Do We Really Know Ourselves and Others As Well As We Think We Do?

I suspect that very few of us will have avoided the feeling of either being betrayed, or having betrayed another – either by word or deed. The income is often a lack of trust, even if the betrayal was unintentional. How often does it happen because we assume that we know what the other person is thinking, and that our actions will be understood – and vice versa?

I, myself, lost a very dear friendship due to a misunderstanding of this kind. I told someone that I wanted them around, but that I did not need them. To my mind, that was the highest compliment I could have paid them – my interpretation, coming from my own perspective, was that if you need someone, then you might just keep them around because of that particular need – in whatever form it takes. However, if you want someone, it means that you care enough about them to want them in your life, even if the only thing they have to offer is their company. Unfortunately, our interpretations of the words 'need' and 'want' were very different and my words were taken as an insult, they were very hurt, disconnection ensued and the friendship surrendered broke down.

So often we absorb that people will automatically come from our own perspective, that what we believe they will also believe, and that they will interpret words the same way we will interpret them. As a graphologist, I always like to do 'off the cuff' analyzes – where a person sits in front of me and I talk to them about their writing. Living on the edge as it was, but the analysis has always been the thing that interested me and writing up the reports afterwards, not so much! It brings to mind a time when I was participating in festivals, which I did for over 14 years. I have analyzed thousands of writings in that time, but a few seem to stand out and be remembered for various reasons.

One young lady came to me and asked if her friend could sit in. As I was analyzing her writing I could see her friend out of the corner of my eye, busy shaking her head. When I was finished she exclaimed – 'that does not sound a bit like you'. To which her friend turned to her and said – 'that is exactly who I am'.

On one occasion, I was analyzing the handwriting of a young boy – he was under the age of 14 so it was not a full analysis – we can only do that when the writing itself becomes automatic and thought patterns predominate. His family were with him and, when I had finished, his mother asked for her writing to be analyzed. All went very well until I said that she was a private person – to which she took great exception and told me that she was 'very open'. I explained in detail why I was saying what I was saying, but she still was not particularly happy and turned to her husband and asked what he thought. He told her that he had to agree with me – around her family and friends she was indeed very open, but with strangers she was private and did not give much away. This is something that she had not actually realized about herself. On top of that, she had heard the word 'private' and translated it into 'secretive and there is deceptive'. Fortunately, possibly because they were paying me for a service, we went into great detail about what I actually meant – this does not always happen within friendships, where there in an emotional content to them.

Another instance comes to mind which happened during the time when I was studying graphology. I was working for an engineering company which regularly sent its employees overseas to build whatever needed building, where it needed to be built. One of the engineers was curious and asked me to have a look at his writing. He almost had apoplexy when I told him that he was cautious and careful – he was really offended and told me that he traveled the world at the drop of a hat and there was nothing careful about that. What he failed to take into account was that he traveled within the safety of a company, where his flight was booked, his accommodation was organized, someone would pick him up at the airport on his arrival, he was doing a job for which he would be paid a salary, plus his medical was all arranged. All he had to do was pack and turn up. We agreed to differ, but it had obviously bothered him a lot because about a week later he thought me out and triumphantly washed a letter in front of me – he told me he had resigned and there was nothing cautious about that. When I congratulated him and asked what he was going to do, he told me that he was going overseas to work for a company he had worked for in the past. The irony escaped him – he had this vision of himself as a buccaneer on the high seas, but his writing told me that there was no way he would travel the world with a backpack and no destination, but who was I to disillusion him?

I often say that the soul of a person can be seen through their handwriting, and this is true. I've even asked how I can sleep at night, because I can see both the negative and positive that is going on within a person. I find it interesting that the deer and more hidden aspects of a person's character can somehow be easier to see than the wonderful. That is probably why the young lady mentioned above was not able to recognize her friend during the analysis.

During my third and last year of study, about half a dozen of us formed a group with a professional graphologist as a tutor. I remember one incident when we were asked to analyze the writing of a person who was taking the company he worked for to court. The company had discovered that he had done this a number of times before with other employers and had often won damages. Nobody knew how to deal with him, hence a graphologist was hired. Our tutor wanted to see if we would come up with the same results that she had. We did. It transpired that this person was very arrogant and self-important, and the only way to affect him was to talk to him as though he was inconsequential. Following the graphologist's recommendation, during the hearing he was referred to as 'only the clerk and of little importance'. His fury got the better of his good sense, he showed his true colors and strangely lost the case.

Our tutor once told us a story about an experience she had had. A friend of hers had asked her to analyze the handwriting of all the heads of department in his company. This she did and the results were that there was only one person that was border line dishonest, and that was the accountant. She was told that she was talking absolute rubbish, the accountant had been a friend of his for years and that was that – until he contacted her 14 years later with an apology. The accountant had just run off with the new secretary and a great deal of the firm's money – she had been right all along. The secretary was the catalyst – if she had not turned up then he might have continued working without his honesty being tested – she was his tipping point.

In Conclusion

I think we need to 'absorb' less and 'listen' more, especially if the other person has already annoyed us, because we are then less incurred to give them the benefit of the doubt. I believe that a great deal of pain can be dispensed with if we take this route. If we then come to the conclusion that any negative action was intentional, we can walk away knowing that it is for the best.

I also believe that some regular self-analysis is of great benefit – if something, or someone, pushes our buttons then it's good to ask the question 'Why?' If we react to any situation, it is a clear indication that we have some unfinished business and unresolved issues in that area.

Golf Strategy – How to Break 90

Most people who play golf have never broken 90 in their golf careers.

This is obviously a major goal for these folks and a source of major frustration …

When I talk and play with these golfers, there is one common observation that I can make about their games that is creating a serious mental barrier to their progress … and that is an intense desire for "more distance".

The other common observation I can make about their game is that they are passionate about golf and will do whatever it takes to improve.

The golf industry thrives on these desires:

"buy this driver and add 10 extra yards to your game"
"buy this ball for extra distance"
"Learn to swing like the pros"
"Turn more for more distance"

Whenever you look in golf magazines or watch infomercials on TV these headlines are everywhere …. its no wonder that this distance message has rubbed off on the struggling golfer.

Yet, when you do the math on what distances you require to break 90 off the standard white tees on the typical golf course, the numbers will surprise you …

Understand the Numbers

Golf is all about numbers and making smart decisions. If you can understand the numbers that are necessary to meet your scoring goals, you will begin to make smarter decisions that will quickly lead to lower scores.

I say this because it is this lack of understanding of the numbers involved in the game that leads golfers to make bad decisions both on and off the course:

"I need this new $ 600 driver to get my drives to 230 yards …. that will make a huge difference to may scores"

"If only I could get my irons to go further, what a difference that would make"

Yet, talk to these same people 6 months after their purchase and many of them have made little difference to their scores …

This push for distance is a huge mental barrier. Those golfers who progress faster with their games are those who have discovered how to overcome this mental obstruction.

What they need to do is make mental shift away from distance, to one of "consistency" …

If you can make that change, you will find your game will accelerate quickly to lower scoring.

That process begins by knowing your numbers ….

Understand the Distance Numbers

Golf is all about making smart decisions around distance. If you can understand the numbers that are necessary to meet your scoring goals, you will begin to make smarter decisions that will quickly lead to lower scores.

I say this because it is this lack of understanding of the distances involved in the game that lead golfers to make bad decisions both on and off the course:

"I need this new $ 600 driver to get my drives to 230 yards … that will make a huge difference to may scores"

"If only I could get my irons to go further, what a difference that would make"

Yet, talk to these same people 6 months after their purchase and many of them have made little difference to their scores …

This push for distance is a huge mental barrier. Those golfers who progress faster with their games are those who have discovered how to overcome this mental obstruction.

Make this mental shift, and you will find your game will accelerate quickly to lower scoring.

That process begins by knowing your numbers …

Average distances to Break 90

Let's assume you play on an average length course of 6,100 yards. I am going to throw some average distance requirements per stroke out there to break 90 that is based on different putting abilities …

45 putts / round – average distance / stroke to shoot 89 = 138 yards
40 putts / round – average distance / stroke to shoot 89 = 124 yards
36 putts / round – average distance / stroke to shoot 89 = 115 yards
(average distance = 6,100 ((89 – # of putts / round))

For ladies on a 5,500 yard course the yards are less:

45 putts / round – average distance / stroke to shoot 89 = 128 yards
40 putts / round – average distance / stroke to shoot 89 = 115 yards
36 putts / round – average distance / stroke to shoot 89 = 104 yards

As you look at these numbers, even some absolute beginners using a set of old clubs can reach these distances!

So where is the need for distance?

If you are any good at putting you could probably get round the course in 89 using only a 9/8 iron and a putter …

"Ah, but that is not how the game is played …" some say.

That is certainly true. But then I would ask "how should you play the game and what are you trying to achieve?" …

Change of Thinking

In showing you these distances and prodding these questions I am not trying to be critical of those who play in the 90's or above …

I am simply trying to help you clarify the numbers to encourage you think a little more about how you may be approaching your own game.

Of course I would not suggest you go around the course with nothing but an 8 iron and a putter. That is silly. However, these numbers clearly suggest that you do not need a 230 yard drive either.

So what can we learn from just studying these distances?

1. For starters, if you are able to average a 2 putt on every green for your round, you remove a huge distance requirement from your game.

This then should be your top priority for breaking 90 … practice putting at home to get your putting average down to 36 or less per round.

2. The second observation that jumps out at us is that distance is not an issue if you are able to execute every shot cleanly during the round without a miss hit or duff shot.

Swing consistency becomes key, not distance.

Here is how your thinking and mental approach to your swing has to change …

It does not matter how far you hit the ball, but it is vital that you hit every shot with some level of consistency.

Consistency comes with a lot of practice, but it can also come from making smart decisions with your shot making …

Operating at the Top End of your Swing Capability Curve

Your judgment calls on distance and club selection can seriously affect your swing consistency … this is all a "mental process" and has nothing to do with your physical capability.

Let me show you an example …

Let's say that you are faced with an approach shot to the green of 140 yards. What are your choices?

Well, on the range you know that you can reach 140 yards with an 8 iron …. in most cases you might have a go with that decision.

How confident do you feel at executing that shot? What are the likely outcomes if you do not pull it off?

Here is what I observe with many high handicap golfers when making decisions of this nature …

9 times out of 10 they are always short of the green. This is because of either a complete miss hit duff shot or they did not catch the ball cleanly at contact.

On top of this the accuracy of the shot is off as well.

The reason for this is that they are swinging at the high end of their swing capability curve trying to execute a "full turn", because that is what they have read, or were told will give them the "most distance".

If they adopt this same mental approach to swinging with a full turn during their practice sessions with all their clubs, their decisions on distance ability with each club are going to be influenced by the results they achieve on the range.

The shots they remember are the shots they hit well that go a mile, but do they remember how far they hit the balls that did not go so well? …. probably not.

Whenever you try to run a "system" at the high of it capability it is going to experience some failure.

The same can be said of your golf swing. Try to swing with a full turn on every shot, and you will experience failure more times than not.

That is because with a full backswing extension you are more likely to experience:
o Balance problems
o Breakdowns of the left arm
o Excessive tension in the arms that leads to a prerelease of the hands from the top of the swing and poor timing

to mention but a few …

OK. Now I want you to consider your chances of reaching the same 140 yards with either a 7 iron or even a 6 iron. Are you likely to be short with either of these two clubs?

The answer is, "no, only if I miss hit the shot completely. If anything I may overshoot the target …"

Choose a Club Down for better Swing Consistency

Here is how you can immediately improve your swing consistency on the course …

I want you to ask yourself why you put yourself under distance pressure for this 140 yard shot?

Why do you need to operate your swing at the high end of your capacity curve and push the extremes of your swing limits with an 8 iron, knowing that you are likely to experience a miss hit?

This is totally unnecessary. You have the option of selecting down a club that you know you will reach the distance with a much higher degree of certainty.

This same thought process can be applied to every swing decision you make with every iron you have in the bag.

The only time you reach a point where you have to make a full turn to increase distance comes with clubs at the low end such as a 3 iron, 3 wood and driver where you no longer have the option to choose down a club.

Going to club down for all of your distance decisions changes your mental approach from one of going for distance, to one of going for consistency.

The first reaction you have when you make this decision is worrying about over shooting the target.

This thought process forces you to shorten your backswing so that you take some "heat" out of the shot.

When you shorten your backswing:

o Your balance is better and your swing is much easier to time.

o With improved balance also comes improved accuracy.

So, club down and shorten your backswing for improved consistency …

Set a scoring goal for each hole

You can reduce the pressure to swing for distance from your swing even further by accurately knowing what distance you need to achieve your scoring goal for every hole to break 90.

On a par 72 hole course you need to score 17 over par in order to achieve an 89.

You can break that down to a scoring goal for every hole of a 1 over par, only needing a single par on any one hole somewhere during the round.

Now let's look at how this information affects your decision making and club selection on the course …

For those of you who feel you need to add more distance to your game but have yet to break 90, I want to try and dispel this mental obstacle once and for all with this following example …

Let's put you under a pressure for distance scenario on the course by imaging you are standing on the tee of a 410 yard par 4. Does this intimidate you? You bet!

"I need to have a long drive so that I can give myself every chance of getting on or near the green with my approach shot …"

"It is holes like this that bring out the need for that 230 yard drive! Even with that drive I still have 180 yards to go with the next shot."

How do you rate your chances of pulling off consistent shots under this amount of pressure?

Not very high is my guess … "

Before you reach into the bag for the heavy artillery and psych yourself up for a monster drive, step back for a minute and think about what you are trying to achieve on this hole.

You are not trying to play for par, you are trying to play for a one over par because that is your goal for this hole.

Come to think of it, even a 5 handicap golfer does not need to go for par on this hole because horses of this nature usually have a handicap index of 5 or less!

Knowing you have 5 strokes to meet your goal, how can you best use those strokes to make each shot as simple as possible?

The trick lies in working your way back from the green to the tee, not from the tee to the green in your club selection …

Work backwards from the green for shot simplicity and improved consistency

First of all, I am going to assume you took note of my first observation and have practiced your putting at home and feel pretty good at averaging 2 putts per green.

That leaves you with 3 shots with which to work your way back to the tee to cover the 410 yards.

The first decision you need to make is at what distance and with what club can I feel confident at getting anywhere on the green 9 times out of 10, remembering that there is no need to push your swing to it's high limits for distance.

Let's say that a 65 yard pitching wedge comes to mind.

Ok, now let's work back a little further and decide what would be a reasonable shot that you feel pretty confident at getting you within that 65 yard approach shot range even from light rough.

Maybe a 160 yard iron or hybrid club.

What's left for your drive …. 185 yards, which for some of you may be a 3 wood distance.

What this exercise does for you is reduce the pressure to swing for distance completely from every shot tee to green. You will be able to swing well within your distance capability … especially if you also club down.

Your chances of implementing this strategy with reasonable consistency compared to the "conventional approach" is going to be much higher because you are not swinging at the high end of your swing range.

On top of this, if you successfully land your third shot on the green, you give yourself a one putt chance of a par!

Now compare that opportunity to the "conventional approach" where you would probably be satisfied with a one or even a two over par ….

Adding the Extra Shot and Shorten your Approach Shot

The one over scoring goal on every hole but one to break 90 allows you to design your tee to green play with an "extra shot" compared to a regulation strategy.

That extra shot on all the par 4's and par 5's brings the distance you require for every shot considerably.

Knowing this allows you to back off and swing well within your distance capability by clubbing down.

The extra shot also allows you to select a shooter approach shot on every hole which improves your changes of getting on the green.

This helps you avoid many wasted short game shots from around the green which are wonderful shot consumers for high handicap players who have not developed a short game.

Breaking 90

As I have shown you in this article, knowing the distance numbers to break 90 takes away the pressure to operate at the high end of your swing capability on every shot

Making smart club choices by clubbing down, also eliminates this distance pressure.

The strategy of adding the extra shot from tee to green to shorten your approach shots on every hole, not only reduced wasted shots from around the green, you also give yourself more par opportunities for a one putt par.

The desire to add more distance to your game can be a major mental barrier that is preventing you from lowering your scores and reaching your goal of 89.

Make the mental shift to thinking more on how to improve consistency by swinging well within you distance capabilities and your scores will drop significantly in a short period of time …

Good luck and good scoring!

Stress and Hair Loss

Stress and hair loss … hair loss and stress, which comes first? Research has shown that both sides have a strong argument; stress unduly affected the hair cycle and losing ones hair causes a lot of stress. Below I have discussed the effects of stress and hair loss looking at both sides of the equation.

DOES STRESS CAUSE HAIR LOSS?

The role of stress on hair loss (alopecia) is controversial, however, there is evidence that acute and / or chronic stress may precipitate certain hair loss conditions.

Genetic Hair Loss …

As male hormones trigger genetic hair loss, many researchers believe that stress can aggravate the condition as, during stressful episodes, the adrenal glands increase their output of certain hormones that can lead to the production of more dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels. Also, some researchers believe that the skin becomes more sensitive to the effects of testosterone during stress, so increasing the chances of hair loss.

Telogen Effluvium …

Severe stress can also influence diffuse shedding of hair (telogen effluvium), though this condition tends to be reversible. One possible explanation for stress induced telogen effluvium could be that the body's uptake of glucose is increased during a stress episode, leaving less available for non-essential tissues, such as the hair, causing the fiber to be shed prematurely. One study in Britain of 800 professional women who worked in a stressful environment found that over 30% were experiencing hair loss.

Alopecia Areata …

Alopecia areata or "patchy" hair loss has also been connected to stress episodes. One study showed that over 90% of patients with alopecia areata were under more stress. As alopecia areata is believed to be partially a product of an auto-immune response, the stress impact on reducing the immune system is thought to be a factor in the condition.

Trichotillomania …

Trichotillomania, the compulsive habit of recurrently pulling the hair, is also associated with stress, as well as more severe psychological problems. Amongst other factors, it is stress that tend to be a very important influence in both the sunset and continuity of the condition.

DOES HAIR LOSS CAUSE STRESS?

Obviously, people who are losing their hair tend to become very worried about the consequences. Many cases have been reported of people becoming introverted and withdrew due to the worry of losing their hair. This has been confirmed by research studies on men and women losing their hair. It has been reported that many subjects felt their lives changed and their stress levels increased after they noticed a worsening of their hair quality / quantity, not before.

Dr. David H. Kingsley, PhD is a board certified trichologist (hair loss specialist). He is the only trichologist in the world who is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Kingsley has 3 New York City trichology centers. For more information on hair loss, please log onto http://www.HairAndScalp.com/

Otitis Media Treatment – Discover the Secrets to the Most Successful

Typical otitis media treatment is with antibiotics. This may resolve the whole issue in many children. But an increasing number of children are becoming resistant to them. You can see this by the number of times the condition returns.

It's worth knowing that antibiotics lowers the immune system. Many parents are now becoming concerned, and rightly so, about using antibiotics on their children.

It's far better to allow a child's immune system to try to cure their ailments unaided. By allowing for this possibility, you are ensuring your child will grow up with a healthy immune system, one that will stand them in good stead all their lives.

However, there are times when you need to give them some help. And you can do that so elegantly by using homeopathic medicines.

One of the best homeopathic medicines for otitis media treatment is Chamomilla. This diverse medicine can resolve some ugly symptoms so easily.

But you need to be able to match the symptom picture of your child's condition to that of the medicine. So let's see what the strong keynote symptoms of Chamomilla are:

  • any ear condition, where the child seems to be over sensitive to the pain
  • any condition of your child, where you feel at the end of your patience
  • the pain is worse for touch and worse if wind blows on the affected part
  • the child may be irritable and / or capricious – demands something then throws it away
  • maybe worse at around 9 am or 9 pm
  • the child demands to be transported

The best otitis media treatment, the most successful, is with the use of homeopathic medicines, which work by boosting the immune system. You can not get better than that.

Myths About Deafness

At the outset of this article I must state that I am a hearing person. I have no qualifications in deaf culture. The aim of this article is to broaden cultural understanding of deafness and break down some of the myths about deafness.

Myth One

Deaf people cannot talk.

Fact: – Deaf people can talk. They use their hands, not their mouths to communicate. Sign language is a recognized language with its own structure, grammar and tenses. It can convey the same complexity of meaning as spoken language.

Myth Two

All deaf people use the same sign language.

Fact: – Each country has its own sign language. Just as there are many ‘spoken languages’ and many variations within each language. For example people from Scotland and those from America speak English. However they may have difficulty understanding each other. It is the same with sign language. There are some similarities between British Sign Language (BSL) and Auslan, but there are more differences. American Sign Language (ASL) uses one hand to spell words. Often when deaf people meet other deaf from a different country they rely on mime and gesture to communicate. This is the same as the way hearing people who do not share a language try to communicate. Within the international deaf community there is an international sign language. However this is generally only know by deaf people who travel overseas regularly.

Myth Three

The best way to communicate with a deaf person is by writing.

Fact: – Sign language uses a different structure and grammar than written English. Deaf people are very visual. Written English is often confusing to them. It is far better to use gesture and mime.

Myth Four

All deaf people can lip read.

Fact: – Less than half the deaf population can lip-read. Those that can lip read well will understand around 30% of what is said to them. People with accents, moustaches and poor lip patterns are more difficult to understand.

Myth Five

All deaf people have an intellectual disability.

Fact:- There is no relationship between deafness and intellect. As with the hearing population there are some deaf people who have an intellectual disability. Many deaf people attend university and hold responsible positions in business and society,

Myth Six

All deaf people should have a cochlea implant.

Fact:- Many deaf people are against Cochlea implants for deaf children. Again this is because there is no disability in being deaf. Deaf cannot imagine coping with the distraction of noise all day. One deaf woman made an excellent remark in relation to cochlea implants. She wondered what the medical professions’ response would be if she asked that her hearing child be operated on to remove it’s hearing. She is proud to be deaf. Her family is deaf. To her, deaf is normal. Hearing is a not normal in her family. She, like many other deaf, and some hearing people, believes that cochlea implants should never be given to children who are born deaf. Implants are most suited to those who have lost their hearing.

Hopefully this article has awakened your interest in deafness. There are many resources available where you can find more information.

Little Known Facts About Our Favorite Icons Of Horror Films – They Were Human!

Which "monster" was a decorated World War I veteran who was wounded three times and saved the lives of his fellow soldiers? Why, that was Bela Blasko, who achieved worldwide fame when he portrayed the vampire count in Universal's 1931 epic "Dracula". Of course, by that time, he had changed his last name to "Lugosi", which was derived from his hometown of Lugos, Hungary. He also never learned to drive a car.

I grow up an addict of "Creature Features" on Channel 44, WTOG-TV, out of St.. Petersburg, Florida, and loved watching all of the classic horror films they screened. The host was a certain Dr. Paul Bearer (real name Dick Bennick). With so many years of regular Saturday afternoon and evenings spent with the good doctor, my brain became addled with facts and figures about all of these heroes of the dark.

Lon Chaney Sr., the retired silent star which most famous roles include "The Phantom of the Opera" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", learned his acting skills in part from his deaf mute parents. He had to learn pantomime in order to communicate, a talent that greatly improved his on-screen intensity. He also was an all-around good guy, frequently helping out fellow players and film crew without seeking any credit. Once, Chaney saw an arriving actor named William Henry Pratt walking home from the studios andave him a ride. So what, you say? Well, Pratt's stage name was Boris Karloff, who went on to portray the Frankenstein monster and the original Mummy. Chaney cave Karloff observable advice about what he should do to make his own career improve … advice which he heeded. Karloff later co-founded the Screen Actors Guild, and was the narrator of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", a beloved holiday cartoon.

Lon's son Creighton Chaney would go on to become Lon Chaney, Jr., and also carve his name in the horror legend book. His most famous role was that of "The Wolf Man", but he ever played nearly every major horror character that had been created up to that point. Lon Jr. was known as a big-hearted guy, like his father, who helped anyone and everyone he could. This help even went beyond the grave. He donated his body to the University of Southern California for medical research.

Peter Lorre was well-known for a wide variety of roles, but mostly those with a dark twist, including the films "M" and "Mad Love". He fled Hungary and Nazi Germany for Hollywood, later to be invited by Adolf Hitler to return to Germany and be part of their film community. With so many roles as killers in the movies, Lorre shot back a letter to the Nazis to inform them that they did not need his talents since they already had so many murderers in their ranks. In earlier years, Lorre studied under Dr. Sigmund Freud, which may explain his understanding of characters with, shall we say, "character flaws."

Vincent Price was a St. Vincent Louis native, although many people still believe him to be at least partly English. His grandfather invented the first cream of tarter sauce, and his father was president of the National Candy Company. Vincent was a connoisseur of all fine things, including art and cooking. He educated Americans about fine art, selling more than 50,000 items through Sears Roebuck as part of his "Vincent Price Collection", and publishing a variety of gourmet cookbooks. With his famous films including "House of Wax" and "The House on Haunted Hill", he also expanded into popular music. Price's voice can be heard on Alice Cooper's "Devil's Food / The Black Widow" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee enjoyed years of work together for Hammer Films in England, becoming best friends. Cushing is best known as the gaunt Dr. Frankenstein and Professor Van Helsing in the Hammer remakes of many Universal classics. Other roles for Cushing included Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Who, but despite his favorite role was as husband to his beloved Helen. Her 1971 death haunted him for the rest of his life, and he consistently looked forward to the day he would rejoin her. His love for his wife was commemorated in the "Helen Cushing Rose", a special strain of flower created in 1986.

Christopher Lee has remained the longest purveyor of the classic horror genre, still appearing in films even into his 90's. Best known in recent years for his roles in "The Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars" films, Lee's deep voice has also graced a variety of theater, musical, and record productions. He is related through his family to James Bond creator Ian Fleming, and appeared in Fleming's "The Man With the Golden Gun." Lee is also a World War II veteran, and was knighted by the Queen of England. He speaks English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Russian, and Greek.

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The author is a writer, musician, film producer, record producer, and musical arranger who was born in Somerville, New Jersey and grew up in Melbourne, Florida. greg@gregvadimsky.com

How to Cure Stammering – What is the Root Cause?

Learning how to cure stammering was something that was top of my priority list not long ago. It was something I had suffered with since early childhood but I always assumed I would grow out of it; however as an adult I continued to suffer badly with speech. Read on to learn what I did to speak fluently and with confidence for the first time in my life and how you can do it too.

The main problem when learning how to cure stammering was actually coming to terms that there was no cure. After going back and forth to my doctor who kept making me do these silly speaking exercises that never really helped, I began to think that maybe I would be stuck with this condition for the rest of my life.

Growing up as a teenager with a stutter is probably one of the worst things a guy can go through, especially because other kids can be so cruel. I suffered badly with a confidence problem because of my stutter and this made it much harder to meet new people and make new friends. My social life was pretty poor, not to mention my lack of any type of success with girls! I mean what girl want’s to be with a shy, low confident stuttering guy anyway?

I knew that this was something I wanted to get rid of completely, not just learn to control, I wanted total fluency. I remember my doctor telling me to speak slower, so I did for a while. OK it may have helped a little bit but it made me sound like I was some sort of thick idiot! I didn’t want that, I wanted to speak normally like everybody else!

So I stopped going to see this doctor and instead went about trying to find out how to cure stammering my own way. After doing a lot of reading I realised that that the fact I was very shy and maybe even had a mild form of social anxiety didn’t help my problem. I discovered that I had to attack the root cause of my stutter.

In order to learn how to cure stammering I had to build up my broken confidence, and this is where it all begins. I met up with others stutterers and we discussed our problems together which really helped and we began to build our confidence with meeting new people and trying to be more open with people.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Tonsils – What Are the Choices?

Obstructive sleep apnea in children that our normal is almost always caused by swollen tonsils (hypertrophic). These youngsters will usually show the regular sleeping patterns of sleep apnea. They have very loud snoring, frequent pauses with breathing at night, nightmares, restless sleep, frequent awakening from sleep and bedwetting (enuresis). During daytime hours, these kids are what's called mouth breathers along with the possibility of sleeping excessively, but still having daytime sleepiness, and bad school performance.

The following would have some of the different, but more uncommon causes of sleep apnea can include any congenital (present from birth) or acquired cause of upper airway obstructions.
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is most commonly directed to the root cause of the obstruction.

As we talked about above, the vast majority of these cases having to do with obstructive sleep apnea in kids can be directly linked to enlarged tonsils. Surgical interventions are therefore always directed to what is causing the obstruction. If caused by enlarged tonsils a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is most often successful in alleviating the problem. When the root of the problem is not the adenoids and tonsils, the cause of the obstruction must be established. For example, surgery of the jaw could be necessary. In some cases, even a tracheotomy is required. Non-surgical therapies include oral prostheses (difficult in children), medications (stimulants, steroids), and weight reduction.

In just about every case of obstructive sleep apnea in children who do not have unique anatomic problems, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is a safe and effective treatment, and is highly recommended by almost everyone in the medical field recommended.

Vaginal Atrophy – Dryness, Itching, and Burning

Vaginal atrophy can affect women of all ages but it is more common that women between the ages of 40 to 59 will suffer from dryness, itching, and burning related to vaginal atrophy. In the top ten afflicting problems of menopausal women, this is often at the top of the list. It is not expected or predictable. Vaginal dryness is because of many reasons. In youngger women, dryness can be caused by birth control pills, surgical treatments (like cystectomy or tubal ligation), emotional issues, and multiple other medical conditions.

Vaginal dryness is often experienced when there is a lack of vaginal lubrication, often caused by a lack of estrogen production. Some will develop female sexual dysfunction which can cause one to dread intercourse and to avoid sex. Intercourse can be very painful. These women may also experience libido problems as well. Hormonal imbalance is also the cause of vaginal dryness, as well as chronic yeast infections, bacterial infections, or some kinds of cleansing of the vagina.

Many couples use condoms and foam or a method that involves a gel of some kind. Birth control pills sometimes do not provide the required level of estrogen and production of testosterone to maintain vaginal lubrication and necessary libido.

To resolve these issues there are many steps which can be followed. Use of a water soluble lubricant like Astroglide may be helpful. Estrogen therapy is useful if there is only vaginal dryness. Women who use vinegar, bubble baths, hand lotions etc can cause this dryness to become more complicated and lead to infectious. Use of multivitamins or mineral supplements can be useful as well. Balanced diets can and proper nutritional intake can help maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce some of the complicating issues surrounding vaginal dryness.

Many women who do not want to have babies for the rest of their lives permanently they go for tubal ligation surgery. After tubal ligation women experience many side effects in which hormonal changes are the one most common. But with the change in life circumstances, some women want their own babies that they want to reverse the process. Many will elect to undergo a tubal reversal. Other than having their own babies, women will proceed with a tubal reversal for many reasons. Women who undergo the process of tubal ligation may experience irregular and painful periods, vaginal dryness, menstrual related problems, trouble sleeping, hot and cold flashes, loss of libido, early onset menopause, mood swings, palpitations etc To resolve some of these issue they seek out a tubal reversal. While tubal reversal my not be the best solution for these problems, some women find that a tubal reversal procedure may help them feel more psychologically sound. Many will attribute a tubal reversal with the resolution of some of these complaints.

How to Treat Glaucoma – Some Tips You Need to Know

Glaucoma is the No 2 cause of blindness worldwide after cataracts. Glaucoma attacks the optical nerve and causes chronic and progressive deterioration. The disease is diagnosed by testing eye pressure. While blindness caused by cataracts is generally curable, this is not the case with glaucoma. That is why it is very important to know how to treat Glaucoma.

People who have glaucoma have to undergo lifetime treatment to avoid blindness. Of course, this long treatment will cost a lot of money. Many people can not afford this kind of treatment.

The vision of people with glaucoma usually deteriorates over time due to disruption to the optic nerve as indicated by elevated eye pressure. Glaucoma attacks people 40 years old and over. The disease can be inherited from parents or grandparents.

Using steroids, such as certain eye drops, asthma inhalers and rheumatism or arthritis medicines, can make a person susceptible to the disease. Those with severe cases of myopia and hypermethropia, diabetes mellitus, hypertension or migraine can also develop glaucoma.

To treat Glaucoma can be done through many kinds of ways. Below are some tips that you may practice for Glaucoma treatment.

1. Eye Screening

Regular eye screening is recommended. Prevention is better than cure. Glaucoma screening can prevent blindness.

2. Avoid Stress

Stress is also another cause of Glaucoma. When people are diagnosed they have Glaucoma they feel stressed. Stress just makes Glaucoma worse. Stress also can cause eye strain on the eyes. Avoid stress if you want to cure Glaucoma since stress is useless.

3. Eyesight Vitamins

In fact, you can not find cures for Glaucoma. However, there are a lot of treatments for Glaucoma. Some of those treatments are natural. One of natural ways to treat Glaucoma is called vitamin therapy. Vitamin therapy is a kind of therapy which is intended at restoring eyesight by consuming enough eyesight vitamins. The main vitamins for eyesight consist of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.

4. Start Healthy Life

Vitamins and nutrients are very important for your eyes. A balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables can restore your eyesight. Regular exercise is also necessary. In other words, healthy eyesight starts from healthy life.

Eye Myopia Myth – The Truth About Near-Sightedness

Eye myopia, or near-sightedness, as it is often called, is one of the most common and annoying eye ailments.

It is due to muscular imbalance. The myopic eyeball is elongated by pressure of the two oblique muscles which bind the eyeball about the middle. Because of the tightness of these muscles, the parallel rays of light are brought to a focus at a point in front of the retina. The result is blurred, distorted vision when trying to see a distant object. Myopia, in other words, involves a strain to see at the far point and it is our task to stretch the vision.

When the eyes are fitted with lenses, the light rays focus on the retina as in normal vision. But-since the shape of the eyeball remains unchanged-the cause of the difficulty is not remedied. On the contrary, the eyeball becomes more elongated as time goes on, and lenses must be made stronger and stronger to counteract the increasing myopia of the eye.

Myopia usually appears in school children between the ages of eight and fifteen. The reason appears to be that during puberty the child's physical and nervous system is undergoing such drastic changes that the anxieties and fears often accomplicing the confinement and competition of the school room create an entirely new series of strains.

These strains, in turn, are potent factors in the development of myopia and other visual defects. The effort to see words on the blackboard, fear of being unable to solve the problem as quickly as Mary or Johnny, dread of failure-all of these elements give rise to certain mental and physical tensions that, more often than not, result in the child's inability to see what is on the blackboard.

The result is that the child begins to strain to see, to develop a stooping post as he crouches lower and lower over his book or trips with head down, trying to see the sidewalk. He develops heads and nervous habits. Half-closing his eyes, he squints in an appeavor to clear his vision.

Little by little he begins to reveal the emotional characteristics of eye myopia. He withdraws from competitive games and places by himself. He draws into his shell, contented with his contracted world. He emerges from it only reluctantly and after persistent effort on the part of his anxious parents.

Too often the well-intentioned parents hustle the child off to the ophthalmologist who fits him with glasses. It is always an unpleasant sight to observe a child's face behind spectacles. Automatically, they cut him off from many games and forms of exercise which the growing body needs. But away from that, the vision generally gets worse and the glasses are increased in strength until, some ten or fifteen years later, the patient's eyes have lost much of their power of accommodation. The nerves and muscles of the eyes, depending on their glasses, have lost all flexibility of movement.

Because every part of the body reacts on every other, it is important-especially so with myopia-to check on your posture. This business of stooping over as you walk and bending forward as you read does not help you to see. Actually, it impedes vision because the cramped neck muscles cut off the circulation of blood to the brain and the eyes.

Another effect of the stooping posture of myopes is that it promises to create an attitude of inferiority and failure. With your head bent down and your eyes peering up you are constantly in the physical position of a person looking up at a situation which is too big for him. Naturally, this creates a sensation of inadequacy.

Stand erect and look straight ahead. It gives you a new focus. You see better because you have the proper circulation to the eyes, and along with it you have gained a feeling of confidence. The situation is not too big for you-you are now on a physical par with it.

Relaxation exercises for the eyes can also often help improve eye myopia.

Benefits of Home Health Care

Some patients with an illness or injury do not wish to receive assistance from caregivers in a professional setting. In contrast, these people wish to have practitioners visit them at their residences instead. Explore some of the benefits of home health care to determine whether this service fits your needs and budget.

Personalized Service

When caregivers come to a patient in the home, this assistance is typically more personalized and specialized to meet the unique needs of the patient. People usually receive a higher quality of service delivered in a more compassionate manner. It's common for relationships to develop between the patient and the staff members who visit regularly.

Convenience

Receiving visits from staff members in a residence is usually more convenient for both patients and families. Leaving the home to visit a facility will no longer be necessary because practitioners will come to the residence at times that fit the individual's schedule. This convenience can be particularly helpful during times of inclement weather when a patient should not venture outdoors due to cold, heat, or storms.

Help for Family Members

Family members caring for a sick or injured loved one usually experience significant time constraints because of this work. Hiring a company for home health care can reduce this burden for family members. The assistance provided can give family members more freedom to manage their own personal duties. With the reduced responsibility, families often begin to have more quality time with the person because they no longer become stressed over care duties. Family members often recognize knowing that their loved one is receiving high-quality and professional care, which can less personal anxiety.

Promotes Healing

When people receive home health care, they may recover more quickly. In addition, people may receive dangerous exposure to germs and infections when visiting clinics and hospitals. The ability to have assistance at home can eliminate this exposure and promote faster healing. Many people even experience a reduced number of re-hospitalizations under this type of regimen.

Affordability

Inpatient care can be expensive for a family. The cost of leaving the home for ongoing anticipating appointments can also be expensive. In contrast, having a professional come to a residence is often more affordable.

Other Services

Shopping, running errands, and meal preparation are typical types of assistance that you might add to a package. Some assistants will also perform laundry and light cleaning work around the house. Inquire about personal care such as bathing, hair washing, and dressing.

Before making a final decision about home health care, perform a complete background inquiry for a company. After researching a company thoroughly, you should be ready to move forward with a contract.

History of Pipette and Pipetting

The pipette which is the most commonly used equipment in laboratories for extracting samples has a history of more than sixty years. Liquids and semi-solids are transferred using pipettes. Genetics, microbiology, chemical research such as pharmaceuticals etc are some other areas that make use of pipettes very frequently.

In earlier 50’s one of the major challenges faced by the laboratories was transferring of ideal volumes of liquid, but later in 1958 the revolutionary invention of pipette was done by one of the German scientist named Heinrich Schnitger but this invention was having a lot of limitations. The working of the pipette was by adding a spring to the syringe that would stop according to a set volume and the syringe’s needle was replaced with a plastic tip. The first pipette was called as Marburg pipette and it was supplied by the eppendorf medical supply company.

The first mechanical adjustable pipette was invented by Warren Gilson the Founder and Managing Director of Gilson medical electronics in the year 1978. The mechanical one is having strong resemblance with the one which is used in the labs now. This new invention led to increased accuracy, comfort, variable volume adjustments and lead to the invention of gilson pipetman. The first autclavable pipette was invented in 1984 by Capp Denmark manufacturers. More than 80% percentage of the pipettes used in the market today is autoclavable. Volume control knob was also invented by the same Denmark manufacturers. In 2002 the Vista labsystems technologies founded a new pipette which used state of art ergonomics. Vista lab also founded the first Ovation Bio Natural Pipette which actually reduced the risk of CTS and all other types of musculoskeletal disorders. Now the electronic pipette is replacing the mechanical pipette with ergonomics, precision and safety becoming an important factor in pipette usage.

The Safety of the pipette and the safety of the user using the pipette is given high importance now by the manufacturers. Each brand pipette is different to each other, the advantage now the customers have is that there is large varieties of pipettes in different brands, price etc. The customer can buy pipette according to his use and even some of the companies are making customized pipettes according to the orders from the customers. Never choose a pipette by looking on the price of the pipette. Buy the pipette according to the use of it first of all try to understand the differences between each pipette the main thing in that is the recalibration time for each one and free warranty of each pipette. If you are using pipettes frequently it is important to calibrate the equipment once in three months even if the The manufacturer claims that their product is having permanent calibration but if it is used frequently it will surely need recalibration in every 3 months. Almost every brand’s is giving warranties for their pipette. Clarify all the doubts regarding the warranty of the product at the time of purchase itself, mainly the time period of warranty and what all things comes under warranty.

Diabetes and Wound Healing Woes

Diabetes is a disease the effects the body's ability to process glucose. Either the pancreas stops producing insulin, as in Type 1 Diabetes, or the body becomes resistant to its own insulin, as in Type 2 Diabetes. In either case, sustained damage can be done to the cells and tissues of the body due to prolonged elevation of the blood glucose levels.

There are many negative side effects that can happen as a result of elevated blood glucose levels. These side effects include poor circulation, micro-vascular damage, damage to the eyes, kidney damage and increased likelihood of heart disease and strokes. Many complications can also arise for diabetics because their bodies have a very hard time with wound healing.

Wound healing is a major health issue for diabetics. Because of elevated glucose levels and a compromised immune system, the diabetic body has a very hard time fighting infections. This becomes a vicious cycle, since infections raise blood glucose levels, making it harder over time for the diabetic body to heal. One of the reasons amputations are so common among the diabetic population is precisely because fighting infection and wound healing is such a challenge for diabetics.

In order to assist with wound healing, diabetics should consider taking all natural oral supplements in addition to insulin and / or other prescribed medications. Supplements containing SOD / Gliadin have proven to be effective in assisting with the wound healing process. SOD / Gliadin has been shown in numerous studies to decrease oxidative stress under extreme duress, reduce lactic acid blood concentration during and after exercise, enhance the immune system, and have a general anti-inflammatory effect while functioning through a nitrous oxide (NO) pathway .

While a healthy diet and exercise can greatly help regulate blood glucose levels and minimize the risk for diabetic complications, they will not reverse the damage already made to cells and tissues by elevated blood glucose levels. For this reason, all those with diabetes or at risk for diabetes should look into natural herbs and supplements as a way of helping their bodies reverse the negative effects of diabetes.

Rahu The Shadow Planet

Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets and have no physical form like other seven planets. Taurus is its exaltation sign and Scorpio is its debilitated sign. Rahu also acts a catalyst agent to enhance the results of that strong planet with whom it is conjoined.

General charters tics of Rahu:

  • Considered as cruel, significator of bondage, dark complexion, tamsic or arrogant nature, harsh or evil thinking, Rahu also represents Akash element and contributes for fear psychosis and madness.
  • Rahu is a shadow planet hence deals with the shadow actions or psychological aspects of a person. Rahu represents serpent head, it strikes too fast, hence is an indicator of accident. It has secretive deals. People with strong Rahu even try to understand mysticism and secrets of universe.
  • Rahu is responsible for profession in investigation, scientist, computer programmer, lecturer, psychologist, expert in mental diseases, politicians and work related to radio/telephone/ television and astrology.
  • Rahu is responsible for sinking with ship or drawing, pleasure with diseased women, life in a cave. Being a significator of Akash element Rahu is also responsible for journey by aeroplane. Rahu can cause imprisonment if it is placed in 12th house.
  • Rahu like Saturn has separative tendencies hence breaks many houses and even business partnerships. It is responsible for marital or family discord. It is a planet of suddenness hence gives quick and sudden results. In human relations it, it commands the maternal -side and in-laws.
  • On the human body Rahu is indicator of skin diseases, causes abortions, and affects the nervous system, phobia, stammering, leprosy, tumours, serpent bits, amputation, leprosy, giddiness and early child deaths.

Planetary effects of Rahu:

  • Generally Rahu offers the results of the planets with which it is conjoined, or by which it is aspected or by the ruler of the sign in which they are placed.
  • Astrologers consider Rahu as a very strong and powerful and it snatches power of a planet/s to whom it is associated with. All attributes/qualities of that planet/s are being taken by Rahu and the result may happen accordingly in its period.
  • If Rahu placed in benefice houses like 5th/9th and if it is in conjunction with or aspected by lord of Maraka hose such that is 2nd/7th, it causes death in their Dasha, even through the lord of house 5th/9th are highly auspicious or produce raj-yoga.
  • If Rahu is in Maraka houses or in 2nd/7th and if it is conjoined with or aspected by lords of 5th/9th, it does not causes death, but it increases one’s health and contribute for the longer life span of the native.
  • If Rahu is paced in 2nd/7th and if lords of 2nd/7th are conjoined with it or aspect Rahu the latter then gets the power of inflicting death.
  • Rahu place in 6th/8th/12th house and associated with lords of quadrants/trines, the native will enjoy the beneficial results during the transition period or Mahadasa of such planet, but they will also suffer from diseases, undergo many difficulties and meet with accident during Antradasha of lord of 6th/8th/12th planets.
  • Rahu placed in 1st/3rd/4th/7th/9th/10th and benefice or Yogkarak planets conjoin or aspect it, one can expect happiness, health, wealth, children, power, prosperity and comforts of conveyance in their periods.
  • Rahu combine with Sun/Moon or in close conjunction with them produces Eclipse yoga. This yoga affects the digestion and progeny. The native faces many hardships in the life regarding luck, education career and child birth.

Brief description of effects produced by placement of Rahu in different house:

  • 1st — cruel, courageous, dark complexion, faith in religion.
  • 2nd— argumentative, quarrelsome, knowledge in computer or electronics.
  • 3rd— wealthy, wrestler, sportsman, healthy.
  • 4th— unhappy, problem related with mother and property.
  • 5th— progeny problems, abortions, timid, poor intelligence.
  • 6th— winner, no enemy, freedom from diseases.
  • 7th— late/unconventional marriage, diabetic and egoistic.
  • 8th— exile, loose morals, litigation and settlement away from the birth place.
  • 9th— political career, wealthy and expert in many fields.
  • 10th— politics, interest in literature and scholar.
  • 11th — excess flow of income and fame.
  • 12th— imprisonment, saint fame gained outside the country.

BY

GEETA JHA [SPIRITUAL HEALER]

INDIA