Which Is Better, Shield or Vest?

Preppers and survivalists are always on the look out for additional ways to provide security and safety to their family or group. As I was sitting here at my computer I began to think about the issue of security. It occurred to me that a question could be raised as to which would be better for protection – the ballistic shield or a ballistic vest? Before we can accurately determine which is the better choice it would first be necessary to understand what each of these are and the differences which exist between them. We will start out by defining the popular ballistic shield. We have all seen these items in use as we watch the news during periods of civil unrest. A ballistic shield is a protective device designed to either deflect or to stop bullets which are fired at the carrier.

The modern day ballistic shield is specially designed to defend the person from potential handguns, long guns or shotgun projectile threats. In addition to protecting the person from bullets they will generally protect from stabbing types of weaponry as well as hand-thrown projectiles like arrows or even rocks.

Reputable manufacturer usually design ballistic type of shields to conform to specific protection levels. The common hand carried type of ballistic shield will defend against high-velocity bullets. One version better known as mantlets are a type of rolling armored panels with wheels which are shoved along the road or ground. The current materials used to construct shields today produce more efficient and greater bullet protective products.

When one is about to determine the appropriate shield design to use one must take into consideration the mission for which it is being used for. This way shields usually will be appropriate for a specific potential threat. It is also important to know if the shield will be used for observation or for actual defense. Unfortunately, there are none designed that supports the “one size fits all” concept of shield design. No one shield is capable of dealing with all potential threats. As an example, the hand carried wooden shield can be provided with a clear material viewing visor, various lighting systems, a convenient kickstand, straps to carrying it with as well as an assortment of other options and features. Some designs remain more basic in nature and provide the simplest of armor panel protection with a handle that is merely bolted onto it.

Now let’s briefly talk about the bulletproof vests. Often known as ballistic vests these items of personal armor help to absorb and reduce the any impact received from firearm projectiles or even from shrapnel experienced from an explosion. It is usually a personal torso worn piece of equipment rather than held in front of them. The soft style vests are usually made from layers of laminated fibers is able to protect the user from most small caliber handguns, projectiles emitted from shotguns and explosive generated small fragments.

When used with ceramic or metal plates this type of armor vests can add additional protection against ammunition from rifles and stabbing attacks from knives. The soft vests frequently are worn by not only the police force members but also by at risk private citizens. The hard plate vests are generally worn by soldiers in combat and tactical police units. It is the usual procedure to combine body armor with other forms of clothing intended to protect the person such as combat helmets, side protective and ballistic shoulder reinforced components in addition to face visor equipped helmets.

In some countries in Europe purchasing and owning a vest may not be legal this if you are a resident of those nations you may not have a choice. Even when presented with no other means of self protection this option may not exist for you. The right to bear arms is not a universal right in all countries. Perhaps that is why American treasure their second amendment constitutional right so much. In those restricted nations attempting to purchase a vest would arouse a considerable amount of suspicion. This led to the choice having to be a shield and often the homemade version. Fortunately, here in the United States possession of body armor for convicted felons is highly prohibited. As with the federal government various states also restricts use of body armor by felons. Most of the states in America do not have any sort of restrictions for ownership of body armor by non-felons.

Now that we understand that a ballistic shield is intended to protect a greater amount of surface area than a vest we can evaluate which would be more beneficial to us in relation to being a survivalist. As an example if you are behind a ballistic shield there is little chance that an attacker will get lucky and striking you in one of the gaps found in a vest’s armor. The downside of the shield is that it is bulky and it will only protect a person from one direction only. This would place you at a large disadvantage in those situations where someone might be approaching you from behind. Naturally, even with a vest someone with a gun aimed at the back of your neck along with another person rushing you from the front would place you in jeopardy.

In concluding this article we must keep in mind that the shield can be used as an effective weapon in the hands of a skillful user and if properly designed. The edge of a shield is capable of breaking a person’s neck if properly swung. It can also dislocate an attacker’s arm if struck at the armpit area with a sufficient amount of force. The major disadvantage here is that if your shield is heavy enough to be used as a formidable weapon than it likely would not be comfortable swinging it around in a fast fight. With all these thoughts in mind and taking all considerations together my personal opinion would be that the vest would be the best option when complimented with a quality helmet.

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How a Professional Juggler Cured His Rotator Cuff Injury

Let’s start this off with an understatement: Tearing a rotator cuff is a drag!

It is such a common cause of pain and disability in the adult population that it was only a matter of time until it was my turn.

But as a professional juggler, I wasn’t ready to put my balls away quite yet.

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and their tendons. These combine to form a “cuff” over the upper end of the arm. The rotator cuff helps to lift and rotate the arm and to stabilize the ball of the shoulder within the joint. Which means if you use your arms a lot to, oh, I don’t know – juggle – beware. Overhead actions, repetitive motion, stressful movement – all take their toll on this gentle piece of anatomy.

Risk Factors/Prevention

A rotator cuff tear is most common in active adults who are over 40. It may occur in younger patients following acute trauma or repetitive overhead work or sports activity. Common exceptions to the over-40 rule include:

* Workers who do overhead activities such as painting, stocking shelves or construction

* Athletes such as swimmers, pitchers and tennis players

A cuff tear may also happen with another injury to the shoulder, such as a fracture or dislocation, but this is less common.

Symptoms

Acute pain usually follows trauma such as a lifting injury or a fall on the affected arm. More commonly, the onset is gradual and may be caused by wear and degeneration of the tendon. You may feel pain in the front of your shoulder that radiates down the side of your arm.

At first the pain may be mild and only present with overhead activities such as reaching or lifting. It may be relieved by over-the-counter medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Over time the pain may become noticeable at rest or with no activity at all.

I had severe symptoms when lying on my right side at night.

Other symptoms may include stiffness and loss of motion. You may have difficulty using your arm to reach overhead to comb your hair (you’re lucky if you still have hair to comb – wasn’t a problem for me) or difficulty placing your arm behind your back to thread your belt. When the tear occurs with an injury, there may be sudden acute pain, a snapping sensation and an immediate weakness of the arm.

Before the Knife

Do your reading! There are some excellent resources available that will help many people with rotator cuff pain. On my site http://www.torn-rotator-cuff.info I have links to articles and books which kept me off the operating table – and I am feeling better than new.

Finding Construction Defects in Your Home

Building defects in homes in Kingston Jamaica may be considered to be a failing or shortcoming in the function, performance, statutory or user requirements of a building and might manifest itself within the structure, fabric, services or other facilities of the affected building.

Defects Classification

1. Defects affecting habitability – broadly any defect that diminishes the performance of the structure.

2. Defects affecting appearance – any defect of a superficial largely aesthetic nature.

3. Defects affecting safety – any defect that involves or may involve hazard to life.

Causes of defects

1. Faulty design: failure to follow established criteria, for example, Building Regulations,

Codes of Practices, Building Standards and other criteria that is generally acceptable building practices.

2. Faulty execution construction: failure on the part of the builder to effectively carry out a design which was satisfactory in itself and properly specified.

3. Faulty materials, components or proprietary systems: failure of these elements to meet their advertised or otherwise accepted performance levels.

4. Unexpected user requirements: defects caused by the user expecting more from the design than the designer anticipated.

One major problem is that homes in Kingston Jamaica were subject to scrutiny by the KSAC or Kingston and St. Andrew Council. They are constantly overburdened and realistically cannot and could not reach everyone as quickly as possible.

Wall finish defects

External Rendering Defectt:

Surface crazing: This is caused by mixture too rich; sand used in mix is too fine and structural movement.

Spalling: This is caused from poor workmanship, sulfate attack and steel corrosion.

Lack of adhesion: This is caused when the background is too smooth.

Shrinkage cracks: This is caused from too strong a mix.

Building defects

Rot in roof fascia: This is caused from roof sarking cut short of gutter.

Horizontal cracks to eaves of flat concrete roof: Caused by thermal movement.

Concrete lintel sags: Caused from faulty shuttering or formwork.

Fracture in wall: This is caused when there is moisture movement and soil heave.

Crack in wall wider at bottom than top: This is caused from differential settlement of building.

Excessive deflection at centre of beam: This is caused when the beam ends are not adequately supported and the depth not adequate.

Painting problems and their remedy

Blistering

Identification: When raised circular bubbles or blisters is on the painted surface.

Causes: From painting over surfaces that contains moisture with an impervious coating.

Remedy: Eliminate the source of moisture, scrape off the blisters, rub down and repaint.

Chalking

Identification: The presence of pigment particles on a piece of black cloth used to rub the painted surface.

Causes: Destruction of oil paint by chemical or physical changes, for example, exposure to ultra violet light.

Remedy: Repaint with an appropriate paint.

Flaking

Identification: Loosening of small piece of paint from the substitute.

Causes: Loss of adhesion to its substrate usually the result of painting over unprepared surfaces with emulsion paint.

Remedy: Thoroughly clean and rub down surface and repaint.

Peeling

Identification: A severe lifting and loosening of large pieces of paint several square inches in area.

Causes: Loss of adhesion to its substrate usually the result of painting over unprepared surfaces with emulsion paint.

Remedy: Thoroughly clean and rub down surface and repaint.

Wrinkling

Identification: Furrows and ridges in the surface of the paint film.

Causes: Application of too thick a paint film or rapid surface drying of the paint film resulting in the underlying layer remaining soft and the normal drying function being retarded.

Remedy: Allow surface to thoroughly harden, rub down, preferably with a waterproof abrasive paper and repaint with the appropriate material.

Water stains

Identification: Discolored patches appearing on the emulsion and oil painted surfaces.

Causes: Soluble matter from the substrate carried through the paint film by moisture resulting from building defect, for example, leaks from open joints.

Remedy: Repair leak, touch up stained area with one or two coats of sealer and repaint with emulsion or oil paints.

Rust stains

Identification: Brown or red stains appearing on or under any painted surface.

Causes: Corrosion of steel reinforcement or other ferrous metal.

Remedy: Scrape off paint over stained area, remove rust by sandblasting or wire brushing and then treat the surface with a rust remover. Apply one or two coats metal primer and when dry, finish with the appropriate paint.

While not all these defects can be found in homes in Kingston Jamaica, there are times when one must look for the common things; this will help in bargaining the sale price by the vendor.

The Nose Bones Into The Brain Martial Myth

There is an urban legend, or martial art myth, that seems to never go away. Even though there are those of us who write about it being a myth, or urban legend, it still pops up in various forms in different novels, movies, and television shows. I even remember it being told in one of the newer martial art documentary shows with two martial artists traveling the world to experience martial arts from many cultures. (There were two such shows, I like them both, and forget witch one added to the spread of the myth.)

So, what myth am I talking about? The famous legend that if you punch someone in the nose hard enough, you’ll drive the bones of the nose into the brain and kill the person. Sometimes it’s told with a punch, others like to say you use the palm heel smash to drive the bones up into the brain. I’ve also seen it told that you must use an upward directed blow for maximum effect and to ensure the bones go up into the brain. Another version requires two strikes, the first slam into your opponent’s nose is to break the bones, and the second blow to drive the bones into the brain.

Regardless of the way it is described, the end result is always nose bones into the brain resulting in the death of the person at the end of such a devastating technique. Unfortunately, it is a myth and it is not possible for a blow to the nose to drive bone fragments into the brain. The nose contains mostly cartilage, not bone, and there’s no direct way for this cartilage, or any small nasal bones that fracture into pieces from blunt trauma, to penetrate into the brain. It just can’t happen.

So what perpetuates this martial myth? It may be the fact that any sufficiently hard enough blow to the head can be fatal. This does not have to be to the nose, but to anywhere on the head. This is one of the reasons martial artists are instructed to protect the head at all costs when falling and when being struck at. The brain is located in the head, and it doesn’t take bone matter being driven into it to cause serious damage and even death. Any sufficiently hard blow to the head can cause brain damage and death, and it varies from individual to individual as to what makes a blow sufficiently hard enough.

So the next time you hear the martial myth of driving the nose bones into the brain, remember that it is not the bones being driven into the brain that causes death, but the fact that any significant blow can cause serious consequences to the individual being struck.

Forceps Delivery Birth Injuries

Complications during child birth, such as a large baby, a breech position, or prolonged labor, sometimes require the use of forceps to safely deliver the baby. However, if proper medical procedures are not followed while using forceps, birth injuries such as nerve or brain damage can result. Forceps use in childbirth is permissible when the baby appears to be in fetal distress, when the mother is having trouble pushing, or when the positioning of the baby in the birth canal is incorrect. The structure of the forceps allow them to clamp on the sides of the baby’s head, giving the doctor a steady grip but also putting the baby at risk for damage if the procedure is performed improperly.

If done correctly, a forceps delivery can save the baby’s life or prevent it becoming severely hypoxic, or oxygen deprived. If an infant goes without oxygen for too long, severe and permanent brain damage can occur. Likewise, use of forceps might be the only way to deliver the child or protect its head because of improper positioning. Because of the vulnerability of a baby’s skull, it is extremely important to care for the head. If a doctor does not take necessary steps to shelter the skull, brain damage can result.

Conversely, forceps delivery can also hurt the baby, sometimes permanently. Some degree of force is always employed in forceps delivery so risk is inherent in the procedure. Specific dangers include facial nerve damage, skull fractures, and cerebral palsy. Babies are not the only parties at risk for complications during forceps births. Mothers face increased risks for lacerations, urinary tract infections, and rectum injuries.

The most severe risks of forceps deliveries to babies include facial nerve damage and cerebral palsy. With facial nerve damage, permanent facial asymmetry may occur, especially evident when the child laughs or cries. Cerebral Palsy develops when damage to the cerebrum of the brain occurs, resulting in motor control difficulties. Although it is a non-progressive disorder, meaning the brain damage does worsen with age, there is no known cure. Cerebral Palsy is considered the second most expensive developmental disability to manage over the course of a lifetime, with the average lifetime cost nearing about $921,000. Its exact cause is not known but it is almost always linked with birth trauma, including improper forceps delivery, as well as hypoxia, premature birth, multiple births, and certain infections in the mother both before and after birth.

If you are interested in learning more about forceps deliveries, this site about traumatic birth injuries can help.

So You Want to Launch a Product?

Launching a product can be one of the most lucrative and successful moves that any entrepreneur can make. It can also be one on the most confusing, overwhelming, and stressful projects that you ever complete. The number and series of tasks that are part of a successful product launch can certainly cause paralysis in any of us which is why it is important to do your research and learn how to launch a product successfully.

This article provides an overview of the steps involved in a successful product launch. There are many ways that one can go about launching a product and there really isn’t one specific formula to apply. In fact, the way you go about launching your product depends on your industry, your target audience, and the type of product that you have. In order for your launch to be successful you really need to plan out your launch and not skip or overlook any important steps.

A product launch consists of 5 major areas of activity:

  1. Product Feasibility Assessment – Do you have a quality product? Are providing a real solution or something of true value? What is the market demand for your product? How about the competition? Is someone else out there offering a similar product? If so, how are they marketing it? Are you a leader in your industry or at least perceived as one? These are all very important questions that need to be considered as they can very well influence whether or not your launch will be successful.
  2. Strategy Development and Preparation – This is the stage when you plan out all of the activities and sequence of events that will make up your product launch. You will literally map out the next 3 stages of your launch. What needs to happen before, during, and after the pre-launch, the launch, and the follow-up stages? This is a very important step that involves a lot of organizing, research, and skill. This is the stage when you build your team as you will more than likely need to outsource several activities.
  3. Pre-Launch – Do you have a squeeze page set up? Are you actively building your list? Do you know how to build a list? Have you set up all of your social media marketing activities? Do you have articles and press releases ready? Are you blogging consistently? Have you researched a list of potential joint venture partners?
  4. Launch (The Main Event) – Is your shopping cart set up properly? Are your auto-responders set up? Do you have a compelling sales page? Have you created an event for your launch day? How about an affiliate program, is it ready to go? Have you considered other advertising methods such as pay per click ads?
  5. Post-Launch – Are you tracking your stats properly? Do you have ongoing communication activities in place? Are you listening to your customers and their feedback? Are you continuing with your blogging and social media activities?

As you can imagine there are countless areas of activities each requiring research, strategy development, and implementation. Launching a product is not an overnight task but with the right team members and tools, it can come together within a month or two, that is if your product is ready to go. If you are interested in learning more or want to become a Certified Product Launch Support Specialist, I highly recommend VA Classroom’s Product Launch Support Specialist Program. Their program has really helped me put the pieces of the puzzle together nicely so that I can offer quality service to my own clients.

Drinking Water – Step 1 in Weight Loss

Want to lose weight easily? The simplest solution and first step to weight loss should be to properly hydrate your body. How much water do you drink daily?

Our body is made up of about 60% – 75% water. As the water is used by the body, it is flushed out through the kidneys or the skin or other avenues. So doesn’t it make sense that we need to consume that much per day to keep the body fueled?

In fact we will die within 3-4 days without it. But we typically just think of it just as a thirst quencher. It is really much, much more.

Water helps remove the toxins from our body whether from our food, the air we breathe, the medicines we take. Lack of water means toxin buildup, which means disease set in.

It also means the body needs to go to “Plan B” for toxin management. It will wrap the toxin in fat and store it in your body in an effort to protect you. Fat doesn’t always come from eating high calories!

You need water to help make enzymes used to digest your food. It’s best to drink 8 ounces of water about 30 minutes before a meal to begin the enzyme production. With a dehydrated body, you don’t produce the necessary enzymes, digestion is impaired and stomach problems and constipation develop. This increases the impacted waste in your intestines which adds to your weight.

Messages are sent by the brain throughout the body via an electrical current. Water is the carrier of that current. Without water, the messages the brain sends don’t get received. We are then led to believe the problem is in the part of the body not functioning, when in reality, that part of the body just didn’t get the memo that it should be doing something.

Nutrients can only be delivered to the cells via water. Without water, malnutrition results and disease is soon to follow. Your body may send a signal that you are lacking nutrients and you eat more to satisfy this need.

Inside the cell, water helps with the metabolism process which creates energy. A lack of water can actually reduce your energy. Lack of energy means lack of activity and exercise.

Water is used for all the cell, tissue and organ regeneration in our body. When there isn’t enough water, new construction within the body is put on hold. If you experience any part of your body thinning and weakening, like blood vessels, intestinal walls, stomach lining, skin on your hands and face as you age… this could be as simple as a dehydration problem.

According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, chronic dehydration can lead to fatigue, pain, sleep disorders, allergies, asthma, overeating, excess body weight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, angina pain, stress & depression, lower back and neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis pain, hiatal   hernia , false appendicitis pain, ulcers, headaches, and colitis.

If you experience any of these illnesses try hydrating your body with water and see if those symptoms are alleviated. Won’t that beat out the little purple pill!

If you aren’t used to drinking 60-75% of your weight in ounces of water, start by gradually increasing your current intake 8 ounces per day until you reach your target. You could actually create an imbalance in the other direction by consuming too much too fast.

A way to know you are getting enough: after the urinating the first time after waking up, your urine should be colorless and odorless for the remainder of the day.

Here are some guidelines for maximizing the utilization of water in your body.

1. Drink your water at room temperature; no ice cubes. According to traditional Chinese medicine, cold drinks disrupt the proper flow of energy in the body and “shocks” the body. The only exception to this is if someone is truly dehydrated.

2. About 30 minutes before a meal, drink 8 oz. of water.

3. Do not drink water or anything else during your meals. If this seems impossible, try to limit it to 4 ounces.

4. Don’t drink any water for an hour after your meal.

5. Outside of your meals, be sure to drink water every 30 minutes; don’t drink it all at once just a few times per day.

6. If you drink 4 oz. every half hour & 8 oz. 30 minutes before a meal, you should be able to drink 100 oz. in a day.

7. Drink pure clean water. I live in the country and we have well water. I can’t get past the smell of chlorine in the city water when I am in town. We don’t want to add toxins when we’re trying to clean them out! Consider a reverse osmosis unit in your house.

Some tips on making this easier in the beginning.

1. Fill a gallon jug (128 oz.) with the amount of water you need to drink each day.

2. Squeeze a full fresh lemon in it. This helps clean out the liver and balance the body’s pH.

3. Mix 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice with 7 ounces of water. This will help eliminate wastes from the lympahtic system and clean up cellulite!

3. Use a cup and mark a 4 oz. line.

4. Set a reminder on your computer, your watch, a small timer to go off every 30 minutes.

5. If you spend your day in more than one place (home, car, office), divide the water into a container for each location so you don’t forget.

6. Juice, tea, soda, coffee, and other drinks do not count toward water intake…sorry! If you are drinking water instead of these other beverages, you may also be lowering your caloric intake…another weight loss bonus.

There you go! Drink water and watch the weight come off more easily. You also might find some health issues clear up as well. How simple is that!

Indications and Contraindications for Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy is a popular method of treatment for chiropractors, physical therapists, and other medical care providers. It involves transferring sound waves with frequencies greater than the human sound spectrum (above 20 kilohertz) into a patient. The energy that is transferred with the sound waves can be used to treat focused, isolated areas of tissue to help with relieving pain in affected areas of the body and to speed the recovery process for injured muscle or other tissues.

When to Use Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to create a deep heat effect for relief of pain, muscle spasms and in cases where joints have been tightened over a prolonged period of time – joint contracture – as in cases such as spastic cerebral palsy or in work-induced environments.

Some of the most common medical problems that warrant the use of ultrasound therapy are adhesive capsulitis (“frozen shoulder”, or pain and stiffness in the shoulder caused by inflammation), calcific bursitis (the calcification of bursa sacs due to prolonged inflammation, usually in the shoulder), inflammation of the skeletal muscles (myositis), and soft tissue injuries from sports or other causes. Ultrasound therapy is also used to treat tendons that have been shortened from untreated scar tissue or past injuries. Ultrasound can be used to overcome capsular tightness or scarring, which often result from surgeries such as breast augmentation.

Contraindications

There are many situations for which the typical ultrasound therapy treatment using equipment such as the Intelect Legend or TranSport series from Chattanooga is not recommended. Ultrasound should not be used to treat local pain without the patient first receiving a thorough diagnosis, and the cause of the pain has been confidently determined. It should not be used when there are cancerous lesions on or near area to be treated. If a patient shows symptoms of carrying serious infectious diseases or in cases where the patient should be avoiding excess heat or fevers, it is not advised to use therapeutic ultrasound.

Other conditions governing the use of ultrasound therapy include avoiding particular parts of the body that may be susceptible to negative side effects from the treatment. It should not be used in areas where bones are growing. If a patient uses a pacemaker, it is not recommended to use this kind of treatment in the thoracic part of the body, as the pacemaker may be affected in those cases. Ultrasound devices should not be used where a fracture is healing, it should not be applied close to a patient’s eyes, and it should not be used over the uterus region of a pregnant woman. Therapists should be careful not to use ultrasound in patients who suffer from vascular disease and who have ischemic tissue. In this case, cells could die because of the blood supply’s inability to keep pace with the increased metabolic demand from tissues affected by the treatment.

Other situations that prohibit the use of ultrasound therapy include the spine area of patients who have had spinal surgeries such as Laminectomy, anywhere on a patient where anesthetics are being used, or any kind of disposition to bleeding excessively.

Competent medical professionals should be well-informed of when ultrasound therapy should be used, and under what circumstances it should be avoided.

Can a Raw Food Diet Help With Multiple Sclerosis

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about multiple sclerosis and raw food diets. There is still a large percentage of the medical community that refuses to see the connection between eating a healthy diet and reduced or eliminated symptoms of MS. However, in recent years far more research is being conducted in the areas of diet and nutrition as a way to improve the overall health of the multiple sclerosis patient and alleviate their symptoms.

Why a Multiple Sclerosis Raw Food Diet?

In order for the brain to function properly, it needs a constant supply of micronutrients. These micronutrients are supposed to be obtained from the foods we eat. Sadly our standard western diet consists mainly of highly processed foods that have almost no nutrients in them. The contents of these prepackaged foods have literally been cooked to death and are devoid of the minerals, micronutrients and vitamins we need.

By creating treating your multiple sclerosis with a raw food diet, you are eating food that since it has not been heated or cooked in any way, still has 100% of all the essential nutrients that your body needs. One thing that needs to be noted here is that while technically raw food means that the foods have not been cooked, it does not mean they have not been heated. In many cases the foods have been warmed in a dehydrator or low oven, the maximum temperature must not exceed 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit as this is the point at which the foods begin to cook and lose their nutritional value.

Is a Multiple Sclerosis Raw Food Diet Effective?

One has only to look around at the vast numbers of people that are switching to an all raw food diet to see just how healthy this type of diet is. It is only within the last hundred or so years that we have become obsessed with cooking everything we eat. Recent studies of patients with multiple sclerosis and a raw food diet are showing some remarkable signs of success.

In Germany, a Dr. Joseph Evers has successfully treated over 1,000 patients with multiple sclerosis by switching them over to a raw food diet. The carefully documented results were nothing short of amazing as his patients experience full remission of their symptoms and over time have shown little or no progression of the disease. In answer to the question, MS can be helped with a raw food diet.

Common Problems of The Nervous System

When the nervous system is affected through irritation, damage, or disease, it can result in either partial or complete paralysis. This can be flaccid paralysis, perhaps the result of a severed nerve, which leaves the muscles floppy and without sensation, or spastic weakness of paralysis, when the muscles become rigid due to nerve damage in the brain or spinal cord, perhaps following a stroke. Paralysis can be either temporary or permanent. In diseases such as Parkinson’s or MS, there may be weakness without paralysis.

Neuritis

Numbness, tingling, pain, or muscle weakness due to the degeneration of nerve tissue, neuritis is caused by inflammation, disease, or damage. Symptoms vary according to whether it is the sensory nerve fibers or motor nerve fibers that are affected. Alcoholism may exacerbate the condition.

Treatment

This depends on the underlying cause and severity of the damage. Specific causes include diabetes, which can be treated by rebalancing the body’s sugar metabolism.

Naturopathy Treatment will be aimed at addressing dietary deficiencies, boosting vitamin intake and energy levels. Excessive alcohol consumption can also be treated with naturopathy to regulate diet.

Diet and Nutrition Restoring the body’s natural chemical dehydroepaindrosterone (DHEA) may also help Optimum levels are 750-1250ng/dL for men, 550-980ng/dL for women. Supplements of 50-100mg per for men, and 20-75mg for women may be recommended.

Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, and Yoga, These have been found helpful.

Neuralgia

Neuralgia is pain in a particular’ and is due to nerve damage, irritation, or pressure. The pain usually lasts for only a brief period, but may be severe and is often described as a shooting sensation. It is a symptom of shingles, which is an infection of the nerves leading to areas of the skin; for instance, down one side of the trunk, neck or arm, or, more rarely, the face. Postherpetic pain, which is pain following a herpes zoster infection, is caused by damage to the nerves, which results in repeated, strong nerve impulses being produced and sent to the brain. The pain is severe and can last for weeks or months.

Treatment

Acupressure Trigeminal neuralgia, a spasmodic pain on one side of the face, can be self-treated by lightly pressing inward with the index fingers, just below the inner side of the brow, or from the same point, downward to the mouth. Neuralgia accompanying migraine can also be treated with light pressure or acupuncture.

Biofeedback and Homeopathy Remedies and biofeedback may be used to prevent stress, which may bring on attacks of neuralgia.

Acupuncture Particularly when used early on, this has been shown to prevent postherpetic neuralgia­following shingles.

Tens Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation This therapy uses electrodes to block these nerve impulses and stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving hormones, and is also particularly useful for pain following an attack of shingles , and for other forms of neuralgia or face pain.

Aromatherapy, Chiropractic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Naturopathy, and Osteopathy have also proved beneficial.

Ginger – The Divine Wonder Cure

The Wonderful treaure of Healing Herbs from India, Ayurveda, esteems Ginger as the most valuable herb with excellent medicinal properties. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) known as Gingembre in French, Ingwer in German Zanzabil in Arabic & Persian texts and fresh variety as known as Ardhrakam in Sanskrit or Adrakh in common Indian texts, is cultivated in many parts of India on a large scale in the warm moist regions, chiefly in Madras, Cochin & Travancore and to a somewhat less extent in Bengal & Punjab. The dried rhizomes of ginger are known as Shunthi or Maha-oushdham in Sanskrit and Sonth in Hindi texts. Possessing excellent medicinal values, Ginger & Dried Ginger powder have been regarded as a Wonder Cure in all Ayurvedic texts. The scraped and dried rhizomes as well as the green ones are used in many Ayurvedic remedies.

Ginger contains an oleo-resin Gingerine and an essential oil Gingerol and acts internally as an aromatic, carminative, stimulant to the gastro-intestinal tract, stomachic, sialagogue & digestive. Ginger also acts as a local stimulant and rubefacient when applied externally. According to Ayurveda, dried varieties of Ginger are ushna-veeryam (hot potency), Laghu-snigdha-gunam (mild & oily), katu-rasam (acrid taste), madhur-vipakam (sweet after effect) and fresh varieties ushna-veeryam, guru-ruksha-teekshan-gunam (heavy, dry & pungent property), katu-vipakam (acrid after effect), and is valuable as a suppressant & remedy for vitiated Kapha (phlegm) & Vatta (air) disorders. Ginger stimulates nerves, heart & circulatory system, and is useful in all Vatta disorders and in hepato-splenomegaly & other liver disorders, bilious disorders, jaundice, oedema, abdominal disorders, flatulence, loss of appetite, constipation, and as a liver regulator, digestive, restorative, and also as an anti-inflammatory agent. Ayurveda considers Ginger as a pungent herb par excellence, as it does not have the concentrated irritant pungency of chillies, which can sometimes be too strong, yet it is irritant enough to challenge the muscles & blood vessels & wake them up. It also challenges the internal organs, particularly the digestive system, where ginger is said to awaken the agni, or metabolic fire. Symptoms of low agni include poor digestion, poor absorption, poor circulation, wind, constipation, poor resistance, a tendency to cold & influenza, congestion, body odours & obesity (all latter because there is insufficient fire to balance the water). All of these problems are precisely those which ginger treats.

An ancient recipe of potentiated Ginger, peeled & dried under shade, is finely powdered and later on macerated with fresh Ginger juice and processed similarly for seven consecutive days, and dried under optimum conditions, ground and filtered through muslin cloth to make it fibre free. The magical effects of this recipe in all common ailments like Coughs, Colds, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Vomitings, Stomachaches & Spasms, Constipation, Bowels unattended by fever, Indigestion, Sore-throat, Asthma, Hoarseness & Loss of Voice, Diarrhoea, Nausea, Loss of Appetite, Piles, Chronic Rheumatism & Arthritis, Headache, Toothache, Fainting, Senselessness and what not, ideally regarded GINGER as a WONDER CURE. Being aromatic & pleasantly pungent, Ginger can be used regularly for the prophylactic management of or as an insurance for all of the mentioned ailments. Ginger, in its ancient references, has been called as Maha-aushidhi (a Great Medicine) and used as a carminative and anti-fermenting medicine. Ginger is esteemed for its flavour, pungency, aroma and medicinal value. Even Greek Physicians, like Galen, Aviceena, Pomose etc. have been using Ginger, in various forms, to rectify the imbalancement of morbid functions of body, treatment of paralysis caused by phlegmatic imbalancement, treatment of gout and gouty arthritis and even as an aphrodisiac. The calorific value of Ginger has been rated 67. Also useful for taste & appetite as a food-seasoning spice for all kinds of foods and can be added to Tea.

The use of Ginger as a regular spice reduces the risk of indigestion, flatulence, dyspepsia, hyperacidity etc. caused due to heavy intake of non-vegetarian and fried fatty foods. Ginger strained after boiling with water, and by adding fresh lemon juice and a pinch of rock salt can also be used as an appetite stimulant, if taken just before meals. This recipe cleans the tongue, throat, increases the appetite and produces an agreeable sensation. Ginger, mixed with honey and hot water, can also be used as an excellent remedy for non-specific coughs & colds. Ginger boiled in water with fennel seeds and mixed with honey is an excellent diaphoretic mixture which increases sweating to reduce fever in influenza. It also acts as an expectorant in bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough and phthisis. Ginger in paste form with little water can also be applied locally as a pain-reliever in headache & toothache. Half teaspoonful of Ginger with honey and half-boiled egg, given once daily at night for a month, tones up the sex stimulating centres and helps to cure impotency, premature ejaculation and spermatorrhoea. The similar recipe of Ginger added with boiled milk, also helps to cure female-frigidity.

In a nutshell, wonderful multipurpose recipes can also be self-created with Ginger for a wonderful cure of any ailment. For regular use, the Vedic texts suggest a dose of 1/2 to 2 grams of dried Ginger powder with honey two to three times daily. Imagine the majority of Ayurvedic remedies contain ginger in one or other form as an effective portion of the complex herbal formulations. Quoting the Divine Wonder Curing properties of Ginger, it is even said that Ginger alone can make even the illiterate person as a successful physician.

4 Top Tests For Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease caused by a lack of insulin (a hormone that your body relies upon to convert blood sugar into energy) in the body. But how can you test for diabetes and see whether you have contracted the disease yourself? The best way is to go and see your doctor and ask them to test you. They will then be able to give you an accurate diagnosis. In this article I will discuss four of the most popular diabetes tests that your doctor is likely to use.

1) FASTING PLASMA GLUCOSE (FPG) TEST:- The FPG test has become one of the most popular diabetes tests. The main drawback with the FPG test is that it is not suitable to test for gestational diabetes (a form of diabetes which develops during pregnancy). However, if you are not pregnant the chances are that your doctor will use this test to make their diagnosis.

To begin you will be scheduled in for a FPG test. Your doctor will require you to eat nothing for at least eight hours prior to the test. During the test they will take a blood sample and measure your blood glucose levels. They will then analyse the blood sample and diagnose you based on the following rules:

– A blood sugar level of 99 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dL) or less = Normal.

– A blood sugar level of between 100 mg/dL and 125 mg/dL = Impaired Fasting Glucose (a form of pre-diabetes which if left untreated can develop into type 2 diabetes).

– A blood sugar level of 126 mg/dL or greater = Type 1 or type 2 diabetes. In this instance you will be given another FPG for accuracy. If both FPGs suggest that you have diabetes your doctor will investigate further and diagnose you with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

2) ORAL GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST (OGTT):- This test is similar to the FPG but it can be used to diagnose all types of diabetes. If you are a man or non-pregnant woman your doctor will book you in for an FPG test. Following the FPG test they will then give you a drink containing glucose and take regular blood samples after you have drank it. If you are pregnant you will be given the glucose drink without an FPG test and regular blood samples will be taken following consumption. In both variations the final blood sample will be used to make a diagnosis based on the following rules:

– A blood sugar level of 140 mg/dL or less = Normal.

– A blood sugar level of between 140 mg/dL and 199 mg/dL = Impaired Fasting Glucose (a form of pre-diabetes which if left untreated can develop into type 2 diabetes).

– A blood sugar reading of 200 mg/dL or greater = Type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. If you are a pregnant woman then you will be diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Otherwise your doctor will investigate further and diagnose you with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

3) RANDOM BLOOD GLUCOSE (RBG) TEST:- The RBG does exactly what it says and involves a random blood test being taken. RBG tests can be performed without the assistance of your doctor using a glucose meter (a piece of medical equipment that calculates the approximate level of glucose in your blood). The test involves pricking your finger with a lancing device (a device which draws a small amount of blood from your finger), placing the blood on a test strip and then inserting this test strip into your glucose meter to get a reading. If multiple RBG tests show that you have blood sugar levels higher than 200 mg/dL then you may have diabetes.

Although RBG tests are easy to perform they should NOT be used as the only test when diagnosing diabetes. They are approximately 10% as accurate as laboratory tests and therefore any concerns you may have as the result of multiple RBG tests should be followed up with your doctor. Only your doctor will be able to give you a full and accurate diagnosis.

4) GLYCOSYLATED HAEMOGLOBIN TEST:- Glycosylated haemoglobin is the term used to describe haemoglobin that has bound with glucose. Glycosylated haemoglobin cells usually last for between two to four months. If you have diabetes or you are not managing your diabetes effectively the level of glycosylated haemoglobin in your blood will increase. To begin the gylcosylated haemoglobin test your doctor will take a blood sample and analyse the glycosylated haemoglobin levels based on the following results:

– Glycosylated haemoglobin levels of between 4% and 6% = Normal.

– Glycosylated haemoglobin levels below 7% = Diabetes that is under control.

– Glycosylated haemoglobin levels greater than 7% = Diabetes that is not under control.

I hope this article has shown you that there are multiple tests available to determine whether or not you have diabetes. However, you must remember that these tests are useless unless performed under the supervision of a doctor or other qualified medical professional. Many factors can affect your test results and your doctor will be able to look at all the relevant factors and then make an accurate diagnosis. If you think you may have diabetes and want a solid answer then go see your doctor and get yourself tested today.

Every intention has been made to make this article accurate and informative but it is intended for general information only. Diabetes is a medical condition and this article is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner. If you have any concerns regarding any form of diabetes you should seek the advice of your doctor immediately.

Why Do Climbers Die on Mount Everest?

With the amount of climbers that have perished on Mount Everest, it is no surprise that people are asking why. What is it that has been causing all of these deaths? Is it too much to handle for some? Or is the drive to get to the top no matter what the cost the main contributing factor? The only way that we can answer this question is to take a look at the evidence that has been collected over the years and piece it together to come to some sort of conclusion.

Before certain studies, it was simply assumed that avalanches and falling ice were a contributing factor in the vast majority of the deaths on Everest. However, whilst this may have been true in some cases, it is definitely not in all of them. Another common assumption is that pulmonary edema is far from uncommon at such a high altitude. Whilst both of these things are highly possible, studies have indicated that there are many other factors that could have contributed to the death of some of the climbers that have perished on Mount Everest.

One thing that was indicated was that excessive fatigue was a contributing factor in a lot of the deaths on the mountain. This is especially true of those who had neared the end of their trek, which is not surprising at all. Another thing that was highlighted in research was that those who had died were climbers that had lagged behind the others, and also those who had reached the summit later on in the day. It has also been said that a majority of those who died on the peak had developed symptoms of high-altitude cerebral edema.

This is an illness in which the brain swells because of leaking cerebral blood vessels. What is even more surprising is that very few of those who died had experienced pulmonary edema which is most commonly associated with deaths at high altitude. The study that produced these results suggested that the vast majority of those who had died did so because of symptoms of cerebral edema rather than pulmonary edema. It also indicated that a lot of those who died were in the prime of their life, and were as fit as can be.

So, as you can see, a lot of the deaths on Mount Everest are because of cerebral edema. However, there are still people who will question whether people are dying on Everest because they have not prepared properly and do not stop when they know they should. There are always going to be risks when going on expeditions like this, especially on Mount Everest. However, some climbers seem to value getting to the top and being the best more than their own safety, or sadly in some cases, their own lives. Now that more information is becoming available about the deaths on Mount Everest it is going to be easier to prepare more of course.

Epilepsy Research

 Epilepsy  is a neurological condition that affects the nervous system. It is also known as a seizure disorder, because a person suffering from  epilepsy  has seizures. It is diagnosed when a person has two or more seizures that were not caused by some known medical condition such as alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar. There has been extensive research done on the causes and symptoms of  epilepsy  in order to formulate treatment methods.

In  epilepsy  patients, the normal working pattern of the neuron is disturbed. This makes the patients behave in a strange way. Sometimes, patients suffer from convulsions, muscle spasms and loss of consciousness, and the frequency of epileptic attacks may vary from one patient to another.

It is estimated that over two million people in the U.S have been diagnosed with  epilepsy . In the majority of patients,  epilepsy  can be controlled with modern medicines and surgical techniques. However, about twenty percent of the patients experience seizures even after treatment. These cases are called “Intractable  epilepsy .”

Seizures are sometimes known to cause brain damage. Research indicates that in these cases, a patient has suffered severe seizures. However, most seizures do not cause harm to the brain, and any changes that arise are usually mild.

Conclusive medical research indicates that  epilepsy  is not contagious. It is not caused by mental illness or retardation. Most people suffering from  epilepsy  have a normal or above average intelligence. A majority of patients are able to lead normal lives.  Epilepsy  cannot be completely cured. However, there have been cases where it eventually goes away through protracted treatment.

The likelihood of becoming free from seizure is not very high for adults or for children with severe  epilepsy  syndromes. However, it is possible that seizures may decrease or even stop over time. This is more likely if the  epilepsy  has been controlled by medication, or if the patient has had  epilepsy  surgery. Researchers in the US and the rest of the developed world continue to study  epilepsy  in an attempt to develop a permanent cure.

Lead Generation Sites

With over 10-years experience marketing on the internet, I am often asked about lead generation. Like email, lead generation can be really tricky. When I acquired the moniker “The Email Expert” about five years ago, I realized that focusing and becoming very good at an Internet marketing system required heavy responsibility. When I wrote what has now become the email bible called “Effective Email Advertising” (for a free copy go to [http://www.global-reachltd.com/FreeDownloads.asp]),I was careful to demonstrate what makes email advertising successful and what pitfalls to avoid. Now it is my desire to teach you how to generate your own leads and this requires just as much skill as email marketing.

Lead generation is very important in email marketing. Actually, many of you have heard from the other Internet gurus that your success is in your list. This is quite true but with an interesting caveat. You actually have two types of lists. First you have your prospect list(s) and then you have your customer list(s) from those prospects that have purchased from you. In order to garner a fresh supply of prospect leads, I accomplish lead generation in two ways:

1. I purchase optin permission-based leads: If you purchase optin leads be sure that they come with a date stamp and IP address to prove they are optin and always ask for the URL of the lead generation site that garnered the lead. If the list broker refuses to give you the URL then walk away. There is a very good chance that he is buying his leads from another broker or something is questionable about the lead source. I like looking at how the lead was generated. Many lead generation sites promise things that cannot be delivered and this produces a very poor lead. For example, mortgage lead generation sites claiming to have loans at a 2% fixed rate is ridiculous. Yes, they may garner a ton of leads but no one is writing 2% fixed loans so what good are they?

Another thing to consider if you purchase leads is exclusivity of the list. If the lead broker is selling the same list to dozens of people, what is up with that? Most brokers break their lists down to exclusive, semi-exclusive and bulk leads, which basically means it goes out to as many people that will order it. Don’t let the cheap price fool you. Bulk lists are not worth it! If you need some good lead brokers, please send me an email at drjay@global-reachltd.com and I will provide you with the list of lead brokers that I use.

Once you get fresh optin leads you need a responder or an email blasting platform to send them out. This is without a doubt the most difficult thing to find since not only is it imperative you stay SPAM Act compliant, but you must find an email platform that will provide enough bandwidth to make it cost effective to use. I use BlastPak ([http://www.blastpak.com]) because they do not have any limitations as to the size of the list(s) you can upload daily (it’s unlimited) nor do they have any limitations as to the maximum amount you can email out daily. And also they do not require that you buy your leads from them. This is very important!! The new trend in email responders is the requirement that you buy all of your lists from the responder company and at rates that will cause   apoplexy .

BlastPak is simply an email blasting platform that allows you to market your prospect list(s) effectively and at a very reasonable cost. I also use BlastPak to send out my weekly GlobalMarketPlace ezine and weekly Ready-Set-Grow newsletter. I personally use the “up to 130 million emails per month” plan and it costs me just $1400. The rates are on a sliding scale and begin as low as 1,000 emails per month for just $14.99. BlastPak also comes with a verification and tracking link that provides some very important real-time marketing and sales information, which is definitely “to die for” when it comes to testing. I test everything! I test my subject line, my main body offer, my graphics, the click through to my sales page, etc. I even test my text message. I accomplish my tests by sending out emails in blocks of 1-million with various ad messages and subject lines. The ones that “pull” the best are the ones I then “blast” out to the massive lists I have acquired over the past ten years. Honestly, I have not found any responder that is as good as BlastPak and I should know, my company sends out over a billion emails per day for our products as well as for other companies. BlastPak does not come with any of the limiting factors the other responders come with and it is very efficient and simple to use. I could not achieve the sales that I accomplish without an email blasting platform. Email is my best ad medium and I rely on it completely since it performs very well for my product base. And please don’t forget that BlastPak can also be used to drive customers to your own lead generation site.

2. I also set up lead generation websites to garner the leads myself: I need you to pay very close attention to what I am about to teach. In Internet sales it is important to set up ONE website for ONE product and this is very true in setting up a lead generation website. The following are some examples of lead generation websites that garner auto leads for car dealers.

[http://www.auto-credit.com]

http://www.auto-loans.com

http://www.instantcarloan.com

The leads cost a dealership $6.00 each and come in the form of approved loans applications as well as bank turndowns. So, rule number one: set up one website for one product.

With the above examples of auto lead generation sites, there are no incentives offered. The site only requires the customer to apply for a loan. Either your lead generation site requires some action that the customer is willing to undertake such as applying for a mortgage (http://www.glenwoodfinancial.com), applying for a free printer (http://www.freecolorprinter.com), or you must use an incentive. On my company website [http://www.global-reachltd.com] in order to capture leads for my ezine and newsletter, I offer a free vacation. You can also offer free eBooks, software, free phone cards, coupons, discounts, etc but be sure they apply to whatever industry you are attempting to garner leads for prospecting purposes. Please do not offer a free eBook on search engine optimization when you are attempting to garner leads for a new health drink. They have nothing in common. I also have a free download page with a contact information capture page in front of it. In order to get to the free downloads you must first give me your contact information and the capture page states that I am going to send you information.

Keep your lead generation website simple and easy to navigate. Take a look at the above given site Auto-Credit.com. Notice the bright orange color and the simplicity of the site? Color is important but flash and all the bells and whistles are unnecessary. Now click on the menu “Partners” and see that they also have developed this site for dealerships looking to acquire the leads the site garners. Last, they use a very generous affiliate program to drive buyers to the site. Remember the rule: ONE product and ONE website. Please do not mix lead generation products. Offer the prospect a viable incentive as a reward for giving you their contact information.

Next, you need to optimize your site with the search engines using proper SEO techniques. I use one of our in-house divisions called GlobalSEO because they are excellent and charge only $750/year for one URL (page) and $180/year for each additional URL or page. If you are interested in using GlobalSEO please send them an email with your needs at GlobalSEO@global-reachltd.com. One of the Team Leaders will call you to discuss your site.

SEO is only one of the techniques needed to drive customers to your lead generation site. Notice the domain names to the auto lead generation sites are basically describing what the site does. When choosing a domain name, pick one that is as close to the keyword(s) or keyword phrase or the type of lead you wish to garner. This actually assists you when it comes to SEO.

Cross linking is extremely important in optimizing lead generation sites. GlobalSEO builds web communities and then links these communities together using cross links. For example, a mortgage lead generation site would be linked to real estate agents, brokers, realtors, home improvement sites, etc. As long as the links are compatible and/or within the “community” they will increase the lead generation site’s visibility with the search engines.

That’s about it for now. Lead generation requires consistent and massive advertising but it is quite profitable if done correctly. As always, I remain available to answer any questions.