Bottle Cooler

Bottle coolers are useful for many things, mostly outside of the home where a fridge is not able to be accessed. Bottle coolers can be ice chests to fit many bottles, cans, beers, drinks, etc. They can be single for use when you drink them, so you can lose the ice.

I find bottle coolers come in sizes and shapes for cans, 24-oz, beer, water bottles, etc.

Great for sporting events and outdoor stuff such as sports and running, walking in the park, bird watching, canoeing, cloud watching, star gazing, moonlighting, cow tipping, throwing rocks at incoming traffic.

Bottle Coolers work by retaining heat (the cold) on the inside from the heat (not so cold) on the outside. How this works is all in the materiel used to make them. It does not let heat (hot or cold) pass through it as easy as say, a tin can, plastic, glass, tin foil, or cotton.

Other methods involve a vacuum. They take two layers and separate it by a vacuum of nothing, like space, just imagine how hard it is for anything to travel through nothing instead of a solid? These are more effective at keeping things hot or cold, soda, coffee, beer, urine, water, hot chocolate, you name it!

Ice   Chests  are used to keep multiple drinks  cold , using ice outside of the drink but inside the  chest , you can’t drink it when it is in the  chest  but you can many drinks  cold  for a very long time. The best use would be ways to see, if everyone watched “King of the Hill.” There is never an episode the Red ice chest does not show, how am I so confident? It is shown in the intro, the intro that has never been changed since its first episode, it is a classic and will never stop being fun. Speaking of fun, here is a FUN fact. Bill owns that ice chest. It is basically the only useful thing he provides to the group.

If you read all this I’m really sorry. Na, not really!

Cold Sores and Ice

The combination of cold sores and ice might not sound so appealing, but applying ice to your cold sores is one of the most soothing things you can do to take away the uncomfortable pain.

So what can ice do for your painful sores, well major point i must make is that it will not cure your them. It also wont stop them from coming back each month, but some other natural remedies will. For instance did you know that simply applying a warm tea bag to your blisters will help take away the irritating pain. I will admit that I did not believe it either, but after putting up with them since i was young, i thought i would give it a try, and it works.

So you might be wondering if the ice does anything else to anything else to your cold sores? It can also stop the infection from spreading over a larger area. The ice can be applied to the affected area every ten to fifteen minutes. I know this might sound hard to do, maybe if your at work and can’t get access to a freezer. If this is the case, during the day apply Vaseline over the blister to stop it from cracking and bleeding.

So we have seen how a combination of cold sores and ice can help sooth the pain, and help stop your infection from spreading. Always make sure you only apply the ice to your skin for a couple of seconds, as permanent contact may cause further discomfort.

10 Interesting Facts about Archangel Raphael

1. Raphael means “God heals.” Raphael heals physical, emotional and spiritual problems, and is sometimes known as the “divine physician.” Raphael is believed to have healed Abraham after his circumcision. Raphael also healed Jacob when he dislocated his hip after wrestling with an angel.

2. Raphael is usually pictured holding a fish. This is the fish that Tobias caught while travelling to Media with Raphael. Raphael told him to cut out the fish’s heart, liver and gall. Tobias, who did not know his travelling companion was Raphael, queried this strange request. The man told him that smoke made from the heart and liver would exorcise evil spirits, and the gall would restore the sight of someone with white film in his eyes. The trip was a success. Tobias was paid the money he was owed; he found a bride, and Raphael taught him how to use the smoke from the heart and liver to exorcise the demon inside his bride. On returning home, Raphael showed him how to use the gall to restore his father’s eyesight. Only then did Raphael identify himself.

3. As a result of his journey with Tobias, Raphael became known as the protector of travellers. He has an excellent sense of humour, and is a good travelling companion. This is why he is often depicted as a pilgrim, wearing a hat, and carrying a walking stick and a gourd containing either water or medicine.

4. Raphael is both a teacher and a healer. He taught Tobias how to heal his father. He teaches us how to heal ourselves from the self-inflicted wounds we create through our actions. He also heals the wounds of all mankind and has been called the Guardian Angel of Humanity.

5. According to Jewish legend, Raphael helped Noah gain the knowledge he needed to build his ark. After the flood subsided, he gave Noah a medical book.

6. Raphael helped King Solomon build his great temple. God gave Raphael a special ring to give to Raphael. This ring enabled Solomon to command thousands of demons to help finish the temple. This magic ring contained a pentagram, or five-sided star, on the seal. As a result of this, the pentagram became one of the first medical symbols.

7. It is likely that Raphael was the angel who entered the pool at Bethesda. The first person to enter the water at this famous healing center after the angel had disturbed it was instantly cured of whatever disease he had (John 5:2-4).

8. Raphael features in John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost. During the course of a conversation, Adam asked Raphael if angels have sex. Raphael blushed as he explained that angels enjoy spiritual sex.

9. Raphael (1483-1520), the famous Italian artist, was named after the archangel, and painted him twice. In one of these, Raphael presents the infant Tobias to the Virgin Mary, who has the infant Jesus in her arms. Tobias is holding a small fish.

10. In 1918, an English nurse named Joy Snell wrote a book called The Ministry of Angels. In it she described how she regularly saw Raphael at the heads of seriously ill patients. Whenever she saw him, she knew the patient would recover.

Upside Down Economy – Public Workers Taking Over Unions as Production Workers Fade Away

Even when unions were arrogant over twenty years ago, the average non union worker was better off. The private sector production workers are now just a small part of the total union population.

The Teamsters and service workers’ withdrawal from the AFL-CIO is truly a historical happening. The United States has gone through the most massive   dislocation  of jobs in history, while workers were told it was a good thing. Our federal government seeded the moving of factories outside this country starting in 1956, while the AFL-CIO kept supporting people like President Bill Clinton and Sen. John Kerry, who led the way in passing of the unfair NAFTA and GATT trade agreement that betrayed workers. The American Workers won World War 2 but over fifty years later the American Workers have lost it with millions of workers losing their jobs.

Finally the story is being told. While the AFL-CIO was considered to be the union of Steel-workers and other production workers, the membership of these groups dwindled to only 15 percent of the total union population, with the public-sector workers making up close to 50 percent.

Public workers never should have been part of the AFL-CIO. They are paid my the taxpayers. The taxpayers are their employer.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney came from the service and retail unions and was never in sync with the production workers. He led the way in making contribution to politicians, tools of change that never worked. He was in denial about millions losing their jobs due to Free Trade and Globalization. Perhaps, he was looking at a worldwide drive for union membership. This is only conjecture but one has to wonder why he supported those who led the way for Free Trade which devastated the union membership in the USA.

With this defection of the Teamsters and services union members, workers get a chance to regain their identities. If you are going to blame the unions for our economic problems, you unfortunately have to point your finger at teachers, police, fire workers and other public servants who in many cases now make twice as much as the people they serve. However, Free Trade will soon reach their front door too. Contract workers stand ready to take these jobs for lower pay with no pensions.

For more information and data, click on or and House of Cards Economy article.

Blocked Sinus – 4 Ways To Clear It Naturally

Blocked sinus can be a frustrating and irritating condition. It may cause difficulty in eating or sleeping. Blocked sinus can lead to a sinus headache and even equilibrium problems when the blockage reaches the ear. While some prescription medications may provide some relief, natural home remedies can be effective in clearing a blocked sinus. The latter do not have any ill side effects, are non-habit forming and can be used as often as needed.

Here are 4 natural ways to clear a blocked sinus from the comfort of your home.

1. Increase humidity

Most sinus blockages and infections occur in the winter months. This is the time of year when heating is on and the doors and windows are closed, making the inside air very dry.

The easiest fix to this problem is to increase humidity in the air. You can use a whole-house humidifier that attaches to your furnace. If that is not an option you can use small room-sized humidifiers throughout the house. These are inexpensive and can greatly improve humidity levels. Be sure to keep the water filled and clean the containers often to avoid bacteria and mold build up.

Alternatively, boil a large pot of water on the stove. The vapor from the boiling water adds humidity to the air. Another quick fix is to sit in the bathroom with the hot shower running for 20 minutes or so.

2. Nasal irrigation

This is a method of running sterile water into the nose. You can buy a small irrigation pot from a health food store and follow the package directions. If you need something a little more portable try using a saline nasal spray. Nasal irrigation works by cleaning the nasal passages and sinus cavities of mucus and thereby, assisting the natural cleaning system of your nasal passages.

3. Warm compress

A wet towel or washcloth can be heated and placed on the face, over the nose and sinuses. This will help clear the sinus cavities by loosening the mucus so that it will drain out more easily. You can purchase warm compress that can be heated in the microwave, from health food stores or pharmacies.

4. Eucalyptus or menthol

Eucalyptus or menthol oil can be used in a steam inhalation to relieve nasal and sinus congestion, in draining mucus and relieving pressure. Menthol is derived from peppermint. It is a natural anesthetic, germicidal and the vapors are an incredible decongestant. Eucalyptus oil is a powerful antiseptic with antibacterial properties. To create an eucalyptus steam inhalation, pour some boiling water into a bowl and add 3 drops of eucalyptus oil. Look down, with your head over the bowl. Cover your head and bowl with a towel. Close your eyes and inhale the steam slowly for 10 minutes.

You can also put a few drops of eucalyptus on a handkerchief and sniff periodically.

Each of these natural remedies can be used alone or in combination with each other to relieve your blocked sinus. They do not cause complications or harmful effects even if used in conjunction with drug medications.

Arjuna: Herbal Cardiac Tonic

Arjuna (Kahu) or Terminalia Arjuna is known to be a dense tree with 28 meters of height. It has cone shaped long and round leaves and white bark with milky juice in it. It is highly used as a medicinal across the globe.

It is an ancient tree which is also known as Nadisarjja in Sanskrit Vedas. Its bark proves to be a cardiac tonic for all those patients suffering from heart diseases. For curing numerous heart diseases it is advised that its decoction should be prepared with milk and water or simply with ghee or butter and consumed over a period of time to have beneficial results.

The bark of this tree is usually found enriched with calcium, magnesium, aluminium and tannins. This also has some crystalline compounds such as lactone, arjunetin, arjunine, sugars and essential oils. It is beneficial in removing stones or calculi from the urinary systems, helps in relieving fever, arrests bleeding or secretion and heals wound, etc.

This medicinal herb is useful in curing numerous health diseases like:

Heart Diseases: This herb being a great stimulant is really useful in treating ailments like dropsy and cardiac failure. It is advised that the decoction made using the bark of this tree using milk and water should be taken everyday empty stomach in the morning or the powdered bark in 3 Gms quantity mixed with jaggery and milk should be consumed to have beneficial results.

Asthma: It is considered to be a great Ayurvedic medicine for treating problems related to asthma. To cure this ailment perfectly well you need to go through one system and that is:

You need to make a fine powder of the bark and store it in the well-corked bottle. Then on the full moon day you need to keep the fast for whole day and prepare a kheer using rice and condensed milk. Later on you have to keep this dish under the moonlight for whole night. Then this powered bark mixture should be sprinkled over the kheer during the early hours of the next day and consumed right away. Make a note that you should not go to sleep for next 12 hours after consuming this dish to have effective results.

Fractures: To treat various problems related to bone fractures it is advised that the one teaspoon of powdered bark should be consumed with honey for strengthening of the bones.

Diarrohea: For curing diarrohea it is advised that the decoction prepared with this bark should be consumed in 30 Gms quantity 3 to 4 times a day to have beneficial results.

Acne: The bark of the tree proved as an effective remedy for acne. It is advised that the powered bark mixed with honey should be applied over the affected area to have beneficial results.

Apart from this, the juice of fresh leaves of Arjuna tree can be used for treating earache. The ash of the bark can be useful in treating the scorpion sting. Furthermore, its decoction can be also used for cleaning problems like ulcers, syphilitic sores, etc.

A Cure For Lupus – 10 Lupus Erythematosus Diet Secrets

We Are What We Eat – Can Diet Cure Lupus?

The old saying is still true for everyone. We are what we eat. Our diet choices have a direct effect on our bodies and the way we feel. Consuming the right foods in the right measure is a prerequisite for optimal health. That’s a key consideration for everyone, but it is particularly important for those who have diseases such as Lupus. Diet can play a large role in the way lupus’ symptoms present themselves mainly because Lupus is an autoimmune disease.

A Lupus Diet To Reduce Symptoms & Flares

Although a lupus diet is not a cure for lupus choosing the right foods can be extremely helpful in reducing lupus symptoms. A lupus diet is known to have an impact on inflammation, pain, overall mobility and stamina levels. It is also thought that the correct diet or avoiding certain foods can also play a significant factor in tackling the underlying cause of lupus, I.e.: Autoimmune disease.

Here are ten lupus diet suggestions that are known make a difference Although this is only a small list, it will help relieve lupus symptoms:

10 Foods Lupus Sufferer’s Should Avoid

  • Avoid processed foods and foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • Don’t rely on red meat as a source of protein. Eat fish or chicken instead.
  • Maintain a low-fat diet. You can’t completely eliminate fat intake, but you should strive to avoid excess fat.
  • Minimize exposure to spicy food, which may spur flares.
  • Drink water instead of alcohol, soda pop, energy drinks and other unhealthy beverages.
  • Lower your intake of sugar and salt.
  • Decrease or eliminate consumption of refined carbohydrates and starches. Look to whole grains instead.
  • Eat more fresh, raw vegetables and fruit.
  • Focus on foods that your body can digest easily.
  • Supplement your Lupus diet with probiotics and other digestive aids.

Note: Before you implement any particular lupus diet, you should consider being tested thoroughly for food allergies, food allergies whether known or not may bring on lupus flares.

This Can Help Both SLE & DLE Sufferer’s

These ten lupus diet guidelines serve as the foundation for a smart eating plan for those suffering with both SLE or DLE as the underlying cause is normally very similar or linked. Diet plans should always be consistent with those general principles even though they are not a complete cure for lupus. Those who deviate from these recommendations may experience an escalation in the number or severity of many lupus symptoms.

Avoiding Lupus Flares When Your Eating Out

You’ll also notice that those recommendations are perfectly consistent with a variety of eating strategies for those who don’t have lupus. Diet plans of this sort may provide Lupus sufferers with a ready-made assortment of menu ideas and guidance. Plus knowing which foods might trigger lupus flares can be very helpful when eating out.

Changing one’s diet can have a tremendous impact on the way they experience the symptoms of lupus, but it would be unrealistic to believe that diet alone will provide a cure for lupus. A smart lupus diet helps on many fronts, but it’s not a cure-all.

If you’ve been diagnosed with lupus, discuss the development of an ideal lupus diet plan with your physician or a nutritionist with an understanding of lupus. You may discover that a few changes in the way you eat and prepare your meals can play a significant role in the way you feel on a day-to-day basis.

3 Simple Habits of Lucky People

Lucky breaks, is it possible to attract more than your share of them? What’s the difference lucky people enjoy that most people don’t? At the end of this message, these are the questions you’ll have the answers to.

But first allow me to destroy a few myths most people have about lucky people, based on our 2 year research study. First they don’t depend on charms, a rabbits foot or wearing a special hat or pair of socks. However, they do have habits they consciously or subconsciously use each day to attract more chance opportunities, open doors and lucky coincidences than the average person.

We observed over 12 habits lucky people displayed that put them in the mental and physical position to attract more lucky breaks. Here’s 3 examples of habits we observed.

1. They Always Expect Lucky Breaks Around The Corner

No matter what they experience now or in the past, they always keep an attitude of expectation. We’ve found having this attitude allowed them to recognize opportunities faster than the average person. Research has proven most opportunities can come and go fast. In fact, many can often appear and vanish so fast most people miss them.

Many people who label themselves unlucky, often have little or no expectation of attracting it. It becomes a self fulfilling prophecy to many. We’ve found as you expect to attract, recognize or even create lucky breaks you position yourself to recognize it when it comes.

2. They Act On Potential Opportunities Faster Than Most

During our research it surprised us how many people often recognize opportunity, but still fail to act on it. This is an obstacle in many people and another major reason they don’t experience more lucky breaks. A habit of people who others call lucky, is quick action. For example, when they see a potential opportunity, lucky people often act fast and in many cases without having all the facts. We found something interesting through our research, Many times as a reflex action, people who attract luck spend a minimum of time analyzing the pros and cons of whether they should act now or later.

On the other hand people who miss, overlook or squander potential opportunities have a tendency to over analyze. These people often suffer from what researchers call a   paralysis  of analysis. While most people analyze so called opportunities the door opens and closes before they have time to act.

3. They Understand The Importance of Timing And Know How To Use It

A popular saying goes like this, “timing is everything.” This statement rings true for most people who others call lucky. They not only understand the importance of timing, they keep it at the front of there mind in everything they do. As a result of applying this simple idea they position themselves to create, receive and even attract good luck. So, while most people scratch their heads or get jealous at their good fortune, they continue to attract it The truth is, they used the time factor to the maximum and in the right manner, one without the other doesn’t’ attract luck as effectively.

Four Fabulous Favors You Can Do For a Friend Having Surgery

Perhaps your hectic schedule prevents you from visiting your friend who is in the hospital recovering from surgery. Maybe your friend is restricted, doctor’s orders, from receiving guests. Maybe, just maybe, you don’t visit your friend in the hospital because every time you think about the visit your palms get clammy, your face feels flush, and your head spins with dread over setting foot in a hospital. But, the patient is a great friend, and she would do anything in the world for you if the situation was reversed and you were the one piled up in that recovery room. You feel that you need and really want to do something for her to show that you care. So what are your options?

Well, there are a few favors you can do for your friend while she is recovering that do not require that you visit the hospital. Actually, your friend may even appreciate you for doing one of the following favors more than she would appreciate a visit from you. (No offense, but sometimes good deeds are appreciated more than face-time.) Below are four favors that you can do for your friend that will certainly make her recovery much easier and absolutely keep you away from the hospital, all the while keeping you on top of her most valuable friends list.

1. Yard Work and Housework

There is no need to aerate your friend’s lawn or to polish your friend’s silver, but performing a few small chores at your friend’s house will be greatly appreciated. Do the dishes or take out the trash to prevent your friend from coming home to foul odors and bacteria critters. Put the mail on the kitchen table so it doesn’t pile up in the mailbox. Maybe even mow the lawn. Whether the task is as simple as sweeping off the front porch or as involved as doing the laundry, your friend will appreciate coming home to a clean(er) home, and her recovery will be easier because of your efforts.

2. Assist with Childcare or Pet Care

Your friend should be concentrating her energy on recovering after having surgery. But if she is like most parents, she will inevitable spend lots of brain-power stewing over the well-being of her children (human or canine or fowl or whatever) in her absence. Even if your friend has a spouse, parent, or babysitter already planning to assist with childcare, unexpected things always come up. Offer to pick up/drop off her children from school or after-school activities. If your friend has older children staying at home alone, offer to just check-in on them from time to time. If your friend’s children are technically pets, offer to go by the house to feed and water, walk, or rub the ears of these furry little kid critters.

3. Be a Contact for People Wanting Updates

You are not the only person concerned with your friend’s well-being. There will be co-workers, extended family, and neighbors who will want updates on your friend’s recovery. And they always call her house and get the answering machine or call the hospital and disturb your friend’s rest. Offer to take these calls yourself on your phone and give people updates so that your friend does not have to repeat the story of how her surgery went and how her recovery is going 50 times a day. You do it instead.

4. Check on the House Periodically

We would like to think that no one would vandalize your friend’s house or steal from her while no one is home. But, you never know. Plus, an empty-looking (lights that do not change, cars that do not move) house is a target for trouble. Tell your friend that you will go by her house once a day, just to check on things. Maybe you could even get a spare key from her and offer to go in and change which lights are turned on. Knowing that you are checking on the house will give your friend much-needed peace of mind.

Keep two things in mind when offering to do a favor for your recovering friend.

Number one: Don’t offer and commit to do something that you cannot or will not do. The last thing your friend needs right now is a phone call from you telling her that you cannot pick up her kid from soccer practice because you have scheduled too many things to do and now can’t honor your commitment.

Number two: Don’t ask your friend what you can do for her or would she like for you to do such-in-such. Just tell her that you are going to do it. If you ask her what you can do to help, chances are she will not want to burden you and will simply not tell you what she needs you to do. Try saying a few days before the surgery, I know that you will be staying at the hospital for a few days recovering from your surgery so here’s what I’m thinking. I will pick up Timmy from school everyday and take him over to your Mom’s house. Is that OK with you or is there something else that you would rather me do for you? If you say it like this, she is more likely to smile and say, YES! Thank you!

Any of these four favors can help to eliminate some of those “pre-surgery” jitters that often accompany surgery. Knowing that some of the everyday chores are being done can simply take loads off the mind of any patient. They can also help you show your care and concern for your friend when visits to the hospital are not possible.

Ruth Stafford Peale said it the best ~ Find a need and fill it.

Protect Yourself From Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Promote Safe Sex

Sexually active persons are often victims of sexually transmitted diseases. While most people consider sex as a need, it is also a must that you should know all that you could about certain consequences of engaging in sexual activities especially when you change partners often. That is why be careful when choosing your sexual partner and make sure to maintain a clean personal hygiene. Sexually transmitted diseases are often caused by bacterial infection. While most kinds of these diseases are curable, HIV in particular is deadly. So if you want to enjoy a longer life span while enjoying the good things life has to offer keep yourself in check at all times by doing STD tests.

Sexually transmitted disease tests are often conducted in clinics with the help of a medical expert. However, for most people who find it inconvenient by setting an appointment for a test, a STD test can be conducted at home with STD test kits. These test kits can be purchased online and delivered straight to your doorsteps. This is truly a convenient method of keeping yourself in check since these cases are highly sensitive.

Even if you choose to get tested at a clinic, your results are still kept confidential. STD test kits have easily understandable instructions with it that can be easily followed to determine the result. Once you see a positive result, do not panic. Bear in mind that it is better to have found it an earlier stage to determine the best and fast way to cure your infection.

There are different kinds of sexually transmitted diseases. There are those which can only be spread through pure sexual contact either by oral, anal, or vaginal sex. There are also kinds which can be transmitted without sexual contact. The best way to prevent yourself from getting infected is of course by abstinence, avoiding sex. While most people cannot do this method, the use of condom is the second best method.

Although this is not full proof, with proper use, you can still enjoy the benefits of sex and peace of mind that you are safe from getting infected at least. Knowing more about STDs and promoting safe sex can help reduce the case of sexually transmitted diseases especially on young people who are sexually active.

If you happen to change partners often, keep your body in check at all times. If you happen to experience slight changes be sensitive enough to care and conduct STD tests at the convenience of your own home. Most of these sexually transmitted diseases do not show symptoms at the early stage and when left untreated can cause complications which can never be cured even on a long term basis. As long as it is not HIV, there is a sure way to rid yourself of bacteria that cause such infections. Always maintain proper and good hygiene especially on sensitive body parts.

What is Sciatica

Sciatica is not a specific disease, instead it is a condition characteristic of several different diseases. Simply put, it is a mild to intense pain in the left or right leg. Sciatica is caused by a compression of one or more of the five sets of nerve roots in the lower back. These compressions are typically caused by a disc rupture or bone spur in the lumbar spine. It causes pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms or legs. This is referred to as radiculopathy. If the nerve root causing the problem is in the neck it is called cervical radiculopathy. Sciatica is called a lumbar radiculopathy since it occurs in the lower back.

There are six typical causes of Sciatica.


Spondylolisthesis is usually found at birth, early childhood or acquired from physical trauma such as weightlifting. It is a disorder that most often affects the lumbar spine. Spondylolisthesis is characterized by one vertebra slipping forward over an adjacent vertebra. Often sciatic leg pain is caused when a nerve root compresses due to the vertebra being displaced and slipping.

Piriformis Syndrome

Due to the lack of MRI or x-ray findings, it may be difficult to diagnose and treat piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle connects to the thighbone, assists in hip rotation and is located in the lower part of the spine. When muscle spasms develop in the piriformis muscle thereby compressing the sciatic nerve, Piriformis syndrome develops. The sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle. Piriformis syndrome is named for the piriformis muscle and the pain caused when the muscle irritates the sciatic nerve.

Lumbar Bulging or Herniated Disc

When the nucleus breaks through the annulus a herniated disc occurs. It is called a ‘non-contained’ disc disorder. A bulging disc is also known as a contained disc disorder. This means the nucleus pulposus (gel-like center) remains ‘contained’ within the annulus fibrosus (tire-like outer wall) of the disc. Because a herniated disc is a ‘non-contained’ disc disorder, the consequences of a herniated disc are worse. Whether a disc or herniates or bulges, disc material can press against an adjacent nerve root and compress delicate nerve tissue and cause sciatica. Irritation and nerve compression cause pain and inflammation often leading to extremity tingling, muscle weakness and numbness. The disc material itself also contains an acidic, chemical irritant (hyaluronic acid) that causes nerve inflammation. The herniated nucleus causes direct compression of the nerve root against the interior of the bony spinal canal.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

The condition of spinal stenosis results in the spinal canal narrowing. The narrowing causes pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Common in patients over the age of 50 and with causes that are not clear, spinal stenosis has two different types frequently described. A common complaint of spinal stenosis patients is leg pain which gets worse with walking. Another complaint is back pain. Sitting and bending can sometimes alleviate these pains.

There is one type of spinal stenosis that exists where individuals are born with a narrow spinal canal. In people that have this condition even minor structural changes to the spine can cause severe spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis related to age is the more commonly acquired form. This form of the stenosis condition may cause various spinal components to sag or bulge from arthritis. Discs, joints, and ligaments can be affected. These changes, which occur with age, can have the effect of narrowing the spinal canal and thus trigger spinal stenosis pain.

Spinal Tumors

Spinal tumors can be benign or malignant, but are fairly rare. They cause sciatica due to pressure on the disc.


Another cause of sciatica is trauma caused by accidents. The impact may injure nerves or cause fragments of bone to compress the nerves (lumbar or sacral spinal nerve roots)

If you think you may be suffering from sciatica, be sure and contact your physician to get a proper diagnosis!

Shingles-What It Is and Treatment Options

“Shingles” is the name of the painful rash many people get as they get older and their immunity wanes. The rash is characterized by tiny blisters on red skin that usually occurs on one side of the body in a band-like distribution. The rash is often preceded by a 1-2 day period of intense, burning, sharp pain in the area where the rash will develop. Many people will mistake the pain as pain from muscle strain, heart attack (angina), gallbladder attack, appendicitis or kidney stones. Once the rash develops, the blisters will eventually dry up and the redness will disappear in approximately 10-14 days. The pain of shingles may last as long as the rash is present, may disappear once the rash appears, or may persist after the rash is gone. When the pain persists longer than 4 weeks after the rash is healed, the pain is called post-herpetic neuralgia. This pain can be very debilitating. It is often described as a constant burning, knife-like, throbbing, or aching sensation. It adversely affects people’s ability to move, think and sleep. Post-herpetic neuralgia can lead to depression because the pain and condition is not curable; available medicines may decrease the severity of pain periodically.

The virus that causes “shingles” is the herpes virus responsible for chickenpox. One someone contracts chickenpox, the virus travels along nerves and becomes dormant in the dorsal root (sensory) ganglia of the spinal cord. When the body is “stressed”, either by an illness, medication, emotional stressor, or physical trauma, the virus may be re-activated and travel along a nerve supplying a dermatome of skin and cause pain and a rash. Once someone experiences shingles (also known as herpes zoster,) the virus becomes dormant again. Unfortunately, the virus may re-activate more than once during a person’s lifetime. It may affect more than one dermatome, causing pain and rash in different areas of the body. When shingles occurs in specific facial nerves, it may cause blindness, deafness and diminished taste sensation.

The treatment of shingles begins with prompt and accurate diagnosis of herpes zoster. When anti-viral medications, such as acyclovir and famcyclovir, are started during the first 72 hrs of the illness and continued to for 7-10 days, the duration and severity of rash will be reduced. These medications will not stop the pain or keep the rash from forming. They will also not prevent post-herpetic neuralgia from developing. Tricyclic antidepressants (Elavil), topical anesthetics (lidocaine or capsaicin) and/or narcotic analgesics can be used to limit the pain. If post-herpetic neuralgia develops, antidepressant, anti-seizure, topical anesthetics and nerve blocks may be used to lessen the pain. The pain of post-herpetic neuralgia often requires the use of many treatment modalities, including chronic pain counseling and biofeedback, to help people cope with this chronic condition.

The best way to prevent herpes zoster from developing is keeping the immune system healthy and strong.

Asking for a Date

Whether a date’s spontaneous or planned, the first or the last date, or you’re young or old, sooner or later, going out with someone comes to this: Somebody has to ask for the date.

No matter how much or how little you plan (and regardless of your reputation, your Aunt Sylvia, the knot in your stomach, the advice of your friends, your New Year’s resolution, or your success with dating or lack thereof) nobody, with the possible exception of Adam, ever made a date without asking for it. I bet that even with God as the go-between, sooner or later Eve expected Adam to pony up and find the courage to ask if they could take a walk in Paradise, and if he didn’t, well, it explains a lot about the snake, don’t you think?

Face it, the only thing scarier than the first date is asking for the first date. But if you can remember that you’re not looking for a cure for cancer, that you won’t die even if he or she says “yes,” and that life as we know it will continue no matter what your potential date’s response, you may relax enough to actually (gulp) ask for a date.

Gazillions of perfectly normal (and lots of less than normal) people have all gotten nervous about asking for a date. You and I and everybody else are connected to a long line of sweating, nervous, stuttering, tongue-tied souls, and even the slick ones feel anxious on the inside about asking for a date. Do you feel better? No? Well, I was afraid of that. Never fear – in this chapter, I tell you some things that should comfort you in the asking, help you in the consummation, and protect you from any possible devastation beyond a teensy pinch on the ego.

Risking Rejection

The First Rule to asking for a date is this: No guts, no glory. The worst-case scenario is that the prospective date says no. At that point, you’re no worse off than you are at this very moment.

Rejection is definitely not fun, but a rejection is only one person’s opinion of you. You don’t like everyone, and not everyone is going to like you. If someone says no, then he or she misses out on getting to know how truly terrific you are.

Rejection can be the beginning of opportunity. Scads of hugely successful people just wouldn’t take no for an answer. Think about Fred Astaire: When he first went to Hollywood, a talent scout wrote, “Big ears, too skinny, big nose, can dance a little.” Many famous beauties and stars in many fields had to cope with someone’s negative opinion of them – nobody hasn’t faced rejection.

The question is: Are you going to let it get you down? Of course not! Alexander the Great probably conquered the world by the age of 30 because some shortsighted lass turned him down – maybe because he was too intense or short or something. Maybe that rejection made him want to make more than most

Grecians earn. (It’s a pun; say it out loud – but definitely don’t use it until the fourth or fifth date or after you’re married or your last kid leaves for college or your hearing has gone.)

Rejection means that that person says no but not that everyone will. You need to realize when no is no, when someone’s showing absolutely no interest. If someone consistently says no when you ask for a date, it’s okay to say, “Look, I hear that you’re not interested, and I don’t want to be a pest. If you ever change your mind, here’s my number,” or “I’ll call you in a year,” but then for heaven’s sake, don’t call any sooner than that. With time, the sting really does go away.

Conversely, if you really don’t want to go out with someone, don’t say, “Maybe” or “Call me next week.” Just say, “Thank you for asking, but it’s just not possible.” Remember that the world is a very small place. You may change your mind, or that person you turn down may marry your best friend or be in a position to hire you someday. There is no reason to ever hurt someone whose only sin is being interested in you, so be gentle but firm.

Rejection isn’t gender specific. It’s not any easier for guys to face rejection than it is for women. We’ve just programmed men for power, and asking someone out is boss, even if the whole experience is tinged with fear. Either sex can feel more powerful by taking the initiative and asking someone out.

A brush-off with style

The coolest rejection I ever got was from a guy who told me that he’d just gotten a call from an old girlfriend. He said, “She’s reemerged in my life, and I need to see where it goes. I’ll either marry her and invite you to the wedding, or I’d like to finally put it to rest. No matter what happens, I’d like to be able to call you.” Cool, huh?

Biology has nothing to do with the ability to tolerate possible rejection. Women, if you’ve never asked a guy out, you should do it for your own liberal education. Guys love it. However, they may think you’re hotter to trot (sexually) than you really are, so take that into consideration.

If you’re afraid of rejection, you may miss out on a lot in this life, which is pretty darned short as it is. See if you can put that angst away, take the chip off your shoulder, and go for it.

Improving Your Odds

When asking for a date, having a plan is crucial, but you’ve got to stay a little loose. The more structured you are, the more dependent you are on meshing well with a stranger. Therefore, you need to read the signs, stay loose, and keep things light, flexible, and open. You can seriously improve the chances of getting a yes if you keep these tips in mind when you ask for a date.

Never ask for a first date for a Friday or Saturday night

These two main, big, serious date nights are too important a place to start. Asking for a first date on a Friday or Saturday is like playing at Wimbledon without a tennis lesson or having ever played on grass or at all. Even people who don’t have dates and haven’t had one for ages are often loathe to admit their plight to a stranger (and if you haven’t had a first date, you’re still strangers).

Start off with a Wednesday or Thursday night, which are nights when people generally don’t have much planned. Also avoid Mondays like the plague. Everybody hates Mondays.

Never say, “Would you like to go out sometime?”

If you phrase the invitation like this and the askee says “no,” you’ve left yourself absolutely no out except to be swallowed up by a prayed-for earthquake.

If the person says “yes,” you still have to ask him or her out. Yikes. Instead, be specific. It’s much better to say, “I’d love to see the new exhibit at the museum. Any interest in going either Wednesday or Thursday?” You offer a specific opportunity (as well as alternative days) and at the same time, you give your potential date a great deal of room in which to negotiate without sounding wishy-washy or desperate. Giving specifics also allows your potential date a couple of seconds to think about it, rather than getting caught completely off guard.

Always offer options about the date

Options can include the day, time, activity, and transportation. Options make you sound organized without being bossy or rigid, as long as you keep them limited. Offering a few choices at the outset makes you sound less panicky than you would if you were to offer them after the potential date says no to your initial suggestion.

If you’re specific about the date and your potential date doesn’t like the suggested activity but does like you, you can modify your plan.

Also, although a plan with several separate possibilities requires more work on your part, it offers a better chance of success – and a chance to figure out whether your potential date has any interest in you. After all, if you’ve offered all options regarding place, time, date, activity, and so on and the answer is still no, the problem is as clear as the writing on the wall, and you’ve hit the wall. Take a deep breath and move on. It’s not the end of the world, just this potential date. Scary but efficient.

By offering to meet there, go in separate cars, or pick her up, you instantly show yourself to be considerate, capable, and sensitive to the fact that females have heard horror stories about being abducted by a date and never seen again.Although you’re not Jack the Ripper, understanding that she may feel a little uneasy about being in a car with a stranger makes you a liberated and cool guy for thinking like a modern woman. You will score major points.

In the initial stages of dating, people sometimes want so much to be liked that they agree to things at the expense of their integrity. If your potential date has enough sense to say, “I’d love to do something with you, just not mud wrestling,” then give that person a gold star. Don’t be offended – be pleased. You have just found someone with brains, courage, and honesty.

Remember that timing is everything

Don’t ask for tomorrow or next year. A basic rule is to ask for a first date a week to ten days in advance, but you can break this rule with impunity as the need arises. You can ignore these guidelines if the spirit moves you to be spontaneous. For example, “Hey, got time for an ice cream cone?” can get you an immediate yes; you can also expand this invitation to a “maybe next week” if you get a no.

Now is always a better time to ask than later because your courage may diminish over time. There are some obvious exceptions to this rule: Don’t ask someone who is in a crisis (never ask for a date at a funeral), just getting out of a relationship (never ask for a date at a divorce hearing, even if the person isn’t one of the parties involved; it’s bad karma), or going through any other experience when you may appear to be exploiting a weakness. You need to take the other person’s life situation into account as well.

Always go for it if you’re having a good hair or anything else day

You’re cuter when you’re happy, and self-confidence is sexy. Don’t get into the “well, today is a write-off, I may as well ask, get rejected, and make it a perfect score” mentality. You can tolerate being turned down more easily when you’re feeling strong – not to mention that rejection is a lot less likely.

Asking someone out for a first date isn’t the time to trot out your best anything, including your imagination, checkbook, or best friend. This is a time to think KISS: Keep it Simple, Sweetie. All you want to do here is send a clear and gentle but important message: I’d like to spend some time getting to know you better. Are you interested?

The Invitation: Sending the Message

You have several options when actually asking for the date. The choices may be influenced by circumstances (like distance), personality, and personal style. In general, the closer you are when you ask, the better. When you’re close to the person, you get more information, you appear more courageous, and you get some practice for the date.

Answering machine etiquette

An answering machine message, unlike an offthe- cuff remark or rumor or discussion, can be saved and replayed and misinterpreted and overanalyzed and overreacted to and thrown back in your face. Not only that, but you never know who’s going to be listening on the other end. Here are six messages never to leave on a date’s machine:

1. You’re the best I’ve ever had.

2. I never want to see you again.

3. It’s me. Give me a call.

4. Next time, we’ll go out.

5. Your mother is hot.

6 Can I have your friend’s phone number?

You can adapt any of the following methods for sending the message to your level of comfort. But be careful that you’re not hiding behind your comfort level – sooner or later, you’re going to have to get out there and actually date.

1. Asking in person: When possible, this is the best way to ask by far because seeing the person face-to-face gives you the most information. You can read body language and see whether the potential date looks pleased, terrified, God-forbid-revolted, or delighted. Based on the other person’s reaction, you can then modify your behavior accordingly or run. The disadvantage with asking in person is that it’s also the scariest for the exact same reasons. But it’s still preferred and also the friendliest technique.

2. Asking on the phone: This method gives you less information, but if you get panicky, you can always hang up before they answer (although caller ID has made hanging up without saying anything a great deal trickier). When you ask over the phone, nobody can see your palms sweating; but then again, you also can’t see your potential date’s reaction.

Never ask an answering machine for a date. It’s cowardly, sends the wrong message (you’re manipulating them by making them call back before you ask them out), and occasionally, the machine actually eats the message. You never know if your potential date got the message or if it was intercepted by a protective parent, a jealous ex, a careless roommate, or the Fates.

3. Asking through a third party: In elementary school, you may have asked your best friend to ask her best friend if someone liked you. You may have even eventually gotten an answer, but after Suzy told Peter, and Peter told you, were you really 100 percent sure about the answer? Third parties are a very unreliable method of information flow. When other people get involved, sometimes they add their two cents to your message. For example, what if your best friend liked me and wanted you to ask me if I’d go out on a date with him? Can you see lots of room for sabotage and miscommunication?

Remember the story of our Pilgrim forefathers, John Alden and Miles Standish? Miles was the governor who asked his best friend John to intercede on his behalf with Priscilla Mullens. Priscilla decided she liked the messenger, and Miles was left out in the cold. Don’t ask somebody else to ask for your date. The messenger may end up taking your potential date, and then not only do you still need a date but you also need a new friend.

4. Asking with a note: Even though computers have made notes faster and sexier, notes don’t offer you much information and feedback, whether they’re e-mail or snail mail (through the post office). When you ask with a note, you also don’t know the mood your potential date may be in. In addition, a note opens the opportunity for interception, misinterpretation, a delay in feedback, and a lack of flexibility. Ask anybody who’s asked for an RSVP to a written invitation, and you begin to understand the problem with asking for a date through a note. If you’re absolutely determined to ask for a date in writing, I suggest a handwritten note via the post office because it’s classier and implies more effort and concern.

A brief note here on sending a note with flowers, cigars, wine, a baseball hat, a ticket, or any gift: Sending gifts with the note is cute but tricky. You don’t want to appear to be bribing your potential date on the first date. Gifts can be a token of respect and admiration and are okay and even valuable as you’re getting to know each other, but they can be too much too soon. Besides, you don’t want to have to top yourself later and end up buying your potential date a small country by the fourth date. Start out simply.

Getting an Answer

Okey, dokey – you’ve made plans, offered options, and asked for a date. Now what? Well, either the answer is yes, you have a date, or no, you don’t. If the answer is yes, you’re flying and ready to go on to planning the old date-aroony.

Dealing with a no

If the answer is no, you have nothing to lose by asking if another day, place, time, or event would suit them. Listen to the response carefully. Often people really are tied up working late, taking care of a sick parent, getting out of a relationship, studying, or being distracted and would be willing to consider an invitation in the future, just not now.

If you’re feeling brave, you can say, “If not now, how soon?” If you’re feeling a bit vulnerable, you can say, “Let me give you my number, and you can give me a call when you’re ready.” The middle ground is to say, “Why don’t I give you a holler in a week or two and see how you’re doing?” If your potential date says fine, then do it. If he or she says “I’ll call you,” don’t hold your breath. Who needs to turn blue?

Getting some feedback

If you get a no, you may want to take a minute to try to figure out why. Make sure you haven’t gotten into some bad habits. You may need to ask yourself some tough questions. Are you too eager, too desperate, too whiny, too silly, or too tense? Is your breath okay? Do you make eye contact?

No matter how honest you think you are, give yourself some balance by asking a willing friend to critique your approach (you’ve seen it in a million movies where the hero or heroine practices in front of a mirror – no, not Travis Bickle’s “You lookin’ at me?” line). Balance your friend’s feedback with your own opinion so that you’re not being too easy or too harsh on yourself. If you mess up your careful scenario, your friend can give you some tips and hints on improving it, and you can make sense of what you meant to say or do.

Practicing can help you get a grip on your nerves. A little nervousness is flattering to the potential date because it shows that you really want to get to know him or her. Too much nervousness can panic both of you. All things considered, it’s probably even better to be a little bit nervous than so nonchalant and cool that your potential date has the sense you couldn’t care less if he or she accepts your invitation or not, because if he or she isn’t interested, no biggie, it’s not them, you’ll just move on to someone else. It’s not a terrible idea to start a first date on an honest basis. I know – don’t tell anybody I told you, and we’ll try to keep it our dirty little secret.

How to Get Rid of a Sore Throat?

A sore throat is one of the most common of medical complaints. It is an inflammation or infection of the pharynx accompanied with discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat is contagious in most cases and can be spread through coughing and sneezing. There are many ways to get rid of a sore throat.

A sore throat is a symptom, not a disease. I know what it’s like when the glands beneath your jaw begin to get sore, warning you that a sore throat is about to set in. In many cases, a sore throat is the first indication that you’re getting sick.

A sore throat is one of the most common reasons patients go to the doctor’s office. A sore throat is a common condition, and usually not a very serious one. It is a common symptom that ranges in severity from simple scratchiness to severe pain. A doctor should be consulted if your sore throat is a recurring problem not associated with a viral or bacterial infection.

But how do you know which sore throat is a strep throat infection. For example, a very common cause of sore throat is a bacterium called Streptococcus. In general, the more cold like symptoms you have, the less likely it is that your sore throat is a strep infection.

The symptom of a sore throat is aching in the back of your throat. It is one of the most common conditions managed. They are by no means pleasant. Oftentimes a sore throat is one of the first symptoms of our bodys’ fight against the common cold or flu. For many people, a good way to soothe a sore throat is to drink a cup of hot tea that contains honey.

If your sore throat is severe, persists for more than 2 days, is accompanied or followed by fever, headache, rash, swelling, nausea or vomiting you should visit your doctor. If those sound like your symptoms, your sore throat is probably viral and will clear up on its own.

Excellent remedies for a sore throat is gargling with thyme tea which is a powerful antiseptic, disinfectant, antibacterial, anti this and that, or using lemon juice. If you can handle neat lemon juice, so much the better, but a lemon tea or lemonade will work well. It may sting, but it works. You can always add a little honey to it, which will also help the throat.

Another excellent remedy for sore throat is to eat some well-beaten egg whites. My favorite treatment for sore throats, cold and flu symptoms is a mixture of equal quantities of honey, vinegar and lemon juice, taken in teaspoonfuls several times a day. The honey is soothing, the vinegar clears the sinuses and the lemon kills the bugs (that’s keeping it simple)…

Drinking a lot of fluids will help you get rid of a sore throat. Once you get rid of your sore throat, get rid of your toothbrush as it may cause the sore throat to return. Installing a humidifier in your room will help you get rid of a sore throat as well as prevent it. Cepacol products not only get rid of sore throat pain quickly, they’re also safe for people with diabetes, too. Drink a ton of hot water and try gargling with Listerine; it gets rid of a sore throat surprisingly fast. Plus a metric load of vitamin C will get rid of a sore throat.

Because viral illnesses are the most common cause of a sore throat, it is important not to use antibiotics to treat them. One of the most distressing symptoms of the common cold is a sore throat and many nonprescription drug products claim to provide relief for this condition. Mouth breathing leads to drying of pharyngeal mucosa; this is a very common cause of chronic sore throat. A common cold normally starts out with a sore throat.

The most common causes of sore throat are viral infections. A weak immune system and food allergy are the common causes of sore throat. Dry air, singing abusively, and viral/bacterial infection are some of the more common causes of a sore throat. This in turn causes crusty mucus on the nasal and throat lining which causes inflammation and irritation which presents itself as a sore throat. A viral infection that causes a sore throat still can cause some significant discomfort.

When a runny nose drips onto the back of the throat (called “post-nasal drip”), it causes a sore throat, and often a cough. It is the inflammation of the delicate surface of the throat that causes the pain on swallowing, and general discomfort. And because the symptoms of the three most common causes of a sore throat –strep, a cold or the flu — are so similar, it is difficult to tell them apart. However, it is important to rule out more serious causes of a sore throat, such as streptococcal bacteria (strep throat) and mononucleosis.

But when your sore throat is viral (or the result of a bacteria that’s not strep) herbal medicines can really help. The best way to reduce the discomfort of a sore throat is to take pain meds like Tylenol or Advil (acetaminophen or Ibuprofen). New TYLENOL® Sore Throat is the first and only product of its kind that provides an easy, convenient and effective way to treat the pain of sore throats. No special treatment is needed if your sore throat is caused by a virus.

On many sites I found that people suggested gargling cayenne pepper mixed with water 3-5 times a day until the sore throat is gone. Having a sore throat is the worst and if you are really feeling sick there is little to no chance that you will venture out to get medicine so using herbs that you already have at home is your best bet. Roxalia Sore Throat is a homeopathic combination remedy that can bring relief to sore throats.

Tonsillitis Causes and Home Treatment

Normally people get infected by tonsillitis sometime during their lives. This medical condition is what the public know as throat infection. Tonsillitis infections occur when there is an inflammation in the tonsils due to a virus or bacteria.

Tonsils is an organ in our bodies. It is part of our lymphatic system and consists of two identical ball-shaped parts located at the back of our throat behind and above the tongue. Being part of the lymphatic system they are considered one of the lymphatic nodes that are responsible in guarding our bodies against infections that we are subjected to from our environment, such as bacteria and viruses.

There is more than one cause to tonsillitis, bacteria being the most common cause. Other causes are parasites and fungi; however the cases where these organisms are the cause of such a disease are rare if you have a normal immune system.

A close connection has been suggested between this medical condition and smoking. This connection is not yet confirmed medically but it has been recorded that children living in households where their parents, or other relatives, are smokers are more subject to tonsillectomy, which the surgical removal of tonsils.

Tonsillitis is contaminated when you are in close contact to a person infected with the same disease. When the person breathes or coughs he spreads droplets. These droplets are passed to you through the air that you are breathing yourself.

Also if these droplets are left on your skin you can get contaminated when they are close enough to your mouth, eyes, or nose. You can feel the symptoms within two to five days after getting exposed to such disease-carrying agents.

If a person carrying this disease is not treated early then he will remain contagious for at least two weeks. This period can be lessened in case he was treated with antibiotics. When antibiotics treatment is administered this period can be lessened to only two days after the treatment starts.

Home Treatment

Home treatment is simply managing the symptoms while the body is fighting the infection naturally. It includes different measures to relief the symptoms, which basically are sore throat, running nose, nose congestion, and coughing. These treatments include:

  • Gargling with salty warm water. This must be administered many times a day. To prepare salty water just heat an 8 ounces of water to a warm state and add one teaspoon of salt.
  • Drinking warm liquids. Warm drinks soothes the throat pain, however some people find it more comfortable to drink cool drinks. You can take any kind of liquids such as soup, tea, or juice.
  • Having frozen desserts.
  • Over the counter pain killers. If you are giving pain killers to small children then be careful to follow the doctor’s instruction for the dosages and number of times the medicine should be taken.
  • Taking a fair share of rest.
  • Taking throat lozenges. You should not give lozenges to children since there is a risk of choking.

Tonsillitis is a common medical condition that infects millions around the world each year. Being so common it is important to take precautions such as staying away from people already contaminated with it or keeping your environment healthy and clean.