Monophobia – Freeing Yourself From the Fear of Being Alone

When it comes to anxiety disorders, such as monophobia, the effects the disorder can have on a person’s everyday life are crippling. What starts as an eccentric trait can quickly progress into a serious condition that influences nearly every aspect of a person’s life. In the case of monophobia, a fear of being alone, this can result in reclusive behaviors, panic attacks and bring a person’s social, emotional and mental well-being crashing down around them.

When you see stories on the news or television about these disorders, it is always about the latest treatments or expensive programs that guarantee success. Of course, these come at a substantial monetary cost and can often involve flying halfway around the world. Worst of all, almost none of these programs guarantee they will cure your anxiety. Few even guarantee they will improve your symptoms.

What these programs do not tell you is that many of the most powerful methods available for managing your anxiety and symptoms are inside you. With some work and patience, it is quite possible to manage and reduce your symptoms significantly using proven methods such as deep cycle breathing, desensitization and meditation. While professional assistance might be required for extreme cases or as occasional assistance throughout your healing process, you can create lasting results on your own. If you feel unable to handle the process on your own, there is nothing wrong with seeking professional assistance.

The key to this is finding the root of your monophobia or anxiety issue. Most phobias are based in a trauma life experience. More often than not, this is an event that occurred during your childhood. Frequent causes of monophobia include the death of a parent at a young age and abandonment. Once you know what is causing your anxiety, you can then start to work on reducing your symptoms.

For many sufferers of monophobia, the best results come from exposure therapy. This is a method of therapy that involves exposing yourself to the triggers of your anxiety and then keeping yourself in the situation for as long as possible. You can start by simply having the person who is your comforter leave the room. When it becomes too much to bear, have them come back in. Each time you repeat this, try to add a few minutes to your time. This provides an easily tracked way of monitoring your progress. Before you know it, you will be able to go extended periods without anxiety. Eventually the problem can even be resolved permanently.

Start Letting Anxiety Work For You!

Often times in my clinical practice clients come to me seeking any knowledge or tool they can use to get rid of their anxiety completely. Many times they tell me "I can not stand my anxiety" or "I will do anything to stop worrying!". After processing this with my clients over time I came to the realization that as a culture we have grown to become phobic and intolerant of our own anxious feelings.

Anxiety is like any other emotion, and was created with a purpose. We owe our entire existence to anxiety because without it, we would not have the energy or motivation to self-preserve and avoid potential physical or emotional harm. If for example I was in the jungle and a tiger were to come into view, my anxious thoughts and feelings would give a surge to my brain and body's arousal system cuing me to fight, flight or freeze. If I had no anxiety at all my body would not signal my arousal system to get up and go, and I would most likely become the tiger's lunch!

Anxiety also motivates us to protect ourselves from potential or imagined emotional harm. If I'm a graduate student fearing a failing grade on an important exam, I may visualize myself getting the failing grade and begin to feel the disappointment, frustration, and possible shame of not getting the passing grade that I had imagined. Since failing the exam I deem as undesirable to experience, my anxious and concerned thoughts and images would increase my anxiety levels and motivate me to do something about it. Healthy levels of anxiety give a signal to my body's arousal system providing me with the alertness and energy necessary to put in that extra hour of studying for the exam that I would not have naturally put in without it.

Anxiety in healthy levels in actuality is a friend of ours. The issue with anxiety, worry, and fear is that these emotions are mostly beneficial to us when experienced in mild to moderate levels. When we begin to obsess and ruminate about things that we interpret as potentially physically and / or emotionally confident, and we misconstrue the realistic exit of the triggering event by "blowing it out or proportion", as a consequence we increase our anxiety to a higher and more dangerous zone. In this danger zone anxiety begins to turn it's back on us for the worse unless we are in a position of imminent physical harm.

Since using the logical reasoning part of the brain takes more time and energy to use, our brain in the danger zone does not think it has the time or energy to process the event to its fullest and goes into the "rather safe than sorry" fight, flight, or freeze mode. Like in the example with the tiger, if I spent time evaluating and planning what to do I would have a lesser chance of surviving. In this danger zone, our brain becomes overpowered by the arousal fight, flight or freeze part of the brain (the amygdala) making it significantly more difficult to access logical and rational thoughts. When this happens we become emotionally immobilized by our anxiety, unable to access the part of the brain (the frontal lobe) which allows us to logically think through the event, and ascertain whatever what we interpret to happen is likely to come true or not.

In my example about studying for my important exam the next day, putting myself into the anxiety danger zone is going to be to my detriment. My body will start taking energy needed for proper digestion to use to power my hands and feet so I can potentially run from what I fear may happen, causing me to procrastinate studying and / or possibly avoid going to or run from the testing site. Unable to digest food properly is one of the many physical consequences of putting myself into this zone. Being in this danger zone will also heighten my body's arousal system surging it with adrenaline resulting in the inability for me to fall sleep the night before the exam. It will send more blood to my peripheral muscles from my head and other important parts of my body to store for my potential fight, flight or freeze response. This would cause me to have less access to the logic and reasoning part of the brain I would most definitely need the day of the exam.

The solution to keeping anxiety as our friend working for us rather than against us is to spend time monitoring our thoughts and the images we put into our minds. Catching and reevaluating our thoughts will reduce our emotional stress. It's more productive and beneficial to focus on the skills and resources we have to solve our problems, and surrender the rest! Obsessing and ruminating about our shortcomings and the unknown rarely helps us to reduce anxiety to more moderate problem-solving levels. Deep breathing can help give us the necessary oxygen in our body to calm our arousal system down. Picturing pleasant and happy images reduces the amount the arousal system is triggered. Telling ourselves affirmations such as "I can handle whatever life throws at me," and "I can tolerate distress and use it as motivation to solve my problems" are some helpful cognitive examples to bring anxiety back down to moderate and minimal levels. These skills used in combination will encourage anxiety to begin working for us again, so that we can better overcome life's challenges, rather than being consumed by them.

3 Excellent Natural Remedies For Insomnia

Below are the 3 most effective natural remedies to cure insomnia (the last is my personal choice) and relieve you of restless nights. Be sure to consult your doctor before trying any of these natural remedies.

1. A Sleep-Friendly Diet

The Good: Certain amino acids can help your sleep, brain chemistry to promote good sleep. Drinking milk and eating a bit of high-quality carbohydrate snacks (sorry, no cookies) can boost the chances of a restful night. Also, you must make sure your income of magnesium is adequate as it is an essential nutrient to your sleep and deficiency may be the cause of many peoples' problems.

The Bad: This includes all of the things that are enemies to your well deserved sleep. Such substances include caffeine, which can be found in soft drinks, tea, and coffee. Studies have proven that it has adverse effects on sleep so make sure your consumption of it is low. Also make sure you do not eat sugar-rich foods before you sleep, it may cause a temporary increase in energy that will keep you tossing and turning.

2. 123-ABC Meditation for sleep

Another easy natural remedy for insomnia . There are many different methods of meditation but plan 20 minutes before you sleep tomorrow and try this:

1. Go into a quiet room where you will be undisturbed

2. Get an object you can focus on, most prefer a candle.

3. Get into a relaxed, comfortable position and focus only on the object while promptly smashing any random thoughts that begin to float around in your mind.

4. Inhale deeply through the nose and count each exhalation out load in sets of 10

If you do this until you feel a clear sense of relaxation and peace of mind, then crawl back into your bed and await sleep, it should come very quickly.

3. Brainwave Sleep Music (Most effective and easy in my opinion)

Brainwave music is not to be confused with "Get to sleep now" CDs because they have been scientifically proven to promote sleep phenomenally. Your brain is always working at different frequencies at different times of the day. Deep, dreamless sleep (the best type and most restful) is caused by the lowest frequency or Delta. Very few people ever get Delta quality sleep but with brainwave music, your brain is pushed into achieving this state naturally.

Have you ever hit a tuning fork and then saw that another one started vibrating at the same exact rate? Your brain is the same way. Brainwave sleep music is the best natural cure for insomnia in my opinion because it works instantly, certainly, and is the easiest remedy to apply. Just put the music on your iPod and listen to it as you're going to sleep and sleep will quickly get you. The power of this is not taken lightly, if you were to listen to it as you were doing your daily work you would feel incredibly tired and groggy and would have trouble doing simple things such as driving!

There is but one problem with this natural cure for insomnia, there are many fraudulent products that claim to have the scientifically determined REAL frequencies for Delta but in reality, fail utterly. They include just weird sounds that make you think "ohhh it sounds weird! It must be the real thing" but it is not. I myself have personally found very effective Brainwave Sleep Music that I use every night. Check out the link below to use the natural remedy for insomnia I do to sleep like a baby.

Reebok Tennis Shoes – Your Best Support on the Court!

Tennis shoes are very different from other sports shoes like walking shoes and running shoes. They are specially made to provide you feet with more support, cushioning and proper positioning while you play the game. If you wear a regular sports shoe while playing tennis then you may suffer from problems like sprain, stressed ankles and joint pains. Regular spots shoes also cause damages to the tennis court by harming its smooth surface, making it unfit for playing tennis.

Reebok tennis shoes are best in their industry. These shoes are specially made for people who play this game professionally with different body structures and heights. Many popular tennis players are regular customers to this brand for their high comfort, durability and excellent cushioning.

Unique Arch Support: Reebok tennis shoes have a unique arch support system which you will not find in other brand. This arch support system suits everyone with different types of foot like extremely ached foot, arched foot and flat foot. The arch system of this brand is best for players with flat foot. Flat feet need more support and proper positioning than arch feet as they are more prone to sprains and loss of balance.

Excellent Cushioning: The Reebok tennis shoes have excellent cushioning system in them. It keeps your feet in a proper position for longer period of time providing them with high comfort and perfect fit. It leaves your foot away from stress and sprains.

High Durability: The Reebok tennis shoes have high durability. They give you minimum 6 months guarantee for its durability. The outer sole of these foot wears are very thick and strong. They also have very impressive toe support. Even after your 8 to 10 hours long practice and matches on a regular basis, you will find them still going strong.

They are available in different styles and colors. You can choose which you want for yourself. Now these shoes are easily available at cheaper rates in any online store. Get yours now!

An Introduction To Cancer Of The Cervix

Cervical cancer is a dangerous chronic disease affecting women. It is caused by a group of viruses commonly known as HPV. This virus is transmitted via sexual intercourse. Even without treatment many women naturally fight off the disease using their immune system. However there are known risk factors that increase the chance of women getting cancer of the cervix. These risk factors include HIV infection. This particularly weakens the immune system of the woman leading to the development of the disease. Smoking tobacco cigarettes and having many children are also import risk factors of the disease. Tobacco is known to carry cancer causing causes called carcinogens. These are known to affect DNA in cells leading to the development of not only cervical cancer but other cancers as well such as lung, mouth and throat cancers.

In terms of prevalence, cervical cancer kills on average 4000 women per year. In the year 2007 over 12 000 women were diagnosed with cancer of the cervix in the United States. Overall over the last four to five decades the prevalence of the disease has sharply declined by as much as 70 percent. This is attributed to the scientific advancement in dealing with the disease as well as the introduction of the Pap test. This medical test can pick the incidence of the disease early which helps with immediate effective treatment interventions. In fact the Pap test is so effective it detects cervical precancer before it turns onto cancer.

Doctors recommend that women as young as 21 years of age should begin regular cervical cancer screening using the Pap test. The screening should also occur within three years of any women starting to have sex. As mentioned this is because the virus HPV that causes the disease is transmitted via sexual intercourse. It can however be noted that in as much as this screening is effective, it does not in any way screen for ovarian, uterine, vaginal or vulvar cancers. As is part of any prevention and treatment therapy of many different diseases, eating healthy plays an important role in ensuring that your body falls off disease effectively. This includes eating lots of fruits and veggies. This will also be beneficial for other ailments such as high blood pressure and heart disease apart from cancer. Older women over the age of 65 are probably more susceptible to suffering from cervical cancer. This particular group requires more frequent screening of cancer of the cervix using the Pap test.

Cerebrovascular Diseases – Neurovascular Syndromes II

The knowledge of the functions and disorders of some very important arteries of the Brain can give us a very clear picture of Neurovascular syndromes. Such arteries are the Anterior and Posterior Cerebra arteries, Vertibral artery and the Basilar artery.

Anterior cerebral artery

This supplies the medial surface of the anterior ¾ of the cerebral hemisphere, anterior 4/5 of the corpus callosum and the anterior limb of the internal capsule. There is no serious disturbance in occlusion of the ACA proximal to the anterior communicating artery since adequate collateral flow develops from the opposite ACA. However, if the occlusion is distal to the anterior communicating artery, it results in weakness of the contralateral lower limb and slight weakness of the upper limb. The face is spared, sometimes both the anterior cerebrals arise from a common stem. In such instances, occlusion produces paraplegia, incontinence of Urine, abulia (in which there is slowness of reaction and reduction of all activity).

Posterior cerebral artery (PCA)

The anterior branches of the PCA supply the sensory nuclei of the thalamus through the thalamogeniculate branches and parts of the basal ganglia through the thalamoperforate branches. Occlusion of these branches result in characteristic syndromes. Infarction of the thalamus causes severe sensory loss and mild hemiparesis contralaterally. After sometime, sensations begin to return and patient complains of pain and hyperpathia. The term hyperpathia indicates an increased threshold to induce pain, but once pain is produced it is severe (thalamic syndrome of Dejerine and Roussy).

Infarction of the midbrain results in ipsilateral third nerve palsy and contralateral hemiparesis (Weber’s syndrome). Sometimes ataxic tremors on the side of hemiparesis appear (ataxic hemiparesis). Hemiballismus, hemichoreoathetosis or tremors result due to occlusion of the thalamoperforate branches.

The cortical branches supply the calcarine cortex as well as the inferomedial portion of the temporal lobe. Bilateral occipital infarctions cause total blindness of the cortical types. Here, the papillary reflexes are preserved and the fundus is normal. Many a time the patient is unaware of his blindness. This type of blindness has to be distinguished from hysterical blindness. Infarctions involving the infero-medial portions of the temporal lobe cause impairment of memory, especially for recent events (Korsakoff’s amnesic state).

Vertebral artery

The two vertebral arteries supply the medulla. It is not uncommon for one of the arteries to be hypoplastic. In such instances, occlusion of the sole arterial supply for the medulla may produce significant bilateral disturbances. Sometimes, in occlusion of the subclavian arery, proximal to the origin of the vertebral, exercise of the upper limb results in siphoning of blood from the vertebral to the distal part of the subclavian. This retrograde flow of blood from the vertebral artery renders the brainstem ischemic and symptoms of basilar insufficiency develop (subclavian steal syndrome).

In occlusions of branches of the vertebral artery supplying the lateral aspect of the medulla s characteristic syndrome called the lateral medullary syndrome occurs (Wallenberg’s syndrome). This is perhaps the commonest mode of presentation of vertebral artery occlusion. The resultant neurological features consists of sensory impairment over the face, Horner’s syndrome and ataxia on the ipsilateral side, and impaired pain and temperature sensations on the contralateral side. In addition, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, dysphagia, hoarseness of voice, and hiccups also occur in many cases.

In the medial medullary syndrome, there is paralysis of the ipsilateral half of the tongue with contralateral hemiparesis. The face is spared. In addition, there is impaired proprioceptive sensations contralaterally. In total, unilateral vertebral occlusions, a combination of both medial and lateral medullary syndromes result.

Basilar artery

The basilar artery supplies essentially the pons, the middle and superior cerebellar peduncles and through the cerebellar arteries, the cerebellar hemispheres, Basillar occlusion due to thrombosis involves either the basilar stem or both vertebral arteries. Emboli usually lodge in the basilar bifurcation or in one of the posterior communicating arteries. Total occlusion of the basilar artery is rare, but it is more common to find occlusion of its branches. Often the deficit includes bilateral long tract signs with variable abnormalities of the cranial nerves and cerebellum. The patient is usually comatose.

Know Your Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol is a sterol lipid, a form of fat, found in the cell membranes of all body tissues of humans and animals. Most of it is synthesized internally in the liver, but a part of it comes directly from animal-derived foods (meats, eggs and dairy products) present in the diet.

Cholesterol is an essential ingredient of many physiological body functions. For example, it helps produce bile, combines hormones and vitamin D, and metabolises fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). It is, therefore, important to keep cholesterol levels within an ideal range, not too low and not too high.

Link Between Cholesterol Levels and General Well-Being

Studies show a link between lower than ideal cholesterol levels and depression, anxiety, mood swings, and Parkinson’s disease. On the other hand, high cholesterol levels can lead to a host of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, paralysis, and so on. This happens because the build up of a hard fatty deposit (the plaque) in the arteries and consequent narrowing and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).

The problem of plaque formation gets worse if the fraction of HDL cholesterol in the blood is low. HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is the good cholesterol that prevents the buildup of plaque in the arteries. The HDL helps to carry the plaque-forming bad cholesterol (LDL) away from the arteries and tissues to the liver for breakdown and disposal. LDL means low-density lipoprotein.

The Age Factor

The need to pay attention to cholesterol levels increases with age. It is, therefore, important to know the various causes that can contribute to high LDL cholesterol levels and low HDL cholesterol levels. Some of these risks are:

  • Obesity: Obesity implies being overweight because of excess fat in the body, and excess fat translates to high cholesterol levels. The higher the total cholesterol, the higher would be the LDL level and, normally, the lower would be the HDL level.
  • Heredity: Heredity is another risk factor for developing high cholesterol levels, however, you can control it to some extent by adopting a healthy lifestyle and a low-cholesterol diet.
  • Diet: Diet plays an important role in controlling your cholesterol levels. Foods rich in cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats push your cholesterol levels too high for your well-being.
  • Sedentary lifestyle: Lack of physical exercise decreases the HDL level, which in turn raises the LDL level and the total cholesterol level.
  • Smoking: Smoking hardens the arteries and decreases the HDL level, by increasing the LDL and total cholesterol levels.

Blood Test

A blood test called lipid or lipoprotein profiling measures the blood serum cholesterol levels, first on a fasting stomach and then after meals.

The lipid profile will give information about the total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol.

Lab technicians measure all cholesterol levels in milligrams of cholesterol per deciliter of blood (mg/dL).

  • The desirable total cholesterol level is less than 200 mg/dL.
  • You can consider 200-239 mg/dL as borderline high, but more than 240 mg/dL is considered high.
  • The matching figures for LDL cholesterol are: less than 100 mg/dL (optimal); 130-159 mg/dL (borderline high) and 160-189 mg/dL (high) and more than 190 mg/dL (very high).
  • An HDL less than 40 mg/dL is considered a major risk factor for heart disease.
  • From 40 to 59 mg/dL is considered satisfactory, and above 60 mg/dL is what provides protection against heart disease and is highly desirable.

Any treatment for high cholesterol levels aims at lowering the LDL level while raising the HDL level. Adopting some lifestyle and diet changes that minimize the risk factors can effectively lower moderately to borderline high cholesterol levels, without the need for prescription drugs. But for higher cholesterol levels one has to resort to cholesterol-lowering drugs as well as making therapeutic lifestyle and diet changes.

Knowing What Is a Panic Attack

A panic attack can occur anytime or you are awake or sleep. If you are having one, you may also think that it feels like a heart attack. This will make you believe that it is a life and death situation that can add up to the fear that you feel.

Typically, the fear or anxiety that you experience during a panic attack is not connected to the event that is coming to you. Sometimes it is just your nervous system that became hyperactive or caused by too much alcohol in your body.

Panic attacks have several symptoms such as palpitations, weakness and numbness in your hands. You also feel that you are extremely terrified and hard up in breathing. These symptoms can be felt for about 10 minutes but can last longer. Once you were able to experience an attack, there is a higher risk for you to have another episode. You should be aware that if these attacks happen in a regular basis, it could be a panic disorder. It is best that you consult your doctor.

To prevent attacks from occurring, you should prepare your body by eating nutritious food and drinking at least 8 glasses of water. You should also have a restful sleep. Remember that becoming relaxed is a good way to keep your nervous system within its normal performance level.

Engaging in a regular schedule exercise can also be an outlet for the stressors in your daily life. You can drink alcohol but in moderate amounts. Modifying your lifestyle is a good way to combat the occurrence of another attacks.

Time to Kick It Old School

There is a rumor I heard once, that back in the day, the MLS (multiple listing service) was literally a printed book. Brokers would have to wait a week, or so, for a new book to be printed to see what new listings other brokers in town listed that week. Now everything is online and updated to the millisecond. But it leads one to think… If there are websites such as stumbleupon.com that allows users to jump around the internet seeing different and new pages while never seeing the same page twice, it makes me think that there may be too much content (I really don’t think there is too much). If an office gets a new listing, it just gets tossed into the MLS and pushed through to other syndications too. But, just because there is a percentage offered to outside brokers doesn’t mean that the outside brokers will search out to see what new listings other brokers post. Don’t worry, here’s my solution that has proven to have results for me.

  • Put on your “fancy” suit. (You know the one. The one you bought for an interview, but then never wore again after getting the job.)
  • Print out an executive summary or flyer of the property (Take your time and do it right. Use some thick, glossy paper from the local office supply store.)
  • Drive to your competitor’s office. For me, I chose the top 4. However, I now drive to the top 6.
  • Physically hand the flyer to the top selling agent or broker at the company. First, they will be glad to see your “fancy” suit. Then, will check out the time and effort you put into your listing flyer.

I have been doing this in my local market for a short period of time and have two additional contracts attributed to the distribution. I drive the market once a week delivering the flyers. It takes about an hour total (sometimes longer if the agent has an interested party). The additional contracts pay a commission that outweighs the one hour per week that I spent. Furthermore, when the other brokers are sitting at their desk my flyer is right there. The side benefit is the ability to show off to the other brokers on how hard you work to sell your listings.

All in all, don’t get lost in the mix of the never-ending content continually being generated. And, get your face back out there. So many brokers are lost behind their computer screen “working”. Get back out there and kick it old school.

When to Seek an Orthopedic?

People often associate karang-guni men with old, dirty, unwanted stuffs. Same goes for orthopedic surgeons, people associate them with fractures and ligaments. It is not just about fractures and ligaments. They do more than that and they are the experts when it comes to our musculoskeletal system which consist of all the bones and muscles in our body. As long as you suffer from any injury to your bones and muscles, you need to seek help from an orthopedic doctor.

Orthopedic surgeons are specialists and they do not attend to common illnesses such as your common cold or fever although they are trained to. When you suffer from a musculoskeletal injury, you may or may not have the chance to see an orthopedic doctor depending on the injury suffered. Your friendly General Practitioner is trained and equipped to handle ankle sprains. However, if you are suffering from a suspected torn ligament, broken arm or arthritis, you need an orthopedic immediately. Below are some common instances when you will make a good friend in an orthopedic doctor.

Sports injuries

If you are an active sportsman and you participate in high impact contact sports, you have a high chance to make a new friend. High impact contact sports increases the chances of one suffering from a torn ligament, torn meniscus, dislocated arm, muscle strains and pulls as well as common knee and elbow injuries.

Bone tumors

Orthopedic specialists only deal with bone tumors and not tumors that grow elsewhere. Bone tumors will need to be removed surgically and since orthopedic doctors are best in matters regarding the bone, they make the ideal and only choice. While the main motive is to remove the tumor on the bone, mobility can not be affected as a result of that.

Arthritis

Arthritis sufferers are gradually increasing and arthritis cases will need to be attended to by orthopedic doctors. If it is not treated or treated incorrectly, it can lead to pain and inflammation to the joints, causing immobility issues. Simple daily activities such as walking and even brushing of teeth and washing of face can be an issue.

Orthopedic doctors are specialists in their own field and patients will need to see them for most musculoskeletal injuries. Minor ones such as a sprained ankle can be treated by a General Practitioner but if it develops into more serious complications, it is advisable to seek an orthopedic doctor immediately. No matter how big or small an injury may seem, you should not self medicate and treat yourself as musculoskeletal injuries are often more serious than it looks.

In the Kill Zone

Imagine arriving at work and two-thirds of your employees are out sick. Now imagine that you are the manager of a large supermarket or a Wal-mart a Super Target. This is exactly the situation that America's retailers and manufacturers face with the coming avian flu pandemic.

The avian flu will be a novel virus, one never seen before by the human immune system. The current disease of concern is the H5: N1 strain of avian flu. However, any novel avian flu will have the same effect as was seen in 1918. In 1918, one-third of the United States population fell ill. Half of these sick individuals required some form of institutional care (hospital, infirmary, or quarantined home care). Of those in institutional care, half developed severe pneumonia and half of those with pneumonia died. In short, 33% got of the total population sick and 8% of the total population died.

When these ominous numbers were scrutinized further, a far more dire picture evolved. Research into the 1918 pandemic, as well as pandemics before and since 1918, have shown that the majority of illness and death occurred not in the very old or the very young, not in the sick and infirm, but in those who are in the " prime of life "; those age 18 to 40.

Because of the way that novel avian viruses (pandemics) attack the lungs and cause "immune system storms", the ultimate irony of a pandemic is that the younger and stronger you are the more likely you are to die. In 1918 fully two-thirds of all those who became ill were in the age range of 18 to 40. More distressing is the fact that 98 percent of all of those who died were age 18 to 40 years. In fact, those over age 55 had no greater rate of illness or death during the pandemic of 1918 than they did in any other flu season in the years immediately before or after that great pandemic. Similarly, those less than 18 years of age suffered no increase in death rate.

The implications for America's retailers and America's manufacturers are inescapable. Fully two-thirds of the active workforce will fall ill during the 16 to 18 months of the disease through the pandemic. Twenty-five percent of the young workforce (the 18 to 40 years) will die in that 18 months. Who will replace them? Where will American industry, America's retail sector, and American business find employees?

America's employers have become accustomed to a ready workforce. If an employee finds that they have a job vacancy, no worries! They have become complacent knowing that they can readily replace an employee with the help of such services as Monster.com and other job-matching tools. Take away 25 percent of the work due due to death and two-thirds of work due to illness and you will see a dramatic shift in the balance of the employer-employee relationship. When there are not enough employees, salaries will rise, prices will rise, and customer service will fall.

The solution? Plan now.

1. Those of us who have bought jobs are all too familiar with the refusal: "I'll keep your resume on file." Now employers must do exactly that. This is the time for employers to not only develop a ready pool of applicants, but to stay in touch with them in the same way that they stay in touch with their most valued customers. Employees will find other jobs in the interim, but when employees become scarce, it is the employers who have shown a genuine interest in the person and the success of prospective employees who will desire when the bidding wars begin.

2. Hire now across a spectrum of ages. Many employers concentrate their work in certain demographic age groups because they believe that their customers will identify better with these demographics or because of an age-based bias that convinces the employer that certain employees are better suited to certain work, certain work environments, or representative greater or lesser degrees of reliability. The coming pandemic lends a new variable to which employers must adapt. Employees less than 18 years of age and greater than 55 years of age are less likely to be ill during the pandemic and less likely to die. Providing a more homogonous mix of employee ages will statistically decrease the impacts of the pandemic on the wise employer's workplace.

3. Finally, workplace health promotion programs and health benefits, as well as a strict adherence to hygiene and clean workplaces will decrease the impact of the pandemic on the employees, the work, the employer and quite the place of business.

We can not avoid the coming pandemic. We can not avoid the coming impact on men and women alike, old and young alike, rich and poor alike. But we can prepare now, we can make our jobs and our workforces resilient.

Acupuncture and Moxibustion Treatments – Healing Power and Its Wide Range

Acupuncture and Moxibustion is a medical treatment that has been practiced for thousands of years in China and other Asian countries as well as now around the world. It is used as a means of treating and preventing disease. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of energy (Qi) through the individual.

The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture corrects imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin. Today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is used by people whole over the world.

Acupuncture needles are so fine that there is no discomfort when they are inserted but a slight tingle (known as needle sensation) may be experienced. The needles are usually left in for approximately twenty minutes to more; during this time there may be a heaviness of the limbs and a feeling of relaxation. The Doctor / practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, such as moxibustion (a traditional technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb used to facilitate healing), cupping and electro-stimulation etc. in order to re-establish the flow of qi.

Since Acupuncture and moxibustion Medicine promotes the body’s natural healing ability, many conditions can be treated. It is also a comprehensive system of preventative health care and maintenance. The effectiveness of acupuncture is well-documented. Throughout its long history, acupuncture has established a solid reputation as an excellent alternative for health care that actually works, and is very effective to treat some diseases, where other methods of treatment could not achieve good result or failed.

An Acupuncture medicine doctor should possess adequate knowledge and experience for providing proper treatment to his/her patients. To avoid the unwanted complications in Acupuncture treatment please avoid taking treatment by quack / fake Acupuncturist. There are many around us without proper qualifications. Because inadequate knowledge and experience may lead to serious medical problems.

The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture as a viable means of treatment for a wide range of conditions. In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the WHO has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, knee pain, periarthritis of the shoulder, sprains, facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders), headache, dental pain, tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis, induction of labor, correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation), morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, postoperative pain, stroke, essential hypertension, primary hypotension, renal colic, leucopenia, adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy, allergic rhinitis, including hay fever, biliary colic, depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke), acute bacillary dysentery, primary dysmenorrhea, acute epigastralgia, peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis.

In the field of acupuncture some good clinical researches have been completed, and there has also been some follow-up assessment of many of the conditions that have been treated by Acupuncture Doctors. Some diseases are more successfully treated by acupuncture and Moxibustion where other methods of treatment could not achieve good result or failed. Though this method of treatment has already been started in our country but due to quite less number of medically qualified acupuncture doctors available in our country and lack of proper perception about the application of this method in some specific diseases, the patients are depriving from the advantages of Acupuncture & Moxibustion treatment.

So, I have made an attempt to provide little information about the effects of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in few diseases. Many of the facts and figures quoted in the following sections are the results of my own experience and clinical trials carried out in China and others countries.

Diseases of the Muscles, Bones and Joints:

The muscles, bones and joints are usually called collectively the musculo-skeletal system. When disease or damage occurs to this system it nearly always results in pain, and most people use words such as rheumatism or arthritis to describe this type of pain.

There are three main types of damage that occur to the musculo-skeletal system; the first is a sudden injury or sprain which might be a domestic injury, or might be incurred during a sporting activity or in a car accident. This usually causes local pain and bruising lasting for a few days, or even a few weeks or more. The other main group is arthritis and this can be divided into two important types, Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sprains: Sudden injury or sprains usually respond well to acupuncture. The pain resulting from a sprained shoulder, ankle etc will often continue for some days or weeks after the initial injury. Once a clear diagnosis has been made acupuncture can usually be used to relieve this type of pain.

The experience of a many of Acupuncture doctors, shows that, of the people treated for differing acutely painful conditions, about 70 percent obtain swift and significant pain relief. If a fracture of the bone is present then the pain relief gained from acupuncture is less effective than if the injury is due to a strain or tear of the muscles, tendons or ligaments. The main advantage of treating these acute pains with acupuncture is that chronic pain can be avoided. A sudden shoulder injury may produce pain and immobility for many months, sometimes years, but if acupuncture is used when the pain occurs then it seems that chronic pain may be avoided.

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis and the rheumatic pains that result from this type of joint damage are quite a common problem. People frequently complain that their arthritic knee pain is worse in cold or damp weather and this demonstrates quite clearly the origin of the concept of pathogens in traditional medicine. The pathogen in osteoarthritis is almost always cold or damp and therefore these pains should be treated by moxibustion.

A great deal of research work has been done to investigate the effects of acupuncture on the pain caused by osteoarthritis. Clinical trials have been completed on knee, hip, elbow, neck and lower back pain, and the information from these trials shows that significant pain relief can be achieved in about 70 per cent of those who receive acupuncture. Some work suggests that only 50 per cent of people benefit from acupuncture while other trials show 95 per cent of the patients benefiting. Acupuncture also has a ‘magical quality’ that drugs do not have, so it is difficult to sort out the effects of the ‘magic’ as compared to the real effects of acupuncture. In spite of these problems, acupuncture is a safe and effective form of treatment for osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: The effects of acupuncture on rheumatoid arthritis are not so clear cut. During the early, acute, inflammatory stage of rheumatoid arthritis there is some evidence to suggest that Acupuncture might worsen the pain (though which usually may subside gradually) and therefore many acupuncturists do not treat acute rheumatoid arthritis. After some months the acute inflammatory stage subsides and the residual joint destruction may then lead to the development of a secondary osteoarthritis. This type of pain is amenable to acupuncture and responds in the same way as other osteoarthritic aches and pains. Chronic pain, due to disease of the musculo-skeletal system, is frequently amenable to acupuncture treatment. The published research shows that pain which has been present for many years can respond as well as pain that has been present for only a few months; therefore, from the available information, it is fair to say that acupuncture is ‘always worth a try’ in this type of condition.

Headaches: Headaches can be due to a multitude of factors; arthritis of the neck, dental problems, psychological problems, sinusitis, stress and tension, and head injury are a few of the many causes. Headaches are a common complaint and a notoriously difficult one to treat effectively, and they can be the cause of a considerable amount of distress and marital disharmony. Acupuncture treatment has been used to treat a wide variety of headaches, particularly migrainous headaches, and the results obtained have been very encouraging. The published work suggests that between 65-95 per cent of all headache sufferers obtain significant and long lasting pain relief from acupuncture treatment. Migraines seem to respond as well as, if not better than, other types of headache. Acupuncture therapy for headaches may cause the headaches to vanish completely, or occur with a markedly decreased intensity and/or frequency. The pain relief resulting from acupuncture treatment can sometimes be maintained for some years and re-treatment is usually required less frequently for headaches.

Diseases of the Nervous System:

Strokes: A stroke is caused by a disturbance of the blood supply to the brain. The blood vessels that normally supply blood to the brain can be compromised by becoming blocked or bleeding. This result in a deficient blood supply to the brain tissue and these events can be precipitated by a variety of factors such as raised blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and severe head injury. The brain is divided into many different functional areas, one area controlling speech, while another dominates the sensations of touch and pain. The functional impairment that occurs with a stroke depends on the area of the brain that is damaged; if the speech area is damaged by a lack of blood supply then the patient may be unable to speak properly. In China, acupuncture is the standard treatment for strokes. In the Western countries, the mainstays of stroke treatment are speech therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, but the Chinese feel that these methods have less to offer than acupuncture medicine. Both scalp and body acupuncture are techniques that can be used to aid recovery from a stroke. The research work suggests that acupuncture increases the blood supply to the brain, and for some unexplained reason this seems to improve functional ability and acts as a stimulus to recovery after a stroke.

Clinical trials completed by the Chinese doctor’s state that some effect can be gained from acupuncture in about 80 per cent of strokes. The success rate claimed is very high but to some extent this success rate is mirrored by the experience of a variety of doctors in the West. Western medicine often has little to offer the stroke patient and therefore acupuncture therapy is always worth considering. Ideally strokes should be treated within six months of the damage occurring. The Chinese doctors also treat their patients for long periods and a stroke patient may receive one hundred or two hundred acupuncture treatment sessions before being declared a success or a failure.

The Neuralgias (Nerve Pain): Trigeminal neuralgia usually presents with severe unilateral facial pain. Its cause is unclear but the painful facial spasms are often precipitated by cold or wind. The Chinese acupuncturist claim to be able to gain improvement, with acupuncture, in about 70 per cent of cases of trigeminal neuralgia. Judging by the experience of Western acupuncturists this success rate represents a rather high figure, although acupuncture can undoubtedly have a beneficial effect on this type of pain.

Postherpetic neuralgia is the pain that occurs after an attack of shingles. Shingles is a viral infection of the nerves, and the nerves affected by shingles can occasionally continue to cause severe pain after the shingles has cleared. It seems that of those patients with established postherpetic neuralgia, about 40 per cent gain some degree of long term benefit from acupuncture treatment. There are a vast number of aches and pains that are often described as neuralgic. Many of these occur as facial pain and most of them cause severe discomfort. It is always worthwhile to attempt to alleviate these pains by using acupuncture treatment.

Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Other Nervous Disorders: It is difficult to be objective about the treatment of disorders such as anxiety, Insomnia and depression, as the problems themselves are difficult to assess objectively, and therefore no good clear figures are available about their treatment with acupuncture. In spite of this, many acupuncture doctors, including the Chinese, treat a wide range of ‘mental disorders’ and insomnia (sleep problem) with acupuncture. Many people have stated that acupuncture is clearly effective in helping symptoms such as insomnia and bed-wetting, and can also create a feeling of general well-being. The Chinese doctors have completed trials on some of the more clearly defined and serious mental diseases, such as schizophrenia. In a trial involving over 400 patients they claim a 54 per cent cure rate for this disease, with a further 30 per cent showing ‘significant improvement’. However, from a variety of excellent research papers it is clear that acupuncture can influence quite radically many areas of the central nervous system, as well as neurotransmitters and others brain functions also. Therefore this therapy has a great role in brain related problems or neuro-developmental dysfunction.

Nerve Paralysis: Paralysis can also be treated by a variety of acupuncture techniques. The acupuncture must be continued for a long period. Sometimes daily for six months and the results from some of the Chinese research works are very encouraging. Chinese doctors claim that some 50-60 per cent of patients are likely to gain significant return of function if treated with acupuncture.

Facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy) is a disease of sudden onset that causes one side of the face to lose muscular power; the cause of this is unknown. Acupuncture and moxibustion can be used to treat this and the research claim a 75 per cent complete recovery rate but, again, this disease allows a significant percentage of spontaneous recovery. The Chinese research also claim that a further 20 per cent gain benefit from acupuncture, although not complete recovery. Even allowing for the known level of spontaneous resolution in facial paralysis it does seem that acupuncture has something extra to offer.

Parkinson’s disease, Epilepsy, nerve deafness etc: Acupuncture has been claimed to be effective in Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, nerve deafness, and a large variety of other problems. According to some studies, Parkinson’s disease may be accompanied by an imbalance of energy along one or more meridians. The muscle stiffness, soreness, imbalance etc. of Parkinson’s may be alleviated by a series of treatments. It is always wise to remember that acupuncture is a harmless technique and can sometimes give excellent results in above casese where other medical methods have failed.

Autism /ASD, Cerebral Palsy etc: Acupuncture along with herbal therapy have been found highly effective for treating children with brain dysfunction, resulting in improvement in the patient’s overall functional abilities. Excellent results are being achieved through simultaneous application of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in the cases of ASD / Autism and Cerebral Palsy in different countries of the world. There are several research papers, articles etc. that has been published all over the world about the efficacy of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicines in this context. In my clinical practice I am also getting very effective result by applying integration of Acupuncture and Herbal treatment. I noticed that, formulated Herbal Medicine along with acupuncture session gives much result other than only Acupuncture treatment or only Herbal Medicine. Like other diseases, I treated several patients. Some of them improved tremendously just after few days of treatment.

ADD and ADHD: Acupuncture can help the patient to manage the Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), and may provide some relief which will help the patient to gain greater benefit from the therapies available to him or her, and can help with the side effects of those therapies. Taking advantage of everything the medical knowledge of both hemispheres has to offer is a great way to ensure the most effective treatment for this disruptive, often limiting and painful condition. Acupuncture can be an excellent complementary therapy for the treatment of ADD and ADHD. In some cases Acupuncture works as a magic bullet for the treatment of ADD and ADHD. A research showed that, Acupuncture treatment has a good effect on infantile attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, its total effective rate was higher and the changes in abnormal electroencephalogram and the curative effect were better.

Diseases of the Digestive System:

IBS: An increasing number of studies have been conducted on treating IBS, with promising results. These studies have documented that Chinese medicine can effectively treat IBS in a safe and drug-free way.

Indigestion: Exact figures for success rates are not available, but the ‘clinical impression’ that arises from a number of acupuncture doctors indicates that about 60 per cent of patients gain some long-term relief of their symptoms with acupuncture.

Diseases of the Respiratory System:

Asthma: Acupuncture causes the contracted muscular walls to dilate; the mechanism of this is unknown, but there is good Western research data to support this claim. A recent Chinese clinical trial on asthma showed that some 70 percent of asthmatics gained a ‘very good effect’ from acupuncture and moxibustion. The acupuncture treatment was able to decrease the frequency and intensity of asthmatic attacks over a period of a year or more. This result is encouraging as it shows that acupuncture and moxibustion can affect the response of the body to the environmental stimuli causing asthmatic attacks. Our clinical experience also supports this efficacy of Acupuncture and Moxibustion medicine.

Bronchitis: Acupuncture cannot rebuild lung tissue, but by opening up the breathing tubes it can allow the remaining lung tissue to function efficiently. The mechanism of acupuncture in bronchitis is probably much the same as in asthma, allowing more air to enter the lungs. Recent Chinese research works has shown that about 50 per cent of bronchitis ‘benefit’ from acupuncture. The treatment must be repeated regularly if the effect is to be maintained for long period. On the other hand acupuncture treatment also help to control the infection effectively in bronchitis.

Diseases of the Heart and Blood Vessels:

In China it is a common and acceptable form of treatment for some of these problems. A variety of experiments carried out in the western countries give clear support to the idea that acupuncture does have an effect on the circulatory system.

Angina: Using sophisticated measuring equipment the Chinese researchers have completed a variety of trials to assess the effects of acupuncture on the heart, and they have shown a marked increase in the functional ability and efficiency of the heart muscles after acupuncture. This is further supported by clinical work, which shows that some 80 per cent of patients with angina have improved after acupuncture. When acupuncture is used to treat angina a course of treatments is given, and then followed by booster treatments.

The Correction of Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Heart diseases can frequently cause an abnormal rhythm to the heart beat; this may manifest itself as palpitations, an irregular heart beat, or dropped beats. Acupuncture can correct a small number of these arrhythmias. In established atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beats), acupuncture affects a small percentage of cases, some 1.5 per cent, although in recently acquired arrhythmias, acupuncture can be effective in up to 70 per cent of cases.

The Use of Acupuncture in Addiction and Obesity:

A large number of Western countries acupuncturists are using a variety of acupuncture techniques to treat obesity, smoking and hard drug addiction. There is some excellent physiological and clinical evidence to support the use of acupuncture method in these areas. The withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking, or drugs, can be alleviated by raising the levels of endorphins in the nervous system. Some people believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain. It is clear that endorphin levels throughout the nervous system can be increased by Acupuncture. The techniques used to achieve an increase in endorphin levels center around the use of ear acupuncture. It must be stressed that acupuncture cannot replace willpower. It can only help the withdrawal symptoms, or hunger pains, experienced by those already motivated and committed to solving their particular problem.

Obesity: Acupuncture seems to relieve the problem of hunger usually created by dieting. Many people who receive acupuncture to help with weight loss also go on a diet at the same time. It is difficult to assess exactly which factors are responsible for weight loss, the acupuncture or the diet, or both in combination. Most acupuncturists claim that 40-50 per cent of their patients experience some significant weight loss during treatment.

Hard Drug Addiction: Some excellent research work has been done in this field, especially in Hong Kong. It is clear that acupuncture can help to solve the severe withdrawal symptoms experienced by those coming off hard drugs like heroin.

Smoking:

Acupuncture treatment helps about 40 per cent of people to give up smoking over a period of about six months. Again, it is essential to be well motivated before embarking on a course of treatment. Acupuncture does seem to decrease the desire to smoke and also to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms produced by abstinence from tobacco.

Reduce the Discomforts and Side Effects of Chemo/Radiotherapy for Cancer:

The effect of acupuncture on chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting etc. has been studied over the past 20 years, and clinical evidence gathered to date has been favorable. Current practice guidelines recommend acupuncture as a complementary therapy for uncontrolled nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy.

The Use of Acupuncture in Obstetrics:

In China the major use of acupuncture in obstetrics is to provide analgesia (pain relief) during Caesarean section, and to correct foetal malpositions, such as breech (breech means when the baby is ‘bottom first’ rather than ‘head first’).

Fertility and Gynecologic Problems:

Women who are having problems with conception, premenstrual symptoms or menopausal issues will often see positive results with Acupuncture medicine. It may be possible to reduce or eliminate the need for Western pharmaceuticals. If drugs or hormones must be used, side effects may be reduced. For women who are experiencing disorders of conception, my own experience suggests that acupuncture and Herbal medicine is more effective and much less unpleasant and dangerous than hormonal treatments or in vitro fertilization procedures.

Foetal Malposition:

The correction of foetal malposition is achieved by applying moxibustion to an acupuncture point. In about 60 percent of women the foetus turns naturally prior to the thirty-fourth week of pregnancy; this can be increased to 90 per cent with the aid of moxibustion. After the thirty-fourth week, when natural version is less likely, the Chinese claim that 80 per cent of foetal malpositions will be corrected permanently by this procedure. Once corrected, the malposition does not recur, provided moxibustion is applied daily. There seems to be no available physiological basis with which to explain this finding.

Anaesthesia for Labour and Delivery:

Acupuncture anaesthesia is widely used for caesarean sections in China. A report recently published, discusses the results of 1,000 cases managed in this manner. The Chinese Acupuncturist claim a 98 per cent success rate in the abolition of pain, a quicker recovery rate from the operation, less blood loss, and the obvious advantage of the mother being able to see the baby at, or soon after, birth. This report finds acupuncture a superior form of analgesia compared to other forms of pain relief (general or epidural anaesthesia) for caesarean section. Acupuncture can also be used to provide pain relief in normal obstetric deliveries. Adequate assessment of this form of obstetric analgesia has not yet been published, although the experience of a wide variety of acupuncturists in the western world would indicate that it is a useful and effective procedure.

Acupuncture Anaesthesia:

Acupuncture anaesthesia is widely used in China and it has been used in a wide variety of operations, from minor procedures to open heart surgery or brain operations. It is undoubtedly an effective form of pain relief in the majority of people, but there is always a small percentage who fail to gain adequate analgesia from acupuncture. In general, acupuncture allows for a safer operation, with less likelihood of complications, and a swifter post-operative recovery. (Excerpted from Acupuncture: It’s Place in Western Medical Science, George T. Lewith M.A., M.R.C.G.P., M.R.C.P. )

What Are The Advantages Of Using Moving Services?

Relocating is fun but troublesome. The very thought of packing everything, moving to a new location and rearranging everything can send shivers down anyone's spell. One of the biggest concerns is the safety of all your blessings that are being transferred.

If you do it yourself, you may end up damaging a few things. You need professional help. Moving services are there to help you out. These services do not cost you an arm and a leg. They can help you move all your marriages to any distance. It does not matter if you're moving to a different location within the city or are moving to a different city altogether – moving services can help you with all types of moves.

Nowadays, there is no scarcity of moving services. There are lots of options and that is a good thing. When you are planning to hire a moving services company, there are a few very important things you need to keep in mind.

The first one, of course, is the budget. Different services will have different prices so make sure you take a look at all the available options before you seal the deal. You also need to decide how many boxes you'll need. Just have an approximate idea of ​​the amount of stuff that is going to be moved. You will easily know how many boxes you need if you know the amount that needs to be moved.

This will also help you decide what "type" of service you need. There are several types of services. I've listed some of them below:

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Truck Rentals: You can rent a truck with these services. You will have to do all the packing, unpacking, loading, unloading, etc yourself. They provide zero labor. You have to drive the car yourself too. You will have to pay for the truck and the gas.

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Starbucks Latte Primo T-Discs

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Getting a pack of Starbucks Latte Primo t-discs is a new trend in coffee making with right measurement of coffee mix with milk and other flavors. The ingredients are freshly packed and you can smell the great fantastic aroma of a pure coffee but of course with the modern coffee makers which has bar code technology wherein, it can read the bar code of a certain coffee t-disc by just clicking the switch and inserting your t-discs it automatically brew your coffee with the right amount of water, temperature and mixture.

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5 Tips to Cure Canker Sores

I think that canker sores are the most painful ailments ever. I never realized how much I moved my tongue and prompts until I had a canker sore. Then, I got another one. And another. By the end I had five canker sores at one time, I could not eat or swallow. It was so painful!

So I got online and started researching remedies and I decided to share what I found with the world of online canker sore sufferers. I know your pain, my friend. Here is my list!

Tip # 1 Go to the health food store and buy Lysine tablets. Lysine is an amino acid that the body does not produce on its own, you can only get it through diet. This is the remedy that my Dad uses, he swears by it. It has helped me; I think it describes to be first on the tip list.

Tip # 2 Put baking soda on the sore. I did this and it hurt, but the cold sore was immediately reduced by about half and gone the next day.

Tip # 3 Put 5-7 drops of grapefruit seed extract in a glass of water and drink it three times a day. Grapefruit seed extract has the reputation of being an excellent anticeptic. Be warned, though, it tastes worse than awful. Use a strong juice like grape juice to disguise the flavor of the grapefruit seed extract. As a little side note, this is also my mother-in-law's cure for the common cold also!

Tip # 4 I came up with this one all by my self. It hurts like crazy, but the sore is immediately gone and the healing begins. Salt is the miracle cure. I take about one tablespoon of salt and I pack it in my mouth all around the sore. I leave it there for at least 15 minutes. It burns like crazy, probably because the salt is drawing out the poison, but it works. I put this one as number four since my husband thinks I'm crazy for going through the pain. (He has never had a canker sore before, so his opinion does not carry too much wait for me in this category!)

Tip # 5 Once your canker sore is cured, get a new toothbrush! This way you do not carry any of the bacteria that caused the canker sore and get another one.

I hope that these quick top help you heal your canker sore quickly. However, there are many people that suffer canker sores repeatedly.

Why is that?

I have found that there usually is a much larger emotional issue that causes canker sores, and when you get to the root of the emotion behind the canker sore, you can eliminate them permanently.

I'm sure this sounds like a stretch, but I'm happy to report that after several years of having canker sores every couple of months, I have not suffered from one now in over four years.

Best of health to you!