Sexual Health: 3 Macrobiotic Home Remedies for Men

Are you looking for a way to bring passion back to the bedroom? It’s easier than you might think, when you have the macrobiotic secrets to creating healthy libido and sex drive.

A macrobiotic diet is a powerful tool for health, cleansing the entire body, strengthening the metabolism, restoring health and energy, and even boosting libido. But a macrobiotic lifestyle means more than just removing animal fats, dairy products, refined flour, and sugar from your diet. It can also include natural home remedies that strengthen the sexual and reproductive organs and improve sexual health, such as the following three libido boosters for men:

1. Ginger Compress on Kidneys

The kidneys control adrenal function, including your stress response, energy levels, and sexual vitality. A ginger compress on the kidneys breaks down stagnated fat and mucous. It also increases circulation by naturally opening the blood vessels and alkalinizes bodily fluids, bringing them back to a more balanced and healthier state. It’s easy to bring back the passion to your sex life with a simple ginger compress to strengthen the kidneys and adrenal glands.

1. Grate 5 ounces of fresh ginger and wrap the pulp in cheesecloth.

2. Bring a gallon of water to a boil.

3. Turn off heat. Add ginger “bag” to water, and allow ginger to steep 5 minutes.

4. Using rubber gloves, immerse an organic cotton towel in the ginger “tea” and wring it out.

5. Place the hot folded towel over the kidneys and cover it with another towel to maintain heat in the compress.

6. When the towel begins to feel cool, wet it again and replace.

7. Repeat the same procedure for 20 minutes.

To strengthen sex drive and libido, it’s best to use this ginger compress twice a week for one month.

2. Ume Sho Kuzu Tea

Ume Sho Kuzu Tea effectively strengthens the digestion and also restores overall energy and sexual vitality.

1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of kuzu root starch in 2-3 tablespoons cold water.

2. Add an additional cup of cold water to the kuzu-water mixture.

3. Bring to boil over low flame, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.

4. When the opaque liquid turns translucent, add ½ to 1 whole umeboshi plum.

5. Reduce flame and add ½ teaspoon of shoyu soy sauce.

6. Stir and simmer 2-3 minutes.

7. Drink while hot.

Take Ume Sho Kuzu Tea every other day for three weeks.

3. Miso Soup

One bowl of miso soup daily helps dissolve fat and mucous in the reproductive organs, restores energy, and improves sex drive. Barley or brown rice miso neutralizes toxins, alkalinizes the blood, and provides beneficial bacteria for the intestines. You can prepare the soup with various vegetables like wakame seaweed, chopped carrots, onion, daikon, or shiitake mushrooms. Green leafy vegetables may be added when the soup is almost ready to serve. Prepare the soup in its simplest form by adding 1 teaspoon of barley miso to 1 cup of liquid.

Along with removing mucous-causing foods from your diet, these macrobiotic home remedies can help to improve overall health while boosting sexual energy and vitality.

Sexual Dysfunction in Women – Treatment Overview

Sexual dysfunction is lack interest and lack of sexual satisfaction. Sexual dysfunction in women is very common. It affects up to 40% of women, most commonly young women, and tends to decrease with age

Female Sexual dysfunction could be due to a number of factors as

o Emotional stress.

o Feeling guilt about sex.

o Poor self esteem

o Sexual abuse

o Fear of being pregnant

o Intake of medicines

o Diseases like blood pressure and diabetes.

o Vaginal infections.

o Aging

If you do not want to have sex or do not feel good about sex then you could have sexual disorder. There are four types of sexual disorder

o Arousal disorder- when there is no sexual response in the body.

o Desire disorder-when the woman is not interested in sex and does not want to have sex

o Orgasmic disorder-when a female cannot have an orgasm or feel pain during orgasm. There is delay or no orgasm following a normal sexual excitement phase

o Sexual pain disorder-when the woman has pain during or after sex.

Most of the women after menopause experience sexual dysfunction due to change in hormone production and circulatory conditions. An effective treatment plan set by your medical professional may definitely resolve the problem

To overcome the problem of sexual dysfunction one can have other sexual activities such as oral sex, message or masturbation. You can also visualize sex to increase your desire for sex. Foreplay as it helps in good arousal.

In many cases sexual dysfunction may be treated by exercises and counseling at home. To get out of the problem the females should be open up with their partners if there is any emotional problem. Talking with your partner could help you out of the problem the sexual disorder and if it is due to health problems than your doctor could help you out. You should also avoid too much of alcohol and smoking. Make your lifestyle healthy. It well and exercise well. It can be treated once the cause for the sexual dysfunction determined. There should be comfort between you and your treating specialist and your partner for proper treatment. The doctor should know patient history in order to identify dysfunction, gynecological conditions or psychosocial information. Your treating doctor may give you counseling, suggest medication for any underlying cause or refer to a sex therapist. It should be kept in mind that because sexual dysfunction often has multiple causes, treatments cannot be universally applied.

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4 Ways to Stop Computer Freezes and Game Lag

If you are an avid online gamer, you most certainly have suffered from game lag and computer freezes. Many have spent hours trying to tweak in-game graphical settings in order to increase the frame rate and boost the performance of their favorite games. However, in more case than not, those efforts award the player with only a slight improvement in overall game play. Your system might even meet the recommend hardware specs for optimum performance but the game causes computer freezes when the action gets heavy. However, tweaking the in-game specs and upgrading hardware may not be the best way to overcome game lag and computer freezes.

This irritation may be attributed to conflicting software that is competing for your system’s resources or improper configuration. Most online games such as World of Warcraft should run smoothly on an average setup. Game manufacturers assure us that their recommended specs should run the game smoothly. However those recommendations are calculated when the games are tested on PCs that were optimized for those particular games. There are very few who are willing to dedicate a whole computer specifically for a single game. Nevertheless, there are a couple steps that you can take to free up more resources for your game play. These tips will allow you to better optimize your PC for smoother game play booth online and off-line. .

Stop Game Lag and Computer Freezes Tip #1: Get more bang out of your bandwidth.

There are literally dozens of services running on your Windows operating system. These programs have no respect for your online play. They need bandwidth and system resources just as much as your online games. Many of the programs automatically startup when you log on to the net or at the moment Windows loads. Windows service programs can perform a host of operations from searching for updates, downloading, and even sharing applications with your games. The task is to cut down on the amount services running while your are playing the game in order to free up bandwidth and resources. This is a great tip to stop game lag and computer freezes. Here is how.

1. Click on “Start”

2. Click “Run”

3. Type services.msc

4. Select “Extended” from the Services Window to view a detailed description. Also note the status of the service in question.

5. To stop the service, select “Stop the service” or right click the service, choose “All task” then click “Stop”

6. Click “OK”

Stop Game Lag and Computer Freezes Tip #2: Turn off your Anti-virus/Anti-spyware programs during play.

I am sure the suggestion scares you. However, these programs are very taxing on your computer. They can cause game play lag and computer freezes by initiating a host of small applications and processes during game play. Turning these programs off during your game play is not entirely risk free but you will be amazed at the results by doing so.

Stop Game Lag and Computer Freezes Tip #3: Making sure hardware and software can “communicate”

This an extremely important step that many gamers tend to miss. DirectX is essential to most next generation Windows games. High multimedia graphics and sound cards require lighting fast APIs, application programming interfaces, to deliver high end graphics and sound. The API acts as a kind of bridge for the hardware and the software. In essence, APIs provide the language for hardware and software to “communicate” with each other. If there is some “miscommunication” caused by improper setup, you will suffer from game lag or computer freezes. The task here is to make sure that your audio and video hardware is properly configured with Windows DirectX technology by using DirectX diagnostics tools. Here is how:

1. Click “Start”

2. Click “Run.”

3. Type dxdiag and press enter to load the “Direct X Diagnostic Tool” menu.

4. Click the “Display” and “Sound” tabs.

5. Verify that DX features are enabled and there are no problems.

Perform the test were need. If there are any problems reinstall Direct X and update your hardware drivers. Also you can open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete and viewing the process tab to gauge which services are taking up the majority of system resources. Visit the “Cause of High CPU Usage” page for more details

Stop Game Lag and Computer Freezes Tip #4: Clean and Organize your Hard Drive.

A simple yet overlooked necessity to stop game lag. The faster your game can find files the less you have to worry about game lag and computer freezes. By defragging you help to cut down on the amount work the hard-drive needs to find files. Cleaning your registry cuts down on the errors and will create more free space for your RAM and CPU to work more efficiently. These two steps are a necessity to stop computer freezes. The link “4 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer” will show you how to perform these steps.

Without a doubt the habit of upgrading your computer’s hardware for the next generation of games will allow take advantage new graphic and sound card technology. However, this act makes PC gaming a more expensive hobby than it really needs to be. Hopefully, the tips above rewarded you smoother game play and will help to end your days of computer freezes and game lag.

HIPAA 101 For Long Term Care Facilities – Resident Rights and Privacy Rule

HIPAA stands for:

The
Health Insurance
Portability
and
Accountability
Act

HIPAA is a regulation enacted by the U.S. Congress to protect resident’s privacy. This law puts strict limits on who is allowed to see a resident’s health information and who can’t. HIPAA is a “RESIDENT’S RIGHTS” law. HIPAA sets national standards that all our long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices and insurance plans to follow.

THE PRIVACY RULE

The Privacy Rule is all about who gets access to a resident’s health information and who doesn’t. The Privacy Rule means every resident has certain rights such as:

– The right to access, inspect, copy, and request changes to your medical records;
– The right to say who sees your medical records and who doesn’t
– The right to request a list of exactly who has seen your medical records;
– The right to confidential communication about your health;
– The right to know how your health information will be used and disclosed;
– The right to complain, either to us or to the Department of Health and Human Services about the way in which your health information has been used or disclosed.

Protected Health Information

P.H.I. is any information about a resident’s condition, treatment and payment. P.H.I. includes: Medical Records – printed and on computer, Arm Bracelets, Pharmacy Orders, Conversations about a resident’s health, Dietary Cards, IV Bags and Meds, Payment and Insurance Records. Under HIPAA, you can share P.H.I. for three purposes:

1. Treatment
2. Payment
3. Operations

HIPAA fines and penalties are serious… including jail terms and huge fines. Non-Compliance with requirements – $100 per violation to a maximum of $25,000 per requirement per year. At the moment, there are 80+ requirements (and counting).

HIPAA is law across the nation. All health workers have to implement these new regulations by April 14th of 2003. As a part of any facility’s staff, part of your job is to make sure resident information remains confidential and secure.

Investing in Pharmacy Business in Uganda: Weep and Reap

Prior to putting pen to paper for this article I called up my mother. Shortly after exchanging Christmas holiday pleasantries, I quickly got down to business (she said she was playing Monopoly with the family and so needed to get back to Euston road), and asked her point blank:

“Is pharmacy business profitable?”

You see at one point of her entrepreneurial career she run a pharmacy and supported 7 children at the time. Drug names like Magnesium Tricilicate and Penicillin V therefore easily rolled off my tongue from early childhood. I therefore believed she would help me.

Her simple response (in my mother tongue):

“Yes, but the pharmacies are always playing cat and mouse with the authorities and you need to watch for theft of the drugs.”

In her simple lay person terms, and without a pharmacy degree or formal training, she had laid out the key risk factors to look out for if you are to invest in this business.

Why invest in the pharmacy business in Uganda?

The title of the article highlights the double jeopardy of this sector.

Cat and mouse: Government vs hospitals, where are the drugs?

You cry (or weep) for our beloved country because it would seem that many reports indicate that whereas the Government is constantly allocating money to hospitals for buying medication, when you get to the hospital the doctors tell you there are no drugs in stock and you will have to buy them from somewhere else.

Ugandan hospitals appear to have therefore been transitioned into diagnosis clinics identifying underlying health issues of patients and then sending them out to look for medication. The doctors claim there are no drugs in stock. It’s therefore common for patients in Uganda to go to government hospitals, receive diagnosis for their diseases and leave without even the basic medication of pain killers. The government claims they send the medicine to the hospitals but the hospitals claim they never receive the drugs so the big question is where do the drugs go?

The pharmacy sector: More weeping.

According to the Pharmaceutical society of Uganda, the body responsible for the sector, there are currently 465 qualified pharmacists, of whom 70 are abroad, leaving about 395 practicing within the country.

With a population of approximately 34 million people, this represents a pharmacist to population ratio of 1: 88,000 which is way below the recommended World Health Organisation (WHO) 1: 2,000 ratio.

The chronic shortage is being addressed by the pharmaceutical society in conjunction with Universities to among others increase the number of pharmacists being trained but in the meantime, illegal pharmacies continue coming up, the cat and mouse games with National Drug Authority (NDA), the regulator, continue and meanwhile the population suffers as a result of the imbalance.

This therefore presents an opportunity to invest, and hence reap (whilst weeping for the sad state of affairs).

When I further analysed the state of the pharmacy sector in Uganda, I noted a number of key aspects to consider:

1. Whilst many press report place the number of clinics in the country to over 10,000 there are only 414 registered pharmacies in Uganda (registered with the regulating body).

2. Of these 414 registered pharmacies, over 292 are located in Kampala, the capital and in the Central region. This is a huge imbalance considering Uganda’s population is almost equally distributed at 25% in all the four regions (Northern, Eastern, Western and Central).

3. The opportunity is therefore to invest in a franchise or network of pharmacies that target the up country towns.

Prior to investing, there are however a few key considerations:

1. Drug licence. You must have a licence and your approved pharmacist must be regulated by the pharmaceutical society.

2. Retail business considerations. As any retail outlet, you must consider retail business risks such as location and stock controls (as my mother alluded to). Many drugs come in tablet or pill form and as such the quantities can be hard to monitor. It is therefore important to first understand the drug classes (in Uganda, this is mostly class B and C) and then understand how to ensure proper controls are put in place.

3. Return on investment. From my estimates, the profitability from investing in this sector is a revenue of Shs. 187m and a Return on Investment (ROI) of only 0.87 months.

Final word

In a country characterized with limited availability of medicine in the government hospitals, more and more pharmacists and businessmen have seen an opportunity to open independent pharmacies. They do this because of the unsatisfied demand for medication by the patients who don’t get it in the hospitals.

It is a business where we all weep for the state of our country, and then those who see the opportunity to help create change (while making money) reap (perhaps with little gnashing of teeth).

What Are Some Different Ideas To Craft Sports Medicine Logo Designs?

First let me tell you what is sports medicine.

Sports medicine is the fields where medical principals that are pertinent to the science of sports are studied including:

• Injury diagnosis and treatment
• Psychology
• Injury prevention
• Nutrition
• Work outs and exercises

If you have such specialization then you must know the importance of designing a sports medicine logo design to provide you with all the possible exposure. Obviously, how would a sports team manager contact you to hire your services for his team if he does not know your name? For this purpose, this simple small piece of graphical representation will do all the work for you. All you have to do is to find an experienced and professional graphic design service and get a brand identity for yourself.

Besides this, it will be tremendously effective if you own a sports medicine institute, college or university. You can graze through such brand marks over the internet to get a rough idea on how to design them while you can also have a read of this article to understand what it takes to make such corporate identities.

• Most you will find an athlete in such logos to depict the nature of your work. It is considered as the best option as it tends to cover all the aspects of this field.

• A three stepped stage can also be found in such corporate identities where three men are shown happily standing with respect to their positions. This symbol is mostly preferred because it shows an element of success that your service will provide to them.

• A happy man with an Olympic torch in his hands can be the other option for a graphic designer to draw such brand mark identities.

• Who can forget the FIFA football fever? This little object will attract a lot of viewers towards your business.

Therefore, you can also use an image of football to get maximum advantage.

• Caduceus is another frequently used element in it. Now, you might be thinking what is it? It's a medicine snake logo which has always been always considered a pivotal part of this field. Thousand of corporate identities are culinated this way. Therefore, you can use it as your business representative as well.

• Different tools that are utilized in well known games like baseball, football, golf etc can be used for your logo as well.

• Winner shields and trophies can be the other great symbols to be employed in your business identity.

There are many other interesting objects and ideas that you can use in your brand mark but a piece of advice here is to go for an experienced, professional and most of all creative graphic design service to get your business representative as there are thousands of them available over the internet which may not prove to be fruitful for you and your business.

Therefore, if you want to get your corporate identity as well then you must search for various ideas and features pertinent to it besides the above told ones.

Five Tips for Increasing Penis Sensitivity Without Drugs

Loss of penis sensation is a common problem, even in younger men. Manufacturers of impotence drugs and penile enhancements often use this to their advantage to market pharmaceuticals that are generally ineffective and may cause harmful side effects. What many men do not realize is that penis sensitivity can be treated without resorting to drugs and gimmicks by following a few simple tips. In addition, regular use of a formula containing penis-specific vitamins and minerals can help to maintain normal sensitivity of the penis and may even assist in restoring lost penile sensitivity. The following suggestions are often all that is needed to rejuvenate the penis skin and boost the enjoyment of sex.

Relax and enjoy the moment

Although the erogenous skin of the penis obviously plays a big role in sexual stimulation, research has shown that sexual desire and satisfaction is primarily a mental process. Men who are able to relax and enjoy the process of sex, rather than focusing on the end result, tend to have deeper and more satisfying orgasms.

Try something new

Men who find themselves in a rut, masturbating in the same manner every time or going for a jackrabbit effect during intercourse, are prone to loss of penis sensation. This problem may occur when the penis skin is desensitized by the constant friction, similar to the callouses that develop on the hands over time as a result of physical labor.

Mixing it up – using feathers or other toys, or just the tips of the fingers – to stimulate the skin on other parts of the body can create a new range of sensations that lead to arousal, giving the penis skin a break and allowing men to enjoy greater sensitivity and pleasure during sex.

Avoid tobacco use and limit the intake of alcohol

Chemical substances such as tobacco and alcohol can wreak havoc on the circulatory and nervous system. Regular smoking, in particular, can lead to desensitization of the penis and limit the ability to enjoy sex. Since smoking is bad for the health on many levels, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain by quitting. In addition, limiting alcohol consumption to no more than a few drinks each week can improve the body’s ability to heal and to rejuvenate damaged skin and nerve cells that may cause loss of penis sensitivity.

Wear soft, loose-fitting clothing

Wearing restrictive clothing can interfere with circulation, limiting the amount of blood flow to the penis and inhibiting penis sensation. In addition, rough fabrics that constantly rub against the penis skin can cause penile desensitization over time. Wearing looser, breathable clothing (all-natural fabrics are best) can improve blood flow to the area and prevent chafing and long-term damage to the skin.

Use a daily vitamin formula

Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids are just as important to penis health as they are to the rest of the body. Here are just some of the nutrients that play an essential role in penis sensitivity and overall penis health:

– Vitamin A promotes youthful, supple penis skin that is receptive to tactile stimulation;

– Vitamin C supports the circulatory system and maintains the skin’s natural elasticity, as well as helping the body to fight off the effects of chemical damage from tobacco, alcohol and other harmful substances;

– Vitamin E creates a natural moisture barrier, preventing drying and dehydration of the penis skin that can cause the buildup of toughened skin cells that often results in loss of penis sensation.

– Natural oils such as shea butter moisturize the skin, leaving it smooth and responsive without irritation.

Choosing a penis sensitivity treatment

While numerous skin crèmes are available that contain some combination of the above ingredients, not all of these are appropriate for application to the penis. Many skin moisturizers contain fragrances and other chemicals that can actually cause irritation, which is a factor in penile sensation loss. In order to receive the maximum benefits of these and other essential vitamins and minerals, use of a penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that is applied directly to the target area is advised.

This Superfood Will Remove Mercury From Your Body Within Weeks!

Everyday, your body is being polluted with all sorts of toxins, many of which you’re completely unaware of. There’s your typical cigarette smoke, car exhaust and chemical products. But then there are the lesser known contaminants, such as the pesticides in your food, heavy metals in your dishes and mercury in your fish. It’s an issue the integrative medicine community is actively addressing.

Mercury and other heavy metals are a real threat to anyone who consumes foods from the sea. Our oceans today are filled with these poisons, which end up on your dinner plate. Protecting yourself from harmful heavy metals isn’t that simple, especially when it’s attacking you from multiple fronts. We live in a very toxic world, which means you need to be adamant about cleansing yourself.

Fighting Back Against Poisons

The good news is that there are effective ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from society’s common pollutants. You can do this by obtaining chelation therapy and performing other detoxification processes. This should be done a few times throughout the year, especially when you begin exhibiting certain signs, such as:

  • Issues with digestion
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Joint aches
  • Issues with the female productive system
  • Problems with regulating blood sugar levels

It’s also important to note that mercury can cause damage to your kidneys, central nervous system and brain. You should be especially mindful of the harmful effects it poses to children. You can consult with an integrative medicine doctor about taking the right steps to your protect your home from these dangers.

The Powerful Detoxification of Chlorella

Nature has done it again – created a superfood that offers substantial benefits to anyone who consumes it. Chlorella is a micro-algae that grows in rivers. It is widely used in Japan and now North America. When you consume it, it binds with metals and chemicals found inside your body, removing them as it passes through and out your body. This prevents the dangerous chemicals from reaching your bloodstream.

Unlike with unnatural detox kits, chlorella doesn’t remove the beneficial minerals in your body, so it only removes the negative. For this reason, it’s recommended that you use chlorella over those other detox programs.

You should also consult with an integrative medicine doctor, who can help you change your diet and lifestyle for the better. Make sure to obtain detailed information regarding IV vitamin therapy, among other services they may offer.

Homeopathic Pain Relief Formulas For Arthritis Pain

Homeopathic pain relief formulas are the one hundred percent natural, safe, and the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents on the market today.

They also acts as highly effective lubricants in joints, muscles and other tissues. Homeopathic pain relief formulas are also immune system modulators, which can be effective against auto-immune conditions.

All of these characteristics contribute to its ability to act as an analgesic by removing the source of pain (inflamed and irritated tissues) so that there is no pain impulse; hence Homeopathic pain relief formulas are most effective for easing all types of arthritic pain.

Ingredients of Homeopathic pain relief formulas

White Willow Bark (Salix species) is the main and most important ingredient of most all FDA registered all natural homeopathic pain formulations.

The Chinese have used the bark of the stately white willow tree (Salix alba) as a medicine for centuries because of its ability to reduce fever and relieve pain.

Native Indians of the North American continent used the bark of the indigenous willow trees as a medicine to relieve pain and lower fever.

The white willow contains salicin, which when used as an active ingredient is converted by the body into salicylic acid

The first aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) was made from an herb, meadowsweet, containing the similar salicin. All aspirin is now chemically synthesized, and it is no wonder that the bark of the white willow is often referred to as “herbal aspirin”.

Another ingredient in most homeopathic pain relief formulas is Boswellia, also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense” The boswellic acids contained in the gummy like resin from the bark of the Boswellia serrata tree that grows in the dry hills of India, have been used for centuries by traditional Indian healers for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Modern preparations made from a purified extract of this resin and packaged in pill or cream form are used to reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Unlike conventional NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, the accepted treatments for joint inflammation, Boswellia is not known to cause stomach irritation.

How do homeopathic pain relief formulas work?

Prostaglandins are hormone like compounds in the human body that cause aches, pain, and inflammation.

The salicylic acid in white willow bark lowers the body’s levels of prostaglandins. While it may take longer to begin acting than aspirin, its effect last longer, and, unlike aspirin, it does not cause stomach bleeding or other known adverse effects.

Specifically, white willow bark helps to relieve acute and chronic arthritic pains because of its power to lower prostaglandin levels in the human body. Some arthritis sufferers taking white willow bark have experienced reduced swelling and inflammation, and eventually increased mobility, in the back, knees, hips, and other joints.

Added to the above is the anti-inflammatory properties of Boswellia, actively ease osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Growing Ferns in a Greenhouse

For greenhouse or house decoration, or for supplying florists with "green," ferns, and Adiantums in particular, are very useful. While many species are easiest propagated by the division of the plants, others are commonly grown from spores, which should be sown at once, although the spores from some species can be kept for some time.

They should be sown either in pans or pots, or on beds, using garden loam, over which half an inch of fine sphagnum should be placed. Moisten this thoroughly and scatter the spores evenly over it, and after sprinkling cover with glass. Water only when they show they are dry. Keep covered until the seedlings have started. It will be best to prick out the young seedlings into flats, from which they should later be transferred to pots.

Pot them in soil one-half leaf mold and the reminder of loam and sand. For propagating on a large scale, a box covered with a glass sash, of suitable size, will answer. The seed bed can be prepared upon the bench itself. Ferns for dwellings should be grown at 55 to 60 degrees, as they will then be firm and well hardened, and will thrive far better than soft, spindling plants, in the dry atmosphere of the living room. For small fern pans, two or three plants will be enough. Fern pans can be filled to advantage by using some erect growing kind in the center, with fine Adiantums, Selaginellas or similar types, around it.

Many varieties are readily increased by dividing the crowns. To increase them quickly, they should be bedded out where they can be kept well moistened at a temperature of 60 to 65 degrees. In dividing and transferring to pots, it is hard desirably to make a very fine division, as, although more plants can be obtained, they will be slower in starting and less satisfactory. During the spring and early summer, the young plants should be kept in a cool house or in a frame, where they can be properly shaded and watered.

If to be used for cutting, the best results can be obtained if the plants are bedded out. This should be done early in August, in order that the plants may have time to develop and harden off. The beds should contain from four to five inches of compost, consisting of two parts pasture sods and one part each of sand and rotten manure. For most ferns a temperature of 60 to 65 degrees is desirable, and the stove ferns are beneficial if it is slightly higher, although some of the greenhouse species do well if it is significantly lower.

For the florist's use, in addition to the well-known Adiantum cuneatum and gracilimum, such others as A. eleyans, A. Capillus-Voneris, A. continuum and A. c. latum, A. St. Catherina and A. decorum will be useful. Adiantum Farleyense is among the best of the Adiantums for decorative purposes, but except for very elaborate cut-flower work, it will be less useful than some of the more delicate sections. The Pteris serrulata and P. s. cristata, and other forms that are readily grown, are also desirable for planting out, either on or under the benches, while Pteris tremula, and its variegated form, P. aryyrea, and P. cretica alba lineate should not be neglected.

When ferns are shifted, or planted out, they should be shadowed from the blight sun for several days, and the foliage should be frequently syringed. If to be used for cutting, after they have made their growth, the shading should be taken off, and abundant ventilation should be given, in order that the fronds may harden off, and then stand up longer when used. The florist will find specimen plants, and baskets and pans of ferns useful in decorating his house, as well as for outside work. If well grown and of well selected types, the visitor will be attracted to them, and they will have a ready sale.

What is FIE Fencing Equipment?

The FIE is the international governing body for the Olympic sport of fencing.  FIE is the “Federation Internationale d’Escrime” or International Fencing Federation and it governs the world rankings and competitions for modern sport fencing.

When someone is talking about “FIE” gear, they are talking about fencing uniforms, masks, and blades that are approved for use in these international FIE competitions.  Each item must meet specific requirements for use in an FIE competition. 

FIE Blades

In general, the FIE approved items will provide a greater level of protection and durability over other grades of protective gear and blades. 

There are specific tests for the FIE blades for foil and epee.  These blades are, for the most part, made of maraging steel and sample blades must pass a minimum number of bends before breaking to be FIE certified.  There are also blades that meet the durability requirement but are not made from maraging steel.  These are specifically marked “FIE-N” blades.

A common myth regarding the FIE blades is that when they break they will break flat, reducing the chance of a puncture wound.  While this may be a stated goal of the steel used, in practice maraging steel blades break with jagged edges around the break point.  The main benefit of an FIE blade is it’s increased durability, which increases safety since at any point in time the blade is less likely to break.

Sabre blades do not have to be made from maraging steel.  Instead they must meet a maximum flexibility requirement that is the “S2000” regulation.  This regulation extends all the way down to local events, so any reputable fencing equipment supplier that sells a competition grade sabre is going to use an S2000 blade.

FIE Fencing Masks

Standard fencing masks must have a bib that resists 350N of force and mask mesh that will stand up to the 12kg punch test.  FIE fencing masks have increased safety requirements, with a bib that resists 1600N of force and mask mesh that will stand up to a 24kg punch test.  In other words, the FIE masks offer more than twice the protection of a standard fencing mask.

The FIE also has specific requirements for foil, epee, and sabre based on the current rule set for the target areas of each weapon.

FIE Uniforms

The fencing uniform consists of the jacket, pants (often called knickers or breeches), and plastron (or underarm protector.)  The FIE requirement for the uniform is that each piece protect against a force of 800N, which is the CE Level 2 protection requirement in the European Union.  Many domestic events in Europe require a minimum of CE Level 1, or 350N protection.  As of 2009, the US Fencing Association mandates no minimum protective requirement, only that the uniform be of “robust” material – whatever that means.

The quality of uniforms from various equipment manufacturers varies.  While all FIE fencing uniforms must pass the CE Level 2 testing in order to become FIE certified, the quality difference is in the stitching, cut, and other aspects outside of the pure protective requirements.  

Recommended Upgrades

If you are an active fencer and are competing in tournaments, you may already have a full set of gear.  If you are considering the jump up to FIE gear, the top pieces to get would be the fencing mask and plastron.  The mask is one of the most important upgrades to make and will provide additional peace of mind.  The FIE plastron is the least expensive upgrade you can make that will provide the most protection for you.

Upgrading your blades (in foil and epee) to FIE class blades is more of a performance decision.  FIE blades tend to last longer but more importantly they are more consistent in how they act.  Once worked in, FIE blades hold their shape better than non-FIE blades, which provides a more consistent performance.

Aging is Inevitable – Adult Health and Wellness

Aging is Inevitable

Although aging is inevitable, how we look, feel and cope as we get older, is not. Aging affects each of us at different rates and in different ways. Even within the same individual, each organ and organ system ages differently, influenced by genetics, environment, lifestyle, attitudes, social networks, spiritual connections, and overall health and well being.

In infancy and childhood, we can be fairly accurate in predicting physical growth and development at different ages and stages. But as we age, there is no uniform timetable. Chronological age is notAging is Inevitable

How Do You Know When You Are Old?

Stereotypical Signs of Aging

• You get dizzy when you stand up or bend over

• Your joints and muscles ache all the time

• Your skin is itchy, spotty, wrinkled and dry

• Your body fluctuates between constipation and diarrhea

• You have poor muscle tone, tire easily, and often feel weak

• You are often irritable, grouchy, depressed and generally unhappy

• You can’t remember what you did an hour ago

• You’ve stopped learning or trying new things

The above symptoms are generally considered to be inevitable effects of aging, but these are actually signs of lifestyle deficiencies, injury, and disease.

Physiologic Changes and Aging

Past research about aging has focused on patients suffering from illness and disability, observed in doctors’ offices, clinics or hospital settings. What we have believed about aging, it seems, has been a reflection of the effects of disease process and unhealthy lifestyle. Studies are only beginning to focus on active seniors and the normal aging process.

• Aging is NOT Disease

Physiologic changes that occur with aging do not necessarily cause disability. Aging does not inevitably lead to declining levels of cardiac functioning, bone density, muscular strength, cognitive ability and memory, sexual desire and activity, physical and social functioning, nor does aging insure rising levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and anemia. But aging does decrease the body’s ability to withstand and respond to stress. As we age, we are less able to regulate pulse rate, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, blood glucose, serum sodium, and blood ph levels under stress. Aging leads to greater difficulty reacting to injury and the probability that the stress of injury will lead to acute or chronic illness over time.

• One Percent Rule

From age 30 onward, most organ systems lose roughly one percent of their functioning each year. The percent of loss does not increase as we age.

• Body Organs Age Differently

The physiologic state for any organ in our body is affected by the rate of change that organ has experienced multiplied by the number of years that change has occurred. As we age, changes in one organ does not predict changes in other organs.

• Dementia is NOT Part of Normal Aging

Memory decline with age is common, but does not inevitably lead to dementia which is an illness. Dementia-type symptoms include hearing loss, confusion or disorientation, difficulty performing simple tasks and making every day decisions, as well as changes in mood and loss of interest in life activities.

* Remaining Healthy is Often a Lifestyle Choice

Scientists and wellness experts alike are discovering that we are more than our genetic makeup. We do actually influence our own aging processes through diet, exercise, stress management, rest, sleep, social activity, positive mental thought and spiritual connection. Remaining healthy is often just a lifestyle choice and the choice is yours.

Anita Hollander’s Journey From Cleveland Child Actor to LAMDA

Anita Hollander: I always wanted to be an actor – ever since I was four, and I started with a professional job at eight.

And it was funny because I was very realistic at the age of four. What I really wanted to do was to make my living at something I loved to do and that I could do well – right down to the brass tacks of living in New York, having an apartment and going to [work at] a studio or theatre. It was all in my mind from a very young age.

Susan Dansby: I think that it’s actually typical that people are drawn to certain professions, certain creative outlets from the time that they’re children and we just kind of drown it out of ourselves.

Anita Hollander: Yeah, it’s lucky when your parents support that in you even if nobody else recognizes it. I hope I’m that kind of parent to my daughter.

Susan Dansby: What kind of training did you do to become an actor?

Anita Hollander: My mom was wonderful to take me to dance classes, and youth theatre training, and the Cleveland Play House. Curtain Pullers (Cleveland Play House theater program) was a training ground for many great actors who ended up doing great things. So, I started young with that – dance classes, acting classes.

When I was eight, doing The Sound of Music, there were 250 children, and I got the understudy job for Gretel. And she was kind enough to get German measles and allowed me to go on for a couple of nights and she even said to me, “I’m so glad I got sick.” Because it didn’t hurt her at all to get German measles because she knew I had a chance to go on. She was very generous.

When I wasn’t doing professional theater, I would do community theatre. I would do whatever a kind of theatre I could get.

Transitioning from Child Actor to Young Adult

Anita Hollander: While I was in high school, I took a summer graduate workshop in theatre at Case Western Reserve – which was a real experience for a 15-year-old being with graduate students in theatre – a real eye opener for me.

But then, I went on to Carnegie Mellon University and got my Bachelor of Fine Arts there in acting and then, went to LAMDA, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Studied for one year in the overseas program there, and they asked me to tour with an original production about Elizabeth I with some of their graduate students who were Brits. So I ended up staying on a year, touring with them, which led to a job in Copenhagen, which led to all kinds of jobs.

Susan Dansby: In terms of getting acting jobs, it sounds as though a lot of your work has come out of the professional organizations that you were part of like the schools and different acting companies.

Anita Hollander: In my younger years, yeah, it did. But I did audition for everything. I had learned at a young age how to audition, so it wasn’t just that the training led to it.

However, I was lucky that in many cases my training helped me to get work. In fact, when I was in London just finishing up the British tour which we did in Holland and Belgium and Wales, came back to London and I got a phone call from Copenhagen, The Mermaid Theatre. This guy had seen my resume somewhere and knew that I had studied with Paul Draper, dancing, at Carnegie Mellon and on that alone he hired me for an acting job at his theatre in Copenhagen, on the spot. So, there was an occurrence where my training led me to a job.

The Top 5 Advanced Nursing Certifications

Nursing certifications are an extension of the multi-layered path of nursing education. Basic nurse’s certifications have to do with the level of college you have completed and the state certification you are assigned. LVN or LPN (Licensed Vocational Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse) are typically a 2-year degree program. RN’s can have either an Associates or a Bachelor’s (BSN-RN) degree. From there a MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) also opens doors. However, once your school is finished, there are a number of advanced certifications nurses can achieve that will help them go farther in their profession. Here are the top five.

CCRN – Critical Care Registered Nurse

This certification can be earned through classes and tests given by most major hospitals. The class takes about a semester and covers everything from recognizing drug reactions to advanced cardio care techniques. A CCRN is certified to work in telemetry, intensive care and critical care units where patients need constant monitoring and have life-threatening concerns. Salaries are often higher on those floors, and nurses see fewer patients per shift because they require almost constant care.

Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

This certification is one of the most in-demand in hospitals and private doctor’s offices. With the increase of Americans with Diabetes currently occurring and the soaring obesity rate, which means more people will have diabetes in the future, CDE’s will never be out of opportunities for employment. The task of the CDE is to explain to people with Diabetes the best diet for their health, teach children and adults how to inject insulin and test their blood sugar, and provide consistent health education.

ACRN – HIV/AIDS Certified Nurse

Another specialty that is sadly seeing a dramatic increase is the need for nurses with a special education in HIV/AIDS. These nurses take courses in immunology and the symptoms of the disease as well as some cultural sensitivity classes that deal with both the homosexual community and IV drug users. ACRN’s can work in hospitals or specialty community clinics, which specialize in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care.

CRNA – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

This is one of the harder certifications to get and is one of the most lucrative. A CRNA provides anesthesia for surgery and procedures, under the guidance of an anesthetist. Besides a BS, and RN certification a CRNA must take 2 years of classes and apprentice an anesthetist for up to 2 years before being certified. However, once certified the CRNA median salary for a CRNA is $175,000 per year in a hospital/per provider care system. The downside to this lucrative job is lawsuits. Anytime anything happens in an operating room, the CRNA is liable.

OCN – Oncology Certificate in Nursing

Oncology nurses are especially trained to provide chemotherapy, radiation aftercare and work with cancer patients. This deeply rewarding certification also comes with the ability to work in a hospital, cancer treatment center or local clinic. OCN’s usually have set hours and a number of prescribed duties requiring less physical strain, but practice with more compassionate care.

Each of these nursing certifications is available through the health care system of any major school or city and can add money, opportunity or challenge to the life of an RN.

Portable Quilt Display Racks and Their Multi-Purpose Features

A portable quilt display rack is the ideal choice for flaunting any sizes of quilts, backdrops, and other hanging wares during trade show events. It’s sturdy, versatile, compact, lightweight, and very handy. For exhibitors who are searching for a fully functional product, a portable quilt display rack might be just the solution fit for your needs and budget.

A portable quilt display rack is a really great investment. Why? Well, it is quite hard to attract a crowd if you’ll just place your quilts on the floor – visitors wouldn’t be able to see your quilt collection from a distance. And it wouldn’t really help if you’ll just tape them on the wall – it might come off as very unprofessional and messy. That’s why portable quilt racks are highly recommended to use in trade show exhibits because they keep everything in orderly fashion and easy for both the exhibitor and potential customers.

A traditional wooden quilt stand is the ideal furnishing for storing your quilts… at home. But if you plan to bring them everywhere, like in trade shows or in class, you might want to try and focus your attention on the portable types. These are usually available in steel construction, specifically aluminum, and could weigh around 14 to 17 pounds. A standard model is composed of a single horizontal beam that’s supported by vertical beams at each side. Most of the products in the market have fully adjustable horizontal beams, which could extend up to 10 feet to match any length of your trade show backdrops or quilts. The tripod feet can be made wider to increase their stability.

It wouldn’t really be a big problem if you have multiple pieces to hang on your quilt racks. You can buy quilt racks that have a tower-like effect, which allows you to hang 2 or more expandable rods on top of each other by using clips or S-hooks. You can also connect several quilt racks together using a guild hub, so you can arrange them in different directional patterns.

Just because it’s called a “quilt” display rack doesn’t mean that its use is limited to such items. Quilt racks would also be useful as in-store displays to advertise latest store deals, services, and products. You could also use these to hang curtains, which could then be use to surround your exhibitor space. Teachers can even use these to feature class artwork projects or as teaching aids. Photographers are also fond of using these to hold their background graphics during their outdoor pictorial sessions.

There are many ways where you can buy quilt racks nowadays. But people still find the internet as the best source of wide collections of quilt exhibition stands and, not to mention, the best price deals. Depending on the brand and online store, you could purchase these at around $80 and up. You can try checking out portable quilt display products from Iron Pals, Amazon, and Quilters Husband.