Advantages Of East Facing House Plans

Are you planning of constructing a house? While there are many house plans that you can go with, not all of them are ideal for you. One of the best plans that you should consider is the east facing plan.

Benefits Of East Facing House Plan

There are a number of benefits that come with an east facing plan. Some of the benefits include:

Sunlight: since the sun rises from the east, it means that your house will be receiving a lot of sunlight during the early morning. This will reduce your energy bills as you don’t have to leave the lights on if you wake up early.

Health: researchers have shown that the morning sun is always the best. Since your house will be facing east, you will be getting the most from the beneficial morning sun.

Tips To Consider When Designing An East Facing House Plan

For you to design a perfect east facing house you need to put a number of tips into consideration:

Plenty of space on the east: as an architect you need to leave enough space in the east. This is the space that the people in the house will be using to bask during the early morning.

Short east compound wall: to allow plenty of sun into the building, you should ensure that you don’t cover the house with the compound wall. This calls for you to construct a wall that is much shorter than the house. To leave enough space on the east side you should ensure that the main gate faces northeast.

Have a verandah: when designing the house you should ensure that the house has a verandah on the eastern side where the owners of the house can sit and enjoy the healthy morning sun. You can design a sloping verandah; however, you should ensure that it doesn’t face west.

Clutter free: to avoid obstructing positive energy you should ensure that the space on the eastern side is clean and clutter free. This calls for you to remove any heaps of soil, stone or garbage that might be there. You should also ensure that the house doesn’t have any elevated land. The floor should be less elevated than the center room.

If there’s a road running in front of the house you should ensure that it’s lower than the plot.

Conclusion

These are the advantages of an east facing house plan. If you are interested in an east facing house, ensure that the plan is designed by a professional architect.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Liquid Medicines Over Tablets And Pills?

Every person needs to take medicine at some point in their life and the normal format usually comes in the form of a pill or a capsule. Patients who find it difficult to take medication, like very young patients or older patients are given liquid forms of the medication. Most people are aware of the liquid OTC analgesic formulations for babies and toddlers, as well as the liquid cold and flu remedies marketed for adults, but few realize that it is possible to obtain alternative formulations for many prescription drugs when the patient has trouble swallowing pills. As always, when taking any medications, whether they are sold by prescription or over the counter, care must be taken to make sure that there will not be any adverse side effects when two or more medications are taken concurrently. You always need to tell your physician and pharmacist about any medicines you are currently taking.

Normally, individuals who take their medications in the form of pills or capsules do not have any difficulties in swallowing the medicine. These may come in several different sizes that range from fairly small to others that are rather big. Sometimes patients have trouble swallowing because of a condition called dysphagia. This condition may develop when one is young and persist throughout life, or it may develop later in life, brought on by an illness or condition that impacts the ability to swallow. When this happens, the best thing to do is to consult with the physician or pharmacist to find out if the prescribed medication comes in a different form, such as a liquid, that would be easier to swallow. There is a lengthy formulation and development process that drugs in a liquid formulation must go through prior to being prescribed for utilization by patients. This is because it is essential that the drug is evenly dispersed throughout the formulation. Liquid formulas frequently state on the label that the bottle needs to be shaken up before ingesting the medicine in order to ensure that the medication is evenly distributed and has not settled at the bottom of the bottle.

It is necessary for the design of liquid formulations to be a bit different than that of tablets so that the patient receives the proper amount of medication without imbibing large quantities of liquids. In addition, it must include an additive that masks the taste of the drug, which is frequently quite bitter and foul tasting. Normally, the average dose is not more than 5 millilitres for children, but adults usually need to take the medicine in a higher dosage. Normally the medication comes as a syrup, mixture or solution and includes sweeteners and flavouring agents to disguise the drug’s taste. Frequently fluids with a thicker viscosity are utilized so that they are not as likely to be spilled or inhaled in error. Additionally, it might have other ingredients that help the drug to stay in the liquid, which will ensure that the drug is going to be effective.

A special measuring spoon comes with liquid medications to ensure that the proper dosage is administered every time. A recent study revealed that when the special measuring spoon was not utilized, the dosage size could vary greatly due to the fact that teaspoons are not made in standard sizes. If you learn that you cannot easily use the spoon that is provided to you, ask your pharmacist for a special medicine cup or an oral syringe so that you will be able to measure the proper dosage correctly.

There are a few basic steps to follow when taking liquid medicine:

1. Be sure that you are aware of the dose you will need to consume.

2. Measure the dosage into the spoon, cup or syringe with care

3. Once the dose has been administered, clean the dispenser thoroughly so that it will be ready when the time comes for the next dose to be administered.

4. Be sure to store the bottle properly; some drugs, like antibiotics, may need to be refrigerated.

A medicine dispenser can be greatly beneficial for any medication that needs to be taken long term. These pumps are designed to fit into the medicine bottle and dispense a specific amount with each pump. These devices will make it easier to provide a correct quantity of a liquid medication when it is administered, especially at night when the lighting may be poor and in situations where dexterity or vision problems are present. Any issues should be discussed with your pharmacist or doctor.

Proper storage of medication is essential and any instructions with regard to the dosage and timing of administration must be followed exactly. In addition, any old medication should be taken to a pharmacy for proper disposal.

The Various Uses of Ski Masks

A ski mask, which also goes by the name of balaclava or balaclava helmet, is headgear made of cloth that is designed to cover most of your face. The name balaclava is derived from the use of these ski masks in the Battle of Balaclava. This is a town located close to Sevastopol, Crimea. The battle was fought in the Crimean war.

There are a variety of styles available and depending on the way that you wear it, you can expose just your eyes, or also your nose and mouth. You may also wear it so that your entire face is exposed. If you go with the design that exposes the whole face, you could roll it to make a hat that will cover your head or it may fold down so that it looks like a collar.

Balaclavas are worn outdoors especially by people who engage in winter sports including snowmobiling, snowboarding and skiing. They are a protection for the face against the lash of cold winds and help to maintain warmth. Lately they have also become part of what motorcyclists wear since they too have to deal with the lash of the wind.

Interestingly, firefighters also wear them although theirs are fire resistant and are made from a material known as nomex. The face opening on these modified ski masks is then covered by an SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus). Fire retardant balaclavas are also worn by race drivers who must put them on under their helmets. In the racing events, various rally stages, hill climbs and the like, it has become mandatory for these to be worn along with other protective gear such as gloves, socks, long underwear and special shoes. Electrical workers also have a modified balaclava. Theirs is arc-flash rated and is usually worn with a shield over the face as well as other PPE to protect them as they work on their equipment.

Balaclavas can be purchased in a retail shop that sells sports gear or winter sports gear. Anyone running such a shop would have to purchase the wholesale ski mask from a wholesaler. They are actually able to select the style of balaclava to sell including casual, active, classic and formal. Since they come in a variety of colors and patterns, as a retailer, you can get the most attractive for your store. There are multicolored ones, plaid, print designs, striped and solid color ones too.

Of course it is cheaper to make a bulk order if you are a retailer than purchasing in small amounts. You may need to get on the internet and find wholesalers that will give you a good price before you can make a purchase. Saving money is always welcome. However, it is important to find a balance between quality and price. Cheap can end up being very costly, but you can also find well priced products of good quality. Payment methods will vary depending on the company you buy from. However, if you are required to make an online payment, you will find that for most of them, even PayPal is a valid payment option.

The Development of Old Age and Related Issues

In traditional Chinese and other Asian cultures the aged were highly respected and cared for. The Igabo tribesmen of Eastern Nigeria value dependency in their aged and involve them in care of children and the administration of tribal affairs (Shelton, A. in Kalish R. Uni Michigan 1969).

In Eskimo culture the grandmother was pushed out into the ice-flow to die as soon as she became useless.

Western societies today usually resemble to some degree the Eskimo culture, only the “ice-flows” have names such a “Sunset Vista” and the like. Younger generations no longer assign status to the aged and their abandonment

is always in danger of becoming the social norm.

There has been a tendency to remove the aged from their homes and put them  in custodial care. To some degree the government provides domiciliary care services to prevent or delay this, but the motivation probably has more

to do with expense than humanity.

In Canada and some parts of the USA old people are being utilised as foster-grandparents in child care agencies.

SOME BASIC DEFINITIONS

What is Aging?

Aging: Aging is a natural phenomenon that refers to changes occurring throughout the life span and result in differences in structure and function between the youthful and elder generation.

Gerontology: Gerontology is the study of aging and includes science, psychology and sociology.

Geriatrics: A relatively new field of medicine specialising in the health problems of advanced age.

Social aging: Refers to the social habits and roles of individuals with respect to their culture and society. As social aging increases individual usually experience a decrease in meaningful social interactions.

Biological aging: Refers to the physical changes in the body systems during the later decades of life. It may begin long before the individual  reaches chronological age 65.

Cognitive aging: Refers to decreasing ability to assimilate new information and learn new behaviours and skills.

GENERAL PROBLEMS OF AGING

Eric Erikson (Youth and the life cycle. Children. 7:43-49 Mch/April 1960) developed an “ages and stages” theory of human

development that involved 8 stages after birth each of which involved a basic dichotomy representing best case and worst case outcomes. Below are the dichotomies and their developmental relevance:

Prenatal stage – conception to birth.

1. Infancy. Birth to 2 years – basic trust vs. basic distrust. Hope.

2. Early childhood, 3 to 4 years – autonomy vs. self doubt/shame. Will.

3. Play age, 5 to 8 years – initiative vs. guilt. Purpose.

4. School age, 9to 12 – industry vs. inferiority. Competence.

5. Adolescence, 13 to 19 – identity vs. identity confusion. Fidelity.

6. Young adulthood – intimacy vs. isolation. Love.

7. Adulthood, generativity vs. self absorption. Care.

8. Mature age- Ego Integrity vs. Despair. Wisdom.

This stage of older adulthood, i.e. stage 8, begins about the time of retirement and continues throughout one’s life. Achieving ego integrity  is a sign of maturity while failing to reach this stage is an indication of poor development in prior stages through the life course.

Ego integrity: This means coming to accept one’s whole life and reflecting on it in a positive manner. According to Erikson, achieving

integrity means fully accepting one’ self and coming to terms with death. Accepting responsibility for one’s life and being able to review

the past with satisfaction is essential. The inability to do this leads to despair and the individual will begin to fear death. If a favourable balance is achieved during this stage, then wisdom is developed.

Psychological and personality aspects:

Aging has psychological implications. Next to dying our recognition that we are aging may be one of the most profound shocks we ever receive. Once we pass the invisible line of 65 our years are bench marked for the remainder of the game of life. We are no longer “mature age” we are instead classified as “old”, or “senior citizens”. How we cope with the changes we face and stresses of altered status depends on our basic personality. Here are 3 basic personality types that have been identified. It may be a oversimplification but it makes the point about personality effectively:

a. The autonomous – people who seem to have the resources for self-renewal. They may be dedicated to a goal or idea and committed to continuing productivity. This appears to protect them somewhat even against physiological aging.

b.The adjusted – people who are rigid and lacking in adaptability but are supported by their power, prestige or well structured routine. But if their situation changes drastically they become psychiatric casualties.

c.The anomic. These are people who do not have clear inner values or a protective life vision. Such people have been described as prematurely resigned and they may deteriorate rapidly.

Summary of stresses of old age.

a. Retirement and reduced income. Most people rely on work for self worth, identity and social interaction. Forced retirement can be demoralising.

b. Fear of invalidism and death. The increased probability of falling prey to illness from which there is no recovery is a continual

source of anxiety. When one has a heart attack or stroke the stress becomes much worse.

Some persons face death with equanimity, often psychologically supported by a religion or philosophy. Others may welcome death as an end to suffering or insoluble problems and with little concern for life or human existence. Still others face impending death with suffering of great stress against which they have no ego defenses.

c. Isolation and loneliness. Older people face inevitable loss of loved ones, friends and contemporaries. The loss of a spouse whom one has depended on for companionship and moral support is particularly distressing. Children grow up, marry and become preoccupied or move away. Failing memory, visual and aural impairment may all work to make social interaction difficult. And if this

then leads to a souring of outlook and rigidity of attitude then social interaction becomes further lessened and the individual may not even utilise the avenues for social activity that are still available.

d. Reduction in sexual function and physical attractiveness. Kinsey et al, in their Sexual behaviour in the human male,

(Phil., Saunders, 1948) found that there is a gradual decrease in sexual activity with advancing age and that reasonably gratifying patterns of sexual activity can continue into extreme old age. The aging person also has to adapt to loss of sexual attractiveness in a society which puts extreme emphasis on sexual attractiveness. The adjustment in self image and self concept that are required can be very hard to make.

e. Forces tending to self devaluation. Often the experience of the older generation has little perceived relevance to the problems of the young and the older person becomes deprived of participation in decision making both in occupational and family settings. Many parents are seen as unwanted burdens and their children may secretly wish they would die so they can be free of the burden and experience some financial relief or benefit. Senior citizens may be pushed into the role of being an old person with all this implies in terms of self devaluation.

4 Major Categories of Problems or Needs:

Health.

Housing.

Income maintenance.

Interpersonal relations.

BIOLOGICAL CHANGES

Physiological Changes: Catabolism (the breakdown of protoplasm) overtakes anabolism (the build-up of protoplasm). All body systems are affected and repair systems become slowed. The aging process occurs at different rates in different individuals.

Physical appearance and other changes:

Loss of subcutaneous fat and less elastic skin gives rise to wrinkled appearance, sagging and loss of smoothness of body contours. Joints stiffen and become painful and range of joint movement becomes restricted, general

mobility lessened.

Respiratory changes:

Increase of fibrous tissue in chest walls and lungs leads restricts respiratory movement and less oxygen is consumed. Older people more likelyto have lower respiratory infections whereas young people have upper respiratory infections.

Nutritive changes:

Tooth decay and loss of teeth can detract from ease and enjoyment in eating. Atrophy of the taste buds means food is inclined to be tasteless and this should be taken into account by carers. Digestive changes occur from lack of exercise (stimulating intestines) and decrease in digestive juice production. Constipation and indigestion are likely to follow as a result. Financial problems can lead to the elderly eating an excess of cheap carbohydrates rather than the more expensive protein and vegetable foods and this exacerbates the problem, leading to reduced vitamin intake and such problems as anemia and increased susceptibility to infection.

Adaptation to stress:

All of us face stress at all ages. Adaptation to stress requires the consumption of energy. The 3 main phases of stress are:

1. Initial alarm reaction. 2. Resistance. 3. Exhaustion

and if stress continues tissue damage or aging occurs. Older persons have had a lifetime of dealing with stresses. Energy reserves are depleted and the older person succumbs to stress earlier than the younger person. Stress is cumulative over a lifetime. Research results, including experiments with animals suggests that each stress leaves us more vulnerable to the next and that although we might think we’ve “bounced back” 100% in fact each stress leaves it scar. Further, stress is psycho-biological meaning

the kind of stress is irrelevant. A physical stress may leave one more vulnerable to psychological stress and vice versa. Rest does not completely restore one after a stressor. Care workers need to be mindful of this and cognizant of the kinds of things that can produce stress for aged persons.

COGNITIVE CHANGE Habitual Behaviour:

Sigmund Freud noted that after the age of 50, treatment of neuroses via psychoanalysis was difficult because the opinions and reactions of older people were relatively fixed and hard to shift.

Over-learned behaviour: This is behaviour that has been learned so well and repeated so often that it has become automatic, like for example typing or running down stairs. Over-learned behaviour is hard to change. If one has lived a long time one is likely to have fixed opinions and ritualised behaviour patterns or habits.

Compulsive behaviour: Habits and attitudes that have been learned in the course of finding ways to overcome frustration and difficulty are very hard to break. Tension reducing habits such as nail biting, incessant humming, smoking or drinking alcohol are especially hard to change at any age and particularly hard for persons who have been practising them over a life time.

The psychology of over-learned and compulsive behaviours has severe implications for older persons who find they have to live in what for them is a new and alien environment with new rules and power relations.

Information acquisition:

Older people have a continual background of neural noise making it more difficult for them to sort out and interpret complex sensory

input. In talking to an older person one should turn off the TV, eliminate as many noises and distractions as possible, talk slowly

and relate to one message or idea at a time.

Memories from the distant past are stronger than more recent memories. New memories are the first to fade and last to return.

Time patterns also can get mixed – old and new may get mixed.

Intelligence.

Intelligence reaches a peak and can stay high with little deterioration if there is no neurological damage. People who have unusually high intelligence to begin with seem to suffer the least decline. Education and stimulation also seem to play a role in maintaining intelligence.

Intellectual impairment. Two diseases of old age causing cognitive decline are Alzheimer’s syndrome and Pick’s syndrome. In Pick’s syndrome there is inability to concentrate and learn and also affective responses are impaired.

Degenerative Diseases: Slow progressive physical degeneration of cells in the nervous system. Genetics appear to be an important factor. Usually start after age 40 (but can occur as early as 20s).

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Degeneration of all areas of cortex but particularly frontal and temporal lobes. The affected cells actually die. Early symptoms resemble neurotic disorders: Anxiety, depression, restlessness sleep difficulties.

Progressive deterioration of all intellectual faculties (memory deficiency being the most well known and obvious). Total mass of the brain decreases, ventricles become larger. No established treatment.

PICK’S DISEASE Rare degenerative disease. Similar to Alzheimer’s in terms of onset, symptomatology and possible genetic

aetiology. However it affects circumscribed areas of the brain, particularly the frontal areas which leads to a loss of normal affect.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE Neuropathology: Loss of neurons in the basal ganglia.

Symptoms: Movement abnormalities: rhythmical alternating tremor of extremities, eyelids and tongue along with rigidity of the muscles and slowness of movement (akinesia).

It was once thought that Parkinson’s disease was not associated with intellectual deterioration, but it is now known that there is an association between global intellectual impairment and Parkinson’s where it occurs late in life.

The cells lost in Parkinson’s are associated with the neuro-chemical Dopamine and the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s are associated the dopamine deficiency. Treatment involves administration of dopamine precursor L-dopa which can alleviate symptoms including intellectual impairment. Research suggests it may possibly bring to the fore emotional effects in patients who have had

psychiatric illness at some prior stage in their lives.

AFFECTIVE DOMAIN In old age our self concept gets its final revision. We make a final assessment of the value of our lives and our balance of success and failures.

How well a person adapts to old age may be predicated by how well the person adapted to earlier significant changes. If the person suffered an emotional crisis each time a significant change was needed then adaptation to the exigencies of old age may also be difficult. Factors such as economic security, geographic location and physical health are important to the adaptive process.

Need Fulfilment: For all of us, according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory, we are not free to pursue the higher needs of self actualisation unless the basic needs are secured. When one considers that many, perhaps most, old people are living in poverty and continually concerned with basic survival needs, they are not likely to be happily satisfying needs related to prestige, achievement and beauty.

Maslow’s Hierarchy

Physiological

Safety

Belonging, love, identification

Esteem: Achievement, prestige, success, self respect

Self actualisation: Expressing one’s interests and talents to the full.

Note: Old people who have secured their basic needs may be motivated to work on tasks of the highest levels in the hierarchy – activities concerned with aesthetics, creativity and altruistic matters, as compensation for loss of sexual attractiveness and athleticism. Aged care workers fixated on getting old people to focus on social activities may only succeed in frustrating and irritating them if their basic survival concerns are not secured to their satisfaction.

DISENGAGEMENT

Social aging according to Cumming, E. and Henry, W. (Growing old: the aging process of disengagement, NY, Basic 1961) follows a well defined pattern:

1. Change in role. Change in occupation and productivity. Possibly change

in attitude to work.

2. Loss of role, e.g. retirement or death of a husband.

3. Reduced social interaction. With loss of role social interactions are

diminished, eccentric adjustment can further reduce social interaction, damage

to self concept, depression.

4. Awareness of scarcity of remaining time. This produces further curtailment of

activity in interest of saving time.

Havighurst, R. et al (in B. Neugarten (ed.) Middle age and aging, U. of Chicago, 1968) and others have suggested that disengagement is not an inevitable process. They believe the needs of the old are essentially the same as in middle age and the activities of middle age should be extended as long as possible. Havighurst points out the decrease in social interaction of the aged is often largely the

result of society withdrawing from the individual as much as the reverse. To combat this he believes the individual must vigorously resist the limitations of his social world.

DEATH The fear of the dead amongst tribal societies is well established. Persons who had ministered to the dead were taboo and required observe various rituals including seclusion for varying periods of time. In some societies from South America to Australia it is taboo for certain persons to utter the name of the dead. Widows and widowers are expected to observe rituals in respect for the dead.

Widows in the Highlands of New Guinea around Goroka chop of one of their own fingers. The dead continue their existence as spirits and upsetting them can bring dire consequences.

Wahl, C in “The fear of death”, 1959 noted that the fear of death occurs as early as the 3rd year of life. When a child loses a pet or grandparent fears reside in the unspoken questions: Did I cause it? Will happen to you (parent) soon? Will this happen to me? The child in such situations needs to re-assure that the departure is not a censure, and that the parent is not likely to depart soon. Love, grief, guilt, anger are a mix of conflicting emotions that are experienced.

CONTEMPORARY ATTITUDES TO DEATH

Our culture places high value on youth, beauty, high status occupations, social class and anticipated future activities and achievement. Aging and dying are denied and avoided in this system. The death of each person reminds us of our own mortality.

The death of the elderly is less disturbing to members of Western society because the aged are not especially valued. Surveys have established that nurses for example attach more importance to saving a young life than an old life. In Western society there is a pattern of avoiding dealing with the aged and dying aged patient.

Stages of dying. Elisabeth Kubler Ross has specialised in working with dying patients and in her “On death and dying”, NY, Macmillan, 1969, summarised 5 stages in dying.

1. Denial and isolation. “No, not me”.

2. Anger. “I’ve lived a good life so why me?”

3. Bargaining. Secret deals are struck with God. “If I can live until…I promise to…”

4. Depression. (In general the greatest psychological problem of the aged is depression). Depression results from real and threatened loss.

5. Acceptance of the inevitable.

Kubler Ross’s typology as set out above should, I believe be taken with a grain of salt and not slavishly accepted. Celebrated US Journalist David Rieff who was in June ’08 a guest of the Sydney writer’s festival in relation to his book, “Swimming in a sea of death: a son’s memoir” (Melbourne University Press) expressly denied the validity of the Kubler Ross typology in his Late Night Live interview (Australian ABC radio) with Philip Adams June 9th ’08. He said something to the effect that his mother had regarded her impending death as murder. My own experience with dying persons suggests that the human ego is extraordinarily resilient. I recall visiting a dying colleague in hospital just days before his death. He said, “I’m dying, I don’t like it but there’s nothing I can do about it”, and then went on to chortle about how senior academics at an Adelaide university had told him they were submitting his name for a the Order of Australia (the new “Knighthood” replacement in Australia). Falling in and out of lucid thought with an oxygen tube in his nostrils he was nevertheless still highly interested in the “vain glories of the world”. This observation to me seemed consistent with Rieff’s negative assessment of Kubler Ross’s theories.

THE AGED IN RELATION TO YOUNGER PEOPLE

The aged share with the young the same needs: However, the aged often have fewer or weaker resources to meet those needs. Their need for social interaction may be ignored by family and care workers.

Family should make time to visit their aged members and invite them to their homes. The aged like to visit children and relate to them through games and stories.

Meaningful relationships can be developed via foster-grandparent programs. Some aged are not aware of their income and health entitlements. Family and friends should take the time to explain these. Some aged are too proud to access their entitlements and this problem should be addressed in a kindly way where it occurs.

It is best that the aged be allowed as much choice as possible in matters related to living arrangements, social life and lifestyle.

Communities serving the aged need to provide for the aged via such things as lower curbing, and ramps.

Carers need to examine their own attitude to aging and dying. Denial in the carer is detected by the aged person and it can inhibit the aged person from expressing negative feelings – fear, anger. If the person can express these feelings to someone then that person is less likely to die with a sense of isolation and bitterness.

A METAPHYSICAL PERSPECTIVE

The following notes are my interpretation of a Dr. Depak Chopra lecture entitled, “The New Physics of Healing” which he presented to the 13th Scientific Conference of the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Depak Chopra is an endocrinologist and a former Chief of Staff of New England Hospital, Massachusetts. I am deliberately omitting the detail of his explanations of the more abstract, ephemeral and controversial ideas.

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In the lecture Dr. Chopra presents a model of the universe and of all organisms as structures of interacting centres of electromagnetic energy linked to each other in such a way that anything affecting one part of a system or structure has ramifications throughout the entire structure. This model becomes an analogue not only for what happens within the structure or organism itself, but between the organism and both its physical and social environments. In other words there is a correlation between psychological

conditions, health and the aging process. Dr. Chopra in his lecture reconciles ancient Vedic (Hindu) philosophy with modern psychology and quantum physics.

Premature Precognitive Commitment: Dr. Chopra invokes experiments that have shown that flies kept for a long time in a jar do not quickly leave the jar when the top is taken off. Instead they accept the jar as the limit of their universe. He also points out that in India baby elephants are often kept tethered to a small twig or sapling. In adulthood when the elephant is capable of pulling over a medium sized tree it can still be successfully tethered to a twig! As another example he points to experiments in which fish are bred on

2 sides of a fish tank containing a divider between the 2 sides. When the divider is removed the fish are slow to learn that they can now swim throughout the whole tank but rather stay in the section that they accept as their universe. Other experiments have demonstrated that kittens brought up in an environment of vertical stripes and structures, when released in adulthood keep bumping into anything aligned horizontally as if they were unable to see anything that is horizontal. Conversely kittens brought up in an environment of horizontal stripes when released bump into vertical structures, apparently unable to see them.

The whole point of the above experiments is that they demonstrate Premature Precognitive Commitment. The lesson to be learned is that our sensory apparatus develops as a result of initial experience and how we’ve been taught to interpret it.

What is the real look of the world? It doesn’t exist. The way the world looks to us is determined by the sensory receptors we have and our interpretation of that look is determined by our premature precognitive commitments. Dr Chopra makes the point that less than a billionth of the available stimuli make it into our nervous systems. Most of it is screened, and what gets through to us is whatever we are

expecting to find on the basis of our precognitive commitments.

Dr. Chopra also discusses the diseases that are actually caused by mainstream medical interventions, but this material gets too far away from my central intention. Dr. Chopra discusses in lay terms the physics of matter, energy and time by way of establishing the wider context of our existence. He makes the point that our bodies including the bodies of plants are mirrors of cosmic rhythms and exhibit changes correlating even with the tides.

Dr. Chopra cites the experiments of Dr. Herbert Spencer of the US National Institute of Health. He injected mice with Poly-IC, an immuno-stimulant while making the mice repeatedly smell camphor. After the effect of the Poly-IC had worn off he again exposed the mice to the camphor smell. The smell of camphor had the effect of causing the mice’s immune system to automatically strengthen

as if they had been injected with the stimulant. He then took another batch of mice and injected them with cyclophosphamide which tends to destroy the immune system while exposing them to the smell of camphor. Later after being returned to normal just the smell of camphor was enough to cause destruction of their immune system. Dr. Chopra points out that whether or not camphor enhanced or

destroyed the mice’s immune system was entirely determined by an interpretation of the meaning of the smell of camphor. The interpretation is not just in the brain but in each cell of the organism. We are bound to our imagination and our

early experiences.

Chopra cites a study by the Massachusetts Dept of Health Education and Welfare into risk factors for heart disease – family history, cholesterol etc. The 2 most important risk factors were found to be psychological measures – Self  Happiness Rating and Job Satisfaction. They found most people died of heart disease on a Monday!

Chopra says that for every feeling there is a molecule. If you are experiencing tranquillity your body will be producing natural valium. Chemical changes in the brain are reflected by changes in other cells including blood cells. The brain produces neuropeptides and brain structures are chemically tuned to these neuropeptide receptors. Neuropeptides (neurotransmitters) are the chemical concommitants of thought. Chopra points out the white blood cells (a part of the immune system) have neuropeptide receptors and are “eavesdropping” on our thinking. Conversely the immune system produces its own neuropeptides which can influence the nervous system. He goes on to say that cells in all parts of the body including heart and kidneys for example also produce neuropeptides and

neuropeptide sensitivity. Chopra assures us that most neurologists would agree that the nervous system and the immune system are parallel systems.

Other studies in physiology: The blood interlukin-2 levels of medical students decreased as exam time neared and their interlukin receptor capacities also lowered. Chopra says if we are having fun to the point of exhilaration our natural interlukin-2 levels become higher. Interlukin-2 is a powerful and very expensive anti-cancer drug. The body is a printout of consciousness. If we could change the way we look at our bodies at a genuine, profound level then our bodies would actually change.

On the subject of “time” Chopra cites Sir Thomas Gall and Steven Hawkins, stating that our description of the universe as having a past, present, and future are constructed entirely out of our interpretation of change. But in

reality linear time doesn’t exist.

Chopra explains the work of Alexander Leaf a former Harvard Professor of Preventative Medicine who toured the world investigating societies where people  lived beyond 100 years (these included parts of Afghanistan, Soviet Georgia, Southern Andes). He looked at possible factors including climate, genetics, and diet. Leaf concluded the most important factor was the collective perception of aging in these societies.

Amongst the Tama Humara of the Southern Andes there was a collective belief that the older you got the more physically able you got. They had a tradition of running and the older one became then generally the better at running one got. The best runner was aged 60. Lung capacity and other measures actually improved with age. People were healthy until well into their 100s and died in their sleep. Chopra remarks that things have changed since the introduction of Budweiser (beer) and TV.

[DISCUSSION: How might TV be a factor in changing the former ideal state of things?]

Chopra refers to Dr. Ellen Langor a former Harvard Psychology professor’s work. Langor advertised for 100 volunteers aged over 70 years. She took them to a Monastery outside Boston to play “Let’s Pretend”. They were divided into 2 groups each of which resided in a different part of the building. One group, the control group spent several days talking about the 1950s. The other group, the experimental group had to live as if in the year 1959 and talk about it in the present tense. What appeared on their TV screens were the old newscasts and movies. They read old newspapers and magazines of the period. After 3 days everyone was photographed and the photographs judged by independent judges who knew nothing of the nature of the experiment. The experimental group seemed to

have gotten younger in appearance. Langor then arranged for them to be tested for 100 physiological parameters of aging which included of course blood pressure, near point vision and DHEA levels. After 10 days of living as if in 1959 all parameters had reversed by the equivalent of at least 20 years.

Chopra concludes from Langor’s experiment: “We are the metabolic end product of our sensory experiences. How we interpret them depends on the collective mindset which influences individual biological entropy and aging.”

Can one escape the current collective mindset and reap the benefits in longevity and health? Langor says, society won’t let you escape. There are too many reminders of how most people think linear time is and how it expresses itself in entropy and aging – men are naughty at 40 and on social welfare at 55, women reach menopause at 40 etc. We get to see so many other people aging and dying that it sets the pattern that we follow.

Chopra concludes we are the metabolic product of our sensory experience and our interpretation gets structured in our biology itself. Real change comes from change in the collective consciousness – otherwise it cannot occur within the individual.

Readings

Chopra, D. The New Physics of Healing. 735 Walnut Street, Boulder, Colorado 83002,

Phone. +303 449 6229.

Coleman, J. C. Abnormal psychology and modern life. Scott Foresman & Co.

Lugo, J. and Hershey, L. Human development a multidisciplinary approach to the psychology of individual growth, NY, Macmillan.

Dennis. Psychology of human behaviour for nurses. Lond. W. B.Saunders.

How to Summon Demons

“The name “Grimoire” is derived from the word “Grammar”. A Grimoire is a description of a set of magical symbols and how to combine them properly.” The Grimoire will be an important element needed for our work. A notepad is fine, even a legal pad will suffice. The objective is to keep accurate notes and an account of the work each time you perform. The work, similar to dreams, will soon be forgotten if you are working on a higher plane. Just as when you awake from a dream, you should write down what you remember from the working ASAP. If not, you will forget valuable information and loose irreplaceable insight experienced during the height of energy working.

Lunar cycles are superfluous to demons. New and Full Moons are known to hold more energy but it is not necessary for our work at hand. The arrangement of the celestial bodies does not dictate the work for our magic. The alignment of stars may be important for horoscopes and other occult workings but not for the workings of our ceremonial initiatives. I also cover some of the energy differences in my other writings.

Solitude is very important for your first foray into the conjuring world. You must focus your mind and energy on the task and not be distracted by others. Also, do not expect a huge win-fall or magical demonstration to transpire. A test of will is needed and there is no such thing as “drive through magic” just as there is no success for those who sit on their gluteus maximus all day. Investment = Returns. For teenagers who are going to Bed, Bath and Beyond, buy some candles and conjure up a demon, please don’t bother. You may actually harm yourself in a maladaptive process.

There are different orders (ordnung) of demons. A working knowledge of their hierarchy is important ergo you must invest time for an understanding. Calling a demon lower in the echelon is preferable for the beginner. Call Samael (Demon of death) on your first try may find you in a mental ward shortly thereafter.

Some practitioners will write down their recitations and actions required during the working in the Grimoire and record the results adjacent on the same pages. I recommend this method because it follows a chronological path through the event and makes it easy to digest later. I also find sketching any visuals helps to keep the images vivid for recollection. The ritual should open as any other ritual. Do your homework and reap the benefits.

In some belief systems, the pentagram or other symbolic circle is used to protect the practitioner from a demon or other being. For Satanists, the Sigil of Baphomet is an important image but it will not protect you from the boogie man. Be serious, a demon can transverse time and dimensions. A circle on the floor or any other tchotchke will not contain them………thus the stern warning at the beginning of this post. It is not a pet on a leash. “Caveat Emptor” As the ceremony is opened, you should pay close attention to vibrations, sounds, temperature changes, etc. Some demons manifest as slight changes in ambient lighting produced by candlelight. Others will bring an uneasy “chill” to the otherwise temperate conditions of the sanctum. I have experienced the movement of small objects caused by a quick puff of air from an undetermined direction. These are all examples however, none are constantly present.

Shortly after the abnormality mentioned above, the being appears; void of form. The center of the energy mass usually vivid and discernible from others if multiple demons appear simultaneously. This is the precursor of a full visual manifestation. This interim presentation is a “testing of the water” period to establish the veracity, fortitude and / or tenacity of the practitioner. Once it has been authenticated by the being, a full display is indulged. If you have prepared as you should, you will be afforded the opportunity to “plead your case” to the being. You should speak clearly and articulate your desires in an unambiguous manner as quickly as possible. This is not a social gathering…………you called, and the call was answered. Remain focused and on point with your desire(s). Do not waste time and DO NOT PRESUME YOU ARE EQUAL TO THE BEING. Demons do not respect humans and they are not impressed with your pitiful myopic life.

When a demon first appears, it will be a shocking and baffling experience. Everything you have been taught to believe and have accepted as the truth is suddenly called into question. Just like the misguided that claim to be Satanists without believing in Satan, your belief system will be turned upside down.

The human mind will stretch like a rubber band – to the point of breaking – when witnessing such an event. It is this realization that allows a person, properly prepared, to not only experience this thing or happening but to actually learn the inner workings of the craft; gaining an insight and ability to recreate the atmosphere almost at will. It is a strain on the psyche however, that only focus, practice and an open mind can overcome.

One attribute almost every time of manifestation is a temperature change. When wearing a robe (as worn during all rituals, rites and invocations) one tends to notice the slightest variation in the environment. You may witness such a drastic change causing a hot and humid summer night to turn almost frosty; to the point of seeing breath in the candles and firelight.

Another common denominator is the unmistakable smell of sulfur just before the revelation. The odor is a stench commensurate to boiled eggs (perhaps after a few days). This phenomenon is a bit unnerving for initiates or those who have never experience a real demon.

When fully realized, the demon is usually an emerald color with an almost hallowing effect. This being is superior to humans in every way and the frenetic and demented atmosphere is reduced to pure awe and admiration. This being demands respect, reverence, wonderment and worship. Without the due respect, a consternation of pure evil, pain and a stripping of the mind is to be the only recollection; if any.

During an encounter, time seems to stand still and yet race concurrently. Watches nor clocks are allowed within the Inner Sanctum. These demonic trysts will last well into the early morning hours before conclusion.

There are variations in the appearances of demons and each has individual characteristics and demeanor. They are, in fact, as docile and jovial on certain occasions as members of the coven or a colleague. There are those times however, that the same being may be agitated, disturbed or adversarial from the first few moments. Those are the occasions to remember who possesses the true power and control….it is not you nor a member of the coven!

Let me point out that the ways of magic are not exclusive to the Magus; anyone with the proper training, tenacity, patience and determination can expect consummate results. As with anything, the reward is equally proportionate to the investment made by the practitioner. The mind and body must be attuned to the slightest dimensional harmonics to make compensatory redress and lessen the attenuate course of action.

“As the ceremony is opened, you should pay close attention to vibrations, sounds, temperature changes, etc. Some demons manifest as slight changes in ambient lighting produced by candlelight. Others will bring an uneasy “chill” to the otherwise temperate conditions of the sanctum. Demons are individuals (as we) and they make their entrance as they wish.”

The choice of demonic force desired is usually according to the ritual being conducted; In Rem: Destruction Ritual would necessitate a menacing and contentious being with the ability to do your evil dealing without any reservation whatsoever. The match of tactic and tactician is very important. This is magic where real and tangible results are produced; magic is not a stratagem.

The Ritual of Baphomet can be used as an opening for the Ritual of Black Flame. Both rituals are precursors to a summons and both work well together. Advantageous transitions into the conjurations can be found by using these rituals. The right frame of mind is both necessary and conspicuous for the practitioner. One only has to experience the true working of the conjure to be forever transformed through a satanic metamorphosis; just as caterpillar to chrysalis (pupa) to the butterfly. All actions play out to the five senses and some are overwhelming. For example, when the being Azazel (that great shepherd and scapegoat) materializes, there is always a sound that reminds me of a goat bleating. Each being is as individual as we humans. The ringing of a bell nine (9) times (during ritual work) clears the air inside the Inner Sanctum. Anton Lavey described the Inner Sanctum as the “intellectual decompression chamber” in his book The Satanic Bible.

How Long is Your Therapy "Hour"?

As I travel across the country I meet such interesting people. I get to see unique differences among therapists and how they practice the art and science of therapy.

While therapeutic techniques come and go, the therapy “hour” has been somewhat of a guiding structure and is very common among most therapists. But why? Why is the 45 or 50-minute session length so important? I know that I use that time to “pace” the session. But what if the person needs more time or even less time?

For some years now, we have seen some exceptions to the 45 or 50-minute therapy hour. Many of you do 90 minute sessions or “double-sessions”. But what about people who want a quick session – to get their ‘thinking straight’ – or to help with a particular situation – that may not need (or want) a “full” session?

I believe that as we move into the next phase of providing psychotherapy, we will see even more variations on how therapy is provided. For example, we will see more e-therapy and phone sessions. To be flexible to the changing cultural norms will be very important as the Gen-Y’ers enter our practices. These young people are used to information delivered quickly and in short segments. If possible, they would like it online. They order pizza and movie tickets online. Information is quickly disseminated on cell phones via text messaging.

This will also lead to interesting questions about how to book our schedules effectively. Will we have “online” time-frames booked in our schedule where we are available for internet communications such as a chat session? Will we offer quick 15 minutes phone sessions? Will shorter sessions help those therapists who want to stay at home – for example, moms, be able to make more money because they can do work from home?

I do think the 45 or 50-minute therapy “hour” is here to stay. In many cases it is the most clinically appropriate thing to do. Of course, we must do what is clinically appropriate.

But I also think that it might be in our best interests to begin thinking of ways we could serve our clients even better.

As your e-coach, I invite you to ponder the following questions:

1. What is my therapeutic reasoning for my current session lengths?

2. What is my business reasoning for my current session lengths?

3. Is it possible that I could add more to my menu of services that might serve both my clients and my business?

Maintaining a Healthy Thyroid Diet – Include These Foods

Have you ever heard “You are what you eat?” I’m sure you have.

When I gave up on western medicine to solve my Graves’ and later Hashimoto’s disease, I turned to diet. This was not an easy process. I struggled for a long time experimenting with foods and discovered that diet can indeed influence the thyroid.

I discovered what foods to remove from my diet and what foods were needed to cure and maintain a healthy thyroid. Now I want to cover:

Foods to ADD to my life to boost my immune system and detox the body and help the thyroid

NUTRITIONALLY-DENSE FOODS

FOOD that is nutritionally-dense and provides all the key macro- and micro-nutrients in good ratio.

Some tips here:

o Always organic, they are more nutrition-packed and free of hormones that are known to interrupting our endocrine system

o Meat must be at least organic but pasture-raised is best. We want to eliminate antibiotics and growth hormones from our diet

o Food that is FERMENTED the traditional way, so things like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, homemade yoghurt, kombucha tea are all rich in probiotics.

PROTEINS and FATS

They are the building blocks of your digestive track and our hormones. We are fat-o-phobic in America and low-fat diets are one of the worse things that we invented. Europeans and Asians have fat-rich diets (traditionally) and enjoy much better health than we do. Good fat tips: avocados, walnuts, coconut oil, coconut butter. Animal fats are the best in restoring a troubled digestion; ghee (clarified butter), butter, chicken and beef fat are essential but need to be rendered and not in fried/processed form.

PROBIOTICS

Probiotics are key in restoring your digestive track

Everyone has bacteria in their digestive tract, or gut, that is essential to the function of the human body. A healthy adult has about 1.5 – 2 kg of bacteria in their gut, both good and bad. Normal levels of bacteria, or flora, in the gut protects against invaders, undigested food, toxins, and parasites. When the good and bad bacteria in the gut get out of whack (i.e. more bad than good), a whole host of negative reactions can occur in the body. Undigested foods can leak through into the bloodstream causing food allergies and intolerances, vitamins and minerals to not be absorbed, leading to deficiency, the bad bacteria to produce a whole host of toxins, and the immune system to not function properly.

Here are examples of traditionally fermented food you could incorporate to your diet:

o Sauerkraut (pick properly fermented, not in vinegar)

o Kim chee (Korean fermented veggies)

o Yoghurt

o Kefir (has different bacteria than yoghurt, also super beneficial)

o Kombucha tea

o Vegetable medley (fermented)

o Coconut water kefir

HERBS, SUPPLEMENTS and VITAMINS that benefit the thyroid

Although I’m a fan of getting these from real food whenever possible. It’s hard to give tips here as many people over-medicate and feel worse later. Hopefully these tips help; they apply to most auto-immune conditions (this was given by my naturopath who focuses on hormonal and thyroid health):

  • most people are Vit D deficient, taking Vit D in 2,000 units is safe and good to do as Vit D is actually a hormone, connected to the thyroid
  • calcium is key but needs to be taken with magnesium for full absorption
  • for hypothyroidism: selenium, turmeric/curcumin, phytosterols and for GI support; probiotics and L-Glutamine are key.
  • for hyperthyroidism: copper and magnesium are a common deficiency in people with hyper.

SIMPLE MEDITATION, BREATHING and VISUALIZATION techniques that manage stress and emotions.

I cannot emphasis how important this is, especially for people with hyperthyroidism. We underestimate what stress and emotions do to us; each flare-up of anger, feelings of guilt, fear, hostility, jealousy, etc fire up the adrenals which release cortisol and this hormone has a detrimental impact on the thyroid.

MOVEMENT PLAN

Whether it is sports, dancing, yoga that gets you moving that does not drain your adrenals and your thyroid, yet gives you a sense of accomplishment and joy.

BALANCE

Balance based on your bio-individuality

No one diet/plan works for everybody as each person has a unique way of healing. There is a saying: “One person’s food is another’s poison.” It’s always worth remembering that just because one diet worked for one person it does not mean it will work for you too. The same way one person could have healed their thyroid by just changing the water filters (by getting rid of fluoride) alone and another needs to implement five major diet and lifestyle changes to start feeling just a little better. Let’s respect our differences.

Benefits of All Natural Weight Loss Supplements

People all around the globe want to have a flat stomach desperately, and this is why they are increasingly opting for all natural weight loss supplements that promise quick results without any side effects.

You can also find several diet pills that are useless as they increase the risk of heart attacks and diabetes. No matter how strongly a pill claims to reduce your weight fast, you must understand that there is no magic pill that will melt away the pounds.

A natural supplement is a good alternative for those people who want to stay away from chemical-based, harmful weight loss supplements that damage heart valves. Thus, all natural weight loss supplements are safer alternative to losing body weight. It is also important that you are positive towards losing weight if you want the natural supplement to work fast.

Selling natural supplements to lose those extra pounds is a big business in the U.S. as Americans spend billions of dollars on such remedies. Even Hollywood celebrities promote all natural weight loss supplements and programs. However, one key aspect of herbal weight loss supplement is that the FDA department that is responsible for drug safety does not check natural supplements. Thus, as a consumer, you need to be extra careful before you buy any weight loss supplement as the claims made by the manufacturer can be false.

Medical research suggests that the topmost method to attain flat stomach is by restricting the calorie intake and increasing the physical activity. Turning to diet pills that artificially stimulate the metabolism to lose weight can do more harm than good. So, always trust only natural supplements.

There are several natural ingredients used in natural weight loss supplements, so when buying one you must look for them. Take a look.

• Green tea extract is commonly used in herbal supplements as it helps to speed up your metabolism and burn fat. It is a powerful supplement to kick-start slow metabolism. According to research, green tea can increase burning of calories while you are resting by 4%.

• Another natural ingredient is Hoodia that is a natural appetite suppressant.

• Glucomannan (extracted from the Konjac plant) is yet another ingredient that slows the rate of absorption of carbohydrates and also works as an appetite suppressant.

• The two effective natural supplements that are used to reduce blood sugar are l-arabinose and chromium. Both help decrease blood sugar by reducing sugar enzyme action and removing glucose from the blood by shifting it to the cells where it is transformed to energy.

• More natural supplements that help lose weight are white bean extract and irvingia. They help in managing diabetes and reducing weight.

Turning to dangerous fad diets and pills to lose weight can result in serious consequences. So it is best to eat a healthy diet and follow regular exercise regime combined with ONLY all natural weight loss supplements to get the body of your dreams.

Personal Fitness Training Certifications – Which is the Best?

As someone who has worked in the fitness industry for many years, I am often ask which personal training certification I think is the “best”. It’s a very good question because there are so many different certifications out there to choose from. Just a few of the more familiar organizations that certify personal trainers include ACE, AAAI/ISMA, ISSA, NSCA, NPTI, WITS, the Cooper Institute and ACSM. Trying to decide which organization to go with can be overwhelming.

But it doesn’t have to be if you remember this fact: the general public will probably NEVER ask you “who are you certified by”. This is because the public does not know the difference between ACE, WITS, NPTI, NSCA or any other personal training certification.

Another fact is that all personal training certifications basically cover the same main areas of knowledge. All fitness training organizations (and their textbooks) place emphasis on exercise science, muscle and cardiovascular physiology, anatomy, fitness testing, exercise program design, basic safety / first aid, geneal nutrition and exercise technique.

The difference between each organization is how in depth the certification exam and study materials are. Some personal training study books are so hung up on counting every ATP molecule made in the Krebs cycle that they forget to mention that people should be more focused on burning calories during exercise and not burning fat. In other words, they place more emphasis on the obscure E=MC2 high tech science stuff, rather than the information that people can use right now.

If you want to be a personal fitness trainer and been wondering about what cert you should get, give your mind a rest and don’t get hung up on which is the best certification. The trick is to look at several certification programs and find a certification that’s:

1. Reputable

2. Teaches you what you need to know to work safely with others

3. Allows you to get re-certified relatively easily. And…

4. Is cost effective for your budget.

Remember, Knowledge is more valuable to people then a fitness certification or the size of one’s biceps. Consumers are very smart and they look for professionals who can save them time not only working out but also as they search for answers about their health and wellness.

Regardless, the most important thing to do is to keep educating yourself. Remember, a certification does not mean you know everything. Most people are more concerned with how smart you are than how much you can bench press. Having a certification plus six-pack abs may get you a few clients but if you can’t accurately answer a question like “why does my urine look dark colored after I work out,” you are at a BIG disadvantage and you probably won’t keep those clients very long. Most certifications only teach facts and not how to apply those facts to the real world. Thats why I wrote my personal training book to help fitness trainers avoid mistakes and understand how the facts apply to real life.

Where To Go For Medical Treatments in Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland, a prominent country in Central Europe. The city is often called the ‘phoenix city’ as it recovered from severe damage during World War II just as the legendary phoenix reemerges from the ashes. This sparkling city has many historical buildings, museums, theaters, monuments and parks which attract large number of tourists. Warsaw houses many of the leading health care facilities in Poland and some of these major hospitals offer medical services in line with global standards. They provide excellent service through their eminent doctors and with assistance from English speaking staff.

The Medicover Hospital is one of the best hospitals in the country and is found at al. Rzeczypospolitej 5, 02-972 in Warsaw. The Medicover Hospital has an area of 16 000 square meters and has utilized an investment of 40 million Euros to design the hospital according to the latest architectural standards. This 270 bed hospital has five operating rooms and well equipped diagnostic, consulting and rehabilitation centers. The hospital offers medical care in all medical specialties. The surgery clinic performs operations in general surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery and many other types of surgery. The hospital is certified as a ‘painless hospital’ is a major center of minimally invasive surgeries being equipped with modern endoscopic surgical systems. The modern anesthesiology and intensive care units have postoperative care units, intensive care units and preoperative sections. The hospital also has laboratories and an onsite Medicopharma Pharmacy. Comfortable accommodations and client facilities are also available in the hospital. Tel: +48 22 857 20 00

The address for the Infant Jesus Hospital (Szpital Kliniczny Dziecitka Jezus Centrum) is Warsaw 02-005, ul. Lindley 4. This multidisciplinary hospital was established by the Congregation of St. Vincent de Paul missionaries. This ISO 9001-2000 health care facility has full fledged departments in all branches of medicine and its orthopedic clinic is the largest in Poland. Its trauma treatment center has also achieved wide recognition. The surgery division of Infant Jesus Hospital offers service in both general and specialized surgery. The anesthesiology department, intensive care units and the emergency medicine division are well equipped with latest devices. The modern dental clinic includes conservative dentistry, pediatric dentistry and dental radiology sections. Good service pharmaceutical and central laboratory services are also available. Tel: 022 502-20-00

Damian Medical Centre located at Walbrzyska 46 in Warsaw is another modern hospital that offers quality health care service at international standards. The Damian Medical Center- the first private hospital in Warsaw- was founded in 1994 by Damian Poszczyski. The hospital has received many awards including the European Medal by the European Integration Committee, and the “Hospital without Pain” certificate by the Polish Society for the Study of Pain. The hospital offers diagnostic and clinical services in all major medical specialties and has three operation theatres and two outpatient clinics. DMC is estimated to perform over 3,000 operations, 8,000 outpatient procedures and about 200,000 consultations every year. This hospital is well known for its technological edge as it possesses all the latest equipment including echocardiography, RTG and stress test. It also has mammography, X-rays, CTG, arthroscopy and hysteroscopy procedures. DMC is marked as a major center for medical tourism. T: (+48 22) 566 2222

Best 5 Asian Countries That Host Good Hospitals

Medical Tourism is taking people to places and the best part is that they are being benefitted as they get treatment from the best doctors and are open to more options for treatments. Most of the medical tours are now within the budget. You go for whatever you can afford and yet get the best out of the industry. There are countries that are best known for their hospitals and medical treatments. The following is a list of Asian countries that host good hospitals in the world.

1. Malaysia: It is located in the South East Asia and its capital is Kuala Lumpur. The treatments offered by Malaysian Hospitals are Anti-Aging, Bariatric Surgery, Cardiology, Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery, Oncology, Dermatology, Neurology, Orthopedics, etc. The treatments are cost worthy and affordable. They offer great hospitality and the holiday advantages are ample as there are many tourist places as it is surrounded by places like Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, etc. It has some of the best trained surgeons, dentists and specialists. English is widely spoken in Malaysia. About 600, 000 medical tourists visit Malaysia and the number continues to multiply. Prince Court Medical Center is one of the most renowned and popular hospital in Malaysia and has also been ranked number 1 in the year 2013. Giant KPJ and Sime Darby networks are other hospitals that are famous among hundreds of others.

2. India: It is located in the South of Asia and its capital is Delhi. It has grown to be famous for Medical Industry. It is widely known for cardiac bypass surgery. The other treatments include Oncology, Vertebroplasty, Disc Nucleoplasty, Laser Lithotripsy and other treatments for spine, cancer, etc. India is known for rehabilitation care and centers. It equips various medicinal treatments like Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Allopathic, etc. The treatments offered in India are of best quality, secure and cost effective. An estimated number of around 150, 000 medical tourists travel to India. The cities that offer medical treatments are Kerala, Chennai, Vellore, Mumbai, Delhi, Coimbatore, etc. The famous and widely known hospitals in India include KG Hospitals, Apollo Hospitals, Tata Memorial Hospital, Fortis Hospital, AyurvedaGram, etc.

3. Japan: It is an island nation located in the east of Asia and its capital is Tokyo. They have been investing money in the healthcare industry since 20 years almost and has mandated health insurance for each and every citizen of their country. It hosts some of the best hospitals in the world and are ahead in technology. Though the cost of medical treatment is high, the treatment is worth the price as it is of high quality and secure. It has created a brand image with its medical care facilities like examination, diagnosis, medical treatment, aesthetic care and plastic surgery. It is known for plastic surgery and dental care mostly. The Japanese Water therapy is a natural way of curing diseases like Diabetes, Arthritis, Cancer, TB, etc. Some of the best hospitals in Japan are Kameda Medical Center, Matsunami General, University of Tokyo Hospital, Osaka Medical Center, St. Luke’s International, etc.

4. Singapore: It is located in Southeast Asia and it is the capital of Asia. The Medical Tourism in Singapore is growing to be the hub and emerging as the major location for health travel in Asia. It attracts around 200, 000 patients every year to avail medical treatments of services at some of the best hospitals in the country. The treatments in Singapore include Laser Spine Surgery, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Dental Medical, Stem Cell Transplant, etc. Cancer Treatment is Singapore’s top specialty. The famous hospitals in Singapore are Camden Medical Centre, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital, Parkway East Hospital, Johns Hopkins International Medical Center, etc.

5. Thailand: It is located in Southeast Asia and its capital is Bangkok. It accounts for 90% of the medical tourism market in Asia. It is a reputed, reliable and high-quality destination for health travel. Hospitals in Thailand are well equipped and have the latest technology. The cost of treatments is affordable and many doctors and physicians are certified and best at what they do. The treatments in Thailand comprises of Cosmetic Surgery, Dental Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Heart Bypass, Hip Replacement, Breast Implant, etc. Bumrungrad International Hospital is listen among the top 10 best hospitals in Asia and is located in Bangkok. Other hospitals located in Thailand are Bangkok Hospital Group, Fort Suranaree Hospital, Samitivej Hospital, Laser Vision Lasik Center of Thailand, etc.

AMGeneX DNA (Dynamic Nutrition Advantage) From Amega Global – Surprising Cellular Nutrition

AMGeneX DNA is a new superfood product manufactured by Amega Global.

It comes in sachets and you mix it in with a drink, eg water or juice. The product is infused with Amega’s proprietary Amized Fusion Technology which charges it with zero point energy, thus enabling your body to be infused with high levels of life force energy.

The product is said to be the world’s first Epigenetic product. This fairly new term in nutritional-based science is to do with the interaction of food compounds with the DNA inside the body’s cells. It seems that what was once believed to be the case – that our DNA was hard wired and couldn’t be changed – is not actually true. It appears that our DNS can be re-shaped, given the right foods.

It is now believed that if we consume foods which influence our genes and are rich sources of phytochemicals that tell our DNA to switch on our cellular defence mechanisms, we are more likely to help stay on a path of wellness.

The way that Amega Global have been able to enable the AmGenex sachets to do this switching on of our protective genes is through adding sulforaphane (sul-FOR-a-fane) via CellActiv. CellActiv is a very concentrated form of sulforophane. Sulforophane is said to be nothing short of remarkable in its diverse benefits including cellular defence. Surprisingly, it comes from the broccoli family of vegetables, which although do not have particularly high ORAC values (antioxidant value), they do contribute far greater to cellular health than possibly any other known plant food.

Sulforaphane is said to be very significantly more powerful and potent than Vitamin C. Sulphoraphane is “potentially the most versatile, multifunctional and fundamentally essential of all plant bioactives.” – (source: Fahey JW Kensler, TW Role of Dietary Supplements/ Nutraceuticals in Chemoprevention through Induction of Cytoprotective Enzymes).

The sulforaphane in the Amega DNA switches on around 200 plus various genes inside the cell. These are needed so the cell can protect itself. Sulphoraphane is the most powerful known substance that has this particular effect on the body’s cells become so much more effective in doing its own anti-oxidant work.

Some of the super fruits contained in the AmGeneX sachets include:

ACAI – Exceptional Antioxidant & ORAC

AMLA – Supports a healthy heart, promotes good blood circulation, aids cell regeneration & digestion; improves mental functions

CAMU CAMU – Highest vitamin C content of all fruits in the world

GOJI (Wolfberry) – Complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids and zeaxanthin

LO HAN GUO – Natural sweetener, contains no calories, safe for diabetics and hypoglycaemics

MANGOSTEEN – High in Xanthones and Antioxidants

NONI – The queen of health plants with many different benefits

POMEGRANATE – Outstanding antioxidant properties

All ingredients are active. Unlike many of the other products in the beverage industry, AMGeneX has NOT gone through the process of ‘Hot Fill Pasteurization’ (between 161° and 280°F). AMGeneX has NOT gone through the process of Aseptic Processing (between 195° and 295°F). This is important because pasteurization kills friendly bacteria and enzymes as well as greatly reduces nutritional value.

Thus, Amega Global, have produced a first class nutritional food, that, taken, once a day (you can take more), helps your own cells to rebuild their protective genes and maintain optimum wellness.

Scleroderma – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Scleroderma, an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue, is characterized by the formation of scar tissue in the skin and organs of the body. While the cause of scleroderma is not known, genetic and environmental factors are known to play an important role in its occurrence. This disease, which is more frequent in females than in males, can be divided into two major groups, diffuse and limited, depending upon the degree and location of skin involvement. The diffuse type, also known as systemic sclerosis, is more widespread over the body and also involves internal organs.

Autoimmune diseases are illnesses which occur when the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system. The Ayurvedic treatment of scleroderma hence first focuses on regulating the immune system by using medicines like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Pippali (Piper longum), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) and Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia).

Since fibrosis (scar formation) is the hallmark of this disease, the next obvious principle of treatment is reduction or reversal of fibrosis, wherever present in the body. For this, medicines used are: Punarnavadi Guggulu, Gokshuradi Guggulu, Rasayan Vati, Arogya Vardhini, Yashtimadhuk, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Guduchi, Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Kutaj (Holarrhina antidysentrica), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Musta (Cyperus rotundus) and Patol (Tricosanthe dioica).

In addition, patients need to be treated for the specific tissue, organ or system involvement that they are suffering from. Involvement of the skin causes redness, swelling, itching and pain; and gradually leads to skin hardening and limitation of movement. These symptoms can be treated using local ointments and medicines like Arogya Vardhini, Kaishor Guggulu, Yashtimadhuk, Manjishtha, Guduchi and Gokshur. Scleroderma causes acid reflux in the esophagus (food pipe) causing heartburn. This can be treated using medicines like Shankh Bhasma, Kamdudha Vati and Laghu Sutshekhar, in addition to taking appropriate preventive measures.

Scleroderma frequently causes Reynaud’s phenomenon, a condition in which the tips of fingers, toes, nose, tongue and ears turn blue, white and then red after exposure to cold, heat or even with an emotional upset. Scleroderma also causes the capillaries of the face, lips, mouth and fingers to dilate, creating tiny, red, blanching spots called telangiectasias. Both these conditions can be treated using medicines like Tapyadi Loha, Manjishtha and Saariva. A highly elevated blood pressure is best treated with modern anti-hypertensive medications.

Inflammation of the lungs can be treated using medicines like Kantakari (Solanum surattense), Brihat Kantakari (Solanum indicum), Behada (Terminalia bellerica), Yashtimadhuk, Pippali, Pushkarmool (Inula racemosa) and Sitopaadi Churna. By affecting the large bowel, scleroderma can cause either severe constipation or diarrhea. These conditions can be treated using medicines like Triphala (Three fruits), Kutki, Psyllium (Plantago ovata), Musta and Kutaj.

Scleroderma is a medical condition with a lot of unanswered questions. The conventional management of scleroderma is directed towards treating the individual features that are most troublesome. The addition of Ayurvedic treatment can definitely help to reverse the basic pathology, and improve the overall outlook of this disease.

Congo Fever in Pakistan: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment

After massive threat of Dengue fever now Pakistan is in danger of another endemic disease, Congo Fever. Congo Crimean Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is fatal viral disease caused by domestic and wild animals. Basically it is caused by Tick (Chichar in Urdu) which is an external parasite lives on the blood of animal. The danger of this disease in Pakistan is increasing at the eve of Eidul Azha because of mass slaughter of sacrificial animals during this religious occasion.

Employees of livestock department and those handling sacrificial animals will at great risk. According to Health Department of Pakistan sacrificial animals being imported from Iran, Afghanistan and India posed a big threat because these countries were facing endemic of Congo Virus. Lahore is in severe danger of this disease because most of the sacrificial animals being imported from India illegally (they are 60 % cheaper than local animals). This year patients of Congo fever in Pakistan were reported in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan. Congo fever has high mortality rate which is almost 50%.

Preventive measures against Congo fever/Preventions

1- This disease spread from Ticks (Chichar) so healthy animals can avoid this disease.

2- Limited contact with animals is also important.

3- Buy sacrificial animals from small and ventilated markets.

4- While visiting cattle markets cover your face and hand.

5- Use insect repellents to save your animals from ticks.

Symptoms of Congo fever

1- Patients get high temperature in beginning.

2- Pain in joints and in different parts of body starts.

3- Bleeding from gums, skin and large intestine also starts and red spots appears on body.

4- All the symptoms of Congo fever are similar that of Dengue fever.

Treatment of Congo fever

1- There are no specific medicines for this disease.

2- Usage of different medicines at early stage can save human life.

it is fatal disease and it destroys the platelets in human blood. It is better to take preventive measures to avoid this fatal disease.

Health and Numerology – Problems to Guard Against for Your Life Path

Your health is your most precious commodity. If you new you had a predisposition to certain health problems, wouldn’t you take steps to guard your good health? Numerology can predict certain health problems that you may encounter.

People with a particular Life Path tend to have tendencies for certain kinds of health problems. By calculating your Life Path number, you can learn these potential problems and be on guard for them. And as in many things in Life, forewarned is forearmed.

Life Path Calculation

Your Life Path is your primary number in Numerology. It’s equivalent to your Sun sign in Astrology. You calculate your Life Path by adding together all the digits of your full date of birth, and then repeating the process until you get a single digit. This process is called fadic addition.

For example, actor Johnny Deep was born on June 9th, 1963, so his Life Path is a (7) as shown below.

06-09-1963 = (0 + 6 + 0 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 3) = (34) = (3 + 4) = (7)

Life Path (1) – Leaders

People with this life path are so driven and ambitious that they tend to ignore their physical health. Stress can be a major problem for them. They need to incorporate physical exercise into their lives as a coping mechanism to deal with high stress levels.

Life Path (2) – Cooperators

People with this life path tend to be great worriers. They need to guard against anxiety and the physical symptoms that come with it. Meditation is the ideal natural coping mechanism for these people. Medication may be necessary in extreme cases.

Life Path (3) – Entertainers

People with this life path tend to be generally healthy due to their sunny outlook on life. They need to guard against over indulgence in life’s pleasures. If they party too much, they don’t get enough rest and tire easily. Some self discipline on managing their time is in order.

Life Path (4) – Builders

People with this life path tend to work too hard and have a tendency to have problems sleeping. They need to learn to pace themselves and put their work aside at a reasonable hour. A caring spouse or friend can provide a needed reminder now and then to quit working and relax more.

Life Path (5) – Sellers

People with this life path tend to be easily annoyed by distractions or frustrating situations. They must learn to remain calm and avoid becoming angry or over-stressed. Learning anger management techniques, and turning to things that make them laugh are highly recommended.

Life Path (6) – Teachers

People with this life path tend to be more concerned for others than themselves. They frequently forget the basics of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to their own needs. Reminders from friends and family about the importance of taking care of themselves is useful.

Life Path (7) – Loners

People with this life path tend to live in tune with their bodies, and have few health problems. They have a strong intuition about what they need in terms of diet and exercise to keep themselves in top condition.

Life Path (8) – Warriors

People with this life path tend to be very strong and have great stamina; however the rigors of their combative nature can cause them to over-exert themselves in times of stress at work or play. They need to maintain a well balanced diet to keep their stores of energy up.

Life Path (9) – Humanitarian

People with this life path are very unselfish and tend to neglect their own welfare when those around them need their care. They need to remember to stay well and care for themselves so that they will always be there for others.