Reducing Body Fat through Fitness at Home

Exercising at home is often the last place you think about when it comes to losing weight, staying fit and just generally maintaining an active lifestyle. In reality, the home has to be one of the most effective and convenient locations to exercise. We spend many ‘dead’ hours in our home, doing next to nothing, watching TV, relaxing and being quite unproductive. In addition, with the lack of spare time to take advantage of the benefits that exercise offers due to our hectic schedules and busy lifestyles, time is one of the most common reasons why we can exercise, even though we know how much we should! Now we can make this so simple. 15-20 minutes is all it takes to get started – to build a solid foundation of strength, endurance, balance and flexibility.

Home however, is the perfect environment to exercise. When shown how to exercise correctly there are hundreds of exercises you can perform at home effectively with minimal or no equipment.

Your greatest asset to working out at home though is motivation and confidence in your ability to perform the exercises safely and effectively.

To set up a basic fitness room in your house, all you would need is the following items:

o Fit Ball

o Exercise Tubes

o 1 Pair of Dumbbells

o Jump Rope And…

o Yourself

That’s it! You are ready to go. The above listed equipment offers such an abundance of variety to keep your body stimulated and guessing for years of training at home.

The key to any exercise program, regardless of goals, objectives and equipment is ICV – Intensity, Consistency and Variety. The combination of these three parameters alone will determine your successes.

Intensity – refers to how much effort you put into your training. The best way to monitor your exercise intensity is by measuring your heart rate. Take 2 fingers and place them on the side of your neck. Count the number of ‘pulses’ in 15 seconds a multiply by 4. This will give your beats per minute or BPM.

Consistency – refers to your frequency of exercise. You should be making exercise a part of your ‘daily’ life. Yes that’s right, daily! Whether it is going to the gym, playing tennis, golf, trekking or yoga – whatever it may be.

Variety – this is essential. Constantly varying the stimulus of exercise ensures your body constantly changes, adapts and progresses. I like to sue the analogy of reading a book. If you read the same book over and over again, you are not going to learn anything new, are you?

Fitcorp Asia is also the only organisation in Thailand to offer Online Fitness Training. At a fraction of the cost of one-on-one personal training, OFT allows anyone with internet access can now have access to personalized exercise programming and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will discuss this in more details in future articles or log onto or to learn more on how Fitcorp Asia is innovating the personal fitness industry.

Homeoprophylaxis And Treatment For West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is an influenza-like illness that is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms of West Nile Virus in mild cases resemble flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache and body aches. Some people may also develop a mild rash or swollen lymph glands. For people with more severe illness, symptoms could include the rapid onset of severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, loss of consciousness, lack of coordination, muscle weakness and paralysis.

The best defense against West Nile is, of course, prevention of mosquito bites. It is little known, though, that some of the best mosquito repellant is natural, non-toxic, and taken orally. This is the homeopathic remedy Staphysagria. When taken orally before going outside, within 30 minutes you won’t seem so tasty. Mosquitoes may land, but they will not bite. In the 1960s, Trexler proved Staphysagria to be 90% effective at preventing mosquito bites. Should you be bitten, however, Staphysagria will reduce the severity of the bite and decrease your likelihood of falling ill from West Nile or other mosquito-borne diseases. I recommend it in the 4DH potency to prevent insect bites. In addition to mosquitoes, it will defend against ticks, lice, fleas, wasps, bees, mites, black flies, noseeums, and other biting and stinging insects, as well as reducing pain, itching and other adverse effects.

In confirmed cases of West Nile Virus, there are other homeopathic remedies to consider. For the flu-like symptoms of West Nile (fever, headache and body aches), use Oscilloccinum, repeated every two hours from the onset of symptoms. Eupatorium perfoliatum also helps with body aching in the bones, soreness with restlessness, and headache. For rapid onset of fever and other symptoms, and for feelings of panic or fear, use Aconitum. For stiff neck, drowsiness, weakness, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes, Gelsemium is indicated. For confusion, weakness, dullness, and red face with fever, Baptisia. Lathyrus and Curare are helpful for paralysis in severe cases, but please consult a homeopath in these cases.

Other remedies to consider for insect bites include Urtica urens for burning, itching, and stinging, Grindelia and Cedron for intermittent fevers and rheumatic complaints, and Ledum palustre for puncture wounds and inflammation. Ledum palustre, like Staphysagria, also acts as an oral mosquito repellant.

Homeopathic medicine is, by definition, non-toxic, and does not interact with medications or topical applications. The use of homeopathic remedies to prevent mosquito bites has many advantages. Conventional insect repellants can be smelly, toxic, inconvenient, and hard on the environment.

Cardiovascular Disease in the UK

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still the largest killer in western societies. According to the British Heart Foundation, 2.6 million people in the UK suffer from CVD and every year 260,000 have a heart attack. Sadly, 30% of those people die before reaching hospital.

These statistics may make gloomy reading but much can be done to prevent this disease.

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardio refers to the "heart" and vascular returns to the "blood vessels", therefore cardiovascular disease is a malfunction of any of these components. Over 90% of CVD is caused by arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis. Both of these cause a hardening or thickening of blood vessel walls.

Arteriosclerosis is usually caused by a build-up of calcium deposits in the endothelium (lining of the arteries).

Atherosclerosis (athero: Greek for paste) is caused by fat deposits in the endothelium. These two conditions take several years to develop and symptoms, such as high blood pressure and angina (chest pain) tend to appear when the arms are quite blocked. When the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes completely blocked, this can result in a heart attack. A blocked artery in the brain can result in a stroke.

Risk Factors for CVD

There are a number of factors which may increase the incidence of CVD, both avoidable and unavoidable.

Unavoidable risk factors include:

  • Age – arteries naturally stiffen with age.
  • Gender – men tend to have a higher incidence of heart disease, although women quickly catch up after menopause.
  • Family History – there seems to be a slightly higher risk if others in the family have CVD.
  • Race – Asians and Afro-Caribbeans tend to have a higher risk when adopting a Western lifestyle.

Avoidable risk factors are:

  • Smoking
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Stress

Symptoms of CVD

Common symptoms are:

  • Pain in the chest, teeth, neck or arms when walking uphill or in a hurry.
  • Severe and prolonged breathlessness or undue fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeats or palpitations, especially when in a hurry
  • Light headedness, falseing, double vision, nausea, mental confusion or temporary paralysis when exercising.

As these symptoms appear when the disease has progressed quite far, regular health assessments are recommended, especially after the age of 40. Most of these can be done at your GP surgery. They include taking your pulse to check the rate and rhythm, your blood pressure (ideally less than 140/90), and a urine test to check for diabetes. Blood tests are also useful which may include a cholesterol check. This should be a fast blood test to be as accurate as possible. Another useful test is a CRP which checks for inflammation as heart disease may be caused by inflammation of the arteries. Other tests that are not commonly available by your GP are Homocysteine ​​- an amino acid detected in the blood and believed to be an early marker for heart disease; and Pulse Wave Analysis – a painless test that measures the stiffness of the arteries by a medical device called a CardioCheck.

Lifestyle Recommendations

There is much you can do to prevent CVD, so here are a few suggestions.

  1. Do not smoke
  2. Limit alcohol – max. 2 units a day for women and 3 units for men.
  3. Exercise – at least half an hour, three times a week. This should significantly increase your heart rate while exercising.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight.
  5. Drink 2 liters of water a day.
  6. Limit salt, sugar and artificial additives
  7. Avoid hydrogenated vegetable oils / fats and instead choose olive oil or coconut oil.
  8. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables (at least 5 portions a day)
  9. Eat at least 2 portions of oily fish a week or supplement with fish oils to keep up your Omega 3 fatty acid intake.

For those with CVD, supplements containing vitamin B6, B12, folic acid, Vitamin C, and CoEnzyme Q10 may be beneficial to support the cardiovascular system.

High Risk of Disease With Improper Junk Removal

In order to keep ourselves healthy, it is important to keep our homes and nearby surrounding clean and green. And waste removal plays effective role in this regard. More the environment is clean; less will be the risk of exposure to disease.

Certain points are there which if one considers; risk of disease can be minimized. Such points are:

Check before rubbish disposal

Different kinds of waste come with different kinds of health problems. Bio waste and medical waste is found with biological material which may contain internal tissue or blood. And it is very important to dispose such waste to avoid any kind of infection. Even, risk of spreading disease is also increased with some kind of household waste which is comprised of deposits of mold. And in this regard, one can clear the doubt by checking the waste with the help of local authorities before disposing.

Pathogens in the environment

Pathogens like bacteria, virus etc are agent of diseases which are found in wastes and results in causing certain diseases. Wastes can be called as breeding place of pathogens from where they reach to high population either through rat, bird or perhaps human exposed to waste. Of particular concern, one major pathogen is virus which creates high risk of hepatitis and HIV which can lead one to face tuberculosis.

It is important to go for proper disposal to avoid serious health problems. Proper disposal methods are needed to follow by one and all to remain healthy. Some of chief concerns regarding disposal of wastes are:

Rubbish removal regulations

One needs to go through disposal regulations of the place where one is residing. Moreover, one is also required to dispose the product in the way it comes with disposal instructions. It would not be healthy and safe to throw used battery, inverter etc anywhere. Release of harmful chemicals of battery etc can lead one to face serious respiratory problems. And thus one should follow proper disposal regulations and methods.

Reporting to authorities

We all live in a society and so it is our duty to report to local authorities if any improper disposal is noticed. This will help in getting rid of waste properly to avoid any impact on health and surrounding as well.

This would not be wrong to say that it depends on us to keep ourselves and our environment clean and safe. The only thing which requires is to think for proper disposal of wastes and to help local authorities, waste management companies and other bodies who have been working for waste disposal effectively.

What is Orthognathic Surgery and How Can it Help Improve Facial Deforities

Orthognathic surgery combos maxillofacial surgery or jaw surgery with orthodontics. The ideals of this type of surgery are to improve one's bite and make chewing easier. The surgeries done are designed to correct misalignment of the jaw and make the jaw fit together properly. Facial imbalances such as an underbite, overbite or cleft palate can be corrected using orthognathic surgery. Orthodontics are used to correct malocclusions of the teeth and to improve gummy smiles, where large areas of gums are showing when a person smiles. TMJ disease can be corrected or pretented using orthognathic jaw surgery. Patients who have jaw problems that can not be treated with orthodontics alone have orthognathic surgery to correct the jaw abnormality so the teeth work properly.

Surgery on the upper jaw is called a maxillary osteotomy and surgery on the lower jaw is called a mandibular osteotomy. A patient can have one or both of these surgeries at the same time in order to correct the alignment of the upper and lower jaw and to improve the functionality of the upper and lower jaw. The surgery is generally done using incisions inside the mouth so that there is no external scarring visible.

The term "orthognathic surgery" was first coined by Dr. Harold Hargis, a Doctor of Dentistry. He was the first to consider cleft palate as part of orthognathic surgery. The surgery is used to treat dental problems that can not be treated with orthodontic treatments alone. Bones are cut and re-aligned and then held in place as part of the surgery using screws, plates or screws.

The various indications for orthognathic surgery include the following:

  • Discrepancies between the upper and lower jaw alignment, which can be vertical, transverse or antero-posterior
  • Facial skeletal abnormalities that result in airway problems, sleep apnea or soft tissue problems
  • TMJ pathology that causes facial skeletal discrepancies.

Orthognathic surgery is done by an oral and maxillofacial surgery specialist or a craniofacial surgery specialist and is aided by an orthodontist who straights and aligns the teeth. Braces are often placed before the surgery and after the surgery are complete. There are retainers used as well, often after the braces are completed and removed. Orthognathic surgery is also a part of repairing cleft lips and cleft palates. The orthodontist and the orthognathic surgeon work together to align the bite and teeth.

The surgeon who does the surgery needs to have training in dentistry as well. Oral and maxillary surgery specialists are often trained in dental procedures so they can identify what a normal bite and how to achieve one. This allows the maxillofacial surgery specialist to work best in conjunction with the orthodontist to achieve the best in a normal bite.

It requires a great deal of planning by a multidisciplinary team. Sometimes a speech and language therapist is included along with the maxillofacial surgery specialist and the orthodontist. There may need to be molds of the face created so the anatomy of the person's face is well understood and the surgery can be planned. X-rays need to be taken as well as photographs and software exists that can predict how the person will look after the proposed surgical procedure. The patient can see what he or she will look like after the procedure is over with.

The primary goal of orthognathic surgery is to get a normal bite and a face that looks as pleasant as possible. The airway may need to be enlarged. In fact, orthognathic surgery can correct obstructive sleep apnea in 90 to 100 percent of cases. Both the upper and lower jaws may need surgery in order to enlarge the airway. A nasal tube is used to intubate the patient because the mouth needs to be easily accessed. Bones are cut for greater patency of the airway and the individual can breathe more easily in their sleep.

10 Human Parasites – How to Recognize and Eliminate the Parasites Affecting Your Weight and Health

It’s disgusting but true, and it’s probably affecting your family right now:

A large majority of the American population is overweight and in declining health not because of overeating or a lack of exercise, but because they have parasites- worms!- living in their intestines and stomach. These disgusting creatures steal nutrition from the food you eat (so that your body never feels like it has had enough to eat) and they create a buildup of toxic plaque in your intestines.

You could go your entire life without ever realizing how much better you could feel, how much healthier you could be, and how much less you could weigh without these disgusting intruders ravaging your system. It’s vital that you be aware of the 10 human parasites that most commonly infect the population, so that you can learn to effectively and safely get rid of them.

10 Human Parasites

Protozoan: Protozoan are one-celled organisms that live in the blood, tissues and intestines. Although invisible to the naked eye, these parasites may remain active in the human body for an entire lifetime, causing tissue destruction and other complications. It’s estimated that as many as 7 million people across America are infected with with protozoa.

Flatworms (or flukes): Flatworms are the most common form of parasite found in humans. These commonly infect intestines and other tissues including the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Flukes can live within their human host for up to 20 years.

Tapeworms: Mature tapeworms grow in size up 33 feet within the gastrointestinal tract and can release as many as one million eggs per day. Tapeworms live inside their host for years, migrating throughout the boy and invading vital tissues and organs. Because tapeworms do not have digestive tracts, they “steal” nourishment from their host by absorbing partially digested substances. They hook their head into the intestinal wall and their “tails,” which consist almost entirely of reproductive organs, release eggs that hatch into larvae that can move through the bloodstream to other organs.

The Pork Tapeworm: This parasite is usually carried by undercooked pork. It causes cysticerosis as the larvae infect the eye and brain, causing lesions and tumors. It grows up to 18 feet and often lives within its’ human host for as many as 30 years before it reproduces.

The Fish Tapeworm: The fish tapeworm can grow up to 33 feet in length in the intestinal tract. It causes anemia, and water retention, as well as weight gain, as it makes the host uncontrollably hungry.

Hookworms: Symptoms of a hookworm infestation include diarrhea, anemia, and abdominal pain. Hookworm larvae are especially communicable, as they can penetrate human skin. They travel to the lungs and intestines, and attach themselves to the walls of the small intestine. It is estimated that over 225 million persons are infected with hookworm.

Cryptosporidium Parvum: This parasite (commonly known as “Crypto”) can spread on any food touched by a contaminated handler, but is most commonly spread through water. There is no known effective drug for the treatment of cryptosporidiosis, a diarrheal disease caused by this parasite.

Roundworms: Roundworms are most often found in the surface layers of soils. Roundworm infections are common and frequently go unnoticed unless they reproduce in large numbers and cause serious obstruction and damage to the intestinal tract. When they cause problems, the host is often struck violently ill with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe abdominal pain that is said to resemble appendicitis.

Whipworms: Whipworms are small, thin worms that live in the large intestine. They inject their digestive fluid into host tissue. The tissue liquefies, and the whipworms then ingest the tissue. The process can cause bloody diarrhea, anemia, nausea, and other serious health complications.

Pinworms: Pinworms are the most common parasite in America and Europe. They usually cause digestive complications and an itchy anus. They live in the colon, but frequently (and literally) “come out” at night to lay their eggs on bedclothes. They are extremely communicable and their eggs can become airborne and live without a host for up to 2 days.

What Can I Do To Get Rid Of These 10 Human Parasites? It can be very difficult to get rid of parasites, simply because the drugs that are used to treat them usually target only one particular type of parasite and one area of the body. If a parasite detects that it’s “under attack,” it simply moves from the area being treated to one that is not.

How to Make Windows Faster – A Little-Known Trick to Boost the Speed ​​of Windows Dramatically

Computers are great when they are running fast and smoothly … but as soon as your system starts to run slow, it quickly becomes extremely annoying and frustrating to use. Fortunately, there's a simple trick that we like to call the "Windows Detox" that can make your PC run like it did when it was new. Here's what you need to do in order to make your system run considering faster …

The problem many people have with their Windows systems is that they simply do not realize what makes it run slow. They try all sorts of tweaks and methods to optimize it or boost its speed, but the fact is that most computers run slowly for the simplest of reasons. Fixing the cause of your PC's slow speed is a necessity if you want to make your system run faster, and the good news is that you can do this very easily.

The biggest cause of Windows running slow is down to the 'registry' of your PC. The registry is a database which stores information and settings that your computer can use to 'remember' a variety of different details and settings for your system. Every Windows PC rests on the 'registry database' to function as it holds such vital information as your desktop icons, most recent emails and even your top visited websites. Imagine every setting on your PC and it's stored in the registry database – that's how important it is to your system. However, the registry is also a big cause of problems for Windows as well, and is why many Windows PCs just suddenly seem to run slower.

The registry causes Windows to run slower for a very simple reason – because it's continuously becoming corrupt. Whenever you use your PC, it's constantly opening and reading many different settings from the registry, allowing Windows to recall all the settings it needs. However, it's often the case that Windows gets confused and the registry is saved in the wrong way, causing many of the settings to become unreadable.This might seem like a trivial problem, but it's a major cause of why Windows computers run slow, and if you want to fix your PC, you need to make sure the registry is clean and fully functional.

We often call this trick the "Windows Detox", because it 'flushes out' all the corrupt and damaged settings that are inside your system & causing problems. All you need to do is use a 'registry cleaner' program to scan through the registry of your PC an fix any of the damaged or corrupt settings that are inside it. A registry cleaner is an automated tool which is able to fix many registry errors from your system. Depending on what quality of registry cleaner you get (and how many damaged registry errors are on your PC), you can use a registry tool to make your PC run extremely fast. To use one of these tools, you should first download one from the web and then let it scan your system for any problems. If it finds a significant number of issues, let it fix the errors, which should speed up your computer

Finding Success in Using Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture is a type of alternative medicine where thin needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body. Acupuncture dates back several millennia and has been proven to treat pain, prevent disease and treat infertility. Acupuncture for fertility has grown in popularity in recent years. Women seeking treatment for their infertility often turn to the healing effects of acupuncture as a solution.

The needles used for acupuncture are extremely thin and sterilized before insertion. There are numerous acupuncture points throughout the human body. Each of these points is interconnected with another and they all have their own pathways of energy flow. Inserting the needles into these points helps regulate the flow of energy through the body. This helps increase the health of the individual as well as prevent any future diseases from taking hold.

One of the issues that acupuncture helps deal with is infertility. For centuries, practices in herbal medicine have combined with the practice of acupuncture to encourage fertility. One way this occurs is the regulation and improvement of ovarian function. It has also been proved that acupuncture can improve blood flow and therefore increase the strength and function of the lining of the endometrium. This lining acts as the source of nutrition and health for a fetus, and by increasing its strength the likelihood of fertility increments exponentially.

There are several other ways that acupuncture helps fertility. It helps regulate the body and its reproductive hormones. The acupuncture needles are inserted into particular points on the body that help the body grow and mature eggs. If a woman's monthly menstruation cycle is irregular acupuncture helps make the cycle more regular and predictable. Acupuncture has even been proven to aid in ovulation. It helps heal any irregularities or a failure to ovulate.

Acupuncture decreases the risk of miscarriage by strengthening the uterine lining that supports a growing fetus. It even decrees the anxiety and stress associated with infertility. In a few cases acupuncture for fertility may even be used on men. It can help increase the male's sperm count and the strength of the sperm as well.

Acupuncture for fertility is highly successful. Several studies have shown its effectiveness in patients. A 2005 study in Colorado tested 114 patients who had a high chance of in vitro fertilization being successful. Out of these patients the ones that had acupuncture had a lower number of miscarriages and a higher number of pregnancies than those who did not undergo the treatment. With more research both practitioners and future mothers can discover the effectiveness of acupuncture for fertility and utilize it.

Cost of Braces – Part 2: Treatment and Maintenance

Your dentist or orthodontist and you have decided the type of braces you will have, the duration of the treatment, and all other factors associated with correcting the alignment of your teeth and bite. The most substantial cost associated with braces is the treatment itself. Creating and installing brackets or aligners may require the services of a dental technician, and maintaining treatment will also be associated with some cost.


Treatment is easily the most expensive aspect of orthodontic braces. Depending on the difficulty of your case and the amount of time it will take to achieve the desired results, costs will vary considerably. Moreover, whether you have chosen traditional stainless steel braces, gold-plated braces, or more advanced technologies such as Invisalign, your costs will vary. Remember that even the office you are working with will provide different costs and payment options. For example, some dental offices offer an all-inclusive fee, while others break down the cost to different services. Will you pay for each appointment? Are x-rays and photographs included in their quote? Will you have to pay for adjustments? These are all important questions to ask during your initial consultation.

When it comes to treatment time, your cost will most likely be based on the type of treatment. Traditional braces using metal brackets and wires and rubber ties will be the cheapest. These are often the go-to treatment for children as aesthetic concerns are not as important. However, adults may want clear or ceramic braces in order to hide the treatment as much as possible. Remember that as the technology for your braces becomes more advanced, the cost will increase.


After your treatment is complete, your dentist will remove your braces, but you must work to maintain the results you have achieved. Most people who wear braces will use a retainer overnight to stabilize their teeth and ensure that the teeth do not migrate to their original positions. Retainers are custom fitted to individual patients, and your dentist should instruct you as to when and how often you must wear your retainer. During the maintenance phase of treatment, you will have fewer dental visits, but you should expect to see your dentist at least on a yearly basis so s/he can track the progress and effectiveness of your treatment.

As you can clearly see, there are many factors that influence the cost of braces. It can be incredibly difficult to provide an estimate of the costs associated with orthodontic treatment without having a clear idea of your individual case. In most circumstances, braces should cost no more than $6000, but with very complicated treatment comes increased cost. Speak to your dentist in advance about all the components of treatment and how that will affect the total cost including consultation, diagnostics, treatment, and maintenance.

Medical Marijuana – A Wonder Drug Or A Dangerous Herb?

Marijuana is a known dangerous drug that is kept illegal alongside other dangerous substances like cocaine, PCP and heroin. To some people, it should remain that way, however, there are some who strongly insist that marijuana should be legalized. This is because they believe that this herb brings no danger to one’s self or anyone. There are even groups of individuals pointing out the medical benefits of marijuana, which should not be denied to people. Still, there are some people who believe that marijuana should be further explored before making any actions.

As debates and arguments regarding medical cannabis continues to drag on, more and more researchers are continuing with their tests regarding the use of medical marijuana. Others have even come up with various strains of marijuana, which can help in treating certain illnesses. As more of these tests and researches provide scientific and credible results, more and more medical experts are seeing the potential of medical marijuana. In fact, many states today are supporting the use of it for medicinal purposes.

Indeed, every drug has a risk, including the most common ones that are found inside medicine cabinets. Medical experts and doctors would often balance the risks against the good these medicines would bring. It is now being done with cannabis as well. The truth is many researchers and experts have found out that marijuana has a lot of medical benefits. It can provide relief to ailments that has symptoms of chronic pain like cancer and severe arthritis. Moreover, it is said to provide relief to AIDS wasting syndrome as well as the nausea during chemotherapy sessions.

Science has also proven the risks of marijuana, but these risks are outweighed by the benefits for the risks are very small. According to several research, medical marijuana’s side-effects would be the euphoric mood swings, relaxed and/or impaired motor functions as well as increase in appetite. Compared to other medications that may provide the same results as medical marijuana, this herb doesn’t have long-term side-effects and has no risks of overdose.

With all the good talk about medical cannabis, doctors would still say that the danger of using cannabis is not gone. The main concern they have is the effect of cannabis smoke. This smoke has more harmful chemicals and tar as compared to a regular cigarette. Though, this is a proven thing, there’s no way you can smoke 20 sticks of marijuana per day. Moreover, many gadgets have been introduced in the market today, which vaporizes marijuana instead of smoking it.

Urgent Care Medical Center – An Overview

An immediate care center manages minor afflictions and injuries in a health care center. It usually offers after-hours and walk-in medical care, no scheduled visit needed, outside of a hospital-based emergency room (ER). Ugent care medical centers are normally open after-hours, and give the same services as a family or primary health care provider. Most urgent care facilities provide you with the following: general health care, occupational medicine, x-ray’s, lab’s, vaccines, school and sports physicals and limited on-site prescription medications.

General Medical Treatment. General medical care comprises physical checkups, routine gynecologic care and/or birth control care, infant check-ups, medical monitoring of serious types of conditions and follow-up for minor illnesses or personal injuries. A large percentage of immediate care centers provide people with extensive urgent-medical care for many kinds of of medical needs, prioritizing and streamlining treatments to serve all patients. The rapid triage program specifies individual’s needs to expedite urgent care correctly.

Occupational Medicine. Occupational Medicine is the branch of clinical medicine most involved in the field of Occupational Health. Its principal purpose is the provision of health advice to enterprises and patients to ensure that the highest Health and Safety at Work standards can be achieved and looked after. Occupational Doctors should have an extensive knowledge of clinical medicine and be competent in many vital areas. Urgent care medical centers continually focus on the promotion and upkeep of the highest degree of physical, psychological and social health of personnel in all types of occupations.

X-rays, Laboratory and Vaccines. The majority of urgent care clinics have X-rays, labs, and medicinal drug dispensaries so you can receive complete care at one place.

School and Sports Physical Exams. Required school and sports physicals can be gotten at primary or immediate care treatment centers. In the sports medicine field, the sports physical examination is referred to as a pre-participation physical examination. The examination will help determine whether it is safe for you to get involved in a particular sport activity. Most states demand that kids and adolescents have a sports physical before starting up a new sport or commence a new competitive season.

On-site Prescriptions. Immediate medical care could possibly prescribe medication to be able to achieve relief. The majority of urgent care clinics even have direct contact to a nearby pharmacy which they can call so you do not need to personally go there and stand in long line. Your prescription medication can be instantly brought to you.

Make sure you bear in mind that your first option for medical care is not usually the immediate department. Your primary care provider ought to be the first person to check with, unless it is a critical medical emergency. Your primary physician has the relationship and health records that serve you better when there’s a need for a non-urgent care. You may also call house call doctors if you ever are in need of medical attention.

Surgery to Stop Snoring

Snoring surgery involves surgical manipulations of the throat or nasal cavity for the treatment of sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Before we look at the types of surgeries, let’s first get an understanding of the syndromes…

Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person stops breathing for a short period of time (10 seconds or more) when sleeping. During sleep, the muscles of the pharynx relax and create a narrowing of the upper airways, so much so that the sleeper struggles to breath. The lack of oxygen entering the lungs reduces the blood oxygen saturation in the body. When the body identifies this, it sends a signal to the brain to stimulate a brief awakening, which is usually not remembered by the sleeper the next day but is enough to expand the airways to normalise blood oxygen levels. After the sleep apnea episode, there is a loud breath.

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome happens when cycles of sleep apnea episodes repeat throughout the night. If you add up all the episodes of sleep apnea during one night it would be the same as if a person is not breathing for several hours per day!

Effective traditional treatment is the use of a positive air pressure device- CPAP machine at night. Treatment with this method has good results, but is only used by 50% of patients due to their cumbersome nature. There are other methods of treating obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, and one of them is surgery. Snoring surgery should never be performed without a prior sleep study. This is a last-resort treatment and should only be considered if the conservative non-surgical alternatives have tried and failed.

Procedures and Types of Snoring Surgery

Surgical methods of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome are divided into two phases of surgical interventions. The decision to perform surgery on the first or second surgical phase is based on the location and extent of the obstruction. The most important part is to establish a diagnosis, determine the site of obstruction, and then choose a method of treatment. To understand the severity, doctors perform lateral cephalometry (an xray taken of the side of the face), endoscopy, X-ray, CT, and MRI. As with any surgery, an effective outcome depends on a good initial examination.

Phase one of surgical operations are performed for mild forms of obstructive sleep apnea and investigates if there are structural abnormalities that need to be corrected, for example if there is an underdeveloped lower or upper jaw. The success of this surgical treatment is about 70 percent

If the first phase doesn’t achieve a desired result, the second phase of treatment is orthognathic surgery on both jaws (major surgery to correct skeletal and dental irregularities). The success rate of these operations is up to 96-100% in patients with structural abnormalities.

There are other methods used in addition to the traditional surgical procedures: ultrasound, laser and radio wave uvulopalatoplasty (the formation of a “new” soft palate) and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (resection of the soft palate, palatine uvula and hypertrophied tonsils).

Types of Surgery

Classic Surgery

During Classic Surgery, anesthesia is administered and there is removal of excess soft tissues of the pharynx with a scalpel. Due to the painful and invasive nature of this method, is not used often, as there are now advanced methods to surgically correct snoring.

Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty

This is the burning of hypertrophied tissues with the help of a laser beam. This method is also invasive, as it causes burn tissues, but is a more effective method than the classic surgery.

However, experts from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine state that: “The uvulopalatoplasty does not solve the problem of obstructive apnea since it does not normalize the apnea index (the number of sleep apnea per one hour of sleep) and a number of other objective parameters. Since there is no significant improvement after the operation and there is a risk of developing a pain syndrome and postoperative complications, a procedure is not recommended for patients with obstructive sleep apnea”.


This is uvula surgery for sleep apnea and involves the removal of the uvula. It is a simple operation, recommended for an enlarged or deformed uvula due to benign tumors, which are usually papillomas.

Radio-wave Somnoplasty

This is the “golden standard” for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and snoring in modern surgery. It is a surgical method that destroys soft palate tissue in the submucosal layer through an electrode. This technique reduces the surface of the wound, significantly reducing the pain in the postoperative period and accelerating the process of regeneration of the mucous membrane.

The patient will not feel pain at the time of the operation, however the next day there is usually a slight discomfort when swallowing. In the postoperative period is usually 5-7 days and it takes 10-12 days to heal completely.


The above-mentioned operations are often complemented by nasal restoration surgery called Septoplasty. This surgery eliminates existing issues of breathing associated with nasal septum deviation. Restoring the nasal septum’s anatomically correct structure decreases the severity of snoring.

Other methods of surgical treatment of sleep apnea syndrome include:

· Plastic surgery on the mandible to change the shape of the lower jaw.

· Other nasal surgical interventions, such as turbinectomy (surgical operation consisting in removing some or all of the turbinate bones in the nasal passage, generally to relieve nasal obstruction)

· Surgical treatment of obesity.

The Riley-Powell-Stanford step-by-step protocol known as Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty has effective results in curbing snoring surgery in patients with sleep apnea, but additional data from controlled clinical trials are required for more accurate evaluation.

The postoperative period after surgical treatment of snoring can be long, depending on the type of surgery. In this period, a patient is placed on a strict diet, with limited physical activity and prohibited from the pool and sauna. If required, the patient will be encouraged to decrease excess body weight as this will improve the effectiveness of the surgery and reduce the risk of recurrence.

Snoring Surgery Side Effects

Possible postoperative complications include:

· Severe pain;

· Pharyngostenosis- narrowing of the pharynx caused by cicatricial deformation of the pharyngeal tissues;

· Loss of the closing function of the soft palate;

· Change of voice;

· Only a minor improvement to initial issue;

· Postoperative wound infection;

· Bleeding;

· Some patients in the postoperative period require a tracheostomy or a CPAP machine for safe breathing.

All surgical procedures should only be performed if the cause of the snoring or sleep apnea is due to abnormalities in the anatomical tissues. There are numerous causes of obstructive sleep apnea and only some are related to the deformities of soft palate tissues. The operation will be useless and sometimes even harmful if there is no doctors’ diagnosis that the soft tissues of the palate are deformed and that is the cause of the snoring.

Lastly and importantly, all operated patients should do a polysomnography (sleep study) to accurately evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment.

Defining Inflation

Inflation is a steady rise in prices, owing to which, incomes and savings of the population will depreciate. Even the weakest inflation is dangerous for the development of the modern monetary economy. Therefore, all countries (including the most developed ones), take anti-inflationary measures to reduce inflation rates.

What causes?

Inflation – a monetary phenomenon associated with issuance of excessive money for circulation compared with the supply of goods. This increase in money occurs for various reasons. And the first of them is the growth of incomes of the population, not supported by a corresponding increase in the production of goods. This excessive demand pushes up prices and increases inflation rate. This imbalance between supply and demand for goods and services can also be resulted by crop failures, import restrictions, or actions of the monopolists. Also, rising costs of the production and increasing expenses of enterprises for wages, taxes, interest payments and others highly contributes to increase of inflation rates. Furthermore, the increase in prices for imported components shows both an increase in world prices and weakening of the national currency. The weakened national currency can directly affect the prices of the final products imported from abroad. The overall effect of exchange rate changes on price dynamics is called the “transfer effect” and is often viewed as a separate inflation factor. An essential role in the development of the inflationary process is played by the so-called waiting moments. The expected rise in prices forces the population to buy goods. Thus, a deficit is created for some of them, and, consequently, prices are rising. It is difficult to bring down such inflationary expectations.

Inflation can take many forms. In a regulated economy (such existed in the USSR), as well as in wartime conditions, when prices are fixed, it can have a hidden character – this is so-called suppressed inflation. It is followed by the deficit of many products, a surge in shadow trade, a sharp increase in prices in the markets, etc. However, the repudiation of such regulation (after the war or in countries that have passed from an administratively regulated to a market economy) often generates “galloping inflation” with a frenzied price increase. It arises from the discrepancy between the supply of money and the insufficient quantity of goods.

The other forms of inflation include:

– Administrative inflation – the inflation generated by “administratively” operated prices;

– Galloping inflation – inflation in the form of spasmodic increase in prices;

– Hyperinflation – inflation with very high growth rate of the prices;

– Built- in inflation – characterized by the average level for a certain period of time;

– Imported inflation – the inflation caused by influence of external factors, for example excessive inflow to the country of foreign currency and increase in import prices;

-Induced inflation – the inflation caused by influence of factors of the economic nature, external factors;

– Credit inflation – the inflation caused by excessive credit expansion;

– Unforeseen inflation – the rate of inflation which has appeared above expected for a certain period;

– Expected inflation – the estimated rate of inflation in future period owing to action of factors of the current period;

– Open inflation – inflation due to increase in prices of consumer goods and production resources;

Negative Consequences of High Inflation

High inflation rate decreases purchasing power of all economic entities which negatively affects demand, the economic growth, the standards of living of the population, and moods in society. Depreciation of the income narrows opportunities and undermines incentives to saving that interferes with formation of a steady financial basis for investment. Besides, high inflation is accompanied by the increased uncertainty which complicates decision-making of economic entities. Overall inflation negatively influences savings, consumption, production, investments and general conditions for sustainable development of economy.

How to decrease?

Fighting inflation, as the experience of developed countries shows, is extremely difficult. It seems easy: freezing prices or introduce some form of regulation for prices. Unfortunately, this method is effective for a short time only. The freezing of prices will soon be triggered by an increase in the deficit of goods and will further exacerbate inflation. The other method of fighting inflation is through contractionary monetary policy. The aim of this policy is to reduce the money supply within an economy by increasing interest rates. This helps to reduce spending because those who have money want to keep it and save it, instead of spending it. It also means less available credit, which also reduces spending.

Dickies Scrubs – The Comfort Wear

Medical Scrubs have certain requirements, that make them different from other work related wear. And when it comes to scrubs, it is usually the name Dickies that is mentioned most often by medical professionals in the country. One of the reasons that most of the nurses prefer to wear Dickies scrubs is because they are quite affordable and can be easily accommodated in their budget. With Dickies you can have great style as well as comfort all rolled into a single product. One of the most popular materials that are used for the creation of scrubs is cotton because of their comfort factor.

Comfort is an important factor when it comes to Dickies scrubs, as doctors and nurses have to spend the whole day in the hospital with the patients and they cannot deliver good quality work if they are bogged down by clothing which is extremely uncomfortable. A Dickies scrub has become a uniform for people associated with the medical field. You can customize your scrubs according to your choice but first of all you need to check with your organization about any policies related to clothing that needs to be followed.

You can get your own set of scrubs at various online stores. And it is definitely not a bad idea to grab those scrubs at stores where they provide you with amazing discount offers. Buying scrubs online has become the latest trend because most of the hospitals do not provide their employees with uniforms and hence people need to get their attire by themselves, and internet seems to be the easiest option of all because it is quite convenient. Online stores for scrubs can help you to save loads of money and at the same time you will have plenty of variety of product.

A Dickies scrub is available in all the sizes and hence you can comfortably slip into one, without having any worries about your size. You can easily get matching scrub tops and pants so that you can have a harmonized look. Through all these years, Dickies scrub has created a history as one of the best providers for comfortable work gear and it continues to rule the market. These scrubs are quite easy to maintain and you can easily get rid of stains on your outfit by using the conventional remover for stains.

Scrubs are a great way to achieve the perfect professional look with ease.

Tips For Optimizing Car Parts Catalog Management

Upload the product data carefully

Challenges like inaccurate product data, multiple formats, and category-wise mapping can really make it tough to manage the online catalog. So, in order to comply with certain guidelines, you should gather every single detail and be consistent across all channels. You could spend some time in going through whitepapers that give an idea of how to deliver a consistent product view.

Be sure about the product tagging

After a keyword research, you should ensure that the tags are linked to the keywords. In fact, this is necessary because it helps customers to find car parts when they are having a look at the search engine results. For enhancing the SEO rank of the E-Commerce website, you must use tag clouds and make sure that the product tags are clickable.

Be creative with product descriptions

As you update the aftermarket parts e-catalog, write product descriptions with a creative bent of mind. As unique descriptions are posted online, you can actually entice customers to check out the car part and make an online purchase. While you emphasize on specific lines and phrases, you shouldn’t forget to add HTML header tags.

Create a master file

Creating a master product sheet can always make things easier when you have everything entered in one sheet. Apart from the information, you should also include images, part number, and the price. Implementing such kind of a sheet can streamline tasks pertaining to data management.

Synchronize inventory

If you are trying to manage different E-Commerce channels, then it’s important to manage inventory. As the content is optimized from the SEO perspective, you can use tools rather than uploading inventory details on your own. Moving ahead, you need to automate the task or delegate it someone who would just be synchronizing product inventory.

Explore digital marketing techniques

As you manage a digital campaign, the product features should be highlighted properly. This tip can help to optimize the catalog indirectly and aid to drive sales. After all, when you have done a good job in designing ads, you are sure to make the catalog visible within the search engine results.

Finally, integrating the catalog with an ERP solution would work for updating the inventory from the front as well as the back end. As the customer adds parts to the shopping cart, the order would be processed and fulfilled quickly.

If the steps seem tedious, then you can consider outsourcing the tasks to a third-party vendor.