Noises in My Ear – What Does This Mean?

If you keep saying to yourself “what are these noises in my ear”, your not alone. Nearly 36 million have these same similarities in there ear, and the number of sufferers are increasingly growing. There are a reported 7 million people that have this so severe, that it affects their way of life.

Having these noises in your ear can most commonly be identified as tinnitus. Often times these noises can be joined with a buzzing, whooshing, high pitched, or steady humming sounds in your ears. This can develop at any age, whether it being young or old, it posts different levels of affects in each individual person.

Often times the ringing that people experience is left unattended, because of the fact that it is thought to be normal. Almost on the lines of what quiet should sound like. While this is not true, these sounds should be examined by an ENT (ear nose and throat) doctor to determine what level of tinnitus you have, and also what type. The two types being objective tinnitus and subjective tinnitus.

The cause of tinnitus ranges differently in each individual person. There are many causes, but the most common is and could possibly be head trauma, fluid in the middle ear “not to be confused with an ear infection”, and probably the most common cause is loud noise. Tinnitus itself is not classified as a disease, nor is it hereditary in any way. It is something that is gained through ones lifestyle or occupation.

By learning, and trying to pinpoint where the tinnitus stems from, only then can that cause be eliminated to reduce the affects that these sounds have on you. It could also be a result of drinking to much alcohol, to much caffeine, in-proper diet, or high levels of stress.

If your life is in confusion, and you find yourself in solitaire to try to hide from the noises, this is no way to live. By Joining groups, you might find someone that has had similar affects, and has learned to decrease the affects of tinnitus. Stop saying to yourself “what are these noises in my ear”, and learn how other people have eliminated their battle with tinnitus.

Clearing Blocked Ears – Four Ways to Clear Your Blocked Ears

If you have blocked ears or have ever had blocked up ears, you are aware how painful it is. It feels like someone stuffed wax in your ears until they couldn’t fit anymore. It isn’t just hard to hear, but usually also very irritating. Having blocked up ears is very painful, and anyone who has them will want to unblock them as soon as possible. Read this article to find out how to go about clearing blocked ears on your own at home.

Ear blockages have many causes, including: a cold or allergies, a sinus infection, an ear infection, air pressure changes (such as those on a plane), diving and getting water in the ears, and severely compacted earwax blockage. It usually disappears over time, but it can linger for a while, and it’s incredibly frustrating while it’s there, so clearing blocked ears on your own is a good idea.

Here’s a few methods for clearing blocked ears:

– The quickest way to clear up a blocked ear is swallowing over and over. Taking this action clears the sinuses a little and eases pressure. If it’s a cold or allergies clogging up your ears, this is a good, fast method.

– The next method is also simple to implement. Yawn as huge as you can manage, stretching your mouth as big as you can go. This works the same way swallowing does, opening up the sinuses and relieving pressure. It is different from the first method, however, and can work where swallowing doesn’t.

– If the first two methods aren’t effective, use a hot pad over your ear. This will both make your ear feel a little better and get rid of any water that might be in your ears. A hand blower will also work, but it doesn’t feel as nice.

– The final thing you can do is use steam. Start a very hot shower, filling the bathroom with steam, or set some water to boil, put the water in a bowl and put your face over the bowl with a towel on your head, inhaling the steam. If none of the other methods have been successful in clearing blocked ears, undoubtedly try this one.

Getting Stuffed in Turkey – A Travel Journal

Days prior to departure, I as engulfed in fear this trip wouldn’t go. The volcanic ash cloud parked over Europe was heading straight for Istanbul. April 22, I was never so happy to board an airplane along with 44 wonderful adventurers of our group tour in tow. Turkish Airlines revamped it’s entire fleet now vying to rank #3 of all European carriers. Economy class provided the new sliding seats to maximize legroom, amenities kits, seatback blockbuster on-demand movies and the freshest airline meals I’ve ever had.

Istanbul, located in both Asia and Europe is the only city that straddles two continents with a thrilling cultural mosaic blending the old with the new. Our guide Gigi was assigned to fly with us 24/7 throughout the entire tour of this magnificent country. From day one, she was so outstanding I doubled her anticipated tip. On a city tour, we covered all major sites with the frenetic energy of whirling dervishes. It included the Blue Mosque, Haggia Sophia, Hippodrome and Topaki Palace, home to sultans, harems and eunuchs I stood in awe there at the 87 carat Spoonmaker’s Diamond that was found discarded in trash and traded for 3 spoons. Later we got lost in the labyrinth of the 4300 shops of the Grand Bazaar. The chronic pleas from vendors can assault one’s senses if you don’t know how to bounce it off.

I pretended to be a deaf mute strolling zen-like with a smile, My greatest treasure was a butter leather “Prada” or should I say “Prado” bag for $30. At night, many experienced their first authentic Turkish Bath at a 300 year old hamman which can be totally confusing if you don’t know the procedure and no one speaks English. First you get naked in a steam room and are pounded like a piece of meat on a warm marble slab. Then they loofa off several epidermal layers followed by tons of soapy suds and an oil massage. It ends with torrents of water. I felt I was being water-boarded and wanted to “spill my secrets” but left squeaky clean as I ever felt in my life. The younger group participants partied late into the night Istanbul never sleeps.

We flew to Cappadocia which was like a Salvador Dali painting from the lunar landscapes formed by volcanic rock and weathered over a millennia. The tuff layers eroded to form bizarre rock formations of dramatic gorges and breathtaking fairy chimneys. It is all surrounded by meringue-like hills that look like Mars. The entire region is a geologists dream and most worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ancient civilizations here created huge underground cities. Today they still carve out troglodyte styled houses, restaurants and hotels. Most establishments begin with the name “Flintstones”. We checked into a 4 star cave hotel. Terry and I were upgraded to a suite, dark and cavernous with flatscreen TV and jacuzzi tub. It was completely surreal I hung some clothes on the wall and the soft porous rock crumbled. I could have carved a new room off my cave-suite.

The next day we explored the Goreme Valley. In the 2nd century, early Christians fled Jerusalem from Roman persecution. Tens of thousands lived underground in elaborate cities with subterranean houses and churches. 360 in total. We toured Kaymaki which spirals downward for 8 stories! This place harbored 4000 beleaguered Christians. It was fascinating to crouch through a maze of monasteries, stables, wineries, kitchens and chapels. The highlight however for me on this trip was our visit to Fatma’s “house.” Gigi phoned her to ask if she could bring “a few Americans” to visit her cave home. As our bus pulled up the dirt road, Fatma came running to greet us with open arms. She inherited this cave from past generations and lived here 43 years. We crawled into her living room which was layered with 4 fine Turkish carpets she spent decades weaving. There was solar electricity and plumbing. She served us all honey cake and tea. Outside were 2 pet cows and organic garden. This is the life I aspire to. I should have out this on YouTube. Turkish hospitality is world famous. In this rural central region, it is overwhelming where one is offered apple tea just for entering a grocery store. Turks call visitors “tanri misafiri” or God’s gift.

Cappadocia has won global Balloon Championships. Most of our group launched at dawn for a hot air balloon ride over spectacular topography. In brilliant sunshine, they floated silently over sleepy villages and canyons pocketed with endless caves. Later in Avanos, we bought exquisite pottery with designs dating back to the Hittites. We also visited a carpet factory to view the weavers working and silk worm cocooning. I was surprised when 12 members purchased elegant carpets to ship home. On my travel budget, I couldn’t afford a mouse pad carpet. That evening we attended an authentic and mystical performance of the Whirling Dervishes. Six dervishes danced themselves into a trance for us. They are of the Sufi sect, the most tolerant arm of Islam dating back to the 13th century. Back i my cave room, I practiced the meditative dance and collapsed in dizziness after 3 minutes. There are few places on earth where I want to linger, Cappadocia is one. I hope this awesome hidden gem doesn’t become exploited by global tourism. I hope to visit Fatma again!

We headed out on a long drive to Pamukkale. Enroute we stopped in Konya, the spiritual center of Turkey, to visit the Dervish Museum. This is the land of pomegranates, apricots, cherries, honey, walnuts and roses. There are also fields of unique purple poppies cultivated to produce not heroin, but morphine for medical export.

We checked into Lycus River Thermal Hotel where we marinated our bodies in the indoor and outdoor thermal pools. Pamukkale with hundreds of hot springs was an ancient spa where even Cleopatra came for treatments. We climbed the snow-like white travertine terraces of mineral pools. The “Cotton Castle” is a geological wonder. We also toured the amazing ruins of the holy and healing city of Hierapolis.

Our last days were spent on Antalya on Turkey’s “Turquoise Coast.” The Sheraton Resort sat cliffside with beautiful views of the blue water and a backdrop of the dramatic Toros Mountains. The sand and sea crescent bay reminded me of Rio. We did a private boat cruise on the Mediterranean Sea to view Duden Falls. It wasn’t Niagara, but the balmy ride was glorious. I shopped the bazaar of Old Town while the group toured Perge founded by the Romans 3000 years ago. Apostle Paul preached here in 48AD. They continued to the impressive ruins Aspendos. This ancient port city has an intact theater that held 15,000 people. As for cuisine on this trip, everyday was a feast with most meals included. I gained a few lbs. on olives, flatbreads, kabobs and Turkish Delight.

There are usually hiccups with international travel, but this trip was flawless and the group blended so well. I hope Turkey never joins the EU or changes it’s currency to the Euro. It’s one of the few places left in the world where one can get an affordable luxury vacation. This Adventures For Singles trip was $1175 land with abundance you’d never find in Europe. As a tour operator, I get tons of materials. Many destinations hyped as exciting turn out to be dull as paint by number. Turkey was truly stimulating with unlimited memories. I tend not to repeat to many destinations, but I vow to present this trip again.

A Stuttering Cure You Can Trust

If you have a speech impediment such as stuttering then you know how difficult it is to communicate with other people. You constantly fumble over your words and people laugh at you. But this isn’t because you are less intelligent. It is just because you have a speech impediment.

A lot of people assume that stuttering can be solved with practice in front of a mirror or taking a class to calm your nerves but it is a much more serious issue than that. A lot of people don’t understand that stuttering is serious. They just assume that those with a stutter or a stammer are speaking too fast and need to slow down. But no matter how slow a stutterer speaks, they just can’t help their speech impediment.

So if you have a stutter or a stammer, what can you do in order to get rid of it? How can you improve your speech? There is a stuttering cure that you can trust. It is a simple and effective way to curb your speech impediment. All you have to do is meditate. Meditation is a great way to retrain your brain and your body. If you can practice meditation everyday, soon you will be able to change the way that your body works. You can retrain your brain to process sentences at the same pace as your mouth. That way, you will never have a stuttering problem again. You will be able to speak at the right pace and never struggle through another sentence.

How To Be A Better Musician

Musicians tend to have a bad reputation within the music industry and without. I’m sure I don’t need to list the stereotypes since we’ve all heard them. What if you want to be someone that isn’t like that? These are just personal tips/observations that could help you.

1. Practice Makes Permanence

It’s a well known fact that practicing anything makes you more fluent with it. However, what if what you’ve been practicing all along was not the correct thing? In music this could mean an incorrect technique or a note or rhythm that you overlooked which would lead to a non-perfect result. Therefore, take your time and practice carefully and don’t ignore any details. Always strive to know more about whatever instrument you play. Practice and master new techniques, figure out different ways to approach old habits, and so on. Anyone can practice something, but it’ll set you apart from the rest when you’ve been practicing the right thing all along.

2. Don’t Brag About How Great You Are

Seriously, don’t do this EVER. I enjoy reading biographies and learning more about musicians I like. What I don’t like about these biographies is when they’re written in the third person by the musician themselves. To gain the third persons status biography…you really have to make your way up the ladder and have a wide fan-base…I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but I just don’t like it. Reading stuff like, “[Insert Name] is a groundbreaking musician that creates beautiful music that is exotic, amazing, extraordinary, and emotional” is aggravating. If you write like “I am a musician that aims to push my own limits towards the goal of creating music that I hope the listener finds beautiful” I think it settles better with me. Don’t tell ME how to experience YOUR music! (Read more about experiencing music here.)

3. Don’t Censor Criticism

Why do people do this? I guess because they want to look perfect. If someone writes a comment about you that is negative, keep it. It shows you can take criticism and are interested in learning. (Another one of your fans might even come along and defend you.) It shows you’re a real person trying to promote yourself and grow as a musician, not just someone that is using technology to make themselves look better. A few times I’ve commented on peoples works where I made a suggestion of how they could improve, only to have it deleted and   be  muted ” on SoundCloud. Reputation is big in this industry and it’s easy to tell when someone’s trying to control their image. In the end, any promotion is good promotion.

4. Learn From Other Musicians

This is simple. Listen endlessly to your favorite artists. If the music industry revolved around completely original ideas it would have been dead awhile ago. Part of the beauty of music is sharing it with others. Inspiration is NOT plagiarism. Study their works, admire their techniques, and learn from watching and listening to them. If you’re lucky maybe even talk to them too. All music is passed down from generation to generation and across cultures in some shape or form. At this point in music history, it’s almost selfish to think you’ve created something completely original. It’s possible to create music to which you’ve never been exposed, but it could still exist somewhere. Don’t let that be discouraging of course! It’s all theoretical, really. Silence is your canvas…go wild!

Other Thoughts

-Learn the rules before you break them.

-Make sure to have fun!

-Take a break if you’re stuck- don’t give up!

-Don’t give yourself unnecessary time limits or constraints- it could possibly cause —frustration and unwanted stress.

-Repeat number two

Cerebral Stroke

Incidence of Cerebral Stroke:

Every year around 1 % of people within the age group of 60 years to 65 years suffer from Paralysis because of Cerebral stroke. Below the age of 40 years occurrence of Cerebral stroke is negligible.

Causes of Cerebral Stroke:

Cerebral Stroke is caused by break down of blood supply to a part of brain. If for a small moment supply of blood to a part of brain gets stopped, that part of brain stops to function, which may result into speech disorder, a state of unconsciousness, or a serious problem of Paralysis or Coma in the affected person.

The break down of blood supply can be because of:

1. Brain hemorrhage: By sudden rupture of a blood vessel in the Brain causing severe blood loss and damage to the affected region of the Brain resulting into non functioning of the organ controlled by the affected region of brain. the brain.

2. Thrombosis: Thrombosis is coagulation of blood in a blood vessel. Since the blood is in liquid state circulating in the blood vessels net work in the whole body. The coagulated mass of blood causes Clogging of very small diameter blood vessel of the brain by a clot formation. The affected part of the brain does not get the blood supply resulting into regional damage of the brain also   impairing  the functions of the organ controlled by the affected region of the brain.

a) brain hemorrhage:

10 % to 15 % of the Stroke Patients suffer from hemorrhage. It is a very serious condition and fatal in 25 to 50 %. This requires immediate consultation from a Specialized Neuro Physician. High Blood pressure is the main cause of hemorrhage in 75 % of the patients besides this malformation of the blood vessel, local inflammation of the blood vessel, conditions like hemophilia or Brain Injury.

b) Thrombosis:

80 % of the stroke patients suffer from thrombosis. It can be because of Diabetes, hypertension, High cholesterol in blood, Heavy smoking, sedentary habits. Because of this the vessels get constricted and deposit of thrombus causes blockage. Rheumatic heart disease patients are also prone to suffer.


Prior to the attack following symptoms are encountered like loss of vision, weakness of limbs and unconsciousness. As suddenly these symptoms are noticed they disappear also within few minutes or an hour the patient becomes alright, but these initial symptoms should not be overlooked. If treated in time Cerebral Stroke can be prevented.

Prior to blockage of blood vessels patient experiences headache for some time and thereafter Cerebral Stroke occurs. during sleep and patient finds some part of the body is paralyzed and unconsciousness prevails. In some cases speech is lost. 10 % patients have different symptoms like severe Headache, Vertigo, Vomiting and also may see Two objects instead of one.

In contrast on the other hand in the case of Cerebral Stroke on account of hemorrhage is sudden, when the patient is fully conscious and doing some work. The patient instantaneously goes into coma.


The patient should be immediately admitted in a hospital and put under the supervision of a Neuro Physician. Patients laboratory investigations like Blood Sugar, Urea, Electrolytes, ECG and CT Scan should be carried out to find the cause of Cerebral Stroke.


First 48 to 72 hours are very critical. Neurological advice should be taken based on the investigation findings and treatment started. Blood Pressure should be controlled and medication given for resolution of the thrombus from the blood vessel. Patient should be put on exercises in consultation with the Physiotherapist so that the affected part is rejuvenated.


It is necessary that Hypertension, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol is kept under control. Regular treatment should be carried out if the patient is suffering from Hypertension or having Cardiac involvement also.


1. Cerebral Stroke patient has to take the medicines through out life so that there is o No relapse.

2. It can take months or years for complete recovery, which is a slow process.

3. Patient should be advised to do normal work.

4. Long Period of disease may leave some residual defects, which can be reduced by regular exercise.

Credit Crunch USA

One of the growing concerns of the US economy in today’s scenario is the problem of credit crunch. Credit crunch is a term which is used to refer to the period of time when loans become difficult to obtain. What this essentially means is that where a majority of the loan applications were approved previously, only half or a lesser number of loan applications will be approved during this period. Currently, the US economy markets are undergoing such a period of credit crunch. This can be attributed to the global inflation of markets and the recession period.

In such a state of credit crunch, the condition of the borrowers becomes bad as the banks are reluctant to lend for fear of bankruptcies or default. This wariness of the bankers or lenders gives rise to increased interest rates thus making the acquisition of loans more expensive and hence more complicated. In the USA, this credit crunch has the most effect on the real estate business where loans are usually applied for a huge sum caused by the high rates of the real estate market. First time buyers and applicants for jumbo loans find it extremely difficult to provide a stable credit history which is required for the high interest rates.

Moreover during such a period of credit crunch, banks stress on a down payment prior to the issue of loans and this makes it even more difficult for applying loans. While hot shot real estate markets of New York and San Francisco are the most affected by this credit crunch with mortgage loans being hard to acquire, places like Sioux Falls are virtually unperturbed by this phase because of the slow growth in the real estate market. This goes on to show that the location of the properties also play an important role in the acquisition of loans.

As a result of such a crunch period, consumers are relying more on their credit cards to help them acquire these loans. This in turn forces the credit card companies to keep constant vigil on the credit card’s activities. With such a situation, the credit limits of the credit card holders tend to go down causing their credit balance to dwindle drastically. Collection agencies are profited by such scenarios and their way of dealing with it is shocking beyond belief. To avoid all this, the credit crunch must be handled effectively by understanding the nuances of the economy and adjusting accordingly.

Causes of Ineffective Communication

Ineffective communication hampers organizational success. Ineffective communication results when the managers are not in regular touch with their employees. There may be miscommunication taking place. Lack of 3 C’s (Clarity, completion, conciseness) also leads to ineffective communication. Often the managers are surrounded with a pool of information. In such case, they tend to ignore the messages or communication of the subordinates. At times, wrong perception also hampers communication, i.e., the employees might perceive the message in different meaning which was not intended by the manager. Thus, there can be a problem in encoding and decoding of message.

Organizational structure can also result in communication being ineffective. The more complex the organizational structure is, i.e., the more are the number of hierarchical levels in an organization, the greater are chances of loss or misinterpretation of messages. Grapevines tend to develop in such an organization which obstructs effective communication. In absence of healthy open door policy, communication may be misunderstood.

Poor listening (i.e. when the receiver is not focused to what the sender of message is saying) also leads to ineffective communication. Emotions like anger and stress may also lead to communication breakdown as messages may be interpreted in wrong manner when a person is angry and frustrated than when he is relaxed. Sometimes, the messages are not carefully planned (For example, the medium of transmission of message and the time of message delivery are not chosen rightfully). This again makes communication ineffective. Linguistic differences are a great obstacle in effective communication. This is perhaps due to ambiguity of language. Managers should try to overcome all the causes for ineffective communication so as to ensure organizational success.

Maryland Health Insurance

Maryland state government and several private health insurance firms introduce different schemes for Maryland health insurance. Health insurance coverage is very expensive in recent times as the cost of health care is rising steadily. This is because of increase in the number of aged people, rise in the cost of medical technology, and high priced drugs. Maryland health insurance also faces the threat of increased premium payments of health insurance plans.

Maryland state government has introduced health insurance plans for individuals who cannot afford other private health insurances. Only residents of Maryland are eligible for this insurance scheme. Individuals with serious illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and AIDS can also join Maryland health insurance plan. You are also qualified for this plan even though you receive unemployment benefits, pension, or federal trade readjustment allowance. Maryland health insurance plan rejects the application of individuals who have any group coverage or government sponsored health insurance policy. This plan covers cost of prescribed drugs, behavioural health and health management services.

Health insurance companies offer group and individual plans for Maryland citizens. Normally group plan is taken by employers to insure the health of employees and individual health insurance plan is preferred when people want to insure health at their own cost. Maryland health insurance policy must be taken only from a state licensed company or agent. You have the choice to select an affordable policy with the right coverage from different schemes available. Health care cost of insured person whether in hospital or home and prize of prescribed drugs are covered under Maryland health insurance policies.

Health, habits, standard of living, and profession are evaluated for determining premium amount of Maryland health insurance policy. High premium is to be paid for insuring the health of aged people because they have increased chance of health insurance claims for illness. It is also difficult to find Maryland health insurances for people with habits that may result in serious health problems or if your job is risky. Private Maryland insurance companies refuse to offer health insurance policy if the person has any serious illness.

Cosmetology Education – Embrace it For a Successful Career

Cosmetology education is becoming one of the prime professional courses amongst students. The hair and beauty industry is witnessing a solid growth and thus the demand for cosmetologists has also increased.

The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) predicts a positive growth for the industry in the coming years. In one of their surveys, they found that 78 percent of young women between the ages of 25 and 34 have decided to continue cosmetology education in the last one year.

One of the main reasons for this increase is that people want to look good. When they look good, they feel good and their confidence level rises too. Thus, to make so many people look good, the industry requires a large number of cosmetology professionals.

Students who opt for cosmetology education have various career options after completing their school. Either they can work in a salon or become self-employed by working as a freelance stylist. Students who have an entrepreneurial spirit can even open their own salon and set up a successful business.

For every aspect of a cosmetologist’s job, cosmetology education is important. With proper training in cosmetology, students can learn various functional aspects of the industry. Cutting hair is just one part of the job, as there are many other avenues that cosmetology professionals can embark on.

The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences is an organization that helps regulate cosmetology schools and programs. In their survey (conducted in 2007) they noted that the demand was increasing for cosmetology professionals.

The fashion & beauty industry regularly requires cosmetology professionals. Also, working with celebrities is a cherished dream of many individuals, which can be fulfilled by taking up cosmetology education.

All those who think that the field of cosmetology is only limited to cutting hair need to update their knowledge. Cosmetologists today work as hairstylists, nail technicians, barbers, make-up artists, manicurist, pedicurist, etc. Thus the options for students are not limited after completing their training in cosmetology.

One needs to put in dedicated efforts to succeed in this industry. There are various organizations and groups which help students to excel in this field, once they take up professional courses in cosmetology.

This industry will not only provide you fame but will actually provide you with a chance to become a legend. So embrace cosmetology education and see your career reach unprecedented heights.

Good luck!

Gardening is Good Therapy

Many of us garden just for the sheer joy of it. But did you know that all over the country the healing aspects of gardening are being used as therapy or as an adjunct to therapy?

Although this might sound like a new concept, garden therapy has been around for decades. For example, the Garden Therapy Program at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, and in regional hospitals in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Rome, Thomasville and Savannah, has been helping people for over 40 years through gardening activities known as social and therapeutic horticulture.

So what exactly is social and therapeutic horticulture (or garden therapy)?

According to the article “Your future starts here: practitioners determine the way ahead” from Growth Point (1999) volume 79, pages 4-5, horticultural therapy is the use of plants by a trained professional as a medium through which certain clinically defined goals may be met. “…Therapeutic horticulture is the process by which individuals may develop well-being using plans and horticulture. This is achieved by active or passive involvement.”

Although the physical benefits of garden therapy have not yet been fully realized through research, the overall benefits are almost overwhelming. For starters, gardening therapy programs result in increased elf-esteem and self-confidence for all participants.

Social and therapeutic horticulture also develops social and work skills, literacy and numeric skills, an increased sense of general well-being and the opportunity for social interaction and the development of independence. In some instances it can also lead to employment or further training or education. Obviously different groups will achieve different results.

Groups recovering from major illness or injury, those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health problems, older people, offenders and those who misuse drugs or alcohol, can all benefit from the therapeutic aspects of gardening as presented through specific therapy related programs. In most cases, those that experience the biggest impact are vulnerable or socially excluded individuals or groups, including the ill, the elderly, and those kept in secure locations, such as hospitals or prisons.

One important benefit to using social and therapeutic horticulture is that traditional forms of communication aren’t always required. This is particularly important for stroke patients, car accident victims, those with cerebral palsy, aphasia or other illnesses or accidents that hinder verbal communication. Gardening activities lend themselves easily to communicative disabled individuals. This in turn builds teamwork, self-esteem and self-confidence, while encouraging social interaction.

Another group that clearly benefits from social and therapeutic horticulture are those that misuse alcohol or substances and those in prison. Teaching horticulture not only becomes a life skill for these individuals, but also develops a wide range of additional benefits.

Social and therapeutic horticultures gives these individuals a chance to participate in a meaningful activity, which produces food, in addition to creating skills relating to responsibility, social skills and work ethic.

The same is true for juvenile offenders. Gardening therapy, as vocational horticulture curriculum, can be a tool to improve social bonding in addition to developing improved attitudes about personal success and a new awareness of personal job preparedness.

The mental benefits don’t end there. Increased abilities in decision-making and self-control are common themes reported by staff in secure psychiatric hospitals. Reports of increased confidence, self-esteem and hope are also common in this environment.

Prison staff have also noticed that gardening therapy improves the social interaction of the inmates, in addition to improving mutual understanding between project staff and prisoners who shared outdoor conditions of work.

It’s interesting that studies in both hospitals and prisons consistently list improving relationships between participants, integrating with the community, life skills and ownership as being some of the real benefits to participants.

But in addition to creating a myriad of emotional and social benefits, the health benefits of being outdoors, breathing in fresh air and doing physical work cannot be overlooked. In most studies, participants noted that fresh air, fitness and weight control where prime benefits that couldn’t be overlooked.

Although unable to pin down a solid reason, studies have shown that human being posses an innate attraction to nature. What we do know, is that being outdoors creates feelings of appreciation, tranquility, spirituality and peace. So it would seem, that just being in a garden setting is in itself restorative. Active gardening only heightens those feelings.

With so many positive benefits to gardening, isn’t it time you got outside and started tending to your garden? Next time you are kneeling in fresh dirt to pull weeds or plant a new variety of a vegetable or flower, think about the tranquility you feel while being outdoors in your garden. Let the act of gardening sooth and revitalize you. Soak up the positive benefits of tending to your own garden.

If you have someone in your life that could benefit from garden therapy, contact your local health unit to find out more about programs in your area. Not only will the enjoyment of gardening help bond you together, but it will also create numerous positive mental and physical benefits for both of you.

So get gardening today for both your physical and mental health. You’ll enjoy the experience so much that you’ll immediately thank yourself.

Healthy Dieting – How to Lose Fat the Healthy Way

Healthy dieting is a part of the various public’s everyday lives. Yet, diets can sometimes be very bad if you create poor decisions basically to lose weight.

A excellent tip for healthy dieting is never say never. Some public intent on losing weight are intent on dieting and not on low-calorie dieting. Slimming dieting probably needs losing some weight over an extended period of time rather than in a very short period of time. The person intent on healthy dieting will possibly want to eat just the healthiest of foods. These healthy foods will consist of a balance of protein, fat, fruits and vegetables. Healthy dieting will also enclose plenty of fruits and vegetables even if the human being concerned does not like these food groups.

Dieting is only taking the balanced portion of food that the body needs at a time to remain low-calorie and fit. One can not achieve the desired low-calorie goal by exercising alone until healthy dieting lifestyle is incorporated. It’s simply a task that needs your dedication. Together with healthy way of dieting comes light amounts of training of course. Be cautious of any diet that claims you’ll lose weight quickly without exercising. Even with cardio workouts and weight lifting, it’s bad to lose weight too rapid. Healthy diets will truly facilitate you to burn down fat and gain muscle. However, use caution that your dieting is usually what’s greatest for your body.

Light dieting is very essential for your eyesight, is repeatedly an emotional and difficult journey. Most people are usually focused only on the weight, as a number, but they aren’t looking on how to reach a healthy weight in a low-fat way.

Healthy diets can truly help you to burn fat and gain power. Remember, apart from cutting on costs and avoiding toxic food, the 100 mile diet has the potential to enhance the quality of your health and way of life and also prove to be a major step towards healthy dieting and losing weight. Once you follow this new diet, you will be less inclined to eating fries, ice cream, chocolates and other fatty food ensuring that you lose body fat and maintain a light weight.

Goal Setting and Weight Loss

Weight loss and Goal Setting

Are you a rebound dieter? Are you constantly trying to lose weight but fail in your fitness efforts? Perhaps your weight-loss journey has just begun and you want to ensure success at the weight loss game.

Setting a solid foundation for a healthier lifestyle through weight loss takes dedication with purpose. The following six tips will maintain your motivation so you can share your success story about changing your body and how you were able to reveal the fit and fabulous you.

Importance of Goal Setting

Regardless of how you envision the better version of your body, goal setting is necessary for success. You can shrink your belly fat by increasing your metabolism and improve your health if you set attainable goals. The benefit is you will also improve the look of your body after your healthy habit become rituals.

Keep in mind, change has to happen in your mind first. Dedicate yourself to change and your actions will follow. Results will eventually be visible in a slimmer, stronger version of you.

Goal setting is important to a sustainable healthy life style. Research reveals people experience greater success if they combine long-term and short-term goals for healthy weight loss. Be reasonable with yourself and stay dedicated. This way you will stay in action long enough to see and change and gain momentum from visible results.

Guidelines for Weight Loss Goals

1. Trade in the Scale for a Measuring Tape

Trade in the scale for the measuring tape. A decrease in inches is more motivating than a decrease in the numbers on the scale. Set goals specific goals to decrease your measurements. For instance, “lose one inch from my waistline in one month”. Create a body map to maintain an accurate record of progress.

A body map is a record of your measurements of your body. A body map allows you to set specific goals. Draw a simple stick figure, or you can find one online. On this stick figure record at least these four measurements: neck, waist, belly, and hips. You can add more measurements if you want to really see results one inch as a time. Record these measurements monthly on the same body map.

2. Set Appropriate Objectives

Using a fat reducing plan just for vanity’s sake is less helpful psychologically than losing weight to improve health. Many people want to make changes for the reason of wearing smaller pants. This goal lacks a purposeful reason for your actions. Build your weight loss goals around meaningful reasons supported by your belief system.

Your goals must be attainable and logical with respects to your life. Your life is unique and so your plan must be tailored to your needs. Of source you must include the logical: Good nutrition and increased exercise. But the key is making every desired change one small step at a time.

Avoid intimidating yourself with goals that are out of reach. Small incremental changes developed on the foundation of purposeful reasons are more effective than lofty goals that remained dreams.

3. Focus on Doing, Not Losing

Rather than telling yourself you are going to lose 2 pounds this week, quantify the amount of time you’re going to dedicate to exercise this week. Be specific down to the minutes.

Or specifically outline what exercises you will be doing and how many repetitions you’ll be doing. This would definitely make up of a sensible weight loss plan. Manager activity level and focus on your actions so weight loss becomes a byproduct of your focus.

4. Make Logical Changes

Short-term weight loss plans driven by “pie-in-the-sky” goals set dieters up for failure. If you have never exercised at all, a productive action towards change is to find three different one-mile routes that you can walk this week. If you’re already active and take one step up and increase the amount of activity in small increments.

For example if you already go to the gym two days a week boost your activity level to three days a week.If you try changing your habits too severely in a short time frame, you’re only going to frustrate your self. This will end your efforts before you even start making an impact.

5. Keep up Self-Encouragement

An all-or-nothing attitude only sets you up to fail. Learn to judge and evaluate your efforts objectively. If you fall short of some goals, just look ahead to next week. You do not need to have a perfect record. After all, self-encouragement should definitely be a part of your weight loss plans. Otherwise, you will fall short of your goals.

Give yourself credit for the action you have taken. Increasing activity week by week is the goal. Increase your intensity in small increments and recognize your forward momentum. Recognizing your positive change will help you stay dedicated in the long run.

6. Set Quantifiable Exercise Targets

In order to maximize your efforts and reach a goal, identify specific and quantifiable actions. Stating your intention of merely improving this week is not a measurable goal. Log the time dedicated to weekly exercise. Count the number of repetition of given exercises each day. Record the foods you each at each meal. These are quantifiable.

Set a specific target such as: walk a 16 minute mile three days a week. Or include half hour Pilates sessions four times this week. Perhaps you’re already active so you’re already going to Zumba class twice a week, then perhaps your goal is to include one day of weight training for a half-hour. A solid weight loss plan is quantifiable. Count up the minutes of exercise and log your time.

What Does Goal Setting Mean to Weight Loss?

As in all other areas of life, if you fail to plan you plan to fail. The same is true for weight loss. If you want to boost your metabolism make sure to make a plan and get into action by incorporating your goals so you’re motivated and educated to your weight-loss progress in relation to the achievable goals you set for yourself.

Review of Key Actions to Weight Loss

First Aid Kit Contents

No home should be without a basic first aid kit to use in the event that an emergency medical situation occurs. Once completed you just need to make sure that any contents that have expiration dates, such as any over the counter medications, are replaced as they outdate. It is helpful to keep a list of the medication expiration dates in the top of the kit to make checking the dates easier. Be sure that everyone in your family (or workplace) knows the location of the kit and have a general idea of what is actually inside the first aid kit. Commercial kits are available but you might want to make a custom first aid kit. Creating your own kit will allow you the flexibility to make it as basic or comprehensive as you wish and you can actually create a more complete custom kit at a lower price than many commercially available first aid kits. If you start be creating a fairly basic first aid kit you then can add to it over time to develop a more complete kit. The kit will contain medications and possibly sharp objects so be sure to keep the first aid kit out of the reach of any small children to prevent accidental injury. It would be a real shame to have a first aid kit be responsible for a medical emergency! You should be able to find most of the needed items at your local pharmacy but if you decide to include some specialized items you may need to purchase them from a medical supply business or order them from a company that specializes in first aid supplies.

Ideally all of your family members should also take an age appropriate first aid class that includes CPR training and certification. These classes are offered and sponsored by various organizations in most communities throughout the country (and world) on a regular basis.

The two most popular containers for first aid kits are fishing tackle boxes and back pack type bags (red is a good color). If one of these types of compact cases is used, the kit can also be easily taken on trips. Tackle boxes have the advantages of being easy to view all of the contents when open and they are quite weatherproof. The book bag type has the advantage of being easily transported (without having to carry it in your hand) but to avoid a jumble of contents you really need to have 3-4 smaller containers inside such as small rectangular Tupperware in a variety of sizes. Both types of cases have advantages so carefully consider the one that best meets your needs. If there is a particular activity that you frequently participate in such as camping or boating, you may want to customize the kit a little to anticipate any needs that may arise.

The following items listed are what I feel are the minimum needed for a suitable basic first aid kit. The list is based primarily on the booklet “Preparing for Disaster” Developed by the American Red Cross in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. I have made some minor modifications including the addition of a few items that I feel are important.

(1) box of assorted adhesive bandages,

(1) 5″ x 9″ sterile dressing,

(1) conforming roller gauze bandage,

(2) triangular bandages,

(2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads,

(2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads,

(1) roll 3″ cohesive bandage,

(1) bulky nonsterile absorbent dressing (Kotex type sanitary pad works well),

(2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer,

(6) antiseptic wipes, (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves,

(2) filter type paper face mask,

(1) roll of 2″ wide adhesive tape,

(1) tube anti-bacterial ointment (such as “triple antibiotic” ointment),

(1) cold pack (instant type),

scissors (small, personal),


CPR breathing barrier (such as a face shield),

aspirin and nonaspirin (acetaminophen) pain reliever (do not give aspirin to children or teens),

ibuprofen may also be included, anti-diarrheal medication (tablet form of loperamide is probably best),

antacid (for stomach upset),

syrup of ipecac (to be used to induce vomiting only if advised by a Poison Control Center,

ER, family physician etc.),

laxative, activated charcoal (use only if advised by the Poison Control Center etc.)

and finally a simple first aid guide (such as the Red Cross Basic Guidebook).

I hope that you enjoy creating your own first aid kit and that the need for its use never goes beyond a few bandaids!

The Importance of Hospital

A hospital is an institution for health care providing patient treatment by specialised staff and equipment, and often but not always providing for longer-term patient stays. A hospital today is a centre for professional health care provided by physicians and nurses. During the Middle Ages it could serve other functions, such as almshouse for the poor, or hostel for pilgrims. The name comes from Latin hospes (host), which is also the root for the words hotel and hospitality. Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), also known as health-care-associated infections, encompass almost all clinically evident infections that do not originate from a patient’s original admitting diagnosis.

Within hours after admission, a patient’s flora begins to acquire characteristics of the surrounding bacterial pool. Most infections that become clinically evident after 48 hours of hospitalization are considered hospital-acquired. Infections that occur after the patient’s discharge from the hospital can be considered to have a nonsocial origin if the organisms were acquired during the hospital stay. Today, hospitals are usually funded by the state, health organizations (for profit or non-profit), health insurances or charities, including direct charitable donations. In history, however, they were often founded and funded by religious orders or charitable individuals and leaders.

Similarly, modern-day hospitals are largely staffed by professional physicians, surgeons and nurses, whereas in history, this work was usually done by the founding religious orders or by volunteers. There are several kinds of hospital. The best-known is the general hospital, which is set up to deal with many kinds of disease and injury, and typically has an emergency ward to deal with immediate threats to health and the capacity to dispatch emergency medical services. A general hospital is typically the major health care facility in its region, with large numbers of beds for intensive care and long-term care, facilities for surgery and childbirth, bio assay laboratories, and so forth. Larger cities may have many different hospitals of varying sizes and facilities. One plum wall says it all: Hospital services are separate and distinct from boarding and grooming services-yet both are easily accessible to pet owners and team members.

During a candid conversation with his architect, Dr. David Gordon, medical director of VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital (formerly Arroyo Pet Care Center) in Lake Forest, Calif., mentioned he’d like to distinctly separate the hospital and medical functions and the boarding and grooming functions. Yet his idea of using a scalpel handle and blade on the outside of the building to depict that separation didn’t quite seem appropriate. Some patients just come just for diagnosis and/or therapy and then leave (outpatients), others stay the nights (inpatients). Putting the patient first is a challenge that requires not just a huge change in the mindset of all the stakeholders in health care provision, but also the means by which to measure the levels of satisfaction of patients, and to discover what matters to them before, during and after their visit to any hospital. Patient quality initiatives, with their softer, experiential focus than clinical audit, with its precise and scientific methods of measurement, demand different measurement techniques.

Often, the most effective means is to adapt from the survey techniques widely practiced in social research and market research by using surveys and objective self-completion questioning techniques. Yet, without careful management, the measurement teams can drown in a sea of questionnaires. Surveys are labor intensive, so it makes sense to use software developed to handle surveys in this context too, and make the process into something that can be managed by the small teams usually given this responsibility within the hospital.