The Modern Man’s Guide To Grooming

How important is mere appearance to a man? Well, a man can’t lie to himself – very important. A dermatologist takes a close look at the products and processes designed to make a man nice to be near to; and spell out the A-B-Cs of good grooming.

Is your bathroom mirror a location you approach with trepidation each morning for fear of the tale it will tell? Namely, that your appearance could do with a bit of sprucing up?

Well, stop worrying that pimple, and quit reflecting on that bald pate. If you really want to turn over a new look (and women don’t have the monopoly on good looks!) there’s nothing to stop you.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty:

HAIR

In dusty cities and other polluted areas, it is a good habit to wash your hair every day. “Daily washing does not ruin the hair,” says Dermatologist. “In fact it is hygienic and makes the head less prone to infection.”

Many men shy away from shampoos believing them to be exclusively a woman’s beauty aid. But, basically, shampoo is for hair and hair has no gender. Shampoos produce lather better than soap and, because the surface tension is less, it makes it easier to clean the hair.

Conditioners break the disulphide bonds of the hair, thus making the hair more manageable and easier to groom. Today, shampoos are available with built-in conditioners, making them a convenient cosmetic aid.

No woman likes a man with a dandruff problem. Dandruff is one of the great put-offs. But, contrary to popular thinking, “dandruff is not a disease,” informs Dermatologist. “It is an accentuated physiological problem. That is, the skin is shed regularly under normal circumstances and when the shedding is excessive it is called dandruff.” Most so-called anti-dandruff shampoos available in the market only wash away the dead cells from the scalp. The exception is selenium sulphide, an ingredient that reduces the turnover or formation of cells, thus retarding, though not curing the problem. The best advice you could follow is to keep the scalp clean by daily washing.

A balding head – every man’s Achilles heel! Quite a few ‘losers’ have turned to minoxidil as a hair restorer. While regular application of minoxidil does sprout fine hair on bald areas of the sclp, as soon as application is ceased, the hair begins to fall off again. Even more important, minoxidil affects the heart, and cardiac problems. Therefore it should be used only under a doctor’s supervision.

Go for a haircut to your neighbourhood saloon and in most cases you will be given a head massage as a perk (sometimes you pay extra). Indeed, the massaging action does perk up blood circulation, but it is mistakenly assumed (and assured by hair-dressers) to also improve hair growth. “That is a myth,” says Dermatologist, “for the growth and life of your hair are determined by your individual genetic pattern.” So, enjoy the relaxing effects of the massage by all means, but don’t expect miracles to sprout above your hairline.

FACE

Now for blood and tears, otherwise known as shaving. Your grandfather probably used soap, but today it is more fashionable to use shaving creams. There are the conventional ones which have to be lathered on with a brush, and there is also the spray variety which spreads foam at the press of a button. Essentially, however, “soap and water would do as well,” argues Dermatologist. Like shaving creams, they simply fulfil the basic requirement of softening the hair for a better shave. The only advantage that a shaving cream has over soap is that it produces a thicker lather which does not drip or dry as quickly a s soap does.

Use a sharp-edged blade while shaving. A dull-edged blade can cause irritation because of the repeated friction on the skin. Stroke with the grain and wash the razor clean after a shave – a dirty razor can cause skin infections. “Fungus on the shaving areas of a man’s face can almost always be traced back to an unclean razor,” says Dermatologist.

After-shaves are big business. They are advertised as a lifestyle. But he main ingredient in all of them is a high concentration of ethyl alcohol. The only differences between one and another lie in the percentage of ethyl alcohol and in the additives used (cologne, lime, musk, etc.) After-shaves are advisable because the ethyl alcohol performs two functions. It is anti-bacterial, meaning it destroys germs and bacteria on the skin’s surface. Secondly it is an astringent, which means that if you nick yourself (rather a common occurrence during shaving), the after-shave will cause coagulation of serum in the cut areas. This seals off the wound, making it impervious to external infection. Finally, an aftershave and when you smell good, you feel good, too.

Coming to skin care, more and more men are going in for facials and related treatments these days. They steam, massage and even bleach their faces at beauty salons. Steaming improves blood circulation because of the warmth, but more important it helps to soften plugs (white and black heads), making them easier to remove. Please note, bleaching cannot change skin colouring because pigmentation goes much deeper. Bleaches only lighten the melanin in the dead layer of the skin which sloughs off within 7-14 days when a new layer forms.

A facial massage, done by expert hands, helps to stimulate and tone those muscles that are not exercised in daily living. But while the massaging action may be beneficial, the oils and creams used as lubricants can form residues on the skin surface and block pores. “I’ve had many cases when the oils used become comedogenic (causing blackheads) and acneigenic (causing acne) after facials.” That is why, if the skin reacts adversely to a massage, it is best avoided.

UNDERARMS, HANDS & FEET

The human body has two sets of sweat glands. The apocrine glands – which lie in the armpits and the genital areas – are the ones that give off odour. The secretion they exude reacts the surface of the skin, releasing what we know as body odour. It is therefore advisable to keep the area clean and dry a much as possible. Since hair provides a retention site for the sweat, the problem can be greatly lessened by shaving off underarm hair.

The other set of sweat glands are the eccrine glands, which lie all over the skin’s surface. Their main function is to control the body’s temperature. When the temperature rises, sweat serves to cool the body surface. The eccrine glands do not produce odour, but if skin areas are allowed to remain moist, fungus can set in.

Are there men who do not suffer from sweaty feet! One good hygiene habit is to wash and dry feet as footwear is taken off. In a hot and humid countries, cotton socks are a better choice than nylon ones. Cotton absorbs the sweat, leaving the feet dry.

Again, because of the sweat, shoes remain moist. Most men use just one pair of shoes for daily wear. Often, the gap between the time a man takes off his shoes and puts them on again is not enough to allow the leather of the shoes to dry. This dampness can lead to fungal infections on the feet. You may never have thought of this before, but it might be a good idea to have at least two pairs of shoes to be used on alternate days.

Keds and sneakers are popular footwear today, but the PVC/rubber soles, as well as the other material used in these shoes generally retain heat. Hence the feet tend to remain moist. If you sweat too much, place cotton wads between your toes. The cotton will absorb the sweat and, by keeping the toes apart from each other, will reduce friction between them.

Broken or dirty finger and toe-mails are an ugly sight. Give yourself a regular manicure to keep your nails trim and clean.

Finally, watch your style! Your lifestyle, that is. Unsightly bags or puffy eyes can be the result of too much partying or too little sleep. Alcohol, cigarettes and drugs can also be to blame.

Pamper yourself – but in the right way. And it will show in the way you look. You’ll enjoy coming face-to-face with yourself in that bathroom mirror! And others will enjoy an encounter with you.

Infrared Roof Inspection

Why would one do an Infrared Roof Inspection? To find that elusive leak that you just can not seem to locate. Infrared scanning can locate it rather quickly. It can also save you a ton of money. Read on to find out how!

What is infrared? Infrared radiation was discovered in 1800 by the Royal Astronomer for the King of England. He was researching new materials for his lenses and he discovered that there was a type of radiation or energy in light that he could not see. If detected itself as heat only. Now move 200 years forward into the present time. It has been found that infrared radiation (heat) is emitted from almost everything. You can not see it but it's there. You can feel it. When you walk by a building or brick wall, the heat you feel radiating off the wall is infrared radiation!

The amount of infrared that an object emits is dependent on many things. It's thermal mass (how much mass the object has), the object's "emissivity" which is it's ability to radiate infrared and the temperature difference between objects. Heat always flows to cold. If no difference exists, the condition is static, no heat flows. Objects can either emit, reflect or block infrared. Normal window glass blocks the passage of infrared radiation. The greater the thermal mass an object has, the more slowly it gives up it's heat. So now, with these basic concepts in place, we can discuss how thermal or infrared scanning works.

Early on, equipment capable of detecting or "seeing" inferred was large, heavy and expensive. It often weighed several hundred pounds, required liquid nitrogen to cool the detector and took several people to operate it. They were mostly reserved to industry, the government and the military. Between them, they made great strides, improving the equipment gradually until now, entry level cameras are available for under $ 10,000.00 and only weigh a few ounces'. Not a small price to be sure but well within the reach of a small business. Because of their ready availability, they are widely used in industry for "predictive maintenance", "non-destructive testing" and temperature monitoring in inhospitable environments. In the last few years they have been adopted by the home inspection industry for many uses.

In my previous article, I discussed getting an infrared scan for weatherization and moisture detection. Another area that is gaining ground is infrared or thermal roof scans. (I just did one this morning)

Mostly aimed at commercial building flat roofs on factories and warehouses, infrared roof scans are saving millions of dollars in labor and materials for business owners.

These inspections are done in various ways. Direct, "walk-on" with a thermal camera for smaller roofs and by aerial fly-over for larger roofs. The average cost for roof replacement is $ 3- $ 4 per square foot or more depending on the roofing used. On a 100,000 square foot factory, that amounts to $ 300,000 at minimum. Now consider. With a thermal roof scan, the thermographer can pin-point areas of moisture intrusion and only those areas need to be repaired, thus saving the building owner many thousands of dollars. On large building, the savings can be in the millions!

This is environmentally sound thinking, this makes sense. Why dispose of millions of cubic yards of perfectly good roofing in the land fill every year when only part of it actually needed replacing?

Infrared cameras use "color-shifted" images to highlight the thermal differences of the subject target. The dark areas are cooler than the lighter yellow areas. This is due to the higher "thermal mass" of the water soaked insulation and roof deck under the roofing surface "holding" the heat better than the dry areas of a roof.

Mr. Business owner, has your roofer told you that the roof requires a complete replacement or recover? Maybe not! Contact your local thermographer for a thermal scan of your roof today!

An Overview of the Application of PTFE

Owing to its wide application, PTFE is called "the king of plastics". It is a kind of synthetic polymer material. The skeleton of PTFE is carbon atom. And the fluorine atom is even distributed around the carbon atom and forms the compact protective screen. Therefore, PTFE has the very excellent physical mechanical property. It can not only resist the strong acid, strong alkali and strong oxidant but also can bear high temperature. To some degree, its property surpasses the property of glass, ceramic, stainless steel and gold. Its working temperature ranges from-100 to 100 Celsius degrees. Its working pressure is 10 MPa. What's more, PTFE does not easily become aged or is not easily burnt. The property of the water absorption is almost equal to zero. In the normal situation, the PTFE has no harm to people's health, but in the course of production some raw materials are regarded as the carcinogenic substance. With the invention of PTFE, it is of great significance for the industry, because it solves a lot of problems in the chemical sector, oil industry and pharmacy industry. It has been widely used as the main sealing material and filling material.

As a kind of sealing material, PTFE is applied by different ways. The good corrosion resistance, stable physical property and temperature endurance make contribute to its excellent sealability. As a result, it is very applicable in the following industries, such as oil, chemical, electric and steel. The applicable media are also in a wide range, including water, oil, acid liquid and other chemical liquid. PTFE gasket is one of the typical applications for the PTFE material. As its name implies, the so-called PTFE gasket is a kind of gasket which is made through cutting the PTFE rod, pipe or plate. The main material is PTFE and so this gasket naturally inherits all features of PTFE. It includes flat gasket, V-gasket, piston ring and ball valve gasket. The PTFE gasket is characterized by the following features, such as corrosion resistance, aging resistance and non-conductivity.

Next, PTFE is also a kind of filtering material. As a new material, the PTFE can be compounded with other fabric. Then they can produce the filtering bag or the water-proof sport suits. At the same time, this compound can be used to filter different solvents or gases in the pharmacy industry.

Third, PTFE is also the ideal material for bearing. The bearing made of PTFE can be used in the paper-making or textile industries. Beside, this bearing is suitable to work under the high-temperature or high-pressure conditions.

Umbilical Cord – Banking Umbilical Cord Blood is Dangerous!

Umbilical cord blood or simply 'cord blood' is the blood that is flowing from the placenta to your baby. It is full of oxygen and important stem cells.

We are going to look at a couple things:

-the normal hospital protocol

-your options

Routinely, immediately after the baby is born (within seconds) the umbilical cord is clamped, cut and discarded.

Some people believe that the blood, cord, and placea is taken, harvested and used either or not you give your consent …. you are led to believe the placenta, umbilical cord, and blood was just thrown away.

Umbilical Cord Banking

You might ask, 'why would you want to save the cord blood?'

Because cord blood is a rich source of stem cells. Stem cells are very important, unspecified cells, blank cells , that produce all other blood cells. These include:

  • Platelets – needed for blood clotting
  • Red Blood Cells (RBC) -transport oxygen through your body
  • White Blood Cells (WBC) – help fight disease

Stem cells are vital to one's health.

You can choose to store your newborn baby's cord blood at a private cord-bank or donate to a public cord bank. If you store it privately – you pay $ 1,500 – 2,000 plus a yearly storage fee.

Why Deprive Your Baby Of It's Own Blood ?!

It just does not seem logical to pay someone to store your baby's cord blood or to donate or discard the cord blood that is full of oxygen, stem cells and nutrients. This blood is vital to your baby's health and needs it to thrive and do well at birth.

How Is The Umbilical / Placental Blood Collected?

All hospitals may not use the exact same method to collect the cord blood. Usually the doctor or nurse inserts a needle into a vein of the umbilical cord and drains the blood into a blood bag. This can be done before or after the mother delivers the placenta. The collection process takes less than 10 minutes

The blood is flowing into a bag instead of your baby …

What Happens If You Routinely Clamp The Umbilical Cord Immediately?

Here is a partial list:

  • Baby is reduced of up to 50% of its normal blood volume
  • Baby on the fast track to becoming anemic (iron deficient)
  • Baby is robbed of the very important stem cells
  • Baby will often need supplemental oxygen if the cord is clamped too soon.

I hope this encourages you to do pursue your options and with your next baby have them wait to clamp and cut the umbilical cord, allowing your baby to get all the blood it was designed to receive in the first place.

The Chemistry of Allergies

An allergy is characterized as an immune reaction to the presence of certain substances in one’s body. Allergies occur when the immune system mistakes a harmless substance for a pathogen. The immuniglobin responsible for allergies is the IgE immuniglobin. Humans are not born with IgE antibodies in their body. The IgE develops 10 days after the first exposure to allergens. Therefore, it takes repeated exposure to an allergen, to develop an allergy. Allergies are often not formed upon first exposure.

Have you ever wondered why people have specific allergies? This is because IgE immuniglobins have a single protein structure and a set of molecules that all have a slightly different structure. The IgE, for example that reacts with pollen, is not the same IgE that will react with dust. People who have allergic reactions, also have more IgE present in their bodies than the average, non-allergy containing person. For example: people with hay fever have about 14 times as much IgE as those who do not.

There are four basic ways that allergens can enter human bodies: inhaling, touching, ingestion or by injection. There are also two basic types of allergic reactions known as: immediate or delayed. In a delayed allergic reaction, symptoms usually appear about 4 hours, to a few days after exposure to an allergen. In an immediate reaction, symptoms usually appear only minutes after exposure.

The chemical that is associated with the symptoms of allergy such as itching or swelling, is called Histamine. Histamine is the main chemical involved in allergies. Histamine is formed from the breakdown of Histine, which is an amino acid. Histamine causes many things that lead to the symptoms experienced during an allergic reaction. Histamine, for example, can cause contraction or swelling of certain muscles, or stimulate the production of tears or saliva. It can also cause blood vessels to become dilated, which leads to swelling. The most severe reaction relating to histamine is known as anaphylactic shock. This occurs when an allergy causes a significant drop in blood pressure, and can result in death.

There are chemical treatments that are used to treat allergies. Some of these treatments include: steroids and antihistamines. Antihistamines are the most commonly distributed chemical treatment for allergies. Antihistamines simply block histamines from certain sites on cells, which prevents the allergic reaction caused by histamines from occurring. There are very many antihistamine medications that affect people in different ways. That is why it is best to consult a doctor about the one best suited to your specific body type and allergy. Steroids work to relieve swelling, itching and redness that occurs as a result of an allergic reaction. Therefore, steroids are often used on allergy symptoms such as hives or eczema.

The World of Obese Women and Diet Pills

A self-obsession with every woman, irrespective of age, is to be in shape. The living style of every human has changed a lot and women are the ones who are affected the most. All over the world, the one topic that has raised great concerns among women is the rising obesity.

There is a difference between obesity in men and women. You will find certain diet pills that work effectively for men but not for women. This is due to the differences in various factors in the male and female body. So female population has to be aware of this fact before popping down diet pills. The effectiveness of the diet pill varies from individual to individual and few may live up to the expectations.

You can find hundreds of diet pills in the market and all are not effective. But you will find some that are targeted to specific users. Choosing the diet pill that work most appropriate for you is important if you want the time to work. Generally speaking, there are three main categories of weight loss drugs: –

Appetite Suppressants: These stop the untimely cravings for food. Women are more inclined towards eating, so diet drugs are so formulated that they make them feel full. The stimulants like Citrimax (fruit from Garcinia cambogia) and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) burn calories. It has been revealed by studies that Citrimax is a safe choice and suppresses appetite. Many weight loss supplements like Phentermine, Phentramin-d, Ionamin, adepix and more more has shown effective results for women when it comes to appetite suppressing. Clinically, it has been seen that if person fails to loose 5 pounds in 5 weeks then there is hardly any use of having that pill. Phentramin- d is one such pill that has shown effective results in women with hardly any side- effects.

Calorie Burners: The stimulants present in pills helps in increasing the metabolism, burning your fat. They help in burning more calories than the usual rate.

Absorption Blockers: They block the intestines from absorbing or digesting either fats (Chitosan) or carbohydrates (Carbo Blockers). Carbo Blockers are generally made of grains and legumes like kidney beans and soybeans.

You can choose from any of the above options, but the truth remains that any diet pill that work effectively if you have a proper exercise and diet regime along with it.

Are Horse Liniments Safe For Humans?

For over a hundred years horse liniments have been used to treat horse ailments such as muscle aches, joint pain and even arthritis. Horse seem to suffer from many of the same conditions that human do.

Since humans descended from mammals eons ago and horse are mammals their body structure are somewhat similar. Obviously a human will not be mistaken for a horse but with ligaments, tendons and joints they will suffer from pain associated with strains, sprains, muscle aches and joint pain.

This is especially true with horse that are used for jumping, racing and even the ranch horse that spends a lot of time on the trails. Human who are very athletic are also prone to injuries that horse get! The muscles and tendons work the same on both species and when over worked react the same resulting in pain.

Most of the pain is caused by inflammation of the particular ligaments & tendons that have suffered the injury is minor in nature and can be treated with ice, rest and stretching when the inflammation has subsided.

If the injury is of a minor nature then many breeders and racing horse owners will apply liniment to the affected area to speed the healing process. The key point for humans is to read the label of any equine liniment before using it. Make it a point to read the ingredient label on the horse liniment container.

Always look for equine liniments that contain natural botanical based herbs and essential oils and. Do not use any horse care products that contain DMSO which is an ingredient found in many horse liniments and is not approved by the FDA for human use. DMSO absorbs through the skin into the bloodstream, carrying with it any chemicals and synthetic preservatives that are contained in the horse care product.

Since the horse is obviously a larger animal that humans it can tolerate higher concentrations of DMSO even though it may cause adverse health effects to horses and I myself would stay clear of any usage of horse care products that contain DMSO.

In fact, my recommendation would be to use only an all natural equine liniment that has no synthetic compounds or artificial preservatives that may compromise your horse’s long term health.

The only effective all natural horse products are those that have herbal compounds and essential oils as their main ingredients. These oils and herbal compounds are effective for minor strains, sprains, muscle aches and joint pains. The differences in the various products on the market will be the exact type of botanical compounds and essential oils and their concentration.

Some companies that make all natural equine products are Equine Natural Horse Liniment, Chapman’s Premium Horse Liniment & Dr. Fleming’s Miracle Horse Liniment.

All of these companies adhere to the all natural approach in terms of ingredients which can include arnica, capsicum, eucalyptus, menthol, witch hazel and even sweet birch. Look carefully at the labels to see what is in each horse care product.

The equine care product with the most all natural ingredients seems to be Dr. Fleming’s Miracle Horse Liniment even though the nae conjures up the image of some type of snake oil. It seems to be a very viable horse liniment despite its catchy product name.

Now if a human wants to use one of these products I would suggest diluting the liniment down to the individual tolerance of the user. The easiest way to dilute a horse liniment is to add a carrier oil to the mixture such as grape seed oil, safflower oil and even a high grade olive oil. These oils are light enough to mix well with the horse liniment and not affect the liniment itself. The liniment should be thoroughly mixed before using it and it may be necessary to dilute it several times before it can be used.

The main point is that humans can use horse liniments but the recommendation would be to use only all natural horse care products.

Endometriosis Stages – How to Know What Stage You Are In

Endometriosis stages are classified based on the severity of the symptoms as well as spread of the disease. The symptoms vary from one person to the other. Additionally, sometimes the symptoms are severe but the condition may still be mild. At the same time, the symptoms can barely be there and yet the condition can be in an advanced stage.

The symptoms may then not necessarily correlate directly to the severity of the condition. Being a progressive condition, the Endometriosis stages can become worse as time progresses. It can spread to the reproductive organs as well as others in the same area such as kidneys, bladder, bowels and lower back.

There are 4 Endometriosis stages as classified by the revised American Fertility Society based on how much Endometriosis and adhesion’s are present. Depending on these findings points are awarded ranging from 1 to above 40.

Stages – Points

Stage I – Minimal 1-5

Stage II – Mild 6-15

Stage III – Moderate 16-40

Stage IV – Severe Over 40

Stage I is called the minimal stage. In the Endometriosis stages chart, you will score between 1 and 5 points. This means that the cases of endometrial tissue growth found outside of the uterus are few and isolated.

Stage II is said to be mild. Here you will score between 6 and 15 points in the Endometriosis stages chart. The diagnosis is based on the discovery of small adhesions and areas of scar tissue as well as a number of small implants.

Stage III is called the moderate stage and here you would score between 16 and 40 points on the Endometriosis stages chart. The implants found must be superficial as well as deep to classify in this stage. There should also be areas of scare tissue and adhesions that stand out prominently. Endometriosis symptoms begin to show commonly when your are in stage 3.

Stage IV is the most severe of the Endometriosis stages. Here you would have scored over 40 points and would have many deep and superficial implants. Stage 4 Endometriosis also have large adhesions. The symptoms may also include infertility, however this does not affect everyone with Stage 4 Endometriosis.

To confirm your diagnosis and to find which of the Endometriosis stages you fall into the doctor will usually perform a pelvic exam. At this time the doctor will look for thickening of pelvic organs, tenderness and the growth of nodules on the ovaries and uterus. Because the symptoms you experience with Endometriosis can also be found with other disorders comprehensive tests will have to be done.

A certain test that checks for the elevation of CA-125 in the blood will have the doctor on the right path. Endometriosis stages cannot be diagnosed using x-rays and blood tests.

The best diagnosis method for Endometriosis stages is a laparoscopy which is performed as an outpatient procedure. The doctor will be looking for implants that are blue, red or purple in color and smaller than quarter of an inch.

They will also be looking for adhesions and scar tissue that may be found on the reproductive organs including the ovaries. A small piece of this tissue will be taken out and biopsied to confirm the diagnosis of Endometriosis.

If you think that you have this condition, it is important that you visit your doctor as soon as possible for a diagnosis.

How Using A Book Stand For Reading Can Improve Your Health

How often when you are studying do you end up with a crick in the neck, a sore back, painful wrists and fingers and eye strain? Probably more times than you can remember.

The reason we end up with aches and pains like this when studying is because most of sit hunched over our desk or table, for long periods handling heavy text books whilst simultaneously trying to write notes of what we are studying.

Our posture is poor and as a result our back and neck suffers. Lifting heavy text books on to and off our desk can tax even the strongest of wrists so it is no wonder we feel strained after sessions at our desks.

It needn’t be like this. There is a way out and it is very simple. All you need to do is use a book stand for reading. These things are amazing devices. So simple and straight forward and yet everyone who has ever used one has been surprised at the benefits obtained from using one. Most new users of book stands wonder how they ever managed without one in the first place.

They come in all different shapes, colors and sizes depending on your own personal taste what you want to use it for.

If you are a student and need to reference several books at one time there are stands that will hold several books at a time as well as allowing you to adjust the height and angle so you can be comfortable when reading. Some are big enough to allow you to place the book on one side and your notebook on the other making it very easy for you to take notes.

There are other book stands that will hold and protect your cook books in the kitchen allowing you to always have the recipe or recipes you are using available there and then. Some will also allow you to have a couple of books open at one time so you can work on more than one recipe at a time. With clips to keep the pages open you won’t lose your place.

And book stands are not just for printed books either. You can also get them for your electronic reader as well. Whether you own an iPad, kindle, nook or whatever there is undoubtedly a suitable holder for you. If you use an iPad for reading eBooks you will no doubt have found it quite heavy to hold for any length of time. Using a book stand will relieve you of this weight.

No matter where or what you use your book stand for it will very likely make reading a far more comfortable and healthy pursuit than you have experienced so far.

What To Expect From Tooth Extraction

Before tooth extraction has to be done, the patient is usually undergoing a thorough dental examination. Your dentist must know not just your full medical history but your dental history as well. It is very important to avoid any health risk issues like heart problems or any allergies from antibiotics or anesthetic.

Toothache is one of the most painful things you can experience. Once your tooth is severely damaged, the only solution it can get is tooth removal. You may visit your dentist for this procedure.

For simple tooth extraction

Most of us are afraid of extracting our teeth and our dentists are aware of this, so they will give you local anesthesia to numb the tooth and the gums before removing your tooth. Dental sedation is also recommended for patient with dental anxiety to feel more relaxed.

A simple tooth removal can be done with the extraction forceps without fracturing. To loosen the tooth, the dentist moves it back and forth from the socket. If the tooth is hard to loose, the instrument called 'elevator or' luxatar 'is usually used to break the periodontal tissues from the jawbone to where it is attached. The tooth can be pulled out with the forceps once it is already loosened.

For surgical tooth extraction

This procedure is usually done with following instances.

  • When teeth do not have enough tooth structure left and is impossible for the extraction tools to forgive anything.
  • Teeth with curved roots
  • Impacted teeth – these are the teeth that have not impressed above the gum line.

In this method, the tooth has to be cut into small pieces to do the tooth extraction. After that, the tooth socket is carefully clean so that no puss or debris will be left.

Suturing or stitching is needed. Most of today's scholars are using the dissolvable thread so you do not need to come back to them for removal of stitches.

For multiple tooth extracts

In case several or most of your teeth must be removed, general anesthesia may be used. This is much stronger than the local one and it makes you sleep during the entire process.

Most of the patients prefer to have multiple tooth removal done at once to save time for dental visits and to experience the discomfort just once. Another reason is for preparation of full denture replacement.

Not everyone is capable of this procedure. Your medical condition must be perfect to end the stress of multiple tooth extracts.

Blood clot formation from the tooth socket is very significant for healing process. Your dentist will require you to bite down wet cotton gauze for about 30 minutes or more for blood clot formation. Be careful not to enter any food debris and other irritants to the empty tooth socket to protect it from bacteria and not to cause any infection.

Things to do after tooth extracts procedure

  • Do not lie down – lying down immediately after the extraction may cause bleeding. Use extra pillows so you keep your head elevated.
  • Protect the extraction site – chew on the other side of mouth for at least 24 hours. Soft diet is necessary and you must avoid placing your finger into your wound just to check it out. Wash your hand thoroughly before changing the gauze.
  • Do not smoke
  • When you brush your teeth, avoid the area near the extraction for 24 hours or until your wound is totally healed.
  • Do not rinse at the first day. You can do gentle rinsing after second day using mild antiseptic rinses.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activities for the first 3 to 5 days for it may cause unnecessary bleeding.

Following your dentist's instruction is the safe way for immediate tooth extraction healing. This is not a simple matter to be taken for granted for it may cause serious health problems when complications occurred.

Diabetes is Your Show

Do you know the quote "All the world is a stage"? Shakespeare said that in the past and today this quote matches beautifully with diabetes. You have so many roles in this life. One of your roles could be as a person with diabetes. Just like the show, your role as a diabetes patient is not expected to be played alone. You have a large cast and crew. All of them are more than willing to help you. All you have to do is to ask for their help and know how to use them so that they can give their best to help you.

If your diabetes life is a show, then you have one important question to answer. Do you want your play to be a comedy or a tragedy? Because you hold all the major positions. In this show you play as the author, producer, director, and the star itself which make you hold a really huge responsibility.

Diabetes is not like many short-time illness where doctor knows everything that need to be done. Diabetes is your daily companion for life. You can not always depend to someone else, not even your mother, when dealing with this disease. You are the one who writes the script and the action. You decide whether you will take your drugs or exercise regularly. You determine whether you will follow the diet that will control your weight and the level of blood glucose in your body.

You are the producer in this show. It means you are the one who needs to gather the resources that you need to play the role properly. You are also the director who needs to direct your cast and crew to make your play come out the way you want it. It means you need to make sure that your physician, who can easily forget your specific needs since he or she is dealing with many patients each day, give you what you need are.

And finally, you are the star of the show. You can make anything happen if you will. You can learn all your lines (understand your disease) and speak them fluently (take your medications, follow your diet, and so on), or not.

How to Pass Kidney Stones Quickly – 3 Tips to Accelerate the Process!

If you have found this article, we can assume that you are looking for information on how to pass kidney stones quickly. Assuming that you are a person suffering from kidney stones, you know first-hand that the condition is extremely painful. Passing that stone is your number one priority so that you can put an end to the pain and suffering. This article will provide you with three useful tips to help accelerate the passing of your stone. If you follow these tips, it is even possible to pass your kidney stone in under 24 hours!

The first tip to help you pass your stones quickly is to drink lots of distilled water. Drinking a lot of distilled water will allow you to urinate more regularly giving you a higher chance of flushing the stone out. It is extremely important that the water is distilled. The reason is because stones are composed of different elements and minerals such as calcium, oxalate, phosphate, magnesium, uric acid, etc. Regular water can contain metals and impurities which can actually help the kidney stone grow larger and only aggravate the problem.

The second tip to help pass your stones quickly is to get some exercise. This may sound ridiculous, especially if you are in a lot of pain. However, lying down in bed all day really does nothing to help you pass your stone. The idea behind exercising is to get your body moving so that the stone can start moving down your urinary system a lot faster. If the pain is too much, just tone down the level of exercise.

The last and highly recommended tip is to consume a natural home remedy made specially to help pass your stone. There are a number of safe, natural home remedies out there that can really help cut down the time to pass a stone. Some remedies are more effective than others. They usually involve mixing ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. The idea behind a home remedy is that by consuming it, you can breakdown or dissolve the stone making it easier to pass through your urine. For more information on a proven and highly effective home remedy be sure to visit the site below.

So now you know how to pass kidney stones quickly. The three tips given in this article should greatly help accelerate the time to pass your stone so that your pain and suffering is minimized. To recap, make sure you drink lots of distilled water, get some exercise, and consume a natural home remedy that aids kidney stone breakdown. For more information, please visit my site below.

Top Anxiety Natural Remedies

Anxiety is common and many times normal especially when under stress of deadlines and so on. It is a feeling of fear, worry and apprehension. However, there is anxiety that will raise an alarm. When it happens ‘out of the blue’, it can prove to be a stubborn and serious condition that needs the right remedies. Although there is no known justification to this feeling at certain times, the following anxiety natural remedies have been proven to work.

Anti-anxiety medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) will come with a myriad of side effects. However, going for herbs with an anti-anxiety action will evade this trap. Top herbs for this condition include Melissa officinalis, Lavandula augustifolia and Passiflora incarnata. They are some of the best known anxiety natural readies.

Melissa officinalis

This herb will be found in many parts of the world and has been used for thousands of years. It will not just cater to this condition but will also improve overall health. Those with cold sores will find it especially helpful as well. It is a common ingredient in many supplements found at drug stores and hospitals.

Lavandula augustifolia

This herb is known commonly as Lavender and has been studied extensively and it is one of the anxiety natural remedies. It has been used for years in central part of America and according to a study done in Michigan, sniffing the herb will ease the symptoms of depression.

Passiflora incarnate

This herb will fall under anxiety natural remedies and is also known as Passionflower. It will not just work to relieve the anxiety and depression, but has been found to act against feelings of nausea.

The anxiety natural remedies can be mixed together in certain proportions to offer people a perfect remedy that will promise to act and not have the ill-effects that come to life on the side.

Bodywork therapies will also help greatly and have been recognized as good anxiety natural remedies. They include massages, shiatsu and so on. They work by relieving tension in the muscles and this will also help with getting quality sleep.

Mind and body techniques

Under this category, anxiety natural remedies include physical exercises, yoga, hypnosis, meditation, prayers, tai chi and the list is endless.

The following are other anxiety natural remedies

Pantothenic acid

Calcium

Magnesium

B vitamins

Valerian (herb)

Kava (herb)

Aromatherapy

Christian Meditation – God's Gift For Healthy Sleep

Sleep. Safe, peaceful, nourishing. Restoring, healing mind and body.

Insomnia. Restless mind, restless body, burning eyes and longing-for peace, for comfort, for rest.

The Psalmist certainly knew what it was like to have trouble with sleep. His words hit home, because we all know how it feels.

I am weary with my sighing. Every night I make my bed swim … my eye has become wasted with grief. Ps 6: 7-8 In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness; my soul refused to be comforted … You have held my eyelids open … Ps 77: 2; 4

Sleeplessness hurts our body as well as our mind, causing problems from diabetes to heart disease, creating accidents and poor work performance, and leaving us snappy, irritable and moody.

We all want restful sleep, a healthy body and joyful energy. The question for many is-HOW? Most of us experience insomnia occasionally, but for many, lack of sleep has become a painful way of life.

You've probably read the tips: Exercise more, drink less alcohol, use white noise, take a hot bath, sleep in a cool room, drink warm milk (OK, I know that really does help, but I'm rather just stay up!)

All these things are certainly true. And if you are not already doing them-why not?

You will not sleep well if you do not exercise regularly-you can count on that. Alcohol will make you sleepy, but it will also shatter your sleep structure, causing you to wake again and again, between bouts of wonderful, poor quality sleep. Warm baths, the hum of a fan in a cool dark room … all are good ideas, important for good quality sleep.

But what if you've done all these, and still have problems sleeping?

David knew what brought him healthy sleep, and he loves much of his time in joy and rejoicing. What's different for David when he sleeps?

Thou hast put gladness in my heart … in peace I will both lie down and sleep, for Thou alone, O Lord, dost make me to dwell in safety. Ps 5: 7-8 I lay down and slept, I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me. Ps 4: 5-6

Sleep comes when we know we're safe and secure. And that assurance comes with trust in the Lord. With the comfort of knowing you're secretly held in His hands.

You will have worries-and while it's true that most of the things you worry about will not ever happen, you know some may! Your worries grow from real concerns, and reflect the love you have for others, the hopes you have for the future. You may be struggling with heartbreak and loss, and very real problems to face in the morning.

But your worry will not help, no matter how real the concern. And in your heart you know that … and so the fears and worries begin again.

At times it really sees ten thousans have set themselves against us! You want to give your fears and worries, your 'head chatter', to Him, but how? How can you have the peace and restful sleep that comes from trusting in Him, knowing you are safely held no matter what?

Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still. Ps 4: 4 I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart … Ps 77: 6

In meditation, God speaks to our hearts, to our minds and our bodies. He gives us peace at the deepest level … and we can relax, and sleep in the safety of His peace. In meditation, He fills our hearts with the warmth of His love. He washes our bodies with soothing biochemical cascades, giving us everything we need to sleep deeply and richly.

And the more we meditate, the better we sleep!

So when you're struggling in the night, remember David's words, and let God's peaceful gift of meditation fill your soul with comfort, and your body with rest.

How to Apply Nail Foils

Ever look at celebrity nails, such as Lady Ga Ga and Jessie James, and wonder how they got those detailed nail patterns. The new craze for celebrities and beauty followers are foil nails. You do not need to have a nail artist to create these looks. Read on to find out how to create the look for under £ 5 yourself.

Do you want to know how to create nails like celebrities? I will explain how with nail foil art. Trendy nail wraps are the new craze and let me explain to you why. The professional detail that is created is amazing. Foil for nails create the ultimate designs, once you apply these for the first time you will be very proud of your own creative work.

Steps 1 – Clean your hands and nails and make sure that they are free from dirt and oils. Use an oil free nail polish remover to cleanse the nails. This will create a good clean base for applying the nail foils.

Steps 2 – The stickers will come in around nine different sizes. The best way to size them is to trim each sticker to the same size and shape as the nail cuticle, keep the nail tip longer as this can be trimmed and filed after nail application.

Steps 3 – Peal the sticker of and hold with tweezers. Hold under a hot lamp to heat the sticker as this will give best results with the Foil pressing application. This is a straight forward process, take your time applying the foil stickers and they will look professionally done.

Step 4 – Hold over the nail and stick down with finger. Best results are to stick in the middle and push out towards the edges. Once you're happy fold the excess nail foils at the nail tips and gently file off the reminder of the foils. Repeat the process on each nail for a professional looking full set of nails.

Step 5 – Apply a clear nail coating to give a finish to the foils. This will make the foils stay on longer and will give a nice dry nail effect on top. The nails will look as if a professional artist has painted the pattern herself.

Step 6 – The same process can be used on your toe nails. Cut to the shape and apply to give you a matching set of full toe nails with foil art.