How To Prevent Alcohol And Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a serious disorder. If not raised, it can lead to crises like loss of employment, living quarters and important relationships. And as if this were not enough, this kind of addiction can cause sickness and even death. Drug addiction is multi-layered and has a variety of causes as well as contributing factors. With the knowledge we have today, Simplistic anti-drug campaigns, such as the "Just Say No" program back in the 1980's, and even more complex programs like "War on Drugs" is not very effective. The reason for this is that these campaigns do not address the root causes of drug addiction but battles the symptoms not the causes of drug addiction.

When most people consider a drug addiction problem, their minds go automatically to old movies or TV-series. A junkie trembling on a street corner, selling her own body for her next fix, or a tragic, pale old man lying in a gutter with a needle in his arm, or even a college girl snorting a line of crystal meth in a frat house bathroom during a wild party. These images are powerful indeed, but drug addiction generally creeps up in a slow but determined pace. Months or years are passing, during which time the addicted person is still able to function in a job, maintain a place to live as well as keeping relationships going. A drug or alcohol addiction problem generally passes slowly through several phases. Just because someone you know has not lost everything he or she owns to drugs does not have to mean that he or she does not have a drug addiction problem.

One of the most insidious drug addiction is prescription drug addiction, followed closely by alcohol addiction. Let's face it; we are a nation of pill poppers and alcohol beverage drinkers. Since we were children we learned that if something hurts, we should take a pill to make the pain disappear. We also see that children are being prescribed drugs such as Ritalin in increasing amounts, as parents and doctors smudge the line between active, healthy kids and kids with a true Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). All the time we are bombarded with advertising for pain relievers, sleep medication and a lot of other remedies; prescribed and over the counter. Seen from this point of view, prescription drug addiction is not hard to understand. We severely question the doctor thoroughly about the risk of dependence on any medication, since using medicine for almost any problem is so widely accepted. It's so easy to take the drug without question and before we know it, we may have developed a prescription drug addiction.

Alcohol addiction is almost as easy to develop for much the same reason. We live in a culture of drinking. We often go out for cocktails after work or drinking beer with friends during a sports event slowly gives way to having one, two, three, even six or eight beers every night. It feels normal to continuously re-visit the bar during a night at a pub. Next thing we identify is a full-blown alcohol drug addiction.

How harsh (or maybe great) it may sound, you are the only person that can prevent alcohol or drug addiction, due to the choices or decisions you make. Although addiction is classified as a disease, it may well be one of the few diseases that people choose to get. Each drug or alcohol addicted person started their life as an addict by making a choice. You are free to make the same choice or you can choose to not allow drug addiction to be your disease. It's your choice and whether you like it or not, it is the price you have to pay for being a human with a free will.addiction a seat in your life. It's up to you.

Bad Medicine For a Marathoner

All runners know that living an active lifestyle can strengthen the immune system, decrease heart disease and help keep you healthy. But runners are people too and we are all vulnerable to the occasional ache, pain and illness. Before you reach for that pain reliever or antibiotic, you should know that runners have special risks with some medications.

Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

If you are a runner, the chances are good that you have taken one of these drugs during training. NSAIDs are a group of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications that relieve everything from fevers, to muscle aches and minor arthritis. Frequently used NSAIDs include aspirin, Aleve (naproxen) and Motrin (ibuprofen).

Ibuprofen and naproxen are both available OTC and at prescription strength dosages. Many athletes take these drug at prescription strength regularly. The maximum OTC dosage is 400mg of ibuprofen. But ask any of your running buddies what they take for soreness after a long run and they will most likely say three or four tablets. That’s 600mg to 800mg of ibuprofen. You shouldn’t do this without talking to your doctor. While there is no disputing the effectiveness of these drugs at decreasing inflammation and reducing aches and pains, there is a dark side.

The main problem is that NSAID use after run workouts can inhibit the tissue rebuilding process and keep you from getting stronger as quickly as possible. Because the drugs slow inflammation, they also slow tissue healing. Training is really nothing more than damaging your muscles enough that you stimulate them to heal. If all goes according to plan the healed muscles, tendons and ligaments are all stronger after the healing, referred to by runners as the “recovery process,” takes place.

There is a growing body of medical evidence that shows these drugs can prevent you from recovering (and hence training) to your full potential. But they can also put you at risk of tendon injuries. If you get a bad case of tendonitis, you will lose much of your hard-earned fitness while you sit on the sidelines.

Another way runners put themselves at risk is by taking NSAIDs to prevent soreness during a long run or race. There are often ibuprofen tablets sprinkled on the ground near aid stations on the marathon course. You will hear runners with tablets jingling in there back pocket. But there have been many reports of kidney failure after taking NSAIDs during vigorous exercise. Kidney failure can kill you.

Steroids

The most powerful drugs we have to reduce inflammation are corticosteroids (often referred to simply as “steroids”). Prednisone is the most commonly prescribed steroid medication in tablet form. Prednisone was considered a miraculous cure for arthritis when it was discovered and now is used to treat many other conditions including allergy symptoms and asthma. But there are several reasons runners should avoid it. Prednisone can weaken tendons, thin joint cartilage and slow your recovery after you run.

Corticosteroids are also often injected into painful ankles and around inflamed tendons to reduce pain and stop inflammation. However steroids increase the risk of tendon rupture when injected near the Achilles. If you have a sore Achilles tendon and your podiatrist injects steroids around the tendon, you just might hear a loud “pop” at the back of your leg when you head out the door for a run.

Antibiotics

If you get a bacterial infection and need to take antibiotics, you need to explain to the doctor that you are a runner. Some antibiotics have been associated with tendon ruptures in athletes. Running places tremendous stress on the peroneal tendons and Achilles tendons. Whether you are being treated for bronchitis, pneumonia, or a urinary tract infection, your doctor can choose another class of drugs that won’t put your precious tendons at risk.

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. But it is also the one most often ruptured. If you tear your Achilles tendon, you will most likely need surgery to repair it. Achilles tendon surgery demands that you stay off your feet for weeks and stop running for months. Obviously if you are training for the San Francisco marathon when this happens, you will not make it to the starting line.

A class of antibiotics called quinalones are well-known to reduce tendon strength and lead to tearing or complete tendon rupture. Some examples of quinalones are Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin). Basically any drug ending in “-oxacin” is a quinalone antiobitic.

Although the FDA only recently issued a “Black Box Warning” about the risk of tendonitis and tendon ruptures with these antibiotics, the FDA was aware of the risk as long ago as 1995.

Today there is little dispute about the risk of tendon injury in runners and other active adults taking these medicines. But we also know that if you are simultaneously taking NSAID’s, corticosteroids or are over 65 years old, you are even more at risk of a tendon rupture.

The main point is not to avoid necessary medications, but that you need to emphasize your running activities with your doctor. Then you can both rest assured that you will safely recover from what ever ails you.

The Best Medicine That is FREE – Oxygen!

How does our environment affect our Oxygen take?

I was born Santa Monica and raised in Southern California. In the early 1960's, my family moved to San Clemente on the Pacific Ocean located at the very bottom of Orange County. The town's population was under 5,000 and it seemed to be a million miles from Los Angeles with its smog filled skies.
With all the hysteria that currently exists on Global Warming and Polluted Air, let me tell you a personal story to prove to you how far we have come, at least in relation to the air we breathe. Often we do not hear the good news, only the bad. It makes better headlines.

During the summertime in Grade School, without cable television, video games, internet, etc. my friends and I spend most of our days outside riding bikes, hiking, swimming, surfing, fishing or playing sports. In other words, we were constantly exercising and breathing a lot of air. Further, overweight or obese children were a minority in my school. Gee! I wonder why?

This was also the time period before catalytic converters and emission controls on cars. Even with our distance from Los Angeles and Orange County only had a total of about 700,000 people, (today, San Clemente has over 65,000 by itself) I recall numerous Smog Alerts and days when I had breathed so much smog that my lungs hurt and I had to go home and lay down.

Since I can not remember a Smog Alert in 30 years and Orange County, by itself, now with over 3,000,000 people, it is obvious that we have made incredible progress in cleaning our air. Unfortunately, political agendas have a tendency of hiding the truth from the public. I am not saying we do not have work to do, but let's celebrate the progress we have made.

That said, it is true that combustion, respiration, deforestation, and man-made processes have reduced Oxygen levels in our air. Further, any big city is going to have some levels of pollution floating around that you will breathe on any given day. And not only are we breathing pollution from the outside world, but also from the inside one. Indoor pollution and lack of oxygen intake can become an even worse challenge.

In our home, we like to keep the windows open as much as possible because we like to constantly have fresh air moving through the house. I can not stand stale air. I think we have all had the experience of entering a home or building and immediately realizing that the air has not been changed in days.

It's just common sense that when you are stay inside with all the window's and doors closed, you are breathing in and out is what you or others have already breathed in and out. This can lead to Carbon Dioxide buildup which most of us know can be deadly. We are reminded of this at least once a year when some "bright bulb, rocket scientist" that thinks its okay to use his barbeque or Coleman stove to heat up the house. Unfortunately, the consequences are often deadly. So, another free solution to increasing your Oxygen intake is to simply open up your windows and breathe deeply. Just make sure that there is not a huge diesel truck idling close by!

Hey sports fans. Here is another solution if you got the bucks!

A common but expensive technique for increasing oxygenation levels involves the use of an incredibly complex device called a hyperbaric chamber such as those commonly used for treating varying suffering from decompression sickness.

The elevated oxygen saturation's provided by hyperbaric therapies have been proven clinically effective in wound care, gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, certain types of cancers, speeding healing in burn patients, treatment of anemia, etc.

The chamber is actually a great big tank in which the patient is placed and then pressurized so that their bodies can absorb more oxygen. The increased ambient pressure elevates the partial pressure of oxygen in the bloodstream and can permit oxygenation levels equivalent to 140% at sea level. The medical community knows that when nothing else will help, Oxygen can come to the rescue and work miracles!

A great many persons, including Hollywood celebrities, routinely use such chambers for increasing their oxygen levels. The 'rich and famous spend thousands of dollars and countless hours in these chambers. But do not you think there has to be an easier, safer and more affordable way to give your body more Oxygen?

As we have discussed, learn to breathe effectively on an ongoing basis, keep the fresh air in your home or work environment and do your best to avoid breathing around known attorneys.

More incredible benefits from Oxygen!

1) Improves chemical imbalances in the body.

2) Relieves headache

3) Accelerates healing time for injuries

4) Lowers blood pressure

5) Relieves stress and anxiety

6) Allows the body to direct enough oxygen to its primary functions without having to draw on valuable reserves.

7) Helps reverse premature aging

8) Relieves symptoms of PMS in women

9) Helps replace damage free radicals

10) Helps neutralize harmful toxins in cells, tissues and bloodstream.

I hope this article will help you create health in your daily life.

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Tinnitus Masker – Do Tinnitus Maskers Really Help?

There are many people who suffer from tinnitus, the condition where you hear ringing in your ears even without any external perceivable sound. Tinnitus is difficult for the medical community to get a handle on, and can be caused by a number of underlying conditions.

Unfortunately, having tinnitus could greatly affect one’s life. Aside from having general hearing difficulty, some people also have difficulty sleeping or difficulty concentrating because of the constant ringing in their ears. There are people who have lost employment, lost relationships, even lost their sanity because of their experience with tinnitus. I mean, obviously, think about it. If you are not able to maintain a train of thought long enough to, many times, even complete a sentence, let alone complete a conversation – how useful are you going to be on your job? Not very useful, is my guess.

By the same token, this lack of ability to focus wreaks havoc on relationships, be they romantic relationships, family relationships, friendship relationships, or even just casual acquaintances. In addition, people with tinnitus are very often unable to get a good night’s sleep, or any consistent sleep at all, for long periods of time consecutively. This type of sleep deprivation can cause hallucinations, delusions and – in extreme cases – psychosis.

Although tinnitus is often addressed and treated based on what is causing it, there are many other remedies one could try to help alleviate the condition. One of the common solutions to this hearing condition is a tinnitus masker. These are devices which are very similar to hearing aids except that it produces a sound that is supposed to suppress or mask the ringing in the ears.

Tinnitus maskers can be very effective especially for those who could not find any effective solution to their tinnitus. Since the ringing in one’s ear can be distracting, the sounds given off by the tinnitus masker can help drown out the ringing. Most of the time, the sounds are natural relaxing sounds like the sound of ocean waves, rain fall, white noise, and many more. This way the tinnitus sufferer would find it easier to sleep, think, and concentrate.

The constant use of tinnitus maskers is also believed to promote habituation which means that your brain gets used to hearing the sounds from the device and in effect, would be desensitized to the ringing caused by tinnitus. There are even some rare cases when the tinnitus is suppressed after extensive wearing of a tinnitus marker.

Help Yourself Against Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional abnormality of the colon and to some extent the rest of the digestive tract, but without any signs of abnormal anatomy, infection or inflammation that easily can explain the symptoms. The syndrome can however cause such changes secondarily. It usually begins in the age 20 to 30 and bids to last, but the sufferer can have good or bad periods.

The symptoms are of many kind, and quite opposite type of symptoms can occur at different times. Some times you have lazy bowel function, constipation and building up of stool. At other times you can have dirrhea and frequent bowel movements. Other common symptoms are bloating, stomach cramps and pain, engorged stomach, irregular time for bowel movement, irregular consistency of the stool and general fatigue.

The causes of IBS are not well known. Components in the lifestyle can cause it or aggravate it, but the exact cause lifestyle factors differ from person to person. A general bad diet or lack of exercise can contribute to the syndrome or aggravate it. In some persons IBS seems to be caused by intolerance to specific elements in the food or aggravate after consuming certain food types.

Psychological or social stress is a causal factor for some, an infection that can mark the onset for others. Some patients with IBS seem to have an abnormal intestinal flora or a hidden infection. A disturbance in the nervous or hormonal control of the bowel function seems to be an important part of the disease mechanism.

IBS is diagnosed when the specific pattern of symptoms occurs over longer time without any anatomical abnormalities, infections, inflammations or malignant processes that can explain the symptoms, and without celiac disease, lactose intolerance or other well known intolerance reaction. An important part of the diagnosis is therefore to exclude other causes of the symptoms.

It is difficult to totally cure IBS, but many measures can help to lessen the symptoms:

– One will have a generally healthy diet with some fiber, enough fluid and a moderate amount of fat. A diet with very much fiber is not always beneficial though.

– One can try to eliminate food types from the diet during a couple of weeks to find out if some specific food aggravates the symptoms.

– One should exercise regularly and frequently. Condition training and all type of training that make the stomach area move is good to stimulate a healthy intestinal function.

– One should stress down by providing a good sleep habit and by adjusting a stressful social situation. One can also stress down with meditation.

– Yoga exercises can less the symptoms, both because they help you to stress down and stimulate the organs in the stomach.

Certain remedies can help against specific symptoms or to stimulate the stomach organs to work better:

– A supplement of husk from psyllium (Plantago ovata) or fibers extracted from this husk, can alleviate the functional symptoms, but insoluble fibers from bran do not usually help. The husk must be taken together with enough water. If not, intestinal obstruction can occur. Some persons also react to this husk with allergic or asthmatic symptoms.

– Medicines containing seeds for good bacteria, so-called, probiotics, seem to help many sufferers from IBS.

– A moderate amount of coffee or tea each day will often stimulate a good bowel function and help for the syndrome.

– Some herbal products can help many sufferers for the disease, like peppermint oil, kiwi fruit and Commiphora mukul resin (gugul).

– Compound remedies with extracts of the effective herbs, fibers and probiotics can be found on the market and these can be worth trying.

– Some people benefit from a colon cleansing regime followed by remedies to give a better intestinal flora and to stimulate good colon function. Packages for such regimes are also found on the market.

– When special symptoms like constipation or diabetes are especially prominent, remedies against such symptoms can give temporary help.

Take Steps to Curb Growth Of Bird Flu Virus

In the recent years, Avian Bird Flu has come out as one of the most deadly diseases, troubling the domesticated birds in large. Till date no vaccination or medication is ready against this life threatening viral disease. Scientists from all over the world are working in direction of formulating a flu vaccination. The vaccine if developed would be very effective against any of the strains of the bird flu virus.

Through various studies it has been found that there are various strains and subtypes of these deadly viruses which are solely responsible for causing a havoc in the healths of the birds. All the viruses different from each other. They vary in their genetic composition and then cause varying effects after multiplying in the host body. Some of them show minute symptoms like high fever, vomiting and nausea while the others can cause organ failure or even the death of the host body.

These viruses are found to mutate very quickly and thereby take the shape of more deadly and harmful viruses. Usually bird flu virus does not infect the human body. But H5N1 is a kind of virus that is known to exist in the mucous membranes of the human body. This is responsible for making humans the victim of bird flu.

The bird flu virus is transported by the wild and the migratory birds like water fowl and ducks. But these carriers are not at all affected by this harmful virus. Strange but its true. The mutation rate of this virus is very fast. They can mutate in seconds to give rise to a new form of virus, which can be even more deadlier than its parent cells.

Prevention is always better than cure. That is, taking a few steps you can fight against the bird flu and prevent it from spreading further. Of them the most easiest one is to maintain cleanliness in your surrounding areas. Even proper cooking of chicken can kill the virus causing bird flu.

Cross Necklaces – The History and How Wearing Religious Jewelry Can Express Your Christian Devotion

The history of cross necklaces used to display Christian devotion can be traced back at least to the 2nd century. Tertullian, a great Church Father, described the faithful Christian followers as cross devotees. And, it was noted that it was the center of the Christian’s life.

In the 3rd century St. Clement of Alexandria again describes the great devotion of Christians to the cross of Christ and defines it as the symbol of the Lord. St. Paulinus of Nola, at the end of the 4th century noted that it was recognized as both a sacred symbol of the passion of Christ and also a sign for protection and defense.

Archaeologists have found numerous items marked with a cross from many civilizations dating to the 5th and 6th centuries. These articles included: drawings and etchings on walls of burial chambers and catacombs in Rome, paintings in Egypt, coins, earthenware vessels, mosaics, devotional medals and saint medals, necklaces, rings, and liturgical vestments. They were even placed on documents from the 10th century believed to be used as signatures. They have been depicted on Christian Churches and monuments from the 4th century, and of course beautifully decorate our Catholic and Christian churches and Basilicas today.

Crosses were not only seen in artwork. As early as the 6th century beautiful necklaces were shown to be worn by Christians to demonstrate their devotion to Christ. Large pectoral crosses were worn by Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant clergy as a sign of reverence, devotion, and often to designate the level of the clergy in the church hierarchy. They were made of gold, silver, platinum, and often contained beautiful gemstones.

The use of a cross necklaces to display relics was identified as early as the 6th century. These reliquaries contained relics of the True Cross of Christ or relics of the saints. They were worn by clergy, royalty, and lay persons. One very interesting discovery demonstrates this use among Christians as a demonstration of their faith and devotion. St. Cuthbert was a monk and later a bishop of Lindisfurne, England. He was responsible for many miracles even prior to his death in 687. In 698 when they exhumed his body they found it uncorrupt. During the Danish invasion monks fled in fear of their safety and carried the body of the saint with them, wandering for years to Cumberland and other cities before it was finally taken to Durham, England. Another miracle occurred here. According to tradition it was believed that this miracle was St. Cuthbert indicating his desire to have his burial spot there. The incorrupt body of the saint has his final resting place in a cathedral in Durham. Interestingly, they also found in his tomb a very beautiful jeweled cross necklace.

Tombs of queens and kings were also discovered with fine religious jewelry of gold, silver, and gemstones. Another famous historical account identified both a reliquary and gemstone cross necklace in a tomb of a queen in the middle of the 6th century. Queen Theodelinda of Lombards received a very precious gift of a reliquary containing a relic of the True Cross of Christ from Pope St. Gregory the Great, an early Church Father and Doctor of the Church. Both of these wonderful expressions of Christian faith in jewelry are still preserved today in the treasury of Monza.

What a marvelous tradition we have as Christians in demonstrating our faith and devotion to Christ by proudly wearing cross necklaces whether it is a simple design of silver or gold or elaborate gemstone. We can follow in the footsteps of our early Christian brothers and sisters who were unafraid to display their Christianity daily by wearing this beautiful religious jewelry.

Cholesterol & Heart Diseases – How to Tackle?

Cholesterol – the dreaded word, which most Indians believe it to be a sign of heart related issue. However this is not completely true. Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance present in the body cells. It is found in certain kinds of food and is produced in the body too. It is essential for the body so that it can make Vitamin D, hormones and other factors needed to digest food.

Like everything else, an excess of cholesterol is harmful to the body and is the leading cause of many cardio vascular diseases. But what is truly harmful is that there are no visible signs to recognize that someone has high blood cholesterol. Like slow poison, it could keep damaging your body from within till one day you realize it, perhaps after serious damage has been done to your system.

The liver produces 80% of the required cholesterol and the remaining is available to the body through food. Such as foods derived from animal products like cheese, meat, poultry, fish.

Lipoproteins carry cholesterol in the blood. There are four kinds of lipoproteins in the body:

  • High density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good cholesterol”
  • Low density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol”
  • Very low density lipoproteins (VLDL), which are really bad forms of cholesterol
  • Chylomicrons, actually have very little cholesterol but a lot of another harmful fat called triglycerides

Who is Safe?

People often trick themselves into believing that they can’t have a certain disease. Similarly with cholesterol. Women believe that they cannot have high cholesterol; only men are likely to have it. Some believe that its only once they cross into their fifties then they have to worry about cholesterol. Some even think that being thin is their ticket to safety. Unfortunately, all of them are wrong. Anyone can have high cholesterol.

In fact one should start getting checked for it after 20 years of age. With the advent of smartphones and computers, the younger generation has adopted a sedentary lifestyle where exercise has reduced to tap of thumbs on their phone screens. The food choices have also changed from simple but healthy food to dishes soaked in butter and garnished with extra cheese. Putting them at higher risk of high cholesterol levels.

If you are over-weight or have a history of high cholesterol in the family or if you suffer from other diseases like diabetes, you should be extra careful. Smokers or obese people should also get tested regularly.

The Guilty Foods

A heart healthy diet and plenty of exercise can help you control excessive cholesterol. Avoid foods with high saturated fats. Animal produces like veal; pork, beef, eggs, milk and cheese are the usual suspects.

Coconut oil, palm oil or cocoa butter is equally guilty. And finally your favourite munchies like cookies and chips are loaded with saturated fat. Steer clear of these as much as possible.

What Are the Signs?

High cholesterol is a disguised disease. It never shows any symptoms. Most people discover it only when it results in a more serious health concern like

  • A heart attack – caused by the blockage of arteries of the heart
  • Angina – pain caused by the narrowing of the arteries
  • Stroke – caused by blockage in the arteries of the neck or brain
  • Pain on walking – caused due to blockage in a an artery of the leg

What Can I Do?

Regular testing can help detect and treat high cholesterol.

Considering the Indian lifestyle, doctors suggest that your first test should happen at the age 20 years, to determine the baseline of cholesterol and then you should get tested every 5 years. If you have family history or other diseases or lifestyle as mentioned above, you should get tested more often.

Adults with coronary artery diseases should get tested at least once a year, similarly for those suffering from diabetes and hypertension.

The lipid panel and lipid profile are the most common tests for checking cholesterol levels, which you can get done at almost all diagnostic centres. But if you see your physician, upon physical examination, he might suggest some other tests too.

Following a healthy lifestyle and getting your preventive diagnostic test done regularly is the key to enjoy a good healthy life and keep all the other health issues created with cholesterol away.

Live healthy to enjoy life fully!!

How to Get a Raging Libido and Powerful Erections

Libido or sex drive is a precursor to good sex. Most men lose their appetite for sex as they older. Though age is one of the factors that can affect libido in men, it is not the only factor. There can be many other issues as well such as stress, depression, lack of physical activity, low testosterone levels etc.,

However, you can get a raging libido with the help of simple changes in your lifestyle.

Here are a few:

Exercise- Regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep your overall and sexual health intact. This is because exercise not only increases blood flow to the penis but also helps boost the production of the male sex hormone Testosterone. It is great if you hit the gym but if you do not like frequenting a gym, a daily brisk walk can also prove highly beneficial.

Enough Sleep- Lack of sleep can be one of the major, yet highly underestimated, causes of low libido in men. Lack of sleep leads to higher stress levels. This not only leaves you drained out and with little energy to have sex but also increases the level of stress hormone Cortisol in blood that lowers testosterone production. So, make it a point to sleep for at least 7-8 hours a day.

No Smoking or Drinking Alcohol- Smoking is not just bad for your respiratory health but also for your blood circulation. Nicotine results in plaque built up over time and leads to reduced blood flow not just throughout the body but to the penis as well. Alcohol, on the other hand, increases estrogen and lowers testosterone. Not only this, it also damages liver. Your overall health is extremely important to ensure better sexual health.

Libido Enhancing Supplements- In addition to the above, libido enhancing supplements can help you get a raging libido and powerful erections at the same time. Such pills are a powerful blend of herbs and other nutrients that not only increase blood flow to the penis but also stimulates the production of testosterone in your body.

Some of the ingredients in such supplements include ginseng, ginkgo biloba, tribulus terrestris, tongat ali, l-arginine, muira pauma etc.,

Such herbs are not just great sexual stimulants but also help improve your overall energy levels. Not only this, certain ingredients such as l-arginine etc., can help stimulate the production of HGH in your body. This can help beat and overcome age effects.

Top quality supplements are clinically approved and do not have any side effects at all.

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Double Vision Causes – Natural Eye Exercise Remedies for Double Vision

Good eyesight helps make life a little easier for you so that you can drive, read and study with far less difficulty, stress and strain. There is a vision disorder called Diplopia, commonly known as Double Vision that hinders the ability of the eyes to function normally. Fortunately, a series of specific vision exercises can alleviate the symptoms related to this vision condition.

What is Double Vision? According to Medical News Today, a respected authority on vision care in America, if you are seeing Double Vision, a single image appears to you as 2 images simultaneously.

What causes Diplopia? Allaboutvision.com identifies a series of different causes of this vision imbalance. One of the primary causes is Binocular Double Vision. In such a case, the patient’s eyes are misaligned. As a result, there is an imbalance that causes the eyes to point at different angles at varying degrees. The brain perceives images that are not identical enough in order to form a single image. Hence, two images are created; causing double vision. Damage to the third cranial nerve that is responsible for eye movement causes the affected eye to move outwards when the healthy eye looks forward causing this visual abnormality. The following conditions are also contributing factors to double vision: a thyroid disease, diabetes, a stroke, an injury, astigmatism and dry eye syndrome.

A natural alternative remedy for this vision disorder are eye exercises. Before beginning any kind of eye exercise program consult your physician. Eye exercises improve this vision problem in cases whereby an individual suffers from what is known as convergence insufficiency. According to the Mayo clinic, convergence insufficiency means: “your eyes don’t turn inward properly when you are focusing on a nearby object. When you read or look at a close object, your eyes should converge- turn inward together to focus so that you see a single image” (Mayoclinic. com, 2012).

Here are some eye exercises for Double Vision:

Swinging: This technique is helpful in cases whereby there is damage to the third cranial nerve that is responsible for controlling eye movement and because of this visual malfunction, the eye that is affected tends to move outward while the healthy eye looks forward creating double images. In order to perform swinging stand up and select an object in the distance and focus on it. Then, gently sway your body from side to side while you maintain your focus on the distant object to the best of your ability. You may blink while you perform this exercise. Perform 2 sets of 10 repetitions.

Pencil Push ups: According to a study by the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, patients suffering from convergence insufficiency who were prescribed this particular eye technique saw a significant reduction in their symptoms. For this exercise, you will need a pencil. Sit in a comfortable chair while you hold a pencil in front of your face at a distance where you can clearly see the letters on the side of the pencil. Gradually move the pencil to the point where it is about six inches close to your nose. The objective of this vision exercise is to maintain your focus on one particular letter of the pencil as you move it toward your nose. In the event that the letter appears as a double image move the pencil farther away from you. Perform this exercise for 10 minutes as you continue to move the pencil back and forth in front of your face.

Eye rolling: roll your eyes in a clockwise direction and then in a counter-clockwise direction. Make sure that the rotations are slow, controlled and try to avoid any jerky movements. Smooth rotations can be achieved through regular practice. Perform 2 sets of 10 repetitions each.

Double Vision is a disorder that is caused by an imbalance in the position of the eyes that causes the brain to transmit double images rather than single images. It is also triggered by a variety of other factors. For example, vision disorders and health conditions such as Diabetes, stroke, injuries, Binocular Double Vision, astigmatism, and dry eye syndrome. While the symptoms of Double Vision may seem distressing, specific eye exercise techniques practiced regularly, are an effective remedy for the problem.

Schizophrenia and Coaching at Work

When I train managers as coaches I always ask them to respect the power of coaching questions and to recognize the potential that what starts as an innocent, business related conversation, may lead to the disclosure of a defect issue. Coaching managers would be advised to develop at least a little insight into the signs of abnormal psychology. Consider for example, that most commonly diagnosed form of mental disorder; thought to affect about 1% of the population at some point – schizophrenia.

It is a common misconception that schizophrenia means a split personality. This is not true. It is actually a generic term for a group of psychotic disorders characterized by disturbance of personality, loss of contact with reality and so on.

Let's look at how the condition might be described and the symptoms one might expect to be present.

Firstly we'll consider Schneider's first rank symptoms (1959):

Thought Disturbances:

Typical symptoms under this heading include Word Salad – bizarre verbal association and Clang Associations – linking words by sound rather than meaning

Auditory Hallucinations:

This is the classic "I heard voices", where the sufferer believes some external force is directing them to do something over which they have no control.

Primary Delusions:

Delusions are misrepresentations of what most people would regard as the reality of situations. Common schizophrenic delusions include:

Delusions of influence – the sufferer believes that at the mercy of external forces Delusions of grandeur – eg "I am Napoleon" Delusions of persecution – "They're out to get me", ie paranoia

Next let's consider the symptoms outlined by Slater and Roth (1969):

Disturbance of Affect:

Here the schizophrenic exhibits emotions that are clearly inappropriate for the situation eg giggling on receipt of bad news

Psychomotor Disorders:

Including odd hand gestures, twitching and pecicular facial expressions

Lack of Volition:

Those that suffer from schizophrenia often have trouble maintaining a normal day to day life. They can have difficulty with even simple activities and can often become withdrawn and reclusive.

Schizophrenia is a term that has occurred cheapened by misuse at the hands of satirists and thriller writers. In truth it represents an horrendous burden for sufferers and their families both of which deserve our sympathy.

It is unlawful that the coaching manager would be the first to stumble upon such symptoms, but it is not unheard of. Schizophrenia sufferers may well be able to carry on in their job roles with perhaps some minor adjustments or be moved to other duties. A coaching approach to communication among the colleges of the newly diagnosed schizophrenia sufferer should also prove a sensitive way to enable everyone to adjust.

Some studies indicate that schizophrenia – like many abnormal psychological conditions – can be triggered or exacerbated by stress, and work is the most common arena for experiencing stress these days. We coaches may be in a very good position to notice early signs of stress and where it might lead.

Understanding Speakers and Speaker Guidelines

When most people shop for home audio speakers they often find a lot of information, but don’t know what much of it means. The purpose of this article is to provide a basic understanding of some of the key elements in speakers and to offer some guidelines for the average audio consumer.

Most home audio speakers bought today are 2-way speakers. This means the speaker has a woofer for low or bass sounds and a tweeter for high sounds. There are also 3-way speakers which add a mid-range and these can sound clearer, all things being equal. For most people, however, a good 2-way speaker is fine.

Home audio speakers typically come in either rectangular or round designs. Round ceiling speakers are ideal for background music and rectangular wall speakers are ideal for surround sound systems. With this said, in-wall speakers are often just not practical to install in a given room due to room lay-out and furniture. There are certain designs of round speakers which can help offset the inherent benefits of rectangular speakers for surround sound.

One of the problems with round ceiling speakers is that they basically send the sound straight down beneath them instead of out into the room or area most desired. However, some speakers offer angled woofers so that you can install them in the corners, for example, and still have the sound directed outward into the room.

Typical sizes for speakers are 5.5, 6.5 and 8 inch. The 8 inch will generally have stronger bass with the larger woofer. 8 inch speakers are recommended for surround sound systems and 6.5 inch for background music. I would not recommend 5.25 inch speakers except for very small rooms.

A dual voice coil home audio speaker helps handle small rooms where there isn’t really enough room to place two speakers. The dual voice coil speaker provides for both channels from the amplifier and these can be quite handy in bathrooms, for example.

Power ratings of speakers always get a lot of attention, but often too much attention because power is but one factor among several others. The fact is most people will rarely if ever use the full power of most speakers today because they would soon become deaf if they listened to music at peak power. Power is rated two ways; RMS and Peak. RMS essentially means the volume level the speaker can handle all day long without distorting. Peak is the top power level the speaker can handle before blowing. For most people in most homes, 40-50 watts RMS is plenty. Some speakers only specify their Peak power rating and as a rule-of-thumb, divide the Peak rating by 2 to estimate the RMS rating.

The sensitivity rating should be 89db or more is the usual recommendation. This specification has to do with how clear the speaker sounds, and below 89db the sound clarity may be poor.

Range, or frequency response, represents the low and high end range of the speaker. Here the low end range is the more important of the two, and typically, 45-50Hz is the low end of what most of us can hear. On the high end, most speakers today exceed what we can hear and usually they are 20KHz or more, which is well above what we can hear.

A speaker has to divide the signal coming into it between the tweeter and the woofer. The crossover is in effect a filter that performs this function, but whenever sound is divided there will be some signal loss. A crossover of 12db is the most common today, and again, is fine for most people. Most speakers use passive crossovers, but some high-end speakers use active crossovers which are more sophisticated and allow for adjustments. Few homeowners need speakers with active crossovers or want to make these kinds of adjustments.

The materials that woofers are made of are often cited in speaker specifications. Polypropylene is the most common material used and is okay, but bass sounds will not be as full as with other materials. Kevlar, fiberglass or aluminum woofers will cost more but do offer stronger bass end sounds. For true audiophiles with lots of money there are other highly specialized materials available, but again, just not needed for average listeners.

You will also find that some speakers today feature bridge mount tweeters and this can be a plus. Bridge mount tweeters do not penetrate the woofer cone and will not, therefore, interfere with the woofer low-end sound. This is not to say that there aren’t good speakers who do not bridge mount their tweeters because there are such speakers where very few people could tell the difference. However, the difference is there and if you want a superior speaker then a bridge mount tweeter is one consideration.

The range of speaker prices today is quite remarkable. The truth is you can buy a decent pair of ceiling speakers for as little as $40 and you can buy a great pair for $200. Some people want the best and you can find those for as much as $1,500 a pair. As always, to some degree, you get what you pay for. However, it is also the case that the vast majority of us would have trouble telling the difference in sound from a good quality $100 speaker from a better quality $200 speaker.

Giving a Winning Speech

To give the best speech ever and win the heartfelt applause you deserve remember these rules: First of all only speak about subjects that you have great knowledge about, that you have a passion for, or have a personal experience to relay. If you do not know the subject matter like the back of your hand, it is not going to be exciting, nor will it be successful. You want the audience to feel your passion, to know your expertise. You do not want them to see you stumble and fumble for words. As easy as it may be to memorize a speech, it does not work well. A speaker who memorizes an entire speech is going to be acting. The audience will be able to detect a speaker who is an actor, or someone pretending to know the subject matter. But, a speaker who talks from personal experience, who knows his or her subject matter intimately can send an audience in to whales of laughter and deafening applause and whistles. So rule number one is: Become an expert at the subject matter.

Practicing your speech is not the same as pure memorization. Memorizing the main points of your talk is important. You do not want to be empty minded as you complete one important thought and proceed to the next. DO memorize the major components of your speech. If you actually had a funny experience that you wish to share, something that coincides with the purpose of your speech, by all means use it! The main parts to a speech are as follows: Grabbing opening statement. Short humorous story. Body of the Speech. Humorous Story and Final Thoughts with Conclusion.

The major components of giving a successful speech are as follows: Speak clearly and enunciate each word. Look your audience in the eyes unless you have a huge crowd, then looking just over their heads is permitted. Speak loud and clear and use a variety of vocal pitches. Put enthusiasm into your voice. Think about how boring it would be to listen to a broadcaster who spoke in a monotone voice. Vary your voice pitch. Practice by recording a part of your speech and listening to it. How does it make you feel? Next, remember to speak at level your audience can easily understand. Do not try to speak over their level of comprehension and comfort of your audience. Speak with words that are conversational, except your speech requires technical details pertinent to the subject matter and guests present. Be humble about what you know, and grateful for the experience to be standing in front of an audience. Use your body as well as your mouth to get your point across. MOVE, but move slowly with purpose. If you want to emphasize something walk, turn, and look directly at your audience and say whatever you have to say with expression and confidence. Be certain to smile when appropriate and to be serious if your speech calls for it. Remember to pause when necessary to make a point. For example:

So what would you do if you caught your teenager smoking marijuana? Open your hands and look at the audience. See if they respond by shaking their heads, and listen for them to respond at all. You may want to say to them, "So, some of your have had this experience and others seem puzzled. what I wanted my parents to do … So when I did my teenager doing pot in the garage, here is what I said: "Now you have the audience's attention, they are waiting to see how they should handle the situation.

Here is an example of an opening statement for a speech about How to Communicate with Your Teenager:

"My teenage daughter asked that I did not embarrass her tonight by speaking about something my children did when they were little. Sample of opening)

Final thought: "Never give your teenager a definite answer. Why should they have the luxury, all we get is a shrug, a grunt, do not know, leave me alone, who cares, or whatever." So when my teenager asks me if she can borrow, and I love that one, "borrow" some money. I say, "whatever, shrug, grunt, walk up stairs and then say, leave me alone!"

If you are talking to a large group of people and you are standing on a stage look just over the heads of your audience. Always be certain to look left to right, toward the back of the room and then the front. Turn to face each section and get out from behind the podium if one is present. The most effective public speakers stand without the use of notes or behind a podium. They know the material from the depth of their souls, or at least from personal experience, at the very least from practice, practice, practice.

No one should ever memorize a speech word for word, unless of course you have a part in a play. The best public speakers engage the audience, make the audience feel as though they are participating, or that the speaker understands them. If you are talking to a group of parents about how to raise a teenager, it would be most appropriate if you have raised your own teenagers. Telling personal stories, and giving advice should come from the positive results you have experienced time and time again.

If you are speaking about a public issue, or one that contains a lot of detailed information that requires the audience to take notes, you may do best having some type of projection equipment so that the audience can copy the information. Using props often improves the memorability of a speech. Audience members wherever they are children or adults enjoy seeing speakers use props. That is why magic is used by so many public speakers. If there is an object that can help you make an important point, by all means use it.

So, you will begin by telling your audience what it is that you are going to talk about. Next, you will talk about what you promised. Finally, you will summarize what you have said.

The more you participate in public speaking, the easier it will get. But getting nervous, having butterflies in your stomach are common symptoms just prior to delivering your speech. Know that you can use nervousness to your advantage. You may think that the audience can see your leg shaking, or hear your voice quiver, but usually these things are more important to the speaker and the audience is usually unaware of these things.

Enjoy what you are providing to the public. Know that you have value and that you are providing information that is relevant and important to a group of people who are seeking your expertise, your opinion, and your talent.

There are many books on the market that can help you with the core elements of how to deliver a good public speech. Read, read, and read as much as you can. And then, attend as many public speaking engagements as you can on your subject matter. Attend as many public speaking engagements on any topic. Learn what works for you and your personality. Repeat, repeat and repeat your winning speech to various groups in other locations. Before you know it, people will be talking about "that" speech given by "YOU!"

Wishing you great success as you step into the public arena.

How To Deal With A Stubborn Spouse In 3 Simple Steps

At some point, anyone in a relationship has to learn how to deal with a stubborn spouse. Even though your wife or husband may not really be stubborn in nature, there are situations where this trait may surface and it’s better to be prepared in handling it.

Given that every person is unique, each one has many different characteristics that may conflict with that of another individual. A partner who isn’t willing to give in and has to have their way can mean trouble in a relationship.

If you have the same dilemma, the following are steps you can take to deal with a stubborn spouse.

Step 1: Understand Why Your Partner Is Being Stubborn.

Maybe you aren’t seeing the logic behind your spouse’s decisions. Try to see it in their perspective. Sometimes our judgment gets clouded by anger or frustration.

What are you missing? When you are learning how to deal with a stubborn spouse, remember that being in a relationship means you are ready to work out your differences and make sacrifices.

You are bound to have some differences; but trying to understand where your partner is coming from is the first step to resolving these.

Step 2: Pick Your Battles.

When your spouse just won’t back down, don’t waste your time trying to argue, nag, yell or complain otherwise.

If it means too much to your partner, let them know that you support them this time. Make them understand, however, that when the time comes that you are in the same position and it means more to you, you would ask their support in return. Choose your priorities and be willing to “lose” the rest.

Step 3: Take A Positive Approach.

The key to knowing how to deal with a stubborn spouse is to avoid hostility or violence of any kind. Fighting or freaking out is never the answer. Hot tempers will only bring about verbal or maybe even physical attacks.

The important thing is to keep a cool and level head, so that you would be able to talk or negotiate the issue calmly and reasonably. There is nothing a good talk can’t solve.

One way you can tip the balance in your favor is to present new evidence or proof that confirms the validity of your point. Oftentimes, ego gets in their way; but when you present new proof, their agreement will be perceived in light of that evidence and not because they changed their mind.

Learning how to deal with stubborn spouse, especially when they tend to become narrow-minded, can be challenging. However, be patient and keep in mind that learning how to handle this power struggle can guarantee a happy and successful relationship.

Public Speaking – Organize Your Speech For More Impact

If your presentation is not organized in a useful way it will lose the audience’s interest. Your listeners will be confused and stop listening. Organizing your speech will make it clearer to the audience and strengthen its impact on them.

A well organized speech assists in the speech writing and the delivery of it. As with most endeavours in life a well thought out structure make the achievement of its objectives easier.

There are 3 components to speeches – introduction, body and conclusion. Each component has a different objective in supporting the purpose of your speech or presentation. Proper organization of each component will help achieve its’ objective, and the speech achieve its purpose.

1. Organizing the Introduction

The objective of the introduction is to catch the attention of the audience. It sets the stage for the main event – the body of your speech. The following are the steps usually found in an introduction

(i) Preliminaries – This is not always necessary. It is used when you need to respond to the master of ceremonies or acknowledge the organisers of the meeting etc

(ii) Attention Step – used to grab the attention of the audience through the use of attention grabbers e.g. a shocking statement, a funny story or joke etc

(iii) Benefit Step – a statement outlining how the speech will benefit the listeners e.g. it will make them more money, make their job easier

(iv) Preview Step – a brief outline of the speech to follow.

What is said in the introduction should be relevant to the main body of the speech and it should be brief. If the introduction is too long it can bore the audience.

2. Arranging the Body of Your Speech

The body of the speech should be arranged around main headings because this will break the speech up into manageable components. 2 – 5 main headings are the ideal numbers. If more than 5 headings are used, members of the audience will struggle to remember them all.

The main headings are best arranged in one of the ways that people commonly think about the subject of the speech. The most common patterns of thinking that people use to arrange a speech are:-

(i) Time – Divided up in the chronological order that events occurred

(ii) Location – Headings are arranged by their geographical location

(iii) Topical – arrangement by logical parts, divisions or components

(iv) Problem and Solution – the problem always precedes the solution.

Your topic will not always fit into the usual patterns. In this case the theme or central idea should be divided up into reasonable headings that support the theme. The information that you have gathered should be listed under the heading it supports. The arrangement discussed for the body of the speech applies equally to the supporting information, by the use of sub-headings.

3. Conclusion

The conclusion is important to you because this is where the audience will form a lasting impression of you. The following steps are usually found in a conclusion:

(i) Summary Step – summarize the main points of your speech

(ii) Benefit Step – it is useful to repeat this step from the introduction to remind the audience and reach the individual who may only have just started listening

(iii) Call For Action Step – this is only when an action is required from the audience. It is a last strong statement that evokes the response wanted from the audience.. Your conclusion is best when it is brief and does not introduce any new material. Otherwise you risk losing and confusing your listeners.

A well organised speech will make it easier to put your ideas across to the audience. It will be more understandable and have more impact on them. Also when delivering your presentation a well organized speech is much easier to recall.