Understanding How Acupuncture Can Heal Your Brain and Quantum Brain Healing

Understanding acupuncture and how it can improve your brain health is key to preventing death or damage to brain cells. Acupuncture can stop pain, balance neurotransmitters to end depression and mood disorders, and reduce inflammation. There is current research which demonstrates the ability of acupuncture to inhibit death of neurons in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. Acupuncture is clearly able to alter the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Scalp, auricular, body and laser acupuncture treatment can reduce ischemia-induced apoptosis and is a therapy for recovery from ischemic cerebral injury and many other brain injuries or diseases. Scalp or auricular acupuncture are great to heal the brain and often used in Quantum Brain Healing.

There is current research which demonstrates the ability of acupuncture to inhibit death of neurons in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. Acupuncture is clearly able to alter the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Scalp, auricular, body and laser acupuncture treatment can reduce ischemia-induced apoptosis and is a therapy for recovery from ischemic cerebral injury and many other brain injuries or diseases. This can be further enhanced with the addition of individual herbs or herbal formulas. It is extremely important to add single herbs one at a time to your regimen so that it is possible to isolate any herb which works extremely well or has an undesired impact. There can be interaction between herbs and nutritional supplements so that their effect is potentiated.

Scalp acupuncture is a specialized form of acupuncture which occurs on the head. The head has many acupuncture points which are located on the stomach, urinary bladder, gallbladder, triple burner and Du meridians Scalp acupuncture differs from traditional body style acupuncture. There are zones which are identified for treating sensory, motor, and memory. Scalp acupuncture is extremely effective for motor and sensory brain dysfunctions including multiple sclerosis, Bell’s palsy, peripheral neuropathy, migraine headache. Scalp acupuncture often utilizes a slightly thicker diameter needle. Electro-stimulation can be incorporated into scalp acupuncture for treatment of difficult cases.

Scientists from University College London, Southampton University and the University of York, discovered that superficial acupuncture needling triggered activation of the motor areas of the cortex and deep acupuncture needling activated the limbic system and resulted in deactivation of the perception of pain. Acupuncture activates the part of the brain which is involved in the production of natural opiates. Opiates are the body’s own substance that relieves pain.Acupuncture also activates the insular in the cerebral cortex area of the brain and is involved in pain control. The brain has several cortical areas which are involved in pain processing. They include the primary somatosensory cortex, the secondary somatosensory cortex, the insula, the anterior cingulate, and the prefrontal cortex, as well as the hypothalamus and periaqueductal gray (PAG). Other brain areas involved in pain are prefrontal inferior parietal and premotor cortices, thalamus insula, primary somatosensory cortex, and the ipsilateral perigenual cingulate cortex. Stimulation of points with electroacupuncture significantly activated the hypothalamus, primary somatosensory motor cortex, and rostral anterior cingulate cortex. The hypothalamus and limbic system modulated the effects of electroacupuncture as an analgesic in a fairly non-specific manner.

Electro-acupuncture can use different frequencies to activate endogenous opioids in the spinal cord and central nervous system. Electric stimulation at a frequency of 2 Hz has been used to increase opioid production. Acupuncture can prevent or reduce post stroke brain function deterioration in the hippocampus. Myocardial turnover of endogenous opioids and calcitonin-gene-related peptide in the human heart and the effects of spinal cord stimulation on pacing-induced angina pectoris. Acupuncture is successfully used to treat convulsions and epileptic seizures. The anticonvulsant effect of acupuncture might be related to the decrease of neuronal nitric oxide synthases.

Recent studies show that specific areas of brain are activated or deactivated when specific traditional Chinese acupuncture points are needled. The acupuncture effect is highly predictable. Acupuncture points associated with hearing and vision stimulates the visual and auditory cerebral areas. The brain activity can be influenced by the acupuncture point chosen, the length of time the needles remain in place, the type of action or stimulation applied to the needle, and the length and diameter of the needle. Small retaining needles can be used to stimulate the acupuncture points for a longer period of time. Moxa and electro-therapy can be used to further stimulate the brain during acupuncture.

Cold laser therapy is similar to needle puncture and occurs when a laser is directed at the acupuncture point for a prescribed optimal amount of energy. Acupuncture laser therapy is effective for muscle tears, muscle fatigue, non-healing diabetic ulcers, bone fractures, acne, pain, stimulation of collagen growth, skin damage, bacterial sinus infections, gout, torn ligaments, psoriasis, tunnel carpel syndrome, neuropathy associated with alcoholism, chronic rheumatoid arthritis, subacute and chronic adnexitis, addictions, and anti-aging facial treatments. The cold laser therapy is the best way to treat torn or damaged ligaments and tendons. It is non-invasive and does not impair microcirculation to area of the damage. It speeds recovery by months or weeks depending on the severity of the injury.

Understanding Epilepsy in its Many Forms

It's unfortunate that there are still quite a few misconceptions today about the disease of epilepsy and its many forms. While many have a basic knowledge of the disease as being a seizure disorder, this is usually where their knowledge ends. A true understanding of this condition, and of what it means for the patient, is often lacking. So while we can not substitute a medical degree in this small article, hopefully we can give you some helpful information about epilepsy that will be useful if you or someone you know sufferers from this condition.

First note that epilepsy does exist in many forms. Seizures in the brain can manifest themselves in many different conditions. Many people assume that an epileptic seizure results in the uncontrolled jerking movement that we are often familiar with. However, some seizures can result in an almost tragic episode, such as staring blankly. You may also also hear of narcolepsy, where a person actually falls asleep for several seconds because of a seizure. And epilepsy can bring about involuntary jerking or spasmodic movements of the body, but not always to the degree that many assum. Sometimes these movements can more resemble twitching or glance spasms. The types of seizures that result in complete loss of body control, called gran mal or tonic-clonic, are very rare.

The causes of epilepsy are also varied, and sometimes can not be found in a particular patient. However, most are caused by strokes, tumors, head trauma, an abnormality in the brain that is typically present at birth, scarring of the brain tissue, growth, cysts, or infections. Typically cases of epilepsy can be treated with medication if the cause can be traced, however, some more severe cases may require surgery. This procedure is done if it is necessary to remove parts of the damaged brain. Of course this means only if it does not interfere with higher functioning, and if the patient has not responded to medication.

Those with epilepsy can not control or even anticipate when a seizure will strike. It is a mistake to think that even if they are taking their medicine that they can do either. While most can go years, sometimes even the rest of their lives without a seizure when being treated properly, others can have recurring incidents. Those who suffer from this disorder need support and encouragement. They may face restrictions as to being able to handle employment or being granted a driver's license. It can be a frightening and even downright embarrassing ordeal.

Hopefully those who have friends or family with epilepsy understand their concerns and are able to lend support and encouragement as much as possible. It's also recommended that the patient be in touch with his or her doctor regularly, as they are always developing new medicines and treatment options for this condition.

Common vitamins and over the counter can help with epilepsy such as Vitamin B, Brewer Yeast, Ginkgo, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc, Selenium, Cysteine ​​and BTH

Vitamin B6 in some cases has been shown to be a natural means of controlling the disease in infant suffering from these violent seizures. Brewer Yeast is a good source of Vitamin B.

Ginkgo allows more oxygen to the bran, enhancing mental performance. Dr. Bazan has been doing studies that seem to suggest that that free radical scavengers may help epileptics. Vitamin E, C, Zinc, Selenium, Cysteine ​​and BTH are all considered free radical quenchers.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.

Does Your Pool Cue Matter? The Truth About Modern High Technology Pool Cues

I started playing pool at the young age of 7 years old, during the winters growing up in northern Maine when the temperature reached 50 below zero and it was too cold to ski. The rec room at Loring AFB had a couple of pool tables, and as a very athletic kid I had a natural curiosity about the game, and after watching a few games I was invited by one of the airmen to play a game with him. He showed me how to hold the cue stick and make a bridge, and got me a little wooden box to stand on so I could reach the table. It didn’t take long for me to become addicted to the game, and soon invited my friends to play. We spent many a cold winter day inside that rec room, playing for hours, making up our own rules and games, and eventually even betting nickel candy bars on the outcome. Yeah, we were big spenders!

When summer hit, we put the cues away and played baseball all day long. My dream, since I was 5 and saw the Dodgers play in Los Angeles several times before my dad was transferred to Loring, was to be a pro baseball player, and I eventually got a baseball scholarship to college in Texas, where my dad retired in 1966. Through the years, every spare hour not spent practicing baseball was spent in a pool hall, and after my baseball career ended with a torn pitching shoulder, pool became my number 1 interest. I won my first tournament when I was 17, at a bar that my sister worked at, and won a cue stick as first prize. I was thrilled beyond belief, until I screwed the stick together and rolled it across the table. To my horror, it rolled like a corkscrew, being so warped as to be unplayable! Back to playing with a bar stick!

For the next 20 years, I hustled pool where ever I was working at the time. I drilled oil wells all over the country, and made as much money hustling the roughnecks after their shift as I did from my salary. As a mud engineer, I was responsible for checking many different rigs daily, and got to know, and play against, hundreds of different pool players each year. Moving around the country to different areas on a yearly basis, I was able to keep under the radar and remain a relative unknown, so it was never any trouble to get a money game going. I don’t think I ever met a roughneck who didn’t play pool, and most of them had a pretty high opinion of their game. That usually changed when it came time to pay up!

In 1989 I met the Alexander brothers on a golf course in Dallas. Nick, a lawyer, had founded Clicks Billiards many years before, and now had a total of 20 pool halls from Phoenix to Florida, with his original pool hall right there in Dallas at Abrams Rd. and Northwest Highway. Greg, his brother, was the General Manager, and responsible for hiring managers for all 20 of their pool halls. By this time I had retired from the oil business, and made my living on the golf course and pool halls every day. Greg and Nick were both members of Sleepy Hollow Country Club in south Dallas, where I hustled golf every day. Greg was a 3 handicap, and after I had played with him 3 or 4 days a week for several months ( and took quite a bit of money from him), he asked me if I played pool. Heh heh heh. “A little bit”, I said, and he took me that night to the original Clicks Billiards, to try to win a little of his money back.

After he paid up the hundred I beat him out of that night, he offered me a job, as assistant manager of the original Clicks. He knew I had never bar tended before, but assured me I would pick it up quickly, and would fit right in with the pool players who made up their core customer base. Was he ever right! I took to it like a duck to water, and ended up meeting most of the best pool players in Dallas, and some of the best in the country. Clicks had several exhibitions, including one by Grady Matthews, and one by Ewa Mataya, the Striking Viking. Clicks was also where I met CJ Wiley, the road player who won the ESPN Ultimate Nine Ball Challenge in 1995 or 96. There were many, many top notch professional players at Clicks, with many a $1,000 game of one pocket going on day and night, with lots of major Dallas bookies bankrolling a lot of the action, and sweaters on the rail by the dozens, just watching…or praying, lol.

CJ rolled into Clicks in 1990, and proceeded to terrorize the local pros. He was an instant legend, steamrolling every major player in town. Guys who scared the dickens out of me would not even touch CJ when he offered them the 5 and out. His rep grew, and his ranking did too, eventually reaching #4 or 5 in the world of Pool. Working there, I became fast friends with CJ, and when he opened up his own room in Dallas, CJ’s Billiard Palace, I eventually quit Clicks and went over to manage CJ’s place. When he opened up, 90% of the action, and pro players, went with him. He had 12 Gold Crowns, as opposed to the 4 at Clicks, a kitchen, and was open 24 hours. The action never stopped.

So what, you ask, does all this have to do with the title topic? I bought my first cue, a Thomas Wayne model, in 91, and while it was beautiful, with lots of gorgeous inlays, and very responsive, it really did nothing to improve my game. I played with it for 3 years until it was stolen, and I loved the cue, but I could play just as well with a bar cue, providing it was the right weight and had a good tip. I spent 700 dollars for the cue, but I really didn’t need to. It did not give me any advantage over a house cue.

I had a severe back injury in 1994, that made me quit playing golf and pool. I didn’t want to risk an operation, and it wasn’t until 2008 that I got some non-narcotic medication from the V.A. that let me bend over the table again without excruciating pain. By this time, Predator Cues had come out with a 10 piece shaft that was hollow at the tip, significantly reducing cue ball deflection at impact…or so they claimed. Having been away from the game for 14 years, I had read little about these cues, and was intrigued, to say the least.

For those of you reading this who don’t know what cue ball deflection is, here it is in a nut shell: When a cue ball is struck to either side of the vertical axis…the center line….the cue ball will deflect, or “squirt” in the opposite direction. So if you hit the cue ball using right ‘english’…hitting the cue ball right of the vertical center line…the cue ball will deflect to the left, and vice versa.. The amount of deflection varies, depending on speed of the stroke, the distance from the center line (or tip offset) the cue ball is struck, and the mass of the tip. In other words, the more english you apply, the harder the stroke, and the bigger the mass of the tip…..these factors will all increase the amount of deflection, or squirt. This squirt must be compensated for when aiming, or you will miss the shot quite often.

This is where the Predator technology comes into play. With a small hollow space at the end of the tip, the reduced mass drastically reduced the amount of deflection by allowing the cue ball to push the shaft out of the way at impact, instead of the shaft pushing the cue ball out of the way. The 314 shaft became very popular immediately with professionals, and the Z shaft reduced deflection even more by reducing the tip size from 12.75mm to 11.75mm. A shorter ferrule also helped reduce mass, and therefore reduce deflection even more. Independent testing has the Z² shaft and the 314² shaft from Predator as being the #1 and #2 shafts in the world in causing the least amount of deflection. Predator cues and shafts are used by over half of the top 40 professionals, 3 of the top 5 women professionals, and over 35,000 players worldwide, according to the Predator web site. These professionals are not paid to play these cues. They play them because their living depends on their playing ability, which is enhanced with this high-tech equipment.

Since Predator led the way in the mid 90’s, many companies have now joined the technology revolution. Lucasi Hybrid Cues offers the Zero Flex Point shaft on all their hybrid models. This shaft has technology similar to the Predator shafts to drastically reduce deflection. They offer these shafts with many joint types to fit most cues made today. World Champion Thorsten Hohmann from Germany now plays Lucasi Hybrid.

The OB-1 and OB-2 shafts also offer low deflection technology, and John Schmidt recently changed to the OB cue. He said he ran over 400 balls playing straight pool, the second day he used the OB shaft.

I had to try out one of these cues myself, and I must say: I love the new high-tech pool cues. I play with a Predator 5K3, and despite not having played in 14 years, my game has ascended to a level way higher than I ever played before. The reduced deflection makes the hard shots using english much simpler, by reducing the amount of compensation for squirt.

In summation, the advance of technology has shortened the learning curve for beginning and intermediate players by reducing cue ball deflection, and requiring much less compensation for the squirt effect. And the pros, who make their living with a cue? Nearly all of them play a low-deflection shaft of some kind. Why wouldn’t they? If they don’t, their competitors (who all do) will take the money.

While Predator remains the benchmark for low deflection, they are also not cheap. The retail price for a Z² shaft is nearly $300, but the new Lucasi Hybrid Cues, with similar technology (and also new grip technology to reduce impact vibration) are a good lower priced alternative. For less than the price of a Predator Z² shaft alone, your can get an outstanding Lucasi Hybrid [http://www.poolsharkcues.com/product_info.php?cPath=6&products_id=78/] that has advanced low-deflection technology and plays fantastically well. If a World Champion like Thorsten Hohmann is playing a Lucasi Hybrid, you KNOW it is an outstanding cue.

So think long and hard when purchasing a new cue stick. If you don’t use a cue with modern low-deflection technology, chances are your opponent will be. Everything else being equal, a modern low-deflection cue, or an older cue with a new low-deflection shaft, is going to win the vast majority of the time. Greatly improved accuracy will make it so.

The EPA DHA Twin Partnership Increases Multiple Health Benefits

Docosahexaeonic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid are essential fatty acids that are often known as EPA DHA. They are the active components of Omega 3 fats that are commonly found in cold water fish.

Many know that Omega 3's are very beneficial for our body especially for the heart, joints and brains. Although both these fats are active ingredients of fish oil, each of them have different functions.

We often associate DHA with infant's formula. Many scientists believe that the building blocks of the brain are from this fat. It is about 8% of the brain by weight. Expecting mothers are advised to make sure that have adequate supply of Docosahexaeonic acid so that it can help in the development of the brain of the baby in their womb. It is also needed for the support and growth of the brain especially in the first two years of life.

EPA on the other hand is found out to be the most important nutrient for the functioning of the brain and the stimulation of the nerves. It is used for the treatment of depression and schizophrenia. It is this active ingredient that seems to have a hard time functioning without DHA as it is proven to be less potent or effective without its partner.

EPA DHA is also a good source of energy. It helps in the insulation of the body against heat loss. In fact, These two fatty acids were first observed by Danish researchers who studied Eskimos that ate a lot of fatty fish. They found out that even if you ate a lot of fatty fish, there was still a low rate of heart disease and arthritis.

Further studies were done through the years because of the possible health benefits of these fats, almost all have reached the same conclusion that EPA DHA or Omega 3's are a healthy type of fat.

Anorexia and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

Abstract

It is well known that most anorexic girls have over-controlling parents who find it impossible to not be involved in every aspect of the girl’s life. However another aspect has recently come the attention of psychologists and that is the parent with Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP) in which one or more of the parents are keeping the child in a state of mental anguish so that the mental state of anorexia continues. This enables the parent to enjoy the drama of hospital life and expanding control to all aspects of medical treatment. It is the very drama of hospitals that is the excitement and fulfillment of the desire to be a hero.

Introduction:

Baron Munchausen was German soldier (1871) who as an officer in the Army regaled all who would listen to his fantastic stories of heroism and adventure. However all was make-believe but enabled him to garner so much attention that his otherwise dull life would offer. In psychological terms we have adapted the term to a syndrome in which one person deliberately exaggerates, fabricates and enhances the mental or physical state of someone in their care. In the case of anorexia this means continuing to create situations and behavior that cause the child/girl to continue in unhealthy thinking, emotion and behavior.

Anorexia Nervosa itself is recognized as a slimming disease in which the girl deliberately refuses nourishment and maintains levels of exercise in order to reduce her weight. This leads to a training of the stomach to accept less food than it requires keeping a healthy balance over height to weight ratios (BMI). In addition the girl acquires rituals (obsessive compulsive behavior) that enable her to reduce the anxiety of feeling over-weight when in fact she is wasting away (body morphism). This may include jerking movements, over-stretching and fast paced walking.

The title – by proxy – means that while the parent in everyday life has a routine, maybe even a dull existence they find that through their children they can create situations is which the child is kept in a sickly state needing hospitalization in order to enjoy the drama of watching the doctors try to save their child, often the over controlling in the family – then extends to the doctors – many of whom are over-whelmed by the parent who is acting as the hero trying to save their child. The Munchausen parent often has read many medical books and particularly about the topic that their child has developed. Therefore often telling the doctors how they should treat their child moment by moment. This causes much pressure and stress to the doctors who now fear law-suits and complaints by the parents who think they know better. Despite what you may see on television most doctors are employees just like any other and have the same fears of unemployment and loss of reputation.

Problems:

Once the Munchausen parent is in control of the doctors, child/girl, and any other professionals they then lose faith in the medical profession to help and so bitterly complain to the same doctors who earlier were considered the most caring considerate doctors – but once the doctors try to take back control – the parents start to look for so-called outside experts – a procession of doctors start visiting the child in hospital (often with no permission from the hospital authorities) brought in as visitors. These so-called famous experts – see the child and reconfirm she is ill – which no one disputed in the first place. However once these outside doctors realize they are being used they soon disappear back to where ever they came from. The parents then start hospital hopping – taking the child to different hospitals on a regular basis – each hospital is better than the last one – each set of doctors more caring – however in time this starts to falter and the new set of doctors realize the situation and wish to distance themselves from the parents.

Although in most cases it is one parent causing the situation the other spouse often is in a supporting role and weaker. They tend to back up the first parent – it is like when you are child and your mother cries, “listen to your father dear”. The second parents often have some psychological problems of their own that they model down to the children in the family. In child development, socialization takes place in the home often by modeling parental behavior – if you father does it will seem normal – therefore the child develops a similar internal belief system, for example if the one parents suffers from anxiety and uses rituals to reduce the emotions then we should not be surprised to see the child imitate that method for themselves.

Psychological Treatment

Although ideally family therapy would be a preferred route with at least two psychologists working together (one as observer) it is not often accepted by the parents as that would mean risking exposure of their motivation for their daughter’s illness. Often the parents will control the issues discussed and pre-brief the therapist as to what they should ask, the focus of attention being the child and making certain subjects taboo. This ensures they still continue to be in control of the situation and the therapist if untrained in clinical work will not understand, often end up confused as to how they became the tool of the parent. Unfortunately most counselors are not trained to deal with difficult cases – and may in fact do more harm than good in becoming manipulated by the parent without realizing it. They in fact may help to increase the anxiety and eating disorder in the child by not tackling the parental problems in the first place. Of course in all this there is a victim – the child – who with the right support and cognitive emotive approach could recover and lead a normal life. The parents while acting as heroes to save the day – in fact continue to evoke behavior in the child by over-control and high criticism. Separation of the child from the parents is the most desirable outcome but immensely difficult as they have created an over-dependency in the child who is confused over the inconsistency of her parents treatment, over-involvement with the doctors and insistence they it is all her own fault, until such a point that the child has lost all trust in the parents and doctors and that they are torn by dependency which is so painful.

Legal obligations:

This is a particular mine field most doctors do not like to tread. If you suspect that a parent is deliberately continuing the child’s suffering in order to enjoy the drama of the situation you are obliged to inform social services as to the situation. However in the case on Munchausen syndrome by proxy it is very difficult to prove in a court – the parent’s behavior judged by most lay people (juries) may be seen as over-protective caring but not as deliberate harm. The child cannot support your case as with most minors they have a dependency problem of not accepting the parents who say she loves you would then harm you on purpose. In Britain where physical harm was often taking place – secret cameras were installed by court order in suspected cases. Often the cameras caught MSP parents suffocating, braking arms and even beating children (babies in most cases) in order to continue the drama. These parents were obviously prosecuted on the evidence of the video shown in court. However in psychological harm it is much more difficult to prove your case. Verbal cruelty and control is not directly a criminal situation that can be witnessed, but only surmised by the anorexic child’s reports of parental coercion. Therefore it is rare or impossible to risk a doctor’s career in court by trying a case as an expert witness to something that may end up blowing back in your face as a counter-complaint of incompetence.

Alternative Strategies:

As soon as the doctors realize the child’s anorexia is in fact being deliberately continued by the parent who is MSP then they fall back on the – sorry we cannot help – sorry we cannot take responsibility – sorry we are not equipped for you daughters case. In other words – they pass the child on. Each hospital in turn realizes the situation within a few weeks and starts to discuss behind close doors discharging the child for lack of progress. However at some point the parents run out of options as now most of the hospitals know who they are. So even at registration – the names are already flagged for rejection. Although this sounds unethical the hospital has an obligation to protect its other patients and not have doctors distracted by over controlling parents who take up considerable time at the hospital – often staying overnight and all day – just to make sure – their child is getting constant attention. This is a dilemma for any hospital that has to offer a level of service that is constant over time and priority of patient care.

Summery:

For the treating psychologist this is a constant challenge. On one hand they have to take into account their ethical obligation to the child’s welfare, that what ever the parent’s problems the child is still in need of care. In order to do this trust with the child is uppermost in the psychologists mind. This may mean taking sides against the other doctors, parents and well-meaning outsiders. What the child needs is consistency of care – that at least one person is always there for them to listen, discuss and help. A child is not an adult patient and often looks to the psychologist for direction and advice. Coming into conflict with the over controlling parents is inevitable as they try to manipulate the psychologist to follow their agenda. The parents often quote – experts at you – telling you that they know best and that you are not doing what they expect of you. Treatment takes a long time – several weeks – many sessions – but the parents want instant results – and if you cannot provide them – you are not good enough and so they are hunting for the next famous expert to take your place. However even for the parents if you are a good therapist with experience the trust you gain with the child can overcome parental interference. The child will often insist on seeing you – as the only person they can really trust – the parents are furious at this outcome as this may mean the child getting more in control and not needing them so much.

Conclusion:

I would like to state there is an easy outcome to this type of case but there is not. It is one reason child separation from the parents is the ideal – get her alone for a while and build up her self confidence to the point she can resist her MSP parent from harming her psychologically. However in most cases this will never happen – so you have to have a high tolerance level for criticism, resistance to being controlled and insightful often novel ways of dealing with the anorexia and MSP at the same time. Your priority should always be the child. However let us not forget that you may have two parents suffering from a mental disorder all of their own – and should be encouraged to seek therapy for themselves. It is best for them to go to individual sessions and not as a family – as the dynamic is already toxic. If the parents can be treated for MSP and other complications the child may have the chance of a future.

Whiplash and the Symptoms Associated With Whiplash Injury

If you were recently in an accident, then you will most certainly want to know if you may have a case for whiplash injury compensation. This is a serious condition that can result from physical trauma to the neck, and it is important that you know what all of the various symptoms of this condition are. The first and most common symptom of whiplash is physical disorientation as well as dizziness. If you have been experiencing either of these, it is highly recommended that you get examined by a trained medical professional. Another symptom of whiplash that is fairly common is nausea. If you are having trouble eating or keeping meals down, then you may have whiplash. An upset stomach can be a sign of trauma suffered to the neck or back area, so you will want to get examined as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Headaches or migraines can also be the result of a whiplash injury. This type of injury can cause pressure to be put on the brain, resulting in a headache. If you have suffering from unusually strong migraines, then you may have a case for whiplash compensation. Having pain in your neck and shoulder area can also be a sign that you have suffered an injury resulting in whiplash. If your upper body and neck feels sore, then you may want to seek out medical attention as soon as possible. Someone who has whiplash may have just one or all of these symptoms, depending on the nature of the injury and exactly how the accident happened.

By leaving whiplash untreated, the condition can begin to worsen, causing severe pain and bodily damage that can be difficult to reverse. The best thing that you can do is seek out quality medical care as soon as possible if you think you might have suffered an injury in your neck area from an accident. Car collisions are among the most common types of accidents which result in whiplash for one or more of the people involved. This is an injury which is usually sustained when there is a sudden jerking back and forth of the neck. This can easily happen in a rear-end auto collision, causing injury to the neck and shoulders which is known as whiplash.

By seeking out medical attention and documenting your visit, you very well might have a case for compensation for the injuries and pain you have suffered as a direct result. For the sake of your own health and filing a claim, you will want to schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible, before your condition worsens and becomes more serious. The longer you wait to treat it, the worse it will get.

Thin Hair After Removal of Hair Extensions

Question: I had a hair stylist attach hair extensions to my hair using metal bands. My hair is fine, but I had a lot of it before the extensions. After the extensions were removed, my hair is REALLY thin. Can you tell me why this happened and what I should do about it?

Answer: I am sorry you are having trouble with the look of your hair after the extensions. We frequently get Emails from people that have very similar problems. Even though you know you are not alone, it still makes you feel bad.

Anyways, I am not a professional cosmetologists and can not offer a professional opinion. However, I have done extensive research on hair extensions and can provide you with tips and advice that I have come across over the last few years. Of course this info is Use At Your Own Risk.

There are several reasons that your hair seems to appear very thin after removing the hair extensions.

1. Normal hair loss every day is 100-150 strands of hair. When you have hair extensions attached to your normal hair, this hair still falls out, but remains attached to the extension hair. This leaves less of your natural hair holding the extension in place. If you leave the extensions in too long, or your hair is fragile, then the weight of the extensions in the hair can actually pull out the natural hair along with the extensions, causing very thin hair or even permanent hair loss. Did you lose a lot of extensions when you were wearing them? And how long did you have the extensions in your hair?

2. Perception–After having beautiful thick hair for awhile, you get used to it. When they are removed your hair appears super thin. Do you remember the thickness of your pony tail before your hair extensions were attached. I.E. was it the size of a quarter.

3. Your hair stylist did not remove them properly. Most damage occurs during the removal process. Did you check out your stylist (i.e. call references, see before/after photos, etc.)

Solutions to get your hair back in shape.

1. Treat your hair very carefully. Try not to do any chemical processing, such as perms, color, highlights.

2. Switch to a thickening shampoo/conditioner. Some shampoos/conditioners I have heard (in various forums) that are good are the Nioxin ones and Aveda Hair Thickening Shampoo . My husband has a hair thinning problem and I ordered the Nioxin system for him. It makes his hair look more healthy and thicker.

3. Start taking vitamins that are specifically for your hair. I know that Nioxin has vitamins that I have heard are okay. Your family doctor may be able to recommend vitamins for your hair and you might want to ask around or research on the Internet for others vitamins.

Future Hair Extensions?

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I've Been Boxerized

In my life I've had many different dogs. I have loved each and every one of them dearly, but had never found the "perfect" breed. I wanted a dog that was good with children yet also a good watchdog. I did some research and found the Boxer to be just what I was looking for. I am now owned by two white Boxers; Murphy and Rico. They are as different as night and day. They both love to play and run around, but while one is fiercely protective, the other, well, she could not care less!

Boxers absolutely love their humans. They greet you with full body wiggles and a ton of kisses. They do think of themselves as lap dogs. Boxers will lean against you, commonly known as, you guessed it, the "Boxer lean". They put their whole weight into it!

Boxers are extremely active and need exercise on a daily basis. They tend to be quite stubborn and can be hard to train. I strongly recommend obedience classes. But they are also very eager to please. Boxers tend to drool, so this would probably not be a good breed for a neat freak.

White Boxers can not be shown at AKC shows, nor can they be AKC registered. They should not be bred. While the white Boxer is the same as any other Boxer, they are prone to sunburn and skin problems due to their lack of pigmentation. White Boxers are also prior to hearing loss and deafness. A responsible breeder will many times have you sign a contract that the puppy will be spayed or neutered.

Many people think that the white Boxer is a rare and unique dog; a novelty. The flavor of the month, so to speak. Some breeders will take advantage of that and charge more money. The truth is, a good breeder only has the dog's best interests at heart. He or she will place the white Boxer in a good home at no or minimum charge to the buyer.

The Boxer is bold, courageous and protective yet peaceful, enthusiastic and good-natured. The Boxer excels in obedience programs, therapy work, agility competition, as well as being excellent watchdogs. Boxers are very mischievous and are inclined to misbehave if they do not have proper training. The Boxer owner must be willing to spend a lot of time and effort to ensure a healthy, well-behaved dog.

You should choose an outgoing, playful puppy. You do not want a timid, shy puppy, or one who who is aggressive. Look at the puppy's surroundings. If the environment is unsanitary, you probably do not want a puppy from there! A healthy puppy should have a clean, soft coat. The ears should be clean and pink inside, the eyes clear and bright. The gums should be pink and firm. A good breeder will be happy to discuss any health related issues with you.

Remember, the Boxer is not a breed for everyone. They need an owner who will be willing to take the necessary time and effort to raise a happy, healthy dog. Without proper training, the Boxer can become quite obnoxious and destructive. With it, he is an excellent companion, a wonderful family member who gives unconditional love.

Testing Your Dog For Deafness

What is the best deaf dog test? The only reliable method for determining canine deafness is the BAER test (pronounced "bear") and it stands for "Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response".

It is a procedure developed to test hearing in infants, which means that it does not measure the entire range of canine hearing, but in most cases it is not necessary as the deaf dog will show to lack hearing within the normal human range of sounds.

Some dogs that will test as deaf will be able to hear ultrasounds or very high pitches. The only way to know this is to buy an ultrasound whistle or ultrasound device to make dogs stop barking. That is how I found out that my Dalmatian was deaf to ultrasounds as well.

The BAER test uses computers to record the electrical activity of the brain in response to sound stimulation. The test is not painful and sedation is usually not necessary, although dogs find it annoying as they will have wires hanging from their face. The test can be performed on any dog ​​over six weeks of age because puppies' ear canals do not open until they are about two weeks old.

A clicking sound is directed into the ear through a foam insert, earphones, or headphones and the brain's response is recorded. Each ear is tested individually and the test generally lasts for only 10 to 15 minutes.

If you can not afford or are unwilling to have your dog under this procedure, there are other ways to find out if your pet is deaf. Deaf puppies usually bite harder when playing with their litters because they can not hear the other pup yelp, and it takes longer for them to husband their strength.

Deaf pups also do not wake up at feeding time unless another pup bumps into them and wakes them up. If your dog is no longer a puppy there are other ways to find out if he / she can hear. Dogs hate the sound of coins shaken in a tin container. If the dog does not respond to the unpleasing sound by moving off, this is a signal that it may be deaf (you can try this while the dogs is asleep, a hearing dog immediately wakes up).

Remember that is almost impossible to find out with home methods if your dog is individually deaf (deaf in one ear) as they will react to noises just like any other dog. The slight difference is that your pet may not know where the sound is coming from and may look around to find the source.

Make sure that your pet is not already facing in the direction of the noise when you test him / her so that you can see if he / she has any problems identifying where the noise is coming from. Remember that your pet should get different reactions to sound based on which side he / she is on, especially when sleeping on one side if he / she is individually deaf.

Some deaf dogs can hear very low or high-pitched sounds. You can try this out with a whistle or an ultrasound device to make dogs stop barking. Other noises that you can use to attract your dog's attention is the sound of dangling keys, the sound of a bell or doorbell, a squeaky toy, banging two pots together or using a vacuum cleaner.

Make sure that you are far enough away from your pet, because dogs do pick up the sound vibrations in the air and may react as if they are not deaf. Remember the louder and higher the sound the stronger the vibrations and your dog will pick up on those, making you think that he / she can hear.

Speak English Clearly and Grammatically, and Boost your Success!

Of course you speak English – who does not? But how well do you speak this international language?

Are you clear, concise and grammatically correct?

Do people talk about you and the things you say? And are they talking for the right reasons?

It used to be that just speaking English (at any level) was enough to open the doors of opportunity, but times are quickly changing. Most recent estimates place speakers of English as a fluent second language or additional foreign language at over one billion.

It is no longer an advantage to speak English, but a requirement! Just speaking English is not so impressive anymore – unless you speak it really well.

Many talented and competent professionals who are doing their best to speak good English are left behind. Many do not even realize why. How many times have you heard a collegeague make the same mistake over and over again and never corrected him?

Perfecting the way you speak is challenging, but by applying these tips and tricks, you will ease communication, speed up your work flow and become a more effective business leader.

Speak Clear

Since English is being used as a lingua franca by more and more non-native speakers, clarity should always be your first priority (whether English happens to be your native language or not). There are a number of things you can do to improve the clarity of your speech.

o Slow down

We all speak too fast. It's a terrible habit! And the faster we speak, the more mumbled our speech becomes.

Slowing down the pace of your speech is vital in situations where visual communication is lacking, for example an international conference call. It is just as important however, while running a meeting or delivering a presentation.

Make sure everyone can follow what you are saying at all times. Otherwise, what's the point of saying it?

o Enunciate

Colloquial speech is littered with signs of laziness. We drop word endings, run our words together and create sentences that never seem to end.

Sometimes it is too easy to take this style of speech into the boardroom.

Be sure to enunciate your words. Put a special focus on word endings such as 'ed' and 's' that act as grammatic marks.

If you leave the 'ed' off of a past tense verb ("Our profits increase last year" instead of "increased") it sounds as though you are making a very basic mistake in English.

Your education, aptitude and credibility could be asked.

o Practice vowels & consonants

An additional challenge in English is that we have so many words that are identical except for the vowel.

Take this string of words for example: mat, met, mitt, mutt, mate, might and moot. Do they all sound different when you say them? They should!

Read the words in random order and have someone write down what they hear. Did they hear what you said? Create other lists of words like this to identify your problem sounds and practice, practice, practice!

Consonant sounds can be just as tricky. Be sure you differentiate between voiced and unvoiced sounds, for example, 'd' and 't.' The words 'said' and 'set' should sound different. You should be using your voice to make the 'd' sound, whereas the 't' sound only uses air.

You can create word pairs similar to the vowels above to practice these sounds and others like 'v' and 'f,' 'z' and 's,' 'b' and 'p' and 'g' and 'k.'

Speak grammatically

For most, grammar lessons are thankfully a thing of the distance past. Although lessons were usually not fun or interesting, there was a reason why we were drilled in English grammar.

Have you ever thought about what you say about you?

Proper grammar signals a higher level of education, professionalism and, in many cases, success.

Breaking grammar rules can signal a lack of attention to detail, laziness and can be a general irritant and distraction for those who do observe grammar rules.

Not to mention the miscommunication that can happen in written correspondence like email. Think how much time is wasted clarifying the meaning of mails where the structure is so mangled that the message is lost.

If you feel like you never really learned grammar properly or think you might be making mistakes, but do not really understand why, seek out answers to your questions.

o Ask a college what language skills you intend to proof-read some of your written work. Ask them to be honest with you about your mistakes. If you're making the mistakes in your writing, you can assume that you are making the same mistakes (and then some) in your speech.

o Have a grammar reference on hand at all times – right next to your English dictionary. Local book stores have plenty of references in the language and linguistics sections.

o Enroll in a refresher course in English. The right teacher can make the subject interesting and enlightening. And speaking better English is definitely worth the investment! Your colleagues and clients will thank you!

Christian Team Building Activities, Games, and Ideas for Fun

Christianity promotes unity and hence team building is an essential activity of the church. To foster unity and enhance the values taught by the religion in the congregation, some Christian team building activities for adults can be organized by the church. Such activities will also help develop leadership skills, reinforce social commitments and co-operation amongst the church goers.

To develop the activities for building a team of church goers, the Bible is undoubtedly the best source. It contains numerous sermons on the importance unity and teamwork hold, in building a strong human race. So before embarking on devising activities for adult church goers, consult the Holy Scriptures thoroughly.

1. Hunt a Bible Verse: Based on the game of Treasure Hunt, this game is a great team builder that will renew interest in the Bible amongst your congregation. Get the people into groups of three to five members. Give a Bible and a list of clues for a verse in it, to each group. Some of the clues could be easy pointers to the verse. Each group should hand in their list of verses within the stipulated time.

2. Do as Jesus would do: Divide the people into groups as in the previous game. Here you will need a few facilitators. They will depict a scene or situation to each group separately. One member from the group will react to the scenario thus presented in the manner he thinks Jesus would have reacted to it. Each and every member of those taking part should be allowed to enact a scene. The chief facilitator will judge the performances.

3. Serving the Needy: Charity or helping those in need is the most Christian of all human activities. An outdoor camp could be organized at a place where people are suffering. You could serve people suffering from accidents and natural calamities, or the sick in a hospital or take care of destitute and homeless children. Here too divide the people into smaller groups and assign them different tasks.

These and other activities that instill the essence of Christianity could be regular activities in a church to build a team of people with genuine human feelings.

Top Ways To Find Wedding Rehearsal Speech Samples

Planning for your wedding may take a few months or even a year and finally you have everything ready. Well almost – it is the day before your rehearsal dinner and you have no idea what you will say for your speech. It is tradition for the bride to toast her husband to be and her parents at the dinner and the best way to avoid the stress is to find some wedding rehearsal speech samples to use.

The first way to find your sample speech is to go online and search the internet. There are tons of speech and toast samples that will give you ideas as to what you want to say and help you write your own speech. Otherwise you can just use the speech as is. These are also free to use which is great.

The next best way to find the speech that you want to say at the rehearsal dinner is to get a template that you can download or have emailed to you. This will be a more detailed speech and you can add your own personal attributes if you want. Getting the perfect speech ready for your dinner can be very easy and at the same time very special.

Samples can also be found at professional wedding planners and in magazines. Certain subscription magazines will have ideas for you and a wedding planner has hundreds of tools and books to page through where you can find excellent samples. Some of these may have been ones that were written by other brides for their wedding rehearsals. Another place to find the best wedding rehearsal speech samples is to go to hire a speech writer or freelance writer, who can put your thoughts into beautiful words that will represent you and be unique and personal.

The Importance of Body Language

Body language is a part of communication that very few actually study yet it makes up most of what we use to communicate and is generally much more accurate a judge of meaning than are the words we use. I'm going to share some reasons why body language is so important and then give you a very short quiz to take to see how well you understand its meaning.

They say actions speak louder than words and sometimes we can communicate things even without the aid of a single word. We can shrr our shoulders and, without a word, we've just said, "I do not know." We can raise our eyebrows and we've just said, "Excuse me? Did I hear you right?" We can turn our hands over palms up in front of us to say, "I do not know what else to say. That's all I've got." And we can point to our nose to indicate that the other person's "got it right!"

Some of the things we say with our bodies can help us reinforce why we are saying it. Simply saying "I do not know" has got nothing on adding the following gestures. We can turn our hands over face up in front of us as we raise our eyesbrows and invert our smile while we stick our bottom lip slightly out and look to the side. Now we've also made someone laugh and sometimes taken a bit of the pressure off ourselves or the other person who was a bit nervous about not knowing whatever it was we did not know.

Further, paying attention to someone's body language can help us discern when someone is not telling us the whole truth and nothin 'but the truth. Here are a few signs that someone might be lying. Often a person who is not telling the truth or all of the truth will not want to make eye contact for fear the eyes are the windows to their lying souls. However, there are also other signs of lying. A person who is not telling the whole truth may clear their throat, stammer or change their pitch as if to try and sway your attention away from their lie or in order to stall so they may have time to think up a valid answer or plausible explanation. Additionally, foot tapping or bouncing, blushing, putting their hand to their face, turning away or raising their shoulders may all be indicators that they are uncomfortable with the conversation because they are not telling the truth.

Another important function of body language is to express our feelings about what we are discussing. Body language can help us determine how someone feels about what they are saying. For example, a person may tell her boss that she would be happy to take the account but her body language might indicate that she is actually not at all happy about it. This can be an important tidbit that can help a manager determine who is the best person to handle this assignment. If her heart is not in it, she may do an adequate job when another employee might turn this small job into a lifelong client.

Body language may be the determining factor in a job interview. If the applicant's body language conveys that he is at ease with the subject matter and conveys confidence, he has a higher probability of getting the job, especially in this tough job market. We talked earlier about the fact that some body language is interpreted as being uncomfortable and out of control. These are some of the same traits that make a job applicable appear less than confident and comfortable as well.

In a friendship, one's body language can indicate that someone is paying attention or does not really care about what the other person is saying. Leaning forward into the conversation indicates that this person is interested in hearing what the other person is saying. Leaning back would indicate that he was disinterested or felt himself superior. Leaning forward and standing close while talking may indicate that someone is aggressively trying to persuade the other person or trying to dominate the conversation. Listening to someone while not making eye contact indicates that you are not really paying attention, but are waiting for your chance to speak. This gives your friend the feeling that you do not really care about them and what they have to say and may cause them not to listen carefully to you when it is your turn to speak in the conversation.

Some body language is more obvious to discern, but other kinds of body language are not so easy. Let's see you try your hand. I'll give you a few questions to see how well you read body language.

1. What does it mean when someone puts their palm to their chest?
a) Superiority
b) Confidence
c) Sincerity

2. What does it mean when someone rubs their nose?
a) Superiority
b) Dislike
c) Anger

3. What message is being sent when someone looks over their glasses at someone?
a) Contempt
b) Scrutiny
c) Superiority

4. What does it convey when a person looks up and to the right before they speak?
a) They are trying to recall something
b) They are lying
c) They are trying to make something up

Answers:
1. c) Sincerity
2. b) Dislike
3. b) Scrutiny
4. a) They are trying to recall some facts (mostly for those who are right handed)

How'd you do?

Studies show that 70% of our communication is achieved nonverbally and that it is far more accurate than are the words we use. Therefore, it is imperative that we learn to use and discern body language more effectively in order to become an effective communicator. By understanding body language more effectively, we can increase our chances of being able to spot a liar, maintain our friendships, hire and be hired. For many more reasons body language and communication skills in general will help each of us immeasurably in our professional and personal life.

Develop A Winner’s Mindset – 10 Steps To Re-Engineer Your Mind for Success, Money and Satisfaction

For years I have studied the masters who seemed to have it all – success, good family lives, excellent health, exciting lives, unbridled joy. I have studied their methods, their strategies, and as Tony Robbins recommends, modeled their behaviors.

At times in my life, I experienced extraordinary success; and during those times, it seemed almost effortless. I have also experienced times when nothing seemed to work, when everything was effort, and when I frankly felt like the dreams I had were simply figments of my imagination.

During the “down times,” I went back to the drawing board, reading and studying everything I could find about what must be the missing piece of the puzzle. Clearly, I had experienced success on many occasions, both personally and professionally, so what was wrong now? What was I not doing? What did I need to change? The obvious question was, “If I’d had success a few times, surely I had the success mindset, no?”

Big Secret: A success mindset is an “inside job” that you must work on moment to moment, thought by thought. To have a success mindset for life is a lifetime commitment. Consider your mind your “mental gym,” and just like a physical gym you attend to work out your muscles, it requires your attendance on a regular basis for consistent and increased results. When I’d quit working on my “inner thoughts,” the success vanished and was replaced by a series of struggles and losses.

So how do you develop and sustain the mindset for success? Allow me to share some stories with you and then some information and techniques I have found to help you create the mindset that will create the life you desire.

But first, I have a gift for you. This gift was given to me many years ago by a friend, Marie Barcus. Marie was the widow of a Duke University Paranormal Researcher, and she was a fascinating woman I’d met at a local spa. We were having dinner and I guess my tone was negative about something. Marie interrupted me and told me this story.

Marie herself was in her home and was complaining about something she’d seen on the news to her husband Len. Len stopped her and said: “Marie, if someone came to the front door of our home and walked into the living room and dumped a bucket of dirt on the floor, would that be OK with you?”

Marie replied, “Of course not.”

“Well, then,” Len responded, “Why do you let someone put dirt into hour mind? Marie, I’m going to give you a gift. I’m going to give you a Porter to stand at the door of your mind. I want you to imagine your Porter standing there, and whenever a negative thought tries to enter, just see your Porter putting his hand up and forbidding that thought entrance into your mind. “

Marie smiled as she told me the story. She said that for years afterward, whenever a negative thought would try to enter her conversation with her husband Len, he would simply look at her and softly remind her: “Marie, stand Porter at your door.”

I consider that experience one of the greatest lessons of my life. I had no idea then just how powerful our thoughts were, nor did I even know that I could actively monitor them, but now more than 25 years later, with the advent of quantum physics, and the knowledge we have from science and spirituality, clearly our thoughts and emotions are part of how we create our reality and the big key is: We Are In Control.

So what are the best ways to build and sustain a “success mindset?” Here are some

techniques and behaviors that will help you.

1. First, start by listening to your thoughts and words. To build a success mindset, you need to know what must be upgraded in your mental library. The biggest obstacle to a success mindset has everything to do with consciousness, beliefs, and even subconscious programming that you aren’t aware of.

2. Become aware of the beliefs that may be driving you. Here is one technique. On a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle. On the left side, write out an affirmation such as “I am very rich now.” On the right side of the line, immediately without censoring what you write, write your responses.

They might look something like this:

  • I’ll never be rich, who am I kidding?
  • I can’t be rich and spiritual. I choose spiritual.
  • Some people are destined to be rich; I’m not one of them.
  • Rich people are superficial – I don’t want to be like that.
  • I just don’t have what it takes to be wealthy.
  • I’m not smart, educated, motivated, intelligent enough.

3. After identifying your limiting beliefs, work on them one by one to reprogram more desirable beliefs. Each time you catch yourself thinking one of these limiting thoughts, challenge it head on and replace it.

Example: I’ll never be rich, who am I kidding?

Replacement: There is no reason I cannot be wealthy. People from all walks of life have become very wealthy. There is no Universal Rule that says I cannot be one of them. Of course, I can be wealthy. I just need to start researching the best ways to do that.

“Poverty is not an absence of money and things-it is a mindset. Prosperity is not an abundance of money and things-it’s also a mindset.” Randy Gage

4. How do you reprogram effectively? As I studied the ones I deemed successful, I noticed that many of them had re-programmed themselves by using psycho-cybernetics techniques. Dan Kennedy, one of the world’s most powerful marketers and trainers, used to stutter and was held back by it. He took psycho-cybernetics, and as he says “re-engineered my self esteem.” Now he is a multi-millionaire that helps others become multi-millionaires. He also has a rich personal life, a love of race horses, and travels the world to speak in front of hundreds of thousands.

Psycho-cybernetics helps you reprogram your thoughts for success – both from the conscious level of mind and the deeper, subconscious levels of mind. As you will read below, when you program from the deeper levels of mind, your results are faster and far more effective.

5. Learn to meditate. It is estimated that programming from the deep levels of mind that you reach in deep meditation or hypnosis, can be as much as 100 times more powerful than programming from the conscious level of mind. Learn to meditate and then learn to program your new beliefs and desires from those deeper, more serene levels of mind.

6. Program your conscious and subconscious minds with visuals: 3X5 cards, vision boards, positive images. Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame is now a multi-multi-millionaire (that’s right – two multi’s.) He still uses visuals to program his mind on a regular basis. What’s good enough for him is good enough for me!

A personal story. How 3X5 cards took his business from $300,000 to $18 million. My friend Dennis is a Realtor in Denver. I met him 30 years ago when he was a new Realtor and I was new loan officer. Average home prices back then were $18,000 (now that dates me doesn’t it?) At any rate, the first day I met Dennis, I noticed a 3X5 card under the glass top on his desk with this written on it: $300,000. I asked him what that was for, and he said, “That’s how much real estate I want to sell my first year.” (Of course, based on prices then, that would equate to approximately 17 houses or 1 ½ homes a month.)

Now Dennis does not believe in anything mystical, so all he did was place the card there so his subconscious mind could see it and then go to work on making that reality happen.

Last year, almost 30 years later, I went into Dennis’s office and his 3X5 card under the glass top on his desk had this amount on it $18 million. And he exceeded that! The power of programming your subconscious mind daily with visuals is very powerful!

7. BIG ONE. Get into the company of folks that are higher up the food chain than you are. Listen to how they think, get into their energy, watch their responses to circumstances. Now you might not understand the concept of “energy,” but we now know from science that this is a Universe of vibrations.

When you are in the vibrational fields of successful people, you are in sympathetic resonance with them, and your vibrations will escalate. That is why so many successful people have regular master mind groups – so they help each other continue to grow.

In Itzhak Bentov’s book, “Stalking the Wild Pendulum,” he describes an experiment with grandfather clocks. Two clocks are placed in the same room, their pendulums out of sync. Within a couple of days, their pendulums are swinging in perfect harmony! More exciting, as each new grandfather clock is brought into the room, the pendulums all synchronize in hours, not days!

It is said that you will become the sum total of the five people you spend the most time with. Look around. Is that enough? If not, upgrade your acquaintances.

And that includes your work environment. If you are in a toxic work environment, find a new job! Get out of there! The longer you stay in a negative environment, the more your vibrations diminish. More importantly, the LESS able you are to believe you can create something better, or even envision it.

Toxic office environments not only steal your creativity, they steal your spirit.

8. Here is another powerful technique for upgrading your consciousness and your mindset. Every time you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, ask yourself this: “Is this what I want to create?” If it is not, immediately change the thought and replace it with one that will create what you desire!

It is a similar technique to “stand porter at your door,” and very effective because you immediately choose a NEW thought.

9. What if you have issues of believing you are not worthy of your desires? Here is my answer to that. It is your Divine Right to live a Divine Life Experience. More, you were given special gifts and talents that no other human on this planet has, and it is YOUR DUTY to develop those gifts and share them! It is not about worth, it is about your DUTY to do all that you can with what was given you.

So, the next time you have questions of worthiness, ask yourself this question: “Did the Creator of this vast Universe decide I was any less worthy than any other Divine Human? Do the messages from parents, bosses or peers who criticized me reflect the Divine Truth of who I am?”

In a recent meditation, I heard the phrase, “Don’t steal from God.” I realized that my inner self was telling me to get to work, release my gifts, shut off the TV, and honor the wonderful gifts I have been given by giving back. Recognize your spiritual source, and live from that. Be all that you can be, and you will be surprised one day to find out how much that really is!

10. Take care of your physical health, eat healthy foods that are high vibrational foods, avoid toxic foods, drinks, thoughts and behaviors. Send the message to your inner self that you are taking care of you and that you deserve optimum health. Your subconscious mind will get the message and continue to help you upgrade the outer part of your life.

BONUS TIP: Get away from the TV and the news! The majority of programs are negative, decrease your creativity, and ultimately, you have given away all that time that you could have been using to create a better life.

Let me ask you a question: How old are you? Let’s say you’re 40. That means you have been alive 350,400 hours! Now, if you watch even 2 hours of TV daily since you were let’s say 8 years old, that is 23,360 hours! That equals 11 years of a full time 40 hour a week job!

You could have used that time to do some of the following:

  • Get another degree
  • Learn a new language
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Learn to scuba dive or sail
  • Learn to fly
  • Write that book that is inside of you
  • Volunteer to help others less fortunate
  • Climb that mountain that’s calling out to you
  • Create a passive income stream so you can travel to those exotic islands
  • Add so much more to your memory book!

Life is a journey of choices. You are the chooser. Choose to Live the life that is your Divine Birthright!

Causes and Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is basically a disorder where a person stops breathing in their sleep. It can be very frightening when you wake up out of breath and do not know why.

Sleep apnea does not affect only adults it also affects children. It has been proven that premature babies are more likely to be born with this disorder. Often, if there are no other complications, the baby will be sent home with an apnea monitor. This is a special piece of equipment that monitors the baby's breathing when he or she is sleeping. If the baby has an apnea attack, a very loud alarm will sound. This is usually enough to bring the baby out of the attack and he or she will start breathing again. There are times however when infant CPR is necessary to save the baby.

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder, and can be fatal. If the person suffering from it does not wake up and breath, it will be fatal. There is also equipment for adults who suffer from sleep apnea. Cpaps, masks, breathing machines and headgear are all medical equipment that is used for sleep apnea.

There are many things that can cause sleep apnea, both physical and medical. One of the physical causes of apnea is when you sleep on your back; the muscles in your mouth and neck relax to the point where your tongue folds in the back of your throat cutting off air to your lungs. After a few minutes, your body's reflexes take over and you wake up gasping for air. It is recommended that those who suffer from apnea sleep on their back or stomach. Another physical causes of apnea is weight gain. When a person gains weight, it is not all in one place. The face and neck gain weight and when this happens, it can affect your breathing especially at night during sleep. Special equipment was designed to fit into the mouth and keep the tongue from folding there before reducing the chance of an apnea event.

Studies have indicated that the size and shape of the head may have a direct link to sleep apnea. The shape of the head and neck are formed in a way where the muscles are forced to close over the airway when laying down.

A medical cause for apnea is large adenoids and tonsils. These organs can also block air to the lungs when the victim sleeps on his or her back. In most cases, apnea symptoms disappear when the tonsils and adenoids are surgically removed.

It is important to get treatment as soon as possible if you think you are experiencing sleep apnea. The longer it goes untreated the more dangerous it becomes. Untreated sleep apnea can affect every part of your body including your heart.