A Raw Foods Diet You Can Live With – The 60-40 Plan

For most of us, it’s hard to think that we can feel satisfied eating like rabbits (lettuce, carrots, raw vegetables) and more importantly, many of us feel that we would ever be able to stick to a diet that consisted of only those foods. However, there are numerous health and weight loss benefits to raw foods diets-benefits that we experience while still allowing for a full dinner and other treats.

Here’s the good news about starting a raw foods diet: You don’t have to make it a lifestyle and you certainly don’t need to feel confined to eating only raw foods when you’re hungry. What I propose is called the 60/40 raw foods diet, which means that 60% of the foods you eat are raw and 40% are cooked, regular foods. Simple… and unintimidating.

Personally, I’ve known several women who have had enormous success with the 60/40 raw foods diet because although they’re eating just as much (if not more) food than before, 60% of those calories are coming from wholesome foods. This means that their fat and caloric intake is drastically reduced for most of the day and they can save that 40% of their diet for a healthy but filling, cooked meal and perhaps-if they’re feeling daring-a little dessert and a glass of red wine afterwards.

What makes the 60/40 plan for eating raw foods such a delight is that you never need to go hungry and furthermore, the calories you take in are packed with essential vitamins and minerals to pack more of a punch that that one low-carb candy bar you’ve been desperately gnawing on for food satisfaction all day. The natural simple sugars contained in just one apple or banana are enough to give you the kick you need to start your day off right and the calories and fats found n most raw foods are far more sustaining than the complex, processed sugars that are found in many treats-and even in the diet-brand bars you might buy at the store.

Most women who have tried the partial raw foods diet find that the best system for them is to do all foods for breakfast and lunch and then, by dinner, when they are most craving something hearty and filling, they can indulge at will in a delicious, full dinner without regard to calories or fat intake.

Not worrying about fats and calories? How can that be?

Because if you are on a low-fat and low-calorie diet already, the calories and fats contained in your breakfast, lunch, and snacks will likely only amount to 40% or less of your daily calories. That gives you room to breathe at dinner (within reason, of course) and is a satisfying, much-needed break to what you’ve been eating all day.

Give it a try and you’ll see that you feel better with a diet comprised of fresh, healthy foods and that you never go hungry and can have the luxury of a great dinner, desert, and perhaps a glass (or two-be decadent) of wine.

The History of Weight Loss – Bring on the Fat Flappers

If you ever get hold of a history book, flip through and take special note of the body sizes that seemed to be the norm of each time period. Body weight and ideal have changed over the years, just as they continue to do now. What is in fashion can be dictated by the type of clothing that is in vogue — some styles just require a thinner frame to lay right. Some cultures will worship the larger members because it is a sign of prosperity- only the rich can be fat after all. Americans have that one backwards — here only the rich are the super thin.

Why is that? Is it because the wealthy are being fed some “magic” food that allows them to stay ultra-thin? In all reality, the rich are staying that way because they are being fed teeny-tiny, designer meals produced by personal chefs and they have trainers, nutritionists and others working around the clock to keep them that way. There is no magic involved.

Thin and fat have knocked each other off the top of the popularity charts for hundreds of years. Look at the creation of some of the worlds most renowned artists; look at the models that they chose to work with. Ruben would be laughed out of the art community if he were alive to day and still choosing the same models. His plump and juicy lasses were definitely not the waif-thin and underfed gals that pass as models these days, were they?

Now, have a look at another era. Look at the Flappers for instance. Knock-kneed, flat-chested and very thin, the Flappers were the ideal for that time. Of course, there were probably the Rubenesque women who longed to shimmy into a sheath dress as well, but history certainly isn’t showing them. Even then, it was the body type that typifies the standard of the day that gets the notice while the others are ignored, or worse, ridiculed.

When thin was in fashion, dieting became the norm. The most extreme diet then is the most extreme dieting now — fasting. Religious leaders and their devoted followers would fast for days on end and would experience weight loss (of course) as well as the potential for visions. If the fast lasted too long, the weight loss would be followed up with death so the fasters started putting two and two together. Not eating equaled weight loss, but could equal death as well. The aha moment is followed quickly by the adaptation of the fast: A modified fast.

Sometime during the fasting and the modified fasting and the starving and the dying, science discovered the calorie and the dieting industry was born. Now, doctors and snake oil salesman alike had a word to shout at you as well as a number to recommend. Nobody fully understood the diet nor had daily requirements been discovered yet, so no one knew how many calories a person needed or from what foods those calories should even come from.

The early dieters caught on that starving themselves did not work because it led to their deaths. Eating less did work so they would stick to an extremely low calorie count; around 1000 calories. The problem with staying that low is it is impossible to keep the body healthy, whole and well. What they found then is the same thing that a dieter trying to subsist on that calorie count now would find: You cannot survive on it.

As more study was done and science starting revealing the concept of metabolism and the body’s own processes, the smart dieter put a twist on the 1000 calorie diet to stave off the body’s own destruction of itself. They would remain at the magic number but all of those calories would come from protein and the birth of the first extreme protein diet fad was ushered in. The problem here was the same as the next all protein diet, and the one after that, as well as the problem with all other extreme diets in general: Any diet that allows you, forces you or encourages you to eat only one food group or type and forbids, limits or ignores all others is unhealthy and is pre-destined to eventual failure.

Remember a few years ago when the protein diet reared its head again? Suddenly everybody is eating burgers, but no buns. You could have a pan full of bacon, but you could not have toast to sop up the grease with. Eat a pound of beef at every meal, but don’t you dare let a potato touch your lips. The list of vegetables that were on the no-no list for this diet was unreal and even worse- fruit was just as forbidden as a slab of Death by Chocolate cake. Fruit was forbidden on the protein diet and was as vilified as any dessert. All fruits. All the time.

But, extreme protein diets, modified fasts and other weight loss efforts are not easy and even back then, humans were looking for the easier way to lose weight. Before anyone thinks that modern man has the corner on the market for weight loss gadgets and gimmicks, then know this: In the 1900s one of the first weight loss pills was developed, along with tonics, elixirs and other products all meant to tone and trim without the tedium of actually having to watch what you ate or exercise. Among those first pills was one which contained benzocaine, which would not only dull the taste buds but would produce an odd, tingling sensation in the mouth which would make it harder to enjoy food, hopefully leading to the user to eat less. Well, yes, that would work since most people do not eat if they cannot feel their mouth, but the side effect would be chomping through your tongue on a daily basis. Of course, there are still people who do a modified version of this concept to this very day. They brush their teeth after every meal or whenever they feel hungry. The concept is that no one wants to ruin that squeaky clean feeling in their mouth and besides who wants minty fresh potato chips?

Every person wants us to believe something different about weight loss. The doctor wants us to believe that we are in dire need of metabolic help so that he can prescribe us the newest prescription medication. The gym gurus and gadget gods wants us to exercise, but only using their equipment. The infomercials wants us to use their pill, powder, potion, cream or what have you. Authors turned expert or vice versa want us to buy their books. Watch my video, listen to my inspirational tapes; buy, buy buy. In the end, the only thing getting thinner is your wallet and all of the gear and goods in the world is not going to help you if you do not learn the very basics of weight loss. You have to exercise. You need the right amount of calories and you need to understand what a calorie is, where it comes from and how it acts in your body. The next chapter will get you started on that knowledge.

Ten Tips to Keep You Safe on the Hills and Mountains

Walking in the Mountains has become one of today’s most popular outdoor pursuits. Gone is the earlier image of a pastime for strangely dressed eccentric old people dressed in woolly hats, hobnail boots, corduroy trousers and tweed jackets. Modern outdoor clothing is actually a multi million pound business that often has more to do with a fashion statement then practical use.

Cutting through the preverbal crap and pushing fashion statements to one side, lets take an actual look at what is needed for an enjoyable day on the hills. The following Ten Items are essential, not just for comfort but for actual survival and safety.

(1) Warm clothing consisting of:- Base layer:- Under shirt or T-shirt, under clothes and Socks. (Thin liner socks and thicker walking socks) Mid layer:- Fleece or woollen top. Trousers or shorts in the summer (Do not wear jeans, they hold water and will freeze on you in Winter. Cotton also holds moisture so avoid. Man made fabrics such as polyester do not hold moisture and dry much quicker.) Outer Layer:- Waterproof Jacket (Breathable is best for comfort.) Waterproof trousers, Hat, Gloves. Sun hat in the summer.

(2) Footwear:- 2 Season boots for Summer, they are light weight, waterproof, slightly flexible and have good ankle support. 3 to 4 Season boots for Winter, they are tough, rigid soles that can take crampons, waterproof with strong ankle support. Avoid footwear without ankle support. Trainers in winter or on wet grass can be lethal.

(3) Rucksack:- 25 to 35 litre rucksack is ideal as a day sack. Choose one that has a breathable back support, hip band and adjustable shoulder straps. The more money you pay the more features the pack will have. For example, wand pockets, camel pack compartment for water container and external waterproof cover. Dont carry unnecessary stuff in the bag, otherwise you may start to regret bringing along the unwanted weight in your bag

(4) Map and Compass:- In the UK, Explorer maps are ideal, they give excellent detail and are clear to follow. Try to pick a detailed map of about two and a half inches to the mile, these show fences and walls that can help as guide lines to follow. Unless the map is laminated, keep it in a waterproof case. Maps will fall apart when wet. There are various compasses on the market, however try to get one that has the needle suspended in fluid, such as a Silva Compass. The essential factor is learn how to use a Compass and read a map before venturing onto the hills. Dont rely on just a GPS device. Always take a map and compass.

(5) Safety equipment:- Whistle, Torch with spare battery, (LED last longer) First aid kit, Bivvy bag and a spare set of laces. (These can be used either for your boots or to tie a broken strap) Rope if you are tackling any rock climbs or crossing streams and rivers. Ice axe in Winter.

(6) Enough food and drink for the day:- Water or fruit drinks(hot or cold) Avoid Tea or Coffee they help to dehydrate you. DO NOT TAKE ALCOHOL. Alcohol not only dehydrates you it will help to bring on the effects of hypothermia very quickly. Easily digestible foods will get energy into your system much quicker. Bananas and dried fruit are a better source of blood sugar then chocolate.

(7) Plan your Route:- Plan your walk and have an alternative route to use if the weather is poor. Don’t take on more then you can cope with. Start with simple walks and build up your skills over a period of time. Build in escape routes into your walk should conditions deteriorate. Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return. Leave a note in the glove compartment of your car. (If the car is still in the car park after several days and comes to the attention of the emergency services then at least a route note in the car will give them something to work with.)

(8) Check the weather:- Don’t leave it to chance. Always check the weather outlook a few days before you go. Avoid extreme weather conditions such as high winds and lightning. At the first sound of thunder, GET DOWN. You can survive getting wet, but it is unlikely that you will survive a lightning strike. If you are caught out crouch down on your mat or rucksack at the lowest point you can find, do not hold on to anything metal and wait for the storm to pass.

(9) Comfort:- Use a liner sock under your thick sock. This helps to cut down blisters which if left can make your day miserable. Don’t try going out in new boots, break them in first. Take a pack of tissues for those essential, personal moments.

(10) Be Prepared:- Have a good nights sleep the night before. Avoid going on the beer the night before. You will be very dehydrated and will tire very quickly. Have a good breakfast before starting. If you are not to worried about having the latest outdoor designs or syles in clothing.

Take a look in the discount stores or the various factory outlet stores who can often provide you with first class equipment at rock bottom prices. Don’t skimp on the essential equipment,:- ie. Boots, safety equipment, maps, compasses, waterproofs. They may just save your life. Most of all enjoy the experience. Its not about endurance or taking your body to the limit. Its about finding petranquillity, becoming one with nature, enjoying the company of your companions and perhaps having a good night in the pub afterward to boast about your days activity, or sitting around the camp fire to the early hours reliving those great moments on the hills.

Orphans and Their Life

A child is like raw clay whatever shape we will give it will mould accordingly. Child is most truthful and innocent being, he or she should be treated with great love and respect, they have right to get good education, opportunity in society to grow as good citizen. They need protection from family to build confidence to face the world and care to nurture their childhood. Unfortunately there are millions of children who are living without any support, care and roof. They are deprived of family and education and forced to live in inhuman condition. Such helpless children are known as orphan. An orphan is a person who has lost his or her parents and therefore he left alone and nobody is there to take care for them.

Orphans whose parents have died are thrown out from their house and left alone in the street. Dubai is an international city in UAE, it is well know tourist destination in the world. It is know as shopping paradise and people come with their children to enjoy their holiday. Unfortunately it has many orphans staying alone looking for help and hope. In Dubai orphans are treated as social responsibility of kingdom. They are first sent to paediatric hospital for first aid and basic medical treatment. Afterwards the child is admitted to ward. Thus state hospital takes full responsibility of child development.

They are kept there are treated well. They get all the basic needs like food, clothes and shelter. There is well devised adoption process where these orphans can be adopted by citizens. Volunteers are allowed to visit the hospital so orphan child development can have exposure to out side world. There is one very touching story about called Annie’s girl which talks about a child brought into an orphanage and how she survived and discover about her family and life before orphanage and life after that.

This story describes the intricacies how children are treated in orphanages and how what they become and what happened to them. This tells how the child remembers she was taken to orphanage when she was around three year old unable to think what is happening and what will happen in future. She suffers from not only physical but mental trauma. As she encounters various ugly and inhumane incidents which makes a permanent mark in her memories and troubles her though out her life. This book tells the truth about the inhuman condition in which orphanages are run and how they make feeble and insecure grownups.

Education is very important to every child and it is their birth right. There are many human right bodies and organization which work in welfare to these orphan children. It is very important to make them aware of how education can bring fresh breath in their life. It is very important to take steps to make sure these children get proper education in healthy atmosphere. They should be given equal opportunity to study with normal students and get one with open society.

There are NGOs working towards making an effort give them equal opportunity, they help these children by giving them admission in schools, giving them books, uniform etc. this make them feel that they have support and they can also grow up and become respected member of the family. It is very important to make these children aware for their human rights and so that they can speak up whenever there occurs any unpleasant incident. They should be well protected by law as well. Making them aware about human rights give them power to fight against any atrocities and inhuman acts. These NGOs make sure to safeguard rights.

These orphan children needs home and family and that why there are NGOs and local bodies which help finding home for these children. In Dubai, adoption to such orphan children is guarded; authorities do allow nationals to adopt these abandoned children. According to is Islam holy Prophet Muhammad said that “the house which welcomes orphan and where they are treated with love and affection is considered the best house of all. And the house where there is no love affection, and place for such deprived sons of lord that is considered as worst house”. State of Dubai encourages people to adopt child of god and give them hope and family. However state forbids any other national to adopt its child irrespective of their cast, creed, and social status. Once a child is left to street and abandoned it becomes responsibility of state ward and only nationals and citizens can adopt these children. This law however restricted many Expat living in Dubai and willing to adopt a child there. This law however did encouraged locals to come forward to make them part of their family. People have become well aware and they are welcoming them with open heart.

It is reported that state ward has never had more than 12 god child including girls and boys. Couples look for adoption when they are not able to conceive. And there are cases where people feel responsibility toward these innocent children and wish to give them family. In order to adopt they must give a written request to Director General explaining their situation and reason why they wish to have foster child. Such couples are allowed to visit the ward where they can interact with the children. So when their application is approved they already know which child they will be taking home.

State investigates about the Family status and environment. A complete report gets complied about the family and their background and reason for adoption and submitted to Director General to his kind consideration. Recommendations are given by social worker who thoroughly study each case and then only recommend them; this is lengthy process and may take 2-3 months. However, the process does not end there, with the social workers continuing to follow up for a number of years after the legal fostering process has been completed. Director General of department of heath and medical services Dubai had praised this program enthusiastically and termed it as “very successful” program. Many such orphan children are already married and happy in their respective life.

There is well formed mechanism in Dubai to foster help of orphanage children. The state takes full responsibility of such deprived children and has set up ward 16 in Al Wasl Hospital; hospital authority takes care of these children. Authorized person told that children are brought in the hospital and their health and condition gets checked and afterwards they get admitted to pediatric wards and authorities try to find out about their real parents if they fail to find them such children gets admitted to ward 16 and become ward of state.

All across the globe people work towards welfare of orphans. North London Gas Alliance in London has been working towards improving lives of such children. Great efforts are being taken by countries like Europe, Africa, US, Asia, and Russia. Great efforts of mother Teresa has resulted in changing lives of millions of children. Like she rightly said that “Let nothing perturb you, nothing frightens, you. All things pass: God does not change. Patience achieves everything who ever has God lacks nothing’.’

In order to bring about changes in these deprived children we all act together, government should make permanent arrangement to bring a wholesome environment and give them equal opportunity. It is import educate children who have parents that these orphan children also need their help and support not sympathy.

I have researched that there are NGO and social organization is playing greater part than government bodies, thus government bodies’ should increase their active participation. Also awareness needed to be spread so that society should accept them and give them respect and love. The education should be made available and they should be encouraged to study well and to become responsible citizen.

Difference Between Employers’ Liability Insurance (ELI) and Workers Compensation Insurance (WCI)

Employers’ Liability Insurance (ELI) and Workers Compensation Insurance (WCI) are two important insurance covers to protect the interests of employees, as well as employers. There are, however, certain differences between the two. Due to these differences, it may result in wrongful litigation and consequently anxiety to parties involved. The differences between ELI and WCI are relating to where they apply and what they cover. We will discuss about them here briefly.

Where they apply

Employers’ liability insurance

As an employer, it is mandatory for you in UK to purchase employers’ liability insurance. Not purchasing attracts penalty under law. In certain situations your employees may feel that you are liable for job related illness/injury which they may sustain and they sue for this. If it is really a case, it may bring in expenses such as hospitalization, financial compensation and the like. ELI helps you under such circumstances.

While it is mandatory for you as an employer to have ELI, your employees need to prove that the job related injury/illness is because of your negligence. Imagine yours is a lumber business. While working, your employees should have the necessary equipment, training and skills to operate them. If you employ them without teaching the safety norms, imparting the training and checking the fitness, and they sustain injuries, it will amount to your negligence as per rules framed under Employers’ Liability Insurance Act and employees are likely to feel appropriate to sue you, because you are liable.

Workers compensation insurance

On the other hand, workers compensation insurance is a cover for the welfare of the employees. It depends on the circumstances that are the tone of relation between employer and employees. Thus, if you are more concerned about employees’ health and safety, you need to purchase this insurance. It does not matter whether it was your fault or your employees’ fault that resulted illness, accident or death, this insurance comes to your help.


Employers’ liability insurance

As an employer, you have to go to court of law if the affected employee sues you. You need to pay financial compensation and bear the hospitalization and medication. ELI covers all these expenses.

Likewise, for employees ELI covers the permanent and temporary disability, injury and wrongful death at workplace. It covers the cost of litigation as well.

Workers compensation insurance

For employers, WCI is a Good Samaritan. In most cases, it ensures that your employees do not resort to litigation. However, in such unfortunate event, WCI covers the expenses because of litigation. It covers the financial expenses to be given to the affected employee for work-related injury, illness or even death.

Employees when inured at workplace, under WCI, are guaranteed to get compensation from the employer to cover medical and hospitalization expenses and certain portion of wages. In most cases, it is two-thirds or more. WCI covers the expenses on litigation, by the employee. In general, WCI takes care of the situation and makes sure that litigation on the part of employees is avoided.

WCI covers compensation (wages) in case of a temporary disability for the period of absence. If the individual got permanent disability, and not fit for employment in current occupation, WCI covers the expenses of vocational training and rehabilitation and cost of searching a job, if he wants.

Despite both ELI and WCI are meant to protect the interests of employees and employers, there are differences in the way they apply. You need to understand them and purchase a cover according to the need of your business.

How to Fasten Your Metabolism and Lose Belly Fat Fast

In order to lose belly fat really fast, you have to know how to fasten your metabolism. You can burn your fat around your waist easily if you can have a higher metabolic rate. In this article, you will discover 4 simple ways for you to do so.

How To Fasten Your Metabolism

#1 Exercising and resistance training

First of all, you have to understand that crunches may not work if you want to lose belly fat fast. Crunches can only help to tune your muscle. However, they cannot help to boost your metabolic rate. Instead, you should do some cardio or aerobic exercises. This is the way for you to increase metabolism. You should also have resistance training as well. This is because such training can help your body to build muscles. As a result you can have a higher metabolism.

#2 Eat foods that can increase metabolic rate

There are foods which can promote fat burning in your body. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain fiber. This will certainly help. Foods which are rich in protein also help. You can choose foods such as fish and chicken. However, be sure that you will not eat the skin when you have chicken. The skin is usually very fatty and it is not good for you if you want to lose belly fat.

#3 Eat 5 to 6 meals each day

This is one of the most important thing you have to remember. This is certainly an essential point on how to fasten your metabolism. Yet, there are also some details you should consider. First of all, you have to make each meal small. Secondly, you should only have good foods for your meals.

#4 Calorie shifting diet plan

You can lose belly fat effectively with a calorie shifting diet plan. In fact, you will be able to lose weight fast with such a plan. As a result, you must consider this plan so that you can really lose pounds.

How to Raise Your Credit Score 147 Points (Or More) WITHOUT Wasting Your Money on Credit Clinics

Who else wants to raise their credit score in a hurry? Do you have a major purchase coming up? Thinking about applying for a job…..or a mortgage or even LIFE insurance to protect your family? It’s amazing how important credit is in our society…and if you are aren’t careful, your credit score CAN keep you from getting ahead in life.

But I want you to do me a favor. Close your eyes and…

  1. Imagine having PERFECT, unblemished credit for the first time in your life.
  2. Imagine having an ENVIABLE credit score of 750 or higher… and never being embarrassed again to apply for anything
  3. Imagine being able to get WHAT you want… when you want it, and knowing with 100% certitude you are going to be APPROVED, before signing on the dotted line
  4. Imagine simply being confident in your credit.. and never feeling ASHAMED, ever again, about what your credit says about you.

The truth?

You CAN raise your credit score dramatically… and you CAN make it happen in a hurry as well! Even BETTER news? You don’t need to hire an expensive lawyer, or credit repair clinic to make it happen either.

Here is the very BEST way I know to raise your credit score by 147 points or more… and often in 90 days or less.

I call it the OIPD system, and here it is below:

O – Order your credit reports

I – Itemize (and understand) your information

P – Prioritize your derogatory listings

D – Dispute or challenge them away!

Now…there are some subtleties to each of the items above, especially I through D. (Ordering is pretty straightforward) But ALL credit repair systems use some variation of my simple OIPD system above, and it’s actually MUCH easier than it sounds, especially if you are just beginning to understand how credit restoration works. But suffice it to say… as soon as you START disputing items on your file, especially those that are 2 years old or longer… you’ll start seeing your SCORE go UP… and your negative entries going DOWN, too..:-)

The bottom line?

There has LITERALLY never been a better time, than right now… to raise your credit score. With millions of people suffering from negative credit due to unprecedented economic hardship, the credit agencies are truly overwhelmed with work. (which believe it or not… makes YOUR job of repairing your OWN credit far easier than ever…especially if you hurry and get started today!)

Yeast Infection Treatment – The 5 Things You Need To Know

It can be a nightmare can not it: finding a yeast infection treatment (also known as candida infection), that will permanently, once and for all get rid of your candida.

How many of you have experienced the following symptoms: burning and itching accompanied by vaginal odor or discharge, painful urination, rashes, joint pain and fatigue? While at the same time these symptoms carry the emotional components of depression, mood swings, irritability and the isolated feeling of not being yourself.

Let's face it, anyone out there who has ever suffered from yeast infection knows one thing for sure; it is not limited to physical pain and discomfort. A candida infection can be quite emotionally debilitating as well.

But what do we really know about yeast infections? The truth of the matter is there is a great deal of misinformation regarding what a candida infection is, who it actually affects and what encompasses a good yeast infection treatment. We would like to clear up 5 of those myths.

1.) Candida yeast infection affects only women. Truth: because candida is a fungal infection it can affect any one at any time. Men, women, children or babies, we are all susceptible to this infection once it takes flight in our bodies.

2.) A yeast infection is a wonderful condition and is not that serious. Truth: on the contrary a candida infection is a systemic problem, it can affect the whole body and it can be quite serious. With a weakened immune system, the myriad of symptoms that are diagnosed from this internal infection tells you just how dangerous it can be if it is not properly rated.

3.) The symptoms that are detected are pretty much the same in everyone. Truth: as just stated because this is a systemic condition and it can affect any one, and because our physical and psychological make up is so different, the symptoms can vary quite dramatically from person to person. That's why one person may experience headaches and oral rashes, while someone else may experience joint and muscle pain and genital burning. And to complicate things even further, because we as individuals are not static animals and we change day-to-day, our symptoms could also change day-to-day.

4.) Drugs and creams will eventually get rid of your candida. Truth: let's not forget that the purpose of drugs and creams is to mitigate the symptoms, they do not get to the root cause of the infection and treat it at that level. This is an internal problem, therefore the solution lies in a holistic approach.

5.) With the proper diet you will be able to treat your yeast infection. Truth: while your diet can be an important component in addressing your overall approach to this problem, it alone is not enough. The right foods, or a combination of foods, herbs and supplements can be beneficial, but a more holistic approach is what is needed to uproot the cause of your candida infection and eliminate it for good.

So as you can see, there is much more to a candida yeast infection than some itching and burning or an embarrassing social condition. Because of its origin it can manifest into a serious heath condition that must be handled delicately and with the utmost attention. And as with any health condition, in order to eliminate it for good, a yeast infection treatment must be addressed holistically at the level of the cause and not at the level of the symptom. With the right approach, suffering from yeast infection will be a thing of the past.

Understanding Your Insurance’s RAPL Clause

Frequently insurance companies are contacted after a claim has been processed by a consumer who feels their benefits were improperly paid when they receive Out-of-Network benefits for the diagnostic portion of their visit. This notion of an insurance company paying the higher level of benefits comes from the fact the consumer feels helpless to pick physicians that they do not have direct contact with. In the case of lab work, the patient is only able to see the blood get drawn, but normally does not take in to account the lab technician that actually performs the test.

In certain cases the current health plans do implement a way of paying the higher level of benefits to a doctor that the member did not directly see in order to cover unneeded patient responsibility. This verbiage is included into a policy to help keep the rising cost of patient responsibility to member at a minimum and make the process of seeing a medical practitioner much easier.

This clause does work like a well-oiled machine when it is on a policy, but you must verify the details before assuming that this is on your policy. First, not all plans are written with this clause written in them. So it is possible that your employer has opted out of this option. Next, the clause only is valid on claim done on ER, OP surgery, and IP hospital stays. RAPL would not apply to any other services. Another downfall is that it is not readily available for you to see through normal means of checking your policy. This information can only be obtained by calling to a representative and asking them specifically what would happen if a scenario such as this would occur.

In the circumstance where your policy does not have the outpatient diagnostic rider on it you would then have to verify that all practicing medical personnel were part of your insurance network. Otherwise, you can/would be subject lower if any benefits for the services. Which when taking into account things like reasonable and customary or maximum non-network reimbursement can leave a member with thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket expense.

To guarantee the best level of benefits you must be educated on your policy. Knowledge will guarantee that you don’t spend more money than is due for your benefits. Yes, the amount of work increases for you when must do to check all providers that are involved in your care. It is best to use the resources that are now provider by your insurance company to help in this lengthy process. Be involved with your health care by using website portals, call centers, and etc… to be one step ahead of your care. Putting this knowledge into action with certainly save you more time and money than you had ever thought possible.

Last note: This subject is also very intertwined in what type of funding is elected for by the plan. Fully insured plans that do not carry Out-of-Network benefits will most likely receive this clause as it is mandated by regulations.

Learn Japanese – Don’t Waste Your Time!

Learn Japanese Fast! Nothing’s worse than being late to an important meeting or event. That’s why it’s important for you to understand how to talk about durations of time in Japanese. Whether you need to talk about minutes or hours, or ask someone how long it’ll be until an event starts, you’ll find it here. This Newbie Japanese article is designed to teach you about durations of time. You’ll find a counter for minutes and hours, and you’ll discover how to tell people how long it takes to get from one place to another. With helpful charts and plenty of example sentences, this Japanese article is exactly what you need.

Vocabulary: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

yakkyoku – “pharmacy, drugstore”

kusuri – “medicine”

shohoosen– “prescription”

dono kurai – “how long, how much”

kakarimasu – “to cost, to take” (masu form)

o-kane – “money”

jikan – “time”

kurai/gurai – “approximately, about”

koko – “here, this place”

manga kissa – “comic cafe”

Grammar: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

Useful Vocabulary and Phrases at a Hospital

kakarimasu – “to take, to cost”

Kakarimasu is the –masu form of the verb kakaru. Kakaru conveys the meaning that something takes time/money.

Sentence Structure


Amount of Money or Duration of Time / kakarimasu / “English”

Sen-en / kakarimasu. / “It costs one thousand yen.”

Ichi-jikan / kakarimasu. / “It takes an hour.”


Dono kurai or Dono gurai / kakarimasu ka. / “English”

Dono kurai / kakarimasu ka. / “How long does it take?” or “How much does it cost?”

*Since we can use kakarimasu with both time and money, there is a good possibility there will be confusion if you don’t specify the subject.

kurai / gurai – “about”

Kurai or gurai expresses approximation. Please notice that the word order is different from English.

“About 1000 yen”

Correct: sen-en kurai

Incorrect: kurai sen-en

dono kurai – “how long, how much”

We can use dono kurai, dono gurai, dore kurai and dore gurai interchangeably.

“How long does it take?” / “How much does it cost?”

  1. Dono kurai kakarimasu ka.
  2. Dono gurai kakarimasu ka.
  3. Dore kurai kakarimasu ka.
  4. Dore gurai kakarimasu ka.

Grammar Point

In this article, you will learn to talk about durations of time.

Hours and Minutes

Counter for hours: –jikan

Counter for minutes: –fun kan or –fun


“English” / Japanese

1 hour / ichi-jikan

2 hours / ni-jikan

3 hours / san-jikan

4 hours / yo-jikan

5 hours / go-jikan

6 hours / roku-jikan

7 hours / nana-jikan or shichi-jikan

8 hours / hachi-jikan

9 hours / ku-jikan

10 hours / juu-jikan

“How many hours?” / nan-jikan

Minutes“English” / Japanese

1 minute / ippun ( kan)

2 minutes / ni-fun ( kan)

3 minutes / san-pun ( kan)

4 minutes / yon-fun(kan) or yon-pun (kan)

5 minutes / go-fun ( kan)

6 minutes / roppun ( kan)

7 minutes / nana-fun ( kan)

8 minutes / happun ( kan)

9 minutes / kyuu-fun ( kan)

10 minutes / juppun ( kan)

“How many minutes?” / nan-pun ( kan)

*For “half an hour,”it’s sanjuppun (kan), but NOT hankan.

*For an “hour and a half,” it’s ichi-jikan han, but NOT ichi-jikan hankan or ichiji-hankan.


  1. Uchi kara daigaku made juppun kakarimasu. “It takes ten minutes to get to the university from my home.”
  2. Rondon kara Pari made ni-jikan juugo fun kakarimasu. “It takes two hours and fifteen minutes to go from London to Paris.”


  1. ni-ji gojuppun = 2:50
  2. ni-jikan gojuppun = two hours and 50 minutes
  3. go-ji han = half past five
  4. go-jikan han = five hours and a half


Please answer the following questions in Japanese.

  1. How long does it take to get to the nearest train station? ____ kakarimasu.
  2. How long does it take to get to the nearest airport? _____ kakarimasu.
  3. How long does it take to get to the nearest department store? ______ kakarimasu.
  4. How long does it take to come to Tokyo? ________ kakarimasu.

Find Out Why More Parents Are Turning to Natural Treatment Options For ADHD

Prescription medication use for ADHD treatment has been debated by doctors and parents alike. Although stimulants are more commonly used for the treatment of ADHD when it comes to its medical management, non-stimulants may also be used.

Under non-stimulants, there is drugs like Strattera, antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, and anti-hypertensive drugs like Tenex used for ADHD treatment.

Non-stimulants are used in the treatment of ADHD instead of stimulant drugs when the symptoms are still unrelieved by stimulant use, if there are intolerable side effects experienced, if there are other medical conditions co-existing with ADHD, and if there is a history or increased risk of drug abuse.

Antidepressants commonly used for ADHD treatment include imipramine, phenelzine, wellbutrin, and fluoxetine while common antipsychotics are chlorpromazine, risperidone, and haloperidol.

Diazepam and buspirone are some of the anti-anxiety drugs that may also be used for ADHD. In cases of severe symptoms associated with mood and temper, mood stabilizers such as lithium and carbamazepine may be given.

Antihypertensive drugs such as clonidine (Catapres) and guanfacine (Tenex) may also be useful in treating symptoms of ADHD. Tenex used for ADHD, acts by regulating the levels of a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. It also controls nerve impulses that pass through certain pathways, resulting in the relaxation of blood vessels.

These are among the actions of Tenex and ADHD symptoms like aggression may be relieved although deficits in attention and easy distractibility are not resolved.

Guanfacine (Tenex) used for ADHD treatment or for treating high blood pressure, can cause potentially serious side effects. Among the common side effects of taking this medication include headache, fatigue, dry mouth, constipation, difficulty in sleeping, nausea and vomiting, difficulty in breathing, and depression.

Non-stimulants are no different from stimulants in terms of side effects. There are always side effects associated with the use of prescription medication which can be harmful to the body.

Aside from prescription drugs, there are other ways, BETTER ways, to control symptoms of ADHD. Other treatment alternatives include behavioral therapy and social skills training, dietary modification, biofeedback training, yoga, and vitamin supplementation.

Natural cures such as homeopathic remedies are also efficient in minimizing the symptoms of ADHD such as hyperactivity, restlessness, destructive behavior, and irritability. Homeopathy is based on the principle that symptoms can be healed by a substance that causes the same symptoms or “like cures like”.

One example is hyoscyamus niger. It helps alleviate restlessness, hyperactivity, and disruptive behavior seen in those with ADHD. homeopathic remedies are non-addictive and do not cause side effects. Some studies have shown homeopathic remedies to be just as effective as prescription medication.

Continue your research and get more information about the alternative treatments for ADHD. Drugs like tenex used for ADHD treatment are not the only options, so know your choices and choose an option that is not only efficient but safe to use as well.

Alternative Medicine – Is There A Definition?

Alternative medicine is defined as the kind of therapy or treatment used to replace the current and widely used basic medication. Nowadays, you can see a rise of alternative medicine popularity. It is becoming a new choice for health conscious individuals. There are still many out there though who are hesitant about it. Some people even consult their physicians as to what exactly is alternative medicine. In the end, the answers are still unclear.

The bottom line of alternative medicine is that it is something used in the stead of the common medical practices people are accustomed to. What you are used to would probably be something like this. You getting sick and hauling yourself to the doctor’s office. You get to sit and wait with other patients, hoping that you would not catch anything else. Finally, you get to see the doctor and you are given a prescription. You stop by the drugstore for your medicine and then go home. After a day or two, you might or might not be back to normal.

So do you want to find out what exactly alternative medicine is? Imagine it is a tree with multiple branches. The trunk is alternative medicine as a whole and the branches are the myriad medical practices that make up a whole. There are various choices available depending on illness or symptoms. What is the use of alternative medicine? It can be for curing diseases and also for improving health.

In the world of natural medicine, there are also some known alternative medicines. The following are the highly recommended and widely practiced alternative medicines.

– Chiropractic

– Naturopathy

– Herbal Medicine

– Homeopathy

– Acupuncture

Chiropractic is not intended to heal. This is a process of spine adjustment that clears the body’s nerve pathways. This will encourage your body to heal itself.

Naturopathy is only for routine afflictions. People who believe in this practice also believe that the body has the ability to make itself well. This particular alternative medicine then is all about nature playing a huge part in the health of a person.

The usage of any plant parts for treatment is otherwise called as herbal medication. Herbal medicines can range from plant leaves to roots curing pain and sickness and promoting a sense of well being and calmness.

Homeopathy is based on the foundation that any affliction can be rid of by informing the body that something is wrong with it. This is done through using natural substances that create illness symptoms. With this, the body is then believed to rally itself and begin the healing process.

Fine needles are used in acupuncture to regulate body energy. It is used for various negative body issues.

So how is alternative medicine defined? It is many people’s way of life and it continues to attract more individuals everywhere.

Shamanism – An Alternative to Modern Medicine?

The internet, television, and other news sources are sounding the alarm announcing new protocols for the treatment of diseases. These diseases range from Alzheimer, cancer, diabetes, MS, to Parkinson’s. Within this shout-out is near condemnation of pharmaceuticals and praise for other approaches. The intent here is not to list these approaches or to specifically discuss all of them. One among the many does require attention.

There is a proliferation of shamanic healers and practitioners within the United States. Dozens of organizations offering advice, membership, seminars, and certification abound. A bulging gold mine lights up the horizon of possible candidates for healing.

At this point, it is helpful to define shamanism. There is no need to trace the etymological history of the word. Shamanism is not a cult nor is it a religion even though there is an abundance of evidence that suggests a belief in a divine power circumnavigating the universe. Shamanism is an ancient form of healing. A shaman, despite some attempt to label them as a priest, is simply a healer, that is, one who knows remedies for certain physical issues.

One of several significant markers that distinguish a shaman from a doctor is the recognition that illness may not be just physical, but emotion based. Treating the whole patient is a 40,000 year old approach that is catching on in the 21st Century. Another difference between a shaman and a modern physician is the division of reality into three realms: upper, middle, and lower. And that leads to a third difference: A shaman uses spirit guides as he or she treats a client.

The shaman has a wide knowledge of herbs; whereas, the modern doctor has a depth in what drugs to use. The shaman is nature based and the physician is most likely man-made chemically based. There is a sound movement to make more “drugs” natural based which from some quarters is praise worthy.

A fundamental issue arises from a cleverly clothed advertisement or testimonials praising the marvelous wonder of shamanic healing. Whenever a practitioner proposes a “cure” be very cautious. If you have a pain in your side a shaman may not know that it is appendicitis, indigestion, blocked bowel, or cancer. Accepting shamanic healing as an alternative to modern medicine is a grave mistake. And no pun is intended.

Alternative leaves a bad taste. It implies that there is a better way and that may not be the case. Supportive and interrogative medicine suggests treatment along with current medical practices.

What Is HIV and What Is The Process That a Person Has to Go for an HIV Test?

Human immunodeficiency virus is a slowly – replicating retrovirus. It causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection, when a person's immune system is severely damaged and has difficulty fighting diseases and certain cancers. HIV tests are used to detect the presence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), in serum, saliva or urine. Such tests tell you if you are infected with HIV or not. According to a rough estimate given by the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 2000, inadequate blood screening had been resolved in 1 million new HIV infections worldwide.

1 in 4 new HIV infections occurs in youth aged between 13-24 years, according to CDC.

There are two types of HIV virus, the HIV-1 and the HIV-2. Untitled otherwise, in the United States, the term "HIV" primarily refers to the HIV-1. HIV-2 infections are predominately found in Africa.

Both HIV-1 and HIV-2 works by infecting and lowering the levels of the CD4 + T cells, cells which are critical to help the body fight diseases. When CD4 + T cell numbers decline below a critical level, the body becomes progressively more susceptible to opportunistic infections. HIV-1 and HIV-2 appear to package their RNA differently. Tests indicate that HIV-1 is better able to mutate (HIV-1 infection progresses to AIDS faster than HIV-2 infection and is responsible for the majority of global infections).

HIV is spread through blood and genital fluids, including pre-seminal fluids and semen or breast milk. One can become infected with HIV by engaging in unprotected sex or other types of sexual behavior with an HIV-positive person, or by sharing needles, syringes or other injection equipment with someone who is infected with HIV.

It generally takes a little while to get accurate results from an HIV test. This is because the blood tests that you take are not testing for the presence of HIV itself in your blood but are instead testing for the antibodies that your body creates in an attempt to fight the virus. Many HIV-positive people are unaware that they are infected with the virus.

The amount of time required for antibodies to show up on HIV tests is highly variable, as they can show up as early as two weeks or as late as six months. During that period, you can test HIV negative even though you are infected with the virus. You can still catch HIV from someone who is in the window period. Since donors are unaware of their infections, donated blood and blood products used in medicine are routinely checked for the HIV virus.

Both you and your partner should get tested for HIV and know your status before having sex for the first time. Pregnant women should be positively tested during each pregnancy. If the mother is infected with HIV, care should be taken of minimizing the chance of passing the virus to the baby. Medicines are available today, which was taken properly during pregnancy and is certainly lower the risk of passing the HIV virus to the baby.

The most commonly used HIV test is a blood test. Blood will first be tested using the ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test. If antibodies to HIV are present in the serum, they may bind to these HIV antigens.

ELISA results are reported as a number. If ELISA test is positive, the results will be confirmed using the Western Blot test, which tests only for HIV antibodies. In the United States such ELISA results are not reported as 'positives', unless confirmed by a Western Blot test. Newer HIV tests can detect HIV antibodies in mouth fluids (not saliva), a scrapping from inside the mouth or urine. In 2012, the FDA approved the first "in-home" HIV test. It uses a mouth swab and show results in 30-40 minutes. Any positive test result should be confirmed by a lab using the Western Blot.

After a negative sixth-month test, it is recommended that individuals get one final check done six months later to confirm the results. If the results are still negative, it is almost certain that the person is not infected with HIV.
HIV is similar to other viruses, such as those that cause cold and flu, with one important difference – the human body can not get rid of HIV. That means. If you get HIV, you get it for LIFE.

Right now we are at a critical moment in the fight against HIV / AIDS.

AIDS used to be a death sentence, but now more than 8 million people are on life-saving treatment. By 2015, with the scale up of treatment and prevention for HIV, we could see the beginning of the end of AIDS.

The Role of the Weird Sisters – An Analysis of the Vampire Women in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

The three vampire women who inhabit the more remote regions of Count Dracula’s castle are of great significance to the narrative. Stoker’s depiction of them could be considered to embody the very worst Victorian nightmares regarding womanhood. Jonathan Harker’s reactions after his encounter with them also convey late nineteenth-century anxieties concerning the feminization of men.

Female gender identities were narrowly defined in Victorian society. Women were generally considered to be of two types, either the doting wife and mother, or the fallen woman. The vampire women, or ‘weird sisters’, as Harker calls them – referencing the three witches from Macbeth – could be considered an exaggerated literary equivalent of these fallen women. With their “brilliant white teeth” (p.37) and “voluptuous lips” (p.37), they are portrayed as overtly sexual beings. Their appearance and behavior stand in stark contrast to that of Jonathan’s fiancĂ©e, the virtuous Mina, who he describes as having “naught in common” (p.53) with the vampire women.

During his seduction, Jonathan’s reactions to the weird sisters are decidedly ambivalent: “There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive” (p.38). He encounters them in a far-flung chamber of Castle Dracula whilst in an ambiguous state of consciousness, a common motif in Gothic literature: “I suppose I must have fallen asleep; I hope so, but I fear, for all that followed was startlingly real” (p.37). Viewed from within a Victorian context, Harker is portrayed in a somewhat feminized position, with the gender roles reversed, in that he is a man being seduced by women, when in nineteenth-century society men would be expected to assume the role of seducer.

It is arguable that the actions of the vampire women in their seduction of Harker represent newfound anxieties about the emergence of the New Woman. The New Woman was a type of woman who challenged the prevailing Victorian notions of womanhood. Although Mina could be considered a New Woman, with her financial independence gained from having a career before marriage, she discusses this class of women with disdain. Regarding attitudes to marriage, she states that “I suppose the New Woman won’t condescend in future to accept; she will do the proposing herself” (p.89). It would appear that in their seduction of Harker, the female vampires could be considered New Women in light of Mina’s remarks.

Within the context of Gothic literature, Stoker confronts several conventions, one of these being through the role of Jonathan Harker in Dracula’s castle. In eighteenth-century Gothic novels, such as Ann Radcliffe’s influential The Mysteries of Udolpho, it is a young woman – of a ‘tremulous sensitivity’ and much prone to fainting – who finds herself ensnared in a remote castle and at the mercy of male predators. In Dracula Stoker has subverted convention by having a male character in this role, a detail consolidated by Harker’s reaction to his grisly encounter with the vampire women: “the horror overcame me, and I sank down unconscious” (p.39). He is a man assuming the role typically occupied by women in Gothic narrative.

Mina’s role as a New Woman is supported further during her encounter with the weird sisters much later in the story. The vampire women are shown to beckon to Mina, referring to her as ‘sister’ in their invitation to join their ranks.

Jonathan’s “agony of delightful anticipation” (p.38) when being seduced by the vampires is echoed in Van Helsing’s own anxieties when staking the undead women. He also notes the women’s sexual appeal in similar tones to Harker: “She was so fair to look on, so radiantly beautiful, so exquisitely voluptuous”, (p.370). If Victorian masculinity could be undermined through the threat posed by sexually attractive women, then Van Helsing’s staking of the female vampires could be considered a reassertion of male patriarchy.