Swine Flu?

We've all heard of what's going on with the whole swine flu that's been setting off in Mexico and which seems to be now spreading abroad. There's quite the panic around it as it has taken several lives already. The "Mask" has now become the new fashion thing to do … and Michael Jackson is nodding his head in approval as we all join in on what he's been rocking for quite some time now. But with all this buzz around the flu, I'm not convinced that the Swine Flu only comes from little fat guys who squeal with the infamous words of "Oink, Oink"!

I'd like to gab about a different type of a Swine Flu. A kind that will lend a lot of you pork lovers. This kind comes in a different form, but may still carry some of the same character traits. I have a person close to me, who when they get really annoyed, especially with the nonsense in the banking and credit industry, they typically refer to these nuisances as "swines" and in most cases … really so! You know, when you need to talk to someone about a bill, but the person you're talking to lives half way around the world and speaking with English that's so broken, it makes a two year old sound like a scholar. Yah, that's when this person gets so pissed that these people are usually called "Swines" and cheeky ones at that, lol!

Unfortunately "Swines" seem to linger in the world of dating and singleness as well. Argh..some of the horror stories I've heard and the rare few I've encountered, makes me irrate sometimes. Once a dear friend of mine had ran into one of these "swines" and was quite the jerk to her. I was so upset, I contmeplated flying out to where she lives and giving that guy a good beating and a mouthful after his lashings!

Ladies, seriously, if you find yourself being surrounded with "Swines" in your dating life … one, get off the dating wagon for a while and really evaluate how you're treating yourself. Because if it's a pattern in your life, where you're constantly having these type of low life's swarming around you like fruit flies … then you may want to consider that you may have some issues lingering inside that need some serious attention.

Or if you find yourself in a scenario where you may not be dating them consistently, but have found yourself on a date or two that has "Swine" written all over him, let me give you a piece of advice. Walk out! No "Swine" describes a minute of your time. So if you've found yourself on a date with one of these..the best thing to say is "Thanks, but NO thanks!" and leave. Call your ladies and head out for a night with them, do not even dare waste your time with one of these, nor an evening for that matter.

So if you've been on the lookout for a cure to the "Swine Flu" … look no more. Take a dose of some good ole fashion Self Worth and then a dose of "Swine, Buzz Off! '… and sister you'll be good to go!

Proper Lighting For a Jewelry Store

Proper store lighting can attract more customers to any establishment, help sell more product, and strengthen a store’s image. Many designers argue that the most important element of a store’s design may be its lighting. Unfortunately, lighting is often the most neglected component of store design.

When choosing the lighting for any store or display cases, here are a few ideas to keep in mind.

Ceiling Height: The height of a store’s ceiling is one of the most important factors that goes into a plan for lighting a jewelry store in such a way that the merchandise looks spectacular. As the source of light moves farther away from the merchandise the power and intensity of the light diminishes. Stores with higher ceilings (over 9′) face some challenges with lighting. Stores with ceiling that are taller either have to use more lights that are spaced closer together to illuminate a showcase or bring the light source closer by dropping down a track or using a pendant.

Color: The color of light is measure in Kelvin (temperature). The higher the temperature (Kelvin) reading the cooler the color of light and the lower the temperature the warmer the color. For example a light that is 3000K would be a warmer color and a light that is 4000K would be a cooler light. As the temperature of light gets too high (over 4200K) the color of the light begins to take on a blue quality. Lights that are in the 5500K to 6500K will look “blue” to the eye.

Bulb Life/Quality: How long a bulb is expected to last is based upon its “rated life”. The better bulbs have a rated life in excess of 10,000 hours. The quality of a bulb can also be measured by its CRI (Color Rendition Index). The higher the CRI of a bulb the better the quality of the light that it projects will be. CRI numbers over 80 signify a very high quality of light. CRI numbers over 90 signify an exemplary quality of light.

Power of Light: The power of a bulb is measured in lumens. The amount of light that is generated is measured in Lux or, more commonly, in foot-candles (“fc”). The higher the lumens the higher the amount of foot-candles that will be generated by the bulb.

Different Light Sources: There are three main sources of light that are used in Jewelry stores. They are (1) Ceramic Metal Halide (2) Halogen (3) Fluorescent. LED technology is being used more and more but is still far behind the main three. The best source of lighting for jewelry is still Ceramic Metal Halide. This is due to its qualities. They are energy efficient, powerful (lumens over 6000), come in warm and cool colors (3000K to 4200K) has excellent CRI (over 80 and in most cases over 90 CRI) and can provide foot-candles that can exceed 400. Halogens are hot, have lower CRI’s, do not maintain their color over the life of the bulb and are about a quarter to a third of power of a ceramic metal halide. Fluorescents are energy efficient but do not project enough power to be useful in a jewelry store when it comes to illuminating merchandise.

LED’s are the “buzz” but they have limitations and problems. LED technology is constantly changing. An LED fixture you buy today is (as in the case of a personal computer) will be outdated within a year. Keeping a consistent color of the LED over time can be problematic due to the changes in LED technology. LED’s can make jewelry look great inside of the showcase but are not powerful enough to be placed over the case where the sale is actually made. Due to this limitation, a different source of light is required above the showcase such as ceramic metal halide or halogen. This is where the problems occur. What happens is that there are two different sources of light each making a piece of jewelry look different. As an example … a customer see’s a piece of jewelry inside of a showcase being lit by an LED strip. They ask to have the salesperson take it out for them to see it. It is taken out and is now over the glass being illuminated by a DIFFERENT light source which makes the piece look different. The customer begins to wonder if the lighting inside the case is there to “trick” them into thinking the jewelry looks good. As sales are finalized on the “glass” having a light source that makes the jewelry look the same inside the case as it does above the case is crucial to closing a sale.


(1) Most designers who understand the proper way to light a jewelry store will tell you that you light “for diamonds” and the rest of your merchandise will survive do just fine AND that if you light for gold your diamonds will die. Diamonds require a bright white light that provides enough power to make them sparkle. Diamonds should be shown under lights that are in the 4000 -4200K range. This provides a beautiful white color that stops short of taking on blue color qualities. Gold and warmer colored stones look the best under warmer colored lights 3000K to 3500K. However, if a store is going to use a single color of light throughout its showcases then the adage of “lighting for diamonds” is the way to proceed.

(2) Make certain that lighting is powerful enough to produce a minimum of 200fc. Having light that is less than 200fc is universally agreed to be lower than the minimum amount of light to properly light jewelry, especially diamonds. Readings of between 200 and 400fc is the optimum amount of light power over a showcase depending on the store owner’s personal preference as to the amount of light that they think looks best.

(3) Have ambient or general lighting be warmer and less powerful than the lighting over the showcases. The human eye is attracted to brighter light. If the general lighting in a store is the same color and power as that over the showcases then there will be nothing to attract the customers to the showcases and the store will have a cold non-inviting feel to it. By having the general (ambient) lighting less powerful (about 75fc) and of a warmer color (between 2500 and 300K) the lighting over the merchandise will stand out and attract the customer to the cases.

(4) When lighting a window display that has natural sunlight shining into it use twice the amount of light that would be commonly used over a showcase in order to combat the power of the sun.

When upgrading lighting the trend is commonly a change from Halogen technology. Customers who are using Halogen and who switch to ceramic metal halide will notice an immediate difference in the quality and power of the light, the decrease in heat and the remarkable change that it makes to their merchandise.

Things to consider when choosing the type of lighting:

Track: This provides the most versatility as fixtures can be moved and repositioned with ease. If merchandise is moved from case to case or showcases are moved track lighting provides the store owner with the most options.

Recessed: This provides the sleekest look. The limitations are that the store owner will be limited in their ability to add or decrease light as well as limitations with moving merchandise and showcases around inside of the store. Once a recessed light is installed the cost to add or take away lighting becomes a large expense as electricians are required to remove/move lighting as well as the issues involved with repairing the holes in the ceiling where the recessed fixture was installed.

Pendants: Pendants are a great way to bring a light source closer to the showcases where the ceilings are high and the store owners do not want to spend the money required to add additional lights to compensate for high ceilings.

Inside of Showcase Lighting: Having lighting inside of a showcase can really add sparkle and glitter to your jewelry. The best lighting for inside a case is LED. Be careful though when choosing the LED to make sure that the color of the light is not blue (5500K = color range). Having one color shining on your merchandise inside the case and a different color shining on your merchandise above the case has the real potential to lose a sale. Stores do not want their customers to be attracted to how jewelry and diamonds looks inside only to have it look different on top of the glass where the sale is actually closed. Customers will think that stores are trying to trick them through the use of fancy lighting.

What You Should Know About Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, can be a real pain. Truth of the matter is, the vast majority of people will have to have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in time. For most of us, the recommendation brings with it some uncertainty and some anxiety, as with anything relating to oral surgery. Asking questions of your Fort Lauderdale dentist is the best way prepare yourself for a visit to the Ft. Lauderdale oral surgeon you have been referred to.

While a Ft. Lauderdale oral surgeon can extract them at any point, the older a patient is when they go the procedure can play a part in both the surgery and the recovery. Typically, the younger the age of the patient going through a wisdom teeth extraction, the lower the risk of complications. The results of studies conducted on the issue show a lower number of complications related to the procedure as well as the healing process in patients younger than those mid-twenties. Most of the time, it is during the time of a patient's teens to mid-twenties that those Fort Lauderdale dentist recommends wisdom teeth extraction.

While your Ft. Lauderdale oral surgeon will not want to wait too long to take out wisdom teeth, they also will not want to do it too early either. Yes, there is a time that your wisdom teeth are ripe for the picking. Trying to take them out too soon can be difficult because if the teeth are not developed enough, they will be difficult to manipulate. This is why it is not until late teens to mid-twenties that this type of extraction is recommended.

During the time your Ft. Lauderdale oral surgeon is extracting your wisdom teeth, you will be sedated. You will not know at all what is going on; you will drift off to sleep and then wake up in the recovery room. Although your oral surgeon will sedate you, you will also receive numbing medication to control pain. After your procedure, you will be given a prescription for pain to get you through the recovery process.

Before your procedure, your dentist will assess the benefits and risks to the extraction. Typically, the benefits outweigh the risks by leaps and bounds. Leaving wisdom teeth in place can result in pain and swelling; even infection. However, you need to know both the pros and the cons.

One of the most common complications experienced after wisdom tooth extracts is a "dry socket". Technically this is alveolar osteitis. The longstanding belief is that dry sockets happened for one of two reasons: either an adequate blood clot did not form in the socket of the extracted tooth or the blood clot that did form has come out. The blood clot is a critical part of healing, so losing the blood clot can sometimes delay the healing process. While this is a common complication, it is not necessarily considered a risk and therefore is not a reason to leave wisdom teeth in place.

Reducing Cholesterol Naturally – Your Life Depends On It

High cholesterol is a common condition that affects both men and women. Since high cholesterol can cause a person to experience heart disease, and extremely in some cases, death, it is so important to try to lower it. What many people do not realize is that reducing cholesterol can be as easy as eating the right foods.

Here are some of the different foods that you should be sure to eat if you would like to reduce your own cholesterol. There are many foods that reduce cholesterol if included in your diet regularly.

Now of course it is not just a change of diet that reduces cholesterol, there are other things that you can do as well. Exercising regularly is important, and there are some very good results being reported with natural cholesterol lowering products as well. But good diet is very important.

Keep in mind that there are two types of cholesterol, LDL and HDL. LDL is referred to as bad cholesterol. It causes plaque, which may prevent regular blood flow. HDL advances plaque and reduces your risk of heart disease, so it is reported to as good cholesterol. Foods that reduce cholesterol will not only help lower your LDL, but they will also help increase your HDL as well.

If you are interested in decreasing cholesterol, the first type of foods that you will want to add are ones which are high in soluble fiber. Citric fruits, berries, oats (including oatmeal and oat bran) and beans are great sources of soluble fiber. Other foods that reduce cholesterol which you will want to incorporate in your diet include leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts and all types of fruits.

Some of the different foods that you should avoid eating if you are interested in reducing cholesterol are ones which include high levels of cholesterol, trans fat and saturated fat. Fast food, junk, red meat, poultry, egg yolks, foods cooked in oil and mashed potatoes are just some of the different foods that you should avoid if you wish to reduce LDL cholesterol.

The main key is to avoid all of the foods that you already know are unhealthy. Now of course you really know, deep down, which foods you should avoid. That does not mean you can never have them again, just make sure they form a small, occasional, part of your diet. Be sensible.

Decreasing your cholesterol can be as easy as eating foods that reduce cholesterol. On a similar note, it is important to keep in mind that you will also want to exercise on a regular basis if you really would like to reduce your cholesterol.

Although it may seem very difficult, reducing cholesterol does not need to be. In some cases, making a few simple diet changes and adding regular exercise to your routine may help reduce cholesterol and, extremely, heart disease.

And there is one very good company currently offering some wonderful and completely natural cholesterol lowering products, and I'll bet you've never even heard of them.

Eczema Diet – Seven Chinese Food Secrets That Will Change Your Life

Eczema can make life a misery for children as well as adults with red, dry, thick and scaly skin that is constantly itching. For many people, eczema is triggered off by an allergic reaction to specific foods and avoiding these foods can relieve the symptoms. Chinese dietary therapy is a holistic system of treatment, part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which looks at diet in a completely different way from our western diets. Here I will give you my Seven Chinese Foods secrets that will help your eczema and change your life.

1. Avoid cow’s milk

Often eczema can be triggered off by cow’s milk which is a common food fed to children. Cow’s milk is very damp in nature and if your child’s digestive system is compromised can cause itchy skin, rashes and oozing and weeping lesions. Milk is not a common ingredient in a Chinese diet and is used sparingly. However, in the West we tend to over consume milk which is why more and more people are experiencing an allergic reaction to it. If your baby is suffering with eczema then you really should look for an alternative. Possible replacements are soy or goat’s milk which are less damp forming.

2. Avoid damp forming foods

Not only is cow’s milk damp forming, but other foods can be extremely damp forming as well. Interestingly, some of these foods are common triggers for eczema such as wheat and peanuts. Other damp forming foods include orange juice, bananas, sugar, cheese and other dairy products.

3. Stop the greasy food

Fried, greasy foods are extremely damp forming and warm in nature. Eczema is Yang (warm) in nature which means that if there is an excess of heat in the body it will cause symptoms such as redness, inflammation and thirst. Cooking methods such as roasting, grilling, baking, deep frying, stir frying and sautéing are all yang cooking methods. It’s preferable to boil, simmer, stew, braise or steam your food as these cooking methods are more yin in nature. Foods cooked in this way are cooler in nature and more nourishing to the body and skin.

4. Eat more cooling and nourishing foods

To treat eczema, you need to reduce redness, inflammation and itching of the skin by clearing heat. As well you should moisten dryness and strengthen the qi (vital energy) and blood. Cooling and moistening foods include grapefruit, lettuce, seaweed, watermelon, cucumber, celery, barley, beancurd (tofu), pears, strawberry, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and tomatoes.

Excellent foods to strengthen qi and blood are dark, leafy green vegetables, dark red fruits and vegetables such as beetroot, kidney, aduki beans and blueberries. Meats such as liver, kidneys and chicken are all qi and blood strengtheners. A fantastic start to the day would be to have a bowl of oat porridge sprinkled with a few dates.

5. Avoid raw and ice cold foods

Too many raw and chilled foods (as opposed to cooling foods) can damage the digestive system. The digestive system requires warmth or digestive fire to function and a prolonged and excessive use of raw or ice-cold foods will eventually weaken this digestive fire. You may have noticed that the Chinese do not eat many raw or ice-cold foods for this reason.

6. Balance your flavors

We have often heard that too much of one thing is bad for you and this is true in a Chinese diet. In most Chinese recipes you will find a balance of flavors – salty, sour, bitter, sweet and pungent. For example, salty foods (seaweed, pork, fish) regulate moisture balance, drain excess moisture and stimulate digestion. Too much salt, however, will dehydrate the body and cause dryness. Sweet foods (sugar, bananas, milk), mildly stimulate the circulation of qi and blood, moistening and benefiting dryness. However, eating an excess of sweet foods will lead to the formation of damp and heat which can cause eczema. Therefore, a balanced diet including all the flavors is beneficial. You can increase or decrease a particular flavor according to your needs.

7. Chew slowly and enjoy your food

Quite often eczema is caused by emotional stress. When we are stressed we tend overeat, under-eat or not enjoy what we are eating. Do not eat when angry because this affects the movement of qi and can cause it to stagnate. Qi stagnation over time can cause a build up of heat which can manifest as skin rashes and inflammation.

The Chinese know the benefit of chewing slowly and with concentration, so forget the television or reading while you’re eating – just focus on your food. Every mouthful should be chewed thoroughly since this helps our digestive system to work more efficiently.

What You Should Eat If You Have Hypertension

Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, is a common ailment in adults. Stress, improper diet and lack of exercise are some of the causes of hypertension. Dietetic management plays an integral role in helping people with hypertension stay as healthy as they can. What you eat is basically who you are and good food contains nutrients that your body needs to function normally.

Hypertension is also associated to people who are overweight. In this case, intake of high-calorie food should be minimized. For people with average weight, it is best the check a daily-recommended calorie diet that is best suitable for your age, gender and lifestyle.

Eating protein-rich foods like meat and chicken should also be restricted. People with hypertension should have 20 grams per day at a maximum. It can also be calculated as 1 gram per 1 kilogram of one's body weight. To give a more concrete example, if for instance your weight is 70 kilograms then 70 grams of protein would be enough for one day.

Animal fats are also a no-no. Eat fatty foods pose a greater risk for people with hypertension. An increase in intake of fatty foods can even lead to arteriosclerosis but not all fats are bad. You may be allowed to eat foods containing vegetable oils but not oily foods like liver or egg yolk.

One way to lower down blood pressure is to have a low fat and low sodium diet. Two to three grams of sodium would be enough per day. Keeping your potassium level high would also improve your condition. Good sources of potassium include celery, watermelon, tomatoes, bananas and other leafy vegetables. Get enough fluids everyday. If you have hypertension and oedema at the same time, then that's the only time you need to limit your water intake.

Remember that you should always have a healthy lifestyle to combat hypertension. Manage your hypertension diet by quickly writing down your meal plan on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Smoking and drinking alcohol should never be in the list of the things you should do. With sufficient vigilance with the food you eat, in no time you can ease away from hypertension and live a better and healthier life.

Do Male Enhancement Pills Work? – What Really is the Best Natural Method at Home?

Do male enhancement pills work? This is a million dollar question and this article will give you the rock solid answer you have been looking for.

What you can expect during penis enlargement time frame of 2 months

This is the time frame for the more top of the range penis enlargement pills. Some of them are so effective that you only need to take one herbal pill a day instead of the usual 2-3 pills that the less superior products require you to take.

Week 1: The first few pills will start to increase blood circulation to your penile region so penile enlargement can occur. You will notice that you will experience no side effects at all.

Week 2: Most customers have reported their first gains within the 2nd week. Your manhood starts to look bigger in both the length and girth.

Week 3: Customers report the most noticeable gains starting in the 3rd week. The penis generally looks a lot more masculine, meatier and stronger.

Week 4: Your partner will have noticed the change in your manhood size and generally in your bedroom confidence. Men have reported gains of an average 1 "inch in their first month.

Week 5: The second month you can start to enjoy a more fulfilling sex life. Not only will you be able to provide your sexual partners with increased pleasure, you can enjoy orgasms that are far more intense.

Week 6: Your penile size increases steadily, it hangs heavier and feels longer. You will also notice a consider increase in your girth size. Some men have reported gains of 2 "inches by this time! If you used to hate getting undressed in front of your partner because of your small penis, this will now be a thing of the past.

Week 7: If you now take a look in the mirror you will instantly notice the larger smile and the more confident look. This is not even to mention the happier smile on your partners face.

Week 8: It will now become possible for you to reach that elusive "G-spot." At this 2 month point you could finally have your partner screaming in ecstasy as she experiences multiple orgasms probably for the first time in her life. Keep taking the pills as directed and you will soon gain those 3 "inches you have been aiming for, if you have not gotten that much already.

Best of all, the positive results you will experience after taking herbal enlargement pills are permanent! This means you will not have to continue taking the pill after you achieve the results you want. Once you have reached your penis enlargement goals, you can stop taking the pills.

If you are still asking to do male enhancement pills work, you can finally say goodbye to any feelings of insecurity or embarrassment that you may have about your penis size. You can now start enjoying more intense pleasure and increased self confidence. Using 100% herbal pills is the best and the most proven natural home method with a success rate of over 95% year after year.

Natural Cure For Obesity

Obesity, the normal ailment in the modern world is spreading its feet fast and wide like an epidemic. The condition is characterized by the increase in the adipose tissue which makes us look bulky. Most of us do not really care about it in the very beginning and the things go worse slowly and slowly making it difficult for us to live a healthy life. If we do not look into it seriously in the early stage, it increases the risk of developing some unhealthy conditions like hypertension, stroke, diseases of gall bladder, diabetes and many others. To have a through insight about it just go well the following lines-

Causes of obesity

* Overeating / high fat / high calorie diet

* Lack of physical activity / exercise

* Genetic factors

* Pregnancy

* Bad eating habits

* Slow metabolism

* Repeated weight loss attempts and dieting

* Insufficient sleep or under sleeping

* Psychological or emotional factors

* Excessive stress

* Drug de-addiction

* Certain types of medicines

* Recovery after prolonged illness

* Hormonal imbalance

The cure of Obesity

* Eat only when you are really hungry

* Get rid of overeating start a well planned diet

* Undertake fasting for once a week regularly

* Avoid high calorie and high carbohydrate foods and beverages

* Exercise regularly by walking, running, playing indoor out door sports, doing household work etc. It helps to burn the extra calories not required by the body for normal functioning and helps toning body muscles and makes you stronger.

* Avoid taking sweet dishes, salty or oily food especially at night.

* The most effective home remedy is to take 10-15 grams of honey with warm water on an empty stomach in the morning.

* Use of honey with lime juice water helps to cure obesity without loss of energy and appetite. The mixture should be taken with warm water at pre scheduled intervals.

* Add ginger and lemon slices to a glass of boiling water, steer for sometime and stain the water. Drink it when hot.

* Use cage either raw or boiled. Cabbage is easily digestible and gives a lasting feeling of fullness.

* Use horse gram to contain obesity. Soak 30-50 grams of horse gram overnight, filter it the next morning and have it on an empty stomach.

* Use lemon juice as much as you can, go on increasing the dose till you have reached 12-15 lemons a day. After that reduce the dose by one lemon per day and reach to a target of 3-5 lemons per day and stay there regularly. Lemon helps to dissolve fat very effectively.

* Use 10-15 fully grown curry leaves every morning for 3-4 months. It's highly effective in containing obesity.

* Include green leafy vegetables and fruits in your diet as much as you can.

* Take carrot or bottle guard juice in the morning on an empty stomach.

* Use dry fruits in your diet.

* Eat 1-2 tomatoes in the morning for 3-4 months. It's highly effective in curing obesity.

* A mixture of green mint with some spices can be taken with meals to get rid of obesity.

* Finger millet is an ideal food for obese people because its digestion is slow and due to this the carbohydrates take a longer time to be absorbed.

* Take the leaves of jujuby and Indian palm, soak them in water overnight and drink that water on an empty stomach in the morning. It certainly cures obesity.

* Use tea of ​​dandelion root and use it 3-4 times in a day to fight obesity.

* Rather than taking full lunch and dinner eat in small amounts 4-5 times a day.

* Drink as much water as possible before meals and at bed time and avoid alcoholic drinks.

How to Get Healthy Skin Care

At present, everyone seems to be fond of using natural, healthy skin care products. Sometimes people get frustrated when they are not able to get a product that has excellent skin care ingredients and are not able to settle for any lotion or cream.

Finding a formula, which provides everything you need for having healthy, young looking skin calls for tremendous effort. Many formulas may be available, but only a few of them contain the ingredients, which are considered necessary to build healthy skin.

The cosmetic industry is such that even though the customers pay millions of dollars to the companies, they do not provide the healthy skin care products that the customers really want. Most of the companies use only chemicals rather than natural products, since the method of processing of natural skin care is quiet expensive.
The important corporations have faced harsh scrutiny due to the usage of chemical ingredients in place of natural compounds. From the beginning, the chemical agents were suspected to be harmful to health and with advancement of science this fallacy has been proved by various clinical experiments.

The chemical agents used are carcinogens, neurotoxins, and organ toxins, which may even cause comas, nervous disorders, and respiratory failure leading to sudden death and circulatory problems.Using natural ingredients do not produce any of the above side effects. It contains plant based extracts and oils which properties provide sufficient nutrients to the skin and skin healing property. Antioxidants are also supplied by the plant derivatives, so molecular damage which is produced by free radicals is healed over time.

Natural healthy skin care products contain TK, Cynergy as well as phytessence wakame, which provides connective tissue through increasing the production of cells. They also form elastin and collagen causing hyaluronic acid break down to cease. Natural formula helps to reach the goals like healthy glow, firm nature, and also complete skin care.

Fungus Is not Fun

Mold is a fascinating fungus that has been around for about 400 million years. Some molds are beneficial and welcome in our lives: fungus contributions to the creation of cheese, soy sauce and some medicines. Mold is your home is another story.When found in your living space mold can not only cause a mess and damage your building; it can also cause health issues.

The stuff may look harmless, but mold can contribute to a host of health problems such as allergic reactions, asthma attacks, sinus infections rashes, eye irritation headaches, fatigue, sore throats, nose bleeds and increased colds and flues. Molds may release irritants, allergens and in the worst case scenario, toxins.

In order to survive, mold needs moisture, heat and food. It thrives in a damp environment and can often be found in areas like basements, kitchens, bathrooms, in walls and under floors where leaking pipes contribute to moisture build up. You may be familiar with black, blue or white mold, but this fungus comes in many colors. Spots of red, orange, yellow and purple may also be spores. Sometimes your nose will alert you to its presence – you may be able to detect a musty or earthy scent.

If the problem covers a small area you may want to tackle the clean up yourself. Be sure to protect yourself: wear rubber gloves, safety glasses and a disposable dust mask. This approach is appropriate for mold growing in small patches on areas such as a window sill or shower. If it is more than a minimal patch, you should use plastic sheeting to isolate the area and anyone who is affected by the mold should not be present.

Always err on the side of caution when battling the fungus. Although you may use bleach to test an area (dab the spot with bleach, if it disappears you may be facing mold) you should never use it to kill the fungus. Bleach comes with its own list of potential health issues and is volatile in the environment. Use a detergent, get rid of the moldy materials, vacuum thoroughly and be sure to dry the place out to prevent further growth. Dead mold can still cause health issues, so dispose of it properly.

You should call in backup if: someone in the house has health concerns that seem to worsen inside the house, the mold is reoccurring, there are large amounts of mold (more than three patches, maximum 10 feet square each) or your home is very humid.

Remember, the sooner you deal with mold, the better. By getting the problem under control before it spreads, your whole family will breathe a little easier.

Pet Allergies and Symptoms

Just like people, animals can suffer allergic reactions to a wide variety of environmental substances, or allergens. Seasonal allergens, such as grass, tree and weed pollens are common culprits. Other allergens causing year-round symptoms include foods, molds, dust mites, insects and other materials found in the home environment.

Skin disease and allergies are some of the most difficult and frustrating problems treated in veterinary medicine today. Veterinarians report that up to 1 in 4 dogs seen in their practice are treated for allergies. Solving these dermatology cases and establishing effective treatment can be challenging.

An appropriate allergy diagnosis consists of a thorough physical examination, which includes a complete dermatological history. Common questions asked of the pet owner include, "Is this problem seasonal? Is the problem worse indoors or outdoors? Has the pet's environment changed recently? What are you feeding your pet?"

The clinical signs of environmental allergies in dogs and cats are pruritic, such as biting, scratching, face rubbing, feet chewing and constant licking. These result in hair loss, chronic ear infections and skin disease. Secondary infections such as pyoderma, staff and malassezia are also common.

In addition, allergic dogs will often chew on their feet until they are irritated and red (the feet are the only place dogs have sweat glands and these become inflamed with allergies). They may rub their faces on the carpet or couch, or scratch their sides and belly. Because the wax-producing glands of the ear overproduce as a response to the allergy, they get ear infections.

The skin lesions seen in an allergic dog are usually the result of him mutilating his skin through chewing and scratching. Sometimes there is hair loss, which can be patchy or inconsistent over the body leaving a mottled appearance. The skin itself may be dry and crusty, reddened, or oily depending on the dog. It is very common to get secondary bacterial infections of the skin due to these self-infested lesions. Such infections may be treated with antibiotics.

ELISA serum testing offers a valuable alternative to skin testing to identify the specific allergens that are causing a pet to suffer. The pet does not have to be sedated or shaved to test, and this test does not require a veterinary dermatologist. Any veterinarian can simply draw the blood and submit the serum to the laboratory for testing.

It is common for a pet to have multiple allergies, including food, inhalant and contact allergens. While allergies can never be cured, they can be managed and treated with Immunotherapy.

Feel Better About Life – How To Deal With Depression and Anxiety

I know why you're here. You're hoping (although probably not expecting) to find some inspiration. You need a spark, something to put some fire back into you, because right now, emotionally, and mentally, you feel pretty tired of life. You're not a quitter though. I know this, because you're here. You're looking for a solution.

Four Points – One Goal This is no ordinary Compass

Below are the four points that dragged me out of the vacuum, and pushed my life in a new direction entirely. They are the BIG ONES. So, firstly, suspend disbelief. Just try them. Even if you try nothing else on this page, try these four things. What have you got to lose? They will make it easier to deal with life. Further down, you'll find some smaller things to do help make you feel better, most of which you may well consider meaningless – you'll be correct, they do not mean anything. But NONE of them are pointless. In fact, the aim is the same with all of them: to make YOU feel BETTER about LIFE!

DON'Ts and DO's: The Four Points of 'The Compass'

DO NOT EXPECT anything from life

I know it may be a hard concept to get your head around, but you need to accept this as your truth. It may seem like a pessimistic view, but actually it's more of a pragmatic one. Expectation is the true source of disappointment. If you remove expectation, or can at least learn to manage your expectations, disappointment unintentionally evaporates. Remember, Life does not owe you anything, so expect nothing. Treat everything that you get out of life as a bonus, because Life could easily give you far less.

DO NOT try to assign any meaning to life

Assume that there is no meaning. OK, so your first reaction to that statement may be to perceive it as "negative", but actually, when you assume there is no meaning, it liberates you from the search for meaning. The futile search becomes completely irrelevant to you. You will no longer keep asking "WHY?", Because you realize THERE IS NO "WHY?". Once you get your head around this, the energy you wasted searching fruitlessly for "the meaning of life" will be diverted to more useful and practical endeavors that contribute to enhancing your life in a more satisfactory way. Instead of looking for meaning, look for enjoyment. Find as many ways as possible to change your world and make it a more pleasant place to be.

DO make DIFFERENT decisions

If you think that most of the decisions you ever made were the wrong ones, then consciously set out to make different ones. From here on out, every time you have a decision to make, consider what you would normally do – what's inside your normal pattern of behavior, then CHOOSE AN ALTERNATIVE.

DO PRAISE yourself

Give yourself credit when you do something positive. Found a better job? Got a pay rise? Wrote a great essay? Created something that you're proud of? Did you try something you would not have tried before? Did you help someone today? Tell yourself how AWESOME YOU ARE for doing it! It's not as narcissistic as it sounds. Just REMEMBER to give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while.

So those are the BIG ones. I say BIG because I believe they're the most difficult to do and adhere to. As I said above, if you do not try anything else on this page, you should at the very least try these. I can not stress enough the importance of these Compass Points. Combined, they really will send you in a new direction!

If you think you can handle these, then you TRULY ARE READY to change the way you feel about Life. Read more at http://www.squidoo.com/FeelBetterAboutLife

Books of Inspiration:

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Giant Steps: Small Changes to Make a Big Difference by Anthony Robbins

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

NLP: The New Technology of Achievement by NLP Comprehensive

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

How to Use Scripts to Reduce Social Anxiety

If you suffer from excessive blushing, there's a good chance that you also suffer from social anxiety. But when you have blushing triggered by social anxiety, or you only get embarrassed after you blush, most excessive blushers have some aspect of this to contend with.

One helpful thing that can help you with social anxiety is using scripts. This is a great way to set the "what if's" to rest. A good way to practice this is when you need to make a phone call. Phone calls are a common anxiety-producing activity for people with social anxiety. You may worry that you're going to forget what you want to say, that you're going to stop, or that you're going to blush even though the other person is not in the room.

Instead of worrying, write an outline or script for yourself. Write down who you are calling, why you are calling and what questions you have. Also be sure to write down some ideas of responses for things you might be asked. Just brainstorm a bit. Simply writing these things down will help you to solidify things in your mind. When you make your phone call, you'll have all the information you need in front of you.

If you get especially anxious when making phone calls, try practicing by calling a few stores just to ask what time they close. Write your script out. Write down the name of the store you are calling and write out your script. It should look something like this:


SuperStore employee: "Thank you for calling SuperStore.

You: "Hi. What time do you close?"

SuperStore employee: 9 o'clock.

You: Okay. Thank You.

SuperStore employee: Okay. Bye.

You: Bye.

For many people, this may seem like a simple conversation, but for those with social anxiety, it can take a lot of effort and produce a great deal of anxiety. For those who blush excessively , it can sometimes trigger a blush, or cause you to worry that it might happen. Being able to reduce your anxiety by practicing with a script will help.

Once you are comfortable making phone calls to ask simple questions, work your way up to calling to ask more complex questions or calling people to have conversations. If you run into a roadblock during a phone conversation where someone says something that stumps you or causes you anxiety, write it down and brainstorm some responses for the next time.

Once you are comfortable with using scripts to help with anxiety when making phone calls, try writing out a script for something that you need to do in public. Maybe you're going out to dinner and you usually blush as soon as the waiter shows up at your table. Try writing a script out. Brainstorm the questions the waiter usually asks. Write down some responses. If you know what you're going to order, write it down. You do not need to have the script out and refer to it in the restaurant. Many times, just the act of writing things down will solidify things in your mind enough that you'll automatically start being more comfortable in whatever situation you're in.

The Reality About Sleep Disorders

If you eat well and exercise regularly, yet still frequently feel tired, then the quality of your sleep may be to blame. Millions of people in the United States suffer from sleep disorders but don’t realize that they have the condition. In many cases, sleep medicine isn’t enough to treat their illness. Some sleep disorders need to be treated by a recognized sleep disorder center, but how can you tell if a bout of insomnia is really a symptom of something more problematic? In this article, we’ll uncover the facts about sleep disorders and the symptoms.

There are over one hundred different types of sleep disorders that can be classified into four categories. Insomnias include difficulty falling and staying asleep. Narcolepsy and sleep apnea are examples of sleep disorders that prevent people from staying awake. People suffering from jet lag or those who have trouble sleeping because of shift work are having a disturbance in their sleep/wake cycle. People who experience sleepwalking or enuresis are experiencing sleep interruptions associated with behavioral problems. Any condition in which your sleep doesn’t follow the typical sleep phase cycle or doesn’t stay in each cycle for a sufficient period of time is a disruptive sleep disorder.

Those who have disrupted sleep tend to not experience “restorative sleep.” Sleep deprivation can make you irritable, tired, have less focus, a lower frustration level, and can lead to exhibiting behavior that’s more emotional and impulsive. One dangerous fact about sleeping disorders is that they weaken the immune system and make us more susceptible to other diseases like diabetes, cancer and even the common cold. It is not uncommon for people who suffer from sleep deprivation due to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy and insomnia to also suffer from other problems including diabetes, asthma or a second sleep disorder.

When gaining insight about sleep disorders, you will find that no one is immune. Many elderly people suffer from insomnia and often have to be put on medication for the condition. Some of the common sleep disorders that affect children include night terrors, nightmares and bedwetting. Nearly seventy percent of women report that they suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Similarly, over forty percent of women admit that daytime sleepiness disrupts their daily activities. Although menopausal and pregnant women are far more likely to suffer from a sleep disorder, women are two times more likely than men to experience a malady of this kind.

Almost everyone suffers from a sleep disorder at some time, but ignoring a persistent problem could result in serious health problems. Recovery may include a lifestyle change or altering your sleep habits. Talk to your doctor about sleep disorders and find out more about the variety of treatments available. A good night of sleep can improve both your health and your quality of life.