How You Can Regain Control of Your Pelvic Floor

Your pelvic floor muscles stretch across from either side of your pelvis and from your pubic bone in front across to the bottom of your tailbone like a tight hammock. They hold your bladder, uterus and bowel in place.

A poorly toned, weak pelvic floor will not do its job properly. Women with weak pelvic floor muscles frequently experience incontinence and reduced sexual response. But research has shown that the pelvic floor responds to regular exercise. With regular exercise, it is possible for most women to reduce or completely overcome the symptoms of a weak pelvic floor muscles, no matter what their age.

These muscles can be weakened due to childbirth, injury, surgery, lack of exercise and menopause. If the muscles begin to sag, you could have a prolapse of your uterus and may also have problems with your bladder. Doing pelvic floor exercises will not only improve your bladder control, but also your vaginal response during sex for a better orgasm. Now that’s something to aim for!

Urinary incontinence can have a significant impact on women’s lives. They may avoid participating in their favourite sport or even leaving the house due to the risk of urine leakage. Urinary incontinence can also result in a negative body image and/or reduced self esteem. Despite its prevalence, approximately 60% of people suffering from urinary incontinence do not seek professional help for their condition (2).

It appears that a combination of embarrassment and the belief that urinary incontinence is a natural consequence of ageing and childbirth deters women from seeking the appropriate treatment. Although common, urinary incontinence is not normal and should be addressed in the same way as other health problems, by consulting a health professional. Women should not resort to simply relying on incontinence pads and pants to manage the condition. Treatment for urinary incontinence can be very effective and is often relatively simple.

This article provides information on the different types of urinary incontinence and outlines treatment processes with the aim of encouraging women to seek the help they require. Now in rehabilitating the pelvic floor there are a couple of different methods and even some devices, which means that you have some choice in how you start and how you go on. For some women the mere act of coughing or worse yet sneezing can bring them to their knees as they try to prevent the flow, and even young women are now wearing panty protection for these moments.

The various methods (without using medical intervention) are as follows:

  • Using certain types of exercise equipment
  • Supplements and Creams
  • Kegel’s (specific pelvic floor exercises)

Using Exercise Equipment to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor

Traditionally we have all been told to ‘jump on a trampoline’, and yes this does work, however first we have to put up with the fact that each and every jump is going to cause leakage. However the latest innovation which is proving to be very effective and best of all doesn’t require that we wear our granny pants to do it is the Vibrational Platform.

Vibrational Platforms have quite a lot of science backing them for many reasons, from increased muscle strength for full time fitness devotees and muscle builders to rehabilitation for stroke and accident victims, and reversing osteoporosis. Now there is evidence this may be the easiest way yet to rehabilitate your pelvic floor! Whole body vibration via the vibration platform works by producing a vibration through which energy is transferred to the body. This causes a stretch reflex that changes between 30-60 times a second depending on which frequency is determined to be appropriate. The special vibrating platform stretches the muscles, which activate Tonic Vibration Reflexes.

Because the Platform vibrates at 30 to 50 times per second, these involuntary muscle contractions happen at the same speed. In conventional training a maximum of 40% of the muscle fibers per muscle are recruited. The Vibration Platforms vibrations recruit between 95% and 97% of the muscle fibers. This also means that the deeper posture and stabilizing muscles, such as the spinal muscles and the pelvic floor muscles are recruited. Results of a Research Study

A study was done using people whose age range was 34 to 50 years, they were divided into three groups with Group A having a determined incontinence rate of 80%, Group B 56% and 60% in Group C.

All three groups showed considerable improvement in mean pelvic floor strength! The conclusions of the study were that muscle stimulation via vibrating platforms improves the subjective and objective parameters of stress urinary incontinence. This treatment turned out to be highly effective and so represents a genuine therapeutic option for patients with stress urinary incontinence (See references at the end of this article).

Supplements and Creams

There are a few supplements and creams claiming to be effective for urinary incontinence, however as they are based on ideas that have been extrapolated from data in reference to other conditions and no research at all has been done in reference to this condition, I am highly skeptical.

However, in order to be fair I had to mention them here. These so-called Bladder Support Formulas seem to be based on the idea that lack of estrogen is the main cause of bladder incontinence and use soy products to try to rectify this. I am not at all convinced that they work and believe that you have a better chance of reclaiming control of your waterworks through movement and exercise.

Pelvic Floor Exercises (Kegels)

Kegels have been around for a really long time and most of us have tried to do them at one time or another. If your like me, I do them constantly (in the car while driving is a good time) and then I totally forget about them.

They still remain one of the easiest ways to improve your pelvic floor strength (not the quickest) and combined with using a Vibration Platform have been proven to be the most effective and quickest way to regain control and stimulate better sexual function. How to do unassisted pelvic floor exercises (kegel exercises) Exercise 1 Sit in a firm chair and concentrating on your pelvic floor muscles, tighten the muscles around your back passage, vagina and front passage and lift up inside as if trying to stop passing wind and urine at the same time. It is very easy to bring other, irrelevant muscles into play, so try to isolate your pelvic floor as much as possible by

  • not pulling in your tummy, .
  • not squeezing your legs together, .
  • not tightening your buttocks and .
  • not holding your breath.

The effort should be coming from the pelvic floor.

For how many seconds can you hold the pelvic floor tight? Try holding it as long and as hard as you can. Build up to a maximum of 10 seconds. Rest for 4 seconds and then repeat the contraction as many times as you can up to a maximum of 10 contractions.

Try to do these exercises in a slow and controlled way with a rest of 4 seconds between each muscle contraction. Practice your maximum number of held contractions (up to 10) about six times each day.

Exercise 2 The ability to work these muscles quickly helps them react to sudden stresses from coughing, laughing or exercise. Practice some quick contractions, drawing in the pelvic floor and holding for just one second before releasing the muscles. Do these steadily, aiming for a strong muscle tightening with each contraction up to a maximum of 10 times.

Try to do one set of slow contractions (exercise 1) followed by one set of quick contractions (exercise 2) six times each day. If you do pelvic floor exercises regularly, you will see optimum results within 3 to 6 months, but you should continue them for life to fully protect your pelvic floor.

It can also help to stop the flow of urine while you’re on the toilet, please wait until the first rush is over, then tighten your pelvic floor and stop and start 2 to 3 times. This has an added benefit of helping you to determine just which muscles to use while doing the Kegels.

P.S. This is a great exercise for the man in your life and can actually help prevent prostate problems, get him to do this at least once a day first thing in the morning. Tell him it will keep his sex life active for longer, which it will. Pelvic Floor Exercisers These interesting little devices come in all shapes and sizes, the best of them can be found at reputable clinics that specialize in this kind of thing. They are used because many women find it difficult to isolate the muscles involved in doing Kegels, and often they feel uncertain about whether the exercises are working and whether they are doing them correctly, particularly in the early stages The use of devices can help address some of these problems and encourage women to continue their pelvic floor fitness and strengthening regimes. Most importantly many women find that using a pelvic floor exercise device produces better results than unassisted exercising, so they are encouraged to keep going. Exercisers also provide ‘resistance’. Body builders build strong biceps by using weights or resistance training, the same applies to your pelvic floor.

References

1. Cardinale M, Bosco C. The use of vibration as an exercise intervention. Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2003; 31: 3-7.

2. Rittweger J, Just K, Kautzsch K, Reeg P, Felsenberg D. Treatment of chronic Lower back pain with lumbar extension and whole-body vibration exercise: a randomizedcontrolled trial. Spine. 2002; 27: 1829-34

The Grapefruit Solution

Pucker up and get ready to savor grapefruit at every meal. On The Grapefruit Solution, this citrus fruit is the secret to losing weight. But don’t be distressed: you can choose fruit, juice, or a supplement version of this wonder fruit. The grapefruit is so magical that just adding it to your food plan, says the diet, will lead you to lose weight. The diet’s claim is that grapefruit contains a key compound that prevents excess dietary fat and carbohydrates from being absorbed. When you eat it at least three times a day, grapefruit provides a feeling of fullness and reduces hunger. You’ll also reduce cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease.

What makes The Grapefruit Solution different?

This diet promises weight loss due to a single super food, the grapefruit. The plan claims to be even more effective when you combine it with any other diet (like South Beach, Atkins, or Weight Watchers). Just don’t forget to live the grapefruit lifestyle and consume some variation of the marvelous citrus with every meal.

What is The Grapefruit Solution?

The “Diet” consists of consuming grapefruit in addition to other healthy foods, rather than consuming grapefruit as the bulk of your diet. Eating grapefruit is an addition to a healthy eating plan or diet that you can commit to and that involves slow weight loss and permanent changes in eating and exercise habits.

Grapefruits can be included in most diet plans like Weight Watchers, The Zone, and Jenny Craig. If the diet bans the fruit, you can take capsules instead of eating whole fruit. This diet promises that, no matter which plan you choose, grapefruit should help you lose weight. Even if you just add grapefruit without changing any other eating habits, you can also lose some weight.

A serving of grapefruit is half to one grapefruit, an eight-ounce glass of grapefruit juice, or 2 tablets of CitraSens supplement (or any other pure grapefruit supplement as described by the diet) at each meal. You can choose whichever form of grapefruit you like, as long as you consume at least one serving per meal every day.

Many helpful hints for choosing, purchasing, sectioning, juicing, and consuming grapefruits are offered. You can learn where to purchase special sectioning knives, juicers, and other easy preparation tools.

If you don’t enjoy eating naked grapefruit, you can top the fruit with grape jam, aspartame and cinnamon, or a maraschino cherry. You can also try one or more of the plan’s grapefruit recipes.

A typical day’s breakfast could include low-fat yogurt sprinkled with low-fat granola. Lunch is fruit salad with some grapefruit or a green salad with raw vegetables. Dinner could be a casserole with vegetables, grains, and beans, with a small green salad, and a fruit for dessert. Snacking is a good thing. Choose snacks that are low in calories (between 30 and 60 calories) like 1 whole grapefruit, a cup of fresh or canned fruit, or ½- cup of low-sugar, whole-grain cereal.

And don’t ignore your sweet tooth. Satisfy those sugary desires, if you can, by eating frozen fruit bars or other low calorie or low-fat treats.

What are the weight loss expectations?

If you eat or drink grapefruit at each meal without any other dietary or physical activity changes, you can lose up to ten pounds in three months. When you add grapefruit and follow the diet plan of your choice, you should lose one to two pounds per week. For health reasons, don’t lose more than three pounds weekly.

Is exercise promoted?

You should incorporate a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise you enjoy at least three days every week. By increasing the time and intensity slowly, you can work your way up to 40 minutes five days per week. The diet offers guidelines on how to incorporate exercise into your daily life and tips on keeping you moving. It also suggests “ten commandments” of exercise, including drinking plenty of water before, during, and after exercising, exercising at your own pace and fitness level, and keeping a daily written record of your progress.

Are supplements recommended?

If you don’t, won’t, or can’t eat grapefruit or grapefruit juice, take a supplement instead. The supplement is highly concentrated, powdered grapefruit and peel.

The pill form gives you greater than 40 times the benefits of eating a grapefruit. Take this pill three times daily, once at each meal. When you purchase the supplement, choose CitraSens or Grapefruit Solution to ensure that it is pure grapefruit.

You should also take a multivitamin with minerals daily. If you don’t eat dairy products, take a calcium supplement with breakfast. If you’re eating a well-varied diet, you should have little need of supplements.

Giant Cell Arteritis – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Giant cell arteritis, also known as temporal arteritis or cranial arteritis is an inflammation of the lining of the arteries, most commonly in the temporal scalp. Common symptoms include persistent head pain and tenderness, usually in the temple area; decreased vision; scalp tenderness; jaw pain; pain and stiffness in the neck, arms or hips; sudden, permanent loss of vision in one eye; fever; and weight loss. Old age, female sex, white race, and the presence of polymyalgia rheumatica are risk factors for giant cell arteritis.

The Ayurvedic treatment of giant cell arteritis is aimed at treating the symptoms of this condition and preventing complications like blindness, stroke, angina and aortic aneurysm. Medicines like Triphala-Guggulu, Yograj-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Saarivadi-Churna, Chandrakala-Ras and Sutshekhar-Ras are used to reduce pain and inflammation in the cranial arteries. Herbal medicines which can be used for this purpose are: Bahava (Cassia fistula), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daru Haridra (Berberis aristata), Takla (Clerodendron phomodis), Karanj (Pongamia pinnata), Khadeer (Acacia catechu) and Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba).

Sudden, permanent blindness can be an immediate complication of this condition. This results from swelling in the cranial arteries, which cuts off blood supply and nutrients to the delicate tissue of the eyes. This can be prevented with the timely use of steroids. Ayurvedic medicines like Tapyadi-Loh, Ekangveer-Ras, Kaishor-Guggulu and Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha can also be used for this purpose. In the acute condition, localized blood-letting from the temple areas with the application of leeches can help to tide over the crisis, by reducing pain and inflammation. Ayurvedic medicines need to be continued for a long time in order to prevent a relapse of the condition and long-term complications like aortic aneurysm and stroke.

Because of the risk of serious complications, giant cell arteritis needs to be diagnosed and treated promptly. Education and awareness about this disease in the general public is necessary to enable them to seek medical help at the earliest.

Ferret Diseases and Illness

Ferrets are fun and lively pets, but there are many ferret diseases that can strike quickly so you need to be sure to monitor your pets health carefully.

Ferrets can get sick just like any other pet and can even catch a cold or flu from you. Just like other pets, it might be difficult to tell when your ferret is sick. Since ferrets are often bundles of energy, you might notice that your ferret is a bit less energetic or simply just laying around, much like you do when you don’t feel well. This could indicate a simple cold or may mean something more serious.

A ferret that has caught a cold might have a runny nose, coughing and might even start sneezing. He may have other symptoms such as a fever, diarrhea, and he may not want to eat much either. To determine for sure if your ferret has a common cold or one of the more serious ferret diseases, you should take him to your vet at the first sign of illness.

If it is determined that your ferret has a simple common cold, you can help him get over his illness by giving him lots of fluids. You will want to prevent him from becoming dehydrated and may want to try giving him some rehydrating drinks made for children.

If your ferret has symptoms that last longer then a few days or stops eating or drinking, this can indicate serious illness or disease and you should get him to the vet right away. Ferrets have a very high metabolism and if the animal dehydrates himself, he can slip away rather quickly if he does not get the help that he needs.

One of the common ferret diseases is adrenal disease which is a cancer of the adrenal glands. Symptoms of this disease include hair loss and possibly the animal becoming more aggressive than usual. This condition can be fatal if it is not taken care of right away.

Insulinoma is another common ferret type of disease. This cancer affects the pancreas and causes the production of insulin to increase causing the ferrets blood sugar to drop to a dangerously low level. Symptoms of this condition include lethargy, seizures, and foaming at the mouth.

There are also a number of viral diseases that can also cause illness in your ferret. He could have any number of conditions including loss of appetite, diarrhea, and weight loss. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is necessary for you to contact your vet as many of the conditions can be a signal of something that is threatening to the life of your pet.

In order to keep your pet healthy and happy, you should be sure he sees the vet yearly and watch his behavior closely for signs of change. With proper care, your ferret can live a healthy life of 8 years or even more.

Natural and Alternative Anti Aging Treatment

Nowadays, people look for natural alternative anti-aging treatments. Because some traditional products based on vitamin a or collagen – for example retinol – can cause excess irritation to the skin.

A natural ingredient that has proved to be an effective anti-aging treatment is she butter.

Ultra pure Shea Butter's oily qualities improve skin softness and suppleness, which make it ideal for dry or sensitive skin care, winter sports products, and for body lotions and hand care products. Moreover, ultra pure shea butter may be formulated into capillary preparations to prevent and treat scalp dryness, and provide good lubrication for the hair, resulting in improved brilliance and manageability.

This kind of butter is solid and comes from the natural fat obtained from the karite tree grown in West and Central Africa. Shea butter is an emollient that is extremely therapeutic, helping to heal cracked, aged and damaged skin. Its chemical constituents help to heal bruising and soreness, and penetrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It has vitamin A, E and is highly compatible with skin.

Also it has been used to heal small wounds, burns and skin ulcers. It contains fatty acids, phytosterol and unsaponifiables, which stimulate the skin's renewal process, providing a more youthful, vibrant appearance. Its texture is typically soft and butter-like so it melts readily into the skin.

Shea butter also helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun while repairing cellular degeneration. Neverheless, it is not sufficient to prevent sun damage and it will always be important to use a sunscreen during sun exposure as a way of prevention.

There are several products that use it in the cosmetic market place. However, if levels of concentration are below 20%, products will not be useful enough; you should review labels in order to determine shea butter concentration levels.

On the other hand, if level of concentration is over 20 per cent, product will be very beneficial as anti aging skin care treatment.

There are three types;

– Raw shea butter; this one has not been exposed to refinement process.
– Refined shea butter and
– Shea oil; this one is produced during the process of making shea butter.

This one offers many anti aging skin care benefits, whatever of three types listed above are excellent ingredients for an anti-aging skin care regime.

To sum up, natural or botanical products are an effective alternative to treat your skin against aging without known side effects. Nonetheless, there are new products taking this market by storm, like resveratrol and acai berry, probably you would be right researching about those.

How to Eliminate a Fatty Liver Problem

A thorough physical at your family doctor’s office will include an investigation into your liver enzymes. If a report reveals that your liver enzymes are elevated, it could mean a lot of things. One possibility is that you may end up being diagnosed with a Fatty Liver. Physical signs of a fatty liver can also include a distended abdomen, increased fatigue and difficulty in losing weight. A specialist can also palpate a fatty liver and can also see the fat deposits on the liver during a diagnostic ultrasound.

Factors that could have contributed to your fatty liver can include a combination of things. Genetically, you may be pre-disposed to having a fatty liver, so no matter how healthy your daily habits are, you can still get this condition. However, other factors include frequent alcohol intake, a diet full of foods with fat. For example, typical bar foods such as chicken wings, nachos and french fries can be very bad for a fatty liver. Similarly, any fast food is usually full of fat. Eating a lot of sugar also would not help your condition. Lastly, having no aerobic activity in your life will not help to eliminate any fat in your body.

For someone who is over weight, the ways that you can significantly reduce a fatty liver include two very important changes in daily routine. One factor is the introduction of aerobic exercise into your routine, at least 5 days a week. You need to engage in an activity between 20 and 45 minutes that will make you sweat and get your heart rate increased. If you have not exercised for a long time, start with a light jog for a minute or two, followed by a fast paced walk for a minute, then alternating between a jog and a walk. It is helpful to get a heart rate monitor so that you can increase your heart rate to about 60 or 70 percent of your maximum heart rate. Talk to your doctor or another health care professional to figure out your own target heart rate.

The other very important factor is changing your diet. Eat five small meals per day rather than three big meals. Eat until you are only 70 percent full rather than being 100 percent or 120 percent full. Eat fruit in between meals, but not more that 4 fruit per day. Stay away from any fried foods or foods with moderate or high fat. Get used to eating more salads if possible.

If you follow the instructions already mentioned, you will notice your weight being reduced considerably over a three month period and you will also eliminate your fatty liver and become much healthier overall. This is highly recommended as having a fatty liver can lead to diabetes and other complications later on.

There are three other things that can greatly help you eliminate your fatty liver. These include:

1. Taking milk thistle daily. Go to your local health food store and get yourself some milk thistle tablets. Take some daily as directed on the label.

2. Drinking Chinese Black Tea for a fatty liver. Go to a Chinese Herbal store and pick yourself up some Black tea with specific ingredients to reduce a fatty liver. Drink two teas per day.

3. Eat Chia seed on a daily basis. Chia is full of Omega-3’s and anti-oxidants, along with many other nutrients. Chia is amazing for helping to reduce cholesterol, blood sugar and fat. The most effective proprietary blend of chia on the market today is Mila. Mila has several advantages over other chia brands, which include the following:

– It is the only blend of seeds grown in different regions for maximizing a variety of specific nutrients.

– It is the only tested seed.

– It is the only sliced seed. Grinding the seed can lead to a loss of nutrients and eating the seed whole will not deliver the same amount of nutrients.

– It is the only seed grown within the most nutritious growing region.

– It is the only seed that is associated with a company who’s main goal is to change the health of starving people around the world. The company helps others who cannot help themselves and is the only company that offers a product that is tested and ensures its quality is excellent.

If you alter your lifestyle as described above, your chances of eliminating your fatty liver problem are very good. Yes, it may be a challenge the first few weeks to introduce all of these habits, but in only a couple of weeks, you will feel more energetic and you will be on your way to a new, healthier you.

How To Make Hair Grow Faster Using Virgin Coconut Oil As Hair Moisturizer – 11 Steps

Much has been said, tested and proven about virgin coconut oil in its effectiveness for healthy and fabulous hair growth. In fact, some expensive miracle hair products also highly contain this natural ingredient, mixed or used with other ingredients. But you do need to continuously spend money to use this ‘miracle potion’ or your hair will gradually go back to being dull and lifeless.

And even I, in my how to make hair grow fast journey, use virgin coconut oil externally and orally.

I can get a 500ml bottle of quality certified organic virgin coconut oil for around, MYR35 – MYR80 or USD12 – USD30, from the pharmacy or an organic shop about a minute’s drive from my home.

I am currently using the MYR35 (USD12), 500ml bottle and it works great on my hair. To know which virgin coconut oil is pure and of good quality, it is advisable to find an informative, honest and reliable retailer.

As far as I have tried this single ingredient alone for my consistent scalp massages and to use as conditioner or moisturizer, I find it works wonders for my ‘how to make hair grow faster’ journey. Plus, I’m saving tons by just getting this in my neighborhood.

And there is no need to mix or use this oil with any other particular or special ingredient, though you can if you want to.

Like for me, I also use some natural ingredients which I mix and match and are just as effective and really cheap which I can get from the grocery store. When I sometimes feel like ‘having a citrus’ or ‘having honey’, I would use these to suit my different moods and feelings.

But here, I would like to take you through the steps of how I use virgin coconut oil as my hair moisturizer. Here are the steps:

1. Prepare what I need – extra virgin coconut oil, wide tooth comb, hair pins, shower cap, warm towel, hair pins (optional)

2. Wash my hair with regular shampoo, no conditioning

3. I gently dab and squeeze to soak up the wetness (till it’s just moist and not dripping) NOT rub, tug or pull at my hair

4. I use a wide tooth comb to gently loosen the knots and tangles

5. Rub one teaspoon of virgin coconut oil between my two hands, vigorously till my hands then feel warm.

6. Comb and evenly spread the oil in gliding motion, gently through my hair. I would start about 4 inches from my scalp and going all the way down to the ends of my hair

7. Take another 1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil, again, rub between my hands. Apply this on just the ends of my hair. You may add another teaspoon if you have dry, weak or split ends (by the way, you should be trimming off the split ends).

8. Get my warm towel, wrap my hair up on my head (clip or pin it up if need to).

9. Then I put my plastic shower cap over my head/towel, for at least 30 minutes. If you have more time, one hour is great.

10. Remove cap and towel.

11. Rinse my hair in the shower, cold water, for at least 5 minutes, or till I feel the oil has been removed.

Some points to note:

As I had dry and fizzy hair, I started this ‘treatment’ three times weekly (during my early months of hair growth journey).

Now, I do this once a week, or at times twice a week (weekends or off days) – like if I have been out in the hot sun for some time, on the beach or when I feel (touch) my hair needs one more time.

For the amount of virgin coconut oil, do be flexible and adjust according to your hair’s length and texture. What I suggested above, is for a start – there are NO hard and fast rules on how to make your hair grow faster.

You need to feel (touch) and monitor. If a little more oil is needed, you can add it in – just enough for your hair to be nicely moist, NOT dripping with oil!

As for the hot towel, in case I am short of time and can’t prepare my warm towel, just a towel will do. Or for my hair wrap, I may just do 30 minutes, instead of one hour.

Sometimes, I will massage my scalp for 10 minutes then do my warm hair wrap.

When I have time and want to totally relax, I will massage my scalp, and use a warm towel to wrap my hair up and let it sit for one hour. I would be half lying down on a recliner, reading a book or just closing my eyes, resting.

Apart from this, I do my regular scalp massages (weekdays, morning and night), sometimes without oil. No hair wraps, as I have less time. For me though, regular routines matter much more.

Safe and Healthy Ingredient

Virgin coconut oil is safe and healthy. After consulting my general practitioner, I have also started consuming this oil orally. I consume according to the bottle’s dosage (one tablespoon, once a day, daily).

To get the best results for your ‘how to make hair grow faster’ journey, use quality virgin coconut oil (extracted by cold compression from fresh coconuts and have not gone through any heat process). The oil has a pleasant smell and should be as clear as water and tastes ‘very thin’ and healthy.

Although this is my best oil by far, I do use other ingredients to compliment, or for a change sometimes, depending on my moods.

On the contrary, I do know of people who have used virgin coconut oil, yet did not get the hair results they expected. So this is also where other natural ingredients and recipes come in very handy.

During my own journey, I have also learned it never hurts to have an alternative good, handy, cheap and foundational back up of natural recipes or solution for my hair.

The Highs and Lows of Heroin Addiction

What is Heroin?

Heroin is a highly addictive and rapidly acting illegal drug that is the single most abused opiate in the United States. Heroin is processed from morphine, which is the main component of opium. Opium is the naturally occurring substance that is extracted from the seedpod of the opium poppy. Heroin has one of the most serious addiction rates of all illegal drugs.

While found in a variety of forms, heroin is typically sold as a white or brownish colored powder. A black sticky substance known on the streets as “black tar heroin” is the dirtiest form of heroin. Although purer heroin is becoming much more common, most street heroin is cut with other drugs or substances such as sugar, starch, powdered milk or quinine. Black tar heroin is usually cut with glass and other substances that can be potentially fatal or cause some sort of brain damage and is much more harmful than regular heroin.

Street heroin can also be cut with poisons such as strychnine. Abusers of heroin have no way of knowing the actual strength of the heroin, nor do they know the true contents of the drug. For this reason, they are at a higher risk for overdose or death. Heroin addicts are also at a higher risk for HIV and other diseases because of the sharing of needles that can occur among addicts.

The Heroin High

When compared to other drugs such as meth, cocaine, alcohol or marijuana, heroin is taken less for recreational and social reasons than it is for the purposes of self medication. People who suffer from deep seeded emotional problems, have endured a history of trauma, experience chronic pain or live a lifestyle that may be seen as disadvantaged, are at an even greater risk for addiction.

The heroin high creates changes in thoughts, feeling and sensations. While some of theses feelings are directly caused by the changes that occur in the brain and the central nervous system, other feelings are directly related to the personal history and expectations of the person taking the drug. This is why some people may experience immediate relief from the drug while others may consider the effects to be awful. Feelings of euphoria give people who suffer with anxiety and/or depression, the opportunity to experience pleasure and escape from their feelings of despair or intense racing of thoughts. Some people have been known to describe the heroin high as providing them with feelings of warmth and safety. In reality, heroin addicts are far from warm and safe. Heroin can also be very effective in reducing or eliminating both physical and emotional pain. For this reason, the drug can be particularly appealing to those who suffer from chronic pain or for those who engage in physically painful activities.

Heroin Withdrawal

If you have become addicted to heroin, you can expect to experience some withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can vary in intensity depending upon the severity of use and physical addiction. Typically, withdrawal symptoms will begin within 6-12 hours after the last dose of heroin. Symptoms can be expected to peak within 1 to 3 days and will gradually subside over the course of the next 5-7 days. Keeping this in mind, there have been addicts who have experienced severe withdrawal symptoms for weeks or months. This is known as post acute withdrawal syndrome.

There is often a strong desire to use more heroin for those who have become addicted to the illegal substance. The body will crave the substance that provided them with pleasure and eventually the addict will desire to use again simply because the physical pain experienced from not using can become so intense and the addict knows that if they use again, it will ease the pain. Heroin blocks the body’s pain pathways. For an addict, heroin becomes their medicine, blocking the aches and pains typically felt in the back and leg regions of the body.

As heroin withdrawal progresses, an overproduction of bodily fluids may be experienced. Excessive sweating, teary eyes and a runny nose are very common. Vomiting, diarrhea, fever and chills are symptoms that will keep you feeling very uncomfortable. As the body begins to bring itself into balance, one may begin to notice their hairs standing on end as well as other physical symptoms. Until homeostasis is achieved, an addict can expect restless nights, insomnia, and agitation. Feelings of depression, irritability and anxiety are a normal part of the withdrawal process. They are often very intense, but typically pass once the withdrawal stage has subsided.

A Fresh Perspective On Acne Medicines

Everyone of us, even those with the most perfect complexion, have been faced at least once in our lifetime with the problem of a pimple. Acne is something common for the skin. Acne problems signify that you not only have a terrible appearance, but that something is wrong with the way you treat your skin. Acne is often a result of hormones, or of microorganisms, which live on the surface of your skin. Why do they live there? Because you have not taken measures to clean your skin. Acne comes as a consequence of careless treatment of your complexion. You need to take better attention which types of cosmetic medicines you use on your skin. Acne medicines are the only solution for treating problematic skin.

The positive results depend on the brand of acne medicines that you have tried. As soon as you get the proper acne medicine, you will discover that your problematic skin is gradually turning into the loveliest complexion that you have dreamed of. Your zits will disappear as quickly as they came up. Only by using the suitable acne medicine will you discover the light feeling of looking nice.

What type of acne medicines you have tried, it's not important. Now you have to test some of the brands once again, according to your skin type and your specific age and complexion.

You may try with Proactive Solution to restore your complexion. Neutrogena acne face wash is another good option for taking care of hideous pimples. Whatever brand you choose, have in mind tat acne medicines must do three different things: first, prevent new acne from forming, second, destroy the current acne, and third, do not over-dry or irritate your sensitive skin in the process.

There are a lot of places to search information about acne medicines. The best options is to either ask your dermatologist, or hop online. You can find a really great huddle of information on acne medicines on the Internet. Browse through the net and you will certainly come up with wonderful solutions to your problematic skin.

Pain Saving Secrets For Fibromyalgia Patients

When I turned forty years old, I became determined to find the cause of my Fibromyalgia and daily chronic pain – no matter what the cost! I started looking for holistic solutions. I tried all kinds of therapies including chiropractic, massage, reflexology, yoga, meditation, craniofacial, chi machines, acupuncture, biomagnetic, infrared sauna, etc. Nothing helped.

Next, I tried naturopathic doctors and was told my body was extremely acidic and that I was malnourished. So I started on a regimen of vitamins, minerals and herbs, leading up to a total of 90 pills, gel caps and one-ounce liquids everyday.

After swallowing all those vitamin pills and liquids within forty five minutes my vision was blurred, a headache had started and my neck and back were locked up in pain. What was in those vitamins?

I immediately started a vitamin journal. I want to share with you what I learned the following six months concerning certain health food supplements.

Most importantly if you are taking any kind of vitamins make sure they are not Synthetic. According to the University of California, reported in Science, (93: 261-262, 1941) animals on a synthetic vitamin-enriched diet died long before the animals on an unprocessed diet became disabled. Other animal studies reveal untimely deaths, sterility, and serious health deficits with the use of synthetic vitamins versus whole food in animal feeds. Synthetic vitamins C and E on the market today are distilled. A process where corn sugar, processed cottonseed and soybean are exposed to high powered chemicals, solvents and heat reducing it down to the desired crystalline vitamin.

Beware of Gelatin capsules! Each and every time I ingest an herbal or vitamin pill, no matter how nutritious the internal ingredients, if it is encased in a gelatin capsule I get a horrible stomach ache. Within one hour my eyes become red and the Fibromyalgia symptoms start their engine. I can literally feel each and every cell and limb in my body sting with pain. Gelatin is made from the boiled bones, skins and tendons of animals. Gelatin capsules are a toxic and ineffective product used to lower cost. They also carry the risk of prion exposure from BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) aka mad cow disease. Make sure your capsules are 100% vegetarian (made from vegetables) and you should not have any painful symptoms.

Check the Other ingredients on your vitamin’s label. Here is where you will find the excitotoxins, the cause of your Fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

Which is Better, Running on a Tread Mill Vs Running on Track

Many people wonder which is better or more effective, running on a tread mill vs running on track. The calories burned on tread mill will depend on a number of things, including the speed of the tread mill and the incline. Which form of exercise is best for you will depend on a number of things, including your fitness goals and your personal preferences.

Running on a Tread Mill vs Running on Track

Advantages to running on a treadmill include:

  • You can run on the treadmill regardless of the weather outdoors.
  • You can adjust the speed of the treadmill to meet your fitness needs and goals.
  • You can adjust the incline of the treadmill to meet your fitness needs and goals.
  • You can set the treadmill to vary the speed and incline to give variety to your workout and make you burn more calories, as opposed to just running on a flat track.
  • Many people put their treadmill where they can see the television, which keeps them from getting bored while running.
  • Most treadmills will keep track of how many miles you run and how many calories you are burning, so you don’t have to try to calculate that information yourself.

Advantages to running on a track include:

  • If you run on an outdoor track, you get fresh air and sunshine, which is beneficial to your health.
  • Of course, if you run on an outdoor track, the weather may interfere with your ability to exercise at times; however, if you run on an indoor track, like at a gym, you can exercise regardless of the weather.
  • Some people get bored running in place on a treadmill, but running on a track, particularly outdoors, may be more interesting.
  • Treadmills can be expensive, and so can gym memberships, but most high schools have outdoor tracks that you can run on for free in the evenings.
  • Some people work harder and burn more calories when they run on a track as opposed to running on a treadmill because they tend to hold on tight to the handlebars on the treadmill, which causes you to work less hard and burn fewer calories.

When deciding between running on a tread mill vs running on track, you’ll need to take into account your personal preferences and your fitness goals. You might get a harder workout if you use a tread mill and set the speed fast enough and the incline steep enough. But will you enjoy it enough to do it regularly? And can you afford to buy a tread mill?

Something else to keep in mind when deciding between running on a tread mill vs running on track is that it doesn’t have to be just one or the other. Some people use a treadmill during bad weather and run outdoors on a track in nice weather.

Calories Burned on Tread Mill

The calories burned on tread mill will depend on a number of factors, including the speed of the treadmill, which you can adjust, and the incline of the treadmill, which you can also adjust. Obviously, the faster the speed and the greater the incline, the more calories you will burn. You can also increase the number of calories burned on treadmill by not leaning on the handlebars. If you need to touch the handlebars for balance, that’s OK, but leaning on them causes you to work less hard and decreases the number of calories burned.

Just to give you a ballpark figure, though, a study conducted by the Medical College of Wisconsin and VA Medical Center in Milwaukee found that the average number of calories burned on tread mill during a 60-minute workout is 785 calories. Compare this to an average of 774 calories burned if you just run on a track for an hour at the pace of 6.7 miles per hour (which is a reasonable pace).

The Energy Healing Power of Natural Medicine

Natural medicine is a system that uses a variety of therapeutic or preventive health care practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and herbal medicine. Alternative medicine is also known as traditional, naturopathic, natural or holistic medicine. Proponents of alternative medicine are not refuting the validity of discoveries in and the practical uses of conventional medicine, but are merely trying to put some things into perspective. Due to the broad interest in natural medicine along with the discrimination and disenchantment with Western medicine, many people, especially in the United States and Europe, where conventional medicine has taken a dominant foothold, are seeking the advice and treatment from naturopathic doctors. These practitioners include herbalists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and others, who advocate preventive health measures as well as recommend wholesome foods and nutritional supplements for their patients and clients. Considering the growing popularity and effectiveness of alternative health treatments and products, certified and licensed professional practitioners of such medical practices should be given their rightful and respectful place in medical society. Natural medicine has been proven not only to be safe, but more effective than Western medicine in treating many chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma and many other diseases as well

The history of Natural Medicine and its roots can be traced back thousands of years to ancient cultures such as India and China. Ayurvedic (E. Indian) and Chinese medicine, along with their diagnostic and herbal systems, are still used in these countries intensively, as well as in the United States, especially in Europe, where alternative medicine is well-respected. Chinese herbal medicine has a documented history of over 2500 years in China, and is now widely used by practitioners all over the world. It has been legally practiced in the United States. since the mid seventies by licensed acupuncturists. Homeopathy is also a well-known form of alternative medicine discovered in the 18th century by German physicist Samuel Hahnemann, but was practically stamped out in the US in the late Nineteenth Century by the American Medical Association. In 1938, though, the US Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act finally recognized homeopathic pharmacopoeia as the legal equivalent of allopathic medicine.

Another more contemporary and popular form of herbal medicine, called Western herbalism, can be traced back about two hundred years in America. Samuel Thomson, born in 1769, is considered the father of Western herbalism. He discovered over sixty different medically effective native plants by clinical testing, and on the basis of these findings, devised a theory of disease and botanical drug action. Randy Kidu, DVM, Ph.D., wrists in his articled entitled A Brief History of Alternative Medicine: "The history of herbal medicine is interesting because herbs have been a part of our diet and pharmacy since man becoming roaming the earth. (seeds and other plant part (found in preserved fecal pellets) points to herbal use by cavemen. Early herbalists practiced their trade since before recorded history in all parts of the world including China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Africa, England, the Americas , and Europe. Many herbs are also mentioned in the Bible. Today, based on sheer numbers of folks who use one form of herbal medicine or another, it remains the most-used medicine worldwide. "

Twenty-five hundred years after the advent of allopathic medicine, modern medicine is still grappling with the idea that herbal medicine could be an effective treatment, and not just quackery, though thousands of years of recorded history has proven its efficacy. A new model of understanding in medicine needs to be incorporated into the existing allopathic model. Because of the growing popularity and effectiveness of natural medicine, practitioners may sometimes be given their deserved place in medical society. The incorporation of natural medical practices into the existing model of conventional Western medicine, including the training of new medical doctors, is now called Complimentary Medicine. In order to solve our health problems, this modern paradigm for treatment in medicine must be promoted. This can only really emerge when bias, self-interest, greed and discrimination is discarded and diverse medical knowledge is promoted and shared, not only between university trained scientists and medical doctors, but among alternative medicine practitioners, philosophers, metaphysicians, and other intelligentsia of society as well.

Natural Scar Removal Cream for Burn Wounds

Burn traumas can be the most devastating wounds of all. There are not many skin afflictions where individuals who live with them are called ‘survivors’. A skin burn can thoroughly alter someone’s life from a physical and mental viewpoint. Proper burn scar care then ultimately burn scar removal is important to help people move on with their lives and become ‘survivors’. Thanks to a biological element created wholly in nature, the natural healing of burns is now attainable.

Burns are more than skin deep. A burn scar is a symbol of the painful trauma that burn sufferers go through in that horrible moment of the accident. People who go through a traumatic experience that results in a burn need to be turned from a burn victim into a burn survivor as quick as possible. Using an effective burn mark remover is the first step in moving on from the accident emotionally.

Years ago it was thought that burns were for a lifetime but due to advancements in science and biotechnology, people can treat skin traumas and put the emotional trauma behind them and move on with their lives with fresh, healthy skin. The truth is the best cream for burns is not a surgical method but actually a natural scar removal serum that provokes the biological rejuvenating processes of human skin.

Burn Wound Treatment

Skin grafts are the standard burn scar treatment used by thousands of doctors all over the planet. Skin grafts are performed only after severe injury to the skin and not on trivial traumas. Skin grafts attach an implanted piece of skin tissue in order to conceal the outer appearance of a burn scar.

This is not the way to help individuals move on with their daily lives. This isn’t truly burn healing, its burn hiding. While hiding the appearance of the scar can help start the internal emotional scar healing process, it is not a remedy for the scar. Bleeding and bacterial infection are common side effects of this surgical procedure. Grafts can be spurned by the body and can come undone at any time.

Burn sufferers need to move on and become survivors without distressing about a rejected skin graft or further inflammation. This is now all possible with an all natural burn mark removing cream. Surgical methods of scar removal are dated now thanks to a new biological serum.

Natural Scar Removing Cream

The naturally created serum is a solution for the treatment of burns scars. It reduces keloid scars, hyperthropic scars, and invigorates the skin matrix by supplying the crucial elements needed to rejuvenate burned, scarred skin.

When the cream is applied to a burn scar, it will:

* destroy any dangerous microorganisms that might further do harm to a burn. Burns and open skin injuries are common breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria. Destroying bacteria before they can further infect a burn wound is critical in maintaining skin health after a burn.

* diffuse damaged tissues with biological enzymes.

* combine with cells and rejuvenate the regenerative capability of burned skin.

* promote fibroblast production. Fibroblasts evolution gives roots to new collagen and elastin fibers which are the most basic of all skin elements. This is an essential action in wound healing.

* reduce oxidative damage and free radical formation, saving healthy cells near a skin trauma. The natural burn scar treatment contains low molecular weight ingredients that possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory features.

How To Paint A Wooden Boat

One of the great increasing mysteries of today’s modern boatbuilding is the amount of hi-tech gobble-de-gook that the average home boat builder is expected to wade through when the time comes to paint the boat after the horrendous amount of sanding, fairing and hard work is (mostly) over and the fruits of your labour now require a shiny deep lustre that the painting now promises to bring. This part, to my mind at least, is one of the best parts of boatbuilding, the finish! (Well, at least the start of the finish!)

Painting a boat used to be a reasonably simple task. All one needed was a fine dry day, one of Dad’s paintbrushes, some turps, a roll of masking tape, a bit of pink primer left over from the decorating and a half gallon of shiny blue enamel paint from the local hardware store…they were the days!

Not so today, my friends! The unsuspecting boat builder who toddles off to the local chandlery or superstore best be prepared for the very worst- not only will he (or she) face a huge financial onslaught on their wallet but a mind boggling array of hi-tech whiz wow balderdash that the (generally) uninformed shop assistant will proceed to throw in their general direction in the faint hope that you will give in under the stress and buy several litres of the latest polurethanicalslitheryaminomolecular goop that’s just come in. For example, you’ll be faced with trade names like ‘Interlux Interthane coating’. I mean, come on, it sounds like a new space invaders game! This is bloody paint! There are many others but I’m sure you get the gist of what I’m saying.

Another example of the kind of thing that drives me nuts is that you can expect to buy several litres of a iso-cyanate two pack marine polyurethane paint only to be cheerfully told its illegal to spray it unless you have a proper licenced premises to do so, drone drone!! I suppose they have to make up new names to go with the new paint company policies of charging up to $150 a litre for some of these new fangled paints! What the hell have they discovered that’s so expensive to put in this stuff? I was under the impression that paint was a few litres of linseed oil, turps, some drying agents and a few ounces of pigments for colour…can I really be so out of touch?

BACK TO BASICS

So, why do we paint wooden boats? Or any other boat for that matter? The first part of that question is easy. Boats look much smarter and better if they shine and gleam a bit… it’s only human nature after all. The second part to that question is: We want to protect it. Ok, from what? Well, wood rots if you don’t paint it, right? – wrong! Wood left to its own devices does not rot. Wood only rots as a result of its environment. There are multiple cases of how, plain untreated wood can last for centuries as long as it is in the correct environment. There are basically only a few elements that start wood rotting. Biological attack from spores, fungi, temperature, high humidity or total absorption, physical attack from marine borers and crustaceans that allow ingress to all the other elements aforementioned.

Don’t let’s forget that polluted waters can degrade timber to the point where it will rot….we’ll add chemical attack to that list too. So, in view of all these very compelling reasons we protect our boat by painting it to coat it fully against these assaults.

PREPARATION OF TIMBER

The actual preparation of timber can cover a range of differing requirements. If your boat is a new build you won’t have to go through many of the preparatory stages that an older boat may have to go through. With some forms of boatbuilding where a boat has been built by a different method such as strip planking or cold moulding, we paint the boat as if it were a fibreglass boat, due to the fact that either layers of fibreglass cover the timber or that the timber has been coated with epoxy that does not allow conventional paints to adhere to it properly. However, if we wish to protect bare timber then we use a different tack. Timber in its bare natural state has millions of thin hollow tubes running through it, constructed of cellulose in its natural form. We have to seal these tubes to prevent the ingress of water into them. Therefore we seal and coat the timber first of all.

The first thing we do is to clean and remove any loose and flaking or damaged paint plus any dirt that remains on the hull – sounds easy if you say it quick but it must be done! If necessary (and most times it is) degrease the hull using a proprietary paint degreaser after removing all dust preferably with a vacuum cleaner. Don’t forget it won’t be absolutely necessary to get all the hull back to bare wood just dry, clean, grease and dust free.

FILLING AND IMPERFECTIONS

Obviously, not many timber craft are perfect on the outside. There are many blemishes, cracks, imperfections and splits both large and small to deal with by filling them and sanding them flush before priming the boat. It’s a bit of a chore but time spent here will reward you with a boat that will certainly look better plus have a longer life. Some folks fill these holes and imperfections in timber with epoxy filler but it is not a good idea. Sometime later, for example, when the boat has to undergo a repair, it will be the very devil of a job to remove the epoxy from a fastening hole. It’s best to use some kind of proper timber filler that dries hard and fast but is never that hard that it can’t be removed later on. For example, painter’s glazing compound is a fairly hard setting soft paste that can be quickly applied then sanded and painted satisfactorily. Carvel boats usually have their seams filled fair with a special seam compound AFTER the boat has been primed. Once the boat has been filled and faired smooth and all dust removed we are ready to put some actual paint on. Remember, the difference between a professional paint job and an amateur is the PREPARATION!

WOOD PRESERVATIVE

There are two schools of thought about treating bare timber with wood preservatives. I’ve heard stories that primers and paints don’t adhere to many of them. In my case, I have never personally had that happen to me, so I am generally in favour of using them. Nevertheless, I am convinced that in many cases where the paint refuses to stick to timber is because the wood has not properly dried out after application. There is a definite percentage of humidity level that every timber has (and most of them differ slightly) where paint of any description simply won’t stick. It can be up to fifteen per cent in some timbers. Above all, ensure that your timber is dry enough to allow any paint or filler to adhere to it. Remember too that salt deposits on timber will readily contain water and keep it damp…. if your boat was in salty water wash it off in fresh before commencing painting. When and only when, your timber preservative is dry the next stage is:

PRIMER

The first coat of primer to go onto your hull is metallic grey primer. It is a good primer to use because it is made up of millions of microscopic flat metal (aluminium) plates that lie on top of each other giving water a very hard time to pass though it…Pink primer for example, has circular molecules of substances therefore allowing water to ingress a lot quicker…fact! Grey primers also contain certain oils and most have anti-mould agents contained within (biocides to you and I) We put two coats of grey primer above the waterline and three, no less, below it.

SOME OTHER OBSERVATIONS ABOUT PRIMERS

There are a whole world of paint primers out there and confusion about their qualities are very common. For basic dry timbers, the grey metallic primers are good as previously explained. Also many oil-based primers from well-known companies are also very good and will do the job perfectly well. Hi-build primers however must be approached with caution and I must say that I have never personally got on too well with them. Most of them contain Titanium Dioxide (that’s talcum powder to us lot) and even when it is fully cured can absorb copious amounts of moisture that can prevent really good paint adhesion. To avoid this only paint hi-build primers on good clear dry days and avoid excessive atmospheric humidity levels. Then, as soon as is possible apply the topcoats to seal them in. Note too, that hi-build primers are a soft type of paint and can suffer badly from scuffing over stony or shingly beaches and even when launching from boat trailers. When sanding these primers remember that huge clouds of white dust are released so be aware of where you sand and wear appropriate safety masks.

TOPCOATS

Once again, there are many types to choose from. Let’s get the two- packs out of the way first. TWO-PACK POLYURETHANES have to be applied over a two-pack epoxy undercoat first of all. They have a fantastic finish and that’s fine but you must be absolutely sure that the timber underneath is not going to move because the paint cures so hard that it can and will crack (strip plankers and cold moulded boats are your best bet here…apart of course from glass boats). The primary reason is that timber constructed boats move or ‘work’ as it is known. You may well get away with it if your timber boat has been glassed from new….not glassed over later as a preventative method to stop leaks. Rarely boats treated thus dry out properly and are still susceptible to movement as the timber inside the glass either rots because it was wet or it dries out too much and shrinks. Also boats that have been chined properly, that is, strips of timber glued in between the planks instead of being caulked, stand a reasonable chance of not moving.

Ok, what else? One pack or single pack polyurethane paints can be a good choice for a topcoat…they are almost as glossy and as durable as the two-packs but not quite! They are however, less expensive and far easier to apply than the two-packs… there are a multitude of them out there, so a bit of research is required plus your own personal choice…I’m not going to get involved in a slanging match about which ones are the best! However, remember most major well-known paint manufacturer’s products are usually ok! It’s your call!

So next on my list are marine enamels. Once again, it pays to remember that anything with MARINE in front of it is usually expensive…a good place to avoid in this quest is the large hardware chain stores that sport one or two paints in this category and I’ve fallen for it myself before now. It’s the Name we are looking for!

Even with decent quality marine enamels some of the whites have been known to yellow with age and the way round this is to buy the off-white colours such as cream or buff. My last choice in Marine enamels proper, is a relative newcomer…a water-based enamel. I personally have never used any but I have heard some good reports and there has to be a few advantages with them, quick cleanup for one and you can even drink the thinners!

ASSORTED CHOICES

There are a few types of paint systems that are different to the abovementioned and as usual they probably will draw a lot of flack from those types that love writing to the editor for some reason or the other. Mainly I suspect, because something isn’t quite conventional. Each of the following paints has their different uses and attributes.

HOUSE PAINT ENAMELS

Over the years the quality of house paint enamels has been increasing dramatically to the point where many yachties I know paint their boats with it. It’s a bit softer (and definitely cheaper) than most single pack polyurethanes and some colours, mostly the darker hues, tend to fade earlier than others. However, the fact remains that they can be an excellent choice especially if you own a small boat and don’t mind repainting it every couple of years….cheap to buy, easy to apply!

WATER BASED ACRYLICS

A few years ago you wouldn’t have dreamed of painting your boat with acrylic paint….it would have peeled off in great strips. That does not apply today however. My own boat, The NICKY J has been painted using Wattyl’s Acrylic semi-gloss “CANE” and it is really amazing. I used gloss for the hull and semi-gloss for the decks over white epoxy primer single pack and it has been really good. Never once has it even looked like delaminating. I paint the boat once a year with a roller and it takes less than a day…and she’s forty two feet long! It is yet another choice!

Well there’s your main paint choices but I urge you to remember one thing…preparation is King… it will save you plenty of money in the long run, for sure.

HOW TO APPLY YOUR PAINT

There are of course, three main methods of applying your paints; Spraying, brushing and rollering. There’s another that many people use, a combination of the last two, rolling and tipping, we’ll deal with that one later.

Let’s take a look at spraying. There are several pre-requisites for a decent spray job. These usually are a decent workshop complete with suction fans and half decent ventilation using good spray gear (cheapo underpowered stuff just doesn’t cut the mustard) and most importantly, adequate and proper safety gear. There are always exceptions to the rule and there’s one chap who works in Edge’s boatyard outside in the weather and he does a fantastic job…imagine how much better he might be if he worked indoors!! You will also have to watch the weather, high humidity is not good and also where the overspray goes…not over anyone’s car as is so often the case! A good excess of paint is lost and wasted in the process. If you have a driving need for you boat to look like your car then sprayings for you! Oh yeah, it quick(ish) too!

Brushing by hand can yield incredible results if you are patient and also know what you are doing. I’ve seen boats that at first glance look like they have been sprayed only to find out that they were hand painted by brush…….Dust free atmosphere and bloody good brushes (I mean expensive) are an absolute must here.

Last of all, rollering especially the ‘roll and tip’ method. This requires two people working together as a team. One rolls the paint on thinly and the other follows closely with a decent brush and ‘tips’ out the bubbles left behind by the roller – unbelievably good finishes can be obtained by this method.

A word of warning, no matter which method you use. Don’t be tempted to retouch runs or sags in the paint or you will ruin the finish….wait until the paint has fully dried then deal with it! It’s tempting but paint always seems to gel quicker than you would think!

A SUMMARY

There are many facets to the successful painting of a boat. We can’t be good at all of them and you have to choose the method most suited to you own particular capabilities. A lot depends on the facilities that you have available at your disposal. Some people have the garden to work in others may have huge sheds and even access to a warehouse! I will say that a few basic rules apply to painting even the smallest boat. Often, too much, too clever or too sophisticated is often detrimental to what you are trying to achieve.

I have seen boats that cost twenty grand to paint and they were just really average…why? Wrong choice of painter, that’s why. If you are going to choose a painter it’s not a crime to ask him to show you some examples of his work. If he’s any good there should be plenty…there are plenty of chancers and cowboys about, rest assured. All boats, every single one of them will need retouching or even a repaint within years. Just how long you get for your money is the trick. Unless you put your freshly painted boat in a museum or garage and lock it away you can bet that from day one, it will collect nicks, dings, scratches and scars, it’s inevitable. Beware the painter who tells you, ‘yes it will be ten grand, but it’ll outlast you and me’. The need for repainting is directly proportional to how badly the boat is treated over the years. The only way of keeping your boat pristine and perfect is never to actually put it in that dirty old water once it’s done! Be realistic about your own abilities and your expectations. Simple can be better in many cases.

A SIMPLE FORMULA FOR CALCULATING HOW MUCH PAINT YOU NEED (FOR ONE COAT)

This is interesting if not exactly exact! But it gets very close indeed. This is applicable to brushing and rolling only NOT spraying. There’s a different formula for that and I don’t know it!

THE FORMULA

ONE COAT = The boat’s length overall x the beam x 0.85

Divided by square feet covered per litre listed on the paint can instructions.

If you can’t work it out the paint manufacturer will tell you if you ring the company hotline.

Over the years, wooden boats have survived the elements in spite of very crude and primitive forms of paint. Many early vessels were simply daubed in pitch, bitumen, turps and beeswax. An early Thames barge had survived for over a hundred years in perfect condition as she was originally used as a bitumen tanker!! The dark brown shiny finish was the most perfect example of preserved wood that I have ever seen. One of the most interesting boats I ever saw was painted with fence paint…the owner reckoned he’d only ever painted it once in thirty years! Another old boat builder I knew once told me the secret of painting a wooden boat was to paint it with as many coats of paint that you could afford!

Germanium Cancer Treatment

Germanium is a trace element that enhances the availability of oxygen to both cancer cells and healthy cells. It is well known that cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygen-rich environment, since Otto Warburg’s work.

Germanium appears to have a wide range of health benefits, including the ability to normalize high blood pressure and cholesterol, boost the immune system, protect the body against harmful cellular abuse and aberrations, alleviate rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, provide some pain relief and generally normalize physiological functions.

Germanium has a remarkable ability to stimulate the immune system in cancer patients as well as healthy people. American and Japanese scientists found, in many experiments, that germanium activates the body’s own defenses. Dr. Kidd and Dr. Frank Summerfield, as well as other prominent researchers, have stated that germanium is the ideal immunostimulant.

Doctors in the United States used the inorganic form of germanium, to treat patients with anemia as early as 1922. But it was Dr. Kazuhiko Asai, a Japanese scientist, who first synthesized an organically bound compound, germanium sesquioxide (Ge-132), in 1967.

Several studies have shown GE-132, has excellent anti-tumor activities and helps the patient in quality of life and strength. Dr. Asai was intrigued by the high concentrations of germanium in coal, he himself worked for the Coal Research Institute. Asai theorized that germanium must be present in plants, since coal is composed of fossilized plants.

He found that the highest concentrations of germanium, were found in those plants, that were used for medicinal purposes including shitake mushrooms, ginseng, aloe, garlic and comfrey. The highest levels of germanium were found in shelf fungus, a substance highly regarded by the Russians for centuries in the treatment against cancer.