The Complications of Ovarian Cancer

The ovaries are truly one of nature's most beautiful and mind-boggling developments. They produce the ovum that historically results in the miracle of human life. But, as with any part of the body that is complicated and involves multiple processes (and really, which parts do not?), The ovaries are vulnerable to cancerous growths.

Ovarian cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer in women, claiming around 15,000 lives every year. It develops primarily on the outer wall of the ovaries, known as the epithelium, but can appear in other regions as well. There is no definite cause of the disease, but there are certain identifiable risk factors.

Women who develop ovarian cancer usually share certain characteristics. The most well-documented of these has to do with pregnancy. Women who have their first pregnancy relatively earlier, and who become pregnant more often, and who have their last pregnancy at a later date, are all more likely to live a cancer-free life than women on the other end of this spectrum. It is unknown precisely by what mechanism this takes place. Some birth control pills have also been shown to prevent the cancer, if they are taken on a regular, long-term basis.

As with almost all forms of cancer, it is more likely to appear in people who have a family history of either ovarian cancer, or other forms of non-skin or blood cancers, for example colorectal cancer. Along with this difficulty in predicting who will suffer from the disease is the fact that its symptoms are generalized and reliably void. Conditions that resemble gastrointestinal difficulties-indigestion, bloating, constipation, diarrhea-may be common across ovarian cancer victims. There are other symptoms, many of which could very well be mistaken for normal conditions of female physiology.

Due to the difficulty with diagnosing this disease in the earlier stages, it is often referred to as the silent killer. A term that references the fact that the disease, before it is detected, is likely to progress to the point where treatment is not very effective. It is not hopeless, however. There are some proven ways to prevent sunset of ovarian cancer even though we do not know its exact cause. Having children earlier in life is one tactic, although this is exactly the opposite trend that we see among educated women today.

Another tactic is to have one's tubes tied. This procedure, known as a tubal ligation, dramatically reduces the chances of getting breast cancer, and it may be an especially good choice for women who have a family history of cancer. Less dramatic methods include daily consumption of birth control pills, or even aspirin (which has been shown to help, but the exact level of benefit is undetermined).

All in all we need to do more as a society to fight this silent killer. With many women waiting to have their children until their later years, it seems that it is even more important now than before to investigate the disease thoroughly.

Health Benefits of Maple Tree and Syrup

Maple syrups come from the saps of maple trees. There are certain processes involved in extracting the syrup from the sap, the most common being that used with a sap sprout. The sap has more water than sugar, like around 98%. So to get that 2% of syrup is definitely a very tedious process. The process involves boiling the sap to evaporate most of the water inside. It will be then easier to extract the sugary syrup once the water content vanishes.

Maple syrups are produced by sugar makers in sugar houses using evaporator and pans. They fill the pans with saps and boil them. The water from the tap turns to steam and then goes out of the sugar house. The syrup is ready when the sap is boiling in 7oF.

The extraction needs a lot of patience because it is a very slow process. Forty gallons of sap will only produce one gallon of a very pure maple syrup. When the syrup is ready, it has to be filtered to eliminate the sugar sand found in the mixture. This slow process is probably the reason maple syrups are more expensive than sugar.

Even if extracting the syrup takes a lot of time, it is still worth it, considering the many benefits it entails. Maple syrup is one rich source of manganese and zinc. Manganese produces energy and antioxidant. These antioxidants are defenses against various illnesses. It also acts as an immuno-stimulant. Manganese also aids the production of sex hormones. For those with high cholesterol, maple syrup serves as a catalyst that has the chemical reaction of foods in the body.

On the other hand, zinc decreases progress of atherosclerosis. Zinc also helps keep our bodies healthy and less prone to injuries. Zinc is beneficial also to the reproductive health of men. It is stored in the prostate, and anticipates prostate cancer.

Maple syrup is also clinically proven to benefit people in other aspects. The good thing about this syrup is that it is one hundred percent natural and organic. As such, it is a better alternative to sugar to act as a sweetener. This is good for those who are diabetic, or suffering from other illnesses that prevent them from having too much sugar intake.

It is interesting to note that maple syrups are three times sweeter than a sugar cane, yet it is amazing that it has fewer calories. It only takes little to sweeten a cup of coffee or tea, or other foods. It can also be added to fruit juices or shakes. Some use maple syrups to top their pancakes. So, more people prefer maple syrups over sugar even if it is more expensive.

Another advantage of maple syrup is the fact that it does not go can kind of processing or artificial production. It is therefore cleaner compared to other sweeteners, and probably better for your body. While low in calories, maple syrup's nutritional profile is comprised of protein, carbohydrates, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc.

How to Write a Constitutional Law Essay: Attack Sheet and Sample Essay

Constitutional Law is one of the most interesting classes in law school. Below is an attack sheet for handling these essay questions, as well as a sample essay.

ATTACK SHEET

1. Always discuss standing whether it is requested or not.

a. Individual has standing if they have suffered an injury, relationship between the injury suffered and the cause of action and addressing of the harm through the cause of action.

2. Then discuss State Action

a. State Action is required in order for 14th amendment applies only if there is an action by a state or local government, government officer or private person whose behavior meets the requirements for state action. State action can be found where the person or entity performs exclusive public functions or has significant state involvement in their activities.

3. Equal Protection

a. Equal protection analysis requires a two-part test facial discrimination or facially neutral but with a discriminatory intent or impact. Then you apply the level of scrutiny required.

b. In evaluating an equal protection clause violation the court will apply one of three standards in examining the governmental classification which discriminates against a certain group of people.

4. Privileges and Immunities

a. Forbid one state from arbitrarily discriminating against citizens of another state.

5. Interstate Commerce

a. If a law burdens IC, it is considered to be in violation of the DCC unless it is necessary to achieve an important government purpose.

b. Market Participant Exception- If the state acts as a market participant then it is exempt.

c. Dormant commerce clause you can regulate or burden IC so long as there is no discriminatory intent, balance, least burdensome and promotes a state interest.

SAMPLE ESSAY:

Standing Arguments

Standing

A party will have standing if it can show that there is an injury in fact, that the harm was caused by the party, and that a favorable verdict will bring addressing issues. Here, the party brining the cause of action is an association representing various retailers who are impacted by the ordinance. In order for ARO to bring a cause for standing it will need to show that it has associational standing.

Associational Standing

Associational standing requires a showing of (i). Members would independently have standing to sue; i(i). Germane to organizations purpose; and (iii). Neither claim nor relief requires participation of individuals.

Independent Standing

Here, ARO can show that each of the individuals would have independent standing since there economic benefits were harmed as a result of the ordinance. The facts indicate that the ordinance “would cause hardship to store owners by depriving them of needed advertising revenue.” Thus, each store owner would have independent standing.

Germane Purpose

The association’s purpose is germane to the interest of the individuals. ARO was “formed to protect the economic interest of its member retailers” and its pursuit of the unconstitutionality of the ordinance would justify a germane purpose to the protection of such interest.

Participation of Individuals

Here, the members would not be required to take part in any manner to benefit from the outcome of the proceedings.

Thus, ARO would be able to set up standing through 3rd party or Associational Standing.

State Action

In order for a cause of action to be brought against a state it will require state action. Here, because the ordinance is drafted by the state this element will be satisfied.

Merits of 1st Amendment Claim

Vague

An ordinance will be void if it is vague. Legislators deem vagueness based on a reasonable person standard, where if a reasonable person could not understand its purpose then it is vague. Here, the ordinance specifically states that tobacco advertising will be banned on “billboards, store windows, any site within 1,000 feet of a school, and ‘any other location where minors under the age of 18 years traditionally gather.'”

The state will surely argue that this is rather specific and thus a reasonable person can and will understand its purpose. This argument will likely hold and thus, an attack for vagueness will likely fail.

Over broad

A ordinance will be void if it over broad. Here, as stated supra the ordinance is very broad in terms of what can and can’t be done. The ordinance bans any type of advertising through almost all commercials mediums. Thus, it is likely that an attack for the ordinance being over broad will succeed.

Content Based Regulation

Speech which imposes regulations based on content will be deemed a violation of the 1st amendment if the speech is considered protected speech. Protected speech which is being regulated based on content will require a strict scrutiny analysis. Here, the regulation is not imposing a regulation on the content of the speech, but rather where it can be published i.e. time, way and place restrictions.

Content Neutral Regulation

Speech which does not regulate the content will be subject to time place and manner restriction analysis.

Time, Place and Manner Restriction

If an ordinance bans speech or regulates speech based on time, place and manner restrictions a 2 part test will be administered, whereby the party seeking to enforce the ordinance will be required to show i. That is serves a legitimate government purpose; ii. It is narrowly tailored with other avenues of communication are left open.

Legitimate government purpose

Here, the state will argue that the purpose of the ordinance serves to prevent children from purchasing or being influenced to smoke. However, although this may be an important interest it is not enough since there are other available methods of preventing this. As AOR argues, “the best way to discourage young people form smoking is by directly restricting access to tobacco and not by banning all tobacco advertising.” Thus although it is a legitimate government purpose there are less restrictive means of pursuing this initiative.

Narrowly tailored & Other avenues of communication

Here, the nature and language of the ordinance is very oppressive in terms of its regulations and is not narrowly tailored. Additionally, it does not leave open any other means of communication because it essentially blocks out any type of advertising.

Thus, it would fail as a time, place and manner restrictions.

How To Make Aloe Vera Powder

Aloe Vera powder can easily be made with the use of just a few materials and ingredients.

Because its gel oxidizes fast, prepare the following materials and additional ingredients: blender, spoon, stainless steel pot, paring and vegetable knife, sugar, vitamins C and E.

Here’s how:

1. With the use of a paring knife, cut off the thorny edges of the Aloe Vera leaf of your choice. It is an advantage if you pick a large leaf because the thorny edges are already large and can easily be removed and that you could acquire a large amount of Aloe Vera gel. Use a vegetable knife to peel off the leaf’s skin. Scoop out the translucent gel-like flesh and put it in a blender. Always remember that the plant’s gel oxidizes fast so do the following steps immediately.

2. For each 1/4 cup of gel, add in 400 IU of vitamin E and 500 mg of powdered vitamin C into the blender. Vitamin C and E can easily be bought in drug stores. You can open a capsule of vitamin E and put the powder inside the blender; you could crush a Vitamin C tablet with the back of a spoon or vice versa. The effect of both vitamins is very useful because they add up health benefits to the gel and they can also slow down the gel’s oxidation process.

3. For each one liter of gel, add one kilo of sugar. If you want less, you could also use half a kilo of sugar for every half liter of extracted gel.

4. Blend the components completely until there is no more visible pulp gel. Pour in the gel into a stainless steel pot. If there are still pulp gels remaining, you could use a piece of cheesecloth to filter the gel when you’re pouring it into the pot.

5. Heat the gel in the pot with constant stirring to avoid burning.

6. If the solution is already hard to stir, get a spoonful of gel sample and refrigerate it within a few minutes. If the sample in the spoon turns into powder, then that is already the setting point.

7. Blend the heated gel to get a consistent texture of the powder.

8. Put the Aloe Vera powder in an air tight container and store in refrigerator or in a cool dry place.

Rock or White Throated Monitor Varanus Albigularis

Rock or White-throated Monitor Varanus albigularis
SVL 400-500mm; max. SVL 850mm, TL 1 750mm.

This very large, stout lizard has strong, stocky limbs and sharp claws. The skin is tough and covered with small, bead-like scales in 110-167 rows at midbody. The head has a bulbous snout, with the nostrils slit-like and nearer to the eyes than to the end of the snout. The tail is longer than the body and cylindrical at the base but compressed towards the tip. The back is dark gray-brown above, with 5-6 pale yellow dark-edged blotches. The top of the head and neck are dark brown. The limbs are spotted with pale yellow, and the tail is banded in dark brown and off-white. The belly is dirty yellow with scattered spots. Juveniles are more intensely marked, and despite the common name which refers to the white throat of adults, have blackish throats.

Biology and Breeding

This monitor lives in a tunnel that it digs under rock overhangs, or in a disused animal burrow, a hole in a tree or a rock crack. It is usually solitary and hibernates, semi-dormant in its retreat in winter. Its skin is usually dulled with dirt and grime, and sullied with patches of unshed skin. It is also well-adorned with ticks in the soft skin around the eyes, nostrils and limb joints. The diet consist mainly of invertebrates (millipedes, beetles, grasshoppers and land snails) although it will kill and eat any animal small enough to swallow and also scavenges on carrion; baby tortoises are frequently ateen. In defense it adopts a side-on posture and lashes its tail. It will bite and hold on like a bulldog; if held behind the head it usually ejects it cloacal contents, and finally it may sham death, hanging limp (but still keeping its eyes open). If this ruse works and it is releases, it scampers to safety at the first opportunity.

The martial eagle (wingspan 188-227 cm (6.17-7.45 ft) and ratel are main predators on adults.

It rarely tames in captivity and because of its size needs a large enclosure. The flesh is reported to taste like chicken, but this monitor is protected by Provincial legislation (CITES, Appendix 11). They are great wanderers and may have home ranges up to 28sq km.

Mating occurs in August-September. The female may occasionally lay her eggs in a live termite nest, as does the Nile monitor, or even in a hollow tree, but normally uses a hole dug in soft moist soil. She may dig several 'test holes' before selecting a suitable spot. In early summer (October-November) from eight to 51 eggs (53-61 x 35-39 mm, 32-46g) are laid, depending on the size of the female. The eggs hatch in 110-120 days in captivity (27C), but take much longer in the wild. Hatchlings measure 220-282mm TL and weigh 18-21g. Many clutches are eaten by the band mongoose.

Habitat & Range

Savannah and moister karroid areas. Through the Savannah and semi-desert regions of the subcontinent, but absent from W. Cape. Elsewhere, to the Savannah of East Africa.

Subspecies

Only the typical race occurs on the subcontinent. It has 137-167 midbody scale rows and white throat in adults. A poorly defined race, Va angolensis, from Angola and adj. NW Zambia, has large scales on the head and along the backbone, and retains the black throat in adults. It has only 110-138 midbody scale rows. A small species V. exanthematicus from the West African Savannah's has a more uniform color pattern, lacks the white throat, and has enlarged scales on the back on of the neck and only 75-100 midbody scale rows; it is now treated as a separate species.

Natural Remedies For Diabetics

When you first get that diagnosis of type II diabetes, it does not really mean much unless you have a friend or family member who is suffering from the disease. At least it did not to me.

Sure I had the signs:

– excessive thirst
– constant trips to the bathroom
– no energy
– blurry vision
– wounds that treated way too slowly

A nurse / friend saw me downing over a liter of water with each meal, and asked if she could test my blood sugar. Over 300. She thought the meter could be off, so she tested herself – 102.

It was not the meter – it was me. Once blood tests and a medical exam confirmed the diagnosis, action had to be taken.

Just because there are close to 20 million Americans suffering from diabetes does not make it a club you want to join. When you start to Google the effects of diabetes, the seriousnessness becomes irrelevant:

– higher risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks
– shorter lifespan and poor quality of life
– poor circulation in the extremities, especially the feet
– risk of amputations, especially toes or feet
– loss of vision up to and including blindness

Doctors will give you medicines to help control your glucose levels. Take them. I'm not one of those people who believe the doctors are conspiring with pharmaceutical giants to keep you hooked on prescription drugs.

But I also do not believe it is up to the doctor alone to make you better. Like obesity, type II diabetes is very self-inflated.

Most Americans would be better off eating less and exercising more. This holds even truer for diabetics.

Work with your doctor by:

1. increasing your protein intake

2. cutting out processed sugar and flour and pasta

3. drink water instead of soft drinks

4. eat 5 to 6 small meals a day to avoid blood sugar spikes

5. take vitamin and mineral supplements

6. by all means, exercise daily – a 30-60 minute walk will work wonders

These are just common sense steps you can take in addition to any treatments prescribed by your physician. If your diabetes is stubborn, you can go deeper and learn which specific herbs and other natural remedies can reverse your condition.

I am not convinced diabetes can be "cured". But to reverse your condition, to learn which vitamins and herbs may form your best defense against the disease, and to know what foods will help you control diabetes naturally, I recommend starting with Julia Hanf's program on "How to Play the Diabetes Game and Win "with 3 bonus manuals dealing with dietary supplements, medication, and prevention.

Teen Obesity And How It Affects Your Health

If you are an overweight teen, you probably know how cruel other kids can be. You have probably been called fat. Kids may laugh, but child obesity and teen obesity are no laughing matters.

Being a teen can be one of the toughest times of your life. Because you are discovering that you are no longer a child and are slowly turning into an adult. This is a time when many feel they need to look a certain way. If you are struggling with weight loss to try to look better and fit in, you may experience a low self-image as a result.

But try to look beyond what others think and even about how you feel about your appearance. Being overweight is a big health concern. It affects you physically.

Think About Your Health

The largest obesity fact is that this is a medical concern, because it can affect your body in many different ways. These are not conditions that will just go away with a dose of antibiotics either. These are physical conditions that can affect your lifestyle. Some conditions can stay with you for the rest of your life.

Facts about child obesity are that most of the health issues surrounding the joints and can affect moods, sleeping and energy. These are usually direct symptoms of conditions or illnesses.

Below are some of the physical ailments that can be a direct result of teen obesity:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
  • Fatty Liver
  • Gallstones
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Sleep Apnea

The good news is that because you are still young, you can beat this.

The fact is that you are taking in more calories than you can burn off. So those calories will turn into fat in the body. A little bit of extra weight is okay, it's when that little bit turns into a lot and then it becomes a grave concern.

You can overcome this with good old-fashioned healthy eating and exercise. It's always smart to see your doctor before starting any diet changes or exercise program, especially if you suffer from any of the above ailments. In fact, your doctor could point you in the right direction in managing your weight.

The key is to eat healthy foods. Unlike in the past when you had to eat rabbit food and starve yourself, today's meal plans can be very satisfying. The key is to stick with it and develop a healthy routine.

Invite your friends to join in with you. Maybe challenge each other. Having an account buddy can really help to keep you motivated. Ask any friend to just be there for you to be accountable to. Make a deal to check in with them about what you are eating. Have them exercise with you. After all, exercise is good for everyone to do. Just be sure to stick with it.

Face Care Products

Ideally natural face care products would be free from harmful ingredients such as parables, sulfates and PEGs. Parabens can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, parables are used in toiletries and cosmetics to preserve them, parables help to stop the growth of molds, fungi & bacteria. Parabens are considered to be harmful for health.

Natural face products should be free of these nastiest, look out for these ingredients and make sure you understand what they mean. Organic face care is now hugely popular as it benefits the skin and has no adverse reactions on the health of the body. Cold pressed oils, butters, essential oils, marine ingredients and natural face moisturizers are now being chosen over mainstream skin care and face products that are not natural. 100% natural care products will be preserved with vitamin E and will not have a long shelf life as the preservatives used are natural and milder.

Good natural care products and remedies include the cold pressed oils for skin care. Oils such as Rosehip, jojoba, Argan and Sweet Almond is all natural face care products that help moisturizes and nourish the skin. Rosehip Seed oil is known for its anti aging qualities and skin toning properties while Argan oil is also very nourishing and rejuvenates the skin. Sweet Almond oil and Jojoba oil can be great for face care and naturally beautify the skin and face. Organic face products also include the Extra Virgin Coconut oil which is superbly conditioning for the skin and an excellent natural face care product.

Chose from a wide range of cold press nut oils, including this popular Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond oil, Kukui oil and others. Mechanically cold pressed and unrefined these oils retain their efficiency and offer maximum health and beauty benefit. Benefit your self with a natural face care product range. This is a state-of-the-art luxury anti-aging care for ageless beautiful skin. There are five products in the range for the entire face, neck and body. They all contain the key ingredient Argan Oil, which is renamed for its high content of Vitamin A, E and essential fatty acids.

The active ingredients provide an amino acid complex and free radical scavengers, to help with the synthesis of collagen and begin the cell functions with the vital energy-producing molecule, ATP. All these face care products are natural and are of Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sulfates, PEG, animal products, TEA and DEA. This ensures a product that is suitable for all skin types and has already been tested for allergic effects.

Natural face care can be as simple as massaging a good organic oil such as Argan oil or Coconut oil into the face daily as a night oil. Beauty products that contain 100% natural ingredients work better and are better for the body.

How to Get Your Penis Hard Real Fast – Quick Erection in 40 Seconds

Young guys usually get instant erections but as men get older things change. It takes more and more time to get an erection. Not only this, getting a hard erection requires a lot more manual stimulation. Another problem that most men face is that even when they get an erection they are not able to sustain it for long. And this can be really exasperating.

How to Get Your Penis Hard Real Fast

Pills can help you get over erectile problems but whether they can ensure quick erections is anybody’s guess.

I am afraid, you have to wait for at least half an hour to get an erection after taking a pill. Same is the case with male enhancement patches. They also take a while to help your penis get hard.

Instant erections are possible with the help of a good quality erection oil. Such an oil also turns out to be a great aid when you are somewhat drunk and need little help to get a hard erection.

It can actually help you get an erection within seconds. As soon as you rub it on your penis, it gets absorbed into the bloodstream. As soon as this is done, blood flow to the penis is increased. The rush of blood into the penis ensures a rock solid and stiffer erection. As such, with little stimulation you can have a stiff and longer lasting erection.

Ingredients such as l-arginine, horny goat weed, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, ascorbic acid or Vitamin C, pomegranate 70% ellagen etc., ensure increased blood flow to the penis and also boost nitric oxide production.

Another major benefit that can make such an oil highly desirable is that it can help you stay hard for 2 long hours. This can provide immense relief for men who suffer with premature ejaculation.

Not just this, such an oil is free of all kinds of side effects. One of the best advantages of such an oil is that you use it only when you need it.

So, If You Want to Get Your Penis Hard Real Fast, Check out the Best Erection Oil that has Helped Many a Men Enjoy Absolute Sex Ever!

What Is The Future Of Organic Skin Care Brands?

All too often, it looks like many health conscious people are only concerned about what they put inside their bodies, while not really paying much attention to what they put on their bodies. I am talking about things like creams; lotions; deodorants; perfumes; shampoos and etc.

I mean, I have met multiple people who refuse to eat any foods other than organic foods. To be honest with you, I can not even begin to imagine how difficult that must be. Even these days when organic produce is widely available in most developed countries, certainly it must be incredibly difficult trying to find an "organic" version of all the different foods you really enjoy.

Then we have the higher prices to deal with as well. Come on, we all know organic produce is more expensive than standard supermarket food, even though it quite often costs lower to produce. In contrast, skin care products which are made with 100% organic ingredients are easy to obtain, and they do not really cost much more than regular skin care products. In fact, they often cost less. As an added bonus, you get to sleep easy at night knowing that you are never rubbing chemicals into your skin every day.

Industrial Strength Chemicals

I love statistics so I'm going to share three with you which I find really disturbing:

1. Globally, the sales value of cosmetics exceeded 100 billion US dollars

2. More than 80,000 different ingredients are currently being used in the cosmetics industry

3. 1 in 8 cosmetic products contain at least one or more industrial chemicals

The last statistic mentioned above is rather interesting, but also a touch misleading. Industrial chemicals are chemicals which are used in factories and etc. so what are they doing in creams and lotions that people are rubbing on their bodies, day in and day out. Also, if 1 in 8 products contain at least one of these chemicals, how many products contain other potentially dangerous 'non-industrial' chemicals?

Not Worth the Risk

In my opinion, using products that are full of chemicals you know nothing about is just not worth the risk, especially since numerous organic skin care brands available nowdays. There is also no shortage of home remedies using ingredients which you probably already have in your home, and those which you do not have you can easily find at your local supermarket.

Do you want an excellent exfoliating mask that brightens your skin in a safe and natural way? Mix some turmeric powder or freshly pounded turmeric root with a little bit of natural honey and yogurt, and you've got yourself a really effective facial mask. You can even use the paste to remove dark under eye circles. And, do not worry, it is also an outstanding moisturizer as well.

Is your skin lacking that elusive glow that you are longing for? No problem; just prepare a nice paste in your food processor using some fresh mint leaves, and if you want that 'deep clean' effect, just add some fresh lemon juice or lime juice to the mixture. Adding some fresh tomato is also a good idea because tomatoes are full of vitamin E. Now you have a mask that not only improves your complexion, but one which actually nourishes your skin as well.

Each of the ingredients listed in the two paragraphs above are safe to eat, and I can assure you, they are safe to use on your skin as well. Please, if you love your skin, do not ruin it with chemicals. Chemicals are intriguing and they are really amazing in many ways, but there is no need for them in skin care products. The good news is, the organic skin care movement is gaining momentum at last.

How to Know If You Are Allergic to Something

At the very least allergies only will cause itching, rashes, sneezing, wheezing, pain, and congestion. But at worst, they can lead to anaphylaxis, a fatal systemic overreaction to allergens. The causes of an allergy vary including certain plants, pets, dust mites, molds foods, or chemicals. It is there helpful to know if you are allergic to each type of allergens to recognize what substances to avoid or to find the correct treatment of your allergy issue.

To know if you are allergic to something, you should check how your body responds to each of these allergen categories:

1. Foods. According to FDA, the commonest causes of food allergies are fish, milk, peanuts, wheat, crabs, shrimps, soybeans, chocolate, and tree nuts. A milk allergy may cause your body to react with vomiting, hives, or swilling when milk is ateen. Some of food allergies lead to anaphylactic shock along with other symptoms ranging from skin irritations to digestive difficulties.

2. Animals. Cats and dogs could become source of animal allergies because these pets' hair can contain pollen and their saliva may trigger allergic responses. If you experience congestion, itch, swell, bump, sneeze, cough, or nose drips every time you are around your pets, then it is likely you are allergic to them.

3. Pollens. Airborne pollens could be sources of allergies and these things usually at their highest levels during early summer, early fall, and spring. If you experience sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, watery eyes, a scratchy throat, extreme fatigue, post nasal drips, chronic cough, or a lingering cold when you are around airborne pollens, then it is likely you have pollen allergies.

4. Chemicals. Soap and dyes may cause skin allergies in some people. Any irritations, redness, itches and rashes on skin developed after using certain products may show that you are allergic to certain chemicals contained in the products.

5. Smokes. Main allergies are due to a reaction to a particular protein or chemicals. However, smoke allergies are often found too. You may experience a smoke allergy if you sense itchy feeling followed by watery eyes when exposed to smokers. Smokes can irritate nasal passage causing excess sneezing, while tobacco in the air can irritate sensitive eyes. The smoke allergy shows severity if you experience chronic cough or chronic headache. Beware of shortness of breath caused by smokers as that could be fatal.

Taking allergy tests using a test kit at home is helpful to know if you are allergic to something. However, these tests are not always straightforward. Some of allergy tests are very sensitive means false positive results are quite common. Furthermore, interpreting the tests could have been difficult to figure out the main cause of your food allergy. For that reason, it is important to undergo blood tests for screening specific antibodies causing allergies under doctor supervision to diagnoseose your allergies accurately and to find the best way to treat them.

Menopause Symptoms

Menopause symptoms begin at about the time that menopause starts, calculated following an uninterrupted 12-month time interval when a woman displays no signs of a menstruation. In general terms and for American women, this is at age 51.

However, a woman may also display menopause-like symptoms if she is diagnosed as perimenopausal, pre-menopausal or early menopausal. Women who have been established to be early menopausal may (in rare cases) display menopause type symptoms as early as their mid-20s.

In all cases, menopause symptoms are directly related to decreased estrogen levels and hormone imbalance.

There are more menopause symptoms than one might suspect. Fortunately, not all women display all symptoms all the time. Unfortunately, once menopause symptoms start they may persist for ten years or longer.

Among the most noted symptoms are:

Hot Flashes (hot flushes) – One of the very most common menopause symptom complaints are hot flashes. Milder hot flashes are frequently referred to as hot flushes. Hot flashes can be very intense and last for upward to 20 minutes. In extreme cases a woman may experience a hot flash, hourly.

Hot flashes have been described as extreme internal heat that rises quickly and then levels off at various degrees of discomfort. The areas of the body most affected are the face, neck, and chest area but any part of the body may be too warm during a hot flash. A woman may experience an escalating severity of hot flashes as she ages due to continuing reduced estrogen levels and / or hormone imbalance.

Night Sweats (warm flushes, cold flushes) – Night sweats are the evil twin of hot flashes. Many women are awakened with hot flashes during menopause. The areas of the body affected are nearly identical to those associated with hot flashes. Warm flushes are thought to be a milder form of night sweats. During a night sweat episode a woman may kick off the covers in an attempt to get cool quickly. Following the night sweat episode a woman may experience a cold or cool flush nearly as severe as the previous night sweat episode. In this instance, all of the bed covers may not (at least initially) appear to be enough to get warm. These cold flushes are just part of the night sweat cycle and one of the reasons why women who experience night sweats complain of sleep deprivation. In severe cases, women experiencing night sweats may never actually go into REM sleep and so, never get a restful night's sleep. In this way, night sweats can lead to more concern health issues including depression, mental fatigue, mood swings, irritability, and weakened immunity to disease.

Mood Swings – Mood swings like the other menopause symptoms noted previously, are among the more common symptoms associated with menopause. Not a lot is known about mood swings as they vary by the individual, in intensity and frequency. Like other symptoms, mood swings have a connection with reduced estrogen levels and imbalanced hormones. Mood swings can be problematic as they can be disrupted to personal and professional relationships. From a professional standpoint, mood suppressing drugs may affect job performance. Stress and other outside catalysts have been noted to affect mood swings.

Cravings – Food cravings have been noted as one of the very most common menopause symptoms. During menopause, a heightened awareness of favorite or preferred foods and beverages is frequently noted. While these foods may have been attractive prior to menopause, menopausal women often engage in binge consumption of these foods and beverage favorites. Previous will-power, discretion, and moderation seem to have gone out the window with the excess consumption of chocolates, carbohydrates laden pasta, wine, beer, pizza, pickles, etc. Cravings for typical comfort foods are also common. A Thanksgiving Dinner might be considered by many to be the ultimate comfort food indulgence.

Menopause Belly Fat Weight Gain – Menopause belly fat weight gain is one of the more common menopause symptoms. Prior to menopause, most women are concerned with weight gain in the hips, thighs, and buttocks, especially following pregnancy. However and following menopause, the weight gain problem area shifts to the waist. Menopause belly fat gain gain is closely associated with reduced estrogen levels and hormone imbalance. Men typically gain weight above the hips. Excessive weight gain above the hips puts excess strain on all body organs, especially the heart. Heart and artery disease are the number killers of American males. Menopausal women who gain weight above the hips are put at the same risk levels as their male counterparts. Older women are at the same risk of heart and advanced coronary artery disease as men.

Osteoporosis and Bone Loss – Osteoporosis and bone loss are among the most insidious of menopause symptoms. Osteoporosis causes bone loss, frailty and fragility. Those individuals diagnosed with osteoporosis are at elevated risk of bone breakage. Even large bones (like the hip) are easily broken with a simple fall. One out of three individuals older than 65 experience falls. Osteoporosis and bone loss can be offset (to a degree) with the implementation and / or augmentation of specific drugs, vitamins and minerals, as well as limited load-bearing exercises.

Additional Symptoms – In addition to the previously noted symptoms, the following menopause symptoms should also be noted: Irregular periods, loss of or reduced libido, vaginal dryness, fatigue, hair loss (or gain), sleep disorders, difficulty concentrating, memory loss or lapses, dizziness, incontinence, bloating, increased allergy sensitivity, brittle or easily broken fingernails, changes in body odor, racing heart beat, depression, anxiety, irritability, panic attacks, breast tendness, migraines, aching joints, burning sensation in mouth or tongue or bad taste in the mouth, electric shocks, digestive irregularities, gum problems, bleeding gums, muscle tensions, itchy skin, and tingling extemities.

Fighting Child Depression Naturally

Unfortunately, the symptoms of depression in kids may not be too evident therefore, as a parent, is important to be vigilant and watch for symptoms such as social withdrawal, irritability, apathy, sleep and eating problems, lack of interest in activities that were enjoyed in the past, chronic fatigue and deterioration in schoolwork, which can be an indication of sadness and depression in children.

Childhood depression can be caused by a number of things … There are plenty of conditions in which the mentality of a child is just not ready to deal with; This makes them more vulnerable for depression than adults that undergo the same level of stresses.

Causes of Depression in Children

** Stress. Believe it or not, stress is one of the largest problems. Children have not learned how to handle stress and it is likely that they will not be able to otherwise they are given the necessary help. Too much to do at school, home, extra curricular courses and a part time job can all lead to depression.

** Family conflict. Children do not blame others for their family's problems; they turn the blame onto themselves. If mom and dad are fighting it must be because of something he did. This type of worry can turn into depression quickly.

** Learning problems and emotional strain are two more things that can lead a child down the road to serious depression.

** Parents that are depressed. Those children that only see and witness depression are going to use that as their means as well of dealing with life. In fact, it can be a learned behavior in some cases.

How to Treat it?

Now that you know the possible causes of children and adolescent depression, take a look at a few things that can be done.

In many occasions and depending on the severity of the case, doctors will resort to only treating teens and youngger children with psychological therapy . Also, there are medications that can be given to a child for depression, like Prozac, but there are risks associated with taking this type of medication. Warnings have been issued about suicide potential during treatment with this prescription drug.

On the other hand, fortunately there are some natural remedies for child depression. One of the most common and beneficial methods for treating depression is naturally through the use of an herb called St. Louis. John's Wort.

The British Medical Journal has found that the use of this herb to fight off depression has been just as beneficial to some as that of anti depressant medication. St. John's Wort is one of the natural remedies that can help fight depression.

There is another safe and effective herb that can help a child recover from depression. To learn more about this visit: natural remedies for child depression .

Shyness or a Deeper Problem? Social Anxiety Disorder

WHAT IS SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER? (aka SAD, Social Phobia)

Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as SAD or Social Phobia) is a mental illness affecting more than 15 million Americans today. This disorder usually manifests itself during early adolescence, and affects more women than men. Unfortunately, however, it is also currently one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses. An individual with Social Anxiety Disorder may experience intense self consciousness in social situations. They worry boundlessly that they will be rejected or judged negatively by others. They may also fear that their actions and behaviors will embarrass or humiliate them. You might consider SAD to be an extreme form of shyness. An individual suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder recognizes that their fears are irrational, but still can not seem to shake them. This disorder can negatively affect every area of ​​a person's life, as Social Phobics will often go to extreme lengths avoid situations that trigger their anxieties. Some individuals suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder can become severely isolated, having little to no personal contacts, jobs, education, etc. This can lead to a pit of depression, loneliness, and despair.

SIGNS AND SYMPOMS OF SOCIAL PHOBIA

Social Phobics often fear situations where they will be forced to interact with new people. These situations are either ended with severe anxiety, or avoided completely.

Individuals suffering from Social Phobia often fear and avoid situations in which they will be monitored, or watched by someone while engaged in an activity. Often, they will feel too uncomfortable eating, drinking, or writing in the presence of other people.

Social Phobics are often intensely self conscious when it comes not only to their physical appearance, but also their actions, and behaviors around others. They may feel they are behaving in an awkward manner, or that they look nervous, or "crazy". They may avoid conversation, for fear that they will say the wrong thing, offend someone, or sound unintelligent.

A person suffering from Social Phobia will often speak using a soft, quiet voice, in short sentences, and may avoid eye contact. They may appear fidgety, or tense, and may forget to smile out of nervousness. Others however, may smile or giggle nervously. These angry behaviors, among others, may be perceived as rudeness or rejection by the other person.

Children and teenagers will often skip or perform poorly in school. A classroom is a big group of people, and intense anxiety can ensue. Kids who are quiet are often an easy target to bullies, which worsens the problem by further damaging a sufferers already fragile self esteem, and causing them to feel alone, and alienated.

These fears can lead to physical symptoms of anxiety including: trembling, muscle tension, twitches, lower jaw tension / shivering / teeth clenching, racing heart, stuttering, mind going blank, heart palpitations (sensation of heart pounding in chest), shortness of breath , dizziness, numbness or tingling in the extremities, hyperventilation, falseing, depersonalization (feeling of unreality or being disconnected from one's sense of self), fear of dying or going crazy, etc. These physical manifestations of anxiety are termed Panic Attacks.

Social Phobia can easily lead to Agoraphobia, in which a sufferer is afraid of leaving his or her house for fear of embarrassing themselves by having a panic attack in public. Someone with Agoraphobia may worry so excessively about having a panic attack in public, that they may actually have one. This may lead to extreme isolation.

Social Anxiety Disorder can also lead to profound depression. Sufferers have an estimated 40-50% lifetime coexisting depressive disorder. Loneliness, isolation, emptiness, nostalgia, alienation, and despair. A sufferer may feel that they are too socially incompetent to have friends, or that they are a terrible person that nobody could ever love. They may worry that they will never marry, or have children, or a family. They may also be unable to prepare or find the career they had always dreamed of, as job interviews, new places of employment, schools, etc. trigger intense anxiety or panic. They may question whether life is worth living, and why it is worth living. These thoughts, combined with a sense of hopelessness can lead to suicide.

TREATMENTS FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER

Fortunately, Social Phobia is a highly treatable disorder. Social Phobia has a lifetime prevalence rate of approximately 13%. Early afternoon of the disorder, and coexisting substance abuse are associated with a more guarded prognosis.

There are several treatment options for Social Anxiety Disorder.

Upon visiting a doctor or psychiatrist, a sufferer may try a variety of medications before finding the one suitable for their needs. Often, a doctor or psychiatrist will start with a drug known to cause relatively few side effects to begin with, and move up to comparatively less safe options.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the overall best treatment option for Social Phobia. CBT asserts the individual in dealing with his or her phobia as opposed to merely masking the symptoms as most medications do. CBT is associated with the greatest long term success in treatment. This form of therapy helps patients re-examine thinking patterns and beliefs that are contributing to their anxiety. Gradual exposure (Exposure Therapy) to anxiety triggering situations helps to desensitize the individual. Group therapy, as well as social skills training are often a part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Beta Blockers such as Propranolol (Inderal) may be prescribed to control the physical symptoms of anxiety, ex. shaking hands, etc. Propranolol may help immensely with physical symptoms, however, not the anxiety itself.

SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) such as Luvox, Paxil, and Serzone are often prescribed to begin with in treating Social Phobia. They are considered to be one of the safest medication options, with fewer side effects than others. They are usually not side effect free however, and may work well for some people, but not others. They must be taken for a period of 2 weeks to a couple months before the effects are noticed. They are also known to cause potentially sever withdrawal symptoms in some people, lasting anywhere from weeks to several months after the last dose.

Tricyclic antidepressants are sometimes considered, although they are usually not as effective as SSRIs. Trycyclics such as Effexor are often used to treat severe depression.

MAOIs (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) are another option for the treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder. They are considered only if all other types of antidepressants have failed, due to potentially lethal dietary and drug interactions. MAOIs are particularly useful in treating atypical depression. However, one specific MAOI, Nardil, has been known to work wonders for some individuals' Social Anxiety. However, some users claim that since Nardil was reformulated in 2003, the drug is no longer as effective as the older formulation.

Benzodiazepines, particularly Klonopin, are the most effective medications for Social Anxiety. Unfortunately, due to their high potential for abuse, and the risk of potentially severly withdrawal symptoms including rebound anxiety, doctors do not often prescribe these medications. Benzodiazepines should not be taken for longer than a period of 2 weeks to avoid physical dependency.

Many of us experience shyness at some point in our lives. However, if you are experiencing significant shyness or symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder, it is best to make an appointment with your family physician or a therapist. There are also many effective self help books available on the topic of Social Phobia, as well as other disorders such as clinical depression. Please do not wait to seek treatment, SAD is a highly treatable disorder. Finding help will vastly improve your quality of life.

4 Awesome Techniques to Cure Approach Anxiety

This short lesson shows you four secrets that will help you cure your approach anxiety. The article will help you overcome your fear of approaching women in 30 days or less.

Technique Number One – Observe the Three Second Rule. This happens to be an incredibly easy rule. Right when you notice an attractive woman, you’ve got to approach the girl within three seconds. Thats it. thats the rule. The more you stall, the greater the amount of approach anxiety you get. So if you don’t want approach anxiety to swell up, you should be approaching any hot woman you see within 3 seconds. you will not have enough time to convince yourself not to! Also, you could probably scare the girl because she’ll notice you “hovering” around her as you’re working up the balls to approach. Really attempt to approach or go up to a hot girl the moment after you first notice her.

Technique Number Two – Walk Up to Hot Girls. You don’t even have to say a word! Just make a habit of walking towards a hot girl like you’re going to approach her and say something. You’ll eventually train your brain to destroy your approach anxiety as you are approaching an attractive woman. The more you do this the more your fear of approaching hot women will go away. Do this over and over again!

Technique Number Three – Warm Up Sets. Before you start approaching girls, make sure to do at least three warm up approaches. Approach anyone you don’t know and ask for directions. Just say a little hello to any random person that walks by you. Ask an old lady for directions to the zoo. Whatever. Work yourself into a conversational mood & become cool with going up to people you don’t know before you begin to approach hot girls. Completing these warm up sets is a sure way to decreasing the level of your approach anxiety.

Technique Number Four – Just Breathe. You really must be calm when you approach women. Before any approach, take a deep, slow breath and do your best to be calm and relax. Calming yourself down will go a long way towards curing your approach anxiety.