Swine Flu – What is it and How to Avoid It

Basic Knowledge

Swine Flu is caused by Influenza virus A (H1 N1). We need first to explain what's type A and what are H & N. Influenza viruses are divided into 3 main categories A, B & C; A virus causes world wide epidemics (pandemics) of influenza, B virus causes major outbreaks while C virus only causes mild respiratory tract infection. The pandemics caused by influenza A virus occur almost every 10-20 years, but major outbreaks caused by this virus occur annually every year in various countries.

The key to the persistence of the influenza virus is its genetic material and antigenic composition. It's major surface antigens are hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N). The H antigen is used to bind to host cells, while N Antigen cleaves budding viruses from infected cells. Hemagglutinin has 4 subtypes (H1, H2, H3 and H5) and N antigen has 2 (N1 and N2) that have caused human disease. The surface antigens can change or (shift) over time. H & N Antigens change continuously reflecting mutations in their genetic material where antigenic shift occurs when a major change occurs in the antigens and this shift often triggers a pandemic, because humans often have little or even no pre-existing immunity to the new strain.

Mode of infection

Swine flu virus spread like any other influenza virus by droplets or aerosols.

Incubation period

1-4 days (The period before appearance of symptoms).

Clinical manifestations

Unfortunately swine flu has the same symptoms like normal human flu and this includes:

Sudden increase of body temperature, cough, malaise, anorexia, headache, muscle aches, rhinitis and respiratory distress (it may or may not be accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea).

Laboratory diagnosis

Swine flu is diagnosed by nasopharyngeal swabs, washes or aspirates of specimens taken early in the course of the disease. The virusus are fragile and need to be handled carefully; and specimens should never be frozen.


As there's no treatment available yet the only way we have to avoid being infected or to enhance our immunity is by following these measures:

– Avoid crowded places (you can wear masks) – Avoid kisses if you are not sure of your kisser – Wash your hands frequently with water and soap (especially if you sneeze) – Always provide good airing – Drink water and fluids as much as you specifically particular Ginger (to increase immunity) – Useful foods to increase immunity are cantaloupe, apple, guava, honey, lettuce and radish – Use vitamins specifically vitamins A & C and antioxidants.

I hope this information will help you to pass this hard period.

Technical Writing – Components Of Windows User Interface In Software Documentation (2) – Window

User interface documentation, one of the important tasks in software documentation, requires clear and consistent definition of all interface components. In this second part of the series, we continue with our survey of the most important interface components that a technical writer should be familiar with.

NOTE : Windows, Mac and Linux machines all have different user interfaces, depending on the particular Operating System (OS) (or "distribution" in the case of Linux) installed on your machine. This series is limited to the Windows interface only.

First of all, let's clarify the conceptual difference between a SCREEN and a WINDOW .

A SCREEN , as defined by Microsoft, is the "graphical portion of a visual output device." It is sometimes used interchangeably with a "MONITOR" or a "DISPLAY." Sometimes both are used together as in the retronym "monitor screen."

A WINDOW , on the other hand, returns to the individual display area surrounded by a FRAME and display when the user clicks a button or selects certain menu options.

A "screen" displays one or more "window" (s) but not the other way around.

A "screen" has one size which is the size of the monitor. Every "window," on the other hand, may have a different size depending on the user preference.

A "window" is a more abstract term when compared to a "screen" and that's why although there is a "screen RESOLUTION" (number of pixels in a unit length of screen), there is no corresponding "window resolution." There is, for example, "screen SAVER" programs. But there are no similar "window savers." You can save and close a window but a screen, as the physical medium of the interface, is there always, no matter which window (s) it is displaying.

When there are multiple windows open in a screen, the window that is selected and responds to user commands is referred to as the window in FOCUS. By "focusing" on a window you select it and make it respond to your interaction.

How To Maintain Healthy Blood Vessels For A Healthy Heart

You know them by many names: arteries, veins, and capillaries but what these all have in common is that these are blood vessels that keep you alive by circulating blood through your body. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood to and from the heart; veins carry deoxygenated blood from the tissues back to the heart which is why veins are usually blue in color; and finally capillaries are the smallest vessels which is part of the microcirculation system. Blood vessels no matter how they are referred and what their function is, is the means by which your blood flows and that is at the very heart (pun intended) of maintaining a healthy body. Heart disease starts and stops with your blood vessels and let's examine the issues on how these blood vessels can become damaged beginning a chain of events that could lead to a heart attack or stroke and what you can do to counteract them.

The path to a heart attack is typically a two step process. When the arteries narrow, the medical term is atherosclerosis, which by itself does not cause heart attacks. The events that precipitate a heart attack are a blood clot (thrombosis) and constriction and / or spasm of an artery also known as vasoconstriction. Now the artillery became injured when plaque is formed in the vessel interior. When that plaque expands, the wall is pushed out and the opening where the blood flows through is narrowed. Narrowed artillery damage the blood passing through them and clotting can form where the plaque located. If you have a cut blood platelet cells clot to keep you from bleeding to death, but when the platelets are in the blood vessel these platelets can interrupt the flow of blood. These clots can lodge in the narrow arteries of the heart also called "coronary arteries" and will shut off the blood flow through that artery. Ever hear of the expression of someone having a coronary? That happens when what doctors call "coronary thrombosis" occurs. When a blood clot shuts off the flow of blood in the coronary artery, the region of the heart fed by the artery is starved of oxygen and nutrients, which results in the death of those cells, which is an infarct and that is the classic heart attack, called an acute myocardial infarction or AMI for short.

One common cause to damaged blood vessels are your cholesterol levels. Since cholesterol is not soluble in blood, it is transported through the blood in particles called lipoproteins. The two important lipoproteins are the low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and the high density lipoproteins (HDL). Having high cholesterol is when you have excessive amounts of LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream leaving too many fat deposits for the HDL to clear out. That imbalance of your cholesterol levels can be caused by your diet intake or lack of exercise. The fat stored in your body is used for energy and the LDL carries the fat deposits to the cells which supplies that energy. A lack of a proper diet and exercise regimen aids in the buildup of LDL cholesterol in your blood which can lead to the formation of plaque which can lead to clots. Another theory to the increase of LDL cholesterol is when the LDL becomes damaged by oxidation that is by free radicals. This occurs when the oxidized LDL infiltrates the artery wall causing your white blood cells to be attracted to where this is occurring to form cholesterol deposits.

Other contributing factors to unhealthy blood vessels are when the blood platelets become activated when there is no bleeding. Platelets, which again play a major role in the process of coagulation of blood to arrest bleeding become activated and they still tend to aggregate or clump together and initiate an undesirable blood clot which can block blood flow through the vessel and that can also lead to a heart attack or stroke. When these clots are stationary they are called a thrombus and when these clots travel through the vessel it is called an embolism. Platelets can be activated by tobacco smoke and stress, as well as by diabetes and certain nutritional deficiencies and as people age a greater percentage of these platelets can become undesirably activated. Stress produces the same undesirable activation of blood platelets that smoking, diabetes and nutritional deficiencies do. When you are under stress, your adrenaline really flows. Adrenaline activates blood platelets to be prepared to clump together and form a blood clot, this natural reaction is a holdover from when humans were under the consistent treatment of being attacked by wild animals many years ago. Lastly, adrenaline causes blood vessels to constrict and the result of that is high blood pressure. Too much stress can cause persistent constriction of the blood vessels as well as continuously sticky platelets.

There are several routes you can take to maintain healthy blood vessels; there are prescription medications for everything these days which includes medications for reducing your cholesterol, blood pressure and even stress. But understand what comes with these medications, the side effects and the impact it can have on your lifestyle. You can also seek natural alternatives; there are powerful antioxidants available which will naturally help you maintain your cholesterol levels which in turn will promote healthy blood vessels. Antioxidants will also combat the free radicals within your body. Having healthy blood vessels also means having healthy blood pressure and as for the stress there are natural supplements which can help you reduce your stress. As always, when considering natural supplements as an alternative have a discussion with your health care professional to see if this route is right for you, especially if you are already on prescription medications for any specific condition. Before having that discussion do your research and be prepared to discuss all of the alternatives available. You steer the ship of your life and you need to look at all of the options available to you to live a long and healthy life.

Cholesterol Management: Cholesterol and Diabetes

LDL cholesterol is sometimes called "bad cholesterol"; HDL cholesterol is sometimes called "good cholesterol." LDL is what takes the cholesterol out into the bloodstream to distribute it to where it is needed in the body. HDL takes the excess cholesterol out of the bloodstream and returns it to the liver.

It is generally good to have higher HDL rates than LDL. Diabetes can affect the distribution of the lipoproteins. As such, diabetes can lead to a higher incidence of heart disease.

Diabetes affects cholesterol in certain ways: people with diabetes are likely to have LDL particles that are more damaging to the artery walls, because the cholesterol sticks to the artery walls. People with diabetes can have lower-than-normal HDL rates, which means that cholesterol is not removed from the blood efficiently. Diabetics can also have higher rates of triglycerides, another blood lipid (blood fat) that can cause complications.

Glucose latches on to lipoproteins, particularly LDL. Sugar-coated LDL stands in the bloodstream longer, and can lead to an increase in arterial plaque. Arterial plaque is a build-up on the artery walls. It leads to irregular blood flow, and in severe cases, it can block the artery entirely, causing a stroke. These blood clots, called a thrombus, can lead to thrombosis and other medical conditions. Some studies have shown that you can lower your arterial plaque by taking Vitamin K (potassium), which is found in fruits such as bananas.

Some people with diabetes have to work to control their cholesterol with their diet and exercise. Eating less fat (such as butter, margarine, and cooking oil) can help you lower your cholesterol. Eating more fruit is another way to combat high LDL cholesterol. Choose low-fat dairy options (try drinking skim instead of 2%, or using low-fat sour cream), and choose whole grain bread options. Exercising for 30 minutes a day is an important part in controlling both your cholesterol and your diabetes. Limit your servings of meat, fish, and poultry. Animal products are the only ones that contain potentially amounts of cholesterol.

As you have probably noticed, the lifestyle changes involved in managing cholesterol are very similar to the techniques for managing diabetes. Rather than going on cholesterol-reducing drugs, alter your lifestyle first. You will be healthier and happier overall if you manage your cholesterol naturally. Very few people need cholesterol-lowering drugs, except those with certain predispositions and genetic conditions. If you do choose to use drugs, be sure that your doctor and pharmacist know what diabetes medications, and other medications, that you take.

Cholesterol, like diabetes, can be managed by living a healthy lifestyle. Eat properly, exercise regularly, and look after yourself, and you will most likely never have a problem with your cholesterol levels.

The Blood Pressure Oracle – What is Your Real Blood Pressure?

I get quite often get the question: " I check my blood pressure every day and I keep on getting different results.

The answer is no, not at all, as long as you have a decent validated machine. BP (blood pressure) is not a constant body parameter. It changes all the time. For normal physiological reasons, your BP may fluctuate by up to 30 mmHg during a short time period. So it is perfectly normal for your BP to change between measurements. Even if you measure your BP repeatedly, you will almost always get different results. What is important is that you measure your blood pressure at the same time of day every time, under the same conditions, and that you then follow the trend of your BP by pluting it on a graph. Just remember that there are many outside factors that will affect your BP and you should try to avoid any unnecessary side factors such as talking, noise or movement while you measure it.

One of the best ways to get a reliable picture of your blood pressure is to apply the "rule of three". In the "rule of three" you measure your BP three times in a row at one minute interval, twice a day (morning and night), for three days 3 x in morning, 3 x at night, for 3 days). Average each set of three consecutive statements and then plot the results on a graph. You may notice a trend where your blood pressure is higher or lower at a given time of day. This is perfectly normal. After three days, calculate and average of all the readings. The result of these repeated measurements will best represent your blood pressure.

And what about White Coat Hypertension?

Sometimes, when you go to the doctor, your blood pressure is surprisingly high, compared to the readings that you get on your blood pressure monitor at home. Most people simply assume that their monitor at home is inaccurate, but this is not the case.

What it probably is is a phenomenon called "white coat hypertension". This happens when a patient is subconsciously made nervous by the doctor's presence (hence the name "white coat") and as a result his BP rises. Even if you think that you are perfectly relaxed, your BP can shoot up by as much as 15 points just like that.

Another possibility is that it is just a normal variation in daily blood pressure. Changes of up to 30 mmHg within a short time are perfectly normal, depending on what you are doing, especially if you are doing a physical activity such as sport or are under stress.

It might also be that your doctor is not measuring your BP correctly. He may be using antiquated equipment that is not calibrated or suitable for a modern day examination. More often than not, if two doctors measure the BP of a same patient using their own equipment, they will get different results. More often than not, doctors have a "digit preference", where they round up the result of the BP test to the nearest five, so 138/92 becomes 140/90. This is one of the undeniable advantages of digital BP monitors, in that they are much less dependent on user skill than the traditional devices.

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How to Develop Your Upper Pecs – Build the Best Shape for Your Chest

The upper pecs are the areas that are always underdeveloped. To achieve a masculine look, you need to develop the upper chest. Let this article guide you on how to build the best shape for your chest.

Here are two of my most recommended exercises to develop the upper chest. It should be noted that most people tend to overdevelop the lower chest with flat bench presses. If you found your chest to be a bit rounded and have the shape of a breast, then you need to put less emphasis on flat bench presses. Instead, follow these two workouts for your pecs:

Inclined Dumbbell Presses

With your adjustable bench, adjust your bench to 20 to 30 degree angle above the flat setting and get a weight you can handle for 12 repetitions. Start your chest workout with this exercise as it hits the upper parts of your pecs. Do three sets of 12 repetitions per set. You can also try doing 10 repetitions with a higher angle.

Cable Crossovers

If you want that line that gives definition to the middle part of your chest, then you need to include cable crossovers to your chest workout. You can also alternate it with machine flyes. Just make sure to flex the middle part of your chest when doing cable crossovers or machine flyes. This will ensure that there is tension in the middle part of your pecs.

For the time being, just avoid flat bench movements and concentrate on your upper and middle pecs. You need to allow the upper part of your chest to catch up and let the masculine shape of your chest develop within a few weeks of training.

Guillotine Paper Cutter – Cut Multiple Sheets of Paper With Complete Ease

A precise guillotine paper trimmer offers a simple solution to cut paper in a fast, accurate, and high-quality fashion.

A multi-functional 10 – 18-inch manual paper cutter is designed to operate on general purpose cutting assignments, with its ability to cut up to 15-sheets of 20-pound paper per stroke.Featuring a self-sharpening steel blade, these cutters are also adapt at cutting cardboard, foamboard, construction paper, bond paper, tissue paper, photos, cardstock, lamination, and customized presentations into small or half-sizes.

A desktop or miniature edition of the guillotine trimmer, at 4 to 10-inches, is a practical option for those wishing to cut handcrafted paper, business cards, digital photographs, greeting cards, retail tags, and similar such smaller-sized or on the go projects.

A heavy-duty guillotine, with its solid wood, high-impact plastic or steel cutting surface and dependable pulling arm, offers a precise cutting action and long-term strength. An ultra-light paper cutter, more useful in mobile applications, offers a tough plastic construction for complete ease in transporting from one location to the next.

For complete ease in sizing paper, a wide cutting base comes with a ruler (in inches or dual scale) or alignment grid to guarantee multiple paper-sheets are cut straight and to size – size indicators often include A3, B4, A4, B5, A5, B6, B7, postcard, and photo-size.

Features common to a guillotine trimmer consist of rubber nonslip feet to avoid movement, a blade-latching hook, a spring-action cutting blade to prevent it falling, a side protective rail-guard, and a clamp-wheel to hold a stack in paper in position – stops paper moving for a clean, straight edge.  

In addition to the multi-use guillotines, a paper cutter more appropriate to heavy-duty assignments includes the stack paper cutter, with its ability slice up to 400 sheets (approx. 1.5-inches) in a single stroke – these are useful for such places as schools, offices, churches, print shops, etc.  

Whether it is precise slicing of cardboard, photos, paper crafts, office presentations, or paper for scrapbooking, an efficient guillotine cutter offers the ideal piece of equipment to cut paper to the desired dimensions.

Sennheiser G4ME Zero PC Gaming Headset Review

I don’t usually get the chance to do many reviews on gaming headsets, so when I found out I could get my hands on a pair of these Sennheiser G4ME Zero’s, I took it! Big thanks to Sennheiser for sending these out to me! This G4ME Zero gaming headset is specifically designed to be used with your PC only. Although you may be able to find an adapter to connect it to other consoles, such as the PS3/PS4 or the Xbox, I still have not found one.

G4ME Zero Unboxing & Accessories

I’m a big fan of Sennheiser’s presentations, whether its a pair of regular headphones or a gaming headset, the product is always neatly presented, which makes it an enjoyable unboxing experience. The G4ME headset came in a professional packaging that was easy to open. The headset was safely tucked away inside the semi-hard shell carrying case. This headset didn’t come with many accessories, besides the zip up carrying case, which is high quality and equipped with a few pouches inside. Not many accessories are needed for a gaming headset anyways, in my opinion.

G4ME Zero Gaming Headset Comfort and Features

The G4ME is no doubt, a very high quality gaming headset. A lot of thought has gone into the build, performance, and comfort of these headphones, to insure many hours of super enjoyable PC game play. The ear-pieces on the G4ME Zero are extra large and roomy, making them cup perfectly over your ears, with absolutely no pressure points. This extra large ear-piece design also helps those who sweat a lot during game play, as these seem to allow just enough room for proper ventilation. The ear-cups are padded with memory foam and covered in a soft leatherette material (I do wish they used real leather). The headband is extendable and is also padded with memory foam, and wrapped in the same material.

These G4ME Zero gaming headsets are mainly an all plastic construction, but have a feeling of durability and elegance to them. The microphone on these is super cool, and has the style of a super-boom microphone. To mute the microphone during game play all you have to do is swing it upwards, fast and simple. Sennheiser has also implemented convenient volume control located on the right ear-piece, which is a dial that can be quickly adjusted, even in the middle of the most intense gaming situations.

The cable on the G4ME Zero is 3 meters long, which is enough slack to freely move around when connected to your PC. The cable is cotton wrapped, and very strong. It would have been nice if the cable was removable, but it’s not.

G4ME Zero Sound and Microphone Performance

The sound on this headset is good enough to bump your favourite music through. Even though these are designed for gaming, they have fine tuned audio frequencies and balance. What I really liked about them was how the gaming effects were crisp and realistic, but at the same time hi-lighting the voice coming from your friends that your playing with. It was easy to communicate with online players even with rough gaming effects in the background. This headset is also noise-caneclling, letting you zone into your game play.

The microphone is very sharp, and although not designed for recording in a production environment, they could easy still be used for that. The microphone does not pick up any background noise at all, which is another very well designed feature coming from Sennheiser. If you cant already tell, I love these bad boys! And you probably will too.

What is the Difference Between a Bachelor's Degree and an Associate's Degree?

About two years and sixty credits.

But seriously, in today's tough economy, you need every advantage you can get in order to obtain (or keep) a well-paying job. One of the key ingredients to most well-paying, secure jobs is education. Studies show that the higher your education level, the higher your salary. So if you are thinking about going back to college to get your degree, this article explains the difference between an Associate's degree and a Bachelor's degree.

An Associate's degree takes approximately two years to achieve and is typically offered at local community colleges. Some major colleges do offer Associate's degrees as well. Associates degree's are preparation for higher studies, which usually means preparation for Bachelor's degree. It is essentially a crash course in a particular field that preps you on the way to becoming a sub-professional in that field. It is more affordable than a Bachelor's degree and can be completed more flexibly. On average, those with Associate's degrees earn less than those with Bachelor's degrees.

A Bachelor's degree is more specialized, and takes four or more years to complete. Bachelor's degrees are obtained at colleges and universities. Instruction is more intensive and students are more highly-trained than in Associate's programs. Bachelor's degrees typically take two forms: Bachelor's of Arts (BA) and Bachelor's of Science (BS) Bachelor's degrees usually earn salaries more money than Associate's degrees. Also, these lessons set up study for more advanced education such as Master's Degrees or professional schools. These schools can include Law School, Medical School, or Dental School.

If you are looking for higher education, overall, the choice is yours, and it is a trade-off like anything else. Do you have the time, resources, and money to pay for four years of schooling in order to earn more money, or to move on to graduate or professional school? Is your goal to just specialize in an area and get done your education in two years? If you already have a job and maybe a family, and Associates degree may be the way to go. Otherwise it may be best to get your Bachelor's, although everyone's goals and prerogatives differ.

The Displaced Child – Three Parenting Mistakes That End Up in Therapy – Part 3

Margaret has had extensive therapy over twenty years because she fulfilled the diagnosis for borderline personality disorder. Now in her mid-forties, she no longer fulfills the criteria fully, but still has a few symptoms. She still needs therapy once in a while. In her own words, she says she is unable to enjoy the good life she now has: she is married to a wonderful man and has a fulfilling career as an expert in alternative medicine.

Margaret says she feels like she is carrying her family along even into her new life. They still fill her mind and emotions everyday, more than her marriage does. In her family, she felt like she never belonged. She was born at the end of her parent’s marriage, after the miscarriage of a child who did not belong to her father.

Margaret says this conflict of wanting to be loved but being rejected and displaced is tearing her apart till today.

During our last meeting, she was torn between giving up her family altogether and living with the pain of knowing she is unloved, or keeping up the contact, and enduring the pain of continual rejection.

Soraya is a beautiful young lady. She suffers from an eating disorder, bouts of anxiety and feelings of emptiness. Soraya says she never felt that she had a place in the family. She was five years old, from a previous relationship, when her mother re-married. Her younger brother, the son of her step-father, got away with everything. She, in contrast, was always punished for everything that went wrong, and had to do all the chores.

She practically brought herself up, because her mother was too busy trying to keep the marriage to notice when she reached puberty or when she had problems at school. Her stepfather was often abusive, but her mother seemed unable to protect her.

At our last meeting, we worked on how to deal with pathological guilt, anger and fear.

Both Margaret and Soraya are examples of displaced children.

Internally displaced people are people who are forced to migrate from their homes because of some threat such are war, natural catastrophes or health threats. This concept is also relevant within the family, when a child is forced out of its comfort zone because of some threat. This displacement is often on the emotional level, although this manifests itself also in practical ways within the family.

The displaced child has no secure and sure physical and emotional place within the family, and therefore, no rights. If living space is insufficient, the displaced child is the first to be forced to move, or change or reduce. The child’s financial and emotional needs are addressed last, and in case of insufficiency, the displaced child’s needs are the first to be compromised.

The displaced child is often also the scapegoat for the failures and mistakes of others in the family and carries the burden of unpleasant chores and duties.

How does a child end up in this situation?

The patch-work family is becoming more and more common. When two people with previous attachments come together, one or more of the children from the previous attachments may be displaced. Often, one parent is so eager to maintain the new relationship that they are willing to sacrifice their child from the previous relationship. They fear that making a firm stand for the rights of this child will compromise the new relationship.

For example, if there is not enough living space, the mother may allow her child to be shifted around because standing up for her child may alienate the new man. Or, she may invest all her emotional resources in the new relationship and in caring for the man’s children or the children they have together that she has nothing left to give the displaced child.

And of course, the child is to blame for anything that goes wrong, including duties left undone. In the worst cases, the parent stands on the sidelines while the partner punishes or abuses the child.

It is not just the mother whose child is often displaced: whoever is the weaker partner in the relationship runs the risk of having his or her child displaced. Whoever needs the relationship more is the weaker partner. Sometimes it is the man who is desperate to hang onto the woman.

A child can also be displaced within a normal family. For example, a child who is born during a marital or family crisis may be emotionally displaced. Often, the parents are so pre-occupied with the crisis that they have no emotions left for the new-born.

Similarly, a child born soon after a miscarriage or an abortion may be displaced. Or a child born too soon after the last child.

Displaced children are plagued by feelings of being unloved and unwanted, as well as feelings of depression and sometimes suicidal thought. Because they are the scapegoats for everything, they often carry a heavy burden of guilt. They often have severe problems in their adult relationships because they believe they are unlovable.

They are also emotionally unused to a positive, calm and happy home environment, where there is no abuse, no threat and no substance abuse. It may take therapy before they can learn to enjoy a new life and be convinced that they deserve it.

How can you prevent your child from being emotionally displaced within the family?

If you are starting a patch-work family or relationship, ensure that your own child or children will have their own secure place within the arrangement. They should have their own inviolable living space, and duties that are no less but also no more than the others. They should have the same inviolable access to family resources such as money, time and family possessions as the others.

The child should be accountable for their own actions and failures, but not for those of anyone else. And if abuse occurs from other members of the new family, the natural parent should intervene immediately. In contrast to compromising the new relationship, this firmness may win respect for both the parent and the child, as well as protecting the child. If it does not, it is not a relationship worth being in.

Parents in a normal family should get help if they feel emotionally incapacitated to care for a new child.

Children are a very precious resource; a resource that will remain yours all your life, while relationships may come and go. Don’t allow your child to be displaced without a fight.

Alkaline Foods List – Discovering Alkaline-Rich Sources

Anthony Robbins, a popular health guru and book author was the one who first introduced the alkaline foods list to the public. He based this list on his alkaline-acid diet program which promotes a safer and more effective method of dieting. Although the alkaline-acid diet system was created to help overweight people lose excess pounds, there’s clearly more that the program has to offer.

Apart from helping people reach their ideal body shape, alkaline dieting also teaches about correct eating habits and lifestyle. Choosing high alkaline foods is just one of the steps towards good health. Practicing an exercise routine and keeping away from vices like smoking and drinking are the other essentials of the program.

If you will study the alkaline foods list, you’ll notice that the list contains alkaline-rich sources from various food groups. You may notice that the chart is divided into categories – fruits, vegetables, grains, protein sources, spices and beverages. With each category, there are several varieties of highly alkaline foods that you can choose from.

Hence, the alkaline diet program can be considered as a flexible means of dieting. You are not encouraged to stick with just one type of meal or nutrient. On the contrary, you are encouraged to fill your body with all the nutrients you need from a wide range of food choices. It’s obviously not a boring diet to begin with. As long as you choose to feed your body with alkaline-rich food and beverages, you’re on your way to a healthier body.

Opposite the alkaline-acid chart are food sources that are high in acid content. Of course, we need just the right amount of acid in our system. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we should completely stop eating foods that contain acid. In fact, some fruits and vegetables contain mild to high levels of acid. However, by being aware of the acidity level of what we eat, we can lessen our intake of acidic foods and maintain the ideal pH balance of our system.

Nitrile Gloves: Why Color Is Important

We all know there’s a need for cleanliness, but some of the chemicals in cleaning products can play havoc with the skin. Gloves appear to be the answer, but rubber gloves can cause their own problems. Many people are sensitive to natural rubber latex, and even more develop a sensitivity as a result of frequent exposure, so the best thing to do is avoid the issue and protect your hands with gloves which are latex free.

Nitrile rubber is a synthetic product which is resistant to many chemicals. It functions within a wide temperature range and is used in the aeronautical industry to make fuel and oil hoses. Although it is not quite so flexible as natural rubber, it has many other advantages. Nitrile gloves are favoured by doctors and healthcare workers because they are three times more resistant to punctures. They protect both patient and doctor from the spread of blood borne disease and can also be used when handling highly toxic chemicals such as chemotherapy drugs. But they do more than protect the nurse or doctor. Where patients suffer from an allergy, the use of rubber gloves can induce anaphylaxis; this is one reason why some hospitals, most notably the Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, have banned them in favour of non allergenic types.

Traditional latex gloves are milky colored, but nitrile versions are usually colored to make it easy to distinguish them. Blue is typically used for patient examinations, the color makes it easy to see if blood or other bodily fluids have come into contact with the glove. Other colors are also available, some specific to certain brands. Kimberley Clark’s range is known for its quality and is easy to identify, being purple, while Medline’s range is green. Medical professionals find it easy, as a result, to identify latex free gloves and use them in cases where the highest level of protection is needed.

Green, blue and purple nitrile gloves are all useful in a medical environment, but there are many non medical situations where it is necessary to protect the skin. There is a considerable demand for black types which are widely used by beauty therapists, tattoo artists and hair stylists. Hydrogen peroxide and hair colorant can irritate the skin quite badly, especially when it is exposed several times a day.

Black nitrile is also popular with police officers who value the material over vinyl as it is less likely to tear in an aggressive situation. Although there is no real functional difference between blue and black nitrile gloves, the dark color seems to make them more acceptable. They are easy to put on, easy to use and have a smart, non medical appearance which is ideal for use in many professions.

Is There A Hair Loss Clinic Near You?

In some places of the world, there is not one hair loss clinic within a two-mile radius. If you have this problem, how can you possibly address your hair thinning issue? Many people think that the best solution for baldness is a doctor’s intervention. While this is true, all a doctor can offer you right now are procedures like hair surgery and hair transplant. Either way, you’ll be subjected to a clinical operation that requires local or general anesthesia. The operation means big sums of money to spend too.

It’s okay if there’s indeed one hair growth clinic near you and you have the funds to spare. But what if there isn’t any? Would you fly to the next state or country where hair surgery or transplant is offered? That would be added expenses for you. In all reality, obtrusive solutions to hair problems such as these don’t really have to be the first and last choice of people losing their tresses. There are many other solutions out there and most of them are quite simple but effective.

If there is no hair treatment center near you, you don’t have go farther than a drugstore and buy an effective hair loss shampoo to apply on your hair. Slowly and surely, you’ll be able to grow back what you have lost in the most natural way possible. Shampoos are the first solution to baldness problems.

And just in case you have tried all the hair growth shampoo in the market and you can’t seem to find the perfect match, global products may work for you. There may not be a clinic near you but there are many hair loss shampoos offered over the internet and they ship worldwide. Take advantage of these products, which are usually shipped on a discounted rate when ordered in bulk. Now that’s the solution you need, delivered to your door.

About Autism and EMDR Treatments

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This is a technique that is supposed to be useful in helping people overcome things like anxiety, many phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol or drug abuse, schizophrenia, learning and eating disorders and disabilities, and other personality or mental problems a person may have. At a very basic level, this therapy is done by waving a stick, often lit, in front of the eyes of a patient. The eyes must follow the stick. It is moved in patterns up and down and back and forth. Some wonder if autism and EMDR might have a favorable outcome as well.

This therapy was invented by a therapist by the name of Francine Shapiro. It should be noted that though she received her doctorate, the school she attended was never accredited and no longer exists. However, that does not mean that this does not work. It seems that no one is sure how this therapy works, but some believe it might work much like the theories behind acupuncture. It is believed that EMDR might release brain energy blockages that have been causing any of the aforementioned problems a person might be experiencing. Much like the chi of the body must be running in balance and unblocked in acupuncture, the same theory is said to be true for the brain and it’s functions as well.

When this type of therapy is employed to help those that have gone through a traumatic experience, it is said to be useful in eliminating the stress and depression associated with the memories. For example, someone who has gone off to war and has anxiety related to what happened to him or her while there might benefit from EMDR. The therapist will have the patient recall the event in as much detail as possible while having the patient do the eye movements associated with the therapy. This can help people who have been in fires, been through rape, or any other type of trauma that might cause lifelong and severe anxiety and stress.

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How then, would this work for those who have autism? It’s not a treatment that can cure autism by any means, but it may help with specific things that are a problem for an autistic child. A big part of autism is anxiety, especially with socialization. However, other things can bring on anxiety that might be more troubling for a child with autism than for a child who does not have it. They may be scared of things that another child can rationalize. EMDR may help reduce anxiety with these children in relation to an event or a thing.

This treatment has its fair share of discreditors, but there are others who state that it works well and recommend this treatment for anxiety and traumatic experiences. The results of autism and EMDR treatment will differ from child to child, but because it is non-invasive and rather simple, it might be something worth trying when a child seems to have paralyzing fear that is affecting their life and schedule. Try to find a practitioner who has experience in dealing with autism.

Declutter Your Bathroom in 8 Easy Steps

The most hated room in our homes to clean or declutter is the bathroom. Once you have some ideas of what you need to do and a plan, it's really not that hard to do and really should not take that long either. In most homes, just the mere mention of cleaning the bathroom is thought of as the most dreaded chore in any household.

If you have promised or challenged yourself to declutter your home, the bathroom has to be done too. So get to work, do it first and get that task done and mark it off your list as "completed."

Now For The 8 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Bathroom:

1. Clear out the medicine cabinet of all medications. Check expiration dates and properly dispose of any that are old and past their expiration date. Check with your local pharmacy or hospital in your area to see if they have a program in place to accept expired medications for disposal. Health officials have advised that flushing any medications down the toilet is not the proper way of disposing of them. Also be sure to remove any labels from the bottles that have names, addresses and personal information on them and shred them. If you have children in the house, make sure the medications you are keeping have the child proof caps on them.

2. Clear out any other items from your medicine cabinet . You will be surprised what you will find in there. Sort and decide what you are keeping and what your are disposing of. If it is an over-the-counter medication or ointment check to find out how to properly dispose of it. Take the needed precautions for over-the-counter medications if you have children in the house.

3. Under the sink, pull out everything and start sorting. If you have duplicates of some things such as shampoo, conditioner, hand lotions, and liquid soap, combine them each into one bottle or container and discard the empty containers. Small plastic tubs or boxes are a great way to contain these items all in one place.

4. First aid supplies. Go through and make sure you have all of the supplies that are in a basic first aid kit; antiseptic, gauze pads, scissors, adhesive tape, Ace bandage, instant cold pack, latex gloves, Band-Aids, tweezers, and sting and bite treatments. If your first aid kit is missing any of these items make sure to replace them. Keep them all together in one container or buy a first aid kit with the needed items already supplied.

5. Make-up and cosmetics. It is a good idea to go through your make-up and cosmetic supplies at least every 6 months and throw away what you have not used in that period of time. Mascara especially should be replaced every few months to prevent eye infections.

6. Perfumes and colognes. They do have a shelf life of 3 to 5 years if stored properly and should be thrown if you notice a different scent. Although perfumes and colognes do not "spoil" the older they are the scent and color will change.

7. Bed linens and towels. Sort through all of your sheets and pillow cases, bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths. Match all of your sheets and pillow cases together and get rid of the ones that are not a matching set. Do the same with your towels and washcloths. You may not have matches or sets of these but go through and check for wear and tear and holes and toss them out. If any of the items are still in good condition, donate them to a shelter or thrift shop.

8. Hair accessories. If you have not been able to resist buying every new hair tie, clips, bows, bands or even hair dryers or curling irons, then you need to get control of the situation. Decide which of the items you use the most and which ones you have never used or probably never will use and toss them out. Again if they are usable and in good condition, donate them.