Babel – A Review

You might expect a film titled "Babel" (referring to the Biblical Tower of Babel) to explore language barriers, miscommunications, and lack of communication. But would you expect a movie about communication to take an uncomfortably long 142 minutes to get the point across?

Paramount Vantage's "Babel" is the latest film from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who also served as co-producer with Steve Golin and Jon Kilik. The story begins in a desolate region in the Moroccan desert where two braless boys decide to see how far a new rifle can fire by using a tour bus full of people as target practice. One bullet critically injures an American woman (Cate Blanchett) who along with her husband (Brad Pitt) is recovering from the death of their infant. This new tragedy follows a series of earlier tragedies (including the suicide of a Japanese woman) and begins another series of tragedies (including the deportation of the couple's illegal immigrant nanny, played beautifully by Adriana Barraza).

With the loud, abrasive action jumping back and forth through time, and from place to place (Morocco, Japan, America, and Mexico), and from one story to another, this is an exhausting film to follow. In one story, the two Moroccan boys and their dysfunctional family try to escape justice. In a related, but separate story, the American couple (depicted with great sincerity and passion by Pitt and Blanchett) struggle in a life-or-death situation aided by the incompetent, though sympathetic, locales in a nearby village. Meanwhile in California, the couple of children are being taken care of by a loving Mexican nanny who foolishly takes the children with her nephew (Gael Garcia Bernal) to a wild wedding party across the border. In yet another story, with the most tenuous of thematic threads to link them, a teenaged deaf-mute Japanese girl (Rinko Kikuchi) runs around the city without panties trying to lose her virginity.

Each story reveals characters with communication problems: The American couple can not talk about the baby's death or the husband's earlier desertion; the boys have never told their parents about their sister's incestuous peep shows, the nanny is not only ignorant of the English language, but of American laws; the Japanese girl, who including having difficulty communicating with anyone who's not deaf, has a strange and strained relationship with her father.

It takes a very long time to connect all the stories – at least 20 minutes easily could have been edited out – and the payoff may not be worth the wait for some people. The acting is terrific through the film, although (particularly scenes with the American couple after the shooting, and any scene involving the nanny). This raw, depressing drama earns its R rating by providing in-your-face depictions of violence, nudity, survival, desperation, fear, and isolation.

How to Overcome Stammering

Do you buy into all the hype that you can not overcome a stammering problem? Or do you believe that you can be shown how to overcome stammering? Why do you think that most of the people being vocal about there are not any cures for stammering are actual speech therapists? Would not you think that a speech therapist would be a bit more optimistic about whether or not you can overcome a stammering problem?

When you consider how many people have overcome their stammering problem, it makes you wonder why professionals like speech therapists are making such statements. But knowing that it is possible to learn how to overcome stammering should bolster your courage to ignore these unfounded "professional" statements and seek a solution to this speech impediment.

But, just how easy is it to learn how to get stammering? Is there a basis in fact to these therapists' negative thoughts? Up front, you should know that the solution does not present itself overnight, that there is a tough road ahead. But, it is a doable task. For the most part, it involves a lot of practice getting used to the techniques that you would need to learn.

The idea is to practice a new way of speaking that would ever become a natural part of your everyday speech. The nice thing is that people who suffer from a stammering problem are not too bothered by the fact that there will be some work involved. This is probably because the end result of all that hard work will change their lives.

How long does it take? How many countless hours must you toil, drenched in blood, sweat and tears until you finally achieve the results you are looking forward to? The answer to that is as different as there are people with stammering problems. Each person is different, and will work at and respond to the learned techniques differently. If you go by the surprises, you are looking at around three months of putting the nose … or the voice … to the grindstone.

While being faced with meeting new people can make someone who suffers from a stammering problem nervous, thereby making the stammering worsen, there are many former stammerers who have learned how to overcome stammering and are willing to teach others. This makes current stammerers less nervous.

There are also other ways to learn how to bypass stammering. All involve the stammerers working by themselves, so the issue of nervousness would never come up. All over the place, there are CD courses, audio streams, ebooks and DVDs. Any of these ways will make the stammerer comfortable enough to be able to apply what they are learning.

Do a Google search; look for anything involved learning how to bypass stammering. You are sure to find numerous sources willing to provide you with the help you need. The rest is up to you.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring can be a super irritating condition and when you or your partner snores, all you want to do is stop snoring! Snoring can cause sleep disturbances for both the person that snores as well as the person that has to hear the snoring. Thankfully, snoring help exists and there are methods one can implement in an effort to stop snoring.

Shape of your mouth, tonsils and adenoids

Snoring is caused by a number of different sources. Snoring can be caused by the way your mouth is shaped and by the shape of your tonsils and adenoids. For instance, large tonsils can block the passageway of the throat when sleeping and this can produce a snoring sound. The removal of tonsils and adenoids is sometimes required in order for an individual to quit snoring. Just as the shape of your mouth and throat might cause snoring, you will find that issues with the nasal passes might also cause you to breathe with your mouth open at night: a common symptom associated with snoring.

Body weight

Your bodily condition can be a source for snoring too; statistics reveal that people that have weight problems snore more. Sleep Apnea is a condition that causes an individual to have breathing difficulties at night and involves the blockage of airways in the throat: the result is snoring. This condition is sometimes associated with people that are obese, but thin people can also have the condition. This condition can be dangerous because it can minimize restorative sleep and it can have a negative effect on one's heart.

Environment

Sometimes snoring has environmental causes. Over consumption of alcohol or the use of some medication can be responsible for causing snoring too. When the throat muscles and tongue are super relaxed, they can block off the airway and cause snoring. If you have a uvula that is long in the back of the throat, this piece of tissue can also cause you to snore.

Snoring help

For snoring help, some people turn to appliances that can be put in the mouth just before going to sleep. Mouthpieces can help to shift the position of the jaw and tongue, and can help to keep your airway open more. As mentioned earlier, sometimes surgical procedures are required to quit snoring, and there are also laser surgery options available to shorten a long soft palate that might be responsible for snoring problems too. Special machines are further assigned to people with chronic Sleep Apnea to stop snoring: the process is identified as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy. The individual is given a mask to wear that delivers a rush of air into the air passage to keep the airways open and clear all night long.

Severe Vaginal Atrophy – Are You Treating it the Way You Should?

One of the most common unspecified conditions to plague women today is severe vaginal atrophy. This disorder affects almost every woman upon entering menopause. It also could occur at any other point in your life when the estrogen levels drop. However, it is an extremely treatable disease.

When the vagina starts to atrophy, it first loses moisture. The lining becomes thin and fragile. It also may shake something. Generally, it takes 5 to 10 years for the condition to become severe. Most women do not notice that they have it until sex becomes impossible.

Some of the early symptoms include vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse. As time goes on, it becomes more painful. You may even bleed slightly following intercourse.

However, this condition can be reversed. It's caused by a drop in estrogen levels, which is normal during menopause. Most doctors will treat it using a low dose of estrogen therapy. Many women have also found relief using natural hormonal replacement therapy is helpful but despite not without side effects.

These natural remedies are herbs approved by the FDA. They contain phytoestrogen. This plant based form of estrogen is extremely similar to what your body would produce. Some would say it's superior to the type created in the laboratory.

Before you start any treatment period, it's best to talk to your doctor. Herbs will work the same as medication, so they do have the chance of interacting with prescriptions you currently take. However, there is no need to live with severe vaginal atrophy.

Glaucoma Treatment – How to Manage Glaucoma

High intraocular pressure not only increases the risk of developing glaucoma, but also makes the progress of glaucoma and visual field defects. The cornerstone of the glaucoma treatment is to reduce intraocular pressure, or with drops or surgery. The progress of visual field defects may be suspended if near the eye pressure is reduced below 12 mm Hg, even patients with a type of glaucoma which are visual field defects and progress, despite pressure from the eye to the normal range (normal voltage glaucoma) , IOP declined by 30% is associated with a lower loss of vision.

Other strategies for independent eye pressure in glaucoma treatment are under study. These include increased blood flow to the optic nerve and offers a number of forms of neuroprotection. Maybe in the future are also other ways of intraocular pressure in glaucoma management to reduce. Until then, the reduction of intraocular pressure is the only way to reduce the risk of glaucoma visual field loss and remains the primary goal of treatment.

There are two important mechanisms for intra-ocular pressure: a) Reduce the amount of aqueous in the eye of reducing the production of aqueous, and 2) Increase the amount of the aqueous humor of eye, rarely the omission of the largest Part of the aqueous humor. Some drugs reduce the production of aqueous humor, while others raise the outflow. The aqueous humor leaves the eye by two routes: one that is sensitive to the pressure of the eye (trabecular way) and that operates independently of the pressure in the eye (the way uveoscleral).

Of all the options available, a reasonable first approximation would have been a drop in the eye causing intraocular pressure as low as possible to secure every patient to choose. The choice of the first agent is guided by patient characteristics and medical conditions. The driver is to avoid known problems with side effects while maintaining the convenience of a once-daily reducing to maximize compliance. The first drop in the eye may be Timoptic, Xalatan or Alphagan. Each patient must be checked regularly to ensure that the IOP was maintained at a level low enough to prevent the progress of glaucoma. If the intraocular pressure, a further reduction is needed, it is better to add a drop in the eye with a different mechanism of action as the original drug. For example, if the original eye drop Xalatan is used for work by increasing uveoscloral production, then the second bottle of Trusopt Timoptic drops at work by reducing production of aqueous humor. We discuss the key points to consider medication. We have used, because the brand is well known by names, but several drugs are available at the same efficiency and cost-effective generic form.

New Research Shows Myopia Can Be Prevented

How Common is Myopia?

Myopia is becoming more precalent – some might even say it has become an epidemic. Myopia (nearsightedness) has increased in the US population by 66% in the last 30 years. The World Health Organization has categorized myopia with cataract, macular degeneration, infectious disease and vitamin A deficiency as among the leading causes of blindness and vision impairment in the world. Myopia is divided into two groups – low and high. The low group is up to -6.00 diopters in correction and the high (or pathological) group is greater than -6.00. The pathological group has a much higher incidence of potentially blind conditions including macular degeneration, retinal detachment, glaucoma, loss of visual acuity and color sensitivity. The prevalence of myopia varies by ethnic group reaching as high as 70-90% in Singapore. In Japan it is estimated that over a million people suffer from a vision impairment associated with high myopia that can not be adequately corrected with glasses or contact lenses. The probability of pathological myopia in some population based studies is as high as 3% of the population. In addition to the visually disabling effects are the economic costs – not only for the treatment costs but also for the loss of income due to visual disability. Since no universally accepted treatments have been able to reverse the structural changes of pathological myopia (the lengthening of the eyeball and thinning of the retina) it has long been the goal of research scientists in vision and ophthalmologists and optometrists to understand the factors that lead to these devastating changes in the structure of the eyeball and to devise the therapeutic strategies. The common solution of wearing glasses or contact lenses is temporary as most children will get worse each year, resulting in more blur and thicker and heavier lenses.

Although most researchers agree that there is a genetic component to the development of myopia there is a growing amount of research implicating visual experiences early in life that affect eye growth and the consequent development of myopia. Studies with animals (chickens, tree shrews and others) show that early visual experience affects the growth of the eye and the temporary myopia that may result. Specifically, the mismatch between the focus of central and peripheral vision can induce myopia. A typical eyeglass or contact lens that gives sharp central focus will overcorrect the peripheral focus. This causes myopia to increase. Some medications have a biochemical effect that will slow down the progress of myopia, but they typically have undesirable side effects. The newest research shows that specially designed bifocal contact lenses can slow down or even stop the progress of myopia. The most exciting studies show that orthokeratology can stop and even reverse (during the treatment period) the myopia that has already occurred, but only up to a certain amount, typically -6.00 diopters.

What Can We Do about Myopia?

Orthokeratology is vision correction without surgery. Orthokeratology, is also known as corneal refractive therapy (CRT), vision shaping treatment (VST), corneal molding or Ortho-K. It is the gentle reshaping of the cornea to correct myopia (nearsightedness). The cornea is the eye's equivalent of a watch crystal. It is a clear, dome shaped structure that overlies the colored iris. Its tissue is very thin (about 1 / 50th of an inch) and very reliable. Because the cornea separates the eye from air and because it has a curvature that bends light towards the back of the eye, it is responsible for 2 / 3rd of the eye's corrective power and contributions to various conditions such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness ( hyperopia), and astigmatism. We can compensate for the eye's focus defects by reshaping the cornea.

It has been practiced for over 40 years. In the early years a series of lenses were fit on the eye, each with a progressively flatter fit, with the goal of reshaping the curvature of the eye. The techniques and success have greatly improved over the last 10 years. Now orthokeratology is accomplished by using specially designed contact lenses called reversed geometry lenses that gently flatten the cornea by pushing the central epithelial layers directly over the pupil towards the periphery of the cornea. This movement of corneal cells causes the center of the cornea to be thinner and flatter thus focusing the light closer to the retina. Orthokeratology refocuses the images on the retina in the same way as LASIK, but reversibly. Orthokeratology is FDA approved and FDA certified training is required of eye doctors to fit overnight ortho-K lenses. Only a competent of orthokeratology lenses have been approved for overnight orthokeratology by the FDA. A commonly used approved lens is the Paragon CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy) Lens.

Corneal Molding has evolved into a method where many patients achieve success with the first lens. Good results typically take less than a week. The process is accomplished while you sleep using a computer designed reverse geometry contact lens. The lenses are inserted at bedtime and removed in the morning. The lenses, also known as vision retainers, safely and gently reshape the cornea changing the eye's focus. Most patients will have a good vision throughout the day. Some patients may only need to wear their lenses on two or three nights a week to maintain good vision. Ortho-K can produce results in a surprisingly short period of time. The length of treatment to achieve your goals can vary from patient to patient. Factors which can affect the speed of treatment include your initial degree of myopia, the rigidity of your cornea, the exact topography (shape) of your cornea, your tear quality and your expectations. Children are especially good candidates because their corneas are more viable and because any intervention at an early age will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Patients interested in orthokeratology start with an eye exam and a free orthokeratology screening. After a comprehensive eye exam, including an orthokeratology consultation, corneal topography is done. These are topographical maps of the cornea. Everyone's topographical map is different, much like our fingerprints. Corneal topography shows irregularities in the cornea and is essential to designing contact lenses that will mold your cornea. Corneal topography also allows us to diagnose corneal diseases such as keratoconus. Specular microscopy is also performed which allows us to see that the endothelial corneal cells are healthy and fulfilling their function of keeping the cornea from becoming waterlogged and from losing its transparency.

Research also shows that the amount of time that children spend outdoors in the daylight also slows down the progress of myopia. There is still much for us to learn in combating nearsightedness, but we now have the tools to at least make a significant impact in controlling myopia.

Dr. David Littlefield

www.littlefieldoptometry.com

What Are Allied Health Professionals?

An anesthesiologist, a bioengineer, a nutritionist, a massage and occupational therapist all have something in common. While these professions are engaged within the vast realm of the medical field, they share the fact that they serve as complementary procedures to conventional medicine. Collectively, they are referred to as the allied health professions.

From the name itself, allied health professions are practices that have the main aim of helping out the health care system to ensure that medical services are given to the patients with utmost importance. Under the allied health field are categorical jobs like diagnostic tests, direct patient care and support services.

Allied health professionals are taken when a certain condition that has to be given treatment beyond the realm of specialization of yet another doctor. A great example of this is the physical therapy profession. Medical doctors suggest that a patient undergo physical therapy if after surgery or treatment, there still is a need for rehabilitation. This is most common cases of physical injuries or muscle damages.

Allied health professionals is what you call people engage in these practices. It is a holistic career as it does not simply focus on one discipline only. They also specialize in a field relative to medicine, except that the treatment courses that they know and do are not the same as in the conventional approach. But the aim to be of help to further success of conventional medicine treatments still stands.

There are different types of allied health professionals. They are categorized based on the approach that they have specialized in. There are the podiatrists, who specialize in feet-related conditions. Dietitians are also considered as allied health professionals. They focus on nutrition as a way to prevent food-related diseases. Orthoptists and optometrists on the other hand are engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of problems in the eyes.

While allied health professionals may not be regarded as doctors in their own right, it is important that they are given enough emphasis by the clinics and hospitals they work with. This is so that they are able to practice whatever they have learned in school to the work towards a healthier society. They know just what you need as a patient and what the doctor would be doing. In a way, you become the liaison between the conventional medicine approach and the treatment needs of the body. To be an allied health professionals is not easy. It takes lots of courage and perseverance.

Look, No Needles! Dentists Are Now Providing Painless Clinics

If there is one place many of us dread to go, it is the dentist's chair. The sight of a large syringe being injected into tender gums can bring tears to the eyes of even the most red-blooded person. Fears about the dreaded needle, as well as the sight and sound of the high-pitched drill are enough for many to avoid the dentist until we are in consideration pain ourselves. Recent advances in dentistry, however, along with age old relaxation techniques have gone a long way toward riding people of their needle phobia with the result that many patients are now leaving dental clinics without little or pain whateversoever.

CHILD'S PLAY

An English dentist has invented a technique known as photo-activated disinfection or PAD to attack decay in teeth. The method, popular in Australia and Japan, uses a special disinfectant, activated by laser, to kill instead of drill out the bacteria. The tooth can then rebuild itself aided by a porous sealant and a tooth mousse, which is used at home and promotes tooth growth. With no injection, no drilling and no filling, there is no "fear factor" and children, who have more reason than most to visit and be afraid of the dentist, reportedly like using the fruit-flavored mousse on their teeth.

THE WAND

Many dentists through the world now use an electronic injection device called "The Wand", a computer-controlled device that automatically "senses" the precise pressure and flow rate needed to administer the anesthetic. "The Wand" works by using a very thin needle, which is positioned near the gum, but before the needle touches the gum a drop of anaesthetic numbs the surface tissue. As the dentist glides the needle into the gum, the tissue just ahead of the needle tip is numbed by the anesthesia. Once the needle is fully inserted, the computer slowly releases a stream of anaesthetic. There is no sudden prick or burning sensation. 82% of patients surveyed said "The Wand" is a completely painless process.

WATER-BASED LASERS

Dentists in America are using hi-tech laser type devices as an alternative to anaesthesia. Contrary to other laser devices, the dental laser does not use heat and light directly; it uses water combined with air. The high pressure water laser numbs the nerves in the tooth as it cuts, eliminating the need for an anaesthetic. The laser also sterilizes the tooth, enhancing the bond of the filling. Lasers operate with better precision than a drill, making it easier to remove decay and treat specific areas of the tooth. Healing time is also faster, so the risk of infection is greatly reduced. The procedure, according to patients is pain-free.

SURFACE ANAESTHESIA

This involves using an anaesthetic on the surface of the tooth or on the gum in the form of aerosol, gel, ointment, or solution. Surface anaesthesia is mainly used with minor pain procedures such as exploratory procedures, treating abscesses and the extraction of milk teeth in children. The technique can also be used to de-sensitize the insertion point of a needle for complex dental procedures.

THE POWER OF THE MIND

Many dentists today train their patients in hypnodontics, a form of hypnosis to control and eliminate pain. Through deep relaxation techniques, a soothing atmosphere and a calm, reassuring dentist, patients can learn to ease their anxieties and reduce their stress levels. For especially nervous people, dentists sometimes practice deep relaxation techniques in conjunction with harmless Nitrous Oxide or "laughing gas".

MAKING THE WHOLE VISIT MORE COMFORTABLE

More dental clinics are now investing time and technology in painless anaesthetic options because they realize procedures which increase patient's fears can offer a competitive advantage in the market place. Dental clinics have also realized that certain people feel uncomfortable through their visit, and dislike sitting in the chair for long periods. To help them relax, special DVD glasses with a wide selection of movies and sitcoms are provided. Another way of taking people's mind off what the dentist is doing is hand and foot massages before, during and after treatment.

Painless procedures like all of the above now available in clinics throughout the world, so there's no real reason to fear a trip to the dentist in the future. With RevaHealth.com , you can quickly find and contact a dental clinic in the destination of your choice and ask about pain-free treatments.

Wounds Can Heal Very Fast With This Homeopathic Medicine

Wounds can heal up really quickly and easily in some people, and become chronic, infected and stubbornly refusing to heal in others. What's the difference?

Well, apart from the degree of the wound, in that the larger and more serious ones will obviously take longer to heal, there is another factor. And that is how healthy you are. Or more accurately, how healthy your immune system is.

I differentiate as some people consider they are healthy, but in reality, their immune system can not cope with much.

All beasts have an intense capacity to heal themselves. And it is this capacity (or your immune system) that does all the healing. But if you have a compromised immune system, then your body can not heal itself.

There are many things which knock your immunity. Top of the list would be an unhealthy diet. But you can also suffer blockages through your life, that will prevent your immunity from doing its job efficiently.

So in your effort for a quick healing of wounds, or indeed of any ailment, you need something which will stimulate your immune system.

Homeopathy does that exceptionally well.

Let's take a look at one of the most effective homeopathic medicines for healing injuries and wounds.

It's called Calendula. It comes in both a topical applicant and as an internal medicine. And you need both, but the internal medicine is more important.

There are few keynotes of Calendula, as it does have remarkable healing capacities for nearly everyone and every injury. It can prevent and also heal existing infection. It can prevent tetanus.

Some of the more peculiar symptoms that can heal are lacerated skin and a wound which feels feet very cold. You want to cover it up, rather than leave it exposed.

Some typical lacerations are a caesar or an episiotomy wound. Many women feel the pain in this scar for years. I have found the internal use of Calendula in potency almost invariably heals it completely.

Topical use of the herbal tincture of this remarkable medicine can bring intense relief to the patient. Application of a sponge, soaked in a hot diluted solution of Calendula tincture can bring great relief after delivery.

Calendula can be the only medicine that is needed in dressing any open wound. It can stimulate healing, prevent infection and reduce any scar formation.

For best results, use the diluted tincture on all open wounds, and take the medicine orally, in potency.

Interesting Facts About Gwalior

Gwalior is known for its forts and monuments that are built by the kings of the bygone era. Situated in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, the city is a favorite destination for tourists from all around the world. Foreign tourists who plan a visit to India always include this city in their itinerary. The city bears a strong historical legacy which is quite a fascinating fact about Gwalior. The forts and monuments are so huge that leaves you gaping just by looking at it! Let’s have a look into more of the varied facts and the history of this beautiful city.

Legend has it that the king of this region suffered from the deadly disease of Leprosy. He was poised to die because there was no cure for the disease in those days. At this crucial juncture, a sage arrives to the kingdom and knowing the misery that has befallen the king, changes his name and cures him. Delighted by the sage, the king renamed the kingdom as Gwalior. Another interesting fact about Gwalior is the number of forts built by the king that shows the strong resilient nature of the people in those days.

Gwalior has quite a number of tourist attractions. The Gwalior Fort is such a magnificent structure which stands at a height of 35 feet and is about 2 miles in length. Another fascinating fact about Gwalior is that it houses an archeological museum which has a collection of rare artifacts and specimens and even has the king’s possessions. The Suraj Kund Building built in the 15th century attracts with its grandeur and magnificence. The memorial of Tansen, the great musician under Akbar’s rule is also located in Gwalior. The city is a historian’s delight.

Airports and railway stations are located in the city itself and transportation is not an issue over here. An interesting fact about Gwalior is the Tansen music festival, celebrated annually in the months of November and December. The festival is a major cultural event comprising of performances from eminent dancers and musicians. Gwalior has a pleasant climate from the months of October to March. The tomb of Mohammad Ghaus, a saint of the Islamic faith dating back to the 16th century is also located here. The local people are quite gritty and resilient in nature, but they are friendly too. If you want a date with history, you can have an exciting time at this place.

Chair Massage – The Little Known Side Effects

Chair Massage (also called seated massage) was developed by American, David Palmer in the early 1980’s.

This 15 minute massage is performed with the recipient seated on, and supported by an ergonomically designed chair. Even though chair massage is used mainly for relaxation and stress release in the workplace environment, chair massage is also suitable for the pregnant woman who has difficulty lying in a suitable position on the massage table. The elderly and infirm can also benefit from seated massage.

An unexpected and uncommon side effect of seated massage can be nausea and fainting. This “fainting phenomenon” occurs with people (mainly women) who are predisposed to low blood pressure. Typical instances of clients fainting include Pregnant women, and Women experiencing menstruation Diabetics who have allowed their blood sugar level to drop can also be affected. Missing a meal or snack before their massage puts the diabetic person at risk of fainting on the chair. Sometimes a regular seated massage client can experience a ‘one-off’ fainting spell for no apparent reason. A person who has episodes of nausea or fainting may also be at risk of this side effect. For instance, a person who feels ‘queasy’ and nauseous when she gives blood. What then is the massage therapist to do?

During the intake interview the practitioner must inquire about the recipient’s blood pressure and any history of fainting. The therapist should always inform the client to report the slightest feeling of queasiness or nausea during the massage. If the client does faint on the chair, the therapist can either support the client to avoid any injury, or assist the unconscious person off the chair and raise his/her legs. Consciousness will soon return. There will be no ill effects from the experience once it passes. However, fainting can be a source of embarrassment for the client. The therapist needs to re-assure the person that fainting can indeed occur during a seated massage, but that there are no after effects.

It may be helpful to give a simple explanation of the fainting phenomenon. One of the well known benefits of massage is relaxation. When the body relaxes, blood pressure is lowered. When this occurs during a table massage, nothing happens until the client sits up after the massage. The client may feel a little ‘spaced out’ or ‘heady’. If the client gets off the table too quickly, that is when she may feel dizzy. However, during a seated massage, the effect of less blood flow to the brain is immediate. Dizziness and nausea may thus result.

In summary, then, it is essential that all seated massage practitioners are aware of the fainting phenomenon and take all steps to avoid it happening to their clients.

Baby DTaP Reaction

DIPTHERIA, TETANUS, AND ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS (DTaP)

DTaP combines vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis ( whooping cough ). It is currently given as a series of five doses, recommended at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12 to 18 months, with a booster dose between 4 to 6 years.

Diphtheria generally causes a throat infection, though it can lead to problems in other parts of the body. The mucous membranes of the throat swell and then become thin and fragile. The infection can cause blockage of the airway, or it can spread into the bloodstream and then to the heart, nerves, or brain. Diphtheria is not common in the United States, but pockets of outbreak do occur. It is far more common in developing countries, so vaccination is considered important prior to international travel.

Tetanus is well known. If you step on a rusty nail or get a dirty cut, then the bacteria that carry tetanus toxin can enter the skin and multiply. The bacteria release a nerve toxin that causes muscle spasm, sometimes so severe that the muscles become completely rigid. Lockjaw (also called trismus ) is a classic symptom of tetanus. The breathing muscles can become spastic as well, a potentially life-threatening complication.

Pertussis is more commonly known as whooping cough. In older children, teens, and adults, pertussis causes a persistent "staccato" cough that goes on for so long that the infected person must gasp and inhale deeply to catch his breath. This is the "whoop" of whooping cough. In infants – especially those under six months – pertussis can cause regular breathing to stop suddenly (called apnea ) even before a cough is ever heard. If an infant with pertussis can not get emergency medical care, then he can stop breathing absolutely.

In some studies, it is estimated that 60 percent of adults who have been coughing for more than three weeks carry pertussis. One reason why pertussis is so prevalent is that the immunity against the infection disappears 5 to 10 years after the last dose of the vaccine. Because teens and adults are not routinely vaccinated against pertussis (they get a diphtheriatetanus vaccine without pertussis), anyone older than 10 or 12 years serves as a reservoir for this bacteria.

While older children and adults can get very sick with pertussis, this is quite rare. Rather, it is infants who are at greatest risk when they are infected.

The DTaP formulation of the vaccine has been readily available since 1996. Before that, DPT was used instead. DPT had wholecell pertussis, not acellular pertussis. The old DPT form was conceived with side effects. It often caused fevers up to 104 or 105 ° F that, in turn, led to febrile seizures in some children. It was also reasonably responsible for several infant deaths due to shock. When the formulation of pertussis was changed, the side effects of the vaccine became significantly less severe. DPT is no longer used in the United States.

The most common adverse reactions reported with DTaP include pain or soreness at the injection site (5 percent of children), low-grade fever (5 percent), fussiness (30 percent), and swelling at or around the injection site (8 percent) . Only 1 in 3,000 children experiences high fever. Other adverse reactions include continuous screaming or crying for more than three hours (1 in 2,000), seizures (6 in 10,000), and allergy to one of the components.

Many people ask if the components of DTaP are available separately. While some countries do carry pertussis vaccine on its own, this vaccine is either manufactured nor available in the United States. For now, the only way to be vaccinated against pertussis is to have the combined DTaP vaccine. Tetanus vaccine, on the other hand, is available either alone (T) or with diphtheria (TD).
However, neither T nor TD are recommended for children under seven.

DTaP does not contain thimerosal as a preservative. However, both TD and T do still have mercury.

Raising Kids – How to Deal With Chickenpox?

When speaking about chickenpox, the first thing that comes to mind is those itchy rashes on the body. But what really is chickenpox? Chickenpox is an infectious illness which is caused by a kind of virus called varicella zoster. Although the virus can be caught by a grown up, children are usually the ones who are infected by such illness.

Being parents, chickenpox is one of the illnesses we may have to deal with while raising kids. How do you know if your child has been infested by chickenpox?

Slight fever and itchy rash are two common symptoms of chickenpox. At the initial stage, smooth and red spots can be easily seen on the body and face and by the third day, these red spots will become blisters which can be extremely itchy.

How is the virus spread?

Chicken pox can spread through the air via sneezing or coughing from an infected person. A person can also catch the virus if he or she accidentally comes into contact with the liquid coming from a broken blister of an infected person.

Since chickenpox is highly contagious, you have to keep your child away from an infected person to minimize the risk of being infected. A person who has caught the virus is very contagious for the first two days. He or she can also spread the virus for the last 5 days or so before the rash starts to heal and become crusted.

Can your child be prevented from catching the virus?

Fortunately you can get your child vaccinated against catching chickenpox. If your child is between 1 to 12 years old, he or she may only need one shot while a person who is 13 years old and above may have to get two doses.

When a healthy child is injected with the chickenpox vaccine, his or her body will began to build resistance against the virus which causes chickenpox. But being vaccinated doesn’t mean 100 percent immune from catching the virus. In fact, there are still less than 15% of those who have been vaccinated catching the illness when directly contacted the virus. However, the good news is that when a vaccinated person is catch chickenpox, the illness is usually very mild.

Consult your family doctor to find out more information about chickenpox vaccination. It is best advice to get your children vaccinated as chickenpox can be serious when certain complications arise. Bacterial skin infection, encephalitis and pneumonia are just some of the serious complications. So prevention is always better than cure. Get your children vaccinated to give yourself one less worry while raising kids.

Different Kinds of Child Immunizations

Child immunization is an exceptionally effective way to prevent the spread of disease. Neverheless, it is crucial to remember that immunizations do not guarantee that your child will not become infected with the virus. There are many types of virus mutations that are incessantly changing which makes it impossible to immunize against every type of mutation. The following is information on some of the immunizations available. Hepatitis A This vaccine protects against the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A is a severe liver disease. HAV is found in feces and is most commonly transmitted through close contact- eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. The hepatitis A vaccine should be given when your child is between 12-24 months.

Hepatitis B- The hepatitis B vaccine protects against the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV can cause short-term illnesses such as vomiting and diarrhea and jaundice to chronic illnesses such as liver failure, cancer of the liver and death. HBV is transmitted through blood and body fluids. Children bought to get 3 doses of the hepatitis B vaccine; the first at birth, the second at 2 months and the final dose between 6 and 18 months.

DTaP- DTap is short for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. These three diseases are caused by bacteria. Diphtheria is a dangerous and even life threatening throat infection. A thick covering is found in the back of the throat that is capable of causing breathing problems, heart failure and death. Tetanus is bacteria found in dirt. Tetanus causes the muscle to painfully tighten, occasionally causing lockjaw which tightens the jaw muscles not keeping the jaw to open. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a bacterial illness that causes deathly coughing spells. These coughing spells can be so severe that children can have a difficult time eating, drinking or breathing. Diphtheria and pertussis are transmitted from human to human while tetanus enters the body through wounds. Children should get the DTaP vaccine in five doses given at 2, 4 and 6 months and again between 12-18 months and 4-6 years.

MMR- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are viruses that are spread in the air. All three of the diseases are protected against with the MMR vaccine. Measles can cause coughing, runny nose, rashes, fever, and irritation in the eye. This disease may cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death. Mumps causes painful swelling in the salivary glands, fever and headache. Mumps can also cause meningitis, deafness, painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries sometimes resulting in infertility, and death. Rubella, also known as German measles, can cause swollen glands, low-grade fever, joint pain and rash. Miscarriage and serious birth defects can occur if a pregnant woman becomes infected.

MMR vaccinations should be given 2 times: once between 12-15 months and another between 4-6 years.

Varicella- Varicella- more frequently referred to as chickenpox- is a disease that can be spread through the air or through contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters. The varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox. Chickenpox causes fever, rash and itching and may lead to pneumonia, scars, brain damage and death. Chickenpox can be serious in infants and adults and mild in children. The primary dose of the vaccine should be given when children are between 12-15 months and the second at 4-6 years.

Influenza- Influenza vaccine protects against the flu. Fever, chills, sore throat, muscle and headache are some of the symptoms of the flu. For most people, these symptoms only last a few days. The flu has been known to cause high fevers and seizures in children. Children from 6 months to 5 years old are at greater risk of the flu and should therefore be vaccinated every year.

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How to Master Cleanse to Get Rid of Fibroids Using Natural Detox Solution

Fibroids can be a debilitating and annoying discomfort that many women endure. Many women are constantly searching for methods to get rid of fibroids or at least shrink them down to size in the most feasible and least damaging means to their body and their lifestyle. There are numerous diets and programs containing a lot conflicting information, there is no doubt that huge amount of confusion permeates for seeker in the health industry. A detox diet with health programs including the master cleanse diet can be a gentle solution for elimination heavy toxins and metals found in the body that could be contributing to the problems.

Most women are aware of various options such as surgery and methods are available for removing individual fibroids and groups of fibroids that will cut off the blood supply to the offending fibroids causing them to shrink. Other available methods include drug treatments that are most often used before and after surgery to treat the fibroids. In effect, the drugs quickly reduce the size for optimal surgical success yet there is a common problem with this treatment. Fibroids have reported to grow back quickly and a temporary measure known to have potential undesirable side effects or complications.

These options are not without its merits and maybe necessary depending on the severity of any individual situation. Yet, many women are often searching for a more gently and natural methods that is less intrusive to their body while promoting greater overall health. Fortunately, the unique system of the body is remarkably receptive to natural alternative treatments. In the absence of good alternatives it is obvious to anyone the first thing to want to do is reduce the size through non-invasive means.

In efforts to prepare your body for shrinking or to try to eliminate fibroids, a master cleanse used to detoxify your body is most beneficial. Fibroids are conditioned to respond extremely well to natural remedies are an ideal treatment in combination with other solutions. Using a detox diet will flush out the excess toxins, heavy metals, and hormones from the body that can contribute to the fibroid growth. Some of the side effects of taking a master cleanse is the reduction of weight that most women enjoy. Maintaining a normal weight balance aids the elimination organs to rejuvenate and keep a natural healthy balance.

Fibroids thrive on excess estrogens and in many ways this can be limited by reducing the consumption of animal fats in a diet. Unfortunately, there are many foods and environmental substances that mimic estrogens and the body can absorb excess unable to process and stored in tissue. Cleansing the vital organs like the liver and the kidneys will help restore damaged cells and fortify healthy rejuvenated cells. Often women living in extremely stressful situations over a long period of time can contribute to fibroids growth. Meaning that there is more stress place on the body and its ability to function at its optimum. Stress as a contributing factor is often resolved by eating all the wrong foods for emotional comfort and distraction from the stress in our lives. Master cleanse solution can eliminate poorly ingested foods and allow the body to better produce the needed elements to combat stress naturally.

Detoxing with a master cleanse affords the body the ability to heal itself by the process of eliminating toxins and excess foreign substances that may be a contributing factor to fibroid growth. If nothing else, this is a cleansing system that promotes increased energy, healthier appearance and a safe alternative to harsh drugs and chemicals alone.