Some Hints To Help You Live With An Allergy To Peanuts

8% of children and 2% of adults in the United States are estimated to be affected by some form of allergy to food. Of that percentage, the most common food to elicit some form of allergic reaction is peanuts, which affects about three million Americans.

When the immune system overreacts to a commonly safe food, it is called an allergic reaction. The most severe reaction is called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis (a sudden drop in blood pressure) can sometimes, but rarely be fatal (killing about 1 of 2.5 million). Otherwise, common symptoms of food allergy are things such as hives, eczema, asthma and gastrointestinal symptoms (ie vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping).

Why do some people get food allergies? Could it be a result from genetics? Because previous twin studies have shown that there does seem to be a high rate of heritability of allergic diseases, a British study was conducted to compare the incidence of peanut allergy among siblings with general population incidence. The study involved 58 sets of twins, 14 of which were identical, and 44 of which were fragmental. These twins were recruited for having at least one member of the pair having a peanut allergy. 70 of the 115 had a history of peanut allergy.

64% of the identical twins both had allergic reactions to peanuts, which was followed by a mere 7% between the fraternal twins. The conclusion was that based on the data and a model considering environmental and genetic factors, researchers calculated a heritability rate of 82% -87% for peanut allergy. The problem with this conclusion? Although the British study showed a genetic component in peanut allergies, environmental factors may have biased the results.

When they did not consider genetic factors, the rate dropped to just under 19%.

A group of researchers in the July 2000 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) agree that Genetics play a significant role in peanut allergies.

Lead researcher Scott Sicherer, MD along with some of his colleagues from Virginia and Belgium performed a twin study. Their intention was to see if genetic factors influenced peanut allergy. They were checking this by comparing the incidence of peanut allergy between the identical twins and the fraternal twins. Twin studies are used frequently to provide information on how environmental and genetic factors should be compared and treated.

Because there is yet to be solid evidence that there is a direct link between hereditary and allergies, many agree there are needs to be more research and more studies dedicated to examine the role between geneticisms and allergies, so that we may reach a conclusion to this question .

The Top 3 Tonsil Stone Causes – Plus, Getting Rid of Them Forever!

Tonsil stones wreck lives. Dramatic as that might sound, those little white spots at the back of your throat probably have you shying away from social situations, embarrassed of your bad breath. Just one simple tonsil stone causes anxiety and self consciousness. Though rarely painful, you may feel constantly self conscious about your breath, searching for remedies and trying different medications to get rid of them. Well, you’re not alone. Tonsillitis is extremely common.

Learning about tonsil stone causes will ultimately help in your quest to get back to a normal life.

They are basically a mixture of mucus, bacteria tiny food particles. Each of these ingredients, naturally occurring in the throat, gets caught in little pockets on the surface of the tonsils and mixes together to create the trademark white spots which causes the associated problems.

The top 3 most common causes of tonsil stones are:

Bacteria. Everyone has oral bacteria, it helps in breaking down food and is present in our saliva. Bad bacteria can be banished by practicing good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth frequently, preferably after eating, and use a mouth wash to help keep your bacteria healthy.

Diet. A bad diet has also been attributed to tonsil stone causes. Eating healthy foods is extremely important. It has also been suggested that dairy products may be associated with the development of tonsillitis.

Genetics. Health issues are often genetic, tonsillitis is no exception. If you have a history of tonsillitis in your family, chances are you may also get them. Now, unfortunately there’s not a great deal you can do about that, but if you are unlucky enough to have tonsil stones in your genes, or for any other reason, help is at hand.

Lowering High Cholesterol Levels

Raised cholesterol level equals increased risk of heart disease and in many cases diabetes and many forms or cancer. There are two main causes of high cholesterol levels:

– Saturated fats – found mostly in animal products
– Hydrogenated fats – found mostly in pastries, cookies, margarines and other processed foods.

You can take an action and lower your cholesterol levels significantly by introducing some changes into your diet and exercise patterns. These are the main steps you can take:

– Eat plenty of fiber rich whole grains, vegetables, fruit and organic soy products
– Introduce more movement and exercise into your everyday life

In general, the higher the intake of fiber (found in whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits) in your diet, the lower the level of cholesterol you will have in your blood. Scientific evidence indicates that a diet based on plant food with a minimal amount of foods derived from animals is the ideal diet for human beings.

The best diets are those in which every calorie comes packed with nutrients. When you eat foods low in healthy nutrients, you body still feels starving and you want to eat more.

Avoid processed foods and empty calories. Foods to avoid:

– Sugary soft drinks
– Fatty burgers and fries
– Creamy deserts, including most of the cheese cakes
– Snacks with a large quantity of sugar or high fructose corn syrup

Introducing more movement and exercise into your everyday life is also a huge step towards lower cholesterol levels. Start with some light exercise 3-5 days a week and gradually increase the exercise intensity and frequency as far as it feels comfortable. If you have high blood pressure or any heart problems please consult your GP before starting your exercise program.

In conclusion, try avoiding processed foods and foods with empty calories and low nutritional value. Eat a varied diet which includes a lot of plant based products, whole grains and a small quantity of lean meat and other foods derived from animals. Move more and exercise more, ideally 5-7 days a week and you will see significant results.

How To Recovery From A Virus Attack

Just why are viruses harmful? Because they cause damage to your computer components just the way biological viruses are harmful to humans.

Some viruses can be harmless but annoying when they send silly messages or when they crash your computer system. But there are many viruses that can do great harm such as deleting the files that you need to run certain programs or to perform OS tasks. And some viruses pave the way for future attacks by opening up your computer and administrative functions.

Fighting viruses is simple: you need to install software that is called "antivirus" software. You'll need to keep this software up to date and always running on your computer. As well, never open up email attachments from sources you do not know.

Still, the odds are that one day your computer system will become virus infected. You'll lose critical data and programs. Files on your operating system will become zapped. So now what do you do?

The first thing to remember is not to panic. You might not even have a virus. Before you find a cure you need to find out if you have a virus and just what virus it is.

If your computer is still functioning, and you can access the Internet, you'll need to look for known and current viruses. Do a manual scan on your system and look for infected files and virus programs in your computer file system. Remember to search the computer memory as well since viruses can hide there.

Take the time to test several operating functions and programs. Something can go wrong with just one component. This method is not fool proof but the virus might just attacked certain functions and programs.

If your computer is not functioning you'll have to reboot with the use of an antivirus CD or disk. Did you prepare a boot disk? If you do not need to go back to step 0 – before the attack – and do the following: (1) create an antivirus CD and disk to boot your computer, (2) make copies of any software you have on your computer or organize the original versions, and (3) backup all your important files and data.

Scan your computer system once you've rebooted using the CD or disk. Search for the infected files or virus. If you find that you really have a virus infection then you're on to the next phase.

If you're using Windows there is a boot option that you can use called "Last Known Good Configuration". This option usually does not help but you may be lucky. Once you reboot your computer again you will not be able to use this option.

If you're using Windows you can check the dates of some of your main operating system files if they exist. The list is too long to mention here. Look at Microsoft's website for something called "Operating System Files". Or you can make a list on your own by using the WINNT directory and System32 subdirectory that can be found on a different computer. The dates need to match the other files so that you get the same service pack level.

You need to particularly check the lsass.exe and kernel32.exe. This is because hackers like to mess with them. You might find Microsoft updates but they are usually available in bunches. Anyone that has a different date should be under suspicion. No one ever said that this would be easy. To some degree Windows has some self protection functions and the ability to self-heal but this is nowhere near ideal. You need to replace damaged files with new ones.

If you're a Windows user you may have a Registry that has been corrupted. There are some tools that you can use to fix this. Do an Internet search on "Windows Registry repair utilities" for results. Then choose a utility for your Windows version. There will be no recommendation mentioned here since in six months it will out of date. Internet forums can be useful for finding opinions on updating versions.

If the virus has infected a program – such as software for word processing, the browser, or your email – you can uninstall the program and reinstall it. This can be annoying but is easy to do. Most programs will avoid deleting any data files that you have created by prompting you first.

The worst thing that can happen is that you lose data that you have not backed up. There are some Data Recovery services that you can hire to try to get this data back again. These services can cost a lot but your data might be worth the cost. You might be able to get some of your data back even if it looks gone forever.

Best of luck with viruses … since we've all had one at one time or another.

A Do It Yourself Wedding in New York City For $10,000 Or Less, Is It Possible?

A do-it-yourself (DIY) wedding in New York City sounds like an oxymoron, but it can be done. There are various ways of complying with that statement above and all for under $10,000. Well, under $10,000. You can still have quite an extravagant wedding, even an over the top wedding for under $10,000 AND in New York. Let me show you how it can be done, including your honeymoon. Now I know you’re thinking that is an impossibility. My husband and I did it and so can you.

It mostly depends on just what it is you want your fantasy day to say and whether or not one thing is the most important item or if you would prefer to have featured several things. For me I wanted the colors of our wedding to be featured, my dress and the water feature for my husband at the reception. At another time I will tell you about my excursions to and from the various locations to secure, just what I wanted for my wedding. Right now, I will give you the nitty-gritty about what I reaped from my excursions.

What if you only wanted one thing to be the major featured item? Of course, it does not have to be just one thing, it can be several, but just so you don’t go crazy, I suggest you choose one to two items rather than a whole slew, but if you want more than that, don’t do any more than five. Most brides start off believing they can do it all and realize within eight to six months of the wedding that they can not. A friend’s help comes in quite handily, after all your really close friends will have asked you all along what they can do to help. At about ten to eight months out from the wedding is the best time to take them up on their offers. I did. More about me later, though. I have a friend who did a wedding with a potluck reception at a very famous church here in Manhattan and even though it was phenomenally delicious, to my idea that was not even the featured item in her wedding. I am getting ahead of myself though.

Her wedding had a committee of three women -the project managers- to help her stay within her budget which was WAY under $10,000. I believe she and her new husband paid no more than $6000 for their entire wedding, which included the reception space in that very same famous church. They did not pay for catering which can be quite pricey when it comes to weddings. In fact, the wedding couple paid nothing for the food at the reception, so plus the cost of the space, If they’d paid for catering it would have run close to the $6000 for their 150 guests. By having a potluck, she paid nothing other than the cost of the hall. The Riverside Church Chapel for me cost $800 (In a previous article, I said $1200, but in reality it was $800 for mine.) in 2005, but for another friend of mine last year, she paid $1500. I got the members’ cost, but last year, there was no differential between members and nonmembers, so even though she is a member, she had to pay big bucks.

My friend’s wedding costs are an approximation, because I didn’t pry that much,.. yet. She is out of the country now, so I can not ask her at all, but I am judging from her comments to me at the time. Forgetting about the cost of hers and her husband wearing apparel which I can tell you he had his own tux in his closet and her wedding dress was bought from a non-wedding wedding store on sale.

  • Since my friend is a singer too, she had friends who sang during her wedding, that were of course gratis or gifts. Basically that is a win-win situation all around. Since you tap your friends, you tap the voices you want singing your songs of choice. That’s what I did and both she and her ex-husband sang at my and my husband’s wedding.
  • Here’s a big tip if you don’t want to spend big time money on your dress, if it’s to be one of the featured items, go to a non-wedding store in search of your gown. Personally I went to Filene’s Basement bridal store, a year before my wedding and bought a dress for $536 with tax, so it is possible to pay for a dress under $3000. But my friend did not go the bridal store route. She went to Paramus Mall to Lord & Taylor. I don’t remember exactly how much she paid, but I do know it was almost half as much as my dress.
  • She also did not go with a traditional veil, but went with a tiara alone. For mine, I had both, but did not pay a premium for either. I made up my own veil for less than $10 and found a tiara that didn’t look cheap at Claire’s Accessories for less than $20. She wore a tiara as well. A gold tiara, which costs no more than a $100.
  • For her reception, she had no music, we’d had plenty during her wedding ceremony. In another article I’ve already told you about using your own Mp3 player and saving big bucks in that respect. If you do want to hire a DJ or reception host, I suggest you go with a friend of a friend who is just starting to spin, but that the friend can vouch for their abilities, if you have not experienced them for yourself. Remember, whatever you do, GET a contract. One that spells out exactly what you want and expect them to do at the party. That means the songs you expect and when. That way, the surprises won’t have anything to do with dancing. That way both you and your guests can be happy without much annoyance on anyone’s part. New DJ’s can start as low as $75 an hour and go up from there. If you want an established DJ, it could be as much as $125 – $350 an hour. This again is if you want to stay within your budget of $10000. Just remember you will need your DJ for at least four hours, so do your multiplication from there.
  • Transportation: Ah, you can go the traditional route with the white limos, or you can go with black limos, too. Did you know that the color of the limo can determine the price. White limos are more expensive and if you mention wedding additional money is added for that special day. Just be glad that you are not going to prom, because that is the limousine’s big day(s) for money making. Limousines can be anywhere from $500 for a two and half hour rental to, of course thousands. To really save money, if you are friends with a special car association you could rent or borrow the owners’ cars. Or now with the Internet companies, Zip Car, Drive Mint or even Connect By Hertz you could rent a car of your dreams for a great rates. Each of these dot com hourly car rentals can save you a bundle. Think about it.
  • Did you guess already that the featured item for my friend’s wedding was the dress? Well, if you did you would have been correct. The bride wore, what appeared to be gold. In actuality, the dress was a copper lace with a light pink undergarment that peeked through, which made the dress upon entrance and even as she continued to walk down the aisle appear to be molten liquid gold. She was drummed in. Of course, the bride is usually the center piece of most weddings, but as they say in the theater, people were humming the dress the rest of the evening, especially since she was able to match the dress with a cape, that was already in her closet.
  • Transportation – Getting to and sometimes from the wedding ceremony can be challenging when it comes to keeping costs down, but with these suggestions you can be home free.

Dress $536

Tux Rental $56

Cake $825

Limo/Catering $375/$625 = $1000

Special added catering $0 Wedding gift from Mother-in-Law

Professional Photographer $400 for 5 hours – childhood friend of groom

Video $0 Best Man’s gift

Ceremony/Minister $800 Christ Chapel Riverside Church

Flowers $375 from Flower wholesaler

Reception rental and 2 cases of champagne $1251

DJ $250 – 4.5 hours

Printer $68 printing wedding invitations & thank you notes

Papers Invitations, Envelopes, (Inner/Outer) Thank You Notes/Envelopes $82

Save-the-Date magnets $16

Miscellaneous Favors, candles, material, silk rose petals, disposable cameras, decorative Chinese boxes, & tissue paper $350

Honeymoon Cruise & extras $1391

Our total expenditures in 2005 Wedding/Honeymoon $7400

  1. Car Rental for the weekend: Go Green with http://www.ConnectbyHertz.com $160.33/weekend day whether it is for 6 hours or 24 hours. Go with the 24 since you can use it for those last minutes things that come up before the wedding. That is for a smart Fortwo, talk about making an entrance. Keep in mind with Hertz you can pick the car up at one location and drop it off somewhere else, as long as they have a lot. That could save you some time. For instance: pick up at a Hertz on the upper west side and drop it off at one of their hotel locations especially if you’re not going away to your honeymoon right away..
  2. Car rental for the 3-day weekend from Speedy-Rent-A-Car $205.00
  3. Rental from Zipcar.com or DriveMint.com are by the hour from $11.00 – $17.00 for the weekend depending on the car. A Scion Xb or smart Fortwo on the low end hourly or a Mercedes on the high end hourly at DriveMint.com
  4. Or offer relatives and friends a couple of dollars, depending on your budget, to chauffeur you and your wedding party around for a couple of hours.
  5. What if you want to have your wedding catered, it is still possible to do it economically in a big city, whether it is in New York City or Chicago, or even Boston, you just need a bit of ingenuity to stay within your budget. If you’re a curious detailed oriented person like I am, then you’ll decide this is the fun part, the chase or the journey to end that you really want. It is actually the magic part about the entire wedding, I think, because you are at the stage where you are shaping the outcome of the day. It will take patience and possibly legwork, to see just what you might be getting for the day of event, but the hunt (for the guys) is on and it can be a great deal of fun. Here are a few tips:
  6. Decide on the type of wedding and plan your food accordingly. Such as casual, spiffy-casual, or formal, (usually sit down) While casual and spiffy-casual may come very close to looking like the same thing, they really are quite different when it comes to food. I have seen casually catered events start as low as $12.95 per person or just under $1200 for 85 people. This is strict buffet style, no seating provided, but stand-up cocktail tables in various spots with food arrangements on them along with some passed appetizers, as well.
  7. My friend’s wedding although it had a very high-church of various cultures feel to it had a casual reception, since all the guests were expected to bring something. With her committee of ‘wedding corralling ladies’, the guests with each acceptance of the invitation was then asked what were they bringing. By doing it that way my friend saved all sorts of money and even had leftovers. Wedding party paid nothing, zero, zip, for that feast. Their reception had everything from appetizers to desserts including rum balls, (YUM!). Some of us were getting high just smelling the rum balls, additionally there was even a fruit bowl.
  8. Another casual reception could be to have a stand around party with a huge sandwich or various pizzas or have your new mother-in-law make something for the crowd. You can probably strike up a deal with your favorite pizza store once you pass 10 pizzas. Figure at 3 slices per guest and you’ve got it made. For instance, a pizza usually has 12 slices and for 80 guests, you’d have to have 20 pies feeding each person 3 slices each. My neighborhood pizza store sells a large pie for $16 each, but if I ordered 20 pies for 85 guests, my budget for food would be at around $350. Even as much as $350, you must give your guests something to wash down the pizzas.
  9. For more organic less oil, use whole grain flat breads; American or Italian version with different toppings, as your starter rather than bread and cheese.
  10. Perhaps as I did you can get a combination price with another feature of the wedding. My limousine company managed a caterer and so I got a combination price. Plus, my new mother-in-law, made something special in large quantities for her son. We had 85 guests and our total with the 4-hour use of the limousine and caterer was $625. My new mother-in-law’s food was gratis. Ours was a casual formal of sorts. It was buffet style with seating.
  11. The formal caterer or sit down with service is where you’ll have to weigh your options on how much is too much. These types often run as low as $27 per person and up into the thousands. If you’re trying to do a wedding for under $10,000, as I am advocating then you’re probably priced out of this market unless you can strike a deal with one of your favorite restaurants. Perhaps Carmine’s, in which the food is served family-style, but everyone is sitting. This could be a possibility. My friends took me there for graduation and we ordered one full meal and had left overs for two additional people.
  12. If using Carmine’s works for you, I am betting that it can work for your budget as well. Think about it, a main dish for a meal is $21 – 25, which easily feeds 5 – 6 people. If you have 12 tables of 8 could still be pricey, but your guests will be full and have potential doggy bags to take home. Roughly your pricing could still be under $1000, even with the addition of salad, garlic bread and dessert. YUM! A pure feast to behold.
  13. Decorations is another item that can run into lots of pennies. In this instance, I am talking about the flowers for the bride and the wedding party and the extras for the reception to make it wedding theme oriented. The extras could include tulle and floating or almost infinite ideas as motifs or table decorations of some kind. Here are few of my favorites with pricing of the day:
  14. Check any of the websites that sell pre-made flowers and you’re good to go. Flower arrangements start as low as $29.95 and go $79.95 for our purposes. Flowers can, of course go into the hundreds from these websites and upward if you use a florists.
  15. To cut cost further, the bride and matron/maid of honor could be the only people to carry flowers and then everything else could be decorated at the ceremony venue with tulle or aisle candles.
  16. At the reception venue, the theme could be carried further with floating candles on the tables as centerpieces instead of flowers. If, like we did, you have a water feature, add some floating candles, larger than the table candles, to it and call it a day. Candles at the reception venue could run you a whopping $100 to start unless you want or have a half an acre to decorate.
  17. Add some special candies or other cheery items for the table; M&M’s or Jordan Almonds or Junior mints. We went with special made-to-order M&M’s. I bought 3 bags and that was all I needed, at $11 per bag, it was a steal. And you get to choose your colors so they can coordinate with your wedding colors. Pretty cool, I think and inexpensive, too.
  18. Don’t forget those disposable cameras, so your guests can snap some fun pictures as well. Check out various websites and you might be able to get 9 cameras all for $35, just like I did.

So, it can be done with a bit of ingenuity, verve, and flair. Dreamers can.

What Is Cushing Syndrome in Dogs?

Cushing syndrome is one of the most common endocrine diseases that dogs can suffer. The common thing is that it appears in animals older than six years and among small dog breeds (such as Yorkshire, Maltese or Schnauzer bichon). It is a chronic disease that can not be prevented, but with the right treatment, your pet can enjoy a good quality of life. Below we tell you what it consists of and what are its possible treatments.

Origin of Cushing syndrome in dogs

This condition causes alterations in the metabolic system and occurs when the body begins to produce large amounts of the hormone cortisol (which is responsible for responding to stress). Excess of this hormone can cause health problems to your pet, such as damage to your vital organs or reduction of energy and strength.

These are the main causes of Cushing syndrome:

• Pituitary-dependent tumors

These tumors are located in the pituitary gland of the brain. It causes increased production of adrenocortical hormone-trope (ACTH) and over-stimulation. This leads to increased production of cortisol in the adrenal glands.

• Adrenal Tumors

These are tumors located in the adrenal glands. This abnormality affects the cortex of one or both glands (located in the upper extremities of the kidneys).

• Glucocorticoids

They are medicines used to combat or control allergy problems and immunosuppressive diseases. Their overuse can fill the body with cortisol while slowing the activity of the adrenal glands and reducing them in size.

• Racial predisposition

There are several breeds of dogs that tend to have pituitary tumors (poodle, tackle, Boston terrier, bobtail, German shepherd, dwarf poodle… ). On the other hand, the glucocorticoid’s effect especially races like the shepherds of the Pyrenees, the farmers, the boxers and the poodles, making them more susceptible to get this syndrome.

This disease can not be predicted or predicted, and you can not avoid it (except to control the doses of glucocorticoid’s), but detect it in time itself. The following are the most common symptoms for detection. If you detect any of them in your pet, we advise that you go to the veterinarian to diagnose it and, if necessary, start treating it as soon as possible

• Lack of hair on the body, especially on the sides and tail.

• Polyura increased urine.

• Polydipsia increased thirst.

• Increased appetite.

• Fatigue and continuous gasping.

• Abdominal swelling.

• Muscular atrophy.

• Dark pigmentation on the skin.

• Delayed healing.

How to Treat Cushing Syndrome in Dogs

The fundamental thing about this disease is that the endocrine system ceases to exceed the production of the hormone cortisol. But this is quite complicated since you have to find the exact proportion of hormone-regulating drugs. The good thing is that once this ratio is found your dog will be able to have a normal life again.

In addition to pharmacological treatment (which would be for life), there is also the possibility of surgery if the syndrome is caused by adrenal and pituitary-dependent tumors. The operation is to remove the tumor, but it is more risky and complex than the pharmacological treatment.

If you want to make sure that your dog receives the appropriate treatment, it is best that you go to your veterinarian and consult your doubts. He will know what is best for your dog and what is the right solution for him.

Do you but have or have you had Cushing syndrome? Did you detect any of the symptoms mentioned? Did you opt for a treatment or for the operation? Tell us your experience, sure that readers who suffer for their pets will be quieter.

How to Get Rid of Chest Pimples – 10 Ways on How to Get Rid of Chest Pimples Fast

There are plenty of cures for chest pimples. Some are highly beneficial, but some are not so much proficient. Today, I am bringing some important tips on how to get rid of chest pimples quickly. These are as follow:

1. Sponge down your body with Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, focusing on chest pimple areas.

2. Dampen your acne areas of skin with an oil-free, medicated cream, such as Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer.

3. Use a different medication for chest pimples treatment, such as 2.5% benzoyl peroxide.

4. Perform 15 minutes yoga exercises before you going to bed. It will make your metabolic system quick, and will help to get rid of acne.

5. Keep away from oily and piquant foods as much as you can. Just attach on eating nutrients as this will be extremely helpful for you to reduce inflammation and irritation occurred due to spots.

6. For a permanent acne cure, you will have to eat ample vegetables, fruits, salads, chicken, beans, pulses, and seeds, etc. So, stick to a healthy diet.

7. Make a paste of 2 teaspoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoon yogurt, 2 teaspoon natural honey, and a small piece of rub garlic on acne affected areas of skin, leave it for 30 minutes, and wash off. Your chest pimples will be speedily removed. Perform this work out for two weeks.

8. Drink 4 glasses of water each morning. This will get rid of the toxins in your body. Thus, your chest pimples will be white washed.

9. If you drink 1 glass of orange juice at breakfast, this will be extremely helpful for you in shrinking the symptoms of acne.

10. Keep away from contaminated living standards e.g. dust, garbage, waste, industrial chemicals, pollution, dirty clothes, and unhygienic water.

Vitamin D 1000 IU and Uses

Vitamin D is an essentially needed mineral by the human body. It also helps in proper growth of bones and teeth and also makes the skeleton strong. It is an essential component that a human body requires for different purposes of which one is very much involved with the normal function of human brain. Vitamin D is the thing that makes the young children to grow up with perfect and strong skeleton. It is also required by the women of age more than fifty years so that they can avoid the fractures and other diseases of bones.

Vitamin D 1000 IU is the amount of vitamin half our daily need of vitamin D. This is vitamin is the only type of vitamin of body that can be prepared in the body by getting ultra violet rays from sun directly. More than limit exposure to sun light creates the chances of skin cancer so to fulfill the requirements of Vitamin D 1000 IU it is recommended to use supplement foods for vitamin D 1000 IU. The usages of supplements are good as there are no side effects.

Vitamin D 1000 IU is a kind of supplement that is in form of tablets and is being used at large scale. According to a view at a day human body needs 200 IU of vitamin d at most. If we use Vitamin D 1000 IU then it's a balanced amount of vitamin d that will not take us to excess of vitamin as well as it will not let the level of vitamin d to go down to the level of danger so that the deficiency of vitamin d will occur.

Vitamin D 3 or Vitamin D 1000 IU is mostly in form of capsules that are available in the market and are being recommended by the doctors to their patients. It is also suggested to the patients of cancer so that it is helpful for them as vitamin d3 is used by the body to protect the new and fresh cell from distortion as there is a great danger that fresh cells can be destroyed by the effect of cancer . Vitamin d makes cells safe from the effect of cancer and tumor. This is available in market in form of capsules, tablets and it is also there in form of soft gel and is being used at a very large scale all over the world.

Pregnancy and Addiction

It is understandably difficult for people who have never struggled with addiction to feel shocked and appalled when a pregnant woman becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. However, few people realize that just as pregnancy could not stop a serious disease such as cancer, it is not going to stop an addicted pregnant woman from using. Because addiction is a neurological disease, uncontrollable urges will be present regardless of any type of consequences or incentives to stop using. This is why people must get help for addiction- they simply can not do it alone. And because the same is true of pregnant women who are addicted to drugs, ensuring that education about pregnancy and addiction is readily available is critical to helping expecting women to help themselves.

According to a study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Addiction more than 5% of all women who were pregnant in 1992 abused drugs. This totals an unbelievable 250,000 pregnant women. Figures like these are all the more alarming when you consider that the study utilized self-reported data that was very likely at least partly incorrect. These numbers tell us that there are a great deal of pregnant women placing themselves and their unborn babies in grave danger that goes much farther than just the actual physical consequences of drug use.

Women who use drugs while pregnant are categorically more at risk of being involved in dangerous, unhealthy or violent situations. This includes being more likely to experience occurrences of violent crimes such as rape, murder, robbery, and even suicide. Health risks among drug users are even more dangerous to unborn children; especially risk of infectious disease such as herpes, syphilis, HIV, Staph infections and other conditions that can potentially potentially fatal infections for a fetus- and the mother. When you combine these associative risks with the actual physical risks of using drugs while pregnant you create a serious likelihood of disastrous marriages. Specific consequences for the most commonly used drugs by pregnant women are:

Marijuana: The drug used the most by pregnant women, marijuana can result in pre-term labor, premature birth, low birth weight, small head circumference (a smaller head means a smaller brain) sleep disorders, state regulation disorders and appetite problems.

Heroin: Heroin use during pregnancy is especially dangerous. The risk of having a stillborn or premature birth is exceptionally high; equally as high as the likelihood of the baby being born addicted to heroin. Heroin has been shown to result in low birth weight, lung and pulmonary disorders, cardiac difficulties and other serious, long-term health issues.

Club Drugs: Because most of these drugs- such as meth or ecstasy- are relatively new, their effects on pregnant women have not been extensively studied. However, limited studies show that babies born to mothers who are addicted to club drugs are likely to substance-dependent as well. Club drugs can have severe effects on an infant, including seizures and continual, intensive crying for long periods of time for apparently no reason.

Cocaine: This street drug is surprisingly popular among pregnant women who have substance abuse problems. Cocaine use during pregnancy can lead to premature birth, stillborn fetuses, severe substance dependence, cerebral palsy, miscarriages and mental retardation, among many other risks.

If you or someone you know has a drug problem and is pregnant, you need to get help right now. Addiction treatment is readily available and could easily mean the difference between life and death: for both the baby and the mother.

Feel Happy and Sad at the Same Time?

Did you know that it’s impossible to be stressed out and relaxed at the same time? Neither can you be happy and sad at the same time.

Of course, you can go back and forth, like an oscillating fan. But let’s consider what happens when we focus our energy on one predominant emotion.

Have you ever watched an oscillating fan in action? It blows cool air to one side of the room, and then slowly rotates to the other side.

Our emotions can be like that, oscillating back and forth. Sometimes, we have a “love-hate” relationship. We love someone, but we also hate certain things about them. However, the brain always suspends one emotion while expressing the other.

The reason this happens is because of a protective mechanism in the brain. Isn’t that amazing? Our brain attempts to protect us from getting confused, disoriented or shutting down due to “analysis paralysis.”

The good news is that we can use our brain’s protection mechanism to our advantage. Instead of feeling angry, sad or afraid– we can feel happy, smile and hold our head high.

Perhaps we take a moment to distract ourselves. We think about something that made us laugh or warmed our heart. Or maybe we whisper a quick prayer, thanking God for being in control of our lives, and working in the midst of a difficult situation.

Of course, there are times when we need to express negative emotions, such as sadness, grief, frustration or anger. It normal and healthy to express these feelings. However, it can become disempowering if our feelings make us miserable, sap our energy and strength, or spiral into despair.

Consider for a moment what happens when you’re struggling with negative emotions, but you stop to let go of them… and smile. At first, you feel some tension from the competing emotions. Your brain is wrestling with your feelings. Which feelings will you give into?

Suppose you keeping on smiling. What happens then? Your negative emotions are pushed aside and scattered to the wind. They may not be completely gone, but they are temporarily suspended.

Whenever we let go of negative emotions, we’re able to think more clearly. We have the energy that we need to recover, let go, heal and get on with our lives. Now we can

think clearly and decide what to do next. There is tremendous power in letting go and releasing tension from the mind and body.

Sometimes, it is hard to smile in the midst of a stressful situation. However, the simple act of lifting up the corners of your mouth, will help you to reverse the direction of the fan. Instead of fanning the flames of anger, sadness and fear– and making those coals even hotter– you turn to the other side. By letting go, you activate feelings of calm, energy and emotional release.

Consider the power of your smile. When we let go of tension and anxiety, we stay on the road to less stress.

Important Points to Ponder Before Buying a Health Insurance Plan

A health insurance plan is an essential part of financial planning in this era of skyrocketing medical costs. Medical inflation has been aggravating at its full spree which makes it all the more important to buy a Health Insurance plan which could sponsor the hospitalization and medical treatment bills or expenses.

It is important to evaluate and look for the following parameters to get a best health plan for you and your family.

1. Check for the Waiting Period Clause

You must be feeling care free after taking an insurance, but your health insurance comes with a waiting period clause for specific conditions. There is an initial period clause which says that any hospitalization claim will not be admissible in first 30 days of the policy commencement apart from accidental hospitalization. The pre-existing diseases or conditions are also not covered immediately after you purchase a policy.There is a waiting period ranging from 2 years to 4 years as per the plan conditions in the industry. Also, there are certain surgeries and treatments like hernia, cataract, joint replacement, etc. which can be rented after a specific waiting period of 1 or 2 years.

So, it is important to check the waiting period clause before you finalize the health plan.

2. Check for Sublimits

There are certain capping or sublimits in your health plan which says that the specific kind of expenses are paid by the insurance company upto a specific limit and beyond that the insured or customer has to bear them at his own. For example: Room rent charges are capped on per day basis for different health plans. Some health plans also come with a mandatory co-pay where the portion of the claimed claim is to be born by the insured and the remaining is paid by the insurance company.

Check for the sublimits in your health plan to avoid any last minute surprises at the time of claim.

3. Check for Network Hospitals

The insurance companies offering health plans have certain empaneled network hospitals with whom they have a tie up. Any hospitalization or treatment taken in the stated or specified network hospital list is done on the cashless basis subject to policy conditions.

Check for the list of network hospitals of insurance company and ensure you have network hospitals of the insurer near your place of residence in case of any emergency hospitalization. Also, a treatment in non-network hospital may not offer cashless treatment and some insurers have a co-pay clause if you take a treatment in non-network hospital.

4. Check for the Claim Process

Different insurance companies have different claim procedures. Some settlement or administrator claims through Third Party Administrators (TPA's) and some have their own in house claim settlement unit to foster quick and hassle free claim processing. Also, check the claim settlement ratio of the insurer you intend to buy a health plan from to have a clear picture on the number of claims settled by the insurer.

It is important to have a handy information on claims procedure to have a smooth and hassle free treatment in the times of hospitalization.

5. Compare & Buy Online

It is important to take a right buying decision which can be done by comparing the available health insurance plans online. You can compare the price, key features, policy benefits, value added benefits, eligibility, exclusions, etc. of multiple health insurance plans to make a right informed choice of your own without any interference of the agents. Buying online health insurance plan is a hassle free process which required minimum documentation and quick policy processing. There are certain online portals which will enable you to make an easy comparison and will assist you in choosing the right Health insurance plan.

Online buying of the health plan is economic as companies offer discounts on premium for buying a policy online. The reason for an insurance policy to be cost effective if bought online is because the intermediate cost of the premium component is removed. When there is no intermediary in between, Co.'s save on the commission and policy issue cost, which the Co. transfers it to the customers.

Do evaluate your need and make a right buying decision by checking the above stated parameters.

My Opinion About Life

A famous philosopher once said,

“Life is too deep for words,

So don’t try to describe it,

Just Live It.”

I agree to his opinion. Life is not such a sort of word which can be described in alphabets. It needs volumes and volumes to explain Life. Many Philosophers, Scholars and Literary Personalities have tried their level best to define life. Some say life is like fire, some say it’s like an ice-cream. A very famous Greek Philosopher Hericulates says,

“Life is the name of war,

This war makes a common man,

a King or a Slave.”

Similarly, Carl Sandburg says,

“Life is like an onion:

You peel it off one layer at a time,

and sometimes you weep.”

So, this was a brief glimpse to the views of some great people about life.

Now I would like to introduce you with my own opinion and idea about life.

Life is like a blend of different shades and colors. It has a lot of faces. We can’t have a single opinion about it. If we look at it from one point of view or observe its face from one side, it appears to us very pleasant and enjoyable. But at the same time, its opposite side is very ugly and sad. I take these different shades of life similar to the four seasons of year i-e. Spring, Summer, Winter and Autumn and divide the life span of a person in four periods.

The Spring, which is a very life giving season, is actually the Childhood period of men’s life. About spring someone has said,

“Spring unlocks the laughing

beauty of Nature.”

The childhood of a person is very innocent, without any sort of worries and tensions and hence it is very bright and is, therefore, the Spring of Life.

The Summer, although with its blazing warmth and scorching heat still gives vigor and zeal to life. The teenage duration is also very adventurous and one uses all his abilities either in the right or wrong direction. In other words, it is very enthusiastic period of life.

Next one is Winter season which due to its coldness brings fadedness to one’s life. The duration of life aging from 30’s to the boundary of old age is a natural period in which the charms of life began to vanish. But still in this period of age, a little struggle and enthusiasm remains the companion of an individual.

Autumn season which is a symbol of gloominess and sadness is the representative of late old age of a person when he just passes his days of life like a flickering flame of candle which is on the mercy of blowing winds. All his emotions turn cold and silently wait for the closing of his chapter of life and thinks keenly on this point that

“Our lives are like a candle in the wind.”

So, this was all which I have experienced yet about life. My opinion about life, either it is right or wrong, is very close to the reality which I have observed from my surroundings. It however changes with the mood of a person, if you are happy i-e. everything is going as per your plan then life seems to be a silky piece of fabric which folds the way you do but if it doesn’t favor you then you feel autumn around you, your mood your likes/dislikes change accordingly.

I believe that if a person watches only his own way in life and avoids any overlap of fortune with others (which is very difficult) he will conquer his life and steer it any way he wants. Jealousy is the key that unlocks the negative competition instead race among fellows and suddenly spring changes to autumn. Childhood is spring because the factor of jealousy is not into play, a child doesn’t know to be jealous.

Life is a word having meaning as wide as the depth of oceans and the grains of sand on the shores of seas. So, to say that this is the ultimate reality or meaning of life would be totally wrong. Paper can be ended and inks can be finished but the true meaning of life can never be defined.

Pregnancy Tips to Keep Yourself in Good Health

Now you are having a baby you must take extra care of yourself during the months that lie ahead.

Lots of women bloom during pregnancy – their hair grows quickly and develops a glossy shine, their skin develops a healthy glow, and their breasts swell and develop a sexy cleavage. These changes are due to the pregnancy hormone progesterone and to more oxygen circulating around your body. Progesterone can also have a calming effect and help reduce anxiety, since the serene feeling of contentment some pregnant women experience.

Unfortunately, not all women experience this 'bloom' when they are having a baby and find their hair falls out and becomes greasy, and their skin breaks out in spots.

However, there are things you can do to keep yourself in good health.

Teeth

Dental care is free on the NHS during pregnancy and for one year after the birth, so book an appointment now. Bleeding gums are very common in pregnancy due to an increased blood flow, so you've got to take special care to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Gum disease has been linked to premature labor and, if left untreated, can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss.

Hair

Hair growth speeds up so your hair may be thicker and glossier when you are having a baby. Faster hair growth may also mean more hairs falling out because new hair is replacing them. Some women get greasy hair when they are having a baby and this is due to progesterone stimulating more sebum (oil) on the scalp – wash your hair frequently using mild shampoo.

Skin

Progesterone causes glands in the skin to produce more oil so you may find you break out in spots. Equally, your skin can become dry and itchy. Use a skin care range appropriate for your type of skin and moisturize daily. Avoid perfumed shower gels and bubble bath as these can dry your skin.

Stretch marks

These occur if the elasticity of the skin becomes over-stretched and appear as reddish lines, often on the breasts, stomach and thighs. It helps not to put on too much weight to wear a supportive bra and to moisturize regularly. After the birth, the lines will gradually begin to fade and become less noticeable.

Pigmentation

If you find your skin is more sensitive to the sun than normal, use a moisturizer that contains UVA protection. Some women develop a condition called chloasma, a butterfly-shaped mask of darker skin across the face. This can be reflected with make-up and will disappear after the birth.

Legs and feet

Tired, aching legs and feet are common when you are having a baby . Try to spend some time with your feet up every evening. Fluid retention sometimes causes your feet to get bigger so you may need to buy bigger shoes.

Diabetes 2 – Chance Of Amputation Of Legs And Feet?

Why do so many people with Type 2 Diabetes require amputation at some point in their life? Diabetes causes many complications. One of the most devastating is diabetic neuropathy. This is actually the diabetes doing damage to the nerves in the periphery nervous system. It happens most often in the legs and feet. The problem usually begins with a tingling sensation in the area. For patients with Type 2 Diabetes, eventually the tingling turns to pain or numbness. One other medical issue that Type II Diabetes causes in the feet is reduced blood circulation. In the extremities of the feet, the size of the blood vessels constrict due to diabetes. When these to risks combine, it can lead to severe problems in the feet or lower legs. Did you know that this is when amputation may become an option.

How do you avoid getting to the point of an amputation with type 2 Diabetes? Good foot care is very important. This means monitoring the feet for any signs of infection. It means keeping them clean at all times. It means wearing good shoes and the proper support socks. It means approaching any small injuries as a major one. If a minor injury happens in an area with nerve damage and poor circulation, infection becomes a real possibility. Severe infection can lead to gangrene. That, of course, could lead to amputation. Seeing your doctor about any injury to the foot is important for that reason alone.

There are other ways to help prevent the need for amputation if you have type 2 diabetes. that you should stop the smoking habit as it can also reduces the size of blood vessels throughout the body. Keep a close eye on your glucose levels. Managing those levels will help keep diabetes damage to the nerves down to a minimum. Get and stay physically active. This helps increase circulation to the legs and feet. It also helps with flexibility. Visit your doctor regularly to monitor for any problems. Get your weight under control. Extra weight on the legs and feet do not really help.

If you already have nerve damage or circulation issues in your feet, don’t think that amputation is inevitable. Taking good care of your feet is extremely important. Visit your doctor if you find sores developing on your feet. Take care with wearing shoes at all times. Loss of sensation may not let you know if you step on something that causes a wound. With type 2 diabetes, taking care of your feet is almost as important as monitoring your blood sugar.

What is an Ointment?

Most people have used an ointment for one reason or another. Due to their basic combination of ingredients – an oil, a wax, and added essential oils – they are surprisingly easy to produce.

So what is an ointment?

An ointment is a homogeneous, viscous, semi-solid preparation – typically a thick, greasy oil with a high viscosity – that is intended for external application to the skin. Ointments tend to be used for muscle pain, rubs, or in products such as nappy rash creams.

Consistency of Product.

The consistency of ointments can be altered unintentionally by climate, or intentionally by adding additional oils such as emu oil. The combination of essential oils, and thus the viscosity of the ointment, will vary depending on its intended use. For example, a nappy rash cream applied on an infant would need to be less viscous than a liniment used by a sportsman.

Common Properties.

Most ointments are moisturizing for the skin, and, due to their having few ingredients beyond the base oil, have a low risk of sensitization and irritation. Though an ingredient base of oils and beeswax is preferable, there are a number of alternative options.

1/ Hydrocarbon bases; e.g. a hard or soft paraffin, which is a petroleum product.

2/ Absorption bases; e.g. wool fat or beeswax. I prefer beeswax because it is a cleaner, more natural product. Beeswax itself can be bought as natural, unrefined, or bleached wax. I prefer it straight from the beekeeper. Melt the wax and allow the solid particles to settle.

3/ Synthetic water-soluble bases

4/ Emulsifying bases; beeswax is also the most widely-used emulsifier, but carnauba wax, cocoa butter, shea butter, and emu oil have also been used. Carnauba wax is used to provide a lovely glossy surface to your finished ointment and, as it is a plant wax, is also suitable for vegans.

5/ Vegetable oils; e.g. olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, etc.

Customising.

The essential oils you select will depend on the benefits you wish to achieve. For example, calendula oil and lavender will create soothing and moisturising ointments suitable for an infant. Clove, cajeput and menthol essential oils are popular in sports liniments. For an elderly person who wants pain relief, but has dry sensitive skin, lavender, peppermint and marjoram are ideal. You may also like to add 5% wheatgerm oil for its vitamin E content, or carrot-seed oil for vitamins A, C, B1 and B2. Whatever you select, make it appropriate for its purpose.

Preserving Your Ointment.

I have never had problems with ointments, and this is basically the result of:

1/ Both the jars and my equipment are kept very clean.

2/ There is no water content in the ointments. Water will tend to make the creams become unusable.

3/ You can add grapefruit seed extract as a preservative, and rosemary extract as an antioxidant.

Benefits To Using An Ointment.

All these products are excellent at holding moisture in the skin, and, being oil-based, will not wash off as easily. This is essential if you plan to use it the ointment for massage, manipulation or as protective layer, such as a nappy rash. Natural ointments are easy to make for home use, are easy to customise, and easy to use.