in the recovery position on his stomach with his head turned to one side and the arm and leg of that side drawn up; otherwise lay him in as comfortable a position as possible. Loosen all tight clothing and get him to hospital as quickly as possible, preferably by ambulance which will jolt him less than will other forms of transport.


Sit the victim with his head forward and over a bowl. Pinch his nostrils together firmly for up to ten minutes. By that time the bleeding should stop. If it does not, pinch the nostrils again for another five minutes. If that does not stop the bleeding, get the victim to hospital.

If the victim loses more than half a pint of blood, consult a doctor.

How to Choose a Violin Shoulder Rest

The subject of violin shoulder rests has generated a lot of controversy amongst teachers and violinists. Because they were not used until fairly recently and also because they may affect the sound, there are still some teachers who recommend against using them at all. Certainly, there are some violinists who do fine without a shoulder rest. Often, these people have short necks.

For example, David Oistrakh, one of my favorite recording artists, fits this mold. For the rest of us, a shoulder rest can make playing the violin much more comfortable. It frees the left hand from having to support the instrument and should allow the violinist to play without raising the left shoulder. The choice of shoulder rest depends on the unique physiology of each student.

There are two major categories of shoulder rests. The first are is the group of “soft” rests (such as curved foam pieces, sponges –even a kitchen sponge with a rubber band will do– and the Play-on-Air, which is formed of a “bladder” filled with air that can be adjusted by varying the amount of air contained in the bladder.

Some teachers prefer rests that are not rigid. Their logic is that a rigid rest locks the player in one position and can add tension. However, the sound can be affected by the pressure of the soft pad against the back of the violin. Often, the contact of the soft rest will muffle or create fuzz in the sound.

The second major category of shoulder rests are composed of the “rigid rests.” There rigid models are based upon the same principal: feet that attach to the sides of the violin and a curved, rigid, shaped bar that connects the feet. Each brand of rigid rest is shaped slightly differently, which provides a good variety to fit the many different shapes of violinist’s upper body, neck height,   collar   bone  prominence, and slope and width of shoulders.

To help with selection, I have assembled a list of the more popular brands of rigid rests with descriptions of each and tips on which model will best fit a given violinist’s unique physiology. To begin, the Everest is made in America and is relatively cheap. The padding is thick and the rest seems to fit well for medium to long necks. One model offers collapsible, folding feet.

The Bonmusica is made of flexible metal with a “hook” that can be molded to fit over the shoulder. It is a heavy rest composed of aluminum that can affect the sound more than some but can work well for violinists who have not found any of the other rests to be comfortable because of it’s high degree of flexibility and ability to curve around the back of the shoulder.

Kun is the original inventor of the rigid rest with feet. There are several different models. They tend to fit most people fairly well. One model has a bar connecting the feet that can tilt towards and away from the player. Though potentially a very valuable feature, this bar cannot be locked in the chosen ideal position and therefore must be adjusted sometimes several times in a playing session.

The Mach One is very light and made of nice quality solid maple. Some people find it very comfortable but it is rather short and the padding can seem slippery and is quite thin.

The Wolf is an excellent rest for very tall necks, but can feel very rigid. Though it appears to have no curve, it can be bent to suit the player. Individuals with “A-Frame” (highly sloped) shoulders sometimes find this is their only viable option as it is the tallest rest.

The viva la musica rest comes in many colors and adjusts in two planes. This extra ability to adjust allows it to accommodate certain violinists who have had difficulty finding a comfortable rest. However, the bar is fairly flat, with little curve, and can rub against the backside of the instrument. In addition, this rest is composed of plastic with a tendency of breaking sooner than other rests.

In sum, my recommendation for selecting a shoulder rest is to try several and look for a comfortable fit. In the case of the rigid models with feet, the pad should rest securely against your shoulder and  collar   bone  with little if any gaps between you and the rest. To adjust the rest on the violin, experiment with different placements for the feet. In general, the feet under the chin rest fill the space between the shoulder and the back of the violin. The closer the feet are positioned to the chin rest, the more the violin will tend to rest away from the end of the shoulder and more towards the neck. The height should be set to fill the space between the jaw and the top of the shoulder. On the opposite side of the instrument, a placement for the feet closer to the scroll side will position the instrument more toward the center of the chest and away from the shoulder. More height tends to flatten the instrument, and less height tends to create more slope.

A shoulder rest that is too high will tilt the neck and chin upward, which is often very uncomfortable, along with raising the violin and thus the entire playing posture, which can place more strain on the shoulder as it stretches upward towards a higher violin. But if the rest is positioned too low, the player must bend the neck excessively to reach the chin rest, which especially deleterious to the health of the neck.

The importance of the shoulder rest can easily be underestimated, and it is often useful to ask your teacher to help you assess fit.

Natural Cures For Fibromyalgia – Treat the Root Cause

If you suffer from fibromyalgia then you will know all about the pain that this illness or syndrome can cause. For those that do not know, fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal pain disorder and the cause is still not known.

The one theory that many leading scientists have found is that your diet plays a big part in fibromyalgia, if you think about it the human body was designed to function and have been living for thousands of years on a diet of seeds, herbs, water, meat, vegetables and fruits but today in modern life we are now providing sugar, sweets, biscuits, crisps, chocolate, coffee, fizzy drinks, fats & oils, cigarettes, alcohol, vinegar, pharmaceutical drugs, chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives (loads of them) as the fuel for our bodies.

Over a period of time the human body will just not function properly and this is when we start to report problems such as fibromyalgia.

There are many prescription drugs that are available for fibromyalgia but really and truly these only treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia and not the root cause, this is where i think natural cures can make a lot more difference to the sufferer as they can begin to alkalize the body after many years of over acidification from the previously mentioned fats and sugars etc…

Settling this imbalance of the body with natural cures is a great way to feel the energy, vitality and true health that we are all meant to experience.

There are many natural cures for fibromyalgia including…

*Free Form Amino Acids*

Scientists have discovered that fibromyalgia sufferers are unable to process protein properly, proteins are broken down in to amino acids which are used by the body to create enzymes which in turn are involved in the repair, growth and maintenance of body tissues and help to keep the balance of blood sugar level which is prudent to the correct functioning of the immune system.

Amino acids according to many fibromyalgia sufferers are the number 1 natural cures supplement to take but please make sure that you buy free form amino acids as these do not need to be digested by the body and can be utilised immediately.

*MSN or Methyl Sulfonyl Methane*

MSN is a natural resource that can be found in the body but fibromyalgia sufferers have a deficiency of this natural occurring sulphur compound.

It can be found in many fresh fruits and vegetables but is easily destroyed when processing or cooking for consumption.

MSN helps to reduce pain and is effective for a natural anti-inflammatory and many report an improvement in health when supplementing with MSN.

MSN and free form amino acids are designed to work in conjunction with each other so they are most beneficial as natural cures when taken together for fibromyalgia sufferers.

In recent research it has been discovered that there is a vitamin D deficiency for people with fibromyalgia, symptoms of this include bone and muscle pain and muscle weakness, so supplementing with vitamin D can provide a good improvement for your health by topping up your natural resources. The best vitamin D for supplementation in people with fibromyalgia is vitamin D3.

You see you do not have to live with the pain of fibromyalgia and there is a choice when it comes to having to take prescription drugs for the rest of your life, there is light at the end of the tunnel for people with fibromyalgia and many have found it in natural cures for this syndrome.

Fibromyalgia has been around for years and has been studied since the 1800’s but it is only recently that people have discovered that natural cures for fibromyalgia are detrimental in treating the root cause of the illness. Thousands are realising that natural cures can really benefit them when it comes to making an improvement for their health.

I hope that this has been of use to you in your search for natural cures for fibromyalgia and that it has maybe given you a choice when it comes to cures other than prescription drugs.

Viral Marketing Strategies – Bacak Style

I freely admit that I’m new to the whole Internet Marketing ‘game’. And I came in to it as something of a skeptic; a little reluctant to accept that there are thousands of people using simple techniques and processes to lead very successful businesses.

But should we really be using terms like Viral?

For the last few years we’ve seen jobs and services being re-formulated and re-branded to make them more ‘acceptable’.

Salesmen have become Business Development Managers.

Air Stewards became Flight Attendants.

Secretaries are administrative assistants.

Housemaids are Cleaning and Hygiene Operatives.

Bald people are follicley challenged

So having spent a small fortune on Norton, McAfee and other products, I’ve been brainwashed in to believing that when something goes Viral it’s not a good thing. Actually, it’s quite bad. To be avoided as much as possible.

So why would I want my marketing to go Viral. Why would I want to ‘infect’ others with my marketing message?

Why can’t I go ‘Exponential’?

Or perhaps ‘Logarithmic’?

Wouldn’t these terms be equally acceptable?

And that was my problem. I was one of those experts down the pub that has ‘been there and done it all’ and saw the Internet in a cynical way. I was issuing my own kind of verbal spam over a pint to anyone who would listen. Ignorance was bliss!

My ignorance came from a lack of knowledge and particularly a reluctance to accept a change in attitude that was needed from myself and a lack of understanding of what marketing is about.

As a professional in the IT industry for over 20 years and managing more projects than I care to think about, I’ve always been able to spot ‘  Paralysis  Through Analysis’. It’s been one of my key skills.

I can walk in to a project environment and almost feel when a project is stagnating. I can feel where it lacks momentum and I can feel where I need to push to get things moving and to help build momentum.

Project terminology doesn’t scare me. I can talk Risk Management, Budgets and Resource Based Planning with the best of them. More to the point I talk plane. I wear my heart on my sleeve and tell it as I see it. If they don’t like it then why did they ask me to look at things in the first place? Marketing myself was not my specialty.

But when an Internet business opportunity arose and I was faced with actually having to work out what to do, I fell in to that same trap;  Paralysis  Through Analysis. I had to change in to a marketing mindset.

I was like a cat in headlights and found myself falling in to the trap of all those projects, trying to understand every nut and bolt and making no ground at all.

And when I heard the phrase ‘Go Viral’ it cast serious doubts in my mind.

But then, purely by chance I happened across the name Matt Bacak and a set of DVD’s covering one of his workshops. In his workshop, he struck me as very nervous for someone who has made such a reputation for himself and the odd million to go with it. He admits he can’t spell and stumbles over his words as you see his mind racing at a thousand miles an hour behind his eyes.

At times Matt doesn’t seem to take himself seriously as he laughs at his own mistakes but that seems to be his secret. He keeps moving on and doesn’t let mistakes hold him back. He takes you through a very simple series of tasks that sometimes seem disjointed. And the workshop appears sluggish in places at the beginning, but then it all comes together like an epic blockbuster.

All the pieces add up to an incredible marketing strategy that I am now using to launch my new business in the summer. And now I understand the need to go Viral.

I understand why I have to think Marketing and ensure that my campaigns do go Viral. Importantly, I understand the need to stop letting the years of cynicism hold me back.

Matt has taught the same techniques to a 12 year old boy in the US who is now making over $10,000 a month. And if a 12 year old can do it, then so can I!!

Mats Bacak works in conjunction with Jo Han Mok in this workshop and together they form a quite formidable team. The secret is to persevere until the very end to see how it all hangs together. And I did like being able to pause a DVD and make a coffee if I needed a short break. It’s not rocket science. And Matt has given me clear direction and provides all the resources I need. The terminology doesn’t freak me out any more and I just have to keep reminding myself to become a child every now and then and see how things should be – Simple.

Viral. Autoresponders. AdWords. AdSense. Signature files.

These are just words. But when you start thinking as a marketer, they do have incredible power behind them and Matt Bacak shows you all you need to know in his workshop.

Americans Without Health Insurance and Life Expectancy

A recent Harvard study concluded that approximately 45 thousand people expire in the United States annually due to their lack of insurance coverage or adequate healthcare. All in all, research has shown that American individuals who have not attained the age of 64 and are not insured are 40% more likely to die, compared to individuals who are insured.

Results of findings came during a time of heated banter in regard to democratic effort to make change to the United State’s $2.5 trillion health care industry and attempts to expand healthcare coverage amongst Americans while decreasing healthcare cost.

President Obama has tagged the healthcare face-lift a top domestic policy priority. However, his plan has been attacked by critics and slowed by feverish congress debate. Since there is so much money involved in healthcare and so much potential for loss, it is certainly not surprising that insurers and healthcare industries are in opposition to parts of the plan.

The Harvard study, funded by a federal research grant, was published in an online edition of the American Journal of Public Health. It was released by Physicians for a National Health Agenda, which favors government-insured or “single-payer” health insurance.

A comparable study in 1993 found that individuals without insurance had a 25 percent higher probability of death, according to the Harvard group. The Institute of Medicine later used that data in its 2002 assessment showing approximately 18,000 individuals a year died because they lacked coverage.

Part of the amplified risk now is due to the growing ranks of those who are uninsured. Roughly 46.3 million people in the United States lacked coverage in 2008, up from 45.7 million in 2007. Unfortunately, our nation has experienced record layoffs and downsizing in recent years. Thus, vaulting the number of individuals who must obtain individual coverage or keep their current coverage through a Cobra policy. Cobra is simply an extension of an individual’s previous health coverage (prior to layoff). However, where the employer would cover 50 percent (or more) of the insurance cost, the individual must cover the entire cost to be insured (upon going on Cobra). It is not surprising that many decide to go without vs. doubling their current cost to be insured.

Another dynamic is that there are fewer places for the uninsured to get satisfactory care. “Public hospitals and clinics are scaling back across the country in cities like New Orleans, Detroit and others” per David Himmelstein (Co-author of the Harvard study) and additional co-author Dr. Steffie Woolhandler alleged that the findings show that without adequate coverage, uninsured people are more likely to pass away due to complications connected with avoidable diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

County hospitals are not known for their speedy service or short waiting periods. In fact, in 2009 a Dallas business owner died while waiting to be seen in the county hospital. The individual (Mike Herera) entered the county emergency room suffering from his recurring hernia problem. When asked to provide his level of pain, Mr. Herera stated it was a 10 on a scale of 1-10. His vital signs were normal and he was labeled an “urgent case” (a 3 on an emergency scale of 5). However, Mr. Herera was not the only “urgent case” as his waiting room experience reached 19 hours before he suffered a heart attack and died (in the waiting room).

Though the extremity of Mr. Herera’s situation is amongst the minority, the likelihood of having an extended wait while in the county hospital is very high. Unfortunately, this is one of the few available options for the uninsured. Meanwhile, politicians (and the every day American) continue to banter over the healthcare reform being passed. Undoubtedly, there are valid points to both sides of the healthcare reform debate. Many have chosen to join the debate in the aftermath of President Obama’s push for reform. You can’t help but wonder how much better healthcare might be if those same individuals stepped up and attempted to do something about the inept system prior to the reform. The “numbers” don’t lie (regarding uninsured life expectancy). Unfortunately, the only numbers that seem to matter to many politicians, healthcare providers and insurers are the numbers on those little green pieces of paper.

Simeon Knight

Free CPR and Free First Aid Certification Classes Training Courses Online

Learn cpr and first aid today for free (or low cost)! Online Free CPR and Free first aid training certification classes are not only fast and convenient, it may be also offered for free or for a very low cost. Online courses, or the virtual class, is designed for those people who want to learn CPR and BFA but may not wish to spend a lot of time or money to do so, and cover the same fundamentals and teach cognitive skills as the more expensive and lengthy classes offered by American Red Cross® and The American Heart Association® as well as numerous private schools. Quick and convenient online CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation) Recertification can now be easily obtained online on your own time. Learn how to do cpr, aed, first aid, bls and acls training courses. Classes include Hearstaver, ACLS and Healthcare Provider BLS Courses. Save a life today. Use our site to know where to sign up online or at an official center for your 2 year certification card.

Always make sure your AHA testing center is accredited and will give you cards the same day or within one week. Do not take and do not be fooled by other sites that offer only “online” cards that you can print or get in the mail. For allied health professionals, nannies, nurses, doctors, therapists and others, you must take both a written test and a practical skills test. Do you need Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS), Heartsaver CPR with AED and First Aid or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)?

Can you save a life? In an emergency, when every second is critical, would you know what to do?

According to recent statistics sudden cardiac arrest is rapidly becoming the leading cause of death in America. Once the heart ceases to function, a healthy human brain may survive without oxygen for up to 4 minutes without suffering any permanent damage. It is during those critical minutes that CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) can provide oxygenated blood to the victim’s brain and the heart, dramatically increasing his chance of survival. And if properly instructed, almost anyone can learn and perform CPR. Use our site to also learn about basic first aid skills such as burns, cuts, respiratory problems, choking, splinting fractures, sprains, strains, when to use heat or ice & what to do in case of allergies or shock.

Typical things covered in a CPR and First Aid course are:

Adult cpr

Child cpr

Infant / Pediatric cpr



Heat Illnesses

Sprains and Strains



Sprains and Strains

How to manage the situation

Who to call for help

Repiratory problems and using an epi pen

Spinal injuries and bracing

Anyone can sign up for CPR and First Aid certification at the nearest local Red Cross, American Heart Association -approved center, Fire Department or Private company in your own area. But there are also many programs available online for cheap or for free! If you do an online certification training course, be sure you employer does not need you to have a “practical skills” portion of the exam. If you do need a practical skills portion (needed for many agencies, nurses, bls healthcare providers, etc) you should take a traditional classroom course.

Physical Therapy for Annular Tear

The spine forms an integral component of the axial skeleton that supports and stabilizes the upper trunk and lower limbs by promoting optimal coordination with the help of central and peripheral nervous connections. The vertebrae are aligned in a linear fashion to promote a mild gliding motion across the vertebral column. Annular fibrosus is a thick ligamentous cord that supports the external aspect of intervertebral joints and forms a jelly-like support.

Various patho-physiological factors can lead to an annular tear. Age-related degenerative changes are the most common cause of annular tearing or injuries. With the physiological aging process, the annular fibrosus becomes thinner and rigid (due to loss of elasticity). Any forceful activity or pressure can then lead to tearing of the annulus. Obesity is another cause or contributor to damage to the annulus. Strenuous physical activity (especially during sports training or contact sports), excessive bending, twisting or rotation of spine as well as occupations that involve weight lifting or excessive rotational activities of spine can also lead to annular tearing.

Annular fibrosus does not receive any blood or nerve supply (except the outer layer of the ligament that is sensitive to pain). That’s why most injuries or mild tearing of annular fibrosus go unchecked unless the ligamentous tear is associated with other complications or injuries too. Research conducted by T W Stadnik suggests that weak/ damaged annular fibrosus and the resulting protrusion of disks is a fairly common condition that is reported in approximately 40 to 80% of normal asymptomatic adults. Common symptoms that are experienced by most individuals are lower back pain that increases in intensity with activities like coughing, sneezing, bending or twisting. The pain may be dull aching type, pin and needle sensation in the back region or sharp shooting. In the case of lower lumbar involvement, pain may also involve the lower limbs and pelvic region and the intensity of pain improves with standing.

If left untreated, Stadnik suggested the risk of complications increases due to poorly supported intervertebral discs (leading to displaced nerve roots, lumbar disc herniation and interruption of the supportive ligamentous complex).

Physical therapy exercises aim at restoring normal connectivity and alignment of vertebrae that reduces the pain and numbness symptoms due to nerve involvement. Research and statistics suggest that surgery is almost never indicated for the management of annular tearing. If a healthy tissue environment and non-stressful conditions are maintained, the tear may resolve spontaneously without requiring any therapy or treatment.

In order to provide a healthy environment to the healing tear, physical therapy is the most useful treatment. A registered and licensed physical therapist can employ a variety of modalities depending upon individual cases. Massage is helpful in stimulating the blood supply to the healing tissues. In addition, massage therapy is also helpful in inducing soothing relief of pain symptoms by relaxing the stiff muscles and joints. Due to aging, chronic inflammation due to annular tearing and other factors, muscles and ligaments around vertebrae also suffer significant damage leading to weak and hypotonic ligaments.

Before realignment, electric stimulation is usually initiated to relieve intense pain and also to stimulate muscles to maintain strength and stability. Low impact exercises maintain compliance, flexibility and strength of muscles, joints and ligaments. Hydrotherapy is known to improve the circulation of blood in tissues and also controls inflammation and pain. Moreover, hydrotherapy is also helpful in alleviating swelling, stiffness and edema around the tore annulus. Spinal realignment is an aggressive form of physical therapy that is employed in cases when the ligamentous tearing is associated with minor dislocation or non-alignment of vertebral joints. Ultrasound waves are used by physical therapists to deliver warmth and heat to regenerating tissues that also induces soothing pain relief in the case of sprains, dislocations and tearing of annular fibrosus.

Although it is not possible to prevent the physiological aging process, the degenerative processes can be delayed and slowed with the help of physical therapy exercises, especially if you are at risk of developing annular tearing or degeneration.

Natural Angular Cheilitis Cure and Remedies

Angular Cheilitis which is commonly known as perleche is a continual inflammatory form at the mouth’s corners. Typically, it is throbbing and can be a cause of inconvenience and discomfort. The symptoms include normally cracking and aching at the mouth’s corner, blisters with secretion or redness. This disease is not really fatal but can absolutely cause discomfort during drinking, smiling, eating and even speaking. Many people are wondering if there are proven natural angular cheilitis cure. If the symptoms are mild, there is home remedy which can be applied in order to make things normal again. The cure may include the application of topical cream like econazole, clotrimazole or nystatin. In some serious cases, these creams come with oral tablets in order to heal the condition. On the other hand, these creams prescribed by the doctor may not be able to cure angular cheilitis.

Angular cheilitis normally affects the smaller children and elderly. Looking for a natural cure should engage in getting rid of the possible causes. Angular cheilitis natural cure can be applied to get rid of it effectively. There are some natural solutions which can be discovered at home for external treatment. Eating more food rich in iron and taking more vitamins can prevent the occurrence of this illness. In addition, certain lifestyle or habits elements can be a factor for some people to get infected with this disease. Angular cheilitis in the elderly is frequently caused by slack facial muscles or ill-fitting dentures. For smaller children, nail biters and pen-suckers have the possibility to show the symptoms of this disease. Other factor that causes this disease is contact allergies or malnutrition. People who consider dentures that are ill fitting is the cause must take an action and soak them overnight in a bleach solution and make sure to rinse well before use.

Putting some bitter liquid on pens and fingers can discourage the kids for biting. Utilizing this angular cheilitis home remedy can prevent smaller kids from being affected with this illness. As often as possible, keep the corners of the mouth dry since there is a tendency to form into a fungal disease due to the continuous warm, humid conditions. Such condition can become particularly hard to eliminate. After drying the affected area, protect it with a layer of lip balm or petroleum jelly and then do it again at daytime until the signs are gone. This natural cure is guaranteed effective as long as the sufferer has the patience to do it every day.

All actinic cheilitis cure methods are connected with These methods include imiquimod, chemical peel, 5-fluoroucal, electrosurgery, carbon dioxide laser vaporization and scalpel vermillionectomy. All these actinic cheilitis cure ways focus to destroy or remove the scratched epithelium. It must be understood however that these cure methods are linked with some extent of pain or edema but have comparatively lesser chance of recurrence. This should be dealt with properly since it can result to serious condition.

One important thing that should be taken into consideration in angular cheilitis cure is to make dirt free atmosphere around the affected region. The growth of the bacteria can definitely be prevented and the cuts will be treated quickly. Licking the lips is not advisable since the saliva can have a possibility to carry bacteria which can worsen the condition.